Localgiving - an organisation set up to help charities fundraise online - have announced a Coronavirus match funding scheme. For every £1 donated via Localgiving to St Albans & District Foodbank we will receive not only your donation but also a matched £1 from the fund - in effect doubling the value of your donation. The scheme runs from 27th Oct to 9th November. You can find out more by going to the following website: https://localgiving.org/about/covid-fund
We greatly value our supporters who enable us to keep operating; with your help we have been able to feed over 4500 local people in the 6 months to September 2020. Whether you are able to donate at this time or not we thank you for supporting the Foodbank
Electoral register canvassers to observe social distancing rules
Canvassers will maintain social distancing when they knock on doors in St Albans District to encourage residents to register to vote.
They will wear face shields or masks when approaching people while any canvasser who has COVID-19 symptoms will be stood down and recommended to take a test.
Canvassers will also ask residents if anyone in their household is isolating or has symptoms and will leave the doorstep immediately if that is the case.
They are taking these precautions during visits to around 5,000 households from now until the end of November.
These are households that have not returned a canvass form despite being asked to do so.
St Albans City and District Council carries out the canvass every year to keep the electoral register up to date.
The Council has estimated that no changes are needed at around 80% of the District’s 60,000-plus properties.
These households were contacted by email or letter to confirm the register details and were also given instructions on what to do if changes are required.
The remaining 12,000 households where it was suspected there should be changes to the register were sent a canvass form with information on how to respond.
Canvassers are now visiting properties where there has been no response to raise awareness of the canvass.
They will not be able to take information on the doorstep this year because of the pandemic.
However, they will hand over a canvass form with a prepaid reply envelope and advise residents how they can respond by post, online or – in some cases – by phone.
If there is no reply, the form will be posted through the letter box.
There are District and County Council elections next May as well as an election for Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
It is important that residents make sure they can vote. If their name is not on the register, they will not be entitled to do so.
Amanda Foley, Electoral Registration Officer for the District, said: “Canvassers will call at every property where there is likely to have been a change but there has been no response to our initial enquiries. We want to make sure people do not lose their vote.
“This task is being carried out this year during the Covid-19 outbreak and that is very much on our minds.
“Our canvassers will be taking a range of measures to ensure the safety of residents as well as themselves.”
Article by BID levy payer Sean Hughes in Huffington Post on the needs of our Hospitality sector.
We have been lobbying government to help St Albans retail and hospitality businesses with improved financial support in the form of grants, not debt. Along with government support, we can help our local economy by shopping locally this Christmas. Office parties can be done virtually, catered to your home and there’s plenty of wonderful secret Santa gifts that can be delivered to the door from a St Albans retailer. Please follow Shop St Albans and Enjoy St Albans to find out more on how to shop locally and help sustain our local economy.
We have dressed up the food vans in Harpenden High Street with some spooky webs, spiders, pumpkins, eerie dolls, skulls, bats and ghosts flying high so if you are in town come and grab a grilled cheese toastie and a coffee and check it all out.
We have plenty of sweety treats too for any trick or treaters that are out and about👍😄. Be great to see your amazing costumes😊
Loving all the entries to our Pumpkin Carving Competition!
Enter yours now!
🎃 Carve your pumpkin and take a picture of it
🎃 Share it on your social media, follow and tag us (why not tag your friends so they get in on the fun, too!)
🎃 Or email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will be picked by the team here and announced on Halloween – Saturday 31st October 2020.