Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting
All villagers are invited and welcomed at this next meeting to be held on Monday November 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The councillors welcome all comments and suggestions on the work that the Council does for the village and to voice any concerns or issues villagers may have. There is an opportunity at the beginning and end of the meeting for members of the public to have their say. Please come along for an interesting and informative evening.

Good Luck to Adam Lazaruk
All members of Chearsley Cricket Club and all of Adam’s family and friends will be wishing him a very successful evening on Friday November 18 when he attends a black tie dinner at The Waterside to find out whether he has won Volunteer of the Year 2016 in The Bucks and Milton Keynes Sports Awards. Adam is on a short-list of three, selected from over 100 nominations and was nominated by Chearsley Cricket Club for the exceptional amount of work, time and enthusiasm he has given to developing the cricket club since its “rebirth” in 1989. Winner of not, Adam should be deservedly proud of reaching the final three and the Club will be celebrating with him in their usual style at the Cricket Club Dinner and Dance the following night.

Two HGV traffic surveys have already been undertaken in Chearsley, Cuddington and Ashendon and the facts and figures and concerns of these villages were presented to Bucks County Council Transport For Bucks Autumn/Winter conference by John Howard and other members of our Parish Council. Bucks County Council is currently reviewing their transport strategy and it is hoped that the informative and well presented report by John Howard on the extreme numbers of HGV vehicles recorded coming through Chearsley and the dangers and problems caused by them will have some influence on the County. It is vital to keep recording and a further survey is planned. Ashendon will not be able to take part due to the road closure. John Howard is looking for volunteers to help on Friday November 25 from 8am until 4pm. Please contact him at jnh@dbmc.co.uk

Cheeky Calendar Boys Bare All for Hall
More publicity for fundraising for the New Hall can be found in the current edition of Vale Life where there is a short article about the Chearsley Calendar Boys, including two photos (nothing too saucy) to give everyone a tantalising taste of the theme of the calendar. Well done to all the models and thanks to the calendar’s sponsors, who are The Bell, Rectory Homes, Sherlock Combs, POPPETS, Horton Cars, Dale and Heybrook Garden Designers, The Big Mower Company, carcleaned.com, All About Artwork, Haddenham Garden Centre, Velvet Brown, College Farm Shooting Ground, The Egg House Butchery and Chearsley Cricket Club.
The calendars, which make unique Christmas presents are available to buy at £10 each by emailing chearsley villagehall@hotmail.co.uk or by coming to The Bell where there may be a sighting of one or two of the models in the flesh and where the calendars are also on sale.

Fish and Chips on a Monday Night
Did you know that a fish and chip van has been calling at the bus stop in Chearsley on Monday nights at 5.45pm? Chearsley is now served by Howe & Co, whose Head office is at Little Horwood, and who have been serving fish and chips for more than 80 years. The van stops at Chearsley before going on to Nether Winchendon and Cuddington and then returning to Chearsley at about 8pm. The quality of fish and chips has an excellent reputation and have been tried and tested at several celebrations and occasions in the village. I understand that calling at Chearsley is part of a 6 week trial period. Hopefully villagers will support this village facility to keep it established for Monday nights. It doesn’t clash with The Bell as there is no food available these nights. So if time is short or life too busy for cooking, remember the fish and chip van on Monday nights.

The Bell
Sharon and her staff continue to offer a friendly welcome at The Bell with cosy log burner to keep the November cold at bay. Always on offer are very well kept local beers and a tasty menu is available every lunchtime and evening, except Monday and Sunday evenings. Throughout November, Tuesdays are Curry nights and Thursday Gourmet Burger Nights, with everything freshly prepared in The Bell kitchen. Details of the Christmas Menu of 2 or 3 courses which starts December 5 are now available. Call in on Friday mornings when the pub is open at 10am for coffee and pub-baked cake for £3.50.

Christmas Fayre with Santa at The Bernard Hall - Saturday November 19 2pm to 4.15pm
There will be many varied stalls at this annual event in Cuddington where entry is free. Come and buy Christmas gifts, handicrafts, home made cakes, preserves, planted winter containers, pre-loved toys, Haddenham & District Age concern artwork. Take part in the raffle and enjoy some refreshments.

Cuddington Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
On Monday November 21 there will be a showing of “Annie Get Your Gun” in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm. This is an American Musical made in 1950 loosely based on the life of Annie Oakley and starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel and includes well known songs such as “There’s No Business like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do”.
Tickets cost £5 or £4 concession price which includes tea and homemade cake during the interval and can be purchased on the door or reserved by ringing Liz on 01844 299150. Doors open at 1pm. Please remember to park considerately to allow space for disabled drivers to park outside the hall. There is plenty of room to park in the car park at the Cuddington Playing Fields Club House, Bernard Close.

Ashendon Road Closure
I have only just caught up with the road closure through Ashendon which has been closed since the end of October. Thames Water are renewing the water mains and the road allowing access through Ashendon to Westcott is completely closed now until December 22. There is then a second phase of the work when the road is closed again on January 3 2017 until February 27. It means a detour through Upper Winchendon down to join the busy A41 through Waddesdon and on.

Refuse Collections: Wednesday November 16 when the blue lidded recycling bins and food bins will be collected

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday November 20 Holy Communion at 9am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday November 19 Cricket Club Dinner and Dance
  • Monday November 21 Last Brown Bin collection of the year
  • Monday November 21 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm
  • Saturday November 26 10am to 12midday Christmas Garland workshop with Joy. Ring her on 208513 or email joychearsley@gmail.com. All money goes to the village hall fund.
  • Saturday November 26 "Murder at The Manor" with The Thame Players at the village hall. Fund raising for the new village hall. Tickets £15, £10 for children to include 2 course dinner. Email chearsleyvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk
  • Saturday December 3 11am to 1pm Elevensies in the village hall with Christmas food and crafts to buy