Thursday 24 September 2015

Have your say - September 27th @ 3pm

As part of the process in appointing our new vicar, we will be having 3 consultation meetings to discuss "Worship", "Pastoral Care" and "Mission".  This is your chance to give us your views on these 3 topics.  Do we do them well?  Would you like anything to change?  Please come along on Sunday 27th at 3pm in Long Crendon Church for the first meeting which will be on "Worship".  Everyone is welcome.

Friday 18 September 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Georgie’s Kilimanjaro Trek

Georgie Allen from Church Lane set out on the beginning of her trek to the top of Kilimanjaro on September 3 raising funds for Hope for Children. She is now back home having successfully reached the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at a height of 19,341ft, after the final nine and a half hour trek which began at midnight, walking with head torches and wearing many layers of clothes to try to keep warm in the bitter cold. Georgie has many photos and stories of her trip, and is very grateful to her many sponsors who helped her raise over £3,000. Half of this will go to Hope for Children. One of the projects of this charity is looking after street children, aiming to rehabilitate them back into education, family life and employment.

Ride and Stride
Jenny Scholefield, one time resident of Chearsley, now living in Long Crendon and still very much involved in the village, took part again this year in the Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride, visiting 15 churches on Saturday September 12 from Long Crendon to Thame, Towersey, Kinsey, Aston Sandford, Haddenham, Cuddington, Nether Winchendon and Chearsley. Jenny has been doing this sponsored ride for many years. This year, the weather was good with a fair bit of sunshine and Jenny raised £355, half of which goes directly to the church nominated by the person taking part, which is St Nicholas Chearsley. The other half goes to the Bucks Historic Churches Trust.
Over many years this Trust has been most generous in supporting necessary building repairs at St Nicholas, but this can only continue if funds are raised on a regular basis. Jenny would like to thank everyone who so willingly sponsored her and especially the many who trustingly paid in advance, thus saving a huge amount of collecting time. If anyone else would like to donate, please give what you can either to Jenny or to Darren Sampson, the co-ordinator in Chearsley.

Rugby World Cup 2015
The next 6 weeks promise much excitement, joy and possible heartache for lovers of rugby and Chearsley Cricket Club will again be screening all England’s matches and some of the other games at the cricket club pavilion. The matches start with England v Fiji on Friday September 18 with kick off at 8pm. and then England v Wales on Saturday September 26 ; England v Australia on Saturday October 3, and England v Uruguay on Saturday October 10. All have 8pm kick-offs. The doors and bar will be open from 7pm and the welcome bacon butties available then.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day

Congratulations to Fred Crawford and his committee for putting on an excellent show on Saturday September 22, even able to arrange for warm and mostly sunny weather. On the microphone all afternoon doing his usual good job, John Howard introduced Tony Hadley lead singer of Spandau Ballet to open the show. This was after the promised SpitFire flew over on time at 12.25pm with commentary from Martin Johnson (Sheepy) who was responsible for arranging this attraction. The crowds seemed to keep coming through the gates and stayed all afternoon happy to sit and talk and listen to the live entertainment provided by the Brilltones and EJ or to wander round the ground looking at the craft stalls and over 100 cars and vehicles on display. The children had a good time on the fair ground rides, bouncy castle and playbus. A great success, which I am sure has made a worthwhile contribution to the juniors at Chearsley Cricket Club and hopefully to be repeated next year. Photos and video of the Spit Fire can be found on the Fun Day’s website at and/or their Facebook page.

What’s on at The Bell
Sharon and her team have come up with some weekday meal deal specials to make the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn a little more tolerable. From the end of September, on Wednesday evenings, there will be 2 meals for £12 available; Thursdays will be 2 fish and chip meals for £15 and to start the weekend, Friday nights will offer 2 curries and a bottle of wine for £25. Usual monthly events continue - Bingo for cash prizes on the first Tuesday of the month; Quiz Night on the Sunday following Bingo night when everyone is welcome to come and test their knowledge for £1.50 including nibbles during the interval; Coffee and delicious home made cake on Fridays from 10 to 12noon; Chase the Ace at 8.30pm on Fridays when a £1 ticket could win you £50 on the night and the Meat Raffle drawn at 3pm on Sunday afternoons.
Dates to remember are Halloween parties for children and adults on Saturday October 31. There will be one for the children from 4 to 6pm for a meal and juice and games for £5. Tickets to be bought beforehand. Then a Halloween fancy dress party for adults from 8 till late with disco and nibbles.
10 year anniversary Sharon has been running The Bell for nearly 10 years, for the past 3 years without Ollie, who died so sadly and suddenly and so young. Needless to say, he is very greatly missed by Sharon and everyone who knew him. Ollie and some of the regular lads had begun having a day out every year, visiting a few pubs in various locations. To keep to this tradition and in memory of the anniversary of Ollie’s death, another “Ollie” day was celebrated this week in Thame.
Sharon has worked tirelessly and cheerfully to continue to keep The Bell open trying all ways to encourage business, and all the while bringing up her two little boys, Harry and Charlie, aided and abetted by her family and friends.
To celebrate 10 years in The Bell there will be a Pig Roast on Monday December 14 in the evening as Sharon’s way to thank her customers for their support for the past 10 years. Why not take advantage of her meal deals to come to The Bell and take the opportunity to say your own thank you to Sharon for everything she continues to do at The Bell to help make Chearsley the great village it is. Imagine the village without a pub! What would the 6 o’clock boys do? What would the Friday morning coffee customers do?

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday September 20 9am Communion
  • Sunday September 27 Harvest Festival at 10am with Bring and share lunch. Everyone is welcome.
Diary Dates:
  • Friday September 25 and every Friday Coffee and delicious home- made Cake at The Bell from 10am to 12 noon.
  • Sunday September 27 Harvest Festival in St Nicholas Church at 10am with Bring and Share lunch
  • Monday September 28 Sunshine Club Matinee cinema and Hello Dolly at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Weather Warning

Met Office Warnings Issued For: Buckinghamshire

Yellow warning of rain

From: 0800 on Wed 16 September To: 0900 on Thu 17 September

Persistent and at times heavy rain is expected to spread from south to north during Wednesday, this affecting much of England and Wales. Some heavy and thundery showers could also develop across East Anglia and southeast England during the afternoon. Strong and gusty winds are also expected, with gales in exposure.

Rain should ease from the southwest later on Wednesday, but will persist across the north of the warning area into Thursday.Some localised flooding is possible from fast responding water courses and standing water, this perhaps disrupting travel. Lightning associated with the afternoon showers across East Anglia and SE England will be an additional hazard.

Monday 14 September 2015

Haddenham Medical Centre News

Flu Clinic on Saturday 26 September 2015. Appointments available for eligible patients bookable via reception or online.
Flu appointments available during the week from 21 September with Practice Nurses – bookable via reception.

We are holding a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan on Friday 25 September at 10.30. Everyone is welcome, if you wish to donate a cake please contact Terina in Reception.

Patient Participation Group meeting on Weds 16 September at7pm at the Medical Centre.

The latest newsletter from Haddenham Health Centre can be downloaded here or visit their website.

Saturday 12 September 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Chearsley show took place on Saturday September 5.
In the hall grounds, visitors encountered a magnificent galleon ,too big for exhibition in the hall, the work of Toby Sampson, which won him the prize for Best Model.

It was wonderful then to enter the hall and be greeted by an attractive table of flower arrangements commemorating The Signing of the Magna Carta showing great imagination and creativity, sitting next to several delightful miniature ones.

Moving on to tables laden with fruit, vegetables and flowers, then the celebration cakes, sponges, scones, the men’s jam tarts, the photographs and then more tables filled with the children’s entries of pictures, photos, decorated hard boiled eggs, gardens on plates and crafts. An amazing display of talent.

The enthusiasm of everyone who took part, particularly the children and to see and hear the buzz in the hall in the afternoon, of villagers seeing what prizes had been awarded to exhibits, made a satisfying reward for all the hard work undertaken by the small committee on the day and beforehand. Joy Payne, the President, was pleased to introduce Chloe Lambert , one time AVDC councillor for Chearsley, to present the prizes. These were to Anne Pratt, the overall winner of the show, well deserved by Anne with over 20 entries in all sections of the Show; Best tomatoes - Simon Faulkner; Best Photograph – Debbie Corpe; Best Art Entry – Caroline Dean; Best Craft – Anne Pratt; Best Children’s Entry – Freddie Taylor; Children’s Champion – Spencer Siddal; Men’s Jam Tarts – Justin Chantrey; Best flowers – Joy Payne; Best Flower arrangement – Julia Pountney; Cup for Craftsmanship – Toby Sampson; Bowl for best fruit – Michael Heybrook; and Cup for Best Vegetables – Andy Yorke.
Joy Payne, as president put in a lot of work to make the Show a success as did Anne Lewis, the entries co-ordinator, without whose steady, calm and methodical approach, the paperwork would never have been completed. The committee thanks everyone who took part and puts out a request for help from anyone who would like to contribute a small amount of time to organising this very friendly village affair. Contact Joy on 01844 208513.

Harvest Festival
Everyone is welcome to the Harvest Festival in St Nicholas Church on Sunday September 27 at 10am. All gifts of fresh fruit and vegetables are welcome and also dry produce, tinned food, rice, sugar and pasta which will be taken to the kitchen at Steppin’ Stones, Oxford a charity which provides day long support for the homeless and vulnerable, and help for them to move on in their lives away from street life and addiction. After the service there will be a Bring and Share Harvest Brunch. Bring a plate of buffet food and stay for this informal meal.

Wiltshire Farm Foods
You may already have heard about this company and seen the television adverts. Come and join the Sunshine Club on Monday September 21 from 2 until 4 in the Cuddington Playing Field Club house when there will be a demonstration and an opportunity to find out more about this home delivery service of nutritious meals. The firm delivers free of charge to your door a choice of over 300 dishes to be cooked from frozen. If you are unable to attend, a free brochure can be ordered by phoning 0800 773773 or go online for more information.

Long Crendon Film Club
The new season starts again on October 2. Forms to join can be obtained from Long Crendon Library. All films up to December 18 will be shown on Friday evenings at 7.30 for 8pm in the library. The first film will be “A Matter of Life and Death” (1946) starring David Niven and Kim Hunter “filmed in technicolour the print has been masterfully restored” on October 2.
Mad Max :Fury Road 2015 starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron will be shown on October 9.
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) staring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen will be shown on October 16.
Big Eyes (2014) will be shown on October 23, a biographical film about the American artist, Margaret Keane.
And on October 30 Mr Holmes (2015) starring Ian McKellan. The website is in the process of being updated, but you can contact Carol at for more information, or visit Long Crendon Library.

News for the Parishes from AVDC includes a reminder to renew your Voter Registration forms as soon as possible. Responses can be made by post or online. There is also information about University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV) which opens this autumn. Funded by Aylesbury Vale District Council, full and foundation degrees and professional development programmes will be available on the doorstep with courses specifically designed to meet the skills needs of local industry, including business management, engineering design, health and social care, computing and cybersecurity courses. They will be held at the new campus building on Walton Street, next to the Waterside Theatre by Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire New University. More information is available at

Early Autumn Open Garden at Turn End, Haddenham is again opening its garden on Tuesday September 22 from 2 to 5pm. Entry costs £4 with no charge for children. Come and spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying the tranquil environment of the garden in early autumn. Teas available.

Lunch Club aimed at the older person or anyone with time on their hands who would like to enjoy a specially priced two course lunch at The Bell and the opportunity to make some new friends. The next lunch will be on Wednesday September 23 at The Bell at 12.30pm when there is a choice of Chicken Pie, Quiche or lasagne with trifle, lemon tart, sticky toffee pudding or cheese to follow. Who could resist all this just for £7? It also includes a cup of tea or coffee. If you would like to come, please contact me on 01844 208913 or email

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday 13 Morning Celebration at 10am. Evensong at 6pm
  • September 20 9am Communion
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday September 13 Chearsley Classic and Vintage show 12 noon to 5pm Tony Hadley to open the Show at 1pm after the Spitfire flypast at 12.30pm
  • Friday September 18 and every Friday Coffee and Cake at The Bell from 10am to 12 noon.
  • Monday September 21 Wiltshire Farm Foods demonstration at 2pm in the Playing Fields Clubhouse, Cuddington
  • Monday September 21 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Tuesday September 22 Early Autumn Garden at Turn End, Haddenham 2 to 5pm
  • Wednesday September 23 Lunch Club at The Bell
  • Sunday September 27 Harvest Festival in St Nicholas Church at 10am
  • Monday September 28 Hello Dolly at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Neighbourhood Police Newsletter

The Neighbourhood Police Update for September is now available here.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Friday 4 September 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Bingo at The Bell
September started well for some lucky participants at September Bingo at The Bell recently with £50 being won as the last full house prize of the evening. The Snowball game is still not won (a full house with less than 56 numbers being called) and the prize for this now stands at £230. Sharon has introduced a further generous prize for the evening – a voucher for a meal at The Bell for the person whose bingo ticket is pulled out of the draw at the end of the evening.
The next Bingo night will be on Tuesday October 6 with eyes down at 8.30pm. Have a meal beforehand at a special Bingo player’s price. Come along and try your luck, a warm welcome guaranteed if not a cash prize for a winning line or full house.

Kilimanjaro Trek in aid of Hope for Children
Georgie Allen left the comfort of her Chearsley home at 4am September 3rd to join a party from Surrey University and Cambridge University at Gatwick Airport to fly out to Istanbul and then onto Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania, ready for the trek to raise funds for Hope for Children. On the second day of the trip, the party visits schools in Tanzania supported by Hope for Children to see how the money they are raising is used.
The Trek starts on Day 3, September 5th, on the Machame route which lasts six days, trekking for a minimum of 5 hours a day, culminating in a night time ascent on Day 7 to the summit for sunrise at Uhuru Peak, 5895m, which is an altitude gain of 1,295m from the day before. That afternoon, they begin the descent, a day of 14-16 hours trekking. The following day is a bit easier with just 4 to 5 hours trekking. What an adventure. Georgie is pleased to have raised over £3000 and would like to thank the many Chearsley villagers who have contributed. Donations can still be made by visiting

Classic and Vintage Fun Day Sunday September 13
There is free entry and free parking to this Fun Day in the Cricket Club grounds, Chearsley, starting at 12 noon until 5pm.The latest news of the Show is that the Spitfire Flypast is now scheduled for 12.25pm. Make sure you are there in time.
There will be live music throughout the afternoon. Blind Drunk can sadly no longer appear but in their place, Brilltones (based near Brill) will be performing. EJ, the young 16 year old from High Wycombe who sang and played at the Show last year makes a welcome return.
There are attractions for the whole family, including classic and vintage vehicles, arts and crafts, pets corner, funfair, refreshments, bar, live bands, raffle, trade stands, vintage coach rides and much more. The day has been well thought out and planned under the leadership of Fred Crawford. Let’s hope he can also organise good weather for day to make it a great success. All profits from the event go to the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club. Please visit for more information about the day.

Chearsley Peal
On September 9th, the Queen becomes our longest reigning monarch. To celebrate this occasion, bells will ring out across the country. In Chearsley, a full peal of 5040 changes will be attempted. This will be the first full peal attempt on our bells, one of which is appropriately named “Elizabeth R” in honour of the Queen. The six ringers will be drawn from those who have helped with the project to install the 3 new bells. Ringing will begin at about 4:30pm and, if successful, will last for just under three hours.

Hello Dolly
The Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema will be showing Hello Dolly at The Bernard Hall in Cuddington on September 28 at 1.30pm. Hello Dolly is a classic romantic comedy musical made in 1969 directed by Gene Kelly, set in New York in 1890 and stars Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford. It runs for 146 minutes. Entry is by ticket, available from Liz Davies on 01844 299150 for £5 each or £4 concessions, which includes a cup of tea and piece of cake during the interval. Doors open at 1pm. Please park in the car park at the Playing Fields, Bernard Close, to leave space outside the hall for disabled drivers.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday September 6 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday September 13 10am Morning Celebration
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday September 5 Chearsley Show in the village hall. Doors open to the public at 2.45pm
  • Sunday September 6 Rock Solid Fun-D raising day for victims of the Nepal Earthquake at the village hall from 2 to 5pm.
  • Sunday September 6 Quiz at The Bell at 8.00pm Come on your own or in a team
  • Friday September 11 and every Friday Coffee and Cake at The Bell from 10am to 12 noon
  • Sunday September 13 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day 12 to 5pm in the Cricket Field, Winchendon Road. Free entry and free parking
  • Monday September 21 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Monday September 28 Hello Dolly at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm

Wednesday 2 September 2015

"Long to reign over us"

On Wednesday 9th September, The Queen becomes our longest reigning monarch.

To celebrate this occasion, bells will ring out across the country.

Here in Chearsley, a full peal of 5040 changes will be attempted. This will be the first full peal attempt on our bells, one of which is appropriately named ‘Elizabeth R’ in honour of The Queen.

The six ringers will be drawn from those who have helped with the project to install our 3 new bells, all but one living within the benefice.

Ringing will begin at about 4:30 and if successful, will last for just under three hours.