Welcome to our November 2018 eBulletin
The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters unveils a waterfall made of 15,000 homemade knitted poppies - You can visit the display at Hertford Castle until Remembrance Sunday.

Dacorum Remembers the fallen

There will be a host of events in Dacorum to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Among the tributes will be a Tommy silhouette statue in Hemel Hempstead town centre, Armistice and Remembrance Day parade and service, Battle's Over tribute and a special exhibition by the Dacorum Heritage Trust.

Click Here to find out more
Rural Loneliness Forum

CDA Herts has created this group to highlight the issues for isolated and lonely people in the county's rural communities. The Forum now has 19 participants who represent the main providers of care and support to those with mental ill health and their carers.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 8 November at Layston Grove Care Home in Buntingford 2.30pm.

If you would like to join the Forum or attend a future meeting or find out more please contact:
Harry Bott's Wildlife, Farming and Garden Reports for November

This month Harry reflects on the Harvest, pesky Slug control, traditional methods of Muck spreading and of course the Weather!.

Click Here to read Harry's November Countryside Matters
(Photo credit Steve Kenny | Birds Eye Studios)
Rye Meads – a fen-tastic place for wildlife!

Hertfordshire has rare patches of fen – marshy wetlands that receive water and nutrients from surface and groundwater as well as from rainfall. They are unique and special habitats providing the perfect conditions for a rich variety of wildlife, yet they are one of the least well recognised habitats and many people know little about them. Fens in England have been declining for many years as a result of water abstraction, pollution and pressures from development. Up to 90% of fens have been lost in the UK since the seventeenth century. Fens provide a home for wintering wetland birds such as snipe, shelter and food for mammals like the endangered water vole and habitat for many insects, frogs, newts, grass snakes and plant life. About 114 hectares of fen habitats remain in Hertfordshire. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust manages a number of sites, one of which is Rye Meads near Hertford. The wet habitats here are great for a diverse range of wildlife including dragonflies, damselflies, birds and bats. Find out how you can help the Trust protect and improve those great habitats at

November News  - Click on the links below the pictures
Campaigners warn of threat to countryside
Survey uncovers rural isolation/loneliness
The future of farming and the countryside
Fund for rural broadband withdrawn
Protect Your Farm, Protect Yourself

Building Effectiveness – Join the 2019 Programme
HCF is looking for up to 10 organisations who would like advice and support to:

  • Identify how your organisation can perform better
  • Implement an improvement plan that addresses the issues that will make a difference
  • Challenge your thinking, bringing together your board and senior manager(s)

For further information about the programme including the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and to download the application form – visit Building Effectiveness 2019. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday, 3rd December 2018.

Rural Funding Digest - November

A monthly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding opportunities Local Digital Fund – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government The government made a “digital pledge”...

Click Here for the full Rural Funding Digest 


This great little film is a must-see to combat bullying and support better mental health. Made by a Hertfordshire student for the #JustTalk campaign. Less than 2 mins long. 

Click Here to view the film
Trustees’ Week: 12-16 November 2018

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Click Here for more information


Parish and Village News - Great Gaddesden

Great Gaddesden is a large rural parish stretching from the north eastern boundary of Hemel Hempstead to the county boundary with Bedfordshire and includes the villages of Great Gaddesden and Gaddesden Row and the hamlets of Bridens Camp, Water End and St Margarets.

The Parish is unique in that all of the land within the parish is devoted to either agriculture or forestry, much of the land being accessible for recreation by way of the many footpaths and bridleways, and under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme at Water End. The River Gade is an important feature of the parish, all of which lies within the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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 the Gt Gaddesden November Newsletter

Looking For Desk Space?

CVSBEH currently has a number of full-time, serviced work-spaces with access to a small meeting room available from as little as £10.00 per day at the CVSBEH Community Skills Hub in Waltham Cross High Street.

Interested? Please email Ian or call 0300 123 1034

District Plan

After several years of hard work from officers and members at East Herts Council, councillors have voted to officially adopt the East Herts District Plan.

An Extraordinary Full Council was held on October 23 to make the decision on whether to adopt the final version of Plan. 

Click Here for the full story

Herts Sports Partnership Evaluating Impact 

In partnership with Public Health Hertfordshire, HSP developed a countywide evaluation framework for measuring the impart of sport, physical activity and wellbeing related projects. The interest and reception of this framework, both inside and outside of the sport and physical activity sector, has been excellent. As a consequence, we are running three evaluation workshop days across the next half a year or so for those who may be interested or who have not yet attended. 

Click Here for more information 

Cold Weather Priority Initiative Aimed at Tackling Winter Deaths In Rural Areas

According to The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called ‘excess winter deaths' as a result of cold. 82.5% of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over).

In response to this and with winter approaching off grid energy trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers, whose members supply up to 1.5 million mainly rural homes in the UK with heating oil, is urging members of the public who are 75+ and who use heating oil to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority Initiative.

Click Here to visit Cold Weather Priority

High Sheriff Awards 2019 
A message from Suzy Harvey High Sheriff of Hertfordshire:

"I am thrilled to confirm that we are now receiving applications for the 2019 High Sheriff Awards. The annual High Sheriff Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the fantastic individuals and voluntary organisations who are helping to make our county better. This year, in addition to the traditional social justice and crime prevention themes, the awards will also focus on youth projects and I'm keen to honour organisations that support and encourage young people to be the best that they can be. I'm particularly interested to hear from those groups or projects where young people are involved in delivering the work, or are the main beneficiaries. Click here to download an application form, or you can find more details on the Hertfordshire Community Foundation's website.

​​​Deadlines for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

​Good luck to all applying!"

Low Impact Christmas

Tuesday 20th November 2018, 7.30-9.30pm
. Come along to an inspiring evening with expert speakers, including:
  • The Refill Pantry - getting rid of packaging
  • Plastic Free St Albans - making Christmas plastic free
  • Sustainable St Albans - giving low impact gifts
This is a free event but Click Here to book your place

Think Christmas Think Hertford 

The annual Hertford Christmas Gala will take place on Friday 23rd November from 3.30pm - 8pm, followed by the Think Christmas Think Hertford shopping event on Saturday 24th November.

Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council, and sponsored by Specsavers Hertford, Wrenbridge (Bircherley Green Shopping Centre redevelopers) and Duffield Harrison Solicitors. The festivities take place in Hertford town centre, where residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the county town, shop locally and get into the Christmas spirit.

Click Here for the full Programme

Don't Forget To Send Us Your Seasonal News & Events.

We will publish your Christmas event in our December eBulletin, deadline is Friday 30th November 6.00pm.

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