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Chess Valley Bridle Ways Association

2nd of November 1998

This year is the Associations Silver Jubilee and we have been busy raising funds to finance our Jubilee project, which is the re-surfacing of the Jasmine Safety Track in Chipperfield known locally as “The Narrows”. I am pleased to be able to report that due to the generosity of local residents and companies (who have given both financial and material assistance) and the efforts of the members and friends of the CVBA who have supported our fund raising events, we have just about achieved our target and the work on the track has now been completed. This is a big achievement for our organisation and we are most grateful to all those who have helped us.
In April a large number of people attended the Associations jubilee annual general meeting. We were delighted to welcome not only founder, past and present members, but also representatives from Dacorum, Chiltern and Three Rivers District Councils, the British Horse Society, the Pony Club, local riding clubs, local farmers, landowners, riding establishments and many others who have helped the organisation so much over the years. There was plenty of food and wine to help the evening along and when voices became a little tired after catching up with news of old friends, display boards which illustrated the achievements of the Association over the past twenty-five years, offered an interesting and informative break.
Our Annual Summer Show was due to take place on Sunday 12 July. However, due to an outbreak of a particularly nasty horse disease, we postponed the event until Sunday 13 September. As it tumed out, the weather on the July date was atrocious and apart from the threat of a heavy shower, we were spared the wind and rain in September and enjoyed a very successful day.
Of course one of the main aims of the Association is to keep alive the few bridleways we have in this area and we work with local councils and landowners to create and retain permissive and licensed tracks. We are also currently involved with projects in Chenies and Whippendell Woods at Watford.
In the late summer a local farmer once again opened his stubble fields to riders and we are always most grateful for the opportunity to ride across land that is usually “out of bounds”.
If you would like further information about the Association please contact me. Karen Lane (01442 834032)

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