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Village Day – Saturday 6th July

The Scarecrows are coming…

So many parishioners have expressed sadness at there being no Village Day last year and that the Scarecrows were not present the year before, so we are really happy to share with you that they are back this year!

The Scarecrows will be vying with each other to win the OSCARecrowS, with separate awards voted by both “older” and “younger” judges.

Please join in the fun and build a scarecrow – the more the merrier. If you don’t want to make a scarecrow, why not host one from outside of the village? Visiting scarecrows can either congregate at Scarecrow Corner or spend the day at a hotel along the village scarecrow trail.

Expect some old favourites around the green, such as the Maypole Dancing and the Dog Show. New, hopefully soon to be favourite, attractions will include a Bird of Prey Display and the Human Fruit Machine. Parish organisations and groups will again be taking part, with more stalls and games for all of the family to enjoy – you’ve probably ‘splat a rat’, but have you ever ‘milked a cow’?

If you’d like to enter a scarecrow, host someone else’s, have a stall and/or help on the day – please e-mail the PNS, use the Contact Us form with a general enquiry or call 434033.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt – Thank You All!

The dust has settled, the bunny paw prints are fading away from the path and calm has returned to the Parish. It was wonderful to see all ages attempting the games and quizzes together.

The search for the number of crosses in St. Martin’s sparked some earnest debate.  How many are there? Yet still no one knows for sure as you found more than we did!

If you’re curious to know what the other answers are, you can visit The Great Easter Egg Hunt Report. The winners of the games and quizzes have all received their prizes.

In all the excitement the Easter Hunt Team hardly took any photographs. If you have pictures and memories of the day that you would like to share we would love to put together a special web page for all to see. Please e-mail them to or just contact us for a mobile number you can send them to via WhatsApp. Note this e-mail address is especially for the Easter Egg Hunt and will be taken down later.

Thank you so much for coming, whether to play or help, and making this a very happy time, full of fun and laughter.

The Preston Trust Committee


A Big Thank You to all the Litter Pickers
The 2019 Spring Litter Pick held on Saturday 16th. March

On behalf of the Preston Trust committee, very many thanks to the 30 volunteers who very kindly came out to join in our Spring cleaning task, last Saturday morning. It was really heartening to have such a large, cheerful and enthusiastic team, especially in such inclement weather!

With so many pairs of hands available, we managed to clear all the lanes and the footpaths. The litter was the usual muddle of plastic, glass, rubber, metal and cardboard; NHDC have now collected all of this for us. Special thanks to the quartet who raked and collected up all the fallen branches, twigs and twiglets on The Green, and barrowed them over to Wal with his shredder, in front of the Red Lion. It was a very good effort by us all.

Our thanks also to those walkers and dog-walkers who regularly, throughout the year, collect up any litter which they see on their usual walks - this is just 'good-housekeeping' for the parish, and is much appreciated. Please continue to report any 'fly-tipping' which you see, in the usual way. Our sincere thanks again.

Liz Hunter, Preston Trust committee member

Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan

On the advice of NHDC, the Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan was put on hold last year because of delays to the NHDC Local Plan 2011-2031. As a result of further discussions with NHDC and the publication of the main modifications to the Local Plan, it is now possible to proceed with the Neighbourhood Plan. The Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan Second Submission has been sent to NHDC and a Formal Public Consultation has been conducted.

The Formal Public Consultation (Regulation 16) is now closed

Further information and copies of the plan, with associated documents, can be found on the North Herts District Council website by following this link

The Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents are also available on the Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan website:

Village Day – Saturday 6 July
--- The Scarecrows are coming…
--- Scarecrow Hotels
---What’s On
The Preston Trust Looking at the coming months
Tim Liddell, Churchwarden, All Saints’ Writes
Parish Council Bottle Tombola
Preston Village Society
Albany Bassets Open Day Sunday 2 June

Dates To Remember
St Martin’s Church And All Saints’ Church Services
A Letter From the Reader of our Parish
St Martin’s Church 120 Club
Neighbourhood Watch… Read More


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