Fed up. That's the general feeling at the moment. And whilst we all like to have a bit of a moan it doesn’t really help anyone.

That’s why I am so excited about the University of Hertfordshire’s Festival of Ideas that’s taking place next week (Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18).

Who knows what great ideas will emerge from people getting together and allowing our minds to wander and be exposed to different ways of thinking?

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Cllr Larry Crofton, leader of Hatfield Town CouncilCllr Larry Crofton, leader of Hatfield Town Council (Image: Hatfield Town Council)

Technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, and I will look out for the Future Tech Zone and a curious session on wearable medical technology.

There will also be an opportunity to improve your dance moves at the salsa taster session and learn more about Hertfordshire’s thriving film and TV industry.

As a town council that provides local sport facilities, we will be taking a more professional interest in the sport related sessions, as well as looking at how we may power the towns of tomorrow.

Hatfield Town Council will also have its own stall at the festival, so please do drop by.

Local politicians will be looking forward to talking to attendees and finding out what you would like to see from us and hear your ideas about how we can improve things for the better.

Whilst no one ever agrees 100 per cent with what others may say, I’m sure we can achieve more and generate better solutions by sharing and talking through our ideas.

Explore Hatfield

One of the great ideas which developed in Hatfield is the jet engine and this proud technical history is celebrated today along The Hatfield Aerodrome History Trail.

The trail starts outside the University of Hertfordshire's De Havilland Campus and features 10 information boards along its route, detailing the story of the Hatfield Aerodrome.

Further details can be found on the university’s website.