Friday 29 August 2014

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for this month is now available here.

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Thursday 28 August 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Ann Veness Memorial Cricket Match
Past and present members of Chearsley Cricket Club met on Sunday August 24 to contest the second Ann Veness Memorial Game. Ann died almost 2 years ago and had been a very important part in the development and running of the Club for many years. The match was a close fought exciting game, only being decided in the final minutes. Adam Lazaruk’s side, captained by Ed Holland won by 4 runs. They scored 185 runs in 35 overs, beating James Veness’s team captained by Matt Ricketts who scored 181. A great game of cricket. Thanks to Larry Warr for preparing a good wicket, the 2 umpires, Bob Walter and Rowly Willis, and tea lady Ellie Gadsby. Thanks also to 5 old players who hopefully enjoyed their day. Around £225 was raised from the day which will go to Florence Nightingale Hospice.

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Chearsley Author – Tim Bradley who has lived in Chilton Road, Chearsley with his wife and son for several years has just had his first novel for children/teen/adults published called Arnie Jenks and The House of Strangers. This an action-packed exciting adventure which takes Arnie, a 12 year old boy on a whistle stop tour through time. Arnie has to spend the night at crumbling ancient Shabbington Hall on account of a sudden heavy snowfall instead of being taken home by his aunt after a school trip. As Arnie wanders the house in search of hidden secrets he is suddenly transported back in time, to the Victorian era, the First World War, the 1600s and the hot summer of 1976, meeting various characters associated with the house, each of whom has a tale to tell from when they lived in the house. The book was published on August 28 and is available from the Book House, Thame, Amazon and other outlets in paperback price £6.99 or Ebook £3.49. Tim has been a Producer in TV drama for the BBC and as a freelance producer responsible for programmes such as Teachers for Channel 4, Primeval for ITV and Silent Witness for BBC. Good luck Tim with sales of this first book and for future work.

Chearsley Show – Saturday September 6 Deadline for entries for the Show is Tuesday September 2. If you are not thinking of entering, please have a re-think. Have a walk round your garden where you must be able to find some flowers or vegetables suitable to enter. It is all pretty low-key, so don't worry about not being good enough. Please ensure exhibits are brought up to the hall by 10.15am. The Show is open to everyone to in the afternoon from 2.45pm. Entry is £1, free for children. Teas will be on sale and some good raffle prizes.

Classic Car Rally and Fun Day Sunday September 7– hopefully the sun will be shining and the rain keeps away attracting crowds of visitors to the Cricket Club for this family day out. Entry is free. Over 150 classic cars will be on display, a car boot sale, mini fun fair, arts and crafts stalls, vintage coach tours around the villages,refreshments, BBQ. The Cricket Club bar will be open and a Fly Past of Hurricane sometime between 1.00 and 3.00pm. A lot of work has gone into organising this day led by Fred Crawford, so please come and support the show.

Sunday Night Quiz at The Bell re-starts after the Summer months on Sunday September 7 at 8.00pm. Time to get the brains working again and see how much you don’t know. Come on your own and join a table, or come in a group. It really doesn’t matter.

Village Hall Open Meeting - this has been arranged for Monday September 22 at 8.00pm in the village hall when the Trustees will be putting forward their plans for the future of the hall. It is hoped that there will be a good attendance by villagers who care for the future of our village hall.

Diary Dates:
  • Saturday September 6 - Chearsley Show in the village hall. Entries to the hall no later than 10.15am. Open to the public at 2.45pm
  • Sunday September 7 Family Communion at 10.00am in St Nicholas Church. Junior Church and Rock Solid re-start
  • Sunday September 7 - Chearsley Classic Car Rally and Fun Day at The Cricket Ground 12.00pm till 5.00pm
  • Sunday September 7 – Quiz at The Bell at 8.00pm
  • Monday September 8 – Mobile library at The Bell from 10.00am until 10.25am
  • Saturday September 13 – Family Quiz – early evening in the village hall.
  • Monday September 15 - Parish Council Meeting 7.30m in the village hall
  • Friday September 19 to Sunday 21 - Flower Festival in St Nicholas church in aid of The 3 New Bells
  • Monday September 22 – Open Meeting for all the village about the future of the village hall. 8:00pm in the village hall

Car Boot at Chearsley Classic Fun Day

Anyone wishing to run their own Car Boot sale at the Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day on September 7th can register by dropping an email to

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Smartphone App for the medically trained

A smartphone app has been developed that aims to help doctors improve patient survival rates during medical emergencies.

The GoodSAM app intends to alert those with medical training to nearby emergencies so that potentially life-saving interventions can be given before the arrival of emergency services.

If you are a doctor, nurse, paramedic or registered first aider, you can register as a Good Samaritan.

For more information, visit the GoodSAM website, or download the brochure (pdf).

(For more background information, see this article at the BMA.)

Thursday 21 August 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Proposed planning Site adjoining 2 Manor Villas, Chilton Road, Chearsley for 10 dwellings and overflow car park for the village hall. As well as the Appeal for the planning at Stoney Furlong, I understand that this application by John Lloyd has also gone to Appeal. I have no further details, except the Planning Reference of 14/00308/AOP for use on AVDC website.

Ashridge House I was interested to read in the Bucks Herald that Ashridge House is open during August Monday to Thursday afternoons. Ashridge is where my husband was born at the end of the war – rather a bone of contention that being born out of County, he could not really call himself a “Bucks Boy” despite living all his life, except for those first few days, in Bucks. Now, having visited the House and enjoyed a tour to hear of its history, there is now a certain pride to learn that Phil was one of only 2,700 babies to be born in the maternity unit of the house which acted as an emergency wing of the Charing Cross Road Hospital, where over 20,000 patients including 500 wounded from the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II were treated.
The present impressive building with many fine rooms, decorative plaster work, marble fireplaces and columns and painted ceilings, replaced the original crumbling monastic buildings by the Earls Brownlows in the early 19th century, who had inherited it from the Earls and Dukes of Bridgewater in the 16th century. Prior to this, Henry VIII had acquired the house as a royal residence for his children, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. Today Ashridge House is home to Ashridge Business School, a world class provider of executive education and an exclusive setting for weddings and innovative dining experiences. Phil is now very proud of his birthplace albeit a mile or so over the Bucks County border!

Chearsley Classic Car and Fun Day – there is now a new website address which is for more details of all the events on the day. There is still time to register your classic vehicle if you would like to bring it along to be displayed. The registration form can be found on the website. A reminder that car boot pitches are still available.

Family Quiz - There will be a Quiz for all the family at the village hall on Saturday September 13 from 5.00pm until 9.00pm. Tickets cost £10 each to include a fish and chips supper and pudding. A family ticket of 4 is available for £30 with further tickets costing £7.50 per person . All profits will go to the Village Hall. Please contact Angela on 01844 202105 or email or Alex on for more information and tickets.

Chearsley Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance – this will be held this year on Saturday October 25 at The Kings Hotel, Stokenchurch. Reception drinks at 7pm. Dinner at 7.30pm. Dancing until 1.00am. A coach will be available. Tickets cost £35 each. Please contact or phone 202105

The Busch Ensemble – Recital Wednesday September 10 We are invited to join the Friends of Kampala Music School to a recital by this prize winning trio which is being held in the intimate setting of the home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis in Kensington with wine and canap├ęs on the evening of Wednesday September 10. Coach transport is included in the cost of £45 per ticket. Tickets are limited and can be bought by emailing The programme by the trio of piano, cello and violin with guest playing the viola, will include Haydn – Gypsy Rondo Trio, Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No 1 in D Minor, Op 49 and Brahms – Piano Quartet No 2 in A Major Op 26. The Kampala Music School for children and young adults was founded in Kampala, Uganda by Fiona Carr, MBE who now lives in Cuddington. The Friends of Kampala Music School (FKMS) is a UK registered charity established in 2009 to support the School and is now raising funds for student bursaries, volunteer teachers, outreach and development. For more information, please contact Venetia Davies, Appeals Office, Friends of KMS on 07717 834606

Chearsley is a great village – I pass on an email received from a villager recently “We may not have won the Best Kept Village Award, but some men erecting scaffolding have recently commented what a polite village we are! I couldn’t believe my ears and how kind of them to say so”. Well, we all know that and what a good place it is to live.

Birthday Congratulations to Brenda Dormer and Jim Harrison on their recent “Special” Birthdays.

Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday August 26 to August 30 – Black Coffee at Oxford Playhouse, where Eric Carte is part of the cast. Matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – still a few days left.
  • Saturday August 30 – Summer Party at The Bell - 6.00pm till late.
  • Sunday August 31 - Benefice Communion at 10.00am at Nether Winchendon Church, when the churches of Long Crendon, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon join together for a benefice service
  • Tuesday September 2 – Bingo is Back at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.30pm.
  • Saturday September 6 - Chearsley Show in the village hall. Open to the public at 2.45pm
  • Sunday September 7 - Chearsley Classic Car Rally and Fun Day at The Cricket Ground 12.00pm till 5.00pm
  • Monday September 8 – Mobile library at The Bell from 10.00am until 10.25am
  • Saturday September 13 – Family Quiz – early evening in the village hall.
  • Monday September 15 - Parish Council Meeting 7.30m in the village hall
  • Friday September 19 to Sunday 21 - Flower Festival in St Nicholas church in aid of The 3 New Bells

Saturday 16 August 2014

Artists & Makers Fairs

Quiz Night

Family Quiz Night

£10 per ticket, or a family of 4 ticket for £30 
(£7.50 per person thereafter) to include Fish and Chips supper and Pudding!

Contact Angela ( or Alex ( for tickets.

Proceeds are in aid of Chearsley Village Hall

Friday 15 August 2014

Chearley Cricket Club Dinner & Dance

Dinner Dance
Saturday 29 November 2014
Kings Hotel, Stokenchurch
Reception Drinks 7pm, Dinner 7.30pm, Dancing til 1am!
£35 per person, Coach Available
Contact Angela Gray 01844 202105

Thursday 14 August 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley Classic Car and Fun Day Sunday September 7 midday to 5.00pm – an apology from me to Fred, the chief organiser of the Car Show, for calling him Fred Crawley last week when it is of course Fred Crawford. In mitigation, as it quite easy for me to get things a little bit wrong, I was confused with the name of Crawley which is where Fred used to live. Sorry Fred. However, another chance to remind everyone about the Classic Car Day – more details can be found on their website and there are still pitches available for the Car Boot Sale. Remember entry is free. More help would be appreciated on the day to help everything run smoothly as there is a lot going on. If you are able to help for all or part of the day, please contact Adam Lazaruk, Larry Greenfield, Angela Gray or Terry Gadsby.

Proposed planning for 10 dwellings at Stoney Furlong, Chilton Road
An Appeal has been lodged relating to this site by Mr Simon Vickers with the start date of August 7. Any comments made to AVDC on the original planning application will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. Further comments can be submitted either in writing when 3 copies are asked for or comments can be made online and must be received within 5 weeks from the Appeal start date. The address for written representations is 3/09 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. The website for comments is AVDC’s statement will be available for viewing 6 weeks from the start date which can be viewed together with other documents relating to the Appeal via their website at I have been unable to access details on the AVDC website with the planning reference I have. Perhaps others will have more success. When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.

Allotment available for Chearsley residents only – if you are a Chearsley resident and are interested in taking up an allotment on the site in Winchendon Road at a cost of £10 per year, please contact Alicia Howard, Churchwarden on St Nicholas Church. Her phone number is 208036 or email Alicia on

Chearsley Shop - The instant scratch cards which have been on sale in the shop for a few weeks are selling well and coming up with a good number of prizes. The latest top prize has been £100 for the purchase of a winning £5 card. Jeyan is hoping that the success of the sale of the instants will lead to the installation of the National Lottery terminal in due course.

The Bell Summer Party - Saturday August 30 6pm till late. Everyone is invited to come and join in the fun , a good village get-together and last hurrah before the children go back to school the following week. There will be face painting and bouncy castle attractions for the children. Refreshments of a BBQ and fish and chips followed by strawberries and cream to sustain everyone, and a Pimms Tent and Real Ale to help the Party go with a swing all evening to the sounds of the Disco.

Chearsley Show – September 6 at the village hall – Hopefully everyone is remembering to keep watering and tending their possible entries in the Show. I am hopeful my zinnias will be worthy of a prize again this year after last year’s first prize (Not so good as it might sound as there were only 2 entries – more would be good this year). Please remember that entry forms cannot be accepted after Tuesday September 2. This is on account of a considerable amount of sorting and writing of tickets associated with each entry that has to be done and please make sure all entries are brought to the hall before 10.15am on Saturday morning, so that the judges have time to go round and consider the exhibits. They often have other Shows to attend later in the day. If you are not sure what the Show is all about and whether what you have to offer is good enough, just come along in the afternoon from 2.45pm to see what entries there are. It is a fairly low-key, friendly village occasion. For more information or an entry form, please ring Joy on 208513.

Fashion Show and Sale at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington on Sunday August 24 at 2.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 which will include refreshments. This will be a fun fashion show with the opportunity to buy. All proceeds will go towards the Sunshine Club which serves Cuddington, Chearsley and Nether Winchendon. The Sunshine Club is a social group for over 60s held every fortnight on Monday afternoons from 2.00 until 4.00pm in the Cuddington Playing Fields Clubhouse. Transport to the Sunshine Club can be arranged for anyone who needs it. Please contact Sherry Scott, the leader on 01844 291932 for more information.

Diary Dates
  • Sunday August 24 - Family Service St Nicholas Church at 10.00am
  • Sunday August 24 - Charity Fashion show and Sale at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington at 2.00pm
  • Tuesday August 26 to August 30 – Black Coffee at Oxford Playhouse, where Eric Carte is part of the cast. Matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Thursday 7 August 2014

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Car Rally Classic and Vintage Cars and Fun Day The unmissable notice is up on The Green with thanks to Rectory Homes advertising the 3rd Car Rally of Classic and Vintage cars and Fun Day to be held on Sunday September 7 from noon to 5.00pm at Chearsley Cricket Ground. Entries for cars to be exhibited are welcome now. The registration form can be found on their website on which you enter details of the car and any interesting facts and history. Enquiries are also welcome from anyone who wishes to hold a stall, craft booth or from car boot exhibitors. You can also email Mark on if you experience difficulties with the registration form. In addition to the expected 150 cars on display, there will be steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles. Fun for all the family will offer kids games and mini fun fair, arts and crafts stalls, BBQ and back by popular demand the Vintage Bus Tours around Bucks. There will be a flying visit by one of the most iconic fighters in history, the BBMF Hurricane, which will be in the skies over Chearsley sometime between 1.00 and 3.00pm on the day of the Fun Day, flown by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) pilots of the RAF. Should be a great free day out with thanks to Fred Crawley the chief instigator and organiser of a Show that is becoming bigger and better each year.

Celebration of Flowers, Words and Music - St Nicholas Church will be full of flowers, words and music on Friday September 19 until Sunday 21 and welcomes everyone to come at any time from 10.00am until 4.00pm to have a walk round our lovely church. All donations will go towards the 3 New Bells Fund. Tea and cakes will be on sale. Please contact Joy Payne at for more information.

Theatre in the Villages Morgan and West Parlour Tricks Saturday October 4 at 7.30pm – tickets for this show in Chearsley Village Hall will soon be available for sale, price £12.00 each. As it is suitable for children, family tickets will also be available. Theatre in the Villages a rural touring scheme in Bucks presents an opportunity to have professional performances and entertainment on our doorstep and the trustees of Chearsley Village Hall are pleased to be able to welcome Morgan & West in Parlour Tricks, a show suitable for all the family from 7+ years. Morgan and West are a time travelling magic duo and they will be presenting a brand new show full of jaw dropping, brain busting, gasp eliciting feats of magic and mystery. A plateful of illusion and impossibility all served with wit, charm and panache. They are currently appearing at The Edinburgh Fringe. Refreshments of wine and beer and soft drinks will be on sale.

Pub Lunch in The Bell August 27 at 12.30pm– please let me know on 208913 if you would like to come to the next Pub Lunch. There is a choice of menu of sausage and mash, chicken pasta, or quiche, followed by strawberries and ice cream, chocolate pudding, lemon tart or cheese and biscuits. Meals cost £6.50 and include tea or coffee after the meal. The Lunch club is a way of supporting The Bell and an opportunity to meet up with others from the village. For a late booking, please phone The Bell on 208077.

Turn End Charitable Trust – is holding a workshop at Turn End Garden entitled Introduction to Propagation on Friday August 15 from 10.00am until 1.00pm. The cost is £20 which will include morning drinks and useful handouts. Please contact or phone 07591 018601

Early Autumn Walk – Turn End Garden in Haddenham will be open for a leisurely stroll through the garden with the head gardener, Jackie Hunt who will be highlighting aspects of Turn End garden of special seasonal interest. Tickets for this hour long walk cost £8.00 which starts at 10.30am. Phone 07591 018601 for more information.

Charity Fashion Parade - August 24 at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington – this will be held on Sunday August 24. Proceeds are in aid of local charities. Refreshments will be included in the entry fee. I have no details of the time it starts at the moment.

The Paintings of John Gibbons – Cuddington Village Stores and Post Office is currently displaying a selection of watercolour and ink paintings by John Gibbons. The last two villages he painted before he died in 2013 were of Cuddington and Chearsley and some of these paintings are on show and for sale in Cuddington Stores during August. John Gibbons, who was a deaf artist and his wife were great friends with a couple who live in Cuddington who would now like to help his widow, Claudia raise money to buy a tombstone in the shape of an easel in memory of John. John died 2 months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2013.

Diary Dates:
  • Friday August 15 Turn End Workshop 10.00am until 1.00pm
  • Sunday August 17 Communion at St Nicholas Church at 9.00am

Friday 1 August 2014

Thames Valley Police Open Day

Daft about dogs? Mad about museums? Potty about police cars? Then the annual Thames Valley Police open day is for you!

The open day takes place at the Thames Valley Police training centre (Sulhamstead, Reading, RG7 4DU) tomorrow, Saturday 2nd August,) between 10am- 4pm.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more exhibits to see and activities to take part in as well as displays from departments including the dog section, the mounted section, and Berkshire Search and Rescue dogs. The new police puppies will also be on parade around Sulhamstead’s grounds and you can tour the dog section kennels.

As well as seeing what our animal police friends are capable of, visitors will be able to look around the high speed vehicles used by roads policing, solve a crime scene with the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, climb aboard the police boat with specialist search and rescue, tour the police helicopter with the pilots who fly it from the National Police Air Service, get through a maze using a police radio with operators from the control room department; and hear a talk from the firearms team about the dangers replica weapons.

If you’ve still got any energy left after all that, there are over 50 police departments and external agencies taking part in the day, including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, various search and rescue charities, the Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, and Crimestoppers.

There will be a display of classic police cars from Police Car UK and a memorial service to Thames Valley officers who lost their lives in WWI, as well as talks about what policing was like 100 years ago. The Museum is re-introducing into public view three artefacts relating both to the extraordinary career of Supt Thomas Dunham (Bucks Constabulary) and the grisly Denham murder that took place on 22 May 1870, in which the entire Marshall family were brutally murdered. The re-introduction of these artefacts will be complemented by a talk provided by Neil Watson, who is a leading authority on both Supt Dunham and the Denham murders.

This year Thames Valley Police will be supporting two charities, Berkshire Women’s Aid and Barnardo’s who will both have stands at the event.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who will be opening the event at 10am, said: “The open day is a great family day out and a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to see what really goes on behind the scenes in policing.

“This is our eighth open day and they get bigger every year, with more displays and more visitors, meaning my staff and I get the chance to spend the day meeting and having fun with the public we all serve.”

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The open day is a great day out and a brilliant opportunity for the public to meet some of various departments within Thames Valley Police. It also gives the public a chance to see some of the good work that happens within Thames Valley Police to help keep the area safe.”

The Thames Valley Police Force Open Day runs from 10 am until 4pm. Parking at the site is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. If you are coming by coach, please notify us in advance by email

No dogs are allowed on site except for guide dogs. Entry is free for adults and children. Food will be available to purchase all day including sandwiches served by the local Women’s Institute, a hog roast and barbecue – cash only.

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