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PLANS SCRAPPED CAMPAIGNERS WIN THE FIGHT AGAINST INITIAL TFL PLANS Controversial plans to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket and new homes have been defeated, My Northwood & Moor Park News can reveal. Under proposals 17 businesses were due to be demolished to make way for the 47,000 sq ft supermarket and 167

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Editor: Nik Allen If you would like to ADVERTISE then please call me on 01442 257015 • 07883 789530 Welcome to the January issue of MyNorthwood&MoorParkNews. Like most people I find it impossible to start a new year without taking stock of the previous one. For me, 2013 was not without its challenges, but overall it was a success. At the beginning of 2013 most local businesses were feeling the crunch. The global financial crisis continued to cast a shadow and people were reluctant to commit to investment or expansion. However as the year went on I felt the mood shift and optimism about the future grow. I’m proud to say that MyNews magazines has withstood the financial squeeze and is now entering its ninth year. The plan for the next 12 months is to consolidate on our success and focus on we do best – delivering the latest local news and views to our readers. By doing our job we will keep readers and advertisers happy which is, of course, our aim. But obviously we can’t do our job without your support. In 2013 readers and businesses did their bit, by contacting us with stories, investing in advertising and digging deep when it came to our charitable events. I am delighted to say that last year we raised more than £20,000 for good causes – a total I hope to equal (or maybe even top) this year. The central focus of our fundraising was the My Local Heroes 2013 awards which raised £15,000 and relied on the generosity of readers (to nominate their friends, relatives and neighbours for awards) and business (to supply the sponsorship and prizes). It was such as a success I have already committed to My Local Heroes 2014 in November. I also plan to be out on my bike when it is a little bit warmer, pedalling away to raise funds for charity. So thank you for your support over the past 12 months, and I look forward to working with you in the year ahead. This month, we were pleased to hear that Save Our Northwood campaigners received good news from TfL that the proposed development has been scrapped. Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue is opening a café in Easter. In other news, a man accused of strangling his wife is in court. Until next time, stay safe and be nice to each other.

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Save Our Northwood campaigners remain wary despite TFL scrapping plans on Station Approach

Campaigners defeat plans for homes and Sainsbury’s supermarket Continued from cover ... “rethink”, though now Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed that original plans have been killed stone dead. Despite this, at the moment both Sainsbury’s and Bride Hall Ltd remain in the picture for future development, with the supermarket chain’s property communications manager, Janet Heald, stating: “Our plans have not been dropped and we will continue to work with TfL and the developer.” TfL would not directly comment on the future involvement of Sainsbury’s and Bride Hall Ltd. In a letter to Northwood MP Nick Hurd, TfL director of commercial development Graeme Craig insisted that he’d “heard the message” from Save Our Northwood

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campaigners and would “(adjust) plans accordingly.” He wrote: “I am keen above all that any future development is led directly by TfL, in line with our emerging thinking elsewhere. Development should be both sustainable and planned in the context of the unique features of each location. The recent campaign has highlighted the sense of community and local pride in Northwood. I would very much like to harness that spirit to help us come up with a new plan.” Mr Craig said that in order to “build bridges” he would meet Northwood Residents’ Association (NRA) chairman Tony Ellis and local councillors. He also confirmed that he would be writing to businesses, before following up with visits.


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Future development of the TfL owned site has not been ruled out, though Mr Craig promised traders would be “provided retail opportunities elsewhere across our estate” should that occur. While pleased with the letter, NRA chairman Tony Ellis said campaigners would remain wary. He said: “We are delighted of course but I remain sceptical. This is not the way TfL normally does business and as referred to in the letter, they need to win our trust back. They can do that by working together with us so that we can put together some acceptable plans. If they stick to the terms in the letter then we can do business. “Nick Hurd said that our campaign hit home. We are very grateful to him for pushing the right buttons and keeping up the pressure on TfL. Without him I don’t think we’d have got this far and there would have been a protracted fight on,” he added. Mr Ellis said that despite the announcement, Save our Northwood’s campaign is not at an end. He said: “The original plan is not happening but we will not take the pressure off TfL and politicians until there is an acceptable plan in place. Raised funds will still be needed as we still need to lobby and may need to employ our own architects to design a scheme down the line. A public meeting will also be organised after our first discussion with TfL.” Nick Hurd MP welcomed the letter from TfL. He said: “I am delighted that TfL have heard the voice of Northwood and changed tack. That is testimony to the residents of Northwood who united to say NO. The strength of the campaign helped me to get the attention of senior decision makers. We now need a proper conversation about what Northwood needs and we need to see the local shops treated fairly.” Similarly, Cllr Scott Seaman-Digby heralded the work of Save Our Northwood campaigners.

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He said: “This is a great endorsement of how Northwood came together to stand up to a real threat to our community and local businesses. The campaign has really reached well beyond Northwood and to the heart of London government and they have listened.” What do you make of the news? Email by Adam Parris-Long




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olice are appealing for information after a Northwood home was burgled this month. Officers attended a property on St Mary’s Avenue on January 6, with the owner reporting that offenders gained entry to the house between 10am and 11.20am by forcing a back window open. Various items of jewellery were stolen, with the offenders believed to have used the footpath at the rear to make their escape. Police and forensic officers attended the scene and undertook house to house enquiries. PC Daniel Jones said: “Witness reports have suggested seeing two males in the road around 10.30am. Did you see these males? Were there any vehicles parked in the road that seemed out of place? We would like to hear from you.” He added: “The public footpaths leading between the houses in this area have been popular with burglars previously. If you use these tracks, maybe to walk a dog – please keep your eyes open. If you see anyone that seems out of place or acting suspiciously, please call Hertfordshire Constabulary immediately on 101 and quote the reference ISR 420 06/01/14.” Details emerged in the same week Hertfordshire Constabulary appealed for information on another house burglary, close to Eastbury. More than 70 items of jewellery were taken during the

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Synagogue to open new café and private prayer facility


embers of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue soon won’t have far to go for a cup of tea as a café is due to open at Easter. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein explained that the room will be much more than just a café. He explained: “There will be a small sanctuary there in the winter so it means we can offer an intimate prayer experience rather than being swamped in the main hall. The room will also house the library. There will be a café but not a barista style café – hopefully the quality will still be excellent.” Rabbi Goldstein stressed that, in an increasingly secular country, being Jewish is about much more than simply the religion. He added: “Being part of a people also includes the social, cultural and sporting aspects. We are also starting up a table tennis club because people who are Jewish want to gather and play table tennis. It will be somewhere where our members can get together.


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We are not seeking to compete with the high street, we want to promote the synagogue and encourage members to use the facilities. “We’re trying to make it a bit more home. This is somewhere that teenagers could meet up after school to socialise but we can also provide programming for them as well. The elderly can come and sit down to enjoy a social with friends.” Later in the year, the synagogue will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 1 with a civic service which will be open to members of the public. Rabbi Goldstein said: “This our way to celebrate the Jewish community existing and thriving in Northwood for the last half a century and we hope local people will come and celebrate with us.” by Tim Green

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generous granddad is doing his bit to help a disabled schoolboy. Robin Colbourne, a keen golfer at Moor Park Golf Club, is hosting an event in April to raise funds for Noah Collins, a four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Noah’s parents are currently raising funds to send Noah to the US for a life-changing operation that could help him learn to walk. They need to gather £80,000.

‘I was just really touched by Noah’s story and wanted to help. I started emailing my friends and contacts at the golf club to tell them about his plight’ Robin’s grandson is in the same class as Noah at school and inspired his grandfather to get involved. Robin, who has been a member of the club for 40 years, emailed all his contacts at Moor Park Golf Club and, between them, the golfers have raised around £2,000 for the youngster. He also plans to play one hole at every golf course in the county in May to raise further funds. Robin told My Northwood & Moor Park News: “I was just really touched by Noah’s story and wanted to help. I started emailing my friends and contacts at the golf club to tell them about his plight. “I had a tremendous response from the golfers and

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Prep school opens dining hall in fine style


orthwood Prep opened its new dining hall in style this month - with the performance of a dancing troupe who have performed on X Factor and alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake. The dining hall is among a number of improvements the school has undergone since the turn of the year, with a new classroom, new staff common room, new staff cloak facilities and state of the art kitchen added to the Sandy Lodge Road Institute.

‘I am thrilled that Allied Irish Bank (GB) is helping us make sure that the future of the school is just as impressive’ The range of works came about due to a “substantial” loan from Allied Irish Bank (AIB), which previously pitched in to lend the school funds for its theatre in 2008 - a facility which was opened by Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey. To celebrate the opening of the dining hall, earlier this month dancers Mass Movement kicked off a dinner in the new facility. Headmaster Dr Trevor Lee said: “Northwood Prep is a school with a remarkable heritage, and our site has

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t’s full steam ahead for the team behind a new technical college in the town, as they work towards opening in September. The new Heathrow Aviation Engineering University Technical College (UTC) in Potter Street will offer 14 to 19 year olds the chance to study technically-oriented courses with an emphasis on aviation engineering. UTC has announced a series of new relationships with companies keen to assist the development of the next generation of engineers. A bond has been formed with the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP), which has been set up to transform the approach to skills and career development in the aviation sector. As a result of this contact, the UTC team recently visited LRTT, an establishment which provides licensed engineer training at Cotswold Airport near Cirencester. The visit acted as a source of inspiration for UTC and has helped them to refine the specifications for the

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dog owner has issued a heartfelt thanks to two men who helped save her pet after it got stuck in a foxhole for close to an hour and a half. Sarah Dixon, 35, of Valency Close, became frantic when her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Twiglet, wedged herself in a foxhole in South Oxhey Playing Fields (former Oxhey Golf Course) on Saturday January 4- but was saved when two unknown men helped dig the canine out. Mrs Dixon was walking Twiglet and a neighbour’s dog off the lead at around 3pm when the spaniel darted off and got herself firmly stuck in what is believed to be a foxhole. After desperately calling and attempting to pry her pet free for 20 minutes Mrs Dixon spotted two men in conversation nearby. After tying her neighbour’s dog to a tree she hailed down the two men and appealed for help. One, who is believed to live close to the playing fields, decided to retrieve a torch and shovels from home-

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which the pair then used to dig up Twiglet. Fortunately Twiglet was unscathed after the incident, albeit in need of a bath. Owner Sarah Dixon told My Northwood & Moor Park News that she was “in tears” by the time she found help. She said: “In the moment I forgot to ask for their names as I was so upset. They were reassuring, calmed me down and acted so quickly given the situation. “While one went to get the shovels I called the RSPCA and was told that I would have to wait 48 hours before they could send anyone out,” she added. Mrs Dixon revealed her intention to find the men who helped save her pet. She said: “It was at a time when it was getting dark and I was very nervous on what to do. Twiglet was stuck two metres down and I could only see part of her. I don’t want to think about what might have happened had they not been there.” Did you help save Twiglet from the foxhole? Email adam@mynewsmag. or call 01442 220189 by Adam Parris-Long 16

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£115m rail project which will see Moor Park, Northwood and Northwood Hill directly linked to Watford town centre has suffered a delay of more than a year. Croxley Rail Link will see the creation of two new stations in Watford and a viaduct in Croxley Green, which will take the Metropolitan Line from Moor Park to the centre of the town. Currently the line goes to Watford station, situated next to Cassiobury Park, which will close as part of the project.

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cancer survivor has inspired coaches at Moor Park Golf Club to do their bit for charity. Tim Bunting is just 29 years old but has faced a gruelling battle with bowel cancer. In the hope of helping others he has launched a unique golf wear brand. Montgomerie Rose Golf Wear is a clothing label in which all profits go to cancer charities. The brand only launched this month but the First Degree Golf Academy at Moor Park Golf Club has already adopted the clothes as their official uniform. Tim, from Rickmansworth, had to resign from his job due to his health problems and finds that playing golf at Moor Park is one of the few activities that has not been affected by his surgeries. The former lawyer told My Northwood & Moor Park News: “I am a huge golf nut, having played at Moor Park Golf Club since I was eight years old. I have found it to be the only sport that I can now compete in at a level that I used to be able to do before my surgeries.

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She said: “She was very stressed in the relationship and she felt she had to look after the work situation, the house and the baby as well. Then when she found out about the money that was another burden.” Miss Agarwal also revealed the pair had not been sexually intimate for a while and often slept in separate beds. But on the morning of the alleged killing Kapoor claims the pair had sex. An empty condom wrapper was later discovered in their bedroom. He denies murder. The jury was sent out on January 16 and at the time of writing it had not yet reached a verdict. DO










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Plans for a new supermarket and homes in northwood would “ruin” the town, according to the chairman of the residents’ association. My Northwood & Moor Park News can reveal that TfL is considering selling a substantial block of land it owns close to the tube station on Station Approach and Green Lane, with Sainsbury’s announced as frontrunners to build a new supermarket on the property.

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Holocaust survivor and step sister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss, visited Northwood School to give a heart-breaking account of life under Nazi rule and her escape from Auschwitz. We retraced the steps of Sir John Betjeman for the 40th anniversary of his documentary Metro-Land.

Holocaust survivor and step-sister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss, gave her heart-breaking account of life under Nazi rule and escape from Auschwitz this month. Speaking at Northwood School on February 7, the renowned campaigner revealed the horrors of being betrayed while living in Amsterdam in 1944 and her subsequent imprisonment in the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. While there, Eva witnessed thousands of fellow prisoners being selected for execution by Josef Mengele, a Nazi known as the “Angel of Death”. Following an arduous eight months at Auschwitz, Eva was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945, three months before the fall of Berlin. CONTINUED ON PAGES 4-5

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GOLDEN BOY LOCAL MAN SCORES HAT TRICK WITH AN OSCAR, BAFTA AND CAS AWARD Northwood Hills man Mark Paterson completed a golden hat trick of awards this month by winning an Oscar. The recording mixer was honoured for his work on Hollywood blockbuster Les Misérables, for which he also recently grabbed a BAFTA and a CAS (Cinema Audio Society) award. Along with colleagues Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole and John Warhurst, Mr Paterson was an Oscar winner in the Best Sound Mixing category. Mark Paterson, 32, is from Northwood Hills and attended Haydon School. First wanting to become a pilot, he travelled to San Diego to get his pilot’s licence but later returned to work CONTINUED ON PAGE 4… Distr ib u ted F R EE to h om es in N or th w ood & M oor P a r k E V E RY M O N T H

Northwood Hills’ Mark Paterson scooped an Oscar for his work on Hollywood blockbuster Les Miserables. The honour was the final part of a hat-trick for the recording mixer, who also received a BAFTA and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) award. Tony Robinson and the Time Team crew filmed at Northwood Prep.

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Plans for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket on Green Lane and Station Approach progressed - with business owners told that they had no hope for compensation or new premises as part of the deal. Northwood resident Jean McFarlane grilled Mayor of London Boris Johnson on the decision to close Northwood Police Station.




WOM AN E N S L AV E D WOMAN JAILED FOR SERIOUS ABUSE OF ENSLAVED IMMIGRANT A Moor Park woman has been jailed over the enslavement and serious abuse of an immigrant trapped for three years. Shashi Kala Obhrai, 54, of Pembroke Road, Moor Park, was convicted of Actual Bodily Harm and of making a threat to kill at Croydon Crown Court last month. The optician was one of three convicted for the severe abuse of an Indian woman who was put into slavery and sexually abused. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4…

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Onkar Sahota on March 28, local businesspeople were told that all of the buildings on Station Approach to the car park and on Green Lane from Corals to Taylor Made could be demolished if plans for a new Sainsbury’s go ahead. The mammoth development... CONTINUED ON PAGES 4-5…

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Business owners on Station Approach have expressed their dismay after they were told that they would have to make way for a new supermarket - with no hope for new premises or compensation.

Moor Park optician Shashi Kala Obhrai was convicted of actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill an immigrant who was entrapped as a slave for three years. Elsewhere a project to retell the past of St John’s Church as a WW1 auxiliary hospital was given a boost with a £10,000 lottery fund donation.


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Charity bosses were blasted for their decision to close Pocklington House, a care home for the blind. Thomas Pocklington Trust said the closure was made as the facility had fallen into disrepair, while relatives argued that the decision was avoidable. Indian cricket star Piyush Chawla also visited Merchant Taylors’ School to give tips to budding bowlers.

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POCKLINGTON HOUSE CARE HOME FOR THE BLIND CLOSES A charity for the blind has been labelled a “disgrace” after plans were pushed ahead to close a care home in Northwood this month. The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has been lambasted by relatives of former residents in Pocklington House, Eastbury Avenue, after it decided to close the facility for blind and visually impaired

OAPs. The situation left the 26 residents of the home, with an average age of more than 90, searching for a new place to live. TPT chiefs informed residents and relatives on March 22 of their intention to close the facility, giving tenants three months to find new homes. CONTINUED ON PAGES 4-5…

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TAKE OFF PLANS FOR NEW AVIATION COLLEGE REVEALED Residents have been given a glimpse into the future of a new aviation university technical college which could be sited next to Northwood School.

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Plans for a new University Technical College on Potter Street were revealed, with the institution expected to cater for 600 students. Mount Vernon Hospital volunteer Angela Cox celebrated her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, a feat she called “incredible”.


Mount Vernon Hospital paid tribute to Paul Strickland, who passed away aged 92. The doctor established the scanner centre in the hospital in 1985, after spearheading a campaign to raise £1.7m for the equipment and a building. Moor Park golfer Callum Shinkwin was crowned English amateur champion.



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TURMOIL HUSBAND APPEARS IN COURT ACCUSED OF MURDER A Northwood man will appear at the Old Bailey in October accused of murdering his wife. Manas Kapoor appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court last month and will appear at the Central Criminal Court on October 2 after Shivani Kapoor was found dead at the family home on July 10. Mr Kapoor has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4… Distributed FREE to homes in Northwood& MoorPark EVERY MONTH

Students from across Northwood and Moor Park celebrated as they picked up their GCSE results, with three schools achieving their best ever set of marks. MP Nick Hurd declared it was “hard to be optimistic” after Parliament decided against intervention in Syria, a move he backed.


GOLD AND SILVER FOR LOCAL SISTERS AT WORLD GAMES Two sisters from Northwood rubbed shoulders with some top athletes last month when they took part in the third largest sporting event in the world.

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We revealed that over the preceding year drivers had been hit with an eyewatering £189,000 in parking fines, a total which amounts to £508 a day. Meanwhile Heathrow UTC was given the green light by Hillingdon Council planning chiefs, allowing work on its £10m Potter Street campus to begin.




MOUNT VERNON VOLUNTEER AWARDED BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL A Mount Vernon Hospital volunteer has described being awarded a British Empire Medal as “one of the highlights of my life”. Angela Cox, 65, of Brookmill Close, Oxhey, was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June and was presented with her medal at a ceremony held at County Hall, Hertford, on October 29. As one of just six residents awarded Mrs Cox was cited for ‘voluntary service to people affected by breast cancer in Hertfordshire’. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4… D istrib u te d FR E E to h o m e s in N o rth w o o d &Mo o rP a rk E V E RY M O NT H



FIGURES REVEAL MOTORISTS FINED £508 A DAY LAST YEAR Motorists in Northwood are slapped with £508 in parking fines every day, My Northwood & Moor Park News can exclusively reveal. In response to a Freedom of Information request submitted by this title, Hillingdon Council has reported that an eye-watering £189,000 was taken from drivers last year as a result of 5,373 penalty charge notices issued by parking officers. The figure represents an average of £15,750 a month, or £508 a... CONTINUED ON PAGES 4-5…

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Moor Park businessman Rami Ranger added another accolade to his trophy cabinet after being named the Large Company Director of the Year 2013. Meanwhile Merchant Taylors’ School welcomed legendary explorer Ranulph Fiennes, who talked about his travels and new book Cold.


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Northwood widower Peter Penny rounded off a year of climbing some of the world’s tallest peaks by making it to the base camp of Mount Everest. The 67-year-old took on the challenge in honour of his wife Glenys, who died of a brain tumour in December 2011. Campaigners hand delivered more than 7,000 petition signatures to No 10.


WIDOWER CLIMBS WORLD’S TALLEST PEAKS IN WIFE’S MEMORY A Northwood widower has completed an incredible challenge to climb 11 of the world’s tallest peaks in memory of his late wife. Peter Penny, 67, of Batchworth Lane, took on the year-long challenge to climb a mountain each month in honour of his wife Glenys who died of a brain tumour in December 2011. He completed the heroic feat last month by climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest. Appropriately Mr Penny, who is the CEO and Chairman of the independent film... CONTINUED ON PAGE 4… Dist ribut ed FREE t o hom es in N ort hwood& M oorPark EVERY M O N TH



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n innovative furniture re-use project has received a financial boost of more than £3,000 following fundraising by last year’s chairman of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC), Kemal Butt. Cllr Butt, who represents Moor Park & Eastbury, presented the cheque for £3,182.38 to 9 Lives Furniture’s Rickmansworth base on January 6. The sum is the result of a years’ worth of fundraising by TRDC and Cllr Butt, who made 9 Lives his chosen charity for the 12 months he chaired TRDC. A number of events were organised throughout the year to support the charity. Cllr Kemal Butt said: “I am absolutely delighted to present this cheque to my chosen charity, 9 Lives. 9 Lives Furniture collects, refurbishes and resells furniture and household items in South West Herts, either subsidised for those in need or at market value, to fund the scheme.” He added: “It is indeed the hidden gem of Three

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Rivers and a visit is a must. Everyone is so welcoming, friendly and dedicated.” In accepting the donation, 9 Lives manager, Marie Frost, said: “It was a great honour to have been Cllr Butt’s chosen charity. Cllr Butt is very familiar with the way the charity works and through his continued support we now have a far wider presence in Three Rivers district. We can’t thank him enough.” 9 Lives Furniture’s store is open to all residents and is located at 25 Wharf Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1HA. People interested in donating furniture can find details on the charity’s website www.9livesfurniture. or by calling 01923 718666.

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dam Parris-Long has kindly offered space in My Northwood & Moor Park News to the NRA which we will use to keep you abreast of news and developments. This is particularly welcome as it will be a valuable way of communicating with our residents, especially with those who do not have access to the internet. The sort of things that will be included will be dates of meetings to be held in Northwood that we feel will be of interest to you such as Metropolitan Police crime prevention, Save our Northwood, health related, planning, etc. Members of the Committee will also write articles about their portfolios including police, traffic and highways, environment and health. We will also ask for your views about matters of topical interest. The hot topic at the moment is the withdrawal of the Sainsbury’s development by TfL which is tremendous news. See the leading article in this edition. When the SON Committee has a clear idea of TfL’s intentions,

a public meeting will be called. I cannot thank Nick Hurd enough for the vital part he played in bringing about the change of plans. He was able to push the necessary buttons with people of influence. The pressure applied by the Northwood community also played a big part. You can keep up to date on the SON website If you are a resident in the Hillingdon part of Northwood and are not an NRA member, please do consider joining us. The minimum subscription is only £2. Contact me or see details on our website. Tony Ellis Chairman – Northwood Residents’ Association

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climb and over two stiles’ and the 3.8 miles would take two hours and 20 minutes. It sounded delightful but my friend and I only had one hour. Instead we chose the Northwood end of Section 13. From Moor Park Station we walked to Kewferry Road and joined the boundary path where Hertfordshire meets Hillingdon. We set off towards Batchworth Heath and, although it was a bit muddy, it was a much more pleasant walk than along Batchworth Lane which we could just see through the trees. We returned to Moor Park Station in just under the hour. So back to the email which prompted the walk - it was about the Countryside Management Service’s programme of short, regular walks called the Hertfordshire Health Walks. These are group walks, led by trained volunteers and graded to suit all fitness levels and abilities. They are also a great way of meeting new people, getting outside and feeling the health benefits of walking. And the best bit - Health Walks are all free, and most of them finish at a cafe or pub for a well-earned cup of tea. To find a walk near you, find out what other walkers have to say or get information on becoming a walk leader, please visit the Hertfordshire Health Walks website at

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He added: “We made a big step forward in terms of defending our goal. We gave the opposition very few chances to score but the chances we gave them after five minutes will never happen again. We also have to improve with the transmission of the football when we are in possession.” The Italian’s move to Vicarage Road is somewhat of a culture shock for the 56-year-old but one which he has thrived on. One of his biggest delights was in the unity which has been shown between players. He said: “One of the main differences (between Italy and England) is the players feel like a family, they want to build relationships with each other; they stay together. They live with the right focus on the game but I like the (easy going) atmosphere. He added: “My football is work on the pitch. Outside of the pitch it is like a family. They need to be aware they wear the shirt of a great club and have responsibility but they should enjoy it. The culture the people show to me, I appreciate it a lot. It is like a new world that I have started to know.” by Adam Parris-Long

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