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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


The Warrengate Road flood gate Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
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”.

The Brookmans Park Cold War bunker

Part of a nationwide network built in case of nuclear attack


The Brookmans Park Transmitting Station - 2002
Photograph courtesy of Paul Large of Falcon Media
Did you know that there is a Cold War bunker in Brookmans Park that would have been used for broadcasting government-controlled information to the nation if there was a threat of a nuclear attack?

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