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General Issues / Amber snow warning for Hertfordshire issued 17 March 2018
« Last post by Editor on Yesterday at 04:00:01 pm »
Just in from the neighbourhood watch team.
Genealogy and Local History / North Mymms Pictures From The Past
« Last post by Editor on Yesterday at 11:22:19 am »
The 62-page booklet, North Mymms Pictures From The Past, is now available on our new history site, the North Mymms History Project. For ease of download we've split the book into the following sections:
Many, although not all, of the images are from The Images Of North Mymms Collection, and are available in high resolution.
Genealogy and Local History / A short history of North Mymms Park
« Last post by Editor on March 15, 2018, 08:30:31 pm »
Just added the 101st item to our new local history site, The North Mymms History Project. All the content from our old history section has been revised and enhanced with images, documents, and maps to create a richer resource of local history. Many new features have been added to the new site, with more planned.

Genealogy and Local History / Moving to Brookmans Park in the 1950s
« Last post by Editor on March 14, 2018, 09:43:12 am »
Published online for the first time, an account of life in Brookmans Park in the 1950s by Dorothy Hummerstone - illustrated by local historian and archivist, Peter Miller, with pictures from the Images Of North Mymms Collection and The Peter Miller Collection.

The piece includes a newspaper cutting headlined Old Lady Is Told She Must Go. It tells the story of 73 year old Mrs Kate Canham with her "brown face and leathery hands" who was moved out of Moffats Farm by her landlord in the 1960s after working the farm alone for two years following her husband's death.

Moving to Brookmans Park in the 1950s
Education / Re: Brookmans Park Village Day Sat 16th June 2018
« Last post by Helen on March 13, 2018, 02:16:05 pm »
VILLAGE DAY SAT 16th JUNE - stall & advert bookings are now open, plus details of how to donate a prize or sponsor an attraction in return for publicity. If you are interested please email us at villagedaycommitte[at]gmail[dot]com.

In addition, this year we are introducing a Trash 'n' Treasure stall, so what better excuse for a Spring clean?

Details attached.

Thank you, as ever, for your support!

Genealogy and Local History / 20th century North Mymms - an illustrated reminiscence
« Last post by Editor on March 13, 2018, 07:22:22 am »
Published online for the first time, Richard Colville's feature on life in North Mymms in the 1900s, illustrated with images from The Peter Miller Collection and The Images Of North Mymms Collection.

20th Century North Mymms
Genealogy and Local History / The four inns and alehouses of Bell Bar
« Last post by Editor on March 08, 2018, 07:45:31 pm »
260 years ago, residents of Bell Bar had the choice of four pubs, all within a five minutes walk of each other, and all serving home-brewed real ale.

All four inns or alehouses, The White Hart, The Swan, The Bell, and The Bull, had accommodation and stables, too,  because Bell Bar was a major staging post between London and the north.

A new feature has just been added to our new history site, The North Mymms History Project.

The inns and alehouses of Bell Bar
General Issues / Re: Little Miss Muffet
« Last post by Editor on March 08, 2018, 09:20:56 am »
There is a lovely feature on our new history site, The North Mymms History Project, about Little Miss Muffet. It explores whether she was a local girl living at Moffats Farm on Moffats Lane, Brookmans Park, and whether the nursery rhyme was written by her father.

Yesterday, the artist Scott Gustafson and his wife, Pat, gave the site permission to publish Scott's wonderful painting of Little Miss Muffet. It appears at the foot (not the top) of the piece. Scroll to the bottom of the feature to see Scott's work. The feature was written by Australian journalist, Eric Shackles.

Was Little Miss Muffet a local girl?
Environment / Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Last post by Editor on March 07, 2018, 06:07:45 pm »
Just added a new walk, Walk 61: The Danesbury Park Loop, to our collection of local walks. This one is about a half hour drive north, and loops round the north of old Welwyn. It takes in parkland with great views, there are some tank traps, an old mill, and a nature reserve on the banks of The Mimram, one of only 200 chalk bed rivers in the world. Loads of places for lunch in the old town. Message me for our favourites if you want a recommendation.

Walk 61: Danesbury Park Loop
Environment / Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Last post by memsal9 on March 07, 2018, 03:38:54 pm »
I don't think there is one answer but at the end of the day you cannot deny that simple economics of demand and supply will impact costs. The problem we have is that developers like to control supply and as a result they hold onto planning permission and drip feed housing at rates which help sustain inflated margins. Once again I find it bonkers that a chief exec of a house builder can earn a bonus of 100m. Profit earned off the back of vastly inflated house prices just doesn't sound right.
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