Friday, 18 August 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Hall Update 
This is the first of progress reports which Antonia Stratford, chairman of the Village Hall Committee, plans to write on the building of the new village hall. The old one was demolished at the beginning of August – with a mixture of nostalgia and relief for some. The next stage, once the rubble has been removed is when builders, Furlong and Higgs, start on the foundations and the brick plinth. The timber frame is due to arrive on site in mid October. Feel free to view progress on site at any time, from behind the safety barrier or just wait for the next update on Chearsley News.

Amended plans for 2 – 4 Winchendon Road
New plans have been submitted to AVDC by The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust for 5 x 2 bed dwellings; 1 x 3 bedroom dwelling; and 1 x 4 bedroom dwelling and a revised access. More details can be found and comments can be made via the AVDC website. Reference for this application is 16/03565/APP which can be accessed from the AVDC Planning web page. Comments can also be sent to the Planning Department at The Gateway, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF. A comment from Chearsley Parish Council chairman can also be viewed on the Parish Council website.

The Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day takes place on Sunday September 10th from 12pm. Entries for this annual event in the grounds of Chearsley Cricket Club are still very welcome. If you would like to show your vintage or classic vehicle please register as soon as possible online at . Pitches for auto jumble or for charity fund raising are also available. It is hoped that at this, the show’s 6th year, there will be more than 250 vehicles. In addition to the classic and vintage cars, vehicles and steam engines, there will be live music, fun fair, food stalls, arts and crafts stalls, bar, vintage bus trips. It is also planned for there to be a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A great day for all the family with no charge for entry or car parking. All money raised goes towards the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club

Red Kite Radio Station
This very new local radio station operating from Haddenham Garden Centre has been advertising our Classic and Vintage Fun Day in their hourly Freetime spot, when information on not-for-profit local events are detailed. Listen out for Cuddington villager Chris Long who will soon be presenting a weekly show of 70's music on Monday evenings. Red Kite Radio can be found at 107.2fm.

3 Peaks Challenge
A group of regulars at The Bell, including landlady, Sharon, are well into their training schedule to enable them to succeed in their attempt to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. Eight men and women, of all ages are taking part to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice charity, which is the current pub charity. The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden within 24 hours. The success of the group not only depends on their fitness but also on the weather being suitable for the climbs and to a vital team of drivers and supporters to get them to each mountain.
This will all take place on the weekend of September 16th. If you would like to sponsor them, please talk to Sharon at The Bell or go to their just giving page at Well done to them all for even contemplating taking part and good luck.

Bingo at The Bell
After the Summer break, Bingo will be starting again on Tuesday September 5 at The Bell with Eyes Down around 8.45pm when there is the chance to win some good cash prizes. Come along earlier for a meal at a special price for Bingo players. It can get quite crowded and noisy, all good humoured, light hearted fun.

Garden Party, Fashion Show and Sale on Bank Holiday Monday August 28 at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington at 2pm. Tickets are £5 available from Liz on 01844 299150 for an afternoon of cream tea and fun and the chance to buy the modelled clothes at affordable prices. All money raised goes to the Cuddington Sunshine Club and other charities.
The Sunshine Club is run by volunteers and provides social activities and tea every fortnight on Mondays from 2 to 4pm and currently has a number of Chearsley villagers attending.

Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon Sunday and Monday Bank Holiday Weekend Hopefully the weather will encourage visitors to Nether Winchendon church to enjoy a cream tea from 2.30 to 5pm on both Sunday and Monday 27 and 28th August. Nether Winchendon House garden will be open on these days from 2 to 5.30pm as part of the National Garden Scheme. Entry is £4. Children free. Tours of the house cost £4.

Dinton Parish Traditional Fete on Sunday August 27 This takes place on the Parish field, Dinton from 1.30 to 4.30pm with the usual fete attractions, raffle, and also award winning Colonel Custard, Bletchington Silver Band and, weather permitting, a Lancaster fly past.

Turn End, Haddenham
A new documentary by award winning film director, Murray Grigor and director of photography, Hamid Shams, tells the story of the creation of the group of 3 houses and garden (now 50 years old) and how their design reflects the unique features of Haddenham. It is being screened on Thursday, August 31st at 6.30pm for 7.00pm in the Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham. Booking is essential and tickets can be obtained for £5 from the library, Blooming Fruity, The Egg House or online. The 45 minute film will be followed by questions and discussions with the directors of the film and Peter Aldington, the architect of the houses. Find out more about Turn End at

Paul Persson The funeral of Paul takes place on Thursday, August 24 at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Thame. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday August 20 at 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday August 27 at 10am Family Service

Diary Dates:
  • Until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Wednesday August 23 Pub lunch at 12.30pm at The Bell. All are welcome to join this group every 2 weeks, aimed at the older person for a good 2 course lunch and to support The Bell. See Sharon at The Bell if you are interested or phone me, Margaret on 208913
  • Sunday August 27 1.30 to 4.30pm Dinton Parish Fete
  • Sunday August 27 and Bank Holiday Monday August 28 Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon from 2.30 to 5pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday August 28 Garden Party, Fashion Show and Sale at Tyringham Hall at 2pm.
  • Tuesday September 5 Bingo at The Bell.
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Door to Door Sales - Teak Furniture

I have received a report that a gentleman in a large white van has been knocking on doors in Chearsley today, and claiming that a 'close neighbour' has recommended their fine teak furniture.

The normal advice applies:
  • Always ask for identification before letting anyone you don't know into your house.
  • Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number. The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.
  • Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.
  • Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
  • If in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
  • If you’re suspicious, why not ask the salesman if you can take their photograph – on your mobile phone, for example? If the person is legitimate, they probably won’t mind.
More advice and information can be found at Action Fraud and

The bottom line is that a genuine salesman has nothing to hide and will always be prepared to call back. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.