Friday, 9 April 2021

HRH Prince Philip

Following the sad announcement of the death of HRH Prince Philip, the tenor bell at St Nicholas Chearsley will be tolled 99 blows, to mark the 99 years of his life, at 6pm this evening April 9th. 

The village hall flag is at half mast and the Reverend Richard Phillips has just recorded a prayer for Prince Philip, and for the Queen. It’s on the Church YouTube channel link below.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Chearsley Bus Shelter


Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, our bus shelter has provided a valuable additional amenity for our community.


Initially, it was used by St Nicholas Church to collect food donations for delivery to local Food Banks but for some weeks now donations have been collected in the porch at the church.


People have also very kindly made donations of books and other items, such as children’s toys, by placing them in the shelter.


As we make a gradual return to normal life, which will include both more frequent arrival of buses and the possibility of taking donations directly to charity shops or other outlets, the Parish Council recommend that the bus shelter should now be returned to its original purpose.


We will therefore take all the remaining items to either charity shops or alternative outlets during the week commencing 12th April, when ‘non-essential’ retail is scheduled to re-open.


We would ask our community not to place any further items in the bus shelter with immediate effect.


We are also pleased to announce that Councillor, Julia Witcher, has kindly agreed to investigate possibilities for the setting up of a properly managed village library or book exchange in the future. If you have any thoughts on how this could be organised, please get in touch with her at 

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Easter Story Trail

All this week in our Churchyard, we have an Easter Story Trail for young and old alike.  Do pop along sometime and immerse yourself in the Easter Story, from Palm Sunday to the resurrection BBQ.  Bring little ones and let them scan the QR codes and watch short video clips including a cock crowing, or take your time to explain the story to them.  Why not pop along on your own, and spend quality time at just one station per day, reflecting on Jesus’ journey through passion week and what impact it might have on your life.


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Chearsley Business Directory Scheme

Following research among the community in recent weeks, the Parish Council has launched an initial version of a ‘Chearsley Business Directory’.

The Chearsley Business Directory Listing

The Chearsley Business Directory Scheme

It comprises details of businesses in Chearsley, based on the following criteria:


  • Businesses owned by a Chearsley resident
  • Businesses operated by a Chearsley resident
  • Businesses located in Chearsley village

The Parish Council wishes to help our community in as many practical ways as we can, and our message to all our residents is always to look for a supplier of goods and services within our own community as well as looking further afield.


The directory will be updated from time to time and if there are businesses in the village, other than those already listed and which meet the above criteria for a listing, we would ask them to contact John Howard – 07970 651326 or fill in the application form.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Sunday, 14 March 2021

March Parish Council Meeting

The monthly Chearsley Parish Council Virtual meeting will be held Monday, March 15, 7.30pm. It can be viewed live at or as a recording after the meeting. Please send questions or comments to

Friday, 12 March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Chearsley Good Neighbours Update

It is over a year since Chearsley Good Neighbours was set up. Those needing extra support in the village have been very appreciative of the assistance of volunteers, and I know a lot of new networks and friendships have been established.

With the changes to the restrictions it is time to think about how we progress. CGN was set up after Alicia Howard asked me if I would set up a group to take village residents to medical appointments, and I gladly agreed and had excellent support from Alicia, John Lewis and Nic Brown.  When Covid-19 hit us, I agreed to coordinate a wider response with shopping, prescriptions, telephone support etc. Within a couple of weeks I had around 70 volunteers. The CGN has worked well, thanks to the responsiveness of the volunteers. 

I suggest that from the 12th April, when shops reopen and life begins to return to how it was before, I will be closing this particular group of volunteers.  I feel confident that the spirit seen in the lockdown will continue, and that we will still be helping our neighbours. 

I will keep the list of volunteer names and it maybe that we need to pick it up again in the winter, and I am willing to do this. Please, do let me know if you would like your name to come off this list now. I am contacting those who have needed assistance to assure them of ongoing support if needed.

However, I have decided that I won’t be the person to coordinate drivers to take residents to medical appointments, but I am willing to assist when somebody else steps forward to take on this responsibility. Please email Nic Brown at  or John Lewis on if you would like to volunteer or discuss this. 

So - a big thank you to you all, I have met a lot of extremely kind and generous people through the group and look forward to getting to know you better once lockdown ends. 

Susan Olding
Orchard Close

Monday, 8 March 2021

Chearsley Litter Pick March 2021

 As you can see, the ‘spoils of victory’ of this year’s Litter Pick were as impressive as ever.

Our village lanes do seem more ‘litter free’ than in previous years, but the banks, verges and ditches on all the approach roads to our village were once again in a dreadful state, full of a multitude of debris – courtesy of those mindless individuals who remain incapable of the very simple act of taking their litter home with them.


Organiser, Alicia Howard, would like to thank all those who gave up their time to help this year, and fully observed the ‘social distancing’ protocols while at work. The volunteers included Ed Cahill, Sue & Alison Brown, Rose Dale, Nikki & Jim Harrison, Susie Heybrook, Lyndon Jones, Richard Phillips, Phil & Philippa Rawlings, Thia Richards, Andy Wight, Alyson Wright, John Howard …and apologies to any volunteers whose name isn’t on this list.


Job well done.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Closure of footpath between Chearsley and Long Crendon

Chearsley residents were recently advised by a mailshot from Network Rail that the footpath across the railway line, en route to Notley and Long Crendon, will be closed from 1st – 31st March pending completion of the works to improve the safety of the crossing.

This appeared to contradict previous advice from Bucks Council that an Order would be in place closing the crossing for a period of six months - from 1st March.
The Parish Council have now received clarification from Bucks Council as follows:
The Order will only be in operation until the completion of the works but if the works are delayed for any reason and cannot be completed by 31 March 2021 then the Order can continue in force for a maximum period of six months (from today, 1 March 2021) until Network Rail complete the works.”
Here's hoping the Network Rail works are completed on schedule.

Launch of a ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’

Our ‘Historic Chearsley Exhibition’ took place in June 2019 ….this seems a very long time ago. The show was visited and enjoyed by over 100 Chearsley folk on the Sunday in question and the guest of honour was Ann, wife of Ted Hooton, the author of that wonderful history of our village – ‘Chearsley – Living Through History’. In the months following the show, a small number of enthusiasts started work on a number of ‘projects’, but, sadly, COVID restrictions resulted in many carefully laid plans being postponed.

With the real prospect of a return to more normal life in the coming months, it is undoubtedly a good time to start re-energising our efforts to re-connect our community with its proud history. It is proposed to replace the informal ‘Historic Chearsley’ initiatives with a properly constituted ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’ (CVHS), to capitalise on all the latent interest in heritage matters in our community and create a forum of like minds.

John Cragg has very kindly offered to be secretary to such a group. It is planned to hold a village meeting – format to be decided – at a suitable time in the near future. Some of the items for discussion at an initial meeting might include:

  • A programme for general meetings of the CVHS – say, three or four per year, including presentations by invited speakers
  • Identify possible village events – e.g. ‘Chearsley School Reunion’, ‘Chearsley Pub Revival Day’, ‘Chearsley Cricket Club Centenary’
  • Identify areas needing further research
  • Set up a Committee and individual project groups
  • Set up an archive of ‘heritage’ materials, including digital records

Plans are obviously at a formative stage, but if you would be interested in keeping in touch with developments or attending an initial meeting to discuss ideas for the set up and working of the  ‘Chearsley Village Historical Society’, please send your contact details to John Cragg - or John Howard -

On related matters, we are delighted to announce that Jacqui and Derek Allen have kindly agreed to lead a project for restorative works at The Stockwell in Church Lane. When completed, this will enable us to properly celebrate a site of major historical interest within our community, visited by pilgrims for hundreds of years from early medieval times.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

Parish Council Election 6 May 2021

The Government has announced that Local Elections, including an election for Chearsley Parish Council, will be held on 6 May 2021.

On 1 February, the Parish Council issued advance notice of these elections, including encouragement to Chearsley residents to consider standing as a candidate for election.  We noted that at least one existing Councillor has decided not to stand again.  More details are provided on the Election 21 page of the Council website.. 

We have also now been advised of an on-line briefing on the nomination process that may be of interest to anyone considering putting their name forward.  Nominations may be made either via the Parish Clerk or directly to the relevant Buckinghamshire Council electoral office in Aylesbury. 
This briefing is intended primarily for Parish Clerks, to ensure they are familiar with the process, but the electoral office has confirmed that anyone interested in standing as a candidate can also attend and this will be particularly relevant to anyone who prefers to submit their nomination papers directly to the electoral office rather than via the Clerk.

The briefing will take place on Wednesday 10 March at 4pm
You can join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+44 1296 794005,,14112299#   

A guide for joining a Teams meeting is available here.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Lent Giving


With schools once again closed due to the pandemic, it is clear that many students still do not have access to a computer, laptop or data, and this lack of access to digital technology for all pupils, is demonstrating existing inequalities in households. You can go a little way towards helping some of our local young people this Lent, by making a donation to:

 3 Villages Lent Appeal

Lent is not just a time for “giving things up”, but for simply “giving” too!
All funds raised will be donated to Mandeville School in Aylesbury, and
spent on IT support for students in need of assistance.

Please make online payments to Alicia Howard  20 74 09  50983772

referencing your payment LENT or cash/cheque in envelopes clearly
marked LENT to Great Barn, School Lane, Chearsley.

Many thanks,
Alicia (Churchwarden at St Nicholas’ Church, Chearsley)

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Save our Surgery Update


Save Our Surgery, together with Unity Health and Long Crendon Parish Council would like to invite you to register to take part in an online public meeting about the plans to build a new community health and wellbeing centre at Greenings, Long Crendon. The meeting will be hosted by the Save our Surgery Group, with a panel of representatives from the Parish Council and Unity Health as well as Alex Bond, from PCMS Design who is developing the plans.

At the meeting there will be information about the proposed building design, which we are hoping to submit to the planning department in March. This centre is envisaged as a community resource for the health and wellbeing of all the residents of Long Crendon and the surrounding areas, and will secure the future of a health service which is located in the village. We need the support of as many people as possible to ensure the proposals move swiftly through the planning process so that the building work can commence before the crucial deadline in December. We will tell you more about how you can help at the meeting and in further communications afterwards. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbours.

The meeting will be online, via Zoom starting at 11am on Saturday, February 27.We are keen to hear your thoughts and welcome questions for the panel which ideally should be submitted prior to the meeting using the Save our Surgery (SOS) group’s email (see below). There will be the opportunity to submit questions and comments on the day via the Zoom chat facility. Spaces are limited, so please register to attend via the following email: - you will be sent a link, code and details on how to join the meeting. You can also check for updates and contact Save our Surgery through our Facebook page: We hope to welcome as many people as possible to this public meeting. We need to spread the word that access to healthcare in this community is still at risk and we need your support more than ever to ensure that this exciting project to provide a new health and wellbeing centre in the village is successful.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Messy Church

Hi everyone,  you may not be aware, but Messy Church has continued through lock-down. We meet on zoom for an hour of fun, friendship and faith with activities like scavenger hunts and quizzes.  This Sunday we will be pretending to be Secret Christians, hunting for evidence of Christianity in our houses and writing messages on toilet paper.  If you would like to come, let know or ring her on 01844 208740 and she can give you an activity bag and the zoom link.  It's for all ages, so do come along.

Hope you can make it



Thursday, 4 February 2021

Chearsley Business Directory

The Parish Council is keen to help our community where it can.

We therefore plan to launch a ‘Chearsley Business Directory’ in the near future, which will be published on the Parish Council website and Chearsley BlogSpot.


It will comprise details of businesses in Chearsley and a message to encourage our residents to look for a supplier of goods and services within our own community as well as looking further afield.


The information to be listed in the directory will include company name and contact details, as well as a description of the goods or services provided.


For a business to be listed in our Chearsley Business Directory, it must fall into at least one of the following three categories:


  • Business owned by a Chearsley resident
  • Business operated by a Chearsley resident
  • Business located in Chearsley village


Some typical examples of businesses appearing in our list might be as follows:


  • Accountancy services and book-keeping
  • Art, design and printing services
  • Cars – e.g. car cleaning, auto repairs
  • Childcare e.g. babysitting, child-minding
  • Computer and IT services
  • Domestic services e.g. house cleaning, window cleaning, pest control
  • Food & drink e.g. pub, village shop, online deliveries
  • Gardening services e.g. grass-cutting, garden upkeep, landscaping
  • Health & wellbeing e.g. fitness classes
  • Household services e.g. building, electrical, plumbing, painting & decorating
  • Personal e.g. hairdressing, manicure, pedicure
  • Pets – dog walking, dog grooming, dog minding
  • Photographic services


….and more besides


We would therefore invite any Chearsley residents, who own or operate a business supplying any goods or services to the village, and would like to be included in our directory, to provide all the necessary information, by completing the form on this link.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Peter Martin RIP

We have just received details of Peter’s funeral arrangements.

The service will be at Aylesbury Crematorium, Watermead, this Friday (5th February) and will be taken by our vicar, Reverend Richard Phillips, starting at 2.30 pm.


The service will be attended by Peter’s family and will, of course, be subject to current ‘social distancing’ guidelines.


However, the family have arranged for ‘livestreaming’ of the service and would welcome any of Peter and Alva’s Chearsley friends sharing the occasion via webcast.


Log-In details are as follows:



Username: Jika1478

Password: 521834


A copy of the service sheet is available on this link.


If you would like to make a donation in Peter’s memory to Oxford Children’s Hospital, please visit:

Monday, 1 February 2021

Parish Council Elections May 2021

We have been advised that, after some further uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Local Elections, including for Buckinghamshire Council and Chearsley Parish Council, will go ahead in May of this year. Some readers may be aware that these elections were originally scheduled for May 2019 but were postponed for 12 months due to planning for the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council, then further postponed last year due to the pandemic. So your current Parish Council will have served for 6 years since the last election instead of the normal 4 years. 

Because of this extended period of office, it is particularly important this year that we do have a contested election to confirm that the people serving as your Councillors do have your support. This of course can only happen if enough electors put their name forward as candidates. There are seven Councillor places on Chearsley Parish Council, and we understand that not all of the existing Councillors are proposing to stand for re-election. We will therefore definitely need new people to get involved. If seven or fewer people put their names forward there will be no election, the candidates will be automatically appointed to the new Council and they will then co-opt at their discretion others to fill any remaining vacancies. Not a very satisfactory situation. 

So please think carefully - could you serve your village in this way? No special skills are required and lots help and guidance, including training if you want it, is available. Training would be funded by the Council. The main requirements are enthusiasm, a determination to keep Chearsley a special place to live and some time to do it. 

Full details of how to put your name forward, the timetable and a nomination pack have been published by Buckinghamshire Council and are available on the PC website here. Our clerk, Helen Spurgeon, may also be able to answer any questions (, or you can speak to any current Councillor. As well as election details, the PC website also provides a lot of other information about the Council activities.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Chearsley Cyclists Action Group


Parishioner, Michael Heybrook, has set up a ‘Chearsley Cycling Action Group’ (CCAG), to promote the interests of the cyclists of our community.


Its scope will cover a range of cycling-related issues, such as providing support for the development of new off-road cycling routes as well as safety issues for cyclists on existing roads in our locality.


The timing of Michael’s initiative is crucial.


‘Active Travel’, or ‘making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling’, has become a much stronger focus of government in recent months, as outlined in a briefing paper published in August last year:


Buckinghamshire Council have a number of major projects under consideration. The ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ covers their involvement in a planned “transformational” cycling/walking route between Milton Keynes and Heathrow Airport.


Of particular interest to Chearsley cyclists, there has been renewed discussion about a cycleway linking Aylesbury, Haddenham and Thame.


A public consultation recently started about an ‘Aylesbury Gardenway’, - a planned 12-mile ‘orbital park encircling Aylesbury and linking it with surrounding villages.


As some may be aware, a project to create a direct cycling/walking link between our village and Haddenham & Thame Station was investigated some years back but no solution was identified at that time, due to a variety of difficulties including regulatory, permissions, financial and routing issues.


For the future, the CCAG will support all local initiatives to create more off-road opportunities for our cycling community and the Parish Council have asked Michael to represent Chearsley on the Haddenham & Waddesdon Community Board ‘Cycling & Walking’ Sub-Group, which is already heavily engaged in progressing the new cycling links between Aylesbury, Haddenham and Thame


Michael would like to invite all Chearsley cyclists, of all ages or abilities, to join the new CCAG and to make sure our village is able to benefit from any new opportunities for development of ‘active travel’ in our locality in the years ahead.


If you would like to join the CCAG or obtain more information, please contact Michael Heybrook at

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Aylesbury Gardenway Plans - Bucks Council requests input

The  latest communication from Bucks Council requesting consultation about the planned Aylesbury Gardenway.

"The Aylesbury Gardenway is the first transformation project to come forward from the Aylesbury Garden Town Masterplan.


We launched a community engagement marketing campaign on 25 November which will remain open until the Friday 26 March 2021.


Due to Covid-19 we are having to engage using digital channels. To assist this we have a dedicated online website,, with an interactive map with a “put a pin in it” function where people can leave their feedback. They can also find out more and sign up to engagement events.


This week we launched a new series of co-design workshops  that will look at the different sections of the route, north, south, east and west. This will give the design team the chance to listen and learn from local people that know the area in more detail. The events will be held online via Zoom from 6 pm to 7.30 pm. Each event will run for one and a half hours each which will include a 10-20 minute presentation by the design team.

Monday 25 January

West Section – Oxford Road to Bicester Road

Tuesday 26 January

North Section - Bicester Road to the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal

Wednesday 27 January

East Section – Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal to Wendover Road

Thursday 28 January

South Section – Wendover Road to Oxford Road

To find out more about the Gardenway visit

To register for one of our community conversations to get involved and to share your local knowledge visit

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Peter Martin RIP


We are deeply saddened to have to report the passing of one of our village’s great characters, Peter Martin, the former headmaster of Chearsley Village School.


As many will know, Peter lost his wife, Alva, just a short while ago in November last year.

Peter came to the school as headteacher in 1959. A photo of the school children, together with Peter and Alva, in that same year is shown below. Peter and Alva held similar views on teaching, including enjoying outdoor activities, not just sitting behind desks, and having fun with the children while they learnt.

Please enjoy some of Peter’s recollections about his time as headmaster in Chearsley on this link.

Peter left his role at the village school in 1966 and spent the rest of his working career in teacher education, demonstrating a real passion for providing our youngsters with the best possible learning opportunities.

Alva and Peter married in 1965 and made their home in Chearsley in 1979. They remained in Bernards Close, Chearsley until Alva needed nursing care two years ago, and they both retired to Hulcott Nursing Home, near Bierton.

While many of us today can boast a little bit of knowledge about many things (usually by courtesy of Messrs Google), Peter knew an awful lot about an incredibly wide range of subjects. A conversation with Peter was often an education in itself, hoping he’ll forgive the metaphor!

Peter was also an accomplished artist, a keen cyclist and a passionate supporter of Sussex County Cricket Club.

We’d like to pass our sincere condolences to Peter and Alva’s family, with the message that they will be sadly missed by our community, especially by the former pupils of Chearsley Village School.

We will pass on further details about Peter’s funeral arrangements as soon as they are available – although they will of course be subject to all current social distancing guidelines.

Chearsley School 1959

Friday, 15 January 2021

January Parish Council virtual meeting

The January Parish Council virtual meeting will be held Monday Jan 18 at 7:30pm. The agenda is here:

The live stream will be as below and it can also be viewed as a recording at your leisure via this same link :

As ever, any questions can be submitted live on the YouTube stream chat or sent in advance to 

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Monday, 4 January 2021

Thank You note from Joy Payne

Dear Chearsley friends.

Leaving Chearsley !

I was overwhelmed and shocked to receive such wonderful leaving gifts.

I had lived in Chearsley for 43 years, it is a very special village like no other !

I am very excited about my new life in Somerset, I will be living close to my brother helping to look after the many animals on the estate he manages.

I look forward to returning to visit the many friends I’ve made along the way.

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

With love and thanks.