Monday, 22 October 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Crime Alert
A number of residents in Willow Gate had their cars rifled through during the day on Thursday October 18. A small amount of cash and an ipod were stolen from one. A timely reminder to be vigilant and aware that crime does happen in Chearsley.

Petition to Cut Beer Tax - Long Live The Local
Whether we visit The Bell or not, I think most villagers would agree that The Bell plays a vital part in Chearsley life, bringing all ages together throughout the year for its many events, attracting visitors to enjoy a charming thatched English pub with good food and lovely garden, and probably influencing the value of our houses. Pubs in general are under a range of tax and other pressures, including the Beer tax which at 54p on the cost of a pint is one of the highest in Europe. The Government is planning to increase the Beer tax in the next Budget and to continue to increase it every year. Sign the petition at to make a difference and to try to stop this happening. Then, go and have a meal, drink or a coffee at The Bell to support our very hard-working, dedicated, enthusiastic and lovely Landlady, Sharon.

Bereavement Service
A Service to remember loved ones who have died will be held at our church on Sunday October 28 at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to gather at this quiet and informal service to take time out of our busy lives to reflect and remember those dear to us who are sadly no longer with us. During the service you can ask for their names to be read out and/or you can light a candle in their memory. After the service you are welcome to share refreshments and memories.

Village Hall AGM
The Village Hall Management Committee invite everyone to its AGM on Monday November 12 at 8pm at The Village Hall

The Bell
Don’t forget there are many opportunities to visit The Bell for Halloween celebrations - Halloween Disco on Saturday 27, Pumpkin carving on Monday 29 and the children’s party on Wednesday 31. The next Bingo Night is on Tuesday November 6 when Bingo players can eat beforehand for just £7.50. Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Good cash prizes. Quiz Night on Sunday 11. Ongoing events are the Friday coffee mornings from 10am to 12pm with home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls on offer for £4 and a chance to call in and chat with friends and neighbours and make new friends; the ever popular Friday evening prize game at 8.30pm and the Meat Raffle which is drawn every Sunday at 3pm.

Not Quite Twelfth Night
A date for your 2019 diary to celebrate “Not Quite Twelfth Night” on Friday January 4 in the village hall. Another evening of fun and frivolity is being planned. More details shortly.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 28 at 6pm Bereavement Service
  • Sunday November 4 at 10am Family Service
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday October 23 to Saturday 27 The Sound of Music at Lord Williams Upper School
  • Saturday October 27 Halloween Disco at The Bell
  • Sunday October 28 Bereavement Service at 6pm in the Church
  • Monday October 29 Pumpkin Carving 6.30pm to 7.30pm at The Bell.
  • Wednesday October 31 Children’s Halloween party at The Bell 4.30pm to 6pm. Tickets from Sharon
  • Saturday November 3 Coffee and Cake 1pm to 3.30pm at the village hall in aid of Cancer Research UK
  • Tuesday November 6 Bingo at The Bell
  • Sunday November 11 Remembrance Service 10.45am at The War Memorial and Chearsley Remembers Exhibition in the village hall
  • Sunday November 11 Quiz Night at The Bell
  • Monday November 12 Village Hall Management Committee AGM 8pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 24 Cricket Club End of Season Dinner and Dance at Magnolia Park Golf Club. Tickets are selling fast. Contact Angela at or phone 07944290264
  • Saturday December 1 Elevenses and Christmas Food Fair at the village hall from 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday December 1 Quiz in the village hall in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Contact Thia at
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow