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Situated west of Cheshunt are Goffs Oak and Cuffley – two picturesque villages with unique identities and thriving communities with active clubs and societies, as Louise McEvoy discovers...
We love the drama
Founded in 1933, The Cuffley Players is an amateur dramatic group which has about 100 members who range in age from early 20s to mid-80s.
The groups secretary, Frances Taylor, moved to Cuffley with her husband in 1977 and says, We love living in Cuffley. We like the rural surroundings while being so close to London and the wide range of societies and organisations that are so active in the area.
Within six months of moving to the village, the couple had joined The Cuffley Players. We found it to be a friendly and welcoming group, says Frances, adding, We have both had a number of wonderful roles in a broad range of plays, as well as taking our turn to work backstage, and have made a number of long-lasting friendships within the society.
The group presents two full-length plays every year and, on occasion, a one act play during the summer, with rehearsals held at Cuffley Hall and St Andrews Church twice weekly for three months before each performance. The genre of productions varies from thrillers through to comedies, with the latest production an adaptation of Rosamunde Pilchers novel The Shell Seekers and the next performance, planned for later this year, an adaptation of Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca.
We have an active social programme and all are welcome, says Frances. We are actively seeking new members at the moment and welcome enquiries from anyone who would like to join in any capacity. Visit the website http://www.cuffleyplayers.com/ or email email@example.com
We love being active
With almost 2000 members, Goffs Oak Community Association is an active group with the aim of protecting the village and retaining its unique identity.
David Stewart has been chairman of the association for about 10 years and explains, It was founded when there was talk of the M25 being built through Goffs Oak in the late 1970s. Then they did alter the route and took it further south.
He continues, We try to keep our eyes on all things local regarding planning and the Green Belt. For instance, the council opposed a development in Halstead Hill and developers recently took it to appeal. We helped with the appeal and backed up the council, and the inspector decided it shouldnt be allowed.
There are plenty of green sites around Goffs Oak. Thats what makes Goffs Oak a good place to live. We are trying to keep it separate from Cheshunt so it doesnt all become one urban area.
The associations committee holds regular meetings and about once a year a social event is held to raise money for charity, with last years barn dance raising funds for Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City.
David has lived in Goffs Oak since 1974 and says, Its got a distinct village centre which is quite clearly separate from Cheshunt and Cuffley, with a war memorial, shops, library, doctors surgery and village hall.
For more information about Goffs Oak Community Association, or to join, call David on 01707 875199 or visit http://www.goffsoak.org.uk/
We love our football
Based at Cuffley King George V Playing Fields, and with pitches at two other locations in the village, Cuffley Football Club has gone from strength to strength since it was established about five decades ago.
The club has 20 youth teams and four senior teams which play at weekends, with a Soccer School for four to seven year olds held on Saturday mornings.
Sponsorship officer Leslie Kitcher has been involved with the club for 16 years and says, We cater for all abilities and dont discriminate. We have got teams which are in high divisions and teams in low divisions and we try to put people in the right ability group. All coaches are FA qualified, and the Soccer School has been successful for the last five years.
Its a nice, friendly, well-run club, and we are always looking for players and committee members. If you are interested in getting involved, call Leslie on 07836592166.
We love our social life
Goffs Oak Comrades Sports and Social Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
The members-only club currently has about 350 members and boasts its own football team and four snooker teams which play in the Welwyn Garden City and District Billiards and Snooker League.
Its been going since 1921 and is quite a thriving club now, explains Allan Heil, who has been the clubs secretary for about 30 years. We struggled a bit at the beginning of last year, but we have refurbished the venue, which has a nice bar, snooker tables, a pool table and dart boards.
About once a month, the club hosts an entertainment evening which has previously seen Roy Orbison and ABBA tribute bands take to the stage. Bingo nights are also held at the venue, as well as a monthly afternoon for the over 60s.
Full membership is 30 per year, with a 5 joining fee, or 10 for senior citizens.
Call Allan on 01920 463578 for more information.