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The society archive includes historical documents, images, maps, and records together with recorded memories of residents past and present.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.
Or download and fill in the membership form
All meetings take place at Downs Hall, Park Street Village Hall, off the A5183, Park Street, St Albans, Herts. AL2 2PX.
Limited parking is available outside the hall.
Start time of open meetings is 8.15pm unless otherwise stated.
Admission: Members £1.00 per head, non- members £2.00 per head.
Contact: Jacqui Banfield-Taylor. 07792 588892.
Update 19 March 2020: Many of the Park Street & Frogmore Society (PSFS) members, attendees and speakers are in the part of our population which is most vulnerable to the Coronavirus and having talks in the confined space of the hall, with people close together and speaking to one another would be unwise. Our Committee has therefore made the decision that at this time it would be better for the health of all those involved to postpone our programme of talks for the foreseeable future. We have cancelled the talk/PSFS AGM on the 19th May however, as it is impossible to predict where these times will take us we have informed our speakers for the 18th August and 17th November talks of our decision and asked them to hold the dates open and we will update them as necessary if and when we decide to go ahead or cancel and rebook them in the future, we will of course keep you in the loop.
The River Ver, a Meander Through Time by Jacqui Banfield-Taylor.
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).