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Oyster cards to extend to Welwyn Garden City

Scheme to be introduced next year


Oyster card and wallet. Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Rail travellers from Brookmans Park and Welham Green stations will be able to use the Oyster Card system next year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

No firm date has yet been set for the rollout, but the DfT says it will be early 2019, and introduce in a phased approach.

Brookmans Park's top secret WWII meeting

Local residents kept completely in the dark


Eden and Molotov on Brookmans Park station - Thursday 21 May, 1942
Screen grab from Imperial War Museum film
It was a massive news event that, apparently, Brookmans Park residents totally missed.

In 1942, the then foreign secretary, Anthony Eden, and his Russian counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov, met on Brookmans Park station.

Two local women were on the platform at the time, but they were too busy making sure they caught their train to notice.

Christmas event at the Happy Gardener Nursery

Free entry, free parking, licensed bar


A charity which offers a stimulating work environment for local people with learning disabilities is holding its Christmas event on Sunday, 2 December.

It's a chance to support a cause that offers a work experience opportunity to people from the local community, a number of whom require additional help which is provided by the charity’s leisure, education and occupational services.

"Stoned" youths found in car at Gobions

Police says don't do drugs and drive


Image of cars in Gobions car park courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

"Two lads" escorted home to "unimpressed" parents


Responding to reports of suspicious activity in Gobions Open Space car park this week, officers found two 17-year-olds who had "clearly taken something" and were "unfit to drive".

Sergeant Stephen Hynes says police spoke to the "two lads" - who were not local - and decided to escort them home where they were met by their parents who were "unimpressed and supportive of the police action".

Free guide produced for local film buffs

The history of North Mymms as a film location


Dr Smart-Alec arrives at Narkover in the film Boys Will Be Boys (1935)  Screen grab from film by Paul & Hilary Marston
Dr Smart-Alec arrives at Narkover in the film Boys Will Be Boys (1935)
Screen grab from film by Paul & Hilary Marston
The first motion picture known to have been shot in North Mymms was released more than 110 years ago; the most recent was filmed in the last 12 months.

In the intervening years North Mymms has proved to be a popular destination for directors of feature films and TV series, producing big screen blockbusters, cult TV favourites, and TV soap operas.

Peach Pubs says "nothing changing at Brookmans"

But company "considering a change in investor"


Brookmans on Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Brookmans on Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
One of the owners of Peach Pubs has brushed aside speculation about the company's future saying it's business as usual at Brookmans pub and restaurant on Bradmore Green and that "nothing is changing".

Christmas yarn bombs drop on North Mymms

RSPCA supporters decorate post boxes with festive scenes


Swanley Bar Lane - Hawkshead Road junction, Little Heath  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
Swanley Bar Lane - Hawkshead Road junction, Little Heath
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
The support group for the RSPCA at Southridge has brought a bit of festive fun to postboxes in North Mymms by decorating them with knitted Christmas scenes. It's part of a fund-raising campaign that aims to add festive cheer and boost donations.

North Mymms panto almost sold out

Just 10 tickets left for Al9ddin



Rehearsals are continuing this week for the three performances of Aladdin - renamed Al9ddin in this postcode-localised remake - at North Mymms Memorial Hall on Friday and Saturday. At the time of writing there are just 10 tickets left for the show.

North Mymms community directory proposed

Plan is to deliver to 3,000 local addresses


The new NMPC community directory could on your doormat next year  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
The new NMPC community directory could on your doormat next year
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

A community directory, containing news and information about North Mymms parish, could be delivered door-to-door early next year.

North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) has agreed a proposal which could see the directory being put through around 3,000 letter boxes by April, perhaps even sooner.

Facebook page for all things North Mymms

News updates, history, local information, and walks



North Mymms now has a Facebook page for those who want to follow the latest updates from North Mymms News, the North Mymms Local History Project, and Hertfordshire Walker.

Would you pay to park at Gobions Open Space?

Parish council discusses the introduction of fees


The car park at Gobions Open Space - Saturday November 24, 2018  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons
The car park at Gobions Open Space
Photograph taken Saturday November 24, 2018
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Councillors on North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) have been considering the introduction of car parking charges at Gobions Open Space in Brookmans Park, according to council minutes. It's understood the charge, if it ever goes ahead, would not apply to North Mymms residents.

The well-used car park is accessed via Jonas Way off Moffats Lane, and is popular with dog walkers, anglers fishing at Gobions Pond, and walkers visiting Gobions Wood. (Grid Reference: TL 24978 03958).

At 10am on Saturday morning, November 24, there were 16 vehicles parked at Gobions Open Space.

NMPC minutes for October 2018 published

Image of typing by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

The minutes for the October meeting of North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) have been uploaded to the council's website.

They are for the meeting that was held on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 19:00 in the council offices at 1a Bushwood Close, Welham Green.

North Mymms Youth Project seeks volunteer trustees

Two or three local residents required


Campfire - one of the activities of the North Mymms Youth Project in 2017
Campfire - one of the activities of the North Mymms Youth Project in 2017

Leaflets have been delivered door-to-door by the North Mymms Youth Project (NMYP) inviting applications for the role of volunteer trustee for the charity.

The project is hoping to appoint two or three new trustees to help ensure that the legal requirements of the charity are met.

Cricket club wants to build community partnerships

Aim to create "a legacy for generations to come"


North Mymms Cricket Club Pavillion - August 5, 2018 Image courtesy of North Mymms Cricket Club
North Mymms Cricket Club Pavillion - August 5, 2018
Image courtesy of North Mymms Cricket Club
North Mymms Cricket Club (NMCC) has made an early new year's resolution for 2019. It's to "create a sporting legacy" for the local community in order to "inspire everyone to play and support cricket".

To achieve the aim the club plans to visit every school and every community group in North Mymms during the year ahead to "talk about the exciting cricket project" the club is embarking on.

Welham Green's Hope and Anchor will reopen

Talks underway to secure pub's future


The Hope And Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - August 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
The Hope and Anchor - August 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

There had been fears that the Hope and Anchor on Station Road, Welham Green had closed, with rumours circulating on social media that the last pint had been pulled at the Grade II listed North Mymms pub.

But Ei Group, who own the building, have confirmed that they are not looking to close the pub, but are working with the current tenant to ensure the 19th century inn continues to serve beer as it has for 180 years.

North Mymms boundary then and now

Comparing the parish outline 100 years ago




The North Mymms History Project has created an interactive map showing the outline of the parish of North Mymms as it was in 1914, and the outline in 2018.

100 years ago, North Mymms stretched as far as The Forum in Hatfield and included parts of south Hatfield and Roestock.

Bulls Lane re-opens after large fly-tipping dump

Police move rubbish to side of the road


Fly-tipping along Bulls Lane, Sunday, November 11, 2018  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Fly-tipping along Bulls Lane, Sunday, November 11, 2018
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Police warning signs have been positioned either side of a large dump of fly-tipping along Bulls Lane between Bell Bar and Welham Green.

It's the second time rubbish has blocked the lane in as many weeks.

Silhouettes of North Mymms WWI fallen join service

Shadows on pews for 100th anniversary


Silhouettes at St Mary's Church  Image by Mike Allen of the North Mymms History Project
Silhouettes at St Mary's Church
Image by Mike Allen of the North Mymms History Project

40 life-size head-and-shoulders silhouettes have been placed at the end of the pews in St Mary's church, North Mymms as part of the 100-year commemoration of the end of WWI. Attached to each of the black cutouts, designed to look like the shadow of a soldier, are details of servicemen from the parish who died during the 'Great War'.

Isabel Hospice appeals for fresh stock for charity stores

Charity's warehouse "trashed" overnight


Isabel Hospice shop in Haldens, WGC  Image courtesy of Isabel Hospice
Isabel Hospice shop in Haldens, WGC
Image courtesy of Isabel Hospice

Isabel Hospice says its appeal for the public's help to try to salvage warehouse stock damaged overnight has been met with such a good response that help is no longer needed at the Welwyn Garden City warehouse, "trashed" after a break-in.

However the charity says it now needs to replenish damaged stock, and has put out a fresh appeal for donations to sell in the local charity stores.

Isabel Hospice warehouse "trashed"

Charity appeals to public to help salvage stock


Phograph Salvaging stock from the Isabel Hospice warehouse Image courtesy of Isabel Hospice
Salvaging stock from the Isabel Hospice warehouse
Image courtesy of Isabel Hospice

Isabel Hospice is appealing for the public's help to salvage warehouse stock damaged overnight.

According to the charity, its Welwyn Garden City warehouse was broken into, "water pipes trashed and our shop stock is being ruined".

Rare photographs of North Mymms pillbox

Wartime archaeology on private land


Photograph of A type 24 pillbox in the fields of Boltons Park Farm owned by the Royal Veterinary College Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A type 24 pillbox in the fields of Boltons Park Farm owned by the RVC
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons

Standing in the corner of a field south of Hawkshead Road, Little Heath, with good views to the north, south, east, and west, is the only pillbox in North Mymms.

It's a type 24 box, and was part of the local WWII defences set up to protect London from invasion.

To the north and east of the pillbox is a dip in the land, formerly the trench that was part of the outer London anti-tank defence line.

Police target speeding drivers in North Mymms

Checks carried out in Welham Green and Little Heath


The speed warning sign on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Recent speeding checks in North Mymms found that an average of 22% of motorists driving through Welham Green and Little Heath were travelling above the legal speed limit. Police say some offenders lived locally.

Officers have issued an invitation to local residents to volunteers in order to help catch speeding motorists. They say members of the public are "more than welcome" to help carry out their own speed checks using police equipment.

Then and now photographs spanning 100 years

Local history team digs deep in the archives


Hawkshead Road, Little Heath - left 1967, right 2018
Mix of photographs by R Kingdon (1967) and the North Mymms History Project (2018)
Montage by North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

The North Mymms History Project (NMHP) has been examining how the Hertfordshire parish has changed since Victorian times by selecting images from its archives and comparing the scenes with modern day snaps of the same spots. And the results are fascinating.