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Litter pickers have it in the bag

piccotts-end-litter-pickPiccotts End is looking as clean as a new pin after the village’s first community litter pick. Armed with picking sticks and bags provide by the council, our magnificent village volunteers spread among the highways and byways to gather an …

New date for Summer Garden Party

Due to the delay in the easing of restrictions on social gatherings the annual Summer Garden Party has been moved to Saturday August 7th. It will take place at Marchmont Cottage and a flyer with further details will be distributed …

Resident turns detective to reclaim stolen plant pot

When a sneak thief made off with Ramon Kirchgaesser’s planter from outside his house he was determined to get it back. With the help of a neighbour’s CCTV footage, Ramon, who lives at the Boars Head, got the number plate …

Hugs and handshakes as residents reunite

piccotts-end-coffee-morningAfter more than 12 months of restrictions residents lost no time in renewing old friendships at the PERA coffee morning. More than 40 took advantage of being able to meet outdoors, exchanging hugs and handshakes at the Marchmont reunion. It …

Minnie found taking a cat nap!

missing-catThe cat which was reported  missing from 10 Riverbank has been found safe snd sound. Minnie belongs to Melanie Mackney who was very relieved when a neighbour said she was found asleep in a bedroom where she’s got in through …

Village mourns loss of PERA chairman

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of the village’s most respected residents. David Stanier, who was the popular chairman of the residents’ association for many years, passed away suddenly at the age 79. David …

Join us for coffee & croissants

With restrictions on social gatherings being slowly lifted, the residents’ association social committee are planning a coffee morning at the Marchmont Arms on Sunday 6th June between 11am and 1pm. All are welcome for what will be the first PERA …

Events survey yields a big yes

Following a questionnaire about which events they would be willing to support, residents have given the thumbs up to all of them. Most of the 40% of all residents who responded said they would take part in a litter pick …

Village plans freedom festival!

Last month’s AGM sparked a wave of ideas to celebrate a return to the good life this summer. With lockdown restrictions due to end in June, residents attending the zoom meeting discussed a range of social event suggestions together with …

Zoom in to this year’s AGM

The residents’ association AGM will be held virtually on Thursday 25th March. It will be a zoom event hosted by PERA’s chairman David Stanier. Topics on the agenda include broadband issues, the Dacorum strategic plan, social events and security matters. …

Villagers invited to chip in to speed up broadband

Fed up with snail-slow broadband speeds, a village resident is leading a campaign to crowd fund a high speed fibre connection. Riverbank IT expert John McDermott has been working with BT’s Open Reach, the service provider, to cost up the …

Watch out for tell-tale sign of dog-snatchers, village warned

Villagers haven been warned to watch out for strange markings that might be a signal to dog-snatchers. There have been a spate of thefts during the pandemic and one trick used by culprits is to leave a mark in bright …

New street lights not such a bright idea says resident

piccotts-end-lightsNew streets lights have been installed in the village but they are not to everyone’s liking. The low energy LED lights are meant to be more environmentally friendly than the old halogen variety. However one resident says they are much …

Village hit by ‘stinker’ of another housing plan

A plan for 400 houses on the other side of the Leighton Buzzard Road has been received by Dacorum Council. Documents lodged with the planning dept show a large development between Galley Hill and the Pumping Station.

Residents Association secretary …

‘Little rascal’ Phoebe is a village first

New arrivals in Piccotts End are never more welcome than when they come in a little bundle of joy! So we offer our warmest congratulations to Kate and Ian Keevil of Wall Cottage, proud parents of baby Phoebe. She was …

Have your say in development plan that threatens village

Dacorum has recently published details of its new local plan, part of which will have far-reaching consequences for Piccotts End.

Michael Nidd, our residents’ association secretary, is urging everyone who wishes to make their feelings known during the consultation process …

Welcome to Sam and Andy

A warm welcome to Sam and Andy Ramsden who have just moved to the village. They are the new owners of Astley House, No 138, previously owned by Tim & Julia Blinko. Sam is a barrister and Andy is a …

Celebrating Christmas with carols and champagne

It was Christmas with a difference, but residents found novel ways of celebrating despite the Coronavirus lockdown. Following a Christmas Eve ringing of bells, at 11am on Christmas morning many tuned in to a virtual carol recital performed by our …

Bells ring out as village lights up for Christmas

Piccotts End was a picture of lights and echoed to the ring of bells on Christmas Eve. Determined not to let Covid ruin the festive season, villagers pulled out all the stops on decking homes with some amazing displays of …

Christmas best wishes to all residents

PERA chairman David Stanier and his committee would like to wish all the Piccotts End residents a safe and happy Christmas time. He writes ‘It is sad we have have had to abandon our regular social activities this year, but …