Wednesday 30 June 2010

More Fayre photo's.... uploaded here.

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Monday 28 June 2010.

This week is national Rogue Traders week and Thames Valley Police and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) want to remind residents to be vigilant of rogue traders after a number of distraction/rogue trader type incidents were reported to both the police and council.

People have attended addresses pretending to be from the council offering refunds for bills and home energy saving products, or claimed to be from the police or the water board. Residents have also received calls asking for their bank details to give refunds and confirm security details. These offenders are trying to make people let them into their homes or give them confidential information.

Thames Valley Police and AVDC are asking you to follow the basic advice below:

* Every time a stranger calls at your door, it is essential that you ask them for identification, no matter which organisation they are from - even the police. Any genuine caller will hand over their identification so that you can ring the organisation they are from to check they are genuine, while they wait locked outside. Don't just accept the identification is genuine; always check by ringing the organisation.

* If in doubt - keep them out! Do not open the door to strangers; if you are not expecting someone, do not open the door to them. Use a door chain and door viewer to see who the caller is. Never let someone into your house before you confirm who they are.

* Ensure that back doors are locked if someone approaches the front of the house; distraction burglars usually work in pairs and whilst one is distracting you at the front door, another may be trying to gain entry at the back of the house.

* If someone is offering to do work for you at the door step, do not allow them to do it there and then, ask them to call back at another time when someone is with you. Do not be forced into accepting work that you do not want done. If in doubt about traders, call your local Trading Standards department at the council.

Distraction burglars are heartless criminals who use tricks to con their way into vulnerable people's homes and steal their valuables. Thames Valley Police and the council cannot tackle this crime alone and need the public's help. You can regularly reminding your elderly and vulnerable neighbours, friends or relatives about safe ways to answer the door to an unexpected caller.

If you would like any further crime reduction advice please contact your Crime Reduction Advisor via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or log onto the Thames Valley Police website at For further advice you can contact AVDC on 01296 585858.

If you have any information about criminal activity, and you do not want to talk to the police, you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

Monday 28 June 2010

Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council will meet this evening at 7:30pm in the Village Hall - all are welcome.

Fayre Weather Pictures

A beautiful day for Saturday's Village Fayre -

- photo's now available online.

Friday 25 June 2010

Thursday 24 June 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Thursday 24 June 2010.

Several reports have been received of residents in Aylesbury Vale receiving unsolicited phone calls from a company claiming to be either Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) or working with them, offering people reduced price loft insulation or new boilers at a minimal cost.

These calls are NOT being made by or on behalf AVDC and there is a concern that these calls are being made in order to obtain bank details or security details about peoples homes.

Please remind all watch members that these type of calls can use all manner of excuses to obtain the information they require, of which this is just one example. Do not give out personal information or bank details to unknown or unexpected callers, be they on the telephone or in person. Do not enter into any agreements or make appointments for them to visit your home.

If you need work carrying out at your home, employ a trusted trader, whom you already know or by recommendation from other customers. Advice can be obtained by visiting

You can also register your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. This is the official central opt out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. You can do this online at or by calling 0845 070 0707.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Pub Lunch at The Bell
Over 20 Chearsley residents gathered at The Bell for the second of our pub lunches.  It is proving a good and popular way of meeting up with old friends and neighbours and exchanging news all the while enjoying a good lunch in our lovely pub.  Don’t miss out - the next one will be held on Wednesday 28th July at 12.30pm.  Please contact Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 to book and place and choose your meal.

Flowers on The Green
The run up to The Flora and Fauna Fayre made a splendid start on Sunday 20th with several giant flowers being planted on The Green around Chuf’s willow tree.  Congratulations to all the children and parents who took part, particularly to the winners, the Giss girls of Watts Green with their innovative balloon flower.

New Baby
Congratulations on the birth of another Heybrook grandchild.  Laura and Ian Skinner now have a daughter, a sister for Henry and Freddie.

Mobile Library – Monday 5th July
This will be on The Green on Monday 5th July. Please note the changed time of 12.20 until 12.45.

Chearsley Show – September 4th
Show entry forms should have been delivered to you.  Please note and consider entering into the hanging basket competition. Judging takes place in the week beginning 19th July. Entry forms for this are available from Chearsley Shop or Rosemary Wallis of Merrifield, Dark Lane.

Midsummer Madness with Chearsley Cricket Club
Remember to buy your tickets :  for  Saturday July 10th, the Cricket Club  hog roast and local band Hair of the Dog in The Bell garden. Tickets are £10 each available from The Tearooms and The Bell. All money raised will go towards the development and improvement of the Club’s facilities.  Please contact John Howard on 208036 for more information.

Chearsley’s Festival  of Flowers - Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th July at St Nicholas Church

This is a new event for Chearsley and should prove a beautiful sight as Chearsley is fortunate to have several talented and artistic flower arrangers. Don’t miss it. Refreshments will be available.

Road Closure - Saturday 26th

Please be aware that the roads around The Green and the top of Church Lane will be closed to traffic on Saturday - as notified on the public notices around The Green - and are as follows:

The roadway on the south-west of The Green and the section of Church Lane down to the southern extent of Woodbine Cottage will be closed to traffic between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00.

The roadway to the east of The Green will be closed to traffic between the hours of 09:00 and 22:00.

If you are likely to need use of your car or other vehicle during the times stated, please make sure you have it parked outside the restricted zone!

Thank you for your understanding!

Wednesday 23 June 2010

Saturday Night's Alright...

Appearing live at The Bell this Saturday evening after the Village Fayre will be cover band Silver...

Starting at around 7:00pm - and a choice of hog roast at The Bell or chilli and jacket potato available from the Shop - this promises to be a great evening!

Pet Service - June 27th

Pet Service at St. Nicholas’ Church
June 27th 2010 at 10.00am

On June 27th at 10.00am, we are having a Pet Service. This is not just a gimmick but it has a serious intent. Every animal is loved by God. Animals are part of God’s creation and, according to Genesis, possess the ‘breath of life’. (Gen 1:30).  They are created on the same day with human beings and are similarly blessed. ‘It must never be forgotten’, wrote Austin Farrer, ‘ that God is the God of hawks and sparrows, of microbes no less than of men’.  We share this earth with animals and are inextricably caught up with them as part of an ecological whole. Yet, we frequently injure, exploit and destroy them. This is not something that should be taken lightly. As an old rabbinical saying puts it, ‘The way a person treats an animal is an index to his soul’.

Jesus identified with animals at many points in his life and spoke about them in many of the stories that he told. The vision of God’s Kingdom is of a time when harmony with animals is restored  - ‘the wolf shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together’.      So it is very important that we take time to thank God for ‘all creatures great and small’ and for the way in which they so enrich our lives and provide for us.

Do come and bring your pet! If your pet is small, please have it in a cage, and none should be allowed to roam free. If the pet you propose to bring is ill-disposed towards children or likely to bite, please leave it at home!
Which reminds me of an advert I once saw: Bulldog for sale. Will eat anything. Very fond of children

Sharon Sampson

Thursday 17 June 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Flora and Fauna Fayre on Saturday 26th June
Let’s hope for sunny, warm weather to help make this day really special and successful. Come along with plenty of money, and have a good time,  when you can meet up with neighbours and friends, relax on The Green, pop into The Bell, seek out a bargain from the many stalls, take your chance on the Bottle Tombola, watch the Morris Dancing, see the Animal Man and many more traditional Village Fete attractions.  It all starts at 2pm and ends approximately 5pm after the raffle is drawn. If you still need to buy raffle tickets, (and there are a lot of good prizes, including lunch at e Manoir aux Quat' Saisons for 2),  or would like more, they are available from The Bell, Village Stores and on the day.  The fun carries on into the evening when there will be a live band and hog roast at The Bell, starting at about 7pm. Chilli and jacket potato will also be available from Jay at the Shop. Come and have fun.

Midsummer Madness with Chearsley Cricket Club

Another chance to go dancing! Saturday July 10th when the Cricket Club are organising a hog roast and local band Hair of the Dog will be playing in The Bell garden. Tickets are £10 each available from The Tearooms and The Bell. All money raised will go towards the development and improvement of the Club’s facilities. Please contact John Howard on 208036 for more information.

Ron Oliver
I am told by Peter Martin of Bernards Close that his neighbour, Ron Oliver, who had lived there for more than 40 years has died. He had been in  increasingly poor health for many years. His funeral has taken place at Oxford Crematorium.  Thank you to Peter for this information and best wishes go to Alva, his wife, after her recent operation and stay in hospital. Alva will be remembered by many as a teacher at Chearsley school.

Parish Council meeting,  Monday 28th June
The next Parish Council meeting will be held at The Village Hall on Monday 28th June at 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome and are able to raise any matters at two 15 minute sessions at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Recycling Tuesday 29th June
Bins, baskets and bottle containers will be collected on this day.

Wednesday 16 June 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Tuesday 15 June 2010.

Two local residents in the Long Crendon and Hartwell areas have recently received unsolicited phone calls from callers, claiming to be from a home security company and other calls from a Computer company.

The conversation with the Computer Company suggests that they can assist with problems with your home PC. Your PC maybe running too slow, or you maybe experiencing frequent disconnection problems.

It is worth reminding all watch members of the following advice from Trading Standards - do not deal with cold callers. Never give personal information to unknown callers and never give passwords, credit cards and bank details over the telephone.

You can also register your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. This is the official central opt-out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. You can do this online at or by calling 0845 070 0707

Monday 14 June 2010

Midsummer Madness update

Just to let you know that plans are well advanced for Chearsley Cricket Club’s  main summer event.

“Midsummer Madness” will take place in the garden at The Bell on the evening of Saturday 10th July - click on the poster for full details.

As previously advised, we’ve hired a fantastic local band - ‘Hair of the Dog’. There’ll be a Hog Roast, summer salads and a selection of naughty puddings .....and plenty of other entertainment during the evening.

Tickets are now on sale at £10 per head – all children under eleven years of age are free of charge. So bring the family.

A number of CCC members will be selling tickets. They will also be on sale at The Bell and the Village Shop – or alternatively buy them from me directly (contact details below).

If you are bringing children, please let us know, so we can get the catering requirements right.

All the profit from the event will go to the development of our club – we’re already well under way with some much needed improvements to our facilities. The club has always attached great importance to the development of youngsters from our village. This will remain a very important focus for us in the years ahead.  

Your support will be greatly appreciated

John Howard (Great Barn, School Lane) Tel: 208036

Thursday 10 June 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey.

Chearsley Pub Lunch Club
Are you coming out to Lunch at The Bell on Wednesday, 23rd June?  This is when  the second of this new scheme to enable older members of the village to meet up for a meal, chat and make new friends, is taking place. It costs just £5.95 for a two course meal. Please contact Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 as soon as possible to book your place.  Come and give it your support.

Chearsley Fayre – Saturday 26th June
Festivities continue into the evening after our Flora and Fauna Fayre, when there will be a hog roast and live band at The Bell.

Pet Service at St. Nicholas, Chearsley

A special Pet Service to celebrate animals as part of God’s creation and to remind ourselves of our responsibility to care for them,  will be held at Chearsley church on Sunday, June 27th at 10.00am, when we are all invited to bring along our pets.  If fine it may be held outside.

Best Wishes
To John Hinton of School Lane after a short stay in hospital.

Mobile Library
This is next in the village on Monday 21st June. Please note the new time of 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Neighbourhood Update - June 2010

Our monthly Neighbourhood Update is now available for our area - click here to go directly to the Thames Valley Police on-line report.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Community Message - Missing Person

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Tuesday 8 June 2010.

Police have released a photo of a missing man in the hope the public will be able to help trace him.

Steven Truman, aged 47, from Shabbington, was last seen in Great Milton, Tuesday June 7th, at 2pm. 

Steven is white, 6ft 1ins, medium build, has light brown hair and was clean shaven. 

Extensive enquiries and searches have taken place to locate Steven and police believe he maybe in the Shabbington area. Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and are keen to ensure he is safe and well.

The Photo can be viewed by clicking on the this link.

If anyone has any information about Steven’s whereabouts or has seen him since he went missing; please contact Aylesbury police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505, quoting URN 1585 7/6. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weather Warning

Flash Warning of
· Heavy Rain
For the following areas
· Buckinghamshire
· Swindon
· Wiltshire

Slow moving thundery showers will continue this afternoon with the heaviest downpours giving up to 30mm of rain in less than 3 hours locally.
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.

Valid from 14:37 on Tuesday, 08th June 2010 until 21:00 on Tuesday, 08th June 2010

Monday 7 June 2010

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Monday 7 June 2010.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in Dinton on Saturday (5/6).

At around 6pm, a collision occurred between a Silver Mitsubishi Shogun, a red Vauxhall Corsa and a red Volkswagen Polo on the A418 Oxford Road, Dinton.

The Mitsubishi Shogun was travelling in the Thame direction when it collided with a Vauxhall Corsa heading in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa, a 35-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Shogun was treated for minor injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The road was closed for almost five hours for forensic collision investigation.

Anyone with any information, or who witnessed the collision, is asked to contact the officer in the case PC Ryan Whiles of Aylesbury Roads Policing base via 0845 8 505 505 and state that you are responding to this Ringmaster message - Reference: A 06/009. If you don't want to talk to police or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Thursday 3 June 2010

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Good wishes
To John Daishe of School Lane, and Ron Oliver of Bernards Close,  who  have both  recently been in hospital.  All the best to them both with hopes that they are now back home.

Chearsley Cricket Club

On Sunday, 30th May, Chearsley Cricket Club hosted its first ever “representative” match between Bucks Under 14's and Cambridge Under 14's. Despite a stiff breeze, everyone had a great day, with the visitors winning a 45 over game by 8 wickets.  The Club was pleased to received rave reviews from the Bucks representatives.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May, the Club held the usual 6-a-side trophy with 7 teams participating. Horspath ”B” team beat last year’s winners Morris Motors in a very close final. Despite a lack of sun, it was a good day and the club hopes to have made about £500.  A busy weekend for the Club.

Chearsley W.I.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a cream tea  on Thursday, 10th June at 3pm at the  home of Joc Faulkner, at 2 Old Plough Close. Proceeds in aid of charity.
Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 15th  in Chearsley Village Hall,  which will be open to visitors, when their speaker, Graham Laurie will give a talk on “The History of Royal Flying”.  There is a charge to visitors of £2.50 to include tea and cake. The talk will start at 2.40pm.


Recycling baskets (not  glass) will next be collected on Tuesday, 15th June.

Nether Winchendon Fete – Saturday 12th June
Nether Winchendon are holding their annual fĂȘte from 2–4pm in the grounds of Nether Winchendon House.  Come along for a splendid afternoon with all the usual attractions.

St. Nicholas Church, Chearsley – Sunday 13th June
Songs of Praise at 6pm invites us to choose our favourite song and relate the reason why. Please get in touch with John Scholefield on 208402 for more information.

Father’s Day – 20th June
Don’t forget that The Bell are offering a two course meal at a set price. The usual menu will be available as well as some Father’s Day specials.

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Play safe, stay safe!

Personal safety information for young people during school holidays from AVDC Community Safety Project Support

The school holidays are fast approaching and whilst it’s a time to have lots of fun, safety should also be at the top of the list.  Personal safety is important at any time of the year and even more so during school holidays when teenagers are away from the safe environment of a school and have lots of spare time to fill, most often with friends and without adult supervision. 

Whilst there are only a small number of youth related incidents, it is important that teenagers are aware of personal safety and how to protect themselves and their belongings, even more so due to the high number of valuables that are now being carried around such as mobile phones, MP3 players and games consoles.

Follow the advice below and make the summer holiday a time to remember for all the right reasons. 

• Avoid taking short-cuts through dark or deserted places.
• Always try to avoid walking home alone. Stay with friends.
• Do not advertise your belongings, try to keep usage to a minimum in public and keep your mobile hidden when you're not using it
• Do not wear an IPod\mp3 player\personal stereo as it prevents you being aware of what is happening around you. 
• Register your property by visiting   
• Property mark all valuables

For a FREE UV property marking pen please call into Customer Services at Aylesbury Vale District Council, 66 High Street, Aylesbury or visit the AVDC desk at the Buckingham Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham.  
If you are unable to travel due to a disability, please contact the Council on 01296 585615 and we can arrange to post the item.