Thursday, 9 October 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Harvest Supper – this was held on Saturday September 27 in the village hall and was a resounding success. Around 50 villagers attended and enjoyed good food, ale, wine and entertainment. Most of the food (especially some wonderful salads and naughty desserts) was provided by villagers. There were also some excellent donations : XT Brewery donated the beer; Sherwins of Long Crendon provided the meat and Tia Richards and Marks and Spencer provided the wine with a very generous discount and Michael Heybrook provided some delicious apple juice from his orchard.
John Howard, as ever, did a great job as the evening’s MC and introduced the quality (and unique) entertainment, showcasing Chearsley’s fine array of raw talent. The evening’s raffle raised £189.15 towards this year’s charity. The committee are always looking for new talent, and they are asking that villagers give some early thought to providing some entertainment at next year’s event. No act has ever been turned away! From the proceeds of the Supper, enough money has been raised to buy 6 goats for families in Africa to provide them with milk, manure and eventually meat, as part of the charity “Send a Cow”.

Theatre in the Villages - Morgan & West
About 60 villagers, adults and lots of children and some out of town visitors were entertained by Morgan & West in the village hall as part of the Theatre in the Villages programme on Saturday October 4. There was a lot of audience participation. Cynthia had her ring turn up in a tea bag in a box. Another lady had her birthday correctly guessed just from her breath. Amazing tricks. How did Mr West get out of the black bag when it was tied up? Perhaps Tara and Anoushka, who were on stage as witnesses, know! How did the piece of diary torn out, turn up back in the book at the end of the show? If you missed the performance, Morgan & West are appearing at North Dean on Friday October 17. Go to for more information about how to book. They come with great recommendations.

Bingo at The Bell – The pub was busy on Tuesday October 7 for another session of Bingo when there were good cash prizes of £7 a line and £25 for the full house, with £56 for the full house on the last game. The new Snowball game was not won and will roll over to next month, making the full house for the third game now £73 in addition to the night’s cash prize, which depends on how many take part that night. Andy Camden, “Wibble Wobble” our regular caller was missing Paul Kingsman from the “dreamteam” duo but help was on hand from Adam Lazaruk, who made a good substitute and had researched the bingo lingo to come up with some new names for the numbers, a favourite being for number 87 - 1 Fat Andy with a Walking Stick. All good fun and good winnings for some.
The raffle which was made up of donations from customers raised £48 for The 3 New Bells fund. Next month’s bingo will be as usual the first Tuesday of the month, November 4. Eyes Down at 8.30pm.

Find The Joker - this game which has been running every Friday evening at The Bell since October last year has now been won and a new game will replace it. Details of this will be announced in The Bell on Friday evening. The Bell also has a new Menu. The offer of 2 fish and chips for £15 Tuesday to Thursday evenings continues. There will be Halloween celebrations for children with games and food on Friday 31 from 4.00pm until 6.00pm; tickets are available to purchase from the bar, and pumpkin carving on Wednesday October 29 with judging of the best carved pumpkin at 7.30pm. For more information, please see the blackboard in The Bell and notices on the village noticeboard.

Family Quiz This has now been re-arranged to be held on Saturday January 31 2015 in the village hall. A quiz for all the family starting at 5.00pm until 8.00pm. Tickets will 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. Please contact Angela on 01844 202105 or email or Alex on for more information and tickets.

Parish Council – there will be Parish Council meeting in the village hall on Monday October 20 at 7.30pm. Details of the agenda and last month’s minutes will be available on the noticeboard. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is time at the beginning and end of the meeting for a public session when comments are welcome.

W.I. – There will be a W. I. Meeting in the village hall on Tuesday October 21 at 2.00pm. The subject with Terry Penney is “The Secret History of Nursery Rhymes.”. Non-members are very welcome to come for £4.00.

New Pilates Class in Cuddington - Debbie Corpe, who initiated a Pilates class in the village a few years ago, is now holding a Pilates Barre class in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington every Friday from 9.15am until 10.15am. The class consists of a warm-up, barre section, pilates mat work and stretching, all to music. All you need is a pilates mat and a desire to release your inner ballerina and have some fun! Please call Debbie on 01844 208420 for more information.

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday October 19 Said Communion at St Nicholas church
  • Monday October 20 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Tuesday October 21 W.I. Meeting 2.00pm in the village hall
  • Wednesday October 22 Pub lunch. Let me know if you would like to come on 208913
  • Wednesday October 29 Pumpkin carving competition in The Bell at 7.30pm
  • Friday October 31 Halloween for children in The Bell at 4.00pm.