Out 30 November: Butterflies and Baked Beans

One of our former committee members and local resident Suzi Clark has written a novel set in our own village! Its publication date is 30 November, and it’ll be available in print and Kindle formats.

Read more about Suzi’s experience writing her first novel here.

Suzi is available for book readings and discussions for local groups. For more information about the novel, Suzi, and her availability, visit her site https://www.shakespearesauntie.co.uk/

Park Street Remembrance Day Parade

Here are the details for this year’s Remembrance Service, from the Parish Council’s site.

Remembrance Service at St Stephen Parish War Memorial, Park Street giving members of the local community the opportunity to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, not only in the First and Second World Wars, but also in more recent conflicts.

The Service will start with a parade of standards by local youth organisations, led by a lone piper. The parade will form up on Park Street, by the railway bridge south of the junction with Hawfield Gardens, from 2.30 once the road closure is in place, from where it will make its way along Park Street to the War Memorial. Anyone wishing to take part in the parade should join those congregating in the Village Hall car park by 2.15. The parade will begin at approximately 2.45. During the service there will be the opportunity for individuals to lay a personal tribute. The parade will march back to the Village Hall Car Park at the end of the service.

Please note that car parking in the vicinity is limited and there will be a road closure in place between Hawfield Gardens and Park Street Lane 2.15pm -4.00pm.

On Your Bike! Local Business Spotlight: CTH Cycles

That’s certainly the aim of local couple Mike and Mo who run the cycle shop, CTH Cycles on the Bricket Wood Parade near the Black Boy Pub.

Mike has always been a passionate cyclist. For many years he has ridden off road in North Hertfordshire, and he has also conquered most of the bike parks throughout the UK. He has taken part in many charity rides but always ended up helping others fix their bikes by the roadside.

In 2011 he had a ‘lightbulb moment’ and formed Cycle Tech Hertfordshire, a mobile bike repair business catering for the needs of the busy cyclist. Mike became a tenant at St Albans City Station, running a bike clinic every Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am. Cyclists can leave their bikes with Mike for service or repair and collect their bike that evening.

During the year Mike provides mechanical support for many major cycle event organisers throughout the UK.

It took Mike and Mo three years to search for their current premises. Customers are made very welcome with a cuppa whilst waiting for their bike to be fixed at an excellent service centre which can handle any type of bike with ease.

Mike will collect and return your bike free of charge within the local area. Mo handles the marketing, admin, accounts, and is also chief coffee maker.

CTH stocks leisure bikes from Diamondback, Raleigh and Lapierre along with a great range of electric MTB & leisure bikes from Haibike and Raleigh. There is also a wide selection of parts and accessories, helmets and clothing available.

Mike and Mo offer a unique personal service with a smile and have many loyal customers keen to support a local independent business.

01923 674555


First published in PSRA News 136