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November 2019 e-Newsletter

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:10 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

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Chorleywood Residents' Association
Chorleywood Businesses Meeting
Post Office
East Green Street Proposal
Chorleywood Christmas Festival 2019
New Cricket Pavilion
Metropolitan Line Update
Reporting potholes and other highway faults
Road closures near The Grove Hotel between 2nd and 4th December
RSPB presents "Wildlife of British Columbia and Vancouver Island"
Chiltern Choir presents "Contemporary Choral Classics"
Sunrise of Chorleywood
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Chorleywood Residents' Association

The Autumn 2019 edition of The Chorleywood Resident  has been published and by the time you read this email is in the process of being delivered to all residents in Chorleywood Parish.  You can view previous editions on the Magazine page of our website.  If you live in Chorleywood and have not received your copy by 10th December, please let us know by emailing

This will be the last e-Newsletter for 2019.  We hope you have enjoyed reading them and are finding the information useful.  Your feedback to is always welcome.  

We also send planning update emails every two weeks, and on occasion send additional emails on specific planning matters such as the proposal for East Green Street.  If you do not want to receive these planning emails, but want to continue receiving the e-Newsletters, then please email or and we can arrange this.  

The December draw of the 100 Club has a top prize of £100.  If you are not already a member then you can join quickly via our website or click here.  It costs just £2.50 per month, or £30 a year and there are cash prizes every month.  The revenue raised from this is essential to funding CRA and our activities.

Since this will be the last e-Newsletter of 2019, may we now on behalf of the Executive Committee, wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Chorleywood Businesses Meeting

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:08 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

A group of Chorleywood businesses and Residents' Association met on 26th November at the golf club to develop ideas from the previous meeting in June. Here are some notes from the lively and frank exchanges:
CRA provided an update about resident and business parking discussions with TRDC and the Memorial Garden project. There was agreement that the burden of rent and rates was a matter of concern for many retail businesses but there was little that could be done to influence these in the current circumstances. Information was also shared about the 6th December Christmas event and Chorleywood Sports spoke about their initiative for better health in the community and a scheme for cross promotion of local businesses both of which are under review.
The subsequent open forum exchanges identified the following areas to be explored further at the next meeting to be held in early part of 2020:
Chorleywood businesses faced challenges same as many other communities, including trend towards more service providers and online buying. However, opportunities also existed for all shops to take on these challenges and collaborate to create a community shopping experience providing personal local service. Entry of new entrepreneurs and change of ownership of some existing businesses should be viewed positively and of benefit.
Opportunities also exist for all the various elements of Chorleywood community to consciously adopt a “Buy Local” policy wherever possible and increase spend with local businesses. Shopping local also has environmental and health benefits.
Businesses can help improve aesthetics by making their premises look more inviting externally and internally in any way they can. CRA and various councils also have schemes to improve village centre aesthetics.
CRA would support any initiatives by making available all resources at its disposal, such as connections with all levels of government and its various communication channels, including monthly e-newsletters.

Post office

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:07 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

CRA have continued to remind the Post Office that the closure has not been resolved and is having a direct impact on Chorleywood.  The latest response we have received shows no progress.  You can see a copy in the image to the right.

We will continue to press the Post Office directly and also through our contacts.

If you wish to contact the Post Office directly about this matter then you can view here the original closure letter from Graham Simmons, the Area Network Change Manager, in which he provides his contact details.

Chorleywood Christmas Festival 2019

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:07 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The Chorleywood Christmas Festival this year is on Friday 6th December from 4:30 - 8:30pm on Main Parade and Lower Road, Chorleywood. 

New major attractions include Real Reindeer (sponsored by LORDS and John Roberts), Nativity Petting Stable (sponsored by Sewell & Gardner), Live Music, Local Crafts and Community Stalls.

Come join the fun!


New Cricket Pavilion

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:06 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

There are exciting new plans for a new cricket pavilion, cafe/tea room and community hub in Chorleywood.

The local charity Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Cricket Club (CWCC) have now submitted plans to Three Rivers District Council to build a stunning new cricket pavilion, cafe/tea room and training facility for young adults with learning disabilities. 

You can see the full plans at

If approved by the Three Rivers District Planning Committee, Parish Council and DEFRA, the Chorleywood Cricket Club will be supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to extend its provision to provide cricket facilities for all, including women and the disabled.  The new facility has been designed to benefit all users of The Common: dog walkers, runners, horse riders, older people, cyclists and ramblers and also support volunteering and promote social inclusion, resilience and understanding.

Mission EmployAble is a UK registered charity which supports people with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.  They will run a new training cafe / tea room from the new pavilion for cricketers and the community. It will train people with learning disabilities, helping them lead fulfilled lives working and contributing to their local area.

Mission EmployAble and CWCC hope to have the new pavilion built by April 2021 with a view to it opening on village day in July 2021. They are seeking the support of the local community to make this ambition a reality and help raise the necessary funds. 

Metropolitan Line Update

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:06 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

An extra meeting of the Federation of Metropolitan Line Users' Committees (FOMLUC) held at TfL HQ at Bakers Street was held on the 12th November in view of the number of recent service failures on the Met. Failed trains and especially poor communications via station staff and incorrect announcement display boards were complained about.  Tfl promised to review their communication methods for updating the boards and getting information to their staff.  

New lifts are to be provide by Spring 2020 at Harrow on the Hill where many passenger change platforms to and from faster trains.  

The full new smart signalling system on the Met will be complete by December 2022 after which we can expect faster trains and more per hour. 

A reminder that the until Sunday 22 December a new autumn timetable is in operation on the Metropolitan line as part of plans to prevent services being affected by leaf fall. There will be minor changes to train times during this period. Download a copy of the new timetable. The previous timetable will resume from Monday 23 December.

And following the recent issues TfL have said that they we will be automatically refunding customers where there has been disruption resulting in them being delayed for over 15 minutes. 

Road closures near The Grove Hotel between 2nd and 4th December

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:05 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

A major meeting of heads of state will be held at the Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross on Wednesday 4 December 2019.  The event, which is part of the NATO 70th Anniversary, will attract worldwide media interest.

There will be several road closures in place for either all or part of the event’s duration,

See this site for more information

RSPB presents "Wildlife of British Columbia and Vancouver Island"

posted 1 Dec 2019, 12:04 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

The next talk at Chorleywood and District RSPB group is on Thursday 12th December. It will be about the wildlife of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and the speaker will be Mary Braddock. This wild area is a land of birds, bears, whales and wolves. There is wildlife around every corner of this temperate rain-forested area.  Mary's talk ventures into the wildlife of this threatened environment, and the huge diversity that this amazing habitat provides.These talks are open to every member of the public.

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 

Photo, by Mary Braddock, is of the Sea Otter

Chiltern Choir presents "Contemporary Choral Classics"

posted 1 Dec 2019, 11:59 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

On Saturday 30th November at 7.30pm, Chiltern Choir present Contemporary Choral Classics, with works by Jonathan Dove, Cecilia McDowall, Will Todd, Bob Chilcott.

St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 1JB.  Tickets £15, or £13 in advance, £6 under 18’s.  From or at the door. 

Proposals for new homes on land east of Green Street

posted 15 Nov 2019, 01:04 by Chorleywood Residents' Association   [ updated 15 Nov 2019, 01:05 ]

(If you are viewing this on the home page, then click on the blue link above to see the full news item with links)

In our recent resident update email we shared the invitation to a public exhibition on Tuesday 12th November and Wednesday 13th November for proposals for new homes on land east of Green Street, Chorleywood.

You can see a copy of the exhibition boards used by following this link.  These boards provide a lot of information about the proposals.

CRA will be providing further updates on these proposals through our planning updates, e-Newsletter and also on Facebook and Twitter.


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