Wednesday 29 December 2010

High Notes!

Congratulations to Chearsley's Carol Singers who this year raised £540 which will be divided equally between DEBRA and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Well done!

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Refuse Collections

AVDC apologises for being unable to collect everyone's refuse today (Tuesday) due to the weather. Please note that the next collection - including plastic and cans - will be on January 5th.

Neighbourhood Police Team: December Newsletter

The December 2010 newsletter (PDF) can be downloaded here.

Remember, you can also email the team by writing to;  or

Race for Space

Cuddington and Dinton Church of England 
School Field Appeal 

Do you shop in Waitrose?  If so, we need your green discs in January!

Look out for the Cuddington and Dinton School Field Appeal at Waitrose this January:  Race for Space will be in the Community Matters Boxes in January. 
Help our School turn their wet, muddy, bumpy field into a smooth well-drained grass pitch to enable the children to enjoy sport and play healthily all year round.  We are fundraising to create a new sports field and build some low-impact storage/changing facilities in time for the summer term.
Every disc will go towards making sure that we receive part of the £1,000… start saving now as every one will make a difference.
Thank you for your support!

Visit to find out more and follow the progress as we get closer to our summer term deadline…

Monday 20 December 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Monday 20 December.

In view of the heavy snow fall, the possibility of more to come, along with sub-zero temperatures, Thames Valley Police, with its partners in the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum, is advising people to take steps to keep themselves safe.
Before setting out, drivers are being asked to check the road conditions and ask themselves whether their journey is absolutely necessary. If they feel they have to travel, they are asked to heed the following advice:
  • Prepare yourself for the journey: check road conditions, plan your journey before setting out and leave extra time for the journey if travel conditions are poor. Use major roads where possible.
  • Pack warm clothes and blankets, boots, food, drinks, a fully-charged mobile phone, a torch, jump leads, tow rope, first aid kit, warning triangle, de-icer and a shovel. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Prepare your vehicle for your journey – make sure your vehicle is well maintained, that all lights are clean and bulbs are working, that it is clear of snow and ice (particularly the windscreen) and that your tyres are at the correct pressure and depth tread. Use antifreeze and screen wash and ensure the battery is reliable.
  • Drive safely, even where roads have been treated. Even if there is no snow, driving conditions are expected to be difficult, with black ice likely.
  • Keep your distance from the vehicle in front, avoid hard braking or acceleration and steer gently. Avoid wheel spins by using low revs and the highest gear possible. If you skid, ease off the accelerator, and try to avoid braking hard.
  • If you get stuck in the snow, an old rug or mat under a slipping wheel should provide traction to help get you out.
Drivers are urged not to abandon their vehicles, especially where they may obstruct emergency service vehicles and major roads or motorways. If they do, the vehicles may have to be removed and it will be the driver’s responsibility to pay for the cost of recovering them.
To find out which roads are being treated, please refer to your local authority’s website. However, drivers are urged to drive with care, even on those roads that have been treated.
Residents are reminded to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may be in need of assistance, whether it’s by clearing a safe pathway or helping to keep them warm.
There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your home, as long as you clear it carefully. Use salt or sand, rather than water, which is likely to refreeze and turn to black ice. Don’t use salt from salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear. When you’re shovelling snow, take care to put it where it won’t block people’s paths or drains. For more guidance on clearing paths yourself, go to the Directgov website (opens new window).
The public are reminded that emergency calls for ambulance, police and fire services should be made in genuine emergency situations only.
If you are feeling poorly, choose the right NHS service to help you get well. The NHS is giving the following advice:
  • If your GP surgery is closed, you can call the Out of Hours Service on 0845 345 8995 and get advice, or a doctor may call you.
  • If you do have to make journeys out, please make sure that you have appropriate clothing and footwear to help prevent unnecessary slips, trips or falls.
  • If you are unfortunate and do slip or trip, remember minor injuries units may be the best and fastest place to go for treatment.
For more information, visit the NHS Direct website (opens new window).

Saturday 18 December 2010

Have you seen Charlie?

Missing from Prospect Cottage since Tuesday, 14th December
Please call 201506 with any information - thank you!

Thursday 16 December 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

5 years at The Bell
The Bell was crowded on Tuesday 14th with Bell regulars and supporters to enjoy a pig roast and to celebrate 5 years since Sharon and Oli took over the running of the pub. Congratulations to them and their staff for all their hard work over the past 5 years and being at the heart of a very important part of Chearsley.

Refuse and Recycling Collections after Christmas
As December 28th is a Bank Holiday, there will be no collection on this day, or indeed this week. Our bins will  be collected on Wednesday 5th January together with recycling baskets for plastics, cans and paper. The following week, bin collection will be Tuesday January 11th when all recycling baskets including the glass boxes will be collected.

Thank you to everyone who has  kept me informed, one way or another of events and happenings in Chearsley over the past year.  Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone.

Severe Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office at 05:54 on Thursday, 16th December 2010

A band of rain and sleet will move southwards during this afternoon and evening with very cold air following. This will lead to widespread ice forming on untreated surfaces as the rain and sleet clears away, leading to dangerous driving conditions.

There will be outbreaks of rain this morning and these are likely turn more to sleet and snow during the afternoon as the cold air arrives.  We may find a slight covering of snow in places by the end of  the afternoon but the main risk is still one of ice for the evening rush hour as the wet roads and pavements are likely to freeze readily once the precipitation stops.

Most places will have a dry but very cold night.  A few snow showers could blow into to more western areas, particularly Oxfordshire during the evening and overnight.  The same pattern will continue through Friday with most places very cold but mostly dry.  There is a risk of a few snow showers cropping up almost anywhere but Oxfordshire and, perhaps, West Berks have a higher risk in the northwesterly wind.  No great disruption is expected from these showers though.

The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the Highways Agency for further advice on traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Severe Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office on Tuesday 14th December

Things are quite straightforward at the moment. Today and tomorrow (Wednesday) we could see a few light outbreaks of rain or drizzle almost anywhere, but more especially in the east of the Southeast region. These may turn wintry now and again but the main risk they bring is one of ice overnight.

Thursday will see a significant change to much colder air. We expect to see a band of rain, sleet and snow spread south across the region during the day. The leading edge of this band looks like it will reach the Milton Keynes and north Oxfordshire areas mid-morning and then the south coast by early afternoon. Initially it will be of rain, some of it heavy, but it will turn to snow as the band moves through. It should clear the north of the region by mid-afternoon and the south coast by late afternoon/early evening. Amounts of rain, sleet or snow on this band may not be huge as it is moving quite quickly but could cause a few problems. In particular since it will turn very cold behind the band of precipitation, we could see some widespread ice forming very soon after the rain/snow stops. Our Ops Centre is currently considering uprating the Advisory which was issued yesterday to an Early Warning since this ice problem could affect the evening rush hour traffic.

On Friday, daytime temperatures are unlikely to get much above freezing and there will be a biting northwesterly wind. The fact that the wind is from the northwest means we should escape the worst of some very heavy snow showers that will be affecting some other parts of the country (see Early Warning at We could still see a few blowing through almost anywhere but perhaps our more northwestern areas (e.g. Oxfordshire) are most at risk.

The weekend looks very complex but there is a risk of some significant snow at times. You will see that a very broad advisory has been issued for Saturday and I'm afraid it's almost impossible at this stage to say which areas might see the worst of any snow. We'll be keeping a close eye on this and I'll pass on as much as I can as things (hopefully!) become clearer. One thing is sure though - that the weekend will continue to be very cold.

Friday 10 December 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Friday 10 December 2010.

At this time of year is it worth considering some simple ways that may stop you become a victim of opportunist criminals:-
  • If you return to your home after dark, consider using a timer light to make your home look occupied - even when you are out.
  • Do not leave wrapped Christmas presents under the tree that can be seen from outside your property.
  • Whilst out shopping, do not return to your vehicle, unload your shopping and then return to the shops. This may tempt a thief to investigate your shopping in your boot!
  • If you are staying away over the Christmas period, leave your contact details with a trusted neighbour - ask them to pop in and make sure post is not stacking up at the front door, ensure you bin is put out and brought back in again on the correct day and maybe even park a car on your driveway?
  • If you are 'treating' yourselves or family to new computer or electrical items, be careful of how you dispose of the packaging. Recycle the boxes if necessary, but do not leave them out on bin day - this just advertises your new property to any opportunist burglar.
  • On cold days do not leave your car running and unattended whilst it is defrosting. If it is taking with the keys left in it (and some already have been) your insurance company are unlikely to pay out and you will be left footing the bill.
  • Make sure any suspicious activity is reported immediately to the Police. We really want the call when you see it and not several days later. If in doubt, make the call and let the officer decide what action needs to be taken. Non emergency calls can be made on 0845 8 505 505, but if a crime is in progress dial on 999.

It's all common sense stuff but it really could help to make your Christmas a happy one and help ensure it is not a prosperous one for the criminals.

Thursday 9 December 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Christmas Tree Lights
Mulled wine and mince pies provided by Jay at the shop were a welcome and necessary ingredient to combat a bitterly cold night on Friday 17th when Nic Brown, Chairman of the Parish Council, switched on the lights. A good crowd of villagers with plenty of young children gathered round the tree to sing carols and admire the lights and decorations. A good village start to Christmas festivities.

Christmas Bingo
Extra tables were brought in to accommodate all the Bingo participants on another very cold night. But the cosy wood burner, the chatter and wine all made it a warm, happy evening. Paul and Andy, festively decked out, made a good team of calling the numbers with the added excitement of a lucky-dip present from Santa for the winners. January's Bingo will take place on Tuesday 4th.

Christmas Pub Lunch
The first Christmas Pub Lunch held at The Bell attracted a record number of 24 "older" Chearsley residents on Wednesday 8th December, who all appreciated the traditional turkey and Christmas pudding meal put on by Ollie, Sharon and their staff. We were pleased to welcome our vicar, John Wynburne and sorry to miss some regular past Pub Lunchers. Hopefully, they will be able to come to the next Pub Lunch which will be held on Wednesday, 26th January. Thanks were given to Ann Hooton for organising the lunches and to Chearsley VillageTrust for their contribution to the Christmas meal.

Mobile Library
This will be in Chearsley on Monday 20th December from 12.20 until 12.45 and not again until Monday January 17th.

Christmas at St Nicholas Church
Sunday December 19th - The Service of Lessons and Carols will be held in Chearsley Church at 6.00pm
Tuesday, December 21st - Chearsley children are presenting their own Nativity play at 6pm. This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies. The event is in aid of the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Carol Singing Round the Village
This takes place on two days – Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd December – covering most parts of the village. Meet at the bus stop at 6.30pm.

New Year Celebrations in Chearsley
The Bell is selling tickets at £10 each to see in the New Year at The Bell with music, buffet food and bacon sarnies to go home with. The £10 ticket will also earn a reduction of £2.00 off the price of a Big Breakfast which is being served on New Year’s Day from 12.00 until 3.00pm.

Monday 6 December 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office

A burglary has been reported on Bridge Road, Ickford, between 9:10am and 6pm on Wednesday 1 December. Offenders gained entry by reaching in a cat flap and taking the keys out of the door. Once inside they stole an Ipod, games console, camera and TV.

A second burglary also occurred on the same day, between 5:30pm and 10:20pm on Worminghall Road, Ickford. Entry was made by smashing the patio doors and then property including a games console, stereo and laptop computers was taken.

Please be on your guard and ensure any suspicious activity is reported immediately to the Police. If you return home after dark, consider using a timer light at your property to help make it look like someone is at home.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area between the times given. If you have any information please call on 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this message.

Friday 3 December 2010

O Come All Ye Faithful!

Don't forget....
...tonight at 6:00pm on The Green, the Chearsley Christmas Tree Lights will be switched on! Come and enjoy traditional Carol Singing, along with some Mulled Wine and Mince Pies which will be available from both The Shop and The Bell.

Thursday 2 December 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Sunshine Club  Bring and Buy
The Sunshine Club which provides a social gathering, cards, bingo,and afternoon  tea every fortnight from 2 to 4pm in the Playing Fields Clubhouse, Cuddington for older people in Cuddington, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon are holding a Bring and Buy Sale on Thursday 9th December at 2.30 at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington.

Chearsley W.I.
Their Christmas meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th December, when there will be Line Dancing, mulled wine and mince pies and nibbles. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of £2.50. Please arrive at Chearsley Village Hall at 2.30pm.

Bin collection and recycling
All recycling of glass, plastics, cans and papers will be collected on Tuesday 14th December.

Budget meeting for Parish Council

This will be held on Monday December 13th in Chearsley Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Carol Singing Round the Village
Carol singing will take place on Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd December. Please meet at the bus stop to start at 6.30pm if you would like to join in.

Tea Rooms
It is disappointing to hear from Jay that the Tea Rooms which have been open for almost 2 and a half years are to close – no more bacon butties, no more coffee and croissants. It has been good to have a teashop on our doorstep to meet for lunch or coffee and a chat. But, as with all amenities, if it is not used enough it cannot be profitable and cannot be maintained. For the present, the shop is to remain open, but with reduced hours. We should all remember what Chearsley was like when there was no shop, when there was no hustle and bustle, few people walking to and from, nowhere to buy provisions without resort to the car, when there was a general emptiness and quietness around The Green. The shop must be used by us all as much as possible in order to keep it profitable and to keep it open.
The tea room’s last day of opening will be Friday, 14th January and the shop hours from Saturday 15th January will be Saturdays 8.30am to 12.00pm. Sundays 9.00am to 12.00pm. Monday to Friday 7.30am to 1.00pm. Closed 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Open 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

Moan and Grump Night
Jay is inviting all ladies to the Tea Rooms on Wednesday 15th December from 7.30 to 10.00pm to enjoy a glass of wine, delicious nibbles and to have a good old natter and moan.

Chearsley Cricket Club
Their annual End of Season Dinner and Dance held on Friday 12th November at The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame was a great success. Richard Veness reports that almost 150 cricketers, wags, officials, vice presidents and friends attended and raised over £2,000 for the Club. Thanks go to John Howard and everyone responsible for arranging such a good evening.
Congratulations to Chearsley Second Eleven for being the winners of their league this year and thereby gaining promotion.

Mary Albrighton
It is sad to report the death of Mary who lived in Church Piece at the age of 94. Sympathy goes to all her family.

Monday 29 November 2010

Weather update - Monday

from Bucks County Council at 11:00am:

The main points to take are that, even where you haven't had any/much snow so far, you are likely to see some in the coming days.  There will be some strong winds making for VERY significant wind chill effects i.e. the expression "bitterly cold" is likely to be understating the case. With the strong winds, any lying snow will drift around, something which could itself cause some problems (e.g. blowing snow back on to already cleared carriageways).

Today there will be frequent snow showers blowing in across parts of Kent and perhaps East Sussex at times. These have the potential to give a few centimetres of snow in places by the end of the day.

As the winds increase later today and overnight and become more easterly, then the showers will start to spread westwards across much more of the region.  A wide variation in snow depths is likely across the region by the end of Tuesday morning.  The far west may see only a dusting while Kent and East Sussex could have up to 10cm, especially over the higher ground.  In general, 2-5 cm with locally more on higher ground (10-locally 15cm possible on Chilterns and North Downs in particular) probably gives a reasonable summary.  That said, some drifting will also obviously cause some wide variation in snow depths.  So some problems perhaps during tomorrow morning's rush but during Tuesday daylight hours while there will still be a risk of a few snow showers almost anywhere, they should become lighter and more scattered during the day.

By Wednesday, the threat of showers is still there for us all but the high risk areas are back to being Kent and East Sussex and, perhaps, along the Channel coast as the showers develop along the Channel and are blown in land (similar to the weekend).

There is a threat of an area of more persistent snow affecting the region on Thursday but that continues to be monitored so "stay tuned".

For the rest of the week it stays bitterly cold with severe frosts overnight so, with the snow, icy roads are likely to become more of a widespread problem than they have been for most of us so far.

There is currently a Flash warning in operation for Kent and Medway.   Advisories for the next few days are in the process of being updated so see ( for details of these.  The radar images at may prove useful.

Friday 26 November 2010

Weather update

from Bucks County Council at 11:00am:

No significant snow issues are expected in the Southeast region today, or indeed over the weekend.

The slight change in wind direction means even Kent should be dry today but there is increased risk of a few sleet/snow showers coming into the Kent coast again by the end of the night. There is also a slight risk of some light snow sneaking into the southwest of the region (SW Hants, poss west Berks, poss Isle of Wight) for a time this evening but amounts should be small.

On Saturday, there's the risk of a light snow showers almost anywhere. The highest risk though is across East Kent and perhaps into parts of East Sussex but no great amounts of snow are expected. Much the same applies on Sunday. There is an increased risk of some sleet or snow again reaching the southwest of Hants and perhaps the Isle of Wight for a time early on Monday morning but again, no major issues are expected from this although it will come at an awkward time of day. The rest of Monday should be largely fine across the region although a bitter east to southeast wind will pick up through the day. Temperatures over the weekend and into Monday will only be around 2 or 3C at best and it will, of course be frosty overnight.

We're continuing to monitor possible developments for Tuesday/ Wednesday. East to southeast winds will become strong so it will feel extremely cold. There is a signal that we could see a major area of snow come into the south of the UK but there is still much uncertainty. Please keep an eye on advisories and warnings over the weekend as this could be a major problem if it does decide to head our way.

The warnings page on our website will, of course be updated as required so keep an eye on that (

Thursday 25 November 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Thursday 25 November 2010. [Reference: A 11/041]

A distraction burglary has been reported on Chilton Road, Long Crendon at around 12:25pm on Tuesday 23 November. A male called at the property and asked the occupant if he needed any repair work on his mobility scooter. He then asked if the householder would like to sell any of his property. He claimed that he would need to change a £50 note and after the aggrieved has got his wallet out, the offender said he had changed his mind and would call again on Friday. After he left it was discovered that the occupant's wallet had been stolen.

Please check the identity of any unknown or unexpected callers at your property. If in doubt do not allow them entry and call the Police immediately.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone that might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time given. If you have any information please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this message.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to give your details you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

PDS Scam emails

An old email warning of the dangers of a company called PDS is making the rounds again, usually along the lines of:
Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching -

It has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize........
Please DO NOT forward copies of this email if you receive it. It was a genuine scam some five years ago, but has long since been terminated. For further reference, see this article at Hoax Slayer.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Christmas Craft and Shopping Evening – Wednesday December 1st  7.30 to 10.00pm
An evening in aid of Habitat for Humanity is being held at Chearsley Cricket Club when you are welcome to try your hand at a new craft and buy from plenty of stalls,  selling toiletries, home- made bags, jewellery, preserves, cakes, fleeces, etc. Entrance fee is £1.50 which includes a glass of wine and mince pie.  Please phone Sharon Sampson on 208740 for more information.

Chearsley WI Morning of Christmas Food
Don’t forget the come to 2 Old Plough Close on Thursday 2nd December from 10.30 until 12.00 when an array of Christmas delicacies will be on sale.

Christmas Tree Lights - Friday 3rd December at 6pm until 7pm
The Christmas Tree on the Green will come alight on Friday when everyone is welcome to join in with carol singing round the tree. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available to buy from The Shop.

2011 Calendars
The Bell has “Scenes Around Chearsley” calendars on sale for £6.95. An easy Christmas present for relatives abroad or for ex- Chearsley residents who could be reminded of what a good place they are missing! The Tearooms are selling calendars of The Chilterns, also priced £6.95.

Christmas Bingo at The Bell Tuesday, 7th December

Come along  on Tuesday 7th December to join in Christmas Bingo, starting at about 8 for 8.30 start.. The Bell offers a special meal price of £6.99 for Bingo players – booking advised.  So arrive in good time to get a table.

Village Pub Lunch
The monthly village lunch will hold its Christmas meeting at The Bell on Wednesday December 8th at the usual time of 12.30pm at a cost of £8.00 for a two course Christmas meal. This is being subsided by a donation from the  Chearsley Village  Trust.  Please phone Ann Hooton on  208893  to book your place.

Christmas at St Nicholas Church

The first of the Christmas celebrations in Chearsley  Church is on Sunday December 12th when the Christingle service takes place at 4.00pm.

Mobile Library
This is next in Chearsley on Monday 6th December from  12.20 to 12.45pm.

Library Proposals
Bucks County Council are looking at ways of saving money with regard to libraries in the County and a 3 month consultation period has begun. This will end on 1st February 2011. It is proposed that there would be 9 council run libraries, 3 lottery funded ones and up to 14 community style ones. Haddenham and Long Crendon are among those that could change to a community style, which would be run by the public. There will be public meetings about these proposals. One on 9th December at Long Crendon Baptist Church at 7.00pm and another on 15th December at Haddenham Library at 2.00pm. Alternatively, you can visit to make your views known.

Eric Carte  in Midsomer Murders
Further to news about Eric in last week’s column, I am now told that Episode 8 of the current series of Midsomer Murders in which Eric appears, is entitled  “Fit for Murder”. Watch out for it!

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Lights, Action, Sound....

Come and watch the switching on of
Chearsley's Christmas Tree Lights

Chearsley Village Green
Friday 3rd December
6.00pm to 7.00pm

Join in traditional Carol Singing....

...and enjoy Mince Pies and Mulled Wine!
(available to purchase from the shop)

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Met Office Severe Weather Warning

Received from the BCC Resilience Manager:
"As we have just issued an advisory this morning for Saturday indicating a risk of snow over almost all of the south-east region, I thought I'd just send you a quick message to make sure you are aware of the situation.

As the cold air moves steadily south during the week, the risk of showers, mainly in the east, turning to snow increases. No great problems are expected in our patch until Saturday though when a small area of low pressure moves into the region and this gives the potential for these to be more widespread across the area. The advisory mentions 1 to 5cm being possible. The higher ground will be most at risk while, right on the coast, the showers may be more of sleet. There's still considerable uncertainty in the timings and detail for this but I would say again, keep an eye on our website here for updates to these advisories."

Monday 22 November 2010

Christmas Shopping Evening

Don't forget the Christmas Shopping Evening - tonight in the Village Hall!

Friday 19 November 2010

Paying for your own care?

From AVDC Community Engagement Team

There is information and advice available for people who may need to pay for their own care. Please see this leaflet about it.

If you want more copies by post please contact the worker direct:
Telephone: 01296 383304

Thursday 18 November 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury on 18 November.

Police and Neighbourhood Watch would like to make people aware of the following report on BBC’s “Watchdog” programme featured on 4 November 2010 about the following survey that is soon to be sent to over 1 million homes.

N-Power, Unilever and Talk Talk are among the many companies sponsoring a survey that is to be sent out by TNT. They request you fill in a questionnaire detailing your personal information and to leave it on your doorstep in an unsealed paper bag for collection the following day.

The questionnaire is five pages long and contains one hundred and eighty six questions about your personal circumstances.

The Information Commissioner's Office has stated that;  "These surveys usually require people to provide a large amount of personal information - ranging from whether they have any outstanding medical conditions, to details of their household income. Anyone approached to fill in one of these surveys should think twice before leaving information like this on their doorstep. They should be aware that anyone could potentially pick it up, opening the way to identity theft. People completing these forms should also understand who will have access to their information and what it will be used for."

More advice and information is available from the Watchdog website link.

Christmas Craft & Shopping Evening - Dec 1st

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Remembrance Service
The Remembrance Service led by John Wynburne  at The War Memorial on Sunday 14th was very well supported with many families with young children. The wreath was laid by John Grimsdell.  It was very touching to see a poppy wreath made by the children at Chuf had been laid on the War Memorial on 11th November.

Baskets for paper, cans and plastics will next be collected on Tuesday 30th November - not the 23rd as previously stated!

Eric Carte appearances
Eric will be appearing in Episode 8 of Midsomer Murders. The title of this episode is not known at the moment, only that it is the last one in which John Nettles plays Barnaby. So, watch out for Episdode 8, which might be screened next year.
Eric is presently rehearsing at The Mill at Sonning ready to perform in A Bedfull of Foreigners, a comedy by Dave Freeman. This opens on 2nd December and runs until 15th January 2011. More details are available at the website and there are some flyers in Chearsley Tea Rooms.

Chearsley W.I.
Busy times for Chearsley W.I. before Christmas. Everyone is invited to “A Morning of Christmas Food” on Thursday, 2nd December from 10.30 until 12.00 at 2 Old Plough Close, when a variety of festive goodies will be on sale, together with a Christmas cake raffle.
Their Christmas meeting will be on Tuesday 14th December at 2.30 when there will be a chance to have a go at Line Dancing. Mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles will be available. Entry is £2.50.

Birthday Congratulations
Happy Special Birthday to Mark Gillis.

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Neighbourhood Police Team: November Newsletter

The November newsletter is now available here at the Thames Valley Police website

Monday 15 November 2010

Weather warning

Issued by the Met Office at 14:31 on Monday, 15th November 2010

Widespread fog will form this evening giving visibility of less than 50 m in places.
The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the "Highways Agency" for further advice regarding traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

(Details of weather warnings can also be viewed by clicking on the orange button on the Met Office forecast on the top-right of this web page.)
Valid from 16:45 on Monday, 15th November 2010 until 22:00 on Monday, 15th November 2010

Saturday 13 November 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This is next in Chearsley on Monday 22nd from 12.20 to 12.45pm

Electoral review for Bucks.
An electoral review of Bucks County Council is being carried out by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission aiming to make local elections fairer by ensuring that all county councillors in Bucks represent a similar number of people and that the council has the right number of councillors to represent each area. So the review is asking for your views on the right number of councillors needed to represent the county. You can visit the website at and click on “about electoral reviews” to put your views  on what Bucks County Council should be like in the future,  and to download some helpful information.  Alternatively you can write to The Review Officer (Buckinghamshire) at The Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76 -86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG.

Christmas Shopping Evening
A reminder that on Monday  22nd November from 7.30pm there is a Christmas Shopping Evening  organized by local Playgroup, Chuf at Chearsley Village Hall. £2.00 will buy you entry and seasonal refreshments and the opportunity to browse many stalls offering jewellery, cards, chocolates, books and Christmas presents and stocking fillers for the whole family.

Parish Council Meeting
This took place at The Cricket Club on Monday November 8th under the chairmanship of Nic Brown. It  was attended by several members of the public.
Public Session Help was asked of the Parish Council about removal of the overhead wires in School Lane which are still in place despite extensive work for the wires to go underground. There had been correspondence with EDF about this with no satisfactory response. The Council agreed to write to EDF.
The possible permanent electricity supply on The Green was a matter of concern for 2 members of the public; their strong  feelings being that the cost and possible use was not warranted. The chairman pointed out that the matter had not yet been decided upon and that it would be on the agenda at the next AGM.

Broken stiles and dog gates – two were reported broken. Bucks Council Council no longer fund repairs to these and it was considered it was probably up to the landowner to repair these and they would be contacted.

Some of the matters then discussed:

Village Hall Hedge: A quote for this to be cut was much higher than anticipated and therefore, the hedge had only been partly cut for the time being. This was thought to be unsatisfactory and for the matter to be pursued with the Village Hall Committee chairman.

Salt Bins: New bins had not yet been ordered.  Possibly the existing wooden ones could be repaired until new ones could be bought. Mike Edmonds agreed to take up this matter.  It was noted that the bins had been filled with grit. As a result of a review of last winter’s  road maintenance, chaired by Mike Edmonds, better communications from Bucks County Council would this year publicise more information and details of gritting plans, accessible on BCC website “winter maintenance live”.

Planning Applications: A site meeting was arranged on land adjoining The View where an application for 4 houses has been submitted.

Traffic Calming: Marion Grapes reported that an application for 3 strips to record vehicle data on the 3 main roads into Chearsley had been made at a cost of £300 per strip, to be funded from the fourth share of this year’s Fayre proceeds. This data will then enable the Police to advise on the best form of traffic calming.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: The lights will be switched on on Friday 3rd December. Chuf and Junior Church are busy making decorations for the tree.  There will be music and refreshments and more details and posters nearer the time.

Benches on The Green: These will soon be delivered, their position decided upon and fixed to the ground in the very near future.

Land by the Phone Box: The question of registering this land and then maintained by the Parish Council had been looked into but not resolved and could possibly be an AGM agenda item.

Litterpick: This was poorly supported.

The Chairman finished the meeting by thanking his fellow councillors for the difficult task they do. He welcomed the comments from the public, although these had produced some heated exchanges. He appreciated the feedback and would like more villagers to attend the meetings.  There will be Parish Council Elections in May 2011 and he invited others to stand and to get involved.

Friday 5 November 2010

Christmas Shopping Evening: November 22nd

Monday 22nd Nov in Chearsley Village Hall, 7.30pm

Christmas presents and stocking fillers
for the whole family…

Browse stalls offering a fantastic range of books, gifts and jewellery, Christmas cards, kitchen and glassware, chocolates, and much much more…

Confirmed stalls include: Usborne Books, Phoenix Trading, Crumz, Sweet Surrender, My Favourite Accessories, Baban Jewellery, Virgin Vie, Lovely Giftbags, Bundlebear, The Stables, Little Bookworm/Dusty Rose and Glassworks.

£2.00 entry including seasonal refreshments

Thursday 4 November 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Remembrance Service
This will be held at the War Memorial  near the Village Hall on Sunday 14th November at 10.45pm when the wreath will be laid by one of the Chearsley residents currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Recycling Tuesday 16th November
Glass, plastics, cans and paper are scheduled to be collected on this day.

Pumpkin Night at The Bell
A good collection of pumpkins of various shapes and sizes were entered into this completion which has been running since 1980. Sharon of The Bell was ably assisted by Andy in the difficult job of weighing the entries, particularly one which weighed a magnificent 140lb grown by Mike of Brill, but was deemed  invalid, as it was grown from seed not issued for the competition this year. The winning pumpkin weighed 54lb grown by Maureen of Old Plough Close. Her prize was to have her name inscribed on The Snowy Young Pumpkin Shield and to receive a  t-shirt proclaiming her success. Jacqui Allen’s 2lb pumpkin earned her a t-shirt prize for the smallest entry. If you would like to take part next year in growing a pumpkin, seeds will be on sale next Spring from The Bell.

Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th November at Chearsley Village Hall, when the A.G.M will be followed by a demonstration by Joy Payne of how to arrange Christmas Flowers.  All visitors are welcome to attend.

Italian Night at Chearsley Tea Rooms – Friday 19th November
Bookings are now being taken for an Italian Night from 7.30 until 10.00pm when there will be a choice of classic Italian food at a cost of £10 per person.  The Tea rooms are licensed, with wine or cans of beer or cider available. Please call in or phone 01844 208486 to book.

Pub Lunches at The Bell
The next Pub Lunch will be held on Wednesday 24th November from 12.30pm. The Christmas lunch will be held on Wednesday, December 8th. The lunches are open to everyone (of a certain age) in Chearsley to come and enjoy a very reasonably priced meal (£5.95 for 2 courses) to support your local pub and have the opportunity of meeting up with other villagers. Please phone Ann Hooton on  208306 or Alan Mitchener on208893 for more information and to book and choose your meal.

The Big Heat Fund
This is a new Fund set up by Buckinghamshire Community Foundation to help local community groups in Bucks who support the county’s most vulnerable older people.  Anyone who receives the Winter Fuel Payment and feels they do not need it, is being asked to donate some or all of it to the Fund.  The launch of The Big Heat Fund creates a unique way for local people to help other more needy, vulnerable older people in Bucks  this winter.  If you feel you could donate, please contact the Foundation on 01296 330134 or visit, or write to them at 119A Bicester Road, Aylesbury HP19 9BA.
The Foundation was set up in 2000 and in the last 10 years has distributed nearly £3 million to more than 1,000 local community groups working in all parts of the county. The Foundation is the county’s largest charitable funding organisation working exclusively in Buckinghamshire.

Monday 1 November 2010

Fireworks Night : Nov 6th

Chearsley Fireworks Night
Brought to you by
Chearsley Youth Club
Saturday 6th November 6:30pm
at the Village Hall
Mulled wine – Soup - Hot Dogs - Toffee Apples

Tickets available from the Village Stores and on the night:
Family:  £8.00 (£10.00 on the night)
Adult:    £2.50  (£3.00 on the night)
Child (3+):  £2.00 (£2.50 on the night)

Ticket includes free cup of mulled wine for adults and free sparkler for children
Children under 3 free entry
Children need to wear gloves to handle sparklers and must be accompanied by an adult.
Any profit to be put back into Chearsley Youth Club
Further info : Angela 202 105, Claire 208 087 or Maureen 208 742

Friday 29 October 2010

Litter Pick - Saturday 9:30

A quick reminder that there is a communal litter pick on Saturday morning.
Please meet outside The Bell at 9:30 am where bags and gloves will be available.
Thank you!

Monday 25 October 2010

Flu jabs at Haddenham

Are you a patient over 65 of Haddenham Health Centre?

Haddenham Health Centre is not sending out individual invitation letters to a flu vaccination clinic this year. It is therefore important to get the word out that people have to take the initiative and book themselves an appointment.

The remaining clinic is on Saturday 13th Nov from 8 - 12 and patients can make an appointment by phoning 0844 477 8575.
If patients are attending the doctors anyway they should ask the doctor or nurse to give them their flu vaccination and will not need to make a separate trip.

Remember, flu vaccines save lives

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Litter Pick
A reminder and plea to ask as many people as possible to come for a very short time on Saturday 30th October to help clean up all the village lanes. Please meet at The Bell at 9.30am.

Pumpkin Night
This takes place at The Bell on Thursday  evening, 28th October. Weighing of the pumpkins will take place in the bar when all pumpkins have arrived!  Come along with or without a pumpkin and support this village tradition.

Remembrance Day Poppies
Sue Grimsdell, as she has done for  many years, will be coming round to all houses in Chearsley starting on Saturday, October 30th for you to buy a poppy and support the work of the Royal  British Legion.  Poppies will already be on sale at other outlets, but house sales are only authorized from October 30th until 14th November. This work is close to Sue’s heart as her Grandfather lost a leg in World War I, and two of her children, Richard and John have served in the army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please support her and give generously to this worthy cause.

Halloween at The Tea Room
Sunday 31st October from 2.00 till 4.00pm is Halloween fun for children. Come in costume and play games, decorate cookies and win a prize for the best Halloween picture. Cost is £2.50 per child. Pizza and pop will be available at an extra charge.

Christmas  Meals in Chearsley
The Tea rooms and The Bell now have their Christmas menus available for December. Call in and pick up a menu.

Nativity Play in Chearsley – Tuesday 21st December at 6pm
Children of Chearsley will be presenting their own Nativity play at St Nicholas church on this evening, to which everyone is invited. Children can come along at 3pm for rehearsals, craft activities and a picnic tea. After the performance, there will be mulled wine and mince pies for the audience.  The event is in aid of the charity Habitat for Humanity which the children have been supporting this year. Some of them  have been busy making a number of small items which will be on sale after the Nativity.  If any children, aged 4 plus would like to take part, please contact Julia Witcher on 201776 or Sharon Sampson on 208740. Adult and teenage volunteers will be much appreciated.

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Neighbourhood Police Team - October Update

Latest news and the October newsletter update available here.

Thursday 14 October 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Epilepsy Action Tea Party - Friday October 22nd
This will now take place as originally planned on Friday October 22nd at Farmfields, Willow Corner, Aylesbury Road, Chearsley from 2.30 until 5pm, when there will be tea and cakes, a raffle, plants, second hand books, bring and buy  and gifts for sale.

Mobile Library

This is next in the village by The Green on Monday 25th October from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Pub Lunch Thursday 28th October
If you are planning to come to this, please book your place and your meal by the  22nd October. Ring Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893.

Ladies Night at The Tea Rooms – Wednesday, October 20th
For the girls - nibbles and a glass of wine are available to accompany browsing a range of candles, candle holders, bath and body care and other products on show at The Tearooms from 7.00 until 9.00pm.  Come and have a couple of hours out and meet up with friends.

Litter Pick
All villagers are asked to come and join a village litter pick on Saturday October 30th. Please meet at 9.30am outside The Bell.  Rubbish bags will be provided.  Please come and help keep our village tidy.

Remembrance Sunday
This service at the War Memorial on Sunday 14th November will be held on Sunday 14th November when a Chearsley resident presently serving in the Forces will lay the wreath. The Service starts at 10.45am.

Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 11th October:

Electricity Supply on The Green - Details and costings regarding a permanent electricity supply on The Green in order to facilitate lights for the Christmas tree and use during the Fete and other occasions,   were put forward by Paul Oliver. Although the proposals were agreed in principal,  It was decided to look into health and safety, planning and finance considerations before going ahead.

Bonfires  at Winchendon Road - The Parish Council had written to Environmental Health asking them to look into this complaint.

Hedge at Village Hall - This should be arranged to be cut before Remembrance Day.

Salt Bins - As matters were still not clear about buying privately or buying from the Council, and the supply of salt,  Leif agreed to look into this.

Aviation noise - It appears the flight paths from Luton have been increased as from Spring 2010 which means planes can now fly over Chearsley. There was concern this would also happen from Heathrow and John Bercow should be approached to monitor the situation.

Memorial Bench
- This will be painted before Remembrance Sunday.

Millennium Field
- The lease  of this field terminates in in February 2011, although the Cricket Club will still be able to use part of it for car parking. Councillors were asked for feedback about the consequences of losing this facility.

Letter of complaint - Councillors were asked for their comments concerning a letter of criticism received by  the Parish council in order for a reply to be made.

Building work at Dieudonne - The builder was aware of keeping the village clean and tidy and the verges undamaged.

Benches on The Green - These have now been ordered and should be delivered shortly. Plaques will be inscribed in memory of Betty Duval who left a legacy to the village.

Traffic Calming - Marion Grapes  reported that, with money from the Fayre, and acting on behalf of the Parish Council, data strips would be put in place, which would monitor traffic over possibly a 2 week period. This information would enable the Police to advise on the best method for traffic calming in the village. It was brought up that many speeding culprits in Chearsley were in fact Chearsley residents and villagers should be encouraged to point this out to known offending drivers.

The poor state of some of the village roads was brought up and whether these could be repaired before the start to this winter.
Information at the bus stops are not up-to-date. Perhaps solar powered information panels could be installed.

The next meeting will be held at the Cricket Club at 7.30pm on Monday 8th November.

Saturday 9 October 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Friday 8 October

With Halloween just around the corner please find below a link to our website where you can download posters to put in your home or business. Your neighbourhood team will be out in force over the Halloween weekend to ensure that those who go out to celebrate do so with the right intentions.

Thames Valley Police

Please pass this on to your neighbours and friends and consider printing off a copy for any elderly or vulnerable people who may not have access to a computer.

Thursday 7 October 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey.

W.I.French Evening – 16th October
Please note that this has been postponed. It will now be held on Saturday, January 29th next year. An occasion to look forward to after the Christmas festivities.

W.I. Meeting – Tuesday, 19th October
At this meeting, to which all are welcome, the speaker will be David Powell on Reiki Healing. Please come to Chearsley Village Hall at about 2.30pm.

Epilepsy Action Tea Party -Friday October 22nd
This has been postponed until a later date.

Chearsley Cricket Club – End of Season Ball
This will be held on Friday, 12th November at The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame. Tickets cost £30 each for canapés, dinner and live music. There will be Presentations, raffle and auction. Please contact John Howard on 07970 651326 or email for more information and to purchase tickets.

Events at The Tea Room
There will be a PartyLite Ladies Night at The Tea Rooms on Wednesday, 20th October, from 7.00 to 9.00pm, when there will be candles, bath and body care available to browse and buy. A glass of wine and nibbles will also be available to make it a fun ladies night out in the village.
The children are not being left out. There will be a Children’s Halloween Party on Sunday 31st October from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Come along in costume to play some games, decorate biscuits and win a prize for the best Halloween picture. The cost will be £2.50 per child. Food and drink will be available at an extra charge.

Future events planned are an Italian Night on Friday 19th November and a Pampered Chef Ladies Night on Wednesday, 24th November. See the blackboard outside the shop for further details and for future planned events.

Recycling Tuesday 19th October
Glass containers, plastics, paper and cans will all be collected on this day.

Hayley Ounsworth, (one time Sunday girl at Chearsley Tea Rooms )and Alex Jenkins were married at Bicester on a very wet Friday 1st October. All the best to them and their son, Charlie for their future together.

Rowena and Alan Parry are delighted to have become Grandparents to their first grandson, Benjamin Henry who was born on Sunday 26th September.

Bingo at The Bell
The Bell was nicely full for the first Eyes Down of the season on Tuesday 5th October, with a top prize of £90. Proceedings were conducted as usual, by Paul and Andy,the now experienced callers, proudly sporting new Chearsley Bingo T shirts and trying out new,bigger and better numbered balls. The next Bingo session will be on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Parish Council Meeting: Monday 11th

The next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will take place on Monday 11th October at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. Details of the Agenda, plus details of previous meetings, can be found on the Chearsley Parish Council web page - all are welcome.

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Chearsley Cricket Club - End of Season Ball

Details have now been announced of this not-to-be-missed annual event to be held at The Spread eagle in Thame on Friday 12th November. You can download the poster here, and the menu here (Microsoft Word format).

The ticket price is being held at £30 per head, and they won’t be issuing tickets again this year but you will have to book yourself in, complete a menu selection, and pay cash or cheque (made out to Chearsley Cricket Club) by TUESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER at the very latest!

For further information, contact John Howard on 208036, or talk to any of the cricket team.

Curry Night at the Tea Room

The Chearsley Tea Room is hosting a Curry Night this Friday, 7:30 to 10:00pm. Tables are filling up fast, so contact Janine on 208486 soon if you want to join in the fun!

Thursday 30 September 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Harvest Supper  -Saturday September  25th
A good crowd of about 50 villagers enjoyed a supper of homemade salads  with  cooked meats from our local butcher of the next village, followed by pudding, tea and coffee, at the second of Chearsley Harvest Suppers, organized by Alicia Howard.   The raffle of hamper of vegetables grown on Chearsley allotments raised about £150  which will go towards The Jenny and Jessey School in Uganda.  Entertainment was provided by Jeremy and Ann Pratt, Fenella Tillier and Pat Miles, who all braved the stage to delight us.  Hearty singing was led by our Vicar, John Wyndburne and his guitar.

Pumpkin Night  - Thursday October 28th
Hopefully other pumpkins being grown for the Pumpkin Night at The Bell are considerably bigger than the one Podge and myself are growing! However, we are setting our sights on the prize for the smallest!  Make a note in your diary to come along with or without pumpkins and join in this Village occasion.

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village by The Green on Monday 11th October from 12.20 to 12.45pm

Parish Council Meeting –Monday 11th October 7.30pm
All members of the public are invited to the next meeting at Chearsley Village Hall on Monday 11th October at 7.30pm. Come and find out what is happening in your village.  There is a 15 minute opportunity at the beginning of the meeting to voice any concerns or comments you may have.

Pub Lunch 28th October
October’s Pub Lunch will be on Thursday (normally Wednesdays), October 28th at The Bell at 12.30pm.  Please come along if you would like to meet  and eat with others from Chearsley.  On the menu this month is  vegetable  curry, sausage  and mash and cottage pie. For pudding, there is a choice of  fruit crumble, strawberry cheesecake or ice cream. Tea and coffee finish off the meal.  The cost is a very reasonable  £5.95.  Please ring Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on  208893 a week beforehand to book your place and order your meal.       

Epilepsy Action Tea Party - Friday October 22nd 2.30 to 5.00pm
Debbie Corpe, Chearsley’s  fine Pilates teacher, invites us all to tea on Friday 22nd October from 2.30 to 5.00pm at Farmfields, Willow Gate, Aylesbury Road, Chearsley.  As well as tea and cake, there will be a raffle, plants, bring and buy, second hand books and other gifts. All the proceeds go to Epilepsy Action.

French Evening
Tickets are still available for  this evening on Saturday October 16th at Chearsley Village Hall  at 7.30pm, when a four course meal  will be served. Tickets cost £16.50 which includes the meal, music  and entertainment, but not wine.  Please phone Pauline Parkes on 202250.

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Neighbourhood Action Group - tonight

There will be a meeting of the local Neighbourhood Action Group followed by the Haddenham and Long Crendon Local Community Area Forum tonight starting at 6:30pm at the Bernard Hall, Cuddington.
Further details and the full agenda can be seen here and there will be an opportunity for questions.

Thursday 23 September 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Traditional Afternoon Tea on Tuesdays
Dainty sandwiches and home made cakes with a pot of tea are being served every Tuesday from 4.00 to 5.30pm at Chearsley tea rooms. Come and treat yourself to a taste of the past.

Plastics, cans and paper baskets are next due to be collected on Tuesday, October 5th

Chearsley Village Trust
The Trust is now inviting applications from individuals or groups in the village for an award for finance for their project or activity. Please write to Val Davies, the Clerk to the Trustees at Minster, Dark Lane, Chearsley HP18 0DA giving details of your project, who benefits and what other funds are available. The deadline for applications is Sunday, October 31st.

Summer Fayre 2010
The total amount raised this year from our Fayre in June was a little over £5,000. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to make this such a fine effort. Generally, most stalls and attractions raised slightly less money than the 2008 Fayre, with the exception of the Coconut Shy, the Bric a Brac stall, the Plant stall, Wet Sponges, icecreams, and the Pound in the Bucket. More details can be found on the noticeboard.

Transport Information Event
All villagers in the area are invited to this free event at Haddenham Village Hall on Thursday, 21st October from 1.30 to 4.30pm. There is no need to book. It will take the format of talks followed by a question and answer session from 1.30 to 3pm. There will be speakers from Community Impact Bucks rural transport office, Bucks County Council transport Services, Stoke Mandeville Hospital transport scheme, Haddenham Fish Scheme (a community transport scheme). There will also be stands concerning RADAR, Chiltern Rail, NHS Simply Walk, JMS Mobility, Haddenham Safe Cycling and Walking Group, Haddenham Fish Scheme and Bucks Transport Customer Service. Come along and find out what community transport schemes exist in the area and how they can help you.
Please see this programme of events or contact Lynne Maddocks on 01296 585364 for more information.

Friday 17 September 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office with information from our partners at Trading Standards.

Bucks Trading Standards have had reports of cold calling telephone salespeople phoning High Wycombe residents offering to clean carpets for £8.99. The company is actually offering to clean carpets for £8.99 per sq metre. The company also appears not to give cancellation rights in writing.

Trading Standards advise people not to deal with cold calling traders. Carpet cleaning companies can be found by visiting the Buy With Confidence website . Traders on the Buy With Confidence website have all been Trading Standards approved. Companies offering services in your home must give cancellation rights in writing. Where possible get written quotations before agreeing to having the work done.

Doorstep selling information and information about Scams and cons can be found on the Bucks County Council website and click on the Trading Standards link.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Harvest Festival Supper
This will be held on Saturday, 25th September starting at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Tickets are on sale for £10 each for a 2 course meal including wine or beer and are available from Alicia Howard  on 07970 804330

Harvest Festival at St. Nicholas Church
This will be held on Sunday 26th at 10am as part of the Family Service.  Please donate produce if you can, which will be given to Long Crendon Day Centre.

Long Crendon and Chearsley Art Group
This is a small friendly group meeting every Wednesday from 10 – 12pm in Church House, Long Crendon, suitable for all abilities. Please contact Jann Grimshaw, the chairman on 202630 for more information.

Chearsley Show
The overall winner of this annual Chearsley event which was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th September,  was Alan Whiffin who won the Vic Walker Cup. Alan also won the Gadsby Trophy for Best Vegetables, and the Wooden Bowl for Best Fruit.  Congratulations Alan. Perhaps you could pass on some tips.
Other winners were Suzanne Jacobs for Best Photograph; Pat Miles for Best Model; Joy Payne for best Art Entry; Julian George for Men’s Jam Tarts; Cyndy Whiffin for Best Domestic; Mary Scholefield for Best Flowers and winning the Harry Gregory Cup for Craftsmanship; Anne Pratt for Best Flower Arrangement, Alicia Howard for best Hanging Basket.  Congratulations to all the children who took part, particularly Oliver Sampson who won a plaque for Craft; Edward Richards who won the Harold Braley Cup for Best Children’s Entry and Spencer Siddall for winning a cup for Children’s Champion.  Have a look at some good photos of entries and participants on our website, taken by Sharon Sampson – you might see yourself!

Photos on
There are also photos of the Flower Festival held in Chearsley Church recently, and also  Footsteps.

Bingo at The Bell

This will restart on Tuesday, October 5th with Eyes Down at 8pm. All good fun. Sharon and Olllie are offering a special price for a Before Bingo meal on the night.

Mobile Library
This will next be on The Green on Monday, 27th September from 12.20 until 12.45pm

Wedding Congratulations
To Brian and Ineta Green on their marriage at St Nicholas Church on Saturday 11th, when the sun shone as they left the Church for photos  before the Wedding breakfast at The Village Hall.

Birthday Congratulations
To Blitz baby, Gladys Arnott of Nether Winchendon, who celebrated in appropriate style.

Parish Council meeting held on Monday 13th September

This was a lively meeting attended by several members of the public.
The Public session brought up several topics.  The question of whether  curbing in Dark Lane  was planned in the future, as recent building work to Dieu Donne has been damaging and eroding the bank at Walnut Orchard, thereby comprising its stability.  It was confirmed by Nic Brown that this was part of future plans and that the Parish Council wanted to protect all Chearsley lanes and had set aside £1500 to this end.
There were non-favourable comments about the state of the verges after the recent grass cutting had taken place.

There was a complaint about recent bonfires off Winchendon Road, beyond the allotment area, when plastic and tyres had been burnt. Nic Brown would investigate the source.

Concern was voiced about the speed of dumper trucks  in connection with new building work and for care to be taken not to damage the village roads.

The question was asked as to what the Parish Council had achieved this year,  particularly as the benches on The Green were still not installed. Nic Brown commented that much had been achieved and the election for Council members in May next year offered the opportunity for new nominees to come  forward.

It was emphasized that Claire Lazaruk and Marion Grapes had been responsible for submitting plans  for funding via LAF for help with restricting speeding in the village and they were thanked for their hard work.  Marion agreed to continue to follow this up.

Christmas Plans
These are well in hand with this year’s tree ordered and arrangements made for the lights to be turned on on Friday 3rd December when there would be food and drink available.

Best Kept Village
The suggestion that Chearsley may like to enter was decided to be put on the agenda of the next AGM.

There was further talk about the new benches on The Green to be ordered very soon; the bench at The Memorial to be painted; the willow arch in the grounds of the village hall was being trimmed; the hedge at the village hall needing to be cut and the Village Hall committee to be contacted;  aviation noise observed to have increased lately, and for AVDC to be contacted about this and also a Chearsley pilot about more information.  The Tug of War against Cuddington had so far failed to produce a Chearsley team.

The date of the next meeting has been arranged for October 11th at 7.30 in the Village Hall.

Monday 13 September 2010

Chearsley Show Photos

Pictures from the Chearsley Show are now on-line.

Friday 10 September 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from the Aylesbury watch office on Friday 10th September 2010.

On Thursday 9th September, Police were notified of suspicious activity at a property in Singleborough (between Buckingham and Milton Keynes). Black plastic property ties had been found tied to trees at the location, and an attempt to gain entry to the same location was subsequently discovered.

Police believe this action may be a method of "marking" premises and increasing the risk of offending. You are advised to check your property for ties and remove any that are found. Please report any suspicious activity or information which may assist officers dealing with this incident, to your local neighbourhood team via 0845 8 505 505, and state that you are responding to this message.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to give your details, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0 800 555 111)

Flower Festival 2010

Thanks to Sharon Sampson, we now have some lovely photographs of the Flower Festival held in St Nicholas Church over the weekend of 10-11 July in our Gallery.

Waddesdon Open Day

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Thursday 9 September 2010.

Waddesdon emergency services open day is being held this weekend on Saturday 11 September between 10am and 5pm at Waddesdon Manor and everyone is invited to attend.

Waddesdon police station holds an annual open day with Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, and other organisations attending include South Central Ambulance Service, Buckinghamshire County Council and other partner agencies. The day is organised in a bid to offer residents of Aylesbury Vale information on their local organisations and the services which are widely available to them.

With it also being the National Trust's Heritage open day there is the added bonus of Waddesdon Manor being free to enter. An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people are expected to attend the event, weather permitting.

Your local neighbourhood policing officers will be on hand talking about the role of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and the responsibilities the officers and PCSOs have. The Special Constabulary will also be available to talk to about their role and how other people can help and join the team if interested.

The Force helicopter will hopefully be making an appearance and the local Neighbourhood Action Group will also have a stall explaining their role and the good work they do in the local community.

For the children, a 'power slide' will be available and the Manor will be providing face painting, balloons and much more.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Antony Hurd, said: "This will be a great opportunity for everyone, young and old, to find out more about the emergency services and what we do in the area. It will also be a chance for you to meet your local neighbourhood team and highlight the issues affecting you.

"Please come along to this free event, not only to support the Manor but your emergency services too."

Thursday 9 September 2010

Parish Council Meeting: Monday 13th

The next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will take place on Monday 13th September at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. Details of the Agenda, plus details of previous meetings, can be found on the Chearsley Parish Council web page - all are welcome.

Wednesday 8 September 2010

Neighbourhood Police Team: September Newsletter

The September newsletter is now available here: September 2010 Newsletter

Thursday 2 September 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey  

Parish Council Meeting
The September meeting will be held in Chearsley Village Hall on Monday, 13th September at 7.30pm when all Chearsley residents are invited to attend.

Mobile Library
This next comes to The Green, on Monday 13th September from 12.20 until 12.45pm

French Night
A French Night is planned for Saturday 16th October in Chearsley Village Hall by the W.I.  Tickets cost £16.50 which will buy a 4-course dinner, music and entertainment.  Bring your own wine. Aperitifs will be served at 7.30pm. Please ring Jan on 202630 or Pauline on 202250 for more information.  

St Nicholas Church and in particular, Sharon Sampson, organised this art and drama day for local children  on Wednesday, August 25th. Despite the day turning very wet, 50 Chearsley children and their mothers and helpers had a very noisy, successful time in the village hall, “following in the footsteps of Moses”. Great fun was had making all the props for the story, including Moses baskets, locusts, frogs and pyramids which was then enacted with the help of vicar, John Wynburne on his guitar accompanying the children to songs. Centre piece was a magnificent life-sized papier-mâché calf made by a local resident which the children delighted in covering with gold before dancing around it until the reappearance of Moses with the stone tablets broke up their worship of the idol.  

Thank You
Perry Smith would like to thank his friends in Chearsley for their help and support while he has been ill. He is now on the long road to recovery.

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Community Message No.2

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch office, sent on behalf of our partner agency Bucks County Council.

Bucks County Council is facing serious reductions in funding; 25% or more over the next four years. It can’t continue to do everything it does now, and needs  you to help get the priorities right.  Your ideas and suggestions will be used to develop proposals about which services need to change and residents will be consulted again in the Autumn.

If you are a Buckinghamshire resident, you are encouraged to join The Bucks Debate - go online or come along to an event near you. See the website for more details:

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Thames Valley Police

Members of the public in the Thames Valley can play a greater role in bringing serious offenders to justice with the launch of a Most Wanted website for the region.

It allows members of the public to look at pictures and E-fits and view CCTV footage of people currently wanted by the police in Thames Valley.  The site is run by the independent charity Crimestoppers, which allows people to give information about crime anonymously by telephone or via the Crimestoppers website.

Launched in late 2005 the national Most Wanted site has successfully resulted in the arrest of more than 900 criminals, for offences ranging from murder, rape and drug smuggling to robbery and assault.

Members of the public can find the gallery of Thames Valley’s Most Wanted criminals at: and click on Most Wanted.

The Most Wanted website for this region is being officially launched at the Thames Valley Police Open Day at Sulhamstead, West Berkshire, on 4 September 2010.

Tuesday 31 August 2010

Home Access Grant for computers

Back to School

Although the September return to school can be a relief for hard-pressed parents, it can also be an expensive time of year. Whatever stage of education your child has reached, it is worth checking out whether you are entitled to any financial help.  Schools provide information about applying for uniform grants and free school meals, for example, or the Educational Maintenance Allowance, for students staying on after the age of 16 (for more information on this, check the Directgov website at: However, there are some less well known kinds of help, one of which is detailed below.

Home Access Grant for computers

In England, the Home Access Grant scheme provides grants to low income families to buy one of the following:

    * a computer, a year's internet access and service and support
    * a computer with service and support
    * one year's internet access.

You might be able to get a Home Access grant if:

    * you have children in school years 3 to 9, your children are at a state school, or their education is paid for by the local authority or the government, and
    * you get certain benefits, for example income support, guaranteed pension credit or free school meals for your child, and
    * you haven't had a grant for a computer from a scheme like this before.

Carers and foster parents for 'looked after children' in school years one to 13 are also eligible to apply for the grant.

You can find out more about the Home Access Grant scheme and get an application form by calling their helpline on 0333 200 1004, emailing them at or looking online at

(Information from and thanks to Thame and District Citizens Advice Bureau for this article.)

Saturday 28 August 2010

Footsteps photos

Thanks to Sharon Sampson -

- now in the Gallery.

Thursday 26 August 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Pat Marshall
It is sad to report the death of Pat who had lived in Old Plough Close for many years.  She had been a  member of Chearsley W.I., at one time being the Chairman, but preferring the role of Secretary. She was also a founder-member of the annual  Chearsley Fruit and Vegetable show. Her funeral has taken place, and our sympathies go to her family.

Chearsley W.I.
Their next meeting takes place on Tuesday  21st September at The Village Hall. All visitors are welcome to come to hear their speaker, Louise Reed, taking on the role of Elizabeth Barrett Anderson, Britain's, first woman doctor. Please see the Notice Board for more information.

Chearsley Pub Lunch
Another successful lunch  was attended by 17 Chearsley residents on Wednesday, 25th at The Bell. September’s meal which costs £5.95 for 2 courses, will be on Wednesday 22nd September at 12.30. Please contact Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 a few days beforehand to book your place and choose your meal.

Chearsley Cricket Club 100 Club
Our Cricket Club are appealing for more members of this fund raising scheme.  There is an annual subscription of £24 which enables you to take part in the monthly draw, with the chance to win one of three cash prizes. The amount won depends on the number of participants. So come along and join.  Sharon at The Bell has application forms.

St Nicholas’ Church  Harvest Festival Supper
Tickets are now on sale for the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall on Saturday, September 25th at 7.30pm. A 2 course meal including wine or beer costs £10 which also includes entertainment.  Contact Alicia Howard at Great Barn, School Lane. Telephone number 07970 804 330

Harvest Festival Celebration at St Nicholas’ Church
Please come along on Sunday, September 26th at 10am as part of the Family Service.  Any produce you can bring will be taken to Long Crendon Day Centre.

Short Mat Bowls
This is now due to start again after the Summer Break on Friday September 17th at 7.15pm at Chearsley Village Hall.  Everyone is welcome.   It is a friendly, informal group which, if there are sufficient interested people, will arrange matches against other clubs.  Meetings are on most Fridays.  Please contact Keith and Beryl Wright on 108607 for more information, or see the notice on the noticeboard.

Monday 16 August 2010

Neighbourhood Police Team August Newsletter

The August 2010 Newsletter is now available here: August 2010 Update

Curry Night at The Bell

This coming Wednesday sees The Bell host a Curry Night at a cost of £10, to include a pint of beer or a small glass of wine. The usual menu will still be available, but please book if you are coming for the curry!

Thursday 12 August 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Footsteps on 25th August.
St Nicholas Church is holding its craft and drama fun day on Wednesday 25th August from 10am to 3pm for local children. Please contact Sharon Sampson on 208740 or email for more information.

Monthly Pub Lunch at The Bell
This is quickly becoming a very popular and well attended monthly event, with the July  lunch attended by over 20. The aim is for Chearsley “ mature” residents to have more social contact by enjoying a reasonably priced meal together in the village pub,  to make new friends and catch up on village news.  Please contact Ann Hooton to book your place and order your meal for the next lunch on Wednesday, 25th August. Come along and try it.

Baby congratulations
Jay at Chearsley Shop and Tearooms is delighted to be a first time Grandma. Her daughter, Rhianna and Mitch from America are the proud parents of Aiden William, born on Saturday, August 7th. Congratulations to them all.

Chearsley Show  on Saturday, 4th September

Hopefully you still have your Show entries to hand and will remember to have them completed and handed in before Tuesday 31st August. Spare copies are available at the Tearooms.  Each entry costs 20p and there are classes for flowers, vegetables, fruit, domestic and art and craft.    The show is open to the public from 2.30pm with presentation of awards at 3.30pm. Teas will be on sale together with the chance to win a prize in the raffle.   Last year, entry numbers were up on the year before, so it would be good for the trend  to be  maintained this year, particularly as  more allotments are now being cultivated.   So please, all you gardeners and allotment growers,  consider entering your produce even if you don’t think you have prize winners. You may well be surprised.

Morris Dancing
The first really rainy day for months cleared up just in time for the Crendon Morris Men and the Morris Men( and ladies) from Owlswick to put on a splendid show, wielding clubs, jingling bells and flapping hankies, accompanied by accordions and a banjo,  outside The Bell on Tuesday, August 10. The crowd were also entertained and charmed by a Barn Owl and Little Owl which accompanied the Owlswick Morris Dancers.
Hopefully, next August, the weather will be a bit warmer.

Book of Chearsley Fayre 2010

A book of photos has been compiled of this year’s very successful Chearsley Fayre. Call in at the Tea rooms where there is a copy on show. Have a cup of tea and cake  at the same time.

There will be a collection of  baskets for plastic, cans and paper as well as the glass container on Tuesday 24th August.
Please remember that due to the Bank Holiday, collection day for bins only will be  a day later on Wednesday September 1st

Thursday 5 August 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Leaving Chearsley
Good luck  to Gerry Reilly of Bottom Orchard who is leaving Chearsley for Milford on Sea.

Get Well wishes
To Perry Smith who is hopefully home from hospital.  We promise not to put you in the stocks again!

Mobile Library
The mobile Library will next be in Chearsley on Monday August 16th from  12.20 to 12.45pm

Parish Council Meeting
This was held on Thursday 5th August in the Village Hall, when planning applications by Chuf for patio doors, a patio and awning at the Village Hall and a 2 storey extension at The Granary, School Lane were discussed.
Nic Brown reported on footpaths where the overgrown hedges had now been cut by their owners and that Graham King would be trimming the large overgrown hedge at the top of Dark Lane.  The problem with the hedge by the Cricket Field was still to be resolved.  Quotes for the maintenance of the white entry gates and of the Memorial were to be sought.
The benches for The Green were soon to be ordered
The position  and purchase of new  salt bins had been investigated which are to be kept in their original positions with the addition of a new one in Lower Green Lane.
The question of dog poo bins will be discussed at the September meeting of the Parish Council.
Nic reported that he had found the Millennium Field to be in good condition, but the signage had weathered. The question of the continuation of the lease of the field was to be investigated with Mike Heybrook.
It was hoped that Nic and Leif had recently been successful in getting  Chearsley funding via LAF (Local Area Funding) to go towards costs of any schemes decided upon to help curb speeding in the village.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office at 12:07 on Wednesday, 4th August 2010:

Heavy, locally thundery showers are expected to give totals of 10-15 mm within one hour, with overall totals of 25 mm or more.
The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the "Highways Agency" for further advice regarding traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

Thursday 22 July 2010

Weather warning

Issued by the Met Office at 08:12 on Thursday, 22nd July 2010

Isolated torrential downpours could give more than 20 mm of rain in one hour locally, with overall totals perhaps exceeding 50 mm.

The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the Highways Agency for further advice on traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

Valid from 10:15 on Thursday, 22nd July 2010 until 21:00 on Thursday, 22nd July 2010

Wednesday 21 July 2010

Village News

Fenella Tillier in "Finding The Lost Battalions"
Those of us in Chearsley who know Fenella and who watched Channel 4’s programme on Monday July 19th, felt very proud of  her  playing a major part in Channel 4’s programme and sharing her sorrow and sadness as she discovered exactly how her Great Uncle, Charles Phipps had lost his life.
“Finding the Lost Battalions” told the tragic story of Australian and British soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916, using the stories of three of the soldiers who died there, told by their relatives. Fenella  was one of the three, reading letters from her Great Uncle, to his family at home in The Lee, and being filmed at the battle site as it was explained to her exactly how and where the battle had taken place.
Earlier that day, Fenella had joined a ceremony in Fromelles, attended by Prince Charles and Camilla, alongside descendants of soldiers when a coffin bearing the remains of an unidentified soldier was taken to the new cemetery in Fromelles.
Although three of the bodies found in the mass grave had been able to be identified using DNA tests, Fenella’s Great Uncle had not been one of them.

Mobile Library
This is next in Chearsley on Monday August 2nd from  12.10 until 12.45pm

Bingo at The Bell
There will be a break from Bingo during August and September, ready for a new start on the first Tuesday in October.

Chearsley Show
The lack of rain will not be helping entries of fruit and vegetables for Chearsley Show on September 4th, but don’t let this prevent you from taking part. It is the same for everyone. So remember to return your entry forms by 31st August.  It is a fun day for all the village to join in.

Keith Wright
Hopefully Keith is now well on the road to recovery and feeling well again.