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Fireworks - advance warning

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There will be a fireworks display at Chicheley Hall between approximately 9:30 and 11:00pm on Saturday 16th November after a wedding.

Please be prepared and in particular take care of pets that may be scared.


Hobbies and Interests Exhibition - 16th November

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Another exhibition will be held in the Village Hall on 16th November.  

Previous years have included vintage motorcycles, model railways, sewing and weaving, collections of model trucks, and miniature steam engines.

Please contact Mike on 01234 391080 for further information.

Tea and cakes are usually served.

Fireworks

IMG 5095Please be advised that will be a short firework display at Chicheley Hall on Saturday 26th October starting at 21:15hrs for 10 minutes.

Harvest Events - 13th, 14th & 19th October

Harvest Festival will be held in St Lawrence Church at 6pm on Sunday 13th October.  This service remains an important community event as Chicheley is an active farming village surrounded by arable crops.

Produce donated for the Harvest Festival will be auctioned in the Village Hall on the evening of Monday 14th October.  Proceeds will be used for the maintenance of our historic village church.

Harvest Supper will be held in the Village Hall on the evening of 19th October.  Please call David on 01234 391371 to book places.   This is a meal not to be missed!!!!!!

These events are open to all.  If you live in Chicheley and have never taken part, please join in.  They are always very friendly and enjoyable evenings.


Quiz Night - 5th October

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There will be a Quiz and supper in the Village Hall on the evening of Saturday 5th October.

Anyone who has been to previous events knows this is a really enjoyable and sociable family evening.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from Alan and Judy on 01234 825075 and David on 01234 391371.


St Lawrence Day - 11th August


Our village church’s Patronal Day was celebrated as usual by sharing a delicious cake baked by Felicity and a glass of sherry after the service.

Something New In The Fields

Crop rotation and soil conditioning brought Chicheley an attractive change from the usual wheat, barley, oil seed rape and beans.  The field to the west of Bedlam Lane was dotted with blue flowers during the spring, and sunflowers during the summer.  

Good Hiking Weather

The summer weather encourages an increasing number of walkers, with and without dogs, to enjoy the footpaths around Chicheley.  The footpaths are dry, clear and in good condition, the crops are ripening, and there are plenty of wildflowers.



Although farming around Chicheley is mainly arable, there are sheep and occasionally cattle in some of the fields.  Dog walkers are requested to keep their dogs on a lead when passing through fields where there are farm animals.  This is part of the “Countryside Code”.

Not all paths and tracks are public rights of way.  Please stay on the footpaths and bridleways that are marked clearly on Ordnance Survey maps and with waymarking signs.    

Coffee Morning Saturday 25th May 2019

A coffee morning, with the usual selection of Chicheley’s famous cakes, will be held between 10:30 and 12:00 in the Village Hall.

Thames Valley Police - Community Volunteer 2019

Congratulations to Robert Ruck-Keene who has been named Community Volunteer of the Year for 2019 by Thames Valley Police in recognition of his contribution to crime prevention. .

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Are you lost?

Our Police Community Support Officer, Arlene Ormston, has sent helpul information on an alternative to map coordinates if you are lost, or want to report an accident or crime.

If you are in a built-up area, it is usually possible to know your location from street signs.  However, that is not an option on rural roads or footpaths and bridleways. 

If you have a vehicle or hand-held GPS, or a smart phone application, you can find your map coordinates from the device as either Latitude and Longitude or British National Grid reference.  

A relatively new alternative for identifying location is What3Words, which is available as a free download on smart ‘phones. What3words divides the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigns each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.   An increasing number of emergency services are using What3words. 

https://what3words.com/ or https://map.what3words.com

For example, the location of the war memorial in Chicheley is “sandals.campfires.continued”.

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Easter Events

There was a Compline Service at St Lawrence Church on the evening of 15th April, and a Communion for Maundy Thursday on the evening of 18th April.

Chicheley’s traditional Good Friday Tea was held in the Village Hall on the afternoon of Good Friday, 19th April, with the usual surfeit of superb cakes and pastries.  As always it was very well attended.  The photo below was taken at the start.  By the end the cakes had gone but the room was full.


Funeral of Jacky Kettell 0n 4th April 2019

Chicheley lost one of its long-term residents and stalwart members of the community with the passing of Jacky Kettell.  

Jacky and her husband Michael moved into Chicheley in 1970 and Jacky was very active in the community.  Jacky was a staunch member of the Village Hall Committee.  In addition to helping organise events, Jacky was famous for her cooking.  Her blackberry and apple crumble, made exclusively from local ingredients, was one of the editor’s favourites.

Jacky had a great sense of humour, but was also “straight talking”; characteristics that won her many friends.  She will be sadly missed by all of them.  Jacky will be remembered with great affection.

Sincere condolences to Michael and all of Jacky’s family.

Burns’ Night

The first village function of 2019 will be the traditional Burns’ Night supper with Haggis and alternative options.   It will be held from 7pm on Saturday 26th January in the Vilage Hall.  Please call David Robertson on 01234 391371 to secure your tickets for this popular event.  

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Christmas Wine & Cheese

A wine and cheese party to raise funds for St Lawrence Church was held by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs R Ruck-Keene.  A great time was had by all, despite the miserable weather outside.

Advent Service at St Lawrence Church

There was a variation from our traditional Carol concert on 9th December when instead we held an Advent Service with readings and hymns.  The service was followed by mulled wine and mince pies, enjoyed by the large congregation.

Chicheley’s Own “Call The Midwife"

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Congratulations to Carol Duncombe, whose memoir as a midwife has recently been published in paper and as an eBook.

Carol worked as a midwife for 45 years until retiring in 2016. She has lived in Chicheley for most of that time. During her career, Carol delivered over 2,000 babies.

Carol will be signing copies of her book at the Coffee Morning in the Vilage Hall between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 24th November.  She is already busy with the second volume.

“A Midwife’s Memoir” is published by Austin Macauley Publishers:

ISBN 9781788789622 (Paperback)

ISBN 9781788789639 (Hardback)

ISBN 9781788789646 (E-Book)

Annual Hobbies & Collections Exhibition

The third hobbies and collections exhibition organised by Mike Kettell will be held in the Village Hall between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 17th November.

These events have always been popular, and have attracted specialist collectors and passing motorists in addition to local residents

Displays are expected to include model railways, a vintage motorcycle, specialist collections of model cars and lorries, astronomy and model steam engines. 

Refreshments will be served, and proceeds will go to the Village Hall and charity.

Remembrance Sunday and 100th Anniversary of the End of World War 1


The annual Remembrance Day wreath laying took place on 11th November at the Wayside Cross.  To mark the 100th Anniversary of WW1, the names of relatives of current Chicheley residents who lost their lives on active service were also read out, in addition to the names of the men of Chicheley recorded on the memorial and in the church.

We appreciate the respect shown by those drivers on the A422 who slowed down when they say the service in progress. 

During the service in the church, candles were lit by the memorial plaque.

 

On the afternoon of Saturday 10th November, there was an exhibition of memorabilia relating to Chicheley during WW1 and its residents who fought and died in the service of their country.


Message about “Rough Sleepers”

"I work as part of a team of outreach workers who help support people who are rough sleeping off the streets. This is just a message to give your community an idea of what to do if you see someone in a tent or rough sleeping. 

One of the things you can do is report the tent/rough sleeper on a public site called "street link". This gives me and the team info on location of the individual and a tent description etc.  We as a team have 10 days to respond to this, or you can contact the MK council directly who then contact us. 

Could this information be passed on to you local community please?"  Josh Beaty