Gentlemen attending the local barbers, having their throats slit and their bodies turned into pie filling – Chipperfield has never seen anything like it – well, not since Jack Midgeley retired anyway. This was Sweeney Todd, Chipperfield Theatre Group’s latest expansive production. But what sort of production was it? In the preamble it was billed [...]
With the festive season approaching the garden is often forgotten at this time of the year. November is, however, a very busy month for gardeners because this is the start of the planting season for all bare-root plants such as raspberries and hedging plants like privet, quick thorn, beech and hornbeam. This is the best [...]
The only good thing about the shorter days is that I am up and about nearer to day-break and get a chance to see the animals that tend to hide in full daylight. I have had some nice sightings of Roe Deer in the last couple of weeks as they grazed on the stubble at [...]
One hundred years ago in 1909, the Baptist Minister moved into his new home, built next to the Chapel at the foot of Blacksmith’s Hill, in The Street. The land for the Manse had been acquired in 1905 at a cost of £40, but it was not until 1909 that construction was to commence. Prior [...]
Around 1950 Christmas Bazaars were held in the Church Institute on Wednesday afternoons, perhaps to coincide with half-day closing. By 1955, when Gerald Lane was vicar, the Church Magazine was advertising the Holly-Berry Fair, which took place on a Saturday. Can you remember back to the 1950s? What were the early fairs like? Audrey Robinson [...]
Congratulations to my nephew Garry and his wife Penny Goodman on their ordination at Norwich Cathedral on 3 October by the Lord Bishop of Norwich, assisted by the Bishop of Lynn. Gerry is the son of the late Joe and Sally Goodman of Commonwood and Penny is the daughter of Joan and the late Reverend [...]
Mary English, formerly of Nunfield, passed away peacefully at Clarence House Nursing home on 26th September. She will be sadly missed, but always remembered, by her children Paul and Pauline English; and Jacky and Terry Simmonds; her grandchildren Darren and Jason; and Christine, Nicola, Emma and Mark; and her great-grandchildren Jasmine, Amelie, Alfie, Sienna and [...]
I was wandering through the woods – with the dog of course – wondering what to write for Chipperfield News! – somewhat frustrated as I had been thinking about it on and off all day…nothing seemed to be quite right…I noticed several times sweet chestnuts lying on the ground, picked one up and of course [...]
Our Family Quiz Evening held on September 19th was great fun and catered for all ages. It was competitive but very jolly and there was a cream tea and cake at half time which was a little different from the usual, but really tasty and very enjoyable! The proceeds were sent to “Tiggywinkles” wildlife centre [...]
I would be surprised if there was a single person who didn’t know that Oct 31st was “Halloween”. The encroaching of American culture and celebrations into Great Britain seems endless (we may one day be celebrating “Thanksgiving” or even “Independence Day”?).It’s not strictly true that it is an American event. The remembrance of “Halloween” is [...]
October has proved a hard month for us; losing both our priests! However, all is not as bad as it sounds. Fr. Jan, who has been with us for most of the past year, has been appointed priest in charge of Abbots Langley. We are happy that he is still near, and in fact it [...]
Two local mums, Cathy Hemmings and Theresa Dolt from Hemel Hempstead, have had the idea of setting up new Fun-to-cook children’s parties. The service takes the stress out of home parties and includes: party invitations, the shopping, all food and drink, aprons, chef hats, party bags, thank you cards, all utensils, all washing up and [...]
The Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning held at Whippendell Lodge on 25 September raised the sum of £208. Many thanks to all who gave cakes, jam, booze and other sale items. Special thanks to Ellen Long and Margaret Walker, without whose help the day would not have even started.
There is a new Pilates class coming to the Village Hall in Chipperfield. This class is for women and men taken by local Osteopath David Wells. David is an experienced Pilates trainer who has trained people from 18 to 80. He has worked with professional dancers, sports people and even run a pilates class in [...]
Due to the changes in the local population, staff and innovative new resources such as our local Children’s Centres, it has been decided that the monthly Child Health Clinics held in Chipperfield Village Hall need to be relocated in order to continue to serve the local community in the best possible way. Therefore, the last [...]
The Afternoon WI went to Morton-in-Marsh’s market day for our annual outing. The coach trip there and back was lovely and there were bargains to be had on the stalls. Our speaker in September, Dr Brenda Harold, gave us an interesting insight to ‘The New Genetics’. She was good – no one went to sleep! [...]
Saturdays 9.30-11.30am About 30 years ago there was a meeting in Chipperfield to consider the practicalities of opening a WI Market. After discussion it was decided to go ahead in Bovingdon as more people shopped where there was a greater choice of outlets. Thus in 1979 “Bovingdon WI Market” was born and is still successfully [...]
Results: Silver Rose Bowl (most points vegetables, fruit and flowers) and G.A. Usher Challenge Bowl (most points all flowers) Both these trophies were awarded to Frank Venables; W. Bates Cup (runner up in vegetables, fruit and flowers) and Timberlake Cup (best onions in show) Both these trophies were awarded to Mike Leon; Peter Franz Cup [...]
A Mobile Police Office will be in the Church Car Park on The Common on Wednesday 4 November from 1-3pm and again on Tuesday 17 November from 11am-1.30pm.
Following publication of the October issue, a lady (possibly Mrs Williams?) telephoned regarding the Haysman family, but unfortunately the message left on the answering machine was difficult to hear. We would very much like to hear from you so please could you telephone again – Mary Nobbs 01923 269480.