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