Saturday 25 August 2012

Superfast Reminder!

If your current broadband speed doesn't meet your needs you can do something about it today by visiting BT openreach, or go to and back your local county council's campaign to bring superfast broadband to Buckinghamshire.

Register by 1 September 2012 and you will be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win an iPad kindly donated by Buckinghamshire Business First.

Registering your demand for superfast broadband will only take a couple of minutes and won’t cost a penny. You’re simply helping Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Business First demonstrate to broadband providers that there is a strong demand for superfast connectivity here in the county. If you are unable to register online please call 0845 3708090 / 01296 395000.

Updates of progress are available both at the and the BT Where and When websites.

Friday 24 August 2012

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network Newsletter for September 2012 is now available for download.

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

110 Bus timetable alterations
The times of the 110 bus through Chearsley between Thame and Aylesbury have changed slightly. The new timetables can be viewed at the Arriva website here, and through the link under the Village Links column.

Chearsley Show – Saturday September 1
Remember entry forms for Chearsley Show must be received by Tuesday August 28. Please make every effort to find something to enter and make this year’s Show a great success.

Cricket Club
The First XI are playing Bicester and N. Oxford at home on Saturday September 1st and welcome support. They then play Kingston Bagpuize on Saturday 8th, again at home.

Cricket Club future events
Classic Car Show and Car Boot Sale – more details to follow.

Bingo at The Bell
The Summer holidays are nearly over and it is back to Bingo at The Bell again on Tuesday September 4.

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Community Message

This is a Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury

A burglary to a garden shed has been reported on The Green, Ludgershall sometime whilst the occupant was away, between the 3 and 17 August. A strimmer was taken from the shed, which had been left insecure.

Please be on your guard and ensure any suspicious activity is reported at the time it is happening. If possible obtain a description of any persons, along with the make, model, colour and registration number of any vehicle.

Make sure your own property is left secure when you are out, overnight or when you are at home but in another part of your property. It only takes a moment for a potential thief to gain access to your premise, sheds and outbuilding etc via an insecure window or door. Don’t take any chances.  Further crime prevention advice and information can be found on our website

If you have any information in relation to this crime, please call the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don’t want to give your details or speak to the Police you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Friday 17 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

St Nicholas Church – flowers
A wonderful way of celebrating a special anniversary, birthday, remembering the anniversary of the death of a loved one is by sponsoring or contributing to the cost of the flowers in the church. Our 14th century beautiful church is renowned for always having lovely flower arrangements, thanks to a dedicated team of flower arrangers, who each week throughout the year ensure that the church is filled with flowers. Contributing in this way would also help support and maintain this tradition. Please contact Joy Payne at 1 Bernards Close Phone 208513 or email for more information.

Chearsley Shop - dry cleaning
This is a very convenient service which our shop offers of twice weekly collections and deliveries. However, Jeyan is experiencing some problems with uncollected garments! In particular he has 2 men’s evening suits which have been in the back of shop since early in the year – probably brought in after New Year Celebrations and not thought of or needed since. Jeyan would very much appreciate it if the owners could come and collect (before next New Year). There are other garments as well, so if you think you may have some uncollected cleaning , please call in and speak to Jeyan.

Deadline for Show Entries
The annual Chearsley Show is only a just over a week away and the deadline for submitting entries is Tuesday August 28. Please make sure you have your schedule and entry form so you can enter as many categories as possible, to make this year’s Show a success. If you cannot find it, please let me know, so we can let you have another one. Each entry only costs 20p and must be received by Tuesday August 28 by Rosemary Wallis, Joy Pane or Anne Lewis. The Show needs you to take part for it to succeed.

Sunshine Club at Cuddington – Fashion Show Sunday August 26 at 2.30pm
This social meeting run by volunteers for the older person meets every fortnight in the Clubhouse in Cuddington, when there is afternoon tea, bingo, cards and chit chat. They have a recycling appeal for unwanted mobile phones and used ink cartridges which can be turned into funds for the Club. Please leave any of these items at Cuddington Village Stores, with thanks to John and Elaine, or phone 01844 299150 for collection. A Fashion Show is being held in the garden of Tyringham Hall, Cuddington on Sunday August 26 at 2.30 when models of all ages, sizes and gender, will parade down the catwalk for a fun Fashion Show. All the clothes modelled, plus hundreds more at knockdown prices will be available to try on and purchase. The £5 entry fee includes a delicious cream tea.

Paralympic Torch
Volunteers are needed to help steward the route as the Paralympic torch is lit at Stoke Mandeville on Tuesday August 28 at the start of the 24hr relay to the Olympic Stadium in London. More details can be found on or phone 01296 387089.

To remind everyone that the recycling system changes very soon when the old baskets and boxes for glass will no longer be used. These can be kept for your own purposes. The last time they will be used will be Tuesday August 21, but unless you put a note to say you would like the baskets left, they will be collected up later in the day and taken away. You may well decide not to put out your baskets on this day, but to keep all recycling matter until the new recycling bins can be used and emptied on September 14th. I am sure it will all work perfectly once we get the hang of the new system and new day. I just hope I am not the only house in the village who has not yet received the new recycling bin! I know lots have. Please remember that because of the Bank Holiday, the refuse bins will be collected on Wednesday August 29th – bins only.

Friday 10 August 2012

Paralympic Torch Relay - Volunteers wanted!

The Paralympic Torch is being lit in Stoke Mandeville on 28 August.

The Torch will then start its 24 hour relay to the Olympic Stadium in London, coming through Aylesbury and to the Hertfordshire border.

To make this historic occasion special for everyone, Bucks County Council needs volunteers to help steward the route.

Interested? Please contact them at or telephone 01296 387089

Thursday 9 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Village Plan
It might seem that things have gone quiet lately about the Village Plan, but meetings, discussions and ideas in the various topic groups have been taking place over the past few months by some of the villagers who were prepared to get involved under the chairmanship of John Lewis. It is hoped that an interim document can very soon be put together and an Open meeting arranged around the middle of October for all the village to attend. Imput from as many villagers as possible is still very much at the forefront of the Plan. The Plan is being formulated for how the village (everyone) wants Chearsley to be in 10 or 20 years time and for some of the ideas now being discussed to be able to happen. Any interest and involvement in any of the topic groups is still very much welcome. All details are available to view on the website under the planning forum link. The various topic groups are:

St Nicholas Church
This now has an easy link from the tab above to keep you up to date with all services and events, including the Harvest Supper on Saturday September 22 and Harvest Service on Sunday September 23.

Chearsley Cricket Club - Chairmen’s XI Challenge Match on Bank Holiday Sunday August 26
Players of all ages, abilities, gender and experience are desperately needed to support Peter Crook and Ian Houseman who are challenging the younger cricket players to a match taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday at the Cricket Club. Please get in touch with Peter on 01844 202487 if you would like to play.
On the more serious side of the Club, support from the village is always needed and their next game at the Club will be on Saturday, August 11 when the 1st XI play Shipton (not Dinton as previously stated).

Recycling and bin collection

All recycling baskets including the boxes for bottles and glass will next be collected on Tuesday August 21

Thursday 2 August 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Garden Waste Bins
The green bags for garden waste, which is a free scheme currently in operation, is ceasing in September. Brown garden waste bins, which will be collected every fortnight between February and November, is a new service being offered throughout the County including Chearsley. This will cost £36 a year. Please ring 01296 585510 for more information and to register your interest and sign up, or visit Chearsley is part of Phase 4 of the scheme which started in June and includes Cuddington, Long Crendon, Shabbington and Ickford. I have been assured that Chearsley residents can join this scheme. There will be an opportunity to talk to Aylesbury Vale about the new collection procedures at their stands at Winslow Show on Monday August 27 and at Bucks County Show on Thursday August 30.

Theatre in the Villages Friday October 19 in Chearsley Village Hall
This is an opportunity for rural communities in Aylesbury Vale to be able to enjoy professional arts on their doorstep and Chearsley Village Hall Committee is very pleased to be a host to an event. We are delighted to welcome back in October, Sandra Hunt who entertained us so enthrallingly last year in Fast Woman in “Mapp and Lucia Ahoy” with Rachel Lawrence who has adapted this from the much-loved novels of EF Benson. In this production, they bring to life arch rivals, Mapp and Lucia and their friends in a very funny exuberant celebration of the uniquely English art of one-up-(wo)manship. The performance will be in Chearsley village hall on Friday October 19 at 8pm. Tickets are £10 each and will be available shortly from me. Please note that this event is not being held at any other venue during this year’s Theatre in the Villages’ programme. So come along to Chearsley on Friday October 19. For details of all the shows available to book, please go to or call 01296 585301

The Bell
Our local Pub with its large, safe and very child friendly garden which is particularly enchanting when the sun shines, has several meal offers during the week at the moment. The Pub is not open Monday lunchtime and does no food in the evening. Tuesday offers a pie ( rare breed lamb and rosemary or pork to an Elizabethan recipe) and pint or glass of wine for £10. Meat for the pies is supplied by Orchard View Farm at Little Meadle, who are very proud to have recently been awarded 3 Great Taste Award Gold Stars for their free range pork. Thursday is curry and pint day for £10; Fresh fish on Fridays - choice of fish for £11, or a deal of 2 Chiswick battered fish and chips with a bottle of wine for £25. Sunday has roast lunches. Normal menus are always available. Coming shortly, after a break for the Summer is the monthly Tuesday Bingo Night when a special Bingo players meal is available. Also the monthly Sunday night Quiz starting on Sunday September 9.

Chearsley Cricket Club Ferret Racing
The club enjoyed a successful family afternoon last Sunday July 29. Last week’s edition of the Bucks Herald showed some good photos of the occasion. Around £700 was made which will go towards Club refurbishments.

Are you a Carer? Do You need a Break?
There are many unpaid carers in the community who perhaps don’t recognise themselves as such, and would therefore not consider themselves eligible to apply for a new grant. This is for anyone over 18 who cares unpaid for someone for 20 hours a week – for example, a husband or wife whose spouse has had a stroke or has dementia, a son or daughter looking after a frail parent, or parents with a disabled child. The new grant of up to £500 is to help carers take a break. Applications are made through your GP surgery. It is suggested that an appointment be made with your doctor to discuss the care you give and to have your name put forward for the grant. Should the surgery be unaware of this new grant, please contact Alex at CarersBucks on 0300 777 2722 for help. If not enough carers apply for the grant, it may not be extended in the future.

Mobile library

The mobile library will next be in the village on Monday August 13 from 12.20 to 12.45pm. Please note that it will not be here again until September 10.