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Planning threat to village – join the protest!

New plans drawn up by Dacorum Borough Council threaten to engulf our historic village with a massive new housing development, dwarfing even the one set to be built on Marchmont Fields. PERA has drawn up a guide on how you …

Firework fun ends the social calendar with a bang!

 

Piccotts End fireworks

It’s one of the most eagerly awaited events on the social calendar and this year’s fireworks party lived up to expectations. Despite a dismal, damp start to the day the skies cleared in time for everyone to enjoy an …

Thumbs up for the Safari Supper!

Piccotts End Safari SupperThis year’s Safari Supper was another big success, thanks to all the villagers who cooked up a treat for their guests. More than 20 took part, entertaining surprise guests with starters and main courses. The popular event ended at the …

Village cheers the big race


Villagers turned out to cheer on cyclists as the Tour of Britain zoomed through Piccotts End.  The international event, with more than 100 riders taking part including British riders Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas, set off from Hemel on Stage …

Sign here to stop speeding motorists

slow downVillage resident Judy Wade is behind a new campaign to stop the increasing number of cars speeding through the village. Judy, who lives at No 95, has started a petition to hand to the Council. She needs more names so …

End of the road for Marchmont Fields

PERA residents protest against against the development of Marchmont Fields last yearDacorum Council has signed the death warrant for Marchmont Fields. The land adjoining Grovehill to halfway down Link Road has been ‘released’ from the Green belt and a massive housing programme will begin shortly. Despite representations from PERA (pictured here) …

Goodbye to heavy lorries, we hope!

The Leighton Buzzard road, notorious for the number of HGVs thundering through each day, is soon to have a weight limit imposed. Herts County Highways have confirmed that a section of the A4146 is to be downgraded from an A …

Summer BBQ is music to our ears!

DaveMiriamThe summer BBQ was blessed with music and sunshine. It was a warm and sunny 1st of July as villagers were welcomed with a glass of Pimms, kindly provided by our hostess Miriam Smith at her home Gone to Ground. …

It’s a sign of the times!

Piccotts End village signNo we’re not talking Harry Styles but the smart new village sign welcoming  visitors and residents! It’s the handiwork of Riverbank’s Paul Harrison, who dismantled the old sign outside the Marchmont Arms and gave it a good clean and a …

Deer oh deer!

Piccotts End deerPE resident John Baldwin captured the moment a deer ran past his house this week.   John, who has CCTV installed on his property, said: ‘It was 10.45am Thursday morning a deer was recorded running through Piccotts End towards the Marchmont …

Brunch is a big hit!

Piccotts End BrunchResidents enjoyed a sunny morning with coffee and croissants at the summer brunch at the Marchmont Arms. ‘It was lovely to see many people come along to chat and exchange family news,’ said social secretary Annette Harrison. Guests included Holly …

AGM update & minutes

news_89_1035603911Residents attending last month’s March AGM were given a rundown on village matters, including plans for another safari supper, more plaques for houses of historical interest and concerns about unsightly rubbish bins outside the Marchmont Arms.  The full minutes can …

Welcome Melanie!

Melanie MackneyPERA extends a very warm welcome to our newest resident, Melanie Mackney. Melanie, who works in Cabin Crew for British Airways, has just moved to Riverbank from Wigginton Bottom, where she lived for the last ten years. She said she …

Summer Garden Party returns to Piccotts End Farm

events_72_1238642560Following the success of last year’s Summer Garden Party at 117, Piccotts End, it will take place at the same venue again on Saturday July 1st. Mrs Miriam Wiedman Smith, whose son Toby played in the quartet who entertained everyone …

Marchmont fields development now inevitable

PERA residents protesting against against the development of Marchmont Fields  last yearPERA secretary Michael Nidd has delivered some depressing news about the proposed development of Marchmont Fields. Michael presented PERA’s objections at last year’s public consultation. But following publication of the inspector’s findings he says she has all but rubber-stamped its …

Emma’s debut book hits the shelves!

Emma Claire SweeneyPiccotts End’s literary chapter has turned a new page with the debut novel of Emma Sweeney. Emma, who is a lecturer in creative writing, has just published Owl Song at Dawn, a moving story inspired by her sister Louise., …

Police investigate Piccotts End Lane robbery

Police are investigating an incident near Piccotts End Lane after a man was knocked unconscious and robbed. It was reported that at around 5.30pm on July 1st in an area known as Pondfield off Piccotts End Lane a man, aged …

Cars vandalised

Some time between late on Sunday night (May 8th) and 6.30 on Monday morning (May 9th) several cars parked in Piccotts End had windscreens or side windows smashed.  It is believed that up to 6 were damaged, one adjacent to …

New plaques on show at Sunday Brunch

West Herts InfirmaryPlaques marking notable buildings in the village will be on show at a Sunday Brunch on May 8th. The event will be take place at the Marchmont Arms from 11pm. Plaques will include the sites of West Herts Infirmary and …

AGM minutes

news_89_1035603911Last month’s AGM covered a wide range of topics, from plans for a series of plaques marking notable buildings in the village to a likely date in May for the start of a Government planning inspector’s hearing on the proposed …