Friday 16 December 2011

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Planning Forum Questionnaire
This is now accessible online via the website – planning forum and online survey. Or go to It is hoped that everyone can complete the survey by December 31 – it doesn’t take very long to complete and would make a change from watching the tv or peeling the sprouts over the Christmas holiday. For those who would prefer to complete a paper survey, please contact any Parish Councillor or myself. The Parish Council would like as many people in Chearsley to put forward their views.

W.I Stall on The Green
The W.I. are proud to have raised £412.50 from their stall on the Green and from the sale of some Christmas puddings and goodies in The Bell.

Movember in Chearsley
2 Chearsley men have raised a substantial amount of money by growing beards during the month of November to raise funds for and awareness of men’s health, specifically, prostate cancer. Tony Fleetwood raised over£500 with 2 other colleagues and Dave Thomas raised over £ 450 part of a total of £99,000 raised by BA.

Mummers at The Bell
The Mummers are coming to The Bell on Christmas Eve to act out their Christmas story at 7.30pm. All proceeds collected during the night go to Prostate Cancer.

Race Night at The Bell
This Charity Race Night was a new and successful event for The Bell. The pub was crowded with hopeful punters betting on most unlikely- named horses and watching the races on a screen. Money raised from this, including a raffle raised £450 for Dreams Come True a charity which helps severely ill children fulfil their dreams.

Christmas Tree Light Grand Switch-on
A good crowd of villagers, including our vicar, John Wynburne, gathered outside the Bell early on Saturday evening, December 10 to hear Christmas music from a sound system organised by Phil Holland before the Christmas tree lights were officially turned on. Nic Brown, chairman of the Parish Council, gave a few Christmas words, thanking in particular, John Fowler for organising the tree, and to Paul Oliver, Chearsley’s intrepid electrician who can always be relied on to get the lights working whatever the elements,(and it was extremely cold and windy for him) before the count-down to the official switching on of the tree lights. This important job fell to Emily Oliver, the daughter of Paul. Fortified with mulled wine and mince pies ,carols were then sung round the tree and collections made for the 2 charities which are locally very important to 2 Chearsley families – DebRA and Cystic Fybrosis.

Poppy Collection 2011
Sue Grimsdell is very proud to report that her collection tin this year raised £392.62 – a record breaking sum for Sue - a very good result for her hard work of calling at as many houses of Chearsley as she could , selling poppies. She and the British Legion would like to thank everyone who gave so generously. Sue deserves our thanks for doing this job on her own so tirelessly, year after year.

Christmas at Chearsley Church
The following services take place at St Nicholas
  • Christmas Eve 3pm Children’s Crib Service
  • Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Communion
  • Christmas Day 10.00am. Christmas Praise

May I wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year