July 2021

Preston Parish Council

Castlefield Development

The next step in the proposed Castlefield development will be the formal planning application, possibly as soon as the end of June, when residents have an opportunity to make their views known to NHDC. The Parish Council will provide details of this as soon as it is available.

As large meetings cannot be held at the moment, the Parish Council will organise drop-in sessions in the Village Hall so that local people can make their views and concerns known to the Parish Council by appointment in a safe and covid secure way. Dates and times of these meetings will be circulated as soon as they are known.

It will be NHDC who will make the decisions on this planning application. The Parish Council will be encouraging all Preston residents to submit their comments to them, which should be relevant to current planning law. Points which can be included in representations to NHDC will be circulated by flier with the dates of the drop-in sessions.

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 22 July

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 22 July at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. This will follow a detailed risk assessment to ensure everyone’s safety. Any member of the public who would like to raise an issue to be discussed at this meeting should email details to the Clerk. Numbers who can attend this meeting are limited so any member of the public who particularly needs to speak to the Parish Council must register with the Clerk prior to the meeting and be prepared to follow the safety measures which are in place. Contact details are: Lisa Lathane, Clerk to the Parish Council:

Message From LADACAN on Luton Airport

LADACAN has circulated information on Luton airport’s carbon reduction plan:
and further information on increased noise:
and is asking people to revisit the Luton Planning Portal, reference: 21/00031/VARCON and add further comments to those they have already made referring to the carbon reduction plan and increased noise.

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 4th July 9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Mark 6:1-13

11am Sunday Worship at All Saints
Sunday 11th July 9.30am Sunday Worship at St Martin’s

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 5:14-29

11am Holy Communion at All Saints
Sunday 18th July 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at All Saints
9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

Ephesians 2:11-end

Mark 6:30-34, 53-end

11am Family Service at All Saints
Sunday 25th July


9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

2 Corinthians 4:7-15

Matthew 20:20-28

11am Holy Communion at All Saints

Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

St Martin’s Church 120 Club Draw 2020/2021

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

No. 5 Mr & Mrs C Cooper
No. 46 Mrs L Chambers

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

‘Are we there yet?’ It’s the familiar cry of the child in the back of the car. Well, we are all saying it now. Are we there yet? Is lockdown over? We shall find that out, we hope, later this month.

It has been a long and difficult journey through Covid. Many experts are saying that we will simply have to live with new Covid variants even after we’ve come out of lockdown. We will be more careful, I imagine: perhaps sanitising our hands before entering a shop will become the norm. Who knows?

One thing to say is that during the pandemic we have gradually come to appreciate what we have, rather than to keep talking about what we are missing. This has a very important resonance with Christian faith – which is that we are to cherish what is, to live each moment as if it were our last, and to be thankful.

I may have said it before, but thankfulness is a great liberator – it frees us from much that can otherwise bring us down. As someone once said: ‘if the only prayer we ever uttered were “thank you”, it would be enough’.

With every blessing


Preston Plant Stall

Many thanks are due to those gardeners in the village who brought plants to the stall outside Crunnells Green House on the three Bank Holidays this Spring. Their efforts and the kind donations offered produced a total of £1,588.20 which is some £200 more than last year and a splendid contribution to Church funds.

Hitchin Foodbank Shortages

All donations are welcome; the following items are the most urgently need due to recent strong demand: Juice (long life); Tinned Tuna; Tinned Fruit (not grapefruit); Tinned Rice Pudding; Sponge Puddings.  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.

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.

Vicar’s Grove Pit Planning Application

This application is for the land restoration of the former quarry and the construction of new agricultural buildings for the production of food. The proposal seeks a temporary licence to operate the site as a recycling site for three years to enable the completion of the restoration works. The recycling site operations will comprise materials being excavated and graded with the materials either being exported from site or reused as fill on site. To supplement the works, it is proposed for other recycle materials to be brought to site for grading and reuse. Following completion of the restoration the agricultural buildings would be erected to the front of the site and will be used for the cultivation of mushrooms.

For further details and to respond to this application, please follow the link: https://planning.hertfordshire.gov.uk reference number: PL/0211/21 and click on view planning applications open for consideration. The closing date for representations is Monday 19 July 2021.

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.