Thursday, 23 October 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Proud Grandparents - I am delighted and proud to announce that Poppy Ariana was born in Barcelona on Thursday morning October 22 to our daughter, Jenny Morbey and her husband , Joe Garrity, a sister for Jamie who is now 3. Mother and daughter are doing well.

Parish Council Meeting - this was held in the village hall on Monday October 20 with 2 members of the public present. Nic Brown was chairman. During the Public Session, the recent planning application at The Boot, Watts Green was brought to the council’s attention by a neighbour who will be severely overshadowed by the new extension. It was confirmed that the Council will view the proposed development from the neighbouring house when they make their site visit and asked for a copy of his objections.
  • Matters Arising from the Minutes of the last meeting – the salt bins still needed to be refilled. The footpath in Chilton Road had now been cleared.
  • Grove Farm, Long Crendon Road. It is planned for a letter to be sent to the Highways Dept of AVDC concerning the necessity for signage at Grove Farm warning of heavy vehicles turning into the farm and blocking the road. Access arrangements into the farm should be checked to see if this could be made safer.
  • Vehicular Activated Sign - Claire Lazaruk reported that difficulty has been experienced in downloading the data of car speeds received from the sign, which will be resolved with new software. There is also difficulty in locating the holes made by AVDC in the verges on the main roads to receive the sign, preventing the sign from being moved to a new location at present. It is hoped that a metal detector or copy of a plan will resolve the problem. An application for a grant of £2750 for funding to purchase another VAS had been agreed from the Local Area Forum.
  • Kerbing - Julia Witcher has received quotes ranging from £3780 to £4920 from AVDC approved contractors to carry out work on the next proposed area of 40 metres of kerbing on one side of Dark Lane near The Rosary. The work could also include mending of kerbing outside The Plough, Aylesbury Road.
  • Village Hall - Claire Lazaruk reported that the Public Meeting was fairly well attended with positive comments concerning the proposed building of a new hall when 2 possible layouts were discussed. The cost of the Feasibility study had been covered by a grant from the Local Area Forum.
  • Risk Assessment - items covered by the Council’s insurance was discussed and approved and considered that all necessary things were covered.
  • Remembrance Service November 9 - Clare Clark would order the wreath and was asked to apply for the road to be closed or for barriers to be put up for the duration of the service and 2 minutes silence.
  • Balance Sheets – John Lewis was thanked for re-organising the balance sheets, reducing the number of headings and making it more readable. The Auditors had approved the accounts.
  • Heating Oil Club - leaflets concerning this bulk buying group had been received. Chearsley no longer has an organiser for this, since Ann Hooton left the village. Cuddington has an organiser and should be contacted if anyone is interested in joining.
  • Broadband – work towards a faster broadband in the village had been carried out and would be available soon.
  • Any Other Business - Mike Heybrook had attended an event recently and reported that the Walking and Cycling Group of Haddenham is hoping to establish a new footpath which will link up with the Chearsley footpath. This is with money available from new houses in Haddenham.
  • Painting of railings and village gates – although they were in need of refurbishment, it was felt this should wait until the Spring
  • The date of the next meeting is Monday November 17 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Film Festival November 14 – 16
The local Rotary Club has announced the programme for its Haddenham & District Film Festival “Cinema through the Decades” taking place in local villages over the weekend of 14-16 November. The films will be hosted by partner film clubs in Cuddington, Long Crendon, Haddenham and Bishopstone. One film represents each decade. The films to be shown are
  • 1940s: Brighton Rock in Long Crendon on Saturday 15 at 7.30pm.
  • 1950s: Stranger on a Train in Haddenham on Sunday November 16 at 8.00pm.
  • 1960s: Charade in Haddenham on Saturday November 15 at 3.00pm.
  • 1970s: The Sting in Bishopstone on Saturday November 15 at 8.00pm.
  • 1980s: The Last Emperor in Cuddington on Friday November 14 at 7.30pm.
  • 1990s: Topsy-Turvy in Cuddington on Sunday November 16 at 7.30pm.
  • 2000s: Amelie in Bishopstone on Friday November 14 at 8.00pm.
  • 2010s: The Rocket in Long Crendon on Sunday November 16 at 3.00pm.
Tickets at £5 each for films in Cuddington can be bought from Cuddington Village Stores; films in Long Crendon from the Community Library; films in Haddenham from Little Italy and in Bishopstone from Martin Diver on 01296 749957. Discounted tickets for 3 or more different films can be obtained by ringing Roger Rickard on 01844 291613 or email

Diary Dates:
  • Wednesday October 29 Pumpkin carving competition in The Bell at 7.30pm
  • Friday October 31 The Bell is open every Friday for Tea, Coffee and homemade cake. 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Friday October 31 Halloween celebrations for children in The Bell at 4.00pm.
  • Friday October 31 Unlock The Box at 8.30pm at The Bell. You have to be there to take part in the pub’s new weekly game. Tickets available to purchase throughout the week.
  • Sunday November 2 Family Communion at 10.00am with Junior Church and Rock Solid
  • Sunday November 2 Meat Raffle at 3.00pm
  • Monday November 3 Mobile Library from 10.00am until 10.25am.
  • Tuesday November 4 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm. Special rates for meals for Bingo players. Come early to get a table.
  • Wednesday November 5 Monthly Lunch Club at 12.30pm. Please contact me if you would like to come along.