The Brick 2012

All good wishes to everyone in the three villages for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012!

The first ‘Brick 2012’ includes Village Hall fundraising and information dates plus the new ‘diary’ for Cherington, Stourton and Sutton under Brailes. The diary lists a broad spectrum of activities taking place here in the next two months – a helpful and handy reference which we hope will enhance the good community interaction and cohesion of the three villages. Events and information about things which are happening locally can be added throughout the year by contacting Helen on 686149  or

Meeting to discuss The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

There was a meeting in the village Hall at 7:30 on February 9th to discuss the CSS Villages Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Cherington and Stourton Diamond Jubilee Itinerary

A 2nd meeting to discuss how Cherington and Stourton will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is to be held on Tuesday 28th February in the Village Hall at 7:30

Current ideas are;

  • All children in the villages to receive a Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Coin.
  • Children to design a logo to be used on a Commemorative Mug.
  • A small Church service to be held on the morning of Tuesday 4th June with Bell Ringing.
  • 50′s themed village get together.
  • A marquee in the gardens of either Tachbrook House, The Show Ground or the Cherington Arms.
  • Sit down communal lunch on one long table with cold meats provided by the Diamond Jubilee committee and salad, bread rolls etc. provided by the village residents (bring your own drink, cutlery, crockery etc.)
  • Entertainment provided by the Cherington Players (music hall style sing-along), children’s games throughout the day, possible a barrel race or tug of war for adults
  • Village Queen (11 – 16) to be selected via a drawing of lots prior to the day, 2 attendants (2 – 11) also selected by drawing of lots.
  • Procession to top of Cherington Hill to see the lighting of the Beacon at approx 10:15

Further information to come after the 2nd meeting on the 28th February.

Further information here – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Coffee Shop

There is no Coffee Second Saturday in January, the Seniors will be having Christmas Lunch in the hall on the 14th. There is a coffee morning at Jacques House, Stourton, on Saturday 21st January raising funds for Church Flowers and Shipston Home Nursing – details in the diary.

There will be a Coffee Second Saturday 10-12 on Saturday 11th February at the Village Hall with a ‘Hearts and Pancakes Theme’ and a chance for people to get together and catch up with friends.

Gardening Group

The Cherington & Stourton Gardening Group meet on the first Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be in the Cherington Arms at 8pm on Wednesday 1st February.  New recruits welcome to join this relaxed and friendly group – additional benefits include discounts at local garden centres. Anyone interested should contact Harry Upson 686323

Lottery Winners

Congratulations to the lucky Village Lottery

Winners in December 2011 – Steve Alkins £200, Jane Cameron £100, Kath Beauchamp £60.

Winners in January 2012 – Chris Owen £100, Paul Marriott £50, David Paton £30.

Winners in February 2012 – Anita Law £100, Rosie McArdle £50, Tom Upson £30.

The CSS New Village Hall

At two recent meetings of the Village Hall Committee all major considerations of the design were discussed and a consensus of opinion determined. However, before the final go ahead is given a little more information was required in regard to the roadside elevation of the building. These details are being prepared and should be ready for consideration in January. The committee will meet again and assuming the details are approved they will be displayed in the village hall prior to submission to the planning department in Stratford.

As with all projects needing input from a number of members the process can sometimes take longer than normal business decisions owing to the complexity of assembling many people at a time and to include as many as possible. This is felt necessary to ensure the project is inclusive.

When the plans have been approved by the committee they will be displayed in the village hall. Should the approval be ready well in advance of the next ‘Brick’ then information will be posted on the village notice boards/website.

It is very important that we get our submission right in order that we put the best case forward for the granting of planning permissions. Time spent now on preparation and behind the scenes work can pay dividends in the overall scheme.

Early 2012 still remains our target to get approval (hopefully!). Thereafter serious work can begin regarding execution of planning and the raising of grants.

Daytime Book Club

If anyone would be interested in joining a friendly informal daytime Book Club who will meet monthly from the New Year onward then please contact Rowena –, 686448. The first gathering is at 11.00 am on Friday 13th January for interested folk to get together and decide on a suitable regular meeting day, please email or call Rowena for more information.

St Thomas’s Church, Sutton-Under-Brailes

There will be a Parish Meeting on January 18th at 7 pm and the PCC (Parochial Church Council) will meet on February 10th at 2.30pm.

Great Grimsby Fish

Gary the fishmonger will resume his Tuesday visits at 2pm in the Cherington Arms car park from 10th January onwards.

The Cherington Players 2012

The Cherington Players have great pleasure in announcing that they will, once again, be putting on a Musical Performance for your entertainment in the Village Hall on the following dates in February: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show commences at 8.00pm. A bar will be kindly provided by the Cherington Arms and there will be a raffle with generous prizes. Proceeds from the performances will go towards organisations within the three villages. Tickets available from Sarah Scotter (686303) and cost £3.50 for the first performance on the 17th and £5.50 for the others.

Tuesday Circle

If anyone is interested in joining the Tuesday Circle, please contact Pam Brooks on 686367 or

Neighbourhood Watch

The neighbourhood watch organisation in Cherington and Stourton is looking for a main co-ordinator. If anyone is interested, they should contact Mrs. Wright on 686270

Youth Club Re-union

Any members of the Youth Club during the 1960s and 1970s interested in a re-union should contact Christine Dudfield 686288. Date to be arranged.

CSS Villages Craft Group

Our stall at Shipston’s Victorian Evening on 2nd December 2011 raised £192. All the proceeds will be donated to the New Village Hall Fund. Thank you to all those who supported this event. If anyone is interested in joining our Craft Group, please contact Jenny Pugh-Beckett on 686381

Bring & Buy Coffee Morning

The Cherington Church Flower Arrangers are holding a Bring and Buy coffee morning at The Barn at Jacques House, Stourton, on Saturday 21st January from 10am to 12 noon.

All proceeds to Shipston Home Nursing and Church Flowersfund.

Slimming World

Anyone interested in coming along to Slimming World this New Year please contact Christine on 686288. The meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Townsend Hall, Shipston, or on Thursdays at 5.15pm and 7.00pm in the Congregational Church Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh.

Church Cleaning in Cherington

Many Hands Make Light Work!
Volunteers required to help clean the church on Thursday 26th January from 8.30am until 10.0am. The more the merrier!

Bell Ringing – Cherington

Anyone interested in joining the bell ringers at Cherington Church please contact Paul Marriot on 686317. Practice night is Monday at 7.30pm.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be calling at the three villages on Friday 6th January, Friday 27th January and Friday 17th February. See below for stops and time:

Cherington – Featherbed Lane 10.30am to 10.55am, Bus Shelter 11.15am to 11.35am

Stourton – Lanes End Farm 11.45am to 12.00 noon
Sutton-under-Brailes – Washbrook Place 2.35pm to 3.00pm