August 2021

Castlefield Planning Application

Residents are reminded that the Planning Application for this development is available on the North Hertfordshire District Council website:, reference: 21/02076/FP. The closing date is TUESDAY 31 AUGUST.

The postal address for representations on the application is: North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW.

Further details can be found on the green additional newsletter which was delivered on18 or 19 July to all households in the Parish.

Preston residents are advised and encouraged to respond to the planning application and make their views known, whether they support or object to it, even if they responded to the consultation in June which was organised by the developer, Osprey Homes. The decisions on the development of this site will be decided by NHDC Councillors at a Planning Control Meeting.

Anyone with queries is welcome to contact:

NHDC Local Plan

All responses to the recent Local Plan Further Main Modifications Consultation have been sent to the Inspector. NHDC expect to receive his final report in October or November.

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services

A recording of the service from All Saints can be found on the link below:

Sunday 1st August 9.30am Sunday Worship at St Martin’s

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6: 24-35

11am Holy Communion at All Saints
6.30pm Hitchin Team Evensong at St Faith’s
Sunday  8th August 9.30am





Holy Communion at St Martin’s

Ephesians 4: 25-5:2

John 6: 35, 41-51


Sunday Worship at All Saints

6.30pm Hitchin Team Evensong at Holy Saviour
Sunday 15th August 10am Joint Service of Holy Communion at All Saints

Ephesians 5: 15-20

John 6: 51-58

6.30pm Hitchin Team Evensong at St Mark’s
Sunday 22nd August


9.30am Sunday Worship at St Martin’s with Baptism

Ephesians 6: 10-20

John 6: 56-59

11am Holy Communion at All Saints
6.30pm Hitchin Team Evensong at St Mary’s
29th August 10am Joint Service of Holy Communion at St Martin’s

James 1: 17-end

Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

6.30pm Hitchin Team Evensong at All Saints

Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

Cautiously we are emerging from lockdown, and all of us are using our best judgment on how to stay safe and treat others with consideration.

Our church services are slightly different. Masks are discretionary, although some will continue to wear them. We are now able to sing as a congregation, which is lovely. We shall continue for the time being to take communion in the way we have been used to take it, and review this in time.

May I draw your attention to the Hitchin Team evensongs every Sunday in August. I am preaching at the evensong in St Mark’s Hitchin on 15 August.

All Saints St Paul’s Walden is hosting the final evensong on 29 August. Each service is at 6.30, followed by refreshments, and I invite you to make a note of this in your diary. Do come if you can!

And now a request…….

As you may know, new facilities have been added to the church here – a WC and kitchenette – which make it more attractive for wider use. Over the next few weeks, we want to be actively exploring additional uses for the church. My invitation to you is to get in touch with me –

– if you would like to suggest or propose an activity. In this way, St Martin’s can fulfil its role as a community resource, as well as a place of worship and prayer.

Meanwhile, the summer is in full flow. If you are planning to go on holiday, I hope you have a great time. And if not, that time spent at home will be relaxing for you.

With every blessing


From The Church Registers

18th July 2021. Baptism of Maya Harriet Sterling, age 1 year.

St Martin’s Church 120 Club Draw 2020/2021

The winners in the July draw in the 2021/22 120 Club (£30 each) were:

No. 88 Mr & Mrs P Hodgson
No.109 Mr J Morley

Neighbourhood Watch

The number to contact at North Herts Police for all non-emergencies (including witnessing of fly-tipping) is 101 or 01707 354000.

For removal of fly tipping which has already occurred, call NHDC 01462 474000 or online at, then follow the links to Transport and Streets, Street Cleaning and Fly Tipping where there is a form to complete to report the details. If you use the What3Words app, please include the three words for the location of the fly tipping.

PC Johnie Streeter and PCSO Heather Burrows can be contacted regarding local community issues. Their contact details are as follows:

PC Johnie Streeter: 07525 905431 or 01438 757604

PCSO Heather Burrows: 07740 745168 or 01438 757604 or

In the event of an emergency or if you witness a crime taking place please call 999.

Reporting suspicious activity

Please report any suspicious activity or vehicles you may witness in the locality.

Call the police on the non-emergency number 101 or report it online by using the website and follow the links.

​Reporting Scam Emails and Texts

Please report suspicious emails to Action Fraud at:

Scam text messages should be forwarded to 7726.

Preston Village Hall

Because of the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 situation, the Village Hall will only be available for formal meetings.

Users are required to conform to hygiene and safety standards.

This will be kept under review. For enquiries contact Carol at:

Preston Village Hall Committee

Hitchin Foodbank Shortages

All donations are welcome; the following items are the most urgently needed due to recent strong demand: Juice (Long life); Milk (Long life – full fat preferred); Dried Milk; Sponge Puddings; Dried Mashed Potato; Packet Soup.  Thank you for your continued support.  Please ensure items are undamaged and in date. Donations can be deposited in the blue box in the garage at Lychgate House, Church Lane, or at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

COVID-19 and the Newsletter

Producing our Parish Newsletter is a community initiative. Between us, we have taken steps to protect both the volunteers who produce and deliver as well as our readers. We have reduced the number of people involved in production – Howard edited the newsletter and e-mailed it as a Word file for printing; Rae and Wal printed, folded and sorted into delivery rounds this month; then distributed, contact free to the volunteers who deliver.