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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. 

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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 https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/mk-chorale-crowning-glory/milton-keynes-theatre/.

With best wishes,

Will Swann

Chair, Milton Keynes Chorale

Platinum Jubilee Festivities at The Chester Arms

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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:

https://www.mklitfest.org/alison-brackenbury-thorpeness 


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:

https://www.achurchnearyou.com/my-churches/

and general news on the website:

https://www.scanparish.co.uk

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

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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.


Remembrance Sunday 2021

The annual Chicheley Remembrance Service will take place at The Wayside Cross at 11:00 on Sunday 14th November 2021.  

It will be followed by a service in St Lawrence Chuch at which everyone is welcome.


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The names of the men of Chicheley who gave their lives in World War 1 will be read out:

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.

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. 

https://web.archive.org/web/20080509104306/http://www.xpf13.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Brackenbury

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.

Chicheley Lace


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 https://ecgtraining.co.uk/product/freewebinars/?

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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