You Can Help! Laptops

There’s so many ways to help your neighbours and community without even having to leave the house. We’d like to start highlighting organisations in need of your help and generosity in blog posts as we see them.

See original Tweet here.

Today we’re sharing a Tweet from Communities 1st, about donating unused laptops to children without this vital tool. Although schools may well return to full capacity 8 March, students still need a dependable laptop for their homework and projects, in this age of increased reliance on digital media and the Internet.

So please, visit Computer Friendly to learn more!

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Herts Rural Support Networks Covid-19 Information Update Issue 6

Covid-19 Information Update Issue 6 – Please share this throughout your community

Covid Information Champion update – Hertfordshire is ina national lockdown along with the rest of England, with residents being told that we must stay at home. For more information about the lockdown rules Click Here

Shielding – A new cohort of residents have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and have been asked to start shielding. Over 12,000 Hertfordshire residents have been contacted by Hertfordshire County Council and are being advised to register for support at By registering, they can get help with priority supermarket delivery slots and can inform their local council the type of support they need. We are asking residents to get in touch with HertsHelp, their information can be found at the bottom of this page

Covid Vaccinations – There is a growing resource of locally generated information for people who may be hesitant about having their vaccine, with an emphasis on meeting the information, cultural and language needs of people from Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic backgrounds. You can view these resources for yourself Click Here

Similarly, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association have created many resources for residents to learn the facts Click Here

Resources have also been created for adults with learning difficulties. Adults with learning difficulties will soon be contacted for their vaccination, and so easy read resources have been created for them to understand the information surrounding the vaccine. Click Here for the resources

The BBC Asian Network has created some great content on vaccines scams and made it available on social media; containing videos in Urdu, Sylheti, Punjabi, Tamil and Gujarati for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also find these on the BBC news website

If you are aged 65 or over, clinically extremely vulnerable or a front-line health and social care worker who has not yet had your first COVID vaccination, you are now actively encouraged to contact the NHS and book your appointment without needing to wait for an invitation. Please use the online booking system or call 119 if you are unable to go online. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available, call your GP practice for an appointment at your local GP-led site.

Keep on doing the basics:

  • make sure we wash our hands regularly and thoroughly
  • keep our distance from others
  • wear a face-covering when required
  • self-isolate when told to do so

If you or your family need financial or practical help and advice with the cost of food or fuel this winter, please get in touch with HertsHelp:

Visit – email or call 0300 123 4044

For more information and guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic please Click Here

Visit – email or call 0300 123 4044

For more information and guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic Click Here

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CDA Herts Newsletter is live

Our good friends at CDA Herts, Community Development Action – Hertfordshire’s Rural Community Charity, have published an informative newsletter, which is worthy of your time. Click here to access the updates, including a nice photo of Frogmore resident Moira.

Sign up to become a member here and support their projects, such as the recent Bags of Kindness project; improving elders’ digital literacy; keeping community members connected; and much more.

Smug Oak Lane Bridgeworks & Resurfacing 8 March

This may affect you.

The bridges & structures team have advised that a full road closure is required for 1 Moor Mill Lane Bridge Resurfacing & joint replacement works. This is essential resurfacing works over the bridge and on the bridge approaches, including replacement of the joints, which is needed to properly maintain the bridge. As you can appreciate with Smug Oak Lane, as this is bridge works, they need to close the road to the point that motorists can sensibly divert from.

The anticipated start date is actually 8th March 2021. HCC Network Management have allowed for a road closure of 1 week. Albeit HCC have booked a weeks’ time slot for this work, they actually think the works will take no more than a day, subject to weather conditions.