Thursday 25 February 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Birthday Congratulations
James Arnott, of Marsh Farm, Nether Winchendon, and one of the staff at Chearsley Tea rooms, celebrated his 18th birthday recently with friends and family, which started by wearing the musical Birthday Hat provided by The Bell for birthday occasions. Congratulations James!

Mother’s Day at The Bell
Remember your Mother on March 14th and treat her to a meal at The Bell. Meals are being served from 12 until 4pm. It is advisable to book. Please see more information on their website.

Chearsley Flora and Fauna Fayre
This will be held on Saturday 26th June and volunteers are needed in many different ways to help make this a success. Maybe you would be interested in helping make giant flowers and animals for a magnificent display on The Green, or man one of the many stalls on the day itself. Donations are being asked for plants, books, good quality second-hand items, jewellery, etc. Please contact Claire Lazaruk at if you would like to get involved in any way, or have any ideas to offer.

Chearsley Cricket Club
Changes are occurring in many directions at our thriving and expanding Cricket Club, after an extremely successful year when both the 1st and 2nd XIs, under the captaincies of Neil Davies and Adam Lazaruk, were promoted. The club also finished 4th in the Aylesbury District Midweek League and has enjoyed friendly cricket games on Sundays. John Howard has been appointed Director of Fun and Games, (sounds interesting) replacing James Veness who is now the Director of Cricket as Nick Babington has stepped down. Catherine Miller is Director of Juniors and she is looking for a team manager in charge of the Under 13s’ team. If you are interested, please contact Catherine on 01844 208027.

The Club is looking forward to welcoming Paul Atkins as Club Coach at the end of March. for the Juniors on Tuesday evenings and the Elite Academy on Friday evenings. Paul has played first class cricket for Surrey and was Bucks’ captain for several years. He is currently in South Africa working with a first class side.

Pre-season training for seniors will start on Tuesday 9th March at Ashfold School from 8.15 to 9.30pm, with outside training on Thursdays starting in April when the weather permits.
In addition to changes in personnel, the clubhouse and grounds are being developed. The bar area and changing rooms are to be extended and the nets are to be relocated. All this work is being undertaken by members of the club and volunteers for weekend work parties are needed. Please contact Steve Vear on 01844 201347 for more details.

There is also an ambitious plan to create an entirely new ground to county standard, 100 yards further up the Winchendon Road, to be completed by 2014/15, together with a new pavilion.

More details about the Club can be found on their new website, which is accessible here.

Bins, bottles and baskets.
Glass, as well as the baskets for paper and plastics will be collected with the bins on Tuesday, 9th March.

Thursday 18 February 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting
The Parish Council meets on Monday, 1st March at 7.30 in the Village hall. All members of the public are welcome to attend to hear what is being discussed for our village. There are 2 opportunities for the general public to speak on any concerns held.

Mobile Library
This is next in Chearsley on Monday 1st March when it stops at the Village Green between 1.10 and 1.35pm.

Bingo at The Bell - Tuesday 2nd March
Come along in good time in order to get a table at the next session of Bingo at The Bell with Eyes Down at 8pm, or come earlier and have a meal to sustain you during the excitement of the following couple of hours!

Pie and Mash at The Bell
Have a change from cooking and come to The Bell tonight, Wednesday 24th February where a selection of meat pies with mash is their speciality of the night.


The pancake party at the church on Tuesday was a great success with over 60 people queuing up for their pancakes. The children loved seeing their pancakes being made and then getting to choose their toppings, jam, lemon, sugar, maple syrup, you name it. Some children tried some weird combinations of these! Once they had filled their tummies, they enjoyed a story about Jake the boy who ate too many pancakes (see below), then they had a chance to toss a pancake. Some more successfully than others as you can see from the photos!

Jake the pancake boy

This is the story of a boy called Jake.
He liked to eat lots of pancakes.

‘I’m hungry’, he said and rubbed his tummy
I will make a pancake that’s tasty and yummy.

He mixed the batter and started to fry.
He thought about different pancakes to try.

He flipped the pancake – it didn’t drop.
Then he tried to decide what to put on top.

Sugar and lemon, that’s easy and sweet
or I could try tuna or perhaps some meat.

What about chocolate, cream and honey,
Or cheese and pickle – that would be funny.

‘I know’, he said, ‘I will make them all.
All that food will make me grow tall.’

So he cooked for two hours without stopping.
Then ate all those pancakes – his tummy kept growing.

But he’d eaten too much and felt very ill.
So he went to the bathroom and took a pill.

He decided maybe pancakes were not his favourite dinner.
‘I won’t eat another pancake until I get thinner'

Photographs courtesy of Sharon Sampson

Thursday 11 February 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Best wishes
To Betty Ifftner of Shupps Lane, who has been in hospital, and now hopefully home again.

Theatre Trip to London
A coach trip to see Mrs Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw, in which Eric Carte is appearing, (with Felicity Kendal among others) is being planned for Saturday, April 17th. The coach will leave Chearsley at 12.00pm for the matinee performance at The Comedy Theatre, Panton Street at 2.30pm. We should be back in Chearsley between 6 and 7pm. Cost of each ticket with coach fare will be £49. Please get in touch with me, Margaret Morbey on 01844 208913 or email if you would like more information and to book your ticket. The deadline will be 1st March, and money will be needed with booking.

The Bell
A Pie and Mash night is happening at The Bell on Wednesday February 24th.

Tuesday, 23rd February when paper, plastics and cans are due to be collected.

Chearsley - Living Through History

Does anyone know of any spare copies of Ted Hooton's book of Chearsley? We have received enquiries from folk keen to learn more of the history of our village, and I know Jay in the Village Shop would love to have a copy to share.
Please email me if you can help!

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Remember! Remember! The 16th of February!

Pop down to the church at 2pm and share a few pancakes.
Hear the history of Shrove Tuesday and see if you can toss a pancake without dropping it.
50p per person.
Contact Sharon Sampson on 208740 or just turn up - all welcome!

Thursday 4 February 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library
This will next be in the Village, near the Noticeboard, on Monday February 15th from 1.10 until 1.35pm.

Chearsley W.I.
Chearsley W.I meet on Tuesday 16th February at the Village Hall at 2.00pm when Bob Harding-Jones will be speaking on “Laughter in the Village”. He is a writer and performer and has worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Comedy Store. Non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of £2.

Bingo at The Bell
All tables were taken and the bar crowded at another lively Bingo evening at The Bell on Tuesday, 2nd February. A good fun evening. We are all getting to know the Bingo Lingo with the help of a few noisy veteran bingo goers and Paul, our admirable caller, aided and abetted by Andy, - One little duck for Number 2, Doctor’s orders (why this for number 9?) Droopy Drawers for 44 and Halfway There for 45, to mention a few. Come along to the next session on Tuesday, March 2nd for an 8pm start and learn a few more nicknames, and maybe win a bit of money.

Cuddington Youth Drama
Peter Pan is being performed by this drama group, which includes several Chearsley youngsters, at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington from February 16th to 21st. Please phone 01296 299129 for more information or to buy tickets.

Vegetable Growing with Mike and Hazel.
This scheme is for youngsters in Chearsley between 7 and 15 who would like to start growing their own vegetables on their own plot. Mike Heybrook and Hazel Hall would like to offer their invaluable experience and advice. Please ring Mike on 01844 208393 for more information or to offer to help.

Village Happenings
The February issue of this new community newsletter produced by Jay from the Tearooms is now out and you should have received yours through the letter box. Please ask at the Tearooms if you haven’t received a copy.

Tuesday 2 February 2010

It's back!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to The Bell....

returns on the first Tuesday of the month, starting tonight at 8:00pm.

Thames Valley Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Monday 1 February 2010.

Thames Valley Police are urging residents to be vigilant and ensure their caravans have sufficient security, after two attempted thefts in the Waddesdon neighbourhood.

The most recent offence took place on Tuesday (26/1), where four men attempted to remove the wheel clamps from the caravan which was parked on a private driveway on Station Road, Quainton, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The first offence occurred on 7 October 2009, in Main Street, Grendon Underwood, again two men have attempted to remove the wheel clamps.

The offenders for the offence on Tuesday are all white, in their thirties and were driving a dark blue Ford Mondeo Estate.

The neighbourhood policing team will be increasing foot patrols in the area and will be offering crime prevention advice and property marking to caravan owners.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Gareth Morley at Waddesdon police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.