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Harvest Festival attracts the cream of the crops

piccotts-end-harvest-festival-winnerAn eye-catching arrangement of garden flowers garnished with tomatoes triumphed in the village’s first ever Harvest Festival. Carly Smith, of the Boar’s Head, won the accolade by impressing the guest judge, Ena Hartland of the Old Mill with her original …

Thanks for all the scarecrows!

scarecrowfestival-piccotts-endThe village scarecrow festival has been a great success. All sorts of wonderful creations have appeared on walls and garden gates. From a fisherman at Riverbank to Sederick the Boar at the Boar’s Head, they have brightened up our days …

Safari is a supper success

piccotts-end-safari-supperFrom cassoulet and quiche to raspberry roulade and apricot cake, the village’s cooks created some tasty treats for the Safari Supper. Twenty residents switched between houses to spring a surprise on their hosts, and vice versa, in a merry-go-round of …

SOS call as Medieval Cottages open again after ‘disastrous year’

medieval-cottages-piccotts-endAfter what the owner described as ‘a disastrous year’ the village’s historic medieval cottages will be open on September 18th and 19th.  

With all the last 12 months’ fund-raising activitues cancelled, Karen Murphy said ‘This is vital for us, as …

Yvonne plants a geranium jamboree

geraniums-piccotts-endA few small geraniums have blossomed into a fantastic splash of colour beneath the Piccotts End sign by the Marchmont Arms this summer. They were planted by Yvonne Metcalfe, who lives at nearby No 42. ‘I bought them from Aldi …

Ready, steady, cook for the Safari Supper!

piccottsend-safari-supperCalling all cooks! The village’s popular Safari Supper is under starter’s orders.  Organisers are on the lookout for households to take part in the event on the evening of Saturday September 25th. How does it work? Volunteer households will provide …

Rain, rain go away, garden party wins the day!

piccotts-end-garden-partyThe twice postponed Garden Party didn’t let another drizzly day dampen spirits. In fact the skies brightened as the village’s music talent took to the stage. Jane McClelland , Simon Lilystone and Paul Borg entertained picnickers with a medley of …

Relief for village as town plan is delayed

Residents can breathe a sigh of relief with the news that Dacorum’s Town Plan has been delayed. The council has announced that the plan, which would surround the village with housing developments,  requires further study and review before being signed …

Garden Party postponed

The village garden party, due to take place on Saturday 7th, has been postponed. Forecasts of thundery showers have put a damper on the event and the organising committee decided it prudent to re-schedule. It will now take place on …

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 …