Welcome to our August 2018 eBulletin
National Citizen Service improves CDA Community Garden

Many thanks to the Young People from NCS for their excellent work over the last few weeks in this scorching summer, improving our Community Garden and transforming our Garden Shed. NCS is a national scheme for 15 to 17 year-olds providing them with a 3-4 week experience that helps build confidence and self belief. Live away from home, develop skills, meet amazing people and do something good for the community. 

Click Here for more about NCS 

Click Here for Community Garden St Albans

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

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 Countryside Matters
Rural Broadband Boost for Businesses and Communities

Rural businesses and communities are set to benefit from improved broadband access as part of a £45 million boost by the government. The new funding for the government’s Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme adds to the £30 million investment announced last year, increasing the total pot of funding available to £75 million. The money will be made available through grants to local authorities that have already applied for funding, in areas where broadband services at speeds of 30Mbps or faster are not available or planned. The funding will be used to support full fibre wherever possible.

Click Here to read more
Free Inclusive Dance Sessions from Para Dance UK
Working with Hertfordshire County Council to provide dance sessions and dance training free of charge across Hertfordshire. We can run up to 2 free 1 hour dance sessions with your service users absolutely free. Inclusive dance is a good tool to be active whilst also having the most fun possible!  We’re also offering training to start running these classes yourself. The course is partly on E-learning and then there are 3 consecutive practical days to attend on 8th– 10th September. If you would like to get anyone booked on the training, details below, deadline is Friday 27 August.
Contact Iain Richards Regional Lead – South East
Email –
Direct Line – 020 300 25 104
Save water, save wildlife

It's been hot, hot, hot recently. Whilst this has meant long, lazy summer evenings and days filled with butterflies and dragonflies, our rivers and lakes have taken a real hit from the high temperatures and weeks without rain.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust want to spread the message that the more water we use, the less water there is for our chalk streams and rivers.  This has huge effects on our local wildlife from our already threatened water voles, to the brightly coloured kingfisher.

 Click here to see some simple ways you can save water this summer from the Trust! 
Local Communities tackle rural challenges

Police unveil Rural Crime Strategy

£45m Investment in Rural Broadband

House of Lords Select Committee on Rural Economy

Rural Housing and Work Survey

Click Here to read more 
Safer Streets Initiative Meets Hertsmere Residents

Representatives from different agencies including the police and fire service have visited more than 100 homes between March and May to provide home, fire safety and crime prevention advice as part of the Safer Streets initiative organised by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership. There were 96 referrals in total, including 13 who received crime prevention and security advice, six who received scam advice and five who needed smoke detectors.

Click Here to read more

HCF Funding Alert!

Is your organisation currently seeking funding for a community project? 

We are excited to share with you our new HCF funding opportunities:

Youth Social Action - Closing date 14 September
Safer Communities - Closing date 14 September
Major Grant programme up to £50k - Closing date 11 September

Further information on all HCF Grants can be found by Clicking Here
#TeamHerts are exploring ways in which they ‘connect’ with our Hertfordshire communities.

If you are a voluntary or community group, a registered charity, a self help group, CIC or social enterprise, they would like to hear from you. Please can you take 5 minutes to complete this survey?

The closing date for the survey is 31st August 2018. Please share this link with your networks and anyone else who may be interested.

Click Here for the Survey
Watford Small Grants Fund
2018-19 Programme

This fund offers voluntary and community sector groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to help towards a project or purchase an item of equipment. We welcome and encourage applications from informal groups such as a group of neighbours, as well as small formal community organisations, grass roots groups, charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. All groups must be ‘not for profit’ and/or charitable. We're offering grants of up to £2,000 to help fund a project, community initiative or purchase a piece of equipment.

Click Here For more information  

Orchards East Stone Fruit Tree pruning course

This is to let you know about a Hertfordshire based plum and greengage pruning workshop due to be held on 13 August at wonderful Tewin Orchard, Upper Green Road, Tewin, Welwyn, AL6 0LY. Running from 1000-1500, this is an opportunity to learn renovation pruning on larger plum trees and some veteran trees. Tewin Orchard is a fantastic old orchard, standing in 10 acres of fields and woodland in the centre of Hertfordshire managed by Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Please contact Howard Jones, Project Manager Orchards East, asap to book a place. Mob: 07854 701363

Click Here for the website

East Herts Summer Programme Free for 11-19 year olds

Summer activities in Bishops' Stortford, Buntingford, Sawbridgeworth and Ware funded and organised by organisations including East Herts Council, YC Hertfordshire, Network Homes, Clarion Homes, Buntingford Town Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, Ware Town Council and Hertford Town Council.

Click Here for further information and to download the programmes
The Building Connections Fund

A partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. Funding is for organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work. Funding size: £30,000 to £100,000 Closing date is 12 noon 24th August 2018.

Click Here for further information

Postcode Community Trust Grants Programme 2018

For information about the People’s Postcode Lottery funding including:
  • Magic Little Grants
  • Postcode Lottery Trust
  • People’s Postcode Trust
  • Postcode Community Trust 

Click Here and Here
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Rural living: strengthening countryside communities

We are seeking applications that explore new approaches in rural communities, for example to invigorate transport networks, reimagine housing, employment and enterprise, or improve access to education, culture and healthcare. We are open for applications from 27 April to 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019.  A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

Click Here for further information

HCC Home Library Service

For people who are unable to get to the library. We could bring the library to you if:

  • you have a physical disability which prevents you from travelling to a library building
  • you have a learning disability or mental health conditionthat makes it difficult for you to leave home alone
  • you're registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you're frail or in poor health which means you can't get to a library
  • you're a carer looking after someone affected by any of the above, and your caring responsibilities prevent you from getting to the library.
Click Here for how to apply
East Herts Community Grants Programme Second Round opens 20 August 

For voluntary and community groups proposing projects in the EHC area will open for applications on the 20 August.   To obtain advice and information on how to apply, we are holding a Grants Workshop on the 10 September, 7 to 8:30pm at the council offices in Hertford.
We are looking for projects that promote the health and wellbeing of residents, especially those that are vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way.   We are also keen to fund community events that commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1. Email or call to discuss - 
or 01992 531459    

Click Here to apply 
Deadline 15 October 2018.  

Transition Town Letchworth News
Books to Schools (Plastic Free Letchworth), Growers Market, Children’s Art Competition prizes, Cycling Strategy and other groups' notices.

Transition Town Letchworth (TTL) is a group of Letchworth volunteers passionate about building a thriving town fit for the future. Through our projects and groups we are working towards creating a vibrant, informed, low carbon, self-sufficient community which is resilient to the shocks of fluctuating energy prices.

Click Here for more information


Inviting mental health Service Users to join us at our next forum for the St Albans area, due to be held at Community Meeting Point, Station Road, Harpenden, on Weds, 15 August 2018, 11.30 – 1.00pm.  We will be having a conversation on how we combat social isolation via peer support and other means.  A wealth of information is also given to aid wellbeing.

Click Here to download more information and the Agenda
Parish and Village News - Anstey, Meesden & Brent Pelham

This month we feature a remote corner of East Hertfordshire described in 1970 as "almost completely untouched by 20th Century development" and that's how they would like to keep it according to the Anstey Village website.

Worth mentioning in this month's issue is the Herts & Essex Country Fair – Brent Pelham – Sunday 19th August 2018
featuring the Dog and Heavy Horse Show and takes place in The Park, Brent Pelham, SG9 0AT. It is a traditional, local, Country Fair which provides an entertaining day out for all the family.

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 Anstey, Meesden and Brent Pelham

CDA Herts Consultancy - are you Hassled by Health & Safety or Grimacing over your Governance?

Fear not, CDA Herts can help you. We now offer an affordable Consultancy Service, with discounts for our Members, which can help you sort out your management challenges and your policies and procedures and ensure that your organisation is up to date and compliant. We specialise in helping the voluntary sector, especially Village Halls and Community Buildings, Community groups and Associations.  We can also provide an expert mediation service when relationships get strained or break down.

Contact us at to informally discuss your needs
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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
Health & Safety Training, Audit and Risk Assessment
Health & Wellbeing advocacy
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