Monday, 16 November 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

War Memorial Remembrance Service
Chearsley’s most senior RAF officer, Sue Gray, together with Nico Brown, the newest soldier in the village, son of Nic Brown, chairman of Chearsley Parish Council laid the wreath on Sunday November 8 at a service led by John Scholefield. Refreshments organised by the village hall committee in the hall afterwards raised over £90 which was added to Sue Grimsdell’s collection from selling poppies round the village.

BrainBox Young Games Inventor 2015 and Alice Grapes 9 year old Alice and her family of Church Lane Chearsley are very excited and proud that Alice‘s new game “Get Off Your Sofa” has been shortlisted along with 39 other hopeful contestants. Her game invites you to do sport challenges as you move around the board to win pretend medals. The next stage of the competition involves the public voting for their favourite game. To view and vote for Alice’s game, go to where you can find details of Alice’s game with her hand drawn details and instructions to play the game and how to vote. In “Strictly Come Dancing” style the games will also be assessed and awarded points by a panel of judges. Voting ends on Sunday November 29. Good luck to Alice and congratulations on your success so far.

The AVDC Annual Design Award Scheme celebrates projects which make an outstanding contribution to the design quality of the built environment in the district and set a good design example to other developments.. This year, Odyssey in Aylesbury Road, Chearsley received a commended award. Odyssey was developed by Elysium Properties UK Ltd of Haddenham and is described as a new contemporary 5 bedroom house designed to respond to its sloping site and to respect the nearby listed historic property. The scheme is thoughtfully designed to positively contribute to and enhance its surroundings. Odyssey has been lived in by John and Sarah for almost a year now and we wish them a very warm, belated welcome to Chearsley. The winner of the Design Award plaque for Outstanding Design was The Flint House built for Lord Rothschild on the Waddesdon Estate.

Chearsley Christmas Cards

Alicia has packs of 4 Christmas cards, including Chearsley scenes of Christmas Carols round the tree on The Green and Sledging and Snowman by the Church, on sale in The Bell. Also this year Alicia has produced in her distinctive style a long glittery Ding Dong Merrily on High card depicting all 3 churches of Chearsley, Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon card with a coloured envelope sold singly at £1.50 each. Cards can also be bought by contacting Alicia Howard at Great Barn, School Lane or email her at

St Nicholas Day Service Choir
A choir is being assembled for the joint St Nicholas Day Service which will be held at Nether Winchendon on December 6. At 10am. Please contact Jeremy Pratt if you would like to volunteer.

CHUF and Vale Lottery
The first draw takes place on Saturday November 28 at 8pm. This new venture by Aylesbury Vale District Council supports good causes in the Aylesbury Vale community with 58% of the ticket price going to charity. Tickets cost £1 when it is estimated there will be a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize in the weekly draw. The top prize is £20,000 for anyone who gets a matching sequence of 6 numbers. There is also the chance to win smaller prizes.
When purchasing a ticket you can elect whether you wish to support the general good cause fund or to support a specific charity registered with the Lottery. For more information and to buy tickets go to Chuf, the local playgroup for under 5's held in Chearsley and Haddenham has signed up to be one of the causes supported by the Lottery. They will benefit by receiving 50% of all ticket sales if you buy weekly tickets specifying Chuf as the specific charity.

Chearsley Cricket Club is holding its AGM on Monday November 23 to which all cricket club members are invited. There is a vacancy for the role of organising the Club’s “fun and games” programme. Contact a member of the club if you are interested.

Christmas Fayre at Bernard Hall Cuddington on Saturday November 21 from 2 to 4.15pm where there will be a large variety of stalls with Christmas presents suitable for everyone. Also refreshments, raffle and Father Christmas. Entry is free.

Brown Bins Please note that the last collection date of the year for the brown bins will be Monday November 23. Collections start again in 2016 on Monday February 1.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday November 22 Family Service at 10am with Derek Witchell. This will be a Toy Service when all children are invited to bring a new toy (unwrapped) that they would like to give as a Christmas present to a child who might not be as lucky as they are. Gifts will be distributed to homes and hospitals in the Aylesbury Vale via The Mix 96 local radio station appeal.
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday November 21 Christmas Fayre at The Bernard Hall Cuddington from 2 to 4.15pm
  • Monday November 23 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema There will be a showing of Singin’ in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, an American musical comedy made in 1952 set in Hollywood in the late 20s about 3 performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies”. It includes many memorable songs and of course, Gene Kelly’s well known song and dance number. It will be held in The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm with doors open at 1pm. Tickets are now available to buy from Liz Davies on 01844 299150. Tickets cost £4 or concessions £3 which includes tea and homemade cake during the interval. Parking is very limited, so please park in the car park at the Playing Fields, Bernard Close. This will then leave spaces outside the hall for disabled drivers. Drop off can be made at the hall before going to park.
  • Wednesday November 25 Pub lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm