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Spring 2017 Contents Welcome to our spring edition! Moving from Winter to Spring is my favourite seasonal transition. I love the way in which the mornings and evenings get gradually lighter and I take great pleasure in savouring those extra minutes of daylight each day. As the days get longer and brighter we can take more advantage of what the great outdoors has to offer; if you check out our ‘What’s On Guide on starting on page 58 where there is an abundance of activities which will get you outside over the coming months. Also have a quick look at page 80 for other key dates for your diary too!

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DESIGNS FOR NEW LEISURE, CULTURE AND ARTS FACILITIES IN HARPENDEN BEING DEVELOPED

Feedback on proposals for new leisure, arts and cultural facilities for Harpenden and the rest of the District is being taken forward in the £18 million project’s designs.

The designs use feedback received during the final phase of the community consultation, completed earlier this month, and from meetings and workshops held last year.

St Albans City and District Council is now developing detailed designs for an integrated leisure centre and adjacent arts facility ready for a planning application this October.

At a meeting on Thursday 16 March, Cabinet heard that all responses have now been consolidated and a full analysis will be published online soon.

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DESIGNS FOR NEW LEISURE, CULTURE AND ARTS FACILITIES IN HARPENDEN BEING DEVELOPED Continued In response to stakeholder feedback and requests from the public the designs aim to provide: Leisure Centre • Increased swimming capacity and space for spectators with a larger learner pool, including a movable floor, & 100 spectator seats alongside the main & learner pools. • A sports hall with space for five badminton courts. • A larger changing village with more lockers. • A larger park-facing gym with 160 stations, compared to the current 64, and three studios. • A steam room and sauna. • A crèche with an outside area. • A café that can be accessed by park-only users as well as visitors to the leisure centre. Arts centre • A theatre for more than 500 people with partly retractable seating to provide for greater flexibility. • Three multi-purpose function rooms. • A performance space. • A cultural and heritage exhibition space. • Two bars and refreshment area. • A ramped entrance with views of the park.

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Additional parking is also being planned alongside the leisure centre to cater for visitors to the new facilities and the town centre.This will be surrounded by trees and bushes to mask the view from the park. Cllr Annie Brewster, Portfolio Holder for Sports, Leisure and Heritage at St Albans City and District Council, said:“I want to thank everyone who has participated in the community consultation and provided us with valuable insights to help shape the designs for these great new facilities. We are using the feedback to develop detailed designs for the planning application due to be submitted in October.There will be a separate consultation on these designs as part of the planning process later this year.” The agenda and papers for the meeting are available on the Council’s website as well as the webcast. Upgrading leisure, arts and cultural facilities across the District is a key priority for the Council. In the last five years, the Council has opened Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, re-built Batchwood Sports Centre following a fire, and built the new Cotlandswick Sports Centre. More information about the planned redevelopment of leisure, arts and cultural facilities for Harpenden is available at: www.stalbans.gov.uk


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THE FINER POINTS OF ‘RIGHTSIZING’ Recent studies have shown that over 50% of all home owners who are over 55 are keen to downsize -or ‘rightsize’- and 1 in 3 are considering such a move in the future; that’s 4.7million people across the nation. The top three driving factors are:

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Many home owners approaching retirement are struggling to find suitable accommodation which meets their needs for the onward move. As our population as a nation ages, the need for greater options for those aged 55 to 75 and over are increasing yet the demand is not being met. Indeed, those over 75 are 50% less likely to consider a move due to various factors, the principle issue being the upheaval and management involved in such an undertaking.

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GOOD CALL! Despite several high-profile campaigns and the government raising the fine of being caught to £200, some motorists persist in calling and texting while on the road. You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted. This includes if you’re using devices like your sat nav or car radio. It’s illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle. The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.

When you can use a phone in your vehicle If you’re the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you: • need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop • are safely parked Penalties for using your phone while driving You could get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200. Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

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FINANCE FOR FOUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Four new community projects in the St Albans District are to be funded in part by contributions from property developers.

The money comes from Section 106 (S106) planning obligations. These are payments made by developers in recognition that a rise in population caused by new homes leads to more demand for community infrastructure.

Around £35,000 will go towards improvements to the Colney Heath section of the Alban Way cycling and walking trail. These include the restoration of the historic Smallford rail station ticket office, new interpretation boards and improved access routes.

Details of the S106 contributions were given to a meeting of St Albans City and District Council’s Cabinet on in March.

Two more play areas are to be revamped with £29,000 going to Marquis Lane in Harpenden East and £2,500 to Camp, in the Cunningham ward of St Albans. Jersey Farm Woodland Park, in Marshalswick North, St Albans, has been awarded £1,000 for leaflet holders to be installed at key locations.

Among other schemes to benefit are the transformation of the Town Hall into a new Museum and Art Gallery and the creation of a new leisure centre in Harpenden. Decisions are yet to be taken over the allocation of S106 sums in several of the Council’s wards. St Peters has £122,000 to spend, London Colney has almost £85,000 and Wheathampstead has £20,000.

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FINANCE FOR FOUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS Continued

Council officers work with District and Parish Councillors for these wards to identify suitable community projects. Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “S106 money is making a substantial difference to communities throughout the District. “These four new projects, including major work on the Alban Way, are further proof of that. “We are intent on making the best possible use of this money by working with the local Councillors who know their areas.”

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Khushbu, who has vast building society experience and strong local networks, added:“We are proactive in reaching out and telling people about The Nottingham or Harrison Murray - highlighting the fantastic services and products the people of Harpenden have right on their doorstep. “We do that by getting involved locally. Our aim is to not only profile what we offer in-branch from a building society and estate agency perspective, but also to be seen as a force for good in our local community too.” For a friendly, no obligation, chat with the Harpenden branch team visit 13 Church Green, AL5 2T, or call (01582) 766161.

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COMMUNITY USE DEFIBRILLATOR The Town Council has installed a new defibrillator on the external wall of Park Hall, Leyton Road to be used by the community in an event of an emergency. A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. The device analyses and looks for a heart rhythm, advises the person using the machine of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed. It applies a brief pulse of electric current allowing the heart’s normal electrical system to resume normal control.

The defibrillator is located within a locked cabinet on the wall of Park Hall facing Busy Bees Day Nursery. Instructions are on the cabinet explaining a code will be provided when the person needing to access the defibrillator calls 999. The responder will give a code and an ambulance is called at the same time. The defibrillator is easy to use and does not require any training. It is an automated device that talks to the user and diagrams are used to visually aid them in using it. There is no 100% guarantee that this defibrillator will save the person’s life but it significantly increases their chances compared to manual CPR If you are passing the Town Council , keep an eye out for it, so you know where it is if its needed!

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PAY-TO-STAY CHANGES STOPPED Pay-to-Stay – a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners – will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council.

Councillor Brian Ellis, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “There are a lot of changes to Government housing policy and we need to keep on top of them.

Tenants across the country could face the rise from April this year if their household is earning in excess of £31,000-a-year.

“We are dealing with a range of issues such as payto-stay, the sale of high value houses, the shortage of affordable homes and new guidelines for tenancy agreements.

However, the Council has now decided not to introduce the policy in the District following a Government announcement that it is nonmandatory. The decision was revealed in a report on housing and planning issues due to be given to a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 16 March. This update follows the publication of a Government White Paper on Housing as well as last year’s Housing and Planning Act. In other developments, the Council continues to lobby the Government about plans to enforce the sale of high-value local authority homes. It wants an assurance that it can retain enough money from any sales to replace the properties that are sold. The Council is also reviewing its approach to fixed term tenancies in light of new regulations and guidance expected from the Department for Communities and Local Government. For example, it is expected that Councils will be allowed to offer fixed term tenancies of up to ten years to families with school-age children. This is beyond the normal terms of two to five years. Long-term tenancies could also be offered to households where there is someone with a disability or long-term illness, older people, and those providing long-term care. 30

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ST ALBANS CHRISTMAS MARKET REVIEW

The performance of the St Albans Christmas Market came under the spotlight in a review by councillors from St Albans City and District Council in early March.

The market attracted a record number of visitors last Christmas of 118,000, according to a report presented to the Council’s Community, Environment and Leisure Scrutiny Committee. Of these, 67% came from outside St Albans, according to a survey by tourism students from the University of Bedfordshire. Committee members acknowledged that the event was valued by many in the community and that it was bringing in visitors from outside the District. Some councillors expressed concern about the on-going cost to the Council of running the event which is hoped will produce an income stream in the long term. Figures in the report show there was a deficit of £53,072 for 2016/17, compared to £45,503 for 2015/16, £57,449 for 2014/15 and £79,455 when the market launched in 2013/14. In particular, members were concerned about a downwards trend in income due to a decline in the number of chalets let.

The Council’s Head of Commercial Development said that Winchester’s Christmas Market, one of the most popular in the south east, took eight years to make a profit.

Overall, members felt that the deficit was acceptable provided the market attracted visitors from outside the District who also spent money elsewhere in the City centre. They said further research was needed to quantify how much visitors were spending in St Albans’ shops and restaurants. The Committee recommended that a working party of councillors and officers should be set up to help develop future Christmas Markets. It was also suggested that this could include business and community representatives. The meeting was webcast and can be watched on the Council’s website. The agenda and papers for the meeting are available online at:

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Glyn Griffiths senior opened in Harpenden in December 1980 and as a business has always taken pride in delivering high quality products and customer service. As a family run business in Harpenden we offer a vast range of products for every occasion, from engagements, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and christenings. When the services of a jeweller are called upon, whether for a purchase, advice or repair work, it is important that full confidence and trust can be assured. At Glyn Griffiths we undertake a wide range of watch and jewellery repairs. We have a dedicated team of experienced Watchmakers who carry out service work to a vast range of watches and clocks. We also have a team of highly skilled Goldsmiths, Master Engraver, and Silversmiths. Glyn Griffiths carries out all valuations himself on the premises. Whilst jewellery is long lasting, regular maintenance and care is required to ensure this. Items worn regularly can be susceptible to every day wear and tear. We offer a wide range of maintainence and repair work to items including claw re-tips, new shanks, rhodium plating and replacement stones, giving your precious items the care they deserve. To sum up, whether you are seeking an exclusive piece of Jewellery, a timepiece, a gift for a special occasion or just advice, we are here to help you.

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Brambleton Model Railway EST. 1956

Club Open Day Saturday 13th May 2017 The Brambleton Model Railway Club Open Day will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 at our grounds adjacent to Highfield Oval, Ambrose Lane Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The event will be open from 2.00pm to 5.30pm. Admission prices are £2.50 for Adults and £1.50 for Children and Senior Citizens. Refreshments will be available all afternoon. We are an outdoor club and have an 0 gauge layout consisting of 9 stations on a 1/8 of a mile loop of double track.This line will be in operation all afternoon. In addition there will be many live steam engines running on our 16mm garden line which now extends to almost 200 yards and must be one of the largest in the country.

The attraction of live steam has meant that our Open Days have become very popular in recent years for model railway enthusiasts of all ages. Brambleton Model Railway Club began life as an un-official boys club in 1947 before forming as the Brambleton Model Railway Club on 1st January 1956. Our premises are very easy to find. Driving North out of Harpenden on the A1081 towards Luton you pass under the Railway bridge for the disused line to Hemel Hempstead (the Nickey Line). Immediately after the bridge turn right and follow the signs to our marshalled Car Park.

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Get involved and give blood today! Tuesday 11 April Harpenden Harpenden Public Halls Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1PD. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority, dedicated to saving and improving lives through the wide range of services we provide to the NHS. Our ambition is to be the best organisation of our type in the world. We achieved the 50% increase in deceased organ donation which helped transform more than 3,100 lives in the last 12 months. This was a challenge few thought possible when it was set by the Organ Donation Taskforce in 2008. Delivering it was the result of the hard work and dedication of staff in hospitals and communities across the country.

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Set their own standards Offer clients a service that adds real-time value to their businesses Make sure clients and candidates get more than they would anywhere else Understand the needs of employers quickly and exactly · Build & nurture long-term client and candidate relationships • Provide an efficient, reliable service backed by specialist sector expertise • Offer intelligent, timely responses to any and all issues or queries • Exceed expectations, every time From offices in Harpenden & Luton, Asset Resourcing’s team of consultants recruit for roles across the UK at all levels of seniority in IT & New Media, Accountancy & Finance, Sales & Marketing and Clerical & Administration. They do so with care, concern and a meticulous attention to detail with a long-term view of playing a key role in the success of clients and candidates alike. Running a successful recruitment agency isn’t rocket science. It’s about having a desire and commitment to understand client and candidate needs and requirements; to engage with all those they come into contact with; to select candidates on the basis of knowing precisely what and who the client is looking for and ultimately, it’s about ensuring every potential employee and every business gets exactly what they came to us for.

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Art on the Common is a two day Charity Art Show that has established itself as Hertfordshire’s premier outdoor art event. This year it takes place on the weekend of the 10th & 11th June 2017 opening 10.00 - 17.00 on Saturday & 11.00 - 17.00 on Sunday. It will coincide with the Harpenden Summer Carnival which will take place on Saturday. The event has been part of Harpenden Town’s Summer programme for over 30 years. Set on a wonderful tree lined section of Harpenden Common close to the Town centre, the tented village will have 45 pitches featuring work by the most talented artists in the region. A wide range of works will be on show including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting cards.

So come along and take home a unique piece of artwork or designer jewellery. All proceeds from pitch charges and sales commission will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

This exciting open air event will give you the chance to purchase outstanding original pieces directly from the artist.

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IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK FOR SOMEONE TO DRUG YOUR DRINK! You may not even taste it once it is in your drink because alcohol may disguise the taste of the drug!

Watch your drinks and don’t accept drinks from strangers is the message from the St Albans Neighbourhood Team after two women have reported feeling unwell and suspect their drinks may have been spiked in St Albans. “We also want to remind people to stay within their limits when they are out drinking and to stay with their friends. Always plan how you are going to get home before you leave for your night out and don’t leave yourself vulnerable by becoming excessively intoxicated.”

Officers are working with the local pubs to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking and potential drink spiking.

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“OUR DAUGHTER WOULD NOT BE WHERE SHE IS TODAY WITHOUT ALL THE INPUT AND HARD WORK FROM THE SCHOOL TEAM AT ST HILDA’S.” These words came from a parent whose daughter has just left the much-respected Harpenden girls school and started her senior school journey recently. She wrote to express her thanks for all that St Hilda’s has meant, an often repeated story down the years.

St Hilda’s is renowned for the confidence it inspires in its girls. For 125 years now the School has been providing a first-class educational experience for pupils. The School’s overarching aim is to achieve the highest standard of education in a happy, safe and purposeful working environment, instilling in all pupils a love of learning. The School’s banner heading is ‘nurturing the individual’, which can be defined as encouraging each girl to fulfil their potential to the full. This has been borne out in the fantastic results achieved by our leavers this year, who have amassed an outstanding 16 scholarships and awards between them in sport, drama, art and music, including 5 academic scholarships to Haberdashers’ Aske’s, St Albans High School for Girls, Godolphin and Latymer, Abbot’s Hill and Haileybury.

Recently, we welcomed back some old girls who left several years ago. In their final year they had performed their play,‘What a Knight’, a parody on King Arthur and the knights of the round table, and came back to see it again being staged this year. In the intervening years, the School has undergone a transformation in so many ways, not least the 3 storey extension which has enabled the provision of upgraded and spacious facilities.The girls hardly recognised the school building they had occupied. 46

The top floor of the building has undergone a further transformation in 2016 with the provision of a fabulous Performing Arts room, which was officially opened and named ‘The Seagull Studio’ by Town Mayor Nicola Linacre. This has allowed the girls to widen their already diverse creative talents, including a performance almost immediately after the opening of an original setting of Macbeth. Art and music are also very strong. We held our own exhibition last autumn with a ‘Go Blue’ theme in aid of Diabetes UK. Concerts and recitals, together with a new innovative competition in public-speaking, enabling the girls to grow in confidence and helping them to leave the School fully prepared for the challenges ahead.

The School was inspected in November 2016 by ISI and was deemed ‘compliant in all areas’. The inspectorate commented that ‘there is evidence of good teaching everywhere’ and that ‘the pupils are eager learners and their behaviour is impeccable.’ A touching comment by one of the girls interviewed by the Reporting Inspector occurred when she was asked “What is the worst thing about St Hilda’s?” to which the girl replied “Going home!”

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Sing with the Kings … and you won’t stop smiling

If you are looking for a hobby to retune your life, come and sample male voice barbershop harmony with the Kings of Herts chorus. You’ll love it! Thirty-five strong, we sing toe-tappers, show-stoppers, ballads, folk, gospel, carols - and, yes, the hit parade as well. We perform, often for charity, at locations ranging from schools, clubs and town halls to festivals and theatres. Age is no barrier and you don’t have to read music. Barbershop harmony is a life-expanding hobby for music lovers from first timers to the lapsed. It’s a great de-stresser for the busy working man and holds a special appeal for the newly-retired.

So... come and join the Kings of Herts! Weekly club nights are held at Wood End School,Yeoman’s Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 3EF on Thursdays from 7.30pm. Email John Lough at lough@puffins.fsworld.co.uk for more information, with your name and telephone number. Or check us out on our website at www.kingsofherts.co.uk

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A fresh approach to helping people get onto the Internet

Did you know that 37% of people aged 55+ own a tablet? This is an increase from only 1% in 2011. Computer Friendly is responding to this by putting tablets at the heart of its starter courses. Local charity Computer Friendly, who have been helping adults in the district get onto the Internet since 2002, has seen evidence of this trend firsthand. John Talbot, Computer Friendly chairman said “More of our students want Apple iPad and Android tablet courses now and we less demand for traditional computer courses.” Tablets are less daunting to those new to computing.They can be more intuitive to use and many find that the touchscreen is easier to use than a mouse/keyboard. Why is being online so important? There are huge social and health benefits to being online. Many can’t get out and about, yet we know this social interaction is vital for our well-being. Tablets give us the ability to easily keep in touch with our families irrespective of where we are. 51

How can Computer Friendly help? Computer Friendly run ‘Taste of the Internet’ sessions for those wanting to understand it all, and courses for those who have a tablet or computer and would like help to get started. These ‘Starting off with’ courses only cost £20 for four or five weeks and suit iPhone/Android smartphones as well. And our course workbooks are a vital part of each course. “What hasn’t changed is our absolute commitment to how we teach” says John. “Our big difference is that our tutors and helpers are all volunteers with lots of patience - we teach because we love to.” Want to know more about Computer Friendly?

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GOING ON HOLIDAY?

Whether you choose to take your pet on holiday with you or leave your pet in the care of a responsible person, consideration should always be given to your pet’s welfare. Under the Animal Welfare Act you have a legal responsibility to ensure their welfare and to provide for your pet’s needs as does any person whom you choose to leave them with. Taking your pet on holiday - Things to consider • Many animals can find the change in routine and environment and the experience of travelling very stressful. Carefully consider if taking your pet on holiday with you is the best thing for them. It may be better to leave your pet in the care of a responsible person whilst you are away. • Always make sure that your chosen holiday destination has all the facilities necessary for your pet’s requirements. • Check with your vet that your pet is healthy and safe to travel. If your pet requires medication, but is safe to travel, make sure you take this with you. Always make sure that your pet is fully vaccinated, and has had up-to-date flea and worming treatments. • Make sure that your pet wears a collar with an identity tag with your name and holiday address & contact details on, so if they get lost you can be reunited as quickly as possible. Taking your pet abroad There are certain rules that you must follow when taking a dog, cat or ferret abroad. The rules depend on the country you’re going to or coming from. For more information call Pet Travel Scheme helpline on 0870 241 1710. 52

Your pet(s) could be exposed to diseases and health risks that we do not have in the UK. Therefore your pet will need to be vaccinated against other diseases, including rabies. Ask your vet for advice. Information on exotic diseases in cats and dogs can be found on the Defra Dog and Cat Travel website www.defra.gov.uk . Further information on diseases your pet may encounter abroad can be found in the Animal Welfare Foundation website www.bva-awf.org.uk Transporting your pet For information on the different methods of transporting your pet and how you can help them to have a safe, stress-free journey, please visit www.rspca.org.uk Keeping pets safe while you’re away There are a number of options to ensure your pet is cared for when you are away. You can: • Ask friends and family to look after them • Have a pet-sitter • Take them to a boarding establishment.

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Weds 5th April 10-12pm Half term pottery painting at The George Weds 12th April 10-12pm Half term pottery painting at The George Sat 13th May 12-4pm Pottery painting at The Gibraltar Castle, Steam Up event Weds 31st May 10-12pm Half term pottery painting at The George Sat 10th June 2-4pm Pottery painting at The George Sat 8th July 2-4pm Pottery painting at The George

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Harpenden Film Society’s screening of “The Big Short” Certificate 15 Films will normally be shown at 8.00pm, but do come along from 7.30 and you will be able to enjoy a drink from the bar in the foyer of Harpenden Public Halls. Tickets are £5.00 for non-members and £3.50 for members and are available to buy online at www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk, or from Godfrey’s Fish and Chips or from Harpenden Public Halls. Champions Of Magic - Event Time: 7.30pm Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Writers – Michael King - 10 am - 12 noon Michael King - to announce winners of the Prose & Poetry Competition followed by a Read Around of competition entries. We meet the first Friday of each month 10am – 12pm at Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden. All welcome to come along. For pricing and other details call 01582 760564 or visit www.harependen writers.com Danny Baker: Cradle To The Stage - Event Time: 7.30pm The stage has always been my first love. Let me put that another way. I have never done anything like this before in my life. However, to travel from town to town addressing a fabulous gathering of likeminded chums each night seems to me exactly what Shakespeare would have done, had not the hefty rent at The Globe kept him in London. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Record Fair

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New Jersey Nights - Event Time: 7.30pm Direct from the USA the international smash hit show New Jersey Nights comes to the UK as part of their world tour.The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, & takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Dick & Dom Live! - Event Times: 11am & 2pm The legends of Children’s TV, Dick & Dom are about to be unleashed on a theatre near you! Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges & audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Gardening Society - Colin Ward Swines Meadow Farm Nursery Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden AL5 3EG at 8pm. £3.00 entry fee for non-members. Visit the website for all the latest news and membership details. www.harpendengardeningsociety.org St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society - South Sudan We are the local club serving this area for those interested in stamps and postal history. We offer monthly meetings between September and May normally featuring displays & talks on philatelic subjects. The meetings start at 8pm & are held at Old Schoolroom of St Mary’s Church, Childwick Green, Childwickbury AL3 6JJ (off the A1081 between St Albans and Harpenden). For more details call Peter Mellor Tel: 01582 762284 or email p.mellor@btinternet.com

Robin Hood - PANTO - Event Times: 3pm & 7pm Anton Benson Productions are proud to bring the fun and frolics of panto to Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood and his Merry Men battle to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Will Robin seize the day and win the hand of his fair Maid Marion? Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3LD. Easter Funfair on Harpenden Common Start Time: 6:00 pm End Time: 10:00 pm

Robin Hood - PANTO - Event Times: 3pm Anton Benson Productions are proud to bring the fun and frolics of panto to Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood and his Merry Men battle to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Will Robin seize the day and win the hand of his fair Maid Marion? Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3LD. 59


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Easter Trail at Knebworth House There is plenty to do in the Gardens this Easter – explore the Maze & the Dinosaur Trail. Enjoy the spring flowers & listen to the birdsong. Visit the Gift shop & Tea Room for Easter treats. Our huge Adventure Playground is great fun – make sure you try the astro slide, drop slide, zip wire & the splash water play features. Take a ride on our vintage bus, which will be transporting visitors between the Playground & Gardens each day. Buy your tickets up to midnight on the day before the event to save 10% on your admission. There are plenty of full price tickets available on the gate on the day! Plus: Children’s Easter Quiz Trail. For more info please visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Living The Dream Easter Showcase - Event Time: 6.30pm Students aged 5 – 18 from the Living the Dream School of Performing Arts perform in their annual Easter showcase with street dance, contemporary dance, acting, musical theatre and singing. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Vintage, Antiques & Collectors’ Market You will find a range of stalls selling furniture, silverware, china, glass, books, prints, postcards & the unusual. For those that want to decorate their homes with individual panache, whilst respecting the environment & engaging in the thrill of bartering for a bargain then this antique market is for you. Starts from 10am – 5pm at the Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ. Visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk for more information or contact Dawn Frary on 07751 296625

EASTER ART & CRAFT SHOW 2017 The show will be open Saturday 10.00am – 16.00pm / Sunday 11.00am – 17.00pm. Exhibition and sale of original paintings, wide variety of stalls, live music, children’s colouring competition, book stall, raffle and young artist of the future competition. Venue: Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High Street, Redbourn , St Albans, Hertfordshirw AL3 7LW. For more information visit: www.redbournvillage.org.uk

Easter Egg Hunt in Redbourn Easter egg hunt and Treasure Map Hunt in aid of Keech Hospice. Proceeds from the main part of the event will go towards the fund for a replacement surface for the Bowling Green and other new facilities at the Redbourn Leisure Centre. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend. For more information please visit www.redbournvillage.org.uk

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Times 10:00am - 2:00pm. Local traders visit Stable Yard at Hatfield House every third Sunday of the month to sell their produce in the courtyard. Cakes, crafts, beers, breads, baskets & honey are often part of the market. Entry and parking is FREE!! For more info visit either www.hatfield-house.co.uk/events


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The turrets and towers of Knebworth House provide a spectacular backdrop to the costumed knights on majestic warhorses galloping at full tilt across the arena in a fantastic display of horsemanship. Knights demonstrate their skills in hand to hand combat to the delight of the crowds who are encouraged to cheer, and jeer, their favourite knights. There are two scheduled jousting displays on both days at about 12.30 and 2.30 pm (dependent on the weather). Later in the afternoon after the jousting bouts, visitors will be able to meet and chat to the performers. Make your way to the grassed area opposite Knebworth Barns, where the knights will be happy to have photos taken with you and talk about the joust. There is no additional charge to see the jousting as it is included in the Park and Gardens admission ticket. For more information please visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

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The French Market at Hatfield House - Times 10:00am - 4:00pm. The fantastic French Market returns to Hatfield House. The French traders will drive to Hatfield from northern France in time for opening at 10am and will be selling products such as: baguettes, croissants , tarts, a wide range of soft & hard cheeses, charcuterie, tartiflette, saucisson , crêpes, olives, spices, fruit , nougat, chocolate, Provençal soaps, garlic, onions & baskets. Free Parking/Free Admission. For more infor visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk/events Hacksaw Ridge (15) - Film Time: 7.30pm The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Directed by Mel Gibson and starring, Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD Dire Straits Experience - Event Time: 7.30pm It has been more than 35 years since the opening line of Sultans Of Swing was first heard being broadcast around the world. Dire Straits disbanded over 20 years ago, but left a catalogue of some of the finest compositions & musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced. If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than one hundred and twenty million albums continue to increase as new young fans join the band’s massive worldwide following. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Harpenden Film Society’s screening of “Sing Street” All films start at 8pm (unless otherwise stated) and are at the Harpenden Public Halls. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk, or from Godfrey’s Fish and Chips, 41 High Street, Harpenden or from Harpenden Public Halls. For more information please visit: www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk

An Audience With Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe - Event Time: 7.30pm Ian & Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever… Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian & Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. Meet and Greet additional £20 after the show at 22:00 limited to 30 people. Available in person or over the phone. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Fairground on Redbourn Common From 12 – 8pm. For more information please visit www.redbournvillage.org.uk

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Cinderella - Event time: 2.30pm Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present the classic tale of Cinderella, one of the best-known rags-to-riches fairy tales of all time. A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena. co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Harpenden Antique Fair Up to 50 dealers selling good quality antiques and collectibles in two rooms. Entry £2.00 at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For further information and stall enquiries please contact Haddon Events: Telephone: 07519 276507 Email: info@haddonevents.co.uk or visit www.haddonevents.co.uk

Harpenden Local History Society Event Society AGM followed by The Amy Coburn Lecture, a newly-established event in memory of Local History Society founder Amy Coburn, who died in 2016. Meeting starts at 8pm in the small public hall, in Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1PD.


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Hertfordshire Garden Show at Knebworth House The 26th Hertfordshire Garden Show takes place at Knebworth Park. Get your garden ready for the new season, with plenty of fresh ideas for plants and accessories to make your garden look really special. There will be a wide variety of exhibitors at the show, including some of the best nurseries and specialists from across the region. Talk to the growers and choose from a huge range of top quality plants, along with accessories and decorative items for your garden. It’s a great way to be inspired for the forthcoming spring months. Entrance to the Garden Show is included in the Knebworth Park and Gardens admission ticket, making for a very good value day out. For more info please visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Event Time: 7.30pm From its beginnings 31 years ago The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become an internationally renowned institution. The Orchestra has been invited to perform for the British Royal Family, at the Houses of Parliament, at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Bubble Rush Herts - From 12pm at Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 3HZ Join us for our bubble-tastic, fun-filled 5k, complete with four different coloured bubble stations. Run, skip, walk or dance your way through walls of bubbles. Fun for all the family. Refreshments available in our Bubble Rush event village. Free t-shirt for all Bubblers over the age of one. A shiny medal as you cross the finish line. Raise sponsorship to support patients and families at your local Hospice. Adults - £25 (16 years and over) Children - £7.50 (1-15 years inclusive) Under 1’s: Free (no t-shirt) Register at stfrancis.org.uk/bubblerush Harpenden Bowling Club Open day

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Jimmy Carr - Event time: 8pm Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Bowling Club Open Evening Harpenden Bowling Club invites beginners and existing players to come along and try their hand. 2016 was another successful season for the Club when individual’s or teams won titles at District and County level. We ensure that players of all abilities and ages are welcomed by the club and ensure that everyone gets to compete at a level they are comfortable with. Come along (wearing casual clothes and flat soled trainers) on Tuesday, 2 May from 5.30pm. Our address is Spenser Road, Harpenden AL5 5NN. Visit www.harpendenbowlingclub.co.uk for further additional information.


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Living Crafts at Hatfield House - Event Time: 10am – 5pm Established for over forty years, you can meet literally hundreds of designer-makers from across the UK at this annual extravaganza promoting the very best of British crafts. With lectures, demonstrations and a packed schedule of practical workshops from origami to oil painting and papermaking to pyrography, Living Crafts is an experience not to be missed. The show features traditional skills such as glassblowing, leatherwork and weaving to contemporary designs in art, jewellery, fashions and ceramics. You can visit the Art Centre, Emerging Designers Pavilion, speciality food and drink tent or sign up for some of the many practical courses. Enjoy inspiring talks, demonstrations, master classes and lively entertainment. With a reputation for its sheer size and outstanding quality of craftwork, Living Crafts is a creative day for all the family. Access to the magnificent parkland and West Garden at Hatfield House is also included. For more information and to buy tickets please visit www.livingcrafts.co.uk Reginald D Hunter - Event Time: 7.30pm Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show. During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www. alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Writers – Read Around

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Counterfeit Stones - Event Time: 8pm Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones. Their latest shakedown, SATISFiCTION promises another night of pure, unadulterated Xerox-rock. Now in their 26th year, these pieeyed pipers continue to deliver the best Rolling Stones’ “rusical ” on the circuit. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Chas & Dave - Event time: 7.30pm Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years which is a mixture of vintage rock & roll songs and new renditions of their own rockney classics. The album also features special guest stars such as Jools Holland, Buddy Holly’s drummer Jerry Allison & Hugh Laurie. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Harpenden Gardening Society presents - Capel Manor College by Anne Luder Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden AL5 3EG at 8pm. £3.00 entry fee for non-members. Visit the website for all the latest news and membership details. www.harpendengardeningsociety.org

Quiz night Starting at 8-00 pm at the United Reform Church hall, Homewood Road, St Albans AL1 4BH Organized by the St Albans Adventure group www.stalbansadventuregroup.org.uk Free for first event. See website for full program of social events and outdoor activities - walks, cycle rides, weekends away and for contact and membership details.

Rich Hall’s Hoedown - Event Time: 7.30pm Join Rich and his virtuoso musical mates for a mash-up of music, comedy and gratuitous coloration featuring the very best of comedy and music. Performing will be Rich’s regular band of talented and chronically unemployable urchins. The floor will reek of liquor and spent dreams. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Richard Herring – The Best - Event time: 8.00pm Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. The 2-Tone Tribute Tour - Event Time: 7.30pm Feat. classics from the Specials, Bad Manners and Madness 2-Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979, and for a short, but incredibly exciting period, turned the country into a sea of black and white check. The seven young men at the heart of this musical revolution were the Specials, a band which created a blend of musical genres, mixing punk and Jamaican ska, producing an energy not seen on stage before. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena. co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. 67


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Legend of a Band – The Moody Blues - Event Time: 7.30pm Great musicianship, acute attention to detail and distinctive harmonies are synonymous with The Moody Blues. Legend Of A Band – a Tribute to The Moody Blues, faithfully re-creates the essence of what makes The Moody Blues unforgettable. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Shakin Stevens ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ Tour - Event Time:8pm Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 34 cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017. The announcement comes just days after Stevens released his critically acclaimed 12th studio album, ‘Echoes Of Our Times’. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena. co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Park Street & Frogmore Society presents - Mills & Watermills by Hugh Howes. PSFS AGM. This fascinating talk is based on Hughs’ recently published book Wind, Water and Steam The Story of Hertfordshire’s Mills.Hertfordshire has an unusually rich and diverse milling heritage. As well as its long tradition of corn milling, the county once enjoyed a reputation for the milling of a variety of other products, including pioneering papermaking in the west of the county, gunpowder and small arms in the east, and also silk and cotton.There are records of 110 watermills and 71 windmills in Hertfordshire but little physical evidence of many of them remains today. In discussing the social and economic history of the different varieties of milling in the county, Hugh focuses on key advances in technology, and the opportunities brought about by improved transport. The degree to which individual millers were able adapt to these changes determined whether or not they survived. Copies of Hugh’s book will be available on the evening to purchase. Our open meetings take place at Park Street Village Hall, off the A5183, Park Street, St Albans, Herts AL2 2PX. Limited parking is available outside the hall. Start time of open meetings is 8.15pm unless otherwise stated.

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker - Event Time: 7.30pm After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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King King “Hot, Blue and Righteous” Classic Rock. Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and most recently, Rush Hour, King King received a nomination for Best New Band at the 2015 Classic Rock Awards. King King followed up with an UK arena tour supporting Thunder. Start Time: 8pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £20.00 standing room only. For more info call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

The Illegal Eagles - Event Time: 7.30pm Often acclaimed as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return to the stage in 2017, this time celebrating their own incredible 20 years of UK & international touring! This seasoned group of talented musicians are true Eagles fans at heart. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Markyate Plant Sale From 10am at 64 High Street, Markyate, Herts. AL3 8HZ. From summer bedding plants and perennials to fruit and veg, don’t miss Markyate’s party of the year for garden lovers. Tea, coffee & lunches, live music, children’s entertainment for Hospice of St Francis.

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That’ll Be The Day - Event Time: 7.30pm After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show! This year’s production features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50’s right through to the 70’s & 80’s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy! Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Wheathampstead Fun Run The Wheathampstead 10k and 2k fun runs will start and end up on the Marford Playing Fields. The 2K Family Fun Run starts at 10.00 am and the 10K race starts at 11.00am. The whole morning rounds off with a BBQ, café, bouncy castles and other fun for the children. It makes a really great morning out with the family, so come along and support all the runners. For more info visit www.wheathampstead10k.co.uk

Herts Auto Show Herts Auto Show at the Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6DQ. They will have a large selection of vehicles on display from car clubs and local dealerships, also live music, stalls and much more. From 10am – 4pm For more information visit www.hertsautoshow.co.uk

Harpenden Local History Society Event ‘My Dream Job at the BBC Natural History Unit – talk by Mike Salisbury OBE. Meeting starts at 8pm in the small public hall, in Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1PD.

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hit single, ‘Ariel’, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, “…way on the other side of the Hudson”. Start Time: 7.30pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £23.00. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards - Event Time: 7.30pm Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is a unique British sporting hero with an incredible story to tell. The world’s ninth-fastest amateur downhill speed skier went on to become Great Britain’s first Olympic (self-taught!) Ski-Jumper. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! This breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles. Start Time: 7.30pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £18.00. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk


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Phil Rudd Band - Event Time: 8pm PHIL RUDD ‘ THE VERY DEFINITION OF ROCK DRUMMING’ Modern Drummer. Malcolm Young co-founder of ACDC describes Phil Rudd as “ the real deal”. Drumming peers from Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp) describes him as “the rock drummer” to Eric Singer of Kiss singing Phil Rudd’s praises “ the heart and soul of ACDC.” Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena. co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Eleanor Conway ‘Walk of Shame’ Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes; she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads, made hardcore porn and Tinder’d her way through most of London… Now sober from alcohol and substances she’s failing to find moderation and meaning. A standup debut about sex, sobriety and Sambuca and the modern addict that lies within us all. Start Time: 7.30pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £12.00. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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Remembering Fred - Event Time: 7.30pm STRICTLY STARS ALJAZ & JANETTE PAY TRIBUTE TO FRED ASTAIRE IN SPECTACULAR NEW THEATRE SHOW. We are delighted to announce that Strictly Come Dancing stars, Aljaz and Janette will be bringing their ‘Remembering Fred’ tour to The Alban Arena. Meet & Greet Tickets: £55 (includes A Meet and Greet with the Stars, Photo Opportunity, Front Centre Seats, Tour Souvenir and Lanyard) Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3LD. Dino Adventure

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Colour of Noise Colour of Noise are a Brighton-based band that have a passion for cranked-to-the-max, vintageinfluenced sound, delivered with skill and abandon (especially in live performance) that is steeped in the tradition of the late 60’s British blues boom and early 70’s stadium rock. Start Time: 7.30pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £12.00. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Dave Johns: I Daniel Blake: Tour Show - Event Time: 8pm Dave Johns is one of the most respected and best-loved stand-up comics working today. “Shifting from hilarity to uproar to genius in the blink of an eye” The Guardian “With his offbeat and often off-the-cuff sense of fun on stage, Johns had the audience doubled over with laughter” Adelaide Advertiser. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Hatfield Food Festival 2017 2017 sees the biggest Hatfield Food Festival yet, featuring up to 150 exhibitors including local producers and artisan food and drink. Plus celebrity chef demonstrations including Rosemary Shrager (Sunday), The Baker Brothers (Fri & Sat) and Paul Jagger of the Great British Bake Off 2016 as well as a live music stage and a host of free activities they include BBQ master classes, cook-a-long master classes, foraging walks and the Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen. The Festival is a day out for the whole family and there are lots of free activities for children of all ages, including baking pizza in the Cookery School, making exploding jelly in the Food Lab and planting vegetables in the Sow n Grow activity tent. Your admission ticket also includes access to the Gardens and Grounds. Admission charges apply. See www.hatfieldfoodfestival.co.uk for further information.

St Albans Steam & Country Show Our annual event showcases Steam Engines, Vintage Vehicles, Classic Cars and more. The event brings excitement and education to the general public. Opens at 10am with a parade at 2pm. Entrance £8 for adults, £5 for children, £7 for Seniors or £20 for a family ticket to include car parking. Oaklands College, Smallford Campus, St. Albans. Further information: www.hertssteam.co.uk or email enquiries@hertssteam.co.uk

Harpenden Garden Society - Outing to Castle Ashby £29pp excluding lunch - Various pick up points. Further information: Harpenden Town Council and www.harpendengardeningsociety.org

Harpenden Writers We meet the first Friday of each month 10am – 12pm at Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden. All welcome to come along. For pricing and other details call 01582 760564 or visit www.harependen writers.com


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Harpenden Carnival Harpenden Goes Wild for this year’s Summer Carnival Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council are delighted to be working in partnership again to bring you the 52nd Harpenden Carnival. The event will again be free to enter and will be held on Harpenden Common. The day will start with a procession from Lydekker Car Park to the Common at 12 noon and the event on the Common will open at 12.30. With the theme being Harpenden Goes Wild, animal antics will feature heavily in this year’s event with visits from the Lamb Nationals, Falconry Displays, Ferret Racing and Pete the Dinosaur as well as the opportunity to discover more about the wildlife on your doorstep. If you would you like to become an event sponsor or would like a stall either for your business or for your charity, please contact Sally Walker at Harpenden Town Council by email at Sally.Walker@harpenden.gov.uk or by phone 01582 768278.

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Boombastic 90s ft N-Trance Our 90s club night celebrates the decade that brought you the Game Boy, Spice Girls and Jet from Gladiators. Boombastic 90’s is a new project from former Auntie Ruths resident DJ John Donaghue. Born out of a love of that decade and the demand for an event of this type, Boombastic is the 90s club night that we’ve all been waiting for! Start Time: 9pm – 1am at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Ticket price of £12.00. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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amateur artists. In addition to framed art, there will be a much sought-after selection of unframed art and greetings cards designed by the artists for sale. To coincide with the Art Show, two of the village’s loveliest gardens are being opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday and The Brocket Arms, which dates from the 14th century, is also holding its annual beer festival the same weekend. For more information visit www.ayotstlawrence.com and follow the art show tab.

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Solid Entertainments are very pleased to announce the second Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival, with 6 acts performing throughout the day from 2.00pm through to 10.00pm. Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Tickets £22.00. This performance is unallocated seating/standing) For tickets call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls. co.uk. Please check the official site for further information: www.harpendenfolkfestival.co.uk

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The St Albans Half Marathon is one of the friendliest running events in the UK returns for its 36th year! With races for all ages and abilities, it is the perfect event for anyone looking for a new challenge, to beat their personal best, raise money for charity, or just a great way to get the whole family active. Our races include... Half Marathon, Walking Half Marathon, Wheelchair Half Marathon, 5k Race and 1.5 Mile Children’s Fun Run. For more details about the event and how to enter please visit www.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents Peter Pan Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. There they encounter the enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruellest pirate of them all, Captain Hook. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M.Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life in a brand new adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs. Join Peter and his friends for what promises to be the most magical evening of the summer. You are invited to bring a low back chair and a picnic to this open air performance in the Elephant Dell. For more information visit either www.hatfield-house.co.uk/events. For Sat Nav please use AL9 5HX.

The Hospice of St Francis Garden Party at Ashridge House From 1 – 5pm at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. HP4 1NSAttractions include a wide variety of quality retail stalls, activities and entertainment for children, live music throughout the afternoon and variety of refreshments including cream teas and homemade cakes, Pimms, a licenced bar, locally produced hot food and ice cream - something to keep everyone happy! For ticket information see stfrancis.org.uk/gardenparty

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Gordon Haskell & Hannah’s Yard - Event Time: 7.30pm Singer/songwriter GORDON HASKELL – writer of 400,000-selling Radio 2 favourite ‘How Wonderful You Are’ – is back! In this, his 70th year, he brings his jazz/blues-influenced songbook & golden voice back to theatre audiences countrywide. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Think Floyd - Event Time: 8pm Think Floyd are renowned for their stunning celebration of one of the world’s greatest musical icons and with over 20 years’ experience faithfully recreating the legendary sound of Pink Floyd live on stage, it’s no wonder they are regarded as the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. Vintage, Antiques & Collectors’ Market You will find a range of stalls selling furniture, silverware, china, glass, books, prints, postcards and the unusual. For those that want to decorate their homes with individual panache, whilst respecting the environment and engaging in the thrill of bartering for a bargain then this antique market is for you. Starts from 10am – 5pm at the Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ. Visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk for more information or contact Dawn Frary on 07751 296625

Darkside: The Pink Floyd Show Darkside present a tribute to the music of Britain’s greatest progressive rock band. After clocking up over 120 performances at theatres stretching from Brighton to Glasgow, Darkside makes its second appearance at the Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD at 7.30pm. Ticket price of £18.50. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Farmers’ Market at Stable Yard at Hatfield House Times 10:00am - 2:00pm. Local traders visit Stable Yard at Hatfield House every third Sunday of the month to sell their produce in the courtyard. Cakes, crafts, beers, breads, baskets and honey are often part of the market. Entry and parking is FREE!! For more information visit either www.hatfield-house.co.uk/events

Father’s Day Medieval Jousting The turrets and towers of Knebworth House provide a spectacular backdrop to the costumed knights on majestic warhorses galloping at full tilt across the arena in a fantastic display of horsemanship. Knights demonstrate their skills in hand to hand combat to the delight of the crowds who are encouraged to cheer, and jeer, their favourite knights. There are two scheduled jousting displays on both days at about 12.30 and 2.30 pm (dependent on the weather). Later in the afternoon after the jousting bouts, visitors will be able to meet and chat to the performers. Make your way to the grassed area opposite Knebworth Barns, where the knights will be happy to have photos taken with you and talk about the joust. There is no additional charge to see the jousting as it is included in the Park and Gardens admission ticket. For more information please visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

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Jimmy Carr - Event Time: 8pm Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD. The Simon and Garfunkel Story - Event Time: 7.30pm BRAND NEW SHOW FOR 2017! Direct from it’s success in London’s West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Pam Ayres - Event Times: 7.30pm Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Her work is funny, and approachable. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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DogFest at Knebworth House Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s Supervet, hosts DogFest and offers dogs and their owners the ultimate fun-filled weekend. With even more have-a-go activities for your dog to take part in, this year has an action-packed line-up including agility sessions, dog diving and training, plus grooming sessions for pampered pooches and gifts and treats galore; with highlights including The Great Dog Walk and Noel Fitzpatrick live on stage. Twice a day, Noel will lead the way on The Great Dog Walk, the perfect opportunity to get walking with your dog and explore the beautiful grounds of Knebworth House. Take your dog to join in the training workshops – where even the most disobedient dog can become head pupil! For more information please visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Harpenden Antique Fair Up to 50 dealers selling good quality antiques and collectibles in two rooms. Entry £2.00 at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For further information and stall enquiries please contact Haddon Events: Telephone: 07519 276507 Email: info@haddonevents.co.uk or visit www.haddonevents.co.uk

Harpenden Local History Society Event ‘Lawes & Gilbert – an unlikely Victorian Agricultural Partnership’ – talk by Prof Roger Plumb, former Rothamsted Research scientist. Meeting starts at 8pm in the small public hall, in Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1PD.

The Dreamboys - Event Time: 7.30pm The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD.

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Weekly English Traditional Folk Dance

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Park Hall, Leyton Rd, Harpenden Regular practice for English traditional folk dance for children 6 - 18 years. 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month. Email: lynda.swaine@btinternet.com

A social club for adults with physical disabilities that meet at St Johns Church, St Johns Rd, Southdown, Harpenden AL1 5DJ. We meet from 10am to 4pm every Wednesday and the members Hertfordshire Chorus get involved in a range of workshops, Rehearses Wednesday 7.30pm-10.00pm listen to guest speakers and go on trips. www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk or email: If you are interested please call Salpi on membership@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk 01727 819214 or 07762 595936 or pop in and say hello. Dance Summer School Monday Nights The Royal British Legion Harpenden Barbershop Harmony Tel: 07710 033363 Club (The Kings of Herts Chorus) Rehearse at Wood End School, Yeoman’s Avenue, St Albans Branch of the Locomotive Harpenden,AL5 3EF each Thursday evening from Club of Great Britain (LCGB) 7:30pm. Web: www.kingsofherts.co.uk A voluntary railway study group, interested in Chairman : Paul Nash 07931 548201 all aspects of the subject. We meet on the 2nd Membership Secretary : Peter Phillips 01582 622582 Thurs of each month from Sept to May each year. We meet at the United Reformed Church Hardynge Choir (Harpenden/ Watford Rd, St Albans, Herts AL2 3HG, located Wheathampstead based choral society) about 2 miles from the centre of St Albans. Tel: 01582 760 854 Starting at 7pm & last for around 2.5 hrs. Cost is Web: www.hardynegchoir.org a £3.00 donation. The St Albans LCGB is one of 8 similar branches dotted around England, which Harpenden Light Operatic Society serve as the ‘grass roots’ of the central LCGB, Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, which has a head office in London. Further St John’s Hall. 8.00pm details of the LCGB can be found at www.lcgb. Tel: 01582 622 420 or 768 574 org.uk or contact Murray on 01442 251540 or Web: www.harpenden-operatic.co.uk email: murray@mustang100.plus.com

Harpenden Country Market Friday mornings 9.00 - 11.30 Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden. Great range of fresh home baked, handcrafted foods inc: vegetarian Indian cuisine, breads, cakes, biscuits, savouries & preserves. Also, free range eggs, plants, hand-made cards, knitwear, quilts & crafts.

Monkey Music Harpenden Award winning classes for babies & young Children (from 3 months to 4 years). Email: harpenden.hitchin@monkeymusic.co.uk or Tel: 01582 620446 or visit our website: www.monkeymusic.co.uk

St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society The Philatelic Society offer monthly meetings between September and May. The meetings start at 8pm and are held at the School Room, St Mary’s Church, Childwick Green, Childwickbury AL3 6JJ (off the A19081 between St Albans and Harpenden). Please call Peter Mellor Tel: 01582 7762284.

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Harpenden Winds Small Wind Orchestra www.stalbans.gov.uk/harpendenwinds

The Lea Singers Harpenden (Rehearse at St George’s School, Weds 19.45 – 22.00) Tel: 01582 620 993 Email: leasingerspress@fsmail.net Web: www.leasingers.co.uk

Hiel’ and Toe Club Lourdes Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PF. Tel: 01582 769 607 Web: www.hielandtoeclub.uk

Arts Club Harpenden Public Hall, Southdown Rd. (7.30 – 9.30 most Thursday evenings) Web:www.harpendenartsclub.org.uk

Doodley Bugs Art & Craft Classes for under 5’s. Mon: 10-11 Harpenden Trust Hall. Booking essential. Tel: 07710 889092 www.doodleybugs.co.uk or email monica@ doodleybugs.co.uk

Harpenden Health Walk Every Tuesday. Free led Health Walks, 10.30am. Meet for either: White Horse P.H. Car Park, Redbourn Lane, AL5 2JP. Tel: 01462 459395 See www.hertslink.org/cms/healthwalks

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Every Thursday. Free led Health Walks, English Miscellany Folk Dance Display Group 10.30am. Meet: Public Car Park, behind The - East Hyde Village Hall, Lower Bull, East Lane. Wheathamsted, AL4 8BL. Harpenden Road, LU2 9QB. Tel: 01462 459395. Email: publicity@englishmiscellany.com See www.hertslink.org/cms/healthwalks Web: www. englishmiscellany.com

Children’s Card Making Workshop Music Makers Choir of Harpenden 3nd Saturday every month at Artscape.

Meet on Wednesdays at Harpenden Booking Essential Tel: 01582 766385 High Street Methodists Church at 8pm. For more information contact Rebecca. Harpenden Photographic Society Meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday night of each Rebecca.al.mitchell@hotmail.co.uk month at the Trust Hall, 90 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1PS from 8pm – 10pm. Musicale Adult Band Visit www.Harpendenphotographicsociety.co.uk Tuesday evenings, all standards Magic Voices Mixed Contemporary Choir welcome. Tel: 01582 713 333 A contemporary choir, based in Email: info@musicale.co.uk Harpenden. Monday eve - 8-10pm at Web: www.musicale.co.uk Roundwood Park School, Harpenden. Visit www.magicvoices.co.uk


Weekly Wheathampstead Health Walks Every Tuesday. Free led Health Walks, 10.30am, 1½ hr. walk (3-4mls), OR 1st steps walk (20-30 min’s gentle pace). Meet for either at the public car park behind the Bull pub, East Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8BL. See website for more details: www.hertslink.org/cms/healthwalks

or call 01992 588433. Harpenden Health Walks Every Thursday. Free led Health Walks, 10.30am, 1 hr. walk (2-3mls). Meet: Hatching Green, Harpenden, AL5 2JP. See: www.hertslink.org/cms/healthwalks

or call 01992 588433. De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre The De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, formerly the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, is a volunteer-run aviation museum in London Colney, Herts. Opening Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 12:00 - 17:00 Sundays: 10:30 - 17:00 Address: Salisbury Hall, St Albans, Herts AL2 1BU. Tel: 01727 822051 www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

PARK STREET CAMERA CLUB Every Thursday 7.45 for 8.00 pm, St. Stephen Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, AL2 3PJ. Visit www.parkstreetcameraclub.com or Tel: 01923 673323 for details.

Harpenden Health Walks Every Tuesday. Free led Health Walks, 10.30am, 1½ hr. walk (3-4mls), OR 1st steps walk (20-30 mins gentle pace) Meet for either : public car park behind the Bull pub, East Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8BL. Or every Thursday. Free led Health Walks, 10.30am, 1 hr. walk (2-3mls). Meet: Hatching Green, Harpenden, AL5 2JP. See www.hertslink.org/cms/healthwalks or Call: 01992 588433.

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Museum of St Albans

Redbournbury Watermill is a working mill producing a range of stoneground organic flours principally from locally grown grains. It is run by a team of dedicated volunteers & was extensively restored following a fire in 1987. 1000 years of milling history at the last working mill on the river Ver. Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans AL3 6RS. Tel: 01582 792874 Visit website for more information & opening times: www.redbournburymill.co.uk

Founded as the Hertfordshire County Museum in 1898, the Museum of St Albans tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day. In the medieval gallery you can find out about Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr, and the Abbey that grew up around the site of his martyrdom. See objects used by people in medieval St Albans & learn how they lived. Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm Knebworth House Sunday 2.00 - 5.00pm One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous Admission: Free - For further details, visit: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk worldwide for its rock concerts. Knebworth House, Knebworth, Herts SG3 Sopwell Nunnery 6PY Tel: 01438 812661. Visit website for This romantic ruin is all that remains of the more information & opening times: Tudor mansion built around 1560 by Sir www.knebworthhouse.com Richard Lee, a soldier and royal engineer, Butterfly World granted the land by Henry VIII in 1540. Lee’s “Best Days Out For The Family” listed in The first house was built on top of the medieval Times, The Observer, Independent and The nunnery, which itself dated back to 1140. guardian “The brightly coloured carpet of the Open: During daylight hours/at any largest international wildflower meadow in reasonable time. Admission: Free the UK is a sight to behold.” The Times. DISABLED ACCESS: Sopwell Nunnery is Address: Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, situated in a mainly level grassed area, but Chiswell Green, Herts, AL2 3NY there is no path. For further details, visit: Tel: 01727 869 203. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk For more details visit: www.butterflyworldproject.com

St Albans Clock Tower Built between 1403 & 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England. It was first & foremost a political statement; the townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of St Albans’ Abbey. The Tower’s bell, which has survived over 600 years of use, allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the Curfew. It also gave the alarm in case of “fire or fray”. Its bell rang out the first Battle of St. Albans during the Wars of the Roses in 1455. Today you can climb to the top of the Tower & enjoy magnificent views of St Albans & the surrounding countryside. Disabled access is difficult as there is a restricted entrance and 93 narrow steps to the top. Open: Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 10.30am to 5pm from 3rd April to 27th September 2015 Admission: Adults £1, Children Free

Verulamium Museum

The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain. Verulamium Museum is on the site of one of the major cities in Roman Britain, now an attractive park. Inside you will find: recreated Roman rooms, hands-on Discovery Areas, video presentations, touch screen databases, some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the Mediterranean. Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm, Sunday 2.00pm - 5.30pm Last admission 5.00pm Visit the website for admission charges and further information: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

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EVENTS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN JULY 2017 Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July - Childwickbury Arts Fair

Enjoy a unique gallery experience amidst the fabulous atmosphere of the Childwickbury Arts Fair, and buy original art directly from the artist. Fine art, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, glass, hat making, paper making, sculpture, photography and more. The focus is on hand-made and high quality, with over fifty artists demonstrating their skills. Delicious food including pizza, salads and toasties, plus tea, coffee, ice cream and a fully licensed bar. For more information please visit: www.childwickburyarts.com S

Sunday 9th July – Highland Gathering

Harpenden’s largest outdoor music event and fun day out for all the family is back at Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden. We are delighted to announce that “Killer Queen”, who headlined our 2012 event, have agreed to do it again along with others. Tickets can be purchased from the Festival on the Field website: www.festivalonthefield.co.uk and you can get in touch with the festival organisers at festivalonthefield@gmail.com. Get the latest news via the Festival on the Field 2016 Facebook page, or follow on Twitter @FOTFHarpenden. Wed 26th July – Classics on the Common

Classics on the Common is on its way. We will celebrate 24 consecutive years, and again Rotary in Harpenden, the charity arm of Harpenden Village Rotary Club will be the organisers. Harpenden Town Council will be our main sponsor for the 4th year and we are very grateful for their continuing support for the event. Crowds again will turnout in their thousands on to Harpenden Common at the end of July to view the spectacular array of 1200 classic cars, scooters and motorbikes at Classics on the Common. Visit our website to find out more about this popular event. www.classicsonthecommon.com

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Explore the town’s fascinating past with Harpenden & District Local History Society Town Trail No. 2 Starting at 2 Southdown Road behind the Harpenden Arms and returning to Yew Tree Farm (Prezzo restaurant)

Ever wondered about Harpenden in days of yore? Harpenden is a thriving town, but to older residents it remains ‘the village’. Many of the buildings and other landmarks from that earlier era are still with us, though their history is sometimes not readily apparent. Other important features from the past are now only memories, but the Society seeks to keep these alive, by bringing Harpenden’s heritage to a wider audience. In the Society’s archive collection are many thousands of historical pictures, books, maps and other fascinating documents and artefacts. The History Centre at Park Hall is open on Tuesday afternoons, and otherwise by arrangement, for academic study as well as for anyone wanting to browse and know more about the gradual evolution of the area and it’s community through past decades, and indeed centuries, to the present day. Supported by Harpenden Town Council, St Albans District Council and Hertfordshire County Council, and with the co-operation of the Harpenden Society, the Local History Society plays a vital role in giving Harpenden its unique identity within Hertfordshire.

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1. The George is first mentioned in 1507, but maybe not on this site. It was rebuilt in C19 and is seen here in the 1930s. The site of the garage to the south (now Pizza Express) was a tea garden in Victorian times, when parties drove in by wagonette for ‘Beanfeasts’ and dancing on the lawn. 2. Kingston House, No. 6 High Street was built in 1912 as Edgar Salisbury’s hardware shop on the site of Dr Kingston’s house. Later occupants were Halford’s, C&A stores and M&Co. Note the shields above the windows marking Industry, Strength, Goodwill and Service; also the Harpenden and Hertfordshire coats of arms. 3. TheWhite Lion at No. 28 High Street was a small Victorian pub, with decorative moulded bricks. The Perfect Pizza sign hangs from a bracket which once supported a model of a white lion, see left. 4. The Old Cock Inn has traces of a C17 timber-framed building and is more than likely the site of still earlier hostelries.

2. 72 High St - Another much altered C17 timber-frame structure lies behind the brick façade. It is believed to have formed part of an even earlier & larger group of hostelry buildings. It was the Old Red Lion in the early 1900s, and Rolts cycle & pram shop in the 1960s, until it was refurbished as shops in 1976. 8258


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6. 73-75 High Street, at the corner of Sun Lane. A late C17 timber-framed structure, the end of which was demolished to widen Sun Lane in 1931. The remaining section was converted into shops in July 1955. The Sun pub was here from about 1637 until 1800 (or maybe 1877). It was owned by the Hawkins family in the 1780s. 7. 65-69 High Street. The C17 timber-framed cottages at 67 (The Limes) and 65, had early C18 wallpaintings imitating panelling, which were destroyed when the building was refurbished in the 1970s. In the 1850s No. 65 was Harpenden’s first post office. No. 69 (Tollgate Cottage/Hotel) was added in the 1870s.‘Tollgate’ refers to the barrier controlling traffic from Luton, just south of Sun Lane, when the Turnpike Trust was formed in 1743. 8. The Foresters Arms, a pub which has given its name to the 2012 housing development behind, became an off-licence, before conversion into an estate agency. The Foresters were a self-help charity founded in the early C19. 9. Bowers Parade was built in 1936 in the gardens of Bowers House, which still stands behind. Though a handsome parade, the fact that it concealed Bowers House was highly controversial at the time, which helped give birth to the Harpenden Society. 10. Cross Keys pub - formerly the White Hart.A much altered early C18 building. The innkeeper in 1830 was Henry Oldaker who moved to The Bull (The Old House, Leyton Road) and helped start regular horse racing on the Common in 1848. 60


11. Brewery House - built in 1871 as his home by James Mardall, who owned the Peacock Brewery (on the site of the Methodist Church), one of two breweries then in the High Street. In 1951 the house was sold and converted to shops (currently Harpenden Interiors and WH Smiths). 12. Vaughan Road was cut through in the 1890s, following the demolition of cottages in Lower High Street, with Pellants (clock makers/repairers) at the corner. Willmott’s grocery was replaced by the County & Westminster Bank (now NatWest).

13. Home Farm and Chestnut Cottage were pulled down in 1894 to build Ridley’s ironmongers’ shop at the Corner of Station Road (formerly Staker’s Lane) - now HSBC. 14. Harpenden Arms Hotel built as the Railway Hotel in 1870 by James Mardall (owner of the Peacock Brewery), the landlord in 1890 was Richard Longland, a wine and spirit dealer, corn and hay merchant, and proprietor of the Livery Stables behind the hotel further up Station Road. 85 61

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A Hertfordshire County Council initiative that encourages pregnant women to give up smoking won a prestigious national award on Wednesday 8 March.

The Love Your Bump campaign scooped the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) award for Campaign of the Year, with the judging panel praising it as “a template for others to follow.” The campaign, launched in 2015, encourages pregnant women and those around them such as partners, family and friends, to quit smoking in order to protect the health of their unborn baby. Alongside a range of publicity materials to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking in pregnancy, the campaign also provides pregnant women and their partners with free access to a stop smoking adviser specially trained in pregnancy issues and free nicotine replacement therapy. According to NHS data, there were 1007 babies born to Hertfordshire mothers who smoke in 2014/15, however the latest data saw this figure drop to 870, with smoking at time of delivery rates falling by 10 per cent in the same period. Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, Fiona Hill, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for everyone involved in the Love Your Bump campaign, from our very dedicated Stop Smoking 92

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D R I V E W AY D I V I S I O N We are a Harpenden based building company, with over 20 year experience with Commercial and Domestic customers. Our Driveway Division was set up to provide our customers with a dedicated team of professionals for all your driveway solutions.

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New Builds - Complete House Refurbs – Alterations – Extensions Loft Conversions – Kitchen’s - Roofing - Driveways – Resin Driveways Patio’s - Groundwork's - Landscaping

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WHAT IS VAMPIRE ENERGY? Vampire Energy is the energy used by household appliances when they are left on standby or plugged in but not in use. These appliances slowly suck energy and cost the average household an extra £50-80 a year on energy bills (www.growourherts.co.uk). This only occurs because some devices claimed to be “switched off” on the electronic interface, but are in a different state from switching off at the plug, or disconnecting from the power point, which can solve the problem of standby power completely. In fact, switching off at the power point is effective enough, there is no need to disconnect all devices from the power point. In the past, standby power was largely a non-issue for users, electricity providers, manufacturers, and government regulators. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, awareness of the issue grew and it became an important consideration for all parties. Up to the middle of the decade, standby power was often several watts or even tens of watts per appliance. By 2010, regulations were in place in most developed countries restricting standby power of devices sold to one watt and half that from 2013. Turning power off to appliances will save energy and reduce fire risk.

Extensions & Alterations All General Building Work Loft Conversions All Brickwork Undertaken Carpentry & Joinery Property Renovations Roofing & Roof Repairs

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The Perfect Painter! - ML Williams Martin Williams has lived in Harpenden for the last thirty years and in that time has built up a good reputation locally as a professional painter and decorator. Having worked in the trade for over 26 years, he is an experienced, professional, decorator who comes highly recommended by local estate agents and customers. Ken Whittaker, Director of John Curtis said “I have used Martin now for over 10 years and would have no hesitation in recommending his services. As well as working on my own home, I run a property business and Martin has worked for lots of my clients.Without exception, they have all been delighted with the quality of his work, as well as his ever cheerful manner!� Martin prides himself on his reliable, friendly, professional service and he can help with all types of painting and decorating, as well as property maintenance. Specializing in all types of domestic and commercial decorating, he has built up a trustworthy business solely based on recommendations. All jobs are completed and exceed customer expectations and work can be carried out for customers with tight deadlines, which ones agreed, are always met and completed to a master finish. Call Martin from M.L Williams today to arrange a Free, no obligation quotation. Tel: 01582 764978 Mobile: 07812 213036 Email: info@mlw-decorators.co.uk Website: www.mlw-decorators.co.uk

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ECO FRIENDLY

Here is a list compiled by George Clarke, Channel Four presenter, of 20 ways to make your home more eco friendly; some are easy changes which you can make straight away. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Install underfloor heating Insulate your loft – using natural or recycled materials where possible Use locally sourced or supplied building materials and local tradesmen Buy furniture made from recycled materials Use water-based paints with natural pigments If renovating or building, insist that your builder reduces waste & recycles rather than sending material to landfill Fill cavity walls with insulation Consider investing in solar panels Replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed ones Choose wood-framed windows rather than UPVC or metal

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Keep your boiler serviced & upgrade it to a more efficient model when you can Replace old-style bulbs with energysaving ones Add thick curtains at windows or doors Monitor your electricity consumption Investigate sources of second-hand furniture and fittings Lower your thermostat and check the temperature of your hot water When buying or renting a new house, check its Energy Performance Certificate Block draughts around doors, chimneys and windows Buy an eco-kettle Fit a water-saving showerhead

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Call 01582 469117 to discuss your office search or letting management requirements.

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LIGHT BULB MOMENT. . . . EDISON OLD FASHIONED BULBS These gorgeous vintage light bulbs create a beautiful ambiance - the old fashioned style filaments glowing with warm light, just like the originals invented by Thomas Edison. The old style light bulbs are very versatile and can either be used with a lamp shade or on their own to create a stunning focal point. They can be used as the main light in a room or can simply be decorative. These bulbs utilise eco-friendly, cost effect LED technology to present a fantastic alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are available in up to four wattages, 2W, 4W which are NON - Dimmable, (the equivalent to standard 40W & 60W) and 5W and 8W

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DIMMABLE (the equivalent to standard 60W & 100W). To be used with an LED compatible dimmer switch. Available from most High Street Shops - Keep It Local and Shop Locally.


• NEW HOMES • EXTENSIONS • RENOVATIONS • CONVERSIONS • ALTERATIONS • FREE ESTIMATES COMPL PLANNING • COMPLETE SERVICE AVAILABLE • FIXED PRICE QUOTES For Further Information Call

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BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN Handyman Services

It’s spring and we’d all rather be outside than stuck in doors, but reality means that even when the sun is shining we still end up spending a lot of time in the house. But, there are some simple things that you can do to bring the outside in. For more information about the show please visit: www. rhs.org.uk Here are some things you might not know about the world’s most famous flower show… • • • • • • • • •

Hang plants with long vines Have a variety of plants and flowers Use natural materials Use colours that are inspired by nature Maximise the sunlight you have in the room; use mirrors & mirrored objects. Open the windows and doors Choose floral and plant themed patterns Choose some rattan items of furniture Entice your senses with outdoor clues (think floral pot pourri and woody incense)

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TOTAL BUILDING MATERIAL SOLUTIONS Harpenden Building Supplies is a new partnership formed between Harpenden Skips & Sextons Building Supplies.

Sextons have been supplying materials to the building trade for over 50 years, primarily from Watford but now the depot has moved to Flamstead, near Harpenden.We aim to be a one stop service provider for all of your building, timber, aggregate and waste requirements. We stock a comprehensive range of products from the industry’s leading manufacturers at competitive prices from our Flamstead depot.We also offer same day and next day delivery to site utilising our fleet of lorries and vans to assist with the smooth running of your building projects. We offer trade accounts and are open to the public for collection and delivery. We deliver same day / next day covering Herts, Beds, Bucks and North London Hill & Coles Farm, London Road, Flamstead, Herts AL3 8HA Tel: 01582 840 876 / 01582 765 657 1 14/12/2016 14:37 W: www.harpendenbuildingsupplies.co.uk E: info@harpendenbuildingsupplies.co.uk Harpenden Building Supplies half page ad.pdf

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NONPAREIL KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS Nonpareil Kitchens and Bathrooms is a family run business that prides itself in offering an unrivalled level of service to the St Albans and Harpenden local area. The company offers bespoke kitchen and bathroom designs with a fully integrated installation service. Whether it’s a traditional, classical or modern installation, Nonpareil has the extensive knowledge to make your ideas and needs a reality. Nonpareil’s Gas Safe plumbing and heating division is also on hand to assist with all types of plumbing and heating requirements, from general plumbing to full central heating installations. The showroom is based in the quaint village of Wheathampstead, providing you with ideas on how to turn your dream bathroom and kitchen into a reality at an affordable price. Visit the showroom or get in touch today: Address: 23 High Street, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8BB Tel: 01582 832 121 Web: www.nonpareilsolutions.co.uk

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Contemporary and classical spaces designed to exceed your expectations. Nonpareil Kitchens and Bathrooms is a family run business that prides itself in offering an unrivalled level of service to the St Albans & Harpenden local area. The company offers bespoke kitchen and bathroom designs with a fully integrated installation service. Whether it’s a traditional, classical or modern installation, Nonpareil has the extensive knowledge to make your ideas and needs a reality. Nonpareil’s Gas Safe plumbing and heating division is also on hand to assist with all types of plumbing and heating requirements, from general plumbing to full central heating installations... Visit the showroom or get in touch today.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 23rd – 27th May 2017

The 2017 show will be as exciting as ever and plans are already gathering momentum to ensure it not to be missed. For more information about the show please visit www. rhs.org.uk Here are some things you might not know about the world’s most famous flower show… • The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society which was founded in 1804. • The Show has been held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913. • The first RHS Chelsea Flower Show was staged in a single large tent.

• The first RHS Chelsea Flower Show was officially called ‘The Great Spring Show’, however the name ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ quickly caught on. • The first Show consisted of a total of 244 exhibitors, under half of what you would find today. • The first RHS Chelsea cost the RHS £3,365 to stage and made a profit of £88 (£150,000 and £4,000 respectively in today’s money). The profits were distributed to gardening charities. • Japanese dwarf trees, now known as bonsai, were first seen at the first Show in 1913. • Despite the First World War, the Show was held in 1914 – 1916, but cancelled in 1917. • In 1927 there was a campaign to get the RHS to ban foreign exhibits from RHS Chelsea to reduce competition with British firms. The RHS refused saying, ‘horticulture knows nothing of nationality.’

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• In 1932 the rain at the Show was so severe that a summer house display fell to pieces.

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• One very wet year an exhibitor named it ‘The Chelsea Shower Flow’. • RHS Chelsea was cancelled during the Second World War, and the site of the show was used by the War Office to station antiaircraft guns. • In 1947, to help fill the space left by exhibitors still recovering from the War, a portion of the marquee was devoted to flower arrangements for the first time. Flower arranging became a regular feature. In 1956 it was allocated its own separate tent.

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With over 15 years of experience of doing all types of Building & Landscaping services we can help with:

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ROCOCO Landscaping and Building was established in 2003. With a wealth of experience (including three Chelsea Flower Shows), we have a proven track record and many ma testimonials from happy clients. If you are looking for a complete garden make-over including build and landscaping or perhaps something more modest then ring Peter on:

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GENUINE OR NOT?

CHOOSING YOUR TREE SURGEON (ARBORIST)

Anyone can call themselves aTree Surgeon (Arborist), place an advert inYellow Pages and offer a service. An advert does not guarantee quality of work or that it will be carried out safely.You should always use an Arboriculture Approved Contractor. Competent arborists will have certificates which show that they have been trained and assessed. They will often have other academic qualifications in arboriculture and will use safety equipment to protect you, your property and themselves. Reputable Tree Care Companies will be pleased to supply copies of their insurance, qualifications and professional memberships and will work to nationally recognised standards. High Elms Tree Surgery Ltd has been operating for over 20 years. We are locally based and specialise in a variety of residential and commercial tree works including local authorities.We have a loyal team of experienced and qualified arborists that have worked for us for many years. We offer free quotes and advice and supply this in writing.There is no obligation to go ahead with any works. For more details, please see our website www.highelmstreesurgery.co.uk or have a look at the Arboricultural Flyer NEW April 2013_Layout 15/05/2013 Page 1 Associations website 2for more 12:04 information www.trees.org.uk

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MAKE YOUR CAR SPARKLE THIS SPRING • Always wash your car in the shade! This will keep your car wash shampoo from drying on the car before it is rinsed off. • Use two buckets; one is for your shampoo solution and the other is clean rinse water. • Fill a 5-gallon bucket 2/3 full with cool water. Add the proper amount of shampoo to the water as recommended on the label instructions. Using a strong jet of water, fill the bucket to fully activate suds. Fill the second bucket with clean, water for rinsing. • Thoroughly rinse the vehicle’s surface to remove the loose dirt and grime before you begin. • When washing your vehicle remember to always go from top to bottom, never the opposite. Generally the dirtiest parts of your vehicle are those parts closest to the ground.

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• Load up your wash cloth with your car wash solution and wring it out over the wash surface. This acts like a pre-soak and helps loosen surface dirt. • Keep your wash areas small and rinse your wash cloth frequently in the second bucket. • Wash in straight, overlapping lines as opposed to circles and remember to be gentle. • Rinse your vehicle with clean water. • When you dry your car gently dry the surface without much pressure. You don’t need to rub the surface – you’re just picking up the bulk of the water! Once you have picked up the bulk of the water, & the first towel is saturated, use a second towel to lightly pick up any remaining streaks or droplets.


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