Parmiters School Concert – 29 April


We were greeted by the Head Master Nick Daymond. The concert was excellent. Items from the following groups were included and more

  • School Orchestra
  • Senior Choir – including a medley of Abba songs
  • Brass Band
  • String Quartet

At the end of the Concert, the Head of Sixth Form, Andy Biggs, read out the school achievements of every Y13 pupil who had taken part. This was very moving. They then sung one final song. Well done to Michelle Bird and her team for all the hardwork they had all done, and the pupils when they have all their exam and course work to do.

Other visits to the School have included

  • Senior Speech day
  • Presentation and Q&A to the whole of year 10.
  • Carol Service

Michelle also brought some Brass players to support the Civic Service. Yvonne and I had the opportunity to talk to other guests, parents, pupils, staff, and governors. An evening to be remembered.

Michelle Bird said “Our concerts provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase the hard work of our musicians.  The Summer Concert was, as always, an ambitious and varied programme.  Students from all years performed but we particularly said farewell to the Upper Sixth leavers, many of whom have participated in school music since they joined the school in Year 7.  It is an honour and a privilege to have been able to work with these young people both inside and outside the classroom.”


Abbots Langley History Society – 27 April

The Society which started about 20 years ago, meets at Manor House Sports & Social Centre, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley at 8.00pm. It was the Clive Clark Lecture Court Entertainment to Ceilidh by Mike Ruff.

Mike had an illustrated talk and played music to bring to life the dances he was talking about. He started with the Tudors and then covered the next 500 years. He talked about the history of dance, where people danced, what they wore. He explained how country dance and folk dance have been kept alive. He also touched on the American influence. After the break he answered questions.

After the meeting I bought Leavesden Aerodrome : From Halifaxes to Hogwarts

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With the speaker Mike Ruff.

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St George’s Day Parade – 26 April

There are three Scouts districts that cover Three Rivers – Chorleywood & Rickmansworth, Watford North , Watford South.  Yvonne and I attended the Watford North Scout District annual St. Georges Day Parade and Service. The service was held at Christ Church, St. Albans Road, Watford.

Watford North has groups in three Districts or Boroughs – Watford , Three Rivers and St. Albans. The Bricket Wood Group is St. Albans. The Three Rivers Groups were Abbots Langley and Langleybury.

The Service had been organised by the Langleybury Group. They had many Beavers , Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network involved. The presenting and giving back of all the flags was very efficient.

After the service the Parade went up the St. Albans Road. After the march past, we then inspected all the groups.

The Police on duty were specials so, like the Scout Leaders, all volunteers. The weather was better than forecast.

I have seen many St. Georges Day Parades, the only one which was more memorable was the time I was a Queen’s Scout and we paraded at Windsor Castle and a service in St. Georges Chapel.

Well done to all the organisers. It was standing room only for some of the parents. A well-attended , well organised and extremely well executed event.

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St. Lawrence Abbots Langley – 25 April

This was my second trip to Abbots Langley in one day. The event had been organised by the Abbots Langley Players, who were performing the last night of the Herbal Bed in the Church yard and Church(Blog: Herbal Bed – 22 April). I met many different Groups.

Abbots Langley Showcase - 25 April - ALCommunityCentre0927It was a great opportunity to meet new and familiar faces who volunteer and work within the Abbots Langley community. There were stalls within the Church yard.




Groups I met included:

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Abbots Langley Players at St Lawrence’s Church – 22 April

They were one of the groups who were successful in being chosen to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Company open stages project.

The production we saw was Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed written in the 1990’s for the RSC. David Tennant was in the first production. The first half and the first scene of second act was in the Churchyard. A stage had been constructed in a day. Seating had also been installed. The amount of work the actors and backstage team have done was amazing. Yvonne and I really enjoyed the play in which the main character was Shakespeare’s daughter.

Producer Colette Holmes “This production has been an amazing experience from beginning to end. We have worked with many individuals and societies to make it a real community project. My mentor, James Farrell from the RSC (currently directing The 39 Steps at the Criterion) has been a wonderful guide and tutor. I am so proud of all the cast and crew for working so hard to deliver a fine show”.

Key facts about William Shakespeare.

  • Born on April 23, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616.
  • Next year will be the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Sea Cadets – 14 April

The Sea Cadets Inspection and Demonstrations, was an opportunity for parents to come and see their children in action. I was welcomed by Fabian Hiscock, Chairman of the Sea Cadets. The Sea Cadets are based at Cassio Bridge, Watford Road, Croxley.

The leaders give up their time, week in week out, for the young people to learn many skills. They also do many weekend activities. Also present were members of the committee, the Chaplain (Vicar of St. Mary’s Watford), the President of the Sea Cadets, Les Mead and his wife Carol and also Councillor Wendy Jordan.

Sea Cadets - April 14th - Sea Cadets Inspection and DemonstrationsThe inspecting officer, Deputy Area Officer, Lt Cdr Cliff Lewis, works full time for the Sea Cadets in their head office in London. The District Officer, Lt Cdr Karen Fulton, works for the RAF Benevolent fund, and travels all over the UK providing youth projects for service children. She also provides a very active support for the Croxley Sea Cadets. She is the first person I have met who was born in Thurso.

Fabian Hiscock, Chairman of the Croxley Sea Cadets said, “’Our annual inspection allows us to show off the achievements of the Cadets and the work of the volunteer staff, and we’re very grateful for the support of the Chairman and Councillors as well as that of the parents of our Cadets without which we would achieve very much less.’

Hurstleigh Homes – 10 April

TRDC Press Release: Chairman visits Hurstleigh

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On 10 April, Hurstleigh Homes’ Lorna Cozens and Katrina West, residents and some members of the Management Committee, welcomed Three Rivers Chairman, Chris Lloyd, to the Chorleywood retirement complex for afternoon tea and a tour of the gardens, flats, lounges and conservatory.  The sun shone, it was warm and they were able to serve tea on the patio.

Chris sat with the residents and talked with them about living at Hurstleigh, which produced enthusiastic responses about their lives here and the dedicated staff.  In return he outlined his committed and interesting term of office as Council Chairman; he said that he had not visited Hurstleigh before and was delighted to have been invited.

Chris said: “I was delighted to meet staff, residents and committee members at Hurstleigh. The residents could not speak more highly of the staff who enable them to have supported independent living. We were able to sit outside on a beautiful day.”

Hurstleigh was founded 50 years ago next year; it is a non-profit making charitable trust of 21 flats, which provides independent living, in a secure environment, for retired people, most of whom have a connection to Chorleywood.

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