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Progress at last for our Post Office

posted 3 Jul 2020, 00:35 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

We have been told officially that Chorleywood is now allowed to open a new post office.

The Post Office have asked for help from Chorleywood Residents’ Association to find both a site for the post office, whether temporary or permanent and also someone to run it.

The new site would require just a single counter position, or alternatively, the Post Office can provide one of their kiosks, a 1 sqm cube, which is fully self-contained and just needs power and 4G. The two sites which were being considered the library and the Co-op have been ruled out for now, hence the need to find a new site.

Anyone applying to run the service does not require any experience, training will be provided. 

If you are interested in incorporating a Post Office facility within your retail outlet, or applying to run the Post Office, please click on this link Chorleywood Post Office

If you have any problems, please contact Graham Simmons, our Area Network Manager, by email at

Best wishes

Chorleywood Residents' Association

Mission Employable - VIRTUAL COMEDY NIGHT 3rd July

posted 23 Jun 2020, 03:57 by Chorleywood Residents' Association


A virtual comedy night in with friends in aid of Chorleywood charity Mission EmployAble
Location: In your front room on Zoom
Date: July 3rd
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Tickets: £12.00 plus booking fee per household

June e-Newsletter

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:30 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The June 2020 e-Newsletter has been published.  Click here to see a copy or here for the email archive.
If you are not already subscribed, then click this link.  It only takes a few seconds.

Can you help CRA build a new website?

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:27 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The Chorleywood Residents’ Association are looking for a skilled volunteer to help us design and build a new website. 

If you are able to donate your time and skills to this project, then please contact Jane Tozer by email to

CRA lockdown photo competition

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:27 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The CRA photo competition “Lockdown in Chorleywood” has created a lot of interest and lockdown measures continue to change, so we are extending the close date to the 8th July. The current entries can be seen on our website here along with details on how to enter. 

The winners, judged by professional photographer Christine Havill of Freckle and Wild photography, will be announced in the July e newsletter.  The winner will receive a prize of one year’s participation in the CRA 100 club prize draw - worth £30.

Oak Processionary Moth

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:26 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

It has been brought to our attention that there have been sightings of the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) on one of the Oak trees at Waverley. 

OPM is very dangerous to human and animal health.  It can cause severe skin rashes and even anaphylaxis if any of the tiny hairs get into the lungs. It can be lethal to pets who may ingest the hairs, or even eat the caterpillars.

It was introduced by accident to South-West London about 15 years ago and is established in most of Greater London and in some surrounding counties in South East England. See the distribution map on the Forest Research website for its current known distribution.

The rangers from Chorleywood Common are aware and are assessing the threat to the hundreds of Oak trees on the common.

Detailed information is available on the Forest Research website and directly via this link.  There are additional pictures of the caterpillars including how to distinguish OPM from other species, as well as guidance on action to take including how to report any sighting.  OPM is a notifiable infestation.
Please be aware of this problem and check your oak trees if you have any. 
A large fairly new OPM nest (picture from Forest Research)
A procession of OPM caterpillars on the trunk of an oak tree. (Picture from Forest Research)

Safety alert - Another sewage discharge into River Chess

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:26 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Following heavy rain on 17 June, a subsequent ‘storm surge’ led to Thames Water issuing an alert that they are discharging a mixture of rainwater and sewage into the river from Chesham Sewage Treatment Works.

The public is warned to keep themselves, children and  pets out of the water downstream of Blackwell Hall Lane.

Thames Water are allowed to discharge contaminated liquid if it is caused by a storm surge mixing with sewage and causing their tanks to overfill.  The alternative would be back-up into Chesham sewers..

Long term, if Thames Water invested in more tanks, there would surely be less risk of such events occurring.

The River Chess has previously been clear of sewage contaminated discharges since 5th May.  

Before then, there were frequent discharges.  From 1st March and 19th April alone there were daily discharges of contaminated material coming from the Chesham Thames Water Sewage Works.  The Environment Agency calculates continuous daily events as one continuous episode.  A combination of circumstances meant the Environment Agency regarded these discharges as “not unpermitted”.  The immediate problem of ground water ingress was eventually solved with remedial works.   Again, longer term there is clearly a need for greater investment to repair, reline or replace old pipes.

The River Chess Association  are debating with the Environment Agency what constitutes an un-permitted discharge and how they are counted.

Update on Green Street East Planning Applications

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:25 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The Planning Applications to build either 300 or 800 houses on land adjacent to Green Street, Chorleywood have now been posted onto the TRDC Planning Portal and are therefore now available for your examination and, if you wish, comment.  According to the published timetable, comments can be submitted on the applications up to the 19th July.  

Due to the scale of these applications and the potential impact on the local area it is likely that they will be called in to be considered by the TRDC Planning Committee where a decision on them will be made in public and we will certainly be working to try and ensure that this happens.

We will ensure that residents are kept up to date on the exact timing and process for the applications to be considered through our regular planning update emails and the Green Street East proposal page on our website.

If we can help with regard to these applications or any other planning matter, please do not hesitate to contact through or

Chorleywood shops update

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:25 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

Since general retailers were allowed to open again from 15th June, Chorleywood has taken another step in emerging from its Covid cocoon. Much thought and hard work has gone into making our local shops as safe and easy to use as possible.  This has been a difficult time for many people for numerous reasons, but it would be lovely if the trend of shopping locally continues, so that our businesses who have served us so well, can find their feet and thrive in our new normal. 

Though our shops are open, please review their displayed opening hours, since many have slightly reduced hours in order to be able to do the deep cleans and preparations needed to keep us safe. We all look forward to the next phase when we see our local barbers, hair dressers, beauty salons and restaurants open too.

The Chorleywood Bookshop Virtual Quiz Night

posted 20 Jun 2020, 00:24 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

As some of you may have seen on Sky News, click here to view, our lovely Chorleywood bookshop is under threat because their programme of events had to be cancelled, so while shopping in Chorleywood please also drop by to support Sheryl and her team.

There is still time to book a place on Chorleywood bookshop's first virtual event at 8pm on Thursday 25th June which celebrates Independent Bookshop Week.  They have teamed up with Macmillan Collector's Library to bring you a classic literary quiz that will test even the most dedicated bibliophile. To find out more and book a place, visit Chorleywood Bookshop Virtual Quiz Night.  

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