January 2024

Images are from previous December and January editions

Deadline for the February 2024 newsletter is 25 January

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 18 January

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 18 January at 8pm in the village hall. Any member of the public who would like to raise an issue to be discussed at this meeting should contact the Clerk.

Members of the public who would like to speak to the Parish Council in person should register with the Clerk prior to the meeting.

Contact details are: Lisa Lathane, Clerk to the Parish Council:

The Red Lion:  New Year Opening Hours

New Year’s Day: 12 noon to 4pm
January 2nd: 5.30 to 9pm
January 3rd – 5th: 12.to 2pm and 5.30 to 9pm
From January 6th: Normal opening hours


The kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 9 January

Carols In The Red Lion

Thank you to everyone who supported this event which raised £150 for Garden House Hospice.

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services

Sunday 7th January

The Epiphany






St Martin’s All Age Communion

Ephesians 3:1 – 12

Matthew 2: 1 – 12

All Saints All Age Communion

Sunday 14th January








All Saints Holy Communion (BCP)

St Martin’s Holy Communion

Revelation 5: 1 – 10

John 1: 43 – end

All Saints Sunday Worship

Sunday 21st January 9.30am


St Martin’s  Family Service

All Saints Holy Communion

Revelation 19: 6 – 10

John 2: 1 – 11

Sunday 28th January






St Martin’s Holy Communion

Revelation 12: 1 – 5a

Mark 1: 21 – 28

All Saints Holy Communion

Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

Letter From The Vicar

So a new year starts, and how quickly it seems to come round! We look back on 2023 and try to take stock. We also look forward to 2024 and what it may bring.

For each of us, the past year will have been different, because we are all different in circumstance, attitude or temperament. For the good things we will want to say thank you. Over the more troublesome things, there may be regret, sorrow or even maybe anger. Of course, all of us reflect on the wider global picture – on a 2023 that saw war in Ukraine, Myanmar and latterly Israel/Gaza. We will grieve over that, and we won’t leave out of account the hardships closer to home, whether locally or nationally.

Will things get better? That is the age-old human question: is there any place for hope in our thinking? I believe that without hope, actively encouraged and believed in, we are frankly lost. For hope says that things can be otherwise, and that things can be better. We’re not stuck with the present, and it matters that we should believe this. And we should encourage each other to see things as they are and then beyond what they are, to encourage each other in hope.

The Christian hope is that things will turn out well in the end – indeed, that is a central part of the whole Bible story, and Jesus is at the heart and fulfillment of it.

I hope that 2024 will bring good things for you and for our community.

Every blessing – and make the most of every precious moment that life gives.


St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2023/2024

The winners in the December draw in the 2023/24 150 Club (£30 each) include, as in previous Decembers, an extra ticket from those who have not won in the past 5 years:

No. 137 Mrs L Alexander
No. 91 Mrs C Nurthen
No. 88 Mr & Mrs P Hodgson

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.

PCSO Heather Burrows can be contacted regarding local community issues.
Contact details are as follows:

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.

Sniff & Learn K9 Academy

For all of your dog training needs from puppy training to Scentwork & Trick Training. City & Guilds accredited Instructor/ IMDT trainer

Located at Stopsley Holes Farm, SG4 8LS

Newsletter inclusions regarding proposed new community facilities

The following three documents were included as separate pages with this newsletter:

Statement from Preston Parish Council on Proposed Community Facilities December 2023

New Community Facilities – Proposed Community Facilities Project

The Preston Trust Oppose Community Facilities in Temple Dinsley