Welcome to the community website for the civil parish of Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. As well as the village of Little Berkhamsted, the parish includes the hamlets of Epping Green and Howe Green. The website is sponsored by the parish council for the entire community.
With a population of around 560, Little Berkhamsted is located in the district of East Herts, Hertfordshire, in beautiful countryside near the county town of Hertford. The village has an interesting history and can trace its past to Saxon times. It was in Little Berkhamsted that William the Conqueror accepted the surrender of the City of London after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The thriving village community has a parish church, St Andrew’s, two pubs; The Beehive in Epping Green and The Five Horseshoes, a cricket club, and a village store. The parish is criss-crossed with public footpaths and bridleways and is a lovely place to live, work and visit.
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across Little Berkhamsted will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request.
Census day is March 21.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk.
Can You Help?
Today, Healthwatch Hertfordshire are launching two surveys to better understand local residents' experiences of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The first survey is aimed at those who have received the vaccine and asks about their experiences of the appointment as well as the information/communication provided. The second survey is aimed at those yet to be offered the vaccine, exploring attitudes towards the vaccine, likelihood of take-up, and also their experience of communication related to the vaccine.
All other relevant information about this study can also be found on the link above.
The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Wednesday 17 March at 8pm. This will probably be held as a Zoom Video Conference. If you wish to attend, or have questions or comments for the council, please contact the parish clerk email@example.com before the meeting.
News & Events
From 1 April 2021 East Herts will be changing their brown bin service to a chargeable garden waste only collection service. Residents will be receiving an information leaflet though the door over the next few weeks. On their website there is a full list of FAQs and details of how to sign up, including a ‘how to’ video.
20's PLENTY FOR US!
The increasingly large volume of traffic speeding through our village is a major concern and one that is often brought up by residents at parish council meetings. We have decided to start a 20s Plenty for Little Berkhamsted campaign. Together with 20s Plenty for Hertfordshire we are campaigning for 20mph speed limits - without the need for speed bumps - on all built up roads in towns and villages across the county. If you would like to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found at https://www.20splenty.org
RECREATION COMMITTEE NEWS
There is no longer a separate Recreation Committee organising events in the village. Please read the article by Simon Hedley on the Events page for the full story.
Help the Village
One of the conditions of the East Herts Health and Wellbeing grant that we were awarded for the pavilion renovations is that we sell at least 50 tickets for our cause on the East Herts Lottery. Thank you to those who have already bought tickets, your support is very much appreciated. If you would like to help us in this way, and be in with the chance of winning £25,000, please go to Play the East Herts Lottery
Many thanks to everyone who worked to make Christmas 2020 as special as possible for the villagers of Little Berkhamsted. The Christmas lights decorating so many homes and the shop made a cheering sight. The wonderful Nativity scene, Christmas tree and carols in the churchyard reminded us all of the meaning of Christmas. The children enjoyed an Angel Trail through the village and Father Christmas popped in unexpectedly! The Parish Council with help from Linda Haysey, East Herts Council leader, and St Andrews delivered hampers filled with Christmas treats to some of our elderly and isolated residents. On behalf of the whole parish, thank you to all those involved.
It is lovely to see the playground being enjoyed by the children again.
In line with the Government's regulations please remember the following when visiting:
A maximum of 8 children in the area at one time. Only one household on each piece of equipment at a time. Observe social distancing. No eating or drinking is allowed in the area. The equipment is not regularly cleaned and hand sanitiser is not provided.
At the last Parish Council meeting on 20th January 2021 Cllr Ellis Downes, Chairman of Little Berkhamsted Parish Council, read a statement concerning Bridleway 18 which can be read on the Parish Council page.