Friday 27 February 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Litter Pick
Laura and Rose of the Heybrook family are arranging a litter pick with the new date of Monday March 9. Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier and less work for everyone to do. Please meet at the shop at 9.30am wearing bright colours for good visibility and bring some gloves. Bin bags will be provided. Refreshments, including home-made cake and celebrations for Laura’s birthday, will be available in The Bell afterwards. In the event of real bad weather, tea and cake will still be available at The Bell from 11.30am.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The RBS Six Nations Rugby continues to be shown at the Cricket Club with 2 matches on Saturday March 14. Wales v Ireland with kick-off at 2.30pm and England v Scotland with kick-off at 5pm. Bacon butties at half time and the bar open half an hour before the start. Everyone - especially families - are welcome.

Wembley Day Out
The Cricket Club are arranging a Family Day out on Saturday March 28 to watch the Saracens play Harlequins at Wembley, with entertainment from Pixie Lott. Saracens run a “cashback” scheme with local sports clubs offering discounted ticket prices with cash paid to the nominated sports club for each ticket purchased. Tickets for the day out are £16.50 for adults and £5 for under 16s. This would mean that Chearsley Cricket Club would benefit £5 and £1.50 respectively as a cash payment for each ticket sold. Please contact John Howard for more information on

Jean and John Daish
I have received an email from John with news of Jean and himself since they moved from Chearsley a month ago.
“Well, we did it! With kind weather, friendly neighbours and of course our family now a mile way, the transition was “almost” painless. Our daughter Susannah’s boys, Patrick and Jonathan, have just left after a great weekend getting closer to cousins Tilly and Theo. It is great to have the family close at hand and popping in and out. We are registered with the local doctor, all very easy, helpful and at the moment we are remarkably fit despite the 50 boxes unpacked. We, including cat Smokey, luxuriant in our under floor heating. So dear friends, we have time to reflect on 25 happy years in Arden Cottage, where we hope Tara and Richard and the girls will be equally happy. We have established ourselves in our new church – three doors away - and the vicar and his wife will be coming this week to bless the house. We shall be back in Chearsley to see you all and to visit Susannah in the churchyard – but not just yet. Bless you all for the social farewells and the mountain of cards.”
Thank you John for taking the time to write this. We wish you and Jean all the very best and look forward to seeing you again in Chearsley.

Hazel Cahill There is sad news that Chearsley’s oldest resident who was 107 , Hazel Cahill, has recently died. Although Hazel gave up her allotment after she was 100 and had not been out much in the village since then, many villagers will remember Hazel as always up early to walk over to fetch her daily newspaper from the shop and invariably very smartly dressed, hair and make up immaculate, even when tending her allotment and wheeling her wheelbarrow overloaded with produce back to her home. A photo of Hazel and villagers taken outside The Bell when a surprise party was arranged for her 100 birthday appeared in The Bucks Herald 7 years ago.

And Then There Were None – a reminder that Eric Carte, although he can no longer be called “Chearsley’s Most Famous Actor” having now moved a few miles away, has been touring with The Agatha Christie Theatre Company since January in And Then There Were None. He is currently appearing at Chesterfield for a week and looking forward to Bath during April and Milton Keynes from July 20 to 25. Paul Nicholas, Susan Penhaligon and Colin Buchanan are among the cast in this production of Agatha Christie’s thriller described as “old fashioned entertainment at its best, witty, suspense, full of characters beautifully acted, masterful. 10 corpses in 1 play? What not to love”

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday March 1: Family Communion and Junior Church at 10am. Rock Solid for ages 10 to 18 at 6pm. 
  • More details of services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and Pew Sheets can be found on the St Nicholas web page.
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday March 3: Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm.
  • Sunday March 8: Monthly Quiz at The Bell at 8pm
  • Monday March 9: Litter pick organised by Laura and Rose of the Heybrook family. Meet at the shop at 9.30am, wear bright clothes and bring gloves. Refreshments in The Bell from 11.30am.
  • Wednesday March 11: Pub lunch - roast dinner - at 12.30pm.
  • Saturday March 14: RBS Six Nations rugby at Chearsley Cricket Club Wales v Ireland kick off at 2.30pm and England v Scotland kick off at 5pm. The bar will be open half an hour before kick off. Bacon butties at half time. Everyone welcome to come up.
  • Saturday March 14: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at The Bell. More details available at The Bell.
  • Sunday March 15: Celebrate Mothering Sunday at St Nicholas church at 10am. Mothering Sunday lunch at The Bell – please book your table in good time with Sharon at The Bell as places are limited.

Thursday 26 February 2015


Do you love showing your children the Nativity Story at Christmas? 
Well how about the Easter story too?  Now is your chance.

Click for photos from previous Footsteps

Monday 23 February 2015

Renrukan Judo Club

Taster Session - this Thursday 26th Feb.

The Renrukan Judo Club is holding a free 'Taster Session' for any Chearsley 6-16 year old who would like to find out more. See or download the flyer.

Friday 20 February 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Parish Council Meeting held on Monday February 16: Mike Edmonds acted as chairman for the meeting as Nic Brown and John Lewis were absent.
  • During the public session the matter of large delivery lorries in the narrow lanes was brought up and discussed. One lady while walking her dogs had recently encountered a large BuildBase lorry at a particularly narrow part of Dark Lane. The lorry driver was intimidating and abusive. A plea was made to everyone in the village, particularly to householders who are having work done to their houses to ask for small lorries to deliver materials. It was felt that this should be a condition of any planning permission granted for new houses or extensions and the Parish Council should endeavour to see that this request is carried out and the reasons for it understood. 
  • New Kerbing - a date for work to be carried out in the Dark Lane area should soon be arranged. Traffic Calming – the Vehicle Activated Sign is currently being mended and should be re-installed shortly on one of the main roads into the village. 
  • Planning Matters – the Council had no objection to a replacement garage in Elm Brook Close.
  • Village Hall refurbishment – The Feasibility Study had now been received by the Village Hall committee, which showed a larger figure than anticipated for a new build. A more cost effective option is being looked into with the architects. Once a plan has been agreed, another village meeting will be held.
  • Flag Pole relocation – it is understood that planning permission will be needed to move the flagpole from the grounds of the village hall to be near to the War Memorial and for the matter to be discussed at the annual meeting. 
  • New Councillors - to encourage potential candidates to become parish councillors, it was suggested that there should be more information about what being a Parish Councillor entails. An invitation for anyone possibly interested in becoming a new councillor to come to the next Parish Council Meeting in March and to chat to members at the end of the meeting.
  • Best Kept Village - entries are now being invited. It was agreed to delay the decision whether to take part or not until the next meeting in March.
  • Footpaths - confusion as to the exact location of the footpath by The Bakery between Church Lane and Dark Lane was brought up. The one nearer to the house is the correct one.
  • Memorial Benches – plaques in memory of Betty Duval are being ordered and affixed to the two benches on The Green.
  • Date of Next Meeting – this will be on Monday March 16 at 7.30pm in the village hall.
Litter Pick – there is now a new date for the Litter Pick to which everyone is invited to come along to tidy up our village. It will be on Monday March 9, meeting outside the shop at 9.30am. Bring your own gloves. Bin bags will be provided. Refreshments will be served at The Bell from 11.30pm. If the weather is bad, everyone is still invited to come to The Bell.

Pancake Party at The Church Almost £40 was raised by making and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday at the Church by lots of adults and children. This will go the Children’s Society. Photos can be found on the St Nicholas website.

Bingo at The Bell - this will be on Tuesday March 3 at 8.30pm. Good cash prizes for a line and full house and the Snowball game. Come early and enjoy a meal at special Bingo player rates.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema- The King and I starring Yul Brynner , Deborah Kerr and Rita Moreno will be screened at the The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Monday March 23 at 1.30pm. The popularity of the January film has prompted the need to have a booking system. Tickets will now be available from March 1 by contacting Liz Davies on 01844 299150. Tickets cost £5 or £4 concession to include tea and cake during the interval. The film is 133 minutes long and doors open at 1pm. Please remember that parking around the Bernard Hall is limited and it is suggested that the Playing Field Club car park can be used.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday February 22 Family Service at 10am
  • Sunday March 1st Family communion at 10am. More details of services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and Pew Sheets can be found on the main St Nicholas webpage.
Diary Dates:
  • Monday February 23 Mobile Library at The Green 10 until 10.25am
  • Wednesday February 24 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm
  • Sunday March 1 RBS Six Nations Rugby being shown at Chearsley Cricket Club. Ireland v England with kick off at 3pm.
  • Tuesday March 3 Bingo at The Bell at 8.30pm
  • Monday March 9 (new date) Litter Pick. Meet outside the shop at 9.30am

Thursday 12 February 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Successful Family Quiz - This quiz for all the family held on January 29 was a sell out to more than 106 adults and children, with not an inch of space for any more participants. This was the first Family Quiz to have been held in the hall and because of its overwhelming success, it is planned to make it an annual event. So, please make sure you book your tickets in plenty of time next year to avoid disappointment, as happened this year. The quiz, bar, supper of fish and chips and chocolate brownies and raffle all contributed to a fun evening for everyone and raised over £900 towards village hall funds.

Litter Pick and more - Wednesday March 4
Laura Heybrook, with her sister Rose, is having a litter pick to clear the village roads and lanes of rubbish before the grass starts to grow and hopefully be able to recycle much of the litter found. Everyone is welcome to join the litter pick and should meet at the shop at 9.45am wearing bright colours and bringing protective gloves. Laura will provide bags for the rubbish. All pickers are then invited back to The Cowshed for tea and cake and champagne and to celebrate Laura’s birthday. Sounds like a tempting invitation too good to miss.

Retirement of our Vicar

Before Christmas, our vicar, John Wynburne, who came in May 2009, announced that he would be retiring this Summer. Although he and his wife, Anna and family will not be leaving The Vicarage until the end of August, his last “official” Sunday will be July 19 when there will be a United Benefice Service at St Mary’s Long Crendon. The vicar will probably officiate at a few weddings booked at the end of July and August, but otherwise he will be off-duty for those closing weeks. Details of arrangements for departure and the Church of England process for appointing a successor will be announced in due course.

Lent House Group
Geoff Hogbin will be hosting a Lent Group on Wednesday evenings starting on February 25 until March 25. They will be held at Hazeldine, Church Lane from 8pm until 9.30pm. The material has been written by the vicar on the subject “Hymns of Faith and Love”. Everyone is welcome to come.

Devotional Service - A service of Choral Music, Readings and Hymns will be held on Palm Sunday, March 29 at St Mary’s Long Crendon at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to come to this when music by Byrd, Mozart, Bach and Walford-Davies will be featured.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday February 15 Communion at 9am.
  • Sunday February 22 Family Service at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday February 14 Rugby at The Cricket Club. England v Italy. Kick off at 2.30pm followed by Ireland v France at 6pm. Saturday February 14 Valentine's Meal in The Bell, please book.
  • Monday February 16 Parish Council Meeting at The Village hall at 7.30pm
  • Tuesday February 17 Pancakes on the menu at lunchtime and evening at The Bell. Pancake party at the church from 2pm.
  • Monday February 23 The Mobile Library will be at The Green from 10 until 10.25am
  • Wednesday February 25 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm. Please ring me on 208913 if you would like to join this informal group for lunch.
  • Sunday March 1 RBS Six Nations Rugby being shown at Chearsley Cricket Club. Ireland v England with kick off at 3pm Wednesday March 4 Litter Pick. Meet at the shop at 9.45am

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for February is now available here.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Thursday 5 February 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo at The Bell
February’s Bingo attracted a good number, keen to have a good evening and hoping for a win. The Snowball game which now stands at £130 remains to be won another month. So, well worth coming to try your luck in March. Chelsea, who works at The Bell as a waitress, stood in for Andy (WibbleWobble) and made a great team with Paul picking out the numbers. The Raffle made £33 towards the 3 New Bells Fund. The next Bingo session will be on Tuesday March 3 at 8.30pm.

Cuddington and Dinton School 
Our local primary school has recently been placed 5th out of 214 Primary Schools in Bucks in the Department of Education Performance Tables for 2014. The figures are based on pupils’ progress and 100% was attained for reading, writing and maths. A letter of congratulations was sent by John Bercow to Kim Price, the school’s head teacher, which can be viewed on Cuddington village website here.

Click to read the article

Captain Dave Thomas, who has lived in Chearsley for many years, has recently been interviewed by The Daily Mail about the truth behind most common flight myths. Dave, who is British Airway’s Head of Flight Technical and Training, said that” flying has always had a bit of mystique to it. A lot of these fears stem from a lack of knowledge”. He continues to explain about turbulence, different thunderstorms, the effect of the wind on the plane and how the pilots are trained to handle different weather related issues and situations. Dave’s explanations and a very nice photo of him can be found on the Daily Mail website here.

Parcel collection and delivery service at Chearsley Shop
An excellent and reasonably priced parcel service, MyHermes is on our doorstep. Suki and Jeyan at the shop are agents for this service which has daily collections and deliveries. There are simple to follow instructions on the MyHermes website detailing the cost and what to do. I recently had a large package to send to Cornwall weighing around 7kg and it cost just over £7 to send and took a couple of days to arrive, leaving the shop on the Saturday collection and arriving in Cornwall on the Monday. Easy and efficient. The paperwork is no trouble – the bar coded address label has to be printed off and 1 copy placed in the parcel and the other taped to the parcel. Parcels or packages can also be delivered to the shop for collection at your convenience if you cannot be at home to receive them. Give it a try. It is another way of using our vital shop.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema 
There is a change of programme when My Fair Lady scheduled to be shown on Monday July 27can no longer be screened. Arthur, a film made in 1981 starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud, will be shown instead. Please contact Liz Davies on 01844 299150 for more information about the Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema. The next afternoon screening will be on Monday March 23 at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm when The King & I will be shown.

Parish Council Meeting - there will be a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday February 16 in the village hall at 7.30pm. A copy of the Minutes of February’s meeting and a copy of the agenda for the March meeting will be available to read on the notice board in due course. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is a 15minute period at the beginning and end of the meeting for public comment.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday February 8 Morning Celebration at 10am. Evensong at 6pm 
  • Sunday February 15 Communion at 9am

Diary Dates:
  • Sunday February 8 Monthly Quiz at The Bell at 8pm
  • Wednesday February 11 Pub Lunch at 12.30pm
  • Saturday February 14 Rugby at The Cricket Club England v Italy kick off at 2.30pm. followed by Ireland v France at 6pm. Valentine’s Meal in The Bell, please book
  • Monday February 16 Parish Council Meeting at the Village hall at 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday February 17 Pancakes on the menu at lunchtime and evening at The Bell. Pancake party at the church from 2pm