Friday 26 May 2017

Reduce The Chances For Opportunist Criminals

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

Make sure you don’t invite opportunist criminals this weekend 

As the weather is warming up please take a moment to ensure opportunist criminals don’t have easy access to your belongings:-
  • If you are in your back garden make sure that all windows and doors at the front of your home are secured. It only takes a moment someone to reach in, or climb in and steal easily accessible items.
  • Make sure you don’t leave handbags, mobiles, keys etc near to an open window.
  • When you go to bed take a moment to double check all your doors and windows are secure, especially easily accessed ones.
  • Make sure your garden tools and equipment are locked away in a shed and are marked as belonging to you.
  • Don’t leave out ladders that could be used to access a 1st floor window. Chain them up.
  • Lock bicycles away.
  • If you are going away, tell a trusted neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on your property.
  • Report anyone acting suspiciously to the police on 101, or if you think a crime is in progress dial on 999
Following some of these simple precautions will reduce the opportunities for thieves.

We hope your enjoy a safe and crime free bank holiday weekend, whatever you are doing.

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers using WannaCry attack

This is a message sent via Action Fraud Alert and has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau).

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free, and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself:
  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.
If you believe you have already been a victim:
  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.
Report fraud and cyber crime to

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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Prayers - tonight 8pm

People help an injured man at the Manchester Arena

Standing with the people of Manchester. 8pm tonight. St Nicholas’ Church.

All are welcome to gather in St Nicholas’ at 8pm tonight, to remember before God those caught up in the Manchester bombing. Prayers will be said and there'll be an opportunity to light candles. 

The church remains open every day if you can't make this time.

Saturday 20 May 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Parish Council Meeting Monday May 15
No members of the public attended this recent meeting, except for myself, Elaine Bown, accompanying her Parish Councillor husband and Mike Hawkett, AVDC councillor, by invitation from the Parish Council. A disappointing show after the enthusiastic and well supported last meeting. The Parish council welcome your attendance and support at their meetings.

Election of officers: Nic Brown was re-elected chairman and John Lewis Vice Chairman. Mike Heybrook has agreed to continue his work as footpaths officer, although no longer a councillor. Michael Edmonds will represent the Council on the Parochial Church Council and the Village Hall committee. Robert Parkes has agreed to continue assisting as financial officer.

Among matters arising from The Minutes – new bus stop signs and bus shelter improvements are in hand. Kerbing work in Dark Lane will start Monday May 22. A facebook page for the council is in the process of being set up. Transport for Bucks has installed strips to record speed into the village on Aylesbury and Long Crendon Roads. The defibrillator is still to be installed, possibly in the bus shelter. John Lewis to investigate installing the necessary electric supply and possibly to The Green. A quote for work to the Chestnut tree had been received of nearly £1,000 to reduce the crown and shorten branches.

Planning matters: An amended plan for 2/4 Winchendon Road by Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust was discussed, now for 7 dwellings. It was agreed to support this, as before.

Village Meeting was deemed a great success with over 90 villagers attending with comments of appreciation of the Council’s work. How to maintain interest from villagers and to attend Council meetings was a problem. Parking in Bernard's Close, raised at the village meeting will be included in a general feasibility study of speeding in the village.

Chearsley Flag: a few designs had been received. It was hoped more would be received before a decision was made at the next meeting.

The Green: Decisions regarding bollards round The Green and replacement of the railings by the bus stop still to be made.

Village Footpaths: The council confirmed that Graham King had been instructed to clear the village footpaths of cow parsley.

Details of the agenda and minutes of meetings can be viewed at the Parish Council website - the next meeting will be held on Monday June 19 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Kerbing work in Dark Lane commencing Monday May 22
Please note that the Parish Council have arranged for kerbing work to commence at the bottom of Dark Lane this Monday May 22 which will take 5 to 7 days to complete.
Over that period, the road will be obstructed for much of the day and appropriate traffic re-direction signs will be displayed at the top of the village. Access to Elm Brook Close and other houses at the bottom of Dark Lane will be maintained at all times.
The contractors have given assurances that they will make every effort to minimise the disruption during the works but there is bound to be some inconvenience. If you do feel you have cause for complaint, please speak in the first instance to the team carrying out the work. The foreman is Mick, although he may not always be present. The contractor is Richard Ashford Limited of Aylesbury 01296 330111.

Speeding in the village
This is a plea from a villager about the on-going problem of speeding, not only on roads into and through the village but on our narrow roads in the village itself and to ask all drivers to slow down. Recently there have been some particular instances of a blue Mercedes being driven far too quickly in the Chearsley lanes, with little regard for pedestrians, children on bikes and dogs on leads which might be encountered. If you feel this might apply to you, please make the effort to slow down and drive appropriately and with consideration for other villagers and the narrow, sunken village lanes.

Disco Friday June 9
Chearsley Juniors are holding a Disco at the Cricket Club from 6.30 to 8.30pm on Friday June 9. Tickets cost £5 for 1 child and £3.50 for additional children. Tickets include a glo’stick and refreshments of hot dog, jelly and drink. The bar and tuck shop will also be open. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds from the disco will go towards the funds for the Junior Section of the Cricket Club. Please contact Laura Cambray at or phone 077941499 for tickets or more information.

Village Fete
There will be a new stall this year of “Chearsley Crafters”. Donations of handmade items will be very gratefully received to fill the stall with a range of small, locally made, non-edible goodies, such as cards, beading work, soaps, metal work, pottery, paintings, sewn items. If you can, please use any spare moments before June 24 to get crafting. Phone 201611 if you are able to contribute.

The Mill at Sonning
Many villagers will be pleased to learn that ex-Chearsley resident and actor, Eric Carte, will be appearing at Sonning theatre with restaurant and riverside bar in Agatha Christie’s Thriller, Spider’s Web. The play is directed by Brian Blessed and Eric is playing the part of Hugo. Performances start on July 6 until September 9. All theatre tickets include a 2 course dinner. Evening shows are held from Tuesday to Saturday with matinees every Saturday and on some Thursdays and Sundays. As well as the chance to enjoy an enthralling and entertaining thriller with intrigue, lies, murder and mystery, there is also the possibility of glimpse of a very well known Sonning resident, who has been known to pop into The Mill at Sonning. And, of course, there is the the delight of seeing Eric. Contact the box office on 0118 969 8000 or book tickets and find out more information from their web site

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday May 28 Family Service
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday May 21 Chuf Summer Party 2 to 4pm in the village hall
  • Sunday May 28/29 Cream teas in Nether Winchendon from 2.30 to 5pm
  • Friday June 9 Disco for Juniors at the Cricket Club from 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Monday June 19 Parish Council meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm
  • Saturday June 24 Village Fete 12.30 onwards on and around The Green
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd Flower Festival in St Nicholas church
  • 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

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Aylesbury road into Chearsley
Nic Brown has written the following message to us all :
Hello Chearsley
As you may be aware your Parish Council has been working very hard behind and in front of the scenes to convince the relevant authorities for the need to improve our roads in and around the village of Chearsley, in terms of their condition and safety. This has involved both written communication and face to face meetings with senior officials at both AVDC and BCC. I believe we have had some success in highlighting the seriousness of the situation and hope that we may see tangible results from our efforts in due course.
And our congratulations to Clive Harriss, our new Bucks County Councillor for the Bernwood Ward, and our sincere thanks for his swift involvement in supporting our efforts in making Chearsley safer and a special place to live.
As some may know, Clive attended our recent Annual Village Meeting and, following his success in the recent election, has already communicated his concerns about the Aylesbury Road to the senior management at Transport for Bucks, as follows:
“As the newly elected Councillor for Bernwood Ward, I feel it my first act should be to bring your attention to the road surface on the road leading into Chearsley from Cuddington. This has become progressively more dangerous. The route is popular with road cycling enthusiasts and a surface in this condition could cause a serious accident. The surface is not only breaking up, but water seeps from the drains and earlier in the year ran from right to left as you looked up the hill, washing across the roadway creating a further hazard.
Attached are photographs which, without trying, show just how serious the problem is, can you please advise when this stretch can be included in the ongoing road way improvement program?
I look forward to hearing from you.”
We will keep you posted on all new developments.
Nic Brown, Chairman Chearsley Parish Council

Meeting of the Parish Council
This will be held this Monday May 15 at 7.30pm in the village hall. It will be the AGM when officers are elected. The agenda of the meeting is available to view on the Parish Council webpage. Among matters to be discussed are amended plans for the proposed development at 2-4 Winchendon Road, the new village hall, footpaths report, parking at the end of Bernard's Close, a Chearsley flag and furniture for The Green. There is the opportunity for members of the public to comment and question at the beginning and end of the meeting. The councillors welcome everyone to attend and support them, and after the success and well attended last village meeting, they are hopeful for a good attendance on Monday.

Thanksgiving for the Life of Rosemary Wallis
The Church was full on Tuesday May 9 to say goodbye to Rosemary, whose name means an emblem of remembrance, at this service led by Richard Phillips and to hear, Anthems and Choruses from Georgian England performed by Aylesbury Choral Society and recorded at Whitchurch Parish Church on July 14 2012.
Rosemary was a valued member of this Society and had performed with them for over 50 years, including the recording of the music played at this service. From tributes by the family and Joy Payne and Alicia Howard, as present church wardens in a village tribute, we learned of Rosemary’s farming background, her move here with husband Don to build their own house, Merrifield, Dark Lane and be reminded of her love of Chearsley, particularly the church and Sunday School and the countless ways in which she had contributed to Chearsley life. Donations can be made, in memory of Rosemary, to Cancer Research UK and to her beloved St Nicholas’s Church.

Exemplary Service

Joy must be very proud of her son, David for his recent award “For 15 years of exemplary and irreproachable service, Lance Corporal David Payne is awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal” Congratulations to Chearsley born and bred, David Payne, honoured by his regiment for his continuous service in The Royal Engineers. Well done, David. A pint is waiting for you in The Bell.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The season is now underway with already a win for the first XI in the Cherwell league. Details of the club’s fixtures and other information can be found in the 2017 handbook available from the Club and The Bell. Get a copy and come and support our village teams, or, better still, if possible, find out about playing for them.
New players are always wanted. The Chearsley Cricket All Stars who play in the Bicester Aunt Sally league have got off to a good start with 2 successful matches.

Flower Festival at St Nicholas June 30 to July 2
Offers of help are needed for this weekend. Volunteers are wanted to help with tea making, welcoming visitors and to show them round the church, plants for the plant stall and also donations of flowers and greenery. Previous Flower Festivals have seen the Church looking lovely attracting large numbers of visitors.
Please contact Joy Payne if you would like to help in any way.

Chearsley Village Hall
It is hoped that the first step towards building a new hall will be made on July 24. Donations for the final £60,000 are still very much needed to meet the total cost of approximately £540,000. Antonia Stratford, the chairman of the village hall committee has been tireless in her efforts to apply for funding from many organisations over the past months. But a bit more is still needed. If you feel able to donate, please visit the dedicated fundraising page at and search for Chearsley Village Hall. Gift aid, if appropriate, can also be claimed on your donation. Alternatively, a cheque or cash donation can be given to Alex Wall Morris, or Antonia, or Angela Gray or John Lewis. With your support, the new hall that Chearsley needs can be achieved.

Meadow Song
The possible final village fundraiser by the Village Hall committee and a farewell to the old hall, Meadow Song will be held on Saturday July 8 when Joy Payne’s brother, Paul Shinar and friend Laura will be singing popular songs . Gates open at 6.30pm. Price is £10 per adult or £12 on the night. Children are free. Come with chairs and blankets and enjoy a BBQ, bar, strawberries and cream and bring money for the raffle. Please phone Margaret Morbey on 208913 or Angela Gray on 202105 to book your place and so that the committee can cater accordingly.

Fete on Saturday June 24
The British Country Afternoon will start on The Green at 12.30 and offers a traditional fete with the usual stalls, games, teas, BBQ and side shows and fun and games for the children. It continues into the evening when The Bell will be providing music for dancing and pig roast or fish and chips. The proceeds from this year’s Fete will be donated to the village hall fund. There are some really good raffle prizes available to win in the Grand Draw this year. Tickets will be available soon. Contact details for donations to be made to the various stalls will be circulated soon and any offers of help on the day to run a stall or generally help get ready and clear up are welcome. Please contact Angela Gray on 202105.

Church Services:
  • Sunday May 21 Holy Communion at 9am
Diary Dates:
  • Monday May 15 Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday May 16 W.I. meeting in the village hall at 2.30pm to hear about the future of the NHS, particularly concerning local GP Practices. Everyone welcome, including men to this very interesting meeting. Cost is £5 to include tea and cake.
  • Sunday May 21 Chuf Summer Party 2 to 4pm in the village hall
  • Sunday May 28/29 Cream teas in Nether Winchendon from 2.30 to 5pm
  • Saturday June 24 Village Fete 12.30 onwards on and around The Green
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd Flower Festival in St Nicholas church
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm at the village hall

Friday 5 May 2017

Brown Bin collections - correction!

Thanks for the messages pointing out the correct date - I assumed the email AVDC  had sent me was based on the fact that they knew where I lived!

The next Brown Bin collection will be on Monday 8th May.

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Rosemary Wallis’s funeral
A lovely suggestion for everyone who would like to attend the funeral for Rosemary on Tuesday May 9 at 12.30 is to pick a sprig of rosemary from your garden and wear it in her memory. If you are unable to attend, why not just pick some rosemary and think of her.

Bingo at The Bell
will be held on Tuesday May 2 with Eyes Down around 8.30pm. Good cash prizes to be won.

Chearsley W.I .Meeting
Their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday May 16 in the village hall. Learn about how you can play a part in future spending in the NHS, especially in our local GP Practices by joining the W.I. members when they will welcome Colin Seaton of Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group as their guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend and to enjoy tea and homemade cakes. There is a charge of £5 for non-members

Chuf Summer Party
Chearsley and Haddenham Under Fives will be holding a Summer Party in Chearsley village hall on Sunday May 21 from 2 to 4pm. Come and enjoy a fun afternoon and help raise money for Chuf funds. There will be a BBQ, face painting, bouncy castle, tombolas, pottery painting, games and optional pirates fancy dress. The cost is £5 per participating child, but free for adults and includes fun on the bouncy castle and all soft play, refreshments of drinks and strawberries and a party bag. Please contact Gemma on 07917 665633 for more information.

New Village Hall Fund
There is still £60,000 left to raise to ensure that our new hall will be built and ready for activities and events next year. The Village Hall committee is now inviting everyone to make a cash donation to achieve this sum. The names of all donors will be recognised in the Giving Tree which will be permanently placed inside the front entrance to serve as a reminder of your generosity and community spirit for years to come. If you are able to donate, the best method is by visiting the dedicated fundraising page at, and search for Chearsley Village Hall. Gift aid can also be claimed on your donation. Alternatively, a bank transfer can be made or a cheque or cash donation given to one of the committee members, Alex Wall Morris, Antonia Stratford, Angela Gray or John Lewis.

Cream Teas at Nether Winchendon
If you missed the cream teas at Nether Winchendon this weekend, they will again be available during the next Bank Holiday weekend, May 28 to 29 from 2.30 to 5pm.

Brown Bins A reminder that the brown bins will be collected on Monday May 8th (not the 6th as previously advised).

Church Services:
  • Sunday May 7 Family Communion and Junior Church at 10am
    Rock Solid 5 to 6.30pm Chip Shop Walk
Diary Dates:
  • Tuesday May 2 Bingo at The Bell. Come early for a place
  • Wednesday May 3 Pub lunch at 12.30pm. Please contact Sharon to book your place
  • Tuesday May 9 Funeral of Rosemary Wallis at 12.30pm
  • Monday May 15 Parish Council Meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday May 16 W.I. meeting in the village hall at 2.30pm. Everyone welcome
  • Sunday May 21 Chuf Summer Party 2 to 4pm in the village hall
  • Saturday June 24 Village Fete
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2nd Flower Festival in St Nicholas church
  • Saturday July 8 Meadow Song from 6.30pm in the village hall