Marshalswick was blessed with two bus routes, 354 and 341. The latter arrived via Sandridge Road and Pondfield Crescent, terminating at a stop near Kingshill Avenue in Sherwood Avenue. However, with the newly opened Sherwood recreation ground, the terminating bus stop was seen to be a potential danger. The Herts Advertiser gave no explanation of the potential danger, but the bus was changed to terminate one stop back – but it still presumably passed the entrance to the rec on its return journey via Kingshill Avenue.
St Albans Rural District Council engaged Belfrey Building Systems to construct 151 homes and flats for the elderly in The Ridgeway and Chiltern Road, near to the former Marshalswick School. Part of this development has already been replaced, probably making it first second generation property in Marshalswick estate.
de la Rue, already well known for its security and currency services in Porters Wood, now opened a third building in Lyon Way for currency counting machines and cash issuing systems.
|New bridge approach in Sandpit Lane.|
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It was announced that there is a severe shortage of teaching space at Marshalswick School. Not surprising given that only half a school was constructed in the first place, 1959, due to shortage of funds.
|Ronald George with one of his works at Arlow Gallery.|
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Marshalswick Free Baptist Church opened in Sherwood Avenue. The church had previously occupied The Tabernacle in Victoria Street, from which it had brought its original organ, suitably adapted and rebuilt. The building was designed and built by Johnson Fuller Ltd. The church was full for its first service.
Traffic signals at the Five Ways junction between Beech Road and Marshalswick Lane have been installed. To make the junction working more straightforward Marshals Drive was severed from the junction and diverted onto Marshalswick Lane opposite Gurney Court Road. That leaves the other Five Ways junction – The Crown – still without lights.
The Lyon Way company of Tractor Shafts has won a silver award for its automatic potato planting machine.
Much needed remodelling and new buildings have been completed at Oaklands Agricultural College, which is responsible for three farms (Oaklands, Hill End and Bayfordbury) totalling over 700 acres. There are now 100 residential students and over 300 part-time students on day release and evening courses.