Category «Hertford blog»

Another nail in the coffin

Looking back over these posts they all follow a similar pattern. One of closure, redundancy and retirement. John and Judy Workman called in at Waitrose the other day and told my wife that they had retired. John is better known incorrectly as John Claydon – the fishmonger. They had a shop – Claydons – in …

Waitrose closing in September – finally

That thud on the doormat was not the daily delivery of junk mail, nor the latest manuscript submission to a publisher rejected for the second or third time but the other boot finally falling. That boot is of course the confirmed closure of Waitrose in Bircherley Green in September 2017. It was the only outcome …

Bircherley Green Redevelopment

30 November 2016 I have commented elsewhere on this site the devastating effect the death of our grandson in October 2015 had on my family and myself. I stepped down from my last remaining position in town and took no more than a passing interest in events. Family and friends said this was not good …

When one door closes … another slams shut in your face !

June 13 2015 This is an update on events in Hertford over the past four weeks or so, from a very personal point of view. So, take a deep breath and read on. Two weeks ago I popped into Colin Sykes’ jewellers shop to thank him for his friendship over the years and to wish …

Election fever grips Hertford

April 16 2015 Election fever in Hertford is like a clammy hand snaking around your vital organs whilst you lay in bed on a winters night dreaming of a shimmering and sun-drenched Caribbean shoreline. There are four political wards in Hertford which will be returning District and Town Councillors along with an MP on Election …

The decline in Hertford’s retail offer – Part Two

Where in Hertford can you buy a pair of shoes, ladies underwear or a baby’s potty? The answer is that you can’t; not if you like your foot to be measured, are a lady of a certain age or have searched all the obvious places like chemist shops. I found the latter item in Messages …

The leaving of Hertford

18 November 2014 There is very little talk in Hertford at the moment other than when will Waitrose be leaving. This is no doubt in response to the Hertfordshire Mercury edition of 6 November in which they used the headline and caption – Waitrose confirms it will be moving out of Bircherley Green, Hertford – …

Why doesn’t the 724 run on time

7 November 2014 Why does the Arriva 724 bus service between Harlow and Heathrow never run on time? Why doesn’t the 724 run to the timetable? Why is the Arriva Harlow to Heathrow bus service invariably late more times than it is on time? Why is one or more runs cancelled at short notice without …

Waitrose leaving Hertford for Amwell End

20 October 2014 I see that an application has been made by CBRE on behalf of Van Hages Garden Centre for part demolition and extension of their existing store and provision for a food store. Waitrose is not mentioned by name in the application but are partners to the accompanying documentation. You can view the …

Bircherley Green Regeneration

10 September 2014 I went out today at about 3.00pm to visit the Post Office. Fortunately I was walking. A Boots delivery van was badly parked on the corner of Railway Street behind the delivery bay. A 310 double decker bus was unable to complete a turn from Market Street resulting in a queue of …