St Helens Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8AA. Worship Times: 10am every Sunday

Email about VE Day Bank Holiday Special




VE Day 75th Anniversary Special.

Tomorrow is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  It gives an opportunity to remember the sacrifices made by a previous generation for our freedom, and to give thanks for the comparative peace which European countries have enjoyed in the recent past.  I hope you will find appropriate ways to celebrate with your neighbours, (at a safe, social-distance of course!)  This special update from St Helen’s Church gives details of things to do which could fill your afternoon from 1pm onwards…

Read on for more details.


Online party organised by the Parish Council

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the comfort on your home.

Join us online for a variety of entertainment including performances from local musicians and dancers, poems, historical stories, a quiz and much more!

The event will be concluded at 3pm with the ‘Nation’s Toast’ when we can all raise a glass – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you then!

Special Evensong at the Cathedral
Bishop Stephen Venner from our neighbouring parish of St John’s Southdown is preaching at the Hertfordshire Evensong at 3pm on 8 May. It is available via and and includes involvement from the Queen’s representative The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

If this doesn’t suit your schedule, or you want something more locally produced you only have to wait until this Sunday for St Helen’s Choir Evensong.  More details of this in the email later in the week.


Have an impromptu “Street Party”
Sometimes it takes months to organise an event, but I reckon a “socially-distant, bring-your-own refreshments” party can be organised in a matter of minutes.

You could simply pass the word round to the neighbours you see outside this evening at the 8pm Clap for Carers.  Or you could print the ready made sheet of invitations (click here to download).

Simply drag your deck chairs to the top of the driveway – or wherever you plan to host the party, sit back and enjoy some “distant socialising.”

(Please take care to stay a minimum of 2m apart and don’t be tempted to share one another’s cakes or refreshments)




Click the picture above to download a ready to print page of party invitations – just add the location and change the time if you need to.

Rather not risk it?

If that sounds like too much work, or you’d rather not take the risk you’ll be wanting something to read…  It’s unlikely that you will get a copy of the Wheathampstead Parish Council Magazine through the door in the next few weeks.  However, it’s been published online and you can read it here. Do read the article about the Support for All group in the village which gives some background to the phone number we keep promoting.

Whatever you do to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day,
Take care and 
God bless you, with love and prayers – Richard 

We’re here for you and help is at hand!
The Government advice is clear – if you are over 70 years old you should be restricting your movements outside the house as much as possible. We have set up teams offering both pastoral and practical support, so please let others support you – they are keen to do so! Hilary Hollick is helping organise this – so do contact her by email here, or on 01582 832567.  Alternatively call the village wide helpline “Support for All” on 01582 380910.  The message is clear:  WHATEVER YOU NEED, CALL and GET HELP!

If you know someone who needs support call on 01582 380910
Click here to download the leaflet about Community wide support Wheathampstead.