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Support payments for Covid-19 self-isolating workers

08/10/2020 - 9:00am

Residents in North Herts in receipt of certain qualifying benefits who cannot work after being told to self-isolate, can apply from 12 October for a new Government support fund to be administered by North Herts District Council (NHDC).

In response to a rise in Covid-19 numbers across the country, the government has made it compulsory for people to self-isolate if the NHS has told them, either because they have tested positive for Covid-19 or because they have been in close contact with someone who has.

Herts Leaders advise "Stay safe and have a spooktacular Halloween"!

07/10/2020 - 3:30pm

Council leaders across Hertfordshire are encouraging people to celebrate Halloween safely, helping to save lives by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

This year, many Halloween traditions such as trick or treating carry a risk and the county’s message is clear: this Halloween, stick to a safer way of having fun.

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North Herts Healthy Hub and Morrisons join forces to tackle period poverty

07/10/2020 - 12:45pm

Women and young girls across North Herts who are experiencing ‘period poverty’ have been given a boost thanks to the efforts of North Herts District Council’s Healthy Hub and Morrisons supermarket

Period Poverty is a very real issue in the UK with 1 in 10 women and girls unable to afford to buy essential menstrual products. With more and more people facing significant financial pressures as a result of the pandemic, cases of women and girls being unable to provide for themselves have risen sharply.

NHDC’s Hitchin Committee awards grants to after school clubs

05/10/2020 - 12:15pm

Two Hitchin after school clubs recently received grant funding totalling £1,900 at a virtual meeting of North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Hitchin Area Committee on 29 September*.

Hitchin Fun Club, an afterschool and holiday club based at Highbury Infant School, received a grant of £900. The club provides a safe, caring environment for children to play, explore, learn and engage in a variety of activities to further their development.

North Hertfordshire Museum closed due to water leak [update: reopening Friday]

01/10/2020 - 10:15am

Update 4.45pm: we're pleased to confirm that the Museum will reopen again on Friday 2 October. The main seating area of the café will be out of use on Friday as a precaution. Alternative seating will be available in the foyer.

Unfortunately due to a water leak into the Museum café overnight, North Hertfordshire Museum is currently closed. We are currently on site to assess the level of damage caused.

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – find Wally in the North Hertfordshire Museum!

30/09/2020 - 6:00pm

This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including the North Hertfordshire Museum in Hitchin.

Families will be able to join the search for Wally at the North Hertfordshire Museum as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.

North Herts Museum marks Black History Month with new display

30/09/2020 - 9:15am

North Hertfordshire Museum is contributing to this year’s Black History Month with a display of objects relating to the contribution Black people have made to our district’s history.

The display includes historic photographs and a medal commemorating William IV’s achievement, which included the outlawing of slavery. The display will also feature a document from 1819 listing slaves on Upper and Lower Pearl Estate in Grenada at the time they were sold to John Goodson in 1819.

Still time to sign up to NHDC's garden waste service

25/09/2020 - 2:30pm

We offer a fortnightly collection of garden waste from your brown bin. The year-round service is easy to join and costs £40 for 12 months. We already have more than 16,000 people who use the service. In 2019/20 we collected over 9,000 tonnes of garden waste which was turned into compost or reused on farmland.

This year’s subscription starts on the 1 October so there is still time to sign up for collections, without disrupting your current service if you are an existing subscriber. Why not sign up via Direct Debit and avoid having to re-subscribe each year!

Statement: public event concerns during coronavirus pandemic

24/09/2020 - 4:30pm

"There’s currently a really difficult line to be drawn between keeping our local community as safe as possible from Covid-19 infection and still making sure that people have the opportunity to enjoy what is left of the summer and early autumn.

“We have seen on Facebook and Twitter this weekend that some North Herts residents are worried about the safety of some public events happening in our towns and villages.

Learn to cycle classes coming to Letchworth and Baldock

15/09/2020 - 2:45pm

Are you or someone you know struggling to grasp how to ride a bike? North Herts District Council (NHDC) and the Healthy Hub are running Learn to Cycle sessions in Letchworth and Baldock later this month.

Coming to Baldock from Saturday 26 September 2020 and Letchworth from Saturday 10 October 2020, these one hour 1-to-1 lessons are aimed at helping children, teenagers and adults gain confidence and learn the necessary skills to ride a pedal bike.

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