Thursday, 19 March 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting held on Monday March 16
Please note that these are not the Minutes of the meeting. I attend out of interest and give a report of what is discussed. The Minutes written up by Clare Clark, the Council’s clerk, are published on on the Parish Council web page and displayed on the noticeboard a few days before the next committee meeting.
At this meeting, only three councillors could attend, with apologies from the other four. As there were six members of the public present, it was decided to continue through the Agenda, but no decisions could be made.
During the public session, the problem of the peacocks in the village was discussed. One garden in Turnip Close has a particular attraction for them and the owner was asking for advice and help from the Council. It was agreed that the Parish Council would make further enquiries with the owners to see if the nuisance the peacocks was causing could be dealt with.
Farmyard Footpath by The Old Bakery – Jackie and Derek Allen provided plans from the Land Registry and AVDC showing that the route of the footpath did not run directly next to their house, contradicting the opinion of councillors at the last Parish Council meeting when the subject was discussed.
The recent incident of the dog-walker and large lorry in Dark Lane was now in the hands of the police.
Best Kept Village – as applications had to be in very shortly, it was agreed to enter, following the council’s previous policy and ask for village approval of this at the Annual Parish Meeting in April.
There was no information on the progress of the repair to the vehicle activated sign.
Progress was being made with kerbing and should be done shortly.
A replacement glazed notice board had been investigated which could possibly be funded from a grant from LAF.
A site meeting would be arranged to discuss the planned alterations at Byeways.
Parish Council Elections – notices would soon be displayed on the notice board with details of the information packs necessary for prospective candidates. It is hoped there will be a good response from villagers interested in becoming a Parish councillor.
Annual Parish Meeting – there should be a leaflet drop inviting villagers to this meeting and to put forward their ideas for discussion.
Letter Head – Alicia had agreed to design this, which could be discussed and agreed on at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Plaques commemorating Betty Duval had now been put on the benches. The benches were in urgent need of maintenance. Quotes for this work should be obtained.
Recent damage to banks in Church Lane was discussed and whether agreed kerbing work to be done was in the right place.
Stockwell – maintenance to the pond was needed.
The Allens volunteered to clean the pond out.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be The Annual Parish Meeting on Monday April 20 at 8pm in the village hall.

Annual Parish Meeting
Chearsley Parish Council invite all members of the Parish to this meeting on Monday April 20 at 8pm in the village hall. This is an opportunity to have your say about what goes on in the village and to hear about current projects. Members of the Parish Council will be in the hall at 7.30pm for informal discussions. Items on the agenda for discussion are kerbing and damage to lanes, traffic calming, and the Best Kept Village Competition.
Any other suggestions for topics to be included on the agenda would be very welcome by the Parish Council. Please contact Clare Clark on 01844 201206 or email There will also be a report from the District councillor and County Councillor, Chairman’s Question and Answer Session, financial report, village projects report, police report, Village Hall report, Village Trust report, Neighbourhood watch report, car pool report and cricket club report.

The W.I. Jumble Sale will be held on Saturday April 18 from 1.30 until 3.30pm in Chearsley village hall. Refreshments with home made cakes will be available. Any donations of jumble, bric-a-brac, toys and jewellery are very welcome. Please contact Rachel on 201566, Jann on 202630 or Jean on 202791 if you would like your jumble collected.

CHUF Chearsley and Haddenham Under Fives pre-school welcome children from 2 years old to school entry age. CHUF in Chearsley is held in the village hall, and CHUF in Haddenham is within a building in the school grounds of St Mary’s Church of England school.
Both settings have good outside play areas and children are provided with an exciting environment in which to learn. Visit or phone 01844 208868 or 01844 299123 for more information. Sessions are currently available to Chearsley for the summer term. There is a vacancy for a pre-school assistant at CHUF and the job specification and application form can be viewed and downloaded from their website.

Quiz on Friday April 24 when CHUF are holding a quiz in Chearsley Village Hall. More details available shortly, but keep this date free if you are interested in attending.

Chearsley Midsummer Fête will be held this year on Saturday June 20 at 1pm on the village green. In addition to the usual stalls and games, a massive midsummer murder is being staged and everyone can take part in unmasking the person concerned. More details will be available nearer the time. The latest news can be viewed on the Fête facebook page at In the meantime, Angela Gray is asking for help on the day, just an hour or longer, to help set up, give stall organisers a break and help take the fête down at the end of the day. Please contact Angela on 07944 290264 or email her at if you would like to help and get involved in helping to make this Fête a big success.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • 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.
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday March 21 RBS Six Nations Rugby at The Cricket Club Chearsley. Italy v Wales kick off at 12.30. Door and bar open at 12noon. Bacon Butties before Scotland v Ireland match at 2.30pm. More bacon butties. England v France at
  • Saturday March 21 2 to 4pm Chuf Easter Egg Hunt and Activities at Chearsley Village Hall
  • Monday Mrch 23 Mobile Library from 10 to 10.25am
  • Monday March 23 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema The King and I at The Bernard Hall 1.30pm
  • Tuesday March 24 Spring Walk at Turn End Garden from 11-12pm Phone 07591 01860.
  • Wednesday March 25 Pub Lunch inThe Bell at 12.30.
  • Monday March 30 Footsteps Easter Holiday Fun at Chearsley village hall 10 to 1pm
  • Sunday April 5 Easter Egg Hunt in The Bell Garden
  • Tuesday April 7 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm