LADY ELA RUSSELL’S CHORLEYWOOD ESTATE

Please join us for an illustrated talk by Lynda Herity at the Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood on Thursday 17th November from 2 o’clock until 4 o’clock.

Tea and homemade cakes included in entrance price for members: £3, non members: £4.

Please click Full Council 2016 October 18 to read the informative notes taken by by our Chairman at the recent full Parish Council meeting.

Have you ever wondered about the First World War casualties named on our War Memorials? Members of Chorleywood U3A did, so they decided to investigate the background of the fifty men named on the board in the War Memorial Hall. It turned out that these young men were involved in every major theatre of war, though inevitably the majority perished in France, Belgium or Gallipoli. Most were killed in action, a few succumbed to disease or sickness and a small number died of war-related illnesses after hostilities had ceased. The impact on what was then a small rural community is hard to imagine. They found families who had lost more than one son, cousins and brothers-in-law who had perished, and roads where several young men and their families were near-neighbours. There are no outstanding heroes on the Chorleywood memorial – although you could say that everyone who took part in the Great War was a hero. They were just ordinary folk –gardeners, labourers, shop workers, stable boys and clerks – who were sucked into the most unimaginable horrors and carried out what they saw as their duty. Their research is now complete, so to ensure that these men are not forgotten U3A is publishing a book containing a history of the village in 1914 – 1918 and our men’s stories – who they were, where they worked and lived and where, when and how they died. Copies are available from Chorleywood bookshop in November 2016, price £15 or through U3A by contacting u3aww1project@gmail.com

Royal Horse Artillery on Chorleywood Common during the Great War

The Chorleywood Residents’ Association (CRA) have asked us to tell you that they are in the process of changing to what they consider is a more up to date style of an ‘all resident inclusive’ model. CRA invite all Chorleywood residents to keep informed about important local issues and events by signing up to receive a monthly email from CRA. If you wish to do so, go to their website ‘chorleywoodresidents.co.uk’ and click on Mailing List and enter your email address. CRA have confirmed that your email address will not be shared with any other organisation.

The CRA are also establishing Road and Flat Representatives to cover all of Chorleywood Parish. If you are willing to be a point of contact for residents in your Road or Apartment Complex, please notify secretary@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk. CRA consider that this would be a great help in supporting your Chorleywood Community.

We are taking the opportunity of the message above about Open Spaces Committee meetings to pass on CRA’s request; we assure you that we do not intend to make a habit of circulating messages that do not relate to the Common or the activities of FoCC. We realise that you may receive a message similar to this one from other local organisations that CRA have asked to publicise their new operational model; you will appreciate that we do not know what other organisations our members belong to.

Please click on link to read our Chairman’s notes of recent Open Spaces Committee meetings on July 19 and Sept 20.


Come along and enjoy the activities – The Friends of Chorleywood Common are supporting this Parish Council sponsored event – Guided walks, tug of war, face painting, build a den, hurdle making, wood carving, see the owls and hawks, Young Ranger activities, bouncy castle, BBQ and a bar, with a film ‘Oddballs and the Penguins’ starting at 4:45.

Wasp Spiders

12 Aug 2016

One of our members took a picture of a wasp spider he found on the Common this week:

The Wasp Spider is a very large, colourful spider that is a recent arrival in the UK from the continent and has slowly spread over the south of England. They build large orb webs in grassland and heathland, and attach their silk egg-sacs to the grasses. They are harmless to humans.

Come along, explore and experience the beauty of the Common – a “Wildflowers and Butterflies” walk this Sunday 7th August, meet at 2:30pm at Christ Church.  The weather forecast is currently looking fine for an outing

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Here is the link to notes of interest about the Common taken by our chairman at the last Parish Council Full Meeting

Full Council 2016 June 28

With this hot weather, you may have heard popping and clicking sounds when walking on the Common.  It is not someone making popcorn, but the heat causing the gorse bush seed pods to open and spread their seed.