Archive for 2014

Christmas Opening times - a quick reminder!

Christmas Opening times - a quick reminder!

Posted by Ange Hardy on December 10th 2014

24th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 27th December 2014: 8.00 to 17:00. 29th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 30th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 31st December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00.

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Christmas Delivery with St. Albans Car and Van Hire

Posted by St Albans Car and Van Hire on December 8th 2014

As we head into the Christmas month, many people will be thinking about taking some time off work and enjoying the festivities which will soon be upon us. After the chaos that is Christmas shopping, food preparation and tree decorating, people will be hoping to spend some enjoyable and relaxing time with friends and family. However, for many businesses, now is not the time to be slowing down and taking it easy. Now is the time to be selling to customers old and new, and ensuring that stock is plentiful and delivered on time. If the service your business can provide is good, then those new customers may become repeat customers – so now is the time to be making that all-important first impression!

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Driving in Hertfordshire

Posted by Rob Swan on December 3rd 2014

Have you ever considered taking a driving holiday in the UK? Here at St. Albans Car and Van Hire – and yes we might be slightly biased, as it’s our home county – but we believe taking a driving trip around Hertfordshire would be lovely!

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Car and Van Hire in Rabley Heath

Posted by Rob Swan on November 17th 2014

Rabley Heath, in the Hertfordshire Hills, is in the district of Welwyn Hatfield, not far from the town of Knebworth. It is a small village, but with a number of pubs and available accommodation.

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Another exceptionally busy firework season for St Albans Car and Van Hire

Another exceptionally busy firework season for St Albans Car and Van Hire

Posted by St Albans Car and Van Hire on November 13th 2014

Firework season is always an incredibly busy time for St Albans Car and Van Hire. Between 27th Oct and 11th Nov we had 40 of our vans and lorries out and about at different firework displays all over the country.

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Truck or Lorry

Truck or Lorry

Posted by St Albans Car and Van Hire on October 27th 2014

Whichever word you choose to use to describe this type of vehicle, both truck and lorry refer to the same type of vehicle, and so when hiring a vehicle bigger than a car, it doesn’t matter what you call it, as at St. Albans Car and Van Hire, we can provide what you need!

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Christmas Opening times

Christmas Opening times

Posted by Ange Hardy on October 23rd 2014

24th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 27th December 2014: 8.00 to 17:00. 29th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 30th December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00. 31st December 2014: 7.30 to 16:00.

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St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the Oaklands area

St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the Oaklands area

Oaklands is a hamlet in the county of Hertfordshire. The Oaklands area is home to Oaklands College – a large general further education college which has campuses and training facilities in St. Albans, Borehamwood, and Welwyn Garden City. Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, the college provides a wide variety of courses, ranging from Functional Skills to Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees, on a full- and part-time basis, to 10,000 students.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Tyttenhanger area

St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Tyttenhanger area

Found off junction 22 of the M25, many people are visitors to the Tyttenhanger area as guests to the magnificent Tyttenhanger Park. Set in a natural woodland landscape, this venue caters for weddings, conferences and events, and is steeped in history.

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St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the New Greens area

St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the New Greens area

New Greens is in the constituency of St. Albans, and only a few minutes’ drive from St. Albans Centre, with direct bus routes.

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St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the North Mymms area

St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the North Mymms area

North Mymms is a civil parish in the county of Hertfordshire. Interestingly the area has been also known as North Mimms over the centuries, but in 1939, Hertfordshire County Council decreed in a council meeting that the spelling be fixed as Mymms.

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St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the Markyate area

St. Albans Car and Van Hire in the Markyate area

The Markyate area of Hertfordshire has had its fair share of claims to fame. Childhood home of bass player and songwriter Chris White, of 60s’ rock group The Zombies, their song Beechwood Park was named after an area in the south west of the village. The British actor Martin Benson, who starred in films such as Goldfinger, Cleopatra, Ivanhoe, and Angela’s Ashes, lived and died in the village. And parts of the film The Dirty Dozen were filmed in the village and surrounding areas.

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Curtain sider lorry for a stage

Curtain sider lorry for a stage

The Rodfords with Derek Keys at the Green Man charity bike ride are here aptly demonstrating how a curtain-sider lorry can be used to make a great stage for music performances!

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Wheathampstead 10K

Wheathampstead 10K

St Albans Car and Van Hire were happy to provide a van to assist with this years Wheathampstead 10K run which took place on Sunday 18 May 2014.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Ayot St. Peter area

St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Ayot St. Peter area

Situated about two miles north-west of Welwyn Garden City, is the village of Ayot St. Peter. Famous for having four churches in the village since history records began, one of its existing complete churches is Saint Peter’s - a beautiful and important Arts and Crafts church designed by J.P. Seddon and completed in 1875.

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St Albans Ice Bucket Challenge

St Albans Ice Bucket Challenge

Thank you (!) to Billie Sutton for nominating us. We'd like to nominate: Expositionists in Welwyn Garden City, Arrow Technics at Hemel Hemstead, Bennetts in St Albans. So this is Andrew Sutton, Mark Rayner, Mac Rayner, James Spalding, Chris Yeah,Steve Pestell, Rob Fox (in the digger!) from St Albans Car and Van Hire doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for Motor Neurone Disease with a very, very big bucket.

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MFestival5

MFestival5

This year St Albans saw it's 5th "M Festival", the annual festival hosted by Marlborough School Science College. Held in the school field there were over 1,500 festival goers! St Albans Car and Van Hire provided vehicles to help with the logistics.

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When you've got this many footballers a minibus is the only way to travel!

When you've got this many footballers a minibus is the only way to travel!

How do you get your whole football team from St Albans to Birmingham? You hire a minibus from St Albans Car and Van Hire - it's the only way to travel!

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We've found one of our 1975 Transit Vans

We've found one of our 1975 Transit Vans

We've got a very exciting new project, having just managed to track down one of our original transits from when we first opened in 1975. We've managed to track ours down through the DVLA... eventually locating it in Cyprus! So what did we do? We got it shipped over and have it sat in our yard now!

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Thanks for joining us at Midsummer Gala!

Thanks for joining us at Midsummer Gala!

Last month St Albans Car and Van Hire took part in the Midsummer Gala celebrating 900 years since the dedication of St Leonard's church Sandridge.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in Jersey Farm

St Albans Car and Van Hire in Jersey Farm

Jersey Farm is a very close community, surrounded by countryside very much a part of the St Albans area, a short 12 minutes drive down the adjoining Sandpit Lane from our car and van hire base here in St Albans.

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Come and say hello to us at the Midsummer Gala!

Come and say hello to us at the Midsummer Gala!

This weekend St Albans Car and Van Hire is proud to be taking part in the Midsummer Gala celebrating 900 years since the dedication of St Leonard's church Sandridge.

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A procession for St Albans

A procession for St Albans

In just over a weeks time, on the 21st June, there will be a celebration held here in St Albans to commemorate the life of St Alban, Britain's first saint. After 1700 years the people of St Albans and the surrounding areas will reenact his life through the use of giant 12 foot tall puppets which will make their journey through the town from St Peters Church at 11am while retelling the story of Britain's first saint.

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The St Albans Steam and Country Show and 50th Anniversary.

The St Albans Steam and Country Show and 50th Anniversary.

The St Albans Steam and Country Show have just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their Society. Held at At Oaklands College (Smallford Campus) in St Albans, the show celebrates a history of Steam Engines, Vintage Vehicles, Tractors, Stationary Engines, and Classic Cars, Bikes & Lorries. Also this year, Owners of cars, commercial and motorcycles built in 1964 were also invited to attend.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in Flamstead

St Albans Car and Van Hire in Flamstead

We are just a 17 minute drive from the village of Flamstead which is sited near the A5 and junction 9 of the M1 Motorway.

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Talented garden design student Judy Shardlow has won a coveted show garden at BBC Gardeners World Live

Talented garden design student Judy Shardlow has won a coveted show garden at BBC Gardeners World Live

Talented garden design student Judy Shardlow won a coveted show garden at BBC Gardeners World Live, and we're proud to be sponsoring her so she can get all her plants up to the show.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in Chiswell Green

St Albans Car and Van Hire in Chiswell Green

Chiswell Green is to the south of St Albans in Hertfordshire, originally a separate village it still has a fabulous community at it's heart. Conveniently positioned close to Junction 21A of the M25 many of it's 2,800 residents commute daily and as a result their daily routines revolve around having a reliable car.

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St Albans Car and Van hire, providing car hire in Brookmans Park

St Albans Car and Van hire, providing car hire in Brookmans Park

Less than a 19 minute drive away from us here at St Albans Car and Van Hire is the village of Brookmans Park. Well known for it's deep and rich growth of local history Brookmans Park is one of the most interesting places in the St Albans area.

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St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Bricket Wood area.

St Albans Car and Van Hire in the Bricket Wood area.

Bricket Wood is a village in the county of Hertfordshire just 4.2 miles south of St Albans, roughly an 18 minute drive from us here at St Albans Car and Van Hire.

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Car and Van Hire near Ayot St Lawrence

Car and Van Hire near Ayot St Lawrence

We're surrounded by a variety of eclectic and interesting places in St Albans. Ayot St Lawrence, the home and final resting place of George Bernard Shaw, is just one of those places. It's also the home of the 14th century pub 'The Brocket Arms' which has a local reputation for being haunted (if I was a ghost I can think of worse places to end up than in a pub!).

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St Albans Car and Van Hire... we serve Radlett

St Albans Car and Van Hire... we serve Radlett

Here at St Albans Car and Van Hire we serve a large number of local villages, including the (rather large) and wonderful village of Radlett – which is just down the A5183 from us!

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Ford Mondeo auto/manual estate hire car

Ford Mondeo auto/manual estate hire car

For two years running 'What Car' have awarded the Ford Mondeo with it's “best family car” award and with good reason. It is the obvious choice for the modern family, designed to be easy to drive, spacious and comfortable, efficient and most importantly safe and reliable.

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A day in the life of a mum without a car...

A day in the life of a mum without a car...

After watching an episode of the new series of Outnumbered where the family become stranded without a car, I found myself suddenly aware of just how vulnerable not having a car would make me...

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The Legendry Ford Transit

The Legendry Ford Transit

The Transit has been the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe for 40 years, Ford went as far as to call it 'the backbone of Britain'.

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Charity concert in aid of St Albans and Philippines group

Charity concert in aid of St Albans and Philippines group

A fundraising concert is to take place in St Albans 'The Pioneer club' on Febuary the 22nd in aid of the St Albans based charity 'St Albans and Philippines group' (STAPH) who are dedicated to the Philippines relief.

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Electric buses today, electric vans tomorrow?

Electric buses today, electric vans tomorrow?

Since we founded St Albans Car and Van Hire in 1975 we've seen a lot of development in the world, and it seems it's now changing faster than ever. By the end of this month Milton Keynes will be trialling Electric Buses on the Number 7 route... though we've not heard plans of St Albans doing the same for the 304 or 620 buses!

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Happy New Year from St Albans Car and Van Hire

Happy New Year from St Albans Car and Van Hire

We thought we'd share this snapshot of the team from Christmas 2013. Here's to a happy and prosperous 2014!

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