Haunted Harpenden, GCSEs and A-Level results, and air raid shelters: August to September in review

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 December 2018

Southdown Festival 2018. Picture: Rachel Sykes.

Southdown Festival 2018. Picture: Rachel Sykes.


Following the successful launch of Enjoy Harpenden More (EHM) just two months previous, the movement started to really gain momentum as August rolled around.

Southdown Festival 2018. Picture: Rachel Sykes.Southdown Festival 2018. Picture: Rachel Sykes.

On our EHM Facebook page - which is garnering a snowball of likes at www.facebook.com/groups/enjoyharpendenmore, - 75 poll respondents voted Batford Springs to be the prettiest scenery in town.

But where is the scariest spot? Reporter Anne Suslak investigated Harpenden’s most haunted buildings, revealing the two most notorious sites for paranormal activity to be The Silver Cup and The Cross Keys.

Ghost hunter Damien O’Dell says a disappearing grey lady has been seen in The Silver Cup, but the current landlord dismissed this story as “nonsense”.

While over at The Cross Keys, a trio of ghastly monks have been seen by a relief manager sitting around a table.

The Silver Cup. Picture: Danny LooThe Silver Cup. Picture: Danny Loo

Speaking of bars, this August the Mad Squirrel Tap and Bottle Shop announced it will take over the site formerly used by Harry’s Bar and Restaurant.

The quirky setup now offers 16 beers on tap and more than 100 different bottled and canned drinks, craft gin, ciders and wines, which patrons can drink on-site or enjoy elsewhere.

Drawing August to a close, A-Level and GCSE pupils across Harpenden celebrated another year of record-breaking results.

This is despite a change to the grading system - 23 subjects are now classed from U to nine. Grade one is like G under the former system, A* is now grade eight, and higher than A* is now a nine.

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

September welcomed a whole rosta of talent coming to Harpenden for lively summer events.

There were comedy nights, poetry readings, hymn recitals and a beer event at the Southdown Festival, which was the first time it had been held.

Harpenden Town Council also unveiled 3D scans of the town’s historic air raid shelters this September, after there were safety concerns and the bunkers were filled in.

They were located under Leyton Green, by the sensory garden on Bower’s Parade, and under Queens Road.

Residents can now take an interactive tour at www.harpenden.gov.uk/air-raid-shelters

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