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with a set of songs inspired by Graham Greene. Adaptations of Greene’s work for the screen will be represented via the 1986 Yorkshire TV film May We Borrow Your Husband? (scripted by, and starring, Dirk Bogarde) and the 1976 Thames TV film Under the Garden, an episode from the Shades of Greene series.

Berkhamsted’s favourite and best-known author is celebrated for the 20th year in a four-day extravaganza this September.

Running from 20-23 September, the Graham Greene International Festival includes talks, guided walks and film and music nights at the Civic Centre, Town Hall and Berkhamsted School.



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Founded seven years after the author’s death, this annual event is the centrepiece of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust’s activities. The festival brings together specialists and Greene enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the life and work of one of Britain’s most distinguished 20th century writers.

Tickets for individual sessions or the entire festival can be purchased in advance from the website of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust (www.grahamgreenebt. org/tickets).

Festival Director Dr Martyn Sampson is excited about this year’s milestone event. ‘A key event in the local and literary calendars, this gathering of friends, fans, experts and interested persons from Berkhamsted, and all over the world, has become a truly special occasion,’ he said.

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‘This year will see the first David Pearce Memorial Talk to mark the memory of David, whose legacy to the life of the trust and the festival is monumental.’

Sunday 23 September

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VIth Form Centre, Castle Street including a look at 9.00 A Tour of the School Archives: baize door, Old the Exhibition Room, the green outside Old Hall.) Hall and the School Chapel. (Meet Literary Outcomes of 9.45 Known and Not So Known Father Leopoldo Graham Greene’s Travels with the Manuscript Durán: Monsignor Quixote and Valverde Jiménez Book Picasso: a talk by Dr Beatriz Andalucía. Loyola of Universidad 11.00 Break for tea and coffee Virtue of Disloyalty’: 11.30 Graham Greene’s ‘e a talk by Dr Jon Wise.

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Greene Birthplace Trust Become a Friend of the Graham and receive a quarterly at of £2 per event (for up newsletter and a Festival discount to five events).

Greene was On 23 September 1989, Graham asked by John Cornwell of the Catholic the final journal e Tablet, “What, in mean to you?” analysis . . . does your religion slowly and “I think . . . it’s a mystery”, he said mystery.” with some feeling. . . . “a certain Mystery is at the heart of this year’s programme, inclusive of all its connotations; need to intrigue, speculation, the compelling we do not – know and the fact that sometimes newcomer or and cannot – know. Whether a to a invited are you a seasoned attendee, festival that will celebrate its twentieth shades anniversary, and which, in its twenty diverse variety of Greene, welcomes your own by of thought, wonder, and enlightenment; music and way of talks, interviews, meals, – a celebration film, and above all, friendship of all things Greene.

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exhibitions, Festival venues will also feature Frost’s a Festival bookstall, and Richard of books by bookstall, with a large selection and relating to Graham Greene. available A free Festival brochure will be a full Festival during the Festival. It will include and more. speakers of details programme,

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This year’s programme includes talks on the Third Man Museum in Vienna, the recent BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Greene’s 1932 novel Stamboul Train, and the theme of treachery and trust in Greene’s works.

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We were sad to say goodbye to Carluccio’s back in June, and it may be a while before we find out what is replacing it. So let’s just enjoy the beautiful building – and hope we have an exciting new place to enjoy before Christmas!

‘The Festival organisers hope that this year’s event will attract regular participants, as well as those who may be less familiar with Greene’s work,’ says Dr Sampson. ‘We have something for everyone. It is our hope, as an organising team, that participants will thoroughly enjoy themselves, and walk away with great memories in celebration of all things Greene.’


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If you fancy being a mud warrior, look no further than The Hospice of St Francis’ Mud Pack Challenge, a five or 10 mile obstacle course in the stunning grounds of Ashridge House on Sunday 21 October! For more information or to book your place, visit www.stfrancis.



The Hospice Running Club, launched in 2013 by Berkhamsted’s Paul Owen, has raised a £22k for The Hospice of St Francis in just five years. Find out more by emailing paul.owen@, or jogonrunning@ for beginners’ courses.

Lockers Park School celebrated academic success last term with its 100% pass rate for the Common Entrance exams, with all pupils securing places at their chosen schools. Five pupils also attained sought-after scholarships to leading British senior schools. The academic accomplishments see three boys securing Academic Scholarships to St Albans School, a Music Exhibition to Berkhamsted School and a Sports Scholarship to Millfield School. Headmaster Christopher Wilson said: ‘Well done to all our boys who worked so hard in their final year. To have a 100% pass rate for Common Entrance alongside those boys securing scholarships is a real achievement. ‘Whilst we will be sad to see them leave Lockers Park, we wish them every happiness as they embark upon the next important stage of their educational journey.’ Described by the Good Schools Guide as a school that ‘brings out the best in boys’, Lockers Park is a day and boarding school for boys aged 4-13, preparing pupils for the very best public and independent senior schools.


A garden that brought the wow factor to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is to open at The Hospice of St Francis in September. The Silver-Gilt winning Myeloma UK Garden will open at the Hospice on Sunday 16 September. Its designers, John Everiss and Francesca Murrell, will give talks about its creation and Dame Carolyn McCall DBE, OBE and Rosemarie Finley, CEO of Myeloma UK, will cut the ribbon. Great Gaddesden resident Peter King, 76, raised over £11,000 to bring the garden to the Hospice. ‘My wife Gill loved flowers so we always went to Chelsea,’ he said. ‘I was very keen that the garden was reused for more people to enjoy. ‘The hospice is such a wonderful place where Gill spent her final six days, and I hope that the garden will bring hope and inspiration to hospice users.’ The centrepiece is a translucent sculpture built from almost 200 layers of Arctic blue acrylic, modelled on Peter and Gill’s daughter, Gemma. At 12ft and seven tonnes, the sculpture appears to be blowing seeds onto fertile soil to represent new medical treatments, and as a sign of hope and growth. Boulders represent plasma cells, and overlapping steel panels are physical representations of barriers in care and treatment. A team from construction engineers Stage One scanned Gemma’s head, hands and shoulders to generate a 3D digital image to achieve the sculptural shape. Designer John Everiss, said: ‘It’s fantastic that the garden will live on at The Hospice of St Francis. It represents a positive message of hope.’ Garden lovers will be welcomed to the hospice between 1pm and 5pm for canapes, guest speakers, live music, butterfly and bee displays and tours. Tickets are £20 in shops or at chelseagarden.

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Get your walking boots on and get exploring the beautiful Chilterns countryside this autumn. The Chiltern’s Walking Festival takes place from 6-21 October, and as usual the 16day programme of over 50 themed guided walks and activities includes walks for everyone from experienced walkers to complete novices. Led by experienced, local volunteer guides, the autumn programme includes seasonal highlights such as colourful beech woods, stories of former residents, glorious views and opportunities to learn new skills including map reading and Nordic walking. There are linear and circular walks involving trains, farms, landmarks and churchyards. You don’t need previous experience, and each walk has a guide for the length, suggested level of fitness and terrain involved, so you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into before you set off. Although most walks are free, you must pre-book. Go to www.visitchilterns. for more details.


Waterstones will also be selling books by all the authors present, so make sure you bring plenty of cash!

Plans have been bubbling along all summer, and now, finally, Berkofest 2018 has arrived – and this year it’s got a brand new Waterstones book literary tent!

Musical entertainment will be from local bands Shane Lamont and The Warriors of Light and The Vegas Girls, and there will also be children’s entertainment.

With talks and panels with authors including Erin Kelly, author of Sunday Times’ bestseller He Said She Said; Berkhamsted’s very own bestseller Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things, local authors Katy Regan and Clare Swatman, our very own editor; as well as many others, there will be plenty of time to hear talks on all manner of things including how to write a book, how to get an agent and book clubs.

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A resource that’s vital to Berkhamsted’s future generations – the Swan Youth Centre (SYC) – is struggling for funds, and it needs the town to be more involved. The Swan has lost almost 50% of its funding in recent years and it needs about £45,000 just to maintain the facilities and activity programmes it offers. Penny Perry, manager of the SYC, says: ‘Recently we have depended more on individuals and the energy of fundraisers. ‘Ideally, we would like townspeople to take more interest. We are looking for the commitment of the community in our young people. These are our kids and we want them to feel part of the town.’ The centre’s staff and volunteers are trained to help on issues that may be too sensitive for young people to talk about to parents or teachers. ‘We look after them sharing social tools, leading to their social development,’ says Penny. ‘We don’t talk directly to their parents, but we can try to help them too by helping their children.’ Members are 11-18 years old. The 11-13 year-olds have a special drop-in night so that activities can be targeted at a younger age group. After reaching 19, some come back as volunteers. ‘Kids see it as a safe place to be, which is theirs,’ Penny says. ‘And there’s a free cup of tea or coffee. They spend money on and run the snack bar, also dip into the free fruit bowl, come up with and cook healthy meal ideas. They contribute by putting on gig nights at the centre. The more people who use it, the more other people will come.’ She concludes: ‘It would be wonderful to have one big sponsor, but I’d love to have a core group that really cares and involves itself and gives a certain amount each month.’ If you can help, please contact Penny on 01442 834349.


The row between Berkhamsted Football Club and Berkhamsted Raiders Community Club seems to be showing no sign of abating. Earlier this year, Berkhamsted Raiders drew up detailed proposals with the aim of transforming the club into a brand new Berkhamsted Community Stadium. Berkhamsted Football Club were not happy about the proposals. Keith Pollard, Chairman of Berkhamsted Raiders, said: ‘The project is not just about football. It’s about creating a home for the fast-growing cycling club, providing somewhere for the Rugby Club to train, somewhere accessible to all the local community shared by multiple clubs and sports. ‘In addition, Raiders has 1,097 members this season. We have 100 children on a waiting list for whom we are unable to provide sport due to lack of facilities. We also want to double female participation, but we don’t have the facilities to do this. We want the new Community Stadium to have real benefits for the development of girls’ and womens’ football. ‘It’s not a takeover of Berkhamsted FC; the stadium would be run by a Community Trust with representatives of sports users and the community.’ That all sounds great. So why are Berkhamsted FC objecting? ‘Part of the problem is that it will relegate us into a lower division as we won’t have the facilities required to be in the division we’re currently in,’ explained Steve Davis, Chair of Berkhamsted FC. ‘We also believe it will cause problems for the local residents who live next door, as there is no sound or light-proofing in these plans, and we have an issue with the proposal that the new pitch will be astroturf as there are many safety issues surrounding this, despite what Raiders say. Not to mention that this is essentially an attempted takeover of the stadium that’s been our home for 100 years.’ While neither side are likely to back down, it seems the dispute is set to rumble on for some time. Let’s hope that somehow they can learn to work together for the good of the town?

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Walking a short distance may seem easy to most people, but for those with multiple sclerosis (MS) it can be a real challenge. Despite this, members of the Chilterns MS Centre will be walking a mile through Aylesbury town centre on 22 September and they would love people to join them. This local charity offers people with MS treatment to help keep them mobile, empowering them to lead happy lives. But it costs over £1m annually to keep the Centre going. Over the past four years, this event has raised more than £100,000 and provided over 2,850 hours of treatment. One of those to benefit is Tring resident Pete who will be taking part. ‘Since being diagnosed over 20 years ago my mobility has gradually decreased,’ he said. ‘Without the support of the physio team, I would be far less mobile than I am today. I was involved in the first year of Walk the MS Mile, and shall be taking part again this year to help such a fantastic place.’ The walk, starts in Market Square at 11am. Visit www.




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Nica Rothschild, known as The Jazz Baroness, spent part of her early life at Tring Mansion. To celebrate her remarkable story and her 35 years as friend and patron of jazz musicians in New York, the Tring Local History Society is holding a jazz concert at Hastoe Village Hall on Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm.

Tickets £15 pp, a ploughman’s including Please send supper. a made out to cheque TDLHMS to John Savage , 16 Lakesid Tring HP23 e, 5HN. Bring a bottle; available. For soft drinks info ring 01442 827702

Music will be provided by the jazz septet The Shoe Horns, who have all studied together at Jazz School UK, and come from far and wide. They will play pieces by at least 12 composers who were friends of Nica, including Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Horace Silver. Many of these pieces were inspired by, or dedicated to, Nica. The story of Nica’s life, as told by Hannah Rothschild in her book The Jazz Baroness, will be narrated by Tim Amsden. Images of the 1940s and 50s will be displayed, and appropriate clothing will certainly add to the fun. You can take a bottle, and soft drinks will be available for a donation. A light supper will be provided and is included in the ticket price. Tickets for the event are £15 per person and can be purchased from 16 Lakeside, Tring, HP23 5HN, with a cheque made out to TDLHMS. For more information call 01442 827702.


‘If they decide there’s enough support for it, it will go through to a second consultation,’ said Lance Holman from Herts County Council.

Berkhamsted Music’s new season opens on 6 October with Raphael Wallfisch and John York’s celebration of 35 years of their collaboration. They will play some of their favourite sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Franck. Raphael is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians; his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch. A full brochure for the season is included with this issue of Berkhamsted Living.

The process is still ongoing, and should be decided later this autumn.

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Plans are afoot for a 20mph zone in parts of Berkhamsted, from Bank Mill Lane to Mill Street, taking in Ellesmere Road, and Ravens Lane. The plan was subject to a public consultation in June, and is currently under discussion by Hertfordshire County Council.

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Waterways Experiences of Hemel Hempstead has been granted The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its work introducing the disadvantaged to the joys of boating on the Grand Union Canal. The group were nominated by Cllr Bob Mclean, Mayor of Dacorum, who said: ‘I first visited Waterways Experiences during our Deputy Mayoral year 2015/2016, as part of the High Sheriff day. I was stunned by the enthusiasm of the volunteer base and impressed by the focus upon making available a unique experience for disabled and disadvantaged groups across the Borough and beyond. We have been privileged to be involved with them and are delighted that their efforts have been recognised in this way; the entire team should be congratulated on this fantastic achievement.’ Waterways Experiences, known as ‘WExp’,

was formed and is run entirely by volunteers with no paid employees. More than 170 volunteers come from all walks of life and together rise to a huge range of different challenges associated with operating three large boats, two of which are quite elderly. Together they ensure that the boats are properly maintained with sufficient crew to deliver the hugely popular trips and that the essential training, finance, admin and communications functions run effectively.

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A national charity became a real Ray of Sunshine for one Berkhamsted boy. Evan Ball, 12, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease in 2016, had his wish of going to Disney World granted by Rays of Sunshine, an award-winning children’s charity that aims to brighten the lives of children living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. And now Berkhamsted Theatre Company (BTC) are stepping up to raise money for the charity. Mum Clare explained: ‘I joined BTC in 2015 before Evan’s diagnosis. Then Evan was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Aneamia, and everything changed. ‘The only cure was a bone marrow transplant, and Evan endured transfusions, operations, chemo and more. We spent a lot of time in Great Ormond Street Hospital, and after the transplant he had to stay away from school and his friends as he recovered. ‘My BTC ‘family’ were so supportive, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Evan was offered a wish by Rays of Sunshine. The charity became a massive part of his recovery – he sang in a choir under Choirmaster Gareth Malone, recorded ‘Valerie’ with Mark Ronson, sang for the Duchess Of Cornwall, met Shawn Mendes and performed with Ronan Keating. I decided to become an Ambassador for Rays of Sunshine to help raise awareness, and now, BTC are helping raise funds for this amazing charity. It’s a great partnership! ‘Being part of such a group has been a great catharsis and generates a sense of belonging, something both Evan and I have in common with BTC and Rays of Sunshine. ‘An ensemble role for me on stage with Chess, our next production, and an ambassador role off-stage for Rays of Sunshine, allows me a platform to promote the amazing things that both have to offer.’ 14 | Berkhamsted Living


We’ve always known we have some lovely parks – and now it’s official! Dacorum Borough Council was recently awarded five Green Flag awards for its parks and open spaces, including Berkhamsted’s Canal Fields, which has held the award since 2008, and Tring’s Memorial Garden. Hemel’s Water Gardens also received the award for the very first time.

Janice Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: ‘We know how important our green spaces are to residents and visitors and that is why we are absolutely committed to making sure that they are safe, welcoming and well maintained. ‘Achieving these Green Flag awards mean that the hard work and commitment of everyone involved is recognised, and I would like to thank the community and volunteer groups, together with council staff, for their hard work and dedication in making this happen.’ To be awarded a Green Flag, a park or open space must meet certain standards. These include being a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, well maintained and clean, and having the support and involvement of the local community. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.


If you don’t know what drift shifting is, you’re missing a treat. In a nutshell, it’s manoeuvring round features on a track at speed to demonstrate skill, precision and speed. And this year, British Drift Champion and Berkhamsted boy Matt Carter represented the UK, taking on the two world leaders in an exhilarating race through the streets of Liverpool at the Red Bull Drift Shifters event. The speed and precision of 12 drivers were put to the test on Sunday 19 August in front of Liverpool’s iconic Royal Liver Building, as they tore through the streets of Liverpool in front of ten thousand spectators. At the time of going to press, we didn’t know whether Matt had made it. We hope we’re not premature in saying congratulations Matt, whatever the outcome!

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It’s 100 years since the end of the First World War, and celebrations are taking place all over the UK to honour the dead and those who fought for their country. And Berkhamsted is certainly doing its bit. As well as a service at St Peter’s on Sunday 11 November, Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society (BLHMS) has produced two books to commemorate the end of the War. The books will be on sale on 9 and 10 November, at an exhibition at Berkhamsted Civic Centre called ‘Commemorating Peacetime in Dacorum’ organised by Dacorum Heritage Trust, and on 24 November in the Court House with a small exhibition by BLHMS. The Rectory Lane Cemetery is also commemorating the end of the War on 16 September with poetry, music and drama. Full details will be published nearer the time. Berkhamsted Heritage Open Days For the past 15 years the BLHMS has organised the Heritage Open Days and, this year, many of them are

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linked to the anniversary of the end of the First World War. A Walk Back in Time A guided tour of the historic town centre. Thursday 6 September, 10.30am Friday 7 September, 3pm Thursday 13 September, 10.30am A Walk into the Past: Berkhamsted Place – successor to the Castle Friday 7 September, 10am Saturday 8 September, 2pm Meet at the top of Castle Hill near Berkhamsted Place This tour takes you into what remains of this once large Elizabethan mansion and explains its links to the castle Ashlyns School, former Foundling Hospital Sunday 9 September, 1pm-5.30pm Tours led by former foundlings. Learn what life was like for the children who grew up there during 1935-55. Booking is essential.


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St Peter’s Church and Court House Sunday 9 September, 3pm Meet at the west door of the church The church has an extensive history and interesting memorials depicting the history of the town and its people.

Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted Saturday 8 September, 10am Meet at Bank Mill bridge Where flourishing trade once existed along the canal’s banks, even the holiday boats are no longer for hire. Follow the lost wharves. In conjunction with Berkhamsted Citizens Association. Booking essential. Old Hall and Chapel Sunday 9 September, 10.30am and 2.30pm Meet at the bottom of the steps leading up to Old Hall Visit the original school building from 1544 and learn something of the school’s history. Tours of Dacorum Heritage Trust (DHT) Museum Store Saturday 8 September, 10.30am and 2pm Saturday 15 September, 10am The Museum Store, Clarence Road, Berkhamsted See collections from different areas of Dacorum and find out more about the area.

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17. Facial Elixir 20ml £19 18.Candles £18 TRING BREWERY, TRING 19. Nutshack Nuts: Garlic & Habanero, Cajun and Bacon - artisanal, vegan-friendly peanuts from an independent family producer. £1.50 per 60g bag.

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● Set aside a few tablespoons of the remaining mix and put the rest back into the processor. Add the eggs, the 25g flour, cinnamon and baking powder and whizz to a smooth batter.

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BOOKREVIEWS by David Guest

The premise of the book is that David, over a period of many years, has visited all 92 football stadiums in England and, while doing so, has learned more about each town. So while he does tell us much about each town – who

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knew that Brentford had a water museum for example? – he also intersperses it with his own personal story at the time, as well as the fate of his beloved Oldham Athletic, the team he’s spent most of his life (blindly) following.

football (a bit), but mostly about England, its people and all its quirks and foibles. It’s perfect for football fans, non football fans, readers and non-readers – and you can devour it in one sitting, or dip in and out as you please.

The result is a charming, funny and heartwarming story about

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Hawridge, Bourne End and Little Heath Farm, this is a fabulous book. It claims to show you places you didn’t know existed, and gives you lots of information along the way. I read it from cover to cover, nodding as I recognised familiar places, while also wondering how I’d missed some of these amazing places in all the years I’ve lived in Berko. The writing is great – witty and entertaining as well as being informative – and it’s made me want to go and get my

bike out and take a pedal round the 30-mile route one day soon. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Born and bred in Berkhamsted, Amy Nickell worked for a while as a celebrity reporter. She had fun. She didn’t take life too seriously. Then she fell pregnant at 24, and everything changed. In Confessions of a Single Mum, Amy debunks single mum myths, delves into the world of dating (nothing ruins sexy sofa snogging ambience like the watchful eye of Daddy Pig), going back to work just 10 days after giving birth, lactating WAY too close to Simon Cowell, as well answering the questions that come with having a family that is anything but nuclear.

Big Brother Berkhamsted Photographer Louis Quail is a talented man – his 2015 show ‘Before They Were Fallen’ won various awards, and he spends much of his time on personal, long term projects. This gorgeous hardback book is the culmination of years of work. Deeply personal, Big Brother is essentially a collection of photographs of Louis’ older brother Justin, who has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for most of his adult life. But it’s not just about the illness. In Big Brother, Louis examines mental illness and a mental health sytem in crisis, but also tells the story of the man behind the illness: his brother. Among the photographs are inserts of doctors’ notes and

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drawings by Justin as well as police records and scribbled notes by Justin.

Amy’s wonderfully frank, honest and hilarious story will inspire other parents to own their single status as well as anyone whose life has thrown them a curveball.

The result is a stunning book, which shows the love Louis has for his brother, while also making you stop and think about life, love and family. • Louis will be giving a talk and signing copies of Big Brother at Waterstones in Berkhamsted at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 September. Autumn 2018 | 23



Are you worried about how long your kids spend online? Here’s how to disconnect to reconnect

icture the scene; you’re sitting down to dinner with your family for a lovely catch-up at the end of a long day. You turn to your loved ones only to be greeted with a wall of people staring at their phones, engrossed in an online conversation, a game or scrolling mindlessly through social media.

According to recent research by Ofcom, 99% of 12 to 15 year-olds spend almost 21 hours a week online – and parents are finding it increasingly difficult to control their children’s screen time.

Of course we all love our phones, iPads and games consoles – and technology certainly has a place in both society and family life. But do you ever wish you could have your children back in the room with you, and away from the evermore-enticing online world for a few more hours every week? You’re not alone. Here are some expert tips for controlling your children’s screen time – without causing world war three!

The problem Technology itself is not a problem. It plays an essential part in everyday life, and has made a whole host of things so much easier – and more fun! But it most definitely has its place – and increasingly, parents are finding it harder and harder to get their children to step away from consoles, tablets and 24 | Berkhamsted Living

UNPLUG YOUR KIDS smartphones and reconnect with the real world, including their families. ‘There are several issues with spending too much time staring at a screen, particularly for a child,’ explains Berkhamsted-based child, teen and parent coach Beth Parmar.

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‘Firstly, the flashing lights and moving images provide constant stimulation for their brain, which can be addictive, and can also affect their mood and concentration for the rest of the day. ‘Secondly, if they’re online or playing a game, they’re not interacting with people. Online interaction is not fulfilling the same emotional need as face-to-face interaction.’ As children get older and are out of the house more, policing it can seem like a minefield. But there are solutions, whatever their age – we hope some of them work for you.

Transition time Most parents don’t understand the difference between a child’s brain and an adult’s brain. Adults find it easy to switch from one thing to another – whether it’s from a noisy, fast-paced computer game to helping with homework, or from listening to loud music to a serious conversation, it’s something that adults are able to do. But children’s brains are still developing, and they simply don’t have that ability to just switch. This means they need time to transition from one thing to the next. ‘There’s no point in telling your kids to get off the Xbox or the iPad and go straight and do their homework,’

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says Beth. ‘It’s impossible for their brain to switch from being over-stimulated to settling down to something immediately. ‘Make sure you get them to think about something else for 10 or 15 minutes before asking them to do anything – whether it’s something physical like playing with Lego, running round the garden with a football, or just telling them jokes and making them laugh – as long as it’s taking their mind away from the game they were playing, it will help smooth the transition.’

Decide on limits together If you tell children how long they have on their screens, they’ll almost always fight against it. But if you sit and talk it through with them and get them involved in the decision process, they’re much more likely to be compliant and you’ll end up with an agreement you’re both happy with. @ LivingMagazines


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UNPLUG YOUR KIDS ‘By treating it like a currency, you’re getting them to understand that it’s a privilege, not a right, and that things have to be worked for, just like money. That makes for easier parenting all round.’

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‘Ask them how many hours a day they think is reasonable for them to be on their screens,’ suggests Beth. ‘They may start off by saying something silly like 10 hours, but if you talk it through with them, listen to their reasons and then explain your own, they’re more likely to realise that they still need to find time to do their homework, their sports clubs or whatever it is they like doing, and that, actually, much less time is more reasonable and sensible. That way, you’re much less likely to have a battle on your hands.’ It’s just as important for older children as well, who may not be in the house for you to keep an eye on as much. ‘Rather than agreeing time limits, maybe you could suggest that, if they have a smartphone, they must agree to have the ‘Find my friend’ app so you can keep track of them if you need to, or that they have to check in with a family WhatsApp group in case you need them. Whatever works for you – just remember that technology can be your friend!’

Reward, don’t punish

It might sound silly, but positive reinforcement can be a powerful tool. We’re all too quick to criticise our children for not doing the things they should, but we often forget to praise them when they do good things. ‘Just saying ‘well done’ if they’ve put their iPad or Xbox away when agreed and without a fuss goes a long way to helping them realise that you do notice when they do things right, and not always when they do things wrong – and that can make them want to do that more often,’ explains Beth.

Lead by example You can’t expect kids to be willing to switch off their phones or tablets if they see you constantly staring at yours, so it’s important to show them that you don’t need them all the time. ‘Try not to spend hours staring at your phone mindlessly in front of them. It can also be a good idea to agree that, for example, you don’t allow phones at the table, or have a phone-free hour every day. If you can agree it between you and be consistent and stick to it – adults included – then it’s far more likely to work.’

Threatening to take away their screen time as a punishment for bad behaviour can be a recipe for disaster because, as Beth explains, if you use it this way, then it means they’ll see screen time as a given, rather than the treat it is. ‘Instead of using screen time as a punishment, flip it on its head and get them to earn their time. So whatever it is you want them to do, be it chores, their homework, instrument practice or anything else, make sure it’s clear to them what you expect, and only when it’s completed do they earn an agreed amount of screen time. 26 | Berkhamsted Living

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Welcome to the first of our regular upcycling ‘how to’ features


ave you ever looked at an upcycled piece of furniture and thought ‘I’d love to do that’ – but have no idea where to start? Yep, us too!.

Which is why we’ve started our new regular series of ‘how-to’ features! They’re step-by-step guides to upcycling, complete with all the info you need, including paint type, how to prep, and other important hints and tips. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Get upcycling!

For our first feature, we’re taking a look at how to upcycle a stool. Our Editor Clare saw a stool she loved in a catalogue, but at more than £200 it was a bit steep. So, she decided to make her own. Here’s how she did it...

How to The stool was lovely and would have been the perfect addition to my newly finished bedroom. The trouble was, at £200, it was a bit pricey – especially after all the money we’d spent getting the bedroom decorated in the first place! So, I had an idea. Why not try making my own?

then great. But if you’re thinking of buying a cheap one to upcycle then you need to think what you want to do with it. The stool I’d seen and loved had copper legs and a fluffy top, so I needed something I could easily cover and something with legs that could be easily painted. As luck would have it, I found this simple Ikea stool for just £2 from the Aston Clinton recycling centre (you can actually buy it new from Ikea for £4). The top was plastic, which wasn’t perfect as I knew I’d need to attach fabric to it, but the legs were metal and I knew they could be easily sprayed. I was on my way! TIP: A wooden seat will be easier if you’re stapling the fabric to it, as the staples will go straight into the wood.

Step two Buy your materials. This takes some planning. I knew I wanted to paint the legs, but I wasn’t sure what sort of paint to go for. Luckily, my friend Sandra did – copper spray paint! I also needed to pad the seat out and find some fluffy fabric to attach. Here’s what I used (apart from the stool): • A fluffy throw from a charity shop, £5

Now I’m no craft expert. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I’m a bit useless when it comes to these sorts of things. But that just goes to show – if I can do it, anyone can!

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Step one

• Glue gun and glue (I already had)

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• Copper spray paint, £7.95, Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts • Staple gun (I already had)


Step three First, spray the legs. It’s best to do this first so that you don’t get paint on anything else. Give the legs a quick rub with sandpaper if you have some, and make sure they’re clean. Then, keeping your mouth and nose covered, spray the paint evenly all over the legs. It goes on fairly easily, and only takes a few moments to dry. I used copper, but you can use silver or gold as well – or any colour you fancy!

Step four Once the paint is dry, cut the foam pad to shape. Tip the stool upside down and draw around the seat, then cut out the shape with scissors or a knife. Glue it firmly onto the top of the stool. TIP: Use plenty of glue. You don’t want the seat shifting around when you sit on it!

Step five

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Attach the faux fur to the seat. This is where it’s easier if you have a wooden seat as you can carefully staple it straight into the wood. Because I had a plastic seat, I had to attach a piece of wood to the underside of the stool to staple into. Pull the fabric tight, and go carefully round, stapling as you go. TIP: Furry/fluffy material is probably the easiest kind to use as it’s more forgiving if your stapling isn’t very neat. But you can use whatever takes your fancy! And that’s it! It really is as easy as it sounds, especially if you have a wooden seat. It looks amazing – and cost a fraction of the one I saw! @ LivingMagazines


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We all adore our little furry friends – but do you know how to keep them safe? Here’s our handy guide


e’re a nation of pet lovers – but how many of us know exactly what to do if our beloved pet gets into danger? Whether it’s eating the wrong things, getting ill or going missing, it’s important to know the ins and outs. Thanks to the Blue Cross, we’ve put together this handy guide to making sure your furry friends stay as safe as possible.

Cats Cats are nosy creatures, and will get into all sorts of scrapes if you let them. There are also a surprising number of dangers in and around your home. Poisons and toxins A number of things are toxic to cats – some of which you’re no doubt aware of, but some less obvious too. • Antifreeze – it may sound obvious but if you spill it, clean it up immediately and avoid using it in water features • Disinfectant, especially those which contain phenols • Slug and rodent bait, insect killers and weed killers • Dog flea treatments • Human medications including paracetamol • Some food such as raisins, onion and chocolate 30 | Berkhamsted Living

• Lilies and foxgloves. Even rubbing against them then licking their fur can be dangerous.

Windows Cats may be able to jump great heights for their size, but high windows and balconies can still be dangerous if they fall. If you’re worried, cover high windows with wire mesh, or keep them open on the latch. Appliances Washing machines and tumble dryers may seem like warm, enticing places for cats to curl up, but if you don’t notice they’re in there, these machines are lethal. Keep doors shut when not in use, restrict access to rooms with them in and always check before using. Sunburn They’re covered in fur so you may not think about it, but cats can suffer from sunburn and, if it happens regularly, it can cause skin cancer. White fur with pink skin underneath is particularly susceptible. Ask your vet for animal sunscreen and apply it regularly.

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their paws and nose. Take these precautions to avoid heatstroke:

• Consider contacting neighbouring dog wardens too

• Ensure they have clean water to drink

• Visit places such as local parks and ask people to keep an eye out

• Walk them in the cooler part of the day – paws can burn on hot pavements

• If you’re sure your pet’s been stolen, report it to the police and ask for a crime reference number

• NEVER leave a dog in a car, even with the window open

• Report it to the microchip database so you’ll be informed if someone tries to re-register them

• Give them ice cubes with their favourite treats inside

Protect against theft According to the Missing Pets Bureau, 38% of animals reported lost have actually been stolen. Here’s how to protect your pet from thieves. • Never leave them unattended in vehicles or outside shops. They’re vulnerable to opportunist thieves • Keep microchip details up-to-date • Take photos of you with your pet to prove ownership • Take photos of your pet from different angles to make them easier to identify • Train your dog to come when called, and think about an extendable lead in unfamiliar places • Make sure your garden is secure and attach a bell to gates • Keep your dog in sight when he’s in the garden • Vary times and routes of your daily dog walk.

What to do if it’s too late If your pet has already gone missing, or you suspect it’s been stolen, here’s what you should do: • Report it to Dacorum Borough Council’s dog warden on 01442 228418 @ LivingMagazines


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• Make and distribute posters • Tell local vets • Report on local community websites and Facebook pages • Contact animal shelters and rescue charities.

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Real life success story! No doubt you’ll remember back in April when Sprocket the Westie went missing from her Berkhamsted home following a burglary. Her owners, James and Daniela, put up ‘missing’ posters on local Facebook sites, had 1,200 posters distribute and set up a Facebook page. Sprocket’s story even made an appearance on BBC Breakfast, featured in The Sun and on the radio – she was famous!

The next five weeks were tough as they waited for news, searching for Sprocket day and night. They were beginning to fear they’d never see her again. But then, five weeks and three days after she’d gone missing, they received a phone call from Battersea Dogs’ Home – Sprocket had been found! Now they’re reunited, and they couldn’t be happier.

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Pets’Corner START: Layby, Northfield Road, Tring or Tring Station or Aldbury Village ENDS: Layby, Northfield Road, Tring or Tring Station or Aldbury Village DISTANCE: 4.2 miles (7km) ASCENT: Around 152mt (500 feet) MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer 181 ALDBURY VILLAGE LOOKING ACROSS FROM STOCKS GOLF COURSE: PHOTO © GEORGE EDWARDS

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his is a circular walk along part of The Ridgeway and through the picturesque village of Aldbury, which has two pubs and a village shop for refreshments. There are no stiles, or livestock usually, but Northfield Road and Aldbury Village can be busy during commuting hours or at weekends, so dogs should be on leads in these areas. Paths are generally well-marked but may be muddy. The walk includes an ancient track, a golf course and village stocks. Using public transport is possible; by train to Tring station or the 387 bus from Tring to Tring Station and Aldbury – see

The Walk On Northfield Road, travelling towards Tring Station, there is a formal layby (1) between the roundabout on the B488, Upper Icknield Way and the track for Honeysuckle Farm and which is usually quiet and accommodates about five cars. In the unlikely event it is full there is another informal, unsurfaced area (1a) for about three cars closer to Tring Station. You may also be able to find some parking in Aldbury around the pond (8) or near the Valiant Trooper pub (7). The pub has a car park but ask permission before you use it. Starting from the formal layby (1) on Northfield Road, head back towards Upper Icknield Way and when you reach the wooded area turn right (2) through 32 | Berkhamsted Living

the gate and right up the hill between trees towards The Ridgeway path along Aldbury Nowers ridge. To your left you’ll glimpse a chalk pit, all that remains of Pitstone’s former cement works. Ignore a path to the right and carry on uphill through a metal gate, along the path to The Ridgeway and turn right through a wooden gate into a wooded hill path, which is Aldbury Nowers. Follow The Ridgeway path along the hill and admire the views over Tring and Aylesbury Vale to your right. A little way along the path is a seat and information board overlooking the view (3). Continue along the Ridgeway until you come to a steep stepped descent at the bottom of which is a signpost with four fingers (4) – take care down the steps! Take the left path towards Stocks golf club and shortly afterwards keep to the left path, going through a gate onto a path around the edge of the golf course with fine views towards Aldbury (5). Turn right following the edge of the course and wood until you come to another wooden sign and go straight on towards Aldbury village across the marked path over the golf course – watch for stray golf balls! At the end of the golf course cross the Hertfordshire Way path towards Aldbury church. When you reach Church Farm there may be livestock in the field so dogs on leads. The path reaches Station Road which can be busy, so take care as you turn right along the grass verge for a few metres before crossing over the road to a metal gate with a footpath sign (6) into

Walkies a field which may have cereal growing in it. Follow the path until it exits between houses into a cul-de-sac, Stoneycroft, with the Valiant Trooper pub (7) just to the left. Dogs are allowed in the bar and garden areas – see The alternative pub is the Greyhound Inn- http://greyhoundaldbury. - carry on along Trooper Road past the garage towards the village pond and stocks (8) – take care the road is narrow and has little pavement. On your left as you reach the pond is Aldbury Village Store an alternative source of refreshment to the pubs and with two convenient seats on the village green where you can study the village stocks. Continuing the walk, make for the Greyhound Inn (9) and take the track to the left of the pub

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“Percy Crow Path” (10) which takes you into a field with the school on your left. Exit the field and immediately turn left towards Church Farm, turning right onto the path you came on towards the Hertfordshire Way. Reaching the Hertfordshire Way on the edge of the golf course, turn left (11) and follow it until it meets The Ridgeway and turn right (12) onto the Ridgeway. Follow The Ridgeway and where it begins its ascent and you’ll find a shady seat under a tree (13). Immediately after the seat take the left path downhill, back towards Northfield Road. Caution as you cross a private road to Northfield Grange (14) and carry on to Northfield Road where you turn right and back to the formal layby starting point.

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History The Ridgeway follows an 87 mile route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers from Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon. Grim’s Ditch follows The Ridgeway across Aldbury Nowers and is a series of linear earthworks thought to be a set of local boundaries used to control the movement of cattle and carts and dating back to the Iron Age. Aldbury is an archetypal historic village including a village pond, stocks and whipping-post, in excellent condition. The village was recorded as Aldeberie in the 1086 Domesday Book. The Valiant Trooper pub first traceable evidence dates back to 1752. In the 1970s, Aldbury was better known as the home of the head of the Playboy Club, Victor Lownes, who lived at Stocks House and held lavish parties there. The house and swimming pool featured on the cover of the 1997 Oasis album, Be Here Now. Aldbury is a popular location for films and television. Among film and television series scenes filmed in the village were: The Dirty Dozen, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Morse and inevitably Midsomer Murders. ■

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Walkies a field which may have cereal growing in it. Follow the path until it exits between houses into a cul-de-sac, Stoneycroft, with the Valiant Trooper pub (7) just to the left. Dogs are allowed in the bar and garden areas – see The alternative pub is the Greyhound Inn – www.greyhoundaldbury. – carry on along Trooper Road past the garage towards the village pond and stocks (8) – take care the road is narrow and has little pavement. On your left as you reach the pond is Aldbury Village Store an alternative source of refreshment to the pubs and with two convenient seats on the village green where you can study the village stocks. Continuing the walk, make for the Greyhound Inn (9) and take the track to the left of the pub

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“Percy Crow Path” (10) which takes you into a field with the school on your left. Exit the field and immediately turn left towards Church Farm, turning right onto the path you came on towards the Hertfordshire Way. Reaching the Hertfordshire Way on the edge of the golf course, turn left (11) and follow it until it meets The Ridgeway and turn right (12) onto the Ridgeway. Follow The Ridgeway and where it begins its ascent and you’ll find a shady seat under a tree (13). Immediately after the seat take the left path downhill, back towards Northfield Road. Caution as you cross a private road to Northfield Grange (14) and carry on to Northfield Road where you turn right and back to the formal layby starting point. Let us know if you enjoy our walks. ■

History The Ridgeway follows an 87 mile route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers from Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon. Grim’s Ditch follows The Ridgeway across Aldbury Nowers and is a series of linear earthworks thought to be a set of local boundaries used to control the movement of cattle and carts and dating back to the Iron Age. Aldbury is an archetypal historic village including a village pond, stocks and whipping-post, in excellent condition. The village was recorded as Aldeberie in the 1086 Domesday Book. The Valiant Trooper pub first traceable evidence dates back to 1752. In the 1970s, Aldbury was better known as the home of the head of the Playboy Club, Victor Lownes, who lived at Stocks House and held lavish parties there. The house and swimming pool featured on the cover of the 1997 Oasis album, Be Here Now. Aldbury is a popular location for films and television. Among film and television series scenes filmed in the village were: The Dirty Dozen, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Morse and inevitably Midsomer Murders. ■

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HAPPY We all need to look after the health of our minds as much as our bodies. Here are some techniques to help


ost of us know that, to stay fit and healthy, we should eat good food, exercise regularly and have the odd check-up.

But how many of us can honestly say we spend as much time looking after our mental health as we do our physical health? health?

Exactly. Sadly, with everyone leading such busy, hectic lives, and setting such high expectations for themselves – “I must have a nice house, look good, spend quality time with the kids, have a good career” – levels of anxiety and stress are through the roof.

‘The mind is a phenomenally strong tool that we undervalue and underestimate,’ says Becky Willoughby from Willow Therapy in Tring. ‘But it can also be a really useful tool in helping to get things under control. Knowing you can control something is the first step to eliminating it. ‘It’s about having a toolkit you can reach into and find the tool you need for a particular moment.’ Here’s how to make sure you keep that toolkit replenished, and help yourself to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

But increasingly experts are beginning to recognise that there is a strong link between the body and the mind – and in order to keep one healthy, the other needs to be nurtured too. As a result, mental health care is changing. And with the focus more and more on happiness and wellbeing, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about how to look after your own mental health. 34 | Berkhamsted Living

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY Pause for thought ‘Many people assume that self care means taking a big chunk out of your day to meditate or do yoga practice,’ says Becky. ‘But, while there is a place for this, self care can take just five minutes out of your day, and make such an enormous difference. ‘It could be going out for a walk with the dog, or taking time for a stroll round the garden. Just putting the pause button on for a few moments to have time to breathe and give yourself space makes all the difference in the world.’

Speak positively ‘One of the most important ways of improving your happiness is to understand how important the use of language is,’ explains Becky. Think about it. How many times have you said, ‘I should have gone to the shop and got some bread,’ or, ‘I should have tidied the kitchen’? But what if you changed that ‘should’ to ‘could’? So it becomes, ‘I could have gone to the shop and got some bread – but in that moment I chose not to because it wasn’t my priority.’ That sounds very different – and immediately takes pressure off you. It’s so simple, but it’s also very effective if you can remember to do it. Don’t forget of course, that the use of language can affect your thoughts – so it follows that if you change your words then, in time, you also change your thought process.

Re-connect It’s essential to spend time with people. This might sound simple enough, but thanks to technology and lack of time, we’re becoming increasingly disconnected from the world. ‘Many of the people I see spend much of their time alone, or with young children,’ says Becky. ‘I ask them if they’ve spoken to anyone recently and they might say “oh, I chatted to my friend yesterday”. But dig @ LivingMagazines


deeper and you realise that the chat they had was via email or WhatsApp and actually, they haven’t really seen anyone, or connected with anyone, in person all day. ‘But interaction with other people is key to staying happy. Even if you’re just travelling into work on the train with other people, or spending time in the office with them, connecting with others is essential.’ ‘Try this technique,’ suggests Becky. ‘Go into a crowded place such as a coffee shop, choose a table and just sit there alone. ‘It terrifies a lot of people. But that’s because they’re out of the habit of being around people. The next stage is to strike up a conversation with a stranger. It might feel daunting, but the benefits of actually doing it are huge.’ ‘It’s important to connect properly with your children too’, she says. ‘Parents don’t need any more pressure. I tell them to give themselves five minutes at the end of every day with their children where they just shut the door, and listen to what their child has to say without interruption. They always think it’s going to be easy but five minutes is a long time – and it makes the world of difference.’

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY happy marriage, the house of your dreams – all of that becomes irrelevant when the darkness of depression descends. A way to help lift yourself from that place – or to prevent yourself from getting there in the first place – is to write a gratitude diary. Every day, try and find

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of focusing entirely on the present moment; it clears your mind of other worries, and helps keep you calm. It’s about bringing all of your attention to what you’re doing right now, and really focusing on it. The idea behind it is that, by learning techniques to bring your attention to the present moment, you can learn to let your thoughts come and go without letting them define you or your experiences in the world. It helps you notice your body and what it’s trying to tell you – for example, tight neck and shoulders could indicate stress or tension – and it helps create space between your thoughts so you can react calmly. Try these mindfulness exercises, which are suggested by the mental health charity, Mind. • Mindful eating Pay attention to the taste, sight and textures of what you eat. For example, when drinking a cup of tea or coffee focus on how hot and liquid it feels on your tongue, how sweet it tastes or watch the steam that it gives off. • Mindful moving, walking or running Notice the feeling of your body moving. Notice the breeze against your skin, the feeling of your feet or hands against different textures on the ground or nearby surfaces, and the different smells that are around you. • Body scan Move your attention slowly through different parts of the body, starting from the top of your head, moving all the way down to the end of your toes. You could focus on feelings of warmth, tension,

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one, two or even three things that you’re grateful for, or that make you happy. It can be things that you’re grateful for right in this present moment, or it can be something that made you smile that day, even if just for a moment. Think about it, cherish it, and write it down. n

tingling or relaxation of different parts of your body. • Mindful colouring and drawing Focus on the colours and the sensation of your pencil against the paper, rather than trying to draw something in particular. You could use a mindfulness colouring book or download mindfulness colouring images. • Mindful meditation Sit quietly and focus on your breathing, your thoughts, sensations in your body and the things you can hear around you. Try to bring your focus back to the present if your mind starts to wander. Many people also find that yoga helps them to concentrate on their breathing and focus on the present moment.

Tips on getting the most from mindfulness exercises When you do any mindfulness exercise, the key steps are: • Pay attention – for example, when you shower in the morning, make an effort to pay attention to the feel of the water on your skin.. • Notice – when your mind wanders, simply notice where your thoughts have drifted to. • Choose and return – choose to bring your attention back to the present moment, usually by focusing on your breathing or another sensation in your body. • Be aware and accept – notice and be aware of emotions or sensations in your body. Try to observe and accept them with friendly curiosity and without judgement. • Be kind to yourself – remember that mindfulness is difficult and our minds will always wander. Try not to be critical of yourself. When you notice your mind wandering, just gently bring yourself back to the exercise.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY Anxiety/panic attacks ‘There are techniques you can teach people who have panic attacks, which basically involve taking the person out of the situation mentally for a few minutes’, explains Becky. ‘For example, if someone has a fear of flying, I tell them that, as they get on the plane, look around for someone who has red hair, glasses, flip flops and a bag. If they’re doing that then they’re taken out of it for a moment and they have no space in their brain to think about what they’re scared of. Take a moment, now. In the room where you are, find as many things as you can beginning with the letter C. Say them out loud when you’ve found them. Afterwards, think. While you were doing that you weren’t thinking about anything else were you? You stopped what you were doing and concentrated only on that. This is a great technique for people if they’re anxious or having a panic attack about something.

Often, particularly with children, this can stop them having a panic attack all together because it empowers them. It gives them the tools to know they can stop a panic attack in its tracks, and this can sometimes stop people having them at all. You know you can survive it. For some people sensory things work too. For example, if you hold or press something to keep your mind off the anxiety. ‘Some people need sensory, some need verbal.’

For more help and advice go to:, call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463. Mind Hertforshire is on: or call 020 37273600. Willow Therapy is at:, or call 07979 814007


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Removable make-up is so last season!

hat’s your morning routine like? If you’re one of those people who can just get up, run a brush through your hair and leave the house, then that’s brilliant.

But for most of us, it takes a little more time to get ready in the morning – and for many, applying make-up is a time-consuming chore we could do without. Permanent and semi-permanent make-up has been around for a while, but it’s getting better all the time, and these days the results are outstanding when it’s done well. If you’re unsure what it involves, or how it works, then wonder no more. We have the low-down on all the latest techniques – and our Editor very kindly put herself under the microblade to give you a real-life report of eyebrow make-up. The sacrifices we make!

Eyebrows It used to be so simple – you’d pluck your eyebrows with tweezers to the shape you wanted, and that was it! These days, the options are seemingly endless. Of course there are techniques, such as threading and waxing, which are both more or less the same thing as tweezing, but with a more professional finish. HD brows are one step up from that, and the process 38 | Berkhamsted Living

involves having your eyebrows shaped and tinted. They last longer too, around 5-6 weeks. But there are many ways now to get a more

MAKE IT PERMANENT in your skin. So, although they fade, they’re always there and just need topping up every now and then.’ There are three ways to get the pigment into the skin, and each method is used according to the needs of the client: • Machine – this is often used if someone has hardly any brow of their own, or they want a more defined look. • Softap – this is a manual method, which is less aggressive and gives you more control. It also gives a softer, more natural finish. • Microblading – this uses a row of needles, called a microblade, which is pulled across the surface of the skin to create realistic hair strokes. Usually the machine is used if the client has hardly any hair coverage on their own brows, and is combined with microblading or softap for more shading.

permanent solution, which means your eyebrows hold their shape for anywhere up to two years. It can be done purely for cosmetic reasons, but it’s also a great solution for women undergoing chemotherapy. ‘When women lose their hair, it’s tough – it can make them feel less than feminine,’ says Shelley AubreySteadman, who runs WOWBella in Tring. ‘One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to help those women feel better about themselves – and giving them eyelashes and eyebrows definitely helps.’ But of course anyone can have semi-permanent eyebrows – and, as the shape of your eyebrow can really help define the shape of your face, you need to make sure you’re using someone who really knows what they’re doing. Shelley has been doing it for five years, and has had some incredible results. She explains what it involves. ‘Permanent, or semi-permanent, make-up means that the molecules of the pigment are placed permanently @ LivingMagazines


Appointments usually last around two hours, and then a follow-up appointment is needed six weeks later. How long it lasts depends on the age of the skin, hormones and many other factors, but a year is average.

Eyeliner If you spend ages honing your eyeliner skills every morning – or, like me, scrape a blunt kohl pencil across your eyes while grimacing – then this could be a good choice. It uses the same pigment as the eyebrows and the colour can be matched to your skin tone, but it’s almost always done manually for accuracy. Nobody wants a machine waving around in front of their eyes! You can choose how dramatic you want your eyeliner to look – but make sure you choose carefully, as you’ll have it for at least a year!

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MAKE IT PERMANENT Lips There are many different shades of semi-permanent lip colour to choose from, and the best way of getting one you’re happy with is to try a few different lipstick shades and try to match it from your favourite. ‘Lips are slightly different because they’re a muscle and the skin is different,’ explains Shelley. ‘It usually takes three sessions instead of two to get the colour right, but once they’re done they last ages.’■

Tried and Tested Shelley offered to show me how it works first hand. Luckily my eyebrows were perfect for this kind of treatment, as they have decent hair coverage but are slightly patchy in places. First I went along for my consultation, which involved a patch test of the dye, and Shelley talked me through the process from start to finish. She explained exactly what each method involved and what to expect, and then why she had chosen the colour she had. Two days later I went along for the treatment. Before arrival I had to apply a little bit of anaesthetic cream, available from the chemist, and cover it with cling film, which I held in place with kirby grips. I was glad I only had to drive from Berkhamsted to Tring because it was an interesting look. On arrival Shelley talked me through the procedure again.




And then we got going. First she drew the shape of the brow she wanted to create, which in my case involved filling in the mid-section that was particularly patchy on the right brow. Once she was happy with the shape the treatment began. At first I was really surprised to feel nothing at all. As she worked from the middle outwards, I started to feel a bit more sensation – just on the mid-section where it needed the most work was the most sensitive part. But it wasn’t painful, just a little uncomfortable, and only for short periods at a time. Each brow only took about 10 minutes, and then it was done! The result was amazing. I went from patchy, impossible-to-manage brows to full, shapely ones in a little over an hour. Shelley was very keen to make sure I understood the aftercare routine which, although simple, was necessary, and involved wiping the brows with clean water every half hour for the first two hours and applying a vitamin A cream, and then every hour after that for the rest of the day. This is just to stop any scabs forming and the brows from drying out. Shelley is so professional and everything is done so meticulously you feel confident from the very start. She’s also lovely to chat to, which helps! I still need my follow-up treatment in a few weeks’ time, but I’m thrilled with the result and will definitely be maintaining these now.

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Make your garden bee-friendly this autumn

utumn is a tricky time if you’re a bee. All summer long there are plenty of sources of nectar and pollen around, with all the flowering plants to choose from.

But come autumn, many of these sources have disappeared, ready for the cold winter. Bees are still around at this time of year – bumblebee colonies produce males and new queen bees during the late summer months – and so they still need somewhere to feed, and somewhere to shelter over the winter.

summer there are lots of flowers to choose from, but by the time September and October roll around, there are far fewer. ‘Things like winter pansies are no good for bees,’ says Simon, ‘as they don’t have any pollen. ‘Instead you need to choose plants whose flowers have pollen, and which flower longer and later into the year. Bees stockpile nectar in the autumn ready for the winter, so it’s one of the most important times of year for them.’

There are ways you can help them. Choosing the right plants is the most important thing, as well as providing somewhere for them to nest and shelter. We spoke to Simon Chasey from Tierra Designs, who gave us these top tips for making your autumn garden bee-friendly.

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SAVE THE BEES Here are some of the best suggestions, depending on your garden:

the next flower and this means all the plant’s energy goes into helping the next one flower.

• Hebes – these flower from late summer until the autumn, so are perfect for attracting bees

‘The other way is to cut back after the first flowers have died off to give the plants a second flush later in the season.’

• Helleborus, also known as the Christmas Rose – flowers throughout the winter and provides an excellent source of pollen • Ivy – lots of people don’t like ivy as they think it takes over the garden, but in fact if you plant it along a wall in a sheltered place it’s excellent for bees as it provides high quality nectar all year round • Verbena bonariensis – these tall, delicate plants have a long flowering season and bees love them

Provide shelter Bumblebees hibernate during the winter, and need shelter. There are several ways of providing shelter for them in your garden. ‘You can build a twig pile, like a little bug house,’ says Simon. ‘Pile a few logs together and fill the gaps with moss, twigs and leaves.’ This gives them both somewhere to nest, as well as shelter from the rain. Don’t be tempted to clear your borders until the spring either – leaving dead stems will give the bees somewhere to shelter. ‘Bees also love compost heaps, so if you can leave your compost heap alone until the spring it will give them somewhere else to shelter,’ says Simon. Leaving a patch of grass long will also help them, as they like to nest in the long grass. • Build a bee hotel

Plant for spring It’s also important at this time of year to plant bulbs that will flower in the spring, to provide a source of pollen and nectar for the bees coming out of hibernation after the winter. Choose bulbs such as crocuses and alliums.

If you really want to go for it, you could build a bee ‘hotel’. There are lots of ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to use a plastic bottle and buy some lengths of hollow bamboo from the garden centre.

Careful pruning With careful pruning you can ensure plants flower for longer, or even flower later. ‘There are two methods of increasing flowering,’ Simon explains. ‘The single most effective way is to dead-head, the same way you do with roses. So when the first flowers have died off, cut them right back to 42 | Berkhamsted Living

SAVE THE BEES make sure they’re secure, then leave it outside in a sheltered place, or hang it up against a wall.

Avoid insecticide Insecticide is not great for bees at all, but if you do want to use it make sure you spray it in the evening when the bees have gone to bed, rather than during the day.

Cut off both ends of the bottle, and cut the bamboo 3cm shorter than the bottle so it’s protected from the rain. Try and choose bamboo without many knots as bees can’t get through them. Using wax or modelling clay, block one end of each length of bamboo, then push them into the bottle. Pack them tightly in to

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IN WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Vikki and Simon kindly showed us round their beautiful home


hen Vikki and Simon were looking for a house to buy in March 2017, they knew what they wanted; somewhere with four bedrooms and plenty of downstairs space. So they nearly didn’t look at this house in Ivinghoe.

‘Downstairs was tiny and much too cramped for us,’ says Vikki. But, desperate to move, they decided to go and have a look anyway – and were glad they did. ‘We fell in love with it straight away,’ she says. ‘It was small, but we could see how to make the house work for us.’ And it was that vision which meant that they found themselves, a few months later and with a baby on the way, moving into a house that needed lots of work. ‘I’m not sure what we were thinking,’ Vikki says. ‘But it seemed like the right thing to do at the time!’


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Work started on the house almost immediately. First, the conservatory was knocked down to make way for the brand new extension, which would eventually become the living area. What had been the back wall of the house was knocked almost completely through, opening up the house into one huge room. About halfway through the work, in June last year, their baby girl was born. They didn’t let it faze them. ‘We’d planned for it,’ says Vikki. ‘Or, at least, as much as we could! We used to sit behind a huge tarpaulin in the dark, windowless kitchen while the building work was going on the other side, feeding a small baby. It felt like it went on for ages, but in the end it only took three to four months from start to finish.’ They decided to get the garden done at the same time, in order to make it almost an extension of the living room .



‘I was keen to make it flow, which is why we chose tiles for the living room floor that we could carry on out into the garden,’ explains Vikki. ‘And now, when we open the bi-fold doors it really does feel like the garden is part of the house. It’s lovely.’

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‘I love interior design, and often buy things as I see them rather than planning everything,’ says Vikki. And they like shopping locally where they can too. The 1960s dining table was bought at Home and Colonial in Berkhamsted, as were the tub chairs. The goldpainted chairs were from Luxe 22, on Castle Street in Berkhamsted a few years ago, while the green vases, the picture of the Queen, and the mirror over the table came from Nineteen49 in Tring. ‘I love a mixture of old and new things; it makes the place come alive,’ she says. And the pair have a real eye for colour as well. ‘When we knocked through the back wall of the house we wanted to keep some of the original brickwork,’ she says. ‘We decided the exposed brick in the kitchen would look great painted a dark green-blue colour and I love it.’ It’s a real statement, and the table and mirror really stand out against the bold colour. The parquet floor is a lovely dark yet warm colour, while the wooden wall in the living room brings real warmth to the room.


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For the kitchen they chose lighter colours, as the room is darker than the extension. ‘The rest of the room is quite dark and masculine, so I’ve tried to add a touch of pink,’ Vikki says. ‘There’s the pink of these handmade flowers, which my mum made for my daughter’s birthday and I think I’m going to keep. The tiles in the kitchen have a hint of pink and the cables coming down to the lights above the induction hob do too. It’s subtle but makes it feel softer.’ You can see why the house appealed. Not only was there room for expansion, but there are amazing



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statement and gives the room character – which is why I was surprised to find out that it was a false wall hiding a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room, built by Simon. ‘The room goes down into the eaves on both sides, so we wanted to give it a bit more shape,’ says Vikki. ‘It means we can hide all our mess behind it!!’

views across to the Ivinghoe windmill from the living room, and right across the hills from upstairs. And although they haven’t finished work upstairs yet, the master bedroom on the top floor is lovely. The grey painted wall behind the bed makes a real

Home is where the heart is Where do you consider to be your real home? Is it where you live now, the house you grew up in, or somewhere else entirely? According to a recent survey by door and window company Origin, more than 60% of us still consider our childhood home to be our ‘real’ home. According to the poll of more than 2,000 adults, 30% said the place where they grew up was special because it meant they could spend the most time together with their family, more than half admitted they felt safer there, while for a whopping two thirds, it’s all about the happy memories of childhood. When asked about the most fondly remembered aspects of their childhood homes, people mentioned gardens, the view from windows, mum’s cooking and laughing together as a family. What are your happiest memories of the house you grew up in? We asked a few local residents... I loved my sodastream, it brings back real memories! Victoria Melbourne, Berkhamsted

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The views from the dormer window are stunning – sun streams through, and you can see right out across the fields to the windmill. What a sight to wake up to every morning! This house has everything a family needs – space, light, style and plenty of room for growth. Plus, of course, it now contains some stunning vintage finds. Gorgeous! n

The ice cream van coming down the street and all running out to buy one. These days I usually hear it but can never find it! Helen Jewell, Berkhamsted Climbing the trees with my two brothers at the top of the sloped garden and building a den in the disused coal scuttle – although removing the snails first was pretty revolting! Helen Rolfe, Berkhamsted My dad making log fires so hot we’d start off at one side of the room and end up at the other to cool down. Lucy King, Berkhamsted Sunday evenings; my dad taping the top 40, while my mum, me and my sisters had a disco. We’d then have cheese on toast in front of the fire. Geraldine Diamant, Berkhamsted One Easter we had snow. I remember the picture my mum took of me holding my Easter egg with the snow falling over the big fir tree and the amazed look on my face! Carol Hayes, Berkhamsted Sunday afternoons when me, mum and my three sisters did dance routines to Grease, Rocky and Adam Ant while waiting for The Muppet Show to come on! Kerry Ball, Berkhamsted

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Resident & Visitor Guide Italian



Olive Tree

249 High St. HP4 1AB 01442 878287

270 High Street, HP4 1AQ 01442 876726

I Love Food


25 Lower Kings Rd, HP4 2AB 01442 877311

Pizza Express

350 High St. HP4 1HT 01442 879966


Restaurants Takeaways Cafés Pubs

50 50 52 53

21-23 Lower Kings Rd, HP4 2AB 01442 767055

Modern British Bill’s

163-165 High St, HP4 3HB 01442 862560

King’s Arms

147 High St, HP4 3HL 01442 866595

Restaurants French Highwayman

262 High St, HP4 1AQ 01442 285480

Fat Buddha

378 High St, HP4 1HU 01442 879995

300 High St, HP4 1ZZ 01442 876666

Red Chilli

The Meating Room

59a Gossoms End, HP4 1DF 01442 863830



333-337 High St, HP4 1AL 01442 878799

Curry Garden

K2 Balti House

29 High St, HP4 2BX 01442 877867

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5 Two Waters Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9BZ 01442 239993

Giggling Squid

296-298 High St, HP4 1AH 01442 866087

Thai Cottage

149 High St, HP4 3HH 01442 870808

Turkish Tabure

157-159 High St, HP4 3HB 01442 769472

Takeaways Chinese Lots of Rice 1 Holliday St 01442 865033

Orient Express 315 High St 01442 879310

307 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 1AL


Modern European

Fish & Chips

The Gatsby

97 High St, HP4 2DG 01442 870403

372 High St 01442 862369

Berkhamsted Fish Bar Station, Lower Kings Rd 01442 873635



The Meating Room Berkhamsted’s latest addition, on the site of the old and much-loved Akash, has been highly anticipated. So we had to give it a go!

for courgette chips, while Mum ordered the ‘Meating Room’ burger with chips, but asked for it without the bun.

The Meating Room is the second restaurant opened by owners Al and Jamal following the success of their St Albans branch over the last four years. And their priority remains the same – top quality meat.

It arrived soon after – which was just as well because we were starving! My falafel burger was delicious – tasty and filling but not too spicy, which is perfect as my kids want to come and try one. The courgette fries were perfect. Mum tucked into her burger and when she’d enjoyed a good few mouthfuls she concluded it was ‘the best burger I’ve ever eaten.’ It melted in her mouth, wasn’t chewy and tasted delicious. High praise indeed. She polished off the chips before I could pinch any though, so they must have been tasty too!

As a vegetarian I decided I couldn’t do the restaurant justice without taking a meat lover along, so I took my Mum, Pam with me. When we arrived it was a lovely warm, sunny evening and the windows were thrown open to the street. We chose to sit by the window to make the most the weather. The restaurant has a licence, but they currently don’t sell alcohol to keep it in line with their other branch, so I chose a bottle of Pear and Elderflower ‘posh pop’, while Mum brought a bottle of Savuignon Blanc with her – they don’t charge corkage but are more than happy to supply a glass. The posh pop was delicious – light and refreshing and just what I needeed on a hot day. I didn’t feel I was missing out by not having wine. Next onto the burgers. I was worried, being a burger restaurant with a strong emphasis on the meat (even in the name!), that there would be one token veggie burger for me. But I was wrong! There were three to choose from including a halloumi burger, mushroom burger and a falafel burger, which was actually vegan. I chose the falafel, and swapped the skinny fries

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I was really impressed with this lovely little place. The food is good, non-fussy, but wellthought out, high quality but not high price. The restaurant was a lovely place to be and, if you just want to pop in for a quick bite to eat rather than a long leisurely meal, it’s ideal. Equally, you’re made more than welcome if you want to stay longer, like some of the tables of people who were clearly there for a while! It’s the perfect addition to the town as we have nothing else like it. And if you get a burger craving and can’t be bothered to go into town, they deliver too – perfect! 307 High St, Berkhamsted HP4 1AL 01442 879994

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Resident & Visitor Guide Costa Coffee


376 High St 01442 870387


129 High St, Northchurch 01442 862460

Grill Flamingo Grill

Gossoms End, HP4 1DF 01442 875875

Indian Punjab Brasserie 374 High St 01442 863314

Red Chilli

59a Gossoms End, HP4 1DF 01442 863830

Kebabs New Crystal 79 High St 01442 862141

Pizza Domino’s Pizza

Winebar Berkeley

39-43 Lower Kings Rd, HP4 2AB 01442 878300

Cafés Bel Caffè

146 High St, HP4 3AT 01442 877466

Berkhamsted Golf Range The Brickworks, HP4 3GY 01442 862622

Black Goo

Home & Colonial, 134 High St, HP4 3AT 01442 878713

Bon Soirée

116 High St, Northchurch 01442 878311

Brownlow Café Ashridge HP4 1LX 01442 851670


346 High St 01442 878712

3 Prince Edward St, HP4 3EZ 01442 872500

Papa John’s Pizza


211b High St 01442 862900

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Sports Centre, HP4 3QQ 01442 507100


162 High St, HP4 3AP 01442 873546

208 High St, HP4 1AG 01442 877170

Costa Coffee

Little Heath Nursery, Potten End HP4 2RY

300 High St, HP4 1ZZ 01442 870920


102 High St, HP4 2BL 01442 877688


223 High St, HP4 1AD 01442 873539

Fred & Ginger

125 High St, HP4 2DJ 01442 874426


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Graham Greene

International Festival 2018

September 20—23

Graham Greene by Anthony Palliser

Talks on: The Third Man Museum in Vienna, adaptations of Greene for radio, ‘Fact and Truth in the Work of Journalists and Novelists’, and other topics. Screenings of: May We Borrow Your Husband? (Yorkshire TV, 1986) and Under the Garden (Thames TV, 1976). Book online at:

Ticketing inquiries: email: grahamgreene or call 07988 560496. Festival venues: Berkhamsted Town Hall; Berkhamstead Civic Centre; Deans’ Hall and the Old Hall, Berkhamsted School

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WHAT’SON l Arts & Crafts l Comedy l Dance l Exhibitions l Fairs l Festivals l Film l Fundraisers

TUESDAY 4 SEP Theatre Rent The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm. To 8 Sep. Adult £12 Child £5 Concs £10. Tring Youth Theatre present Rent, by Jonathan Larson - one year in the life of friends living a Bohemian lifestyle in modern day East Village, New York City, where the group deal with love, loss, AIDS, and modern-day life.

THURSDAY 6 SEP Walk Back in Time Meet at main gate to Castle 10.30am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Repton’s Ashridge Assemble outside main entrance to Ashridge House, 2pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. Numbers strictly limited. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Dacorum Heritage Trust Museum Store Tour Part of Heritage Open Days, 6th-9th and 13th-16th

l Gardens l Kids l Markets & Sales l Music l Sport l Talks l Theatre l Walks September. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. Not suitable for children under 8, the elderly or those with mobility problems. collectionsmanager@ Music Blues Bar Tring Tring Park CC, London Rd, 8.30pm, £6. Uncle Buck tops the bill.

FRIDAY 7 SEP Walk Berkhamsted Place, successor to the Castle Meet at top of Castle Hill close to entrance to Berkhamsted Place 10am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Back in Time Meet at main gate to Castle 3pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history.

SATURDAY 8 SEP Walk Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted Meet on Bank Mill bridge. 10am. All events are free of

charge. Booking is essential. Sport A night with cricket legend Jeff Thompson Berkhamsted Cricket Club Pavilion, Castle Hill. £40 incl. dinner. Festival Berkofest 2018 Ashlyns Hall Estate, Berkhamsted, 11.30am-7pm. Adults from £14. Theatre An Ideal Husband The Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH, 6pm. Tickets £10-15. Part of the successful Oscar Wilde season, an entertaining and politically topical play. 0333 663366 Walk Berkhamsted Place, successor to the Castle Meet at top of Castle Hill close to entrance to Berkhamsted Place 10am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history.

SUNDAY 9 SEP Walk Old Hall and Chapel Berkhamsted Town Hall Open 10.15am-1.30pm. Tour11am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Berkhamsted Town Hall Berkhamsted Town Hall Open 10.15am-1.30pm. Tour11am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential.

Walk Berkhamsted Castle Berkhamsted Castle 10.30am, 2pm and 4pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. Best example remaining of a Norman motte and bailey castle. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Rectory Lane Cemetery Rectory Lane Cemetery 11am-6pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. A myriad of events and activities RIP. Come and see the transformation that has taken place. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Inns of Court, Then and Now Meet at back of station. 11am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Ashlyns School Ashlyns School, former Foundling Hospital Open 1-5.30pm. Tours 1.30 and 3.30pm led by former foundlings. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history.

Potten End Village Hall, HP4 2RH. First lesson free, £4 thereafter. A new term of lessons for novice dancers. All you need to get started is a pair of soft shoes. www.berkhamstedreelclub. org


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THE FESTIVE SEASON THURSDAY 13 SEP Talk Philip Farrer: Egypt, birds and antiquities Victoria Hall, Akeman St, Tring 10am Walk Repton’s Ashridge Assemble outside main entrance to Ashridge House, 2pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. Numbers strictly limited. www.berkamsted-history. Comedy Sarah Pascoe: LadsLadsLads The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £17.50.

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WHAT’SON FRIDAY 14 SEP Walk Berkhamsted Castle Berkhamsted Castle 10.30am and 2pm. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. Best example remaining of a Norman motte and bailey castle.

SATURDAY 15 SEP Music Charlie’s Brother Reunion Concert The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm. £12.95. After 30 years on from their CD release, CHARLIE’S BROTHER are back for a special one night only concert. charlies-brotherreunion-concerttickets-42433919997

SUNDAY 16 SEP Walk Post a Letter Meet at front of station 10.30am. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. This tour tells you something of the postal history of the town. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Inns of Court, Then and Now Meet at back of station. 12 noon. All events are free of charge. Booking is essential. www.berkamsted-history. Gardens Chelsea Grand Opening Event Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, HP4 3GW. 54 | Berkhamsted Living

12.30-5pm. £20 includes guest speakers, glass of fizz, canapes, live music, butterfly and bee displays and tours of the Hospice’s seven-acre gardens. Advance booking recommended. Walk Remembering the Fallen of WWI Rectory Lane Cemetery. 2-5pm. All events are free of charge. Booking essential. Poetry, drama, music to commemorate the Fallen and the people of Berkhamsted in WWI. www.berkamsted-history. Walk Memorials to Fallen of WWI Meet by War Memorial by West door of St Peter’s, 3pm. All events are free of charge. Booking essential. www.berkamsted-history.

MONDAY 17 SEP Sport Board Games The Open Door, 360-364 High Street, HP4 1HU. 6.45-8.45pm. berkhamstedgamesclub@ Film Lady Bird Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 18 Sep. 8pm. Non-members £5 at door. Humour and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) fights against her mum but is exactly like her. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

WEDNESDAY 19 SEP Arts and Crafts Sewing Meeting room at Sacred Heart Church, Park St, Berkhamsted (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day, tea, coffee, biscuits inc. Bring your own equipment and materials. Please book. fiona4mckenna@hotmail. Talk John Hampden and the Civil War in Bucks High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Speaker Wendy Austin, a member of the Society and author of a number of books on local history. www. tringlocalhistorymuseum.

THURSDAY 20 SEP Festival Graham Greene To Sun 23 Sep. Various events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, the 60th anniversary of

the publication of Greene’s novel Our Man in Havana and the 70th anniversary of the release of the film The Third Man. festival/

FRIDAY 21 SEP Film Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. £7. Cash bar offering drinks and snacks. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or website.

SATURDAY 22 SEP Walk the MS Mile Market Square, Aylesbury outside HSBC. Registration opens 10:15am. Walk starts 11am. £5, Under-12s free.

Music Nica Rothschild Hastoe Village Hall, Church Lane, HP23 6LU. £15 from 16 Lakeside, Tring HP23 5HN - with a cheque made out to TDLHMS. Music will be provided by the jazz septet The Shoe Horns. 01442 827702

SUNDAY 23 SEP Markets Tring Lions Club Charity Car Boot Sale Market Square, Brook Street,

WWW.LIVINGMAGS.INFO FOR DAILY UPDATES Tring. 10am-1pm. Set up from 9am. Cars £8, Charity Stall £5. Tea, coffee and hot food available (proceeds from refreshments to Tring Lions).

MONDAY 24 SEP Film Happy End Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also 25 Sep. 8pm. Nonmembers £5 at door. Top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Toby Jones, in a biting satire on bourgeois family values. www.berkhamstedfilmsociety.

TUESDAY 25 SEP Talk Let’s face it Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring 7.45pm. Speaker: Maggie Lines, holistic therapist. Visitors welcome. Call Mo Reeley for further information. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 26 SEP Talk William Camden and the 1618 grant of arms Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Patric Dickinson will talk about the granting of Berkhamsted’s coat of arms and about William Camden, the eminent antiquary who in his role as Clarenceux King of Arms actually made the grant. www.berkhamsted-history.

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Club, Bedmond Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 8LJ 2-4pm. £15. Sandwiches, cakes, cream tea. Music from the Gentle Jazz Quartet. Raffle. Music Stephen Simmons Tring Athletic FC, Cow Lane, Tring, 7.30pm. £10 Advance, £15 Door. The Nashville singer/songwriter returns as part of his European Tour. Support: Zoe Wren. Music Slim Chance on the Move The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm. £16. Please note this is a standing gig. Comprising founding members - Charlie Hart, Steve Bingham and Steve Simpson together with the renowned Billy Nicholls, Brendan O’Neill & Geraint Watkins. Support: Tyzack & Tortora.

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WEDNESDAY 3 OCT Sport Eastwoods Pepper Charity Golf Day Ashridge Golf Club. 7.45am for 9.00am shotgun start. Teams of 4, £400 per team includes 18 holes, breakfast, 2 course lunch and auction/ raffle.

THURSDAY 4 OCT Theatre Call Mr Robeson The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm £10 (Concs £8). Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken


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FRIDAY 5 OCT Comedy Phil Nichol: Your Wrong Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 8pm, £14 / £12 concessions.

SATURDAY 6 OCT Exhibition Tring And District Model Railway Club Cottesloe School, Aylesbury Road, Wing, Nr Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 0PD. Adult £6, Child £3.50, Family (2+3) £14. Refreshments, Full Disabled Access. Free onsite parking and programme Music Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and John York (piano) Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Schubert: Sonata in A Minor ‘Arpeggione’, Brahms: Sonata No 1 in E Minor Op 38, Franck: Sonata in A Major.

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TUESDAY 9 OCT Theatre Chess The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm. To 13 Oct. £17.50. Berkhamsted Theatre Company present the epic musical CHESS - a story of love and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the 1980’s.

THURSDAY 11 OCT Talk David Devant – Britain’s greatest magician Victoria Hall, Akeman St, Tring 10am. Speaker Ian Keable.

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Sport Board Games The Open Door,360-364 High Street, HP4 1HU. 6.458.45pm. 07904 804276 berkhamstedgamesclub@ Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Berkhamsted Civic Centre,

Comedy Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £15.

WEDNESDAY 17 OCT Arts & Crafts Sewing Meeting room at Sacred Heart Church, Park St, Berkhamsted (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day, tea, coffee, biscuits inc. Bring your own equipment and materials. Please book.

SATURDAY 13 OCT Music Notes for St Francis Berkhamsted Civic Centre, doors 7.15pm for 8pm start. £10. An evening of music to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis, featuring The Elvyne Howlers, Just Nod, Banjax’d and RJ. Tickets from VAH or The Fitness Society, High St Berkhamsted.

MONDAY 15 OCT Walk Chilterns Festival To Sun 21 Oct. The programme will feature over 50 guided walks and activities, mostly free of charge. Expect plenty of family friendly options with an autumn focus on

Also 16 Oct. 8pm. Nonmembers £5 at door. British actor Peter Turner’s story of his romance with Gloria Grahame, legendary star of Hollywood film noir, during the later years of her life. www.berkhamstedfilmsociety.

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Talk The Prison at Norman Cross: The Lost Town of Huntingdonshire Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Talk with Paul Chamberlain. 200 years ago, Peterborough had a population of 3,500, but five miles to the west was a vibrant community of nearly

WWW.LIVINGMAGS.INFO FOR DAILY UPDATES 7,000 - a prison depot housing many of Napoleon’s soldiers and seamen. This talk tells the story of the prisoners through the prison economy. www.berkhamsted-history.

FRIDAY 19 OCT Film Darkest Hour Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. £7. Cash bar offering drinks and snacks. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or website.

SATURDAY 20 OCT Kids Boo at the Zoo ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be celebrating all things spooky at their Boo at the Zoo event. It’s sure to be a fang-tastic day out for the whole family to enjoy. Join in the fun from Saturday 20 to Wednesday 31 October.


Fundraiser Mud Pack Challenge Ashridge House, Berkhamsted. 10am-2pm. Early bird price £30. Take on the filthiest mud-fest fundraiser for miles around and get filthy for St Francis at the legendary 5 or 10 mile Mud Pack Challenge!

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TUESDAY 23 OCT Talk Natural remedies for winter ills Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring 7.45pm. Speaker: Lucy Blunden, medical herbalist. Visitors welcome. Call Mo Reeley for further information. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 24 OCT Fairs Dacorum Schools Careers Fair Shendish Manor, Hemel Hempstead HP3 0AA. 9am-4pm. Employers across all sectors and industries are invited to showcase their apprenticeships, work placements and jobs for graduates and school leavers. cindy@ communityactiondacorum.

SUNDAY 28 OCT Music Albert Lee The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm. £25 Advance £28 Door. Accompanied by his great Electric Band.

MONDAY 29 OCT Film Loveless Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also 30 Oct. 8pm. Nonmembers £5 at door. A razor-sharp portrayal of a family and society on the edge of collapse. The son of a couple going through a vicious divorce disappears. www.,uk


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WHAT’SON Festival Tring Festival of Fire Tring Park Cricket Club 5.30-8.30pm. Family £20 (£5 discount for advance online bookings), Adult £8, Child £5, Under-5’s free. Stalls, beer tent, live music and spectacular fireworks display set to popular classics. Music The Dung Beatles The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm. £25 Advanc

MONDAY 5 NOV Film Journey’s End Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also 6 Nov, 8pm. Nonmembers £5 at door. March 1918. A young lieutenant arrives at the front line to join the war-weary officers of C Company as they wait for the start of a new German offensive. www.

THURSDAY 8 NOV Talk Fools Gold: Beat the drum Victoria Hall, Akeman St, Tring 10am.

SATURDAY 10 NOV Music Strictly A Capella The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm. £15 (£12 Concs). Strictly A Cappella proudly presents ‘Strictly Goes Dutch’ with co-stars Heart of Holland Chorus all the way from Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.

WEDNESDAY 14 NOV Talk Daniel Axtell: The Berkhamsted Regicide Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. With Murray Neil. Daniel Axtell from Berkhamsted fought as a Parliamentary soldier in the Civil Wars in England and Ireland. He was the Captain of the Guard at the trial of King Charles I and was deemed to be a Regicide and paid the ultimate penalty. www.berkamsted-history.

FRIDAY 16 NOV Film The Post Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. £7.

Cash bar offering drinks and snacks. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or website.

SATURDAY 17 NOV Fundraiser Pepper Winter Ball Ashridge House, De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham 6.30pm. £80 per head, tables seat 10 people, accommodation available. Wining, dining and dancing in the elegant Cavendish Suite. Welcome drink, 3 course dinner, grand and silent auctions. Music Alke Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Haydn: String Quartet Op 64 No 4 in G Major, Janáček: String Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata‘, Schubert: String Quartet No 15 in G Major.

FRIDAY 9 NOV Comedy Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £17.50.

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