September 2022

Deadline for the October 2022 newsletter is Wednesday 21 September.

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 8 September

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 8 September 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: Lisa Lathane, Clerk to the Parish Council:

Our ‘GREEN CLEAN’:  30 July 2022  –  THANK YOU very much!

Sincere thanks are due to those kind and energetic parishioners who enthusiastically turned out to rake up the dead leaves and brown grass on The Green. It does all look ‘cleaner’. Hopefully, with lower temperatures and lots more rain, the grass may soon look healthily green again!

We are very grateful to you for assisting with this extra task, this summer.

Liz Hunter and Rae Reynolds
Preston Trust committee members

The Red Lion – Harvest Auction

The annual Harvest Auction will be held on Friday 23 September at 8.00pm. Would those donating produce for the auction please bring it to the pub in the afternoon. Proceeds will be shared between Preston Primary School, Colts Cricket and St Martin’s Church.

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services

Sunday 4th September 9.30am




St Martin’s All Age Holy Communion

Philemon 1- 21

Luke 14: 25 – 33

All Saints All Age Holy Communion (with Tessy’s Baptism)

Sunday 11th September  8am





All Saints Holy Communion (BCP)

St Martin’s Holy Communion

1 Timothy 1: 12 – 17

Luke 15: 1 – 10

All Saints Sunday Praise

Sunday 18th September 9.30am



St Martin’s Family Service

All Saints Holy Communion

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 7

Luke 16: 1 – 13

Sunday 25th September 9.30am




St Martin’s Holy Communion

1 Timothy: 6: 6 – 19

Luke 16: 19 – end

All Saints Pet Service

Sunday 2nd October 9.30am



St Martin’s All Age Holy Communion

All Saints All Age Holy Communion (with Oscar’s Baptism)


Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

September is often a month of new starts.

A new term begins for our children, and maybe we think back to our school days and the start of the September term – with a mixture of excitement and trepidation: what will it bring?

For our country, there is the prospect of a new prime minister and a promised new start to our national discourse. And there is the unwelcome novelty of unimaginably high energy bills which will bring real suffering to many.

It is easy to say that what really counts is our response to what is new, whether good or bad. But I think it is nevertheless profoundly true. In the end, we cannot navigate a life free of change or challenge or hardship, of cancer or loss of sight, hearing or loved ones.

But what we can try to do is to hold onto an assurance that, as the great Julian of Norwich put it: ‘All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’. Not escapism this, but a holding onto the Christian promise of hope based on faith and love, of Jesus as the light in our darkness.

Meanwhile, I shall look forward to seeing many of you with your pets at the annual Pet Service on Sunday 25 September at 11.00 am in All Saints.

With every blessing,

St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2022/2023

The winners in the August draw in the 2022/23 150 Club (£30 each) were:

No. 87 Capt. M R Lowle
No. 139 Mr A Dickinson

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 Claire Ross and PCSO Heather Burrows can be contacted regarding local community issues. Their contact details are as follows:

PC Claire Ross: 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.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people involved in the Heartstock day at the Red Lion on the 3rd of July.

I can now confirm that the sum of £5735.00 was raised and that the whole of this amount was transferred to the British Heart Foundation.

As you know, my dear wife Elizabeth died of a heart attack on the 9th of November last year, her death was totally unexpected and just illustrates how fragile life can be. She was a “one off” and all of us have missed her lively and cheerful personality.

I would like to thank all my fellow musicians, who freely gave their time and particularly my colleagues from SG4 who supported me totally. Special mention should be given to Lisa Chambers who helped me with the admin, all things Liz would have done for me in a previous life. Thanks to Ray and Jo who kindly donated the day’s food takings and to the directors of the Red Lion who made a very generous donation to the fund. A mention for my dear friends Richard and Sarah Gill, who broke into their Spanish holiday – Richard to play in his old band and Sarah & Katie to sell raffle tickets and shake the collection bucket with Lisa and Katie Chambers. Top friends.

My final thanks go to Robin King for not only playing in one of the bands, but also providing the inflatable backdrop to the stage, and the sound system. He is a kind and generous man and repeated the whole exercise for the recent homeless charity day. To the people of Preston and all the visitors to Heartstock, your kindness knows no bounds and you have my utmost respect.

Paul Madden.