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CPRA NEWS SPRING/SUMMER 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2020 at 10.30 a.m. www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk Printed February 2020


In this Issue INTRODUCTION FAMILY & WELLBEING FROM THE CHAIRMAN....................................... 3 WHAT’S ON IN THREE RIVERS .......................... 32 AROUND CARPENDERS PARK OXHEY LIBRARY EVENT..................................... 37 HERTFORDSHIRE 2020 YEAR OF CULTURE........... 6 FAMILY CENTRE ............................................... 38 CARPENDERS PARK IS A VERY NICE PLACE........... 9 TODDLER GROUP ............................................. 41 CARPENDERS PARK AND SOUTH OXHEY REAL NAPPIES .................................................. 41 COMMUNITY ................................................... 11 SOUTH OXHEY HEALTH WALKS ......................... 43 CARPENDERS PARK COMMUNITY HALL ............ 13 PARK RUN........................................................ 45 COMMUNITY HALL MONTHLY FROM THE AUTHORITIES MP—DEAN RUSSELL......................................... 49 BOOKING ...................................................... 14 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT BELMONT THEATRE COMPANY ........................ 15 ST. MERYL LADIES’ CLUB .................................. 17 FRANCES BUTTON ......................................... 51 7th SOUTH OXHEY GUIDE................................. 17 THREE RIVERS DISTRICT & WATFORD RURAL CARPENDERS PARK LADIES’ CLUB..................... 19 PAVILION BOWLS............................................. 21 PARISH COUNCIL REPORT—MICHAEL REVAN . 53 SOUTH OXHEY CHOIR....................................... 21 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CARPENDERS PARK HORTICULTURAL SUE THOMPSON............................................ 55 SOCIETY ........................................................ 23 OXHEY CITIZENS ADVISE BUREAU ..................... 57 THE WELCOME CUP CAFÉ ................................ 25 HEATHROW AND LUTON MIGHT AFFECT MESSY CHURCH ............................................... 25 CARPENDERS PARK—DERRICK ASHLEY.............. 58 COME BAKE BREAD.......................................... 25 LETTERS & ABOUT CPRA LINK4GROWTH ................................................ 27 CLIMATE CHANGE & CARPENDERS PARK........... 60 CARPENDERS PARK CHURCH ............................ 29 COPY FOR THE NEXT ISSUE ............................... 64 CARPENDERS PARK & SOUTH OXHEY PROSTATE CANCER DONATION......................... 65 USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ........................ 66 METHODISTIC CHURCH................................. 30 LOCAL CHURCHES & OTHER FAITH ATTENBOROUGH SURGERY .............................. 31 MEETING....................................................... 67 LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES................... 59 CPRA COMMITTEE ........................................... 60 Advertiser index KP ROOFING .................................................... 52 M.C.P. ELECTRICAL APPROVED CONTRACTORS ... 8 ADAMS EYE CARE............................................. 66 M.K. GINDER & SONS ...................................... 68 ALL LOCK SECURITIES ....................................... 54 MUST PASS DRIVING SCHOOL .......................... 43 BELL CARPENTRY & JOINERY ............................ 60 P.A. BARHAM LTD ............................................ 26 BUSHEY DRIVING RANGE.................................. 43 PEACE HOSPICE CARE.................................. 50-51 CARPENDERS PARK CARE LTD........................... 20 ROOTS HAIRDRESSERS ..................................... 16 CARPENDERS PARK FENCING............................ 63 SAW GENERAL BUILDERS.................................... 3 CARPENDERS PARK NURSERY ........................... 48 SOUTH OXHEY OSTEOPATS............................... 32 CARPENDERS PARK NURSERY U-FLORIA........... 22 SPICERS CARPETS AND BEDS ............................ 10 DB JONES PHARMACY ...................................... 33 T.J. WATSON.................................................... 12 DEFINITION...................................................... 18 TARRANTS TIMBER LIMITED ............................. 60 DRIVEBCMT.UK................................................ 28 TERENCE SPINKS .............................................. 20 FIRST CLASS LEARNING .................................... 12 TOE-TAL FOOTCARE ......................................... 16 FOCUS EYE CARE.............................................. 42 TREVOR WARNER............................................... 8 GEM TREE MANAGEMENT SERVICES ........... 36-37 VJG ROOFING SPECIALIST ................................... 7 HARROW GARDENING SERVICES ...................... 14 HARROW MARQUETRY GROUP ........................ 58 JOHNSON’S WINDOWS CLEANING SERVICE ...... 56 KEN HODSON COMPUTERS ................................ 9 2 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


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Hertfordshire 2020 Year of Culture Also known as HYOC2020, Hertfordshire Who can get involved in HYOC2020? Year of Culture 2020 is a year to showcase Anyone! Hertfordshire as a county of creative and We want as many people and organisations as cultural opportunity. possible to get behind this campaign to help Hertfordshire residents find new cultural Use #HYOC2020 to share your ideas with opportunities. us and the county's creative community. You could be a Parish or Town Council, Five broad objectives have been identified leisure provider, lunch club leader, arts venue, to support the year: dance group leader, music teacher, University of Third Age group (U3A), Rotary Club, 1. Celebrate, share and explore group of mums, or just a group of friends. Hertfordshire’s arts, culture and heritage You could be someone who runs a group that has no link to arts, culture or heritage, but 2. Enable access and participation in arts, would like to encourage your group to try new culture and heritage for new audiences activities throughout the year. Or you may be someone who provides 3. Increase wellbeing and a sense of creative and cultural opportunities who can belonging through arts, culture and promote what you offer under the HYOC2020 heritage umbrella to encourage new people to join your activity. 4. Showcasing pathways to education, employability and enterprise in the creative Monthly Themes and cultural industries in Hertfordshire The year is split into 12 themed months. This does not mean that we won't promote cultural 5. Create new partnerships and new work activities that don't link with that month - your through skill sharing and new ways of activity can take place any time in the working together year. The months exist to provide the year with some structure and allow us to focus our What you will see in 2020 marketing activities. They also help with the • A collaborative, high profile promotional evaluation process. campaign for existing cultural activity across Hertfordshire • 12 themed months, with core activity coordinated by a lead agency • Key dates to draw together delivery partners countywide • ‘Special Experiences’ added to both current opportunities and new activities • New partnerships and skill sharing between organisations and practitioners, creating new activity locally. 6 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


AROUND CARPENDERS PARK • January - Try Something New • October - Be Inspired / Get Back Into • February- Skills Development & Volunteering • November - Creative Minds & Creative • March - Access the Arts Go • April - Go Somewhere Local Industries • December - Celebrate and Illuminate • May - The Big Outdoors Who do I contact for more information? • June - Big Ideas If you would like to get involved, please contact the Project Co-ordinator Liz Gore on • July - Cultural Olympiad 020 8207 7801 or by email at [email protected] • August - Families and Friends • September - Heritage & History/Meet the Maker Vaughn Gatrell Mobile: 07985 359543 Tel: 0208 386 0426 3 Oulton Way, WD19 5EJ. Carpenders Park Specialists in: • Tiles & Slates Replaced • Gutter Cleaned, Repaired & Renewed • Re-cement Work of Chimneys, Stacks, Hips & Ridges • Flat Roofs Renewed & Repaired REF: 1M024262 CPRA NEWS 7


Looking For An Electrician? M.C.P. Electrical Approved Contractors 24 hour Emergencies - Rewires - Fault Finding Immersion Heaters - Showers - Cookers - Sockets Lights - Fuse Boards - Telephone Points FREE Visual Inspections and Quotes Any Size Job Welcomed Special Rates for Senior Citizens Garden Electrics - Storage Heaters Fax/Tel: Marc on 020 8421 5756 Mobile: 07958 402371 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Trevor Warner A HANDYMAN to know [email protected] 079 5621 8747 / 020 8386 1660 8 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK is a very nice place creating the Carpenders Park group was one “Carpenders Park is a very nice place” is a of the first things I did. community group on Facebook open to Over the past 13 years the group has grown current and previous residents of Carpenders into quite an eclectic community of current Park and surrounding areas. and former residents, and it has been a I grew up in Carpenders Park in the 1970s delight to share memories and and 1980s, moving away in 1984. I historical photos, find old friends have returned to live in the area on and make new ones. several occasions (meeting my The “Carpenders Park is a very nice husband and living for a time with place” group has developed now my mother-in-law, and later into a thriving local community returning briefly with our eldest group, sharing news, events and child). activities and facilitating sharing of A quarter of a century later we information and enabling residents reside in faraway Cornwall but to find what they need locally.\" Carpenders Park still holds a very special place in my heart as “home” with many, - Sharon Mortemore-Tootill many happy memories. (aka Shoshana), group owner When I joined Facebook in 2007 therefore https://www.facebook.com/ groups/5364009845/ Ken Hodson Computers Computer Hardware and Software Repairs PCs and iMacs Upgrades and Advice for Home and Business No fix, no fee all repairs - you have nothing to lose. Low hourly rate. Most repairs carried out in your home If not, the computer will be picked up and delivered back to you [email protected] Telephone: 01582 794723 Mobile: 07974 156743 CPRA NEWS 9


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Carpenders Park & AROUND CARPENDERS PARK South Oxhey Community Facebook Group The group was created back on the 28th April into the group… 2017 following a discussion between Chris 1. Do you live and or work in Carpenders Ogle and Donna Charles. We both felt that other towns in the locality, Watford, Park or South Oxhey? Rickmansworth, Croxley, Bushey etc. all had 2. Do you have an interest in community their own Facebook Groups but there wasn’t much happening for Carpenders Park and activity in Carpenders Park and / or South South Oxhey. Oxhey? 3. What would you say your main reason So we set up the group with very simple was for requesting to join this group? goals. This was to be a group to enable people to connect with each other and find The group is not for advertising, or business out what is happening in the Carpenders Park promotion, and in the About section this is & South Oxhey. Pure and simple for the clearly stated. With over 700 members now community to share information that would the group has grown organically with an be useful and helpful to people who live in eclectic mix of subjects being shared. the area. For an area that is split by a railway line it could also serve as a way of bridging We are looking for the group to grow this physical barrier. consistently over the coming months / years as people learn of its presence and the value it The group has been set up as private so only can bring to the community. those people who are in the group can see the posts and comment on then, ensuring that the Facebook Group ID below :- site is not invaded by spammers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/cpsocg We have 3 very simple questions that people Chris Ogle must answer if they would like to be accepted https://www.facebook.com/oglechris CPRA NEWS 11


EXTERNAL / INTERNAL DECORATIONS LOCAL SERVICE Web: decoratorinwatford.com Email: [email protected] Telephone: Office: 020 8428 6550 Mobile: 07973 256 978 First Class Learning Call us now on 07931 230155 12 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Community Hall We, the Committee would like to extend our Note:- tea and coffee is served at half time thanks for the wonderful help we have and is included in the £4.00 entry charge. received since our appeal for help. Although we have a number of helpers we still would We have had the gents toilet refitted this year like more if you feel you could be of help. and it is a great success. Now both ladies and gents toilets are looking good. Our Hall is in constant use every day of the week, so much so that we have a hard job Our electricity bill is still getting bigger but finding time for maintenance, which of course we hope to lower it with some modern light has to be done from time to time. fittings LED’s if we can. Please come and join our activities, if you Please be aware that all the Committee have time, as I am sure, the people who run members volunteer their time to run the Hall them, will be glad to see you. The diary is which is a Charity. printed in this Newsletter, so you can see the dates and time of the events. We expect our hirers to keep the Hall in a good condition by inspecting the The Car Park is for Hall users only toilets, kitchen, Hall and turn off and if you park there just to go to the lights and any appliance they the shops you might well get a have used. With your help in this, parking ticket. There are a few we can have a nice Hall for exceptions to this but only with everybody who follows without a permission. Committee member having to come and inspect. Our quiz nights for the last year have been a great success and once again our There has been a few minor exceptions to this thanks to Bryan Jukes for his superb but they are rare, we thank you for your questions. A great time is had by all, so cooperation with this. please feel free to come and enjoy a great night. Bring a plate to share and any drinks To Hire the Hall please contact you would like to have Alcohol or soft drinks of your choice. Audrey on 07415361794 Ron Wilson Treasurer CPRA NEWS 13


Community Hall Monthly Bookings Yoga Mon 07.30-08.45 Every Monday Mon 09.45-11.30 Monday (except Bank Holidays) Keep Fit (Over 50s) Mon 14.00-16.00 2nd Monday each month Mon 20.00-22.00 1st Monday each month Craft Group Mon 17.30-18.30 Every Monday Carpenders Park Ladies’ Tue 10.00-14.00 1st Tuesday each month Club Irish Dancing Tue 10.30-11.30 Except 1st Tuesday each month Beading Group Tue 16.00-18.00 Every Tuesday (Jewellery) Tue 20.00-22.00 Every Tuesday Ladies only Hatha Yoga & Chair Yoga Wed 10.00-12.00 Wednesday (Term time only) Tuition (Extra Learning) Belmont Theatre Wed 14.00-16.00 2nd Wednesday each month Open Door Wed 16.30-18.30 Term time only Fri 18.00-19.00 Except for the last Friday of the month (Mother & Toddler Thu 20.00-22.00 Every Thursday Group) St. Meryl Ladies’ Group Thu 10.00-12.00 2nd Thursday each month Junior Indian Dance Thu 14.45-16.15 Every Thursday Class Thu 16.00-18.00 Every Thursday Fri 10.00-12.00 Every Friday Belmont Theatre Sat 10.00-12.30 Last Saturday each month Sat 10.00-14.00 Last Saturday each month Welcome Cup Café (& Police Liaison Officers) Keep Fit (over 50s) Tuition (Extra Learning) Line Dancing Coffee Morning Book Sale Harrow Gardening Services Complete Garden Care, Rubbish Cleared, Pressure Cleaning, Gutters Cleared 18 Dorchester Avenue, North Harrow HA2 7AY Tel: 020 8427 2857 Mobile: 07973 250 926 www.harrowgardeningservices.co.uk 14 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association As we put the finishing touches to our country that were war-torn and deprived of February production of Agatha Christie's The such events. We expect this to a be good fun Unexpected Guest, we are already looking show, which we hope will be a fitting tribute ahead to our next two shows. to the VE Day celebrations. Tickets will be available via from mid-March at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/belmont- theatre-company or by calling the Box Office on 07917 324179. We offer concessions for those under 18 and over 60, as well as a group discount of one free ticket for every 10 booked, applying on Wednesday and Thursday night (please call the Box Office for group bookings over 10). For our autumn show, we hope to perform George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, and will be holding auditions in early June, with the performance scheduled for 21 - 24 October. All shows are performed at the Pump House Theatre in Watford, with rehearsals at Carpenders Park Community Hall. We plan to perform 'We Happy Few', by We are always looking for new members, so Imogen Stubbs, from 20 - 23 May (four if you are interested in getting involved in a rewarding hobby, either on- or off-stage, evenings and one matinee performance). The please see play was inspired by the true story of a group of actresses, who formed a travelling theatre http://www.belmonttheatre.co.uk/ or company, during the second World War, to bring culture and entertainment to parts of the email [email protected] CPRA NEWS 15


• His & Hers, Cut & Blow Dry • Hi-lights, Low-Lights • Semi-Permanent Colouring, Tints, Perm • Styling for weddings & Special Occasions CHILDREN WELCOME! Call us 020 8428 6862 4 The Parade, Carpenders Avenue, Carpenders Park, Watford WD19 5BL Graham Spendlove MCFHP, MAHFP For all the family, for the treatment of Corns, Callus, Ingrown or Thickened Nails, Nail Trimming and other complaints. For an appointment that will last between 40 minutes and 1 hour, at a cost of £30 in your own home at a time to suit you, book now on 07799 033974 16 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


St Meryl AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Ladies’ Club and a talk entitled Tax, Care & Toyboys Following a busy and exciting 2019 with Updated to name just a few. various outings and activities we have now finalised our new 2020 programme which we Following our very successful residential trip are looking forward to. Shown here are a last year we are now fully booked for a sample of some of those. holiday in the Isle of Wight in June. We meet in the Carpenders Park Community 2020 day trips and events will include a June Hall, Station Approach on the second cream tea (in the Community Hall) which, Wednesday of each month at 2pm to 4pm. again, is always well attended, and in August Our members enjoyed our Christmas party a BBQ at the Grims Dyke Golf with live entertainment in Club. Planned day trips include December and we now look Cambridge, Stratford on Avon, forward to 2020. Southend on Sea, Colchester Zoo and many other interesting venues. We start 2020 with our annual New Year lunch at Grims Dyke Golf We would like to take this Club which is always well attended. opportunity to thank our Members and guests for their continued support and encourage- We have our AGM in February in the ment. We also wish each and every one of you Community Hall when we will renew a very happy and peaceful New Year and look memberships. We are limited to 80 members forward to you joining us on all or some of and are usually close to being fully subscribed our Club meetings and/or trips and events. by the end of those February meetings. Guests will always be welcome to join us at our If you would like any further information monthly Club meetings for a £2.00 fee and we please contact the Club Secretary are happy for guests to sign up to join us on Mags on 07748 053994 or 020 3524 0719 or our day trips. Linda on 8428 8302 or 07957 795070 Our speakers and entertainers for the year will church and finally (see photo) making seed include talks from a Police dog handler; Baby bombs with The Green OT for random farming in Victorian times; a Craft workshop wildflower dumps in the spring of 2020. 7th Oxhey Guides Following the closure of Oxhey Rainbows and Brownies in July 2019, the 7th Oxhey Having a busy Guides will close in July 2020 after 70 time as usual. years if we can’t find any adult volunteers to Camping in take over from Kerry Hardstaff, the current August, fire leader, retiring after 30 years in Carpenders lighting at the Park and South Oxhey. Sea Scouts new premises, Kerry Hardstaff Remembrance parade, Aladdin panto at Bushey and Oxhey Methodist CPRA NEWS 17


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Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Ladies’ Club in March and the title of their talk is ‘All We ended 2019 with our annual visit to the Things Banned and Censored.’ We are Royal Albert Hall for the BT Carol Concert, intrigued as to what the evening will cover. hosted by ‘Good Morning Britain’ presenters Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins. Also, in March, we are looking forward to a Alexandra Burke, winner of The X Factor in theatre visit to London to see the musical 2008, was a guest performer, along with the “Tina”. London Community Gospel Choir and a military band. The evening was lively and In April, Captain John Hutchinson, who spent enjoyable. 27 years of service with BA, will be talking The first event of 2020 will be about ‘Concorde – 20th Century our New Year Meal in January, Icon’. when our members will be going to the Blue Check The May Day Bank Holiday Restaurant in Bushey. Once this year falls on Friday 8 May, again, we look forward to an to commemorate VE Day 70th excellent meal and service. anniversary. Therefore, we will be able to hold our usual In February we hold our Annual meeting which will be on General Meeting and begin our Monday, 4 May and are programme for the year. We currently in the process of urgently need new Officers and finding a speaker who will talk are very appreciative in to us about VE Day. particular of Ann Cox agreeing to stand for another year as Chairman. Before In June, Pam Sanderson will be the official business of the evening, we are giving us a ‘Fun Talk with a Twist’ about the having a talk from a representative of the Old Bailey. Clitheroe Club, South Oxhey, which was the charity we supported during 2019, and we Our meetings are held in the Community Hall will be presenting them with a donation from on the first Monday evening of the month, the Club. except on Bank Holidays. Please give me a call if you are interested. Peter and Christine Padwick are our speakers Angela Tongue – Admin Secretary 020 8428 4552 TO ADVERTISE IN THE NEXT EDITION PLEASE CALL: 07773 912160 email: [email protected] CPRA NEWS 19


PHYSICS TUITION to GCSE & A-Level Terence Spinks PhD (Carpenders Park) £35 per hour (one-to-one sessions) DBS Certified Tel 07443 543 568 Email: [email protected] 20 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Pavilion AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Bowls Club Green Lane, WD19 4LU Passed the Tennis Courts Another season of Bowls is coming up at end It’s not an \"Old foggies game only” We have a of April and will be here before we know it. teenager who loves it and doing great. There Looking for something new to enjoy, then is a social side to the Club if you would prefer give the game of Bowls a go and come to our this to start with! OPEN DAY on Sunday 17th May 2020 During winter months we have regular darts between 11am and 5pm. evenings, quizzes and Bingo and more. Monday and Friday afternoons 2-4pm we have Tuition/equipment provided and some carpet bowls to keep the arms limbered up!! refreshment too! Contact: Ann Cox on either 02084289460 or Please wear trainers/flat shoes. You will find mobile, 07852 369935. us and it a friendly game. and we need to keep Email: [email protected] this sport \"alive\" We are one of the cheapest choirs in the South Oxhey Choir area. If you enjoy singing even if you think you are \"tone deaf\" it does not matter as you \"Newsflash\" 2020 is going to be a good one are with voices around you!! for the Choir, and opportunity to come and join us and enjoy singing, it's really good and Want to know more, then contact Ann Cox, uplifting for us all. mobile 07852369935. or All you need is to come along and experience [email protected] [email protected] it community and sociability, make new friends into the bargain. We have an event in middle May at the Bushey Baptist Church, where we have been requested to sing at for their special 150 year birthday celebration. Summer concert will be at St Mary's Church, middle of Watford, plenty of parking in July (13th). Rehearsal night is on Tuesdays from 7pm-8.30pm at Oxhey Wood School, Oxhey Drive, again plenty of parking or if you require transport, sure something can be arranged. As we support ourselves a small weekly or monthly subscription is necessary. CPRA NEWS 21


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Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Horticultural Society It is sad to announce that Margaret Etall a outstanding stalwart supporter of the association passed displays and away this year. She had moved off the estate the quality of but always came along to support us, meeting the exhibits and greeting people at the door and selling seems to be plants. She will be sorely missed by the improving Association. every year. As always the This year's show children's exhibits drew was a big success a great deal of attention with with many new some lovely miniature gardens and animals made out of entries to classes. fruit. The growing Despite introducing the rock painting category and trying to advertise this on social season was much media we did not get a great number of entries in this category. Hopefully the better and meant pictures of our show will inspire you to take part next year! The date for your diary is the that the vegetable 5th September 2020, it may seem a long way off but if you are painting or knitting you may exhibits were like to start your masterpieces soon. A schedule for the show will be finalised at our much bigger and March meeting and will be available on our website or you can request a copy from better than last year. A new section was introduced for wonky vegetables and this was highly contested, with specimens from giant ones to some with rather strange shapes, those of you that used to watch 'That's life on TV' might know what I mean. The flower arranging produced some CPRA NEWS 23


[email protected] Verbena, Heather and Sedum are good I am writing this at a time when every news sources of food. article is talking about climate change and how this is effecting the ecosystems around You could make a small pond area. A garden us. So as a gardener or home owner we can pond can provide a home for many species do our bit to protect the ecosystem around us. and is one of the best ways for attracting new It is estimated that there are an estimated 16 wildlife to the garden including hedgehogs, million gardens in the UK. These form a birds and other creatures that need a fresh network of natural havens linking urban drinking green spaces with nature reserves and the source. A sad countryside. This is especially true when you fact is that 70% consider that Carpenders Park is the start of of the UK’s green space outside the sprawl of London. natural ponds So what can we do? Well we can create have now been different habitats in our garden. An area to lost and species help pollinators such as bees and butterflies such as could include Honesty and Primroses for dragonflies, spring flowers, Honeysuckle, Buddleia and waterbugs and Lavender for summer. In the autumn the great crested newt have 24 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk declined rapidly over the last 40 years. We can grow plants to attract birds, these can provide a perch or protection from other predators or food. Plants to consider include Holly, Ivy, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Rowan, Cotoneaster, Sunflower and Shrub rose. We can also feed our birds, but I will leave that to someone who can better advise you on that matter! Robert Tunwell


The Welcome Cup Café AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Are you looking for company, friendship, or opportunities to chat and share experiences? Do you fancy a coffee, from 10am to 12 noon in the Carpenders tea, cappuccino or hot Park Community Hall chocolate? There are plenty of parking spaces. Are you partial to a However, if you need a lift, you can call piece of home-made Brian and Kath Taylor on cake, or a delicious 020 8428 2304. slice of toasted, Any profits we make go to local charities. buttered cinnamon fruit loaf? Kath Taylor You will be most welcome at our pop-up cafe ‘The Welcome Cup Cafe‘ is a Carpenders open on the second Thursday in the month Park Church initiative. Messy Church run by members of the churches in Carpenders Park and South Oxhey. MESSY CHURCH our way home, pop the children (games, craft, children’s into a bath or just tuck them into worship, meal) is run by bed, without the hassle of members of churches in preparing a meal. Carpenders Park and South As is usual with churches, there is Oxhey. no charge, but donations are We meet at 3.30pm at the welcomed to help towards our Methodist Church, Prestwick costs. Road (WD19 6LA) on the 3rd Please contact Jenny Board Sunday of the month (except ([email protected] August). At 5.30pm (having 0208 428 6375) enjoyed a meal together). it’s time to wend if you want any further information. Come Bake Bread Carpenders Park & South Oxhey Methodist Church, Prestwich Road, South Oxhey 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month CPRA NEWS 25


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Link4Growth AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Everything start with a conversation, we just People have made new friends, got involved don’t have enough of them anymore, most of with community projects, started new initia- us hardly even know our neighbours. If we tives with likeminded people, been a listen- can create spaces for people to come together ing ear, been signposted for help, and learned from all walks of life, we can begin to recon- new things. nect with our neighbours and others in our We say that at these community events, we local area. Sometimes the lightest of touches “meet, talk, listen, learn, connect, share and can make a huge difference in people’s inspire”. lives.” - Chris Ogle Link4Growth is approach- Link4Growth meets at ing its 9th year of bring- Perk coffee on the 1st ing people together, so it Thursday of the month is not a new idea, but it from 9:30-11:00am remains a very simple Next event link at Perk is one. here… https:// 1. Totally inclusive, any- www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ link4growth-community- one can come along connecting-event-carpenders-park-tickets- 88817873651 2. No cost to attend the Other community coffee events are here… https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/link4growth- community coffee events, so everyone south-west-herts-district-14536233309 can afford it Our community hub is located here 9 Years ago, there were plenty of business https://www.swhertscommunityhub.org.uk/p/ networking events for businesses that could events_2.html afford them, but what about people who did- Web Site n’t run a business or those that couldn’t af- https://uk.link4growth.org/ ford to pay so much? This was the premise of Link4Growth providing a space where people can come together, have conversations with other local people… and with no agenda… CPRA NEWS 27


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Carpenders Park AROUND CARPENDERS PARK Church community of about 40 or so, it’s really At Carpenders Park Church we always common. Older people can share their enjoy being part of the wider Carpenders stories with younger ones, who can also Park community. Over Christmas, we share their enthusiasm for life. Being had our now traditional carol singing that bit smaller than some churches, outside Perk Café and been part of the everyone can know each other, and it is Community Carols at the Community true that ‘sometimes you want to go Hall. We continue to hold our toddlers where everybody knows your name, and group, Open Door, and our community they’re always glad you came’. café, Welcome Cup, in the Community What brings us together, though, is that Hall, too. we’ve realised we’re part of a bigger story too. Sometimes it is really difficult Being part of the community is part of to make sense of the troubles we go our ‘DNA’ at Carpenders Park Church. through in life, and we don’t come to Since we started meeting, back in the church because we reckon we’ve got all 1980s, we’ve always wanted to be a the answers, but that we find in the Bible church that was committed to the a story that helps us make sense of who community of Carpenders Park. A we are in the world. If you ever fancy church that local people, whether they popping in to see us on a Sunday would consider themselves Christians or morning, do join us from 10.30ish for a not, would see as there for them. Nearly cuppa, and 11am for our service, all of our church congregation live in at St Meryl School, The Mead. Carpenders Park, and there’s something We’d be glad you came. rather special about feeling that we really are a local, community, church. Alongside being part of the local community, at Carpenders Park Church we’re a little community as well. It’s rare for there to be places nowadays where friendships cross generations, but in our CPRA NEWS 29


Carpenders Park & South Oxhey Methodist Church, (CPSO) 122 Prestwick Road, South Oxhey, WD19 People (not widely known but a super ‘Warm 6LA Hug’ film), Tea with Mussolini, Casablanca, Cider House Rules, and Edie. The films are Minister: Rev. Richard Lowson: 01923 followed by tea, coffee and cakes. 223906. Website: cpsomc.org.uk THURSDAY Club meets on the 3rd (Bus: W19 and No.8 stops in Prestwick Thurs. of each month: film starts at 1.15pm., Road, almost outside the Church). SATURDAY Club meets on the 3rd We run several activities to which you are Saturday of each month: film starts at warmly invited. 7.15pm. No charge, donations are welcomed. Church contact: Jenny (0208 428 6375) OPERA Film Club meets 3 times a ALL AREAS OF THE CHURCH ARE year on a Saturday: film starts at 7pm. FULLY ACCESSIBLE FOR THE DISABLED. CHURCH SUMMER EVENT: SATURDAY 2nd MAY, 11am – 1.30pm. BREADMAKING. The friendly bakers A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL CLUBS meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each AND SOCIETIES. month when Coffee at 09.30 is followed by Book a table to advertise your club’s bread making until 12 noon. During 2019 we activities! have taken home English Tea- cakes, Hot Cross Buns, Loaves with wholemeal/ white/ You are warmly invited. or a mixture of flours, Pizzas, Rolls (shaping & plaiting), Focaccia bread, Gingerbread and (Our halls are available for regular hire, and Panettone. for ‘one-offs’ i.e. a business meeting or children’s party. Groups meeting on our POP-UP CAFÉ is open on the 1st and 3rd premises include: Kliks Dancing, Karate, Thursday of each month from 10.30am – 12 First Class Learning, Tai Chi, Weightwatch- noon. We’re a small and friendly group; It’s ers, Girlguiding, Messy Church.) a good place to chat and enjoy tea and coffee and some home-made cakes. Come and join us! FILM CLUBS: Recent films have included: Singing in the Rain, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Yesterday, Hunt for the Wilder 30 www.carpendersparkresidents.org.uk


Attenborough Surgery AROUND CARPENDERS PARK NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER Surgery Website www.attenboroughsurgery.co.uk Telephone lines open Monday to Friday at 08.00 (Wednesday 07.00) Local Hospitals Watford General Hospital 01923 244366 Mount Vernon Hospital 0l923 826 I 11 St Albans City Hospital 01727 866122 Hemel Hempstead 01442 213141 Community Nursing District Nurses 01923 686815 Health Visitors 01932 235322 Bushey Medical Carpenders Park Holywell Centre Reception Surgery Surgery 01923 243130 01923 231 633 020 8428 0355 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Monday 08.00 - 18.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Tuesday 08.00 - 18.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Wednesday 07.00 - 18.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Thursday 08.00 - 18.30 14.30 - 18.00 08.00 - 18.30 08.00 - 12.30 Friday 08.00 - 18.30 14.30 - 18.00 CLOSED Most Saturdays each month 09.00 - 13.00 CLOSED Most Sundays 15.00 - 19.00 Check dates Pre-booked CLOSED CLOSED 09.00 - 13.00 Pre-booked Health Care Services available to all our our Reception Team for an appointment with patients include: our Travel Nurse for advice and immunisa- tions as appropriate, ideally at least six weeks Contraception services including coil and in advance of your trip. implant, Anticoagulation (Warfarin) Monitor- ing, Minor Surgery, Joint Injections, Physio- Skype / Facetime We are now offering a therapy, Counselling, Midwifery and Antena- Skype Facetime service as an alternative to telephone consultations. You may be offered tal care, Carers Health Checks, Extended this service when you ring up asking to speak Hours appointments (Saturdays and Sun- to a doctor. days), Skype appointments and access to evening and weekend appointments as part of Patient Group The Surgery would like to recruit new members to our Patient Group. our joint working with Watford Care Alli- Please contact Ceara Keane at the Surgery if ance. you are interested in becoming a member. Contact our Reception Team for details of any of the above services you may require. Travel advice and immunisation service If you have an overseas trip booked please ask CPRA NEWS 31


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Oxhey FAMILY & WELLBEING Library Event Baby Rhyme Time Every Tuesday at 14:15 - 14:45 Children love being bounced and tickled, and rhymes are a great way of entertaining babies and toddlers. They help your child's language development too. Baby Rhyme Times are a fun half hour session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages. All par- ents, carers and their babies are welcome to join in and there is no need to book in advance. For the comfort and safety of you and your child, we reserve the right to limit numbers at popular sessions. This activity is free; however, we do welcome a voluntary contribution of £1 per family. Something Loud Every Thursday at 11:15 - 11:45 Come along and make some noise with Something Loud! Pre-school musical story telling sessions. Join in with songs, games, and try lots of different instruments. LEGO Club for Children Every Saturday at 10.00 - 11:00 Drop in to our Lego Club - no booking required For ages 5 -12 - Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult £2.00 per session Toddler Tales Every Thursday at 14:15 - 14:45 Toddler Tales is the perfect step on from Baby Rhyme Time, with a mix of lively stories and rhymes for you and your child to join in with. The stories chosen are aimed at toddlers and pre-school children but babies are welcome too. Sharing stories and rhymes with your child helps to develop their listening skills, language and imagination. Enjoy the sto- ries together by sitting with your child during the session and then spend time browsing and borrowing from our extensive range of picture books. This activity is free; however we do welcome a voluntary contribution of £1 per family. CPRA NEWS 39


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Open Door FAMILY & WELLBEING Toddlers Group little as you want. We lay out a range of Caring for a baby or toddler can be full of fun different toys and activities, and there’s and joy as you share in their exploring of the always some craft to do if you’d like. world. But it can be a hard time too. It’s a chance for you to grab a coffee, and a It might feel a bit lonely, not seeing other chat if you fancy. We do have a singing time adults so much, or it can be good just to have for about 10 minutes in the middle of the a time for them to play with everything and session, but it’s up to you if you want to join you don’t have to dread the clearing up! or in. it’s nice to have them have a chance to learn to interact with other children a bit before Do drop by to see us: they’re off to pre-school or nursery. 10am to 11.45am, Wednesdays in term- That’s why Open Door is here. A chance, time, Carpenders Park Community Hall, once a week, to have a place to bring your Station Approach. little one(s) to play and explore. For more info, contact Luci Booth on We like to keep things informal and simple, 07511 689643 so there’s not lots of structured activities - come when it suits you and do as much or as [email protected] Real Nappies If you buy your own real nappies and wash them at home, we offer up to £50 towards the Babies and toddlers go through lots of cost. Alternatively, if you wish to try real nappies, 8 million of them in in the UK every nappies, we are able to offer you a FREE day! On average, a baby will need a starter kit. staggering 4,500 nappy changes before they are potty trained. That's 4,500 disposable There is a market for second hand re-usable nappies sent to landfill, or just 20 real nappies so after you have nappies washed and used again. finished with them you could consider selling them on or Real nappies are cloth nappies even buy them second hand in which can be washed and used the first place. You may find again. Modern reusable them on sites such as nappies fit snugly and are very Freecycle or Ebay and a few similar in shape and ease-of- other websites are listed use to disposables, but with the below. added option of great patterns and colours! They are soft and www.nct.org.uk/events/nct-nearly-new-sales chemical free for your baby, offering www.usednappies.co.uk financial savings over disposables, and they www.netmums.com help reduce the amount of rubbish that you For more information on real nappies, please throw away. contact the Customer Services Centre on 01923 776611 or Three Rivers District Council, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council will give e-mail [email protected] you a reward if you use real nappies. CPRA NEWS 45


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Health Walks FAMILY & WELLBEING Watford and Three Rivers Why walk? weekends or evenings in the summer. Walking works, and we have the proof! It To find out more please pick up a leaflet at makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy your local GP surgery, council office, library and can even save your life. or at a number of other local outlets or alternatively visit our website or get in touch About Us via the contact details below. The Watford and Three Rivers Health Walks For public transport information is part of a countywide programme travelling to the walks, contact of free, volunteer - led walks, which Traveline 0871 200 22 33 aims to help people get outdoors, get more active and reap the The Watford and Three Rivers benefits. The walks are all sociable Health Walks are coordinated by and you don't need any special equipment to The Countryside Management Service and join in, just comfortable shoes. To register to sponsored by Three Rivers District Council walk either sign up online at our website or and Hertfordshire County Council. just turn up a few minutes early for your first walk. Countryside Management Service 01992 588433 Our Walks [email protected] The programme runs all year round and offers choice of different walk grades, start points and times, including weekdays and CPRA NEWS 47


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Park Run FAMILY & WELLBEING Following on from my previous articles South Oxhey has regarding fitness I feel I must share with you with you my next step, Parkruns. Having a smaller turnout completed my Couch-to-5K program a while back, a friend of mine suggested trying out than most and the South Oxhey Parkrun. He had been doing it for some time and although not being offers free historically a sporty person, I had noticed a definite change in his physique, losing some refreshments and of that middle age spread. So, in September I took the leap of faith a biscuit or cake after you have finished. I and went along. I had preregistered online and printed have found them a very welcoming bunch of off my barcode, which you must take along if you want your time people and by far the best local event if you officially recorded. want to chat to new people. Before the start there is a briefing explaining about the course and So, what's the cost? Well this is health and safety matters. Then the good bit, all Parkruns are free there's the run and it's not really a and there are lots of them. Other race against others unless you venues nearby are Cassiobury want it to be. Park, Rickmansworth, Aldenham, You can walk, jog, run, it's really up to you. Harrow and Cannons Park. At the end you collect a timing token and get it scanned along with your unique barcode. So, what if you can't run or don't want to? Well you can still take The structure for all Parkruns is the same, part joining the team of volunteers, Saturday 9.00am start, 5K course .... but with lots of important roles including time keeping, barcode scanning or being a marshal out on the course. They often also take pictures and it is great to be able to share your achievement with others. Why not look at the Parkrun website and find out more. Once you have done one you may well be hooked! CPRA NEWS 49


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