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Chicheley Cinema World Premiere!!!!!!

It is planned to hold a Cinema Evening at The Village Hall on the evening of Friday 21st February.  Please put the date in your diary.   Further details will be published as arrangements are finalised.

The plan is to show films by the Newport Players, a former local amateur dramatic group with members from Chicheley, Sherington and Newport Pagnell.  The films were very popular and are being brought back by popular demand.

There will most likely be a choice of Fish & Chips or Burgers provided by The Chester Arms.

This will be a FUN evening, so please come along and join in.

Another Proposal for MAJOR Expansion of Milton Keynes

Roughly speaking, Milton Keynes Council is considering a strategy to create a Metropolitan City that would stretch from Buckingham to Bedford and from Ayelesbury to Wellingborough.  Chicheley and the whole rural area would be swamped with houses.  If you are concerned about the future of our home village, please pay close attention to consultation documents and make your feelings known.  The relevant correspndence from Milton Keynes Council is given below:



"Further to my correspondence earlier this week, please find below the message with the correct email address.

Comments should be sent to MKFutures@milton-keynes.gov.uk

In July 2016, the MK Futures 2050 Commission published its report ‘Making a Great City Greater’.  The report included a recommendation to prepare a Strategy for 2050 which would take a long term view of the future of the city.

We have now published our engagement draft of the Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050 which sets the way forward for the next era of making our great city greater. People are at the heart of what this Strategy is trying to achieve. It is a strategy for everyone living in Milton Keynes today and all those that wish to live here in future.

We’d love to hear views from a wide range of people about the draft Strategy for 2050.  Please share the link below with your networks and encourage them to get involved. Over the coming months, we hope to hear from as many people as possible.  We will be including information about events and opportunities to get involved on the website, and on Twitter and Facebook.  Please keep an eye out for updates.

 www.mkfutures2050.com/strategy-for-2050-engagement-page

 All comments and feedback should be received by Friday 17th April 2020.  As well as the web-based version at the link above, we will also have copies of the draft Strategy for 2050 in the local libraries.

For more information, please drop us an email at MKFutures@milton-keynes.gov.uk. "

Burns Night Supper

The annual Burns Night supper will be held in Chicheley Vilage Hall from 7pm on Saturday 25th January 2020.   In addition to haggis, neeps and tatties, there will be alternative options, followed by Chicheley’s legendary desserts and cheeses. 

Everyone is welcome.  If you have not been before, please consider taking part this year. You will be made welcome, and you will not go away hungry!  It is a great way to bring the village together and have a communal chat at the start of the year.  

For tickets, please call 01234 391371

Quiz Nights at The Chester Arms

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New Year’s Eve at The Chester Arms

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Info@the-chester-arms.co.uk

Carol Service

A service of carols and readings was held at St Lawrence Church at 3pm on Sunday 8th December.  

Afterwards, mince pies and mulled wine were served.

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.



Remembrance Sunday

The annual Chicheley Remembrance Service took place at The Wayside Cross at 11:00 on Sunday 10th November 2019.  At least 50 people participated.  The names of the men of Chicheley who gave their lives in World War 1 were 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.


During the church service that followed  congregants could also remember their relatives who served in World War 2 and subsequent conflicts.


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.