POLICE PRESS RELEASE!
Police in St Albans are urging residents to be on their guard and take simple crime prevention measures to help protect themselves against a recent spike in burglaries. Please click on the link below for further information.
HOME-START SNOWFLAKE APPEAL LAUNCH EVENT
Help them raise money for local vulnerable families this Christmas
at the Brickyard, Verulam Road, St Albans on Thursday 26th November, 6-10pm
Please call to book: 01727 833810
SUSTAINABLE ST ALBANS WEEK, 21-28 NOVEMBER 2015Please visit www: sustainablestalbans.org for further information, or pick up a programme at our market stall on 7th or 15th November.
PARKS ARE GOOD FOR YOU....
(submitted by local resident Mark Carter)
Wherever you live in our parish it’s relatively easy to walk or ride to parks or the open countryside. It’s one of the nice things about living in Sandridge.
We are fortunate. We can take a walk, exercise the dog, use the playgrounds, play sports, ride a horse or bike on the bridleways, and get close to nature. A variety of parks and recreation grounds are out there, in our neighbourhood, available to all and free of charge.
Studies have shown that ‘ Access to open green spaces and leisure facilities has direct and indirect impact on people’s physical and mental health, and can also allow people to build social capital.’ The benefits include improved fitness, reductions in stress and getting out also gives you opportunities to meet people. Recreation has been termed ‘the natural health service.’
An important part of Sandridge Parish Council’s work is to maintain some of these valuable spaces so that local people and visitors can enjoy them and benefit from them. We’d like more people to be aware of these spaces and use them regularly.
So why not visit Damson Way recreation ground, for example? You’ll find a pocket sized park based around one of the district’s now notorious clay pits. There’s a two tier children’s playground, a new pond created by volunteers which is due some clearance work this winter, and a neatly laid beech hedge to admire.
Or Harness Way open space, now the proud owner of some new playground equipment. Why not take the kids to try the new rope ladders while you check the old farm pond for great crested newts?
From behind Sandridge's handsome church, you can walk through an ancient yew tree avenue in the cemetery and you’ll see one of the best trees in the parish, a magnificent mature oak presiding over St. Leonard’s Open Space.
On a warm summer’s day, Spencer Meadow has to be one of the most picturesque places to watch a game of cricket, and it is home of the spirited Sandridge Rovers Football Club during the winter months.
In my opinion Jersey Farm Woodland Park has the best views in all St. Albans. A big, wide, natural space: you can ride your horse or bike around it on the peripheral bridleway. If you like trees, the grass left long and the song of skylarks this is the place for you.
William Bell Recreation Ground is well hidden, a valuable green lung amongst the residential developments behind the Ridgeway.
Sherwood Avenue has something for everyone: a children’s’ playground, fitness equipment, basketball, football, tennis courts and Skyswood, a small piece of ancient woodland with historic boundary bank, lots of native trees and bluebells.
They’re all worth a visit, and there are lots of other opportunities to get outside in and around Sandridge: Heartwood, Jersey Lane and the Jersey Farm open space adjacent to House Lane, for example.
And if you’d like to get involved and help us improve these spaces for people and wildlife, there’s a group of volunteers. Fuelled by homemade cakes, we plant trees, lay hedges, coppice hazel, maintain ponds, protect wild flowers and enjoy ourselves. Don’t be shy, please ring the parish office for more information.
If you would like to submit an article of local interest, please contact the Parish Office on 01727 831871.
WINTER SELF HELP SCHEME
Herts County Council is launching this year's Winter Self Help Scheme. Please click here for all relevant information and application forms.
SANDRIDGE PARISH SUPPORTING THE HERTS AIR AMBULANCE
Parish Council are supporting the Herts Air Ambulance by installing 3 of their new clothing banks in
our car parks at the Parish Office, Sherwood
Park and Spencer Meadow (Village Hall).
The banks will accept everything from suits to jeans, socks to bras, shoes to woolly jumpers and jackets to rags; all items are recycled in one way or another. Click
here for further details
PATIENT ADVICE & LIAISON SERVICE TO OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
(click here for more details)
ST LEONARD'S CHURCH IN SANDRIDGE IS LOOKING FOR NEW FRIENDS
Please click here for further information
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH FOR SANDRIDGE
Please click here for further information, or click on http://www.owl.co.uk/
AUTUMN AT JERSEY FARM WOODLAND PARK
As daylight reduces so the green pigment in chlorophyll diminishes, causing the leaf colour change in the deciduous trees. The shrubs and trees are heavy with seeds. Haws, hips, sloes, berries, crab apples, beech mast, hazel nuts and acorns are colourful and nutritious, providing food for birds and small mammals who cache them in the undergrowth. Crane flies, ladybirds and red admirals are still evident on sunny days. Hundreds of thousands of tiny Linyphiid spiders make the webs visible in the grass on dewy mornings. The coppice worker has started cutting hazel to make pea sticks, bean poles, firewood, stakes and bindings for hedge-laying.
If you'd like to be involved in any of the future activities organised at the Woodland Park, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone St Albans 831871 and we'll keep you updated!
Past events have included butterfly and wildflower walks, plus lots of opportunities to join volunteer working parties in helping to manage the woodland. All ages and abilities are warmly welcomed, so please tell your friends and family - we'd love to see you!
FREE BUS SERVICE
Did you know that Sandridge Parish Council runs a bus service taking pensioners and disabled people, free of charge, to and from St. Albans every Wednesday (Market Day)?
Click here to view the timetable.
WE HAVE A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PAGE
The Neighbourhood Plan is a big project involving the community in decision making over how the parish will be run/decisions that may be made on green belt planning etc. in the future. Click here to go to the page.
BENTSLEY SPINNEY - Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2014 - 2019
Bentsley Spinney is a small area of woodland surrounded by housing in the Marshalswick area of St Albans.
The objective of the GAP is to improve and enhance this small urban woodland for both people and wildlife. For further information, please click here to visit.