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SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2008
Sugar Hut Opens
Swanky nightspot The Sugar Hut opened it's doors on Friday night.
The bar and Thai restaurant occupies premises in Old Cross that were formerly "No.11" and Sloppy Joes.
The Sugar Hut was founded in 2000 by DJ and nightclub operator Chris George as an "aspirational leisure brand" and has outlets in Fulham, Norwich and Brentwood.
SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2008
Hertford held it's Christmas Gala today, attracting large numbers of people into the town.
As well as many shops opening up for Christmas shopping, there were also atractions around the town includes choirs, a stilt-walking ice queen, reindeer and jugglers.
There was also a photographic exhibition put on by members of Hertford Camera Cub and Hertford Museum hosted a number Victorian themed activities.
Both Hertford Castle and Castle Hall staged craft and gift fairs.
The highlight of the afternoon was the switching-on of the town's Christmas lights by Mayor Kim Darby.
SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2008
Rush Green Reopens
The refurbushed Rush Green Services has now re-opened, complete with M&S Simply Food and Wild Bean cafe.
The shop sells a small selection of the Simply Food range, whilst the Wil Bean cafe offers a counter service without any seating.
BP have asked the District Council for permissiosn to extend their hours to 6am to midnight from the current 7-10.
THURSDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2008
Corner Shop Sells Cards
The recently refurbished retail unit on the corner of Fore Street and South Street has opened as a seasonal card shop.
The former insurance brokers adjacent to The Sportsman was occupied over the weekend and appears to be a temporary retailer taking advantage of the Christmas season.
TUESDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2008
A new venture called See-Bay is set to open in Honey Lane.
The former mobile phone shop will auction second-hand goods and promises to list items on e-Bay, whilst at the same time displaying them for sale in the window.
No date has yet been publicised for opening but signage has already been put up, together with information in the shop window.
SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2008
Nero's Plan B
Cafe Nero have submitted a new planning application for seating outside their Salisbury Square coffee shop.
An earlier plan was rejected by a planning officer because of obstruction to pedestrians.
There were also concerns that the application submitted by the coffee chain did not contain enough detail to merit planning approval.
TUESDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2008
Curry Centre Opens
A new Indian takeaway named The Curry Centre has opened at 39 Cowbridge, just two doors down from The Empire Chinese takeaway.
The Curry Centre prides itself on being a family run establishment providing customers with a wide variety of the finest quality Indian food available for delivery or collection.
The menu remains true to classic Indian recipes, but also reflects the food trends of today's India and the sub-continent.
Dishes not on the menu can also be provided. Dishes can also be changed to mild, medium or hot as required.
Delivery is free to Hertford and the surrounding areas and opening hours are Monday to Saturday 5-11pm and 5-10pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2008
Gerard Is Coming
Work has started refitting Caffe Uno in Fore Street as a Brasserie Chez Gerard.
Chez Gerard first opened in London 30 years ago and their brasseries offer both casual and formal dining as well as just drinks. The menu draws on French influences from around the globe: From delicious Moroccan ‘Tajines’ to ‘the best steak frites this side of Paris’.
Both chains are owned by Paramount Restaurants.
WEDNESDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2008
Tesco Appeal Refusal
Tesco have submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate following the council's refusal of their planning application for a new store on their Ware Road site.
The plans to double the store size were unanimously rejected by the Development Control Committee during the summer.
Councillors were scathing over the plans, with Peter Ruffles (Con, Bengeo) referring to them as "an abomination"; whilst Suzanne Rutland-Barsby (Con, Castle) called the new store "an absolute monstrosity".
Over 500 letters of objection were received.
THURSDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2008
Tennis Plans Resubmitted
David Lloyd Leisure are seeking to renew planning approval for their tennis centre at Archers Spring.
The leisure group were given the go-ahead for the Welwyn Road centre after a public enquiry in 2001. However, a condition of the approval was that work start within five years. By 2005 no work had taken place and the company applied for a three year extention, which was granted despite local opposition. Three years later there has still been no activity on the site and David Lloyd are yet again asking the council to extend the planning approval.
The Town Council and Civic Society both objected to the renewal of planning approval in 2005, suggesting the land either be earmarked for housing or returned to the Green Belt.
WEDNESDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2008
Maidenhead Street Eateries
Two new eateries are set to open in Maidenhead Street.
The Proper Cornish Food Company are to open an outlet in premises that were formerly Doorsteps cafe. The company is based in Bodmin and has been selling pasties since 1988. Their range includes 20 different flavours of pasty, plus savoury slices and sausage rolls.
For more information visit www.propercornish.co.uk
Further up the street, the former Hot House Indian restaurant is set to re-open as Dil's, serving up authentic Indian cuisine.
For more information visit www.dilsrestaurant.co.uk
TUESDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2008
Bob Hill Guilty
Former motorcycle dealer Bob Hill has been found guilty of theft at St.Albans Crown Court.
Hill was originally charged with the theft of 20 motorcycles belonging to customers but convicted of just one, for which he was sentenced to 40 hours community service.
Of the remaining charges, he was cleared of 15, whilst the jury could not decide on a further two and directed by the judge to find Hill not guilty on the remaining pair of charges.
Outside of court, Hill said that he would be considering an appeal. He also threatened to sue a number of parties he claimed were instrumental in his bankruptcy and downfall. He also vowed to pay back all those to whom he owed money.
MONDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2008
Tickled Pink And Blue Re-opens
Womenswear shop Tickled Pink And Blue in Railway Street has re-opened.
The shop closed at the beginning of October following reports that the property had been sold. The Mercury also reported that the business had closed.
However, new stock appeared in the window at the weekend and the shop re-opened for business today.
SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2008
Site Clearance Begins
Clearance work has started on derelict land behind Maidenhead Street, prior to the construction of a new libabry and homes along the riverside.
Altantic recently bought the site from McMullens and will provide the shell of the library, with the County Council fitting out the new facility.
The library will be entirely at street level with access from Maidenhead Street.
The sixteen homes will have courtyard parking and feature zinc roofing and locally-sourced oak. The first homes are expected to be released by the Summer of 2009.
More from Altantic Homes - Dolphin Yard
SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2008
Art Society Members Show
Hertford Art Society are holding an exhiition at The Seed Warehouse this weekend.
The Member's Show is an annual exhibition exclusively for the work of members of the Art Society. It has been running successfully for a number of years now and has maintained a consistently high standard of work.
The exhibition is open 10-6 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Admission is free.
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