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
tradition.
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
01/09/17

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.

Bellingdon Belles present a Barn Dance | Saturday 7th October

The Bellingdon Belles would like you to dust off your dancing shoes and join them for a Barn Dance on Saturday 7th October.

Complete novices welcome, hot home cooked food will be served during the event and all proceeds will go towards the kitchen upgrade. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Tickets are sure to go quickly so either contact the number shown on the poster or speak to your nearest “Belle” to guarantee your place. 

Community pub night | 18th August 6:30-10:30

Come and enjoy some home cooked food, a selection of drinks, traditional pub games (table tennis, pool, darts etc) and the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours in an informal setting.

Bring the kids and take advantage of the light evenings as they can play in the playground.

Everyone is welcome, as always, as are offers of help on the evening either setting up, doing a shift on the bar or clearing up at the end.

Also, we’re on the lookout for someone to organise the pub night in September as Don will be away. Full training provided! Please email
donbaker@rocketmail.com if you can help.

Recycling centre removal

We’ve received notification from the Joint Waste Team of Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe councils that they will be removing the household recycling centre from the village hall car park on 17th August.

As a wide range of recyclables are now collected at the kerb, the team are reducing the number of standalone facilities.

The nearest recycling facilities will be at Water Meadow car park or Cameron Road in Chesham or the main household waste centre on Waterside.

Once the recycling facilities are removed, we would ask residents to please either take advantage of the kerbside service or take their waste to one of the above facilities.

The clothing bank will remain, for the time being until the committee makes a decision about its future.