Tuesday 31 May 2011

NAG/LAF Meetings

The next Neighbourhood Action Group and Local Area Forum meetings will be held on Wednesday 1st June, 2011 at Ickford Village Hall.  The NAG will start at 6.30pm and the LAF at 7.30pm

Open letter from the Chairman



Hi Simon

We have not spoken before but would welcome your support on a highway matter that is concerning and frustrating me considerably, and has left me with a large number of folks both in the village and outside questioning why the main road works between Chearsley and Cuddington have not been sorted by now ??,

This matter was originally scheduled for April (discussed in February ) and I now understand will not be completed until July ....................How is this possible as I believe we were, if not top of the pile then close to it ??!!

I have regular calls from both motorists and cyclists alike and last week was confronted by an angry Mother who was cycling from Chearsley to Cuddington only to have her young daughter in tears as a result of swerving into the bank from the closeness of a passing motorist who was trying to dodge the uneven surface.

I have been patient on this matter and understand we are not the only village in the area with issues , but in all my driving around  the lanes of the local area radius (3 miles) I cannot find anywhere a more deserving case !!?

Please can you have this stretch of road repaired swiftly ?

Best Regards

Nic Brown
Chair of the Parish Council

Saturday 28 May 2011

Community Message

This is a Community Message from Aylesbury Watch Office on Friday 27 May.

Volunteers Week runs from 1-7 June with events happening all across the country. If you would like to become a volunteer contact, the Police Volunteer Support Central Team on 01865 846250 or email voluntersupporteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Do you want to be a Special?

You can find out more about being a Volunteer Police Officer on:-

Monday 06 June 18:00until 21:00

ThamesValleyPolice Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2NX

Or click on the link below to find out more


Friday 27 May 2011

Gardeners Wanted

Vale Volunteers Gardening Services is part of Community Impact Bucks, an independent charity helping members of the public to get involved in community activity. Since 2003 we have been providing a charitable year-round gardening service to people living in Buckinghamshire who are often vulnerable, isolated and living alone in the community. Typically, our service users are older people or people living with disabilities; most live in disadvantaged areas with multiple problems, including poverty and higher crime rates.

The Gardening Service is volunteer-delivered and provides a rewarding activity in the form of a ‘green gym’, where volunteers have the opportunity to: improve their health through regular physical activity; increase their employability through training and development and to enhance their social networks. Our gardeners represent a broad cross-section of ages, gender and ethnicity.

Primarily, the volunteers cut grass, do light digging, prune, weed, trim bushes and collect/bag-up green waste. Other services offered include garden clearances; community-level growing; therapeutic and defensive planting; community engagement; befriending; training and mentoring.

In addition to helping individuals, The Gardening Service also carries out ad hoc Community Regeneration projects. These projects are set up to reclaim unkempt areas that have suffered from years of neglect and as a result attract crime. These projects provide us with the opportunity to engage with residents and local community groups to encourage and support their participation in these projects through their ideas, suggestions or hands-on involvement.
We are always looking for more volunteers to carry out this valuable work. They don’t need to be an expert, they just need enthusiasm. Both novice and experienced gardeners are welcome. Involvement in this project would make a big difference to people’s lives.

If you would like to help, please contact Leona on 01296 744736 or send an e-mail to leona@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Thursday 26 May 2011

All set for Super Sixes!

Chearsley’s annual ‘cricketfest’ is all set to go on Bank Holiday Monday (30th May) as the club stages its popular ‘six-a-side’ tournament.

Eight teams will battle it out all day for honours in the exciting match format contested over five overs, with each member of the fielding team bowling an over each, apart from the wicket-keeper.

Last year’s winners, Morris Motors of Oxford, will be returning to defend their crown and the full list of teams will be:
  • Chearsley
  • Chearsley Under 19′s
  • Horspath ‘A’
  • Horspath ‘B’
  • Morris Motors
  • Long Crendon
  • Babington Superstars
  • Young Farmers
The tournament starts at 10.00 and the final will be played at 7.30. The bar will be open all day and there’ll be a barbecue running from the start, with late breakfasters/early lunchers in mind. The Bucks Herald will also be present to take some photos on the day.

Don’t miss it!

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Pub Lunch Club
The Club was one of the first of many to be launched with the support of Community Impact Bucks, a charity which works with Parish Councils and local interest groups. The idea of the Clubs started in Shropshire as a way of helping people maintain a level of social contact in rural areas. The Chearsley Pub Lunch can rightly be called a success as it has now been running smoothly under the management of Ann Hooton for a year. Thanks go to Ann for the work she does. The lunches are a monthly occasion, the next one being on Wednesday June 22nd at 12.30pm in The Bell.

Zumba Fitness

...is latin-inspired, easy to follow and now available in Chearsley on Thursday evenings in the village hall.  Classes start at 8.15 until 9.00 (following the Pilates class). It costs £5.00 per session. Sounds fun. Come and try it.

Chearsley and Long Crendon Conservatives
I understand from Jeremy Quin that a highly successful lunchtime hogroast was held on Saturday 21st May at Hill Farm, Long Crendon, by kind invitation of Mike Hawkett, Long Crendon’s newly-elected District Councillor, when over 70 attended and met friends and neighbours. Michael Edmonds from Chearsley, who was re-elected alongside Mike Hawkett used the occasion to welcome his new council colleague and paid tribute to 8 years of loyal service on the District council by David Smith from Shabbington who retired at the election.

Litter Pick – Sunday June 5th

Please come and help pick up litter in the village lanes by meeting at The Bell on Sunday June 5th at noon. Bags and gloves will be provided. As we have entered the Best Kept Village competition for the first time this year, it needs us all to be especially proud of the appearance of our village and make an effort to keep it tidy.

Mobile Library
This will next be in Chearsley by The Green on Monday June 6th from 12.20 until 12.45pm

Refuse collection
Back to the normal Tuesday collection day on 7th June when it will be bins only.

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Zumba Fitness Classes

Zumba Fitness Class - Ditch the Workout, Join the Party!
Zumba fitness is a Latin-American, dance-based workout and is open to all levels of fitness. Come along and have a go! 
Every Thursday 8:15 - 9:00pm at Chearsley Village Hall.  £5 per class.
For more information, contact Rachel on 07973 540248

Monday 23 May 2011

Free First Aid Introductory Session

Would you know what to do if you found a friend or family member unconscious? What if you thought they were having a heart attack or choking?

How would you and your group like to participate in a free of charge first aid session that will give you the information you need to give first aid in any emergency?

6th June 2011 - 2 hour session.
If you have a venue and a group of 8 or more people willing to learn some first aid skills, get in touch. The date is set but the timings are up to you, just let us know if you would like to take up this opportunity.
All participants must agree to the session being filmed and be prepared for us to show this film to volunteers and staff in the British Red Cross.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Ann Hooton on 208306. The Red Cross would like to know at the latest by Friday 27th May. Ann is interested, and needs to get others together for June 6th.

Sunday 22 May 2011

Cricket Extravaganza!

There’s going to be some fantastic cricket up at Chearsley Cricket Club during the next fortnight....so come up and enjoy the sunshine, watch some great sporting action and support our boys !!
  • Sunday 22nd May : Bucks Under 14 vs Essex Under 14 – the club is once again hosting a Bucks County game. Match starts at midday. Bar open all day and BBQ available from 2.00 pm
  • Saturday 28th May : Cherwell League Chearsley - 1st X1 vs Shipton - match starts at 2.00 pm. Be careful to avoid the odd mildly intoxicated VP, who will have just enjoyed a ‘damned good lunch’ down the road at The Bell. Bar open
  • Sunday 29th May : Friendly match vs West Wycombe - match starts at 2.00 pm. Bar open
  • Monday 30th May (Bank Holiday) : Six-a- side tournament - CCC’s annual cricket extravaganza with eight teams battling it out for glory all day. 10.00 am start and 8.00 pm finish. Bar and BBQ available all day.

Family Fun Day

About 80 adults and children had a wonderful day on Saturday 21st May. The adults sat around and caught up with friends or met new neighbours while the children made giant junk models, played with water, painted each other's faces and rode in wheelbarrows.
At lunchtime everyone shared a barbeque with some delicious salads, desserts and cakes. This was followed by a scavenger hunt for items such as a left trainer, a dead fly and a rabbit dropping!  Then there was a close run tug of war contest between the girls/ladies and boys/men over a paddling pool.
The whole day was finished off by burning the cardboard junk models and toasting marshmallows over the embers.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Many thanks to Paul & Ann Persson who lent us their garden for the day.

Pictures from yesterday's Family Fun Day are now in the gallery...

Thursday 19 May 2011

HS2 Waddesdon Roadshow - Saturday 21st

The HS2 Roadshow comes to Waddesdon on Saturday 21st at Waddesdon Church of England School Car Park between 9:00am and 5:00pm. This is an opportunity to view the proposals, presenting information in a clear, accurate and accessible way, as well as offering the chance for you to speak to the HS2 team and officials from the Department for Transport. If you are unable to attend an event, the exhibition material will be available at highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/roadshow  afterwards.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Refuse and recycling collection
Bank Holiday Monday on May 30th means that our bins will be collected on Wednesday 1st June together with the boxes for glass, and baskets for cans, paper and plastics.

Cricket Club Curry Night and Quiz
A very impressive £1,500 for Cricket Club funds was raised at their Quiz evening on Friday 13th – obviously a lucky date for them. Over 100 people in 14 teams took part in a challenging quiz put together by Larry Warr. The winners were a team from Aylesbury, who have promised to return to defend their title at the Club’s next quiz. Discretion will not permit me to report on the losing team, but a visit to the Cricket Club’s website via Chearsley.com will give more details.

Bingo time again
The next session of Bingo at The Bell will be on Tuesday June7th, ready for Eyes Down at about 8.30pm. A special price of £6.99 is on offer for Bingo players wishing to eat beforehand.

HS2 information
The mobile roadshow reaches Waddesdon this Saturday (details here), giving information on the proposed HS2 rail line, and it will then be visiting Calvert Green on Thursday May 26th. There is an opportunity to view the proposals and talk to the HS2 team. All information about this is available on the Department of Transport's website, highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/roadshow.

Parish Council Meeting Monday 16th May.
There were a few members of the public at this meeting when the new committee of Parish Councillors met for the first time, having voted Nic Brown and Leif Hytten to continue as Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Some of the matters arising were:

The proposed waste recycling plant at Long Crendon had been rejected as being on an inappropriate greenfield site. As an appeal was planned, it was agreed for this matter to be kept in mind.

TheHS2 rail roadshow at Waddesdon on Saturday 21st was discussed and for this topic to be on the next month’s agenda, possibly with a speaker.

The Public session brought forward points about the inappropriate positioning of the picnic table by the War Memorial, which Nic said would be moved; confirmation that electricity on The Green was no longer being considered; that the yellow lettering at the beginning of Evans Close was to be removed as this had been a mistake; deterioration of the postal service in the village and for residents affected to write letters of complaint to the Delivery Manager at Oxford. Peter Grimsdell, as footpaths representative agreed to investigate updating village footpaths maps which Ted Hooton had compiled many years ago. Concern at possible damage to the lanes due to new building work in Dark Lane was raised and the council agreed to reinforce this message again to the builders.

This public session considerably over-ran the intended 15minutes and much discussion brought about the suggestion that anyone wishing to bring a matter to the attention of the council should submit it in writing 5 days before the next meeting to Clare Clark, the council’s Parish Clerk, so it can be included on the agenda. It was also asked that copies of the agenda could be handed to the public.

Planning Procedure
In order for there to be more transparency in decisions made on planning matters, it was agreed that there would be an open discussion at the committee meeting following a planning visit, and a decision made then as to whether the application was supported or not. It was agreed that 3 members should visit Inshalla to view the proposals there.

Best Kept Village
As it had been agreed for Chearsley to enter this for the first time, a Litter Pick was arranged for Sunday June 5th, meeting at 12pm outside The Bell and for this to be well publicised. Mike Heybrook agreed to investigate possibly keeping some appropriate areas more natural, planting wild flowers.

Footpath Across The Green

It was decided that the best way to deal with the deteriorating state of the path across The Green, which had never been properly made many years ago, was to remove it and grass it over. The steps would then be removed.

Dog Bins
Although it was decided that no dog bins would be provided in the village, the ever increasing problem of dog fouling should be addressed by notices reminding dog owners to clear up after their dog and that it was an offence not to do so.

Village Trees
Professional advice should be taken about the removal or pollarding of the sycamores on The Green and also The Chestnut Tree on the main road.

Next Meeting: This was arranged to be held on Monday, 13th June at The Village Hall.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Monday 16 May 2011

Parish Council Meeting

A reminder that the first Parish Council Meeting with your newly-elected councillors will take place tonight in the Village Hall at 8:00pm.

Thursday 12 May 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey 

Chearsley Parish Council
There was a turn out of 69.4% at the Elections on Thursday 5th May. The councillors elected are : Nic Brown, Michael Edmonds, Mike Heybrook, Leif Hytten, Claire Lazaruk, John Lewis, Sandra Towell.

Allotment in Church Piece
Anyone who is interested in taking on an allotment – just think of fresh vegetables and herbs whenever you need them and of the fulfilment of hard work to achieve them. Please contact Alicia Howard of Great Barn, telephone 208036 for more information.

Pub Lunch at The Bell
The next Pub Lunch is on Wednesday May 25th at 12.30pm. There is now a regular group of about 20 “older” Chearsley people who meet each month for a bargain lunch and a catch up on news.  It has been good to welcome Ann McKay, past Landlady of The Bell to recent lunches. Please do get in touch with either Ann Hooton on 208306 or Alan Mitchener on 208893 if you would like to come along even if you no longer live in Chearsley or would just like to come and join in. Everyone is welcome. Now is the time to book your place and order your meal.

Mobile Library
This will next be in Chearsley by The Green on Monday, May 23rd from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Chearsley Family Fun Day
Sharon Sampson is organising another Family Day on Saturday, 21st May from 10am to 5pm in the garden of Long Meadow at the bottom of Dark Lane and Lower Green Lane. Many activities have been organized, including face painting, scavenger hunt, water play, wheelbarrow races, field games, tug of war, giant junk modelling, kite flying (hopefully there will be enough wind) and bring your own meat to a barbeque lunch and salad or pudding to share. Entry is free but donations would be appreciated. Please contact Sharon on 208740 or email her at Sharon@cloverdale.biz if you are planning to attend.

Bucks Armed Forces Day
A Fun Day Out for the whole family will be held at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Saturday June 25th from 11am until 11pm. The event is being organized to raise awareness of and support for the Armed Forces Community and to highlight the outstanding contribution it makes to this country, to give thanks to Serving Personnel, Veterans, Volunteer Reserves, Cadets, War widows and their families. It will be a day of all kinds of entertainment, live music headed by Blue, straight from competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, many other local Military and concert bands, fairground rides, bouncy castles, military vehicles display, an air display and lots more fun for all ages. Tickets cost £4 for adults, free for children under 18. Please phone 0844 871 7607 for tickets or go to www.ambassadortickets.com/armedforcesday

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Neighbourhood Police Team: May Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Newsletter for May can be downloaded here.

Monday 9 May 2011

Refuse Collection - Wednesday

A reminder that for this week only, our bins will be emptied on Wednesday morning. (There is no recycling collection.)

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning:14–20 May

As part of Adult Learners week, BCC have a range of free taster sessions to inspire people to try something new and get back into learning whether for fun or leading to a formal qualification.

From yoga to Spanish, Make up to DIY there is something to interest everyone.
Creative exhibitions of learners’ outstanding art and craft work will be on display at the main adult learning centres for people to view throughout the week.

Taster sessions and exhibitions will be taking place at:
Amersham, Beaconsfield, Winslow and Evreham

Whether for fun, to help boost your confidence or to gain that long desired qualification Adult Learning has something to suit everyone.

For more information and to book your place contact us on 0845 045 40 40, email studentenquiries@buckscc.gov.uk, download information here, or go online to see the range of free taster sessions at www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk

Sunday 8 May 2011

Parish Council meeting - 9th May 2011

Due to logistical and legislative issues, the public Parish Council meeting planned for Monday 9th May will no longer take place. A revised date in the near future will be published in the next few days.

Update: the next Parish Council meeting will now be on Monday May 16th - details and agenda to follow.

Saturday 7 May 2011

Parish Council Election Results 2011

BROWN Nicholas James : 196 votes
EDMONDS Michael : 121 votes
HEYBROOK Mike : 157 votes
HYTTEN Peter Leif : 131 votes
LAZARUK Claire : 155  votes
LEWIS John Richard : 162 votes
TOWELL Sandra Ann : 119 votes

Not elected:
DORMER Brenda June : 88 votes
GRAY Angela : 118 votes
SMITH Perry David : 112 votes

Turnout 69.4%
Spoilt papers 2