Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo at The Bell
This month’s bingo was very well attended with the final full house of £60 won by a very worthy regular bingo player and supporter of The Bell. £42 raised by the raffle was put into the charity pot. There is now a summer break until September 6, when the snowball game now standing at over £150 will continue and our caller Paul will have married Jackie. All the best Paul for July 4th, and thank you for keeping us all (most of us) in order when the excitement of a possible win gets too much.

Chearsley Calendar
A date for the men in the village. A calendar is being produced to help raise money for the new village hall – a calendar with a difference. Calendar Girls but with men. Various groups in the village have agreed to take part and pose for photos , including Aunt Sally members, the cricket team, allotment owners, cyclists, runners and more. A photo is needed for the front cover and all men in Chearsley are invited to come along to have their photo taken (clothes on) by the Chearsley road sign. This will take place at 6pm on Saturday July 2 with Sharon Sampson, who will be taking the photos. Please turn up at the Chearsley road sign in Crendon Road if you would like to take part. Contact Alicia Howard for more information.

Chearsley Show
This will be held on Saturday September 3rd in the village hall. For people new to Chearsley, this is a yearly village event with categories for flowers, fruit and vegetables, baking and preserves, art and craft plus a special section for children. The show is very low key with the emphasis on taking part, having fun and enjoying the opportunity for villagers of all ages to come together. So, don’t think that because your apples or carrots have a blemish or two, they won’t be good enough to enter. Maybe, everyone else’s will be the same.
If you are not a gardener, there is the opportunity to enter a photo of your holiday or of wildlife, enter a drawing or painting and if baking is your forte, there are categories for a wide selection of cakes, bread and scones, including a “Show stopper” celebration cake and new for this year, chocolate brownies. The theme of the flower arrangement this year, is, (unsurprisingly) in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
There are plenty of opportunities for children to take part with cash prizes for ages 5 to 14 years and sweets for those under five.
Show schedules will be delivered in due course to everyone. Take time to look through it. There are some slight changes and additions this year and hopefully you will be able find some categories you are able to enter. Judging takes place at 10.30am and the hall opens its doors to the public at 2.45pm. It is hoped that this year there will be the opportunity at the end of the afternoon when any unwanted produce can be sold to a good home. There will be a raffle and refreshments.
The committee is delighted to welcome the village’s new vicar, Richard Phillips who has very kindly agreed to come to present the trophies and prizes. So, get planting, making and baking. Entry forms have to be in by Wednesday August 31st to Joy Payne, the chairman at 1 Bernard's Close, together with the fee of 20p per entry.

Special Birthdays
Birthday greetings go not only to Queen Elizabeth but also to Brenda Woodford, mother of Sharon, landlady of The Bell, who has also celebrated a “milestone” birthday on June 11th (nowhere near 90!). Although, no longer a Chearsley resident, Eric Carte also celebrates a “special” birthday on June 15. Happy birthday Brenda and Eric, and of course, Her Majesty.

Aylesbury Vale Lottery
Chuf and the new village hall are both beneficiaries of this local lottery. Due to the growing success of the weekly lottery, the jackpot has been increased to £25,000 and 60p in every pound, up from 58p, goes to local good causes. So far, more than £24,000 has been paid out. Please visit www.valelottery.co.uk for more information and to take part.

Father’s Day at The Bell 
Treat your father to a meal at The Bell on Sunday June 19 and there will be a free drink for him.

Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting is due to be held on Monday June 20 in the village hall at 7.30pm. Having missed the last meeting, I am not sure if this is still the planned date, so please check the notice board for confirmation of this.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • June 19 BCP Communion at 9am
Diary Dates:
  • Friday June 17 Ingrid’s work as part of Bucks Open Studios open in Church Lane, Chearsley from 2 to 7pm
  • Saturday June 18 Ingrid’s work on display 11 to 5pm
  • Sunday June 19 Ingrid’s work on display 11 to 5pm
  • Monday June 20 Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Friday June 24 Ingrid’s work on display from 2 to 7pm
  • Saturday June 25 Ingrid’s work on display from 11 to 5pm
  • Sunday June 26 Ingrid’s work on display from 11 to 5pm
  • Saturday September 3 Chearsley village show
  • Sunday September 11 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day 12 – 6pm at the Cricket Club
  • Saturday September 17 Fundraising for the village hall with a Fun Run in and around the village
  • Saturday November 26 (new date) Murder Mystery Night with local drama group, The Thame Players at the village hall. Fund raising for the new village hall