Notice Board

previous arrownext arrow
Streaming Of Church Services For April

Sadly, due to the Coronavirus there is no public worship for the foreseeable future and the church will remain closed. We will be live streaming a service of Holy Communion every Sunday at 10.30.

Access to the broadcast will be via the A Church near you St Paul’s Walden web page or go to the website and search St Paul’s Walden

Good Friday 10 April 2.00pm-3.00pm The last hour on the cross
Easter Day Sunday 12 April 10.30am Readings: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18
Sunday 19 April. 10.30am Readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; John 20:19-end
Sunday 26 April. 10.30am Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Luke 24:13-35
Sunday 3 May. 10.30am Readings: Acts 2:42-end; John 10:1-10


Farmer Clarkie is on the way…

Our next adventure to relieve the boredom… learning WordPress and bringing Farmer Clarkie to the Preston website... is on the way. Please check back later or tomorrow.

You can also find Farmer Clarkie on facebook

Neighbourhood Plan Published in Hardback

A number of residents have asked if they could have a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan as a printed and bound book. This can be organised at a cost of between £10 and £21.50 for a full colour, high quality, proper hardback copy with a sewn binding. The price will be determined by the total number of copies printed with a minimum print of 25. Anyone who would like a copy can complete the online form at

Closing date for orders is Tuesday 5 May.

The actual cost will be confirmed to those who have ordered copies before the order is submitted to the publisher with details of how to pay.

If you need to look at the Neighbourhood Plan online to decide if you want to order a hardback copy, please visit and follow the link (10 lines down the page) to Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2018 – 2031

The book will contain all 112 pages of the plan. In addition to the 27 pages which detail the planning policies there are:

  • Chapters on the history, heritage, buildings and natural environment of Preston
  • The outline story of writing our plan, its objectives and our community rights
  • Over 150 photographs from around the parish
  • 23 annotated maps

Food and garden waste collection

NHDC temporarily stops food and garden waste collections in North Herts

From Monday 30 March, North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) will be suspending collection of food waste caddies and garden waste until further notice.

All food waste should now be placed into your purple refuse bin.

NHDC have made these changes, due to the unprecedented circumstances we are faced with during the Coronavirus pandemic. By suspending collection of food waste and garden waste, this means NHDC can prioritise the collection of refuse and recycling and hope that changes made will help them to maintain a sustainable level of service during staff shortages.

For more information please visit

NHDC temporarily stops food and garden waste collections in North Herts



The Great Easter Egg Hunt 2020 – Postponed

This was going to be on Saturday 4 April, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Postponed - Please Read Below

Dear Children, Parents and Guardians,

Due to the developments in the Coronavirus situation the Easter Egg Hunt is being postponed. The Easter Eggs’ best by dates are next year. We will still be able to have a great fun filled afternoon – just not on the original day.

Please let us know if you are interested. Having your booking (which does not commit you to the day) will give us your contact details so we can keep you updated. It also helps us buy enough eggs, while they are available, including anything needed to cater for any allergies or intolerances. Payment of £2 per child will be on the day.

If you don’t want to book now, you can still book when the new date is announced.

Follow a short trail through the village to where the Easter Eggs are waiting, with things to do along the way… Will there be Easter Chicks to play among or bunny paw prints to hop along?

With different questions to answer, challenges to try and new games to play, come along and enjoy this fun filled afternoon! A great time to share with all the family.

To book, or ask questions, please use our Event Contact Form

We look forward to welcoming you – Rae, Preston Trust committee member

Preston Gardens Open Day – Cancelled

Open Gardens PosterOur Open Gardens Day, Sunday May 24th 2020: cancellation

Our Open Gardens Day,  Sunday May 24th 2020:  cancellation

It is with huge regret that we have decided to cancel this year's Open Gardens Day. This seems sensible to us, whilst we all concentrate on other serious matters in the coming months.

Thank you all very much once again for such enthusiastic and generous support over many years, as flower arrangers, gardeners, ticket sellers and car park attendants, sandwich makers and cake bakers, and not forgetting Chris and Michelle with the beehive and many pots of honey on The Green. The income generated by this event each year has made a very significant and most welcome contribution to St. Martin's church.

The event has always been such a splendid annual achievement for our small community, since it was bravely initiated by Margaret Cashin and Sue Kellard 29 years ago. With such amazing talent and skill on display in all its aspects, this Day has become a highlight of the 'horticultural calendar' in this neighbourhood, with very many visitors returning each year to enjoy it all.

With love and good wishes to you all, Meta, Pam and Liz

Follow this link for Pictures from 2019 and 2018.

We Voted YES – Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Our Parish - Our Say - Our Future


Dear Resident

We would like to thank everyone who voted in the Referendum and everyone who contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan during its production. We’re pleased to tell you that the outcome was positive with 128 (91%) voting for the Neighbourhood Plan and 13 (9%) voting against it.

This means that the Neighbourhood Plan will be formally made by NHDC in a few weeks’ time and will be used by planning officers when determining every planning application for the parish until 2031.

Kind regards - Di, Fay, Jane, Liz, Margaret, Rae and Wal
The Steering Group

The Scarecrows… May be a bit late getting here

Saturday 27 June

Last month we told you that the Scarecrows are coming. It seems unlikely that we will have our Community Fun Day and Scarecrow Festival as planned on Saturday 27th June.

We will keep you updated on revised plans.

It is our hope that The Preston Trust and PHC will still be able to organise a joint community fun day to celebrate Village Day and the 200th anniversary of the founding of Princess Helena College.


Tatmore Hills Loop Preston – Circular Walk

Starting from the Red Lion Pub,
a walk of approximately 4.8km / 3m and 1 hour long.

This is a circular walk starting an d finishing at the Red Lion Pub. Details and map are available as an A4 leaflet from the Red Lion Pub and on the Village Green next to the Notice Board.

Follow this link - Tatmore Hills Loop Preston - to open, print or download a copy (PDF, 573 kB).

Produced by Preston Parish Council as part of the Parish Paths Partnership,funded by Hertfordshire County Council.

Supported by the Parish Paths Partnership.

Preston News Service (PNS)
Streaming Of Church Services For April
The Red Lion
Kings Walden Stores
Help Is Available
Neighbourhood Watch
Register With The Owl System
Preston Village Hall is Closed
Preston Parish Council: Wednesday 22 April… Read More

Canon Stephen Writes:
Two poems by A E Housman (1859-1936)
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
Last Minute Update - The Vicar Writes:
Sharing Photos (Paintings and Illustrations)
The 2020 Spring Litter Pick: Saturday, March 14th, 10.00am – 12 noon
The Red Lion
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Preston Open Gardens – Sunday May 24th 2020: CANCELLED
The Preston Trust AGM
The Scarecrows… May be a bit late getting here
Phone And Broadband Issues
Preston Neighbourhood Plan
--- Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan as a printed and bound book
Neighbourhood Watch
Register With The Owl System
Hitchin Foodbank
Preston – Bin Collection
COVID-19 and the Newsletter… Read More


Preston News Service

The Preston News Service (PNS) provides fast email distribution of events and notices concerning the parish and its people. Please contact the Preston Trust, using the link at the bottom of every page, or use the following links to:

How this site is organised