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Fulfilled lives for people with learning disabilities

Our Ambition

A brand new cricket pavilion, cafe & training facility

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What Have We Been Up to All Year?

As we begin 2022, the Trustees and fund-raising committee at Mission EmployAble are delighted to report that we have only £125,841 still to raise. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have joined us on our journey and supported our fund-raising campaign.

Work Has Started On Our New Building
Very excitingly, the old cricket clubhouse was demolished in November and work on the new pavilion has started. In keeping with our commitment to communities on both sides of the county boundary, we commissioned Jane Duncan Architects from Little Chalfont in Bucks to design the building and Boom from St Albans in Herts to build it - and are confident you will be impressed when the building opens in late summer/autumn 2022.

Our Wonderful Supporters
Throughout 2021, we have been touched and overwhelmed by the goodwill and generosity of so many individuals and organisations. We are extremely grateful to you all and to our energetic fund- raising team, who refused to be defeated by successive lockdowns and organised a range of events, large and small, that really caught the imagination of all sections of the community. The print and online support of Chorleywood Magazine, My Chorleywood News and Chorleywood Residents’ Association magazine has proved invaluable in publicising our events.

Fund-Raising Events To Suit All Tastes

We hope you will be encouraged to continue to support us next year when you read below about our 2021 fund-raising events. The events were such fun, especially as they gave us the opportunity to meet and chat to so many of you.

  • Visitors of all ages flocked to our stunning bluebell walk in May and enjoyed our rustic pop-up café in the woods
  • In July we held a hugely entertaining and raucous music quiz ‘under the stars’
  • Chorleywood Golf Club named us their charity of the year and hosted our golf day in July
  • Chorleywood Community Orchard and Cider Club shared the proceeds of their August Cider Fest with us
  • In Sarratt, we sold cakes at the Bike Project stall one morning and have joined forces with the village’s community garden to give outdoor work experience to our interns
  • Three Northwood organisations - Club 41, NAWC and the Ukelele Club - organised activities for our benefit including a Santa Float in and around Eastcote
  • In June, a group of discerning drinkers held a wine-tasting evening in a marquee
  • Five ‘Coastbusters’ cycled 452km from Chorleywood to Padstow in September
  • One local teenager made and sold bottle lamps

  • Chorleywood Magazine sponsored the village Scarecrow Trail in late autumn
  • Christ Church, Chorleywood gave us proceeds from their Advent Tea Concert
  • On December 11, we organised our first Santa Dash, with 100 Santas running round Chorleywood Common
  • Our Christmas cards (in two beautiful designs, one by local artist Lizzy Duncan, the other by Joe Wells, one of our interns) were sold in Chorleywood Bookshop and via our website
  • We kicked off the festive season on December 3 with a fabulous dinner and auction of promises at Micklefield Hall, hosted by singer Ronan Keating
  • We took stalls to sell our Keep Cups, Christmas cards, bottle lamps and cakes at fairs at St Clement Danes School, Christ Church (at the Advent Concert and Santa Dash), Amersham College, Micklefield Barn, at Chorleywood’s late night shopping evening and Chorleywood Community Choir’s carol evening. We also joined Northwood 41 Club’s Santa Float.

Our First Interns Have Started

Of course, we never lose sight of why we are raising funds, so it was a special day for us all when, on 6 September, we welcomed our first interns, who come from Herts and Bucks, when they started our Supported Internship programme, in conjunction with the Bucks College Group.

They are being trained by Cass Langham, our wonderful new Training Manager, ably helped by Chorleywood resident Jackie Quirk as assistant trainer. Already, the interns are stunning us with their skills, enthusiasm and commitment. Best of all, they are clearly enjoying their on-the-job training at the Beaumont care home for the elderly, as well as their formal classes, which are currently being held at the Junction, Christ Church

Could You Employ One Of Our interns?

Employers tell us that adults with a learning disability are hard-working, reliable, eager to please and popular with both colleagues and customers. All they need is a sympathetic employer and some initial support in their role. With our help, you can easily become a ‘disability friendly’ employer. You will soon see that employing a young adult with a learning disability is as rewarding for you as it is for them.

If you think you can offer part-time paid work to one of our interns once they finish their training, click here to view the flyer, or please contact: erica@missionemployable.co.uk


Stop Press

  • St Clement Danes School has chosen us as one of their three charities for their annual Charity Week in December 2021. We are delighted to be working with the school and hope this will be the first of many joint projects.
  • Please look out for details of our Comedy Night at Chorleywood War Memorial Hall on January 29. Tickets are selling fast!
Our Vision

Our vision is ‘fulfilled lives for people with learning disabilities’. We believe in people with learning disabilities leading fulfilled lives by reaching their full potential, being afforded opportunities to train and be employed, being valued in the workplace and playing an active role in their local community.

Mission EmployAble is a social enterprise charity working in partnership with The Chorleywood Cricket Club, located on Chorleywood Common. The shared ambition of Mission EmployAble and the Chorleywood Cricket Club is to build a new cricket pavilion on the existing site which will also house a new Mission EmployAble cafe / tea room and training centre staffed by people with learning disabilities and run for the benefit of cricketers and the local community.


Cafe/Tea Room

Partnering with the Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC), Mission EmployAble is now fund raising to build a new cricket pavilion on the existing pavilion site which will also house a new Mission EmployAble café and training centre staffed by people with learning disabilities, that will be run by Mission EmployAble for the benefit of cricketers and the local community.

The café will be staffed by people with learning disabilities who will be taught catering skills, front-of-house and general work skills, to assist preparation for work.

We invite local businesses to engage with us so that they can see for themselves what our future candidates are capable of doing and what benefits they could bring to their businesses and to the local community.



Our new Café will provide a bespoke and supported employment scheme for young adults with learning disabilities. Each candidate will complete a Learning, Employment and Progression Diploma in affiliation with a local College.

Candidates will cover core units such as Communicating Effectively with Customers, Food and Hygiene Safety and Creating a Tailored CV. Bespoke units include Crossing Roads for Pedestrians and Using Money for Shopping. These units will be delivered alongside in-house work placements at our Café.

The in-house work placements will provide a perfect opportunity for candidates to learn new skills in a real work environment. They will also allow candidates to build their confidence in a safe work environment, where making mistakes is seen as a valuable part of the learning process. This part of the work programme will be underpinned by the systematic instruction process.



We're Looking for a General Manager

Posted: 29th April 2022

We're looking for a General Manager to help launch and establish our new café on Chorleywood Common. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with excellent people skills and at least two years’ experience of managing a successful food and beverage outlet.

Closing date - 16 May 2022.



Bluebell Walk & Pop-Up Woodland Café

Updated: 26th April 2022

A Family Day Out & Afternoon Teas

"The seas of bluebells were quite magical, especially when the sun broke through the pale green of the tree canopy, and I had a real sense of people coming alive after a long hibernation: Happy families enjoying the privilege of a new place to explore and a fun pop up café." - Rachel Hatfield

Crosslane Wood, Burtons Lane, Chalfont St. Giles
Saturday 23rd April 2022, 12pm-4pm
Sunday 24th April, 2022 10am-2pm
£20 Family Ticket
£8 Adult Ticket
£5 Concessionary ticket for over 60’s
Children under 10 FREE

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Photos courtesy of Simon Varnals. Video courtesy of Tim Harris.

Chorleywood Cricket Club receives £75,000

Posted: 25th March 2022

“Chorleywood Cricket Club has been an established part of Hertfordshire for nearly 200 years. By upgrading their current facilities, the club can continue to serve the local community for many years to come.”

“I’m pleased that HS2 can leave a positive legacy through supporting the continued growth of the club. I would encourage any organisation that can demonstrate that they have been impacted by the construction of HS2 to also apply for funding”.

Cathy Elliott, Independent Chair of the HS2 Funds

“We would like to thank HS2’s Community and Environment Fund for their generous grant, which is being used to construct the new pavilion. HS2’s CEF contribution has helped ensure that the club will be able to provide cricket for generations to come and will enable our partners, Mission EmployAble, to provide training for young adults with learning disabilities. The combination of the cricket club and the café will allow the whole community to enjoy the pavilion all year round.""

Steve Dunning, Chair of Chorleywood Cricket Club


Fly Me To The Moon!

Posted: 24th February 2022

Looking to expand the team!

Posted: 25th January 2022

We're looking to expand our team and require an experienced part-time trainer for our year long Supported Internships programme, which began on 6th September, 2021. This is an exciting role and the successful candidate will have an understanding of young people with a learning disability, together with a can-do attitude and passion to help our Interns become work-ready.


Everyone's A Winner!

Posted 16th December 2021

Hitting A Happy Note At 97

Posted: 13th December 2021

You are never too old to raise money for Mission EmployAble!

The oldest member of the Ukulele players that has raised funds for us by performing for care home residents, church groups and afternoon tea sessions amongst themselves, is 97-year-old Sheila Pratt, who plays the tambourine for the Northwood and District U3a Ukulele Group.

The group raised more than £1,027 for Mission EmployAble after nominating us as their chosen charity.

This fabulous group, which was founded in 2016, chose us as ‘a worthwhile project’ and said they hoped their contribution will ‘make a difference.’ It certainly has with 2021 being a bumper year for new fund-raising groups just like Maureen Crimmin and her friends becoming part of the Mission family.

We can’t wait to invite them over for a cup of tea on the house as soon as we are open.

Mission EmployAble at the St Clement Danes Winter Market

Posted: 15th November 2021

Cass, our Training Manager selling Mission EmployAble's Christmas Cards and our new KeepCup at St Clement Danes Winter Market.

If you would like to order any please click this button or via Chorleywood Bookshop


Kick start the season of goodwill and sign up for our Charity Santa Dash 11th December

Posted: 22nd October 2021

A Charity Santa Dash is coming to Chorleywood Common!

This festive fun run is open to all – children and adults of all abilities and all ages. You can run, jog or walk any of the 3 distances on offer 2.5km, 5km or 7.5km.

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We’re gonna huff and puff and blow this club down...

Posted: 18th October 2021

Katharine Weston Chair Mission EmployAble, Debbie Rosario Chair of Parish Council and Steve Dunning Chair of CW Cricket Club.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Bungard.


Chorleywood Magazine 2021 Scarecrow Trail in Aid of Mission EmployAble

Posted: 1st October 2021

We're Looking for Volunteers!

Posted: 29th September 2021

We're looking for volunteers for our Supported Internships programme.



5 make it to Padstow

Posted 16th September 2021

Date: 12th - 15th September 2021
Distance: 452km over 4 days
Route: Chorleywood - Stonehenge - Taunton - Okehampton - Padstow

If you wish to help them in their challenge to raise £5k please click here:

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Photo courtesy of Erica bendall

Team COASTBUSTERS in their Mission EmployAble cycling tops, leave chorleywood for cornwall on their fund raising cycle.

Posted 13th September 2021

Date: 12th - 15th September 2021
Distance: 452km over 4 days
Route: Chorleywood - Stonehenge - Taunton - Okehampton - Padstow

Team Coastbusters are a group of local friends who really enjoy combining cycling and fund raising. Tony Bendall, Gary Waller, Robert Finney, Patrick Turnbull and Adrian Horsburgh are off on Sunday 12th September with the first stopover just outside of Salisbury with 141km under their belts on Day 1.

If you wish to help them in their challenge to raise £5k please click here:

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Cider Fest Raises £6,500

Posted: 10th September 2021

We were thrilled to see three much loved Chorleywood institutions – the Cricket Club, the Cider Club and the Community Orchard - come together for this year’s Cider Fest, to have fun and taste locally produced cider.

Even better, the three day Fest raised the magnificent sum of over £6,500, which is being split between the Cricket Club, the Community Orchard and Mission EmployAble.

Chorleywood Cricket Club hosted the event on the Common over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Fortunately, the weather was fine and over the three days, players took part in matches in their ‘whites’ and also played in community tournaments in fancy dress, much to the delight of spectators of all ages.

The Cider Club - which we are delighted to report has nominated Mission EmployAble as its charity of the year - used apples donated by residents and from the Community Orchard to make 180 gallons of delicious Old Hoody cider to sell at the Fest.

Dick Mander, Chair of Chorleywood Cider Club, who also played in a community cricket match on Bank Holiday Monday, said: “The event was very well supported with many happy customers enjoying a glass of our local cider and watching some great cricket. I was astonished to have won the award for best bowler!”

John Chadwick of Chorleywood Cricket Club said: “We are delighted that the money raised will benefit not only the Cricket Club, but also the Community Orchard and Mission EmployAble, which are such worthy causes.”

Erica Bendall, Chair of Mission Employable fund-raising committee said: “The Old Hoody went down a storm with everyone who tasted it, the cricket matches were fun to watch and it was lovely to see so many friends of Mission EmployAble supporting the Cricket Club over the weekend.”

If you have any ideas for fund-raising initiatives to benefit Mission EmployAble, however big or small, please email erica@missionemployable.co.uk.

Photos courtesy of Colin Chesterman

We're Looking for Volunteers!

Posted: 27th August 2021

We're looking for volunteers for our Supported Internships programme.


Cricket pavilion / cafe building work to start soon!

Posted: 23rd August 2021

A computer generated image of the new pavilion and café designed by Jane Duncans Architects Ltd.

The Chorleywood Cricket Club and the local charity Mission EmployAble are pleased that the Parish Council has again publicly committed to supporting the new pavilion and cafe on Chorleywood Common.

We await a decision by the Parish Council to allow the building works to proceed having completed all the necessary paperwork.

We would like to thank the community for the tremendous support that has been received to date and the participation by many local people in the range of fund ranging events that have been held.

We now look forward to the new cricket pavilion being built in the very near future.

‘Magical’ Music Quiz Raises £3,200

Posted: 5th August 2021

The atmosphere at our first Music Quiz Under The Stars was so “magical” that at times, we felt as if we were at rock concert, rather than sitting in a private garden.

Most people dressed up for the occasion and everyone brought their own food - with many enjoying ‘Cordon Bleu’ style dinner parties at their respective table - and were such enthusiastic drinkers that we had to re-stock the wine bar during the evening.

At one stage, the entire marquee of some 130 ‘quizzers’ broke into a rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline.’

The event raised a staggering £3,200, of which £1,130 was raised by raffle tickets; and a spontaneous mini auction raised a further £150, £40 of which was bid, would you believe, for a simple lemon.

Mission EmployAble chair and founder Katharine Weston said: “Everyone worked so hard to make the quiz a success, local shops and businesses generously donated raffle prizes and the contestants were such good sports.”

“After such a magical evening, we very much hope to repeat the event again next year, so please look out for it.”

A big thank you for your generous donations and support:
Heat Tech, Herons Restaurant, Higgins Butchers, Rootz, Nails By Ann, F Hinds, Hannahs Health & Beauty, Satya Photography/Kodak Express, Chorleywood Bookshop, Pet’s Corner, Paramount Wines (St Albans) & Shendish Manor Golf, Lords.

Recruits Wanted - New Training Programme For Young Adults Starts 6th September

Posted: 12th July 2021

We are now recruiting for our new Supported Internships programme for young adults with learning disabilities, which will begin in Chorleywood on 6 September.

Our first group of interns will spend a year learning practical workplace skills, on a programme specially devised by the Bucks College Group, leading to industry-recognised qualifications.

The programme promises to be fun and tailor-made to suit the individual needs of each intern, who will be supported throughout by Mission EmployAble’s Training Manager.

Most of the interns’ on-the-job training will take place in Beaumont House, a care home for elderly residents in Chorleywood, with further opportunities to work in The Junction café (within Christ Church on Chorleywood Common), just across the road, where the interns will also meet for classes in Maths, English, Independence and Employability skills.

The wide variety of work experiences offered by Beaumont House include:

  • Food and drink preparation
  • Serving food and drink
  • Customer service
  • Storage, ordering and deliveries
  • Cleaning
  • Garden maintenance
  • Preparation of group activities
  • Office and library organisation
  • Workplace Health and Safety checks

Our vision is to give our interns every opportunity to gain the independence and self-confidence from their training that will help them find paid work afterwards.

Applications will be considered from young adults aged 19-25 years* with an EHCP who can travel independently to Chorleywood (by bus, train or SEND taxi within Herts, Bucks and beyond), who are available from 6th September.

For more details about our Supported Internships and to register your interest:


* Our interns can turn 19 within the internship year 1st September 2021 - 1st September 2022 but must not turn 26 within that period.

Strictly Fundraising - A Northwood Club Makes Us Their Chosen Charity For 2021/22

Posted: 7th July 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Northwood Area Women’s Club (NAWC) has made Mission EmployAble their Charity of the Year for 2021/22.

NAWC members are well known in their community for helping a variety of good causes through social events and fund-raising initiatives and have committed to supporting Mission EmployAble for the next 12 months.

One of NAWC’s most popular activities is a weekly FITSTEPS Dancercise class, led by former UK Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion Suzanne Newbert.

Suzanne has kindly agreed to give Mission EmployAble the proceeds from a FITSTEPS Dancercise session, to be held via Zoom at 10am on Monday, August 2nd.

The session is open to everyone, from beginners to confident dancers and promises to be great fun.

You might even learn a few ‘Strictly’ style moves!

Chair of Mission EmployAble’s fund-raising committee Erica Bendall said: ‘This is another wonderful example, after Northwood 41 Club and Chorleywood Golf Club, of a local organisation naming Mission EmployAble as their charity for the year and working very hard on our behalf.’

‘We are absolutely thrilled by the support of NAWC and Suzanne Newbert.’

NAWC Chair Lynnette Morrow said: ‘We think Mission EmployAble is an amazing charity and couldn’t be more pleased to be supporting it for the next 12 months.’

If you are a member of a club or organisation that would like to support Mission EmployAble’s campaign (with Chorleywood Cricket Club) to raise money for a new club pavilion and training café, please contact: ericabendall@missionemployable.co.uk.

To book your FITSTEPS Dancercise class (£5 + 65p booking fee), click here:

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Teenager Smashes Her Target With Dazzling Bottle Lamps

Posted: 23rd June 2021

Our teenage supporter, Marina, has already exceeded her target to raise £600 for us by selling the gorgeous flex-free lamps she makes from recycled gin and vodka bottles. Because her parents’ friends keep giving her their empties, Marina will be selling more of her lamps at the Music Quiz, if you wish to support her amazing challenge.

Here’s what one satisfied customer says: ‘Thank you Marina for the lovely bottle! My mum loves it, Keep up the amazing work. Well done.’

Fine Wine Tasting Experience

Posted: 4th June 2021

When five friends who love wine said they wanted to organise an event in aid of Mission EmployAble, we naturally said yes.

One phone call, five wine experts, six tables of happy people in one beautifully decorated marquee, four cheeses and seven top quality wines later, we helped to put on a Fine Wine Tasting Experience on May 20. As well as raising their glasses, they raised more than £3000 for the new Cricket Club pavilion and Mission EmployAble café.

Mission EmployAble trustee Richard Walton, together with his friends Robert Finney, Luke Bugeja, James Gardner and Mark Minashi donated a selection of fine and unusual wines and shared their knowledge of each bottle with their delighted audience.

The very persuasive powers of two young raffle ticket sellers added to the fun of the evening - as well to the funds, by raising nearly £1200 - and one delighted guest, Dave Jones, won the top prize of a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal 2012, worth an estimated £200.

Erica Bendall, chair of Mission EmployAble fund-raising committee said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the money raised by this event and overwhelmed by the generosity of the organisers.

‘It is another wonderful example of how our community comes up with fantastic ideas to support Mission EmployAble.’

Mission EmployAble is raising money with Chorleywood Cricket Club for a new club pavilion on Chorleywood Common, with a café inside that will train young adults with learning disabilities.

If you have any fund-raising ideas that you would like to discuss with us, please email: ericabendall@missionemployable.co.uk.

Bottle Lamps Dazzle Visitors

Posted: 7th May 2021

What started out as a fun experiment with empty gin bottles ended in a successful sales venture and raised more than £300 for Mission EmployAble.

Chorleywood resident Marina, 17, wanted to do something personal to help Mission EmployAble and came up with the idea of making attractive flex-free lamps from recycled spirits bottles, to sell at the pop-up café at the Bluebell Walk weekend on May 2 and 3.

A quick email to friends of her parents, many of whom, ahem, are clearly secret drinkers, yielded a supply of beautifully coloured and unusually shaped gin and vodka bottles – just perfect for decorative table lamps to create mood lighting indoors or for brightening up an evening barbecue.

Marina kept the price at £10 and hoped to sell ‘about six’ bottle lamps over the Bluebell Walk weekend, with all proceeds going to Mission EmployAble.

Much to her delight, she sold every single bottle, raising just over £300, and such was the demand on Sunday, that she had to make more lamps at home that evening to sell on Bank Holiday Monday, when she also found herself taking pre-paid orders for further lamps.

If you wish to help Marina with her fantastic initiative, we have opened up a donation site for her so that with your generosity, she can boost her donation to Mission EmployAble to £600.

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Photo courtesy of Simon Varnals

A Fund-Raising Triumph and A Joy To Behold
Bluebell Walk on May 2nd and 3rd

Posted: 4th May 2021

Our Bluebell Walk on Saturday 2 and Monday 3 May proved to be an absolute delight and a triumph for Mission EmployAble volunteers and visitors alike, with just under £4,000 raised from the two days - double what we were hoping for – and ended with a promise for another Bluebell Walk in 2022.

We were lucky with the weather and most of all, with the stunning carpet of bluebells in the woods, which one visitor described as: ‘quite magical, I had a real sense of people coming alive after a long hibernation, happy families enjoying the privilege of a new place to explore and a fun pop-up café.’

We were given unique access to the magnificent bluebell meadow just outside Chorleywood, for the afternoon of Sunday May 2 - the first time these woods have been open to the public -and when online tickets sold out within 48 hours, the owners kindly agreed to open the woods again for us on the morning of May 3.

Word evidently got round and visitor figures were almost double on Bank Holiday Monday, thanks in part to many walk-ins at the gate.

Our large and devoted team of volunteers did sterling work setting up and taking down, manning the car park, greeting visitors on the gate, clearing tables in the pop-up woodland café, and serving 100s of hot drinks and treats on the extremely popular refreshment stall, where we were overwhelmed by the quality of donated cakes and biscuits.

Throughout the weekend the buzz was amazing, with many compliments received on the two days, as well as via email afterwards, with visitors expressing admiration and excitement for the new cricket club pavilion and our training café, which they look forward to visiting.

Mission EmployAble founder and chair Katharine Weston said: ‘We are all absolutely delighted by the success of the Bluebell Walk weekend and want to thank our very hard-working volunteers and our many supporters for helping to make the event such fun.’

Our thanks must go too to the approximately 420 visitors who enjoyed our Bluebell Walk; not one single item of litter was found in the wood and not one single bluebell was crushed underfoot over the entire weekend – which, given that dead bluebells do not grow back, was a joy to see – and consequently the owners of the wood have already suggested a re-run in 2022, when we hope to welcome even more visitors, once we put the social-distancing restrictions of 2021 behind us.

So look out for details of the Mission EmployAble Bluebell Walk 2022!

Photos courtesy of Simon Varnals

Second Chance To Enjoy Bluebell Walk And Woodland Café

Posted: 27th April 2021

Those of you who missed out on tickets for the Bluebell Walk and pop-up Woodland Café in Crosslane Wood on May 2 can now buy tickets for the morning of Monday, May 3.

Tickets for the Bluebell Walk on May 2 sold out within 48 hours but thanks to the generosity of the wood’s owners, Mission EmployAble has been given unique access for a second day on Monday, May 3, so that families, individuals, children, grandparents and dogs can admire its stunning bluebells.

Visitors will be able to wander along a marked path in the woods and buy teas, cakes and soft drinks from a pop-up woodland café.

Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Free parking and disabled access will both be signposted.

Tickets: £20 family ticket, £8 adult, £5 concessions and over 60s. Free for under 10s.

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Photo courtesy of Jo Day jodayphotography.co.uk

Star Bakes And Bikes on Sarratt Green

Posted: 26th April 2021

Bakes and bikes were the co-stars of a recent joint venture between The Bike Project in Sarratt and Mission EmployAble, which raised money for both charities and was great fun for all those involved.

The Bike Project, which restores donated bicycles for recently arrived refugees in the UK, held a bike drop-off on Sarratt Green on the morning of Saturday, April 17 and invited Mission EmployAble to donate cakes and to help man the adjoining pop-up cake stall.

Perhaps helped by the glorious sunshine, the event was very well supported, with 114 bikes being donated and £366 raised by the cake stall, which was split equally between the two charities.

Erica Bendall, head of fund-raising for Mission EmployAble said: ‘This is a wonderful example of two organisations working together on a project, which raised awareness of both causes and was fun to do.

‘Most visitors were interested to hear about both charities and several asked how they could get involved further.’

Sarratt resident Flo Garvey who is a fund-raiser for The Bike Project said: ‘To get so many bikes donated was terrific, because new refugees to this country will use them to find work.

Golf Club Makes Captain’s Charity

Posted: 6th April 2021

We are absolutely delighted that Chorleywood Golf Club is offering a donation of £50 to Mission EmployAble for each person who joins the club by the end of June.

This has come about because the Club’s new Captain, John Lees, has chosen us as his Captain’s Charity for the year.

Now that the Golf Club is re-opening, John is calling on all golfers and would-be players to “get practising” and is making annual membership available for just £499 to all those who join by 30th June.

And more good news: a virtual Bridge Drive organised by the Chorleywood Golf Club Ladies in March raised £525 for Mission EmployAble.

Ladies’ Captain Sue Brocklehurst said she was “thrilled” to have made so much for us at an online event.

Erica Bendall, chair of Mission EmployAble’s fund-raising committee said: “The Golf Club’s support is a fantastic example of how different groups within our community can come together, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Pop-Up Cake Stall and Bike Drop-Off

Posted: 24th March 2021

Location: Sarratt Village Green
Date: April 17th
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm

If you enjoy cake – or better still - can bake a cake, make a tray of flapjacks or any other sweet treat, we would love to receive them at our pop-up cake stall on Sarratt Village Green from 10am – 1.30pm on Saturday, April 17th.

We are helping with the cake stall as part of a drop-off morning organised by The Bike Project, which takes and restores donated bikes, which are passed on to refugees in the UK to help them find work and integrate into their communities.

Please take your bakes and bikes to The Bike Project gazebo (by the flagpole) on Sarratt Village Green between 10am and 1.30pm on Saturday, April 17th.

You can also book a drop-off slot in advance for your bike by registering at: www.thebikeproject.co.uk

All donations will be received in socially distanced manner and proceeds from the cake stall will be split equally between The Bike Project and Mission EmployAble.

Lockdown Laughter - A night of comedy in your own home

Posted: 12th March 2021

Location: In your front room on Zoom
Date: March 27th
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Tickets: £14.00 plus booking fee per household

Headliner - Arthur Smith is a Comedian, Presenter, Actor, Writer (& Night Mayor of Balham - self appointed), and is one of the much admired originals of the great British alternative comedy scene. He has a consistently brilliant talent and ability to provide light entertainment whilst also still finding new and interesting ways to make people laugh.

"Smith stands out among his generation for a willingness to keep pushing himself and experimenting with the new forms of comedic expression."

We have an exceptional line up of Comedians for the evening such as Compère Laura Lexx who is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. TV credits include Live At The Apollo.

Nathan Caton is one of the most exciting young comedians on the scene.

Danny Buckler was asked to support Victoria Wood on a nationwide tour and later joined the show Victoria Wood and Friends at London's famous Adelphi Theatre.

Darren Walsh is a unique performer combining visual gags with screen trickery, strange sound effects and puns.

This is going to be a funny evening - Out of Bounds Comedy Company have given us many LOL moments here in Chorleywood over the years - so we are really excited to bring them back for another evening of lockdown laughter via Zoom into your household.

Mission EmployAble is raising money for a training café which will be staffed by young people with learning disabilities. It will be housed within Chorleywood Cricket Club’s new pavilion on Chorleywood Common.

So order in your Saturday night takeaway, top up your quarantini and get ready for some Lockdown Laughter in your own home. This is an over 18's event.

How do I watch the show? You can watch the show by following the link provided via email on launch night once you have purchased your ticket.

When will I get the link to watch the show? You will receive a link to the live show before 6pm on 27th March.

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Big Day For Cricket Club And Mission EmployAble Charity

Posted: 18th February 2021

A computer generated image of the new pavilion and café designed by Jane Duncans Architects Ltd.

THERE is great excitement in Chorleywood that work is starting on the Cricket Club’s new pavilion on the Common.

The original 1960s building, which is in bad repair, will be demolished during March. The new pavilion will enable the Cricket Club to grow and to extend opportunities to play cricket to girls, women and people with disabilities.

It will also house a café run by the new charity Mission EmployAble, which, in conjunction with Bucks College, will train young adults with learning disabilities, via supported internships.

The café will be open every day to all comers, serving delicious home-made food for snacks, light lunches and afternoon teas, all with magnificent views of the Common.

The café will also have a small gift shop.

The project is the culmination of months of planning and hard work by the Cricket Club and the charity, both of whom wanted to create a special place that can be enjoyed by everyone in Chorleywood.

When the founder of Mission EmployAble met the Cricket Club in 2019, they found they had ‘a perfect fit’ and a joint scheme was launched to raise £2m, £1.7m of which has been raised already.

A statement issued by the Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble said: “We are delighted that contractors are starting on the new building, which will be a huge asset to cricketers and the community, as well as enriching the lives of young people with a learning disability.

“We will work hard to protect the Common during the building works and minimise inconvenience to residents.“

The site will be protected by the contractor Boom Construction Ltd from day one by secure and newt fencing as recommended by the ecologist, and parking and welfare facilities for the contractor will be provided on-site.

The new building is due for completion in late 2021/early 2022.

Santa Arrives For Mission EmployAble

Posted: 15th February 2021

Ben Sharp (left) and Gary Waller ((right)

A cheque has arrived for Mission EmployAble, six weeks after Christmas and apparently from Santa, albeit via the post rather than down the chimney.

The cheque for £200 has been donated by members of the Northwood 41 Club, who chose Mission EmployAble as one of the charities ‘close to their hearts’ to benefit from their Christmas collection.

The 41 Club is made up of former members of the Round Table, which has been entertaining the residents of Northwood, Pinner and Eastcote for 70 years by driving a cheery Father Christmas around on a sleigh each December to collect money.

In December, conscious of people’s concerns about Covid, Club 41’s Santa and helpers used a contactless card reader for the first time and raised record amounts.

We are delighted that the money will go towards the building of Mission EmployAble’s training café for young adults with learning disabilities inside Chorleywood Cricket Club’s new pavilion on the Common.

Doors For The Cause: Winners Of Best Wreath Competition Announced

Posted: 8th January 2021

We were dazzled by the festive wreaths entered in our Doors For The Cause competition and are delighted to announce our winners.


Lisa Marheineke
Prize: Hamper

Highly Commended

Montana Tallentire

Rachel O’Driscoll

Fitness-mad Brent Mullane Dons Superman Outfit Just For Us

Posted: 8th January 2021

By January 9, our own marathon man Brent Mullane hopes to have completed 13 consecutive runs in aid of Mission EmployAble. Unfortunately, new government restrictions mean that the 43-mile Country to Capital (C2C) Ultra race from Wendover to London, planned for January 9, has been cancelled.

Instead, Brent has decided to make his final run for us a bit special by donning a Superman outfit (chosen by his top three donors) and running 26.2 miles in and around Chorleywood on Saturday, January 9, between 8am and 1pm.

So, if you happen to see Superman sprinting around the village this Saturday morning, please give him a cheery wave or an encouraging shout.

Already Brent’s efforts have raised just over £11,235 (including Gift Aid) for Mission EmployAble. There is still time to make a donation!

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Happy New Year from Mission EmployAble!

Posted: 8th January 2021

Everyone at Mission EmployAble would like to thank our many friends for their fantastic support over the past year. You have helped us with your time, energy, money and imagination and, when lockdown made life challenging for us all, you always managed to lift our spirits. Your efforts on our behalf have inspired us with tremendous hope and enthusiasm.

As 2021 dawns – and despite ongoing restrictions – we know we can rely on your continued support for our wonderful project.

This year promises to be a very exciting one for us, so please keep checking our website and local press for news about each stage of the new building and for details of how you can help with our fund-raising.

We wish you and your loved ones all the very best for a happy and healthy year ahead.

Enter our Virtual Competition with your beautiful Christmas Wreaths

Posted: 11th December 2020

The Competition closes on the 20th December and we would love to see your wreath sparkling brightly on the Mission EmployAble Doors For The Cause gallery.

Entry requires a donation of just £3.50 (plus booking fee) per upload. All proceeds going to Mission EmployAble.

Here is a little example of some of the fabulous wreaths that have already been entered:


Closing Date: 20th December
Prize: A Fabulous Christmas Hamper

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and good heath for 2021.

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Mission WoofAble Winners Announced

Posted: 30th November 2020

Our 2020 virtual dog show Mission WoofAble gave you, our supporters, a chance to show off your furbulous pets and we were delighted with the response.

There were so many beautiful and often touching photos to choose from, that our judges Shirlie Kemp and Jo Day described their job of picking the best entries as an emotional rollercoaster.

“It was an extremely hard task to choose the best and we wish we had a prize for every entry"
- Judges Shirlie Kemp and Jo Day

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of residents for their furry friends and also by the generosity of local businesses in donating prizes and want to thank them all for contributing to so worthwhile a cause.”
- Erica Bendall, chair of the Mission EmployAble fund-raising committee

Winners and Highly Commended for Mission WoofAble 2020:

Best in Show

Handsome Hound
Ann Garner & Yoda pictured here with judge Shirlie Kemp and her husband Martin.
Prize: Dog grooming session from Ruff Diamond Groomers, Chipperfield and hamper from Mission EmployAble

Prizes by Category

Best Friends
Celia Brothers & Alaska
First in Class: Jo Day Photography Session, Chorleywood

Best Friends
Vanessa O'Connell & Geebee
Highly Commended

Playful Puppy
Jacob Noble & Jasper
First in Class: Workshop from Chorleywood Dog Training Ltd, Chenies

Playful Puppy
Simon Varnals & Archie
Highly Commended

Doggy Diva
Roger Cattell & Ayra
First in Class: Cashmere hot water bottle cover from Loving and Giving.net

Doggy Diva
Bregitta Leigh & Pearl
Highly Commended

Love To Dress Up
Ben Eking & Ruben
First in Class: Personalised photo from Pimp My Pet artist Lizzy Duncan

Love To Dress Up
Clare Wells & Doug
Highly Commended

Grumpy Grown Up
Jeannette Perry & Max
First in Class: Hamper from Mission EmployAble

Grumpy Grown Up
Carol Dryden & Sir Louie Waffles
Highly Commended

Most Loved Rescue
Steve Riches & Charlie
First in Class: Doggy Hamper sponsored by Ricky Dog Walkers

Most Loved Rescue
Helen Whitlock & Meg
Highly Commended

Handsome Hound
Ann Garner & Yoda
First in Class: Large dog bed cover from Dogsbody Pet Services, Kings Langley

Handsome Hound
Rob Purbrick & Monty
Highly Commended

Gone But Not Forgotten
Susie Turnbull & Humphrey
First in Class: Voucher from Pets’ Corner, Amersham

Gone But Not Forgotten
Jennifer McDermott & Voldermort/Rupert
Highly Commended

Judges' Choice

Judge: Shirlie Kemp
Emma Browne & Crissy (Most Loved Rescue category)
Prize: Hamper from Mission EmployAble

Judge: Jo Day
Cloe Connolly & Poppy (Most Loved Rescue category)
Prize: Hamper from Mission EmployAble


We can't thank our sponsors enough for your generosity in supporting Mission EmployAble, especially during a difficult time for businesses. Our virtual dog show Mission WoofAble was a great success and as you can see from the entries, it was enthusiastically supported by families and their gorgeous dogs and even the odd mog!

Thank you all for being part of a truly special project here in Chorleywood. Please continue to support us so that we can look forward to welcoming you to our cafe in the new Cricket Club pavilion on the Common once it opens.

From all the team at Mission EmployAble.

Hug a Hottie and Support Us!
A super-soft cashmere hot water bottle cover has been donated by Loving and Giving as the prize for 1st in Class in the Doggy Diva category. If you would like your own 'hottie' cover and order it before February 10th (perfect for Valentine's Day), Loving and Giving will give 10% of the purchase price to Mission EmployAble.

To see the range of hot water bottle covers available, visit: www.lovingandgiving.net.

Header and Best in Show photos courtesy of jo@jodayphotography.co.uk

Team Coastbusters: Five Men On Bikes Head For Cornwall

Posted 30th November 2020

From left to right: Tony Bendall, Gary Waller, Robert Finney, Patrick Turnbull & Adrian Horsburgh

Chorleywood to Padstow in aid of Mission EmployAble and the CWCC Pavilion Fund

Date: 23rd - 26th May 2021
Distance: 452km over 4 days
Route: Chorleywood - Stonehenge - Taunton - Okehampton - Padstow

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Our original three Coastbusters have been joined by two friends, which means that five of them will now cycle from Chorleywood to Padstow from May 23rd - 26th.

The original trio, Tony Bendall, Gary Waller and Robert Finney had planned to cycle the 452 km to Cornwall in aid of Mission EmployAble in November, but had to postpone during lockdown.

Now they will be joined on their re-scheduled ride in May by two mates, Patrick Turnbull and Adrian Horsburgh, both from Chorleywood, with all proceeds going to Mission EmployAble.

Adrian Horsburgh. "Definitely the amateur in the group with a rather rusty bike but hopefully a good enough engine to see the distance out." (Adrian is a man of few words but he will get the job done and he will be a great asset to the team)

Patrick Turnbull. "Over the last 15 years my friends have allowed me to cycle with them and I just about managed to keep up but I really enjoy the company and banter. As a family we have had our summer holidays every year near Padstow for 25 years and I am so looking forward to cycling there - it’s a long drive let alone a bike ride!"

All five cyclists will receive a Mission EmployAble sports goodie bag for their efforts.

If you and your friends want to set yourself your own sporting challenge in aid of Mission EmployAble, please email us at erica@missionemployable.co.uk. We would love to hear from you and discuss your ideas.

Mission EmployAble Christmas Cards Available From Chorleywood Bookshop

Posted: 30th November 2020

A wonderful way to support Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Bookshop this year is to buy or order our Christmas cards from the bookshop and help promote the charity to your friends and family.

We are selling our specially designed colourful Christmas cards in packs of 10, which you can buy from Chorleywood Bookshop or here, via our website.

If you live in the Chorleywood area, we will hand deliver your cards free of charge and best of all, the cards are glitter-free and printed on fully recyclable FSC-certified paper.

Price £5.99 for 10 cards or £53.91 for 100 cards

Cards available from Chorleywood Bookshop, Tel 01923 283566, E: info@cwbookshop.co.uk

The bookshop re-opens on Wednesday, 2nd December:
Mon to Thurs: 9am – 8pm
Sat: 9am – 5.30pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm

Mission WoofAble Virtual Dog Show

Posted: 16th November 2020

Lending a paw to support your local charity Mission EmployAble and The Chorleywood Cricket Club Pavilion Fund.

Do you think your dog is furbulous, well here is their time to shine. Enter our Virtual Dog Show to show off your dog(s) and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic hamper for Best in Show along with other great prizes for being 1st place in your Class.

Here is a little example of some of the gorgeous pictures on our gallery;


Closing Date: 20th November
Prizes: 1st in class, Best in Show and the Judges Choice.
Judges: Shirlie Kemp & Jo Day

Good luck, we can’t wait to see all your lovely furbulous fur babies.

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Photo courtesy of jo@jodayphotography.co.uk

3 down, 1 to go - Brent's Grand Slam - South Downs Way

Updated: 10th November 2020

Brent’s last 100 Ultra Marathon is going ahead, but he has to stay local. He will pull out all of the stops starting on Saturday 7th November at 11am from Chorleywood, finishing at the Chorleywood Cricket Club at 11am Sunday 8th November, to do what he promised and run 100 miles in under 24 hours. If you see him in and around the village please give him a shout out, or better still take a shot of Brent and upload it on to or .

Brent at the finish line after Autumn 100 on the 10/10/20

Autumn 100 completed 10th October, in 25 hrs

When the Ultra was cancelled, Brent covered the required 100 miles in 24 hours by running around Chorleywood and the surrounding villages, spurred on by socially-distanced shout-outs from individuals along the way. Along with his running crew who pushed him tirelessly throughout the day and night and kept us updated with pictures, videos and lap times. (Great for his family who were glued to the What'sApp group over in New Zealand.) Without a doubt the best part of the run was being with his son Luke, 15, who ran alongside him for the last 11 miles.

On his return to Chorleywood Common in 23 hours and 41 minutes, Brent said that he completed the marathon in order to keep his promise to the charity. Chorleywood Common where locals were out with their families enjoying the sunshine just erupted into to applause when the two of them came racing towards the Cricket Club out of the woods. Brent said “It was an overwhelming finish. I really wasn’t expecting anybody to be there and when I came over the hill I was very surprised.I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support of a wonderful cause.I am especially proud of Luke who gave me such motivation at the end.”

Brent has raised a staggering £10,810 for us here at Mission EmployAble. The last £2080 came in throughout his run on the 7/8th from many local families who crossed paths with him over those 24 hours.We have not heard the last of Brent and his determination to make a difference - watch this space.

"Amazing. What a wonderful achievement and huge thanks for such a massive fundraising effort and support” Katharine Weston: Founder of Mission EmployAble

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Donor Comments:

We thought you would like to see just a few of their comments when they donated.

"Wow great effort, I had no idea when we randomly bumped into you yesterday, we’ll done."

"Well done great cause, looking forward to supporting the cafe when it opens!"

"Saw you out running yesterday and heard what you were doing on Twitter - WOW!!!"

"I don't know you but lots of people I know saw you including my daughter who said you were very fast! Amazing achievement for such a worthy cause."

"Amazing effort mate, I saw you out there and you were making it look fun (!)"

"Awesome Crazy challenges mate, good luck and enjoy! Great charity to support"

"Great job.Beyond impressive....well done."

"Good luck with the final 100 miles!!"

"Brent Thank you for raising much-needed money for the ME/CWCC project"

"Good luck with the ultra marathons. Incredible effort for such a positive cause"

"Impressive achievement - fabulous cause!"

"We saw you in Chenies. In awe."

Photo courtesy of jo@jodayphotography.co.uk

The Coastbusters Epic Cycle Challenge

Updated: 10th November 2020

Tony Bendall, Gary Waller & Robert Finney

Chorleywood to Padstow in aid of Mission EmployAble and the CWCC Pavilion Fund

**STOP PRESS** Lockdown has prevented us departing today (2nd November), because we wouldn't complete our cycle until after national lockdown starts on Thursday 5th (and has disrupted our logistics for the return home). Instead we are planning an equivalent ride on 23rd-26th May 2021.

The money you have donated is going to this amazing charity and we can not thank you enough for supporting the team who will complete this Epic Challenge.

Date: 23rd - 26th May 2021
Distance: 452km over 4 days
Route: Chorleywood - Stonehenge - Taunton - Okehampton - Padstow

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Team Coastbusters are a group of friends who really enjoy cycling. They used to love Football, Rugby & Basketball but those days are distant memories. But they like to cycle, keep fit and enjoy the challenges of long distance bike rides as well as raising money for good causes. So on 2nd November they're off on a 452km (283 mile), 4-day cycle to Padstow in Cornwall, in aid of Mission EmployAble and the Chorleywood Cricket Club Pavilion Fund.

Mission EmployAble aims to train people with learning difficulties, to employ some and help others find work so that they can lead fulfilled lives working and contributing to their local community. It needs a venue for a 30 cover cafe / tea Room with a gift shop to provide training opportunities for over 20 trainees per week. So ME and CWCC are now working together to build a brand new pavilion with combined facilities (cricket pavilion / cafe / tea room / training facility) on Chorleywood Common.

So who's actually cycling to Padstow?

Tony Bendall's a veteran of 15 London To Brighton bike rides, several trips from Chorleywood to Brixham, Bristol and Padstow. Out most weekends cycling in and around Herts & Bucks covering about 4000 miles a year on one of his many bikes. Strava and Garmin are his top 2 gadgets!

Gary Waller - "I’m fairly old hand to cycling, I love it, especially long distances. I have completed some big bike rides in the past, like Coast to Coast. I know that I’ll be looking forward to crossing the finishing line, although the laughs with the team during the ride are always great. However, I’m not looking forward to cycling up any hills that are planned en route.”

Robert Finney's cycling career began with a touring bike ride through Burgundy. Many wine regions later, Robert started long distance cycling in Blighty (only 4 London-Brighton's so far) - most recently leading a group of ten round the Isle of Mull in his native Scotland. If Tony’s the ideas man, Robert’s the planner, ensuring the trio finds a picturesque route away from the trunk and other A-roads which Tony so loves!

If you have a great idea like Tony, Gary and Robert's and have a fundraiser challenge in mind, please get in touch we would love to hear from you: erica@missionemployable.co.uk.

Blooming Marvellous Winners - Mission EmployAble Virtual Flower Show

Posted: 1st October 2020

Lockdown failed to dampen the enthusiasm or compromise the creative talents of those who entered Chorleywood’s first ‘virtual’ flower show, namely Mission DiggAble, organised this year by the new charity Mission EmployAble in conjunction with the horticultural societies of Chorleywood and Heronsgate.

The charity, which is raising money for a training café for young adults with learning disabilities, decided that with so many flower shows being cancelled locally and nationally, green-fingered residents should be encouraged to ‘have a go,’ with fabulously colourful results.

Mission EmployAble hosted Mission DiggAble on its website and awarded prizes in eight categories: tallest sunflower, best vegetable, best painting, best flower arrangement, best hanging basket or container, best upcycle, kids’ corner and best in show.

Founder and chair of Mission EmployAble, Katharine Weston thanked all the local businesses who donated prizes.

She said: “Like so many charities, our fund-raising activities have been put on hold this year, but we wanted to keep our name in the public eye.

“DiggAble was a wonderful opportunity and it proved to be great fun for all the participants.”

The winning entries were:

Alison & Harry Lowe

Category: Best Container or Basket
Prize: Hanging basket donated by Mansi Florist

James Langford

Category: Best Vegetable
Prize: ‘Grow food for free’ book, donated by Anonymous Donor
(Please contact erica@missionemployable.co.uk to receive your prize)

Poppy Davis

Category: Kids’ Corner
Prize: Voucher donated by Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross bookshops

Tim Venner

Category: Tallest Sunflower
Prize: Voucher donated by HeatTech, Chorleywood

Jane Herman

Category: Best Painting
Prize: Planter donated by Rowan Garden Centre, Chalfont St Giles

Heather Morley

Category: Best Flower Arrangement
Prize: Hanging basket donated by Anonymous Donor

Beaumont Care Home

Category: Best Upcycle
Prize: Planter donated by MK Gardening

Beaumont Care Home

Category: Best in Show
Prize: Jeroboam of rosé wine, donated by Heronsmere Homecare

For further information, to donate to Mission EmployAble and to see the full gallery of Mission DiggAble entries, visit the Mission DiggAble Official Page

Photos courtesy of jo@jodayphotography.co.uk

Chorleywood Magazine 2020 Scarecrow Trail in Aid of Mission EmployAble

Posted: 29th September 2020

Theme: The 2020 Scarecrow
Create a scarecrow to mark this landmark year. It could be somebody or something you appreciate more than ever from key workers to your next-door neighbour or a straw version of the person you’ve unexpectedly become – a home worker, cake baker, keen gardener, Zoom regular or Quiz champ. The character could even represent what you’ve missed over the last six months from a family wedding to a festival or gig. Just add a few props to set the scene!

Register Your Scarecrow
tickets.mp/scarecrows (£6.50)

Closing Date for Registration
Wednesday 30th September at midnight.

What Happens Next?
Towards the end of this week you will receive an email asking for the name and location (including post code) of your scarecrow plus a brief quote, story or poem giving the reason for your scarecrow choice. A few days prior to the Trail weekend you will be sent your Scarecrow Trail number to attach to your scarecrow.

Scarecrow Setup
Set up your scarefcrow by 11am on Friday 9 October. Be sure your scarecrow is in a spot where it can be viewed throughout the weekend.

Following the Trail
The Scarecrow Trail list and voting form will be online this year. The link will be on our website and facebook page and will go live just prior to the Trail weekend

Contact Information
Please send all Scarecrow Trail communication to this email address: info@chorleywoodmagazine.co.uk

Brent's Going for the Grand Slam!

Updated: 21st September 2020

Local Chorleywooder, Brent, will be running four 100-mile ULTRA Marathons in 4 months in aid of Mission EmployAble
Dates: 8th August - 7th November 2020
Autumn 100: 10th October 2020
Please join Brent in his unique and challenging way of raising funds for Mission EmployAble.

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Brent is among the remaining 20 to complete the Centurion Running Grand Slam of 100s

The Grand Slam of 100s award is recognition for those who complete all 4 Centurion 100 mile events within a calendar year:
  • Thames Path 100
  • South Downs Way 100
  • North Downs Way 100
  • Autumn 100 (originally the Winter 100)
The Autumn 100 is a 100 mile continuous trail race based in the twinned villages of Goring & Streatley on the river Thames. The course reflects the shape of a cross and takes runners on a series of 4 different 25 mile out and back spurs using sections of both the Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails.

I have been asked, what makes me want to run four 100-mile races in 4 months to raise money for Mission EmployAble.

There’s nothing special about it - I’m just a guy who likes to run a lot. But what is more amazing is all the time and dedication that all the volunteers from Mission EmployAble are giving towards creating a truly fantastic future for so many young people with learning difficulties - bricks and mortar that will last for generations to come to ensure that everyone, no matter what their abilities, will have a chance to get trained and find employment. The entire community will also benefit from a fantastic new cricket pavilion and a place to meet on the Common for a coffee and some food.

Running 400 miles is easier to imagine if you break it up into manageable bite size chunks in your head. Each of the races are 100 miles, which must be completed before the cut off time of between 27 to 30 hours. Each race has around 13 feed stations. This means that I just have to think about 7 and a bit miles to the next checkpoint. So when the chaff under my arms is so painful that I have to run with one arm in the air for relief, or my feet are so wet and blistered that it feels as though the soles of my feet are sliding off, or my quadriceps are so ruined that I have to walk up the hills backwards, I just think about getting through the next 7 miles to the feed station, take a drink and some fruit, reset and carry on.

Incentives for donating to Mission EmployAble:
  • The person who donates the highest amount will get to choose my outfit to run in next January's Country to Capital race that runs through Chorleywood. This is the middle of winter and it is 43 miles, so a mankini is not that practical! 😊
  • The 4 people who donate the most, will get a finishers t-shirt for one of the races.
  • For every £2000 raised, I will run a marathon on consecutive days to a maximum of 14 days (As I do have a job and a family). So if I raise £28,000 I will run 14 marathons in 14 days.

To follow the progress you can either follow me on Strava under the name of Burt Bang or at Centurionrunning.com for live updates of all the races.

Brent Mullane
Running for Mission EmployAble

Photo courtesy of jo@jodayphotography.co.uk

My Mission

Choose a Mission - Walking, Running or Cycling
Beginner: £5.00
Intermediate: £10
Ultra: £15.00

With the easing of lockdown Mission Employable have been delighted to be able to launch their own My Mission for our local foot-ninjas and pedal crunchers looking for a personal fitness challenge.

Rediscovering the joys of walking, running and cycling within our beautiful village has encouraged us all to work on our own fitness. Sunny weather, quieter roads and the need to get out and breathe in the better air has also been essential to help lower stress, reduce feelings of isolation and help ease anxiety and depression.

Your one-off donation per category (£5 for a Beginner entry, £10 for an Intermediate entry and £15 for an Ultra entry) enables you to enter your progress into your chosen leaderboard and update it as many times as you like, with all proceeds going to Mission EmployAble.

Mission Diggable Virtual Flower Show

Posted: 5th June 2020

Mission EmployAble, together with the horticultural societies of Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Heronsgate and Loudwater, are calling on green-fingered residents of all ages and from the surrounding villages to take part in Mission DiggAble, a virtual flower show, to raise money for a training café staffed by young people with learning disabilities that will be housed within Chorleywood Cricket Club’s new pavilion on Chorleywood Common.

When you feel the time is ripe, simply upload your photographs of your fruit & veg and plant/s for assessment by the judges, using the submission form below. You may enter as many categories as you wish and as many times as you like. Entries are open from Monday 8th June 2020, with the deadline for photo submissions being Monday 31st August 2020.

Each entry into the competition costs just £2.50 with all proceeds going to Mission EmployAble.

Winning prizes for each of the 7 categories will be selected, followed by a Best of Show

In Case You've Been Wondering...

Updated: 2nd September 2020

With commercial cinemas being allowed to re-open this weekend, you may be wondering when the village's community cinema will be re-starting too?

We are monitoring events and developments as the lockdown eases but the final decision will obviously be subject to Government guidelines and public health advice.

When we do come back, one of the first films we'll be showing is the heartwarming, original and funny, The Peanut Butter Falcon (Cert. 12). The screening in conjunction with local charity Mission EmployAble, is in support of their Cafe/Tea Room in a new Cricket Pavilion on the Common in which they'll train and employ people with learning disabilities.

Like so many other charities, Mission EmployAble's fundraising activities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. However, they are coming up with innovative ways to raise money, including a virtual Flower Show - Mission DiggAble - in conjunction with several local Horticultural Societies which runs through till mid August. For more information please see http://www.missionemployable.co.uk/virtual-flower-show.php

Getting back to films, the free-to-view selection currently available on BBC I-Player includes On Chesil Beach, Selma, The Lady In The Van, 3:10 to Yuma, 99 Homes, The Hurt Locker, Philomena, The Blair Witch Project, Kajaki - The True Story and My Life As A Courgette. It also features a number of excellent 'classics' such as Fort Apache, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, The Magnificent Ambersons, Top Hat, King Kong and Citizen Kane.

All definitely worth seeing.

Finally a big THANK YOU! to everyone who came to one of our screenings over the past year, to the Bookshop for their ongoing support and to Ultimate Destinations for their much valued sponsorship.

Stay safe and well - we'll keep you up-to-date and hope to see you soon!

Spice Up Your Life

Spice Up Your Life will continue with monthly virtual events offering opportunity to learn about or learn to do something new in your life. We will be introducing some exciting Asian cooking ,Cheats way for the Best Canapes, Wine Tastings & Baking to name a few .Keep a look out for the next event which will be on our website soon and available to book.

Happy Holidays!

Mission EmployAble EventsTeam

Chorleywood Cricket Pavilion Plans are Approved

29th February 2020

We are delighted that at last night's Three Rivers District Council Planning meeting we received unanimous approval for our plans for a new pavilion. We would like to thank everyone who filled the public gallery again as this helped to remind the councillors that this application has a lot of support.

The months of unstinting support from our Parish Council, local councillors, local community groups such as: Chorleywood Residents Association, Friends of Chorleywood Common, the church and all those who wrote in to support the application, were crucial to gaining approval. On behalf of Chorleywood Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble, we would extend our thanks and warm appreciation for all the support we have received from these groups and wider local community.

We have much work to do with getting further approvals, finalising the building plans and raising the funds to pay for the new pavilion but gaining planning permission is a major step forward.

We will keep you updated about our progress and we have many fundraising activities planned that we would be delighted if you were able to join.

Katharine Weston
Chair, Mission EmployAble

Steve Dunning
Chair, Chorleywood CC

Three Rivers District Council discusses planning proposal for new pavilion and cafe

24th January 2020

Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Cricket Club (CWCC) attended the planning meeting at Three Rivers District Council last evening.

Although the planning decision for the proposed re-building of the cricket pavilion on Chorleywood Common was deferred, it appeared to us that there was broad support for the proposal. There were concerns to ensure that there was no future potential for a purely commercial venture on the site and a possible solution to this problem was proposed at the meeting. If this proposed solution does address the concerns raised then a favourable outcome could be likely. We hope that his will be resolved at the February meeting.

During the meeting, the Chair stated that there was clear and widespread support in the community for the application and this undoubtedly contributed to the Councillors trying to find solutions to their concerns.

ME and CWCC would like to thank everyone for their continued support for the project and a special thank you to all those who demonstrated this support last night by filling the public gallery.

Katharine Weston
Chair, Mission EmployAble

Steve Dunning
Chair, Chorleywood CC

Exciting plans for a new cricket pavilion, cafe / tea room and community hub in Chorleywood

13th November 2019

The local charity Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC) have now submitted plans to Three Rivers District Council to build a stunning new cricket pavilion, cafe/tea room and training facility for young adults with learning disabilities.

The existing Chorleywood Cricket Club …

The exciting new design proposal for Chorleywood Cricket Club ...

Click here for full plans via Three Rivers Planning

If approved by the Three Rivers District Planning Committee, Parish Council and DEFRA, the Chorleywood Cricket Club would be supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to extend its provision to provide cricket facilities for all, including women and the disabled ...

provide a new community hub and café / tea room staffed by learning disabled adults ...

And provide benefit to parents with children, dog walkers, runners, horse riders, older people, cyclists and ramblers ...

The new facility would also support volunteering and promote social inclusion, resilience and understanding.

Mission EmployAble and CCC hope to have built the new pavilion by April 2021 with a view to it opening for the May 2021 cricket season. They are seeking the support of the community to make this ambition a reality and help raise the necessary funds.

For information about Chorleywood Cricket Club, go to: http://www.cwcricket.org/cgi-bin/main.pl

Chorleywood Village Day

13th July 2019

Volunteers from Mission EmployAble were out and about on Chorleywood Village Day staffing a joint stand and gazebo with the Chorleywood Cricket Club (CCC). They shared with the community the vision of a joint initiative to design and build a new cricket pavilion and cafe on The Common, offering employment and training opportunities for young learning disabled adults. Visitors to the stand were asked whether they supported the idea and whether they would like to be involved in any way. People were also asked to choose their favourite name for the cafe, with the most popular name being ‘Cafe on the Common’. Youngsters were asked to hit the bails off the stumps to win prizes. Some showed more skill than others but all the prizes had gone by the end of the day! It was a day of listening to the community to ensure that the vision of Mission EmployAble and CCC was the right one. The volunteers were greatly encouraged by the response which was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

Press Release

Issued on 7th February 2018

Chorleywood Cricket Club announces link up with Mission EmployAble to provide a new club house and community learning café.

Breaking for tea has never seemed so appealing…

Chorleywood Cricket Club has opened discussions with the Parish Council about ambitious new plans to link up with a new local charity, Mission EmployAble, to develop a new club house and community learning café. The club has recently secured planning permission for a major refurbishment and extension of the outdated clubhouse.

Steve Dunning, club Chair points out “This link up provides an excellent opportunity to provide a purpose-built, pavilion style facility that supports the development of the cricket club and also benefits the entire community”.



“Our vision is to train people with learning disabilities, to employ some and help others find work so that they can lead fulfilled lives working in and contributing to their local community.” said Katharine Weston, Chair, Mission EmployAble.

The proposed 30 seat community café would be open 7 days a week throughout the year, operated by Mission EmployAble. On week days the café will be staffed by trainees with learning difficulties supported by a dedicated training team. Visitors can expect a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic local produce and coffee and the most engaging service possible.

The concept is at a very early stage and an essential first part of the process is to engage with, and enlist the support of, the local community. This is the first of a number of planned communications over the coming months.