Hort Soc Annual Show results

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And the winners are:

Burgoine challenge trophy– Jakki Harriman- best veg
Wheeler trophy– best flowers- Anne Gurnsey
Childrens miniature garden won by Violet Matthews
The Chesham Dairies cup won by Connie ODonnell
Best mens cooking by Michael Bowden
The Marian Thomson plaque for best novice won by Paul O’Hare

Well done everyone, and thanks so much to the organisers for another great show. These things do take an enormous amount of effort to organise – and all offers of help are gratefully received. Do get in touch if you think you could help next time round.

The Bull: deadline for comments looms

Dear friends and supporters of The Bull Pub, Bellingdon

Many thanks to those of you who have already added your letters of support for the  reopening of our village pub and the provision of a permanent building for our village nursery – both important community assets.

The deadline for comments is rapidly approaching – we ask you to submit yours by Friday 22nd September to ensure that they are included. It is vital that you give your full address, or your submission may not be counted.

We cannot overemphasise the importance of community support for this important planning application so we urge you, please, to email: planning@chiltern.gov.uk, with reference “The Bull, Bellingdon‎ CH/2017/1361/FA”, or comment via the website.

CDC do take all comments seriously, as evidenced by the acknowledgement received on submitting a comment (underlining added by us for emphasis):

The Bull Public House & Land Adjoining, Chesham Road, Bellingdon, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2XU CH/2017/1361/FA

I acknowledge receipt of your recent letter or e-mail regarding the above application. I will ensure that your representations are taken into account when the application is being considered.

All comments received will form part of a public document which will be available for public inspection, therefore do not supply details you do not want published. All comments will be scanned onto the application file and be available for public viewing. We will use our best endeavours to ensure that signatures, telephone numbers and personal email addresses will not be published.

With your help we will see both The Bull Pub and the Village Nursery once more adding their value to our community.

Andrew Barratt, Jeremy Evershed, Hugh Griffiths, Cyril Hancock, Kevin Morris, Nick Richardson and John Taylor

The “Save The Bull” Group
September 2017

If you would like to be kept up to date on the campaign, please email savethebull@bellingdon.com and ask to be added 🙂

Bellingdon Art Group restarts Thursday 21st September

The Bellingdon Art Group, under the guidance of Berry Gidman (a fully qualified Art Teacher with many years’ experience), re-starts in the B & A Village Hall on Thursday 21 September and new members are always very welcome.
The sessions are on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 during school term times. Why not pop in to see us, or give Berry a call (01494 758532) to find out more about what the group does?
Berry Gidman

Gentle exercise class in Chesham – starts Wednesday

A new Gentle Exercise class will start next week on Wednesday 13th September 12:30-1:30pm based at Chesham Methodist Church. Please can you help promote this activity by sharing the attached flyer to relevant contacts. The classes will cost £2 per visit and each person will get the first visit for FREE. We encourage people interested to get in contact with me to confirm attendance via email: matthew.harrington@gll.org or tel: 07771566038. Alternatively people can just turn up on the day.

Horticultural Society Annual Show | Saturday 9th September

This year’s Hort Soc Annual Show will take place in
the Village Hall on Sat 9th September and will be
open to the public from 2pm. Tea, coffee,
homemade cakes and chat will be available.
The showing of prize vegetables and flowers is,
and always has been, a very British pastime. So do
come long to support your fellow villagers and
help to continue a particularly local and historic
Better still, why not indulge your competitive
streak and enter an exhibit? As well as Fruit, Veg
and Flowers, there are classes in cookery,
photography and crafts.

The Bull update September 2017

**please note the updated email address for comments is planning-comments@chiltern.gov.uk **

The plans for the future of our pub have now been completed and have been posted to the CDC web site at https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/online-applications/. They can be viewed under the following reference: CH/2017/1361/FA 

At the same time, since the temporary permission to use The Bull as a nursery has now expired, the owners have had to submit a further application for an extension to this temporary permission to allow these new plans, if granted, time to be implemented.

It is the view of our group that these plans are not only viable to secure the long-term future of both the pub and the nursery but offer the best chance of The Bull being reopened as a pub soon as possible.

It is very clear from the plans that the local owners, the Matthews family, have already invested a huge amount of money and effort into arriving at a solution to our campaign and their willingness to engage with the village from the very start of their ownership is proof of their ongoing commitment to our community.

Now it’s the turn of our community to demonstrate that we endorse these efforts by showing our support at this crucial stage.

We cannot stress enough the importance of such demonstration which can take two forms:

  • Firstly we urge you to write to or email (planning-comments@chiltern.gov.uk) the planning committee expressing your support. Such a show of support proved vital in persuading the appeal inspector to stipulate that the present building has, ultimately, to return to its former use as a public house because the residents amply demonstrated its importance as a community asset with an impressive number of messages of support.
  • The second way we can show our support is by attending the actual planning meeting when it takes place – probably around mid-October. We are assured that councillors greatly value such a show of support and we will be letting you know the date and time and offering transport for anyone wishing to join us.

Hopefully the end of the saga is in sight – let’s all hope it’s satisfactory.

The Save The Bull Group

Forró Fest 2017 | Bank Holiday Weekend

Just a reminder that villagers are welcome to attend Forró Fest this afternoon free of charge…

After its spectacular success last year, the Brazilian dancing extravaganza that is Forró Fest is back at Bellingdon & Asheridge Village Hall and grounds over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Organiser Julia Samel was delighted with the welcome they received last year and would like to invite villagers to get involved once again: “This year we can offer a special Sunday afternoon free to all locals, from 12pm – 9pm:

Beginners Forró at 12pm, followed by Coco Afro class 2pm – 3pm, which is a very fun style of Brazilian community dance, plus they can stay on site until 9pm as we have plenty of outdoor fun for free including African dance and French folk music – Mazurka.

If they would like to stay for any evening with live music and dancing until late, the price would be £15 on the door.”

Anyone with questions is asked to contact Hugh Griffiths by email or phone on 07712 397122.