Thursday 24 May 2012

Godspell at Cuddington

Click for information
is coming to
The Bernard Hall
19th July 3.45pm and 7pm
Tickets are available from, 208740 or
The cast have generously offered all profits from the first performance to Cuddington & Dinton School.
(Click here for more information.)

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Olympic Torch
Congratulations to Dave Thomas of Willow Gate, Chearsley on successfully flying precious cargo of the Olympic Torch and some very important dignitaries from Athens to Culdrose, Cornwall last week. Dave has worked for British Airways for nearly 20 years, and is currently Head of flight training. He was the natural choice to have the honour to be the captain, joined by 2 other pilots. During his career, Dave has flown the Queen on two royal tours and former prime minister Tony Blair to a G8 summit in Germany, so had few nerves about high-profile flights. In an interview with the BBC, Dave said “It is fantastic. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime for me. There’s lots of history, being involved in the Olympic movement which goes back thousands of years. In terms of symbolism this is the most precious cargo I have carried and it’s a new story for me to tell at dinner parties”. Well done, Dave, and to his two children for being able to keep such an exciting secret for so long. Chearsley is rightly very proud of you – when would you like to come over for dinner?

Florence Nightingale Quiz
Over £400 was raised by Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity at the recent Quiz night in Chearsley and they would like to thank all Chearsley participants and everyone who took part in the 11 team competition to help raise this amount. The Hospice needs to raise over £600,000 this year to keep essential Hospice services running, including its new Nightingale 24/7 team service which provides day and night-time care for its patients. In June the Charity holds its annual Sunny Sunflower Month – Do Something Sunny for Money and they are encouraging everyone to clear out cupboards and wardrobes to donate items to their local charity shop in Chinnor. Good quality clothing, household goods and bric-a-brac are always welcome as well as any unwanted gifts which can be used as tombola and raffle prizes in fund-raising events. Please visit or ring 01296 429975 for information about future events.

Chearsley Village Plan
Up to date news on work on the Plan can be found on the Planning Forum page. Email addresses can be left there in order to receive automatic updates when new information is added. Most of the Topic Groups have already met or have meetings arranged for the near future. Everyone is welcome to join in the Groups by contacting the co-ordinator, details of which can be found on the website. The Steering Group is arranging to have a stand on the Village Green on our Jubilee Celebration Day, Monday June 4, which will provide an opportunity for anyone interested to see details of the work to date, express opinions and register to receive information of the Forum.

Jubilee Day Celebrations for Chearsley Villagers , Monday June 4.
A great deal of thought, work and time has been put in by the Jubilee committee for the benefit of Chearsley villagers and it is hoped that the sun will shine and everyone will come and celebrate for some or all of the day and evening plans.
  • 11.00am All day - free carousel rides for young children
  • 12.00pm Making Crowns in the Bell Garden
  • 1.00pm Village Photo. The last Village Photo was taken for the Millennium and it is a wonderful record of Chearsley villagers at the time. That was 12 years ago, so the Diamond Jubilee is an appropriate time for another village photo. Please come to The Green at 1.00, even if you are unable to stay for any other celebration. If you require a lift, please ring me on 208913. This will be followed by
  • Street Party Lunch or Picnic on The Green
  • 2.00pm Treasure Hunt and Party Games
  • 7.30pm Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on screen being shown in marquee in The Bell carpark.
  • 9.30pm Candle-lit procession to the Church with Jubilee lanterns
  • 10.00pm Lighting the Jubilee Beacon, National Anthem, toast her Majesty and share the Diamond Jubilee Cake
Then, dancing in the marquee. The Bell will be open for drinks and bar snacks all day with fish and chips and barbeque on sale all evening. The shop will be open all day for ice-creams, soft drinks and snacks.

Parish Council meeting
This was held in the village hall on Monday June 21 when Nic Brown was re-elected chairman, John Lewis elected vice chairman, and Clare Clark was appointed responsible Financial officer. John Lewis then chaired the meeting in the absence of Nic with 3 members of the public present.
Among matters raised :
  • Matters arising from the Annual Parish Meeting held in April :
  • The Police would be asked about amending the Neighbourhood Watch signs to include “No cold calling” and a note of where existing signs are located would be made.
  • A litter pick would be held on Saturday May 26 when gloves and binbags would be available from outside The Bell at 2.30pm in an effort to make the village as attractive as possible for judging in the Best Kept Village competition.
  • Dog bins would be erected soon, located in the field at the bottom of Church Lane and in the old strawberry field, Shupps Lane, Church Lane
  • The footpath across The Green would be left to naturalize.
  • During the open session, the deterioration of the verges by large heavy delivery lorries was discussed. A standard letter from the Parish Council should be drafted to encourage householders to request small delivery lorries, particularly those delivering to houses having new works, to prevent more damage and to make everyone aware of this problem. The letter could also be sent to local delivery firms. The bulk oil buying scheme, through its nature, seemed to be only able to send out a large lorry to the village and Community Impact Bucks, the co-ordinators for this scheme would be contacted.
  • It was reported that planning permissions at Walnut Orchard and The Martins had been passed.
  • Broken sewage pipe – this problem had resulted in sewage from the pumping station in the field at the bottom of Church Lane having to be pumped out into lorries many times during the day and night. Difficulties, including the flooding of the river into the field, had been encountered in the mending of the pipe, and it is hoped that the problem will soon be resolved.
  • The possibility of having the 2 wooden seats engraved with the benefactors name and details would be investigated rather than have a metal plaque fitted.
  • The deteriorating state of Aylesbury Road should be taken up again with AVDC.
The next meeting will be held on Monday June 18 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Refuse and recycling collections
After the Jubilee holiday, bins only will be collected on Thursday June 7. The following week, bins and baskets for paper, cans and plastics will be collected on Wednesday June 13. The following week, it will be bins only on the Tuesday June 19.

CCC Birthday Disco - Cancelled

The Cricket Club's Birthday Disco scheduled for this Friday (25th May) has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Litter Pick

There will be a Litter pick around the village this Saturday 26th - bags and gloves will be available outside The Bell from 2:30pm

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Free Home Insulation

A Community Message from AVDC

Cocoon is now able to offer cavity wall and loft insulation for free to householders in Great Britain.  Whether you own your home or rent it privately, you could be eligible to have your home insulated for free, saving you £s on your energy bills.  This is a time limited offer on a first come-first served basis.

From Monday 14 May 2012 – Cocoon, run by the United Sustainable Energy Agency, is now able to offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to householders across Great Britain.

Householders should take advantage of the free insulation while they can, before the government funding which makes this offer possible is withdrawn.  This is expected to happen in the autumn of 2012. This offer is only available until September 2012 and it is on a first come first served basis.

Having your home insulated is one way to bring your heating costs down. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms could save up to £135 every year, just by insulating your cavity walls.  Householders are being urged to act quickly to protect themselves from predicted future energy bill increases.

All homeowners and private tenants are eligible regardless of their age or whether or not they are on benefits.  If your house is larger than average for the number of bedrooms, or if you require extras such as scaffolding or core vents then you may be asked to pay a charge.  Also, if you already have a certain level of loft insulation you may be charged to top it up.  However, you will not have to pay anything until you have agreed to it, after having a free, no obligation survey.

If you are not sure whether you have cavity wall insulation; or you’re not sure whether your loft insulation is up to the recommended level, just contact Cocoon to arrange a free, no obligation survey.

For more information, or to arrange your free, no obligation survey, 
visit the Cocoon website  or call on 0800 80 48 777

Further Information
For further information about this press release please contact Carolyn Kempster
Phone: 01908 699925

Cocoon is a referral service helping customers find the best deals on domestic insulation, solar technologies, and energy switching.

United Sustainable Energy Agency is a not for profit company providing services to the public sector, businesses, and individuals to help them reduce carbon, adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty.

Friday 18 May 2012


Well done, Captain!

Flying the Flame

Chearsley's own Dave Thomas is today flying the Olympic flame from Athens International Airport to the Royal Navy airbase at Culdrose in Cornwall. See the full story on the BBC here.


For those interested in seeing the Torch Relay, details of the Luton to Oxford route (via Aylesbury and Waddesdon) can be found here.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will be on Monday 21st May at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

The agenda for the meeting, plus copies of previous minutes, can now be viewed and downloaded from the Parish Council tab above.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Cricket Club
Despite a miserable wet Bank Holiday Monday, six members of the Cricket Club successfully competed the Chalgrove 10k run. They all finished in under an hour and together raised £600 for Club funds.

The weather has caused a frustrating delay to the start of the season in the Cherwell League. However, the club was pleased to have had over 50 youngsters attending their first practice sessions on Tuesday evenings. Weather permitting for the matches to take place, the Club welcomes supporters every weekend and the bar is open from 1pm

A new year of the 100 club begins in June and new members are needed. The more members there are, the greater the monthly prizes. The 100 club, a monthly draw, is an important way of raising funds for the Club’s needs. Please contact Louisa Gadsby at Little Orchard Church Lane, Chearsley HP18 0DF, or email or download a copy of the application form to join – a year’s subscription costs £24. Applications must be received by June 29 for inclusion in the first draw which will take place at the Cricket Club on Saturday June 30 at 7.30pm.

The Club is looking forward to their Disco on Friday 25 at 7.30pm. at the pavilion to celebrate their 90th birthday. Tickets for this cost £12.50 to include a chilli and jacket potato supper. Please contact Sonia Timberlake on 208959 or email for more information.

All recycling baskets including the boxes for glass will next be collected on Tuesday May 29.

Jubilee celebrations for Monday June 4.
Details of the day’s events are on the Jubilee page and on the noticeboard. Hopefully everyone will come and join in and the sun will shine.

Royal Scarecrows
These must be put up on The Green by 12 noon on Sunday May 27th ready for judging on that day at 12.30. Please ring Claire on 208087 for more information.

Birthday Congratulations
Alicia Howard of School Lane has celebrated a “special” birthday in the past week. Congratulations!

Monday 14 May 2012

Jubille update

The programme of events for June 4th is now available on the Jubilee page.

Have you made your Royal Scarecrow yet? All entries to be erected on The Green by 12pm on Sunday 27th May. Judging will take place at 12.30pm
For further information ~ Call Claire on 208087

Saturday 12 May 2012

Boules today!

Just a reminder, anyone fancying a game of boules/petanques as the annual Chearsley v Cuddington match takes place on the Cuddington Playing Fields TODAY commencing 2pm!  The clubhouse is open with full refreshments including fine wines and ales and as Cuddington are hosting this year they are providing a full French spread.  Adults and Children all welcome for what will be a fun afternoon in the sunshine.

Nic B.

Thursday 10 May 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Village wedding of Emma and Stephen
The sun shone on Saturday May 5 for the marriage of Emma Whitlock and Stephen Howlett (Beno) in St Nicholas Church. Emma, who now lives in Thame, has been a Chearsley girl since she moved here with her mother Maria, and Peter Allen, when she was 6. Emma, a beautiful bride, was driven to the Church with Peter who gave her away, by villager Fred in his classic Morris Minor to a church full of flowers and three charming bridesmaids - one celebrating her birthday that day. It was attended by many villagers and then on to a sumptuous wedding reception at the village hall, which had been transformed amazingly with gauze and voile in colours to match the bridesmaid’s dresses by Joy Payne, village florist, who had also decorated the Church and Ruth Holland, village seamstress, who had also made one of the bridesmaid’s dresses. Splendid food by Tony and Ann Sherwin and family of Long Crendon. Dancing in the marquee. A lovely day and a lovely village affair. Congratulations Emma and Beno. We wish you love and happiness together.

Long Crendon Community Library

Support is needed for Long Crendon Community Library, which offers the full range of services found in a County Library. Bucks county Council is providing a grant for the first five years, but the Community Library must make up the shortfall and become self funding. In order for it to remain open and deliver a quality service, the library must raise funds through community events, grants and donations to finance running costs, purchase new stock and maintain the premises. If you would like to become a volunteer or assist in any way, please call in to the Library and fill out a form, or email , or visit their website here.

Mobile Library
Chearsley is still lucky enough to have a mobile service which will next be in the village on May 21 from 12.20 until 12.45pm.

Cuddington Youth Drama
Cuddington Youth Drama present Disney’s The AristoCats Kids at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Tuesday June 5 until Saturday June 9. Performances start at 7pm with a Saturday June 9 matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults, children and concessions £6. Running time of 75 minutes. Please contact the Box Office on 01296 747129 or email for tickets or more information.

Parking at Haddenham Railway Station
A warning to make sure you buy and display a valid car parking ticket when you travel from Haddenham and Thame Railway Station. A Chearsley resident has recently been fined £100 for failing to display a car park ticket, although one had been purchased. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to either purchase one from the ticket office or machine and display it on the car windscreen. (See also this article.)

Old magazines and brochures
My lovely daughter (with my lovely Grandson, now aged 9 months) in Barcelona has asked me to keep old magazines, catalogues and brochures for her card making. Help in collecting these would be much appreciated. Any unwanted magazines or old cards can be left at my house. Please visit jennymorbeymakes in the shops category on the website to view her cards and gifts.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Family Fun day - CANCELLED

Due to the forecast inclement weather, next Sunday's Family Fun Day has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Friday 4 May 2012

Haddenham & Thame Parkway - Parking

For those of you who park at Haddenham & Thame Parkway railway station, please be aware that apparently the parking there has been handed over to a much more aggressive parking agency. A Chearsley resident this week got a £100 fine, despite having paid, simply because their ticket was not displayed. You can no longer leave your ticket in the office (it must be put back in your windscreen), or you can buy your ticket from the machine, or use the RingGo app (Location 2610) on your iPhone or Android:

The long and the short of it is that users should allow plenty of extra time to sort out parking. The alternative is a £100 fine.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Long Crendon Young Farmers are organising and hosting this all day event at The Bail, Waddesdon Estate, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Rothschild. A Great family day out including main ring events, fun dog show, rural working skills demonstrations, heavy horse displays, vintage vehicles, bouncy castle, tractor displays, local food and craft stalls, competitions and raffle in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. Go to their website for more information.

Jubilee plans are well in hand for celebrations for everyone on Monday June 4. Lunch for children will be provided by the village and set up in the road outside The Bell. It is hoped that all villagers will come to The Green either bringing their own lunch, for themselves or to share or eating at The Bell which will be offering their usual lunchtime menu. Transport within the village to and from The Green is available for anyone who would be unable to come without a lift . Please let me know on 208913. Evening celebrations will include refreshments, dancing and a screen to watch the concert taking place at Buckingham Palace. The Church Bells will be rung during the candlelit procession down to the Church at 9.30 for the lighting of the beacon.

VILLAGE HALL QUIZ – Saturday June 30
If you missed the Florence Nightingale Quiz recently or perhaps took part and have had your appetite whetted for another one, you may be interested in coming to the next quiz to be held in Chearsley village hall, on Saturday June 30, organized by the Village Hall committee. More details will be available nearer the time.

The fifth meeting was held in the Village Hall on Monday April 30. Although progress by the various topic groups is being made, more involvement from villagers is vital for the eventual Plan to reflect the village’s hopes for the future of Chearsley. To this end, questionnaires may be sent out, another door drop to families who have not yet responded and an information table on The Green on Jubilee day Monday June 4 will be arranged.

FUN DAY  - Sunday May 13
Hopefully it will be warmer and the sun will shine on Sunday May 13 from 12 until 4 when other family day is being held at the home and garden of Paul and Ann Persson at Long Meadow, Dark Lane. Bring along a picnic, something to sit on and relax with friends and neighbours while the children play and take part in activities. Please contact Sharon Sampson on 208740 for more information or if you would like to help.

Bins only are being collected today Wednesday May 9. Bins and recycling baskets on Tuesday May 15.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Community Message: for carers of people with dementia

CBT for Carers

What is CBT?

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Who is the CBT for Carers group for?

The group is for carers of any age who are:
  • Caring for someone with a diagnosed dementia
  • Looking for ways of managing stress or depression and ideas for caring more effectively for their relative/friend

What will the group cover?

  • Stress management
  • Coping with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • Ideas to help you care for your relative as effectively as possible, for as long as possible
  • Understanding dementia and your reaction to it
  • Identifying helpful ways of interacting with your relative/friend to reduce your feelings of stress/distress/depression
  • Identifying ways of responding when your relative/friend is distressed and coping with the behaviour you find most difficult
  • You will also meet other carers, and be able to share ideas and experiences of caring with someone with dementia.

When, where and how long?

  • These groups are being run across Buckinghamshire by Primary and Secondary Care services (NHS).  The venue for the group will be decided based on where there is the most demand. 
Duration:  The group will run for 12 sessions, once a fortnight, each lasting 1½ hours.  The group is FREE. If you are interested in attending this group, or would like more information, please contact: Healthy Minds and mention ‘CBT for carers group
Tel:  0844 225 2400 : Email: