Wheathampstead Parish Council would like to thank everyone that took part and volunteered at "Lights Up" onThursday 24th November.
The evening was a huge success, with Santa (thanks to Harpenden Rotary Club) turning on the lights on our new Christmas tree cone in the Church Green, carol singing with the pupils form St Helens and Beech Hyde Schools, and St Helens Church, performances from Top Hat Stage School, and free wooden games for children to play with Peter Templeman.
Our local Cubs supplied a BBQ and our Brownies sold sweets. Local businesses also got involved - staff from the Bull provided mince pies and mulled wine, and local businsses in the High Street including the Manor Pharmacy and bakers stayed open.
A final thank you to our volunteer marshalls for asssisting in the road closures and the Dawes Family for another fabulous float.
Next year Lights Up falls on Thursday 30th November 2017. If you would like to get involved please contact Louise in the Parish Council Office on 01582 832541.
Our next big event is Village Weekend on the 8th and 9th of July. The theme for Village Day is "When I Grow Up" - start planning your floats and costumes!
The village and civil parish of Wheathampstead is located in the City and District of St Albans and is situated four miles north of St Albans on the River Lea in the middle of Hertfordshire beween the A1 and M1.
Wheathampstead has a population of 6,410 (2011 Census) and comprises the village itself, Waterend, Gustard Wood to the north, Marshalls Heath, Bower Heath and Leasy Bridge to the west, and Amwell to the south and covers an area of approximately 26 sq km (10 sq miles).
We have two primary schools, Beech Hyde Primary School and Nursery, and St Helen's Church of England Primary School. Our other schools are Aldwickbury School for Boys and St Albans High School for Girls. Our amenities include play areas and football fields (including an all weather pitch), numerous open spaces including the Meads and River Lea, a library, GP surgery, dentists, rural police office, fire station, community halls (Hilldyke Community Centre, The Memorial Hall, and Mead Hall), Post Office, and a selection of pubs, restaurants and businesses. Select from the menus on this page to find out about our open spaces, play areas, sports facilities and rooms for hire.
Places of worship include St Helens (Wheathampstead) and St Peters (Gustard Wood) Church of England, St Thomas More Catholic Church, and the Wheathampstead United Church (currently closed).
Wheathampstead prides itself for its strong community spirit with a wide range of clubs and organisations meeting regularly to support the village. Every year on the second weekend of July many of these groups set up a stall on the Marford Playing Fields for our annual Village Day - part of our Village Weekend festivities run over two days featuring stalls, arena entertainment, live music, picnicing by the river, a parade, and talent competition.
Wheathampstead is reputed to have been the site of the battle at which Julius Caesar defeated the local tribe the Catuvellauni during his invasion of Britain in 54BC. For more information of the rich history of the Parish including our historical Grade I and Grade II listed buildings please click here.