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Clearing up after Christmas

How to recycle or dispose of cards, wrapping, and waste


Potters Bar household waste recycling centre, Cranbourne Industrial Estate Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Potters Bar household waste recycling centre, Cranbourne Industrial Estate
Image courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Some reminders, advice and tips for those planning a post-Christmas clean-up, including the opening times for the local recycling centres, a list of what to put in which bins, and a repeat of the revised refuse collection dates for the next two weeks.

Accident concerns after Welham Green verge damage

Council tells local resident “action not required”


Verge damage along Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green  Image by @scottagnelson via Twitter
Verge damage along Dixons Hill Road, Welham Green
Image by @scottagnelson via Twitter

A Welham Green resident is concerned that someone could be hurt walking on the pavement along Dixons Hill Road following damage to the grass verge.

But Hertfordshire County Council’s Highways Department says a risk assessment has been carried out which concluded that the damage was “not requiring action at this time”.

The last vIsit of an Inter-City 125 to North Mymms

Train enthusiasts share the moment on Twitter


The Inter City 125 shortly after passing Brookmans Park  Image courtesy of Lewis Nagle via @lewisjnagle
The Inter City 125 shortly after passing Brookmans Park
Image courtesy of Lewis Nagle via @lewisjnagle
An Inter-City 125 made its last journey through North Mymms on Saturday 21 December, decked out in its original British Rail livery.

Several people posted their pictures of the event on Twitter.

Festive season refuse and recycling collection dates

A reminder when to put the bins out


Image of festive bins by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


For those who may have missed it, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has published the dates of the refuse and recycling collections that will take place over the Christmas and new year holiday period.

All will run later than usual, and there will be some collections on Saturdays. Normal service resumes on Monday 13 January.

Volunteers needed to sort jumble for January sale

Chance for a clear out or to pick up a bargain


The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando

Organisers of the annual winter jumble sale at the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre are looking for volunteers to spare some time sorting through the jumble in the run up to the day of the sale.

This year’s new year jumble sale at the centre is on Saturday 4 January and runs from 10am to noon. Admission is 50p, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the centre.


When to drop off any jumble


The centre will be open to receive jumble for four hours a day on the three days leading up to the sale.

Anyone wanting to donate any goods can visit the centre, which is off Station Road, Welham Green, between 2pm and 4pm, and 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday 1 January and Thursday 2 January, and between 1pm and 5pm on Friday 3 January.

No jumble can be delivered on the day of the sale.

The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando 

Anyone who wants to help sort the jumble just needs to turn up during the opening times listed above and in the flyer below.


The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre jumble sale image courtesy of Martin Ferdinando

Supporting local community activities


Committee member Martin Ferdinando says the twice-yearly jumble sales raise more than half the annual fundraising total which goes towards covering overheads of more than £25,000 a year and other costs including insurance and clearing up rubbish illegally dumped on the site.
“Fund-raising by the committed volunteers amounts to £5,000 annually; in this regard the jumble sales contribute around 55%, with overall attendance of more than 200 people, plus twice-yearly quiz nights making the important balance.”
He says the upkeep of the centre and the site is a continual challenge ensuring health and safety plus all the regulatory requirements are met.
“The eight and a half acre site comprises the centre with car park plus woodland and fields, land which is owned by Welwyn Hatfield Council and leased to the charity.
“The centre has a flat roof, which needs replacing approximately every 25 years and a building of its construction needs lots of maintenance and things like replacement windows, toilets, lighting, re-wiring, and an endless cycle of maintenance.
“The annual overheads include running costs, such as lighting, heating, cleaning, repairs, as well as on-going refurbishment of the building itself, the car park and the woodland site; this amount to more than £25,000 per year.
“Annual insurances, including public liability, are ever increasing at £2,500 per year. The collection of rubbish, often including fly-tipped items, costs the centre more than £1,000 a year. 
“The balance of the centre’s revenue comes from lettings and takings, donations and grants.”
The main hirers of the centre are the Willowbrook Nursery School, The North Mymms Youth Project, the North Mymms Horticultural Society, Slimming World, and various judo, yoga, and other classes. It’s also hired for parties for all ages, and general meetings.

Martin says the centre survives thanks to “the marvellous effort of a group of committed volunteers”, but he says more volunteers are needed as older team members retire from volunteering.

The centre offers a generous space, including the reception and mezzanine area coupled with two large areas for entertainment and other activities.

Anyone wanting to hire the centre can do so by using the contact number or email address on the centre’s website.

How to get there


North Mymms Youth and Community Centre is off Station Road, Welham Green, grid ref: TL 23758 05056, What3Words: plants.sticks.wool.

There is a free car park at the centre.





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52 reported crimes in North Mymms in November

10 burglaries - double the number in October


Herts police, image courtesy of Hertfordshire Constabulary

The November 2019 crime figures for North Mymms show that 52 incidents were reported during the month, 14 fewer than in October.

The most commons crime during November was burglary, with 10 incidents being investigated in Brookmans Park, Little Heath, and Welham Green. That’s double the number of break-ins compared to the previous month.

Over 65s reminded to get their flu jab

Numbers inoculated locally lower than in previous years


Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Potterells Medical Centre is inviting local residents who are entitled to the flu jab to make an appointment. The practice manager says the number of people inoculated locally this year has not reached previous levels.

Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan December update

10,200 representations during recent consultation


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Local Plan Newsletter image

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says the public response to the recent consultation on the 140-plus sites promoted by landowners or developers for “housing, employment, mixed-use or other forms of development” was “far in excess” of anything the local authority has received during previous stages of the process.

All representations are now available for viewing on the council’s consultation portal.

Winter rail timetable starts 15 December

Most current train times “remain unchanged”


Welham Green station - November 2019Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Welham Green station - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rail travellers are urged to check the new winter timetable, which is operational from Sunday 15 December, to see whether there have been any changes to local train times.

And while the new timetable is good news for those farther down the line, with more trains stopping at certain stations, there will be no increase in stops at Brookmans Park and Welham Green, either during peak hours or off-peak, now or in next year’s summer timetable.

Conservatives hold Welwyn Hatfield

Labour second, Liberal Democrats come third


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


Grant Shapps has held his Welwyn Hatfield seat in the 2019 general election, winning 52.6% of the votes cast.

Labour's Rosie Newbigging came second with 31.6%, the Liberal Democrat candidate, Paul Zukowskyj, came third with 12.7%, and the Green Party candidate, Oliver Sayers, was fourth with 3.1%.

Inter-City 125’s final journey through North Mymms

Train will pass through Welham Green and Brookmans Park


Image of Inter-City 125 by Phil Sangwell released via Wikimedia Commons

Train enthusiasts will be able to watch the iconic Inter-City 125 pass through North Mymms for the last time on the afternoon of Saturday 21 December, decked out in its original British Rail livery.

Details of the “farewell tour” have just been released by train operator LNER.

Grants available for projects that benefit North Mymms

Applications have to be in by 6 January 2020


Image courtesy of Best Picko released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Local voluntary organisations and community groups providing services that “benefit the economic, environmental and/or social wellbeing of residents of the parish of North Mymms” have a month to apply for local authority grants.

Forged £20 banknotes set to “flood the market”

Police warn of counterfeits in run-up to Christmas


Photograph of £20 bank notes by Images Money released via Creative Commons BY 2.0

Hertfordshire police say they expect to see an increase in forged £20 banknotes in the coming months.

A new £20 polymer note will be issued in February. Police say criminals will be attempting “flood the market” with forgeries before the old notes are withdrawn from circulation.

Volunteers wanted to help vulnerable residents

Senior Watch aims to inform elderly residents of crime risks


Image of elderly woman by Borya via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

Hertfordshire police are seeking the help of “caring local people” to share crime alerts with older residents who are not online, and who might be missing the regular neighbourhood watch warnings and advice.

“Sonic boom” heard across Hertfordshire

Noise at 4.20am wakes people from London to Cambridge


Photograph of Typhoon by Defence Images released via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

The loud bang heard in the early hours of Sunday morning 1 December was the result of a sonic boom from RAF planes, according to the Metropolitan police.

Thousands of people were woken by the noise and took to social media claiming they’d heard an explosion in their neighbourhood.

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