Monday, 23 October 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Hall New Build Update

Antonia Stratford, Chairman of the Village Hall Trustees committee, writes “It was all excitement this week as the timber frame (manufactured by The Timber Frame Company) for the new Chearsley Village hall arrived from Ireland. Thankfully, Storm Ophelia didn’t delay the sailing. Each piece of our new hall is now being lowered into place overseen by the builders, Furlong & Higgs. Expect to see a whole new building in 2 weeks! Albeit without a roof."

Bell Ringing Competition
If you wondered why the bells were ringing all afternoon on Saturday October 14, it was when 9 bell ringing teams representing the Central Bucks Branch and the Chiltern Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell ringers were competing for the Orchard Cup. This is an annual, friendly bell ringing competition first started in 1975 in memory of Fred Orchard a bell ringer of Nether Winchendon and this year held at Chearsley church.
Teams taking part were Wendover, Long Crendon (who were the winners), Whitchurch, Great Missenden, two teams from Aylesbury, Stewkley, Wing and Chearsley. More details and photos can be viewed on The Bucks Herald website as one of their Picture Specials.

3 Peaks Challenge
The group from The Bell who recently spent a strenuous weekend climbing Ben Nevis, Snowden and Scafell Pike met up again at The Bell recently when Sharon proudly exhibited an oversize cheque of £3,091 made out to Sobell House Hospice Oxford. She congratulated all the team on doing so well and thanked everyone who so generously sponsored them and donated to the charity. £1,850 was raised via the internet Just Giving site and £1,241 from the charity bottle at The Bell and from The Chearsley Aunt Sally team. It is hoped that photos of the evening and a write up will be printed in The Bucks Herald.

Halloween at The Bell
An adults Halloween Fancy Dress disco on Saturday October 28 for everyone of all ages will be held at The Bell from 8pm onwards. Fancy dress is not compulsory but having a good time is. On Monday October 30 there will be a Pumpkin Carving competition when everyone has the opportunity to display their creative pumpkin carving skills. If you need inspiration and advice, Sharon suggests you find out information and view videos of ideas at The Pumpkin Lady Bring your masterpieces along at 6.45pm ready for judging at 7pm. Any design is fine, just include provision for a night-light.
Halloween for children will be on the night itself, Tuesday 31st from 4.30 to 6pm at The Bell (scary enough any evening with the six o’clock regulars), when there will be Wrap The Mummy, Pin the tail on the Vampire and other Ghostly Games, as well a choice of jacket potato with cheese and beans, or hot dog, or fish fingers with chips beans or peas. Cost is £5 per child. Please book with Sharon and let her know your choice of food.

Round the village Poppy Collections
A reminder that Sue Grimsdell and Joy Payne will be round selling poppies door to door starting Saturday October 28th until Saturday November 11. This will be the 20th year since Sue took over from Sylvia Hicks. Both Sue and Joy have sons in the Armed Forces so selling the poppies is very dear to them, last year raising over £565. If you miss their call, poppy collecting boxes will be found in the shop and The Bell.

St Nicholas Church now has a facebook page telling everyone what is happening in our 3 churches of Chearsley, Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and can be found at

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 29 United Benefice Service at Nether Winchendon at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday October 28 Halloween Fancy Dress Disco at The Bell 8pm onwards
  • Monday October 30 Pumpkin Carvings at The Bell 6.45pm with judging at 7pm
  • Tuesday October 31 Children’s Halloween Party at The Bell 4.30 to 6pm
  • Saturday November 11 Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance with Guest speaker Mike Gatting
  • Tuesday November 7 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down around 8.45pm
  • Monday November 20 Parish Council meeting 7.30pm at The Cricket Club pavilion