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December 2011

In Your Garden This Winter

1st of December 2011

This is a good time for gardeners to make their plans for the year to come as days are now much shorter and colder. There are, however, many jobs to do when the weather permits. Outside water pipes and taps must be lagged to prevent freezing; water should be drained from pond pumps and fountains, [...]

Loud Visitors

1st of December 2011

I was just going to feed the chickens a couple of weeks ago when I heard a strange raucous call coming from one of our conifers. It was not a familiar sound and as I looked a bright green, ring-necked parakeet appeared at the very top of the tree. It was not a bit shy, [...]

Chipperfield Theatre Group

1st of December 2011

Chipperfield Village Hall Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 January 7.45pm plus 2.45pm Saturday matinee SHIVER ME TIMBERS! Well, shiver me timbers my hearties! Chipperfield Theatre Group is setting sail for adventure with their swashbuckling pantomime Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates It’s the action packed tale of a would-be hero in search of adventure, fortune and [...]

Village People

1st of December 2011

Donald Main, who lived at Mahogany Hall for many years, has moved to Cornwall. We wish him happiness in his new home in Penzance. His wife Sally, who has sadly died, was one of the first editors of Chipperfield News and they both played active roles in village organisations over the years. Audrey Dodds died [...]

Harvest Thanksgiving Concert

1st of December 2011

To celebrate the Harvest Festival at St Paul’s Church on 16 October, Keith Beniston brought together the choirs of St Paul’s and Holy Cross churches to perform Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor. Soloists included Chipperfield’s own Rosie Clifford (soprano), Mark Denza (tenor), Christopher Wright (bass) and Helen Stanley (alto). A splendid orchestra accompanied the [...]

Churchyard Burials

1st of December 2011

Further to the article in the October edition of Chipperfield News, the survey has now been been completed. All houses in the Ecclesiastical Parish were visited and the results were announced at a public meeting held in the Small Hall on 26 October. This meeting was attended by 73 people including County Councillor, Richard Roberts, [...]

St Paul’s Parish Registers

1st of December 2011

We welcome into the family of God’s Church: 23 October Scarlet Coupland

St Paul’s And Holy Cross

1st of December 2011

Most of us at sometime or other will have experienced the delight of a children’s nativity play – as a small child, fascinated parent, or proud grandparent. The story is familiar to us all. I vividly remember our eldest, as a little girl, singing (on her own!) Star shining bright… There is the story, true [...]

Baptist Church

1st of December 2011

I am hoping this year that I don’t get caught in the traditional mad Christmas shopping experience. It starts with sitting in a traffic jam for about an hour, followed by driving around a gloomy and grimy multi-storey car park, trying to find, and admit it, praying for, a space. All this pain and anguish [...]

Roman Catholic Church

1st of December 2011

Speaking to us from the altar on Harvest Sunday, Father Terry said: “People often ask me what I find strange coming back here after spending most of my life in rural Africa. It isn’t the weather, which is much the same as it was 50 years ago, cold and wet. It’s not the abundance of [...]

Chipperfield Corinthians Football Club

1st of December 2011

The first team have found the going tough playing in the Herts County Premier Division. Long term injuries and unavailability have impacted on results; they sit 13th out of 16. This is after 14 league games; 5 games have been lost by one goal and they are the third highest scorers in the division.The reserves [...]

Chipperfield Afternoon WI

1st of December 2011

With her many interesting and colourful slides, Janet Dineen showed us the joy and entertainment that the fairs and fairgrounds brought to towns and villages from the middle ages to Victorian times. Maggie Taylor told us about the work of the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and facts about the residents we did not know. In [...]

Chipperfield Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting

1st of December 2011

Thursday 2 February at 7.30pm in the Small Hall Everyone will be most welcome, so do come and join us. We would very much welcome new members to join our committee, or if you feel you are unable to do so, perhaps help us on our show days. We would be very grateful and would [...]

Chipperfield People Who Served In WW2

1st of December 2011

Your ongoing assistance has been very helpful indeed. We now have contacts for Betty Woods, George Carter, Anthony Tebbitt, Ernest Harding and Reginald Downham. Is anyone able to help with the following? Leslie Stuart Reed was the son of Mr and Mrs Reed who lived at Bickley, Langley Road. Leslie had a sister, Ida, who [...]

Village Hall

1st of December 2011

The Village Hall Committee is pleased to report that this year’s Quiz Night maintained the successful format of previous events. Always a well supported evening, ninety two residents and guests attended and our thanks extend to David Collette, our quiz master. His questions were puzzling, intriguing, interesting and, ultimately, solvable. All thanks to those who [...]

The Lanes Children’s Centre

1st of December 2011

And there goes another year! May we take this opportunity to thank all our families for their continued support and we would like to wish them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year. The Lanes Children’s Centre will run their usual activities until Thursday 22 December with a special Christmas [...]

St Paul’s School

1st of December 2011

Houses of Parliament At the beginning of October Year 6 entered Dacorum Borough Council’s competition to design a poster for democracy week. All entries were sent off to the council but in the end there were only two lucky winners: Miss Amy Stewart and Miss Jessica Swales. So on 13 October the two winners set [...]

Chipperfield Neighbourhood Watch

1st of December 2011

Volunteer support needed at meeting on 18 January at 7.30pm in the Royal Oak Conference Room In order to continue with the present safe security record of the village, more street co-ordinators are required.

RSPB Save The Albatross

1st of December 2011

With Christmas fast approaching, please remember to tear off the used stamps on your Christmas card envelopes and all other mail. If you could collect them and put them in the box at the back of the narthex in St Paul’s Church, the RSPB would be very grateful for your help. Together with the clean [...]

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

1st of December 2011

The September house to house collection raised £687.66, including £11.54 from The Boot, Tower Hill. Very grateful thanks go to all our loyal supporters who helped to achieve this excellent result. Margaret Newman