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Community grants available from St Albans District Council!

Community groups and charities in St Albans District can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that help vulnerable people.

St Albans City and District Council has launched its £50,000 Community Project Fund for 2022/23.

The fund supports the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the whole community and are in keeping with the Council’s inclusion strategy.

Grants are primarily for time-limited projects run by smaller organisations and which meet a community need.

Councillor Sarwar Shamsher, Vice-Chair of the Housing and Inclusion Committee, said: “These grants offer very valuable assistance to the District’s voluntary and community groups and can be used for sport, arts, music, outdoor activities or social groups.

“The fund is a major part of our inclusion strategy that is intended to support residents who are in need. The groups who benefit do a great deal of important work that has helped thousands of people across the District.”

There are two rounds of funding this year, with the first opening on Thursday 16 June. A second round starts in November.

The Council’s Response Fund for 2022/23 has also opened for applications for grants from between £200 to £2,000 from a pot totalling £10,000.

Voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprise organisations and community interest companies can apply here:  

These grants are for small capital items or for funding for projects that need to be implemented quickly.

The Big Platinum Festival – Oh what a night!

Thursday 2 June – a fantastic stage was set up in our beautiful Greenwood Park for a very special event – celebrating 70 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign.

From 5:30pm, residents from the parish came in their throngs to join the relaxed community festival atmosphere.   An estimated 2,500 were in attendance! 

The music from the bands covered a great variety to please all.  The event was compered by Elvis Shmelvis who really brought the music together, singing his own classic songs whilst bands were setting up.

Bands on the night were Lady & The Tramp with fun singalong musical hits; The Brickets with classic 50s & 60s tunes; Starseedz with their indie guitar songs; and the night finished with The Beatroute playing party hits into the night with a full brass section.  People were up and dancing throughout!  A huge thanks to Elvis, his wife Sue and his team at Chiswell Studios who put on a fabulous show. 

Refreshment stalls were overrun as the event got busier, with some selling out before the end.  However, people were still in good spirits despite the queues as they could still hear and enjoy the music.  Big thanks to Gracey’s pizza, Westman Foods, Raj Kaur, The Overdraught pub, Lazy Llama, girl guides and Tipsy Bubbles who worked flat out to serve people.  

The focus of the evening moved to the national beacon lighting.  Everyone gathered to watch our postmistress and a community star of 34 years, Raj Kaur, light the beacon for all to see.  The amazing firework finale ensued with 7 minutes of wonder staring into the night sky to watch the brilliant display.   It was a mesmerising end to a special evening. 

Thank you to all who supported, helped, and attended.  You all contributed to an incredibly memorable evening.

Three Days of Celebrations

To celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, St Stephen Parish Council, together with the parish’s three residents’ associations, is hosting three days of special events in June.

On Thursday June 2, Coronation Day, there is a festival planned at Greenwood Park, Chiswell Green, with live local bands, food and drink stalls and, to make sure the day ends with a bang, fireworks and a beacon lighting ceremony.

The following day, Friday, June 3, at Park Street Recreation Ground, there is to be a Picnic and Vintage Gala beginning at 12.30pm and running until 4pm. The afternoon’s activities include fairground rides, vintage stalls and a children’s entertainer. Come in vintage outfit and you could win a prize!

Finally, on Saturday, June 4, It’s Bricket Wood’s turn to celebrate with a guided walk and afternoon tea.

Although full details of all events are being kept under wraps for now, it’s sure to be a fantastic few days – and a fine way both to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 Glorious Years and enjoy the start of what will hopefully be a fabulous summer.

Keep an eye on this website for updates!

Calling All Local Bands!!

St Stephen Parish Council is organising a fantastic celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June and is looking for talented local bands to take part.

To register your interest, fill in the form here. It’s going to be a great day – be a part of it!

Grow Your Business in 2022

Not sure of your business direction or financial situation post-COVID?

Free help is at hand!

Grow your business in 2022 is a programme of support for local businesses over a year old at NO COST.

Funding has been provided to St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA) to deliver a programme of business advice and training to help businesses who are suffering/have suffered as a result of the pandemic. STANTA has nearly 40 years’ experience of helping local businesses to start, grow and develop and is offering to help your business to consolidate, diversify if necessary and grow in 2022. And all at no cost to your business!

STANTA can advise on:

  • Managing debt and controlling costs
  • Business review
  • Advice on marketing: social media and networking
  • A clear action plan for the next three to six months
  • Financial planning
  • Diversification
  • Making your business online
  • Specific concerns relevant to your business
  • Trading successfully post COVID – download a Safe to Trade toolkit to help

The programme will start with a 90 minute Zoom meeting with an experienced business advisor who will help you determine the best way forward for your business. If you need to do more research to determine the way forward, a follow up meeting will be arranged as part of the programme.

You can then choose which training courses and workshops you attend to help you achieve the objectives you have identified.  Among the courses available are:

  • How to grow your business during challenging times
  • How to develop an effective continuity plan for your business
  • How to write a business plan
  • Putting your business plan into action
  • Bookkeeping
  • Introduction to Social Media

If you’re interested in registering for this FREE package of support, send an email to or telephone 01727 837760. Please provide these details:

  • your name
  • contact telephone number
  • business name
  • address, postcode of the business
  • description of what the business does 
  • your particular concerns / areas you’d particularly like help with.

STANTA will then contact you to arrange your Zoom meeting with a business adviser.