Nominations for the Thomas Chapman Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Villages’

THOMAS CHAPMAN was a gentleman farmer who lived and worked Folly Farm in Potash Lane for most of his life. An upbeat and kindly man he was always generous with both his time and money. For a number of years, he was chairman of the Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society as well as being involved in all aspects of village life.
He particularly loved the Annual Village Show especially the ‘Stepping the Chain’ game for which he would always donate a bottle of whisky as a prize. The Tombola was also a popular draw thanks to his generous patronage. With his philosophy ‘never you mind boy, everything will be alright on the day’ he endeared himself to all aspects of village life.
It was therefore right that the Society decided to create a trophy to honour his memory -

‘in recognition of their outstanding contribution, over many years, to the life of the village communities of Long Marston, Puttenham, Gubblecote and Astrope’.

The trophy chosen was for Outstanding Contribution to the Village and the wording above, used on the certificate being carefully chosen by the society to reflect how the society felt about Tom’s contribution to the village during his lifetime.  The trophy itself is a model of Tom’s old tractor and was made by Tring School.

The first time the award was presented, the Horticultural Society wanted to involve Tom’s family so they asked his son Adrian to come along to the show and he presented the first trophy.  We are sure, knowing Tom, that he would have loved having an award in his name.

The Horticultural Society are now looking for nominations for this year’s award to be presented at the Village Show on 1st August.

If you know of a worthy recipient, please contact the Chairman, Vicky Hayes.  Email:

Previous winners of the Thomas Chapman Award.

2001 Phyllis Proctor
2002 Eunice Hall
2003 Tina Puwar
2004 Brian Prior
2005 Christine Rutter
2006 Carole Harrison
2007 Daphne Bateman
2008 Ken Crawford
2009 John & Margaret Noakes
2010 Colette Bernard
2011 Jean Bygate
2012 Michael Tomlinson
2013 Glenys Jeffrey
2014 Serena Williams

Article by Toby Davidson.

Village News Article – July 2015.

Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Show – Saturday 1st August 2015

Do the words ‘village show’ conjure up images of welly wanging, hoopla and coconut shy? Or do they make you think of tug-o-war, tombola and plant stalls? To those involved with the annual Long Marston & Puttenham village show, they mean any and all of these things together with an element of the weird and wacky!

The first show was organised in August 1936 and almost every year since then the show has been held on Long Marston Recreation Ground on the first Saturday in August. This year is no exception. The ‘rec’ will be a hive of activity from 2pm – 5pm, whilst in the Victory Hall there will be the annual Horticultural Exhibition for both adults and children. Entries are welcome from everyone and will be judged strictly, fairly and anonymously; so when the show programme lands on your doormat why not see which classes you could enter and have a go.

The success of the show depends entirely on your support, both in terms of attendance and entries and input from everyone in the community is an intrinsic part of the day. All monies raised on the day are used to support community events during the year for the benefit of everyone, so come along and be part of a traditional, community event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Article by Sally Smith

Village News Article – July 2015.

Village News Article – June 2015

Plans are well under way for this year’s Annual Long Marston Village Show.  With the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo this year, we are hoping that Napoleon may make an appearance and the return of wellie-wanging! With all the usual stalls and a possible new event in the arena, things look set for a great day on 1st August.  Keep the date in your diary!

Firstly, however, is our annual community day and rounders competition on the 14th June on the recreation ground behind the Victory Hall.  All you have to do is bring your own picnic after 1pm and join in the fun.  The following week is the Marsworth Steam Rally, where the Horti will be running the burger stall next to the beer tent, so we’ll see you there!

Article by Toby Davidson.

Village News Article – May 2015

Spring is in the air approaching and, following our village pantomime in February, the Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society are busy planning our summer schedule.  We start with supporting the Annual Charity Football Match between the ‘School’ side of the village and the ‘Pub’ side.  Plans are coming along nicely thanks to sponsors Fullers Brewery and locals all pulling together to make the night a success.  We hope to get a large turnout and raise a lot of money & every penny goes back into the local community.

The Midsummer Picnic / Rounders Day and the Marsworth Steam Rally (see adverts) take place in June, followed by the annual Village Show on 1st August. More details on these events to follow next month.

Article by Toby Davidson.

Village News Article – May 2014

Writing this article whilst the sun is beaming down gives us all hope of a lovely summer after this winter’s rains. Plans for the annual village show in Long Marston continue a-pace and let’s hope this weather will bring us another record number of entries for the flower and produce section.

We also have a new event in June – a midsummer picnic for the whole village to enjoy. This will feature a rounders competition, so get your teams together and come and play. All the fun takes place on the recreation ground behind the Victory Hall on Sunday 22nd June from 1pm.

The Horti are also looking forward to helping out at this year’s Marsworth Steam Rally where we will be running the barbeque next to the beer tent. This massively popular event is now in its 16th year and will again be staged to support a range of local charities and worthy fundraising causes. The fun starts at 11am and goes on until 5pm, admission is £4 for adults and £2 for children with every ticket qualifying for entry into a free raffle prize draw.

Attracting visitors from miles around, it’s a great day out for all the family and a great Fathers Day treat for any machinery-minded man! See historic steam engines, agricultural vehicles, classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks, PLUS a lot of family fun too. Tring fire brigade will be showing their fire engine, emergencies permitting, and as usual there will be various events in the arena throughout the day including the dog agility display, back by popular request, and steam engine rides for children (of all ages)!

The next village event however is the annual football match being played on the 2nd May. Lee has organised a full evening do that day with a bar (courtesy of Fullers brewery), disco and a curry. The event is FREE and is raising money to be put back into the village, so do please come along and support.

Article by Toby Davidson.

Village News Article – April 2014

The Horti committee are now recovering after an exhausting few weeks of staging our annual village pantomime, given an excellent review in last month’s magazine by our old friends, Luke & Rosa B Hind-Yew! Even so, we continue to plan for the future and are now thinking about our summer activities. 

We are fully supporting Lee Diamond and his second Charity Football Match, which this year is being played on 2nd May (see poster). With an evening disco planned, he hopes to raise well over £1000 which is then distributed 5 ways to village groups. We then move on to the Marsworth Steam Rally on the 15th June, where the Horti and the village hall committee are running the burger bar. This promises to be a great day out so long as the weather holds, with several steam traction engines as well as a classic car rally and a wide variety of side stalls. 

Our final event before the Annual Village Show in August is a community picnic to be held on the 22nd June. At the moment, no firm plans are in place on what to do on that day. I would like to use this column to ask the villagers of Long Marston what they would like to see happen.

The idea behind this is to provide a FREE community event that we can get as many Long Marston residents to come along to and enjoy, hence the idea of a simple picnic on the recreation ground behind the Victory Hall.

In order to get as many as possible to come along and join in, should I be looking to organise something along the lines of Tea at the Tower/Scarecrows Competition or just keep it simply asking people to turn up with their own individual picnics. In discussion with a few of my friends in the village, most agree that it would be a good idea to put on some sporting activity like a game of rounders, which people of all ages can play. Others have talked about a ‘theme’ for the day, like organising a cookery competition. Maybe people like the idea of ‘sharing’ food where everyone turns up with something different.

I am keen to take the lead on this, but need to get some ideas and support in order for us all to have a memorable afternoon (hopefully) in bright sunlight! I would welcome any comments before I plan anything, so would be very grateful if anybody would like to discuss this with me at their earliest convenience.

My phone number is 07970 636168/660754 or you can email me or even catch me whilst I am walking through the village!

Article by Toby Davidson.

S106 Community Infrastructure Levy

So what is a CIL and how can it affect me? Following a fascinating and rewarding weekend spent at the Eden Project in Cornwall, I have been very interested in finding out more about this. The Community Infrastructure Levy was introduced as part of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1990, updated as part of the Localism Act of 2011 and is a document of planning obligation which controls the development or use of land and requires a sum of money to be paid to the local authority to allow for local infrastructure. A percentage of any CIL has to be used on local community projects.

As part of the development currently taking place at Dixon’s Wharf, CALA Homes have paid a S106 Levy to the county council and at some stage a small amount of money from that will be released for spending on local projects. At the last Tring Rural Parish Council meeting, I understood that they will soon be issuing an online survey for parishioners to propose what this money, however small it may be, could be spent on. THIS IN SOME SMALL WAY COULD AFFECT US ALL, but you can only influence where it might be spent if you complete the survey.

 “For too long, central government has hoarded and concentrated power. Trying to improve people’s lives by imposing decisions, setting targets, and demanding inspections from Whitehall simply doesn’t work. It creates bureaucracy. It leaves no room for adaptation to reflect local circumstances or innovation to deliver services more effectively and at lower cost. And it leaves people feeling “done to” and imposed upon – the very opposite of the sense of participation and involvement on which a healthy democracy thrives.”

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Decentralisation          January 2011

Article by Toby Davidson.

Flooding in Long Marston, Astrope, Puttenham & Wilstone.

Following the recent flooding in January and February 2014, a number of people have united in an attempt to understand the source of the water entering Long Marston, Astrope, Puttenham and Wilstone and how it might be averted in future.

Following the devastating impact it had to properties in Long Marston, Herts County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) were invited to attend a meeting in the village hall to initiate a full investigation.  We have received a draft scoping document for the investigation which is due to conclude in summer (more details for which can be found on the Forum – see below).

An initial meeting was held with the Canal and River Trust (CRT), following speculation of water being released from the local reservoirs, where they shared with us technical data and information about their water management system.  The CRT do not believe that they were responsible for the rapid flow of water that entered Long Marston via Tring Road, although the release from Wilstone reservoir via Gudgeon Brook is likely to have accounted for the flooding in Astrope.  Discussions are ongoing.

With support from the Parish council, local councillors and our MP, it is hoped that Herts CC Highways will in the interim, look at the more pressing issues of drainage, especially in Chapel Lane / Station Road, Long Marston where the water culminates.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information should register at a forum which has been set up for local residents to share information and pass comment about the flooding.

Article by Peter Myrants.

New Show Committee.


We had an interesting debriefing session following the Annual Village Show in August, discussing all aspects of the show. It was agreed that a principal aim for the future must be to utilise the arena a lot better. It was also felt that the event could do with some fresh ideas from members of the local community.

We are therefore looking for anybody who would like to see changes to the way the field is run come forward & join a NEW Village Show Organising Committee with new ideas for the future of the our main village event.

This will NOT involve attending endless meetings, more having a couple of informal get-togethers to decide what changes can be made to the field over a couple of beers. You must however be available to help put these ideas into place on the day of the show itself.

Please contact Martin Winship on 01296 662388  or if you are interested.

Article by Toby Davidson.

Long Marston Village Website


For years, Long Marston has had its own website, supplying information on local activities as well as local history archives.  -

Recently, following local encouragement, the Horti has now created a Facebook page which it is hoped will be used by all village organisations to promote their events. The idea is to ask people to ‘like’ our new page and they will then receive information on all things going on in the village, from fundraising to sporting and leisure activities.

We also need local groups to sign up in order to promote their activities in the village. Please contact Vicky Hayes ( or sign up on our Facebook page –

Article by Toby Davidson.

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