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Chipperfield Cricket Club

2nd of November 2000

The first cricket season of the new Millennium proved a big disappointment for the club on the field. The first eleven, promoted to Division One of the Hertfordshire League at the end of 1999, won only one game and finished a long way adrift at the foot of the table. The second team fared little better. In winning two games, they finished one from bottom of Division Five. The third team, in Division Eleven, also won two games and finished third from bottom. The Sunday elevens met with more success and managed several victories between them. The highlight of the season was without doubt a superb win in the Becker Plate final played at Shenley. An excellent all-round team effort provided the club with a well- deserved victory over Premier Division Letchworth and showed just what the first eleven is capable of.
The club embarked on a first-ever tour to the Isle of Wight, but bad weather and late cancellations by opponents meant that only one match was completed.
Another highlight of the clubs season took place off the field rather than on it. The staging of the Ball in June as part of the village Millennium celebrations was a resounding success.
The Club has secured a grant from Dacorum Borough Council which will be used to provide new ground equipment, bowling machine and nets, also improvements to the pavilion. It is intended to make the pavilion a more convivial place to visit for that post-match beverage with friends – if you are not a member already, why not pop in next season and you will be made very welcome. John Goodman

Extension Fund Events:
We would like to thank Muriel Samworth for organising another marvellous Bridge Evening on 27 September. 70 participants enjoyed a delicious two-course meal between rubbers. Thank you also to all those who helped with the preparation, serving and clearing away.
Sponsored Bike Ride. Congratulations to all those who participated in the Historic Churches Trust Bike Ride on 9 September. Hugh Clifford led an ‘expert group round three churches in six hours and six families with children aged two to ten completed a slightly less challenging route round the Common. Thanks also to Ann Soanes for manning the church and providing the much- needed refreshments!

Remembering our loved ones
Remembrance Sunday comes around again and we remember those who died in the two world wars in our usual Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial and then in the traditional Remembrance Service in St Pauls. In the evening there is an opportunity to remember other loved ones who have died, in a quiet candlelit service using music, prayers and readings from the Taizé Community for Reconciliation in France and from the lona Community in Scotland. During the service you are invited to light a candle in memory of those you love and place it on the altar. Angela Butler

I was most interested to read the article (September issue) on the danger to horses of the poisonous weed, ragwort. Until a few years ago I, too, would possibly have written an article in the same vein. However, my views on the ,subject have changed considerably of late.
For several years I have spent holidays at a farm on Chippenhall Common, near Fressingfield in Suffolk. Here, horses, donkeys and cattle graze all summer long amidst a positive sea of ragwort (and theres no doubting it is ragwort). When I asked my farming hosts why the horses were not dropping down like flies, nor looking even remotely ill, but were in fact sturdy and robust, they indicated with a shrug of the shoulders and hand gestures that this was one of lifes little mysteries, and as far as they could see the animals left it strictly alone. They pointed out that this weed had spread uncontrollably in recent years and even if all the farmers in Christendom organised working parties the plants and its roots could never be eradicated.
My only thoughts on the subject are that it may be the highly bred horses which are susceptible, being reared in controlled grazing areas, whereas those of lower pedigree, grazing regularly amongst the weed, build up some immunity – or, as my hosts say, have simply come to avoid it. At the moment, as with the mysterious grass sickness, there seems to be no immediate answer.

In the summer months, particularly at the week-ends, we see many vehicles parked in every possible place in the central part of Chipperfield. It has been customary to attribute this inconsiderate parking to visitors; however I observe increasingly, and not at week-ends, that local people park on the grass strip alongside St Pauls Church, even when the car parks and the road have free space.
For many generations, Chipperfield people have enjoyed the lovely surroundings in which we live. Is it really our wish that we should permit our village to be spoiled by the inconsiderate actions of the few? Furthermore, when visitors see how some local people behave, then they follow that example, as we witnessed last winter when heavy trucks ploughed deep furrows in many of our grass verges. Perhaps I am alone in my concern, but I fear that if inconsiderate behaviour by local people continues, and no corrective action is taken, then ours will be the last generation to enjoy the present attractions of Chipperfield Common. Donald Main

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