Welcome to the Chorleywood Residents' Association website

We hope that our website will be a focal point for the residents of Chorleywood (Hertfordshire, UK) and through the contributions to us from everyone (whether members or not of the Association) we can become a valuable source of information for the local community.

We are looking for a new Hon Treasurer for CRA. Please contact the Chair if you are interested in taking on this role

About Us

The Chorleywood Residents Association (CRA) is a non-party political association that is passionate about maintaining the special character of Chorleywood.  

The work of the Association is championed by the Executive Committee, a dedicated enthusiastic body of volunteers, committed to representing the members of the Association and campaigning on their behalf.

The Executive Committee is supported in this work by the Area Representatives and others who undertake the essential tasks including delivering the twice yearly newsletter and collecting subscriptions.

For more information see our About Us page.


We would encourage all residents of Chorleywood to join the Association.  Our membership fees are low, and members get the benefit of your own household copy of the bi-annual Chorleywood Newsletter as well as advice and non-party political representation from the Association.

Annual fees:
  • Household: £4 for one year or £10 for 3 years.
  • Senior Household: £2 for one year or £5 for 3 years.
You can't even get a good quality magazine for £2 an issue now.... so just think of the value the Association can give you.

For more information see our Membership page.


Below are the most recent news items featured on our website. You can find them all on our News page. Also shown below are our Twitter and Facebook feeds which we use to pass on current information, often relevant for just short periods of time.

Recent News

  • Chorleywood Sports – First Past the Post!
    Chorleywood Sports is the first winner of the Chorleywood in Bloom Best Hanging Basket Summer 2015. The competition was run by the Chorleywood in Bloom group consisting of the Chorleywood Residents Association, Parish Council and Horticultural Society. The group supplies hanging baskets to all the shops and businesses in the village and plants up the tubs there as well. This joint second place went to Chorleywood Book Shop and Eden Rose.

    Posted 5 Oct 2015, 10:07 by Phil Ellis
  • Garden waste collections consultation
    Three Rivers District Council is looking at the future of garden waste collections, in particular whether to continue to collect garden waste as a service chargeable to residents, or to discontinue collections altogether. The Council wants to know what residents think about these options by asking residents to have their say through a public consultation. 

    In common with all other local authorities, Three Rivers District Council is facing ever increasing financial pressure from the government. Cuts in central government grant and restrictions on Council Tax increases mean that it is now faced with the very real possibility of having to cut services or find new sources of income through additional charges. All aspects of the Council’s services are being looked at, including the Council’s refuse and recycling services. 

    The Council has a statutory duty to collect domestic refuse and recycling free of charge, and it is committed to providing a weekly collection for household recycling and food waste. However, when it comes to the collection of garden waste the Council is faced with a difficult decision. The free service which it currently provides is well used and popular with residents, but local authorities are not obliged to collect garden waste; some councils now make a charge for collecting it (around a third of councils in England charge residents for this service) whilst others do not offer a garden waste collection at all. 

    If the Council is to balance its budget in the future it may be forced to either stop collecting garden waste altogether, or start charging for the service, as it currently costs £95 per household per year to collect and dispose of garden waste. These options will be subject to a public consultation until noon on Wednesday 21st October 2015. The Council will use the information obtained to determine whether a sufficient number of households may be prepared to pay a small charge for the collection of garden waste, and what alternative arrangements residents might make for its disposal. 

    The consultation can be viewed at www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/consultations

    For those without access to a computer, please ring 01923 776611 to request a hard-copy of the survey and a reply-paid envelope. Hard copy surveys must also have arrived at the Council offices by noon on Wednesday 21st October 2015.
    Posted 4 Oct 2015, 06:30 by Phil Ellis
  • Broadband Speeds in Chorleywood
    A local resident, who lives on Whitelands Avenue, has discovered he gets nothing like his paid for 152Mbps from Virgin Media at peak times (evenings and weekends). Whilst he doesn't really expect to get the full 152Mbps, the amount he is getting is more like 5Mbps, i.e. about 3% of what they are selling him. 
    He works with the telecoms industry so he phoned their customer services department and was told that there is one single cable that runs into Chorleywood and that VM throttle (limit) the traffic to 5Mbps at peak times or else they couldn't manage the demand. 
    There are two key points to come out of this.  Firstly, they are unable to meet the service which they advertise so they offered him a £12.50 refund off his bill every month.  This is probably applicable to a lot of people in Chorleywood suffering the same problem with Virgin Media so there is a lot of money that could be saved. 
    Secondly, they currently have a date scheduled for 11th November to significantly increase the bandwidth into Chorleywood.  This requires an expensive dig and the date keeps slipping. The reason the date keeps slipping is because few people have bothered calling VM Customer Service and registering a complaint - only 30 in total. The date of 11th November will keep slipping indefinitely unless more people complain to Virgin Media - it's already been slipping for a year. 
    If you are a Virgin Media customer in Chorleywood and feel you are being short changed, contact Virgin Media to get a refund for the slow service and register a complaint to ensure that the infrastructure in Chorleywood eventually gets upgraded. 
    Posted 4 Oct 2015, 06:27 by Phil Ellis
  • Youth Council – 6 October
    The Youth Council is open to any young person aged 11-19 who lives or goes to school in the Three Rivers District, and is a great opportunity for young people in Three Rivers to have their say, discuss a wide range of topics, and really make a difference in their local community, while learning valuable decision making, debating, and organisational skills. Meetings are very friendly and relaxed, and new faces are always welcome. 

    The agenda for the meeting on the 6 October from 5:30pm till 7:00pm includes the Mill End Youth Club, where young people who are interested in attending can learn more about the project and help provide feedback and suggestions for the Club. In addition, a representative from Delete Blood Cancer will be speaking about stem cell donation and the organisation which helps increase the pool of lifesaving blood stem cell donors. Lastly, a speaker from Young Enterprise, an enterprise education charity who works to ensure the new generation of young people gets the skills they need to succeed in education, at work or in running their own firm.

    The Youth Council, which meets three times per year and each meeting, is chaired by one of the young attendees on a rotating basis and topics for discussion at each meeting are decided on by attendees.

    To be added to the mailing list, receive details of future meetings, help with transport or any other information, young people can contact 01923 776611 or enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

    The Three Rivers District Council address: Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL.

    ***The Council building is fully wheelchair accessible and there is a hearing loop in Council Chamber
    Posted 28 Sep 2015, 12:25 by Phil Ellis
  • Lonely and disadvantaged older people and carers
    From: Caro Hart, Director of Health & Wellbeing

    I am writing to ask for your help with reaching out to older people and carers in Watford Borough and Three Rivers District.
    Firstly, We are undertaking a survey to find out more about what older people need and want to help them to make friends, feel better and remain able to cope. You will be aware that Watford & Three Rivers Trust run some services for older people and we want to ensure that these are remain interesting and useful for people.
    Anything you can do to help us get the survey out to older people and carers would be most appreciated. Please complete the online version of the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/W6D6YB3
    Secondly, we are currently preparing a “what’s on” guide for older people and carers to help them to get out-and-about in their communities. If you have any events or regular activities, including anything happening across the Christmas period, that local older people can come to, please let me know.
    If you can help, please contact us on 01923 216967 or email me on carohart@w3rt.org  and I will arrange to have additional materials sent to you.
    Posted 5 Oct 2015, 07:27 by Phil Ellis
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