Thursday, 20 July 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Cricket Club 1st XI
There is good news about the club’s 1st XI who are currently placed 3rd in Division 6 of the Cherwell League, having won 6 and drawn 2 of their 11 games to date. 2nd XI News from the 2nd XI is not so good, as a shortage of players has meant a number of their games in the Cherwell League have been forfeited. They are currently bottom of Division 10. The Club are appealing for more players to come and join them. If you would like to play or know someone who may do, please contact Pete Redfern on 07775 618 929 or Adam Lazaruk on 07865 093 154.

Kenny Baker, who has played for the club since 1993, captaining the 1st XI from 1999 to 2002, has played his last game when he took two wickets against Sandford St Martin in a fine Chearsley victory last Saturday. The Club presented him with an autographed shirt and wish him and his wife, Carol a very happy retirement in their new home in the Lake District.
The Juniors: There are 80 registered with the club this year and they have enjoyed another successful season which was celebrated at their Presentation on Tuesday July 18.
Chairman’s Match Sunday July 23: This is a friendly match between old and young players of the club and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a gentle, relaxing afternoon when the bar will be open and a BBQ available following the game. Play starts at 2pm this Sunday at the ground.
Annual Dinner and Dance: This is advance notice of the annual evening which will again be held at Magnolia Park, this year on Saturday November 11. More details will be available shortly.

Classic and Vintage Fun Day Sunday September 10
More details of this annual event raising funds for the juniors of the Cricket Club are available on their website and face book page. The Hurricane flypast has been booked and vehicle registration is now underway. Volunteers are needed to help on the day and donations for the bottle tombola and raffle will be gratefully received.

Recent lorry incident
John Howard of the Parish Council has now received a response from Bibbys, who were responsible for the HGV involved in recent dangerous manoeuvres in the village. The lorry in question was making a delivery to Crendon Conservatories at their depot at Brackwell Farm, Winchendon Road. The driver was new to this particular delivery. Bibby have now revised their Drivers’ Brief and drivers are instructed not to use the route through Chearsley. They have suggested that signage on the approach roads to Chearsley indicating the roads are unsuitable for HGVs should be installed. The Parish Council will be issuing an up to date report to the village in due course emphasising that photographic evidence of any similar incidence is vital to get a positive response from offending parties.

Church Allotments
There are plots in Winchendon Road now available to rent at a cost of £10 per year. Please contact Maureen Gillis on 208742 or email her at if you are interested.

Athlingwold by John Cragg
If you are looking for a new book to read for your Summer holidays and are a kindle owner, villager, John Cragg of Shupps Lane has recently had his first novel published. The book is a tale of intrigue, a life changing affair and how ancient legends can assist in preventing the ruinous development of a beautiful Dorset valley. The book is currently only available electronically and a taster first chapter can be downloaded from Amazon or Kindle Unlimited for free, by going to The remainder of the book can then be purchased for £5.39. It is hoped that if the book is successful in its electronic version, it may go into print.
John, who has lived in Chearsley with his family for over 40 years, has had a number of short stories published in the past, some in “Peoples Friend” and other story papers. Since attending a creative writing course in Oxford and then taking an English Local History Diploma there, which gave him the idea for the historical legend theme in Athlingwold, he was encouraged to produce a full length novel. Valuable experience was gained by working with Mary Scholefield, another Chearsley resident, on her publication “Letters Home” which is based on letters from her late husband’s two uncles who served in the army in World War I. Congratulations to John in finding the time and energy and inspiration to have achieved “Athlingwold” and all best wishes for its success.

Gary The Postman
A reminder that his wedding is on Saturday 29, if you are thinking of giving him a card of congratulations.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 23 Family Service at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday July 23 Chairman’s Match at Chearsley cricket club 2pm. All welcome
  • Now until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Thieves alert – make sure your cars and homes are securely locked

We recently received the following report from our local police about some burglary incidents in Cuddington.
Overnight on the 9th July into 10th July, there have been several incidents which have occurred in the village. There was a burglary at a property where vehicle keys were stolen and the vehicle taken. This has now been recovered and investigations continue. This report was put out on a Thames Valley Police Alert. We have subsequently had reports that over the same night several sheds on the allotments have been broken into. Nothing of value appears to have been taken. Also, several insecure vehicles were entered and items removed. Not all of these thefts have been reported to police at this time. If anyone has any information which may help our enquiries, please telephone the Thames Valley Police Non Emergency Number..101, or email the Neighbourhood Team on

During patrols in the village over the past few days, vehicles have been found insecure and with windows open. Please ensure that you keep your vehicles locked and remove all items of value from inside.
We have also had more recent reports of suspicious parking of vehicles around The Green in Chearsley so please heed the advice from our colleagues in the local police – make sure your cars and homes are securely locked and, if you observe any suspicious behaviour, please telephone the Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency Number..101, or email the Neighbourhood Team on

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Village Hall Memorabilia

"Old" Village Hall News
If any villagers would like to have any bits, such as windows, heaters, curtains, kitchen accessories,etc. when the old hall is demolished, they should contact Antonia Stratford as soon as possible on 208469 or email her at

It is planned that the builders will be on site on Thursday July 20th ready for the hall to be demolished on Monday July 24.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Lorry and the Horse Chestnut Tree
John Howard of the Parish Council is hoping that The Bucks Herald will be printing a report which he has sent them concerning the recent HGV incident in Chearsley to highlight the dangers of large lorries using small village roads rather than keeping to main roads. John Howard is still in correspondence about the matter with Bibby’s Distribution on behalf of their customer Ultraframe, the owners of the lorry concerned. No apology has been received and Bibby’s Distribution say they have no intention of changing their routing instructions to their drivers. They seem more concerned about possible damage to their vehicles from overhanging branches than the threat to pedestrians and other vehicles. John’s report has also been passed to the local police and Transport for Bucks.

Parish Council Meeting will be held in the village hall (for the last time) on Monday July 17 at 7.30pm. Please note there will be no meeting during August.

Flower Festival
Joy and her flower ladies, Jann Grimshaw, Anne Lewis, Maria Allen and Julia Pountney have much to be proud of last weekend when the Church was full of amazing colour and imaginative floral displays depicting many aspects of Chearsley life. It took many hours of planning and days in the church constructing the arrangements. Congratulations to them all, and particularly to Joy for the great show they achieved.
Special mention must be made of the Village Shop window, which displayed a beautiful sari given by Sugi from our shop and a heavenly smelling jasmine garland, especially sent over from Sri Lanka for the occasion as well as fruits of their country. A good number of visitors from the village and beyond came to enjoy the wonderful sight and smell of the church and then to sit in the sunshine and enjoy refreshments with homemade cakes. A plant stall with donated plants helped to boost funds for the church. Thank you to the flower ladies and to everyone who contributed to the successful weekend.

Meadow Song takes place this Saturday July 8 in the grounds of the village hall when Paul Shinar and Laura Fealy will be performing another wonderful concert of well known and familiar songs. There will be a bar and barbeque. This will be an opportunity to say farewell to our old hall which has been the venue for many village occasions for over 60 years and a chance to write your memories or thoughts of the hall in a Memory Book which will be launched at Meadow Song.
Tickets are now available from the shop or from Joy on 208513 or Margaret on 208913. Tickets cost £10 each. No charge for children. All proceeds will go towards the cost of the new hall.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
On Monday July 24 there will be showing of “Chicago” at The Bernard Hall Cuddington at 1.30 with doors open at 1pm. This 2003 musical stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones and is described as “spectacular, rousing, energetic and humorous”. Sounds like it should not be missed! The hall provides a big screen, comfortable upholstered seats with tea and cake at the interval, which is included in the price of £5 or £4 concessions. Tickets available from Liz on 01844 299150 or on the door, subject to availability.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 9 Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • Now until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Saturday July 8 Cuddington Fairy Tale Fete starts at 1.30pm
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall.
  • Wednesday July 12 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm
  • Monday July 17 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Friday, 30 June 2017

Meadowsong - Saturday 8th July

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Bucks County Council Transport Survey
A request from our Parish Council to take part in Bucks County Council’s transport survey :
“Your Parish Council has been lobbying Transport for Bucks to introduce restrictions to reduce the significant numbers of HGVs using the minor roads through our village. During 2016, we organised 3 surveys which produced solid evidence of the number of HGVs passing through Chearsley – a problem which will undoubtedly worsen in future due to the significant programme of new house building in local villages and the start of construction of the new HS2 rail system. We are asking all parishioners to complete a short online Bucks County Council survey which would help inform a new transport strategy for our area. The survey can be accessed within a recent press release issued by Bucks C.C. which also gives further background to the consultation they are undertaking prior to the development of the strategy and is available at this link : The survey can be completed in 10 minutes or so and needs to be submitted by a deadline of 6th July. We know this issue is of major concern to our community and would urge you to spend a few minutes to register your views to help convey the strength of our feelings on this vital matter.”

Lorry and Chestnut Tree
You may have witnessed a very large Ultraframe lorry on Tuesday 27 June at around 9am getting into difficulties and attempting dangerous manoeuvres around the Chilton and Winchendon Roads at a very busy time of day and damaging a branch of the Horse Chestnut tree whilst during this. There were several witnesses and photographs taken and the vehicle registration number recorded. The company concerned, Ultraframe, have been contacted by John Howard of the Parish Council. They have referred the matter to their Logistics Manager and further communication from them is awaited. This particular incident goes to emphasise the need to try to encourage such large vehicles from using the small roads through our village, so please complete the survey referred to above.

Flower Festival
Don’t miss the Flower Festival in St Nicholas Church which takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Joy Payne and her flower ladies have been busy putting together 16 flower arrangements based on different aspects of village life in Chearsley, including one celebrating the cricket club and one of The Bell. Entry is free. Donations can be made in appreciation of the Festival which will go towards the upkeep of the church. Teas and home-made cake will be available throughout the day. The church will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Fete Success
Over £5,000 was made from a very enjoyable and successful day on Saturday which attracted many visitors. The proceeds will be donated towards the New Village Hall Fund. Congratulations to Angela Gray and everyone who contributed to another good village event.

Wrong university: I apologise for incorrectly saying that Marcus Travers studied at Bath. He went to Exeter University and will start his new job at Aylesbury Grammar School shortly.

Gary The Postman
Did you know that Gary who has been postman in Chearsley for over 20 years is getting married to Karen on Saturday July 29? I am sure that Gary would be delighted and surprised to receive a card or words of congratulation and good luck from villagers during the week beginning July 24 leading up to his important day.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 2 10am Family Holy Communion
Diary Dates:
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd: Flower Festival in St Nicholas church. Plants for sale, tea or coffee and homemade cake available all day.
  • Thursday July 6 to September 9: Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall.
  • Sunday September 10: Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Aylesbury Whizzfizzing Festival

On Saturday 1 July the Whizzfizzing Festival takes over Aylesbury town centre to celebrate the world of children’s literature and will be packed with fun-filled family activities.

You can just turn up on the day but some activities do require a ticket – and they are going fast! A limited number of free tickets are available to Aylesbury Vale My Account customers until 9am on Monday 26 June - use the code MyAccount on our ticket booking site. Get yours now!

Locations across the town centre will host a range of free events and there will be opportunities to hear exciting children’s authors share their hilarious award-winning stories and teach youngsters how to draw their characters. The day, formerly known as the Roald Dahl Festival, kicks off at 11am with a Fantastical Beasts-themed parade of giant puppets, live bands and hundreds of local schoolchildren.

CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth returns after last year’s packed sessions, to cook up some weird and wonderful delights with the help of children from the audience in her Concoction Kitchen.

Other highlights of the day include tea and cake with the Tiger Who Came to Tea, young performers in the Young Talent Showcase, authors and local celebrities reading a whole Dahl book aloud in a day and lots of crafts and fancy dress fun.

For tickets and more information visit