Category Archives: Parish Council

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

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 Three Parish Councils

The Three Parish Councils that cover Great Amwell, St Margarets and Stanstead Abbotts work hard to ensure that residents are supported and represented, and to make the three villages fantastic places to live.

If you have any questions or concerns, there are several different ways to be in touch with them…

Great Amwell Parish Council

Parish Council Clerk: Jeff Hughes



St Margarets Parish Council

Parish Council Clerk: Christina Whellams



Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council

Parish Council Clerk: Sarah Neighbour



What a Platinum Jubilee Party!

On Friday 3rd June, in the glorious sunshine, crowds of you came along to the Platinum Jubilee Party held at The Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets’ Village Club.

A fantastic time was had by all who attended – and there were a lot of you! Live music, a delicious BBQ, dance performances, tombola, cake stall, face painting and ice creams made for a brilliant afternoon of celebration.

Huge thanks go to Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council, The Village Club and the army of volunteers who made it all happen.

Brilliant Beacon Event at Easneye!

On Thursday June 2nd, around 150 people were present at the Easneye field – at the invitation of Nicholas and Henrietta Buxton – and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The late sun was shining on the trees with a golden glow as villagers arrived, from 8.30pm onwards, to gaze down to Hoddesdon and far beyond to the City of London and Canary Wharf. People happily picnicked and enjoyed refreshments from the bar as the late sun sank out of sight and the music became more patriotic. From his trailer, Nicholas Buxton delivered a rousing speech extolling the long reign of Her Majesty the Queen, before going over to the enormous bonfire and lighting it – dead on 9.45pm – so that it took its place in the official network of beacons across the country.

Thanks are due to the Buxton family for the welcome on to their land, for the work that went into building the beacon and providing the music. Volunteers were supervising the parking and running the bar and a committee had met several times to ensure that everything was in place. Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council very much appreciates and thanks all of those people who made the beacon happen.

Julia Davies

Great Amwell Beacon Event: a fantastic evening!

On Thursday 2nd June residents of Great Amwell were able to meet on the Vicar’s Field (with the kind permission of St. John the Baptist School) and enjoy the sunshine and some fun together before the Platinum Jubilee beacon lighting at 9:45, to coincide with all other beacons across the Commonwealth.  Some lively games of rounders were played, children and adults had their faces painted and the souvenir mugs were handed out to provide a memento of what was truly a unique event, all to a well-judged soundtrack of music that easily overcame the neighbouring music festival.

Image courtesy of William Brown

The beacon was lit by Tom Foy as Chair of Great Amwell Parish Council and was spectacular. Indeed, someone called the fire brigade who were obliged to attend; although on a night of national beacon-lighting, this was probably not the only place that this happened. Hopefully, the young who came will look back in years to come and be able to say, ‘I remember the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee’.

Image courtesy of William Brown

The event was organised by Suzie Nichol and supported by East Herts District Council, Great Amwell Parish Council, St. John the Baptist Church and Parish Hall, the Amwell Society, and generous private donations.

Stanstead Abbotts’ Annual Parish Meeting: 5th May 2022

Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council is holding its Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm in Stanstead Abbotts Parish Hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, which is an informal meeting to update villagers on the work the Council has done in the previous year and plans for the year ahead.

Refreshments will be available, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council

Police Community Event on 1st April

On Friday 1st April between 15.00 and 16.30 at The Ashlea Room, Stanstead Abbotts Parish Hall, your local police officers will be available to speak to members of the public about any worries or concerns they may have. You can also sign up to the Online Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. We hope to see you there.

Check out the Facebook page for more information.

The event has been organised by Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council.