PUBLISHED: 11:17 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 06 May 2010
SIR, — The village of London Colney faces the future with some trepidation. Although it seems that the proposed rail freight terminal to the west has been held at bay, the M25 widening to the south is imminent and this work will probably increase the leve
SIR, - The village of London Colney faces the future with some trepidation. Although it seems that the proposed rail freight terminal to the west has been held at bay, the M25 widening to the south is imminent and this work will probably increase the level of traffic along this section and the numbers using nearby Junction 22.
Various other local developments are putting more pressure on this community each year so life here is changing more rapidly than for many decades past. While we all hope for a better future, a lot of people enjoy a reminder of the way we were.
To enable our village to remember former events, places and people, our Local History Society is holding its annual summer exhibition this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 4.30pm each day at The Village Club in St Anne's Road, London Colney.
People are invited to come and see how things have changed around here in living memory and to meet with others who may recall other aspects of life then and now.
We have moved from a largely-rural economy before World War Two, through a military period to the commercial activities of aerospace ventures, then into transport logistics when employment in several hospitals was terminated some time ago.
So do you remember the fun runs and pram races we once held here, or the wild attempts to jump the River Colne at the ford? Do you have any old photographs of events or some souvenirs of general interest? If so, please bring them along to show others or perhaps to have them recorded in some way for our archives.
I any case we welcome all to this year's exhibition - it's free - and trust that everyone will be able to enjoy a trip back in time when a slower pace of life gave us a human relationship with our neighbours compared with today's mad rush.
Vice-chairman London Colney Local History Society.