Thursday, 31 October 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey.

Mobile Library - I have Tracey to thank for letting me know that the Mobile Library will now only visit Chearsley on a 4 weekly timetable. The time has also changed - the library will be in The Bell car park from 10.00am until 10.25am. The next visit is November 4th, as the new times start then, with the next visit to the village on Monday December 2 at the new time. Information on the AVDC website still refers to the old fortnightly timetable.

Remembrance Day Poppies
Sue Grimsdell will again be going round the village hoping to find people at home to buy a poppy. Collection boxes will also be in The Bell and the shop. If Sue does not call on you and you would like her to, please phone her on 01844 201319 to arrange for a personal visit – thank you Sue for continuing to do this every year.

Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial – everyone is welcome to attend this service on Sunday November 10th at 10.45am.

Election for Parish Councillor
There are 3 candidates for this post. John Howard of Great Barn, School Lane, Perry Smith of Church Piece, Winchendon Road and Julia Witcher of Chestnut View, Chilton Road. The election takes place on Thursday November 21 in the Village Hall.

Theatre in the Villages - only a small audience consisting of villagers and several travelling quite a distance enjoyed the performance of Diary of a Nobody recently in Chearsley village hall, as part of the Theatre in the Villages scheme. Most of the audience were familiar with the book and it was a delight to be reminded of Charles Pooter’s often amusing and endearing diary entries.

Pumpkin Competition at The Bell
- It was a difficult task to decide which pumpkin deserved the prize for being the best dressed. There were about 10 pumpkins on display for The Bell customers to choose and vote for their favourite. The winning pumpkin was created by Victoria, Maddie and Sophia Gray of Elm Brook Close. Another busy, village occasion organized by Sharon and staff at The Bell.

Village Hall Trustees AGM - This meeting will take place in the village hall on Monday November 11 at 8.00pm. Anyone who would like to come is welcome.

Cricket Club AGM – change of date. This will now be held on Monday November 25th at 7.30pm at the pavilion, not Friday November 22nd as previously announced.

Village Shop - it is now almost 2 years since Jeyann and Suki took over the shop. Time to think back to the months before this when the shop was closed for a few months, at how quiet the village seemed with no-one walking about, nowhere to walk to for the forgotten pint of milk.
We had to go by car for any shopping we needed. We missed having a place to walk to for a purpose and maybe meet up with villagers on the way for a chat. There is very much to thank Jeyann and Suki for and to appreciate the long hours they work. Open every day.
A time now to remember exactly what they sell and the services they offer – daily newspapers, which can be delivered if you wish, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables, ice creams, sweets, crisps, groceries and household goods, cakes, biscuits, chocolates; a very good range of wines, beers and spirits, often at prices cheaper than Supermarkets, chilled and frozen goods, greetings cards for all occasions, the list goes on. They provide a twice weekly dry cleaning service; the facility to top up your phone, pay gas, water and electric bills through PayZone, get cash back, take part in the Health lottery for the chance to win a prize and help to fund local health projects; have a cup of tea or coffee from their neat little machine – a long list of good reasons to support the shop as much as possible and for the village to say a very big thank you to Jeyann and Suki for all they do in such a friendly, willing and happy way, always pleased to see you and help you find what you are looking for.