Monday, 19 February 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Important Parish Council Meeting this Monday February 19 at 7.30 in the Cricket Pavilion
Among items on the agenda for this meeting will be a discussion of two recent planning applications in Chearsley. One at 2 – 4 Winchendon Road( Ref 16/00308/APP- Chearsley) for the demolition of the existing buildings and residential development to create 2 x 2 bedroom dwellings, 2 x 3 bedroom dwellings and 1 x 4 bedroom dwellings and a revised access. The other application ( Ref 18/00308/APP – Chearsley) is on land south west of Chilton Road for 9 residential dwellings and the creation of a new access off Chilton Road. Details of these can be found on the AVDC website at
The Parish Councillors welcome villagers’ comments on these two planning matters and other matters discussed during the meeting which can be made during Parishioners Question times at the beginning and end of the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting on Monday and would like the Council to have your views, please send them by email to the Clerk of the council, Helen Spurgeon at Comments can also be sent to AVDC.

Annual Litter Pick Thursday March 1st at 9am
Help Clear Up and Cheer Up Chearsley After many years of organising the village in this annual clear up, Laura of the Heybrook family has now handed over the job to Alicia Howard and Alicia is now inviting as many villagers as possible to meet outside the shop at 9am on Thursday March 1, 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. The more the merrier in a case of many hands making light work. The Bell are providing hot drinks and home-made cakes from 11am for £4.00.

Margaret Faith
I learn of sad news of the death this week of Margaret who lived in Shupps Lane for many years. She had been in increasingly poor health for some time. Members of the monthly pub lunch of which she had been a keen supporter until she was unable to attend, and many other villagers will miss her and offer condolences to her family.

WW2 Veterans Remembrance Tours
The Royal British Legion plans to take all surviving veterans of World War 2 on a free Remembrance tour to where they served during their time in the Armed Forces. The tours will take place throughout 2018 and will provide the chance for participants to meet up with fellow veterans and pay respects at battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorials. The Treasury is enabling these free tours to be funded by Libor fines. No database exists of any WWS veterans still alive and the Legion is asking the public to help make sure every surviving veteran gets to learn of this opportunity to take part for free together with a family member and carer.
If you are a grandchild, neighbour or carer and know someone who fought in WWS, please tell them about this opportunity and encourage them to sign up. More information can be found at the Legion’s website

Aylesbury Choral Society, which has Chearsley residents among its members, are holding a concert of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in St Mary’s Church Aylesbury on Saturday March 24th at 7.30pm. Joining the choir for this performance will be Janet Shell, onetime member of Aylesbury Choral Society and former head of music at Waddesdon Secondary School. Janet went on to retrain professionally as a singer taking part in many opera galas and winning many prestigious singing prizes. Tickets cost £15 each and are available from St Mary’s church, or via their website,

Volunteer Opportunity at Turn End Haddenham
Turn End is a RIBA award winning group of 3 houses and a garden designed by Peter Aldington and widely regarded as a fine example of post-war housing design. Turn End Trust exists to ensure the conservation of the house and garden. It runs a programme of public events and educational activities, including open afternoons, guided walks of the garden, horticulture classes, creative workshops and a sculpture exhibition. The Trust relies on a team of friendly volunteers and is now asking for help from anyone interested in joining them between now and October. Please email for more information.

Qi Gong ( or Chi Kung) Classes at the New Village Hall Tuesdays 10.30 to 11.30am
Ben Olding is offering a new class in the new hall from April 17. Qi Gong is a holistic system of slow movements, postures and breathing originally from China and over 3000 years old and is based primarily on the movements of the lion, bird, monkey, fish and snake. These movements will help to release physical and emotional tension, reclaim physical and emotional stability, improve flexibility and mobility, gain mental clarity and reduce the effects of stress and increase your “internal” strength . Classes are £7 per session. Bring a yoga mat and water and wear loose comfortable clothing and training shoes. Please contact Ben at Phone 07473 118676 and website for more information.

Aylesbury Food Bank
If you would like to join our Vicar, Richard Phillips for a stint of 30 minutes or so helping collect for the Aylesbury Food Bank at Tescos, Tring Road on Friday February 23 between 1 and 3, Richard would be delighted to hear from you. It involves inviting customers as they arrive at the Store to buy 1 extra item of food from the foodbank list and then to donate it as they leave. Please email Richard at or phone him on 208987 so he can put you on the list.

St Nicholas Church services and events
  • Sunday February 25 10am Family Service Rock Solid 6 to 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 30 Save the Date for a fundraising event. Possibly a barn dance, a teddy zip wire off the tower (?). Suggestions and ideas are welcome.
  • Sunday September 2 Anne Persson has offered the use of a marquee in her garden for a church event, which could involve a bring and share meal. Thoughts on this are welcome. Another date to put in the diary.
Diary Dates
  • Thursday March 1 Litter Pick Meet outside the shop at 9am