Village Notices

Village Notices for 16 May 2024

In Today’s Notices:

  • Saturday 18 May 2024 – Councillor Terry Douris at Bridgewater Arms
  • Saturday 18 May 2024 – Christian Aid Strawberry Cream Tea
  • Sunday 19 May 2024 – VPA Annual Plant Sale
  • Sunday 19 May 2024 – Music Club: Craig Ogden in Concert
  • Monday 20 May 2024 – Parish Council Annual Meeting
  • Thursday 23 May 2024 – Gaddesden Society AGM and talk
  • Friday 31 May to Monday 3rd June – Art Club Summer Exhibition
  • Saturday 8th June – Village Produce Market
  • Thursday 19 September 2024 – Mr Happy’s Circus, Church Road
  • Northern Lights over Little Gaddesden Church
  • Little Gaddesden Charities Fund
  • Got Something to be Included in Village Notices?

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Village Notices

Please note, going forward, Village Notices will be sent out fortnightly on a Thursday. Any copy to be included in a Village Notice should be sent to no later than the Tuesday prior to circulation. The next Village Notice will be circulated on Thursday 30th May.

Saturday 18 May – Councillor Terry Douris at the Bridgewater Arms, 10.00am to 10.30am

Terry Douris, Dacorum and Hertfordshire County Councillor, will be at the Bridgewater Arms from 10.00am to 10.30am should you have any local issues you wish to discuss with him.

Saturday 18 May – Christian Aid Strawberry Cream Tea, 3pm to 5pm, Thomas Field Hall, LG Church

The Strawberry Cream Tea is now an annual event in Little Gaddesden during Christian Aid week. Come and enjoy afternoon tea and homemade cakes and scones in the Thomas Field Hall in Little Gaddesden Church on Saturday 18 May, 3pm to 5pm – £5.00, under 5’s free.

Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities. It acts where there is great need, regardless of religion, supporting people to live a full life, free from poverty. This year’s Christian Aid Week appeal is focussing on communities paying a harsh price for the global cost of living and climate crises in Burundi, one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in Africa.

Last year Little Gaddesden raised over £1000 for Christian Aid Week. We are hoping to exceed this figure in 2024 and have set up an ‘e-envelope’ for those who would like to make a donation online: For information about the charity’s work and examples of how your donations might be used see:

Sunday 19 May – VPA Plant Sale, 10am, Village Hall Car Park

If you have plants to donate please bring them to the Village hall between 8-9am on the day or leave in advance with Kate at Christmas House (on the left on the road out towards Ringshall, Ring 07973 830081).

Please label the plants with their names if possible!

Thanks very much in anticipation!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Your VPA Committee

Sunday 19 May – Music Club: Craig Ogden in Concert, Little Gaddesden Church, 6pm

“A worthy successor to Julian Bream” BBC Music Magazine

“A polished soloist” New York Times

A household name to listeners of Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, both critically and popularly acclaimed with a string of No.1 recordings to his name, Australian born Craig Ogden is one of the most successful classical guitarists of his generation.

Programme includes works by Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi (arr. John Williams), JS Bach, Django Rheinhardt (arr. Roland Dyens) and Scarlatti.

Craig’s relaxed style of concert presentation, the diversity of his chosen repertoire and his virtuosity have made him a firm favourite with audiences.

This concert is open to the public.

Tickets: £20 in advance from or Ian Hamilton on 07491 654415 (or £25 on the door – if any are left!)

Website:    Craig Ogden

Monday 20 May – Parish Council Annual Meeting & Annual Meeting of the Electorate, 7.30pm Village Hall

The Annual Meeting of the Electorate of the Parish will take place on Monday 20 May at 19:30 in the Village Hall.

The Agenda for this meeting and the draft Minutes of the last meeting can be found on this link

The Annual  meeting of the Parish Council will also take place on Monday 20 May.  This meeting will commence immediately after the meeting of the Electorate or at  19:50, which ever is the later.    The meeting will take place in the Village Hall.

The agenda for the meeting and the draft minutes from the previous meeting can be found on the web site –

All members of the public are welcome.

Thursday 23 May – Gaddesden Society AGM and Talk, 8.15pm Village Hall

Please join us for our (brief) AGM followed by a talk from our very own Josie Jeffrey – “Secrets of a Store Detective”.

The Gaddesden Socity’s proposed new Constitution is one of the agenda items of the AGM. See for the text. This shouldn’t prevent the AGM being brief!

Everyone very welcome. Entry fee minimum £1 to include wine and cheese.

Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June – Art Club Summer Exhibition, Village Hall

Little Gaddesden Art Club Logo

Private View:
Friday 31st May 8pm – 10pm

Open to Public :
Saturday 1st June 10.30am – 6.00pm
Sunday 2nd June 10.30am – 6.00pm
Monday 3rd June 11.00am – 6.00pm

Framed pictures, folios, pottery, fused glass and wood turning.
Refreshments … Tea, coffee and cake

Saturday 8 June – Village Produce Market, Village Hall, 9.30am to midday

Lots of lovely varied produce, crafts, bric a brac, plants, candles and much more besides. Not forgetting the bargain breakfast baps.

Come along for a browse and cuppa. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 19 September – Happy’s Circus, 6pm, Church Road

The Friends of Little Gaddesden School are proud to announce that ‘Happy’s Circus’ will be coming to the village for one night only on Thursday 19th September 2024. 

Join us for an unforgettable adventure under the Big Top! Happy’s Circus brings you an enchanting 2 hour experience filled with laughter, thrills, and wonder. 

Expect captivating acrobats defying gravity with their breathtaking stunts and dazzling Aerialists soaring high above the audience with grace and skill.  

Come early to enjoy the BBQ serving burgers, hot dogs and veggie options as well as freshly cooked pizza and a fully licensed bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks. All proceeds from food and drink sales go to FOLGS to support the work of the school. There will be popcorn and candy floss aplenty!

Tickets will be available via the link below:

Friends of Little Gaddesden School (

Northern Lights over Little Gaddesden Church

In case you missed nature’s light show last weekend, Roger Robinson of Ashridge Media ( has kindly let us reproduce this wonderful photograph that he took late in the evning of Friday 10 May 2024:

The Northern Lights over Little Gaddesden Church - photo by Roger Robinson

A larger version of the image is on the front page of the Little Gaddesden Church website, where you can read some notes Roger has written about the photo.

Little Gaddesden Charities Fund

Established in 1997 (as a combination of a number of established local charities), the Little Gaddesden charities has supported individuals and families in Little Gaddesden Parish for 25 years.

The charities’ sole purpose is to help individuals or families resident in the parish with small one-off requests for financial support.

The committee are aware that local parishioners may or may not be aware of the charities and wish to promote the purpose to all residents.

Requests for support are made by either contacting The Revd John Russell on 01442 214898 or by emailing John chairs the charities’ small committee of trustees based on his role within the Parish; alternatively Pat Catchpole (01442 842544) as secretariat.

In such a period of financial uncertainty and with the cost of living crisis it is even more important to ensure that members of the Parish are aware of the support availability, and we would welcome being able to provide more support from funds available.

All requests are treated with the utmost confidence and no personal information is shared.

We would also welcome any local organisations providing information of how to access the charity in any wider communications they may undertake.

Got Something to be Included in Village Notices?

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