McDonalds coming to Ricky?

There’s a planning application for a McDonalds where M&Co used to be. The plans show seating for 60 people with kitchens on both floors and delivery bike access at the rear, from Northway.

To support or complain about this application or for more information, please visit the Three Rivers planning website, here.

Notice of our 94th AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 17th June at 8pm in the Batchworth Educational Centre, Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth. All are welcome but only members are allowed to vote. Refreshments will be available after the meeting. Please park in Church Street, Moor Lane or Tesco.

The agenda will be:

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Approve and sign off minutes of the last AGM 
  3. Honorary Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts
  4. To Appoint an Honorary Examiner
  5. Chairman’s Annual Report.
  6. Election of President
  7. Election of Life Vice Presidents
  8. Election of Officers
  9. Election of the Association Committee
  10. Any Other Business
  11. Guest speaker: David Gauke, former MP

Batchworth Crossing update

A local resident has started a petition for more to be done about the crossing on Batchworth Bridge:

Hertfordshire County Council sent us a copy of their report here.

We’ve since noticed a cheaper alternative – a Belisha Beacon spotlight which can fix onto existing poles, so no need for expensive footings to be dug out. This solution has been used in Somerset, Gateshead and Newcastle councils, as per our contact at one Belisha Beacon Spotlight provider. We’ve sent their details to HCC to investigate further.

Cancer Out Cancer (CoC) Zoom session

Cancer Out Cancer (CoC) is public campaign developed by patient members and supported by MacMillan Cancer Support. This local volunteer-led campaign aims to not only improve people’s understanding of cancer, but also encourage everyone to take action to promote their health. This can then be taken one step further by spreading the message with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.

You are invited to a 60-minute Cancel Out Cancer Zoom session on Tuesday 21 May at 11am. To register:  a link will be emailed to attendees in advance of the session.

This session will cover:

  • understanding what cancer is and isn’t, including busting some myths
  • spotting cancer early, and get to know what the signs and symptoms of cancer are
  • knowing the value of screening, and importance of early diagnosis
  • being positive about health and small lifestyle changes to help prevent cancer.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more before booking a place on the session, please email

Free community event at St Mary’s church

The RDRA have a stall at this free community event on Saturday 18th May, please join us and many others for a fun-packed time from 10am onwards. We’re particularly looking forward to going up the church tower and parachuting a teddy bear from the very top! Further activities on Sunday 19th May, from 12 noon – have a look at their posters below.


New Patient Engagement Forum setup to listen to residents and patients

In an exciting initiative led by the NHS Herts and West Essex Integrated Care Board’s recently established Patient Engagement Forum (PEF -created to ensure that the ICB hears the patient voice), we’re launching a closed Facebook group to facilitate discussion, support, fact finding and create a two-way flow of information to ensure the patient really is at the heart of everything the local NHS does.

 The PEF’s commitment to you is:

  • To listen to what is important to you
  • To follow up on anything that is critical; and
  • To report back on the outcomes from this work.

As a closed group, it is only open to people who live or work in Hertfordshire and west Essex, you can be sure of a safe and secure environment in which everyone respects each other and seeks to share experiences.

The ‘welcome’ page asks a series of questions about what is important to you; share your thoughts and see what others are saying.

Please join this new initiative and have your say – not just once, but whenever you wish to share your views.