St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan Open for Public Consultation and Polling

Here’s a brief summary of the lengthy 99 page plan we uploaded earlier. Please log into your local Council website, read the document Regulation 14, then fill out the survey.

“Following many years of hard work and local engagement, we are pleased to invite your views on St Stephen Parish Council’s proposals for a neighbourhood development plan and associated documents.

This is a Pre-Submission Consultation in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended).”

Additional information found here:

MacMillan Cake Sale Wrap Up

A hearty thank you to everyone who came to our MacMillan Cake Sale on a rather blustery Sunday the 27th. We raised a massive £440.75 in cash today with an additional £65 on our Macmillan page and a donation from Joy making £550!

If you didn’t get a chance to buy a lovely cake, but would like to contribute to a worthy cause, there’s still time. Visit our fundraising page

Rogue Builders Update

Recent news reports highlight an increase in rogue traders targeting the elderly with home improvement schemes. Often their victims suffer in silence, due to isolation.

One of our Committee members is actively involved in our local Neighbourhood Watch, where one such crime first came to his attention, when a Frogmore resident Geoffrey Cunliffe, was victimised by scammers who left his home in ruins. Geoff, who lives on Radlett Road who was scammed into having “roof insulation”. This materialised into a very leaky roof and major damage inside the house, making it virtually uninhabitable upstairs. Luckily for Geoff his neighbours check in on him regularly, so while there’s no recourse in recouping his losses from the criminals who are long gone, there has been an active effort to repair his home through donations of funds and work.

Together with funding achieved (thanks if you donated), plus a grant from the local Council plus the support from a sympathetic builder, the roof was repaired. Unfortunately, the rooms damaged from the leaky roof and botched repair work now need restoring, but funds have run out so more is needed and/or the services of decorators. If you can help on any way, funds or labour go to: where you can donate or offer services to the fund-raiser who is mentioned at the end of the page.

Parish Pickers to the Rescue!

In these days of darkening clouds and uncertainties, it’s a pleasure to share some positive news. Read on for something that will brighten your day. -Editor

The Parish Pickers have excelled themselves and we are so proud of you all!

A really fantastic turn out in these trying times with all ages and families all volunteering to clean up our villages. All you wonderful volunteers in Bricket Wood, Park Street, How Wood & Chiswell Green  collected in excess of 100 bags of litter mostly separated into recycling and general rubbish and also recovered bags of flytipping, a car windscreens and more!

It was encouraging to see new volunteers along with our regular #LitterHeroes and talk of doing this more regularly.

As always we rely on the support of our county councillor Sue Featherstone to help pay for the equipment to make litter-picking as safe and clean as possible and Veolia for their supplies and collecting all the bags etc. as quickly as possible.

We will be back again next year when sadly this will all need doing again but with your hard work and enthusiasm it really does make a difference.    

For information on how you can participate, send an email to