Monday, 1 March 2021

Closure of footpath between Chearsley and Long Crendon

Chearsley residents were recently advised by a mailshot from Network Rail that the footpath across the railway line, en route to Notley and Long Crendon, will be closed from 1st – 31st March pending completion of the works to improve the safety of the crossing.

This appeared to contradict previous advice from Bucks Council that an Order would be in place closing the crossing for a period of six months - from 1st March.
The Parish Council have now received clarification from Bucks Council as follows:
The Order will only be in operation until the completion of the works but if the works are delayed for any reason and cannot be completed by 31 March 2021 then the Order can continue in force for a maximum period of six months (from today, 1 March 2021) until Network Rail complete the works.”
Here's hoping the Network Rail works are completed on schedule.

Launch of a ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’

Our ‘Historic Chearsley Exhibition’ took place in June 2019 ….this seems a very long time ago. The show was visited and enjoyed by over 100 Chearsley folk on the Sunday in question and the guest of honour was Ann, wife of Ted Hooton, the author of that wonderful history of our village – ‘Chearsley – Living Through History’. In the months following the show, a small number of enthusiasts started work on a number of ‘projects’, but, sadly, COVID restrictions resulted in many carefully laid plans being postponed.

With the real prospect of a return to more normal life in the coming months, it is undoubtedly a good time to start re-energising our efforts to re-connect our community with its proud history. It is proposed to replace the informal ‘Historic Chearsley’ initiatives with a properly constituted ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’ (CVHS), to capitalise on all the latent interest in heritage matters in our community and create a forum of like minds.

John Cragg has very kindly offered to be secretary to such a group. It is planned to hold a village meeting – format to be decided – at a suitable time in the near future. Some of the items for discussion at an initial meeting might include:

  • A programme for general meetings of the CVHS – say, three or four per year, including presentations by invited speakers
  • Identify possible village events – e.g. ‘Chearsley School Reunion’, ‘Chearsley Pub Revival Day’, ‘Chearsley Cricket Club Centenary’
  • Identify areas needing further research
  • Set up a Committee and individual project groups
  • Set up an archive of ‘heritage’ materials, including digital records

Plans are obviously at a formative stage, but if you would be interested in keeping in touch with developments or attending an initial meeting to discuss ideas for the set up and working of the  ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’, please send your contact details to John Cragg - or John Howard -

On related matters, we are delighted to announce that Jacqui and Derek Allen have kindly agreed to lead a project for restorative works at The Stockwell in Church Lane. When completed, this will enable us to properly celebrate a site of major historical interest within our community, visited by pilgrims for hundreds of years from early medieval times.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

Parish Council Election 6 May 2021

The Government has announced that Local Elections, including an election for Chearsley Parish Council, will be held on 6 May 2021.

On 1 February, the Parish Council issued advance notice of these elections, including encouragement to Chearsley residents to consider standing as a candidate for election.  We noted that at least one existing Councillor has decided not to stand again.  More details are provided on the Election 21 page of the Council website.. 

We have also now been advised of an on-line briefing on the nomination process that may be of interest to anyone considering putting their name forward.  Nominations may be made either via the Parish Clerk or directly to the relevant Buckinghamshire Council electoral office in Aylesbury. 
This briefing is intended primarily for Parish Clerks, to ensure they are familiar with the process, but the electoral office has confirmed that anyone interested in standing as a candidate can also attend and this will be particularly relevant to anyone who prefers to submit their nomination papers directly to the electoral office rather than via the Clerk.

The briefing will take place on Wednesday 10 March at 4pm
You can join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+44 1296 794005,,14112299#   

A guide for joining a Teams meeting is available here.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Lent Giving


With schools once again closed due to the pandemic, it is clear that many students still do not have access to a computer, laptop or data, and this lack of access to digital technology for all pupils, is demonstrating existing inequalities in households. You can go a little way towards helping some of our local young people this Lent, by making a donation to:

 3 Villages Lent Appeal

Lent is not just a time for “giving things up”, but for simply “giving” too!
All funds raised will be donated to Mandeville School in Aylesbury, and
spent on IT support for students in need of assistance.

Please make online payments to Alicia Howard  20 74 09  50983772

referencing your payment LENT or cash/cheque in envelopes clearly
marked LENT to Great Barn, School Lane, Chearsley.

Many thanks,
Alicia (Churchwarden at St Nicholas’ Church, Chearsley)

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Save our Surgery Update


Save Our Surgery, together with Unity Health and Long Crendon Parish Council would like to invite you to register to take part in an online public meeting about the plans to build a new community health and wellbeing centre at Greenings, Long Crendon. The meeting will be hosted by the Save our Surgery Group, with a panel of representatives from the Parish Council and Unity Health as well as Alex Bond, from PCMS Design who is developing the plans.

At the meeting there will be information about the proposed building design, which we are hoping to submit to the planning department in March. This centre is envisaged as a community resource for the health and wellbeing of all the residents of Long Crendon and the surrounding areas, and will secure the future of a health service which is located in the village. We need the support of as many people as possible to ensure the proposals move swiftly through the planning process so that the building work can commence before the crucial deadline in December. We will tell you more about how you can help at the meeting and in further communications afterwards. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbours.

The meeting will be online, via Zoom starting at 11am on Saturday, February 27.We are keen to hear your thoughts and welcome questions for the panel which ideally should be submitted prior to the meeting using the Save our Surgery (SOS) group’s email (see below). There will be the opportunity to submit questions and comments on the day via the Zoom chat facility. Spaces are limited, so please register to attend via the following email: - you will be sent a link, code and details on how to join the meeting. You can also check for updates and contact Save our Surgery through our Facebook page: We hope to welcome as many people as possible to this public meeting. We need to spread the word that access to healthcare in this community is still at risk and we need your support more than ever to ensure that this exciting project to provide a new health and wellbeing centre in the village is successful.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Messy Church

Hi everyone,  you may not be aware, but Messy Church has continued through lock-down. We meet on zoom for an hour of fun, friendship and faith with activities like scavenger hunts and quizzes.  This Sunday we will be pretending to be Secret Christians, hunting for evidence of Christianity in our houses and writing messages on toilet paper.  If you would like to come, let know or ring her on 01844 208740 and she can give you an activity bag and the zoom link.  It's for all ages, so do come along.

Hope you can make it