I can well remember my first time in Bedmond. It was circa 1985. With a friend, I had done a great circular cycle ride from St Albans reaching Sarratt. Coming back, we came up Toms Lane, and I well remember the weary push. All I wanted was the ridge and the then easy ride back to St Albans. Imagine my astonishment when I came to the top and found the tin church. These are common in the Highlands, but I never thought I would see one in Hertfordshire.
Officially it's the Church of the Ascension, and the tower looks like a Jules Verne rocket ready to blast you to the moon and beyond. It's the original flat pack church - normally designed for shipping out to the colonies. Apparently you could even buy them in Harrods and I guess you still can. It cost £80 - a bargain. Refixing the steeple cost considerably more a few years ago. And now they have a need to fix the roof. So let me commend the parish coffee morning on the first Wednesday of each month. You contribute to the roof, you get the chance to see inside the warm pitch pine interior, and you meet a lovely group of people including Bedmond's energetic and much liked councillor Joy Mann.