Village News

4th Mar 2017 Last updated at 18:49

Chipstead Village Preservation Society 1977 – 2017

Preserving Chipstead for the Past 40 Years

Forty years ago this September, Neale’s Field, a twenty-five acre field in the heart of the village was purchased. Many applications had already been made to develop this land for housing. A substantial amount of money was raised by the residents of Chipstead in a matter of weeks and the field was saved - protected for the future. The Chipstead Village Preservation Society was born!

Now, in 2017 what makes you happy about living in Chipstead? Is it the open spaces? Is it the friendship? Is it access to local clubs and societies? Maybe it is the proximity to London but still being part of a village community? For whatever reason it is imperative that we continue to preserve our wonderful village, now and for the future.

The CVPS is a registered charity and its key objective then, and more importantly now, is “to protect and preserve the character of the village”. Since its inception more land has been purchased, and the Society now holds approximately 50 acres including Embers Shaw and The Grove.  This has essentially been to prevent acquisition by third parties but also to give access to recreational areas for everyone, pathways to walk and explore and enjoy the surrounding countryside. Funds have also been made available to help the village societies and clubs with their development. For example a loan was made to the Tennis Club to help with the installation of floodlights, a donation to the Cricket Club to help meet the cost of their new pavilion and many others over the years.

None of this just happens. The cost of maintaining our land holding is considerable. Money given to societies and clubs needs to be replenished so that others can benefit in the future. This is where you can help. If you are already a member of the CVPS, thank you for your continued support. If not - then please let us know why not? For an annual subscription of a minimum of £10 per household you can really make a difference.

We plan to create a Facebook page and we will use Facebook  and e-mail to keep you up to date with details of activities and events and further ways in which you can get involved in looking after our village.

The next event will be an opportunity to visit The Grove, the field just beyond the Cricket Club, for a children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday.  It is a great opportunity for you to meet some of your neighbours and fellow residents.  Coffee and cake will be provided.  More information will be circulated later so please join up now.

A lot has happened over the last 40 years and even more will happen in the next 40. With your help we will continue to maintain our open spaces and our wonderful village life.

If you would like to join the CVPS please request an application form from our membership secretary Chris Bloom by emailing - [email protected]. Alternatively you can download and print an application form here.

For any enquiries please email [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your support.

The Trustees of the CVPS