Events for Spring Greens!

Woodland  Taster Event – Saturday 22 March Woodland event 10am – 2pm

Imbhams Farm, off HoldfastHhh logo v 2
Lane, GU272EX

All welcome to a family oriented event in Spring Copse on Imbhams Farm.
An opportunity to visit the woods and participate in a logging session,
with a special activity for children.

The Imbhams Farm scheme offers storage facilities for logs and will
particularly suit those who do not have an area for storing and seasoning

Start 10am. Park and meet at the old dairy buildings for coffee and

10.30am: Explanation of Imbhams Farm wood fuel scheme and wood store

11am: Walk short distance to view Spring Copse and see woodland features
and work to be done.

11.30 onwards: Hands-on working log session. Activity for children with

1pm: Camp fire and stop for picnic lunch if required – bring your own

1.30-2pm: Sign up for Imbhams wood fuel scheme if required.

It will be helpful  if you could let us know in advance
if you are coming,  email :        furnaceplace

or call Margaret Barlow on
07776 257 521


Free (or heavily discounted) logs

Available to members of the Community Wood-fuel group next Saturday 8 March! 10am until 2pm, in Fowlshatch Copse near Grayswood.  Everyone is welcome to come and see how we work. Use the form on the Contact Us tab to let us know you are coming.Supported by Transition Haslemere, Chiddgreen and The National Trust at Swan Barn Farm.  We have three woodlands where we harvest wood, and many more things besides. Fill your boot for a donation of £10. Or we have places where you can store the wood until next season.

Membership of the Hub is £40 – you may come to 2 events before we ask you to join.

Information Logging Event at Fowlshatch Copse
Location and Directions Fowlshatch Copse GU27 Prestwick Lane. Parking is in the entrance to Frillinghurst Wood. Walk 50 M east towards Chiddingfold and follow arrows to find the activity
Date and Time

Saturday 8 March  2014  10am until 2pm

Contact Co-ordinators: Jane and Bruce Devlin (owners)   mobile 07554 371954
Tasks and equipment Thinning conifers, splitting logs.  We will use: loppers, small ax, bilhook, saw, rake, ratchet winch and straps. Please bring your own if you can.Activities for children – collecting pinecones – bring a big bag/trug/basket.A tour of the woods and lunch around a bonfire included.
Objective Generate soft wood cords for seasoning; splitting/stacking logs
Nice to know The wood is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) with an approved Management Plan for restoration. Native deciduous trees will replace the conifers. In the next few months, some Nordman Spruce for harvesting as Christmas trees will be planted in a small area: members can help with planting and nurturing their own tree(s) for a small fee.
Logs Due to terrain, the timber will be cut into cords of 1.2 m (4 ft lengths) for stacking and seasoning. Later in the season, November 2014, these will be transported to nearer the gate area, for cutting into logs for collection by members. Or you can take home cords or logs in your car. £10 donation requested (£15 for a big car!)


General Event Information

It is recommended that you wear sturdy shoes/boots and have a pair of gardening-gloves.

Some tools are available to borrow, but it is helpful if you bring your own hand tools on the list if you have them

Only hand tools are allowed for insurance reasons.

Under-16s are welcome as long as they are supervised by a responsible adult. Dogs are welcome, unless the event details give reasons for excluding them.

Refreshments: please bring snacks, water to drink, and lunch if appropriate.

Chiddingfold Culture Club (and AGM 2014)

More than 30 people joined Chiddgreen in St Mary’s Church Room for the AGM and an inspiring talk by Eva Bakkeslett. We learned about sourdough, kefir and making our own yogurt. Eva is so knowledgeable and tells a great story about her experiences. She is the only woman I know who has taken her yogurt to bed with her: it was a cold night in Prague, and the culture needed to be kept warm – body temperature in fact. So she improvised, with very satisfactory results!

We all had a go at kneading the dough, and enjoyed a sample of freshly baked bread with butter and honey. The smells and smiles were wonderful.

More information on Eva’s site

Eva was thanked by Jane Devlin, and presented with flowers and a ‘Making Chiddingfold Greener’ hessian bag.

The AGM reports are available at

Community Wood-fuel Launched

The first ‘Logs for Labour scheme was a great success on Saturday 15 February, despite stormy weather.

The idea, supported by Transition Haslemere and Chiddgreen, is aimed at bringing local woodlands into sustainable management, and providing a source of affordable and renewable fuel.

25 volunteers joined Jane and Bruce Devlin in their woods near Grayswood to help move and process fallen trees into suitable logs for wood-burners. All those who wanted logs loaded up their cars, and there were still logs galore left at the end. Surplus logs are available to members to collect for a donation.

Membership costs £40 for 2014, and a donation of £10 is suggested for a ‘boot-full’ of logs. Money is spent on necessary chain-saw work to make the woods safe for volunteers, basic equipment like saws and loppers used at events, and to cover the cost of refreshments.

The next events are planned on Saturday 8 March, and Saturday 22 March. More information on the Transition Haslemere or Chiddgreen websites.

If you have some woodland and you can offer logs in exchange for help, the organisers would love to hear from you.


A joint ‘Logs for Labour’ Scheme supported by Chiddgreen and Transition Haslemere

Loads of Wood - The Original Renewable Fuel
Loads of Wood – The Original Renewable Fuel

Cooking with Cultures (followed by AGM)

Join us on Wednesday 26 February 8pm in St Mary’s Church Room

Eva Bakkeslett presents a talk and tasting

 Cooking with Living Cultures

Before we had refrigeration, using cultures to preserve and prolong the shelf-life of food were widespread. Using cultures costs nothing, and the results are delicious!

Join us for an evening of taste exploration featuring Sourdough bread, kefir and  live yogurt.

Wednesday 26 February 8pm in St Mary’s Church Room

We will have plenty to taste and to share. At the end, there will be an opportunity to take some of the cultures home to have a go yourself. Please bring a clean jar or two with a tight-fitting lid. A tea-towel to wrap bread in might also be useful – if there is any left to take home!

All Chiddgreen events are FREE!

Please let us know if you are coming – use the contact form or email info@

2014 AGM is scheduled at the end of the talk. 2013 Minutes   and 2014 Agenda (Docs open in Google Docs in a new window)

If you enjoy the ‘taster session’ maybe you’d like to spend a day at the Fintry Trust just up the road with Eva – Please contact her directly about spaces on 5 April 2014

Chiddgreen hosts Third Local Skills Day

Many Thanks to all Exhibitors, Speakers and Flute Players…

Press release – watch out for an article in the Halsemere Herald on 11 October

Chiddgreen hosts Third Local Skills Day

Too small to be Transition Town, Chiddingfold has its own group promoting sustainable living in the village.

Chiddgreen held its third local skills day in aid of Skillway on Saturday showcasing a variety of skills and activities – with a twist – visitors are encouraged to have a go at everything!


  • Bicycles were mended for free, and bike owners learned how to mend a puncture, tweak the gears for a nice smooth ride and discovered the best way to apply oil to the chain.

  • Children made clay animals by hand and everyone had the opportunity to have a go at throwing a pot – visitors will collect their creations after they have been fired, in the village, of course.

  • The Forge on the Green was open, with the smithy hammering out useful items and explaining as he went.

  • The First Responders were in attendance in case of accidents, and had their dummy ‘Annie’ available too. More than one person was heard singing ‘Stayin’ Alive’ for rhythm whilst practicing resuscitation.

  • Not only was there a bread-making demonstration, including grinding flour from whole grains, but delicious home-made sourdough bread was served for lunch with soup made by committee members. And anyone with wheat- or milk-  intolerance was catered for, too.

  • Thankfully the bee-keeper left his bees at home, but folk could try on his hat and veil to see how it feels. The honey-comb and hive designs drew fascinated questions about starting a new colony and the importance of bees in food production. Bees really are miracle-workers, and need our help to stay healthy and busy.

  • More crafty displays and a chance to try something new included water-colour painting, jewelry making and fabulous flower-arranging.


  • Last year, the talks included one about keeping chickens at home, so Chiddgreen went one bigger this time with a talk on keeping pigs as a hobby.  Pigs are intelligent creatures, who like fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of fresh water to drink, and like to wallow in mud on hot summer days: there are many pleasures in keeping these wonderful animals. But a word of warning – if you are planning to eat them, don’t give them names!

  • A talk on energy efficiency measures at home noted that saving money was only one motivation – make the right investments and you will also feel more comfortable and reduce your carbon emissions by up to 65% too (compared with an average home). There was plenty of advice on the best choices from wood-burners to under-floor heating and photovoltaic panels, not forgetting finding ways to fund the investments. Very usefully, we were given some top tips for right now that won’t cost more than a round of drinks.

  • Chiddgreen’s chosen charity Skillway was showcasing their work, with a stonemason working alongside an impressive display of wood- and metal- work projects, all completed by 14-16 year old students.  A talk from their Chairman described Skillway’s work. They have workshops in a converted chapel, and provide apprentice style tutoring on a set of accredited courses as an alternative to more academic choices.

  • And we also enjoyed a recital by The Chiddingfold Flute Group… all the talented players live here in the village, and if you would like to revive your flute-playing talents, contact us, and we will put you in touch.



Surplus funds from the event will be donated to Skillway and will help to pay for things like new hand-tools and materials for the coming term.


Chiddgreen’s Chair, Jane Devlin said “The whole idea of the Local Skills day is about building local resilience, showing and sharing skills and communicating what we can do sustainably within our local area. Skillway plays a vital role in training young craftsmen and women to be part of a sustainable future.  We are delighted to be able to show our support for Skillway with surplus funds – I think nearly £500 – raised from this event.”


The next Chiddgreen event is on Saturday 19 October 10-12noon at Chiddingfold Village Hall – Autumn Swap-it Day. For more information on this waste- reduction through swapping and recycling, please see


Jane Devlin

7 October 2013

More information

Jane Devlin 01428 684979

Seasonal Shop

Chiddgreen Seasonal ‘Shop’

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Elderflower Cordial on canada viagra pharmacies scam sale in the local shops. Locally produced and bottled by our members. All profits support the work of Chiddgreen.  SOLD OUT! (Please contact us if you want to order some direct for next year!

Smoothie Bike  Still available for hire – for 10 % of your takings – please contact us.

Great Swap-It Saturday

A big Green Thank You

to everyone who brought, took and helped to reduce waste last Saturday. Better to be a Swapper than a Shopper!

We estimated a whopping 30 cubic meters of previously loved stuff walked out of the village hall – the beginning of  the next chapter of usefulness with new owners. The residue – the items left at the end of the event – fitted into two cars to be taken to the Witely recycling centre or to charity shops. Really, this is a good indicator of the high-quality of  items brought along to swap: most things brought along were useful to someone!

Examples of things delighted people collected included..

  • a compost tumbler – almost new.
  • several bicycles – rather dusty from being in a shed too long, but soon to be part of someone’s new exercise regime.
  • some lovely wicker baskets of various shapes and sizes –  for use as a kindling-store, an umberella-stand, and a vegetable-rack.
  • a number of small-animal carry-cases that looked brand new to me.
  • a wonderful, if  wobbly small table  – perfect as a renovation project
  • a rake, a fork and a hoe – all in good nick. These tools didn’t even reach the table before three new owners bagged them.

There were some great stories, too: one person brought some ‘antique’  straight-back chairs, and swapped them for some more modern ply-and-metal  chairs. A dining-room make-over made simple!   And a new use was found for those plastic-covered metal racks previously used as shelves – a discussion between swappers came up with the idea to position them in the garden to grow seedlings through to prevent birds (chickens, actually) from pecking the ground bare.

Tea and Coffee with a home-baked cake or biscuit was only £1, so  lots of people stayed to watch the procession of goods arrive – and leap to their feet if they saw something for them. Everyone was smiling – it is a good feeling to give something away to someone who will really appreciate it. And even better when you find something useful that has only cost you the time to look, and a donation in the Chiddgreen tin.

Talking of money, we collected enough in donations and sales of rhubarb to cover our costs, and made a small surplus. We will use the money to fund events that don’t make a surplus, because we aim to keep our events ‘free’ and open to everyone. We also use the money to help to pay the expenses of speakers who we invite to give talks in the colder months.

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Next Event is the Village Fete on Sunday 9 June when we will be running a Smootie Stall, complete with the famous Smoothie-Bike. If you want to help on the day, please drop us a note via the Contact Us page.

Jane Devlin  May 2013