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May 1999

Retirement Of “auntie Pam” (mrs Dawe)

19th of May 1999

Dinner Lady (31 years); Lollipop Lady (10 years) And what a retirement it was! The celebrations started on 19 March with an assembly at the school and continued until Friday 26 March at the final Road Crossing Patrol at 330pm. The Assembly consisted of prayers, songs and sketches performed by the pupils which demonstrated their [...]

A New Start For World Peace

2nd of May 1999

What can WE do? As I write just before Easter our televisions are bringing us awful pictures of refugees from Kosovo and news of bombings and atrocities in the Balkans. Coming at Eastertide it seems as though the words of Jesus nearly two thousand years ago are needed more than ever; when dying on the [...]

News From Transkei

2nd of May 1999

Progress achieved by the African Medical MissionSeven years have passed since we last visited Chris and Jenny McConnachie in Umtata and there have been many changes. A new Academic Teaching Hospital is being built alongside the General Hospital and Chris and Jenny can watch the progress from their sitting room windows. When we left the [...]

Look To The Heavens

2nd of May 1999

I hope that we were not the only ones looking to the heavens on Good Friday. We were soaking up the sun on our terrace at around midday when I spotted a huge bird gliding high in the sky roughly over the butchers shop. In a second or two a crow arrived to mob it [...]

Handbag Theft At The Post Office Stores

2nd of May 1999

Late on a Saturday afternoon in April, Dorothy Biggerstaff had her handbag stolen by a young man. She is most anxious to retrieve the personal items her bag contained. If you see an abandoned bag anywhere in the village please contact Dorothy. Or perhaps the young man concerned could summon up the ‘bottle to return [...]

Sponsored Walk

2nd of May 1999

The indefatigable Gladys Taaffe, accompanied by her dog Jodie, successfully completed their sponsored walk in ideal weather on Sunday 11 April. They passed through 9 gates and climbed over 20 stiles on the 8 miles between Chipperfield and the Chiltern Open Air Museum. Gladys would like to thank all those who sponsored her. The total [...]

Claiming Benefits You Are Entitled To

2nd of May 1999

Many local people are not claiming benefits they are entitled to. Dacorum Borough Council are concerned that there are residents who are in need and may not be aware that they can claim Attendance Allowance (over 65), Income Support, Disability Living Allowance (under 65), Family Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. If you think [...]

Pot Hole Watch

2nd of May 1999

Seen any good pot holes lately? If you have, do let the Highways Department at Hertfordshire County Council know. giving the exact location and some idea of the size, so they can arrange repairs. The number to phone is 01582

Making Recycling Easier

2nd of May 1999

The first boxes for waste recycling have now been delivered to Chipperfield households in the Dacorum area. The initial reaction to the leaflets announcing the scheme was very positive – nearly half of households immediately requesting the two free boxes offered for doorstep collection. ‘We are very pleased with the response from people in Chipperfield [...]

More Services From The Post Office

2nd of May 1999

Chipperfield Post Office now offers a wide range of services and facilities. You can pay your telephone, gas, electricity and water bills• buy saving stamps for all public utilities, your TV and motor vehicle licence• use the “next day” service for the renewal of your car tax• if you are a customer of the Co-op, [...]

New Parish Council

2nd of May 1999

May 10 will see the formation of a new Parish Council. At the Annual Parish Meeting on April 12, David Nobbs as Chairman of the out-going Council, thanked the three Councillors who were standing down after four years in office for their service to the community. They are Councillors Polly Garratt, Ian Murphy and Sue [...]

Chipperfields Old Inns

2nd of May 1999

Those who attended the Annual Parish Meeting on 12 April will have heard that a wealth of material has been forthcoming for the millennium project Chipperfleld Within Living Memory. However, I am still anxious to have some stories and pictures of three local inns, all of which closed in 1914. They were The Swan. The [...]