Friday 21 September 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Car Rally
Congratulations to all the Pink T-shirt Chearsley team who worked so hard on Sunday September 9 to achieve a really wonderful Show at the Cricket Ground. A magnificent number and array of vintage vehicles, more than ever this year with more side shows, stalls and food outlets than before with a constant flow of visitors enjoying the sunshine. We look forward to another Show next year, impossible to imagine how it could be better. Well done everybody!
John Howard writes that this year money made from the Show will enable £6,500 to be given to the Cricket Club for improving cricket facilities particularly the Junior Cricket, considerably more than last year’s show which was affected by poor weather. A record number of 270 vehicles exhibited, excluding motorbikes and static engines and it is estimated that over 2,000 visitors came, probably as a result of new pre-show publicity. Very positive feedback has been received from car owners and visitors. There are photos and videos to be seen on the Classic Cars facebook page.
Next year’s Show is planned for Sunday September 8.

Cricket Club
Are you able to help out the Cricket Club on Saturday September 22 from 10 to 12pm as help is needed with some end of season tasks, including loaming of the square. Please contact Peter Redfern on 07775 618926

Pretty Pot Holes
Thanks to the publicity given to the terrible pot holes in School Lane and Bernard's Close by The Bucks Herald and subsequent phone calls to Bucks County Council by several villagers, a few of the worst holes have now been “mended”. Just shows that persisting in complaining can get results.

Kelly on the Telly
Did you see fitness Instructor, Kelly of Chearsley ,who also works at The Bell, on This Morning on ITV on Tuesday? Kelly was one of the models showing off the pick of the best supermarket chic waterproof jackets and coats and Kelly modelled a stylish pink short raincoat from Tesco, and looked great, as always. Kelly also takes a BoxFit class at the village hall on Thursday evenings. A lady of many talents. The programme can still be watched on the ITV hub.

Dinton Folly on Grand Designs
A new series of Grand Design started on Wednesday evening on Channel 4 with an hour long programme on Dinton Folly, a miniature Tudor castle originally built to house a fossil collection. A very interesting programme detailing how the young couple, a local girl and her Spanish architect husband, who bought the Folly for £100,000 2 years ago with no planning permission has now turned it into a 2 bedroomed home on 3 floors with a rooftop area.The programme told of the many difficulties they faced including the extra expense involved when old bones were dug up, planning difficulties, overspending their budget, and coping with the birth of their second child. Worth watching if you missed it, just to have a nosy look at inside the Folly to see how the decaying tower we have all seen from the outside for so many years, has been transformed into a charming home.

Qi Gong
A new term begins on Tuesday October 2nd at 10am until 11am at the village hall. The class is taught by Master Ben Olding who can be contacted on 07473 118676 or email or view the website at for more information. Qi Gong is suitable for adults of all ages and new members are very welcome to join this term.

Messy Church at Chearsley Village Hall
A new kind of church for all the family to enjoy together of crafts, games, activities and drama, a short act of worship followed by food is starting on Sunday October 14 at the village hall from 4pm to 5.30pm. This will be a monthly gathering for everyone of all ages, particularly families and will be held on the second Sunday of each month. For more information contact

Cuddington Matinee Cinema
Mrs Miniver will be shown in the Bernard Hall on Monday September 24 at 1.30pm. This is a moving 1942 wartime drama which deals with the courage of an English family learning to cope with war. Starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Having already won 6 Academy Awards, in 2006, the film was ranked number 40 on the American Film Institute’s list celebrating the most inspirational films of all time. Doors open at 1pm and tickets can be bought on the door, subject to availability or phone 01844 291526 to book. Ticket prices are £5 or £4 concession which includes tea and cake during the interval, big screen and comfortable seats.

Harvest Festival
This service takes place in St Nicholas, Chearsley on Sunday September 23 at 10am. Any gifts of fruit and vegetables as well as all tinned foods, rice, pasta, sugar etc are welcome. The Harvest donations will be given to the Steppin Stone Centre for the Homeless in Oxford.

Finley Newell and Spinraza
Liz Davies of Cuddington, well known to many of us in Chearsley, writes about her grandson Finley who is now 5 who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a degenerative neuromuscular condition. It had been hoped that the drug nusinersen (Spinraza) which is being used successfully in the USA and other countries would be allowed by NICE to be used in this country. NICE reported that the cost of this drug would be too high for it to be a cost-effective use of NHS resources and would therefore not recommend its use here. Liz’s daughter, Rosie, with Finley has appeared on Sky News to raise awareness of the situation and with the charity TreatSMA is hoping that an online petition to Theresa May and letters to the Health Secretary and other MPs will bring about a change to get this vital drug available in Great Britain.

Services at St Nicholas:
  • Sunday September 23 Harvest Festival at 10am
Diary Dates:
  • Saturday September 22 Harvest Supper in the village hall. Tickets now all sold
  • Monday September 24 Cuddington Matinee Cinema at The Bernard Hall. Mrs Miniver at 1.30pm
  • Saturday November 24 Cricket Club End of Season Dinner and Dance at Magnolia Park Golf Club

Thursday 6 September 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Pretty Pot Holes

Pot holes are everywhere, on the main roads, village roads and particularly Bernard's Close, Chearsley, which have made the road scarcely navigable for both cars and pedestrians. But three enterprising young Chearsley ladies, Katie and Olivia Sawrey-Cookson and their friend, Saskia Day, have put their artistic skills to work and brought at least a temporary smile to the faces of the frustrated residents, by crafting a beautiful heart-shaped design in one of the larger potholes in the road. John Howard of Chearsley Parish Council has been in touch with the Bucks Herald with this story in the hope that it might provoke much needed action from Bucks County Council. John has been told that The Bucks Herald plan to print the piece and the photo and include it on their website this week. Well done girls and John for continuing with the Parish Council to keep on at Bucks C C to make our roads safer.

Boules Challenge
This re-arranged match of Chearsley against Cuddington took place on Sunday September 2 at Cuddington and resulted in another success for Chearsley when they narrowly beat Cuddington in some hard fought matches. Chearsley now have the silver cup to prove it, which will be on show at The Bell. Nic Brown would like to thank everyone who took part in this inter village challenge with good spirit and friendship. A provisional date for a Winter Boules event has been made for Sunday December 2 when Chearsley will be the hosts at the Cuddington Playing Fields location, when they will be offering warming refreshments.

Chearsley Show
The Show team under the leadership of Joy, set up the hall on Saturday September 1st when all entries and exhibits were displayed in grand style luxuriating in the wonderful space of our new hall.

The domestic section continued to attract increasing numbers of entries, including some fabulous and imaginative Show Stopper Cakes. This compensated for the lower vegetable and flower entries which had suffered from the intense heat and lack of rain this year. Rachel Sampson’s Scarecrow made an amusing if lonely parade, as there was only 1 entry in this new category. Congratulations to Rachel for her ingenuity, deserving her appropriate prize. Hopefully, there will be more scarecrow entries next year.
Overall Winner of the Show for the Vic Walker cup was Julian George, who was also winner of the Best Vegetables cup. Other winners were Best photo – Joy Payne; Best art – Jann Grimshaw; Best Craft – Jack Lazaruk; Best Children’s entry – Jessica Taylor; Men’s Jam tarts – Freddie Taylor; Best domestic – Ruth Holland; Best Flowers – Joy Payne; Best Flower arrangement – Jann Grimshaw; Cup for craftsmanship – Jack Lazaruk and Best Fruit – Michael Heybrook. Special mention should go to Olivia Sawrey Cookson who won the Show Stopper Cup – and now also of pot hole decorating fame.
Joy thanked everyone for coming, particularly, our vicar, Richard who presented the prizes, and to everyone who entered. It is hoped that next year, there will be more gardeners and talented bakers, photographers and crafters taking up the challenge to show off their skills. Don’t be influenced and put off by Joe Grundy and his competitive spirit about the forthcoming Fruit and Veg show in The Archers! Chearsley Show is a very friendly, fun event. Well done to Joy for putting everything together again, as well as organising Meadow Song, being church warden, chief church flower arranger and many other things. Thank you Joy. Oh yes, Happy Birthday for Friday.

Meadow Song
A beautiful day Sunday September 2nd in the beautiful garden of Ann Persson when many villagers gathered to hear Paul (Joy’s brother) and the lovely Laura sing a variety of well known songs from Shows.

The afternoon ended with everyone getting up to have a dance to Abba to complete a very enjoyable time.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day
The weather is looking mainly fine for this coming Sunday 9 for the 7th year of this event , the original idea of Fred Crawford, which will be held in the grounds of the Cricket Club. Entry and parking is free and there will be programmes, detailing events of the day, available on entry for a donation towards the development of Junior Cricket at the Club. The number of vehicles on show increases every year and this year there should be 250 on view of vintage cars, motor bikes, tractors, lorries, buses and steam engines.
As in previous years, there will be a children’s mini fun fair, barbecue prepared and served by Team Chearsley chefs, teas and home made cakes, outside bar with real ales, ice cream van, fine coffee, fish and chip van, bottle tombola, raffle and new this year, a Gin and Pimms Tent. There will be stalls selling arts and craft and fresh fruit and vegetables and Dotty Sweets. Messy Church of Chearsley Church will be providing entertainment for young children in their tent throughout the day. During the afternoon, it is planned for there to be a Spitfire Flypast ,courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The timing of this has yet to be finalized. Listen out for more information on the day.
There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a classic coach tour of the surrounding area complete with commentary. It promises to be a great day out for all the family. Have a look round at all the exhibits, get something to eat and drink and sit and listen to the live music. Don’t forget to try your luck on the popular Bottle Tombola and to buy some raffle tickets. The draw for the raffle will take place towards the end of the afternoon, followed by the presentation of The Fred Crawford Cup which goes to Fred’s choice of Best in Show.
Gates open to the public at 11am, ending at 5pm. I did hear that Steve Fox of our local Red Kite radio will be at the show. Watch out for him. Red Kite radio is broadcast from Haddenham Garden Centre and can be found at 107.2fm. Enjoy the day.

Saturday September 22 - The Chilterns Classic Sportive Cycling Event
The Parish Council has been made aware of this cycling event. There are 3 routes, 1 of which passes through Chearsley and 2 through Cuddington. The organisers estimate there will be 450 rides on the route through here. The event starts in Amersham from 7.45am to 9am which might help to estimate when they will be around here.

Services at St Nicholas
  • Sunday September 9 Evensong at 6pm
  • Sunday September 23 Harvest Festival
Diary Dates:

Harvest Supper is back