The social life of Radlett
PUBLISHED: 12:36 13 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:49 20 February 2013
Nestled between Aldenham and Shenley and with both St Albans and Watford on its doorstep, Radlett remains a popular place to live and to visit, with a whole host of amenities, clubs and societies, as Louise McEvoy discovers
RADLETT is one of the most affluent places in Britain and is a property hotspot due to its close proximity to London and good transport links.
The Roman-built Watling Street is the main road through Radlett and the high street boasts a wide variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a library and the Radlett Centre, which has a 300-seat auditorium to host a variety of entertainment.
Radlett is home to a wide range of clubs and societies, which include a lawn tennis and squash club, horticultural society, cricket club, and choral society.
Radlett Lawn Tennis and Squash Club aims to promote amateur community participation in the two sports, with Radlett Lawn Tennis Club founded in 1913, and Radlett Squash Club incorporated in 1977. The present clubhouse was built in 1913 and extended in 1986, with a major refurbishment carried out in 2008.
Established in 1954, Radlett Choral Society has developed into a choir of some 70 members who enjoy a wide range of music, and who usually perform four concerts a year.
Our exciting place to learn
FAIR Field Junior School in Radlett was established in 1958 and currently has about 200 pupils.
Matt Johnson has been headteacher at the school for just over a year, and says, Fair Field is our exciting place to learn, and we are a very happy and inclusive school. We have six important values respect, honesty, perseverance, kindness, forgiveness and inclusion. We are committed to nurturing an individuals potential and thirst for learning in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
He says his main aim as headteacher is to have high expectations, and to work together with other staff members to always improve learning at Fair Field. The best part of my job, he enthuses, is being part of educating such brilliant children, with such a great team. I work with talented and enthusiastic people, who all want the very best for our pupils.
Mr Johnson adds, Radlett is a self-confident suburban town with a diverse population and a terrific range of businesses, clubs and amenities to keep residents amused. Radlett is known for its prosperity, but also for its theatre, its wonderful summer fair, its spirited campaign to keep its fire station, its great pubs and restaurants, its excellent shops, and its rich social mix.
Something for everybody
THE Radlett Centre was established in the village in 1997 and offers an arena for theatre and music events, as well as art exhibitions.
The centre was built as an initiative between Hertsmere Borough Council and Aldenham Parish Council in order to provide a theatre for both professional and local amateur societies. It features a 300-seat auditorium, two art gallery spaces, three meeting rooms and a cafe bar. The stage is very large for a theatre of its size, and is able to facilitate two professional ballet companies which perform at the centre.
Greg Dexter began working as a general administrator at the Radlett Centre when it first opened, and he is now the manager. The professional programme includes everything from drama to comedy, rock to classical music, and many celebrity evenings, he explains. Ruby Wax recently opened her tour here and American singer, Michael Feinstein, played two performances at the Radlett Centre in advance of his sell-out concert at the London Palladium last November. Greg says childrens shows at the centre are equally important, and every Christmas there is also a traditional pantomime, which this year will be Jack and the Beanstalk.
The strength of the centre lies in the diversity of the events, Greg says. There really is something for everybody, and all age groups are covered.
Amateur groups have a high-quality venue and state-of-the-art technical equipment for their productions, but, if I could improve one aspect, I would add in a gallery so that the number of seats could be increased. This would enable us to attract even bigger shows than we do at the moment.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS
Upcoming events at the Radlett Centre include:
- Wednesday, September 15, 8pm Elkie Brooks 50th Anniversary Tour
- Tuesday, September 21, 8pm The Vagina Monologues
- Wednesday, September 29, 8pm Buddy Holly and The Cricketers tribute
- Thursday, September 30, 8pm London Classic Theatre presents Harold Pinters The Caretaker
FIND OUT MORE
Radlett Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
Radlett Choral Society