The Demise of Chiddgreen

Sadly, the membership of this once wonderful and committed group has dwindled to almost no members.

This website will remain open until December 2021.

The residual funds are being distributed according to the votes cast by the remaining 20 or so people who still live in Chiddingfold and who have made a significant contribution.

We are grateful to the Chiddingfold Bonfire Association for helping to keep the money safe until it can be spent.

The choices for using the residual funds to benefit the village of Chiddingofld and the environment are:

  1. To plant a tree/small group of trees and install a bench on Chiddingfold Green. We have the support of Chiddingfold Parish Council.
  2. Birdboxes/Batboxes – to be distributed to residents pledging to put them in gardens in and around Chiddingfold. We will aim to help install these once we have a decision.
  3. Donation to Chiddingfold Bonfire The volunteers of the Chiddingfold Bonfire Association were nominated for the prestigious 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) . Apart from the annual bonfire, our village benefits from their support for elderly and vulnerable residents, and ‘Helping Hands’ – ‘working parties’ on the green, in the school, the village hall and churchyard. 
  4. Support the Wonderful Wildflower initiative which in turn supports the conservation efforts for the Wood White butterfly. 

A survey is open for supporters to indicate which of these will benefit. To login and complete the survey click here.

Chiddgreen Spring Walk

Chiddgreen Spring Walk and AGM

A dozen people came out for a 2 mile stroll around the village. Afterwards we enjoyed  celebrating 20 years of Chiddgreen with cake at our AGM.

The Walk (taking in proposed development sites around the village.)

A warm and pleasant evening walk around the village, taking in some splendid views and catching a glimpse of bluebells in the woods.

We benefited from Christine Tebbot’s commentary about the progress and status of various sites around the village.  Did you know that the official village boundary (set in the 1990s by Waverley Borough Council) excludes some of the older properties that are actually right in the middle of the village?

We all agreed that this is nonsense. And looking forward to the opportunity to have our say in the up-coming  Neighbourhood Plan consultation.  More details on the Parish Website

Discussing the Chiddingfold Neighbourhood Plan

We considered the proposed site for a larger village car-park – the idea will be to extend the village hall and displace cars parked on the Green (hurrah!) to this site on Coxcombe lane. The pond will be landscaped and offer more habitat fro wildlife to flourish.

The open green space behind the homes to the north of Woodside Road is unlikely to be come a ‘Village Green’, but could be a dedicated open space, to enable the activities there to continue: keeping chickens ( see photo below – I am sure those are ducks…) and  space for children to play.

Open Space to the north of Woodside Road

Please sign up to our newsletter to find out when you can join a walk similar to this when the consultation opens in a few weeks.






The AGM started at about 8:10, and was all done by 8 :35.


Chiddgreen Celebrates 20 years with a cake.  We had a quiet year – see the link to the minutes at the bottom of the page.

Chiddgreen Celebrates 20 years with a cake

Jane Devlin is voted as Chair for another year, supported by Rosie as Treasurer Everyone else is happy to be part of the  ‘Inner Circle’. It is a wonderful thing to  contribute by helping to run the Festival Smoothie Stall and Swap-it! events.

Environmental sustainability is our thing – we have links with other green groups and are happy to help with advice and guidance.

We updated the constitution sightly – new version here.

The Neighbourhood Plan is taking shape and we want Chiddingfold to continue to be a wonderful and sustainable village through the proposed plans.

We also meet in the pub for ‘Meet and Green’ conversations. approximately every 8 weeks. Contact us to find out when the next opportunity is.

Full AGM minutes and Chair’s report 

2018 Chiddgreen AGM and Spring Walk

Put a Sustainable Spring in your step – Join us for an evening walk, and afterwards for a short AGM at Penang Farm

Wednesday 9 May at 18:30 – meet at the top of Ridgley Road for a walk through the woods, and afterwards (about 20:00) at Penang Farm for a short review of the year and AGM.

We will be visiting the area of green-space ‘Woodside meadow’  which is the space nominated as open green space.

Map of our route is here

Join at the top of Ridgely Rd, we will be visiting the proposed open green space behind Woodside Road, and then on across the bluebell woods to Penang Farm.

Data protection means we will be updating our Consitution – Comment here.

Other things to talk about

1. The role of Chiddgreen to secure open greenspace for Chiddingfold – provision in the Neighbourhood Plan and Waverley Local Plan.

2. What kind of visits and events shall we plan for 2018 to 2019

3. What are the themes for the coming year?

  • Anyone can come
  • Free to attend
  • And a Surprise….

Swap-it! in the snow!



Thank you! Everyone who came out on the snowiest Swap-it! day ever – we had a lovely community event. There were some amazing swaps – including some lovely toys and small items of furniture, ready to inspire new owners.


On the Swap-it! outsize list, we had a complete chicken house Eglu and run (see

Apparently, the happy new hen-keepers will in fact be the third owners of  this ‘top-notch’ nest. Great donation, and a perfect example of why our local Swap-it! day makes sense.


We also had Max – Chiddingfold’s Mr Fix-it – but because of the snow, not too many people brought things to be mended. I am working with Transition Haslemere to start a ‘Repair Cafe’ – but we think we will need quite a lot of volunteers. Watch this space. In the meantime, Max will be happy to advise and help you keep from throwing useful stuff away.



The next Swap-it! is Saturday 29 September 2018



Green Network

 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.

Transition Haslemere.

Transition Town Farnham. 

The ‘Greening’ campaign fits our aims too. Guildford Environmental Forum  provides resources previously produced by  Greening Godlaming

Energy Alton

Farnham Repair Cafe

2018 Swap-it Dates

latest News letter

Spring Swap-it! in the Village Hall 10:00 am sharp 
Saturday 17 March 2018
Please bring useful and clean items that have a bit of life left in them. Dive in and find fabulous nearly-new items to avoid buying new stuff. Either way, Chiddgreen want to make things last longer, and reduce waste. The Community Recycling Centre in Witley accepts any unsuitable items – please don’t abuse this event. We reserve the right to refuse to accept things which are unlikely to be coveted by anyone. If in doubt, you can email me.


Autumn Swap-it! in the Village Hall 10:00 am sharp 
Saturday 29 September  2018  

2017 Swapit

Saturday 18 March

Please bring items to be dropped before 11am.

Village Hall, Chiddingfold – watch out for the large banner on the railings outside.

Bring cakes if you can.





Free Forest School at Fowlshatch Copse

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!

2015 Autumn Swap-it Day Saturday 17 October

The famous Swap-it day is back!smilies

Having a late summer clear out? Remember re-using is the most environmentally responsible thing to do!

Saturday 17 October 10am ’til noon. (Best things go in the first hour.)

Chiddgreen provides the opportunity to swap things – you can bring and collect as many items as you like – just make a small donation.

reuse cyclesWe like…  Nice clothes that no longer fit, kitchen gear that you don’t have room for, garden tools you don’t use any more, surplus craft materials, and toys, books and small items of furniture.

We don’t like…anything toxic, electrical or alive! And anything that is broken or beyond repair – please take all these items to be recycled to the community recycling centre in Witley!

Large items – just send a photograph. There are really no limits: the biggest thing we have helped find a new home was a concrete garage!