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Neil Payne

Aldenham Parish Council were saddened to hear this morning that its former Chairman Neil Payne had died the previous day following complications after an operation.

Neil Payne, served Radlett in many ways over a 45 year period before he and his wife moved away from the area. Neil has been very active in local politics over this whole period of time. Many of you may not be aware quite how much he has done locally, so here is a brief summary of some of his positions:

Aldenham Parish Councillor 1991 to 1995 returning in 2008 after retiring from Hertsmere Borough Councillor, and then becoming Chairman of the council between 2013 to 2018.

Member of the Platt Foundation 1991 to 2019.

Hertsmere Borough Councillor 1999 to 2007, and Leader of the Council from 2001 to 2006.

One of the original directors of the Radlett Centre, and Member of the Board of the Radlett Centre Trust 1995 to 2018.

The initial Chairman of the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, stepping down when he moved away, but still kept interested in the plan and was very proud when it was finally adopted.

Aldenham Parish Council have sent condolences to Neil’s wife a family.

There will be a memorial service for Neil in Radlett in the New Year, details of which will be posted on the APC website.

Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 16/11/23

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. 

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Over the past week we have continued to see a reduction in the number of calls made to our control room linked to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

No hate crime offences have been recorded in the past seven days and two non-crime anti-Semitic hate incidents have been reported. This is almost in line with the levels seen pre-October 7, 2023. There have been no reports relating to Islamophobia.

However, our proactive patrols and community engagement continues, and we remain on hand to respond to any issues or concerns as needed. If you are worried about anything, become a victim of hate crime or witness any activity which you believe to be suspicious, please get in touch. We have specialist officers on hand who can provide advice and support.

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Community Security Trust

For the period 7 October to 14 November 2023, there have been 1,283 antisemitic incidents in the UK. Out of this, 41 have been in Hertfordshire.

This is still making the community feel vulnerable. We are grateful for the partnership we have with the police and I know the community appreciate their hard work.

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Hertsmere Borough Council

Local Strategic Partnership
Hertsmere Together, our Local Strategic Partnership, met earlier this week. The partnership received an update on the ongoing community response to the current events in Israel and Gaza. It was agreed that all members of the partnership should also receive these updates. As such, the distribution list has now been widened to include partners from across our public, private, community and voluntary sectors.

Hertsmere Forum of Faiths
The Hertsmere Forum of Faiths also met this week. The meeting gave those in attendance an opportunity to come together to focus on their role as community and faith leaders. Councillors and officers were also in attendance and provided updates on the work on the ongoing community response to events in the Middle East.

Mental Health Services
The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.    

  • 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 services@hertsmere.gov.uk.
  • The Church of England have pulled together a set of 13 reflections to support good mental health. www.churchofengland.org
  • Young Minds have released some specific advice aimed at young people who are worried about the conflict in the Middle East: Mental Health Advice | The Conflict in the Middle East | YoungMinds

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Salters Field

🚨Please note the entrance to Salters Field from Watling Street will be shut off from 24/11 – 1/12 for improvement works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.🚨

Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 9/11/23

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. 

Hertfordshire Constabulary

We continue to receive a handful of calls around incidents linked to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Over the past seven days in Hertsmere, five antisemitic crimes have been recorded – including one criminal damage, two public order offences, one malicious communications offence and a common assault without injury. One hate incident has also been reported.

We are investigating these offences expeditiously and support has been provided to victims.

We have received no reports around Islamophobia in the past seven days.

Our proactive patrols and community engagement continues, and we remain on hand to respond to any issues or concerns as needed. If you are worried about anything or witness activity which you believe to be suspicious, please get in touch.

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Community Security Trust

For the period 7 October to 7 November, there have been 1,124 antisemitic incidents in the UK. Out of this, 33 have been in Hertfordshire.  In the same period in 2022, there were 183 antisemitic incidents in the UK, of which 7 were in Hertfordshire. This represents an increase of 26 antisemitic incidents in Hertfordshire year on year.

This is still making the community feel vulnerable. We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Police and I know the community appreciate their hard work.

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Hertsmere Borough Council

Interfaith Week

As part of a wider set of events for Interfaith Week, the Hertfordshire Interfaith Forum are running an online ‘Peace through Understanding’ event on 15 November between 6.30pm and 8pm. The event will provide an opportunity to hear about the work done by Inter Faith Groups in Hertfordshire and how through understanding each other, we create the conditions for peace.   This is an online event held via Teams – please use this link to join.

Older Person’s Advice, Learning and Safety Event

Hertsmere Borough Council, in partnership with Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue were pleased to host an Older People’s Advice, Learning and Safety Event on 2 November at the Synagogue. The event was aimed at those over 60, to promote safety amongst older people in Borehamwood.

Representatives from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, Hertfordshire Police, Trading Standards, Communities 1st and many more joined Hertsmere Borough Council to speak at the event about the services and support available to older people. More than 45 people attended the event.

Mental Health Services

The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.    

  • The TogetherAll, an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals, 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 services@hertsmere.gov.uk.
  • The Church of England have pulled together a set of 13 reflections to support good mental health.

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Playground works at Phillimore Recreation Ground

🌧☔️🌩Please note due to the poor weather conditions the work to the new playground at Phillimore Recreation Ground has been delayed. Weather permitting work should begin w/c 13 November 2023. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.🌧☔️🌩

Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 2/11/23

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. 

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Over the past week we have seen a reduction in calls to police, but we remain on hand to respond to any issues or concerns as needed.

No hate crime offences have been recorded, but three non-crime hate incidents have occurred in the past seven days and support has been provided by specialist officers from the constabulary.

Six reports have been received regarding concerns from local communities in relation to the ongoing Middle East conflict. Officers were assigned to provide reassurance.

Our proactive patrols and community engagement continue. If you are worried about anything or witness activity which you believe to be suspicious, please get in touch.

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Community Security Trust

As of Tuesday 31 October, CST recorded 893 antisemitic incidents nationally since 7 October. To put that into context, during the first six months of this year, there were a total of 803 incidents. Locally, there have been 23 in Hertfordshire since 7 October.

The community is still feeling vulnerable, and we thank the police for their operational support, including reassurance patrols. We also thank the police for their assistance in policing the various vigils and we recognise the complexities of these operations.

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Hertsmere Borough Council

Housing Support
The Government has announced a legislative change to support British citizens and those eligible for support fleeing the violence in Israel, or the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights (referred to as the Occupied Palestinian Territories or OPT) or Lebanon.  The changes will ensure that UK nationals fleeing from Israel, the OPT and Lebanon can access benefits, social housing and homelessness assistance even if they are not habitually resident in the UK. For further information on eligibility please see the government website here.

Mental Health Services
The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.    

The TogetherAll, an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals, 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 services@hertsmere.gov.uk.
The Church of England have pulled together a set of 13 reflections to support good mental health.

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