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Welcome to Little Gaddesden

Our beautiful Chiltern village set within the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, is a thriving community with numerous clubs and societies. How did this come about?

When the Home Guard "Stood Down" in 1945 it found itself in possession of two assets: first, a sum of money which was due for distribution among its members: and second the habit of working together for the benefit of the whole community. With these funds and with this ethos of co-operation, the Gaddesden Society was formed.

From this beginning the many clubs and societies have developed independently but are still supported by the Gaddesden Society should the need arise. In addition the Society publishes the quarterly Gaddesden Diary, puts on half a dozen talks a year which are open to all, organises the annual Sports Day and oversees the Hospital Visiting service offered to those who do not have transport for appointments or visits.

It is for these reasons that the Society has a key role within the village. Like the Home Guard, it has no political or religious associations – it needs everyone within its ranks!


100 years Ago – The War Memorial and Royal British Legion in Little Gaddesden

Presented by the Royal British Legion with The Gaddesden Society

This year marks the centenary of our war memorial and of the Little Gaddesden branch of the Royal British Legion.  The Gaddesden Society are joining with the Legion to mark these with a talk and display at Ashridge House on Thursday November 11th.  The display will be open from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, with the talk starting at 8.00pm.  All are welcome throughout the evening.

November 2021

New Website Coming Soon

We're working away behind the scenes to build a new website for The Gaddesden Society.  The existing site had been in use since 2012.  It has served well, but technology has moved on, and we hope that the new site will be easier to use, mobile friendly and have several new features.

Stay tuned for further announcements!

Please find below a link to our Little Gaddesden Residents' Welcome Pack:

Residents' Welcome Pack

Please find attached our Remembrance Edition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI

Remembrance Edition

Please find below a link to privacy notices for our website and email list

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice Email List


How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283
[email protected]

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283 [email protected]

Matt Laver
[email protected]

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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