Monday, 21 March 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Village Hall donation from The Bell
Funds towards the building of the new village hall have been given a very welcome boost from The Bell. The contents of the charity bottle on the bar which has been filled by donations from customers and the proceeds from raffles held during regular events at The Bell over the past year has been counted and an amazing amount of £577 has been presented to the Village Hall committee by Sharon. Many thanks go to Sharon and everyone who has contributed.

Easy Fundraising
The Heybrook Family and Rectory Homes have already donated £95,000 towards the estimated cost of £450,000 of building the new village hall. Everyone could help contribute by joining up to a scheme whereby a retailer makes a donation every time an online purchase is made. It is free to join, with no catches or obligations and is simple to use. M & S, Argos, Amazon and ebay are among the retailers. An easyfundraising toolbar can be installed on your computer which will give a reminder whenever a site visited is part of the scheme. You then have the opportunity to raise funds.
Visit This site can also be accessed from the village hall link on which reveals that £64 has been raised so far by 5 shoppers. My recent purchase of £15 with Cotton Traders raised 75p – a very small amount, but it all helps.

Village Hall Meeting
A reminder that there will be a meeting for all villagers on Saturday April 23 in the village hall from 10.30am for an opportunity to see and comment on the new hall plans.

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt at The Bell
Families are welcome to The Bell on Easter Sunday April 27 for an Easter Egg Hunt which starts at 10.30am. Anyone who has given up chocolate for Lent, as Sharon has, should not miss this opportunity to indulge themselves.

Fiddler on The Roof
Easter holiday entertainment in Cuddington is being provided by Cuddington Youth Drama as they present a special abridged version of the award-winning 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof in The Bernard Hall. There will be performances from Tuesday April 5 to Saturday April 9 when doors open at 7pm with a matinee on Saturday April 9 when doors open at 2pm. Information about ticket prices which vary according to the performance date can be found and bought online at Refreshments will be available.

Reading Half Marathon
Good luck to Adam Lazaruk and his “Save our Melons With Breast Friends” team mates on Saturday April 3. They are running this Half Marathon in support of Adam’s wife, Claire who is currently getting over a breast cancer operation. Donations can still be made in support of Adam running for Breast Cancer Care and Maggie’s Centres by going to

Garden Refuse Bin Collection
Please remember that because of the Easter holiday, there will be a collection of the brown garden waste bins on Saturday April 2 instead of Monday April 28.
Refuse Collections : Saturday March26 when the recycling and food bins will be collected.

St Nicholas Church Services:
  • Maundy Thursday March 24 Benefice Holy Communion at St Nicholas Chearsley at 7.30pm.
  • Good Friday March 25 Service for Good Friday at 10am
  • Easter Sunday March 27 Easter Garden Family Communion at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Monday March 21 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm
  • Wednesday March 23 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm – 2 courses and tea or coffee. Book by phoning 208913 and for more information or see Sharon in the Bell
  • Saturday March 26 Recycling bins will be collected
  • Tuesday April 5 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm (ish). Special meal deals for bingo players. Come in good time.
  • Sunday April 17 Parochial Church Council AGM and tea for the village in the hall at 3.30pm
  • Saturday April 23 Village Meeting for Plans for the New Village Hall 10.30am with presentations at 11.15. Refreshments available.