We will celebrate our 50-year anniversary during 2024, focussing on the milestones and people who have made a difference to Hertsmere’s communities, with grants being made available to local community groups.
Hertsmere was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by combining Aldenham Parish from Watford Rural District, Bushey Urban District, Elstree Rural District and Potters Bar Urban District.
The name ‘Hertsmere’ was coined for the new district by combining the common abbreviation of Hertfordshire with ‘mere’, an archaic word for a boundary. The name is reflected in the council's coat of arms, which shows a hart upon the battlements of a boundary wall.
The district was awarded borough status on 15 April 1977, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Jeremy Newmark, said: “The 50th anniversary of the formation Hertsmere provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate our wonderful borough and mark the contributions of so many to Hertsmere life.
“We want to involve our residents in the celebration of Hertsmere and have set up an ideas board for people to contribute memories, photographs and stories from across the borough over the last 50 years, as well as make suggestions on how to mark our golden anniversary. Our aim is to celebrate the people and places who have such a positive impact on the place we call home.”
To submit ideas, stories or photographs, please visit: Hertsmere, UK: Hertsmere's 50th anniversary (civilspace.io)
Posted on Monday 29th January 2024