Park Street and Frogmore Society

The PSFS was formed in January 1995 to promote interest in local history and nature including conservation.

The Society organises six open meetings a year for members and the general public. Each of which includes a presentation from an invited speaker on a topic of historical or nature interest. The Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September and November, 8.15pm at the Village Hall and cost just £1 to attend for members and £2 for non members.

Members are kept informed by regular Newsletters and Journals.

The society archive includes historical documents, images, maps, and records together with recorded memories of residents past and present. Help can be given to those researching local and family history and we encourage the sharing of memories and items of local interest.

For further information contact:
Jacqui Banfield-Taylor (Archivist and Publication Editor) on 07792 588892.
Email: psfsarchive@btinternet.com

For membership enquiries please contact:
Bruce Banfield-Taylor (Treasurer & Membership Secretary) 01727 739016.
Email: psfstreasurer@btinternet.com

Or fill in the membership form: Park Street and Frogmore Society Application

Future Meetings for 2019

All meeting take place at Park Street Village Hall, Park Street, St Albans AL2 2PX.

Tuesday 19th November, 8.15pm.
Revisiting the Iron Age including areas of local interest, Kris Lockyear.
Entrance fee: Members £1, non members £2.

Contact Jacqui Banfield-Taylor for further details.
Email: psfsarchive@btinternet.com  or Tel: 07792 588892.

The River Ver, a Meander Through Time by Jacqui Banfield-Taylor.

The River Ver, A Meander Through Timne

A large colour, hardback book on our local chalk . Dedicated to her late father, Ted Banfield, a founder member of the Ver Valley Society, this first major and comprehensive work on the River Ver reveals a fascinating story from source to confluence and prehistory to the twenty-first century of a chalk stream that has shaped not only the local landscape but the lives of people past and present.

With a forward by the renowned television presenter and wildlife photographer Chris Packham, the book tells of the Ver’s long, interesting and chequered history, including archaeology and geology, milling and watercress growing, problems with abstraction along with rainfall and aquifer records, abstraction and flow charts and comprehensive records and details of a selection of local flora and fauna.

There are wonderful personal memories and experiences sprinkled throughout the book of people who have lived, worked and played on or near the river, helping to bring the past to us here in the present, all complemented with over 350 illustrations, many never seen before in public and some going back more than 250 years.

This beautifully written and illustrated book hopes to encourage readers to take an interest in exploring and caring for this superlative resource and its surroundings and help to give the River Ver its rightful importance now and for future generations.

Signed copies are available from the author at a special price of £22 (RRP £24.99) and can be delivered free locally (within 10 miles of St Albans).

Please email riverver@btinternet.com or call 07792 588892.

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