January 2021

Preston Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday 13 January

The next meeting of Preston Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 8pm via Zoom video conferencing. Any member of the public who would like to raise an issue to be discussed at this meeting should contact the Clerk. Anyone who would like to join in the electronic meeting should also contact Lisa Lathane, Clerk to the Parish Council:

email: prestonclerk@gmail.com or phone: 07887 875442 by Friday 8 January A link to join the meeting will be emailed about 15 minutes before the meeting is due to start.

Luton Airport Arrival Routes Consultation

A joint consultation between LLAL (London Luton Airport Limited) and NATS (National Air Traffic System) on arrival routes into Luton airport started on Monday 19 October and closes on 5 February 2020. Further information and a link to the virtual exhibition can be accessed at:


COVID 19: Preston Help Line

Preston Parish Council and The Preston Trust would like to remind Preston residents that the helpline continues to be available during the on-going corona virus situation.

Anyone who requires help should  01462 434403 and the call will automatically go to whoever is on duty or email: mtrinder@idnet.com or pns@theprestontrust.org.uk

The phone line will be monitored daily from 8.00am to 8.00 pm.

Please note that the answer phone will pick up calls coming in after 8pm and the caller will be linked to a volunteer the following day.

Please stay safe and remember to follow the latest Government guidance.

Letter From Our Vicar

Traditionally, as we move from one year to another, we mark an end and we mark a beginning. January 1st is a kind of trigger – a reset – for new possibilities. But “traditionally” won’t quite work this year, will it? Because the trials of 2020 will have to be endured for a bit longer, with Covid infections still spreading, some schools closed, and restrictions on our free movement still in place.

So our New Year resolutions, if we make them, may have to be different this year. They may have to include the resolution to “live with adversity “or “to cultivate patience for the long haul”.

If this New Year marks less of a change than it might normally, perhaps we can reflect on something positive out of all this. We can reflect that every day – every new day – brings the chance of a new beginning and new possibility. And the reason why this is the case is quite simply that the eternal God does not change, but offers abundant love every day for every one of us.

The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever. It is new every morning.(Lamentations 3: 22-23)

Meanwhile on a national level we look forward to widespread vaccination against the pandemic; and locally in Preston to the completion and opening of the church extension on Sunday 7 February.

With every blessing for 2021


Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

St Martin’s Church 120 Club Draw 2020/2021

The winners in the December draw in the 2020/21 120 Club (£30 each) include, as in previous Decembers, an extra ticket from those who have not won in the past 5 years:

No. 16 Mr & Mrs R D Welch
No. 88 Mr & Mrs P Hodgson
No. 122 Mrs C A Hill

Readings And Services For January 2021

 St Martin’s will be closed until 7 February, so all services will be held at All Saints’, St Paul’s Walden during January.

The services are recorded so they can be seen after 5pm online. 


Sunday 3rd January –

Second Sunday of Christmas

10am Sunday Worship

Ephesians 1:3-14

John 1:10-18

Wednesday 6 January –

The Epiphany

10am Holy Communion
Sunday 10th January-

1st  Sunday after Epiphany

10am Holy Communion

Acts 19:1-7

Mark 1:4-11

Sunday 17January-

2nd Sunday of Epiphany

8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10am Family Service

John 1:43-end

Sunday 24th January-

3rd Sunday of Epiphany

10am Sunday Worship

Revelation 19:6-10

John 2:1-11

Sunday 31st January –

4th Sunday of Epiphany

10am Holy Communion

Revelation 12-1-5a

Mark 1:21-28

Sunday 7 th February 2nd

Sunday before Lent

10am Sunday Worship at St Martin’s Preston with the Bishop of St Albans to celebrate the opening of the new extension

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 www.north-herts.gov.uk, 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 Johnie.streeter@herts.pnn.police.uk

PCSO Heather Burrows: 07740 745168 or 01438 757604 or heather.burrows@herts.pnn.police.uk

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 www.herts.police.uk/report and follow the links.

Hitchin Foodbank Shortages

Thank you again to all who have donated so generously to the foodbank, especially for the Christmas appeal.

Due to recent strong demand the following items are most urgently needed: Long Life Juice; Tinned Potato; Instant Potato (packets); Tinned Meat (not hotdogs); Tinned Veg (not pulses); Dried Milk; Sugar; Small Coffee; Nappies size 5.

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.