Village Notices

Village Notices for 13 September 2023

In Today’s Notices:

  • Subscriptions for The Gaddesden Diary
  • Saturday 16 September – Councillor Terry Douris at the Bridgewater Arms
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September – Ashridge Estate -Protecting Our Roots
  • Tuesday 26 September – Rural Heritage AMG & Talk
  • Thursday 28 September – Gaddesden Society Talk, Village Hall
  • Saturday 30 September – VPA Harvest Supper & Quiz Night, Village Hall
  • Saturday 7 October – Village Produce Market, Village Hall
  • Little Gaddesden Charities Fund
  • Got Something to be Included in Village Notices?

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Subscriptions for The Gaddesden Diary

Subscriptions for The Gaddesden Diary:  only £5.00: due in September, please pay now if you haven’t already done so.  Click here for details of how to pay.

Saturday 16 September – Councillor Terry Douris at the Bridgewater Arms, 10am to 10.30am

Terry Douris, Dacorum and Hertfordshire County Councillor, will be at the Bridgewater Arms from 10.00am to 10.30am should you have any local issues you wish to discuss with him.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September, 11am to 4pm Ashridge Estate – Protecting Our Roots

Paul Miller, General Manager – National Trust Ashridge Estate, writes:

“Here on the Ashridge Estate, key representatives from the National Trust, Natural England, Dacorum Borough Council and Buckinghamshire County Council have been working collaboratively to establish strategic solutions to protect, preserve and improve this hugely sensitive and much visited property.

The Estate is highly designated for its conservation value, with the majority of the 5,000 acres designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), important on a European level, and much of the remaining landscape designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), important at a national level. Unfortunately the large number of visitors is having an impact on the fragile landscape and the rare and protected habitats are under threat.

We are at the start of a long journey but we feel the time is right to begin to engage with visitors, groups and the local community to introduce our ‘Protecting Our Roots’ project and the urgent need for change across the estate. We will soon be hosting our first of many public engagement events, and as a local interest group, we would be delighted to invite you to attend on Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th September between 11am-4pm.

The drop-in event will be free flow, with materials to see and read plus members of the team available to answer questions and capture feedback. Please find attached a copy of the public engagement event poster with further details, which we’d be delighted if you could share as a way of helping us to extend the invite to other interested members of the local community.”

Ashridge Estate - Protecting Our Roots - Poster

Ashridge Estate is at a pivotal moment in its history. Its popularity is having an impact on the special landscape that is loved by so many. Action is needed now and we’re at the start of a journey to secure its future.

Come along to our first public engagement event to understand more about the challenges facing Ashridge Estate, find out about the ‘Protecting Our Roots’ project and our vision for the future for this special place.

Members of the team will be on hand to talk through our vision, answer your questions and hear your feedback.

‘Protecting Our Roots’ public engagement event Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September

Time: 11am – 4pm
Where: Meadley’s Meadow, behind the Visitor Centre at Ashridge Estate, HP4 1LT

For more information visit
or email

Tuesday 26 September – The Rural Heritage Society AGM, Village Hall, 7.30pm

The Rural Heritage Society’s AGM this year is to be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 26 September 2023.

After the short formal part of the meeting, we are pleased to welcome Liz Hamilton as our speaker.  Liz is a regular speaker on behalf of CPRE Herts (the local part of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) and will give a talk on ” A recent history of Hertfordshire, and how CPRE continues to protect the countryside”.

All members and potential members are welcome. Wine and nibbles will be served.

Thursday 28th September – Gaddesden Society Talk, Village Hall, 8.15pm

We will welcome Katrina van Grouw to talk about her books, including “Art, Science and the Unfeathered Bird”, and fascinating art.

Everyone welcome – entry fee £1 including wine and cheese.

Saturday 30th September – VPA Harvest Supper & Quiz Night, Village Hall, doors open 6pm, quiz starts 6.30pm

Little Gaddesden Village Produce Association


Saturday 30th Sept.    Village Hall.   

Doors open at 6.00pm, quiz starts at 6.30pm

Three course meal, quiz, raffle and a welcoming glass of Prosecco/soft drink all for £25 per head.

Quiz host Shaun McCarthy will run the quiz, Janet the raffle and Julia Maddox the catering. This year it is bring your own drink, we’ll supply the glasses.

It is tables of eight but if you haven’t got an eight we will be able to create a team for you to join, so whether you are singles, couples or full teams, buy your tickets now to avoid missing out on the night.

Tickets can be purchased from Alastair Greene (07900 052753) or June Abraham (07760 144057), or VPA Store

Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer to:

  • Sort code: 090151
  • Account number: 48549306
  • Account name: Gaddesden District Village Produce
  • (Give your surname as the reference and the word ‘Quiz’)

Any special dietary requirements please advise when purchasing tickets; where possible send details to:

Saturday 7 October – LG Local Produce Market, Village Hall 9.00am to midday

Lots of lovely varied local produce, crafts, bric a brac, plants, candles, cakes and bakes, and not forgetting a cuppa with a bargain breakfast bap.

Free entry ….. and a very warm welcome

Little Gaddesden Charities Fund

Established in 1997 (as a combination of a number of established local charities), the Little Gaddesden charities has supported individuals and families in Little Gaddesden Parish for 25 years.

The charities’ sole purpose is to help individuals or families resident in the parish with small one-off requests for financial support.

The committee are aware that local parishioners may or may not be aware of the charities and wish to promote the purpose to all residents.

Requests for support are made by, either contacting The Revd John Russell on 01442 214898 or by emailing John chairs the charities’ small committee of trustees based on his role within the Parish; alternatively Pat Catchpole (01442 842544) as secretariat.

In such a period of financial uncertainty and with the cost of living crisis it is even more important to ensure that members of the Parish are aware of the support availability, and we would welcome being able to provide more support from funds available.

All requests are treated with the utmost confidence and no personal information is shared.

We would also welcome any local organisations providing information of how to access the charity in any wider communications they may undertake.

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