SHENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

Ben Caplan & William Susman

Ben Caplan & William Susman

On Monday 14th November we held the annual Christmas Lights switch on.  The event was well attended by Shenley residents.  Ben Caplan, our own local celebrity, Sergeant Nokes from BBC’s `Call the Midwife’ kindly came along to press the magic button to turn on the lights after a cheerful countdown by everyone present.  It was very interesting to hear all about Ben’s busy year.  Unfortunately he didn’t get to film in South Africa with his `Call the Midwife’ colleagues for the Christmas special but he has been doing plenty of other great work including a month in the Kinks musical ‘Summer Afternoon’.  The original switch on date had to be changed from the 16th to the 14th as Ben had to fly out to Budapest on the 15th to start work on `Maigret’ with Rowan Atkinson!

The Parish Councillors laid on a delightful free reception of wine, soft drinks and nibbles for all those who came to watch.  Ben and his family stayed and mingled with everyone.  It was another really nice, well supported community gathering.  Special thanks to Amanda for organising everything brilliantly as always and to all helpers.

Please don’t forget to support the events taking place in December.  We hope everyone enjoys the Senior Citizens Christmas outing to `Beautiful’ the Carol King musical and seeing the Christmas lights afterwards on Tuesday 13th December.  In the morning of the 18th December Santa will be riding round the Village, at around 11.30am and in the afternoon between 5.30-6.30pm he will be in the Cage (Santa’s Grotto) at the Pond.  On 24th December the annual lighting of the Chanukah candles will be held at the Cage Pond seating area between 5.30-6.30pm.

Your Parish Council is trying hard to plan events for the whole community to enjoy and your support is appreciated.  If you have any thoughts about other things we could do please let us know.

Cllr Nicky Beaton

 

 

Residents enjoying the Switch on

Residents enjoying the Switch on

Resident with Christmas dog!

Resident with Christmas dog!

 

Volunteering in Shenley Park

Midweek volunteering on Thursday mornings 9.30-12.30.

If you would like to come and join in light gardening duties to help tidy up the Park this could be for you. The basic tasks around the Park would include footpath clearance, weeding, composting around the base of newly planted trees, checking tree ties and light pruning of apple trees. Contact the office for an application pack.

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Action for a Cleaner Shenley

Action for a Cleaner Shenley

The ACS initiative was started in August 2015 to help make our lovely village cleaner and tidier.   Major Hertsmere Borough Council budget cuts have meant that virtually nothing is being done to keep pavements clear or signage clean.  Other areas are suffering and litter clearance has also been affected.   There is a great deal that needs to be done.  Shenley Parish Council is trying to address the problem and ACS is one of the solutions.

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Carpet Bowls

Carpet Bowls

Carpet Bowls

Have you been watching the Indoor Bowls on the TV recently?

Carpet Bowls is a cut down version of this game designed to be played in Village Halls. If you want to find out more on how to play the game and the rules there is a short video on the English Carpet Bowls site at www.englishcarpetbowls.com

The Shenley Bowls Club has been running since the late 1970s and flourished when the hospital site was still operational. Our club night is every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and we meet in the Village Hall in London Road. We are currently half way through the Bowls season. Unlike outdoor bowls we play throughout the year except for a short break in August. We belong to the Hertfordshire Carpet Bowls League and are in the second division. We also take part in the County competitions which are held in Ware throughout the winter/spring. The county has its own website www.hcba.webs.com where match information is posted regularly.

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Hertfordshire County Council warns residents to be vigilant against rogue traders

Hertfordshire County Council warns residents to be vigilant against rogue traders

On average, almost 250 reports of rogue trading are made each year in Hertfordshire, but it is estimated that only between five and 20 per cent of these crimes are reported – that’s why Hertfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is advising residents to follow a few top tips:

  1. Say no to doorstep callers. Do not buy goods or services at the door.
  2. If you are considering having work done, always shop around first and get at least three quotes.
  3. You can search for a Hertfordshire Trading Standards Approved Trader on the Which? Trusted Traders website or by calling Trading Standards.
  4. Honest businesses agree pricing beforehand, including VAT. There’s no evidence without a written contract.
  5. Avoid paying cash in hand. It’s better to pay by bank transfer or cheque, as these can be traced.
  6. If you think you or a vulnerable relative or neighbour has become the victim of a rogue trader, report it straight away.

David Russell, 67, from Ware, contacted a local trader when he had a problem with a drain in his back garden.

“From the beginning, the trader didn’t seem the least bit friendly. After about an hour he came and he said, ‘Well, this is going to cost more than we thought […] because I need more equipment.’ He was there for about five hours altogether, and as time went on seemed to get unhappier.”

The trader quoted him £200, but David was charged almost £1,500 – for a job that wasn’t done to a satisfactory standard.

“I did write a cheque and when I thought about it the next day or so, I thought, well this is really a bit too much, I should take advice on this. I was speaking to friends, and one of them recommended that I go to Trading Standards. I phoned them up and spoke to them and they said, ‘Well, the first thing to do is to cancel the cheque.’.”

David was lucky as he contacted Trading Standards quickly and was able to cancel his cheque before it was cashed. As the trader had failed to give cancellation rights or indicate VAT-inclusive prices, Trading Standards brought him to court, where he pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £2,400 for David’s case and two others. The company he worked for was also fined a total of £5,600.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire County Council is committed to keeping residents safe, so we recommend that everybody reads and shares this advice, particularly with vulnerable older relatives and neighbours. If you’ve been targeted by a rogue trader, don’t let them get away with it. Always report anything suspicious to our Trading Standards team.”

Russell Reeder, Principal Trading Standards Officer at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It may be tempting to just find someone in the phone book or say yes to the trader that’s just knocked on your door but, as David’s story shows, you don’t know that you’ll be getting a fair price or a good service.”

He added, “Our partnership with Which? Trusted Traders helps consumers to find reliable traders who have been thoroughly assessed and checked.”

Search for trusted traders at http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/