Friday, 17 July 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bucks Best Kept Village Competition
The results of this year’s competition have now been announced. Chearsley put in an entry for the Morris Cup (for villages with a population of 500 to 1500) which was won this year by Cuddington with Castlethorpe as runner-up. Chearsley had a good tidy up and looked good, but did not score enough points by the judges to be a winner. Cuddington also has the added honour of being selected for the Savills sponsored Community Award. The competition chairman, Richard Pushman commented that there was a record number of 57 entries this year.
Standards were high in all the competing villages. The judges were very impressed with the general upkeep and absence of litter . Almost all the entries displayed much evidence of good community spirit with numerous activities and community enterprise. Cuddington had a special mention by the chairman as being a worthy winner of the Community Award with particular reference to the Cuddington Picture House, an ambitious community project run by volunteers which has been a great success. Oving , although not a winner this year, was also congratulated for its new village hall, which has been a tremendous achievement for the village. The judges look for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.
We can only try again next year and in the meantime strive to keep the village as well kept and litter free as possible.

The Chearsley Cricket Club Junior Awards were recently held at the pavilion to celebrate another good season with 100 junior players registered including 30 girls. Head Coach, Dave Richards, praised all the youngsters who turn up regularly on Tuesday evenings for coaching sessions and thanked all his fellow coaches and other parents who make such a valuable contribution to the smooth running of the juniors section of the Cricket Club.
Awards were presented in the Under 11s for Best Batsman to Henry Wiltshire, for Best Bowler to Joe Littlewood for Most Improved Player to Joseph Grapes and for Best Newcomer to Jack Hawkin.
In the Under 9s, Best Batsman was Mungo Hytten, Best Bowler, Charlie Littlewood. The Girls, Emma Morris was Best Batter, Rowan Chantry was Best Bowler, Saskia Day was Most Improved Player and Tiffany Pettiford was Best Newcomer.
Head Coach awards went to Joe Littlewood and Harry Lazaruk and for the girls to Olivia Sawrey-Cookson and Alice Grapes.

Veterans County Match
Chearsley Cricket will be hosting a County Game at the club on Tuesday July 21 commencing at 1.30pm between Bucks and Middlesex Veterans. Come up and watch. The bar will be open and a BBQ afterwards.

Sculpture in the Gardens at Turn End Haddenham

80 pieces of sculpture from 15 different artists will be on view in the various garden rooms of 1 acre at Turn End, Haddenham from Saturday August 8 until Sunday August 16. Free entry from 11 – 6 daily. The sculptures will be available for sale and refreshments of teas and cakes will be available throughout the day.

It was a lovely evening for this latest village event fund-raising for the 3 new bells, already installed and ringing out each week. There are some photos of MeadowSong to be found at here.

Chuf Teddy Bears Picnic Friday July 31 10.30 to 12.30 - The children are now on holiday and would love to have a morning out at Chearsley village hall with Chuf for a teddy bear’s picnic. Entry is free for games, arts and crafts, music, stories and lots of fun with squash and biscuits available. There also be a bouncy castle with a charge of £1. Bring the family, bring a picnic and a blanket and the favourite teddy bear.

The Bell
Monthly Bingo evenings and Quiz Nights are not held during August, but will restart in September. Friday coffee and cake mornings are growing in popularity. Call in for coffee and home-made cake and a chat for £3.50 every Friday morning from 10 to 12pm.
Chase The Ace has not yet reached its climax on Friday evenings, with one more ace still to be found. Tickets can be bought throughout the week for £1 and on Friday night for £1.50 ready for the draw at 8pm. The Bell is then open all day Saturday and Sundays.
Check the Bell notice board for details of planned BBQS and other events. Sunday afternoons continue to have the Meat raffle at 3pm.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 26 Family Service at 10am

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday July 19 Benefice Service at 10am at St Mary's Church Long Crendon
  • Monday July 27 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema showing of Arthur in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm. Phone Liz Davies on 01844 299150 for tickets 
  • Friday July 31 Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Chuf at Chearsley village hall 10.30 to 12.30pm
  • Saturday August 8 – Sunday 16 Sculpture in The Garden at Turn End from 11 to 6pm Free entry.
  • Saturday September 5 Chearsley Fruit and Veg Show in the village hall
  • Sunday September 13 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day 12 to 5pm in the Cricket Field, Winchendon Road.