Thursday, 5 June 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Planning Application by the Heybrook Family on land at Stoney Furlong Chilton Road. This planning application for 10 houses and garages has been refused by AVDC. Details of the application can be found on the AVDC planning website under reference 14/00581/APP.

Mary Scholefield moved to her house in Chilton Road Chearsley over 20 years ago with her husband, Jock at the same time as Phil and myself had started to run the village shop and Post Office. Mary loved her garden and spent many hours making it beautiful. Jock died last October and Mary is now leaving to live in a village near Cambridge which will bring her closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Mary involved herself wholeheartedly in St Nicholas church with flower arranging, brass cleaning, cleaning the church, becoming a lay preacher, member of the PCC and holding bible meetings in her home. She appreciated that village amenities needed support for them to survive and always shopped first at the village shop before going further afield. She supported Jock in helping with the car pool and was always to be seen with a car full of those who had no transport of their own, taking them to get their pension and to go shopping. She was always the first to visit the sick in hospital and would not forget them when they came home. Thank you Mary for all the love and care you have brought to Chearsley over the past years. We wish you all the best in the future.

100km cycle ride
Congratulations to Sian Lewis of Church Lane who was recently one of 2000 women taking part in a 100km cycle ride to raise awareness of 3 women’s cancers. Sian was riding in memory of her mother, Pam, who died of Ovarian Cancer aged 66 in 2009. The race commenced at Windsor Racecourse into Central London and back. Sian completed the course in 6hrs 30minutes which included 2 pit stops and stopping at all the red lights. More information including details of her GPS tracking can be seen at where donations can also be made. Ovarian cancer affects more than 6,500 women in the UK each year and is the fifth most common cancer among women. Sian wanted to take part in the event to raise awareness of the disease and the work of the Ovarian Cancer Action –

Dorothy May Woodford
Dorothy died suddenly very recently, aged 96. She was the grandmother of Sharon Woodford, landlady of The Bell and will be very much missed by all her family, including 5 great grandchildren. She had lived in Cuddington for many years where she entered into village life with great spirit and energy – a founder member of Cuddington W.I. of which she was honorary secretary for over 50 years; helping with the football club; selling poppies round the village; distributing Church magazines; treasurer of the Sunshine Club and endless work for the Bernard hall including organising bingo sessions and whist drives and undertaking caretaking duties. Despite becoming a widow 27 years ago, she continued her volunteer work in the village and was very proud to be awarded runner-up in the AVDC Volunteer of the Year competition in 2002. Only recently, having suffered a fall had she given up some of her work. She died suddenly in the garden she loved having come home from a W.I. meeting. Two piles of weeds were found on the path nearby. Still busy to the end. She has been described as a lady of character, forthright and determined and fiercely independent.

Bingo at The Bell
The monthly Bingo sessions have now finished for the summer. The last one was held on Tuesday June 3 when £26 for charity was raised by proceeds from the raffle, and £60 was the final Full House prize. Thanks go to the stalwart callers, Andy and Paul – they just about manage to keep order. It became clear, with thanks to Glenys during the rather raucous evening, that it would be Dennis Gascoyne’s birthday the following week. Dennis, who lives in Thame, is a very loyal supporter of Bingo Nights and comes most months with his wife and sister. Happy Birthday Dennis! Bingo will restart on Tuesday, September 2.

Find The Joker
This game every Friday evening goes from strength to strength attracting more and more customers each week as the prize money grows, hopeful to buy the lucky ticket and find the Joker. Come along to The Bell and find out what all the fuss is about. You have to be at the pub to take part.

Father’s Day Sunday June 15
The Bell is offering a free pint of beer to every Father having lunch on Father’s Day. As places are limited please make sure you ring in good time to book a table. Meals will be served from 12 until 3.00pm.

Mobile Library - this will next be in Chearsley at The Bell carpark on Monday June 16 from 10.00 until 10.25am.

Chearsley WI – the next meeting of Chearsley W.I will be held on Tuesday June 17 in the village hall when Annie Bradley will be speaking on “Insight into being a BBC Producer”. Annie who lives in Chearsley, has produced Eastenders and Casualty. All non-members are very welcome to come to listen to the talk which will start at about 2.30pm. There is a charge of £4.00.

Best Kept Village Competition
Please help to support this entry by keeping your garden and surrounding area as litter free and tidy as possible. Last year we were runners-up. This year, let’s hope we can be Winners.

Three Bells Fund
Fund raising for 3 new bells at the Church has now reached £25,000, nearly halfway to the target of £55,000. For more information about The Bells or to donate, please contact Jeremy Pratt on 01844 201611 or email

The Flower Festival at St Nicholas Chearsley will be held in the church to raise money for The 3 New Bells on Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21. More details will be announced later.

Services for June at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday June 15 - Holy Communion at 9.00am
Diary Dates:
  • Monday June 16 Mobile Library 10.00 until 10.25
  • Tuesday June 17 Chearsley W.I. 2.30pm in the Village Hall