Its short notice, but tomorrow night the Cricket Club Pavilion project goes before the TRDC Planning Committee on Thursday 23 January 2020, 7.30pm at the TRDC offices in Rickmansworth.

The planning officer has, this week, released the planning report for the committee’s consideration with a recommendation to refuse permissionm but ultimately the decision will be determined by  Committee vote next Thursday.  Much of the report is positive, but the negative aspect revolves largely around the view that the cafe component, not associated with a sporting facility, is creating a building of a size and scale which makes it an inappropriate development because of the harm it would cause to the openness of the green belt setting.  The report can be viewed on this link here TRDC planning report on Cricket Pavilion.

Chorleywood Parish Council is in general supportive of the project (there are  some minor concerns over security lighting), especially in thats its development sustains the Cricket Club, enhances the local community usage of the Common and supports less advantaged members of the public.
The Committee of Friends of the Common support the Cricket Club’s proposal to enable cricket to continue to develop on the Common, with the cafe being a worthy cause, and hope that as many members who agree with it can voice their support at the TRDC meeting on the 23rd, which is open to the public.

Its early days but from what we have seen and heard so far this seems a worthwhile development.  I’ve pasted in information below, and you can get the full planning application via 3 Rivers Planning (there is a link below)

——————— from the Cricket Club…..

Exciting plans for a new cricket pavilion, cafe / tea room and community hub in Chorleywood
The local charity Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC) have now submitted plans to Three Rivers District Council to build a stunning new cricket pavilion, cafe/tea room and training facility for young adults with learning disabilities.

The existing Chorleywood Cricket Club …

The exciting new design proposal for Chorleywood Cricket Club …

If approved by the Three Rivers District Planning Committee, Parish Council and DEFRA, the Chorleywood Cricket Club would be supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to extend its provision to provide cricket facilities for all, including women and the disabled …

provide a new community hub and café / tea room staffed by learning disabled adults …
And provide benefit to parents with children, dog walkers, runners, horse riders, older people, cyclists and ramblers…
The new facility would also support volunteering and promote social inclusion, resilience and understanding.

Mission EmployAble and CCC hope to have built the new pavilion by April 2021 with a view to it opening for the May 2021 cricket season. They are seeking the support of the community to make this ambition a reality and help raise the necessary funds.

For further information about Mission EmployAble go to:

For information about Chorleywood Cricket Club, go to:

New Ranger – We said goodbye to Alec Pinkstone who has left to pursue a different career.  We are pleased to welcome his replacement Brendan Maher, who will be joining Daniel Du Gard in the near future.

Info Boards and Nature Trail – The Rangers are busy putting in the new signage and way markers for the Horse track.  There are a variety of info boards, including one at the Shepherd pub that makes it clear that the grassland there is also part of the Common, this being somethimes not known to residents.  Though some appear very visible, they will weather in. The next Wildwood Den is due to be installed in October and the way markers for the Nature Trail will go in then.

Cattle on the Common – The cattle appear to have settled in and are making an impact on the grazing of the Common. They can usually be seen at the bottom of Larks meadow.  The annual cut and lift will take place later in the month.

Common’s Butterfly Count – The Rangers held an event on the Common as part of the National Butterfly Survey. 14 adults and 12 children attended the event. More such activities are planned for the forthcoming months.

Please find below a couple of flyers advertising two guided walks on Chorleywood House Estate, led by one of the 3 Rivers Park rangers.

  • Sunday early evening 22nd September – a bat walk
  • Sunday morning 20th October – a fungus foray

Participation is free, but you are asked to book online (details are on the flyer) so that they know how many to expect.



The Rangers are having a butterfly count event on the Common on 7th August 2019, starting with a meeting at the Common Room at 11am.  This is part of the Butterfly Conservation event running from 20th July until 12th August.

The Cattle are back

30 Jul 2019

We have five cattle on the Common – they are adjusting to their new surroundings fenced in Railway Field and will stay there until Monday in order to let them settle in.  Then they should be released firstly into the May bushes area and then into Larks Meadow – probably at the beginning of September once the orchids have finished..

On Sunday 11th AugustMaple Lodge Nature Reserve will once again be open to the general public when it holds its annual Discovery Day.  The reserve is one of Rickmansworth’s hidden secrets and is home to a rich variety of wildlife including waterfowl, woodland birds, bats and butterflies.

Throughout the day guided tours of the reserve will be organised by members of the Maple Lodge Conservation Society.  There are two lakes and many hides to explore around the reserve, some of which have wheelchair access.

Light refreshments will be available all day and there will also be plants, second-hand books and greeting cards on sale.  Entry to the reserve and parking will be free of charge.   Opens at 11:00 a.m. with last admission at 4:00 p.m.

For more information please contact: Keith Pursall, Chairman, Maple Lodge Conservation Society on 07580 535986 or

Many thanks to the Parish Council for organising and the weather for being sunny.  We enjoyed a very successful Village Day and welcomed in 6 new members – and it was particularly nice when existing members came up and said who they were as we very much appreciate this direct contact with you and we do hope that more of you will follow suit like that in the future.
Pride of place this year went to our “Clean it up” campaign, with a very explicit message to dog walkers who don’t. We had an 11 foot sycamore tree festooned with 21 poo bags full of (inert) material that represented the number of poo bags the rangers have to remove from trees and shrubs every week.
Our display of newts maintained the interest of all who visited us – and it was heartening to find how many knew what they were – and in French and Italian – ‘dragons’ was a colourful guess too, especially for the little larvae with their feathery fronds behind their ears. And lots recognised ‘sea snails’ and were intrigued to see their bodies contract and expand as they moved on the glass sides of the tank.
And we had questions about planning permissions for developments and quite a few about lizards.

At the end of the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 16 April our Chairman Michael Hyde presented Jackie Worrall with a token of appreciation and thanks for her long membership of the Committee of Friends of Chorleywood Common  (Jackie stood down at the recent AGM). Jackie continues to serve on the Parish Council (currently as Vice Chairman) so her knowledge, love and support for the Common will continue.

The Parish Council agreed that a councillor should attend Friends Committee meetings as a non-voting member to maintain the close contact and information sharing between the Parish and Friends.  This role would be appointed at the Full Parish Council meeting in May when councillors are voted into which sub-committees and liaison roles they will fulfill for the coming year.

Social & AGM report

29 Mar 2019

Great to see those members who came last night.  We had a superb presentation by Daniel Du Gard on how the Common has changed, his presentation is here (click).

Then the formal AGM took place.  Michael Hyde gave his Chairman’s report for the year here (click).  The meeting gave thanks and expressed great appreciation to Jackie Worrall who is standing down, but all other current committee members were re-elected.  There is space for more members to contribute to the committee, please contact us to find out more.

After some drinks, crisps and chat, Tony Edwards, member of Parish Council and Chair of the Open Spaces Committee, demonstrated CPR and resuscitation using a defibrillator on a dummy.  There are four defibrillators in Chorleywood and if you find someone collapsed and not breathing, first check it is safe to approach, and if they are not breathing call 999 and start CPR.  999 will direct you (or another passerby) to get a defibrillator and once opened the machine tells you what to do, no training or expertise is required.  It saves lives.

Now, get out and enjoy the Common in the sunshine!