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