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Love Hertford Award Winners

The winners and finalists of the Love Hertford Awards 2018 were revelled at the awards ceremony at Hertford Castle on the evening of the 20th June.

The public voted for their favourite traders to win awards, and over 2,500 votes were cast.

A judging panel made up of the Mayor of Hertford and representatives of Hertfordshire Mercury, Axis Magazine, Visit Herts, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the previous Mayor of Hertford Cllr Sue Dunkley, the Chairman of the Council’s Development and Leisure Committee Cllr Jane Sartin and the newly appointed Town Centre Officer had the extremely difficult task of considering comments from the public alongside the number of votes received to decide upon the winner and finalist for the nine categories available.

The winners and finalists from each category are shown below.
 
Pub or Restaurant
Winner – The Salisbury Arms
Finalist – The Old Barge
 
Health and Well Being
Winner – Natural Health
Finalist – Total Body Fit Camp
 
Home and Interiors
Winner – Messages
Finalist – Marshall’s
 
Professional Services
Winner – Nationwide Building Society
Finalist – Shepherds of Hertford
 
Café or Fast Food
Winner – Carley’s Fish and Chip Bar
Finalist – Hertford Coffee Lab
 
Food and Drink Retailer
Winner – G. Pickett Butchers
Finalist – Natural Health
 
Community and Voluntary
Winner – Mudlarks
Finalist – Hertford Theatre
 
Hair and Beauty
Winner – Hertford Hair
Finalist – Saks
 
Fashion
Winner – The Women’s Society Boutique
Finalist – Monsoon Accessorize

The winners were awarded trophies at the event by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles.
The winners and finalists will be able to use the Love Hertford Awards branding within publicity material as recognition of their achievements.

Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The Love Hertford Awards have been a fantastic celebration of Hertford’s shops and services, both in the town centre and in neighbourhood shopping parades. It was good to see a mix of independents and national chains recognised, and I hope it has reminded everyone of all that’s on offer on our doorstep. There is every reason to shop local in Hertford.”

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Free Car Show & Open Day At Hertford Castle

The annual Hertford Town Council community event, ‘Cars at the Castle’, a free car show and open day at Hertford Castle, will take place on Sunday 3rd June from 12noon to 4pm.

This family friendly event will have hot and cold food concessions and a bar. For the children there will be a bouncy castle, and there will also be live music throughout the afternoon.

The cars will be exhibited on the lawn, with Hertford Castle as their back drop. Hertford Castle will also be open to the public free of charge to explore.

The car show includes a Ford Thunderbird from 1957, a 1925 Bentley, a 1930 Ford Hotrod, a Ferrari Spider, 1957 Porsche and over 30 more classic or modern vehicles.

During the event the Mayor of Hertford along with a judging panel made up of the event sponsors Kerb Appeal, The Auto Agency and Go Move will be judging and awarding trophies to the car owners. The categories include best paint work, best interior, best post 1970 car, best pre-1970 car, best British and best foreign car.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Cars at the Castle was a hugely popular event in its first year last year, and it’s great to have it back as part of Hertford Town Council’s programme of events at Hertford Castle this summer. It will also be another opportunity for people to explore Hertford Castle – if you live locally and have never been inside the Castle, make sure 2018 is the year you visit!”

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Vote for the Love Hertford Award Winners

Hertford Town Council has launched the Love Hertford Awards aimed to recognise and commend traders in the county town of Hertfordshire. The Awards highlight the wealth of shops and services on offer in our town centre and neighbourhood shopping areas, and encourage residents to shop locally.

The Love Hertford Awards Committee have shortlisted five candidates from each category, from businesses who had entered in the first stage of the competition.
It is now over the public, the residents of Hertford & people who visit and shop in the town, to vote for your preferred winner in the categories listed below.

Fashion
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

 

The rules are simple:
•Please only vote for one trader / business / service per category
• You do not have to vote in every category
• Traders will be judged as much on the quality of their service as the number of votes, so do leave comments of your experience and why you are voting for your preferred choice

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

Voting closes on Saturday 26th May 2018.

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

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

 

LOVE HERTOFRD AWARDS 2018
Shortlisted nominees

PUB / RESTAURANT
• Cinnabar
• The Old Barge
• White Hart
• The Salisbury Arms
• The Woolpack

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
• Natural Health
• Hertford Physiotherapy
• Crescent Pharmacy
• Total Body Fit Camp
• Just Breathe Massage

HOME AND INTERIORS
• Marshalls
• Harwood Homes Interiors
• Messages
• Hertford Flooring
• Hertford Glass

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
• Nationwide Building Society
• Shepherds of Hertford
• UOE Hub
• Cariad Marketing
• SageWard Residential Lettings

CAFÉ OR FAST FOOD
• Carleys Fish and Chips
• Mudlarks Garden Café
• Hertford Coffee Lab
• Hertford Café
• Il Vino

COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY
• Hertford Theatre
• Hertford Library
• Courtyard Arts
• Headlines Hair Salon
• Mudlarks Garden Café

FOOD AND DRINK RETAILERS
• G. Pickett Butchers
• Galos
• Hertford Coffee Lab
• Old Cross Tavern
• Natural Health

HAIR AND BEAUTY
• Hertford Hair
• Saks
• The Classic Barber of Hertford
• Love Locks Hair and Make Up Lounge
• Beyond Beauty

FASHION
• The Women’s Society Boutique
• Edinburgh Woollen Mill
• Mint Of Hertford
• Monsoon Accessorize
• Retail Therapy

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Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day

To mark the end of the month-long Hertford Arts Festival, Hertford Castle will open its doors for the first time this year on Sunday 6th May.

The annual Hertford Castle Craft Market will take place on the Castle lawn from 12noon – 4pm with free entry.

There will be over 40 craft stalls exhibiting and selling an array of merchandise. From handmade jewellery to homeware, chutney and pickles to gifts, cards, and clothing. The stallholders will showcase some of the county’s finest craftsmanship.

For families feeling creative, an array of stalls will be running fun activities that bring children closer to art and culture throughout the afternoon. Children can decorate their own crowns, masks and shields. Concessions will be available on the lawn including crepes, cakes, ice cream, BBQ food and even Jamaican cuisine.

Inside the Castle, visitors are welcome to explore the basement, which features themed rooms such as the ‘dungeon’, ‘Victorian kitchen’, ‘stock room’ and the ‘court room’.

The Downshire Suite and Robing Room will also be open for the public to visit and volunteers will be on hand to help answer queries.

Entry to the event is free to attend, although donations to the Mayor’s charities are welcome.

For more information on the Hertford Castle Open Day and Craft Market or The Hertford Arts Festival please visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events

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SELE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA

Hertford Town Council, in collaboration with the Sele Neighbourhood Area Plan Community Steering Group, is organising a public consultation event on the future development of the Sele Ward. The event will take place on Thursday, 19th of April, in the Sele School Main Hall, starting from 4.30pm until 8.30pm.

The consultation is part of the Sele Neighbourhood Area Plan project (SNAP), a community-led initiative to promote sustainable development in Sele and improve positive outcomes for the local residents.

Representatives of potential developers in the area will be attending the event to present their current proposals for the Thieves Lane and the Archers’ Spring development sites, and also the Network Homes Regeneration Team to exhibit their plans for the current housing estates. The public will also have the opportunity to see and comment on the draft Neighbourhood Plan policies. Once adopted, these will become planning policies with statutory weight.

Councillor Steve Cousins, Chairman of the Sele Community Steering Group said “This is an important event to showcase the very considerable time and hard work that many community members have put in and gather the opinions of the residents. It is also an opportunity to pioneer EHDC Master Planning approach to developments ensuring a successful future for Sele.”

For more information visit www.hertford.gov.uk or call 01992 552 885.

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Entrepreneur Awards Held at Hertford Castle

The Hertford Entrepreneur Awards were hosted by Hertford Town Council at Hertford Castle last week, with four entrepreneurs presenting to an audience and panel of judges for a chance to win awards and a cash prize of £750.

The entrepreneurs that presented at the evening awards had been shortlisted following a two-round process.

Kathy Shawyer the club owner of ‘Busy Lizzy Herts’ who offer pregnancy, baby and post-natal fitness classes was awarded the ‘Hertford New Business of the Year 2018’ award.

Kathy said:
“I am hugely proud to have won such a prestigious award just 5 months after our launch date. This is a great endorsement of the high-quality classes and community events we currently offer to local families and provides a springboard for us to continue with our expansion plans.”

“The prize money will be spent on adding more classes to our timetable, onboarding new instructors and increasing our range of free talks and events to all families in Hertford & the surrounding areas.”

Gary Pingree the owner of Spoons Kitchens located in Hertford Town Centre, who specialise in design and installation of kitchen, bedroom and living space furniture was awarded finalist of the ‘Hertford New Business of the Year 2018’ category.

Jon Sheridan the owner of ‘Total Body Fit Camp’ who offer an outdoor group personal training programme was awarded the ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ award.

Jon said:
"I couldn't have been more pleased and excited to have been recognised and put forward as a finalist, but then to actually win exceeded all my expectations, especially knowing the number of entrepreneurs in Hertford doing such great things.”

“I'm going to invest the money in one of the latest pieces of body composition technology that will help track our members progress and results far more closely and allow them to become super clear on exactly where they are."

Rebecca Rees the owner of 6 Week Social who offer a six-week informative and social course for mums with new babies to meet and bond with other local mums and their babies was awarded finalist of the ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ category.

The Hertford Entrepreneur Founders Cllr Andrew Stevenson and Isabel Sigmac were both judges during the evening awards presentation.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson said:
“I am pleased to see the quality of the companies trying to develop their businesses in Hertford. The process we have developed helps new businesses by giving them pitching opportunity and some cash for a specific step.

Hertford is a vibrant environment to start and develop a new business and I am pleased to be able to use my locality budget to work with Hertford Town Council to contribute to this.“

Chairman of the Hertford Entrepreneurs initiative, Isabel Sigmac said:
“We had a great response and the quality of applications were excellent which of course made it very difficult to shortlist. Congratulations to both the winners and finalists. It’s so important to recognise Hertford’s entrepreneurial talent in this way and I’m very grateful for Hertford Town Council’s continued support and that Cllr Andrew Stevenson awarded a cash prize from his locality budget.”

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The Mayor of Hertford celebrates the work of local volunteers

Since taking up her post last May, The Mayor of Hertford, Councillor Susan Dunkley, has had the opportunity to meet people who regularly spend many hours of their own time to benefit others in our communities.

In order to recognise and celebrate the work these volunteers do The Mayor held a volunteer reception at The Castle. On Tuesday 13th March 68 volunteers, representing 36 charities attended. They were all welcomed by The Mayor and offered light refreshments. Each volunteer was presented with a certificate of achievement and a few words were said about each.

A special mention was made about the Hertford Secret Society of Crafters who have raised such an impressive amount for Isabel Hospice, one of The Mayor’s chosen charities.

The event was very well received. Please see below for some comments made afterwards;

“The reception on Tuesday was a memorable event. What was remarkable is to learn of so many charities in and around Hertford, everyone works hard in their own way. No community would survive without voluntary support”

“Thank you for a wonderful evening and the opportunity to meet other volunteers in the area.”

“We had a lovely evening and enjoyed meeting some interesting people who give up their time to help others”

The Mayor of Hertford said; “It was wonderful to be able to thank all these volunteers personally and to recognise them in this way.”

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Hertford Free Easter Egg Hunt is Back – With Bunnies!

The annual free Easter Egg Hunt in Hertford Town Centre is back again this Easter, this year with a special feature as Hertford Town Council has joined forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, the group behind the hugely popular Christmas post box toppers.

To take part, families should visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash opposite Hertford Theatre, to pick up an Easter Egg Hunt map.

Children will then need to locate knitted Easter bunnies created by members of the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters in a minimum of 12 of the 18 businesses taking part around the town. Once children have completed the hunt they will be able to collect a free Easter egg from the Town and Tourist Information Centre.

The Easter Egg Hunt runs from Saturday 31st March to 14th April, and will take participants on a route around the town centre where they can explore the shops and attractions. Please note that the egg hunt will only take place during business opening hours.

The Easter egg prizes have been generously provided by the event sponsors, Lance James the Jewellers and Lanes Estate Agents.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “After the huge popularity of the Christmas post box toppers, it is fantastic that Hertford Town Council has been able to join forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters this Easter. The Easter Egg Hunt will be a great Easter holiday activity for children, and I’m sure people of all ages will enjoy looking out for the knitted bunnies in shops and other premises around the town centre.”

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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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HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANTS

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:

Fashion
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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