Thursday, 21 August 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Proposed planning Site adjoining 2 Manor Villas, Chilton Road, Chearsley for 10 dwellings and overflow car park for the village hall. As well as the Appeal for the planning at Stoney Furlong, I understand that this application by John Lloyd has also gone to Appeal. I have no further details, except the Planning Reference of 14/00308/AOP for use on AVDC website.

Ashridge House I was interested to read in the Bucks Herald that Ashridge House is open during August Monday to Thursday afternoons. Ashridge is where my husband was born at the end of the war – rather a bone of contention that being born out of County, he could not really call himself a “Bucks Boy” despite living all his life, except for those first few days, in Bucks. Now, having visited the House and enjoyed a tour to hear of its history, there is now a certain pride to learn that Phil was one of only 2,700 babies to be born in the maternity unit of the house which acted as an emergency wing of the Charing Cross Road Hospital, where over 20,000 patients including 500 wounded from the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II were treated.
The present impressive building with many fine rooms, decorative plaster work, marble fireplaces and columns and painted ceilings, replaced the original crumbling monastic buildings by the Earls Brownlows in the early 19th century, who had inherited it from the Earls and Dukes of Bridgewater in the 16th century. Prior to this, Henry VIII had acquired the house as a royal residence for his children, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. Today Ashridge House is home to Ashridge Business School, a world class provider of executive education and an exclusive setting for weddings and innovative dining experiences. Phil is now very proud of his birthplace albeit a mile or so over the Bucks County border!

Chearsley Classic Car and Fun Day – there is now a new website address which is for more details of all the events on the day. There is still time to register your classic vehicle if you would like to bring it along to be displayed. The registration form can be found on the website. A reminder that car boot pitches are still available.

Family Quiz - There will be a Quiz for all the family at the village hall on Saturday September 13 from 5.00pm until 9.00pm. Tickets cost £10 each to include a fish and chips supper and pudding. A family ticket of 4 is available for £30 with further tickets costing £7.50 per person . All profits will go to the Village Hall. Please contact Angela on 01844 202105 or email or Alex on for more information and tickets.

Chearsley Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance – this will be held this year on Saturday October 25 at The Kings Hotel, Stokenchurch. Reception drinks at 7pm. Dinner at 7.30pm. Dancing until 1.00am. A coach will be available. Tickets cost £35 each. Please contact or phone 202105

The Busch Ensemble – Recital Wednesday September 10 We are invited to join the Friends of Kampala Music School to a recital by this prize winning trio which is being held in the intimate setting of the home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis in Kensington with wine and canapés on the evening of Wednesday September 10. Coach transport is included in the cost of £45 per ticket. Tickets are limited and can be bought by emailing The programme by the trio of piano, cello and violin with guest playing the viola, will include Haydn – Gypsy Rondo Trio, Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No 1 in D Minor, Op 49 and Brahms – Piano Quartet No 2 in A Major Op 26. The Kampala Music School for children and young adults was founded in Kampala, Uganda by Fiona Carr, MBE who now lives in Cuddington. The Friends of Kampala Music School (FKMS) is a UK registered charity established in 2009 to support the School and is now raising funds for student bursaries, volunteer teachers, outreach and development. For more information, please contact Venetia Davies, Appeals Office, Friends of KMS on 07717 834606

Chearsley is a great village – I pass on an email received from a villager recently “We may not have won the Best Kept Village Award, but some men erecting scaffolding have recently commented what a polite village we are! I couldn’t believe my ears and how kind of them to say so”. Well, we all know that and what a good place it is to live.

Birthday Congratulations to Brenda Dormer and Jim Harrison on their recent “Special” Birthdays.

Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday August 26 to August 30 – Black Coffee at Oxford Playhouse, where Eric Carte is part of the cast. Matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – still a few days left.
  • Saturday August 30 – Summer Party at The Bell - 6.00pm till late.
  • Sunday August 31 - Benefice Communion at 10.00am at Nether Winchendon Church, when the churches of Long Crendon, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon join together for a benefice service
  • Tuesday September 2 – Bingo is Back at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.30pm.
  • Saturday September 6 - Chearsley Show in the village hall. Open to the public at 2.45pm
  • Sunday September 7 - Chearsley Classic Car Rally and Fun Day at The Cricket Ground 12.00pm till 5.00pm
  • Monday September 8 – Mobile library at The Bell from 10.00am until 10.25am
  • Saturday September 13 – Family Quiz – early evening in the village hall.
  • Monday September 15 - Parish Council Meeting 7.30m in the village hall
  • Friday September 19 to Sunday 21 - Flower Festival in St Nicholas church in aid of The 3 New Bells