Welcome to our September 2018 eBulletin
CDA Herts AGM "Rural Connections" with the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Lord Bishop of St Albans and President of the Rural Coalition

County Suite, County Hall
Wednesday 3rd October 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start

Click Here to Book your place on Eventbrite
Harry Bott's Wildlife, Farming and Garden Reports for September

Harry Bott DL is a landowner and retired farmer from Benington; he is also a CDA Herts Vice President.

Harry has been regularly writing his knowledgeable and interesting Countryside Matters for the Benington Parish Magazine and these will now be available on CDA Herts website..

Click Here to read Harry's September Countryside Matters
Chance for Hertsmere children to take part in Parkrun

Youngsters in the Hertsmere Borough will be able to take their first steps towards a healthy and active lifestyle by participating in a newly-launched Parkrun aimed at children aged between four and 14.

The new free, fun junior parkrun will launch at King George Recreation Ground in Bushey on Sunday 16 September at 9am and the 2km distance has been set to make it easier for youngsters who might find the longer 5km distance of the adult run too demanding.

Click Here to read more and how to register

Entrepreneurs Event at Hertford Castle ‘Social PR’

Hertford Town Council will be hosting the next Hertford Entrepreneurs event on Thursday 18th October at Hertford Castle, from 18.30 until 20.00. The event will start with wine, nibbles and networking from 18.30 – 19.00 followed by an hour talk on ‘Social PR’. Tickets, which are limited, are on sale now. Multi award winning experts within the PR and Social Media industries, owner of Cariad Marketing, Justine Perry and owner of Best of Both Worlds Ltd, Mary Sykes, will join forces to share their industry secrets and ‘top tips’ to entrepreneurs during evening event.

Click Here to find out more and book or call 01992 584322
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Hobby Watch

Now is the time to look skywards and try and spot one of our smaller migratory falcons, the Hobby. These birds can only be seen over summer and will be returning to sub-Saharan Africa for the winter soon. This summer a pair of hobbies successfully bred at Panshanger Park, owned by Tarmac, and the three chicks have just flown the nest. 
The best time to see hobbies is on a sunny afternoon around woodlands, wetlands and heathlands, as they feed mainly on dragonflies and damselflies. Hobbies catch their prey mid-air and feed on the wing. They are a joy to watch; capable of rapid bursts of speed and breath-taking turns as they hunt.

Click Here to read about Panshanger’s hobbies
September News

New funding formula will benefit rural areas

Secondary school places ‘emergency’ warning

Rural communities build-their-own broadband

Forced travel for child mental health care

Please Click on the links above to read more
Bulletin for September-October 2018 

This month featuring a Growers' Market, Pot Luck Harvest Celebration, the first Apple Pressing event of the autumn season and a question: Can Renewable Energy power our Lives?

Click Here to find out more 
Rural Funding Digest

In this months Rural Funding Digest there is information on many grants and funding opportunities. This edition details the Building Connections Fund set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, a Community Housing Fund, details on Restoration Grants, a Garden Communities Programme, the Emergency Essentials Programme, information on Website Grants, the Community Maintenance and Repair Grants and so much more!

Click Here for the full Rural Funding Digest 

Hertfordshire Community Foundation Sustainable Funding Fair

9.30 am—2.00 pm
Friday 14th September 2018
University of Hertfordshire

The Fair provides a great opportunity for voluntary and community groups from across Hertfordshire to come together for the morning to find out about new and existing funding and support services available to groups in Hertfordshire. The Funding Fair is FREE to attend and aimed at those who work or volunteer for community groups, charities, voluntary organisations, sports clubs and social enterprises in Hertfordshire.

Click Here to find out more and Book a place

“Within the Walls” Community Garden

“Within the Walls” is a community project run by “Down the Woods C.I.C”

Located at the Victorian Walled garden at St Pauls Waldenbury near Hitchin.

 This eighteen century space has a new lease of life. We have a wellbeing group that promote the use of outdoors.

 Various children and family events, rural course such as hedge laying, hazel hurdling and wood craft. 

We have a weekly gardening club, run by our friends at Plot 31, who supply local residential homes with flowers.  

We’re using the vegetables and fruit to supply the local food banks with fresh products.

Click Here to find out more

Recharging Rural

The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Professor Sarah Skerratt of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are delighted to publish our latest research, Recharging Rural. This vital research looks into what can make rural communities in the UK sustainable, in spite of the adversities they face. 

We wanted to find out the different ways in which the challenges of ‘remote rural’ are being experienced by people and communities across the UK. More than 3000 of you filled out our #HaveYourSay survey, and we now have a wealth of new evidence directly from people's lived experience. In this, we see people's concerns, their resilience, and their ideas for the future of their rural communities.

Click Here to download and read the Report

Community Hertsmere Community Hubs Re-opens in September

In September the Community Hertsmere community hubs will reopen following their summer break.

Drop in to find out more about the range of the activities Community Hertsmere offer.

Click Here to find out more

CVSBEH Training Programme 2018-19

Please click on the links below to view details of up-coming courses:
Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1 -1st October 2018
Raising Your Organisation’s Profile in the Media & Online - 9th October 2018
Building Sustainability: Get Fit for Funding - 8th November 2018
Principles of Manual Handling - 20th November 2018 

How IT Can Save you Time and Money  - 27 September 2018
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers - 22 October 2018
Have You Got It Sorted - 7th November 2018
Creating a Fundable Project 28 November 2018
Marketing Your Organisation via Facebook and Twitter 6 February 2019
Flyer WH BS Focus on Trust and Foundations 14 March 2019

Click Here for further information and to register
Confidence and Resilience Building course

For people who have, or previously have had, addiction issues At: The Living Room, 8-10 The Glebe, Chells Way, Stevenage, Herts SG2 0DJ Dates: 27th Sept, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October and 1st November 2018 Time: 10 am – 3pm This course is run by people with a lived experience and will look at:  Goal planning  Assertiveness & Boundaries  Identifying your strengths and resources,  Creativity

Click Here for further information
Parish and Village News - Sarratt Village Blog

This month we feature Sarratt in the south west of the county. Sarratt is an historic village which sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by fields which roll down to the enchanting Chess Valley riverbed. Sarratt is loved by its residents and visitors alike for its stunning landscape and fantastic walking, some 30 miles of footpaths, cycling and horse riding. Besides excellent transport links Sarratt benefits from a Community Shop, Post Office, Primary School, Church, Doctors and various welcoming Public houses. 

If you would like to be featured in this eBulletin please send us a copy of, or a link to, your Village or Parish Newsletter or contact 

Click Here to read more news from Sarratt

Fishers Field Local Nature Reserve

Hertsmere are celebrating 20 years of Fishers Field at the Fishers Field Picnic to be held on Sunday 9th September 12 - 3pm.

The Friends of Fishers Field Committee will be there to welcome visitors of all ages, together with an exciting team of interesting exhibitors including:

Childrens' Nature Crafts, Affinity Water, Wildlife Trust, Learn about Bees, Animal Rescue, Bee-friendly plants, Woodland Trust, RSPB, CMS, Learn about Bats, Maple Lodge, Recycling.
Homemade cakes, sandwiches and soft drinks available, 
bring your own Picnic.
Guided Wildlife Walk with the Countryside Management Service at 1.30pm.

Fishers Field is located at the end of Fishers Close off Bendysh Road WD23 2GY

Click Here for more information
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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 Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
HMP The Mount Play Area
Community Energy Network
Management Health Checks
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