Friday, 20 February 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting held on Monday February 16: Mike Edmonds acted as chairman for the meeting as Nic Brown and John Lewis were absent.
  • During the public session the matter of large delivery lorries in the narrow lanes was brought up and discussed. One lady while walking her dogs had recently encountered a large BuildBase lorry at a particularly narrow part of Dark Lane. The lorry driver was intimidating and abusive. A plea was made to everyone in the village, particularly to householders who are having work done to their houses to ask for small lorries to deliver materials. It was felt that this should be a condition of any planning permission granted for new houses or extensions and the Parish Council should endeavour to see that this request is carried out and the reasons for it understood. 
  • New Kerbing - a date for work to be carried out in the Dark Lane area should soon be arranged. Traffic Calming – the Vehicle Activated Sign is currently being mended and should be re-installed shortly on one of the main roads into the village. 
  • Planning Matters – the Council had no objection to a replacement garage in Elm Brook Close.
  • Village Hall refurbishment – The Feasibility Study had now been received by the Village Hall committee, which showed a larger figure than anticipated for a new build. A more cost effective option is being looked into with the architects. Once a plan has been agreed, another village meeting will be held.
  • Flag Pole relocation – it is understood that planning permission will be needed to move the flagpole from the grounds of the village hall to be near to the War Memorial and for the matter to be discussed at the annual meeting. 
  • New Councillors - to encourage potential candidates to become parish councillors, it was suggested that there should be more information about what being a Parish Councillor entails. An invitation for anyone possibly interested in becoming a new councillor to come to the next Parish Council Meeting in March and to chat to members at the end of the meeting.
  • Best Kept Village - entries are now being invited. It was agreed to delay the decision whether to take part or not until the next meeting in March.
  • Footpaths - confusion as to the exact location of the footpath by The Bakery between Church Lane and Dark Lane was brought up. The one nearer to the house is the correct one.
  • Memorial Benches – plaques in memory of Betty Duval are being ordered and affixed to the two benches on The Green.
  • Date of Next Meeting – this will be on Monday March 16 at 7.30pm in the village hall.
Litter Pick – there is now a new date for the Litter Pick to which everyone is invited to come along to tidy up our village. It will be on Monday March 9, meeting outside the shop at 9.30am. Bring your own gloves. Bin bags will be provided. Refreshments will be served at The Bell from 11.30pm. If the weather is bad, everyone is still invited to come to The Bell.

Pancake Party at The Church Almost £40 was raised by making and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday at the Church by lots of adults and children. This will go the Children’s Society. Photos can be found on the St Nicholas website.

Bingo at The Bell - this will be on Tuesday March 3 at 8.30pm. Good cash prizes for a line and full house and the Snowball game. Come early and enjoy a meal at special Bingo player rates.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema- The King and I starring Yul Brynner , Deborah Kerr and Rita Moreno will be screened at the The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Monday March 23 at 1.30pm. The popularity of the January film has prompted the need to have a booking system. Tickets will now be available from March 1 by contacting Liz Davies on 01844 299150. Tickets cost £5 or £4 concession to include tea and cake during the interval. The film is 133 minutes long and doors open at 1pm. Please remember that parking around the Bernard Hall is limited and it is suggested that the Playing Field Club car park can be used.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday February 22 Family Service at 10am
  • Sunday March 1st Family communion at 10am. More details of services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and Pew Sheets can be found on the main St Nicholas webpage.
Diary Dates:
  • Monday February 23 Mobile Library at The Green 10 until 10.25am
  • Wednesday February 24 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm
  • Sunday March 1 RBS Six Nations Rugby being shown at Chearsley Cricket Club. Ireland v England with kick off at 3pm.
  • Tuesday March 3 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm
  • Monday March 9 (new date) Litter Pick. Meet outside the shop at 9.30am