Thursday, 11 December 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Poppy Collection – Sue Grimsdell of Elmbrook Close and ex- Landlady of The Bell has been going round the village selling poppies for many years and due to the generosity of Chearsley residents was proud this year to have collected a record £466.25. Refreshments served in the village hall after the War Memorial Service contributed a further £74.90.

Dorothy Clark - Sue’s Mum who had been in poor health for quite a while, died peacefully at her home in Elmbrook Close on Friday December 5. Her funeral will be on Friday December 19 at 10.45am in the Milton Chapel at Amersham crematorium. Sympathies to Sue and her sister and family. Also to Peter on the recent death of his father.

Cricket Club Dinner Dance – 100 players, friends and supporters of Chearsley Cricket Club enjoyed a Dinner and Dance and auction at The Kings Arms, Stokenchurch recently – a successful change of venue for 2014. Ian Houseman was MC for the occasion, standing in for John Howard, the usual MC who was away. The Veness cup was awarded to umpire Rowly Wills for his sterling work throughout the season. Thanks go to the organisers particularly the Gray Family for arranging a very successful evening.

The Three New Bells - Wednesday December 10 was quite a day in Chearsley when almost before it was light the three new bells arrived from White’s workshop in Appleton and were transported down to the church. They were there on view while preparations were made for them to be hung in the belfry. The 6 bells will be given a trial ring on Friday at 4pm ready for the Christingle service on Sunday 14 at 4.00pm. Photos can be seen here.

Carols round the village - anyone who would like to join in a band of carol singers walking round the village should meet at the bus stop on Thursday December 18 at 6.00pm. Collections will be made in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and Debra.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Chearsley - Come up to The Bell on New Year’s Eve which will be open to see in the New Year with food and a disco from 6.00pm until late at a cost of £5.00 each. The Bell will be open again on New Year’s Day at 12.00 noon until 4.00pm. serving food and The Bell’s New Year’s Day Breakfast until 3.00pm It is then closed in the evening.

Family Quiz Night - Saturday January 31 5.00pm until 8.00pm - Tickets are £10 each with a family ticket for 4 at £30 and £7.50 per person thereafter. The price includes a fish and chip supper and pudding. Tickets are available from Angela at or Alex at All proceeds will be in aid of Chearsley village hall.

Chearsley Shop - Jeyan and Suki have some good wine and alcohol offers in the shop, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, chocolates, mince pies. Their opening hours will be as normal until Christmas Day and Boxing Day when the shop will be closed. Saturday 27 - Open from 8.00 until 2.00pm. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday will be normal opening hours. New Year’s Day Thursday January 1 the shop will be open from 8.00am until 2.00pm

The Bell - Opening hours during the Christmas Period
  • Christmas Eve Day Bar open 12 until 3. Food 12 – 2
    Evening Bar open 6 until late. No food
  • Christmas Day Day Bar open 12 until 3. No food
    Evening Closed
  • Boxing Day Day Bar open 12 to 4 Food 12 – 3
    Evening Closed
  • New Year’s Eve Day Bar open 12 – 3 Food 12 – 2
    Evening Bar open 6 until late. Tickets for food and disco £5.00
  • New years Day Day Bar open 12 – 4 Food 12 – 3 The Bell’s New Year’s Day breakfast available
    Evening Closed

Services at St Nicholas during the Christmas Period
  • Sunday December 21 at 4.00pm Carol Service
  • Christmas Eve at 3.00pm Crib Service
  • Christmas Eve at 10.30pm Midnight Communion
  • Christmas Day at 10.00am Christmas Praise
  • Sunday December 28 No Service in Chearsley
  • Sunday January 4 at 10.00am Family Communion
  • Sunday January 4 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm Rock Solid at Paul and Ann’s
  • Refuse Collection Friday December 12– the general refuse bins and food bins will be collected
  • Friday December 19 the recycling bins and food bins will be collected

Refuse Collection during the Christmas period
  • Monday December 29 - the ordinary general refuse bins and food bins will be collected
  • Saturday January 3 - the recycling bins and food bins will be collected

Diary Dates:
  • Thursday December 18 Carol singing round the village. Meet at 6.00pm at the bus stop
  • Saturday December 20 Christmas Party for children in the village hall 3.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday December 24 Long Crendon Mummers at 7.30pm in The Bell
  • Monday December 29 Ordinary refuse bins collected
  • Saturday Jan 3 Recycling Bins collected
  • Tuesday January 6 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm Bingo players’ meal deal.
  • Wednesday January 7 Monthly Pub Lunch at 12.30pm

Christmas Greetings from me - It is time now to thank everyone who has taken the trouble this year to keep me informed of village news and events and those who tell me how much they appreciate my efforts each week and to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas. 2015 promises to be a busy year again with more events planned to continue fund raising for The 3 Bells, a new Village Hall and a Fete - and hopefully plenty of happy celebrations, including two weddings in the church.
Happy New Year to us all.