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Celebrating Harpenden’s inspirational women, historic wedding ceremonies and a teddy bears’ picnic: July to August in review

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 December 2018

Batford Springs Nature Reserve. Picture: DANNY LOO

Batford Springs Nature Reserve. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Enjoy Harpenden More launched in July, opening with news that the restoration of one of the town’s greenest places, Batford Springs Nature Reserve, was nearing completion.

Herts Ad cutting of Christine and Roy Chichester-Miles wedding in 1948.Herts Ad cutting of Christine and Roy Chichester-Miles wedding in 1948.

Further developments, including the creation of a visitor boardwalk and new interpretation boards, are planned for next year.

Massage therapist Emma Holly, who offers specialist therapy to help patients recover from surgical wounds, was included on a list of Harpenden’s most inspirational women, and we celebrated Chilli Pilates in Amenbury Lane in the first of our business profiles - showcasing the great businesses which thrive in the town.

Others named among Harpenden’s most inspirational women included personal trainer Louise Condon, Brown Owl Marie Orford, town councillor Mary Maynard and open water swimming teacher Heather Schelhase.

Teddy Bears' Picnic in Lydekker Park. Picture: Harpenden Town CouncilTeddy Bears' Picnic in Lydekker Park. Picture: Harpenden Town Council

Harpenden couple Steffi Gray and Nicholas Chichester-Miles married in Childwick Green in July, uniting two families embedded in the town’s history. Steffi’s grandparents Graeme and Hazel Oggelsby were married in Harpenden in St John’s Church in 1958, and Nicholas’s grandparents Roy and Christine were married in Caddington in 1948, in a wedding which was featured in the Herts Ad.

August saw the annual teddy bears’ picnic return to Harpenden, with children gathering in Lydekker Park for wildlife activities, face-painting and a bouncy castle.

Rothamsted Manor announced it would be holding rare public open days offering tours of the 13th-century building.

Pupils at Roundwood Park School: Hugh Lind, Antonia Eckley, Jimmy Hayward, Ellie Smith, Laurence Gupta, and Alviar CohenPupils at Roundwood Park School: Hugh Lind, Antonia Eckley, Jimmy Hayward, Ellie Smith, Laurence Gupta, and Alviar Cohen

A sunflower picking event was held at a pop up farm off junction 9 of the M1, Harpenden’s summer street food social returned for August, and a new music event was announced in Lydekker Park featuring jazz standards and a champagne bar.

Pupils from Harpenden celebrated their GCSE grades with Roundwood Park headteacher Alan Henshall “delighted to see so many happy faces” on results day, Sir John Lawes School achieving particularly good science results and The King’s School pupils achieving above the national average.

Finally, Harpenden began preparing for Armistice Day with the installation of a ‘There But Not There’ Tommy statue.

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