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Memorial Service

Sadly, four much-loved members of the Chicheley Village Community died during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, when normal funeral services were not permitted.  

Saint Lawrence Church was filled on Sunday 3rd October 2021 for a Memorial Service to remember the lives of those we had lost during the pandemic:

Paula Blamires

Jo Duncombe

Elizabeth Robertson

Alan Smith

Relatives gave a short eulogy before lighting a candle of remembrance and then singing the favourite hymns of those whose lives we were celebrating.

The Service was followed by refreshments and chance to reminisce in the Village Hall.

Harvest Festival Sunday 26th September

Our annual Harvest Festival will be held in St Lawrence Church at 11:00 on Sunday 26th September.

Due to ongoing Coronavirus pandemic precautions, we can not yet return to our traditional practice of displaying produce that will subsequently be auctioned .  Instead, we encourage the donation of non-perishable foods to be given to the Milton Keynes Food Bank.

2021 Harvest

Lacemaking in Chicheley

This website was recently contacted by Alison Brackenbury.

Alison is a writer and broadcaster who is writing a prose book called 'Village', including a section on a family from Chicheley.

Alison's grandmother, Amy Mary Wright, was born in 1893 and grew up in The Thatched Cottage, Bedlam Lane before moving to Lincolnshire.  Alison is interested in finding information about the Wright family, and in particular lacemaking which her relatives practised.

Her ancestor Arthur Wright was killed in World War 1 and his name appears on the Chicheley War Memorial by the A422, and on the plaque in St Lawrence Church.

Alison has provided photographs and information that will be added to the History section of this website.  Alison would be grateful to hear from anyone who knows who took the photographs.  

Please use the “Contact Us” section of this website if you have any information.

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Free First Aid Training Webinars

ECG Offer Free First Aid Webinars to the Public

Milton Keynes based healthcare training and solutions provider ECG are offering the public the chance to gain first-aid knowledge with their range of free webinars.

The series of seven free webinars will take place online during March and April covering topics such as ‘How to deal with a choking casualty’ and ‘Introduction to first aid for new parents’ to name a few (full list of webinars below).

With more people working from home than ever before, access to a trained first aider has become less and less, leaving many people without any kind of first aid experience or support to call upon in an emergency.

ECG Clinical Director Sophie McCracken said “We believe that having some first-aid knowledge is such a valuable tool to have in all walks of life, and we are really excited that our free webinars can give this opportunity to everybody.

“When working in a larger workplace whether it be an office, school, or retail outlet, you have a least one designated first aider, but what about small businesses, parents at home with children and those that work from home. Lockdown has significantly increased the number of people working from home, so it is more important than ever to have some first-aid knowledge.

“We are covering a variety of first aid topics, but the one I am most passionate about is the new parents one. I have only just come back from maternity leave as my little one is still only 4-months old, but when she was 5 weeks old, she choked on milk. Thankfully, because of my background as a paramedic and the training I deliver, I successfully cleared the obstruction with back slaps. We went to hospital to be checked and all was well, but it could have had a very different ending if I didn’t know what to do so I feel quite passionate about getting this training across to other new parents.” 

Upcoming Webinars – All webinars are a 10am start.

Friday 19th March 2021 – Adult resuscitation and using an AED

Wednesday 24th March 2021 – Introduction to first aid for new parents (infant resus/choking) –     

Friday 2nd April 2021 – How to deal with a choking casualty

Wednesday 7th April 2021 – Recognising and treating anaphylaxis (using EpiPen’s)

Friday 16th April 2021 – First Aid for children under 5

Wednesday 21st April 2021 – Adult resuscitation and using an AED

Friday 30th April 2021 – First Aid – Seizures and the unconscious casualty

 The webinars can be done from home via a laptop, tablet or even a smart phone.

Further details about what each webinar will cover and to book your free place just visit the website at

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ECG are a Milton Keynes based company that is now in its 17th year, with an experienced team of nationwide clinical trainers, predominantly working with health care professionals in primary care. Their multi-disciplinary clinical governance team oversee all course content to ensure the delivery of up to date and best practice techniques. The training is accessible, flexible, and can be provided face to face, online and a blend of both. 

Warm Regards

Tracy Roberts, Public Relations Assistant

07856 337606

Green Bin Garden Waste Collection to Restart from 15th March.

Message from MK Council:

To check collection days please go to:

Managing the backlog may mean lots of waste and potentially some delays. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept bagged green waste in addition to the bins. We know that people may have accumulated green waste during this pause in service, so would ask that you keep composting where you can. 

Household Waste Recycling Centres are open and it is easy to book a slot if there is additional waste that cannot be kept until the service resumes again.

Green Bin Garden Waste Collections Suspended

Message from Milton Keynes Council.

“Food and garden waste collections missed yesterday will not be collected until the reinstatement of the service. The frontline operational workforce were directly impacted as a result of COVID, absence, shielding and self-isolation. This did cause delays to the service.

 Where possible, residents who have green bins out for collection should be advised to take them back in. Waste already within the green bins can stay in situ until collections start again. Future food waste can be placed direct into black sacks for collection.

MK’s HWRCs ‘tips’ remain open, although we do ask residents to consider whether any journey is essential, in light of the national lockdown.  Black bag waste and clear recycling sacks will continue to be collected on the regular collection days.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The areas that were affected yesterday are;

Oldbrook, Fishermead, Bradwell, Bradville, Heelands, Springfield, Woolstones, Bradwell  Common, Campbell Park, CMK, Downs Barn, Chicheley, North Crawley, Cold Brayfield, Newton Blossomville, Clifton Reynes, Moulsoe, Astwood, Middleton, Broughton, Brooklands, Conniburrow.

Thames Valley Police Advice on Lockdown

Message sent on behalf of Chief Superintendent Robert France, Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police’s response to Coronavirus.

“As you will all be aware here in the Thames Valley and nationally we have now entered a period of lockdown to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus.

“Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support throughout the pandemic and your continued support of us and other emergency services by following the government legislation and guidance and staying at home to stop the spread, save the NHS, save lives and protect everyone in our communities.

“We all have a duty to stay at home unless there is a valid reason not to be there. The full details of what you can and can’t do during lockdown are contained on the government pages -

“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage people to abide by the restrictions. Where people have genuinely misunderstood the rules, or where there is an element of complexity, a simple reminder of the regulations is often enough for them to comply.

“However, where we encounter people who are wilfully and blatantly ignoring the laws around Coronavirus we will look to enforce.

“We have now all been dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic for some time, as such many people should be familiar with what is required of them, so where we see people are making a choice and deliberately ignoring the rules they should expect to receive a fine.

“Restrictions on social gatherings and certain businesses remain in place. Gatherings which breach the rules and unlicensed events should not be happening.

“We strongly urge anyone thinking of attending or organising one not to do so. Organisers of such events could be given a substantial £10,000 fine and those attending will face enforcement through a fine.

“We have resources in place to respond appropriately and these will be targeted where the risk to the wider public is greatest.

“We will continue to work with our partners, businesses and the public to protect our communities from Coronavirus."Email tracking gif

Message Sent By

Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Church Service, Christmas Day - Cancelled!

Sadly, because of the new Covid restrictions, the planned Christmas Day service at St Lawrence Church, Chicheley, has been cancelled.

The recorded Midnight Service will be available online.

Despite the restrictions and worries, we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year, as we hope for a return to normalu=ity in the not too distant future.

There will be a traditional Holy Communion Service at St Lawrence Church, Chicheley at 11:00 on 25th December.  Because of Covid restrictions, places are limited and should be pre-booked through Churchwarden Judith Duncombe (number at the back of  SCAN Magazine).

There will also be a Family service at St Laud’s Church, Sherington at 09:30 on Christmas Day, and a pre-recorded Christmas Night Holy Communion for 23:30hrs on 24th December available on the Parish digital platform.

Revised Christmas and New Year Recycling

Act of Remembrance 2020

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The second Coronavirus lockdown prevents our usual Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial and in the Church.  Nevertheless, there will be a very short wreath laying at the war memorial at 10:50 on Sunday 8th November to remember the men of Chicheley who gave their lives for their country in World War 1.

Sir George Farrar        1915

Lewis C B Chester      1918

Ernest T Needle.        1918

E Thomas Rogers.      1915

Greville A B Chester   1914

Arthur W Wright.         1915

G Reginald Brown.      1916

Vesey D Clarke.           1918

We will remember them.

Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph p39 of 6th November 2020

Chicheley Home Guard

Chicheley Home Guard has issued its fifth newsletter as we enter the second Coronavirus lockdown.  It is great to have such a public-spirited support network during these difficult times.

Church Services to Restart in SCAN Parish

The following information has been received from Rev Corlaie Mansfield:

Welcome back into our church buildings!

We are proceeding with our regular pattern with some alterations, with caution and a great deal of hand sanitising and wearing masks.

As a temporary measure we have suspended Evensong in the parish but hope to resume this traditional service as soon as we can.  Toddler Praise will also resume as soon as practicalities permit -so please watch this space

For track and trace we'll need to know if you are coming so please let us know via churchwardens or this website's contact page.

St Lauds, Sherington Something Different on Sunday 6th September at 10.30am

St Firmins, North Crawley Holy Communion on Sunday 13th September at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Holy Communion on Sunday 20th September at 9.30am

St Lawrence, Chicheley Holy Communion on Sunday 27th September at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Something Different on Sunday 4th October at 10.30am (please bring own hot/cold drinks and mugs/glasses for socially distanced natter beforehand!)

St Firmins, North Crawley Holy Communion on Sunday 11th October at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Holy Communion on Sunday 18th October at 9.30am

St Lawrence, Chicheley Holy Communion on Sunday 25th October at 11.00am

At present, sadly, we can have no congregational singing at any of our church services

Autumn in Chicheley

Harvest, berries, and stunning sunsets.

Short Parish Meeting Thursday 20th August

A short Parish Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:00pm on Thursday 20th August, outside the Village Hall.

Further details in Parish section.

Funeral of Mrs Elizabeth “Kipper” Robertson

The funeral of “Kipper” Robertson, one of Chicheley’s oldest and long-term residents, was held in Saint Lawrence Church on 14th July.  Covid-19 regulations restricted attendance to close family, but some of Kipper’s overseas relatives were able to attend.

Kipper led an exciting life, moving to southern Africa as a nurse after WW2 and coming to live in Chicheley in the 1980s with her late husband Robbie.  They were  perenially happy and well-liked members of the Chicheley community and will be missed.   

The Chester Arms to Reopen on 4th July

Re-opening Saturday 4th July!

Bookings for inside only available from Tuesday 30th June

Outside tables un-reservable.

Just in time for Summer’s Arrival, that’s right folks on Saturday 4th July, The Chester Arms is re-opening!!!

To welcome all of our amazing customers back, things will be a bit different, and with the safety of our staff and customers in mind, there will be a few changes including

  • Individually sterilised and packaged cutlery
  • One way system in and out for the toilets
  • Mobile ordering with collection points for outdoor guests
  • PPE worn by staff as well as raised levels of hygiene including sanitising

Our beer garden at the back will have a marquee ready when we open to welcome back those of you longing for a refreshing pint and our amazing home cooked meals whilst enjoying the best of the British summer! .... Hence why we have the marquee!

There will be some tables available to dine in the pub as well, due to social distancing of 1metre+ we have drastically altered the layout and number of inside tables available to ensure those dining inside are safe and secure as well as being comfortable with their surroundings.

New Menu

With our re-opening we are launching a new Summer Menu which will compliment long hot days, outbreaks of rain and everything in between. Some of your old favourites have made their way back to our menu and this will be available for all to view in the next few days.

We also have re-vamped our bar and cellar and are pleased to inform you we are now offering a few new products on the bar too! These new draught products are;

  • Beavertown Neck Oil 4.3% Craft Beer - An easy drinking lighter beer, full of fruity flavours from a brewery taking the south of England by storm!
  • Brixton Brewery Atlantic APA 5.4% - A darker deeper American style IPA with American hops, big on flavour from one of the biggest up and coming breweries on the trendy London craft beer scene
  • Old Mout Berries & Cherries 4% Draught Cider - A fruity little number of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry & Cherry. This pub garden favourite has made the upgrade from our bottle fridge to our bar for good reason!
  • Heineken Extra Cold – How do you make arguably the most recognised and best lager in the world even better? Make it colder of course! That’s exactly what we’ve done by upgrading this tap to produce only the coldest, most refreshing pint of Heineken you can get!

New Opening Times

Monday – Thursday           12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 21:00

Friday.                                  12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00

Saturday                              12:00 - 22:00

Sunday.                                12:00 - 20:00

Making Bookings & Downloading our App

The easiest way to book a table is via our app! At the end of this email you can find download links for both the iOS & Android App stores and easily download our app.

On the app you will also be able to view menu’s, be the first to receive our latest special offers & events. You can also when visiting and sitting outside, pay for and order food & drinks that will arrive at a designated collection point and avoid leaving your seat to get to the bar and maintaining responsible social distancing practices.

At the end of this email you can also find all of our other contact details so you can book with us whichever way is easiest for you!

Kind Regards from Michael & Tracy (Owners) Lara & Tom (Head Chefs) Jamie & Rhys (General Managers) and the whole Chester Arms Team

We can’t wait for you to visit us again! 

Losses in our Community

Very sadly, two residents of Chicheley have died recently.  Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with their families.  We hope to give a fuller commemoration after Covid restrictions are lifted and their memorial services have been held.

We are also aware of residents who are ill, and our thoughts are with them.  It is difficult not being able to visit and give support during the current restrictions.

Chicheley Volunteers Newsletter

Chicheley Volunteers have produced and delivered to all residents their third newsletter during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Contributions to future issues are encouraged and can be sent to and  

The latest issue contains a web link on what can and can’t be done during the pandemic, gardening tips, and articles by vilage children on what they have been doing.  

The newsletter is too big to reproduce in full here, but the Introduction is:

" Welcome to the 3rd edition of our Chicheley newsletter!

When we started in April, it was our intention to temporarily fill the gap of the monthly SCAN magazine and find a way to continue to share local news and connect with each other, as we entered the uncertainty of life in Iockdown.

The response from people in our village has been really positive and so, we are planning to continue the newsletter for the time being.

As a community, we have all been impacted by the pandemic, with some experiencing the pain of loss of loved ones. This was always our worst fear. And yet, the stories of individual and collective acts of kindness, compassion and respect, show the strength of connection in our village; the bond that keeps everyone held in mind.

So here we are now, slowly starting to transition into the next phase of the coronavirus recovery strategy, with some of the restrictions on our daily lives beginning to ease.

Whilst uncertainty and an appreciation of the complexity of the task remain, there is also a curiosity and hope about what the 'new normal’ might look like in the weeks and years to come.

The photos and articles in this edition of our newsletter, show the opportunity we have in creating our ’new normal', where we build on the connections we already share and the contributions we can make to the wellbeing of our community.

The Chicheley Volunteers"

Garden and Food Waste Collection to Restart


Socially-Distanced VE Day Celebrations

The Coronavirus Lockdown resticted but did not prevent Chicheley residents from celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  

The Chicheley Volunteers (aka Chicheley Home Guard) produced an excellent commemorative newsletter and delivered copies to all residents.  

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Many people decorated their homes with flags and bunting.  It was a warm and sunny day to sit in gardens drinking tea (or other beverages), listening to wartime music and chatting with neighbours.  Others walked round the village greeting passers-by and looking at Mike Kettell’s excellent display of models of WWII vehicles, all at the required distance.

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