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Hertford & Ware Foodbank: can you help?

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub have had a request for donations from Hertford & Ware Foodbank.

They are in need of the following:

  • Long life milk – desperate for!
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Biscuits
  • Rice pudding
  • Treats for the children
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate spread
  • Jam
  • Soap
  • Toiletries

Donations can be made to Sue at 8 Millers Lane. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The 3 Churches Foodbank Hub
A local Hub of the Hertford & Ware Foodbank based at St Margarets’ Parish Church

Upcoming Public Meeting

The consultation period for the proposed quarry in Stanstead Abbotts has been extended by one month to 31st October. The Parish Council is organising a public meeting to enable villagers to hear more about what is being proposed, what the Council’s concerns are and to give some guidance about providing an effective response.

We are hoping to get our local MP along to the meeting. Once we have her availability, we will publicise the date. In any case, it will be 2 or 3 weeks’ time.

Cllr Julia Witting
Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council

Great Amwell War Memorial

I was delighted to have a chat with workers from Suffolk Brick & Stone Cleaning Company Limited who were doing such a fantastic job of cleaning the war memorial at Great Amwell.

Image courtesy of Rev’d Sarah Forrest

Great Amwell Parish Council arranged for the war memorial to be cleaned and it is looking brilliant. Thank you to the council and the workers for doing such a great job.

Rev’d Sarah Forrest

Traditional Evensong at St James’s Church

In place of the scheduled 8.45am BCP Communion, a special service will be held in the evening. The details are as follows:

Traditional Evensong to honour the life and service of our late Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday 18th September

6pm at St James’s Church, Roydon Road

A scratch choir (a group who rehearse and perform, all in one day) will perform. If you would like to join, rehearsals start at 5pm prompt. For a music list, please email

Briggens Estate Quarry? HAVE YOUR SAY!

As many of you will be aware, Hertfordshire County Council is reviewing its Minerals and Waste Local Plan documents.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2040, which is currently at consultation stage, proposes a ‘mineral allocation site’ (quarry) in the Stanstead Abbotts area. As the impact of this new plan will be significant, we encourage all residents to take a careful look at the plan and make sure you have your say before the end of the consultation period.


Check out the website to read the draft plan:

See specifically ‘MAS01: The Briggens Estate’ in Appendix 1 (Site Briefs).

You can complete a Draft Plan Response Form online or a printable version of the form can be found HERE.

Alternatively, contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team directly:

01992 556227 (office hours are 9am – 5pm)

Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team
Spatial Planning Unit (CHN216)
Hertfordshire County Council
County Hall
Pegs Lane
SG13 8DN

From Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council

It is with great sadness that we received the news that Her Majesty the Queen died at Balmoral Castle on the afternoon of 8th September 2022. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family.

Her Majesty the Queen devoted her life to this nation and was a symbol of unity and strength for us all. For many of us Her Majesty the Queen was the only monarch we have known and her experience and wisdom will be sorely missed in the years ahead.

Many of you will want to share your own messages and a book of condolence will be available in the Ashlea Room at Stanstead Abbotts Parish Hall from Friday afternoon (opening times will be confirmed shortly).

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire has an online book of condolence available online here and East Herts District Council will have a book of condolence available from Friday afternoon at the council offices in Hertford and Bishops Stortford .

I hope that we can all find comfort in the memory of this great woman who united a nation as our Queen for more than 70 years.

A book of condolence is available for the residents of Stanstead Abbotts and Stanstead St Margaret’s in the Ashlea Room in Stanstead Abbotts Parish Hall. You can visit at the following times:

Saturday 10 th: 10am–1pm then 2–4pm
Sunday 11th: 10am–1pm then 2–4pm
Monday 12th: 2–5 pm
Tuesday 13th: 10am–1pm
Wednesday 14th: 2–5pm
Thursday 15th: 2–5pm
Friday 16th: 2–5pm

The 3 Churches Benefice: churches open **UPDATED**

Over the next few days, our churches will be open for quiet prayer and reflection as we mourn the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II.

St John the Baptist, Great Amwell:
Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11th, 10am to 4pm

St Mary the Virgin, St Margarets:
Saturday 10th, 10–11.30am and 2–4pm
Sunday 11th, 10–11.30am.

St Andrew’s, Stanstead Abbotts:
Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11th, 10am to 4pm


St Andrew’s Church will be OPEN as a place of quiet reflection from 10am to 4pm on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. A book of condolences is available to sign.

Services remembering our late Queen Elizabeth II are happening on Sunday 18th:
9am at St John the Baptist, Great Amwell
10.30am at St Andrew’s, Stanstead Abbotts
10.30am at St Mary’s Church, St Margarets
6pm at St James’s Church, Stanstead Abbotts

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