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Legendary Drummer Mick Underwood to open "The Rock Den's" 2014 gigs

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Mick Underwood's Glory Road

10:22am Monday 9th December 2013

Mick Underwood is one of the stalwarts of the British music scene. With a career stretching

Purple Tree UK Rock "The Den"@Breaks

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Martin Howells

9:21am Monday 9th December 2013

So the stage was set for the final gig of 2013 at "The Rock Den" @Breaks with Purple Tree UK.

Purple Tree UK set to Rock The Den

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Purple Tree UK

9:04am Friday 15th November 2013

The curtain comes down on The Rock Den for 2013 with a cracking band Purple Tree UK, don't miss this one! Sat Nov 23rd

Storm hits The Rock Den @Breaks Saturday 26th October

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Storm hits The Rock Den @Breaks Saturday 26th October

8:52pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

Ghost, Vampires, Witches, Zombies, Clowns and a Terminator where amongst the crazed crowd queuing outside the Manor, all waiting to get their teeth in to the delights of the Den.


St Albans & Harpenden Review: Kathleen on the anti-incinerator march

8:55pm Saturday 9th November 2013

HATFIELD AGAINST INCINERATION UPDATE ON THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN INCINERATOR AT NEW BARNFIELD The Public Inquiry into the Planning Application by Veolia to build at 380,000 tonnes per year incinerator at New Barnfield ended on October 25th. The parties who opposed the incinerator now await the Report of Inspector Richards and the decision of the Secretary of State. This is likely to be known next Spring. In addition to the Public Inquiry, there has been an Examination, by Inspector Andrews, of the Herts County Council Waste Sites Allocations plan. The Waste Sites Allocations plan is about all the waste sites proposed for the whole county, including New Barnfield. The session on Nov 5th was about the New Barnfield site, and the session on Nov 6th was about modifications that Herts County Council proposes to make to their Waste Sites Allocations plan in the light of issues raised at the Examination. Inspector Andrews will now consider all the material about Waste Sites for Herts, and a list of proposed main modifications to the Herts Waste Sites Plan will be published by December 16th. The public – individuals and organisations – will then be invited to respond to a Consultation on those modifications between January 6th and February 14th 2014. Cathy Roe, Secretary of Hatfield Against Incineration, said, “When we see the final proposed modifications to the Waste Sites Allocations plan, HAI will, if necessary, suggest ways in which people can respond.  So the campaign is not yet quite complete, and is likely to continue in January 2014.” Paul Zukowskyj, Secretary of New Barnfield Action Fund, said, “Two independent inspectors are now considering the issues that have been put to them, and we are hopeful that eventually we will have a positive result for New Barnfield.”

Halloween Party with 'A Sting in the Tail'

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Halloween Party with 'A Sting in the Tail'

10:33am Monday 21st October 2013

Next up at The Rock Den@Breaks we've the Mighty sCOPYons playing the hits from the German Rockers The Scorpions and as it's Halloween Month the gig is  Fancy Dress Party Night

The Rock Den @Breaks "Still Remains" alive in the UK

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The Rock Den @Breaks "Still Remains" alive in the UK

1:15pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Rock is well and truly alive following the forth successful gig promoted by Dean Archer. With another 3 awesome bands showcasing their talents to the

KILL THE KING, Spiral Dive and Sansara Rock "The Den"

St Albans & Harpenden Review: KILL THE KING, Spiral Dive and Sansara Rock "The Den"

9:40am Thursday 8th August 2013

On another blistering night as lighting filled the sky, fans queued for the second gig at The Rock Den for another night of full blown Rock.

Hours away from the next Rock Den Concert

St Albans & Harpenden Review: KILL THE KING to open July's Rock Night at The Rock Den

9:52am Saturday 27th July 2013

Tonight sees the second of the Monthly Rock Concerts at "The Rock Den" in Hatfield.

Hammerfest Show Stealers "Sansara" to headline July's Rock Night

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Sansara's front man Tom Sawyer - Pic c/o Sansara

8:00am Wednesday 24th July 2013

Hailing from the buzzing rock scene in Bournemouth, Sansara have made a remarkable stamp in the memories of fans across the UK over the last year. This five piece alternative rock band,

Northampton Rockers ready to "Tear the stage Up"

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Northampton Rockers ready to "Tear the stage Up"

7:57am Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Spiral Dive play one thing and one thing only, Rock with a big fat capital ‘R’, if these guys can’t

KILL THE KING to open July's Rock Night at The Rock Den

St Albans & Harpenden Review: KILL THE KING to open July's Rock Night at The Rock Den

10:56pm Saturday 20th July 2013

The Rock Den will once again echo to sounds of LIVE music on Saturday 27th July.

The Manor Reborn As Rock Returns To The Breaks

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Show openers Sam & Terry of Sonic Scream image c/o Salley Newhouse

6:14pm Sunday 9th June 2013

Heavy Metal bands rocked once again at the Breaks Manor on Saturday night to rave reviews. Hatfield lads Sonic Scream were followed by Death Valley Knights and Neuronspoiler, all going down really well with fans. The concert was the first in a series of monthly events that have been organised by generous Town Councillor Dean Archer who bore the initial costs out of his own pocket...

Less Workplaces But More Housing For Hatfield As County Supplies Buildings Demolished

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Former Herts County Supplies buildings come tumbling down

3:33pm Sunday 9th June 2013

A controversial scheme to replace the former Herts County Supplies stores and offices in Mount Pleasant Lane with up to 116 new homes took a step closer last week as demolition contractors began clearing the site. Local residents have long been against the scheme as they fear a 'rat run' will be created through the Ryde estate ...

Portas Pilot Towns: 83% See More Shops Close Than Open

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Fanfare

9:46am Thursday 6th June 2013

A year after the first Portas Pilot winners were announced, the BBC has reported that ten out of twelve government funded towns have seen a drop in the number of ‘occupied retail units’. This is a massive blow for the scheme which was fronted by local MP Grant Shapps. Over 400 towns entered a competition ...

Heavy Metal Councillor To Get Hatfield Rocking Again

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli at the Oasis Leisure Centre

6:06pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

Hatfield Town Councillor and heavy metal fan Dean Archer, is presenting the first in a series of regular rock music concerts on Saturday June 8th at the Breaks Manor Youth Centre. Remarkably he is paying for this out of his own pocket, too, with all profits going to the Youth Centre. “Hopefully” he says, “Some of the profits will continue to fund future concerts” ...

INCINERATOR PROTEST: Campaigners Appeal For Support On June 6th

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Pickles Presses Pause on Incinerator

7:22pm Sunday 2nd June 2013

Protest group, Hatfield Against Incineration, are appealing for support at the pre-inquiry meeting to be held at the Fielder Centre this coming Thursday...

Drummer Lee Rigby Tribute: Hatfield Town Council To Open Memorial Gardens

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Lee Rigby

10:29am Tuesday 28th May 2013

In response to a request from the community, Hatfield Town Council will be leaving the War Memorial Gardens open this week so that residents of Hatfield may leave flowers and messages of condolences for Drummer Lee Rigby who was murdered in London last week...

Hatfield Air Cadets Soaring High

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Hatfield Air Cadets Soaring High

9:37pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

Four Air Cadets from Hatfield took to the skies over Bedfordshire on Saturday 18th May when they visited RAF Henlow to complete their Gliding Induction Courses.

Construction work starts on new QEII car park

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Construction work starts on new QEII car park

9:11am Tuesday 21st May 2013

Construction work has started on a new temporary car park at the QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. This will make way for building work on the New QEII later this summer.

Portable Stage Debut: Hatfield Town Centre Underwhelmed

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The Folk Stock event in full swing

8:18pm Saturday 11th May 2013

The long awaited debut of Hatfield’s £27,000 portable stage finally took place on Saturday. Having spent the past two months in storage, preparations for its journey began at 7 am when Council operatives arrived at their Hilltop yard to tow the trailer down to the town centre. They were met at 8 am by four building contractors who were hired to assemble the stage in White Lion Square. By 11 am the stage was up and a...

A spotlight on mental health at St Albans event

3:44pm Friday 10th May 2013

Residents in St Albans are invited to think about their emotional wellbeing at a taster session next week.

Did you witness assault in Hatfield?

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Nine Hillingdon arrests in police crime crackdown

12:14pm Friday 10th May 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault took place in Hatfield. The offence occurred on Wednesday, May 1 at 2.30pm in the Kennelwood Car Park on Queensway. The victim, a man in his 30s, was a passenger in a car which was parked when he was approached by the driver of another vehicle who assaulted him...

County Elections: Tories Remain In Control Despite Losses

St Albans & Harpenden Review: What is going on with Conservatives?

6:39am Friday 3rd May 2013

The Conservatives lost three seats in the Welwyn Hatfield area following yesterdays County Council elections. Most notably, Tory cabinet minister Stuart Pile was defeated in Hatfield South by Hatfield Against Incineration campaigner Paul Zukowskyj representing the LibDems. Throughout the Borough, UKIP received some strong support but ...

Firearms Seized In Welwyn Garden City

St Albans & Harpenden Review: More frontline police to be armed with Taser guns?

6:01am Friday 3rd May 2013

Firearms, ammunition and drugs were seized during a warrant in Welwyn Garden City this week. Officers from the Tactical Team executed the warrant in Bessemer Road at around 6.30am on Tuesday (April 30). The property was searched and officers seized prohibited firearms, 103 rounds of rifle ammunition and suspected Cocaine...

New Market Stalls: Another Scandalous Waste Of Portas Winnings

St Albans & Harpenden Review: It's 10.15 am on market day and just eleven stalls are in use. Why buy 60?

7:10am Thursday 18th April 2013

The man who began the successful Portas Pilot entry for Hatfield, is aghast that the Town Team responsible for spending the £100,000 prize winnings have squandered over £44,000 on purchasing 60 new pop-up market stalls. “There was nothing wrong with the existing ones!” exclaimed ...

Hopes Rise For Hatfield Football Stadium

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Stadium 2

9:17am Wednesday 17th April 2013

Seven years ago planning permission was approved to build a 450 seat grandstand complex at Angerland Common Playing Fields. But, amid much controversy, the University did not provide community group Sport Hatfield with the mooted 50 year peppercorn lease to enable the stadium to be built. But now things could be about to change for the better. A new community group called Hatfield Sports Association have taken the baton and there is now real hope...

The Mirror Accuses: ‘Hapless’ Shapps In Another Case Of Website Trickery

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Screen shot taken from Grant Shapps forum

3:35pm Monday 15th April 2013

The Mirror on-line has published a story about MP Grant Shapps using ‘fakery’ to promote the Consertives 2015 recruitment drive. His Tory party website shows a group of ‘eager young activists’ who are the same group of people shown smiling on an Australian university website! The Mirror reports: “In a message running alongside the Tory recruitment site Mr Shapps says: “We need to ...

Anti Incinerator Campaign: Updates

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Kathleen on the anti-incinerator march

8:02pm Thursday 11th April 2013

Public Inquiry: This will be held from September 10th for up to 12 days. Those who oppose an incinerator at New Barnfield will participate at the inquiry as "Rule 6 Parties" and will have legal representation. The Rule 6 Parties which have asked to put the case against the incinerator are: New Barnfield Action Fund....

Anti Incinerator Campaigners Blast 'Cynical' Tories Claiming Success

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Under fire: Stuart Pile Hertfordshire County Council cabinet member of highways and transport

1:34pm Wednesday 10th April 2013

Hatfield Against Incineration and the New Barnfield Action Fund were today surprised to be told, via an election leaflet, that the hated incinerator had been stopped. Unfortunately, it would appear this claim is untrue. Cllr Pile’s election leaflet claimed that he’d ‘stopped the incinerator in its tracks’, whereas...

Witness Appeal After Violent Mugging In Welwyn Garden City

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Shooting incident close to Sale primary school

6:44am Sunday 7th April 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a robbery in Welwyn Garden City on Friday (5th April) evening. Three offenders, one of whom was carrying what is described as a short walking stick, have approached three teenage girls on Bridge Road East at around 10.45pm and then demanded the girls’ mobile phones.

Fun Zone: Hatfield Town Council Success Again Proves It's Worth

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Hatfield Town Council Must Stand Up For Us

6:36pm Thursday 4th April 2013

The Town Council are highly delighted with the increase in income following the refurbishment of Hatfield Kids Fun Zone in May 2012. Since the project was completed over 800 children’s parties have taken place with income exceeding the budget by £19,000...

Could WGC Become The Dogging Capital Of Europe?

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Bradford Royal Infirmary’s car park off Smith Lane which has pay and display parking

9:58am Wednesday 3rd April 2013

In the immortal words of Slade Prison’s TV Governor, Mr Venables, “Welwyn Garden City is hardly a walk on the wild side” But all this could be about to change. It has now been discovered that WGC is advertised as one of the best locations for ‘doggers’.....

Incinerator Fight: Are Borough Council Shamed Into Helping?

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Pickles Presses Pause on Incinerator

9:33am Wednesday 3rd April 2013

It has been reported that the WelHat Borough Council are considering a £125k contribution to the fund to bolster the on-going legal challenge against the hated incinerator. This paper has long maintained that the original £20k donation Borough Council was a paltry token gesture but now...

WGC To Twin With Frinton-On-Sea? “Dreary is good” says Academic

St Albans & Harpenden Review: A bracing walk on the beach, above, and, below, the traditional New Year’s Day dip

8:09pm Sunday 31st March 2013

Recently Hatfield’s 50 year twinning arrangement with Zierikzee has floundered. Suggestions for a new arrangement have varied with an offer from an obscure Polish town to Hatfield linking up with several of the other Hatfield’s in the UK and around the world. But whilst Hatfield is spoilt for choice, no town has ever wanted to twin with Welwyn Garden City - not even neighbouring Hatfield! But moves are ...

MP Shapps Upbeat About New QE2 Services

St Albans & Harpenden Review: 1234

6:44pm Sunday 31st March 2013

Grant Shapps has written to Welwyn Hatfield constituents about the imminent work that is to be undertaken on the QE2 hospital site: I’m pleased to be able to get in touch to give you some good news. Building work on the New QE2 is finally about to begin. The breakthrough comes following a funding dea with the Department of....

Portable Stage:" Not For Us" Says Hatfield Fete Organiser

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Hatfield Town Centre In Million Pound Contest

10:05am Wednesday 27th March 2013

Hatfield’s beleaguered Town Team are continuing to receive the derision of residents over their purchase of a £27,000 portable stage that will spend 99% of its time in storage. The cost of the stage was taken from the £100,000 Portas prize money which was intended to be used for improving Hatfield’s run-down town centre. Last week, on BBC radio, Conservative MP Grant Shapps was caught flustered...

Portable Stage Row: Shapps Fires Blanks On BBC Radio Show

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Grant Shapps at Hinkler Parade in Thornhill

11:11am Tuesday 19th March 2013

Recently BBC 3 Counties Radio invited WGC Tory Borough Councillor Mandy Perkins to discuss Hatfield’s run down town centre with Hatfield Labour Councillor Dean Archer. A nervous Cllr Perkins tried to defend the alleged bias that sees most investment go to WGC whilst Hatfield rots...

Court Report - March 12, 2013

11:00am Tuesday 19th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 12, 2013

Court Report - March 11, 2013

10:00am Tuesday 19th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 11, 2013

Court Report - March 8, 2013

9:00am Tuesday 19th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 8, 2013

Court Report - March 7, 2013

4:04pm Monday 18th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 7, 2013

Missing Dog: Lord and Lady Salisbury Offer Reward

St Albans & Harpenden Review: NOW RE-HOMED: Maggie May, a lurcher who survived being hit by a car and numerous attempts to kill her rather than take her to a vet.

9:17am Saturday 16th March 2013

Jude, a lurcher with aristocratic connections, has been missing from his home at Hatfield House since midday, Wednesday 13th March. He was last seen at around 3pm on the same day around the A414 area between Essendon and Hatfield. Reports say that he had re-entered Hatfield Park...

Borough Council's Shame As Ancient Hatfield Pub Demolished

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Cultural Vandalism: The Cat & Fiddle bites the dust

5:27pm Thursday 14th March 2013

Town councillor Dean Archer, has called the destruction of Hatfield's 190 year old Cat & Fiddle pub "Another shameful act of cultural vandalism by an uncaring Borough Council". Mr Archer believes that planning officers did not try to save the landmark building at all. "The Borough Council care little for Hatfield...

Town Centre Prize: Will £27k Portable Stage Be "A White Elephant?"

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Stage

8:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013

A controversial portable stage, which cost a whopping £27,000, has finally been delivered to Hatfield. The stage was purchased in Poland and paid for out of the Portas Pilot prize winnings which were awarded to help improve Hatfield's dismal town centre. But, it seems, the two and a half ton structure will be spending 99% of its time in storage, nearly two miles away in a lock-up behind the ...

'Skeletal' Horse Found Abandoned Near Hatfield

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Neglected horses and ponies.

7:13am Thursday 14th March 2013

The RSPCA have described an abandoned horse, found in a field near Hatfield, as a 'walking skeleton'. The three year old, named Maggie, survived by eating tree bark. She was found badly malnourished in a flooded field and afflicted with mange, lice and other signs of serious neglect. She has since...

Court Report - March 5, 2013

4:50pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 5, 2013

'Hatfield Is A Wasteland' Article Causes A Stir

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The depleted Farmers Market at 11 am on March 2nd

9:08pm Sunday 10th March 2013

A week ago, an article appeared on-line in the Institute of Race Relation website. It began, “...If you want to feel and smell austerity, go to Hatfield” Perhaps every local politician should read this and consider that their actions or inactions have conspired to systematically destroy a truly historic town simply to benefit a dreary but overly powerful neighbouring Garden City.

Court Report - March 4, 2013

2:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 4, 2013

Court Report - March 1, 2013

2:00pm Saturday 9th March 2013

Those from the Hatfield and Welwyn area dealt with by magistrates on March 1, 2013

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