Orchard Ground Family Summer festival

Thank you to everyone who attended the Olympic Family Festival and for supporting our event.

Everyone had a great day competing in the 5 disciplines. Our countries had been training hard and great skills were needed to complete the competition.
The winners were
Gold Medalists were Team France
Silver Medalists were Team Brazil
Bronze Medalists were Team USA.

Competitors rehydrated at our Olympic bar, refuelled at the barbeque and replenished lost sugar at our fantastic cake stand. Fun was had by all at the Olympic bingo with music throughout from The Spokes.
The Orchard Ground Committee would like to thank, Lynne at Art Sugar Deco for her two amazing Olympic cakes, Chris George at The Unicorn Pub, Parrots the Butchers, for all their generous donations.
Thank you too to The Spokes for rockin’ the festival, to all the cake bakers, and of course a big thank you to the Gibby and Darlington Family for the use of the beautiful Teepee’s.

We raised an amazing £734.76

 

Bucks County Show Thursday 1st September

This year the main attractions at Weedon Park are the Royal Signals White Helmets Display Team, Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, Cookery Theatre, Vintage Tractors, The Sheep Show, Horse, Cattle, Sheep and Home and Garden Classes, Rural Crafts, over two hundred trade stands including the Shopping Marquee and the Food Hall.

As in previous years, tickets can be purchased prior to the Show at a discount.

www.buckscountyshow.co.uk

Community Speed Watch

Community SpeedWatch is a traffic monitoring scheme coordinated by Thames Valley Police in partnership with local councils and other stakeholders, but managed and run by
neighbourhood policing teams and Community Volunteers.
How it works
• SpeedWatch can only operate in areas up to a 40 miles per hour speed limit. Community Volunteers work alongside Thames Valley Police officers to identify vehicles which break the speed limit.
• Registration numbers are entered onto a database which produces a letter informing the registered owner that their vehicle has been noted to have exceeded the speed limit and asking them not to do so in the future.
• If the same registration number is logged in another SpeedWatch anywhere within Thames Valley, the owner will receive another letter advising them that if they are caught a third time, the information will be passed onto Roads Policing, who may take further action.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old, and we need a minimum of six Community Volunteers to make this work. If you would like to be involved and reduce the speed of vehicles in the village please contact Mike Bush at 14 Whitchurch Road, or by e-mail on cublingtonpc.clerk@gmail.com

Nominations for volunteers required

Volunteers and communities make sport happen and without dedicated coaches, team managers, scorers and kit washers thousands of people wouldn’t feel the benefits of taking part in sport.

Here at Leap (The Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & MK) we think those people deserve a thank you. So we are appealing to you to help us identify the people and organisations who make sport happen in order that we can recognise and celebrate them.

We welcome nominations across 10 categories:

•    Active Workplace of the year
•    Club of the year
•    Volunteer of the year
•    Young Leader of the year
•    Community Coach of the year
•    Performance Coach of the year
•    Project of the year
•    Primary School of the year
•    Secondary School of the year
•    Unsung Hero of the year (The Terry Cook Award)

If you know of a person, group or organisation within your Parish who deserve to be recognised and celebrated then please nominate them. Nominations are open now, until 16th August. www.leapwithus.org.uk/sportawards

Shortlisted nominees from each category will be invited to the county Sport Awards presentation evening at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on 18th November.

You can find out more about the awards and previous winners by visiting our website. www.leapwithus.org.uk/sportawards

Advice on swarming bees

Although spring appears to be very slow this year in the next few weeks there will be a flurry of honey bee swarms.

There is a swarm collection service provided by the Mid Bucks Bee Keepers Association in conjunction with the British Bee Keepers Association.

If contacted by the public reporting a swarm of bees we will do our best to collect it if possible and provide advice and guidance to people.

Last year we dealt with over 300 calls from the general public and commercial organisations.

Our members attended over 120 honey bee swarms.

This is probably a good sign of the health of the pollinator population in our area.

The mild wet winter and this cold spring have not been good for honey bees in particular so every swarm will be important to us as beekeepers.

Contact
MBBKA Swarm Hotline 07770 370132 or BBKA British Bee Keepers Association website http:www.bbka.org.uk

Advice on swarms as a downloadable pdf available here
swarm collection 2016

Brian Bush
(MBBKA & BBKA swarm officer)

Waples Walk unveiled

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The inauguration of the new commemorative walk with lectern and map and took place on the Nob on Easter Sunday. Over 70 villagers, friends and relatives attended the opening ceremony led by Joan Waples and then walked the walk in brilliant sunshine before retiring to the Biggs Pavilion. It was indeed a fitting tribute to our sadly missed friend.
Your memory will live on.
Thanks to all those who provided the ample refreshments along with sandwiches, snacks and cakes.

Five Go to Treasure Island – a review

Yet again a triumph from the Cublington panto crew. A wonderful marriage of Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson saw The Famous Five, rather unusually, go to Treasure Island. Jane Alexander exuded calm confidence as Julian with Ally Lovatt very professional in the role of Dick. Chris Gibby’s bunches, as Anne, will surely set a new fashion for 2016. Out with the hipster beards and in with bunches! We enjoyed Di Grace’s tom-boyish portrayal of George. Was there a subliminal message in the dungarees? Emma Gurney’s Timmy the dog set a record for the Cublington panto of being completely word perfect. Careful, you’ll do Kim the Prompt out of job. Oh, hang on… Aunt Bessie (surely Aunt Fanny? Ed.) was superbly portrayed by Jan Antosiewicz, channelling his inner Miriam Margoyles and was snatched away by the dastardly pirate chief John Law, channelling his inner Keith Richards, ably assisted by First Mate (newcomer Jennie Chappell) and Roger the Cabin Boy (Chloe Wilson in fine voice).

The action moved from Aunt Bessie’s cottage to a sun kissed Caribbean where we met Creuset the Cannibal – Chris Brandon wearing a flesh coloured, figure-hugging body stocking and a few palm fronds to hide his blushes. At least, I hope he was wearing a flesh-coloured body stocking, otherwise the mind boggles at the near miss we all had, especially the unfortunates in the front two rows. Some things can never be unseen… There was music, with Evelyn the height of professionalism on the piano. Chloe too, sang beautifully. The others… Well, at one point John Law asked the audience to join in if they knew the words. We will if you know the tune, came the reply. Many thanks to all those who made this production possible , such a cherished part of the fabric of Cublington life.

Thanks too, to the writers, the producers, the directors, the ticket sellers, scene shifters, doormen and make up artists, sound technicians, the best boy and the grip (what is that? I’ve always wanted to know). We appreciate all of your efforts, the long dark nights of the soul as you stumble to rehearsals without even the possibility of a pint in the Unicorn afterwards as you’re doing dry January, and the arguments over who gets to wear those dungarees this time.

We loved it all.

See you next year.

Portrait of a Village

An exhibition by Martyn Gates
This unique social commentary of the village of Cublington features not only people living in the village, but also events that have taken place, buildings and the surrounding landscape.

The exhibition is from Monday, February 22, till Friday, March 4, at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury.

Waples Walk Lectern Unveiling

The ceremony to open the Waples Walk will take place on Easter Sunday, 27th March at 2pm. Villagers are asked to congregate on the Nob for the unveiling of the lectern showing a map of the walk, followed by the walk, for those who want to of course, (approximately 2 miles), followed by refreshments in the Biggs Pavilion.

Worlds Biggest Quiz

An event was held at the Unicorn Pub on 7th Feb, when simultaneously the same questions we asked at over 1400 pubs throughout the land. It was a Guinness World Record attempt. Ultimately “The Gift Of The Gabbs” team won out scoring 40.5 points out of 60. They donated their £25 prize money to the charity Florence Nightingale Hospice appeal making a fantastic £271 total raised on the night.