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Free Wi-Fi for Hertford Town Centre

Hertford Town Council has extended its provision of free Wi-Fi across Hertford town centre for visitors, residents and businesses to use, with the service launching this Saturday 17th March.

Up to now, free Wi-Fi has been available in the areas of Railway Street, Market Street, Salisbury Square, Market Place, Bull Plain and Maidenhead Street. The service has proved popular, with an average of over 4,000 users logging online each month.

Due to this popularity, the Wi-Fi reach has been expanded to cover most of the town centre. New coverage areas are Fore Street, Railway Street, Parliament Square, The Wash, St Andrew Street, Warren Place and Old Cross.

Users can access the Free Wi-Fi by searching for _HertfordFreeWifi in their WiFi settings - there is no need to sign up to access the free service.

Cllr Jane Sartin, Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee at Hertford Town Council, said: “Following the success of the initial area covered by free Wi-Fi in Hertford, I am pleased that Hertford Town Council has been able to make the investment to expand the service across the town centre. Access to free WiFi is increasingly part of everyday life, helping people use mobile devices wherever they are more easily. This expansion is part of Hertford Town Council’s ongoing commitment to support our local shops and the business community.”

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On Monday 12th March 2018, Hertford Town Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee awarded grants totalling £5,000 to a number of Hertford-based organisations and good causes.

The Town Council last year announced that a Community Grant fund of £16,000 had been set aside for the financial year 2017/18.

The funding can be awarded for a range of purposes, including public events, projects being undertaken by local voluntary organisations and endeavours by individuals which show a clear benefit to Hertford residents.

A similar Community Grant fund has been set aside for 2018/19 and the first round of grants in the new financial year will be considered in June. Application forms can be obtained from www.hertford.gov.uk/community-grants/
Applications are welcomed and should be completed by 18th June 2018.

Councillors considered five applications at Monday’s meeting of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee and agreed that the following sums be awarded:

The Adventure Learning Foundation was awarded a grant of £1200 towards the set up costs of the Junior Parkrun on Hartham Common.

Hertford Swimming Club was awarded a grant of £1200 to towards the cost of starting blocks at Hartham Swimming Pool.

The Hertford Music Festival was awarded a grant of £1200 to towards the PR costs and publicity for the ever popular festival.

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters was granted £200 for a poppy installation to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice Day.

Pins and Feathers CIC received £1200 towards the cost of a new production ‘The March’, a drama about local Suffragists who campaigned for the vote for women 100 years ago.

The Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Bob Deering, said:
"As always, we are very pleased to have awarded a number of further community grants. Although the amounts that we can make available are modest, they go to deserving causes and we know they make a difference and it's very good that we're in a position to help."

To view case studies on organisations and charities that have already benefited from funding visit www.hertford.gov.uk/page-working-with-the-community-77/

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Launch of the Love Hertford Awards

Hertford Town Council is launching the Love Hertford Awards 2018 on Friday 16th March. This is a new competition aimed to recognise and commend traders in the county town of Hertfordshire, highlight the wealth of shops and services on offer in our town centre and neighbourhood shopping areas, and encourage residents to shop locally.

Businesses are encouraged to enter the free of charge competition for a chance to be crowned winner of the following set out categories:

Pub or Restaurant
Café or Fast Food
Hair and Beauty
Health and Wellbeing
Home and Interiors
Community and Voluntary
Food and Drink Retailers
Professional Services

To enter the competition, businesses will need to self-nominate themselves into a maximum of two categories.

Businesses can collect a nomination form from the Town and Tourist Information Centre or enter online by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LWBCFL2

The closing date for self nominations is Friday 13th April 2018 at 17.00.

The Love Hertford Awards Committee, made up of the Mayor of Hertford, Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee and the Town Centre Officer will shortlist five candidates from each category.

The public will then be able to cast a vote for their preferred winner for each category.

The winner and finalist will be announced at an awards ceremony at Hertford Castle in June.

The Love Hertford Awards has been introduced to celebrate and recognise the array of county town businesses. The competition aims to promote and support the local businesses and will replace the Cheerful Trader competition.

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Made in Herts Studios at Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre

Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre has partnered with Made in Herts Studios to make locally produced arts and crafts available in Hertford town centre. Items including silver jewellery, fused glass, paintings, ceramics, willow baskets and linocut prints by various Made in Herts’ member artists are now on sale at the Town & Tourist Information Centre in The Wash, opposite Hertford Theatre.

Lynn Andrews from Made in Herts said: “Made in Herts Studios are delighted to be given the opportunity to exhibit within the Town & Tourist Information Centre. This facility is a great advantage to our creative centre as we are able to showcase work by our tutors and artists who use our studios. We are also able to illustrate the selection of courses and workshops that we offer to the general public. As Made in Herts studios are located in nearby Chambers Street, the opportunity to exhibit on the high street is a great boost.”

Chairman of the Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “It is great to be working with Made in Herts to add locally produced arts and crafts to the wide range of goods and services on offer in Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre. I hope local residents and visitors alike will welcome the opportunity of being able to buy unique, locally made items to take home or as gifts.”

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New dates for Hertford Safer Neighbourhood Team Drop in at Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre announced

Hertford Town Council has teamed up with Hertfordshire Constabulary to offer residents and local businesses the opportunity to meet with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team. A number of trial drop in sessions were organised at Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre at the end of 2017, and following this successful pilot dates further dates have been announced.

The drop in sessions will take place on the following dates and times at Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre, at 10-12 The Wash, opposite Hertford Theatre:

Date                     Time
30th January        2 pm – 4 pm
2nd February        2 pm – 4 pm
6th February        1 pm – 3 pm
9th February        1 pm – 3 pm
10th February      3 pm – 5 pm
14th February      2 pm – 4 pm
16th February      1 pm – 3 pm
17th February      3 pm – 5 pm
21st February       1 pm – 3 pm
23rd February      1 pm – 3 pm

The drop in sessions will give local people the opportunity to meet members of the Hertford Police Safer Neighbourhood Team face to face, and receive quick access to crime prevention advice. Individuals will also be able to sign up to the Neighbourhood Watch ‘Owl’ system and information on incident reporting.

Chairman of the Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “I am pleased that Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre, in its central location, can be made available to the local Police team for these drop-in sessions. Hopefully residents will find this useful, and we would be interested to hear from other organisations who would benefit from using the premises for similar activities.”

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