Thursday, 17 October 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Invitation to the presentation of the Dashwood Trophy

On the evening of 21st October, the President of the Bucks Best Kept Village Award, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, will make a formal presentation of The Dashwood Trophy to our community at the Village Hall.

The Parish Council would welcome attendance by all parishioners. The presentation will take place at 7.30 before the Parish Council meeting scheduled for that evening. Refreshments will be available from 7.15.

In 2019, Chearsley entered the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for the first time in several years and won the Dashwood Trophy for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category, with populations between 500 and 1,500 inhabitants.

The judges awarded Chearsley 97 marks (out of a maximum potential score of 100 points) – just a single point behind the winning village, Hedgerley, and level with Cuddington. Although we were level pegging with Cuddington, the trophy must go to a village which has not won an award in the past five years.

The marks are awarded across a wide range of criteria covering village facilities, general environmental features and evidence of ‘community effort’.

In its contact with the BBKV organising committee, the PC has suggested that in future there should be a stronger focus on specific environmental factors among the awards criteria.

Monday, 14 October 2019

The community of Chearsley oppose the plans for the Oxford Cambridge Expressway

In view of its potential impact on our community, the Parish Council were keen to canvass the views of residents on the plans for the building of a new Oxford Cambridge Expressway, along with significant development of new homes. Over 100 residents completed the Parish Council survey in September on the plan to construct a new Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, to be accompanied by an additional one million new homes along its route. From a local perspective, an area identified as ‘East of Oakley’ has been identified with the potential to accommodate 65,000 new homes.

The Parish Council would like to express its thanks and appreciation to all those who took the time to complete the survey.

Although nearly 20% of respondents thought further details of the route and housing plans should be awaited before reaching a verdict, a massive 80% called on the Parish Council to oppose the plans as they stand.

A variety of reasons for opposing the development were given by respondents and a full report on the responses to the survey can be accessed on this link.

Most of the concern related to the potential destruction of the local rural environment through the building of the road and a huge number of new houses - on top of the many houses already envisaged under the current local plan (Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan).

The Parish Council considered the results of the survey at its last meeting on 16th September and unanimously agreed to adopt a position of formal opposition to the plan and will communicate this view to a range of political and other contacts at both local and national level. These will include the following and their contact details have also been added, as residents may well wish to make direct contact with some or all of them to express their views on the plans under consideration.

MP for Buckingham, John Bercow

Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural affairs, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Housing Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP

AVDC Councillor (Long Crendon), Mike Hawkett

Bucks County Councillor (Bernwood), Clive Harriss

Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett

Bucks County Councillor (Stone & Waddesdon), Paul Irwin

Bucks County Councillor (Grendon Underwood), Angela Macpherson

Arc Leaders Group, Chairman/Leader of Cherwell District Council, Barry Wood

Highways England, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Jan Chaliis

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Sunday, 29 September 2019

In Memoriam - David Golby

It is very sad news to learn that David Golby died last week in Hillingdon Hospital. He had not been well for many months.  He and Jackie moved into Nerefield, Lammas Lane nearly 2 years ago and immediately felt at home in Chearsley, particularly in The Bell where David became a regular member of the 6 o’clockers. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. There will be a cremation at Amersham on Thursday October 3  at 11am to which everyone is welcome to attend and  Jackie invites everyone to her  home after the ceremony for a drink and refreshments to celebrate David’s life whether or not they can attend the service at Amersham.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Village News September 23 2019

by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email

Flag Day Organiser for the RNLI needed    Is there anyone in the Village who would be able to take on this worthwhile job?   Tony Hall, now in his 80s has raised between £25,000 and £30,000 for the RNLI over the past decade as Flag Day organiser for the Aylesbury Branch of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution. Reluctantly Tony has to give up the responsibility of fundraising in order to spend more and more time caring for his wife with increasingly severe Parkinson’s Disease.  Together with fellow committee members and a team of volunteer collectors, Tony has been trying unsuccessfully since January to recruit someone to take over the role. The post entails organising about 5 collections a year, maintaining a list of volunteer collectors and attending 2 or 3 committee meetings a year. All the data and mechanisms involved are in place and are computer based. Anyone taking on the role would need to drive and to have a small amount of storage space for a few collecting boxes.  Please contact Tony by email or by phone 01844 208474 if you would be prepared to try to take on this important job.

Chearsley Show   was another highly successful day for the village bringing  an increase this year  in entries and entrants and a crowded hall in the afternoon of villagers to view the results and enjoy a cup of tea and chat. Have a look at the photos posted on the day on the Chearsley blog of some of the many entries, flowers, cakes, and  handicrafts and an interesting bunch of scarecrows.  Well done to everyone who took part and to Joy and her committee whose hard work made it all possible.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day  was a fantastic day in every way – over 350 vehicles crammed into the Cricket field, crowds, great music and wonderful sunshine. This year, it is anticipated that there will be a profit of around £8,000 compared to £6,600 last year and £4,100 in 2017. The Show just gets better and better. All funds will be invested in Chearsley Cricket Club Junior Cricket and to improve the facilities at the Club.   The whole Chearsley team in their distinctive pink shirts worked tirelessly serving food, drinks, selling raffle tickets, the tombola, tea and cakes, directing the entrants to their spot on the field, all contributing to make the day such a success and were much praised by many visitors who appreciated the cheerfulness and  helpfulness of everyone. Well done to them all. The Spitfire flypast was an added attraction to the day. The Fred Crawford Best in Show cup was awarded to Lionel Walker, owner of the 1944 US Army Jeep. The committee welcome all feedback so that the Show can become even better next year – hard to imagine how it can improve.

Festival of Flowers   Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, 10am to 5pm.  Visit St Nicholas Church in Chearsley to enjoy an array of wonderful flower arrangements and displays. There will be refreshments and home made cakes.  On the Sunday, there will be a Harvest Festival Family Communion for at 10am for everyone followed by a Ploughmans Lunch in the churchyard. There is no admission charge but all donations will go towards the upkeep of our lovely church.

Festival of Remembrance  Fred Crawford, original founder of the Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day, is now in the process of organising a fund raising evening for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  It is proposed to hold  an evening, along the lines of the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance  on November 9 in the village hall.  Planning is still in its early stages and Fred would like to hear from anyone who would be able to help and from everyone who would be interested in coming along to the evening.   Already planned is for there to be a screening of a very interesting film of old photos depicting  Bucks during the WWII, a procession of representatives of all the Armed Forces, a speaker from the British Legion and also an opportunity to join in a good old singsong of some of the songs of the war.  Please email Fred, via if you are interested in supporting Fred. Without some extra  help and encouragement, this great idea will not be able to proceed.

Rugby World Cup at The Cricket Club  The Cricket Club plan to broadcast all England’s weekend games.  Bacon Butties will be served at half time.  Matches are on Saturday October 5th v Argentina with Kick Off at 9am, followed by Saturday October 12 v France with Kick Off at 9.15am.  Hopefully, if England progress, it is planned to screen their next matches.  Everyone is welcome to come up.

Macmillan Fundraising Coffee event in Chearsley    Sandra Saunders and her daughter, Tasha are raising money as part of the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning 2019  on Friday September 27.  This will be held at Springs Medley, Shupps Lane from 11am until 7pm when they will welcome you to take part in a Raffle and enjoy refreshments and meet up with friends.  Come along and support them in this worthwhile cause raising funds for people facing Cancer.

Paddington 2 at Cuddington Matinee Cinema in the Bernard Hall  On Monday 30th September at 1.30pm (doors open 1pm) there will be a showing of Paddington 2 made in 2017 a live-action animated comedy with actors, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, delightful escapist entertainment and a sequel to Paddington made in 2014. Entry is £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval. To book please phone 01844 291526 (during office hours) or on the door subject to availability.

Volunteer Car Services
Currently there are 2 schemes for villagers who need help with local transport.
1. There is a volunteer driver service operating out of Long Crendon GP surgery if you are registered  there and need lifts to attend appointments. Call the surgery on 01844 208228 and they contact the volunteers.
2.  There is a free bookable service of an accessible vehicle manned by trained volunteers for residents in our area with disabilities. This can be booked for a local door-to-door trip to the shops, to relatives and friends or to the medical centre, clinics or hospitals. More information here

Services at St Nicholas Church:

Sunday September 29       Benefice Communion at 10am at Nether Winchendon

Sunday October 6               Family Harvest Festival at 10am and Ploughman’s lunch

Diary Dates:

Friday September 27     Sandra and Tasha’s  Macmillan Coffee event 11am to 7pm at Springs Medley, Shupps Lane

Tuesday October 1          Bingo at The Bell

Saturday October 5          Flower Festival at Chearsley Church   10am to 5pm

Sunday October 6             Flower Festival at Chearsley Church  10am to 5pm

Sunday November 10      Messy Church Bonfire 4 to 5.30pm

Saturday November 16   Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Oxford Cambridge Expressway (OCE) Meeting Sept 9th - Notes & Presentations

John Howard, who chaired this village hall  meeting, opened by explaining the Parish Council are ensuring villagers are as well informed as possible on this major infrastructure plan and are asking for feedback as to what position the PC should take on the OCE. This is so the PC can accurately represent the views of the village in any discussions with AVDC/BCC councillors and Highways England. As no requested Arc representatives were available, John presented a summary of the aims of the Oxford Cambridge Arc, based on available public documents. There was also a statement from one of our local AVDC/BCC councillors Clive Hariss. He indicated that he and other colleagues were not clear on the merits of the expressway plan versus upgrading existing roads and the BCC would be debating further. The link to Johns presentation is here.

John then introduced Professor David Rogers and Olivia Field of the No Expressway Group. They have performed detailed research on available documents plus engaged with Highways England. They outlined some of the possible consequences for Buckinghamshire and in particular Chearsley. In summary, while there is positive feedback for the East-West rail link plan, they pointed out the car focused expressway plan, together with very large amounts of housing, much in in areas of natural beauty, would seem at odds with preserving the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. They also predicted increased congestion from cars and HGVs in many existing local roads as a result of the expressway.

Their presentation is here

There was then a question and answer session with David and Olivia. Note that they will have a stand at the Car show this coming Sunday if you would like to ask further questions and gather more information. There are links to their website, Facebook and Twitter in their presentation also.

In summary the PC requests that you read both presentations and, if not already done, complete the questionnaire sent out as hardcopy, returning to John Howard at Great Barn or via the Bell. Alternatively complete the online questionnaire at this link. If you have further comments or questions then please send to

Keith Turnbull

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Village Show - today 2.45-4pm

Don't forget to come along to the village hall at 2.45 to see all the entrants to our annual village show and enjoy a cup of tea.  Competition is fierce for the Victoria sponges and tomatoes.  Who will be crowned winner?

Messy Church - tomorrow

After our summer break, Messy Church restarts tomorrow at 4pm in the Village Hall, with Harvest themed crafts and activities.  Do join us.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Vintage Fun Day Bottle Appeal


The Annual Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day Sunday 15th Sept 2019  

This is a major fundraiser for our Junior Section, which goes from strength to strength.  We now have over 100 juniors at the club (mostly from the village), which includes 46 girls (now the largest in Bucks) with the ages ranging from 5 to 16 year olds.   

We will be walking around The Village on Sunday 8th September between 1-3pm with a wheelbarrow collecting Bottles for the Bottle Tombola. If you have a spare bottle that you would like to kindly donate, please leave a bottle of anything on your doorstep (except Milk) and we will collect.

Thanks again for your help and support. Pop along on the day ITS FREE ENTRANCE
 Angela & Adam              Chearsley CC Junior Section

Twitter: @ChearsleyCC    FB:ChearsleyCricketClub 

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Village News September 3 2019

by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email

Chearsley Show Saturday September 7 including The Scarecrow Parade.  This  Wednesday September 4 is the deadline for entries.  If you are planning to enter, please make sure your entry form together with the appropriate fee of 20p per item is with Joy Payne at 1 Bernards Close by Wednesday evening. (Forms are available from Joy, the village shop and The Bell). The hall is open at 8.30am on Saturday for entries to be displayed. Judging then takes place at 10.30am. Everyone, whether you have entered exhibits into the Show or not, is welcome to come up to the hall in the afternoon from 2.45pm. Refreshments will be available.

Pilates at Chearsley Village Hall.  After the long Summer break, Debbie would like to remind everyone that classes restart this week.

Mat Class on Wednesdays from 6 to 7pm is a low impact class focusing on strengthening and stretching to tone and realign the body. Posture, breathing and core stability combine to create greater ease of movement, strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight ones. A variety of small equipment is used to enhance the exercises. You will need a mat.  New participants are always welcome. Please contact Debbie at The class starts this Wednesday,  September 4 at 6pm in Chearsley Village Hall.

Barre Class on Fridays at 9.30 to 10.30am starts with a warm-up sequence, followed by arm weights, and then moving to the Ballet Barres for balance, strength and toning work. Class finishes on the mat with Pilates and stretching. Pilates principles are incorporated throughout. You will need a mat.  New participants are always welcome. Please contact Debbie at The class starts this Friday September 6 at 9.30am in Chearsley Village Hall.

Oxford Cambridge Expressway Meeting  (OCE).  Everyone should have received details of the forthcoming  meeting organised by the Parish Council for Monday September 9 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Village Hall when there will be presentations concerning the proposed development of this project.  The Parish Council also enclosed a questionnaire for all residents to complete and return to John Howard at Great Barn, School Lane either by hand, by email at by Friday September 13 or via online survey at

Rubbish left at the Village Hall.  The Village Hall Management committee would like to remind anyone hiring the hall that it is their responsibility to remove their rubbish and not leave it at the hall.  The disposal of any rubbish left at the Hall has to be paid for by the hall and this cost will be deducted from the hirer’s deposit.

Services at St Nicholas Church:

Sunday September 8     9am   Holy Communion

Diary Dates:

Saturday September 7    Chearsley Show including Scarecrow Parade.  Doors open in the afternoon at 2.45pm

Sunday September 8       The Bell Quiz 8pm

Monday September 9      Oxford Cambridge Expressway Meeting in the village hall  7.30 to 9.30pm

Sunday September 15     Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day  starting at 11am

Monday September 16    Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm

Saturday October 5          Flower Festival at Chearsley Church   10am to 5pm

Sunday October 6            Flower Festival at Chearsley Church  10am to 5pm

Sunday November 10      Messy Church Bonfire 4 to 5.30pm

Saturday November 16   Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Parish Council Requests Consultation on Plans for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

All homes in Chearsley will shortly receive a leaflet (with questionnaire) on current plans for an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, with the possibility of the building of nearly 65,000 new homes close to our village in an area described as ‘East of Oakley’. There will also be a public meeting on Sept 9 (details below).

Two potential ‘corridors’ for the route of the Expressway are being considered by Highways England. The B1 and B3 routes are indicated in this map – the southern boundary of the B3 corridor runs a few miles north of our village.

A digital version of the leaflet can be accessed at

Map of B1 and B3 corridors

Ahead of its 16th September meeting, the PC is very keen to have the views of all our community on these plans, and the leaflet will be accompanied by a short questionnaire which we would ask all residents to complete. This will be a vital step in assisting the PC to develop its public position on the plans under consideration, which can then be communicated to all relevant contacts and organisations.

A digital version of the questionnaire can be viewed at

Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire online via

All completed questionnaires (excepting those answered online)  should be returned to John Howard, Great Barn, School Lane, Chearsley or before Sept 13th.

Finally, plans are well advanced for a village meeting to brief all residents on the current status of these plans on the evening of Monday 9th September. Confirmation has already been received that Professor David Rogers of the No Expressway Group will present to the meeting and other speakers are being invited to ensure that all sides of the argument are represented together some Q&A from residents.

Oxford – Cambridge Expressway Village Meeting
Monday 9th September
The Village Hall
19.30 – 21.30

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Cuddington Youth Drama - 12th Night

Back with rave reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe, Cuddington Youth Drama will perform an abridged version (under an hour) of 12th Night on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September at 7.30 pm in the Bernard Hall, Cuddington. Tickets £5 on the door.  Refreshments will be available.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Village News August   

by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email

Chearsley Show  Saturday September 7  including The Scarecrow Parade  A couple of weeks now until the Show takes place in the Village Hall. Time now to be thinking what flowers or vegetables in your garden or on your allotment will be ready for putting in to the Show.  I am hoping I will have some roses blooming again by then and some sweet peas even if the stems are now quite short but might yet become prize winners.  Runner beans and French beans have slowed up a lot, but hopefully they will produce enough to put in an entry. The courgettes just never give up, so I am hopeful to be able to find 4 of similar size to enter.  The domestic categories are not for me, but I know there are many enthusiastic bakers in the village, who will be entering to make a good display of sponges, scones, pies  and bread and not forgetting the popular Show Stopper cake.  There are other opportunities to join in our low-key, friendly, fun show in the art and craft – holiday photograph or handcrafted item and many entries for children including a Junior Show Stopper Cake, new this year. Don’t forget about making a scarecrow which can be of any character, made of what you like – get the whole family to contribute and use their imagination.  Bring your Scarecrow to the Hall on Saturday morning.  We are hoping for more than the 1 we had last year. There is a prize for the most creative.   Entry forms for the Show must be returned by Wednesday September 4 to Joy Payne at 1 Bernards Close. Please remember to enclose 20p fee per entry.  It cannot be left  until the day for forms to be received as there is a lot of behind the scenes paperwork and card writing to be done by a busy little team, led by Anne Lewis.  On the morning, entries can be received at the Hall from 8.30 until 10.15am ready for judging at 10.30am.  In the afternoon, the Hall is open to the public and entrants at 2.45pm with admission of £1, children free.  Teas will be on sale until 4.30pm.  At 3.30pm there will be the Presentation of Awards (a fine array of cups, plaques and bowls)  by Rev Richard Phillips and cash prizes for children aged 5 to 14 followed by the Raffle. 
Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day  Arrangements are well in hand for  the 8th year of this great village day which takes place on Sunday September 15  from 11am to 5pm at Chearsley Cricket Ground. More than 200 vehicle registrations have already been received and the Flypast by the Britain Memorial Flight has been confirmed.  Volunteers on the day are still needed. If you can donate a bottle for the ever popular Tombola stall, please contact either Terry Gadsby on or Adam Lazaruk at  The Show which is the main fund raiser of Chearsley Cricket Club is a wonderful family day out with free entrance and free parking.  Attractions for the whole family including classic and vintage vehicles, “Best in Show” competition, RAF fly past, arts and crafts, fun fair, trade stands, children’s entertainment, live music, classic coach rides, live music, BBQ, fish and chips, teas and coffees with homemade cakes.   Classic and commercial vehicle owners, trade stands and other enquiries, please visit or Classic FunDay or contact Andy Yorke on 07775 824408 for more information.
Bingo at The Bell   Come along to the start of Bingo again on Tuesday September 3rd  for a fun evening out on your doorstep and the chance of winning  some good cash prizes.  Bingo players can enjoy a meal beforehand for £8.00 and Eyes Down will be around 8.30pm.  No need to book, but come early to get a table.
Sunday Quiz at The Bell  will start again on Sunday September 8 at 8pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in, on your own or in a team.  
Also  at The Bell   -  Coffee and cake for £4.50 on Friday mornings.   Find The Joker game  on Friday  evenings at 8.30pm and the weekly Sunday Meat Raffle at 3pm – tickets for this are available to buy throughout the week.  
Oxford Cambridge Expressway Meeting  (OCE)  A meeting for all villagers will be held on the evening of Monday September 9  in the Village Hall with an update on this project  and for us all to understand and appreciate the potential impact on our community if this goes ahead.  There is also the possibility of a massive housing development programme of 64,000 homes in an area designated “east of Oakley”. The Parish Council plan a formal consultation with the whole of the Chearsley community to determine its views and from which the Parish Council will be able to develop a public position.  This meeting will invite experts to brief us on their own perspectives on the OCE project and its potential impacts.  A report documenting the “assets” of Chearsley under the headings of landscape, cultural heritage, nature conservation, geology and soil, road drainage and the water environment  is being prepared. Anyone who feels they can contribute should contact Ian Houseman at .   For more information on the OCE, please contact Parish Councillor, John Howard at
Sunday August 25th  The annual Ann Veness Memorial Match will be held at the Cricket ground. Everyone is welcome to come up, on what promises to be a lovely day, enjoy the cricket and a drink from the bar.
Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon on Sunday August 25 and  Bank Holiday Monday 26   Scones and cream and homemade cake are again being offered in Nether Winchendon from 2.30 to 5pm.
Cuddington Charity Fashion Show in Tyringham Hall Gardens  The opportunity to view and purchase clothes is on Bank Holiday Monday August 26 at 2pm in the lovely gardens of Tyringham Hall, Cuddington, come rain or shine. Clothes will be modelled by volunteers and on sale after the show.  Come and enjoy the afternoon and a cream tea for £5.  For more information please phone 01844 291526.
Festival of Flowers   Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6  10am to 5pm  Visit  St Nicholas Church in Chearsley to enjoy an array of wonderful flower arrangements and displays.  There will be refreshments and home made cakes.  On the Sunday, there will be a Harvest Festival Family Communion for at 10am for everyone followed by a Ploughmans Lunch in the churchyard. There is no admission charge but all donations will go towards the upkeep of our lovely church.
Bucks County Council Transport Survey  A reminder to complete this survey online for Bucks C.C who are asking for individual road users’ views on traffic matters and the condition of roads locally. It gives everyone the opportunity a chance to comment about the roads in Chearsley thereby  supporting the continued efforts of Chearsley Parish Council to get improvements carried out.  The survey can be found at The results will be published on the Bucks CC website in the autumn.
Women v Cancer London to Paris 2019   Sian Lewis and her friend Julia Thomas are in training to take part in this 3 day cycling event from 5th to 8th  September. Sian, an avid supporter of Chearsley Cricket Club is riding to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of her Mother from Ovarian Cancer and is hoping to raise £6,000 in support of 3 Cancer charities.  If you would like to support Sian in this, please go to  which is an easy and safe way to donate.
Parish Council Meeting    will be held in the Village Hall on Monday September 16 at 7.30pm.   All members of the public are very welcome to attend and there are 2 opportunities to have your say on proceedings.
Services at St Nicholas Church:
Sunday August 25          6pm    Evensong
Sunday September 1    10am  Family Communion
Sunday September 8     9am   Holy Communion
Diary Dates:
Tuesday  September 3     Bingo at The Bell 
Saturday September 7    Chearsley Show including Scarecrow Parade
Sunday September 8        The Bell Quiz 8pm
Monday September 9      Oxford Cambridge Expressway Meeting in the village hall
Sunday September 15     Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day  starting at 11am
Monday September 16    Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
Saturday October 5          Flower Festival at Chearsley Church   10am to 5pm
Sunday October 6             Flower Festival at Chearsley Church  10am to 5pm
Sunday November 10      Messy Church Bonfire 4 to 5.30pm
Saturday November 16   Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

From our local Police Community Support Officers

“we have had a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Dinton and Cuddington… A small silver car with possible index starting F11****….persons were paying particular attention to a camper van.   If vehicle is seen, please contact police on 101 and quote reference URN 985 dated 21/8/2019”

Monday, 29 July 2019

Flower Festival - 5/6th October

Date for your diaries....

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Oxford Cambridge Expressway (OCE) Update

Following the update from the Parish Council on 18th June, the OCE was discussed again at the recent Parish Council meeting on 15th July.

In addition, the Chearsley OCE Working Group met on Monday evening (22nd July) and Chearsley PC were represented at a meeting organised by the No Expressway Group on Tuesday evening (23rdJuly) to explore ways in which local PCs might benefit in ‘joining forces’ to deal with the major challenges presented by this new development.

It is vitally important that all Chearsley residents appreciate the potential impact on our community of the building of an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, as well as the possibility of a massive housing development programme, which may include the construction of 64,000 new houses in an area designated ‘East of Oakley’, just a short distance from our own village.

There are already several campaign groups opposing the development who have detailed information on their websites – have a look at some of these links:

The No Expressway Group:

The No Expressway Alliance:

The Expressway Action Group:

Bucks Expressway Group:

There are also a number of government departments and other organisations who support the broad principle of an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway from an overall economic perspective, as evidenced by the following links:

National Infrastructure Commission:

Highways England:

England’s Economic Heartland:

In the near future, the Parish Council will launch a formal consultation with the whole of the Chearsley community to determine its views and from which it will be able to develop a public position.

In addition, the Parish Council is arranging a meeting at the Village Hall on the evening of Monday 9th September, to which a range of experts will be invited to brief us on their own perspectives on the OCE project and its potential impacts. 

In the meantime, Ian Houseman, a longstanding resident of Chearsley, with an extensive background in agricultural and environmental matters, has kindly agreed to prepare a report on behalf of the Parish Council, documenting the ‘assets’ of our village under the following headings.
  • Landscape
  • Cultural heritage
  • Nature conservation
  • Geology & soils
  • Road drainage and the water environment

If any parishioners feel able to make a contribution to Ian’s report, please contact him at

For any further information on the OCE project and related issues, please contact Councillor John Howard at

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Chearsley Village wins the Dashwood Trophy.

In 2019, Chearsley entered the Bucks Kept Village competition for the first time in several years and won the Dashwood Trophy for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category, with populations between 500 – 1500 inhabitants.

The judges awarded Chearsley 97 marks just one point behind the winner Hedgerley and level with Cuddington. Although we were level with Cuddington, the trophy must go to a village that has not won an award in the past five years.

Arrangements are currently in hand for the formal presentation of the Dashwood Trophy and we will also receive a full report from the judges.

The marks were awarded across a wide range of criteria:

Commons, greens, playing fields, children’s play areas
Nature conservation areas
Village hall, community centre, church hall
General environmental features (hedges, verges, ditches, pond, stream, pump)
Areas around shops and pubs
Bus stops and bus shelters
Notice boards
Cemetery, graveyard, war memorial
Overall appearance, lack of litter and evidence of community effort

“We are delighted with this result,” said Parish Council Chairman, Nic Brown “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those who have gone the extra mile in recent years in making our community the very special place that it is – not least the hard-working team who accomplished the task of seeing through the building of our fantastic new Village Hall.”

“As regards the future, there is, of course, much to do. In addition to caring for all our community assets, I know that we must all work harder to demonstrate our concern for the environment. The Parish Council would welcome any ideas and new thinking from our residents in this vital area.”