News from Rickmansworth Liberal Democrats - Three Rivers, a Lib Dem Run Council

October 11, 2015 1:24 PM
Originally published by East of England Liberal Democrats
RickmansworthIt 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
Ongoing
  • 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/