Saturday 9 December 2023

Carol Service tomorrow

 Don't forget our service of Lessons and Carols tomorrow at 7pm in our beautifully dressed and candle lit church.

Farm shop open 9/12 10-12


Saturday 9 December 10am- 12pm. 

If you can brave the grim weather, you will find lots of delicious beef and lamb - perfect for roasts, casseroles, shepherd’s pies and otherwarming winter dishes!
Local, healthy food for all the family, what could be better? Apart from the weather!

I also have organic sheepskins and fresh apple juice from our organically grown apples. Mixed with sparkling water, ice and a sprig of mint, this makes a wonderful non alcoholic cocktail! 

A berry laden hedge on the farm! We have lovely flocks of redwing and fieldfares arriving to feed on them. They spend the summer in the far north and come down to enjoy our mild (if a bit soggy) winters. 

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Christingle this Sunday

 This Sunday we have our beautiful Christingle service at 4pm where every child will be able to decorate and light an orange and if you are lucky they might share the sweets with you, or at least the raisins! Then we will go outside and count down to the lighting of our giant star. Donations to the Children's Society.

Friday 24 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

This Sunday


Manor Farm shop 10-12 Saturday Nov 18

Reminder - Rose Dale’s farm shop will be open from 10am-12pm tomorrow, Saturday 18 November with fresh beef and lamb, apple juice and organic sheepskins available.

Monday 13 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday

Yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday service at the village War Memorial yesterday was well supported by our community.

Once again, the service was taken by our Lay Minister, John Scholefield, who recalled all those from our village who sacrificed their lives during both World Wars.

Air Marshall Sue Gray led the laying of the wreaths, including a number of our village youngsters, and John Lewis kindly organised all the necessary technical support.

Following the service, many joined our ‘Chearsley Remembers’ celebration at the Village Hall. Thanks to the many who helped in providing ‘refreshments for the troops’.

The event provided those attending with an opportunity to enjoy a fascinating range of ‘memorabilia’, providing broader insights into the realities of life in those difficult times. In particular, Fenella Tillier, Gladys Arnott, John Scholefied and Alan Mitchener shared memories from their own families’ involvement during the Great War.

Alan also paid his own tribute to a number from our own community who gave such valuable service to their country during World War Two, as well as sharing with us some of his own still vivid experiences living as a young child in London during those difficult years.

He also urged us to remember all those who have suffered in the many conflicts which have taken place since that time and indeed continue to do so to this day.








Wednesday 8 November 2023

Monday 6 November 2023



10-12pm at Manor Farm, Chearsley.

Fresh beef and lamb and freshly pressed apple juice. All organic and nutritious and delicious! 


Try a box of beef with mince, stewing steak, roasts and prime steaks or a mixed box of beef and lamb. To suit your budget and taste - see my website for details 
Feel free to email and tailor your box. 

With colder days setting in why not try a beef stew? 

500g for just £8.50 - this will feed the family and it's packed full of protein iron and essential fatty acids! Brown the meat, add onions, carrots, potatoes or dumplings, bay leaves, stock, a dash of wine and leave to slow cook - you can’t go wrong!

Or if you would rather just pop something in the oven - a roast is the ultimate easy meal! 

Monday 30 October 2023

Monday 23 October 2023



10-12am Manor Farm, Chearsley

Lots of delicious this season and yearling lamb.
This is herby and full of flavour.

I also have a small amount of beef 

A new batch of aged beef coming in a few weeks - feel free to order your box now for winter stews and roasts - delicious!)

Plus delicious organically grown apple juice, freshly pressed and locally pasteurised, it will keep for up to 2 years out of the fridge. 


These are £300 including VAT and have been hand processed in Somerset by the only organic tannery in England.
They are tanned using citric acid and mimosa bark and no horrible chemicals so are perfect for snuggling up on or for a new baby.

All meat prices on

Saturday 21 October 2023

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2023

Remembrance Sunday takes place in a few weeks’ time and once again we have a team of volunteers who’ll be calling on homes in the village to collect donations for the Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal 2023’.

The village collection will start on Thursday 26th October, so you can expect a visit from one of our volunteers – Alex How, Geoff Olding, Gill Wight, Karen Vear, Ruth Holland or yours truly.

Sharon will also be organising a collection at The Bell from that date.

Our Church will again be organising a special service at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday (12th November) and this will be followed by refreshments at The Village Hall, during which there will be an exhibition of memorabilia, provided by a number within our community.

More details will be published shortly and we would of course be delighted if any in our community would also like to share any of their own memories.

Please support this very worthy cause.

Kind Regards

John Howard
Great Barn

Monday 16 October 2023

Saturday 7 October 2023

Bell Ringing


On a few occasions during the year, St Nicholas's Church hosts some special belling ringing.  Starting around 10am on Monday 9th October, a visiting team of skilled ringers will be attempting to ring a full peal.


A peal is a non-stop sequence of a minimum of 5,000 changes where each sequence is different and cannot be repeated. This takes around three hours to ring and is the bell ringers' equivalent of a marathon, requiring concentration and stamina to complete the peal.


Please do listen out for what promises to be some excellent ringing.

Thursday 28 September 2023

St Nicholas




10-12am Manor Farm, Chearsley

Fresh beef including steaks, roasts, mince and diced.

I also have delicious apple juice and lamb.


These are £300 including VAT and have been hand processed in Somerset by the only organic tannery in England.
They are tanned using citric acid and mimosa bark and no horrible chemicals so are perfect for snuggling up on or for a new baby.

All meat prices on

Wednesday 27 September 2023

Thursday 21 September 2023

Friday 15 September 2023

Manor Farm pop up Sat 16th Sept

 Pop up Shop Open This Weekend

I will be doing a pop up stall this Saturday 16 September from 9am to 12.30pm at the fantastic farm shop at Bucksum, Long Crendon.  I will have fresh lamb and some beef and they have lots of lovely homegrown veggies and fruits along with local milk, bread and cheeses. Do come along if you can. You can also place orders by email if you would rather collect from the farm or I can deliver locally. Drop me a line at 

Thursday 7 September 2023

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Wednesday 30 August 2023

Chearsley Village Show - Sat Sept 2 @Village Hall

Thanks to those who have already entered the revived Chearsley Village Show.    

It's going to be a great day! 

We have had several people get in touch to say they are away, so we are pleased to announce the deadline for entering has been extended to midday Friday September 1st.

The Show has run for many years but due to COVID and key members of the committee deciding not to continue, the last one was held in 2019.    But this year it is back!
Please support this traditional community event.  Whether you are new to the village or lived here for years, all are welcome.
Even if you do not want to enter yourself, please come along on the day. 
If you would like to enter, you will need to refer to the programme which provides all the details.  A copy is here:
Here are the links to the entry forms:
      Adult’s Form: 
      Children’s Form: 
If you want to enter online, each entrant will need to complete a separate form but it is very quick and easy. 

You can of course still enter with the paper form delivered with your programme if you wish.

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Roadworks - Church Lane & Aylesbury Road

 1.  Church Lane - delays

The Parish Council is having kerbing installed in Church Lane between 11 and 14 September

The Lane will not be closed and the contractors will manage traffic with either traffic lights or stop/go boards. Please be prepared for short delays.

2.  Aylesbury Road - road closed by the Old Vicarage to/from Cuddington

We have been advised by Thames Water of works in Aylesbury Road that will require a road closure to be put in place between 16 October and 24 November 

This is to enable replacement of the previously burst water mains in the area.  They will be replacing the previously burst pipes with polyethylene pipes so they will be more durable and last longer. 
Details of the works location and the traffic management plans showing the diversion routes are here

Thursday 17 August 2023

Gilly Travers


A celebration of the life of Gilly Travers will take place on Thursday 31st August to which all her friends and acquaintances are invited. 

More details and a tribute to Gilly are available on this link.


Tuesday 15 August 2023

Chearsley Longhorn beef

 Chearsley Longhorn beef

I am collecting a batch of my delicious grass-fed beeftomorrow. I’ll have steaks and joints etc. The perfect fast food - it’s easy to put on the grill, barbecue or pop in the oven and it’s packed with essential nutrients that you simply don’t get from beef that is finished on grain or grazed on monocultures. 

Our fields are filled with lots of different plants and wild herbs. This creates healthy soil with a healthy micro biome that in turn provides essential bioavailable nutrients to the plants and animals feeding on it and of course it makes the meat more flavoursome.

Please visit to order or email me and come round to collect. 
Thank you,
Rose Dale

Friday 11 August 2023

Monday 31 July 2023

Gilly Travers

Many in our community were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gilly Travers.

Gilly died recently after a short illness. Details of her funeral arrangements will be available shortly.

Gilly was a wonderful, often outrageous character, who brought sparkle and fun to all the company she kept.

Our heartfelt condolences go to her family – husband, Mark, son Marcus and his partner, Anna, who are due to be married this Saturday,

We are indebted to Mark who, at this sad time, has been able to share with us some of the many highlights of his beloved Gilly’s life.

“Gilly was born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire in March 1960 and lived her early years in Maidenhead and later Marlow.

Following her school years, she read Classics at Royal Holloway College, where she graduated.

Her working career began with a job in high fashion, working with the likes of Jasper Conran and Georgina Godley in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, then becoming a director of a company with diverse interests, including managing the UK’s first certified organic farm which she visited (in heels rather than wellies!).

I met Gilly in 1992 when she started a job at the BBC in Oxford, where I was chief engineer. Her early role was covering for the administrator while she was attached to BBC at Caversham Park in Berkshire.

We then married and our son Marcus soon arrived.

Gilly then got a job in a finance role for BBC Daytime TV, where her inventiveness enabled programmes such as ‘Doctors’ to be commissioned on a very limited budget. Her commute required a move of house and I found a lovely cottage (The Thatches), which became our home in Chearsley.

She then moved on to BBC Entertainment as an Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor. She began to commission programmes that included the likes of ‘Three Men in a Boat’, ‘Only Connect’, ‘Frost on Sketch Shows,’ ‘Come Fly with Me’, ‘Frank Skinner on George Formby’, ‘Schools Out’, ’The Vera Lynn Story’ and ‘Dave Allen - Gods Own Comedian’.

She also produced numerous longstanding programmes ,such as ‘Would I Lie to You’, ‘Mock the Week’, ‘University Challenge,’ Have I got News for You’,’ Master Chef’ and many more.

Sadly the BBC, in its wisdom felt people no longer needed to be entertained and made Gilly redundant.

In latter years, Gilly turned her hand to writing and wrote a book on Roman cookery called ‘Italian and Roman Feasts’, with many illustrations by Alicia Howard, followed by a novel, ‘The Unforgettable Affair’.

Sadly, she recently became unwell and was admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where she died in my arms on Sunday 23rd of July.”

In 2009, Gilly joined with a number of her girlfriends (a.k.a. ‘Chearsley Calendar Girls’) to produce a now legendary calendar ‘Chearsley Uncovered’, to help raise charitable funds in memory of a dear friend, Jacqui Brown, who had recently passed away.

Rest in peace ‘Miss March’.

Thursday 27 July 2023

Friday 30 June 2023

Farm shop - this weekend - Saturday 1st July 10-12 at Manor Farm, Chearsley.

We have fresh beef in the fridge and plenty of lamb in the freezer. 

We also have our farm apple juice.
All our meat is pure grass-fed and organic and packed with nutrients!
Wildlife-friendly, high welfare meat that is produced without costing the earth. 

Miranda from Pied Beauty Flowers (sustainable flowers grown just outside Thame) will also be selling some lovely blooms!

Hope to see you,
Rose Dale

Tuesday 27 June 2023

Saturday 24 June 2023

Friday 23 June 2023

Manor Farm shop this w/e : 10-12 SATURDAY 24th June

 Farm shop this weekend

Manor Farm Chearsley 10-12 SATURDAY 24th June

I have a fresh batch of delicious Gotland lamb - everyone who had it last year said it was very delicious.
These sheep like nibbling hedgerows and thistles as well as grass so I am sure the meat is full of nutrients.

Mainly lamb this weekend, a little bit of beef and apple juice.  
I have racks of lamb (very easy to pop in the oven for a luxurious supper for 2 and plenty of chops and neck fillets for the barbecue. Shoulder of lamb is also brilliant on the barbie. All of it is nice and lean because they have only been fed on pasture and not fattened up on grain so it’s really healthy. 

Fresh beef next weekend!

On the farm this week - 

We have a good variety of summer butterflies enjoying the wildflowers with a mass of ox eye daisies studding the fields, along with other midsummer wildflowers like lady’s bedstraw and red campion. The meadows change as the flowers come and go and look slightly different each week. 

I’ve seen blues, red admirals, skippers and marbled whites along with the more common butterflies like meadow browns and whites. There are lots of small dragonflies which are actually demoiselles (dragonflies rest with their wings perpendicular to their body and demoiselles close them parallel to the body). I am sure you will spot some if you walk along the footpaths.  

The lovely spell of hot weather allowed us to make our first cut of hay - just in time because the tractor broke down part way through so we were unable to turn it until it was fixed and rain was fast approaching. I wish it had rained more but at least we got 7mm. However it has been very dry and we need a few good downpours to encourage the pastures to keep growing. We have not yet got half of our winter food (hay and silage) requirement made. Our 3 latest calves are growing fast, you can see them in the field by the footpath. 

Andrew has spent the day ear tagging the lambs. I am going to register the best females with the breed societies and hope to sell some for breeding. If anyone wants some special rare sheep, let me know! I think they are gorgeous and much better than having to mow a large lawn!

PS please do have a look at my new website and you can sign up to a not too frequent newsletter which will be full of interesting stuff about the farm and farming - when I find the time to write the first one! And of course some lovely pictures of the animals and the beautiful nature on our doorstep. 

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Any Interest in a Series of Village CPR Classes ?

 A few years back we ran a series of CPR classes of about 1 hour. These were well attended and received very well. While we now have 2 defibrillators in the village, CPR is very effective to keep the blood supply flowing to the brain in the vital minutes ahead of an ambulance arriving if you can’t easily access a defib in an emergency. The PC is looking at sponsoring another set of classes to be given by Kevin Dennington if there is sufficient interest on a weekday evening in the village hall. If you and/or a family member are interested please contact or comment below so we can gauge demand and follow up.

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Results of the online Village CCTV survey held in early 2023


Early this year the Parish Council held an online survey to understand the feelings of villagers regarding CCTV.

The overall results were given in a PC meeting and minuted but to make sure everyone is aware of the full results here they are.

In answer to the final question: “Overall – I am in favour of installing new CCTV in Chearsley” there were 97 responses in total.

Strongly agree              46         47.42%

Somewhat agree          24         24.74%

Neutral                           7           7.22%

Somewhat disagree        7           7.22%

Strongly disagree         12         12.37%

N/A No Opinion            1            1.02%

Therefore overall a majority of  72.16 % in favour and 19.59 % against.

Tuesday 30 May 2023

Manor Farm shop open this weekend June 3 from 10am - midday

Manor Farm shop open this weekend June 3 from 10am - midday at Manor Farm, Chearsley. 

Dear all,

This year's lambs are growing well and remarkably fast. We’ve just had another calf to a first time mum, the little white heifer with no horns and black ears. He was a big boy so it was a job getting him out but he arrived safely, well done to Andrew. The cowslips are over and have been replaced by a sea of yellow buttercups. I love the way the meadows change over the season. 

I have a fresh delivery of lamb coming, almost the last of last years. 

Later in June, I will have more beef and only have a very small amount left now. Please come to the farm shop, I am opening this Saturday 3 June 10am until midday. Feel free to walk down the drive or up the track. Miranda will bring some of her flowers and I have apple juice too and Alla will make some fresh mayonnaise using 100% olive oil, it’s delicious. 

 All the best Rose

Thursday 11 May 2023

Annual Village Meeting Monday 15th May 7pm

The annual Village Meeting is a great way to hear about what's going on in the village and a great opportunity to offer your thoughts and suggestions.

It's facilitated by the Parish Council, but is not a Parish Council event.

It's an open meeting where anyone can contribute.  We already have some speakers arranged and if you would like to say a few words about your organisation or group, please let us know and we'll add you to the list (village-meeting@chearsley.comHowever if you just want to ask a question or make a point, feel free to raise it on the evening during the Open Forum.

The meeting is on:

Monday 15 May, 7.00pm , in the Village Hall

The agenda, including details of the current list of speakers, is here

Cuddington Cinema Monday May 22nd 1.30pm

Cuddington Matinee Cinema.On Monday 22nd May at 1.30pm (doors open 1.00pm) in the Bernard Hall, the 2020 British comedy-drama film, The Duke will be shown. The film directed by Roger Michell deals with the 1961 theft of the Portrait of the Duke of Wellington. The film stars Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode.

Entry £7 (£5 for Sunshine Club members) includes tea and cake at the interval.

Thursday 4 May 2023

Wednesday 3 May 2023


Tuesday 18 April 2023

Saturday 22 April - Pop up Manor Farm shop with Chearsley farm produce !

Hello everyone,

We have had a very busy time with lambing and now have just 4 sheep left to lamb! I expect many of you have seen them out in the fields - with the occasional escape artist on the footpath!

Spring is here, with bursting buds, blossom and birdsong. We have some delicious meat which will be available to buy at the farm in my ‘pop up shop’ on Saturday 22nd morning from 10-12am - I have beef and lamb and apple juice. If you’d like to order in advance, just drop me a line.

I hope to see some familiar faces and some new ones. I am thinking of making this a regular event so please spread the word (feel free to forward this email) and soon my new website will be up ( with information about produce, farm walks and shop times if you sign up to the newsletter.

All information about produce is below - I can deliver locally if you would prefer.
If anyone else would like to bring produce to sell, they are welcome. Also a local friend who grows sustainable flowers plans to be there with her beautiful blooms. Please come along! 
All the best

Rose Dale’s Organic Farm

We farm with nature in mind. Our farm is organic certified and our livestock are certified pure grass-fed. We aim to regenerate soil health, minimise carbon and increase biodiversity while producing healthy nutritious food. All our animals are born and raised on the farm.

Pure grass fed heritage breed lamb, hogget and mutton
Traditional breeds 

Half a lamb or hogget at £130-£150 depending on weight
I mainly sell lambs or hoggets (larger, year-old lambs) as half a carcass (all expertly butchered and packed). 
Half an organic lamb is usually £130 and includes a shoulder, leg, rack of lamb, 6 chops, neck chops, a pack of diced and a pack of mince - and liver if you would like it.

Feel free to add in extra items or some beef with your lamb order.

Individual lamb, hogget or mutton cuts 
Leg £22.50
Shoulder £19.50
Chops/Barnsley chops £25
Rack of lamb £32
Cutlets £32
Neck fillet £27.50
Neck chops £15
Diced lamb £25
Minced lamb £17
Liver £15
Heart £2.50
Kidneys £2.50 for 2

English Longhorn organic beef
This is particularly prized with wonderful marbled meat. 
I really prefer to deliver boxes (to save time) but am happy to tweak the contents - feel free to specify your favourite steaks, joint or the weight of joint you want and I will do my best! Buying a box of packs or several items at a time will mean you have it ready to use in your freezer when you next feel like some delicious beef!

Feel free to add in extra items or some lamb with your beef order.

Luxury box about £115-£160 depending on weight and exact contents
Rib eye, sirloin or fillet - 2 packs of 2 steaks
1 x Topside or roast  
1 x Slow roast 
2 packs of diced 500g
4 packs of mince 500g

Standard box about £105-£125 depending on weight and exact contents
Rump - 2 packs of 2 steaks
1 x Best roast 
1 x Slow roast 
2 packs of diced 500g
4 packs of mince 500g

Mini box about £70-90 depending on weight and exact contents
1 x pack of steaks
1 x best roast 
1 x slow roast 
1 x pack diced 500g
2 x mince 500g

Individual beef cuts 
Fillet £60
Rib eye £37.50
Sirloin £37.50
Rump £27
Topside or top rump or back rib roasting joint £22
Silverside £17
Brisket £16
Diced £17
Mince £13
Bones for broth £10

Chearsley apple juice -  I have delicious apple juice - £4 each or £40 for 12 bottles. It is not certified organic because of expense certifying the pressing but it is pressed separately in a clean apple press at the beginning of the pressing day and all is grown organically at our farm.