September 2023

Deadline for the October 2023 newsletter is 25 September.

New Community Facilities

We will be holding our second consultation meeting on Wed 20 Sept in the village hall at 8.00pm, to share the plans for the new community facilities with you, to answer your questions and gather feedback.

On Sunday 22nd October from 5.00pm, the manager of Wigginton Community Shop and Café has very kindly agreed to come to the village and chat through her experience of setting up a community shop and café, which has been trading profitably since 2018. You will be able to ask her questions and hear first hand how they have made the shop and café a success, along with some of the challenges they have had to overcome.

Please contact me if you have any questions, otherwise we look forward to seeing you in Sept and Oct.

Beds & Herts Bike ‘N Hike 9 September 2023

I will be taking part in the annual Bike ‘n Hike again this year to raise funds for the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust. Any sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.

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

You can sponsor me via my JustGiving page on the link:

If you are taxpayer please remember to tick the gift aid box.

Many thanks, Ita

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services

Sunday 3rd September






St Martin’s All Age Communion

Romans 12: 9 – end

Matthew 16:21 – end

All Saints All Age Communion

Sunday 10th September







All Saints BCP Holy Communion

St Martin’s Holy Communion

Romans 13: 8 – end

Matthew 18: 15 – 20

All Saints Sunday Praise with Baptism

Sunday 17th September 9.30am


St Martin’s Harvest Family Service

All Saints Pet Service

Isaiah 11: 6 – 9

Sunday 24th September






St Martin’s Holy Communion

Philippians 1: 21 – end

Matthew  20: 1 – 16

All Saints Holy Communion

Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

Letter From The Vicar

September is the month of new starts – back to school for children, back to work for many who have been on holiday, whether at home or abroad.

The new start – what a great idea it is: to think not just of life as the ‘same old thing’, but as containing the chance of something different and we hope something better.

The Christian understanding is based on a new start for all, centred in the crucifixion of Jesus. For that event – the cross – becomes the bridge by which our systemic moral failure (‘All we like sheep have gone astray’) is forgiven and we find our way back to God. The cross of Jesus gives us the greatest of all new starts.

And so Christianity, in its collective new start, is open to all, with the chance for every day and every moment of the day to offer an individual new start and a better way of living.

Please join us at All Saints for our pet service on 17 September, a concert of local talent on 6 October and our harvest lunch on 8 October, which takes place within the flower festival from 6-8 October.

Please also join us at the Preston Harvest Supper on 22 September in the Village Hall.

With every blessing


St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2023/2024

The winners in the August draw in the 2023/24 150 Club (£30 each) were:

No. 144 Mrs C Pereira
No. 47 Mr I D Clark

The Preston Trust – October Dates

The Autumn Litter Pick – date to be confirmed

Oct 12 – Talk by Rev.Stephen Fielding- details in the October newsletter

The Preston Trust AGM – date to be confirmed

Preston Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 7 September

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 7 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 are: Lisa Lathane, Clerk to the Parish Council:

Community Facilities Documents

Preston Parish Council is maintaining a page on the village website to post documents relating to the proposed new community facilities so that residents can keep up to date with the project. The first documents are now on available at:

Please share the information with any neighbours who do not have internet access, if possible.

Voluntary Emergency Telephone System

The number for the Voluntary Emergency Telephone System is: 01462 600640. Please put the number into your phone. The system has been tested and is working well. While waiting for a call to be answered, there may be some stop-start ringing. This is when the call has been picked up by an answerphone. When there is no human input, the phone starts ringing the volunteers again. The pause will only last for a few seconds and the line should be kept open until it is answered by one of the volunteers.

Hitchin Foodbank Shortages

The following items are the most urgently needed: Sweets and Chocolate; Tinned Fruit (not Grapefruit); Coffee 100g; Jam; Fish; Packet Soup; Fruit Juice (1litre please); 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.  Thank you for your continued support; for more information please visit

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.

Harvest Supper On Friday 22 September

This year the Harvest Supper will be held on Friday 22 September in the Village Hall at

7.00 pm. Tickets, priced £15.00, cash only, include a welcome drink and a two course meal and can be obtained from

Numbers are limited to 40, so please call by Monday 18 September.

If you have a vegetarian preference, just let Ita know well in advance. Please bring your own bottle. There will be a Raffle. Families who have moved into the Parish recently are especially welcome, but anyone living in the village is warmly invited so do come and join us.

Red Lion – Harvest Auction

The annual Harvest Auction will be held on Friday 6 October at 8.00pm. Would those donating produce for the auction bring their contributions to the pub in the afternoon – preferably after 3.00pm.

Please come along and support this event – it’s always a fun evening and proceeds will be shared between Preston Primary School, Dynamos Cricket and St Martin’s Church.

Preston Village Society: Thursday 21 September

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 21 September at 7pm in the Village Hall. Jennifer Hepworth will give a talk titled: “The Other Side of the Curtain”

New members are very welcome to come along.

August 2023

Preston Parish Council
– Voluntary Emergency Telephone System
New Community Facilities
The Preston Trust Needs Your Time And Energy To Keep Going
Our Village Day 2023: Saturday 1 July, 12 noon – 5.30pm
The Preston Trust Position On The New Community Facilities Project
Why The Preston Trust Matters
Preston History Website Recently uploaded pieces to the Preston History Website include:
Bottle Tombola At Village Day

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services
Letter From The Vicar
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2023/2024
Neighbourhood Watch
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages… Read More

July 2023

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 13 July
Preston Parish Council Bottle Tombola
Register With The Owl System
Police Surgery – Village Hall – Saturday 8th July

Village Day – Saturday 1 July, 12:30 on The Green
– Timetable for Village Day
– Scarecrow Trail
– Parking on Village Day
– Help for Village Day
– Cakes and Goodies for Village Day

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services ~ With Scarecrows from Friday
Letter From The Vicar
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2023/2024
Neighbourhood Watch
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages… Read More

June 2023

Preston Village Society: Thursday 8 June
Preston Community Shop And Café
The Scarecrows Are Coming – Village Day 1st July
Did you miss out on a certificate of Participation
Preston in 2023
Open Garden
Preston Parish Council Bottle Tombola

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services
Letter From The Vicar
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2023/2024
Neighbourhood Watch
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages… Read More

Category Page for all Church & Village Newsletters

Archive of Older Church & Village Newsletters (PDF)

Jan-15-web Jan-16-web Jan-17-web
Feb-15-web Feb 16 web Feb-17-web
Mar-15-web Mar-16-web  Mar 17 web
Apr-15-web Apr-16-web Apr-17-web
May-15-web May-16-web May-17-web
June-15-web Jun-16-web June-17-web
Jul-Aug-15-web Jul-Aug-16-web JulyAug-17-web
Sept-15-web Sept-16-web  Sept 17 web
Oct-15-web Oct-16-web Oct-17-web
Nov-15-web  Nov16 web Nov 17 web
Dec-15-web Dec-16-web