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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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