Page06 - News: Credit Crunch, Grazing, Apples and SureStart

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

Nothing is new. No reader today was alive in 1797. If so, the Newsletter would be delighted to converse with such a senior citizen on the current cash and credit crisis. We might leam much.

In that year, the Bank of England (a well-known institution to us) suspended cash payments because it had run short of gold. Cost of naval and military expenses over the war with the French republic had shot upwards. Subsidies to our allies paid in specie had been enormous. £4 million alone had been sent to Austria. Compensation to neutral countries whose cargoes we commandeered had to be paid. The Bank of England had also suffered from panic withdrawal of deposits from county banks.

The Government stopped payments in cash. It took 24 years to retrieve the situation. Robert Peel's bill was passed in the House in 1821 that the Bank should resume its cash payments and the crisis ended.

GRAZING HERE

Latest news of grazing was given at the AGM of the Friends of Chorleywood Common in March. Jenny Phelps of the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group made a thorough and knowledgeable presentation to the meeting. She has been involved with the restoration and reintroduction of grazing on over 200 grassland sites, many of which were commons, over the last 25 years. She was at pains to emphasise the importance of including everyone with any interest in the land in question in the consultation. Often she found that these people were able to advise her on the best ways of doing certain things to maximise the success of the reintroduetion. The plan is to graze six cows for an initial period of six weeks on a small area of the common with temporary electric fencing. Feedback on the trial will then be evaluated.

VICTORY

The threatened compound for the M25 reconstruction seems to have been planned near to junction 16 in the South Bucks district council area. The Three Rivers DC will then have won a sturdy fight against tremendous odds. This is too small and green a place to accommodate massive works of this nature.

LIBRARY MAY LOSE SPACE?

Rumours abound about proposals to divide the front part of the library in Chorleywood to create a room, to build on the back, to alter the toilet and lunch room facilities. At the time of writing no one appears to have any solid information. This seems hardly the way to treat a community service.

It is claimed councils have not been consulted and the secretary of the Friends of the Library was refused a look at the proposals which were vaguely mentioned in a leaflet. This is all for the purpose of providing part of a Surestart Children's Centre with companion services elsewhere. There appears to be no consultation so far but the leaflet states that consultation will take place. The Friends of the Library want the whole thing to be properly publicised. So does the Association. At the moment most critics have an objection because of cutting library space, insufficient parking area, no room for baby buggies or no proper changing facilities.

APPLE DAY COMING

There was a successful planting day 0n February 28 when over 30 volunteers aged from three to 77 turned up to plant the first 24 trees. As the sponsorship idea has been so overwhelming successful (85 trees sponsored to date) the Chorleywood Community Orchard is looking into planting further trees in the Autumn. This will be in addition to an order for 36 apple trees (all Hertfordshire varieties) for planting in late winter in 2010.

The next planned events are an inaugural annual meeting on June 2 at 8pm in Chorleywood Library (speaker to be confirmed), information to be available at the stand of Friends of Chorleywood House Estate at Village Day on the common on Saturday July ll from l2 to 4pm, and Apple Day on Saturday October 17 in the summer house near Chorleywood House with apple tasting, juice pressing, children's activities etc. Later in the year it is hoped to collect fruit from anyone who has more than they can cope with. This will be tumed into in to apple juice for sale at Apple Day or included in a fruit swap. lf you anticipate a glut from your garden or allotment, then please contact at chorleywood-orchard@gmail.com - or telephone Alison Rubens on 01923 282937.

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