SATURDAY 23rd MAY 2009
St.Leonard's Flower Festival
A flower festival opened today at St.Leonard's Church in Bengeo with a display from the church's own Flower Guild, led by Sue Kenney.
The festival launches the summer long St.Leonard's Arts Festival, which aims to raise funds for the maintenance and improvement of the Norman church.
There are 23 displays and entrance is £2, with opening on Sunday from Noon-4 and on Monday 10am-5pm.
SATURDAY 23rd MAY 2009
New Mayor Takes Office
Hertford's new mayor Cllr.David Poole was installed at the Mayor-making ceremony at County Hall on Thursday.
David takes over from Kim Darby and has selected Keech Cottage Hospital and St.John's Ambulance as his chosen charities for the year.
The Mayor represents the town at civic occasions, as well as at events held by the town's schools, clubs and charitable organisations.
THURSDAY 21st MAY 2009
Golf Course Progresses
Work has started in an 18-hole golf course south of Hertford between Jenningsbury Farm and Hertford Heath.
The London Road site will stretch from the farm to Hertford Heath and from London Road westwards to the boundary with the camp site in Mangrove Road.
Plans approved by the District Council include a clubhouse, car parking for 100 vehicles, a green keeper's house and utility sheds.
Outline planning permission was first granted in 1991, with final planning approval granted in 2005. This was conditional of improvements to the layout of London Road to allow for the entrance to the golf club.
TUESDAY 19th MAY 2009
Town Councillor Sacked
Councillor Sasha Bright (Con, Castle) has been stripped of office after failing to attend any Council meetings in the last six months.
The Town Council have subsequently announced a vacancy for the ward and if requested, an election to fill the vacancy.
An election must be held is requested by ten local electors before the 8th June, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by the town council themselves.
FRIDAY 15th MAY 2009
Leisure Centre Upgrade
Work starts next week on the £1.6m redevelopment of Hartham Leisure Centre.
The plan to revitalise the centre was agreed by the council's Executive earlier in the month.
The work will see the first floor being converted into a new state of the art gym with additional windows to give stunning views across the common. There will also be a new studio space and a high quality refurbishment of the changing rooms and reception area.
Executive member for community development, leisure and culture, Cllr Linda Haysey said: "These exciting plans will be a great step forward for Hartham and will bring the facilities up to a very high standard."
The redevelopment of Hartham has been put forward as part of the new leisure contract with Sports and Leisure Management (SLM). They took over the day to day running of the council's leisure facilities in January and will implement the improvements for the council.
SLM contract manager Mathew Nicholson said: "When the works go ahead, we will do everything we can to keep disruption to existing services to an absolute minimum. Our customers are our first priority and they will have a first class leisure facility once the works are complete."
Cllr Haysey added: "The council recognises the importance of staying fit and healthy and these developments will provide a great deal more people with access to affordable, high quality facilities."
Work is expeceted to be complete by the end of the year.
TUESDAY 12th MAY 2009
Wiggingtons For Sale
Gift and furniture shop Wiggingtons in Old Cross is up for sale due to retirement.
Based in a charming 16th century former coaching inn, the business sells hand-crafted pine and oak furniture, garden ornaments and various gifts, including jewellery and lighting.
Three years ago Wiggintons closed their adjacent gift shop in St.Andrew Street (now Hertford Womens Society).
TUESDAY 12th MAY 2009
Exchange Hosts Feelgood and Fairport
Dr.Feelgood headline at The Corn Exchange this coming Friday, with support from The Untouchables.
The line-up of Robert Kane, Kevin Morris, Phil Mitchell and Steve Walwyn will perform their distinctive style of energetic R&B before heading off to Europe for dates in Albania, Monaco and Scandinavia.
The following Friday sees folk rockers Fairport Convention take to the stage. The group have been performing since 1967 and won the coveted "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2002 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Ticket are £15 for Dr.Feelgood and £20 for Fairport Convention, available from the Tourist Information Centre.
For more information visit www.hertfordcornexchange.co.uk
WEDNESDAY 6th MAY 2009
Art Exhibition 2009
Hertford Art Society's annual exhibition opened on Sunday and runs until Saturday 16th May at Cowbridge Halls.
The exhibition is now in it's 57th year and features around 250 paintings from artists across the UK.
A number of prizes will be presented at the end of the exhibition, including the John Goss Prize for the Best in Show, The Lady Laming Award for Best Abstract Work and The Mayor's Award for the Best 3D work.
Sponsors include auctioneers Sworders, Hertfordshire Graphics and brushmakers Edward W Mason Ltd, as well as a number of private sponsors.
For more information visit www.hertfordartsociety.co.uk
WEDNESDAY 6th MAY 2009
Archers Spring Action
Police and local authorities are reviewing their options as bikers continue to plague Archers Spring, west of the Sele Farm Estate.
Local police officer Mark Bullen is currently compiling a dossier of complaints whilst the local council has found evidence of asbestos on the site.
Owners David Lloyd Leisure have shown little interest in the site other than applying twice for extentions to planning approval granted after a public enquiry in 2001.
Trial bikers regularly use the site for practice and have torn down signs put up by the police warning that vehicles can be seized.
MONDAY 4th MAY 2009
Musical Mystery Tour
Hertford's Musical Mystery Tour takes place today featuring pop, classical, jazz and folk in a wealth of venues.
The Tour is the first major event in this year's Hertford Music Festival, which runs from 1st May to 7th June.
Venues include The White Hart in Salisbury Square, The Old Barge on Folly Island, The Hertford House Hotel, Elbert Wurlings, The Harts Horns and The Corn Exchange.
Artists include Annie Dale, The Bonmarches, Sivided Opinions, The Ukabilly Big Band, To Dibb, Nuala and The Trash.
Hertford Music Festival is now in its 16th year and is again sponsored by local telecomms specialists Universal Office Automation and grant aided by Hertford Town Council.
For more information visit www.hertfordmusicfestival.co.uk
SUNDAY 3rd MAY 2009
Pura Vida Hair & Beauty
Penny Lafferty's hair and beauty salon Pura Vida opened it's doors last weekend.
Together with friend Kate Tanner, Penny offers an array of hair, holistic and beauty treatments. There is also a referral service to other therapists offering treatments in acupuncture, body stress release, deep tissue massage and chiropractic treatments.
Describing the venture, Penny says "Pura Vida means pure life. I hope to embrace this Costa Rican philosophy and let it flow through all the services we offer. As well as offering the more well known high street salon brand names, I will also be offering a more natural, organic alternative for those clients who wish to still enjoy their favourite treatments but use professional products which have been ethically sourced where possible, (such as SpaRitual, hand, foot & bodycare & Youngblood mineral make up)."
"I want to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in Pura Vida & break away from the conventional salon set up."
"Myself and Kate are constanlty dicsovering new treatments & undergo regular training to keep up with the industry's ever changing needs.
The shop offers a loyalty reward scheme and is part of The Mercury's Shop Local campaign.
SATURDAY 2nd MAY 2009
A new nail bar has opened in Railway Street without planning approval from the District Council.
D&J Nails opened today despite warnings from the council that enforcement action would be taken if they did not apply for "change of use".
Nail bars are classed as A2 professional services, whereas the premises are currently designated as retail.
A spokesperson for D&J Nails said in March that the shop would not open without planning permission. However, there is no record of any application having been made.
Update: A planning application for change of use was registered with the District Council on 7th May.
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