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.”

Saturday, 20 June 2020

The Bell Reopens Sat July 4th !

We do hope that this message finds you all well !

As of Mon 22nd June we will be serving Takeaways at the Weekend only:
Fri - Sun 12-2 (Roast still available)
Fri - Sat 6-8:30pm

Drinks also available:
🍺Side Pocket/Tring Brewery
🍺 Peroni lager
🍷Bottles of Wine
🍹Jugs of Pimms

We are busy behind the scenes putting extra measures in place to make sure your experience with us is a comfortable, happy and safe one when we can re-open.

Procedures will be a little different and it may take a while for us all to adjust, therefore we ask for both your patience and continued support during these times.

I personally would like to thank all those that have supported us through these very tough few months. It’s times like these that make you realise just how lucky and important our lovely community is - so thank you 🙏

We are all excited to open up the pub again and are very much looking forward to both seeing and serving you soon.

Take care and we are preparing to see you on Sat 4th July and in the future.

Kind Regards,
Sharon and The Team x

The Bell, The Green, Church Lane, Chearsley. Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0DJ
Tel: 01844 208077

Friday, 19 June 2020

Chearsley Good Neighbour - Update

Collection of Prescription Medicines

Since the COVID lockdown began in March, Susan Olding’s team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to help all those in our community who have needed some support, especially those who have been required to remain in isolation at home. Much of this work has included collection of prescription medicines from the local surgery in Long Crendon.

A number of people have recently asked whether they should now collect medicines themselves as ‘social distancing’ guidelines appear to be relaxing. Susan is keen to stress that her team are more than happy to continue with this work and the surgery are also very pleased to carry on with the current arrangements.

“It is so important that those who are older or more at risk keep themselves safe in these challenging times and my team are absolutely committed to help ensure that all risks are minimised,” says Susan.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Chearsley Village - Commercial Vehicle Surveys 2020

During 2016, Chearsley Parish Council (CPC) carried out three surveys to register the number of HGVs making a journey through the main roads of Chearsley – a copy of the final report is attached (‘HGV Surveys 2016 Summary Report’)

The surveys proved to be a valuable resource in communicating our concerns about heavy HGV traffic to Transport for Bucks (TfB) and other interested parties. Whilst CPC remain frustrated about the lack of progress in curbing HGV and general traffic through the village, we are reassured that at least the problem had received some formal recognition. The ‘Bucks CC Freight Strategy 2018 - 2036, published in June 2018, referred to Chearsley, Cuddington and Bishopstone “used as rat runs”.

In the current year, CPC is looking to redouble its efforts for the introduction of ‘traffic calming’ measures within the village boundaries. A Chearsley ‘Speedwatch Team’ has already starting monitoring traffic speeds on the main roads though the village and CPC intends to make progress on implementing the desired changes at the main junction in the village (‘Horse Chestnut Tree Island’).

CPC will also continue to make representations to Bucks CC and other local political contacts and is actively engaged with the Waddesdon Freight Workshop which is looking at local implementation of the Bucks CCC Freight Strategy, including possible restrictions on HGV traffic.

In order to help communicate Chearsley’s ‘challenges’ to best effect, CPC have decided to update the survey work undertaken in 2016 and carry out three ‘Commercial Vehicle Surveys’ during the months of July, September and October.

This year’s surveys will be extended to include both HGVs and all other categories of commercial vehicles making journeys through the village – see the attached Commercial Vehicle Registration Form and the supporting document ‘Examples of Commercial Vehicles. In addition, a separate count of all vehicles, including private cars, will take place to deliver a more comprehensive picture of the traffic issues facing the village – see the attached ‘Traffic Count Data Registration Form’

It is planned to hold the first survey on:

Thursday 9th July (08.00 hours – 18.00 hours)

Many residents kindly helped with the three 2016 surveys and, needless to say, we are looking for lots of volunteers to help with this year’s work.

Have a look at the final attachment ‘Survey Rota’. You’ll see that we’ve based the survey registration work around 48 two hour ‘slots’.

If you are able to help, please contact John Howard

The more flexible you can be regarding attendance during the day, the easier it’ll be for us 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!)

Any offers of help would be most welcome – many hands make light work, as some wise person once said.

All volunteers will receive a more detailed briefing before the day, including relevant advice on the ‘social distancing’ guidelines in force at the time.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Chilli Plant Sale Saturday June 20th 2-4pm

Debbie Corpe is holding a surplus Chilli seedling plant sale this Saturday 20th 2-4pm at 22 Chestnut View, Chilton Road. They will be outside the front door.
A voluntary donation of at least £1.00 to give to the Village Food Bank either monetarily or in food value is requested. 

Monday, 15 June 2020

Virtual Parish Council Meeting Monday 15th June 7:30pm

The Agenda and virtual meeting joining details are all here

For convenience the joining details are also repeated below:

The PC meeting will also be live streamed on YouTube to enable public participation. The link to watch on is

You can also subscribe to the PC YouTube channel and see previous meetings at

Public input will be taken only during the Question Time sessions. Please email your questions to or use the chat in the YouTube stream session to submit questions immediately before or during the meeting.

Skittle the Cat limps home

Skittle struggled home on Sunday afternoon with a very damaged leg and was taken straight to the vet. They think she was hit by a car and has some nerve damage but hopefully only bruising. Hopefully she will be back soon.

Given some of the community speedwatch sessions last week have recorded speeds of 53 mph in our clearly marked 30 mph zones, it is not surprising that pets and villagers are being put in harms way by such inconsiderate driving. The Parish Council continues to review measures for this working with BCC.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Skittle - Missing Chearsley Cat

If anyone sees Skittle please notify Anna Taylor Please check sheds etc.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Messy Church - Sunday 14th June

We would love to see you at our  Zoom Messy Church this Sunday.If you would like to have a go at the craft, please click here for instructions.
A zoom link will be sent out via email and posted on our Family Fun Facebook page. Please contact Rev Richard if you are not on the email list or Facebook group.

Rev. Richard Phillips01844 208987

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Chearsley Speed Watch Team

As speeding traffic continues to be a concern to villagers, the Parish Council is undertaking several initiatives.

A SpeedWatch group has been created and an initial training session on the local shared Sentinel system was undertaken (with social distancing) on Friday June 5th. (Pictures below).

We are hoping to carry out some speed cam sessions each evening 5-6pm this week starting Monday June 8th before handing the camera back. If you would like to help and become a member of the Speed Watch please contact / 07785 725177 asap.

Meanwhile we are looking at options for more static signs, also electronic displays and recording as can be seen in Cuddington and Upper Winchendon. Any opinions and suggestions please send to

John Howard will also be organising an HGV survey soon and will be calling for data recording volunteers for that.

Other initiatives will be covered in the upcoming virtual monthly PC meeting on June 15th which will be streamed and recorded on the PC YouTube channel.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Village News 4/6/20

In Memoriam

We have, sadly, to report the passing on Tuesday of another long-time Chearsley resident. Joan King, of Evans Close. She was a proud and independent lady and many will remember her vibrant and colourful language when she used to walk her dogs around the village. She was an active and self-sufficient woman until the last and, we believe, would have been 90 years old this August. Rest in Peace Joan.

Successful Village Vegetable plant sale fundraiser

Many thanks to Julian George who, through his popup vegetable plant sale last Sunday morning, raised £127 for the Village Hall. The Village Hall Committee would like extend their sincere thanks and appreciation for Julian's marvellous effort and donation and also thank those villagers who supported the sale through their purchases.

Recycling collections next week - 'extra' cardboard will be collected

Per Martin Tett's BCC update, some 'extra' flattened cardboard will be collected from next week, for a period, in recognition that many households have had additional home deliveries during lockdown. Its not known how much 'extra' means but, as is the usual request these days. we should be reasonable and use common sense.

The Bell

New ! Friday freshly baked cakes and sausage rolls 12-2 takeaway.
As well as the normal takeaway or delivered food menu, Sharon has draught XT3, Side Pocket (Tring Brewery) and Carlsberg. Available in jugs or bring your Growlers

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Chearsley Allotments Maintenance

The United Benefice of Long Crendon with Chearsley and Nether Winchendon

Chearsley Allotments Maintenance
3rd June 2020

Much needed maintenance work has recently been undertaken at Chearsley Allotments on Winchendon Road, as a safety issue as well as on environmental grounds.

The allotments area is church land, and the action taken to remove the brambles and replace the broken fence, was agreed by St Nicholas’ Parochial Church Council. The work was due to be completed during the Winter months but due to availability of contractors and then the ‘Lockdown’ measures, plans became delayed.

The brambles had been constantly growing across the footpath creating a hazard for pedestrians. There was no existing hedge, but a dense overgrown entanglement of thorny brambles preventing the replacement of the fence. The removal of the brambles has allowed the new fence to be erected, and when the brambles have been eradicated a new mixed hedge will be planted, providing a more attractive barrier to the road for villagers, and an inviting habitat for wildlife.

If you would like any further information, please contact

Alicia Howard

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sustainably Reared Chearsley Beef

Per her new Down on the Farm blog, Rose Dale of Manor Farm is now selling very local beef from her longhorn herd.

"I expect many of you have seen and admired our small herd of beautiful pedigree English longhorns. They arrived on the farm last April aged around 2, having been born and reared on an organic farm in Cheshire.  In May last year, they were introduced to our handsome bull, Curly, who came from a farm near Banbury that also has a herd of pedigree longhorns.  So far, we have had 18 lovely longhorn babies. We have our first batch of beef coming soon (not from the calves!) – sometime next week I believe.

The beef is basically organic (we are in transition to organic with a year to go), grass fed (meaning it’s high in omega 3 and conjugated linoleic acid and higher vitamin and mineral levels – all good for your health - see the Pasture for Life website- and obviously very eco as there are very low food miles!  It will be sold through Sandy Lane organic farm shop in Tetsworth but I thought people might like to book a one-off delivery to the village. If there is enough interest, we could do this next week. It will be fresh and suitable for freezing. Mince and steak in 1kg packs (sorry, none smaller as butcher is short-staffed due to Covid), steaks in packs of 2 and joints from 1-2kg.

Prices as follows – It is not the cheapest but is high quality and extensively reared in a wildlife friendly, natural system. I hope you will find it good value and delicious. Payment will be based on the actual weight of the beef per kg. We would invoice in advance of delivery and ideally take payment by bank transfer although I am sure we can sort something out if you are keen and can’t do that.
For orders, please email me on
All the best,

All in packs of 2, sold per kg

Sirloin £30
Rump £23
Fillet £36
Rib-eye steaks £30

Joints -
Per kg

Topside £16
Silverside £13.50
Brisket £12

Below in kg packs-

Chuck steak £12.50
Shin £10
stewing steak £9
Mince £9

Down on the Farm 31st May 2020 Issue

Down On the Farm is a new occasional blog from Rose Dale.
Rose, Mike Heybrook's daughter, has taken over the running of Manor Farm in Chearsley with a focus on sustainable farming.

The wildflower meadows are marvellous now, standing tall with the early summer flowers. The meadow is alive with insects and is a valuable resource for pollinators. Each year, it is mown around late July and the grass is removed to reduce the soil’s fertility.  A low-fertility soil reduces the vigour of the grasses and, therefore, actually provides better conditions for the wildflowers that grow amongst the grass.  Traditional hay meadows were treated like this for decades and this is why they are such amazing matrixes of wildflowers, with up to 40 species in a single square meter. Newer meadows take a long time to reach this equilibrium but even leaving your lawn unmown will soon result in wildflowers springing up, with plants like dandelions, clover and daisies sprinkling the surface and providing valuable food for bees and other pollinators.

Plantlife, a charity that supports Britain’s wild plants, has launched a campaign encouraging people to mow their lawns less often – dubbed No Mow May, it explains how doing this is so beneficial to insects like bees. It’s called Every Flower Counts, you might like to have a look, there is a short animation and activities that children can do (counting flowers!)

The field above the church was planted in about 1998 by my parents as a permanent meadow. Every year, a slightly different mix of flowers comes up with different species gaining prominence as it evolves. Oxeye daisies, also called dog daisies, are the tall and showy white daisies you can see now. Mum (Suzie) says there is also yellow rattle, buttercup, beaked hawksbeard, bird’s foot trefoil, Lucerne, red clover, and common vetch and that they are best seen by the footpath to the churchyard.

The paddock by the road, along our drive, was awash with lovely cowslips this spring. There were so many, you may even have seen them from the car! It was planted about 19 years ago. Last year we found 3 pyramidal orchids there which was exciting. They were not planted, they just appeared in a mysterious way, perhaps from the old seedbank of seeds lying in wait in the soil, sometimes for decades. We wonder whether they will be back this year. They flower in June and July.

I decided to convert the farm to organic cultivation with the main emphasis on pasture.  I selected Longhorns as a hardy, old-fashioned breed that can forage on mixed plants and survive well outdoors throughout the winter. I would like the system to be as un-intensive and natural as possible, using a minimum of feed and tractors – by planting trees on the farm and replanting permanent pasture, we are aiming for zero-carbon beef!  I found a lovely group of young heifers on an organic farm in Cheshire.  They arrived last spring and have recently been calving for the first time after a 9 month pregnancy like ours.  A female cow remains a heifer until she has produced a calf. So far, we have had 18 calves. One was stillborn, so we bought a replacement to suckle the mother from a local organic dairy farm – easy to spot, she is entirely black, we have called her Midnight.
The others all have to have names beginning with U for their pedigree registration as English Longhorns. 2020 is U and I suppose 2021 will be V!
So far, we have Una, Uno, Ursula, Ulysses, Undine, Ulli, Ulf, Usiah, Ulrik, Uriel, Umberto, Umbrose, Ubi, Unity and Urquhart. An unnamed bull calf arrived 2 days ago and a heifer calf last night.  Any suggestions of names for the last few to be born will be gratefully received – I must admit we are running out of ideas! Only one more to calve now. Fingers crossed it arrives safely, the first calving is the most risky.

The photo above show the latest to arrive, a gorgeous heifer calf who we hope will join the breeding herd,

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Sale of Vegetable Plants May 31st Sunday morning

Julian George is selling plants to help raise funds for the village hall.

"Okay, all you veg growers and allotmenteers - new or otherwise, I have the solution to your need for veg plants: A sale of them outside Furze Farmhouse in School Lane.

There will be Tomatoes (both Cherry and normal types) Corno de Rosso peppers, Cucumbers and Brussel Sprouts. All of these will be at £1 a plant.
In addition there will also be some Savoy Cabbage, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Cavalo Nero, all of these will be 50p as they are less well developed.

Please put the cash in the container provided.
I will have them outside on Sunday Morning May 31."

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Rabans Lane Recycling open 29th May but read the restrictions ...

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

27 May 2020

Traffic control measures allow last four Bucks recycling centres to reopen this Friday 29th May

Four Buckinghamshire household recycling centres that have remained closed since the coronavirus lockdown was enforced are set to reopen this week with traffic measures in place to manage queues at busy times.
The sites at Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, Chesham and Langley will reopen on Friday 29 May, which will mean that from that date all nine of the county's recycling centres will once again be open. Residents still need to carefully consider whether their trip is essential and only visit these sites if they cannot store their waste or dispose of it in another responsible way. These four sites will resume their normal summer opening times, that's 9am to 6pm. Langley is open seven days a week and the other three sites are open every day except Wednesday and Thursday.
The number of people allowed to visit any site at one time has to be limited to ensure social distancing, so queues will build up during busy times. In the case of the four sites that are set to reopen on Friday, the local road layout means queues would be likely to affect the flow of traffic near the sites and potentially be a safety risk to other road users. To alleviate this, traffic control measures are being put in place by Transport for Buckinghamshire around each site:
Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) - Temporary parking restrictions will be in force on Rabans Close to stop queues blocking the road
Burnham - Residents can only access the site via Walton Lane. When exiting the site residents must use Crow Piece Lane or Allerds Road. Diversion signs will be in place.
Chesham - Temporary stop/go traffic management will be in place on Latimer Road to keep traffic flowing. If the site is full, residents should visit at a quieter time. Please do not queue on Latimer Road.
Langley - Residents can only access the site from north end of Trenches Lane. There is no access to the site from the B470 (Langley Park Road). Diversion signs will be in place.
Residents are asked:
  • Carefully consider whether the trip is essential. Only visit if the waste cannot be stored or disposed of via a registered waste contractor.
  • Bring proof of address. Only Buckinghamshire residents will be allowed entry, though Burnham and Langley sites will also admit residents of Slough, who must also bring proof of address.
  • Check waiting times online to avoid busiest times.
  • Don't arrive before the sites open - a queue makes it difficult for site staff to get to work and open on time.
  • Remember social distancing measures are now in place, which also means no assistance for unloading can be provided.
  • Don't bring a trailer. The permit system is still in place, but trailers will not be accepted at any site.
  • That only one person gets out of the vehicle whilst on site.
  • Remember that non-household waste will be charged for in the usual way.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Bucks Recycling Centres and Covid testing news

An extract from Martin Tett’s (BCC leader) recent email. Apologies if you have already seen.

I’m really pleased to let you know that all of our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be open from next week – Friday 29 May. We already have the sites at Amersham, Aston Clinton, Buckingham, Beaconsfield, and Wycombe open, and the HRCS at Aylesbury, Burnham, Chesham and Langley will also be open from Friday 29 May, 9am-6pm. Please remember that Aylesbury, Burnham and Chesham are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

All sites will operate the same social distancing measures that we have in place at those already open. It’s harder to manage long queues safely at some of these sites so can I please ask that you avoid visiting at busy times. You can check the website for up to date waiting times and remember to bring some ID to show that you live in Buckinghamshire. Thank you to you all for your patience while we’ve worked hard to get this service fully operational again for you.

Coronavirus testing in Buckinghamshire
Anyone over the age of 5 who has symptoms of coronavirus can book a test to see if they have the illness. The main symptoms are a new continuous cough, fever and a loss of, or changes in your sense of smell or taste.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Soul Spark - this week

If you would rather not follow the clues, here are the locations of the stations.  
Note, there are 3 in the churchyard.