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Summer 2016 Contents A warm (and hopefully sunny) welcome to our Summer Edition! On pages 65 - 81 you will find our extensive What’s On Guide, containing everything you need to plan a fun filled Summer! My top picks are Classic’s on the Common on Wednesday 27th July, Harpenden’s Beer Festival on the 9th – 10th September and The Hertfordshire Garden Centre’s - Autumn Fair on the 18th September– definitely events not to be missed! Put those dates in your diary along with a whole host of other fantastic events happening locally throughout summer. Claire Gillies

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A new tariff for on-street car parking is to be introduced to help businesses in the St Albans District. Motorists will be able to pay 60p to park for half-an-hour in two-hour bays close to the main shopping centres. At the moment, they have to pay double that charge for a minimum one-hour stay. The same half-hour tariff will also be tested out on one-hour bays for a six-month trial period.

The one-hour on-street tariff will rise by 10p to £1.30 and the two-hour tariff by 20p to £2.60.

It is intended that the new charge will be of help to people who are making a quick trip to the shops.

These increases are designed to ease traffic congestion caused by motorists looking for onstreet parking.

A higher turnover of visitors using the convenient spaces should also boost the trade of retailers and other businesses like estate agents.

The changes came into force on Monday 4th April, five years after the last on-street tariff review and increase. The cost of residents and business permits for controlled parking zones is to rise by 2% from the same date.This is less than £1 in most cases. For example, a Type B resident’s annual permit in St Albans for a street with all-day restrictions rises from £38.76 to £39.54 for the first car. In Harpenden, the cost of a first car permit increases from £30.60 to £31.20. There are also similar increases of around 2% for visitor and work permits, bay suspensions and parking vouchers. Last year, major enhancements were made to the main City Centre car parks to encourage greater use. More than £300,000 was invested in improvements including new state-of-the-art payment machines and entry/exit barriers. In excess of £70,000 was spent on new pay-anddisplay machines at on-street parking bays.

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Each year the residents of Flamstead build over 100 scarecrows which are placed around the village; the event attracts about 5000 visitors over the three days. To join in the fun come along, park in the free car park, get a voting form and make your way round the village, listing your favourite scarecrows. Return your completed form to the village hall where there will be various attractions including cream teas & refreshments all weekend; with a Cake Stall, Punch & Judy,

the Wicket Brood on the Saturday;Tombola,Aldbury Morris Men & the Hemel Hempstead Brass Band on the Sunday.A Care Bus is laid on to take anyone unable to walk, around the festival, & a free car park plus bus ride to the village is provided for people attending. There is also a painting exhibition all weekend in St. Leonard’s Church. Over the last 14 years the Scarecrow committee, which includes representatives from both charities, as well as volunteers from the village have worked tirelessly to ensure that each year has been a success. Come along for a fantastic day out for the whole family and help to raise money for two very worthy charities. Flamstead is just off the A5, South of Luton, adjacent to M1 Junction 9. For further information contact Charlene at the Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre Tel: 01462 684214 E-mail: charleneredmond@hmstc.net You can see last year’s scarecrows and find out more about the Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre and the Friends of St. Leonard’s online: www.flamstead-herts.co.uk & www.hertsmstherapy.org.uk

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ST ALBANS HAS A NEW MAYOR After working in north London, Cllr Leonard moved to St Albans in 1974 following her marriage and has held a number of jobs in the area. She has worked at Harperbury Hospital, Hemel Hempstead General Hospital and at Spire Harpenden Hospital where she manages the pharmacy department. She was also a committee member of the local branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for 25 years.

The new Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Leonard.

Councillor Frances Leonard has become the Mayor of St Albans City and District for the next year. She was elected to the post at a meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 25th May with Cllr Gill Clark continuing as Deputy Mayor. Cllr Leonard, the 473rd Mayor of the City, said; “It’s a great honour to be elected Mayor. I am looking forward to representing the Council and highlighting the work that it does.

In her spare time, she has been a bell ringer at St Albans Abbey. She has also supported a number of causes, including the Stroke Association and breast cancer charities, with sponsored bike rides and runs. Cllr Leonard enjoys taking part in environmental projects in her ward and helps to organise the annual Rose Walk Big Lunch street party. Deputy Mayor Cllr Gill Clark first became a District Councillor for Wheathampstead ward in 1999, serving until 2004. After a four-year break, she was elected again to the Council in 2008.

”Most of all, I am keen to meet and support the many volunteers, charities and community groups that do such important work for the St Albans District.” The Mayor’s Consort will be her husband Dr Graham Leonard and her charity will be Herts Young Homeless. Cllr Leonard, who takes over from Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, became a District Councillor when she was elected for the Sandridge Ward nine years ago. The daughter of a postwoman and quarry worker, she grew up in Warwickshire and was the first member of her family to go to University. She studied pharmacy at the University of London where she met her husband. The couple have a son and daughter and two granddaughters. 14

Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Gaygusuz and the Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will continue with their ward duties during their term of office which is for one year.

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MAYOR VISITS CRUCIAL CREW

School pupils from the St Albans District were joined by the Mayor as they were shown how to deal with threats to their safety. Councillor Salih Gaygusuz, Mayor of St Albans City and District, visited the annual Crucial Crew event to experience the training sessions at first hand. Eight hundred children Year Six children aged ten and eleven, from 19 primary schools learned about cyber bullying, illegal drugs, roads, alcohol and other issues. They were taught how to assess everyday risks and take action to avoid them.

There were also sessions on first aid, antisocial behaviour and the work of the Samaritans, a charity that gives support to people in emotional distress. The educational course, held at the Fire Station in London Road, St Albans, is now in its fourth year. It was organised by the St Albans City and District Community Safety Partnership & spread over 2 weeks. Participants included staff from St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire County Council and leisure centre operators 1Life. Students from Oaklands further education college helped out. Councillor Gaygusuz said: “Crucial Crew is a fantastic event that has helped hundreds of children cope with the many dangers that they face in the modern world. “I was delighted to meet so many bright and enthusiastic young people who were very keen to learn about the world around them. “I was also able to talk to the Crucial Crew staff that protect our community and were doing a marvellous job in educating these school students about the risks they have to deal with. “This is an excellent initiative that makes the District a safer place and I was proud to be able to support it.”

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MUSEUM DONORS TO GET SPECIAL REWARD In excess of £40,000 has been raised in the first weeks of an appeal that gives people a unique chance to write their name into St Albans’ history.

Other sponsorship packages and naming opportunities are available for both individuals and companies. The amounts range from £500 to £250,000 & offer highprofile involvement.

There is still time for others to join in and also have their name engraved on limited edition Honours Boards at the new Museum and Art Gallery.

Richard Shwe, the Council’s Head of the Council’s Community Services, said: “There are a number of ways to have your name or a company name attached to this amazing project.

The magnificent oak panels are part of a £7.75 million project to convert the Town Hall into a stateof-the art museum and exhibition space. They will be etched with the names of donors and hung from the walls of a Benefactors’ Walk of Fame.

“The new Museum & Art Gallery will be a huge visitor attraction for individuals, families, schools and tourists. It will be a great venue to meet people, to learn and to hold corporate events.”

This corridor will form one of the building’s major walkways, connecting the new Basement Gallery and the Georgian prison cells.

The old Town Hall, a Grade II* Listed building, dates from 1831 and is one of the most prominent features of the City’s Conservation Area.

For a £250 gift, your name or that of someone close to you will be carved into the boards which will be seen by thousands of visitors. The idea was inspired by the courtroom’s wooden walls and graffiti left by prisoners.

Converting it into a museum and art gallery will rejuvenate the cultural life of the District. It is scheduled to open in the autumn of next year with building work due to start this summer.

A professional artist will arrange the names using different typefaces and font sizes to create an eyecatching design. The appeal was launched only last month under the slogan – “Become part of the St Albans story”. Already, residents or people with a St Albans connection have donated more than £40,000 through this appeal. Many donations have been made in memory of loved ones or as gifts to children and grandchildren. Mike Gray, chairman of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, said: “There has been an outstanding response to the oak panel boards which have really captured people’s imagination. “It is a fantastic way of rewarding people for giving some financial support to this historic project. “There are a limited number of boards, so people who are interested should waste no time in getting in touch with our fund-raising team. “People want to be associated with this project which will transform the City Centre and create a truly landmark building.” 20

Spread over three floors, the Museum and Art Gallery will stage a dynamic programme of historical and contemporary art exhibitions all year round. The overall cost will be £7.75 million with the Council committed to providing funding of £3.25 million. Much of that sum will come from the redevelopment of the former museum site in Hatfield Road. Planning permission to build ten homes on the site was given earlier this month by the Council’s Planning Referrals Committee. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded grants totalling £2.8 million. St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, registered charity number 1051868, has led efforts to raise the balance of the fund. It has raised around £350,000 to date and is looking for a further £1.35 million. To make a donation and write your name into history, please visit www.honoursboard.org.uk Donation forms are available from the Visitor Information Centre in the Alban Arena. For information about sponsorship & donor recognition, please contact the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, on admin@stalbansmgtrust.org.uk or phone 01727-296148.


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GOLD AWARD FOR COUNCIL

Investors in People (IiP) has awarded St Albans City and District Council a prized Gold award for the way it leads, supports and manages its staff.

Only one out of ten organisations which attain IiP accreditation gain this highlycoveted status. IiP investigated the Council’s leadership skills, services and commitment to making improvements. An inspector visited the Council’s offices and, during the performance assessment, selected a range of staff to talk to, in confidence, about their experiences. IiP, a publicly-funded body, was formed 25 years ago. In the UK and internationally, there are currently 14,000 accredited organisations. Its gold standard is intended to be “the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear

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PLANS TO RESTORE THE RIVER VER A scheme to improve the water quality, flow and habitat of the River Ver in St Albans is to be examined and costed. Its aim is to return the river to a healthier, more natural state from Verulamium Park to the Sopwell Nunnery. The Ver is a chalk stream, an internationally- rare river type which derives most of its water from the underlying chalk bed. The scheme will look to restore its original characteristics including crystal clear water, a clean gravel bed and strong flows. It will also improve the aquatic environment to support a wide range of birds, plants, animals and fish such as water vole, brown trout and kingfishers. The Ver currently flows through Verulamium Park along a straight, man-made channel elevated above the bottom of the valley on which it would naturally flow.As a result, it is sluggish, the bed is heavily silted and the surrounding habitat is of poor quality. The Environment Agency will fund a feasibility study into the scheme and is working with Affinity Water and park owners, St Albans City and District Council. The study will assess what options there are, the likely impacts and the costs involved. It could eventually result in the river taking a different, meandering course through the park and the area around the Sopwell allotments. The long-term aim is to achieve Good Ecological Status under the European Water Framework Directive. Nancy Young, the Environment Agency’s Colne Biodiversity Officer said: “This is a very exciting project that has the potential to significantly improve the River Ver for both wildlife and people. “The scope of the project will consider sustainability, amenity, flood risk and ecology. “We look forward to working with St Albans City and District Council, Affinity Water and other key interest groups to ensure we get the best possible outcomes.” Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “I am committed to improving the quality of the lakes for both visitors and wildlife. 24

“I have been working on this with the Environment Agency and Affinity Water as the lakes are integral to any river environment improvement scheme. “The Council does not have the resources to solve this longstanding problem on its own, but we are hopeful we can do so with their help. “This is an exciting development, but we will have to look very closely at the cost and the changes it will bring before any decisions can be made. “The feasibility study is a big step along that route. It represents a major commitment towards improving the water quality of the Ver and Verulamium Park.We look forward to working with the community, including the Ver Valley Society, before any scheme is agreed.” Ellie Powers, Senior Asset Manager at Affinity Water, said: “We are committed to reducing the amount of water we take from our underground sources to leave more water for the environment. “We have a dedicated team of specialists who are working towards improving a number of chalk rivers including the Ver. “This project is an example of us working in partnership with local authorities and the Environment Agency to restore the river.” The project could also benefit Verulamium Park’s lakes which have become silted and do not have a self-supporting natural eco-system. Planting is thought to be one way to reduce both the accumulation of silt and a consequent build-up of pollutants. Those conditions were blamed for an outbreak of avian botulism last summer which killed several wild birds. The area around Sopwell allotments has suffered frequently from flooding in the past. One of the reasons for this is that the natural course of the Ver is through the middle of the allotment site. This means that during flood events or high groundwater, the valley bottom floods.


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CLASSICS ON THE COMMON 2016

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 27th July from 2pm – 8pm Since 1994, for one day a year, Harpenden Common hosts what has become the biggest mid-week classic car show in Britain. Whatever the weather, nothing stops most of the pre-registered owners of more than 1200 classic vehicles, motorcycles and scooters from driving to Harpenden from all over the UK to display their cherished vehicles.

When Peter decided to make the 2008 Classics his last he asked Harpenden Village Rotary Club to take over responsibility for organising and running the show.

Up to 10,000 spectators spend hours admiring the mouthwatering collection.

At heart, Classics on the Common remains a community event. Its charity fundraising is significant, too; over the show’s 20+ year span more than £110,000 has been distributed to local, children’s, national and international charities.

A classic vehicle should be at least 20 years old but visitors can usually spot one or two from around a century ago, such as a 1900 Daimler Type A and a 1913 model T Ford. Every decade following is well represented, too, from Rolls Royces and Maseratis to Austin A40s and Morris Minors.

Classic vehicle owners make a donation to enter and, although there is no entry charge to the public, spectators have always responded generously when approached with collecting buckets. Local businesses support, too, by taking banner advertising.

Classics on the Common was the brain-child of classic car enthusiast Peter Madden, a Harpenden resident and Metropolitan Police officer.The first year’s show attracted 125 cars.

The show raised £33,000 for charity in 2015. The main beneficiaries were Spotlight on Africa,Herts Action on Disability, Keech Children’s Hospice and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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FROM PICTURE BOOKS TO CRIME THRILLERS The 8th – 10th July see the 3rd St.Albans Literay Festival in St.Peters Church, St. Albans. The Festival aims to bring together the best local and UK authors in a stimulating, exciting and accessible environment. The festival is a celebration of literature in all its forms, from chick lit and crime fiction through to journalism and poetry, with top names in all fields expected to appear. It is open to everyone and with ticket prices as low as possible the event is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. Our inaugural festival (in 2014) presented over 40 different events from academic literature, popular fiction, a vibrant children programme and a series of workshops. With over 1600 tickets sold and several drop-in events it started with a bang and we hope to build on this success going forwards.

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In contrast to 2014, next year’s festival will be mainly based at St Peter’s Church, with talks and workshops in different sections of the building and also in the churchyard (taking advantage of the storyteller’s circle opened there during the festival in the summer of 2014.) The festival will be running from Friday July 8th through to Sunday July 10th, with a programme of exciting activities aimed at appealing to both adults and children. It is likely that there will also be a fringe programme of activities which expands either side of the main festival dates. The St Albans Literary Festival is managed by festival directors Matt Adams, Claire Walsh and James Cameron who lead a team of volunteers.


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She has also long campaigned on Palestinian issues, visiting the region, lobbying, organising meetings and collecting funds in support of associated charities.

THE RESULTS

A ten-year-old girl suffering from an extremely rare illness has won a coveted community award for her campaigning work. Gabriella Farrugia has been named Young Person of Distinction in the Mayor of St Albans City and District’s annual Pride Awards 2016. She was one of nine individuals or groups who were presented with an award by the Mayor, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz, at a celebratory evening. Long-time Oxfam volunteer Hilary Tyrell was given the Mayor’s Special Recognition Award and Sustainable St Albans took two titles. Charity worker John Brown, artist Catherine Fenton, dance centre All Saints Studios, hospice ambassador Sue Hobley and St Albans for Refugees were the other winners. Gabriella was diagnosed last year with the condition Juvenile Dermatomyositis, known as JDM, that affects only one in three million children. It is a disease of the immune system which inflicts severe muscle weakness on sufferers. Gabriella, of Marshalswick, St Albans, fronted a campaign for world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where she has spent most of the past five months. She bravely agreed to help doctors raise awareness of the disease as they tried to raise funds for research and equipment. So far, the appeal has gained more than £2 million. Cllr Gaygusuz personally chose Ms Tyrell for his Special Recognition Award for her work for Oxfam and St Albans Friends of Palestine. She took over as chair of the St Albans Oxfam Campaign Group in 2004 when she retired from teaching science at St Albans Girls’ School. Under her leadership, the annual Oxfam Herts Hike has almost tripled in size. Last year, it attracted 270 walkers and raised £7,000. 32

Sustainable St Albans was named Environmental Champion of the Year and also won the Community Project of the Year award. The group organised a week of 100 events last November to draw attention to the impact of climate change and engage the local community. More than 130 local groups took part along with 2,000 school children and some 1,700 other residents. The Mayor’s Pride Awards honour people and groups who make a positive contribution to the local community. They are delivered by St Albans City and District Council, in association with the St Albans District Centre for Voluntary Service and Radio Verulam 92.6 FM. All the winners, apart from Ms Tyrell, were chosen from 24 finalists by a panel of judges including the Mayor and representatives of various community groups.The others were: Community Champion of the Year John Brown: a charity volunteer for Computer Friendly,Tools for Africa and the Children’s Society for 10 years. Cultural Innovation Award Catherine Fenton: she created an unusual and challenging art competition for children and adults to promote the UN’s World Toilet Day. Community Oriented Business of the Year All Saints Studios: a centre for dance, education and performance involving both children and adults offering free classes for carers and other groups in need. Voluntary Sector Award Sue Hobley: tireless volunteer and ambassador for Rennie Grove hospice. Inclusive Communities Award St Albans for Refugees: a campaign group that helps refugees from war-torn Syria and other countries and has organised collections of clothing and food parcels.


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“While on the judging panel, I heard a great many heart-warming and interesting stories about the individuals and groups who were nominated.

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The awards ceremony was held at the Ardmore House Hotel, Lemsford Road, St Albans, with 100 guests in attendance. They included Robert Voss, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, and the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans. Cllr Gaygusuz said: “These awards provide an opportunity to admire the dedication and hard work of unsung heroes and volunteers who are the very lifeblood of our community. “I have known Hilary Tyrell for some years and have supported her charity work for Oxfam and St Albans Friends of Palestine. I was delighted to present her with my Special Recognition Award as it is so very well deserved.

“They were all deeply impressive and it was difficult to choose winners in the various categories.The real winner, in any case, is the community as a whole as it benefits so much from their efforts.” Councillor Beric Read, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism, said: “This was the fifth year we have held the Pride Awards and they are now established as the main community recognition scheme for the District. “The stories behind these awards, such as the very brave campaigning work of Gabriella Farrugia or the efforts of Sustainable St Albans to promote environmental causes, deserve to be highlighted. “The Awards play a valuable role in honouring all the voluntary work that goes on in the District and the people who give up their free time to help others. The Council is proud to support them.”

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UNVEILING OF MAGNA CARTA BENCHES Councillor Annie Brewster has presented St Albans with handmade wooden benches to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the City’s association with Magna Carta. The curved, solid oak benches were commissioned by Cllr Brewster who served as the Mayor of St Albans City and District in 2013/14. She handed over the gift at a presentation ceremony at the War Memorial in St Peter’s Street where the benches have been sited. Magna Carta is regarded as one of the most important documents in history as it established the rule of law with its human rights and obligations. St Albans was the scene of the first meeting, on August 4 1213, held to discuss the content of the peace agreement between the Barons, the Clergy and King John. The benches were made by Karl Barowsky of Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture, Hartlepool, which supplies benches to many Royal Parks.

Among those who attended the presentation were (left to right): James Blake, St Albans City and District Council Chief Executive, The Very Reverend Dr Jeffery John, Dean of St Albans, Howard Guard, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Cllr Brewster, Jonathan Trower, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Judge Andrew Bright QC, Mr Barowsky and Lord McNally of the Magna Carta Trust. Cllr Brewster said:“The historic meeting in St Albans Abbey led the way to the 1215 sealing of Magna Carta two years later in Runneymede. 36 36

“Similarly, in my 2013 Mayoral year, St Albans again led the way holding the inaugural events at the start of two years of national and international celebrations to commemorate the 800th anniversary of this world changing document. “It has been a long tradition for the Mayor to give a gift to the City and, in days gone by, it was often a piece of silver. “I received numerous requests for more benches in the City Centre and, as the District Council has just completed a project to create a circular paved garden area in front of the recently restored War Memorial, it has been the perfect opportunity to fuse heritage and function.”

The benches have six distinctive cut-outs of the St Albans saltire shield. Mr Barowsky said: “I was delighted to be asked to design some benches worthy of such an important City. What we have created is a one off design. You will not find benches like this anywhere else in the Country.”


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10 things you may not have known a bout Wimbledon

Wimbledon Fortnight 2016 runs from June 27th until July 10th. Whether you like tennis or not you cannot deny the rich history which surrounds the tournament & the associated ritual and attention to detail. 1.

The Wimbledon Championships date back to 1877 but did not take up residence at Church Road until 1922, where the ground now has a capacity of 35,000.

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Up to 40,000 tennis balls will be used during the tournament, each one hand-tested for weight, bounce and compression and stored at exactly 68 degrees

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Yellow balls were first used in 1986 and will this year be collected by a total of 200 ball boys and girls who have all undergone a rigorous training programme.

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in sport and dates back to 1887. The magnificent gold cup stands 18 1/2 inches high & has a diameter of 7 1/2 inches, but the eagle-eyed might notice the pineapple design which adorns the top of the lid.

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The longest match lasted 112 games, between RA (Pancho) Gonzalez & Charlie Passarell, both from the US, in 1966. The first set alone was 46 games long.

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ST HILDA’S SCHOOL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS St Hilda’s School has approximately 170 girls in its care and aims to provide a nurturing environment which will enable its pupils to flourish as individuals. St Hilda’s is celebrating 125 years since it first opened its doors back in 1891. On first impressions, St Hilda’s stands out as a place of traditional values with quintessential prep-school qualities; as you walk through the front door you are met by the old grandfather clock which has stood in the hall for generations, you sense a calm and purposeful atmosphere pervaded by industrious and happy pupils. Passing through into the new facilities, one realises the School’s readiness to embrace change and strive for continual improvement, whilst retaining the essence of the place. St Hilda’s never stands still.

The School originally started on another site in Rothamsted Avenue and moved to its present location in Douglas Road in the Edwardian era. This year’s 125th Anniversary has presented another fascinating opportunity to furrow into the archives. From this and some of the early photographs, it is clear that the occasional boy has passed through St Hilda’s over the years; the kindergarten admitted boys at various stages. Our guest of honour at Speech Day this year is none other than our most senior ‘Old Boy’ John Wyborn, who left in 1940 just after Dunkirk. Our Old Girls Facebook page has proved to be a great success in bringing together many people with a connection with the School. St Hilda’s was purchased by the Hutchinson family in 1950, at a time when numbers were at just 48 pupils. The School clearly grew enormously during the following three decades. 40

Mrs Hutchinson introduced additional subjects in these early years,together with establishing academic rigour and a love of learning. Their daughter, Mary Piachaud, who followed later as Headmistress and is still the Proprietor, has been reflecting on all St Hilda’s stands for: ‘Every girl who comes to us is nurtured and encouraged to fulfil her talents. Our philosophy is simple: we want to produce happy, well-balanced and well-educated pupils who leave St Hilda’s as confident, self-assured young ladies, ready to move on to their secondary school.’

St Hilda’s has seen vast changes since 1891, but the spirit of the School is the same, something that current Head, Dan Sayers, wishes to preserve: ‘I want every girl to leave St Hilda’s knowing that her time here was fun, happy and purposeful, and that she made the most of every opportunity.’


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SPOTLIGHT ON A LOCAL AUTHOR Local Children’s Author, Launches her Debut Harpenden based writer, Camilla Chester, officially launched her debut novel, Jarred Dreams, on 14th May at Harpenden’s The Oddfellow’s Arms. Jarred Dreams is a chapter book (aimed at readers aged 9+) about a grotesque ghoul who steals children’s dreams, storing them in jars in his cellar. It was shortlisted in the National Literacy Trust New Author Prize 2015, and has been described as, “gripping”, “full of suspense”, “intriguing” and “brilliant”. As part of her book promotion Camilla will be giving talks and workshops in local schools, libraries and bookshops. She is also currently working with the Harpenden Town Council and local book reviewer, Katherine Sunderland, to organise a mini Harpenden literary festival.

Camilla is also involved in this years’ St Albans Literary festival, where she is one of the judges for the Children’s Writing Competition and will be appearing at the Oxfam Bookshop in St Albans on 9th July between 11-12.30. If you would like to book Camilla for a talk/workshop, would like to buy a copy Jarred Dreams, or just want to find out more please visit her website: www. camillachester.com

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ST ALBANS VISITOR NUMBERS SOAR

The number of visitors to major events in St Albans City centre soared last year with website hits up by 31.5%.

Facebook pages for Enjoy St Albans and the Food and Drink Festival have seen the number of ‘likes’ triple in the past nine months.

Around 15,000 people attended the food and drink festival finale in October, up from 12,500 in 2014.

The Council is working with the St Albans Visitor Partnership and the City Centre Partnership to promote the City as a tourist destination.

The Christmas lights switch-on attracted 14,000 people, compared to 10,000 in 2014, while June’s Alban Street Festival pulled in 10,000 visitors, up from 6,000. There were 103,000 visitors to the Christmas Market, a rise of 13,000 on the year before.

Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism, said, “It is important that we attract as many people as possible to St Albans to help local businesses that provide jobs and services for the community. “The figures for last year were very impressive and we plan to build on them in the months to come.

All of the events are run by St Albans City and District Council with the aim of boosting the local economy as well as providing entertainment for residents.

“The Christmas Market is now an established attraction and will be coming back for a fourth year while other events, like the Albans Street Festival, also continue to grow.

The visitor website www.enjoystalbans.com saw a 31.5% increase in traffic last year from 341,000 hits to 449,000. The Council has recently upgraded the site to make it mobile-friendly.

“Next year will see the opening of the new £7.75 million Museum and Art Gallery which will be a huge visitor attraction. It will give people a further reason for exploring St Albans.”

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Proposed New Community Facilities St John’s Church, Southdown, Harpenden We are currently proposing to replace our existing Hall with a new facility that will serve St John’s and the local community into the future. We are an open and welcoming church and want the new facilities created to be community focused, for the benefit of you, the residents of the Parish and the wider Harpenden community. To help us in our planning we would welcome the views of those within our Parish and the wider community of Harpenden. Our vision is to create a facility that will meet current and future needs, to provide first class facilities that will promote both support and engagement with YOU, the community of Harpenden. We would be most grateful if you would take the time to answer a questionnaire online, as we seek to establish what the current needs and requirements are of the Parish and wider Harpenden residents.

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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. 48

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Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies

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THE GRAPE ESCAPE Harpenden charity, the A-T Society, invites you to join a new cycle challenge. Starting from St Albans Cathedral on Wednesday 7th September, the cyclists will pedal a total of 346 miles over 4 days to the finish line in Epernay, the Champagne capital of France. Local cyclists can sign up to take part in the challenge and either self-fund the tour or fundraise for the charity. The A-T Society was founded by a Harpenden family 26 years ago to support UK families living with the rare genetic condition AtaxiaTelangiectasia (A-T) and fund medical research. Children born with A-T appear healthy until they are around 2 years old when they become wobbly on their feet. Sadly, by the age of 10 most are wheelchair users and with a high risk of cancer and lung disease, life expectancy is just 26 years. The charity see this age as something of a silver lining however, as thanks to their work, life expectancy has increased by 8 birthdays since 2007 as a result of the A-T Society’s research and care. William Davis, CEO of the A-T Society and a keen cyclist said “I signed up for this tour as I wanted to challenge myself and improve my fitness. I have never cycled this far before but am looking forward to joining other riders on an adventure and taking in the breathtaking scenery in France. I think anyone who signs up for this event will find it rewarding, especially if they choose to fundraise for the A-T Society. 52

A-T is an incredibly tough diagnosis for a young family. They need help with healthcare, equipment, housing, education - everything really - and then they want research to find a cure. The A-T Society provides all this - but like all rare conditions A-T is often overshadowed. With 1 in 200 people unknowingly carrying the gene, the Champagne Tour will bring valuable funds and welcome publicity for a little charity which makes a huge difference.” So if an intense, exhilarating and rewarding cycling experience is at the top of your list, then get in touch with the A-T Society today and secure your place.

For further information please contact:

e-mail: info@atsociety.org.uk Tel: 01582 760733 www.atsociety.org.uk/champagne


Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th September 2016

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Tour 350 miles over 4 days or 250 miles over 3 days option

Fully supported ride for a great charity

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HALLENGE YOURSELF with this demanding but enjoyable 4-day ride through the beautiful rolling countryside of southern England, Normandy and Champagne. Starting from St Alban’s Cathedral, where England’s first saint was martyred, we will visit the historic cities of Caen, Rouen and Compiègne, finishing in Epernay, the ‘Capitale du Champagne’, where we’ll crack open the fizz to celebrate!

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Open Food Gardens 2016 Come and see what fruit & vegetables can be grown in St Albans, Harpenden and village gardens. Get free advice that will help you grow your own. Just turn up at any time between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on any of the following dates.

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30 Gustard Wood (off The Slype), Wheathampstead, AL4 8RR

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2 Cowper Road, Harpenden, AL5 5NG

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Explore the town’s fascinating past with Harpenden & District Local History Society Town Trail No. 1 Starting from The George and returning to the Harpenden Arms, a fascinating walk back in time along Harpenden High Street.

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. 58 58


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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. 61

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THE SUN IS OUT, THE SKY IS BLUE, LET ME CHOOSE A BOOK FOR YOU! Katherine Sunderland, local mum and Bibliomaniac shares her top holiday reads.

Escape to Another Country These books are all perfect for relaxing with either while you are on holiday or while you daydream of where you might go on holiday. Set in France, England, Ceylon, Africa, Arabia and America these stories are about adventurous, brave, pioneering women; women starting new lives in new countries, women in love, women on a road trip and others who face a journey of self discovery. They are all well written, easy and entertaining reads which will help you to relax as you travel into another world full of interesting, eccentric, sometimes troubled-but mostly, mesmerising characters.

For the Long Haul or Short Distance Traveller “The Reader on the 6.27” is a delightful read and only 190 pages and “The Doll Master” is a collection of short stories so these would work well if you prefer something shorter or something to dip in and out of. If you prefer getting stuck in to a “series” try Marnie Richies trilogy of novels about criminologist Georgia McKenzie, or Leigh Russell’s series of 8 novels based on DI Geraldine Steele.

Additional Baggage I would really recommend this collection of short stories for children aged 11+.

Edge of Your Plane Seat / Sun Lounger Reads There are an incredible amount of very good psychological thrillers around at the moment and here are just a few that I’ve enjoyed reading recently. Many are available at bargain prices on Kindle so are prefect for stacking up with before you go away. I’ve chosen these as they are either set in hotels, swimming pools, holiday locations or during the summer. Hopefully it won’t give you too many bad dreams while you are trying to unwind at the beach!

They are all detective and mystery stories written by the most talented contemporary children’s authors. An entertaining collection for curious minds and a great way to discover a whole host of new writers - each have a plethora of titles to enjoy if you find one particularly appealing!

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10th July

HARPENDEN 4th Sunday of the month

24th July

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10am - 2pm Lower High Street

14th Aug

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12 noon - 2pm Lower High Street

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Childwickbury Arts Fair A three day celebration of the arts held inside the beautiful private grounds of Childwickbury Estate, where you will find a vibrant mix of workshops, demonstrations and entertainment for all ages, a great day out for families. A unique way to engage with artists in a relaxed and informal setting as well as an opportunity to view and buy their work. Stay into the evening for one of the concerts. Events and activities include painting, print making, jewellery, plus much more! Event address: Childwickbury Estate, St Albans, Hertfordshire. AL3 6JX. Tel: 01727 859495 Web: childwickburyarts.com

Festival on the Field 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.

Gin and swing festival Come along and join in this FREE event from 2.30pm at The Oddfellows Arms, 15 Leyton Green, Harpenden AL5 2TG. For more information call 01582 766765

Hatfield House - Classic Motor Show A brand new event for 2016 for fans of American motor muscle! All ages of vehicle are welcome to join us for our first Independence day celebration. Classic motors over 25 years old are also welcome to join us in the beautiful grounds of Hatfield House, for what we anticipate will become a regular fixture in our classic calendar. Loads of awards to be won on the day, with some special guests joining in the fun. For more information visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

The Harpenden Floral Decoration Club AGM Diamond Anniversary, Coral Gardiner (National) “Diamonds are Forever”. Starts 2.15pm at the Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. Visitors very welcome. For more information call 01582 621757

St Michaels Village Folk Evening Lots of the people and groups involved in folk music and dance in the St Albans area get together to perform in the historic St Michael’s village setting. Up to 11 dance groups, including pupils from St Michael’s School, perform in open-air shows, while there is live music in the two pubs and the churchyard. Event Times: 8pm – 10pm. Address: St Michael’s Street, St Albans, Herts AL3 4SH. For more info please visit: www.stmichaelsfolkevening.org.uk

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Rare Productions Youth Theatre – Oliver Charles Dickens original Story put to music by Lionel Bart makes one of the best known & most loved musicals ever written. The story of a young boy rising from the workhouse & striving always to see the best in people. Full of famous songs including, Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Reviewing The Situation & many more. 7.30pm - Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. 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.

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To coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the Spice Girls hit single, Wannabe, Watford Colosseum is proud to host an exhibition dedicated to the 90’s pop phenomenon The Spice AUG Girls. The exhibition will be open during Watford Colosseum’s standard opening hours, Mon Sat 12pm - 4pm and 2 hours before a performance. The exhibition is free to attend & tickets do not need to be purchased in advance. Venue: Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3JN. For more info visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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Classics in the Walled Garden 2016 Classics in the Walled Garden is an evening picnic within and around the historic Walled Garden on the Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4LF. The event is aimed at cars and motorcycles aged 20 years and older, with more modern classics accepted at discretion. Come along and join in the fun! More information and information about entrants and spaces please visit: www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events

Music at St Albans Cathedral - Mass in B minor - JS Bach Music by The English Concert, St Albans Bach Choir, St Albans Cathedral Choir, St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir & St Albans Abbey Singers - Conducted by Andrew Lucas, with Elizabeth Cragg – soprano, Grace Davidson – soprano, William Towers – countertenor, Peter Mitchell – tenor & Thomas Flint – bass. The concert starts at 7:30pm at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY. Tickets are available from the Cathedral website: www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson or from the Cathedral Gift Shop box office.

M Festival - Music Festival St Albans - Times 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm Our annual music festival returns for its 7th year and we are back bigger & better than ever! The day is full of live music, fun activities & entertainment such as Gladiator Jousting, Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Rodeo Bull, Caricaturist, Fun Photo Booth, Hair Braiding, Face Painting, Henna Tattoo & more! We also have a large variety of food and drink stalls with the evening topped off with a firework finale. Everyone is welcome to this event & it promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family! Marlborough Science Academy, Watling St, St Albans AL1 2QA. More info & tickets can be found online at www.themfestival.co.uk


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New! Knebworth Country Show We are delighted to announce a new Country Show. There will be countryside activities, championship events, entertainment & first class demonstrations in the spectacular setting of Knebworth Park. Arena events will include sheep racing, the Devil’s Horsemen display team & the Rockwood Dog Display team. There will also be a clay pigeon shooting festival, gun dog championships and a ‘Terrier & Lurcher’ show. There will be plenty of family fun activities, plus traditional rural crafts & the Knebworth Folk Roots Festival. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

St Albans Literary Festival St Albans Literary Festival aims to bring together the best local and UK authors in a stimulating, exciting and accessible environment. The festival is a celebration of literature in all its forms, from chick lit and crime fiction through to journalism and poetry, with top names in all fields expected to appear. It is open to everyone and with ticket prices as low as possible the event is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. For more information please visit: www.stalbansliteraryfestival.co.uk

Harpenden Highland Gathering

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pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping. Plus the traditional highland games heavy events including ‘weight over the bar’, ‘tossing the caber’ and ‘putting the stone’. There’s a funfair, crafters village, food and licenced bars, charity and trading stalls and much more. Come and join in the fun from 10am – 5pm in Rothamsted Park, Amenbury Lane, Harpenden, Herts. For more info visit: www.harpenden-lions.co.uk/highland-gathering Tel: 0845 833 7426.

St Albans Organ Theatre presents Musical Sunday afternoons

Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments. Doors open at 2.00 p.m. Event Address: 320 Camp Road, St. Albans, Herts AL1 5PE. For admission prices and further information please visit: www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk Telephone 03003 65 65 65 or email us on: info@stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

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The Hemel 10K and 1.5K Superhero Fun Run - From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm The Hemel 10K and 1.5K Superhero Fun Run are back! Both events will take place on Sunday 10th July, starting and finishing at Astley Cooper School in Hemel Hempstead. The 10K will begin at 10.30am and offers a challenging multi-terrain course, both on and off road, through the surrounding countryside. It is open to anyone aged 14+ and costs £20 to enter. The fun run is a 1.5K route starting at 10.00am and is open to all ages. We encourage participants to dress up as their favourite superhero, and there will be a prize for the best outfit! Family and friends are more than welcome to come along on the day, and in addition to the fun run there will be children’s activities as well as the fun run to keep little ones occupied. We ask all participants, children and adults, to raise as much money as they can to support Rennie Grove Hospice Care. To register, please visit www.renniegrove.org/hemel10k or call 01442 820740 to register. The ZKK Classics

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Zack Kahn & UKBFF presents The ZKK Classics. Come & see the UKBFF semi-final qualifier, with athletes competing for titles in: “Body Fitness”, “Ladies Fitness”, “Classic Bodybuilding”, “Bikini”, “Men’s Physique”, “Women’s Physique” and many more categories. 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.

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Big Band Jazz Night - From 8:00pm - 10:30pm Big Band Jazz night with The Mid Herts Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece rehearsal band playing Big Big Jazz since 1963 - that’s right, over 50 YEARS! We have typical Big Band line up (Sax, Trumpet & Trombone sections plus keyboards, Drums, Guitar and Double Bass) comprising of active & retired pros, ex-NYJO and returners, all who just want to play Big Band for the sake of it. We have a concert every 2nd Monday of the month (Bank Holidays permitting & not in August). Each month we play a different 24-25 song set list and have a guest singer. Venue: Sandridge Youth and Sports Centre, Spencer Playing Fields, High Street, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts AL4 9DD. For more info visit www.lemonrock.com/mhjo or visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/MidHertsJazzOrchestra

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Decade 7 Stella Mann College will present an exciting and entertaining show, crammed with exhilarating dance numbers and fun-filled musical theatre. Come see the next generation of dance and singing stars in a high-octane performance of commercial, contemporary and jazz dance mixed with singing and acting. There will be something for all tastes and for all the family in this fast-paced whirlwind of theatre. 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.

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.facebook.com/StableYardatHatfieldHouse or www.stableyardshops.co.uk


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Theatre in the Park - Sense and Sensibility Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer at Hatfield House for an evening of Regency wonderment as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of eighteenth-century society. Picnic with family and friends under a starlit summer evening as you follow the sisters as they find their path and lose their hearts. This event takes place in Elephant Dell in a naturally shaped grass bowl in the grounds of Hatfield House and ticket holders are invited to bring low back chairs or picnic blankets to sit on. For enquiries please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk or call 01522 569 222

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 & honey are often part of the market. Entry and parking is FREE!! For more info visit either www.facebook.com/ StableYardatHatfieldHouse or www.stableyardshops.co.uk

Walter Trout Walter Trout is back! Returning to the stage following his recovery from a successful liver transplant! Walter plays earth shattering Blues Rock music. His live shows are mesmerising, his guitar technique dazzling and his rapport with fans both funny and intense. He was voted the 6th best guitarist ever in a BBC Radio listeners poll, topped the blues charts with ‘Full Circle’ and ‘The Outsider’, and gets rave reviews whenever playing live as well as on record. 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

Harpenden Film Society’s screening of “Bridge of Spies” 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 nonmembers and £3.50 for members and are available to buy online at www.harpendenfilmsociety. co.uk, or from WH Smith, Godfrey’s Fish and Chips or from Harpenden Public Halls.

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After purchasing Jerry Lee Lewis’ record entitled ‘Mean Old Man’, Dutch piano-player and singer Jeroen Sweers erected tribute band Them Lewis Boys in 2010 together with bass-player Rene Postma, drummer Matthias van Olst and guitar-player Willem de Roode. Since then the band has played on many festivals in Holland and the rest of Europe paying tribute to the one and only ‘ killer ‘. Show starts at 7:30pm. 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 Railway Children at Knebworth House – Open Air event Chapterhouse Theatre Company proudly presents The Railway Children, the unforgettable and heartwarming story of adventure and family set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. This is a treat for all the family, perfect for a summer evening’s entertainment. Performed on the Sunken Lawn in front of Knebworth House. Bring a picnic and rug or low backed seating. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic Harpenden Town Council’s free annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a firm favourite with local families. This local event is enjoyed by children and their teddy bears who gathered in the wonderful surroundings of Lydekker Park, off Sun Lane, from 11.00am to 2.00pm. As well as picnicking with your teddy bears there are other attractions such as entertainment by Captain Fantastic, facepainting, a bouncy castle and Teddy Bears Hospital to name a few. For further information call Harpenden Town Council on 01582 768278.

Battle Proms at Hatfield House The Battle Proms is a summer celebration with sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire aerial display, dramatic cannon & cavalry displays & a spectacular firework finale. In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, this year the ever popular cavalry display will be performed in WW1 regalia, & there will be an evening gun salute from a vintage 13 pounder WW1 field gun that will herald the arrival of the Spitfire & the start of the concert proper. Held in Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House. For more info or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Antiques & Collectors Fair Antiques & Collectors Fair at Redbourn Village Hall - 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. Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High St. Redbourn AL3 7LW. For details please call Allen on 07771 668913.

St Albans Race For Life Race for life is the largest women only fundraising event in the UK. The St Albans event takes place in Verulamium Park, where over 3,000 women will come together and help raise money to beat cancer. Come along, walk, run, dance, sponsor or support. To find out more about this event please visit www.raceforlife.org

Folk by the Oak – Hatfield House This one day festival is surrounded by the leafy green parkland of Hatfield House, where you will be immersed in music, history, ancient oaks, bunting, fun & laughter! From the intimacy of our Acorn Stage to the open air festival buzz of our Main Stage, we will bring you award winning musicians & inspiring new talent in one memorable day. For more info or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Colour Me Happy 5k This is an event with a difference & the rules are simple-start off in white & finish in an infusion of colour as you and your friends get showered in multi-coloured powder paint at every km mark! The run is open to those aged 5 and above (5-15 must be accompanied by an adult) & we will have early bird and discounted rates for families & teams. Each entrant will receive a cool Colour Me Happy t-shirt and goody bag! This is the happiest 5km run around so sign up to experience the ultimate Colour Revolution! To sign up call 01707 382500 or visit www.isabelhospice.org.uk


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The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock ‘n’ roll. Even by the standards of that decade Derry was not the rock ‘n’ roll capital of anywhere. With no live bands worth watching, they learned by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One. Show starts at 7:30pm. Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

Harpenden Blues, Rhythm & Rock Music Festival Harpenden Public Halls and Solid Entertainments present the first Harpenden Blues, Rhythm & Rock Music Festival with an all-day bar selling real ales and ciders. The event is from 2.00pm – 10.00pm. Your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband so you can come and go as you please throughout the day. We are delighted to announce the following acts: The Climax Blues Band, Kyla Brox, Tom Seals Band, Laurence Jones, Southbound and Husky Tones. 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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Classics on the Common Classics on the common, which is organised by Harpenden Village Rotary Club, is an annual event held in July from 2pm – 8pm. Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for half a day with more than 1000 classics cars, motor cycles and scooters. There you’ll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Matra Bagheera with a1959 Berliet, plus 10,000 admiring spectators! Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car show, now ranks among the top events in the classics calendar. Charities benefit, too. Last year’s show raised £33,000 for local, national and international charities. For more information please visit www.classicsonthecommon.com

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food & drink. Plus celebrity chef demonstrations, live music stage & a host of free activities. These include BBQ master classes, cook-a-long master classes & a skills theatre. The Festival is a day out for the whole family & there are lots of free activities for children of all ages, including baking pizza in the Cookery School, making edible slime in the Food Lab & creating cress heads in the Sow n Grow activity tent. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Sunshine Sunday Caribbean food and music festival Come along and join in this FREE event from 2.30pm at The Oddfellows Arms, 15 Leyton Green, Harpenden AL5 2TG. For more information call 01582 766765 71


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Children’s Theatre on the Farm - The Wizard of Oz You are invited to click your heels and ease on down the yellow brick road as Immersion Theatre proudly presents a brand new adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, a magical family show guaranteed to have you in stitches from beginning to end! This event takes place on Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield House, in the heart of the Farm known as Goats Pass and ticket holders are invited to bring picnics, low back chairs and blankets to sit on to enjoy what promises to be an exciting open-air theatre experience. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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Art Sparks - From 10.00am – 10.45am Parent and Child Art Classes (1.5-7yrs) £7.50 per session (£6.50 siblings) At The Harpenden Trust Hall, Randall Room, 90 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PS. Booking required, please email sally@samiles.co.uk or visit www.artsparks.co.uk Rothamsted International Film Club - Walkabout A sister and brother are abandoned in the Australian outback fending for themselves till an Aboriginal boy on his walkabout sees them. A mystical emotional “dream time” portrayal with Jenny Agutter. Start Time: 8pm - bar opens 7pm. Venue: Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ. Further Information visit www.rothamsted.ac.uk or call Gill 01582 762919

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Enjoy your favourite films under the stars. The Luna Cinema are back at Knebworth with some fantastic films. Friday – Spectre, Saturday - Dirty Dancing and Sunday - Notting Hill. Bring a picnic and something to sit on. Doors open at 7.00 pm, film starts at 8.45 pm. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Edwardian Pageant – Shuttleworth Air Show The Edwardian Pageant will celebrate the fabulous vintage aircraft that are at the heart of The Collection. Visiting acts will be drawn from the WWI era, so expect to step back in time, so it will be a special pleasure for those who enjoy the early years of aviation & transport. Shuttleworth Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. SG18 9EP. For times, tickets and more information about the air show, please visit www.shuttleworth.org

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Join the Rangers for a free family exploring session. This fun activity group will get the kids outdoors and discovering new things from tracking wild animals to making wild art. Please dress for the weather. No booking is needed - just meet at the Chilterns Gateway Centre (Dunstable Downs), Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, LU6 2GY. Event Time: 2pm – 3pm. Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome at this event. For more information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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This well established free music festival takes part in the grounds of Hertford Castle. Multiple music stages surround the Castle where live bands, musicians & acoustic acts play to the public. From Rock to Folk, Indie to Pop, this music festival has something for everyone. Food stalls & pop up bar available for refreshments. Free Entry, Charity Donations Welcome. Venue: Hertford SG14 1HR. For more information please visit: www.hertford.gov.uk

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Cycling with tea and cake! The electric bike is a great way to explore the great outdoors. The ride starts from the Mill Green Mill in Hatfield and visits many locations including Verulamium Park, Gorhambury and Wheathampstead, before returning along the Ayot Greenway to the Mill. Tour Time 10:30 – 14.45. Tour starting point: Mill Green Mill, Mill Green Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL9 5PD. For more info please visit www.electricbiketours.co.uk

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Art Sparks - From 10.00am – 10.45am Parent and Child Art Classes (1.5-7yrs) £7.50 per session (£6.50 siblings) At The Harpenden Trust Hall, Randall Room, 90 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PS. Booking required, please email sally@samiles.co.uk or visit www.artsparks.co.uk

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Ride and Dine Electric Bike Tours

Guided cycling and sightseeing tour with a delicious meal included. Electric bikes are a great way to explore the great outdoors. The tour starts in Sandridge and visits Childwickbury, Verulamium Park, Old Gorhambury, the Roman Wall, St Albans Cathedral, before returning along the Alban Way to Sandridge. A delicious meal of British Tapas is served at the 400 year old Rose and Crown village pub in Sandridge after the ride. Dates from April to September 2016 (every fortnight on Wednesday evenings) Tour Time 18:30 21.00 Tour starting point: Rose and Crown Pub, Sandridge Road, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts AL4 9DA. For more info please visit www.RideandDineElectric.co.uk

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Set in the beautiful grounds of Knebworth House this Country Steam & Crafts Fair has something for everyone; from Steam & other Vintage Vehicles, children’s entertainers and circus workshops. Plus rustic crafts, gifts and food marquees and trade stands. Also on Sunday at this event, we’re proud to host a Companion Dog Show - so bring along a canine friend and have a go! Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Erth’s - Dinosaur Zoo Various show times available. Back by popular demand, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to life as you’ve never seen them before, from cute baby dinos to teethgnashing giants. Marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. Book now for this truly dinosaursome live show. 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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What’s On AUGUST St Albans Organ Theatre presents Musical Sunday afternoons

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Art Sparks - From 10.00am – 10.45am Parent and Child Art Classes (1.5-7yrs) £7.50 per session (£6.50 siblings) At The Harpenden Trust Hall, Randall Room, 90 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PS. Booking required, please email sally@samiles.co.uk or visit www.artsparks.co.uk

Garden Theatre – Peter Pan Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to present the unforgettable story of Peter Pan the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Join Wendy, Michael & John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland at Knebworth House. Performed on the Sunken Lawn in front of Knebworth House. Bring a picnic & rug/low backed seating. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

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In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-thesexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. This event takes place in Elephant Dell, Hatfield House & ticket holders are invited to bring low back chairs or picnic blankets to sit on & spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this funny, moving & fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. For more info or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

A unique opportunity to tour the House at night and hear the tales of the incidents we cannot explain. Visit areas where our resident presences have been detected. A light supper at Knebworth Barns is included. Pre-booking essential. Warm clothing and suitable footwear recommended. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Art in Clay

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of the most important ceramic events in Europe.The makers range from young imaginative students and relative newcomers to leading National and International makers. Some of the best ideas for ceramics in interior and garden design will be on display for you to admire and buy. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk


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Van Hage-Summer Circus Designed especially for children and adults of all ages, our summer circus is an experience not to be missed. John Lawson’s Circus voted Britain’s best circus currently on a UK tour featuring a host of award winning acts from all over Europe. No animals are used in the performances and the acts are family orientated. Sessions will last for approximately one hour at Van Hage Garden Centre, Amwell Hill, Ware, SG12 9RP. Event Times: 12pm, 2pm & 4pm. For more info visit: www.vanhage.co.uk

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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 information visit either www.hatfield-house.co.uk/events

Art Sparks - From 10.00am – 10.45am Parent and Child Art Classes (1.5-7yrs) £7.50 per session (£6.50 siblings) At The Harpenden Trust Hall, Randall Room, 90 Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PS. Booking required, please email sally@samiles.co.uk or visit www.artsparks.co.uk Theatre in the Park – Pantaloons’ The Canterbury Tales A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales in under two hours. Join the pilgrims for puppetry & poetry, music & magic, talking chickens & burnt bottoms. Fast-paced, physical and funny, this show is pure medieval mayhem for the whole family. This event takes place in Elephant Dell, Hatfield House & ticket holders are invited to bring low back chairs or picnic blankets to sit on and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this funny, moving and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Open Air Cinema showing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Grease, Labyrinth Open air cinema comes to Hatfield House this summer as The Luna Cinema turns the grand Hatfield House into the ultimate setting for three nights of classic cinema under the stars. Bring a picnic or enjoy the fantastic hot food and full on site bar. Star War – 26th, Grease 27th and Labyrinth 28th. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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Antiques & Collectors Fair at Redbourn Village Hall - 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. Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High St. Redbourn AL3 7LW. For details please call Allen on 07771 668913

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Racing against the clock, Phileas Fogg & his valet Passepartout travel around the World by any means necessary to see if they can make it back to London in just 80 days! This event takes place in Elephant Dell Hatfeild House & ticket holders are invited to bring picnics, low back chairs or picnic blankets to sit on to enjoy what promises to be an exciting open-air theatre experience. This is an outdoor event & will take place whatever the weather. For more info or to book tickets please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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Harpenden Public Halls and Solid Entertainments present the first Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival with an all-day bar selling real ales & ciders. The event is from 2.00pm – 10.00pm Your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband so you can come & go as you please throughout the day. We are delighted to announce the following acts including: Lindisfarne, Julie Felix, Said The Maiden, Polly & The Billets Doux, Dexeter, Delta Ladies, Linda Em. 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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of the cars are for sale. Live commentary & arena displays of clubs, kit and custom cars. Pre- and post-war classics. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family, as the Gardens, Dinosaur Trail, Park & Adventure Playground ticket includes the Motor show. Venue: Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX. For more info visit: www.knebworthhouse.com

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Summer Day - Books, bears, history & magic in the Walled Garden in August ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ is a well-known Shakespearian stage direction which we hope won’t be needed for the Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Summer Day on Wednesday 31st from 10.30-15.30 in the Luton Hoo Estate Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4LF. David Litchfield will be reading from his book “The Bear and the Piano” while children can make masks and sing bear songs. For further info & tickets, visit www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events


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Eilis, from Ireland, only has a weekend job but a priest has helped her to go to the USA where she stays in a hostel with other girls, but she is so very homesick. Start Time: 8pm - bar opens 7pm. Venue: Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ. Further Information visit www.rothamsted.ac.uk or call Gill 01582 762919.

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Hertfordshire Open Studios Why not extend the summer holiday mood with a self-guided tour of some of Hertfordshire’s finest artists, craftmakers & artisans? Artists are opening their doors for the biggest countywide art event in Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios 2016. This annual autumn show, organised by Herts Visual Arts, runs for 3 weeks & entry to participating exhibitions is free. For more information please visit: www.hvaf.org.uk/Open-Studios

Heritage Open Days - Each September for one weekend St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover our architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history & culture to life. To find out more visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk Harpenden Beer Festival

After the success of Harpenden’s 2015 Beer Festival the landlords and landladies from three local pubs are busy planning this year’s event. Sid and Daren from The Plough and Harrow, Pete from The Engineer and Tony and Maria from The Carpenters Arms, are hosting Harpenden’s sixth independent Beer Festival on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September at the newly refurbished British Legion. This year’s festival promises to be even better than 2015; with seventy real ales, perrys and ciders, food will be available all day and live music on both nights Admission is £5 including branded festival glass. CAMRA Members free admission before 6pm on both days. For the latest information about the festival follow us on facebook, search for “Harpenden Beer Festival ”Come along and support the local publicans, who put on this fun filled event!

Meet The Artist “David Renshaw” at Gallery Rouge St Albans 2pm till 4pm at 27 Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3YJ. Unveiling his fantastic new collection of original artwork ‘Voyage to Discovery’ Exclusive works to Gallery Rouge, especially rare Still Life and a unique ‘European Romance’ series, not to be missed! For more information please visit www.galleryrouge.co.uk 70

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Saturday September 10th - 2 till 4pm At: 27 Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3YJ. Unveiling his fantastic new collection of original artwork ‘Voyage to Discovery’ Exclusive works to Gallery Rouge, especially rare still lifes and a unique ‘European Romance’ series, not to be missed!

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THE GRAND VINTAGE FAIR If vintage is your thing, then this is the place for you. Full to the rafters with an amazing array from retro & kitsch to vintage fashions & accessories. Beautiful jewellery to fabulous art glass & ceramics. Plus so much more from 10am - 4pm. Make a day of it & enjoy a scrummy homemade breakfast, lunch, or tea! The Grand Vintage Fair, The Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans. Hertfordshire. AL3 5BU. For more info please visit:www.facebook.com/TheGrandVintageFair

Harpenden Art Craft and Antiques

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run courses & all of them will give advice to anyone who is interested in starting a new hobby. If you are an artist, make good quality crafts or sell antiques & would like to join any of our events then please contact us as we are always looking for new faces. From 10.00am to 4.00pm at Harpenden Methodist Church Hall (next to WHSmith). For more info please visit www.harpendenartcraftandantiques.com

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Fish and fizz festival Fresh Fish, Oysters, Clams, Scallops, Lobsters and much more. Come along and join in this FREE event from 2.30pm at The Oddfellows Arms, 15 Leyton Green, Harpenden AL5 2TG. For more information call 01582 766765

Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge 2016

The Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, a fundraising event to support Rennie Grove Hospice Care, returns on Sunday 11th for its eighth year! Join Rennie Grove for their own version of the famous national challenge & experience the beautiful scenery along part of the Ridgeway National Trail, taking in Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill & Ivinghoe Beacon from 9:30am - 6:00pm. Location: Princes Risborough School, Merton Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0DT. Price: £20 for adults, £10 for children, under 5s are free. For more information or visit: www.renniegrove.org/support/our-events/chilterns-3-peaks-challenge


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St Albans Organ Theatre presents Musical Sunday afternoons Enjoy a musical Sunday Afternoon listening to this fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments. Doors open at 2.00 p.m. Event Address: 320 Camp Road, St. Albans, Herts AL1 5PE. For admission prices and further information please visit: www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk Tel: 03003 65 65 65 or email us on: info@stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society Philatelic Exhibition Labels 1900 -1980 The Philatelic Society is 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 the School Room, 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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Heritage Day at Hertford Castle From 12:00 - 16:00. Free Entry, Charity Donations Welcome As part of National Heritage Weekend, Hertford Castle will open its doors to the public free of charge. Visitors will be able to explore the basement, dungeons, Robing Room & Downshire Suite. The Castle lawn will host a medieval encampment, medieval battles, falconry & much more. Whilst in Hertford, visitors can enjoy the historic photo trail of historic photographs of buildings from the past. Venue: Hertford Castle, Website: www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Sean Lock 2016 (15+) Every 3 years the comedian Sean Lock writes & tours a new stand-up show. Well he’s only gone & done it again! What’s he like? Come & see what he’s blithering on about! Book your tickets today at Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3JN Box Office: 01923 571 102. Or visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

The Dreamboys 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. 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.

The Real Thing Britain’s No.1 soul band celebrate an incredible 40 years in the business with their 3 original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith. Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more information call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers - From the last home Ashes series in 2013 Evenings with Aggers have been delighting audiences all over the country. Now, following in the footsteps of Geoff Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar & Graeme Swann, Phil Tufnell teams up with his TMS colleague for a series of shows from February 2016. Tickets from the Alban Arena box office 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts AL1 3LD.

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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.facebook.com/ StableYardatHatfieldHouse or www.stableyardshops.co.uk

Come along and join in the fun from 10am – 4pm where you will find lots of Stalls, Charity Raffle, Live Music and a Bar, provided by The Spotted Dog. The fair is in aid of The Hospice of St Francis, so come and support this fun event at The Hertfordshire Garden Centre, Redding Lane, Redbourn, Herts AL3 7PS.

Justin Hayward Plus special guest Mike Dawes Legendary voice of The Moody Blues. Programme includes Moodies favourites in an acoustic ‘songwriter’ format and much more! 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.

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2016 will bring us a glorious programme of music inspired by the great composer JS Bach. We look forward to exploring the best of the Baroque era whilst showcasing his legacy in later years with celebrated works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven. Over the four days of the festival we are delighted to be featuring artists including Hertfordshire’s own Alison Balsom, and acclaimed soloists Angela Hewitt, James Gilchrist and Rachel Podger. In addition to these exciting new guests we will also be welcoming back festival favourites the Navarra Quartet and pianist Tom Poster, and our artistic director Guy Johnston will be performing a special solo Bach recital in the intimate setting of the Chapel for the first time. For more information please visit: www.hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk

One Night Of Queen - Performed by GARY MULLEN AND THE WORKS In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runnerup. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. 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. Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz Graham Parker has worked with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz since 1975 when they first met & rehearsed together in a band that became known as Graham Parker & The Rumour. Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD. For more info call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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

French Market at Hatfield House The French traders will drive to Hatfield from northern France in time for opening at 10am & will be selling products such as : baguettes, croissants , tarts, a wide range of soft & hard cheeses, charcuterie, tartiflette, saucisson , crêpes, olives, spices, fruit , Provençal soaps, garlic, onions, baskets etc’’. For more info visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave Join the award winning, critically acclaimed BFLF crew & pioneer DJs 2 Bad Mice at a rave for families with children aged 0-8 years. Designed as much for grown-ups as children they are daft, anarchic & a whole loada fun for everyone! Experience a dancefloor full of bubbles, club visuals, glitter cannons, huge balloons & a giant parachute dance. 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.

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Grove House Fashion Show High street clothes! Brand new! ALL prices slashed Bargains Galore! WE DON’T DO FRUMPY! Join us for your chance to see, try on & buy this season’s lines at reduced prices - all to help raise money for your local charity. Tickets must be booked in advance & cost £15 pp including a glass of Pimms. Doors open at 6:30pm & the show starts at 7:00pm. Seats are limited! Book your tickets online or by calling:01727 731028. Venue: Grove House, Waverley Road, St Albans AL3 5QX. For more info please visit: www.renniegrove.org

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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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Redbourn Watermill and Bakery

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


Weekly English Traditional Folk Dance

St Johns Church Social Club

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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Wheathampstead Health Walk

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

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History in Hertfordshire - YOUR LOCAL MUSEUMS -

Ashwell Village Museum

You will find all manner of wondrous curiosities relating to the village of Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Here the untold history of the village, from goddesses to genealogy, from birds to breweries the whole of human life is here. www.ashwellmuseum.org.uk

Bishop Stortford Museum

The museum houses two main collections: the unique Cecil Rhodes collection - a large collection of artefacts, documents and archives relating to the life and times of Cecil Rhodes - and the local history collections which provide a fascinating insight into the history of Bishop’s Stortford. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

British Schools Museum, Hitchin

There is literally no other museum like the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. The 1837 Monitorial Schoolroom is the only one of its kind left in the world! Then there are our 3 other historic classrooms, the Headmaster’s House and our wonderful displays and exhibitions based upon the extraordinary collection of 47,000 objects! www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk/

Bushey Museum

The Museum tells the story of Bushey and its unique artistic history. It has a large collection of works and articles relating to Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA and his world-renowned Art School. Also on show is the Lucy Kemp-Welch Memorial Trust Collection, including many of Lucy’s superb paintings of horses. www.busheymuseum.org

Cromer Windmill

Hertfordshire’s sole surviving windmill and a grade II* listed building dates from 1681. It stands on an artificial mound just outside Cromer, near Ardeley, in which parish a windmill has stood for nearly 800 years. www.hertfordshirebpt.org

De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre Located at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito prototype was originally designed,the museum boasts a huge collection of de Havilland aircraft and sections ranging from DH Moths to modern Military Jets . www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum The Museum has a collection of 1500 objects and 10,000 photographs. The collection began in 1999 with a few items and photographs preserved for the local community by a handful of volunteers. www.elstree-museum.org.uk

The Forge Museum Much Hadham The Forge Museum is set in an attractive Grade II* listed building situated in the picturesque village of Much Hadham. Once a farmhouse of the Moor Place Estate, the earlier parts of the building date from the 15th century. The forge and bellows room are part of a 17th century barn conversion, and in 1811 the shoeing room and blacksmith’s shop were added. www.hadhammuseum.org.uk

Hatfield House The house is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years. Superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship can be seen throughout the House such as the Grand Staircase with its fine carving and the rare stained glass window in the private chapel. Displayed throughout the House are many historic mementos collected over the centuries by the Cecils, one of England’s foremost political families. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Dacorum Heritage Trust

The Museum houses in excess of 110,000 artefacts relating to the history of the Borough.The collection is varied and includes paintings, photographs, documents, archaeology and textiles as well as many local and social history artefacts. It covers a period from Neolithic times (around 6,000 years ago), to the present day and gives a wonderful insight into the long history and culture of the Dacorum area.

Datchworth Museum

Comprising one ground floor room with the original forge, the museum on Datchworth Green boasts more than 900 artefacts, the majority of which have been donated by residents of the village and can be viewed in glass cabinets. www.hertfordshire.com

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Hertford Museum This is a much loved local museum, with fascinating objects that tell the story of the county town. It is an accessible, fun and fascinating museum where everyone can enjoy, engage with and be inspired by their heritage. www.hertfordmuseum.org


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Health

MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health has been highlighted as a key issue for all of St Albans City and District Council’s services especially those working in housing and community safety. It was proposed by Liberal Democrat Councillor Anthony Rowlands who was appointed the District’s Mental Health Champion last year. Councillors Julian Daly, Leader of the Conservative Group, Roma Mills, Leader of the Labour Group and Simon Grover, Green and Independent Group Leader, supported the proposals. The Council has invested £110,000 over the past four years in 24 mental health projects including telephone helplines, workshops and counselling sessions. In adopting the motion, the Council resolved to continue its work on mental health by:

A survey carried out by St Albans Youth Council in 2012/13 found high numbers of young people suffered stress associated with school life. Councillor Rowlands said: “The motion on mental health has been given overwhelming backing by the Council. “It is a statement of recognition, intent and, above all, of commitment.

• Backing the Local Authorities Mental Health Challenge, an initiative set up by seven mental health charities to promote the issue; • Supporting positive mental health in the community though work with schools, health agencies, Hertfordshire County Council and other groups; and • Creating an employer action plan for Time To Change, an organisation that highlights discrimination against those suffering poor mental health. • As part of its Time To Change commitment, the Council will detail its mental health activities and goals.

“There is an enormous amount still to be done before we reach a point where we can feel that support for those with mental illnesses is sufficiently accessible and of a high standard.

The motion noted that at least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.

“We can challenge the stigma, support the voluntary sector and continue to develop our leadership work with young people.”

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“We need to be aware of the mental health needs of the young, the lonely, the elderly, those with long-term physical conditions, ethnic minority groups and those living in poverty. “As Councillors there are important opportunities for us to demonstrate that we are alert to mental health needs of residents.


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worked 30 years in both Australia and England.

Councillor Daly said: “This initiative builds on our long-term commitment to help those with mental health needs.

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“In particular, we recognise that many of our staff deal with stressful situations.We want to support them as best we can.

She is HCPC registered which means she is fully qualified in her profession and can work in both the NHS and the private sector.

“This means we need to give individuals and their colleagues the tools to recognise developing mental health issues and how best to approach them.We also want to set an example for our local employers.” Councillor Mills said: “This is a demonstration of our commitment to improving mental health services.

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#7 Your approach To the shower, that is. If you can avoid it, try not to have a step in to your shower instead go for a flush level floor, which can be achieved with a very shallow tray, or a tiled gradient floor.

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#8 Your heating Think about adding under floor heating and wall heating (yes really) to dry up moisture, this will give off a low level heat and heat your tiles. Now when you step out of the shower you won’t fill a chill but thanks to heated floors and walls your room will remain warm. Luxury redefined.

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REDUCED OPENING HOURS FOR HARPENDEN AND ST.ALBANS TIPS Instead of opening seven days a week, both St Albans and Harpenden will open five days a week. Public consultation was held during the summer after the county council’s decision to switch to contractor AmeyCespa & task them with delivering savings of £6 million over the next eight years. 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 Further information from: www.wasteaware.org.uk 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 Further information from: www.wasteaware.org.uk

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MEASUREMENT EXPERTS AWARDED PARLIAMENTARY ESTATES CONTRACT BIM Model - Houses of Parliament [Harpenden, Herts - 9th June, 2016] - Plowman Craven has been awarded a five-year framework to provide surveying services for the Parliamentary Estate as part of the ongoing Restoration and Renewal Programme for the Palace of Westminster. The commission from the Parliamentary Estates Directorate involves a laser scan survey to capture measurement data of the entire Palace, including the iconic Houses of Parliament, home of the UK Parliament.

Commenting on the award, Malcolm Donald, Director at Plowman Craven, said: “We are honoured to have received such a prestigious contract and look forward to contributing our specialist expertise and BIM capability to this vital project to preserve and protect a UNESCO World Heritage Site of national & global significance.”

Plowman Craven will then produce a Building Information Management (BIM) model which will be the platform for the Restoration and Renewal Programme. This 3D model will help to facilitate the subsequent planning, design and construction work, as well as the future management of the Palace.

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House prices in London may seem extortionate – but there’s one place in England that’s worse. New data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that St Albans has the highest average The Hertfordshire city has a median house price of £390,000 compared to the median price of £380,000 in the capital. The ONS analysed Land Registry data between 1995 and 2015 and took an average across all property types, but also looked at differences between specific property types. To get a detached house, Londoners pay on average £664,007. Moving into a similar house in St Albans would cost as much as £675,000. House buyers pay as much as £94,400 more on average for a semi-detached house in St Albans, where such a property costs £529,400 on average, compared to an average of £435,000 in London. However, buying a flat sets you back more in London than it does in St Albans. The median flat price is £90,000 higher in London - £345,000 compared to £255,000 in St Albans. Third on the list of the highest average house prices is Cambridge, where the median house price is £360,000. The ONS said that Cambridge has had the largest increase in house prices of anywhere in England and Wales, with house prices rising by 46.9 per cent between 2010 and 2015. In London, the median house prices rose by 38.2 per cent in the same period. 112

Median house prices 1. St Albans: £390,000 2. London: £380,000 3. Cambridge: £360,000 4. Guildford: £352,000 5. Woking: £329,975 6. Oxford: £327,000 7. Brighton and Hove: £295,000 8. Watford: £290,000 9. Bath: £285,000 10. Bracknell: £270,000 Source: ONS www.cityam.com/237148/this-is-the-city-inengland-with-the-highest-house-prices-and-itisnt-london Zoopla facts FUN FACTS FOR HARPENDEN Highest value streets

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Skip hire do’s and don’ts! If your skip needs to be placed on the public highway (any road adopted or maintained by the council) you will need a valid permit from your local council. This is normally taken care of via the skip company, but it’s always worth checking. For obvious reasons certain materials, such as asbestos, cannot be disposed of in a standard skip. You will be liable for any illegal materials placed in your skip so you must check with the council what is and what’s not allowed. As a rough guide the following waste is normally acceptable: Bricks, Rubble, Wood, Metal, Hard Core,Plastics, vegetation / green waste, Furniture, Furnishings, Fittings (non-electrical), Cookers, Fittings (nonelectrical), Plastic, Packaging (including cardboard, plastics, polystyrene, Domestic waste such as food and food packaging, Soil (not contaminated with asbestos or oil), Solidified paint.

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The following waste materials must not be placed in skips and cannot be accepted for disposal Fridges,Televisions, Computer Towers, Computer Screens, Microwaves, Household Batteries, Plasterboard,Tyres, Liquids (Hydraulic Oil, Engine Oil, Cooking Oil), Clinical Waste (Medical Waste of any kind), Compressed Gas Cylinders/Bottles (Full or Empty), Vehicle Batteries, Solvents (Such as Paint & Glue), Other Chemicals (Processing Fluids, Bleach, Detergent) If you have any queries contact your skip company or local council, who will be able to answer any of your questions.


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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 Install underfloor heating 2 Insulate your loft – using natural or recycled materials where possible 3 Use locally sourced or supplied building materials and local tradesmen 4 Buy furniture made from recycled materials 5 Use water-based paints with natural pigments 6 If renovating or building, insist that your builder reduces waste & recycles rather than sending material to landfill 7 Fill cavity walls with insulation 8 Consider investing in solar panels 9 Replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed ones 10 Choose wood-framed windows rather than UPVC or metal

11 Keep your boiler serviced & upgrade it to a more efficient model when you can 12 Replace old-style bulbs with energy saving ones 13 Add thick curtains at windows or doors 14 Monitor your electricity consumption 15 Investigate sources of second-hand furniture and fittings 16 Lower your thermostat and check the temperature of your hot water 17 When buying or renting a new house, check its Energy Performance Certificate 18 Block draughts around doors, chimneys and windows 19 Buy an eco-kettle 20 Fit a water-saving showerhead

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THE EIGHT INGREDIENTS TO A HAPPY HOME! 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. A pet: An animal about the house is proven to alleviate loneliness and depression, keep you fit and teach the kids valuable lessons about responsibility. It’s important to have something else around that breathes just to give you a sense of your place in the world.

5. An amazing bed: (with gorgeous linen): Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. We spend a lot of time in the bedroom so shouldn’t scrimp when it comes to our bed. 6. A statement piece: These can provide a great conversation starters, add personality and give a room an all-important focal point; t can be anything from a 2. Great storage: It’s impossible to live a relaxed piece of artwork, a chair or a large vase. happy life if every room has clutter piled up in the corner. Good quality and well thought out storage 7. Something that makes you smile: A home can help to reduce stress (and arguments!!) shouldn’t be clinical with perfect symmetry and an unlived in look. It’s the quirky, unexpected thing that 3. Plants: Something organic will always make a space give a space true personality. Find something wacky feel a bit more alive and real plants make the that makes your smile, it’ll give your house a splash of atmosphere that little bit purer. your personality. 4. A comfy sofa: Something squishy that can give you 8. Personal collections: Gone are the house doctor a hug at the end of a long day – a good sofa makes days when we were encouraged to depersonalise our all the difference! You want a sofa where you can curl homes. Make design feature of all those little up with91-130-PRINT-READY-PDF.pdf a good book, or relax with a glass of wine and of the things you love, that are special to 1 20/06/2016 reminders 08:53 a movie, not an angular, high end model that looks you, and they’ll instantly make your home that little bit stylish, but is uncomfortable & unwelcoming. more special too.

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A project to improve a woodland for both people and wildlife has finished and won a rave review from the Mayor of St Albans City and District.

The Mayor meets volunteers, CMS officials and others involved in the project. Councillor Salih Gaygusuz visited Bentsley Spinney in Marshalswick, St Albans, to view the changes that have been made. He also unveiled a new, beautifully-illustrated interpretation panel which highlights the woodland’s main features. Among the improvements are the planting of native trees and shrubs, the installation of bird and bat boxes and the thinning of Sycamore trees. There is also better access and new entrance signs. The scheme was funded by a grant of £15,637 given by the Tarmac company through the Landfill Communities Fund. Sandridge Parish Council and Hertfordshire County Councillor Geoff Churchard’s Member Locality Budget also made contributions. The project was delivered by Countryside Management Service (CMS) working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council who own the site. The involvement of local CMS volunteers was crucial in completing the work. 120

Bentsley Spinney is a mix of secondary and ancient woodland and is designated a Local Wildlife Site. It is accessible from Skys Wood Road and The Ridgeway. Cllr Gaygusuz said of his visit on Monday 23 May: “I am hugely impressed by the improvements made to Bentsley Spinney and would urge people to come and have a look to see for themselves. “It is wonderful that many people gave up their time to volunteer and help the professionals deliver this marvellous project.” Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “The Council has worked with a number of other organisations to complete this very worthwhile project. “We are sure the people of Marshalswick will be proud of these woodlands and will now make even more use of them. Bentsley Spinney will continue to be a green hub for the community.”


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JOBS IN THE GARDEN THIS SUMMER Taking cuttings is one of the great pleasures of summer gardening; you can propagate a wide range of plants at this time of the year for little or no cost. You’ve got nothing to lose, so sharpen your secateurs and get out in the garden! TYPES OF CUTTINGS Softwood cuttings are taken from actively growing new shoots, often root more quickly, but losses through wilting and rotting can be greater. Semi-ripe cuttings are taken from new shoots that have finished growing with fully developed leaves and a base that is starting to turn woody. Semi-ripe cuttings are easier to handle because and are more robust and less liable to wilt, but be patient as they often take longer to root.

HERBACEOUS PLANTS Although advice is to take cuttings from herbaceous plants in spring as new shoots are produced, they will root just as well from cuttings taken during the summer. Once early performers have finished flowering, many produce a flush of new growth. Those that don’t can be encouraged to do so by dead-heading, watering and feeding. Many early flowering herbaceous plants produce new shoots from the base, which make ideal material for summer cuttings. Spreading types tend to produce new growth from existing shoots, which can also be used to make cuttings. In either case, each cutting needs to be 10-15cm long.

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SHRUBS Most shrubs are easy to root from cuttings taken at this time of the year. However, it is a common misunderstanding that shrubs have to be propagated from semi-ripe cuttings. In fact, many root more easily from softwood cuttings, but you must not allow them to wilt. Most shrubs can be propagated from the non-flowering shoot tip, cutting just below a leaf joint and removing the lower leaves. The prepared cutting should be 10-15cm long depending on the type of growth. Very easy-to-root shrubs, such as artemesia and buddleja, can be rooted from cuttings taken partway down the stem as well.

You will get better results from some shrubs, including deciduous azaleas, ceratostigma, chaenomeles, genista, lavender, pieris, sage, viburnum and weigela, taking semi-ripe cuttings trimmed from the point it joins last year’s growth. A few shrubs, including camellia, fatsia and mahonia, root better from leaf-bud cuttingsthis is a mid-stem cutting trimmed just above a leaf joint with a short piece of stem, about 5cm long, below it.

CLIMBERS Climbers tend to produce shoots with long stems between leaf joints; this means that preparing stem tip and leaf bud cuttings are the most practical ways of propagating most climbers. Many popular climbers, including clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle, also produce side shoots from horizontally trained stems that can be used to make semi-ripe cuttings – trimming the cutting at the point it joins last year’s growth.

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