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The planning inspector for the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan has said he is unable to give a decision on the soundness of the Symondshyde or Birchall Garden Suburb.

Organisers have sadly postponed the 20th annual Hatfield House Battle Proms Picnic Concert until next year.

Popular Hertfordshire music festival Folk by the Oak in Hatfield has been postponed until 2021.

Nine new luxury assisted living apartments will open this summer at Foxholes Care Homes.

Potters Bar News

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Welwyn Hatfield and Hertsmere have both seen a rise in empty homes according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Hertsmere Borough Council is temporarily suspending its blue box, paper, collections from today.

A sexual health clinic in Hatfield – one of three in Hertfordshire – is set to close temporarily.

An online radio station has been set up in Potters Bar to help combat social isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown in Hertfordshire.

After the Government said all rough sleepers must be in by the weekend, Welwyn Hatfield and Hertsmere Borough Councils brought everyone that they could identify as homeless inside.

Sport

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The FA council has ratified the controversial decision to void the season for non-league clubs at step three and below – ending Colney Heath’s promotion and Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title hopes.

Saracens hooker Jamie George says he is hopeful of featuring in the 2023 World Cup for England but admits it is going to be “tough” to make the cut.

Saracens Mavericks have taken the decision to “safeguard our future as a franchise” by furloughing all employed staff and players.

An image of Ben Stokes just after he hit the winning runs in the third Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Headingley has won the Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition for 2019.

An Olympic diving hopeful from Brookmans Park is ready to grasp his moment in the spotlight – just as soon as Tom Daley and the like retire.

What's On

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A music festival returning to Hertfordshire for a third year has switched dates as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Heritage

Friday, April 3, 2020

Alistair Hodgson, curator of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, shares some of the Hertfordshire museum’s special attractions and hidden secrets. In week two of his Curator’s Corner, we take a look at the history-making DH.106 Comet.

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Many of Welwyn Garden City’s centenary celebrations are to go ahead, while some have been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

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Alistair Hodgson, curator of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, shares some of the museum’s special attractions and hidden secrets to our readers in the first Curator’s Corner.

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One of the major events of the Welwyn Garden City centenary celebrations has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Both St Albans Museum + Gallery and Verulamium Museum are to close temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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