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Clearing up after Christmas

How to recycle or dispose of cards, wrapping, and waste


Potters Bar household waste recycling centre, Cranbourne Industrial Estate Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Potters Bar household waste recycling centre, Cranbourne Industrial Estate
Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Some reminders, advice and tips for those planning a post-Christmas clean-up, including the opening times for the local recycling centres, a list of what to put in which bins, and a repeat of the revised refuse collection dates for the next two weeks.

Accident concerns after Welham Green verge damage

Council tells local resident “action not required”


Verge damage along Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green  Image by @scottagnelson via Twitter
Verge damage along Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green
Image by @scottagnelson via Twitter

A Welham Green resident is concerned that someone could be hurt walking on the pavement along Dixons Hill Road following damage to the grass verge.

But Hertfordshire County Council’s Highways Department says a risk assessment has been carried out which concluded that the damage was “not requiring action at this time”.

The last vIsit of an Inter-City 125 to North Mymms

Train enthusiasts share the moment on Twitter


The Inter City 125 shortly after passing Brookmans Park  Image courtesy of Lewis Nagle via @lewisjnagle
The Inter City 125 shortly after passing Brookmans Park
Image courtesy of Lewis Nagle via @lewisjnagle
An Inter-City 125 made its last journey through North Mymms on Saturday 21 December, decked out in its original British Rail livery.

Several people posted their pictures of the event on Twitter.

Festive season refuse and recycling collection dates

A reminder when to put the bins out


Image of festive bins by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


For those who may have missed it, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has published the dates of the refuse and recycling collections that will take place over the Christmas and new year holiday period.

All will run later than usual, and there will be some collections on Saturdays. Normal service resumes on Monday 13 January.

Volunteers needed to sort jumble for January sale

Chance for a clear out or to pick up a bargain


The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando

Organisers of the annual winter jumble sale at the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre are looking for volunteers to spare some time sorting through the jumble in the run up to the day of the sale.

This year’s new year jumble sale at the centre is on Saturday 4 January and runs from 10am to noon. Admission is 50p, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the centre.


When to drop off any jumble


The centre will be open to receive jumble for four hours a day on the three days leading up to the sale.

Anyone wanting to donate any goods can visit the centre, which is off Station Road, Welham Green, between 2pm and 4pm, and 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday 1 January and Thursday 2 January, and between 1pm and 5pm on Friday 3 January.

No jumble can be delivered on the day of the sale.

The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando 

Anyone who wants to help sort the jumble just needs to turn up during the opening times listed above and in the flyer below.


The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando

Supporting local community activities


Committee member Martin Ferdinando says the twice-yearly jumble sales raise more than half the annual fundraising total which goes towards covering overheads of more than £25,000 a year and other costs including insurance and clearing up rubbish illegally dumped on the site.
“Fund-raising by the committed volunteers amounts to £5,000 annually; in this regard the jumble sales contribute around 55%, with overall attendance of more than 200 people, plus twice-yearly quiz nights making the important balance.”
He says the upkeep of the centre and the site is a continual challenge ensuring health and safety plus all the regulatory requirements are met.
“The eight and a half acre site comprises the centre with car park plus woodland and fields, land which is owned by Welwyn Hatfield Council and leased to the charity.
“The centre has a flat roof, which needs replacing approximately every 25 years and a building of its construction needs lots of maintenance and things like replacement windows, toilets, lighting, re-wiring, and an endless cycle of maintenance.
“The annual overheads include running costs, such as lighting, heating, cleaning, repairs, as well as on-going refurbishment of the building itself, the car park and the woodland site; this amount to more than £25,000 per year.
“Annual insurances, including public liability, are ever increasing at £2,500 per year. The collection of rubbish, often including fly-tipped items, costs the centre more than £1,000 a year. 
“The balance of the centre’s revenue comes from lettings and takings, donations and grants.”
The main hirers of the centre are the Willowbrook Nursery School, The North Mymms Youth Project, the North Mymms Horticultural Society, Slimming World, and various judo, yoga, and other classes. It’s also hired for parties for all ages, and general meetings.

Martin says the centre survives thanks to “the marvellous effort of a group of committed volunteers”, but he says more volunteers are needed as older team members retire from volunteering.

The centre offers a generous space, including the reception and mezzanine area coupled with two large areas for entertainment and other activities.

Anyone wanting to hire the centre can do so by using the contact number or email address on the centre’s website.

How to get there


North Mymms Youth and Community Centre is off Station Road, Welham Green, grid ref: TL 23758 05056, What3Words: plants.sticks.wool.

There is a free car park at the centre.





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52 reported crimes in North Mymms in November

10 burglaries - double the number in October


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The November 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 52 incidents were reported during the month, 14 fewer than in October.

The most commons crime during November was burglary, with 10 incidents being investigated in Brookmans Park, Little Heath, and Welham Green. That’s double the number of break-ins compared to the previous month.

Over 65s reminded to get their flu jab

Numbers inoculated locally lower than in previous years


Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Potterells Medical Centre is inviting local residents who are entitled to the flu jab to make an appointment. The practice manager says the number of people inoculated locally this year has not reached previous levels.

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan December update

10,200 representations during recent consultation


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Local Plan Newsletter image

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says the public response to the recent consultation on the 140-plus sites promoted by landowners or developers for “housing, employment, mixed-use or other forms of development” was “far in excess” of anything the local authority has received during previous stages of the process.

All representations are now available for viewing on the council’s consultation portal.

Winter rail timetable starts 15 December

Most current train times “remain unchanged”


Welham Green station - November 2019Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Welham Green station - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rail travellers are urged to check the new winter timetable, which is operational from Sunday 15 December, to see whether there have been any changes to local train times.

And while the new timetable is good news for those farther down the line, with more trains stopping at certain stations, there will be no increase in stops at Brookmans Park and Welham Green, either during peak hours or off-peak, now or in next year’s summer timetable.

Conservatives hold Welwyn Hatfield

Labour second, Liberal Democrats come third


Brookmans Park polling station - image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons


Grant Shapps has held his Welwyn Hatfield seat in the 2019 general election, winning 52.6% of the votes cast.

Labour's Rosie Newbigging came second with 31.6%, the Liberal Democrat candidate, Paul Zukowskyj, came third with 12.7%, and the Green Party candidate, Oliver Sayers, was fourth with 3.1%.

Inter-City 125’s final journey through North Mymms

Train will pass through Welham Green and Brookmans Park


Image of Inter-City 125 by Phil Sangwell released via Wikimedia Commons

Train enthusiasts will be able to watch the iconic Inter-City 125 pass through North Mymms for the last time on the afternoon of Saturday 21 December, decked out in its original British Rail livery.

Details of the “farewell tour” have just been released by train operator LNER.

Grants available for projects that benefit North Mymms

Applications have to be in by 6 January 2020


Image courtesy of Best Picko released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Local voluntary organisations and community groups providing services that “benefit the economic, environmental and/or social wellbeing of residents of the parish of North Mymms” have a month to apply for local authority grants.

Forged £20 banknotes set to “flood the market”

Police warn of counterfeits in run-up to Christmas


Photograph of £20 bank notes by Images Money released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Hertfordshire police say they expect to see an increase in forged £20 banknotes in the coming months.

A new £20 polymer note will be issued in February. Police say criminals will be attempting “flood the market” with forgeries before the old notes are withdrawn from circulation.

Volunteers wanted to help vulnerable residents

Senior Watch aims to inform elderly residents of crime risks


Image of elderly woman by Borya via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

Hertfordshire police are seeking the help of “caring local people” to share crime alerts with older residents who are not online, and who might be missing the regular neighbourhood watch warnings and advice.

“Sonic boom” heard across Hertfordshire

Noise at 4.20am wakes people from London to Cambridge


Photograph of Typhoon by Defence Images released via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

The loud bang heard in the early hours of Sunday morning 1 December was the result of a sonic boom from RAF planes, according to the Metropolitan police.

Thousands of people were woken by the noise and took to social media claiming they’d heard an explosion in their neighbourhood.

Don’t make Christmas easy for thieves

Police issue festive crime prevention advice


Christmas crime warning poster courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire police have issued their annual Christmas crime warning with a reminder not to “make a gift of your presents” to would-be thieves.

Welham Green station goes contactless

But the train operator says Oyster cards can’t be used


One of three contactless PAYG readers at Welham Green station
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The contactless pay-as-you-go (PAYG) readers installed at Welham Green station last week are now active.

Rail travellers may now tap in and tap out with contactless cards.

However, signs are being posted stating that Oyster is not valid at the station and can’t be used on the machines.

66 reported crimes in North Mymms in October

20 incidents of violence and sexual offence


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The October 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 66 incidents were reported during the month, 17 more than in September.

The most commons crime in North Mymms was ‘violence and sexual offences’, with 20 incidents being investigated, double the number in September, including nine reports in Welham Green, three in Brookmans Park, and six on Shepherds Way near Queenswood.

Contactless readers installed at Welham Green station

System currently being tested before going live


Contactless reader by the ticket office on the north-bound platform at Welham Green station  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Contactless reader by the ticket office on the north-bound platform
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Contactless pay-as-you go (PAYG) has reached Welham Green station, three months after becoming active at Brookmans Park.

However the machines are not yet available for public use.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Transport for London (TfL) are in the process of testing the new system before it goes live.

A spokesperson for GTR said they “hope to announce a launch date very soon”.

Local roads to be visited by Santa’s sleigh

Six visits to the area as Rotary collects for charity 


Santa’s sleigh on a previous visit to Brookmans Park’s Bradmore Green Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Rotary Club
Santa’s sleigh on a previous visit to Brookmans Park’s Bradmore Green
Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Rotary Club
Brookmans Park Rotary Club has set the dates, times, and the routes for this year’s visits of Santa’s sleigh to North Mymms.

The sleigh, along with charity collectors and their donation buckets, will be out calling from door-to-door in North Mymms on six nights, three in Welham Green followed by three in Brookmans Park.

Brookmans Avenue burglary and attempted burglary

Did you see anything suspicious early Monday 18 November?


Hertfordshire police appeal notice


A Brookmans Avenue resident woke up on Monday morning to find the hall light on and a burglar running out of the front door with car keys and bank cards.

The intruder ran down the avenue towards Brookmans Park village centre.

Local police say they are also investigating an attempted burglary, also in Brookmans Avenue, on the same morning.

Officers are asking for anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch.

Survey to identify issues facing local young people

Feedback will help plan “appropriate services”


Hertfordshire young people - image courtesy of YC Hertfordshire
Image courtesy of YC Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire youth workers are asking local young people to take part in an online survey as part of a fact-finding exercise to try to improve services.

The aim is to find out what affects the lives of young people in the area, and to work out what can be done to create better opportunities in the county.

General election 2019 - Welwyn Hatfield candidates

Four names on the 12 December ballot paper


Image by secretlondon123 released via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0
Image by secretlondon123 released via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

The candidates standing in the Welwyn Hatfield constituency for the 2019 general election have been announced.

Find out who is standing, along with where to vote and the times the polling stations will be open.

Found: 500-year-old altar piece of a North Mymms saint

Item dating back to 1527 traced to Merseyside hotel


The mantelpiece in the grand hall at the Hillbark Hotel, Frankby, Wirral Image courtesy of Leon Berg
The mantelpiece in the grand hall at the Hillbark Hotel, Frankby, Wirral
Image courtesy of Leon Berg
The 1527 altar piece used by Saint Thomas More for his “private devotions”, has been tracked down to a hotel in Wirral, thanks to the detective work of two local history enthusiasts.

The piece has had five homes, survived one demolition, been salvaged from a fire, and was stored in stables for 39 years before being moved 200 miles north in the 1930s. Where it ended up had remained a mystery for 90 years --- until now.

All that was known was that it had been sold and installed in a house in Birkenhead.

The 1930 White Allom sales brochure that included the mantelpiece
Image from the Peter Miller collection

Local historian, Peter Miller, one of the founders of the North Mymms History Project (NMHP), had been researching and writing about the history of the altar piece, variously referred to as a chimneypiece and a mantelpiece.

The NMHP then contacted historians, archivists, curators, and journalists in Birkenhead in an effort to find out what happened to it after it was sold, but without any luck.

The breakthrough in the search


Then the Birkenhead History Society invited the NMHP to post on its Facebook page - and that provided the breakthrough.

Interactive icon linking to the feature on the North Mymms History Project

Local history enthusiast, David Humphreys, a professional photographer in Liverpool, spotted the post, which included the sales brochure (above).

David then began checking out a number of “big houses” in the area, and uncovered some old photos of renovations carried to one particular house around the time of the sale in 1930, and found a match.

Several websites mentioned a ‘fireplace’ in the great hall at the Grade II*-listed Hillbark in Frankby, Wirral, which, they reported, had once belonged to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Above the fireplace is a carved oak mantelpiece.

After careful study of old and recent images, it became clear that the mantelpiece is the same piece as that from the chapel at More’s home, Gubbins, in North Mymms, used by Sir Thomas “for his private devotions” in the early 16th century.

Sir Thomas More, who was executed by Henry VIII for opposing the split with Rome, was canonised by the Vatican in 1935 as Saint Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers.

You can read the story of the find “Discovering the 1527 altar piece of Saint Thomas More” and learn more about the history of the piece, on our history site.




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Clampdown on motorists using their phone while driving

Hertfordshire police catch 717 offenders in the past year


woman driving while texting - Image by cwazniak released via Creative Commons BY 2.0
Image by cwazniak released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Local police say they are “clamping down” on motorists who use mobile devices while driving.

Officers say those who ignore the advice and break the law are four times more likely to be involved in a collision.

Parish council offers bench dedication and sponsorship

£200 for 10 years plus £50 for an engraved plaque


Bench at the Dellsome Lane open space in Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) is giving local residents the chance to sponsor a bench in one of the council’s open spaces.

The local authority says its bench sponsorship programme is “a special way to commemorate the life of a loved one, celebrate the birth of a child, or mark a special anniversary/event.”

Bore hole temporarily supplying Gobions Pond

The aim is to restore water levels and save fish stocks


The bore hole on the north side of Gobions Pond Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bore hole on the north side of Gobions Pond
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A generator extracting water from a bore hole on the north side of Gobions Pond is being used to top up levels at the lake following fears that they had fallen so low that the fish in the pond might not survive.

Welham Green Christmas Fayre and tree lighting

Santa to lead procession to the village green



There’s an open invitation to join the Christmas festivities in Welham Green on Sunday 1 December from 2pm to 6pm.

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Cutting part of a controlled programme


Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Work is being carried out by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) to clear areas of sycamore and ash in four areas of the Gobions Wood nature reserve.

HMWT says felling the trees will bring more light into the woods and encourage the growth of native plants.

General election 2019 - are you registered to vote?

Who is standing, and important dates for your diary


Image by Michael Swan released via Creative Commons

Are you registered to vote in the December general election? Might you be away on Thursday 12 December and need a postal or a proxy vote? If so, here is what you need to do.

Local police warn of “courier fraud” rise

Majority of victims are older people


Don't give personal details over the phone, no matter how plausible the caller sounds Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Don't give personal details over the phone, no matter how plausible the caller sounds
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Courier fraud is on the rise, according to Hertfordshire police, with the average loss per victim estimated to be more than £8,300. The majority of those taken in by the scam (62%) are women aged 75 and older.

In the last two years total losses are reported to be around £10.5 million nationwide.

Legal action planned to halt Brookmans Avenue flats

Public meeting called to discuss issue


11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A group which says it represents “dozens of residents in Brookmans Park” is applying for an injunction to halt the conversion of a Brookmans Avenue house into flats.

Environment Agency issues bonfire pollution warning

Burning the wrong waste could lead to prosecution


Image by Eric Dufresne released via Creative Commons BY 2.0
Image by Eric Dufresne released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Those planning bonfires on or around Guy Fawkes night, or at any other time of the year, are urged to check where the material has come from and whether it’s suitable.

The Environment Agency says “uncontrolled and excessive burning of the wrong wastes can cause pollution and harm human health”.

The agency warns that those doing so could be prosecuted if they haven’t applied for “an environmental permit for a waste operation”.

Local footpath closed for six months

Major repairs required on popular route


The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Hertfordshire’s Countryside Management Service (CMS) says a well-used local footpath will be closed until further notice while a footbridge along the route is totally dismantled and rebuilt.

The work is expected to take at least six months. The public right of way features on six routes on our local walks site, Hertfordshire Walker. Signs are to be put up indicating the section to be closed.  

Local footpath closed due to dangerous bridge

Walkers are advised to find alternative routes


The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge along Essendon footpath 16 crossing over Wildhill Brook
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A footbridge on a public right of way that features on six routes on our local walks site, Hertfordshire Walker, has been closed due to safety concerns. Walkers are advised to avoid the bridge until it’s repaired.

49 reported crimes in North Mymms in September

11 incidents of ‘violence and sexual offences’


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The September 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 49 incidents were reported during the month, one more than in August.

There were 27 reported crimes in the Welham Green area, and 12 reported crimes in the Brookmans Park area.

Overnight urgent care centre usage to be monitored

Proposed closure on hold until more data is gathered


The entrance to the Urgent Care Centre at the QEII in Welwyn Garden City Photograph by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The entrance to the Urgent Care Centre at the QEII in Welwyn Garden City
Photograph by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A recent questionnaire about the proposed closure of overnight services at the QEII Urgent Care Centre (UCC) in Welwyn Garden City drew more than 900 responses, according to local health officials.

Of those who filled in the survey, 58% disagreed with a proposal to close the centre between 10pm and 8am.

Council to tackle parking on pavements and verges

Public asked to photograph offending vehicles


Driver blocks pedestrian route on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Driver blocks pedestrian route on Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

An increase in “inappropriate parking” has led Welwyn Hatfield to introduce Verge Protection Orders (VPO) prohibiting parking on “footways, verges, vehicle crossovers and other green areas”.

The aim is to stop pedestrians being forced to walk in the road when a vehicle is blocking the way, and to protect the borough’s grass verges.

Damp squib for Hope and Anchor

Firework display cancelled after complaints to council


The Hope and Anchor, Welham Green  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Management at the Hope and Anchor in Station Road, Welham Green says they have had to cancelled the planned firework party on Friday 8 November after concerns were raised by a neighbour.

The local authority intervened after carrying out a council-led risk assessment of the event.

Horse found “suffocating” in Welham Green field

Owner says animal “could have died” 


Horse found with baling twine tied tightly around its neck  Image taken from Facebook post
Horse found with baling twine tied tightly around its neck
Image taken from Facebook post

A horse found with baling twine tied around its neck and struggling to breathe had to be cut free on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report on the local Facebook site.

Horse owners have been urged to check their animals after a woman reported that her horse was suffocating and that its tongue and gums had turned blue.

Second dog attack at Gobions Open Space

German Shepherd bites local woman


Jonas Way, leading to Gobions Open Space Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Jonas Way, leading to Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
There has been another dog attack at Gobions, the second in a week.

According to a local resident who contacted North Mymms News, the latest incident happened at 7.40am on Thursday morning 24 October along Jonas Way, the lane leading to the Gobions Open Space car park.

Neighbours were alerted by the screams of “a woman being attacked” and “calling for help”.

Woman “bitten by a rottweiler” near Gobions Pond

Incident reported to Hertfordshire police


Path around Gobions Pond Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Path around Gobions Pond
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

It’s claimed that a local woman has been given a tetanus injection after being bitten in the stomach by a “rescue dog”.

A post on the local community site NextDoor says that the woman was walking by the lake in Gobions when a rottweiler “lunged” at her dog. As she tried to rescue her pet, the rottweiler “bit her on the stomach, drawing blood”.

Parts of North Mymms hit by another power cut

UK Power Networks outage affects postcode AL9


Screen grab of map of affected area

Another power cut affected the area on Thursday morning, 24 October, the second outage in a week. Some local circuits tripped out twice. By 8:50am 14 customers had called UK Power Networks complaining of a loss of power.

Power cuts affect North Mymms

Supply off for up to 90 mins overnight


map of power cuts

Two power cuts happened late Sunday night, 20 October and in the early hours of Monday 21 October affecting large parts of southern Hertfordshire and further afield.

According to UK Power Networks, “a fault occurred on an underground electricity cable on the high voltage network affecting the local area”.

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