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NHDC awards grant to Talking Newspaper

03/07/2020 - 11:45am

Stevenage and North Herts Talking News has been awarded a grant of £1,523.00 by North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Area Committees.

Stevenage and North Herts Talking News produce a free weekly audio version of local newspaper news items and letters, together with national magazine articles, which they distribute to blind and partially sighted residents across Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth, Royston & Stevenage, as well as the surrounding villages.

Statement: Reopening of NHDC's Playgrounds

30/06/2020 - 4:45pm

Unfortunately we will not be reopening any of our playgrounds or outdoor gym equipment on 4 July. The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our priority and therefore we need time to consider the practical implications of the recently issued Government guidance on reopening. It is however our intention to reopen as soon as practical and we would like to thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

NHDC awards over £1.3m in discretionary grants to local businesses

30/06/2020 - 4:45pm

North Herts District Council (NHDC) has today announced that it will be paying out over £1.3 million in discretionary grants to over 200 small businesses in North Herts.

Discretionary grants were designed for businesses who have been financially impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic but were not eligible for previous government support schemes.

The Council’s intention was to help as many businesses as possible with the available funding. A total of 281 businesses applied, 213 qualified and NHDC has awarded funding to all of them.

Baldock Beer Festival to get £1000 boost to 'bounce back' in 2021

29/06/2020 - 5:15pm

Organisers of the Independent Baldock Beer Festival have been awarded a grant of £1,000 to help the festival “bounce back” next year. North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Baldock Committee awarded the grant at its meeting last week (22 June).

North Hertfordshire Museum welcomes back visitors

29/06/2020 - 3:15pm

North Hertfordshire Museum will welcome visitors again on 4 July, when it reopens its doors for a series of free guided tours.

Visitors will be shown around the Museum by tour guides, who will share detailed knowledge and stories about the exhibitions at the Museum.

A highlight to see is the ‘Rembrandt in Print’ exhibition, which is at the Museum until 2 August. The exhibition is on loan from the Ashmolean Museum and features work from world renowned artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669).

Council committee gives grant funding to good causes in Kings Walden and Offley

29/06/2020 - 1:00pm

A puppetry project for disadvantaged children and a North Herts based community centre recently received grant funding totalling more than £3,500* at a virtual meeting of North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Southern Rural Committee on 25 June.

NHDC awards COVID-19 grants for community groups

29/06/2020 - 11:00am

Fourteen community and voluntary organisations have been awarded grants from the North Herts District Council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Support Fund.

Grants allocated from the fund so far total nearly £60,000.

The fund has been set up to help community and voluntary organisations in North Herts who are supporting the districts most vulnerable residents.

Projects which have benefitted so far include:

Livestock returns to graze North Herts nature reserves

29/06/2020 - 10:15am

Weston Hills Local Nature Reserve in Baldock recently welcomed some familiar four-legged visitors to graze in its meadows this summer.

The English Longhorn Cattle and sheep are regular visitors to the site. North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and the Countryside Management Service arrange for them to visit annually as part of the Weston Hills conservation grazing regime.

Grazing helps to manage the grassland at Weston Hills and increases its attractiveness to biodiversity – encouraging a wider variety of plants to grow and more insects to the site.

Garden waste customers to receive free 2 months extension

25/06/2020 - 9:45am

Garden waste subscribers in North Herts will receive two additional months on their current 12-month subscription, following a six-week suspension of the paid for service, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Update: Government Grants for Businesses

22/06/2020 - 5:00pm

Since 14 April NHDC has made payments of £24,610,000 to 1,946 businesses who applied for the government’s small business grant funding and the retail, hospitality and leisure grants. 

The Discretionary Grants Scheme closed on Friday 19 June. We received 279 applications which we are currently assessing and processing this week. Applicants will be contacted with a decision within the next 7 days.