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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

 

We truly are a life-saving Charity kept airborne thanks to everyone who plays our lottery, makes a donation, enjoys our events, fundraises and volunteers in aid of EHAAT. Our aim is to save lives, reduce or prevent disability, or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Without access to National Lottery funding and with limited support from Government, we continue to rely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep saving lives.

 As part of National Air Ambulance Week the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service are recruiting more volunteers. Visit www.ehaat.org/events/save a life or call 0345 2417690

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Entrepreneurs Event

NEWS RELEASE Monday 3rd September 2018

Entrepreneurs Event at Hertford Castle ‘Social PR’

Hertford Town Council will be hosting the next Hertford Entrepreneurs event on Thursday 18th October at Hertford Castle, from 18.30 until 20.00.

The event will start with wine, nibbles and networking from 18.30 – 19.00 followed by an hour talk on ‘Social PR’. Tickets, which are limited, are on sale now.

Multi award winning experts within the PR and Social Media industries, owner of Cariad Marketing, Justine Perry and owner of Best of Both Worlds Ltd, Mary Sykes, will join forces to share their industry secrets and ‘top tips’ to entrepreneurs during evening event.

The successful female duo are Hertfordshire based entrepreneurs and represent an extensive client base of national and international businesses across all sectors. Over the decades, they have aided rapid business growth and built positive brand awareness online and offline for hundreds of businesses.

Justine is the recent winner of the SME Hertfordshire ‘Business Person of the Year 2018’ and former ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year’. She has several other awards under her belt including being crowned the FSBs East of England’s ‘Digital Business of the Year 2018’ and biz4Biz ‘Best Marketing Provider 2018’ for the Hertfordshire region.

With over 25 years marketing experience and being Google Certified, Justine plans to cover the following areas at the event: Which channels to use for Social PR and why Social Media & PR - the dos and don’ts Promoting your award participation and how to win online Online Press Release distribution

Mary has assisted small and medium sized businesses based in Hertfordshire reach their full potential with PR, marketing and business development strategies for the past 18 years. Prior to establishing ‘Best of Both Worlds Ltd’, Mary worked in various senior marketing/PR and business development roles supporting international brands including Sony UK, Speedo, Orange Telecommunications and BAA Stanstead Airport.

Mary now proudly represents a boutique number of local award winning and long-established businesses and will educate visitors on the art of generating PR coverage, areas include: Entering Business Awards Sponsor a Business or Community Award Press Releases PR Photographs, boomerang videos and infographics Put yourself out there – Guest Speaking How to Author a Book

The price to attend the event is £10 which includes a glass of wine and nibbles.

There are multiple ways of purchasing tickets for the event: • Visit Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre located at 10 – 12 The Wash, Hertford • Call Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre on 01992 584322 • Book tickets online by visiting www.hertford.gov.uk/events (£10+ booking fee)

The maximum capacity for this event is 50

Hertford Heritage Weekend

PRESS RELEASE
21st August 2018
Hertford Heritage Weekend

As part of the national Heritage Open Days, Hertford Town Council have organised a weekend of free activities, building open days, competitions, discounts, walks and trails for Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.

The county town of Hertfordshire is steeped with history, from its once royal castle to the architectural mix of six centuries. It is home to the oldest purpose-built Quaker meeting house, runs a successful 1200-year-old farmers market and even houses one of prolific architect, W.N. Ashbee’s finest creations.

On Saturday 8th September, the town centre will go back in time as warriors will roam the town, visitors can attend the St Andrew’s Church Beer Festival, learn the art of weaving, watch Hertfordshire Holly Morris dancers, look at how bees make honey and visit the Hertford Farmers Market amongst many other activities on the day.

On Sunday 9th September, Hertford Castle will be open free of charge from 12noon – 4pm. The castle grounds will be transformed into a medieval encampment, where Vikings will roam the land entertaining crowds with battle scenes. There will be fire breathing, archery and falconry flying displays, along with a bouncy castle, BBQ, storytelling and tame huskies.

Walks & Trails
There are three free of charge trails and walks for visitors to enjoy, including the self-guided Hertford Blue Plaque Heritage Trail (permanent trail) and the Hertford Heritage Photo Trail (running from 1st – 9th September) and a ticketed free guided walk called ‘Buildings of Delight’ where visitors will explore a range of architectural buildings (running Sunday 9th September and Sunday 16th September 11am, 2pm).

In addition, the ticketed ‘Horrible Histories’ story telling walk will take place on Saturday 8th September at multiple times throughout the day which covers grewsome stories of the last witch, the murderous pie man, the Siege at Hertford Castle and many more. Tickets are £6pp.

Visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre or call 01992 584322 for information on the Walks and Trails or to book onto an event and pick up trail maps.

Open Days
Many other historical buildings will open across the Heritage Open Days, including St Leonard’s Church, Lombard House, The Friends Meeting House, Carriage Court and All Saints Church.

Competitions and Discounts
Hertford Town Council has teamed up with McMullen’s for the public to win 5x £20 gift vouchers to be used in participating Hertford McMullen Pubs and 2x Brewery Tour Tickets to be used during the Hertford Food and Drink Festival.

To enter, simply register to receive the Hertford Events Newsletter online by visiting www.hertford.gov.uk/subscribe before Saturday 14th September.

As if the free activities, competitions, open days, walks and trails weren’t enough, many traders in the town centre will be running discounts including 25% off at Costa in Maidenhead Street and 10% off the Organic British Roast at Hertford House including a free glass of bubbly at Hertford House on Saturday and Sunday.
Cinnabar and Hertford Coffee Lab will be serving in historical costumes and Six Templars and Mudlarks Café will be offering heritage inspired food on there menus.

For more information about the Hertford Heritage Weekend please visit www.gohertford.co.uk/events

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Rock at the Castle

NEWS RELEASE
6th August 2018

Thousands Flocked to Rock at the Castle 2018

It was the hottest and busiest day at Hertford Castle in years as thousands of visitors attended the free charity music festival, Rock at the Castle, on Sunday 5th August. The famous annual festival saw an estimated 10,000 visitors throughout the event from 12.30pm – 7pm, with musicians and bands performing across three stages.

The chosen charity to benefit from the event was Carers in Hertfordshire, whose dedicated volunteers raised £4472 on the day. It is a countywide charity based in Hertford supporting unpaid carers looking after a friend, neighbour or relative due to illness, frailty, mental health need, disability or substance misuse.

The charity provides support and services free of charge to all carers who live, work or care in the county of Hertfordshire and currently supports 25,000+ unpaid carers, including 1,332 children from any age to 18 years old. During 2017/2018 Carers in Hertfordshire provided intensive one to one support to 245 young carers and their families to reduce the negative impact of caring and ensure they have the same opportunities as their peers both educationally and socially.

Linda Cudmore, Community Fundraising Lead of Carers in Hertfordshire said:
“Carers in Hertfordshire had a fantastic day at Rock at the Castle! Huge thanks goes to Hertford Town Council for deciding to support children looking after someone at home. Our Young Carers Service support children as young as 3 years old and provide whole family support.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the public that made such generous donations on the day. Your gifts will allow us to give these children our support and fun breaks, giving them time for themselves with other young carers.

If you would like to know more about unpaid carers and our supporter would like to volunteer with us please visit www.carersinherts.org.uk email contact@carersinherts.org.uk or ring 01992 586969.”

Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said:
“Staging Rock at the Castle is one of Hertford Town Council’s biggest undertakings of the year, so it was fantastic to see thousands of people enjoying the event. Thanks to everyone who played a part in its success, including the musicians who gave their time for free to perform.”

The next Hertford Town Council event at the Castle takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 19th August, when there will be tours of the Castle and a brass band playing on the lawn. For further information about upcoming Hertford Town Council events visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Pirates and Princess Trail

NEWS RELEASE 26.07.2018

Find hidden Pirates & Princesses located in Hertford Town Centre

The first of two Pirate & Princess Trails will start on Saturday 28th July for children to enjoy throughout the summer holidays in Hertford Town Centre. The trail is organised by Hertford Town Council, and once again the Council has joined forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters to bring knitted surprises to the town.

Children can take part in the free trail which will take them on a hunt around the town centre on a search to locate up to twenty knitted hidden dolls in the shape or pirates and princesses.

Trail 1 runs from 28th July – 11th August and Trail 2 runs from 18th August – 1st September.

The Hertford Town Council organised activity is aimed to encourage visitors to discover new shops within the county town, and shop locally to support the many independent businesses located in Hertford.

On completion of the hunt, children will receive a treasure prize from the Town and Tourist Information Centre.

Trail maps can be collected from the Town and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash, opposite Hertford Theatre.

The knitted dolls have been created by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, the prizes have been donated by Natural Health and the event is sponsored by Sage Ward Residential Lettings.

Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

NEWS RELEASE
18.07.2018
Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema just £7

Hertford Castle will be the backdrop to two Open Air Cinema screenings on the castle lawn on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August, organised by Hertford Town Council. Dirty Dancing will screen on Friday and the original Ghostbusters movie will screen on the Saturday. Both films were suggested and voted for by the public.

Gates will open at 7pm and the films will start at 8.30pm on both evenings. There will be live music by local musicians Dan Thomas, Alysha Hutchings, Beth Hedges and Papersnakes.

Visitors can bring food and beverages to the event or enjoy an array of street food available including smoked American BBQ food including gourmet burgers, pulled pork and halloumi veggie options. In addition, there will be a bar and popcorn stand. Food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the evening.

The cinema at the castle event makes for a spectacular setting where visitors can sit back and relax whilst watching a classic film under the stars.

Tickets at to be purchased in advance of the event for £7 and are available from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre and can be purchase in store or over the phone 01992 584322.
The event is sponsored by Specsavers Hertford.
Dhiren Nakrani and Shiva Tailor, Directors of the branch said;

‘We have always found the community spirit to be strong in Hertford and it’s a real privilege to be part of and sponsor such a great event put on by Hertford Town Council. It’s always a fun evening and we look forward to working with Hertford Town Council on future sponsorship events to ensure we keep Hertford town fun and thriving.

Specsavers Hertford will remain located in Bircherley Green whilst the shopping centre is rebuilt. Therefore, if you need an eye test, bring your ticket to the Open Air Cinema to the branch before or after the event and receive a FREE sight test and £10 off any spectacles purchases, we look forward to welcoming you.’

 

Official 2019 Hertford Calendar Photography Competition


NEWS RELEASE 12th July 2018

Hertford Calendar Competition 2019

The hunt is once again on for photographs to represent Hertford in the town’s official calendar, published by Hertford Town Council and sold in Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre. There will be 13 winners selected to make up the 12 months and front cover of the calendar.

Photographs can be as creative as you wish, but in landscape format, JPEG or HI RES PDF

We are looking for a variety of images to cover all seasons. Photographs must be of Hertford and could be of the parks and gardens, the town’s four rivers, historic landmarks, events taking place or something else that the eye of the beholder sees interest and beauty in.

Photographs must be submitted by the closing date of Tuesday 28th August. To enter, simply send an email with the high resolution photograph to tic@hertford.gov.uk along with your name, address, telephone number, and where in Hertford it was taken. Please note entrants are asked to submit a maximum of three photographs.

Successful applicants will be presented a complimentary calendar and certificate by the Mayor of Hertford at the calendar launch ceremony at Hertford Castle in October.

The Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Hertford’s calendar provides an opportunity to showcase our town. We are looking for images that can be clearly identified as 'Hertford', a mix of both the most familiar buildings and places, and those that are not always highlighted. As residents of the town we perhaps take for granted the wealth of interesting buildings, landscapes and activities, and this an opportunity to look more closely at what is around us.

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Hertford Play Day

Hertford Play Day The Town Centre Event for Children

With schools out for summer and parents/guardians looking for free activities to entertain the kids, Hertford Play Day has something on offer for all ages.

Hertford Play Day is organised by Hertford Town Council and takes place on Wednesday 1st August from 11am - 4pm in the town centre. There will also be another of Hertford Town Council’s popular trails from children launching on Saturday 28th July.

As part of a national initiative, the Council has organised an abundance of activities, most of which are free of charge or low cost to participate in.

Free Activities & Shows Include: • Magic shows • Circus skills workshops • Balloon modelling and face painting • Martial arts demonstrations and workshops • Kids movies at Hertford Theatre • LEGOBOT Wars – free LEGO robot activities • Design your own t-shirt competition at Gingerlillies • Glitter tattoos, beauty tutorials, hair braiding at Love Locks • Craft activities in Hertford Museum, Leaf Café, Hertford Library • Free samples of food & drink + child friendly activities at Café Rouge

Children are encouraged to take part in the Pirate & Princess Trail. Two different trails will run during the summer holidays where children will hunt for hidden knitted pirates and princesses created by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters. Trail 1 runs from 28th July – 11th August and Trail 2 runs from 18th August – 1st September. The trail is free to children who will receive a treasure prize once completed. Trail maps are available from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre.

Visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events to download the full events programme which includes many more discounts and freebies.

Cllr Jane Sartin, Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, said “If you’re looking for summer holiday activities for children close to home, Hertford town centre will be the place to be on 1 August. The Pirate and Princess Trail will also be a fun activity to take part in throughout the summer, and it’s great to have the involvement of so many town centre businesses in it.”

Line-up for Rock at the Castle

NEWS RELEASE
5th July 2018
Rock at the Castle Line Up

Hertford Town Council is delighted to announce that this year’s Rock at the Castle will take place on Sunday 5th August from 12.30pm – 7pm. The free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and has seen thousands of visitors return year on year.

With three stages spread over three different areas there will be something for everyone. The main stage will be on the main lawn along with refreshment stands, and the Moat Gardens will be home to a solo and duo acts with a more relaxed area with a folk and acoustic inspired feel. The Island will be home again to the family friendly area with pop and acoustic music, family entertainment including face painting, bouncy castle and children’s games.

Line-up for Sunday 5th August

Time Main Stage
12.30pm -1pm Lip Service
1.15pm-1.45pm Bombshell
1.45pm-2pm Mayor’s Speech
2pm-2.30pm Cova
2.45pm-3.15pm Trojan Horses
3.30pm-4pm Dusty Wagons
4.15pm-4.45pm Tom Lumley
5pm-5.30pm All That Soul
5.45pm-6.15pm Max Palmer
6.30pm-7pm Real McKoy's

Hertford Town Council is grateful to our sponsors this year, McMullen’s Brewery and Go Move.

The Council would also like to thank all the acts that applied to perform at Rock at the Castle 2018.

Although Rock at the Castle is a free event to attend, this year’s selected charity, Carers in Hertfordshire, will be fundraising on the gates.

Visitors are limited to bringing no more alcohol onto site than four cans of beer/cider/pre-mixed drinks per person into the premises before 4pm. No glass will be allowed on site.

 

If you go down to the Castle today, you’re sure of a big surprise…

The annual Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place on Sunday 15th July from 12noon to 4pm. Visit the castle and its grounds free of charge for an afternoon of child friendly entertainment and activities organised by Hertford Town Council.

Welwyn Garden City Brass Band will be playing throughout the afternoon on the main lawn, including the traditional Teddy Bears’ Picnic song whilst the annual Teddy Bear Parade takes place at 3pm. The family games arena is back with fun games including Family Tug of War, Teddy Bear Relay Race and Ted Pin Bowling which are free to participate in.

Hertford Castle will be open to the public free of charge where visitors can explore the themed castle basement rooms, children can take part in fancy dress and participate in a teddy bear hunt to get a sweet treat.

In addition to the games area, children can enjoy magic shows, balloon modelling, sand art, face painting, play on the bouncy castle and enjoy several other stalls on the castle lawn.

The Hertford Canoe Club will once again be running water activities on the River Lea free of charge.

Children are encouraged to bring along their favourite teddy bear and join the Castle’s own furry friends, including Minnie & Mickey Mouse, a dragon, big bear, as well as other costumed characters.

Children should dress up their teddy bears, as there will be a ‘Best Dressed Teddy’ competition after the Teddy Bear Parade, where prizes will be awarded by the Mayor of Hertford.

This event is sponsored by Abel of Hertford and 360 Play Stevenage.

The Chairman of Development and Leisure, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: ”The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has become a firm favourite in Hertford Town Council’s programme of events at Hertford Castle, and we’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of picnicking bears again this year. This is an event all ages will enjoy, with the Castle open to visitors and a brass band playing throughout the afternoon.”

New homes bonus grants

HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS COMMUNITY AND NEW HOMES BONUS GRANTS

On Monday 25th June 2018, Hertford Town Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee awarded community grants totalling £7,373 to 8 Hertford-based organisations and good causes.

Funding of up to £1200 can be awarded under this scheme 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..

Additionally, in March 2018 the Council was pleased to announce that it had set up a new grant scheme from funds received under the New Homes Bonus and last night it considered its first applications to this scheme. The Council was delighted to award The Friends of St Leonards a grant of £10,423 towards the cost of toilet facilities at the church, which marks the end of a long period of community fundraising to bring this project to fruition.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available from New Homes Bonus fund for ambitious projects to enhance and improve communities in Hertford. If you would wish to apply on behalf of a Hertford based project or business, please complete the application form, available to download at http://www.hertford.gov.uk

New Homes Bonus will be used to support and encourage a diverse range of improvement schemes and projects across all age ranges, a wide range of interests and wherever possible innovative initiatives to meet the needs of Hertford Residents and businesses.

Applications will be considered quarterly at the meetings of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee. Deadlines for receipt of applications are as follows:

1 October 2018
10 December 2018
28 February 2019

The Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Bob Deering, said:
"As always, we are very pleased to have awarded a further number of community grants and 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. We are also looking forward to receiving applications for ambitious projects from our New Homes Bonus grant fund and we were delighted to support the Friends of St Leonards Church in its fundraising for new facilities.

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/

 

Rock at the Castle Chosen Charity

Carers in Hertfordshire Announced as Charity Beneficiary of Rock at the Castle

Carers in Hertfordshire has been selected as the charity to benefit from this year’s Rock at the Castle on Sunday 5th August. Hertford Town Councillors selected the charity from a large number of applications at the Development and Leisure Committee meeting on Monday 18th June.

Carers in Hertfordshire is a leading award winning countywide charity based in Hertford for unpaid carers looking after a friend, neighbour or relative due to illness, frailty, mental health need, disability or substance misuse. It is the charity’s mission to make carers count by giving them a powerful voice in society and choice in their caring role.

The charity provides support and services free of charge to all carers who live, work or care in the county of Hertfordshire.

The charity currently supports 25,000+ unpaid carers, including 1,332 children from any age to 18 years old. During 2017/2018 Carers in Hertfordshire provided intensive one to one support to 245 young carers and their families to reduce the negative impact of caring and ensure they have the same opportunities as their peers both educationally and socially.

Linda Cudmore, Community Fundraising Lead of Carers in Hertfordshire said: “We are extremely grateful to have been selected as charity beneficiary for Rock at the Castle and are delighted that the organisers have recognised the vital work that unpaid carers do. There are over 4000 unpaid carers in Hertford and Ware, of whom nearly 900 are young carers or young adult carers. This money will help us to organise events that give young carers a break and a chance to meet others in the same situation, which young carers tell us makes the most difference. We are really looking forward to the day.”

Rock at the Castle takes place in the grounds of Hertford Castle on Sunday 5th August 12.30pm – 7pm where a variety of bands, acts and soloists will perform live across three music stages.

The line up will be revelled in the next couple of weeks, although we can confirm acts include acoustic, indie, soft rock, Motown, ska, blues, electronic and fusion brass band.

Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: ”Councillors had a very difficult decision to make in choosing a charity beneficiary for this year’s Rock at the Castle, with a large number of strong applications. Carers in Hertfordshire is a charity that is doing invaluable work locally, supporting people who do so much to support others. Rock at the Castle will be a chance for them to raise much needed funds, and hopefully also for more people to become aware of them and their services.”

Carers can learn more about the support provided by Carers in Hertfordshire by visiting www.carersinherts.org.uk or calling 01992 58 69 69.

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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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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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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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
10th August          11am-1pm

18th August           11am-1pm

24th August           11am-1pm

1st September        11am-1pm

7th September        11am-1pm

15th September      11am-1pm 

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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