Local Area Information

West Hertfordshire

Sophia Ramsden – Vision Loss Advisor

07825 330648


Social Clubs

Hemel Hempstead Rotary Blind Club

Meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on the 4th Monday in the month. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Contact organiser Rod Pesch for details: 01442 249212 or 07831 397539.

Yoga for Sight Impaired

Yoga Class at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind. Every Tuesday from 11.00am-12.15pm. Term time only. Please call Audry on 01442 217918 for information.

Moorlands Women’s Club

The Moorlands Women’s club meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on alternate Tuesdays from 7.30pm-10.00pm. They have guest speakers and the club is an excellent way to socialise.

Hemel Hempstead Wednesday Club

This Club meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on Alternate Wednesdays for entertainment, outings and bring and buy sales. From 1.30pm-4pm. Contact Colin Crow on 01442 265362. Transport can be provided.


Trefoil clubs meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm-9.30pm. This club is a good way to socialise and meet new people.

Boxmoor W.I 

Members of the Boxmoor W.I meet at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm-10pm.

Sight Life Hemel 

This group for working age people meets once a month on the last Thursday of the month between 1.30pm-3.30pm. Please contact Sophia Ramsden on 07825 330648 for details.

Pilates Class 

This Pilates class meets every Thursday from 9.30am-12.30pm. Please contact Gerald Darvill on 01923 262896 for more information.

Feldens W.I

All attend the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on the 2nd Friday of every month from 1.45pm-4.15pm.

Computer Classes

Computer Classes are held every friday from 10.30am-12.00pm. Term time only. Please contact Audrey on 01442 217918 for more details.

Visually Impaired Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted people of Radlett, Elstree and Borehamwood. 

This club is run weekly on Friday afternoons 1.30pm-4.00pm at Maxwell Park Community Centre, Maxwell Road, Borehamwood. Contact Sasha on 07771 826820 or David on 01923 854403. Email: sashacapocci@hotmail.com/davidclout@btinternet.com. You can check out their website at www.visuallyimpairedclub.co.uk

Contact the Elderly Sunday Tea Parties

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Watford – Rene Milton Hall, Cross Street

Jenny likes to visit possible members before they attend the group, to get to know them better. Several Clubs: each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday social evenings. A variety of social events are organised including outings, games, evening parties etc. Contact: Jenny Marsh, 2 Ash Close, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0DN. Call 07932746181 or Jenny.marsh68@gmail.com.

Rickmansworth and District Club for the Blind

Bi-monthly lunches. Contact Mrs Sue Brothwell on 01923 774627.

The 1066 Club: Berkhamsted 

First Monday of each month between 2.30pm -4.30pm at Berkhamsted Court House, High Street, Berkhamstead. Contact Mary Cutler on 01727 860695.

Barnet Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls Club 

Bowls for blind and partially sighted, of all ages. The Club meets at various greens around Barnet and Finchley on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Coaching is available for new members. Contact David James on 0208 906 8654 or james_davidgj@yahoo.co.uk

Puffins, Sports Club for the Disabled (Hemel)

Meets Saturday 11am-1pm at the Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre. Sports include badminton, snooker, uni hoc, quick cricket and table games. Website: www.puffinsportsclub.org.uk. Contact Liz Fairbrother on 01442 256487 or lizfairbrother@ntlworld.com

Harbour Lights Scuba Diving

Hemel Hempstead Pool. Contact Gordon Harland on 01442 250067 or gharland@hlsd.org.uk

Internet Club

On the RNIB’s website you can register to join web pals, comments on blogs and post comments for discussion. Go to www.rnib.org.uk, click on Get Involved and then click Online Community.

Reading Group

Meets Monthly at Berkhamsted library. Transport may be available. For more information contact 01923 471333.

Talking Newspapers


Audry Mackie, 111 River Park, Boxmoor, HP1 1QZ. Tel: 01442 217918, Email: secretary@dtnhemel.org.uk


Contact Mr R Andrews, 14 Garston Lane, Watford, WD25 9QJ, 01923 672974.

Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood, Shenley

Contact: David Clout on 01923 854403 or Don Scott on 01923 856935. www.hertsmeretalkingnewspaper.co.uk  

Courses in Conjunction with Local Colleges

Oaklands College – Borehamwood Campus

Cookery Course. Contact Mrs J Frankland, Oaklands College, 02089 536024.                     

West Herts College – Westfield School

General Craft on Monday 10am-12pm. The College is willing to consider any course of study for partially sighted/blind people. Please ring to discuss if you have a particular interest. Contact Maureen Miller or Chris Hubbard on a Monday. – Westfield School on 01923-209400.



Phones: 01992 556771   Email: dialaride@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Dial a Ride is a door to door transport service for the elderly or people of any age, including children, who have difficulty travelling due to permanent disability or illness. Please contact for further information.

Volunteer Drivers

Dacorum CVS Transport Service: 01442 253935

Service include Community Cars at 65p per mile; £6 minimum, a door-to-door scheme for supermarket trips in the local area as well as a timetabled bus service using a 16-seater minibus.

Borehamwood Community Cars: 

0208 2074504

Herts Action on Disability Transport Scheme

HAD will provide transport at cheaper rates than taxis on a county wide basis. Contact 01707 375159 to find out more.