Chicheley Events

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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.


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.

St George’s Day Supper

St. George’s Day supper will be held in the Village Hall from 19:00hrs on Saturday 22nd April.  Call 01234 391371 to book your place.

Good Friday Teas

Chicheley’s world famous cakes will be available in the Village Hall from 15:00 on 13th April.

Sadly there will not be an Easter Sunday church service at Chicheley this year, but there will be a service in Sherington at 10:00hrs.

Maundy Thursday Church Service

Holy Communion will be held in St. Lawrence Church at 19:30 on Thursday 13th April.

Parish Meeting

Chicheley Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall from 20:00hrs on Tuesdaty 11th April, and is open to all “electors of the parish”.  

If you have any concerns about any issues related to MK Council Services in the village, policing, or roads etc., or just suggestions to contribute to the quality of village life, this is the place to raise them.  Our local Councillors are usually present, and often a police representative,  

ChichChat

Coffee, tea, biscuits and good conversation are available in the Village Hall on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month between 10:30 and 12:00.

Everyone is welcome, so if you have not been before, why not try it? 

St Lawrence Church - “Map” of Headstones

A map of the visible graves in St Lawrence churchyard was produced in late 2016, and the burial register has now been computerised from 1813 to date.

These data will not be published, but assistance will be given to anyone trying to find a specific burial place in Chicheley if a request is made through “Contact Us” on this web site.

Lent Lunch

The annual feast, sorry, frugal lunch, that is Chicheley Lent Lunch, will be held in the Village Hall between 12:30 and 14:00 on Wednesday 5th April.

Soup, then baked potato and cheese, followed by biscuits or cake and tea or coffee.

A brand new Chicheley resident!

Congratulations to James and Rebecca Ruck-Keene on the birth of a son on 13th February.

Burns' Night

Chicheley’s annual celebration of the Scottish Bard will be held in the Village Hall on 28th January from 19:00hrs.

To book places please call 01234 391371.

“Speeding” in Bedlam Lane

Please show consideration for other users when driving in Bedlam Lane.

The lane is very narrow and has two “blind spots”.  There are no pedestrian footpaths.  There have been traffic accidents in the past, but fortunately not recently.

The lane is used by pedestrians, especially schoolchildren walking to or from the bus.

If you drive in Bedlam Lane, please respect fellow users by driving at an appropriately slow speed, and by slowing down to pass pedestrians.  

The main speeding offenders seem to be delivery drivers and taxis, so if you use them, please ask them to drive considerately for the narrowness of the lane.