Thursday, 11 July 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting - the July meeting will be held in the village hall on Monday July 22 at 7.30pm. UPDATE: Check the diary - date and venue TBC. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting during the public session when any points or concerns can be raised with the council.

Village Plan Public Meeting - a reminder that this meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 in the village hall at 7.45 for 8.00pm start. Analysis of the questionnaires sent round the village has taken place and the committee are now in a position to inform the village of conclusions that have been reached on the many topics investigated and what is proposed to be in the Plan. This will then be put to the village for endorsement. More information about the Plan can be found on their web-page.

Summer in Chearsley - After a flurry of village events in May and June, of concerts raising funds for the 3 new bells, the fete, ferret racing at the Cricket Club, there is now a time of relative quiet, with time to look forward to the summer holidays, until September brings more village occasions.

The Bell will continue to offer 2 meals for £10 from Tuesday to Thursday and will be putting on some special evenings .The garden is well equipped to keep the children occupied and happy, safe from the road and now with new tables – a delightful place to enjoy a drink and support the pub. Bingo and the Quiz nights will then start again in September.

Our local shop, open for such long hours by Jeyan and Suki, is well stocked with groceries, cards, wine, everything for daily needs, ice-creams, drinks - and I can recommend their coffee, a bargain at £1 per cup.

Village occasions in September:

Chearsley Show of fruit, vegetables, baking and preserves, art and craft and a children’s section takes place on Saturday September 7 in the village hall. This is a fun show with only a little friendly rivalry and competition. Have a go and enter whatever you are growing in your garden. Many people grow tomatoes or runner beans, courgettes. Put in an entry for them and just remember not to eat the produce in the run up to the Show! Entries for this need to be returned to Joy Payne, Alicia Howard or Anne Lewis by Tuesday September 3. Entry forms were delivered to every house, but more are available from the village shop.

Classic Car and Fun Day – now in its second year to be held on Sunday September 8 (a busy weekend) from 12 until 4.30pm at the Cricket Club. This will be a day for all the family, raising funds for cricket equipment for the junior section of the Cricket Club when there will be a classic car and bike display, children’s rides, farm animal and pets display, dog agility demonstration, car boot sale, face painting, Chearsley Stocks, Giant Balloon Race, coach tours of the surrounding countryside, side show attractions, food and drink. Entry for all of this is free with local car parking available nearby. If you would like to enter your classic or interesting car, or book a pitch for the car boot sale, please email

Harvest Lunch will be held on Saturday September 21 – details to be available later with Harvest Festival at St Nicholas on Sunday September 22 at 10am.