18 Jun 2012

Winter talks take place in Chorleywood Library, starting at 8 pm; admission £2 for members or £3 for non-members, which includes light refreshments and makes a contribution to the cost of hiring the library and the speaker’s fee and expenses. The AGM is also in the Library at 8 pm; no charge.  Summer events are outdoors on the Common.

Current events schedule:


Thursday 21st January : 2:30 at the Junction for Linda Herrity to talk  on CHE and historical connections with the Common. Note this has been postponed

AGM planned for Friday 26th February; this could be held at the library or at the Junction.


Thursday November 19th:2.30 at the Junction for Andrew Goddard, Ranger, to talk on on Butterflies, Moths, and plant life on Chorleywood Common.

Friday 3 July First Glow-worm survey: 10.30 pm at Shepherd’s Bridge parking area: described
above; all welcome.

Saturday 11 July Village Day 12.00 – 4.00: we shall be having our usual double stand and hope to see many of our members on the day. We shall be exhibiting a variety of ‘wild’ pond life for young and older to enjoy, as well as a Quiz on the variety of flora that we have, fixed point photography, and other features that make our Common such an “Uncommon Common”.

Thursday 16 July Second Glow-worm survey: 10.30 pm at Shepherd’s Bridge.

Thursday 23 July Third Glow-worm survey: 10.30 pm at Shepherd’s Bridge.

Sunday 2 August “Wild Flowers and Butterflies” Walk, led by Martin Hicks of Hertfordshire Ecology; meet at 2.30 p.m. at the lych-gate, Christ Church.

Saturday 3 October Chorleywood Community Orchard Apple Day: 11.00 – 3.00 in the Orchard, Chorleywood House Estate

Thursday 15 October ”Bird Life on and around Chorleywood Common”: Steve Carter is a local member of the RSPB and will be giving an illustrated talk on our local bird life on 15 October at 2:30 pm at The Junction, Christchurch.

This is at a new time of day and location as has been requested by some members.  Please come along if you can, or of you would prefer alternate times/days for such talks let us know.

Thursday 19 November “Butterflies, Moths and plant life on Chorleywood Common” – 2:30 at The Junction, Christchurch


Thursday 24 April: “Moths on Chorleywood Common” – an illustrated talk by Andy King; in Chorleywood Library, Lower Road, Chorleywood, at 8.00 p.m.  Friends of the Common members £2, non-members £3, under 16s free, including light refreshments – all welcome.

Saturday 3 May: Dawn Chorus Walk, led by Anna Marett; meet at 5.00 a.m. (!) at the Memorial Hall parking area.  Please note: numbers have to be limited (a large group makes its own sounds, which can drown out birdsong at a distance); to reserve a place, please contact Greg Hill, e-mail or phone (01923) 283555, after Easter.

Friday 16 May: “Pond Dipping”, led by the Common Ranger, Andrew Goddard; meet at 6.00 p.m. in Christ Church car park.   Bring your children or grandchildren, and your wellies; everyone welcome.

Saturday 21 June: “Edible and Medicinal Plants”, led by Victoria Stainsby; meet at Shepherds Bridge parking area at 3 p.m.

Saturday 12 July: Village Day – FoCC will have a stall.

Sunday 27 July: “Wildflowers and Butterflies”, led by Martin Hicks of Hertfordshire Ecology; meet at Christ Church car park (by the churchyard lych-gate), at 2.30 p.m.


Sunday 28 July: Wild Flowers and Butterflies walk, led by Martin Hicks (senior ecology officer, Herts Biological Records Centre): meet at 2.30 pm at Christ Church car park.

Sunday 23 June: Herb Walk, led by Victoria Stainsby: meet at 3 pm at Shepherds Bridge parking area.

Friday 7 June: Pond Dipping, for children: meet at 6 pm at Christ Church car park; old clothes, wellington boots and nets recommended.

Sunday 5 May: “Beating the Bounds”, organised by the Parish Council.  Walk the circumference of the Common, a family event.  Meet at Christs Church car park  2 pm.

Thursday 18th April: – Nick Bessant, reptile expert – “British Reptiles and Amphibians”:

Thursday 21st March – James Shipman, from the BerksBats organisation – “Bats without Belfries”:

Friday 22nd February – AGM – Tim Venner “Friends of Chorleywood House Estate”.

Thursday 10th January – Anthony Morigi, retired director of the British Geological Survey – “Chorleywood on Ice.”


Sunday 18th November – Fungus Foray (exact time and place to meet to be confirmed)

Thursday 1st November – Rachel Sanderson, Commons Project Officer from Chilterns Conservation Board – “The History of Commons, and Chorleywood Common in particular”

Apple Day – Saturday 6 October, Organised by Chorleywood Community Orchard in their Orchard (11 am to 3 pm; enter Chorleywood House Estate at South Lodge and turn right immediately past the Lawn Cemetery.)

Thursday 4th October – John Catton from the Bumblebee Conservation Group – “The Honey Bee and its Relations”

Village Day – Saturday 8 Sept (postponed from 14 July) Cancelled, now Sat 13 July 2013

Flower Walk – 22 July

Herb Walk – Sunday 24 June