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Dear members,
I hope you and your family are staying safe and well. As restrictions ease, I know I'm feeling more optimistic about the road ahead and I hope you are too.

Thanks to all of you who have sent contributions. Keep them coming to David Griggs - Chairman and Katina Smith – Secretary.

Our next monthly Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday 28th July at 2:30pm. (Invitations have been sent to members.) Our speaker will be David Allen who is both knowledgeable, and a skilled and entertaining storyteller. His talk is titled "Blood, Guts and Gore" and for those of you who enjoy a blood-curdling tale. David will take you on a meticulously researched journey into the home of a retired teacher who is eccentric, badtempered and cannot keep her staff. And then one day she hires a new servant who is too good to be true. A true tale of Victorian murder told with humour and a dash of blood. His talk will be funny and light hearted but based on tireless historical research, trawling through archives and records in the 1800s. A performer at heart, David has appeared in a variety of shows with theatre companies.


Dates for you diary Please put the following monthly meeting dates in your diary. (Until further notice all monthly meetings will take place via Zoom).

25th AugustFive Generations of my Anglo-Indian Family – Jenny Malin
22nd SeptemberYou’ll Die Laughing: 100 years of Russian History in Humour – Stephen Dalziel
27th OctoberWorking with the Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace – Sarah Slater
24th NovemberHistory of Spoken English – Charlie Haylock


As part of the Committee’s work on promoting membership of Chorleywood u3a we have instigated a regular dialogue with Three Rivers District Council to draw attention to the benefits of membership. We have commenced this work in conjunction with the u3as in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth and Sarratt with the aim of increasing awareness about the u3a in all the areas covered by TRDC.

TRDC have carried messages from the four local u3as on a Partnership Bulletin issued by the Council each week, and they have kindly updated information about the individual u3as on their website. We hope this will be of interest to TRDC residents who may not otherwise have heard about us.

We are also exchanging ideas with the other local u3as and to see if there are ideas which we might adopt or share with them, for example new groups, or information about events held by other u3as. As the lockdown restrictions are lifted, we shall also be contacting local Estate Agents to draw attention to our activities so that people who are eligible to join but are new to the area have access to information about what we do and what we offer.


Within the environs of Chorleywood Station is the original recently repainted listed Metropolitan Railway’s Signal Box. A number of interested people have formed a locally representative project team as Friends of Chorleywood Signal Box. The team are working closely with Transport for London to bring the building back into use as a museum and educational resource. The plan is that it would be mainly focussing on the history of the railway and how its arrival at the end of the 19th century affected the development of Chorleywood.

Once the building is internally refurbished and the access from the platform complies with Health and Safety, they would hope to open it to the public on certain days in the year. The present aim is to have it up and running as a museum in June next year to coincide with the Queens Jubilee. Following on, they hope to build an OO model of Chorleywood station and goods yard in the 1950s in the undercroft. In this connection if any members have memories of the railway and goods yard, e.g. what products or commodities were involved, which local companies and businesses, when the yard closed, they would like to hear from you. Contact Owen Edis – .

If you would like more information on this project please visit their web-site

A MESSAGE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Social Engineering and Phishing

Social Engineering is defined as, “the artificial controlling or changing of how a society develops…attempts to trick people into giving secret or personal information, especially on the internet, and using it for harmful purposes”.

Social Engineering underpins most phishing attempts, be it email (phishing), scam text message (Smishing) or scam phone call (Vishing), whereby the sender or caller will try to get you to divulge sensitive info to use against you and steal your money.

E.g. an SMS requesting you pay £1.99 to reschedule a delivery. Later, you receive a call purporting to be from your bank (Remember number Spoofing?) stating that you have been a victim of fraud. You have indeed been a victim, and so you believe this call to be genuine because how else would they know?

This is Social Engineering 101 – Basing lies on truth.

So, you do what they say and move your money. During this call, they extract further information from you; once you have been scammed once, you become a much easier target next time.

Regardless of the type of scam or its complexities, Social Engineering can be boiled down to;

  • Appealing to your emotions. Make you fear losing money/assets, or trouble with the authorities. They may also play on your desire to be a good citizen by complying with requests.
  • Leveraging urgency. Pressure you to part with your funds sooner rather than later. They may refer to an ‘ongoing investigation’ or ‘threat of arrest’ to try and scare you into acting now.
  • Leveraging authority. Impersonating a person of authority, often police, a senior investigator, HMRC or bank fraud teams, engineered to make you do what they say.

They may leverage a recent calendar event to increase their chance of success. Such as the end of the tax year, changes in TV licensing rules, the census (threatening fines for non-completion), Covid vaccinations, among others.
Don’t let them socially engineer you!


Subject to any further Covid restrictions, we are pleased to announce that planning is in hand for our first educational trip this year which will be to the open spaces of Kew Gardens on August 26th.

We will be using the same coach company as in previous trips and they have made significant investments in fogging sanitising equipment for daily cleaning and Pathogen Eliminating Particulate air filtration to enhance the safety on their vehicles. At present there are no group tours being offered by Kew but we hope that will change in good time for our visit to allow an additional option for you. The glasshouses, restaurants and most buildings are open and of course the extensive gardens are open. As you would expect, there is quite a lot of walking to fully experience the gardens, but there are many places to stop and rest and just appreciate the scenery and perhaps eat a picnic. You will need to be prepared for the weather but we hope the day is dry and warm.

Depart Green St 9.15, briefly stopping to pick up anyone who wants to embark at the lay-by opposite the White Horse. Arrive Kew Gardens 10.30. Depart Kew Gardens 15.00. Arrive back in Chorleywood 16.00-16.30.

The cost will be £31 for those over 65 and £33 for younger members. Application forms have been sent to members. If you have further questions, you can contact the organiser, Dave Carter, by clicking or tapping on his name .


Front cover Our Vice-Chairman Gillian Pugh has been researching and writing a book on the history of Christ Church School. It started with the work she did on the school for our Exploring Chorleywood book, where she discovered an archive of material going back to the 1850s.

The School on the Common is a history of Christ Church School from its beginnings in 1853, as seen through the eyes of teachers, pupils, parents and governors over the years. The book also reflects on what it means to be a church school, on changes to what children learn and how they are taught, on the advantages of being located on the Common, and on the changing nature of Chorleywood over this period, drawing on the recent u3a book Exploring Chorleywood: a pictorial history"

Dame Gillian Pugh is a former chair of governors of the school

The School on the Common (160 pages, 95 photographs) is published by Rickmansworth Historical Society.

Priced at £12.00, it is available from Chorleywood Bookshop, or from Gillian Pugh (Click or tap her name to send her an email). All proceeds will go to the school once production costs are covered.


Chorleywood Film Club are asking the young people of Chorleywood and the surrounding area to take part in the young film makers competition 2021. To find out more tap or click on the links to the Chorleywood Film Club website below:
The competition is open to anyone who has a connection with Chorleywood which would include grandchildren of u3a members.


TRDC have appealed for these items. If you have a laptop or tablet you want to donate please contact Mike Field who has agreed to sanitise any machines that are donated. (Click or tap on his name to send him an email.)