EVENTS PROGRAMME 2019
Hertford Town Council has finalised its community events programme for 2019.
The Council is pleased to announce the return of established favourites as well as some brand new events which will suit all ages and including ‘Rock at the Castle’, a free music festival, the ‘Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema’, the three day ‘Food and Drink Festival’ and a new town centre event aimed at 9 – 12 year olds called ‘Hertford Tween Fest’.
All events are free of charge to attend except for The Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema (£7) and the Hertford Castle Art Exhibition (£5).
Cllr Jane Sartin, Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, said: “Hertford Town Council’s 2019 community events programme has been planned to ensure there is something for everyone. From bringing your teddy bear along to Hertford Castle for a picnic or enjoying a film in the open air, to enjoying music ranging from rock to brass. There will also be a variety of events to enjoy in the town centre, including the Food and Drinks Festival, Arts Trail and a new Hertford Tweens Fest for 9 to 12 year olds in the summer holiday.”
EVENTS PROGRAMME LINE UP
Hertford Arts Festival
The Hertford Arts Festival will run from Friday 5th April – Sunday 5th May to showcase and promote the local arts and culture in the county town. The festival events include the Hertford Arts Trail, Hertford Castle Craft Market and a variety of cultural events including Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition, Hertford Theatre Week and The Arts Society Exhibition.
Hertford Castle Art Exhibition
Friday 5th April - 6pm – 8pm
Artists exhibiting in the Hertford Arts Trail will exhibit artwork in Hertford Castle for one night only. Over 25 artists will be exhibiting their work at the event. £5 per person includes glass of sparkling wine.
Hertford Arts Trail
Saturday 6th April - Sunday 5th May
Visit up to 30 pop up art exhibitions free of charge in Hertford Town Centre.
The artwork on display will range from sculpture to textile, oil on canvas to watercolour and the majority is available to purchase.
The Arts Trail gives visitors a chance to discover the wide array of independent traders and artists work within the county town.
Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day
Sunday 5th May - 12pm – 4pm
Visit Hertford Castle for a free day out. Explore the castle’s historical rooms, basement and dungeon and enjoy the craft market on the castle lawn outside. Up to 70 craft stall holders will exhibit an array of crafts, produce and handmade assortments including jewellery, homeware, stationery, clothing and baked goods. There will also be live music, bar and food stands.
Hertford Castle Fun Day
Sunday 2nd June - 12pm – 5pm
Visit Hertford Castle for a fun day of entertainment for all the family. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, over 50 stands will exhibit on the castle lawn offering funfair games, craft and tombola stalls and much more. There will be food stands, a bar & face painting at the event.
Hertford Castle will be open for visitors to explore and the charity event is free of charge to attend. Organised by Hertford Rotary in partnership with Hertford Town Council.
Cars at the Castle
Sunday 23rd June -12pm – 4pm
Visit Hertford’s largest free car show of the year within the picturesque setting of the Hertford Castle grounds. Up to 100 modern and vintage cars will be on exhibition, there will be a bar and food stalls, live music and Hertford Castle will be open for visitors to explore.
Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Brass Band Concert & Fun on the Water
Sunday 21st July - 12pm – 4pm
Families and friends are invited to attend the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic held in the Castle Grounds. Children are encouraged to bring along a teddy to the event. There will be a bear hunt, teddy bear parade, magic shows and activities arena.
A live brass band concert will perform throughout the day and Hertford Castle will be open to the public to explore. There will also be free water activities on the River Lea for children and adults to enjoy including kayaking and canoeing.
Rock at the Castle
Sunday 4th August - 12.30pm – 7pm
A free music festival within the spectacular grounds of Hertford Castle. Live music will be performed across three music stages featuring acoustic, folk, indie, rock and pop music. There will also be street food stands and bars at the event.
Hertford Play Day
Wednesday 7th August - 11am – 4pm
Hertford Town Centre will be filled with child friendly activities, games, promotions and events throughout the day, most of which are free of charge to enjoy.
There will be magic shows, face painting, circus workshops, balloon modelling and much more throughout the town.
Hertford Castle Tours & Brass Band Concert
Sunday 18th August - 12pm – 4pm
Enjoy a free guided tour of Hertford Castle and listen to a traditional brass band concert. Pack a picnic or indulge in an afternoon tea whilst relaxing on the castle lawn.
Hertford Tween Fest
Wednesday 21st August - 11am – 4pm
Hertford Tween Fest is aimed at children aged between 8 and 12 years of age. Hertford Town Centre will be filled with child friendly activities, games, promotions and events throughout the day, most of which are free of charge to enjoy.
There will be sports activities, cookery classes, pamper treatments, gaming and arts and crafts.
Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema - Mamma Mia! Here we go again
Friday 23rd August
Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema - Grease
Saturday 24th August
Tickets Priced at £7 per evening per person
Gates Open at 19:00 Film Starts at 20:30
Hertford Castle will host two Open Air Cinema screenings with the Castle as its backdrop. Spectators can bring along picnic chairs, snacks and sit back to relax and enjoy the movie underneath the stars. Refreshments available. This spectacular evening sold out last year so tickets must be purchased in advance.
Hertford Castle Heritage Day
Sunday 15th September - 12pm – 4pm
The Castle lawn will host a medieval encampment, Viking battles, falconry displays, archery workshops and much more. Hertford Castle will also be open to the public for visitors to explore the basement,
dungeons, Robing Room and Downshire Suite.
Hertford Food and Drink Festival
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October
Head to the county town of Hertfordshire for a three day Food and Drink Festival. Event highlights include the Hertford Castle Beer & World Food Festival, street food markets, café, bar and restaurant activities, samples, events and promotions and cookery demonstrations.
Hertford Street Food Market
Friday 11th October - 4pm to late
Indulge in the Hertford Street Food Market with live music in Salisbury Square.
Hertford Food & Drink Festival
Saturday 12th October
If you’re a ‘foodie’, then Hertford is the place to visit. See the town come to life with farmers and charter markets, live cookery demonstrations, free taster, trader promotions, in store events and even a few celebrity chefs.
Hertford Castle Beer & World Food Festival
Sunday 13th October - 12pm – 6pm
A multitude of world food stalls will exhibit on the Castle lawn and a large beer tent will be offering a variety of local and national beers, ales and cider. Hertford Castle will also be open from 12pm – 4pm.
Hertford Christmas Gala
Friday 22nd November - 3.30pm – 8pm
Hertford’s annual Christmas Gala includes Christmas markets, performance stage, Christmas grotto, street entertainment, fairground rides and Christmas tree light switch on.
Shop Hertford This Christmas
Saturday 23rd November
Your one-stop shop to Christmas is on Hertford’s doorstep. Local shops & businesses will be throwing their doors open to offer amazing promotions and festive discounts, encouraging visitors to shop locally by putting their ‘Hert’ into Hertford this Christmas.
The full events programme is available to view online at www.hertford.gov.uk/eventsDownload File
The annual Hertford Arts Festival 2019 will run from Friday 5th April to Sunday 5th May 2019. Local artists and businesses are being urged to sign up now to take part in the Arts Trail, which forms part of the festival.
The comprehensive festival programme includes the Hertford Arts Trail, the Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day, local exhibitions, activities and performances including Hertford Theatre Week, Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition and the Hertford Arts Society Open Exhibition.
Last year, 28 talented artists showcased their work during the Hertford Arts Trail. Each artist was allocated a prime town centre location to exhibit and sell artwork for a month-long period. The pop-up art exhibition venues will be located around the town centre, where venues consist of a multitude of retailers including bars and cafes, beauty salons, clothes retailers & gift shops.
For 2019, the Hertford Arts Trail will launch on Friday 5th April at Hertford Castle where artists will preview one creation from their month long exhibition. The Arts Trail will then run from Saturday 6th April – Sunday 5th May and offer free entry to all venues.
Town Centre Businesses
Any town centre business is welcome to apply to become part of the Hertford Arts Trail and will be required to allocate a designated area within the premises for the artist to exhibit. The business will be open to trade as normal and should expect an increase in footfall from spectating visitors.
There are a number of benefits for businesses that are interested in becoming an Art Trail venue. The venue will retain a 15% commission from every art piece sold, be listed in the festival programme and invited to the opening launch at Hertford Castle.
It’s free of charge for businesses to sign up and become an Art Trail venue. Contact the Town Centre Officer, Ausra, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01992 552885.
For 2019, Hertford Town Council have once again partnered with Courtyard Arts to help promote the festival and source artists to take part in the Hertford Arts Trail.
Artists will be allocated a prime town centre location in which to display and sell their work for the period of the trail. This unique opportunity is low cost and charged at £30 per artist for the month long exhibition.
All artists are eligible to apply and must do so before the application closing date of 21st January 2019.
Artists can find further information and the application form online by visiting www.courtyardarts.org.uk
Hertford enjoyed a festive weekend to begin the Christmas season, with the annual ‘Hertford Christmas Gala’ taking place on Friday 23rd November, and the ‘Think Christmas Think Hertford’ shopping event the following day. Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council and were sponsored by Specsavers Hertford, Wrenbridge (Bircherley Green Shopping Centre redevelopers) and Duffield Harrison Solicitors.
Disney Characters including Micky and Minnie Mouse greeted visitors, festive craft, food stalls and fairground rides took over the town centre streets, whilst Santa met over 200 children in his grottos at Mudlarks Garden Café and Hertford Museum. Santa also made it up on stage to help the Mayor with the Christmas lights switch on.
The main stage arena was located in Salisbury Square, with entertainment from the Simon Balle Big Band, Stage Coach Hertford, Make Believe, All that Soul and Cassana Dance Academy.
The Mayor of Hertford awarded the trophy for the annual Winning Windows Competition to Cinnabar in Fore Street, who were thrilled at being named the 2018 winner. Second prize went to Go Move located on the Wash and Hertford Hair in Fore Street secured third prize.
On Saturday, over 40 local businesses put on free tastings, promotions and special offers for the town’s ‘Think Christmas Think Hertford’ event, encouraging residents to shop locally this Christmas.
The weekly Charter Market took place with a few festive additions, and there were activities for children including free balloon twisting, magic shows and arts and craft activities with CHIPS charity.
The fun continued with the “Elf Escape!” trail running in various locations throughout the town. This continues until 22nd December, and trail sheets can be collected from the Town and Tourist Information Centre, opposite Hertford Theatre.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Jane Sartin, said: “It was good to see the town so busy on Friday evening, and throughout Saturday. I hope the events served to remind people of the wealth of shops, restaurants and services we have in Hertford, and they will come back in the run-up to Christmas. The success of the events grows year-on-year, in part due to the growing participation of shops and local groups. Particular thanks to the event sponsors.”
‘Thank You’ to the First World War Generation
The Poppy Appeal 2018 launched today in Hertfordshire as The Royal British Legion marks the end of the First World War Centenary by saying ‘Thank You’ to the generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. This year the Legion is leading a movement to recognise the contribution of the entire First World War generation including those who served, the Commonwealth, women, children, pioneers and artists.
Joining the movement and encouraging locals to say their own ‘Thank You’, Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald, Hertfordshire President of The Royal British Legion, launched the Legion’s Hertfordshire Poppy Appeal with a breath-taking display of 15,000 poppies covering the face of Hertford Castle. The poppies were created over six months by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters alongside schools, care homes and other community groups, and will be on display until Remembrance Sunday. The Royal British Legion is grateful to Hertford Town Council and Gascoyne Cecil Estates for their help in bringing the poppy display to Hertford Castle. The Town Council contributed funding to meet the cost of installation of the display.
To accompany the unveiling of the display, the highly-acclaimed Hertfordshire choir the Harmonaires sung moving pieces from their forthcoming concert on 10 November. The Royal British Legion also presented one of the first poppies for the Hertfordshire Poppy Appeal.
Colonel Kevin Fitzgerald said: “Everyone has a connection to the First World War, and we all have a reason to say, ‘Thank You’ for the legacy that extraordinary generation left for us.
“The First World War left countless legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground breaking social change and timeless works of art to pioneering innovations. As we come to the end of the First World War Centenary now is the time to come together in our communities and say ‘Thank You.’
“This Poppy Appeal, wear your poppy with pride to support the Armed Forces community past and present. Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of Service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”
The fundraising target in Hertfordshire is £1 million, which will go towards the Legion’s biggest ever national target of £50 million to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the Armed Forces community.
In the last year the generosity of the Hertfordshire community helped to raise over £936,000 which helped us answer thousands of requests for support, advice and guidance. The Legion uses donations in many ways including providing crisis grants, researching the long lasting impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on issues that affect our community, sport and art based recovery programmes and advising on benefits and money issues.
The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said: “During the Poppy Appeal 2018 we are calling on the nation to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation, not just the British Armed Forces, but those who fought alongside them from today’s Commonwealth and the countless men, women and children who played their part of the home front.
“The work of the Legion is as relevant and vital today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War when the charity was founded. The donation for your poppy will help the Legion support today’s Armed Forces community through hardships, injury and bereavements. Generations of the Armed Forces have continued to serve and sacrifice since the First World War, and we recognise and thank them all for their contribution.
“This Poppy Appeal we have set our highest ever target at £50 million. The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so please wear your poppy with pride and dig deep, knowing that you are supporting our Armed Forces community.”
Deputy Mayor of Hertford Town Council, Cllr Peter Ruffles MBE said “Hertford Town Council is delighted to be involved with the launch of the Hertfordshire Poppy Appeal and support the Royal British Legion. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the poppy installation at Hertford Castle, the knitters who have hand crafted the poppies, the installation company, The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters and the Town Council Officers.
I encourage the public to visit Hertford Castle to view the spectacular display which will be running until shortly after Remembrance Sunday.”
Meet your Local Councillor
Hertford Town Council is introducing ‘Meet your Local Councillor Surgeries’ at Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre from November onwards.
The drop-in surgeries are being introduced following a recent request from a local resident interested in discussing Town Council related matters and services with an elected Councillor.
The surgeries will provide local residents an opportunity to discuss ideas and projects, and raise any queries relating to the wide range of services that the Town Council provides within Hertford, Bengeo and Hertingfordbury directly with a Town Councillor. Two Councillors will be present at each session, and there is no need to book.
Sessions will be held at Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre between 11am and 1pm on the following Saturdays:
Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre is located in The Wash, opposite Hertford Theatre, and is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm.
Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council, and sponsored by Specsavers Hertford, Wrenbridge (Bircherley Green Shopping Centre redevelopers) and Duffield Harrison Solicitors. The festivities take place in Hertford town centre, where residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the county town, shop locally and get into the Christmas spirit.
Hertford Christmas Gala
The streets will be filled with Christmas market stalls, children will be able to meet Santa in his grotto, reindeers can be stroked, and visitors even get a chance to hold a friendly barn owl.
Street entertainers including Olaf from Frozen and Mickey and Minnie Mouse will roam around the town, there will be fairground rides and singers, performers and bands will perform live on stage.
The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles, accompanied by Santa, will switch the Christmas tree lights on in Salisbury Square at 6.30pm.
A free children’s elf trail will also launch on the day of the Christmas Gala and run until 22nd December.
In addition, 40 of the retailers will offer in store discounts and promotions.
Examples of some of the discounts, events and promotions will include:
• Pitchers Barn Antiques - Free mince pie and glass of wine whilst browsing unique Christmas gifts.
• Leaf Café - “Decorating Gingerbread” from 1.30pm-5pm £3 per child & includes a little bag to take gingerbread men/Rudolph’s home in.
• Hertford Museum - Christmas Extravaganza: crafts, carol singing from St Andrew’s Church Choir, storytelling & Father Christmas in his grotto. 4pm – 8pm
• Old Barge – ‘Cheese & Wine Society Evening’ in conjunction with The Cheeseplate from 8pm, £30pp booking essential.
• Monsoon – Free colouring station in store for children, complete a colouring entry and win a prize. Competition will run from 24-26th November.
• James Lance The Jewellers - Jewellery sale up to 50% off, lucky dip to win surprise present, 10am - 8pm.
• Hertford Theatre – Enjoy Christmas Craft activities, free face painting, special offers and goody bags.
• Six Templars - Free mulled cider tastings.
• Paul Martin Perfumery – Up to 10% off full price products when you show your Christmas Gala event programme.
• Costa Coffee – 25% off on everything when you show your Christmas Gala event programme.
Think Christmas Think Hertford
The festivities continue after the Christmas Gala with Think Christmas Think Hertford, an event that runs on Saturday 24th November in the town centre.
Children will be able to watch a free magic show from 11am – 12pm in the White Hart Courtyard located in Salisbury Square. They can also participate in ‘Beat the Santa Goalie’ located by the Hertford Theatre Green.
In addition, there will be free balloon modelling in Parliament Square along with Christmas scenery, a snow machine, arts and crafts activities with CHIPS charity and performances from 12.30pm – 2.30pm including free salsa lessons with Salsa Factory.
Many retailers will be offering discounts, promotions and in-store entertainment throughout the day. Highlights include:
• Unico – Make your own pizza for kids, 11am-2pm £1 per child, booking essential.
• The Hummingbird - Newly opened & based in Fore Street will be giving away free delicious mince pies for grown-ups and festive cookies for children.
• Mudlarks Garden Café –Visit Santa’s Grotto and receive an early gift (small charge
• per child) 10am – 4pm.
• Specsavers – Free craft goodie bag for kids and £5 sight test voucher, spec case & poncho for everyone. Event Sponsors
• Edinburgh Woollen Mill –Free sherry and shortbread tasting in store from 11am -4pm.
• Jewel of Hearts - 15% off all silver, gold and diamond jewellery when you show your events festival programme.
• Love Locks Hair & Makeup Lounge – Sparkle Package, plaits & face glitter for £5. 10% for adult walk-in clients when you show your Christmas Gala event programme.
• Magpie Amore - Enjoy a free festive treat or two as you browse the store.
• Mark Wines Antiques - 10% discount on all ticketed items when you show your Christmas Gala event programme.
• The White Hart - Free mince pies and 2 for 1 on Gingerbread Martini’s between 6pm 7pm.
• Messages – Free Christmas treats while you shop.
• Albany Radio Euronics - Join in in the festive activities whilst shopping.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Jane Sartin, said: “As thoughts turn to Christmas shopping and celebrating the season, the events in Hertford town centre on 23rd and 24th November will hopefully remind everyone of all that our town centre has to offer. It is a real tribute to the community spirit in Hertford that so many local businesses are getting involved in the events with special offers and activities, and I hope local residents and visitors alike will take the opportunity to spend time enjoying our town centre.”
Visit www.gohertford.co.uk/events/ to download the event programme.
Hertford Retailers Invited to Enter Winning Windows Christmas Competition
The Winning Windows Competition is being launched this weekend and all of Hertford’s traders are
invited to enter. The theme this year is ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.
The competition is organised by Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre on behalf of Hertford Town Council. The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles, alongside the Vice-Chairman of Development and Leisure, Cllr Sue Dunkley, and the Town & Tourism Development Manager will have the unenviable task of choosing the three best dressed windows and will announce the winner at the Hertford Christmas Gala Night on Friday 23rd November.
The three prizes are:
A family ticket to the annual pantomime at Hertford Theatre, which this year is Pinocchio
A meal for two at Café Rouge
A meal for two at The Old Barge Pub.
To enter, retailers must simply register their entry by either visiting The Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, 10-12 The Wash, SG14 1PX), by calling 01992 584322 or by emailing email@example.com . Traders will need to supply the business name, address, phone number, email address and contact name.
The deadline for entering the competition is Monday 19th November as judging will take place shortly after this date in time for the announcement of the winners at the Christmas Gala Night.
The Mayor of Hertford, Beryl Wrangles, said:
“This year’s theme is ‘Santa Clause Is Coming To Town’ and I do hope as many of our shops, restaurants, hairdressers and beauticians will take part this year and make our town a brighter place. Come on everyone get into the spirit of CHRISTMAS.”
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HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS
COMMUNITY & NEW HOMES BONUS GRANTS
On Monday 15th October 2018, Hertford Town Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee awarded grants totalling £31,700 to three Hertford-based organisations and good causes.
Presdales School Academy Trust were awarded a New Homes Bonus Grant of £30,000 to assist with the necessary work to obtain planning permission for the building of an all- weather synthetic sports pitch suitable for hockey and other sports.
Ella Wansell was awarded a Community Grant for £500 to support her goal of becoming a GB Senior Athlete.
East Herts Citizens Advice Service were awarded a Community Grant of £1200 towards the cost of five new computers and three laptops.
Available Grants from Hertford Town Council
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.
New Homes Bonus Grants
Grants of up to £30,000 are available from the New Homes Bonus fund for ambitious projects to enhance and improve communities in Hertford. Available funding 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 are considered quarterly at the meetings of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee. Deadlines for receipt of applications are 10th December 2018 and 11th February 2019.
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
The Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Bob Deering, said:
"As always, we are very pleased to have awarded additional grants to deserving causes and we know they make a difference and it's very good that we're in a position to help. We look forward to receiving applications for further grant funding and we were delighted to support Presdales School Academy Trust, East Herts Citizens Advice Service and Ella Wansell.
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/
The Official Hertford Calendar will be on sale at the Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre from Monday 15th October,following its launch on 14th October .
The public submitted their photographs of Hertford buildings and places in a competition to be included in the calendar.
Over 60 people entered a total of more than 140 images for the Calendar Photography Competition. The judging panel made up of the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles, the Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, and the Manager of the Town and Tourist Information Centre, had the difficult task of selecting 13 photographs for the cover and each month.
A private launch at Hertford Castle on 14th October will see the 13 lucky winners awarded a copy of the calendar and a certificate signed and presented by the Mayor, before the Hertford Castle Beer and World Food Festival which is a public event that runs from 12pm - 6pm.
The Mayor of Hertford,Cllr Beryl Wrangles,said:
'The quality of the photographs was excellent, people took time and thought about what they were taking. It was hard decision coming to the final thirteen which was made up of the 12 months and cover. I thank all that took part this year.'
The 2019 Official Hertford Calendar will be available to buy at the Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre,and other outlets in the town centre,for £10 each or two for £ 18.
Many of the bars, restaurants and cafes in the town centre are also celebrating the food festivities.
Discover Hertfordshire sparkling wines by enjoying complimentary tastings at Cavavin, kids can make their own pizza for just £2 at Uniqo, Rigsby’s Restaurant, Ilvino, Costa Coffee, Serendipity, Prezzo and other restaurants will be offering discounts on the day, Six Templars are offering free gin, pizza and beer tasting, Hertford Museum is running a food inspired exhibition and many other traders are involved throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, visitors can attend the Hertford Castle Beer & World Food Festival with free entry from 12noon – 6pm. Over 20 world food stands will be cooking up a feast on the castle lawn, there will be live music, a castle open day (until 4pm) and a large beer marquee (until 6pm). The beer marquee will showcase an extensive range of ales carefully selected from the very best independent brewers from the East of England. Visitors can also sample German larger, craft beers and over 50 varieties of gin from around the world.
There are many more activities and events planned throughout the festival weekend which are covered in the Food and Drink Festival programme which is available to pick up from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre or available to download from www.hertford.gov.uk/events
Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee Chairman, Cllr Jane Sartin, said:
“The Hertford Food and Drink Festival has become a highlight in the town’s year, and it is great that so many businesses and local organisations are taking part once again. As a fan of the Great British Bake Off, I’m particularly looking forward to seeing one of last year’s finalists participating in the Festival, and the programme offers something for everyone.”
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
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.
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/eventsDownload File
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 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.’
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 email@example.com 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.Download File
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.”
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
1.45pm-2pm Mayor’s Speech
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.
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.”
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/
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.
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 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.”Download File
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.
Pub or Restaurant
Café or Fast Food
Hair and Beauty
Health and Wellbeing
Home and Interiors
Community and Voluntary
Food and Drink Retailers
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
PUB / RESTAURANT
• 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
• Harwood Homes Interiors
• Hertford Flooring
• Hertford Glass
• 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
• Hertford Coffee Lab
• Old Cross Tavern
• Natural Health
HAIR AND BEAUTY
• Hertford Hair
• The Classic Barber of Hertford
• Love Locks Hair and Make Up Lounge
• Beyond Beauty
• The Women’s Society Boutique
• Edinburgh Woollen Mill
• Mint Of Hertford
• Monsoon Accessorize
• Retail Therapy
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.Download File
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.
“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.
"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.”
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.”Download File
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.”Download File
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/Download File
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:
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.Download File
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.”Download File
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:
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.”Download File