Redbourn cleans up in countywide awards

PUBLISHED: 14:52 28 October 2014

Youngsters try out the new slide at Redbourn play area

Youngsters try out the new slide at Redbourn play area


A village has been praised as outstanding in a county-wide award scheme.

Redbourn was commended by the judges in the CPRE Hertfordshire’s Rural Living Awards for encouraging rural community life and caring for the rural environment.

It received three awards at the presentation evening held last week at County Hall in Hertford.

Singled out for praise and recipient of the environment award was the village infants school for its eco council - the only infants school to have one.

Judge Rob Rees said: “What is remarkable about the school is how, since the eco council was started just three years ago, thinking about impact on the environment and sustainable living is now ingrained in everything the school does.

“These young people will become the decision makers of the future and we can only be positve and optimistic about this.”

Redbourn’s East Common Play Area won the community category award. Accessible to all and providing a range of equipment for children up to the age of 12, the community was praised by judge Judith Watson for starting again from scratch when the play area became old and worn out and creating a new one accessible to all.

She went on: “There were innumberable surveys of children in the village. Through an impressive number of fundraising events involving the whole community, the committee raised £70,000.”

The third award went to James Crawley who reconstituted the Redbourn youth parish council despite indifferent health. He also raised money for the youth club and learnt braille to help others.

James received the Dorothy Abel Smith Award for a young person aged up to 18 who has made an outstanding contribution to rural living.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Herts Advertiser visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Herts Advertiser staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Herts Advertiser account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

38 minutes ago

Former St Albans MP Kerry Pollard is expected to be Labour’s candidate in the June election.


A professional DJ and talented cook from St Albans made it through to the next round of MasterChef last night (April 24).


A determined London Marathon runner overcame a chronic leg injury to reach the finish line on Sunday.


Celebrity sportsmen will ride alongside St Albans City FC (SACFC) charity cyclists on a two day trek to Holland next month.


It’s always at this time of year that I begin to look up again. Winter somehow forces us to look down, maybe at our feet to make sure we’re avoiding the worst of the mud, but maybe also because the overcast skies have a way of dampening our gaze if not our spirits. But there is more to it than that for I find my eyes are actually drawn upwards, first by the skylark, rising higher and higher from the ground, pouring out its cascade of song, and then by a host of other natural forms.

Digital Edition

Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

St Albans Sinkhole News

Saturday, December 31, 2016

With stories covering the likes of Bowie, Brexit, the BID, Butterfly World, The Brickyard and the Berlin Wall, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet year for the Herts Advertiser.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read stories


Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards