Category: Around Hertford

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Hertford

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Hertford

Our misery has been lifted. There is to be a General Election. It will be slightly different in Hertford this time as Mark Prisk, our MP for Hertford and Stortford is standing down having served the constituency since 2001. This is his letter confirming his decision.   You have to speak as you find and …

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Have yourself a merry little Hertford Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Hertford Christmas

Walking around town this last couple of days I notice that the Christmas lights are in place. I know that they are not switched on yet but Christmas does seem to get earlier every year. First let me categorically state that I am not against Christmas lights to brighten up the town and improve the …

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A candle for Zach

A candle for Zach

11th October 2019 was the fourth anniversary of the passing of our grandson Zach. We marked it by launching four floating candles along the River Lea. This beautiful photo was taken by my stepson and Zach’s uncle, Jonathan Lucas. It was shot from Folly Bridge; a view Zach loved. I used to stand him here …

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But John, Hertford is the county town.

But John, Hertford is the county town.

Sometimes I think I am living in a different universe from everyone else. Apart from a message on Hertford.net no one else seems to be the slightest concerned that the planning application for Bircherley Green Shopping Centre has been withdrawn. Just to make sure I downloaded the entry again and here is the email from …

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I’m sitting in the railway station

I’m sitting in the railway station

“I used to have a standing joke and say if I’d been really bad and went to purgatory when I died, I’d find myself trapped in Peterborough railway station on a cold winter’s night, with the cold wind blowing across the Fens.” Not my words but those of Louise Doughty talking to BBC News about …

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Fings aint what they used to be

Fings aint what they used to be

Since it was announced that Chase Homes intended to buy Bircherley Green the newspapers, message boards and pubs have been full of hopes, plans and wish lists. Unfortunately the planning process does not work that way. I have lived in Hertford since 1980 but was born and grew up in Camden Town. On Saturday morning …

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Continuing story of Peyton Place aka Hertford

Continuing story of Peyton Place aka Hertford

The best thing about going on holiday with the grandchildren is that you forget about the cares of home and become a child yourself again. The downside is that when you come home you realise that nothing has changed and you are an adult again. So I didn’t expect much to have happened in Hertford …

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Nostalgia – Coronation Street style

Nostalgia – Coronation Street style

Coronation Street is currently being repeated on ITV3 with two episodes in the afternoon. It has now reached Christmas 1992. Soap operas as we once knew them were welcome escapism from a day at work and to enjoy with the family over tea, or dinner. I find myself complaining at the TV – bring back …

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Never send to know for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for Hertford

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for Hertford

So, the powers of conservatism in Hertford have finally won. The developers have pulled out of the second phase of the Bircherley Green redevelopment scheme. This is a Pyrrhic victory at best. We are left with a shopping centre with empty and boarded up shops and grass growing through every crack like a town in …

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Balham, sorry, Hertford – Gateway to the South

Balham, sorry, Hertford – Gateway to the South

It is a case of deja vu – waiting for the next boot to fall or in Hertford’s case, waiting for the gates to open. To underline the reversal of traffic flow there are two ‘No Entry’ signs at the western end of Maidenhead Street. However if you are driving from Mill Bridge they are …

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