Monday, 28 November 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

More Funding award for the New Hall Fund
Antonia Stratford, chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee has again been successful in an application for a grant towards the building of the new hall. The Rothschild Foundation, chaired by Lord Rothschild, which gives grants to a variety of charitable initiatives local to Waddesdon, has agreed to donate £5,000. Slowly, but surely, the new hall fund is increasing with several other fund raising events and ideas organised. The committee still welcomes any offers from villagers to hold fund raising events.

Adam is The Best
Good news to learn that Adam Lazaruk recently was awarded Volunteer of The Year 2016 at The Bucks & MK Sports Awards evening at The Waterside Theatre on Friday November 18. He received his award from former GB rower and 5 time Olympic Gold Medal winner, Sir Steve Redgrave. Adam has given exceptional time and work and enthusiasm to Chearsley Cricket Club over many years. A well deserved award for him from an organisation which has “Thanking the people who make Sport happen” as their motto.

Christmas Bingo at The Bell
Dust off your Christmas jumper, find those flashing Happy Christmas earrings and get in the Christmas mood for Christmas bingo at The Bell on Tuesday December 6. As usual it will be Eyes Down at around 8.45pm and likely to be very busy, so get there early to secure a seat at a table. Come early in time for a meal beforehand at special prices for Bingo players. You can be assured of a great evening with good cash prizes and festive raffle.

Fish and Chip Van
Look out for the van with flashing orange light and listen out for the ringing of the bell when the fish and chip van is in town on Monday nights. It stops by The Green at about 5.45pm and returns at around 8 to 8.30pm having visited other nearby villages, including Nether Winchendon, Cuddington and Long Crendon. Delicious, freshly cooked fish and chips.

New Notice Board
Have you seen there is a new notice board? The Parish Council has arranged for the installation of a smart new notice board next to the bus shelter, replacing the old broken one. They request that it is respected as a community service and priority will be given to village information and events over commercial advertising. Notices should be displayed tidily, not overlapping others and using drawing pins only, not staples. All out of date information should be removed. Alicia Howard will continue her responsibility for overseeing the notice board and can be contacted as follows on 01844 208036 or email

Switching on of the Christmas Tree lights
All villagers are invited to gather with torches and lanterns outside The Bell on Friday December 9 at 6.45 for the countdown to the official lights switch on with carols and mince pies. The more the merrier, and please bring along a torch or lantern!

Saturday December 3 from 10am to 1pm All For the Hall Please note that this now starts at 10am in the village hall when a cup of delicious real coffee or other hot drink and a piece of home made cake can be bought and enjoyed for £5. Squash and fairy cakes for children are free. There will be Christmas food and crafts, seasonal gifts and goodies on sale. All proceeds are in aid of our new village hall.

Bette Davis on The Edge evening success
Elaine English, who was responsible with Liz Davies for organising this recent fund raising evening in Cuddington, reports “Christine St John delivered a masterful performance of Bette Davis on The Edge on November 12. Ms St John wrote the piece after much research about Hollywood and Broadway in their glamorous heyday. What a rare treat to witness the passion and focus and talent of an actress of such calibre. There were moments when the sold-out audience held their breath waiting for release from the consummate performer, as she shared her life’s challenges and tales of her famous co-stars. We were all transported to that time and place And when she finished, the audience rose to its feet with huge thrilled smiles and loud and long applause. Ms. St. John gave her performance free.” The proceeds of £2,430 will be shared between the two Cuddington Youth Drama chosen charities of The Finley Newell Mobility & Equipment Fund and The Shikuku Shining Stars of Tomorrow.

Refuse Collections: Wednesday November 30 when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday December 4 Patronal and Toy Service at 10am. Rock Solid Christmas Party at 6 to 7.30pm
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday December 3 10am to 1pm Elevensies in the village hall with Christmas food and crafts to buy
  • Tuesday December 6 Christmas Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm
  • Friday December 9 Official switching on the Christmas Tree lights at 6.45pm