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Winter 2017 Contents Welcome to the Winter edition of What’s On Herts, brought to you by Your Local Media. What I love about Winter is that even when it is grey and cold outside, we have the promise of spring to look forward to. It won’t be long until we see the first signs of new life appearing in our gardens and parks and colour will, once again, fill our lives! If you find the winter months empty and dull, don’t despair - there is still lots going on in and around Harpenden and St. Albans. Check out the ‘What’s On Guide’ to find out exactly what the coming months have in store; there is something for everyone in our extensive Diary of Events listings on page 37 onwards. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2017!

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LIBRARIES LEAD THE WAY IN ATTRACTING VISITORS Latest figures reveal Hertfordshire County Council’s libraries are more popular than some of the country’s top tourist attractions.

Last year the county’s libraries were visited by 3.7m people (and 2m people visited online); more than the Science Museum (3.4m), the Tower of London (2.8m) and London Zoo (1.3m). The popularity of Hertfordshire’s libraries is due to the wide range of events and activities for young and old alike; from baby rhyme time and toddler tales to coding clubs for youngsters and tablet taster sessions for older people.These events ensure that libraries remain a place for everyone and help to create a community hub where people can meet like-minded others, learn new skills and get involved.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Localism and Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We know how important libraries are to our residents which is why, with the support of local communities and many dedicated volunteers, we have not only kept our libraries open but also developed new services that embrace technology for everyone’s benefit. “We’re throwing open our doors so that every part of the community can get involved with their library. Our libraries are not only a place to borrow books, they are a hub for local arts, culture and heritage, and a place where people can develop new skills and create new support and social networks.” A new five year national strategy for libraries, ‘Libraries Deliver’, was published by the Department for Culture and Sport this month. It outlines the need for libraries to focus on meeting community needs, demonstrate their value and raise awareness of the services they provide. Hertfordshire’s ‘Inspiring Libraries’ strategy is clearly aligned to this. ‘Inspiring Libraries’ aims to make the library service more accessible and increase the number of people using it, while costing the taxpayer less. The strategy is helping the council to deliver a modern service and keep all 46 libraries in the county open.This includes developing community libraries and increasing digital usage. By doing things differently at a time of significant financial challenge, the council will save £2.5m each year by 2017/18 while building a more modern service and without the need to close any library buildings.

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A STRONGER FUTURE FOR NOMANSLAND COMMON WOODLANDS Important woodland management works are being carried out on Nomansland Common to help conserve the woodlands as places of natural beauty.

Every few years’ similar work is carried out to help maintain the woodlands at Nomansland Common. Active management such as this is essential to ensure the long-term sustainability of any woodland.

The aim is to provide valuable habitats for wildlife and attractive, accessible woodland that the public can enjoy for years to come. The work is being delivered by St Albans City and District Council and the Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service (CMS).

Nomansland Common is owned by the Althorp Estate and Wheathampstead Parish Council. The work is set out in the approved management plans for the site. It is being funded by the District Council and managed by CMS. Contractors are set to be on site to carry out the work in late November.

It will involve the coppicing of poor quality hawthorn trees that are crowding some of the woodland areas. This will make more space for the beautiful oak trees that characterise the woodland. More light will also reach the woodland floor, helping to stimulate new tree seedlings and encourage ground flora to develop.

Cllr Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism for St Albans City and District Council, said: “This work will help maintain the woodland so that it continues to provide a home for wildlife and a beautiful natural environment for everyone to enjoy.”

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Visitors to the Seniors Fair which was held at Harpenden Public Halls in October was the best yet! This was the fourth year that the Harpenden Seniors Forum have organised this event to showcase what’s available locally and give their member the opportunity to collect their free yearly handbook, produced by Your Local Media.

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ST ALBANS SINKHOLE!

Before a permanent repair could be carried out, investigations into the cause of the hole were needed. A full survey of the ground took place to establish the cause of the collapse and, more importantly, if there were further issues that needed to be addressed. Expert investigators found that ancient chalk excavations in the bedrock beneath an historic clay pit on which the area was built was the most likely explanation for the sinkhole.

A St Albans cul-de-sac plunged into turmoil in 2015 when a sinkhole appeared under the road finally re-opened in December 16. Residents of Fontmell Close and neighbouring Bridle Close have welcomed the return to normality and expert assessments confirming that the road is safe. One-year-old Finley Bagshaw, whose expectant parents Ben and Gemma were evacuated from their home immediately following the collapse, helped the Mayor of St Albans cut the ribbon in December before he returned to the family home for the first time. The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Frances Leonard, said: “This is a joyful day for the residents of Fontmell Close and Bridle Close. I know that it’s been a very difficult time for everyone. Looking back, I have been particularly impressed by the way people have worked together to make the best of things and look after each other. I’m also pleased that the various agencies have been able to work together to ensure that the road reopens before Christmas.” When the cavity – some 12 metres wide and 10 metres deep – opened in Fontmell Close in the early hours of 1 October 2015, 52 properties were left without gas, electricity and water supplies. In the aftermath, Hertfordshire County Council and its highways contractor, Ringway, worked to make the area safe, filling the hole with 48 lorry loads (535m3) of foamed concrete. A temporary access road was created with a shuttle service ferrying residents between the temporary car park at the old fire station site and the end of Bridle Close. Dealing with the immediate impact on residents, St Albans City and District Council arranged shelter and found temporary accommodation for a number of displaced residents. 12

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LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Hertfordshire County Council is calling on residents to take time to catch-up with older and vulnerable neighbours after a recent survey revealed that two fifths of people speak to their neighbours less than once a week or month. We asked Hertfordshire residents how often they have conversations with their neighbours as part of our campaign to reduce loneliness in Hertfordshire and to raise awareness of its effect on the health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable people. Almost four hundred residents took part in our survey and these are the results: • 21 per cent speak to their neighbours less than once a week • • 19 per cent speak to their neighbours less than once a month • • 26 per cent speak to their neighbours once a week • • 34 per cent speak to their neighbours every day • Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “Loneliness can have an awful effect on the health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable people but it is something we can all play our part in reducing. So why not pop in and say hello to your neighbours, invite them in for a cuppa, or find out if there are any jobs or tasks that you could help out with.” Loneliness can be felt by people of all ages, although older people and those with physical and learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable. Statistics reveal that people aged over 80 are twice as likely to report high levels of loneliness than any other adult age group. The impact of social isolation can be significant; research suggests being lonely can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can be far worse than obesity and physical inactivity. So, getting to know and spending time with your neighbours has a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. If you are worried about a friend, neighbour or relative who might be lonely or at risk of loneliness, HertsHelp can help you find out about support that may be available. Call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net

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New Year’s Resolution!

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68 year old John O’Connor from Hertfordshire gave up after spending over 50 years’ smoking and Hertfordshire County Council wants people to know that whether you have smoked for one year or 50, it’s never too late to quit. While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five adults in Hertfordshire continue to smoke as a result of an addiction usually acquired in childhood. John said: “I started smoking when I was 12, which wasn’t unusual at the time. I have tried to give up a few times but failed, even when I knew I should give up because I had plenty of reasons to, like in 2009 when I was diagnosed with throat cancer and went through a lot of serious radiation and surgery.” John went to his local Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service to have another try at quitting just before he was going on a holiday which involved long haul flights. He said: “This time round I went to the surgery and after a consultation started on sprays and patches. At the start I was vaping with 12 per cent nicotine; now I am down to 0 per cent.That is all I do now.”

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PATHWAY TO THE TOP JOSHUA AARON ROSE

Tennis Professional and Aspiring ATP Top 100 Player. Harpenden based Josh Rose age 17, is one of the world’s top junior tennis players and in January 2017 he will hold an International ranking of 200 on the ITF Global Junior Tennis Circuit. In late summer 2017, after playing in Junior Wimbledon and competing his junior career working towards a top 100 ranking position, Josh will turn professional and venture out into the world of men’s professional tennis, starting on the International futures circuit. This is an exciting and early opportunity to become one of Josh’s highly valued sponsors and to work closely with him as he travels around the world making his move to try to become a future top 100 ATP professional men’s tennis player. Josh has been playing tennis since the age of 4 and left school on an academy scholarship programme at age 10, where he completed his IGCSE education combined with his tennis. He joined the ITF Global Junior Tennis Circuit at age 14 and gained a junior world ranking is his first overseas competition. Josh is now part of the elite “ Invitation Only “ Gosling Sports Academy Professional Tennis Academy Programme in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, playing and practicing daily with many the UK’s top men’s professional tennis players. His weekly schedule combines tennis, fitness and mental training with currently competing in singles and doubles on the ITF Global Junior Tennis Circuit. 33

To strengthen and enhance the team behind Josh and to give him the best chance of future success, he has his own tennis coach in Ben Roberts Law and a world class fitness trainer in Martin Skinner. Martin also looks after Aljaz Bedene and Nick Kyrgios both top 50 ATP players. Josh has won over 50 junior LTA UK county, regional and ITF national titles including the prestigious UK Nike National Tennis Tour Championships at age 12 and during this seasons international competitions he has generated the following very impressive results on the ITF Global Junior Tennis Circuit.

ITF IRISH JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – WINNER. ITF DUBAI TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – SEMI FINAL. ITF BELGIUM JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – WINNER. ITF SWEDEN JUNIORTENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – SEMI FINAL. ITF BRITISH JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – SEMI FINAL ITF SCOTTISH JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – FINAL ITF CROATIA JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – FINAL. The average annual cost of competing on the men’s professional tennis circuit is 35,000 pounds per year so Josh is looking for corporate company sponsors who may be able to support him with finance, products and / or services in return for a number of areas he can promote their brand in return. Josh’s current local and national sponsors include Brayley’s Mazda of Harpenden,Aneel Sports,Yonex UK and Luxuria Lifestyle Magazine and PR.

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Stephen Ramsbottom, Head of Geography at STAHS, is in the unusual position of also being a Ghanaian Maala Na (Chief of Development) through the work he has done with his charity, Savannah Education Trust (SET). The Trust came into being following Stephen’s visit to northwest Ghana, one of the poorest regions in the world, in 2000, when he met a chief who told him how desperate they were for a village school. In 2006 the charity’s first school was opened in Bagri Village. In Lawra District, Upper West Region, Ghana they have now built 13 schools, educating 1600 students; trained 55 teachers and provided 250,000 free meals per annum. This is having a big impact in the region which prompted the Paramount Chief, Naa Puowele Karbo III, to invite the charity’s trustees to the Kobine festival (a national harvest and cultural festival) to be ‘enstooled’ as Maala Naa or Development Chief.This is the first time this honour has been given. Conferring the Maalu-Naa title, the Chief described SET as: “A worthy development partner and a lifeline of the children’s education in the district, considering the huge investment made in education and the remarkable achievement of the Trust to making education available and accessible to children in deprived communities. The trust’s unique approach in delivering its projects relies on the local people and is a model worthy of emulation by all NGOs and charity organisations. 34

“The impact of the Trust on the education sector and in the lives of the children and communities in which it operates is immense. It cannot be overemphasised. “In recognition of the Trust’s unparalleled generosity, the Traditional Council has bestowed the title of Maalu Naa, or Development Chief, on the Savannah Education Trust and its leadership. Messrs Howard, Paul, Steve and trustees, we once again congratulate you on your commitment to the development of Lawra and our people.” Stephen and his trustee colleagues on the charity were presented with a ram, a cockerel and some guinea fowl. Each of the five trustees is now a Maala Naa and will take on the role when they visit.They have special robes, a hat which is a symbol of the burden they bear as a chief, and a stick which symbolises the ability to knock problems out of the way. “The position as Maala Naa, and the costume that goes with it, is important to us.” Stephen Ramsbottom says. “It will make the job of building more schools easier. To be accepted as one of the people was a very moving experience.” The Trust has three programmes: to build and run schools; to provide free meals daily; and to run a teacher scholarship programme. They raise funds by raising awareness of the desperate need for schools in the area through talks and presentations around the UK. For further information and the opportunity to donate please visit www.savannaheducationtrust.org


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26th Feb

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12th March

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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - PANTO Don’t miss our spectacular, fun-packed, family pantomime, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, starring RITA SIMONS (EastEnders), our hilarious Dame, BOB GOLDING, Alban Arena favourite, IAN KIRKBY and a top-quality cast. Snow White promises to be quality entertainment with stunning costumes and scenery and a genuinely funny script. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD

Rothamsted International Film Club - Bringing up Baby Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this comedy. The ‘baby’ in question is not a human one as I am sure you remember. Venue: Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. Doors open at 7:00pm & the film starts at 8:00pm. Bar is open from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Easy parking close by. For more info call Gill Tattersfield on 01582 762919 or visit our web site www.rothamsted.ac.uk

Indoor Bowling Club - Open Day Start Time: 10:00am End Time: 4:00pm. Venue: Waldegrave Park, Harpenden AL5 5SH. For further information please call: 01582 767305

Roy Chubby Brown (18+) Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views, sailing so close to the mark even the most seasoned of fans with be left gob-smacked! As politically incorrect as ever, this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended, please stay away! Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

Bride: The Wedding Show at Knebworth Barns Event Time: 10am-4pm. Plan your perfect wedding day under one roof at Knebworth Barns in Stevenage where over 80 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to offer inspiration and expert advice on all aspects of your special day. The spectacular choreographed fashion shows at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm each day combine music and dance in an entertaining performance that showcases the latest bridalwear, groomswear, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the bride outfits. You can try on dresses in Bride: The Wedding Boutique too. Tickets cost £4 each or £12 for a group of four in advance from Weddingshow/Knebworth or £5 per person on the day. For more information about the event, please call 01242 211099 or visit www.theweddingshow.co.uk/knebworth knebworth@theweddingshow.co.uk

Ultimate Bublé Michael Bublé tribute artist & 3 course Sunday Roast. Critically acclaimed tribute artist Mark Daniels performs the biggest hits of Michael Bublé in this stunning tribute show. Doors open 1.30pm, Lunch 2pm and performance 3.30pm. Venue: Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3JN Box Office: 01923 571 102. For more information visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society - Meeting POW Mail - Burma & Thailand 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 and talks on philatelic subjects. The meetings start at 8pm and 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 please call Peter Mellor Tel: 01582 762284 or email p.mellor@btinternet.com

I, Daniel Blake (15) - Event times: 1.30pm & 7.30pm A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, this film is heartfelt and emotional until the end. 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. Psychic Sally : Call me Psychic

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12) - Event Time: 7.30pm The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. 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

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We Will Rock You (Schools Edition) Open Auditions Two open auditions today - 10.30am – 1pm for 7yrs – 11yrs and 1.30pm – 4pm for 12yrs + The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts Hemel & St Albans are joining forces with The Alban Arena in St Albans and opening its doors to bring an exciting new Summer Show Spectacular in 2017 open to everyone. Our 2017 brand new summer production will be WE WILL ROCK YOU (School edition) The auditions will be open to all children aged 7 – 18 years. Venue: Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD

Farmers’ Market at Stable Yard, Hatfield House - Times 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 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


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Tommy Emmanuel - Plus special guest Clive Carroll - Event Time: 7.30pm Two-time GRAMMY Nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, will be bringing his passionate and infectious live show to The Alban Arena. 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. A Street Cat Named Bob (12A) - Event Time 7.30pm Based on the best-selling novel of the same name. When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. 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. Ruby Wax - Frazzled!

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Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. This event is a follow up to her sell out touring show, and best-selling book, ‘Sane New World’, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. Start Time 8pm at Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford WD17 1JZ. For more information and tickets please visit www. watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 225671.

Wow! Said the Owl - (11.30am & 2.30pm) Explore the wow-world of colours with this curious little owl, who is determined to stay awake to see what day light brings. WOW! Said the Owl, the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood, is brought to life through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Show runs 35 min’s, no interval. Suitable for ages 2-5 years. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291 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.

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This Sunday afternoon concert is designed to appeal to all the family. Ruth has her family roots in Radlett and returns with five friends to play a varied programme of well-known tunes used in films. We will hear pieces by Barber, Ravel, Mozart and others. Event time: 3pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

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rendition of the classic story: Beauty and the Beast. Start Time: 5pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

The Light Between Oceans (12A) - Event Times: 1.30pm & 7.30pm Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. 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 The Classic Rock Show - The A-Z of Rock

th Event Time 7.30pm. Following the huge success of its 2015 & 2016 ’20 Greatest Guitar Riffs’ tours, and as further testimony to the enduring popularity of Classic Rock music, the critically acclaimed stage production ‘The Classic Rock Show’ returns to the UK in January and February 2017 to deliver up its eagerly awaited new show, the ‘A-Z of Rock’. 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

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Think Floyd - Live in Concert 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. Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291


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with their rendition of the classic story: Beauty and the Beast. Friday Start: 7pm/ Two Showings 1pm & 7pm on Saturday at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

The Grand Vintage Fair St Albans The Grand Vintage Fair, St Albans. Full to the rafters with all things vintage and a whole lot more! Fab food too! All under one roof at The Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU. Call Debbie on 07522387661 or email debbie258@btinternet.com

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Elaine Delmar has long been established as a singer of the very highest calibre. A British Jazz legend with the voice, looks and personality that have captivated world-wide audiences through her many stage and television appearances. Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

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All Star Superslam Wrestling - Event Time: 7.30pm A brand new superstar line up starts 2017 with a bang when stars of Superslam wrestling return’s this hot bed of Superslam wrestling live events with a great line up of top International talent from all the major federations from around the world to face the best of British personalities in a 2 hour non-stop fun filled family night out. 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

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Luxury Wedding Show at Sopwell House, St. Albans. A visit to the Luxury Wedding Show is a must for all those planning that perfect wedding. Whether you’re looking for a traditional wedding or are a modern bride seeking more of a contemporary affair, the Luxury Wedding Show is the event for you; a unique and glamorous experience with plenty of ideas to help plan your perfect day. Show Time: 11am until 3pm. Ticket Price: £5 on the door or FREE is you pre-register at www.luxuryweddingshow.co.uk Event Address: Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2HQ. For more information visit: www.luxuryweddingshow.co.uk

The Hurst Children’s Theatre Group Present Beauty and the Beast Two Showings 12pm & 6pm. The Hurst Children’s Theatre Group are ready to make you laugh, cry and quite frankly scream for more; with their rendition of the classic story: Beauty and the Beast. Start Times: 12pm & 6pm at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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The Neil Diamond Story - The life of a legend in song Bob Drury returns with his band to celebrate the life and music of the legend that is Neil Diamond. The show tracks Neil’s remarkable journey from unknown and struggling New York songwriter to international mega-star and includes music from every stage of a staggering and hit-filled music career spanning five decades. Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

Harpenden 10K Charity Fun Run Event Time: 10:30am at Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2HU. Entry fee £14 - on day registration - Charity Poppyspath.com For more information please visit:www.runnersworld.co.uk

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Nathan Carter & His Band - Event time: 7.30pm Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit song ‘Wagon Wheel’. Nathan and his six man band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads – music for everyone of all ages. 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 Swinging at the Cotton Club - Event Time: 7.30pm Featuring the Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra Take a step back into 1920’s & 30’s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, ‘The Cotton Club’! 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. The Harpenden Floral Decoration Club Floral demonstration by Vikki Traherne “ Spring Fever”, Starts 2pm at the Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Visitors very welcome. For more information call 01582 621757

Rothamsted International Film Club – Florence Foster Jenkins The story of the American Opera impresario. Venue: Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. Doors open at 7:00pm and the film starts at 8:00pm. Bar is open from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Easy parking close by. For more information call Gill Tattersfield on 01582 762919 or visit our web site www.rothamsted.ac.uk


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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 and talks on philatelic subjects. The meetings start at 8pm and 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 please call Peter Mellor Tel: 01582 762284 or email p.mellor@btinternet.com

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St Albans Gang Show 2017 Daily Event Times: 7.30pm and Saturday Matinee 2.30pm Be prepared to be blown away by the talent of our young people in St. Albans as the Gang Show takes to the Arena Stage for another year. 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

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Chantel McGregor - Start time: 7.30pm Chantel makes a welcome return to the Public Halls performing tracks from her recently released album Lose Control as well as those from her highly acclaimed debut album Like No Other. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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Fairport Convention - Event Time: 7.30pm Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. 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. The Elvis Years Celebrating 10 years on the road this year, The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ - Elvis Presley. Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

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Cirque Du Hilarious- Event Time: 2.30pm This show is over two hours of continuous laughter! Clive and Danny’s madcap hilarious humour and lunacy manages to cross all ages from Children, Teenagers, Mums, Dads and Grandparents! This is seriously the funniest show you will ever see, don’t miss it! If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see these guys before, you’re about to be introduced to a whole new experience and laugh like never before. 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 Gardening Society Talk: ‘Good In Bed’

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Hysteria by Terry Johnson - Event Time 7.30pm A custard pie of comic brilliance – Time Out. An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide. 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

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The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291.

Hysteria by Terry Johnson - Event Time: 2.30pm A custard pie of comic brilliance – Time Out. An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide. 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. Wheathampstead Dramatic Society - MACBETH by William Shakespeare

From 8pm at Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead AL4 8AY For tickets phone 01582 621057 or email reservations@wheathampsteaddramaticsociety.co.uk

Ashley Blaker: Meshuga Frum Ashley Blaker, the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish comedian, returns with a brand new show for 2017. Ashley’s last show Ungefiltered was a sell-out hit seen by 5,500 people and now he is back with something completely different. ‘Hilarious. An ideal night of Jewish comedy’ (The Jewish Chronicle). Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291


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Monstersaurus! - Event Times: 11am & 2pm One day Monty found a book ‘Inventions Very Rare’ Create yourself a monster friend BUT ONLY IF YOU DARE! This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! 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. The Bootleg Beach Boys - Event Time: 7.30pm Fresh from the sold out theatre tour of Ireland, their “astounding” ‘Late Late Show’ performance and just before they set off on a 6 week tour of Australia, ‘The Bootleg Beach Boys’ are coming your way and will be performing a selection of classic hits and cult favourites from California’s most famous band. Plus support Morrissey & Marshall. 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.

Colin Blunstone Band - Event Time: 8pm Colin Blunstone was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on the 24th June 1945. He went to school in St Albans th where he was introduced to the other members of The Zombies. After attracting a large local following, the band were offered a recording contract by Decca Records which resulted in their first single, ‘She’s Not There’ becoming a world-wide hit. Three years on the road culminated in The Zombies final album the acclaimed ‘Odessey and Oracle’. 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.

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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

Farmers’ Market at Stable Yard at Hatfield House - Times 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 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 Grimethorpe Colliery Band Start Time: 3.00pm. Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions; the band’s contest successes remain legendary. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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Ashley Blaker: Meshuga Frum Ashley Blaker, the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish comedian, returns with a brand new show for 2017. Ashley’s last show Ungefiltered was a sell-out hit seen by 5,500 people and now he is back with something completely different. ‘Hilarious. An ideal night of Jewish comedy’ (The Jewish Chronicle). Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291.

Antiques & Collectors Fair From 9:30am to 3:30pm you will find an interesting and extensive mix of quality antiques and collectables for all ages. Our dealers are also interested in seeing any antiques/collectables that visitors may wish to sell. Our experienced caterers are on hand to offer an appetising selection of hot food and beverages and a selection of homemade cakes. For further details please call Allen on 07771 668913. Event venue: Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High Street, Redbourn, St Albans AL3 7LW.

Shazia Mirza UK Tour - The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ - Event Time: 7.30pm

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“My mum can’t find me anyone to marry. My friend Matthew looks at me with great concern and says, “You’re not thinking of becoming a Jihadi Bride are you?” Would I do that? The weather in Britain isn’t great, and the sunsets and landscape in Syria are meant to be very romantic… I’d get a husband, wouldn’t have to work, and would definitely get a place in heaven. Yes I’d miss my hair straighteners and hot pants, but that’s a small price to pay.” 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.

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Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac - Event Time: 7.30pm Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to The Alban Arena stage for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. 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.

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Menopause the Musical - Event Time: 7.30pm Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of oneliners about night sweats, hot flushes & memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s & 80s pop classics. 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. Levison Wood - Event Time: 7.30pm Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. 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.


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Danny Baker ‘Cradle to The Stage’ - Event Time 7.30pm A night at the theatre can either be deep dish or high kicking. What I promise to haul before you is very much in the latter category. Content wise I will make Springsteen and Dodd look like short changing slackers. I can’t wait. This is the sort of radio I’ve always wanted to do, ie, radio without radio. Just me and you. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk Tango Fire - Event Time: 7.30pm Tango Fire features the world’s greatest Tango dancers and musicians. It encompasses and defines Argentine Tango; dance sizzling with sensuality, unforgettable music from the great Tango masters Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. 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. The Fatback Band - Event Time: 7.30pm Pioneers of Dance, Funk, Soul, Rap and R’n’B. The Fatback Band are the originators of the New York sound that has influenced so many. 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 Streets

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Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time. Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK. Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291.

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Dave Mason - Event Time: 7.30pm One of the evergreens of rock, Brit Dave Mason with his band goes back in time to the start of his career with Traffic as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago. Tickets can be obtained from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.albanarena.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. Seth Lakeman - Event Time: 8pm West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman’s eighth studio album ‘Ballads of The Broken Few’ was released in September 2016 with the single ‘Meet Me in the Twilight’ play listed soon after at BBC Radio 2. 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. 47


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Rothamsted International Film Club – Woman In Gold Helen Mirren stars in this true story of a Jewish lady who sets out to find things that belonged to her family before the war. Venue: Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. Doors open at 7:00pm and the film starts at 8:00pm. Bar is open from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Easy parking close by. For more information call Gill Tattersfield on 01582 762919 or visit our web site www.rothamsted.ac.uk

Stewart Lee - CONTENT PROVIDER - Event Time: 8pm After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. 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. Women’s World Day of Prayer (Prepared by the women of the Philippines)

10:30am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Harpenden or 7:45pm at Friends Meeting House, Harpenden (Refreshments served after the service). This year the Women’s World Day of Prayer service is planned and prepared by the women of the Philippines, and their theme is “Am I being unfair to you?”. All are most welcome, both men and women. A service to explore what this means to us in our troubled world today... “that’s not fair” is too common a cry, heard from playground, to work place and even the political corridors. We reflect on this whilst holding to the truth that God is a fair and just God. The service is supported by reading from Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus’ teaching about the Landowner and the vineyard labourers. Contact for further information: Karin Wragg 07471687897

The Grand Vintage Fair St Albans

The Grand Vintage Fair, St Albans. Full to the rafters with all things vintage and a whole lot more! Fab food too! All under one roof at The Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU. Call Debbie on 07522387661 or email debbie258@btinternet.com

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?! - Event Time: 1.30pm Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur‘). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more. 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. Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South - Event Time: 8pm Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! 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 Hertfordshire Wedding Fair - Event Time: 11.00am – 4pm The Hertfordshire Wedding Fair, St Albans is Hertfordshire’s premier wedding fair and is the oldest county wedding fair. Whether you are looking for the latest wedding gift ideas or a beautiful wedding venue from around Hertfordshire or beyond, this is the wedding fair to visit for inspiration. 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


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The Harpenden Floral Decoration Club

Floral demonstration by Linda Seabrook “Season’s Greetings “, Starts 2pm at the Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Visitors very welcome. For more information call 01582 621757

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Annie - Event Time 7.30pm & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm Deserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope – and a certain stray dog, Sandy, who tags along for the fun. When she is returned to the orphanage she escapes again and her life is changed when she enters into the world of the millionaire Daddy Warbucks. 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. Mercury – The Ultimate QUEEN Tribute

Winners of the National Tribute Awards, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Queen. The show includes fantastic and authentic performances of the most popular Queen hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more Event time: 7.30pm. Venue: The Radlett Centre. 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herts. WD7 8HL. For more details visit www.radlettcentre.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01923 859291

Howard Jones - Event Time: 7.30pm An intimate evening of songs and stories with Howard Jones.It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English song-writing, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk Oye Santana

Event Time: 7.30pm. Prepare yourself for guitar wizardry, keyboard mastery, astonishing vocals and powerhouse brass, and a rhythm section with more groove than you could shake a pair of maracas at. You’ll be open mouthed, we promise. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Gilbert O’Sullivan in Concert - Event Time: 7.30pm The 50th Anniversary Tour – Celebrating Five Decades Of Music. One of the industry’s true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O’Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single ‘Disappear’. It launched O’Sullivan on a career that is still thriving five decades later. 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 Gardening Society Talk: ‘The Garden at Coton Manor’

Caroline Tait, Nursery Manager Coton Manor. 8.00pm Roundwood Park School. £3 entry for non-members. Free refreshments. Visit the website for all the latest news and membership details: www.harpendengardeningsociety.org

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St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society - Meeting French Somali Coast 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 and talks on philatelic subjects. The meetings start at 8pm and 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 please call Peter Mellor Tel: 01582 762284 or email p.mellor@btinternet.com

Count Arthur Strong - ‘The Sound of Mucus’ - Event Time: 8pm Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event. 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.

Rob Brydon

Event Time: 8pm. These dates are Rob Brydon’s first stand up shows since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip. His film work includes The Huntsman : Winter’s War, Cinderella and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. 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

Muddy Mayhem 5k obstacle race for Garden House Hospice in Knebworth Park. Climb and clamber over various obstacle challenges along a scenic 5k course set in the scenic Park here at Knebworth House. Race starts at 12.00 noon. Please note that this is an out of season event and all Knebworth House, Garden and Park attractions are closed. For more details and registration, pleases visit www.ghhospicecare.org.uk or call 01462 679540.

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.

Lee Hurst Event Time: 7.30pm. Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show…Comedy Show No. 9 It’s a show, it’s the 9th one and it’s comedy. What else do you need to know? Come along for a night of laughs with that bald bloke you thought was dead. 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.


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Miami Pro World Championships

Show Time: Starts at 2.30pm until 9pm (doors open at 1.30pm to the public) Come and be part of the biggest fitness model championships in the UK and Europe! If fitness and hard bodies is your thing then this show is for you. Categories include Fitness Model, Muscle Model, Ms Bikini, Figure, Junior and Over 35s categories and much more. IMPORTANT: Once this show has sold-out, no tickets will be available on the door. 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

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

Matt Forde - It’s My Political Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To)

Event Time: 8.00pm. Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and Question. 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.

Absolute Bowie - Event Time: 7.30pm Celebrating the life and music of David Bowie. There will only ever be one David Bowie, he was unique in every way and an inspiration to millions. Absolute Bowie, Europe’s Finest David Bowie Tribute continue to celebrate the life and music of the Starman with a spectacular show uniting Bowie fans across the UK. Venue: Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Rd, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more info call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk Jon Richardson: The Old Man - Event Time: 8pm

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tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? 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.

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The Bootleg Beatles - Event Time: 7.30pm The world’s most famous Beatles Tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the sixties, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty ‘Scouse’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry. 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. Magic of Motown - Event Time: 8pm Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. 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. 51


Health

5 TIPS FOR KEEPING HEALTHY THIS WINTER (from NHS Choices) 1. Eliminate your sleep debt “On average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended.” But in winter, we naturally sleep more, due to the longer nights. “It’s perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits when the weather turns cold,” says Jessica. “Use the time to catch up.” 2. Drink more milk You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12. 3. Eat more fruit and veg When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead, or sweet dried fruits such as dates or raisins. Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat. 4. Try new activities for the whole family Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity, maybe ice-skating or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach. Regular exercise helps to control your weight, boost your immune system and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house. 5. Have a hearty breakfast Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps you to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, which give you energy and help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals. Make your porridge with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a few dried apricots, some raisins, a sliced banana or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit the five-a-day target. 52


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LOOK AFTER YOURSELF THIS WINTER In the UK, around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared to other times of the year. That’s why Hertfordshire County Council is urging people to take practical steps to help them stay well this winter. There are a range of conditions worsened by the cold weather - including respiratory conditions like severe asthma and COPD; circulatory illnesses such as heart disease and stroke; kidney disease; diabetes and dementia. Those who are older, pregnant, carers and very young children are also more at risk in winter. The Stay Well This Winter campaign encourages people most at risk from cold weather to take some simple precautions to help them prepare for the lower temperatures. Local pharmacists can offer free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines. Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, Teresa Heritage, said: “With winter on the way, there are important things we can all do to keep ourselves healthy during the winter months. “If you qualify for the free flu jab, get it now before it’s too late – it’s the best way to protect yourself. “Cold and damp homes can contribute to poor health so make sure you heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) and keep windows closed at night. Help to make sure your home is energy efficient is available by calling 0300 123 4044. “If you do start to feel ill, seek immediate advice from a pharmacist before your condition gets more serious.” 54

There are also other practical dangers when the weather gets cold such as icy pavements, which lead to an increase in slips and falls, particularly amongst the elderly so take extra care outside. Look after you and your loved ones by eating and drinking well, taking exercise, socialising with others and making sure you have stocks of food and medicines at home. If you’re worried about someone or need help yourself, Call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044, email info@hertshelp.net or visit www.hertfordshire. gov.uk/winterhealth If you don’t fall into one of the at risk groups but want a flu jab, they are available at many local supermarkets and pharmacies for a small fee. If you would like to sign up to receive regular updates about your health and wellbeing, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/updateme


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APPROVES E-CIG POLICY Today, a policy on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) was approved by Hertfordshire County Council.

The policy recognises that there are significant health benefits to gain by helping smokers to quit or reduce smoking using e-cigarettes. Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, Teresa Heritage, said: “Tobacco is the leading cause of death and disability in Hertfordshire, causing 1,500 deaths every year. “It is an expense not only to the individual, but also to social care, the NHS, other public services and employers; £288 million is lost annually in Hertfordshire. “We recognise that vaping isn’t for everyone, but evidence suggests that e-cigarettes carry only a very small risk to health compared with the harm of smoking and are estimated to be 95% safer than tobacco. E-cigarettes, when used respectfully around others, offer a route out of smoking, particularly for those who want to quit but have struggled for years to do so. “The best option is always to quit smoking and eventually vaping. I would strongly urge anyone who is considering giving up smoking to contact Hertfordshire’s local Stop Smoking Service to discuss all the options available. Even if you are not quite ready to quit, or don’t yet feel you want to give up nicotine, e-cigarettes offer a way of reducing the harm from smoking.” Hertfordshire County Council’s head of Community Wellbeing, Ruth Harrington, has had very personal experience of the benefits of e-cigarettes. She said: “E-cigarettes have been a revelation to me, because three people that I’m very close to have had their lives transformed through them. 56

“My husband has smoked for most of his life. He’d tried several other ways to give up, including patches, but nothing had really worked. Then when I fell pregnant with our little boy, he tried e-cigs and switched overnight. “Our little boy is five now and my husband hasn’t touched a cigarette since. He’s reduced the nicotine levels to a minimum and is now looking to give up e-cigs too. “My mother has smoked 20 menthol cigarettes a day since her teens. She generally kept her smoking hidden, but she was becoming more aware of the unsociable aspects, such as smelling of smoke and knowing that we didn’t like her smoking around us. She was really desperate to stop but every time she had tried she had found it so difficult. “She watched my husband’s e-cig journey for a couple of years, asking him questions but never taking the plunge. Then we bought her an e-cigarette starter kit and she hasn’t looked back since. She stopped smoking overnight and knows she’ll never go back. “Six months later my sister-in-law made the switch too. “They all felt the benefits straight away - their lungs and breathing were better and they didn’t cough so much, which really motivated them to stay off the cigarettes.


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DON’T GET A SHOCK FROM YOUR ELECTRICAL FIRES THIS WINTER! Follow these simple steps to reduce the risk in your home:

Hertfordshire County Council is urging residents to take steps to reduce the risk of electrical fire in their homes. Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Richard Thake, said:“Electrical fires account for almost half of all accidental house fires in the UK. “By following some simple advice, residents in Hertfordshire can reduce the risk of fire in their home and ensure that they and their loved ones remain safe.” White goods, such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers, HARPENDEN BLINDS quarter page ad.pdf 1 cookers, washing machines and tumble dryers continue to be a source of fires.

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DON’T GET A SHOCK FROM YOUR ELECTRICAL FIRES THIS WINTER! Continued AMDEA is an online safety initiative supported by the government.You can register several appliances, both new and ones up to 12 years old at www.registermyappliance.org.uk • Check whether your appliance has been recalled you can check whether an appliance that you have, or intend to buy second hand, has been recalled and get further advice from the organisation Electrical Safety First. Visit www.electricitysafetyfirst.org.uk • Check up on elderly family and friends - take the time to help any of your older friends and family that may need assistance with registering their appliances and checking for recalls. • Install safety devices - we recommend that all homes install & maintain safety devices such as smoke & carbon monoxide alarms & consider possible escape routes in the event of a fire in their home. Hertfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue

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ENCOURAGED TO TEST THEIR SMOKE ALARMS. It only takes a moment and by pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm in your home, you could save the lives of your loved ones.”

A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is determined to prevent as many deaths as possible and is encouraging people to test their alarms. Roy Wilsher, Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection said: “Fortunately deaths from house fires in Hertfordshire are rare.You’re four times more likely to survive a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Planning, said: “Last year more than 200 people in England died in fires in the home. If you have an older relative who finds it hard to reach their smoke alarms, this is the perfect opportunity to take the time to visit and test them. “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but you might not realise if your smoke alarm isn’t in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been used for something else or the connection is loose, please take the time to test.”

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FINES FOR FLY-TIPPERS Two fly-tippers have been fined hundreds of pounds after being prosecuted by St Albans City and District Council for offences relating to the dumping of waste. Both cases were considered by District Judge Pilling at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday 2 November. A woman was ordered to pay a total of £972.12 after dumping a carpet and an old ironing board at Nashes Farm in Sandridge on 18 May 2016.This sum was made up of a £375 fine, a contribution to the Council’s costs of £559.12 and a victim surcharge of £38. The St Albans woman pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste without an environmental permit.This is contrary to section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. In another case, a man pleaded guilty to failing to discharge a duty of care in carrying controlled waste, contrary to section 34(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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This followed the dumping of a dining table, an oven, garden furniture and other waste at Lye Lane, Bricket Wood on or about 2 February 2016. The man from Luton was ordered to pay a total sum of £891.50.This comprised a £265 fine, £300 in compensation to the Council for waste removal, a £300 contribution to the Council’s costs and a victim surcharge of £26.50. Cllr Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment at St Albans City and District Council, said: “Most people hate fly-tipping and the eyesore that this selfish act creates in our beautiful countryside. It cost the Council £41,620 to clear fly-tipped waste in the last financial year. These two cases show that we will take action against fly-tippers where there is evidence to do so. If you spot any fly-tipping report this crime.” If you see someone dumping waste, call the police on 999 if the crime is in progress and pass on as much information as possible. Make a note of the vehicle registration number and take photos if you can, but do not approach the fly-tippers or put yourself in danger. The non-emergency number is 101.

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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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HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES OPENING TIMES There are three Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the St Albans District. They accept a wide range of materials for recycling and are for household waste only. Harpenden Household Waste Recycling Centre - Dark Lane, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1QB Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday - All year 10am - 6pm Closed: Thursday and Friday St Albans Household Waste Recycling Centre 14 Ronsons Way, Sandridge, off St Albans Road, St Albans. AL1 4AP Open: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Winter 8am - 4pm - Summer 10am - 6pm Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday Waterdale Household Waste Recycling Centre St Albans Road, Near Garston, Watford WD25 0PR Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday All year 10am - 6pm. Saturdays (Summer only) 8.00am - 6pm Closed: Thursday and Friday

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DON’T HAVE A RUBBISH CHRISTMAS!

How to dispose of your Christmas tree

Christmas Food Waste

If you live in a house, your real Christmas tree can be put out for recycling. Put it to the side of your garden waste bin, on either your first or second collection after Christmas. The crews can’t collect large trees with trunk diameter of more than tw inches, as these will not compost easily.

Please use your kerbside caddy, so food waste can be turned into fertiliser rather than sent to the tip. Food waste is heavy and costs around £100 per tonne to send to landfill. Please recycle as much as possible. Food waste is collected every week. If you live in a flat, please empty your kitchen caddy into the shared food waste bin in your communal recycling area. Replacement compostable liners can be bought from local supermarkets or you can use paper bags.

After this time, or if you have a large tree, please take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. See page 78 to find your local Centre. Please remove all decorations first! If you live in a flat, please don’t leave your tree in the bin area. Please take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Some garden centres will collect your tree for a small fee such as Ayletts – 01727 822255.

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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 Associations website for more information www.trees.org.uk

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Are you insured? If Yes, please show evidence - recommended minimum £5 million Do you work to a British Standard? If Yes, which one? It should be BS3998:2010 What qualifications do you and your staff hold? It is compulsory to have NPTC/Lantra Certificates for chainsaw use. And also recommended to have certificates for other Arb knowledge. Will you provide a written quotation? If No, reject the contractor. Are you a member of a professional body? (Arboriculture Association shows a level of commitment) Can you provide me with references? If Yes, follow up the reference.

Stage 2: Choosing the quote that suits you

Check quotes include the following before deciding which one to accept: A. Reference to BS3998:2010 Tree works - Recommendations B. Clear and full details of the work to be undertaken C. What will happen to the timber and the brushwood? D. What will happen to the tree stumps? E. Is VAT included / extra? F. Who will be responsible for gaining permission if trees are protected? In the UK there are two recognised schemes certifying the competence of arborists. Details can be found at www.trees.org.uk and www.isa-arboriculture.org

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