Current Projects

Oral History Project


Late in 2016 a small group of volunteers met and agreed to launch an oral history project. We are setting out to record and collect the memories of long-standing residents. This will provide a great resource for local people, helping us all to understand the character of the villages many years ago – the people, the way of life and the houses and buildings. With the permission of those who contribute, we will use parts of the recordings (or the transcripts made of them) in several ways:


  • In exhibitions and displays around the community
  • Here on the Chalford Parish History Group website
  • In books or articles about the parish

Many people enjoy taking part in such discussions. After an initial conversation to explain how it works, we arrange for someone to meet you or the person in their home (or elsewhere if preferred). The conversation would focus on recollections of life in the parish – family, school, work life, significant events and so on. Whilst we talk we record the conversation. Afterwards we send each person who participates a copy of the recording (on CD or on a memory stick for a computer), so that their family and friends can listen to their memories. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in participating, please get in touch by contacting the Secretary, Hilary Burgess using the Contact Form.



Proposed CPLHG Book: Chalford Parish in 40 Stories


This is only the working title but the idea behind the project is to produce a book that paints a portrait of the parish of Chalford (Brownshill, Bussage, Chalford, Chalford Hill and France Lynch) by bringing together varied pieces of research and investigation. We are not aiming at a definitive history of the parish and we anticipate that the book will cover a very wide range of topics from churches to specific houses or locations, historical events or interesting local inhabitants. Quite a few members have already come up with exciting ideas for a chapter in the book.


The Committee has formed an editorial subcommittee consisting of Camilla Boon, Hilary Burgess and Roger Carnt to oversee the production and they have set a target of the end of 2017 to collect together all the material for the book. We are able to help with the shaping of articles as authors wish. This project is now well advanced but if you have any ideas for additional chapters please get in touch by contacting the Secretary, Hilary Burgess using the Contact Form.




Research and proposed book: ‘World War II in the parishes of Bisley and Chalford’
A small group have started work on this project, collecting information about the men who died, those who fought and those left behind. The villages covered not only include Brownshill, Bussage, Chalford, Chalford Hill and France Lynch but also Bisley, Eastcombe and Oakridge. On Sunday 19th November there will be an exhibition of material collected to date from 10am to 4pm at the Frith Youth Centre. We hope this will inform and entertain you as well as generating more information and contacts from those who lived through those times. If you have any information that might help with this book please contact the Secretary, using the Contact Form.




Heritage Interpretation Boards


Chalford Parish Council is working with  CPLHG to develop some outdoor Heritage Interpretation boards. The aim is to celebrate the rich history of the area and encourage interest in local heritage. The first prototype board has been developed for Chalford Vale, and it is suggested there might be boards in each of the six villages. The actual panel size will be A1 (47″x33″). The board can be viewed at the Parish Centre. The working group is keen to get feedback on this plan – is it a good idea? Is the content and level of information right? Do you like the design? Send your comments by email or in writing to the Parish Centre (

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