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