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Local library needs volunteers

Two hours a fortnight “would be a great help”


Image of Brookmans Park Library courtesy of Hertfordshire County Council


The public library on Brookmans Park’s Bradmore Green is looking for volunteers who would be willing to give two hours of their time a fortnight to ensure the popular facility continues.

There are fears that the library could close if enough local helpers are not found.

Welwyn Hatfield sets out planning deadlines

Council wants plan adopted “as quickly as possible”


Image of Housebuilding by jovike released under CC BY-NC 2.0


Following the release last week of the locations of the 140+ new and re-promoted sites put forward for possible development, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has set out the steps that it says have been agreed “to ensure that the Local Plan is adopted as quickly as possible”.

Local rights of way repairs update for May

What is being fixed and what needs fixing


A gate on a Hertfordshire footpath  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Hertfordshire’s Countryside & Rights of Way team has released the latest update on works currently underway on the footpaths, bridleways, and byways in the parish of North Mymms. The information is emailed to this site on a regular basis by Access Projects Officer Dawn Grocock.

New weekly food waste collections announced

Service to start in autumn 2020


Image of black bin courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has awarded its new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Urbaser Limited.

The contract will run for nine years from April 2020. From autumn 2020 two new services will be added including a weekly food waste collection and a weekly collection for small electrical items, textiles and household batteries.

42 North Mymms sites put forward for development

Your time-limited chance to comment on local proposals


Image of bricklaying by Torange.biz and released under Creative Commons 4.0 International.

42 new and re-promoted North Mymms sites that could be developed to accommodate more than 3,200 new homes have been revealed. They were put forward earlier this year when Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council made a fresh call for sites after the independent inspector ruled that the current Draft Plan didn’t meet the local housing requirement. All are in the green belt.

New mains water pipe for North Mymms

Part of work to remove metaldehyde from water supply


Work being carried out alongside Warrengate Road Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Work being carried out alongside Warrengate Road
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
A new pipeline connecting the North Mymms water treatment works to the mains supply is being put in place.

Once connected it will carry water to recently installed equipment at the Warrengate Road site designed to take metaldehyde - a chemical used to kill slugs - out of the North Mymms supply.

Gobions car park cleared of rubble

Hardcore moved to side of Gobions Pond path


Rubble removed from Gobions Open Space car park  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rubble removed from Gobions Open Space car park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Two large mounds of rubble that were deposited in the car park at Gobions Open Space two weeks ago have been moved, freeing up parking spots at the parish council owned car park. The building material is now either side of one of the access paths to Gobions Pond.

Local election results May 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Council with no overall control


Polling station at the North Mymms Memorial Hall in Welham Green Image courtesy of Welham Green Facebook page
Polling station at the North Mymms Memorial Hall in Welham Green
Image courtesy of Welham Green Facebook page
Thursday’s Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council local elections saw the Liberal Democrats gain four seats with the Conservatives and Labour both down by two.

The Conservative candidate was elected in Brookmans Park and Little Heath ward. The Liberal Democrat candidate was elected in Welham Green and Hatfield South ward.

Dog restriction breached in Gobions play area

Council worker who spoke to owner called “real jobsworth” 


Gobions play area in Gobions Open Space Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Gobions play area in Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The grounds team working for North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) is filling in the gaps under the two gates leading to the Gobions play area in order to prevent dogs getting in.

It follows an incident when a woman with a dog was spotted in the play area by a NMPC member of staff.

Are you interested in becoming a PCSO?

Invitation to attend career information evening


Herts PCSO recruitment material

Hertfordshire Constabulary is inviting anyone who would like to join the force as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to attend an information evening on Thursday 16 May at the force HQ in Welwyn Garden City. The event starts at 7pm.

North Mymms bowls club open day

Invitation to try your hands at bowls free-of-charge


North Mymms Bowls Club in action Image courtesy of North Mymms Bowls Club
North Mymms Bowls Club in action
Image courtesy of North Mymms Bowls Club

Anyone interested in having a go at bowling is invited to turn up at the North Mymms Bowls Club open day on Sunday 5 May between 10am and 4.30pm.

Equipment will be provided, all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. Trainers are recommended. And there is absolutely no cost involved.

Jonas Way potholes filled in

Temporary repairs to Gobions access road


Chippings used to level the potholes along Jonas Way  Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Chippings used to level the potholes along Jonas Way
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Stone chippings have been used to fill the potholes that had opened up along Jonas Way, Brookmans Park.

The material used on the Gobions Open Space access road looks similar to the material in two mounds of hardcore that was deposited in the parish council car park earlier this month.

Brookmans Park pharmacy closed on Saturdays

Jhoots says branch now open Monday to Friday only

But will close for an hour at lunchtime


hoots Pharmacy, Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Jhoots Pharmacy, Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Those collecting prescriptions from Jhoots Pharmacy in Brookmans Park need to visit on a weekday following the company’s decision to close on Saturdays.

Jhoots has confirmed that from now on the Bradmore Green branch will be open Monday to Friday. It will also close for an hour between 1pm and 2pm.

New summer train timetable announced

“Most existing services stay the same”


Class 717 departs Brookmans Park station 15 April 2019  Screen grab from video courtesy of Simon Goldsworthy
Class 717 departs Brookmans Park station 15 April 2019
Screen grab from video courtesy of Simon Goldsworthy
Great Northern says it’s rolling out its summer timetable on Sunday 19 May 2019.  The company says most services will continue to operate to the current timetable, but some times are changing by a few minutes “to improve punctuality”.

Radar speed signs for Welham Green

Funding for flashing warning signs agreed


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

Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) - the flashing warning signs that tell motorists when they are travelling too fast - are to be set up along Dixons Hill Road and Station Road in Welham Green.

Parish to publish North Mymms Way brochure

Local long distance path could be divided in three


Photograph of The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The start of the final path heading north to Brookmans Park
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The parish council is considering dividing the North Mymms Way into three sections to “make it more manageable”.  The 12 mile (19.3 km) circular route around the parish of North Mymms takes half a day to complete.

Bulls Lane partially blocked by fly-tipping

Garden turf dumped east of Skimpans Bridge



A load of garden turf has been fly-tipped along Bulls Lane close to Welham Green, reducing the passable width of the road by half.

Drivers should take care because there is at least one concrete fence post buried under the pile of earth and grass.

Hardcore dumped in Gobions car park

Parking spaces restricted “for up to two weeks”


Image: Two large mounds of hardcore at the southern end of Gobions car park Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Two large mounds of hardcore at the southern end of Gobions car park
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Two large mounds of rubble have been dumped in the car park at Gobions Open Space without permission.

According to North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC), which owns the land, the material was deposited by North Mymms Angling Club who intend to use it to “replace the pathways around the fishing lake and renew the fishing lake swims”.

Welham Green community website closes

Yet another hack attack takes site down


Screen grab of WelhamGreen.org taken in August 2018  Grab courtesy of the Wayback Machine
Screen grab of WelhamGreen.org taken in August 2018
Grab courtesy of the Wayback Machine

A community website that has served Welham Green for almost six years has closed following the latest attack by hackers.

The independent site was created by Welham Green resident, photographer and historian Mike Allen. It launched on 1 July 2013.

According to the mission statement on the front page of the site, the project aimed “to make Welham Green a better place to live and work in”.

New tenant found for Hope and Anchor

Plan is to move in on Tuesday 16 April


The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019
The company that owns Welham Green’s Hope and Anchor on Station Road says it’s hopeful that the pub will open shortly. The announcement follows confirmation that a new tenant has been found for the 19th century pub. Ei Group, which owns the building, says refurbishments will follow once the plans are signed off.

Repairs to Leach Fields fences planned

Three horses removed while fences are fixed


Broken fence alongside footpath 86  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Broken fence alongside footpath 86
Image by North Mymms News
Local police say they have spoken to the owner of the horses that have been escaping from Leach Fields. The animals have frequently been found wandering local footpaths and straying into North Mymms Parish Council's open spaces.

Police officers say they’ve been told that the fences will be fixed and three horses removed while repairs are carried out.

North Mymms Parish Plan consigned to history

Three years of work to produce a reference document


Image: The front cover of the North Mymms Parish Plan

“A blueprint for the future of North Mymms”


Do you remember the North Mymms Parish Plan? When it was published in 2011 it was hailed as “a blueprint for the future of North Mymms”. The plan’s authors described it as a “powerful tool to influence decisions”.

Now, eight years on, the 36-page document is used by North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) for research only; it is no longer available on the parish council website, and it has no legal status.

Gobions food and drink van proposal rejected

Small “quaint” truck would “upset rural balance”


Image: Gobions car park at 10am on a Saturday morning Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Gobions car park where the small “quaint” truck would have served refreshments
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC) has refused to give permission to a Welham Green woman who wanted to serve refreshments from a van parked in the Gobions Open Space car park off Jonas Way, Brookmans Park.

No go for Gobions dog training classes

Proposal to run two sessions a week rejected


Dog training classes - Image by Katrin B from Pixabay
A plan to hold dog training classes at Gobions Open Space, Brookmans Park, has been rejected by North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC).

Leach Fields horse escapes discussed by council

Red and white tape at latest escape route


Image: Broken fence at junction of footpath 86 and entrance to NMPC land Image by North Mymms News Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The broken fence at the entrance to NMPC land
Image by North Mymms News
Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The frequent escape of horses from Leach Fields in Brookmans Park has been raised at North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC), with concern growing for the safety of the horses and the public on council-owned land.

According to the most recently published NMPC minutes there are also concerns about the welfare of the horses “who do not appear to be well fed”.

A photographic journey into North Mymms’ past

Old images digitised and enhanced for future generations


Photograph of a family in Welham Green in Victorian times. Image from A Nott / G Knott, from the Images of North Mymms collection
A Welham Green couple in Victorian times
Image from A Nott / G Knott, from the Images of North Mymms collection

On Saturday 6 April photographer and historian Mike Allen will be attending the North Mymms Horticultural Society where he will be giving one of his local history presentations. The event is being held at the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre from 2pm.

Mike is the man responsible for Images of North Mymms, a collection of more than 3,500 historical photographs of parish life. He is also one of the team of four behind the North Mymms History Project.

Here Mike sets out the background to the creation of his photographic collection, and explains what those attending his talk are likely to experience.

Burglary at Little Heath Friday 29 March

Did you see or hear anything suspicious?



Herts Police crime appeal image

Police are appealing for the public’s help following a burglary at a house in Grangewood, Little Heath. The theft happened at around 3pm on Friday 29 March.

Important information for local walkers

Our latest North Mymms rights of way update 


The junction where North Mymms bridleway 4 and BOAT 4 meet BOAT 5  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The junction where North Mymms bridleway 4 and BOAT 4 meet BOAT 5
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Hertfordshire's Countryside & Rights of Way team has released the latest update on works currently underway on the footpaths, bridleways, and byways in the parish of North Mymms. The information is emailed to this site on a regular basis by Access Projects Officer Dawn Grocock.

Fresh hope for Welham Green pub

Hope and Anchor could reopen this month


Image: The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019 Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The group responsible for the Hope and Anchor in Welham Green says it’s “hoping to have the site open in two weeks time”.

The update was volunteered following the issuing of an April Fool hoax by the North Mymms Social Club (NMSC) which claimed that “there is a proposal in with the planning department of Welwyn Hatfield Council for the Hope and Anchor to be turned into a MacDonalds restaurant”.

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

The North Mymms Social Club, Station Road, Welham Green - 1 April, 2019
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Late on Sunday 31 March the NMSC sent an email to all members saying that a proposal for a MacDonalds drive through had been submitted to the local planning department. The email asked members the following questions:
  • Do we really want a MacDonalds in our village?
  • Do we really want the extra traffic created by a drive through?
  • Do we reall want all the rubbish on our streets that a MacDonalds will inevitably create?
The email continued: “If this is an issue you feel strongly about then NMSC will be gathering signatures for a petition of objection. The petition will be available for signing from 11.55am tomorrow. Just ask the bar staff and they will tell you all about it.”

Clearly a spoof aimed at regulars at the Station Road social club.

Image: Text of email sent out by NMSC on Sunday 31 March
Text of email sent out by NMSC on Sunday 31 March

Fingers crossed for an April opening


Sign outside the Hope and Anchor
Sign outside the Hope and Anchor
Richard Smyth the Regional Manager for Ei Group when told of the hoax email and asked whether there was any truth in it said “Really, absolutely not”.

He added that the group is planning to reopen the pub in the near future, possibly in the next two weeks “fingers crossed”.

A sign outside the Hope and Anchor describes running the pub as a “fantastic business opportunity" to run a "cask ale pub".

Last month the car park at the Hope and Anchor was blocked off following concerns raised by a local councillor that the space was encouraging drug dealing.


Related news


New tenant sought for Hope and Anchor - 12 March, 2019
Hope and Anchor to “open in the very near future” - 31 January, 2019
Welham Green's Hope and Anchor will reopen - 16 November, 2018





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National EU remain petition passes six million

Local response to EU remain or leave petitions


Image: Screen grab of map on the petition parliament site at 13.30 on Sunday 31 March, 2019

As the petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU passed the six million mark more than 10 thousand Welwyn Hatfield constituents had added their names to the campaign.

Meanwhile another petition to leave the EU without a deal in March had gathered almost 600,000 names nationwide and almost a thousand locally.

May Day event on Bradmore Green

Rotary Club to stage annual celebrations


Image: Children from Brookmans Park Primary School at a previous Rotary event Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Rotary Club
Children from Brookmans Park Primary School at a previous Rotary event
Image courtesy of Brookmans Park Rotary Club
Brookmans Park Rotary Club has announced the date of this year’s May Day celebration. It will be held on Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park from 2pm on Saturday 4 May. All are welcome.

Council issues brown bin collection warning

Collections will stop for anyone not subscribed


Image: Refuse collection in Welwyn Hatfield Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Refuse collection in Welwyn Hatfield
Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Local residents have been warned that their brown bins will not be emptied next week unless householders have subscribed to the recycling service for 2019/2020.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) issued the warning to remind people that the old subscriptions are out of date from Monday.

Local quiz night - Saturday 13 April

Book early to reserve a table



North Mymms Youth and Community Centre is hosting another of its popular quiz nights and inviting teams of up to eight members to book early.

Tickets are £10 per person, which includes table snacks and a chicken or vegetarian supper. It’s a BYOB event with participants able to bring their own drinks and glasses.

New trains start running on local lines

Roll-out of new Class 717 trains underway


Image: Exterior of a Class 717 at Gordon Hill on the Hertford North line  Image by Superalbs, released under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0
Exterior of a Class 717 at Gordon Hill on the Hertford North line
Image by Superalbs, released under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0
Two of the new Class 717 trains started running on services to and from Moorgate on Monday 25 March. Great Northern says the trains are part of a phased roll-out over the coming months. The process is expected to be completed later this year.

Essendon footbridge reopens

Dangerous right of way replaced


Image: The new footbridge at the east end of Essendon footpath 2 Image courtesy of the Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service
The new footbridge at the east end of Essendon footpath 2
Image courtesy of the Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service

Hertfordshire’s Countryside Management team has replaced a rotten and dangerous wooden footbridge on a local public footpath which means that walkers are now able to complete a number of popular routes.

The bridge is at the east end of Essendon footpath 2 at its junction with bridleway 26. It features on two of the rambles on our walks site, Hertfordshire Walker.

Local response to EU remain or leave petitions

How voting looked at 3pm on Friday 22 March


Image: Screen-grab of voter response taken at 3pm on Friday 22 March
The graphic above is a screen-grab taken at 3pm on Friday 22 March

Anyone interested in seeing how local residents are responding to two national petitions to remain in or leave the EU can check the latest figures on the government website.

By 3pm on Friday 22 March, 5,417 people in Welwyn Hatfield (4.89% of 110,750 constituents) had signed the national petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. So far 548 people (0.49% of constituents) had signed a petition to leave the EU without a deal.

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.