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

Christmas Lights Turn On Photos 2019

PSRA held our Christmas Lights turn on, on the Thursday, the 5th of December.

We were privileged to listen to our great local Big Band Badje, led by our Magazine Editor and fellow committee member, Joy Mendelsohn, accompanied by local choirs from How Wood School and Park Street Schools.

We were also proud to have former Councillor Ian Getley and a representative from each of the schools present to turn on the lights. If you don’t know Ian then you ought to, because he’s a very community spirited man, ably assisted by his wife Sue at times. Both Ian and Sue were PSRA members and Ian was the last but one Chairman. Ian some of you may know has been a Parish Councillor and stepped down earlier this year with over 22 years’ service. In that time, he brought us lots to celebrate in the village, such as the Parish fete, the Carol Concert, and the wonderful Remembrance Day Service we have every year. And more importantly a tradition PSRA are continuing today with the Christmas Lights. Thank you to Ian for giving up his time to help the local community event.

Hopefully everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, especially the mulled wine/hot chocolate from PSRA and mince pies provided by Co-op Food, as well as the local shops including Lily Alley florists holding their own Christmas event, and the other shops that stayed open late.

We would just like to say a big thank you to ALL our local businesses, some of whom were open later than usual, in supporting us: 
  • Ruth from JW & Co Langleys without whom we can’t set up our refreshments
  • Everyone at Co-Op who donated the mince pies to us and were open for business as usual
  • Martin at Kraft Stationery for all our printing
  • Alley and Wendy at Lily Alley – who had their event also 
  • The staff at Keech Charity who always join in with us to celebrate and were open 
  • Kevin and staff – Bok N’ Rose
  • Karishma from the Chemist and their lovely staff who donated our first aid
  • Dave from Cutting Corner
  • Ibo at the Fish Bar
  • Bob from the SunTan centre
  • And Village Spice and Moonlight

Our businesses provide a huge amount of value to our community and we hope that you recognise them with your support. 

Christmas lights are organised by your Park Street Residents Association.  We are a group of volunteers, who love where we live and want to encourage a REAL sense of community, which is quite special these days, just like our village! If you would like to know more or can help us In ANY WAY – we need new Committee Members and always want helpers. Please respond in the Comments or send an email to us.

Photos courtesy of Isabel Crozier of St Stephen Parish Council.

Park Street Remembrance Day Parade

St Stephen Parish Remembrance Day Parade and Service will be held in Park Street on Sunday 12 November 2017 to give 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 Harpenden Pipe Band.

The parade will form up on Park Street, by the railway bridge south of the junction with Hawfield Gardens, at 2.15pm from where it will make its way along Park Street to the War Memorial.

Anyone wishing to take part in the parade should assemble in the Village Hall Car Park by 2.00pm.

During the service, which will begin at the Memorial at approximately 2.45pm, 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.