Green by name, green by nature in Croxley Green
PUBLISHED: 11:43 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 20 February 2013
Croxley Green is a charming village, kept immaculate through the loving care of its residents as Damion Roberts discovers
WITH its open spaces, charming surroundings and caring local residents, Croxley Green has all the key ingredients you would wish for in an idyllic village setting. There are pleasant walking locations eastwards, into the lovely Cassiobury Park, and westwards and northwards too, where there are woodland, streams and brooks to discover, but the beautiful, rolling countryside is matched by life at the centre of the village which brings together some of the most personable and thoughtful residents you could hope to meet.
The Rev Robert Riley-Braley
St Oswald's Church
The Rev Robert Riley-Braley celebrated a year at St Oswald's Church in April, and said he has been made to feel very welcome by local residents.
The church, which was built in 1937 and used as a dual purpose hall and church during the Second World War by schools, has a very attractive interior with a beautiful stained glass window which illustrates aspects of St Oswald's life and Mr Riley-Braley believes it has a strong link with the community.
He says, 'I've been priest-in-charge here for one year and I have been made to feel very welcome, both in the church and the community.
'It is a great place to live and there is a strong sense of community, and there is a strong church presence in the village with two Church of England churches, one Roman Catholic church, one Baptist, one Methodist and one Brethren church and two other Christian groups also active in the village.
'We have caf O on Monday mornings, and we get quite a few young mums with children and older folk too.
'The Fairtrade coffee is excellent and I can thoroughly recommend the home made cakes.
'We also have a mum and toddler group, a musical theatrical group, a youth discussion group and activities for children as well as a very good robed choir who sing 10am service and worship and which play at the family service on the first Sunday of the month.
'It is a very accommodating and pleasant village and I like it very much.'
Keep Croxley Green
Keep Croxley Green is an action group originally formed to oppose a planned rail depot on 25 acres
of green belt land in the village between Frankland Road and the Grand Union Canal.
Since the villagers won the battle to keep the land for community use, the group has continued to maintain its beauty and see that it doesn't go to waste.
June Emson, a committee member, explains why. 'We set up our group to keep green spaces in the town and to preserve its wildlife and animal life, and we have wonderful support from all of the town's residents and we eventually won that battle.
'It's important in a village like ours, like all places, to keep green spaces for the community for recreational and aesthetic reasons.
'Every month we work on our land and are supported by local residents and we clear any rubbish and keep it in lovely condition for people to enjoy and make the most of.
'We have opened a glade, put seats in and every day the area is used by people who walk their dogs, cycle through or let their children play there.
'It would have been a great loss if we had lost the battle, but it goes to show what residents can do if they work together and really believe in the cause.'