Monday, 26 October 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Special Birthday Congratulations to Sharon, Landlady of The Bell, a very delightful young lady who celebrates her “special” birthday on Friday October 30. Call in at The Bell on that day and you will be able to congratulate her and give her your good wishes.

Parish Council Meeting October 22
rearranged from Monday October 19
About 12 members of the public were present at this meeting chaired by Nic Brown with several members offering their apologies for non-attendance.
  • Many residents voiced their dissatisfaction about the new footpath in Chilton Road which was a condition of the planning permission for the new houses at Stoney Furlong. The footpath has to be wide enough to have wheelchair access and this extra land will come from the drives of the existing houses in Chilton Road . The Council were sympathetic to these views but were unable to alter matters. 
  • Hicks Path a new footpath pole has now been erected, but the old one just discarded in the hedge. The Council agreed to arrange for this to be removed.
  • Traffic problem it was asked that the junction of Chilton Road and Aylesbury Road by the conker tree could possibly become 1 way in view of some motorists taking the lower slip road to beat traffic on the main road waiting to come on to the Aylesbury/Crendon road creating possible danger . Highways at AVDC to be consulted about this.
  • New Village Hall John Lewis presented Antonia Stratford who heads the village hall new build committee and Lynn Palmer, architect from Thame who presented a video of a possible new hall, of single storey, oak framed structure with a main front door at the front, 2 halls, with an overall size of 255sq.m. as opposed to the present 170sq.m. The Parish Council would like more time to consider the proposed plans which they would then discuss with the Village Hall Committee before presenting these at a public meeting.
  • This led on to John Lewis with his plans for the War Memorial area where it is proposed to reduce the height of the hedge behind the War Memorial by half to its original height, trim the trees and remove a silver birch. This would make the village hall more visible the village. Also to put in a path to make a new pedestrian side entrance into the village hall grounds and to re-site the flagpole. A tree surgeon suggests that the oak should be trimmed, the Liquid Amber Tree moved and a new tree planted. The cost of all this work will be £1,100. The Council were in agreement with these alterations.
  • Tree in Memory of Steve Vear. Although initial thoughts of the Council were that The Green was not the best place for a tree for Steve, due to overcrowding of trees and the precedent it would create, it was then considered that it could go approximately where there is a small seat and table near to the shop on The Green. An alternative site could be by the War Memorial. Karen Vear and family said that they did not want to cause any upset, but felt that with Steve’s association with the shop and pub, a tree close to both of these would be what they would like. However, in view of the alternative suggestion it was agreed for the family to think things over and then decide with the Council. 
  • Kerbing - work for this had been booked in with no date as yet arranged and final details of the work had to be decided.
  • Defibrillator - it was confirmed that proceeds from the Fete would cover the cost of this and a location had to be decided upon.
  • Notice board - a quote for half glazed and non glazed notice boards had been obtained. 2 more were still required. During the public session, a villager offered to quote for the new notice board.
  • A general discussion over the poor state of trees and hedges in the villages led to the matter that the precept should be increased to allow the Council to take responsibility for looking after such matters in the village appropriately. Villagers were encouraged to come to the Budget Meeting on Wednesday December 9 when the precept would be discussed.
  • Christmas Tree Lights Switch On will take place on Saturday December 12.
Nic Brown thanked everyone for their comments and announced that the next meeting will be on November 19.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday November 1 Family Communion at 10am with Steve and Rose Williams. Rock Solid at 6 – 7.30pm
Diary Dates:
  • Thursday October 29 The Village Picture House showing Queen Live at Wembley Stadium at 8pm
  • Friday October 30 Sharon’s Birthday
  • Saturday October 31 Halloween party for children at The Bell from 4 to 6pm. Tickets selling fast available £5 each for meal and juice and games.
  • Saturday October 31 Fancy Dress Halloween in The Bell from 8pm till late with disco and nibbles.
  • Monday November 2 Mobile library in Chearsley from 10 to 10.25am
  • Monday November 2 AGM Village Hall Management committee in the village hall at 8pm
  • Tuesday November 2 Bingo in The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.30-ish. Good cash prizes to be won.
  • Friday November 6 Fireworks at Cuddington at 7.30pm
  • Sunday November 8 Monthly Quiz in The Bell at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team. Refreshments at half time. Wednesday November 11 at 12.30pm Roast Lunch at The Bell – 2 courses for £7. Please book by ringing 208913