The community will come together for various events throughout 2020 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the formation of the parish of Rickmansworth.
St Mary’s Rickmansworth church is leading celebrations with a wide range of events, put together with the help of other local groups.
The original parish was much larger than it is today, extending over Croxley Green, Moor Park, Batchworth, West Hyde, Mill End and Chorleywood. Therefore this year of celebration is one for the whole community.
There will be exciting events such as the Flower Festival and Art Exhibition from July 10-12, the Community Hog Roast on October 3, ‘The Parishioners of St Mary’s before the Reformation’ talk on October 8, St Cecilia’s Day Concert on November 22, Ricky Revue from November 28 to 29 and the Christmas Tree Festival from December 6 to January 3.
RickyNews has removed any dates listed for May as the coronavirus might affect them.
Plenty of local groups are already involved with celebrating this anniversary, including Three Rivers Museum, local bell-ringers and the Rickmansworth & District Art Society.
One of the first activities of this year has been to start planting 750 trees in the area.
The first delivery of trees arrived at the end of January and have already found good homes round Stockers Lake and Maple Lodge Reserve.
Individuals have also planted trees in their gardens, all of which will provide a tangible legacy with significant environmental benefits for many years to come.
The tree project has captured everyone’s imagination and the St Mary’s team is also working on a pack for schools who would like to participate, enabling young people to plant and nurture their own trees.
Further information about St Mary’s 750 can be found at www.stmarysrickmansworth.org.uk