AGM 2015 and a New Smoothie Bike

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

Notes to the meeting are available to read – LINK to 2015 AGM notes

The main news is that we resolved to purchase a professionally made smoothie bike. It will be ready for the Summer Fete Smoothie stall on Chiddingfold Green on Sunday 14 June from noon.

Use the contact form to let us know if you can come and help…or if you have any folding chairs to help set a cafe-style seating area for the stall.



Meet me on the Corner

AGM  Meet me on the corner:  Wednesday 20 May

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.

Spring Swap-it Saturday 28 March

Excellent news! We are hosting our next Swap it Saturday at the Village Hall on 28 March. 10 am sharp – because it is usually all over by 11:30 am.

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How does it work? Read our quick guide.

What else is there? HoRepurpose_Doorwaysme made cakes and some things for sale – all to help cover our costs.

Please make a donation to help Chiddgreen as well.

Thank you


Mapping a Sustainable future

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.

Sign up for emails here –

What to Expect

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
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.)

Logs4Labour Sunday 2 November

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 😉

More details about our scheme on Fowlshatch Copse web pages

And if you want to buy a short stove or a long candle take a look at the new on-line store.


Sustainability Supper!

Join us on Saturday 18 October at 6pm until 9pm at Imbhams Farm.

Pot-Luck supper – bring something to share – but not too much…

Transition Haslemere will be sharing soup, cooked on a Swedish Stove – maybe you saw the pictures in the Herald and in the Surrey Advertiser?

Please let us know if you are coming – all welcome!



Chiddingfold Neighbourhood Plan – Join in!

Meeting at The Village Hall on Wed 29 October at 8pm.

Find out more …and  how it relates to Waverley’s Local Plan.

The picture shows the proposed extension to Chiddingfold’s village boundaries. The wheels of government seem to move so slowly,  but Watch Out!  when there is a movement, it seems like an earthquake – so many things change at once.

2014-09-16  Proposed change to settlement boundary

The Local Plan seems to be all about housing. There is a ‘presumption in favour of Sustainable Development’. If, like us (and the UN, by the way), you think that a sustainable approach is Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, then you will want to have an input – there seems to be a lack of ‘joined-up’ thinking about school places, transport systems that encourage and promote low-carbon solutions, and things like employment for local people, local supply chains and protecting our natural environment – everything from amenity land to how we handle water supply, waste water and recycling. And will all these houses be low-energy buildings? Or have financing options to make them more affordable? These issues need debate and discussion!

How to find out more…

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) seems to have been under discussion for ages, with plenty of proposals outlined and captured in various places.

Come along to a meeting in the

Village Hall on Tuesday 28 October  8pm  to hear more

Come prepared! Try these links

A quick guide to Neighbourhood planning

Chiddingfold Parish Council’s NP page

Waverley Consultation on Housing Proposals ( but BE QUICK – it closes on 17 October)

The map of proposed extension of the village boundary (also the featured image)


Waverley’s Housing Options exhibition came to Chiddingfold on Wednesday 1st October for just two hours (11am- 1pm!), and we had very little notice), … If you want to complain about  the process – please send an email to the leader of Waverley council:

My email reads like this:

Dear Mr Knowles,

I live in Chiddingfold and wish to complain about the process for generating interest in the Local Plan. I missed the Local Plan proposals Exhibition. It only came to the village for two hours on a Wednesday. No one I know even saw it! Emails were sent out to local groups by our local Parish Council on the morning of the 1st – very poor show indeed!

I feel the consultation is not really designed to engage local people in having a say in developing a sustainable plan for our area, and in particular my village and the surrounding areas.

There seems to be so much missing;  how the plan deals with  nursery and school places ( I am a Governor at a Secondary School);  an approach to transport  that  encourages cycling and walking, yet caters sustainably for everyone; employment, businesses and the economy; amenity spaces, from organised sport to enjoying the wider natural environment; …I could go on. Especially, I notice a gap around how the presumption in favour of a low-carbon future that I care about can be implemented in an open and transparent way.

We need to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Crucially, an ability to allow residents to shape their own needs is slipping.

Making Waves may have been sent to every household and business, but you are not providing the opportunity for organised groups to have debate and discussion.  You still have the opportunity to change the process for the better, and engage with more than a tiny minority of people beyond local politicians and officials currently likely to have a meaningful input. The cost may be more than the budget, but the cost of getting it wrong will be felt  by many for many years to come.

I urge you to divert more resources into communicating and listening to interested parties via local groups (like Chiddgreen that I help to run) and using channels that are easy and flexible to engage with. Making Waves and the paper consultation only presents a limited and restricted question about the numbers of homes – nothing about energy performance of those homes, environmental impact of increased numbers of homes on a variety of other infrastructure issues, and makes no mention of objective measures of sustainability.

….signed in the usual way…









Swap-It 10 am Saturday 4 October

larged revisedswap it Autumn2014Join us –  and help reduce waste!

All events are FREE! but please make a donation and help to pay for the event by buying cake and a drink

All additional help welcome – just ask someone in a green apron.