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Chiltern Society Directory

Chiltern Society
White Hill Centre, White Hill, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1AG
Tel. 01494 771250. Fax 01494 793745.

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Executive Council
Administration / Office Including Chiltern magazine and PR
Sites and Conservation Groups Not including Planning and Rights of Way Groups
Planning Group Including Planning Field Officers (PFOs)
Rights of Way Group (ROWG) Including PMVs, Walks and Cycling
Society Advisers

Chiltern Society Directory

Executive Council

David Harris* – 01494 813088,

Vice Chairman (CS Countryside Sites & Conservation Management)
Roger Newman* – 01844 274101,

General Secretary
David Abbis* – 01494 864431,

Treasurer (Business Planning)
Richard Chantler* – 01494 864643,

John Gladwin (Project Manager-HS2 Team) – 01494 866327,
Roger Hands (Hertfordshire-Dacorum & Three Rivers) – 01442 393381
Merrin Molesworth – 01494 773381,
Les Mosco – 01442 865693,
Patricia Birchley- 01296 626071,
Michael Jepson (Planning Group Chairman) – 01494 837602,
David Kent – 01844 343330,
Paul Mason (CCB liaison) – 01494 874385,
Alison Barraclough – 01491 574985,
Jane Peel – 07802 496927,

* Trustees marked with an asterisk are also members of the Standing Committee. Trustees are elected as representatives of the whole membership. Specific roles allocated to Trustees are shown in brackets.

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Administration / Office

Chiltern Society
White Hill Centre, White Hill, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1AG
Tel. 01494 771250. Fax 01494 793745.

Opening times
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). Please note that occasionally we may be closed during these times. If you wish to visit the office for any reason, please contact us in advance.

Mail order books and maps
All enquiries to the Society Office. The Books by Mail Order service, based at the Society Office, can supply a variety of walking books and the Society's own Footpath Maps. All items are also shown – and are available to buy – in this website. Chiltern magazine includes our Footpath Maps list and new book reviews.

Retail Sales
All enquiries to the Society Office. The Society shop regularly appears at shows and shopping areas across the Chilterns, selling books, maps and cards, and recruiting new members.

Chiltern, the Chiltern Society's quarterly members' magazine, keeps everyone in touch with information about the Society and Chiltern matters. To read this magazine is to be informed and interested. Don't miss a word! Electronic newsletters, books and leaflets are also published.

Victoria BlaneHead of Marketing & Membership
Victoria Blane

Lucy DaviesMembership & Projects Administrator
Lucy Davies

Gavin JohnsonHead of Conservation & Development
Gavin Johnson*

Tracey ReadOffice Manager
Tracey Read

Where general enquiries about the Society should be directed.

Mavis BradburyMembership & Retail Administrator
Mavis Bradbury

Where membership enquiries and changes of members' details, etc., should be directed.

Legacies & Bluebell Guild
Vice-President, John Taylor – 01494 727852
President, Michael Rush – 01494 771250

Accounts Dept
Bookkeeper - Elena Newley

Chiltern magazine Editor
Richard Bradbury

Chiltern magazine Advertising Manager
Sophie Elkan – 07776 237144

Elaine Mason

Chilterns Buildings Design Award Co-ordinator
Merrin Molesworth

Events Co-ordinator
Lucy Davies

HS2 Campaign – Press Officer
Peter Brown – All enquiries to the Society Office

* Contacts marked with an asterisk are also members of the Standing Committee.

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Sites and Conservation Groups

Volunteer Coordinator
Geoff Wiggett* – 01442 875906,

Health and Safety Officer
Gavin Johnson – 01494 771250


Central Chilterns Conservation Group

Work on general conservation projects helping local communities make a difference. Groups operate mainly in central Chilterns. Opportunities to offer help with the wide range of activities can be seen in this website, or in the programme information in Chiltern magazine.

Christine Breden – 01844 353192,

Hertfordshire Conservation Volunteers

Midweek and weekend group working on a wide variety of sites in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and beyond. Working with a number of local conservation and 'Friends of…' groups to lend their expertise and skills to local conservation projects.

Barry Watson – 01442 246591,

Wendover Woods Conservation Volunteers

This Conservation Group is based in the Wendover area and led by John Rennie. The Group works the first and third Tuesdays of each month, focusing initially on a wide range of conservation projects at Wendover Woods.

John Rennie – 01753 887556,

Lacey Green Windmill

Lacey Green Windmill was fully restored to working order by Society members and is open from May to September on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2 to 5 pm.

Michael Hardy – 01844 275871,

Ewelme Watercress Beds and Local Nature Reserve

Ewelme Watercress Beds in South Oxon are owned by the Society and maintained by local volunteers under a Management Committee. Guided tours and Open Days are regularly programmed.

Tom Stevenson – 01491 836888,

Bottom Wood Group

Devotes its time and energy to managing and caring for this fine woodland in Society ownership, off the A40 near Radnage, Stokenchurch. Various plantations are maintained as examples of good woodland practice, and to encourage nature conservation. Footpaths and bridleways are in regular use, and Open Days are held to encourage members to come and see this special wood for themselves. This is a good place to see red kites.

Site co-ordinator
Peter Towersey – 01494 636615,

Brush Hill Local Nature Reserve

Gavin Johnson –

Captain's Wood Local Nature Reserve

Site co-ordinator
Euan Russell – 01494 721378,

Chesham Bois Common

Site co-ordinator
Anthony del Tufo – 01494 416330,

Cholesbury Camp

Cholesbury Camp, an English Heritage scheduled monument, is one of the best preserved examples of an Iron Age hillfort in the Chilterns.

Site co-ordinator
Linda Walton,

Cobblers' Pits

Site co-ordinator
David Lawrence – 01296 482313,

Hampden Monument

The John Hampden Monument is one of the smallest sites in the Society's care. The stone cross commemorates John Hampden's refusal to pay Ship Tax to King Charles I in 1635-7, and demonstrates that we care for the historically important sites in the Chilterns as well as its natural beauties.

Site co-ordinator
Jim Rodda – 01494 488840,

Marlow Common

Site co-ordinator
Jeff Short – 01628 481358,

Prestwood Local Nature Reserve

Site co-ordinator
Phillip Pratt – 01494 523869,

Whiteleaf Hill

Gavin Johnson –

Conservation Groups

Farming Liaison Group

Chilterns-wide representative study group.

Gill Kent – 01494 562245

Heritage Group

An entirely new Chiltern Society Heritage Group (CSHG) has been created to identify and develop projects that aim to inform, champion, and as required to campaign to protect the history and heritage within The Chilterns. CSHG projects may cover but will not be tightly constrained to:

• Ancient monuments and areas of archaeological importance
• Chiltern industrial history and archaeology
• History of Chiltern agriculture
• Listed or other historic buildings
• Social history of the Chilterns, including people, places and events.

Possible projects might investigate the history and heritage of Chilterns pubs, schools, industrial buildings, churches, farm buildings and so on. Other potential large projects include cooperation with the Chilterns Conservation Board on the possible Hillforts Project or help with the continuation of the very successful Chilterns Commons Project. The CSHG will also seek opportunities to acquire or manage additional sites with heritage value or similar historical interest. Full membership of CSHG is open to all members of the Chiltern Society.

All those interested in suggesting a possible project, supporting the activities of the Group and steering the direction and priorities of the new Group – whatever your interest – do please email the Chairman of the Heritage Group or the Volunteer Co-ordinator

HS2 Project


Makes records of the Chilterns now for archival purposes, to add to the collections donated in the past, which are now available to view on web at chilternphoto.org.uk. Winter indoor meetings and summer photo tours are organized to improve the knowledge of the Group, and add to its records.

Barry Hunt – 01494 713345,

Photo Website Editor
Quiller Barrett – 01442 871249,

Rivers & Wetlands Conservation Group (RWCG)

Members keep watchful eyes on all rivers and streams, reporting problems to the authority responsible, keeping notes of flow and levels, and studying the needs of wetland conservation. Meetings are held to hear expert speakers and discuss possible problems/action. Outside visits are also arranged.

Roger Lerry – 01494 721142,

Alison Gieler – 01494 562473,

South Chilterns (Hamble, Wye & Misbourne) Group Contact
Roger Lerry (email address above) 01494 721142

Central Chilterns (Chess, Bulbourne & Gade) Group Contact
Jean de Selincourt – 01296 662151

North Chilterns (Lee & Mimram) Group Contact

* Contacts marked with an asterisk are also members of the Standing Committee.

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Planning Group

Considers applications for development and responds to these where appropriate. It also considers governmental and local authority consultation papers and plans likely to affect the Chilterns' environment in any way. This work is done by members acting as Planning Field Officers (PFOs), by the Planning Coordinator's team meetings, and by members with expertise in a variety of relevant fields acting as Advisers.

Occasionally, the Planning Group has vacancies for PFOs as indicated by the word 'Vacant' below. If you are willing to help in monitoring planning applications and influencing local planning policies where a vacancy exists, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Please phone the Society Office on 01494 771250 for other contact information. The PFO information below is also accessible via our interactive PFO Parish Map and List (with alphabetical parish list).

Michael Jepson – 01494 837602,

Anna Barnard – 01442 874760,

Planning Advisor
Jane Griffin – 01923 282290,


Area Coordinator
Merrin Molesworth – 01494 773381,

PFO Amersham
Amersham, Penn, Hyde Heath, Holmer Green, Coleshill
Duncan McInnes – 01494 433013,

PFO Chesham
Chesham, Chesham Bois, Chartridge, Latimer, Ley Hill, Pednor
Mrs Merrin Molesworth – 01494 773381,

PFO Chiltern North
Ashley Green, Buckland Common, Cholesbury cum St Leonards, South Heath, Bellingdon, The Lee
Susan Jordan – 01494 786966,

PFO Chiltern South
Chenies, Seer Green, The Chalfonts
John Aberson – 01494 762477,

PFO Great Missenden
Great Missenden, Little Missenden, Little Kingshill, Prestwood
Anna Brazil – 07718 317418,

PFO South Bucks
All parishes
Mrs Aileen Wilson – 07711 133640,


Area Coordinator
VACANT, contact office – 01494 771250,

PFO South Bucks
Chris Simpson

HERTS – DACORUM (see also N. Herts)

Area Coordinator
Vacant (c/o Anna Barnard – 01442 874760, ).

PFO Dacorum M
Flamstead, Markyate
Vacant (c/o Nigel Agar – 01462 459870, ).

PFO Dacorum P
Nettleden, Potten End, The Gaddesdens
Mrs Anna Barnard – 01442 874760

PFO Dacorum B & H
Bovingdon, Berkhamsted, Chipperfield, Flaunden, Kings Langley
Mrs Jenny Habib – 01442 873029,

PFO Dacorum B & H
Hemel Hempstead, Northchurch
Mrs Anne Galewski – 01442 877092,

PFO Dacorum T
Aldbury, Wiggington, Tring
Miss Greta Brown – 01442 891800,


PFO Three Rivers
Abbotts Langley, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Sarratt, Croxley Green
Vacant (c/o Merrin Molesworth – 01494 773381, ).


Area Coordinator
Initial contact Peter Willis-Fleming – 01491 641536,

PFO Henley & adjacent
Henley, Harpsden, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden, Binfield Heath
Vacant (c/o Peter Willis-Fleming – 01491 641536, ).

PFO Nuffield & adjacent
Nuffield, Swyncombe, Britwell, Brighwell Baldwin, Benson, Ewelme,Crowmarsh & South Stoke
Peter Willis-Fleming – 01491 641536,

PFO South Oxon
Pishill with Stonor, Watlington, Pyrton, Shirburn, Lewknor, Aston Rowant, Cuxham, Crowell, Chinnor
David Reed – 01491 638563,

PFO Nettlebed & adjacent
Bix Assendon, Nettlebed, Rotherfield Peppard, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Stoke Row, Highmoor
Vacant (c/o Peter Willis-Fleming – 01491 641536, ).

PFO Woodcote & adjacent
Mapledurham, Checkendon, Woodcote, Kidmore End, Ipsden, Goring, Goring Heath, Whitchurch
Elizabeth Chatwin –  01491 641894,


Area Coordinator
Mike Chadwick – 01494 483663,

PFO Wycombe West
High Wycombe, Ibstone, Radnage, Lane End, Stokenchurch, Turville
Mike Chadwick – 01494 483663,

PFO Wycombe South East
Marlow Town, Great Marlow, Little Marlow, Wooburn, Bourne End, Marlow Bottom, Chepping Wycombe, Hedsor
John Harris – 01628 521760,

PFO Wycombe South West
Fawley, Hambledon, Medmenham, Piddington, Wheeler End, West Wycombe
Debby White – 01494 485524,

PFO Wycombe North West
Princes Risborough, Bledlow-cum-Saunderton, Bradenham, Downley, Longwick
Patrick Voss – 01844 345128,

PFO Wycombe North East
Hazelmere, Great Kingshill, Hughenden
Don Hide – 01494 716694,

PFO Wycombe North
Great and Little Kimble Cum Marsh, Great and Little Hampden, Ellesborough, Lacey Green
Vacant (c/o Mike Chadwick – 01494 483663, ).


Area Coordinator
Charles Firth – 01494 758631,

PFO Aylesbury Vale North
Edlesborough, Ivinghoe, Marsworth, Pitstone
VACANT. Contact Charles Firth – 01494 758631

Aylesbury Vale South
Aston Clinton, Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp, Halton, Wendover, Weston Turville
Charles Firth – 01494 758631,


Area Coordinator
Charles Firth – 01494 758631,

PFO Central Beds
All Parishes
John Miles – 01525 872979,


Area Coordinator
Nigel Agar – 01462 459870

PFO North Herts
All Parishes
Nigel Agar – 01462 459870,

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Rights of Way Group (ROWG)

The Rights of Way Group does all it can to secure improvements to the path network in the Chilterns, to prevent or mitigate changes which would harm it, and to provide opportunities for its enjoyment.

Occasionally, the ROWG has vacancies for Area Secretaries as indicated by the word 'Vacant' below. If you are willing to help in monitoring rights of way and as a consequence help us maintain them, where a vacancy exists, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Area Secretaries, who form the bulk of the Rights of Way Group Committee, monitor paths on a regular basis with the help of a large number of Path Representatives and review all proposed orders for changes to the path network. The Group runs walks and cycling programmes and creates the Society's Footpath Maps.

David Harris – 01494 813088

Brian Lawson – 01494 815814


Stuart Gulliman – 01494 771250

Area Secretaries


Luton and Central Beds 9a
Luton, Barton le Clay, Caddington, Chalton, Dunstable, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Hyde, Shillington, Slip End, Streatley, Sundon, Toddington.
Louis Upton – 07963 054996,

Central Beds 9b
Eaton Bray, Flamstead, Great Gaddesden, Kensworth, Little Gaddesden, Markyate, Nettleden with Potten End, Studham, Totternhoe, Whipsnade, .
John Rowe – 01442 862619


Aylesbury Vale 1b
Aston Clinton, Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp, Edlesborough, Halton, Ivinghoe, Marsworth, Pitstone, Wendover, Weston Turville.
John Savage – 01442 827702

Chiltern 3a
Amersham, Ashley Green, Chesham, Chesham Bois, Latimer, Little Chalfont.
Richard Skepper – 01494 775689

Chiltern 3b
Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Chenies, Coleshill, Seer Green.
David Hanson – 01494 675954

Chiltern 3c
Chartridge, Cholesbury cum St Leonards, Great Missenden, Little Missenden, Penn, The Lee.
Melissa Laing – 01494 778518

South Bucks 4
Beaconsfield, Burnham, Denham, Farnham Royal, Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Hedgerley, Stoke Poges, Taplow, Wexham.
Les Cullen – 01494 675482

Wycombe 5a
Bradenham, Ellesborough, Great and Little Hampden, Great and Little Kimble, Lacey Green, Longwick cum Ilmer, Princes Risborough.
Mike Fox – 01844 344356

Wycombe 5b
Bledlow cum Saunderton, Downley, Hughenden, Piddington and Wheeler End, Radnage, Stokenchurch, West Wycombe.
Ross Anderson – 01494 437030,

Wycombe 6a
Chepping Wycombe, Great Marlow, Hazlemere, Hedsor, High Wycombe, Little Marlow, Marlow, Marlow Bottom, Medmenham, Wooburn.
Charles Colton – 01628 520084

Wycombe 6b
Fawley, Hambleden, Ibstone, Lane End, Turville.
Richard Booth – 01628 521185


Dacorum 1a
Aldbury, Northchurch, Tring, Tring Rural, Wigginton.
Greta Brown – 01442 891800

Dacorum 2b
Berkhamsted, Bovingdon, Chipperfield, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Nash Mills.
Paul Coleman – 01442 870123,

Dacorum 9b
Eaton Bray, Flamstead, Great Gaddesden, Little Gaddesden, Markyate, Nettleden with Potten End, Studham, Totternhoe, Whipsnade.
John Rowe – 01442 862619

North Herts 10
Hexton, Hitchin, Ickleford, Ippollitts, King's Walden, Langley, Lilley, Offley, Pirton, Preston, St Paul's Walden.
Nigel Agar – 01462 459870

Three Rivers 2a
Abbots Langley, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Sarratt.
Edgar Anderson – 01923 775993

South Oxfordshire

South Oxon 7
Aston Rowant, Chinnor, Crowell, Lewknor, Pyrton, Shirburn, Benson, Bix and Assendon, Brightwell Baldwin, Britwell, Cuxham with Easington, Ewelme, Nettlebed, Pishill with Stonor, Swyncombe, Watlington.
Maggie Templeman – 01491 637942,

South Oxon 8a
Binfield Heath, Crowmarsh, Harpsden, Henley on Thames, Highmoor, Nuffield, Rotherfield Greys, Rotherfield Peppard, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Stoke Row.
Stephen Fox – 01491 681646,

South Oxon 8b
Checkendon, Eye and Dunsden, Goring, Goring Heath, Ipsden, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Stoke, Whitchurch, Woodcote.
Alan Futter – 01189 543266

Chiltern Way Officers

Chiltern Way Officer – North
Paul Coleman – 01442 870123,

Chiltern Way Officer – South
Alan Hockley – 01494 534110,

Chiltern Way Officer – The Berkshire Loop
Richard Booth – 01628 521185,


Central Chilterns PMV Coordinator
Richard Boas – 01628 527978,

South Chilterns PMV Coordinator
Howard Dell – 01494 764149,

North Chilterns PMV Coordinator
Les Mosco – 07799 718283,


Paul Weller – 01628 486328,

Walks Designer
Andrew Clark – 01494 783035,


Ken Davies – 01923 779140,

Roger Lerry – 01494 721142,

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Society Advisers

Geological and landscape
Dr Haydon Bailey – All enquiries to the Society office, 01494 771250.

Liaison – English Heritage
Ms Linda Walton – All enquiries to the Society office, 01494 771250.

Heritage Group
Mrs Pauline Wilkinson – 01494 882709.

Walter Horn – 01494 873437.

Health & safety
Gavin Johnson – Head of Conservation & Development. 01494 771250.

Whitehill Centre

The White Hill Centre, until the mid 1970s, was a school and is visible from much of the town centre.