Welcome to our July 2018 eBulletin
CDA Herts Rural Issues Network Meeting raises awareness of Rural Loneliness in Herts

The meeting held in Benington Village Hall on 26 June and Chaired by Harry Bott DL, focussed on the hidden nature of loneliness and mental health issues in rural areas where lack of understanding and stigma often means that sufferers are overlooked. This is compounded by increased difficulty accessing transport, health and social care services and support. There were contributions from the Alzheimer's Society, New Leaf Wellbeing College, Campaign to End Loneliness, Crossroads Care, Citizens Advice, East Herts Council Forever Active programme and Benington Village Hall's numerous groups and activities that enable people to come together, socialise, learn and improve their health and wellbeing.  The Rural Loneliness Forum launched by CDA Herts is beginning to highlight the extent of the problem, what the obstacles are and how to improve support services.

Contact for further information and to join the Forum and the Rural Issues Network.
Universal Credit - Benefit Mythbuster!

Factchecking Benefit Mythbuster is a new online web tool designed to help address commonly held myths and misconceptions about universal credit. People can choose from three options – ‘Starting a New Claim’, ‘Managing your Claim’, and ‘Solving Problems’  to find out more about their rights, including information on job search, the claimant commitment, in-work conditionality, sanctions, and more. People can also get in touch to add a myth that needs busting. Or help to bust a myth!  

Click Here to find out more 

Hertsmere asks - Anyone for Tennis?

The Tennis season is upon us with Wimbledon, so people often want to pick up a racquet and play - but what do you think of Hertsmere's public tennis courts?
Hertsmere residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions about the borough's council-owned tennis courts. Answers will help us to better understand current and potential tennis users, as well as help us to identify how we can encourage more people to play. The survey will only take 10 minutes to complete and the deadline for responses is Friday 27 July.

You can share your views by completing the survey

If you have any queries or require the survey in an alternative format or language please email: or call 020 8207 7801.


The Bishop of St Albans has warned that government decisions often fail to take into account the needs of rural communities.  Speaking in the House of Lords, Alan Smith said policymakers had “gone backwards in terms of our grasp of what is happening on the ground”.  Dr Smith, who is also chairman of the Rural Coalition, was speaking during a debate on the recent Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 committee report.  He said he was pleased that the government was retaining a rural affairs policy team within Defra, despite the closure of the Rural Communities Policy Unit.  “The crucial question here is whether the team will have the staffing and funding to deliver the needs of rural policy across government,” he said. Click Here to read more

RSN has launched its new Rural Bulletin.  This month covers the following:-
  • Older people 'miss out on vital care'
  • £7.5m boost for online council services
  • Rural communities face 'perfect storm'
  • Bishop speaks out on rural proofing
  • Landlords reject longer tenancy proposal
  • Spotlight on Rural Housing
Click Here to read all this and more 

Choose to Refuse! Plastic Free July 

Sustainable St Albans - working together for an environmentally sustainable district - is issuing a challenge to refuse single use plastic during July.  Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. Have you seen that Morrisons has just announced its plan to replace plastic bags for fruit and veg with paper ones? It started a bit of a controversy: while Friends of the Earth supported the move, the Environment Agency condemned the move but the government's   congratulated the supermarket for its move towards #plasticfree aisles. 

Click Here to sign up for Plastic Free July
Click Here for Sustainable St Albans

GATEHerts deliver hugely successful Hate Crime conference to a packed house

‘Recognise, Report, Resolve – Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Hate Crime’ was top of the agenda at the Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Hertfordshire Hate Crime conference, held at the Resource Centre for London on June 20th.    

More than 120 people attended the sell-out conference, chaired by LeedsGATE CEO Helen Jones,  and a wide range of participants included police, education providers, health services representatives, Gypsy and Traveller community members and the wider general public; who were treated to key note speakers, presentations, panel discussions with Gypsy Roma and Traveller Activists, workshops and a screening of a documentary on Gypsy and Traveller History and Culture – "Searching for the Travelling People" 

Click Here for the Conference Report
Click Here to download 'Recognise, Report, Resolve' evaluation report
Click Here to visit GATE Herts website

Friends of the Earth Petition to Herts County Council to adopt a Pollinator Policy

Herts CC care for many important areas that could be pollinator havens such as roadside verges. With habitat loss being a factor in the decline of bees over recent years it's important that these areas are managed in a pollinator friendly friendly way.
Sign the petition and support Friends of the Earth to ask Herts CC to adopt a Pollinator Policy.
Little Hadham Farmers' Market 

Come join us 8.30 - 11.30am Saturday 28th July Little Hadham Village Hall, Hertfordshire SG11 2AY
The picturesque village of Little Hadham in East Hertfordshire has had a farmers’ market since 2002.  ​Little Hadham Farmers’ Market promotes the best of local produce, and has a strong ethos of offering only items grown, bred, prepared or made by the stall holders as much as practically possible.  Stalls include; meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread, cakes and pastries, coffee, honey, gin, English sparkling wine, cheese, Italian meals and artisan crafts. We also have a cafe that prepares fresh home cooked breakfasts from the stall holder’s produce.

Click Here for the website

Walking in Hertfordshire - Evening Walks in Watford

Join Hertfordshire Health Walks volunteers for evening walks at Cassiobury Park, Watford - ideal if you work in the day, but would like to increase your steps!

Thursday July 12 and August 9, 7pm, meeting at Cassiobury Park car park, WD18 7LB. Grade 2 walk (2miles, 45 mins).

Just turn up, no need to book. You can register online as a new walker if you're new to Health Walks via Clicking Here 


#TeamHerts Volunteer Coordinator Network Forum - 13th September 2018, 1pm – 3.30pm in Stanstead Abbotts, SG12 8GA

CVSBEH, in partnership with North Herts CVS, is running Volunteer Coordinator Network Forums as part of the #TeamHerts Volunteering initiative. This exciting project aims to get the people of Hertfordshire volunteering and supports organisations with best practice in volunteer management. To book please email Abbie or call 0300 123 1034.

Click Here for more information 

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Festival of Wildlife - 28 and 29 July.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Festival of Wildlife in partnership with Tarmac and in association with Herts Natural History Society, will once again take place in the beautiful Panshanger Park, near Hertford.
The Festival will celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex and include walks, talks and family activities, as well as conservation demonstrations such as river dipping.

Find out more at


Splash Park and Play Area open for the Summer Holidays

Gadebridge Splash Park is undergoing final water testing and grounds maintenance and is set to open at the end of July. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, where we will be announcing details of the opening event.  The new play area is now open, along with the refreshment kiosk, serving hot and cold drinks, ice cream and snacks. It features 59 water jets and a splash zone of more than 1,000 square metres and next door is the brand new all year round Play Area.

Follow on Facebook 

Click Here to download and read the Dacorum Digital Digest
Why not hold your own August fundraiser for Herts Young Homeless?

It’s vital for us to raise funds. This enables us to continue offering essential support and guidance to vulnerable young people in the community. Fundraising contributions make a real difference to the lives of people in crisis who are either homeless or facing homelessness and help us provide the services to support them.  We are a local charity that focuses on local young people in the local community. Our work is not just with the homeless but is also targeted at preventing homelessness. We can offer support, branded items and literature to help you with your event.  Contact .

Click Here for hints, tips and ideas.

Help Save the UK's Heritage

The Heritage Trust Network (fomerly the Association of Preservation Trusts) supports not-for-profits and charities working to save heritage at risk through a combination of the three main strands: peer-to-peer support, events, and online guidance/staff support. The Heritage Trust Network supports dynamic, enterprising members to save and maintain heritage assets at risk. Through a range of benefits including sector leading online resources, discounted professional services, regional events, conferences and project support HTN equips members with the skills to be successful.

Click Here to visit the website


  • How IT Can Save you Time and Money  – 27 September 2018
  • GDPR – Have You Got It Sorted – 7th November 2018
  • Building Sustainability: Creating a Fundable Project – 28th November 2018
  • Marketing your Group via Facebook and Twitter – 6th February 2019
  • Building Sustainability Focus on Trust and Foundations – 14th March 2019
Click Here for further information and booking
Groundswell No Till 2018 Guide

This year's Event focussed on health, particularly soil health, crop health and animal health. John Cherry host farmer and Groundswell organiser says in his introduction to this year's Event Guide "To create healthy soil, a good starting point for arable farmers is to adopt the three basic tenets of Conservation Agriculture (or no-till farming): minimum disturbance of the soil, keeping the soil covered at all times with living or dead plant matter and growing a good diversity of crops."

Click Here to download and read the Groundswell 2018 Event Guide 

Herts Year of Physical Activity

HertsYOPA18 aims to make Hertfordshire the most active county, by:

  • increasing physical activity
  • shifting stubborn inactivity levels
  • celebrating what's already happening
  • encouraging new programmes and events.

HertsYOPA18 is being led by the Hertfordshire Sports and Physical Activity Partnership, Hertfordshire County Council, and Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers. It is supported by the 10 district councils and many other organisations.

Click Here for the July Newsletter

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme Opens for England and Wales

The Home Office is providing a further £1 million in funding to support places of worship in England and Wales that have been subjected to or could be vulnerable to hate crime attacks. Funding will help places of worship tackle hate crimes against them through the installation of additional security equipment. Hate crimes, for the purposes of this fund, are defined as any crimes committed against a person because of their real or perceived religion. The criteria for this year’s bids has been made more flexible – bidders will need to provide evidence that they are either vulnerable to hate crime or have been subject to a hate crime within the last two years.
The deadline for applications is 10 August 2018.

Click Here for further information
Parish and Village News - Woolmer Green

Hertfordshire's villages are at the heart of this county's rural life and so much goes on that is unknown or uncelebrated outside of the local community. Each Month we will randomly select a Village and feature their News.  This month it is Woolmer Greeen a village and parish situated in the heart of the county between Welwyn and Knebworth. 

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 Woolmer Green

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 for further information.
And finally we won a Prize !!!

Our CDA Herts Finance Officer Zahra Kazmi heard this week that because she completed one of the impact surveys for last year’s HCF Training Programme, her name was entered into a prize draw and it was one of 3 pulled out at the HCF event 'Your Workforce: Your Future 2018'. 
This means that CDA Herts has £100 to spend on course fees on the HCF 2018-19 programme. 

Thank you HCF and well done Zahra!!!

Click Here for news about HCF Training
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CDA Herts Services available to all communities in Hertfordshire

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Rural Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
HMP The Mount Play Area
Community Energy Network
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