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Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 19/10/2023

19 October 2023

Following the meeting held on Monday of this week, please see below this week’s shared information briefing. Each organisation’s social media channels are linked below. Please follow these as trusted sources of information. 

Hertsmere Borough Council

A news article has been released by the Council following a meeting of Community and Faith Leaders on Monday:   ‘Hertsmere Together’ – Communities unite in response to the Hamas terror attacks and resulting war – Hertsmere Borough Council

Mental Health Services

The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.   We are working with partners to see how provision can be bolstered. 
The TogetherAll, which is an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals. It offers a range of support, courses and advice. Hertfordshire residents over 16 can register for free – just select ‘my area is registered’ and enter your postcode.
NHS Every Mind Matters – Get expert advice and practical tips, try the ‘How are you?; quiz or create a tailored self-care plan to support your mental health and wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing – feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life
Jami – provides mental health support to the Jewish Community
Herts Mind Network – provide services including peer support, group activities, counselling and a crisis helpline. Provided  online, over the phone or from Number 10 on Leeming Road, Borehamwood.
Hertfordshire County Council have produced a mental health resource booklet providing information about services available in the community. Should anyone wish to order physical copies of this, please contact

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Hertfordshire Constabulary

The constabulary continues to work in close collaboration with partners at the Community Security Trust and Hertsmere Borough Council, to reassure residents and respond quickly to any behaviour that may be causing a concern.

Additional officers have been drafted in to allow this support to be put in place while daily business is also maintained as usual.

We want to ensure that everyone within the community can continue to go about their lives without fear.

If you have any concerns, these should be reported to police straightaway. If you believe a crime is in progress or someone is in danger, please call 999 immediately. Any other concerns or information can be reported to police via the non-emergency reporting methods.

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Community Security Trust

CST and Police are recording an unprecedented increase in antisemitic incidents and hate crime.

CST are also recording an unprecedented increase in ‘non-incidents’ (that having gone through CST verification process do not include a clear antisemitic motivation) – mainly ‘suspicious behaviour’, demonstrating the vulnerability that the Jewish community are feeling right now.

Mainstream political support for the Jewish community has been excellent.

Operational policing – both in operational support and visibility, and policing of antisemitism and policing of the glorification of proscribed terrorist organisations, has been excellent so far, both in Herts and nationally, and this should continue as is. CST_UK | Instagram, Facebook  


Hertsmere Together’ – Communities unite in response to the Hamas terror attacks and resulting war

Faith and community leaders joined representatives from Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire Constabulary on Monday (16 October) to underline messages of reassurance and to foster ongoing co-operation following the appalling terror attacks by Hamas in Israel and the resulting conflict in the region. 

The meeting was convened by the Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council and Chair of Hertsmere Together, Cllr Jeremy Newmark who was joined on a panel by Hertsmere’s Chief Inspector Mark Bilsdon representing the Constabulary and Neil Rosen from the Community Security Trust.  

A variety of faith group representatives, including the Hertsmere Forum of Faiths and community leaders from across the borough joined the delegates, along with cabinet and senior staff members from the council including the Managing Director, Sajida Bijle.   

Cllr Newmark commented: “Hertsmere is home to one of the UK’s largest Jewish communities and I know they, in particular, are feeling intense pain and vulnerability in the wake of the dreadful atrocities committed in Israel, as are other faith and non-faith groups and individuals across our borough.

“We are sensitive to these concerns and mindful of the need to cultivate and foster positive relations, bring people together and comfort those feeling fear and pain.  Through our Local Strategic Partnership, Hertsmere Together, we already have well-established networks to enable us to respond and communicate effectively, supportively and pragmatically. 

“At our meeting, as well as sharing information, listening to concerns and answering questions, we also agreed a pathway for ongoing communication and engagement amongst us.”

Chief Inspector Bilsdon updated delegates with the Constabulary’s response to the atrocities, including reassurance patrols in the wake of a threefold increase in antisemitic incidents, whilst Neil Rosen from the Community Security Trust (CST) gave an overview of the advice and practical support the CST has been offering to Jewish and multi-faith groups. 

In response to a request from those present, Hertsmere Borough Council will be working with partners to explore bolstering mental health-related provision for any members of the local community impacted by current events.

Faith and community leaders issued the following joint statement following the meeting:

“We are grateful to Hertsmere Borough Council for convening this meeting and providing an invaluable opportunity for us all to gather, listen, exchange views and build a constructive plan to engender continued dialogue and support to each other and our communities.

 “At the meeting we were united in our condemnation of the terrorist attacks launched on Israel by Hamas, a terrorist organisation, which has caused numerous casualties.   These events have, of course, created fear among Jewish communities across the world, including here in Hertsmere. 

“We thank councillors of all political groups for supporting Israel’s right to self-defence and their rejections of any suggestions of any moral equivalence. 

 “We were also united in our support for those innocent Palestinians trapped in Gaza and for the wider Muslim community, which is integral to our diverse population in Hertsmere.  

“We are united against all forms of terror and hate and uphold the human rights of all. Collectively, we will support all faiths and communities to build a safe and resilient Hertsmere.”

Hertsmere councillors are also supporting a ‘Yes to Peace and No to Terror’ solidarity event and vigil outside the Civic Offices this evening (Wednesday 18 October) where local MPs and community leaders from across Hertfordshire will make public addresses. 

Council chamber meeting delegates

Grisly murder that put Radlett on the map

Radlett and District Museum’s latest exhibition explores a grisly murder which took place in the village two hundred years ago.

The exhibition explores what took place in Gills Hill Lane on 24 October 1823, which raised issues at the time about illegal entertainment, the power of the press, the administration of justice and the law.

Councillor Parveen Rani, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks, Leisure and Culture, said: “This latest exhibition is an interesting look at an event which took place 200 years ago and captured the public’s attention at the time. There is an extensive display on all aspects of the murder with contemporary illustrations to accompany the text.

“The dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers at Radlett and District Museum are always looking for new and interesting ways to explore our village’s history. The volunteers have worked hard to put together this latest exhibition. Their work is rewarded by people coming through the doors and enjoying the town’s history – so why not visit?

“All four of our museums always need more volunteers, so if you’re interested in joining our friendly and welcoming teams, please contact the museum you’re interested in supporting.”

The museum also has artefacts, documents, photographs and pictures reflecting the rich history of Radlett and the surrounding area.

The museum is situated in the garden behind the Radlett Village Institute. It is open between 10am and midday on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

To find out more, go to Radlett and District Museum’s website:

The conspirators

Shenley Hill Appeal

Planning appeal reference: APP/N1920/W/23/3320599

Planning application ref: 22/1539/OUT

The public inquiry is being held into our decision to refuse planning application 22/1539/OUT for:

Erection of up to 195 new homes (40% affordable), safeguarded land for the expansion of Newberries Primary School and provision of a new medical centre, along with associated access. Outline application to include the matter of ACCESS (with the following matters reserved: APPEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, LAYOUT and SCALE).

The dates below will be VIRTUAL MEETINGS ONLY:

Friday 6 October – starts 10am
Monday 9 October – starts 10am
Monday 30 October – reserve date held in case of overrunning.

To view a schedule of Friday 6 October click here

To join virtual meeting of Friday 6 October click here

Free Women’s Safety Talks

Women's safety talks poster for Radlett and Bushey events
Would you like tips to help keep you safe day-to-day? If so, please come along to one of our FREE women’s safety talks in Radlett on Tuesday 10 October or Bushey on Sunday 15 October.

These stay safe sessions will cover risk awareness, safety on the street, stalking, conflict management and much more. We will discuss personal safety in both your professional and personal life; including public transport, traveling to and from home, lone working and work visits. We also look at how to use technology to assist with your safety and avoid pitfalls.

Free refreshments will be available and anyone aged 18 or over is welcome to attend. Free parking and disabled parking are available at both venues.

If you would like to book onto one of these events please visit:
Radlett FREE women’s safety talk registration
Bushey FREE women’s safety talk registration

The safety talks are being coordinated by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in partnership with the Community Safety Trust’s (CST) SAFE Programme. CST is a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. The SAFE Programme was established in 2019 to help communities in the UK to access relevant security advice. SAFE shares the CST’s security knowledge with groups outside the Jewish community that are vulnerable to violence, extremism or hate crime.

To find more SAFE safety advice, please visit: If you have any questions about these events, please email