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