Saturday, 14 March 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Litter Pick – I hope all villagers are appreciating the tidy and litter free village lanes after a group of about 10 villagers met for a much needed litter pick on Monday March 9. The village lanes and roads leading into the village, with the exception of Aylesbury Road as time ran out, were scoured by the volunteers, producing many bags of rubbish. Much of it could be recycled – beer cans and fast food wrappers predominating , nothing more interesting.
Sharon at The Bell provided very welcome and well earned refreshments and home made cakes afterwards. If all villagers were a little more responsible for keeping the verges and lanes around their houses litter free, our village could remain in the pleasant state it is today for all year.
Thanks to Laura for organising the litter pick.

Betty Duval Plaques, commemorating Betty Duval, a quiet, kind lady who lived and loved Chearsley for many years and who died about 8 years ago, have now been attached to the two benches on The Green. These were bought by the Parish Council with a legacy from Betty’s will. The benches are often used by villagers and visitors, taking time and rest for a drink or ice cream and are a welcome addition to The Green, and now we can be reminded that they are there with thanks to Betty’s generosity.

Cuddington and Dinton Ice Ball - this major fund raising event for the two schools which many village children attend needs donations of prizes for the raffle and auction. Please contact Jenny Atkins if you are able to help. Her email is or phone 01844 202512, mobile 07919891612, and leave a message.

Chuf Easter Egg Hunt and Activities There will be an Easter fun afternoon on Saturday March 21 from 2 to 4pm at Chearsley Village Hall with crafts, Easter egg hunt, activities, stalls, face painting, refreshments and raffle.

Cheese & Wine Call My Bluff
A fun evening is being held on Saturday April 18 at Chearsley village hall with proceeds going to the St Nicholas’ Bell Fund. Come on your own or with friends to this evening of cheese and wine tasting. Listen to the “experts” – what’s true and who is bluffing? Tickets cost £15 each which includes tasting a range of wines and cheeses. There will also be a themed raffle. Please contact Joy on 208513 or Jeremy on 201611 for more information and to buy your ticket. The evening is at 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

FootstepsEaster Holiday Family Fun Monday March 30 from 10 – 1pm in Chearsley Village hall for messy crafts and to hear the Easter story followed by bring and share lunch.
No charge but donations welcome. Please sign up by email Sharon at or phone 208740.

Turn End House and Garden , Haddenham Turn End, is one of three award-winning village houses of post-war architectural merit, designed by Peter Aldington. Its garden, created as a natural extension to the architect’s own house unfolds as an intriguing series of garden rooms harmonious with the building and landscaped with a rich variety of interesting plants.
Turn End Charitable Trust was established in order to protect the Turn End estate for future generations, make it available for the public benefit and promote public knowledge and understanding of architecture, garden design and the relationship between them. Friends of Turn End Scheme has now been launched which will give members opportunities to access Turn End garden without additional charge as well as other benefits including an Early Bird booking facility for its 2015 events programme. Annual membership to become a friend is £25 (individual) or £35 (joint). A Founding Friend for a one –off minimum donation of £200 is for life.
The diary of events for 2015 includes seasonal walks and Talks, the first Early Spring Walk will take place on Tuesday March 24 from 11am to 12pm at a cost of £10. There will be Arts and Crafts Workshops throughout the year, which will cost £50 for the day. There will also be Gardening Workshops, the first of the year being Propagate your Own Plants to take place on Thursday May 14 from 10am to 4pm at a cost of £50. There will be House and Garden Open Days. Turn End will also be participating in the National Garden Scheme Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday May 4 and in the Bucks Open Studios in June.
Please contact Venetia Davies, Events Co-ordinator, on 07717 834606 or email or phone 07591 018601for more information on becoming a Friend or for further information on the 2015 events.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday March 15 Mothering Sunday Service at 10am. Posies for Mothers and Beryl’s simnel cake afterwards. Everyone welcome.
  • Sunday March 22 Family Service at 10am
  • Sunday March 29 Palm Sunday service at 10am.
  • Sunday March 29 Devotional service at St Mary’s Long Crendon at 6pm. A service of music, readings and hymns. All welcome.
  • More details of services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and Pew Sheets can be found on the St Nicholas web page.
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday March14 RBS Six Nations rugby at Chearsley Cricket Club. Wales v Ireland at 2.30pm and England v Scotland at 5pm. Bacon Butties served between matches. Doors and bar open at 2pm.
  • Saturday March 14 St Patrick’s Day meal at The Bell.
  • Sunday March 15 Mothering Sunday Meal at The Bell .
  • Monday March 16 Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm.
  • Saturday March 21 2 to 4pm Chuf Easter Egg Hunt and Activities at Chearsley Village Hall.
  • Monday March 23 Mobile Library by The Green from 10am to 10.25am.
  • Monday March 23 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema. Doors open 1pm for 1.30pm start. The King and I. Tickets cost £5 (£4 concessions) to include tea and cake during the interval. Phone Liz Davies on 299150. Please remember that parting near the hall is limited. There are plenty of spaces at The Playing Field Club car park.
  • Tuesday March 24 Spring Walk at Turn End Garden from 11 – 12pm. Cost £10.Maximum of 10 people. Phone 07591 018601 to book.
  • Wednesday March 25 Monthly Pub lunch in The Bell at 12.30pm. Please contact me on 208913 if you would like to come or see Sharon in The Bell to choose your meal. Everyone is welcome.