Sunday 22 December 2019

Village News December 22 2019

Village News December 22  2019  by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email
Happy Christmas   to everyone in Chearsley from myself and Phil and family and wishing everyone  a Very Happy New Year.
The Bell at Christmas and the New Year
Monday 23              The Witchert Choral Chamber Choir sings in The Bell at 8.30pm
Tuesday 24              Long Crendon Mummers perform during the evening
Christmas Day         Open 12pm to 2pm for Drinks
Boxing Day               Open 12pm to 4pm.    Food 12pm to 2pm
Normal Opening hours until :
New Years Eve         Open 12pm to 4pm     Food 12pm to 2pm
New Years Eve Party    with Free Disco from 9pm until late
New Years Day         Open 12pm to 4pm    Food 12pm to 2pm  including  The Bell  Big Breakfast  £8
Tuesday January 7   Bingo

Sunday January 12 Quiz
Sharon is to be applauded for her relentless hard work  running The Bell, always smiling and always happy to accommodate everyone whether it be  the Six o’clock regulars, the Friday coffee and cake customers, the Sunday Quizzers, Bingo players, The Friday Find the Joker crowd, (which is still to be found for an amazing win), and in the many ways she quietly supports the village and villagers. Thank you Sharon and all your staff and family. Happy Christmas. I hope you get some rest and wishing you a Very Happy and Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Shop  opening  times during the Christmas Period
Christmas Day and Boxing Day   Closed
Friday 27, Saturday 28                  8am to 6pm
Sunday 29                                        8am to 1pm
Monday 30  Tuesday 31               8am to 6pm
New Years Day                               Closed
Thursday Jan 2                               8pm to 6pm
The village owes Jeyan and Sugi a big thank you for running Chearsley shop and putting in such long hours at the same time as having the shop and Post Office in Cuddington and looking after their 2 daughters.   A lot of hard work for sometimes little reward and the ever continuing threat of loss of Post Office business.  Hopefully, we shall remember to keep supporting them  as much as we can to keep both shop and Post Office open in the future.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
Christmas Eve     Crib Service  at 3.30pm
                             Midnight Communion at 11pm
Christmas Day      Christmas Praise  at 10am
December 29        Benefice Holy Communion in Long Crendon at 10am
January 5               Family Holy Communion at 10am
Bin collection days over Christmas and the New Year. 
Recycling bins       Monday December 23.             
Waste Bins            Tuesday December 31
Recycling bins       Tuesday January 7                      
Waste Bins            Monday January 13
Admissions Policy  - Consultation Period for Cuddington and Dinton C of E School
I have been asked to publish the following letter from Giles Ecott, Chair of Governors of Cuddington and Dinton C of E School.
“Admissions Policy, September 2021 entry – Public Consultation
The admission authority for all schools and academies are required to review their admission arrangements and the admission authority must consult on proposed changes to the admission arrangements. The admission authority for Cuddington and Dinton CE Primary School is its Governing Body.
The Governing Body wish to consult on proposed amendments to the School’s admissions policy which would take effect from the beginning of the academic year in 2021.
In summary the proposed changes are as follows: The over-subscription criteria now has 8 criterion rather than 7.
The consultation period for this policy will run from 13th December 2019 to 24th January 2020.
The Governing Body welcomes any comments on the updated policy. Please send your comments to the school office at making clear that they are for the attention of the Chair of Governors.
To view the proposed policy please go to the Admissions page on the school website
Kind regards,
Giles Ecott, Chair of Governors Cuddington and Dinton Cof E Schoool, Upper Church Street, Cuddington Bucks HP18 0AP. Telephone 01844 291206. Email

Lost keys in School Lane ?

A set of keys were found in School Lane on Saturday afternoon. If anyone wants to claim them please call 07711262097

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Oxford Cambridge Expressway opposed by main parties in the General Election

Following the recent announcement by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, that a newly elected Conservative Government would carry out a review of the plans for an Oxford Cambridge Expressway, the Parish Council contacted the prospective candidates for the Buckingham constituency to make clear our opposition to the proposals and ascertain their own position.

Greg Smith (Conservative)
“I have already shifted my party’s policy on this. One of the first things I did as the newly selected Conservative candidate for Buckingham was to take the case against the Expressway (and HS2) to the Transport Secretary.  Two weeks ago, Grant Shapps visited Buckingham to say he had listened to the case I made and that he no longer believes the case for the Expressway road adds up, promising a priority review by the Conservatives if we are successful in the General Election.  Critically, I believe the project to be totally over, given Grant’s clear undertaking that a Conservative Government would deliver East-West Rail and improvements to our existing roads instead.  I am very proud to have been able to shift my party’s policy on this matter as just a candidate - and if elected will ensure the project is formally dropped as quickly as possible.”

David Morgan (Labour)
“A Labour Government will cancel The Expressway.  No ifs, no buts, no ‘Reviews’. We will cancel the Expressway, and we will tackle the causes of projects like the Expressway.  Our Manifesto proposes returning power to local authorities.  We need to move away from developer-led housing projects that are about short-term profit-making, to long-term planning of affordable housing that meet the communities' needs.”

We have not managed to find out the formal position of the other parties but our understanding is as follows:

BREXIT – will support the scheme
Green Party – will cancel the scheme
Lib Dems – will carry out formal consultation.

For the moment, the PC will continue to articulate our community’s opposition to the plans for the Expressway and the associated housing development.

Friday 15 November 2019

CHUF vacancy at Chearsley

CHUF have a vacancy at Chearsley for a pre-school assistant. The duties will include looking after 2 to 5 year old children in their development and preparation for school. General duties will include snack preparation and cleaning on a rota basis. The position is for a Tues and Fri morning 9 to 12.00 term time only, with additional overtime on offer to cover absences. All DBS checks will be carried out and paid for by Chuf. If interested or you need more details please contact or send your CV to or ring 01844 299123 .

Thursday 14 November 2019

Locals Launch Childrens' Book

Chearsley’s Alicia Howard and Lindsey Kennedy of Cuddington, launch their new children’s book ‘Ruby Long Dog Visits the Vet’ in time for Christmas. Signed copies will be on sale at ‘Elevensies’ coffee morning on Saturday 23rd December from 10 till 1.00 at Chearsley Village Hall.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

BT Scam Calls

Cuddington villagers have once again been receiving calls from someone claiming to be from BT and saying that there is a problem with one’s internet connection.  There are also automated calls announcing much the same thing.

These are scams.  If you receive such a call, put the phone down immediately and on no account follow the caller’s instructions.

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Chearsley Parish Assets – Natural & Historic Environment

Parishioner, Ian Houseman has just produced a document entitled “Chearsley Parish Assets – Natural & Historic Environment”.

In discussions with the Parish Council, Ian generously undertook to produce this document to help us argue the case against any unwelcome new developments which may confront our community in the future. A case in point is, of course, the planned Oxford Cambridge Expressway with the associated plans for the development of new housing in our locality on a massive scale.

He has produced a resume of the ‘assets’ of Chearsley village under five separate headings:

1. Landscape
2. Cultural heritage
3. Nature conservation
4. Geology & soils
5. Road drainage the water environment

Ian, with a lifelong career in agricultural management and consultancy, is well qualified to carry out this work for our community. He stresses that this initial document is very much ‘work in progress’ and is already working on extending its coverage. He would also welcome any feedback from our community and suggestions for additional areas for investigation.

Ian’s report can be accessed on this link:

Survey of Horse-Chestnut Trees

Ian Houseman has also just completed a survey of the Horse-Chestnut trees in and
around Chearsley Village. His work revealed that infestation by ‘leaf mining moths’ was
present in varying degrees in all the trees he inspected. As explained in his report, this tiny moth (Cameraria ohridella) arrived in the UK in 2002 and has already spread to many parts of the UK. Its presence will not kill the tree but renders the tree far more vulnerable to range of stress factors and results in early leaf fall. His report recommends that the positioning of ‘pheromone traps’ on the trees from April, to lure the male moths. Whilst this may not entirely eradicate the problem, it will have a significant benefit in limiting the damage caused by the moths. Clearing away and burning the leaf litter in the autumn is also advisable.

At their last meeting, the Parish Council agreed to undertake these measures around the
Horse-Chestnut tree at the main village junction. As many of the trees are growing on resident’s property, it was also agreed to publicise Ian’s report among our community and it can be accessed on this link:

Ian is also very happy to advise residents on the best course of action to take in their
particular circumstances and can be contacted on
The Parish Council is extremely grateful to Ian for undertaking this work, which, it is to be hoped, will limit the damage to the thirty or so Horse-Chestnut trees in our village, caused by this particular infestation.

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Update

In the recent Parish Council survey, 80% of Chearsley residents expressed their opposition to the plans for the new Expressway and the major development of new housing which will follow in its wake, including the building of 65,000 new homes in an area designated ‘East of Oakley’, just a few miles from our village. Following this result, the Parish Council agreed to declare its formal opposition to the plans at its last meeting (21st October)

The PC has sent representation to recent ‘Stronger Together’ meetings under the aegis of the No Expressway Group (NEG). This has given our village the opportunity to ‘compare notes’ with many other local village communities who share anxieties about the new plans.

For more information on the No Expressway Group, visit their website at:

The NEG has just launched a petition calling on the government to abandon plans for a new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.The wording of the petition is as follows:

“We demand that the Government abandons plans for an Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which include aspirations for vast growth rates (3-6 times national average) for cars, houses and people. 

“The scale of development and urban sprawl will cause devastation to the environment, increased congestion that will harm local communities and wildlife, and a surge in air pollution that will damage our health for generations to come. Ecosystems and habitats are already stressed, with many species in catastrophic decline.

“With this scale and type of development, ‘net zero carbon’ targets are unattainable and ‘net environmental gain’ proven unachievable. We demand that the investment allocated to this project is put into public transport systems such as East-West Rail and its electrification instead.”

If residents wish to sign up for the petition, they can do so by visiting this link on the NEG website:

There is also the opportunity to sign up for regular updates from the NEG team.

The NEG have also advised us that they are holding a ‘Call to Arms’ rally this weekend to help publicise their campaign. For any residents wishing to attend, it will take place as follows:

Date: Sunday 17th November
Timing: 11.00 – 12..00 (please arrive a little early)
Location: Brill Common (HP18 9TJ)

Monday 11 November 2019

Could you be the next Chair of Chearsley Village Hall ?

The Village Hall AGM is fast approaching (Thursday November 21) and now is your opportunity to throw your hat in the ring to be chair of this small charity and manage one of the village’s best loved assets.

If you are a stay-at-home parent, newly retired or just have a little time on your hands and are looking to brush up on your management and leadership skills or understand how a small charity is run – then this role is for you!

The task of being chair is not an onerous one and would only involve 1 hour a week at most. With an electronic booking system in place (managed by Martin Hearmon), finances looked after by Keith Turnbull, the quarterly meetings and AGM managed by Margaret Morbey and the grounds by Ruth Holland, your job really is to keep on top of the annual building maintenance and trouble shoot any issues as and when they arise.

If you would like any further information about the role, please contact the current Chair -  Antonia Stratford on 01844 208469 or email

Chearsley Remembrance Day Service

A well-attended Remembrance Day service took place in glorious autumn sunshine in Chearsley on Sunday. The service was led by our lay minister (LLM), John Scholefield. A number of children from the village joined Air Marshal Sue Gray in laying a wreath and commemorative crosses at the base of the War Memorial.

The Poppy Collection. Joy would like to thank Ruth Holland and Gill Wight who helped her with the house to house collection for the British Legion Poppy Appeal, as she could not have managed it without their help.

A further collection organised by Joy Payne raised £115 for the services charity ‘The Not Forgotten Association’ during the reception in the Village Hall, which took place after the service.

Thank you to all those who donated so generously.

Thanks also go to Antonia and her helpers who served refreshments to warm everyone up!

A pair of tortoise frame glasses were found on the grass, Joy has them. Tel: 208513

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Village News+

November 5 2019  by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email

Thames Water Works Cuddington Bridge
PC Chairman Nic Brown visited the considerable works currently underway at the Chearsley - Cuddington bridge area and spoke with the site manager and team who were keen to stress that they are doing everything they can to ensure the works are completed ASAP but it is a massive job that’s being undertaken. All the old above ground pipes that handle fresh water supplies in the Winchendon, Cuddington, Chearsley area are being dismantled as they are very old and creating leaks so temporary diversions are being put in place so that the old pipes can be removed and new underground pipes installed. The works are scheduled to go on to April 2020 and Richard the site manager is available to chat with and he’s very keen to get both the pipe works done and the road kept as clear as possible including ensuring the traffic lights are working at all time’s !! 

New Homes at 3-7 Winchendon Road, Chearsley 
Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust have advised that they have selected Edgar Taylor (Buckingham) Limited to build the new homes at 3-7 Winchendon Road and works are due to start the week commencing 4" November 2019. They recognise that building work can cause disruption and whilst every effort will be made to reduce this, there may be operations during the development that could cause temporary inconvenience to those living nearby and wish to thank all in advance for their patience during this process. For enquiries about the shared ownership properties or the larger one for sale please contact Anne-Marie . The rented ones will be let through Bucks Home choice. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact via Development Team Contact Centre: (01296) 732600 Email:

Service of Remembrance  will be held at 10.45am at the War Memorial followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. A collection for The Not Forgotten Association will be made.   Joy is to be praised for her efforts to visit every house in the village selling her poppies. Poppies are also on sale in the shop and The Bell if you have missed her.

Festival of Remembrance   The idea of having a Chearsley Royal Albert Hall type celebration in the Village Hall will not be taking place this year. Fred Crawford hopes that plans for this will be ready next year and would be interested to learn from villagers if they would consider coming to such an event.

50 Years of Heybrooks in Chearsley   Mike and Susie recently celebrated living in Chearsley for 50 years, coming to live at Manor Farm in 1969. They are to be congratulated for all the many contributions they and their family have made to Chearsley during that time – the fete, Playgroup dances,  Parish Council, The Memorial Field, The Cricket Ground amongst many more. Many villagers will also remember with fondness when their farm was open for soft fruit picking, and many who spent happy hours there working in the fields.

Dashwood Trophy Presentation for Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire   On Monday October 21 at the Village Hall, Nic Brown on behalf of the Chearsley community,  was presented with a trophy  by Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, President of the Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire Award .  The Dashwood Trophy is awarded for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category with populations between 500 and 1.500 inhabitants. The trophy, a silver watering can is on display in The Bell.

Oxford Cambridge Expressway    The Parish Council has considered the results of its recent survey which was completed by over 100 residents and resulting in 80% calling for the Parish Council to oppose the plan. The Parish Council unanimously agreed to adopt a position of formal opposition to the plan and has communicated this view to a range of political and other contacts at both local and national level. 

Reporting Potholes and Road Issues   The Parish Council would like to request that villagers report road issues directly to Transport for Bucks via the website as well as sending an email to the Parish Council. This website can also be used for reporting issues outside of Chearsley eg  fly tipping.

Bingo At The Bell will be held on Tuesday November 5. Eyes Down at 8.45pm. A chance to win some good cash prizes (the more players there are, the greater the prizes). Raffle during the interval.    Bingo players can eat beforehand for a special Bingo price. Come along; you might get lucky.

Quiz at The Bell  will be held on Sunday November 10 at 8.00pm.  Everyone welcome, in a team or on your own.

Parish Council November Meeting   will be held on Monday November 18 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Chearsley W.I. Meeting   Tuesday November 19 in Chearsley Village Hall    The Speaker this month will be Alan Mitchener, well known Chearsley resident who will be giving a light-hearted exploration of how travelling by water has developed through the centuries entitled “From Dugout Canoes to HMS Queen Elizabeth”.  His talk begins at 2.40pm after the W.I. Annual meeting at 2.00pm until 2.30pm.  Everyone is welcome, whether or not a member of the W.I.  Men are welcome too! Non- members will be charged £4 which includes refreshments with home-made cake.  For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or phone 01844 201011

Village Hall Management Committee   The AGM will be held on Thursday November 21 at 7.45pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Elevensies   Saturday November 23 from 10am to 1pm in the Village Hall.  There will coffee and cake and a Christmas Food Fair with seasonal decorations, gifts and goodies, plus a prize raffle. Proceeds to St Nicholas Church Chearsley and The Children’s Society.

Christmas Wreath Making    Monday December 2nd at 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the Village Hall   Joy is again holding an evening for you to create a beautiful festive decoration for your door, using natural foliage. All you need is to bring some florist scissors or garden secateurs. Everything else is supplied.  Please let Joy know if you would like to book a place. The cost is £25.  Proceeds from the evening go to St Nicholas Church, Chearsley and a donation to charity. Please contact Joy at or phone 01844 208513

Calamity Jane at Cuddington Matinee Cinema    On Monday November 25 at 1.30pm (doors open at 1pm) in the Bernard Hall, Cuddington, the 1953 American Technicolour Western Musical “Calamity Jane” will be shown. Based on the life of the Wild West heroine and her alleged romance with Wild Bill Hickok, the film stars Doris Day and Howard Keel. Well known songs include “Secret Love”, “The Deadwood Stage” and the Black Hills of Dakota”.  Everyone welcome to come. Entry is £5 and includes tea and cake during the interval. The book, please phone 01844 291526 (office hours) or tickets might be available on the door.

Red Kite Radio  are raising funds to buy equipment which will enable them to broadcast live from outside local events. Their present equipment only allows them to record “soundbites” at any event such as a village fete, beer festival, Kop Hill Climb  and send them back to the studio at Haddenham Garden Centre for broadcast later. A crowdfunding appeal on has been launched. If you are able to donate to help out our local radio, please go to this website and search for Red Kite Radio. Payment is through your bank account or via PayPal and money will only be taken if the target of £5,600 is reached by November 25. Red Kite Radio can be found at 107.2 all day every day.

Services at St Nicholas Church:

Sunday November 10      Holy Communion  at 9am  followed by Service at The War Memorial at 10.45am

Sunday November 10      Messy Church Bonfire 4 to 5.30pm

Sunday November 17      Chearsley Praise

Sunday November 24       Evensong at 6pm

Diary Dates

Saturday November 9     Long Crendon Fireworks  5pm onwards, ignition at 6pm

Sunday  November 10      Quiz at The Bell at 8pm

Saturday November 16   Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Monday November 18     Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Tuesday November 19     Chearsley W.I. Meeting 2pm in the Village Hall

Thursday November 21   AGM of the Village Hall Management Committee

Saturday November 23    Elevenses and Christmas Food Fair  10am to 1pm in the Village Hall

Monday November 25    Cuddington Matinee Cinema   Calamity Jane  at 1.30pm at Bernard Hall

Monday December 2        Wreath Making Evening at the Village Hall at 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Monday 28 October 2019

Chearsley Update

Dashwood Trophy Presentation for Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire

On Monday 21st October at the Village Hall, the President of the Best Kept Village in Buckinghamshire Award, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, made a formal presentation of The Dashwood Trophy to Nic Brown, our Chearsley Parish Council Chairman, who accepted on behalf of our community. The trophy, a silver watering can, is on display at The Bell public house.

Chearsley had entered the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for the first time in several years. The Dashwood Trophy is awarded for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category, with populations between 500 and 1,500 inhabitants.

Reporting Potholes and Road Issues

The Parish Council would like to request that villagers report road issues directly to Transport for Bucks via the website as well as sending email to the PC. This website can also be used for reporting issues outside of Chearsley e.g. fly tipping.

Thursday 17 October 2019

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Invitation to the presentation of the Dashwood Trophy

On the evening of 21st October, the President of the Bucks Best Kept Village Award, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, will make a formal presentation of The Dashwood Trophy to our community at the Village Hall.

The Parish Council would welcome attendance by all parishioners. The presentation will take place at 7.30 before the Parish Council meeting scheduled for that evening. Refreshments will be available from 7.15.

In 2019, Chearsley entered the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for the first time in several years and won the Dashwood Trophy for the Best Runner-Up in the smaller village category, with populations between 500 and 1,500 inhabitants.

The judges awarded Chearsley 97 marks (out of a maximum potential score of 100 points) – just a single point behind the winning village, Hedgerley, and level with Cuddington. Although we were level pegging with Cuddington, the trophy must go to a village which has not won an award in the past five years.

The marks are awarded across a wide range of criteria covering village facilities, general environmental features and evidence of ‘community effort’.

In its contact with the BBKV organising committee, the PC has suggested that in future there should be a stronger focus on specific environmental factors among the awards criteria.

Monday 14 October 2019

The community of Chearsley oppose the plans for the Oxford Cambridge Expressway

In view of its potential impact on our community, the Parish Council were keen to canvass the views of residents on the plans for the building of a new Oxford Cambridge Expressway, along with significant development of new homes. Over 100 residents completed the Parish Council survey in September on the plan to construct a new Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, to be accompanied by an additional one million new homes along its route. From a local perspective, an area identified as ‘East of Oakley’ has been identified with the potential to accommodate 65,000 new homes.

The Parish Council would like to express its thanks and appreciation to all those who took the time to complete the survey.

Although nearly 20% of respondents thought further details of the route and housing plans should be awaited before reaching a verdict, a massive 80% called on the Parish Council to oppose the plans as they stand.

A variety of reasons for opposing the development were given by respondents and a full report on the responses to the survey can be accessed on this link.

Most of the concern related to the potential destruction of the local rural environment through the building of the road and a huge number of new houses - on top of the many houses already envisaged under the current local plan (Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan).

The Parish Council considered the results of the survey at its last meeting on 16th September and unanimously agreed to adopt a position of formal opposition to the plan and will communicate this view to a range of political and other contacts at both local and national level. These will include the following and their contact details have also been added, as residents may well wish to make direct contact with some or all of them to express their views on the plans under consideration.

MP for Buckingham, John Bercow

Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural affairs, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Housing Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP

AVDC Councillor (Long Crendon), Mike Hawkett

Bucks County Councillor (Bernwood), Clive Harriss

Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett

Bucks County Councillor (Stone & Waddesdon), Paul Irwin

Bucks County Councillor (Grendon Underwood), Angela Macpherson

Arc Leaders Group, Chairman/Leader of Cherwell District Council, Barry Wood

Highways England, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Jan Chaliis

Thursday 10 October 2019

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Sunday 29 September 2019

In Memoriam - David Golby

It is very sad news to learn that David Golby died last week in Hillingdon Hospital. He had not been well for many months.  He and Jackie moved into Nerefield, Lammas Lane nearly 2 years ago and immediately felt at home in Chearsley, particularly in The Bell where David became a regular member of the 6 o’clockers. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. There will be a cremation at Amersham on Thursday October 3  at 11am to which everyone is welcome to attend and  Jackie invites everyone to her  home after the ceremony for a drink and refreshments to celebrate David’s life whether or not they can attend the service at Amersham.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Village News September 23 2019

by Margaret Morbey 01844 208913  email

Flag Day Organiser for the RNLI needed    Is there anyone in the Village who would be able to take on this worthwhile job?   Tony Hall, now in his 80s has raised between £25,000 and £30,000 for the RNLI over the past decade as Flag Day organiser for the Aylesbury Branch of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution. Reluctantly Tony has to give up the responsibility of fundraising in order to spend more and more time caring for his wife with increasingly severe Parkinson’s Disease.  Together with fellow committee members and a team of volunteer collectors, Tony has been trying unsuccessfully since January to recruit someone to take over the role. The post entails organising about 5 collections a year, maintaining a list of volunteer collectors and attending 2 or 3 committee meetings a year. All the data and mechanisms involved are in place and are computer based. Anyone taking on the role would need to drive and to have a small amount of storage space for a few collecting boxes.  Please contact Tony by email or by phone 01844 208474 if you would be prepared to try to take on this important job.

Chearsley Show   was another highly successful day for the village bringing  an increase this year  in entries and entrants and a crowded hall in the afternoon of villagers to view the results and enjoy a cup of tea and chat. Have a look at the photos posted on the day on the Chearsley blog of some of the many entries, flowers, cakes, and  handicrafts and an interesting bunch of scarecrows.  Well done to everyone who took part and to Joy and her committee whose hard work made it all possible.

Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day  was a fantastic day in every way – over 350 vehicles crammed into the Cricket field, crowds, great music and wonderful sunshine. This year, it is anticipated that there will be a profit of around £8,000 compared to £6,600 last year and £4,100 in 2017. The Show just gets better and better. All funds will be invested in Chearsley Cricket Club Junior Cricket and to improve the facilities at the Club.   The whole Chearsley team in their distinctive pink shirts worked tirelessly serving food, drinks, selling raffle tickets, the tombola, tea and cakes, directing the entrants to their spot on the field, all contributing to make the day such a success and were much praised by many visitors who appreciated the cheerfulness and  helpfulness of everyone. Well done to them all. The Spitfire flypast was an added attraction to the day. The Fred Crawford Best in Show cup was awarded to Lionel Walker, owner of the 1944 US Army Jeep. The committee welcome all feedback so that the Show can become even better next year – hard to imagine how it can improve.

Festival of Flowers   Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, 10am to 5pm.  Visit St Nicholas Church in Chearsley to enjoy an array of wonderful flower arrangements and displays. There will be refreshments and home made cakes.  On the Sunday, there will be a Harvest Festival Family Communion for at 10am for everyone followed by a Ploughmans Lunch in the churchyard. There is no admission charge but all donations will go towards the upkeep of our lovely church.

Festival of Remembrance  Fred Crawford, original founder of the Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day, is now in the process of organising a fund raising evening for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  It is proposed to hold  an evening, along the lines of the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance  on November 9 in the village hall.  Planning is still in its early stages and Fred would like to hear from anyone who would be able to help and from everyone who would be interested in coming along to the evening.   Already planned is for there to be a screening of a very interesting film of old photos depicting  Bucks during the WWII, a procession of representatives of all the Armed Forces, a speaker from the British Legion and also an opportunity to join in a good old singsong of some of the songs of the war.  Please email Fred, via if you are interested in supporting Fred. Without some extra  help and encouragement, this great idea will not be able to proceed.

Rugby World Cup at The Cricket Club  The Cricket Club plan to broadcast all England’s weekend games.  Bacon Butties will be served at half time.  Matches are on Saturday October 5th v Argentina with Kick Off at 9am, followed by Saturday October 12 v France with Kick Off at 9.15am.  Hopefully, if England progress, it is planned to screen their next matches.  Everyone is welcome to come up.

Macmillan Fundraising Coffee event in Chearsley    Sandra Saunders and her daughter, Tasha are raising money as part of the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning 2019  on Friday September 27.  This will be held at Springs Medley, Shupps Lane from 11am until 7pm when they will welcome you to take part in a Raffle and enjoy refreshments and meet up with friends.  Come along and support them in this worthwhile cause raising funds for people facing Cancer.

Paddington 2 at Cuddington Matinee Cinema in the Bernard Hall  On Monday 30th September at 1.30pm (doors open 1pm) there will be a showing of Paddington 2 made in 2017 a live-action animated comedy with actors, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, delightful escapist entertainment and a sequel to Paddington made in 2014. Entry is £5 which includes tea and cake during the interval. To book please phone 01844 291526 (during office hours) or on the door subject to availability.

Volunteer Car Services
Currently there are 2 schemes for villagers who need help with local transport.
1. There is a volunteer driver service operating out of Long Crendon GP surgery if you are registered  there and need lifts to attend appointments. Call the surgery on 01844 208228 and they contact the volunteers.
2.  There is a free bookable service of an accessible vehicle manned by trained volunteers for residents in our area with disabilities. This can be booked for a local door-to-door trip to the shops, to relatives and friends or to the medical centre, clinics or hospitals. More information here

Services at St Nicholas Church:

Sunday September 29       Benefice Communion at 10am at Nether Winchendon

Sunday October 6               Family Harvest Festival at 10am and Ploughman’s lunch

Diary Dates:

Friday September 27     Sandra and Tasha’s  Macmillan Coffee event 11am to 7pm at Springs Medley, Shupps Lane

Tuesday October 1          Bingo at The Bell

Saturday October 5          Flower Festival at Chearsley Church   10am to 5pm

Sunday October 6             Flower Festival at Chearsley Church  10am to 5pm

Sunday November 10      Messy Church Bonfire 4 to 5.30pm

Saturday November 16   Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Oxford Cambridge Expressway (OCE) Meeting Sept 9th - Notes & Presentations

John Howard, who chaired this village hall  meeting, opened by explaining the Parish Council are ensuring villagers are as well informed as possible on this major infrastructure plan and are asking for feedback as to what position the PC should take on the OCE. This is so the PC can accurately represent the views of the village in any discussions with AVDC/BCC councillors and Highways England. As no requested Arc representatives were available, John presented a summary of the aims of the Oxford Cambridge Arc, based on available public documents. There was also a statement from one of our local AVDC/BCC councillors Clive Hariss. He indicated that he and other colleagues were not clear on the merits of the expressway plan versus upgrading existing roads and the BCC would be debating further. The link to Johns presentation is here.

John then introduced Professor David Rogers and Olivia Field of the No Expressway Group. They have performed detailed research on available documents plus engaged with Highways England. They outlined some of the possible consequences for Buckinghamshire and in particular Chearsley. In summary, while there is positive feedback for the East-West rail link plan, they pointed out the car focused expressway plan, together with very large amounts of housing, much in in areas of natural beauty, would seem at odds with preserving the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. They also predicted increased congestion from cars and HGVs in many existing local roads as a result of the expressway.

Their presentation is here

There was then a question and answer session with David and Olivia. Note that they will have a stand at the Car show this coming Sunday if you would like to ask further questions and gather more information. There are links to their website, Facebook and Twitter in their presentation also.

In summary the PC requests that you read both presentations and, if not already done, complete the questionnaire sent out as hardcopy, returning to John Howard at Great Barn or via the Bell. Alternatively complete the online questionnaire at this link. If you have further comments or questions then please send to

Keith Turnbull

Saturday 7 September 2019

Village Show - today 2.45-4pm

Don't forget to come along to the village hall at 2.45 to see all the entrants to our annual village show and enjoy a cup of tea.  Competition is fierce for the Victoria sponges and tomatoes.  Who will be crowned winner?

Messy Church - tomorrow

After our summer break, Messy Church restarts tomorrow at 4pm in the Village Hall, with Harvest themed crafts and activities.  Do join us.

Thursday 5 September 2019

Vintage Fun Day Bottle Appeal


The Annual Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day Sunday 15th Sept 2019  

This is a major fundraiser for our Junior Section, which goes from strength to strength.  We now have over 100 juniors at the club (mostly from the village), which includes 46 girls (now the largest in Bucks) with the ages ranging from 5 to 16 year olds.   

We will be walking around The Village on Sunday 8th September between 1-3pm with a wheelbarrow collecting Bottles for the Bottle Tombola. If you have a spare bottle that you would like to kindly donate, please leave a bottle of anything on your doorstep (except Milk) and we will collect.

Thanks again for your help and support. Pop along on the day ITS FREE ENTRANCE
 Angela & Adam              Chearsley CC Junior Section

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