Page09 - Royal British Legion, Our Twinning Association, Local Halls

Royal British Legion

The Chorleywood and Chenies Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 to help disabled and needy servicemen after the first world war.

We still continue this work today. The Poppy Appeal for this year raised £22,000. The Hall is open to members and friends on Tuesday evenings for snooker etc and new members are always welcome. During the week the hall is used by a theatre school, yoga and pilates classes. To help raise more money for the Poppy Appeal we have social evenings. fish and chin suoners and lunches at the local pub throughout the year. We also have a branch dinner in March.

The Poppy Appeal organiser orders 22,000 poppies in July to be delivered in September; over 300 tins have to be labelled and trays made up for our poppy sellers. As well as collecting in Chorleywood and Chenies we collect in parts of Watford including the Harlequin and Tesco. At Christmas we distribute pot plants and food parcels to our widows and the needy.

If you would like to join please telephone Olive Bovingdon on 01923 720636.

Le Jumeau Francais de Chorleywood

Chorleywood's French twinning association has been running successfully for 12 years and has organised successful and much
enjoyed exchange visits every year. We are twinned with Dardilly, a suburb of Lyons, France's second city and its gastronomic centre. It is easy to reach by air or rail and is a wonderful city to visit and to use as a springboard for visiting central France and the Alps.

Where possible, we try to match families, couples and individuals of similar ages or with similar interests and we always welcome new members. We organise various social events throughout the year, including a quiz night and a gastronomic and wine-tasting evening, both of which are always well attended. For membership enquiries, please contact Mrs Chris Higbee on Tel 01923 284449.

Halls for Hire

There can't be many residents in Chorleywood who don't know of the existence of the War Memorial Hall. After the first world war a public meeting was held to consider how to commemorate the fallen and for a cost of £5,000 it was decided to build the hall on a site adjoining the original site occupied by the Golf Club. It was completed in 1922 and in 1923 theCouncil held its first meeting there. The Hall is ably managed by Chorleywood Parish Council and is available for meetings and private parties. It is hired regularly for the Antiques Fair, ballroom dancers, keep fit, badminton, ballet classes, tap dancers and drama group - to name but a few.

However, in addition to the Memorial Hall, the Parish Council also manages two other halls. Bullsland Hall which is located in Bullsland Lane and Hollybush Hall which is located to the rear of the Memorial Hall. These are of course not as large and therefore ideal for smaller group meetings or more intimate private parties. 

To hire any one of these halls please contact Michelle Putman on 01923 282568 for details.