Monday 26 September 2011

Neighbourhood Action Group and Local Area Forum Meeting

The next NAG/LAF will be held at Stone C of E Combed School on Wednesday 28th September.  The NAG meeting will start at 6.30pm and will be followed by the LAF at 7.30pm.

If you are unable to attend but have any queries or issues you would like to raise, please contact our PCSO, Sue Jones:

Sue Jones (C9830)
Police Community Support Officer
Haddenham and Long Crendon District
Waddesdon Police Station
email -
Tel: 08458 505505

Thursday 22 September 2011

Cuddington & Dinton School

Invitation to share in the vision for the rebuild & extension of the fire damaged buildings in Dinton.

As many of you will know earlier this year our school buildings in Dinton caught fire and sustained serious damage. Rather than simply rebuild the school, the Governors and School would like to take the opportunity to improve the facilities and accommodation provided by the school buildings and create a ‘best in class’ and inspirational educational environment for the children.

The Headteacher and Governors of Cuddington & Dinton C of E School would like to invite residents from our local and catchment communities to visit the school to hear about plans for our proposed extension and reinstatement.

Monday 3rd October 2011 4.00pm-6.00pm
We are holding the event at the Dinton School site where proposed plans will be on display and there will be the opportunity to talk to us about the proposals. We look forward to seeing you there.


Cuddington & Dinton Church of England School
Cuddington and Dinton Church of England School is a primary school spread across two sites; the Infant site based in Cuddington and the Junior site in the neighbouring village of Dinton.

The school is privileged to enjoy strong links with supportive local communities and the church, relishing the history and traditions of our villages whilst moving our school and, most importantly, our pupil’s education forward.


Mrs Price
Headteacher of Cuddington & Dinton Church of England School
t: 01844 291206

Roger Pratap
Governor & Chair of School Rebuild Working Group
t: 07973 118167

Rugby World Cup at CCC this weekend

A reminder that we’ll be screening the England vs Romania game at the Chearsley Cricket Club pavilion this Saturday.

Breakfast served from 7.30
TV screening starts 8.00

The England game is immediately followed by France vs New Zealand and we’ll keep the TV on if anybody wishes to watch that match as well.

Hope to see you there....and drop me a mail if you’re coming.

John Howard

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Neighbourhood Police Team: September Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Newsletter for September can be downloaded here.

Thursday 15 September 2011

The Ferrets are coming...

The rabbit warrens around Chearsley have been buzzing in the last few days, as the StaRescue ferrets have been put through their final paces in preparation for the Chearsley Cricket Club Ferret Racing event on Saturday evening.

The main details are shown on our poster but here’s more details of the schedule for the evening....

  • 6.30  Gates open
  • 7.00  1st Race – The Pieman Stakes (sponsored by Adam Lazurak)
  • 7.15  2nd Race – The Lombardo Challenge (sponsored by John Howard)
  • 7.30  3rd Race – The JV Classic (sponsored by James Veness)
  • 7.45 4th Race – The Chairman’s Handicap (sponsored by Clive Weston)
  • 8.00   5th Race - Floodlit Grand Final (featuring the four winners of the earlier races)
  • 10.30 Bar closes
We will be running on course betting. There are four ferrets running in each race and the minimum stake is 50p.

All losing tickets will be entered into a ‘loser to winner’ draw – and the winning ticket drawn at the end of the evening will win a ‘bottle of bubbly’.

Entry is free - children and families are most welcome. We’ll be providing ‘locally produced bangers and mash’ and a vegetarian option for adults (£5 per head). We’ll also provide ‘hot dogs’ for the youngsters.

It should be a fun evening – hope to see you there.

Try this link for a taster.....

John Howard

Saturday 10 September 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Show
Another very successful Village show took place on Saturday 3rd September. Entries and entrants were down slightly on last year, but there was a splendid array of produce, flowers, craft and domestic and many children’s entries to fill the tables in the hall. The show was busy in the afternoon when members of the public were allowed to view and discover the winners of the many categories. Tea and cake provided a chance to chat. Winners of a wooden fruit bowl for best fruit were David and Anna Taylor, winner of the Gadsby Trophy for best Vegetables was Julian George and the winner of the Vic Walker Cup as overall winner of the show was Mary Scholefield. The following were also winners : Anne Lewis for the Best Hanging Basket; Nicola and Julian George winning Best Tomatoes - the first year the Pat Marshall Cup had been awarded; Steve Lock for Best photo; Edward Richards for Best Model; Alicia Howard for Best Art Entry; Tessa Siddall for Best Craft; Katherine George for Best Children’s entry. A cup for the best Children’s champion was shared by Jessica Taylor and Tessa Siddall. Julian George won the Eli Godfrey Plate for Men’s jam tarts; Janine Rees won the Wilfred Kind Cup for the Best Domestic; Mary Scholefield won the Olive AshworthCup for Best Flowers and Jann Grimshaw won the Lane Bud Vase for the best flower arrangement. They were presented with their cups and trophies by Chloe Lambert (Stone and Dinton’s very industrious Bucks Herald correspondant) ( without whom, Chearsley Show would not be the same. She was given a flower arrangement made by Joy Payne, as a mark of appreciation by the Show committee. The Show is only on for a few hours on one day in the year, but so much work by so many people goes into it – the entrants,some offering a prolific amount of entries, the children who were so busy with their vegetables models, imaginatively decorated fairy cakes and artwork, the judges who take their job extremely seriously, and not least the committee and helpers led by Rosemary Wallis. Thanks to them all for keeping alive a village tradition.

Sharon Sampson organised another very successful day for 35 children and parents on Wednesday 18th August when they painted, stuck, sewed, tie dyed, constructed, acted, watched, ate and dance the day away whilst learning some of the stories that Jesus told. A treasure hunt for the oldest children incorporated a climb up to the Bell tower in the church. A party, feast and disco completed the busy day.
(Photos now online here.)

Time for Reflection – meditations to use through the year
Ann Persson of Dark Lane, Chearsley has written this new book which provides practical exercises of varying lengths for exploring contemplative, creative prayer. The themes are to the Christian calendar and the seasons. Please ring Ann on 01844 201955 to purchase a copy, price £8.95.

Harvest Celebrations with St Nicholas Church
Harvest Supper – this will be on Saturday 24th September in Chearsley Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 each for a 2 course meal including wine or beer and are available from Alicia Howard, Great Barn, School Lane, phone 07970 804330.

Harvest Festival will be part of the Family Service on Sunday September 25th at 10.00am. The produce and gifts collected will be going to The Steppin’ Stone Centre for the homeless in Oxford. Gifts of fresh fruit and vegetables together with dry produce and tinned goods, rice, sugar and pasta which can be used in the Centre’s kitchen are very welcome.

Chearsley W. I.
The Summer break is over, and Chearsley W.I. next meet in the Village Hall on Tuesday September 20th. Sally Botwright will be talking about London 2012, the history and stories of the ancient and modern Olympics, with information regarding the games coming to London next year. Non W.I. members are welcome to come at 2.30pm.

The next collection of baskets for plastics, cans and paper and the box for glass will be on Tuesday 20th September.

Organ player wanted
St Nicholas Church would love to hear from any organists or pianists who would be willing to play occasionally, particularly for the Family Services (4th Sunday of each month). Grace, the current organist is due to go to university, leaving an opening for new players. Ann Hooton and Jeremy Pratt have kindly offered to play at some of the services, but there are still gaps. If you are interested, please contact the church wardens, John Daish on 01844 208712 or Alicia Howard on 01844 208036.

Theatre in the Villages
A note for your diaries – Friday October 21st in Chearsley Village Hall at 8.00pm. Sandra Hunt will be giving a one woman performance entitled Fast Woman – presenting the extraordinary life story of Mariette Helene Delangle, who cast off this name simultaneously with her clothes to take on the name of Helle Nice, to become a dare devil dancer, model and grand prix motor-racing driver from 1920s Paris. Tickets are available from me, price £10 or £8 for concessions. We are very fortunate to be a host to a show with Theatre in the villages, so please support this opportunity which brings professional performances to your doorstep, funded by Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils. Some tickets have already been sold, so don’t delay in booking your tickets.

Cricket Club 1st XI

Congratulations to Chearsley 1st XI on becoming winners of Cherwell League Div. 4. Their final game at Buckingham on Saturday, 3rd September was a draw, which assured them of becoming top of the league. They will be promoted into Div 4 next season.

World Rugby at the Cricket Club
The Club will be showing the Ireland vs Australia match on Saturday 17th September which starts at 9.00am. The England vs Georgia on Sunday 18th at 7.30am and England vs Rumania on Saturday 24th starting at 7.30am. This match is followed by France vs New Zealand. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. Breakfasts will be served half an hour before kick off. Please book your breakfast with John Howard on 208036 or 07970 651326 in good time. More information is on the Cricket Club website and on the noticeboard.

This is next in Chearsley on Monday September 26th from 12.20 to 12.45pm at The Bell carpark

Pub Lunch
This will be held in The Bell on Wednesday 28th September at 12.30pm. Please let Ann Hooton know if you would like to come on 208306 and order your meal.

Free Information event on financial and legal issues in older age
This will be held on Friday September 16th from 10 until 1.00pm at the Youth Centre, Woodways, Haddenham, when there will be information stands and sessions about all matters concerning the elderly. From 10.30 until 11.10, Thame Citizen’s Advice Bureau will be discussing welfare benefits and how to apply. From 11.10 until 11.50, Lightfoots, Solicitors will be talking about Wills, inheritance tax and Power of Attorney. From 11.50 until 12.30, First Stop Advice will be presenting on Paying for care and exploring the options. There will then be time to have refreshments and look around the stands and ask questions.

Thursday 1 September 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Wedding Congratulations
Catherine Bottomley, daughter of Howard and Helen, married Mark Owens in Wales on Saturday 27th August. Congratulations and every good wish for their future together.

The Bell Summer Party
First reports of this Summer extravaganza held on Saturday 27th are that it was a great success. The unmistakable sounds of the Steel Band and later the wonderful voice of Alvin as Elvis wafted over the village on a thankfully fine night. Well done to Ollie and Sharon for their hard work in putting on such a good night.

Quiz Night at The Bell
This will next take place on Sunday 11th at 7.30pm with the winning team from last time, Tina, Jamie, John and Sarah providing the questions. Please contact The Bell if you would like to take part.

Chearsley Cricket Club and the Rugby World Cup
The Club has recently acquired a 42” plasma screen and they will be screening a number of key matches from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday and Sunday mornings during September and October. Breakfast will be available half an hour before kick off, comprising a bacon roll and tea or coffee at a cost of £3.

The first matches to be screened are on Saturday 10th September, England vs Argentina and Sunday 11th September, Wales vs South Africa. Kick off at 9.30am.

Please let John Howard know by the Thursday evening beforehand if you would like to attend. His phone number is 208036 or 07970 651326.

Chearsley v Cuddington Boules Rematch

This will take place at Cuddington Boules Pitch, Cuddington Playing Fields, on Saturday September 17th at 2pm. Nic Brown, Chairman of Chearsley Parish Council is looking for players to be part of a hopefully winning team. Please contact him at or phone 07776161644 if you would like to play. Offers of help with providing tea, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes etc. are also needed.

Parish Council Meeting
There is a Parish Council meeting on Monday 12th September in the village hall at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mobile Library
This will next be at The Bell carpark on Monday 12th September from 12.20 until 12.45pm.