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  • Rickmansworth
    Article: Oct 11, 2015
    It has been a busy time at the Withey Beds Nature Reserve. The boardwalk has been extended, the interpretation boards are being replaced, some small dragon fly ponds have been created and some new types of willows introduced. Wildlife recorded includes slow worms, glow worms, grass snakes, roe deer, muntjac, bats, badger, newts and numerous birds and insects. Preparations are being made for the introduction of 6 Dexter cattle next spring. This is the traditional way of managing and improving grass land for the benefit of wildlife. Not only do the cattle eat the vegetation in a way that encourages wild life, but their dung benefits at least 250 insect species which of course attracts bats and birds.The cattle will be grazing the field where the pill box is sited. Friends of the Withey Beds have a new website so, if you want to know more visit http://www.thewitheybeds.org.uk
    HCC has informed us that Shepherds Lane will be closed between its junction with Chiltern Drive and the junction with Stag Lane, between 10.00am- 3.00pm on Sunday 25th October. This is to accommodate the Ricky Road Run and the only traffic allowed on this stretch of road will be vehicles associated with event.
    Dance For Parkinsons is a leisure scheme to help people with Parkinsons protect and improve their mobility, increase their access to leisure facilities and offer an enjoyable, helpful activity to be shared with other members of the local community . At present there is no such project in the Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) area. We would very much like to know what interest there would be in this being started in this area.
    TRDC has launched the airText Service within the district. This a free, air pollution forecasting and alert system for Greater London and neighbouring areas. The health effects of air pollution are significant. This service can help at-risk individuals to make informed health decisions and assist them in planning their activities. airText provides access to forecasts of air pollution, UV, pollen and temperature. Users can receive daily alerts by SMS, email or voicemail. 3 days ahead forecasts are available. Access via website www.airtext.info using the free airText smart phone app or by following the Twitter account airtext_3Rivers.
    Please remember to fill in the future of garden waste consultation - see last week's edition of RTW. It can be viewed at www.threerivers.gov.uk hard copies are available from TRDC, ring 776611. We need to know what you think.
    A local woman has narrowly escaped a jail sentence for fraud, including benefit and Council Tax fraud. The investigation was carried out by TRDC and the DWP. The custodial sentence was suspended for 18 months. The £52,000 fraudulently obtained must be repaid and other penalties were imposed. TRDC takes a firm line against benefit fraud. If you have information about fraud please, confidentially, contact fraud@threerivers.gov.uk or ring 0800 458 9200
    Dates for your Diary
    • Thur 15th Oct Friends of Watersmeet Film Society present 'A Little Chaos' 2.00pm & 7.45pm
    • Thur 15th Oct Moor Park Mansion NADFAS tours start at 10am - last tour at 11am. Take a look at the Museum video https://youtu.be/ARxKiehd3mE
    • Wed 21st Oct Rickmansworth and District Horticultural Society'sOpen Evening at the WRVS Centre, Bury Lane. Start 8pm. The talk is Butterflies of Britain and Europe by Roger Gibbons There will be a raffle with interval for tea/coffee and biscuits. All welcome. Admission: members £2, non members £3.
    • Fri 23rd Oct Watersmeet Film 'Legend' The story of the Kray Twins 2.00pm & 7.45pm £5 & £4 Concessions.
      By phone 01923 711063 - the Box Office is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday or book online atwww.watersmeet.co.uk
    • 27th October (half term) Watersmeet Film Free 'Disney's Cinderella' 11am 105 mins Certificate: U Tickets: Booking fee £1 per person, maximum 6 tickets per booking. To book: Call the Box Office on 01923 711063, Monday - Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
    • Sat 31st Oct Last Croxley Great Barn Tour this year. Meet St Joan Arc School car park 10.45 Phone 01923 772325 for more info. http://www.trmt.org.uk/ - info@trmt.org.uk & www.croxleygreatbarn.co.uk
    • Two Rickmansworth artists are participating in this September's Herts Open Studio. Textiles artist Freya Brookman Artist 83 (Herts Open Studio Brochure). Handmade eco cushions, throws & accessories from reclaimed textiles & leather. Oil Painter Andrew Schofield Artist 82 (Herts Open Studio Brochure). Andrew creates a fantastic display of oil paintings of animals, people & places. See demonstration, cards & prints to buy plus refreshments. http://www.hvaf.org.uk/Open-Studios/Open-Studios-2015 for opening times & locations. Support local artists, lots to see all studios free to visit.
    • Future F.O.W Films at Watersmeet - 29th October 'Minions' - WED 4th November 'True Story'

    • Ricky Folk meet at 8.15pm in the back bar of the Conservative Club, Bury Lane on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.You can sing, play or both or simply come and listen. No entrance fee and drinks are at club prices. In exchange for the facilities they entertain members of the Club at summer events each year and participate in other local events.

    • Three Rivers Museum in Basing House next to the library, have three displays featuring the Great War. - 1) "The-Send Off". 1914 --1915. A display depicting rural, domestic life in the early years of WW1. - 2) "Egg farm to wind farm" with information from RES - 3) Maple Lodge Nature Reserve. Photos and information about this "hidden gem" past Mill End and near Maple Cross off the Uxbridge Road. Museum open Mon to Fri 2-4pm, Sat 10am to 4pm. Free. Support you local museum.

    • Art Exhibition by local artists in TRDC Council Offices, in the reception area next to the stairs (in the foyer). From October, Janet Lee will be exhibiting her paintings in watercolour and mixed media. Janet says her inspiration is drawn from her art teachers, nature and the world around her.

    • Rickmansworth and District Art Society meet in the Cloisters Hall on the first Thursday of the month.

    • Croxley Camera Club is the photographic society for Three Rivers district and is known as the friendly club. They have a range of photographic interests and skills within the club with photographic advice available from specialists in many genres including nature, landscape, studio and other areas. They meet every Thursday between September and May (starts 3rd Sept) in the Croxley Green Community Centre at 7:30 for a 7:45 start. New members of all abilities are always warmly welcome. information about the club please go to their website: http://croxleycameraclub.com/

    • A full list of forthcoming events at Watersmeet can be seen by clicking this link http://www.watersmeet.co.uk/whats-on/

    • Ricky This Week is now also available on Twitter. Some weeks, through re-tweets it reaches over 1000 people @LesMead_
    • Police Officers from the Local Neighbourhood Team would like to hear from residents if they have any information about drug use or crime. Please report any information, intelligence or suspicious behaviour. Please phone on 101, or speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111 or email ryan.hemmings@herts.pnn.police.uk

    • Herts County Council fault reporting https://www.hertsdirect.org/faultreporting/
  • Alison Fulcher
    Article: Oct 10, 2015

    Alison answers our questions...

    Ahead of the Shenfield by-election on Thursday 29 October, we thought we would ask our candidate Alison a few questions - some for fun and some serious!

    What is your full name:
    Alison Elizabeth Fulcher (nee Forbes)
    Any idea why you were named Alison?
    My name was chosen for two reasons - my parents both liked the name and as one of three sisters (middle) and with our Dad being Scots and Mum Irish it was agreed between them that each daughter would have a name with its origins in Scotland, Ireland and England - mine was deemed English but has many variations in other countries as well. My sisters names are Clodagh and Ailsa.
  • Alison Fulcher
    Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Alison Fulcher has lived in Brentwood with her family for several years, attending senior school at the Brentwood Ursuline High Convent School (1982-1989) and manages a town centre charity shop.

    Alison has considerable experience within the care sector and wishes to contribute this knowledge and experience in her potential role as councillor. Her past experience includes working alongside patient experience groups for Community Healthcare Services and Inclusion Support work for the local charity The Frontline Partnership.

  • Liz Cohen hopes to be councillor for Shenfield
    Article: Sep 24, 2015

    After three years Liz Cohen , our councillor in Shenfield has, sadly, had to resign her post due to ill health.

    Brentwood Liberal Democrats thank Liz for her hard work for the residents of Shenfield and across the borough and wish her and her young family well in the future.

    Liz has fought hard for residents since December 2012 when she won the by-election from the Conservartives and will leave a tangible legacy in Shenfield in the shape of a children's play area at Tabors Corner.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Dodd road
    Article: Sep 23, 2015

    People power finally forced the Tory administration to listen to the issues in Doddinghurst Road on Monday night when Cllr Barry Aspinell encouraged families to atttend the Highways Panel and force the Tories to listen to the problems caused by the volume of people traffic and the worries that there would be an accident.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2015

    A 'Male' or 'Female' tick-box on official documents should be phased out or replaced with an 'X' option, the Liberal Democrats said today.

    The move is part of a package of measures to cut discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

    Current practices make it difficult for a transgender person to have their gender recorded accurately.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have called for the Government to allow families to take children out of school during term-time to avoid crippling holiday costs.

    The party has warned that the ban on missing lessons is 'socially divisive' because it forces poorer families to break the rules or miss out on holidays altogether.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2015

    Members at the Lib Dem annual Party Conference in Bournemouth have voted to allow 16 year olds to vote in the upcoming EU Referendum.

    The motion passed after a considered debate among members and urges the Government to lower the voting age for the poll.

    A Brexit would change the face of Britain for years to come and the Lib Dems believe these young people deserve a say in the future of their country.

  • key_syria.jpg
    Article: Sep 20, 2015

    Liberal Democrats vowed to 'step up to the plate' and tackle the humanitarian crisis across Europe as thousands of refugees flee Syria.

    At the party's Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats laid out a comprehensive plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis facing Europe.

    Members proposed to create safe and legal routes for refugees fleeing war or persecution. They agreed to: