Friends of the High Street (FOTHS)
FOTHS Community Group
Former Cllr Ivan Hickmott and Cllr Teresa Finnigan set up a working party at the end of 2017, to look at ways the High Street can better serve its residents, local businesses, and visitors.
We engaged with local businesses, residents, and visitors at the 2017 Christmas Markets event to see what they thought and if they had any suggestions or ideas going forward.
Following on from this, two workshops took place with local business, community groups and residents back in January and March 2019 which generated a whole raft of initiatives and an action list which FOTHS are currently working towards (see below).
At the beginning 2021, we agreed with the parish council that we would operate both as a community group and as an independent body. We will continue to need parish council support, and sometimes approval for specific initiatives.
Terms of Reference/Charter
- An independent body to act as a sounding-board for business owners, retailers and residents of the High Street, and the wider Redbourn community.
- To campaign and lobby for a revitalised High Street to the Parish Council, St Albans District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and other relevant bodies.
- To lead and support specific initiatives which will contribute towards fulfilling our vision for the High Street.
We have a core group of "Friends" meeting regularly, made up of a blend of independent retailers, small businesses and residents from both the High Street itself and the wider Redbourn community.
We're always looking for new volunteers to bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to FOTHS.
If you would like to get involved with FOTHS then please do contact Cllr Teresa Finnigan
FOTHS Action List
Ideas generated from the workshops were developed into action list of what FOTHS would like to achieve to rejuvenate the High Street, support local businesses and bring about changes to improve Redbourn village as a whole. The action list comprises of the following:
- A charity and / or community shop
- Traffic flow / parking improvements
- A High Street cleaning programme and rota
- Street signage improvements
- Walks and Heritage trail (DIY blue plaques)
- Hanging-baskets / floral displays
- Campaign to support local shops and businesses
- Empty shops improvements / appearance
- Street lighting / street paving improvements
- Better bus services - environmentally friendly
Our Focus for 2021
- Village Market
- Events in Cumberland Gardens
- Charity Shop
Below are some of the FOTHS ideas and initiatives that have already taken place and/or are up and running in Redbourn
Redbourn Village Market
We now have a regular Village Market selling a variety of local food produce, gift, crafts and plants, the first one took place in October 2019, followed by February 2020 and June, July, August, September, October and November 2020.
After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, these markets are back again at the Village Hall beginning on Saturday 17th April between 10 am and 1 pm and will continue on the second Saturday of the month up until December. We are also pleased to announced the addition of a Young Traders Market to the existing market stalls selling handmade embroidery, chocolates, scrunchies, jewellery and much more!
Please do keep an eye out on our Redbourn Village Market Facebook page for up to date details on future market dates, booking a stall and what delights will be on offer.
History of our Local Streets
Local resident, Joyce Clayton has spent several years putting together a history of our local streets and buildings and were lucky to have all this information now showcasing on the Redbourn Village Online website she has also kindly added several heritage walks around the village too, so please do take a look
Car Parking is the number one hot topic, we have met with SADC to walk the High Street and have put a priority list together, were now on their Work Programme for 2020/21 for review, they will look at the current parking overall in the High Street and its design.
High Street in Bloom Competition
High Street in Bloom competition in association with Redbourn In Bloom took place in the summer of 2019, where local businesses entered for the "very best and most improved window display". It was open to any shop or business whether it was a street facing window or an internal display.
We had 10 entries and the feel of the High Street was enhanced by it. The prize was a behind the scenes guided tour of the Christmas display at Selfridges and lunch on their roof top restaurant.
The winners were:
- Overall Winner: The Barefoot Accountant
- Most improved display: Village Hall/The Old Post Office
- Highly Commended: The Hub/Redbourn Eyecare
Community Craft Hub helped to promote a community hub in the Old Post Office, we had a lot of volunteers come forward and in September 2019 Redbourn Emporium was up and running, with regular workshops, community events, selling specialist items such as craft, gifts and food products from people who have a Redbourn connection.
More information and to find out what is going on at the community hub visit the Redbourn Emporium Facebook page
Agendas and Minutes
Issues discussed and decisions made at FOTHS meetings are recorded in agenda's and minutes which can be found in our council Meetings Calendar. Here you will find all papers associated with each meeting linked to the calendar entry.
Alternatively all of our documents are stored in our document management system (DMS) so you can also view our agendas and minutes this way too. You can set the filter to select documents of interest.