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 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 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

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 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.