Welcome to our Summer 2017 eBulletin
New Affordable Housing for Great Gaddesden

This picture may not look very interesting but it shows the foundations of affordable homes being built by Hastoe Housing Association in Gaddesden Row in West Herts.

This has come about following a Housing Needs Survey undertaken by CDA Herts which identified a need for affordable housing for local people and we are very excited because these are the first such homes to be built following the re-establishment of our Rural Housing Enabler post 4 years ago. If you would like to know more please contact

Click Here to read about the Rural Housing 5 Star Plan launched by the National Housing Federation during Rural Housing Week 
Santander St Albans Volunteers Enjoy a Community Garden Awayday

Our Community Garden St Albans is growing and thriving and now hosts corporate awaydays where office based staff can get down and dirty weeding, mowing and digging. This helps our garden thrive and gives them a fun and fulfilling day in the outdoors. The Santander Volunteers worked very hard on a scorching day and enjoyed a Bar B Q for their efforts.

Get in touch with Kate Belinis if you would like your Team to get outdoors and help our charitable garden at the same time. 

CDA's Tewin Community Transport  Scheme gets National Recognition

We were very pleased when the Rural Coalition with the help of ACRE decided to feature the Tewin Community Transport project as a case study as part of their Statement to the House of Lords on July 6.

To read more about the Rural Coalition, the Statement and access the Case Study Report Click Here


CDA Herts Consultancy - are you Hassled by Health & Safety or Grimacing over your Governance?

Fear not CDA Herts can help you. We now offer an affordable Consultancy Service, with discounts for our Members, which can help you sort out your policies and procedures and ensure that your organisation is up to date and compliant. We specialise in helping the voluntary sector especially Village Halls and Community Buildings, Community groups and Associations.

Contact us at for further information.
Gin is just the Tonic for Hertfordshire's Rivers

A world-first gin infusion by Puddingstone Distillery is being launched to support Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The new gin will incorporate the flowers of the Himalayan balsam plant.  Himalayan balsam is a non-native invasive plant that smothers our riverbanks and damages delicate river ecosystems. Hertfordshire is home to a number of globally rare chalk rivers and Himalayan balsam is a constant threat to the health of these rivers. The gin is not only reducing the amount of Himalayan balsam in the rivers, but also raising much-needed funds to help support the Trust’s conservation work. The special edition gin will be launched and available to buy at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park this weekend.

Click Here for more at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hinxworth Homes to get Superfast Broadband

Voneus is an independent Broadband provider preparing for Phase One installations to around 20 homes in Hinxworth in mid August. Following a local consultation Voneus received enough expressions of interest from residents to go ahead and are looking for more villagers to sign up.

If your village is missing out on the Openreach superfast programme contact Gary Day Sales Director at Voneus 020 3026 4123 or email 
The Hemel Summer Festival

Hemel's summer events were launched on 20 July with The Big Garden Party, celebrating the opening of the Water Gardens following its £3.4m restoration.

There are plenty of activities planned for all the family over the holiday weeks.

Click Here for more information
Come and Try free and friendly activities for 50 plus 12 August

East Herts Council is arranging a FREE Come & Try event at Birchwood School for the over 50s on August 12th.   For more information click on the link below to see the newsletter which explains what types of gentle physical activity classes are on offer.   They are all suitable for people who have not done any physical activity in a while. If you are over 50 they would love to see you there. 

Click Here for more information
Hertfordshire Compact Annual Survey 2017

The Hertfordshire Compact is a written understanding between the voluntary and community sector and statutory sectors about how they will co-operate and continue to develop positive working relationships for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s communities.  The purpose of the survey is to encourage feedback from a range of sources on the effectiveness of the Hertfordshire Compact. The survey will remain open until Friday 8 September. Please promote this survey widely through your networks where appropriate. The results will be available mid-September and published widely; the plan is to also present the findings at the Annual Voluntary Sector Conference in October. The results from the survey will help form the work programme of the Compact Partnership Group for 2017/18.

Click Here to see the survey and take part 
Taking Charge of your Health - Introduction to Integrated Personal Commissioning, Tuesday 8 August, 10.00am to 12.30pm Hertford

Hertfordshire is beginning to introduce a NHS England programme called 'Integrated Personal Commissioning' (IPC). Integrated Personal Commissioning is basically a way of joining up health, social care and other resources to put the person in greater control of their health and the services they require. IPC supports the improvement, integration and personalisation of services, building on learning from 'personal budgets' in social care and driving bold expansion plans for personal health budgets.
We want to invite you to find out more about the IPC programme in Hertfordshire, and more importantly, contribute your ideas as to how the programme can develop and become used in the county,
We are holding two key engagement events in areas (one in Hertford and one in St Albans) and we particularly want people who are living with long term conditions (and their carers) to come along with their ideas, but also representatives of the voluntary sector and community to contribute their ideas and thoughts.
The event will start at 10.30am and a sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.30pm which you're welcome to stay on for. If you'd like further details on either the IPC Programme, or the events themselves, then please get in touch with us on: 01707 685 397 or email:

Plunkett Foundation AGM celebrates Community co-operation

Two comprehensive reports on community shops and co-operative pubs were launched at the AGM on 5 July.  The research shows that at the end of 2016: 
  • 348 community shops were trading in the UK providing services to 1,400 rural communities
  • Community shops generated a combined turnover of £54m
  • No community shops have closed within the last two years
  • The co‑operative pub sector has grown by 15% with six new pubs opening in 2016
  • 46 co‑operative pubs were trading, widely spread across England and Wales 
Click Here to download the Community Shops Report
Click Here to download the Co-operative Pubs Report
Connect Hertfordshire Hails Small Charity Week Celebrations

Small Charity...Big impact

Firstly a huge thank you to all the charities and groups who participated in Connect Hertfordshire​'s celebration of Small Charity Week​ last month. Since then we've had over over 3,000 views of your photos and film clips on our Facebook page - a great way to promote your charities and make your voices heard. 

A special thank you to Ian Richardson, Chief Officer of CVS Broxbourne and East Herts, who promoted the theme of "I love my small charity because.."   at their celebrated Summer Conference. Also to Michal Siewniak - W3RT Service Manager for Watford CVS, for promoting Small Charity Week's fundraising delivering a very well supported Watford Funding Fair.

Click Here to read more and for the full July Bulletin

Government to Invest in Battery Technology

A £246m investment in developing battery technology in Britain is to be launched by the government as part of its drive towards what it says is a modern industrial strategy.

The business and energy secretary, Greg Clark, will announce the funding, including a £45m competition to make batteries more accessible and affordable, in a speech on Monday that should spell out further the government’s plans to increase productivity and growth.

The £246m, to be spent over four years on research and innovation in battery technology, is likely to have particular benefits in the automotive sector and renewable energy.

Click Here to read the full article


Welwyn Hatfield CVS announce Training 

We are pleased to announce  our  training programme up to March 2018 for voluntary and community organisations. Lunch (full day courses only) and refreshments will be provided.
  • Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
  • Trustee Roles and Responsibilities
  • Personal Safety and Lone Working
  • Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1
  • How to Win High Value Grants and Contracts
The Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers courses will be held at Gracemead House, Woods Ave, Hatfield AL10 8HX. All other courses will be at the Focolare Centre, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG.

Click Here for full details

Rural Communities to benefit from Art Council Investment

Rural communities will benefit from a share of £170m invested by Arts Council England outside London between 2018 and 2022. Over the next four years, the council will invest on average an annual £50.1m in 142 organisations based in rural areas. It says the move will strengthen the cultural sector in rural England. The funding will narrow the gap in funding between urban and rural areas.

Click Here to read more at the Rural Services Network
and Here to read the Arts Council Rural Positioning Paper

HCC saves £1million by reducing carbon emissions and energy usage

A 15% carbon reduction target was set in 2013 and has been exceeded 2 years early. The savings came from energy management work in the council’s office and service site properties. Initiatives have included better regulation and use of Building Management Systems, LED lighting upgrades, and the introduction of an Energy Champions network. Improvements in highways, which have included the introduction of LED lighting, have also played a key role in these savings. As a result of these changes our energy costs have come down, as have our carbon tax payments, resulting in a saving of £1million for Hertfordshire taxpayers. 

Click here to read more
Protect Your Money - Fraud and Scams

Fraud has become a common way for criminals to attempt to steal your money. During the 2014/15 policing year, more than 4,000 frauds were reported by Hertfordshire victims.  Fraud victims come from all sections of the community and fraud offences are very varied in their nature.  To help you recognise and tackle fraud, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction and Community Safety Department produces a regular update “Protect Your Money” informing you of common and emerging frauds that are affecting people both nationally and locally, together with tips to help you stay safe and protect your money. 

Click Here to read more


HCF Strong Communities - a new Report

Just over a year ago we launched our research project Hertfordshire Matters, pledging our ongoing commitment to understanding the needs, challenges and opportunities in our county.  The first report brought together some of the latest statistical data and feedback from our communities to provide a broad overview of life in the county.  Now we have published our short interim report, focusing on what makes communities strong and what we’ve been working on in the last year to help build strong communities.  

Click here to view the report – or visit the website
Hunsdon Village Hall seeks Carpet Bowls Players

Until recently Hunsdon Village Hall has hosted a thriving Carpet Bowls group. However due to sickness, and to some extent, members getting older there are fewer members playing on a regular basis.
If you currently play carpet bowls and would like to play more frequently or cannot get in to your local group, Hunsdon would love for you to come and join them for a game. They regularly play on a Thursday afternoon from 2:00pm until 4:00pm although are considering other times if it makes it easier for members to attend.
If you would like further information please ring Peter Dedman on 01279 843230 

Click Here for their website

Share your Hertfordshire Health Walks snaps

A great photo has the power to inspire and motivate other potential Health Walkers out there! So, if you're a budding photographer or simply enjoy snapping away while you walk - we'd love to see your pictures. Over 60 Hertfordshire Health Walks take place every week across the county, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore and capture your walks on camera! Please share your favourite walking, wildlife and countryside snaps with us by emailing or posting to our Facebook page.

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We’re proud to announce the launch of the NEW Spot the Signs Signposting Guide - an easy-to-use list of some of the support services in Hertfordshire. A copy will be circulated in the next week to every GP in the county. Owing to demand, an extra one full-day training date for the voluntary sector has been announced for Borehamwood on 15 September.  Spot the Signs joined Hertfordshire County Council and 25 other local organisations to launch the Suicide Prevention Plan on 4 July to continue the great work of our campaign.
Our suicide prevention communications is getting stronger, with the first Spot the Signs Newsletter in May having a great response and we now have over 930 followers on Twitter - an increase of over 200 in two months! We also have a NEW Spot the Signs Infographic.  There's also the latest headlines and training for the Young Person's Spot the Signs campaign.

Click Here for the website
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