THOUGH eleven people attended the 2009 AGM of the Long Marston and Puttenham Horticultural Society on 13th January, that is a very small group when you consider the breadth of activities the Society organises for these villages. The main message from outgoing chairman David Severs was that this dwindling group was in urgent need of reinforcements. Possibly the title of the Society is discouraging people coming forward to help – it may not be appreciated by newer villagers that the organisation’s remit has long ago diversified from horticulture. Continue reading Horti seeks more help
THE 2009 budget for Tring Rural Parish Council was approved at their January meeting. There will be a modest 2% increase to the salaries of the Clerk and the Village Warden. Other provisions in the budget include a sum of £5,000 for essential repairs to the Long Marston village hall, and £1,000 towards the replacement of the doors at Wilstone village hall. The parish precept (local tax) will be increased by 2% to help pay for this, but even so this remains at under £16 per household.
LONG MARSTON residents searching for somewhere to post their letters may be interested to know that the post box has been moved. It is now by the village hall. The move was consequent to the closure of the Post Office at The Boot. The post box at Wilstone is to stay where it is – perhaps because it is too hard to dig it out of the wall.
THE much delayed report of the public inquiry held to determine various planning applications and appeals by Mr George Purcell in connection with land adjacent to Pear Tree Cottage, Wilstone Green, was finally issued on 5th January. In his decision the Inspector, Mr Stuart Reid, rejected the planning applications, dismissed the appeals and upheld the enforcement notices issued by Dacorum Borough Council. The reason for the long delay in issuing the report (the Inquiry was held in June 2008) is still unknown. The applicants have 30 days to comply with the ruling. Continue reading Inspector rejects travellers’ application
A new Folk event has been launched at The Queens Head Long Marston, Nr Tring. This folk evening also welcomes all styles of acoustic music, the event is hosted by Hamish Currie a well known musician in folk hang outs. Why not look Hamish up on MySpace.com/hamishcurrie. The next event will be held on Tuesday 17rd February at 8.15pm and it is hoped that the event will find its permanent residency on the third Tuesday of each month. Why not come and join in. Voices, instruments and ears are welcome. For further information call Jon on 01296 668368 or contact Hamish.
AGAINST the trend of economic gloom, some cheering news for villagers. The village shop at Wilstone is to re-open in March as a commercial operation with new proprietors. The announcement that a new lease has been signed for the vacant shop premises has come as a pleasant surprise, especially after the disappointment experienced by the volunteer community shop project at the end of last year. Continue reading Village shop surprise
Tuesday 15th December
Come along and join us at the Memorial singing carols around the tree. Starts at 7pm. There will be free mulled wine and mince pies and we already know that we have a special visit from Father Christmas.