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.

Olive Entwistle – founder of Friends of the Common, a proud Commoner (one of the few left with grazing rights on the Common), and in her day a leading light with the Open Spaces Society – has sadly passed away.
Olive’s funeral is on the 12th July, 12.30pm at St. Michael’s Church, Chenies. After at Amersham Crematorium, then refreshments at Olive’s house in Chorleywood Bottom, “The Retreat”.

Advance notice of the Flower Walk to be on Sunday 20 August, meet 2.30 pm at Christ Church lych-gate.

And the Glow-worm surveys for 2017 are now starting, on Fridays 30 June, 14 July, and 21 July, meet 9.45 pm at Shepherd’s Bridge parking area.  Hope to see you at the first one this Friday.


A good turnout with the hour change making it lighter – about 30 members attended.

Greg gave a review of 2016/17 which you can read by clicking here: 2017 AGM Chair report.

There is still a vacancy on the Committee, so please come forward if you would like to find out more and contribute.

After the AGM Cllr Jane White, the Chair of the Parish Council, gave us a presentation on the Nature Trail and Wilderness Dens on the Common.  These have now been approved by the Parish Council and work is starting soon, so some of the Trail will be in place for Village Day.  Money for this is coming out of the central Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)  which means there is no additional cost to the local community.  The meeting enthusiastically welcomed this initiative.


The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chorleywood Common will be held at Chorleywood Library on Thursday 30th March 2017, starting at 8.00pm.
The Agenda is below,  click for FoCC 2016 AGM Minutes and FoCCAccounts 2016.
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 talk by Cllr Jane White, Chair of Chorleywood Parish Council, on the Parish Council’s plans for a Nature Trail on the Common.
One Committee member is stepping down this year, and another is thinking of doing so; accordingly there will be at least one and perhaps two vacancies to be filled.  If you think you might be interested in helping with any part of the activities of FoCC, and would like to know more about what membership of the Committee would involve, (or if you wish to discuss anything else contained in the agenda before the AGM,) please contact Greg Hill (gregoryjshill@btinternet.com)
Nominations for election should be sent to Petrea Conway as secretary (petrea2@btinternet.com) at least 7 days before the AGM.
As an added incentive to persuade you to come out, 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 30th March.
AGM Agenda
1. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM held on Friday 4th March 2016.
2. The Chairman’s report.
3. Approval of the Treasurer’s report and accounts.
4. Appointment of Independent Examiner.
5. Election of Officers.
6. Election of Committee
7. Any other business.
Following completion of the formal business of the AGM, and after a short break for the refreshments, there will be a talk by Cllr Jane White, Chair of Chorleywood Parish Council, on the Parish Council’s plans for a Nature Trail on the Common.