Invasive ivy cleared from Grade II listed tomb

Removal work reveals extent of damage


Revealed - the Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's, North Mymms - September 30, 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Revealed - the Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's, North Mymms - September 30, 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Piles of ivy lie alongside the tomb of a former vicar of St Mary’s, the Reverend John Alkin, who served the parish of North Mymms for the entire first half of the eighteenth century. The monument, which is listed by Historic England and described as a 'Chest Tomb', is now visible; in August it was completely covered.

Human excrement creates health hazard on local path

Police and environmental health officers investigating


Photograph of The hedgerow to the left of the path as it enters the field by the Esso garage Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The hedgerow to the left of the path as it enters the field by the Esso garage
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Those walking along the footpath from the Esso garage on the A1000 to Grubbs Lane, are forced to pass by what has become an unofficial public toilet, with human faeces and soiled tissue spread along the hedgerow either side of the public right of way.

Speeding fines to be used to fund new road safety initiatives

Local organisations invited to submit ideas


Photograph of The speed warning sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The speed warning sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Grants have been set aside to pay for ideas submitted by the public designed to improve road safety and change road-users' behaviour. It's the third year running that the money has been made available by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire. So far almost three quarters of a million pounds has been allocated for new safety initiatives.

200 bladed weapons handed in during knife amnesty

A 38% increase in items left at police stations


Some of the swords handed in at Hatfield police station Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Some of the swords handed in at Hatfield police station
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

Police say that swords, cleavers, combat knives, and knuckle dusters were part of the haul of unwanted knives and other potential weapons handed in at Hatfield, Stevenage, and Watford police stations during amnesty week - 56 more than were surrendered last year.

New crime and vulnerability toolkits for Neighbourhood Watch

Information packs to understand modern crime 


Loneliness and vulnerability are two of the new focus areas of Neighbourhood Watch Image courtesy of the Home Office released under the Open Government Licence
Loneliness and vulnerability are two of the new focus areas of Neighbourhood Watch
Image courtesy of the Home Office, released under the Open Government Licence

There was a time when Neighbourhood Watch groups issued crime alerts, encouraged local resident to look out for anything suspicious, and circulated local crime figures. Now a new approach to crime prevention is being adopted with the publication of a series of online information packs and campaign toolkits.

64 bladed weapons surrendered at start of week-long amnesty

Two samurai swords and a cleaver handed in


Appeal lasts until Monday September 24


Photograph of swords surrendered during the 2017 amnesty  Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Swords surrendered during the 2017 amnesty
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Hertfordshire Constabulary is reporting a positive start to this year's knife amnesty with almost half last year's total of items having been surrendered in the designated police station bins in the first two days.

At Hatfield, 29 bladed weapons, including two samurai swords and a cleaver, have been handed in, while in Watford, around 20 mainly kitchen knives have been deposited. In Stevenage, 15 knives have been handed in so far.

Hertfordshire knife amnesty next week

Chance to hand in unwanted knives anonymously


Image of knives by Jim Case, released under Creative Commons BY- 2.0
Image of knives by Jim Case, released under Creative Commons BY- 2.0

A knife amnesty will run from between Tuesday September 17 and Monday September 24 so that members of the public can hand in any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession.

Jazz night at the North Mymms Memorial Hall

The Humphrey Lyttleton Band


Photograph of the The Humphrey Lyttleton Band Back row left-right: Ray Wordsworth, Mick Foster, Jimmy Hastings, Adrian Macintosh, John Rees-Jones Front row left-right Ted Beament and Tony Fisher - image courtesy of Jimmy Hastings
The Humphrey Lyttleton Band
Back row left-right: Ray Wordsworth, Mick Foster, Jimmy Hastings, Adrian Macintosh, John Rees-Jones
Front row left-right Ted Beament and Tony Fisher - image courtesy of Jimmy Hastings

In support of Isabel Hospice


Some of the original members of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band will be performing at the North Mymms Memorial Hall on Saturday 6 October. The event is to raise money for the Isabel Hospice. Tickets are on sale now for £22, which includes 'light refreshments'.

Virtual tour of North Mymms Memorial Hall

Visit the Memorial Hall in 360 degree 3D


Image courtesy of the North Mymms Memorial Hall


A North Mymms company has produced a 3D, 360 degree tour of the North Mymms Memorial Hall. It's one of a series of interactive videos which also include a virtual tour of St Mary's Church.