Chicheley Events

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Burns Night - 20th January 2018

Chicheley’s annual tribute to the Scottish Bard will be held in the village hall on 20th January 2018.   Food will include Haggis, with a choice of alternatives for the faint of heart!  There will, of course, be the usual excess of Chicheley Desserts.

It is always a fun evening and is open to all.  If you have never been before, why not give it a try?

Tickets from David Robertson telephone 01234 391371.   


Carol Concert

Chicheley’s traditional carol concert will be held in St. Lawrence Church at 3pm on Sunday 10th December.  

To keep everyone warm, there will be mulled wine and snacks after the service.

Everyone is welcome.  Even if you are not a regular churchgoer, please feel free to come along, join your neighbours, and enjoy traditional Christmas Carols in the beautiful setting of our lovely country church.

Crime Watch - Spate of Burglaries in MK

Police have warned that a spate of 15 burglaries took place in Great Holm, Middleton, Monkston, Broughton, and Oakgrove during the afternoon and evening of 28th November. The burglaries appear to be targeted, linked, and probably conducted by the same gang of criminals.  A full itinerary of stolen goods is being compiled but items known to have been taken are jewellery, cash, and electronic goods.

Darker evenings make it easier for criminals to gain access to houses wthout being seen.  Most of the burglaries were committed by access through rear doors.  Police warn the public to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour.  The police also offer the following advice to reduce the probability of being a victim of crime:

  • Make your house look occupied when you are out; use a light timer switch. Don't just leave a hall or landing light on
  • Shut and key lock doors and windows when a property is unoccupied, when you go out and when you go to bed.
  • Ensure that doors which use lifting handles to engage the locks are always locked with a key.
  • Make efforts to restrict access into your rear garden by padlocking gates, repairing fences etc.
  • Don't leave any keys in sight of doors and windows or near your letter box or cat flap where they could be hooked out.
  • Valuable items including laptops / tablets, mobile phones, games console and jewellery should be hidden from view.
  • Security mark all valuables with your postcode and house number. Keep a record of makes, models and serial numbers
  • Register all your electronic items and other technology with Immobilise the UK national property register free of charge at www.immobilise.com
  • Register to receive important Police alerts and information at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
  • keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour around your neighbours' houses or in your street, make a note of the people and cars, and notify the police.

Coffee Morning

Chicheley Village Hall was filled to capacity for the coffee morning featuring the village’s legendary cakes.  Many friends attended from nearby villages, as well as Chicheley residents. 

In addition to absorbing enough calories to ward off the colder winter weather, the morning gave a great opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours at the start of the run up to Christmas.

Exhibition of Hobbies and Collections

The Kettel family kindly organised a second exhibition of hobbies and collections, supported by excellent cakes and tea.

The event was well attended and rose over £150.  Several passers-by stopped their journey on the A422 to take a look.

Fascinating displays included every conceivable model of the Mini, photographs of planets and distant galaxies taken from an observatory in Chicheley, historical farm implements, and a model railway complete with a Great Western Region “Hall Class” locomotive, appropriately named “Chicheley Hall”.  There was such an engine in service but sadly it was scrapped with the introduction of diesels.  

Remembrance Service

The annual remembrance service and laying of a wreath at Chicheley's “wayside cross” war memorial was held at 11:00hrs on Sunday 12th November. 

There was a large crowd of people, including many guests from Chicheley Hall, who attended the church service after the wreath laying. 

The photo above shows the dedication of the "wayside cross” in 1921.

Men of Chicheley who gave their lives 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.

Fashion Show at Chicheley Hall

Fashion Show MK poster


Crime Alerts and Updates

Speeding through villages and on narrow country lanes remain the main concern for residents of rural Milton Keynes.  The speed sensors used in the village every few weeks give the Police valuable information, and they follow up with speed trapping of offending motorists.  The average speed of vehicles through Chicheley continues to drop a little every time it is monitored.

There have been a number of thefts of tools from vehicles, sheds and workshops, so anyone owning valuable tools should ensure they are locked away safely, and that sheds are protected.

With days getting shorter, opportunist theft can increase under cover of darkness.  Keep doors locked to prevent unauthorised access.

There has been a 37% increase in bicylce theft within the Milton Keynes Unitary Authority, although that statistic may be skewed by thefts from the Santandar bike scheme.

Fly tipping and illegal hunting are serious rural crimes.  Both offences involve vehicles being driven onto farmland, ofen near public footpaths.  Illegal hunting with guns presents a danger to anyone walking, cycling or riding in the countrside.  If you see something suspicious, do not approach the people involved.  Make a note of the number of people and their appearance, the type, colour and registration number of the car, and notify the police as soon as possible.   

More information on current crime threats and measures to safeguard yourself are available from  https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/

Harvest Events

The Harvest Festival servcie was held in St Lawrence Church om Sunday 8th October.  The church was almost full.  In addition to parishioners from Chicheley and other SCAN villages, six guests from Chicheley Hall heard the bells and decided to join in the celebrations.   It was a lovely ceremony and congregants remained at the church for a long time chatting and enjoying the snacks.

Producr that decorated the church was auctioned on Monday 9th October to raise funds for maintenance of the church.

The vilage hall was full on Saturday 12th October for the Harvest Supper.  As always, the food was excellent, with a bewilderiung choice of deserts and cheeses after the main course of cold meats, baked potato, salad and pickles.

If you missed this year’s festivities, please do try to make it next year.  These events are always enjoyable

Quiz Evening

A quiz evening with supper will be held in Chicheley Village Hall on 7th October to raise funds for St Lawrence Church.  Anyone who has attended previous events will; know that it is always a really enjoyable community evening.

Please contact Alan and Judy on 01234 825075 or David on 01234 391371 to book tickets.  Teams can be up to six people.


Sharnbrook Gospel Choir

The choir will sing at St Firmin’s Church, North Crawley at 7:30pm on Saturday 23rd September.

Tickets costing £10 per person are available from:

     Pat Townsend   01234 391367

     Janice Freeman 01234 391350

The event has been organised jointly by members of St Firmin’s Church, and St Lawrence’s Church Chicheley.  Money raised will be used for the upkeep of these two historic churches.


Cheese and Wine Evening

Robert and Claire Ruck-Keene will host a cheese and wine evening on the evening of Saturday 29th July, to raise funds for St Lawrence Church and Chicheley Village Hall.

Please contact Claire on 01908 611901 to book tickets costing £10/person.

New Vicar for SCAN Parish

Congratulations to Rev. Coralie Mansfield on her appointment as vicar of SCAN Parish.  

Regular churchgoers have said how much they enjoy Coralie’s services, and wish her every success in her new post.  

We look forward to welcoming her to Chicheley events.

ChicheleyFest

Chicheley’s own beer festival took place in glorious sunshine at The Chester Arms over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July.

There was a wide selection of real ales and ciders, plus hamburgers and sausages to eat.  An eclectic mix of music ranged from a ukulele ensemble, to a band playing late 60s/early 70s classic rock, and a Blues Brothers tribute.  The bands achieved the right sound balance by being loud enough to enjoy, but not too loud to disturb villagers who did not participate.  

It was an enjoyable and fun event, for which the management and staff of The Chester Arms are to be congratulated.

StarBQ

Chicheley’s annual combination of astronomy and gastronomy will be held at the home of Pierre and Christine Girard on Saturday 17th June.

More details will be announced nearer the time, once the weather forecast is known.


Update:

The event was held in superb weather with clear skies.  Members of the Milton Keynes Astronomical Society set up their telescopes, and, after aligning them with celestail north, trained them on the planets Saturn and Jupiter.  We had to wait until about 10:30pm before the sky was dark enough, but then the views were spectacular.  We could see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter very clearly.  Those of us who do not star gaze regularly, were also impressed by the intense flash of sunlight reflecting off the panels of an Iridium satellite as it passed over Chicheley at around 11:00pm.

It was altogether a really enjoyable evening with good food, good company, and amazing planet viewing.  Thank you Pierre and Christine for a great event!

Funeral of Pat Jewell

Chicheley celebrated the life of Pat Jewell at her funeral on 9th June.

Pat and her late husband Doug became landlords of The Chester Armns in the mid 1980s.  They made it a great success, and the centre of village social life.  The pub became renowned for its traditional food and Sunday roasts, and was the destination of choice to see in the New Year.  Pat and Doug provided a great opportunity for many Chicheley teenagers to gain their first experience of work, and dealing with people, as waiting staff and kitchen hands.

After they retired, Pat and Doug continued their hospitality at Christmas and New Year by opening their doors at The Old School House right up until 31st December 2016.

Pat and Doug made a huge contribution to Chicheley social life and will be sorely missed.  Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to their family, who we hope will continue to maintain contact with Chicheley.  


Rogation Service

Chicheley’s annual outdoor service to recognise the importance of agriculture in our community will be held on Sunday 21st May.  Further details will be announced nearer the time, taking into account the weather forecast.

Plant Sale - Rotary Club of Newport Pagnell

The Rotary Club of Newport Pagnell will hold its annual plant sale in Olney Market Square on Saturday 13th May.

All keen gardeners will find a good selection of plants at very attractive prices.

Money raised will be donated to local charities.

Coffee and Cakes Morning

A coffee and cakes morning will be held in the Village Hall from 10:30 on Saturday 6th May.

Defibrillator Installed in Chicheley

A public defibrillator, with the potential to save the life of anyone suffering a heart attack or similar heart stoppage, has been installed by the entrance to the Village Hall.

Training on how to use the unit will be given in the Village Hall at 10:0hrs on Saturday 29th April.

Please contact Parish Clerk Jo Parker to book your place on the training course.