Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

3 Peaks Challenge
There were mixed fortunes for the 8 Chearsley people, who with the help and support of 3 drivers, recently attempted the 3 peak challenge, to climb Ben Nevis the highest peak in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowden in Wales within 24 hours. They were successful in climbing all 3 peaks, but took longer than the hoped for 24 hours. Being held up by a major cycling event in Scotland delayed the start of their ascent of the first mountain, Ben Nevis, which meant more time had to be spent walking in the dark and took longer to complete. One participant was sick, due to a bug and two others sustained sprained ankles.
However, the weekend and experience, once back home in the welcome comfort of The Bell, was considered a great opportunity and mostly enjoyable time for them all despite the discomfort of walking in the dark, contending with rain and having very little sleep. The group were climbing to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice, Oxford, which provides palliative care and support for adult patients, their family, friends and carers. It is not too late to sponsor them, please talk to Sharon at The Bell or go to their just giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chearsleychallengers. The time, money and effort they all put into this venture is certainly worthy of congratulations and a show of thanks by donating to their chosen charity.

Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day on Sunday September 10th
The organising committee offer a sincere thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Fun Day whether they were a volunteer, advertiser, sponsor or attended on the day. “Team Chearsley” did a great job as 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make the day happen. The weather wasn’t kind and forced curtailment of some planned activities, including the cancellation of the promised visit by the BBMF Lancaster Bomber. Nevertheless, over 200 vehicles attended the show. Initial figures suggest a net profit of just over £4,000, which is a bit down on last year, but a creditable result and providing invaluable funds for the development of junior cricket at the Club. Plans are already being made for next year ‘s event which will take place on Sunday September 9 and the committee welcome any feedback or thoughts on how to make the day even better.
The winner of Fred Crawford’s Cup of Best in Show was Connie Barton from Shenington, near Banbury. Her Bedford OB Duple 27 seater coach was manufactured in 1948 and run by 2 coach companies, Graceline Coaches and Brown Bros. In the 1990s it was bought by a group of students who used it for touring around Europe until it was abandoned in Portugal. Connie rescued the bus and lovingly restored it in the livery of Tanners Coaches, for whom she drove for 52 years.
Special mention and thank you goes to Tiffany, Terri Clark’s 11 year old daughter, who baked a magnificent cake for the show and raised over £50 in her raffle. The date of the End of Season Dinner and Dance is Saturday November 11. Details are available from Angela Gray who can be contacted at angela@grayemail.co.uk.

 Update of the new Chearsley Village Hall from Antonia Stratford:
“We are now 2 months into the new village hall build and the project is progressing well. The “substructure” is almost complete which means the foundations have been dug, levelled and laid and the block flooring is almost complete. The builders will now start to build the external brick plinth made of “Farmhouse Orange” bricks sourced from a local supplier and the timber frame suppliers are busy constructing the timber frame (in Ireland) which will be on site in mid October and will arrive with windows and doors already in the frame. Whilst the timeline for the building is going well, as always with building projects there have been a couple of unforeseen issues that have cropped up which have incurred extra costs.
If you haven’t had the chance to donate yet (and would like your family name inscribed permanently in the new hall on our Giving Tree) – please visit our donation page on www.make-a-donation.org and search for Chearsley Village Hall. This will enable us to claim gift aid on your donation quickly and easily. The Village Hall Committee have also been looking at the timetable for the new hall in order to ensure that it will be packed full of new, exciting classes and activities for the community when it opens in March!
All previous exercise providers have (or will be) contacted so they can reserve their slot in the new hall and the committee have also received enquiries from new providers that would like to hold yoga and t’ai chi classes. If you (or anyone you know) would like to hold a class or activity in the new hall, please get in touch with Ruth Holland at ruth.margaret.holland@hotmail.com.”

Bingo at The Bell
There will be another Bingo evening in its regular monthly spot of the first Tuesday of the month on October 3 with Eyes Down around 8.45pm A fun evening for everyone hosted by Sharon and Leslie with the chance to win some good cash prizes. The snowball prize available to win on the 3rd game has not yet been won and now stands at around £200. Come along earlier for a meal at a special price for Bingo players.

Sunday Quiz at The Bell will re-start on Sunday October 8 at 8pm. Much needed refreshments are served during a break in the rounds. If you are new to the village and would like to join in, just turn up on the night. You are assured of a very warm welcome by everyone.

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is holding 2 fund raising events in October to help it raise over £750,000 which is needed each year to provide specialist palliative care, free of charge. On Sunday October 8 there will be Colour Rush at Green Park Aston Clinton. This is an event for the whole family when runners, walkers or joggers will get showered with multi-coloured powder at 5 colour stations spread out around the 5k circular course. Before the main event, there is a “Mini Rush” for any little ones who want to be part of this spectacular event, but who might not manage the full 5k circular route. Last year more than 550 men, women and children became walking rainbows for the Hospice and raised over £14,000. It is hoped that this year, £25,000 will raised. Colour Rush 2017 will be held at 11am and 2pm. Please go to the website at fnhospice.org.uk/colour-rush for more information and to register.

The 24th Aylesbury Beer Festival will be held at a new venue, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School on Friday October 27 and Saturday 28 offering real ale fans the change to try local beers as well as award-winning ales and ciders from further afield, whilst raising funds for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Local CAMRA expert, Alexander Wright will be selecting the ales and ciders to include a range of old favourites and seasonal novelties. Saturday has entertainment for all the family including the Sausage Festival and live music all day.
Following its enthusiastic reception last year, the Kings Farm Shop, Wendover will be providing a range of delicious gourmet sausages to barbecue between 11am and 7pm. There will be space indoors so that a full musical line-up and seating can be provided if the weather is wet. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door. To book and for more information call 01296 429975 or go to www.fnhospice.org.uk/aylesbury-beer-festival

Haddenham Medical Centre Carers Bucks Training Event
This will be held on Thursday October 19 at the Haddenham Medical Centre from 6.30 to 8pm, aimed at working carers. Topics included will be infection detection, emergency care planning and carers’ discount card. Refreshments will be available. A similar event during the day will be held in the future. For more information, please contact Ellen Solley, Practice Manager on 01844 293303

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 1st Harvest Festival at 10am. Donations will be very welcome of dry or canned foods which will go to provide a welcome meal for the homeless and vulnerable helped by Steppin’ Stones of Oxford. There will be no Rock Solid in the evening.
  • Sunday October 8th at 10am Morning Celebration
  • Sunday October 8th at 6pm Evensong
Diary Dates :
  • Tuesday October 3: Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm.
  • Sunday October 8: Quiz at The Bell re-starts 8pm.
  • Monday October 16: Parish Council at 7.30pm in the Cricket Pavilion
  • Saturday November 11: Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance