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Aspenden Village and civil parish is in East Hertfordshire and situated just to the south of Buntingford.

Aspenden has had many variants of its spelling over the years; documented Absesdene in the Domesday Book back in 1086 through Apsedene, Apseden(e), Aspeden(e), Aspedane, Aspyden and Aspynden up to 1698 which saw the first modern spelling of Aspenden. However spelt the name means Aspen-tree valley.

Little is known about the origin of the beautiful village green that sits at the entrance to the village. It was common knowledge it was common land and was used for grazing cattle. After a new law in the late 1960s common land was required to be registered. The Parish Council researched the origin of the green and after an enquiry at Shire Hall the two-acre site became the property of the Parish Council.

Cricket has always been played on the green since this time with some notable achievements and continues to be an Aspenden ‘institution’.

Both the Silver Jubilee celebrations of George V and Queen Mary in 1953 and for Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 took place on the Village Green.

The children’s slide, swings and roundabout were provided by funds from the village, County Council and the Playing Fields Association in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The equipment saw 30 years’ service before some of it needed replacing. The original roundabout still revolves superbly and is much treasured by many in the village.

The original cricket pavilion built in 1910 was replaced with a more substantial construction in the late 1960s with the addition of a verandah at a later stage.

Set in the centre of the village The Fox has been the only public house in Aspenden since the First World War. The current hosts Rob and Emerald offer a friendly welcome to their traditional English pub with a large beer garden, open fire in the winter, quality cask ales, delicious home-cooked food, theme nights and an annual beer festival.

Aspenden Parish Council have been steadily working on making improvements within the village.

In May 2021 two new wooden clad litter bins were installed on the Village Green along with a new lockable noticeboard that replaced the badly rotten wooden one that was installed in 2000.

February 2022 saw the work on the refurbishment and upgrading of the Children’s playground completed. Four new pieces of equipment, new safety surfacing and a linking path for each piece of equipment and a fully refurbished much treasured roundabout has breathed new life into the playground.

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a lilac tree has been planted on the Village Green which was funded by the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. It is being tended by Councillor Poulton’s young family to ensure it survives the summer hot weather. Councillor Chambers is organising a plaque to be sited alongside the tree.

Two new benches have been installed; one to honour the memory of Cyril Berry, a resident of Aspenden and long-standing member of Aspenden Parish Council the other a will bequest from the late Maxie Franklin who requested bench in memory of the Paxton family.

Most recently the entrance to the village has been given a facelift with the installation of two new village gateway signs. Following an accident when the original Aspenden signage was knocked down and damaged the Parish Council felt it appropriate to take the opportunity to erect some new entrance signs making it more apparent you were entering a village environment. The Parish Council would like to thank County Councillor Jeff Jones for his input in realising this project.

Parish Council Meetings

All meetings will take place in The Fox Public House (unless advised otherwise) and start at 7.00pm

Agendas will be published on the Aspenden village noticeboard and the Parish Council website.

Parish Council Meetings Schedule

Tuesday 26th July 2022
Parish Council Meeting
This meeting will be held in Cottered Village Hall

Tuesday 27th September 2022
Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday  22nd November 2022
Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday 28th February 2023
Parish Council Meeting

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