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 or find more information at

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 to book your place and go to 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 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 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