CASUAL VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR 

A vacancy exists for a Councillor to serve on Sandridge Parish Council.

The Parish Council can appoint any qualified person to fill the vacancy after 9 March 2015.  As the vacancy arises within six months of the normal date of the retirement of all councillors at the scheduled elections on 7 May 2015, there is no provision to call for the vacancy to be filled by way of an election.

Please contact Sandridge Parish Council for further information on 01727 831871.  

 YOUR VOTE MATTERS MAKE SURE YOU'RE IN

REGISTER AND USE IT!

The UK Parliamentary, district and parish elections take place on Thursday 7th May 2015 and residents are reminded to make sure that they are registered to vote. Registering to vote is straightforward and can be done on-line at www.gov.uk/register-tovote.

 JERSEY FARM WOODLAND PARK

There is always something wonderful to see at the Jersey Farm Woodland Park  

Every season brings its own unique challenges to wildlife and below there is a quick reminder from local volunteer Mark Carter, of what you might have seen at your Woodland Park in the months of December and January:-  

 'Where the long grass is left un-mown, you can sometimes find the tunnels and pathways made by over-wintering field voles and mice. Despite the fading light, at dusk the kestrel often hovers over the paddock by Woodland House searching these routes for a last meal. Look out also along the paddock's western boundary for a newly laid section of hedge, a traditional way of re-generating an old hedge to produce a new, dense, living structure for nesting birds and small mammals.  Green woodpeckers with their undulating flight are active at this time of year, too, searching for food amongst the mixture of habitats provided by the open spaces and scattered plantations.'

If you'd like to be involved in any of the future activities organised at the Woodland Park, please send your email address to sandridgeparish@tiscali.co.uk 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!

WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON IN THE PARISH? 

On Sunday 22nd February, a group of volunteers met at the Harness Way pond on Jersey Farm to carry out maintenance to the trees and vegetation around a section of the pond's perimeter.

A number of self-seeded trees were removed and brambles cleared.  This opened the canopy on the south side of the pond to allow more light to reach the pond itself.  A "dead hedge" was laid along the cleared stretch for safety reasons, but also to protect the nesting and ground habitat created by the working party from the cut wood and arisings.

It is hoped that another working party can be organised in the summer to continue this valuable and rewarding project.

If you would like to be involved in these or any future activities organised by Sandridge Parish Council, please send your email address to sandridgeparish@tiscali.co.uk or telephone 01727 831871 and we will keep you updated.  Further details can be found on our website: http://www.sandridge-pc.gov.uk/

NOMINATE A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL FROM YOUR WARD!

 This is your opportunity to highlight an individual or group that needs to be recognised for their achievement. Click on the link below to find out the categories and how you can nominate them.

 http://stalbans.gov.uk/community-and-living/getinvolved/MayorsPrideAwards/default.aspx

  PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE 

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire hospitals under great pressure

Please click on the following link for further advice and information: http://www.nhs.uk/  

NHS Services in Hertfordshire 

No Appointment Needed for the Walk in Centres and Urgent Care/Minor Injury Units 

Double click here for further details 

KEEP WARM AND STAY WARM

The Hertfordshire Public Health Service monthly newsletter including information about the “Keep Warm Stay Warm” programme and Flu Vaccinations available here 

  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.


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