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Volunteer to help make Village Weekend a success!

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019

Village Weekend is run by a handful of wonderful volunteers and every year we desperately need more people to help!! Are you able to help lighten the load so that all three events can run smoothly?

Click on the button below to see a list of activities/jobs that need doing

Please note:

  • You can put your name down for any jobs you wish to help with.
  • Everyone who has access to it will see which slots you have put your name down for immediately.
  • Once you have chosen a slot/s, please email Ellie at with your contact info. In accordance with data protection, your contact info will only be used for the purpose of volunteering.
  • If you are not comfortable writing your name on this form, please note your initials or just write ‘filled’.

Important message from Affinity Water

We’re noticing extremely high demand for water in your area, due to the warm weather and many of us being at home to enjoy it. We’re doing all we can meet the demand and our production teams are working around the clock to treat and pump additional water into the network.

However, in some areas, water is being used faster than our teams can put it in, which is resulting in low pressure issues.

We are contacting customers directly through text, email and targeted social media posts to request that they use water for the essentials only, such as drinking, washing and cooking and avoid non-essential use such as watering the garden or filling inflatable pools.

Every drop counts. Taking shorter showers, skipping the car wash and turning off sprinklers and hoses can make a big difference collectively. But don’t forget to keep following government advice on regular hand washing.

Update: Pay & Play – Public tennis court use

One court is available for public use (singles/family play only) and with no lingering or socialising.

Contact Wheathampstead Parish Council on or call 01582 832541 for details and to arrange payment. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm, so you may not get a response outside of these times.

Users must follow Government social distancing and hygiene guidelines at all times. Users are also responsible for securing the gate on exit.

Visit or for more information.

Failure to observe these rules may mean the Parish Council have no option but to close the facility.

Please visit our dedicated page to find out more information –

Update: Wheathampstead’s Community Orchard

There are 26 fruit trees in the orchard, with two of each of these native Hertfordshire varieties, which were developed at the dates and places shown. They were planted in January 2014. They are on MM106 rootstocks so will grow to a height and width of about four metres. They will be ready for picking in September and October, the date varying between the different varieties.

Brownlees Russet (Hemel Hempstead 1848)
Thomas Rivers (Sawbridgeworth 1892)
Rivers St Martins (Sawbridgeworth 1896)
Crimson Newton Wonder (Holwell 1921)
Bushey Grove (Bushey 1926)
Young’s Pinello (Letchworth 1935)
Fairie Queen (Ware Park 1937)
Dawn (Ware Park 1940)
Gavin (Bayfordbury 1956)

Fertility (Sawbridgeworth 1875)
Conference (Sawbridgeworth 1875)
Parrot (Sawbridgeworth 1895)
Saint Luke (Sawbridgeworth 1897)

The three mature apple trees are at least 70 years old. They were planted by Arthur Wren, manager of the sewage works.

For more information, please contact the Meads ranger, Patrick McNeill, at or 07718 068575, or the Parish Council office.

Summer edition of The Pump – apology

In light of a recent concern, we wish to address an article that was recently published in our magazine. The article, titled ‘Kid Talk: How to cope with working parents’ (pg 8), suggests using products from the bathroom to make potions. The article was designed to be humorous, for just adults or adults to read alongside a child (and thus able to explain that it is meant to be tongue in cheek). However an issue has been raised that some potentially harmful cleaning products are kept in bathrooms, so this could be dangerous.

We apologise for the insensitivity of this and any other comments within this article that have caused our readers concern.

Tennis court now available for use

From today (13 May) one court will available for public use, for singles play only and with no lingering or socialising. If you wish to use this court, please call the Parish Council 01582 832541 for details and to arrange payment. Charges are £5 per hour. 

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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

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 – we would love to talk to you about a special event we have coming up!

Top of picnic bench stolen from The Meads

Do you know what happened to this picnic bench?

Some time earlier this week the top of this picnic bench, which currently lives on The Meads, was stolen.

If you saw anything or have any information that you think might help, please contact the non-emergency police number, 101.