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A Message from Kate
Well what a year that was!  It has been the most challenging, full on, frantic and fraught 9 months.  We had to stop, almost with immediate effect, from working in an office and our face to face community connections activities; consolidate all the projects, re-design the projects and their delivery, adapt to the needs and reconcile the feedback from all the services within weeks.

This could only have happened because of my amazing team of staff, volunteers,  Trustees and members.  With their generosity of time, commitment and kindness to each other, the people and communities we serve - we all "stepped up".  Fantastic call to action was heard and delivered.

We have developed current and new partnerships/friendships and supported each other in the public and voluntary sectors.  It has been a huge learning curve but the outcome of working together, less bureaucracy and making a difference has been particularly rewarding.  More of this in 2021 and beyond

We have increased some of our capacity with grants from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts Valley CCG, Clarions Futures, East Herts Council and County Councillors.  We are grateful for their support and resources.

We are in a better place to support people and communities not only in rural Hertfordshire but also our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents.  We are working across the diverse sectors of health, education, economy but our principles of Asset Based Community Development is still core to the work we do.

We are privileged to have been able to support over 200 Village Halls and Community Buildings through the Covid-19 crisis and work with the newly formed 88 Rural Support Networks across Herts whose 1,200 volunteers are reaching out to 2,000 vulnerable people. 

We are very sad that our Play Area Scheme based in HMP The Mount had to stop at the outset of the first lockdown and we have not been able to provide any family services since March.  We are concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the children. 

On behalf of all of us @ CDA Herts, we hope that you will be able to be with your families and loved ones over the Holiday season and look forward to working with you all in 2021. 

Wishing you all a healthy and peaceful 2021

Kate Belinis DL, Chief Executive Officer CDA Herts

Click Here to view a recording of our AGM featuring guest speaker Julia Barrett, Chief Sustainability Officer with Willmott Dixon and her presentation on their sustainability strategey “Now or Never our Decisive Decade” for becoming zero carbon by 2030 
Village Halls and Community Buildings Covid-19 Update
To understand how the latest Government legislation affects your Community Building view the latest ACRE Guidance regarding the Tiers on our website.

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

East Herts Village Halls & Community Buildings Consortium
Annual Meeting and Conference - Thursday 3 December

This year's Conference held on Zoom featured a range of guest speakers from our Village Halls presenting on topics of interest and practical support.  We were very pleased to welcome back Deborah Clarke from ACRE who talked about the National Village Halls Survey. Grateful thanks to our Sponsors Utility Aid, Norris & Fisher, Midlands Phone Co-operative and Hallmaster.

Click Here to access the Conference Presentations and Video recording.

Sickle Cell Peer Support Group

We are delighted to welcome Daniella Broomes to the CDA Herts Team who is the Development Worker for the NHSThinkCarer: Mind the Gap, "Sickle Cell Peer Support Group" initiative. 

The Project has just started and will end in March 2021.  We are working with the health Sickle Cell specialists and parents, carers and their children to develop and launch this new and much needed Sickle Cell Peer Support Group.

Please contact Daniella for further information  07856 186605
CDA Herts Supports our Herts RSNs - Rural Support Networks
Knebworth Response Team is a local Knebworth volunteer group set up to help our local people in these difficult times. We are not an Emergency Service.  

Click Here For more information about the Knebworth Response Team

CDA Herts' Research Project is progressing well with grateful thanks to all the RSNs who have so far responded to our Survey. These are some of our findings so far:

98% - of RSNs who started are still going 
95% - Provide help with shopping / essential supplies
90% - Provide help with medical assistance / collecting prescriptions 
67% - Provide help with mental anxiety / depression / loneliness
58% - Provide assistance with Transport needs
56% - Offer a Telephone check-in service for the vulnerable
51% - Offer Digital help re getting & doing things online  

Click Here to find out more about CDA Herts RSN Projects
A statement on today's announcement that Hertsmere, along with Watford, Three Rivers and Broxbourne, will be moving into Tier 3 or Very High Alert Levels from midnight on Wednesday 16 December.

Rural proofing for health toolkit

This toolkit has been created to help organisations working in the health and care sector to address the needs of their local rural populations when they develop or review strategies, initiatives and service delivery plans.  It can also be used by non-statutory organisations who review or monitor health and care service provision.

Click Here for the Toolkit at Rural England

Post Office News - December 2020

  • Post Office to receive £227m subsidy and investment next year
  • Post Office may end exclusive link with Royal Mail
  • Payzone stores to trial access to ‘simple’ PO services
  • New research highlights PO cash role in rural areas
  • Half of consumers have had parcel delivery issue since March
  • Ofcom publishes review of postal users’ needs
Click Here to read the full Report from Citizens Advice

What is Active Local?

Active Local is a new initiative by the Partnership taking a place-based approach to reducing inactivity in Hertfordshire. The initiative will focus on a target area within each of Hertfordshire’s ten local authorities. Working in partnership with the relevant district or borough council, Active Local will involve those living and working in the target areas in responding to local needs and targeting where support, intervention or extra capacity is needed to create a more joined-up approach to tackling inactivity.

Active Local will identify what matters to people in their local area and within their communities. We will establish objectives and outcomes that relate specifically to the areas. These objectives and outcomes will be discovered through engagement activities with those living and working in the areas. We hope to create local steering groups, bringing together community groups and clubs, organisations and residents, that will support us in setting long-term objectives and, crucially, allow us to leave in place an accessible, affordable and appropriate sport and physical activity offer.

Active Local is now LIVE in all 10 areas.

Click Here for the Active Local website
Enabling safe and effective volunteering
during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government guidance on volunteering has been updated on 30th Nov to reflect the new tiers system. This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic

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Use 111 booking system to ease winter pressures on NHS

Patients in West Herts are being asked to help protect essential hospital services by using the NHS111 appointment system as an alternative to going to the emergency department at Watford General which is currently experiencing major seasonal pressures.

The NHS111 appointment system for urgent and emergency care was introduced across the country from 1 December to keep urgent NHS services safe and ensure they are available for everyone who needs them. 

Unless you are very seriously ill or injured and need 999 emergency services, you should now go online to or ring 111 for advice before leaving home. Using the 111 service instead of going to A&E is the best way of ensuring you receive help in a timely

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Hertfordshire Libraries

We asked our staff to let us have their recommendations for books they have enjoyed reading over the last year.

This is their list and we hope you will find something here to enjoy. Let us know what you think.

Why not give us your recommendations, we can then share them with everybody in our next enewsletter

We may not be open for 'normal' browsing but that doesn't mean that our libraries aren't getting in the Christmas spirit.

Whether its online, window or book displays or joining in with local fun, we have something happening.

Click Here find out more and please join us for Christmas fun.


Shop safely this Christmas

Hertfordshire is now in Tier 2, or High Alert Level, meaning that all of our retail shops can reopen if they are COVID-secure. Please play your part, and don’t let your guard down when going out to the shops over the Christmas period.

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A Christmas that’s better for all

HCC has launched a sustainable Christmas campaign encouraging residents to make cleaner, greener choices during the festive season. Research shows that on average 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away each year.

Click Here to read more


Harry Bott's December Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports

Further insights into the trials and tribulations of successful drilling, the last of the Calves left the Farm, In the garden, disappointing Leeks but excellent Cauliflowers, Cabbages and Broccoli.

Read the full report and more from Harry by clicking below.

Click Here to download and read Harry Bott's December Countryside Notes
Robins © Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography
Gifts that make a difference

If you are still looking for the perfect Christmas presents that makes a difference – give the gift of wildlife! This way, you will make the wildlife lover in your life happy and help protect wildlife across Hertfordshire.
Sponsor a hedgehog, bee or barn owl, give a gift membership or help improve identification skills with FSC guides and wildlife books. All proceeds go directly towards Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and will help make Hertfordshire a wilder place!

Find all gift ideas at

Welcome to the Healthy Hub North Herts newsletter - Winter Special!

This month's edition is packed with a range of health, wellbeing and physical activity news and events including more information on the new Government guidance for our area. We update you on our Healthy Hub support service, including how to complete our new online support survey and present to you more of our favourite health and wellbeing tips and advice with a winter theme!

Click Here for Healthy Hub North Herts 

Ever wondered how well your local area is dealing with the climate emergency?

We've collected up the data and compared where you live to similar local authority areas.

Just click the button below to see how your district is doing. 
Your local score will give you a breakdown of how your area is doing on individual indicators, like transport, renewable energy and tree cover – so you’ll be able to see where it needs to improve the most. Because the truth is that all local authorities, even the best performing, need to ramp up what they’re doing.
We know the pandemic has put a huge strain on local authorities' limited resources. That's why any post-coronavirus recovery plans will need support from the UK government if they're to have the impact we need.


Herts Welcomes Refugees Christmas Appeal
Herts Welcomes Refugees is pleased to announce an exciting Christmas  Project for 2020.
We plan to give each of our 57 partner families a £50 food voucher to ensure  that no-one goes hungry and, hopefully, to help them buy a few extra treats over the festive period.  
In addition, we will be sending a brand new, age-appropriate book to every child we work with –124 in all. These will be selected by a local, independent book retailer and offered to us at a discounted price to inspire and encourage the children to read more. This will cost £2850 for the food vouchers and £719 for the books - £50 per  family and £5.80 per child  - a grand total of £3,569. 
We would love to have your help in raising this money.
Please note that it is important that you add the reference “HWR Christmas” so that  we can ring fence your kind donation for this appeal.

Click Here for HWR website and how to donate

National lockdowns unfairly penalise rural Britain and must never be repeated
Click Here

DEFRA has published the Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024 which is available
Click Here 

Spending Review 2020 - Gigabit Capable Broadband Funding
Click Here

Church of England to provide Teacher Training in Rural Schools in new partnership with Teach First
Click Here

Countryside House prices hit 4-Year high
Click Here


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

Kimpton North Herts

The village of Kimpton is situated in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside between the Mimram and Lea river valleys, about  three miles from Harpenden. The Parish of Kimpton comprises Kimpton itself, with a population of around 1,400, and also the adjacent settlements of Blackmore End and Peters Green, housing populations of about 800 and 80, respectively.

All areas enjoy an extensive rights of way network. The village has a reputation for its strong community spirit with over 50 clubs and organisations meeting regularly and helping to support the village as a whole, listed in clubs and societies. Every year at the beginning of May, many of these groups set up a stall on the Recreation Ground as part of the annual local fundraiser, Kimpton May Festival –

Click Here for Kimpton Village website

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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 Loneliness Forum
Farmers' Cafes
Rural Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
Village Connectors Project
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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