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Coronavirus Outdoor Exercise - Rights of Way

During the lockdown, many more people from Chicheley and neighbouring villages are walking and cycling for exercise.

Please be aware of which routes can be used and the legal restrictions that apply.  The land around Chicheley is farmed and heavy machinery is in use.  Crops are sprayed with fertislier and pesticides.  Trees damaged by the storms earlier this year are being made safe or cut down.  For your own safety, and that of farm workers, please stay on public rights of way and do not walk across fields, through woods or on tracks that are not rights of way.  

A right of way is a path that anyone has the legal right to use on foot, and sometimes using other modes of transport.

  • Public footpaths are open only to walkers
  • Public bridleways are open to walkers, horse-riders and pedal cyclists
  • Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-motorised vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles)
  • Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to all classes of traffic including motor vehicles, though they may not be maintained to the same standard as ordinary roads

Rights of way are marked clearly on Ordnance Survey maps.  Please be aware that sports applications such as Strava may show routes taken by others who have trespassed on private land or cycled illegally on footpaths. The OS Explorer 1:25000 scale is best for route planning.  Maps for the whole country can be accessed for a small annual fee from the Ordnance Survey website.  Paper maps cost around £8 each.  Map 207 covers Chicheley and is adequate for current restrictions.   Rights of way are shown on the map with the following symbols:

Map and Legend Courtesy of Ordnance Survey.

Your legal right is to “pass and repass along the way”. You may stop to rest or admire the view, or to consume refreshments, providing you stay on the path and do not cause an obstruction. You can also take with you a “natural accompaniment” which includes a pram, or pushchair.

You can also legally take a manual or powered wheelchair (mobility scooter) provided you follow the regulations for taking these vehicles on ordinary roads. However there is no guarantee or requirement that the surface of the path will be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

You can take a dog with you, but you must ensure it is under close control. Note that there is no requirement for stiles to be suitable for use by dogs.

Pedal cyclists have a right to use bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic, but on bridleways they must give way to walkers and riders. Like horse riders, they have no right to use footpaths and if they do so they are committing a trespass against the owner of the land.  Please note that some popular hiking and cycling applications on smart ‘phones (such as Komoot) incorrectly create cycling routes on footpaths in the area around Chicheley.  

Enjoy your exercise, but please follow the regulations for everyone’s safety and convenience.

Coronavirus Update from Thames Valley Police

Hi, I’m Chief Superintendent Christian Bunt and I am the Gold commander for Thames Valley Police’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

I want to start by saying how much I and all of my officers appreciate how the vast majority of our communities are understanding of the importance of staying at home to protect our critical NHS resources and save lives, so thank you.

Given that, we can understand how frustrating it must be when you look around and see what you perceive to be people not following these guidelines as you have been at no small sacrifice to you and your way of life.

We are receiving hundreds of reports every day relating to COVID related breaches and over the last 7 days alone we have deployed officers to over 1100 incidents.

We must prioritise incidents as they come into us and that includes putting these reports alongside our normal calls for service including serious crime and responding to emergency and non-emergency calls. It is essential that we continue to protect our communities in line with our normal policing duties.

Where we have deployed for COVID-related reports, these are primarily to group gatherings that are happening at that time. That is because they pose the greatest health risks by gathering and then dispersing back into our communities. If you see this and it is happening now, call 101.  

With minor breaches, such as people reporting those who have taken multiple walks in a day, we may not be responding right there and then but that doesn’t mean we are ignoring them. Your reports help to provide vital information around patterns and hotspots which then go across to our local policing teams to inform their patrol plans. Please report minor breaches to us online.

We want to make sure we are visible, provide reassurance and be a deterrent to those who think these rules don’t apply to them. Encouraging or enforcing the social distancing measures is a priority for the force and we have dedicated patrols in place to do this. We keep this under constant review and where we need to apply more resources we have done that and will continue to do so.

Please be reassured that Thames Valley Police is playing its role in this public health emergency. To reiterate the Chief Constable’s message this week, we will always look to engage, explain and encourage people to comply but where we need to we will enforce - and we have been doing that. Thames Valley Police currently has issued the second highest number of fines in the country.

Thank you again for all that you are doing at this challenging time. You really demonstrate the community spirit of Thames Valley, an area we are so proud to police.

Thank you.
Chief Superintendent Christian Bunt, Gold Commander

To view the full video, please click the following link:

Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Ideas to Occupy Children During Lockdown

Neal Fun A really weird but wonderful site with loads of information to explore.

Top Marks Brilliant for practising maths skills.

French Games Learn new French words and practise old ones.

National Geographic Kids A huge variety of up – to – date information with photos and quizzes about the natural world.

National Gallery Zoom in on ancient masterpieces.

How Stuff Works Vast amounts of information about everything!

Guinness World Records Watch videos and read about real – life record breakers.

Oxford Owl Stacks of maths and English resources to use at home. Several ebooks to read at home.

Cbeebies Some great learning games, quizzes and several topics to explores.

BBC Bitesize Animations, activities and games to support all areas of the curriculum.

Shaun’s Game Academy Based on the Shaun the Sheep animated character, this website allows you to design your own game and learn how to code.

British Council Listen to and watch dozens of short stories before completing activities about them.

European Space Agency Loads of things to do about space.

Going for walks

Take a bucket or a bag. Fill with:  anything interesting, manmade things, natural things, green things, smooth things, spiky things, etc. You could put the different ideas for what to collect in a ‘hat’ and pick one at random each time you go out.


Stick a strip of double sided sticky tape to a bookmark- sized piece of card. Go on the hunt for things to stick on. Can you make a pattern? What won’t stick? What sticks most successfully? You could go large and make a crown another time!


Make a nature picture. Look up Andy Goldworthy for some inspiration! Go back the next day to see if it’s still there – take a photo for comparison.


Take binoculars/ Magnifying glasses and a notebook – what did you see and where did you see it?


Go on a left- right walk. Begin the walk by taking the first left turning, then the next right turning, and so on. For a variation you could take a coin to flip every time you get to a junction – heads for left, tails for right.


Take some paper and tape (on a dry day!) and go for a ‘noticing’ walk. Use all of your senses to really notice things – then write a sign for others to notice them too – ‘STOP! This blossom smells amazing – smell it.’ ‘STOP! Have you seen this spiders web?’ ‘LOOK! There are three different colours on this petal – can you spot them?’


A dice walk: The dots on the dice are a special code whereby each number represents an instruction. For example: 1 = child chooses which way to go, 2 = parent chooses, 3 = go left 4 = go right 5 = go straight on 6 = turn back. Children could invent their own codes once they have the hang of it!


A time travelling walk. Look up old photos of your area. You could choose a selection and plan a route to see them all. When you get to each point on a photo, have a good look to pinpoint the differences. What changes are there? Look for the clothes people were wearing compared to now or the lampposts, TV aerials, neighbouring buildings (or lack of), etc. It would be interesting to have some photos from the town and some of the countryside. Which has changed more?

Guidance on Access to Green Spaces During Covid-19 Lockdown

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

The guidelines have been devised to stop a widespread of infection and prevent further illness. Please ensue you adhere to the restrictions and if you require further clarity please visit  

Yours Faithfully

Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Team

Chicheley COVID-19 Relief

Many thanks to residents of Bedlam Walk who have initiated a support group to help Chicheley residents during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

This message has been delivered to all houses in Chicheley, so the names and contact numbers have been removed from this copy for the privacy of the volunteers.

"It’s a really scary time, especially for those of you who are totally self-isolating, but we have a few volunteers, and this is how we plan to help: 

      With this flyer is a red card. Please display this in your window if you need help in some way.

      Our volunteers will be operating a ‘walk & wave’ scheme. At least every other day (& in compliance with all government regulations about lock down) a volunteer will walk past all the houses in the village to check on the well-being of all residents.

      If we see that there is a problem with a red card, we will make contact with you, either by knocking at your window or phoning you if we have your number. If you are happy to give your number to your local volunteers, please do, so we can reach you.

      We are also here to chat either via phone, or one of the other platforms (WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype etc) & can help you set these up. We know this is a very strange & lonely time, especially if you are on your own & want to help or are in need of company.

      Please try not to panic regarding food supplies.

      The Chester Arms has some limited supplies for purchase and collection by local residents, call them on 01234 391214 or see the chalkboard at the end of Bedlam Lane for details.  They are also asking for any bottles we may be able to let them have so they can bottle up milk for purchase.

      Brown’s of Stagsden (01234 822330) are operating an order and collection service (24 hours’ notice) for meat, bread, cheese, eggs, vegetables and some general pantry products.

      G.J Roberts the Butcher (01908 610421) in Newport Pagnell are offering a same-day order and collect service for meat, eggs, cheese etc.

      If flatbreads are your thing, the guy at Olney farmers market is taking orders and delivering on Thurs and they’re v nice (

      Please where possible, make full use of local suppliers who deliver.

      We hope to be able to get hold of supplies for people who are self-isolating soon. If you need such, please contact one of your local volunteers. There may be some difficulty with current restrictions so we would ask for you to be as flexible as you can.

      We are planning regular trips to local pharmacies. Please contact one of your local volunteers if you require medical supplies collecting. 

Please reach out if you need help. 

The Chicheley Volunteers"

Lambing Season - Please Exercise Dogs Responsibly


It is lambing season so at this time of year there will be young livestock in the fields. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead around grazing livestock. Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 it is an offence to allow your dog to worry sheep. 

Many thanks for taking the time to read this message. 

Stay safe.

Regards PCSO C1018 Arlene Ormston

Thames Valley Police Covid-19 Guidance

30th March

We understand that the new Government measures will undoubtedly have a major impact on you all and whilst this is difficult, it is a necessary adjustment. This is about protecting yourselves, each other and the emergency services working hard to keep you safe.

We ask you all to please take notice of the new direction from government and stay at home to help the national effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Thames Valley Police will, as always, police with respect and engagement and we will continue our day to day policing and we will be working with our communities so they understand the importance of complying with the government direction.

We continue to follow government, Public health England and the National Police Chief’s Council’s direction in the fight against Coronavirus.

We have tried and tested contingency plans in operation to enable us to continue to protect the most vulnerable in society and respond to where the need is most.

All precautions are being taken in order to protect our officers and staff so that we continue to police the Thames Valley.

Thank you for your support.

We will continue to share updates on social media and through Thames Valley Alerts. For more information on Coronavirus, you may want to visit the following sites:

  • NHS advice - How to avoid catching or spreading germs and when to seek medical help
  • PHE advice - Daily updates, signs and symptoms, current risk level
  • Government updates - Daily updates on the outbreak

Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

30th March

We have noticed a slight increase in arrests of people abusing shop staff which is completely unacceptable. The staff are working hard and putting themselves at risk in order to ensure we are able to have a constant supply of essential food and goods. They should not have to put up with abuse from members of the public that are frustrated with the self-distancing guidance. Since the 26th March 2020 we have arrested six people for various offences against shop staff which include causing harassment, alarm and distress and assaults, (including four members of shop staff being spat at). We will seek the maximum punishments available for anyone abusing key workers during this pandemic.Please check the government website to ensure you are up to date on current guidance. At this time to guidance is as follows.• Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).• If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.• Wash your hands as soon as you get home.Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.#respectkeyworkers #inthistogether #MKCustody #PS6283

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 Pioneers, 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 also be films of local history, which could include Newport Pagnell Carnival in 1961/62, Sherington floods in 1981, and Chicheley Village events in 1990.  

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.

More MK Development Proposals

Please refer to the full articles in the Parish section of this website.

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

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.

 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 "

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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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.


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.