Monday, 19 October 2020

Chearsley Parish Council meeting 19th Oct 7:30pm

 The October Chearsley Parish Council meeting takes place virtually tonight at 7.30pm

There is a live stream on YouTube at plus the meeting will be available as a recording on this link shortly after it finishes to view at your leisure.

The agenda is on the noticeboard and here 

Any questions for the PC please send to as usual 

Saturday, 17 October 2020


 Please note that several suspicious looking vans have been seen in the village late at night and today.  Please keep an eye out and lock your sheds.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Harvest Food Donations


Celebrating Harvest Festival in Chearsley 2020

 Try your hand at making a corn dolly, using this instruction leaflet, hang it on your door or display in the window to show that Chearsley is celebrating Harvest. Or a tied bunch of Autumn leaves and berries would be just as good!

Harvest Festival services at St Nicholas’ Church on Sunday 11th October:


9.30am – a traditional Harvest Festival with Holy Communion

4.00pm – an informal all age Messy Church celebration, also at the church

All services and activities at the church are ‘COVID safe’ respecting the current requirements on numbers attending, and social distancing. Everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering inside the church building. Thank you for your co-operation at this challenging time.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Celebrate Harvest Festival in Chearsley 5th to 11th October

It’s Harvest time! We can’t get together and celebrate as we normally do, but here in Chearsley plenty of alternative activities are in the planning. Here’s a round-up of what will be happening during the week of 5th to 11th October – look out for further details coming shortly…

Harvest Week with St Nicholas’ Church Chearsley – 5th to 11th October

• ‘Harvest bags’ full of fun activities and crafts for all ages will be distributed within the village.

• An additional food donation box will be placed in the bus shelter.

• Saturday 10th – decorate some of the pews in church. How about a Harvest scarecrow!

• Sunday 11th  at 9.30am – a traditional Harvest Thanksgiving service at church.

• Sunday 11th  at 4.00pm – an informal family ‘Messy Church’ celebration at church.

• At any time during the week, hold a Harvest Supper for 6 at home. Make it special – light a candle, say the Harvest prayer, make a table decoration and take a photo to share on Chearsley blog.

Please bring Harvest gifts of tinned food at any time during the week, or to the services, and place them at the altar. Along with the bus stop donations, they will be taken to The Porch Day Centre in Oxford, a charity providing a stepping stone to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Let’s give thanks and celebrate, and think of others less fortunate.

Chearsley Good Neighbour Scheme

As we are now moving towards more restrictions in the Covid-19 Pandemic, I would like to reassure and remind older or more vulnerable residents that the Chearsley Good Neighbour Scheme is still here as a support; volunteers are still willing and available to collect prescriptions when needed. Dont hesitate to ask for help.

Please email if at all possible on, or telephone me on 01844 201134 and leave a message preferably between 10 and 12 in the weekday mornings.   
Susan Olding 

Friday, 25 September 2020

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

  • Closure of Crendon-Chearsley Road 18-19 Sept
  • Volunteers still needed for village traffic survey for Thursday Sept 24
  • Parish Council September Meeting Monday Sept 21
  • Annual Chairman's Cricket Match 

    • Closure of Crendon-Chearsley Road 18-19 Sept

      Transport for Bucks have stated that the Crendon-Chearsley Road will be closed this Friday and Saturday 9.30-3pm for micro surfacing work.

      Volunteers still needed for village traffic survey Thursday Sept 24

      If you are able to do a stint on the traffic survey on Thursday Sept 24th please get in touch with

      Parish Council September Meeting Monday Sept 21

      This will be held virtually, live streamed and recorded for later viewing on YouTube on the following link: . Please submit any questions either on the livestream chat or ahead of time to

      Annual Chairman's Cricket Match

      The Chearsley Cricket Club’s 2020 season enjoyed a happy conclusion as the Chairman’s Match took place last Sunday, replacing the Classic Car Show, which sadly did not take place this year.


      By tradition, a Club XI play the Chairman’s XI and this year’s fixture was blessed with a gorgeous day with glorious sunshine and cloudless skies.


      The Chairman’s XI was skippered by Nick Babington and featured a welcome return to the club by a number of former players, including our former skipper Neil Davies and Oxfordshire Minor Counties star Russell Haynes. Also in the team were Ian Houseman’s brother Michael, club coach, Leigh Tomlinson and groundsman, Paul Cherry.


      The Club XI was skippered by James Veness and included Jordan McCrae, who recently joined the club, and a good sprinkling of youngsters including Ed and James Lloyd, Harry Lazaruk and Lucy Burnham.


      The Club XI batted first and scored a very creditable 179 from their 35 overs with Jordan scoring a stylish 83 runs. The Chairman’s XI reached the winning total with the loss of just two wickets, with Neil Davies and Leigh Tomlinson both making good scores.


      The match was followed by a BBQ and two special trophies were presented to the winners and allowed those attending to remember two great club stalwarts, John Tribe and Steve Vear. The John Tribe Trophy was presented by son, John Talbot, to the winning skipper Nick Babington and the ‘Player of the Match’ award, the Steve Vear Trophy, was presented to Jordan McCrae, by Karen Vear and granddaughter, Ada.


      A bottle of Champagne, kindly donated by VP, Ian Perkins, of ‘Blotter’ fame, was also presented to Nick Babington.


      Friday, 11 September 2020

      Church Services in September

      Sun 13th

          9.30am - Holy Communion (with bread)

          4pm - Messy Church @ Village Hall (booking via Facebook)

      Sun 27th

          6pm - Evensong (hopefully with a choir)

      Online services can be found via our YouTube channel "3 Bucks Churches"

      Wednesday, 9 September 2020

      The next CPC Traffic Survey will take place on Thursday 24th September.

      The survey will run on similar lines to that carried out on 23rd July. Recorders will register all vehicles entering the village on the four village approach roads and subsequently note down their route of exit or ‘village destination’

      Two separate surveys will run concurrently – a ‘Commercial Vehicle Survey’ monitoring HGVs, LCVs and other larger vehicles and an overall ‘Traffic Count’, which will record all the vehicles travelling through the village, including private cars.


      The day will be divided into two hour recording slots during the survey period, commencing at 08.00 and finishing at 18.00. We’ll also provide up to date guidelines for observing ‘social distancing’ during participation in the survey.


      A number  have already volunteered to help with the recording on the day, but could volunteers please confirm or re-confirm their availability, by replying to John Howard directly (


      The greater the flexibility regarding attendance during the day, the easier it’ll be to plan and fill all the ‘slots’. Please don’t put your name down for any specific timings at this stage but, by all means, indicate either am or pm availability (or both!)


      The July survey provided some valuable insights into the traffic flows through the village, but it is important that these findings are refreshed from time to time to measure relevant trends and ensure ‘up to date’ evidence to show to interested parties.


      If you haven’t seen the full report on the July survey, please visit the CPC website on this link….



      ….where the ‘Traffic Calming’ section contains the latest report (Traffic Survey July 2020 – Final Report) alongside other related material from recent years.


      Surveys such as this are vital for CPC to document the challenge faced by our community from rising levels of traffic through the village, especially larger commercial vehicles.


      Earlier this week, the damage inflicted on our much loved ‘Horse Chestnut’ was a powerful reminder (if it were needed!) of the need for us to maintain our efforts in lobbying for restrictions on HGVs using our village as a ‘rat run’ and demonstrating irresponsible driving practices in the process.

      Tuesday, 8 September 2020

      (Yet more….) damage to Chearsley’s iconic Horse Chestnut Tree

      On Monday, another ‘incident’ at the main village junction took place, as an HGV, attempting a foolhardy manoeuvre in making a nigh impossible turn from the Aylesbury Road onto the Winchendon Road, succeeded in removing a large branch from our beloved Horse Chestnut tree.

      Tony Babington witnessed the incident but was unable to take any photographs.


      He posted the following report on the Village Facebook page:


      “Did anyone see the large white unmarked double trailer, negotiating the narrow road to the right of the tree heading up Winchendon Road yesterday (Monday) at 12.45?


      Rear trailer mounted the grass and nearly toppled over onto Martin’s house (The Forge). Loud crack as the top of it smashed into the tree.


      Unfortunately, not enough time for me to take any photos”


      The Parish Council will submit a formal report to the relevant contacts at Buckinghamshire Council but, echoing Tony’s report, would anyone who also witnessed the event or who has any form of supporting evidence, please contact John Howard ( as soon as possible.


      Whilst it is unlikely that any form of disciplinary action will take place without any supporting photographic evidence, it is vitally important that we alert the relevant authorities to dangerous incidents such as these, to document our case for more measures to be introduced to deter HGVs from making these unsuitable, not to say, highly dangerous journeys through our village.


      Our sincere thanks to Alan Burnett, Ian Alamghir and Nic Brown, who this morning kindly chainsawed and cleared up the debris left behind at the junction.

      Monday, 7 September 2020

      Roadworks on the Crendon Road

       At some point this week, depending on the weather, the Chearsley-Crendon road will be closed for re-surfacing work by Transport for Bucks. Currently this is expected to be Wednesday 9th or Thursday 10th. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for latest accurate timings @tfbalerts.

      Friday, 4 September 2020

      September lighting of the candles video

      This month’s lighting of the candles left in church & and prayer for everyone returning to school by the Rev Richard Phillips

      Tuesday, 1 September 2020

      Chearsley News

      o Celebration of Linda's 20 years service at The Bell

      o Action Group meeting to oppose proposed Long Crendon Surgery closure

      Celebration of Linda's 20 years service at The Bell

      On Sunday August 30th, there was an excellent turnout from the village to celebrate Linda's 20 years of pulling pints at The Bell. Sharon organised a delicious pig roast and gave a lovely speech to thank Linda for her tremendous and committed service, even battling through the snow to get to work on occasions. Linda expressed her appreciation of working with such a great team and such charming clientele ! Finally there was a rousing three cheers from everyone.

      Action Group meeting regarding proposed closure of Long Crendon Surgery

      Trinity Health are consulting with their patients on closing the surgery in Long Crendon in the light of its lack of suitability to meet Covid restrictions.
      If you wish to learn more about this or submit your views directly go to this link: 

      There is an action group meeting opposing the closure to be held at 11.15 a.m. ,  Saturday 5th September at Long Crendon Village Centre. All are welcome

      Monday, 3 August 2020

      Chearsley News 3/8/20

      o Eat Out to Help Out at The Bell - Greg Smith MP visit and launch
      o Chearsley Classic Car show postponed for 2020
      o St Nicholas' Church services

      Eat Out to help Out at The Bell - Greg Smith MP visit

      Greg Smith, our local MP, visited the Bell last Friday to officially launch the Government "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme which runs Aug 3-31.  This offers a 50% discount (of up to £10 per diner) for eat-in only meals (includes soft drinks) purchased on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ( full details are at:

      The Bell is a member of the scheme but note, does not serve food on a Monday, so the scheme will only operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-2pm, 6-9pm.

      If you have neighbours who might not be on this Blog distribution please let them know about this scheme so they do not miss out !

      Chearsley Car show postponed for 2020 but 12th Sept chosen for 2021

      The committee looked at a variety of ways to alter the format of this year’s show to comply with all the relevant guidelines on ‘social distancing’ but concluded that it would not be right to go ahead with an event which involved a public gathering of significant numbers of people, given the current uncertainties remaining regarding the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.

      “We were deeply saddened to have made this decision but we felt it was the right course of action in the current circumstances,” said committee member Andy Yorke

      “This would have been our 9th show and our event has gone from strength to strength over the years. We have identified Sunday 12th September 2021 as the date for next year’s show and we are already working on ambitious plans to mark our 10th anniversary in great style” said Andy.

      The show has provided vital resources for the development of junior cricket at Chearsley Cricket Club in recent years and club members and show supporters are invited to make a contribution this year by making a donation at the club's Just Giving page on this link

      St Nicholas' Church Chearsley Services

      Worshipping online:

      Every Sunday – Watch the pre-recorded service for the week on our YouTube Channel: Click here to view
      Watch previous ‘Family Assemblies’ – short, informal acts of worship for all ages: Click here to view

      Worshipping in church:

      The church building is now open every day for private prayer and reflection.
      Our next monthly Sunday Service is on 9th August at 9.30am – please come if this is your (usual) church. Hand sanitiser is provided just inside the door. Please keep 2 metres social distance at all times.

      Full details of all activities are on the church web site:

      Wednesday, 29 July 2020

      Eat Out to Help Out Launch - Greg Smith MP at The Bell Friday 31st July 1-1.30pm

      The Government has launched its Eat Out to Help Out campaign which runs Aug 3-31 whereby you can get a 50% discount (of up to £10 per diner) for meals purchased on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ( full details are at:

      The Bell is a member of the scheme and Greg Smith, our local Bucks MP, will be stopping by the Bell this Friday at 1-1.30pm on his tour to launch the scheme in the Bucks area. Nic Brown, Chair of the Parish Council will be on hand to welcome Greg to Chearsley and introduce him to Sharon in a socially distanced manner !

      If you have neighbours who might not be on this Blog distribution please let them know about this scheme so they do not miss out !

      Friday, 24 July 2020

      Chearsley News 24/7/20

      o Village Hall Update
      o HGV survey
      o Chearsley Cricket
      o Candle lighting video #5

      Chearsley Village Hall and Covid-19 Update

      With the latest lifting of restrictions by the Government some activities can now be booked and can take place inside the village hall. However the management committee for Chearsley Village Hall is keen to ensure that the safety and welfare of all hall users remains a top priority during the Covid-19 pandemic.

      The hall is cleaned regularly and there is a no-touch hand sanitiser dispenser at the main entrance of the hall. There is disinfectant spray, soap and hand towels in the toilets and kitchen.  However, it will be the hirers responsibility to take all adequate steps to ensure that their users can remain at least at least 2 metres away from each other whilst inside (and outside) the hall and that users and hirers will space out 2 metres apart when queuing to enter the hall.   It is also the hirers responsibility to carry out a risk assessment to ensure compliance with the current government regulations in force for the activity or event that they propose to hold in the hall. If you have any questions please email

      1st 2020 HGV Survey successfully held

      This took place on 23/7 as planned. Many thanks to the ~40 villagers who took part. It was excellent to see such a large turnout throughout the day. Also a very special thanks to John Howard who carefully planned everything beforehand and on the day martialled operations with military precision and ensured everyone was briefed and equipped with sheets and clipboards etc. John and his team are now processing the data and will update in due course.

      Chearsley Cricket

      The Cricket club 1st and 2nd XI's have now started playing a number of friendlies on Saturdays and Sundays with the bar now open in the pavilion. So a great way to spend a pleasant and convivial afternoon while socially distanced. On Saturday 25th at 1pm the 2nds are playing Abingdon and on Sunday 26th at 12 the 2nds are playing Cuddington Kites. Nets have also restarted on Thursdays at 6-8pm. Note: The Pitchero mails are incorrect and refer to the pre-Covid planned schedule of matches.

      Candle Service Video

      The Rev Richard Phillips has posted his latest candle service #5 here .

      Friday, 17 July 2020

      Chearsley News 17/7/20

      o Roadworks
      o Commercial Vehicle Survey
      o Lighting of the candles video #4


      The Crendon Chearsley roadworks are scheduled to be finished today (Friday 17/7) but there is always the possibility of overrun into next week. As ever the PC will try and flag any changes next Monday via WhatsApp, Facebook etc.

      Commercial Vehicle Survey – more volunteers needed

      The Parish Council’s Commercial Vehicle Survey is all set to take place during next Thursday (23rd July) but, despite many volunteering to help, there are still a few vacant time slots to be filled, to ensure that all vehicles are properly tracked through the whole survey period -  from 8am in the morning to 6pm in the evening.

      The day will be divided into two hour ‘slots’ through the day and the task will be to record the entry and exit roads used by all vehicles travelling through the village.

      The results of the survey will provide vital documentation for the PC discussions with all parties in working to minimise the number of HGV journeys through the village in the years ahead.

      If you are available to help on 23rd July, please advise John Howard by email –

      A more detailed briefing will be provided before the day itself, including all relevant advice on ‘social distancing’.

      Lighting of the candles video #4

      The latest lighting of the candles service video by Rev Richard Phillips is below

      Thursday, 16 July 2020

      Chearsley Good Neighbour scheme to be suspended 17th August

      Full details and contact details for further questions for Susan Olding can be found here

      Friday, 10 July 2020

      Video of the Rev Phillips Candle Lighting Service #3

      This is the 3rd weekly lighting of candles in church. 
      The candles were left in church to represent people who are ill, or missed at this time.
      God bless.

      Thursday, 9 July 2020

      Tuesday, 7 July 2020

      Village Update

      Church Services in July

      Our principle service will remain online – available first thing Sunday on our YouTube channel – ‘3 Bucks Churches’:

      In addition, we are introducing a new virtual coffee time via Zoom  at 11am every Sunday
      This is to encourage fellowship within the church family regardless of whether you are worshipping at home or in church – a link will be sent out on our weekly email – contact Rev Richard on 01844 208987 if you’d like to receive it, or if you’d rather talk to someone on the phone at that time.

      And finally, we are aiming to resume worship in the parish church once a month at 9.30am. The service in Chearsley will be on 12th July starting at 9.30am. Capacity is significantly restricted by the 2m distancing rule that remains in place for churches, so please do let Rev Richard or one of our wardens know if you’re planning to come along.

      If you would feel more comfortable worshipping in the open air there will be some seating in the churchyard, with the service being broadcast in real time on outside speakers.

      The Bell

      The new opening hours are:
      Mon :  6-9pm  
      Tues:  12-2.30 , 6-9pm
      Weds: 12-2.30 , 6-9pm
      Thurs: 12-2.30 , 6-9pm
      Fri:    10am - Late
      Sat:    12 - Late
      Sun:   12-9pm

      The takeaway service remains in operation. 01844 208077
      Check the Facebook page for the latest information.


      The route to Long Crendon is scheduled to be completed by end of Thursday 9th July now. There has been an additional delay of 1 day currently.

      HGV Survey 

      This is now scheduled for Thursday 23rd July 8am-6pm
      Please get in touch with  to volunteer or for more details.

      Monday, 6 July 2020

      Commercial Vehicle Survey – new date Thursday 23rd July

      The Parish Council has decided to postpone the Commercial Vehicle Survey from the originally planned date in the coming week (Thursday 9th July) to a new date:

      Thursday 23rd July 
      (8.00 – 18.00 hours)

      The latest advice received indicates that the Crendon Road will either be closed or have restricted access for several more days this week during completion of the roadworks and it is crucial that the survey takes place during ‘normal’ traffic conditions.

      All other aspects of the survey will remain as indicated previously.

      The day will be divided into two hour ‘slots’ from 8am through the day to 6pm and the main task will be to record the entry and exit roads used by all vehicles travelling through the village.

      Some residents have kindly volunteered to help with data registration for the survey, but there are still a number of slots which need to be filled.

      The results of the survey will provide vital documentation for the PC discussions with all parties in working to minimise the number of HGV journeys through the village in the years ahead.

      If you are available to help on 23rd July, please advise John Howard by email –

      A more detailed briefing will be provided before the day itself, including all relevant advice on ‘social distancing’.

      Friday, 3 July 2020

      Video of the Rev Phillips Candle Lighting Service #2

      This is the 2nd weekly lighting of candles in church. 
      The candles were left in church to represent people who are ill, or missed at this time.
      God bless.

      Sunday, 28 June 2020

      Roadworks Update

      “The first week of our roadworks has now been completed and the resurfacing of one of our main carriageways through the village (Crendon Road - Aylesbury Road) is almost complete. All the approach roads to the village and roads within the village will remain open for the remainder of the weekend.

      Works will recommence on Monday morning and the immediate schedule of works will include the completion of resurfacing on the Crendon Road and all the lining/marking works on the main carriageway right the way through the village.

      Once again this may necessitate closing of sections of our roads from time to time, so you should continue to consult with our traffic marshals on departure from and on return to the village. We had many occasions to thank them for their helpfulness in difficult circumstances during the last week.

      Please remain patient and continue to allow plenty of time for travel to and from the village and be prepared to change your route at short notice.

      We are continuing our discussions with Bucks Council about other road repairs within the village and will update you as soon as we are able.

      Thank you for your co-operation.” NicB on behalf of CPC

      Saturday, 27 June 2020

      The Bell Opens July 4th - New Procedures

      Procedures at The Bell
      Sharon -

      We are looking forward to welcoming you both inside and outside the pub and want to make sure that your experience is a comfortable, safe and happy one. 

      With the new social distancing guidelines things have to be a little different here at the pub, so here’s a little heads up of what to expect! 

      House Rules:-
      • The front door will be open at 12 on Saturday 4th July..
      • We will be open all day, serving food until 3pm then again at 6pm-9pm 
      • Sunday 5th 12-9:30pm (food served 12-3)
      • Our Opening hours maybe Subject to change until we get back to a new normal
      • (Hours will be posted on the front door) 

      • You will be welcomed in and asked to use our social distance compliant layout to navigate your way to the order area at the bar, where cashless payment will be preferred please! We have installed safety screens at the front of the bar to protect both our customers and staff. 
      • You will then proceed to a collection point for your drinks. 
      • You depart using the same door but using common sense in passing anyone else waiting. 
      • We will still operate a booking system for food tables inside as we have limited space (but bookings taken as per normal)

      • No bookings are required. 
      • We will operate our system as normal outside. 
      • Enter the garden via the gate on the right! 
      • Find a table (there’s plenty!)
      • Sanitised Menus will be available on your table. 
      • To place your order go to the Outside Order area in the car park, stating your table number (or go inside to order as normal)
      • The lead member of your party will be asked to leave their contact details for Track and Trace legal requirements. 
      • Contactless Payments preferred please 
      • Drinks will be served there and then. 
      • The food will follow and will be delivered to the end of your table. 
      • Cutlery and condiments will be brought to your table at this time. 
      • Once you have finished your meal, please push plates to the end of the table so we are able to clear.
      • Once you depart my team will clean, sanitise and prepare the table for our next visitor. 
      • To Exit the garden please do so via the gate in the middle of the car park. 

      Our priority will always be to give you a safe, happy and comfortable experience. 
      We do hope that you are looking forward to coming to the pub as much as we are looking forward to seeing you. 

      Happy Saturday 4th July x 

      Video of the Rev Phillips Candle Lighting Service

      “It’s the weekly lighting of candles in church I promised. 
      The candles were left in church to represent people who are ill, or missed at this time.
      God bless.

      Thursday, 25 June 2020

      Mayoral Roadworks Update

      Chearsley Roadworks Update

      “We’re approaching the end of the first week of our major roadworks.

      What would have inevitably been a complex operation has been made yet more complicated by the extreme weather conditions of recent days, which has caused a number of short-term changes to be made in the planned schedule of works.

      The laying of the final surface starts at the top of the village tomorrow morning (Friday) so we’d suggest that, if possible, those travelling to work should aim to depart from the village before 8am

      During the day, the various approach roads will be closed from time to time, and it will almost certainly be a case of reviewing matters with our traffic marshals on departure from and on return to the village. 

      We were promised as much support as possible ‘on the ground’ during these works. I have personally experienced some excellent co-operation from our workforce in difficult circumstances and I know this has also been the experience of many others.

      For obvious reasons, we have been reluctant to publish any detailed information on the opening and closing of particular roads at specific times.

      We would reiterate our general advice asking everybody to be patient and allow plenty of time to travel to and from the village and be prepared to change your route at short notice.

      There’s still much to do, and some works on lanes within the village, including Shupps Lane and Dark Lane, will get underway next week.

      So, for the moment, can I ask for understanding from us all please - some short term frustrations will deliver the best long term result for everyone.”

      Tuesday, 23 June 2020

      Chearsley Roadworks Update

      Message from PC Chairman, Nic Brown

      “We’re now in Day Two of our roadworks and I can only reiterate our apologies that we were unable to give residents adequate notice about the inevitable disruptions to our ‘normal’ lives for the duration of these works. As mentioned yesterday, I have relayed our concerns to Bucks Council in the strongest possible terms.

      As you’ll have seen, the scope of the works is considerable and will involve road closures both within the village and outside – particularly at the top of the village.

      The latest information we have is that during Wednesday and Thursday, access to and from the village will be possible on the Crendon Road, Chilton Road and Winchendon Road but the Aylesbury Road (up to the village boundary and just beyond) will remain closed during these days.

      However, please be aware that the situation may change at short notice as the work progresses. We have been promised full co-operation by the TfB staff on the ground. 

      Please be patient and allow plenty of time for journeys from and back to the village in the days ahead.”

      Monday, 22 June 2020

      A statement from PC Chairman, Nic Brown

      “I’m sure you are all aware by now that this morning saw the start of roadworks within the village to repair the surface of Crendon Road, one of the major approach roads to our village.

      For some considerable time, the PC has been pressing Bucks Council to carry out these and other works. On Friday afternoon, we received the first formal notice that these works would actually commence on Monday morning but this was not accompanied by any details whatsoever on the practical issues of road closures and other issues which may affect ‘normal’ life in our community for the duration of the works, which are due to be completed by Friday 3rd July.

      Needless to say, many of you will have experienced major frustrations as our village went into ‘lockdown’ this morning and I can only apologise for this.

      I have been in touch with my contacts at the highest levels of Bucks Council to complain most bitterly about the management of the works’ programme thus far, and I have also requested confirmation of the exact scope of the works as this has not been communicated to us either. I will report back as soon as I receive a response to my complaints.”