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Church Services to Restart in SCAN Parish

The following information has been received from Rev Corlaie Mansfield:


Welcome back into our church buildings!

We are proceeding with our regular pattern with some alterations, with caution and a great deal of hand sanitising and wearing masks.

As a temporary measure we have suspended Evensong in the parish but hope to resume this traditional service as soon as we can.  Toddler Praise will also resume as soon as practicalities permit -so please watch this space

For track and trace we'll need to know if you are coming so please let us know via churchwardens or this website's contact page.

St Lauds, Sherington Something Different on Sunday 6th September at 10.30am

St Firmins, North Crawley Holy Communion on Sunday 13th September at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Holy Communion on Sunday 20th September at 9.30am

St Lawrence, Chicheley Holy Communion on Sunday 27th September at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Something Different on Sunday 4th October at 10.30am (please bring own hot/cold drinks and mugs/glasses for socially distanced natter beforehand!)

St Firmins, North Crawley Holy Communion on Sunday 11th October at 9.30am

St Lauds, Sherington Holy Communion on Sunday 18th October at 9.30am

St Lawrence, Chicheley Holy Communion on Sunday 25th October at 11.00am

At present, sadly, we can have no congregational singing at any of our church services

Autumn in Chicheley

Harvest, berries, and stunning sunsets.




Short Parish Meeting Thursday 20th August

A short Parish Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:00pm on Thursday 20th August, outside the Village Hall.

Further details in Parish section.

Funeral of Mrs Elizabeth “Kipper” Robertson

The funeral of “Kipper” Robertson, one of Chicheley’s oldest and long-term residents, was held in Saint Lawrence Church on 14th July.  Covid-19 regulations restricted attendance to close family, but some of Kipper’s overseas relatives were able to attend.

Kipper led an exciting life, moving to southern Africa as a nurse after WW2 and coming to live in Chicheley in the 1980s with her late husband Robbie.  They were  perenially happy and well-liked members of the Chicheley community and will be missed.   

The Chester Arms to Reopen on 4th July

Re-opening Saturday 4th July!

Bookings for inside only available from Tuesday 30th June

Outside tables un-reservable.

Just in time for Summer’s Arrival, that’s right folks on Saturday 4th July, The Chester Arms is re-opening!!!

To welcome all of our amazing customers back, things will be a bit different, and with the safety of our staff and customers in mind, there will be a few changes including

  • Individually sterilised and packaged cutlery
  • One way system in and out for the toilets
  • Mobile ordering with collection points for outdoor guests
  • PPE worn by staff as well as raised levels of hygiene including sanitising

Our beer garden at the back will have a marquee ready when we open to welcome back those of you longing for a refreshing pint and our amazing home cooked meals whilst enjoying the best of the British summer! .... Hence why we have the marquee!

There will be some tables available to dine in the pub as well, due to social distancing of 1metre+ we have drastically altered the layout and number of inside tables available to ensure those dining inside are safe and secure as well as being comfortable with their surroundings.

New Menu

With our re-opening we are launching a new Summer Menu which will compliment long hot days, outbreaks of rain and everything in between. Some of your old favourites have made their way back to our menu and this will be available for all to view in the next few days.

We also have re-vamped our bar and cellar and are pleased to inform you we are now offering a few new products on the bar too! These new draught products are;

  • Beavertown Neck Oil 4.3% Craft Beer - An easy drinking lighter beer, full of fruity flavours from a brewery taking the south of England by storm!
  • Brixton Brewery Atlantic APA 5.4% - A darker deeper American style IPA with American hops, big on flavour from one of the biggest up and coming breweries on the trendy London craft beer scene
  • Old Mout Berries & Cherries 4% Draught Cider - A fruity little number of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry & Cherry. This pub garden favourite has made the upgrade from our bottle fridge to our bar for good reason!
  • Heineken Extra Cold – How do you make arguably the most recognised and best lager in the world even better? Make it colder of course! That’s exactly what we’ve done by upgrading this tap to produce only the coldest, most refreshing pint of Heineken you can get!

New Opening Times

Monday – Thursday           12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 21:00

Friday.                                  12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00

Saturday                              12:00 - 22:00

Sunday.                                12:00 - 20:00

Making Bookings & Downloading our App

The easiest way to book a table is via our app! At the end of this email you can find download links for both the iOS & Android App stores and easily download our app.

On the app you will also be able to view menu’s, be the first to receive our latest special offers & events. You can also when visiting and sitting outside, pay for and order food & drinks that will arrive at a designated collection point and avoid leaving your seat to get to the bar and maintaining responsible social distancing practices.

At the end of this email you can also find all of our other contact details so you can book with us whichever way is easiest for you!

Kind Regards from Michael & Tracy (Owners) Lara & Tom (Head Chefs) Jamie & Rhys (General Managers) and the whole Chester Arms Team

We can’t wait for you to visit us again! 

Losses in our Community

Very sadly, two residents of Chicheley have died recently.  Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with their families.  We hope to give a fuller commemoration after Covid restrictions are lifted and their memorial services have been held.

We are also aware of residents who are ill, and our thoughts are with them.  It is difficult not being able to visit and give support during the current restrictions.

Chicheley Volunteers Newsletter

Chicheley Volunteers have produced and delivered to all residents their third newsletter during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Contributions to future issues are encouraged and can be sent to jo@jo-parker.co.uk and Jason.downey@sky.com.  

The latest issue contains a web link on what can and can’t be done during the pandemic, gardening tips, and articles by vilage children on what they have been doing.  

The newsletter is too big to reproduce in full here, but the Introduction is:

" Welcome to the 3rd edition of our Chicheley newsletter!

When we started in April, it was our intention to temporarily fill the gap of the monthly SCAN magazine and find a way to continue to share local news and connect with each other, as we entered the uncertainty of life in Iockdown.

The response from people in our village has been really positive and so, we are planning to continue the newsletter for the time being.

As a community, we have all been impacted by the pandemic, with some experiencing the pain of loss of loved ones. This was always our worst fear. And yet, the stories of individual and collective acts of kindness, compassion and respect, show the strength of connection in our village; the bond that keeps everyone held in mind.

So here we are now, slowly starting to transition into the next phase of the coronavirus recovery strategy, with some of the restrictions on our daily lives beginning to ease.

Whilst uncertainty and an appreciation of the complexity of the task remain, there is also a curiosity and hope about what the 'new normal’ might look like in the weeks and years to come.

The photos and articles in this edition of our newsletter, show the opportunity we have in creating our ’new normal', where we build on the connections we already share and the contributions we can make to the wellbeing of our community.

The Chicheley Volunteers"

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Garden and Food Waste Collection to Restart


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Socially-Distanced VE Day Celebrations

The Coronavirus Lockdown resticted but did not prevent Chicheley residents from celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  

The Chicheley Volunteers (aka Chicheley Home Guard) produced an excellent commemorative newsletter and delivered copies to all residents.  


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Many people decorated their homes with flags and bunting.  It was a warm and sunny day to sit in gardens drinking tea (or other beverages), listening to wartime music and chatting with neighbours.  Others walked round the village greeting passers-by and looking at Mike Kettell’s excellent display of models of WWII vehicles, all at the required distance.

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Covid-19 Support

Milton Keynes Council produced information for Children and Families during the Covid-19 restrictions.

It is too large to include in this website post, and much of it is specific to certain parts of MK, and not Chicheley.

It covers Food Banks, Local Area Support, Online Family Support and Helplines, Domnestic Violence Intervention, Mental Health, Bereavement, Educational activities etc.

If anyone would like a copy please send a request from the “Contact Us” section of this website.

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 tracker applications 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.  Please do not leave any litter.  You can take with you a “natural accompaniment” which includes a pram, or pushchair.

You can 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 incorrectly create cycling routes on footpaths in the area around Chicheley.  If you use one of these apps please confirm the route is in fact a public right of way.

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: https://youtu.be/gfyqB-cYH1I

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

Ideas to Occupy Children During Lockdown

Neal Fun https://neal.fun/ A really weird but wonderful site with loads of information to explore.

Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button Brilliant for practising maths skills.

French Games https://www.french-games.net/ Learn new French words and practise old ones.

National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ A huge variety of up – to – date information with photos and quizzes about the natural world.

National Gallery https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/must-sees Zoom in on ancient masterpieces.

How Stuff Works https://www.howstuffworks.com/ Vast amounts of information about everything!

Guinness World Records https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ Watch videos and read about real – life record breakers.

Oxford Owl https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home Stacks of maths and English resources to use at home. Several ebooks to read at home.

Cbeebies https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies Some great learning games, quizzes and several topics to explores.

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary Animations, activities and games to support all areas of the curriculum.

Shaun’s Game Academy https://www.shaunsgameacademy.co.uk/ Based on the Shaun the Sheep animated character, this website allows you to design your own game and learn how to code.

British Council https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories Listen to and watch dozens of short stories before completing activities about them.

European Space Agency https://www.esa.int/kids/en/home 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 https://www.gov.uk  

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 (http://www.repleteflatbreads.co.uk/)

      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

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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.  Their 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.

UPDATE!!!

The cinema evening was a great success and the village hall was full.  Another cinema is planned for the autumn (Coronaviris permitting), and is likely to include videos of Chicheley events in 1990 such as the Nativity Play and the Summer Fete.

Many thanks to Matt Pearce who first suggested the Cinema Evening as a village event. 

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 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. "