Monday, 26 December 2016

Next Refuse Collection

The recycling collection this week will be on Thursday 29th December.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Just in time for Christmas

From Karin Sampson:
Just thought we'd share our happy news. It was a very long wait but we're finally pleased to announce that Baby Louis William Sampson was born 9lbs 3oz on Tuesday 20th December at 12.29am. Me, Toby and younger brother Freddie are so pleased to have him finally with us just in time for Christmas, the best present we could have ever hoped for.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Carol singing round the village
Come and join in a hearty sing song of carols round the village on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 evenings. Meet at the bus stop at 6.30pm and look forward to refreshments afterwards. 2 charities of DEBRA and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which have associations with two Chearsley young people , will benefit from the donations.

Shop Hours
Opening hours at the shop have altered somewhat since I spoke to Jeyan. It is planned for the shop to be open from 8am until 8pm until Christmas, when it will be closed for two days. From December 27 to January 5 in the New Year, it will open at 8 am but close from 11am to 3pm, and re-open at 3 until 6pm (or 8pm) But things might change .. ! This might not be very helpful and it might be better to hope the shop will be open when you need it, but not be surprised if it isn’t. Please however be understanding, as finding staff while Jeyan and Sugi are away visiting their relatives this Christmas is very difficult and they truly deserve their time away from their shops.

Thank you and Happy Christmas
Thank you to everyone who tells me they appreciate the news I put on the Chearsley website. I have found this very heartening when it is difficult to find any! I would also like to apologise when I get things wrong, but I do my best. As some of you who are also readers of the Bucks Herald will already know, I will no longer be contributing to the Neighbourhood News in 2017 due to a “change of policy” by The Bucks Herald , but I will try to continue to keep up the Chearsley news in the New Year and with help from villagers try to keep news circulating of forthcoming village events.
Anyone who would like information of any sort broadcast on the blog can ring me on 208913 or email me at As I will now go to ground with family festivities until the New Year, I wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Very Happy 2017.

Refuse Collections : Wednesday December 21 : when the general refuse bins and food bins will be collected. The next collection will be Thursday December 29 for the recycling bins and food bins. After that, our normal collection days are unaffected.

Christmas at St Nicholas:
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday December 20 Carol Singing round the village. Meet at 6.30 at the bus stop.
  • Wednesday December 21 Carol singing round the village and in The Bell.
  • Tuesday January 3 Bingo At The Bell.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Lost Sheep

Have you found any of the lost sheep yet?  Apparently they have been sighted looking for turnips, trying to post a letter, and one was even been seen sitting on an old plough.  Oh, and a bloke called Bernard reckons he has seen two down his road!

Reminder Not To Leave Valuables In Your Vehicle

This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

The Aylesbury Vale Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NHPTs) are reminding residents to remove property from their parked vehicles.

Recent thefts have included briefcases, Christmas presents, clothing, house keys, a brand new satnav and tools from vans.

It is likely that these crimes have been committed by opportunist criminals, tempted by property left on display. If they see something inside a parked car it only takes a moment to smash a window and grab the property.

Please don’t make life easy for them and take a moment to read the following points:-
  • Don’t leave items on display – even a carrier bag could tempt them to take a closer look, resulting in the loss of your property and vehicle being out of service while it is being fixed.
  • Don’t try and hide property inside your car – property is easily stolen from boots or other compartments within the vehicle.
  • Park in a well-lit area if possible and make sure the vehicle is locked and the alarm engaged if you have one.
  • Report anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles at the time that you see them. Don’t leave it to someone else – you might be the only witness.
  • If you do see someone try and get a description of them, along with details of any vehicle they might be using. Call it through on 101, or if a crime is happening at that time dial on 999.
  • If you discover that your vehicle has been broken into make sure you let the police know.

Recent thefts have been reported in the Aylesbury, Brill, Oakley and Great Horwood areas. Please help the police by reducing the opportunities for criminals.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Monday, 12 December 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Christmas Bingo
The Bell was well filled on Tuesday December 6 for the last Bingo of the year. Sharon and her staff, had gone to town with their Christmas costumes with particular mention and admiration for Louisa for coping with her Christmas cracker costume all evening. Leslie, our co- Bingo caller, also looked the part as a very festive snowman. All the happy, eager and noisy bingo players and the jolly staff meant a good fun evening was enjoyed by everyone with good cash prizes, and the final full house of the evening of £100. If you haven’t tried Bingo at The Bell before, your next chance will be on Tuesday (always the first Tuesday of the month) January 3, with Eyes Down at around 8.45pm, after meals have finished.

Christimas Tree on The Green
The countdown by all assembled villagers round the tree on Friday December 9th led successfully to the lights being turned by the latest Chearsley Celebrity, Adam Lazaruk, who won this year’s Bucks & MK Volunteer of the Year award, richly deserved for all the time he has given to Chearsley Cricket Club. Carols were heartily sung by everyone, followed by the little children sweetly singing Away in a Manger and finishing with a prayer by our new vicar Richard Phillips, who is quickly becoming a very familiar and friendly face in the village. Nic Brown generously arranged for mulled cider and wine and mince pies. A good start to Christmas 2016 in Chearsley. Donations received on the evening will also go to DEBRA and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

BBC Sports Awards
Adam Lazaruk, as winner of the Bucks & MK volunteer of the Year prize, is now in with a chance of winning an award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality awards which will be held in Birmingham on Sunday December 18 and shown live on BBC 1 from 18.40 to 10pm. If he wins the Unsung Hero Award which is given to someone “who has given their time and talents for free to enable others to participate in sport”, he will be skyped and appear on the programme. I know all the cricket club and friends and villagers will be keeping their fingers crossed for Adam. Good luck for another success.

New Village Hall Fund Raising
Elevensies, the recent coffee and craft fund raiser held on Saturday 3 raised over £1000. This amount will be generously matched by Rectory Homes and The Heybrook family, as will any other future hall fund raising event.

New Year Quiz
There are plans for another quiz to be held at the end of January. Last year’s quiz was a sell out, so watch out for more details of the date for this next fund raising for the hall event and make sure you book your table in good time.

Parish Council Meetings
There has been some confusion over Parish Council meeting dates. The next meeting is the Budget one to be held this Monday December 12th at 7.30pm in the hall. There is no other meeting in December. The next one will be on Monday January 16th at 7.30pm.

Minutes of the Parish council
Did you know that Minutes of the last Parish council meeting held on November 21 can be viewed on here?

New flagpole
Have you noticed that the new flag pole has now been erected? The Parish Council are now waiting for a new flag to replace the old tattered one.

Carol singing round the village
Come and join in a hearty sing song of carols round the village on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 evenings. Meet at the bus stop at 6.30pm and look forward to refreshments afterwards. Two charities of DEBRA and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which have associations with two Chearsley young people, will benefit from the donations.

Special Birthday Greetings to Captain Dave Thomas of Chearsley who has recently celebrated a signicant birthday. An honour for Chearsley to have such a “high flyer” in our midst as it will be remembered that Dave was selected to fly the Olympic flame in 2012 from Greece to London with Princess Anne, David Beckham, Boris Johnson and Seb Coe amongst his passengers. He has also flown Queen Elizabeth II on state visits. Impressive. Happy Birthday!

Shop Hours
A reminder that Chearsley shop will be closed every day from 11am until 3pm starting Friday December 16 until normal hours resume in the New Year

Refuse Collections: Wednesday December 14 when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected.

Church Services:
  • Sunday December 18 at Chearsley Church Holy communion at 10am. Service of Lessons and carols at 4pm. (Not 6pm as previously stated!) Stay after the service for mulled wine and mince pies.
Diary Dates:
  • Monday December 12 at 7.30pm Budget meeting of the Parish Council in the village hall
  • Friday December 16 Christmas Jumper competition and Haddenham Mummers at The Bell at 10pm
  • Tuesday December 20 Carol Singing round the village. Meet at 6.30 at the bus stop
  • Wednesday December 21 Carol singing round the village and in The Bell.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Tree Lighting

 Away in a manager, no crib for a bed...

This year the lights were switched on by Chearsley's newest celebrity, Adam Lazaruk - recent winner of the Bucks & MK 'Volunteer of the Year Award'.

We then sang some carols including "Away in a manger" by the children.  Our new vicar, Richard Phillips then blessed us all.

Sharon served mulled wine at The Bell and hot mince pies  - generously donated by Parish Council Chairman, Nic Brown.

A collection was made for two very worthy charities - DEBRA and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Monday, 5 December 2016

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Garland Making Morning
Over £300 has been added to the New Village Hall Fund by the generosity of Joy Payne who donated her charges for her garland morning. 15 people (surprisingly all ladies) enjoyed a demonstration of how to make a Christmas garland for the front door and attempted very successfully to make their own, which are now proudly displayed on front doors throughout Chearsley, with 1 in Long Crendon and 2 in Aylesbury. Thank you Joy.

Murder at The Manor
An interesting evening with supper provided by the Village Hall Committee and entertained by Thame Players was enjoyed by 60 villagers on Saturday evening at the village hall and raised around £800 for the New Village Hall fund. The audience were “neighbours and friends” of the Worthington-Jones’ family at a wonderful reception at Worthington Manor and were witnesses to the murders. We were all invited to write down the name of the guilty suspect or suspects, with the winning entry receiving a prize, which went to Joseph Grapes who attended with his family. It took a youngster to follow the plot and work out who did it. Well done Joseph. A fun and entertaining evening for a good cause.

HGV Survey
Another HGV count took place on Friday November 25 and John Howard thanks all those who braved the cold to help. It was hoped to see from the count whether there were any discernible affects from the closure of the Ashendon/Westcott Road compared to results of previous surveys in June and July. There was a significant drop in the number of HGVs entering the village by the Winchendon Road, but little noteworthy changes otherwise, including a very high number of vehicles entering the village by Crendon Road and exiting via Winchendon Road. Any thoughts of how to interpret the figures would be welcomed by John and the Parish Council. The Parish Council will continue to press Bucks County Council in co-operating with Cuddington, Ashendon and Westcott to introduce restrictions of HGVs using C roads through our villages.

Gift Tags
Andrew, better known to many affectionately as Podge, and myself would like to thank everyone who responded to our request for old Christmas cards. We have spent many happy hours throughout the year, with a bit of a speed up in the past month, cutting them up to turn them into attractive gift tags. They can now be purchased from The Bell, with grateful thanks for Sharon for having our basket on the bar. Steve and Jane at Bradmoor Farm Shop and Cafe have also very kindly agreed to sell the gift tags for us again this year, and Andrew was really pleased to see how well they are selling there. We still have quite a good supply of old cards, but would welcome some more again after this Christmas.

Parish Council Meetings in December:
Monday December 12 at 7.30pm in the village hall – Budget Meeting Monday December 19 at 7.30pm in the village hall – Parish Council Meeting.

Sunshine Club
Come and enjoy a cuppa with Cuddington, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon Sunshine Club Christmas Bring and Buy at Tyringham Hall on Thursday December 8 at 2pm for great bargains and a super raffle. Proceeds go towards the Christmas Party.

Stolen Poppy Collection Tin
How disappointing and disheartening to read that the poppy box on the bar of The Crown at Cuddington has been stolen, probably on Remembrance Day November 11.

Christmas Opening Times at Chearsley Shop
The shop will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Tuesday December 27 to December 31 it will be open 8am to 11am. Closed from 11am to 3pm. Re-open at 3pm until 6pm. 2nd January Open from 8am to 11am only.
Please also note that from Friday December 16 the shop has reduced hours and will be closed from 11am to 3pm.
Jeyan, Sugi and family would like to wish all their customers a Very Happy Christmas.

Christmas at The Bell:
Friday December 16 Christmas: Jumper competition. Dig out last year’s dodgy Christmas jumper, add a bit of tinsel or glitter and wear it with pride at The Bell – it might win you a prize.
The Haddenham Mummers will be performing and collecting for local charities at around 10pm
Wednesday December 21 Carol Singing at 8.30pm
Christmas Opening Hours:
Saturday December 24 : Open 12 till 4 and 6pm until late
Christmas Day : Open for drinks only 12 until 2pm
Boxing Day : Open 12 until 4. Serving food from 12 to 2pm
Tuesday December 27 to Friday 30: Normal opening and closing times
Saturday December 31 : 12 until 4.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations: 6pm until late Disco with DJ Tickets £6
Sunday January 1: Open 12 until 4 Food 12 to 2pm

Christmas at St Nicholas’ Church
Silly Sheep Once again, those silly sheep have got lost and this year, 12 have strayed to Nether Winchendon and 24 are lost in Chearsley. Can you help find them and get them back to their shepherds for Christmas Eve? There will be finders’ prizes. If you spot a sheep, write its name down next to the number ;on the entry sheet and bring your sheet to one of the Crib services .Download an entrance form which can be found on the church link. There will be a Crib service at Nether Winchendon on Sunday 18 at 10am and at Chearsley on December 24 at 3.30pm
Church Services:
  • Sunday December 11 at 4pm : Christingle candle lit service for everyone. During the service the children receive a Christingle composed of an orange, a lighted candle, red ribbon, raisins and sweets each part representing a symbol of the Christian faith. The collection is donated to the Children’s Society.
  • Sunday December 18 at 10am : Holy Communion and at 6pm : Service of Lessons & Carols. Stay after the service for mulled wine and mince pies
  • Saturday Christmas Eve at 3.30pm : Crib Service. An informal service for all ages arranged especially for children with songs and the Nativity story. At 11pm Midnight Holy Communion
  • Sunday Christmas Day at 10am : Christmas Praise
  • Sunday January 1 : Benefice Holy Communion at 10am at Long Crendon
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday December 6 : Christmas Bingo at The Bell with Eyes Down at 8.45pm.
  • Thursday December 8 at 2pm Sunshine Club Bring and Buy at Tyringham Hall Cuddington raising funds for the Christmas party Friday December 9 Official switching on the Christmas Tree lights at 6.45pm
  • Sunday December 11 Quiz at The Bell at 8pm
  • Monday December 12 at 7.30pm Budget meeting of the Parish Council in the village hall
  • Friday December 16 Haddenham Mummers at The Bell at 10pm
  • Monday December 19 at 7.30pm Parish Council meeting in the village hall

Friday, 2 December 2016

Warning to drivers using motorway services

This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

Drivers using motorway services stations, particularly those along the M4 in Berkshire, are being warned that thieves could be using technology to prevent people locking their vehicles and then steal from them.
Thames Valley Police officers are warning people to make a manual check that doors are locked before leaving their vehicles.
This advice follows a spate of 14 thefts from vehicles at motorway services in Berkshire. In many of the cases there was no obvious sign of a break in and no damage was caused to the vehicles as items were stolen from them.
Officers are also appealing for anyone who visited the services during the dates outlined below and have any dashcam footage to please get in touch as they may have vital information for the investigations.
  • At Chieveley Moto Services on M4 at junction 13 between 24 November and 1 December two vans, two lorries and a Mercedes car were entered and items including tools, a suitcase and laptop were taken.
  • At Reading Moto Services M4 junctions 11-12 between 26 November and 28 November two Range Rovers, a Jaguar, a Mercedes and a Fiat 500 were all accessed by unknown means, ie no obvious sign of a break-in, and various pieces of luggage were stolen from the vehicles.
  • At Membury Welcome Break M4 at junctions 14 -15 between 24 November and 26 November two Land Rovers, a Mercedes and a Renault were accessed by unknown means. Luggage, wallets and cash were stolen.
Investigating officer, Sgt Alan Hawkett of Newbury Police Station said: “I strongly recommend that any members of the public visiting motorway services stations anywhere in the country keep all valuable items in their possession when away from their vehicle. Offenders may be using technology to prevent your vehicle from locking therefore we would advise a manual check of the doors before leaving your vehicle.
“I am appealing to the public who use in car dash cameras who may have been at any of the above service stations on the above dates and times to contact me. You may have captured an offence or offender on camera. I am extremely keen to review the footage.”
Anyone with any information or dashcam footage relevant to these incidents is asked to call 101 using ref 409 27/11/2016 or email

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Thursday, 1 December 2016