2013 – April advertorial

Much has already been said and written comparing last year’s weather to this.  However, as you see the standing water in the fields between Chalfont St Giles and St Peter, you might be interested to note that the water table this time last year was some 7 metres below ground.  In fact levels throughout the valley are on average 5.5 metres higher than in April 2012 – in some locations 10 metres.  While impressive, these are actually just similar to 2008 and 2009 (recovering from dry spell in 2007) when we were struggling to establish continuous flow between the villages.  I like to think our efforts have helped create the continuity we now have and hope that, with your help, we can maintain it through the year, without having to rely on another wet summer!

With an eye to the future, we are very pleased indeed to have received for comment a copy of Affinity Water’s consultant’s report into possible measures to establish semi-continuous minimum flow.  As noted in the past, this work has been done to inform discussion of items that might be funded by the next Water Industry Asset Management Plan 2015 – 2020.  At present, the report and conclusions are not for publication but it is great news that some realistic options are being thoroughly considered and priced.   We should take every opportunity to raise and maintain public support for this aim.

Our last workday, planned for 23rd March, was cancelled due to the weather.  Nevertheless some stalwarts ventured out in the following days to clear some bits of debris and they report strong, clear flow all the way.  Now that “Spring is Sprung” – (always the optimist) – we look forward to our next outing on Sunday 28th April. Its that time of year when there is masses to do, not only to help sustain the flow but particularly to tidy up the back stream at CStP and the bank sides through the villages.  Again, we really do need a bumper turn-out:  please let me know if you can join us, even if just for an hour or so, morning or afternoon.  “Every little helps”.  

While you’ve got your diary out, please also note:

  • Monday April 15th      – new date   “not a meeting” – chat and chill (and discuss our response to the consultants’ report) at The Ivy House from 19.45 hours 
  • Sunday 28th April         –  Spring work party as above
  • Saturday 08 June         – the following work party
  • Saturday 29th June      – Chalfont St Peter Feast Day (volunteers to help on the stand please)

Finally, reminders that assistance would be very welcome from anyone willing to:

  • take on washing and storing our HI-vis and work gloves
  • meet and chat to people with Misbourne memories and record their stories
  • donate any appropriate tools


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