Monday, 7 December 2015

Village News

with Margaret Morbey

Poppy collections
Jennifer Schram de Jong, the area organiser of the poppy collection would like to thank everyone who donated this year. Chearsley’s total contribution amounted to £671.05, made up mainly from Sue Grimsdell’s fantastic efforts from her door-to-door collections. She collected £490, which is the most she has ever made over the many years Sue has been going round the village with poppies. The village shop box had £34.36; the Bell box had £54.69 and donations for refreshments in the village hall after the War Memorial Service contributed £92. The grand joint total for Chearsley, Nether Winchendon and Cuddington amounted to £2,376.70. Congratulations to everyone involved in collecting such a good amount, particularly for Sue’s efforts in Chearsley.

There have been some problems recently with current notices of forthcoming events being removed. Please will villagers note that the notice board is regularly updated with old or unreadable notices removed and no-one else should take anything down other than their own advert. The notice board needs replacing and a new notice board will be installed in the new year with a glass fronted lockable area, so this problem should no longer continue.

Cuddington Stores
John and Elaine have now left and wish to thank everyone once more for their support and loyalty while they ran Cuddington Stores and to thank everyone for their gifts and cards and good luck wishes and to over 100 who came to their Farewell party. They will keep in touch and will be back to visit next year. Meanwhile, Jeyan and Suki are now running both Cuddington and Chearsley shops. Jeyan told me that “The Post Office is very hard”. It is early days for them and we wish them all the best with assurances that it will get easier.

10 years at The Bell
Congratulations to Sharon who will have been at The Bell for 10 years on December 14. She would like to thank all her customers for their loyalty and support. Sharon and her family feel very lucky to have such friendly villagers as customers whom she regards as her friends.
The Friday night game Roll The Dice reaches its climax on Friday December 11 when it finishes. So last chance to become a winner. Friday Coffee and Homemade cake mornings continue from 10 until 12 noon. Also 2 meals for £12 on Wednesdays evenings, 2 curries and a bottle of wine for £25 on Thursday evenings and 2 fish and chips for £15 on Friday evenings.

Amazon delivery warning
A villager has recently had a delivery from Amazon put into her recycling bin – I suppose it was in the dry and out of public sight. But it was only discovered by chance, when the Sunday papers were put into the bin. There was no delivery note through the door to alert her to a delivery. When contacted, Amazon was more than unhelpful. If you are expecting a delivery, or one of your children have asked for their orders to be delivered to your address (as they do) just keep a look out for it in the most unlikely of places.

Birthday Congratulations to Derek Allen of Church Lane on his recent “special” birthday.

Affordable houses at Stoney Furlong
I have to correct my recent information about the affordable houses at Stoney Furlong. There is one 1-bedroomed house and one 2-bedroomed house available under this scheme. I apologise if my mistake caused any inconvenience to anyone and thank Laura for putting me right.

Where’s Woolly?
Woolly and 23 of his little sheep friends are lost all over Chearsley and help is needed to find them and reunite them with their shepherds and the Nativity Scene in the Church before Christmas Day. An entry sheet can be downloaded via the link here. If you spot one, write its name down next to its number and bring the completed sheet to the Christmas Eve Crib Service at 3pm at the church when you will win a finder’s prize and see all the sheep reunited. I am sure this is aimed at children, but it is such a nice idea, I will be out everyday scouring the village to try to find Woolly and his friends.

Christmas Lights Saturday December 12
The official “switching on of the lights” of the Christmas tree on The Green will take place at 6.30pm (Please check the notice board for confirmation of the time) when the lights will go on, there will be carol singing round the tree and refreshments for everyone. There will also be a collection in aid of Debra and Cystic Fibrosis.

Family Quiz
Following on from the great success of the Family Quiz held earlier this year, the Village Hall Committee are organising another quiz to be held in the hall on Saturday January 23 2016, starting at 5pm until approximately 8pm. All are welcome and questions will be orientated to both children and adults. So everyone can join in. Tickets are £10 each or £30 for a family of 4 and will include a fish and chip supper and pudding. There will be a bar and a raffle. Ideally, quiz teams should be of 8 and teams can be made up in advance or on the night.
Places will be limited (due to the overwhelming demand for the last Family Quiz) so please let the organisers know if you could like to come as soon as possible. Please contact Alex Wall Morris at; Antonia Stratford at or Angela Gray at

Chearsley Parish Council Budget Meeting
This meeting is being held in the village hall on Wednesday 9 and will be preceded by a presentation of the proposed planning development in Winchendon Road by Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust at 7pm. Please check the notice board for confirmation of the time.

Bucks county Council Budget Consultation
To help the Council make “the toughest decisions yet” they have launched a survey for Aylesbury residents to complete to help them to decide which areas of the Council’s work spending should be focused on. The survey is short and easy to complete and can be found on line at It is also available at all libraries. Surveys must be completed by December 17.

Sunshine Club Bring and Buy
This will be held at Tyringham Hall on Wednesday December 9 at 2pm when a wide variety of household items and clothing will be for sale at very reasonable prices. There will also be refreshments and a raffle. Everyone is welcome to come. All proceeds go towards the Sunshine Club Christmas Lunch.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday December 13 Morning Celebration at 10am and Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • December 9 Sunshine Club Bring and Buy at Tyringham Hall at 2pm
  • December 9 Parish Council Budget Meeting in the village hall preceded by proposed planning development in Winchendon road at 7pm
  • Friday December 11 Final of the Roll the Dice Game at The Bell
  • Saturday December 12 The Lights Go On ceremony round the Christmas Tree at 6.30pm. Carols and mincepies. Wednesday December 16 at 12.30pm Pub lunchers Christmas meal. Contact me or Sharon if you would like to enjoy a delicious Christmas turkey meal and pudding for £12