Thursday, 26 June 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Shed and garage break-ins - Crime Prevention and Security Marking Event
A locked shed in the garden of a house in Bernard's Close has recently been broken into overnight. Nothing was taken, but a lot of damage done. On the same night, the garage of Pear Tree Lodge, Dark Lane was broken into and again, nothing was taken, but damage done in breaking in. It is thought that both these properties were accessed from Hicks Path. Since then, there have been more shed break-ins in the village, locks broken and lawnmowers and other equipment stolen. If anyone has any information on any of the break-ins they are asked to contact PC Kingham on 101. As a result of these recent crimes, a Crime Prevention and Security marking event has been arranged to take place on The Green, Chearsley on Saturday July 19 from 1.00 to 3.00pm. The local neighbourhood police will give crime prevention advice and security mark your power tools and lawnmowers.

Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership has prepared a pocket sized card with tips to help keep residents from being victims of house burglaries, including a holiday check list to keep your house safe while you are away on holiday and advice to keep doors, windows and side gates locked even when you are out in the garden. The cards can be found at various outlets, such as libraries and doctors surgeries.

Slow Down Sign - there is now a Vehicle Activated Sign to warn motorists that they are travelling at more than the 30mph speed limit in Chilton Road. This is thanks to the work of the Parish Council and as often is the case has taken a while to achieve. The sign is moveable and will, when the Parish Council decides, be placed on one of the other busy main roads into the village.

Chearsley Cricket Club - the club has hosted 2 County Veterans Cricket matches recently, the last being Bucks v. Sussex on June 17. Players and officials have been impressed with the pitch and facilities which Larry Warr as groundsman and Peter Redfern, Director of Cricket, have achieved. The profile of the Club has been helped by holding these games at the Club.

Aunt Sally - a previous report in my column omitted to make clear it was about Aunt Sally, in which a team from Chearsley Cricket Club take part. This game is often played at the Club on Wednesday evenings when spectators and supporters are very welcome to come and watch and enjoy a drink at the bar. This year the Aunt Sally team plays in Division 5, having been promoted from Division 4. So far, under the captainship of Adam Lazaruk, they are unbeaten at home and top of the league. They lost in the second round of the Cup to a Division 3 team by 2 legs to 1. Adam Lazaruk and Andy Gray are top doll scorers.

Bring and Share Picnic - Sunday July 13. This will be held after Morning Celebration in the garden of Paul and Ann Persson in Dark Lane. Bring a picnic to share, and blankets or chairs to sit on. There will be games for the children. Please contact Sharon Sampson if you can help with games and with an idea of what food you will bring. Sharon’s phone number is 01844 208740 or email

The Bell
Bingo and Quiz Nights are having a holiday until September. To tempt new and old customers there will be a new burger menu on offer in July, and Friday night continues to be fish and chips with a bottle of wine for £25. Thursday evenings will be 2 steaks for £25. The monthly BBQs have proved a great success. The next one will be on Sunday July 27 from 5.00 until 7.00pm in the garden, after the weekly Meat raffle draw. The Find The Joker competition continues with the Joker still waiting to be drawn out – the amount to be won rising every week, now standing at a considerable figure. Come and buy a ticket for £1 on Friday nights and you might pick the lucky number. A Summer Party is planned for Saturday August 30 with an evening disco, barbecue and fish and chips.

Wedding Congratulations - Steve and Lisa Whitton, now living in Stone, lived in Chearsley for many years, where their first daughter Sophie was born 26 years ago. On Saturday June 21 she was married to Sam Lock at Holy Trinity Church, Penn Street, with a wedding reception at the Kings Arms Chapel, Old Amersham. Her sister, Phoebe was Maid of Honour. It was a beautiful occasion blessed with lovely weather. May Sophie and Sam continue to have such good fortune and happiness throughout their marriage.

Jack Neil - Jack, who lived in a bungalow in Shupps Lane for many years died on Sunday June 23 in Castlebar Care Centre, Sydenham, London. Jack was a church warden at St Nicholas for many years. Details of the arrangements for funeral which will be held in Chearsley Church will be put on the notice board when known.

Turn End Townside, Haddenham – Sculpture in the Garden.
This fund raising event of outdoor sculptures will be held from Saturday July 5 until July 13 from 10.00am to 5.00pm; open until 8.00pm on Thursday and closed all day Monday July 7. Entry is free. Refreshments available served by volunteers with money raised going to various charities.

Send a Cow - There is a new collecting box on the bar in The Bell with thanks to Sharon, to support the Send a Cow charity. This initiative is a UK-based international development charity that works with poor African families to promote self-sufficiency through the development of small sustainable businesses based on growing and selling food. It provides training, livestock, seeds and support to families to equip them to make the best use of their land and resources. The current emphasis is in providing dairy cows which will help support poor rural families to feed themselves over a period of time and help them to establish sources of income and nutrition for their children. Throughout the current 2 months, British Government Overseas Aid funds will match every penny raised by charitable collections in this country. Members of St Nicholas Church Chearsley hope that villagers will agree to support the initiative in whatever way they can, including contributing via this collection box in The Bell. Libby is also offering to sit your pets – chickens, cats, dogs - while you are away. She is asking for donations in support of Send A Cow. Libby can be contacted on 208740.

CHUF - the local Pre-school, Chearsley Under Fives, which has daily sessions in Chearsley Village Hall and Haddenham, have sessions available from September 2014.Chuf is a fun, friendly and educational environment with a good Ofsted report. Please contact Sally on 01844 299123 or email for more information.

 Apologies from me to anyone who has missed my column recently. I was away on holiday and then due a misunderstanding, Bucks Herald didn’t print my column. More annoyingly, I have had internet problems, which Leif, the king, has been helping me overcome.

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday June 29th - 10.00am Special service in St Nicholas Church with choir
  • Sunday July 6 - Family Communion at 10.00am in St Nicholas Church
  • Sunday July 13 – Bring and Share Picnic in Ann and Paul Persson’s Garden after Morning Celebration
  • Monday July 14 - Mobile Library in The Bell car park from 10.00 until 10.24am