Welcome to our September 2019 eBulletin

'Making Connections'


We are very pleased to have Rita Chadha CEO, Small Charities Coalition speaking about 

"The challenges facing small charities"

                             Date:          Wednesday 25 September 2019
                             Time:         5.30 pm for 6.00 pm start
                             Venue:      County Suite, County Hall, Herts County Council, Pegs Lane,                                                Hertford SG13 8DQ

We are grateful to HCC Chairman Cllr Colette Wyatt-Lowe for hosting this event.

Please join us afterwards for networking and light refreshments ​

Click Here to Book your place on Eventbrite

CDA Promotes Farm Shops

Continuing our campaign to promote and celebrate Hertfordshire's farming and rural businesses, CDA Herts has compiled a directory of Farm Shops which is available on our website.

Farm Shops are located all over the rural areas of Herts and provide a vital service for rural communities which have lost local shops and services.  They are essential for those living in areas with poor transport as well as catering for passing trade and families visiting the countryside looking for lunch, snacks, tea and good quality goods in an independent outlet.  Farm Shops, which often include Cafes or Tea Rooms, provide fresh local produce including fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and dairy as well as a wide range of products, gifts, household items and fuel. 

Click Here for a list of Hertfordshire Farm Shops

Harry Bott's Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports for September

This month we hear about Swallows fledging, the perils of Yellow Dwarf Virus and Bovine TB plus success with sowing under fleece!

Click Here to read Harry's September Countryside Reports
Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers - Monday 30 Sept St Albans

This interactive and engaging one-day course will explore the challenges of recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers. It is ideal for staff who have this responsibility as their role. We have split the course into two halves to give participants more choice.  See flyer for more details. Please click below to book your place or contact Carmen Dillon at or call 01707 274861 

Click Here for the Booking Form
FREE - Mens Weight Loss Course
Sele School Hertford Starting September

The Free Course is run by Watford Community Sports Education Trust and is going to be held at the Sele School and targets men 18 to 65 who have a BMI of 30+. The course starts on Thursday the 26th September.

For further information conatct Rhys Ratcliffe 01923 496391

Click Here  to sign up
Down the Woods
They’ve been busy planning some lovely events:-

Stay and Play Heartwood Forest Monday 10-12pm.  
Family volunteer day 10-12pm 21st September.  
Bat Walk 21st September 6.45pm. Booking essential Click Here
Recycling event 19th October 10-12pm 

Click Here to read the Down The Woods Newsletter for full details and how to book
Tackling Loneliness in Hertfordshire - Chatter tables are coming to St. Albans and Hertford

HCC are bidding to end loneliness and social isolation and are really excited to see 2 new chatter tables which will start in St Albans (9th September) and Hertford (18th September). Please share the details with your clients and networks and encourage people to come along. Everyone will be made very welcome. Click the links below for full details

Click Here for Hertford Chatter Table

Click Here for St Albans Talk Over Tea

September Health & Fitness with Active North Herts!

September is packed with a range of health, wellbeing and physical activity hints and tips including national campaigns such as World Alzheimers Month and Organic September that you can get involved in! There are also some Stevenage Leisure Limited updates and some courses you can attend.

Visit our website at Active North Herts to find out what's going on in our area including a range of courses and local physical activity classes that you can attend!

For more information contact us on 01462 474838 or email 

Click Here for Active North Herts News
Hertford Heritage Weekend Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September.
As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Hertford Town Council have organised a weekend of free activities, building open days, discounts, walks and trails. The county town of Hertfordshire is steeped with history, from its once royal castle to the architectural mix of six centuries in St Andrew St. It is home to the oldest purpose-built Quaker meeting house, runs a successful 1200-year-old market and even houses one of prolific architect W.N. Ashbee’s finest creations.
There will be Open Days at Hertford Museum, Hertford Castle and the Seed Warehouse, Farmers' Market and Walks and Trails. There will be Vikings, Fire Breathing and Falconry and 'Buildings of Delight' guided Walk.

Click Here for all the information about Hertford Heritage Weekend

NHDC promotes the use of cleaner, greener taxis

NHDC is introducing subsidised licensing fees for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles that use clean fuel. The introduction of these subsidised fees aims to encourage the use of licensed vehicles which are less harmful to the environment, and means that licensing fees could be slashed by up to 50%, depending on what type of fuel the vehicle uses.

Click Here for further information

Himalayan Balsam (c) Josh Kubale

Nature’s illegal aliens

Every year, non-native invasive species are estimated to cost £1.7bn. They can pose a risk to our native wildlife and are a good example to demonstrate how delicate our ecosystem is. A somewhat famous example of a non-native invasive species is Himalayan balsam. As the name suggests, it is native to the Himalayas and was introduced to the country in 1839 as a garden plant from which it escaped within decades, quickly becoming one of the most invasive weeds. It poses a serious threat to our riverbanks, as it grows up to 10 feet within a year and overshadows our native flora. Exploding seed pods catapult the seeds up to 22 feet away. When it dies down in winter, it leaves riverbanks bare and at risk for flooding. Every summer, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust organises “balsam bashing parties” to try to free its nature reserves from the invader. Together with Tring-based Puddingstone Distillery, the Trust has also found a way to use the flowers of Himalayan balsam. After pulling the plant, the distillery dries the pretty pink flower and produces the world’s first Himalayan balsam-induced pink gin. Two pounds from every bottle of Special Edition No. 1 sold are donated to the Trust and go straight back to protecting native wildlife.

Find out more on


2019 Sustainable St Albans AGM

7.00pm for 7.30, Thursday 19 September

Venue: Abbey Theatre, in the club room,

Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

Click Here for Sustainable St Albans website
    Contact The Elderly - Why all the questions?
    Doing more, whilst staying true to our mission
We would like to say a huge thank you to every one of our volunteers who has helped with our recent surveys.  We love to hear what you think.

We hope you will continue to share your honest opinions on how you think Contact the Elderly is doing and we’d be delighted to hear about anything you would like to see change or develop. Click below for further information.

What Did We Ask and Why

HCC Opens Up Blue Badge Scheme For Non-Visible Conditions

Herts County Cllr Ralph Sangster, who is cabinet member for resources, said: "It's really positive that people with mental health and other conditions that aren't always visible will now be able to access a blue badge. We hope that by opening up the blue badge scheme it will give those who do suffer from non-visible conditions the confidence to get out in their local communities and keep their independence."

Passengers and drivers who might struggle to get from their vehicle to their destination will be entitled to apply from August 30. 

Click Here for further information

September - December Health Walk Programme

Help hedgehogs in your neighbourhood - Follow our top ten tips to help hedgehogs near you

Hedgehogs are declining in Britain. In fact, a third have been lost since the millennium. The cause of their decline is complicated and it seems likely that several different factors are at play. We know that hedgehogs love gardens and we know what they need to survive and thrive in suburbia. This is why Hedgehog Street was born and has information about the problems facing hedgehogs, and how to help them. 

Click Here for Hedgehog St Top Tips

Village News - Therfield North Herts

Therfield is a small village southwest of Royston.  It is known locally for its Church of St Mary The Virgin, Therfield Chapel and the Fox & Duck Pub on the Green. Described as a beautiful, quintessentially English village, Therfield is surrounded by stunning landscapes with walks around Therfield Heath Nature Reserve. The Icknield Way runs through the village and Neolithic Barrows have been found on the Heath.

Click Here for Therfield Heath

Click Here for the Parish Council 
The Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust Seeks Hon Finance Director

The HBPT was formed in 1963 as a private company and registered charity. The primary purpose was, and remains, for the preservation of buildings of architectural and historic importance with the county. We are a small team of Directors who work directly with staff, volunteers and Managing Agent. The applicant should be fully conversant in financial matters to work in conjunction with a long standing firm of Accountants. The role would involve monitoring the cash flow from the Trust and BEAMS income and expenditure, preparing quarterly accounts and setting the  annual budget. The applicant should ideally be familiar with Company Law and with the Charities Commission. The majority of work can be done from home with up to date technology. Please contact HBPT for further details at:

The Castle Hertford SG14 1HR

Telephone: 01992 504331 option 1


Click Here for HBPT website


Please click on the links below to access the news items

Rural areas ‘in crisis’ according to new report

It's time for rural action

Rural 5G an opportunity for pubs

Launch of The Village Survival Guide

Government pledge to fix rural Britain's internet woes

Spotlight on Fuel Poverty


A monthly bulletin facilitated by the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding opportunities.

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