Thursday, 24 October 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Peter Clark
Peter died on October 11th at Stoke Mandeville Hospital after a short and unexpected illness. He had lived in Church Lane with his wife Clare who is clerk to the Parish Council, and children, Emma and Charlie. Peter worked from home until his retirement in February this year and could often be seen taking his daily constitutional walk around the village lanes. His funeral will take place at The Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham on Tuesday October 29 at 1pm. Family flowers only. Donations in Peter's name can be made to the UK Sepsis Trust at

Bingo at The Bell
The next Bingo session at The Bell will be on November 5. Come early to make sure of a seat and have an evening meal at a special price for those playing Bingo, ready to start playing at 8.30pm. A book of bingo cards for 6 games costs £6.00 and could bring in a substantial win, depending on how many players on the night. Come and join in the fun.

Sunday Quiz at The Bell
If a more intellectual challenge is to your liking, try this monthly event at The Bell. The next quiz will be on November 10 at 8pm. Get together a group or come alone and join in.

Pub Lunches at The Bell - these lunches for older residents of Chearsley first started over 3 years ago from an idea of Community Impact Bucks with the aim of helping people maintain a level of social contact in rural areas. Ann Hooton became the main the organiser for Chearsley, and support for this monthly lunch has grown to more than 20 attending on a Wednesday lunchtime. It is also a way of supporting The Bell. Ann plans to shortly move from the village and the pub lunch on Wednesday October 23 was the last one she has organised. Ann has lived in the village for over 30 years and the list of roles played in Chearsley is incredibly long – her first role being as secretary for the village Playgroup, then secretary of the W.I. Clerk to the Parish Council; chairman of the Parish Council, village hall trustee; treasurer for St Nicholas Church when the roof was replaced and also being its organist which she still does from time to time as well as for Nether Winchendon; started the Village Produce Show and a regular newsletter. For a time she was the village correspondent for the Bucks Herald. I am sure there are many other parts she has played in the development of the village. Not least was the help and support she gave to her late husband Ted who spent many hours of research to produce the very informative and much referred to book of Chearsley, which was printed in 1994 . Ann is sad to be leaving the village, a place which, from all the roles she undertook, gave her the opportunity to learn many skills and enabled her to enjoy a really good job and career. Chearsley has very much to thank Ann for. She will be greatly missed. We all wish her and her dog, Honey all the very best and hope to see her back at The Bell when she has settled in her new home.

Mobile Library - this will next be in the village on Monday November 4th in The Bell car park between 12.20 and 12.45pm.

Family Fireworks
The Cricket Club is holding a firework night on Friday November 1st starting at 7.30pm in the Cricket Ground. The bar will be open and barbeque food will be on sale. Entry for everyone is free. Bring your own fireworks. More information is available from Larry Greenfield on 07789 748360

Cricket Club AGM - this will take place in the Cricket pavilion on Friday November 22 at 7.30pm. Please contact the Secretary, Terry Gadsby on 07768 755797 for a copy of last year’s Minutes and for a copy of the agenda for this year’s AGM.

Recycling Bins in The Bell Car Park – These glass recycling bins are not always being used properly by villagers. Recently, empty bottles and bags of bottles have just been left by the bins, which have blown over and broken becoming a danger to car park users and children. The Bell allows the bins to be kept in the car park as a service for the village. Please respect this and take home any bottles if the bins are full and wait for the bins to be emptied, rather than leave them for someone else to deal with.

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor - Waddesdon Manor closes on October 27 when Christmas arrives and part of the house is decorated ready for re-opening on November 13. There will be late night openings of the house and gardens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 29 until December 29 . Follow the trail in the Gardens which leads around the 6 new light installations created by the acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro. Please see their website for more information