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Dear Members
Hopefully summer will be coming soon, but the wet weather did not deter many members who attended our annual barbecue, at the Berkhamsted Cricket Club on Wednesday June 12th. This became an indoor event, with excellent food from Rumbles, and Simon Double organised a well laid out dining area, tables, chairs, knives, forks, spoons and napkins!!! We initiated a charity raffle for those charity members present. There were two prizes; a crate of wine, and a bottle of champagne and £320 was raised which was donated to DENS.



Rishi Shah – Kings Road Dental Practice

22 Kings Road, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3BD, tel 07771 648528, E Mail – A modern dental practice that has built a reputation for quality, affordable service and treatment in a friendly and caring environment. They provide a full range of treatments including clear braces, implants and cosmetic treatments, with in-house specialists. They welcome all patients and look forward to seeing you soon.


We have received an official communication from Dacorum Borough Council as follows:

At present the enabling works (utility diversions) are being addressed by the relevant utility companies. It is expected that the enabling works will be completed during May/June with a further update provided once the enabling works are complete. At this stage we cannot confirm an exact completion date.

This was issued on May 20th, we have not yet received an update.

There has also been a representation made to Berkhamsted Council by the BDCC on behalf of a local resident, who pointed out that although the new car park will have chargers for electric cars, they will be slow chargers only. On his recommendation we have asked the council to consider installing the latest rapid chargers, and an easy contactless payment method. We are waiting for an update.


The annual trip to Windsor races is on Monday July 1st, which is also the Ronnie Scott tribute night. Please contact Simon Double on if you wish to come.

Our next breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July 7.15AM to 10.00AM at the Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Price for members is £15, non-members £20. The guest speaker is Dexter Moscow and his subject: “Don’t sell – influence with power and impact”. Dexter is a highly motivational speaker and has many years, experience. Please sign on-line at

There is a lunch booked on Tuesday 20th August at the Highwayman Berkhamsted 12.30Pm to 1.00PM the cost for members is £20, and it is a networking event.


Action Coach – Richard Perry has completed the London Marathon on his first attempt and is raising money for Dementia Revolution on If you wish to find out more, please contact Richard at

Aitchison Rafferty – We have put Anthony Waller of Aitchison’s in touch with some members re an appeal for a business rates reduction during the construction period of the car park, as it has affected their business. If any other members wish to discuss such an application with him, please contact him at the above e mail.

Colin Lillicrap – Colin’s family is involved with a charity called CARA (children at risk in Asia). They are holding a presentation at Open Door/ Way Inn 360-364 High Street Berkhamsted (opposite VAH’s) on Thursday 11th July starting at 6.00PM. This charity is Berkhamsted based and runs education support programmes for disadvantaged and displaced families on the Thai/Myanmar border. CARA has personal links with the ground team and can give first hand accounts on how they help the children. They would like more local support. A glass of wine and Thai snacks will be provided. Please reply to Colin or phone 01442 873439.

Café Epicure – In conjunction with Father Mike Eggleton Epicure are hoping to run a wine course in September at their premises on 223 High Street. Please contact Father Mike for further information. For those of you who attended the AGM, Mike ran the wine tasting afterwards which was very warmly received.

Connect Dacorum – They are organising the Dacorum Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge 2019/2020 and are looking for business people to both mentor and help sponsor year 12 students from local secondary schools, who will be entering this competition. The teams, of up to 8 students, choose a charity and are challenged to turn £100 into £1000 for their charity, by means of business-related ideas, which is where your business mentoring skills are needed. The competition runs from October to April 2020. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Withey at Connect Dacorum.

Grand Union Crossfit – Behind Ciente on the High Street Rob Lang’s new keep fit centre is being built and should soon open. Any member wishing to contact Rob for more information please contact him on 

The Open Door – At 360-364 High Street Berkhamsted have informed me that they have office space to let, usually between the hours of 9.00AM to 10.00PM Tuesdays to Fridays. The charges vary from £5 to £20 per hour, dependant on the room and they do have day rates. Please contact Open Door for further information.


Adam Hollier – He has announced a new photography project “Berkhamsted People – portrait of a Town” based on his book on Tring People. This was announced. at the recent Berkofest Book Festival. He will be arranging pop up shoots during the next few months. If you are interested in participating please contact Charlotte Jackson tel 07766 415433 or Adam Hollier 07801 414732.

Ashlyns School – They are holding their two day festival on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July. The Friday festival is a comedy and curry night 6.30PM to 10.30PM for over 18’s only and includes Paul Tonkinson, Suzy Bennett and Wayne the Weird. On Saturday from noon, there is live music, drinks marquee, food, games, demos and workshops for all the family. Tickets are available from 

Member to Member Benefits – The Chamber has an area on the web site where you can promote member to member benefits. However, one of our retail members has asked that this should be more positive and is suggesting that we sponsor a member’s discount card. Members could join and make an offer to other members. This does not have to cover all your products/services and may have the impact of increasing sales. If you have any views about this idea could you, please send them to

Training Courses – Susan Dobinson has taken on the committee role in charge of potential training. We have been in discussion with Nicola Ryall chair of Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, with a view to running joint courses. Furthermore, we are looking at some e training courses. If you have any requirements please contact Susan on

I hope to see many of you at our events over the next two months

Best Regards

Pete Elsworth – Chair