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Thursday, 28th May, 2015 04:47 PM
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Chris Lloyd, Chairman of Three Rivers will be in Abbots Langley on Monday as he walks his district for charity.He will visit Abbots Langley Police Station on his way through at 17:25 hours approx. (after visiting Warner Bros Studios).  More details below.

Businesses and charities are invited to hit the road with Council Chairman Chris Lloyd on 18 May as he walks over 25 miles around the Three Rivers district.  Chris’ walk is in aid of his three chosen charities, Watford and Three Rivers Mencap, Three Rivers CAB and Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre. The walk is an opportunity for Chris to thank the people of Three Rivers who make the community special as he completes his year of office on the following day.

People can sponsor Chris at It is over 25 miles and the aim is to raise £3,000.

Chris will be starting and finishing at his home village of Croxley Green on Monday 18 May and he will be taking in the main towns and villages of the district through the day.

Organizations can send a mobile number or email address to the Council and they will be given an approximate time to meet in their town.  Chris' support team will then text people when he is 15 minutes away and they can join him for a section of the walk and feature in his live blog messages and photos.

Organisations can contact the Council with their details 01923 727 255.

Residents and businesses can follow Chris’ blog here...

The role of the Chairman is non-political.

The postponed Parish Council elections for Abbots Langley and Bedmond Ward will take place on Wednesday 24 June. The election of five councillors for the Ward was scheduled for 7 May but was postponed following the death of a candidate.

All residents eligible to vote should receive a poll card through their door at the beginning of June. Full details are available from Abbots Langley Parish Council or Three Rivers District Council.

Elections are organised by Three Rivers District Council and further information about all elections is available at 01923 776611

Parish Councils provide a range of important services and facilities in the community. Further details are available at 01923 265139


Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm at the following locations:


  • Bedmond Village Hall, High St, Bedmond, WD5 OQP
  • Abbots Langley Methodist Church Hall, Langley Road, Abbots Langley WD5 OEJ
  • Manor House Sports and Social Centre, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 ODD


Residents of Dacorum Borough will be treated to an extra special parade when RAF Halton march through Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 17 May, exercising their right to Freedom of the Borough.

The parade, led by The Band of The Royal Air Force Regiment, will start in the Old Town High Street at 11.15am. It will then come to an exciting pause at St Mary’s Square where there will be a military spitfire flypast over St Mary’s Church at 11.30am.

Following addresses by Dacorum’s Mayor and RAF Halton's Station Commander, the parade will continue down the high street marching past the front of the Civic Centre at midday where The Station Commander, the Mayor of Dacorum and the Chief Executive of Dacorum Borough Council will be saluted as the parade passes. The parade will come to a halt on Dacorum Way at 12.05pm.

All residents are invited to attend to get a glimpse of this rare spectacle and celebrate the borough’s proud connection to RAF Halton which was the first regiment to receive the honour of the Freedom of the Borough of Dacorum.

Dacorum Borough Council is advising residents that road closures will be in place on the morning of Sunday 17 May from 6am until just after midday. Diversions will be in place but residents should be aware of possible disruption in the area.

Three Rivers District Council has decided to remove its paper banks and bottle banks across the district, when current contracts end in June 2015. These ‘bring’ sites have been in place for many years, but the quantities of paper and glass collected in this way have dropped significantly in recent months, thanks to the success of the weekly collection service for mixed recyclables which began in October 2014.

Alison Page, Head of Environmental Protection said: “It is time to retire these bring banks. With households getting a weekly recycling collection it is difficult to justify their retention, given the small quantities of paper and glass collected. They have also been subject to damage, vandalism and fly-tipping from time to time. We are confident that residents will continue to recycle as much as possible and continue to improve on our district’s excellent overall recycling rate, which currently stands at over 62%.”

Three Rivers District Council can supply larger 360 litre recycling bins free of charge to households which need a bigger bin. The Council also offers trade waste and recycling services to local businesses at competitive rates. For more information please contact 01923 776611.’

Paper banks and bottle banks have been removed from:

Abbots Langley, Manor Lodge (glass)

Chorleywood, North Hill (glass and paper)

Croxley Green, Community Way (glass)

Maple Cross Community Centre (glass)

Rickmansworth, Fairway Inn (paper and glass)

Rickmansworth High Street (glass)

South Oxhey, Bridlington Road (paper and glass)

Hertfordshire County Council now provides free vitamins for all pregnant women, all breastfeeding mums and children aged six months to four years, in order to help give children the healthiest possible start in life.

The vitamins are available to any new mums who are breastfeeding and mums-to-be living in Hertfordshire – you do not need vouchers, the vitamin tablets and drops can be collected from any of Hertfordshire’s 82 children’s centres.

The scheme, which uses NHS Healthy Start vitamins, is a partnership project funded by Public Health to promote healthier lifestyles to local communities.  Other Healthy Start services include healthy eating, cookery classes, active play and breastfeeding advice.

Becky Mallett from Letchworth, who is 38 weeks pregnant, and her son Dexter, two, have both been taking the vitamins. She is really supportive of the scheme and said: “I’ve tried to be really healthy during this pregnancy and make sure that Dex is eating well too. But getting these free vitamins has given me that extra peace of mind that me, Dex and bump are getting the good stuff we need. It’s great that I can just pick them up from my local children’s centre because it’s on my doorstep.”

Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, said: “A healthy start in life is one of the most important things we can give any child, and this scheme is just one of the many ways we aim to help families do this.  I would urge pregnant women and mums with young children to visit their children’s centre to pick up their free vitamins and find out about the range of other support available to them.”

The Healthy Start women’s vitamins are specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women. They contain:

  • Folic acid: reduces the likelihood of the baby having spina bifida, a birth defect where the spine doesn’t form properly
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: helps the body to absorb calcium and so supports the baby’s bones to develop properly.

The Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops contain:

  • Vitamin A: for growth, vision and healthy skin
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: for strong bones and teeth.

Dr Alison Jackson, a Broxbourne GP, mum, and representative of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Whether you’re planning to start a family, already pregnant, or bringing up a young child, there’s no shortage of health advice and products targeted at women and their children. Every mum or mum-to-be wants to look forward to a healthy future, and taking these free NHS-approved vitamin supplements is one healthy choice that’s now been made even easier in Hertfordshire.”

For more information please contact your local children’s centre here

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