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.
Little Berkhamsted Playground has reopened
When using our playground we need you to stay safe, so please take note of the following:
- The maximum number of children allowed within the playground at any one time is 8
- If the maximum number of children has been reached please do not enter and wait outside of the play area
- When entering the play area please give way to adults and children exiting and keep your distance
- Only 1 child should use each piece of equipment at any one time unless you are all from the same household
- Please observe social distancing in line with government guidance for waiting queues and when using the play area
- The Council is not providing hand sanitiser in our play areas, we advise you wash/sanitise your hands before and after using the equipment. You may also wish to bring your own wipes.
- Children should be supervised carefully to maintain good hygiene and should not use play areas if they have any signs or symptoms of coronavirus
We will continue to inspect the play area regularly to keep it safe from hazards such as trips and faulty equipment. Regular, enhanced cleaning is not practically possible so to help us keep the play area safe, we ask that you adhere to the guidance above. Thank you. LBPC
Enjoy your play!
Article in the Mercury 30th June
Cricket and community hub bowled over by council grant
The historic cricket pavilion at Little Berkhamsted is being transformed into a cricket and community hub with help from an £8,000 community grant from East Herts Council. Peter Kent, who sits on the parish council, said the village had been hoping it might receive that amount – the maximum available from this fund – but was delighted when the figure was confirmed. The cricket club dates from 1883 and since 1947 has been home to the Little Berkhamsted Sahibs Cricket Club.
Peter said: “The last major renovation to the pavilion was back in 1977 when the late renowned commentator Brian Johnston, who was born in our village, opened the building. But we have to face the fact that cricket isn’t as popular as it was and we needed to find a way to reinvent the pavilion. “Turning it into a community hub will benefit the whole parish and will also ensure that cricket can be played here for ever.”
The £50,000 project has also benefitted from an anonymous local donation of £25,000 as well as funding from the parish council.
Peter said: “We are excited as the project enters its final phase so that our much loved community pavilion can once again be used by the cricket club, the village and the wider local community.”
Unfortunately, due to the lockdown the Annual Parish Meeting that was to be held on 13th May has been postponed. It will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Wednesday 19th August at 8pm. If government regulations allow, this will be held in the village hall with social distancing measures in place. If you wish to attend, please email the parish clerk as numbers may be limited. Otherwise, the meeting will be held via Zoom. If you are unable to attend please let the clerk know if there are comments or questions that you wish to be raised at the meeting. Thank you. For the meeting ID and other details email email@example.com - agenda
News & Events
Unfortunately, the exhibition in Hertford Museum about the villages of Little Berkhamsted and Bayford that was scheduled in June was unable to take place due to the lockdown. However, the museum has published a very informative booklet which can be downloaded here and the museum's main website also features some oral pieces by people from the two villages.
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
Village Food Bank
There is a box containing food bank items in the church porch. Please help yourself or take items on behalf of a neighbour in need. All contributions to the box welcome.
Please consider your neighbours before lighting a bonfire. Avoid beautiful sunny days when people are drying washing, have windows open and are enjoying their gardens.
News from Herts County Council