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Chipperfield is a lively community of approximately 1700 people living in 800 households. Despite competition from the major supermarket chains, nearly all of which have stores within easy motoring distance, it has managed to retain most of the key facilities which enable a village to be reasonably self-contained. It has a post office and general store, a quality grocer and provision store, newsagent, butcher, two garden centres and four pubs. What were two local village garages have expanded to cover a much wider market, one becoming a main Land Rover dealer for West Hertfordshire and one expanding to be a large new and second-hand car retail dealer.

Socially the village has three active churches, a village hall, a social club and youth club, each with their own premises. There are well-supported clubs for cricket, football, tennis and short-mat bowling. The village primary school is at full capacity, with over 200 children on the roll.
The village lacks a doctor’s surgery which means that villagers need to travel the two miles to facilities in Kings Langley, Bovingdon or Sarratt. Similarly, attendance at the dentist or at a day centre involves transport out of the village.

There are few employment opportunities in the village itself. There are now just three local farms, two involved in mixed farming and one solely arable. In addition to the shops, garages and garden centres, there are some people employed at a local builders, in garden equipment repair and in forage and animal feed provision. However, many people commute to London or the local large towns.

There is concern for the lack of affordable housing, particularly for young people.

There are three local bus routes providing daily services to Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Rickmansworth and Kings Langley: the services are limited and, despite public subsidies, not well supported.

Due to its situation on a crossroads, there is a considerable volume of through road traffic, the principal destinations being the M25 (junctions 18 and 20), Watford, Rickmansworth, Bovingdon and Chesham.

The village is an attractive recreation area for visitors from neighbouring towns and villages and this adds to the central congestion and pressure on vehicle parking facilities, particularly at week-ends.

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carl hastings

i love chipperfield and always will

August 6, 2012
vanessa

i visited the village recently and liked it. it should stay as a village and glad it has its own little shops too.very pretty too

March 15, 2011

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