Thursday, 15 June 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

New Village Hall News
Antonia Stratford, chairman of the Village Hall committee issued a report recently that :
“The Trustees of Chearsley Village Hall in Buckinghamshire have this week signed a contract worth over £500,000 to build a new village hall in the centre of the community.
After a competitive tender process managed by construction and surveying consultancy, Peter North & Partners, local builders, Furlong and Higgs were selected to deliver a new, attractive timber framed building that will be in keeping with the village, be accessible to all and will use locally sourced building materials and renewable energy sources to heat and light the building.
Work is scheduled to start on site at the end of July and it is anticipated that the new hall will be available to hire from April next year. If you would like the chance to have your family name on our Giving Tree in the new hall, please donate at“
Tickets for this delightful evening of music held in the village hall on Saturday July 8 are now available from me, Joy Payne and other members of the village hall committee. An evening not to be missed and the last event to be held in our old hall. Tickets cost £10. Children are free. All proceeds will go towards the cost of building the new village hall.

Parish Council clean up
Nic Brown’s great enthusiasm for getting things done and his love of Chearsley was evident last week when he chivvied his fellow councillors and other villagers into sweeping and tidying up of areas round The Green, the Horse Chestnut tree, the War Memorial and the bus shelters. It all looks very neat and tidy and will set the scene for our Fete on June 24. Thank you Nic and everyone who helped.

Next Parish Council Meeting
Come and support your councillors at their next committee meeting in the village hall on Monday June 19 at 7.30pm. There is an opportunity for members of the public to voice comments and opinions or concerns at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Midsummer Fete Saturday June 24 from 1pm until 5pm.
Our Fete always attracts a great number of visitors, not only villagers and surrounding villages but from miles away. There are many opportunities to get involved and be part of the day. Contact Angela on 202105 or email her at if you can help.

Flower Festival at St Nicholas
This will take place on Friday June 30, Saturday July 1 and Sunday 2 at our church when there will be some delightful and imaginative floral displays on the theme of “Village Life” depicting many aspects of Chearsley life, societies and clubs. The church will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on the Sunday. Tea and home-made cakes will be available all day and the chance to buy from the plant stall.

Red Kite Radio
Did you know that very shortly there will be a new, long awaited local radio station in Haddenham, which will be officially launched on Sunday June 18? It can be found on 107.2FM and is already broadcasting test transmissions. The radio station operates from an existing building at Haddenham Garden Centre which has been renovated by a team of volunteers and youngsters, learning skills in construction. The work has been carried out by ToolShed, a Bucks based social enterprise that gives young people the skills to gain a career in the construction industry. Thanks to recent grant awards from the AVDC Community Chest, the Rothschild Foundation and the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust, the building will be home to a full broadcast studio and radio training facility.
The not-for-profit radio station is licensed by Ofcom and will be completely funded through grants, donations and the sale of advertising and sponsorship to local businesses and traders. The radio will be staffed by only 1 or 2 people plus volunteers. Once live, the studio will be an open facility where you can pop in, meet the team, take part in programmes and play a big part in this local radio station, serving Haddenham, Thame and surrounding villages. If you belong to a community group, charity, club or body working in the area you have a chance to attend a community presentation at the new studios. During the short meet and greet you can learn about the plans for the radio, what will sound like and how your organisation can benefit from Red Kite Radio. Email: to book a slot. For more information, visit the radio’s website at

Scarecrow Festival in Haddenham
You may have seen a few odd scarecrow type figures lurking around the roads of Haddenham this past week. They are all part of Haddenham’s second Scarecrow Festival organised by The Haddenham Association of Scouts and Guides. Over 50 of all sorts of scarecrows made by Haddenham groups, clubs and families are displayed at locations around the village until June 25. A Scarecrow trail can be obtained from the library or Blooming Fruity in Banks Parade for a £1 donation. All money received will be shared between the Scout and Guide Association and Heads Together, a campaign to try to end the stigma around mental health.

Birthday Congratulations
I see from a photo on the Church webpage that Ann Persson has celebrated her 80th birthday. Congratulations Ann!

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday June 18 Holy Communion at 9am
  • Sunday June 25 Pet Service at 10am More details to follow
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday and Sunday June 17 and 18 10.30am to 4.30pm Mark Stallwood’s work on show as part of Bucks Open Studios at Orchard House, Lower Green Lane.
  • Monday June 19 Parish Council meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 24 Village Fete 1 until 5 onwards on and around The Green. Pig Roast and Live Band at The Bell 7pm until late
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd Flower Festival in St Nicholas church. Plants for sale, tea or coffee and homemade cake available all day.
  • Thursday July 6 to September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall.
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club