Hertford St Andrew Community Trust

"We're here to do everything we can to encourage, enable and engage with well-being throughout our community, in and around Hertford"

The project to create the St Andrew's Centre has had at its heart the desire for Hertford St Andrew to improve the well-being of people around it. To do this, our aim is to add to the range of activities that already exist and do them in a more structured way, in partnership with voluntary and communityHStACT logo full organisations, and by publicising them more effectively.

The extended, altered and refurbished Parish Hall and Vestries is now known as the St Andrew’s Centre. The Hertford St Andrew Parochial Church Council (PCC) established a charitable organisation as the focus for the operations of the St Andrew’s Centre. The Hertford St. Andrew Community Trust (HStACT) is responsible for the ongoing running and maintenance of the Centre.

The Trust has had many informative discussions with local community groups and charities that work in the fields of mental health, support for carers, day-care for the elderly, bereavement support and counselling. We do what we can to accommodate many of these groups alongside some of the activities that we are already involved in. If you would like to know more, please do talk to our Administrator, Shirley, by using the bookings contact information on the link just below.

For information about bookings, please click here.
You can contact the Chair of HStACT, Richard Taylor, by emailing: RTaylor@home.3b.co.uk


Table Tennis for those 50+
The Hertford St Andrew Community Trust has worked in conjunction with East Herts Council's Forever Active Scheme to run weekly Table Tennis sessions in the St Andrew's Centre. Find out the details here.

So, what do we mean by 'well-being'?

At its simplest, well-being is about feeling good and functioning well. This includes having a sense of meaning, a sense of belonging and of connection with people and place, and having the capability to manage change and problems. The New Economics Foundation's "Five Ways to Well-being" provides some thoughts we'll be encouraging people to explore:


With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active…

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice…

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning…

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.


Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Who are the HStACT Trustees?

Malcolm Fry:

Malcolm grew up in Hertford and attended St Andrew's Church when Charles Ledsam and Jim Thornton were Sunday School teachers in the 1980s. Having moved away to study then work in engineering, he returned to Hertford in 2005. From 2006 he volunteered at Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon, and from 2008 at Sea Cadets in Hertford. He is now working in the automotive industry. He returned to St Andrew’s in 2009, endeavours to be a regular at the 8am service, and has been a PCC member since 2010. His favourite day out is a good day's sailing with a hog roast afterwards.

Philippa Probert:

Phil and Andy moved to Hertford in 2001 having begun their married life in Dorking, Surrey. Phil worked in magazine publishing in London until their first son was born in 2005 - a little brother arrived two years later. Phil is Parish Administrator at St. Andrew's, is on the PCC, oversees the church website and writes the children's pages in the magazine. Her favourite day out is anything involving quality time with her family.

Laura Ramsay:

Laura moved to Hertford in November 2010 to be near her sons after the death of her husband Jim earlier that year. Prior to that Laura had lived in Yorkshire all her life (the most beautiful County in England!). Laura was a secondary school teacher, teaching mainly Design and Technology and PSHE, as well as being Head of Upper School. Subsequently she became an Advisory Teacher and an Ofsted Inspector. Shortly before retiring she worked as Deputy to the Head of the Early Years’ Service for Kirklees Metropolitan Council. As a vicar’s daughter she has been involved in the Church all her life and been a member of two PCCs before becoming a member at St Andrew’s. Laura was also leader of a group known as ‘The Followers’, for young people who had moved on from Sunday School. Her favourite day out now is anything involving her children and grandchildren.

Judy Sharman:

Judy and Nick moved to Hertford after their wedding and have been here (and members of the St. Andrew's community) for more than 20 years. Judy is a Maths teacher, working at Monk's Walk school in Welwyn Garden City before having her 3 children, and now privately. Judy has helped to run the St. Andrew's Toddler Group for more than 10 years. Her favourite day out is a walk on the North Devon cliffs followed by lunch on the beach with the family.

Richard Taylor:

Richard has lived and worked in Hertford (as a solicitor with Longmores) for over 30 years.  He and Shirley have worshipped at St. Andrew’s since moving to the town in 1979.  Richard has been Churchwarden and served on the PCC, for many years represented St. Andrew’s in organising the Christian Aid Walk, played for St. Andrew’s FC in what he calls its 'glory days', and since 1999 has edited St Andrew’s Parish Magazine.  His favourite day out is a round of golf on a beautiful day, followed by a good meal, with Shirley and friends.

Viv Thornton:

Viv and Jim moved to Hertford 30 years ago from Bahrain.  They have three children and three grandchildren. Viv was a nurse, working mostly in Elderly Care and subsequently, after doing a Diploma course, in Palliative Care.  She has been Churchwarden at St Andrew's on two occasions, runs a Bible Study group and has been Operations & Development Manager for the St Andrew's Centre. Her favourite day out is a walk in the country with Jim and the family, a pub lunch and home to a log fire and crumpets and chocolate cake!!!!

Frances Wilby:

Frances has lived in Hertfordshire for 38 years and started attending St Andrew's when she moved into the parish in 1983. Her son, now in his 40s, was a chorister. He is married and has a daughter. As part of the St Andrew's family, Frances is on the Social Committee and helps out at the weekly Toddler Group. Now happily retired, she used to manage a team of administrators and before that worked as a trainer in the catering industry; she still likes dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s. With her love of food, Frances's favourite day out begins and ends with sharing good food with friends, in between going on walks with them.