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Our aim is to maintain the well being of Chobham, its people, its environment and to foster a sense of community.
The Society was set up on 26th January 1970 when the minutes state the aim ” to act as a mouthpiece for the village in any instance where local amenities and welfare seem likely to be infringed or altered without prior consultation of the residents” At that time the main item on the agenda was to resist an attempt by Surrey County Council to turn the Common into a golf course. The villagers were successful on that occasion and everyone has moved on a long way since then! Our intention is to maintain that community spirit.
We work alongside other local organisations for the benefit of the village and if necessary make strong representations to protect the village and our lovely locality.
The Common: The Society has a representative on the Chobham Common Surrey Wildlife Trust liaison group and has been heavily involved in the consultation process on the future management of the Common, arguing against perimeter fencing of the Common, and pressing for trials of various alternative management methods We and many others feel strongly the wonderful sense of wildness would be destroyed by roadside fencing.
We have also encouraged the gradual removal of the broad leaf trees from the famous Staple Hill Clump, which is our symbol and we send a member to the Chobham Commons Preservation Society meetings.
Flooding: Our pet project is to re-establish a holding pond for water running off the Common, a simple matter that would have some practical impact. We also continue to press for other flood alleviation schemes.
Planning: We keep a close eye on all planning matters, from supermarkets in the village, the development of DERA the old tank factory at Longcross, to equestrian units and traveller sites. Our members make active representations at planning meetings and public enquiries on behalf of the village.
Aviation: Fairoaks is our local airport and our representative on the Fairoaks Airport Consultative Committee tries to keep up with changes there and to encourage active airport communication with local residents. We have also made representations on planning proposals at Heathrow and Farnborough.
Walks, Talks and Working Parties: We organise seasonal local walks for members and guests, as well as working parties in the village and on the Common We try to ‘Paint the Leat Railings’, on a regular basis, a practical step that Highways never seems top get round too! We hold a Spring and Autumn meeting for members with a guest speaker of local interest and have held entertaining sessions using members’ historic photographs, of which we have built a considerable collection.
Communication: The committee keeps in touch with members on local issues and matters of interest, by way of a twice monthly article in the Chobham edition of the Surrey Advertiser, newsletters and by use of an ever increasing email list and post.
To find out more about the Chobham Society contact one of the committee members below.
|David Moss||Chairman & Wildlife Walks||01276 857516|
|Ingrid Shears||Secretary||01276 857042|
|James Osbourn||Commons & Planning||01276 858289|
|Chrissie Eggleton||Membership Secretary||01276 858067|
|Peter Trow||Planning||01276 857784|
|Nigel Eastment||Fairoaks Representative||01932 873427|
|Gill Head||Committee Member||01276 855256|
|Kathy Brum||Treasurer||01276 858603|
|Jeremy Porter||Committee Member||01276 857589|
|Reid Weston||Committee Member||01276 855683|
Membership is still only £5 a year.
So please send your £5 subs to our Treasurer, Kathy Brum at Dovetail House, Scotts Grove Close, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8DU