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

This edition makes more use of images and pictures.  Depending on how you view this email you may need to accept images to see all the content.

Mike Stansfield, CRA

We regularly hear that everything seems to be changing and that is certainly true at this time for Chorleywood. In this e-newsletter, we will look at some of these changes, how they could impact the area and how Chorleywood Residents' Association are looking after the village's interests with regard to them.

Save the date: Chorleywood Residents Association AGM on 15th May
Chorleywood Post Office and ATM

Our village Post Office and ATM machine has been out of use for over two weeks now. This is since the unfortunate burglary and associated damage to the premises on the night of Saturday 26th January.  Chorleywood Parish Council (CPC) and Residents Association (CRA) have been stressing the importance of restoring this vital service to Post Office Ltd management through recent correspondence.  We have been assured that the premises will re-open as soon as possible once the substantial damage has been rectified.  It is also known that the building has been sold for future redevelopment and alternative premises are being investigated.  

Please be reassured that both CPC and CRA are doing everything possible to ensure that a Post Office service remains in Chorleywood and we will continue to keep our residents informed of progress.
CRA letter to Post Office
CPC letter to Post Office

Chorleywood Cricket Club announces link up with Mission EmployAble to provide a new clubhouse and community learning café

Breaking for tea has never seemed so appealing ...

Chorleywood Cricket Club has been in discussion with the Parish Council about ambitious new plans to link up with a new local charity, Mission EmployAble, to develop a new clubhouse and community learning café. The club, having recently secured planning permission for a major refurbishment and extension of the outdated clubhouse, has been working closely with Mission EmployAble to bring this new opportunity to fruition. The proposals have been warmly  welcomed by the Parish Council.

Steve Dunning, club Chair points out :-

“This link up provides an excellent opportunity to provide a purpose-built, pavilion style facility that supports the development of the cricket club and also benefits the entire community”.

Katharine Weston, Chair, Mission EmployAble, says :-

“Our vision is to train people with learning disabilities, to employ some and help others find work so that they can lead fulfilled lives working in and contributing to their local community,”

The proposed 30 seat community café would be open 7 days a week throughout the year, operated by Mission EmployAble. On week days the café will be staffed by trainees with learning difficulties supported by a dedicated training team.  Visitors can expect a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic local produce and coffee and the most engaging service possible

The concept is at a very early stage and an essential first part of the process is to engage with, and enlist the support of, the local community. This is the first of a number of planned communications over the coming months.

TRDC Local Plan

With the consultation on proposed sites now completed, the council is now considering the comments and hopefully it will fully consider them in deciding which sites are selected for development as part of the Local Plan. It is, however, very disappointing that the council have come up with further 25 potential sites across Three Rivers after the consultation which, it appears, they will not be consulting on before deciding which sites to recommend. This appears to the association to be a deeply flawed process, lacking transparency and could well result in poor decision-making as the council will not be benefit from the local knowledge that could be provided through consultation.

Chorleywood Residents' Association will be monitoring progress and decisions made on an ongoing basis as well as lobbying councillors to ensure that residents' voices are heard with regard to sites in our area. Regular updates will be provided to residents through our monthly e-newsletters.

Heathrow Airspace Changes

Some residents have noticed the increased air traffic over Chorleywood in the last year. Complaints are about the constant drone of airliners passing overhead sometimes stacking to land at Heathrow.  Coincidentally many local residents will have received a leaflet through their letterboxes about a consultation on potential changes to flight paths from Heathrow both for the existing runways and, if it is ever built, for the new third runway.

A representative of Chorleywood Residents' Association has met with the group consulting on the new flight paths to understand the impact on the Chorleywood area.  Documentation has been gathered that shows the flight paths at different altitudes.

Overall, it appears good news. Currently, a fairly large numbers of flights departing Heathrow pass over the Chorleywood area at about 6,000 feet. This is quite high and should produce sound of a volume of no more than that of conservational speech but it certainly has been noticed by some residents of the area. If the new flight paths are introduced as proposed, no flights should pass over Chorleywood at a height of less than 7,000 feet, hopefully reducing the level of disturbance to below that which will be noticeable.

The consultation remains open until 4th March 2019 and you can participate and find out more information at

M25 Services

For some years, there has been the threat of a motorway service station being built at J17 of the M25 with not only the loss of Green Belt but also the increase in traffic using local roads that service stations built on existing junctions seem to result in. It appears there may be some good news with a new service station now being proposed to be built in between J16 and J17 with a dedicated entry and exit for the services. If this development proceeds, it would obviate the need for services at J17. The Residents' Association is monitoring progress with regard to this proposal and will update residents tn future e-newsletters on developments.  Find out more at

Chorleywood Twinning Association looking for hosts

Every year the Chorleywood Twinning Association arrange exchange visits in which groups of families, couples and individuals from Chorleywood visit Dardilly (Chorleywood’s twin town in France) and vice versa. Visitors stay with local families in the host town and efforts are made to ensure that host families and their guests have something in common, taking into account ages of children, profession, interests, etc.  The host families and the organising committees from both towns are always very welcoming and do their best to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time when visiting.

This year’s exchange takes place on Saturday 13th April to Wednesday 17th April. There will be a number of Dardillois visiting Chorleywood and the CTA are looking for families in Chorleywood who would be willing to host some of them.  Accommodation had already been arranged for many of the visitors but the association still need to find hosts for individuals, couples and some French families. The families consist of one adult and two children (eldest is 15) who are visiting for the first time so in this case local families with teenage girls and boys would be ideal.

If you interested and think you can help then please e-mail the CTA secretary  or the CTA chairperson Caroline Bartlett

Visit for more information about the association and the upcoming visit.

Would you like to know more about current and planned road works?

If you are fed up sitting in traffic jams caused by road works and you would like to know more about current and planned road works for Chorleywood and the wider area, or perhaps you would like to know more about the road works planned for your route to work, go to - .


First choose the period you would like to view the road works for (top right hand corner of the screen).


You then just need to enter your postcode in the search location or pick  to show the road works in your local area.

To find out more detailed information about a particular road work, place your cursor over the road work symbol and after a short moment it will display the details and time period and in many cases the reason for the road works.

You can also receive daily, weekly or monthly email alerts for a particular area, perhaps just for Chorleywood or maybe your commute to work, just pick on the envelope on the left hand side of the screen in the blue bar.

You can also use the website to view other information such as bus stops, train stations and even live traffic information by picking on the Map Layers button, immediately above the Email Alerts button.

The map below shows just the road works planned for Chorleywood over the next 3 months

Gritting routes and salt bin locations

If you would like to know more about which roads are gritted in the event of bad weather or where your nearest salt bin is, you can find this information on the HCC website.

Enter your postcode (bottom left of the map, you need to include a space when you enter your postcode) or just zoom and pan to the relevant area.  To show gritting routes, salt bin locations, traffic lights, speed ‘safety’ camera’s etc., just pick the appropriate layer

Chorleywood and Sarratt Local Area Forum - 4 March 2019 (2pm)
The Local Area Forum is a great opportunity to hear from and question your local councillors and local police officers about matters of concern in the local area. The agenda for this meeting is yet to be published but is likely to include subjects such as progress on the Local Plan and changes in local criminal activity.
The meeting is to be held at Chorleywood War Memorial Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood on 4th March starting at 2pm.
Great British Spring Clean - Save the Date - 22nd March to 23rd April

Keep Britain Tidy are aiming to inspire half a million people to join forces to clear single-use plastic litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

The Great British Spring Clean and Great Big School Clean are taking place from 22 March to 23 April 2019.

See their website for details and how to sign up.

March talk at Chorleywood and District RSPB Local Group

The next Chorleywood and District RSPB Local Group talk is on 21st March at 8pm.

The talk is entitled 'Wildlife through a Lens' and is by the young and highly entertaining Tom Way. He will share his latest fabulous and prizewinning images, from African Elephants to Tigers in India, not forgetting the UK's own photogenic puffins. These have been taken in the last two years, and he will explain the methods he uses to capture these stunning images.

Date: 8pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
Venue: The Russell School, Brushwood Drive, Chorleywood, WD3 5RR
Cost £3.50 for non members. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.

If you have an interest in the natural environment, wildlife, landscape, birds or wildflowers, come to the meetings of Chorleywood and District RSPB Local Group. They are open to everyone. The Group holds 9 public talks per year, given by experts in their field and also organise monthly walks to look at local bird life.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 8pm at The Russell School, Brushwood Drive, Chorleywood, WD3 5RR. Cost £3.50 for non-members. Just turn up or contact 01923 897885.  Or check out the website for a full programme.

Join the authors of “Exploring Chorleywood” on 16th February

Exploring Chorleywood cover“Exploring Chorleywood” is the history of our village. The book has been put together by five members of Chorleywood U3A and includes more than 300 pictures, maps, interviews and interesting historical material.  It describes how the village has grown from a few isolated farms and hamlets to the thriving village that we know today, and some of the people who have influenced that development.

The best way to explore Chorleywood is on foot. The book sets out a route that can be taken from Chorleywood’s earliest history in the valley of the River Chess, through the centuries when the tollgate was the centre of the village, to the modern period that followed on from the arrival of the railway in 1889 and in due course building of the M25.

Join Chorleywood Bookshop and the authors of 'Exploring Chorleywood' Sue Clark, David Hiddleston, Hugh Howes, Gillian Pugh and Valerie Steel at 2.30pm on Saturday February 16th at The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG for a fascinating afternoon delving into the very heart and the past of Chorleywood!

Click here for more information.

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