St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan Open for Public Consultation

After some five years of preparation, the St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan is now open for Public Consultation. This is the stage that enables residents of the Parish’s three villages – Bricket Wood, Chiswell Green and Park Street – to comment on a draft version of the Plan and its policies before it proceeds to the next stage.

You can view the Draft Plan, associated documents and find out how to comment, deadline 30 November 2020, by visiting the Neighbourhood Plan web page

Join us for a virtual ZOOM presentation of the Plan on

Monday 9 November 2020 at 6.30pm

Follow this link to join on 9 November at 6.30pm:


Meeting ID: 955 8001 3917  Passcode: 510053

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Our Community Centres are open for hirers following Government guidelines. Forthcoming events have been cancelled.

Council meetings are going ahead, but are no longer being held face to face, instead will be held virtually using https://zoom.us  Please see Council Meetings page for agendas and further details.

Enquiries will be dealt with by telephone or email only
(full contact details may be found by going to the Staff Contact Details page).

Tel:  01923 681443     Option 1 for Parish Council general enquiries , Option 2 for bookings for the Parish Centre, Greenwood Park Community Centre or sports pitches

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government guidance on what you need to do

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days

For more information click on the link below to the Government’s website pages:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Government guidance

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Click here for Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable.

An easy read PDF Guidance document can be downloaded from the Govt pages or by clicking on the link below:

Easy read guidance on shielding March 2020

Communities 1st

Communities 1st is directing people’s offers of help to where it is most needed. Volunteers, charity and community groups and individual requests for support can be made on their website:  www.communities1st.org.uk

Additionally they are able to provide to guidance to groups and volunteers. Visit their COVID-19 News and Updates page for the latest local Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support.

Tel:  020 8207 5115

Email:  Help@communities1st.org.uk

#TeamHerts Volunteering

Hertfordshire Volunteering and People Assistance Cell

Residents, businesses, services and community groups who would like to volunteer can visit www.thvolunteering.org.uk

Residents who are in need of support from volunteers can visit www.hertshelp.net and fill in the online form, email info@hertshelp.net or call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.

St Albans Health Hub

St Albans Healthy Hub, based at the District Council Offices, have published the first edition of the St Albans Healthy Hub Newsletter. It is packed with lots of information about health and wellbeing services in your community. It provides information about the support available during the COVID -19 crisis and tips on how to look after your physical and mental health during this difficult time.

Download the PDF Newsletter

Visit St Albans Healthy Hub website

Grant Funding Scheme for Businesses affected by COVID-19

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Government have announced that all businesses
with a rateable value of £15,000 or less who receive Small Business Rate Relief or who are in the
retail, hospitality or leisure sector will be entitled to a non-repayable grant of £10,000.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure sector with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
will be entitled to £25,000. These grants will be payable by Local Authorities.

If you believe you may be entitled to a grant, please go to www.stalbans.gov.uk/business-and-licensing to submit your details.

SSPC Allotment Buddy Scheme

 Contact SSPC if you have an allotment at Tippendell Lane, Watford Road or Park Street Lane Allotment Sites and would be able to help with watering and weeding for someone who is self isolating or if you need assistance with your allotment due to self-isolating.


Tel  01923 681443

Community Support & Neighbourhood Assistance

The Parish Council are signposting local support here but do not endorse any of the information given and are not able to confirm the vetting process of any of the groups listed.

Groups and volunteers should note that Communities 1st are offering information, guidance and resources to help groups responding to the current crisis. Visit their COVID-19 News and Updates page for the latest local Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support.

Neighbourhood Assistance in Bricket Wood

Residents working together with The Rotary Club, Neighbourhood Watch, St Luke’s Church and Bricket Wood Residents Association to co-ordinate a group of volunteers to offer basic help to those who have no family, friends or neighbours to support them.

If you live in Bricket Wood and are in isolation and need help or support you can contact us using the details below leaving your name, contact number, address and your request:

Tel  01727 260963

Email  help@bricketwood.org

St Luke’s Church Bricket Wood

St Luke’s are offering a helping hand, but more crucially if someone is bereaved, or needs someone to talk to, then please contact Revd Kylie Hodgins

Tel: 01923 971486

Email  kh2@gumnut.me.uk