Boundary Way – Door Knocking with the Police – August 24th

I went door knocking with Police in Boundary Way. There were about 25 of us including 4 fire service volunteers , police volunteers, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Police Officers , PCSO’s and I. We had over 300 houses and flats to knock on the doors of.

We were doing a community safety survey. Questions included –

  1. Had they heard of Neighborhood Watch?
  2. Did they want to receive emails via OWL
  3. Did they want a fire safety visit
  4. Any issues that they want Police to look at

We left a pack at all houses including the ones that were out.

It was a dry day and we got a good response from the public.


Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra – 23 August

After seeing Watford beat Leeds 4 – 1  my wife and I drove to Haileybury School in Hertford Heath for out second concert in 2 days. Both Orchestras had been based at Haileybury School for the week. All musicians were Grade 8 and above. The  Vice Chairman of the County Council, the Mayors of St. Albans  and Dacorum and the  Mayor of Hertford were all present at the concert so that  all three tiers of Local Government were represented. The majority of the audience were parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of the orchestra.


Labour Prime Minster , Clement Attlee, was a former pupil at Hailebury. They now have an annual memorial lecture.

In the first half we listened to a rarely performed work, Violin Concerto, by Alan Berg.  It was written in 1935 the year he died. The soloist was David Greed. It is a technically difficult work . It is like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it.

In the interval drinks we met Anthea Spensley,  former Head of Music at Parmiters. There were three Parmiters pupils and one former pupil in the Orchestra.

The second half was Symphony No 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich. It was brilliant and we really enjoyed it. As we were about to get in the car my wife recognised Jessica Prince, a clarinet player from Parmiters . She had played at the civic reception in 2009.

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Hertfordshire School Symphony Orchestra – August 22nd

I met my wife in Hatfield after work for Bank holiday Friday, she had a trouble free journey. The concert was held at the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire. The young people had one week to prepare for the concert. Details of future concert dates can be found on the website. All musicians were Grade 7 and above.

Uni of Hertfordshire CMPThe Chairman and Vice Chairman of the County Council, County Cllr Derek &  Alison Ashley, Mayor of Hatfield, Hertford and Chair of Elstree and Borehamwood were all present. The majority of the audience were parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of the orchestra. The music was fantastic.

Coriolan Overture by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiuniun

Symphony No. 6 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Children’s Charity – Action for Children – August 21st

I visited staff at Action for Children’s head office in Croxley Business Park, Watford, on 21 August, to find out more about the charity’s work.

I heard from various departments about the vital work that Action for Children does in safeguarding children and young people, and about the diverse range of services they provide across the UK in their 650 projects.

I first met Action for Children staff when they volunteered at a stall at the local festival Croxley Revels in June.

Action for children CMP

The next month I joined Action for Children fundraisers, staff and volunteers, children and their families for a summer fun day at the disability service, West Hyde, in Rickmansworth, to celebrate the charity’s 145th anniversary. It was a fantastic day and to see the children and their families who attend the centre really showed me how Action for Children has such a positive impact its local community.

From children’s centres and disability projects, to assisting homeless youths, the work is far-reaching and important. The charity is a strong believer in early support and campaign to get funding for those who need the most support. In Hertfordshire alone, they are the largest third-sector provider of disability services across the county.


Walk in South Oxhey and Carpenders Park with two PCSO’s – August 18th

I met Che Ponton and Colleague at South Oxhey Police Station. We discussed policing issues and challenges in South Oxhey. We visited shopping parades in South Oxhey and Carpenters Park and talked to members of the public as we went. We also visited residential areas. When the heavens opened we sheltered at The Leisure Centre.


We discussed how they worked with the Youth Club which meets in the same building. I hope that next summer it is possible for the Youth Centre to be open during August. It was a quiet night. The weather keeps people inside. The role of the PCSO’ in Three Rivers is an important one in keeping crime down. I would also suggest if you have not joined OWL and live in Hertfordshire that you sign up for the regular emails.

It is important for all tiers of Local Government and the local community to work with the Police to make our neighborhoods safer. Watch this space I will be in action with Police in Three Rivers again soon.

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Janmshtami Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hindu Temple – August 17th

We had been warned by former Three Rivers Council Chairman Les Mead about the Traffic. There was an accident on the A41 which meant everything was gridlocked. We parked by the Jewish Cemetery and walked. It stayed dry all afternoon and we did not need the umbrella I had taken. I had read lots of the pages on the website before we went to give background information.

The Manor estate  was sold to George Harrison of the Beatles in 1973. It was not for his private use but as a gift to ISKCON; the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The property, which at that time included 17 acres of land was renamed “Bhaktivedanta Manor” after the Society’s founder.

Visit to Hindu Temple CMPAlthough ISKCON itself is quite recent, it is part of an important and distinctive tradition of devotional faith which began in the sixteenth century with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It participates in a much older culture dating back thousands of years, and embraces the timeless, non-sectarian values of sanatana-dharma (or the eternal religion) as found in the Vedic scriptures.


Today ISKCON has over 300 temples worldwide, the most significant being in the religion’s homeland of India. Bhaktivedanta Manor however is one of the most significant centres in the West and is recognised a major place of Hindu worship

The Krishna Janmashtami festival is the annual celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna.

We were most welcome. Our guide for the afternoon was Anand. We went the VIP way into the Temple which at this time was no quicker than the main route as there was no queue. When we left the main queue was several hours long. We stayed for several hours as we wanted to visit every activity and talk to people about the festival. We met people at the BTG magazine , we saw a film and talked to young people who had done a drama about facebook and other social media which dominate young  people’s time. We met  someone who knew former Council Chairman Amrit Mediratta.

The cow is sacred in the Hindu Religion and we were able to see the herd. You could have free food or join a queue and buy food which included pizza. The event was run by volunteers. The planning for next years two day festival will have already begun. About 60,000 people come over the two day period. The Sunday is the busiest as midnight is the main celebration point

We walked back to our car after a unique day at the festival and learning about an event which is important to many Three Rivers Residents.

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Swimming in Croxley at Rickmansworth School August 8th

Chairman Ricky SchoolFor the first time since I left Rickmansworth School I visited the swimming pool. My parents had contributed to the School pool the whole time I was there. I swam in it twice that term. This visit was to help promote public swimming in the school holidays. The new School Leisure facility looks fantastic. I would like to encourage us all to do more sport whether we are young or old.

During the summer holidays, Three Rivers District Council in Partnership with Hertfordshire Leisure and Rickmansworth School has made Rickmansworth School Swimming Pool available for public swimming on Monday to Friday between 10:30 – 2:30.

When we were at the Commonwealth Games we did not see any of the swimming at the Pool in Glasgow. But we did see the open swimming in Strathclyde Loch when we saw the triathlon.