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All the latest news from around the villages


Sherri Holland, 07947004321

annual general meeting: The village hall trustees would like to invite you to join us at the AGM on Wednesday, April 13 at 8pm for a review of the year and to plan for the future.


Jean Coles, 01869 810473

croughton cinema: Our final film of the season will be Made in Dagenham to be shown today, Friday, at 8pm. The film stars the award winning Sally Hawkins as Rita O’Grady, who was the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the equal pay act. Doors open at 7.30pm, licensed bar, CFC members £3, non-members £4.50, under 16’s £3.

parish council: The annual parish assembly is at 7.30pm on Monday, April 4 in Croughton Village Hall. This is an opportunity to meet up with councillors and representatives of many village groups. Tea and coffee will be served. For more information contact the clerk on 01869 819905 or email

thai new year charity event: On April 7, between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Reading Room. Several stalls and cooking events on Thai influenced recipe. All profits will be donated to Thai children and CLIC Sargent.

coffee morning: Jean Coles’ annual coffee morning is to be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 10.30am onwards at 54 High Street, Croughton. Books, bric-a-brac, cakes, jams, etc with money raised for the dogs for the disabled.


Sheila Bailey, 01280 706926

big al and friends karaoke disco: The disco will take place on Saturday, April 2 at the village hall from 7.30pm until late. Licensed bar. Tickets £7.50 includes buffet. Details from Al or Mo 01280 702811

evenley wood garden rare plant fair: Takes place on Sunday, April 3 from 11am to 5pm. This is a unique opportunity for all plant hunters and garden enthusiasts to source rare and unusual plants at very reasonable prices. Admission £5 adults, £4 concessions, £1 children. Multi-entry of six adults for £20 and children under 12 free.

Great Horwood

Patricia Rudkin, 01296 712930

winslow community bus: Please note corrections: Wednesday, April 6 for the Winslow Bus and Thursday, April 7 is the regular Westcroft Bus. Sorry.

The next trips available on the Winslow Community Bus are:

Tuesday, April 5: Regular shopping bus to Buckingham, one hour in Buckingham, one hour in Tesco*

Wednesday; April 6: Winslow Market Bus. Picks up in Horwoods, Claydons, Nash, Whaddon. Ring for details.*

Thursday, April 7: Westcoft bus.

Tuesday, April 12: Visit Hampton Court Palace. Tickets cost £16 and this includes entrance.

Thursday, April 14: Millets farm, near Abingdon, with garden centre, farm shop and restaurant. £5 per ticket

Thursday, April 21: Westcroft Shopping Bus*

Tuesday and Thursday, April 26 and 28: Bluebell Run. You will visit Ivinghoe and Ashridge Woods and stop for a pub lunch. Book your seat for just £6 (not including lunch).

Just telephone Sue for further details on 01296 715786.

*Denotes bus pass accepted.

parish council: On Thursday, May 5 there will be a referendum on the Government’s proposal to change the electoral system to the Alternative Vote System, as well as elections for Aylesbury Vale District Council and for Great Horwood Parish Council.For more details contact John Gilbey, on 01296 711915 or email Nominations must be submitted by April 4.

yoga: These lessons are no longer held at the village hall. Contact Sarah on 01525372136 for more information.

mad march hare fun run: This took place on Sunday, March 27 featuring 197 runners.

The results were:

Male Open :

1st - Adam Perna - 19:00

2nd - Andrew Stephen - 19:09

3rd - Simon Kirschner - 21:31

Female Open

1st - Jane Simons - 23:23

2nd - Sheila Landymore - 23:57

3rd - Sue Clayton-Drabble - 24:01

Little Horwood

Chrissie Beckett

parish council clerk vacancy: A vacancy has arisen for clerk to Little Horwood Parish Council as the present clerk is retiring. The position will be available from April 2011. The job requires about four hours per week, working from home and is a salaried position. Remuneration will be in accordance with agreed local government scales. The council usually meets six or seven times a year on a Monday evening. The clerk is responsible for general administration and finance and must be computer literate with their own PC and access to broadband. Previous parish council or local government experience would be an advantage. Please apply to: Chairman, Mrs Mary Arnold, Brook Cottage, 1 Winslow Road, Little Horwood, Bucks MK17 0PD or

church services: For Sunday, April 3 – Mothering Sunday.

Little Horwood: 8am – Said BCP Holy Communion

Little Horwood: 11am – Interactive Family Service

Mursley: 9.30am – Holy Communion

Swanbourne: 11am – Mothering Sunday Service

Newton Longville: 11am – Untied Service at St Faith

Drayton Parslow: 10am – Mothering Sunday Service

Lillingstone Lovell

Jennifer Metcalfe, 01280 860214

quiz: There was an excellent turnout for our annual quiz on March 19. Our quiz master Ryan put together a challenging mix of questions from Royal weddings to children’s TV. Congratulations to the winners The Quizzy Rascals Thomas, Shannon, Colin and Lyn; in second place North and South Meet – Lyn and David Bean and Lisa and Nick Sawbridge – and in third place One Name Will Do Pete and Katie, Maureen and Craig.

gardens in the clouds: There will be an illustrated talk by Antony Woodward author of Garden in The Clouds on Friday, May 6 at Lillingstone Lovell Village Hall. This will be a delight for all those that are interested in gardens. More details will follow shortly.

future events: This year Open Gardens weekend is June 4 and 5.

Lillingstone Lovell Rural Day is on Sunday, August 21.

Sponsored horse ride on Sunday, September 11.

Maids Moreton

Anita Matthews, 01280 814358

st edmunds church: On Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 8am followed by a Mothering Sunday Special Service at 10.30am with The Searchlights.

fair trade stall: There will be a Fair Trade stall at the Church after the Mothering Sunday Service which should finished at around 11.30am. All are welcome. Items for sale will include Easter Cards and baking ingredients.

maids moreton pre-school: There will be a quiz night at Maids Moreton Village Hall tonight at 7.30pm, organised by the village pre-school. All are welcome. Tickets cost £6, including a chilli supper. Come as a team or make up teams on the night and meet some new people. Tickets from Helena on 821791

election: Maids Moreton Parish Council election is on May 5. Are you prepared to assist in the administration of your parish council for the next four years? If so nomination forms are available from Sara Butler, clerk to the council, on 01280 812260 and must be submitted to AVDC by noon on Monday, April 4.

whist drive: The next whist drive will be on Friday, April 8 in the village hall at 7.30pm.

soup lunch: Scheduled for April 15 in the Village Hall at 12.15 for 12.30pm.

parish council meeting: The annual parish council meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 6 in the Village Hall at 8pm.

A STREET LAMP NAMED DESIRE: This Wellmorian Group met on Friday, March 25 to discuss what further action to take in pursuance of the reinstatement of their street lamp and what representation they should make at the forthcoming parish council meeting.

THE BUCKINGHAM & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The bulb show took place on March 12. The Society is looking at developing this event next year and hopes to be able to distribute bulbs later this year for any interested people to have a go, and bring along their pot of results in due course. More details later in the year. The next Horticultural Society event is the daffodil show at Maids Moreton Village Hall on Saturday, April 9. Entries will be taken on the day and the show is open to the public from 10.15am. For a schedule of classes, contact Bernard Stopps on 813465 or visit

Marsh Gibbon

Ian Metherell, 01869 277620

April fools quiz: The school PTA April Fools Quiz is on Friday from 7.30pm.

race night: The cricket club’s annual race night is on Saturday, April 2 at the village hall from 7.30pm. Details from Carl Needham on 01869 277122.

village plan: The Marsh Gibbon Village Plan has been published and delivered at the weekend to every home in the village. Based on 18 months of consultation with residents by a steering group, it is a five-year plan dealing with issues such as housing, leisure, public services, transport, employment and the environment. Details from Cllr Ian Metherell on 01869 277620.


Diane Harris, 01296 712475

coffee morning: Nash Fellowship is holding a coffee morning in the village hall on Saturday, April 9 from 10.30am until noon. Entrance is £1 which includes coffee and biscuits. Proceeds will be sent to the Japan Appeal.


Sue Wrigley, 01280 814199

tennis club: If you’re interested in becoming part of the tennis scene in Padbury, the club in the village is having an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, when anybody can come along to the court up at Springfields. There will also be a BYO picnic on Sunday.

There are activities throughout the season and the secretary, Sarah Morris, can be contacted on 01280 816262 for all further information.

easter lilies: St Mary’s Church is usually beautifully decorated with white lilies on Easter Day and it is the custom that these lilies are donated in memory of loved ones whose names will be displayed in the church during the Easter season. If you would like to remember someone special to you, please give their names and your donation to Gaye Tearle, The Gables, Main Street, or Jenny Shields, 8 West Furlong, as soon as possible so that enough flowers can be ordered for Easter (not by last weekend as I said last week).

good friday children’s workshop: In past years children of four years and over have enjoyed a workshop held on Good Friday. The venue this year will be in Adstock, both in the church and the village hall and each child is asked to bring a plate of something to share for lunch. Drinks will be provided. If you have children who would like to take part, contact Revd Ros Roberts, Lenborough Vicarage call 01280 813162 or email

ali’s dream clay pigeon shoot: Takes place at Padbury Hill Farm next Sunday, April 10. Money raised will be helping fund research into childhood brain tumours. Book by calling 01296 730230.

annual church meeting: April is the time each year when elections of churchwardens and Parochial Church Council members are held and the meeting at St Mary’s will be on Sunday, April 10 in the church at noon.

garden club: The April meeting of Adstock & Padbury’s Garden Club will be held on Tuesday, April 12 in Padbury Village Hall at 8pm. John Cornwell will be talking on Glories of the Garden. John is a regular visitor and always very interesting. For more details on the Garden Club, please contact the secretary, Mary Hearn, on 01296 71107.

peter wrigley and the london marathon: Peter Wrigley will be running the 2011 Virgin London Marathon on April 17 for Parkinson’s UK, a charity which is close to his family’s heart as his father was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.

Visit to sponsor him.

lent lunches: Quite a few churches in the area are doing Lent lunches during this time leading up to Easter and Padbury is no exception.

Every Thursday in St Mary’s at around 12.30pm there is a choice of soups (usually) plus fresh bread followed by tea or coffee and all donations go to a charity.

There is a short service beforehand at 12noon but you don’t have to go to that to be able to come to the lunch, so why not give it a whirl.

village hall: As everyone’s costs are going up these days, so unfortunately are the Village Hall’s and it has therefore been felt necessary to increase the hall hire prices from May 1.

All clubs and societies that use the hall on a regular basis will receive details of the increases.

Certain alterations to the kitchen and the heating are also planned and the committee have been looking into suitable grants for which they may be able to apply.

However the hall itself will have to raise some of the money required and as a start to the necessary fund-raising, there will be a Whist Drive on Saturday, April 9 in the hall starting at 7.30 pm. There will be a prize of £50.

bingo & 100-1 club: There will be bingo again next Friday, April 8 and as it’s the first one of the month, there will be a charity raffle for the Air Ambulance.


Chris Munsey

fashion show: There are still some tickets available for the Fashion Show to be held tonight in the Village Hall from 7.30pm onwards.

After the show there will be the chance to buy some High Street fashions at hugely reduced prices.

Tickets are available on the door and are £5 to include a glass of wine on entry. There will also be a raffle.

syresham and district history society: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Carole Walker will give a talk on ‘Caroline Chisholm – a Saviour of Living Cargoes’.

playgroup: The children of Syresham Playgroup will be parading their Easter Bonnets and singing at the Coffee Shop in the Village Hall at 11am on Thursday, April 7.

The Playgroup will also have a number of stalls, including raffle, cakes and guess the sweets in the jar.


Deborah Gregory, 07810311420

breakfast & mothering sunday service: On Sunday, April 3, this includes breakfast (10am) followed by a Mothering Sunday service for everyone at 10.30am at Saint Mary Magdalen Church. Deanery Lent Evening Prayer takes place at 6pm.

tingewick diamonds: Peter Richardson from Preston Bissett Nurseries will address the April meeting of Diamonds with a display of plants that are suitable for your gardens.

The meeting is on Wednesday, April 6 in the Tingewick Village Hall, from 10.30am to around 12noon.

The monthly walk is on the last Tuesday of the month, Tuesday. April 26, starting out from the Tingewick Village Hall car park at 10.30am.

For further information, please contact Carol Thurlby 01280 848569 or Chris Carter 01280 848291.

elections: Elections are being held for all district council and parish council seats on May 5. The term of office is for four years.

Nomination packs are available from the clerk on 01280 848689 or and close of nominations is April 4.

dog control order: A Dog Control Order was made on March 3 relating to Water Stratford Road and Tingewick Recreation Field.

Active from April 1 it will mean it is an offence to take a dog onto, or permit a dog to enter or to remain on Tingewick Recreation Field without reasonable excuse or permission.

spring show: The 7th Annual Spring Show comes to Tingewick Village Hall on April 9. Hall opens 10.30-11.30am for set-up. Open to public 2-4pm.

Schedules are available from Vic Rogers on 01280 848400, or Charles Tanner on or 01280 847680.

Entry forms no later than Wednesday, April 6, entry fee only 30 pence per exhibit, children are free.

roundwood school:Thanks are due to the Friends of Roundwood School Association.

On March 11 the children enjoyed an after-school disco and magic show, and the FRSA have also bought basketball equipment and are creating a quiet play area at the Gawcott site.

There will be a number of other fund-raising events this year, including the school fete. This will be held at the Gawcott site from 12-3pm on June 11.

Year One pupils enjoyed dressing as Victorian children for a trip to the Museum of Industry and Rural Life in Milton Keynes and they have also been out to Rectory Farm in Water Stratford, where they were lucky enough to see lambs being born.

We marked Maths week from March 14 with a series of special events in school, and each year group went to Stowe to take part in activities there.

In the next few weeks we have a Dance Extravaganza for years 5 and 6 at the Royal Latin and the Echoes Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28.

gardens: The Tingewick & Water Stratford Horticultural garden competition is coming on Thursday, April 14.

For information email Charles Tanner on, or call 01280 847680.

free bacon butties: The next survey of the Parish Footpaths will take place on Saturday, April 16. If you would be prepared to give up an hour or so to walk one (of them, meet at The Crown, Tingewick, at 11am.

As usual, we’ll start with coffee/tea and bacon butties before setting off. If you have any questions call Dave Roy on 01280 848532.

tingewick 1611: The Church of St Mary Magdelene, Tingewick – The fundraising starts over Easter with Tingewick 1611, part of Tingewick Church’s Open Days, on 2-5pm on April 24-5.

Tingewick 1611 celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible and has on display: The Oxford Bible Triptych, a new 66 panel embroidery, an historic display of Bibles printed in four centuries, readings from the King James Bible by some twenty readers and Illustrated Bible verses by Schoolchildren.

To compliment this there will be displays by the Winslow and District Art Society, the Tingewick and Water Stratford Historical Society.

The Music in the Garden event will take place on the evening of Saturday, June 11 with the Winslow Concert Band playing in the grounds of Tingewick Hall.

The group will be doing the Pig Roast at the Tingewick Fete along with a book stall, tombola and welly wanging on Saturday, July 16.

September sees a Safari Supper planned for Saturday 10, while the Harvest Supper will take place on Sunday, October 9 at Tingewick Village Hall.

Proceeds to the Tingewick Church Building Fund. Entry free,

running for warwickshire & Northants air ambulance: In order to raise funds Tingewickians Laura How and friend Maggie are entered into the London Marathon and would be grateful for any donations. Find out more on www.justgiving/laurahow


spring coffee morning: This takes place on Saturday, April 2 from 10.30am – 12noon at Twyford Chapel. Gifts and cakes for Mothers’ Day and Easter, plus eggs, plants and wide Fairtrade selection. Free admission.

THE ROYAL WEDDING: A street party is being held on the Saturday from 12noon, starting with a procession down Main Sreet.

Look out for flyers with further details in the future.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Everyone is invited to our Mothering Sunday Service on Sunday, April 3 at 4pm.

There will be a Church Tidy Up afternoon on Sunday, April 16 from 2-4pm.

For further information please speak to Mike Allen or Julia Cook

Twyford Village Stores are holding an easter Egg Hunt around the Church grounds on Easter Sunday after the 11am service.

twyford village history day: On Saturday, April 2 from 12 noon at the Crown.

If you have any old photos, maps, documents, newspaper cuttings, letters, sale posters, written records or interesting artefacts relating to Twyford’s past, please bring them along for exhibiting.

The Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society are also doing a survey around the village on this day and will be using The Crown as a base to display the results of theirfindings.

There will also be a guided tour of our Church starting at 11am by John Brushe, Conservation Officer for South Bucks District Council.