Monday, 1 June 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Arthur and Joyce Brown
Arthur and Joyce lived in Winchendon Road for many years. Arthur, who had been in ill health and in and out of hospital for a long time died on May 1st aged 86. Joyce who had also been in poor health died on May 12 aged 83. A very sad time for all the family. Arthur and Joyce’s funeral service will be held in Chearsley church on Tuesday May 26 at 11.45 followed by cremation at Oxford crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations to British Heart Foundation c/o Funeral Directors, F J Wilson of Greenway, Haddenham.

Chearsley Parish Council met on Monday May 18 with 6 members of the public present. Nic Brown was elected to continue as Chairman with John Lewis as the Vice Chairman and Clare Clark as the Financial Officer. Other appointments for other committees will be made at the June meeting, when hopefully the 2 new parish councillors will be able to attend. During the public session, it was asked for the agenda to include the reading of any correspondence received. This request was agreed to. The problem of speeding in the village was raised and it was confirmed that the police do periodically carry out speed checks. The village vehicle activated sign remains out of action. This will be looked into and when the other sign will be available.
It was suggested that Chearsley could join with Cuddington and Dinton at the meetings of the Traffic Action Group concerning speeding problems in villages and main roads. The parking problem caused by building work in the Elm Brook Close area was again discussed.
Chearsley’s entry in the Best Kept Village was confirmed. Cuddington Bridge Closure the council will write to Bucks County Council to complain that little or no notice was given about this.
Village plan – no progress on any of the action plans with the exception of the village hall and possible cycle route to Haddenham, had been made. Volunteers are needed. Kerbing quotes have now been received for 4 areas in the Dark Lane area at a cost of around £8,000 which exceeds the amount put aside for kerbing, but it was agreed for this work to go ahead. Although the roads should not be widened to accommodate large vehicles, some digging into the banks will have to be carried out for the stones to be laid.
Noticeboard - a replacement one by the bus stop, half glazed and lockable and half open will be decided upon and ordered. The benches on The Green and by The War Memorial are in need of attention. The flag pole is to be moved to be more visible nearer to the War Memorial. Village white gates need repair and paint. Quotes to be obtained for this work.
Planning applications a site meeting at Bees Cottage was arranged. The purchase of a defibrillator for the village would be discussed at the next council meeting. The village’s new District councillor is now Mike Hawkin who should be informed and invited to attend the monthly meetings, as should Margaret Aston, our County Councillor.
The next Parish Council meeting will now be held on Monday June 8 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Details of the agenda and Minutes of the previous meeting will be displayed on the notice board shortly before June 8. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to these meetings when there are 2 opportunities for public comments and views

No Dogs at The Cricket Field
The cricket field gates will now only be open on match days and locked at all other times due to the persistent problem of dog walkers in the field failing to clear up after their dogs. The Club is sorry to have to take this action, but despite many requests for dog mess to be cleared up, the problem continues. For everyone’s health and comfort, particularly the grounds man who has the very unpleasant job of finding and clearing up the dog mess and for the many juniors who now attend the club, there is no choice but to lock the gates and make the ground a no-dog area.

Building work at Byeways, The Green
Over the coming weeks there may well be some minor disruptions to the road bordering Byeways and Prospect cottage as works to the extension and refurbishment of Byeways continue. This may mean that on occasions for limited times it will be best to use the road past The Bell. Nic Brown is keen to keep any disruption to a minimum and will ask all trades people working on the project to ensure they use the highest standards of courtesy and sensitivity in the area around the ongoing works. He apologises for any inconvenience which may be caused.

Bingo at The Bell
The next Bingo session will be on Tuesday June 2 with Eyes Down around 8.30pm.There are good cash prizes to be won. Come early and enjoy a meal for a special price for Bingo players, or take advantage of the 2 meals for £15 being offered Tuesday to Thursday evenings. Don’t forget the Chase The Ace game on Friday nights, with tickets available to buy throughout the week. Coffee and cake mornings every Friday from 10 to 12pm and the meat raffle on Sunday afternoons. Go-Karting If you are interested in joining in with others from The Bell in go-karting in Aylesbury and coming back to The Bell for a curry meal on Sunday May 31, please contact Sharon at The Bell for more information.

Long Crendon Magna Carta celebrations are taking place over the weekend June 13 and 14 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede by King John in 1215. Long Crendon has a direct link to this important piece of history as the then Lord of the Manor, William Marshal the elder, regarded as “the greatest knight in Christendom” and his son were involved in the production of the document. William Marshal, the Younger was one of the 25 rebel barons present at Runnymede to witness the sealing.
There will be a Medieval Jousting Tournament and Pageant on the Recreation Ground on Saturday June 15 from 2 to 5.30pm with free entry. The Long Crendon Morris Dancers will be performing and there will be falconry displays, a jousting tournament, archery competitions for adults and children, children’s activities and many other attractions. As there will be horses and birds of prey present, visitors are asked not to bring their dogs. There will also be little parking space. Maybe, walk or use the bus?
Tickets for the evening barn dance and BBQ with licensed bar cost £10 to include refreshments and can be obtained from the village centre or call 01844 208837. Numbers are limited, so book in good time. On the Sunday June 14 there will be a church service at St Mary’s at 1030am and a Peal of Bells led by Andrew Haseldine at 12pm which will be part of a national peal of bells celebrating the anniversary of Magna Carta. The peal will be a new one and if they are successful in ringing it, this will give them the right to name it and are intending that it should refer to William Marshal.

Chearsley Midsummer Fete
Midsummer Fete the unmissable signs are up on The Green advertising our village Fete on Saturday June 20 at 1pm. Leaflets asking for donations to all the stalls will soon be in circulation. Books, toys, teddy bears, bric-a-brac, plants cakes, accessories including scarves, handbags, jewellery, etc will all be needed – a good opportunity to have a clear out of unwanted bits and pieces. Any offers of help on the day would be much appreciated. Please contact Angela Gray on 07944 290264 or email her at

Stockwell - thank you to Jackie and Derek Allen and friends for cleaning and tidying up the pond and area around it in Church Lane. It looks good.

Chuf Pirate Day Chuf’s annual Party was held by at The Rose and Thistle Pub and adventure play area in Haddenham – a Pirate Day providing a fun packed afternoon for everyone, including a bouncy castle, hook a duck and splat the rat games, and an arts and crafts table. Proceeds from the day go towards keeping the playgroup equipped with the latest technology which at the moment are new Ey-Logs, an on-line system which will enable parents to share in the children’s learning experiences. Chuf have 2 venues in Haddenham and Chearsley. For more information on what Chuf can provide, please go to their website

Meadowsong Saturday July 4 at 6.30pm Tickets are now on sale for this evening in the lovely garden, Long Meadow, Dark Lane of Paul and Ann Persson. International singers, Paul Shinar and Laura Feely will be presenting High as a Flag, entertainment suitable for all the family. Bring a rug and picnic or take advantage of the bar and barbeque selling chilled wine and beers, hot dogs and burgers. Tickets can be bought from Joy Payne at £15 each. Free for children and all monies raised go to the final fund of The 3 New Bells at St Nicholas church. Phone Joy on 01844 208513.

Pat Miles was surprised and delighted with all the good wishes, cards and presents she received when she recently celebrated her 90th birthday and would like to express her thanks to everyone for making her day so memorable.

Age UK Bucks – help for carers of people with Dementia There is now help available for carers over the age of 18 who look after friends or relatives suffering with dementia. Support, advice and information is being offered by Age UK and free regular visits from trained volunteers, giving carers a listening ear and enabling them to talk about their concerns and feelings in an impartial environment are now available. Any carer over 18 who lives in Bucks, can contact Age UK directly by phoning Angela, Anna or Yolande on 01296 431911 or email

Music in Quiet Places at Cuddington
A concert organised by AVDC in this yearly scheme will be held at St Nicholas church, Cuddington on Saturday June 20 at 7.30pm. The programme centres on Schubert’s String Quartet in C Major. The concert will have an interval with refreshments and is preceded if desired by a village walk starting at 6.30pm. Please contact Myles Saker for tickets costing £12 or £10 concessions on 01844 291825 or email

Diary Dates: 
  • Tuesday  June 2  Bingo at The Bell with Eyes Down at 8.30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday June 6 and 7 Dadbrook Garden open from 2 until 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday June 13 and 14 Magna Carta Celebrations in Long Crendon
  • Sunday June 14  Village England at The Bernard Hall, viewings at 3, 4.30 and 6pm.
  • Saturday June 20  Chearsley Midsummer Fete 1pm.
  • Saturday July 4 MeadowSong at 6pm at Long Meadow, Dark Lane in aid of the 3 New Bells