Village Notices

Village Notices for 15 June 2024

In Today’s Notices:

  • Saturday 15 June 2024 – Councillor Terry Douris at Bridgewater Arms
  • Sunday 16 June 2024 – British Humanitarian Aid Collection, LG Church
  • Monday 17 June – Parish Council Meeting, Village Hall
  • Saturday 6 July – Village Produce Market
  • Thursday 19 September 2024 – Mr Happy’s Circus, Church Road
  • Advance notice of fireworks at Ashridge House
  • 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 normally 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 27 June.

Saturday 15 June – 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.

Sunday 16 June – Collection for British Humanitarian Aid, 9am Service/10am Collection Little Gaddesden Church

Philip Edmonds has recently returned from the Ukraine and is already extremely busy making collections from his loyal supporters; the next consignment to be transported to the Ukraine will be at the end of June.

We have arranged with Philip to come to Little Gaddesden for the 9.00am Service on the 16th June and collect all the much-needed items we are able to donate.

Please take this opportunity to give generously to those in desperate need in the Ukraine, suffering major hardship as the result of Russian aggression. Philip will be attending our Church service on the 16th June and will have his van parked by the church for us to load our donations; if you are willing to help by bringing your donations to church on the morning of the 16th that will be great, but if easier for you to bring things to church in advance, then you can leave them by the font in the day or two prior to the Sunday.

Anything you donate should be bagged robustly and clearly labelled identifying the content, for example bed linen, adult ladies’ clothing, adult men’s clothing, children’s clothing etc. See below for full list of items required:

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  • CLOTHING – must be clean and serviceable. Ideally sorted into ages: pre-school, primary, secondary, ladies’ and men’s
  • FOOTWARE – all types in reasonable condition. Sorted into adults’ and children’s
  • BEDDING – all types including camping mats, single mattresses, sleeping bags, sheets, duvets and covers. Must be clean and
  • serviceable
  • LINEN – curtains, towels, tablecloths, fabric
  • HOUSEHOLD – crockery and mugs, cutlery, kitchen equipment and saucepans, modern hand/electric tools, microwaves, electric kettles, hairdriers
  • TOILETRIES – soap, body and hair products, baby care, make-up, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • CANDLES and matches
  • TORCHES – wind up or with batteries
  • TOYS – only small soft toys at the moment
  • SANITARY ITEMS – sanitary towels, adults’ and children’s nappies, washing powder, cleaning materials, toilet rolls
  • WHEELCHAIRS, wheeled walkers, crutches, walking sticks, baby buggies
  • ELECTRICAL – power banks, chargers, unlocked phones, radiators
  • SPECIALS – generators, plastic sheeting, tents, ground sheets, camping stoves and gas
  • DRIED FOOD – pasta, rice, packet soups and sauces, biscuits, porridge, milk powder, dried fruits, crispbreads, chocolate, kids’ sweets, flour, sugar, cheese spreads. NOT cereals at present!
  • DRINKS – tea, coffee, chocolate, squash, longlife milk, kids’ drinks
  • TINS & JARS – soup, meals, fish, meats, chopped tomatoes, baked beans, vegetables, fruit, rice pudding, pasta sauces, spread

Televisions – faxes – typewriters – videos – CDs – DVDs – prams – baby carriers – car child seats – cots – large plastic toys – huge soft toys – odd items of glass or china – bric-a-brac – pictures – part cans of paint – household furniture – lamps

Further details will follow so do look out for any up-dates and put the date in your diary.

Ian & Pat Catchpole

Monday 17 June – Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm Village Hall

Parish Council Meeting at the Village Hall. All welcome.

Saturday 6 July – 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 (

Advance notice of fireworks at Ashridge House

Please find below the dates in June & July when they have fireworks taking place at Ashridge House:
Friday 21st June – 21:40
Saturday 22nd June – 21:55
Sunday 7th July – 21:50
Sunday 21st July – 21:50
Friday 26th July – 21:20
Saturday 27th July – 21:55

Northern Lights over Little Gaddesden Church

In case you missed nature’s light show, Roger Robinson of Ashridge Media ( has kindly let us reproduce this wonderful photograph that he took late in the evening 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?

To request that something gets included in the Village Notices, please email Mandy Haynes at

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