Events below are shown in reverse chronological order.
Hertfordshire Association for Local History
Saturday 9th November
For more information visit www.halh.org.uk
Lone Star Exhibition Sunday 29 September 2019
Smallford Station Heritage Day
(off Station Road, Smallford, St Albans, AL4 0HF)
Saturday 14 September 2019
Smallford Station is a unique, 150-year-old, Grade 2 listed building that stands on the Alban Way (the track bed of what used to be the Hatfield-St Albans Railway Line). It is owned by a private company and not open to the public.
Here’s an opportunity to meet some of our enthusiastic Society members and –
• see Smallford station and platform
• view some memorabilia and an exhibition illustrating the history of the Station, the Hatfield-St Albans Railway it served and the impact these had on surrounding communities
• share our plans for improving the environment around the station and renovate and install a railway goods van body
• participate in a family-friendly guided walk from Smallford Station to Nast Hyde Halt: less than 1 hour return along a flat, tarmacked foot- and cycle-path and suitable for people of all ages and abilities
• enjoy light refreshments and drinks provided by Colney Heath WI
For the past 6 years, a group of enthusiastic volunteers with a wide range of interests, knowledge and skills (around local history and heritage, railways, nature, walking…) have been researching the history of the Station and Railway and the influence they had on surrounding communities.
We delight in sharing what we’re doing and what we’ve learnt – through our website (https://smallford.org/smallford-station/), giving presentations, our travelling exhibition, a small range of publications, our Facebook Group.
Guided Walks Smallford-Nast Hyde Halt return: starting at 12.00 noon and 2.00pm
Free Parking A limited number of spaces in the Station Car Park and Station Approach Road
For further information email email@example.com.
Development of the Comet
Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets £7.00/concessions £5.00
Call 03300 123 4049 or www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries
“100 Years On” Film
Thursday 25th July 2019
19.30 Weston Auditorium AL10 9EU
Premiere of the Comet Film & Premiere of Remembrance & Armistice Film. Tickets £10 adults children free but a ticket must be obtained for them. Tickets available from WelHat Chamber of Commerce welcome drinks and buffet included.
Your Hatfield: Memories of living and working in Hatfield.
Hatfield Library, Friday 26 July 11am -3pm
Share your memories and photos with library staff, members of the Our Hatfield website team and Hatfield Local History Society at this free drop in event. See archive images and a new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Comet jet airliner flight.
Call 03300 123 4049
Cresta Couture: Designing fashion inspired by heritage
10 February – 10 November
A partnership exhibition with the University of Hertfordshire celebrating the innovative and stylish fabrics created by local textile company Cresta Silks from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Original Cresta items from the museum’s collection will be displayed alongside contemporary pieces and designs created by Fashion and Fashion Business students at the University of Hertfordshire who have been inspired by the iconic designs.
Mill Green Mill & Museum, Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD
Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
The glad news of the end of the hostilities became known in Hatfield about midday on Monday (11 November)…..a well attended meeting was held at St Audrey’s at which the Rector presided and the arrangements were made for the holding of an open-air thanksgiving service on the following day”…..”At one o’clock the procession began to move off….flanked by crowds of townsfolk and large numbers from the out-lying districts and with due solemnity and decorum moved up Fore Street, past the parish church where the bells were ringing out such a joyous peel as had not been heard for more than four years, and lined up in the great quadrangle at Hatfield House.
(Information courtesy Hatfield Answers the Call 1914 – 1919 Written by Brian G Lawrence, Researched & Compiled by Christine & Derek Martindale)
An article from – Refocused – Parish magazine of St Etheldreda’s Church with St Luke’s Church
On Sunday 11th November 2018, Hatfield remembered 180 of their sons who gave their life in the Great War of 1914-1918. The project, which took a year in planning, was managed by: Hatfield Town Council, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, St Etheldreda’s Church and many other organisations. Three remembrance services, to mark the signing of the armistice on 11th November 1918 were held followed by the lighting of a beacon of peace in the evening.
The first service, at the war memorial in Hatfield House, was at dawn. A good crowd turned out of 60+. Led by Father Darren Collins, it included readings from Lord Salisbury.
At 10.45am a parade starting from the Red Lion Pub traffic lights on Great North Road, marched to the Memorial Gardens, opposite the station. The service there was led by Bishop Stephen Venner and attended by local dignitaries. Representatives of a wide range of Hatfield service providers laid wreaths after the service. The memorial garden was filled to capacity and the congregation was banked back outside, right over to the station.
Afterwards everyone was invited to follow the clergy’s procession into the grounds of Hatfield House where a further service was held from the steps at the north front of Hatfield House. This was a re-enactment of the Great Thanksgiving Service held there after the signing of the armistice in 1918. It included the hymns that were sung atthe 1918 service, and was led again by Bishop Stephen, Lord Salisbury and Father Darren. The congregation was invited by Lady Salisbury to take refreshments afterwards at the Riding School.
It was estimated that 1000+ were in attendance on the day, it was a deeply moving occasion and good will prevailed. Afterwards people mingled in the Riding School, talking of the changes the war had brought about, and how well the loss of our Hatfield sons had been honoured in the events of the day. The Hatfield Local History Society had an exhibition, with extensive information gathered over the years, of how WW1 had affected Hatfield and its people. It provided a good focal point for discussion.
At 7pm a beacon was lit within the grounds of Hatfield House, along with over 1000 others across the country, symbolising the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. The church bells, which had not rung during the war, other than a chime at midday to remind people to pray for our forces, rang half muffled at the morning services, but were fully ‘open’ in celebration of the peace, as they were in the celebrations of the armistice.