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Ice Cream Concession

Ice Cream Concession 2023-2024

Expressions of interest are invited for the provision of an ice cream van at Greenwood Park, Chiswell Green and Park Street Recreation Ground, Park Street, St Albans for the year from April 2023 to March 2024.

Interested parties should email the Assistant Clerk, Amanda Feron at amanda@ststephen-pc.gov.uk with company name and full contact details no later than 31 January 2023. Deadline for tender submission is 10 February 2023.

Have your say on Hertfordshire County Council’s budget spending (2023-24)

Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear your views on how they can make the fairest decisions possible as they develop their budget plans.

**REMINDER – the budget survey closes on Sunday 18th December **

Like all organisations across the country the ongoing impact of increasing inflation has added significantly to the pressures on Hertfordshire County Council’s budget. Having set a balanced budget for the next two years as recently as February 2022, we have since seen this position changing at pace with inflationary pressures having an impact on the day-to-day costs of our services.

In short, it’s costing a lot more to simply provide our services at current levels. For example, the bill to keep streetlights on has increased by 60%, that’s an extra £2.3 million a year just to keep the lights on after dark.  Despite this, thanks to close control and financial forecasting it has been possible to manage the in-year potential over-spend of £23.5million.

The Leader of our council has lobbied for the county via the Local Government Association, County Council’s Network, working with MPs and directly to Government to make it plain that an enhanced financial settlement is essential in order to keep the vital services running for the people of Hertfordshire.

Last week, the government announced that it will provide us with flexibility to set our levels of council tax. However, before any decisions, we want to hear from you.

Your feedback via this consultation will inform the discussions that our county councillors will have throughout January at public panel meetings and help decide the budget that is set for the council in the February 2023 Full Council.

The budget survey is open to all residents, town and parish councils, parish meetings and organisations in Hertfordshire and can be found here www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey

Sustainable Warmth Grant

Sustainable Warmth is a new Government scheme which can help pay for improvements to your home which will help you use less energy and spend less money on your energy bills. In Hertfordshire, the scheme is managed by Warmworks.

In order to qualify for funding: 

  • Your home should have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated E, F or G (D-rated homes can also be considered) – this will be assessed by Warmworks

And you are a low income household.  For example:

  • If your annual household income is under £30,000, or under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs.
  • Your household is on means-tested benefits.
  • An allowance will also be made for the number of children in your household, or if you have recently lost income.

For more details on the Sustainable Warmth grant and to find out if you are eligible by completing a short application form, click the following link: https://surveys.est.org.uk/s/GreenHomesGrantSchemeLAD or call Warmworks free of charge on 0808 196 8255. 

Cosy Community Hubs

Warm Spaces are community spaces open over winter months, offering a warm welcome and providing people struggling to heat their homes with somewhere to get warm, stay warm and enjoy a little company and some hot refreshments.

For more information and to volunteer, please contact:

Ajanta Hilton cllr.a.hilton@councillor.stalbans.gov.uk

Nuala Webb cllr.n.webb@councillor.stalbans.gov.uk


Remembrance Service 2022

Please join us on Sunday, November 13th for our Remembrance Service at St Stephen Parish Council War Memorial, Park Street St Albans. Beginning at 2.35pm with the Parade of Standards, led by the Harpenden Pipe Band, along Park Street from the railway bridge to the War Memorial. The service will start at 2.45pm following the arrival of the Parade of Standards and will be led by Rev’d Dr Nick Weir, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Frogmore. The service will close with the Parade of Standards returning along Park Street, led by the Lone Piper. The programme detailing the order of service will be available free at the memorial.

News from our Grounds staff

We have 3 new benches to place in each of the villages to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II. The bench for Park Street is already in place and we will be siting the others soon.

The Park Street village sign has been repaired and returned to the village.

We are continuing with our ongoing work to repair and maintain the 106 benches and 14 picnic tables in our care. We have started replacing worn and rotten wood with recycled plastic timber.

Hedges around the parish continue to be taken back at Greenwood Park as they are on a 3 yearly cycle.  

The goal nearest the bottom car park in play area at Greenwood has been taken away to allow the grass to recover.

Please be aware we will be putting a slow-release safe fertiliser out on the areas that get the most wear at Greenwood and Park Street Recreation Ground.  

 

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.

The Big Platinum Festival – final details

We can’t wait to welcome residents to our fantastic celebration of the Queen’s reign in our parish, bands will be playing throughout with beacon lighting at 9.35pm and fireworks at 9.55pm

Please walk, cycle, lift share etc as there will be very limited parking at the venue and beyond Midway Surgery car park.  No cars to be left overnight or they will be clamped

👑 bring your own blanket, foldaway chairs or just dance the night away!  There will be no seating provided

💰 please bring cash for some refreshment stalls

🚮 please take litter home or use bins provided

On the stage we have local bands playing a full range of music to suit all!    Please give a warm welcome to:

🎵 Lady & the Tramp – a dress up duo playing favourite musical and cinematic songs

🎵 Starseedz- a singer songwriter pair playing guitar centred indie folk sounds with orchestral tones

🎵 The Brickets – local band playing 50s & 60s sounds from the platinum era of rock and roll!

🎵 Beatroute- fantastic fun 8 member band sure to get the crowd dancing with range of pop songs including a brass section

🎵 Elvis Schmelvis- a local legend in his own right.  Lucky to have him compering the night and performing himself!

Our refreshment stalls are:

🍕 Gracey’s Pizza – freshly made delicious pizza

🍔 Girl Guides – BBQ of burgers and sausages (including vegan option) from locally sourced Hedges Farm

🦙 Lazy Llama – local cafe with range of savoury and sweet foods and a special royal cocktail!

🌮 Westman Foods – bringing range of Latin American and African foods to St Stephen

🍛 Indian delights – our very own Raj Kaur (postmistress) with range of vegetarian samosas and curries

🍺Overdraught- wide range of beers, wine and prosecco

🍸Tipsy Bubbles – fun alcoholic cocktails, range of Gins etc to keep you in the party mood!

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!

Greenwood Park Christmas Market

Sunday 5th December, 2-5.30pm, Greenwood Park Community Centre, Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3HW

Come and join us at our Christmas Market and sing-a-long! There will be more than 30 stalls selling gifts, hot food and mulled wine. Meet Santa at our free grotto with a present for children under 10. Live music, a festive atmosphere and a chance for a good sing-a-long to get into the Christmas spirit. Free entry, but please bring cash for some stalls.

For more, contact Cllr Ajanta Hilton – cllr.a.hilton@ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk