Merry Christmas and Welcome to Nickey Radio!
Hello and thank you for listening during this festive time.
We are a non-profit community radio station serving residents and business in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and the surrounding areas. Nickey Radio provides news, views and plays the kind of music YOU want to hear. Residents and schools in the district regularly join us and add their voices. Nickey Radio broadcasts online 24 hours a day and being online means that you can listen to us anywhere with a signal on a mobile device or PC/Mac and a data plan or wifi! (Look into the data costs if you don't have inclusive data or wifi!)
Harpenden lies in Hertfordshire between St Albans and Luton and has a population of 30,000 residents. It is first recorded in an eleventh century deed in which Edward the Confessor granted an estate to Westminster Abbey, consisting of the area around Hwaethamstede (now Wheathampstead) and Herpedene. This district was first settled by the Belgae who arrived in the first century BC, spreading inland and clearing dense prehistoric forests to make small farm clearings, which became the ‘Ends’ and ‘Greens’ which are so numerous locally. The Belgae were followed by the Romans, who left traces of their occupation in both river valleys and at Rothamsted. Then came the Anglo-Saxons; they were threatened by the Danes until an agreement of 886 made the River Lea the agreed boundary between them, Saxons to the west, Danes to the east.
Our Common is a Green Flag Award winning site since 2007 and stretches for almost 2 miles. The Common is home to numerous types of wild and plant life and is recognised as a county wildlife and protected species site.
Nickey Radio is named after the railway which ran between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead from 1877 until 1947, when passenger service ceased. However, freight still operated between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead's Hemelite plant until 1979.
It is sad the line was closed but the route is now a lovely walk and cycle route through the countryside. The town has three superb golf courses. Harpenden Golf Club founded in 1894, Harpenden Common, and Aldwickbury, the youngest club, which has two Ken Brown designed courses.
We are home to Rothamsted Research Centre, the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Their mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. Rothamsted is vital in the efforts to feed the world and Harpenden is proud of its association.
Harpenden’s most famous resident was Eric Morecambe, who together with Ernie Wise formed one of the best loved British comedy partnerships. Eric lived in Harpenden from 1960 until his death in 1984. He is remembered by having our public concert hall named in his honour. Other past residents include writers George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells.
Our Coat of Arms and Crest was granted to the former Urban District Council in 1949 and subsequently transferred to Harpenden Town Council by order of Her Majesty in Council recorded in the College of Armson 30th May 1978. The crest showing a hart at rest over traditional mountings of a helmet and wreath alludes to the County of Hertfordshire; the two gold diagonal crosses represent the Diocese of St Albans, with the black W between them taken from the Wittewronge arms, as are the diagonal stripes in the bottom part of the shield. The three gold sheaves symbolise Harpenden’s connections with wheat growing, including in the past with the straw-plaiting industry.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
Harpenden wins Green Flag awards again!
Lydekker Park and Harpenden Common in Harpenden have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as two of the very best in the world.
The park and common are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Lydekker Park, located in the middle of Harpenden, is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Left to the people of Harpenden by Miss Hilda Lydekker in memory of her loves ones lost in the 1914 – 1918 World War, it has areas of open grassland, mature trees and pond habitats.
The Town Mayor, Councillor Rosemary Farmer said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the first ever Green Flag Award for Lydekker Park and the eleventh for Harpenden Common.”
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the sites to such a high standard.
The Chair of the Council’s Community Services Committee, Councillor Brian Ellis added, “It is fantastic news to find out that Lydekker Park for the first time has received a Green Flag Award and that Harpenden Common has retained its Award. Thanks must go to all of our Common volunteers, Friends of Lydekker Park, John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, Luton Traded Services and staff at the Town Council.”
To celebrate National Play Day, Lydekker Park will be the venue for the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Wednesday 2nd August between 11.00am – 2.00pm. Attractions include: Captain Fantastic, bouncy castle and soft play, face painting, a Teddy Bear’s hospital, pond dipping and story time with Hertfordshire Library Service.
See Nickey Radio's blog here