Welcome to our January 2018 eBulletin

Happy New Year to all our contributors and readers.

#VillageHallsWeek has been a national success!

Click Here to see what some of our Village Halls have been doing during the week and to read celebrated poet Ian McMillan's special poem "A teapot as BIG as the moon"

The Chilterns Conservation Board wants your views

Over the course of this year, we will be working with our partners to develop plans to care for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty over the next five years and beyond.  By completing this survey you can tell us what you value about the Chilterns, what you are concerned about and what you think should be the priorities for the future so we can take these into account as we develop our plans.

Click Here to read more 
Click Here to go to the Survey 

UK unveils 25 Year Environment Plan

Theresa May has outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042. The 25-year Environment Plan includes pledges to eliminate avoidable waste and introduce new safeguards for wildlife

CLICK HERE to read and download the Plan
Love is in the air…

While we’re busy giving flowers, chocolates and cards on Valentine’s Day, our local wildlife has its own unique ways of showing affection. The weather may still be cold but animals are getting ready for spring, and that means one thing - woo-ing potential mates. Look out for frogs emerging from hibernation and making their way back to wetlands to mate, listen for woodpeckers drumming to establish territory and attract females and feel the sun on your skin as the lengthening days result in a surge of hormones and early birds, like the mistle thrush, singing and nest-building ahead of spring. Why not treat the Valentine in your life to the gift of wildlife this February and sponsor a local animal?

Visit to get yours now!

New clampdown against fly-tippers

The government has unveiled new powers to tackle fly-tipping and plans to combat the dumping of illegal waste. New powers will be granted for the Environment Agency to tackle waste crime, said Defra on Monday (15 January).Meanwhile, a consultation will ask for views on proposals to crack-down on the fly-tipping of household waste. Farmers and landowners all across Hertfordshire will be particularly pleased. Fly-tipping causes £1,000s to deal with and prosecutions are difficult to achieve.

CLICK HERE to read the full article from the Rural Services Network.
Welwyn Hatfield CVS January Bulletin

Includes Training opportunities

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1 7 February
  • The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 22 February
  • How to wins high value grants and contracts 14 March

CLICK HERE to read more and how to Book

East and North Hertfordshire CCG - Stakeholder Briefing - January 2018

The ‘new look’ briefing is designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments across East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This edition features updates on: 

  • Winter health advice
  • NHS 111 - services added
  • Increased access to GPs this winter
  • Hertfordshire warmer homes scheme
  • Community Navigators
  • Patient transport service
  • Support for elderly patients in their homes
  • Delegated commissioning
  • New leader for Herts and west Essex STP

 We hope you find this briefing informative and very much welcome your feedback. If you have any comments or queries please

Click Here to access the Stakeholder Briefing

Hertfordshire Public Health eNews

With the cold-snap we experienced in the lead up to Christmas, there was a lot of publicity about our Stay Well This Winter campaign and the new Hertfordshire Warmer Homes project. We must not take our foot off the gas with these issues, as in Hertfordshire over 32,000 homes are estimated to live in fuel poverty and between August 2013 and July 2016 there were 1795 excess winter deaths in the county. Please do continue promoting the Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme and providing information to residents about how they can help themselves to stay healthy and well this winter. More information is available in the health and wellbeing section.

Click Here to read Public Health eNews

Training opportunities with CVSBEH

CVSBEH can help develop personal and professional skills through low cost training courses for voluntary and community groups in the Districts of Broxbourne & East Herts - including paid staff, volunteers and management committee members

How to Win High Value Grants and Contracts - February

Emergency First Aid in the Workplace - March

The Price is Right! Costing Your Services - March

Click Here for further information

Hertsmere Community Car Scheme is looking for Drivers 

A scheme for people who are unable to use public transport to get to community facilities or medical appointments. This may be because of mobility problems or other special needs. The Car Scheme operates in Borehamwood and Potters Bar

CLICK HERE to read more 

Inspiring Libraries: The Next Phase 2018 - 2021

A public consultation is taking place between 8 January and 18 February 2018 to seek customer and stakeholder views on our ambitions for the next phase of ‘Inspiring Libraries' and the options for how we deliver the service. Residents and stakeholders alike can participate by completing a questionnaire either in one of Hertfordshire’s libraries or online. The full consultation document and the online questionnaire is available at Please promote the consultation among your clients and colleagues, using the poster where appropriate.

Contact us by email ( if you would like printed copies of the poster. The views of your organisation in response to the proposals are also welcome. Paper copies of the questionnaire are readily available in all Hertfordshire Libraries as are large print versions.

For general enquiries please telephone 0300 123 4049.

Orchards East Winter Workshops 

Various training workshops are available as below in Jan, Feb and March - pruning, grafting and formative, reformative and restoration pruning - led by experts Anna Baldwin, Paul Read and Bob Lever. Please click on the blue button below for further details and how to book. You will be very welcome!
Sunday 4th February 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Restorative Pruning Workshop Tewin Orchard, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Tewin, AL6 0LY FREE!  
Saturday 24th March 9.45 am – 3.30 pm Formative Pruning WorkshopTewin Orchard, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Tewin, AL6 0LY FREE! 

Click Here for further details and how to Book

Click here for the Tewin Orchard website

Hertford Civic Society Publishes it's 2018 events

21st February, Wednesday
Historical architectural gems of Hertfordshire

Speaker: Lee Prosser, Historic Royal Palaces

21st March, Wednesday
Walking the Lea Valley path

Speaker: Elizabeth Hamilton, CPRE Herts

Click Here to see more events
GROUNDSWELL No-Till Show & Conference 2018, Lannock Farm, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE - Junction 9 A1(M)

John Cherry and his team are busy coordinating plans for 27th and 28th June  for Groundswell 2018 (tickets will go on sale 11th March). We welcome your thoughts on how to make the ground well and we are inspired by the groundswell of innovative farmers, sharing ideas and techniques to make this happen.

Groundswell is an independent farming conference, designed 'by farmers for farmers' to focus on emerging methods of soil regeneration, reducing inputs and increasing profitability in arable and mixed farming situations. 

Click Here to read more
Funding Surgeries
Venue: The Barn, 1 Watford House Lane, Watford, Herts, WD17 1BJ
Are you looking for funding? Do you have any funding related questions?  
If your answer is yes, come along to Watford CVS ‘Funding Advice Sessions’ in Watford Town Centre. 

8 February, 10:00 – 12:00
22 February, 13:00 – 16:00
8 March, 10:00 – 12:00
22 March, 13:00 – 16:00

To book your appointment, please contact Michal Siewniak, Service Manager for CVS on 07825 021746 or email

What really happens to your recycling?
Get the New Year off to #PlasticFree start
- Give up shop bought bottled drinks
- Avoid 5p plastic bags and go reusable
- See Coffee on the run
- The last (Plastic) straw

WasteAware is the partnership of Hertfordshire's county, district and borough councils, working together to reduce, reuse and recycle Hertfordshire's waste.
We promote waste and recycling education and campaigns, providing useful tips to help you be WasteAware.

Click Here to read more

Community RePaint

A national paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux, that aims to collect leftover paint and redistribute it to benefit individuals, families, communities and charities in need. Currently the network is made up of over 70 schemes and redistributes over 330,000 litres of paint each year. No two schemes are the same, varying in size, operational set up and motivational drivers but they all have the same vision to create communities where everyone has the opportunity to brighten their spaces and their lives. 

Click Here to visit Community RePaint website
New powers to tackle problem landlords

New legislation announced last week which could mean up to 300 more properties in Hertsmere will need to be licensed has been welcomed by community leaders.

Under the government’s measures, which are likely to come into force in April, landlords who own flats or properties of one storey or more occupied by five or more people in more than one household, will need to apply to us for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence or potentially face criminal prosecution and a fine of thousands of pounds. Previously only landlords with properties of three or more stories required the licence.

Click Here for more 
Rural areas continue to receive less police funding than urban areas, says the Rural Services Network say the Rural Services Network.

Using 2016 population figures, the network has compared total direct resource funding per head of population for both rural and urban areas.
It undertook the calculation following the latest government funding announcement last month.
In 2017-18, predominantly rural areas received £162.24 in funding per head of population compared to £201.72 for urban areas.

Click Here to read more 

Catkins are a welcome sight at this time of year but did you know that many different trees produce catkins. The most noticeable are the 'lambs tails'  produced by the hazel in late winter and early spring but other trees like the alder, birch, willow and oak also have catkins. Oak catkins grow after the tree has come into leaf and are difficult to see. There are two kinds of catkin. One kind is made entirely of male flowers and is called a male catkin and the other kind is made entirely of female flowers and is called a female catkin. 

Click Here to find out more

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