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Dated : 18 January 2012

18th January - Buntylympics Team Entry forms now available
Buntingford's own Olympics is taking place on Sunday 10th June and team entry forms are now available. See the main information page accessible from our Home page.

4th January - Looking for a Prestigious Office Address?
From the 1st April 2012 space is becoming available at the Manor House, Buntingford.see our Classified adds for details.

29th December - Newsletter on its way
The latest Town Council newsletter should be coming through residents' letterboxes over the next few days. It comes together with a questionnaire asking you to suggest ways in which we can spend the New Homes Bonus money.

7th December - Clerk's Office hours over the festive period
The Clerk's Office at Buntingford Town Council will close at 5pm on Thursday 22nd December and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. The answer machine and email will be checked on a regular basis during this closure.

7th December - Another good turn out
Last Friday evening saw the Lights of Love ceremony at the Manor House followed by Late Night Shopping. Over 200 people filled the Manor House car park as the Mayor turned on the lights of the Isabel Hospice tree. The High Street was buzzing with many shops staying open to welcome the hoards of people.

29th November -
Thanks Again
Once again a BIG thank you to Buntingford residents for a tremendous effort in donating Boxes for our serving soldiers. Despite the difficult times, you managed to come up with 75 boxes which is fantastic.

23rd November -
Lights of Love
This years Isabel Hospice's Lights of Love is on Friday 2nd December at 5.45pm in the Manor House car park. There will also be Late Night Shopping

31st October - Remembrance Parade
Once again the High Street will be closed on Sunday 13th November for the annual Buntingford Remembrance Parade which will start at the Red House at 10.15 and march to the War Memorial. Traffic diversions will be in place from 10am until approximately 11.45.
As usual there will be a short service at 11am on the 11th at the War Memorial, please feel free to join us and pay your respects.

19th October -
Buntingford Boxes - Again!!
Once again Buntingford Youth Council is organising Boxes for serving soldiers. The closing date will be 25th November in order for them to reach the soldiers by Christmas. As usual, the shoe boxes should be dropped in to the Clerk's Office, please do not seal them as they have to be checked. Residents of Buntingford have responded brilliantly in the past and we hope there will be a similar response.

18th October - The Alternative Olympiks gets the go ahead
A Working Party has been formed by the Town Council to prepare the town for a day full of fun and joviality. Buntingford's Alternative Olympiks will take place on Sunday 10th June 2012. It will be aimed at all the family competing in fun/silly games. Local organisations and societies will receive information over the next few days. Plans are for a fun fair, many stalls, beer tent, refreshments, but most of all - lots of fun. Teams will consist of all age groups as well as both sexes. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented and every contestant will receive a commemorative medal. Teams wil be accepted from family groups, groups of friends, pubs, clubs and societies. If you want to get involved or need more information, please contact the Clerk's Office.

10th October - Civic Service
Around 60 people attended the first Civic Service held by Buntingford Town Council. This year's Mayor, Stan Bull decided to have a Civic Service in line with a number of other towns in the county. Besides representatives of local clubs and societies, Mayors and Chairmen of  County, District and Parishes were present. The collection was divided between St Peter's Church and Isabel Hospice.
Rev Ian Hill officiating
Civic dignataries

6th October - New Oportunities for B&B and House Letting
With the Olympics looming, people may be considering opening up as B&B, self-catering or even letting their house. A new local scheme has been launched in a joint venture between the towns of East Herts and Airport Lettings. Instead of a full-blown VisitEngland inspection, people can now sign up to a Local Assessment scheme. This scheme allows your offering to be inspected at a less demanding level, appear on a worldwide website and be listed by local Town Councils through their Tourist Information outlets. If you are interested, contact Ann on 01729 661555 for more information, please mention you have visited Buntingford Town Council's website. Even without the Olympics, the Buntingford area is woefully short of B&B establishments. The Visitor's Information Point at the Manor House often has callers looking for B&B accommodation, so make sure we know about yours.

26th September - Civil Ceremony venue opens
Buntingford now has a venue in the town for Civil Ceremonies. The Manor House provides a great period backdrop and the Council Chamber a pleasant room for the service. For details contact the Clerk's Office 01763 272222 or email at btc.manorhouse@btclick.com

21st September - Latest Newsletter
The latest Town Council newsletter is being delivered to every household in Buntingford. Not only does it contain the usual reports but also about the NEW BUSES for Buntingford. Thanks to the "Community Contribution" from the Barratts development, the 331 is have additional services added. Not only will this help shoppers but also commuters that use the railway and connecting buses. Later in the year, there will be a new 701 which will add faster services from Buntingford to Stevenage. Again this will help both commuters and shoppers. New timetable will be produced shortly and will be available from the Visitors' Infomation Point at the Manor House or online at www.intalink.org.uk/Timetables

8th September - Another fantastic display
Many congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce for organising another great day with the Classic Event.

31st August - Do Not Forget - Classic Show
Yes it is here again this Saturday!!!! What a day is in prospect for the annual Classic Event which is held throughout the day in High Street, Buntingford. Hundreds of exhibits, entertainment, food, stalls, rides and much more.
Have a Great Day

23rd August - Free Solicitor's Surgery
Due to unforseen circumstances, the free solicitor's surgery at the Manor House has been suspended. It is hoped to resume in the very near future.

18th July - Wildlife Area starting soon 
The renovation of the Millennium WIldlife area in Hare Street Road Playing Fields will soon be under way. A presentation of the proposed works will be held at the Council Chamber on Thursday 4th August at 2pm. This will be followed by a site visit. Anyone interested in helping with the project should contact the Clerk's Office 01763 272222

29th June -
Another nice Tea Party
Around 20 Senior Citizens braved the unsettled weather (well, pouring rain really!), to attend the latest Tea Party organised by the Buntingford Youth Council at the Manor House. There was tea, cakes and a mini-quiz which everyone enjoyed. The unfortunate bad weather disappointed many who found it difficult to attend.

27th June - Well attended Civic Reception
Another very well attended reception saw over 30 local clubs and societies welcomed by the Mayor, Cllr Stan Bull. The Mayor thanked them for the great service they provide to the town and surrounding area through  their voluntary actions. He wa pleased to presented Community Service certificates to Pat Whittaker who stood down as a Town Councillor after 16 years of service. John Noades also received a certificate for the 8 years he served on the Council. Another recipients was Ron Bray who served for 4 years as a councillor and then another 4 on the Planning Committee.
Around 130 people were present including the High Sheriff Lord Cecil, HCC Chairman Cllr Mrs Jane Pitman OBE DL who also represented the Lord Lieutenant. chair of EHDC and deputy chair of NHDC. Other councils were represented by their Mayor, Chairman or deputy. Due to family commitments, our regular attendee Oliver Heald MP sent his apologies.
Dennis Beiser of the Buntingford and District Social Club took the opportunity to pesent cheques to BASH (Buntingford Action for Social Help), the Cricket Club and the Buntingford Day Centre. This once again demonstrated the tremendous amount of fund raising by the Social Club.

17th May - Another great fundraiser
Many congratulations to the Police and Rescue Services for yet another fantastic charity football match held last Friday. Hundreds of people turned up at the Bury, not only to watch the match (the young ones won it again!) but also to support the Raffle and Auction

16th May - New Mayor elected
The Buntingford Town Mayor for 2011-12 is Cllr Stan Bull who was elected on Thursday evening. The Deputy Mayor is Mrs Jean Cook.
2011 Mayor and Deputy

6th May - Buntingford Town Councillors
The following people were elected to the Buntingford Town Council to serve for the period May 2011 to May 2015
Brian Austin     Surjit Singh Basra      Richard Bennett     Graham Bonner    Teresa Bonner
Stan Bull         Jean Cook                David Ginn  
             Debbie Lemay     Jonathan Ling        John Warren    Eunice Woods

6th May - East Herts District Councillors
Following the election on Thursday, the two people elected to represent the Buntingford Ward are:
            Stan Bull               Surjit Singh Basra

3rd May - Royal Wedding success
Kate and Wills may have had a memorable time in London but many residents had a great time in Buntingford. The Street Party was a roaring success and many thanks goes to the Chamber of Commerce's team for organising a great event.
Party Dress
Packed High Street

19th April - Pinder's Circus returns
After a very successful and entertaining visit last year, the Human Circus is back in Buntingford at the Norfolk Road Recreation Field, starting on Thursday 28th April through to 1st May. Shows at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 5pm Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Ticket £7 - special offer on Thursday at only £4.99. Book now 07578083755. www.pinderscircus.co.uk

18th April - Survey of the Electorate
Over the next day or two, all residents should have a Multi-Games Facility survey form through their letterbox. Please take a moment to let us have your preferred option which will help the Town Council decide what to do. The survey should be returned to the Manor House by 27th April.

18th April - Credit Union now available at the Manor House
The HertsSavers Credit Union is now available at the Manor House by appointment only. It's a safe, ethical, community focussed financial service which is run for its members. It's a safe and accessible place to save money. See www.hertsavers.co.uk or call Gerri Dobson on 07714 432438.

5th April - 14 to stand for Buntingford Town Council
Fourteen people have nominated for the 12 positions on the Town Council. Eleven existing councillors, Pat Whittaker is standing down, and three "new" faces. The fourteen are:
Brian Austin,    Surjit Basra,     Richard Bennett,    Mrs Teresa Bonner,    Graham Bonner,     Stan Bull,    Mrs Jean Cook,    David Ginn,    Dean Howard,    Mrs Debbie Lemay,    Jon Ling,    John Noades,    John Warren,    Mrs Eunice Woods.

4th April - East Herts District Councillors
Five people have nominated to represent the Buntingford Ward in the local elections to be held on Thursday 5th May. They are:
Surjit Basra,    Stan Bull,    Debbie Lemay,  Clyde Millard,    John Warren

7th March - Nomination Forms now available
If you are considering standing as a Town Councillor in the election on Thursday 5th May, you can collect a nomination and information pack from the Clerk's Office at the Manor House.

17th February - The Big Feast
As part of the fundraising for "Help the Heroes" and "Air Ambulance", the Town Council will be opening the Council Chambers doors from 10am until 12noon on Friday 11th March for "Tea and Cakes". There will be a raffle and all proceeds will split between the two. Entrance £5. 

16th February - How about being a Town Councillor ?
The elections are not that far away, especially if you want to stand. Forms are available from the East Herts website or you can click here for the Nomination Paper and the Consent Form. These must be received by the Monitoring Officer at East Herts before 12noon on Wednesday 4th April. If you have any queries, please pop into the Clerk's Office and we will be only too please to help.

1st February - Buntingford Community Choir
Mandy and Gareth are trying to start a Community Choir and would love to hear from all interested people. Contact them on buntingfordchoir@gmail.com

31st January - Art Competition
Are you between the ages of 4 to 18 ? Then why not enter the Art Competition being organised by the Buntingford Civic Society ? The Theme is Buntingford in Winter or Spring 'People,Places, Events'. ENtries on A3 or smaller - no computer generated nor photographs. Three age groups with cash prizes. Closing date for entries is 31st March 2011. For more information www.buntingfordcivic.org.uk 

8th January - Latest Newsletter
The latest edition of the Town Council Newsletter is being delivered to every household in the town. Should you not receive on, please let us know. Spare copies are available from the Manor House

4th January 2011 - Best Wishes for 2011
The Clerk's Office is now re-opened after the festive break.