Nature Trail Repairs Sat 13 October


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 08-10-2012

Can you spare two hours to repair sections of worn Nature Trail paths this Saturday 13 Oct between 12  10-12 noon?

A free work out! Help us to shift and to spread donated wood chips along Stirling Way section.

Do dress for the weather. Bring a friend, rake, shovel or barrow.

Meet by wood chip heap on Stirling Way park entrance top left corner of the Park.

Email us on if you can help or turn up on the day.

Autumn Newsletter and Panshanger Community Information


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-09-2012

Now that Autumn is upon us, it is a great time for the woodland walks and to spot the varieties of sprouting mushroom and fungi making their annual display.

Bericot Green Development – planning application for 75 bed care home and 10 disabled youths homes, 20 day care units and 4 independent elderly living units have been received on 25 Sep 2012 for half the site. There is a 21 day consulation period. It is basically unchanged except for the new Shackleton Way access. Apart from the large complex, impact on the neighbourhood, amenities, infrastructure, parking and traffic are of concern. View the application on or post your comments through  Please contact Tony Barring-Hill for more information or co-ordinated action on https:

Councillors Surgery resumes tomorrow - Sat 29 Sep 10 -10.45am @ Moneyhole Pavillion Committee Room. Come and raise your concerns with your councillors. Hopefully they have access to the pavillion on this occasion and henceforth. Surgeries are held last Sat each month except December. Same time and place.

Nature Trail Repairs – we have a couple of kind volunteers who emailed with offers of help. Two or more will make it viable to organise a Saturday morning 13 October from 10 – 12noon. Email us on

Panshanger Roundabout Advertisement Boards – The Council withdrew their applications to advertise on most of Panshanger roundabouts on 12 Sep after local objections.

Sylvan Way roundabouts – Two roundabouts (Wellington Dr/Bericot Way & Tempfords/ Shackleton Way) were resurfaced recently. After three years of reporting pot holes and cracking surfaces, Herts Highways finally resurfaced the two roundabouts instead of patching  just the specific holes reported. Persistence pays.

Dogs Olympics, Hatfield House 14 October – Royal Vet College is holding a Dog Olympics fun day with agility shows, best dog shows and many other events. Visit RVC website for opening times and for more information. Herts Neighbourhood Police will also there to sign up Dog Watch volunteers. Come and meet their new mascot Douglas.

Dog Watch – Be ears and eyes of the community. Welhat Neighbourhood Police is relaunching the Dog Watch scheme. Email

Nature Watch – Have the kites moved on?

Birchall Farm – A resident reports today that test pits were dug by Lafage next to Moneyhole Park. Can anyone else confirm this and their plans?

FoM website administrator and organiser – can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates? Current incumbent will be standing down. Ideas and volunteers are wanted or the community website, twitter and circular will cease.

Send us your Panshanger and Moneyhole Park news for future inclusion.

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Panshanger roundabouts to get advertising


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 18-08-2012

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Currently there is a plan to place advertising hoardings on most of the roundabouts in our area. Both large roundabouts and small ones,  such as the the juntions of Lincoln Close and Lysander way.

Our area is of course fairly green and pleasant, will advertising on all our roundabouts add or detract from that?

The public have the opportunity to comment on these objections until the end of August. The locations and links are below. You can add your view by clicking the comment link at the bottom of each application.  If people don’t object in enough numbers to each application it’s pretty certain that it will happen.

You could also email a councillor and ask them for support, their addresses are:  Putting a comment yourself on the applications is likely to be more effective however.

Below are the application details. If you feel inclined to keep Panshanger advertising free, you are encouraged to comment.

N6/2012/1457/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Bericot Way/Lysander Way and Lincoln Close

N6/2012/1458/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/Moors Walk and Russett Wood

N6/2012/1467/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/ Bericot Way and Wellington Drive

N6/2012/1468/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Tempsford/Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way

N6/2012/1469/AD:             Roundabout at junction of Mundells and The Boulevard

N6/2012/1470/AD             :Roundabout at junction of Herns Lane and Moors Walk

N6/2012/1471/AD              :Junction of Blackfan Road, Cypress Avenue and Sylvan Way

N6/2012/1477/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way, Birchall Wood and Forresters Drive

N6/2012/1481/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Shackleton Way and Waterbeach

N6/2012/1482/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bericot Way, Douglas Way and Rivenhall End

N6/2012/1484/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Panshanger Drive and Black Fan Road

N6/2012/1485/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bessemer Road and Shire Park

N6/2012/1486/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Waterside and Mundells

N6/2012/1487/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Moorswalk and Hardings

There is another article on the subject here:

Moneyhole Community Information


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information | Posted on 28-07-2012

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The Panshanger Councillors Monthly Surgery  is resuming. Meeting every last Saturday of the month, except August and December.

This is your chance to meet our councillors and raise local issues that concern you, it’s also a great way to highlight to our councillors the local issues that you’d like them to focus on. From crime to grass cutting, it’s your call!

Where:   Moneyhole Pavillion committee room.

When:   10:00 – 10:45 am on the last Saturday of the month.


  • Saturday 28th July

  • Saturday 29th September

  • Saturday 27th October

  • Saturday 24th November


Bike Marking Herts Police is holding another free bike marking event at Moors Walk shops outside Panshanger Hardware on Saturday 11th August 14:45pm to 16:45pm

For more information contact PCSO Christina Cooper, Police Community Support Officer,Neighbourhood Watch
Email:  Tel: 01707 354192


Special Constable Hertfordshire Constabulary is seeking to recruit 150 Special Constables (Volunteer Police Officers) to its 400 strong team helping to keep the county even safer.

Please visit for information on being a Special where you will also be able to watch our short DVD, showing Specials in the line of their duties. Visit to apply.


Neighbourhood Watch: Free number plate security for drivers in St Albans area

Hertfordshire Constabulary has teamed up with a local garage to offer drivers StopLock number plate screws supplied and fitted free of charge.

The anti-theft StopLock number plate screws, which have been supplied by the police, make it very difficult for any would-be thieves to remove number plates. St Albans Recovery has kindly agreed to provide the fitting service free of charge between 23rd July and 4th August 2012.

The locks can be fitted in around ten minutes. Anyone interested should call the garage in advance on: 01727 834840 to arrange an appointment.


Friends of Moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

01 August 2012 Playday Stanborough Park


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information | Posted on 18-07-2012

Wednesday 1 August,
10am – 4pm
Sport Zone – Timetable
10.00 – 10.30 Dodgeball Gosling
10.30 – 11.00 Basketball Skills Gosling
11.00 – 11.30 Brazilian Soccer CHILD UK
11.30 – 12.00 Cheerleading Gosling
12.00 – 12.30 Hockey Gosling
12.30 – 13.30 World Team Games CHILD UK
13.30 – 14.00 Zumba Zumba Karen
14.00 – 15.00 Football Tournament CHILD UK
Sports Zone
CHILD UK, Gosling
Kids Zone
Children’s Centres, YMCA,
Hertfordshire Libraries,
Change4Life, Facepainting
Musical Minis, Hartbeeps,
Leisure Zone
Finesse Leisure (Go Karts,
Rodeo, Bouncy Slide),
Wicksteed SportACTIV
Music Zone
Herts Music Service (Djembe
Drums and Steel Pans)
Arts Zone
Mill Green Museum,

For more information call 01707 357168

June Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-06-2012

Jubilee Picnic Monday 04 June 12

PSCO Christina Cooper did a sterling job organising this for the community. Jubilee House Care Home, Girl Guides, Panshanger Church and Street Wardens lent their support. Inspite of the inclement weather, there was a reasonable turnout out of ardent supporters of the event held inside the PFC hall. Our thanks to her, PFC and everyone who came.

Nature Trail

Tuesday 05 June- Eileen, Mark, Erin and yours truly re laid a section of the Nature Trail from the main park entrance.

Volunteers We have 3 heaps of donated wood chips around the park. What we really need are some kind volunteers.
Kindly email if you can spare and hour or two either on a weekday or weekend. Please state the  likely days and time. I shall try to arrange some dates to suit.

Bericot Green Development

The HCC held an exhibition at Springmead JMI on Tuesday 19 June. It was a proposal to redevelop the small piece of amenity land between Bericot Way, Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way in Panshanger for 100+ housing units including the relocation of Hyde House and St Michael Care Homes. The development is wholly out of character for the area without any new provision for the infrastructure or supporting services. There will be a striking 3 storey and ‘E’shaped complex care homes on half the site and housing outline for the other half. The housing outline is indicative at this stage. More flats are not ruled out in the final build. The Bericot Green development and traffic may affect many Moneyhole Park users and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Responses must be received by Friday 29 June. Please contact for more information/questionnaire or visit

Nature Watch

Lesley kindly posted photos and a delightful story on field mice found in her garden on the website.
A fox cub was spotted in Roseacre Gardens around mid afternoon Sunday 24 June.
Recently the range and number of birds spotted in and around Moneyhole were pretty impressive. Email us.


Sunglasses- contact us if you have lost a pair of sunglasses in the Park or Woods.


Car keywith a Tesco key fob in Moneyhole Park over Jubilee Bank Holidays.

Tree Poll

Vote in the poll if you think of replacing fell and dead trees around Moneyhole with fruit trees is a good idea. Community orchards are gaining in popularity. Fruit trees  attract wildlife and benefit park users. It can help to preserve old varieties.

Park Angels

Grateful thanks to the kind park angels who pick up litter around the park and woods, Moneyhole is much cleaner than the surrounding streets. Pity the litter louts and smokers still drop  rubbish around the park and woods. The warmer dry nights attract a different set of park users and their litter.


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Friends of Moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

Field mice uncovered


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Nature Watch | Posted on 30-05-2012

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Local resident Lesley writes:

Moving a long established plant container this week with a big mound of ivy in it unfortunately disturbed (along with a frog) a nest of fieldmice. The babies which had not yet opened their eyes started running away as fast as their tiny little legs could carry them before we scooped them up. We tried to recreate the nest in the same spot with the help of some shredded paper and a roof of plant pot saucers to protect them from the rain as the Mum was seen hopping around in the vicinity. A couple of days later we saw that they’d gone so we are guessing and hoping she moved them to a new site. Here are some pictures of the cute critters:

Fieldmice in Panshanger

Baby fieldmice


Fieldmice in Panshanger

Jubilee Picnic in the Park


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Anti Social Behaviour ASB, Event, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 11-05-2012

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Join us on Bank Holiday Monday 04 June from 12 – 3 pm. Bring your own picnic, chairs, rugs or gazebo. Dress up if you wish.
Please leave your dogs at home and sorry no BBQs. Come on foot as there is limited parking. Do come with your family, friends and neighbours. Make this a memorable day. We are raising funds for Help for Heros and the local Jubilee Care Trust.

Email if you can help on the day.

Nature Watch

Steven kindly send us photos taken recently of a fox visiting Russet House grounds from Moneyhole.

Bluebells – the display is just gone past their best. Hope you managed to see this year’s show despite the inclement weather. The bluebells are speading from Birchall Wood to Henry Woods which is good news. Send us your photos.








Woodland walk – Birchall Farm’s rapeseed crop is in full bloom at the moment. The vibrant yellow carpet is quite spectacular in the sunshine.








Field Mice – These beautiful tiny creatures have been spotted in gardens around the Park.
Garden birds – recent visitors are wagtails, robins, various tits and collared doves.

Nature Trail

The recent rain, bicycles and trail bikes have taken their toll on several sections of the NT footpaths. Email us if you can help to relay wood chips when the weather improves.

Trail bikes

After a couple months of hiatus, the bikers are back churning up the footpaths. Please call the Police on 101 as they are a danger to park users and dogs.

Friends of Moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

April Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch, Uncategorized | Posted on 10-04-2012

Happy Easter. Shame about the April showers but it is much needed.

Nature Trail (NT) repair 31 March

The core volunteers – the May family and yours truly kicked off this year’s first repair of the worn path.

Margot joined us and together we shifted 4 tonnes of wood chips. Mark, Linda, Margot and Erin deserved a big thank you for their effort. The trail footpath is holding up surprisingly well with this rain. Do go out and enjoy the mile long  walk.

Next NT repair will be on Sat 28 April  10am -12 noon weather permiting. Meet by Wyton Park entrance. Bring a rake, spade or barrow. Email us if you can help.

Nature Watch

Red Kites – Steven reported  a Red Kite flying quite low down over Chelverston Sat 7 Apr morning. A wonderful sight.

Sparrows – Where have the sparrows gone? A senior citizen in Tewin Village shop recently lamented no sparrows were seen in his garden for years. Is this your experience?

Tewin Village shop – a communty run shop. They stock the wonderful local Digswell sausages that are delivered every Thursday morning. Braughing sausages have changed hands and recipe.  Sadly the new recipe is a poor imitation and the shop stopped stocking it last year. Do visit and support both the village shop and Digswell butcher. They also sell local grown fruit, vegetables, home made cakes and free range eggs too. There is an outside tea room too.

Circular Walk – It is a great circular walk from Moneyhole Park to Tewin via Henry woods, Panshanger Aerodrome, follow signed footpath to B1000 and cross the Mimram Pooh Bridge. Up the slope and go through Lambs Dell Wood into Tewin pass the village shop towards the village green. Take a pit stop to sup at the Rose & crown before heading towards Archers Green. Pass Tewin Water Mill and then up the steep footpath to Panshanger Aerodrome and back into Bericot Way. There are two alternative routes back. The bluebells in Lambs Dell wood started to flower 9 days back. The wood anemones were in bloom too. Allow 1.5 -2 hours. Great views. Email for more directions.

Bluebells - Birchall Woods and an adjacent section of Henry Woods will be in flower in a week to two weeks time all being well. Should be a good show again this year if the rain continues. Keep us posted.

Queen Diamond Jublilee Big Picnic in the Park – Bank Holiday Monday 04 June. Dress up and celebrate this special event with your family and friends. A date for your diary. Do pass the message on.

Park Angels – The park and woods are cleaner thanks to the kind park users and residents.

Dog Mess – Sadly some irresponsible dog owners are still not clearing up after their pooches.

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Nature Trail Repair Saturday 31 Mar


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 25-03-2012



The first repair session this year is on Sat 31 March 10am – 12 noon to spread wood chips over the worn path. Wood chips were kindly donated by Mark May, a local tree surgeon.

Please meet at Wyton Park entrance at 10 am.

If possible bring a rake, spade and/or a barrow .

Do pass this message on. Drop me a line if you can help.