Thursday 29 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Crime in Chearsley and Long Crendon areas.
We have been advised by the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team that there have been a number of thefts from vehicles recently in our area. Most vehicles targeted have been left unlocked and property stolen has included a handbag, purse, sat nav system and other smaller items – keys, sunglasses and clothing. The advice is to make sure the vehicle is locked and not to leave anything to tempt a potential thief, not even “hidden” in the glove box or in the boot. There is a 24 hour non emergency number for the Police of 101 which can be called to report any incidents or any information.

Christmas at The Bell
There are many opportunities and special events during December to meet up with friends and celebrate Christmas at The Bell, as well as the 2 or 3 course Christmas menu available from December 1 until 24. The Christmas Quiz is on Sunday December 9 at 7.30 with nibbles. Children’s Christmas Bingo will be on Sunday December 16 at 4pm. The Christmas Bonus Ball draw is on Saturday December 22. Make sure you have bought your ticket in good time. Likewise for the Meat Raffle to be held on Sunday December 23 at 3pm.

Opening times at The Bell during the Christmas Period:
  • Christmas Eve : 12 until 3pm. 6pm until late
  • Christmas Day : 12 until 2pm
  • Boxing Day : 12 until 4pm. Food available
  • New Year’s Eve : 12 until 3pm. 6pm until late
  • New Year’s Day : 12 until 4pm – come and have Breakfast

Carols round the Christmas Tree
This will be held on Friday December 14 at 6.30pm. Come and join in the carols and enjoy hot sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine. For a number of years now, the charities DebRA and Cystic Fibrosis have been of particular importance to the village as there are 2 youngsters in Chearsley who suffer from these chronic illnesses. The collection from the Christmas tree evening will go to support research by these two charities, so please come and give generously. Please note that there will not be the usual carol singing round the village this year.

Christmas at St Nicholas Church - see the Diary on the St Nicholas web.

Monday 26 November 2012

How To Report Fraud & Internet Crime

From 3 December 2012, all reports of fraud in the Thames Valley will be recorded by Action Fraud and individual police forces in the south east will no longer take any fraud reports. They will now be recorded centrally by Action Fraud.

If you want to report a fraud, please call the number above (0300 123 2040), or visit the Action Fraud website at

Thames Valley Police will continue to respond to reports of frauds in progress, but any other calls to report a fraud, including financially motivated e-crime, will be referred to Action Fraud. When a person calls to report a fraud, they will be provided with the Action Fraud phone number or website address.

The new process will have a number of benefits for victims of crime, including having a central point of contact to report all fraud; an effective and efficient way to bulk report fraud; and an increased chance of identifying repeat and vulnerable victims.

The scheme has already been piloted successfully in five forces, and will be rolled-out nationwide by March 2013.

Action Fraud has produced a leaflet about the changes which can be downloaded here.

Thefts from vehicles - Long Crendon and Chearsley areas

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team are warning residents to be vigilant following a number of recent thefts from vehicles, particularly in the Long Crendon and Chearsley areas.
The thefts occurred between 20th and 23rd of November and most of the vehicles targeted had been left insecure.  Property stolen included a handbag, purse, sat nav system and other smaller items, such as keys, sunglasses and clothing.
  • Please make sure your own vehicle is locked when parked up. 
  • Don’t leave any property in your vehicle, especially anything that might tempt a potential thief. 
  • Don’t be tempted to ‘hide’ items in the glove box, under seats or in the boot etc – criminals are likely to check all of these places.
Make sure any suspicious activity is reported immediately to the Police – when it is occurring.  Where possible obtain a description of any people, along with the make, model, colour and registration number of any vehicle.  Don’t leave it to someone else to report – you might be the only witness.

If you have any information in relation to any of these recent thefts please call the Police on the 24 hour non emergency number of 101.
If you don’t want to speak to the Police or give your details you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Friday 23 November 2012

Crime prevention warning for rural areas of Aylesbury Vale

A message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is urging residents in rural areas to take simple steps to deter burglars from targeting their homes as the winter approaches.

The awareness campaign, Operation Arctic, focuses on providing advice to people on how to stay safe during the run up to winter. During the winter months, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods which make them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home.

As part of Operation Arctic, the Partnership has been making Selecta DNA available to a number of households in rural areas. Selecta DNA is a metallic forensic marker fluid, which is unique to each owner. Selecta DNA not only incriminates thieves possessing stolen goods but makes the recovery of stolen goods to their rightful owner a much simpler task.

Matt Partridge, Chairman of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are determined to raise people’s awareness of security and help stop burglary from happening in the first place. Our advice to residents is not to let their home become a  target. Protect your home by taking simple steps such as using timers to turn lights and radios on; fitting alarms; making sure homes are locked before going out and keeping valuables out of view.”

Aylesbury rural Inspector Emma Garside said, “I would urge residents to review their home security as the winter nights draw in. With manufacturers now designing cars with security in mind it is becoming more and more difficult to steal a car without its keys. We are experiencing an increase in burglaries to houses where the only things being stolen are the car keys and the vehicle itself. Anyone who has any information relating to these crimes is urged to contact the police.”

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Village News

with Margaret Morbey

The Bell in Chearsley wins AVDC Best Community Pub of The Year Award
AVDC has been running this annual village pub competition, sponsored by Dayla for 15 years and it is very good news that The Bell has been awarded Best Community Pub of 2012 for supporting their local community.This was one of 6 categories for which 700 nominations for 35 pubs were received. In 2009 The Bell was highly commended and in 2010 it was highly recommended. Congratulations to Sharon and her staff for this well deserved award, all their hard work and enthusiasm in running the pub, and organising so many village events which make The Bell such an important part of Chearsley. Tony Babington, Oli’s Dad, reflected that Oli would have been very proud of this award. As are we all. He would like to thank all the Bell’s supporters and customers.
Don’t forget Christmas Bingo on Tuesday December 4, the Sunday Monthly Quiz and the Christmas meals.

Christmas Celebrations round the Christmas Tree
It is planned for the tree to be erected on The Green on December 7 and for its official lighting to take place a week later on Friday December 14. Keep this date in mind for carols, mincepies and Christmas cheer. More details in due course.

Mobile Library
This is next in the village on Monday December 3 on The Green, from 12.20 until 12.45 pm.

Friday 16 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Toy Service at St Nicholas
This will be held at the church on Sunday November 25 at 10am. Children are asked to bring a new toy, unwrapped which will go to a child less fortunate than them as a present for Christmas. The toys will be distributed to homes and hospitals in the Aylesbury Vale area via the Mix 96 local radio station appeal.

Christingle at St Nicholas
This delightful candlelit service, when every child is given a lighted christingle, will be held at the church on Sunday December 9 at 4pm. Everyone is very welcome to come. The collection will be donated to The Children’s Society.

Singing for Fun
A new Singing group has started in Thame in conjunction with Age UK. No singing experience is necessary, simply a desire to learn new songs and sing along to old favourites. The group meets every Friday from 11 – 12pm in Windmill Place, Corbetts Way, Thame OX9 2FL. The first visit is free and each session after that is £2.00. Please contact Milly Macpherson-Bruty on 07827235417 for more information.

Oxford Philomusica

Oxford Philomusica with Tasmin Little
Saturday 1 December 2012, 7.30pm
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

Tasmin Little – violin
Marios Papadopoulos – conductor
Oxford Philomusica

Tasmin Little is amongst the most celebrated violinists of her generation and is regarded as one of the world’s leading international soloists. She will be joining Oxford Philomusica – Oxford’s acclaimed professional Symphony Orchestra - for a performance of perhaps the most popular concerto of all time, Bruch’s utterly exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1 at their up-coming concert on Saturday 1 December.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a dazzling and sumptuous orchestral showcase custom-made for the Orchestra’s virtuoso players, will bring the concert to an exhilarating close.

Tickets are priced at £12-£24.
Box Office: 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee)
Groups: 0844 871 7614
Access: 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee)

Monday 12 November 2012

PCC Election Information

As there appears to have been very little information through the door about the candidates for this Thursday's elections, I thought I would provide a few links for anyone interested enough to browse.

A guide to each of the six candidates for the Thames Valley area, including their personal statements, can be found at:


Saturday 10 November 2012

Information Fair - Reminder!

A quick reminder of the Haddenham Information Fair- free for all including tea and cakes!

Friday 16th November 2012
Haddenham Village Hall, Banks Rd
1.30—3.30 p.m.

Those in attendance will include:

  • Abbeyfield Home in Haddenham
  • Home Library service
  • Haddenham & District Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • St Johns Ambulance Men's club
  • Tax help for older people
  • United Sustainable Energy Agency
  • Falls Prevention service - NHS
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • Library - Haddenham
  • Police
  • Social Care Surgeries
  • Social Care Bucks Connect
  • Transport for Bucks - road safety over 65
  • Calibre audio library
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Thame
  • Samaritans
  • Society of Later Life Advisers
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Red Cross - Home from Hospital
  • Community Impact Bucks community transport
  • Age UK Bucks
  • Bucks County Council Resilience team
  • GPs – Trinity Health
  • Bucks County Council welfare benefits advisor
  • Healthy Minds

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Neighbourhood Watch Community Message

Received from Catherine Dunn (NHWN, Administrator, England & Wales)

BBC One daytime series - stories wanted

neighbourhood Watch have been contacted by the assistant producer of a BBC One daytime series called Robbed Raided Reunited.

The series focuses on robbery / burglary. The bulk of the series is made up from observation footage of the police. The most important ‘feel good’ element of the programme is when they tell stories about people who have been reunited with stolen goods that are of sentimental value.

The producers are interested in hearing accounts of how Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch have been pivotal in bringing criminals to justice, or helped to reunite victims of crime with stolen goods.

If you’ve got a story to tell that fits with this theme, please contact the Assistant Producer, James Littmann, on 0207 704 5342, 07793 952679 or  There is no specific deadline given, but James would like to hear from people as soon as possible.

Friday 2 November 2012

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Jubilee Photos
There are now some good photos of Jubilee celebrations in Chearsley taken by Perry Smith for viewing in the gallery. Have a look and contact Perry if you would like a copy of any photo. It is hoped that a selection will be printed off for viewing for villagers that do not have access to the website.

Pumpkin Night at The Bell

More than a dozen well dressed and spooky pumpkins were brought to The Bell on Monday night to take part in a new twist to the traditional Pumpkin competiton. The winning pumpkin was entered by Jemima of Willow Close with a little bit of help from her parents. Congratulations and welcome to Jemima and her family to Chearsley.

Chearsley Village Trust
The Trust would like to hear from anyone, individuals or groups who would like to apply for an award for finance for their project or activity. Applications for this should be received by Claire Lazaruk, the secretary by Sunday November 11. Please send applications detailing what the project is, who benefits and what other funds are available to Claire at The Old Grainstore, Crendon Road, Chearsley, HP18 0DL.

Remembrance Sunday Commemoration - November 11
This will take place at the War memorial at 10.45

Children’s Bingo at The Bell
The first Children’s Bingo will be held at The Bell on Sunday November 18 from 4 until 5pm. Entry costs £3 per child. Prizes for winning lines and full houses. Educational and fun. Contact Sharon at The Bell, telephone 208077.

Chuf Christmas Shopping Event
Everyone is welcome to come shopping for Christmas gifts on Wednesday November 21st at Chearsley Village Hall from 7.30 until 9.30pm organised by Chuf. Entry, which includes a glass of mulled wine and festive nibbles, costs £2.50. There will be many stalls of cards, toys, gifts, jewellery, accessories and foot. Please go to for more information.

Running for Roy Castle Lung Cancer
Terry Gadsby of Church Lane and Chearsley Cricket Club Secretary took part in a 10k Candleford Canter at Fringford recently, and was pleased to complete this in 63 minutes – 2 minutes faster than her previous best. Terry raised over £600 in memory of Ann Veness who died recently of lung cancer and who was an important part of the Cricket Club. Donations can still be given to Terry by going to her Just Giving Page.

Village Hall Management Committee AGM
This will be held in the village hall on Monday November 12 at 8pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club awards
Despite a disappointing season on the field in a rain-ravaged summer, there was plenty of good cheer at the pavilion as the Club staged its Players Awards Evening. Director of Cricket, James Veness said there was disappointment in the performances of both the 1st and 2nd XI teams, but there would be determined efforts to put matters right in 2013 and for all players to enjoy their cricket again. Ian Houseman, Joint Chairman, reminded the audience of the need to recruit new players to bolster the ranks and asked all members to encourage friends and family to come and try the Chearsley “cricket experience”. Awards were presented to Larry Warr, Club stalwart for Best Fielder in the 2nd XI, Players’ Player award and the much coveted Sir Arthur’s Golden Boot. Other awards went to Paul Atkins for Best Batsman in the 1st XI, Ed Holland for Best Bowler and Marc Hignell for Best Fielder. In the Second XI, Adam Lazaruk won the Best Batsman award, Jake Bowman, the Best Bowler and Best Newcomer to Nick Willoughby.
The Club’s 90 Not Out Ball is being held on Saturday December 1 and tickets are still available from John Howard.
The Club’s AGM The will be held on Monday November 26 at 7.30 in the Pavillion.