September 2021

Preston Parish Council

Castlefield Development

Included with the newsletter is a questionnaire about possible projects for section 106 funding. The Parish Council would like Preston residents to complete and return this to the Clerk by Sunday 5 September so that all suggestions can be taken into account. Electronic replies are preferred but for anyone without computer access, questionnaires can be posted in a box in The Red Lion during opening hours.

Also included is a flier with details about responding to the planning application, produced by The Parish Council, The Preston Trust and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The closing date is TUESDAY 31 AUGUST.

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 9 September

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 9 September 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 contact the Clerk by Friday 3 September.

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:

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 5th September 9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

James 2:1-10, 14-17

Mark 7: 24-37

11am Holy Communion at All Saints
Sunday  12th September 9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

James 3: 1-12

Mark: 8: 27-end

11am Family Service at All Saints
Sunday 19th September  8am Holy Communion at All Saints (BCP)

James 3:13 – 4:3, 7 – 8a

Mark 9: 30-37

9.30am Family Service at St Martin’s
11am Pet Service at All Saints
Sunday 26th September


9.30am Holy Communion at St Martin’s

James 5: 13 – end

Mark 9: 38 – end

11am Holy Communion at All Saints


Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

From The Church Registers

22nd August 2021. Baptism of Reggie Christopher James Stokes, age 17 months

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

Our Holiday Club last month, with children from Preston and Whitwell, and lots of wonderful helpers, reminded us that things were getting back to normal. It was great fun. My thanks to Helen Beavis for organising this.

This month we look forward to a Pet Service on Sunday 19 September at 11.00am at All Saints. We’d hoped to do that last year, but the pandemic stopped it as it did so many other things. I hope to see lots of families there, bringing their pets.

This month also sees the start of a new term, with new possibilities, hopes and excitement after the restrictions of the past year. I am so looking forward to assemblies at the School and to interacting with the children who are so full of enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, amid all the challenges and downsides of the past 18 months, we will continue to do our level best to seek and find the many blessings that we have to be thankful for – which we celebrate week by week in our churches.

With every blessing

St Martin’s Church 120 Club Draw 2020/2021

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

No. 61 Mrs M Atkinson
No. 75. Mr & Mrs S Woodward

Beds & Herts Bike ‘N’ Hike – 11 September 2021

I am taking part in the Bike’n’Hike again this year to raise funds for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust and any sponsorship will be very much appreciated.

Half of the money raised will be donated to St. Martin’s Preston and the remainder to needy church projects in the diocese.

Sponsorship can also be made via my JustGiving page on the link below, click on Ita’s Page and select Donate:

If you are a tax-payer please remember to tick the gift aid box.

Many thanks


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.

Calling All Crafters

We will be holding ‘Sit & Stitch’ sessions in St Martin’s Church on Tuesday mornings, 9.15am-11.15am, starting on September 14th. Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, tapestry, rug-making or any other craft ( which can be completed sitting down! ) and join like-minded enthusiasts to share expertise, ideas and have a natter. Beginners, experts and all standards in between are very welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Ann for more information / to register your interest

Hitchin Foodbank Shortages

Thank you for your continued support, all donations are welcome; the following items are the most urgently needed due to recent strong demand: Dried Milk; Sponge Puddings; Dried Mashed Potato; Tinned Custard; Deodorant (men’s and ladies’); Shampoo; Toilet Rolls.  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.