• Sarratt
    Horticultural Society


    The 2020 AGM took place on 14 October, subject to the Covid restrictions in force at the time. The Minutes have now been been published on the Horti website. You can access them here, where you can also see the picture of Merle and her hand-turned bowl....more below.

    27 Years' Service Acknowledged

    The Horticultural Society presented Merle Liddy after 27 years on the Committee, with a beautiful walnut hand turned bowl made by Brian Luckhaus on the occasion of her retirement from the Committee. This was presented to her at a very socially distanced Horti AGM on the 14th October. For most of this time she was our ‘caterer’ at the Spring and Autumn Shows. Our lunches before the shows were extremely popular with our judges, they all loved to stay for one of Merle’s famous Pheasant or Venison casseroles. We could say she has been a legend in her own ‘lunchtime’! She could always be relied upon to give support where and when it was needed. The Horticultural Society was lucky to have had her time for so many years.

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  • 1st Sarratt
    Scout Group


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    Scouting has been classified as an “essential service” by the UK Government. This is great recognition of the value of Scouting for young people, and enables us to run meetings with numbers above the “rule of 6”. As the new “tier” system for managing local outbreaks of Covid-19 is implemented this month, this has not changed for our area.

    We are also delighted to have had the vast majority of our young members return to the Scout Group after meetings were suspended due to the lock-down. We currently have over 90 children attending our weekly meetings, which is fabulous!

    We are however looking for new volunteers to help with the leadership of each of the Sections. So if you are interested in helping out please get in touch with David Alexander, our Group Scout Leader at with details of which age group you would be interested in helping with.

    In the meantime, here’s what we’ve been up to in the last month:

    The Beavers have now taken a spin round Rickmansworth Aquadrome for a bike ride; followed by a hike round Sarratt; and then building dens from fallen wood at Commonwood. The Cubs have made mini rafts from twigs and rubber bands which they launched on the River Chess; have practiced their fire lighting skills on Dawes Common; and undertaken a night hike from Chorleywood to Sarratt. We also invested 6 Beavers moving up to Cubs and invested one new joiner to the Pack. Investitures also took place in Scouts with 5 young members moving up from Cubs. Activity wise, the Scouts have been on their ever popular 2 hour hike around Cassiobury and the Grand Union Canal that always ends up at the chip shop in Croxley Green (!); lighting fires and cooking pizzas on open fires; as well as games at Chipperfield Common; and testing out their pioneering skills making stretchers from broom handles, coats and rope! Finally, but not least, the Explorers have been practicing their singing voices for campfire songs, that as Explorer Youth Leaders for the more junior Sections they can use when we are eventually able to get back out on camps. They also determinedly played night games in the pouring rain at Commonwood, and are planning a weekend bike ride. Each Section is continuing with an outdoor programme and planning a blended programme after the October half term with a combination of outdoor sessions and indoor meetings at the Village Hall as the evenings turn darker and colder.

    We’ll keep you posted on our forward plan in future editions of Spotlight.

    Finally, if anyone reading this article is interested in their child joining one of our Sections, or helping as an adult volunteer at meetings or with any of the back office roles, please get in touch.. As mentioned above, we are particularly looking for anyone interested in helping at the weekly meetings and potentially taking on the role of Assistant Leader. All our Sections are open to both boys and girls.

    Beavers: Age 6-8 years
    Cubs: Age 8-10 years
    Scouts: Age 10 - 14 years
    Explorers: Age 14 - 18 years.
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  • School

    We are approaching the end of an Autumn Term 1 like no other at Sarratt School. Our school, like all others at the moment, is having to adapt to new ways of working following guidelines and reacting to change. Though many things may have changed such as staggered starts, separate playtimes, children remaining in set bubbles and increased hygiene, the children have been amazing at adapting.
    One thing that never changes is our determination to see all of our children happy, safe and learning. The Sarratt Team have been working hard to make sure the children are not missing out in any area of their educational experience - using imagination and technology to ensure learning is engaging, fun and allows all children to succeed. This half term we’ve seen groups engaged in drama, children keeping fit with outdoor trampolining, Divali artwork, cloud making and a full class of Y2 pirates!
    We’ve also had time to host a Virtual Sarratt Bake Off for MacMillan Cancer Care. Children and families got stuck in, baking at home, to support of the charity. Here are some of the wonderful creations made by our little star bakers!

    Nicola O’Hare
    Head of School

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  • Sarratt FC

    We are lucky that football matches are being played with the current restrictions. It is so unusual to see people in masks and trying to keep the right distance apart. We get quite a crowd sometimes so we just hope the rain holds off.
    The home players have to use both changing rooms and the opposition uses the rear end of the pavilion hall to get changed, so they have more space from each other. It is better than having to change outside as we do at most away games.

    The results have been very up and down this month –

    Oct 3
    st team match at home postponed
    Res lost 2 – 1 away to Lemsford res.

    Oct 10
    st lost 4 – 1 away to Buckingham
    Res lost 4 – 0 at home to Chippo res. in Cecil Hudson Cup

    Oct 17
    st won 3 – 2 at home to New Bradwell St,Peter
    Res won 2 – 1 away to Harpenden Rovers

    Oct 24
    st lost 5 – 0 away to Berkhamsted Raiders
    Res won 4 – 0 at home to Hinton Res

    During this month the first team lost their goal keeper with a broken finger in the warm up at Buckingham and in the match against New Bradwell St.Peter, one of our forwards broke his collar bone.

    On a more cheerful note our reserve team are currently 3
    rd in their table.

    We held a minute’s silence this month for Simon MacQueen’s young daughter, who died a year ago. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Sarratt Parish Council Report

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Key matters arising from the meeting of Sarratt Parish Council (SPC) held via Zoom on 13 October 2020 were as follows:

Appointments and Announcements

Cllr Rugg was appointed as Vice Chair. Cllr Mortimer was appointed Lead for Environment, and Cllr Bloom was appointed Lead for Sustainability. Cllr Thorp explained the likelihood of the Parish Clerk being absent for a number of weeks. During this period Cllrs Dobson and Thorp will ensure post, phone messages and emails are dealt with from the SPC office. Other tasks will be delegated to the function that they affect. All councillors and the attending members of the public wished Caroline a speedy recovery and sent their best wishes.

Policy & Resources

Grants have been received from a number of organisations and the deadline has been extended to 31 October – so it’s not too late for anyone still wishing to apply.

Permission has been granted for Lion TV to film a horse and cart on the Green on the morning of 28 October.

The new SPC website is structurally fit for purpose and awaiting content loading. Mike Edmund has done an excellent job developing the site largely on his own and his support is appreciated.

Cllr Dobson advised SPC she had written to TRDC in September objecting to the proposed removal of the telephone in the Belsize phone box by BT due to no mobile phone signal in the area. TRDC have now made a draft decision to give approval to BT. Cllr Dobson will write again with SPC’s objections before the consultation deadline of 3 November.

Cllr Soothill attended the Sarratt & Chorleywood Local Area Forum on 12 October. The headline was TRDC putting their climate change strategy out for consultation. Their goal is to become net zero from their own emissions by 2030. 40% of CO2 emissions in Three Rivers comes from the M25!


Cllr Mortimer reported on the work undertaken by the Parish Warden in the last month, which has included the clearance of rubbish/minor fly tipping around Commonwood and clearance of fallen branches over the footpath near Valley Farm; the benches on Sarratt Green and at the KGV playing fields have been washed down and cleaned; and the bus stops are to be jet washed ready for painting in the Spring. In addition, the Litter Picking Group collected 4 large bags of rubbish at the beginning of October. Rural Watch has also dealt with the large fly tipping pile in Old House Lane. However, the whole issue of fly tipping is to be progressed with County & District Councillor Phil Williams as a result of comments that have been made to the litter pickers.

Cllr Mortimer attended the meeting organised by the Sustainable Sarratt group on pollution of the River Chess held in the Village Hall on 25 September, where an interesting presentation was made charting the route of sewage from consumer to disposal/treatment. He commented that Thames Water were not just ‘dumping’ raw sewage into the Chess whenever they choose, rather it is the overflow from the tanks when they are full, particularly due to heavy rainfall. However, much is still finding its way into the river. Thames Water is investing £3m in a new tank to be installed in the next two years. Cllr Mortimer suggested SPC takes up the offer of a trip to the Chesham sewage plant to see how it works, as and when a date is proposed by Thames Water.

Cllr Rugg attended a resident's meeting with contractors for Affinity Water about the Belsize mast. A solution has been agreed for a smaller mast to be installed in a cabinet on Belsize Green, as opposed to their initial proposal of a 21 ft tall mast with an aerial on top. The contractors are sending revised design details to SPC with an installation planned possibly in the next two months.

Three items of correspondence from residents on environment issues were discussed:

  • Dog Fouling outside Holly Cottage, Dimmocks Lane - Cllr Mortimer will erect a ‘no dog fouling’ sign on the verge and look to install a poo bin nearby.
  • Wooden posts/logs at Commonwood - Cllr Mortimer will organise the logs currently positioned on the verges to be cut into smaller chunks, but there is no budget to purchase new ‘purpose built’ items.
  • Email regarding fingerpost road signs in Belsize - Agreed that in the light of the expensive quotes received for replacing the fingerposts, Cllr Mortimer and the Parish Warden would look for a local carpenter to make a new sign for Belsize or alternatively make good and repaint the existing sign.


The information below is based on the One Network report, accessed via Herts CC's website. The portal is here and is correct as at 11 October. It is subject to change, particularly because of Covid 19-related changes.

Reported road repairs, likely delays and closures are as follows:

  • Bucks Hill: 23-27 Nov, 0800-1800; delays likely; Herts CC and BT
  • Bottom Lane: 30 Nov - 4 Dec, 0800-1800; delays likely; BT
  • Quickmoor Lane: 23 Nov, 0800-1800; delays likely; Herts CC
  • Old House Lane: 7-11 Dec; delays likely; BT
  • Redhall Lane: ongoing closure, delays likely; 30 Nov-2 Dec; delays likely; Affinity Water
  • Church Lane: 4 -5 Nov, 0930-1600; road closed, diversion in place; Herts CC
  • Dimmocks Lane: 9-18 Dec; delays possible; Herts CC
  • Moor Lane: 16-18 Nov; delays likely; Affinity Water
  • Bragmans Lane: 30 Nov - 11 Dec; delays likely; BT
  • Flaunden lane: 30 Nov - 11 Dec; delays likely; BT

In addition, Highways England have notified repairs on the M25 in our area:

  • 12-21 Oct, 2200-0500; between Jcts 18-20;
  • 29 Oct, Junction 19; partial closure clockwise


Cllr Soothill advised the TRDC Preferred Options consultation document on potential sites for future housing development may be issued in early November. A date for an extraordinary Council meeting to discuss the document, if published, has been agreed for Tuesday 17 November.

Neighbourhood Plan

Public consultation days have been postponed due to the expected imminent publication of TRDC’s Preferred Options Consultation and will be re-arranged at a later date.

Planning Applications

Council had no objections to the following planning applications:

  • Olleberrie Farm, Olleberrie Lane, Belsize - Demolition of existing garden room and construction of single storey garden room.
  • Norcott House, Commonwood - Construction of detached garage.
  • Hillside, Poles Hill, Belsize - Installation of new vehicular crossover and extension to driveway to create carriage driveway. But SPC noted the HCC Highways restrictions on two entrances to a single residential property, and requested that if approved by TRDC, that the materials used for the driveway surface should not be materials that may spill over into the main road e.g. pebbles or gravel.

Council objected to the following applications:

  • Holly Hedges Farm, Olleberrie Lane, Belsize - Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a replacement two storey dwelling including alterations to land levels - Objection due to over development.
  • 3 Dell Cottages, The Green, Sarratt - Erection of a detached outbuilding - Objection on the basis of the inappropriate scale of the proposed outbuilding in the context of a small locally listed cottage in a Conservation Area.

The permitted development application by Crestyl Barn, Watercress Farm, Moor Lane, Sarratt for a change of use from Agricultural Building to a flexible use to provide hotel (Class C1) holiday accommodation was noted.

Planning decisions were noted. The following were specifically highlighted to Council:

  • Sarum, Templepan Lane – permitted by TRDC. SPC had objected due to the increase in footprint proposed.
  • Ramilies, Sarratt Green – SPC objected and TRDC has refused planning permission.
  • High Rising, Sarratt Green – Refused by TRDC due to roof design and height. SPC had no objection.
  • Crestyl, Dimmock’s Lane – Refused by TRDC due to disproportionate additions to the roof level. SPC had no objection.
  • Hollies, Deadman’s Ash Lane – SPC objected to the Certificate of Lawful Development application. TRDC has approved.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 10 November at 7:30pm, again by Zoom. Members of the Parish are welcome to join the meeting. The agenda and details of how to join the meeting will be posted on the Parish noticeboard outside the Village Hall a few days ahead of the meeting, or alternatively can be obtained from Caroline Owen, the Parish Clerk by emailing her at

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