Recorder's Report 2006 & 2007

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January – Berden website update providing information on how to be pro-active with website.             Easingwell Pond at Little London tidy up.


February – CD of photographs of Queen’s silver Jubilee celebrations in Berden in 1981 from collection of Graham Hilson in Manuden.    New glass recycling bins provided outside village hall for general use.


March – Restoration work on the pond at The Crump to provide better habitat for wildlife.


April – New sponsorship for three years of African student by group of village members.


May – Maintenance work on several pylons crossing through Berden. Temporary closure of several relevant footpaths. Scaffolding and new or improved gateways to provide access.


June – New gravel for churchyard paths.   Start of five month project to re-plaster and redecorate church – church closed, total cost £19,000.  Colony of Pipistrelle bats already known about – Natterers and Brown Long eared bats also in church – English Nature involved.


July – Annual garden fete at Berden Hall – profit of £9218 divided between church restoration fund, village hall maintenance fund and Berden Charities. The first fete was held in 1948.


August – Monitoring traffic speed through village for possible traffic calming measures.


September – Start of Uttlesford District Council three bin recycling scheme.


October – new teak six foot bench placed down green lane at junction of fields, Naylands, Coles and Rose Lane for general village use.  Church reopens after refurbishment with a Food Fair and Harvest Supper.


November – Auction of Promises in aid of church restoration funds.


December – Berden Village Appraisal Questionnaire to collate views of residents on future developments in village.



January  - Village Appraisal questionnaire sent to whole village. Last done ten years ago. Results to be collated later in year.

Berden participates in RSPB Garden Bird Watch Day for third successive year towards national database on bird populations.


February – New stage lighting for Village Hall productions.


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April – Playing field behind Parkers in Bonnetting Lane officially named ’Simon’s Field’ after Simon Lowe who did so much for the village for so many years.


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June – Kate Harrison, a Berden resident, featured in national magazines and television adverts for Dove product.


July – Implementation of new Act regarding no smoking in public places, i.e. village hall.

Berden Fete – 60th Anniversary – first fete held in 1948. Makes a profit of £10,177. Profit to be divided between Church maintenance and Village Hall.


August – Churchyard survey of wildlife, first of several. 3 areas to be left as summer meadows to be cut in the autumn.


September  - Work began on groundwork for two new houses as infill at North End, Dewes Green road.


October – The Early History of Berden now available to read on website

Installation of new 30 mph flashing warning signs on verge by Gawlers on Stocking Pelham road.


November – Data collected on house prices realised for sold properties in Berden from from July 2002 to July 2007.

Campaigning in Berden to save bus service no 26 Royston to Bishop’s Stortford via Berden on Thursdays.


December – Details of Berden Emergency Plan with lists of contacts, public services, etc


Rosemary Tinney, Berden Local History Recorder