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February 2003

John Jones (1924-2002)

19th of February 2003

John was born in Chipperfield, the fifth of six children in 1924 and lived most of his life in this area. As a boy he attended Chipperfield School and was a choirboy at the Parish Church. In 1942 he joined the Navy, serving on MTB’s (Motor Torpedo Boats) in the English Channel and then in […]

Edith Midgley (1922-2002)

19th of February 2003

Edith Midgley, who died on 16 November last year, lived all her life in Chipperfield. Many people will have recollections of their own association with Edith, but as a tribute to her, I have brought together some of her own memories which she recorded in 1998 for the `Chipperfield Within Living Memory’ project. Edith, an […]

Betty Leatham (1923 -2002)

19th of February 2003

Betty Leatham (Bubbles) was born in Queen Street, Chipperfield, on 1 June 1923. She died in Melbourne, Australia, on 7 December 2002. Bubbles had lived in Australia with her daughter, Celia, for the last 23 years of her life. Her ashes were interred in Chipperfield churchyard after a short service taken by the Reverend Peter […]

Winter's Grip

19th of February 2003

As I write these notes (Jan. 8) we are in the middle of a cold snap. The coldest for a couple of years I think, as I have had to carry buckets of water to the chickens down at the farm, as the main supply to the hen house is frozen solid. I love the […]

Wanted – Your Old Christmas Cards

19th of February 2003

Rather than waste those lovely Christmas cards, please choose the nicest and bring them to the collecting box in the narthex at St Paul’s Church. They will be re-mounted and sold later in the year. All proceeds will be donated to St Paul’s Church, primarily for the Organ Fund. Volunteers are needed to join an […]

Support The Hornets!

2nd of February 2003

Watford Football Club has provided Chipperfield News readers with the opportunity of a unique match day experience for the match v. Stoke City on Saturday 22nd March. A special price of £45 (normally £55) will entitle you to an escorted Stadium tour before enjoying a three course carvery meal in the Hornets Nest Restaurant.A reserved […]

A Tale Of Patience And Persistence

2nd of February 2003

In April 2002 I undertook, on behalf of the Parish Council, to arrange for the cross on the top the village war memorial to be replaced in time for the Remembrance Day service in November 2002. Seven months would surely be enough time to get it sorted out … Firstly the owners of the war […]

Lest We Forget

2nd of February 2003

On Armistice Sunday 2002 most cars were brought to a halt, some with their engines still running, for the two minute silence which was observed by the annual gathering at our War Memorial. Above the poppies and the names of the Chipperfield dead in both World Wards it was sad to see the column still […]

Team Work

2nd of February 2003

In the autumn last year Terry Timberlake suggested that residents could help remove litter from footpaths in the village.Eight people volunteered to help him and thanks to their efforts over the last three months quantities of cans, plastic bottles, sweet wrappers and other rubbish have been removed from the car parks, pavements, footpaths and hedgerows […]

Poppy Appeal

2nd of February 2003

My wistful report in the November issue about falling below our past record produced no less than £45 (plus Gift Aid certificates) from people who had missed this year’s collections and were apparently concerned about my reputation. Many thanks indeed! We are now well ahead and hope to remain so!I was delighted to learn that […]

A New Baby

2nd of February 2003

Alan and Moreen Wheeler would like to proudly announce the birth of their grand­daughter, Hannah Leah, born on 21 December 2002 weighing 81b 6oz. Both baby and mother are well. Hannah’s mother, Amanda, is well known to a lot of people in the village as she has worked at the Garden Scene for seven years […]

New Village Warden Appointed

2nd of February 2003

We are pleased to welcome Arthur Hirst as our new Village Warden. Arthur was appointed following the resignation of Michael Home to take up full-time employment and started work on January 6th. He has lived in the village nearly 4 years, having done comparable work in the South Midlands. We. wish him well in taking […]