The Friends have a display for the Parish’s WW1 commemorations of “Military Use of the Common 1914-1918 compared with Civilian Life before it”.

It will be in the Memorial Hall Common Room from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November.

There are a number of other events to commemorate the ending of WW1 over that weekend – see the Parish website:

Open to everyone. Last Thursday of every month 10.00am – 12.30pm, ending at a pub where people can stay for lunch/a drink if they wish. Certain tasks may take longer and will be advertised as such in advance. Other special walks and events can be added in ad hoc – i.e. bat walks, wild flower walks etc.

25th Oct 2018 – Pond clearance work – duckweed removal, sweet grass and weed croming, silt removal – meet at Cricket Club car park
29th Nov 2018 – Coppicing of gorse, removal of saplings and heather seed sowing – meet at Cricket Club car park
31st Jan 2019 – Coppicing of gorse, removal of saplings & heather seed sowing – meet at Cricket Club car park
28th Feb 2019 – Laurel and holly cutting and marking – meet at Cricket Club car park
28th Mar 2019 – Laurel & holly cutting and marking – meet at Cricket Club car park

Our next ranger led walk and activity morning is this Thursday at 10am meeting behind the cricket club pavilion as usual.

Daniel (the Ranger) suggests doing a walk around to start as there are lots of fungi to see, and then finish up with some work around top common ponds.

Hope you can join us, weather forecast looks “OKish”.

The TRDC Leisure Committee considered the TRDC proposal for a Play area on Chorleywood Common on Wednesday 10th October. The officer’s recommendation was basically that the play space be put on hold until there is more conclusive evidence that the local community are in favour of a play space on Chorleywood Common. Officers therefore proposed that the funding for Chorleywood be used to upgrade the Swillett Play Area.

No formal feedback has been received from TRDC but it is understood that at the meeting an amendment to the recommendation, that was then carried by a majority, to the effect that the Swillett upgrade is put on hold whilst the Parish Council is approached again for a decision on whether a play area should be placed on the Common. The exact wording of the recommendation  has not yet been received by the Parish Council.

Only then can the Parish Council debate and decide how to move forward on this issue.

Here is the link to the agenda and papers for the next 3 Rivers Leisure Committee that is meeting on Wednesday 10 October at 7:30pm.

One of the items is a report about the consultation on the Play Area, and a subsequent recommendation not to proceed.  The report recommends that:

“2.18 The consultation data from the Wonder Wood survey are inconclusive and split between those wishing to have the play area and those against. It is therefore recommended that the proposal be put on hold until there is more conclusive evidence, showing that the local community are in favour of a new play space on the Common.

2.19 Officers therefore propose that the funding for Chorleywood be used to upgrade The Swillet play area. By upgrading The Swillet play area sooner than planned (2020/21), the families within Chorleywood will be able to benefit from a high quality play area.

2.20 The original budget of £50,000 to upgrade the Swillet play area was allocated to be used in 2020/21. This funding was to be used to carry out a minor upgrade in order to complement the new play space on the Common. However, as it is now proposed to no longer progress the project for an additional play space, ….”

The committee can decide not to the accept the recommendation to “no longer progress the project for an additional play space”.  You are welcome to attend the meeting as a member of the public.

The cattle have returned to Chorleywood Common.  There are four and at present they are in the Railway field adjusting to their new surroundings.   It is likely that they will be released next Monday into the Maybushes, Railway Field and lower paddocks.

The cut and lift of the grass is also due to take place within the next week or so.

Local residents within the Parish of Chorleywood are invited to take part in consultation for the proposed Chorleywood Wonder Wood on Chorleywood Common at Site 15A during June and July. The survey closes at noon on Friday 20th July.  For information on the proposal please visit:

To complete the survey, click the following link:

Privacy Policy

23 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the UK on 25th May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used by organisations.  Friends of Chorleywood Common must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation.

As a member of FoCC  you gave us your name and contact details and asked to be kept informed about our activities. We hold limited and necessary information about you solely to enable us to communicate with you and to record details of your membership.  We do NOT share this information with any other organisation.

It is your right to ask us at any time what information we hold about you. You may also at any point require us to remove your name from our records and delete your contact information.

You can read the updated policy by clicking this link   Privacy Policy

If you are content that we continue to hold and use this information for these purposes, you do not need to do anything.

Bill Griffiths says: “You may have read that The Daily Mail in conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy group is organising a nationwide clean-up of litter over the weekend of 12/13 May.  I’ve been in touch with the parish council to see if they would like our help that weekend and I’ve suggested that we could ” walk the common ” and do a litter pick. They are more than happy for us to do this , and I’m proposing that anybody who is interested meets at the cricket club car park at 11 am on Saturday 12th May.

What could be nicer than an amble round our lovely common for an hour or two – bring the children and the dogs !  We might even finish up at The Black Horse for a well earned drink.

Please let me know if you’re coming – I’ll bring some large bin bags for you all.”

Bill’s email is :

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