Monday 20 December 2021

Carol Singing Outside The Bell 8.15 pm Tues 21st Dec

The Witchert Chorale will be singing outside The Bell at 8.15pm Tues 21st Dec. All welcome. Collecting on behalf of UNICEF

Saturday 18 December 2021

Toy Appeal


Apologies that the previous poster had the wrong collection points.

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Special Ringing for Christmas


In recent years, St Nicholas Church has hosted a special peal of ringing in the run-up to Christmas.  It didn't happen last year, but we're pleased to report that on 17th December, starting around 11:00am, we'll have a visiting band ringing a quarter peal to mark the recent St Nicholas Day and to help get us into the Christmas mood.  Do listen out for what promises to be some excellent ringing.

Help the Homeless this Christmas

Dear all,
 As you may know, at Harvest Festival our gifts of food usually go to the Porch centre for the homeless in Oxford.  With Christmas approaching, which can be especially hard for the homeless and vulnerably housed, The Porch is making plans to make the "festive season" as good as possible for the Members. Apart from special meals, everyone attending on the 25th will be given a present. We have been approached to ask if we might like to help with contributing towards small Christmas gifts.  If you would like to help, The Porch have provided a list, which I have copied below.

 Any donations can be left in the food bank box in our church porch and I will separate these out from the foodbank items.  We will take any items donated before Christmas.

 Many thanks,


Personal products (Deodorant, shower gel, shampoo/conditioner)
Underwear (Male & Female)
Flasks/Water bottles
Torches (and batteries)
Pac a Macs
Hot water bottles

                Bars of chocolate

For health and safety reasons, it is very important that the donated items are new and unopened.


Monday 13 December 2021

Festival of Lessons & Carols


Our customary ‘Festival of Lessons & Carols’ took place at St Nicholas Church on Sunday evening (12th December).

The congregation enjoyed a marvellous occasion, including a wonderful performance from our Benefice Choir, with choristers from our three local churches Chearsley, Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon.


Following the service, mulled wine and mince pies were served in the churchyard, with illumination provided by the Christmas Star on the church tower.


Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful evening of celebration.

 Please feel free to visit our beautiful church in the coming weeks and a full list of Christmas services at our three Benefice churches is available here

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Carol Service - This Sunday


Christmas Present?

Local author and illustrator, Lindsey Kennedy and Alicia Howard, are excited to announce the publication of their latest book in the ‘Ruby Long Dog’ series of children’s books – ‘Ruby Long Dog’s First Christmas’.

Call in for coffee and meet Ruby at Great Barn, Chearsley, on Saturday 11
th December, from 10.00 till 1.00, where signed copies will be available @ £9.99.

All the dogs in the books are real dogs, who live with their families in the local area, and ‘Ruby’s First Christmas’ features a familiar Chearsley resident – Freddie Siddall! ‘Ruby Long Dog’s First Christmas’ is the perfect Christmas gift for children and dog loving families to enjoy together.


Tuesday 7 December 2021

Organic Meat reared in Chearsley for sale

A better quality image of the newsletter than blogspot allows is here

The pricelist excluding the discount mentioned above is here

Monday 6 December 2021

Cuddington and Dinton CE School Admissions Policy Consultation

 Admissions Policy - Sept 2023 entry

The Governing Body of Cuddington and Dinton CE School wish to consult on proposed amendments to the School's admissions policy which would take effect from the beginning of the academic year in 2023.  

Please find attached an introduction letter and the draft policy. The consultation period for this policy will run from 6th December 2021 to 17th January 2022. The Governing Body welcomes any comments on the updated policy.  Please send your comments to the school office at making clear that they are for the attention of the Chair of Governors.  

To view the proposed policy please go to the Admissions page on the school website:   

Kind regards,  

Heather Reading
Admissions Governor

Giles Ecott  
Chair of Governors  

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Food and Toys - updated information

Apologies that the previous poster had the wrong collection points

Christmas Services


Monday 22 November 2021

Thursday 18 November 2021

Cuddington Local plan Consultation

 Cuddington Parish Council has produced a Draft Neighbourhood Plan covering the entire parish area. 

The Neighbourhood Plan is being publicised for seven weeks in advance of an examination. The consultation period runs until 7th January 2022.  The neighbourhood plan documents, comment form and further information can be found on the Your Voice Bucks website

Please note all comments must be received in writing by the Council’s Planning Policy Team before midnight on 7th January 2022. Any comments received after this time will not be accepted or taken into account. 

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Monday 15 November 2021

Village Meetings


  1. The monthly village Parish Council meeting is tonight at 7.30pm Monday Nov 15th in the Village Hall. All welcome.
  2. The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee is 7.15pm Thurs Nov 25th in the Village Hall. All welcome.

Sunday 14 November 2021

Chearsley Remembrance Sunday Service 2021

Our Remembrance Sunday service took place at Chearsley Village War Memorial on Sunday morning.

Following the ‘social distancing’ restrictions which applied last year, it was wonderful to return to a more traditional format.

The event was well attended by villagers and refreshments were available in the Village Hall after the service.

A big thank you to all those contributed to this moving and memorable occasion, in particular our Lay Minister, John Scholefield, who took the service, Air Marshall Susan Gray, representing the serving members of the armed forces, and several youngsters from the village, who laid tributes on the steps of the War Memorial.

Youngsters from CHUF (Chearsley & Haddenham Under Fives) also produced a magnificent wreath, which can be seen in one of the attached photographs.

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Saturday 6 November 2021

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Save our Surgery Meeting - Thursday 4th November at 7.30


Long Crendon Save Our Surgery Update

This is a reminder of the meeting tomorrow evening of the Long Crendon SOS Group. 

The Group is working hard to ensure that surgery facilities continue to be available in Long Crendon - the objective being to create a new surgery plus wellbeing centre on the Greenings development in Pinners Way, Long Crendon.

Good progress has been made but more work is needed and time is running short.
If successful this initiative will be of great benefit to many in Chearsley and surrounding villages.  The SOS Group needs and deserves our support.

Please make every effort to go along and hear what is happening, and show your support, including making a contribution to their campaign fund if you feel able.

Meeting details:
Thursday 4th November at 7.30
Long Crendon Baptist Church

More details of the campaign were distributed by letter to all households in Chearsley last week.  A copy that letter is here.

Monday 25 October 2021

Pre-Christmas Carol Concert in Thame Dec 4th

Details as per poster below. If anyone would like tickets, Susan Olding is very happy to buy and deliver these in the village. There will be some familiar Chearsley faces in the chorus ! There will be strict Covid precautions in place, as set out below. 

Sunday 17 October 2021



Friday 15 October 2021

Church Open


Many of us have now heard the very sad news that villager, Les, lost his life in the fire at his home in the early hours of this morning. Sharon and family are all fine, but, understandably, will not be serving coffee and cake this morning. The church will be open all day, and Rev Richard will be serving tea, coffee and cake, from 11.00am – 12.00 pm, kindly provided by Jay at the village shop. Everyone is welcome, and to light a candle for Les today from 5.30 – 6.00 whilst the churchyard team are hard at work outside.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


Thursday 7 October 2021

Messy Church - This Sunday

Come along at 4pm on Sunday to the village hall for our re-launch of Messy Church.  As usual we will have crafts, games and other activities, followed by a short worship and then a pasta meal with cake and fruit.  This month we will be thinking about "light" and making these fabulous lanterns.  There will also be a tent for toddlers to explore, an obstacle course to navigate blindfolded, a Big Bang Box with big questions to debate and more.  We especially welcome anyone who is new to the village.  For more information, please contact or 01844 208740. 


Wednesday 22 September 2021

Thursday 2 September 2021

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Monday 23 August 2021

Chearsley Car Show Sept 12th - can you help ?

Just a quick note to tell you that the arrangements for the Car Show are progressing well. As you may know, all proceeds from the day will be invested in the development of Junior cricket at the club.

A key to the success of our event over the years has been the fantastic support the organisers have received from a large group of ‘Team Chearsley’ volunteers.


Our ‘team leaders’ have already started recruiting volunteers to help during the day. If you haven’t yet been ‘recruited’ and would like to help, please get in touch with one of our ‘team leaders’ below.


Our vehicle registrations are already approaching the 300 mark and we’ve been picking up some good publicity….here’s a couple of examples


You may have seen our new poster on the village green and we’ll shortly be placing other posters at various key locations on approach roads to the village. We’ve just produced a promotional flyer for the event and if you could make use of a quantity, please let me know. Alternatively, feel free to make use of the pdf , available on this link, to produce a noticeboard poster or circulate to friends, family or other potential visitors.


As ever, your support will be greatly appreciated….thanks in anticipation.


The Classic Car Show Team

Thursday 19 August 2021

In memory of Maria Allen Sept 4th 6pm Lammas Cottage

Now that Covid restrictions permit us to gather together again, Emma and Peter would like to invite Maria's many friends in the village and surrounding area to a small celebration of her life.

Saturday 4th September in the garden of Lammas Cottage from 6pm onwards for drinks and nibbles

Fireworks when darkness permits

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Chearsley CCTV Consultation

Communication for Chearsley Parishioners

In a bid to improve security and surveillance opportunities the Parish Council are currently looking at a very advanced CCTV project for the village with the UK security group based in Aylesbury.

The recommendation is to place the CCTV pole just close to the Bus shelter and behind the Post box in order to be able to have good lines of sight towards the Horse chestnut intersection as well as the road exits / entrances to the village green.

Having had this area mapped out by the UK security group its the best location given the ability to also keep the apparatus reasonably accessible and more discreet to those around this area.

The system is technically advanced with the potential to include automatic number plate recognition  ( ANPR ) and is monitored 24 hours a day within the central HQ in Aylesbury.

The technology is such that it has a privacy setting so that it openly looks at the target areas with all housing and gardens blanked out if requested.

It is important to note that no one from the general public including the Parish Council can access these images. It is only if an incident occurs and something is referred to the police that the images can be passed directly from UK Security onto the Police.

UK Security are fully GDPR compliant in how they treat this data confidentially.

I have with one of my colleagues Keith Turnbull recently visited the HQ of the UK Security Group and we were most impressed with the monitoring technology including the ability to go back in time to look at potential issues / incidents (usually 21 days ) that have been identified by reports on the ground by parishioners and also requests from the local police who have established that the route was possibly being used as a regular run for criminal purposes

The project has the full support and encouragement of the police and will undoubtedly give the security of our village a big boost.

We also have a number of testimonials from villages close by who have installed a similar system and all are extremely satisfied with the results achived to date . These testimonials can be made available for public consumption.

Once costs are finalised we are also hopeful that a good proportion of these costs will be met by external grants within Buckinghamshire as well as a contribution from the Parish council.

At the moment installation costs are in the region of 18K (including a provision for electric supply and a hook up to a WiFi router ) and I am confident the lions share can be funded by external grants as I say above , annual running costs will be about 1K

The purpose of this note is to be transparent about our intentions and by bringing this project to the wider Chearsley community we hope to get feedback and constructive comments that will help inform us of the potential support or otherwise that may be out there.

So just wanting to give you, the villagers, a heads up first and seek any initial thoughts before I bring to the full Parish Council for discussion ?? Comments, either supporting or raising questions, as ever please to

Should you wish to visit the HQ of the UK security group this can be arranged and also i am more than willing to have a face to face catch up with anyone if requested and indeed if much interest is noted then either a separate meeting at the village hall or if not a significant item on the PC agenda at our next meeting when all can attend.

Best Wishes 
Nic Brown

Chairman Chearsley Parish Council 

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Changes to the Chearsley News Email - please read

Due to changes made by Google, the company that hosts the Chearsley Blog, it will shortly not be possible for items posted on the Blog to be automatically sent out as 'Chearsley News' emails.  Because of that, we are having to change the way that Chearsley News is distributed.

We initially decided to use a company called follow-it, and you may have seen the one edition of Chearsley News that was issued that way.  We were however not satisfied with the result with lots of advertising everywhere, and so have decided instead to use Mail Chimp - the same platform that we have used for several years for distributing Parish Council communications.  A copy of this message is being issued using Mail Chimp to anyone who was subscribed to Chearsley News via the Chearsley Blog. We have moved your contact details over to Mail Chimp.

If you do not currently get the email but would like to, then send an email to asking to be added.

If you no longer wish to receive Chearsley News by email, you have two options for removing yourself from the mail list. 

Method 1.  Preferred method.  Send an email to telling us that you wish to be removed from the Chearsley News email.  We will then see to it.

Method 2.  Click below on 'unsubscribe from this list'.  HOWEVER - if you use this method, and you currently are also on the Parish Council communications list, you will be automatically removed from both lists.  To avoid unintentional results, we strongly recommend you use Method 1.

We're sorry for any difficulties caused by these new arrangements, but are sure they are the best we can make.

We hope you will stay with us, and continue to enjoy the interesting news stories, information and updates that Chearsley News brings you

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Wednesday 11 August 2021

o Bucks Council survey on bus services - your views requested

o Play around the Parishes

o New blog email distribution 

Bucks Council survey on bus services

Bucks Council are requesting your views on local bus services. The survey will close on Friday 3 September:

Play around the Parishes

Play around the Parishes returns to Ashendon next Wednesday, 18th August from 10am to 12pm.  It's a free event for children aged 1-10 living in Ashendon and the surrounds, with arts and crafts and fun activities.

All the fun takes place on the playing fields in Lower End, HP18 0HE, or in the event of wet weather, Ashendon Village Hall, HP18 0HB. If you are coming by car from the surrounding villages, please park in the Ashendon Playing Field car park.

Play around the Parishes is running 36 play sessions over 19 parishes this summer. All events are free. Details are here and on the Play around the Parishes facebook page

New Email Blog Distribution Mechanism

We have had to change the distribution mechanism as Google are deprecating Feedburner. We are trying Follow.IT so the email may look slightly different and there may be some issues while we adapt to this. However you should be able to still subscribe or unsubscribe to the email feed for new blog posts as before. 

Saturday 24 July 2021

Local road closures for works next week - please read !


Aylesbury Road, Chearsley – Lammas Lane to Cannons Hill (Tuesday 27th July to Friday 30th July)
Plane and patch works using a road closure in operation between 7:00am and 6:00pm.
A418 Aylesbury Road, Haddenham - Pegasus Way Roundabout to Scotsgrove Turn (Thursday 29th July to Friday 30th July)
Surface Dressing works using a road closure in operation between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
Thame Road, Brill – The Old Chapel to B4011 (Friday 30th July to Saturday 31st July) **weekend working**
Surface Dressing works using a road closure in operation between 7:00am and 7:00pm.


Tuesday 20 July 2021

Free online training for support with your community garden/own gardening

Free online training for support with your community garden/own gardening-

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ADULT LEARNING will be providing a series of FREE online, bite-sized workshops to help you develop your gardening knowledge and skills, so your fruit and vegetables thrive.

Places will be limited, to book your place please call the Adult Learning Enrolment Team on 01296 383582 quoting the course code:


Wednesday 21st July 2021


Soil and compost

  • How to make your own compost
  • How to know if your soil is of good quality and improve what you have



Wednesday 21st July 2021


Weeds and pest control

  • Different methods to control weeds and pests
  • How to identify a weed from a plant



Wednesday 28th July 2021


When and how to grow fruit

  • Seasons for growing different fruit
  • Top tips for growing fruit



Wednesday 28th July 2021


When and how to grow vegetables

  • Seasons for growing different vegetables
  • How to save seeds



Community Growing Sites (

Thursday 8 July 2021

Village Update July 8th

o Village Party July 24th

o Chearsley Car Show Sunday 12th September

o Car Security - Protect your Remote Access Keys

o Please Don’t Feed Our Red Kites

o Water leak on Aylesbury Road

o 2nd Speed Indicator Device ordered.

o Roadwork Dates from TfB

Village Party July 24th

Chearsley Car Show September Sunday 12th September

The organising committee of the Chearsley Village ‘Classic & Vintage Fun Day’ are telling car owners and other enthusiasts to put Sunday 12th September in their diaries

The 10th Chearsley Village ‘Classic & Vintage Fun Day’, hosted by Chearsley Cricket Club, is due to take place on that date.

Last year’s show had to be cancelled due to the COVID epidemic but the organising committee are pressing ahead with the planning for the 2021 event, recognising that they may need to modify some aspects of the traditional format of the show in order to meet any required ‘social distancing’ rules and guidelines.

At the last show in September 2019, over 300 vehicles attended the show. At the end of June this year, around 200 owners had already registered their vehicles for the 2021 event.

Registration can be completed online at:

The show will open for the general public at 11.00, and close at 17.00. Entry and parking are free of charge.

In addition to a wide selection of classic and vintage vehicles, visitors will also be able to enjoy a flypast courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and visit arts & craft stalls. There will also be entertainments for youngsters, a programme of live music and a wide range of food and drinks available.

A major feature of this year’s event will be a tribute to one of the show’s founders, Fred Crawford. Sadly, he passed away very suddenly in early June, following a short illness. Fred made a huge contribution to the successful development of the show from its humble beginnings ten years ago.

All funds raised during the show will be invested in the development of Junior Cricket at Chearsley and a donation will be made to a COVID-related charity.

The success of our show is wholly dependent on the support of club members and the local community - over 50 volunteers lent their services on the day at the last event in 2019. Our 'team leaders' will be beginning their recruitment in the weeks ahead. Please help if you can…..

Car Security - Protect your remote Access car keys

The Parish Council has been looking into properly monitored CCTV as a way of preventing the spate of thefts involving lawnmowers, valuables from cars and even the cars themselves. This has been growing rapidly in the area. Keep all valuables out of sight and locked away where possible, whether in your car or on your drive. Furthermore the CCTV security experts we spoke to informed us that many car thefts are carried out by stealing codes from remote access car keys. This is done by the thieves operating a specialised receiver  sitting in a car parked near to your house or car park. Therefore consider keeping your car keys in a RF proof pouch and when at home in a metal container. These are available from Amazon at reasonable cost and are very effective. We heard that 1 individual in Aylesbury has had 3 cars stolen from his house in as many months using this method. 

Please Don’t Feed Our Red Kites

Increasing clusters of Red Kites have been noted in certain parts of the village. They are also dropping what appears to be rotting animal detritus from local feeding into villagers back gardens. The official advice from both the Chilterns Conservation Board and Royal Society for Protection of Birds is not to feed Red Kites. Normally Red Kites shy away from human contact but encouraging them to feed in gardens has lead to increasingly reported accounts nationally of seagull like behaviours where they will snatch food outdoors from a hand or an occupied table. Red Kites are large and strong birds with a 6 foot wingspan and very sharp and powerful talons so close human contact is to be discouraged.

Water Leak in Aylesbury Road

Just for information, the leak almost opposite Willow Gate has been reported multiple times to Thames Water. However no indication of when this will be addressed has been given.

2nd Speed Indicator Device (SID)

Following the positive effect our first SID has had on reducing speeding  traffic in the village,  a 2nd SID has been ordered by the PC and will be installed when it arrives in a 3-5 weeks.

Local Roadwork Dates from TfB

  • Aylesbury Road towards Cuddington- Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 25th August
  • Dark Lane – Thursday 16th September to Wednesday 29th September

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Messy Church this Sunday


So this Sunday, we have lots of free, fun, family activities planned for Messy Church at 4pm outside the village hall. We will be playing spot the difference, trying to "see" 3D pictures, trying braille writing on foil, trying to feed each other blindfold and trying to answer the BIG QUESTION "Why doesn't God heal everyone?". If you have time, can you bring along a pillowcase with items that others can feel and guess what they are. If not, we will have spare. Thanks and hope to see you there. xx

Monday 5 July 2021

Fred Crawford – Funeral Arrangements

Lynsey, Fred Crawford’s daughter, is in the process of finalising arrangements for her father’s funeral.

The service will take place on Friday 23rd July at the Milton Chapel at the Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham at 11.30, followed by a wake at Magnolia Park in the Hughenden Valley.

A copy of Lynsey’s invitation is available on this link.

She would like as many of her father’s friends as possible to attend the funeral, but, as all will appreciate, there is still some uncertainty about numbers allowed to participate at funeral services.

As a result, she has issued a limited number of invitations to family and close friends at this stage.

But there remains a reasonable chance that there may be some relaxation of restrictions on numbers on 19th July, a few days before the day itself.

If you would like to attend the service & reception on 23rd July, please let Lynsey know on 07799 408617 or

For those for whom attendance does not prove possible, Lynsey would like all to know that she is planning to arrange a memorial service and celebration of her father’s life at a later date.

Thursday 1 July 2021


 He found his own way home by 2am.

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Lost Dog - Please Keep a Lookout

Anna and David Taylor have lost their dog (Woody). Last seen at the cricket club and crossing the main road at about 7pm. If you see/find Woody please contact Anna asap. 07979 655648

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Upcoming Chearsley Road Improvements and Dates

Your Parish Council was reassured to read the latest report by Transport for Bucks showing that their programme of works for the months ahead includes overdue repairs to the Aylesbury Road towards Cuddington and Dark Lane in the village.

The time slots given for the works are:


Aylesbury Road - Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 25th August

Dark Lane – Thursday 16th September to Wednesday 29th September


There will be inevitable disruption to our normal car travel during these works and the Parish Council will do its utmost to ensure we have full details of the planned restrictions well ahead of the date.

Up to date information can be found at and searching on Chearsley (or indeed anywhere else in Bucks).




Sunday 20 June 2021

Village Update


  • Theft of lawn mowing equipment from Village Green 
  • Reports of a suspicious individual roaming the allotment and house driveways
  • June Parish Council Meeting
  • Communication from the PM by Gilly Hall Travers

Theft of lawn mowing equipment

Unfortunately there has been more theft in the village. Graham King had a lawnmower and a strimmer stolen at around 1.20pm  on Saturday June19. He was cutting some of the village grass and left a spare mower and strimmer unattended for a couple of minutes next to his van and that was long enough. His van was parked on the grass by the black and white (retro) Chearsley multi-direction sign on the junction at the bottom of Chilton Rd. He’s reported it. If anyone saw anyone or anything unusual at this time please report to the local CPSO Danny Fahy at

Suspicious Individual ?

Also on Saturday, but at 10pm, an unknown man was spotted going into the allotment, then going into the driveways of the new houses nearby and was then last seen heading down Church Lane. He was around 30 wearing a black hat, black coat and trousers and had a dark beard. When challenged he said he was from Cuddington and just looking for unregistered land(?). This has been reported to the local CPSO. Given the amount of petty theft being reported in Chearsley and neighbouring villages please keep your levels of vigilance and security high.

June Parish Council Meeting

This will be held at 7.30 on Monday June 21 and will be live streamed on Please send comments, information or questions to

Communication from the PM by Gilly Hall Travers

"Boris and I met on the set of Have I For News For You when he was our Christmas host and I was the Executive Producer. When we chatted in the Green Room after the show we discovered we had both studied Classics at University. Boris at Balliol, Oxford Classical Philosophy and Ancient Literature and myself at Royal Holloway

Latin and Ancient Greek.


So I sent Boris a copy of my Cookery Book 'Italian and Roman Feasts' – it has an underbelly of Roman Cookery but transported into the modern day Italian kitchen.


I said in my missive that that I was donating my royalties from my cookery book and my little novel The Unforgettable Affair to the Captain Tom Foundation for COVID and I thought it might give him a little diversion and cheer. The reply from his office is below"