August 2022

The Preston Trust AGM Sunday 7th August.

The Preston Trust Committee apologise for the postponement of the AGM.

It will now be held on Sunday 7th of August at 11 30 am at the Village Hall.
We look forward to welcoming you then.

Adrian, Jo, LIz, Mike, Rae Tim and Wal

‘Green Clean’, this Saturday, July 30th, at 9.30am, please!

Our Parish Council has asked the Preston Trust committee to organise a rake up and clearance of the many leaves on The Green. Due to the lack of rain in recent months, more leaves than usual have dropped early from the trees; this layer then restricts light and air and rain from reaching the grass sward. Thus, a ‘rake up’ is just a maintenance task that needs to be done soon.

Everyone, adults and youngsters, are all welcome to join in. This effort will help to ensure that our Green looks clean and ‘green’, and that the grass is as healthy as can be, in this very dry year.

So, please come along this Saturday morning, with your own rakes, and lend a hand with this simple task. We will start a little earlier than usual, at 9.30am, in case the forecast is for hot weather later that day. Please wear appropriate footwear. If you possess two rakes, please bring both, so that all volunteers are equipped with the right tool. Many thanks.

As ever, we do look forward to seeing you!

Liz Hunter and Rae Reynolds
Preston Trust committee members

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services

Sunday 7th August 10am Joint Parish Communion at St Martin’s

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, p. 962
Gospel: Luke 12:32-40

Sunday 14th August 10am Joint Parish Communion at All Saints

Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56

Sunday 21st August 10am Joint Parish Communion at St Martin’s

Hebrews 12:18-end, p. 973
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

Sunday 28th August 10am Joint Parish Communion at All Saints

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Gospel: Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Sunday 4th September 9:30am


All Age Holy Communion at St Martin’s

All Age Holy Communion at All Saints


Team Vicar of St Paul’s Walden with Preston:

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

August is a month of transition, a quieter month. Youngsters have finished the summer term at school and are now having a rest as are their teachers. Some are moving schools, so their transition will mark a milestone. As I write, it seems that there will be a political transition, as two candidates compete to become our next prime minister – another milestone for this country.

Church life slows a little. Instead of a service every Sunday in both churches, we will alternate between St Martin’s and All Saints. Please note that the service time in August will be 10 am. At these services, both our church communities come together.

May I draw your attention to 2 events in August? There is the regular Holiday Club, from Wednesday 24th August to Friday 26 August at the pavilion in Whitwell. This is great fun and I do invite children to come and share that fun.

The second event is at Preston Recreation Ground, on Friday 26 August. There will be cricket, starting at 11.00am, in memory of Paul Constantinidi who did so much for Preston cricket. I greatly liked and admired Paul and was shocked when he died. He is a great loss to the village, and to the church where he would have made a fine and effective churchwarden.

It’s not just August of course that sees transitions and milestones. I guess we are always in a period of transition, whether in our own lives or on the wider national and international stage. The Christian idea is that a good life involves a kind of pilgrimage, in which we journey under the guidance of God, seeing in Jesus the ‘companion of our way’, the one who can make sense of our transitions and our milestones, our challenges and our hopes.

I hope you have a very enjoyable summer.

With every blessing,


St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2022/2023

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

No. 72 Mr R A Cole
No. 126 Mr & Mrs J D Campbell

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.

Consultation On New Ward Boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission Consultation on new ward boundaries in North Hertfordshire closes on Wednesday 10 August. Details are available at:

There is a link on this website to respond to the consultation. In addition, replies to the consultation can be e-mailed to: or posted to:

Review Officer (North Hertfordshire), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE

This is the first consultation when ideas are being sought as to how to change the boundaries. There will be a second consultation in November on the proposals suggested in the initial consultation.


July 2022

Shares In The Red Lion
The Preston Trust – AGM ~ POSTPONED
Coffee Morning
Preston Parish Council
– Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 21 July
– Defibrillator And First Aid Training
– Consultation On New Ward Boundaries
– Preston Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
The Preston Jubilee
The Preston Trust’s Great Easter Egg Hunt

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2022/2023A
Letter From Our Team Vicar
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages
Neighbourhood Watch… Read More

June 2022

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday 9 June
Open Gardens And Tea: St Pauls Waldenbury
New Community Facilities – Shop, Café & Village Hall
Preston Cricket Club 2022
The Preston Jubilee
Preston Village Hall – Bookings
The Preston Trust AGM

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2022/2023
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
Neighbourhood Watch
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages… Read More

May 2022

Preston Parish Council AGM
Open Gardens And Tea: St Pauls Waldenbury: Sunday 15 May 2.00 -5.00 p.m
New Community Facilities – Shop, Cafe & Village Hall
The Preston Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – Your Help…
Preston Celebrates The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

St Martin’s Church and All Saints’ Church Services
A Letter From Our Team Vicar
St Martin’s Church 150 Club 2022/2023
Hitchin Foodbank Shortages
Neighbourhood Watch… Read More

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