Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

New Date for Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day is Sunday September 11
Please note that this is now a new date. There has been an alteration from Sunday September 25 to be sure of a Spitfire flypast taking place over the cricket field at the event. Up to date information of the programme on the day and details of how to arrange to show a classic car you may have will be found in the coming months on their website www.ccvfd.co.uk.

Chearsley Cricket Club
A busy season is planned for the Club both on the field and developing facilities. The security of a 50 year lease on the ground by the Heybrook family means the Club can now plan for the future and apply for development grants. Their first priority for the start of the season is to provide practice nets with an all-weather surface and to replace the sight screens, which have become a victim of Storm Desmond. Improvements to the pavilion are planned and weekend work parties will soon be starting. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help is very welcome.
The 1st XI Seniors captained by James Veness will be playing in Division 5 of the Cherwell League. Their first league match will be on May 7. Neil Davies who played for the Club as a junior and went on to play for and captain the 1st XI for seven seasons has now completed his move to Lincolnshire with his family. He is thanked for his dedication to the Club.
The 2nd XI Seniors finished a well deserved 4th in Division 9 under the tutelage of Adam Lazaruk. There will be a programme of Sunday and social fixtures, including the Chairman’s Match on Sunday July 17 where 2 teams will do battle for the Steve Vear trophy. The Ann Veness Memorial match will be on Sunday August 21. The Club will also host 2 Bucks Veterans Matches again when Bucks play Surrey on June 29 and Bucks play Sussex on July 13.
Indoor practice nets at Ashfold School will be held on the last 3 Thursdays in March. More players are always needed of whatever standard.
The Juniors continue to thrive with over 100 youngsters registered last season. The Club plans to strengthen their coaching resources to support Head Coach, Dave Richards. Coaching evenings will start on Tuesday April 12. Rugby Six Nations 2016 has now started and all England and some other matches will be screened at the pavilion. The club are pleased to have concluded a 5year sponsorship deal with RGL Surveys.

Fund-raising events include a Quiz Night on Saturday April 16 in the village hall with quiz maestro, Larry Warr, and the Classic and Vintage Fun Day on Sunday September 11. To keep up to date with events and news, go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/chearsleycricketclub/.

The Bell
Sharon and her staff have been busy coming up with tempting offers for the coming month at The Bell.
Gourmet Burger Night will be held every Thursday evening when a choice of home-made lamb or beef burgers, chicken breast burger or a mixed bean burger all with associated accompaniments will be available for £9.95.
Two 4 Tuesday offers 2 courses for £11 from a menu choice of 3 starters, mains and desserts and this is available at lunch and evening times.
2 Fish and Chips on Fridays will continue to be available for £15.
Valentine’s Meal Valentine’s Day on Sunday February 14 can be celebrated at The Bell, with the advantage of no driving and assured of a warm welcome and good food. The Bell is offering a 2 course menu for £28.95 per couple; an extra course can be added for £2 per person. The starters include a choice of prawns, liver pate or pea and yogurt soup; for the main course, a fish curry, sirloin steak, chicken scaloppini or penne pasta and puddings of chocolate mousse, lemon posset or cheese and biscuits. Please book as soon as possible by contact Sharon at Sharon@thebellchearsley.co.uk and give her your choice of menu.

St Nicholas Church
A great deal of work has been carried out during the past months by church members towards the process of advertising for a new vicar. Adverts have been placed online and in The Church Times. The closing date for applications for this post was February 5 and interviews will be held on March 1st.
AGM of the Parochial Church Council and Afternoon Tea on Sunday April 17 at 3.30pm Everyone is welcome to this social occasion in the village hall on April which is an opportunity to hear what has been happening over the past year in our village church community and a chance to vote for our churchwardens and members of the PCC. Also to say goodbye to those retiring from office and to welcome new people who would like to become involved. There will also be news of where things stand in securing a new vicar. There will be an infants’ play area at the back of the hall, supervised by teenagers.

Date of Next Parish Council is Monday February 15 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The Parish council welcomes everyone to their monthly meetings to help them in decisions about our village. There are 2 opportunities for opinions or comments to be made by the public on any concerns held or on decisions made by the Council. Please see the notice board for details of January’s Minutes and to see a copy of the agenda.

Church Services at St Nicholas :
  • Sunday February 14 10 am Morning Celebration and Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • Monday February 15 at 7.30pm Parish Council meeting in the village hall
  • Monday February 22 Mobile Library from 10 to 10.25am
  • Wednesday February 24 Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm. £7.50 for main meal and pudding and tea or coffee. Let me or Sharon at The Bell know if you would like to come a few days beforehand and to select your menu choice, which includes a main of chicken pie, cottage pie or scampi and chips
  • Tuesday March 1 Village Litter Pick at 10am