December 2015

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All the very latest news and views from CDA Herts

Merry Christmas from us all

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and supporters who have given their time, energy and commitment to help us deliver services across the communities.  We cannot have done this without YOU!

Helping Hands
As part of the Countywide Herts Healthy Homes scheme we have received funding to assist older people living in rural areas safe and well in their homes. 

  • We can help to prevent Slips, Trips and Falls and other minor injuries by doing a Health Check of your home.
  • We can arrange for minor tidying and maintenance of House and Garden.
  • We can provide good quality slippers and floor mats.
  • We can refer you to other agencies if you have specific health or care needs.
  • We are part of a Network of Voluntary organisations who are here to help you.
Call or email us in complete confidence
or ask someone to contact us on your behalf
01707 695504


Innovation Grant

CDA Herts has been successful with its application to Hertfordshire County Council’s Health and Community Services Wellbeing Innovation Fund. We will distribute a total of £20,000 as grants to community groups.

Hurry Closing date is 31/12/15

Are you working with Community groups who could benefit from a maximum grant of £1500?
click here to fill in the application form or contact us for more information.

Community Energy Conference 5th of November 2015

Herts Sustainability Forum in collaboration with CDA Herts and the University of Hertfordshire and sponsored by Tarmac held a Conference focussing on Community Energy in Hertfordshire at Ware Priory on 5 November. The 75 attendees were treated to excellent presentations by Chris Church (Community Environment Associates), Ray Noble (Renewable Energy Association Adviser), Lorna Edwards (Bristol City Community Energy), John Ingleby (GUCE) and Ben Crystal (Hertford Energy Now).  In addition a number of Workshops focussed on local planning, financing community energy projects, Transition Streets, School projects and the community energy Toolkit.  It is hoped this will be an annual event. To join the Herts Community Energy Network please contact 
Village Halls Conference

60 people attended the 2nd East Herts Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference held in Hunsdon Village Hall on 2 December. The event was opened by Cllr Eric Buckmaster and attendees enjoyed varied presentations about the role of physical activities in improving health, welfare and social integration, how the 'Men in Sheds' movement provides retired people with a new purpose in life, a Braughing case study on how to respond to community needs, The Hertfordshire Needs Analysis Survey, how to reduce your energy consumption and energy costs and how to set up a money making film club like Benington.  A busy Market Place provided information and advice over lunch. The annual event is funded by East Herts Council and supported by CDA Herts.  Many thanks to John Felstead and colleagues for use of their lovely Hundson Hall.
Rural Affordable Housing 

CDA Herts is considering the implications contained in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015/16 for the future of rural affordable homes.  Due to our concerns we have written to all our MPs, County, District and Parish Councillors to seek their support for the inclusion of exemptions to the Bill which will protect the future housing needs of rural communities.  In the meantime requests for our rural housing needs surveys are still coming in; we have one underway in St Pauls Walden and 2 further confirmed requests including our first in East Herts for many years. This year we have also supported 2 Parishes in Dacorum and one in North Herts to the pre-planning application stages of development. 
Ickleford Village Hall celebrate turning 90!
Congratulations to Ickleford Village Hall for celebrating their 90 years of service to the community! 40 people were at the party where this lovely cake was cut by current Chairman Mick Barber and previous Chairman Margaret Gilbert both stalwarts of the committee for many years. 
Rural Issues Group

The RIG Members attended the annual East Herts Barn Meeting, hosted by Scott Findlay of Half Way House Farm Hunsdon and attended by Chief Constable Andy Bliss, Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald and Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.  The National Farmers Union, Country Landowners and The Business Association were also represented. The meeting was attended by many farmers and rural people who participated in a lively discussion regarding Fly Tipping and speeding traffic particularly.  We heard that Hertfordshire and East Herts especially is a low crime area but that does not help those who are victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.  Herts Police continues to be supportive of Neighbourhood policing and promised to improve communication and to work together with the local authorities to ensure appropriate action.

Herts Valleys Voices

Are keen to hear your views on a number of health services that we are planning to bring closer to where people live, outside of a hospital setting and these include: If you have experience, as a patient or carer, of any of these services or would just like to find out more about our proposals, please contact

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme – Call for Evidence 

As announced in the Autumn Statement, HMRC has brought forward the start of its promised review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) and has launched a call for evidence. CDA will be responding and is keen to get as many views from members as possible, in order to give the best account of whether or not the Scheme works. 

The consultation closes on 2 March 2016 and we would encourage you to respond directly by e-mailing a response form to HMRC’s Charities’ team.

HMRC acknowledges that the GASDS rules were designed to reduce the risk of fraudulent claims on public expenditure and as a result are fairly robust. It recognises that some charities have said that they find the current rules complex to administer. 

To read more and respond please
click here


and Finally...

Santa took to two wheels to spread some seasonal cheer and goodwill around the streets of Hertfordshire.

Santa was kindly helping CDA to spread the word about Scoots.

On Wednesday the 16th of December people were stunned to see Santa on a red scooter (with lots of presents) whizzing around Hertfordshire. Apparently Santa was looking for an alternative way to get around this Christmas and approached Hertfordshire based Scoots for help.

Project Manager Ricky Moore said, “Scoots really is a great deal, vehicles are just the tools that allow people to enrich their lives. We give people freedom, independence and help them to learn about responsibility whilst using our bikes”. 

When asked about how Santa heard about the Charity Ricky said “Scoots must have appeared on the nice list”.


If you or someone you know is struggling with their transport and would like to join Santa on two wheels this Christmas, please visit


Did you spot Santa and where? Or use #scootssanta to let us know.


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