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An e-newsletter from the Executive Committee
Chorleywood Residents' Association
July 2019

The Chorleywood Residents' Association e-newsletter is published approximately monthly. Please feel free to forward this email to someone you know who may not be on our mailing list, and gently suggest they subscribe via our website to receive updates themselves.

Mike Stansfield, CRA
Contents This newsletter includes links which look like this to websites and email.  These can be used to quickly move to the relevant content.

Chorleywood Parish Council Village Day

The recent Chorleywood Council Village Day on July 13th was once again rewarded with sunny weather, many excellent attractions and plenty of entertainment for residents and visitors alike. 
 
At the CRA stall our Underground Station game proved very popular offering punters a chance to win one of four attractive prizes simply by selecting a favourite station on a large Underground Tube map.  The winning stations this year, drawn randomly, were St Pauls, High Barnet, Marylebone and South Kensington.  The winners have been contacted and prizes delivered. 

CRA would like to thank Chorleywood local businesses for their generous sponsorship of the prizes.

We were able to speak to many residents who visited the stall to take part in the game, peruse our information boards or just to chat.  We welcome new subscribers to our regular e-mail communications, and are delighted in the interest expressed by many in supporting CRA through 100 Club membership … perhaps it is the chance to win more prizes, or just to know that supporting CRA in this way will help keep Chorleywood special.
 
As well as meeting residents, it was good to chat with a number of visitors to the area who were considering moving to Chorleywood, using the Village Day as a way to find out more about our community and check on all the good things they had heard about Chorleywood.
The CRA stall proving very popular!
Underground Game prizes kindly donated by local Chorleywood Businesses
  • Lords
  • Parade Pharmacy
  • Satya Photography
  • Chorleywood Sports
  • Andrew Fleming Florists 
  • Chorleywood Bookshop
  • RO Pharmacy
  • Stratton Bakery

Some things your Residents' Association are working on for you
  • Working to restore our Post Office
  • Helping to generate a Parish Neighbourhood Plan
  • Responding to District Planning on The Local Plan
  • Liaising with District on local parking and permits
  • Working with County on traffic issues in Chorleywood Bottom and Solesbridge Lane
  • Improving communications to all residents on planning and major issues through eNewsletters
  • Working with local businesses  to preserve Village Life
  • Working with TfL for use of our station signal box
We represent all residents in Chorleywood in trying to making a difference for good.  Please support your Residents' association, just ask how 

Resident Representatives needed

Due to house moves and illness we currently have a number of roads without a representative.  The role is not onerous (see below) so if you are in a position to help out by representing one of these roads please contact secretary@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk 
  • BERRY LANE—  Commongate Road to Dog Kennel Lane. Penn Farm to Moorwood Gate
  • BLACKETTS WOOD DRIVE— Even nos. 48—90
  • CHORLEYWOOD LODGE LANE— incl. Millers Close, Yeomans Keep and Beaumonts Homes
  • CHORLEYWOOD ROAD NORTH — M25 to Loudwater Lane  
  • CHORLEYWOOD ROAD SOUTH — Georgian Heights to Baffin
  • ELM TREE WALK
  • ORCHARD CLOSE
  • ORCHARD DRIVE
  • RICKMANSWORTH ROAD NORTH — M25 to Common Road
  • RICKMANSWORTH ROAD SOUTH—M25 to Common Road
  • SPENCER WALK
  • THE DRIVE—63, 72 - 121a incl. Woodbank
The Resident Representative’s Role ...
  • Contact new residents when they move into your road(s) deliver a Welcome Pack and tell them about CRA, the website, Facebook etc.
  • Encourage residents to supply their email addresses to CRA’s Executive Committee, through our website, for use solely to inform them about local issues.
Resident Reps are also asked to very occasionally distribute items of interest to residents in the road they represent on behalf of CRA and, of course, to feed back any concerns expressed to them by residents..  

Chorleywood Post Office
 
In our June e-News we shared a response received from Post Office HQ in which Kelly Innes from the Office of the Group Chief Executive apologised for the time it is taking to restore the Post Office, and offered hope that positive news would be forthcoming.

Chorleywood Residents' Association have continued to press for a resolution.

Sadly in their most recent response, Post Office HQ have said that there is no further information they can share.  They again provide reassurance that they intend to have a Post Office service in the area for the long term.  

You can see a copy of this below.

The Post Office say on their website that "We want to hear what you think about the Post Office®. Your comments and complaints help us improve our service."  There is an online form to do this.

Your Residents' Association will continue to pressure them directly, and through other channels, and will advise residents through our website and newsletters as soon as we have more information.

Barclays Bank Application 

At the Chorleywood Residents' Association AGM, James Tarrant the manager of Barclays Bank in Rickmansworth told residents that he was looking into setting up a temporary banking service within Chorleywood, recognising the challenges that we face since the closure of the Post Office and lack of any other banking facilities.

James has written to CRA with an update as follows:

"It is with great regret that I wish to inform you that Barclays is not in a position where we can offer a direct banking service within Chorleywood. We understand the frustration of not having a Post Office in town to support banking facilities, however, we are aware this is likely to be relatively short term until they find another premises. 
 
To support the Chorleywood residents, I am looking to host some events from September where we can discuss Digital, Fraud & Premier banking with Barclays Bank. 
 
Some of you may have seen me meeting some businesses on Wednesday 10th July and I intend to continue to reach out wherever I am needed. 
 
In the meantime, my wonderful team at Rickmansworth will always look forward to serving you and if you require anything from myself, please do not hesitate to contact me on James.Tarrant@barclayscorp.com.

Many thanks, see you soon."

Business Parking permits to be extended to local roads
 
TRDC has announced a consultation process on proposals for an extension to the business parking permit scheme in Chorleywood.
 
You can see the results of the research behind the proposals here: Options Report

If you wish to comment you must use this link Parking Survey: Local Employee Permits and respond before the 26th August.

Heathrow Airport Consultation

The consultation over the expansion of Heathrow Airport is underway and continues until 13th September 2019.   You can find out more information on the Heathrow Consultation Hub website.  Copies of the consultation documents are also available at Three Rivers District Council Officers and Watford Central Library. 

Feedback can be given online or by email to feedback@heathrowconsultation.com or by post to Freepost LHR AIRPORT EXPANSION CONSULTATION, or by completing a feedback form available at events or on request.

There is still chance to attend a Consultation Event, including one at Uxbridge on Tuesday 20th August 2pm to 8pm - Brunel University London, Conference Services, Uxbridge Campus, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Federation Of Metropolitan Line Users Committee (FOMLUC)

Those residents who attended our May AGM would have heard that CRA attend 4 meetings a year of the Federation Of Metropolitan Line Users Committee.

We ask that you email or call Owen Edis at owen@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk  or 07713862738 if you have any issues that concern you on the Metropolitan line when travelling to and from London or out to Amersham or Chesham.

Closure of Watford High Street station 11-17 August

Watford High Street station, on the Euston to Watford London Overground line, will be closed from 11th to 17th August to allow vital staircase replacement work to be carried out. The station will close from the end of service on Saturday 10th August and will re-open at the start of service on Sunday 18th August. 

During the closure, a replacement bus service will operate to the neighbouring stations of Watford Junction and Bushey. Tickets will also be accepted on local bus routes 142 and 258, which both link Watford Junction, Watford High Street and Bushey stations. Extra staff will be in place to help customers with information and provide advice on alternative routes.

Mission EmployAble at Village Day 

Volunteers from the new local charity Mission EmployAble were out and about on Chorleywood Village Day staffing a joint stand and gazebo with the Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC). They shared with the community the vision of a joint initiative to design and build a new cricket pavilion and cafe on The Common, offering employment and training opportunities for young learning disabled adults.

Visitors to the stand were asked whether they supported the idea and whether they would like to be involved in any way. People were also asked to choose their favourite name for the cafe, with the most popular name being ‘Cafe on the Common’. Youngsters were asked to hit the bails off the stumps to win prizes. Some showed more skill than others but all the prizes had gone by the end of the day!

It was a day of listening to the community to ensure that the vision of Mission EmployAble and CCC was the right one. The volunteers were greatly encouraged by the response which was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

Mission EmployAble would love to keep you up to date on the progress of achieving their vision of building a new pavilion and cafe on the Common.  If you would like to be updated on these plans, you can do so by following this link.  You can find our more at the Mission EmployAble website.

Big Butterfly Count - 19th July to 11th August

The UK public has been asked to take part in the world's largest butterfly count, to see if the nation is experiencing a once-in-a-decade phenomenon.  To take part, you need to spend 15 minutes in a sunny spot anywhere in the UK counting the butterflies you see.

Chorleywood House Estate is a great place to do this.  Join other residents and visitors who will taking advantage of the wild flowers that naturally attract these butterflies.  

You can find out more about this event at the Big Butterfly Count website and in this BBC news article which includes some striking pictures of the butterflies you might see.  

There is a handy butterfly chart for recording your sightings, and you can also download a free app to use instead.

Chorleywood House Estate

Summer is a great time to visit the Chorleywood House Estate.  

The Sunken Garden, which has recently been tidied by a volunteer working party, features resplendent big white hydrangeas and lavender.  The bees and butterflies are there in number.  Dell Mound has a profusion of wild flowers, another great attraction for many species of butterflies and insect life.

You can see some more pictures on the website here.

Also, on Sunday 11th and 18th August you can explore Lady Ela’s Museum in the Summer House which is open for visitors. 

Entry is free.  The entrance is by the Parish Offices on Rickmansworth Road opposite the Cricket ground.  Postcode WD3 5SL.

Discovery Day at Maple Lodge Nature Reserve on 11th August

On Sunday 11th August, Maple Lodge Nature Reserve will once again be open to the general public when it holds its annual Discovery Day.  The reserve is one of Rickmansworth’s hidden secrets and is home to a rich variety of wildlife including waterfowl, woodland birds, bats and butterflies.
 
Throughout the day guided tours of the reserve will be organised by members of the Maple Lodge Conservation Society.  There are two lakes and many hides to explore around the reserve, some of which have wheelchair access.
 
Light refreshments will be available all day and there will also be plants, second-hand books and greeting cards on sale.  Entry to the reserve and parking will be free of charge.   Opens at 11:00 a.m. with last admission at 4:00 p.m.
 
For more information please contact: Keith Pursall, Chairman, Maple Lodge Conservation Society on 07580 535986 or events@maplelodgenaturereserve.org

Charity event at the Black Horse on 25th August

The Black Horse pub on the Common has recently come under new management and are running a charity event on the 25th of August with all proceeds going to BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) as voted by their customers and in keeping with the pub's biking history. The charity does a lot of amazing work with children and where an abused or attacked child could wait 6-8 weeks to get an NHS counselling session they can provide and fund this immediately. 
 
There will be an open mic event during the day for local talent and a disco in the evening as well as loads more. 

Burford House Nursing Home announce closure for luxury development

Burford House Nursing Home in Chorleywood will be closing its doors to make way for a redevelopment of the care home.  The new 46-bed complex is due to open early 2021.

Whilst Burford House Nursing Home will continue to offer short-term respite placements until August 2019, the care team are working with long-term residents and their relatives to find local homes that can offer the same level of care whilst redevelopment work takes place. 

Sunrise of Chorleywood

Join the Summer Fayre in Support of Peace Hospice on Saturday 27th July from 1:30pm and help raise some funds for them  Complimentary buffet lunch, live music and other fun activities.  

Regular events at Sunrise of Chorleywood include:

  • 1st Monday every month at 10:30am - Memory Café by Watford and Three Rivers Trust
  • Tuesdays at 2:30pm - Poetry Session
  • Wednesdays at 10:45am - Keep fit with Grace
  • Thursdays at 11:30am - Zumba & Yoga
  • Thursdays at 3pm - Creative Writing Sessions
  • Fridays at 2:30pm - Memory Café by Hertwise 

See the website for more details, and call the concierge desk on 01923 603660 to book your place.


Quick Links

Support us by joining the 100 Club, with a chance to win cash prizes every month.  Winners are listed on the website

You can access recent CRA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, and other files of interest, by visiting our website Documentation page.

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