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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 …

Fond farewell to village treasure Gladys, 99

The village has lost another of its oldest residents. Gladys Kulikowski, who lived at 101 for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 99.

Val Corbett, a fellow resident and lifelong friend, paid this tribute in her …

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 …