Hemel Hempstead Town missed the chance to gain ground on their Conference South playoff rivals as they were pegged back late on by struggling Maidenhead United at Vauxhall Road.
The winners of the annual community event were unveiled at a ceremony last week, with awards also going to testicular cancer campaigners, a long-serving city milkman and a disabled community event.
The winners are pictured below with Radio Verulam's Phil Richards second from the right.
Watford Ladies put in an encouraging performance against top of the table Reading, despite losing 3-0 in what was a harsh scoreline.
St Albans City secured their place in the Vanarama Conference South despite a 2-1 loss to Bishop’s Stortford.
Tributes have flooded social media following the death of a beloved accordion player.
Continuing our run of interviews with Hemel Hempstead-based charity Hope for Children, we speak to office manager Caroline Lee, who lives in Berkhamsted and is also a personal trainer.
In the wake of the sad passing of former teacher and Gazette columnist Joan Hands, a manuscript from an interview with the woman who very much put the Her into our borough’s Heritage has emerged.
Tom Cackett is the new county adviser for the NFU in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, working from an office at Milton Common. He has relocated from his home town of Redbourn to live in Little Milton.
Rivers here in Hertfordshire, like the Ver, are chalk streams, bubbling up out of the ancient chalk aquifers of the Chiltern Hills, their crystal waters flowing over characteristic gravel beds where water cress grows and a host of rare animals flourish. Or so it should be. A recent WWF report into the state of our chalk streams says that 77% are failing to meet the Good status required by the Water Framework Directive, and they face many threats including over abstraction, pollution and invasion from none native species. The Ver itself is doing worse than most – the WWF report gave it the worst possible rating, that of bad ecological status.
We devoted the entire show to chalk streams – their problems, their ecology, plans for their future and the local situation with the River Ver. We were pleased to welcome a line up of knowledgeable experts:
- Dr Rose O’Neill who prepared the WWF State of Our Chalk Streams report and who manages WWF’s UK Water Programme.
- Rob Sage, an asset specialist on water resources from Affinity Water
- Dr. Ronni Edmonds Brown, an aquatic ecologist from the University of Hertfordshire who has run a project to breed and release the threatened chalk stream native, the White Clawed Crayfish, and
- Martin Frearson from the Ver Valley Society
All were agreed that we all needed to use less water, and so leave more water in our chalk stream rivers. Find plenty of tips on the Affinity Water website
Also, they asked that you contribute to the Save Our Waters consultation
Diary dates for this month and ahead:
Better World Hustings: Thursday 23rd April Trinity URC St.Albans 8pm. Come and put your questions on sustainability and fairness to your prospective parliamentary candidates in the run up to the general election.
Caring for God’s World: Saturday 25th April at St.Albans Cathedral. For more info go to www.stalbans.anglican.org
Suatainable St.Albans Week: 23rd-29th November, to coincide with the Paris Climate Summit starting 30th November. Lots of groups have already signed up to run an event. If you are part of a group that would like to join in this exciting week then go to the Sustainable St.Albans Week facebook page to find out more.
Tudors Boss Dean Brennan says he is already looking to build for next season – regardless of what happens between now and the end of the current campaign.