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