We were able to walk to St. Oswalds where I presented the annual awards at Crxley Green Horticultural show. It has been going for nearly 10 years. Details of the 124 different categories can be found. The show was being run by John Jowers for first time this year supported by former District Councillor Leighton Dann. There were 15 cups and four medals. It had been a successful day with many people entering for the first time. I hope the show goes from strength to strength. An amazing amount of work had been done by the organisers and many people entering.
Details about the show http://www.croxleyshow.co.uk/entry
I walked with PCSO Cloe Hatch who has recently transferred from Chorleywood to Rickmansworth, down the High Street and Church Street, whilst also visiting Waitrose and the play area near the aquadrome. Cloe is starting to build relationships with local shop keepers and residents. She mentioned that the Police are playing Chess Valley Rugby Club on Sunday September 29th, unfortunately it is at the same time as I am doing the Moor Park 10K Run. I managed to buy some flowers for my wife before heading off to Croxley Green Horticultural Show.
A team of people (Fire fighters & Mencap supporters) cycled from 10am till 4pm doing the M25 challenge. We were cycling on static bikes the same distance as round the M25. I supplied the team who took part from 1pm to 2pm. There were two bikes outside Iceland in Rickmansworth High Street.
Our team of six was Graham Metcalfe (Head Teacher from Eastbury Farm School, who had cycled from home) Steve Harris (work colleague from EE) , Dave Luddington (Croxley Resident) , Tom Darlington and Daniel (both from Three Rivers Leisure Department) and me. After an initial burst from Dave and Steve, we then focused on 1 bike, where we did quick 1K slots while other people were on the other bike.
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We arrived in Woodhall School South Oxhey at 11 to join in the 60th Anniversary Celebrations. It was the first of four civic engagements on the day. We were greeted by the Head Teacher, Mrs L Spence. We also met the Chairman of Governors Roy Millard and former Governor Debbie Morris. We walked round and visited many of the stalls. There were two Maypole dances plus a couple of songs. The Chair of Governors had been digging in the Schools Log Book. It was last completed in 1999.
The school peaked in 1956 with over 600 hundred pupils. It is a one form entry primary school. Several former pupils and staff had come back. I was photographed with some former pupils who were at the School in 1954. 14 pupils from Merchant Taylors School last term came and worked on a new mural to celebrate 60 years of the school. One of these pupils, Jamie, was present. The Chairman of Governors had been at Merchant Taylors when my Father taught there. The plan is that I will visit the School again during school time. Nearly 2,000 pupils have passed through the school in 60 years.
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The visit to Harvey Road School was to present badges to the new School Council. Nick Rowlands the Head Teacher explained the role of the School Council and how they could work to make a great school better. Having rung the bell at the school gate (new since my last visit) there was plenty of parking. The old Harvey Road School was in wooden huts on what are now the playing fields. Nick Rowland is the longest serving Head Teacher in Croxley. I briefly explained the role of Chairman of the District Council. They knew all three rivers – Chess, Colne and Gade.
I will go back and visit the School Council again and have a tour of the School in November. The Chair of Governors is the Rev. Miriam Mugan , Vicar of All Saints Church. She will be hosting the Civic Service on October 19th.
In January 2014 they moved from Watford to Three Rivers. I met people who had travelled from Harrow and Hemel Hempstead, volunteers and members. I was greeted by Rupesh Shah when I arrived at 17:30. I had located them when I had been out for my Sunday run.
They collect things that would otherwise go to landfill and reuse them in a creative way. They have a joining fee of £10. They have 3 levels of membership:
- Individual –family , student or Artist – £15
- Middle Tier – £35
- Top Tiers – Nursery, school , college, adult education centre , small business – £100.
They are based in the Croxley Business Park. Work is carried out mostly by volunteers. Like all charities new volunteers are always welcome.
Workshops – WRAP can be booked to run art and craft workshops, using materials that are in stock at the warehouse.
It was an enlightening visit as I knew nothing about them. They have done art and crafts at Watersmeet Pantomimes.
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I visited the launch night of Aran Illingworth’s exhibition at Artistmeet, who trained at the University of Hertfordshire. Before the event I went on her website before I met her and she has done an amazing number of exhibitions since she qualified. She has done exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. It is another exhibition worth visiting at Watersmeet. Other Councillors present were Leader of the Council Ann Shaw and lead member for Leisure Keith Williams.
She was using textiles to create pictures. They were mainly of mothers and babies but not completely. My wife and I always enjoy meeting Artists and Authors and learning about what drives their creative juices.
The new Three Rivers Community Art Officer was at Hertfordshire University with her. At my visit to Watford Recycling Arts Project on September 12th I mentioned the exhibition.
Open hours are – Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm and box office hours, entry is free of charge and the exhibition runs until Monday 10 November.
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