Now it is time to delve into the archives of April where we paid tribute to a Holocaust survivor who really did go through all the horrors and terrors of Nazi Germany.

Alec Ward was just 12 when his family in Poland were rounded up by the German army before he escaped with his younger brother Laib, with his father's blessing.

But he would lose Laib and the rest of his family leaving him alone as he was taken from concentration camp to concentration camp treated as a slave and beaten, before he was rescued by American forces on May 5 1945.

Mr Ward endured some terrible experiences which he shared back home and he was happy to tell his tale but his motto was inspiring.

Borehamwood Times:

Alec, pictured with his wife Hettie

"To have lived with hatred for so many years would have been self-destructive and exactly what the Nazis would have wanted", he would say.

Mr Ward came to England where he married Hettie Cohen, and had two children; Lyla and Mark. Mark died aged just 23.

In early April of this year, Mr Ward, who was a member of Elstree & Borehamwood Synagogue died at the age of 91.

In Borehamwood, a former pupil of Holsmhill School made it his mission to ensure a new housing development built on the site of the former school remembered the school. He begged Bellway Homes to name the roads after Holmshill whether it be pupils or teachers - any kind of link.

He accused the school of being "airbrushed from history" and created a petition to change that.

Bellway compromised and said a green space near the centre of the development, Hertsmere Mews, would be called Holmshill Green.

An exciting project to expand Elstree & Borehamwood train station got going after an application was submitted in April.