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Friday, 4 June 2021


9th June is our first session for complete beginners and those wanting to do more "hands on" with their phones, iPads & computers in our increasingly digital world. Small groups of 6 will learn together from 2.00 - 3.30pm, getting to grips and asking questions about:

• Scams and keeping safe online
• NHS eConsult
• Online shopping & banking
• Zoom and other ways to do video calling
• Emails and online contact forms 

Contact Jan on 07710 325363 to book a spot during June- Sept.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

CAREbank News June 2021

As we can now meet up in groups of up to six, we invite you to a sneak preview of the unfolding transformation of our inter-village Community Hub space at Little Hadham village Hall.   Think of it as a new one stop 'shop' window for entertainment, advice and wellness support.
Why not  book a 'cuppa & cake' spot during June or come along just to see what is going on at your new Hub in advance of society  opening up again without social distancing measures.

We will be organising a proper launch event later in the year which you are all welcome to attend as local residents and patients of MH Health Centre. 

Our Hub is a safe and friendly place to connect in to,  both face to face and online . There will be a Freephone on site which you can walk in to "triage" yourself to all the useful helpline numbers provided in this magazine during the pandemic.

You will always be assisted by volunteers from all our villages working together.  So make a start with a cafe booking, a digital learning session such as the one detailed on the opposite page or an appointment with our new rural outreach Citizen Advice team.

Please get in touch with Claire on 07595 674241 or Jan on 07710 325363.

Zoom: Wednesday 4.30pm CuppaTime, Friday 11.30am Chair Yoga. 
Contact Claire 07595 674241
Get yourself moving online. Take a look at all the June sessions at:
Text SHOUT to 85258 for mental health support
Herts NHS & Covid updates

Covid support continues via our MH volunteer network on 07593 876279. Please save this & the other useful numbers below on your phone or post this list on your fridge for future reference.
For Lifts to Hospital Appts: 0300 123 1677 
For Citizens Advice: 01920 459944
For Adult Social Care: 0300 123 4042 
For Carers in Herts: 01992 586969 
For Bereavement Support: 0808 808 1677 or 
For Crisis Support: 0300 123 4044 or 
For Domestic Abuse 08088 088088 or
For all the latest information and clickable links go to 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Denim for Dementia


Do you and your loved ones know what you need to know ?  Take part in Dying Matters Awareness Week 10 -16 May and join the end of life conversation.
Discover more at:

You can also connect with those who are grieving across the UK for the loss of Prince Phillip and others who have been lost across communities during the pandemic at:


Sunday, 2 May 2021

CAREbank News May 2021



As we approach being allowed to meet up inside again in bubbles of up to six people, we would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about what will be available at our new hub, to consider booking a visit to Little Hadham Village Hall. 

Our inter-village Hub will be based out of Little Hadham Village Hall and directly connect to our Patient Participation group at Much Hadham Health Centre. It will be a very safe and friendly space for any resident living along the Ash Valley to explore all kinds of helpful health and social connections both face to face and online. It will be especially useful for anyone seeking to use digital technology to stay safe and connected to services such as NHS, Govt, charities and local activities. You will be assisted by volunteers from all our villages working together. 

Contact Claire on 07595 674241 or Jan on 07710 325363 for more information or check out the CAREbank website

Zoom continues with Wednesday afternoon CuppaTime, Friday morning Chair Yoga, and Friday evening ballet. Contact Claire 07595 674241
Active In Herts are working hard with us to create a bespoke hub for all rural residents. Check out their May classes at: Emma, a very experienced Much Hadham health & fitness instructor has a weekly zoom timetable of 5 classes on there. 


As we come out of lockdown, we will move any further Covid related updates online to You can off course continue to ask our MH volunteer support network of over 60 people, for advice or help on 07593 876279. Please save this or any other of the useful numbers below for future ref as we move on from Covid focused info. 


· For Much Hadham area: 07593 876279 
· For Little Hadham area: 07710 325363 
· For Pelhams area: 07599 616444 
· For  Albury area: 01279 771465
· For lifts to Hospital Appointments: 0300 123 1677
· For Citizens Advice: 01920 459944
· For Adult Social Care: 0300 123 4042
· For Carers in Herts: 01992 586969
· For Bereavement Support: 0808 808 1677 or
· For General Crisis Support: 0300 123 4044 or

These will start at Little Hadham Village Hall from 9th June and are designed both for complete beginners or those wanting to do more with their phones, iPads and computers in an increasingly digital world. Small regular workshops of 6 people max, will give you the chance to get to grips with:
· Zoom and other ways to do video calling 
· Electronic communication such as emails & online contact forms 
· Phone and iPad Apps
· Facebook and other social media platforms
· NHS eConsult & online govt or hospital contact 
· E shopping & banking
· Scams and keeping safe online.

Timing and sign up details will be in next month's Parish Magazine. In the meantime please get in touch with Jan on 07710 325363 to book a spot.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Your May 2021 Top 5

1.  Do you dislike rubbish outside yours & your neighbour’s homes?
How about getting together a small group for a litter pick.

2.  Do you have things you'd like to see donated to Isabel Hospice?
Quality clothing, jewellery, ornaments, vinyl records, vintage toys, camera equipment could be picked up monthly from our Village Hall car park.

3.  Would you like a nicer seating area near the playground, or have ideas of how it could look or be cared for?
Why not start a small group, and if you come up with some ideas, our parish council can help make it happen. 

4.  Would you like to see a regular pop-up kitchen cafe for breakfast, lunches, coffee/afternoon teas at the Village Hall? 
You could volunteer or even work for Copley's, who could run this service for the good of our whole community.

5.  Would you like to see a regular outdoor and indoor activity for our elderly and lonely?
Why not offer to help run a weekly walk or indoor event at the VH with Bingo, Card games, Scrabble or jigsaws?

Our recent project with the Small Acts of Kindness charity is a great example of a community coming together to help one another.

If you have any comments/suggestions, or would like more info on any of these, then contact Claire on 07595 674241 or if you think some funding would make all the difference, contact Penny on 07719 589993 to see if the Parish Council may be able to help.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021


What is a scam?

A scam is a scheme to con people out of their money. There are lots of different types of scams, including text, telephone or computer scams, upfront payments, doorstop selling and investment scams. People can be especially vulnerable when they’re worried about loved ones, health, money and work. When we’re dealing with other worries like these, it might take longer than usual to realise something isn’t right. Scams can affect anyone, so it’s important to know how to spot one!

It might be a scam if:

  • - It seems too good to be true – for example you’ve won a competition you didn’t enter in
  • - Someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly or they mention they are from a company or organisation you are unfamiliar with
  • - You’re being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or discuss it with someone else first
  • - You’ve been asked to pay in an unusual way – for example by bank transfer or gift vouchers
  • - You’ve been asked to give away personal information

If you think someone might be trying to scam you should hang up the phone immediately, or if it’s via email, take the time to get advice before taking any action. You can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 for help with what to do next, and report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud.


Thursday, 1 April 2021

CAREbank News April 2021


• Our new “Are you feeling Lonely or isolated Campaign” via The Health Centre & village volunteers. (see poster) 

• Help is being provided on using Tablets and Smart phones to stay connected socially, NHS appts, govt and entertainment. 

• We are building rural links with Citizens Advice so financial advice and support can be made available within 24 hours by calling 01920 459944. 

• Live streaming is being tested at LHVH in readiness for entertainment and wellness activities to start once lockdown ends. 

 • Our new landlord Alex and family, now in situ at the Bull are very much looking forward to being involved with our Community hub.

CLICK HERE to download the full April Newsletter 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021


 For Much Hadham area call Juan on 07593 876279 

For Little Hadham call Jan on 07710 325363 

For Pelhams call rota team on 07599 616444  

For lifts to Hospital Appointments:  0300 123 1677

For help with Adult Social Care: 0300 123 4042

For help from Carers in Herts: 01992 586969

For Bereavement Support: 0808 808 1677 or

For General Crisis Support: 0300 123 4044 or

Monday, 1 March 2021

CAREbank News March 2021


Whilst village halls remain closed,  Zoom sessions continue with Sunday Church, Daily Lent reflections, Wednesday CuppaTime, Thursday Chair Yoga & Friday ballet.

Free 24 hours 0800 804 804 line, offering music, sleep support, prayer & reflection from Church of England via landline & mobile. For more information see the website at:

Stepping Stones - Emotional Resilience Workshops & Dementia Friends sessions are offered regularly via:      

of you who asked for help via our survey in Aug/Sept will be contacted by a volunteer working on behalf of Ash Valley Village Connections project to plan how you would like to start your support when lockdown eases. 

Whilst meeting with you face to face isn't possible during lockdown, we are taking this opportunity to start connections via phone until we can meet with you safely to  assist you using your preferred digital device.

We can loan residents without devices a tablet to practice with. Our mission is to help you create the online connections you need for video calls, shopping, banking, entertainment and anything else you have asked about, including  accessing vital services or the latest scams info. 

Please remember that a conversation with one of our volunteers does not commit you to anything, it is just to allow us to discuss which device you would like to use and what services you may wish to access with it.

Please don't hesitate to contact Claire on 07595 674241 if you would like to be added to the support list or have any questions. 

Our Hadhams Yoga, Pilates & Adult Ballet instructors will stream via a new digital portal so you can attend over 150 classes from home.

A Freephone & online Frontline service will pilot for joined up access to services; Citizens Advice, Community Transport, Carers in Herts, Adult social care, bereavement, domestic abuse & Fraud helplines.

We are linking up with other villages and organisations to ensure that as many dots as possible are joined for you for after lockdown.  

A very well equipped new kitchen in the Little Hadham Village Hall has been installed and will be ready for our Community Kitchen to thrive after lockdown.

Fee's home delivery service continues. Call 01920 449292 or
email at:

Sunday 28th March -  A home delivery is in the pipeline as a pre Easter feast for our Sunday lunch club members. Contact Claire on 07595 674241 for details. 


The Covid vaccination clinics at Bishops Stortford FC are a great success and we have made a significant contribution; Dr Oates having attended every session, on a voluntary basis, which happened to fall on her days off (she does only live around the corner!)

At the time of writing (15th Feb) 1,671 of our patients have received their first dose of vaccine, representing 25% of our practice population. This includes all our over 70’s, all our housebound patients (including St Elizabeths and Ashview nursing home) plus our clinically extremely vulnerable patients. We are moving through the priority groups quickly and have now arrived at the over 65’s (group 5)

However, we MUST NOT become complacent. Latest figures show that we have had 260 patients (4%) testing positive for C-19 since testing began in earnest and, sadly, we have had a few deaths. We peaked at 40 new positive cases weekly early in the new year but I’m pleased to say that recently that figure has dropped to just 5 per week; no doubt due to the effect of the post-Christmas lockdown and continued social distancing.

In early March (week beginning 8th) we commence the second dose programme and have had notification/confirmation of vaccine delivery. Please wait for us to contact you either by telephone or text in order to arrange your second appointment.

Stay safe
Dr Paul Haimes

For emergency appointments, please call from 8.30am. 
The practice is operating a telephone triage system and the doctor will call you back. Should the doctor feel it is necessary to see you they will arrange a face to face appointment.
For routine appointments, please call after 9.30am
For routine matters including test results, fit notes and medical information please call between 10am - 12pm & 3pm - 5pm only.  
The Pharmacy is closed between 1-2pm every day.
Please allow 5 working days for repeat prescriptions: e.mail requests to or book on-line at
(No Appt bookings are currently available on-line)