Why I think village is now in decline
RE: Don’t let village be a pile of bricks (Advertiser, August 28) I AM now 47 years old. I was born in Chalfont St Giles, as was my mother, and my father was born in Chalfont St Peter. I lived in Chalfont St Giles, and even worked there until I left when I was about 32.
I now live in Norfolk, but came back to visit my mother and friends last week, when I saw the front of the newspaper and had to reply.
As a village where I grew up, we had a large hardware shop, where you could buy nails, washing up bowls, light bulbs and just about everything you wanted; we had two newsagents, opposite each other; we had a pet shop, two butchers, two bakeries, two greengrocers, a chemist, a proper post office, a place that mended shoes, and a shop that sold a few toys, sweets and odds and ends. These were all shops that the village people needed.
Everybody knew everybody and it was a down-to-earth, proper community.
The trouble with Chalfont St Giles is that people have moved there from outside, like London. The MUFFIN the cat was prowling around the garden when reader John Norrish took this photo.
Mr Norrish, from Chalfont St Peter, said: “Muffin hides before her attack on an imaginary people who were my generation, unless they were offered Housing Association properties, had to move away to afford properties, so losing its long-term community.
The village has become full of estate agents, picture galleries, and, apart from the odd shops, pretty useless.
The Crown pub, which was also an off-licence, always had hanging baskets, was painted well and looked pretty. Last time I looked it was matt grey and ugly.
Apart from the original folks born in the village and continue to live there, the village has become full of trumped-up snobs who like to show off and have no problem getting to the shops, where the REAL village folk have to make do with the shops on offer.
That’s why Chalfont St Giles has gone downhill.
LOUISE MOORE (BONSEY)
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