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An e-newsletter from the Executive Committee
Chorleywood Residents' Association
September 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 Village Memorial Garden

The Association are pleased to announce approval of grants totaling £700 by Hertfordshire County Councillors Phil Williams (£500) and Ralph Sangster (£200) under the Locality Budget scheme. This will enable CRA to tidy up the first phase and maintain the Memorial Garden in Chorleywood village centre.

Residents will be aware CRA organised the initial clearing, re-laying and planting that corner of the village centre together with the provision of a bench with the help of a legacy of £3,000 from Chorleywood's Wheeler family and sponsorship received from local businesses. 

The Association will continue to work and improve the garden, including provision of water and electricity supply to the area to enhance the feature. We are also working on a long term arrangement for its regular maintenance in association with local businesses, other potential sponsors and volunteers so that it forms an attractive permanent feature of the village. Please email to let us know if you are interested in offering any assistance and in what form.

Parking on the Kerb - Update
Further to our previous article on parking contraventions, we can report more specifically where the restrictions are within Chorleywood. Please refer to this TRDC parking bans map, which shows the area of footway and verges where there are parking bans and where you would be liable to a penalty charge notice.  The map also shows permit parking zones.
Even within areas where there are no contraventions, we should be looking to protect our grass verges from tyre tread marks as they can look extremely unsightly, however in some places our roads are so narrow, it leaves motorists little choice but to park a wheel or two on the curb in order to allow access. In these cases, it would be considerate to think of other pavement users in order that we can all pass safely on our way.

Post Office - Update

We are expecting resolution of an apparent legal problem by the Post Office by the end of this month after which we hope to give you positive news on when a Post Office will be re-opened.

Swillett Play Area
Plans to refurbish the Swillett Play Area have recently been given planning approval.  The final designs and more information can be found on the TRDC website at
The work is due to commence w/c Monday 23 September, and should take 8-10 weeks, weather permitting. The council advise that residents who will be affected have been sent a letter about the works.

Metropolitan Line Disruption

Concerns expressed recently on Facebook about the disruption to Met services recently was discussed with TfL and LU at a meeting of Met Line Residents Associations (FOMLUC) on Thursday 19th September. The original plan to install the current phase of the new Communication Based Train Control system replacing coloured light signalling was planned for 10th August in holiday time, but this unavoidably slipped to September unfortunately when the holidays were over.

It is exceptionally difficult to bring the new system into use whilst running an operational railway without some disruption to services. It is essential that drivers of trains are familiarised in a live environment for the new signalling system.  We are told that 80% of the drivers are now fully trained so there should be no further disruption.  This week’s disruption was due to a points failure at Bakers Street and is not related to the problems from earlier this month.

The benefits of the new signalling system is that there will be an increased timetable by the end of 2021 when most phases of the new system are complete and will provide a 33% increase in passenger capacity and greater reliability on the Met. The main request from residents was that communications be substantially improved between LU and FOMLUC so that this can more effectively be disseminated widely to Met Line Users. LU apologised most profusely for the disruption especially at a time when the schools had gone back.

Chorleywood PCSO Update

You can read the latest newsletter from Chorleywood PCSO Dean Redhead here.  This includes crime figures for July and August 2019, as well as local updates on policing.  PCSO Jessica Hill has now left the constabulary.  Dean is now joined by PCSO Robyn Smyth.
  • For more details on crime in your area visit: and enter a postcode to see the ‘crime map’ for the local area.
  • Three Rivers Police Facebook page @ThreeRiversPolice lets you find out more about what local officers are doing.  Or on Twitter @RickmansPolice
  • Visit where you can find the latest police and crime news, crime prevention advice, vital awareness campaigns and people wanted by police
  • More information regarding fraud at
  • You can keep up to date with local policing events, crime prevention tips and more through the award winning Online Watch Link (OWL) communication service, available through Neighbourhood Watch.  Find out more on the OWL website 
If you have any concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour or any other concerns please contact PCSO Dean Redhead or PCSO Robyn Smyth on 101 or by email:,
(In an emergency always use 999)

Friends Against Scams (FAS)

Trading Standards work closely alongside the Friends Against Scams (FAS) team, a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, to protect and prevent people from becoming victims by empowering people to take a stand against scams.

The FAS team have released a new awareness session, Young Friends Against Scams, designed to teach young people aged 8+ about:
  • Scams and how they can affect people’s lives
  • Different types of scams including: postal, telephone, online and doorstep
  • How to protect yourself from being scammed
  • How to spot and help a scam victim
It is essential that young people learn how to protect themselves and their families from scams and the NTS Scams Team believe learning how to protect yourself against fraud and financial scams is a necessary skill to have.
Find out more or to receive the Young Friends awareness session you may contact the FAS team at

Consultation on proposal to introduce grazing on North Hill Field CWHE

You may be aware that a consultation is now open on proposals to introduce grazing on North Hill Field on the Chorleywood House Estate. This is the large field looking across the River Chess towards Sarratt.  

Consultation Document

The Friends of Chorleywood House Estate Committee agrees with the proposal from Countryside Management Services. The proposal aims to improve the field for wildlife, reduce the costs of cutting the grass in the field, but also maintain full public access to the field including trial to allow dog walkers to take their dog onto the field – as long as the dog is under control.
Two options are proposed, one with the perimeter boundary fence following the line of the field, and a second option of setting the boundary fence 10 metres inside the boundary line of the field.
If you would like to comment on the proposals, the deadline for comments is Monday 7th October.  Comments can be sent FAO Richard Young, Countryside Management Service, Environment and Infrastructure Department, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DN or by E-mail: or Phone: 01992 555048

Supporting CRA
There are many ways that you can support your Residents’ Association including donations, business sponsorship, becoming a resident representative, joining the committee or subscribing to the 100 club with a chance to win prizes each month . 
Click to support CRAYou will find details on the Support Us page of the website, but to make it even easier we have introduced a new button to the website. 

Just click the button, provide a few basic details, and a member of the Executive Committee will contact you at your convenience to discuss the options with you. 

Men's Health Day

On Saturday 5th October from 09:30 to 16:00, the Friends of Prostate Sufferers are holding a Men's Health Day event at The Barbirolli Hall, St Clement Danes School, Chenies Road, Chorleywood WD3 6EW.   

Purchase your ticket at The Chorleywood Book Shop on Main Parade.  Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price.  

You can find out more on the FOPS website including a full programme of events, or call Bob Arthy on 07799 475 199.

Interested in joining Chorleywood U3A?

Come and see what our local U3A is all about - Chorleywood University of the Third Age is a friendly and low-cost organisation open to all those no longer in full-time work. It offers a wide range of learning and social activities, from languages and jazz appreciation to crafts, walking and theatre visits.

Potential and new members are warmly invited to the new members' morning on Monday, 7 October, 10.30am-12 noon at the Junction, Christ Church when - as well as coffee and cake - there will be a presentation and opportunity to join interest groups or even form new ones. No academic qualifications are needed and no exams offered! £20 annual subscription.  

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dee Watson on 01494 774314 or Further information at

Three Rivers Music Society
One of the most remarkable musical compositions of the 19th century will be performed in Chorleywood Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 13 starting at 3pm.

Felix Mendelssohn was only 16 when he wrote his String Octet in E flat major, opus 20, in the autumn of 1825. He produced other astonishing compositions by the age of 18 – Fingal’s Cave and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream among them. But nothing surpassed this octet, which displays a level of maturity and invention that arguably exceeds that of any other teenage musical prodigy, Mozart included.

The octet will feature in a concert being given by the newly-formed Ensemble 18-17, which is led by the renowned Chorleywood-based violinist, Peter Nall, a former member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The ensemble will also perform Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Serenade in C major for Strings, opus 48. The third piece to be played in this afternoon concert organised by Three Rivers Music Society will be Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra.

The concert will begin at 3pm. Tickets: £16 at the door (reduced price for Three Rivers Music Society members). Free entry for under-25s.  Further information at 

Guided Walks at Chorleywood House Estate

There are two guided walks on Chorleywood House Estate, led by one of the Park rangers.
  • Sunday early evening 22nd September  -  a bat walk 
  • Sunday morning 20th October  - a fungus foray 
Participation is free, but you are asked to book online at so that they know how many to expect.

Chorleywood and District RSPB
The second public talk in the new season's programme, at the Chorleywood and District RSPB Group, is on the problems facing our water voles. This will be on Thursday 17th October and a very short AGM will precede it. The talk is called 'Rescuing Ratty', and the speaker will be Julia Lofthouse. She is the Mammal Project Officer at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, BBOWT. We will learn about identifying a water vole, their basic ecology, how they are faring locally and the conservation work that is going on to help them. 

Venue: The Florence Brown Hall, Hillside Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5AP starting at 8pm. Cost for non members £3.50. There is no need to book. These are public talks to which all are invited. For more information phone 01923 897885 or see

New season starts at Chorleywood Film Club

Chorleywood Film Club is a not-for-profit Community Cinema run by film enthusiasts and local volunteers; and is dedicated to bringing high quality films to the village. Since its foundation in 2013, the Club has screened over forty films from a wide range of genres. Screenings are normally held in the War Memorial Hall on the third Friday of each month.

The 2019-2020 season has just started with a showing of Green Book on 20th September.  The next film THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (Dir. Otto Bell) is on Friday 18th October at the Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood WD3 5LN.

Visit for full details of this and other films.

Sunrise of Chorleywood

On Thursday 26 September 2019 at 3:30 PM, Jackie Pool, world renowned specialist in dementia care and Director of Memory Care for Sunrise Senior Living, will be delivering a 90 minute seminar on Understanding and Addressing the Symptoms of Dementia with a focus on: Dining and Nutrition, Exercise and Activity, Reducing Distress, Communication and Relationships, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Cognitive Stimulation Therapies. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Please call Aarti on 01923 27750 to book your place as there is limited availability.

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
  • Artists and Makers Fair, today - 21st September - Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Common Road, WD3 5LN
  • Chorleywood Music Day is on Sunday 29th September starting at 12:30pm until 5pm at the Russell School.   Visit for more information and to book.
  • Contact Bill Griffiths at or 01923 282507 for details of the local litter picking scheme.
  • The next Pensioners’ Forum will be held on Friday 8 November 2019, from 1.30pm for registration and refreshments to 4pm, in the Penn Chamber at Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL.
  • There is Citizens Advice drop in service at Chorleywood Library, Lower Road, Chorleywood on the First Thursday of the month.  It is between 10 am and 12 noon for drop in advice, so no appointment needed.
  • Brendan Maher, will shortly be joining Daniel Du Gard as a new Ranger for Chorleywood Common.  Find out more about your common at
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum Harvest Festival is 28th and 29th September.  See here for more information.

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

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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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