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An e-newsletter from the Executive Committee
Chorleywood Residents' Association
February 2021

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Mike Stansfield, CRA
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Making Chorleywood as good as we can
Many residents are upset to see damaged verges, unswept pavements or roads, pothole, flooding, and dog fouling or bags left for the poo fairy to collect.  We feel the same way!   TRDC are very responsive with issues for which they are responsible, often fixing them with impressive speed.  Herts County Council (HCC) also investigate reported issues very quickly, and schedule repair work as soon as they can within their priorities and budgets.  We know it’s not easy with limited resources. 
Let’s help TRDC, HCC and Chorleywood by reporting issues online, so they that know about the problems and can schedule work efficiently.  If you prefer, phone TRDC or HCC, they are always courteous and helpful taking the details.  
Report online: Phone:  TRDC on 01923 776611, or HCC on 01992 555555

Furze View will be leafy again

Three years ago we were mystified when nearly all the trees in Furze View were suddenly chopped down, a nice tree-lined road became bare.  Herts County Council said the trees would be replaced, and a year later new trees were planted on the southern side.  The northern side was still almost bare, with three trees grouped very close together at the Capell Road end.   

To cut a long story short, after many requests to Herts County Council we thank our local HCC councillor Phil Williams for allocating some money from his locality budget.  Furze views has trees again on both sides, we look forward to seeing them thrive! 

Green Street Update

We are expecting the Green Street applications first published last year to be going out for consultation again in the next month with a decision to be made around the middle of the year. The developers are currently working on providing information in response to statutory consultee concerns raised as part of the consultation last year, in particular around the impact on local road traffic. To allow residents a chance to examine the additional comments and any related changes, the applications will go through a full 30 day consultation with all residents able to provide any further comments they may wish to make. It is our understanding that comments previously made will still apply but we will check on this again once the consultation dates are available. We will issue further updates to residents as soon as we know anything more.

A glimpse of Chorleywood from 1984

We were contacted recently by an ex-resident who had come across a copy of The Chorleywood Newsletter from Spring 1984 which they kindly posted to us.  It is a fascinating read, with many topics that will be familiar and still very relevant. It is a reminder that CRA has been serving the Chorleywood community for over 50 years, having been formed in 1968.  

This printed copy has been digitised and you can enjoy reading it by clicking on this link.  (You will find this best on a tablet or computer screen).

Table of contents from Spring 1984

This got us to thinking that it would be great if we were able to read other early issues of the magazine?  They would form a fascinating historical reference and no doubt would continue to demonstrate many recurring themes.

So if you are in possession of printed copies of The Chorleywood Newsletter, or other titles that it might have had over the years, please let us know by emailing  In your email if you could provide details including the issue number (date), condition etc. that would be really helpful, and I will try to respond to all emails received.  

Hopefully it will be possible to digitise and share many more of these, creating an archive library.  I will provide an update in the next newsletter.  In the meantime, please let us know if this is of interest to you by clicking one of the following links

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What’s so special about the River Chess?

We know many residents really love the River Chess; many also know it’s a rare example of the chalk streams environment.  What does that mean? And why is it so ecologically valuable?  
Researchers at the School of Geography Queen Mary University of London have created an amazing story map that explains the origins and special nature of chalk streams, the threats facing the River Chess and what we can all do to improve the River Chess environment.  They have been helped with photos, videos, data and expertise from a number of organisations including the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, the River Chess Association, Environment Agency, and Thames Water

The public engagement partnership, Chesswatch, has been key for bringing together knowledge, with part of the research being carried out by local volunteers collecting measurements from equipment provided by Queen Mary UL and placed strategically along the Chess.  
If you’re concerned about the River Chess, or your children want to get involved (or need a really great geography / environmental project!), have a look at or click the image on the right.

To see it as its best we recommend a larger screen than a mobile.

Hertfordshire Waste Local Plan Consultation (HWLPC)

We’ve reviewed the Hertfordshire Draft Waste Local Plan.  We’ll respond to Herts County Council, and copy TRDC and Chorleywood Parish Council who are statutory consultees.  Residents are very welcome to comment too, just click the link to see how.  The consultation closing date is 19th March 2021

The Plan is a comprehensive look at waste sites and facilities across Hertfordshire, covering future needs to 2036. Ten Strategic and seven Non-Strategic Policies are listed in the Plan, as part of Hertfordshire’s planning framework.

Rickmansworth is Chorleywood's nearest general waste and recycling centre in Hertfordshire.  We are pleased to see plans to improve vehicle access to reduce congestion.  The climb up staircases to get to the bins is far from ideal - it’s not suitable for disabled access, and it’s difficult for all with heavy items or garden waste.  It is important that staff are available - a friendly, helpful hand to solve these difficulties.  We’ll be raising this issue in our response to HCC. 

Note you now need proof of a Bucks address to use the Chesham or Amersham Household Recycling centres.   

Big Day For Cricket Club And Mission EmployAble Charity

There's great excitement that work is starting on the Cricket Club’s new pavilion.  The dilapidated 1960s building will be demolished during March, enabling the Cricket Club to grow and extend opportunities to play cricket to girls, women and people with disabilities.   There will be a café run by the charity Mission EmployAble which, in conjunction with Bucks College, will train young adults with learning disabilities via supported internships.  The café will be open every day, serving delicious home-made food for snacks, light lunches and afternoon teas.
A computer generated image of the new pavilion and café
The project is the culmination of months of hard work by the Cricket Club and Mission Employable, to create a special place that can be enjoyed by everyone in Chorleywood.  The Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble will work hard to protect the Common during the building works and minimise inconvenience to residents.   The site will be protected by contractor Boom Construction Ltd, with secure and newt fencing as recommended by the ecologist, plus parking and welfare facilities for the contractor.  The new building is due for completion in late 2021 / early 2022.

To learn more or to make a donation, visit: or

National Census 2021

The National Census Day is Sunday 21st March.  

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) explain here the importance of the census and how everyone can be safely counted in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.  

This will be a digital-first census, which means that we are encouraged to respond online if we can.  The online census can be completed using any device including mobile phones and tablets.  Support will be available.  The census can also be completed over the phone, or by using the traditional paper form.

Find out more at

COVID Vaccinations - phone number withheld

If you receive a phone call towards the end of the day from a number that is withheld, then this might be a vaccination centre which has some Covid vaccinations that need to be used and is offering last minute appointments to those in the priority groups.  Remember to take your NHS number with you when you go if possible, and if you need help with transportation then try contacting Chorleywood Corona Support Group (CCSG) who provide a volunteer driver service.

In all cases remember the NHS will NEVER ask for
  • Payment - all vaccines are FREE
  • Your Bank details
  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents
See COVID vaccine scam guidelines (PDF 647 KB) for more guidance.

Chorleywood RSPB - 'Birds Without Borders'

At the Chorleywood RSPB Local Group, the Zoom talk in March is on Thursday March 18th and is open to the public. The subject is 'Birds Without Borders', which tells the fascinating story of migration. Peter Holden is the speaker. He is the co-author of the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. The talk will also include some migration strategies of some insects and other animals. There will also be a short film made by BirdLife International too, and this will demonstrate not only global travel but also some of the current conservation issues.  
To find out how to join the Zoom meeting please phone 01923 897885. The talk starts at 8.00 pm, but do log in at around 7.45pm, to sort out any technical issues. There is also help available for those who have not used Zoom before. There is a small charge of £2.50. 

Quick Links
  • Chorleywood Corona Support Group (CCSG) can provide assistance with shopping, prescriptions, running local errands and more.
  • HertsHelp is a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together. If you are a family in need of support with food and other essentials, call 0300 123 4044 or email
  • If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face. Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
  • Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.   Text: 85258
  • Advice from NSPCC to help you decide when your child is ready to be left alone and how to keep them safe when you aren’t there.
  • Three Rivers District Council are carrying out a survey to help them enhance the services they offer to you, by understanding how you currently interact with the council and help them shape this in future.  Click here for the survey which should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 
  • The National Garden Scheme have created films of their gardens in order to keep the garden gates open online.  See their website at
Staying Safe
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This newsletter is for information purposes and may carry unedited items from other organisations within Chorleywood at editor's discretion and for that purpose only. No direct or indirect support of any items, organisations or views expressed is implied by the Association unless specifically stated.
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