Collaboration, Co-operation and making green connections
As a small group within a village we want to expand our green ethos. We want to make more links to other groups that share our values and vision.
Here are some links to like-minded active voluntary groups – if they host events, Chiddgreen aims to promote them. And if people from Chiddingfold goes, we can share lifts, or provide updates afterwards at one of our informal gatherings.
Interested in joining us for a free afternoon of fun in the forest on Saturday 30 April?
Everyone is welcome, and there are no age limits! Please wear appropriate warm or waterproof clothes and footwear that you don’t mind getting messy.
Debs, Jeannette, Bruce and I are sorting out materials, marshmallows and monsters for the event. Only kidding – but we will have a bonfire and use one of home-made log stoves to boil water when we stop for a chat and a cuppa.
Activities include making pendants, building dens and collecting woodland materials.
We want everyone to enjoy the event and be safe, so please arrive promptly for 2pm. If you are coming by car, please park in Frillinghurst Wood entrance on Prestwick Lane – and follow the yellow signs to the event. Map
You will then choose which activities to do, and hear the Introduction to the event. Children of all ages need to bring a grown-up with them who can stay for the whole event.
There is no charge for the event itself, but we need to ask for a donation towards the cost of bought-in materials. Tea, coffee and squash are provided, but it would be lovely if you brought a cake to share.
1 May is also the International Dawn Chorus Day, and a few people are planning to rise early (about 5 am) and join us in the tranquility of the early morning to hear one of the wonders of the natural world: an English spring dawn chorus. Once the birds have entertained us, we share a pot-luck** breakfast
** everyone brings something to share, so prepare to surprise and be surprised!
Thanks to everyone who came along, especially Rob & Jeannette Walker, who not only identified all the wild flowers in the meadows and woods during the walk, but provided delicious refreshments for the gathered greenies. The Little Barn is part of the fabulous child-care facilities – more information www.barnkids.co.uk
The AGM is almost here – it will be short, with a ramble before-hand. 7pm walk, followed by AGM at 8pm (A ramble followed by uh, a ramble!)
Meet at the top of Ridgley and Woodside Road, just outside the Surgery. We will do a favourite walk and hope to spot some birds and other wildlife. There will be a tree quiz on the way around. The we meet at The Barn with the AGM at 8pm. All the current committee will be standing again, so there should be very little fuss. If you can;t make the walk, join us at The Barn at 8pm.
Summer Events – Chiddgreen will be offering cold drinks at the Summer Fete again this year, and hosting some woodland events to promote the use of wood-fuel. If you have a wood-burner and want to help maintain local sustainable woodlands, reply to this email, or come along to the AGM.
The Spring Swap-it day was a great success – maybe because we have a new banner – watch out for this sign outside the village hall in the week before the next event ( save the date – 17 October …it seems a way off, but it will come around very soon. More details on the web site
Any offers of help to run the event gratefully received, (just reply to this email) as we need help with setting up and clearing away, serving refreshments and keeping things moving.
Chiddgreen is supporting the Neighbourhood Plan for Chiddingfold, and the next event hosted by the Neighbourhood Plan steering group is all about maps and spacial plans. It will be held on Wednesday 26 November at 8pm, refreshments provided. The Villagers on Woodside Road
We will be working with maps and plans to add detail to the Neighbourhood Plan theme & visions developed so far. You might like to add ideas and locations for community development spaces: what you think really matters.
This is an opportunity to set out a framework to guide everyone – villagers, developers, the planning authority and service providers – about Chiddingfold’s future development. The whole Neighbourhood Plan process aims to offer a measure of control over what happens in our village. It also helps create a strong community and ensure a sustainable future for the services, facilities and environment of the Parish in the next 15 years.
On 29 October we heard about the consultation so far, and from the working groups:
Infrastructure and Wellbeing
Recreation, Culture and Sustainability
Housing, Heritage and Design
Employment and Business
All the presentations are are available to look at, and download at Chidd.org Also…There is a Google+ page where you can add your thoughts. (You need to set up a Google account if you don’t already have one.)
A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! Whilst it is still mild, collecting seasoned logs before they get damp is an important job. Join us and help to process last year’s seasoned timber piles, and you will be rewarded with a boot-load of logs.
Renewing our insurance this month, so donations are especially welcome 😉