Monday, 24 June 2019

Community & Emergency Services Day


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Oxford Cambridge Expressway Update

Following the Parish Council village hall presentation by the Expressway Action Group on March 18th the Parish Council would like to ensure parishioners are up to date on the latest information.

The official status of this development from Highways England stating that corridor B has been chosen is here:

There are several groups opposing this development in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas who have detailed information on their websites.


The most recent presentation from the NEG is here 
This states that corridor B3 could be the preferred option.

This ‘East of Oakley’ proposal of 82,000 workers would involve building 64,600 houses for a total population of 150,440 people over the next thirty years or so.That is about the same size as Oxford City. The development corridor could run as close as Long Crendon and create greatly increased traffic in the local area. The Parish Council urges parishioners to read the NEG report and express their view to Chearsleypc@chearsley.com or John.Howard@chearsley.com who is leading the village working group.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Monday, 10 June 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Historic Chearsley
This exhibition held on June 2nd and sponsored by the Parish Council had more than 100 visitors throughout the day. There were 12 photographic boards featuring a range of photos and information from Ted Hooton’s book, Chearsley-Living Through History, as well as contributions of photos and other memorabilia from villagers. It was wonderful to welcome Ann Hooton back to the village for the occasion when she was given a special presentation in recognition of all the support given to the community by Ted and Ann in the years they lived in Chearsley.

Ann was also the editor of the Chearsley News from 10 years from the mid 80s to mid 90s. John Howard outlined progress by the group working on this project and for future plans. These include another Remembrance Sunday event in the hall this year, and also to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May 2020.
The team have already started interviews with a wide cross section of Chearsley residents to produce a comprehensive picture of our community life today. St Nicholas Church Revisited is one of the projects, adding to information on the history of the church and looking at the role of the church now. A group, including the owners of all the houses or properties which were once pubs in the past are working on a plan for a “Chearsley Pub Revival Day” next year. A Chearsley School Reunion party is being planned with plenty of school day anecdotes from those who attended as pupils, parents and teaching staff. It is planned to set up a dedicated Historic Chearsley website which will act as an archive and library for all the information gathered. Future projects might include looking at other aspects of village life in Chearsley – farming and traditional crafts, sports and recreation including our Cricket Club which started life in 1922 on Lower Green. The group members welcome input on any other projects or ideas which will help them reconnect with our traditional village heritage. Please get in touch with any of our group members to share your thoughts, help and support :
Anne Adams paxos.aa@gmail.com; John Cragg johncragg181@gmail.com; John Howard jnh@dbmc.co.uk and Sara Turnbull sjt3456@gmail.com.

Parish Council response about Recent clearance work in Church Lane
The Parish Council reports:
A letter was recently published in the Chearsley News from Ms Thorstad regarding the clearance work carried out earlier this year in Church Lane. Details of the proposed works were discussed at two Parish Council meetings and a further site meeting before the work was carried out. Whilst the Parish Council subsequently received letters and calls applauding the work which was carried out, a letter was received from a parishioner who did not support the clearance. As a further letter from Ms. Thorstad has been posted on Chearsley News, re-iterating the complaints, the matter was again discussed at the Parish Council meeting 22nd May and the Committee felt it appropriate to publish a copy of the original letter sent to Ms Thorstad which addressed all the issues raised.
“Dear Ms Thorstad, Thank you for your recent e-mail which arrived via the Chearsley Website. The work carried out on 2nd and 3rd January was the removal of low quality trees and scrub (terminology used by the tree surgeon) alongside Church Lane. The trees were principally elder, self seeded blackthorn, together with bramble and ground elder. There was no hedging on the banks. The overall objectives of the exercise were to : Restore historic banks down Church Lane, which had been lost under the undergrowth. Open up the views across to the Church and the open countryside for anyone driving or walking down Church Lane. Expose the Lime trees which had been planted by the PCs in the 60s but which had been swamped in particular by the elder and blackthorn. Remove trees which had been in danger of falling across the road in similar fashion to the two which had fallen over the last 12 months (thankfully no damage was done). Before any work was carried out, the owner of the land adjoining the PC land was consulted and advice taken from 4 Seasons Tree care. The matter was discussed and included in the Minutes at a recent PC meeting, when the public were able to give their views.
As you are aware, the clearance has now taken place (with the exception of one additional blackthorn which needs to be removed) with a lot of previously fallen trees remaining to provide habitat for wildlife. The cost of the work as confirmed at a previous PC meeting was £1,450 plus VAT. There will be future costs involved in keeping the banks clear.
Your own comments aside, all feedback from the residents in Church Lane (and from a number of visitors) has been extremely positive and supportive.
We feel that the work carried out has made a massive improvement to Church Lane, restoring the historic banks and the superb views down to the Church and across the countryside. For the avoidance of doubt, the PC would not be looking to plant a hedge on the sloping banks. Thank you for your interest. We always appreciate the views of the Parishioners although, particularly with a venture of this sort, it’s easier to take views into account before rather than after the work has been carried out. Parish Council Meetings take place once a month and all Parishioners are encouraged to attend and express their views.
(from) Chearsley Parish Council”
A further comment - In the latest posting (from Ms Thorstad), somewhat confusingly entitled “hedge in Church Lane” (as there wasn’t one), mention is made of The Best Kept Village Competition and quite categorically, the removal of the low quality scrub and overgrown blackthorns, which posed health and safety risks, was nothing to do with the Best Kept Village entry.
We, as a council do appreciate engagement from the community and are always delighted to see Parishioners in attendance at the monthly meetings and contributing in the public sessions at the start and end of the meetings – useful feedback for all of us as we cannot operate in a vacuum and certainly can’t undo work which has been discussed and subsequently carried out.

As a reminder to all, the dates and times of the Parish Council meetings are published in the Chearsley News and together with the Agenda for the next meeting and Minutes from the previous meeting are displayed on the notice board next to the bus shelter.

A Parish Council Meeting in June will take place on Monday June 17 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Chearsley Village Community Notice Board
The main purpose of this noticeboard is to display the following information : Formal notices from Chearsley Parish Council (in the locked section); items from other Chearsley village organisations and groups, such as the church, Village Hall, W.I. Flowr and Produce Show, Cricket Club; other notices relating to life in the village e.g.” Lost and Found in Chearsley”. If free space is available then the following postings will be allowed : advertising of services offered by business in Chearsley village (on a temporary basis only); news about events in local villages. Use drawing pins only – no staples, nails or screws; no permanent notices allowed; do not overlap or cover other notices (or they will be removed); Please remove out of date notices; when it is very windy, notices can be blown away, so attach with extra drawing pins; advertising from businesses outside Chearsley Village and political notes are NOT allowed and will be removed. For more information, please contact Alicia Howard on 07970 804330 or email alicia@greatbarn.net

Chearsley Peakers
A group of walkers from The Bell are again walking for charity when they are planning a 50km walk around the Peak District, aiming to complete this in 12 hours or less on July 13th. Taking part are Sharon Woodford, Nicola Harrison, Chris Morbey, Jay Gibson and Terry Gadsby. The chosen charity of The Bell for this year is Alzheimer’s Research UK and the walkers have a target of £1,200. Over £600 has already been pledged. An easy and secure way of donating to this very worthy cause is via their Just Giving Page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chearsley-peakers1 where the money goes direct to the Charity. Well done and good luck to them all.

Chearsley Show Scarecrow Parade
Anyone thinking about making a scarecrow for the scarecrow parade at the forthcoming Show on September 7 might like to do a tour of the many scarecrows in the Scarecrow Festival in Haddenham, where inspiration and ideas of how to make one could be found. There are more entries than ever this year displayed all over the village. A map showing all the locations for the scarecrows is available to purchase from the library and Blooming Fruity. (They were last year). This is the third year the Haddenham branch of the Scouts and Guides Association have organised this Festival which runs until June 24 with proceeds going to the Association and Douglas and Helen House.

Best Kept Village Competition
I don’t know whether our village has yet been visited by the judges, but please try to pick up litter from the lanes and verges when you see it, just to keep Chearsley looking as well kept and lovely as it can be.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday June 16 10am Chearsley Praise
  • Sunday June 23 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday June 30 10am Benefice Comunion
Diary Dates:
  • Monday June 17 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the hall
  • Sunday June 23 Teddy Bear Family Fun at St Nicholas Church 2 to 4pm
  • Saturday July 13 Chearsley Peakers 50km walk
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show including Scarecrow Parade
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am
  • Saturday November 16 Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

'Historic Chearsley' Exhibition - Sunday 2nd June at the Village Hall

A final reminder that a ‘Historic Chearsley’ exhibition will take place at the Village Hall on Sunday 2nd June. The details are shown on the poster below.
As advised in a previous mail, a number of fascinating resources will be on display – including 12 photographic boards packed with fascinating images of Chearsley in years gone by. These were put together by Ted and Ann Hooton to launch their book ‘Chearsley Living Through History’ in 1993…..and we are delighted that Ann will be joining us on the day.

We’ve also been pledged some further interesting photographs and village memorabilia by members of our community and all Chearsley residents are invited to share anything which might be of interest and add to our understanding of Chearsley’s fascinating heritage.

If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it, or if you would be interested in joining our group, please contact any of the following:
Anne Adams               paxos.aa@gmail.com
John Cragg                  johncragg181@gmail.com
John Howard               jnh@dbmc.co.uk
Sara Turnbull              sjt3456@gmail.com

Either pass it over to one of us or bring it along on the day – but one way or the other, it would help with our organisation of the exhibition, if you could let us know in advance.

There’s no charge for entrance and, as you’ll see below, refreshments will also be served from 1 o’clock onwards.


Sunday, 26 May 2019

Glasses Case

A glasses case has been left at the Village Hall for a few weeks. Please contact a member of the Committee if you think it might be yours.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Best Kept Village Competition
The Parish Council has entered Chearsley into this year’s Competition in the category of villages with a population of between 500 and 1500 inhabitants. Judging will take place by 3 judges in an unannounced visit to the village anytime in June and July. They will be taking into consideration and awarding marks for the overall appearance of the village, lack of litter, evidence of community effort, areas round The Green, children’s play area, the village hall, shop and pub, war memorial and the graveyard and notice boards. The Parish Council have been very active in tidying up Chearsley, restoring the war memorial, installing a new noticeboard which is well kept and up-to-date. There are new Chearsley signs on entry into the village on all 4 main roads, and the Council has been very persistent in their successful efforts to have pot holes in the village roads mended. Now, with the verges on the main roads cut, the Council is encouraging residents to think how we can all contribute to maintain our village as an attractive place, in the very least by keeping areas around our homes tidy and litter free, an opportunity to show we care about our village and are proud of it.
For the future, the Parish Council has decided to support a proposal from Michael Heybrook to consider the addition of more “green” and environmentally responsible criteria to the competition format and the Council is in discussion with the organisers of The Best Kept Village Competition on this.

Family Village Party Saturday June 8
Time to start the Summer parties and a chance for all villagers to come together on The Green and at The Bell. The Bell is putting on a Beer Festival all weekend, and a Pig Roast on Saturday Evening for the Village Party. There will be entertainment for everyone, not only children, in the form of amazing, magical Colonel Custard. Music in the evening to get us all dancing and having a good time with a Disco and Street Life live on stage.

Winchendon Fete Saturday June 8
A busy Saturday, but time to visit Winchendon Fete in the lovely grounds of Winchendon House from 2pm before partying in Chearsley.

Chearsley Show 2019
This will be held on the first Saturday in September - September 7 at The Village Hall and plans are going well. All judges for the various categories have been booked and brochures will be delivered in due course to every house to give every one the opportunity of taking part. It is hoped there will be more entries than last year when entries were rather disappointing, attributed mostly to many families still being away as the schools had not then started. There are categories for flowers, flower arrangements, vegetables, fruit, domestic including a popular Show stopper cake again, art and craft, photography .
This year, there will be an opportunity for children to create their own Show Stopper Cake in the children’s section including fairy cakes, photos, pictures, decorated stone and other opportunities to show off their skills. On the day, there will be a Scarecrow Parade when a prize will be awarded for the most creative. A chance for the whole family to get imaginative. Get planting, making and baking and watch out for the attractive brochure designed by Alicia Howard delivered to your house soon.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The season has now started with mixed results so far. Spectators are always welcome at the ground at the Saturday matches – a chance to sit in the sun (possibly) and enjoy a drink from the bar and to cheer the Chearsley side on. The ground is being used on Sundays for a few weeks by a Club which doesn’t have its own facilities.

Plans are well in hand for the 8th year of the Classic & Vintage Fun Day in the Cricket Club grounds on Sunday September 15, which will have some new attractions and the biggest show to date. Entries of cars are ahead of numbers this time last year. Offers to volunteer to help on the day would be much appreciated. For more information, go to www.ccvfd.co.uk or follow the link for Chearsley Cricket Club at www.pitchero.com/clubs/chearsleycricketclub.


Sian Lewis, who has been very involved with the Club, will be cycling with a friend from London to Paris over 3 days in September to support three cancer charities. This will mark the 10th anniversary of Sian’s mother’s death from Ovarian cancer.

There is a Just Giving Page for donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sian-lewis27. They have already raised well over £3000 towards their target of £5,000.

Looking ahead to November, the annual Dinner and Dance has been booked for Saturday November 16 this year at The Oxford Belfry. Tickets will be £36 per person for a 3 course dinner and dancing. Contact Lesley Arnott on 01844 290153 for more information.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday May 26 at 6pm Evensong
  • Thursday May 30 at 7pm Ascension Benefice Communion
  • Sunday June 2 at 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday June 9 at 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday June 8 Fun for All the Family 5pm onwards at The Green
  • Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9 Beer Festival at The Bell
  • Sunday June 23 Teddy Bear Family Fun at St Nicholas Church 2 to 4pm
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am
  • Saturday November 16 Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Friday, 10 May 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Family Village Event
There is no Village Fete planned for this year. Instead there will be an early evening event from 5pm onwards on Saturday June 8th for everyone in the village to get together, centred on The Green and round The Bell including entertainment for youngsters with Colonel Custard and Disco. Also a Live Band, Pig Roast, Beer tent. More details will be announced soon. Please contact Angela Gray at angela@grayemail.co.uk for more information.

Teddy Bear Family Fun
Another year of Ready Teddy Go is taking place at Chearsley Church on Sunday June 23 from 2 to 4pm. There will be face painting, tea and cakes, toy stall, plants, a prize raffle and the opportunity to watch your teddy parachute from the Church Tower. There will be prizes for the Best Dressed Teddy and Best Loved Teddy. Come along with your teddy. Contact Alicia Howard at Alicia@greatbarn.net for more information.

Historic Chearsley
There are now more details about the launch of this initiative to explore the fascinating heritage of our village and reconnect our community with its past on Sunday June 2 in the Village Hall. An exhibition of fascinating resources, which have not been seen for many years will be on show in the Village Hall from 11am until 4pm and anyone who has any photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences to share is invited to bring them along on the day or get in touch with any of the members involved with Historic Chearsley. Guest of Honour on the day will be Ann Hooton, widow of Ted, author of an informative and much-read and referred to book, Chearsley – Living through History.
There will be refreshments between 1 and 2pm during which a Presentation of the plans for the Historic Chearsley Project will take place. If you would like more information, or if you would like to get involved with this project, or have something to bring to the Exhibition, please contact Anne Adams at paxos.aa@gmail.com; John Cragg at johncragg181@gmail.com; John Howard at jnh@dbmc.co.uk or Sara Turnbull at sjt3456@gmail.com.

Parish Council May Meeting
The AGM will be held on Monday May 20th at 7.30pm in the village hall, when the election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman takes place together with appointment of committee members including the appointment of a new councillor and officer.

Livestock Worrying: Advice for dog owners.
Thames Valley Police have issued the following advice to dog owners that livestock worrying is becoming an increasing issue, especially now that the lambing season is well under way. Livestock killed or injured as the result of an out of control dog is a criminal offence. Advice is to keep your dog on a lead. Dog walkers that use open access land must keep their dog on a short lead (a maximum of 2 metres) between March 1 and July 31. If near livestock, this applies at all times. Stick to paths and public rights of way; look out for and follow signs. At this time of year, some livestock owners restrict access to their land to protect their animals. It is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is under control at all times.

Cuddington Matinee Cinema
Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, a musical romantic comedy will be shown at The Bernard Hall in Cuddington on Monday May 20th at 1.30pm. Come and enjoy songs from Abba and a cast of famous names including Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Amanda Seyfried. Entry is £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval. Tickets can be booked by phoning 01844 291526 during office hours and at the door, which open at 1pm.

Turn End Open Days
The house and garden in Haddenham will be open on Saturday June 1 from 2 to 5pm. Tickets cost £15. A Midsummer Night’s Tour takes place on Friday June 21 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm when you are invited to join Jackie Hunt, Turn End’s gardener for a glass of bubbly and a leisurely stroll around the garden to celebrate the longest day. To book tickets email turnendtrustevents@gmail.com or phone and leave a message on 07591018601.
If Turn End is not known to you, it is well worth a visit. It is one of 3 houses designed and built in the 1960s by architect Peter Aldington which were listed Grade 11 in 2006. Turn End garden was listed Grade 11 in November 2017 by Historic England and added to the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic interest in England. It is not open everyday as it is still the family home of the architect. More information can be found at the website www.turnend.org.uk.

Alice in Wonderland
There will be an outdoor musical performance of Alice in Wonderland at Claydon Manor on Saturday July 13 at 2.30pm in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Follow Alice and The White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure and meet a host of outlandish characters – Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, The Queen of Hears, The Cheshire Cat and The Mad-as-a-bat Hatter. A spectacularly bonkers show to enchant families of all ages. A magical show perfect for the whole family. Tickets are £12 per adult; £10 per child and £38 for a family ticket and can be booked from the Box Office 01296 429975 or through the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity website www.fnhospice.org.uk/events/alice-in-wonderland.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday May 12 at 9am Holy Communion
         at 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
  • Sunday May 19 at 10am Chearsley Praise
  • Sunday May 26 at 6pm Evensong

Diary Dates:
  • Monday May 20 Cuddington Matinee Cinema: Mamma Mia Here We Go Again at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington 1.30pm
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday June 8 Fun for All the Family 5pm onwards at The Green
  • Sunday June 23 Teddy Bear Family Fun at St Nicholas Church 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Historic Chearsley Launch - Village Hall Sunday 2nd June


You may be aware that a small group of Chearsley residents (Anne Adams, John Cragg, Sarah Turnbull and John Howard) got together earlier this year to discuss the possibility of starting a project, which would build on the work of Ted Hooton’s wonderful book, “Chearsley – Living Through History” and bring the story up to the present day.

Following these discussions, a ‘Historic Chearsley’ exhibition will take place at the Village Hall on Sunday 2nd June.

A number of fascinating resources will be on display and all Chearsley residents are invited to share anything which might be of interest and add to our understanding of Chearsley’s fascinating heritage. For example, photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences.

We are also delighted to announce that Ann Hooton, wife of Ted and a major contributor to his wonderful book ‘Chearsley – Living Through History’ will be joining us on the day.

If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it, or if you would be interested in joining our group, please contact any of the following:
Anne Adams : paxos.aa@gmail.com
John Howard : jnh@dbmc.co.uk
Sara Turnbull : sjt3456@gmail.com

Monday, 29 April 2019

Friday, 26 April 2019

Hedge in Church Lane

Ingrid Thorstad, who lives in Church Lane, has written the following about the work carried out recently to the hedge in Church Lane -

Hedges, hedges, what’s the fuss
To my mind the hedge in Church Lane had been a magnificent example despite the trees not being integrated. It used to look lovely with its grassy margin that was regularly cut alongside the rather wild hedge (see the photos on Google maps taken 2008). It looked good and yet would have provided shelter for a wide range of wildlife and most importantly it didn’t even occupy space that might otherwise be useful being, as it was, on a bank.
Hedgerows increase the opportunities for many forms of wildlife. More flowers and forage mean more bugs, which then mean more birds and other animals and better pollination of plants.

What happened to the hedge in Church Lane?
Unfortunately, it had been abandoned for many years as the AVDC stopped cutting the verges regularly and the PC hadn’t taken over. It was in a dreadful mess, so I was happy when I read in the September minutes of the PC that: The whole of Church Lane needs tidying up. The priority is clearing scrub and pruning hedges this autumn before the nesting season. But please note there was no suggestion that the whole hedge would be removed. Nor did anyone else I have spoken to seem to realise that the intention was to destroy it. However, the PC talked themselves into believing it was all low quality ‘scrub’ and went ahead. They had no intention of letting it grow back either and hoped the Heybrooks wouldn’t be planting a hedge because they preferred the open view to the church.

I was assured that I had been the only person to complain but I talked to a few people who lived nearby, and some dog walkers and I don’t think that is a fair assessment of what people actually thought. Rather it was too late to do anything, and most people want a quiet life. Some thought it would be growing back again, some realised it hadn’t been such a good idea once they thought about the birds. One person even mentioned the disadvantage of the lane now being open to the prevailing winds. One person remembered it as a place where children used to play and told how a group of conservationists had cut it back in the past

Aren’t there enough hedges around already?
I am sure there are lots of people in Chearsley who are aware of the importance of hedges to wildlife and have heard about the concern at the miles of hedgerowslost to the UK since the 1950s (estimated at 120,000 miles). So concerned were people that legislation was brought in 1997 requiring planning permission before removing hedges over 20 m. long between roads and fields. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-hedgerows-regulation-and-management and many hedges have been reinstated.

The pluses and minuses of the Best Kept Village competition
One of the reasons for eliminating the hedge might be connected to the wish to enter for the Best Kept Village competition and of course we all like a place that looks good. However, I found an interesting article from the Telegraph (2014) which decries the Best Kept Village competition because of its emphasis on being ‘neat and tidy’ which conservationists say unwittingly contributes to the decline of bees, butterflies, birds and other necessary wildlife. Ironically, the Best Kept Village sign illustrated in the article is actually the one used by Buckinghamshire! https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/countryside/11023876/Best-kept-village-contests-blamed-for-decline-in-wildlife.html

I would like to thank everyone I have spoken to about the hedge as it made me feel less isolated though I still feel very sad.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Opera Pops Concert
Aylesbury Opera are returning to perform at St Mary’s Church Long Crendon after a very successful evening last year when they present Opera Pops Concert this Saturday April 27th at 7.30pm. An evening of popular operatic choruses, solos and ensembles led from the piano by Kelvin Lin. It will also feature items by Aylesbury Youth Opera. Tickets cost £15 each which includes canapés and drinks available from Rowly Willis (FSM) on 01844 201597 or email Friends@FSMLongCrendon.org.

St Georges Celebration at The Bell
There may be still space for you to enjoy a traditional English 2 course or 3 course meal at The Bell this Saturday, April 27 at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Roast beef is on the menu or a choice of other starters, mains and sweets. Prices are £17.95 for 2 courses and £21.95 for 3. Please call in at The Bell or phone 01844 208077 to book.

Chearsley Cricket Club
Junior Coaching on Tuesday evenings at the ground has now started and continues every Tuesday evening. Any youngster, girl or boy, who is interested in joining should contact Angela Gray on 07944 290264. Coaching on Thursday evenings for the Seniors starts this Thursday, April 25. Please contact Adam Lazaruk on 07865 093154 if you would like to join the Club. New players are always very welcome. A friendly game against Kimble will be played at the Club this Saturday April 27 with another one on May 4 away to Long Marston. League fixtures begin on May 11. New players, support and spectators are always welcome. Come and enjoy a drink at the bar and cheer on the Chearsley team.

Chearsley W.I. Visit to Highgate Cemetery
There are 2 spare places on this trip on Friday May 31st. The guided tour and coach cost £30 per person. Just to reassure any man who may be interested in accompanying the W.I. ladies, there are 3 men already booked to go. Please contact Anne Lewis on 01844 201011 for more information and to book your place.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday April 28 at 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday May 5 at 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday May 12 at 9am Holy Communion
  •  At 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday April 27 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell 7 for 7.30pm
  • Saturday April 27 Opera Pops Concert at St Mary’s Long Crendon 7.30pm
  • Saturday April 27 Sunshine Club Spring Bazaar 2pm in the Bernard Hall
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall . More details to come
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Good Friday Walk

The weather is looking perfect to get out for some fresh air this Friday, so why not come along to any part of this walk across the fields between our 3 villages – a Family service and hot cross buns at 10.00am in Nether Winchendon, then a walk to Chearsley for Good Friday hymns and readings – or just join us for ploughman’s lunch in Chearsley’s churchyard at 12.15 and decide if you’re up for walking to Long Crendon.

Everyone is welcome to join in at any stage, including dogs and children.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Palm Sunday - April 14th



Road Closures

Transport for Bucks will be carrying out work in School Lane and Bernard's Close, when they will plane and patch various locations. This means there will be a daytime closure between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Monday April 15 and Tuesday April 16.
In addition, we are informed that they will be doing similar work of planing and patching at various locations along Winchendon Road in Chearsley which will mean daytime closures between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Thursday April 18 until Tuesday May 7.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Messy Easter - Next Sunday


Make a cross necklace, paper mache an Easter Garden, construct a giant jigsaw, and crawl inside the tomb, then watch a video and tuck into a hot dog.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Thefts from the Cricket Pavilion
Probably most of the village has heard that thieves broke into the Cricket Club pavilion over Friday night and Saturday morning 22nd and 23rd March. Among the items stolen were the entire contents of the club trophy cabinet and the recently acquired television. The Club appealed in the local press and radio for the trophies to be returned. An anonymous phone call to the Club Chairman offered to return them in exchange for money, which was refused and then reported to the police. Later, the club received a further call from a farmer’s wife near Banbury to report that what remained of the trophies had been deposited in a field on her farm. The Club is devastated by these events, and is now considering a review of their security measures. The cups are a major part of the Club’s proud heritage.

SPSO report at the Parish Council Annual Village Meeting
Danny, one of the Special Constables who cover Chearsley from his base at Waddesdon, warned that there had been several shed break-ins in the area recently and advised that valuable machinery should be kept secure. He also spoke about scrap metal dealers on the look out for scrap metal. Now, it seems they have already been in Chearsley, but it serves as a warning to be ever vigilant for strangers and to keep all valuables locked up.

War Memorial
The latest project in the Parish Council’s drive to improve the look of our village is now complete with the restoration of the War Memorial. The work, undertaken by restoration company, Antique Bronze, included a steam clean to remove the grime and lichens growth and repainting the lettering.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The Club is asking for volunteers to help at their Pre-Season Work Parties which are taking place on Saturday April 6, 13, and 20 starting at 10am until 1pm. Just turn up at the pavilion. All help would be much appreciated. Pre-season practice nets for Seniors will take place during the coming weekends, with dates and times to be confirmed.
Coaching sessions start on Thursday April 25 and then every Thursday evening following from 6.30pm to 8pm. All Juniors aged 13+ are welcome to join in. A friendly match against Kimble at home will take place on Saturday April 27 at 1pm and an away match at Long Marston on May 4. The Cherwell League fixtures for 1st and 2nd XI start on Saturday May ll. Please contact Adam Lazaruk on 07865 093154 or email adam@rglsurveys.co.uk for more information.
The first coaching session for the Juniors takes place on Tuesday April 23 and then every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm. Followed by a BBQ. Contact Angela Gray on 07944 290264 or email angela@grayemail.co.uk for more information.

Chearsley Show 2019 will be held in the village hall on Saturday September 7. More details and show brochures will be available nearer the time. Please make a note of this date and start thinking about what you hopefully will have growing so you can take part in this annual village friendly competition. Any help to set up the Show on the Friday and on the day itself would be most welcome.

The Bell will now be open all day Saturdays and Sundays carrying on throughout what is hopefully going to be a lovely sunny Summer.

Cuddington Youth Drama
To clear up confusion over their production in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington Youth Drama will be putting on their Jets and Sharks jackets to perform “West CYD Story” a wonderful musical based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. A non-profit drama club for 7 to 27 year olds, C.Y.D. has been performing for 15 years. Matinee shows on 9th, 11th and 13th April start at 3pm and evening shows on 10th, 12th and 13th, at 7pm. Please call Annie Bradley on 07769 6393505 to reserve a seat or tickets are available on the door. Suggested donation are Family Ticket £20, adults £12 and Children £6. Please come and support C.Y.D.

Spring Bazaar Cuddington
The Sunshine Club are holding their popular Spring Bazaar on Saturday April 27 at 2pm in the Bernard Hall, Cuddington. There will be stalls offering home-made cakes and produce, white elephant and bric-a-brac, good second hand clothes, books etc. There will also be a raffle and refreshments. Admission costs just 20p. Children free. If anyone has any contributions, they will be gratefully received and can be brought to the hall on the morning of the 27th

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday April 7 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday April 7 Rock Solid Easter Experience
  • Sunday April 14 Messy Church 4pm at The Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday 9th April to Saturday 13 Performances of West CYD Story at the Bernard Hall Cuddington
  • Saturday April 20 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell
  • Saturday April 27 Sunshine Club Spring Bazaar 2pm in the Bernard Hall
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall . More details to come
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Mothering Sunday

Everyone is welcome to come to this joyful family service. If you would like to help to make posies on Saturday 30th March, please join Joy at her home – 1 Bernards Close from 2.00 pm.
Any donations of small flowers and foliage would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Cricketers appeal for return of club’s ‘crown jewels’

Following a break in to their pavilion during the night of Friday 22nd March, Chearsley Cricket Club are appealing for the return of all their club trophies.

Thieves broke into the pavilion and among the items taken were the entire contents of the club trophy cabinet.

“Our membership is absolutely devastated by last week’s events, as we put the finishing touches to our preparations for the 2019 season” said Club Chairman, Ian Houseman

“If the break in wasn’t bad enough on its own, the theft of all our club trophies is absolutely heartbreaking. These cups, including my own Chairman’s Cup, are of little commercial value but are a major part of our club’s proud heritage. For our members they represent our ‘crown jewels’.

“We would urge those who took them to show a little compassion and decency by returning them to us. This could be done anonymously by leaving them by the entrance gate to the ground.”

Chearsley Cricket Club, founded in 1922, was reborn in its current ground on the Winchendon Road just outside the village in 1990. In addition to fielding two teams in the Cherwell League, the club has developed a flourishing Juniors section, whose membership of around 90 youngsters includes over 40 girls.

Contact: John Howard – jnh@dbmc.co.uk 07970 651326

Ex-England Skipper, Mike Gatting, with Chearsley trophy winners at the club End of Season Dinner & Dance (November 2017)

Saturday, 23 March 2019

HGV Kerb Damage

HGV damage to kerb at the Horse Chestnut Tree junction
John Howard, of Chearsley Parish Council, would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the latest damage done to village roads and kerbs by HGVs. This morning, Friday March 22, the kerb at the Horse Chestnut Tree junction was damaged by an HGV attempting an utterly ludicrous turning manoeuvre.
If anyone witnessed this or has photographic evidence, please contact John at jnh@dbmc.co.uk.





Monday, 18 March 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Jo Hinton

Jo died on February 12th in The Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed. Lung cancer was diagnosed in February last year and she had deteriorated over the last months, but nevertheless making a great effort to attend the funeral of an old friend and neighbour Audrey Cooper in December. Jo and her husband John moved to Chearsley in 1968, living first in Sunbeams, School Lane, now called Saw Pit Cottage, later moving to one of the converted barns at the top of School Lane where she lived until they moved to Wendover in 2013.
Jo trained as a nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and worked at Hulcott Nursing Home before becoming a Practice Nurse at Thame. She also worked at Chilton House and Hempton Fields Nursing Home caring for the elderly. Jo was a very lively, sociable lady who enriched Chearsley life in many ways, not least as a member of the Chearsley Cherry Bumpers team (a female equivalent of Morris Men), a member of the ladies Cricket team and also helping out at Manor Farm, picking potatoes. She is missed by her many friends in Chearsley and work colleagues.
Sympathy and love go to her husband, John, children Jonathan and James and grandchildren from everyone who knew and loved her.

Annual Village Meeting Monday March 18th
The Parish Council invite everyone to the village hall for an update on their current programme of works. There will also be a Presentation by the Expressway Action Group on the current Government plans for the Oxford Cambridge Expressway. The final choice of route may have a significant impact on our local environment. There will also be presentations from village groups and there is the opportunity to have your say on all village related matters. The meeting starts at 7.30pm with refreshments served from 7.00pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club Quiz Night
If you haven’t bought your tickets for this Quiz on Saturday March 23 at Chearsley Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm start, please contact Lesley Arnott as soon as possible. Phone Lesley on 01844 290153 or email lesleyarnott7@hotmail.com. Entrance is £5 per person. Bring your own food and drink.

Chearsley Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday March 24 in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. This is a social occasion when every villager is welcome to come to hear what has been happening in our village church community during the past year. Also to vote for your churchwardens and members of the PCC, to say goodbye to those who are retiring from office and to welcome new people who wish to get involved.

Chearsley WI March Meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday March 19. An afternoon to Create and Craft with Rosie Casselden. An opportunity to make a small weatherproof garden plaque with POWERTEX a creative acrylic fabric hardener. Rosie will guide you through the technique with step by step instructions. All materials and equipment are provided at a charge of £2 per person. Everyone is welcome whether a WI member or not, male or female. Non members are charged £4 to include tea, coffee and cake plus material fee of £2. The meeting start at 2 for Forthcoming events, ready for the demonstration at 2.30 to 4.00 and refreshments. Contact Alicia Howard at alicia@greatbarn.net

Historic Chearsley - A date for your Diary Sunday June 2
John Howard writes:
Following a number of informal discussions, a small group of Chearsley residents got together during January to discuss the possibility of starting a project which would build on the work of Ted Hooton’s wonderful book “Chearsley – Living Through History” and bring the story up to the present day. As a result, the Village Hall has been booked for Sunday June 2 where we hope to share with the village a number of fascinating resources, many of which most of you will not have seen before.
We would also ask you to share anything that you feel might be of interest which would add to our understanding of the story of Chearsley, however long ago or more recent. For example, photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences. We are hoping to set up a small exhibition along the lines of the recent, successful Centenary of World War 1 Exhibition, so there is room for all to make a contribution however small! We are also delighted to announce that , following Ann Hooton’s kind permission, Keith Turnbull has sponsored the production of a digital version of Ted’s book and this can now be downloaded from here. It is a large file, so you may need to be patient.
If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it or if you would be interested in joining our group at its future meetings, please contact any of the following: Anne Adams paxos.aa@gmail.com John Cragg johncragg181@gmail.com John Howard jnh@dbmc.co.uk and Sara Turnbull sjt3456@gmail.com

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day
It has been confirmed that this will be held on Sunday September 15 in the Cricket Fields starting at 11am. A wonderful day out for all the family which last year raised over £6,500 for the Junior Section of the Cricket Club. If you would like to show your vehicle, or find out more information, this can be done online at www.ccvfd.co.uk.

New Zealand Adventure
Ann Persson and Joy Payne have recently returned from a wonderful seven weeks in New Zealand. Ann writes “as they swanned around South Island in Ann’s brother’s 18 year old sports coupé Mercedes, they were dubbed Thelma and Louise and they promised not to drive anywhere near a cliff edge”. If anyone is considering a trip there and would like some ideas on an itinerary for South Island, Ann and Joy would be very happy to share their thoughts and experiences. Please phone Ann on 201955

Cuddington Youth Drama -  The proposed production of West Side Story in April will not now be taking place.

Bucks County Council Household Recycling Centres
Changes are being made to the Recycling Centre at Rabans Lane from April 1st. The site will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Days which are considered less busy. The site at Bledlow will close completely at the end of March. There will also be the introduction of charges for non-household waste items such as bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc. Domestic and green waste will not be charged. More details can found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/HRC or phone Graham Skeggs on 01296 382444.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday March 17 10am Chearsley Praise with Communion
  • Sunday March 24 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday 31 10am Mothering Sunday

Diary Dates:
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Tuesday March 19 Create and Craft with Rosie Casselden at Chearsley W.I. in the village hall.
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • Sunday March 24 2pm Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Bell 12 until 4. Booking essential
  • Saturday April 20 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall . More details to come
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am

Thursday, 7 March 2019

‘Historic Chearsley’ – A Date for your Diary!

Following a number of informal discussions, a small group of Chearsley residents got together during January to discuss the possibility of starting a project, which would build on the work of Ted Hooton’s wonderful book, “Chearsley – Living Through History” and bring the story up to the present day.

As a result of this meeting, the Village Hall has been booked for Sunday June 2nd where we hope to share with the village a number of fascinating resources, many of which most of you will not have seen before.  We would also ask you to share anything that you feel might be of interest, which would add to our understanding of the story of Chearsley, however long ago or more recent.   For example, photos, family memorabilia or reminiscences.  We are hoping to set up a small exhibition along the lines of the recent, successful Centenary of World War 1 Exhibition, so there is room for all to make a contribution, however small!

Click image to download a pdf copy

We are also delighted to announce that, following Ann Hooton’s kind permission, Keith Turnbull has sponsored the production of a digital version of Ted’s book and this can now be downloaded at the following link:
Chearsley - Living Through History

It is a large file (125MB), so you may need to be patient.

If you have anything that would contribute to our exhibition, we would be delighted to receive it, or if you would be interested in joining our group at its future meetings, please contact any of the following:
….and don’t forget to put Sunday 2nd June in your diaries to celebrate the launch of ‘Historic Chearsley’.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Monday, 4 March 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Village Pot Holes
Our Parish Councillors are to be congratulated on their success over the past few weeks, in getting most of the pot holes in the village roads, particularly School Lane and Shupps Lane, mended by AVDC. There are still some to be done in Dark Lane, which are dependent on some work to be carried out in the area by Thames Water.

Village Litter Pick
Parish Councillor John Howard reports “We salute this year’s team of Chearsley “litter pickers” – Annie Bradley, Brian and Ineta Green, Cynthia Siddall, Jim and Nikki Harrison, John and Alicia Howard, Julian George, Kevin Dennington, Mick Campbell, Nicola Reynolds, Peter Allen, Susie Heybrook and Thia Richards. The above collected over 20 sacks of litter from Chearsley’s lanes and approach roads and this year’s” trophies” included three tyres, assorted road signs, a cupboard door, a toilet cistern and a shedload of beer cans. Many thanks also to Sharon and Linda at The Bell who served a welcoming cup of tea and a selection of extremely naughty cakes to the “team” after their morning’s work. ....and no thanks whatsoever to the miserable so and so’s who unfailingly dump their litter on the roads approaching our village year after year.

Chearsley Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday March 24 in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. This is a social occasion when every villager is welcome to come to hear what has been happening in our village church community during the past year. Also to vote for your churchwardens and members of the PCC, to say goodbye to those who are retiring from office and to welcome new people who wish to get involved.

March at The Bell
  • Tuesday March 5 Eyes Down for March Bingo at 8.45pm. Bingo players can enjoy a meal beforehand for £7.50. It is advisable to book beforehand to ensure a table. Good fun and good cash prizes to be wonSunday March 10 Monthly Quiz starts at 8 to 8.30pm Friendly teams with plenty of banter. Players on their own are very welcome. Interval with nibbles.
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch Booking Essential for a choice of Roast Pork, Beef or Chicken. Lunches will be served from 12 until 4pm. “Don’t forget to treat the special Mum in your life. You know she’s worth it”
  • The Bell Weekly Regulars continue on Wednesdays Pie and a Pint for £10 and Fridays from 10 to 12pm Coffee and Cake for £4.
  • St George’s Day will be held on April 20 More Details to follow

Cuddington Matinee Cinema opens the doors of The Bernard Hall Cuddington on Monday March 25 at 1.00 for a 1.30pm start when it will be showing “A Street Cat Named Bob” with sub titles. This is an award winning 2016 film based on the international bestselling book. The film tells the true feel good story of James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, who life was transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat and Joanne Frogatt. The film was awarded Best British Film in 2017. Tickets cost £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval. Please ring 01844 291526 during office hours for more information and to book tickets. Some tickets may be available on the door.

Chearsley Singers in Mozart Requiem Concert on Saturday March 16 at 7.30pm in Thame Leisure Centre
Lord William’s Festival Chorus (including several singers from Chearsley) will perform Mozart Requiem, following their enormous success of their recent Messiah concert. The choir, led by Musical Director, Jeff Steward, will perform alongside the Ealing Symphony Orchestra in addition to students from some of the country’s most eminent Music Schools, incuding the Royal Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music. Tickets cost £13 for adults, £10 for concessions and £1 for under 18s which are available in advance online at Eventbrite via lordwilliamsfestivalchorus.org.uk and on the night at the door.

Chearsley’s First Airbnb
If you have friends and family planning to stay with you and you are a little pushed for space, you might like to know that Prospect Cottage, opposite the Village Green is available to rent through Airbnb suitable for 2, possibly 4 occupants. Accommodation comprises master bedroom, lounge, dining ,kitchen, utility and downstairs bathroom. Minimum stay is 2 nights. For more information and to book, go to www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/27979358?guests2&adults=1.

Services at St Nicholas Church
  • Wednesday March 6 7pm Benefice Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday
  • Sunday March 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday March 10 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
  • Sunday March 17 10am Chearsley Praise with Communion
  • Sunday March 24 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday 31 10am Mothering Sunday
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday March 5 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down 8.45pm
  • Saturday March 9 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Italy. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Sunday March 10 Quiz at The Bell 8 to 8.30pm start
  • Saturday March 16 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Scotland. Kick off 5pm
  • Saturday March 16 7.30pm Mozart Requiem Concert in Thame Leisure Centre
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • Sunday March 24 2pm Parochial Church Council AGM with Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall
  • Monday March 25 Cuddington Matinee Cinema A Street Cat Named Bob 1.30pm at Bernard Hall Cuddington
  • Sunday March 31 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Bell 12 until 4. Booking essential
  • April 9 to 13 West Side Story by Cuddington Youth Drama
  • Saturday April 20 St George’s Meal celebration at The Bell

Friday, 1 March 2019

Annual Church Meeting


Litter Pick 2019


We salute this year’s team of Chearsley ‘litter pickers’ – Annie Bradley, Brian & Ineta Green, Cynthia Siddall, Jim & Nikki Harrison, John & Alicia Howard, Julian George, Kevin Dennington, Mick Campbell, Nicola Reynolds, Peter Allen, Susie Heybrook and Thia Richards

The above collected over 20 sacks of litter from Chearsley’s lanes and approach roads and this year’s ‘trophies’ included three tyres, assorted road signs, a cupboard door, a toilet cistern and a shedload of beer cans.
 Many thanks also to Sharon and Linda at The Bell who served a welcoming cup of tea and a selection of extremely naughty cakes to the ‘team’ after their morning’s work

….and no thanks whatsoever to the miserable so and so’s who unfailingly dump their litter on the roads approaching our village year after year.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Sue Gray
In case there are some villagers who have not already heard or read reports in the newspapers that Air Vice Marshal Sue Gray, who has lived in Chearsley for some years, has now been promoted to Air Marshall and Director General of the Defence Safety Authority, an appointment she takes up in March. Many congratulations to Sue on this achievement. She becomes the RAF’s first female 3star office and the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces. A great example to all young women of just what can be achieved. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said “This is an historic moment as we see the most senior female appointment in the British military. Air Marshal Gray’s career shows that with hard work, skill and determination, gender is no obstacle to achieving the top ranks in the Armed Forces...” Sue has laid the wreath at the War Memorial in Chearsley on Armistice Day for several years.

Litter Pick
As many volunteers as possible are wanted for the Litter Pick on Thursday February 28 Hopefully the present lovely weather will hold. Please meet at 9.30am outside the Village Shop wearing brightly coloured visible clothing for safety and have protective gloves. Black sacks are provided by AVDC. Litter pickers will clear rubbish from all village roads and the surrounding main roads, ending up at The Bell at 11am for hot drinks and cake. Please contact Alicia at alicia@greatbarn.net for more information. Many hands make light work to clear up and cheer up Chearsley.

Parish Councillor Vacancy
There will no election for this vacancy as the required number of requests for an election were not received and it is the job of the Parish Council to now appoint a new Councillor. To this end, they are inviting anyone interested in serving on the Parish Council to get in touch with the Parish Clerk at helen.v.spurgeon@gmail.com by March 8 2019. A copy of the formal notice and conditions can be found on the notice board. It will be a short term appointment as the next elections to the Parish Council will be held in April or May 2020 which makes this an ideal opportunity to try out being a Parish Councillor. Please contact Helen Spurgeon noting your interest or for any other information.

Chearsley Annual Village Meeting
The Parish Council invite everyone to this meeting in the Village Hall on Monday March 18 at 7pm for wine or soft drinks and nibbles and the meeting starting at 7.30pm. An opportunity to hear key updates on village matters by the Parish council with contributions from many other village groups and an open discussion when villagers are welcome to raise any points. It is also hoped there will be a presentation about the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.

The Oxford-Cambridge Expressway
The Parish Council is actively supporting EAG (Express Action Group) an accredited stakeholder in the consultation of the building of this new road, to run in parallel with a new cross -country rail link. The Council plan to set up a Working Group and need help from villagers who are interested in joining the Working Group. Please contact Councillors, Julia Witcher at juleswitcher@googlemail.com or John Howard at jnh@dbmc.co.uk as soon as possible for more information. It is hoped that there will be a formal presentation by EAG at the Village Meeting on Monday March 18.

Services at St Nicholas Church: 
  • Sunday March 3 10am Family Holy Communion
  • Wednesday March 6 7pm Benefice Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday
  • Sunday March 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday March 10 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall

Diary Dates:
  • Thursday February 28 Litter Pick Meet outside the shop at 9.30am.
  • Saturday March 9 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Italy. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Saturday March 16 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Scotland. Kick off 5pm
  • Monday March 18 Annual Village Meeting in the village hall. Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • April 9 to 13 West Side Story by Cuddington Youth Drama

Monday, 18 February 2019

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Revised Bin Day

Due to 'adverse weather conditions', AVDC announce that the next collection day for the village will be Tuesday, February 5th.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Parish Councillor Vacancy
Following the sad death of Michael Edmonds last November, there is now a councillor vacancy on Chearsley Parish council. The Parish Council is not obliged to fill this vacancy, but because the next elections are not scheduled until May 2020, it has been decided it will be in the best interests of the village to fill the vacancy.
A formal notice has now been published which states that if any ten electors in the Chearsley Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by February 13 requesting that an election be held, the vacancy will be filled at a by-election. If no such notice is received by the Returning Officer, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-opting a suitably qualified person. Written requests for an election must be sent to Andrew Grant, the Returning Officer at Electoral Services, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury Bucks HP19 8FF.

Cuddington Youth Drama
Rehearsals are well under way for Cuddington Youth Drama’s April performance of West Side Story. This talented group of 7 to 27 year olds are learning to sing and dance their hearts out to the story of Romeo and Juliet. So please save the date of April 9 to 13 to come and watch performances of West Side Story. Ticket information will be available in due course.

Bingo and Quiz at The Bell
The start of a new month means that there will be Bingo at The Bell on Tuesday February 5. Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Followed by the monthly Sunday Quiz at The Bell on February 10. Questions start at 8pm. Everyone welcome to come along.

Rugby 6 Nations at Chearsley Cricket Club
This tournament will be starting this weekend and Chearsley Cricket Club will again be opening their pavilion up to show the games. The bar will be open and bacon butties will be available to buy

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday February 3 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday February 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday February 10 4pm Messy Church at the Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Monday January 28 “Oliver” at Cuddington Matinee Cinema, Bernard Hall at 1.30pm. All welcome
  • Saturday February 2 Ireland play England at Dublin. Cricket Club pavilion doors open at 4pm for 4.45pm kick off
  • Tuesday February 5 Bingo at The Bell Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Come early and eat for a special Bingo players price
  • Sunday February 10 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v France. Kick off at 3pm
  • Sunday February 10 Quiz at The Bell. Starts at 8pm . Everyone welcome
  • Monday February 18 Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm in the hall
  • Tuesday February 19 W.I. Meeting in the hall Talk on” Agent Zig Zag” 2.30pm start
  • Saturday February 23 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion Wales v England. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Saturday March 9 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Italy. Kick off 4.45pm
  • Saturday March 16 Rugby at the Cricket Pavilion England v Scotland. Kick off 5pm
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start. Contact Leslie Arnott on 01844 290153 to book tickets
  • April 9 to 13 West Side Story by Cuddington Youth Drama

Friday, 25 January 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : margmorb@mail.com : 01844-208913

Burns Night at The Bell
There might be room to squeeze into The Bell on Saturday night, January 26 to celebrate Burns Night and enjoy a meal including Cullen skink soup, haggis and cranachan and other Scottish delights. A 2 course meal is £17.95, and 3 courses costs £19.95. You will need to let Sharon know as soon as possible if you wish to come in and join in the fun.

Rugby 6 Nations at Chearsley Cricket Club
This tournament will be starting soon and Chearsley Cricket Club will again be opening their pavilion up to show the games. The bar will be open and bacon butties will be available to buy. First match is on Saturday February 2nd when Ireland play England at Dublin. Doors open at 4pm for the 4.45pm kick-off. Everyone welcome. Other matches to be shown are Sunday 10th February England v France kick off 3.00pm. Saturday 23rd February, Wales v England kick off 4.45pm. Saturday March 9 England v Italy, kick off 4.45pm. Saturday March 16 England v Scotland, kick off 5pm.

Parish Council Meetings take place in the village hall on the third Monday of the month. Everyone can attend. The Council welcome comments, good or bad, on how they are looking after our village. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday February 18. The March meeting takes the form of the Annual Village Meeting on Monday March 18 at 7.30pm.

WI February Meeting takes place on Tuesday February 19 at the village hall when Michael Kushner will be speaking about “Agent Zig Zag” the true story of the fantastic agent who was one of Britain’s top spies (or was he a double agent working for the Germans?) Michael Kushner is a guide and lecturer at Bletchley Park and holds a gold award from the Association of Speakers Clubs. The afternoon is open to everyone, male or female, WI. Member or not. There is a charge of £4 for non members which includes tea or coffee and cake. The talk will begin at 2.30pm after W.I. other business.

Barnardo’s Project Support 4 Parents
This local project is looking for more volunteers to work in a structured way with families in the area who are struggling to parent children under 8. If you are interested in working with families and have experience looking after children and can spare about 3 hours each week, Barnardo’s will train you in how to pass on your precious skills and knowledge to make a difference. Please phone 07715428690 for an informal chat or email support4parents@barnardos.org.uk

Cricket Club Quiz will be held in the village hall on Saturday March 23 at 7 for 7.30pm start. Another fun evening is promised by the Cricket Club with Larry Warr asking the questions. Cost per person is £5. Make up a team of 8 and bring your own food and drink, and money for a raffle and auction. For more information and to book tickets, please contact Lesley Arnott on 01844 290153 or email her at lesleyarnott7@hotmail.com.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday January 27 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday February 3 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday February 10 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday February 10 4pm Messy Church at the Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Monday January 28 “Oliver” at Cuddington Matinee Cinema, Bernard Hall at 1.30pm. All welcome
  • Tuesday February 5 Bingo at The Bell Eyes Down at 8.45pm. Come early and eat for a special Bingo players price
  • Sunday February 10 Quiz at The Bell. Starts at 8pm . Everyone welcome
  • Monday February 18 Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm in the hall
  • Tuesday February 19 W.I. Meeting in the hall Talk on” Agent Zig Zag” 2.30pm start
  • Saturday March 23 Cricket Club Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall 7.30pm start

Friday, 18 January 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Scam Alert

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Audrey Cooper’s funeral will be held at St Nicholas Church on Monday January 7th at 11.30am.

Survey - Still time before the Closing Date
The Parish Council has been asked by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to pass on details of a short survey seeking the public view on an increase in the police element of the Council tax which equates to £2 a month for Band D. The closing date is Wednesday January 9th at 5pm and the survey and more information can be found at https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk.

Qi Gong Classes restart on Tuesday January 8 at an earlier time of 10am in Chearsley Village Hall. Lessons are £7 per session and are suitable for adults of any age. New members are always welcome. Please contact Ben Olding at masterben@chearsleyqigong.co.uk or phone 07473 118676 for more information.

Bingo and Quiz at The Bell
Everyone is welcome to the next Bingo session at The Bell on Tuesday January 8 with Eyes Down at about 8.45pm. Come and eat beforehand at a Bingo player’s special price. Good cash prizes and a raffle during the interval. The Sunday Quiz will be held on January 13 at 8pm. Come on your own or in a team.

Treasurer Needed for Chearsley Village Hall Management Committee
After almost 5 years, the current Treasurer, Alex Wall Morris is keen to step down from her duties and pass the baton on to another member of the Chearsley community. All that is required is simple book keeping and reports of the hall’s finances to the Committee which meets 4 times a year. The majority of the hall’s bills are paid by direct debit, but some bills will need to be paid manually (i.e. cleaner, long term users of the hall etc.). This is a great opportunity for a Chearsley villager to refresh (or learn!) some key financial skills and help ensure that our new village hall keeps going from strength to strength. Time needed is approximately 1 to 2 hours per week. If you are interested in the role, please get in touch with Antonia Stratford at antoniastratford40@gmail.com.

Next Refuse Collection will be on Tuesday January 8th when the recycling bins and food bins will be collected. Then collections are back to normal on Mondays.

Cuddington Matinee Cinema Monday January 28 will be showing “Oliver”, the 1968 British musical drama of universal appeal. It is based on the stage production and Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist and winner of 6 Academy awards. The film stars Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis. Well known songs include “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”. The performance starts at 1.30pm with doors open at 1pm in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington. Tickets cost £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval with a big screen and comfortable seats. To book, please phone 01844 291526 (office hours) or tickets can be bought on the door subject to availability. Everyone is welcome.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday January 6 10am Family Communion and Baptism
  • Sunday January 13 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday January 13 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall, looking at the story of Creation