Wheathampstead News and Events

Lunchtime networking Wednesday 11th July

Village Day 2018 – Marketing Opportunities

Village Day will take place this year on Sunday 8 July. On this day, most of the village come along to experience the activities on offer at the Memorial Halls and on the Marford Road playing fields – making this the only opportunity to promote your business in front of 2,000 local people each year. WEB offers three marketing opportunities:

  • Tables in the covered WEB marquee, to promote your business (£20 for a 2×2 ft table, with 2 chairs). You will need to decorate your own table and please be aware there is no power in the marquee. All commercial grass pitches have already been taken.
  • Your own corporate Banner erected in the Main Arena on Village Day, for sponsors of the fireworks at Picnic on the Meads on the Saturday night (£100). Sponsors will also have their names & logos displayed on a composite banner erected by the Parish Council at the event on the Saturday, and be acknowledged on the PA system during the evening. They will also be mentioned by name in the Field Plan that is handed out on the day.
  • Prizes for the WEB “lucky draw” (designed to entice people into the WEB marquee). 2by2 Holidays has offered 7-nights of free accommodation in South Africa, including 2 nights on safari, worth nearly £2,000 as the main prize, but we are also looking for as many other prizes as possible – from vouchers, to bottles of wine, free product, services or anything else you can offer. Companies that contribute a prize will be mentioned on the reverse of the printed entry form, which will be inserted into the Field Plan that is handed out on Village Day.

All bookings are done on a ‘first-come-first served basis’ (based on cash payment received in the WEB bank account), so if you would like to take advantage of this fabulous annual opportunity to promote your business locally, please reply to claire@2by2holidays.co.uk.

These opportunities are reserved for Members of WEB only.  If you’re not a member it is normally very easy to become one, the cost is only £25pa.  If you want to know more please contact Adam Collis (the membership secretary) on membership@wheathampstead.org.uk.

Contributions should be paid into the WEB bank account as follows (please note our bank details have changed):

Sort Code: 40-23-11
Account no:  51715755
Reference:  Your name, so we can identify your payment.

Jo Hailey takes over as Chair of WEB

Fantastic news… Jo Hailey from Striking Places Photography has agreed to be Chair of WEB, starting April 2018.

The other roles in WEB are covered as follows:

Secretary: Richard Brett

Treasurer: Carol Tizard

Membership: Adam Collis

Networking Meetings: Maureen Lamburn

WEB AGM 2018

WEB’s AGM takes place this Tuesday evening, starting at 7:45pm in the back room of the Swan.

To celebrate the end of another productive year we will have a few nibbles for the culinary diva Maria Azcona from Retromum Catering – so please don’t be late. 😉

If you’re interested in meeting some of the local business community, finding out what WEB does and/or seeing if you’d like to get involved please do join us.  All are welcome.



WEB Xmas Dinner 12 December

This year we’re dining at the Nihao Restaurant on Tuesday 12th December. Nihao have done us a great deal of £15 per head for a multi-course set meal, this does not include drinks.  Meeting at 7pm, to eat at 7:30pm.

Places are limited so initially we’re inviting WEB members plus partners. They can comfortably sit about 36 people, places are offered on a first come-first-served basis so don’t delay in letting Norman Whitwood know you want a place (email norman@lifeandcareerscoaching.com).

Payment in advance is also required, preferably by Direct Debit into WEB’s bank account, Sort Code: 090156 Account number: 00936481. Don’t forget to include your name as the reference and email Carol Tizard (on treasurer@wheathampstead.org.uk) to let her know the payment has been made.

Wheathampstead Lights Up

Wheathampstead Christmas Lights Event

Christmas Lights Up Evening in Wheathampstead


Christmas Lights Up Wheathampstead


It’s that time of year to welcome in the festive season with Wheathampstead’s Christmas Lights Up evening on Thursday 30th November, between 5:45 and 8:00 pm in the High Street.  A very popular event, lighting up the lovely village of Wheathampstead, with traditional celebrations for all to enjoy.

A fabulous family night, with rides and stalls, games and food, mulled wine and mince pies, singing and dancing.   Santa will come through on his sleigh at 6:00 pm on his way to MacIntyre House beside Charlie’s Cafe.  There he will give out the prizes for the children’s poster competition and of course then it will be time for the children to get to meet Santa in his Grotto.

Most of the High Street businesses will open and there will be lots of free goodies on offer. The village business group WEB will be showing off all our other 200 local businesses and services in the empty shop by the pedestrian crossing, so come and see just how much you can Buy Locally!

Please note the High Street will be closed during that time between Granary Close and East lane. These will both be open for access, including to the Bull and our free car park. King Edward Place, next to the bakers, will not be closed.

We look forward to seeing you there – if you would like to share any photos of the event afterwards to go on our Website and Social Media pages, please forward to socialmedia@wheathampstead.org.uk.

Wheathampstead Beer and Bangers Festival

Buying from your local businesses

Wheathampstead Business Group encourages Buy It Locally (Billy) Campaign

Saturday 10th June 11.30am – 3pm

The food will be provided by Retromum Catering, using locally produced fare.  The beer is provided by Farr Brew, Wheathampstead’s very own brewery.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, Billy the Bee will be there and there will be a fun family quiz to enjoy.


Wheathampstead Village Day 2016

Village Day Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

Fabulous turnout at Village Day 2016

Wheathampstead Village Weekend


It was great to see such a fantastic turnout at this year’s Village Day, and many thanks to our WEB member Ian Scott of Ian Scott Photography for sharing such wonderful photos to remember the busy weekend.  With all sorts of entertainment for the whole family – Bed of Nails, Kevin the Court Jester, Talent Show, Steel Band, Fireworks – Wheathampstead certainly knows how to celebrate as a village.

Village Day is a wonderful opportunity for local business owners to interact with the local community & promote their products and services.  Some of  our WEB members took up the opportunity to promote their businesses within the WEB marquee (Raring 2 GoRetromum Catering2By2 HolidaysForever Living ProductsVery English Ltd to name but a few!), with many visitors visiting their stands on the day.

Village Day is also a great opportunity to volunteer and support village life – including our sponsorship of the amazing fireworks at Picnic on the Meads.

A fantastic weekend – thank you to all who joined in the fun and made the weekend possible.

If you would like to join the Wheathampstead Business Group (WEB), see our Membership Page for further details, we’d love to hear from you.

Wheathampstead Business Stall, Village Day, Hertfordshire

WEB Marquee with Members stalls on display

Wheathampstead Businesses, Hertfordshire

WEB Members Card Display

Wheathampstead Village Day Fun

Jester Entertainment


A Great Village Weekend for WEB

WEB followed up last year’s success with our own Buy Local marquee which was another major attraction on Village Day. We had another full house all afternoon with our residents and visitors checking out an assortment of local businesses and our WEB stand of members. Membership currently stands at 73 businesses and we displayed, promoted and talked about as many as possible on the stand. That’s where we display all their promotional material to let everyone know what is on offer in this brilliant village of ours – and to encourage them all to BUY LOCAL!

Especially for the event we rushed out a new WEB recruitment leaflet. We are active on a wide front and we can always use some more volunteers, either very occasionally or to join us on a more regular basis. There are many ways to get involved, make new friends and fun in this amazing village of ours, and WEB welcomes anyone, whether or not they run a business. Look out for the leaflet in the next edition of the Pump. If you would like to help, please drop us a line.

Outside the marquee we again organised individual pitches for five more businesses and arena banners for another twelve! In return for displaying their banners these brilliant local businesses again jointly paid for the firework finale of the Picnic on the Meads, which was even better and bigger than before. A truly fantastic evening for our village families.

We are proud to be involved in this exceptional village event and to have the opportunity to promote our businesses and Buy Local. We improved on last year’s efforts and this success will be repeated and developed indefinitely! Persuading people to Buy Local from our 250 businesses is what we do, so look out for our campaigns. If you would like to join in or have any ideas or feedback, please let us know on chair@wheathampstead.org.uk

Calling all Foodies and Wine Lovers

Great news for the village and for all you foodies and wine lovers!

The new owners at the oxscale restaurant on the corner of Church Street (bottom of Btrewhouse Hill) are up and running with their exceptional take on tapas, steak and fish. You can drop in for a tapas snack and chat or go for the well received meat and fish main dishes. The new decor is really comfortable and roomy and service is prompt and friendly. It is all good value, so please give it a try.

We now have our very own wine shop! Wheathampstead’s Wines of the World, no less, has been opened at the old off licence in the High Street by Al Patel, who used to run the Post Office. He has really gone to town and has stocked a remarkable range of world wines, as well as local and specialist beers. The new shop is truly impressive so please support him and sample this brilliant new service which he has brought to the village.