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October 2004

School Dinners At Blackwells

19th of October 2004

Chipperfield Within Living Memory. For parents of today’s pupils at St Paul’s School, it may just be a question of either school dinners or packed lunches, to be consumed on the premises, but back in the Second World War it was a different matter. War was declared on 3rd September 1939 and within a week […]

Our Local Theatre

2nd of October 2004

Following an extensive refurbishment which has taken two years and cost £8.7 million, the doors of The Palace Theatre at Watford is due to open again this month.The theatre is now fully accessible to all patrons with improved access to all levels via the lift. Spaces for wheelchairs in the stalls and the circle have […]

Your Garden In October

2nd of October 2004

Now that autumn is here it’s time to prepare the garden for the coming winter and next spring as well. As they die down perennials need to be cut back, except for the sedums, asters and rudbeckias, which should still be in full flower. Plants with interesting seed heads are best left untouched and pentstemmons […]

Great British Weather

2nd of October 2004

What a difference a year makes: last August I was eagerly watching the sky for any sign of rain, whilst this year I am writing these notes while torrential rain falls on already wet ground. Last year we recorded a miserly 11.9mm of rain during the whole of August. This year we are up to […]

Lazy Reeders

2nd of October 2004

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Allotments

2nd of October 2004

Chipperfield Allotments welcomed eight new tenants last month and they are all working to prepare their plots for next year’s growing season. All the recently cleared plots are now taken and we have only two, recently vacated, plots still available. If you would like to rent either a full or half plot please phone as […]

Local Author

2nd of October 2004

Jennifer Worth, who lives in Boxmoor, was a District Midwife in the London docklands in 1950s She has recently written a memoir of her working life which gives a unique insight into the social history of the area round Poplar when it was still ravaged by wartime bombing. “Call The Midwife” is available from Hammicks, […]

Deer Walks

2nd of October 2004

There are two early morning Deer Walks on the Ashridge Estate this month, on Sunday 17 October and Sunday 24 October from 6.45am to 9.30am. The 4-mile walks are circular and of moderate difficulty. Warm clothes and suitable footwear should be worn. Optional pub breakfast after the walk (about £7). Meet in small car park […]

Village People

2nd of October 2004

A chapter of Bucks Hill history ended in August, when Mavis Howe moved away to live near her daughter in Somerset. Ainsworth Cattery – whose distinctive cat cut-outs along the barn roof have long been a local landmark – has closed. Mrs Howe’s family have lived here for 85 years, and she is maintaining her […]

The Play Area At The Mount Prison

2nd of October 2004

What must it be like for a child to visit a father in prison?A tiring journey, waiting around to be checked in, being searched by a woman in uniform, then into a high, bleak room and Dad sitting on a hard chair. Mum buys you a drink and some crisps, you tell Dad what you’ve […]

Baptist Church

2nd of October 2004

We are looking forward to our Church Anniversary service on October 17th and we would be pleased to see any of you there at 10.30am to join in the celebrations. The church was established in 1820 which makes us 184 years old!The Thursday Group is a time of sharing, prayer & singing. These have been […]

St Paul's And Holy Cross

2nd of October 2004

Christianity Explored – this is a course that does just that. It looks at the contents and claims of Christianity based on St Mark’s Gospel. It is intended for learners, beginners or anyone who would like a refresher course. It will go at the pace best suited to those who come. The whole course lasts […]

Warm Front

2nd of October 2004

Free government grants to improve the warmth and insulation of homes are available to all those who receive Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit and have a child under 16 or are at least 26 weeks pregnant, recipients of other benefits and allowances and those over 60 receiving Pension Credit, Housing or Council Tax […]

Bowls In The Village Hall

2nd of October 2004

The coming season opens on Friday 1 October when the Evening Short Mat Bowls Club hold their first meeting at 7pm. Two mats are used and games are arranged on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Matches against other local indoor clubs take place throughout the season and various social evenings, culminating in the Annual Dinner in […]

Teenagers To Pensioners

2nd of October 2004

Eddie Studley and his wife were over from Australia, so it seemed a good idea to get the “Boys” together, so seven or us with our wives met at the Cart and Horses and what a good time we had – even the weather was nice and sunny.We all agreed that we were better off […]

Parish Map

2nd of October 2004

The prints of the village map are selling like the proverbial hot cakes and only six dozen copies remain.Buy now for Christmas, price £10, either from The Post Office Stores or The Larder. All maps supplied in a protective tube.If you would like copies supplied by post please send a cheque (payable to Chipperfield Parish […]

Thursday Lunch Club

2nd of October 2004

If you are over 60 and would like to enjoy a hot lunch in good company once a week, why not come along to the Parish Room on Thursdays from 12 noon to 1.00pm? The meal costs £1.60 and is followed by tea or coffee.Please phone Mary West on 01923 260688 if you would like […]

Theft From Cars

2nd of October 2004

Theft of equipment, money and handbags from parked cars continues to be a problem in the village. (Eight reported cases in the last two months). Remember to take your belongings with you and lock your car when you park it, however long you leave it.

Jacket Found

2nd of October 2004

A ladies’ brown suede jacket, size 14, was found in Scatterdells Lane on 31 August. It may be claimed from Hemel Hempstead Police Station (01442 271012)

Chipperfield Tennis Club

2nd of October 2004

Our annual Double Tennis Competition was played in gloriously hot conditions. The sun shone brightly all week-end and the players melted. However, it was lovely to finish the event with a Bar-B-Q and a good time was had by all. Congratulations to the following members:Juniors: Winners: Jack Thompson and Jack Twomey; Runners-up: Tristan Dicker and […]