Thursday, 6 September 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Pretty Pot Holes

Pot holes are everywhere, on the main roads, village roads and particularly Bernard's Close, Chearsley, which have made the road scarcely navigable for both cars and pedestrians. But three enterprising young Chearsley ladies, Katie and Olivia Sawrey-Cookson and their friend, Saskia Day, have put their artistic skills to work and brought at least a temporary smile to the faces of the frustrated residents, by crafting a beautiful heart-shaped design in one of the larger potholes in the road. John Howard of Chearsley Parish Council has been in touch with the Bucks Herald with this story in the hope that it might provoke much needed action from Bucks County Council. John has been told that The Bucks Herald plan to print the piece and the photo and include it on their website this week. Well done girls and John for continuing with the Parish Council to keep on at Bucks C C to make our roads safer.

Boules Challenge
This re-arranged match of Chearsley against Cuddington took place on Sunday September 2 at Cuddington and resulted in another success for Chearsley when they narrowly beat Cuddington in some hard fought matches. Chearsley now have the silver cup to prove it, which will be on show at The Bell. Nic Brown would like to thank everyone who took part in this inter village challenge with good spirit and friendship. A provisional date for a Winter Boules event has been made for Sunday December 2 when Chearsley will be the hosts at the Cuddington Playing Fields location, when they will be offering warming refreshments.

Chearsley Show
The Show team under the leadership of Joy, set up the hall on Saturday September 1st when all entries and exhibits were displayed in grand style luxuriating in the wonderful space of our new hall.







The domestic section continued to attract increasing numbers of entries, including some fabulous and imaginative Show Stopper Cakes. This compensated for the lower vegetable and flower entries which had suffered from the intense heat and lack of rain this year. Rachel Sampson’s Scarecrow made an amusing if lonely parade, as there was only 1 entry in this new category. Congratulations to Rachel for her ingenuity, deserving her appropriate prize. Hopefully, there will be more scarecrow entries next year.
Overall Winner of the Show for the Vic Walker cup was Julian George, who was also winner of the Best Vegetables cup. Other winners were Best photo – Joy Payne; Best art – Jann Grimshaw; Best Craft – Jack Lazaruk; Best Children’s entry – Jessica Taylor; Men’s Jam tarts – Freddie Taylor; Best domestic – Ruth Holland; Best Flowers – Joy Payne; Best Flower arrangement – Jann Grimshaw; Cup for craftsmanship – Jack Lazaruk and Best Fruit – Michael Heybrook. Special mention should go to Olivia Sawrey Cookson who won the Show Stopper Cup – and now also of pot hole decorating fame.
Joy thanked everyone for coming, particularly, our vicar, Richard who presented the prizes, and to everyone who entered. It is hoped that next year, there will be more gardeners and talented bakers, photographers and crafters taking up the challenge to show off their skills. Don’t be influenced and put off by Joe Grundy and his competitive spirit about the forthcoming Fruit and Veg show in The Archers! Chearsley Show is a very friendly, fun event. Well done to Joy for putting everything together again, as well as organising Meadow Song, being church warden, chief church flower arranger and many other things. Thank you Joy. Oh yes, Happy Birthday for Friday.

Meadow Song
A beautiful day Sunday September 2nd in the beautiful garden of Ann Persson when many villagers gathered to hear Paul (Joy’s brother) and the lovely Laura sing a variety of well known songs from Shows.


The afternoon ended with everyone getting up to have a dance to Abba to complete a very enjoyable time.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day
The weather is looking mainly fine for this coming Sunday 9 for the 7th year of this event , the original idea of Fred Crawford, which will be held in the grounds of the Cricket Club. Entry and parking is free and there will be programmes, detailing events of the day, available on entry for a donation towards the development of Junior Cricket at the Club. The number of vehicles on show increases every year and this year there should be 250 on view of vintage cars, motor bikes, tractors, lorries, buses and steam engines.
As in previous years, there will be a children’s mini fun fair, barbecue prepared and served by Team Chearsley chefs, teas and home made cakes, outside bar with real ales, ice cream van, fine coffee, fish and chip van, bottle tombola, raffle and new this year, a Gin and Pimms Tent. There will be stalls selling arts and craft and fresh fruit and vegetables and Dotty Sweets. Messy Church of Chearsley Church will be providing entertainment for young children in their tent throughout the day. During the afternoon, it is planned for there to be a Spitfire Flypast ,courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The timing of this has yet to be finalized. Listen out for more information on the day.
There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a classic coach tour of the surrounding area complete with commentary. It promises to be a great day out for all the family. Have a look round at all the exhibits, get something to eat and drink and sit and listen to the live music. Don’t forget to try your luck on the popular Bottle Tombola and to buy some raffle tickets. The draw for the raffle will take place towards the end of the afternoon, followed by the presentation of The Fred Crawford Cup which goes to Fred’s choice of Best in Show.
Gates open to the public at 11am, ending at 5pm. I did hear that Steve Fox of our local Red Kite radio will be at the show. Watch out for him. Red Kite radio is broadcast from Haddenham Garden Centre and can be found at 107.2fm. Enjoy the day.

Saturday September 22 - The Chilterns Classic Sportive Cycling Event
The Parish Council has been made aware of this cycling event. There are 3 routes, 1 of which passes through Chearsley and 2 through Cuddington. The organisers estimate there will be 450 rides on the route through here. The event starts in Amersham from 7.45am to 9am which might help to estimate when they will be around here.

Services at St Nicholas
  • Sunday September 9 Evensong at 6pm
  • Sunday September 23 Harvest Festival
Diary Dates:

Harvest Supper is back


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Classic Car Show Bottle Donations

Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day
Bottle Tombola

Chearsley Cricket Club is again asking all its club members and supporters to donate a bottle or bottles for the Bottle Tombola at the car show on Sunday week (9th September).

Adam Lazaruk and helpers from our Junior Cricketers will be walking around the village this Sunday (2nd September) with wheelbarrows, between 1.00 and 3.00pm, to collect bottle donations.

If you can spare us a bottle or two, please leave your donation on your doorstep for the lads to collect.

Alternatively, donations can be passed to:
  • Adam Lazaruk, The Old Grainstore, Crendon Road
  • John Howard, Great Barn, School Lane
  • Terry Gadsby, Little Orchard, Church Lane
 ….or to any CCC member or just drop them off at the pavilion (the 1st X1 are playing Leighton Buzzard on Saturday afternoon.

The Bottle Tombola has proved to be a great fundraiser in previous years ,and all funds raised at the show will be invested in developing our Juniors section at the club.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Cricket Club Sunday August 12
The annual Chairman’s Match originally planned for July 29 and re-arranged for last Sunday was again called off. The rain on Saturday July 28 also spoiled party celebrations of Rachel Sampson who was celebrating a “special” birthday and had to transfer everything to the village hall. The party, I hear,was still a great success. Congratulations Rachel and here’s to many more.

Annual End of Season Dinner and Dance Saturday November 24.
Please save this date for the Cricket Club Do which will be held at Magnolia Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club.

A busy time for Chearsley for this Bank Holiday weekend and the following two weekends:

Bank Holiday Sunday 26: BBQ at The Bell Sharon at The Bell invites everyone to a BBQ on Sunday August 26 from 2pm with great food and games for the children in the garden

Bank Holiday Sunday 26: Summer Boules Challenge 2018 A team from Chearsley Parish Council will compete against Cuddington Parish Council for the 3rd year and Chearsley are hoping to follow on from their success in the past 2 years to make it a hat trick. Players and supporters, young and old are invited to come along to the Boules Piste at Cuddington Playing Fields. Start time is 2pm-ish. Cuddington will again be providing food and drink. Please contact Nic Brown at Nicb@chateaubrown.com if you would like more information.

Saturday September 1: Chearsley Show After a year’s break while the new hall was built ,Chearsley Show now returns with more categories this year, including a Scarecrow Parade in the village hall grounds. Vegetables and flowers have suffered from lack of rain and relentless searing sun, but don’t be put off and think you have nothing to enter. Just have a look round your garden and allotment to find something to enter. You may be surprised to find a winning ticket on your exhibit. There are also categories for domestic, art and craft and photography, and lots of opportunities for the children to take part. Making a scarecrow is a new idea to our Show, with a chance for all the family to get creative and have fun. There will be a prize awarded for the most creative scarecrow. Please return your completed entry forms by Wednesday August 29 with fees of 20p per item to Joy at 1 Bernard's Close. On the day, the hall will be open for the setting out of entries from 8.30 to 10.15am. Judging takes place at 10.30am. The hall is then open to the public at 2.45pm with teas on sale, raffle draw and presentation of awards at 3.30pm.

Sunday September 2: MeadowSong There is to be another Meadow Song this year with thanks to the kind hospitality of Ann Persson at Long Meadow. Bring a picnic and rug and chair from 12.30pm and sit back and enjoy an afternoon in this beautiful garden with lively music from Paul Shinar and Laura which will start at 2pm. There will be a bar and raffle. Tickets are available at £10 each from Joy Payne, phone 208513 or email joychearsley@gmail.com. Please note that Family Communion will be held at 11am that morning, instead of 10am, to link in with the start of MeadowSong.

Saturday September 8: Chearsley Streetlife at The Bell An afternoon of a Beer Festival, Pig Roast and music.

Sunday September 9: Chearsley Village Classic and Vintage Fun Day is promising to be bigger and better than ever, its 7th year, on Sunday September 9, starting earlier this year at 11am. The number of vehicles already registered is up on last year. The Hurricane flypast has been confirmed and there will be a number of new events during the afternoon. Your help is needed on the day with car parking, meet and greeting vehicles, programme and raffle ticket selling, BBQ, Bottle tombola, tea and cakes. Please contact John Howard or Paula Johnson if you are able to help.
The day will be another wonderful village day with money made going towards the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club. Gates are open to the public at 11am, entry is free. Keep up to date and find out more information by going to the website www.ccvfd.co.uk.

Jubilee Bench
The Parish Council have replaced the old Jubilee Bench by the War Memorial which had fallen into a dangerous state of repair. A new one has been purchased. This is part of the Parish Council’s ongoing programme of village improvements, which will also include some restorative work on the War Memorial.

“Stuff”
Some items have been left in the bus shelter, near the notice board for some time now. They are a child’s jacket, boots with the name Isabella Mays and an umbrella. If they belong to you, or you know who they belong to, please can they be reclaimed.

Chef Wanted at The Bell
Sharon needs someone to help her in the busy kitchen, perhaps a student training to be a chef or someone looking for a role in the restaurant/pub industry. If you know someone who would fit the bill, please contact Sharon on 01844 208077.

Qi Gong at Chearsley Village Hall

The weekly classes are continuing throughout the Summer and are going well. The hour-long class will now start at 10am every Tuesday morning in the village hall. Qi Gong is suitable for adults of all ages and new members are always very welcome. Contact Ben on 07473 118676, email masterben@chearsleyqigong.uk or visit his website www.chearsleyqigong.co.uk for more information.

Bank Holiday Monday 27 - Sunshine Club’s Garden Party & Charity Fashion Show
Our local models will be treading the catwalk at this friendly, informal Fashion Show in the lovely gardens at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington and afterwards there will be the chance to buy from the range of affordably priced clothing. In case of rain, the show will go on under the shelter of gazebos! All are welcome – men included! The entrance fee of £5 includes a cream tea. If anyone has nearly new clothes which they would like to donate for sale at this event, these can be dropped off at Tyringham Hall, or can be collected (Please phone 01844291 932).

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday August 26 Bank Holiday weekend BBQ at 2pm at The Bell; Boules at Cuddington at 2pm
  • Monday August 27 Sunshine Club Fashion Show and Cream Tea
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Meadow Song
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day and Beer Festival at The Bell
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 28 July 2018

What's Happening in the Vale

Summer sensation 'Play in the Park' returns to Aylesbury

Family favourite Play in the Park is returning to Aylesbury on Wednesday 1 August. The annual event, organised by AVDC and now in its 12th year, will offer a host of fun activities, games and entertainment for all the family. This year, look out for drumming workshops, climbing wall, face painting, petting farm, electric go-karts and much more! The fun takes place in Vale Park from 11am-4pm. Entry is free, but some activities have charges of £1-£3. Click here for more information on the event.

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Want to keep the kids entertained this summer?

If you can’t attend Play in the Park, don’t worry, there are plenty of smaller-scale play sessions happening throughout the school holidays. Organised by AVDC in partnership with parish councils, Play Around the Parishes consists of 38 free sessions taking place in the Vale between 24 July and 24 August. Places hosting the sessions include Buckingham, Stewkley and Winslow. Arts & crafts, giant games, soft play, circus skills (and other fun stuff) will all be on offer. Click here for more information on these free sessions, including a list of the scheduled dates and times.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Flag


Have you noticed that Chearsley now has its own flag? This is with thanks to the generosity of John and Alicia Howard. Alicia designed the flag depicting red kites, the horse chestnut and The Chilterns and they have given it to the village in appreciation and celebration of the many friendships made and the good times they have enjoyed during 30 years in Chearsley. The plan is for this flag to be flown when no other flag is due to be flown.

New Yoga Class at Chearsley Village Hall
Emma Morgan is running a yoga class every Wednesday evening from 7.15 to 8.15pm. A great way to de-stress after a busy day! For more information please visit www.emmamorganyoga.com or email emy@emmamorgan.com.

Chearsley Village Classic and Vintage Fun Day is promising to be bigger and better than ever, its 7th year, on Sunday September 9, starting earlier this year at 11am. The number of vehicles already registered is up on last year. The Hurricane flypast has been confirmed and there will be a number of new events during the afternoon. Your help is needed on the day with car parking, meet and greeting vehicles, programme and raffle ticket selling, BBQ, Bottle tombola, tea and cakes. Please contact John Howard or Paula Johnson if you are able to help. The day promises to be another wonderful village day with money made going towards the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club. Gates are open to the public at 11am, entry is free. Keep up to date and find out more information by going to the website www.ccvfd.co.uk

MeadowSong

There is to be another Meadow Song this year on Sunday September 2 with thanks to the kind hospitality of Ann Persson at Long Meadow with plans for a picnic from 12.30pm and the concert to start at 2pm. More details will be available soon.

Cuddington Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
The film to be shown at The Bernard Hall on Monday July 23 is “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines”. This is a 1965 British comedy, starring an international cast including Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, Terry Thomas and James Fox. It revolves around the craze of early aviation and tells the fictional story of a £10,000 prize for the winner of an air race from London to Paris to prove Britain was “number 1 in the air”. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in front of a big screen in comfortable seats with tea and cake brought to your seat during the interval and all for £5 or £4 concessions. Please phone 01844 291526 to book your ticket. Doors open at 1pm for 1.30pm start and tickets might be available on the door.

Recycling of batteries and small electrical items
These can now be put in a plastic bag and placed on top of either the recycling or waste bin each week for collection. Small electrical items such as hair-dryers, electric toothbrushes, shavers, smoke detectors, clocks, watches, torches etc. - items no bigger than a shoe box – can also be put out weekly. Batteries, but not car batteries should be placed in a separate bag. Go to AVDC website for more details, and/or download the guide (pdf).

Church Services in Chearsley
  • Sunday July 22 Chearsley Praise at 10am
  • Sunday July 29 Benefice Holy Communion with Junior Church at 10am
Diary Dates
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Meadow Song
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 30 June 2018

No Steam on Sunday

I am reliably informed that the steam engine scheduled to pass by Chearsley tomorrow morning will be replaced by a diesel. Apparently this is due to the hot and dry conditions.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

World Cup at Chearsley Cricket Club
The Club bar will be open from 6.30pm in readiness for the kick off at 7.00pm. this Thursday June 28 when England play Belgium. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. As England are already through to the next round, this match will be shown at the Club scheduled either for Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd at 7.00pm.

Steam Train through Chearsley this Sunday July 1st 2018
I have very reliable information that there will be a Steam Train scheduled to be pulled by Union of South Africa leaving London Paddington at 11.15am on its journey to Stratford-Upon-Avon travelling therefore along the Chiltern line. If you would like to watch it, the advice is that it is due to be in Princes Risborough at 12.30pm and therefore passing through Haddenham at about 12.35pm. But, the advice is to allow plenty of time for it to be a bit early or possibly late. On the return, if timings go to plan, and they often don’t, the train should be coming through Haddenham at 20.20pm. As you might have guessed, a couple of Chearsley villagers will be on board, possibly waving hankies or a beer glass out of the window as they pass through Chearsley.

Chearsley Challengers
Sharon is such a busy lady. A family to look after as well as being a great Landlady of The Bell offering great pub food and good beer and always cheerfully and helpfully serving and cooking for her customers (and some of the local customers can be quite a handful!). Not content with all of that, she and some friends from the Bell are taking part in a 50 kilometre Cotswold Way Challenge raising money for Parkinsons UK. This is on Saturday June 30, starting at 9am from Wotton –Under-Edge walking 50k to Cheltenham probably ending about midnight. You can guarantee she will be back behind the bar and in the kitchen on Sunday. How does she do it? A wonderful lady.
She is walking with Nicky, Terry, Furry (or Christopher as mentioned in a plug for the walk by Steve Fox on Red Kite Radio on Saturday afternoon),and Brian (Sharon’s Dad). All are to be congratulated for taking part in this Challenge. Good luck to them. Donations in aid of Parkinsons UK would be much appreciated and you can do this by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sharon-woodford

Church Services in Chearsley:
  • Sunday July 1st Family Communion at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday June 30 Whitchurch Morris Dancers at The Bell at 2.30pm
  • Saturday June 30 Cream Teas and Teddy Bears in the church at 2.30 to 5pm
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Marquee event for the Church
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Planning Application at 2-4 Winchendon Road
Approval has now been granted for the removal of existing dwellings and residential redevelopment to create 5 x 2 bed dwellings; 1 x 3 bed dwelling and 1 x 4 bed dwelling and revised access.

Bus Survey 
Bucks County Council are seeking responses to their survey on council-supported rural buses. It is a fairly simple survey as to how often and when and what time of day you travel on the bus and for what reason. The survey can be found on their website www.buckscc.gov.uk/bussurvey. There are also paper versions available. The bus through our village to Aylesbury and Thame is of vital importance to a few people in the village who are unable to drive and I think a strong response to this survey is vital to show that it is needed in our village. The service needs ongoing financial support from the County Council and it is not difficult to see that possibly reducing the service we have would be a way of saving money. I have some paper copies, so please let me know if you would like one. The closing date for the survey is July 20th. All comments will be reviewed this Summer and a consultation will be carried out later in 2018 on any proposed changes.

Morris Dancing at The Bell
Come and Watch The Whitchurch Morris Men at The Bell on Saturday June 30 at 2.30pm.

Cream Teas and Teddy Bears
Fun for all the family takes place on Saturday June 30 from 2.30pm to 5pm in St Nicholas Churchyard, Chearsley. Bring along a teddy and watch him parachute from the church tower. Prizes for the Best Dressed and best Loved Teddies. Cakes for sale, Special Tea hamper raffle, Bring and buy stall, plants and cakes for sale.

Scarecrows in Chearsley
For the first time and to celebrate the first Village Show in the new hall, there will be a Scarecrow Parade on Saturday September 1st in the village hall. You might have already followed the Scarecrow trail in Haddenham which ends on Sunday and have a few ideas of a scarecrow you and your family could make. This is a great idea to join in with the Show if growing plants or vegetables is not what you like to do. There are also opportunities to show off skills in baking, flower arranging, painting,craftwork, photography and many categories for children. Another wonderful village day, not to be missed, coming in September.

Plastic bags in food recycling caddies.
Did you know that Bucks County Council are now able to accept plastic bags for food waste as well as newspaper and compostable liners. Acceptable bags are supermarket plastic bags, bags bought on a roll, eg pedal bin liners, thin plastic fridge and freezer storage bags and bread and salad bags. The bags are all separated from the food when it is delivered to the anaerobic digestion plant and the food waste is then processed, creating renewable electricity and at the end of the process, the digested food waste gets spread to land as a nutrition-rich fertiliser.

Church Services in Chearsley:
  • Sunday June 24 Chearsley Praise at 10am which this month includes a baptism
  • Sunday July 1st Family Communion at 10am

Diary Dates:
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Cream Teas and Teddy Bears in the church at 2.30 to 5pm
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Marquee event for the Church
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Friday, 25 May 2018

Defibrillator

The Parish Council is pleased to advise us that the Defibrillator is now installed in its cabinet and is available for us.

Please note the following important advice from the Ambulance Service :
  1. The FIRST priority if you think you need the Defibrillator is to keep calm and dial 999 to call an ambulance.
  2. The SECOND priority is to commence cardiac massage (CPR) – i.e. pumping on the victim’s chest to keep blood circulating. If you don’t know how to do this, seek advice (now) or attend a first aid course.
  3. If there is a second person on the scene, they can get the defibrillator. You must not stop CPR.
  4. The Defibrillator will tell you what to do. Don’t be scared of using it: You cannot cause further pain or damage using a Defibrillator. It will not work if it can sense a pulse in the body.
Getting The Defibrillator
The Defibrillator is housed in a green and yellow cabinet located on the side wall of The Bell, in the entrance to the car park.
The code to open the door is C159X. We suggest you keep this code handy, but the Ambulance Service also knows it and will give you it when you call them. You will need to quote the Postcode which is printed on the cabinet door.
The Defibrillator is in the orange case in the cabinet. Open the cabinet door, take out the orange case and take it to where the casualty is located.

Using the Defibrillator
Instructions for getting started are printed on the orange case. Once you switch it on, there are clear voice prompts that you should follow.
It is battery powered so needs no connections to mains electricity.
It is automatic. It goes through a cycle of monitoring the victim’s heart rate and pattern and will only administer a shock if it is needed.

Getting familiar with it
It is acceptable for you to have a practice any time at opening the cabinet door to familiarise yourself with how to access the unit. Please make sure the door is fully closed before you leave – it needs a hard push to close it. If it won’t latch, try pressing the “C” button on the keypad.
Most important, please do not remove the unit from the cabinet and take it away unless you need it. That may be just the time someone else has an emergency.

Now that it is in use and the Village Hall is available, we will be arranging further training courses on how to use the unit.

Maintenance
We have a team of volunteers who are looking after the unit. If you think at any time there is a problem with it, or it needs attention, please email the team at defib.team@chearsley.com. One of the team will respond.

Finally
There is a very useful “Save a Life” app available for both IOS and Android. It locates your nearest defib unit, you can ring 999 from it and it also contains instructions on what to do re CPR and using the defib etc. It has a lot of Q & A too. Ideal to get you ahead of the training that will be appearing soon.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Celebration Day – change of date
The date for this planned Village Celebration Day on The Green will not now take place on Saturday June 23. It has been decided to for it to be held on Saturday September 8, the day before the Classic and Vintage Fun Day in the grounds of the cricket club, making it a full-on Chearsley Weekend. More information will be available nearer the time.

Grand Opening of the New Village Hall on May 12 2018
Antonia Stratford, Chair of the Village Hall Committee reports :
The village of Chearsley welcomed Councillor Sue Renshell, Chair of AVDC , who opened their new, state of the art community building.
The project has cost nearly £600,000 and received a large grant from AVDC’s New Homes Bonus Fund in addition to grants from 7 other bursaries and foundations. Taking over 4 years to come to fruition, Chearsley Village Hall is now an attractive, flexible space for the entire community that can accommodate 2 activities concurrently, is suitable for large event hire and uses sustainable energy sources to heat and light the building.
Providing a new public space for the community has been hugely challenging but it is fantastic after so many years of planning and fundraising to see villagers start using the space straightaway for a variety of activities that have never taken place before. We are very grateful to all our funders and are confident that this building will meet our key objectives of bringing all sections of the community together and providing support and new activities particular for our senior residents.
Sue Renshell commented “village halls are a vital part of community life and help towards encouraging volunteering, providing a hub for residents and preventing rural isolation. AVDC is proud to support this project and would like to congratulate all those who have been involved”
Funding was secured from Rectory Homes, The Heybrook Family, The New Homes Bonus Fund, The Rothschild Foundation, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, Luton and Bedfordshire Community Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation."

More information about the hall and the re-build project is available on the Village Hall website.
Since the opening, sound proofing baffles have been installed.

The Giving Tree
Hopefully, everyone took the opportunity to have a look at The Giving Tree installed in the hall’s entrance which cleverly includes the names of all villagers who have made donations for the building of the new hall . There is still plenty of room for more names and if you have not yet donated and would like to and have your name printed on a leaf or branch, please go to the village hall website. Any donations to the hall fund will be gratefully received and help towards adding to the hall’s facilities, possible for a removable stage, shutters for the windows, more outside play equipment etc.

Freight Strategy
Chearsley Parish Council thanks 150 villagers who signed the recent ePetition on the Bucks CC Freight Strategy, or who wrote directly to Bucks CC with their views. The Council has now received an encouraging response from Bucks C.C. along with an invitation to attend a Workshop to consider the issues in more detail, showing a positive indication to include Chearsley and Cuddington as hotspots in the strategy – a development that can only help efforts to control this problem.
Paul Irvin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation writes to John Lewis of Chearsley Parish Council :
“I am extremely grateful to you and other local residents from Chearsley and Cuddington for such active engagement in the Freight Strategy consultation. This feedback is helpful in ensuring the existing challenges you are facing are reflected in the document and guide the Strategy’s implementation.
We’ve been clear that the Freight Strategy is an evolving strategy and that we’ll continue to work with those communities who fed into the process to investigate areas that are problematic in the future, so we can apply the right solutions. Our research and the feedback from our consultation give us a snapshot today, but circumstances will change in the future as growth happens and road uses alter, which is why we have developed a strategy that will adapt over the coming 20 years.
 To acknowledge the activity (e.g. traffic surveys) carried out in Chearsley and Cuddington that identify local freight issues, we have amended the hotspot areas in the Strategy to ensure we give both areas an appropriate level of exposure. In addition, we plan to invite representatives from both areas to a meeting to discuss the existing challenges you face, talk through the role of the proposed Freight Officer and the types of solutions you might like to see included in the emerging Freight Action Plan.
We value the role played by communities to highlight the issues caused by freight. I hope the response above demonstrates that we take the concerns raised seriously and endeavour to work with you to understand the issues and develop appropriate solutions.”

Church Services in Chearsley

  • Sunday May 27 Family Service “Chearsley Praise” at 10am– a service of hymns, short readings, prayers led by the children and a short talk, taken by John Scholefield
Diary Dates
  • Saturday June 9 Nether Winchendon Fete from 2pm to 5pm in the grounds of Nether Winchendon House. Entry is £2, concessions £1, children under 10 free. Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas Church and the Village Fund.
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 2 Marquee event for the Church
  • Saturday September 8 Chearsley Village Celebration Day
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Soul Spark - all this week

Have you ever popped in to our beautiful and peaceful church when you are passing? All this week (and next weekend) the church is open until 8pm and has lots of thought provoking interactive stations, some aimed at children (tadpoles, bubbles and tents), some adults (Suffering Why?), but you are welcome to try them all, whatever your age.







Friday, 11 May 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Christian Aid Big Brekkie at St Nicholas Church.
Come and enjoy a BBQ breakfast of sausage or bacon roll at the church this Sunday May 13 from 9.30 to 10.30am in support of the Christian Aid Big Brekkie. This is in place of Morning Celebration. There will be hymns and prayers at the end of breakfast at 10.30am. “Soul Spark” will be open in the church, so an opportunity to take a look at this. Soul Spark is on show from May 12 to 20th May.

Celebrating 50 years of Chuf on Saturday May 19 at Chearsley Village Hall.
Come and help celebrate 5 decades of Chuf Preschool at this all day Fest. For the children from 3pm to 6.30pm there will be games, talent workshops, music and dance performances (3 to 16 year olds), Prince and Princess costume and face painting for this special Royal Day plus fun with Musical Mayhem. Tickets are £5 per child with free entry for adults. From 6.30pm until 10.30pm Chuf is presenting a Golden Evening with guest appearance from Tony Hadley who will be performing an acoustic set, plus local band and disco. Tickets for this are £15 per adult. There will be food vans and refreshments available and a licensed bar showing the FA Cup Final – something for the whole family. Tickets may be available on the day, but to avoid disappointment, please book online now at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/483390

Qi Gong in Chearsley
This class has now started in the village hall, but it is not too late to join and newcomers of all ages and levels of fitness are very welcome. Ben, the Master is teaching the forms (sequences) by instructing the class at each stage, so there is no problem in joining now. Give it a try. Classes are held on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30am. There is a Chearsley QiGong facebook page for more information and a link to a video at www.chearsleyqigong.co.uk. You can also email for more information from masterben@chearsleyqigong.co.uk.

Church Services in Chearsley:
  • Sunday May 13 No Morning Celebration. Big Brekkie from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 12 Performance of Knock Knock at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 7.30pm
  • Monday May 14 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 19 Chuf Fest celebrating 50 years in the village hal
  • Monday May 21 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema showing “Lion” at The Bernard Hall Cuddington at 1.30pm
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Road Closure


While bridge repairs are carried out on road to the Cuddington, Bridgeway is expected to be closed between 09:30 and 15:30 from Tuesday until the end of May.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

New Shop Front
On Sunday May 6, a refurbishment of the shop front will be carried out. The shop will be open the usual opening hours, but there will be disruption on the shop forecourt and access may be restricted at times.

Old Chairs for free
New tables and chairs have been purchased for our new hall and 20 of the hall’s old chairs are now free for collection from the hall car park. Help yourself as soon as possible as if still there on Wednesday May 9, they will be “tidied up”.

Bank Holiday Weekend
It looks as if the sun is going to shine this weekend. An opportunity to take a break from mowing the grass in your garden to enjoy a drink in the sunshine in the lovely garden of the The Bell which is now open all day Saturdays and Sundays. There will be the usual Meat Raffle on Sunday afternoon and the monthly Sunday Quiz at 8pm.

Soul Spark in Chearsley Church Saturday May 12 – Sunday May20th An opportunity for individual quiet and reflection. The Church is open all day and welcome for everyone. Soul Spark is intended as a way into our inner experiences and the spirit deep within us. Take time away from busy schedules to reflect on your life and what matters most to you as you wander round the various “stations” in the Church and let them help you to focus on particular areas of life’s experiences.

Celebrating 50 years of Chuf on Saturday May 19 at Chearsley Village Hall. Come and help celebrate 5 decades of Chuf Preschool at this all day Fest. For the children from 3pm to 6.30pm there will be games, talent workshops, music and dance performances (3 to 16 year olds), Prince and Princess costume and face painting for this special Royal Day plus fun with Musical Mayhem. Tickets are £5 per child with free entry for adults.
From 6.30pm until 10.30pm Chuf is presenting a Golden Evening with guest appearance from Tony Hadley who will be performing an acoustic set, plus local band and disco. Tickets for this are £15 per adult. There will be food vans and refreshments available and a licensed bar showing the FA Cup Final – something for the whole family. Tickets may be available on the day, but to avoid disappointment, please book online now at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/483390

Chearsley Cricket Club
94 Juniors braved the cold wind on Tuesday at the Cricket Club, including 48 girls aged from 6 to 15, to enjoy the coaching skills of Ignite Sports. The Aunt Sally Team are hoping to start their season with a win on Wednesday May 2nd when they play The Red Cow. The Under 13 Boys are playing at home against Thame Town on Thursday May 3 at 6pm. At the weekend, Chearsley 1st XI have their first game at home to Dinton 2nds, starting at 12.30pm while Chearsley 2nd XI are away to Thame Town 4ths. Good Luck to all teams.

Cuddington Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
The film “Lion” made in 2016, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara will be shown at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Monday May 21 at 1.30pm with doors open at 1pm. The film is about the true story of a foundling Indian boy, estranged from his home village and growing up far from home. 25 years later, he locates his mother via Google earth. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this delightful, heartfelt film in front of a big screen in comfortable seats. Tickets cost £5 or £4 concessions which include tea and home-made cake during the interval. Please phone 01844 291526 to book a ticket, or take your chance that seats will be available on the door.

Church Services in Chearsley

  • Sunday May 6 Family Communion at 10am with Junior Church upstairs with a story and craft
There will be no Rock Solid this month, as on Saturday there will be a visit to Longridge in Marlow for water orbing, laser tag and kayaking. Please phone Sharon 0n 208740 for more information

Diary Dates :
  • Sunday May 6 Quiz in The Bell at 8pm
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6 to 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 12 Performance of Knock Knock at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 7.30pm
  • Monday May 14 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 19 Chuf Fest celebrating 50 years in the village hall
  • Saturday June 23 Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk. Phone 01296 429975
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Monday, 30 April 2018

TV Providers Discount Fraud

This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.

The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster's voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details. 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.

What you need to do
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.
  • Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.



Friday, 27 April 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Irene May Baker (Rene)
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Rene took place on Tuesday April 24 at St Nicholas Chearsley, the church she loved and where she had regularly polished the brass candelabra in the village where she was born, went to school and where she lived all her life. A lovely, humorous, gentle lady, always thinking of others before herself. She was 95.

W.I. Cake Stall on The Green
Chearsley W.I. ladies will be setting up a stall for the sale of home-made cakes and savouries and other delicious home-made delights on The Green this Saturday April 28 from 11am until 1pm. Please come and support them, and best to come early as the baking skills of the W.I. ladies is widely known in the village and bargains are snapped up very quickly.

Grand Opening of the New Village Hall

All villagers are invited to come to this Grand Opening on Saturday May 12 at 6pm until 7.30pm. A chance to have a look at the spacious new hall and enjoy some light refreshments. There will be speeches by Councillor Sue Renshall and Antonia Stratford, chairman of the Village Hall Committee.

The Parish Council Annual Village Meeting will be held in the village hall on Monday May 14th at 7.30pm. There will be key updates on village matters by the Parish Council with contributions from many other village groups and an open discussion when villagers are welcome to raise any points. Reception with wine/soft drinks and nibbles is at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to come.

Road Closure at Cuddington Bridge
At long last, the bridge is to be repaired. Starting Tuesday May 1 for approximately 21 days the bridge will be closed to through traffic from 9.30am until 3.00pm and presumably open at the weekends.

Turn End House and Gardens Open Weekend - this Saturday April 28 and Sunday 29. Tucked away in Townside, Haddenham, HP17 8BG, this award winning house and delightful garden is open from 2pm to 5pm. Also on view in the garden will be sculptures, the work of 10 local sculptors and the studios of Artist in Residence Heather Hunter and award-winning photographer, Paul Wilkinson will be open. Admission is £15, free to children. Tickets available on the gate or from www.turnend.org.uk. Tea and home-made cakes available.

Knock Knock, written and performed by Niv Petel, will be at The Bernard Hall Cuddington on Saturday May 12 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under 16s and can be bought at Cuddington Shop, online at www.cuddingtonvillage.com/arts or on the door subject to availability. This mono-drama tells the story of an Israeli single mother who works as a liaison officer in the army, informing families that their sons or daughters have been killed in battle. Based on real events. This was seen and enjoyed by Elaine English and Cuddington Youth Drama who saw the show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and who were determined to bring Niv Petel to Cuddington.

Church Services in Chearsley
  • Sunday April 29 at 10am Benefice Service in Long Crendon
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday April 28 11am to 1pm W. I. Cake stall on The Green
  • Saturday April 28 2pm Sunshine Club Spring Bazaar at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6 to 7.30pm
  • Saturday May 12 Performance of Knock Knock at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 7.30pm
  • Monday May 14 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

The funeral of Renee Baker, who was born and lived in Chearsley, will be held on Tuesday 24th April at 3:30pm in the village church. Flowers and all who knew her welcome.


Church AGM



Cakes On The Green



Monday, 16 April 2018

Black and White Cat

The body of a black and white cat was found on the grass verge on Chilton Road near to the Village Hall early on Sunday morning. It is mainly black on top and white underneath, with a white stripe down the nose. If you would like to claim it, please contact Sue Gray.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Cricket Club Pre-Season Working Parties
Volunteers are needed by the Club to help get the pavilion and ground ready for the fast approaching start of the Season and would welcome as much help as possible on this coming Saturday April 14, Sunday April 15 and Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 from 10am until 1pm. Tasks include moving equipment, painting and redecoration work and completion of a new storage area in the pavilion. Re-assembling sight screens ,repainting boundary boards and carrying out other routine maintenance on the ground. Please contact Adam Lazaruk, Peter Redfern or Louisa Gadsby if you are able to help on one or more of the dates.

St George’s Night at The Bell
Sharon is offering a mouth -watering traditional English menu for everyone to enjoy on Saturday April 21 at 7.30pm. 2 courses for £17.95 and 3 courses for £20.95. There is a choice of starters of Prawn cocktail or Melon and Parma ham; the main course is roast beef with all the usual accompaniments or fish and chips or a full English breakfast; puddings are mixed fruit trifle, spotted dick and custard or cheeseboard. Difficult to make a choice, but hurry to contact Sharon to book your table with a £5 deposit per person and your choice of menu. As you would expect, the evening is bound to be a fun and memorable time with patriotic singing, and uproar.

Italian and Roman Feasts
Italian and Roman Feasts, written by Chearsley villager Gilly Travers, is now on sale. Gilly has been compiling and testing out the many various recipes contained in this, her first book, over the past years and is delighted and proud that her hours of hard work have now been realized in print. “This cookery book will take you on an odyssey from Classical Roman recipes into the culinary arena of modern day Italian Cookery. Plentiful starters and Piscean delicacies, meat, game and vegetables and sumptuous desserts. Cenabis Bene – you will enjoy!”
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photos and drawings with a particularly eye-catching, colourful photo of a pretty Italian hillside town on the front cover. Each recipe is heralded with an English, Italian and Latin title. Gilly is now looking forward to book launches and media interviews. Her book, available in soft and hard back and also as an e book is published by Austin Macauley and is available to buy from Amazon, Foyles, Blackwells, The Thame Book Shop, and the Summertown Book shop in Oxford and W.H. Smith.

Alva Martin
It is very good news that Alva has now been home a few weeks from hospital where she had been since November last year after a fall and stroke. It is still a very difficult time for her and Peter, but they are managing with daily visits from carers, and family and village help. I hope that Alva continues to improve and life can become a little easier for her and Peter.

Parish Council Meeting
Monday April 16 at 7.30pm in the New Village Hall
An opportunity to have a look at our new hall and to support our Parish Councillors at their monthly meeting. There will be a review of the financial plan for 2018/19 and other reports from Parish Councillors, as well as the usual 10 minutes for Parishioners questions and comments. The date of the Annual Village Meeting will be confirmed.

Freight E-Petition
Chearsley Parish Council are continuing to put pressure on Bucks County Council about the large amount of heavy freight traffic through the village. Their latest initiative is to join with Cuddington Parish Council in creating an E-Petition to Bucks County Council on this subject. Please take the time to put your name to this and support the Parish Council. There is a link on the Parish Council link at Chearsley blogspot. Simply click on the Freight e-petition link and enter your name and email address. The Petition closes on May 9. (Please note, that if there are 2 of you using the same email address, then include both your names together, as it rejected my application when I tried to use the same email address again).

Qi Gong at our New Village Hall
The hall is all set to be ready for occupation from Monday April 16 including classes of Qi Gong starting on Tuesday April 17 at 10.30am. If you would like to join or find out more about Qi Gong, please contact Ben at masternben@chearsleyqigong.co.uk or find more information at www.chearsleyqigong.co.uk.

Honey Bee Swarm Collections
The long cold winter has had extremely damaging effects on the colonies of honey bees looked after by members of the Bee Keepers Association – with losses in excess of 50% and some with 100% losses being reported. In order to boost the number of colonies, as many swarms as possible need to be collected. If you see a swarm of bees, please contact the MBBKA Swarm Hotline on 07770370132 so that a bee keeper can be sent to collect the swarm and provide it with a new home. Do not interfere with the swarm. Pest control companies will not kill a swarm unless absolutely necessary.

Take Part in The River Thames Clean Water Quest which is being held between May 1st and 31st when the River Thames Conservation Trust is asking for volunteers of families, villagers or groups to take part. Help is needed to test local ponds, streams and ditches for 2 widespread nutrient pollutants – nitrate and phosphate. This will help to build a map of water quality across the River Thame Catchment area and locate areas of clean unpolluted water where wildlife can thrive and to assist future conservation work. To launch this Clean Water Quest, 2 introductory talks will be held in the area on Saturday April 28 from 11am to 12.30pm at Stone Village Hall and on Monday April 30 from 7.30 to 9pm at Stadhampton Village Hall. There will be information on everything you need to know about getting involved, with a demonstration of the water testing kit, guidance on where to test and how to interpret the results. Please email Hannah at Hannah@riverthame.org to book your place and go to www.riverthame.org/volunteers for more information.

E Safety for older residents
Free workshops on e-safety are being offered to older people (over 50) in the Aylesbury Vale who use the internet. The programme is funded by the Police & Crime Commissioner for Thame Valley and supported by Bucks CC. Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards and Aylesbury Town Council. The aim is to match local young people from schools and colleges with their older peers to provide free one to one tuition, passing on their skills and knowledge on internet safety,with tips on how to spot scams, fraudulent emails and how to keep personal information safe on line, thus helping those who are less confident about using the computer safely. The workshops will be held at the University Technical College in Aylesbury on Monday April 16, Wednesday 18 and Friday 20. Please contact jatkins@buckscc.gov.uk or phone 01296 382 120 for more information.

Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk June 23
This is the largest fundraising event for Florence Nightingale, raising over £55,000 last year, and you are now invited to register with them to take part this June. The walk will this year be open to men and women over the age of 11 and there will be a 5 mile and a 10 mile route starting and ending at Aylesbury College. Registration costs £20. Walkers will be given a free souvenir Midnight Walk 2018 t shirt, a medal and complimentary breakfast at the end of the walk. Please visit www.fnhospice.org.uk/midnightwalk or phone 01296 429975 for more information and to take part.

Church Services in Chearsley
  • Sunday April 15 at 9am Holy Communion
Diary Dates :
  • Monday April 16 Parish Council meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Saturday April 21 St George’s Day celebration meal 7.30 in The Bell. Book now.
  • Saturday April 28 11am to 1pm W. I. Cake stall on The Green
  • Saturday April 28 2pm Sunshine Club Spring Bazaar at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6 to 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Deadline of Monday April 9 Draft Freight Strategy
Everyone in Chearsley complains and worries about the large amount of heavy vehicles coming through our village every day. The Parish Council have been considering for a long time about the growing and worsening problem and have carried out surveys and held talks with Bucks County Council voicing their concerns. They now need village help and would like as many residents as possible to read, at least in part, a recent Draft Freight Strategy published by Bucks County Council and to fill in an on-line survey.
The deadline for this is Monday April 9, so not long.
The easiest way of accessing the Strategy is through the article here and clicking on the relevant links to read the Strategy and to complete the survey. There are 13 questions and it should only take a few minutes to complete. Question 6 offers the opportunity to emphasise the situation in the village. The Parish Council will continue to make representations on behalf of our community, but they need your help to support their initiatives by raising your concerns directly with Bucks County Council through the Survey.

Chearsley Cricket Club Pre-Season Working Parties
Volunteers are needed by the Club to help get the pavilion and ground ready for the fast approaching start of the Season and would welcome as much help as possible on Saturday April 14, Sunday April 15, Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 from 10am until 1pm. Tasks include moving equipment, painting and redecoration work and completion of a new storage area in the pavilion. Re-assembling sight screens, repainting boundary boards and carrying out other routine maintenance on the ground. Please contact Adam Lazaruk, Peter Redfern or Louisa Gadsby if you are able to help on one or more of the dates.

W.I. Cakes on The Green
After a very successful morning last year, Chearsley W.I. are again putting up a stall on The Green selling home-made cakes and savouries. This will be on Saturday April 28 from 11am to 1pm. Be sure to get there early to get the best choice as they sell out quickly.

Cuddington Sunshine Club Spring Bazaar
This will be held in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Saturday April 28 from 2pm when there will be the usual array of familiar stalls selling home-made cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, good second hand clothes, white elephants, and books. There will also be a raffle, tombola and refreshments. Entry is just 20p and free for children.

Church Services in Chearsley
  • Sunday April 8 Evensong at 6pm. No Morning Celebration

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Village on the Green! Save the Date – 23 June 3pm

In the absence of the Chearsley Fete, the committee are holding a Village Celebration day around the green for all ages on Saturday 23 June.

From 3pm there will be a children’s tea party with entertainment followed by a “twilight tea” for those in their later years of life!

The Bell will be running a beer festival from 3pm then from 6.30pm there will be a pig roast and a band which you can listen to whilst relaxing on the green followed by a disco so you can dance the night away!

For more information, please contact Angela Gray on 202105, angela@grayemail.co.uk

Bucks County Council - Draft Freight Strategy

A message from Chearsley Parish Council:

Bucks CC have just published a ‘Draft Freight Strategy (2018 – 2036) Consultation'.

A copy of the relevant documents can be accessed here.

Although it is a long report, we would draw your attention to Page 41 onwards, where the area of ‘Waddesdon, Haddenham & Long Crendon’ is identified as a ‘Freight Hotspot’, although no specific mention is made to any of the roads running through Chearsley Village

Your PC has been actively communicating our concerns about the numbers of HGVs using the wholly unsuitable routes through our village. This included circulation of a report on the three HGV surveys carried out during 2016. A copy of the report is available on our new website: http://www.chearsleypc.org.uk/community/chearsley-parish-council-13750/publications-and-reports1/ . Our belief is that the situation has worsened since the surveys were carried out.

Although the PC will continue to make representations on behalf our community, it would be most beneficial if you could support our initiatives by raising your concerns directly with Bucks CC.

You can either raise your concerns directly with the council by contacting:  transportstrategy@buckscc.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can complete an online survey available at: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/transport-plans-and-policies/freight-strategy/

The consultation ends on Monday 9th April

We know the HGV menace is a matter of great concern to many of our parishioners.

Please spend a few minutes to ensure that our particular concerns are heard loud and clear by those who are in a position to help address them.

Friday, 23 March 2018

In an English Country Allotment...


Photos from Mark Gillis


Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Litter Pick

A small team of Litter Pickers gathered recently when their sterling efforts scouring the lanes and hedgerows in the village and approach roads into the village filled 25 bags with assorted litter, including car parts, squashed and unsquashed beer cans, empty bottles of wine, crisp packets and other miscellaneous rubbish. The weary workers were rewarded with a cuppa and some wonderful home-made cakes by Sharon and her team at The Bell. John and Alicia Howard, who organised the litter pick, thank Louise and Nick Puttick, Louise and Richard Philips, Julian George, Joy Payne, Annie and Tim Bradley, Maria and Peter Allen, Susan Olding, Nic Brown, Phil and Margaret Morbey, Mike and Suzie Heybrook, Phil and Philippa Rawlings for turning up on a very cold, wintry day and would like to ask all villagers to help keep Chearsley tidy during the summer months, by just picking up bits of litter you might see around the village.

Easter Parade and Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema presents a showing of Easter Parade starring all time greats , Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in The Bernard Hall on Monday March 26 at 1.30pm. (Doors open at 1pm). Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this wonderful film shown on a big screen, with comfortable seats and tea and cake brought to your seat during the interval. Tickets cost £5 or £4 (concessions) and include refreshments and can be booked by phoning 01844 291526. Tickets might also be available on the door.

Lock Up Your Sheds
A timely reminder and warning to be aware of strangers and thieves in the area and to keep all property, sheds and garages secure. There was recently a break in at allotment sheds in Cuddington when tools were stolen.

Advice for Dog Walkers
Sue Jones, the Police Community Support Officer for Chearsley offers the following reminder to dog walkers when they are around sheep and lambs at this time of the year.
“Sheep are valuable assets and any harm to them harms a farmer’s livelihood. It is every dog’s instinct to chase, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals. Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs. Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process. Dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause mis-mothering issues, with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia when they become separated from their mother and fail to find her again.
Dog bites can cause death in sheep or necessitate them being put down at a later date, or in less severe cases considerable veterinary bills and additional welfare issues as a result of flies being attracted to the blood and leading to a nasty health problem in sheep called “fly strike”. Injuries to sheep can also delay the normal farming routine, be it the mating season or administration of vital medicines and vaccines. It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep. Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to all. If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.

Easter and April at The Bell 
  • The Meat Raffle this Sunday, March 25 will be a Massive Easter Meat Raffle with £200 of meat available to be won. Tickets cost £2 and the raffle will be drawn at 3pm.
  • The Bell bar will be open all day for the Easter Weekend Saturday, March 31 - this must herald the start of Spring leading to a sunny summer.
  • Bingo is on Tuesday April 3 with Eyes Down at 8.45pm
  • The monthly quiz on Sunday April 8 at 8pm
  • Saturday April 21 St George’s Day Celebration Evening Meal Booking for this great patriotic evening is essential. Details of the set menu will be available shortly.
  • In addition to a new Spring Menu, Wednesday nights continue to be Curry and a pint for £10. Make time from shopping or household chores every Friday Morning and come to the ever popular Coffee and Cake for £4 10am to 12pm. Fridays are Fish nights followed by the Friday Night Puzzler Game and on Sundays at 3pm, The Meat Raffle

Cuddington Youth Drama
Following the success of Cuddington Youth Drama at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, they step onto stage this Easter Holidays to explore Britain’s History in a unique and revealing play “The Wardrobe” by Sam Holcroft. Set within a Tudor wardrobe, we follow its ownership across the centuries. In each scene, children climb into the wardrobe, seeking sanctuary of one sort or another from the events outside. We see history through the eyes of each child as they share their life experiences, their secrets and find the funny in the history of the day.
Performances take place at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on April 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th April with curtain up at 7pm and on Saturday 14th there are 2 performances, at 2.30pm and 7pm. The show is suitable for children from 8 years. Tickets cost £5 for children. £10 for adults and £20 for a Family ticket and are available through CuddingtonVillage.com or on the door. Please come and support these very talented children, directed by Elaine English when many children from Cuddington and surrounding villages will be appearing.

Easter at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday March 25 Palm Sunday 10am Family Service. A procession from the Village Green to the church for bacon butties, craft and service. Palm crosses from the Holy Land will be distributed
  • Tuesday March 27 at 7pm Evening Prayer. A simple candlelit service marking Holy Week with praise, prayer and attention to Scripture
  • Friday March 30 Good Friday 10am Readings and Hymns for Good Friday with symbolic dramatic actions depicting the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion.
  • Saturday March 31 “Messy Easter” 4pm to 5.15pm for all ages. Hands on activities, a short act of worship and refreshments
  • Saturday March 31 Benefice Holy Communion and Service of Light at 8pm. The first celebration of Easter with the lighting of the Pascal Candle
  • Sunday April 1 Easter Sunday Family communion at 10am

Diary Dates :
  • Tuesday April 3 Bingo with Eyes Down at 8.45pm
  • Sunday April 8 Quiz at 8pm
  • Monday April 16 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Saturday April 21 St George’s Day celebration meal
  • Saturday May 12 Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall 6 to 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 30 Church Fund raising event
  • Saturday September 1 Chearsley Show in the hall
  • Sunday September 9 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day at the Cricket Field

Saturday, 17 March 2018

False Telephone Preference Service Calls


This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert and has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud & Cyber Crime Centre).

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:
  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Winter View #3




All pictures courtesy of Mark Gillis

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chilton Road Closure
This road will be closed during the day from 7am to 5pm until Friday March 9th for surface dressing preparatory works.

Don’t Forget to Come and Help at the Litter Pick This Thursday March 8 at 9am
Meet outside the shop wearing brightly coloured, visible clothing for safety, and wearing protective gloves. Black sacks provided by AVDC will be supplied. Please come to help tidy up our village.

Chearsley Parish Council Website
This has now gone “live” to improve communication with the village community. Please visit the new site at www.chearsleypc.org.uk which has been designed to provide comprehensive information on the Council’s activities, meetings, planning and other areas of Parish Council business. A series of regular news updates will also be published. If you would like to receive these updates and email alerts, you can register your details on the special panel on the Home Page. It is hoped this new site will prove a valuable addition to the current information resources available in Chearsley. The Council is keen to receive your feedback on the website.

Village Hall News
The new hall will be officially open for bookings in the week commencing April 16. If it is possible to make the hall available for use earlier, the Committee will let the village know as soon as possible. Details of how to book the new hall can be found on www.chearsleyvillagehall.co.uk. A new electronic system is being tried which will enable users to view all current and future activities and hopefully make bookings a lot easier to manage. For those villagers who do not have access to the internet but wish to book the hall, Martin and Debbie Hearmon have kindly agreed to handle any bookings by telephone on 01844 201920.

Grand Opening Ceremony of the Hall
This will be held on Saturday May 12 from 6 to 7.30pm. Further details will be available in due course. In the meantime, please save the date.

Chearsley Annual Fruit and Vegetable Show Saturday September 1
This was not held last year while our new hall has been in the making, but plans are being made for it to return, bigger and better than ever. Please make a note that it will be held in Chearsley village hall on Saturday September 1st. As well as categories for fruit, flowers and vegetables, there is also the opportunity to enter classes for baking, jam making, art work and handicrafts and many more. There will also be classes enabling children to show off their creative skills.
The Show, which has been running for many years, is a fairly low-key, friendly affair with only a little bit or rivalry as to whose runner beans are bigger and better or who grows the best roses. As Spring is nearly with us and with it the time to be thinking of sowing seeds, bear the Show in mind and think what you will be able to enter. Schedules will be circulated in due course. Keep the date free even if you do not think you will be able to take part, as the afternoon is open to the public to view the prize winning exhibits and when a raffle and refreshments will be available.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day Sunday September 9.

Now in its seventh year, this will again be held at the Cricket field on Sunday September 9. A few changes have been made to make it even better and larger, including an earlier start at 11am and plans to have working farm vehicles on show this year and another flypast. The website will soon be updated when entries can be submitted. This great family day out will have free entry and raises funds for the Junior Cricket Club. More information can be found at www.ccvfd.co.uk.

Chearsley Cricket Club and Waitrose Community Matters
For the month of March, Chearsley Cricket Club is one of the three recipients to receive a share of £1000 donated by Waitrose to local good causes. When shopping in Waitrose, please remember to take the green discs available and deposit them in the box for Chearsley Cricket Club.

Mothers’ Day at The Bell - this Coming Sunday March 11
A full menu including Roast lunches of Pork, Beef and chicken will be served from 12 to 4pm. Treat your Mother – she deserves it. Please book with The Bell as soon as possible as places are limited and this is one of their busiest Sundays by emailing Sharon@thebellchearsley.co.uk or phoning 01844 208077.

St Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday March 17
To be Sure to book your place for a tasty Irish meal, music, singing and dancing accompanied by a few whiskeys at The Bell to celebrate St Patrick’s Day hosted by Chearsley’s inimitable Irishman. A two course meal including Irish Stew or Steak and Guinness pie costs £16.95 or £19.95 for three courses. To be sure it will be a lively evening.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday March 19 at 7.30pm at the cricket club pavilion.

Mothering Sunday at St Nicholas Sunday March 11 at 10am
Everyone and especially Mothers are invited to come for coffee and a biscuit before this service which starts at 10am. The service will be an informal, modern, all-age one with craft, quiz, story and drama. If anyone is able to help make the posies for this service, please come to Joy’s at 3pm on Saturday.
Sung Evensong at 6pm.
This monthly service is a lovely quiet end to the weekend and this month will include hymns for Mothering Sunday and evening time.  There will be posies at this service as well.