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Our Hitchin - November 2020

A Vibrant Christmas

As we move cautiously into the Christmas period the expectations on how customers will behave towards shopping in the town centre have never been more uncertain. Thankfully, the national press coverage over the past 7 months, has put the need to support local businesses at the forefront of peoples minds. While businesses have all worked tirelessly to adapt and create a safe, welcoming environment for customers, we are working hard to deliver a series of campaigns alongside to highlight the importance of supporting our town centre this Christmas. Discounted Christmas Market Chalets, A ‘Thank You for Supporting Us’ Christmas video, A Voucher scheme, ’A Star for a Star’ Christmas parade, The Twelve Roads of Christmas and social media campaigns are just some of the projects and initiatives we are delivering to keep Hitchin town centre a vibrant place for customers to enjoy this Christmas. If you have any questions on how to get involved and benefit from these activities please get in touch by emailing

Treat Yo'Self
'Treat Yo' Self gifts is a new independently owned shop, who opened their doors last month in Arcade Walk. Established by Hitchin couple Jo & Steve, the idea came to fruition during lockdown with the idea to stock fun, colourful gifts, homeware & cards from independent artists and small businesses around the UK & Europe! Jo & Steve are delighted to join the Arcade and all the other independent businesses around Hitchin. Please pop in to say hi, peruse for a gift for your loved one... or just 'Treat Yo' Self!'. For frequent updates, please follow: @treatyoselfgifts on Facebook & Instagram.

The Signing Rooms
The Signing Rooms venue in Sun Street has two pleasant, competitively priced rooms to hire, both on a one-off or regular basis. Due to the central location, it is ideal for customers to access and enjoy the additional facilities Hitchin has to offer during their visit. The neutral décor enables you to decorate the rooms with your own branding or style for that personal touch. The rooms are suitable for classes, clubs, meetings, small events, Photoshoots, 1:1 sessions, Educational groups and workshops. To book a room text Becky on: 07813 315914, email: visit:

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon will be offering an appointment service in the evenings running from November 15th to December 15th From 6pm to 9pm This is an opportunity for our customers to have the shop to themselves and do their Christmas shopping. The appointments will be one-hour slots which gives the staff enough time to sanitise the shop in between visits. Maximum group size is 6 people at a time. If you would like to book an appointment, please contact the shop: 01462 432935 Email –

Humanitas News
Last month Humanitas launched their ‘We are all Human Here’ campaign to use the power of the local community for good and to remind us all that we will not be divided by religion, politics, race or borders and that the people of Hitchin are united by love for their fellow humans. The campaign is being supported by many well-known faces and businesses around Hitchin and the charity is encouraging the community to get behind their message. Taking part in the campaign is easy: simply purchase a £15 ‘WAAHH’ t-shirt from one of these outlets in Hitchin: Cantina Carnitas, Harvest Moon, H Town Rags, Riot Lounge, Brookers, Shared Space , Rhubarb,& Hitchin Information Take a photo of yourself in your new t-shirt and join the movement by posting it on social media using the #weareallhumanhere. Proceeds raised from the sales will help Humanitas to fund their school in Ghana and their homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Romania. For more info: or email:

Humanitas have also announced partnership with Tommie and Rebecca, founders of award-winning company @Bambuu & Co. The pair will be managing the environmental arm of their work, aiming to make positive environmental and social change in the communities where they work.

Auction of Promises
Just a reminder that the British Schools Museum is holding their online Auction of Promises this month to bring in much needed funds. Promises will be auctioned off to the highest bidder; for example an hour’s computer training, two hours gardening, a cooking lesson etc. They need your help please – are you able to offer a promise that can be auctioned? Please contact Heather or Michael Baim on: or 07816 665594

Hitchin Market
Hitchin Market hosted the annual French Market down by the Riverside last month which was a huge success. They have a few speciality markets happening over the next couple of months so here are some dates for your diaries: Saturday 14th November & Saturday 28th November Craft & Farmer’s Market Saturday 5th November Sustainable Market Saturday 12th December Vegan Market Saturday 19th December Craft & Farmer’s Market Christmas Special 

Business Interruption Insurance
I have been contacted by a number of business over the past few weeks who have unsuccessfully claimed on their insurance for business interruption as a result of the Covid 19 measures. There are now a number of firms popping up who are offering a ‘no win no fee’ deal on claiming for business interruption. Many of these offers come with very high commission if successful. I am therefore investigating the best deals for town centre business and will circulate a list of reputable companies to use

Highover JMI School
Are you interested in being a governor? Highover JMI School Hitchin are seeking Co-opted Governors. Co-opted means someone from the local community, specifically not a parent of a child that attends the school. Being a school Governor is a rewarding and effective way of making a voluntary contribution to your community and to the lives and education of local young people. Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests, they live or work in the community and have a keen interest in the school’s success. Please send a written application of no more than 150 words together with a CV, detailing why you want the position and what skills, attributes and experiences you could bring to the role, to:

Pebble November Offers
Pebble Sanctuary in Bucklersbury have some amazing deals available in November! Check online how you can save pounds with Pebble’s Autumn packages.