Essendon is a small rural Village in Hertfordshire, UK.  Close to Hatfield, Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar.

Coronavirus and the countryside

Advice and guidelines from the UK Government and World Health Organisation when out and about in the British countryside. Click here

Footpaths and Rights of Way

Please use the following guidance from Defra in order to stay safe when out in the British countryside:

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.

  • You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household.

  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.

  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.  Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.

  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Keep dogs under effective control and leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.

  • Respect other people and protect the natural environment. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

 Useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations. Click here

Suggestions from Hertfordshire County Council on making the most of your Easter holidays while self isolating.  Click here

For the full bulletin, click here


Bayford, Brickendon, Essendon, Little Berkhamsted & Ponsbourne.

The April edition of the Parish Magazine will not be distributed. Many of the articles in the magazine are now irrelevant. However, some items may still be of interest, such as The Rector's letter and accounts of past events. You can read the magazine here.


 #TeamHerts volunteering network


 Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue, however they can speak to their care provider first or call on 0300 123 4042 for other urgent care needs. For other support, contact Herts Help on 0300 123 4044.

TeamHerts has prepared frequently asked questions for people with care and support needs which they can access on their website.

There has been an offer of support by village residents for those who want to talk or need some practical

(non medical) help. The PDF file contains the details, or click here

Advice from Herts County Council COVID 19

For phone numbers and links for people who may have eligible care needs or who need support because they are self-isolating, and for links to important government information, as well as local information and guidance, click here

Hertfordshire County Council Latest information on coronavirus

For information on the following topics, click here

  • Frequently asked questions

  • Stay updated from trusted sources

  • Watch hand washing videos

  • Coronavirus toolkit for professionals

South Central Growth and

Transport Plan

Hertfordshire County Council has developed the South Central Growth and Transport Plan (SCGTP) which covers the Southern end of the A1(M), including the towns of Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Potters Bar, Borehamwood, Radlett and St Albans and key transport links between these towns and to surrounding areas.  The SCGTP considers the key problems and opportunities which currently exist or may in the future on the transport network and identifies what types of interventions are needed to improve the transport network.

For details click here

Village Hall

 In view of forthcoming renovations and repairs to the hall, village residents are invited to suggest

improvements they would like to be considered.

Invitation to nominate someone for a National Honour or for CPRE Hertfordshire awards

If there is someone within the community who has dedicated service over many years, the Council or other local people can nominate them via the online form at www.gov.uk/honours ensuring that a deserving local community is represented at national level. Further information on honours and awards: www.lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk

Click on the logo for more details



Celebrate efforts made by groups, individuals or businesses to improve life in their community and/or enhance the environment in Hertfordshire by nominating them for a CPRE award.

Herts Middlesex Wildlife Trust Invitation: Hertfordshire's State of Nature launch

All Nations Christian College near Ware, Tuesday 24th March, 9:30am - 12.30pm.

“Over the past year, the Trust have been busy compiling the State of Nature report for Hertfordshire which assesses the changes to our local wildlife over the past 50 years. The first time this research has been carried out on this scale, the report marks a significant step in understanding and prioritising wildlife conservation in the county over the coming decades.  Pre-bookings only: Please click here to confirm your attendance

This event is an opportunity to learn about the findings of the report and what this means for wildlife and people throughout Hertfordshire. Dr Tom Day, the Trust's Head of Living Landscapes and author of the report, will present its key findings and the priorities it has identified. Tom will be joined by representatives from some of the Trust's strategic and community partners to talk about how we can all learn from this report and take action to create a wilder future for Hertfordshire. There will be an opportunity to discuss the findings with Trust staff and for wider networking.”

Contact Details for Queries or more Information:


Dawn Grocock (01992) 555235

Enforcement Officer

James Bartlett (01992) 555236

What to do if you think you have COVID-19


The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature

  • a cough

  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and think you are at risk, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

We strongly advise the public to read and consider the Government’s advice and to act accordingly. This can be found here 


Hertfordshire County Council has produced a useful Frequently Asked Questions document.  This can be found here 


It appears the best measure to stop the virus spreading is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.  


We would also ask that people do not indulge in panic-buying, which could disadvantage others - notably older residents.

The Parish council will continue to operate but online rather than in person.  Please direct any queries to the parish clerk by email or phone



Consultation – Welwyn Hatfield Local Borough Council are undertaking a further consultation on their proposed changes to their Draft Local Plan (2016) (site allocation) 2020.

  • To arrange to view hard copies of the Draft Local Plan, please contact the parish clerk by email (essendonparishcouncil@gmail.com) or phone (07535803529)

  • To view the list of documents available, click here.

  • To view and comment on line, click here

The consultation was open until 5pm on 1 April 2020.

Comments from the chair in response to call for sites

are in Documents 2019

AFFINITY WATER -  Water Resources Management Plan

Essendon Footpath No 2 - wooden bridge



Following Government Guidelines, all meetings for the foreseeable future will be suspended.  Where necessary, business will be conducted by email or video conferencing. The Chair and Vice Chair will be empowered to take necessary decisions to keep the workings of the council running

Under normal circumstances, meetings take place on Mondays in the Village Hall at 7.00pm

The public are most welcome at all

Parish Council meetings and are encouraged

to raise any matters of concern