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Martlets Development

The Parish Council have had a meeting with a property developer called Stonebond Properties Ltd who are hoping to build 18 houses on the field between Martlets and Levenage Lane. The company know that this is a significant development for a village the size of Widford and they want to be as open as possible […]

Why Widford beats living in London….

ANOTHER TERRIFIC evening was had by one and all in this year’s Safari Supper. Having now attended my third Safari Supper in as many years, I think I’ve either ‘made it’ or I look like someone who can’t say No to Gilda; either way, it is a delight to pen a few words about the […]

God speed the plough……

WE ARE SO lucky to live in a village within thirty miles of our great sprawling capital city, London, and yet be able to experience the seasons through the agricultural calendar.  Many of us follow with interest the times of the year when the words of the old country ballad still resonate “to plough and […]

Salute to our unique PC Clerk

BERYL HOLLYLEE was appointed Clerk to Widford Parish Council in 1972, following in the footsteps of her mother who had been Clerk for the previous 30 years.  At the end of this month, after 43 years, Beryl is standing down.   All of us in Widford, and particularly her past and present Councillors, owe Beryl […]


Beattie’s Laundry in Widford THIS ARTICLE is extracted from Mrs Beattie Dorken’s original that appeared in Widford’s parish magazine many years ago.  It is now part of the Widford Archives. As a three-year-old in 1900 Beattie Hatton came with her parents and six older siblings to live in the White Swan (in the photograph, with […]

Zipping down the Playing Field

WHAT A lovely summer we have had this year. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. During the long school holiday it certainly made things easier for those who had to keep children (or in our case grandchildren) entertained. Despite the days out, swimming, cinema etc etc, there were still many hours […]

Wildflowers in Widford

This piece was written by a Mrs V I Daintree sometime in the past. We do not know who she is – apart from having the surname of a known Widford family – or when she wrote about the village wildflowers. Maybe there are readers out there who can tell us? WITH ITS HEDGEROWS, streams […]

Nature Notes

AS YOU READ this you may be just in time to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. This takes place on the same weekend each year – 26 & 27 January in 2013 – and is a vital snapshot of how bird species are doing. This annual survey means any trends can be […]

Old Friend would like to meet… new friends!

LET’S BE honest – old friends are great:  reliable, trusty, usually there when we want them. They accept us and we them, warts and all! The trouble is, with work, family and other commitments, it’s sadly so easy to take them for granted or even ignore, neglect or forget them. Now, old friends don’t just […]

Where there’s a WELL there’s a way ……

IN THESE times of hosepipe bans and “drought” (even of the wettest sort), we should all be reassured by the information below.  This is reproduced from a document, provided by Derek of Oak Cottage, that was drawn up during World War 2 by Widford’s own “Invasion Committee”. Over 30 wells are listed here, most of […]

Parish Council, Chairman’s Report 2012

THE UNCONTESTED election for the Parish Council held on 5th May 2011 resulted in the return of Jill Buck, Wendy Camp, Frances Luck, Jenny Miller and Ian Brett. Elections for East Herts District returned Mike Newman with the largest majority of any councillor; and Roger Beeching won the Hertfordshire Country Council seat. Both councillors routinely […]

Jubilee Fun Day – Sixty Glorious Years

AS WITH many other towns and villages in June this year, Widford plans to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.  The official celebrations in London are to be held over four days (June 2nd,, 3rd, 4th and 5th), but in Widford we are concentrating on Saturday June 2nd and Sunday […]