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Local businesswoman Alison Page has taken over the Living magazines group of titles Berkhamsted Living, Tring Living, School Report and others – set up 17 years ago by Sandra Boothroyd-Todd. Alison, founder of the well-respected marketing consultancy Alison Page Marketing, has been a good friend of Sandra for many years. It was a chance conversation over Christmas that piqued Alison’s interest in buying and running these popular magazines.
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She said: ‘Sandra and her team have done a lot of work on behalf of Berkhamsted and Tring, and I’m thrilled to be taking on their mantle as I’ve always loved reading the magazines.
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LAND DONATION AT BERKHAMSTED CASTLE It dates back hundreds of years to 1066 – but Berkhamsted Castle’s grounds are now bigger thanks to the donation of adjoining land by leading pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt.
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Knight Frank has promised clients that they will see no loss of service with the consolidation of the estate agent’s Herts and South Bucks operations in Beaconsﬁeld. After closing its Berkhamsted ofﬁce in April, Knight Frank said: ‘This will allow the team to provide the best possible service to clients and purchasers alike.’
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TOP TOWN! IT’S OFFICIAL Berkhamsted is the Best Place to Live in the southeast of England, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper’s Best Places to Live 2018 supplement said: ‘Berkhamsted is afﬂuent and attractive.’ It highlighted Berkhamsted School, the ‘medieval town centre’ with chic shops and great places to eat and easy access to Ashridge and the Chilterns.
The company had owned the land to the east of Berkhamsted Castle for 50 years following a business acquisition. But on 11 May, at an ofﬁcial handing-over ceremony, the company donated the land to the Berkhamsted Castle Trust, along with a cheque for £25,000 to help with maintenance and promotion of the site.
Adrian Barham, Chairman of Berkhamsted Castle Trust, said: ‘Mallinckrodt’s donation allows us to present the Castle site as a whole, as originally intended, whilst its generous funding will allow us to ensure that this site of major historical signiﬁcance can be enjoyed by generations to come.’
Unlike many commuter towns, it said, Berkhamsted boasted an increasing number of genuinely independent shops. The guide stated: ‘Berko’s crowning glory, however, has to be the Rex, a luxurious art deco cinema with swivel armchairs and a drinks bar. It sells out every night.’ ● Nearby Wendover was also commended in the guide: ‘On the edge of the Chilterns [Wendover] is the ﬁrst real gasp of fresh air north of the capital: London Marylebone is a reliable 50mins away. Take your pick of Wendover Woods, canal paths or the Chiltern Way, for views across the Vale of Aylesbury to Chequers.’ www.livingmags.info
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‘Sprocket, eight, vanished during a break in at the home of James Stewart, 53, in Berkhamsted, Herts, on Friday 13 April. The family do not know if she was taken or ran from the property when it was left insecure by the raiders. The family are offering ‘a substantial reward’. The Sun, 2 May 2018 See page 4 ‘It’s the 30s, velveteen glamour and brilliant programming at Berkhamsted’s Rex in Hertfordshire or Finchley’s Phoenix that pulls me in.’ The Guardian, 31 March 2018 ‘Berkhamsted is often overlooked in favour of Hertfordshire’s highest-proﬁle commuter location, St Albans, but is better value, and is the gateway to the beautiful Chiltern Hills. The Ashridge Estate, run by the National Trust, is on the doorstep, and the town centre has a good range of restaurants, cafes and boutiques. A twice-weekly market gives Berkhamsted a bit of buzz.’ The Independent, 29 March 2018
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LITTER FRONTLINE REACHES A41 Littering drivers are responsible for a staggering eight tonnes of rubbish along the A41. In a week-long campaign in March, a 20-strong crew from the borough council collected masses of rubbish including coffee cups, bottles and take-away containers. They cleaned up along the slip-roads, junctions, verges and the central reservation from the M25 to the Buckinghamshire boundary. A Keep Britain Tidy national survey has revealed that litter in the UK could be killing over 3m shrews, voles and mice each year. Litter also harms larger animals, with the RSPCA dealing with an animal killed or injured by litter every two hours. Dacorum Borough Council asks you to report litter or ﬂy-tipping by visiting www.dacorum.gov.uk/litter. There is now a £200 ﬁxed penalty ﬁne for littering from a vehicle; it pays to take your rubbish home.
EARTH DAY TARGET Oakman Inns aims to phase out single-use plastics within a year. The pub, restaurant and hotel chain has pledged to banish single-use plastics by Earth Day 2019 – 22 April. Oakman runs the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, the Akeman in Tring and the Red Lion in Water End among others across the south of England and the Midlands. Peter Borg-Neal, Oakman Inns’ CEO, said: ‘Oakman has a reputation for leading the way and, to a certain extent, it’s now up to us to show what can be done with the support of all our stakeholders, including our suppliers.’ 8 | Berkhamsted Living
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PLASTIC PLEA Two petitions with a single aim – to reduce plastic waste in Berkhamsted – are looking for your support. The ﬁrst calls on Waitrose and Tesco to start using compostable bags for loose fruit and vegetables in store. The second, launched in April, broadens the attack, asking that Berkhamsted Town Council reduce its plastic consumption and support efforts to make Berkhamsted free of single-use plastic by 2020. The group Plastic-Free Berko is behind these initiatives. It was started some months ago by Green Party members Sue Hampton, Philippa Jones, Paul de Hoest and Joe Pitts, in conjunction with Transition Town Berko. ‘Clearly, cutting plastic use entirely is a huge mountain to climb,’ said Sue Hampton. ‘Instead, we’re calling for smaller steps to be taken, such as reducing the use of non-compostable coffee cups, and fruit and vegetable bags.’ So far, local businesses have responded positively and have agreed to look into switching to compostable cups. Waitrose will ban the use of disposable cups entirely from this autumn, while Oakman Inns’ response is reported on page 8. Plastic-Free Berko has many more ideas in the pipeline; discussions on the possibility of opening a waste-free scoop shop are in the early stages.
The Gobstoppers Glee Club has opened up an afternoon session to accommodate new members. Every Tuesday from 12.30-2pm the Adult Afternoon Glee Club will ﬁll Gable Hall on Prince Edward Street with singing and laughter. Coffee and cake will also be served. There are no auditions and no-one is turned away. It costs £5 a session and no long-term commitment is sought.
Meanwhile, the campaign needs your support. If you’d like to ﬁnd out more go to the Plastic-Free Berko page on Facebook or look for them on Twitter. You’ll ﬁnd lots of simple ideas, including: ● Carrying cloth shopping bags ● Carrying reusable coffee cups ● Buying washable muslin bags to take to supermarkets for loose fruit and veg ● Ordering fruit and veg from organic farmers ● Finding packaging-free cosmetics.
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JOY OF SOCKS
A St Albans success story has given Berkhamsted a new kind of burger restaurant.
‘Where do I ﬁnd socks that actually stay on my child’s feet?’ Katie Saunders faced a problem familiar to every parent and has launched The Little Sock Company to resolve it.
The Meating Room opened in mid-May, on the site of the New Akash at 307-309 High St. It’s the second restaurant from Al Hoque and Jamal Hussain, building on their success in St Albans over the past four years. ‘The meat we use in our burgers is top quality,’ said Al. ‘Everything is made fresh; the burgers and the sauces are handmade on-site that day, and the buns are made using our own special recipe at a bakery in St Albans. Customers there have told us our burgers are as good as the top gourmet burger restaurants in London, and that’s something we’re very proud of.’ Next door to the Meating Room, the Coffee Distillery may be a coffee shop by day and a bar at night – details are expected soon.
SPORT SUPPORT A Berkhamsted entrepreneur aims to help women enjoy exercise more with a new type of sports bra. Mari Thomas, a recent Loughborough University sports engineer graduate, launched her start-up company as she believes current sports bras don’t provide enough support. The Maaree bra focuses on upward and downward motion. Mari said: ‘Technical garments such as the sports bra, if designed without forethought, can be a detriment to our bodies and deter women from participating in physical activity.’ The ﬁrst collection has been launched on Crowdfunder and you can ﬁnd out more by visiting www.maaree.com. 12 | Berkhamsted Living
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Katie said: ‘The idea came to me a few months after my son Sidney was born. Lost socks, hanging off or digging in are all sock problems parents deal with daily and I wanted to use my skills and techniques to solve it.’ Katie’s day job as a lingerie designer revolves around problem solving – trying to ﬁnd the balance between comfort, ﬁ t and design. A year on from the ﬁrst prototype, the socks now feature a ‘stay-on’ feature and silicon soles to prevent slipping. Find out more at www.thelittlesockcompany.com.
FUTURE FOCUS The Prince’s Trust has helped two entrepreneurs from Berkhamsted launch businesses that aim to help young people face the future more positively. Elise Williams has set up Make Your Mind Up. Her app sets out to help teens build a positive mind-set, develop mental strength, make the most of their time as students and be better prepared for the challenges of life beyond the classroom. Becky Stern is founder of Berko Lashes, a mobile beauty business with eyelashes a speciality. Becky knows the value of professional pampering in helping young women de-stress, boost their conﬁdence and generally feel better about themselves. www.livingmags.info
f you’re looking for the recruitment company Cobham Consulting on Berkhamsted High Street then you’ll have to look again.
Exciting new expansion plans and an opportunity to offer career management has meant a move to Second Floor, 2 Churchgates, The Wilderness, Berkhamsted. The awarding-winning company which was set up 19 years ago by Caroline Jones in her spare bedroom, moved to a prime location on Berkhamsted High Street in 2000. Caroline said: “It is fantastic to have a proper kitchen area and a specialist (and spacious)
interview room and we are really enjoying having the extra space to expand our growing business. “Cobham Consulting has been based in Berkhamsted for the last 19 years and has specialised in helping local employers ﬁnd local talent and helping local people ﬁnd that right role. We can help in ofﬁce, sales, marketing, accounts and IT, both on a temporary and permanent basis.” The new space and a dedicated interview room means the team can offer career management workshops which can be run for small groups or individuals.
Pictured from left to right: • Caroline Jones – Director • Steve Jones – Business Manager • Alice – Recruitment Account Manager • Megan – Recruitment Consultant
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£61K BOOST FOR HUB A Heritage Hub came one step closer in Berkhamsted this spring when the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a £60,900 grant to Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society.
LIFE CHANCES Are you looking to take part in the Race for Life this year? There are several chances locally and a couple of interesting variations. You can run in any of these events in the next few months, have some fun and raise money for Cancer Research UK: ● Watford Pretty Muddy 5K, 9 June, 11am, and ● Watford Pretty Muddy Kids, 12.30pm ● Watford 5K and 10K, 10 June, 11am ● Luton 5K and 10K, 24 June, 11am ● St Albans 5K and 10K, 22 July, 11am. You can learn more and sign up at: www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org.
LIONS CLUB OF BERKHAMSTED The Lions Club of Berkhamsted celebrates 40 years of community service in June 2018, but sadly this comes at the same time as the Club has decided to disband. Over the past few years the Club has found no shortage of helpers for its community events, but it has been increasingly difﬁcult to ﬁnd members to organise these events, and to undertake club roles such as Treasurer, Secretary and President. Our members get one year older each year and most are not as active as once they were; new younger members ﬁnd that family and business commitments are such that they don’t have the time to get too involved in Lions’ activities on a continuing basis. The August Bank Holiday Fete is a casualty following the closure of the Club. 14 | Berkhamsted Living
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The project aims to promote the remarkable history of Berkhamsted, Northchurch and the area to local people - not only the Castle and the Conqueror but also the stories of individuals and of the landscape. The ﬁrst stage will look at ways to engage people: family events, pop-up exhibitions, art and drama, themed trails, information points, workshops, social media and websites. Mary Casserley, chair of the History Society, said: ‘We welcome all your views and ideas. Please keep checking our website: https://berkhamsted-history.org.uk.
BERKOFEST Get your festival gear out because Berkofest will be taking place this summer. Organiser Charlie Hussey said the popular festival was deﬁnitely going ahead after months of doubt over whether they could afford to put the show on. Charlie said: ‘It’s happening now after lots of discussion – and mainly with enormous thanks to B&M Care at Ashlyns Hall who have let us use their grounds for free and have even sponsored the event, as well as Berkhamsted School who have offered further sponsorship. We’re so grateful.’ Although acts are yet to be announced the festival will be going ahead on Saturday 8 September. Charlie added: ‘‘Mainly what we need for this to continue to go ahead every year is for people to buy tickets in advance. and if we don’t sell enough advance tickets then we can’t pay any of our acts, and we can even make a loss.’ For more details visit berkofest.com and livingmags.info www.livingmags.info
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BLITZ Take a step back in time and discover how you can get the 40s look
vents with a 40s theme are all the rage at the moment, and over the summer there will be plenty of opportunities to ﬂaunt your 40s look at vintage fairs and themed weekends.
But how do you go about channelling your 40s ﬂair? We asked Emma Treleaven, exhibitions assistant at Bletchley Park Trust. Emma is also a fashion historian with a particular interest in the styles of the decade. She regularly dresses in vintage style and has helped staff at Bletchley Park, home of the wartime coders, to keep their costumes authentic for the various period events held at the park (see panel for details). The wartime era provides the context of this feature.
Make do and mend For a start, suggests Emma, go through your own wardrobe for clothes that can be adapted. ‘You need a straight skirt, nothing with too much fabric. ‘Then ﬁnd a simple collared shirt, and some knitwear. Colour work – a Fairisle patterned jumper for instance – is perfect. ‘This all ties in with the make-do-and-mend ethos of the war. It all needs to be simple – M&S cardigans are perfect – hip length and 16 | Berkhamsted Living
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Vintage events this summer THE WORLD AT WAR Newport Pagnell 9 Jun, 10am-5pm Get dressed up and enjoy the stalls, entertainment, dancing, displays, reenactments, vintage and military vehicles.
HERITAGE FLEA MARKET Civic Centre, Berkhamsted 27 Jun, 10am-3pm Antiques and collectibles. Refreshments available.
AUTUMN 1940S VINTAGE WEEKEND Bletchley Park 29-30 Sept, 9.30am-5pm Dress to impress for this event. Live music, tours of the Park and vintage lawn games. Vintage vehicles, historical displays and reenactments.
THE FORTIES EXPERIENCE Lincolnsﬁelds Children’s Centre, Bushey Hall, Watford Last Sunday of each month. Living history at the WWII home of the US 8th Airforce Fighter Command.
VILLAGE AT WAR Canal Museum, Stoke, Bruerne 8-9 Sept 40s weekend around the water: Battle of Britain memorial ﬂ ight, tea dances, historic boats, fashion parade, living history and lots more.
GE straight is what you need – short, ﬁ tted and cropped are late 40s/50s styles!’ Button up the shirt, tuck it into the pencil skirt, add a pair of brogues and you’re good to go! Naomi Glasser, owner of Berkhamsted’s Luminous & Vogue, suggests: ‘Go as a Land Girl. It’s the easy way to go – a short-sleeved shirt, trousers tucked into boots – and you can have a scarf knotted on your head, so you don’t need to worry about elaborate hair!’ While Land Girls wore earthy colours, Emma says you don’t need to be afraid of colour in 40s styles. ‘Most people think the 40s were drab, but I think that’s because all the photos are black and white! But there were all sorts of colours – no neons though – and patriotic red, white and blue were very popular.’ If you’re leaning towards a military uniform, it’s dark blue or khaki skirts with shirts and matching ties, along with ﬂat shoes. For men there are websites such as Soldier of Fortune (www.sofmilitary.co.uk) that sell reproduction uniforms.
Pin curls were really popular too, but you will need to sleep in them and then brush them out the next day. Victory Curls weren’t as popular as you might imagine – they took a lot of work. ‘For make-up, steer clear of cats’ eyes – they are from the 50s. Instead go for fresh-faced and glamorous with the emphasis on lips and eyebrows,’ Emma advises. A little eye shadow and mascara, plus some matte lipstick are the order of the day. Finishing touches should include stockings or tights with seams up the back. Emma recommends cheap Primark ones – or if you want to be really authentic, look out for styles from vintage repro lingerie company What Katy Did, which produces real 100% nylon stockings made on the original 40s machines. ■
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On Civvy Street, men wore straight, full trousers, collars, wide ties, trilby and braces. Knitwear was also popular, as were trench coats and wool overcoats. Men should be clean-shaven or wearing a moustache. If you’re shopping for 40s vintage ‘you can very successfully fake it using 70s and early 80s clothes as they had the same silhouettes,’ says Emma.
Hair and make-up The devil’s in the detail, so getting your hair and makeup right can really help to create that authentic look. Head scarves were used a lot to protect the hair. Emma explains: ‘They only washed hair once a week and then it was set, so they used scarves to protect the style.’ Scarves work best with casual clothes. @ LivingMagazines
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14. Decorative ﬂower pots, £6.20 15. Just Biscuits cheddar and chilli 16. Silky My Story tops, £45 17. Belazu exotic pastes 18. Distillery tour voucher, £15 19. Elegant glassware 20. Mezzesoul sauces 21. Period notelets 22. Chiltern Natural Foods Belgian chocolate granola 23. Contrasting bowls 24. Chiltern Ice Cream dark chocolate gelato 25. Versatile tins, £25 for set of 3 designs and sizes 26. Flasks 27. Flamingo hot pink lamps, £13 and £33
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5. 6. SUPPLIER INFORMATION 1 Seasonist Risotto and Couscous £3.50 2 Campﬁre Gin 50cl £36
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3 Small Glass - £3.00 and Large Glass - £3.50 4 Abahna Diffusers (various fragrances) £32
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6 Emma Ball Tring Memo Pad £4
Fancy That, Tring
7 Zeos - naturally low sugar soft drinks £2.90 8 Original 1940s Oil Painting £65
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PUDDINGSTONE DISTILLERY Distillers of Hertfordshire’s award winning Campfire Gin
VISIT THE DISTILLERY & SHOP
Open Fridays and Saturdays 9.30am – 5.00pm P U D D I N G S T O N E D I S T IL L E R Y
P E Mead & Sons Farm Shop site Wilstone, Tring, Herts HP23 4NT www.puddingstonedistillery.com
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FROM SAR AH MUR R AT BEECHW AY OOD FINE FOODS, TRING
WILSTONE | TRING | HERTS | HP23 4NT
LEMON & RASPBERRY DRIZZLE CAKE
Ingredients FOR THE CAKE FOR THE DRIZZLE ■ 250g softened butter ■ 50g golden caster sugar ■ 250g golden caster sugar ■ 50g crushed white sugar cubes ■ zest 2 large lemons ■ juice 2 large lemons ■ 3 large eggs ■ fresh raspberries to decorate ■ 200g plain ﬂour ■ 100g ground almonds ■ 2½ tsp baking powder ■ 50ml milk ■ 100g fresh or frozen raspberries
Produce available from over 30 local suppliers! Home produced lamb & beef Heygates animal feeds & pet foods Relax in our tea room and browse our produce
Method ● Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 23cm round spring form cake tin with baking parchment. ● Beat the butter and sugar with the lemon zest until pale and ﬂuffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Then fold in the ﬂour, almonds and baking powder, and the milk and keep mixing until smooth. ● Scrape half the cake batter into the tin and level the surface. ● Scatter over the raspberries and carefully spread over the remaining mix and level the top. ● Bake for 40-50mins until cooked and golden. ● Make the drizzle by quickly mixing the juice and sugars and spoon over the surface of the cake whilst it is still warm. Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
Great food, great flavour! We believe that great food & flavour comes from the freshest ingredients & produce • Seasonal fruit & veg handpicked by us & available to you the same day • With Beechwood you know what you’re eating & where it’s from! • You’ll also find us at Tring Carnival serving Strawberries & Cream
● When completely cold remove from the tin, place on a serving plate and decorate with fresh raspberries.
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Whipsnade Zoo Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF
Its good to get the kids out and about. Here’s some inspiration for days out some local and some further afield.
When the sun shines the UK can be a beautiful place to live. Here’s our guide to go with the kids to get some fresh air and exercise this summer, all within an hour’s drive. Ashridge Moneybury Hill, Ringshall HP4 1LX all ages free
It’s always lovely to spend some time up at Ashridge, and the area round the Visitor Centre and Bridgewater Monument is perfect for families. The Visitor Centre has a shop and exhibition space, you can climb up the
Berkhamsted Castle White Hill, Berkhamsted HP4 1HH
all ages free
Slap bang in the middle of Berkhamsted, there’s plenty of space to kick a football around, run about and enjoy a picnic at Berkhamsted Castle. Just remember a couple of things though – children are NOT allowed to climb on the ancient walls, partly
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A sprawling zoo spread over 600 acres, Whipsnade is a lovely place to spend the day, not least because, even on busy days it doesn’t feel crowded. There are benches and tables for picnics – you’ll be grateful at lunchtime when the café gets packed. The wooden playground is a triumph – there’s a section for younger children and a larger fort-type section for the older ones, while the indoor soft-play has a strict booking system. Oh, and there are the animals of course, including chimps, penguins, elephants, lions, tigers and hippos, as well as the lovely butterﬂy centre. An adult day ticket is £22.90 per adult, but membership works out cheaper if you visit often. www.zsl.org
Monument at certain times for a small charge of £2.50, the Brownlow Café has plenty of seating outdoors, and there’s ample parking and loos. The woodland trails are mostly wheelchair and buggy-accessible, there’s a wooden play area and space for tree-climbing and picnics.
for their own safety and partly because, well, the walls are hundreds of years old and there won’t be anything left at all if everyone climbs on them. Second, there’s hardly any shade, so take a parasol or arrive early to nab a spot in the shade of a wall. Oh, and there are no toilets so you’ll need to make trips to the loos in the nearby railway station!
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton Stockwood Park Golf Club, London Road, Luton LU1 4LX
Independent Day School for girls 4 - 16 years
KIDS OUT & ABOUT
Day Nursery & Pre-School for girls and boys from 6 months
Some exhibitions may have an entrance charge. There are acres to explore, including a sensory garden, and a playground with a lovely café and outdoor seating. Inside there’s the Discovery Hall with exhibits of horse-drawn carriages and vehicles, and the Discovery Galleries for local social history, geology and archeology. www.lutonculture.com, 01582 548600
Abbot’s Hill is a happy and thriving community in which pupils are encouraged to aim high, to grasp opportunities, enjoy learning and to make lasting friendships.
Prep School Working Open Event Tuesday 12 June, 9.30am See our Day Nursery, Pre-School and Prep School in action. You will need to book, and places are limited. Please contact the Registrar on 01442 839169 or visit our website to book your place.
Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: email@example.com www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk
Aldenham Country Park Aldenham Road, Elstree, Radlett WD6 3BA
all ages, younger children £4.50 for parking
You could spend the whole day at Aldenham Country Park. Enjoy walks and picnics by the lake, follow the trails, visit the farm and feed the animals, take a pony ride, and there are playgrounds and a trail through 100 Aker Wood to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends. There’s a café and a mini fairground too. www.aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk
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Leighton Buzzard Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1DN all ages free
The Bucks Goat Centre Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville HP22 5XJ
This has a playground suitable for 2-15yr-olds, a skate park, and this summer a splash park is opening, although at the time of going to press we don’t have an exact date. Keep an eye on our website. There are also cycle-paths and loos.
to 8yrs from £3.50pp
Despite the name, you’ll ﬁnd more than goats here – feed and pet the goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, cockerels, ferrets and hens. www.thebucksgoatcentre
LOCKERS PARK "A fantastic learning environment." Parent Testimonial
Leading Day & Boarding School for Boys (7-13 years) Thriving Co-Ed Pre-Prep (4-7 years) All inclusive wraparound care Call to book an appointment
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KIDS OUT & ABOUT Verulamium Park St Albans AL3 4SW
Set in more than 100 acres of parkland, Verulamium Park has a playground for younger children, tennis courts and basketball hoops, a lake to feed the ducks, a splash park for hot days and plenty of space to run around and play games. There’s also a café and toilets. At the northern tip of the park you’ll ﬁnd Verulamium Museum (£5 adults, 5-16yrs £2.50), as attractive a presentation of life in Roman times as you could hope to ﬁnd.
all ages free
Willows Farm Coursers Road, St Albans AL4 0PF
Cassiobury Park Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford WD18 7LB all ages free
A lovely park set in 190 acres, Cassiobury has football pitches, tennis courts to use free of charge and a basketball court. There’s a splash park with paddling pools, bungee trampolines and a bouncy castle and a miniature railway, all of which have a small charge.
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to 8yrs from £10pp
Younger kids will love a day out at Willows Farm – especially if they’re fans of Peter Rabbit as they can meet their favourite characters at the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground. There are also animals to pet, playground rides, a soft-play area and a tractor to take a ride on. Tickets cost from £10 per adult and £12 per child, or buy annual membership from £36 per family. www.willowsactivityfarm.com, 0870 129 9718
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It’s festival season at last! These are some of our favourite local events
n a summer’s day there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun listening to your favourite tunes. We can’t guarantee the sun (wellies anyone?), but we can point you to great days at these brilliant festivals – all within a hour’s drive. Enjoy!
Beacon Festival Where: Watlington Hill Farm, OX49 5HS When: 15-16 June Only 26 miles away, this is a not-for-proﬁ t festival raising money for local charities. There’s plenty of music and comedy to enjoy and a teen stage showcasing young talent. www.beaconfestival.net
Pitstone and Ivinghoe Festivall Where: Pitstone Green, LU7 9GT When: 29-30 June This gets bigger and better every year! In a Big Top on Pitstone Green, Friday will be Las Vegas Night, with a casino, circus events, tribute acts, street food, music and dancing; and Saturday is Ibiza Night, with a top DJ and performers. www.events-pi.com 28 | Berkhamsted Living
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Chilfestt Where: Cow Lane, Tring HP23 5QY When: 6-7 July If you can get tickets, Friday is a special Tony Hadley night, featuring the man himself and guests. Saturday night has 80s stars such as Kim Wilde, Marc Almond, Go West, Nick Heyward and Johnny Hates Jazz. www.chilfest.co.uk
Farr Festival Where: Baldock SG7 5JX When: 5-8 July From humble beginnings in 2009, this has turned into one of the UK’s biggest electronic music festivals – and it’s all in the middle of a forest on the other side of the county! There are lots of artists playing, as well as hot tubs for hire. www.farrfestival.co.uk
Folk By the Oak Where: Hatﬁeld Park, AL9 5NQ When: 15 July This year’s line-up includes Amy Macdonald, Billy Bragg and the Young ’Uns on the lively main stage and the intimate Acorn Stage. There’s family stuff in the craft tent and the Family Space with workshops, face-painting and storytelling. www.folkbytheoak.co.uk www.livingmags.info
Penn Fest Where: The Big Park, Penn Street HP7 0PL When: 20-21 July Penn Fest has some huge names. The headliners are the Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers, but other acts include Leftﬁeld, Feeder, Star Sailor, Badly Drawn Boy, Bluetones and Jesus Jones. There’s also family entertainment including circus skills and unicycling. www.pennfest.net
Standon Calling Where: Ware SG11 1EE When: 26-29 July Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Brian Ferry... and plenty for kids of all ages. Babysitting too! www.standon-calling.com
Berkofest Where: Ashlyns Hall, Berkhamsted, HP4 2ST When: 8 September Charlie Hussey has conﬁrmed that the popular festival will deﬁnitely be going ahead this year with the help of sponsors: B&M Care, Ashlyns Hall and Berkhamsted School. We really hope that Charlie and his amazing team of volunteers can go ahead with the brilliant Berkofest - keep an eye on the website for future announcements. www.berkofest.com.
Meraki Festival, St Albans Where: Herts County Showground AL3 7PT When: 10-12 August Rock, pop and soul music, with 10cc and Nick Kershaw among many others. Family activities include kids yoga, story sessions, unicycle lessons, splash park, circus skills, caving, waterslides, laser tag, roller discos and a silent disco. www.merakifestival.com
Organisers PIE , Chairman Dave Seaton : 07899 062037
Cool Britanniaa Where: Knebworth Park, SG1 2AX When: 31 August-2nd September. So many big names this year: Happy Mondays, Razorlight, Feeder, Embrace, Cast and Dodgy. There’s a Ministry of Sound Big Top, a funfair, karaoke, and a kids zone with circus skills and shows. www.coolbritanniafest.com ■
Hertfordshire Festival of Music Where: Hertford and Watford When: 10-16 June This is a series of classical musical concerts at various venues in Hertford and Watford. It includes Stephen Hough in recital, Gemma Roseﬁeld and Songs of Travel and Contemplation. www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk HFoM is the vision of composer James Francis Brown, and conductor Tom Hammond.
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MUMMY! I WANT AN
Forget cats and dogs – there’s a new pet in town and it may be coming to a home near you
ou’ve probably never even considered having an alpaca as a pet – and why would you? But there are plenty of people who do, and you’d be surprised how easy the animals are to look after. Closely related to the llama, alpacas come from the Andean high plains of west-central South America, and live at altitudes of around 4,000m. They’ve adapted surprisingly well to life at lower altitudes in the UK. Generally hardy, healthy and relatively easy to keep, they have become popular as pets. They are, however, herd animals and thrive in the company of other alpacas. So you will need
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space: as a rule of thumb, an acre of rough grazing pasture supports four or ﬁve alpacas. They rarely jump, so net fencing just over a metre high is enough - never use barbed wire. Alpacas live outside most of the time but will need some form of shelter in cold and wet weather. A bonus for alpaca owners is the soft, luxurious ﬂeece. This is one of the main reasons local alpacaowner Pam Sangster keeps them. ‘I knit my own clothes from the ﬂeece of my small herd,’ she says. ‘There’s nothing to compare to the soft, luxurious feel of the clothing.’ If you want to ﬁnd out more, go to the British Alpaca Society website – www.bas-uk.com. www.livingmags.info
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Baby alert! How will your dog react to a new arrival?
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How does bringing a new baby into the family affect your four-legged friend? Local animal behaviour expert Hanne Grice has spent the past few months studying the subject for her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training. ‘I’ve spent years working with dogs and cats, and over the years I’ve seen how the arrival of a new baby can affect a pet’s behaviour,’ Hanne says. ‘This is particularly striking in the case of dogs, because they often go from being ‘dog babies’ to being cast out of the family to a certain extent.’ Hanne has conducted extensive research. ‘There is little data about this subject, so I’ve carried out my own questionnaire and am currently collating the results,’ she explains.
‘I’m looking at people who have a dog and then have a baby, and the effects it has, and whether people seek help and advice before the baby arrives, or whether problems arise afterwards.
Gail: 01494 758533 or 07773 750631 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.chilternkennels.com St. Leonards, nr Ting, HP23 6LJ
‘Often, behaviour that was always there – jumping up or eating things or stealing things – can become a problem with the arrival of a baby. Reduced levels of interaction with the dog can also have an enormous impact. ‘People often express guilt about the lack of attention they’re giving their pet after the arrival of a baby, including grooming, walking and play. ‘I’m hoping that the results from this study may offer insights for expectant parents and young families that encourage positive relationships between dogs, owners and their children and propose avenues for further exploration into this understudied area.’ Hanne’s latest book, Playing With Your Dog is available from Amazon ■
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W START: Full Moon pub, Cholesbury-Hawridge Common ENDS: Full Moon pub, Cholesbury-Hawridge Common DISTANCE: 3.8 miles (6km) ASCENT: 300ft (91m)
We hope you enjoy the first in our new series of dog-friendly local walks. For full details go to the website www.livingmags.info
With thanks to George Edwards and his dog Meg
he walk involves a few stiles, all dog-friendly, and a few ﬁelds with livestock. Paths are generally well-marked but may be muddy. The walk passes two Diamond Jubilee memorials, a windmill (2) and an Iron Age hill fort.
With the permission of the landlord you could park at the Full Moon pub (1), along the verge outside, in the small car-park opposite the cricket pavilion (3) where there is a dog bin or along the verge outside Cholesbury Village Hall (4). Walk towards Cholesbury Village Hall (4), noting the two Diamond Jubilee memorials on the Common between the Full Moon and cricket pavilion (3). To the lefthand side of the Village Hall is a gate: go through, following a wide track to the next two gates, keeping the parish church on your left and making for a wooded area straight ahead. There are often horses in these ﬁelds, so keep your dog on a lead. Go through the gate into the wooded area which is Cholesbury Camp (5), a 10-acre Iron Age hill fort within an oval-shaped ditch. Cross the ditch and go straight over on to a well-marked path through more trees. Follow the path through the trees until you reach a gate into a paddock where there are usually 32 | Berkhamsted Living
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several horses grazing, keep your dog on a lead here until you reach Drayton Wood (6). In Drayton Wood keep left just inside the wood, with ﬁelds clearly visible beyond. At ﬁrst the path is quite open, but the trees close in and the path narrows as it twists around them. The path comes out of the wood to a track crossing left to right (7). Go left down the slope towards a house on the right, into Little Twye Road, and follow it as far as a group of houses on the right where there is a marked path on your left across ﬁelds towards Parrott’s Lane (8), which can be muddy. When you reach Parrott’s Lane cross to the very narrow path (9) to the right of Harvest House. This reaches a wooden stile with a dog opening, emerging into a ﬁeld which often has sheep in it. Head to your right along a well-marked path close to the fence, then through a stile with a dog gate in the hedge (10). Keep right downhill, left of some houses, to a metal gate in another hedge. To your right is the delightfully named Broomstick Lane; straight ahead a wooden fence crosses the main path. Keep right, and before the wooden fence go through another wooden gate in a hedge on to a path in a nursery plantation. www.livingmags.info
The puddingstone QE2 Diamond Jubilee memorial with the windmill and Full Moon pub in thebackground – PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE EDWARDS
This path bends to the left and uphill, eventually reaching the Cholesbury-Buckland Common road opposite Chiltern Motors garage (11). Cross the road and down the track marked Chiltern Heritage Trail. The path slopes down to an intersection of paths at the start of a wooded area (12). Turn left on the path that follows the edge of a ﬁeld. It passes through a metal gate in a hedge into another ﬁeld where there may be livestock. Keep the fence on your left to an intersection of paths and metal gates; go straight on (13) through the metal gate. Follow this path towards some trees, passing through a metal gate and a stile to Ray’s Hill. Cross the road (14) left on to the footpath signposted Chiltern Heritage Trail towards a house. @ LivingMagazines
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Keep to the right of the house. When you come to the ﬁrst intersection of paths crossing the one you’re on, carry straight on and at the next path intersection take the left narrow path up a fairly steep slope (15) between trees. This eventually emerges on Cholesbury Lane, opposite Horseblock Lane (16). Turn left back towards the Full Moon and cross the road carefully, on to a path parallel with Cholesbury Lane, or walk along the right-hand side of the road if muddy. You will now see your destination, the Full Moon, which is a dog-friendly pub both inside and out in the garden on a ﬁne day. Note that sandwiches only are served on Mondays. Call 01494 758959 for more information. ■ Summer 2018 | 33
BOOKREVIEWS to ﬁnd her worth, while Alex is a one-armed boxer. The pair have known each other all their lives but are only now, as teens, starting to notice each other.
The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew Published by Hot Key Books, £7.99 I’ve been a fan of Julie’s writing since her debut novel Red Ink in 2013, so I was looking forward to reading her latest offering. Each of Julie’s books has been so different, with unusual themes and interesting premises – and this was no exception! It tells the story of Mim and Alex, two young people who perform for a travelling sideshow fair in Georgian England. Lowly Mim, billed as the ‘Girl Exotic’ thanks to her dark skin, is struggling
Beyond Kin by Elizabeth Ward Avalable from Amazon, £8.99 Tring-based author Elizabeth Ward has published Beyond Kin, a historical ﬁction inspired by Jane Austen. ‘I’m a mum of two and it’s taken me 15 years to complete my labour of love,’ says Elizabeth.
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But then the arrival of Dr Fox and his electrical trickery throws everything apart, when he claims Mim and she leaves the sideshow to become ‘The Electrical Venus’, offering electric-shock kisses for a penny. Mim thinks what she and Dr Fox have is love – but is it?
Times and Places
The narrative is unusual, as most of the story is told through Mim and Alex speaking to their animals – a parrot called George in Mim’s case, and a nameless pig for Alex. But through their stories we see loves, losses, growing up and falling in love, all set on a most unusual stage.
A decade after his daughter Justine’s death, an anxious Fergus embarks on a cruise with his wife. On board, he meets a myriad of characters and is entranced by some, irritated by others and disgusted by one. These turbulent feelings, combined with a sequence of bizarre events, only increase his anxiety.
I really enjoyed this book, and if you fancy something a little different I’d urge you to give it a go. CS
by Keith Anthony £9.49 This lovely novel by Bucks-based author Keith Anthony is a pageturning adventure reminiscent of The Life of Pi.
In a series of ﬂashbacks, Justine enjoys an ultimately short romance; a woman concludes she killed her; and an investigating police ofﬁcer is drawn into her idyllic world. Fergus, haunted by poignant memories, withdraws in search of answers. Back on the cruise he reaches breaking point, fearing he has done something terrible. By the time the ship returns, his world has changed forever. Times and Places spans Atlantic islands, the Chiltern countryside, Cornish coasts and rural Slovenia. www.livingmags.info
Summer at the Castle Café by Donna Ashcroft Published by Boukouture, 99p on Kindle Tring author Donna Ashcroft’s latest novel has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers. It follows the story of Alice Appleton, who escapes to
One Pan, 110 Brilliant Meals by Mari Mererid Williams Published by Penguin Random House, £12.99
the gorgeous seaside town of Castle Cove for a change of scenery. There she meets Jay O’Donnell, a volunteer on the lifeboats, who is haunted by a tragedy from his past. He’s on a mission to save as many people as possible, but when Alice walks into his life he realises that perhaps it might just be his turn to be rescued. using easy-to-ﬁnd store cupboard ingredients. Try pan-friend gnocchi with broccoli, hazelnuts and garlic, avocado and black bean quesadillas, soda bread, brioche and brownies.
Local author, food stylist and recipe writer Mari Marerid Williams has created a gorgeous book full of great recipes that can all be cooked in one pan – perfect! It includes breakfasts, main meals and baked desserts,
Life Matters: how grief and horses changed my life by Kathryn White Available from Amazon, £14.99 This is a lovely book about rebuilding your life after grief. Kathryn wanted to share her story to honour her late husband Ian, and to help other people grieving. The couple lived in Tring and Wigginton, where Kathryn still lives. They loved riding horses and competing in events. When she was widowed 10 years ago she vowed to honour Ian and the dreams he never got to fulﬁl. ● The cover picture was taken by freelance equestrian photographer Candice Pottage. ● The cover was designed by local graphic designer Steve Cripps.
The Mother’s Secret You may have read in the spring issue that our editor Clare Swatman’s new book, The Mother’s Secret, was published by Pan Macmillan in February. Clare has since had a launch party for her book as well as a signing at Waterstones, which were both well-attended. The book is available from Waterstones Berkhamsted as well as good bookshops and Amazon, where it has been receiving great reviews. @ LivingMagazines
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It’s essential to protect your Skin and your hair in the the sun. Here’s our guide on howto stay safe
very day, 42 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the UK – that’s almost 16,000 every year – and the ﬁgure is rising, according to Cancer Research UK. However, almost 86% of those cases are deemed preventable, which means there’s a lot we can do to help ourselves. Unfortunately, with vitamin D a complicating factor, the sun-safe advice has become confusing. We need to get enough sunlight without sun cream to replenish our vitamin D resources, but we must always use sunscreen.
How to strike the balance?
The truth is, a few minutes everyday without sun cream during the UK summer is enough – less if you’re fair skinned, more if you’re darker. The rest of the time, it’s better to protect yourself. With that in mind, we spoke to Dr Dev Shah, consultant dermatologist at One Stop Doctors based in Hemel Hempstead, for an authoritative guide to protecting your skin properly in the sun. 36 | Berkhamsted Living
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What is melanoma and what causes it?
Melanoma is a skin cancer that arises from the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) found within the upper layers of the skin. Melanocytes are quite fragile cells and are there to protect us from sunlight and prevent UV light causing damage to our cells. If too much UV light is encountered, the melanocytes cannot cope and they are themselves damaged, and develop DNA mutations. Once cells develop irreparable DNA damage, they grow abnormally or in a cancerous way. They can bud off and spread to various organs such as the lungs or brain and ultimately lead to death. The main risk factors for developing melanoma are: ● A very fair skin with light eyes or red hair ● Sunbed use (sunbeds are completely banned in Brazil and Australia) or blistering episodes of sunburn as a child ● High numbers of moles - usually more than 100 on your whole body (count the number of moles on one arm. If you have more than 11, you are likely to have more than 100 on your body) ● A genetic predisposition or family history. www.livingmags.info
HEALTH SUN SAFETY Sun cream: what quality and how often to apply it? We recognise that being outdoors in sunlight has various health benefits (exercise/lower blood pressure), so we want people to keep enjoying the outdoors but to be sensible. When we talk about protecting yourself from the sun, sunscreen is one part of this process. We also recommend wearing long-sleeved and appropriate clothing, using a hat and avoiding the most intense sunlight between 11am and 2pm. When using a sunscreen it’s important to choose a cream with an SPF of 30 or more with a five-star UVA rating, or a symbol with UVA written within a circle. Sunscreen comes in many different forms. If you want to look less shiny there are non-glossy matt creams, while for a more moisturising suncream you should go for oils. The main mistake people make is the frequency of application. Terms such as ‘24hr protection’ and ‘all day long protection’ are misleading. If you’re in direct sunlight, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every one to two hours. If you’re exercising and sweating or swimming you should be reapplying it every half an hour. Aim to cover your whole body so that the skin feels ‘tacky’; if you don’t put enough on don’t worry too much - if you’re applying it frequently you’ll eventually cover all of your skin.
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When using a sunscreen you must consider it as a ‘sieve’. In other words it’s not a ‘block’, it’s more a filter that still allows light through to the skin. Using a sunscreen doesn’t mean you can stay out in direct sunlight for an infinite amount of time.
Do all clothes protect you from the sun or are some better than others? If you hold your clothes up to the sun and you can see light coming through, they are definitely not protective. Thicker clothing is far better than thin clothing. All clothing will offer some level of protection, but this will be variable so sunscreen should still be applied. You can buy clothing with an SPF factor and this is often the best type of clothing to fully protect your skin. Children especially need full-body suits with hats that have an SPF 50 rating when in intense direct sunlight, or swimming, in order to protect their skin as they are unlikely to achieve full protection with sunscreen alone.
In general we would recommend wearing longsleeved loose clothing and trying to avoid the most intense periods of sunlight between the hours of 11am and 2pm.
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HEALTH SUN SAFETY further skin cancer. It is also important to note that tanning and sun exposure is the leading cause of premature ageing of the skin. The safest way to get a darker complexion and skin tone is to use a spray-on tan. When you’ve achieved the colour you want with a spray-on tan, you should still use a high factor sunblock in direct sunlight.
What changes should you be aware of in your skin, and what should you do if you’re at all worried?
First, we recommend that people at least look at their skin regularly. It’s important that people know what their bodies look like at baseline. Look at your back and buttocks, checking every nook and cranny so you know what you’re starting off with – or get your partner to help. This way, if you develop new moles (or if moles are changing) you’ll know because you knew what they looked like before.
these photos every three to four months, specifically looking out for new or changing moles. These are the signs you should look out for: A is for Asymmetry – moles that are asymmetrical B is for Borders – scalloped or blurred C is for multiple Colours – red, black, brown (two or more colour types are worrying)
D 19:18 is for Diameter (greater than 6mm) We also recommend that people take photographs of 1340x96_Living_Magazine.pdf 1 11/04/2018 their bodies at baseline. Then they can refer back to E is for Evolution (itching, pain, growing).
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HEALTH SUN SAFETY It’s best to be checked by someone who regularly treats skin cancer and understands how to differentiate cancer from benign moles, without always cutting the mole out. If moles suddenly become itchy red or are painful or simply attract one’s attention it’s wise to have them checked.
Finally, are there any other tips you can offer? There are some great apps that can help you keep track of changes in your skin – but be aware of apps that claim to diagnose melanoma as we feel there is not enough evidence of safety surrounding these. Instead, try one of the apps where you can document
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and encrypt images of your body to take to your doctor or dermatologist to show them changes in your skin. They can then understand the changes, should there be any. ■ Our thanks to Dr Dev Shah MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP (Dermatology) consultant dermatologist at One Stop Doctors One Stop Doctors offers a complete skin analysis using the highest skin-scanning technology (Observ) that allows you to identify conditions that may be too deep for the naked eye using a patented skin ﬂuorescence and polarized light illumination technology. Visit www.onestopdoctors.co.uk or call 01442 331900.
Hair Hair becomes dry and brittle in the sunshine, and if it’s bleached or dyed the problem is compounded. But you don’t want to slop a load of greasy stuff on your hair when you’ve spent ages styling it: ● Wear a hat. Make sure it covers your hair or your hair can be tucked inside ● Go for a hair protector that’s light and easy to apply, such as Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protector, £22.44 from Gorgeous, or Bumble and bumble Invisible Oil Heat UV Protection Primer, £8 (stocked at Open Hairdressers) ● If you’re going to be swimming, try a waterproof hair protector such as Philip Kingsley’s Swimcap, around £12.50 from M&S.
Scalp If you have very short hair or wear it in a parting, it’s all too easy to burn your scalp. A hat offers the best protection, or wear hair slicked back with no parting. Choose a special scalp protector such as Malibu Scalp Protector SPF30, 50ml, £3.99.
Moisturise If your hair’s already damaged, make sure you look after it during the summer months. Use oils (argan oil is excellent), masks, conditioners and treatments to stop it drying out too much.
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GARDENS THROWN OPEN
Each year, the National Gardens Scheme sees a host of privately owned gardens open to the public to raise money for charity. And it’s not restricted to large, landscaped affairs – cottage gardens and unpretentious plots participate too
here’s nothing more inspiring, for anyone with an interest in gardening, than taking a walk around other people’s gardens. And the beauty of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) is that it gives us the chance to look at what can be done in ‘ordinary’ gardens. While there are some impressively large plots that the public can visit, it’s also a chance to see smaller, privately-owned gardens that don’t usually open to the public, giving us some great ideas about what to do with our own gardens. The NGS not only gives garden enthusiasts a chance to have a nosy around otherwise private gardens, it also does a great job raising funds for a number of
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very worthy charities. Last year, its 90th anniversary, it donated £3m to charities including MacMillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and the National Autistic Society to name just a few. More than 3,600 gardens across Britain opened to the public last year as part of the scheme and this year there are even more. All summer, owners will be opening their gates, engaging with visitors and serving cake and other refreshments as well as selling home-grown plants. Make a date in your diary to pay a visit to a few of the gardens opening locally, enjoy a lovely afternoon out, treat yourself to a piece of homemade cake – and do your bit for charity. www.livingmags.info
Overstroud Cottage The Dell, Frith Hill, Great Missenden HP16 9QE 10 Jun, 2-5pm (Open by arrangement until 30 Jun. Contact the garden owner for details) c
Cream teas at parish church Adult: £3.50 - Child: Free Mr & Mrs Jonathan Brooke email@example.com
As well as the artistic chalk garden on two levels, visitors shouldn’t miss the studio with its painting exhibition. This cottage garden is carved out of an old chalk quarry, and its alkaline soil is host to popular ﬂowers and herbs of the 17th and 18th centuries; auriculars, hellebores, spring bulbs, pulmonarias, geraniums, peonies and antique roses. The cottage itself was once a 17th-century fever house for Missenden Abbey. With the woodland
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backdrop, in June/July the garden is awash with rambling roses. There is also a lily pond, and a potager edged with ‘stepover’ apples, and featured in Joy Larkcom book, Creative Vegetable Gardening. Gardeners who live near a road can take inspiration from the noise reducing barriers – a layered hedge, a row of Hornbeams and an ivy ‘fedge’.
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Ashridge House Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, Berkhamsted, HP4 1NS 10 Jun - 2-6pm c
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The 190 acres of gardens at the Grade II Registered Landscape of Ashridge Park are based on designs by Humphry Repton. The bicentenary of the last great English landscape designer of the 18th century is being marked by gardens and parks across the country, including nearby Woburn Abbey Gardens. It was 205 years ago that Repton presented his famous Red Book detailing his designs for the estate. Here you’ll ﬁnd small secluded gardens, along with a large lawn area leading to avenues of trees.
15 Gade Valley Cottages Dagnall Road, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3BW 27 May, 1.30-5pm c
Home-made teas Adult: £3.50 - Child: Free Owner: Bryan Trueman
This creative and inspirational sloping garden has countryside views and interesting planting. Measuring 165ft x 30ft, the garden has winding paths leading through a woodland area to emerge by a wildlife pond and sunny border. Take a while to sit and enjoy views across the beautiful Gade Valley while listening to the rustling of bamboos and bubbling water. The informal planting shows the owner’s love of shade-loving perennials such as hostas, ferns, ligularias, rodgersias, astrantias, pulmonarias and heucheras. There are also plenty of acers and bamboos. The sunny areas of the garden are planted with asters, heleniums, iris, phlox, hemerocallis, achillea and rudbeckia. See if you can spot wildlife at the pond – keep an eye out for frogs, toads, newts and goldﬁsh – popular with local herons! 42 | Berkhamsted Living
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OPEN GARDENS Fancy opening your garden? Find out if you have what it takes…
hile the NGS is keen for people to sign up to open their gardens for public visits, there are criteria to be adhered to – the scheme has a 90 year reputation to maintain! Herts County organiser Julie Knight told us: ‘When looking for new gardens to join the National Garden Scheme, we look for gardens of quality, character and interest. You don’t have to have multiple acres, a walled garden, or a professionally-designed garden to open for us – some of the most popular gardens are small suburban gardens where visitors can relate to the size of the space and can pick up ideas that will translate easily to their own garden. ‘We look for gardens that display their owners’ passion and enthusiasm for gardening, gardens that overﬂow with foliage and ﬂowers, that feature
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interesting plants, planting combinations, or planting design.’ If your family and friends think you have a gorgeous garden, then it’s likely other people will think so too. Think about how you might hold an open day and consider questions such as: ● What time of year does your garden looks its best? ● Is there good space for visitors to park nearby? ● Do you have family, friends and neighbours who would help on the day? ● Could you offer tea and cake to visitors as an extra way to raise funds? Julie explains that there are various reasons why garden owners choose to be involved: ‘We are the most signiﬁcant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, and many owners are motivated
by this: perhaps someone they know has been helped by one of our beneﬁciary charities, or following the loss of a close one they want to support charities who help others with the same condition or illness. ‘The simple joy of sharing a beautiful garden with others is also a great driver. Our garden visitors are almost universally enthusiastic, interested, friendly, and positive – they often want to chat to the owner about plants and growing techniques, so an Open Day can be a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow gardeners and exchange tips!’ If you’re interested in opening your garden, contact Julie Wise on 01438 821509 or email@example.com for an initial chat.
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Patchwork 22 Hall Park Gate, Berkhamsted HP4 2NJ 19 Aug, 2-5pm c
Light refreshments Adult: £4 - Child: Free Jean & Peter Block
This quarter-of-an-acre garden sits on a steep, north-facing slope, with ﬂints and clay soil over chalk – so if you share the same kind of soil there should be plenty of ideas for you here. The front garden has a rose bed with plenty of spring interest followed by ‘Coltness’ bedding dahlias in the summer months. Rockery lovers can be inspired by the rockery with bulbs, miniature conifers, heathers and azaleas.
Also look out for the 50-year-old Acer Palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum by the small pond. The three-tiered patio is covered with pots ﬁlled with spring bulbs and then petunias, violas and other patio plants. A lovely summer picture is formed by a pergola with roses, clematis and honeysuckle together with a striking Robinia ‘Lace Lady’.
Huntsmoor Stoney Lane, Bovingdon, Hemel, Hempstead HP3 0DP 2 Sep, 2-5pm c
Home-made teas; gluten-free provided Adult: £6 - Child: Free Brian & Jane Bradnock Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This two-acre garden has something all year round – including its own cave! Along with special trees and shrubs, there’s a herbaceous border and formal rose garden. Stop awhile at the Koi pond with waterfall and rockery. Walk through specimen trees, past a wildlife pond, and beside the bog garden to bring you to a newly formed border, a log cabin and a spectacular view of rolling English countryside.
The Lodge 10 Manor Road, Wendover HP22 6HQ 16 & 17 Jun, 11am-5pm (4.30pm Sunday) c
Light refreshments: tea, coffee or squash and homemade cakes Adult: £4.50 - Child: Free Jan & John Paul
This three-acre garden is the result of 47 years of work. As well as a series of rooms, it has a small wooded area, a wildﬂower meadow and the remains of an orchard. As well as the hard work of the owners, nature has had its own impact on the garden – you’ll see common spotted orchids and other lovely wildﬂowers, all of which arrived by themselves. 44 | Berkhamsted Living
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Acer Corner 10 Manor Road, Wendover HP22 6HQ 2 Sep, 2-5pm c
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Head to the land of the Rising Sun with this garden designer’s garden, with Japanese inﬂuence and a large collection of Japanese maples. The front garden is Japanese in style while the back garden has three distinct areas: the patio area has been redesigned in the Japanese style; while another part is densely planted area with a wealth of acers and roses. The corner garden includes a productive greenhouse and interesting planting.
The Paddocks 11 The Paddocks, Wendover HP22 6HE 23 & 24 Jun, 7 & 8 Jul, 2-5pm
Adult: £2.50 - Child: Free Mr & Mrs E Rye
This small peaceful garden is a TV star, having appeared on Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. There are mixed borders of colourful herbaceous perennials and a very special show of David Austin roses. Also don’t miss the spectacular Blackmore and Langdo delphiniums. Some areas of the garden are colour themed – like the white garden with its secluded arbour, created for the BBC and named ‘The Magic of Moonlight’. Also look out for the cool hosta walk and the begonia ‘wall’.
Serge Hill Gardens Serge Hill Lane, Bedmond, Watford WD5 0RT 10 Jun, 2-5pm c
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Adult: £8 - Child: Free Tom and Kate Stuart-Smith
Visit two very different gardens – one the private retreat of garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and, next-door, his mother’s garden. Expect deep borders, voluptuous planting, an outside stage and a ship! The Barn’s enclosed courtyard has tanks of water, herbaceous perennials and shrubs tolerant of @ LivingMagazines
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generally dry conditions. Look to the north to enjoy views of the 5-acre wildﬂower meadow. The house has wonderful views over the ha-ha to the park; a walled vegetable garden with a large greenhouse; roses, shrubs and perennials. Summer 2018 | 45
Cheddington Gardens Cheddington Village LU7 0RQ 17 Jun, 1.30-5pm c
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There are seven gardens to see in the village, including the 50 plots of Cheddington Allotments, which also enjoy great views of the Chilterns. The Vicarage has a developing family-friendly garden in two parts – circular lawns with well-stocked borders and a fenced area with seating and woodland feel. The Old Post Ofﬁce has a gravel garden at the front with evolving softly planted beds around two circular lawns to the rear. The Old Reading Room has a mature garden with mixed herbaceous borders of traditional cottage garden planting around Grade II listed 17th century cottage, while Springbrae offers mature borders and terraced vegetable beds.
Church Barn, Tring Church Road, Puttenham, Tring HP23 4PR 12 Aug, 2.00-5.30pm c
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A relatively new garden, having been started from scratch in 2014. Look out for the rural crafts and bee-friendly plants, which have been chosen to blend the garden with its environs. Take a look at how the willow stock fencing has been woven in situ, and how a shelter has been crafted in locally-grown sweet chestnut. Hedges of Hornbeam give structure to tall, wild, colourful borders, while later-ﬂowering perennials and grasses self-seed among roses, annuals and dahlias.
Cedar House Bacombe Lane, Wendover HP22 6EQ Open by arrangement only to 30 Sep; contact the garden owner for details Sarah Nicholson firstname.lastname@example.org
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borders hold a great variety of trees, shrubs and perennials, plus there’s a lodge greenhouse and a good collection of half-hardy plants in pots. www.livingmags.info
NEXT TO GODLINESS
You might think your home is sparkling – but how clean is it really? Clare Swatman spoke to local experts to get the low-down on how to make your home spotless
es, we know you like to keep your house clean(ish). But kids with muddy shoes, dogs with muddy paws, and life’s general wear and tear mean that it’s hard to keep on top of it. But even if your loo gleams or your ﬂoor looks as though you could eat your dinner off it, is it really as squeaky clean as it could be? We asked local experts for their views. We hope you’re not easily shocked.
In the Kitchen The kitchen is a place you need to keep spick and span for reasons of hygiene – especially if you regularly prepare meat and ﬁsh.
Be honest, how often do you clean your ﬂoors? Once a day? Once a month? You need to make sure you mop them at least once a week. Use warm or cold water rather than boiling to make sure the antibac agent in your cleaning product is still effective.
Just think of all the ﬂuid that gathers at the bottom of your bin – ugh! It’s not just at the bottom, either, but round @ LivingMagazines
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PROPERTY CLEANLINESS the rim too, which means it’s very easy to transfer bacteria to your hands. Clean thoroughly with antibacterial cleaner every week, inside and out.
These are a breeding ground for bacteria, which will then transfer to your dishes. Change them every day. Cloths you use to wipe the surfaces are even worse; kitchen sinks are filthy, and you can spread harmful germs round the kitchen if you leave the cloths hanging around. Change them every day and wash at a high temperature.
Bacteria thrive on heat and moisture, so sponges are the perfect breeding ground. Disinfect and leave it to dry after every use to kill the bacteria, and replace them once a week minimum.
In the Bathroom Bathrooms aren’t the cleanest places in the world. But as long as you don’t clean your loo with your toothbrush you should be OK, right?
Diane Gisbourne, who runs the Quality Ironing and Dry Cleaning Service covering Berkhamsted, Tring and Hemel Hempstead, says: ‘Remember, towels don’t just remove water. When you dry yourself they also remove dead skin cells which collect in the towel fibres. When they’re wet they’re the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. ‘Towels need time to dry to prevent bacteria breeding, which causes mould and mildew, so make sure you hang them up after every use, and wash them after every five uses.’
The loo needs a thorough clean once a week, and a wipe with bleach and antibacterial spray every couple of days. The brush will need cleaning regularly too – pour bleach into your toilet bowl and stand it in there for an hour. 48 | Berkhamsted Living
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In the Living room Vaccuming round the sofa and wafting a duster round might make it look clean, but there could be germs lurking in surprising places.
Sofas and carpets There’s no hard and fast rule about how often sofas and carpets should be cleaned, but the more the better to keep nasties and bacteria at bay. ‘I often hear myself saying “if it wasn’t for children and pets I wouldn’t have a business,”’ says David Green, who runs Berkhamsted Carpet Cleaning. ‘Most of my regular customers have carpets and sofas cleaned every 12 to 24 months depending whether or not they have children.’ And it’s not just about the germs. ‘Carpet pile that contains a lot of dirt and grit will get damaged by the constant grinding at the fibres when it’s walked on,’ David adds. ‘A hot-water deep extraction clean will wash out anything not reached by the vacuum cleaner. It’s also a good idea to have a shoes-off policy. ‘With wool and cotton... it’s a good idea to apply an effective stain protection such as Scotchguard.’
Curtains attract dust and smells. You can wash them at home but it’s best to get them cleaned professionally every six months to keep them clean and fresh.
In the Bedroom Sheets
You might not want to think about it, but your bed sheets will be full of sweat, bacteria and human skin cells – a perfect breeding ground for dust mites and their faeces. Ugh. Change them once a week, minimum, and wash at 60°C. When you get up in the morning, pull your covers back and give the mattress time to air, and open the window to release moisture.
PROPERTY CLEANLINESS Duvets and pillows
Pillows and duvets are full of dust mites, skin cells and bacteria, however clean they look. ‘Duvets and pillows should be washed at least every two to three months,’ says Diane Gisbourne. ‘If your pillows aren’t regularly cleaned almost a third of their weight can be in dust mites, dead skin cells and bug droppings – yuck! ‘Air them regularly and have them professionally cleaned every few months. They can be washed in a washing machine but remember they’re much heavier when wet. ‘Drying duvets and pillows in the sunlight will kill micro-organisms. In the winter, run a warm iron over them, which helps kill off any remaining bacteria once they’re dry.’ ■ • Berkhamsted Carpet Cleaning www.berkhamstedcarpetcleaning.co.uk 01442 876622, 07884 058795 • Quality Ironing and Dry Cleaning Service www.qualityironingservice.co.uk
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Pizza Express 350 High St. HP4 1HT 01442 879966
Zaza 21-23 Lower Kings Rd, HP4 2AB 01442 767055
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59a Gossoms End, HP4 1DF 01442 863830
262 High St, HP4 1AQ 01442 285480
333-337 High St, HP4 1AL 01442 878799
29 High St, HP4 2BX 01442 877867
249 High St. HP4 1AB 01442 878287
378 High St, HP4 1HU 01442 879995
196 High St. HP4 3BA 01442 877807
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25 Lower Kings Rd, HP4 2AB 01442 877311
Thai Giggling Squid 296-298 High St, HP4 1AH 01442 866087
149 High St, HP4 3HH 01442 870808 www.thaicottage.com
163-165 High St, HP4 3HB 01442 862560
King’s Arms 147 High St, HP4 3HL 01442 866595
Porters 300 High St, HP4 1ZZ 01442 876666
The Meating Room 307 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 1AL meating-room.co.uk
Modern European The Gatsby 97 High St, HP4 2DG 01442 870403
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
Unicorn 372 High St 01442 862369
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Restaurant 23 Only open a year, Restaurant 23 on Tring High Street already feels part of the town. It specialises in fish but also offers plenty for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We were greeted by a smart and friendly member of staff and taken to our table upstairs in one of three intimate, cosy rooms. It had the feel of a private dining room, with a fireplace and comfy upholstered chairs. The carpeted floors and low background music promoted good conversation across the table. I was impressed straightaway when we were offered a carafe of tap water. The menu reinforced that first impression: there was the standard menu as well as specials, and we decided to try something from each. I went for the pea soup, followed by the megrim sole and chocolate ganache, while my wife opted for the grilled Cornish mackerel, the ‘due’ of pork and the ganache again. The mackerel was delicious and totally bonefree (as the waiter had promised); the flesh was soft and it wasn’t at all oily. The mango on the side was a nice touch. My soup was a gorgeous deep green and full of flavour, and the accompanying bread was divine.
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Sheila’s pork was beautifully presented and served with perfectly cooked al dente asparagus. My sole, with a delicious parmesan crust, came with spinach and fondant potato. The rich chocolate ganache was perfectly complemented by a sharp orange and Campari sorbet – very moreish! We drank an excellent New Zealand sauvignon blanc that went well with the food and was very reasonably priced. Sheila has already booked again, and I plan to take friends there next month – we really were impressed. R23 makes an excellent addition to the choice of eateries in both Berkhamsted and Tring. GTE 23 High St, Tring HP23 5AH 01442 890948 www.restaurant23tring.co.uk
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McCoys 376 High St 01442 870387
McCoys 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 346 High St 01442 878712
Papa John’s Pizza 211b High St 01442 862900
Hall Park Garage, HP4 2NB
House of High Tea
146 High St, HP4 3AT 01442 877466
61 High St, HP4 2DE 01442 871905
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The Brickworks, HP4 3GY 01442 862622
Wilderness, HP4 2AZ 01442 863247
Home & Colonial, 134 High St, HP4 3AT 01442 878713
Bon Soirée 116 High St, Northchurch 01442 878311
208 High St, HP4 1AG 01442 877170
Puccino’s Railway Station, HP4 2AJ 01442 870402
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WHAT’SON ● Arts & Crafts ● Comedy ● Dance ● Exhibitions ● Fairs ● Festivals ● Film ● Fundraisers
Festival Nettleden Mississippi Swamp Dogs Jazz Band 7.30pm in church. £15 per ticket. Bar, burgers, cheese and wine. 01442 877486
● Gardens ● Kids ● Markets & Sales ● Music ● Sport ● Talks ● Theatre ● Walks knowledgeable walk leader for a gentle stroll through the gardens at Ashridge House. The walk focuses on the work of 18th century landscape designer Humphry Repton. No need to book. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
WEDNESDAY 6 JUN Walk Dagnall Red Lion, Dagnall, 10.30am. A 6.5-mile walk around the Gade Valley climbing up to Whipsnade Golf Course, through Masons Plantation and Studham, back down to the valley and up past Gaddesden Church, Hoo Wood, Well Farm and then lunch. chilternsociety.org.uk Fundraiser Dinner The Gatsby, Berkhamsted, 7pm. £65 including ﬁzz and 3-course meal. Entertainment with the star of the West End’s “Rat Pack” Gary Williams. Run by BDCC Member Rayden Solicitors in support of the Hospice of St Francis. jsteadman@traveltimeworld. co.uk
Walk Totally Batty Ashridge, 8.30-10pm. Adult £8, child £5. Booking essential. See if you can catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures with one of our rangers. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
Free entry. 01442 863510 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
SATURDAY 9 JUN Walk The Chalk Ashridge. £2 per child. Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 4pm to follow our family nature trail on the Ivinghoe Chalk Hills and learn about some of our rare plants and creatures. Start at the Ivinghoe Beacon Car Park (on Beacon Road, grid reference SP963159). www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
Music The Blockheads Court Theatre, 8pm, £22. In conjunction with Muzikmeet, the Court presents the legendary band fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and featuring Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher from the original band. courttheatre.co.uk
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FRIDAY 8 JUN THURSDAY 7 JUN Walk Ashridge House Gardens Ashridge House HP4 1NS, 2.30-4.30pm. £3. Join our
Exhibition Artists at Hastoe Hastoe Village Hall, Church Lane, Hastoe. 11am-6pm. To Sun 17th June. www.bucksartweeks.org.uk
Garden Open Day 1pm-5pm £6 in advance. Teas, Pimm’s, lamb burgers, local produce. Just A Capella will be singing in the church 3pm-4pm.
Berkhamsted Bowls CluB Coaching, equipment, friendship & fun provided! rs Tom: 01442 385773 Tues/Thu Christine: 01442 873413 from 2pm m Fri from 6p Canal Fields, Berkhamsted HP4 2AL
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SUNDAY 10 JUN Fair Wilstone Village Fete and Fun Dog Show Wilstone Village 1-5pm. Traditional Village fete and 6 fun classes in the Dog Show. Fabulous fun and games for all the family. www.wilstone.org Walk The Chalk Ashridge. £2 per child. Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 4pm to follow our family nature trail on the Ivinghoe Chalk Hills and learn about some of our rare plants and creatures. Start at the Ivinghoe Beacon Car Park (on Beacon Road, grid reference SP963159). www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge Fundraiser Hospice of St Francis George & Dragon, Northchurch. Bands, beers, bbq and fun and games all to raise money for the hospice. 01442 864533
music, this is a production to delight the entire family. www.chapterhouse.org Festival Nettleden The Forest Chamber Orchestra 3pm in church. £15 per ticket. Bar, cream teas. 01442 877486 Theatre Coppélia The Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH, 4pm. Tickets £1015. Bolshoi’s unique interpretation of the original 19th century choreography of this comedy tale. 0333 663366
WEDNESDAY 13 JUN Talk Berkhamsted Live 17 Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Caroline Smith discusses the plight of refugees and reads from her book ‘The Immigration Handbook’, Sue Hampton explores Doctor Who, Chris Lawley and Neil Beardmore sing and tell stories and Mark Crane presents his ﬁlm inspired by Leslie Tate’s ‘Violet’. firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Hatﬁeld House, Hatﬁeld, Hertfordshire AL9 5AE. 2pm. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original
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WHAT’SON Talk All Artists Love Purple Civic Centre, 8pm. From ancient times, purple has been associated with royalty and nobility. Pauline Chakmakjian talks to Ashridge Decorative & Fine Arts Society about the deep beauty of the colour and the various meanings associated with it in a selection of different countries. www.ashridgedfas.org.uk
SATURDAY 16 JUN Music 20th Anniversary St Peter’s, 7.30pm, £16. The Bridgewater Sinfonia celebrates a notable anniversary with: Smetana tone poem ‘Vlatava’; Mathias ‘Serenade for Small Orchestra’; Copland ‘Appalachian Spring’; Sibelius ‘Symphony No 5 in E ﬂat major’. www.bridgewater-sinfonia. org.uk Walk Hospice of St Francis Hemel Hempstead School 10pm. The Midnight Walk is a unique night-time challenge for everyone. It’s the chance to get together with friends and family for a Saturday night out with a difference, a time to reﬂect and remember loved ones and a fantastic ﬁ tness
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SUNDAY 17 JUN Kids Ride Ashridge, 9-11am. Adult £20, child £10. Booking essential. Bring your horse for a way-marked two-hour ride through some of Ashridge’s most beautiful landscapes. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge Fair Marsworth Steam Rally Historic Steam Engines, Agricultural, Classic Cars, Bikes & Trucks. Don’t miss this great family day out, put the date in your diary, tell all your friends and treat Dad to a fun day out this Fathers Day! www.marsworthsteamrally. co.uk Gardens Cheddington Cheddington, 1.30-5pm, £6. Seven gardens open their gates to you and there are home-made teas in the Methodist Hall. www.ngs.org.uk Music Tring Chamber Music Aldbury Church, 7.30pm, £16. Tring Chamber Music’s second convert of the season, called Four by Four, includes: Haydn ‘String Quartet Op 77 No 2 F major’, Rawsthorne ‘Theme and Variations for 2 violins’, Wolf ‘Italian Serenade’ and Beethoven ‘String Quartet Op 18 No 5 A major’. www.tringchambermusic.co.uk
Dance Swan Lake The Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH, 6pm. Tickets £10-15. A new production of Tchaikovsky’s magniﬁcent classical ballet. 0333 663366
performance by Tring Park Pupils and a 3-course carvery. All proceeds will go to the Tring Park Bursary Fund. 01442 821524
MONDAY 18 JUN Sport Board Games The Open Door,360-364 High Street, HP4 1HU. 6.45-8.45pm. The Berkhamsted Board Games Club meets the third Monday of every month. 07904 804276
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WEDNESDAY 20 JUN Arts & Crafts Sewing Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee at the Meeting room at Sacred Heart Church, Park St (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day, tea, coffee, biscuits inc. Bring your own equipment and materials. Please book as space is limited. ﬁona4mckenna@hotmail.co.uk Sport Golf Berkhamsted Golf Club. The day will feature David Edwards, ex-PGA Tour player, Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin Competition, musical
Film Sing-a-long Grease Tring Together Summer Carnival Marquee, Doors 7pm, ﬁlm 8.45pm. £10. Get your costume ready and your singing voice lubricated to enjoy this fab evening. www.tringcinema.com Music Blues Bar Tring Tring Park CC, London Rd, 8.30pm, £6. With Guy Tortora topping the bill. www.bluesbartring.co.uk
FRIDAY 22 JUN Music The Dung Beatles Carnival Marquee. 7pm £15 in advance from Tring Brewery, Beechwood Fine Foods or online, £17 on door. The Pepper Foundation raises funds to support the work of The Rennie Grove Children’s Hospice at Home service. www.pepper.org.uk
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SATURDAY 23 JUN Music Concert St Peter’s, 5pm, £10. A short concert of summer music from the Chiltern Chamber Choir followed by refreshments in the Court House. Director Adrian Davis. www.chilternchamberchoir.com Music Clark Tracey Sextet Civic Centre, 8pm, £13. www.berkhamstedjazz.co.uk Exhibition Vale-Rail Aston Clinton Primary School, London Road, Aston Clinton, 10.30am-3.30pm, £3 (children £1.50, family £7). Tring and District Model Railway Club are holding an exhibition to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with Club, Members and visiting layouts. Refreshments, free parking and access for disabled visitors. www.tdmrc.co.uk Festival Tring beside the Sea Pound Meadow, Station Road, Tring 12 noon-5pm. This year’s Tring Together theme is “Tring beside the Sea” so expect to be wowed by all things seaside. Tring beside the Sea promises to be full of fun. www.tringtogether.org.uk Music Beer and Band Night Marquee in Pound Meadow. £10 (£12.50 on door). Proceeds to Hospice at Home services for adults
SUNDAY 24 JUN Festival Berkhamsted Castle Berkhamsted Castle from 9.30am. A day of cycle races around the castle organised by Berkhamsted Cycling Club. Local food and drink stalls, scooter and balance bike races. www.berkocc.com Sport Minor Counties Cricket Tring Park CC, London Rd, 11.15am. Bucks v Beds, to 26 Jun. www.tringcricket.co.uk Gardens Dovecote Ashridge, 11am-2pm. A rare chance to see inside Ashridge’s 18th century dovecote. No parking on site. Park in the recreation ground car park on Stocks Road in Aldbury and walk. HP23 5RX free of charge. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge Comedy Tringe Roving Four venues full of comedy loving audiences, four groups of comedians made up of professionals and trainees. £10. The Tringe comedy festival runs to 14
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DIARY SHAKESPEARE MUCH ADO ABOUT IN THE PARK 29 JUN, 7.30PM & 30 JUN, 2.30PM, 7.30PM
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FLICKS & FOOTLIGHTS DANCE SHOW MARKOVA THEATRE AT TRING PARK SCHOOL
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DANCE COURSES: 6 – 10 AUG & 20 – 24 AUG MUSICAL THEATRE COURSE: 12 – 17 AUG ACTING COURSE: 6 – 10 AUG
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WHAT’SON Film Battle of the Sexes Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 8pm. £7 from Beechwoods or online. www.tringcinema.com
SATURDAY 30 JUN Jul. See website for details of other events. www.get-stuffed.biz/tringe/ Music RAF Halton Voluntary Band and the Castle Choir Pound Meadow, Station Road, Tring 2pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection for SSAFA; the armed forces charity supporting military families. www.tringtogether.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 27 JUN Walk Canal Berkhamsted and District Welsh Society Canal Trip at Nash Mills Recreation Centre, Red Lion Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9TE, Canal Trip from Apsley with Fish & Chips for lunch. email@example.com
FRIDAY 29 JUN Theatre Much Ado About Nothing Tring Park Mansion grounds, Fri 29 7.30pm, Sat 30 2.30 & 7.30pm. £10, accompanied children under 16 free. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and refreshment concessions. www.tringpark.com/whats-on 58 | Berkhamsted Living
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Dance Flicks and Footlights Markova Theatre, Tring Park School 7.30pm. £15 (£12 concs). Tring Park’s dancers present an original production using the setting of a famous ﬁlm studio in times gone by. www.tringpark.com/whats-on
SUNDAY 1 JUL Theatre Robin Hood and his Merry Men Hatﬁeld House, Hatﬁeld, Hertfordshire AL9 5AE. 2pm. Join family and friends and step into the forest with Chapterhouse Theatre Company in what promises to be one of the most fun adventures of the summer. www.chapterhouse.org
MONDAY 2 JUL Walk Chalkland Flowers Ashridge, 2.30-4.30pm. £3 per person. No need to book. Join our knowledgeable volunteers for a gentle stroll through Ashridge’s chalklands (some steep slopes). Meet at Beacon car park. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
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Dance Flicks and Footlights Markova Theatre, Tring Park School 7.30pm to Thu 5th July. £15 (£12 concs). Tring Park’s dancers present an original production using the setting of a famous ﬁlm studio in times gone by. www.tringpark.com/whats-on
THURSDAY 5 JUL Music Blues Bar Tring Tring Park CC, London Rd, 8.30pm, £6. With the Robin Bibi Electric Trio. www.bluesbartring.co.uk
FRIDAY 6 JUL Festival Chilfest Cow Lane, Tring. £39 adults, £20 children, family ticket £100. Tring Park School for the Performing Arts students will play a warm-up act for Tony Hadley on the opening night of the annual Chilfest in Tring. Students will be backed by the Southbank Sinfonia in a 15 minute set. chilfest.co.uk Walk Totally Batty Ashridge, 8.30-10pm. Adult £8, child £5. Booking essential. See if you can catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures with one of our rangers. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
SATURDAY 7 JUL Theatre Everybody’s Talking About Jamie The Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road,
Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH, 7.30pm. Tickets £10-15. The award-winning funny, fabulous and feel-good musical sensation from the West End stage. 0333 663366 Music Tring Choral Society Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Tring, 7.30pm. £12. Vivaldi: Gloria; Haydn, JM: Requiem in C; Pergolesi: Magniﬁcat www.tringchoral.org.uk Fairs Potten End Village Show 2.30pm. Free admission. pottenendgardeningclub@ gmail.com
SUNDAY 8 JUL Fundraiser KAPOW Superhero Challenge Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted 10.30am. £25 adult, £15 child. 5k fun-ﬁlled obstacle course. See website for more information and to sign up. www.stfrancis.org.uk/kapow
Theatre The Greatest Goat of All Time The Court Theatre, Tring. 10.30am (Doors 9.45am). £6. World premiere of this fresh, funny, fantastical story www.livingmags.info
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WHAT’SON WEDNESDAY 11 JUL Gardens Afternoon Tea Tring Wyevale Garden Centre, Bulbourne Road, HP23 5HF. 2.30pm. If you fancy joining us come along at 2:30pm for a stroll around the garden centre. We are having afternoon tea at 3.30 pm. Please let us know if you are joining us. email@example.com starring award-winning comedian, singer and dancer Charlie Baker (Dog Ate My Homework, Doctor Who) and BAFTA-winning CBBC Class Dismissed actress Sam Battersea. www.get-stuffed.biz/kidsshows/ Dance Flicks and Footlights Gala Wycombe Swan 7.30 pm. Tickets from £13.50. Concessions £12. With music from the world of cinema, this is another original and innovative production by Tring Park’s Dance Course to delight and entertain ﬁlm (and dance) fans everywhere. wycombeswan.co.uk/ Online/tickets-tring-parkwycombe-2018 Music Tring Chamber Music Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm, £16. Tring Chamber Music presents: Mozart ‘String Quintet D major K593’, George Benjamin ‘Viola, Viola’, Bruckner ‘Adagio from the string quintet’ and Mendelssohn ‘String Quintet No 1 in A major op 18’. www.tringchambermusic.co.uk
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MONDAY 16 JUL Sport Board Games Berkhamsted Board Games Club - The Open Door,360364 High Street, HP4 1HU. 6.45-8.45pm. Third Monday of every month. 07904 804276
TUESDAY 17 JUL Fundraiser Pepper Show 2018 The David Evans Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring, 7.30pm to Sat 21 Jul. Plus Saturday matinee 2pm. From £12.50. 01442 507324
FRIDAY 13 JUL Festival VIP Cinema Evening Ashylns School, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted 6.3011pm. ‘The Son of Rambow’, which was ﬁlmed at Ashlyns School and around Berkhamsted. www.ashlynsfestival.co.uk Film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Nora Grace Hall, Tring 8.30pm. £7 from Beechwoods or online. www.tringcinema.com
SATURDAY 14 JUL Festival BeaconLit Brookmead School, Ivinghoe. £19.50 / £25. The festival committee has assembled a stunning line-up, which includes authors, writers and broadcasters. www.beaconlit.co.uk
FRIDAY 20 JUL Film Scream Ashridge Estate, 10pm. From £14. Scream (18) Funny, scary and wonderfully timed this is a brilliant opportunity to see Scream in the open air. Full bar and barbecue on site. www.sundowncinema.co.uk
SATURDAY 21 JUL Kids Big Camp Ashridge. Also 22 Jul. £50 per pitch for 4 people. Booking essential. A special opportunity to camp at Ashridge for the night and take part in a number of family activities. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
SUNDAY 22 JUL WEDNESDAY 18 JUL Arts & Crafts Sewing Meeting room Sacred Heart Church, Park St (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day, tea, coffee, biscuits inc. Bring your own equipment and materials. Please book as space is limited. ﬁona4mckenna@hotmail.co.uk
THURSDAY 19 JUL Music Blues Bar Tring Tring Park CC, London Rd, 8.30pm, £6. Giles Hedley & the Aviators are back in Tring. www.bluesbartring.co.uk
Music Pitch Perfect Berkhamsted Cricket Club 4pm. There will be an array of unforgettable talent performing. You will be amazed! Bring picnics and the whole family. www.berkhamstedcitizens. org.uk
TUESDAY 31 JUL Kids Ashridge Adventurers Ashridge, 10.30am to 12 noon or 1.30-3pm. £4 per child per session. Booking essential. Join for either a morning or afternoon session of led family activities and crafts. Learn more about Ashridge’s animals and plants. Suitable for children aged 4 and up. www.livingmags.info
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WEDNESDAY 1 AUG Theatre Much Ado About Nothing Pendley Manor. To 5th August. Part of the 69th Pendley Shakespeare Festival. One of the nation’s favourite comedies, Much Ado redraws the lines between love and hate in chaotic, comic fashion. www.pendleyshakespearefestival. co.uk
THURSDAY 2 AUG Kids Ashridge Adventurers Ashridge, 10.30am to 12 noon or 1.30-3pm. £4 per child per session. Booking essential. Join for either a morning or afternoon session of led family activities and crafts. Learn more about Ashridge’s animals and plants. Suitable for children aged 4 and up. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
FRIDAY 3 AUG Film Notting Hill Ashridge Estate, 9.30pm. From £14. The life of a simple bookshop owner (Hugh Grant) changes when he meets the most famous ﬁlm star (Julia Roberts) in the world. www.sundowncinema.co.uk
TUESDAY 7 AUG Walk Hanging Coombe and Butterﬂies Ashridge, 12.30pm. £3 per person. No need to book. Join our volunteers for a gentle stroll and look out for butterﬂies (some steep slopes). Meet at Steps Hill car park. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ ashridge
WEDNESDAY 8 AUG Theatre Richard III Pendley Manor. To 12th August. Part of the 69th Pendley Shakespeare Festival. The funniest and darkest of Shakespeare’s histories: the tale of Richard’s villainy is never one to miss. www.pendleyshakespearefestival. co.uk
From £14. La La Land (12A) www.sundowncinema.co.uk
SUNDAY 12 AUG Gardens Sunnyside Allotments Ivy House Lane, Berkhamsted HP4 2PP, 11am-4pm. As well as refreshments and allotmentgrown produce on sale, there will be tours of the allotments, a plant stall and a garden tools stall. www.sunnysideallotments. org.uk
THURSDAY 16 AUG Music Blues Bar Tring Tring Park CC, London Rd, 8.30pm, £6. With Sam Kelley’s Station House. www.bluesbartring.co.uk
MONDAY 20 AUG Sport Board Games Berkhamsted Board Games Club. The Open Door,360364 High Street, HP4 1HU. 6.45-8.45pm. Third Monday of every month. 07904 804276
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PAINTING & DECORATING
GAS SERVICES & PLUMBING • Boiler service repair & installation • System upgrades • Power ﬂushing • All types of plumbing • Gas safety certiﬁcation
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07831 363182 01442 843703
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PAINTING & DECORATING
JB Services Plumbing and Heating Small, professional, local business carrying out all aspects of central heating, gas & plumbing work including bathrooms and emergencies.
07790 515 605 email@example.com www.jbplumbandheat.co.uk
Ashley Green, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3PL
All roof leaks & gutter repairs • Fascia & soffit replacement • Flat roofs Please call to book in your free inspection Contact Carl Britton www.brittonroofing.co.uk 01442 407523 07709 763280
Painter & Decorator
Painting & Decorating
SELF ACCESS STORAGE Dagnall - HP4 1QZ
All types of decorative work undertaken. Excellent rates and references.
Internal/External Friendly & Reliable Clean & Tidy Dust Free Sanding
Professional & local Testimonials available Get in contact today on
07904 891190 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean, Dry Weatherproof Storage Containers for monthly rental. Ideally suited to mid to long-term storage for home and business items. Discreet, Secure, Floodlit, 24/7 digital CCTV
25 yrs in the trade.
Tel: 07855 264648
Call Mike on... 01442 822684 07534 109823
• professional Berkhamsted good value Oven Cleaning Ltd • •fully insured complete valet service for:
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David Green 01442 876622 07884 058795
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OFFICE SPACE TO LET IN BERKHAMSTED • Office sizes to suit • Excellent faclities • Ample parking
Contact: 07719 441200
STOVES & CHIMNEYS
01442 890041 07921 847317
■ Power Sweeping - using the latest technology & equipment ■ Wood-Burning & Multi-Fuel Stoves - supplied & ﬁtted ■ Chimney Flues re-lined ■ Cowls & Chimney Pots ﬁtted ■ Bird Nests removed ■ Safety Inspections
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