Thursday, 30 April 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Coffee morning for Steve Vear
Steve Vear died nearly 1 year ago and it is planned to plant a tree in the village in his memory. Steve will be remembered by many for his involvement in many aspects of the village – the shop, the church, the cricket club, The Bell, his veg boxes, eggs and not least his noisy old Landrover straight out of Midsomer Murders. He was known and loved by many including the children he coached in mathematics. Please come to a coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday May 9 from 10 to 12pm for tea and coffee and home-made cakes to raise money for a memorial tree for Steve. Any donations of help on the day or of cakes will be much appreciated. Contact Julie on 01844 208983.

Dave Payne Catches His Biggest Fish

Joy Payne, of Bernard’s Close, and known to so many for everything she does in the village, is very proud of her son, David who has had his photo printed in a recent copy of The Angling Times. Dave recently turned up for an overnighter at Shallow Pit, part of the St Ives Complex on the Cambridgeshire venue and caught the lake’s biggest resident – Colin - weighing just over 50lb. Having changed his swim when another better one become available, Dave had settled in for the night, hopeful that an early indication on his left hand rod would develop. He was woken by a flurry of beeps that merged into a streaming run and the rod doubled over. He pulled it over the net cord safely into the net. The fish was identified as Colin, the biggest in the lake, Dave’s first fish in the St Ives complex and beating his personal best by 25lb. Well done Dave. A good story to tell in The Bell when you are next home.

The Bell
Sharon and her staff put on a splendid St George’s Day celebration on Saturday April 25 enjoyed by around 30 villagers. The Bell continues to offer 2 meals for £15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday evenings; The Chase The Ace game on Friday evenings when there is the chance to win £50 and if an Ace is picked, a share of the final prize fund; the Meat Raffle on Sunday afternoons; Bingo on the first Tuesday of the month and the Sunday Quiz on the Sunday following Bingo. Back on the menu again is Friday morning coffee, tea and home-made cake from 10 until 12.

Wednesday Evening Pilates in Chearsley Village Hall
Apologies for the confusion I caused recently by writing the wrong day for Debbie’s Pilates classes. Debbie Corpe holds pilates classes in the village hall on Wednesday evenings from 6 to7pm. The classes have classic pilates exercises to tone, strengthen, stretch and lengthen using a variety of small props. You will need to bring your own mat. Please contact Debbie for more information and to book your place on 077706494 or email her at

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day - a new committee under the leadership of Fred Crawford is now hard at work organising an even bigger and better classic car show hoping to beat last year’s £3000 raised for the Juniors at Chearsley Cricket Club. It will be held at Chearsley Cricket Club, Winchendon Road on Sunday September 13 from noon to 4.30pm with a large number of classic and vintage vehicles on display, also arts and crafts, pets corner, fair, bands, bar, refreshments, barbeque, Spitfire flyover. It is planned for better advertising and signage for the event and improved email and website communications for on-line registration. There will be no car boot sale this year. Put the date in your diary and make sure you come to a great day out. There will be plenty of nearby parking for visitors.

Turn End Trust Workshop
Turn End Trust conserving Turn End Estate in Haddenham is holding a workshop on Thursday May 14 from 10 to 4pm entitled Learn to Propagate your own plants. The workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers and includes tips and techniques for propagating plants, seed sowing, dividing plants and taking cuttings. The cost for the day is £50. Please email or phone 07591 018601 for more information and to book your place. To find out more about gardening at Turn End, visit the Gardener’s blog at

National Trust Aylesbury Centre
Local residents who have recently joined the National Trust, existing members who have moved into the Aylesbury area, and those who have been members for 10 years should have received an invitation to join the Aylesbury Centre of the National Trust. This centre offers social activities to National Trust members and volunteers from across the Aylesbury Vale, including monthly talks at Broughton Junior School, outings to National Trust and other properties, holidays and other activities. If you did not receive this letter and invitation and would like to find out more about the Aylesbury National Trust Centre, Tony Fanthorpe, the Hon Secretary and membership secretary of the centre would very much like you to contact him. And anyone who is a National Trust member or volunteer who has not heard about the centre. Please phone 01296 612117 or email Tony is also the Bucks Herald village correspondent for Weston Turville.

Cuddington Bridge Closure
It seems that May 10 is the expected date for work on the bridge to be completed, but according to other Transport for Bucks messages on the website, if the repair work takes more time than this to complete, the bridge could stay closed until the beginning of June. Let’s hope that by May 10 the bridge is open again. The closure is resulting in the pubs and shops in both Cuddington and Chearsley having less business than usual. So please continue to support them during this difficult time.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema – tickets for this highly popular bi-monthly event in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington, will go on sale on May 1. High Society will be shown on Monday May 18 in the hall at 1.30pm with doors open at 1pm. The film is 111minutes long and stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Entry is by ticket which includes tea and cake and costs £5 or £4 concession price. Please phone Liz Davies on 01844 299150 to book a ticket.

Church Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday May 3 10 am Family Communion and Junior Church. Rock Solid Camp
  • Sunday May 10 Morning Celebration at 10am; Evensong at 6pm

Diary Dates:
  • Friday May 1 Coffee and Cake at The Bell 10 to 12pm
  • Monday May 4 Bank Holiday Turn End Garden open under the National Garden Scheme from 2 - 5pm
  • Tuesday May 5 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.30pm
  • Thursday May 7 National and Local Elections in the village hall from 7am until 10pm.
  • Friday May 8 Coffee and Cake at The Bell 10 to 12pm
  • Saturday May 9 Coffee Morning at Chearsley Village hall from 10 to 12pm raising funds for a Steve Vear Memorial
  • Saturday May 9 A Night at the Opera, at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church Long Crendon
  • Sunday May 10 Monthly Quiz at The Bell 8pm
  • Tuesday May 12 Late Spring Walk from 11 – 12pm at Turn End Garden
  • Thursday May 14 Propagate your Own plants session 10 – 4pm at Turn End