Friday 29 June 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Olympic Torch Relay – Monday July 9
The London 2012 Olympic Torch will reach Aylesbury Vale on this day. An historic day for the Vale when it is expected a large number of spectators will come and experience this once in a lifetime chance to see the Olympic flame.
What happens on the day – a convoy of vehicles will drive past first signalling that the runners carrying the Torch will follow in about 10 to 15 minutes. The roads where the Torch is being carried will be closed to traffic about 20 minutes before the convoy arrives and will remain closed until the Torchbearers have passed. The torch is in torchbearer mode in Buckingham, Winslow, Whitchurch, Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville and Waddesdon. Between these communities, the Torch will travel in a vehicle. It is likely to remain busy in the area for a while after the Torch has passed.
Timings are 11.15 in Aylesbury; 11.54 in Stoke Mandeville and 14.17 in Waddesdon. If you are planning on going to Waddesdon where there will be a runner with the torch along the High Street as far as Queen Street, there will be temporary parking on the Waddesdon estate with access through Silk Street. There are designated viewing areas along the High Street for children and for disabled people and their carers. There will also be public and disabled toilets.
In Aylesbury Town Centre, some specific entertainment has been arranged to help welcome the torch. Street entertainers will begin to line to route from Buckingham Road to Walton Street at about 10.00 am and Aylesbury Music Centre Brass Band will be performing in the Market square. There will be volunteers handing out flags and blowers along the route. Again, there will be temporary public toilets available and designated areas especially for children and areas for disabled people to view the torch. It is advisable to arrive in good time, possibly up to 2 hours before the Torch arrives.
For Olympic Torch updates, there is more information on websites at and or follow on Twitter @bucks2012.

Volunteers for Olympic and Paralympic events.
Many volunteers are needed to help with a range of Olympic and Paralympic events this summer. Bucks. County council would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the volunteer team to meet people from all walks of life and get full training and support. Please call 01296 387089 or go to - Getting Involved.

Refuse Collection

Our bins, together with recycling baskets will be collected on Wednesday July 11 instead of Tuesday, as no bins will be collected on the Monday July 9, the day the Olympic Torch comes to Aylesbury Vale.

Quiz in aid of Chearsley Village Hall
The committee decided to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers. Apologies to everyone who was hoping to come. It may be decided to hold one later in the year, when it is not such a busy time.

Thursday 28 June 2012

Canada Day

This Sunday, 1st of July is the 145th anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada.  As reported on the day:

“The new Dominion has been duly inaugurated, and a jubilant time there has been, at least in the Province of Ontario. The metropolis of Cuddington was scarcely up to the mark on the occasion, and was fairly outdone by the loyal and patriotic village of Chearsley, which got up a celebration far exceeding anything of the kind ever before witnessed in the Western section of the Dominion.”   NY Times, July 1867.
Larry and Catherine Greenfield feel it is only right and proper to continue the success of this time honoured tradition by hosting an Open Invite Barbecue this Sunday from 2pm-6pm at Gardeners Cottage, Chilton Road. 
Look for the flag!
It’s an informal event so feel free to drop in for a few minutes or the afternoon, BYO (bring your own food, booze etc), and please let Larry know if you can make it.

Cuddington & Dinton CE School : Olympic Tickets- still up for grabs.

Cuddington & Dinton School have won 3 tickets from the Get Set Olympic Programme for Schools to watch Olympic Women’s Football at Wembley Stadium on 31st July. Free travel cards are also part of the package.

If you would like to make the most of this incredible opportunity, please send us a SEALED bid with the amount you are prepared to donate to F4CADS in return for these tickets & respective travel costs.

You have until Friday 29th June to submit your bid, and they will notify the lucky winners straight afterwards.  Please contact the school as soon as possible, or send your sealed envelopes to the office marked Olympic Bid and don’t forget to include your contact details!

Your donation will go towards repainting all the lines necessary for games on the Junior Playground, and repainting all the playground lines for games and play at the Infant Site.  We will be putting any remaining funds towards purchasing a Cuddington and Dinton School Sports Strip.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Community Message

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Don’t let thieves house-sit this Summer!

Sometimes the last thing we think about is home security when we’re about to jet off for sun, sea and sangria. Although Aylesbury Vale is a low crime area, it doesn’t mean if you don’t secure your home that you will return to your home as you left it.

Follow the Community Safety Partnership top tips to keep opportunist thieves at bay this summer:
  • Do not leave valuable items like your  TV, sound system and other hi tech gadgets where thieves can see them.Don’t leave keys near entry points where they can be fished or hooked out.
  • UV Mark belongings with your postcode and house number. Keep a list of the make, model and serial number of these items and take photos of any valuable items that can't be marked.
  • Make your home appear occupied. Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries and ask a trusted neighbour to collect your post. Use automatic timer-switches to turn on your TV or radio so it sounds like someone is home.
  • Make sure you have up to date contents and buildings insurance.
  • Put all your tools away so they cannot be used to break into your house and lock your garage and shed with proper security locks. If you have to leave a ladder out, put it on its side and lock it to a secure fixture with a "close shackle" padlock or heavy duty chain.
  • Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Most burglars get in through a back door or window. Make it difficult for them by locking all side or back gates and adding trellis to the top of walls and fences. Fit lights that come on at night to cover the sides and back of your house.
  • Make sure you've locked all outside doors and windows and, if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set.
  • Don’t advertise your whereabouts on social networking sites, it could attract unwanted attention from thieves.
The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership wishes you a crime free holiday.

To watch the Community Safety Partnership home security video, click on the link below.

To view more Community Safety advice, click on the link below.

Monday 25 June 2012

Parish Council Meeting

There next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will be tonight, Monday 25th June, at 7:30 in the Village Hall.

Friday 22 June 2012

Pet Service

Pet Service – June 24th
10am St Nicholas Church

John Wynburne is leading a “Pet Service” on Sunday at 10am so please come along with your pets and children and celebrate God’s creation with us.

The Neighbourhood Return Project

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

The Neighbourhood Return project aims to improve life for people with dementia and their carers by helping them to prepare for, and cope with, a common life changing event: getting lost.

Every year in England and Wales some 39,000 people start to wander and get lost due to dementia. Getting lost dramatically increases the risk of being admitted to a care home – from 15% over two years to 45% - and accounts for 12,000 to 18,000 care home admissions annually.

The Neighbourhood Return project involves the development of a volunteer network of people from their local community, including Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch, who, if they receive a text or an email to say that a person with dementia is lost in their immediate neighbourhood, will go out and look for them. The project has so far been featured in the Daily Mail as a feature for the Silver Dreams Fund.

More information can be found at

Initially, this project will only be piloting in Oxfordshire but we hope it will be rolled out nationally, if funding can be secured.

We are currently recruiting for a Service Manager to develop this project too. For more information about the role and how to apply, or to just simply find out more, please click here.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Chearsley Parish Council will be on Monday 25th June at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

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

Monday 18 June 2012

Quiz Night

There will be a Quiz Night on Saturday June 30th starting at 7:30pm. Tables of 8, tickets £8 to include ploughman's supper. Contact Margaret Morbey on 208913 or by email for tickets.

Friday 15 June 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Thanks
One criteria which the Jubilee committee aimed for was to make the Jubilee celebrations a free event for the village. Many villagers are to be thanked for all their time and effort. The carousel which completed the perfect village green day was sponsored by generous donations from Chearsley Village Stores, Mark and Jan Haynes, Birks Motor Sport, Tina Rogers, Hester-Clarke, Lyn and Ted Frankland, Ann and John Lewis, Nic Brown and Fred and Jacky Crawford. The Jubilee Committee would like to thank them for their generosity.

Armed Forces Day – Fly A Flag June 30
June 30 2012 will be the fourth Armed Forces Day when the whole nation is invited to show support for our military community both serving and retired at home and abroad. Last year, Armed Forces Day attracted many thousands of people to events to show support and appreciation. We are being asked to fly the Armed Forces Flag during the week commencing Monday 25th June. Flags can be ordered from Go to to find out the nearest local event.

Baskets for recycling and boxes for glass will next be collected on Tuesday June 26.

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Community Message

This is a Neighbourhood Alert, sent on behalf of Buckinghamshire Trading Standards

Top Roof Coating & First Choice Property Maintenance

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards is warning Buckinghamshire residents to be aware that the above companies cold-calling at homes in the County recently. The companies have both attempted to deceive consumers into believing that they need urgent or unnecessary work carried out on their roofs and failed to provide written cancellation rights, as required by law. Subsequent inspection of the work has also found it to have been unnecessary and very over-priced.

If residents are approached by anybody purporting to be from either of these companies, or indeed any company making similar claims, they are advised to decline any offers of work until they have had the opportunity to seek a second opinion. Trading Standards would be grateful if any such approach is reported to them, or if any resident has had work done by either company and has concerns, call on: 08454 04 05 06

Chris Holden
Senior Trading Standards Officer
Buckinghamshire Trading Standards
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Looking for a business you can trust? Visit or telephone 0808 156 2259.

Monday 11 June 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Monday in Chearsley
A really wonderful day for the village happened on Jubilee Monday June 4 when the sun shone and it didn’t rain, centered round The Green with the amazing jeweled Crown and royal scarecrows. The Green was filled with villagers and picnics. The Bell was busy; the Carousel provided fun for the children from morning to night; they made crowns, and about 60 tucked into a street party lunch, then took part in the treasure hunt, had sports in the Bell garden, had tractor rides round the village, collected jubilee mugs provided by the Parish Council. Perry organised us all to have our Village Diamond Jubilee photo taken – a memento of this historic occasion. Fun continued until the evening with fish and chips and a barbeque and the Jubilee concert shown in the marquee. At 9.30pm a parade of about 200 or more adults and children processed down to the Church to the sound of the church bells, past houses decorated with Union jacks and bunting, to hear a short address from John Scholefield, raise a toast to Her Majesty and count down to the lighting of the beacon on the church tower. The Church looked magnificent, decorated in jubilee colours. It was a perfect day, one which made many villagers not only proud of their Queen, but of being part of Chearsley, a village that had taken its tribute to the Queen seriously, by so many villagers putting out the flags and bunting, coming together to party in style and being a village which welcomes everyone to join in and take part. Thanks go to all the Jubilee committee who worked so hard to make the day so successful.

Parish Council – Monday June 18 at 7.30pm
There will be a meeting of Chearsley Parish Council on Monday June 18 at 7.30 in the village hall. Everyone is welcome to come to hear what is being discussed about the village and everyone has an opportunity to raise any matter with the councillors during a 15 minute open period.

Mobile Library
This will next visit Chearsley on Monday June 18 from 12.20 to 12.45pm.

Village Quiz – Saturday June 30 7.30 in Chearsley Village Hall
Tickets are now available to buy for this village quiz from me, phone 208913 or Tony Fleetwood on 201176. Tickets cost £8 per person, which will include a Ploughman’s supper. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Make up a table of 8 or come or your own and we will find you a place. The Jubilee fun will have died down by then and the village should be ready for another night out together.

Chearsley Show – Saturday September 1

For anyone new to Chearsley, this horticultural, handicraft and domestic for adults and children takes place in the village hall every year. It is a small very friendly, non-scary event when you don’t feel that you have to be a serious professional show entrant to dare to show your produce or efforts. Most of us have gardens and many have allotments or vegetable plots, so there is every reason this year to attract a record number of entries. In the week before the show, I go round my garden and earmark any suitable “contestants” and providing Phil doesn’t go and raid the garden for the night’s supper, I pick them on the morning, anticipating seeing a “first” sticker after judging (usually disappointed). Of course, if you are entering in the handicraft or domestic categories, it takes a little more thought! This year, there is a section for best flowering tub, rather than hanging basket, which will be judged by Joy Payne in the week beginning July 16. Entry forms for this are available from Joy at 1 Bernards Close or from the shop. Entries cost just 20p each. There are small cash prizes for the children and many trophies for different classes. Show schedules and entry forms are being delivered to every household. The hall is open in the afternoon for everyone, competitors and those that wish they had entered, to come and view the exhibits, have tea and cake and natter.

Chearsley WI
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday June 19 in the village hall when Colin Oakes is giving a talk on Soho – London’s most colourful village. Visitors are very welcome and should come at 2.30pm with £2.50 to include a cup of tea. Contact Pauline Parkes, President on 01844 202250 for more information.

Reminder - Vanessa’s Garden Open Sunday June 17 from 2 until 6
Upper Farmhouse in Chilton Road will be open under The National Gardens Scheme. Admission £3.00. No admission charge for children. Plants available for sale.

Open Farm Sunday – June 17
Open Farm Sunday is a project which has seen hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each year since 2006. Everyone can discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer. Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. Each event is unique with its own activities, which may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, mini farmers market or picnics. Go the website to find details of a farm near you ; And I thought this was only happening at Brookfield! Sandy Lane Farm at Tiddington seems to be the nearest one to here taking part.

Superfast Broadband
Bucks County Council in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council are trying to increase the amount of superfast broadband coverage in the 2 counties. Government funding has already been secured to improve access in those areas which currently have either no broadband access or suffer very slow internet speeds. The funding won’t cover the whole county. However, if it is possible to demonstrate to potential broadband providers that there is real demand from residents, it will significantly increase the chances of superfast broadband coverage. Please register your interest in obtaining superfast broadband in Chearsley. The registration is simply an expression of interest to demonstrate that there would be demand for the service if the infrastructure was in place. The website is

Sunday 3 June 2012

Road Closure

Monday June 4th

The road in front of The Bell will be closed from approximately 10.00 am to 3.00 pm for a village Jubilee Street Party. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents and thank you for your co-operation. Village access will be maintained by using the roads in front of the shop, and School Lane. Please drive with extra caution as there will families with old and young, out and about, enjoying the celebrations.

Chearsley Parish Council

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council meeting Monday May 21

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.

Eric Carte at The Mill at Sonning
Eric is currently rehearsing his latest role in Cash on Delivery written by Michael Cooney and directed by Brian Godfrey, at The Mill at Sonning. This is an hilarious, classic farce with many Mill familiar faces. Performances are from Thursday June 28 until Saturday August 18.

Bingo and Quiz nights at The Bell
There will be a summer break for these. They will start again in September. The first Quiz night on Sunday September 2 and Bingo on Tuesday September 4. Meanwhile, the Bell continues to offer curry nights on Thursdays and fresh fish on Fridays.

Open Garden – Sunday June 17
Vanessa Doyle of Upper Farmhouse, Chilton Road has her garden open under The National Gardens Scheme from 2 until 6. Admission is £3.00 with home-made teas available, and plants for sale. It is described as a third of an acre plantsman’s garden in a very difficult windy and exposed site. It is composed of different areas including a gravel garden, woodland area and traditional perennial borders featuring many unusual plants. Stunning panoramic views. A very pleasant way to spend Sunday afternoon and I hope the weather is fine.