Friday, 25 December 2015

Happy Christmas!

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting
The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust presented their proposals for developing 3 and 4 Winchendon Road which would have the appearance of a farmhouse with outbuildings and provide eight new households in total. The Trust was not in a position to be certain as to how many would be available for rent, or for shared ownership. Questions were asked as to whether the homes would go to Chearsley people or if there was a need in the village for them.
It was agreed for another public meeting to be called in February and to ask residents to send their views to the Clerk of the Council or to any parish councillor concerning the proposed development. This would then help the Parish Council decide whether to back the proposals once planning permission was sought.

The Budget for 2016 was then discussed by the Parish council and after discussion the proposal to set the precept for Chearsley for next year at £16,000 was accepted. This is double last year’s amount. It was decided to anticipate forthcoming devolved responsibilities and to build up an adequate fund to meet these which will also enable the council to continue to maintain the village as needed – e.g the new notice board, the bus shelters, protecting The Green and other vital kerbing in the village.
During the discussion it was disclosed that the chestnut tree where the road forks to Winchendon is dying and has been declared a danger by tree surgeons. It will have to be cut down next year but it is the intention of the Council to replace it with a mature tree. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday January 18 2016 at 7.30 in the village hall.

Village Hall Link To keep everyone informed and up-to-date about progress with a new village hall, there is now a Village Hall link here. A village meeting will be called early next year for villagers to vote for or against the proposed design of a new hall. Details of the design will be published on the website and copies posted on the village notice board, in The Bell and the shop.

Christmas Bin Collections The ordinary general waste bins will be collected on Tuesday December 29 with the food bins. The recycling bins will be collected on Monday January 4 with the food bins. Remember to put them out the night before. Thereafter, it is back to Friday collections with the waste bin being collected on Friday January 8.

Old Christmas cards Any unwanted old Christmas cards would be gratefully accepted by Andrew and myself for turning into Christmas gift tags. Please let me know if you would like me to pick them up, or please leave them at my door. We have depleted our stock. Andrew and I would like to thank Sharon at The Bell for having the tags on sale there and to everyone who bought them. We tried another venue to sell them this year and would like to thank Steve and Emma at Bradmoor Cafe and Farm shop in Haddenham for having them on their counter. They sold out. All the staff at Bradmoor make Andrew and his house mates very welcome when they go there for a morning cup of tea or all day breakfast – to be recommended if you haven’t tried it.

Chearsley Shop Christmas Hours:
Fri, Dec 25th Closed
Sat, Dec 26th Closed
Sun, Dec 27th Open 8am to 12pm
Mon, Dec 28th Closed
Tue, Dec 29th Open 7am to 6pm
Wed, Dec 30th Open 7am to 6pm
Thu, Dec 31st Open 7am to 6pm
Fri, Jan 1st Closed

Happy Christmas and New Year to Jeyan and Sugi and their families (an with apologies for calling Sugi the wrong name for so long.)

The Bell Christmas Opening Hours:
Thu, Dec 24th 12 to 3pm and 6pm till late No food
Fri, Dec 25th 12 to 2pm Drinks only
Sat, Dec 26th 12 to 4pm Food available
Thu, Dec 31st 12 to 3 and 6pm till 2016 - New Year’s Eve tickets available at £6 for disco, nibbles on the bar and dancing
Fri, Jan 1st 12 to 4pm Food and drinks- New Year’s Day Big Breakfast 12 to 2pm £6

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Christmas Eve 3pm Children’s Crib Service
  • Christmas Day 10am Christmas Praise
  • Sunday December 27 No service in Chearsley
  • Sunday January 3 10am Family Communion and Junior Church. Rock Solid at 6 to 7.30pm
Happy Christmas to everyone! There are a number of Chearsley villagers who are unwell at this Christmas time. Please remember them and think of them and their families as we set about enjoying our Christmas festivities.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Carol Singing

Chearsley Village Carol Singing
Tuesday 22nd December

As is the tradition, anyone who would like to come carol singing this year is invited to meet at the bus stop on Tuesday 22nd at 6.30. We shall be carolling around the lanes of Chearsley for a couple of hours, depending on our stamina! We will be entertained with refreshments at our final stop. Please do join us – children and adults welcome – carol sheets will be provided. Bring a torch or lantern and wear suitable clothing for our dark lanes.

If you know of someone who would particularly like us to sing for them, please contact Anne Pratt on 201611, and we will try to include them on our itinerary.

All funds raised will be donated to DEBRA and CF charities providing funding for research into chronic conditions which affect the lives of two of our youngsters in Chearsley

Monday, 14 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Chearsley PC Budget Meeting

A reminder for tonight:

Wednesday 9th December at 7:00pm
in the Village Hall

  • Presentation by AVDC Housing Trust to advise on proposals for Winchendon Rd
  • Apologies for absence
  • Consideration of AVDC devolved budget pans
  • Budget Discussion and setting of the Precept for 2016/2017

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for this month is now available here.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Monday, 7 December 2015

Switching on the lights

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Poppy collections
Jennifer Schram de Jong, the area organiser of the poppy collection would like to thank everyone who donated this year. Chearsley’s total contribution amounted to £671.05, made up mainly from Sue Grimsdell’s fantastic efforts from her door-to-door collections. She collected £490, which is the most she has ever made over the many years Sue has been going round the village with poppies. The village shop box had £34.36; the Bell box had £54.69 and donations for refreshments in the village hall after the War Memorial Service contributed £92. The grand joint total for Chearsley, Nether Winchendon and Cuddington amounted to £2,376.70. Congratulations to everyone involved in collecting such a good amount, particularly for Sue’s efforts in Chearsley.

There have been some problems recently with current notices of forthcoming events being removed. Please will villagers note that the notice board is regularly updated with old or unreadable notices removed and no-one else should take anything down other than their own advert. The notice board needs replacing and a new notice board will be installed in the new year with a glass fronted lockable area, so this problem should no longer continue.

Cuddington Stores
John and Elaine have now left and wish to thank everyone once more for their support and loyalty while they ran Cuddington Stores and to thank everyone for their gifts and cards and good luck wishes and to over 100 who came to their Farewell party. They will keep in touch and will be back to visit next year. Meanwhile, Jeyan and Suki are now running both Cuddington and Chearsley shops. Jeyan told me that “The Post Office is very hard”. It is early days for them and we wish them all the best with assurances that it will get easier.

10 years at The Bell
Congratulations to Sharon who will have been at The Bell for 10 years on December 14. She would like to thank all her customers for their loyalty and support. Sharon and her family feel very lucky to have such friendly villagers as customers whom she regards as her friends.
The Friday night game Roll The Dice reaches its climax on Friday December 11 when it finishes. So last chance to become a winner. Friday Coffee and Homemade cake mornings continue from 10 until 12 noon. Also 2 meals for £12 on Wednesdays evenings, 2 curries and a bottle of wine for £25 on Thursday evenings and 2 fish and chips for £15 on Friday evenings.

Amazon delivery warning
A villager has recently had a delivery from Amazon put into her recycling bin – I suppose it was in the dry and out of public sight. But it was only discovered by chance, when the Sunday papers were put into the bin. There was no delivery note through the door to alert her to a delivery. When contacted, Amazon was more than unhelpful. If you are expecting a delivery, or one of your children have asked for their orders to be delivered to your address (as they do) just keep a look out for it in the most unlikely of places.

Birthday Congratulations to Derek Allen of Church Lane on his recent “special” birthday.

Affordable houses at Stoney Furlong
I have to correct my recent information about the affordable houses at Stoney Furlong. There is one 1-bedroomed house and one 2-bedroomed house available under this scheme. I apologise if my mistake caused any inconvenience to anyone and thank Laura for putting me right.

Where’s Woolly?
Woolly and 23 of his little sheep friends are lost all over Chearsley and help is needed to find them and reunite them with their shepherds and the Nativity Scene in the Church before Christmas Day. An entry sheet can be downloaded via the link here. If you spot one, write its name down next to its number and bring the completed sheet to the Christmas Eve Crib Service at 3pm at the church when you will win a finder’s prize and see all the sheep reunited. I am sure this is aimed at children, but it is such a nice idea, I will be out everyday scouring the village to try to find Woolly and his friends.

Christmas Lights Saturday December 12
The official “switching on of the lights” of the Christmas tree on The Green will take place at 6.30pm (Please check the notice board for confirmation of the time) when the lights will go on, there will be carol singing round the tree and refreshments for everyone. There will also be a collection in aid of Debra and Cystic Fibrosis.

Family Quiz
Following on from the great success of the Family Quiz held earlier this year, the Village Hall Committee are organising another quiz to be held in the hall on Saturday January 23 2016, starting at 5pm until approximately 8pm. All are welcome and questions will be orientated to both children and adults. So everyone can join in. Tickets are £10 each or £30 for a family of 4 and will include a fish and chip supper and pudding. There will be a bar and a raffle. Ideally, quiz teams should be of 8 and teams can be made up in advance or on the night.
Places will be limited (due to the overwhelming demand for the last Family Quiz) so please let the organisers know if you could like to come as soon as possible. Please contact Alex Wall Morris at; Antonia Stratford at or Angela Gray at

Chearsley Parish Council Budget Meeting
This meeting is being held in the village hall on Wednesday 9 and will be preceded by a presentation of the proposed planning development in Winchendon Road by Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust at 7pm. Please check the notice board for confirmation of the time.

Bucks county Council Budget Consultation
To help the Council make “the toughest decisions yet” they have launched a survey for Aylesbury residents to complete to help them to decide which areas of the Council’s work spending should be focused on. The survey is short and easy to complete and can be found on line at It is also available at all libraries. Surveys must be completed by December 17.

Sunshine Club Bring and Buy
This will be held at Tyringham Hall on Wednesday December 9 at 2pm when a wide variety of household items and clothing will be for sale at very reasonable prices. There will also be refreshments and a raffle. Everyone is welcome to come. All proceeds go towards the Sunshine Club Christmas Lunch.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday December 13 Morning Celebration at 10am and Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • December 9 Sunshine Club Bring and Buy at Tyringham Hall at 2pm
  • December 9 Parish Council Budget Meeting in the village hall preceded by proposed planning development in Winchendon road at 7pm
  • Friday December 11 Final of the Roll the Dice Game at The Bell
  • Saturday December 12 The Lights Go On ceremony round the Christmas Tree at 6.30pm. Carols and mincepies. Wednesday December 16 at 12.30pm Pub lunchers Christmas meal. Contact me or Sharon if you would like to enjoy a delicious Christmas turkey meal and pudding for £12

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

St Nicholas' Day

Sunday 6th December is St Nicholas’ day

St Nicholas is patron saint of children, sailors and many others as well as being the patron saint of our parish. This year the celebrations will begin with a combined parishes Sung Communion Service with choir at 10am at Nether Winchendon, whose church is also dedicated to St Nicholas.
In the afternoon there will be our Christingle Service starting at 4pm here in Chearsley (see separate notices for further details)
Starting at 5pm, after the service, there will then be a full peal attempt on the bells at Chearsley which, if successful, should finish just before 8pm.


Where’s Woolly?
Woolly and 23 of his little sheep friends are lost all over Chearsley.
Can you help us find them and reunite them with their Shepherds
and the Nativity Scene before Christmas Day?
Download an entry sheet here
If you spot one, write its name down next to its number. Then bring the completed sheet

 to the 3pm Christmas Eve Crib Service at the church, to win a finder’s prize and see all the sheep reunited.