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A New Year 2020 wish list for Hertford

A New Year 2020 wish list for Hertford

A New Year and a time to reflect and look forward. This is list of things the people of Hertford have wished for based on my role as Town Centre Manager from 2001 – 2010. It is far from complete. Nearly all of the following were the subject of a response to a survey I …

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A Christmas Carol for all my friends in Hertford

A Christmas Carol for all my friends in Hertford

About this time of year I try and read A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens. It is what Christmas is all about – family and the joy of giving. I have a black and white film version 1951 A Christmas Carol: starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge and Kathleen Harrison – a classic. This year I am …

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Yarn Bomber’s Hertford Christmas Tree

Yarn Bomber’s Hertford Christmas Tree

This is a photo of  yarn bombers Hertford’s Christmas tree. It’s good to write about something that is worth coming into Hertford for. (see previous post) Click image to see full version. It is almost impossible to calculate the number of hours these people have spent in designing, making and dressing this tree. In the …

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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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