Thursday 29 August 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Ann Veness memorial cricket match – Sunday August 25
The sun came out with perfect timing after a rainy morning for the start of the inaugural Memorial Match for Ann Veness on Sunday August 25 at Chearsley Cricket Club. 25 past and present members of the Club, with which Ann was so involved, took part in the match, captained by James Veness and Adam Lazaruk . Play went well in favour of James Veness’s side with a score of 323 from the 35 over innings before tea. A heavy downpour interrupted play and further rain prevented the match continuing. It was agreed that an Aunt Sally game would be played to decide the outcome of the match. This should have favoured Adam Lazaruk’s team, having more players who regularly play Aunt Sally for the Club, but over 2 legs, they were well beaten. Richard Veness presented mementoes to the 2 umpires, Rowly Wills and Sammy Walker, a shield to the winning team captain, his son James and a Man of the match award to Marc Hignell. Richard thanked everyone who played, the villagers who came up to watch and the ladies from Chearsley and Haddenham who provided cakes and savouries for the tea for the day which raised over £430 for Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Aylesbury Rambler s Walking Festival – Saturday September 7 - this day brings an opportunity to sample what the new Outer Aylesbury Ring has to offer by joining one of the 18 walks. The walks start from various venues around Aylesbury which will cover a total of 53 miles of the Outer Aylesbury Ring long distance path and follow country paths back to each start. There are 2 circular walks involving Chearsley. One starts at Haddenham Church End via Aston Sandford, Kingsey, Cuddington, Chearsley and return to Haddenham, a walk of 9.7 miles. There is another one from Ashendon Recreation Ground of 7.3 miles to Pollicott, Chearsley to Cuddington, Nether Winchendon and Musk Hill Stud to Ashendon. All walks start at 10am. Please contact to let them know which walk you would like to join and find more details of all walks at Only registered assistance dogs can be brought on the walks unless a prior arrangement has been made with the walk leader.

Long Crendon Library Film Club
The brochure of films to be shown for Season 2 is now available. To become a member and book tickets, please go to the Library Box office at Long Crendon Library. The Film Club is a Long Crendon Community Library project, run by volunteers and all profits go to help support the continuing operation of Long Crendon Library. Comments and suggestions for further film titles are welcome, as are any offers to help. Matinees start at 2.30pm and evening showings at 8.00pm. There is a bar. The first film on Thursday September 26 matinee at 2.30pm will be a short film, This Way up – a 2008 UK Oscar nominated animation film, followed by Quartet, a comedy drama. A special event is being held on Saturday September 28 when there will be a showing of “Woodstock” The Directors Cut a 1969 documentary lasting 224 minutes, with Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Grateful Dead, The Who and many more. “Let your hair down for 3 days of peace, love and music in this iconic documentary of the legendary music festival”. Tickets for this event are £15 to include a barbeque, with bar including cocktails which will be available all evening. Doors open at 6.00pm for 6.30 start.

The Hundred of Ashendon
“A rather nice English Inn – eat, drink and sleep
Bank Holiday Monday was the perfect day for a little ride in our Riley to discover if the old Gatehangers pub in Ashendon had now re-opened and to re-acquaint ourselves with its new landlady Pia Knight, who was born and bred in Chearsley, and her partner, Matt from Ickford. Now called The Hundred of Ashendon, it has undergone a transformation with a lot of help and support from family, particularly Pia’s Mum and Dad, Jane and Peter Knight of Church Lane, Chearsley.
Pia, having previously worked in advertising in London, and Matt, a chef who has worked for some of the country’s top restaurants, have now been open for only a short time and plan to serve fresh, homemade lunches and evening meals with locally sourced ingredients with a menu which changes daily as well as keeping it as a traditional village pub with local ales.
Closed on Mondays, but open all day Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am. In time, the five rooms of bed and breakfast upstairs will all be given a makeover. Welcome back to this lovely part of England and good luck to our Chearsley girl and Matt. First impressions were that it should prove to be a great success.

Thursday 22 August 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Show - Saturday September 7 Our annual produce and domestic show will be held on this day in the village hall. Entry forms cannot be accepted after Tuesday September 3 and should be completed and given together with fees of 20p per entry to Joy Payne at 1 Bernard's Close, Alicia Howard at Great Barn, School Lane, or Anne Lewis at Orchard House, Bottom Orchard. The timetable for the day is : 8.30 until 10.15am when the hall is open for entries to be brought up and set out. 10.30am Judging takes place. The hall is open to the public at 2.45pm with admission of 50p (children are not charged). Tea and biscuits will be on sale until 4.30pm. At 3.30pm there will be the Presentation of awards with cash prizes for children’s entries only. This is followed by the Raffle draw and collection of exhibits.

Chearsley Classic Car and Fun Day - Sunday September 8 from 12pm until 4.30pm. A great family day out is being planned to be held at Chearsley Cricket Ground with free entrance and parking. There will be arena events, classic vehicles on show, pets corner, arts and crafts, children’s rides, face painting, dog agility demonstration, car boot sale, static displays, entertainment, refreshments, coach tours of the surrounding countryside. All profits from the event will go towards cricket equipment for the junior section of Chearsley Cricket club. Car boot pitches cost £5. If you have a classic car which you would like to have on display, there is still time to register. Safety issues prevent cars just turning up on the day. Please email for more information, to book a car boot pitch or register your car. Volunteers on the day are required to help the day run smoothly. Any amount of time which could be offered would be gladly accepted to help out, for manning a stall for a while or marshalling cars and plenty of other jobs. Perhaps parents of the junior cricketers, for whose benefit the day is for, would like to volunteer.

Village Plan - The Steering Group overseeing the village plan has decided to extend the closing date for comments from villagers on the final draft version until Friday, September 20th. The Steering Group has realized that it will be necessary for the Topic groups to re-convene to ensure that all the many responses to the draft received so far are given proper consideration. The extra time will also accommodate the villagers who have asked for more time to send in their thoughts . It will also provide an opportunity for any comments following presentations from developers that take place in the next few weeks. The Group would like to thank all those who have already sent in comments and would like to encourage anyone who has still to comment, to do so before the deadline.

Proposed Housing and Village Community Initiative - a reminder that this will take place on Monday September 2 in the village hall. The hall will be open from 10am until 7pm for an informal opportunity to see the Heybrook family’s proposal for their proposed housing and village community scheme, with an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback. At 7pm there will be a Formal Presentation. This presentation will be repeated on Thursday September 12 from 7 until 9pm with questions afterwards.

Dog Bins - There is now no excuse for any dog walkers not to clear up after their dog around the village. Two bins have now been put up quite prominently – one at the bottom of Church Lane before the footpath to the river and across to Cuddington, and the other further up Church Lane where the footpath goes towards the railway line and Long Crendon. The Parish Council have been discussing and arranging for the installation of the bins for a long time, (whether in fact there was a need for them as the purchase and ongoing management of them is fairly costly) so hopefully dog walkers will find them useful and Chearsley will now be a dog mess free area.

Bingo at The Bell - The Summer holidays must definitely be drawing to a close when Bingo at The Bell is due to start up again after the summer break. Sharon and her staff will be very happy to welcome everyone to the new season of Bingo starting on Tuesday September 3 from about 8.30pm. The now very familiar figures of the two experienced callers, Andy Camden (Two Fat Andys ,88) and Paul Kingsman, will provide the usual evening of banter and laughs, but might well be a little out of practice and will need a lot of support and encouragement. Come along and take part and hopefully go home with a cash prize for a line or full house, or a raffle prize. The Bell offers meals before play starts at a special price for Bingo players, so arrive in good time. Ring Sharon at The Bell on 01844 208077 to book a meal or for more information.

Quiz Night at The Bell - Sunday Quiz nights are starting again after a break on Sunday September 8 at 8pm. Make up a table or come on your own. Everyone is very welcome.

Friday 16 August 2013

Village Plan - Closing date for comments

Chearsley Village Plan

The Closing Date for Comments
on the 
Final Draft version of the Plan
has been extended to 
Friday 20 September 2013

The Village Plan Steering Group has decided that it will be necessary to re-convene the Topic Groups to ensure we take full account of the many comments received so far on the Draft Plan.

This necessary additional work enables us to respond to  those that have asked for extra time to send in their comments.

It also provides an opportunity for comment following any presentations from developers that take place in the next few weeks.

Our thanks go to all those that have already sent your comments and we again encourage anyone who has not yet done so to send us your thoughts.

Thursday 15 August 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Mobile Library   -  The library will next be in Chearsley  on September 9 at The Green from 12.20 until 12.45pm.  It would have been on Monday August 26 but as this is a Bank Holiday, this day’s visit is not scheduled.

Ann Veness Memorial Cricket Match on Bank Holiday Sunday August 25
Almost one year has passed since Ann died and a memorial match is being organised in her honour. This will be held at Chearsley Cricket Club with two teams made up of past and present Chearsley players.  It is hoped there will be a good crowd to enjoy the cricket and teas which will be available in the clubhouse. Any money raised from the teas and match fees will go to Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Monthly Lunches at The Bell  -  If you would like to join with a group of villagers who meet up every month  for a very reasonably priced 2 course lunch including tea and coffee, the next lunch will be on Wednesday August 28 at 12.30pm.   Please ring Ann Hooton on 208306 if you would like to come and let her know your choice from the menu. The menu is scampi and chips, cottage pie or lasagne. Pudding is fruit crumble, blueberry cheesecake, ice-cream or cheese and biscuits.

Free Holiday for older People on low incomes
A Break-away holiday to Skegness is being offered by a charity NBFA for people over 65 on a low income and who have not been away on holiday for 3 years or more. This free holiday for 5 days  is on October 28 to Skegness, by coach with pick up points at Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Bletchley and provides half board accommodation, transport and entertainment. Applicants must be able to climb aboard the coach unaided. Please contact Nisha Kotecha on 02078280200 for more information or view their website at  NBFA Assisting the Elderly is a charity dedicated to helping the elderly stay socially and physically active through means of pain relief machines, emergency home alarms, free holidays and subsidised day trips. Their aim is to ensure that the elderly who have become isolated, alone or unhappy are enable to reintegrate and conduce a more enjoyable lifestyle.

Keep Fit  - Summer holidays are drawing to a close and thoughts may turn to a new activity for Autumn.  A new course of Gentle Exercise for 50plus will start on Monday September 30 at Haddenham Youth Centre starting at 9.30 until 10.30am. The cost for the 10 week course is £50. Please phone 0845 0454040 for more information and to book your place.

Thanks to the unknown Samaritan

Clare Clark would like to express her gratitude to the stranger in a silver car who found and returned her wallet - Thank You!

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Have you ever wanted to walk on fire?

Register now to take part in the shortest sponsored walk in the world and raise money for local older people. Age UK Buckinghamshire is holding a fire walk at Viney House, Aylesbury on Friday 20th September.

We are looking for courageous people to take part in this incredibly exciting and rewarding experience. Could you walk bare foot over red-hot embers measuring some 600-800 degrees centigrade?
Challenge yourself, amaze your family, surprise your friends and impress your colleagues or better still get them to take part too!

Our fire walk is staged by professionals who will get you through in complete safety. You will take part in a motivational fear busting seminar first (one hour), which will prepare you to walk across the fire bed unharmed.

Registration is just £30 per person and we are asking all those taking part to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100. This could pay for Befriending visits to four older people for a month and help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in Bucks.

Minimum age of 14 applies. 14-16 year olds require parental consent. Registration fee is non-refundable.

For further information or to register please contact Evelyn Daley on 01296 431911 or Website:

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police monthly update for August is now available at

Saturday 10 August 2013

Village Plan Feedback - Reminder!

There is now just ONE WEEK left for you to send in your comments on the Draft Village Plan that was published on 16 July.
The closing date for comments is Friday 16 August.

We are keen that as many of you as possible tell us what you think of the document.
We want to hear from you if you would
  • like to see changes 
  • are happy as it stands.

This is your last chance to influence the Plan before it is issued in September for the village to vote on.

A copy of the plan and a form for your comments can be found at the Chearsley Planning Forum.  Please return the form to

Thank you to all that have already sent us your thoughts.

Friday 9 August 2013

Register your Property

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Thursday 8 August 2013

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Final Draft of the Village Plan – any comments on this must be submitted by Friday August 16 to Gerry Wiles at GrapeVine House, Bottom Orchard, Chearsley HP18 0DF or by email to

Ruby anniversary congratulations – Peter and Sue Crook of Dark Lane have recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them.

Chearsley Show - It is not that long until our annual fruit and veg, baking, and art and craft show will be held in the village hall on Saturday September 7. Schedules with entry forms were delivered to every house in the village and the entry forms must be returned by Tuesday September 3 to Joy Payne at 1 Bernard's Close, Anne Lewis, at Orchard House, Bottom Orchard, Church Lane, or Alicia Howard at Great Barn, School Lane. Additional schedules can be obtained from the shop or The Bell or by getting in touch with one of the committee. To make this event a success, it needs as many villagers as possible to put in an entry, and as each entry is only 20p, it isn’t an expensive occasion. Have a look round your flower or vegetable garden – there must be a rose, or sweet peas that could be entered, a flowering pot plant, herbs, beetroot, tomatoes. There seem to be plenty of apples on the trees this year. So a dish of 4 cookers or eaters could be an entry. There is a new category in the domestic this year – lemon drizzle cake or plate of 6 small cakes both to your own recipe, and a category for cheese scones and Victoria sponge with recipe given. Men need not feel left out, as there is the usual plate of jam tarts they can enter. It is a fun show, with just a little friendly competition. Come on all you allotment holders, you must have some big onions and potatoes up there! Don’t be shy to show off. Please enter something and take part and help make this year’s Show the best yet. There is a request from the committee for prize winners from last year to return their cups or trophies to Joy as soon as possible.

Classic Car and Fun Day – this will be held on Sunday September 8 (a busy weekend for Chearsley after the Show on Saturday). If you are thinking of booking a car boot pitch at the bargain price of £5 a pitch, now is the time to do so. If you have a classic car to be part of the display, this must be pre-booked, by emailing

Donations towards the cost of Church flowers – the flowers in St Nicholas Church always look wonderful, but this comes at a considerable cost. If you would like to contribute by sponsoring the flowers in the church for a week to commemorate a special occasion - the anniversary of the death of a loved one, birth of a grandchild, wedding anniversary, a milestone birthday – please speak to Joy Payne on 208513.

Operation Pied Piper by Jean Daish – it is very good news that Jean of School Lane has finally had her first book for children published.
“Operation Pied Piper” is about 6 young evacuees who are separated from their families in Leeds at the start of World War II and sent to Padstow in Cornwall to escape the bombing. Their homesickness is soon replaced by adventure in a land of legend and gossip, of singing mermaids, haunted clifftop houses, dark caves, dangerous tides and long stretches of golden sands. The children form close friendships and the war seems far away until they see a mysterious light in a clifftop window .... Jean was born in Leeds and is the wife of a former RAF Officer. Along with son Andrew and daughter Susannah, the family became used to moving home throughout Great Britain and overseas. Cornwall was home for several years. Inspired by the birth of her first of 4 grandchildren 16 years ago, Jean attended a writing course and began writing short stories, articles and poetry for children. The children in the story are fictional, but “Operation Pied Piper” was a real event - the evacuation of children in Great Britain, which began on Friday. September 1 in 1939. This first book written and also illustrated by Jean is available from The Book House, Thame. Price £6.99. Congratulations to Jean and we look forward to your next one.

Proposed Housing and Village Community Initiative - Rose, Francis and Laura Heybrook invite all residents of Chearsley to this Presentation of their proposed housing and village community initiative in the village hall on Monday September 2. The hall will be open from 10am until 7pm for an informal drop in to see draft proposals, ask questions and offer feedback. At 7pm there will be a Formal Presentation with questions afterwards. The formal Presentation will be repeated on Thursday September 12 from 7 to 9pm with questions afterwards.

Chearsley Cricket Club Christmas Ball - advance notice of this event which will be held at Studley Wood Golf Club, the same venue as last year on Saturday December 7. There will be more details available nearer the date.

Cleaner for the Village Hall – a local opportunity for a bit of pin-money. A cleaner is needed for about 2 hours per week to clean the hall at weekends to fit around any bookings there may be. Rates £7.50 per hour. Please contact Ruth Holland on 01844 208343 for more information.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Heybrook Planning Proposal

Rose, Francis & Laura Heybrook invite all residents of Chearsley to

Presentations of their proposed Housing and Village Community Initiative

at The Village Hall, Chearsley.

Monday 2 September 10am – 9pm
  • 10am – 7pm:    Informal drop in, throughout the day to see draft proposals, ask questions and offer feedback.
  • 7pm: Formal presentation with questions afterwards.

Thursday 12 September 7pm – 9pm
  • 7pm: Formal presentation with questions afterwards.