Thursday, 18 April 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting - Apologies for anyone who went to the village hall expecting the Parish Council meeting to be taking place on Monday April 15. I didn’t know that this planned date had been changed. It is best to check the noticeboard by the bus-stop for confirmation of meeting dates when the Minutes of the last meeting are published together with an agenda and date for the next meeting. These are usually displayed about a week before the next meeting.

Quiz at Chearsley Village Hall on Saturday April 27. - There are still 2 tables available for this quiz in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. Tables are for 8, costing £5 per ticket. Please bring your own refreshments. Contact The Fund-raising office for Florence Nightingale on 01296 429975 to book tickets.

The Bell – favourite village pub - Nominations have opened for this annual competition that aims to showcase the best village pubs in Aylesbury Vale .The annual awards which have been a big success since they are launched by AVDC in 1997 celebrate what makes a village pub a winner, at a time when thousands of locals have closed across the country. The awards give village pubs a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of rural communities. To win an award is a mark of quality that will bring real prestige. Time, then to vote for The Bell. Last year, The Bell was awarded Best Community Pub in the Vale. This could be the year when The Bell receives the award for Aylesbury Vale Best Village Pub. Voting can be done online by visiting and fill out an online nomination form. Nominations forms are also available from The Bell or Tourist information Centres. Nominations will close on May 17.

Events at The Bell
Bingo – this will next be held on Tuesday May 7 starting at around 8.30pm and when Paul and Andy, the callers have the balls under control. It is a fun evening, well supported by villagers and out-of-towners, no experience required. The Bell offer a special price for a meal for Bingo players. Monthly Quiz – this will next be held on Sunday evening May 12. Come on your own and make up a table with others on the night, or come as a group. All levels of ability and knowledge welcome. Snacks provided. Buy your own drinks. Children’s Bingo – another monthly village regular will next be held on Sunday April 28 at 4pm. 2 Meals for £10 - this value for money offer still operates Tuesday to Thursday evenings.

Sue and Emily Atkinson would like to thank everyone for the support and kind wishes they have received following the death of Rob. “We were touched by the number of friends and colleagues, present and former, who made the journey to celebrate his life”. They thank everyone who contributed to the chosen charities. Donations have gone to Cancer Research UK of over £300 and £400 to the Dogs Trust.

Aylesbury Festival Choir
A Workshop of Opera Choruses run by Piers Maxim, Director of Music at Great Malvern Priory is being held on Saturday May 18 from 9.30am until 4.30pm at Bedgrove Junior School, Aylesbury. The cost is £18 in advance or £20 on the day. Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Bring your own lunch. There are more details and information on the website at, where tickets can also be booked. Or, contact Lynda Phipps on 01295 580599 or email John Phipps at