Friday 30 May 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bank Holiday Sunday Barbeque at The Bell
As the blackboard on The Green announced, there was sun and a barbeque in the garden on Sunday May 25. Clever of Sharon to know she was to have the only sunny day of the Bank Holiday weekend and subsequent days. The Bell was busy with the sunshine bringing out families to enjoy the garden, chat and relax. Hopefully, the next Bank Holiday barbeque planned in August will attract such good weather.

Theatre in the Villages 2014
We are fortunate again to be able to host another of the shows. Please remember Saturday October 4 when Morgan and West, a time travelling Victorian magic duo, will be performing in Chearsley village hall – magic, comedy and parlour tricks suitable for everyone including children from 7 years, a show which was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. More information about tickets will be available nearer the time.

Eric Carte in Black Coffee
Eric has been touring with the Agatha Christie Touring Co.since it first opened in Windsor in January. Last week Black Coffee, the first play written by Agatha Christie came to the beautiful Theatre Royal in Brighton. It made a great day out, apart from the rain, on the train (of course, though no steam) to Brighton to go and watch a matinee performance and meet up with Eric after the show. Great fun to watch Eric play “dead” on stage for about 15 minutes until the first interval, as his character, Sir Claud is murdered soon into the play. He re-appears as Inspector Japp, complete with bushy moustache and raincoat in a performance which didn’t disappoint. The cast will soon be having some changes, including a new Hercule Poirot, but Eric plans to continue in his roles as Sir Claud Amory and Inspector Japp and it is possible the show will re-visit Milton Keynes and also come to Oxford. Black Coffee is a good, typical Agatha Christie plot with many possible suspects and little touches of Poirot humour. Go and see it if possible.

Planning application for 10 houses in Chilton Road
Many villagers who objected to this application will be relieved to learn that this outline planning application by Lloyds has been refused by AVDC. Copies of all correspondence and objections can be seen on AVDC website under reference 14/00308/AOP.

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday June 8 - 10.00am Morning Celebration at St Nicholas Church – an informal service suitable for all ages
  • Wednesday June 11 - Lunch club at The Bell . Roast dinner. Ring me on 208913 if you would like to come.
  • Wednesday June 11 - garden open at The Old Rectory, Cuddington from 2 until 5 in aid of Scannappeal. A 2 acre garden with unusual sculptures and a 70ft garden canal. There will be refreshments and a plant stall and entertainment by the Germains Mail Voice Choir. Tickets cost £6.00.

Friday 23 May 2014

Brown Bin Collection

As Monday is a Bank holiday, the next Garden Waste collection will be on Saturday 31st May.

Thursday 22 May 2014

Parish Council Meeting Monday May 19th

Due to a misunderstanding, there were not enough councillors to form a quorum and the meeting could not be held. Please see the notice board for information about the re-arranged date.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Pet Service This Sunday

Barking Blonde, Anna Webb, will be joining us at the Pet Service on Sunday. 
As a dog expert she's contributed to a host of BBC radio including BBC Scotland, BBC Oxford, Radio 4 and 5 Live. And contributed to CBBC's Underdogs Show, Animal Planet's Top Dog and Dogs 101 as a dog expert.

Anna met Jo Good filming a documentary for BBC Inside Out.  Their friendship led to the Sky series "A Different Breed", a weekly blog in The Independent, a book and the weekly radio show for dogs - BBC London's "The Barking Hour", as well as regular pet experts on ITV's Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Anna moved to Long Crendon to give Molly and Gremling their cat a better life and better air!

Do come along to St Nicholas Church at 10am with your pets to celebrate all of God's marvellous creations.

Thursday 15 May 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Lunch Club at The Bell - Everyone is welcome to come along. There is no commitment to come regularly, no joining fee . It was originally set up a few years ago by Community Impact Bucks with Ann Hooton as the Chearsley link to offer villagers with little social life an opportunity to enjoy a cheap meal of £6.50 at The Bell each month. This has now evolved to twice a month, with a roast dinner on one of the days. If you are now retired or have the time to come, please give it a try. It is also a way of helping keep The Bell successful. The next meal will be on Wednesday May 28 at 12.30pm. There is a choice of menu to choose from – cottage pie, quiche or prawn risotto followed by apple pie, lemon tart, viennetta, cheese and biscuits and a cup of tea or coffee. Please ring me on 208913 if you would like to come and to let me know your choice of menu.

Chearsley Fruit and Vegetable Show - this will be held on Saturday September 6 in the village hall. Who will have the longest runner bean or best tomatoes this year? Or the best pot plant or jam tarts – a challenge for men only. Schedules and more details will be circulated soon. There are many categories for flowers, fruit, vegetables, baking, craft, photography - a chance for everyone to enter.

Turn End Trust, Haddenham

I visited this amazing garden many years ago , probably before the Trust was established and remember it vividly. Turn End is 1 of 3 village houses, Grade 2 listed, designed and built of wood, concrete blocks and glass by Peter Aldington in the 1960s. The Charitable Trust was established in 1998 to conserve the buildings and gardens and to promote the education of building and garden design. Lord Carrington and Lord Palumbo are Patrons. The garden of less than an acre was created as a natural extension to the house, where the space has been used to create an illusion of size and has now grown into an internationally renowned garden. There is a programme of events throughout the year of Open days, garden tours, sculpture exhibitions, creative workshops and horticulture classes. Also a series of seasonal walks which can be pre-booked and cost £8.00. The next one An Early summer Walk in the company of Jackie Hunt, Turn End’s gardener, is to be held on Thursday June 5 from 10.30 until 11.30pm. More information about Turn End can be found at

1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group Long Crendon. New leaders wanted - This local scout group which offers adventures and experiences to more than 120 young people from local villages is looking to recruit and train adults, young and old to become leaders, assistant leaders and supporters of the group. No experience is necessary , just enthusiasm. Training will be provided. Scouting gives youngsters an opportunity to make new friends, build self confidence and have fun. Many children grow up today without experiencing real challenge and adventure. Scouting can make all the difference. If you have some time to spare and would like to get involved, please contact Duncan Spence, Group Scout Leader on 01844 292076. The Group are also looking for a Group Secretary to attend monthly Group meetings. There is more information about the group at

Garden Open in Cuddington - Wednesday June 11 The garden at The Old Rectory in Cuddington will be open on Wednesday June 11 from 2.00pm until 5.00pm with proceeds going to Scannappeal.

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday May 25 at 10.00am - Pet Service – back by popular demand. Bring along all your pets to celebrate all of God’s creation together with our vicar, John.
  • Sunday May 25 5pm to 7pm - Bank Holiday Sunday Barbeque in The Bell garden
  • Monday May 26 - Bank Holiday Sixes Cricket tournament at the Cricket Club
  • Wednesday May 28 - Lunch Club at The Bell – everyone welcome

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for May is now available here.

Could it be you?

Scouting is one of the greatest movements the world has ever known.  Scouts have walked on the moon, rowed across oceans and scaled the highest mountains.

But, closer to home, the 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group offers adventures and experiences to more than 120 young people in the area around Long Crendon and Dinton.

We are only able to offer these experiences because of our enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteer Leaders and supporters.  We are ordinary people making extraordinary things happen for young people in our area.

Behind every great Scout, there is a great Scout Leader - could that be you?

We are currently recruiting for adults, young and old, to become Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Supporters of our Group and for our Beaver, Cub and Scout units – no previous experience of Scouting is necessary as training is provided.  If you have a few hours a week, or a fortnight, and an occasional weekend, Scouting can give you adventure, fun and new skills.
No time for a weekly commitment?  We are looking for someone to act as our Group Secretary, a role which only needs a couple of hours every month or so at Group Executive meetings.  There is no need for you to have a child in Scouts, only enthusiasm and a willingness to share that enthusiasm with young people.
See our website at for more information about what 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group offers to young people in our area.

For more information, please contact Duncan Spence on 01844 292076 or at

Thursday 8 May 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Baby Congratulations - Margaret Mary Gabrielle Henry was born on Good Friday, April 18 to Colm and Claire Henry of Winchendon Road. A sister for Finn and Charlie. With such well chosen first 2 Christian names, Maggie is in good company ! Congratulations and best wishes to all the family.

Welcome Home - Benjamin Jack Tuxworth, born 3 months early on January 28 is now home from hospital. Weighing 2lb 2oz when he was born, Benjamin now weighs nearly 5lb. His family, Richard and Pam and their daughters, Jemima and Milly who live in Willow Gate, are delighted to have him home at last. Congratulations and best wishes to all the family. Photos of the Tuxworth and Henry families with their new babies can be seen below.

18th Birthday Congratulations to Marcus Travers of School Lane who was 18 on May 1 and who celebrated by buying his Dad, Mark, a pint of beer in The Bell together with many friends and family at a surprise party.

Aylesbury Choral Society - On Saturday April 26 the BBC played on Radio 3 as part of their Georgian season, “I was Glad” by Attwood, sung by Aylesbury Choral Society on their recently recorded CD. There was also an interview with the Chairman of the Society, Gus Orchard. Ann Hooton who recently moved after 30 or more years in Chearsley and Rosemary Wallis, long time Chearsley resident are members of the Society. Cyndy Whiffin who died just over 2 years ago was also a keen member.

The Bell - British Sandwich week runs from May 12 to 16 and The Bell is celebrating this by offering sandwiches with a variety of fillings. Another Bank Holiday Barbeque will be held in the garden of The Bell on Sunday May 25 with food served from 5 to 7pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club - The Club under the chairmanship of Ian Houseman has some new committee members for this year. James Veness is 1st team captain, Peter Redfern is Director of Cricket, Andy Gray is Treasurer and Angela Gray Director of Junior Cricket. New players are always welcome to join the club which fields 2 teams in competitive cricket on Saturdays. The 1st XI will be playing this season in Division 4 and the 2nd XI in Division 9 of the Cherwell League.
Sunday fixtures will include the Chairman’s Match on June 8 and the Ann Veness Memorial Match on August 24. On Bank Holiday Monday May 26, Chearsley Sixes tournament takes place. Spectators to matches this season - which will soon be starting - are always welcome to come up and watch the games, support the Chearsley teams and enjoy a drink from the bar in the Clubhouse. Please note that parking at the Club is no longer available in the Millennium Field, Chilton Road. There are spaces behind the Pavilion via the main entrance in Winchendon Road.

Mobile Library – this is next in the village on Monday May 19 from 10.00 to 10.25am at The Bell.

Chearsley W. I. - their next meeting will be on Tuesday May 20 when Claire Lazaruk will be talking on techniques of Basic Resuscitation for adults, babies and children. All our welcome to come to this talk in the village hall at 2.00pm. There is a charge of £4 for non-members.

Diary Dates –
  • Sunday May 18 at 9.00am - Communion at St Nicholas
  • Monday May 19 - Mobile Library from 10.00 to 10.25am
  • Tuesday Many 20 - Chearsley W.I meeting at 2.00pm in the village hall
  • Sunday May 25 at 10.00am - Pet Service – back by popular demand. Bring along all your pets to celebrate all of God’s creation together with our vicar, John.
  • Sunday May 25 5pm to 7pm - Barbeque in The Bell garden
  • Monday May 26 - Sixes Cricket tournament at the Cricket Club

Saturday 3 May 2014

Congratulations and Welcome Home

Congratulations to the Tuxworth Family: Richard, Pam, Jemima and Milly as this week they have finally brought Benjamin home to Chearsley.

Benjamin Jack is 3 months old.  He was born, 13 weeks early, on 28 January at 4.31 pm weighing 2 lb 2oz.  He came home on 30 April weighing 4lb 15 oz.

Welcome home Benjamin!