Monday, 3 December 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Sad News about Beno Howlett, who died on Thursday November 22 at home with his family in Thame. Beno had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for several months. Beno had been married to Emma, daughter of Maria Allen, for 6 years and she had been nursing him at home. His funeral will be held at Oxford Crematorium, St John’s Chapel, on Friday December 7 at 11am.

Switching on the Lights
The tree is already in place on The Green, in good time for Saturday December 8 when the lights will be switched on at 5pm. The Bell will be open for mulled wine and drinks and free mince pies. Carols will be sung round the tree, raising funds for the charities, Debra and Cystic Fibrosis which provide funding for research into chronic conditions which affect the lives of two of our young people in Chearsley. Everyone is welcome to come and join this Village occasion.

The Not Forgotten Association
Joy Payne would like to thank everyone who generously contributed to collections made at the village hall after the War Memorial Service on November ll and at the recent film and talk evening on World War I. Joy was delighted to be able to send £357 to The Not Forgotten Association, a charity which provides opportunities for leisure, recreational activities, travel, holidays and outings for those in the Armed Forces who have proudly served their country and are now suffering.

Appeal for New Governors for Cuddington and Dinton C of E School
Our School has a steady turnover of governors as a result of terms of office finishing, parents moving on and staff leaving, which means that nominations for new Governors are frequently being sought. The Board of Governors is especially keen to have parishioners join them who do not necessarily already have a direct link with the school e.g. are not current parents or members of staff . Please contact Mrs Kim Price, the Headteacher on 01844 291206 if you would like more information about the important and rewarding role of a School Governor, or contact Giles Ecott, Chairman of Governors, at

Count Down to Christmas at The Bell
Come to Christmas Bingo on Tuesday December 4 when every winner gets a dip in Santa’s Sack as well as a good cash prize. It’s bound to be buzzing and busy, so come early to make sure of a seat. Bingo players can eat for £7.50 before Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Saturday December 8 The Bell opens at 5pm for the Switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights. Sunday December 9 is Quiz night - another well attended and fun evening starting at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team. You will be made very welcome.
Get your Christmas Jumper ready for Friday December 14 to compete in the Christmas Jumper Competition at 8pm and stay on to be entertained by the Haddenham Mummers at 10pm. Sunday December 16 is the Christmas Meat Raffle at 3pm and Thursday December 20 come and hear The Witchert Carol Singers at 7.30pm.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • December 9 10am St Nicholas Patronal Festival with Toy Collection
  •  4pm Messy Church in The Village Hall
  • December 16 4pm Lessons and Carols
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday December 4 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm
  • Saturday December 8 Switch on of the Lights at 5pm
  • Sunday December 9 Quiz Night at The Bell at 8pm
  • Friday December 14 Christmas Jumper Competition at 8pm Haddenham Mummers at 10pm
  • Thursday December 20 The Witchert Carol Singers at 7.30pm
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow