Craft Beer Award Presentation

The culmination of this year’s Food & Drink Awards took place at Tring Brewery earlier this month. Our Chairman presented certificates to the owners of Tring, Rebellion and Chiltern Breweries so that they now have a truly local award to add to their collections!

In order to seek out the best Chiltern Brewery, our judges visited five local breweries shortlisted from those nominated by the public to take a brewery tour, hear about their beginnings and their ambitions for the future and learn about their efforts to work in an environmentally friendly way. The most important part of the quest was the beer tasting in July where six experts bravely sampled 15 different beers.

The results were soon clear – Tring Brewery was not only winner for the North Chilterns, but overall winner. Chilterns Brewery is the Central Chilterns Champion, and Rebellion took the honours for the South Chilterns. Many congratulations to these three Craft Beer Heroes.

The Craft Beer Award is kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual.

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Planning Campaign Leader

Are you passionate about protecting the Chilterns as a unique and special place to live ? Do you have the drive and commitment to lead a successful campaign, building support from our community and other organisations to influence local and national government ?

Our Planning Group urgently needs a Campaign Leader to step up our campaign to prevent unsustainable development into the Chilterns Area of Outstanding National Beauty and Green Belt.  You’ll be used to working in a volunteering role, and how to work with other volunteers to achieve results.

We’re looking for someone, maybe from a marketing background, with skills and experience in leadership, communication and management of diverse stakeholders to influence senior levels of local and national government.  There is no need for detailed knowledge of planning regulations, as you will have support from experts in our Planning Group.  However you do need an understanding of how government operates and how to collaborate with other organisations in the area such as the Chilterns Conservation Board, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Natural England, District and County Councils.

The role needs to drive out tangible results from our already publicised Planning Manifesto.  This safeguards the AONB, protects the Green Belt, overhauls the methods for calculating housing need, scales infrastructure, favours brownfield and infill usage, and promotes good building design.  The first goal is to build a coalition of MPs across the Chilterns to support our Manifesto and change housing calculations.  The Chiltern Society supports the needs of local businesses and affordable housing for local people, rather than  unfettered free market priority for multi-million pound commuterland.

To discuss more about how you could fit this role please contact:

Merrin Molesworth: : tel: 01494 773381

Michael Jepson: tel: 01494 837602

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Chiltern Society Seasonal Gin Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first limited edition Seasonal Gin, flavoured with cherry blossom, elderflower and orange.

This delicious gin has been specially created for us by the Wayfinders Distillery in Beaconsfield. Laurie Othen, the enterprising owner of Wayfinders, is excited to be part of this project and has generously offered to donate profits from the sale of the gin to the Chiltern Society in order to support our conservation work in the Chilterns.

The botanicals which give the gin its unique flavour were foraged in the Chilterns countryside by Fred The Forager from The Wild Side of Life.  It was then down to Wayfinders to combine the ingredients to come up with the final product which really offers a true taste of the Chilterns.

At the launch event held at Northolt Barn at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, guests were able to taste the classic combination of Summer Gin and tonic or more adventurously, Summer Gin and all-natural fresh apple juice kindly donated by Chiltern Ridge of Chartridge. Both combinations proved very popular.

Summer Gin is available to purchase here.

Every bottle sold will be helping our efforts to preserve the Chilterns countryside. What better excuse could there be a glass or two of this wonderful seasonal gin?

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Paws in the Chilterns

We want to celebrate our furry friends who enjoy the countryside as much as we do!

Many of you would probably agree that one of the best ways to enjoy the Chilterns is alongside a four legged companion. Walking the dog is so much more than just a part of the daily routine; it can often provide moments of calm and tranquillity in an otherwise chaotic world. It can be a wholesome and therapeutic activity, a chance to explore parts of the countryside that you might not have done otherwise, a chance to share moments as a family and even an opportunity to meet new people. Perhaps most of all, it can bring such happiness to see your dog (or dogs!) experiencing such delight as they run around and explore new places with their tails a wagging!

Our conservation and path maintenance volunteers work hard so you can enjoy the countryside at its best. But we know that people aren’t the only ones to appreciate their efforts! We love the fact that dogs also reap the benefits of the pathways, woodlands and commons that we work hard to maintain.

To celebrate this, we’re launching a Paws in the Chilterns campaign! We would like you to share with us pictures of your dogs enjoying the Chilterns. The three winning dogs will each receive a voucher to redeem at Sypmly Pet Foods; a local pet food producer based in Chesham that makes pet food free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavours.

To be in with a chance of winning, here’s what you need to do:

1)      Take a photo of your dog (and you if you’d like) enjoying the countryside.

2)      Either email it to us at OR share it with us on Facebook & Twitter using #PawsInTheChilterns (don’t forget to tag us in the post using @ChilternSociety)

3)      Include the name of your dog and where the photo was taken

4)      If your dog would like to show his or her appreciation for the work that we do, please text ‘CHIL02 £5’ to 70070 make a £5 donation.

We look forward to receiving your photos!

In order for your entry to qualify, please submit it via the methods above no later than 31st October.

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Craft Beer Award- The Results!

The final vital stage of our Craft Beer Award, the all important beer tasting, took place on Saturday 22nd July. The judging panel consisted of members of the Society’s Save Our Pubs team, along with CAMRA’s central southern director, Carl Griffin.

The intrepid judges bravely tasted no less than 15 different beers provided by our shortlisted local breweries. The tasting process was carried out with the utmost rigour.

The beer tasting was naturally the most important part of the journey to seek out the best brewery in the Chilterns. Now that the scores for all criteria have been calibrated, we are delighted to announce that the winner for the North Chilterns and overall winning company is Tring Brewery. Their Pale Four was very popular with the judges. The Central Chilterns champion is Chiltern Brewery whose highest rated ale was John Hampden Golden Harvest . Our Southern Chilterns winner is Rebellion Brewery of Marlow. The tasters very much appreciated Rebellion’s Zebedee beer.

Lovibonds of Henley and Malt The Brewery of Prestwood both achieved Highly Commended status for the quality of their beers.

The presentation to these fantastic five Chiltern breweries will take place in October. Look out for full details of the Craft Beer Award in the winter issue of Chiltern magazine.

The Craft Beer Award is kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual.

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Chilterns Food Magazine

Fancy getting a true taste of the Chilterns? Learning more about its producers, restaurants and local food heroes? Why not pick up a copy of the new Chilterns Food Magazine, the only publication dedicated to telling these stories and to encouraging readers to buy locally and eat seasonally. The beautiful new Summer issue of the Magazine is out now, and it is full-to-bursting with food treats: visit Lacey’s Family Farm, and discover how to make your own yoghurt at home with their amazing milk; cook up a summer feast with recipes using watercress and cherries; plus discover more about Crockers Chef’s Table, an inventive new restaurant outside of Berkhamsted. And much, much more.

The new Summer issue is available to buy for just £3 at stockists across the Chilterns, or online at:

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2017 – A Year of Excellence in Chilterns Building Design

On Thursday 15th June, the presentation event took place for the winners of our 2017 Buildings Design Awards. It was held in the glorious setting of the Hundred Hills Vineyard near Henley which was the well deserved winner of our competition.

The event was attended by the successful owners, architects and builders in addition to our Chairman David Harris, Sue Holden (Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board) and several members of the Judging Panel.

Stephen and Fiona Duckett, the owners of the winning property were awarded a prestigious plaque which we’re sure they will display with pride. Heinz and Jenny Richardson of House 19, Amersham received a Highly Commended certificate, whilst Nick and Wendy Sargent of the Old Sawmill, Frieth and representatives of Shiplake College near Henley both received Commended certificates.

After the presentation, the guests were delighted to be given a tour of Hundred Hills Vineyard, which was certainly looking its beautiful on a sunny summer’s day. Thanks to Stephen and Fiona Duckett for graciously hosting this fantastic event.

The Chilterns Buildings Design Awards are jointly organised and funded by the Chiltern Society & the Chilterns Conservation Board to encourage outstanding architectural achievements in our area.

Winner: The Winery at the One Hundred Hills Vineyard, Stonor Valley

Owners – Stephen & Fiona Duckett
Architect – Ian Brown, Nichols Brown Webber LLP
Builder – Kingerlee Ltd, Kidlington, Oxon


Highly Commended: House 19, Amersham

Owners – Heinz and Jenny Richardson
Architect – Heinz Richardson,  Jestico + Whiles, London
Builder – Stephen Kramer, SK (London) Contracts Management, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts

Commended: The Old Sawmill, Parmoor, Frieth 

Owner – Nick and Wendy Sargent Skillbond Ltd
Architect – Roger Danks, Danks Badnell Architects Ltd, Windsor
Project Manager – Skillbond Ltd, Fawley Green, Henley


Commended: The John Turner Building, Shiplake College 

Headmaster – Gregg Davies
Architect – Mark Webber, Nichols Brown Webber LLP
Builder – Bryan Doyle, Edgar Taylor, Buckingham

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We’re hiring!

A rare opportunity has arisen to be a key player in the Chiltern Society’s Planning Group, a team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers working hard to help preserve the natural beauty and tranquility of the Chilterns by protecting it from inappropriate developments and promoting its special qualities.

The Chiltern Society is looking for an experienced Planning officer to be part of the Planning Group and take guidance from the Chairman of that group in providing them with professional support in responding to National Planning Consultations Local Plans and Planning Applications. The successful candidate will report to the Chairman of the Society.

The Role
The Planning Officer will be part of the Chiltern Society Planning Group
As well as providing support to that Group, the successful applicant will also work closely with the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) on planning matters in an effort to avoid duplication of effort. The CCB is a statutory body focusing on the Chilterns AONB, but otherwise we have common objectives. Another aspect of the job is to provide data for the Society’s Planning Campaign Group to assist in future Chiltern Society planning campaigns and initiatives.

The hours are negotiable depending on the individual recruited and initially on a one year contract. The successful applicant will be expected to work at least one day per week in the Chesham office.

The Person
The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, have high levels of professional expertise, a relevant Planning qualification, up-to-date knowledge of Planning Rules (legislation) policy and Guidance, have experience of dealing with and working on Local Plans and Planning applications, be a good communicator and have a full UK driving licence. It is desirable that the candidate will be a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or equivalent, although we will consider all candidates with suitable professional experience.
Candidates should also be willing to attend occasional meetings outside the agreed hours of employment. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, experience and cultures regardless of gender, marital status disability or race.

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be entitled to a contributory pension, out of pocket expenses and a proportionate holiday entitlement.

Location: Chesham, Bucks

Salary: c£35k (FTE)

Hours: Negotiable
How to apply
Applicants should in the first instance contact our General Secretary at or send their application by post to:

The Chiltern Society
The White Hill Centre
White Hill

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We’ve joined the Walking Partnership

The Chiltern Society is delighted to have recently joined The Walking Partnership.

This partnership, supported by RWH Travel Limited, provides financial contributions to help charities organise group walks, improve and clear footpaths, provide equipment to help walkers and promote walking in general. Over the past 65 years, the company has donated millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects in Britain and the countries they visit on their worldwide holidays.

RWH Travel Limited operates group walking and activity holidays in the UK and all around the world. Each holiday is accompanied by a qualified leader, so you can leave all the organising to them and just enjoy yourself. Walking holidays are graded according to preferences and abilities and there is a full range from sightseeing to hutting holidays. Take a look at their website and explore the full range of walking and experience holidays at, or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure.

By quoting ‘The Chiltern Society’ when you book, we will receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. Encouraging people to get outdoors and explore the countryside on foot has always been very important to us, and this extra funding will help us continue to do that.

For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website.

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Craft Beer Award

Following the nomination period which closed at the end of April, we can reveal that five shortlisted breweries which received the most nominations from the public are:

Chiltern Brewery
Malt The Brewery
Rebellion Brewery
Tring Brewery

Lots of people were eager to tell us about their favourite tipple, and our judges look forward to visiting each brewery in turn.

In July our panel of beer experts will be tasting a selection of beers from each brewery and will decide which are the best craft beers in the Chilterns.

The presentation to the winners will take place in October. Watch this space!

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