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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!

Carols on the Screen

Monday 21st December 2020 - 6:30pm

Join in with the village Christmas carol singalong from the comfort and warmth of your own home.  Bring your own mulled wine and mince pies! 

Zoom link: click here.
Download carol sheets here:  colour version, or black-and-white version (better for printing).


The Gaddesden Diary

Winter Edition

The Winter 2020 edition of The Gaddesden Diary is now available in print from your disributor or the Village Shop.

Autumn Edition

The Autumn 2020 edition is still available.  In view of the coronavirus outbreak, we made this copy available online.  You can download a copy here:

The Gaddesden Diary, Autumn 2020 Online Edition

Summer Edition and Virtual Open Gardens Supplement

The Summer 2020 edition of The Gaddesden Diary - also online - is still available here:

The Gaddesden Diary, Summer 2020 Online Edition

And, in celebration of the wonderful gardens in and around Little Gaddesden, we continue to make available a virtual open garden supplement to the Diary.  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed pictures of your beautiful gardens!  A donation has been made by The Gaddesden Society to The Hospice of St Francis for every photograph published.  Download your copy of the supplement here:

The Gaddesden Diary, Summer 2020 Virtual Open Gardens Supplement

The Editors
December 2020

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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