Welcome to our July 2019 eBulletin
CDA Herts Village Hall Community Hubs Project

Thanks to an HCF grant we are working across East Herts to support some Village Halls become Community Hubs.  Following on from the success of the Little Hadham Village Hall Project (funded by East Herts Council), we are working with other Village Halls to help create places where local people can drop in and participate in a variety of activities to address loneliness, improve their health and wellbeing, learn things, meet people and get connected.

To find out how we can help your Village community please contact for more information.
Oasis Group Fundraising in Cottered Village Hall

This is a charity fund raising initiative by members of the OASIS group for young people with learning difficulties who meet in Cottered Village Hall each week.

This not only helps Wood Green Animal Shelter but will also count towards a Duke of Edinburgh award for the young people behind the idea.

If you have a few minutes to spare please pop in  to the Village Hall on Wednesday 7th August for a cuppa and cake between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. They would welcome your support.

For further information please contact

John Harwood-Bee 

The wait is almost over… North Hertfordshire Museum to open its doors!

Come down to the North Hertfordshire Museum on Saturday 6 July at 10.30am and see the entrance doors officially open for the first time! Take in the sights and join in the family activities on offer throughout the day.

Bringing the history of North Hertfordshire to life, the Museum has something for everyone - art, archaeology, nature, football, toys, even a Victorian chemist’s shop counter.

The Museum boasts a new entrance hall with a welcome desk, a shop selling exclusive local cards and gifts, and a café selling a selection of delicious food and drinks.

Click Here to find out more

Harry Bott's Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports for July

The Farm's Bird Boxes are producing Barn Owl and Kestrel Chicks, a new Bailer is making good progress with winter sileage production and Black Grass is causing a problem amongst the Wheat crop.

Click Here to read Harry's July Countryside Reports
Hertfordshire Equality Council (HEC) Volunteer Trustees wanted 

Do you have a passion for fairness, equality and encouraging and celebrating good community relations? HEC is looking for four Trustees with experience of fundraising, communications (including websites/social media) and community engagement. A commitment to promoting equality and diversity is essential, as is communication and interpersonal skills needed to be part of our HEC Trustee team.  
If you would you like to help us improve equality in Hertfordshire please apply by sending a one page summary telling us why you are interested in being a HEC trustee and what skills, experience and knowledge you can bring to the role. 
Send to

Please call Kate Belinis (Chair) 07940 111047 or Hemant Mistry (Project manager) 078303 75073 for an informal chat. 

There's plenty to help and encourage you to live more sustainably:

  • Our Climate Emergency petition goes to the Council on 10 July.
  • Our Planet Our Future talks return: thought-provoking and practical.
  • Carbon Literacy training - more dates.
  • Playing Out: 7 streets already signed up, it's not too late to organise a Playing Out session in your street.
  • Come along and be inspired at one (or more) of our Open Food Gardens!
  • Conserving water and drought resistant plants.
  • FoodSmiles: grow your own vegetables in community gardens.
  • Plastic Free Harpenden
  • Join the campaign to stop unnecessary idling.
  • Some things you may not know about food waste and some suggestions to reduce

Click Here to find out more

Welcome to the Repair Shed which is part of a wider international movement developing Sheds as a vehicle for connecting older men to like-minded people and the wider community, through rewarding, often physical, activity.

Our SHED is one of over 10 projects managed through Community Action Dacorum (CAD). It is a run BY volunteers FOR volunteers; CAD provides advice and guidance on such things as policies and procedures and funding but it is up to the volunteers themselves to manage the direction and activities performed within the project. CAD also provide the legal infrastructure to enable the project to exist (e.g. public liability insurance)

We also receive advice and support by being a member of the UK Mens Sheds Association

Whist we call our Shed The REPAIR Shed, we do much more than just “repair”. We MAKE, MEND and LEARN which are the three key activities of any SHED.

Click Here for more information
Herts & MIddlesex Wildlife Trust Invites You To Celebrate Wildlife

If you’re looking for a fun weekend for the whole family – come and join the Festival of Wildlife in Panshanger Park on 27 and 28 July! For the fourth time, the free family festival celebrates the rich diversity of wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex and offers walks, talks, family activities and conservation demonstrations. It is organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with Hertfordshire Natural History Society and in partnership with Tarmac and features local conservation groups, food and drink stalls, artists and craftsmen and much more to see and do!
Festival of Wildlife, Panshanger Park, 27 – 28 July
More information at


ACTIVE EAST Invites You To Hertford GO TRI Triathlon

Looking for a new challenge this summer? Or perhaps you have signed up to a Tough Mudder or long distance charity race and need a practise event before the big day?  Coming to Hartham Common, Active East Herts presents the 2019 GO TRI Triathlon. All the fun of a triathlon but on a shorter scale making it attainable for beginners to give it a go for the first time. You can combine a swim, cycle and run in one race on Sunday 21st July at Hartham Common.

Active East Herts is the Community Sports Network (CSN) for the East Herts District. Our aim is to increase participation in Sport & Physical Activity.

For more information please contact 
or Click Here for the website.

Working Together To Prevent Terrorism

How to spot the signs of someone being drawn into terrorism was explored at training sessions held at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood. The sessions, which are delivered nationwide, focused on safeguarding and highlights vulnerabilities that could render someone susceptible to radicalisation. Almost a hundred people attended the sessions. They were drawn from a range of services across the council, such as Housing, Environmental Health and Planning, along with a number of borough councillors and staff from housing associations, the police, fire service, InspireAll and local schools. The training sessions form part of 'PREVENT', which is the UK's counter terrorism strategy. To report or discuss concerns please call the Hertfordshire Prevent Team via the non-emergency number 101, anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Resources are available on the ‘Let’s Talk About It’ website Click Here 

New £2.2 million round of funding will support communities across England to save their local Pub

National Charity, Plunkett Foundation, has announced the return of major programme, ‘MoreThan a Pub’; a new round of support and finance that will help community groups across England looking to take ownership of their local pub for the benefit of the community. Community pubs are thriving where private enterprise has failed; almost a quarter of privately-owned pubs have shut down since 2008, but community pubs have a 100% success rate. Community pubs also play a vital role in reducing loneliness and social
isolation, providing a range of community focused activities and services, as well as being a community space for all.

Click Here for more information
International Day of Friendship - July 30th

Walking and talking is a great way to catch up with friends or even make some new ones! Health Walks are a great social activity helping you to connect with others and with the great outdoors. July 30 is International Day of Friendship, so why not take the opportunity to pencil in a Health Walk with friends? If you're new to the walks  it'd be the perfect excuse to try one for the first time this summer. You'll be pleased you did!

Click Here to find health Walks near you   
Call For National Hedgehog Officer

The People's Trust For Endangered Species is calling for a Hedgehog Officer to front the Hedgehog Street campaign co-funded by the wonderful British Hedgehog Preservation Society. 

The work that we do with Hedgehog Street is important - there is a vital need for a more connected landscape. So please, read and share - we need someone good and strong to help Hedgehogs - we have to work with farmers, developers, politicians and we need to keep pushing the story into the media - so let's find the perfect person.

Click Here for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Plastic Free July - will you join the challenge?

rainbow text saying plastic free july  

Would you like to do more to reduce single-use plastic but need some tips? July is your month!

Plastic Free July is returning and anyone can get involved. You can start out small, or really challenge yourself. Join 120 million participants worldwide to take the Plastic Free July Challenge and read what others do to get you inspired.

Sunday 4th August 12.30 to 7.00 pm

Hertford Town Council is delighted to announce that this year’s Rock at the Castle will take place on Sunday 4th August from 12.30pm – 7pm. The free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and has seen thousands of visitors return year on year. Although Rock at the Castle is a free event to attend, this year’s selected charity, Age UK Hertfordshire, will be fundraising on the gates. The charity was selected from a large number of applications by Hertford Town Councillors.  With three stages spread over three different areas there will be something for everyone. The main stage will be on the main lawn along with refreshment stands, and the Moat Gardens will be home to a solo and duo acts with a more relaxed area with a folk and acoustic inspired feel. The Island will be home again to the family friendly area with pop and acoustic music, family entertainment including face painting, bouncy castle and children’s games.  

For information, please contact
Melissa Reynolds on 01992 552885

Herts Community Foundation Grant Programmes Open For Applications

Encouraging Youth Social Action - deadline 16th August
Supporting Safer Communities - deadline 9th August
Addressing Local Need - deadline 9th August
Royston and Surrounds - deadline 9th August
Youth Mental Health - deadline 9th August
Small Grants to Strengthen Local Communities - rolling programme
Community Transport - rolling programme
Plus coming soon - Housing and Homelessness and Women & Girls.
Advice with applications available online or by phone

Click Here  for details of all open grant programmes
Fundraising and Community Grants in East Herts

East Herts Lottery - More than 60 charities and community organisations are raising money via the new East Herts Lottery.  Why don't you join in as well? You can potentially raise £19,500 a year for your good cause.  To register, go to   When people buy tickets from your page, you will keep 50p out of every £1 spent.

East Herts Council Health and Wellbeing Community Grants - There is still £60,000 up for grabs for projects that improve the health and wellbeing of residents.  Charities and properly constituted voluntary organisations are welcome to apply. The next funding round opens 1st September.  Deadline for applications 4 November. 

Our popular grants advice workshop is scheduled for 13 August 7pm to 8pm in the council's offices in Hertford.  Spaces are limited so book early by contacting  

Click Here for further information

Village News - Hinxworth

This month we feature Hinxworth on the fringes of North Hertfordshire. Hinxworth is a village and civil parish in North Hertfordshire which sits just off the Great North Road between Baldock and Biggleswade. It has just over 100 inhabitants, a village hall, a park, a pub, a small church, a bus stop and a post box. The population (including Caldecote) at the 2011 Census was 313.

Although Hinxworth is one of Herts' smallest Villages there is always a lot going on there as can be seen from their monthly Village Voice Newsletter which is shared with the neighbouring villages of Edworth, Newnham and Caldecote.

Click Here to read and download the Village Voice.
Support The Rural Services Network campaign calling on the Government to develop a Rural Strategy.

We are asking members to support this call     
Click Here to sign the petition.

Further details about the campaign 
Supporters of the campaign
RSN template report 'Time for a Rural Strategy'
Rural communities demand change from next PM
Housing and employment - rural residents experiences
The price of countryside living
Rural Funding Digest - July

This month’s Rural Funding Digest supplies information on many grants and funding opportunities featuring information on a Defra resource action fund, a diversity great ideas fund, information on transforming places through heritage grants, details of neighbourhood planning grant funding, a village hall improvement grant fund, details of national lottery grants for heritage, an emergency essentials programme, news on Tesco’s local community grant scheme and so much more!
Click Here for the full Rural Funding Digest for July

Support CDA Herts Through the East Herts Lottery

We need your help to purchase a Mobile Hub,
 (refurbished motor home) to enable us and other providers to bring information on the numerous services and to enjoy a cuppa and cake in informal but friendly rural settings.  Have fun, meet old and make new friends, find information and support. We will need to recruit volunteers to drive the "hub" and others to help out with refreshments and support those in need.

Click Here to Support our Mobile Hub Project by buying East Herts Lottery Tickets
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CDA Herts Services available to all communities in Hertfordshire

Community Garden St Albans - Plots available
Village Halls Advisory Service - part of the ACRE network
Rural Issues Network
Rural Loneliness Forum
Rural Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
Village Connectors Project
HMP The Mount Play Area
Community Energy Network
Management Health Checks
Health & Safety Training, Audit and Risk Assessment
Health & Wellbeing advocacy
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