Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council meeting Monday June 20
Only four councillors were in attendance with two members of the public for this meeting which was over within an hour.
  • Risk Assessment - for insurance purposes was thoroughly investigated last year and no changes had occurred since.
  • New Parish Clerk: Clare Clark has now given in her notice after more than 20 years as a hard-working and dedicated Parish Clerk and Financial Officer of Chearsley.
  • Planning Matters - there were none to discuss. It was noted that no planning application had as yet been submitted for 1 and 3 Winchendon Road by Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust and noted that the Council had no objection to the plans for the proposed new village hall which had recently been submitted.
  • Kerbing - this on-going project needs another meeting of councillors to determine the next steps to take.
  • Village Green: The Green needs protecting from damage by vehicles and the Council has various ideas of positioning posts or boulders to keep vehicles off the grass.
  • Highways Survey: Several volunteers took turns throughout the day on Friday June 10 to make a note of all vehicles and in particular HGVs which came through Chearsley on all the main roads. A total of 130 HGVs came through. This was a survey undertaken in conjunction with several other nearby villages and Bucks County Council. A meeting was to be held with the other villages to discuss the results. Further surveys will probably be needed.
  • Flag Pole and Notice Board: Graham King has been asked to erect the new flag pole and notice board and do other work in the bus stop area. A volunteer is needed to be responsible for raising and lowering the flag and to contact Nic Brown, Chairman.
  • Next meeting: This will be held on Monday July 18 at 7.30pm in the village hall.
Chearsley W.I.
Chearsley W.I. celebrated their 70th anniversary on June 21 with an afternoon of strawberries and cream and bubbly. Guests who have been associated with the W.I. in the village were invited to share the celebration which also offered a good opportunity to catch up with friends from the past. Everyone was presented with a posy of flowers gathered from Chearsley gardens to round off a very enjoyable afternoon. Chearsley W.I. hold monthly afternoon meetings at the village hall and welcome new members. Please see the notice board for information about future meetings when non-members are also invited to attend.

Fly The Flag for Chearsley
A new flag pole in a new position by the War Memorial will very soon be in place. The Parish Council is looking for someone to take on the role of raising and lowering the flag on flag flying days. It should not be a very difficult job and there are not many days when the flag would be flown and could be suitable for a villager living close to the War Memorial. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact Nic Brown or any member of the Parish Council, or failing that, me on 208913.

Easy Fundraising for the Village hall
A total of £108.83 has now been raised over the past months by 16 Chearsley shoppers, with the top shopper contributing more than £41. This simple and free way of fundraising for the new village hall is for online shopping and has over 2,700 well known retailers as part of the scheme. Whenever you buy online the retailer will make a donation to your chosen cause. There are no costs and no catches and it is simple to join. Please log on to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/chearsleyvh to get involved. More details can be found  on the village hall website.

Scarecrow Festival in Haddenham

I had seen two scarecrow type figures under an umbrella in the hedge on a few occasions as I had driven along Stanbridge Road and wondered what they were doing. Thanks to Christina’s Haddenham column in The Bucks Herald, which I always read for the Haddenham news, I now know that they are part of the first Scarecrow Competition launched by the Haddenham Association of Scouts and Guides at the recent village fete.
This has attracted entries from nearly 50 individuals, clubs, societies, community groups, schools and local businesses. Several extra scarecrows have also appeared around the village. I hope to buy a copy of a trail and then follow this to find the location of all the entries round Haddenham. Failing this, there are photos of some of them to be found, including a fireman on a roof, a fisherman under an umbrella and a delightful mouse on a wall, on the Haddenham village website.
It is hoped that over £300 will be raised in aid of The Florence Nightingale Hospice. A great idea for getting all parts of the village involved and something maybe Chearsley could copy or adapt in future.

Church Service at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 3 - Family Communion with Valerie Plumb at 10am and Rock Solid Youth Group at 6 until 7.30pm
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday July 2 Calling all Chearsley men for the calendar photo 6pm at Chearsley road sign in Crendon Road.
  • 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