See link for the Campaign for the Herts branch of the Protection of Rural England, CPRE newsletter. This is a newsletter packed with matters relating to the countryside. You may need to cut and paste the link into your browser to gain access. https://www.cpreherts.org.uk/news/current-news/item/2619-cpre-hertfordshire-spring-2020-newsletter.
Support from Broxbourne Council - Message from County Councillor Mark Mills Bishop 'If your club or organisation need funding to help with the present emergency, please let me know; I may be able to use my Locality Budget. Also, do not miss out on Sport England emergency funding for Community Sports Facilities; please see the … Continue reading Support in the Community
Message from Boots - update re opening times and staffing, clearly trying to keep open as much as possible. …...….....…......…...………......……...…...…. Boots have had to change their opening times due to staff shortages, 4 members of our team are having to self isolate due to underlying health conditions Monday to Saturday 10am till 2pm only This … Continue reading Urgent – Boots Update
In these troubled times, when at home, here is something positive you can think about. Hedgehog Awareness Week 3rd May 3rd May sees the start of Hedgehog Awareness Week, organised by BHPS. Expect to hear about hedgehoggy efforts up and down the country as well as ways to increase hedgehog friendliness . It's my way … Continue reading Hedgehog Awareness Week 3rd May
Hertfordshire united against coronavirus; all councils in our county are working closely together to launch a ‘Hertfordshire united against coronavirus’ campaign to encourage us all to look out for people in our communities, volunteer our time to support those who may be feeling isolated and make sure we only get information from trusted sources. Volunteers … Continue reading Assistance from Council
Reporting bad practice. Look at this website to see what the government expects from businesses and how to report bad practice. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-statement-on-sales-and-pricing-practices-during-coronavirus-outbreak Let's stand up to any businesses trying to exploit the present situation for significant financial gain, even if it is only a toilet roll! https://cma-553899.workflowcloud.com/forms/c35b9608-b73d-464c-bbfa-0b3ccda758b2
The latest update is as follows: Goffs Oak and West Cheshunt Neighbourhood Forum - 25th March. CANCELLED Litter pick and Flower bed maintenance - Sunday 5th April CANCELLED Goffs Oak Community Library to be closed at 1200hrs, Saturday 20th March until further notice Celebration of writing' by local authors. Tuesday 31st March CANCELLED
COVID – 19 Message from our Local Councillor, Mark Mills-Bishop The overriding aim is for the health and well-being of residents. Clearly, it is an uncertain time at this stage in the developing Coronavirus epidemic. As active members of community in a position of knowledge I thought it would be helpful to write and seek … Continue reading COVID-19
Message from Cuffley scouts Group Come to the 1st Cuffley Scout Group Jumble and Nearly New Sale taking place on Saturday 28th March 2pm - 4pm Donations gladly received on Friday 27th March between 7 - 9pm Saturday 28th March 10 - 12am We anticipate selling clothes, shoes, bags, antique and vintage treasures together with all kinds of … Continue reading Jumble and nearly new Sale. Cuffley Scouts Group. Saturday 28th March, 2pm -4pm
Message from Alzheimers Society Actions you could take to help your local community We have been hearing from so many of you that your local area is full of people wanting to help and so we have put together some ideas together. How could this impact people affected by dementia We know that people living … Continue reading People living with Dementia – How to help
Live entertainment happening at the Comrades Club. Sean Muir playing classical hits. Free for members, £1 for guests
Public rights of way in Broxbourne are managed by Broxbourne Borough Council under an agency agreement. For issues relating to the access to and maintenance of public rights of way in the first instance, any issues, please contact the Borough Council directly, Here is a link to the relevant page on their website, below. If … Continue reading Public rights of way
Due to the Pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled until further notice. A Celebration of Writing, The second talk of the year due to take place on Tuesday 31st March, 7.30pm at Goff's Oak Community Library. Meet three of our local authors, Mary Rensten, David Matthews and Kinga White for a literary … Continue reading Cancelled – Tuesday 31st March, 7.30pm, Meet three of our local authors, for a literary evening.
The Potters Town Band is holding a concert in the Village Hall (GO Hub). Come and support this worthy cause and enjoy the evening. This is in aid of the Methodist Church Roof Fund. Tickets 10 pounds for adults and children free. Call David Batts 07515 006040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news for Herts Year of Culture! Lowewood Museum has had a reprieve. Broxbourne Council has agreed to fund for the setting up of a Trust to run the Museum, which once established will keep the Museum going. The Museum wil! need a few more volunteers to help. There is still much to do and … Continue reading Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon
It has been reported that a shooting incident occurred on Moorhurst Avenue on the 21st February at about 950pm where a gunshot went through a window. It is thought that the bullet was fired from afar and was possibly down to illegal hunting as the police found some dead animals. Don't forget to visit and … Continue reading Shooting incident on Moorhurst Avenue
In Goffs Oak Community Library, there is two fantastic scrapbooks up until 1991. With all the proposed developments, it is a good time to capture new material that we can compare in the future. GOCA would like to start collecting for No. 3. So, if you have any suitable images or unusual items, please get … Continue reading Items for Goffs Oak scrapbook
Broxbourne Council is planning to close the only Museum in Broxbourne to save money! Go to the link and sign the petition to stop closure due end of June 2020 and it is the year of Culture in Broxbourne..... Pop 'Save Lowewood museum' into your browser to sign the petition
The above meeting is due to start at 1900hrs on Wednesday, 26th September. The papers can be seen on Broxbourne Council website. Note no proposed developments in Goffs Oak area on the agenda. https://ex.broxbourne.gov.uk/your-council/meeting/planning-and-regulatory-committee-26-february-2020
Message from Post Office - closure 28th March 1230hrs to 4th May 1300hrs MODERNISING GOFF’S OAK POST OFFICE & STORE WITH NEW POSTMASTER. To have Refurbishment of premisesNew PostmasterCustomers of main UK banks can access accounts at new branchServices include bill payment, cash withdrawals and foreign currency, Postage, home shopping collections and returns Goff’s Oak … Continue reading Post office closure – last day 28th March and reopening 4th May
GOCA does not support bringing back parking charges for the first hour in the Goffs Oak Car Park. We have written to Broxbourne Council to say No. Please sign the petition. Copied can be found in the Library, GP practice, Dry Cleaners and Clee Brothers Garage. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/goffsoak.org.uk
With less than 20 places for public parking at the car park in Goffs Oak, the GOCA has discovered that the Borough of Broxbourne Council is planning to charge for the first hours parking. The Council is working on an Improvement Plan for Goffs Oak. Rather than making drivers park on the road side causing … Continue reading Car Park in Goffs Oak
Goffs Oak Community Library is holding a series of talks given by local people, starting off with two during the month of March. Tickets £3 ‘A sea and silk sojourn across central Asia’. Tuesday 10th March 7pm for 730 start. ‘Celebration of writing’ by local authors. Tuesday 31st March 7pm for 730 start.
Due to the Pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled until further notice. The next meeting of the Goffs Oak and West Cheshunt forum will take place as follows: 7pm, Wednesday 25 March in Fairfields School, Rosedale Way, Cheshunt, EN7 6JG. If you would like to request an item to be on the agenda let us … Continue reading Cancelled – Goffs Oak and West Cheshunt Forum – 25th March, 7pm. Fairfield School
It is reported that the pupils at Woodside Primary School in Goffs Oak held a protest against single-use plastic in the local community. Inspired by young activists like Greta Thunberg the children have become passionate about tackling climate change and want everyone to play their part. They are aiming to ban single-use plastic in their … Continue reading One way to tackle Chimate Change – here at Goffs Oak
Message from Neighbourhood Watch Trading Standards have received reports that companies have been cold-calling offering a ‘roof renovation service’ in Hertfordshire. The service generally involves pressure-cleaning and painting of the roof; it is very expensive and experts advise it is likely to cause damage to the tiles, harm the lifespan of a roof and create … Continue reading Beware: Roof Renovation Services
It has just been announced that the Music festival is to take place - July 4th at Colesdale Farm https://www.backofbeyondfestival.co.uk/about.html The Welwyn Hatfields Times published the following in this week's local paper. WHOLE HOST OF WORLD CLASS DJ’S SPANNING HOUSE, DISCO, TECHNO AND DRUM & BASS LOUDER! WITH THE BIGGEST LINE UP OF HEADLINERS TO DATE … Continue reading Back of beyond music festival – July 4th, Colesdale Farm
As we all know, car parking in Goffs Oak Village can be problematic. We have a small Car Park to serve the local Health Services, Community Library (the only Library around at the moment due to the temporary closure of Cuffley), and shops. Car users are usually short stops for 1-2 hours to do a … Continue reading Parking in Goffs Oak – Fear for the future
Urgent Message from GOCA Member PLEASE READ : On the 23rd January, it was noted that a small dark blue transit style van was 'cruising' around Goffs Oak, EN6 and Turnford, EN10 with two white males in their 20's with English/London accents. On separate occasions 3 dog-walkers were stopped and whilst making a fuss of … Continue reading Be vigilant in the Goffs Oak/Turnford area
Message from Neighbourhood Watch Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board are running an awareness campaign over the next two weeks to raise awareness of the those older people who may self neglect or are likely to be victims of financial abuse. The attached posters will give you some ideas of what signs to look out for. Please … Continue reading Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Awareness Campaign
Notes from Open Meeting, Lowewood Museum…. The Save Lowewood Museum open meeting organised by the Friends of Lowewood Museum which took place at the URC Hall, Broxbourne on 21 January was very well attended. Those present were welcomed by the Friends chairman Pat Styles and there then followed a statement by Epping Forest District Council … Continue reading Show your support – Lowewood Museum
Notice from Cuffley Friends. The Welwyn Hatfield Times has outlined the details of the proposed draft Local Plan, which will be considered by the WHBC Cabinet Planning and Parking Panel on January 23rd and January 29th before going to Cabinet on January 30th 2020.You can read the full article at https://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/welwyn-hatfield-borough-council-local-plan-puts-forward-sites-1-6459303 In relation to Cuffley A Green … Continue reading Message from Cuffley – Local Plan development, Welwyn Garden City Council
Lowewood Museum - Open meeting to stop closure A member of the Friends of Lowewood Museum has sent out an open invite to all, to a meeting next Tuesday at the United Reformed Church Hall, Mill Lane, Broxbourne. The meeting starts at 7.30 and the car park is entered off Mill Lane Close which runs … Continue reading Lowewood Museum potential closure
Message from Neighbourhood watch Over 1,100 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire between November 2018 and November 2019. This equates to almost 20 serious injuries and at least one death every week. The shocking figures have been released by police at the start of this month’s speed … Continue reading Roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire – November 2018 to November 2019
Our Chief Litter Picker has confirmed another date for Goffs Oak Litter Pick and Flower Bed Maintenance. A couple of hours at the weekend not only keeps Goff's Oak Village tidy, it is also a way to 'blow off those cobwebs' and catch up with some walking exercise. Family, friends and children welcome as usual. … Continue reading ‘Litter Pick’ in Goffs Oak on Sunday 5th April at 1000hrs
Broxbourne Council has put the final drafted Local Plan 2018-2033 out for consultation. The documents, together with a details of how to respond, a guidance note and other documents, are on the Council’s website at http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/mainmodifications. There is a plethora of documents and will need a significant amount of time to review. Note the consultation is … Continue reading Latest news regarding the Local Plan
Many of the members and residents of Goffs Oak has continued to express their concerns regarding the site of what was Fairmead and Rosemead Nurseries on Cuffley Hill. This application was presented earlier last year for 58 dwellings and parking for 156 vehicles, which was not accepted. On November 29th a revised plan was submitted. … Continue reading Proposed development on Cuffley Hill-Application No. 07/19/0200/F
Something strange happened yesterday.......The GOCA was alerted a meeting that was being held in Churchgate, Cheshunt. Broxbourne Bourough held a Cabinent meeting and Lowewood Museum was on the agenda. Two Committee members hot-footed down to sit in the Public Gallery in the Council Chamber. There were many local people from Hoddesdon and supporters of the Museum, who … Continue reading Closure of Lowewood Museum
GOCA has recently written a letter to the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding concerns on potential over-development around Goffs Oak, with the lack of supporting resources including roads and transport. We also have a GOCA member who is proactively writing to key people in local and central government and a large group … Continue reading Objection letter to potential overdevelopment in Goffs Oak
Don't forget this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, a Memorial Service will take place at the Goffs Oak Memorial. Be there early. If you are not able to walk to the service make sure you allow five to ten minutes to park vehicle. Refreshments will be available after service.
This week a second application for this site has been submitted and is out for comments. It is for 10 custom built houses. Reference number 07/19/0906/O. It would be well worth reading the initial application and to why permission was refused by the Councillors on the Committee. Please note this is on green Belt Land, … Continue reading Ashfield Nursery, Newgatestreet Road. Application to redevelop for residential use
Update on the proposed development on the Fairmead and Rosemead sites. As of today, the Broxbourne Council has released the applications for redevelopment on their website. Please note this application does not appear to be ready and is not scheduled to be heard this year. We can only presume that there is problems with the … Continue reading Potential even more houses on Cuffley Hill
On the 12th November at 1930, Mick Coe will be giving an illustrated talk at our Community Library. Tickets available from the Library - refreshments included. Look forward to seeing you there.
See below for advice from neighbourhood watch We have been alerted to two scams. First alert The scam happens when you are approached by someone who pleads with you to help them with a parking meter that won’t accept their foreign card. They ask you to use your card to make their car park payment, … Continue reading Security alert
See below for another application in Goff 's Oak Village Case DetailsReference Number07/19/0835/FLocationLand To The South Of Goffs Lane Goffs Oak Hertfordshire En7 5HjProposalDemolition of existing buildings and erection of 51 dwellings alongside public open space, landscaping, parking, new access, pumping station and other associated infrastructure (Resubmission 07/19/0132/F)Applicant NameAgent NameApplication StatusRegisteredCase OfficerChenge TaruvingaReceived Date30/09/2019Valid Date01/10/2019Consultation … Continue reading New application submitted for proposed development on the old Mannings site, Goffs Oak. 07/19/0835/F
Tonight, the members /residents of Goffs Oak won the CPRE Rural Award 2019 for its work in the local community. This includes all the work carried out for the volunteers who took over the Flower Bed close to the Co-Op, the Litter Pickers who keep the Playing Fields and walkways litter free, the volunteer Staff … Continue reading Goff’s Oak Community wins a CPRE Rural Living Award
We are looking for new Recruits to join the GOCA Committee. We hold a small number of events over the year and promote Goff's Oak as a thriving Community with in the Borough of Broxbourne. Recently, we have met with Council Leads to look at Improvements and Developments in Goff's Oak to preserve the rural … Continue reading We are looking for new Recruits to join GOCA Committee.
GOCA has been following potential Building Developments in Goff's Oak and has recently managed to get an informal update with potential and actual sites. This causes us some concern as will have a big impact on our Green Belt protection. Our major concerns include the impact of the increase in traffic, the state of the … Continue reading Impact on Goff’s Oak
Message 're urgent healthcare facilities from Herts Healthwatch In mid August, Geoff Brown, our CEO facilitated a public meeting to hear views about the proposal to have overnight closure of the Urgent Care Centre at the QE2. East and North Herts CCG are wanting to make the move so that the resources of the NHS can … Continue reading Urgent Care Centre, QEII: Proposal to change opening hours
Taking place from Monday 30 September until Saturday 12 October 2019, This will be in Cuffley Library and is to celebrate 125 years from 1894-2019 since the formation of the Parish Council. This should be well worth a visit.
Message from NeighbourhoodWatch New police powers As part of efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, new police powers will be coming into effect on Thursday (March 26). These measures are being brought in to protect the NHS and save lives. Police are currently working with the Government around the guidance and legislation. From a … Continue reading New police powers – stop the spread of Covid-19