Friday 30 November 2018

Appeal for Governors

Cuddington and Dinton C of E School is a huge credit and asset to the catchment area that it serves – which includes the villages of Chearsley, Nether Winchedon, Upton and Ford as well as Cuddington and Dinton themselves.

In addition to the clear role that staff and parents play, much of the success of the school is down to the part that the Board of Governors also plays. In the case of our school the governors have played a pivotal role, along with staff and parents, in bringing about the successful changes that have taken place over the last 10-15 years and before that as well.

Today we are very fortunate to have a highly dedicated, qualified and focused group of people who make up our Governing Body. We are an unusually large one (mainly as a result of the merger) and we benefit from the fact our full complement is 16 members; many schools of our size only have 12.
There is, rightly, a steady turnover of governors as a result of terms of office finishing, parents moving on and staff leaving. This is very healthy and quite normal but it does mean that we are frequently seeking appropriate nominations for new governors. And we are especially keen to have parishioners who do not necessarily already have a direct link with the school e.g. are not current parents or members of staff.

This is a hugely important and very rewarding role so please give serious thought about considering it. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a governor please contact the Headteacher, Mrs Kim Price, on 01844 291206 or via email – or the Chair of Governors, Mr Giles Ecott via

Monday 26 November 2018

Save the date - 8th December

Save the date - Saturday the 8th of December at 5pm we will lighting the Christmas Tree on the Village Green! It will be a great village event and lovely to see as many of you as possible!


Tuesday 20 November 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

Michael Edmonds
Chearsley has lost a very public spirited member of its community on the death of Michael Edmonds on Thursday November 8th in hospital. He had been a Parish Councillor and Chairman for many years, an AVDC District Councillor and served on countless committees. His funeral will be held in St Nicholas Church, Chearsley, this Thursday November 22 at 11am.

Chearsley Remembers The Great War Centenary 1918 to 2018 on Thursday November 29th - 7pm for 7.30pm start in The Village Hall.
Come and share an evening of memories with two Chearsley villagers, Alan Mitchener and Fenella Tillier. Alan Mitchener has researched into two family members who served on the Western Front in WWI and will briefly outline the course of the war, his research and aspects of life at the Front and answering any questions. Fenella appeared in an hour long documentary in 2010 “Finding the Lost Battalions” on Channel 4 which will be broadcast during the evening followed by a Question and Answer session with Fenella to share some of her unique experiences. Entrance is free and refreshments will be served. A collection for “The Not Forgotten Association” will be made.

Elevenses on Saturday December 1st from 10am to 1pm in The Village Hall.
Everyone is welcome to come to this Christmas Food fair with gifts, decorations and goodies on sale. Also a raffle, in aid of St Nicholas Church and The Children’s Society. Please contact Alicia at if you are able to make a cake or donate a raffle prize. Donations of crafts or food for the Goodies stall are most welcome. Contact Anne Pratt on If you would like to run your own stall for a donation of £20, please also contact Anne.

Community First Responder for Chearsley
First Responders are local volunteers trained by South Central Ambulance Service to attend patients experiencing a life threatening medical emergency. They are able to respond to a local emergency within minutes to provide basic life support care until the arrival of the ambulance. Equipment and expenses are met by fundraising activities and charitable donations. I understand that there is currently no First Responder living in Chearsley, unlike other nearby villages. If anyone would like to find out more about what is involved to play a vital part in saving someone’s life please phone 01962 898090.
If you haven’t already attended one of the free CPR and Defibrillator training sessions in the Village Hall, I would suggest you book to go on the next one. You will learn how to respond effectively if someone stops breathing to provide that vital lifesaving help before the ambulance arrives, and how to operate the defibrillator.

Christingle Service at Chearsley Church
A delightful candlelit service for everyone, when every child receives a lighted Christingle will be held on Sunday December 2 at 3pm. A collection is made in aid of The Children’s Society.

The Hiding Place is the story of a devoted Christian family who set out on an incredible rescue mission of the Jews during WWII. The production takes place on Monday December 3 at 7.30pm in Cuddington Church by The Oddment Theatre Co. Tickets can be bought online at for £10 or from St Mary’s Centre, Haddenham. The play focuses on God’s influence on Corrie’s life and how God gave her the strength and means to do His work in terrible circumstances.


Wednesday 14 November 2018



If you would like to make cakes or donate a raffle prize for the event please contact Alicia Howard

If you wish to donate crafts, gifts and foods to the ‘St Nicholas Christmas Goodies’ stall or if you would like to run your own stall for a donation of £20,please contact Anne Pratt

Proceeds will go to St Nicholas’ Church and The Children’s Society

Christmas Services


Friday 9 November 2018

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : 01844-208913

CPR and Defibrillator Course
Saturday November 17 9am to 10.30 am in the Village Hall This is another chance to attend one of these free courses which will give you simple and potentially life saving skills and information on how to use our Defibrillator situated in the car park of The Bell. Did you know that Glen Hoddle’s life was recently saved by a passing stranger who applied CPR? Please contact Keith at to book your place.

Garland Making Day
Friday November 23 from 7pm to 9pm in the Village Hall An opportunity to make your own festive decoration, using natural foliage, for your front door under the expert instruction of Joy Payne. All materials are supplied. Just bring florist scissors of garden secateurs. The cost, including all materials is £25. Please contact Joy to book your place on 01844 208513 or email her at All proceeds will go to Chearsley Church.

November at The Bell
Wednesday Evenings is Pie ‘n’ Pint night when £10 will buy a pie and a pint of beer or glass of wine. There is a choice of lamb with red pepper and basil, chicken and mushroom or steak and London Pride. Coffee and Cake on Friday Mornings continue. Come along between 10am and noon for coffee and as much home-made cake as you like. Everyone is welcome. Remember to buy a ticket for the Meat Raffle which is drawn on Sunday afternoons.

Quiz Night at The Bell This Sunday November 12 - Everyone welcome for a bit of brain taxing and banter. 8pm start.

Cuddington Matinee Cinema
The next Matinee Cinema presentation will be Dad’s Army (with subtitles) on Monday November 19 at 1.30pm in the Bernard Hall. This 2016 British War comedy set in 1944 stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, who plays Captain Mainwaring, Tom Courteney, Michael Gambon and Mark Gatiss. Tickets cost £5 or £4 for concessions and includes a cup of tea and cake during the interval. Tickets can be reserved by phoning 01844 291526 and there may be seats available on the day. Doors open at 1pm.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The season has now ended with the Club’s 1st XI relegated to Division 6 of the Cherwell League and the 2nd XI finishing in the lower half of Division 10. Despite having a thriving Junior Section and maintaining an excellent playing surface during the dry Summer, the Club have problems with having only a limited pool of players able to play regularly. They hope for more players to join and for younger players to progress through the ranks from the Juniors Section. Many village volunteers continue to support and run the Juniors Section which had over 90 registered this season and goes from strength to strength.
The Aunt Sally Allstars team finished mid-table in Division 3 of the Bicester & District Aunt Sally league. There will be ongoing works at the Club during the closed season, including the building of much needed storage space adjacent to the bar in the pavilion. They are looking forward to their annual Dinner and Dance on November 24th and to next year’s 8th Classic & Vintage Fun Day on either Sunday September 8 or 15 2019.

Ruby Long Dog is a book suitable for 2 to 7 year olds by local author, Lindsey Kennedy and very well known local illustrator, Alicia Howard. More information and copies of this delightful book, costing £9.99 are available by contacting Alicia at

Fish and Chips on a Saturday
If you are looking for an early, easy meal on Saturday evenings, did you know that Howe & Co’s fish and chip van is in Chearsley, by The Green on Saturdays from 5.20pm to 5.40pm. There is more information at their website

Services at St Nicholas :
  • Sunday November 11 9am Holy Communion
  • Sunday November 18 10am Chearsley Praise
  • Sunday November 25 6pm Evensong
  • December 2 3pm Christingle Service
  • Remembrance Day 10.45am Remembrance Service at The War Memorial ;
    11.30am to 2pm Chearsley Remembers Exhibition in the village hall including refreshments
    12.30pm Ringing Remembers at St Nicholas church
    4pm to 5.30pm Messy Church for all ages with games, crafts and activities based around remembrance, sacrifice and peace.
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday November 11 Quiz Night at The Bell 8pm
  • Monday November 12 Village Hall Management Committee AGM 8pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 17 CPR and Defibrillator course 9am to 10.30am in the village hall
  • Monday November 19 Cuddington Matinee Cinema Dad’s Army at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington at 1.30pm
  • Monday November 19 Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm in the village hall
  • Friday November 23 Garland Making Evening 7pm to 9pm in the village hall
  • Saturday November 24 Cricket Club End of Season Dinner and Dance at Magnolia Park Golf Club. Tickets are selling fast. Contact Angela at or phone 07944290264
  • Saturday December 1 Elevenses and Christmas Food Fair at the village hall from 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday December 1 Quiz in the village hall in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Contact Thia at
  • Sunday December 2 Christingle Service 3pm at St Nicholas Church, Chearsley
  • Friday January 4 2019 Not Quite Twelfth Night in the village hall – more details to follow

Monday 5 November 2018