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The fact that three of four planned winter/spring walks went ahead during an awful winter says a lot about the personal grit and good wellies of the local walking community. During February, Frances hosted a good turnout on the local bus to Studham from where the walk commenced down into the Gade Valley and back up to home, taking in the northern end of the village. Another popular bus walk took place in April, this time the bus up to Gaddesden Row and back via Golden Parsonage, over the water meadows taking in Great Gaddesden church and up to St. Margarets and back to the village via Hudnall. This was just over five miles and a very good way of utilising the local bus service whilst keeping our precious footpaths viable.


Also during April, Frances led a walk from Toms Hill around Northchurch common, of about four miles which was also well attended. Such a nice way of getting to know/revisiting our lovely local environment.


Do check the village notice boards and village emails via the Gaddesden Society for any upcoming walks which are free and open to all, usually with attached pooches; sadly, not on the bus, though. There will be more walks throughout the summer, led by Frances Read and by Tim Cooper, both of whom know our beautiful countryside very well. Important, as some footpaths can be kept open and viable only by walking them.


We are looking forward to the AGM on Tuesday June 19th at 7.30pm in the village hall. We will be hearing from Roger Bolton on local history which, we believe, will feature some 1870 glass negatives of houses and of village features. There will, of course be splendid refreshments and an opportunity to join/re-join for a laughable £5 and, should you require one, a lovely local footpath map also thrown in. There will be an opportunity to stock up with beautiful frameable prints of the 1762 map of Ashridge and the village, plus copies of ‘A Century Remembered’, (there must be somebody, somewhere…..) and of course the ‘Vicars Bell’ double volume. So do join us; you will be most welcome.

Josie Jeffrey


How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283

Emma Thon

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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