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680 knives surrendered during amnesty

216 in Hatfield and 253 in Potters Bar


Graphic of knife amnesty results in Hertfordshire 2019 courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary


Hertfordshire police say the latest knife amnesty has resulted in a record number of items being surrendered across the county. The haul includes swords, military knives, knuckle dusters, and a large number of kitchen knives.

Rogue traders making fake weather damage claims

Police and trading standards officers issue warning


Image of roof tiles © Hans Hillewaert released under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0.

Hertfordshire Trading Standards and the county’s police say that following the recent strong winds rogue traders are going door-to-door offering to undertake unnecessary gardening and maintenance work.

Gobions dog poo painted pink

Colourful dog mess litters public space


Image: Pink dog poo in Gobions Open Space, North Mymms. Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Pink paint has been sprayed on mounds of dog mess left in Gobions Open Space. Last year, North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) decided to buy highlighting paint in an “attempt to shame residents whose pets foul our open space” after the head groundsman reported that dog mess had become “an increasing problem in all our open spaces”.

Witch marks and Victorian graffiti at St Mary’s

Local historian interprets the etchings in stonework


Image: Markings in the stonework at St Mary's church, North Mymms Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Markings above the entrance to the boiler room at St Mary's
Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Mystery surrounds markings etched into the stonework at St Mary’s church, North Mymms.

Could they be early graffiti, or could they be apotropaic marks, designed to ward off evil spirits and witches?

Dog restriction signs in Gobions Wood

Blue, yellow and red signs inform dog owners


Image: HMWT sign at Gobions Wood.

Signs have been erected at various entry points to Gobions Wood informing dog owners how they should manage their pets when visiting the nature reserve. The initiative by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) is due to “the delicate nature of the habitat or due to the presence of grazing animals”.

New tenant sought for Hope and Anchor

Plans for refurbishment and investment confirmed


Image: Blocking off the car park at the Hope and Anchor, Station Road  Image courtesy of Steve Porteous
Blocking off the car park at the Hope and Anchor, Station Road
Image courtesy of Steve Porteous

The group responsible for the Hope and Anchor in Welham Green says it’s still looking for a new tenant for the Station Road pub which closed in November.

Today contractors blocked off the pub’s car park leading to fears that the historical inn might have closed for good. This site understands the car park was closed because of concerns about drug dealing.

Free air pollution alerts for Welwyn Hatfield

Authority monitoring 29 sites across the borough


Air pollution monitor - image courtesy of WHBC

Those living and working in Welwyn Hatfield can now sign up to an alert service which sends text or email notifications when the levels of air pollution in the area increase to a moderate level or above. Two sites in North Mymms are continually monitored to check air quality.

Could this be your garden waste?

More fly-tipping dumps along Bradmore Lane


Image: Tree and shrub waste dumped along Bradmore Lane - 11 March, 2019 Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Tree and shrub waste dumped along Bradmore Lane - 11 March, 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

There’s been another spate of fly-tipping along Bradmore Lane, this time it’s two piles of tree cuttings and other garden waste.

Do you recognise it? Could someone have been working on your garden and removed similar waste? And did you know that home owners have a duty of care to check that anything removed from their property is disposed of legally?

Knife amnesty 11 to 17 March

Deposit points for anonymous surrender of Knives


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
Hertfordshire Constabulary is joining police forces across the country in Operation Sceptre, a national knife amnesty and week of action that will run between Monday March 11 and Sunday March 17.  The amnesty supports the national campaign to reduce the number of knives in circulation.

Council considering 143 sites for development

65 entirely new sites and 78 re-promoted sites


Previously promoted development site BrP6 in Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

The council committee responsible in part for the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan has voted to delay the consultation period on any new development sites in the borough until after the May 2019 local elections.

An independent inspector had earlier indicated that the Local Plan did not meet the “objectively assessed” need for housing.

Free bike security marking at police surgery

Chance to talk about local policing issues


Image of bike security marking by Hertfordshire police - image courtesy of Herts Constabulary

Officers from the Welwyn Hatfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team are hosting a surgery on Saturday, 9 March, at North Mymms Memorial Hall, Station Road, Welham Green, AL9 7PG. The event, from 10am to 12pm is an opportunity for local residents to speak to officers face-to-face.

Invitation to the Welham Green Friendship Group

Meetings aim to help tackle loneliness and social isolation


Image: The Welham Green Friendship Group image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Council
A recent meeting of the Welham Green Friendship Group
Guest speaker Zoe Warring to the left of Cllr Caliskan

Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Do you know of anyone who might be lonely and feeling isolated? Perhaps you have a neighbour who is in need of companionship? If so there is a local social group for those who want to meet new friends.

Do you fancy serving as a parish councillor?

Applications must be in by 4 April for election on 2 May


North Mymms Parish Councillors March 2019 Top: Howard Weintrob, William Storey, Jacqui Boulton, Tony Ginsberg, Tony Green Bottom: Stephen Boulton, Mia Americanos-Molinaro, Linda Saffer, James Bentall, Teresa Travell Images courtesy of North Mymms Parish Council
North Mymms Parish Councillors March 2019
Top row left to right: Howard Weintrob, William Storey, Jacqui Boulton
Tony Ginsberg, Tony Green. Bottom row left to right: 
Stephen Boulton, 
Mia Americanos-Molinaro, Linda Saffer, James Bentall, Teresa Travell
Images courtesy of North Mymms Parish Council

North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) is inviting local residents to put their names forward to serve as councillors in the forthcoming elections. You will need to fill out a form and find a proposer and a seconder.

Local cricket club welcomes new members

Activities on offer for all age groups


Umpires and players at North Mymms Cricket Club - August 5, 2018 Image courtesy of North Mymms Cricket Club
Umpires and players at North Mymms Cricket Club - August 5, 2018
Image courtesy of North Mymms Cricket Club

Can you bowl, bat, or catch a ball? And do you fancy some regular exercise in the fresh air? If so, North Mymms Cricket Club would like to hear from you.

With the cricket season approaching the club is throwing its doors open to new players of almost all ages, from the juniors aged five to 16 through to the seniors.

Many Potterells patient services now online

Prescriptions, appointments, and medical records


Image: Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms
Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms

Those with online access can now make use of a number of digital services provided by Potterells Medical Centre. Registered patients can now request or change appointments, order prescriptions, or check their medical records at the click of a mouse.

Brown bin collection misses some homes

Council says leave the bins out


Image: Brown recycling bins

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council says it wasn’t aware that the gardening waste recycling collection was missed along Moffats Lane, Brookmans Park on Thursday 28 February, but the local authority advises residents to leave their bins out and they will try to arrange collection tomorrow.

Horses escape from Leach Fields, again

Animals seen running free in surrounding public space


Image: Escaped horse at the gate at the top of Bluebridge Avenue  Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook
Escaped horse at the gate at the top of Bluebridge Avenue
Image courtesy of Ellen Harrington Johnson via Facebook

There are reports on Facebook that horses have been running free in Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space early this morning. The horses are normally grazed in Leach Fields. Local residents have taken photographs of the animals and posted them on social media.

Local medical centre steeped in history

The lodge on a former 15th century estate


Photograph of Potterells Lodge as a private house in July 1966 Image from R. Kingdon
Potterells Lodge as a private house in July 1966
Image from R. Kingdon, from The Images Of North Mymms Collection
If you have ever sat in the reception area at Potterells Medical Centre on Station Road waiting to see a doctor or nurse you may not have realised that you are surrounded by local history. The site was once the lodge for a 15th century manor house called Potterells which fell into ruin almost 50 years ago.

Can you identify these local historical bridges?

Major North Mymms crossings mapped for first time


Image: montage of photographs of North Mymms bridges taken by Peter Miller

Do you recognise any of the bridges in the picture above? They are just a selection of 17 historical bridges in North Mymms which have been carrying pedestrians, vehicles and trains over waterways, roads and railway lines for more than 100 years.

Is your mum, aunty, or gran in this picture?

Old Sunday school picture just released


St Mary's North Mymms Sunday School 1937. Image copyright Cambridge University released under Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0
St Mary's North Mymms Sunday School 1937
Image courtesy of University of Cambridge released under Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0

The picture above was taken in 1937 and shows the Sunday school class at St Mary’s parish church, North Mymms with gifts for African schools.

Do you recognise anyone? Can you fill in any more details? Do you have any pictures of the event you could share? If so, the North Mymms History Project would like to hear from you.

CCTV images of local vehicle crime wanted

Police say Brookmans Park and Welham Green targeted


Herts Police crime appeal image

Police are asking the public to contact them if they have any CCTV images of theft or attempted theft from vehicles on their properties. The appeal follows a number of incidents in Brookmans Park and Welham Green in recent days.

Local residents object to Chancellor’s expansion plans

57 neighbours submit comments


Chancellor's School, Brookmans Park showing area to be developed Image copyright North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Chancellor’s School, Brookmans Park showing area proposed for development
Image copyright North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

A total of 64 comments have been received by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in response to the resubmitted planning application from Chancellor’s School for new sports facilities and classrooms.

Of those 53 were from residents living in Pine Grove who were mainly concerned about traffic issues.

The local green belt society, parish council, and the Campaign for Rural England have all objected to the school's plans.

Old painting reveals former North Mymms dwellings

Local history archive sheds light on forgotten cottages


Oil Painting 9” x 6”  Label on back reads “Folly Lane” Potters Bar from M.C.A. Dec.25 1909 Image from the Peter Miller Collection
Oil Painting 9” x 6” 
Label on back reads “Folly Lane” Potters Bar from M.C.A. Dec.25 1909
Image from the Peter Miller Collection

An antique oil painting discovered by an archivist on the North Mymms History Project (NMHP) has helped identify the site of a pair of cottages that once stood along Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms (once known as Folly Lane).

Quiz night in aid of Isabel Hospice

Bottle of wine for each member of winning team


North Mymms Memorial Hall, Station Road, Welham Green
North Mymms Memorial Hall, Station Road, Welham Green

The North Mymms Memorial Hall is staging another of its popular quiz evenings on Saturday 30 March. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The cost is £12.50 a head which includes light refreshments. Participants are invited to bring their own beer, wine, and glasses.

Public urged to stay away from horses

“Rogue” equine flu “highly contagious”


Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service

Hertfordshire’s Countryside Management Service is urging the public not to approach horses during the current outbreak of equine influenza. The latest fear is that even vaccinated horses are now contracting the disease. All horses could be at risk, particularly the weak, elderly, and young.

North Mymms Way walking route extended

12-mile circular now passes through North Mymms Park


The footbridge over the River Colne Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The footbridge over the River Colne features in the extended North Mymms Way
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The North Mymms Way, a 12-mile circular route around the historical Hertfordshire parish of North Mymms - which is mentioned in the Domesday Book - has been extended.

The route has been widened to the west thanks to the creation of a short stretch of permissive path by a local landowner following discussions with the Ramblers Association.

The route now goes through St Mary's churchyard and then crosses North Mymms Park, offering sweeping views across the country estate to North Mymms House.

Hazardous waste dumped in Bradmore Lane

Broken white asbestos at fly-tipping blackspot


Dangerous white asbestos sheeting dumped along Bradmore Lane  Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Dangerous white asbestos sheeting dumped along Bradmore Lane
Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Sheets of hazardous white asbestos have been dumped along Bradmore Lane, Brookmans Park, as yet another fly-tipping incident leads to the road's closure.

Walkers, especially those with dogs, should probably keep clear to avoid their animals sniffing around the exposed waste material.

Hope and Anchor to “open in the very near future”

Pub boarded up “to secure premises”


The Hope and Anchor - 31 January 2019 Image courtesy of Keith Dixon
The Hope and Anchor - 31 January 2019
Image courtesy of Keith Dixon

The group responsible for the Hope and Anchor in Welham Green says it’s now “actively marketing the pub for letting”, after negotiating possession of the premises.

The historical North Mymms pub has been closed since November, and there were fears in the village that the Grade II listed North Mymms building might have served its last pint.

Volunteers wanted for charity swimming event

Rotary swim challenge now in its 27th year


Flyer for Rotary Brookmans Park Sponsored Swim Challenge

Rotary Brookmans Park is busy organising its annual Charity Swim Challenge. It will take place at the Furzefield Centre pool in Potters Bar on Saturday 9 March from 5.30pm.

Comments invited on Chancellor’s development plans

Responses must be in by 13 February 2019


Chancellor's School, Brookmans Park showing area to be developed Image copyright North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Chancellor’s School, Brookmans Park showing area to be developed
Image copyright North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Letters have been received by residents living close to Chancellor’s School inviting them to comment on the recently resubmitted plans for the proposed development of the Brookmans Park school. The status of the planning application is ‘under consultation’.

Popular local police officer moves on

Sergeant Stephen Hynes says farewell 


Sergeant Stephen Hynes - image courtesy of Hertfordshire Police

The police officer in charge of the local Neighbourhood Watch and head of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Sergeant Stephen Hynes, has sent his last email message to local residents via the OWL (Online Watch Link) service.

Fly-tipping closes Bradmore Lane - again

Soil, turf, and household waste at dumping blackspot


Fly-tipping along Bradmore Lane  Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Fly-tipping along Bradmore Lane
Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

They've been at it again. Bradmore Lane, between Brookmans Park and Welham Green, is again closed following yet another fly-tipping dump. This time the rubbish has been left in the middle of the road.

Another North Mymms film location uncovered

39 films shot in 18 locations


Scene from the 1932 film Wedding Rehearsal shot at North Mymms House

The discovery of a newspaper cutting in an Australian archive has helped local historians locate film footage of North Mymms House and stables which was shot in the 1930s.

Police looking for “wanted” Welham Green man

Have you seen wanted Matthew Turner?


Have you seen wanted Matthew Turner? Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Police

Local police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a “wanted man”. According to Welwyn Hatfield South police, Matthew Turner, aged 38 from Welham Green, is “wanted on recall to prison”.

Doorbell cameras and CCTV highlight crime risk

Residents spot thieves looking for unlocked vehicles

Herts police crime alert

Hertfordshire police say there’s been an increase in reports of attempted vehicle crimes as more and more people install doorbell cameras and CCTV at their homes.

In most cases the would-be thieves move on once they find a vehicles is locked, but police say the footage gathered by residents highlights the scale of the problem.

Essendon footbridge closed to walkers

Local rambers advised to avoid rotten right of way


Essendon footbridge Image courtesy of Herts Co Co
Image courtesy of Herts Co Co

Hertfordshire County Council
has closed a rotten and dangerous wooden footbridge on a local public footpath which means that walkers are unable to complete a number of popular routes. The bridge is at the east end of Essendon footpath 2 at its junction with bridleway 26.

Traffic diversions in Brookmans Park

Rush hour and school run congestion with delays likely


Diversions at Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park  Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Diversions at Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park
Image © North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Traffic is being diverted around Brookmans Avenue in Brookmans Park until Tuesday 15 January while "essential gas repair works" are carried out. The road will remain closed to through traffic and open for access only. Delays likely at peak times.

Tax scam warning issued by local police

HM Revenue and Customs Alert



Hertfordshire constabulary is warning locals of a tax fraud scam where people are threatened with legal action unless they make a payment immediately.

The police advice is to always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information and contact the business directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Potholes return to Gobions access road

Temporary patch up lasts two months


Potholes return to Jonas Way, Brookmans Park  Image © North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Potholes return to Jonas Way, Brookmans Park - 2 January, 2019
Image © North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Jonas Way between Moffats Lane and Gobions Open Space in Brookmans Park is again pitted with potholes weeks after volunteers tried to patch up the problem.

Vehicles and weather appear to have taken their toll on the temporary solution introduced by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) and North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC).

Dead horse dumped along Bradmore Lane

Police and local authority aware

The gateway on Bradmore Lane where the dead horse was dumped  Image © North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The gateway on Bradmore Lane where the dead horse was dumped
Image © North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A dead adult horse has been left lying on its side in a gateway towards the Brookmans Park end of Bradmore Lane. This site has notified local police, the council, and the RSPCA via Twitter. Warning: there are graphic images of the horse in this article.

Local footpath continues to be used as a toilet

Health hazard still litters public right of way


The start of the footpath, regularly fouled with human excrement  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
The start of the footpath, regularly fouled with human excrement
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Despite repeated visits by police, and signs being erected by Hertfordshire County Council, a popular local footpath continues to be soiled with human faeces. The health hazard has remained unresolved for more than four months.