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2020 vision: Car park marshals in Lurex, armour plating for cars and Waitrose profit wobbles

04 January 2020
2020 vision: Car park marshals in Lurex, armour plating for cars and Waitrose profit wobbles

2020 vision: Car park marshals in Lurex, armour plating for cars and Waitrose profit wobbles

04 January 2020

Indie columnist Chas Gill presents his Old Charlie’s Almanac, taking a light-hearted look at what the new year might have in store for Stortford.


Stortford's Christmas fayre in need of Rhodes' panto magic

10 December 2019
Stortford's Christmas fayre in need of Rhodes' panto magic

Stortford's Christmas fayre in need of Rhodes' panto magic

10 December 2019

Quantity Street, not Quality Street: Chas Gill encounters a sea of bobbing heads but not many smiles – and little in the way of Christmas spirit.


Exciting vision of more shops and restaurants in Stortford town centre

27 October 2019
Exciting vision of more shops and restaurants in Stortford town centre

Exciting vision of more shops and restaurants in Stortford town centre

27 October 2019

Chas Gill continues his look at the Town Centre Planning Framework, dealing with what Stortford needs to offer to compete with nearby towns.


Do 'Waitrose tractors' drive opponents green for the environment – or just green with envy?

20 October 2019
Do 'Waitrose tractors' drive opponents green for the environment – or just green with envy?

Do 'Waitrose tractors' drive opponents green for the environment – or just green with envy?

20 October 2019

Chas Gill visited the Waitrose and Aldi car parks in Bishop's Stortford to count 4x4s – and his finding might surprise you.


A land with hope and glory in short supply

22 September 2019
A land with hope and glory in short supply

A land with hope and glory in short supply

22 September 2019

Whatever the outcome, the Brexit debacle has deeply damaged our society... whoever ‘wins’, the resentment of the losers will linger for generations.


We need to tame the traffic to preserve Bishop's Stortford's character

11 September 2019
We need to tame the traffic to preserve Bishop's Stortford's character

We need to tame the traffic to preserve Bishop's Stortford's character

11 September 2019

Indie columnist Chas Gill with the second part of his six-part series looking in depth at the Bishop's Stortford Town Centre Planning Framework


Snatched back from the brink of oblivion by the most magnificent Team PAH

31 August 2019
Snatched back from the brink of oblivion by the most magnificent Team PAH

Snatched back from the brink of oblivion by the most magnificent Team PAH

31 August 2019

Chas Gill observed the NHS at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital at close quarters after a close call with sepsis led to him spending 11 days there


The path to creating a better Bishop's Stortford town centre for us all

26 August 2019
The path to creating a better Bishop's Stortford town centre for us all

The path to creating a better Bishop's Stortford town centre for us all

26 August 2019

In a 6-part series, Chas Gill delves into the Bishop's Stortford Town Centre Planning Framework. Week 1: Walking and cycling


Gone to Pot? Dogs Head paint job shows it’s not easy being green

18 August 2019
Gone to Pot? Dogs Head paint job shows it’s not easy being green

Gone to Pot? Dogs Head paint job shows it’s not easy being green

18 August 2019

'It might look better... on the seafront at Hastings, but I’m less convinced that it’s perfect for the centre of our conservation area'


I've tried to 'get it', but Bishop's Goods Yard multi-storey is just plain ugly

12 August 2019
I've tried to 'get it', but Bishop's Goods Yard multi-storey is just plain ugly

I've tried to 'get it', but Bishop's Goods Yard multi-storey is just plain ugly

12 August 2019

'All we see is a dark rusty brown cliff face of a structure that looks like a derelict factory, adding to the dismal entrance area of the complex'


Good effort, but park up the stride & ride – it's got to be park & ride all the way

09 June 2019
Good effort, but park up the stride & ride – it's got to be park & ride all the way

Good effort, but park up the stride & ride – it's got to be park & ride all the way

09 June 2019

Chas Gill says the town council's got the 'ride' bit right with its Thorley Park shuttle service to the station – but the 'stride' part's not a runner


There's no de-Nile that Water Lane's murder mystery voyage is first class

01 April 2019
There's no de-Nile that Water Lane's murder mystery voyage is first class

There's no de-Nile that Water Lane's murder mystery voyage is first class

01 April 2019

Chas Gill was in Thursday's opening-night audience for the four-show production of Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery


There are war injuries and there are war injuries. They don't all involve blood

11 November 2018
There are war injuries and there are war injuries. They don't all involve blood

There are war injuries and there are war injuries. They don't all involve blood

11 November 2018

For as long as I can remember I've been able to count up to 10 in Italian. I learned that from my dad as a result of a long holiday he had in Italy during the 1939-45 conflict.


Northgate End multi-storey: Online petition serves the interests of a disaffected minority who cannot accept need for change

19 July 2018
Northgate End multi-storey: Online petition serves the interests of a disaffected minority who cannot accept need for change

Northgate End multi-storey: Online petition serves the interests of a disaffected minority who cannot accept need for change

19 July 2018

Indie columnist Chas Gill says an online petition against the proposed 546-space car park at Northgate End is all well and good, but what about the silent majority?


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