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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


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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


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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


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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.

The Brookmans Park Estate Residents Committee (BPERC), which describes itself as “a large and growing group of residents”, says its members are “passionate about preserving the character of the village”.

The group is concerned about the development taking place at 11 Brookmans Avenue for five flats, and of the planning permission granted for eight flats at 77 Brookmans Avenue.

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

The BPERC wants to ensure that “restrictive covenants” which the group says apply to the Brookmans Park Estate are observed.
“These covenants are in place across the Brookmans Park Estate to preserve the nature, character, amenities and financial value of our properties and are plainly listed in the titles of properties, accessible for all to see.
“They can be found in property titles in Mymms Drive, Moffats Lane, Brookmans Avenue, George’s Wood Road, The Close, and others. 
“For both 11 and 77 Brookmans Avenue, these restrictive covenants explicitly prohibit the properties being leased out in separate tenements (i.e. used as flats) and any more than one private dwelling house being built on the land, among other things. 
“These covenants are legally binding, override any planning permission and a large number of properties across the Estate are a beneficiary and so have a right to insist the covenants are enforced.”

The BPERC says it’s working with a leading land law QC (Queen’s Counsel) and say what it believes to be “misleading information” has been circulated “to lead residents into believing they have no rights to enforce the covenants”.

The public meeting is being held at the United Reformed Church (URC), Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, on Monday 25 November at 7:30pm. The QC will be one of the speakers.

Anyone wanting to attend is asked to email bpercommittee@gmail.com by Wednesday 20 November in order to reserve a place.

The BPERC says that if the meeting is full they will have to turn away people who have not emailed in advance, “and we wish to avoid this happening”.




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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 offence


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 & Anchor

Firework display cancelled after complaints to council


The Hope & Anchor, Welham Green Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope & Anchor, Welham Green
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Management at the Hope & 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
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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”.

Local policing priorities set for North Mymms

Anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and drug use top the list


Local crime statistics for August 2019 - image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Local crime statistics for Welwyn Hatfield South for August 2019
Image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary
Local police say that all types of anti-social behaviour (ASB) are to be targeted in the coming months following consultations with the local community through the force’s Echo project, and data contained in the most recent crime figures.

Advanced warning of local rail disruption

Dates for the East Coast upgrade and its impact


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

Network Rail has started a £1.2bn programme to upgrade the East Coast Main Line (ECML), with the first phase of work planned for late December and through January. The project is due to be completed in 2021.

The upgrade will cause some changes to scheduled services. Rail travellers are being warned to plan ahead and to not travel on certain days.

Brookmans Park gears up for Christmas

Dates announced for festive fayre and tree lighting


Flyer for Brookmans Park Christmas Fayre

This year’s Christmas Fayre at Brookmans Park Primary School takes place on Saturday 30 November. The traditional lighting of the tree ceremony on Bradmore Green follows the event.

Yorkshire terrier found in Welham Green

Update: Dog now reunited with owner


Image of terrier courtesy of Nichola Burgess
Image of terrier courtesy of Nichola Burgess

A small terrier dog wearing a pink collar which was found outside St Mary’s school on Dellsome Lane, Welham Green on Monday has been reunited with its owner.

Local trick-or-treat map for Hallowe’en

Find out which houses are happy for visits and which are not


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Image by Hannah Howarth released via Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0

The postcode social media website NextDoor.co.uk has created a Hallowe'en treat map showing which local houses would be responsive to visits from trick-or-treaters and which would not.

The idea is to ensure that those knocking on doors pick the most receptive homes to visit.

Local group campaigning for a “People’s Vote” on Brexit

New cross-party branch part of the European Movement UK


Campaign leaflets are being handed out in Welwyn Hatfield
Campaign leaflets are being handed out in Welwyn Hatfield 

The recently formed Welwyn Hatfield for Europe group is campaigning for as many local residents as possible to joint the “People’s Vote” march in London on Saturday 19 October.

The group, which was established in July says its purpose is to “seek to change public opinion locally about Brexit and make a positive case for staying in the EU, as well as highlighting the risks of leaving”.

Catalytic converter thefts rising, say police

Officers urge vehicle owners to take preventive measures


A vehicle that has had its catalytic converter removed Photograph by Seth Sawyers released via Creative Commons BY 2.0
A vehicle that has had its catalytic converter removed
Photograph by Seth Sawyers released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Hertfordshire police say drivers need to be vigilant following an increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.

Thefts are taking place during the day and at night in public places and on private property.

Officers say there are measures that can be taken to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

Primary school marks World Mental Health Day

Trees around Bradmore Green decorated with artwork


Image of artwork on trees courtesy of Brookmans Park Primary School
Image of artwork on trees courtesy of Brookmans Park Primary School
All the pupils from Brookmans Park Primary School took a walk around Gobions this week as part of a day of activity aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues.

After a nature walk the youngsters returned to school to fashion autumnal decorations for a temporary display to be pinned to some of the trees in Brookmans Park village centre.

“Tough love” tree felling at Gobions Wood

Pedestrian access restricted while work is carried out


Tree felling image by Brian Robert Marshall via Wikimedia Commons
Tree felling image by Brian Robert Marshall via Wikimedia Commons
Tree surgeons will be working in the Gobions Wood nature reserve over the next few weeks clearing sycamore and ash. Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) says the work is necessary to bring more light into the woods and encourage the growth of native plants.

Don’t attempt to use Oyster at Brookmans Park

It won’t work, despite claims to the contrary


The error message received when trying to use Oyster at Brookmans Park station
Screen grab from Geoff Marshall's video
For those confused by the misleading information put out about using Oyster cards at Brookmans Park station, a YouTube video now explains what can and can’t be done.

Police announce spot checks for defective tyres

Any faults could result in fines and penalty points


Police will be looking out for flaws in the tyres
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Roadside checks will be carried out throughout Hertfordshire during October as police try to reduce the number of accidents caused by worn or faulty tyres during what’s being called tyre safety month.

48 reported crimes in North Mymms in August

13 incidents of violence and sexual offence


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The August 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 48 incidents were reported during the month, five more than in July.

There were 30 reported crimes in the Welham Green area, 11 more than the previous month, and seven reported crimes in Brookmans Park, 10 fewer than in July.

Escaped Welham Green skunk returns home

Family pet heard scratching outside the window at 3am


Image of escaped Welham Green skunk courtesy of owner Hannah Dee
Lucifurr the escaped Welham Green skunk
Image courtesy of owner Hannah Dee
A pet skunk that escaped from a house in Welham Green is now back in his cage after spending the night on the run.

According to Hannah Dee, the animal’s owner, the skunk, named Lucifurr, returned at 3am on Sunday.

Killer disease threat to North Mymms dogs

Six cases reported - 10% of severely infected dogs die


Image by Christine Majul released under Creative Commons BY 2.0
Image by Christine Majul released under Creative Commons BY 2.0

Dog owners are being warned about an increase in reported cases of lungworm, a potentially deadly disease which is spreading through Hertfordshire. The parasitic worm infects the heart and the blood vessels in the lungs of dogs and can be fatal.

Skunk on the loose in Welham Green

Don't try to catch it because it'll bite or spray


Image of escaped Welham Green skunk courtesy of owner Hannah Dee
Lucifurr the escaped Welham Green skunk
Image courtesy of owner Hannah Dee

A Welham Green resident is asking for help in finding her lost pet skunk. Posting on Facebook and the website NextDoor, the owner warns people not to try to grab the creature unless they have protection.

“New lease of life” for the Hope & Anchor

Welham Green pub to get “family-friendly” makeover


The Hope & Anchor, April 2018 Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope & Anchor, April 2018
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A new team has taken over Welham Green’s Hope & Anchor, promising to breathe “a new lease of life back into this village-centre jewel”.

Licensees Gary Bush and Adam Wyett, both local to the area, take over running the pub on Friday 27 September.

Gary, the pub’s director, and Adam, the pub manager, say the Hope & Anchor on Station Road is to become a “family-friendly” venue with a “musical entertainment theme”.

They say they plan to “add to the existing offerings of our competitors” in the village.

Warrengate Road flood gate closed for testing

Traffic diverted from 10am to 3pm, 25 September


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The Warrengate Road flood gate
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Warrengate Road flood gate will be closed on Wednesday 25 September from 10am to 3pm. The Environment Agency has placed signs advising that the gate is being tested over a five-hour period.

Out of control dogs and dog fouling

Dog owners urged to keep pets under control


Sign on footpath 9, Brookmans Park. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Dog owners using a local public footpath are being urged to keep their pets under control and to clear up after them. It follows concerns for the welfare of livestock in the area, and the failure of some dog owners to pick up and remove dog mess.

Gobions Wood health warning for people and animals

Toxic caterpillar can cause skin, eye, and throat irritation


It’s thought the oak processionary moth could be in Gobions Wood Image courtesy of the Woodland Trust
It’s thought the oak processionary moth could be in Gobions Wood
Image courtesy of the Woodland Trust

Notices have been put up at some entrances to Gobions Wood reserve warning people to keep away from a certain caterpillar that, if touched, can cause “unpleasant skin, eye and throat irritations”.

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