The Community News Number 27 January 1950
The Commuity News Number 28 March 1950
In this Issue
FOOTPATH - No exact idea as to when it will be possible to commence work on the new footpath between Baldwins Lane and Girton Way can yet be given pending settlement of the legal side of the matter. It is understood that the actual work of constructing the footpath will take about a month from commencement. St. Oswalds' officials are disturbed at the number of people who are anticipating
the footpath by forcing the gate and crossing what is as yet private property.
LIGHTING - Following repeated applications from this Association for adequate lighting in Baldwins Lane, the Council have decided to partially fulfil this need by erecting nine new columns in Baldwins Lane arid providing them with the sodium lamps at present on the Green. Those removed from' the Green are to be replaced by 150 watt Tungsten lamps.
THE GREEN - Considerable perturbation was felt by the Croxley Green Society at the deplorable condition of The Green and at the: Society's meeting on March 21 it was resolved that an expression of the Society's concern be communicated to the Dean of Caius College, Cambridge. It was felt that the dispoilation was, in the main, attributable to (1) rubbish being left by casual visitors and gypsy camps; (2) horse-riding; (3) causing of ruts by cars wantonly using the Green instead of the roads provided. The question of the revival of May Day was also raised and the Committee were to make enquiries with this end in view.
The Community News Number 29 May 1950
In this Issue
Croxley North Ward created history with the ballot needing to be counted four times. The scores on the doors was;
Wise (Labour) 1197 votes - elected
Gurney (Conservative 1164 votes - elected
Lindsay (Labour) 1161 votes - not elected
Fisher (Conservative 1151 votes - not elected
There was a margin of 13 votes between three candidates.
Rev. Raymond S. Wilkinson sadly tendered his resignation from the position as President of the Croxley Green Residents Association.
Eric Norman was advertising a special!!! 200 dresses at 23/11 each with hip sizes of 38 to 50 inches and news was passed on as to the major change in local planning laws allowing 10% expansion of properties.
Unity is Strength
The reputation and status of the Residents' Association is, we are proud to say, of the highest standing and it 'is no secret that the Council respects the integrity of purpose in any matter which the Association takes up on behalf of a member.
If you are not already a member then join the Association and strengthen the organisation whose sole allegiance and aim is to and on behalf of Croxley ratepayers.
The Resident Number 30 July 1950
In this Issue
There is little doubt that the loss incurred by the Croxley and Rickmansworth Civic Restaurants for the year ended 31st March, 1950, came as an unpleasant shock to the ratepayers. As wiII be seen from the figures appearing on Page 5, the deficit of £1,444, which will have to be borne by the General Rate Fund, is one ratepayers cannot afford, and whatever action is to be taken will require to be drastic: £1 ,444 approximates 1.5d. in every £ of Rateable Value.
LITTLE GREEN LANE SCHOOL SPORTS - The well organised inter-house sports, arranged by the staff of the Little Green Lane School, were held on the School ground on Tuesday, 27th July. There was much competition for the honours and many children were seen to push out their chests twice normal when they had secured a few points for their "House." "Red House" finally triumphed, but we hear that the other houses have vowed to put matters aright next year. It is gratifying to see so many parents at these functions-a detail which means so much to the children and the school staff.
Lt.-Col. Goad presented the honours and said a few well-chosen words to the children.
THE GREEN - We are pleased to note the Commoners have now agreed to send a delegate to the Committee Meetings of the Croxley Green Society, a resolution which we feel will not only lead to a full resumption and enjoyment of the Green's amenities, but will at the same time safeguard the interests of the Commoners.
The Resident Number 31 September 1950
In this Issue
Dear Sir, The Committee of Croxley Green Horticultural and Allotment Holders: Society would like to thank you for your column in the last issue regarding their Annual Show. As a result we have had a number of new members from your Society and we are hoping for more applications. The service the Society is able to give depends largely on the strength of the Membership, We hope, therefore, that local residents will give us their support by joining our Society.
Yours truly, KAY M. RAGGETT, Hon. Secretary.
That forty-seven Council House tenants entered for the Tenants Garden Competition arranged by the Council, and it is understood that the inspection
revealed a very high standard throughout. All those who participated, whether successful in obtaining a prize or not are to be congratulated on these efforts. They have at least the satisfaction of knowing that not only did they make their
own home and garden look more attractive, but they contributed materially to the appearance of the district as a whole.
October 26.-A lecture" Fruit Culture," by Mr. A. H. Lugg, N.D.H., Horticultural Supdt , Herts. Institute of Agriculture, to be held at the Science Room, The Guildhouse.
November 23. - Also at the Science Room, a lecture, "Culture of Chrysanthemums," by Mr. Lambert-member of the teaching staff at" the Herts. Institute of Agriculture: Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Resident Number 32 November 1950
In this Issue
Another year has almost passed, and at this season it is customary for us all to look back over the months and the memories they hold. Most of us will have to admit that 1950 has produced a variety of events, some grave, some gay, which have had some effect on regulating the pattern of our lives during this year. We shall find ourselves speculating upon the improvement-or otherwise- of our country's well-being, and those thoughts may lead us to spare a few moments reflection upon the condition of the community in which we live and those
responsible for its administration. We might ask ourselves, "Is Croxley Green as desirable a place as it was a year ago?" and, according- to the answer, we should know where lies the fault or the praise. There are undoubtedly local matters to which you consider insufficient attention has been given, some, perhaps, seem to have been by-passed altogether What do you propose to do about it? Complaining to your neighbour" over the fence," or to your fellow-passenger in bus or train, may have the effect of getting it "off your chest," but seldom has any other result. Our opinion is-and you may agree with us-we
mostly get what we deserve. This being so, why 'not make up your mind that included in your seasonal resolutions, coloured as we believe they will be with" good will toward men," there will be a decision, to contribute Your share to the task of ensuring that Croxley Green Is a better place for your neighbour and yourself this time next year.
The Resident Number 33 January 1951
In this Issue
FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN
Following a meeting called by the Croxley Green society, attended by delegates from all affiliated associations and societies, it was decided that Croxley Green should not join with Rickmansworth in arranging a joint function in connection with the Festival of Britain, but that any festivities should be on a local basis only and take place on the Green. A sub-committee was appointed at this meeting to
consider the extent of the festivities, to discuss the ways and means of arranging any functions and to suggest suitable dates. Although it is too early yet to give a complete picture of the possible extent of the venture, it can be said that this is provisionally timed to take place during the week commencing 18th June and end with a series of events on the Green on Saturday, June 23rd. During the week it is hoped, through- co-operation with the Youth Organisations and other societies having facilities for indoor shows, to complete an attractive programme which should be of interest to all. The festivities on the Saturday should incorporate such items as Children's Fancy Dress Parades, Maypole Dancing, displays of Country Dancing and many other similar events which can so well be included in a programme of this description. Whilst this small sub-committee can do much towards organising 'the programme, there is much to be done by that worthy band of volunteers which always comes forward on these occasions.
The Resident Number 34 March 1951
In this Issue
Shops - The Minister has made known his decision in connection with the appeal against the siting of shops and the refusal to permit development of Pitkins land. The appeal has been turned down and Croxley Green will therefore not have shops at the junction of Baldwin's Lane and Watford Road. The decision will, without doubt, be regretted by the majority of residents in the vicinity who have at all times made their views so clear.
Housing -The Council plan to get fully underway
with their house building programme which would appear to make provision for approximately 182 houses of various types for letting: Most of these will be erected on the Berry Lane estate and it is unlikely that there will be much, if any, building in Croxley Green:- It matters little, however, in these days of need, where the building takes place as long as the patient applicant gets his house.
Salvage - The Council are anxious that all householders conserve the maximum amount of saleable waste paper. Householders should make every endeavour to
save as much waste paper as possible and to keep this away from the refuse bin, by storing it in a sack or carton, etc., for easy collection and to avoid contamination with the normal refuse. Paper thus saved may well mean a saving in rates.
The Resident Number 35 May 1951
In this Issue
THE THIN EDGE OF THE WEDGE?
The decision of the London Midland Region of British Railways to suspend train services between Croxley Green and Watford Junction after 7.30 in the evening
is viewed with considerable .apprehension for the following
1. The inconvenience which will undoubtedly be caused to .all classes of the community:
2. The arbitrary action in announcing this decision without consultation with local bodies and by giving the barest notice;
3. The uncomfortable feeling that the present cut is only the' " thin end of the wedge" and that before long similar action will be taken to close the line altogether. People affected fall into various categories. Owing to congestion at certain hours on the Metropolitan line, more and more business men and women are inclined to use the L.M. service if at all possible. Now, if they should be so unfortunate as to arrive at Watford after 7.30 p.m., their season tickets will be useless and they will have to seek alternative means of transport. Late travellers-and they are not few-returning from Watford after the 'bus services have finished for the night, have relied upon the L.M. trains to get them home. This particularly applies to shift workers at local factories and even Railwaymen on late shift will be affected, we can foresee certain Unions being urged to take an interest in this matter.
The Resident Number 36 July 1951
In this Issue
The R.U.D.C. would now seem to have once more got into its stride, after the early summer elections and the consequent re-shuffling of sub-committee personnel, and the ratepayers generally-and those of Croxley Green in
particular-have reason to congratulate the new Chairman, Mr. Pitkin, on the promise he has already shown in bringing sound commonsense and strict impartiality to bear in all his Council tasks. We in Croxley Green are conscious of the honour paid to this community in the choice of Council Chairman; many have wondered just how soon a local man would attain that office, and now that the occasion has at last arisen, we shall watch his progress with real and sincere regard. It is inherent that in a democracy there should be maintained the tradition of "fair play," and we are confident that, given the whole-hearted co-operation of fellow Councillors and Officers, he will invest his appointment with the dignity and right-mindedness of which we know he is capable, and, to that end, he has the assurance of this Association's continued interest.
A few good photographs of the Festival Tableaux, Events, and Procession are available; please contact Mrs. T. Pooley, 72 Malvern Way, Croxley Green.
Telephone: Rickmansworth 2667
The Resident Number 37 September 1951
In this Issue
Proposed Radial Road
The question of whether Whippendell Woods are to be affected by the proposed radial road remains a matter to be settled in the future. Present plans carry the
scheme to Cassiobridge, but no farther. The road must continue, but where?
During recent months watchful residents eyed, first with curiosity, then with trepidation, the slow but apparently relentless monster which crept out of Watford, down the Whippendell Road, across Croxley's boundary
and up the Watford Road. Where was it bound? Which way would it go when
reaching the bend at Croxley "Met"? Well, the residents of Frankland Road proved to be the unlucky ones, although many of them sighed with relief as the monster
turned into the cutting halfway along the road and its remorseless appetite forsook pavements in favour of a softer diet. Inevitably its progress has left scars; inevitably, too, those scars will take time to heal, for even modern road surgery has its limitations 'and cannot overnight reinstate things to their erstwhile conditions. - The Highways Committee of the Association, having due regard to the circumstances, and appreciating that time must be allowed for subsidence before the 'final remedial measures can be undertaken by the authorities are maintaining a watching brief.
The Resident Number 38 November 1951
In this Issue
What's in a name? Eighteen months ago the title of this magazine became " The Croxley Resident", to conform more closely to the name by which the Croxley
Green Residents' Association was more generally known " The Residents". Now, by a decision taken at the recent A.G.M., we change again, but, this time, the title of the Association! We had fondly imagined that the words" Residents' Association" implied that ANY Croxley Green resident would be welcomed as a member. However, there must have been doubts on the matter and as we cannot allow anyone to continue in a state of uncertainty as to whether he or she is eligible for membership, the name of the Association will henceforth be "The Croxley Green Residents' and Ratepayers' Association". You should no longer be under a misapprehension! If you are living in Croxley Green, whether in your own
house or another's, whether in "rooms" or "digs", tile Association is for YOU! Don't hesitate any more. Get in now, and help make 1952 a real leap year!
Watford Borough Boundaries
There is to be "strenuous objection by Watford Rural District Council to the absorbing of part of the R.D.C. area by Watford Borough. This is readily appreciated but, behind 1ihese "annexation" proposals there' are invariably very good reasons, It would be equally interesting to follow the arguments for and
against the extension of the Borough boundary to take in Croxley Green. We will, however, have to "wait and see'.