Thursday 25 July 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Final Draft of the Village Plan – Many months of hard work by many people on the Topic Groups and Steering Committee have now led to the Final Draft being published which is available to view here. Alternatively, the plan can be viewed by email, by emailing a request to, or a printed copy can be delivered by calling 01844 202791. Observations on the document are sought and need to be submitted by Friday August 16. These will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate into a Final Plan document which is expected to be published in September. Villagers will then be invited to vote on adopting the document. This is the last chance to influence the content of the Chearsley village Plan before it is put to the vote. So don’t miss the opportunity.

Cuddington Post Office temporary closure for the week beginning Monday August 5 – a new floor is being laid in Cuddington Post Office and stores and will be closed for a week. The shop will be temporarily housed in Bernard Hall, but the Post Office will be closed from Monday August 5 until Monday August 12.

Play around the Parishes Monday August 12 from 12noon Cuddington Playing Fields - A free event of 2 hours of fun for children aged 1 to 11 with crafts, toys, giant games, bouncy castle, facepainting from 12 noon on Cuddington Playing Fields or in the Bernard Hall if wet. Hosted by AVDC in partnership with SureStart Children’s Centres. Please ring Venetia Davies on 07717 834606 for more information.

Eric Carte - Chearsley’s well known actor and host of Chearsley Fete is again appearing at The Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre from July 25 until August 24 and then from September 6 until September 28 in a comedy “Who’s Under Where?” written by Marcia Kash and Doug Hughes. Several regular and popular actors at The Mill combine their comic talent with a very funny script guaranteeing an evening of pure fun - Jane and Sybil are on the verge of selling their Passion Fashion Wear to a famous Italian designer. That’s before the unexpected arrival of their jealous husbands, bent on sabotage with hilarious consequences. The Mill , an intimate theatre seating 215 in a semi circle around the stage, is situated on the banks of the River Thames and celebrates more than 30 years of entertainment. Uniquely, as the only dinner theatre in the United Kingdom, it has gained unrivalled praise both nationally and internationally. The price of the ticket includes 2 course dinner, coffee as well as a seat for the show. The Mill is offering 4 tickets for the price of 3 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Phone the booking office on 0118 9698000 or book tickets through the Mill at Sonning website.

Juniors Awards Ceremony at Chearsley Cricket Club - The thriving junior section celebrated another successful season. There are now around 80 junior members, and 60 regularly attend Tuesday evening coaching sessions with new coach Dave Richards, supported by a group of the club’s younger players. The club fielded a boys and girls Under 9 team in the Aylesbury and District Midweek league as well as teams at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 age groups. At the recent Awards Ceremony all players were awarded a commemorative medal and awards were given for the best batsman, best bowler, team player and most improved player in each age group. Catherine Miller who has been Director of Juniors for 5 years and has worked tirelessly to make Junior Cricket the success it is today is retiring from her post at the end of the season.

Chearsley Cricket Club 100 Club - The Club is still looking for new members for its 100 club which has just started again and runs through until May 2014. Proceeds from the 100 club contribute to the improvement of practice and playing facilities of junior and senior cricket players and gives supports a chance to win some money. The cost is £2 per month and the draws are held on the last Saturday of each month with about 50% of the proceeds being awarded as prizes. The more members there are, the more the prize money increases. Please email Louisa Gadsby at or phone her on 07738 220842 for an application form.

3 New Bells for St Nicholas Church – The Meadowsong event held recently was a great success on a beautiful evening and raised nearly £2,500. This brings the total collected so far to around £24,00, nearly half way to the target.

Parish Council Meeting – The meeting planned for Monday July 29 has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Please see the noticeboard for details of the altered date.

Wednesday 24 July 2013

UPDATE: Burglary – Long Crendon

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert.

Appeal for witnesses to burglary in Aylesbury Vale

This is an update to the burglary message circulated 22 July.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a burglary of an elderly victim’s flat in Abbot Ridge.

On Sunday (21/7) between 8pm and 8:30pm two unknown male offenders wearing black gloves, and travelling in a black VW vehicle, climbed over the wire fence at the rear of the property. They forced entry into the flat with an implement by prising open the bathroom window.

Once in the property, the offenders conducted a messy search of the flat and stole £476.50 in cash.

The offenders are described as white males and approximately in their late teens to early twenties.

PC Sam Stansbie said: ‘This was a cowardly crime, in which an elderly person was targeted and cash stolen. I am keen to speak to anyone who saw these men in the area or has any information which may aid the police investigation.

“I would also like to raise awareness and urge people to verify the identity of strangers who call at their homes, either by asking to see their identity card or by calling the company or organisation they claim to be from and checking with them.

“Never let someone into your home without doing this. If you see anyone acting suspiciously near a property, please contact the police via the 101 number”.

If you have any information that can assist the police investigation, contact PC Sam Stansbie, of the local Aylesbury CID team via the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via the Crimestoppers website.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Monday 22 July 2013

Burglary – Long Crendon

This is a Neighbourhood Alert message from Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury.

A burglary has been reported on Abbot Ridge, Long Crendon, between 6:50am and 8:30pm on Sunday 21 July.  Offenders got in by forcing a ground floor rear window and stole cash from inside.

Det Con Samantha Stansbie, from Aylesbury Local CID, would like to hear from anyone that might have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area between these times.  If you have any information please contact Det Con Stansbie via the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the Police, or give your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online via the Crimestoppers website.

Thursday 18 July 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting - change of date. The July meeting will now be held in the village hall on Monday July 29 at 7.30pm. Please see the notice board for confirmation of this and details of the last meeting’s minutes and the agenda for the coming meeting.

Best Kept Village
Congratulations to us all for being a runner up this year, together with Hyde Heath, for the Morris Cup for small villages. The winner is Great Brickhill. This is only our second year of entering this annual competition which is sponsored by Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Wycombe District Council and Motts Coaches. This year there were 57 entries for all of the categories and the judges were impressed with the high standard of all entries, and commented that Buckinghamshire as a whole and not just the best kept villages is in remarkably good shape. The judges look at the care, cleanliness, maintenance and community input of a village which does not necessarily mean the most beautiful village, with the emphasis on “best kept”. They congratulated the litter pickers and volunteers who make such an effort to keep their communities tidy and well cared for. In Chearsley, most of us are keen to see our village litter free and constantly make efforts to kept it that way, appreciate how the village green and other grassed areas are kept mown, are aware of and regret the carelessness of lorries showing little respect for our sunken lanes and verges - all making us concerned and rightly proud of how our village looks. Thanks to the Parish Council for entering us into this competition and for this year’s success. Well done to Cuddington, who are this year’s winners of the Tindall Cup for being The Best of The Best.

Open Gardens in Cuddington - Sunday July 28 If the weather continues to be as lovely as it has been these past weeks, visiting gardens in our neighbouring Best Kept Village will be very pleasant. Several gardens are open under the NGS Open Gardens Scheme from 2 until 6pm. Admission is £5 with free entry for accompanied children for all 5 gardens, including Tyringham Hall.

Teas in aid of Sunshine Club – Sunday July 28 Teas will be available as part of the Open Gardens afternoon at Tyringham Hall with the proceeds going to the Sunshine Club, which provides a social meeting every 2 weeks for the older person in Chearsley and Cuddington and Nether Winchendon.

Thursday 11 July 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting - the July meeting will be held in the village hall on Monday July 22 at 7.30pm. UPDATE: Check the diary - date and venue TBC. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting during the public session when any points or concerns can be raised with the council.

Village Plan Public Meeting - a reminder that this meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 in the village hall at 7.45 for 8.00pm start. Analysis of the questionnaires sent round the village has taken place and the committee are now in a position to inform the village of conclusions that have been reached on the many topics investigated and what is proposed to be in the Plan. This will then be put to the village for endorsement. More information about the Plan can be found on their web-page.

Summer in Chearsley - After a flurry of village events in May and June, of concerts raising funds for the 3 new bells, the fete, ferret racing at the Cricket Club, there is now a time of relative quiet, with time to look forward to the summer holidays, until September brings more village occasions.

The Bell will continue to offer 2 meals for £10 from Tuesday to Thursday and will be putting on some special evenings .The garden is well equipped to keep the children occupied and happy, safe from the road and now with new tables – a delightful place to enjoy a drink and support the pub. Bingo and the Quiz nights will then start again in September.

Our local shop, open for such long hours by Jeyan and Suki, is well stocked with groceries, cards, wine, everything for daily needs, ice-creams, drinks - and I can recommend their coffee, a bargain at £1 per cup.

Village occasions in September:

Chearsley Show of fruit, vegetables, baking and preserves, art and craft and a children’s section takes place on Saturday September 7 in the village hall. This is a fun show with only a little friendly rivalry and competition. Have a go and enter whatever you are growing in your garden. Many people grow tomatoes or runner beans, courgettes. Put in an entry for them and just remember not to eat the produce in the run up to the Show! Entries for this need to be returned to Joy Payne, Alicia Howard or Anne Lewis by Tuesday September 3. Entry forms were delivered to every house, but more are available from the village shop.

Classic Car and Fun Day – now in its second year to be held on Sunday September 8 (a busy weekend) from 12 until 4.30pm at the Cricket Club. This will be a day for all the family, raising funds for cricket equipment for the junior section of the Cricket Club when there will be a classic car and bike display, children’s rides, farm animal and pets display, dog agility demonstration, car boot sale, face painting, Chearsley Stocks, Giant Balloon Race, coach tours of the surrounding countryside, side show attractions, food and drink. Entry for all of this is free with local car parking available nearby. If you would like to enter your classic or interesting car, or book a pitch for the car boot sale, please email

Harvest Lunch will be held on Saturday September 21 – details to be available later with Harvest Festival at St Nicholas on Sunday September 22 at 10am.

Monday 8 July 2013

Cuddington Fete

TV celebrity and the nation's favourite baker Mary Berry will be opening
Cuddington Village Fete
on Saturday 13th July 2013 at 2.30pm.

The theme this year is 'Cuddington Seaside Fete'  and entry is free.

Stalls and Events include:

Surf simulator • Human fruit machine
Bouncy castle • Coconut shy
Plant stall • Cake stall • Licenced bar
Face painting and tattoos
Bottle & General Tombolas
BBQ • Local produce • Bric a Brac
Seaside fancy dress and knobbly knees competitions for all ages
Tractor rides
Haddenham Hoofers Band
Cuddington School Dancers
Grand draw •  Grand auction

Friday 5 July 2013

Haddenham Medical Centre

This is a message from the Haddenham Medical Centre:

We are very sorry to announce that Dr. Karen West will be on sick leave for six to nine months due to breast cancer. We all wish her a speedy recovery.
We hope to have a locum doctor in place soon to work with us until she returns

Thursday 4 July 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey.

Best of British Fete
Saturday June 29 was a glorious warm and sunny day bringing many villagers and other visitors to The Green to enjoy the day. We were pleased to have the Fete opened by Chearsley’s Eric Carte, doing his best to fool us disguised in an old lady’s hat and handbag, an actor of many parts on tv, film and stage. He then hosted the Fete as announcer and presenter throughout the day. There was plenty to keep everyone busy and entertained all afternoon with time to take refreshment at The Bell, sit around, chat and watch the world go by in the lovely sunshine and maybe spot a local celebrity, as well as Eric – Tony Hadley led by his 16month old daughter. The evening’s music provided by local boy, Eddie Bains and his band and disco by Jack Lazaruk with fish and chips from The Bell rounded off the successful day.
A very creditable £4,600 was made, which will be divided between the Church, the village hall and the village trust. Congratulations to everyone who put in such hard work beforehand and on the day, and in particular to Angela Gray for chairing the committee.

Mobile Library – this is next in the village on Monday July 15 on the village green from 12.20 until 12.45pm

Cleaner for Chearsley Village Hall - The committee are looking for someone to clean the village hall each week, which should take about 2 hours at £7.50 per hour. The cleaning could be done at any time from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening, depending upon any weekend bookings. Please contact Ruth Holland on 01844 208343 if you are interested.

Are you Retired? – an opportunity to become involved in an exciting new programme to be shown on Channel 4 which would like to hear from retired workers about their past jobs, careers and skills. No matter what job it has been, they would like to hear from you. Email for more information. Contacting them does not commit you to becoming involved.

Tuesday 2 July 2013