Friday 27 April 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Ian Taylor
Ian of Dark Lane, who had moved only very recently from Walnut Orchard to another house in Dark Lane, was seriously ill with pancreatic cancer and died peacefully at home on April 18th. He was a well respected Solicitor and former Under Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, and among other contributions to Chearsley over many years, played a significant role on the Save The Shop committee a few years ago. There will be a Thanksgiving Service at Long Crendon Church on Thursday May 3 at noon. Love and sympathies go to his wife Carolyn and sons, Hugh and James and their families.

Chearsley Show
It has been decided that there should be another Chearsley Show this September, despite the difficulties caused by the hosepipe ban and possible drought conditions. It will be held in the Village hall on Saturday September 1st. Hopefully, we shall be able to have a good display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, flower arrangements, domestic classes – ( more men are needed to enter the jam tarts class), art and craft, photographs. The hanging basket entry will this year change to a planted pot or tub. Schedules will be delivered in the near future. More help on the day for setting up would be very much appreciated - please contact Joy Payne or Ann Lewis. Whether you wish to take part by exhibiting or will just come along on the day as a spectator, please put this date in your diary.

Eric Carte

Chearsley’s actor can be seen online in the role of Sir George Parsons as part of an advertisement for pensions. It is well worth logging on to to see him. It is most amusing. Thank you Eric.

London Marathon success
James Wight, whose parents, Gill and Andy live in Church Lane, Chearsley, has raised almost £5,000 for Whizz-Kidz, a charity which helps to give disabled children a chance to lead a more independent life, when he ran the marathon in 4hr 34minutes, doubtless spurred on by his enthusiastic family supporters who were there to cheer him on.

Quiz at The Bell
There is a regular monthly Sunday evening Quiz at The Bell. The next one will be held on May 6 at 7.30 to 8.00. Sausages are provided at half time. Please contact Sharon or Ollie if you would like to come along in a team or on your own.
New on the pub menu is Thursday night Curry Night and Fresh Fish Friday. Booking is advisable.

Pumpkin Competition
Pumpkin seeds are available to purchase for £1 from The Bell for sowing now and with a bit of luck producing a good-sized pumpkin to take part in the Weigh-in in October.

Sunflower Competition
The Bell is giving away sunflower seeds to all children to see who can grow the tallest this Summer. Call in and see Sharon for more details

10K Race for Life
Roxanne, the daughter of our very esteemed Bingo Caller at The Bell, Paul Kingsman of Nether Winchendon, is running with her friend in the Race for Life at Milton Keynes to raise money for Cancer Research UK. on May 19. She needs support and would very much appreciate donations via

Chearsley Cricket Club
The Club have a busy year ahead of fund raising and cricket playing. To celebrate their 90th birthday, there will be a 70s 80s and 90s disco at Chearsley Cricket Club on Friday May 25 from 7.30 until 11.30. Tickets cost £12.50 per person to include chilli and jacket potato, with a vegetarian option available. Please contact Sonia Timberlake on 01844 208959 or email by May 20 if you would like a ticket. Fancy Dress is optional and there will be prizes for best costumes.
There will be further details later for their Ferret Racing Night on Sunday July 29.

Cricket Club 100 Club
If you would like to support the Club by joining their 100 club which will run from June 2012 until May 2013, there is an application form online, or contact Louisa Gadsby at Little Orchard, Church Lane, Chearsley HP18 0DF for more information. The year’s subscription is £24 (£2 per month) which, if 100 tickets are sold each month, would give a monthly top prize of £45, one at £25 and one at £15.

Cherwell Cricket League
Matches start on Saturday May 12 when the 1st team will be playing at home at 1.00pm. Come and watch cricket, support your village team and enjoy a glass of wine or a pint from the bar, which is open every Saturday. Families are welcome.

Chearsley Village Plan

This is a reminder that the next public open meeting to discuss progress on the

Chearsley Village Plan

will be held on

Monday 30 April 2012


Chearsley Village Hall

From7.30pm for a prompt 7.45 start.

The evening will include a report on progress to date,plans for upcoming events and anopportunity to contribute your thoughts on what should be in the plan.

The Chearsley Village Plan will lay out how Chearsley will develop in the next 5, 10 and 20 years.Under new ‘Localism’ legislation it will play an important part in influencing planning decisions.

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Chearsley Cricket Club's 90th Birthday

To celebrate the club's 90th birthday, they will be holding a

70's 80's 90's Disco

on Friday 25th May 2012
Chearsley Cricket Club
7.30pm till 11.30pm

£12.50 per person including entry and chilli & jacket potato (vegetarian option available)

Pre-order tickets from Sonia Timberlake 01844 208959 or e-mail by 20th May for catering purposes.

Fancy Dress optional but prizes for best costumes so dig out those flares, white suits, wigs and bling!

Everyone welcome – Proceeds to club Funds

Click here to download the CCC Flyer giving events for 2012.

Community Factsheet

This month's Community Healthcare Factsheet from AVDC covers depression and can be downloaded here.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Jubilee Planning meeting

The next planning meeting for the Jubilee Celebrations will be tonight, April 24th, at 7:30pm in The Bell.

Burglary Prevention Advice

Community Message from Diane Brown (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator)

Don’t get burnt this summer, follow our hot tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of burglary

The summer is fast approaching and you may be looking forward to day trips, long weekends and weeks away with the family.

Help us beat the burglars by taking a few easy steps to protect your home. Opportunist burglars will seize their chance if they spot a window or door left open, an empty home or a hedge which allows them to work hidden from view.

By following some simple steps you can help protect your house and garden while at home and on holiday.
Securing garden boundaries and entry points to houses, and ensuring houses look lived in while you are away can prevent burglary.

Ch Supt Tim De Meyer, from Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, said: "The steps you can take to protect your home are not expensive or time-consuming but are very effective in reducing your risk of becoming a victim of burglary.

"Look at your home from the street and think about how a burglar may break in - and then take the necessary steps to deny them this opportunity.

"Thieves will use whatever they can find to break in, or find things they can use to reach higher windows.

"The effort invested now may save a great deal of inconvenience later on if you are unfortunate enough to become a burglary victim.

"Many stolen items will be irreplaceable, such as photographs stored on stolen cameras and phone numbers stored on stolen phones.

“Victims may also have to spend time cancelling stolen bank cards, passports and driving licences, replacing door locks and filling out insurance claim forms."

Julia Hughes from Thames Valley Crimestoppers said: "Sadly the effects of burglary often rob people of not only personal items but also of feeling safe in their own homes.  By being vigilant about home security and watching out for the wellbeing of our local communities, we can all play our part in beating the burglars.  

"If you think you know who is committing local burglaries or handling stolen goods then play your part and let the police know.  However if you don't want to be identified then call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and tell us what you know"

Follow our hot tips to protect your home this summer:
  • Do not leave valuables or car keys by open windows and doors. Mark your valuables with your postcode or register them on the national property database
  • In the garden? Make sure you lock your doors and close your windows
  • Double lock your door using the key, and make sure your windows are closed even if you are just popping out
  • Do not leave garden tools, ladders etc easily accessible in your garden, make sure you shed is secure
  • Going on holiday? Make it look like you are at home; make sure you cut the lawn and trim any tall hedges before you go.
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Cancel milk and papers
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set - and that you have told the police who the key holder is.
  • Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks, after putting all your tools safely away
Watch our Youtubevideo, presented by Matt Allwright, television presenter for Rogue Traders and Watchdog.
For further home security advice visit the Thames Valley Police website or like us on Facebook(opens new window) or Follow us on Twitter

Friday 20 April 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Planning Forum
The next meeting of the Planning Forum will be held in the Village hall on Monday April 30, at 7.30 for 7.45 start, not May 1st as reported last week. The Village Plan will have a major impact on the way our village develops over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. It is vital to get it right, which will only happen if everyone contributes. Please come to this next meeting to hear about progress so far and to add your own ideas and wishes for our village.

Boxes for glass, and containers for plastics, paper and cans will all be collected on Tuesday May 1st.

Bingo at The Bell
The next monthly session of Bingo will be on Tuesday May 1st, with Eyes Down about 8.30. Come along for a good evening out, have a meal at a special bingo player price and maybe win some money. The jackpot is often around £60. If more cerebral entertainment appeals, why not come to the next Quiz Night at The Bell which is on Sunday May 6 at 7.30 for 8pm, with sausages at half time to sustain competitors. Reasonably priced, good meals are available most lunchtimes and evenings.

Jubilee Meeting
There will be another meeting to discuss arrangements for the Jubilee in Chearsley in The Bell on Tuesday, April 24 at 7.30pm. Please come along if you would like to help out.

Ron Clark
Ron Clark, of Elm Brook Close, died on April 18 at home after a brave but short battle with cancer of the brain. Ron was married to Dorothy and were a familiar sight walking around the village normally hand in hand since retiring to Chearsley 18 years ago. His funeral will be on Friday April 27 at Amersham Crematorium at 10.45. Sympathies go to Dorothy and his family.

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Chearsley Planning Forum

The next meeting of the


will be held on
Monday 30th APRIL,  7.30pm
for prompt 7.45 start

The detailed work of the Forum is now starting in the Topic Groups and Steering Group 

The Chearsley Village Plan will have a major impact on the way our village develops over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. It is vital we get it right – and that will only happen with YOUR input.

Please make every effort to come along to hear about progress so far and contribute your own ideas, wishes and desires for our village.

Monday 16 April 2012

Soul Spark pictures

Photos of St Nicholas during last month's Soul Spark are now in the Gallery.

Friday 13 April 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Family Fun Day on Sunday May 13 - 12 noon until 4
Everyone in Chearsley is invited to join friends and neighbours in another splendid day at the home of Paul and Ann Persson at Long Meadow Dark Lane. Please bring a picnic, something to sit on and relax in the lovely garden while the children run and around and play. Help is needed to organize activities for the children. Please contact Sharon Sampson on 208740 if you could help with tag rugby, wheelbarrow races, face painting, ice-cream shop, treasure hunt, or have other ideas for fun.

Stepping Stone Centre
St Nicholas Church is collecting non-perishable food items for this centre in Oxford for the homeless. There is a box in the Church for donations. Specifically requested items are cooking oil, sugar, evaporated milk, gravy granules and coffee.

Diamond Jubilee Garden Party
As Buckinghamshire residents, we are all being invited to apply for a free ticket to this event taking place near Henley-on-Thames on Monday June 25, a splendid afternoon to remember with a river pageant themed around the Thames, celebrating the important role the river has played in the life of the three counties over a thousand years. Four thousand guests will join The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the party, being jointly organised by the Lord-Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as part of The Queen’s UK –wide Diamond Jubilee regional tour. More than a quarter of the tickets will be available through the public ballot which will be drawn on May 9. The ballot is open to adult residents of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Each successful applicant will be allocated a double ticket so they can bring a guest. The ballot closes on April 30 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of May. An application form can be downloaded from here and must be returned by post.

Bulk Oil Buying Scheme
12 households in Chearsley have now signed up for this scheme. The next deadline for ordering is April 24 with delivery approximately within 14 days. If you are interested in more details or joining, please contact Leona Marsden on 01296 744736, or find further details on

Chearsley Village Plan
Progress in developing this plan is being made with more households having registered their interest. It is hoped that another mail shot and an information desk on The Green on Monday June 4th, Chearsley’s Jubilee celebration day, will provide more information and interest and get as many people as possible involved and contributing their thoughts and ideas. The next Forum meeting will be held at the Cricket Club on Tuesday May 1 at 7.30pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club – Chalgrove 10K run

Neil Davies, 1st XI team captain and James Veness, Director of Cricket, are taking part in Chalgrove Festival 10K run and are looking for sponsors and team mates. They are raising funds for cricket equipment. If you would like to sponsor them please contact them on or

Pub Lunch

This will next be held in The Bell on Wednesday April 25 at 12.30. Please contact Ann Hooton on 208306 if you would like to come.

50th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to John and Jean Daishe of School Lane on their recent Golden Wedding anniversary.

Thursday 12 April 2012

Jubilee Garden Party

25 JUNE 2012

The organisers of a three-county summer garden party to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have revealed how Buckinghamshire residents can be part of this unique event through a public ballot to be drawn next month.

Four thousand guests will join The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the party to be held near Henley-on-Thames on the afternoon of 25 June. It is being jointly organised by the Lord-Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as part of The Queen’s UK-wide Diamond Jubilee regional tour.

More than a quarter of the tickets will be available through the public ballot which will be drawn on 9 May by the Lord-Lieutenants of each of the three counties. The ballot is open to adult residents of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Each successful applicant will be allocated a double ticket so they can bring a guest.

They will join guests from all walks of public life including representatives of voluntary organisations and charities, together with civic, community and business leaders.

The ballot closes on 30 April. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Guests are promised a splendid afternoon to remember. A highlight is a river pageant themed around the Thames which celebrates the important role the river has played in the life of the three counties over a thousand years.

Closely associated with the event is a major Jubilee fund-raising appeal for the four Community Foundations in the three counties which exist to strengthen communities and enrich local life by inspiring and supporting philanthropy and charitable giving.

You can download an APPLICATION FOR ONE DOUBLE INVITATION here (3MB Word document)

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Community Messages

First,  a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury on Tuesday 10 April:

Members of the Aylesbury Town Neighbourhood Policing Team, in partnership with Halfords Auto Centre, will be in Tesco, Broadfields Car Park, Aylesbury, fitting anti-tamper number plate screws to vehicles on:-

Saturday 14 April, between 10am and 2pm.

This FREE service only takes a few minutes and can help prevent your vehicle number plates from being stolen and used in crime.

Criminals use stolen number plates to disguise the identity of their vehicle, so that it can be used in crime, such as making off without payment from garages, burglaries and to avoid congestion charging etc.

Member of the team will also be available to give crime prevention advice or to discuss any issues you may have.

Please pass this invitation on to any friends, family or neighbours who you think may be interested.


You can download the  Neighbourhood Police April Newsletter here.

Friday 6 April 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Easter Bin collection
Bins only will be collected on Wednesday April 11.

Parish council meeting – AGM
This is being held in the Village hall on Monday April 16 at 8pm. All villagers are invited to attend.

Chearsley WI
Their next meeting will be on Tuesday April 17 in the village hall when Dusty Roades will give a talk on Country Superstitions. Non WI members are welcome to attend at a cost of £2.50 and should come at about 2.30pm after WI matters have finished.

WI Mediterranean Evening – date for your diary
If you came to the WI French evening last year, you will be keen to put this date in your diary of Saturday October 13 when there will be a Mediterranean Evening. More details will be available later.

Quiz in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice
A reminder that if you haven’t yet bought your ticket for this quiz in the village hall on Saturday 28th April, starting at 7.15 pm it is not too late. Tickets are a very reasonable £5.00 to make up a table of 8. Bring your own food and drink. Ring 01296 429975.

Youth Club Volunteers
Chearsley Youth Club is run by volunteers and desperately needs more help so that it can continue to provide a wonderful monthly club for Chearsley youngsters. Please email Maureen Gillis at or phone Angela Gray on 01844 202105.

Sunshine Club Bazaar
This will be held in Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Saturday April 14 at 2.00pm when there will be cakes, plants, all the usual stalls, tombola and raffle and teas.

Community Oil Buying Scheme
The price per litre for the March order was 60.3p plus VAT, which was an average saving of £47 on 1000 litres. If you are interested in joining the scheme and placing an order for the next delivery, please contact Ann Hooton on 208306 for more details.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Easter at St Nicholas

Everyone is invited to St Nicholas this Easter weekend.

On Good Friday there will be a service at 10am taken by our lay minister John Scholefield.  It will follow the traditional format and will be suitable for adults and older children.
On Easter Sunday morning at 10am, Rev. Canon John Wynburne will lead a short but joyous communion service which will be suitable for all ages.  Please bring a flower to place in the cross.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Easter Egg Hunt The Bell garden, Sunday 8th April, starts 11am.....

On Sunday, the Easter bunny will have left a load of Easter Eggs for the children of Chearsley in The Bell garden. If you would like to come along and join in the fun, the garden will be open for seeking at 11am.

The Bell will be serving Tea and Coffee for the adults (as well as beer and wines), and hot dogs, chips and squash for the children - £4

Monday 2 April 2012

Got a Parking Ticket recently?

I got a parking fine after parking in a shopping centre car park. I had bought a ticket and displayed it on the windscreen but it must have fallen on the floor when I closed the car door as it was in the foot well when I got back. I can’t afford to pay the £120 fine. What can I do?

Shopping centre car parks tend to be classed as private land – which means it might not be the council who fined you but a private company. You should check if that is the case before going any further – and make sure you keep the ticket you bought as proof.

If it does turn out to be a private company then the fine they gave you isn’t an official fixed penalty, although it may look like one. It's a notice that they intend to take you to court for breaching the conditions relating to parking there (because they think you didn’t pay), and will offer to let you pay some money to settle the case out of court i.e. this is the ‘fine’ you were given.

There is no independent appeal process for parking fines on private land. You should write to the parking company explaining what happened. But if the parking operator decides to take you to a county court, the court may decide that you don't have to pay the fine. This might be, for example, because you did buy a ticket and it accidentally fell on the floor.

A parking operator doesn't have a legal right to recover a parking fine without first taking court action against you. Every situation is different, so get advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau on how to proceed – go to CAB adviceline 08 444 111 444 or 0300 3300 650(mobile)

For general advice visit

Your local CAB is in Market Square, Thame.