Clubs and Community round up (Including Tring Valiant Club’s 40th anniversary)

Mayor of Tring Councillor Roxanne Ransley, Margeret Meldon and Mary Fuller cutting the cake
Mayor of Tring Councillor Roxanne Ransley, Margeret Meldon and Mary Fuller cutting the cake

All the latest news from clubs and community groups in your area.


The Mayor of Tring councillor Roxanne Ransley joined the Tring Valiant Club in celebrating 40 years since its first meeting.

Joined by members and volunteers, past and present, the club celebrated with an afternoon of singing and entertainment from Kevin McKay and Brian Gascoyne.

Derek Townsend thanked them, as they had travelled down from Derbyshire especially to entertain the club for the afternoon. This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes.

During the afternoon the Mayor thanked members and volunteers for the continued support for the club which supports people with disabilities in Tring, describing the club as ‘a place where there are no strangers, only friends we haven’t yet met’.

The Mayor also thanked Mary Fuller who started and chaired the group for 36 years and Sally Hearn the current Chair since 2010. Mary Fuller shared the story of how the club started in 1974 when she was asked by Nora Grace (Tring Red Cross) ‘whether she did anything and would she like to start the group’.

Sally Hearn thanked the Tring Lions, Tring and District Tangent Club and Ladies Circle whose continued support with volunteer driving means that the members can attend the group.

The Valiant Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 2.30pm to 4pm with entertainment, speaker or an activity followed by afternoon tea.

It is a great place to meet people. If you are interested in attending or want more information contact Sally Hearn 01442 824867.

Sarratt Horticultural Society Spring Show

The Spring Show of the Sarratt Horticultural Society proved to be one of the best of recent years on Friday.

There were 399 entries from 63 individual entrants of whom 12 were children. The Village Hall was awash with colour and the prizes were presented by Sarratt’s long standing district councillor Tony Barton.

Christine Head was the overall show winner while the joint runners-up were Pat Watson and John Rickard.

The Pinaroo Trophy for Daffodils was won by John Hopkins from Chipperfield with Christine Head winning the Dickens Trophy for other Flowers; Sarratt’s own Toby Biggerstaff won the Roy Ward Cup for Vegetables, Fruit and Produce whilst there were joint winners of the Classes for Flower Arranging, Cookery and Arts and Crafts.

Marilyn Butler and Sue Hall shared the Toots Downer Trophy for Flower Arranging, Sarah Dobson and Sue Perry shared the WI Trophy for Cookery with the Brian Luckhaus Plate for Arts and Crafts being shared by Ginny McNamara, Show Secretary Jennifer Haynes and Joan Horwood.

A spokesman said: “It was a splendid Show with a lot of visitors and thanks go to all the entrants for producing such excellent entries.”


‘Fitsteps’ has come to Highfield Community Centre! This is a new class taking the very best of ballroom and Latin, mixing it with proven ways to get fit fast and deliver the most exciting, fun, fabulous fitness experience you’ve ever had created by our Strictly come dancing stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite.

Run by Expressions Academy, the new class will be teaching the basic waltz, the basic cha cha cha, tango, jive, Paso Doble and Charleston in the form of a fitness class.

With Fitsteps it doesn’t have to be high intensity, you don’t need a partner, anyone can go.

The classes will be working on core, toning, condition, cardiovascular, flexibility - pretty much everything.

Sessions run on Wednesdays 10.45am-11.30am (term time only) and costs £4.50 per session.


Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club is celebrating after winning the Hertfordshire Inter Club Bridge competition for only the second time in the history of the event.

It was a convincing win beating the strong Welwyn Garden City team into second place with Watford third.

The winning team was Roger Edmonds and David Stimson, June Ball and Helen Robinson, Anne and Cliff Short and Derek and Julian Peers,

The club will now represent Hertfordshire in the Regional Final.

HEMEL movie makers

Select Video Group of Amersham’s co-ordinator, Ron Haddock, presented some movies; and interesting information; regarding the organisation, when they were recent guests of Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers.

Ron, a film maker for 72 years, explained how he started in the professional film making world, and subsequently, how his enthusiasm has continued into the amateur scene as well. He further explained that the visiting club started in 1995. It is also known as S.V.G.O.A.

His verbal information was interspersed with a varied programme of productions, ranging from the romantic to the sinister. Plus a promo. All movies were on DVD.

A spokesman said: “All in all, a very interesting evening.”

Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers’ next meeting is at 8pm next Wednesday which is ‘’Lighting’’ and creating effects which is at 2.30pm on Saturday April 26.

The next round of the IAC 4x4, the club’s annual competition,in which four clubs compete takes place on Wednesday May 7 at 8pm. All meetings will be held in the hall behind The Carey Baptist Church in Marlowes Hemel Hempstead.

For more information, visit the website

Or why not go along to one of meetings? Everyone welcome.

nspcc appeal

The NSPCC is calling on people in Hertfordshire to stage events and activities based on ‘play’ during May to raise awareness and funds for the charity’s work with vulnerable children. People can do whatever they like to raise funds – from a board game tournament to staging an old fashioned sports day or fancy dress party.

To get involved email