Hunsdon Village Web

Welcome to the Hunsdon Village Website

your online reference for the village and its community

This website is developed and maintained by Hunsdon Parish Council. Please refer any comments, contributions or site errors to hunsdonvillageweb@btinternet.com

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ A MESSAGE FROM HUNSDON PARISH COUNCIL AND HERE TO READ A FLYER WHICH IS BEING DELIVERED TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN HUNSDON . CLICK HERE FOR A MESSAGE FROM EAST HERTS COUNCIL


Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan

Work has been continuing apace on the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan. Read all about it on the dedicated website www.hunsdonneighbourhoodplan.org.uk or read an annual report from the working group's Chairman here


Hunsdon Book Exchange

With the current restrictions on social gatherings, the closure of all schools, clubs and organisations and of local authority libraries many people are chosing to read more than ever to use the time. The Hunsdon Book Exchange has been set up to provide an opportunity to pass on any books that are excess to requirements via an online portal here


Hunsdon Parish Council welcomes a new councillor

Hunsdon Parish Counci is pleased to announce the appointment of a new councillor - Steve Burton. Steve says: "Whilst I have only lived in the village for 3 and a half years, together with my wife Victoria and daughter Matilda we feel Hunsdon is a village where we can put down our family roots. I own a growing business based in Hertford and hope to bring some of my business skills to the Parish Council. I have a particular interest in recycling and litter, and I hope to be able to bring improvements to our rural environment". See the Parish Council webpage here


Active East Herts

Following government advice, Active East Herts had to suspend all community classes and events, effective from Wednesday 18th March. However we want to ensure that the community is able to keep active and stay connected during these very uncertain times, taking care of their physical, mental and social wellbeing.
We have therefore been working with a number of local instructors to develop a timetable of online classes which now has over 100 classes a week with sessions catering for as young as 1 month old's up to sessions designed for Older Adults who need access to gentle, seated exercise. You can view the whole calendar here: https://www.activeeastherts.org.uk/whats-on/


The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing And Temporary Waiting Restrictions In Various Roads In Turnford, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Waltham Cross, Hertford, Bishops Stortford, Hunsdon, Letty Green, Birch Green, Sawbridgeworth And Ware) Order 2020

The Parish Council has received a Public Notice giving details of the above temporary Order, which will come into force on 1 April 2020 for a period of up to 18 months. Click here for the Public Notice.


Outline Planning Application for Village 7 in the Gilston Area

Thanks, from the Parish Council, to everyone who attended to meeting on 15th January to discuss the Outline Planning Application for Village 7 in the Gilston Area. As so often on such occasions in this village, the turnout was fantastic with standing room only. Many residents have since responded individually to the application.
The Parish Council, as part of the joint Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group, endorses the response sent by the group here
 

The Hertfordshire (Temporary Closing Of Acorn Street, Hunsdon) Order 2020

The Parish Council has received a Public Notice and plans giving details of the above temporary Order, which will come into force on 20 January 2020 for a period of up to 18 months. Click here for the Public Notice and here for the associated plan.


Coffee Conversation Company

Join us in Hunsdon Village Hall on the first Wednesday every month 10:45 - 12:15 for COFFEE CONVERSATION COMPANY.
An opportunity organised by residents, for residents to meet, greet and chat with each other. Thanks to Hunsdon Parish Council and the Parish Room Trust (aka Tin Hut Fund) for supporting this event.


Hunsdon Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Residents' Survey that was promoted by the Neighbourhood Plan Group in March / April. A summary of, and insights on the results of that survey can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website here


Response to the Outline and Detailed Planning Applications for the development at Gilston

The Parish Council, as part of the joint Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group, encourages residents to respond to the current Planning Applications relating to The Gilston Area and has produced an information sheet to assist in you in doing so.
The Parish Council has itself responded in the following terns
"The Parish Council, as a sponsor of the joint Hunsdon with Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group, endorses the responses produced by the Group and accordingly appends them as part of its submission, together with a covering letter from Hunsdon Parish Council.
There are several key issues in the response that the Parish Council would like to underscore and amplify as part of its objections, and are outlined in the letter. These have emerged from discussions within the council and residents and following public consultations organised by The Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group. We trust that all concerns will be clarified and refined through engagement by both the applicants and the East Herts Council with our joint Neighbourhood Plan Group over the coming weeks."

The Parish Council's covering letter is here
The Joint Neighbourhood Plan Group's response to the Outline Application for Villages 1 - 6 is here
The Joint Neighbourhood Plan Group's response to the Detailed Application for the River Stort crossings is here


Bell Ringing

The sound of church bells ringing is deeply rooted in the British culture. Almost everyone in Britain lives within hearing range of bells.
Hunsdon and Widford churches are blessed with a peel of good bells. Unfortunately, both villages have very few people able to ring. When you hear the local bells ringing, most of the ringers come from elsewhere.
In order the skills are not lost in our villages, it would be good to develop a team of ringers from Hunsdon and Widford. We have people who are new to ringing, it would be good to extend that number. We would really like to hear from anyone who can ring a church bell or those interested in learning a new skill. Yes, it is free to learn!
If you would like further information please contact Andrew Blackshaw 07715771246 or Bob Barker 01279 842821.
We must not be the generation that allows this traditional skill to die in our villages!


The Hertfordshire (Temporary Traffic Management Measures On Various Roads In Widford And Stanstead Abbotts) Order 2019

The Parish Council has received a Public Notice and plans giving details of the above temporary Order, which may come into force on 17 June 2019 for a period of up to 18 months. Click here for the Public Notice and here for the associated plan.


Congratulation to Hunsdon JMI - an outstanding school

In its latest snap inspection of Hunsdon JMI School in December 2018, OFSTED concluded that the school was ‘outstanding’ (ie the highest rating possible) in every respect. Huge congratulations to all of the staff, governors and pupils on this fantastic achievement.


Briggens Estate identified as a 'preferred area' for quarrying sand and gravel

The Briggens Estste is the remaining Green Belt land between The Gilston Area (Harlow North) and Stanstead Abbotts to the south west of Hunsdon Parish, although a small section falls within the parish. It has been identified in the draft Hertfordshire County Minerals Local Plan 2016 - 2031 as a 'preferred area' for a large sand and gravel quarry. Should the site be allocated, Tarmac intends to submit a planning application at the earliest opportunity and consides that extraction could begin in 2022.

Herts County Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the draft Plan, and Hunsdon Parish Council is joining with Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council in making a formal and comprehensive response to the consultation but also in encouraging all residents to respond. To this effect it supports the 'Say NO to the Quarry' campaign and would encourage residents to read and respond to the information being promoted by that group and in particular to use the proforma response to the public consultation. You can either complete and send in the paper response, or complete an online response through the group's website here.


VSBEH Community Car Scheme and Furniture Recycling Scheme

The Community and Voluntary Service in Broxbourne and East Herts has recently started two new community services that cover our parish - a Community Car Scheme to arrange volunteer drivers for people in need of transport, and a Furniture Recycling Scheme. If you are at all interested in becoming a volunteer driver in the Community Car Scheme, then please read more here. If you would like to know more about using the scheme then please read more here.


The Royal Airforce at Hunsdon 1941-45

The Hunsdon Local History and Preservation Society has republished Fred and Vera Hitching's highly-regarded book "The Royal Airforce at Hunsdon 1941-1945". See here for details


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