Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Living Through History
There is a disappointing update to the well received idea of a reprint of Ted Hooton’s book. Ann Hooton, who helped and acted as proof reader of her late husband’s book, has written to explain that the book which took Ted 12 years of hard work to research and compile, was originally printed as a limited edition and numbered copies were sold on this understanding. So a reprint of the book is not possible.
Ann suggests that anyone who no longer has a use for their copy of the Chearsley book should put it for sale via Amazon and in this way people new to the village or anyone with an interest in Chearsley would have the opportunity of getting hold of a copy.

Older Person Bus Pass Renewal
I am very obliged to Christina who writes the Haddenham village column for her information on bus pass renewal. Mine expires at the end of March and I was presuming a new one would just be sent out or a reminder sent. There is information on the Bucks CC website to renew your card online, but I was easily able to renew mine using the automated telephone service, 01296 873011 which takes you very slowly and carefully through a simple procedure of giving your card number and date of birth. I now await its arrival in the post. There is a different telephone number for holders of Disabled bus passes which I hope will prove to be as easy when I renew my son’s. More information about applying for a new bus pass and details of eligibility can be found on the Bucks County Council website or phone 01494 586539.

Vale Lottery
Due to the increasing popularity of this weekly local lottery, which supports good causes in the community, bigger cash prizes are now being offered. A 3 number match will now pay £25 (up from £10) and a 4 number match will now pay £250 (up from £100). This has all been made possible by the good support the lottery has received. Remember that Chuf, our local pre-school is a partaking charity, so every ticket bought can benefit them and when buying a ticket, you have the opportunity to name Chuf as the specific good cause.

Turn End, Haddenham
This internationally acclaimed house and garden designed by architect Peter Aldington in the 1960s to be found in a small but very special corner of Haddenham is marking its 50 anniversary this year and has a special programme of events planned. From Thursday April 21 there will be a 5th anniversary exhibition in conjunction with Allies & Morrison Architects; an NGS Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday May 2; Sculpture in the Garden in conjunction with Lendon Scantlebury from Saturday June 18 to Sunday June 26; a talk and garden party on Saturday August 6; house and garden open day on Bank Holiday Monday August 29 and a garden open afternoon on Saturday September 17.
Turn End Trust was set up as a registered charity with the aim of protecting it and making it more available to visitors as well as promoting appreciation and understanding of the links between architecture and garden design. The Trust launched a Friends of Turn End scheme offering individual, joint, lifetime and corporate membership levels offering Friends special events, free entry into most other events and private access to the garden twice a month from May to October. For more information email

Mothering Sunday Posies
Children are invited to come and make bunches of flowers for Mothering Sunday at Joy's house from 10.30am on Saturday March 5. Any donations of small flowers and foliage would be much appreciated.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday March 6 Mothering Sunday 10am Family Holy Communion when the children will present posies of flowers to their mothers and everyone can enjoy a slice of Beryl’s simnel cake after the service. Rock Solid Youth Group meet from 6 to 7.30pm.
Diary Dates:
  • Friday March 4 at 8pm Chuf Quiz and Auction in the Village Hall, Friday at 8pm
  • Sunday March 6 Mothering Sunday lunch in The Bell from 12 until 3pm when there will be a choice of 2 roast dinners in addition to the usual menu. The weekly meat raffle draw takes place at 3pm, so make sure you buy some tickets for the chance to win a tasty joint or pie from our local butchers – could be another present for your Mother.
  • Sunday March 6 Quiz Night in The Bell at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team.