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Community

We've had a number of queries from people asking how they can help out and donate to their local foodbanks and other charities to support those experiencing tough times at the moment.  We've also included here some ways to get help if you need it.

The St Albans and District Foodbank have donation points in Tesco Metro, Waitrose and Co-Op Food (St Albans, London Colney, & Chiswell Green).  You can find more information on their website along with links to make a monetary donation.  

During October half-term the Foodbank will be offering freshly made ready-meals of families to take home and heat.  If you are in need of help from the Foodbank you will need to be referred.  You can find more information about this on their website.

The Hygiene Bank also help out local families in need with basic hygiene products.  They have a donation point in Boots (St Albans & Colney Fields), The Alban Arena, Beech House, St Peter' Church, Jade Pharmacy, Inn on the Park, Budgens, Emmaus, the Co-Op (Chiswell Green & London Colney) in St Albans and at the Barefoot Accountant in Redbourn and the Village Surgery in Wheathampstead.  Or you can donate products via their wishlists on Easho. or Amazon. There is also a Just Giving page for monetary donations, or you can set them as your chosen charity on Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising.

During October half-term the Vineyard Church will be providing lunch to children entitled to free school meals.  Normally they would provide these onsite, but during the current situation they will be cooking homemade meals, and providing families with a pack of activities & crafts, that will need to be collected at the church on Wednesday 28th OctoberVisit their website to sign up.  If you would like to support this initiative you can text VINEYARDREFUEL to 70085 to donate £10.

The FEED Foodbank at Vineyard Church accepts donations through BANKUET, their FEED Fund, or you can drop off food & toiletries at the church Monday-Friday between 10am-3pm.  If you need help from the Foodbank are not a current guest you will need to be referred at this time.  More information on this can be found here.

The Vineyard Church also operate KIT, which aims to help families of young children who find themselves struggling financially.  They can provide children’s clothes & shoes for under 5s, School Uniform for ages 4-18 and baby equipment. At this time there is a very specific list of items they need and can take, so please contact the KIT team before you drop anything off.

Sopwell Community Trust is a BAE charity in St Albans and they work in partnership with St Albans District Foodbank.  To arrange donations to them contact 07534 523232 or [email protected] They can arrange cooked meals or food parcels.  If you are need of help do get in touch.

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For October half-term The Rose and Crown and The Hare and Hounds pubs have announced on their Facebook pages: "during half term next week from Tuesday to Friday if you are a parent in need you can give us a call or send us a message and we will arrange a time for you to collect free Mac and Cheese (with a bit of broccoli on the side) for your kids no questions asked."  The Hare and Hounds can be contacted at 01727 762041 and The Rose and Crown on 01727 859739 or message via their Facebook pages.

Also The Ridgeway Fish Bar have said they are "offering a free child’s meal during half term on Wednesday and Thursday 4:00-6:00pm and Friday 12:00-2:00pm. Meals will include child’s Cod Bites and Chips, child’s Sausage and Chips or Chips alone. We just ask that you order in store with child present and have one meal per child per day. Please state that you would like the ‘Kids Half Term Meal’ when ordering, should you need it in these uncertain times."

Also Taste of Nawab are helping out families whose children entitled to free school meals and attend primary or secondary school by offering a free children's size curry with rice or naan on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (26th - 28th October) between 5:15pm-6:30pm.  They say "We ask that a parent/guardian is present with a child when ordering a free school meal. Please mention to a member of staff that you are ordering a free meal."

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Monthly Picks

This half-term may be feeling a bit different but there's still plenty of events going on to enjoy, but do remember that most require you to book in advance.

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For a full round-up of everything this half-term, including some non-Halloween themed events take a look at our What's On page. 

And looking ahead a bit further, St Albans Cathedral are crowdfunding to put on an aerial fireworks display for the whole of St Albans on 7th November.  You won't have to leave your front door - just look up!

 

Essential Guide

Welcome to Parenthood in St Albans!

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What's On This Week


22nd May 2020-05-22 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Near you, St Albans


20th June 2020-06-20 2020-12-31 - 31st December
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans


5th September 2020-09-05 2021-04-11 - 11th April
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


10th October 2020-10-10 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Rumblers Farm, Hemel Hempstead


15th October 2020-10-15 2020-10-31 - 31st October
The Pop Up Farm, M1 Junction 9


16th October 2020-10-16 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree


17th October 2020-10-17 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney


17th October 2020-10-17 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Don't Get Locked In, Bedford


17th October 2020-10-17 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Hitchin Lavendar, Ickleford


17th October 2020-10-17 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Cedars Nature Centre, Cheshunt


19th October 2020-10-19 2020-10-31 - 31st October
City Centre, St Albans


23rd October 2020-10-23 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Walden


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Wrest Park, Silsoe


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Mead Open Farm, Billington


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral


24th October 2020-10-24 2020-11-01 - 1st November
IWM Duxford, Duxford


25th October 2020-10-25 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Around St Albans District, St Albans


26th October 2020-10-26 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Rothamsted Research Conference Centre, Harpenden


26th October 2020-10-26 2020-11-02 - 2nd November
Online, St Albans


26th October 2020-10-26 2020-10-30 - 30th October
Mill Green Museum and Mill, Hatfield


27th October 2020-10-27 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon


27th October 2020-10-27 2020-11-01 - 1st November
British Schools Museum, Hitchin


29th October 2020-10-29 2020-10-29
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


29th October 2020-10-29 2020-10-31 - 31st October
Wrest Park, Silsoe


29th October 2020-10-29 2020-10-31 - 31st October
The Olde Watermill, Barton-le-Clay


29th October 2020-10-29 2020-10-29
Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin


30th October 2020-10-30 2020-10-30
On Facebook, St Albans


30th October 2020-10-30 2020-11-01 - 1st November
Around the village, Redbourn


31st October 2020-10-31 2020-10-31
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury


31st October 2020-10-31 2020-10-31
Around the Mandeville area, St Albans


1st November 2020-11-01 2020-11-01
Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin

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New Play Area coming to Verulamium Park

Work is beginning on the new children's play area in Verulamium Park. The attraction will include 30 features and will be divided into zones that reflect the City’s rich history including a Roman-style basilica, a mini-amphitheatre, a market street and a main pathway named Watling Street. The play features will include a multi see-saw, five-way swing, a battering ram group swing, stepping posts, two carousels, Roman-numeral hopscotch and a picnic area.  The play area will be located on the site of the tennis courts which will be removed.  Click here to see a larger version of the plans.

Christmas

Where to See Santa 2020

Christmas may feel a bit different this year, but that won't stop Santa doing his best to bring some cheer to as many children as possible. Whilst some venues have confirmed their grottos will not be running this year quite a few are going ahead, but with limited choice and limited numbers due to social distancing you will need to book, and probably best to book early!  Whether it's in a winter wonderland, a Christmas grotto or on a train, here's what we know so far.  Keep an eye on this page and our social media for new additions. 

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RECENTLY ADDED

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Activities, clubs & classes

Mini Athletics (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Mini Professors Science Classes (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Batchwood Golf Course & Sports Centre
Super Soccer School
SASA School of Performing Arts (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
St Albans & Harpenden Youth Council (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Stand up BAME Project
Angie’s Dance Academy UK
NHS Cadets (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Better Choices Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
St Albans District Street Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
St Albans City Centre Street Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Positive Alternatives Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Duke of Edinburgh (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Wheathampstead Positive Pathways Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
The Emotional Wellbeing Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
LGBTQ+ Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Girls Allowed Project (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Mini Dance Factory Classes (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Harpenden Musicale (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
St John Ambulance Cadets
220 (St Albans) Squadron Air Training Corps
Army Cadet Force
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section
Cassana Performance Academy (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
SAADI Gymnastics Ltd Drop In's (CURRENTLY BOOK IN ADVANCE)
SAADI Gymnastics Ltd (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Stephanie Belton - Photography Courses
Rare Productions (RESUMING SPRING 2021)
NSG Performing Arts (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Kinsbourne Youth FC (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Jane's Swim School (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (CONFIRMED RUNNING)
Aweswim (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING)
Abbey Flyers Netball Club (CONFIRMED RUNNING)

Education & childcare

Windermere Primary School
Oakwood Primary School
St John Fisher RC Primary School
Watford UTC
Elstree Screen Arts Academy (formerly Elstree UTC)
Watling View School (Special Needs)
St Helen's CE Primary School
Katherine Warington School

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Musicale Shop

Health & Wellbeing

Beauty by Em

Holiday clubs & classes

Football Camp with Super Soccer School
The Dottie Crafter- Little Dottie Crafters
School of Creative Arts
Saracens Mavericks Netball Camps
Sapphire School of Gymnastics
SAADI Gymnastics Ltd
Planet Ice - Intense Learn to Skate Course
Herts Dynamos - We love netball
EDGE Outdoor Activities
Club Excel Multi Activity Club
Artventurers Harpenden and St Albans
Showtime Circus Camp
Blackrock Sports Rugby Camps

Parties & Celebrations

Wish Upon A Party - Temporarily Closed
Ben's Bouncy Castles

Things to do

Oxhey Woods & Sculpture Trail
Oxhey Activity Park
The Secret Throne – St Albans Treasure Trail
St Albans Museum & Gallery
St Albans Cathedral Tree Trail
Springfield Farm Experience Days
Batchwood Golf Course & Sports Centre

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