The Hertfordshire Scouts AGM was held at Rothamsted Conference Centre in Harpenden. New Hertfordshire District Commissioner announced . Geoff Hall was presented again with his 50 year award. Last year scouting numbers reached a new high. Could you be a Scout Leader or a non-uniformed helper? Scouting gives great opportunities to young people and leaders http://www.hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/
Visited my third and final charity I am supporting this morning. Visited the Rickmansworth office. They also have an Abbots Langley and a South Oxhey office. Could you be a volunteer? http://threeriverscab.org.uk/index.html
I went to greet the ladies as they entered Three Rivers from Watford near the Sea Cadets Hut. A trickle of walkers became a flood on the warm evening. No time for photos. They needed help giving out water.
Walked up Baldwins Lane thanking walkers and stewards. Then joined the Fire Brigade giving out water and bananas.
Finally walked with the last three walkers and listened to their stories as to why they were doing the walk.
One of the warmest Revels for years. In the morning I had been helping set up. It was not a day for wearing a suit but
I did. According to John Betjeman it is the ancient medieval festival dating back to the 1950’s.
Thank you to the hard work of the organizers , stall holders and those who took part in the arena and the procession.
I gave out medals to all the teams in the Push Ball which was won by Harvey Road.
This year Malvern Way have appointed a new Head Teacher who will start in September. They have had an Outstanding Ofsted inspection. I was greeted by the Head Teacher Janet English. I met the new Head and two of the Governors.
Before going to the School assembly I saw the two mobiles which will be replaced this summer. That will be exciting for the pupils and teachers who will be using them. My final meeting was a Q&A session with the School Council
I met John Lee on Wednesday in Rickmansworth High Street when I was on my way to Mencap and he mentioned this event.
This event at Moor Park Mansion started to address one of my aims for the year:
To actively listen to the Three Rivers business community through town centre walkabouts and other initiatives and act as a champion for local businesses.
Other people there included:
- David Gauke MP who was the guest speaker.
- Matt Skelton Finance Director of Freedom
- David Cook Chief Executive of Moor Park Mansion (been in post 7 months) and who wants to make Moor Park more welcoming for guests.
- Helen Webb, Webb Strategy
- John Lee, John Lee and Co Chartered Accountants
- Nina Hosking – organiser, Rickmansworth Chamber of Commerce
- Les Mead former Chairman of the District Council
It was a Network event. I was able to listen to some of the challenges facing local businesses.
I attended the Rickmansworth and Chorleywood Scout AGM yesterday. I had been a cub, a scout and venture scout at the 6th Northwood – even though I lived in Croxley. There was a presentation last night to Geoff Hall for 50 years service to Scouting. Wow what an achievement!
Earlier in the day I visited Yorke Mead School in Croxley Green. I was welcomed by the head teacher, Mrs. L. Pollard. The school is having 10 new classrooms built. The mobile units will go and the school is doubling in size. Part of the school is a building site and it will be great to visit again when the work is complete. Catch up again on this topic in January 2015.
I had a tour and chat with the Head Teacher and I was questioned by the School Council. Like the District Council, Yorke Mead is celebrating 40 years. Having both my parents as teachers, I know how hard teachers work. www.yorkemead.herts.sch.uk/
I walked across the car park to visit Croxley Green Children’s Centre. I was really impressed by the work they do with the under 5s. It was great to meet Delia Morris and her team, parents and children. The group I visited, the Walkie Talkies, are a stay and play group for children up to two and half years . www.hertschildrenscentres.org.uk/croxleygreen/
I would like to quote from the January 2014 Ofsted visit to the Croxley Green Children’s Centre: “A particular strength is the way the centre deals with many families often in crisis. Families receive a very individual support and as one parent said: ‘Staff go not just the extra mile, but often an extra 10 miles’.”