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ACRE National Village Halls Week 25 to 29 January

We will once again be celebrating the work of our many Village Halls and Community Buildings who do such an important job providing facilities for our communities especially in rural areas where they are often the only place to meet.  Village Halls play a vital role in bringing people together, combating loneliness and isolation and all this is mostly provided by volunteers working for charities. See below about the special Village Halls Domesday Book 2021.

Click Here to read more about Village Halls Week

‘Domesday Book’ set up to capture the work of Village Halls in their Centenary year

Village halls in England are being encouraged to sign the online record to mark 100 years of rural community action.

The online record has been set up by national charity, ACRE Action with Communities in Rural England as part of a week-long celebration of the contribution made by Community and Village Halls to rural communities which begins Monday 25 January #Village Halls Week.

Click Here to find out more on the ACRE website

Village Halls and Community Buildings
Covid-19 Update

We are now in Lockdown until further notice which means Village Halls and Community Buildings are closed apart from where exemptions apply.
CDA Herts is monitoring the situation and we continue to respond to calls for advice and guidance.  Updates will appear on our website as soon as changes in legislation occur.

Click Here for ACRE's latest updates and other helpful Guidance from CDA Herts The Village Halls Adviser.

Public Health Covid Information Champions

Could you help Community Help Hertfordshire share information about
Covid-19 in your community?

Covid has had a huge impact on everyone here in Hertfordshire and infections remain too high for our NHS services and the need for people to take up their vaccinations when they are contacted by their GPs.

We want to make sure that residents, from across every community, stay up to date with the latest guidance and advice from Public Health.

Click Here for the CIC Role Description

CDA Herts is very pleased to introduce our latest Project -
Jobs Pathway managed by Sue Whiterod
Jobs Pathway
Jobs Pathway will be a very different recruitment agency for Hertfordshire  - for people, not profit.  The Agency supports people facing barriers to employment to find permanent jobs. Jobs Pathway will build a network of employers willing to give people a chance to prove themselves and transform their lives.  The agency will be a strong, crucial link with our partners and receive referrals of people ready for work from across Hertfordshire. 
Project Manager Sue Whiterod says; "building positive relationships with employers, great partnership working and lots of determination is key to success!"   If you are an employer, Sue would love to discuss how Jobs Pathway will work for you. Sue would also like to hear from everyone interested in this important new venture. 

Contact Sue at 
Click Here for more information
Vaccination Volunteers Needed

Communities 1st is calling for more Volunteers to help in COVID-19 Vaccination Centres across Hertfordshire and West Essex. The following roles are available:-

Volunteer Steward – Ushering and Patient Flow
Front of House Volunteer
Post Vaccination Observation Support Volunteer
Patient Advocate Volunteer role
Volunteer Vaccine Admin Support

For more information about these roles and how to sign up visit: or call: 020 3940 4865
CDA Herts Supports our Herts RSNs - Rural Support Networks
Anstey Neighbourhood Covid-19 help scheme

Many villagers in Anstey feel that they would like to help anyone in our community who, during the Covid-19 epidemic, requires assistance in getting groceries, medicines or anything else that they may require if they either have to self-isolate or are forced to do so.

Adrian Cossor has offered to act as coordinator and he can be contacted on: 01763 848479 or

Click Here For more information about the Anstey Neighbourhood Covid-19 Help Scheme


CDA Herts' Research Project has been in contact with 80 RSNs supporting 180 of our Herts Villages and Hamlets. These are some of our headline findings:

98% - of RSNs who started are still going 
93% - Provide help with shopping / essential supplies
92% - Provide help with medical assistance / collecting prescriptions 
63% - Provide help with mental anxiety / depression / loneliness
57% - Provide assistance with Transport needs
57% - Offer a Telephone check-in service for the vulnerable
47% - Offer Digital help re getting & doing things online
16% - Offer help & advice re Financial Assistance

Click Here to find out more about CDA Herts work supporting Rural Support Networks

Hertfordshire Countywide Virtual Barn Meeting

This meeting will focus on rural crime issues. It will have a countywide focus and explore how we tackle rural crime moving forward.
This meeting is an invaluable opportunity for you to learn about the latest rural crime priorities and developments across Hertfordshire and raise your views direct with PCC David Lloyd, Chief Constable Charlie Hall, and Sergeant Ryan Hemmings of Herts Constabulary’s Rural Support Team. The event includes an extensive Q&A element to ensure the meeting is a two-way conversation.

Click Here to book through Eventbrite
HCC 'Staying Connected - Connectivity & Access to IT KIt' 

CDA Herts is supporting this campaign which will contribute to the aim to get more people 'Connected' 

CAD Community Action Dacorum is co-ordinating the appeal and will undertake the cleaning up & reprogramming of any unwanted kit donated and then look at redistributing such kit to partner agencies to assist those looking to become digitally included / online etc which will include CDA Herts through our East Herts Rural Digital Inclusion Project. 


The Red Lion Shop Gt Offley

The owners of the Red Lion public house in Great Offley took the brave step of opening a shop in their pub at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020.  Great Offley lost its General Store when the owner sadly fell ill and passed away.

The Red Lion Village Shop now sells a wide range of fresh, dried and frozen produce. They also provide take away hot and cold meals through the shop.  Open 7 days a week, they are operating a strict one in one out policy for safe shopping.  We'd like to join in congratulating Jason and Louise Archer for their hard work and enterprise and the valuable contribution they are making to the Offley community.  

Is this a model other pubs in Hertfordshire could follow to maintain cash flow going during these difficult times whilst providing an absolutely essential service?  The Red Lion Village Shop can be found open Mon - Sat 10.30 - 19.00 and Sundays  10.30 - 15.00 at the southern end of the village on Kings Walden Rd, Great Offley. 

They are on Facebook @theredlion3274.  Please support them if you can. 

Join the CDA Herts Oil Buying Group.

We negotiate a much lower price per litre by ordering in bulk and you arrange payment & a delivery time that suits you.

You will save much more than the cost of your subscription, currently £24 a year, and save time phoning around the suppliers checking prices. The more Members the greater the savings and you help reduce CO2 emissions and congestion on rural roads as grouped deliveries require fewer tanker journeys.

Click Here to subscribe - SAVE £££££s and help Save the Planet too!


NLCF Convenes Policy Breakfasts - Bring Your Own Coffee!

The National Lottery Community Fund is launching a series of online policy breakfasts, covering a variety of topics and issues relevant to the current situation. We want to bring the sector together to share learning, insights and best practice.

Click on the following to read more and register

11 Feb, 9:30-11:00: Virtual event - The impact of COVID-19 on rural communities

25 Feb, 9:30-11.00: Virtual event - COVID-19 and the impact on staff and volunteer wellbeing

A warm welcome back from Highways - looking forward to 2021

Let us know your priorities for Herts Highways

An online survey is available from 11 January until 1 February 2021 at

Residents are being invited to have their say about Hertfordshire County Council’s draft Integrated Plan (the proposed budget) for 2021-22, contributing to the budget decision-making process.

Click Here for the Survey


Harry Bott's January Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports

Harry loves his Bluebell, his Light Sussex, his Plymouth Rock and his two Burford Browns and his Curly Kale!
Read the full report and more from Harry by clicking below.

Click Here to download and read Harry Bott's January Countryside Notes
Dormouse © Tom Marshall
Give something back

The last year has certainly been challenging for all of us. But amidst the loneliness, sadness and fear, we have seen extraordinary acts of kindness and positivity. Many of us have been able to restore our connection with nature, to cherish its healing powers.
Nature was there when we needed it the most. It has provided a space to feel safe, it has allowed for new adventures on our doorsteps and it has given us joy and hope. Now nature needs us more than ever. It needs us to combat climate change, protect rare species and help the natural world recover.
Nature has given us so much this year. Now it’s time to give something back. Become a member of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for half price this January.

Join today at
East Herts Healthy Hub provides a range of support for different physical and mental health and wellbeing needs.

The Healthy Hub East Herts will be based at the East Herts Council Wallfields Offices, Hertford and at Charringtons House, Bishop’s Stortford and you will be able to speak to colleagues about the services on offer during the normal opening times of 08:30 - 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

To sign up to become a member of the Healthy Hub East Herts please complete our Healthy Hub East Herts Enquiry Form

Click Here for Healthy Hub East Herts

5 Reasons Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change -
A BBC Report

1. The crucial climate conference - Glasgow November 2021
2. Countries are already signing up to deep carbon cuts
3. Renewables are now the cheapest energy ever
4. Covid changes everything
5. Business is going green too

Click Here to read the Report

Holocaust Memorial Event

The Holocaust: a layman’s guide with historian Roger Moorhouse

Wednesday 27th January 7.00pm via Teams
The talk will last approximately 45 minutes with Q&A afterwards.
Tickets cost £3

Click Here to book your Ticket  


Spring Into Health

Mind in Mid Herts invites you to the latest Campaign which starts on 18th January 

Who is it for: An inclusive Campaign for people living in Hertfordshire, neighbouring counties and those living further afield.

Aim: To support people with their mental and physical health. 
Enable people to safely communicate and support other people, whilst having some fun during these trying Covid - 19 times
Raise Awareness of Mental Health
Raise funds for Mind in Mid Herts to enable us to ensure the mental health of everyone in Hertfordshire is supported and respected - by providing prevention, recovery and support services to empower people to take control of their mental health.

For further information:
Contact Adele Hemmings, Access & Engagement Manager
03303 208100 Ext: 2003

Click Here for the website
HCF Funding Opportunities January 2021 Funding Alert 

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups helping vulnerable local residents by providing access to food and/or support with fuel and water bills this winter. Larger grants (up to £10,000) may also be considered for projects supporting a significant number of Hertfordshire residents. All grants must be spent within three months of receipt.

This funding has been made available by Hertfordshire County Council as a part of the Government’s £170m National Covid-19 Winter Grants Scheme. 

Application deadline: Open on a rolling basis until 8 February 2021 

Click Here for more


The Rural Services Network is delighted to launch it’s 2021 Rural Seminar Programme. Each year we provide a seminar programme to our member organisations and this year we have increased the number of events on offer to 9

Click Here to read more


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

Click Here to download a printable version of the Funding Digest

Awareness & Celebration dates
23 - National Reading Day
24 - World Leprosy Day

27 - Holocaust Memorial Day
30 - National Storytelling Week

1 -   Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week, LGBT
       History Month, National Sickie Day, Tinnitus Awareness Week
2 -   World Wetlands Day, 
4 -   World Cancer Day
8 -   International Epilepsy Day, National Apprenticeship Week,
       Student Volunteering Week
11 - International Day of Women and girls in science
12 - Chinese New Year
22 - World Encephalitis Day, Real Bread Week
24 - Fairtrade Fortnight
25 - Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

This is a new regular section to highlight important dates in the health and wellbeing, religious and festival calendar. Let us know if we have missed anything or if you have anything of significance to add. Thank you


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HMP The Mount Play Area
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Management Health Checks
Health & Safety Training, Audit and Risk Assessment
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