Councillors provide grants totalling £57k for local causes

Councillors provide grants totalling £57k for local causes

Funds contributed from Hertfordshire County Councillor Locality Budgets have helped to support local organisations with a wide range of community needs and requirements.

Each of the grants provide much needed funds for a range of initiatives and activities and are in line with the Hertfordshire County Council vision to help make a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire.

Locality Budgets continue to make a positive difference to Hertfordshire communities, with thousands of projects funded since the launch of the initiative in 2009. The following grants have a combined value of £56,995

David Barnard (Hitchin Rural, North Herts) has given £400 to Ickleford Community Larder CIC to support a food rescue and community larder. The funding will pay for ongoing supplies and improvements of equipment such as new plastic tubs for produce, hi-vis vests for Sunday volunteers, new lanyard identification for the volunteers attending supermarkets, training and maintenance of the CIC owned van.

David Barnard (Hitchin Rural, North Herts) has given £400 to Offley & Lilley Magazine Committee (The Village Voice) to contribute to the printing costs of The Village Voice, which has moved into deficit as advertisers have switched to social media. The Village Voice is a community magazine circulated to over 1,000 households in Lilley, Offley, Cockernhoe, Tea Green & Kings Walden.

David Barnard (Hitchin Rural, North Herts) has given £400 to Lilley WI to help assist with Hall Hire costs. This will help the village WI group keep going. Having existed for over 80 years. This group is important to general village life giving some older members a social activity that helps promote well-being.

David Barnard (Hitchin Rural, North Herts) has given £500 to Holwell Parish Council to help fund the tiling and mirrors above wash basins in the toilets in the changing rooms of the new Pavilion.

David Barnard (Hitchin Rural, North Herts) has given £500 to Home-Start Hertfordshire to help support parents struggling with mental health issues which can be detrimental to children’s development and future outcomes. Home-Start supports vulnerable families who are struggling, throughout Hertfordshire. With the funding, Home Start mentors can offer support to help parents cope better, so they can re-build their confidence and face their challenges by providing emotional and practical support, offering advice and coping strategies that the parents can bring into their everyday lives.

Nigel Bell (West Watford) has given £500 to Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers to fund family stay and play groups, helping isolated families to have the opportunity to interact with others and build positive local support networks. The volunteers accompany families who would otherwise lack the confidence to attend and help them to engage. The groups offer young children activities which promote their development and help to prepare them for school, including songs, stories and group activities.

Nigel Bell (West Watford) has given £400 to Watford Sheltered Workshop Limited to help support the provision of work skills training and life skills training to adults with disabilities. People with disabilities sit far from the employment market and often leave school without the skills necessary to get on well in life. Funding through the Councillors locality budget gives the group the opportunity to help us alleviate these problems for local residents with disabilities.

Nigel Bell (West Watford) has given £500 to West Herts ABC and Educational Support CIC to help a boxing coach and Provision tutor based in Watford to offer classes to children of all backgrounds. The funding will subsidise fees for under privileged children and young people and to help those who have been affected by the hike in cost of living, to help them continue and take part during term time activities.

Tina Bhartwas (Letchworth North, North Herts) has given £1500 to Letchworth Garden City Bowls Club to help replace the ditch mats around the club Bowls Green. They are almost 30 years old and showing signs of wear. The matting is laid in the bottom of the concrete ditches to prevent damage to any bowls which land in the ditch.

Laurence Brass (Bushey North, Hertsmere) gave £700 to the Bushey Festival (Association) for the ‘Festival in the Park’, a free-to-attend event that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to be entertained and informed. This will contribute towards the costs of staging the finale event, ‘Festival in the Park’, primarily Staging and Lighting, Marquee and toilet hire, Volunteers and Performers expenses, Security and First aid, Waste and recycling, Advertising and Promotion, Licensing and Insurance.

Laurence Brass (Bushey North, Hertsmere) has given £1145 to HCC Environment and Transport to support the upgrade of new road traffic signs to raise driver awareness in Three Valley Way, Bushey. These signs will raise driver awareness of children accessing and egressing from a playground. All highway users will benefit from these highway improvements.

Morris Bright (Potters Bar and Shenley, Hertsmere) gave £500 to Bosnian Community Associations in Hertfordshire to support the end of supplementary school year. The funding paid for indoors and outdoors activity for pupils and parents who attend the Saturday supplementary school and activities at the event included will chess, pool, snooker, table tennis, football and badminton.

Eric Buckmaster (Sawbridgenorth, Herts East) has given £250 to Spellbrook Primary School to create a wormery and composting area. In this important area of learning, one aspect is guiding children in making relationships and showing care and concern for others. As a group the children hunt for the worms, children cooperate and work together with the adult and friends as they take turns to lift objects to discover the worms. When a worm is found, it’s important to explain how to be gentle when moving the worm to the wormery, so they don’t hurt the worm.

Richard Butler (Borehamwood South, Hertsmere) has given £2000 to Borehamwood Foodbank to help provide food and dignity to the most vulnerable. The funding will pay for the provision of well-balanced and nutritional food packs to service users.

Caroline Clapper (Watling, Hertsmere) has given £200 to Elstree and Borehamwood Community Charity to help Borough Councillors from Bushey, Radlett, Elstree and Borehamwood buy much needed equipment for the special needs using their Pavilion and Playground. Once the equipment is installed the Special Needs children and their families will benefit

Adrian England (Hemel Hempstead Town, Dacorum) has given £500 to Signpost Youth Counselling for additional counselling sessions to help clear the ever-growing waiting list. The funding will be prioritised towards Hemel young people. Staff and volunteers at Signpost have reducing their waiting list from over 400 people. There are currently 74 referrals waiting to be seen by a Signpost member of staff. With an average of 2 additional referrals every day this waiting list is expected to grow back again soon.

Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey) has given £536 to Hertfordshire County Council for the installation of advance warning signs to stop HGVs using narrow streets. This is a jointly funded scheme between Highway Maintenance and Members Locality budgets. Hertfordshire County Council is the local highway authority responsible for maintaining the network and to keep the highway in a safe condition for all road users and pedestrians. Furthermore, HCC protects the rights of the public to use and enjoy the highway. The additional sign will provide advance warning to stop the HGV drivers using Cambridge Road as a short cut.

Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey) has given £1940 to Hertfordshire County Council for highway improvement works in Queens Road j/w Lord Street, Watford. This is a joint funded together with highway improvement works where the funding will be used to improve the street furniture to protect the highway users and assets.

Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey) has given £2010 to Hertfordshire County Council to support an environmental pedestrian protection scheme with the installation of pedestrian guard railing and bollards in order to alleviate dangerous and inconsiderate footway parking.

John Hale (Colney Heath and Marshalwick, St. Albans) has given £750 to St John Fisher Catholic Primary School for the purchase of curriculum books for the pupils. The grant will ensure that the children have access to curriculum material to enhance their learning needs. This grant will allow the teachers at school to not only save precious time from copying excerpts from text but aid essential learning; enabling the children to have a positive learning experience.

Dee Hart (Waltham Cross, Broxbourne) has given £300 to The Cross Breakfast Club
in Waltham Cross to help pay towards rent and provisions as well as providing the service on Saturdays during school holidays for local families and their children.

Roni Hearn (Shephall, Stevenage) has given £800 to Hearts for Herts CIO for lifesaving bleed kits to be co-located in public access defibrillator cabinets in Stevenage. The funding will pay for 10 bleeding kits to be included in the existing public access defibrillator cabinets in Shephall. Cllr Hearn has also given £1000 to Ashtree Primary School for a defibrillator to be fitted on the school site.

Teresa Heritage (Harpenden Southwest, St. Albans) has given a grant of £1500 to The Grove Infant and Nursery School for the development and enhancement of a courtyard playground area.

Fiona Hill (Royston East and Ermine, Herts East) has given £250 to Trinity Life Church Roystonto help pay for the running of a community project called “Make Lunch Royston” during school holidays this year. During 2024 Make Lunch will open for at least 20 Lunch Club sessions, and 1 Christmas party, at least twice per week during every school holiday.

Fiona Hill (Royston East and Ermine, Herts East) has given £200 to Royston Community Association to help pay room hire for the not-for-profit group, Royston Community Association. It has limited ability to raise funds other than from grants and donations and may soon need to close if more money cannot be raised. They group meets every week on Thursday mornings and regularly has 20 to 30 people attending.

Fiona Hill (Royston East and Ermine, North Herts) has given £800 to Reed Cricket Club to help provide high-quality cricket coaching and development opportunities for young people in the community. The club has a thriving junior section, offering training sessions for boys and girls from the age of 5 upwards. The club also runs a number of junior cricket teams. The club’s junior coaches are all qualified and experienced, and they are passionate about developing young players and instilling in them a love of the game. The club runs a number of development initiatives, including coaching camps, matches against other clubs, and participation in tournaments. Fiona has also given £412 to Reed Cricket Club to reseed the whole of the cricket square using specialised equipment of the type used by golf clubs.

Paula Hiscocks (Rickmansworth West, Three Rivers) has given £3000 to Maple Cross JMI and Nursery to fund the development of an outdoor classroom to increase the quality and opportunities for children to learn outside. The school sought to develop a safe and comfortable space where classes of children could learn outdoors on a regular basis.

Paula Hiscocks (Rickmansworth West, Three Rivers) has given £500 to Sustainable Three Rivers CIC to support the creation of a fruit and vegetable garden in the heart of Rickmansworth, bringing residents together and learning/teaching all how to grow produce.

Paula Hiscocks (Rickmansworth West, Three Rivers) has given £195 to InspireAll to purchase a banner for the promotion of a free Physical Fun session at Mill End Community Centre for families with children under 5. The Family Centre Service, which is made up of the Family Support Service and Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting), provide support for families with children Under 5 to promote healthy lifestyles.

Calvin Horner (Bishops Stortford East, Herts East) £1000 to Citizens Advice East Herts to run a weekly Contact Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, staffed with trained supervisors, to triage clients who need extra support and advice. The funding will pay for the salary and travel costs for a highly trained and experienced supervisor to run a weekly Contact Centre, in Bishop’s Stortford which is an area with high levels of need.

Jeff Jones (Buntingford, Herts East) has given £700 to Buntingford Town Council to help with the planting of railing planters on High Street, Buntingford. The addition of summer and autumn bedding will improve the area and make it welcoming for residents and visitors, always greatly appreciated by all.

Jonathan Kaye (Ware South, Herts East) has given £1500 to The Secret Space to provide yoga classes for senior citizens at Folly View, a retirement housing complex that has 32 retirement properties. The Secret Space will organise weekly yoga classes and afternoon social activities to foster a community spirit and give the retirees the opportunity to take control of their health.

Tony Kingsbury (Welwyn, Welwyn Hatfield) has given £500 to Herts Domestic Abuse Helplineto help build awareness of their service and educate those who are directly affected. There has a rise in professionals calling the Helpline, including social workers, GPs, dentists, pharmacies and teachers. 68% of people who endure DA suffer clinical depression. 20% of women take time off from work due to DA. 50% of people who endure DA are targeted by their abusers while at work and it is employers’ responsibility to ensure their organisation is equipped with the necessary training to be able to provide support.

Paul de Kort (Harpenden North-East, St. Albans) has given £150 to HACRO – The Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders to help fund The HACRO Achievement Awards Ceremony. Awards were given to those who won the acclaim of the selection panel. HACRO is a unique Hertfordshire charity that helps people who have been significantly on the wrong side of the law.

Chris Lloyd (Croxley, Three Rivers) has given £1000 to the Croxley Guild of Sport and Social Club for the refurbishment of kitchen facilities in the Clubhouse in order to meet the 20th century demands of the sporting clubs that make up Croxley Guild, and to help support the work of the Coaches and parents in the running of Junior Sections of the main sports users.

Chris Lloyd (Croxley, Three Rivers) gave £1000 to Croxley Green Society to support the Croxley Revels with the costs associated with an event on Croxley Green. The grant helped to cover the cost of St John Ambulance staff, hire of toilets and barriers for the event.

Paul Mason (Hoddesdon South, Broxbourne) has given £300 to Friends of Barclay Park to help provide a storage shed for tools for Hoddesdon volunteers. The funds will be put towards the purchase of a shed, base and possible installation costs and shed will be housed within the Lowfield Cricket Club.

Graham McAndrew (Bishops Stortford Rural, Herts East) has given £6420 to Hertfordshire County Council to purchase an air quality monitor in Bishop’s Stortford. The cost covers the purchase of the real time monitor, software licence for 5 years and replacement gas sensor. The project will enable real time monitoring of air quality in Bishop’s Stortford. It will connect to a public facing dashboard that will enable those in the local area to view the trends in the data and make decisions over when and how they travel. The full data collected will also be able to be used by colleagues in East Herts council.

Michael Muir (Baldock and Letchworth East, North Herts) has given £500 to Nightingale Residents’ Association AKA Nightingale Community Group to replace worn-out and damaged ‘hopping logs’ natural play element in the community garden with new, similar ones with more substantial fixing for longevity. The local children use these for play and learning to count.

Michael Muir (Baldock and Letchworth East, North Herts) has given £500 to Baldock and Ashwell Action Aid Ukraine to help support Hosts and Ukrainian Guests to live in the UK. This will help Guests to set up home independently. All the Guests are low earners and are receiving Universal Credit. Currently out of the 8 families supported with hosts, three are moving into houses or apartments in Baldock, two from hosts in Letchworth and one from hosts in Baldock. Two families from Letchworth have found accommodation through the Letchworth Heritage Foundation.

Michael Muir (Baldock and Letchworth East, North Herts) has given £1000 to George Butcher Memorial Trust to provide an annual grant financial support to students for further education and apprenticeships. Application grants are made from the interest of money invested with Charities Official Investment Fund (COIF) and Church Charities and Local Authorities (CCLA). Granted by trustees of the George Butcher Memorial Trust to Baldock students for support in leaving full time education and going into further education, apprenticeships or trades and carried out annually in September.

Richard Roberts (Kings Langley, Dacorum) has given £500 to Headway Hertfordshire Limitedto help with the support and care of those affected by a brain injury. The organisation provides support for over 300 people, offering therapies, counselling, plus peer support.

Richard Roberts (Kings Langley, Dacorum) has given £1000 to St Pauls Church, Chipperfieldfor the replacement of a 20-year-old kitchen in the local vicarage.

Anthony Rowlands (St. Albans East) has given £500 to Earthworks St Albans to help with vehicle maintenance. The funding will pay for essential maintenance of the Earthworks on Wheels van, which is used to take our Earthworkers into the community. This van allows Earthworkers to go into the community to engage in gardening activities in the local area, enabling Earthworkers to contribute to their local area and use their skills to benefit others.

Sally Symington (Tring, Dacorum) has given £3080 to Tring Together to help pay for the hire of the Victoria Hall for the Tring Music Partnership Gala on Sat 16th March which offers a free musical workshop session for young adults which then leads to an evening performance. The Spring Fayre Launch Day on Sat 20th April will include a mobile zoo where children and can feed, stroke and watch various farm animals and a trampoline stunt show which is the highlight of Tring Summer Carnival Day Sat 29th June.

Sally Symington (Tring, Dacorum) has given £719 to DENS to support the purchase of two new laptops to replace the current old and faulty laptops. The purchase of new laptops will allow staff and volunteers to work efficiently and remotely were required, across a range of essential services and support clients in a time of increasing need.

Sally Symington (Tring, Dacorum) has given £5000 to Impactful Governance C.I.C to help with setting up LGBTQ+ and disability support in Tring. The primary beneficiaries will be residents of Tring, Hertfordshire. They will be LGBTQ+ people with or without disability who need specialist support from organisations like Impactful that has the lived experience. Impactful is a “Disability Leading Organisation” as accredited by the DWP.

Sally Symington (Tring, Dacorum) has given a grant of £1000 to Tring Child Contact Centre to pay for the ongoing costs of hall hire. The space where families are met has to meet specific requirements so that the parents do not have to meet each other at all. The current hall is conveniently centrally located, and also has outside facilities. Crucially, this allows for children to spend time outdoors playing games they would otherwise not be able to do. The key element is that the contact centre provides a safe, welcoming environment where children can spend time with a parent they don’t live with.

Sarah Tallon (London Colney, St. Albans) has given £500 to Highfield Park Trust to support the organisation of a Summer Forest School. For the past two years the school has arranged this during the school holidays and used a trained Forest School practitioner. Free places are offered to those children who may not, otherwise, be able to access the activity. The funding will be used to contribute to the offer of free places to schools in London Colney.

Sarah Tallon (London Colney, St. Albans) has given a grant of £1500 to London Colney Parish Council to pay for raised timber beds, soil, fertiliser, seeds and fruit tree saplings, communal gardening tools, shed. This is expected to bring communities together, help reduce living costs, creating greater biodiversity and reducing CO2.

Richard Thake (Knebworth and Codicote, North Herts) has given £500 to Stevenage and Knebworth Twins Club to help purchase 4 children’s size tables and 16 chairs for the playgroup for use by other Knebworth Village Hall users.

Richard Thake (Knebworth and Codicote, North Herts) has given £250 to support Green and Ables for the Codicote Rewilding Project. This will help with the purchase of seeds, bulbs, shrubs and hedges, water butts, some tools and compost bins. The reason this project has started because some of the green belt that once was habitat to thousands of micro to large creatures was lost when 176 houses were erected on the site.

Ron Tindall (Hemel Hempstead, St. Pauls, Dacorum) has given £1000 to Community Action Dacorum to help fund a BBQ to thank their volunteers who come from all over the borough to support others. Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North-West, Dacorum) has also given £50 to Community Action Dacorum.

Alastair Ward-Booth (Bishops Stortford West, Herts East) and Eric Buckmaster (Sawbridgeworth, Herts East) have given £350 and £300 respectively to Bishop’s Stortford Child Contact Centre. This is for toys, equipment, and volunteer expenses (including training) for the expanding service providing which is providing additional contact sessions in East Herts and working towards enhanced accreditation to provide supervised contact from August 2024. By expanding the service to provide more availability of contact sessions and greater accessibility across the East Herts area the Centre aims to meet the increasing demand for low cost and professionally run child contact services.

Chris White (St. Albans Central) has given £500 to Sustainable St Albans to help fund their Sustainability Festival (SustFest24) in St Albans, Harpenden and villages which is a 10- day festival with a large variety of sustainably themed events. The funding will pay for project coordination, advertising materials, logistics and promotion of SustFest24. SustFest24 is the 9th annual festival, and it encourages community groups/schools/businesses/faith groups/individuals etc to take part and run an event on a sustainability theme. The dates for the festival are 7th-16th June.

Tim Williams (Woodside Stanborough, Watford) has given £500 to Leavesden JMI School to support the refurbishment of the local Nature Reserve. And provide materials so that children can build bee houses, bug hotels as well as sensory plants and herbs in amongst the nature reserve.

Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) has given £1000 to Hatfield United Football Club to help fund the efficient running of five teams with the cost of providing goal nets, football kits, training equipment and first aid items. This football benefits players from youth to Veterans providing a healthy sporting outlet for the local community

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