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Call for crossing over dangerous Leighton Buzzard Road

the issues of animals killed by traffic(particularly the parent of a duck family that lived at our section of the river), drag racing, horn beeping, long waits to cross with a disregard to residentsA Piccotts End resident is calling for a petition to demand a crossing over the Leighton Buzzard Road.

Michael Taylor, who lives at Riverbank, is asking villagers to join him with a petition after an unproductive meeting with ward councillor …

Book Club zooms into action

zoom book clubWhile the village Book Club’s usual meetings have not been possible under Covid restrictions it hasn’t cramped their literary deliberations. Thanks to Zoom the club has been turning the pages more often than ever. As well as a bi-monthly discussion …

Farewell to village musicians Tim & Julia

Friends and neighbours gathered for an alfresco farewell to popular village musicians Tim & Julia Blinko. Tim, who is Professor of Music at the University of Hertfordshire, and Julia, who sings with the Bach Choir, are moving to Dorset. They …

Royal reporter Judy dies

judy wadeJudy Wade, village veteran and HELLO!’s royal correspondent for 27 years, has died at the age of 81 after a short illness.

A trailblazing woman journalist, she reported on royal births, deaths and marriages and crossed the globe on royal …

Clapping for the NHS

piccotts-end-clap-for-NHSFor many it’s a Thursday night ritual and residents in the black and white cottages have been regulars from the start. Thanks to photographer Steve Casey of No 52 who was there to record the latest occasion.…

Riverbank’s VE Day lockdown hoedown!

ve-day-piccotts-endRiverbank residents didn’t let lockdown dampen their spirits on VE Day. Safely spaced in the communal gardens they marked the 75th anniversary enjoying tea and cake on a beautiful, sunny Bank Holiday Friday.

Radio 3, broadcasting live from Piccotts End!

If you’re a Radio 3 listener you may have heard Penny Gore presenting the afternoon concert this week. But instead of her usual berth at Broadcasting House, during lockdown Piccotts End resident Penny has turned one of her rooms at …

Village volunteers launch Corona aid

If you’re stuck at home and need help during the Corona lockdown a new aid group has been set up to help. Villagers Maggie Chandler and Holly Cross are offering to do shopping, post mail, collect medicine or give  any …

Twelfth Night is the icing on the Christmas cake

Piccotts End residents The festive season is over for another year and residents marked the Twelfth Night finale with a gathering at the Marchmont Arms. It was one of PERA’s best attended events with residents young and old, recent and longstanding, enjoying drinks …

New faces get a fizzing welcome!

piccotts-end-residentsChampagne corks popped and the bubbly flowed at a get-together for couples and families who have recently moved to Piccotts End.  They were welcomed by village veteran of 35 years, Lady Val Corbett.

The party took place at 105, kindly …

Fireworks fun for all

The sausages sizzled, the pork pulled and the fireworks fizzed! Villagers enjoyed a great night at Marchmont Cottage for the annual fireworks party. Many thanks to Annette and Paul Harrison, Michael Nidd and Ian Keevil for all their help in …

Safari Supper goes down a treat!

Piccotts End Safari SupperIt included the best of British at No 5, the finest of France at No 27 and the richest of Russia at No 96. This year’s Safari Supper was even tastier than dinner at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons! PERA chairman …

Summer garden party is music to our ears!

Piccotts End Garden PartyA lovely recital by resident musicians Tim & Julia Blinko made this year’s summer garden party sing and dance! OK there was no singing or dancing but everyone enjoyed the marvellous music emanating from Julia’s flute and sax, and from …

Sun shines on our brunch

piccotts-end-brunchThe sun drew an excellent turnout to the PERA spring brunch.…

Safari Supper is back in busy programme of social events

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PERA’s social secretary Annette Harrison announced a busy programme of social events at the AGM.

It will kick off with the Spring Brunch at the Marchmont Arms on Sunday May 12th (11am – 1pm). Next up will be the Summer …

Residents fume at mess made by the Marchmont

The churned up verge by the Marchmont ArmsProblems caused by the Marchmont Arms were one of the the main topics of conversation at this year’s PERA AGM. The secretary Michael Nidd reported how refuse and delivery lorries had churned up the grass verge by the pub and …

Twelfth Night is the perfect pick-me-up

piccotts-end-residentsBack to work, back to school, back to Brexit, whatever has been depressing residents at the end of this festive season, the annual Twelfth Night soirée proved the perfect antidote. A record number gathered at the Marchmont Arms to blow …

Two arrested following car thefts

Two people have been arrested following a spate of thefts in the village.  Cars in Riverbank and the Granary were among those targeted. Cash, CDs, fishing tackle and other valuables have been taken. John Baldwin, who lives in the middle …

Fireworks party welcomes residents old and new

The village fireworks party went with a bang as dozens of residents enjoyed hot soup, hot dogs and delicious pork rolls with apple sauce. The event was the perfect occasion to welcome some new faces, including Bob and Liz Chendlik, …

Residents rise up against poor broadband speeds

The BT Infinity box is only just down the road but some residents are reporting that their so-called high speed broadband is running at only a snail’s pace. Speeds of only 1 or 2 megabits per second are being reported …