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Cinema Evening - 29th October

The Chicheley Vintage Cinema will return to the Village Hall on Saturday 29th October from 7pm.

There will be a selection of movies of local events from the past, short films made by a local amateur dramatic group, plus no doubt some mystery “shorts” such as vintage cinema advertising.  

Entrance is £5/person with a separate charge for Fish & Chips or Burger & Chips that will be supplied from The Chester Arms.

For information and Tickets, please contact David robertson on 01234 391371 before 23rd October.  

Quiz Evening - 15th October

Quiz Brain

After a long break through the Covid pandemic, the Chicheley Quiz returns to the village hall at 7pm on Saturday 15th October.

Teams of up to 6 people.

£10 per person entrance including the meal.


Tickets from Judith Duncombe 01234 714615

Harvest Supper - 8th October

Lent Lunch

At Chicheley Village Hall from 7.00pm for 7:30pm.

Tickets £10/-erson from David Robertson 01234 391371.

Harvest Service and New St Lawrence Banner

1910s - Chicheley - Lennie Wright and son Sid

Chicheley’s annual Harvest Festival service will be held at St Lawrence church at 11:00am on Sunday 25th September.  This has always been an important event for rural villages surrounded by fields of arable crops. 

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The banner shown in the black and white photograph from the 1910s is carried ahead of the priest and choir at the start of church services, and at important or historic events such as the dedication of the war memorial or “Wayside Cross”.

After more than 100 years of use, the old banner has become too frail to be repaired again and will be retired and put on display in St Lawrence Church.

It will be replaced by a brand new banner purchased from generous donations by those who attend church in Chicheley.  The new banner shown above will be blessed and brought into service by the Venerable Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham during the Harvest Festival.

Commemoration Service at North Crawley

Afternoon Teas - 13th August.

Pierre and Christine Girard are kindly hosting Afternoon Teas in their garden at Newgate Cottage on Saturday 13th August from 3.00 to 5.00pm.  

In the event of bad weather, the teas will be held in the Village Hall.

Admission £10 for adults and discretionary £5 for children.   Funds raised will be in aid of the upkeep of St Lawrence Church. 


ChichChat - Tuesday 9th August

The regular social gathering of Chicheley residents and friends will be held at the Village Hall between 10:30 and 12:30 on Tuesday 9th August.

Jubilee Concert - Letter from MK Chorale

I write to tell you about Crowning Glory, a concert to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in Milton Keynes Theatre on Sunday June 5th at 7:30 pm, in the presence of Lady Howe, the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. The concert will raise funds for Willen Hospice through a retiring collection, and any profit from the concert will also go to the Hospice.

Presented by Milton Keynes Chorale with the support of three other choirs and Alina Orchestra, the concert will be a glorious feast of music drawn from coronations through the ages, from the splendour of Handel’s coronation anthem Zadok the Priest, the emotion of Elgar’s Nimrod, to the rousing spirit of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance No 1. The concert will include some of the magnificent music heard by the Queen at her coronation on 2nd June 1953.

Many parish and town councils in and around Milton Keynes are organising a Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5th. We think the concert would be a wonderful way to round off the celebrations.

We would be very grateful if you could share the news about the concert in any way possible, to maximise the funds we can raise for Willen Hospice. A poster and image for online use are attached. If you would like one or more printed posters to display, please let me know.

Tickets are available at

With best wishes,

Will Swann

Chair, Milton Keynes Chorale

Platinum Jubilee Festivities at The Chester Arms

Bizarre!  No matter how we edit, this image will not orientate correctly!

Chicheley Village Hall Jubilee Supper

The Jubilee Supper was a great succes, and a first step in Chicheley’s recovery from the cancellation of social events during the Covid pandemic.  The village hall was almost full, and there was an excellent choice of food to satisfy even the hungriest.  Many thanks to all who contributed to making it such an enjoyable evening.  

The photos show the EU’s ambassador to Chicheley, assisted by Rev Coralie, greeting “The Queen”, and the amazing cake made and decorated by Mrs Bobby Sparshott. 

Strange Weather!

In late March we enjoyed magnificent weather with bright sunshine and temperatures in the high teens.  At the end of March and into early April we still have bright sunshine, but temperatures have plummeted to well below zero at night, resulting in heavy morning frosts.  The British climate is very strange. 

Milton Keynes Literary Festival - Chicheley!

Chicheley will be featured in readings of her poems by Alison Brackenbury, whose ancestors lived in the village.   This will be an online event as part of Milton Keynes Literary Festival.  Details are available and bookings can be made via: 

Thorpeness... and stories from Chicheley

Tuesday 29 March, 7pm

Online: £ Pay What You Can

(Donations to Lit Fest welcome)

'Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world

and its people like no other poet' - Gillian Clarke 

Join us for a selection of readings from a brand new collection from one of our most widely-celebrated and much-loved poets. The poems in Alison Brackenbury's  Thorpeness range in their scope from hill forts in Gloucestershire and iconic images of Earth taken from space to Charles Dickens and a photograph of her dashing grandfather in his Great War uniform.  

As an interlude in this event, Alison will also be reading extracts from, and talking about, her forthcoming prose book, Village. Although she is  generally associated with Lincolnshire (where she grew up) or Gloucestershire (where she has now lived for over 40 years), Alison also has deep links with Buckinghamshire. Her mother’s mother, Amy Mary Wright, grew up just a few miles from MIlton Keynes in the tiny village of Chicheley, and would say ‘I always remember’- before a flow of Chicheley stories.

Alison's reading will be illustrated throughout with a selection of images that bring her poems and stories to visual life. 

Biographical Note

Alison Brackenbury, who grew up in a Lincolnshire village, is descended from a long line of servants and skilled farmworkers. She moved along the limestone to a Gloucestershire town, where she has lived for over forty years. Alison has worked as librarian, accounts clerk and metal finisher, and has been a parent, horse-owner, and custodian of too many cats. Despite this, she has published ten poetry collections. Her latest is Thorpeness, published by Carcanet in February 2022.

 Alison’s work has won Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors. Her work has been broadcast frequently on BBC Radios 3 and 4. Her last Radio 4 feature, exploring family – and life! – through her grandmother’s recipes, was praised by ‘Pick of the Week’ as ‘delicious’.

 Alison is keen to promote poetry via social media, and can be found, with cats and celandines, on Instagram, Facebook, and, in accidental capitals, on Twitter...            

Lent Lunch

After an enforced break of two years during the Coronavirus pandemic, St Lawrence Church was once again able to hold its Lent Lunch in the Village Hall on 23rd March.

The hall was full with diners from Chicheley and neighbouring villages, but in contrast to previous years there was only one sitting.  There is currently quite a high incidence of Covid in this area, and many regulars decided not to attend under present circumstances.

The “frugal” meal consisted of a choice of delicious soups, baked potato, bread and cheese, and a selection of home made biscuits.  The volume of chatter was a good indication of how much everyone enjoyed the company and the food.

Many thanks to all the volunteers for prepared the hall, cooked and served the food, and cleaned-up afterwards.  It was a very positive step back towards normal village life after the disruptions of the pandemic.

John Duncombe

A memorial service was held in St Lawrence Church on 11th March to celebrate the life of John Duncombe.  The church was completely full with people having to stand outside. This is a measure of the esteem in which John was held by Chicheley village and the wider farming community.

The Duncombe family lived at Grange Farm for over 100 years, and John took over its management from his father Ted.  John was recognised not only as an efficient and progressive farmer, but also for his concern for and care of the environment and wildlife. 

John contributed in many ways to community life, and will be remembered particularly for his humour and ability to extract high bids at the harvest auction fund-raiser.  John took up cycling in his 50s, and progressed to long distance routes in the UK, and mountainous sections of the Tour de France.  He will be deeply missed.

ChichChat - Coffee Morning - 8th March

An informal coffee morning with biscuits will be held in the Village Hall between 10:30 and 12:00 on Tuesday 8th March.  

As always this will be a good opportunity to catch-up with other Chicheley residents after the restrictions of the Covid pandemic.  Please drop in and help to restart the Chicheley social life that was so badly damaged by lockdown restrictions.

SCAN Parish News, Events and Services.

Details of local Church of England services can be found on:

and general news on the website:

Christmas Church Services

The traditional Christmas Day service will be held in St Lawrence Church at 11:00 on 25th December.

An advent service was held on 19th December, and the fourth advent candle was lit.  Apologies from the editor for not publicing this properly, but there were some doubts whether it would go ahead with the increase in Covid cases and the possibility of restrictions.


Closure of Bedlam Lane 16th December

Please note that Bedlam Lane will be closed between 08:00 and 18:00 hours on Thursday 16th December for works by Openreach.

The Public Notice is shown below and indicates that access will be available for residents, although it can be anticipated that there will be delays.  

Follow-Up After 16th:

Does anyone know what work was done if any?  Two Openreach employees seen looking at telegraph poles, and two Openreach vans were parked by the end of Bedlam Lane, but nothing significant seemed to happen.

Coffee Morning - Saturday 11th December

Cup of Coffee

There will be a coffee morning in the village hall from 10.30 on Saturday 11th December.  

Various stalls, including Christmas goods  - further details in the SCAN magazine.

Masks will be required in line with Covid regulations.

Exhibition of Collections and Hobbies

The very popular exhibition of collections and hobbies, organised by Mike Kettell, will be held again at Chicheley Village Hall on Saturday 20th November.

In addition to the fascinating exhibits, refreshments will be served.  This is a great way to see interesting items and catch-up with friends and neighbours as we put Covid behind us.