17January2018

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A record number of teams of students from schools and colleges across St Albans and Harpenden took up the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge last night at the launch event at St Columba's College. The Connect St Albans Challenge is run by the Centre for Voluntary Service. Over the next four months, the 16 teams of 16 and 17 year olds will attempt to turn £100 into £1000 or more for their nominated charities with the help of local business 'Dragons'.

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Stoptober is back and this year we're working with our partners Hertfordshire County Council to encourage smokers to get through the 28-day quitting challenge with the help of some of the country's top comedians.

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Young people have a great opportunity to put some spring in their step this autumn as a Potters Bar trampolining club continues to offer sessions for just £2.50. And did you know, trampolining is three times more effective than running because it uses a variety of muscles that you didn't even know existed - so says a NASA study!

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The council's chief executive and colleagues have lent their support to Cycle to Work Day today (Thursday, 4 September) by taking the healthy option of cycling to civic offices.

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The weather may have cooled a little over the past few days, but if you're aiming to round off the summer with a barbecue in the garden over the bank holiday weekend, the council and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are serving up some advice to help make it a sizzling and safe success.

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As part of the celebrations marking 100 years of film and television heritage in the Hertsmere area, the council and Hertsmere Leisure are laying on three special outdoor cinema events in local parks, showing iconic films made in Borehamwood.

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To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War on 4 August, the council will be taking part in LIGHTS OUT, a poignant UK-wide event which aims to create a shared moment of reflection.

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Six parks in Hertsmere are still among the best in the UK – and that's official!

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Broxbourne-based charity, Teens Unite is pleased to announce it will be holding a new fundraising challenge on 7th September. Cyclists will take part in a bike ride from Broxbourne to London, where they will stop at Gordon Ramsey's pub 'The Narrow', before making the return cycle home.

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