Thursday, 5 March 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jumble Sale
Chearsley W.I. are holding a jumble sale in Chearsley village hall on Saturday April 18 in the afternoon. The time has not yet been finalised. Refreshments with home-made cakes will be available. Donations of jumble, bric-a-brac, toys and jewellery are requested. For more details or request for jumble to be collected, please contact Rachel on 201566, Jann on 202630 or Jean on 202791.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

This scheme launched this Spring will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats. This cannot happen without the help of volunteers who are need to carry out surveys of wild-flowers and their habitats which will provided robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges. Volunteers will be given a convenient 1km square plot to visit. Each visit involves recording plant “indicator species” in plots within the kilometre area. Anyone interested in nature who can identify plants or who is keen to learn – you do not have to be an experienced botanist – would be ideal to get involved. Visit their website for more information and details of how to join in this new scheme.

Stand for Election
The elections for parish councillors takes place on Thursday May 7 alongside the General Election. Nic Brown, the current Chairman of Chearsley Parish Council is asking everyone who has either lived or worked in Chearsley for the past year to consider standing for election and writes that
“by standing as a Parish Councillor, you could have an opportunity to contribute to the well-being and care of Chearsley. The Parish Council takes responsibility for a range of local matters and community needs and is funded by the precept (raised as part of the Council Tax). The 7 elected Councillors who work together as a team or participate in various working groups, aim to improve the services of the village by maintaining the parish land, caring for the environment through litter and dog control, overseeing the repair and maintenance of highways including footpaths and bridleways, reviewing planning applications, repairing and maintaining the war memorial/bus shelters (responsibilities that will undoubtedly increase with the proposed devolution of services by Bucks County Council). Being a councillor is a rewarding role and offers the opportunity to put something back into village life. Our village needs your support. Please consider standing for Election”. 
There will be information about applications on the notice board in due course. The nomination form needs to be supported by a proposer and seconder from 2 people on the electoral register within the Parish and must be delivered to AVDC by Thursday April 9.
John Lewis, vice-chairman of the Parish Council adds that
“the only way to ensure we have the right Parish Council for the village is by lots of people putting their names forward and having a strongly contested election for the 7 available places”.
If you are interested, why not attend the next Parish Council meeting to be held on Monday March 16 in the village hall at 7.30pm to find out more.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday March 8 Morning Celebration at 10am. A special drama is lined up for this informal service. Fresh real coffee, tea, squash and biscuits available on arrival. The service will start at about 10.10am. Evensong at 6pm
  • Sunday March 15 Mothering Sunday Service 10am. During the service the children will present posies of flowers to their Mothers and Beryl’s simnel cake will be shared afterwards. Everyone welcome to this joyful celebration. More details of services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and Pew Sheets can be found on the St Nicholas website

Diary Dates:
  • Saturday March 14 RBS Six Nations rugby at Chearsley Cricket Club Wales v Ireland kick off at 2.30pm and England v Scotland kick off at 5pm. The bar will be open half an hour before kick off. Bacon butties at half time. Everyone welcome to come up.
  • Saturday March 14 Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at The Bell. More details available at The Bell.
  • Sunday March 15 Celebrate Mothering Sunday at St Nicholas church at 10am.
  • Mothering Sunday lunch at The Bell – please book your table in good time with Sharon at The Bell as places are limited. 
  • Monday March 16 Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Monday March 23 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema. The King and I will be shown. Doors open 1pm. Tickets available at £5 or £4 concessions to include tea and cake during the interval from Liz Davies on 299150. Please remember that parking near the hall is limited. There are plenty of spaces at the Playing Field Club car park.
  • Sunday March 29 Devotional service at 6pm at Long Crendon Church