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Thurs 5 March – Neighbourhood Plan Referendum


The referendum to decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan is made will be held on Thursday 5 March.

The Steering Group would like to encourage you to vote on this important issue for Preston. All parishioners will have the opportunity of voting, either Yes or No. If 50% of those voting answer Yes, the Neighbourhood Plan will be made, and will become part of local planning law until the year, 2031.

More information can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website This includes: how to vote • register to vote if you are not currently on the Electoral Register • ask questions • view copies of The Neighbourhood Plan, The Examiner's Final Report and associated documents.

Our Parish - Our Future - Your Say

Neighbourhood Plan Drop-In Sessions

Two drop-in sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall on: Thursday 20 February from 6.30 to 8.30pm and Saturday 22 February from 10.00 to 12.00.

Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer any queries on the Neighbourhood Plan prior to the Referendum.

If you have any questions about the Neighbourhood Plan or Referendum please feel free to ask us using the Steering Group's contact form at
or via the contact details published in the parish newsletter.

Kind regards - Di, Fay, Jane, Liz, Margaret, Rae and Wal
The Steering Group

PS: If you know a Preston resident who doesn’t have internet access, please feel free to pass this information on to them.

Police Surgery – Village Hall
Saturday 22 February, 10am to 12 noon

A Police Surgery will be held in Preston Village Hall on 22 February from 10am - 12 noon. PCSO Heather Burrows from our Safer Neighbourhood Team will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

Visit the Hertfordshire Police Crime Prevention website for up to date information about how to secure your vehicle, home and property at:

If you see suspicious behaviour, please report it to Police on 101.

If you witness a crime in progress call 999.


Preston Neighbourhood Watch

The 2020 Spring Litter Pick
Saturday 14th March, 10.00am – 12 noon

The Preston Trust committee would, once again, like to invite you to come and help pick up litter around the village and the parish.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring your gardening/DIY gloves. Our helpful colleagues at NHDC/Urbaser will provide us with HiVis jackets, ‘litter-picker’ tools, black plastic sacks and disposable gloves. As usual, we will work in pairs along each lane and footpath, and bring the filled sacks back to The Green.

Just come along and lend a hand, please! This task does not take too long, nor require too much effort, and it really does make a difference! You are all very welcome!

Liz Hunter, Preston Trust committee member

Posh v Plonk – Wine Tasting Event
8pm on Friday 20th March in the Village Hall

Posh v Plonk – Which is which and which do you prefer?

Join us for a fun evening, where we will be tasting eight wines ‘blind’, comparing wine in pairs from the same region or grape variety - in each case, a decent, but lower value wine alongside a more expensive example. Is it worth paying more, or is it all hype? Can we find quality at lower price points, and is personal preference the most important differentiator? You be the judge!

No previous wine tasting experience is necessary. Open to all parishioners and Preston Trust Members over the age of 18.

Tickets are limited, so please use The Preston Trust contact form, or the details published via PNS and newsletter to reserve your place. Alternatively, you can drop ticket requests through the letterbox at Wal’s, St Martin’s Place, Church Lane.

£10 for Preston Trust Members & £15 for Non-members
The price includes nibbles and cheese

We hope to see you there!
The Preston Trust committee

2019 Open Gardens Photographs

To bring some spring colour into the parish a selection of the photographs from Preston Gardens Open and Flower Festival 2019 is now available to view in the Galleries.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

A big Thank You to everyone who helped set up the tree, provide refreshments, and entertain us with carols and festive song. Nina and Louis won the drawing and poetry competitions at the primary school and did the honours of turning on the lights.

You may have noticed the lights were off for a few days and now look different – thank you to the tree team for turning out to replace the faulty set of lights.

Instead of the barrel planter used in previous years we now have a tractor wheel rim! A very special thank you to David and Jane Clark who have kindly donated it to replace the perished planter. At short notice, they hunted around their barns until they found something to use. It looks great, recycles an unused piece of equipment and is appropriate for our rural setting.

Tatmore Hills Loop Preston – Circular Walk

Starting from the Red Lion Pub,
a walk of approximately 4.8km / 3m and 1 hour long.

This is a circular walk starting an d finishing at the Red Lion Pub. Details and map are available as an A4 leaflet from the Red Lion Pub and on the Village Green next to the Notice Board.

Follow this link - Tatmore Hills Loop Preston - to open, print or download a copy (PDF, 573 kB).

Produced by Preston Parish Council as part of the Parish Paths Partnership,funded by Hertfordshire County Council.

Supported by the Parish Paths Partnership.

Forthcoming Preston Trust Events
--- Posh vs Plonk Wine Evening – Village Hall – Friday 20 March
--- The Great Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday 4 April
--- The Scarecrows are coming – Saturday 27 June
February 21st – 28th: Cpre : The Annual Star Count in Orion!
Open Gardens And Tea: St Pauls Waldenbury: Sun 29 March 2.00 -5.00 p.m.
Police Surgery – Village Hall – Saturday 22 February
A Photoshow of our 2019 Gardens Open Day in May
The 2020 Spring Litter Pick: Saturday, March 15th, 10.00am – 12 noon
Preston Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Preston Parish Council: Land Off Castlefield
Babysitter Required

Dates To Remember
St Martin’s Church And All Saints’ Church Services
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
St Martin’s Church 120 Club
Preston Village Society
Neighbourhood Watch …
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Your Newsletter
Preston News Service (PNS)
Preston Village Society - Christmas Party
Phone And Broadband Issues
Advent Course continuing into Epiphany
Carols At The Red Lion
Open Gardens Day – Sunday 24th May – The 29th Year!
Register with the OWL System
2019 Open Gardens Photo Show
Christmas Tree Lights 2019

Dates To Remember
St Martin’s Church And All Saints’ Church Services
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
St Martin’s Church 120 Club
Neighbourhood Watch… … Read More

Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Preston Village Society
Parking Outside The Red Lion
From The Church Registers
Looking and Longing - The Advent study course continues
PC Matt Jenkins is retiring
The 2019 Autumn Litter Pick, 26 October
Quiz And Chips
Carols At The Red Lion

Dates To Remember
St Martin’s Church And All Saints’ Church Services
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
St Martin’s Church 120 Club
Hitchin Foodbank
Neighbourhood Watch… Read More



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