Sunday 24 December 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

This is the final Village News of the Year as Christmas is nearly upon us with a reminder of The Bell and the shop opening hours which might be helpful to know.

The Shop:
Christmas Day and Boxing Day    Closed
Wednesday 27 to Saturday  30    Open at 8am until 6pm
New Year’s Eve                           Open 8 until 1pm
New Year’s Day                           Closed

The Bell:
Christmas Eve            12 to 4 (Food 12 to 3)  and  6pm until late (No food)
Christmas Day            12 to 3   (Drinks only)   Closed in the evening
Boxing Day                 12 to 4 (Food 12 to 3)    Closed in the evening
Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30    Normal hours
New Year’s Eve           12 to 4 (Food 12 to 2)    and 6pm until very late. Disco and DJ .Buy tickets now
New Year’s Day           12 to 3  Big Breakfast Day   Closed in the evening

St Nicholas:
Christmas Eve            Crib Service at 3.30pm  and Midnight Communion at 11pm
Christmas Day            Christmas Praise at 10am
New Year’s Eve           Benefice Service at 10am in Long Crendon

The next bin collection will be just a day later than usual on Thursday December 28 when the recycling bins will be collected. Next week, it will be back to the usual Wednesday collecting day on January 3.

Carol Singing round the village  £660 has been raised this Christmas from the carol singers who managed to get round to most of the village on 2 nights and a collection at the Lighting of The Tree evening.  This will be divided between the charities for Cystic Fibrosis and Debra. Well done to the carol singers and everyone who donated.

Happy Christmas  to everyone and all the very best for 2018.

Saturday 23 December 2017

Need a doctor?

If you need an urgent GP appointment over Christmas and New Year, 
please call 111

Friday 22 December 2017

Village Hall Update

The build is now well over half way and a topping out ceremony (apparently a building tradition) was held before Christmas to celebrate the near completion of the beautiful new slate roof.

Members of the Village Hall Committee and Parish Council bravely climbed up the scaffolding and cracked open a bottle of fizz.  Chearsley's very own resident photographer Sharon Sampson snapped away and we are grateful to her for some fantastic photos of us all!

The cedar cladding has also started to be fixed to the timber structure and meetings will be held in the New Year with our kitchen supplier and to decide the flooring, paint colours for the walls and colour of the Movawall (which is the partition wall in the middle of the hall).

If you would like to book the hall for an event, meeting or provide an exercise class - an electronic booking system will be open in March for bookings. A Grand Opening will be held after Easter and more details will follow in due course.

With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year!

The Village Hall Committee



Children's Crib Service


Please come along to St Nicbolas on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm for our Children's Crib Service, to hear the Nativity Story, sing a few more carols and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine.  If the children would like to come dressed up or bring a sheep or stable animal, that would be great.  There will be an opportunity for all children to take part and help build our Nativity Scene.  If Mary and Joseph have been staying at your house, don't forget to bring the little knitted sheep along!

Later on, at 11pm there will be a midnight communion, a more formal celebration of Christ's birth.  Then, at 10am on Christmas Day we have a Christmas Praise Service.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Carol Singing at The Bell



Refuse Collection now on Thursday 14th

Message to residents from AVDC:

Due to the forecast of extremely low temperatures overnight, we anticipate that icy and snow-blocked roads are likely to make our recycling and waste collections dangerous.

For this reason, we've reluctantly decided to cancel collections on Tuesday 12 December, and to make the following changes to our normal collection schedule: Tuesday’s collections will be collected on Wednesday
  • Wednesday’s collections will be collected on Thursday
  • Thursday’s collections will be collected on Friday
  • Friday’s collections will be collected on Saturday
It's very rare that we have to make changes like these but, in the current extreme weather conditions, public and staff safety must remain our priority.

Please note, there’s a possibility that should the weather get worse, there’s a chance we may have to revise these changes again but we are hopeful that we’ll be able to make the collections as detailed above.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Cricket Club recently held its annual end of season Dinner and Dance at The Magnolia Park Golf and Country Club when over 100 members and supporters enjoyed an evening of good food, good wine and good camaraderie. This year, the Club were honoured by the attendance of former England captain, Mike Gatting, who regaled guests with some hilarious tales from “behind the scenes” of his long distinguished England career.
The evening incorporated the recognition by the Club of some major contributions made by many Chearsley Cricket Club stalwarts. Chairman, Ian Houseman awarded his Chairman’s cup to The Gray family of Angela and Andy who have both worked tirelessly for the Club in countless roles over many years. A special presentation was made to James Veness who is stepping down as 1st XI captain after 4 years. Happily, he will continue to play next season.
Awards were made to Andy Crichton Best Batsman; Ed Holland Best Bowler; Larry Warr Best Fielder; Charlie Parker Best All Round Player; James Veness Players’ Player and Jonathan Hirst Captain’s Cup. Presentations were also made to a number of unsung heroines, Clare Lazaruk, Angela Gray, Alicia Howard, Ellie Gadsby, Louisa Gadsby, Terry Gadsby, Lyndsey Terry, Sian Lewis and Kara White and to unsung heroes, Leigh Tomlinson, Fred Crawford, Dave Arnott, Andy Yorke and Martin Johnson. There was a special thank you to Angela and Clare who arranged the fantastic evening and to all who generously donated raffle and auction prizes which raised £1,500 to support future development of the Club. Next year’s Dinner and Dance will be held at the same venue on Saturday November 24.

Village Hall New Build
Alex Wall Morris, Treasurer of the Village Hall Committee, writes that whilst a fabulous amount of money of over £570,000 has been raised, this will all be spent on the actual build and funds will still be needed to provide the hall with blinds, curtains, new tables and chairs, art on the walls, and new kitchen equipment to make the hall “all singing and dancing” ready to be rented out and something that we can be proud of. The Village Hall Committee would be very grateful if you could take 5 minutes to go onto our donation website www.make-a-donation.org and donate to this wonderful project.
Any amount, large or small, would be gratefully received and if you are a UK tax payer we can also reclaim the gift aid, which will add an additional 25%. There will be a piece of art on show in the new hall, in the shape of a tree where all names of those who have donated will be attached as leaves (unless you request not to be included), thus making everyone a part of the new village hall and a valuable thanks and reminder to all those who have helped with this project. As a committee, we cannot thank you enough if you have already donated and we offer a big thank you to all those who can now donate.

Mary Scholefield
I have heard from Mary’s son, John, that Mary has recently suffered a major stroke, being partially paralysed and now recovering very slowly in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Many villagers will remember Mary who lived in Chilton Road for the many ways in which she contributed, in her quiet, loving and steadfast way, to Chearsley life, particularly in the Church. She had moved to Cambridge after the death of her husband, Jock. I am sure we shall all be praying for Mary to continue to improve to a full recovery.

Christmas Bingo at The Bell will be on Tuesday December 5. Eyes Down at 8.45pm for good cash prizes and the chance to win a raffle prize drawn during the interval. The evening is bound to be really busy, so it’s a good idea to get there early and make an evening of it by enjoying a meal at a special price for Bingo players. Don’t forget to wear a bit of Christmas sparkle to add to the fun of the evening.

Switching on the Lights Friday December 8 at 6.45pm
Everyone is invited to come along for the official lighting up of the tree on The Green and to sing some carols in support of DEBRA and Cystic Fibrosis, charities providing funding for research into chronic conditions which affect the lives of 2 of our young people in Chearsley. There will be mince pies and mulled wine. Wrap up warmly and bring a torch.

Christmas Lunch at The Bell takes place on Wednesday December 13 at 12.30pm and welcomes anyone in the village who would like to come and enjoy a 2 course Christmas lunch with the regular club diners. Please contact me, Margaret on 208913 for more details, or see Sharon in The Bell.

My Fair Lady at The Mill Theatre at Sonning
Their Christmas production with Eric Carte, ex-Chearsley resident of Byeways, is now in full swing until January 27. Tickets are selling fast, so if you want to see Eric as you have never seen him before as Colonel Pickering, book now by phoning the Box office on 0118 969 8000 or by booking online at www.millatsonning.com.

Advent Calendar at Nether Winchendon Sunday December 3
There will be a giant advent calendar at Nether Winchendon church this Sunday. What will be behind each door? A giant ball pit?
Come and find out! Family fun for everyone from 2.30 to 4pm.

Sunshine Club Christmas Bring and Buy
This will be held on Monday December 4 at 2pm at Tyringham House, Cuddington. Everyone is welcome to come to find Christmas gifts and bargains, a super raffle and refreshments, all in aid of the Sunshine Club Christmas Party for members of the fortnightly social club who live in Chearsley, Cuddington and Nether Winchendon.

Florence Nightingale Hospice Tree of Light
For another year, everyone is invited to sponsor a light to honour someone special and as a way of supporting the Hospice. The first Tree of Lights events will take place at the headquarters of the Hospice at Walton Lodge, Walton Street, Aylesbury on Sunday December 3 at 5pm. There will be the second event at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Buckingham on December 9 at 4pm. Please call 01296 429975 for a form or go online at www.fnhospice.org.uk/tree-of-light-2017.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday December 3 at 10am St Nicholas Patronal Festival at Nether Winchendon
  • Sunday December 10 at 4pm Lessons & Carols
  • Sunday December 17 at 9am Holy Communion and Christingle at 4pm
  • Christmas Eve at 3.30pm Crib Service and Midnight Holy Communion at 11pm
  • Christmas Day at 10am Christmas Praise

Diary Dates:
  • Christmas Meals at The Bell until Saturday December 23. Please book with Sharon on 208077
  • Eric Carte in My Fair Lady at The Mill, Sonning from now until January 27
  • Monday December 4 at 2pm Sunshine Club Christmas Bring and Buy at Tyringham Hall, Nether Winchendon
  • Tuesday December 5 Christmas Bingo at The Bell
  • Friday December 8 Switch on of Chearsley Christmas Tree Lights at 6.45pm by The Bell.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Chearsley Village Hall

from Alexandra Wall Morris - Treasurer:

Dear Friends and Residents of Chearsley Old and New,

As you will have seen or no doubt heard, the new Chearsley Village Hall is well under way and we are nearly half way through the actual build.

Whilst we have raised a fabulous amount of money (over £570,000), this will all be spent on the actual build and we still need to raise valuable funds to provide the hall with blinds and curtains, new tables and chairs, art on the walls, as well as some new kitchen equipment, so we are an “all singing and dancing” village hall ready to be rented out and something that we can be proud of.

The Village Hall Committee would be very grateful if you could take five minutes to go onto our donation website at www.make-a-donation.org, and donate to this wonderful project.

Any amount large or small would be gratefully received and if you are a UK tax payer we can also reclaim the gift aid, which will add an additional 25%.

We will have a piece of art in the shape of a tree, where all names of those who have donated will be attached as leaves,(unless you request not to be) so you will be a part of the new Village Hall and a valuable thanks and reminder to all those who have helped with this project.

As a Committee, we cannot thank you enough if you have already donated and a big thank you to all those who now donate some money.


Kindest Regards and many thanks

Alex

Monday 13 November 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Hall New Build update
The timber frame was delivered safely in October and is being assembled by The Timber Frame Company overseen by the builders, Furlong and Higgs. Now almost halfway through the build, the roof is going up and there should be a watertight new building by the end of November. The Village Hall Management Committee met recently to discuss bookings rates, a new electronic booking system and plans for a competition to name the 2 new rooms in the hall. Details will be available shortly.

Village Hall AGM

This will be held on Monday November 13 at 7.30pm in the Cricket Club Pavilion.

Elevensies

Another Christmas Food and Craft Fair will be held in the Cricket Pavilion on Saturday November 18 from 10.30 until 1pm when jars of home-made mincemeat, marmalade, and a vast array of other seasonal food and crafts will be on sale. Come for coffee and a chat and the chance to buy a unique Christmas present. If you are able to donate, please contact Joy Payne on 01844 208513 or Anne Pratt on 01844 2016ll. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the church.

Christmas Garland Workshop
Joy will be demonstrating her skills as a florist on Saturday November 25 from 10am to 12pm at the Church when she will show you how to create your own Christmas garland. Joy will provide all the necessary materials, including greenery and decorations. You just need to bring some secateurs. The price is £25 for Church funds, which includes refreshments, fun, lots of help and ceaseless encouragement from Joy and an attractive, original garland to hang on the front door. Please phone Joy on 01844 208513 to book your place.

Toy Service at St Nicholas Church - November 26 at 10am when children are invited to bring a toy (unwrapped) which they would like to go to a child less fortunate than them. This is part of the local radio Mix 96 appeal when gifts are given to children in homes and hospitals in the Aylesbury Vale area.

Christmas in Chearsley
Details of all Church services and events in the lead up to Christmas including the delightful and popular Christingle are already available on the Church website. St Nicholas Church now has a facebook page telling everyone what is happening in our three churches of Chearsley, Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1740578716243651.
If this is your first Christmas in Chearsley, be prepared to be busy as a lot goes on. There will be carol singing round the village on two evenings when everyone is welcome to come. The house to house collection supports Chearsley’s two regular Christmas charities of Debra and Cystic Fibrosis.There will also be a ceremony of the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Green, with refreshments and carol singing.
More details of these and Christmas opening hours of The Bell and the Shop will be available nearer the time.

Christmas at The Bell
Always an important part of Chearsley life, Christmas meals will be available from Monday December 4 to Saturday December 23. There is a choice of starter of smoked salmon terrine, roast beetroot soup or camembert and mushroom soufflĂ©; the main meal of roast turkey, Beef Wellington (£2 extra), oven baked monkfish in parma ham or Cranberry, walnut and goats cheese tartlet and deserts of Christmas pudding, chocolate orange rum tarte ,fruit trifle or cheese and biscuits. 2 courses cost £20.95 and 3 courses £23.95. Please book with a deposit of £5 per person in plenty of time, as Sharon already has tables reserved. Phone her on 01844 208077.
Details of other Christmas events at The Bell, such as a Christmas jumper competition will be available soon. Christmas Bingo will be on Tuesday December 5 – bound to be a noisy, raucous evening.

Chef needed - Sharon needs help in the kitchen at this particularly busy time and is looking for a chef/cook to help her and Ellie. Please contact her on 01844 208077 if you can help or know someone who would fit the bill.

Brown Bins - A reminder that the brown bins will be emptied for the last time this year on Monday November 20 and then not again until January 29 2018.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
Gigi will be shown at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington on Monday November 20. This 1958 musical romance starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan was filmed in Paris and won several Oscars, including Best Picture and includes familiar songs such as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”, “I’m Glad I’m not Young Anymore” and “I Remember it well”. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in front of a big screen, in comfortable upholstered seats with tea and cake during the interval. Tickets cost £5 (£4 concessions). Doors open at 1pm for 1.30pm start. Tickets can be booked from Liz on 01844 299150 and may be available on the door.

Florence Nightingale Festive Fun Run in Thame - Sunday December 3
Thame & District Lions Club will once again fill the streets of Thame at the Fun Run, with Father Christmases in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Participants are invited to wear anything Christmas related from Santa suits to Christmas jumpers and bring all the family to run, jog, walk, scoot or push a buggy or wheelchair round this easy 3 km route through Thame Town Centre. Family entry is £30 or £10 per adult, £7.50 per child under 16 and free for children under 2. For an extra £1 donation, entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a VIP Panto Meet and Greet Experience for 4 people to meet the celebrity cast of Snow White at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. The deadline to register online is November 30 at 12pm or you can enter on the day. For more information visit www.fnhospice.org.uk/festive-fun-run.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday November 19 Holy Communion at 9am
  • Sunday November 26 Toy Service at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Monday November 13 Village Hall Management Committee AGM at 7.30pm in The Cricket Club pavilion
  • Saturday November 18 Elevensies 10.30 until 1.00pm at The Cricket club pavilion
  • Monday November 20 Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema at The Bernard Hall 1.30pm showing Gigi
  • Monday November 20 Parish Council meeting 7.30pm at The Cricket Club pavilion
  • Saturday November 25 Christmas Garland Workshop in the Church 10 until 12pm

Tuesday 24 October 2017

It's OK to Crochet!

It is now OK to Crochet!
Would you like to learn?

Following a successful initial course, I shall be holding further beginners courses this autumn.  There will be 2 courses available:

Tuesday morning 10-12 beginning 31st October and
Wednesday evening 7.30-9.30 beginning 1st November.

These will be introductory (or refresher) 3 session “Learn to crochet” courses held in Chearsley.

If there is sufficient demand, I may also run a fortnightly ‘club’ session, offering support, small projects if required (at a separate cost) and a chance for ‘crochet and catch-up’ or one off ‘project’ sessions, with a particular project as the focus, e.g. bag, soft toy.

The cost for the three session courses will be £45 for which you will be given instruction, a hook, darning needle, appropriate yarn each week and coffee/tea and cake! Club sessions would be £10 per session project sessions to be announced if there is interest.

I am a qualified adult education skills teacher and have been crocheting, on and off, for nearly 50 years.

For further details or to book your place contact:
Anne Pratt - 01844 201611, oktocrochet@gmail.com


Monday 23 October 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Hall New Build Update

Antonia Stratford, Chairman of the Village Hall Trustees committee, writes “It was all excitement this week as the timber frame (manufactured by The Timber Frame Company) for the new Chearsley Village hall arrived from Ireland. Thankfully, Storm Ophelia didn’t delay the sailing. Each piece of our new hall is now being lowered into place overseen by the builders, Furlong & Higgs. Expect to see a whole new building in 2 weeks! Albeit without a roof."

Bell Ringing Competition
If you wondered why the bells were ringing all afternoon on Saturday October 14, it was when 9 bell ringing teams representing the Central Bucks Branch and the Chiltern Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell ringers were competing for the Orchard Cup. This is an annual, friendly bell ringing competition first started in 1975 in memory of Fred Orchard a bell ringer of Nether Winchendon and this year held at Chearsley church.
Teams taking part were Wendover, Long Crendon (who were the winners), Whitchurch, Great Missenden, two teams from Aylesbury, Stewkley, Wing and Chearsley. More details and photos can be viewed on The Bucks Herald website as one of their Picture Specials.

3 Peaks Challenge
The group from The Bell who recently spent a strenuous weekend climbing Ben Nevis, Snowden and Scafell Pike met up again at The Bell recently when Sharon proudly exhibited an oversize cheque of £3,091 made out to Sobell House Hospice Oxford. She congratulated all the team on doing so well and thanked everyone who so generously sponsored them and donated to the charity. £1,850 was raised via the internet Just Giving site and £1,241 from the charity bottle at The Bell and from The Chearsley Aunt Sally team. It is hoped that photos of the evening and a write up will be printed in The Bucks Herald.

Halloween at The Bell
An adults Halloween Fancy Dress disco on Saturday October 28 for everyone of all ages will be held at The Bell from 8pm onwards. Fancy dress is not compulsory but having a good time is. On Monday October 30 there will be a Pumpkin Carving competition when everyone has the opportunity to display their creative pumpkin carving skills. If you need inspiration and advice, Sharon suggests you find out information and view videos of ideas at The Pumpkin Lady www.pumpkinlady.com. Bring your masterpieces along at 6.45pm ready for judging at 7pm. Any design is fine, just include provision for a night-light.
Halloween for children will be on the night itself, Tuesday 31st from 4.30 to 6pm at The Bell (scary enough any evening with the six o’clock regulars), when there will be Wrap The Mummy, Pin the tail on the Vampire and other Ghostly Games, as well a choice of jacket potato with cheese and beans, or hot dog, or fish fingers with chips beans or peas. Cost is £5 per child. Please book with Sharon and let her know your choice of food.

Round the village Poppy Collections
A reminder that Sue Grimsdell and Joy Payne will be round selling poppies door to door starting Saturday October 28th until Saturday November 11. This will be the 20th year since Sue took over from Sylvia Hicks. Both Sue and Joy have sons in the Armed Forces so selling the poppies is very dear to them, last year raising over £565. If you miss their call, poppy collecting boxes will be found in the shop and The Bell.

St Nicholas Church now has a facebook page telling everyone what is happening in our 3 churches of Chearsley, Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1740578716243651.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 29 United Benefice Service at Nether Winchendon at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday October 28 Halloween Fancy Dress Disco at The Bell 8pm onwards
  • Monday October 30 Pumpkin Carvings at The Bell 6.45pm with judging at 7pm
  • Tuesday October 31 Children’s Halloween Party at The Bell 4.30 to 6pm
  • Saturday November 11 Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance with Guest speaker Mike Gatting
  • Tuesday November 7 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down around 8.45pm
  • Monday November 20 Parish Council meeting 7.30pm at The Cricket Club pavilion

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Thefts from vehicles – Haddenham area


This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

Overnight on Sunday night into Monday morning (15/10 – 16/10) three thefts have been reported from vehicles in the Haddenham area.

Two reports were from residents in the Yolsum Close area and one was from Cotts Field. Property stolen included a purse, a silver ornament, perfume bottles and small change.

A mobile phone and vehicle documents were also stolen from a vehicle in Stone on Sunday (15/10).

PCSO Sue Jones from the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) said “Please check your vehicle is locked and the alarm is set, when it is parked and unattended.

“Make sure all property is removed from it and don’t try to hide items away, as thieves know all the places to look.

“Any property left on display could tempt opportunist criminals to break into your vehicle – it only takes a few moments.

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles please call us at the time it happening. Call on 101, or if a crime is actually happening at the time dial on 999”

For further crime prevention advice and information please visit the Thames Valley Police website.

If you have any information about these thefts please call PCSO Jones on the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.

If you don’t want to talk to the police or give your details you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Monday 9 October 2017

Free Power Tool Security Marking

Waddesdon Neighbourhood Police will be holding a
Crime Prevention and Security Marking
event at 
Hartwell Nurseries
on Saturday 14th October between 1pm and 4pm.
Bring your own power tools for free marking and
crime prevention advice.
Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Friday 6 October 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

The Parish Council has been very active in tidying and smartening up our village in the past weeks. 3 rubbish bins, by the shop and the two bus stops have been installed – bigger and smarter than the old ones. The bus shelters are in the process of being maintained and improved, and the railings painted. The Parish Council have also made arrangements for the many verges, banks and footpaths to be strimmed and the overhanging trees and hedgerows to be trimmed. The village is now looking good and well cared for. An incentive for us all to keep it litter free and tidy.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday October 16th at 7.30pm at the Cricket Club pavilion. The Minutes of their last meeting can be found online and on the notice board.

110 Bus service between Thame and Aylesbury
Perhaps the updated bus shelters will be an encouragement for villagers to use our bus service. We are lucky to have an alternative to using cars, even if the service which runs between Thame and Aylesbury is only every two hours. It is normally a very reliable service. However, it is feared that it might well be a case that “if you don’t use it, you lose it” as the buses are often half empty. If you are eligible for a free bus pass, and haven’t got one, it seems a waste not to get one and use it and it is a cheaper alternative to using a taxi.
The 110 from Chearsley now ties in with the 280 in Thame which runs between Oxford and Aylesbury every 20 minutes providing the possibility of a day out in Oxford or some shopping in Thame or Aylesbury with no drink–driving or parking worries.

Goodbye and Welcome
Having lived in Chearsley for nearly 40 years, I cannot remember a time when so many houses have changed hands. Families who have lived here for many years and some for only a short time have said goodbye and we wish them good luck in their new homes. I am thinking particularly of Sue and Peter Grimsdell who used to run The Bell for many years, Howard and Helen Bottomley, our neighbours for over 20 years, moving to Wales near to their daughter, and Bruce and Janet Baker who are also moving to be nearer their daughter. A warm welcome to all new residents in the hope that they will find Chearsley a friendly, thriving village and will settle in to their new homes and be very happy here. The shop, The Bell and the Church figure very highly in the making of new friends and finding out what is going on in the village.

Sue Grimsdell and Poppy Collections
Although Sue and Peter have now left Chearsley and are currently in rented accommodation while work is done on their bungalow in Haddenham , Sue still plans to continue her house to house collection in Chearsley selling poppies. This will be her 20th year. Sue and Joy Payne, who both have sons currently serving in the British Army are planning to start collecting between now and November 11. Richard Grimsdell is currently in the Caribbean as part of the British Task Force flown out when the hurricanes recently caused such devastation. Last year, Sue and Joy collected an amazing £565.67 from door to door collections and the total was further increased by The Bell, the shop and refreshments served in the village hall after the Memorial Remembrance Service which raised a further £214.63. A really generous response from the village.

The Bell – What’s happening this October
The monthly Bingo session was held on Tuesday October 3rd when it was good to welcome some new faces. Hopefully, they will return next month on November 7th. The monthly Bell quiz will be held on Sunday October 8 at 8pm with refreshments at half time. Come on your own or in a team. You will be made very welcome. Friday Mornings Coffee and home-made cake continue to be very popular every Friday when The Bell is open from 10am for anyone to call in, no booking needed, to meet up with old and new friends over coffee and cake.
Friday evenings continue to be busy with the attraction of a chance to take part in the Higher or Lower Game at 8.30pm. Come along to find out how it all works. The Bell is a great place for Sunday lunches, serving food until 2pm and when the weekly Meat Raffle is drawn at 3pm. Halloween will be celebrated with an Adults Fancy dress disco on Saturday October 28 and a children’s Halloween party on Tuesday 3st in The Bell from 4.30 to 6pm. Tickets are £5 to include food and drink and games. Please book with Sharon.

Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance
This will be held, as last year, at The Magnolia Park Golf Club on Saturday November 11. Always a good evening, this year should prove to be a memorable one as the amazing Cricket Club committee have managed to secure Mike Gatting, former England Captain and OBE, to be the Guest Speaker. Tickets cost £35 for a 3 course dinner, reception drink and disco. There will also be a raffle and auction. Please contact Angela Gray on 07944290264 for more details and to book your place.

Java Nightmare
An informal talk will be given in Brill Memorial Hall on Sunday October 8th at 5pm on a book written by Daphne Jackson entitled Java Nightmare. The talk will be given by Daphne’s daughter, Daphne Slater, about her mother and father who were both civilian prisoners of war in Java and to highlight the horrors and hardships they suffered. Copies of the book will be on sale with proceeds going to the Far-Eastern Prisoners of War Association. Tickets cost £8 are available beforehand from Brill Stores and on the door and includes light refreshments.

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 8th at 10am Morning Celebration
  • Sunday October 8th at 6pm Evensong
  • Sunday October 15 at 9am Holy Communion
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday October 8: Quiz at The Bell re-starts 8pm.
  • Monday October 16: Parish Council at 7.30pm in the Cricket Pavilion
  • Saturday October 28 Halloween Fancy Dress Disco at The Bell
  • Tuesday October 31 Children’s Halloween Party at The Bell 4.30 to 6pm.
  • Saturday November 11: Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance with Guest speaker Mike Gatting

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

3 Peaks Challenge
There were mixed fortunes for the 8 Chearsley people, who with the help and support of 3 drivers, recently attempted the 3 peak challenge, to climb Ben Nevis the highest peak in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowden in Wales within 24 hours. They were successful in climbing all 3 peaks, but took longer than the hoped for 24 hours. Being held up by a major cycling event in Scotland delayed the start of their ascent of the first mountain, Ben Nevis, which meant more time had to be spent walking in the dark and took longer to complete. One participant was sick, due to a bug and two others sustained sprained ankles.
However, the weekend and experience, once back home in the welcome comfort of The Bell, was considered a great opportunity and mostly enjoyable time for them all despite the discomfort of walking in the dark, contending with rain and having very little sleep. The group were climbing to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice, Oxford, which provides palliative care and support for adult patients, their family, friends and carers. It is not too late to sponsor them, please talk to Sharon at The Bell or go to their just giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chearsleychallengers. The time, money and effort they all put into this venture is certainly worthy of congratulations and a show of thanks by donating to their chosen charity.

Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day on Sunday September 10th
The organising committee offer a sincere thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Fun Day whether they were a volunteer, advertiser, sponsor or attended on the day. “Team Chearsley” did a great job as 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make the day happen. The weather wasn’t kind and forced curtailment of some planned activities, including the cancellation of the promised visit by the BBMF Lancaster Bomber. Nevertheless, over 200 vehicles attended the show. Initial figures suggest a net profit of just over £4,000, which is a bit down on last year, but a creditable result and providing invaluable funds for the development of junior cricket at the Club. Plans are already being made for next year ‘s event which will take place on Sunday September 9 and the committee welcome any feedback or thoughts on how to make the day even better.
The winner of Fred Crawford’s Cup of Best in Show was Connie Barton from Shenington, near Banbury. Her Bedford OB Duple 27 seater coach was manufactured in 1948 and run by 2 coach companies, Graceline Coaches and Brown Bros. In the 1990s it was bought by a group of students who used it for touring around Europe until it was abandoned in Portugal. Connie rescued the bus and lovingly restored it in the livery of Tanners Coaches, for whom she drove for 52 years.
Special mention and thank you goes to Tiffany, Terri Clark’s 11 year old daughter, who baked a magnificent cake for the show and raised over £50 in her raffle. The date of the End of Season Dinner and Dance is Saturday November 11. Details are available from Angela Gray who can be contacted at angela@grayemail.co.uk.


 Update of the new Chearsley Village Hall from Antonia Stratford:
“We are now 2 months into the new village hall build and the project is progressing well. The “substructure” is almost complete which means the foundations have been dug, levelled and laid and the block flooring is almost complete. The builders will now start to build the external brick plinth made of “Farmhouse Orange” bricks sourced from a local supplier and the timber frame suppliers are busy constructing the timber frame (in Ireland) which will be on site in mid October and will arrive with windows and doors already in the frame. Whilst the timeline for the building is going well, as always with building projects there have been a couple of unforeseen issues that have cropped up which have incurred extra costs.
If you haven’t had the chance to donate yet (and would like your family name inscribed permanently in the new hall on our Giving Tree) – please visit our donation page on www.make-a-donation.org and search for Chearsley Village Hall. This will enable us to claim gift aid on your donation quickly and easily. The Village Hall Committee have also been looking at the timetable for the new hall in order to ensure that it will be packed full of new, exciting classes and activities for the community when it opens in March!
All previous exercise providers have (or will be) contacted so they can reserve their slot in the new hall and the committee have also received enquiries from new providers that would like to hold yoga and t’ai chi classes. If you (or anyone you know) would like to hold a class or activity in the new hall, please get in touch with Ruth Holland at ruth.margaret.holland@hotmail.com.”

Bingo at The Bell
There will be another Bingo evening in its regular monthly spot of the first Tuesday of the month on October 3 with Eyes Down around 8.45pm A fun evening for everyone hosted by Sharon and Leslie with the chance to win some good cash prizes. The snowball prize available to win on the 3rd game has not yet been won and now stands at around £200. Come along earlier for a meal at a special price for Bingo players.

Sunday Quiz at The Bell will re-start on Sunday October 8 at 8pm. Much needed refreshments are served during a break in the rounds. If you are new to the village and would like to join in, just turn up on the night. You are assured of a very warm welcome by everyone.

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is holding 2 fund raising events in October to help it raise over £750,000 which is needed each year to provide specialist palliative care, free of charge. On Sunday October 8 there will be Colour Rush at Green Park Aston Clinton. This is an event for the whole family when runners, walkers or joggers will get showered with multi-coloured powder at 5 colour stations spread out around the 5k circular course. Before the main event, there is a “Mini Rush” for any little ones who want to be part of this spectacular event, but who might not manage the full 5k circular route. Last year more than 550 men, women and children became walking rainbows for the Hospice and raised over £14,000. It is hoped that this year, £25,000 will raised. Colour Rush 2017 will be held at 11am and 2pm. Please go to the website at fnhospice.org.uk/colour-rush for more information and to register.

The 24th Aylesbury Beer Festival will be held at a new venue, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School on Friday October 27 and Saturday 28 offering real ale fans the change to try local beers as well as award-winning ales and ciders from further afield, whilst raising funds for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Local CAMRA expert, Alexander Wright will be selecting the ales and ciders to include a range of old favourites and seasonal novelties. Saturday has entertainment for all the family including the Sausage Festival and live music all day.
Following its enthusiastic reception last year, the Kings Farm Shop, Wendover will be providing a range of delicious gourmet sausages to barbecue between 11am and 7pm. There will be space indoors so that a full musical line-up and seating can be provided if the weather is wet. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door. To book and for more information call 01296 429975 or go to www.fnhospice.org.uk/aylesbury-beer-festival

Haddenham Medical Centre Carers Bucks Training Event
This will be held on Thursday October 19 at the Haddenham Medical Centre from 6.30 to 8pm, aimed at working carers. Topics included will be infection detection, emergency care planning and carers’ discount card. Refreshments will be available. A similar event during the day will be held in the future. For more information, please contact Ellen Solley, Practice Manager on 01844 293303

Church Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday October 1st Harvest Festival at 10am. Donations will be very welcome of dry or canned foods which will go to provide a welcome meal for the homeless and vulnerable helped by Steppin’ Stones of Oxford. There will be no Rock Solid in the evening.
  • Sunday October 8th at 10am Morning Celebration
  • Sunday October 8th at 6pm Evensong
Diary Dates :
  • Tuesday October 3: Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm.
  • Sunday October 8: Quiz at The Bell re-starts 8pm.
  • Monday October 16: Parish Council at 7.30pm in the Cricket Pavilion
  • Saturday November 11: Cricket Club Annual Dinner and Dance

Friday 22 September 2017

Training Event for Carers

Haddenham Medical Centre is holding a training event on Thursday 19 October, from 6.30 pm to 8pm. Training will cover:-
  Infection Detection
  Emergency Care Planning
  Carers Discount Card.

Refreshments will be available.

There will be a similar event during the day will be at a future date.

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Victims First

Thames Valley Alert:

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s new initiative Victims First now has a Facebook page to keep people up to date on information, advice and support for victims of crime www.facebook.com/victimsfirstTV/

Victims First is a website at www.victims-first.org.uk which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. You can use the website to refer yourself directly to the PCC's own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

If you’ve been a victim of crime, Victims First can help you find the support you need. You can also follow the Victims First Facebook page for hints, tips and advice on staying safe and interesting comments and views on topical news. It will also share some inspiring victim stories, and how they’re coping after the crime.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Thursday 7 September 2017

Haddenham Medical Centre: Autism

The Chair of the National Autism Society from Aylesbury will be giving a talk on Thursday 14 September 2017 at Haddenham Medical Centre 1030-1230 to patients about Autism. 

The talk will be about the way Autism affects a person both from her own perspective and from the knowledge she have gained through her work with the National Autistic Society and being Co-Chair of the events going on and the diagnostic services run by Buckinghamshire County Council.  The Spectrum is a very long one and she can also discuss this and answer questions from the patients and what services are provided by Buckinghamshire.

Tea and Coffee will be available.



Wednesday 6 September 2017

Tour of Britain Cycle Race

 The Tour of Britain cycle race will passing through Upper Winchendon, Ashendon and Brill next Saturday 9th September. The ToB is an elite-level stage race (essentially a one-week equivalent of the Tour de France). All the teams and many of the riders you will see in the Tour de France will be riding, including Mark Cavendish and Geriant Thomas. It is top class international sport happening on your doorstep (and for free) and is a brilliant spectacle. Plus you don't need to know anything about bike racing to enjoy it.

The stage starts in Hemel Hempstead, works its way via Cubblington to Oving and Pitchcott then crosses the A41 and goes up past Eythrope Park and through Upper Winchendon. They then turn right and go down and up to Ashendon, down the very steep Brick Hill from the top of Ashendon and up to Brill via the windmill before heading down to Oakley, Islip and eventually to Cheltenham. The route map and estimated timings for each point can be found at the pages below. The windmill at Brill will be an excellent place to watch or if you want to see the riders hit 80 kph then Brick Hill might be the place.

http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven/

There will be riders (adults and children) setting off from Chearsley to cycle this part of the course ahead of the pros at about 9.30-10am. If anyone wants details please email Richard: richard.tuxworth@googlemail.com

Saturday 2 September 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Fest and Family Picnic - Saturday evening September 9th
Get in the village spirit the evening before the Classic and Vintage Fun Day by coming along to the Cricket Field where there will be a full bar including a selection of real ales and live music by Deja Vu. Entrance is free and there is the opportunity of booking a table, a small one costing £10 and a large for £20. You can bring your own food or order your own takeaway.
Gates open at 7pm. All funds made will go towards the junior section of the Cricket Club. Please contact Adam Lazaruk at adam@rglsurveys.co.uk for more information and to reserve a table.

Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day on Sunday September 10th from 12pm
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It is hoped that at this, the show’s 6th year, there will be more than 250 vehicles. In addition to the classic and vintage cars, vehicles and steam engines, there will be live music, fun fair, food stalls, arts and crafts stalls, bar, vintage bus trips. It is also planned for there to be a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A great day for all the family with no charge for entry or car parking. All money raised goes towards the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club

3 Peaks Challenge Weekend of September 16
To wish everyone taking part in this venture good luck and hoping all conditions are perfect for success. A group of regulars at The Bell, including landlady, Sharon, will be attempting to climb the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. Eight men and women of all ages are taking part to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice charity, which is the current pub charity. The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden within 24 hours.
The success of the group not only depends on their fitness but also on the weather being suitable for the climbs and to a vital team of drivers and supporters to get them to each mountain. If you would like to sponsor them, please talk to Sharon at The Bell or go to their just giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chearsleychallengers.

Bingo at The Bell
A reminder that Bingo starts this Tuesday, September 5 with Eyes Down around 8.45pm when there is the chance to win some good cash prizes. Come along earlier for a meal at a special price for Bingo players.

Sunday Quiz at The Bell will start next month on Sunday October 8

Parish Council Meeting September 18
A meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Cricket Club pavilion on Monday September 18 at 7.30pm. The Council welcome support and input from villagers. There is the opportunity at the beginning of the meeting to raise any particular problems or concerns and at the end to comment on any matters discussed during the meeting. Minutes of the last meeting can be found on the Parish Council website together with the agenda for this coming meeting. Details are also displayed on the village notice board.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday September 3 Family communion at 10am; Rock Solid meet
  • Sunday September 10 Morning Celebration at 10am; Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • Ending Saturday September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Tuesday September 5 Bingo at The Bell. Eyes Down at 8.45pm. No need to book just turn up.
  • Wednesday September 6 Pub lunch at 12.30pm. Book your place with Sharon.
  • Saturday September 9 starting at 7pm until 10pm Chearsley Fest in the Cricket Ground
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club
  • Sunday October 8 Quiz at The Bell re-starts 8pm.

Friday 18 August 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Village Hall Update 
This is the first of progress reports which Antonia Stratford, chairman of the Village Hall Committee, plans to write on the building of the new village hall. The old one was demolished at the beginning of August – with a mixture of nostalgia and relief for some. The next stage, once the rubble has been removed is when builders, Furlong and Higgs, start on the foundations and the brick plinth. The timber frame is due to arrive on site in mid October. Feel free to view progress on site at any time, from behind the safety barrier or just wait for the next update on Chearsley News.

Amended plans for 2 – 4 Winchendon Road
New plans have been submitted to AVDC by The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust for 5 x 2 bed dwellings; 1 x 3 bedroom dwelling; and 1 x 4 bedroom dwelling and a revised access. More details can be found and comments can be made via the AVDC website. Reference for this application is 16/03565/APP which can be accessed from the AVDC Planning web page. Comments can also be sent to the Planning Department at The Gateway, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF. A comment from Chearsley Parish Council chairman can also be viewed on the Parish Council website.

The Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day takes place on Sunday September 10th from 12pm. Entries for this annual event in the grounds of Chearsley Cricket Club are still very welcome. If you would like to show your vintage or classic vehicle please register as soon as possible online at www.ccvfd.co.uk . Pitches for auto jumble or for charity fund raising are also available. It is hoped that at this, the show’s 6th year, there will be more than 250 vehicles. In addition to the classic and vintage cars, vehicles and steam engines, there will be live music, fun fair, food stalls, arts and crafts stalls, bar, vintage bus trips. It is also planned for there to be a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A great day for all the family with no charge for entry or car parking. All money raised goes towards the Junior Section of Chearsley Cricket Club

Red Kite Radio Station
This very new local radio station operating from Haddenham Garden Centre has been advertising our Classic and Vintage Fun Day in their hourly Freetime spot, when information on not-for-profit local events are detailed. Listen out for Cuddington villager Chris Long who will soon be presenting a weekly show of 70's music on Monday evenings. Red Kite Radio can be found at 107.2fm.

3 Peaks Challenge
A group of regulars at The Bell, including landlady, Sharon, are well into their training schedule to enable them to succeed in their attempt to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. Eight men and women, of all ages are taking part to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice charity, which is the current pub charity. The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden within 24 hours. The success of the group not only depends on their fitness but also on the weather being suitable for the climbs and to a vital team of drivers and supporters to get them to each mountain.
This will all take place on the weekend of September 16th. If you would like to sponsor them, please talk to Sharon at The Bell or go to their just giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chearsleychallengers. Well done to them all for even contemplating taking part and good luck.

Bingo at The Bell
After the Summer break, Bingo will be starting again on Tuesday September 5 at The Bell with Eyes Down around 8.45pm when there is the chance to win some good cash prizes. Come along earlier for a meal at a special price for Bingo players. It can get quite crowded and noisy, all good humoured, light hearted fun.

Garden Party, Fashion Show and Sale on Bank Holiday Monday August 28 at Tyringham Hall, Cuddington at 2pm. Tickets are £5 available from Liz on 01844 299150 for an afternoon of cream tea and fun and the chance to buy the modelled clothes at affordable prices. All money raised goes to the Cuddington Sunshine Club and other charities.
The Sunshine Club is run by volunteers and provides social activities and tea every fortnight on Mondays from 2 to 4pm and currently has a number of Chearsley villagers attending.

Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon Sunday and Monday Bank Holiday Weekend Hopefully the weather will encourage visitors to Nether Winchendon church to enjoy a cream tea from 2.30 to 5pm on both Sunday and Monday 27 and 28th August. Nether Winchendon House garden will be open on these days from 2 to 5.30pm as part of the National Garden Scheme. Entry is £4. Children free. Tours of the house cost £4.

Dinton Parish Traditional Fete on Sunday August 27 This takes place on the Parish field, Dinton from 1.30 to 4.30pm with the usual fete attractions, raffle, and also award winning Colonel Custard, Bletchington Silver Band and, weather permitting, a Lancaster fly past.

Turn End, Haddenham
A new documentary by award winning film director, Murray Grigor and director of photography, Hamid Shams, tells the story of the creation of the group of 3 houses and garden (now 50 years old) and how their design reflects the unique features of Haddenham. It is being screened on Thursday, August 31st at 6.30pm for 7.00pm in the Community Centre, Woodways, Haddenham. Booking is essential and tickets can be obtained for £5 from the library, Blooming Fruity, The Egg House or online. The 45 minute film will be followed by questions and discussions with the directors of the film and Peter Aldington, the architect of the houses. Find out more about Turn End at www.turnend.org.uk.

Paul Persson The funeral of Paul takes place on Thursday, August 24 at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Thame. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday August 20 at 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday August 27 at 10am Family Service

Diary Dates:
  • Until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Wednesday August 23 Pub lunch at 12.30pm at The Bell. All are welcome to join this group every 2 weeks, aimed at the older person for a good 2 course lunch and to support The Bell. See Sharon at The Bell if you are interested or phone me, Margaret on 208913
  • Sunday August 27 1.30 to 4.30pm Dinton Parish Fete
  • Sunday August 27 and Bank Holiday Monday August 28 Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon from 2.30 to 5pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday August 28 Garden Party, Fashion Show and Sale at Tyringham Hall at 2pm.
  • Tuesday September 5 Bingo at The Bell.
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Thursday 3 August 2017

Door to Door Sales - Teak Furniture

I have received a report that a gentleman in a large white van has been knocking on doors in Chearsley today, and claiming that a 'close neighbour' has recommended their fine teak furniture.

The normal advice applies:
  • Always ask for identification before letting anyone you don't know into your house.
  • Check credentials, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number. The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.
  • Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.
  • Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
  • If in any doubt, ask the person to leave or call Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
  • If you’re suspicious, why not ask the salesman if you can take their photograph – on your mobile phone, for example? If the person is legitimate, they probably won’t mind.
More advice and information can be found at Action Fraud and Gov.uk.

The bottom line is that a genuine salesman has nothing to hide and will always be prepared to call back. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Monday 31 July 2017

Thames Valley Police Open Day : Saturday 5 August

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

There is less than a week to go until Thames Valley Police opens its doors once again, to host the eleventh force Open Day on Saturday 5 August. The event is being held at our Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading (RG7 4DX) and will be open between 10am and 4pm.

With over 40 exhibitors attending, there is something for everyone. This year the Open Day promises to be even bigger and better than before. Here are just some of the highlights in the jammed packed programme:
  • Become a detective for the day and solve the crime
  • Arena displays showcasing the specialist dog, horse and public order teams
  • See the force helicopter up close and meet some of the pilots
  • Listen to expert talks about tactical armed policing, the dangers of sexting and how we are combatting organised crime
  • Children’s fancy dress – come dressed in police themed costumes
  • Name a police puppy competition
  • Sample some mouth-watering delights in the Fun Food Kitchen
  • Visit the on-site museum to learn about some of our most notorious cases.
For the first time, visitors will be able to become a detective for the day. Working with our Forensic Investigation Unit, you can solve various clues to reveal how Mr Money Bags met his unfortunate demise. Children are also encouraged to come dressed in police themed costume, with a parade at midday and a fabulous prize up for grabs.

The theme this year is Children and Young People and there will be a dedicated Kids Zone featuring our Cadets and Mini Police recruits. We are also supporting SAFE, a charity that helps people aged between 8 and eighteen who have been affected by crime within Thames Valley.

For a taster of what to expect, visit the TVP Open Day 2016 webpage.

Limited parking is available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Dogs are not permitted (except for assistance dogs) and must not be left in vehicles.

The Open Day will close at 4pm with the last entry at 3.30pm.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website

Friday 28 July 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913


Many in the village will know Paul Persson, a tall, dignified man who opened up his lovely garden at Long Meadow, Dark Lane to host the Meadow Song concerts, and also welcomed many to Church weekends and occasions there.

Ann has contacted me with the sad news of Paul’s recent death.
“It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my dearest husband of 58 years, missed a step and fell while on holiday with our family in Corfu. He badly fractured his femur near a hip replacement and injured his head causing a little bleeding on the brain. He was taken to Corfu hospital and a week later we were air-ambulanced home and he was taken to Stoke Mandeville, where we were greeted by Claire Lazaruk who works in A & E.
He rested for a week and on Monday 24th he was operated on to reconstruct his hip, but his heart could not take the strain and he passed away during the operation. We will miss him so much as he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is at peace with God, whom he loved and served.
His funeral will be at St Mary’s Church, Thame at 2.30pm on Thursday 24th August and all will be welcome to join us. Probably best to car share, because many people are expected to attend and parking is not easy in Thame”.


Thursday 20 July 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Chearsley Cricket Club 1st XI
There is good news about the club’s 1st XI who are currently placed 3rd in Division 6 of the Cherwell League, having won 6 and drawn 2 of their 11 games to date. 2nd XI News from the 2nd XI is not so good, as a shortage of players has meant a number of their games in the Cherwell League have been forfeited. They are currently bottom of Division 10. The Club are appealing for more players to come and join them. If you would like to play or know someone who may do, please contact Pete Redfern on 07775 618 929 or Adam Lazaruk on 07865 093 154.

Kenny Baker, who has played for the club since 1993, captaining the 1st XI from 1999 to 2002, has played his last game when he took two wickets against Sandford St Martin in a fine Chearsley victory last Saturday. The Club presented him with an autographed shirt and wish him and his wife, Carol a very happy retirement in their new home in the Lake District.
The Juniors: There are 80 registered with the club this year and they have enjoyed another successful season which was celebrated at their Presentation on Tuesday July 18.
Chairman’s Match Sunday July 23: This is a friendly match between old and young players of the club and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a gentle, relaxing afternoon when the bar will be open and a BBQ available following the game. Play starts at 2pm this Sunday at the ground.
Annual Dinner and Dance: This is advance notice of the annual evening which will again be held at Magnolia Park, this year on Saturday November 11. More details will be available shortly.

Classic and Vintage Fun Day Sunday September 10
More details of this annual event raising funds for the juniors of the Cricket Club are available on their website and face book page. The Hurricane flypast has been booked and vehicle registration is now underway. Volunteers are needed to help on the day and donations for the bottle tombola and raffle will be gratefully received.

Recent lorry incident
John Howard of the Parish Council has now received a response from Bibbys, who were responsible for the HGV involved in recent dangerous manoeuvres in the village. The lorry in question was making a delivery to Crendon Conservatories at their depot at Brackwell Farm, Winchendon Road. The driver was new to this particular delivery. Bibby have now revised their Drivers’ Brief and drivers are instructed not to use the route through Chearsley. They have suggested that signage on the approach roads to Chearsley indicating the roads are unsuitable for HGVs should be installed. The Parish Council will be issuing an up to date report to the village in due course emphasising that photographic evidence of any similar incidence is vital to get a positive response from offending parties.

Church Allotments
There are plots in Winchendon Road now available to rent at a cost of £10 per year. Please contact Maureen Gillis on 208742 or email her at maureen@untangledweb.co.uk if you are interested.

Athlingwold by John Cragg
If you are looking for a new book to read for your Summer holidays and are a kindle owner, villager, John Cragg of Shupps Lane has recently had his first novel published. The book is a tale of intrigue, a life changing affair and how ancient legends can assist in preventing the ruinous development of a beautiful Dorset valley. The book is currently only available electronically and a taster first chapter can be downloaded from Amazon or Kindle Unlimited for free, by going to mardibooks.com. The remainder of the book can then be purchased for £5.39. It is hoped that if the book is successful in its electronic version, it may go into print.
John, who has lived in Chearsley with his family for over 40 years, has had a number of short stories published in the past, some in “Peoples Friend” and other story papers. Since attending a creative writing course in Oxford and then taking an English Local History Diploma there, which gave him the idea for the historical legend theme in Athlingwold, he was encouraged to produce a full length novel. Valuable experience was gained by working with Mary Scholefield, another Chearsley resident, on her publication “Letters Home” which is based on letters from her late husband’s two uncles who served in the army in World War I. Congratulations to John in finding the time and energy and inspiration to have achieved “Athlingwold” and all best wishes for its success.

Gary The Postman
A reminder that his wedding is on Saturday 29, if you are thinking of giving him a card of congratulations.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 23 Family Service at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday July 23 Chairman’s Match at Chearsley cricket club 2pm. All welcome
  • Now until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Saturday 15 July 2017

Thieves alert – make sure your cars and homes are securely locked

We recently received the following report from our local police about some burglary incidents in Cuddington.
Overnight on the 9th July into 10th July, there have been several incidents which have occurred in the village. There was a burglary at a property where vehicle keys were stolen and the vehicle taken. This has now been recovered and investigations continue. This report was put out on a Thames Valley Police Alert. We have subsequently had reports that over the same night several sheds on the allotments have been broken into. Nothing of value appears to have been taken. Also, several insecure vehicles were entered and items removed. Not all of these thefts have been reported to police at this time. If anyone has any information which may help our enquiries, please telephone the Thames Valley Police Non Emergency Number..101, or email the Neighbourhood Team on waddesdonnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

During patrols in the village over the past few days, vehicles have been found insecure and with windows open. Please ensure that you keep your vehicles locked and remove all items of value from inside.
We have also had more recent reports of suspicious parking of vehicles around The Green in Chearsley so please heed the advice from our colleagues in the local police – make sure your cars and homes are securely locked and, if you observe any suspicious behaviour, please telephone the Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency Number..101, or email the Neighbourhood Team on waddesdonnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Village Hall Memorabilia

"Old" Village Hall News
If any villagers would like to have any bits, such as windows, heaters, curtains, kitchen accessories,etc. when the old hall is demolished, they should contact Antonia Stratford as soon as possible on 208469 or email her at antoniastratford40@gmail.com.

It is planned that the builders will be on site on Thursday July 20th ready for the hall to be demolished on Monday July 24.

Friday 7 July 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Lorry and the Horse Chestnut Tree
John Howard of the Parish Council is hoping that The Bucks Herald will be printing a report which he has sent them concerning the recent HGV incident in Chearsley to highlight the dangers of large lorries using small village roads rather than keeping to main roads. John Howard is still in correspondence about the matter with Bibby’s Distribution on behalf of their customer Ultraframe, the owners of the lorry concerned. No apology has been received and Bibby’s Distribution say they have no intention of changing their routing instructions to their drivers. They seem more concerned about possible damage to their vehicles from overhanging branches than the threat to pedestrians and other vehicles. John’s report has also been passed to the local police and Transport for Bucks.

Parish Council Meeting will be held in the village hall (for the last time) on Monday July 17 at 7.30pm. Please note there will be no meeting during August.

Flower Festival
Joy and her flower ladies, Jann Grimshaw, Anne Lewis, Maria Allen and Julia Pountney have much to be proud of last weekend when the Church was full of amazing colour and imaginative floral displays depicting many aspects of Chearsley life. It took many hours of planning and days in the church constructing the arrangements. Congratulations to them all, and particularly to Joy for the great show they achieved.
Special mention must be made of the Village Shop window, which displayed a beautiful sari given by Sugi from our shop and a heavenly smelling jasmine garland, especially sent over from Sri Lanka for the occasion as well as fruits of their country. A good number of visitors from the village and beyond came to enjoy the wonderful sight and smell of the church and then to sit in the sunshine and enjoy refreshments with homemade cakes. A plant stall with donated plants helped to boost funds for the church. Thank you to the flower ladies and to everyone who contributed to the successful weekend.

Meadow Song takes place this Saturday July 8 in the grounds of the village hall when Paul Shinar and Laura Fealy will be performing another wonderful concert of well known and familiar songs. There will be a bar and barbeque. This will be an opportunity to say farewell to our old hall which has been the venue for many village occasions for over 60 years and a chance to write your memories or thoughts of the hall in a Memory Book which will be launched at Meadow Song.
Tickets are now available from the shop or from Joy on 208513 or Margaret on 208913. Tickets cost £10 each. No charge for children. All proceeds will go towards the cost of the new hall.

Sunshine Club Matinee Cinema
On Monday July 24 there will be showing of “Chicago” at The Bernard Hall Cuddington at 1.30 with doors open at 1pm. This 2003 musical stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones and is described as “spectacular, rousing, energetic and humorous”. Sounds like it should not be missed! The hall provides a big screen, comfortable upholstered seats with tea and cake at the interval, which is included in the price of £5 or £4 concessions. Tickets available from Liz on 01844 299150 or on the door, subject to availability.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 9 Evensong at 6pm
Diary Dates:
  • Now until September 9 Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Saturday July 8 Cuddington Fairy Tale Fete starts at 1.30pm
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall.
  • Wednesday July 12 Pub Lunch at The Bell at 12.30pm
  • Monday July 17 Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Sunday September 10 Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club

Friday 30 June 2017

Meadowsong - Saturday 8th July


Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Bucks County Council Transport Survey
A request from our Parish Council to take part in Bucks County Council’s transport survey :
“Your Parish Council has been lobbying Transport for Bucks to introduce restrictions to reduce the significant numbers of HGVs using the minor roads through our village. During 2016, we organised 3 surveys which produced solid evidence of the number of HGVs passing through Chearsley – a problem which will undoubtedly worsen in future due to the significant programme of new house building in local villages and the start of construction of the new HS2 rail system. We are asking all parishioners to complete a short online Bucks County Council survey which would help inform a new transport strategy for our area. The survey can be accessed within a recent press release issued by Bucks C.C. which also gives further background to the consultation they are undertaking prior to the development of the strategy and is available at this link : http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/news/help-us-plan-for-tomorrows-lorry-traffic/. The survey can be completed in 10 minutes or so and needs to be submitted by a deadline of 6th July. We know this issue is of major concern to our community and would urge you to spend a few minutes to register your views to help convey the strength of our feelings on this vital matter.”

Lorry and Chestnut Tree
You may have witnessed a very large Ultraframe lorry on Tuesday 27 June at around 9am getting into difficulties and attempting dangerous manoeuvres around the Chilton and Winchendon Roads at a very busy time of day and damaging a branch of the Horse Chestnut tree whilst during this. There were several witnesses and photographs taken and the vehicle registration number recorded. The company concerned, Ultraframe, have been contacted by John Howard of the Parish Council. They have referred the matter to their Logistics Manager and further communication from them is awaited. This particular incident goes to emphasise the need to try to encourage such large vehicles from using the small roads through our village, so please complete the survey referred to above.

Flower Festival
Don’t miss the Flower Festival in St Nicholas Church which takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Joy Payne and her flower ladies have been busy putting together 16 flower arrangements based on different aspects of village life in Chearsley, including one celebrating the cricket club and one of The Bell. Entry is free. Donations can be made in appreciation of the Festival which will go towards the upkeep of the church. Teas and home-made cake will be available throughout the day. The church will be open from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Fete Success
Over £5,000 was made from a very enjoyable and successful day on Saturday which attracted many visitors. The proceeds will be donated towards the New Village Hall Fund. Congratulations to Angela Gray and everyone who contributed to another good village event.

Wrong university: I apologise for incorrectly saying that Marcus Travers studied at Bath. He went to Exeter University and will start his new job at Aylesbury Grammar School shortly.

Gary The Postman
Did you know that Gary who has been postman in Chearsley for over 20 years is getting married to Karen on Saturday July 29? I am sure that Gary would be delighted and surprised to receive a card or words of congratulation and good luck from villagers during the week beginning July 24 leading up to his important day.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday July 2 10am Family Holy Communion
Diary Dates:
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd: Flower Festival in St Nicholas church. Plants for sale, tea or coffee and homemade cake available all day.
  • Thursday July 6 to September 9: Eric Carte appearing in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at The Mill at Sonning
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall.
  • Sunday September 10: Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day from 12 noon at the Cricket Club.