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Warner Bros. Studio Summer 2017 Tour, Forbidden Forest

Nature Walks

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Contents

News

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Community Action

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Community Safety

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Wellbeing

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Leisure

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What’s On

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Environment and Sustainability

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Business

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Democratic and Civic Activity

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Editor

TIM ASHBY

Designer

DIANE BUGEJA

Main Photographers

ANNE SIMONS, VICTOR SHACK, LES MEAD, SUE LACEY

All information is correct at time of going to print. A large print version of this magazine is available from the Council www.threerivers.gov.uk 01923 776611

If you would like this information in another language, large print, braille or another format call 01923 776611

Your food waste The food you place in your pod goes to a facility in London Colney and is treated to produce electricity and a liquid fertiliser which is used on agricultural land. We can accept all food waste including tea bags, bones, raw/cooked meats, fruit peelings and egg shells. We are encouraging the use of bags you already have such as fruit, salad, bread and cereal bags to contain waste. We also accept corn starch liners and newspaper. At the beginning of the process, the materials are removed. Please do not use black bags and cling film or place packaging in your food pod. Food waste should also not be placed in your refuse bin. For more information visit: www.threerivers.gov.uk

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Go wild for a marvellous mystery! The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 launches on Saturday 15 July and children will meet a detective team with a difference: the Animal Agents. Created by bestselling illustrator Tony Ross, they use their natural instincts to solve mysteries and eagle-eyed young readers can help them. The Reading Agency are challenging children of all ages to read six library books over the summer

holidays and tell the library about them. They can read anything, story books, factual books and e-books. The reward will be limited edition Animal Agents smelly stickers, a medal and certificate (if you read six books) and if you finish by Saturday 9 September the chance to win a ticket to an author event. Taking part is free. Children need to visit their local library from 15 July to collect a starter pack, while stocks last, and finish by 9 September. Children can also download the Animal Agents App and visit www.animal-agents.org.uk for more fun and games. 0300 1234049 www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries

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Outdoor activities and nature walks Chorleywood Village Day Saturday 8 July Chorleywood Common 12noon to 4pm Chorleywood Classic Car Show Saturday 15 July Chorleywood Common 10am to 4pm Bedmond Village Fair Saturday 15 July Bedmond School, Meadow Way, WD5 0RD 2pm to 5pm Rickmansworth Folk Festival Saturday 22 July St Mary’s Church Centre, Church Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1JB 7.30pm to 10pm Wildlife Safari* Sunday 23 July Rickmansworth Aquadrome (meet outside Café in the Park) 10am - 12noon Butterfly Walk* Sunday 23 July Leavesden Country Park (meet by the Children’s Play Area, North Park) 1pm-3pm Buggy Bugs* Wednesday 9 August Rickmansworth Aquadrome (meet outside Café in the Park) 10am - 12noon Croxfest Music Festival Saturday 2 September The Green, Green Lane, Croxley Green, WD3 3HN 12 noon to 8pm The Sarratt Festival of Music 22, 23, 29 and 30 September Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, WD3 6AS All start at 7.45pm

Bat Walk* Sunday 17 September Rickmansworth Aquadrome (meet outside Café in the Park) 6.45pm-8.15pm Carters Steam Fair & Classics Cars on the Green Sunday 17 September The Green, Green Lane, Croxley Green, WD3 3HN 10am to late Bat Walk* Sunday 24 September Leavesden Country Park (meet by the Children’s Play Area, North Park) 6.45pm-8.15pm Chorleywood Apple Orchard Day Saturday 7 October The Orchard, Common Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 5LT 11am-3pm Build a Bird Box* Sunday 15 October Leavesden Country Park (meet by the Children’s Play Area, North Park) 10am - 12noon Chorleywood Literary Festival 12-16 October Chorleywood Bookshop, 4 New Parade, WD3 5NJ Times vary. www.cwlitfest.org Tours of Moor Park Mansion and Croxley Great Barn can be found at www.moorparkgc.co.uk and trmt.org.uk The dates and times were correct at time of publication. Please contact the relevant organisations for more information. Nominal fees/donations may apply at some events.

* To book the nature walks, please call 01923 776611

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South Oxhey Initiative

You may have noticed the construction work at Station Approach to redevelop the retail space and the surrounding area of Station Square. For more information, please contact Katherina Faulkner on 07753 91584. The completion of the works is scheduled for autumn 2018 and here is some of the latest construction news: Changes to Station Approach n The former Barclays Bank and the other retail units on the north side of Station Approach is boarded off. n The pay & display car park located to the rear of Station Approach will be closed for approximately one year.

Noise app The app allows you to make short audio recordings of the noise and enter details about the nature of the disturbance using your smartphone which then combine to make an electronic noise diary. This can then easily be sent to the Council’s Environmental Health Service for investigation by submitting the complaint via the app. You can download the app for free using your smartphone here: www.thenoiseapp.com

It’s more fun with mum friends ‘Mush’ is a new free app which has been launched locally to make it easier to find other local mums and there are lots of users around the Three Rivers District. Inspired by the loneliness that many mums experience when they have children, the app aims to make being a mum more sociable and fun. www.letsmush.com

Pedestrian arrangements for Station Approach n Access will be maintained at all times during the redevelopment via the use of the existing ramp n Countryside Properties have closed the stairs on the left hand side and these are rescheduled to re-open on 23 March 2018. n During this construction work, two taxi spaces, two drop off spaces and two accessible parking spaces will be maintained together with a minimum of 10 parking spaces for public use.

Buses will temporarily use the bus stop on Prestwick Road, at the top of Station Approach. n

Crowd funding for sports Sport makes a massive contribution to communities and this could not happen without the efforts of volunteers that give of their time so selflessly. However, there is rarely enough funding to get the job done. Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership has teamed up with Podium Partners to launch a new charitable crowdfunding platform designed to help athletes, clubs, community groups and organisations which support them. A donation through this platform turns £100 into at

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least £115 for the featured project through Gift Aid. The scheme has helped many individuals and organisations across Hertfordshire. Carla Burkitt, (England Team Karate captain) raised over £800 to attend the world championships; Gobi Ranganathan, a wheelchair athlete raised over £1800; Hatfield Swimming Club raised £5000 towards its summer training camps; and Chipperfield Corinthians Youth Club secured £430 for new kit. Please visit www.podiumpartners.org

Hilary Causer shares her experience of South Oxhey parkrun: “When I first started I was a complete non-runner. At Aquadrome parkrun in Rickmansworth the time, I was doing a lot Since Rickmansworth parkrun launched, over 1,200 of walking, which made me runners and walkers have taken part in the free, 5km belie ve I was fairly fit and I run. It is completely inclusive, you don’t need to be fast soon found out that I was and everyone completes the course at their own pace. nowhere near as fit as I If you would be interested in volunteering at a parkrun thou ght I was! But I joined a contact rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com or speak to one loca l ‘Learn to Run’ course of the event directors on a Saturday. and became steadily faster Junior parkrun comes to Leavesden and fitter” Leavesden Country Park is now the proud host of a “I love the great feeling junior parkrun. Organised by volunteers every Sunday you get from running. at 9am the 2k run is specifically for children aged Everybody was so friendly between 4 and 14. Open to all abilities, it is a safe, free and encouraging I felt OK and easy way to get your child to take part in sport. about my bright red face For more details, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/leavesden-juniors and slow pace! It was surprising how exciting a run around a field on a Saturday morning could be! “There is a strong social aspect, too. I’ve made loads of new friends by going along to parkrun and it’s great to catch up with them on a Saturday morning. I now volunteer and my favourite role is marshalling. It’s great to be able to cheer everybody on, and it reminds me that it’s hard work for everybody, from the speedy to those just getting started with running.”

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Young people dive in to lifeguarding

and customer service. The young people are now able to look for jobs as lifeguards, with some already having secured employment locally. For more information about youth projects across Hertfordshire, visit www.ychertfordshire.org

Young people in South Oxhey learned vital lifesaving skills thanks to a life-guarding programme organised by YC (formerly Youth Connexions) Hertfordshire as part of one of the regular youth projects. 12 young people, aged 16-19, took part in a short course and gained their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at the Sir James Altham Pool in South Oxhey. The course funded by Sportivate, involved learning skills including; first aid, timed swims, pool hygiene

including those who need assistance to play or children with a disability. The new equipment includes the ever popular zip wire, flying saucer roundabout, play towers, climbing nets, basket swing, and of course junior and toddler swings.

Play outdoors in Bedmond this summer Children from 2 – 14 years old have new, exciting play equipment in Bedmond. The mix of equipment means that there is something for everyone to play on,

Three Rivers District Council and Abbots Langley Parish Council worked in partnership to refurbish this well used play area, following feedback and comments from Bedmond Village Primary School and a public consultation. Why not pop down and try out some of the new equipment or bring a picnic to enjoy on the new picnic table? www.iplayoutdoors.co.uk

New West Herts College campus West Herts College opened their brand new Hemel Hempstead campus on 17 May. The new build will provide Hemel Hempstead with a college campus fit to serve the region for years to come. The excellent facilities on campus will provide an outstanding local learning environment and ensure young people can develop the skills they need to succeed in the modern jobs market. Currently, around 700 students from Three Rivers access West Herts College’s facilities - the campus and its brand new curriculum will help local students find the path to their chosen career or access higher education. For more information, visit www.westherts.ac.uk.

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Rivertech Based in Rickmansworth’s stunning Basing House, Rivertech is an affordable co-working hub for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Partnering with the Council and with an emphasis on community cohesion and networking, Rivertech is helping businesses to ‘startup, stay up and grow up’ in the local area. Desk rentals start from as little as £65 per month, with larger spaces also available for small teams at very affordable rates. One of these businesses is Irwin & Stone, a specialist recruitment consultancy in the health, safety and environmental industry. Since joining Rivertech in January 2017, the company is expanding and looking to recruit local individuals. James, Director of Irwin & Stone said: “We really like the energy and flexibility at Rivertech. Being able to work amongst a community of like-minded individuals has provided us with the environment we need to grow as a business within Rickmansworth”.

Forbidden Forest Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a unique attraction offering visitors the ultimate opportunity to discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Visitors are able to step into the original Great Hall, wander up Diagon Alley, and experience green screen technology flying a broomstick over London, all before marvelling at the breath-taking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle. New for 2017, visitors are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and venture deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest. One of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes will be on display, to welcome visitors through the Hogwarts’ gates deep into the forest where they will encounter Buckbeak, the majestic Hippogriff, before coming face-to-face with Aragog the Acromantula and his spiderlings. Tickets for the tour are available via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and must be booked in advance.

For more information or to view the facilities please visit www.rivertech.space

The need for temporary housing It is well publicised that there is a national housing shortage with demand far outweighing supply.

There is legislation in place that dictates who can be helped with temporary accommodation and subsequent longer-term The Council has not accommodation. If the escaped this problem: Council accepts a household there are currently as homeless, there is over 80 households in currently a wait of temporary accommodation approximately three with the majority years for longer term accommodated outside accommodation which may the district and some be outside of the district. outside the County.

Therefore, there is a need to use different types of temporary accommodation, including bed-andbreakfast, nightly-let and hostels as a short-term solution. The cost of temporary accommodation together with the housing benefit rules means that the full cost is not always covered by housing benefit; which leaves the Council to meet the shortfall.

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CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Bringing history to life

A great family fun day out - come and explore today!

If you’ve not yet been to Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, then the summer is a great time to visit. There are living history events with costumed re-enactors every weekend and a return of the Museum’s famous ‘Terrific Tuesdays’ every Tuesday throughout the school holidays.

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Summer events at COAM

The award-winning Museum is an outdoor museum of rescued and reconstructed historic buildings that were the homes or work places of ordinary people. The 45 acre site of woodland and parkland has over 30 re-erected buildings including a 1940s prefab, Nissen hut, Victorian toll house, blacksmith’s forge, replica Iron Age roundhouse and working historic farm with livestock. The Museum site is regularly used for filming most notably; Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and the children’s television series Horrible Histories.

There is plenty for children to do on-site with multiple opportunities to dress up, play with historic games, build models of the barns, trails and lots of space to run around and discover. The Museum has an adventure playground which is inspired by the historic buildings. Children can play in the model toll house, WWW.COAM.ORG.UK shepherd’s living van and Anderson shelter and then Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, 01494 871 117 have fun exploring the real thing! Dogs are welcome Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, enquiries@coam.org.uk on site and there is a tea room, gift shop and free Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB Registered charity no. 272381 parking. F_BAR_13911 Three Rivers District Council - Three Rivers Times Newspaper advert 265x167mm_new.qxp_Layout 1 01/06/2017 13:37 Page 1

Sharpe’s Rifles Sat 8 - Sun 9 July Meet the riflemen of Wellington’s army and watch firing displays. Classic Vehicle Show Sat 22 - Sun 23 July Come and admire an amazing collection of classic cars, motorcycles and historic bicycles. Medieval England Sat 29 - Sun 30 July Learn about life in a medieval household. Cheer for your favourite knight in the tournament. Highwaymen Sat 5 - Sun 6 August Take your life in your hands by travelling to the 18th century! Ragged Victorians Sat 12 - Sun 13 August Meet authentic Victorian characters and learn about the less savoury aspects of Victorian life. Tudor Courtroom Sat 19 - Sun 20 August Discover Tudor life and help enact justice in a Tudor courtroom. Tudor Times Sat 27 - Sun 28 August Learn what it was like to live in Tudor times and gather with the Militia to oppose the Armada. www.coam.org.uk 01494 871 117

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Your Abbots Langley Leisure Project

Funding and grants for growing businesses across the county

Exciting and unique projects are being developed, bringing sport, play, heritage and arts opportunities to the community of Abbots Langley. The Abbots Langley Leisure Projects are a series of developments happening in Leavesden Country Park and in Abbots Langley. The work has only been possible through partnership working. Here’s an update of the changes. Manor House Grounds – new play area now open

The Hertfordshire Growth Package is an expanding range of specialist business support services tailored to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. Working with local support organisations, such as the Growth Hub, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership identified the needs of the county’s businesses and secured EU funding as a result. The scheme offers a range of funded specialist support services and grants to meet individual business needs. Whether you are

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starting up, looking to get into exporting, aiming to implement energy efficiency changes, wanting to engage with academic expertise or have a specific business need, the Hertfordshire Growth Package is at hand to find the right support tailored for your business.  With grants available now, you can’t afford to miss out. For more information on these services, eligibility and how they could help your business grow please visit www.hertsgrowthhub.com/ hertfordshire-growth-package or call 0844 725 5575.

Exploring the magic of Herts On 1 & 2 April, Hertfordshire’s second Big Weekend event, saw a record-breaking 19,462 applications for tickets in this year’s ballot. Over 50 attractions from across the county welcomed hundreds of Hertfordshire residents to join in with the celebrations throughout the weekend. Visit Herts are also celebrating the Year of Literary Heroes throughout 2017, the stunning countryside and marvellous market towns of Hertfordshire have long been inspiring writers to put pen to paper whilst in residence in the county. Follow in their footsteps and discover the haunts of JK Rowling, George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell and Beatrix Potter. You can find literary related events and activities taking place in Hertfordshire at www.visitherts.co.uk

Are you looking to rent a garage? Visit www.threerivers.gov.uk and see the areas with vacant garages and complete an on-line application form.

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Children have been enjoying an exciting mixture of new play equipment which includes a zip wire, jungle swing, flying saucer, climbing tower with tube slide and lots more. The next part of this work is to refurbish the tennis courts, develop a multiuse games area, provide new seating and install table tennis tables. These new facilities will be supported by an activity programme and at a later stage, a skate park will be created. These works are in partnership with Abbots Langley Parish Council. Restoration and Conservation in Leavesden Country Park If successful with a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid, the heritage associated with the area will be celebrated and provide a legacy for the Leavesden Hospitals, Aerodrome and Film Studios. With support from Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, a Heritage Trail, known as Minds, Machines & Movies will be built highlighting the significance of these institutions and their remarkable community impact. The bid to HLF, which distributes money raised by National Lottery also includes restoration work to the lychgate, railings, the existing Edwardian Garden and creation of a new Rememberance Garden in memory of those who spent their lives in the hospitals on site. Learning & Sharing In partnership with the YMCA there is a Community Activities Co-ordinator providing a range of events and park based activities. A full time Park Ranger post initiating projects in Leavesden Country Park

is planned along with a new Heritage Wildlife Centre. This facility will provide a hub for visitors and local groups including display and interpretation boards explaining the history and biodiversity of the site (subject to funding and planning). Arts & Culture an update by the Henderson Hub After years of planning, things are finally starting to take shape at The Henderson Hub - an exciting new community led arts project in Abbots Langley. The Henderson Hub is being developed for visitors to experience a range of visual, literary and performing arts and arts related activities. The project has been made possible by funding from various organisations, including Three Rivers District Council, without whose support the project would not have been possible. The main hall now boasts a movable tiered seating system and state of the art surround sound which has totally transformed the hall and enhanced the audience experience. Further refurbishments are underway which will result in an accessible space with a community arts centre, a permanent exhibition area and coffee lounge. The Hall is widely used for shows by local amateur drama groups, as well as popular films (FilmHub). Further art exhibitions and interactive workshops are planned along with more free community events, with live screenings of events such as Wimbledon, Trooping the Colour and Strictly Come Dancing final. www.henderson-hub.org.uk For all the latest infomation visit the new website www.abbotslangleyleisureproject.com

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YORK HOUSE SCHOOL Co-educational Preparatory Day School | 3 to 13 years

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Come and explore a brighter future for your child... • Small class sizes with a broad and exciting academic curriculum. • Excellent sporting provision and a remarkable range of co-curricular activities. • Set in 47 acres and accredited with the award Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC). EST. 1910

Sarratt Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 4LW 01923 772395 | www.york-house.com Bursaries available. Administered by Charitable Trust No. 311076

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Getting Together Clubs

Community Cars

Getting Together clubs bring older people together across Watford and Three Rivers. Each session includes an exercise session, a range of other activities to get involved in and lunch can be arranged. There is always plenty of socialising, learning, making friends, sharing experiences and having fun. We have also launched local coffee clubs, which you might like to drop into.

Community Cars provides essential journeys for those unable to use public transport. We provide transport for those with mobility or sensory issues as well as those recovering from ill health. Community Cars serves residents across Watford and Three Rivers and provides a safe, reliable and affordable service. Our team of friendly volunteer drivers use their own cars to provide transport to medical appointments, social engagements, shopping and much more. Journeys are charged at 45p per mile. For more information please call 01923 216964 or visit www.communitycars.help

For more information or to find your local club please call 01923 216967 or visit

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Can you help us support local older people? W3RT delivers a range of services to support local older people. We couldn’t deliver our services without the support of our wonderful volunteers. Right now we desperately need more volunteer drivers to help provide journeys for our Community Cars service and club helpers to support our Getting Together clubs. If you think you can help then we would love to hear from you. For more information please call 01923 216965.

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Fun runs

Herts Vision Loss

Moor Park 10k The 16th annual Moor Park 10k will take place on Sunday 1 October 2017 at Merchant Taylors’ School. The junior events begin at 11.45am and the Moor Park 10k itself starts at 3.00pm. These popular, traffic-free events, have gained a reputation for being a fun, family day with lots going on including a fun fair, bouncy castles and games. All proceeds go to the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. www.moorpark10k.org.uk Abbots Langley Tough Ten The 35th Anniversary of the Abbots Langley Tough Ten Races will also take place on Sunday, 1 October. As a tribute to their friend and supporter, and one-time participant, the event will be renamed for this year “The Abbots Langley Graham Taylor Tough Ten”. Graham spent many years starting the races, awarding medals and trophies. A Community Cup will be awarded to the school/team/group showing the best community effort. www.tough10.co.uk The Ricky Road Run On 29 October 2017, for the 34th year, The Ricky Road Run will be taking place. Each year the event is organised in association with Affinity Water to raise money for three amazing charities - WaterAid, KitAid and a local charity. Entries to sign up as a runner or marshal are open now. www.rickyroadrun.co.uk

Herts Vision Loss is now in its 102nd year. Their mission is to support and empower people in Hertfordshire who are blind or who have a visual impairment.  They do this in many ways, including providing education and information, home visits, dedicated counselling service, social activities and support groups. They also empower sufferers to seek out new skills and help with rehabilitation services and support, as well as offering demonstrations and support with the purchasing of relevant gadgets and equipment. For more information, visit www.hertsvisionloss.org.uk or call 01707 324680.

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Handley Page Halifax bombers built and flight tested at Leavesden Aerodrome

Celebrating the history of Abbots Langley Photo from ALLHS Parish Archive, Derrick Flowers collection

The Abbots Langley Local History Society was founded in 1994 and has 170 members. Between September and May, a programme of illustrated talks on topics of historical interest is held annually at the Manor House Sports & Social Centre in Abbots Langley. During the summer, the Society organises a series of guided history walks around the village and local area, and hosts a biennial Archive Day as part of the Abbots Langley Festival of Arts. The Society’s twice-yearly journal records and re-lives many facets of past life and the website includes a searchable parish photo archive. www.allhs.org.uk Both the Council and History Society would be interested to hear from any residents who have historical images of Leavesden Hospital, Aerodrome, Rolls Royce Factory and Film Studios or know of somebody who does. Both organisations are hoping to create a treasure trove of photos for people to enjoy and pass onto the next generation. Please contact both leisure@threerivers.gov.uk and info@allhs.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

towards purchasing equipment or carrying out improvements to a building. Applications of up to £10,000 are welcomed.

Grants for organisations The Council operates a programme of grants for not-for-profit community organisations or charities. The types of grants available are as follows: ‘Leisure & Community Grants’ offer a way to support the costs of setting up a new activity or helping to promote what a group already does. The maximum Leisure & Community grant award is £3,000. ‘Capital Grants’ could contribute

There are two application rounds each financial year with closing dates in the current financial year being 24 July 2017 and 9 Feb 2018.  Please note that grant applications for up to £300 can be submitted all year round. In 2016/17 grants were awarded to organisations including Share the Road Cycle Club, ASCEND, Bushey Cricket Club, Sarratt Tennis Club, South Oxhey Boxing Club, Watford & District MENCAP, Herts Collective, Rickmansworth Waterways Trust and HomeStart Watford & Three Rivers. For information on how to apply, visit www.threerivers.gov.uk or contact 01923 776611.

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Get Active in Three Rivers

‘Lunch club’s move to Mill End a roaring success’ The Royal Voluntary Service Lunch Club recently moved to Mill End Community Centre from the Bury and has seen an increase in the number of diners who use the club. However, the charity is now calling on local people to give up a couple of hours of their time each week to become a volunteer. Tricia Hegde, Royal Voluntary Service Lunch Club Manager, said: “The lunch club provides an opportunity for older people to have a tasty meal in the company of others and it makes a real difference to the lives of those who attend. To ensure the club continues to be a success, we need new volunteers who are willing to lend a hand.” The lunch club offers delicious cooked lunches (two course meal plus tea/coffee is £5) on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you are interested in having a meal or becoming a volunteer please contact 01992 552069 or hertfordgn@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

We aim to give you all the information you need to help you get active and keep active! Our website has everything you need to know about things to do in the area and support we can give you to start getting active today. ‘Every step counts’, so start with our 10 minute guides to getting active and see what you can do today! We are all about increasing opportunities for sport and physical activity in Three Rivers. If you’ve got something to promote you can add your club or event to our website noticeboard at www.activethreerivers.co.uk

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Thursday 28th September 2017-From 5.30pm to 9.00pm The School will be open to all those applying for entry in September 2018. The Headteacher will speak at 5.45pm, 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8.00pm and 8.45pm The application form and prospectus will be available at the Open Evening or from the School website.

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Holiday Crimes As summer approaches and more of us go away on holiday it’s important we think of about the security of our homes prior to going away. Below are some tips we’d offer to make your home look lived in:

i Use automatic timer switches to turn on your lights and radios around the house when it goes dark.

i Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keep safe’ service they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away.

i Trusted neighbours or family/friends may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and parking their car on your driveway.

Think safe A new project to educate vulnerable adults about keeping safe is being hailed a success. Representatives from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Rickmansworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, Community Learning Disability Team and Watford Mencap teamed up to deliver the ‘Think Safe’ course to help adults with learning disabilities in the town. ‘Think Safe’ is designed to give the attendees an understanding of how to keep themselves safe from crime, and when issues arise, how to interact with each of the agencies and gain confidence in speaking to their local police, fire fighters and social workers. During the program, the participants take part in role play exercises; learn about the different strands of abuse and personal, fire and road safety.

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events The Council’s Older People’s Awareness and Learning (OPAL) events offer older residents (60+) the opportunity to sample some of the help and support. These include advice on safety inside and outside the home, cold callers, rogue traders and consumer issues, health and well-being, scams and how to avoid them.

Upcoming events include: Gade Valley Friday 28 July 11am–3pm Tanners Wood Hall, WD5 0LA Choreywood Thursday 7 September 11am–3pm War Memorial Hall, Chorleywood WD3 5LN, Carpenders Park Thursday 21 September 10am–2pm Community Hall WD19 5EG Call 01923 77661 or book at my.threerivers.gov.uk

i Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites To prevent burglaries from sheds or garages, we would recommend that: Wooden garage double doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks, one towards the top and one towards the bottom. Garage side or rear doors can be secured with the British Standard 5-lever mortise locks and two internal mortise rack bolts, one towards the top and one towards the bottom to reduce the leverage points.

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Protect yourself against identity fraud Don’t throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first. If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call from what appears to be your bank or building society asking for your security details, never reveal your full password, login details or account numbers. Be aware that a bank will never ask for your PIN or for a whole security number or password. If you are concerned about the source of a call, wait five minutes and call your bank from a different telephone making sure there is a dialing tone. Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or financial service provider concerned. Don’t leave things like bills lying around for others to look at. If you’re expecting a bank or credit card statement and it doesn’t arrive, tell your bank or Credit Card Company. If you move house, ask Royal Mail to redirect your post for at least a year.

New services open in Three Rivers Herts Mind Network is providing two new services to residents: The Domestic Abuse Caseworker service is a confidential service for individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse. The Community Support Service will provide onward referral and support to people who are experiencing mental ill health. The service will help individuals to resolve difficulties, such as maintaining tenancies, or issues such as hoarding. my.threerivers.gov.uk 01923 776611.

47% of people don’t know that they’re responsible in law if their waste is fly tipped by a third party. If YOU give waste to someone to dispose of, YOU need to check they are licensed.  Ask for the Waste Carriers Licence and check if they are registered via www.environment-agency.gov.uk

It is particularly helpful to check your personal credit file 2-3 months after you have moved house.

Keeping your plates safe Over the last few years the police have seen an increase in number plates being stolen and fixed to vehicles used in crimes. The three neighbourhood policing teams have been busy ensuring residents’ number plates are adequately secured to their vehicles. PCSO’s have been fitting tamperproof number plate screws to vehicles. So far over 150 vehicles have been fitted with tamperproof screws. To receive local police updates sign up to OWL via www.owl.co.uk/herts or visit www.herts.police.uk

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Food banks Food banks generally provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis. Organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau usually refer people to a food bank, but individuals can also refer themselves.

Users will receive a voucher for the food banks if they meet the criteria. Three Rivers-based food banks listed below, and supported by The Trussell Trust: Rickmansworth Foodbanks Food can be picked up from the Methodist Church (Berry Lane), Croxley Green Baptist Church, St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth Citizens Advice Bureau. www.rickmansworth.foodbank. org.uk 07716856892 Watford Foodbank Food pick up from South Oxhey Baptist Church.  www.watford.foodbank.org.uk 01923 804435 / 07925 813027

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Job clubs These are generally for the unemployed or recent graduates, helping people to enhance their work skills. The clubs within the Three Rivers District are: Mill End Community Centre Job Club Every Wednesday 10am to 11.30am for new people, 1 to 3pm for registered people. Drop in or call 01923 493344. www.millendcc.co.uk South Oxhey Job Club Step-Up Learning & Wellbeing Centre (Oxhey Drive) - Every Friday 1 to 4pm for new people, 1 to 3pm for registered people. Drop in or call  0208 420 1364. www.ascend.org.uk

New county wide dementia service Age UK Hertfordshire has teamed up with other community and voluntary groups to offer a new and exciting service called ‘Hertswise’.  Launched in June 2017, the innovative countywide service is designed to support people with dementia, low level memory loss or mild cognitive impairment as well as their friends, family and carers. Hertswise can offer group based activities, individual 1-1 support and provide information and advice, on areas such as claiming benefits, community care and health services. Hertswise give carers a chance to relax and share their experiences and a small contribution towards the cost of the service will be requested. For more information, call Herts Help on 0300 123 4044 who will have access to a multitude of services within Hertfordshire.

Three Rivers’ residents getting more active Figures released from Sport England’s latest participation survey ‘Active Lives’ shows more local residents are now getting active and taking part in sport and physical activity than ever before. For full survey results and to find out more about getting active in your area, including local classes and events visit www.activethreerivers.co.uk

Volunteering for health walks Do you want to get more active and get outdoors, meet new people and feel healthier? The health walk team is looking for volunteers to lead walks in Mill End, Maple Cross and South Oxhey. Leading Health Walks is a great way to help others in your community to feel healthier and fitter by taking regular exercise. There’s no expectation of

time commitment – you can lead once a month or once a week, it’s up to you! Being a walk leader or back marker is flexible, fun and rewarding. All leaders receive free, nationallycertified, walk leader training and become part of a network of over 300 volunteer leaders. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ healthwalks 01992 588433.

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Scores on the doors The Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities, operate the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, with its distinctive black and green stickers. It’s used across the country to help people identify which food businesses are taking the greatest care to serve safe food to their customers. This summer, Public Health England (PHE) will be relaunching its campaign, Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory Symptoms. It aims to raise awareness of certain symptoms that could be a sign of heart or lung disease or even cancer. Getting breathless doing normal, everyday activities or having a persistent cough lasting three weeks or more could be a sign of one of these illnesses. Anyone, particularly if aged over 50, who experiences these symptoms should see their GP. Jo Broadbent, Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health at PHE East of England, said: “If you have a persistent cough or find you are getting out of breath easier than you used to, please visit your doctor for a chat. Don’t ignore it. Chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is, the sooner it gets diagnosed the better the chances are of treating it effectively.”

It’s not easy to judge hygiene standards of premises on appearance alone, so the rating gives you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen of restaurants, pubs, cafes and other eating establishments. You can easily check the ratings and use the information to choose a place with a higher rating at www.food.gov.uk/ratings or if you’re out and about check for the green and black sticker. If you can’t see one just ask the business.

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Bowled over by grant Croxley Green Bowls Club recently received an £8,960 grant from Three Rivers District Council to replace the paved areas surrounding the bowling green – making it safer and more accessible to users. The works, which have now been completed, have made a massive difference to the club. Sue Judge from Croxley Bowls said “the new paving enhances the area but also more importantly it has made it safer to walk on especially for those with walking difficulties.” “We were also successful with a grant from the Big Lottery fund which has enabled us to complete further works.” For more details contact Sue on 01923 442537. 2017

Go welly-wading down at Scotsbridge, run down the dell at Manor House Grounds, enjoy tree climbing at the Aquadrome, build a den at Leavesden Country Park or make a camp fire and toast marshmallows at Croxley Hall Woods. Sounds exciting? Then come and join our Play Rangers this summer! We will be out doing free, fun and risk- taking activities weekdays from Monday 24 July until Friday 25 August. Don’t forget, we are also out in the community weekdays during term time. A great way to end the school day at our after-school timed sessions. Check out our website for locations and times for both our term time and summer sessions. www.playrangers.co.uk

Extra playing time at Three Rivers’ Playschemes Playschemes provide an affordable and fun choice of activities during the summer holidays. Come and have an unforgettable time with scientists from the Science Museum, make wounds or have henna designed by a face and body artist. You can also toast marshmallows on a camp fire and much more!

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Monday 31 July - Friday 18 August 10am - 4pm

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This is a drop-in service. Young people are free to sign in and out throughout the day. All activities are run and staffed by Three Rivers District Council or external providers. Parents must be contactable at all times.

To register email leisure@threerivers.gov.uk or call 01923 776611 with your child’s name, dates attending and a contact telephone number

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Let’s dance! Dance benefits the body and the mind and five minutes of dancing makes people think more sharply and laterally, so maybe it’s time to get those dancing shoes back on. The social and inclusive activities will lead to improvements in balance, strength and gait To book call 01923 776611 or and are beneficial in the visit www.threerivers.gov.uk direct treatment of a number Love to Dance of conditions, so join us at Informal fun and friendly the following classes: dance classes for all levels Tea Dances of fitness. Learn new Whether it’s the Charleston, choreographed routines the Waltz or the Shimmy, from a variety of dance Mr Wonderful the resident styles such as salsa, line DJ will be playing the tunes dancing, jive, and meet new and getting you up on the likeminded people over free dance floor at Chorleywood tea and coffee. Sessions take Memorial Hall. There is a place every Thursday 12.30pm FREE minibus service with - 2.30pm at Rickmansworth pick up’s from Croxley Baptist Church. Community Car Park, Community Way at 12.45pm Dance for Parkinson’s These classes provide and Watersmeet, High opportunities for people Street, Rickmansworth at with Parkinson’s to develop 1pm. Our next Tea Dance their flexibility and instil will be held on Tuesday confidence whilst assisting 4 July between 1.30pm movement and balance. 4pm as well as Tuesday 19 September and Tuesday 17 Classes run at William Penn Leisure Centre Thursday’s October. from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Playschemes will run from Monday 24 July to Friday 18 August 2017 from 8.30am to 5pm, giving extra play time for children. Three Rivers residents £17 per day, Non-residents £25 per day. Referral places available. For more information call 01923 776611 or visit www.threerivers.gov.uk

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Scotsbridge Astro Building work for a new artificial grass pitch will be starting at Scotsbridge playing fields, with funding

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Jane Cousins exhibition at Watersmeet Tuesday 11 July – Friday 25 August 2017 This summer Artistsmeet features Jane Cousins, whose new collection of work based around maps of the local area will invite you to look at Rickmansworth from a new perspective! Inspired by the geometry of rooftops, and the shadows of buildings as they appear on the ground, Jane uses satellite imagery which is

Club, will be open to all community groups for hire for a range of sports is the result of years of preparation by club members. www.scotsbridgeastro.co.uk

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Boat building workshops!

Jane will be running a series of ‘boat building’ workshops for all ages, where you can learn how to create your own papier mache or origami boat, inspired by the art on show. Activities are suitable for all ability levels, materials will be provided and booking is required in advance. For more information email elaine.johnson@threerivers.gov.uk

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Heritage Day On Saturday 6 May 2017, the Handmade Heritage Day in Leavesden Country Park saw local history groups, museums, archive services and visual artists all provide captivating displays and activities which enabled people to learn, share their own stories and celebrate the heritage of the park. People created artworks for display in the park and to take home, as well as participate in a ‘Living History’ walk which was led by costumed

rendered in machine stitch over layers of fabric or recycled maps to create stunning pieces of artwork. Adding detail such as brick textures or the outlines of a building’s elevations observed during visits to the streets concerned, really brings these pieces to life.

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Over 100 women and girls are now taking part in netball classes during term time every week across Three Rivers. Classes are suitable for everyone regardless of age or ability and led by experienced coaches. Junior Netball Wednesdays from 4.15-5pm and 5.15-6pm at William Penn Leisure Centre (£3) Back to Netball Mondays from 1.45pm2.45pm at William Penn Leisure Centre (£2) and Wednesdays from 8pm-9pm at St Clement Danes School (£3) Netball Now Tuesdays from 8pm-9pm at Nuffield Health Royal Masonic School for Girls (£4) Walking Netball Tuesdays from 12.30pm1.30pm at William Penn Leisure Centre (£2)

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Get Set activities are aimed to increase accessibility to leisure activities for those with a disability. This summer we Come along, have fun, make friends have adventure packed days and try something new at Phasels Wood Activity Centre, Kings Langley WD4 9NA for young people aged 8+ with disabilities and their families. Exciting activities include Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Climbing Walls, Bungee Trampolines and Zip Wires. Book on for a ton of fun for £10 per person. Wednesday 16 August Wednesday 30 August 11am- 3pm 11am – 3pm Air Rifles, Bungee Archery, Bungee Trampolines Underground Trampolines, Zip Wires Tunnels (potholing) For your copy of the latest Get Set activity programme Wednesday 23 August and to book your place and 11am – 3pm make payment call Archery, Ridgeline Climbing 01923 776611. Wall, Zip Wires y

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characters from Leavesden Hospital’s past. The day was also an opportunity to showcase work created from the Handmade Heritage Project, which saw the history groups and artists visit local schools and community groups beforehand. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, the legacy of the Handmade Heritage Project and event in the park has continued, with a special screening of a film at the Henderson Hub, capturing footage of people’s involvement.

Free swim sessions for under 19 year olds from 24 July to 1 September This offer is open to Three Rivers residents only and advance registration will be required for new participants. For full details of venues and times call 01923 776611 or visit www.threerivers.gov.uk

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Angels inAmerica

Part I Thurs 7 September Part 2 Thurs 14 September

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FAMILY FILM

Cars 3* 28, 29, 30 August 1hr 49mins (PG) FAMILY FILM Times vary, call for details Spider-Man: Homecoming Wednesday 30 August Duration and Certificate TBC 2pm, 5pm & 8pm Gifted Thursday 21 September 1hr 41mins (12A) 2pm, 7.45pm

Under 18s dance auditions for this year’s pantomime

Their Finest Thursday 19 October 1hr 57mins (12A) 2pm, 7.45pm

Sunday 10 September 2017 at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth Rickmansworth Players presents: Made in Dagenham the Musical 22 - 25 November Tickets: £16.50 adults, £15 concessions

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge Saturday 5 August 2hrs 9 mins (12A) 2pm, 5pm & 8pm 

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Thursday 31 August 7pm

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Baywatch Friday 4 August 1hr 56mins (15) 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Friday 21 July 2hrs 6mins (12A) 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

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Salome

Thursday 6 July, 7pm Vienna Festival Ballet presents: The Sleeping Beauty 20 October

£1 per ticket booking fee applies

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s ground-breaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and around the world. Watersmeet will screen these either as ‘Live’ from the theatre or as ‘Encores’ at a later date.

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Rickmansworth Society Market 14 October 10an - 1pm £1 adults, children free

Viceroy’s House Thursday 20 July 1hr 46mins (12A) 2pm & 7.45pm

s £12.50 adult £10 children

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Songs from Stage and Screen featuring the Harrow Apollo Male Choir with guest soprano Abigail Harris 8 October Tickets: £15/£12 and £8 child, family ticket £40

You must be aged between 8 – 18 and able to commit to the full run of 7 - 31 December 2017.

Rules Don’t Apply Thursday 16 November 2hrs 4mins (12A) 2pm, 7.45pm

If you are interested please contact:

auditions@jordanproductionsltd.co.uk and put ‘Rickmansworth – Beauty and the Beast’ in the subject title.

* Film to be confirmed

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For more information and prices visit www.watersmeet.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01923 711063

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GET ACTIVE

Get Active

in Three Rivers M O N D A Y T U E S D A Y

W E D N E S D A Y T H U R S D A Y F R I D A Y

S A T U R D A Y

Time/Date

Activity

Venue

Cost

10.30am – 11.20am

Nordic Walking

The Aquadrome, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB

£5

12noon - 1pm

Over 60’s Swimming

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

FREE

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Back to Netball

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

£2 (1st session FREE)

8am - 9am

Over 60’s Swimming

Watford Leisure Centre, Woodside, WD25 7HH

FREE

9am - 10am

Over 60’s Swimming

Sir James Altham Swimming Pool, WD19 6FW

FREE

12.30pm -1.30pm

Walking Netball

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

£2 (1st session FREE)

1.30pm - 4pm (14 July, 19 September)

Tea Dance

Chorleywood Memorial Hall, WD3 5LN

£4 dancers £2.50 non dancers

2.45pm - 3.45pm

Keep Fit

All Saints Church, WD3 3HJ

£4

8pm - 9pm

Netball Now

Nuffield Health RMS, WD3 4HF

£4

9am - 10am

Over 60’s Swimming

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

FREE

10am - 11.30am (5, 12 & 19 July)

Get Set Trampolining

Watford Leisure Centre, Woodside, WD25 7HH

£2 per session (booking and payment in advance)

10.30am - 11.30am (5, 12 & 19 July)

Get Set Games

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

£2

11am - 12noon

Tai Chi

Age UK, Clitheroe Club, WD19 6RP

£2

8pm - 9pm

Back to Netball

St Clement Danes School, WD3 6EW

£3

12noon - 1pm

Over 60’s Swimming

Sir James Altham Swimming Pool, WD19 6FW

FREE

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Dance for Parkinson’s

William Penn Leisure Centre, WD3 8JN

£3 (carers go FREE)

12.30pm - 2.30pm

Love to Dance

Rickmansworth Baptist Church, WD3 1EH

£3 (1st session FREE)

10am - 11.30am (7 & 21July)

Get Set Dance

The Centre, South Oxhey, WD19 7AX

£2 per session (pay on the day)

10am - 11.30am (14 July)              

Get Set Sport

The Centre, South Oxhey, WD19 7AX

£2 per session (pay on the day)

10am - 11am

Nordic Walking NEW

Leavesden Country Park

£5

3pm - 4pm

Over 60’s Swimming

Watford Leisure Centre, Woodside, WD25 7HH

FREE

9am

parkrun

South Oxhey Playing Fields, WD19 4LT

FREE

9am

parkrun

The Aquadrome, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB

FREE

10am - 11am

Mini Tennis Coaching

South Oxhey Playing Fields, WD19 4LT

£3

11am - 12am

Junior Tennis Coaching

South Oxhey Playing Fields, WD19 4LT

£3

11am - 12am

Adult Tennis Coaching

South Oxhey Playing Fields, WD19 4LT

£3

10.30am - 11.30am

Mini Tennis Coaching

Scotsbridge Playing Fields WD3 1AT

£4

11.30am - 12.30pm

Adult Tennis Coaching

Scotsbridge Playing Fields WD3 1AT

£4

For more information call 01923 776611or email leisure@threerivers.gov.uk www.th re e r i ve rs.g ov.u k

4-11years

11+

16+

All ages

Disability

50+

Sessions weekly unless specified Session details are correct at the time of going to print (June 2017).

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Rickmansworth Gymnastics Holiday Club

RGC will be running holiday sessions at the Royal Masonic School during the Summer Holidays for members and non-members for children aged 5 and older. Gymnasts will have the opportunity to work towards their British Gymnastics awards and testing will take place on the Thursdays. Please pack your child lunch and a drink. If you choose to extend your day and book trampolining as well, we provide child care between 1.30 - 2.00pm.

GYMNASTICS 9.30am - 1.30pm

TRAMPOLINING 2pm - 3pm

July 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st August 1st, 2nd, 3rd

July 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st August 1st, 2nd, 3rd

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Storing renewable energy Energy storage enables reliable, renewable electricity supply 24 hours a day, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Large-scale energy storage is an emerging technology for the UK, but Kings Langley-based RES has built itself a strong reputation in the sector, with 147 MW of capacity constructed or under development around the world.

ParksHerts app To help you make the most of our parks and open spaces, we’ve teamed up with nine local authorities to bring you ParksHerts, which will officially launch during Love Parks Week (14 to 23 July). ParksHerts is a web application that contains information on Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces to encourage you to explore our valuable local spaces and to help you make outdoor exercise a part of your everyday life. Users will be able to find their perfect park by selecting filters based on what activities they want and the facilities offered.  So whether it’s to let the kids run about, walk the dog, relax in nature or to get fit, ParksHerts will help you get out in Hertfordshire. It’s compatible with all mobile devices and tablets, so you can find out more about our parks whilst you’re out and about. It can track your location, so you can find the nearest toilets, discover more about the history of the area or find a new route to explore. You can also like us on Facebook: ParksHerts, or follow us on twitter: @ParksHerts and Instagram: ParksHerts. or visit www.parksherts.co.uk

RES has now built its first battery storage system in the UK, to trial a range of different functions that can improve solar farm economics, smooth out local supply and demand, and stabilise voltage and frequency on the grid. Having completed the 0.3 MW storage site for WPD, RES is now in the process of developing a further 55 MW of storage for the National Grid in the UK, to be brought online by early 2018. This means an end to estimated bills. The portable home displays energy you are using. They are available at no extra charge regardless of how you pay for your energy.

Smart meters are coming By 2020 every household in Three Rivers District will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to gas and electricity smart meters.

There are strict new regulations and codes of practice to keep smart meter data private, secure and safe. To find out more, contact your energy supplier directly or visit smartenergygb.org

Composting Don’t forget home composting is a great way to improve the quality of your garden soil for free. To get the mix for good compost right you need a range of dry items such as leaves, shredded paper, dead plants and wet items such as tea bags, vegetable peelings and grass. Visit www.herts.getcomposting.com for discounts for home composters for Hertfordshire residents.

Garston, Waterdale (A405) Saturday to Wednesday.

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The Woodland Trust has plenty of suggestions to get people in the Three Rivers area out in the countryside over the summer and beyond. The conservation charity’s Nature’s Calendar survey asks people to record when they see signs of seasonal activity such as trees leafing, flowers blooming and migratory birds arriving. Recording evidence of seasonal changes helps scientists understand the impacts of climate change on flora and fauna. A good thing to keep an eye out for in July onwards is the first ripe blackberries! Another way to encourage everyone in the family to get outdoors is to apply for one of the Trust’s Tree Party Packs and ‘invite a tree to tea’. These free packs contain ideas, recipes and activities to use while having a picnic during the summer months as well as other goodies to entertain the children. And if all this outdoor activity has inspired you then why not apply for some free trees to plant in a public space? The Trust is attempting to plant 64m trees across the UK by 2025, one for every person in the country. It has a range of tree packs available for people to choose from, including trees which provide year round colour, species which support wildlife or even ‘working wood’ which will provide trees to coppice for log burners or weave and carve. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Fly tipping prosecutions Make your trip to Household Waste Recycling Centres easier, pre-sort your waste and check the opening hours. If your local site is closed see which other sites near you are open. www.wasteaware.org.uk

For more information on recycling visit: www.threerivers.gov.uk www.wasteaware.org.uk

If you go down to the woods…

Rickmansworth, Riverside Drive, Thursday to Monday. Normal opening hours 10am-6pm

A builder has been fined more than £1,200 for fly tipping in South Oxhey. Robert Wiaderek, was found guilty of paying a man £100 to remove the waste from his garden in December, but was prosecuted for failing to check if he had the correct licence. Investigations are ongoing to find the fly tipper. Duncan Jones, Chairman of the Herts Fly Tipping Group says “There have been over 14,000 incidents of fly tipping in Hertfordshire since April 2016. A lot of these are incidents where household waste has been incorrectly disposed of or passed to illegal waste operators.” A recent operation to tackle fly tipping and crime in Three Rivers achieved 27 positive outcomes, which included fines for lack of waste carriers licence, vehicles were seized and intelligence was gathered for Trading Standards.

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Herons at Stocker’s Lake

© Paul Thrush

Every stage in the lifecycle of Grey herons can be seen at Stocker’s Lake, in Rickmansworth. In January, when other species are still concentrating on surviving the winter, the usually solitary grey herons are getting together to breed. They gather in large numbers in favoured locations, with around 25 pairs congregating at Stocker’s. These same heronries are used for generations.

Get cash for local projects Do you know a community project that could do with a cash injection? Apply for a grant through the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme. The scheme, which is administered by community charity Groundwork, has already ploughed millions of pounds into community projects across the country. In Three Rivers, ASCEND has recently bagged £2,000 for its Dig Deep community allotment project in South Oxhey. Christine Wyard, ASCEND’s Project Director, said, “We are delighted to receive this money to support the development of accessible areas and we can now start to plan raised beds, sensory planting and pathways that are more wheelchair accessible.” To find out more about the scheme or to apply, visit www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco or contact your local Bags of Help Enabler at hertfordshire@groundwork.org.uk or call 01707 260129. Grants are awarded every two months following an in-store vote by Tesco customers. Rickmansworth charity, 9 Lives Furniture, is delighted to announce the opening of a new ‘Emporium’ showroom space. The new showroom will be stocked with Vintage and Antique furniture pieces, items ‘Up-Cycled’ by students and volunteers in its workshop, plus quality china, vintage linen, and a range of homemade and re-cycled items.

More in Store at 9 Lives’ Emporium!

9 Lives Furniture also provides training and work experience for people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health. It also offers a range of volunteering opportunities. www.9livesfurniture.org.uk 25 Wharf Lane, WD3 1HA 01923 718666

Collecting garden waste Don’t forget the Council offers a garden waste collection service. If you want to sign up and pay for this service please visit my.threerivers.gov.uk. A reminder that garden waste, food waste and recycling should not be placed in your refuse bin. One brown bin costs £35, additional second and third bins are charged at £70 each. For full details of the service, visit www.threerivers.gov.uk

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In April, around 40 days after hatching the juveniles can be seen taking flying lessons around the lake. Come July and there are many more herons living in the area, feeding on fish, amphibians and even small mammals. You can distinguish the young herons at this time of year by their duller plumage, paler bill (adult’s beaks are bright orange) and the lack of a black crest on their head. www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

Enjoying your waterways The charity Canal & River Trust is proud to have hundreds of wonderful waterside places to visit where lasting memories are made. Here are just a few ideas for a fun day alongside the canal: Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch alfresco style alongside the canal whilst watching the colourful boats float by. Take a trip on the water. Enjoy a boat ride or hire your own for a day and explore your local canal from a different perspective. You can also feed the ducks. This activity never gets old and there are always plenty of ducks grateful for the odd snack. Be creative with the snacks though - avoid giving them bread and instead treat them to left-overs like salads, kale, lettuce, porridge oats, sweetcorn, rice and peas. Ducks need a varied diet to be healthy. Bread doesn’t have much nutritional value

and fills ducks up so they don’t forage for foods they would naturally eat, which can lead to malnutrition. Uneaten soggy bread can cause a build-up of bad nutrients which can lead to greater algal growth, spread disease and encourage pests such as rats. It also creates excessive amounts of droppings which, along with being smelly and slippery

underfoot, can reduce water quality and clog waterways with harmful algae. For more information visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Countryside Management Service free advice Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service offers free advice and support on land management for landowners and community groups. They can help you manage a local green space or provide guidance on an improvement project. If you’re wondering about the best way to restore a village pond, how to plant a new hedgerow, or looking for ideas to encourage wildlife around a playing field, you can use their free service. This includes an advisory visit to your site and written recommendations on management. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/cms

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Employment and education

The world of education, training and funding can be complex and difficult to navigate. There are countless websites that explain some of the puzzle but none that explain it all. Skillmakers, with its Hertfordshire focus, is designed to tackle this issue. The free-to-use webbased service, backed up

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by a helpline, demystifies complex information and avoids jargon. It has pulled together all the information a business needs to allow it to make better decisions on recruitment, integration of its business into their local community and skills and training. For more information, contact Richard Moore on 0770 375 5517 or visit www.skillmakers.co.uk

Apprenticeships Thinking about hiring an apprentice? Apprenticeships are a great way to improve your business. An apprentice can be moulded to fit your business needs and boost your productivity. West Herts College offers a wide range of apprenticeship provision to help you find the perfect apprentice. While apprentices complete some study at the College, the majority of their time will be spent in the workplace. The apprenticeship levy officially launched on 6 April 2017. The levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships. Contact 01923 812067 to find out more about how an apprentice can help your business.

Local Degree apprentices take their first steps Local employees from Vauxhall in Luton and Stevenage Borough Council have commenced their degree apprentices in Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Hertfordshire. Student Jessica Snook who works at Vauxhall said ‘I completed my A Levels but knew that going straight to University wasn’t what was best for me. A lot of employers now want you to have a degree but also have the work experience behind it. An apprenticeship is the best possible solution for this. I have so many career opportunities now’. The University currently offers a Chartered Manager programme and is developing degree apprenticeships for all 10 of its schools across a wide range of disciplines. www.go.herts.ac.uk/degreeapprenticeships

Don’t miss out on free money for university As the cost of going to university looks set to increase, with tuition fees and interest rates on students loans both rising this year, if you or someone you know is heading off to university, it is worth looking out for additional funding opportunities such as scholarships, grants or bursaries, which could help reduce the overall amount of money you end up owing. There are actually hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of scholarships available which many students are unaware of and despite popular belief you do not have to be an academic genius or really struggling financially to be eligible. There are scholarships available for all sorts of other reasons too. www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk

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BUSINESS

Energy efficiency Grants for businesses Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium sized enterprise grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover a third of the cost of installing energy saving measures, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. If you’re unsure what to apply for, an energy adviser can discuss potential projects by phone or email or can visit your site. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk

NOW LIVE! The Hertfordshire Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone is now live with the aim of creating thousands of new jobs focussing on environmental technologies. Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership created the zone in south-west Hertfordshire to help build on the world class expertise of its industry partners: Rothamsted Research, known globally for its work in agricultural science; and BRE, a world leader in the built environment. The zone is likely to have a major impact on surrounding districts and neighbouring counties. A range of Government incentives is available including business rate relief and access to superfast broadband. Businesses will also be able to seek pre-planning support and technical advice on sustainable designs and construction. Businesses wishing to register their interest can contact: info@hertfordshirelep.co.uk or visit www.hertsenterprisezone.com

Owning your own business can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. If you are not willing to invest all your time into your project, then being selfemployed may not be for you. Here are three things to ask yourself: Who wants your product or service? Ask yourself: who, apart from family and friends, has said that your product, service or idea is something that they would part with cash for? Make sure that you canvas a broad range of opinions regarding your product or service and how it will fit into people’s lives. How much would they pay for it? If you feel that you have a viable demand for your product or service, ask yourself how much your target audience would be willing to pay for it. Are they willing to pay a price that will leave you with both a happy customer and a profit in your pocket? How would you cope with demand and supply? If you have an interested target audience willing to pay for your product or service, now ask yourself: ‘can I physically supply them with what they will need to become satisfied customers?’ Make sure you have a clear indication of the resources you need to deliver to your customers. Visit: www.wenta.co.uk/hertsstartup for free business support.

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Staff, pupils, governors and parents are delighted to share the news that The Russell School has recently been graded as ‘good’ in all areas of the Ofsted inspection framework. The Headteacher, Mrs Claire Pitt attributes this achievement to the passion and commitment of staff to providing the very best learning opportunities for every child as well as the close co-operation between teachers, governors and parents. The school has successfully addressed action points which were set at the previous Ofsted inspection in March 2015, which took place shortly after a period of instability within the school. Staff and governors are particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised that pupils ‘make good progress across the curriculum and leave the school well placed for a successful start at secondary school.’ The inspection team also praised the work that has taken place to enable pupils to ‘make informed choices about the level of challenge in their work’ and recognised

that pupils respond well to this and enjoy challenging themselves. The school was recognised as being a ‘safe and nurturing environment in which pupils can flourish and succeed. As a result, pupils are friendly, thoughtful and respectful.’ Parental feedback was overwhelmingly positive, recognising the ‘enormous number of improvements introduced since the last inspection.’ Mr Doug King, Chair of Governors, adds that “The staff and governors are delighted that the Ofsted inspectors concluded that the Russell is a popular and effective school, and this pride on our good report is shared by the pupils. The new approaches to teaching, leadership and behaviour have transformed the school into a happy, thriving and successful member of the local community within a short period of time. We now look forward to building on the excellent progress made over the past 2 years”.

THE RUSSELL SCHOOL, BRUSHWOOD DRIVE, CHORLEYWOOD, HERTS WD3 5RR E: admin@russell.herts.sch.uk www.russell.herts.sch.uk

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SUMMER 2017 Welcome to Watersmeet From your first viewing of Watersmeet, through to the finishing touches of your event, whether you are staging a theatrical performance, a celebration or a corporate gathering, Watersmeet will see that your occasion is truly memorable. Because we understand the importance of organising a successful event, we focus all our attention on your needs and requirements. Watersmeet has a number of spaces available for hire which include: The Auditorium which has a capacity of 515 for theatre style presentations and large scale conferences and 250 for cabaret style events. The Colne Room has a capacity of up to 100 and can accommodate a variety of different set ups. Hire of this room includes use of a bar should you require this facility. Two reception areas: A downstairs foyer for you to meet and greet your guests and an upstairs foyer, with a fully stocked bar, which is ideal for breakout areas, drinks receptions and informal gatherings. Four refurbished dressing rooms: Two large dressing rooms are ideal for groups and the two smaller rooms can be used for VIPs and special guests. Kitchen facilities which can be used for either food preparation or finishing.

Events, Conferences and Celebrations Watersmeet is the ultimate venue for a wide range of events and have hosted everything from award ceremonies, product launches and wedding receptions to cultural events, ballets and full scale productions. The space within the venue can be decorated to reflect the theme of your choice to allow you to create your perfect occasion. The venue has a variety of rooms available for hire. The Auditorium has a unique floor that can transform from a fully raked theatre style set-up to a flat floor. The chairs can then be removed, a dance floor put down in a position of your choice, leaving the perfect space for dinner dances, cabarets and wedding receptions. If you are looking for something smaller, the Colne Room has a capacity of up to 100. Hire of this room includes use of a fully stocked bar should you require this facility. Watersmeet is also an ideal venue for large and smaller scale conferences, meetings, staff incentives, training courses and themed events. The upper and lower foyer areas are ideal for registering delegates or general socialising during breaks and in addition to a preparation kitchen, a full catering service is available on request.

The venue has a theatre loading bay and the stage can accommodate large sets and props including cars and trucks. Additional break-out areas are available which provide an ideal setting for roleplay scenarios and private meetings.

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H ire Watersmeet Perfect for your event, whatever the

occasion

Services We can offer a range of services to assist with your event. Box Office: We can offer a full Box Office service, covering advance tickets and door sales. We provide customers the flexibility to book online, by telephone or in person during our normal opening hours with extended opening hours during your event, with prior agreement. Front of House and Stewards: Included in your price will be the services of our Front of House Manager for the duration of your event and two stewards to assist with ushering, meet and greet duties and bar service. If additional assistance is required, we can provide extra staff for you at an additional charge. Technical Services: Watersmeet has all the facilities that you would expect at a theatre such as a full lighting rig, sound desk, head mics, follow spot and stage risers. We have a highly trained team who will assist you with your planning. For technical advice you can speak to our Technical Manager.

Watersmeet, Rickmanswor th WD3 1EH 01923 711063 www.wate rsmeet.co.uk versatile venue hir e

Marketing Services: Prior to your event our Marketing Manager will be happy to meet with you to discuss the promotion of your event in more detail. Catering: The Colne Room includes use of a bar, which will be stocked and staffed by Watersmeet. A second bar is also available in the upper foyer. A food preparation kitchen is available for visiting caterers. There will be an additional charge for hirers bringing their own alcoholic beverages into the venue.

Our hire rates are extremely competitive, but as no two events are ever the same, we like to tailor-make a price for you based on your specific requirements. If however you prefer something ‘off the peg’, then we have a selection of package prices available for parties, weddings and meetings. For further information or to arrange a tour of the venue, please call 01923 711063 or email watersmeet@threerivers.gov.uk

Please note that all our areas for hire have disabled access.

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DEMOCRATIC AND CIVIC ACTIVITY

Have your say on local issues Have your say on local issues at your next local area forum. Chorleywood and Sarratt Local Area Forum Monday 16 October 7.30pm at Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Sarratt, WD3 6AS Abbots Langley Local Area Forum Wednesday 1 November 7.30pm at The Manor House Sport and Social Club, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 0DD Croxley Green Local Area Forum Tuesday 21 November 7.30pm at Harvey Road School, WD3 3BN Rickmansworth Local Area Forum Thursday 23 November 7.30pm at Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL Watford Rural Local Area Forum Thursday 30 November 7.30pm at Parish Council Offices, Oxhey Drive, Watford WD19 7SB

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with the council, the services provided and the neighbourhood they live in.

Hertfordshire Omnibus Survey 2016-17 The latest results of the Hertfordshire Omnibus Survey are in. The survey uncovers the opinions of Three Rivers’ residents on matters such as satisfaction

Residents continue to be satisfied by the services provided by the Council, achieving one of the highest satisfaction ratings of all Hertfordshire district councils (74%) on the measure of how well the council ‘run things’. Sport and leisure facilities continue to attract very high levels of satisfaction (92%), as do the parks and open spaces (92% satisfaction). The key services of refuse and recycling collection, together with street cleaning have held up their satisfaction levels well (80%, 85% and 78% respectively). For the full report, please visit www.threerivers.gov.uk

Former Chairman raises cash for charity

Ascend, Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership and The Peace Hospice will receive cheques following an energetic year of fundraising by the former Chairman of Three Rivers District Council in 2016-17, Councillor Andrew Scarth.

Former Chairman, Andrew Scarth said: “I took the decision to put my Chairmanship in pole position during my one year

of service. As Chairman, I continued to help and assist residents and my charities whenever I can”. Residents’ can make a donation to the previous Chairman’s chosen charities on their respective websites.

Diana Barber

in the Chair Diana Barber, a Penn and Mill End Councillor, was elected Chairman of the District Council in May 2017 and since then has undertaken various civic engagements within the area. Cllr Barber said: “I came to live in Mill End in 2001 and began to get involved in local issues when I acted as Secretary for Mill End Residents’ Association and was elected as Councillor for Mill End and Penn in May 2015. Since then I have been actively involved with the Mill End Community Centre and I am also privileged to be a Governor at Shepherds JMI School. I hope I can bring enthusiasm, optimism and a spirit of cooperation to everyone who works for our community. I am looking forward to meeting leaders and

representatives of the many youth groups, charitable organisations and other groups who work so selflessly to support the lives of many of the residents”. The Chairman went on to state that her predecessors, are hard acts to follow and will try to represent Three Rivers throughout Hertfordshire as successfully as they did. Cllr Barber’s chosen local charities to support and raise funds for throughout her year in office are: Mill End Community Centre and The Rickmansworth Sea Cadets.

Recent elections All-out elections were also held for the new Batchworth Parish Council on 4 May. You can find the results and more about the new parish at www.threerivers.gov.uk All 78 seats were up for election at the County Council election on the 4 May. You can find the results at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/elections

Sad death of Ann Shaw OBE, former Leader of the Council Tributes have been paid to Ann Shaw OBE, who sadly passed away on 17 May 2017. Before she stepped down in 2016, she was the longest serving council leader in the country. She dedicated most of her life to help and make a difference in her community and was recognized nationally as long as 20 years ago by receiving an OBE for her work. Her impact can be found across Three Rivers, with many residents collectively and individually benefitting from her actions.

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For the cause of young people, she set up the Youth Council, developed a network of playgrounds and leisure facilities throughout the district and quietly acted as an advocate on behalf of numerous pupils and parents appealing on secondary school places.

by a Green Apple award (followed by several others). She introduced the right of individual citizens to speak on their issues at Council and Planning Committee meetings and in her Ward galvanized some of her residents to create a superb community facility.

For the environment, she ensured the recycling rates in Three Rivers were amongst the national best for 20 years, helped secure the most appropriate Local Plan and locally led the campaign to save the Withey Beds, recognized

For older people, she publicly presided over the Pensioners’ Forum and single-handedly ran for many years a charitable cause called ‘Beat the Killer Cold’ that annually helped people suffering from fuel poverty.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Seasonal work at Three Rivers District Council

Do you work term time? Are you over 17? Do you want to work additional hours or know someone that does? Three Rivers District Council recruit staff throughout the year to help out with our Youth, Playscheme and Leisure projects. The Council run various activities across the District throughout the year and bigger projects during Easter and summer holidays.

The role is casual, which means that you can choose when you can work. Once employed, you will also receive the following benefits:

paid the training rate when attending training that will support you in your job role

training in safeguarding and first aid as part of your induction

If you, or anyone you know would be interested in working over the summer and Easter holidays, and want to earn additional wages, please visit the links below.

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support in your professional development by offering Inclusion, Playwork and Food Hygiene training n

supplied with a uniform

Youth Support worker/Casual Playworker Working across many of our Youth, Playscheme, Play Rangers and Inclusion projects: www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/leisure-youth-support-worker-casual-playworker

Level 2 and Level 3 qualified staff to work for the Playschemes www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/level-2-level-3-qualified-playworker

To find out more, or if you have any questions regarding the posts, contact the Leisure Department at Three Rivers District Council on 01923 776611

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Profile for Three Rivers District Council

Three Rivers Times - Summer 2017  

Three Rivers Times is the Council's magazine, which is published three times a year.

Three Rivers Times - Summer 2017  

Three Rivers Times is the Council's magazine, which is published three times a year.

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