Friday, 26 September 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Village Hall Open Meeting Monday September 22 – this was attended by about 40 villagers. A more detailed account of the evening will be available shortly. The meeting was told that for facilities at the hall to be improved, a new building on the present site would be the practical and sensible route to take. 2 Concept designs had been drawn up as an initial idea of what could be built and a show of hands favoured Layout 2 with an approximate size of 275sq.metres. The next step will be for consultations to take place with AVDC by PCMS, the architects and project management firm appointed by the Village Hall Management committee, regarding detailed planning, and a further public meeting will be called in due course.

Flower Festival

For 3 days a marvellous display of various flower arrangements with bells as the theme was put on in St Nicholas church. The Festival attracted many admiring visitors, from the village, and further afield and some just passing through who detoured to visit the church. They were treated to some lovely displays – Mary, Mary Quite Contrary by Chuf children, flowers celebrating the ringing in of the New Year , one with poppies celebrating W.W. I and one especially for the six o’clock Pub goers (Alicia and John Howard’s handiwork), all accompanied with a varied menu of appropriate music. £640 in donations was raised for The 3 new Bells Fund. The Flower festival was organised by Joy Payne and a team of talented Chearsley flower ladies, who spent a lot of time and effort in planning and then creating the arrangements.

Matilda – Matilda was a very familiar sight and favourite to visit by many families over the past 30 or more years. She was a donkey belonging to the Edmonds family of Lower Green Farm and was thought to be about 42 years old. Sadly, she has had to be put down and is now very much missed by Michael, Yvonne and family, having become “part of the furniture”. I am sure she will also be missed by many Chearsley villagers of all ages.

Congratulations to Janine and Kevin on their engagement who are planning their wedding for next August 2015 with celebrations in the village hall. Chearsley has Janine to thank for coming into the village and buying the house with the shop which had at that time been closed for a year or more. She opened up the shop and extended it to become a tearoom. Now, it is rented out to Jay and Suki. Good luck to Jay and Kevin and all the best for your forthcoming wedding.

Car Break Ins - On the night of September 20 2 cars in Chilton Road were broken into. One car which was not locked had nothing taken, just a rummage around. A neighbour lost a sat. nav. and a drill. It is thought they were probably opportunists, as other cars in the drive were not touched and nothing was damaged. It is however a reminder to take valuables out of cars, keep them locked and to always be on the alert for strangers creeping around the village at night.

Morgan & West - Parlour Tricks. Tickets are still available for this show which is part of the Theatre in the Villages programme. The performance will be held on Saturday October 4 at 7.30pm in Chearsley Village Hall. It is a show of magic, mystery, illusion and impossibility, fit for children 7 and over and grown-ups alike. Morgan & West have recently appeared again in the Edinburgh Fringe festival with their show – “these impressively dressed gentlemen will deliver incredible tricks with flair and style ... there is a lot of audience participation ... capable of making even the ordinary seem extraordinary and able to perform tricks and acts of misdirection with charm and humour ... not simply an everyday magic show”. Tickets are available from me, on 01844 208913 or Tony Fleetwood on 01844 201176. Adult ticket is £12; children £10 and family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children £40. There will be a bar and refreshments and FUN!

Diary Dates:
  • Friday October 3 - Coffee and Cake at The Bell 10.00am until 12.00pm. Open for everyone to call in.
  • Saturday October 4 - Theatre in the Villages performance by Morgan & West “Top Victorian Magicians” in the village hall at 7.30pm.A show of illusion, magic and mystery, suitable for all the family. Come early and have a drink at the bar. Contact Margaret Morbey 208913 for tickets.
  • Sunday October 5 - 10.00am Family Communion at St Nicholas church with Junior Church and Rock Solid
  • Monday October 6 - The Mobile Library will be in The Bell car park from 10.00am until 10.25am.
  • Tuesday October 7 - Bingo in The Bell. Eyes down at 8.30pm
  • Wednesday October 8 – Pub Lunch of roast chicken and pudding. 12.30pm in The Bell. Phone Margaret on 208913 if you would like to come.
  • Sunday October 12 - Sunday Quiz in The Bell at 8.00pm