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.

Whatever your views on the Play Area, Three Rivers District Council is acting undemocratically.  Here is the text of a letter that our Chairman has sent to the Watford Observer:

“Three Rivers District Council’s latest move in the Chorleywood Play Area saga is undemocratic and overbearing. Chorleywood Parish Council, the owners of Chorleywood Common, have decided three times (most recently on 26 April this year) that it is not appropriate to install play equipment at any of the suggested locations on the Common.

Despite this, on 29 June Three Rivers’ Leisure, Well-being and Health Committee decided (on the Chair’s casting vote after a tied vote on party-political lines) to reject the suggestion of a play area on Chorleywood House Estate, which belongs to Three Rivers, and to obtain a further report on the likely cost of applying for planning permission and, apparently, for consent under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 (including a possible public enquiry), for a play area on one of the sites on the Common. It was suggested at the Committee meeting that a section 38 application to the Planning Inspectorate would provide an independent expert outsider’s decision on whether the Common would be suitable for a play area; it is noteworthy that by rejecting Chorleywood House Estate as a possible location, the Committee ruled out any equivalent neutral evaluation of that alternative.

Three Rivers’ decision appears to be a further step in a campaign to ride roughshod over the decision of the democratically elected members of Chorleywood Parish Council, which they took with the greatest of care and with the benefit of the opinions of experts, the advice of a specially convened group representing a range of community organisations, and the views of residents expressed in an Open Forum on 19 April. It is well known that there are different views, and no ideal solution, on the question of play facilities in Chorleywood. But Three Rivers’ latest decision raises wider issues of ‘localism’ and of respect for a decision of Chorleywood Parish Council as to the use of land which it owns. Let us hope that the Planning Inspectorate will not allow itself to be drawn into what looks as if it is becoming a political dispute.”

Art Competition

13 Jun 2016

• Please use A4 size of paper only

• Any materials can be used, paint, crayon, collage…..

• Put your name, age and school on the back

• There will be two categories, 3 to 7 year olds, 8 year olds and over.

• Pictures will be collected from you school reception on Friday 1st July

• You can also drop your entries into the Parish Office by Friday 1st July

• Winning entries will be displayed at Village Day Saturday 9th July

• Go to the Friends of Chorleywood Common Stall

• Prizes for the winning exhibits on Village Day

 

 

 

 

 

Having an ongoing record, year by year, of the butterflies found on the Common is interesting in itself, and also helps track the effects of how the Common is managed and of environmental changes generally.  This year the small survey team will meet on Wednesdays at 2.00 p.m by the notice board at Christ Church pond on the following dates:
15th June, 13th July, 17th August, 14th September

Please come along and join in the fun – all are welcome!

Here are notes taken by our industrious chairman of recent meetings.  I read that the TRDC Dog Control orders are to be adopted.

Open Spaces 2016 Mar 8

Full Council 2016 Apr 19

Open Spaces 2016 May 17

Pond dipping pictures

23 May 2016

The event was not as well attended as last year, but Andrew Goddard, our Ranger, had caught a number of newts, including Great Crested ones, which he could show the children: