The 27th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chorleywood Common will be held at Chorleywood Library on Monday 26th March 2018, starting at 8.00pm.  Please click on link to view:
The proposed Agenda;
Minutes of the 27th AGM 2017;
and the accounts for the year to 31 October 2017.

The AGM will include a review of the year by our Chairman, Greg Hill. The AGM is also your opportunity as members to raise any matters of interest or concern. After the AGM there will be a short presentation by Tony Edwards (Chair, Chorleywood Parish Council Open Spaces Committee) and Yvonne Merritt (Parish Clerk) on the Chorleywood Common Green Space Action Plan, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Greg Hill and Alison Rubens will not be standing for re-election as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, or for election to the Committee. There will therefore be vacancies to be filled by election at the meeting. Nominations for election as officers or Committee members should be sent to Petra Conway as secretary ( at least 7 days before the AGM, i.e. before or on Monday 19 March.

If, before the AGM, you would like to query or discuss anything contained in the agenda, and in particular if you want to find out what would be involved if you joined the Committee or took office, please contact Greg Hill ( or any member of the Committee.

The Agenda also includes an item “The future of the Friends of Chorleywood Common”: the Committee hope to promote a discussion of what the members wish the Friends to do, and how those objectives can be realised.

As an added incentive to persuade you to come out on what we hope will be a pleasant Spring evening, we shall be serving wine and soft drinks during the evening. So on behalf of the Committee, I do hope you will be able to join us at the Meeting and look forward to seeing you on the 26th March.

Yours sincerely

Petrea Conway
Hon. Secretary

Daniel Dynes (Dan) died suddenly (and far to young) on 20th Jan.  He will be missed as he was committed to supporting the management of the Common and undertook many maintenance tasks.  We have just received information about Daniels funeral. This will take place on Friday 9th February at 12 noon at West Herts Crematorium followed by his wake at The Hammer in Hand, Ganders Ash, Watford.

Family flowers only but with donations made on the day to Dan’s preferred Charity – The Parish will find out what this is in order that cheques can also be raised.

All are invited to attend.

Flowers and a card have been sent on behalf of the Council

The Parish office will be closed on the 9th February as mark of respect. Notices will be put up accordingly.

The Countryside Management Service (CMS) within Hertfordshire County Council are working with Chorleywood Parish Council to produce a Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Chorleywood Common, which will guide future management to ensure that the site is under the best possible stewardship for wildlife and local people.

[CMS work in partnership with councils, landowners and communities across Hertfordshire to develop projects that enhance the landscape and biodiversity, as well as encouraging people to understand, enjoy and take an active role in their environment. For further information please see the latest CMS news here:]

This GAP will cover the period of 2018-2023 and shall allow for coordination of management across various stakeholder groups. It will also provide a mechanism for the planning and implementation of improvement projects, whilst forming the basis for funding applications to external sources. They are carrying out a two stage public engagement process, to allow local residents and users of the Common the opportunity to comment on future management of Chorleywood Common. They are inviting feedback about the plan.

The first stage of the public engagement is now open until Friday 5th January 2018, with the Briefing Document located at the Chorleywood Parish Council website here.  The Committee of Friends of the Common will be submitting a response and welcome your input, please email with your comments.  You can also submit your own feedback via the  associated feedback form in the briefing document, the more comments the better a plan.

Winter Wildfowl Walk at the Aquadrome 10am-12noon Sunday 17th December. This walk will be led by Ciaran Mullan from the Countryside Management Service. Ciaran is very knowledgeable and will help you find and identify resident and wintering wildfowl, as well as other points of interest on the way.

Its free, but booking is required:

The Chiltern Conservation Board says ” Love the Chilterns? Come to our events in January and tell us your views on its past, present and future landscape. Follow the link to book a place! Register Here

Your chance to win £50 of scrumptious local produce! We need your views. Follow the link to take a survey about the landscape of the Chilterns Start survey



On 23 November there was a small gathering to thank and bid farewell to Andy Goddard, the Parish and Common Ranger.  He is off to mid Wales where he and his family have bought a smallholding farm.  Greg Hill, our Chairman, said a few words of thanks on behalf of the Friends of Chorleywood Common, and Yvonne Merritt, the Parish Clerk, made a speech which I paraphrase and extend below:

” Andy joined the Parish Council from Croxley Green Parish on 4 July 2009.  He started as assistant Ranger working in the Cemetery.  When Peter Monahan left, Andy took on the role of managing the Common and developed a deep and passionate understanding of the Common and its place in the environment.  His love of the ponds and aquatic life (once removing over 2000 gold fish from Darvells pond one summer!), and Great Crested Newts helped the Parish Council to be the first Parish to gain High Level Stewardship (HLS) designation for council owned land in the County.

He took on additional duties including care of the cattle and introduction of educational programs.  Through the forest school initiative his enthusiasm has been passed to a younger generation who we hope will take on the legacy he has provided for the Common and Parish County.

He has been a full and active member of the Parish staff, turning his hand to many different activities including tug of war on Village Day, pond dipping, leading nature walks, and beating the bounds.

We will miss Andy and all wish him and his family the best in their new endeavours”.

Andy was presented with tokens of appreciation donated by members of the public and the Parish and its staff – Hunter wellies and a jacket and gilet – just what he will need in Wales!

Play Area

14 Nov 2017

Here is what Three Rivers are saying about the Play Area, now being branded as ‘Chorleywood Wonder Wood’.

You will be very sorry to hear that Andy Goddard is leaving his post as Parish Ranger responsible for maintenance of the Common after nearly nine years with the Parish Council, and off to Wales.  His last day with the Parish Council will be Thursday 23rd November.  Andy is a passionate supporter of the Common with a fund of knowledge about the history, flora and fauna.  He has given up of his own time to lead walks and guide and inform children in exploring our wonderful asset.

As members of the Committee of Friends of the Common, we are giving personal contributions towards a gift in recognition of Andy’s service.  If you would like to add to this, please make any donations to the Parish Office by Tuesday 14th Nov. The leaving party will be on Thursday 23rd November at 1pm at the Parish Office, and all are welcome if you just first let the Parish Office know so they can accommodate the numbers.

To Andy and his family, best wishes and enjoy your new life.  We will miss you.

Olive Entwistle

13 Jul 2017

Andrew Pritchard, Olive’s godson, gave this eulogy at a Thanksgiving Service to Celebrate her Life on 12 July 2017 at St Michael’s Church, Chenies.  Thank you Andrew for allowing us to reprint your heartfelt words.

“Olive was born in London in 1925. Her Father worked for the City of London Police force and they initially lived in Bishopsgate. Olive went to Camden School for Girls then Watford Grammar when Olive’s parents moved to live with her grandfather at The Retreat in 1939 at the outbreak of war.

Olive’s great great grandfather had bought The Retreat in 1861 for her great grandparents so that they could return from Newfoundland where they emigrated and were struggling. It was described at that time as a ‘snug little property’ and Olive always was always very proud of its history and family ties to the local community. Her grandfather was the village Blacksmith and her father was a skilled artist who captured many local scenes.

Olive’s family were always keen on their Commoner’s rights and committed to protection of the Common. Olive continued this role and played an active role in the guardianship of the Common and took part in the beating of the bounds. She established an initial meeting of the Friends of Chorleywood Common and became president whilst also being a member of the executive committee of the Open Spaces Society. Olive had a keen interest in gardening, nature and wildlife and was immensely knowledgeable in these things.

She met her husband Harold on a sailing holiday in 1963. Both had interest in geography and culture. They enjoyed travelling and visited many countries across the World.

Olive Initially worked for Sun Life Insurance who had located to Chorleywood during the war. She then went to teacher training college and worked in primary education before moving to Beaconsfield Field centre where she became Head of Centre.

Olive was a gifted, talented and committed teacher who had the necessary skills to control the most unruly and rebellious children (!) but also gave city children insight into the wonders of nature. She became Governor of St Clement Danes School and Chorleywood Primary School whilst also being Secretary to Chorleywood Workers Education Association.

Olive was an avid reader and always followed news, politics and current affairs. She was a well-known and respected member of the community in Chorleywood and associated with many individuals and groups. She maintained a strong faith within the church community. She will be remembered as a strong, independent and knowledgeable person with many interests. Olive leaves a legacy which is interwoven to the village and its community, and will be sadly missed by us all.”

Please click on CWPC 27 June to read the notes taken by Mike Hyde at the recent Parish Council Meeting.  The Nature Trail/Wildwood Dens are progressing to plan and you can see them on Village Day 8 July.