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Village Weekend – a little different this year!

Had things been different, by now (3pm on Saturday) our volunteers would have been at working since 7am (having done even more work yesterday also), the lovely talent show contestants would be performing, people would be setting up picnic spots and everyone would be looking forward to the evening’s entertainment.

However, we hope that wherever you are and whatever you do this weekend, you have lots of fun.

Enjoy the time safely and responsibly with those around you and do whatever you can to keep smiling.

Celebrate Alban Weekend: 19-20 June 2020

As with many events in 2020, the Alban Street Festival will be celebrated virtually!

Visit www.enjoystalbans.com/AlbanWeekend to find out more about this two day event which takes place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June. 

In the absence of the annual St Albans Half Marathon, this virtual weekend festival also includes the 13.1 Challenge where participants can raise money for their chosen charity by creating their own challenges, such as running 13.1 kms, doing 131 press ups or committing to 13.1 minutes of meditation a day.

The St Albans Deputy Mayor, District Councillor and Wheathampstead resident Sandra Wood took part in this challenge recently by doing 13.1 circuits of our High Street. 

In recognition of her effort, Sandra welcomes any donations towards the St Albans and Hertsmere Womens’ Refuge, which is the Mayor’s chosen charity for 2020-2021.

Great work Sandra!

St Albans Cathedral are also celebrating this weekend, with the St Albans Pilgrimage ‘reimagined’ on Sunday 21 June. You can also learn about the significance of roses in Alban’s story and take part in the St Albans Rainbow Trail by displaying a paper rose.  

Cancellation of Village Weekend 2020

In light of the current climate, the Parish Council has taken the decision to cancel Village Weekend for 2020.

The Parish Council may consider putting on alternative events later in the year, however this is not something that can be promised in these times of uncertainty.

If you have any questions, please contact info@wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk.

Celebrate VE Day online

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the comfort on your home via our Facebook event (click the discussion tab to view the videos) or from our website here). 

Join us online for a variety of entertainment including performances from local musicians and dancers, poems, historical stories, a quiz and much more!

The event will be concluded at 3pm with the ‘Nation’s Toast’ when we can all raise a glass – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you then!

Can you entertain from home? Musicians and dancers wanted!

Are you a budding musician or have you been performing for many years, with the facility to video yourself performing from home? Are you a dancer or part of a dance group that misses dancing together? It is not essential but it would be even better if you can perform 40/50s music.

If this is you, then please email Ellie at info@wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk – we would love to talk to you about a special event we have coming up!

Lights Up – a festive success!

Once again, Wheathampstead came together in true community style for our annual festive light switch on event held on Thursday 28 November 2019.

The event kicked with off with some fantastic singing from the local schools, which included Stevie Wonder’s festive classic, ‘What Christmas means to me’. The lights were thereafter switched on to great cheers and even Santa had the time to join in! 

Santa’s Grotto, which was organised by the Wheathampstead Community Group, was incredibly popular and raised much needed money for the organisation. 

Despite the rain, feedback from residents was extremely positive, with comments about the tasty pizza and the quirky gifts available from the market stalls. 

What a wonderful way to kickstart the festive season!

Road closure reminder – Lights Up 2019

You may have seen on the advanced warnings notices that the High Street is closed for Lights Up on Thursday 28 November 2019. The closure starts at 4pm, however there may be limited access from 3.30pm. The closure and will end by 8.30pm, however this could be earlier if the event is cleared quickly. 

 The section of High Street being closed is from Church Street to East Lane. Church Street, Lower Luton Road, Marford Road and East Lane car park are not affected and will remain open. 

Please remember to plan your journey between these times accordingly. Access will be granted to those living on the High Street and Granary Close, if it is safe to do so. 

Lights Up 2019 – Winners

A huge well done to all of the poster competition entries from the local schools – the artwork this year was fantastic as always! 

The winners are Ben Coomber, Marta Marnauza and Oscar Morrell – congratulations! Their posters will be put up throughout the village over the next few days. 

Each winner, plus the runners-up, will receive a letter via their school giving details of how to collect their prizes.

Click on the images below for a larger view.

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