Your Hertfordshire Rural Affairs and News Bulletin
Welcome to our August 2019 eBulletin
Thanks to Steve Beeston Photography for the Rock At The Castle Picture
SAVE THE DATE
CDA HERTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
25TH SEPTEMBER COUNTY HALL HERTFORD
5.30 pm for 6.00 pm start
Full details to follow
CDA Promotes Farmers' Markets
An exciting way to support local producers and Hertfordshire has some of the finest fruit, vegetables, livestock and poultry producers selling directly to the public at the markets and through sales from the Farm. You can find delicious beef, pork, gammon, sausages, cheeses, cakes, honey, jams, chutneys, eggs, fruit and vegetables and much more at any one of the local markets.
Click Here for a full list of Hertfordshire Farmers’ Markets
August edition of the Active North Herts newsletter!
This month's edition is packed with a range of health, wellbeing and physical activity news and events including multiple national campaigns such as cycle to work week that you and all of the family can get involved in! We also put a spotlight on Herts Help and dedicate a whole month to the summer holidays!
Harry Bott's Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports for August
This month Harry reports on troublesome grey squirrels, pest control and 'New Forest Eye'
Click Here to read Harry's August Countryside Reports
This popular annual event returns and promises to feature an excellent range of exhibitors and workshops. Talk directly to funders and browse the information stands, take part in workshops delivered by experts and learn more about the latest funding and development opportunities in Hertfordshire.
When: 12 September 2019
Where: University of Hertfordshire
Imagine if, when you flicked on a light switch, nothing happened.
‘Light Up Tanzania’ seeks to bring electricity – in the form of solar panels – to around 350 households in the rural area of Singida, Tanzania. These will make a huge difference! Presently, people rely on paraffin-style (kerosene) lamps in the evenings – which have caused many serious burn injuries – and their cooking is done on firewood or charcoal, creating high levels of smoke indoors too.
East & North Herts CCG Stakeholder Briefing – Summer 2019
Beverley Flowers Chief Exec is delighted to be able to share the news that the organisation has been officially rated by NHS England as ‘outstanding’. Our clinical commissioning group (CCG) is one of only nine across the country to have been awarded this rating for three years in a row. This is great news for the health and wellbeing of our 600,000 residents.
Click Hereto read and download the Stakeholder News
£100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund
launched for communities across the UK
The National Lottery Community Fund has today [17 July] launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.
The new fund, from the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community.
Did you know that livestock play an invaluable part in wildlife conservation? At Amwell Nature Reserve in Ware, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Herdwick sheep act like living lawnmowers, nibbling the grass short. Sheep are selective creatures – they leave some vegetation untouched, creating a mix of conditions that directly benefits everything from insects to birds.
It’s not just sheep that the Trust relies on. Due to their bulk, cows’ hooves poach up the ground and create patches of bare soil in grasslands, attracting invertebrates and reptiles. Goats can eat very prickly plants, making them excellent scrub managers on open grasslands. Pigs are mini diggers, turning and breaking up the soil, creating and sustaining bare ground and mud – good news for waders and wildfowl, such as ground-nesting lapwings, which need a combination of habitats to rear their young.
In the UK, we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows due to a decline in traditional grazing and other factors. So grazing is a crucial part of conservation work to protect wildlife. To that end, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is currently running an appeal to fund the expensive conservation grazing on its reserves.
RNIB Connect Roadshow At The Gordon Craig Theatre 10.00am - 1.00pm 12th September
At the RNIB, we work with blind and partially slighted people, their friends and family, and partner organisations. The RNIB has both regional and national services. At the regional level, RNIB staff operate across the East of England including Hertfordshire. Our community engagement is run through RNIB’s free to join service, RNIB Connect. Within Connect, you can be involved as you like. Restaurants and pubs have collaborated to increase their visual awareness and be more inclusive of those who are visually impaired.
Workers in agriculture have been called to action after 39 people were killed in the sector in 2018-19.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) head of agriculture Andrew Turner said: “Agriculture is a critical part of our economy but every year we have to report that agriculture has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK.
Most incidents were a result of workers being struck by a moving vehicle (14), injured by an animal (9) or falling from height (7). Nearly half of the workers killed were 60 or older. “This is made even more tragic by the fact that the deaths and injuries are avoidable. The precautions to prevent people being killed and maimed on farmers are well known and can be easily applied.”
Click Here to read the full article in Farmers' Guardian
Click Here to download the Farm Health & Safety Guide
Ramblers ‘Stepping Out’ invite you to A WALK WITH CARERS & THE PEOPLE THEY CARE FOR 12th September 2019
Join us again for walks in and around the celebrated 18th Century Landscape Garden St.Paul’s Walden Bury Hitchin, Herts, SG4 8BP (5 miles South of Hitchin on the B651) The Bury at St.Paul’s Walden is a residence of the Bowes-Lyon family, and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Programme includes: Free entry, and lunch - on the terrace (weather permitting),
For more information, or to book a place, please contact:
Sue 07836 283566
Hertsmere invites you to celebrate Older People's Day
Community groups and voluntary organisations in Hertsmere have the chance to receive a grant of up to £300 if they are holding events as part of Older People’s Day and Silver Sunday.
The aim of the two national celebrations on Tuesday 1 October and Sunday 6 October is to recognise the achievements and contributions that older people make to society by offering a range of free activities and events.
The grants will enable organisations to put on successful events which will hopefully attract a lot of interest from the over 65 age group and provide them with a lot of enjoyment. From tea dances to sporting activities or even a day trip somewhere, we look forward to receiving some great ideas for these grants. Closing Date 4 September.
Click Here for more information and to apply for a grant,
Please call 020 8207 7801 if you would prefer a paper copy.
Stay Safe In The Heat
It is likely to be very hot and humid throughout the summer. To keep yourself safe in the heat:
- Stay hydrated. Take water with you on Health Walks or whenever you leave the house.
- Wear a sunhat, sunglasses and light clothing.
- Wear sunscreen and reapply regularly. - Limit your activity and stay out of the sun.
Please DO NOT attend the Health Walks this week if the heat and humidity is too much for you.
Our walk leaders may decide to cancel their walks for this reason - please do not be disappointed, they will be putting your safety first.
Help Save Britain’s Hedgehogs With ‘Hedgehog Highways’!
Hedgehogs in the UK are in serious trouble. Repeated studies have shown that the nation’s favourite animal is being wiped out. A key cause of them dying out is that our landscapes are being fenced off into ever smaller fragments. We need to make sure new housing developments include ‘hedgehog highways’ - a 13 cm hole in the bottom of a fence that allows hedgehogs to move freely between gardens to find food and find a mate.
We can’t sit back and let hedgehog numbers keep plummeting.It’s estimated that numbers are already down 95% since the 1950s. We have to act now.
Please sign the Petition to call on the Ministry of Housing and Planning to make hedgehog highways a legal requirement of new builds.
Active East Herts is returning to Grange Paddocks for our second Aquathlon of the summer and our Last GO TRI event of 2019.
If you have set yourself the goal of completing a GO TRI event before the end of the year, this is your last chance.
Adult, Junior and Children's Aquathlon
Go Tri Aquathlon - Sunday 18th August - Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre
Adults - 9am - 300m swim and 3k run
Juniors - 10am - 150m swim and 1.5k run
Children - 10:30am - 50m swim and 500m run
Active East Herts have partnered with GO TRI and British Triathlon to run this event.
Clarion Futures is the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group - the country's largest housing association with 125,000 homes nationwide. Our Communities Team is committed to making our estates and neighbourhoods more attractive and vibrant places to live and we are pleased to announce that Round 10 of the Clarion Futures Community Grants Programme will be open to applications from Wednesday 10 July 2019. Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available to organisations seeking to deliver innovative, well designed projects that support Clarion residents and the wider community. Applications open twice a year; with the deadline for Round 10 closing to applications 12 noon Friday 13 September 2019.
Click Here for further information and how to apply
Village News - Aldbury
Aldbury is a Village and Parish in West Herts adjoining the Buckinghamshire border. It retains several archetypal historic features including a green pond,stocks and a whipping post in excellent preservation. There is a primary school, Village Hall, the Church of Saint John The Baptist and 17th Century Alehouse The Valiant Trooper.
The People's Postcode Trust is the grant giving independent charitable trust of People's Postcode Lottery. They distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for 3-month projects ranging from £500 up to £10k.
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