Your Hertfordshire Rural Affairs and Community News Bulletin
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Annual General Meeting 2021
CDA Herts warmly invites you to our 55th AGM
We will be sharing how Covid has impacted on our services and the new projects which have emerged from the health crisis. Working quickly and forming new alliances has strengthened our partnerships and delivery of services with a common purpose with public and charity sectors. We would love to hear how you have managed this new world of work.
Please join us on Zoom, details below
Date:Wednesday 13th October 202
Time: 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm (The Waiting Room will open at 5.30 pm)
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CDA's CRB Project at the Stevenage HAD event
Health Action Day (HAD) is a yearly free event hosted which aims to provide advice, support and information from health professionals, charities and voluntary groups whilst helping to promote the comprehensive services available in Stevenage. CDA's Covid Recovery Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) project (CRB) was invited to have a stall at the event for the day to promote our services.
CRB's Mercy Bwomono talked about services with attendees who visited the stall. Visitors were very interested in finding out more about the project and services offered as well as how to access Community Development Action, Herts (CDA) other services. Visitors also shared their thoughts and suggestions to be considered for the project. There were other partner organisations present too so there was an opportunity to network and make contacts.
Hertfordshire County Council encourages residents to stop smoking for Stoptober
This October, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is encouraging smokers across the county to join thousands of others by taking part in the national mass quit attempt Stoptober. Stoptober - the annual nationwide stop smoking campaign - is back for its tenth year in 2021, after inspiring more than two million smokers to make a quit attempt over the past decade. The campaign encourages smokers to try giving up during October and offers support to help them stop for at least 28 days – which makes them five times more likely to quit for good. Over 100,000 adults in Hertfordshire smoke and it remains the largest cause of chronic disease in the county, killing over 1,400 people in the county every year. Almost half of smokers (45%) have reported smoking more since the first lockdown began, while the number of smokers under 35 has jumped during the same period, from 18% in 2019 to 24% in 2021*.Join thousands of others across England and start your quit journey this Stoptober with the free stop smoking support tools available now on the NHS Better Health Stoptober website, such as the NHS Quit Smoking app, online communities and an online Personal Quit Plan which will help you find the combination of support that’s right for you.
* Figures taken from the monthly UCL Smoking Toolkit Study.
We are very excited to announce that Libraries Week takes place this year from
4th – 10th October. It celebrates everything that libraries do to enhance the lives of their communities, providing a vast array of services and facilities.
This year we have something for everyone and are putting on some fabulous events for you and the family to enjoy! Please be sure to check your local libraries Facebook page to see what’s happening in a library near you and join us in celebrating the wonderful service that we offer to all age groups.
University of Hertfordshire Seminar: Enabling zero carbon lifestyles in our housing and planning - an online seminar on Wednesday 20th October 2021 4pm on Zoom
With Sue Riddlestone OBE, CEO & Co-founder, Bioregional Click Here
Sue will share approaches and examples drawing on Bioregional's work, with partners, from BedZED eco-village onwards, and her views on the opportunities and challenges in delivering zero carbon homes and communities. A 30 minute talk will be followed by a group discussion of no more than an hour.
New on-demand bus service launched in Hertfordshire
On-demand bus service HertsLynx launches in Hertfordshire on 19 September. This new flexible bus service is all part of Hertfordshire County Council's plans to create cleaner and greener transport networks in the county.
Residents in the east and north of Hertfordshire will be able to use a new app to order a bus pick up and drop off from virtual bus stops along routes where normal bus services are infrequent.
The HertsLynx service is designed to improve connections between rural villages and larger town centres, making it easier for people to get to work or school, go shopping, or travel to appointments, without needing to use a car or taxi.
Fascinating archaeological finds unearthed along new A120 route
Archaeological digs as part of the A120 Little Hadham Bypass and Flood Alleviation scheme have revealed an intriguing insight into a 2000-year-old lost settlement.
The archaeological excavations were carried out over the summer and autumn months of 2019, in preparation for the construction of the new A120 route around the Hertfordshire village of Little Hadham. The new road is due for completion in winter 2021.
The route of the A120 was established by the Romans in the first century AD and has likely been in almost continuous use ever since. In the Saxon period the old Roman road was known as Stane Street. The road ran from the great Roman city of Colchester westwards towards Braughing where it met the main road from London to the North.
Graveley Village Support Group our featured Rural Support Network, still providing support to the elderly, isolated and vulnerable in rural Hertfordshire.
Graveley Village Hall Coffee Morning celebrates getting back together
The Coffee Morning at GVH on Saturday 4 September was a great success. We had received a grant of £100 from CDA Herts for our work supporting the villagers through the pandemic. We decided to use the money to celebrate getting together again after such a long time, and relaxing over some tea and cakes! Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves and meeting up again. The kids played lots of games and there was a Tombola which raised £170 for the International Rescue Committee to support Afghan families in crisis worldwide.
Thanks go to the Village Hall Trustees, the invaluable helpers and the cake-makers!!
Gill Shenoy Graveley Village Hall Secretary & Graveley Parish Councillor.
HITS is offering free translation to successful projects, in the top 12 Herts languages, on first come first serve basis. Herts Interpreting and Translation service (HITS) is one ofthe largest and most successful independent, noncommercial provider of language support services in the UK. HITS offers face-to-face interpreting, translation, audio recordings, language assessments for Health Trusts, local authorities, non-statutory sector organisations, commercial and private clients, through out Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
CDA Herts & Herts Black Diaspora held a joint event on 28th September to present Sickle Cell Awareness Month with different speakers to raise Awareness of Sickle Cell disorder. The event aimed to provide attendees with knowledge of the myths, facts, stigma, pain and the support that is available.
Dacorum has launched the Dacorum Climate Action Network - a new initiative that brings together local individuals and organisations to ‘think global and act local’ to help tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency. The aim is to educate, encourage and enable people to make positive environmental changes in their everyday lives. Joining Dacorum CAN is quick, free and easy. We're launching the network to help bring about meaningful change by educating, encouraging and enabling people to make positive environmental changes in their everyday lives. Dacorum CAN is aimed at both individuals and organisations and is open to everyone who lives, works and plays in Dacorum and pledges to take positive environmental actions. The network will support its members to understand and take action on environmental issues locally.
All organisations are welcome, including community groups, schools, businesses, charities, and more.
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Earthshot Prize: Prince William's environment finalists unveiled
The 15 finalists of Prince William's inaugural Earthshot Prize have been unveiled.
The prize was launched in October 2020 in order to search for inspiring and innovative solutions to problems facing the planet. The finalists were selected by experts who were looking for projects that had a "significant positive impact" on people and the natural world. Five winners, each receiving £1m, will be announced in a ceremony in October. The prize was inspired by US President John F Kennedy's "Moonshot" programme, which resulted in the US Apollo lunar launches and the first man setting foot on the Moon in 1969.
CDA Herts Supports our Refill Stores
Eat Wholefoods St Albans
Eat Wholefoods has been supplying wholefoods and refill items to the good people of the St Albans area for over 40 years. They have a shop in Hatfield Road and are in the market twice a week. As well as supplying Refills the majority of their prepackaged stock is in compostable,sustainable packaging.
A terrifying 12.8 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween in the UK alone! After carving, many-a-pumpkin’s guts are simply thrown away. Give yours a better ending!
Whether you’re staying at home this year or venturing to the streets, opt for a no-carve pumpkin decoration. Wrap your pumpkin in a bandage or add stickers for a spookily-simple decoration. This leaves the innards intact to eat once the festivities are over... and with so many great recipes you'll be spoilt for choice.
Autumn is here! Remember to add any leaves, twigs and hedge trimmings to your home compost bin or council collected garden waste. Learn how easy home composting can be and enjoy the benefits of free compost, improved soil structure and added moisture... plus keeping fit! If you need to order a compost bin, WasteAware has teamed up with Get Composting to offer buy one get one half price on compost bins.
As part of the warm up to COP26, Three Rivers District Council are hosting a free screening of the film 2040, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of local experts who specialise in the many aspects of Climate Change—from energy and travel, to biodiversity and agriculture.
Tring’s Market Place dates back to the early 14th century, and has reopened. Come down every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in Tring Church Square from 9 to 12.30pm. They have everything on offer from, a wide range of fruit and vegetables, Frozen fish, Free range eggs, bread, pastries and cakes.
Next Market - Saturday 9th October 9 -1pm The Market Place, Brook Street, Tring
Special Apple Fayre Market extended hours until 1pm
Harry Bott's October Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports
Harry reports on Harvesting and Drilling, Buzzards, Red Kites and tackling Slugs
Read the full report from Harry by clicking below.
Click Hereto download and read Harry Bott's October Countryside Notes.
(c) Andy Bartlett
Connect with nature this autumn
Autumn is now upon us and with the change in season comes beautiful orange leaves, a sharpness to the morning air and new wild visitors. October is a wonderful time of year to embrace wildlife and here are some of the best places to do so in Hertfordshire.
Amwell nature reserve is a fantastic place to visit in the autumn. Walk along the River Lee and over a bridge to reach an entrance to the site. There you will be met with a panoramic view of the water filled gravel pit, teeming with wintering birds such as black-headed and yellow-legged gulls. The reserve boasts beautiful autumn colours and a brilliant freshness as you walk on the wooded path down to the bittern pool and Hollycross lake. If you are a keen bird watcher, you’ll find three bird hides at this site are fantastic stopping points to take in the wildlife Amwell has to offer. Find out more about this reserve at www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/amwell
There are few better places than Balls Wood to enjoy the sights of autumn. Yellowing beech trees and migrant hawkers fill the woodland with dazzling colours and sounds. Visit the reserve during ‘golden hour’, around 6pm in the evening, to watch the sun shine through the trees and cast a golden haze over the wood. Follow the Hornbeam Trail and the White Admiral Trail, to see the best of Balls wood, including the many ponds which host frogs and toads. Find out more about this reserve at https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/balls-wood
Just south of Bishop’s Stortford, Thorley Wash is tranquil reserve following the River Stort. The reserve is bustling with birdsong in October, listen out for flocks of goldfinch, siskin and redpoll. If you are an early riser, you may be lucky enough to catch sight of a barn owl, gliding across the fen. Follow the River Stort Navigation tow path from Spellbrook Lane East to reach the entrance to this reserve.
Public concern about the climate crisis has doubled, according to a recent survey.
Meanwhile, rising energy costs could push half a million additional households into fuel poverty this winter. Community renewable energy has huge potential to help tackle both of these issues - by reducing climate emissions and raising funds to support vulnerable people. But it is being blocked by outdated regulations and unfair costs. If made law, the Local Electricity Bill would remove the blockage by creating a Right to Local Supply, empowering community energy groups to sell their power locally. This would help achieve an estimated twentyfold increase in community renewable energy. We need your help to make it happen.
Please send an email to your MP asking them to 'Please support the Local Electricity Bill.'
Reports show that rural rent prices in the UK are rising four times faster than in cities, intensifying a countryside housing emergency that is hitting young, marginalised and disadvantaged people
Lettings prices have risen by 8.7 percent in the countryside in the last year driven up by a lack of housing stock in rural and suburban locations, with fewer homes coming onto the lettings market since the beginning of the pandemic.
Experts suggest that people working from home who are moving out of cities to seek more space in the countryside are exacerbating the issue.
An article by Councillor Cecilia Motley, Chair of the Rural Services Network, has been published by Local Government First magazine
The article calls attention to key findings from research commissioned by the Rural Services Network (RSN) highlighting that rural areas face a triple whammy of lower funding, higher costs and greater need, which is seriously hampering efforts to grow local economies and maximise economic growth and service delivery to their often sparse populations.
Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. Fact is though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. So, don’t be ignorant, during breast cancer awareness month 2021 go for a medical checkup, it might save a life.
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CDA Herts Services available to communities in Hertfordshire
Community Garden St Albans - Plots available
Village Halls Advisory Service - part of the ACRE network
Rural Support Networks
Rural Issues Network
Rural Loneliness Forum
Digital Inclusion Project
Rural Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
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HMP The Mount Play Area
BAME Covid Recovery Project
Community Energy Network
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Health & Wellbeing advocacy
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