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Hertford 2020 Calendar Competition

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 must be in landscape format.

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 Friday 16th August 2019. 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 on 13th October 2019.

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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Summer Town Centre Children's Trails

Find Princesses, Pirates & Mythical Creatures hidden around town.

Due to the popularity of the FREE town centre trails which take families on a hunt around Hertford for hidden characters, Hertford Town Council has organised two summer trails for children to enjoy.

The Mythical Creatures trail will start on Wednesday 24th July and run until Friday 16th August.

The Princess and Pirates trail will start on Saturday 17th August and run until Saturday 7th September.

The Town Council has joined forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters to bring knitted creatures and characters to the town.

Children can take part in both free trails which will take them on a hunt around the town centre on a search to locate up to twenty knitted hidden princess and pirate dolls and a mixture of mythical creatures including a wizard, goblins, mermaids, dragons, snow queen, fairies, trolls, pixies and Fenix.

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 trails, children will receive a prize or sweet treat 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. Whilst at the Town and Tourist Information Centre, visitors can purchase a raffle ticket for £1 for a chance to win one of the 20 knitted mythical creatures featured on the trail. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Mayor of Hertford’s chosen charities Herts Young Homeless and Carers in Hertfordshire.

Jane Sartin, Chairman of the Development and Leisure Committee said:

“Hertford Town Council’s town centre trails have proved hugely popular and the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters is really putting Hertford on the map with their creativity, so brought together they are a great combination. The knitted characters that will be hiding around Hertford this summer will delight children and adults alike, as well as introducing them to the wealth of shops in the town centre.”

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 7th August from 11am - 4pm in the town centre. There will also be another of Hertford Town Council’s popular trails for children launching on Wednesday 24th July that runs throughout the holidays.
As part of the national Play Day initiative, the Town Council has organised an abundance of activities, most of which are free of charge or low cost to participate in.
Free Activities & Shows Include:
• Mr Marvel Magic shows
• Zumbini classes
• Circus workshops
• Balloon modelling
• Pizza tasting at Six Templars
• Ice cream tasting at IlVino Café
• Craft activities in at Leaf Café & Hertford Library
• Design your own t-shirt competition at Gingerlillies
• Food and drink samples as well as kids’ activities at Café Rouge
• Everyone Active Mini Olympics – fun games with a fitness twist for the little ones (and parents) to win prizes including 12 months free membership, 12 months free swimming lessons, family fun swims and much more.
Low cost activities include; children’s films at Hertford Theatre, craft activities at the Mill House in Marshgate Drive, beauty glitter, hair platting and makeup tutorials at Love Locks and the option to create magical tea lights at Leaf Café.
Many retailers in the town will be offering discounts throughout the event including 20% off Maxin Porcaro children’s haircuts, 25% off meal deals at Costa, 10% off at Paul Martin.
Visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events or visit the Town and Tourist Information Centre for a programme which includes many more activities and offers throughout the day.
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 7 August. It’s good to have the involvement of so many local businesses, putting on activities as part of the event alongside the entertainment Hertford Town Council is organising.”

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Awarded Community & New Homes Bonus Grants

Hertford Town Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee met on Monday 24th June where Cllr Bob Deering was re-elected Chairman and Cllr Jan Goodeve was appointed as Vice Chair. Grants totalling £30,908 were awarded to four Hertford-based organisations and good causes.

Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School were awarded a New Homes Bonus Grant of £27,852 towards developing the early years play area into a stimulating play environment.

Community grants were awarded to:

East Herts Community Safety Partnership who were awarded £1000 towards the cost of the summer activities programme for young people.

Hertford Music Festival who were awarded £1200 towards the cost of promotion for the event which takes place annually in August.

Hertford St Andrew Community Trust who were awarded £856 towards an afternoon trip for senior citizens to Hatfield House.

The Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Bob Deering, said:

I am pleased to have been re-elected as Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Finance Committee together with Cllr Jan Goodeve as Vice-Chair. It was great to make a good start to the new Civic round by awarding various grants to a number of deserving local groups and good causes. The Town’s finances are on a sound footing. We will work hard to keep it this way, continue supporting local causes and deliver value for money.

Available Grants from Hertford Town Council

Community Grants

Grants of up to £1,200 are 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 as follows:

16th September 2019

9th December 2019

10th February 2020

If you would wish to apply on behalf of a Hertford based project or business, please complete the application form online under the services section of this website.

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/

Website Relaunch to Support Hertford Town Centre

NEWS RELEASE
27th June 2019

Website Relaunch to Support Hertford Town Centre

Hertford Town Council has invested in redeveloping the Hertford Town Centre website, www.GoHertford.co.uk

The website was created several years ago to provide local residents and visitors to the town with information on Hertford’s retail offer, food and restaurants, accommodation, events and attractions, travel links and walks, history and heritage trail and local news within the county town.

Over the last year the website has been accessed by over 150,000 users, and the monthly figures have drastically increased since free WiFi was installed by the Town Council in the town centre, which can be accessed by searching for the _HertfordFreeWifi network.

The website is a popular portal for visitors to discover the array of independent retailers located in the town centre, many who specialise in specific trades including antiques, floristry, home & interiors, health and wellbeing, handmade jewellery and photography. In addition to the independent retailers, Hertford is home to some of the nation’s favourite national retailers.

The town has 277 retail units of which only 4% are currently vacant. The level of vacant units in Hertford is well below the national average of 10.4%.*

In addition to the website shopping directory, the GoHertford.co.uk website details all local upcoming events, many of which are free to attend. The next free of charge event to take place is the Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic event which takes place on Sunday 21st July from 12noon – 4pm, further details listed online.

The site is updated daily and provides local Hertford news and information including the Love Hertford Award Winners from 2019.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The GoHertford website is packed with information on Hertford town centre. Its redevelopment has given it a fresh new look, and I’d encourage everyone to take a look to remind themselves of what’s available in Hertford, and to see what’s happening locally. We can sometimes forget what’s on our doorstep, and there are a wealth of businesses in the town, providing a wide range of goods, services and leisure activities.”

*Note that the vacancy figures do not include the Bircherley Green site as this is under development and the units are unavailable.

It is free of Hertford businesses and retailers to be listed on the website, contact the Town Centre Coordinator ausra@hertford.gov.uk

It is free for Hertford events to get added to the website, contact Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre tic@hertford.gov.uk

Rock at the Castle

NEWS RELEASE
21st June 2019
Line Up and Charity Announced
Hertford Town Council is delighted to announce that this year’s Rock at the Castle will take place on Sunday 4th 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.
Chosen Charity
Although Rock at the Castle is a free event to attend, this year’s selected charity, Age UK Hertfordshire, will be fundraising on the gates. The charity was selected from a large number of applications by Hertford Town Councillors.
Age UK Hertfordshire promotes the wellbeing of all older people in the local community with a mission to alleviate loneliness, isolation, tackle poverty and build resilience in communities.
The donations received from Rock at the Castle will be used to continue a range of services throughout Hertfordshire including a county-wide information and advice line, day centres, befriending scheme, helping in the home service and telephone support.
Chief Executive of Age UK Hertfordshire, Deborah Paniagua said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the selected charity for Rock at the Castle 2019. We are really excited to attend the event and hear all the live acts, whilst being able to increase awareness of how we support local lonely and isolated older people. All the money raised will go back into services for the local community, making a real difference to older people’s lives!”
Line-up
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.
The line up is subject to change
Hertford Town Council is grateful to our sponsors this year, McMullen’s Brewery.
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.

Moat Garden Stage
12.35pm-12.55pm Joe Richardson
1.05pm-1.25pm El Whitaker
1.35pm-1.55pm Mark Sullivan
2.05pm-2.25pm Paul Booth
2.35pm-2.55pm Farsight
3.05pm-3.25pm Rob Powell
3.35pm-3.55pm Marc Todd
4.05pm-4.25pm Marshland Pete
4.35pm-4.55pm Nuala
5.05pm-5.25pm Los Ladrones
5.35pm-5.55pm Rob Clydesdale
Main Stage
12.30pm-1.00pm Old Fashioned
1.15pm-1.45pm Suburban Dirts
1.45pm-2.00pm Mayor's Speech
2.00pm-2.30pm Unknown Chapters
2.45pm-3.15pm The MKG's
3.30pm-4.00pm Passifs
4.15pm-4.45pm Chris Sims
5.00pm-5.30pm Wolf & Man
5.45pm-6.15pm Superbird
6.30pm-7.00pm Radio Video
Island Stage
12.35pm-12.55pm Dan Thomas
1.05pm-1.25pm Morgan Maria
1.35pm-1.55pm Quivering Lip
2.05pm-2.25pm Dando
2.35pm-2.55pm Lucy May
3.05pm-3.25pm Sleeping Giants
3.35pm-3.55pm Natasha Strange
4.05pm-4.25pm Tamara Ibrahim
4.35pm-4.55pm The Jungle Birds
5.05pm-5.25pm Francesca Fonzarelli
5.35pm-5.55pm Alysha Hutchings
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Free Car Show and Castle Open Day

News Release 21st May 2019
Free Car Show & Castle Open Day
The annual Hertford Town Council community event, ‘Cars at the Castle’, a free car show and open day at Hertford Castle, will take place on Sunday 23rd June from 12noon to 4pm.
This family friendly event will have hot and cold food concessions and a bar. For the children there will be a bouncy castle, and there will also be live music throughout the afternoon.
The cars will be exhibited on the lawn, with Hertford Castle as their backdrop. Hertford Castle will also be open to the public free of charge to explore.
With over 40 cars due to exhibit, dating all the way back from 1913 right up to 2018 there promises to be something for everyone. The range of vehicles on the day will include, Austin, Ford, Dodge, Porsche, Singer and Lotus amongst others.
During the event the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Rosemary Bolton, will be judging and awarding trophies to the car owners. The categories include best paint work, best interior, best post 1970 car, best pre-1970 car, best British and best foreign car.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Cars at the Castle has quickly become an established annual event at Hertford Castle. It will be good to once again welcome an array of cars which will be of interest to car enthusiasts, to people who remember some of the vehicles from the past, and to everyone who enjoys seeing unusual cars. It will also be another opportunity for people to explore Hertford Castle, and enjoy live music in the picturesque setting.” Download File

Castle Fun Day

NEWS RELEASE Thursday 16th May 2019
Hertford Castle Fun Day
Sunday 2nd June
The Rotary Club of Hertford, in partnership with Hertford Town Council, are organising the next community castle event, the ‘Hertford Castle Fun Day’ which takes place on Sunday 2nd June from 12:00 – 17:00.
This FREE event will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle. It will be a fun family afternoon, and will raise money for Homestart and Alzheimer’s Society. Donation on entry is optional.
Up to fifty stalls will exhibit on the castle lawn offering ice cream, wood fired pizza, face painting, children’s games, a bouncy castle, charity stalls and much more.
The programme of entertainment on the stage promises to bring dancing and music for all ages. The programme begins at 12.00noon bringing a variety of great entertainment with performers including ‘The Banghra Drummers’, a Zumba dancing show and ‘Shades of Midnight’ - Hatfield Rotary’s very own rock band. Crowd favourites include the Graham Moss Big Band and Fusion Singers who will return again this year to round off the programme.
The event is sponsored by Network Homes and Datum Contracts & Construction Management Ltd.
In addition to the outside activity, Hertford Castle will be open to the public free of charge.
Ivan Legallais, President of Rotary Club of Hertford, said: “Do come along on June 2nd to the annual Fun Day at The Castle grounds! This has always been popular with families, offering a range of entertainment, stalls and refreshments. So the Rotary Club of Hertford, with the support of Hertford Town Council, is pleased to organise the fun once more. Free entry, but charitable donations welcome.” Download File

Love Hertford Awards Winners

Love Hertford Awards Winners

NEWS RELEASE
Friday 24th May 2019

The Love Hertford Awards ceremony was held at St Andrew’s Church in Hertford on 22nd May, where visitors, residents and local businesses were invited to an event to announce the winners of the 2019 competition.

The Love Hertford Awards is organised by Hertford Town Council and was introduced last year to celebrate, support and recognise the array of county town businesses, both independent and national retailers.

Visitors and residents voted in their thousands for their favourite Hertford based retailers and businesses.

The free of charge event started at 6pm with welcome drinks, followed by the awards announcements.

A total of 63 businesses entered the awards competition and the finalists and winners were selected by the judging committee, made up of The Mayor of Hertford (2018/2019), Cllr Beryl Wrangles; The Chairman of Development and Leisure, Cllr Jane Sartin; Aaron Gransby and Justine Woods from Axis Magazine; Dan Griffiths from I Love Hertford (Facebook); Emma Wood from Hertfordshire Mercury; Mary Sykes from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce; Andrew Figgis the Economic Development Officer for East Herts and North Herts District Councils. Judging was based on the quantity and quality of the comments the public had cast.

The following winners and finalists were announced on the night.

Fashion
Winner – Gingerlillie Boutique
Finalists – The Women’s Society & Kids Connection

Pub or Restaurant
Winner – The Old Barge
Finalists – Salisbury Arms Hotel & Lussmanns

Café or Fast Food
Winner – Mudlarks Garden Café
Finalists – Carley’s Fish Bar & The Secret Garden

Hair and Beauty
Winner – Tom Ashley
Finalists – Hertford Hair & The Classic Barber

Health and Wellbeing
Winner – The Avenue Pharmacy
Finalists – Hertford Physiotherapy & Natural Health

Home and Interiors
Winner – Albany Radio
Finalists – Manic Ceramics & Messages

Community and Voluntary
Winner – Hertford Theatre
Finalists – The Mill House & Courtyard Arts and Community Centre

 

Café or Fast Food
Winner – Mudlarks Garden Café
Finalists – Carley’s Fish Bar & The Secret Garden

Hair and Beauty
Winner – Tom Ashley
Finalists – Hertford Hair & The Classic Barber

Health and Wellbeing
Winner – The Avenue Pharmacy
Finalists – Hertford Physiotherapy & Natural Health

Home and Interiors
Winner – Albany Radio
Finalists – Manic Ceramics & Messages

Community and Voluntary
Winner – Hertford Theatre
Finalists – The Mill House & Courtyard Arts and Community Centre

Food and Drink Retailers
Winner – G.Pickett’s Butchers
Finalists – The Co-op Store (Bengeo) & The Sugar Smith

Professional Services
Winner – Lance James the Jewellers
Finalists – Attwaters Jamerson Hill Solicitors & Post and Packing

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The Love Hertford Awards have once again recognised some of Hertford’s outstanding local businesses, and it speaks volumes that there were some very difficult choices to make in deciding who took home the awards. As part of the judging panel I was lucky to be able to read through the hundreds of comments made by people voting for their favourite businesses, and it’s clear that people really value and appreciate the high standards of customer service, goods and services provided by businesses in Hertford.”

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Cars at the Castle

News Release
21st May 2019
Free Car Show & Castle Open Day

The annual Hertford Town Council community event, ‘Cars at the Castle’, a free car show and open day at Hertford Castle, will take place on Sunday 23rd June from 12noon to 4pm.

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

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

With over 40 cars due to exhibit, dating all the way back from 1913 right up to 2018 there promises to be something for everyone. The range of vehicles on the day will include, Austin, Ford, Dodge, Porsche, Singer and Lotus amongst others.

During the event the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Rosemary Bolton, will be judging and awarding trophies to the car owners. The categories include best paint work, best interior, best post 1970 car, best pre-1970 car, best British and best foreign car.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Cars at the Castle has quickly become an established annual event at Hertford Castle. It will be good to once again welcome an array of cars which will be of interest to car enthusiasts, to people who remember some of the vehicles from the past, and to everyone who enjoys seeing unusual cars. It will also be another opportunity for people to explore Hertford Castle, and enjoy live music in the picturesque setting.”

 

Love Hertford Awards


Love Hertford Awards Event

NEWS RELEASE
8th May 2019

Over the last two months visitors and residents have been voting for their favourite Hertford based retailers and businesses.

A total of 1653 votes were cast, and an awards evening will take place on Thursday 23rd May to announce the winners for the following 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

The awards evening is free to attend and will take place at St Andrew Church based on St Andrew Street with welcome drinks at 6pm followed by the awards announcement from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

A total of 63 businesses entered the awards evening and the judging committee made up of The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles, The Chairman of Development and Leisure, Cllr Jane Sartin, Aaron Grimsby and Justine Woods from Axis Magazine, Dan Griffiths from I Love Hertford (Facebook) and Emma Wood from Hertfordshire Mercury, Mary Sykes from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Figgis the Economic Development Officer for East Herts and North Herts District Council had the difficult task of selected three businesses from each category as finalists for the public to vote for.

The Love Hertford Awards is organised by Hertford Town Council and has been introduced to celebrate and recognise the array of county town businesses. The competition aims to promote and support the local businesses and is in its second year.

To book tickets to attend the event visit https://lovehertford.eventbrite.co.uk
Please note there is limited availability.

Note to Editors
Finalists detailed on next page.

LOVE HERTOFRD AWARDS 2019
Finalists

PUB / RESTAURANT
Lussmans
The Old Barge
The Salisbury Arms

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Avenue Pharmacy
Hertford Physiotherapy
Natural Health Hertford

HOME AND INTERIORS
Albany Radio
Manic Ceramics
Messages

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors
Lance James The Jewellers
Post & Packing

CAFÉ OR FAST FOOD
The Secret Garden
Carley’s Fish Bar
Mudlarks Garden Café

COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY
The Mill House
Hertford Theatre
Courtyard Arts & Community Centre

FOOD AND DRINK RETAILERS
G. Pickett Butchers
The Sugarsmith
Co-op Store (Bengeo)

HAIR AND BEAUTY
Hertford Hair
The Classic Barber
Tom Ashley

FASHION
Gingerlillie Boutique
Kids Connection
The Women’s Society Boutique

 

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Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day

NEWS RELEASE
Tuesday 16th April 2019

Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day

To mark the end of the month-long Hertford Arts Festival, Hertford Castle will open its doors for the first time this year on Sunday 5th May.
The annual Hertford Castle Craft Market will take place on the Castle lawn from 12noon – 4pm with free entry.
There will be over 40 craft stalls exhibiting and selling an array of merchandise. From handmade jewellery to homeware, food goods to embroidery, cards, and clothing. The stallholders will showcase some of the county’s finest craftsmanship.
For families feeling creative, children can decorate their own crowns and participate in the giant art workshop out on the castle lawn free of charge. Concessions will be available on the lawn including crepes, cakes, ice cream, BBQ food and even Thai cuisine.
Inside the Castle, visitors are welcome to explore the basement, which features themed rooms such as the ‘dungeon’, ‘Victorian kitchen’, ‘stock room’ and the ‘court room’.
The Downshire Suite and Robing Room will also be open for the public to visit and volunteers will be on hand to help answer queries.
Entry to the event is free to attend, although donations to the Mayor’s charities are welcome.
For more information on the Hertford Castle Open Day and Craft Market or The Hertford Arts Festival please visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events

 

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Motivational Event

NEWS RELEASE
Thursday 4th April 2019

Former Great Britain Paralympic Medallist Ian Rose to
Present Motivational Event for Entrepreneurs

‘Be More, Achieve More, Smile More. It’s not all about the medals.’

Hertford Town Council will be hosting the next Hertford Entrepreneurs event on Thursday 30th May 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’s talk from retired GB double Paralympic medallist, motivational speaker and business coach, Ian Rose.

Ian is one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic Judoka (a judo expert). He was a torchbearer and an opening ceremony performer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as winner of two Paralympic, five World Championship and nine European Championship medals.

Retiring in 2011, Ian now focuses on motivating and inspiring others to achieve their full potential and get the most out of their business, career and life.

Ian launched his business back in 2004, focusing on inspiring students in schools to be their best and now Ian and his team work with multi million pound organisations within the people development area, offering business and life changing outcomes at all levels.

A conference speaker, business coach and workshop provider. Ian specialises in business performance and helps companies focus on increasing revenues, create a happier workforce and to remember why they started.

At this event, entrepreneurs will be inspired, motivated and entertained.

Hear how Ian changed from being a shy seven year old who was teased about his disability and looks, into a director of his own successful business, and a double Paralympic medallist. He will steer entrepreneurs through the highs and lows of his life, and highlight the similarities between successful business leaders and top flight sports performers.

Ian will use his sports, business and life experiences to demonstrate key learning points, particularly in relation to resilience and how to deliver high performance even on bad days.

This will be a very interactive event including group learning and deep thinking.

At the end of the event you will have gained confidence, leave with new ideas, focus your mind and learn tricks on how to overcome challenges to achieve more. Listen to Ian speak and learn some tricks on how to overcome challenges and achieve more.

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:
• 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 https://castleevent.eventbrite.co.uk (£10+ booking fee)

Limited availability

 

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Vote for the Love Hertford Awards Winners

Vote for the Love Hertford Awards Winners

PRESS RELEASE
28th March 2019

Voting for the Love Hertford Awards winners has now opened. Residents and visitors to Hertford are able to cast their votes for their favourite retailers and businesses.

The competition is organised by Hertford Town Council and aims 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 will remind residents of the range of shops and services on offer in Hertford.
The Love Hertford Awards Committee have shortlisted three finalists from each category, from businesses who had entered in the first stage of the competition.
It is now over to the public, the residents of Hertford & people who visit and shop in the town, to vote for their 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 at 4pm on Friday 26th April.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 23rd May.

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 which took place until 2017.

LOVE HERTOFRD AWARDS 2019
Finalists

PUB / RESTAURANT
• Lussmans
• The Old Barge
• The Salisbury Arms
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
• Avenue Pharmacy
• Hertford Physiotherapy
• Natural Health Hertford

HOME AND INTERIORS
• Albany Radio
• Manic Ceramics
• Messages

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
• Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors
• Lance James The Jewellers
• Post & Packing
CAFÉ OR FAST FOOD
• The Secret Garden
• Carley’s Fish Bar
• Mudlarks Garden Café
COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY
• The Mill House
• Hertford Theatre
• Courtyard Arts & Community Centre
FOOD AND DRINK RETAILERS
• G. Pickett Butchers
• The Sugarsmith
• Co-op Store (Bengeo)
HAIR AND BEAUTY
• Hertford Hair
• The Classic Barber
• Tom Ashley

FASHION
• Gingerlillie Boutique
• Kids Connection
• The Women’s Society Boutique

 

 

 

Hertford Easter Animal & Bunny Trail

NEWS RELEASE Monday 18th March 2019
Hertford Easter Animal & Bunny Trail
Free activity around Hertford Town Centre for all the family to enjoy
The annual free Easter Egg Hunt in Hertford Town Centre is back this Easter. Hertford Town Council has once again joined forces with the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, the group behind the hugely popular Christmas post box toppers and poppy installation at Hertford Castle.
Two separate free Easter trails aimed at children with their families and friends will be available to participate in.
Both trails run from Saturday 30th March until Saturday 25th April.
Knitted bunnies will be hiding in shops and other locations around the town centre in one of the trails, and other Easter animals including chicks and characters including eggs will be hidden in different shops on the other trail.
To take part, families should visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash opposite Hertford Theatre, to pick up trail maps. Children can participate in both trails on the same day or separate days, and there is no need to complete the hunts until 25th April.
Children will need to locate the knitted animals created by members of the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters in a minimum of 12 of the 20 businesses taking part around the town. Once they have completed each hunt they will be able to collect a free sweet treat from the Town and Tourist Information Centre.
The Easter egg prizes have been generously provided by the event sponsors, Lance James the Jewellers and Lanes Estate Agents.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Hertford Town Council’s town centre trails are always popular, and this year it will be double the fun with two trails to follow, made extra special by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters. The Easter Egg Hunt will be a great Easter holiday activity for children, and I’m sure people of all ages will enjoy looking out for the knitted bunnies and Easter characters in shops and other premises around the town centre.” Download File

Free Street Table Tennis in Hertford

NEWS RELEASE Monday 18th March 2019
Free Street Table Tennis in Hertford
Shoppers, visitors and locals can now enjoy a spot of street table tennis whilst in the county town of Hertfordshire.
Free ping pong from April 2019 will be available for all to enjoy. It is an initiative provided and funded by Hertford Town Council to encourage visitors to engage with the local community, support the local businesses and shops and promote a healthy lifestyle.
The street table tennis will be located between Maidenhead Street and Hertford Library on Dolphin Yard, and visitors will be able to play for free up to 15 minutes per session.
Use of the table is available during the Library opening hours:
Monday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 1pm – 6pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 6pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Closed Wednesday, Sunday & Bank Holidays
To play ping pong, visitors should collect the bat and ball from Hertford Library reception area and put down a deposit of £5 which will be refunded on their return.
Depending on the popularity of the street table tennis in this location, additional ping pong tables may be purchased and located within the town centre.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Hertford Town Council is always looking for new activities to encourage people to shop and eat out in Hertford town centre, and street table tennis will hopefully prove popular with local residents and visitors to our town. It’s great to have the support of Hertford Library, which is enabling this activity to happen.”

GRANT TO HERTFORD ARTS HUB

PRESS RELEASE
12th March 2019

TOWN COUNCIL ANNOUNCES AWARD OF GRANT TO HERTFORD ARTS HUB
Hertford Town Council announces the award of a grant of £20 000 to Hertford Arts Hub.
The Town Council is very pleased to continue its support of the Hertford Arts Hub that started in 2015 with a grant from the Council (of £10 000) for the feasibility study of establishing an arts hub in the town.
Hertford Arts Hub was inspired by the life and work of Alan Davie one of the UK’s most influential and creative artists. Alan Davie lived and worked in Hertford for 50 years and is collected by The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate, London.
The mission of a hub is to support existing organisations and also provide new opportunities for engagement with the arts for education enjoyment and inspiration.
Hertford Town Council has granted the £20 000 funding from its New Homes Bonus reserve that the Council is using to invest in projects and initiatives to benefit residents, businesses and visitors to the town. The decision to make this grant was taken at a meeting of the Council’s Finance Policy and Administration Committee on 11th March 2019 with the Committee unanimously supporting the grant award. The funds will be used to support the programme of activities of the Hertford Arts Hub.
Cllr Bob Deering, Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee says ‘The Hertford Arts Hub has made excellent progress in the past two years. This grant award will help the Hertford Arts Hub continue their work in establishing a vibrant Arts Hub that will be fitting tor the county town.”

 

HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS


PRESS RELEASE
12th March 2019

HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL AWARDS
COMMUNITY & NEW HOMES BONUS GRANTS

Hertford Town Council’s Finance, Policy and Administration Committee met on Monday 11th March and awarded grants totalling £1,127 to three Hertford-based organisations and good causes.

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters were awarded a Community Grant for £250 towards the cost of creating a secret yarnbomb in the centre of Hertford in the summer holidays of 2019.

Hertfordshire Boat Rescue, an organisation that runs safety patrols along the river in Hertford were awarded £500 towards the cost of keeping their rescue vehicles on the road and to repair rescue boats that are damaged.

Hertford District Scouts were awarded £377 towards the cost for one Scout, Emma Robinson to attend the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, North America in 2019. The Jamborees focus is bringing people together to emphasize leadership and cultural understanding.

In total, over the four years of this administration Hertford Town Council has awarded to local community organisations:

- 75 Community Grants totalling approximately £59,000, and
- 3 New Homes Bonus grants totalling almost £52,000

The Town Council has also invested £300,000 into the improvements made to The Wash, Maidenhead Street and Bull Plain.

The Chairman of the Finance, Policy and Administration Committee, Cllr Bob Deering, said:

"This week’s Finance meeting was the last of this four year Civic cycle. As always, we were very pleased to have awarded grants to deserving local causes. We know they make a difference and it's very good that we're in a position to help.

Looking back over the last four years we’ve limited the overall precept increase to an average of only 24 pence a month for the average Band D household, while at the same time awarding in excess of £100,000 in grants, and making a very substantial investment in the Town centre Hertford Town. It’s great to be able to help the community in this way.”

Available Grants from Hertford Town Council

Community Grants
Grants of up to £1,200 are 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.

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

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

NEWS RELEASE
26th February 2019
Charities Can Now Apply to Become the Beneficiary of Rock at the Castle 2019
‘Rock at the Castle’ is in its 15th year and has become a well-established and very popular part of Hertford Town Council’s annual events programme. The charity event has raised over £48,000 for local charities, which is generously donated by visitors attending the event. The Council is offering the opportunity to local charities and organisations to apply to become the Rock at the Castle charity for 2019. The music festival will take place on Sunday 4th August, in the grounds of Hertford Castle from 12.30 – 19.00.
Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:
• A local/national registered charity or similarly constituted body with a strong presence in Hertford
• Be able to demonstrate that its work and initiatives are of benefit to Hertford and the local community
• A charity that has the creativity and enthusiasm to maintain fund-raising
• Be able to provide a sufficient number of volunteers to assist at the event itself
Last year’s beneficiary of the event was Carers in Hertfordshire whose dedicated volunteers raised £4472 at the event. The countywide charity based in Hertford supports unpaid carers looking for a friend, neighbour or relative due to illness, frailty, mental health need, disability or substance misuse.
Chairman of the Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Rock at the Castle presents a great opportunity for a local charity or community organisation to raise both money and its profile. If you’re involved in an organisation that’s making a difference in Hertford, do think about applying to be the beneficiary of this year’s event.”
The deadline for applications to become the nominated charity is Friday 17th May, and the Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee will make a decision on which organisation will be the beneficiary of the event at their meeting in June.
To obtain a copy of the criteria and application form please visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events and search for Rock at the Castle. Alternatively, contact Hertford Town Council’s Events team on 01992 552885, or email events@hertford.gov.uk

Cars at the Castle

Press Release
25th February 2019
Call for Car Exhibitors

Do you own a beautiful vehicle that you’d like to display this summer, with Hertford Castle as its backdrop?

Apply now to be a car exhibitor at this year’s Cars at the Castle event, organised by Hertford Town Council. The event will take place on Sunday 23rd June from 12noon to 4pm and exhibiting is FREE of charge. All vehicles considered, old and new.

This family friendly event will have hot and cold food concessions and a bar. For the children there will be a bouncy castle, and also live music throughout the afternoon. Hertford Castle will also be open to the public free of charge to explore.

Successful applicants will also be entered into competitions on the day, judged by the Mayor of Hertford alongside a panel made up of the event sponsors. Trophies will be awarded to car owners in categories including best paint work, best interior, best post 1970 car, best pre-1970 car, best British and best foreign car.

To register to exhibit your car, visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events and view the Cars at the Castle event listing for an application form.

Application forms must be submitted before 5pm on Friday 3rd May 2019.

 

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Hertford Arts Festival 2019

PRESS RELEASE
12th February 2019
Hertford Arts Festival
Designed to showcase and promote the local arts and culture in the county town, the Hertford Arts Festival runs from Friday 5th April until Sunday 5th May. This month long celebration of the arts begins with the launch at Hertford Castle with an evening art exhibition on Friday 5th April from 6pm – 8pm. Over forty talented artists will exhibit one piece of artwork that will be featured in the Hertford Art Trail, which runs from Saturday 6th April – Sunday 5th May.
The art exhibition launch will be held in the Castle’s Downshire Suite, and will offer the public an evening of art, culture and wine.

The evening event will be hosted by the Mayor of Hertford, and visitors will be able to meet the artists in person to find out more about the inspiration behind their work. A cinema room will also be set up to screen a preview of the artists’ work on a rotating reel.

Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of sparkling wine. 50% of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Mayor of Hertford’s charities, St John Ambulance and Prostate Cancer UK.

Tickets can be purchased at Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre in The Wash, by telephoning 01992 584322 or online at https://hertfordartsfestivallaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

During the month-long Art Trail, artists will exhibit work in a prime town centre location. The public can view the pop-up exhibitions free of charge. The Trail is intended to encourage more visitors to the town centre, promote the artists whose work will be on sale and support the venues offering the exhibition space.

An array of mediums will be on display from sculpture to cartoonist, oil on canvas to pottery. Venue opening times will vary and selected artists will be offering workshops on site. It is suggested that visitors check opening times in advance by visiting www.gohertford.co.uk.

A hard copy of the events programme will be available to collect from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre from 1st April.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The Hertford Arts Festival has become a well-established annual event, and once again there will be something for every age and artistic taste to enjoy. The Art Trail provides a great opportunity to explore the town centre as well as the art work on display, and there are a record number of artists and businesses taking part this year.”

These are the forty four artists who are taking part in the Hertford Art Trail:
Artist Art Exhibition Location
Artist Art Exhibition Location
Nick Dittrich Il Vino Restaurant
Hannah Warmisham
Mudlarks Garden Café
Anna Schofield Il Vino Restaurant
Claire Costello
Mudlarks Garden Café
Amy Pettingill Il Vino Restaurant
Jennifer Millard
Mudlarks Garden Café Amy Wilson The Women's Society Tom Harman White Hart Hertford Nikki Roberson Love Locks Hair & Makeup Lounge Nicholas Shipton Gingerlillie Jane Ducarreaux Retail Therapy Jeanie Sondheimer Ruby Room Gemma Critchley Leaf Café Phil Potter Hertford Club Amanda German The Flower Bar Freda Bennet Hertford Club Hannah TusonHeasley Shepherds of Hertford Vanessa Carter Hertford Library Kellie Ahl Town & Tourist Information Centre Samantha Whitehouse Hertford Library Emma Marsden Town & Tourist Information Centre Carol Chesher Hertford Library Renzo Rizzi Town & Tourist Information Centre Rebecca Brindley Love Flowers Kirstie Tebbs The Classic Barber Rebecca Williams Courtyard Arts Paul Hillary Harwood Homes interiors John Rowlinson Scott Sports Tapocketa - Eleanor and Trevor McMullen’s Brewery Hazel Hawkins The Traditional Ottoman Barbers Ray Whyard Hertford Physiotherapy Alexandra Broad The Traditional Ottoman Barbers Oliver Smith Il Vino Café Michael Cook Cavavin William Butcher Il Vino Café Sarah Core Perrins Douglas McNab Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors Janet Gardner Lance James Jewellers Caryl Beach Hertford House Zoe Simons-Walker Abel of Hertford Laura Burns Eye Mind Heart Ruta Bartkeviciute Arts Hub Julie Arnall Hertford Hair Izabella Gkagkanis Kids Connection

The Hertford Arts Festival will culminate in the Hertford Castle Craft Market & Open Day on Sunday 5th May from 12pm – 4pm. There will be over thirty craft stalls exhibiting and selling an array of merchandise, and fun craft activities will be available free of charge for children, including a Giant Art Workshop.
The Arts Festival also includes other cultural events in the town including the Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition, Hertford Theatre Week and The Hertford Art Society Exhibition. More information can be found by visiting www.gohertford.co.uk nearer the time of the event.

Hertford Town Council Precept 2019/20

NEWS RELEASE
5th February 2019

HERTFORD TOWN COUNCIL PRECEPT FOR 2019/20
Following a number of years when its portion of Council Tax has been virtually static, Hertford Town Council has recently voted to increase its precept by 2.99% for the 2019/20 year. This is in line with increases by other local councils and will equate to an extra contribution to the Town of just 24p a month for average Band D households.

Bob Deering, Chairman of the Finance Policy and Administration Committee said:

“The prudent management of our finances is a priority issue for Hertford Town Council. Our budget is carefully considered and sustainable. We are proud that unlike many other councils we have not increased our precept at all for each of the years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18 while at the same time investing in existing services, new projects and initiatives to meet the needs of our town and its residents. We have also fully maintained the Town’s programme of Community Grants which benefits a wide range of local good causes. The overall precept increase during the present 4 year Civic cycle averages out at only 24 pence a month for the average Band D household which I hope residents will agree represents good housekeeping.”

Services to benefit from funding for the coming financial year will include:

- town centre Wi-Fi, match funding of the Taxi Marshal Scheme and continued funding of CCTV coverage in the town centre
- a full programme of events at Hertford Castle and in the town centre
- continued development of Neighbourhood Plans for the Sele and Bengeo Wards
- continued support of the town’s allotments at six sites in Hertford, Hertingfordbury and Bengeo
- continuing support for the improvements underway to the town centre

 

Hertford Volunteer Fair

NEWS RELEASE
9th January 2019

Hertford Volunteer Fair

The first Hertford Volunteer Fair will take place on Saturday 26th January at the Mill Bridge Rooms between 10am and 4pm. Organised by the Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, which is run by Hertford Town Council, and in partnership with Team Herts, the Fair will host up to 15 local organisations seeking volunteers, including Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, CHIPS, Hertfordshire Fostering Service, Guideposts, Isabel Hospice, Mudlarks, and Mind in Mid Herts.
The Volunteer Fair has been organised to raise awareness of the importance of this crucial sector, to explain the rewards of being a volunteer, and to offer volunteering opportunities with local organisations. Those seeking to do something new in 2019, to meet new people, to learn new skills, or simply to put existing skills to good use, are invited to attend and discover that helping people has its own rewards.
Guest speaker, Kat Sheperdson, Project Manager at Team Herts, will be giving a talk about the substantial value to the economy of the volunteering sector, and the enormous benefits to individuals considering volunteering as a vocation. The organisations attending the event will be on hand to provide information, to give advice and to encourage applications.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The Volunteer Fair will be a great opportunity for people to find out what is going on in our area that they could get involved in. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, to get involved in something new, and to make a difference to the lives of others and the local community.”

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Love Hertford Awards

HERTFORD TOWN COUNC IL

PRESS RELEASE
Monday 21st January 2019

Love Hertford Awards

Following the success of the 2018 Love Hertford Awards , the competition will return for 2019 and launches today.

Last year over 2,500 votes were cast by the public who selected their favourite traders.

The competition is 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.

At this stage of the competition, businesses are invited to enter free of charge for a chance to be crowned winner of the following categories, entering a maximum of two:

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

Businesses can collect an entry form from the Town and Tourist Information Centre, or enter online by visiting www .surveymonkey .co.uk/r/LoveHertfordAwards

The closing date for entries is Friday 15th March 2019 at 17.00.

The public will then be able to cast a vote for their preferred winner for each category. Information will be provided at the end of March.

The winner and finalist will be announced at an awards ceremony at Hertford St Andrew's Church in May.

Chairman of Development and Leisure, Cllr Jane Sartin said: "The Love Hertford Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of shops and services on offer in Hertford. I hope that we will see many businesses in the town centre and in community shopping areas entering the competition in order that their customers have the opportunity to vote for them once the competition gets fully underway."

 

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