Parish News & Events

Parish Council election result, 2nd May 2019

Six candidates were nominated for election (all being current parish councillors).  Since there are seven seats on the Council, East Herts declared the six nominees duly elected unopposed.  Also, since there were not enough candidates to fill the number of seats, the Parish Council will have to consider co-opting to fill the remaining vacancy.  The new councillors will start their 4-year term of office on 7th May.  The Notice of Uncontested Election may be seen here, and there is a copy on the Parish Council notice boards.



Duke of Edinburgh 

It is with great sadness that Hormead Parish Council has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Council and residents of Hormead extend condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.



As a parish council we are adhering to Covid-19 government advice to ensure the meads recreational ground is compliant.

Our parish council meetings are currently taking place on Zoom, full details of which are available on all the notice boards throughout the parish 10 days in advance.


Award winning parish councillor

Kevin Glogner became a Hormead Parish Councillor in spring of 2018 and for the last two years he has supported parishioners when they have needed help as well as making ongoing improvements to the local Meads recreational ground for everyone in the parish to enjoy especially during what has been a very difficult and challenging year.

We are delighted to announce in recognising of Kevin’s hard work and dedication he has been awarded the “Peterkin Award” in the CPRE Hertfordshire Awards 2020. You can view the presentation on this link:


Kevin would like to thank Diane George for nominating him for the award. He would also like to thank his fellow councillors on the Hormead Parish council, the Newsletter team for their ongoing support and all of the parishioners who have taken part in events such as the daffodil planting day.

“I have been very touched by the many kind messages and cards I have received from those who have noticed my efforts and I hope to continue in the future to make additional improvements throughout the parish for the benefit of all”



Festive lights at the meads

For the first time this Christmas Hormead Parish Council organised a very colourful Christmas display at the Meads Recreational ground for everyone to enjoy. The tree made a fabulous seasonal focal point for the parish of Hormead who came together for a short carol singing event, which was held in line with Covid-19 government guidelines. Following the success of this year’s event Hormead Parish Council hope to do the same next year.


The Battle's Over

A national tribute to mark the end of WWI took place on the evening of Sunday 11th November.  The event was a great success.


A very enjoyable parish tea and BBQ to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held on the Meads on Saturday 19th May. Photos to follow.


Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, 11th June 2016


A brilliant day on the Meads, 11th June 2016.  There was live music from the Braughing Choir and the Jazz Trio, a BBQ and bar, lots to eat and drink, and money raised from the raffle was donated to RATS.  Huge thanks to everyone who helped prepare everything, helped out on the day, and to those who cleared up afterwards.
East Herts gave a grant, as did County Cllr Rose Cheswright.  Our thanks to them for helping defray the costs.


Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's historic reign
3rd October 2015

On Saturday 3rd October the Parish Council hosted a celebratory tea on the Meads with a BBQ, live jazz band and a beacon at dusk.  The weather was good and a very enjoyable time was had by all.  Thanks to all who helped at the event and to those who set everything up beforehand and cleaned it all up afterwards!

As dusk falls, the beacon is lit

The jazz trio - who also led a rousing God Save The Queen!


Buntingford Safer Neighbourhood Police Team

Operation Stomp, 23rd September 2015
Sgt Duncan Wallace, assisted by Buntingford PCSO Higham, headed up a team of officers from Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford for Operation Stomp, a police initiative to offer advice and assistance on home security. Every household was visited in Great and Little Hormead, and Hare Street households from Moorfields to New Cottages.  Ten or eleven residents visited the Pavilion to get further advice and security alarms and a further 4 residents were contacted subsequently who were not at home on the day.  Apparently this was the most successful Operation Stomp conducted out by the police to date!  The police thanked the Parish Council for the use of the facilities for the day.

Sgt Duncan Wallace and some of his team - and Cllr Teresa Marks


Friday 8th May 2015 at the Meads

The Parish Council would like to say a big thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of the VE Day Celebrations. Thanks go especially to the Ad Lib, Jo Reeves-Hairs for all of her valuable assistance, Geoff Robertson for his wonderful display of memorabilia, Sheila Beetles for the fabulous burgers and sausages, Stuart Taylor for the Marquee, Val & Colin Dedman for the baking, cooking and clearing up the next day, James Wyld and family for the beacon platform and hay bales, all of the Council and their partners. Thanks also go to everyone that contributed to the raffle, which raised £130 for the British Legion. We could not have managed without you.

It was a great parish event, contributed to by all and even the weather was kind to us. It was lovely to see everyone together having fun but also the reminder was there for us all to remember the great sacrifices made by so many in both the first and second world wars.

I received an email from Ad Lib, the band that played for us, to say how much they enjoyed playing at such an open and friendly event with a great atmosphere, testament to all who attended.

If anyone took any photographs of the night and would not mind them being on the Parish Council please would you let us have a copy?

It was lovely for the whole community to come together like this and I for one would like to see more events like this.

Jayne Denham, Parish Council Chairman

From the Chairman of the Parish Council
    The past six months have been busy for the Council and many subjects have been discussed. As a Council we have tried to address the points to look after the villages. Salt was purchased and is stored at Mark Wyld’s farm. Unfortunately we cannot use it for the salt bin at the Little Hormead turn off as the bin there does not have a lid. This was first reported back in July to Highways and chased and followed up regularly but to no avail so far. The repairs to the steps at the War Memorial were carried out by Councillor Richard White, a big thanks to him and to all of the other people that help to maintain it. We have decided to change our website as necessary for communication as we had a few problems with the current one. We have purchased a new picnic table, cleared the overhanging trees and carried out risk assessments as required.
    Two of our councillors, Robb Denham and Denis Madden attend the police locality meetings and if anyone has any issue regarding security and safety please get in touch with the council. Following one of these meetings warnings were given out over external oil tank security.
    In November we were approached by the Three Counties Radio as they were doing a piece on villages with “Little” in the name. Following on from this one of the residents gave a talk on the radio about Little Hormead and St Mary’s Church. The council have again this month been approached this time for a piece on villages with “Great” in the name; this has again been passed on to a resident of Great Hormead.
    Councillor Denis Madden met with Oliver Heald regarding the speeding in Hare Street and the B10368. Councillor Madden has tried for several months now to get the Drive Safe started but it just cannot function without more volunteers, so far we have only three.
    I myself as Chairman was honoured to represent the Council at the annual Carol Concert at St Nicholas Church in December, when I was asked to read.
    Councillor Baseley has offered to house the council meetings in the new village hall when it opens, which is much appreciated.
    I especially want to thank our Clerk, Colin Marks for his hard work and conscientious attitude, we are extremely lucky to have him and without him much of the hard work that we do would not be done. The last six months have not been easy and he has carried out work over and above the normal duties.
    Meetings will continue to be held monthly, this is a regular opportunity for parishioners to voice their concerns and views. A thank you also goes to the two parishioners who attend all meetings whatever the weather (it can be cold in the Meads Pavilion).
    For a more detailed report of the minutes please see the Parish Council Meetings page on this website.
Jayne Denham, Chairman Hormead Parish Council
January 2015


The defibrillator has now been installed at the Village Hall.  Finance was raised by Great Hormead's Andrew Dellow who ran two sponsored marathons in September and October 2014.  This important piece of equipment may be used by anyone in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest and can provide life-saving help in rural communities such as our own.  Thanks to many generous donations, the target was met by the deadline.  Well done, Andrew!


A beautiful service of reflection to commemorate the centenary of WWI was held in the United Benefice church of St George's, Anstey, on Sunday 3rd August 2014.  A number of Hormead parishioners attended and Cllr Teresa Marks and the Parish Clerk, Colin Marks, represented the Parish Council. 

The Council received an email from Narelle Milligan in NSW, Australia which read: 
I wish to join you at this time to think of the sacrifice Great Hormead  men made by volunteering to fight for England during the First World War.  Four  of my ancestors, the Spicers, were killed in the service of their country. I haven't yet worked out the exact relationship to us in Australia but it is particularly poignant to reflect on how their deaths impacted on the village, their families and friends. Lest  we forget.
Parishioners quickly responded with information and photographs, which we forwarded to Narelle.  The following photographs of the splendid and very special commemoration at the memorial were taken over the Centenary weekend, and are a selection of those kindly provided by Len Rogers and James Bruxner.
     Names of men killed in WWI and remembered on the memorial are John Brett, Charles Bull,
John Canning, George Spicer, Walter Spicer, William Spicer, William Spicer Junior, John Tolft, Alfred Webb, Francis Wick, Walter George Cook, Ernest Joseph Myall, Frederick Hummerstone, George Percy Hummerstone, Walter Charles Hummerstone

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE, Sunday 9th November 2014
The Parish Remembrance Day service was held this year at the Benefice Church of St Mary's, Brent Pelham.  Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Jayne Denham, laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council in thankful remembrance of the men of this parish who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice in the world wars of the last century.  The children of Hormead Primary School conducted their own service of remembrance at Great Hormead War Memorial on the morning of Friday 7th November when they laid 100 poppies to commemorate the WWI centenary.  They were joined in the laying of a hand-made Community Wreath with 100 poppies, and a wreath from the British Legion.


Neighbourhood Plan
 This is an ongoing community project; residents of all ages are welcome to come to Forum meetings and get involved.   The next step is to actually produce a meaningful Plan based on the responses of the questionnaires and other sources.  If you have a particular interest or idea not included in the questionnaire, the forum will still consider them for inclusion.  Further information can be found on the website and noticeboards.

For more information and details, see the Neighbourhood Plan page on this website


In May 2014 and again in 2015, the Women's Tour of Britain passed through the parish.   Double Olympic champion Laura Trott was among the participants.


Hare Street & the Hormead Cricket Club
For a report and photo of the superb match played on Sunday 25th August 2013 in memory of Bob Hammond, go to the Village Links page of this website.  Another match was held on 24th August 2014, which was equally successful, and this now annual event is again scheduled for the August Bank Holiday, Sunday 31st August 2015.  Well played, that team!


Fantastic lunchtime pit-stop at the Farmshop & Tearoom
On Saturday 1st June 2013, 16 amputee servicemen and their team stopped off for lunch in Hare Street. They had set out from Edinburgh on Tuesday and cycled an average of 85 miles a day.  Saturday's stint was Peteborough to Harlow (via Hare Street!) before the final push to Horseguards Parade and The Mall on Sunday.  It was an amazing experience to meet these extraordinarily brave guys who have defied the odds to fight back against the terrible consequences of war sustained while serving our country. We should all be immensely proud of them.  I heard from at least four different team members that ours was the best reception they had received on the whole trip down!  So very well done everyone!

Below: Parish Council Chairman Jayne Denham with some of the team.
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Colin Marks, Parish Council Clerk, June 2013