Girlguiding Radlett District 1919 – 2019

Girlguiding Radlett District 1919-2019

The first Guide unit in Radlett was registered on 10th October 1919 under the captaincy of Mrs Betty Twinch with the doctor’s wife, Mrs Cooper, acting as District Commissioner.  Two medical students, Win Everett and Billy Sanderson, used to cycle over from Elstree to help, and it was help indeed, for Win was the daughter of Lord Baden Powell’s right hand man Sir Percy Everett.  She remained an enthusiastic member of the Trefoil Guild well into her late life.


Business in India took Mrs Twinch away after fourteen months but she returned in 1925 to start the highly successful Ranger Company.  Meanwhile in 1922, Miss Muriel Wheatcroft, who had been guiding in Derbyshire, moved to Radlett to look after her brother’s motherless daughters and she was to be at the heart of the movement in Radlett for the next 33 years during most of which she was District Commissioner.


She started a holiday company in 1924 for the boarding school girls whom she saw as future leaders and, by this time, there were several Brownie packs in the area including 1st and 2nd Aldenham.  Soon after the new Headquarters in Watling Street was opened in1926, there were 12 units in the District:


1st Radlett Rangers

1st 2nd and 3rd Radlett, 1st and 2nd Aldenham, 1st Park Street Guides

1st, 2nd and 3rd Radlett and 1st and 2nd Aldenham Brownies


Since then, Bricket Wood and Shenley Guides and Brownies have been included in the District at various times, and Rainbows began in 1991.


During the 1939-1945 war, Radlett Guides collected waste paper, sent magazines to the troops, lent their camp equipment for a canteen for those who had lost their homes to bombs, and continued to learn Morse Code, first aid and message-carrying to prepare them for future service.  They welcomed evacuees into their midst forming 4th Radlett Guides to cater for them and including 42nd Croydon Guides (a school evacuated to Edge Grove) and 1st Tufnell Park Rangers in their District Activities.  In 1947 Phyliss Landragin became the first Queen’s Guide.


In 1985, amongst numerous Girlguiding National 75th Anniversary Celebrations, our President HRH Princess Margaret lit the Guiding Flame at Buckingham Palace.  Weekly meetings continued as before with the 2nd Radlett Brownies knitting blankets for the orphaned victims of the Columbian volcano disaster and the Guides relishing the results of their patrol time cooking skills.  A Festival of Praise was held in St Albans Abbey where Radlett and Shenley Guides were in the orchestra.


By 1989, there were six Young Leaders in the District and this tradition of girls coming back to help as Young Leaders and Leaders has continued since then.  In June of this year, the Brownies celebrated their own 75th birthday with a party.  In November, the Trefoil Guild invited current members to a luncheon to celebrate 70 years of Girlguiding in Radlett.






In May 1991, the 1st Radlett Rainbow Unit opened.  We now have over 60 members in our Rainbow units with many more wishing to join.


After years of planning, the official opening of the new Guide Headquarters, Woodland Lodge, in Scrubbitts Park Road was held in September 1992.  The guests of honour were Blue Peter Presenter, John Leslie, and County Commissioner, Mrs Barbera Hurford.  All the units gave demonstrations in the hall and there were challenges for the girls and a campfire to round off the proceedings.


1994 marked the 75th Anniversary of Girlguiding and Scouting in Radlett, with a very successful Country Fair on Christchurch field followed by a reunion buffet lunch in November which was attended by ladies who had been Guides in every decade since 1919.


Activities during the millennium year came thick and fast, culminating in the Remembrance Day Parade.


And so onto the 21st Century…..


In more recent times, both Leaders and Girls have continued to learn and practise countless life skills, whilst developing friendships which we hope will last a lifetime.  Opportunities for Girlguiding camps and holidays both nationally and internationally in destinations as far afield as Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, USA, Japan, Uganda, Austria, India, Mexico, and Sweden help our members develop as confident young women who we very much hope will continue to shape the future.


Our recent Vote 100 event and community poppy display in Tykeswater reinforced Girlguiding Radlett District’s commitment to the local community and, as we embark on our own Centenary this year, we have plenty of plans in place to make more lasting memories for our members and the community alike.





Girlguiding continues to grow and thrive in Radlett.  We are a movement for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances.  We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends.  We give girls their own space –  a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.  We give girls a voice along with the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions.  We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!


Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.


Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have a group of fantastic trained volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.


So Join US – both girls and adults – in this our Centenary year.  We want to share the fun we have together.  Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started  We look forward to welcoming you!


Girlguiding is for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. We give girls their own space – a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world. We give girls a voice – confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have nine units operating because of our fantastic trained volunteers, but all of our units are at capacity and we and are still adding Brownies and Rainbows to our waiting lists.

New volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

So Join US – both girls and adults – we want to share the fun we have together. Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started
We look forward to welcoming you!

Nicola Day
District Secretary

 Girlguilding Radlett District 1919 – 2019 ( Click here for further infomation)

46 Goodyers Avenue
01923 857750

Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

The Shenley Witches (Nicky Beaton & Tracy Brice) with their good friend the Cat (Amanda Leboff) took residence in the spooky Hallowe’en Cage to welcome villagers, fellow witches, zombies, skeletons, cats, vampires, ghosts and ghouls.    This year we had a special guest, Herman the monster (operated by Jade Susman) who entertained those about to go into the Cage.   Inside Skeleton Witch served the most delicious green and black eyeballs in green slime, Ugly Witch offered pink strawberry worms and Cat offered children sweeties.   Children were braver this year and not so many had to be egged on to sample the eyeballs.  The worms were particularly delicious.   It was rather chilly on Sunday so special thanks to Alex Black (Orchard Tea Rooms) for providing the tasty blood soup (tomato soup, not ghoul-ash!) which was most welcome.   Helen Hussain and Amanda’s parents Roberta and Anthony Shaw and sister-in-law Deborah Shaw kindly handed out toffee apples with Superman Monty (Amanda’s gorgeous little poodle puppy) helping.

Our Dracula photographer (Guy Beaton) and his able assistant Ross Brice organised the spooky fancy dress competition, taking photos of all entrants.   A magnificent 71 entrants – what a great turnout!  Costumes and makeup were brilliant this year.  It was very hard to choose the winners but after a lot of deliberating first prize has been awarded to Claw Hand-Ashaan Chambers and the Runners up are Skeleton Witch-Sienna Patel, Scary Clown-Harry Apfel, Bow-tie Clown-Harley Clayton and Frankenstein-Sam Shaw (please see the photos).   Well done everyone.

Pumpkins Competition – Best Pumpkin prize has been awarded to Florence and Maisie Gilbert.  Well done girls.   We also have to commend the spooky castle pumpkin.

Special thanks to Amanda Leboff our lovely Parish Clerk for organising the event brilliantly as always.  She works so hard.  There really is a lot to do behind the scenes and of course on the day – what a star.

Huge thanks also to everyone who helped us set up and clear up:  Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan & Pam Young, Ross & Tracy Brice, Guy Beaton, Jade Susman, Jeremy Leboff, Anthony Spencer and Roberta, Anthony & Deborah Shaw.   I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Witch Beaton

Shenley Village Matters

Issue 11 – Autumn 2017

Click here for Shenley Village Matters Issue 11 – Autumn 2017


Shenley Parish Council

Autumn 2017 Report 

Now that the leaves are falling from the trees summer seems a dim and distant past,   however Christmas is on its way which means that we are now entering our season of community events and I really hope that as many of you as possible are able to come along and be part of our vibrant village.

The dates for our events are advertised in this publication and I very much look forward to seeing you there. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve on these events from previous years or you would like to offer to help out at any of them then please do get in contact with me.

Planning and future development in Shenley remains a hot topic and as such the Neighbourhood Plan team have been really busy preparing the draft of the plan.  They still need your input and I would urge you to complete your questionnaires that were delivered in early September. Hertsmere is planning for 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree so we need to hear your thoughts on this.

We welcome to the village Novita the new Italian restaurant and wish them much success. Let’s support them and our other local business to keep them alive and thriving. There has been much disappointment with the loss of The Black Lion name but the restaurant has agreed to put a plaque on the building recognising the fact that the building used to be called The Black Lion.

We have been looking at the issues of speeding and the accidents along Shenleybury and Black Lion Hill and in conjunction with our Borough and County Councillors have managed to secure funding for a traffic survey which is the first step in the process to try and make those stretches of roads safer.

You may have noticed teams of people in high viz. jackets on a Tuesday or Thursday around the Village. They are from Community Payback and have been doing a brilliant job of tidying up our footpaths and hedges. We have a long list of jobs for them to do but if you can suggest an area that you feel needs tidying up in the Village do let me know and we will get it added to the list.

We have been investigating over the last few months the possibility of extending the Christmas lights along Porters Park Drive. Unfortunately, the costs of purchasing together with the ongoing maintenance make it unfeasible at this present time.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Shenley Fete Committee for their generous donation to the Sir Richard Cox Charity which is a Charity that provides financial support to local residents who need it at Christmas time.

We would also like to congratulate the Shenley U13s Cricket team for being crowned ECB U13 National Champions.  A fantastic achievement and the village is really proud of them. We have an article about them in this Shenley Village Matters edition.

We have had a few positive results from our continual campaigning. Finally the large pot holes in the Andrew Close car park have been filled and in additional some more problematic potholes along Porters Park Drive near to King Charles Road were filled. A big thank you must go to our County Councillor Morris Bright for obtaining the funding to enable these works to take place. Residents nearby can now enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.

Another great result is that we have been granted funding for a bus shelter with seating for the stop opposite Tescos.  Hopefully this will be installed in the coming months and will make waiting for the bus a more pleasant and dryer experience for all.

We have booked the seniors Christmas trip and this year we will be going to see 42nd Street on Wednesday 13th December, tickets are going quickly so if you are interested then please book soon.

In the meantime I look forward to seeing you all at the village events.

William Susman

Chairman – Shenley Parish Council



Shenley Parish

New Local Plan Meeting

The meeting we held at the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th October was very well attended.  The purpose of the meeting was to give Residents the opportunity to find out more about Hertsmere Borough Council’s (HBC) new Local Plan’s ‘Planning for Growth Issues & Options’ Consultation.  HBC has delivered leaflets to Shenley households.  Indeed all households in Hertsmere should have received them.   In our view these leaflets do not give adequate information.   As we hope you now know, HBC are consulting on whether to build 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree and they are consulting on the area of search for a new Garden Village for 4,000 and ultimately 6,000 homes.   We recommend that you read the full consultation document on Hertsmere’s website:   At the meeting we handed out Meeting Notes containing some extracts from the consultation document – the ones relating to the areas of search in Shenley.   Click here to read the meeting notes.  The areas of search we are concerned about are:

  1. Pursley Farm fields
  2. The area behind London Road and the Spinney and Spinney Path leading down to Radlett Lane and also the fields to the left of Radlett Lane opposite the Park running down to Radlett. Villagers might consider limited development on the land behind London Road between the Spinney/Spinney Path but development in the fields running down Radlett Lane would be as bad as having development on Pursley Farm fields.
  3. The new ‘Garden Village’ which is shown as being in the Willows Farm/Salisbury Hall/Mosquito Museum area. 1,000 or more homes are likely to be in Shenley Parish!

Potentially we could have an extra 1,500 homes in Shenley Parish plus 3,000 homes close by on the other side of the M25.   1500 extra homes in Shenley Parish – that is more homes than there are in Porters Park which has 1100 homes!   The Meeting Notes contain a combined map showing where these areas of search are….having both on one map shows the full effect of what Hertsmere are proposing.


Residents at the meeting were clearly very unhappy by what is being suggested as are we.   We are increasingly fearful of Hertsmere Planning’s intentions.   They seem to have their eyes on our Green Belt.    It looks like we have a big battle on our hands and we are going to need your support as never before to make them listen to what WE want in OUR Parish.

It is vital that as many residents as possible make their feelings known.    We urge you to either write to Hertsmere:   Policy and Transport Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA

Or respond on line:    We have been told that the portal is not user friendly but it is important to persevere.  If not please write a letter.

AND do come to the Hertsmere Planning Drop-in session at Shenley Primary School between 6.30 and 9pm on Monday 13th November to tell them in person.

You can find some information on the village website to help you with your responses (follow the links) or contact: to request a copy.

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Cllrs Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan

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Shenley Parish

Wed 27th September – Allotment Committee Meeting


PRESENT: Members – Simon Gee, Robin Guest and Colin Sidney and Councillors. Annette Edel, Rosemary Gilligan and William Susman

In attendance:

Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council and allotment holders Eileen Guest, Brenda and Clive Treacher.

01/270917.    Apologies for Absence.

Apologies of absence were received from member Steve and Shirley Bury, Billie Sandhu, Steve Shelton.

02/270917.    Declarations of Interests – There were none

03/270917.    Minutes of Allotment Committee Meeting held on 13th June 2017

AGREED that the minutes of the meetings held on 13th June 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.

04/270917.    Matters arising from the above minutes.

There were none

05/270917     Entrance to allotments – work to take place on 25/10/17

The meeting were informed that the re-surfacing of the allotment entrance will take place on 25th October 2017. The allotments will be closed that day. 

06/270917     Poor conditions of plots that are not cultivated

Following a discussion the meeting agreed that the clerk will send out letters regarding the uncultivated plots. It was also agreed that the clerk would contact John O’Conner’s to get a quote for strimming and clearing uncultivated plots. Simon agreed to meet them on site to show them the plots when required.

07/270917     Allotment Committee Activity

The rota is;


08/270917     Any Other Business (subject to Chair’s discretion)

  • Following the dumping of compost without the allotment committee’s authorisation it was agreed the clerk would find out what the regulations are with regards to dumping compost.
  • It was agreed that the committee will arrange a social BBQ for all the allotment holders in the carpark at the allotments in spring 2018.
  • Clive Treacher will send the clerk the original plan via word document so names can be added and it can be put on the notice board.
  • It was suggested a farmers market would be a good idea for excess produce next year
  • The clerk will collate an email list of plot holders.
  • Date of the next meeting – Wednesday 29th November 2017- 8pm

October 2017                                                                                   Clerk to the Council

Shenley Parish

Tue 19th September 2017 – Finance Committee Meeting Minutes


PRESENT:      Councillors Nicky Beaton, Rosemary Gilligan, Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan and William Susman (Chair).

IN ATTENDANCE:     Amanda Leboff, Clerk to the Council


There were none


There were none


It was AGREED that the minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting, held on 20th June 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.


There were no matters arising


The meeting agreed that the Community payback scheme is working very well and we should continue with the current weekly arrangement for the foreseeable future.  It was AGREED the clerk would write a letter of thanks to Alex at Café in the Orchard for the teas and coffees he supplies.  It was also agreed we should ask if he wants paying for this moving forward.


Following a discussion it was AGREED that Cllr Gilligan would contact Fin Log to ask for a quote and what options are available regarding replacing the current pavilion.


The meeting AGREED that it would be a good idea to offer holiday activities for the children in Shenley.  The Clerk will ask Hertsmere Borough Council about their scheme and the possibility of Shenley being included.


Following a discussion and the agreement that the current CCTV camera has been a great success, it was AGREED the clerk would contact Stevenage CCTV and ask the cost of a second camera and what would be required of the Parish Council in order to secure it.


The meeting closed at 8.30pm                                                                    CHAIR