Thursday, 17 March 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Easter Egg Hunt
Chuf are organising an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 2nd April at Haddenham St Mary’s C of E School. As well as lots of fun, there will be craft activities, stalls, raffle, refreshments and of course an Easter Egg hunt. Tickets cost £4 per child on the door and he fun starts at 2.30 until 4.30pm.

Mobile Library
This will next be in the village on Monday 28th from 12.10 until 12.45pm.

Earth Hour - March 26th
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change, taking place every year on the last Saturday in March. Last year, Earth Hour became the biggest Earth Hour ever when a record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Will you join in with many others across the world to support this by turning off your lights for 1 hour on Saturday March 26th from 8.30 until 9.30pm?

Mother’s Day - April 3rd
This brings opportunities to support the shop where there are Mother’s Day cards on sale, alongside chocolates, jewellery and other gifts; The Bell where you can treat your Mother to lunch and St Nicholas, where the Mothering Sunday service will be held at 10.00am as part of the Family Service.

Chearsley Parish Council Council

This met on Monday 14th March in the Village hall with Nic Brown as chairman. About 12 villagers were present. Some of the points discussed were :

Millennium Field – the permission for this to be used by villagers has now lapsed. Mike Heybrook agreed to take down the Millennium Field notice and to store it until a decision is made as to where it should be kept.

Salt bin near the Old School – in response to a complaint, it was agreed this should be moved back from Dark Lane to near the School. Grit refilling should take place in April.

Benches on The Green – it was agreed that these looked good, although children had been allowed to stand on them which had left the benches in a muddy state. Advice would be sought as to staining the benches. A plaque recognising Betty Duval’s legacy which provided finance for the benches will be made once the wording had been agreed.

Village Skip – there were now health and safety issues about having a village skip. Other villages have overcome these difficulties by having the skip for just a few hours.

Parish Council Elections – these take place on Thursday May 5th when the Referendum on the voting system will be held. Nic Brown is very keen for more Chearsley villagers to stand for election on to the Committee.

Wedding Party – this is to take place on Saturday April 30th, organized by Julie Timberlake. The Parish Council is paying for the mugs for the children.

Wind turbines at Dinton
– progress of this planning application will be monitored.
Traffic calming – the most suitable traffic calming for Chearsley was considered to be one flashing 30s sign, which could be moved to different positions and to have a red band painted across the roads on entry to the village with 30 painted on it. These suggestions are awaiting final confirmation and final authorisation of funding from the Local Area Funding meeting. Marion Grapes agreed to address the Annual Parish Meeting on April 11th about these findings.

Alterations to Speed Limits – new speed limits come into force at the end of this month in this area. As I understand it, the extent of the 30mph limit in Chilton Road will extend to include Hill Farm. Also Upper Winchendon will be included in a 30mph area.

Waste Depot at Long Crendon Industrial Estate
– Julie Timberlake agreed to attend the next meeting of Long Crendon Parish Council when this matter would be discussed and recommend any supporting action which might be needed to Chearsley Parish Council.

Annual Parish Meeting April 11th
– leaflets about this will shortly be circulated.

Barn Owls Scheme
– more suitable sites are being sought in Chearsley, where nest boxes can be provided to encourage Barn Owls. Contact David Short at AVDC on 10296 435134 for more information.

Cuddington Road
– the poor state of this road should be properly mended during April. The gulleys had been cleaned out and will be kept clear as will the ditch in the field.
Future work by AVDC in Chearsley will also include continuation of resurfacing of Lower Green Lane and erecting more bollards to protect The Green.

The next meeting will be The Annual Parish Meeting on Monday April 11th in the Village Hall.