Sunday, 26 May 2019

Village News

with Margaret Morbey : : 01844-208913

Best Kept Village Competition
The Parish Council has entered Chearsley into this year’s Competition in the category of villages with a population of between 500 and 1500 inhabitants. Judging will take place by 3 judges in an unannounced visit to the village anytime in June and July. They will be taking into consideration and awarding marks for the overall appearance of the village, lack of litter, evidence of community effort, areas round The Green, children’s play area, the village hall, shop and pub, war memorial and the graveyard and notice boards. The Parish Council have been very active in tidying up Chearsley, restoring the war memorial, installing a new noticeboard which is well kept and up-to-date. There are new Chearsley signs on entry into the village on all 4 main roads, and the Council has been very persistent in their successful efforts to have pot holes in the village roads mended. Now, with the verges on the main roads cut, the Council is encouraging residents to think how we can all contribute to maintain our village as an attractive place, in the very least by keeping areas around our homes tidy and litter free, an opportunity to show we care about our village and are proud of it.
For the future, the Parish Council has decided to support a proposal from Michael Heybrook to consider the addition of more “green” and environmentally responsible criteria to the competition format and the Council is in discussion with the organisers of The Best Kept Village Competition on this.

Family Village Party Saturday June 8
Time to start the Summer parties and a chance for all villagers to come together on The Green and at The Bell. The Bell is putting on a Beer Festival all weekend, and a Pig Roast on Saturday Evening for the Village Party. There will be entertainment for everyone, not only children, in the form of amazing, magical Colonel Custard. Music in the evening to get us all dancing and having a good time with a Disco and Street Life live on stage.

Winchendon Fete Saturday June 8
A busy Saturday, but time to visit Winchendon Fete in the lovely grounds of Winchendon House from 2pm before partying in Chearsley.

Chearsley Show 2019
This will be held on the first Saturday in September - September 7 at The Village Hall and plans are going well. All judges for the various categories have been booked and brochures will be delivered in due course to every house to give every one the opportunity of taking part. It is hoped there will be more entries than last year when entries were rather disappointing, attributed mostly to many families still being away as the schools had not then started. There are categories for flowers, flower arrangements, vegetables, fruit, domestic including a popular Show stopper cake again, art and craft, photography .
This year, there will be an opportunity for children to create their own Show Stopper Cake in the children’s section including fairy cakes, photos, pictures, decorated stone and other opportunities to show off their skills. On the day, there will be a Scarecrow Parade when a prize will be awarded for the most creative. A chance for the whole family to get imaginative. Get planting, making and baking and watch out for the attractive brochure designed by Alicia Howard delivered to your house soon.

Chearsley Cricket Club
The season has now started with mixed results so far. Spectators are always welcome at the ground at the Saturday matches – a chance to sit in the sun (possibly) and enjoy a drink from the bar and to cheer the Chearsley side on. The ground is being used on Sundays for a few weeks by a Club which doesn’t have its own facilities.

Plans are well in hand for the 8th year of the Classic & Vintage Fun Day in the Cricket Club grounds on Sunday September 15, which will have some new attractions and the biggest show to date. Entries of cars are ahead of numbers this time last year. Offers to volunteer to help on the day would be much appreciated. For more information, go to or follow the link for Chearsley Cricket Club at

Sian Lewis, who has been very involved with the Club, will be cycling with a friend from London to Paris over 3 days in September to support three cancer charities. This will mark the 10th anniversary of Sian’s mother’s death from Ovarian cancer.

There is a Just Giving Page for donations at They have already raised well over £3000 towards their target of £5,000.

Looking ahead to November, the annual Dinner and Dance has been booked for Saturday November 16 this year at The Oxford Belfry. Tickets will be £36 per person for a 3 course dinner and dancing. Contact Lesley Arnott on 01844 290153 for more information.

Services at St Nicholas Church:
  • Sunday May 26 at 6pm Evensong
  • Thursday May 30 at 7pm Ascension Benefice Communion
  • Sunday June 2 at 10am Family Communion
  • Sunday June 9 at 4pm Messy Church in the Village Hall
Diary Dates:
  • Sunday June 2 Launch of Historic Chearsley at the Village Hall 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday June 8 Fun for All the Family 5pm onwards at The Green
  • Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9 Beer Festival at The Bell
  • Sunday June 23 Teddy Bear Family Fun at St Nicholas Church 2 to 4pm
  • Saturday September 7 Chearsley Show
  • Sunday September 15 Chearsley Classic and Vintage Fun Day starting at 11am
  • Saturday November 16 Chearsley Cricket Club Dinner and Dance at The Oxford Belfry