Love Your Neighbourhood: Coombes Fun Day 28th October

Coombes Community Centre hosted a community fun day for last event of the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign. Royston residents were invited to the last event of the Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, a community fun day set up for local families. … Continue reading

Houses of Parliament Trip – Local Residents’ Reactions

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As part of the Love Your Neighbourhood Campaign, 39 North Herts residents attended the Houses of Parliament and met with Sir Oliver Heald. We spoke to local residents to capture their experiences of the day.

“I was fortunate indeed to join in your well organised trip today. The whole time was so enjoyable.  It exceeded my expectations and I wish to thank you all very much for your care.” – Michael Balls

“I had a great time and it was really lovely to see the inside of such halls of power.”  – Oonagh Sherlock

“Today was wonderful and very informative. The event was well organised and the main thing was the opportunity to address our questions to Sir Oliver Heald. We can get a feeling for how local MPs address our local needs. Speaking directly to an MP was the highlight of the day.” – Phil Trivedi

“The day was well organised and I had a fantastic time. It certainly exceeded my expectations. The highlight was looking inside the House of Commons.” – Hansa Nariapara

“The guided tour was very good and I enjoyed learning about the history. It was very interesting.” – Dorothy Gabriel

Visit the Love Your Neighbourhood website to find out about the campaign.

Have you been to the Houses of Parliament?

North Herts CVS is hosting a coach trip to the Houses of Parliament, from 9am to 3pm on Monday 8th June, with the aim to provide a great day out for North Herts residents and connect people with Parliamentary democracy.

With the general election high on the agenda it is a perfect opportunity for local people to find out more about Parliament, its function and role in today’s society.


On 8th June, visitors can enjoy a one hour tour of the Houses of Parliament and participate in a brief question and answer session with local MP, Sir Oliver Heald.

Michal Siewniak who is responsible for community development said: “We hope that our planned activity will help to address the issue of civic engagement, enthuse residents to get involved in democratic processes, intensify the dialogue between institutions and voters.  Finally, we hope that it will help to build a platform for community activism.”

This Houses of Parliament trip is an initiative which is part of the 100 Day Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, hosted by North Herts CVS. The campaign, funded by North Herts Local Strategic Partnership, will commence in June and deliver a wide range of events across neighbourhoods in Hitchin and Royston.

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Local residents can expect a series of exiting activities over 100 days, all aimed at making a positive difference within the community.

The activities will include advice about healthy living, home security, children’s’ fun days, the opportunity to join North Herts Time Bank and more on how to make your neighbourhood bloom.

Places, which can be booked now are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost is £10 per person.

For more information or to book your place please email or call 07825 021746.