Hand of Help?

‘I live on Vicarage Lane and today (Saturday, 11th June) a collection bag was pushed through the letter box. It has all the same markings on it as other charity bags, except this bag isn’t a charity bag. It’s a commercial company with an incredibly misleading appearance.

In my opinion, it would be a shame to give away unwanted items to any other organisation, other than a charity, especially when we have a need represented by premises on the High Street.

The commercial outfit named ‘The Hand of Help Ltd’ state they shouldn’t be confused with ‘The Hand of Help UK Ltd’ (that’s how subtle it is!) and are reviewed in the article below.


 Kind regards,


This secondhand clothes collection operation is a business, run from London by Lithuanians Mindaugas Visockas and Nijole Zemaitiene.

What’s On

If you are hosting a special event in the area, wether a pub, club, school then click on the Post A Comment link below and tell the village what you are doing.

For example:

“As ds will be 5 and it will be summer, i wd like to not worry about guest lists etc and just invite the class (30). Obv not everyone will come, but i know that’s a lot of people. We have a cple of tables i can cover with paper cloths, and I want to do a village fete – so, what stalls wd be good. Plan is, they arrive, wander round the fete and then have some sort of ‘event’ in the arena. Decoration and stall ideas please? Am doing a bran tub full of summer things (sunglasses, plant pots) to go home with at end. Thanks.”

It’s easy, costs nothing and will reach hundreds of people in the area!

Ralph Marshall

Ralph at home in 2000Ralph Marshall, of the Bourne, passed away peacefully at Alexander Care Home on the 24th May, 2011. The funeral is provisionally booked for Thursday  9th at 1pm at Garston – pending the arrival of his two children, Cally and Steven from Australia.

Ralph, 72, was a regular visitor to the Green Dragon and earlier the Halfway House, when he first moved here from St Albans some 25 years ago.

PGA Champion

Hemel Hempstead's Luke Donald

Local, Luke Donald is the new world number one after beating Lee Westwood in a dramatic play-off at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Donald, was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, both him and his brother Christian played junior golf for Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Clubs. Donald was the champion at Beaconsfield twice winning the first time just at the age of 15.
Donald turned Pro in 2001, and just a year later won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and has gone on to have a number of Tour wins. In 2009 his brother Christian, who now caddies for Paul Casey caddied for Luke.

What is a Radome

The tower, ready for the Dome.

The tower, ready for the Dome June 2011.

Not too far off then?

A sunset picture of a white radome radar mast - will this be a view of Long Lane?