Review of 2013: June

Much to everyone’s delight, West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust scrapped plans to charge blue badge holders to St Albans City Hospital. Campaigner Jack Easton, who collected 400 signatures against the proposals, said: “I’m very pleased. With charges coming in all over the place anything that minimises the charges for people who really need the cash has to be the right thing.”

Ramsbury Road residents brought their tables and chairs out on to the road to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

While using a metal detector for the first time Wesley Carrington from Sandridge, couldn’t believe his luck when he discovered 159 coins in private woodland- believed to be one of biggest of its kind found in the UK.

St Albans teenager Blake Glassey suffered facial scarring after a safety glass panel door fell on him at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School. His mother Alison urged for a review of glass safety in schools.

It was great news for St Albans doctor Mary Groves, the driving force behind Grove House Hospice, after it was announced that she would be made an MBE. The 81-year-old said: “It was a total surprise and I feel very honoured. I’m quite humbled.”

Martin Brophy was also recognised on the MBE list after his work to promote and bring together lesbian and gay choirs and singers from across the world.

Hundreds of traders gathered to celebrate the very best of St Albans businesses at our annual Retailer of the Year awards. The sold-out glitzy awards evening saw Alternative Barbering Co. in George Street crowned The Retailer of the Year.

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