Thursday, 29 August 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Ann Veness memorial cricket match – Sunday August 25
The sun came out with perfect timing after a rainy morning for the start of the inaugural Memorial Match for Ann Veness on Sunday August 25 at Chearsley Cricket Club. 25 past and present members of the Club, with which Ann was so involved, took part in the match, captained by James Veness and Adam Lazaruk . Play went well in favour of James Veness’s side with a score of 323 from the 35 over innings before tea. A heavy downpour interrupted play and further rain prevented the match continuing. It was agreed that an Aunt Sally game would be played to decide the outcome of the match. This should have favoured Adam Lazaruk’s team, having more players who regularly play Aunt Sally for the Club, but over 2 legs, they were well beaten. Richard Veness presented mementoes to the 2 umpires, Rowly Wills and Sammy Walker, a shield to the winning team captain, his son James and a Man of the match award to Marc Hignell. Richard thanked everyone who played, the villagers who came up to watch and the ladies from Chearsley and Haddenham who provided cakes and savouries for the tea for the day which raised over £430 for Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Aylesbury Rambler s Walking Festival – Saturday September 7 - this day brings an opportunity to sample what the new Outer Aylesbury Ring has to offer by joining one of the 18 walks. The walks start from various venues around Aylesbury which will cover a total of 53 miles of the Outer Aylesbury Ring long distance path and follow country paths back to each start. There are 2 circular walks involving Chearsley. One starts at Haddenham Church End via Aston Sandford, Kingsey, Cuddington, Chearsley and return to Haddenham, a walk of 9.7 miles. There is another one from Ashendon Recreation Ground of 7.3 miles to Pollicott, Chearsley to Cuddington, Nether Winchendon and Musk Hill Stud to Ashendon. All walks start at 10am. Please contact to let them know which walk you would like to join and find more details of all walks at Only registered assistance dogs can be brought on the walks unless a prior arrangement has been made with the walk leader.

Long Crendon Library Film Club
The brochure of films to be shown for Season 2 is now available. To become a member and book tickets, please go to the Library Box office at Long Crendon Library. The Film Club is a Long Crendon Community Library project, run by volunteers and all profits go to help support the continuing operation of Long Crendon Library. Comments and suggestions for further film titles are welcome, as are any offers to help. Matinees start at 2.30pm and evening showings at 8.00pm. There is a bar. The first film on Thursday September 26 matinee at 2.30pm will be a short film, This Way up – a 2008 UK Oscar nominated animation film, followed by Quartet, a comedy drama. A special event is being held on Saturday September 28 when there will be a showing of “Woodstock” The Directors Cut a 1969 documentary lasting 224 minutes, with Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Grateful Dead, The Who and many more. “Let your hair down for 3 days of peace, love and music in this iconic documentary of the legendary music festival”. Tickets for this event are £15 to include a barbeque, with bar including cocktails which will be available all evening. Doors open at 6.00pm for 6.30 start.

The Hundred of Ashendon
“A rather nice English Inn – eat, drink and sleep
Bank Holiday Monday was the perfect day for a little ride in our Riley to discover if the old Gatehangers pub in Ashendon had now re-opened and to re-acquaint ourselves with its new landlady Pia Knight, who was born and bred in Chearsley, and her partner, Matt from Ickford. Now called The Hundred of Ashendon, it has undergone a transformation with a lot of help and support from family, particularly Pia’s Mum and Dad, Jane and Peter Knight of Church Lane, Chearsley.
Pia, having previously worked in advertising in London, and Matt, a chef who has worked for some of the country’s top restaurants, have now been open for only a short time and plan to serve fresh, homemade lunches and evening meals with locally sourced ingredients with a menu which changes daily as well as keeping it as a traditional village pub with local ales.
Closed on Mondays, but open all day Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am. In time, the five rooms of bed and breakfast upstairs will all be given a makeover. Welcome back to this lovely part of England and good luck to our Chearsley girl and Matt. First impressions were that it should prove to be a great success.