Friday, 24 July 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Happy Ending for missing dog Ruby, a miniature dachshund/shih tzu cross went missing on Saturday morning July 18 in the field behind Manor Farm. To the great relief of her owners and family, she was found the following day by the river safe and well.

Chearsley Family Wedding

John and Alicia Howard’s son Charlie married his beautiful fiancĂ©e, Anna James from Harpenden, on July 11 at High Elms Manor, Hertfordshire. It was a wonderful family celebration on a sunny day with his older brother, John as Best man, sister Emily as bridesmaid, nephew Charlie, 5 as ring bearer and Tom, 18 months as a reluctant pageboy.
John Howard Senior acted as Master of Ceremonies for the day. Alicia gave a reading and made the Wedding Cake. The Howards moved to Chearsley in July 1987 when John and Charlie were 7 and 5 and before Emily was born. They both attended Chearsley school for the last 3 weeks prior to its closure and Charlie’s name was the last to appear on the school register. Both boys played cricket for the village and rugby for Aylesbury at mini, junior and senior level. Charlie and Anna will continue to live in Harpenden when they return from honeymoon in Morocco. Congratulations to them and best wishes for their future life together.

Chearsley Village Wedding 
A lovely sunny day saw the wedding in Chearsley Church on Saturday July 18 of Debbie Button and Roy Brookes who have lived in Chearsley for the past two years. The service was conducted by John Wynburne. The bride was majestically transported to the church in the Morbey Riley, cleaned and polished to perfection and decked in ribbons and bows for the occasion and driven by an unrecognisably smart and very proud chauffeur. The Riley then took the bride and groom to the reception in the village hall for a fish and chip supper and dancing. Congratulations Debbie and Roy and every good wish for your future together.

A BBQ for Charity is being held at The Old Bakery, Church Lane, Chearsley on August 9 from 12.30 to 4.30pm to raise money for Georgie Allen, who is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September in aid of Hope for Children. This is a charity working in seven different countries across the world, including the UK, with the aim to improve the health, livelihood, rights and education of children. Tickets cost £10 per person for a burger or hot dog, salads, beer or wine. Additional drinks will be available for a small donation. There will also be a raffle which will be drawn at 3.30pm. Please reply by July 30 to or phone 01844 208324 if you would like to come.

Parish Council Meeting
This was held on Monday July 20 under the chairmanship of John Lewis, in the absence of the chairman Nic Brown, with five members of the public present, including Mike Hawkett, District Councillor for the Long Crendon area. The question of risk assessment was discussed that the declared value of assets insured, e.g. bus shelters, war memorial and possibly the playground equipment, needs to be realistic and correct which would be reflected in the premium. Clare is to ask for another quote from the insurers.
  • Michael Edmonds agreed to be the representative on the Parochial Church Council and Michael Heybrook the representative on the Village Hall committee as well as the footpaths officer.
  • John Howard agreed to ask Angela Gray if there would be sufficient funds from the Fete to fund the purchase of a defibrillator and the cost of necessary training. Clare Lazaruk who had first mooted the suggestion to be asked to inform the council of necessary details before the council can make a decision as to its siting.
  • Planning matters. Postcodes and street naming at the Stoney Furlong site had been confirmed. Site meetings were arranged for planning applications at The Caveings, School Lane and Byeways, The Green. It was agreed that any decisions made by the Council concerning planning applications should be minuted at the next meeting. The Council had no objection to the planning application at Bees Cottage, Crendon Road.
  • The traffic calming device which is still currently not working and the matter of kerbing could not be discussed as Julia Witcher was away on holiday. This will be on the agenda of the next meeting.
  • Quotes for a new notice board had been obtained by Julia. Clare would find out if planning permission is needed to have a new flagpole, to be of similar height to the existing one in the grounds of the village hall, in a new position by the War Memorial.
  • Highways and open areas – the bus stops which are in need of repair and updating will be inspected by an engineer from the bus company.
  • No further action is necessary in relation to the footpath over the Persson’s ground in Lower Green Lane.
  • A letter from a villager had been received concerning more dog mess in Dark Lane and a complaint that the slip road by The Old Plough in Aylesbury Road was being used dangerously the wrong way by certain villagers – a matter considered out of the hands of the Parish Council.
  • There was a request that the broken light in Church Piece, Winchendon Road could be mended. The Council agreed to find out how much it would be to mend it and running costs. It was pointed out that the Village Plan was generally against street lighting.
The date of the next meeting will be Monday September 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

AVDC is launching a new website in the first week of August which will be easy to use, attractive and functional with a reliable search, and clear navigation with the aim to find what you are looking for in less than four clicks. There will also be an improved Council and Democracy area to see the latest agendas and minutes for any AVDC committees. This is the first step in a phased plan of improvements with a shift to online contact rather than traditional telephone and face to face service, although this will still be available. Because of cuts in government funding, this will enable AVDC to continue to make savings and keep delivering vital services to residents. The web address will remain the same as present

Retirement of John Wynburne

Sunday July 19 was the last service to be taken in our Benefice by our vicar for the past 6 years, John Wynburne. The villages of Long Crendon, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon wish John and Anna a very happy retirement in their new home when they move around the end of August. When asked if John was looking forward to retirement he replied yes and no. He felt a huge sense of loss but also had the excitement of a new beginning. Chearsley parishioners have thanked him for making a real connection with the village community, touching the lives of so many with his love and care, his tireless energy and great sense of fun.

The Bell – Open all day all weekend. New menu now available.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance
I was prompted to use Google last week to confirm what I thought must be a sighting of the distinctive red and yellow Thames Valley air ambulance hovering over Chearsley last week and then landing on the Cricket Field. I was very saddened to later learn that it had been called out to the new housing site in Chilton Road where the site manager had suffered a heart attack. On this occasion, his life was unable to be saved. From the website I learned that on average three people every day find themselves in a life threatening situation requiring urgent medical treatment at the scene. The air ambulance, with doctor on board, can reach such a situation within minutes ready to deliver the same level of care to be found in the hospital emergency department. Each mission costs approximately £2500. The service is a charity and relies totally on the generosity of the communities in Bucks, Berks and Oxford which it serves. They ask for support to help them to continue to save lives. There is an option to donate to this invaluable life saving service on the website.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 26: Family Service at 10am Sunday August 2 Family Communion at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Monday July 27: Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema showing of Arthur in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm.
  • 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
  • Sunday August 9: 12.30 to 4.30pm BBQ in aid of Hope for Children at The Old Bakery
  • 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
  • Monday September 21: Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall