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# Herts And so this is Christmas. The festive season is well and truly upon us, and if that means party time, present time or just good old family time - it 's all happening here in #Herts.


LETTHEREBELIGHT! Count ing down t o Chr ist m as light s swit ch-ons

The best upcom ing r eleases ar ound #Her t s



The first sign of the festivities are the light switch-ons which take place in our towns and we have a list of all the top times to catch these super illuminations. We are also lucky to have a host of festive events take place in #Herts in November and December and we give you the inside track on some of them to truly get you in the mood. Along with our regular features on nature in #Herts and all the best theatrical and cinema releases, we are also delighted to get your brain cells working over Xmas with a quiz on our great county.


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So don't forget to read, enjoy, share and enjoy the best of #Herts!

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Hertfordshire's ageing population: What it means for business Hertfordshire LEP looked to raise awareness about the importance of older workers to the county?s businesses and economy at their event ?The Value of Experience?held on November 22, hosted in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). By 2020, one third of the UK?s working age population is projected to be aged 50 or over, due to changes in demographics and the state pension age. On a county level, the ageing population adds further strain to Hertfordshire?s already tight labour market. DWP?s Fuller Working Lives initiative offers a viable solution and aims to encourage local businesses to broaden their recruitment policy and reap the benefits of having an older, more experienced workforce. ?The Value of Experience?will provide employers with an overview of the current and future labour market, information on how to implement a successful over 50s strategy with talks from major local employers, and details of the support available in Hertfordshire for businesses looking to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Crucially, employers were asked to


provide their input as to the barriers faced when employing older workers during a workshop session; feedback from which will be used to improve and inform DWP?s business and job seeker support programmes. Adrian Hawkins, deputy chairman of Hertfordshire LEP and chairman of the Skills and Employment Board says, ?There are almost one million older workers in the UK currently not economically active but still eager and able to work. This valuable pool of talent could help businesses maximise productivity, especially in a county where a shortage of skills is one of the most crippling barriers to growth. We hope to raise awareness amongst local employers as to the benefits of having an older workforce and address any concerns they may have with the help of targeted business support programmes delivered by DWP.?

More details will be available on the Hertfordshire LEP website. About Fuller Working Lives ?Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach?explains how as the population ages, employers need to draw on the skills and experience of older workers to avoid loss of labour. It also explains how working longer can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and bring the benefits of a multi-generational workforce to businesses. It sets out a number of new recommendations directly from businesses to support older workers to remain in the workforce and to help employers retain, retrain and recruit older workers so they have fuller working lives. Recommendations around flexible working, retraining for a new career, self-employment, volunteering and phased retirement are put forward in the policy paper, available here .

Pict ur ed f r om lef t : Her t f or dshir e LEP execut ive dir ect or Neil Hayes, Local Gr owt h Minist er Jake Ber r y, Leader of Br oxbour ne Bor ough Council Mar k Mills-Bishop and Char les Walker MP.

Local Growth Minister and Hertfordshire LEP announce a £12.5m funding call A £12.5m open call for capital funded projects was announced in Hoddesdon by Local Growth Minister Jake Berry and LEP executive director Neil Hayes. Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has issued an open call for capital grant funding to deliver economic development projects in the county. The funding comes from the Government Growth Deal funding and Mr Berry was in attendance at the Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre, Hoddesdon, where the announcement was made to mark the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week ( November 13-19). The 20,000 sq ft centre, jointly funded by Broxbourne Borough Council (£2.1m) and Hertfordshire LEP (£1.8m), opened in December 2016 to provide much-needed growing-on space for SMEs. By 2021, it is expected to deliver 300 new jobs, support 170 businesses, create 60 new businesses and train 520 people.


Mr Berry said: ?Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre is a great example of what can be achieved when the Government and Local Enterprise partnerships work together to support local business needs. This initiative encourages business development, inward investment and growth in this local area with significant projects coming forward to deliver thousands of new jobs, homes and provide vital employment space on the edge of London. ?I am delighted that today a further £12.5m capital, from the Government?s Local Growth Fund, is to be made available through Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support projects that meet its strategic priorities to accelerate business growth in the

Mr Haye said: ?An open call for grant funding enables an optimum number of proposals to be considered that fit most closely with our wider strategic ambitions to accelerate business growth.? Applicants will need to demonstrate that the proposed projects will leverage significant further investment whether this is in housing, employment, business development or skills output. Organisations from private, public and not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply, providing the projects are well developed and close to being delivered in 2018. The deadline for submissions of interest is midday on December 18. The proposed timeframe is for an initial sift of projects on Friday, December 22, before applications are scrutinised by a LEP Chairs Panel on February 12. Applications will then go to a full LEP board on March 22 for final approval.


Christmas switch-on It?s the big sign the Christmas really is just around the corner. Here is our #Herts guide to the big light switch on events around the county.

day followed by turning on the lights and a fireworks display

Welwyn Garden Cit y

Hosted in the walled Vintry Garden and open from midday until 6pm.

St Albans Sunday, November 26

Thursday, November 16 See the Christmas lights switch-on plus stalls and music throughout the day. From 3-7pm.

Harpenden Sunday , November 26

Hert ford Friday, November 24 The event will begin at 3.30pm and will end at 8pm with the traditional Christmas tree lights switch-on. Bunt ingford Friday, November 24 The lights will be switched on at the Manor House at 6pm, along with Christmas carol singing. Hoddesdon Saturday, November 25 The event begins at 10am. The Mayor


of Broxbourne will be turning on the Christmas lights, followed by a fireworks display. Let chwort h Saturday, November 25 Midday- 7pm, see the Christmas lights switch-on in Letchworth plus stalls and music. Hemel Hempst ead Sunday, November 26 From midday onwards, everyone is welcome to their festive family fun

Harpenden will be hosting a Christmas carnival and a farmers market all before the main event of the switching on of the lights at 5pm. St evenage Thursday, November 30 From 4pm - 6.30pm. See Chris Day of Stevenage Football Club switching on the lights in Stevenage Town Centre. Bishop'sSt ort ford Saturday, December2 A Christmas fayre and then light switch-on for the town.

And where to find your festive fun... Frost Fair at Hat field House Thursday to Sunday, November 16-19 It?s back again and Frost Fair has earned an impressive reputation with a wide variety of stalls featuring everything to both get you in the mood for Christmas and also help with that important gift buying. Oh and Santa may also be there as well! Hert ford Christ mas Gala Friday, November 24 Hertford Christmas Gala has it all, market stalls, a host of live entertainment, and all you?d expect with reindeer, Santa?s grotto and so much more. At the same event the illuminations will also be turned on. St Albans Christ mas Market

Saturday, November 25, to Saturday, December 23 Now famed for its wooden chalets and amazing festive atmosphere, this Christmas market is a must. You will delight in the carols and wide range of stalls with plenty of food and drink to keep you fuelled. Harpenden Christ mas Carnival and Farmers Market Sunday, November 26 TheHarpendenFarmer?s Market is held so that it coincides with the town?s Christmas Carnival. Along with the normal entertainment there is a carnival procession and all you would expect with crafts taking place and stalls groaning with food and whole host of other festive goodies. There

will also be fairground rides and make sure you are there when the lights are turned on by the mayor at 5pm. Bishop?s St ort ford Christ mas Fayre Saturday, December 2 Bishop?s Stortford Christmas Fayre never disappoints and expect music from bands and choirs with a delightful homemade festive feel. Redbourn Christ mas Market Sunday, December 3 Expect a busy bustling market with a host of stalls and everything you would want from a Christmas event. There will be plenty of entertainment with choirs, carols and of course Santa due to make an appearance in his grotto!



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Comedy dinner.

THE STYLI STI CS Alban Ar ena, St Albans Stop, look, listen to the 70s hitmakers.

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ED BYRNE: SPOI LER ALERT Alban Ar ena, St Albans Stand-up comedy. EARTHQUAKES I N LONDON Queen Mot her Theat r e, Hit chin

Big Spirit Youth Theatre. Until November 25. Novem ber 23 PHI L KAY, LUCY PORTER Mar ket Theat r e, Hit chin Doggett and Ephgrave's Mostly Comedy Club.j JOHN MAYALL Alban Ar ena, St Albans The Godfather of British blues. CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENI CE Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar On-screen exhibition. Novem ber 24 THE SOLI D GOLD ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW Alban Ar ena, St Albans Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Mike Berry. Novem ber 25 ORGAN RECI TAL St Albans Cat hedral In aid of the St Albans International Organ Festival. JESTERLARF COMEDY CLUB Gor don Craig Theat r e, St evenage Stand-up comedy with Marlon Davis, Elliot Steel, Chris Kent and Phil Dinsdale.



Jacqu i Abbot t an d Pau l Heat on THE NUTCRACKER Alban Ar ena, St Albans Vienna Festival ballet.

JON RI CHARDSON Wat f or d Colosseum Stand-up comedy.

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ELAI NE PAI GE Alban Ar ena, St Albans Favourites from the First Lady of Musical Theatre.

ELI ZA MCCARTHY AND THE WAYWARD BAND Alban Ar ena, St Albans All star line-up.

THE NUTCRACKER Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Vienna Festival ballet.

DREAMBOYS Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar UK tour.

CHRI STMAS SHOWTI ME Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar The Hertfordshire Showband.

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Novem ber 28 JASON MANFORD: WORK I N PROGRESS Alban Ar ena, St Albans Stand-up comedy.

CHRI STMAS MEMORI ES: PAUL SANDS Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Seasonal songs. PAUL CHOWDHRY Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Stand-up comedy.

A WOMAN OF NO I MPORTANCE Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar A production of Oscar Wilde's play by the Classic Spring Theatre Company.


JI MMY CARR Wat f or d Colosseum Stand-up comedy.

SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRI STMAS ADVENTURE Wat f or d Colosseum Songs, stories and meet Santa. Until December 24.

Novem ber 29 MI LTON JONES I S OUT THERE Alban Ar ena, St Albans Stand-up comedy

ALADDI N Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Christmas pantomime. Until

December 30. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Gor don Craig Theat r e, St evenage Christmas pantomime. Until January 28. Decem ber 2 BACH BY CANDLELI GHT St Albans Cat hedral Mosaic Chamber Choir. ABBA MERRY CHRI STMAS PARTY Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar With the stars of Thank You For The Music. Decem ber 5 PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT Wat f or d Colosseum New songs and classics from The Housemartins and Beautiful South. Decem ber 6 VI CKI SWAN AND JONNY DYER Orange Tr ee, Baldock Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club. WATFORD SCHOOLS CHRI STMAS CONCERT Wat f or d Colosseum Carols from primary schools in south-west Hertfordshire. SONGS FROM OLI VER! Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Palace Community Choir.


The Main Event YOURGUIDETOALLTHENOTTOMISSEVENTSINYOURPARTOF#HERTS Decem ber 7 ALADDI N Alban Ar ena, St Albans Christmas pantomime with Bob Golding, Phil Gallagher and Karl Howman. YOUNG MARX Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Delayed live screening. ENCHANTED CHRI STMAS Wat f or d Colosseum Dance the night away at the Colosseum's festive party. Also on December 15 and 16. Decem ber 8 A CHRI STMAS CAROL Queen Mot her Theat r e, Hit chin Bancroft Players. Until December 17. Decem ber 9 TROPI CANA: THE ULTI MATE CHRI STMAS PARTY NI GHT Wat f or d Colosseum Party like it 's the 1980s. DI CK WHI TTI NGTON Har penden Halls Pantomime. Until December 22. Decem ber 10 THE NUTCRACKER Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d


Delayed live screening. Also on December 19. Decem ber 12 LADI ES' NI GHT Wat f or d Colosseum A fun-filled night for the ladies. Decem ber 13 PHI L WANG, ARTHUR SMI TH Mar ket Theat r e, Hit chin Doggett and Ephgrave's Mostly Comedy Club WATFORD PHI LHARMONI C SOCI ETY Wat f or d Colosseum Christmas celebration for the family. CI NDERELLA Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Christmas pantomime. Until December 31 Decem ber 15 ENCHANTED CHRI STMAS Wat f or d Colosseum Dance the night away at the Colosseum's festive party. Also on December 16. Decem ber 17 RUDOLPH DAVE Wat f or d Colosseum Family Christmas disco.

THE NUTCRACKER Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Live screening from the Royal Opera House. Decem ber 19 THE NUTCRACKER Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Delayed live screening. Decem ber 22 THE NUTCRACKER Wat f or d Colosseum A Ballet Theatre UK production. Until December 24. Decem ber 31 THAT'LL BE THE DAY Gor don Craig Theat r e, St evenage New Year 's Eve spectacular. NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL Wat f or d Colosseum Party night featuring the Colosseum Casino. Januar y 5 YOUNG MARX Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Delayed live screening. Januar y 7 ULTI MATE BUBLE Wat f or d Colosseum Michael Buble tribute and


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JOE BROWN Alban Ar ena, St Albans Joe turns back the clock with some timeless classics in his own inimitable style.

NORTHERN SOUL LI VE Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Northern soul and Motown party with the Edwin Starr Band. Januar y 16 RI GOLETTO Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Delayed live screening from the Royal Opera House. Januar y 17 SEX WI TH A STRANGER Queen Mot her Theat r e, Hit chin Bancroft Players. Until January 20. Januar y 18 DANCE TO THE MUSI C Wat f or d Colosseum Music and dance with Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihannoff and Robon Windsor. RAPUNZEL THE PANTOMI ME Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Production by The Warren. Until January 20. Januar y 19 WATERLOO Alban Ar ena, St Albans Abba tribute.

Januar y 21 NEI L DI AMOND TRI BUTE Wat f or d Colosseum Start of the Sunday With The Stars season. ROMEO AND JULI ET Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d Delayed live screening. Januar y 23 THE WEDDI NG Palace Theat r e, Wat f or d A Gecko production. Until January 25. Januar y 24 LEGENDARY FRONT MEN OF ROCK Alban Ar ena, St Albans Classic hits with former Boston frontman Fran Cosmo and ex-Toto lead singer Bobby Kimball. Januar y 25 SI MON MUNNERY, BRI AN GI TTI NS, LORNA SHAW Mar ket Theat r e, Hit chin

Doggett and Ephgrave's Mostly Comedy Club Januar y 27 JACK JONES Alban Ar ena, St Albans 80th birthday celebration tour. THAT'LL BE THE DAY Wyllyot t s Theat r e, Pot t er s Bar Rock 'n' roll spectacular. Januar y 30 JI M DAVI DSON Gor don Craig Theat r e, St evenage Stand-up comedy. Also on January 31. Febr uar y 7 TO CATCH A UNI CORN Queen Mot her Theat r e, Hit chin Bancroft Players. Until February 9. Febr uar y 8 2018 CORAL SNOOKER SHOOT-OUT Wat f or d Colosseum Top snooker players in a fast and furious single frame knockout tournament. Until February 11. Febr uar y 17 SHOWADDYWADDY Har penden Halls Retro-inspired rock'n'roll.


Five-star offer at Cineworld It?s going to be the big release of Christmas and Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just a click away to book at Cineworld, Stevenage. Due for release on December 15, you can now secure your seats over the festive period by going online and booking tickets for the best showings on the most popular days. stevenage buy-tickets-by-cinema?in-cinema= 8084&at=2017-11-14&view-mode =list For those who like their numbers the new Star Wars could well be called Episode VIII. The Last Jedi is set immediately after the events of The Force Awakens and is the second of another trilogy in this famous franchise. With a nod to the previous film and having taken her first steps into the


Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe.

Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman, J J Abrams (executive producer), Jason McGatlin(executive producer); Tom Karnowski(executive producer); Rian Johnson (writer). We are delighted to team up with Cineworld Stevenage to offer you the chance to win five pairs of 2D tickets to any film (subject to availability).

It is an adventure that aims to unlock the very mysteries of the Force and one which promises to uncover some uncomfortable secrets from the past. Starring - Daisy Ridley (Rey); Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix); Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke); Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux); Carrie Fisher (Leia); Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker); Adam Driver (Kylo Ren); Benicio Del Toro (DJ); John Boyega (Finn). Director: Rian Johnson;

To enter simply tweet @hashtagherts using the hashtag #Hertscineworldcomp And as if the hottest tickets in town weren?t enough, you can also give passionate cinemagoers the best present with a Cineworld Christmas Gift Box. This perfect Christmas gift includes two 2D or 3D tickets, two regular drinks and one regular popcorn and two Merryteaser chocolates, all of which can be redeemed from December 26 and is valid for six months.




Topreleasesfor theupcomingmonths

Bomb victim's long journey St ronger Jeff Bauman loses both of his legs when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the suspects, but his own battle is just beginning. With unwavering support from his family and girlfriend, Bauman embarks on a long and heroic journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation. Initial release: September 22 (USA). Director: David Gordon Green.

Based on: Stronger; by: Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Music composed by: Michael Brook. Producers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Scott Silver. · Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman · Tatiana Maslany as Erin Hurley, Bauman?s girlfriend · Miranda Richardson as Patty Bauman, Bauman?s mother · Richard Lane Jr as Sully · Clancy Brown as Jeff Bauman Sr, Bauman?s father

New challenges on singers' way to the top Pit ch Perfect 3 Dubbed ?last call pitches?the plot follows a group of young singers, who will have to overcome new challenges in order to achieve the desired success in post-college careers. Directed by Trish Sie Produced by · Elizabeth Banks · Paul Brooks · Max Handelman · Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell · Rebel Wilson as Patricia 'Fat Amy' · Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale · Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen · Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk · Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad · Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakurama · Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams · Chrissie Fit as Florencia 'Flo' Fuentes

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What can the Growth Hub do for you? Can you help me develop my product s? Yes. Our specialist technology and productivity adviser, Dr Abrar Jawaid, helps companies develop innovative new products all the time. He can help you access R&D funding and tax credits, make connections with

universities and research institutions, find design specialists to develop your prototype, and support you in a whole range of ways as your product progresses to market. I?m a st art -up business, can you help me? The Hub is designed to help

established Hertfordshire businesses grow, so to access our support you need to have been in business for two years or more. While we can?t offer you direct help now, we can point you in the direction of some fantastic organisations designed to help start-ups ? and once you?ve been going a little longer, we?d love to help you continue to grow. Are your services really free? Yes, completely free. We?re funded by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the EU, so we don?t need to charge for the support we give you, or take commission from anyone. That means we can be completely impartial and honest, giving you the very best advice for your specific situation. You can work with us on a regular basis too, as your business grows and changes ? there?s no time limit. Can you help me get a business grant? This is a really common question, and the answer is maybe. We?re lucky enough to live in a region with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. That?s obviously great for our communities, but it does mean we?re not a priority area for Government business grants. At the moment there are two grant schemes available for businesses in rural parts of Hertfordshire, or businesses working on innovation projects. They are competitive and your project or plan will be assessed against others. You can find out more by getting touch with our finance specialist Martin Carr. Of course, things change all the


time, so to make sure you don?t miss out on new funding opportunities as they arise, just sign up to our e-newsletter. Can you help me access ot her kinds of funding? Of course. Our specialist finance adviser Martin Carr can take a strategic view of your business and explore the funding opportunities available to you. It may be that simple changes can free up cash flow and mean you don?t need to borrow. But if you do, Martin can help you find the most appropriate, affordable way to do so. You can find out more on our Finance page or by contacting Martin Carr. Can you help me t ake on and t rain st aff? Yes, absolutely. Our specialist planning and HR adviser Steve Armitage can help you identify the skills your business needs and gain them through training and recruitment. From technical training to management development, he?ll help you find the best provider to deliver it. Steve can even help you take on talented graduates, with no recruitment costs, from the University of Hertfordshire, as well as tapping into funding for skills development. You can find out more on our Skills Development and HR page, or by contacting Steve. Can you help wit h management development ?

Yes. Making sure your management team is strong, confident and effective makes a huge difference to the health of your business. Our planning and HR specialist Steve Armitage can help you explore what your team needs and find the best provider to deliver it. Find out more on our Skills Development and HR page, or by contacting Steve. Can you advise me on employment law? Our specialist planning and HR adviser Steve Armitage can put you in touch with sources such as the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) if you need in-depth help on employment law. Find out more on our Skills Development and HR page, or by contacting Steve.

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Apprenticeships are a great, cost-effective way to bring talented new recruits into your business and train them in exactly the skills you need to grow. Even better, there?s Government funding available to help you make it happen. The best first step is to talk to our planning and HR specialist Steve Armitage. He can look at your business objectives, help you define what you need from an apprentice and give you the support you need to plan an effective apprenticeship programme. To find out more, visit our Skills Development and HR page or contact Steve.



Cyber Essentials W hat is Cyber Essent ials?

· Securing access control;

Cyber Essent ials schemes?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported cyber security certification scheme that sets out a good baseline of cyber security for any organisation regardless of type or sector. The scheme addresses five key areas that, when implemented correctly, can intercept and prevent a vast number of cyber attacks.

· Patch management;

Cyber Essentials schemes can help prevent attacks on your IT systems from outside or inside your company and could give your stakeholders peace of mind. 45 per cent of small businesses and 66 per cent of medium/large businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. Overall, nearly half of all businesses (46 per cent) experienced a cyber-attack or breach in the past year, causing thousands of pounds worth of costs and disruption to everyday operations.

It not only provides peace of mind to you knowing that your IT assets are reasonably secure, but also demonstrates that you have actively taken steps to mitigate a real and present threat to your business. How can it be achieved? TekOne Technologies Ltd has a thorough and tested method of preparing an organisation / business for certification. This involves a comprehensive audit of five areas of business IT systems: · Workstation security; · Internet gateways and boundary security;

· Malicious software protection. Once all the elements are in place, TekOne will request a third-party certification authority to independently certify our work, which then results in your organisation declared as compliant. It is a complete turn key solution offered by TekOne Technologies with minimum or no disruption caused to your business / organisation. W hat does Cyber Essent ials require? TekOne Technologies will carryout an assessment of business's IT systems in accordance with government guidelines. Any gaps are reported and patched. When fully ready, an independent assessor is invited to verify compliance. A vulnerability scan will be performed in order to perform security checks. All works and systems are then certified.

How long does it t ake? This depends on the size of your business, the complexity of your IT system and the extent to which you already have the technical controls in place. It might take anywhere from a few days for a small business, to several weeks for a larger organisation. Cyber Essent ials Cert ificat ion: To discuss your requirements call 0333 2002 702.

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Harwood Park: It's a beautiful oasis of quiet contemplation After a loved one has died, it can be comforting to return to their place of rest and spend some undisturbed time in quiet contemplation. At Harwood Park Crematorium and Memorial Gardens in Stevenage, we have 25 acres of grounds cocooned in open countryside that you are welcome to visit whenever you need to. It?s a lovely place to enjoy the beauty of nature as you wander through Cherry Avenue, take in the majesty of Chestnut Avenue or breathe in the scent of flowers in our Rose and Trellis gardens. Our well-kept grounds also include Formal Memorial Gardens, a pond and children?s garden. Many people come to Harwood Park regularly to lay fresh flowers or tend memorials that are dotted in special areas throughout the grounds. With a personal memorial garden, the ashes of your loved one can be scattered or buried within your chosen plot, accompanied by a feature tree, rose or shrub and an engraved memorial plaque. We have a choice of plots in different shapes, some of which are

suitable for the ashes of up to four people ? a lovely way to keep loved ones together. Our memorials also include benches and seats, with an inscription dedicated to the person who has passed. Located by the pond and within our woodland areas, among other places, these make wonderful places to sit and quietly gather your thoughts. You may wish to come to Harwood Park to visit what?s known as a ?living memorial?? a memorial tree planted in your loved one?s name. We have chestnut, birch and woodland trees, all planted as saplings so you can watch

them grow and mature. There are memorial trees throughout our grounds and woodlands, all accompanied by a memorial tablet or plaque of your choice. Ashes can be scattered or buried by the tree. All our memorials are available to you, whether or not the funeral was held at Harwood Park. We want our grounds to be somewhere you feel welcomed and comforted. A quiet, unhurried place you can return to time and again to reflect, remember and reminisce. * If you would like help choosing a memorial for Harwood Park, please call Austins Funeral Directors on 01438 815555.





Rebound wall flying the flag for British sport tech

Innovative rebound wall WallJAM is flying the flag for UK sport tech on the world stage.

against one another but also to determine how they compare against their idols.

The wall, which is the brainchild of Hertfordshire-based Tim Worboys, has attracted the attention of a host of major players in global sport.

Boasting the mash-up of physical and digital, WallJAM has been hailed for its dynamic approach to both sport and marketing and for the way in which it has provided a perfect fit with some of sport?s key stakeholders.

WallJAM is the leading interactive innovation to not only grab the attention of fans as they pit their skills

Commenting on the development of WallJAM Tim said: ?WallJAM has had a rapid rise and is now present on the global stage. It is humbling for us to see so many key players in world football take on our challenge. It is our aim to see as many people of all ages engaged with the wall, showing that they can rise to the physical challenge and that they have the competitive spirit to beat not only their best but also that of their peers.? WallJAM works by offering an addictive measurement of ball strike power and timing against a set target and it has been developed across a range of sports.

After wowing the crowds at the recent Soccerex exhibition, WallJAM has also helped to promote the new Adidas Glitch while it has also teamed up with Carabao with promotions at Chelsea and Wembley for the play-offs and the Carabao Cup. WallJAM has already been present at other iconic venues as Wimbledon and Lord?s this year and with plans for agreements with major brands this is one UK tech innovation which is heading for global success. For further details contact Tim Worboys on 07753 719311.







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Enjoy a contemporary experience with a stay at the Ibis Hotel When the day is over, guests at the Ibis Hotel, Stevenage, can relax in their contemporary restaurant and bar - CafĂŠ Green. The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the hotel. Here you will find a tasty selection of light snacks and traditional dishes on a delightful menu, at great value prices. The informal bar stocks a range of beers and wines, coffee and soft drinks. Contact the team to find out this weeks' theme and to book your table by calling 01438 779955.

The Ibis Modern and inviting, the new Ibis

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Work doesn?t have to be hard to be productive. We?ve made our conference rooms an easy-going, inspirational space with the privacy and tranquillity you need to work in comfort. All our superbly appointed meeting rooms are located in a self-contained area on the first floor, with a range of room sizes and configurations, as well as a dedicated and experienced support team to make your event in Stevenage a success. The Ibis Forum has a total floor area of 660m2 and ideal for creating stunning exhibitions, trade fairs or public shows; with a welcome foyer for registrations and refreshments, and break-out syndicate rooms.

Our in-house catering team are on hand to provide refreshments, and offer a choice of delicious menus for lunch, from finger buffets to sit-down meals to suit all budgets, or if you prefer you can hire our self catering kitchen. Weddings A wedding is all about traditions, your individuality, heritage and culture. The Ibis Forum is the ideal venue for couples seeking a luxury wedding location. Our state-of-the-art banqueting facilities are among the largest and best equipped in the region,

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Enjoy your garden!

Th e # H er t s t eam of ex per t s gi v e you som e t op t i ps an d j obs t o do as t h e col d w eat h er st ar t s t o set i n ... The cold weather may have finally arrived and the frosts of winter are here but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy gardens. Keep an eye out for any gardens that may be open at this time of year, you'd be amazed how many great ideas you can get not just for winter planting, but also for the seasons ahead when you stop to have a chat with those in the know. Think of t he birds It's easy to focus on plantlife but have a thought for the birds at this time of year as food is scarce for them. Fat balls and seeds in the correct containers are ideal.


Don't leaf it It may seem like a given but make sure you sweep up those leaves. A hazard on paving, they can also cause damage if left on the garden or in ponds. St ay safe Now that the frost is here don't take chances with your tender perennials in pots. Bring them in and they should continue to flourish. Happy holly Christmas is on its way so now is the time to get out and get that holly for the festive swags and decoration. Make sure you get permission first though! Sweet pea surprise It does catch some by surprise but now is a good time to sow those sweetpeas. As soon as there is

enough growth they are ready to go out in spring and reach for the skies! Keep on cut t ing Keep an eye out for future growth by taking cuttings of evergreens like holly or privet. The way to do this is to cut below a node on a cutting around 3in-4in long and then place in a pot with grit rich compost. You can also take hardwood cuttings of shrubs. Spring int o act ion We may not have even felt the force of winter yet but you can make plans for a good showing in spring by planting out bulbs. St op wet pot s Waterlogged pots can occur this time of year so act against this by using pot feet to raise them up from the ground.

How well do you know your #history? Test your knowledge of the county with our fun quiz 1. In which village is there a legend of a local lane being haunted by a headless horse? 2. On which green was there a whipping post with the inscription: "This whipping post was last known to be used on July 27, 1665, when two vagabonds were publicly flogged here"? 3. Who was the Stevenage grocer and churchwarden who, on his death in 1774, had his coffin put in the rafters of an outhouse so that body snatchers would not be able to get to it? 4. In which town did John Rivers start a fruit nursery which saw the development of ?Early Rivers?plum and nectarines? 5. In which churchyard is the grave of the legendary giant and robber JackO?Legs?

6. When and where in Herts was the last highwayman shot? 7. Where is the grave of Robert Snookes, marked by two white stones which is the last resting place of the last highwayman to be hanged in England, on March 11, 1802? 8. In the 1920s and 1930s what was Bricket Wood most famous for? 9. After which Middle East town is Baldock thought to be named? 10. Which town in the north east of the county has a restored red brick lock which is furnished with a bed, a candle a plate and tankard?

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Quiz answers: 1. Burnham Green; 2. Datchworth; 3. Henry Trigg; 4. Sawbridgeworth; 5. Weston; 6. July 1800, Colonel Manners shot a man unnamed while trying to rob him of wages. The man was buried in Westmill churchyard; 7. Boxmoor Common; 8. Nudist colonies; 9. Baghdad - formerly known as Baldach, a city occupied by the Knights Templar; 10. Buntingford.


Magical murmurations As the nights grow longer and the days colder there is a sense of mystery in the air. Around sunset on a clear evening a swirling cloud of birds, constantly changing speed and direction can be seen flitting and swooping on the skyline. Charlotte Hussey of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust tells us about the magnificent spectacle of starling murmurations. Starlings are widespread in the UK and a common garden visitor but they are also familiar to farmland, parks and towns. They eat fruit and insects and make untidy nests in holes in trees or in buildings, in which the female lays five to seven eggs. Both parents raise the chicks. Starlings spend a lot of their time in large flocks, roosting and performing sweeping, aerial displays. Starling


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murmurations have always captivated those lucky enough to see the phenomenon - flocks of hundreds or thousands of birds swirling and swooping in unison. W hy do st arlings murmurat e? The reason behind the murmurations has been widely discussed for a number of years and the common consensus is that there are a number of benefits to the grouping; safety in numbers, warmth and information exchange. Often predators will join a murmuration ? including sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons ? in the hope of a good feed, however the sheer number of starlings makes it very difficult for predators to target a single bird. Roosts grow and grow as the weeks go on, with some holding around 100,000 birds at one time! How t o spot a murmurat ion for yourself? Now is the perfect time to spot murmurations ? starlings start to congregate at roost sites from

mid-October to November, remaining throughout the winter until spring. They roost in places sheltered from both predators and the weather such as woodlands, reedbeds and buildings. They are often spotted by coastal piers too. There are no special instructions needed to track them down ? if they are present, you will see them swirling, swopping and dipping above you! Sadly, starlings are now on the critical list of UK birds most at risk ? in recent years their numbers have fallen by over 80%., believed to be because of food and nesting shortages, loss of pasture and increased use of farm chemicals. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are working with farmers and local land owners to try and address this sharp drop in numbers. Springwell Reed Bed in t he Colne Valley, adjacent t o Hert s and Middlesex W ildlife Trust ?s St ockers Lake Nat ure Reserve, is a good place t o spot st arling murmurat ions ? you can find more informat ion about t he reserve at hert swildlifet rust


The EU General Data Protection Regulation This new regulation comes into enforcement on May 25, 2018. What is it ? This is the long needed update to the 1995 Data Protection Act and this new regulation aims to protect individuals from having their private information used without consent or in a manner that they were not privy to. It also aims to make companies more accountable for sensitive personal data and its protection. Generally speaking this new legal regulation is good news for us as individuals. Technology has grown very rapidly while regulation has been lagging well behind. I find it strange to find myself telling you this is good news because regulation isn?t traditionally thought of as a positive thing when it comes to innovation and creativity but progress cannot be at the cost of privacy and well being. Penalt ies Breaches of the regulation can


incur a fine of up to 4 per cent of annual global turnover or ?30 million (whichever is greater) so it ?s worth taking some time to consider if you should be making any adjustments to your business. Your f ir st quest ion m ust be: " Does t his af f ect m e?" You need to take action if you store information on individuals eg, their name, email address, date of birth, computer IP address, bank details, etc. This is normally termed as personal data. This applies to both the entity who determines what this data is used for and the entity that does the processing. When I say processing, this could also include storage. Therefore if you ask for personal data from your customers or you process your client ?s data (which happens to include personal data) then you need to take action. This is nothing new, but how it is applied has changed. It now applies to the processing of personal data by companies in

the EU regardless of where that takes place. It also covers the processing or storage of data relating to an individual who resides in the EU. So if your company is in the EU, you are responsible for any personal data you use, regardless of where the processing takes place. If your company is outside the EU but you provide services for persons within the EU, then this regulation also applies to you. What do I need t o do? - Make sure that all the personal data that you collect is pertinent to your business, ie, don?t collect data that is not needed. Minimise what information you need to store. - Ask your customers for their consent in plain English, not in long legalese in small print mixed up with other matters. Make it simple for those who give their consent to withdraw it. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16.

- Ensure that your system has privacy built in by design and not as a patch to an existing system. ie, use a system that is proven to be secure and make sure that you keep it up to date with all security patches as soon as they are released. - Your customer ?s data needs to be easily transferable from your system. If your customer would like to move their data to another provider then this is their right. If they wish you to delete their data from all areas of your system then you need to be able to do so.

soon as possible. The regulations stipulate that notification of a breach must be done within 72 hours of you first becoming aware. When you think about the length of time Talk Talk or Yahoo took to notify their customers of their data breach, you can understand why. Br exit

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But we?re leaving the EU so is this really relevant to me? Well, we aren?t leaving until 2019 at the earliest and it is very likely that the UK will implement a regulation largely similar to that

Notably, this regulation applies to cloud service providers as well as those who use these services so make sure you know that the data you use is compliant wherever it is processed. If you use a provider outside of the EU, you need to make sure that they are aware of these new regulations and be sure that they will adhere to regulations too. Do I need t o em ploy a Dat a Pr ot ect ion Of f icer ? You only need a Data Protection Officer if your core activity is the processing and/or monitoring of personal data on a large scale or of that relating to criminal activities. What happens if m y business get s t arget ed by hacker s and dat a is st olen? Well it doesn?t have to be a hacker that can compromise your business. Data theft can also be undertaken by employees too, so you need to make sure that your systems and policies take all of this into account. If this nasty event does occur then you are best owning up as


Facing the Bowling Green in Stevenage?s Old Town, we?re located in a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. Our mission is to bring modern British cuisine to Stevenage using seasonal, locally sourced where possible produce, with service which is good without being stuffy; a special occasion venue which doesn?t break the bank.


The trick to cooking up the perfect roastie Buy a pack of Aunt Bessie?s ? no, only joking! I need to credit Gordon Ramsey with some of this as the flour and seasoning trick came from one of his cookbooks but does make them even more awesome than they would otherwise be. First off, peel and cut the potatoes into the size of roastie you prefer. I like mine quite chunky but absolutely personal preference. Boil some water in a kettle sufficient to just cover the cut potatoes in a saucepan and par-boil them until you are able to stab a sharp knife into the first couple of millimetres fairly easily but the rest of the potato is still hard. This can vary time wise on the type of potato you have used but generally no more than five minutes tops, and do it on quite a gentle boil on a medium heat so you have more control over the par-boiling. When ready, drain the potatoes and leave to steam dry for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, put whatever you are roasting the potatoes in into a baking tray and heat in the oven at 180 degrees. I use a mixture of vegetable fat and olive oil because our daughter is a vegetarian. Goose fat is the best, but really any fat or oil is suitable. Whilst the potatoes are drying, put some flour

into either a bowl or freezer bag and season with salt and pepper. When the par-boiled potatoes are dry, toss them in the flour mixture until they are all coated. Then carefully take the heated fat tray out of the oven and put the coated potatoes into the tray. With a spoon or baster, coat each potato with hot fat making sure they are completely covered. Put the tray back into the oven. They will take an hour to properly cook, and you need to re-baste the potatoes with hot fat at least another two times at intervals while cooking. Also trust that they will be cooked. If they look like they are not crisping/browning, don?t be tempted to turn the oven up (made this mistake more than once!!) as they cook more quickly towards the end and you can easily end up with overcooked potatoes. If they need another few minutes at the end, well the meat needs to rest anyway and will remain hot for 20 minutes so no need to panic!! If you are gluten free, semolina works as a flour replacement. Hope you enjoy. Marie-Claire Clint on, co-propriet or and general dog?s body, On t he Green rest aurant


It's time to think... CHRISTMAS! If you haven?t started already, it?s time to start drawing up your Christmas wish list and purchasing pressies for your loved ones! Naturally, as a jewellers, we feel there is no better gift than the gift of jewellery. We have some great offers and promotions running through November and December to get you started! Our extensive collection of jewellery and watches offers the perfect gift for every relative, friend and significant other. First up, Clogau! Clogau gold is the gold of royalty. Every piece of Clogau jewellery contains rare welsh gold, the world?s rarest and most sought after gold, as used by some members of the British Royal Family for over 100 years. Not only does their jewellery hold a wonderful cultural and historical significance, it?s beautifully designed and extremely desirable. What better gift than that of beautifully crafted Royal Gold? Especially with their special offer! If you spend over £229 on Clogau Jewellery we can gift you a Clogau Bracelet or Necklace worth £139! Don?t miss out, pop in store today!

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Celebrating the success of the Small Business Saturday Bus stop event The local community stopped by Stevenage Town Centre on Tuesday , November14, for the Small Business Saturday Bus national tour. The success of the day helped to highlight the small business opportunities available in the area for support, advice information and guidance. As the only stopping point for the bus in Hertfordshire, the SBS team collaborated with local organisations, including Stevenage Borough Council, The Business and Technology Centre (btc), Wenta, FSB, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Herts Growth Hub, Herts LEP, The Prince?s Trust, amongst others. Visual Technology Ltd, a small business based in Stevenage at the btc, sponsored the event by donating one of their large screens on the day and The Wine Society also provided sponsorship by donating a bottle of wine for the prize draw. All of which contributed to the success of the day. Coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, this event helped to set the scene and provided a fantastic buzz for the lead up to Small Business Saturday itself, which falls on Saturday, December 2. Local business management consultant, John Kettley, was a guest speaker for the event and Bas Plews, a Prince's Trust charity ambassador, talked to young entrepreneurs to encourage and guide the next generation on self-employment. Although this event showcased the business support available to the


Stevenage community, we also provided the opportunity for the Caribbean Kitchen, The Improvement Group and Andaluz Trading to promote their own local small businesses and market themselves to the community. The Small Business Saturday events celebrate small businesses for their efforts and contributions, supporting the local economy within their town. The event on December 2 in Stevenage Town Centre, will be focused on showcasing even more small businesses to the wider Stevenage community, (more details available on the Stevenage Town Centre website). Caron Kendall, development manager Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, Federation of Small Businesses said: ?We are very pleased with the welcome given by Stevenage Borough Council to the Small Business Saturday Bus event in the town centre. Small Businesses are the life

blood of any community, supplying great services for local people as well as local employment opportunities. The Small Business Saturday campaign seeks to highlight their importance and the bus visit gave us a great opportunity to provide support and advice for them as well. We really enjoyed the day and look forward to the December 2 when Stevenage shoppers will be able meet small business owners from around the borough in the market square.? Jennifer Condon, marketing manager of The Business and Technology Centre (btc) said: ?Having the Small Business Saturday Bus stop in Stevenage provided us with a great platform to create an unforgettable event. The help and support that was available on the day, really showcased the opportunities available to our local people, ranging from those at the pre-start planning stage of their business, to those running fully-functioning small businesses already.?

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Celebrating local heroes in Stevenage

Th e w in n er s an d spon sor s lin e-u p af t er t h is year 's Pr ide of St even age Aw ar ds Eight amazing people and organisations were honoured as the recipients of the 2017 Pride of Stevenage Awards. The awards celebrated acts of kindness and selflessness, and recognise the efforts of just some of Stevenage?s local heroes who regularly ?go the extra mile?. They were presented at the Stevenage Community Reception, hosted by the Mayor, at the Forum Banqueting Suite in Stevenage. This year ?s winners, selected by a panel of judges from the many nominations made by members of the public, are: The Dedicat ion Awar d,to recognise long service and longstanding dedication to voluntary or community work in Stevenage, went to Bill Pilgr im ,


who has spent the past 40 years raising money for charity and good causes. The Gr een Awar d,for those who help keep Stevenage clean and green, was presented to St evenage Gar dens and Allot m ent s Associat ion. The committee dedicate many hours, week in week out, throughout the year to ensure that allotments remain useful, tidy spaces for the whole community to enjoy. The Team Awar d (Sponsor ed by Nor t h Her t s College),for a group of people who work together to improve their local area, enhance people?s lives or provide support and opportunities to community members, went to the Par k Run

volunt eer s. Volunteers help set up and marshal the runs, organise the finish funnel, and scan runners' barcodes to record their finish times. Park Run would not happen without them. The Car ing Awar d, for someone who carries out acts of kindness, including charity work and fundraising, was awarded to Jane Shann who runs the Phoenix Group for Deaf Children, an independent charity that aims to empower young people who have a hearing impairment. The Spor t ing Awar d,for achievements in sport in Stevenage, went to Stevenage Health Walks, a range of organised walks in the local area that help local people get more active and enjoy the outdoors.

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Walks are free, very sociable and anyone can join. The Ent er pr ise Awar d (Sponsor ed by: Her t s Cham ber of Com m er ce), for a business, individual or organisation that makes a real contribution to life in Stevenage was awarded to Har t Lear ning and Developm ent ?s t raineeships, whose short programmes are designed to help young people prepare for and find work. The Young St ar Awar d (Sponsor ed by: Lawr ence Dean Recr uit m ent ), for a group that has made significant achievements at school, college or in their local community went to St evenage Ar m y Cadet s, a group of enthusiastic young people who come together to take part in challenging military,

" It ?s a gr eat pr ivilege t o be able t o h on ou r t h ese act s of k in dn ess by pr esen t in g t h e Pr ide of St even age Aw ar ds." - Sharon Taylor Leader of Stevenage Borough Council adventurous and community activities. The Judges?Special Awar d was presented to Roy Nicholson, who has spent many years dedicating his time and energy to Scouting in Stevenage. The accolade recognises his long and successful contribution to the lives of young people in Stevenage. Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE,

who presented the awards, said: ?Every day in our town there are people giving their own time and energy to make things better for those around them. It ?s a great privilege to be able to honour these acts of kindness by presenting the Pride of Stevenage Awards. This year ?s winners truly epitomise what ?s great about Stevenage, and it ?s fitting that we recognise their commitment. My congratulations to all our winners.?



Proud to sponsor a night of celebration Pride Sponsors Lawrence Dean Recruitment Group is an independent recruitment agency, born and bred in Stevenage. They recruit for a broad selection of companies throughout Hertfordshire, within six specialist categories; administration, customer service, HR, finance, sales and marketing. They are a team of professional recruitment experts who have extensive knowledge of the local market, enabling us to offer expert advice to clients and candidate alike. Commenting on the event Sarah Leete of Lawrence Dean Recruitment said: ?We have been delighted to sponsor the Pride of Stevenage awards. ?It has been a pleasure to be involved in such a worthwhile event which highlights those people who go the extra mile and ask for little

?The judging process was also fascinating and to be honest one of the hardest things we have had to undertake. In all the categories there were a host of deserving candidates for each award and it was a very difficult task to actually pick just one winner from each. ?The evening itself was delightful. The atmosphere was one of celebration and was a fitting platform to say a big thank you to all of those people who not only go the extra mile but who do so much and shy away from any thanks in return.? recognition in return. "It was good to be part of the process from the very beginning and seeing just how many people who have been put forward across all of the categories. The breadth of good work going on in the town is truly humbling.

The opportunity to sponsor the Young Star Award at the Pride of Stevenage awards was a perfect match for our business and we were delighted to judge these awards and truly enjoyed the presentations. Sarah (far left) is pictured with winners from the evening.


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Law company happy to give youth a chance Commenting on their support of the Pride of Stevenage Awards Sandra Foster of Foster Legal said: ?It has been an eye-opening experience to be involved with these awards for the first time and we would heartily recommend other business to support them in the future. ?It has been heartwarming to see how many people in Stevenage put their own interests to one side in order to help other people, spending their own free time and money in order to benefit their fellow citizen. ?In our own work in the town we often come across people who struggle every day - the awards have shown that even among these battles, everyone can offer something to help their neighbour to enjoy a better life and they do this with no wish of reward. The evening was so enjoyable as we got to see people who go about their business quietly actually getting the rewards their actions so richly deserve.? Fosters Legal LLP, a community-focused agency style law firm, based in Stevenage, provides legal service in the areas of children law, family law, housing, company law and other areas of law especially for those on low income and benefits to help them access legal


service thereby, bridging the gap between the most vulnerable, average and the rich in the legal market. Sandra runs the firm and holds a degree in Law and a Masters in Law. She is the managing partner of the firm and highly experienced in children and family law matters. She has been working in the field for the past eight years. Commenting on their work, Sandra said: "We specialise in all areas of children and family matters including matrimonial matters, cohabitation (including pre and post nuptial agreements), child welfare, child arrangement orders, domestic abuse and court orders, local authority and section 20 voluntary procedures, drafting consent orders after agreement through mediation

between parties, referral to mediation services, arranging legal representation (bar licensed access), checking legal documents before submission at court. " The firm now holds the status of National Business Leader to help local businesses. The trophy and certificate was presented to her in the House of Commons on November 11, 2016. She has also been awarded Child and Family Lawyer of the Year 2017 by Lawyer Monthly, Women in law Awards 2017.


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Specialist importers of fine Champagne There are hundreds and hundreds of Champagne producers in the Champagne region of France. Many of them as we know produce Champagne in vast quantities and sell their Champagne worldwide, through Supermarkets and high Street stores, but there are also hundreds of them who are very small independent farmers, who have been growing grapes and producing Champagne for generations. So what makes their champagne so special? The care and passion they have for the production of Champagne, means they produce outstanding quality, they use the absolute best part of the grape, and because the wine is blended and tasted by the producer, at every stage of the production. Due to the fact that they are very small in comparison to the large Champagne houses, they do not have the resources to market their champagne outside of France. So unless you live in France or have taken a holiday in the Champagne region, you will have never tasted their Champagnes. That?s where we come in! Champagne-buy-Gemeaux are now able to bring these amazing Champagne?s into the UK for us all to enjoy. We have an online store where our Champagnes are available by the single bottle, case or a mixed case. We also have a mobile Champagne bar which is available for private hire, and we also hold Personalised Champagne tasting events in the comfort of our clients own home/premises. The Blind tasting was hosted by Glass of Bubbly Contact: 01763 770017.



New Baby Room is launched at nursery Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle is the aim of Rookies, a remarkable new nursery based at Stevenage Football Club Academy in Broadhall Way. Rookies aims to both support but also reward families who help to give youngsters the best start by promoting a lifestyle of health and wellbeing. And there have been some great developments with the latest innovation the introduction of the Baby Room to cater for those who are aged from 6 to 12 months, not from 9 months as previously. Staff at the nursery help the youngsters aged from nine months to five years of age to grow and develop in an environment where learning is fun and with a curriculum that also allows them to be active. In developing the ethos of Rookies it was realised that the key aspect to the development of any young person is physical activity and it is this which allows all those at Rookies to enjoy the benefit of learning while being active. But this learning is done in a structured way and is based on the Government?s EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) guidelines

In order to lay clear foundations for parents who bring their youngsters to the nursery, Rookies has developed a set of transparent and easy to understand values which underline the expectation for both staff and children alike and which both will adhere to while at the nursery. The values are: Inspire: We endeavour to inspire our children and parents to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Educate: We provide our children with the highest levels of education using an active and health focus curriculum. Empower: We facilitate a safe and stimulating environment in which children and parents are encouraged

to take responsibility for adopting an active and healthy lifestyle. The staff at Rookies are all experienced early years professionals with full qualifications and they work closely with families with the underlying aim of supporting children?s learning and development. Staff who work at Rookies will all have completed an enhanced DBS check and hold first aid qualifications. ROOKIES Stevenage FC Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8RH.

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Ellis Mason is reaching for the skies when it comes to fundraising A Hitchin-based recruitment agency have proved to be just the job when it comes to raising cash for local children. Ellis Mason have pledged to make 2017 their year to support the Happy Days Children's Charity which helps vulnerable, disadvantaged children. And they did just that recently when members of a number of businesses in the area took leap into the unknown on a high-flying skydive and raised in excess of ÂŁ1,000. The event crowned a year in which the recruitment agency, along with a number of their clients, have gone the extra mile to support young people. Commenting on their work with the charity, Luke Mason, director of Ellis Mason said: ?We are incredibly proud to be supporting Happy Days Children?s Charity and are delighted that all funds raised are going to


young people in the North Herts area. ?Ellis Mason has seen success quickly because we understand our local community, we recognise quality and we listen and act accordingly to our clients and candidates needs. We have used this understanding to target this charity as it is so effective at getting help where it is needed to young people in the area.? Happy Days Children?s Charity works to give courageous children coping with adversity memorable holidays, special days and magical experiences. The fundraising so far from Ellis Mason has seen one local youngster enjoy a holiday to Centerparcs and the next challenge for the team is to raise money for 156 disadvantaged children from Letchworth and Stevenage to enjoy a visit to the theatre. Explaining why they chose a skydive Luke said: ?We believe that if we are

asking people to sponsor us then we need to do something that is challenging and that is worthy of the sponsorship. We are asking for people to give their hard-earned money to the charity and for that we feel that we should have to work hard to earn it. ?A sky dive is something that none of us want to do and therefore we are pushing our own limits ? sky high! Quite honestly, I feel physically sick when I think about it but then I think about the joy that we can bring to the children, even for an hour and it makes it all worthwhile. Ellis Mason are flying high and are fast becoming ?the home of great candidates?in Hertfordshire. You can contact Ellis Mason on 01462 510148 or support them by giving on their just giving page crowdfunding/Ellismason

Talking the talk at public speaking event Eddie Asquith Steve Saunders represented NorthHertsSpeakers club at the Division H public speaking contest in Cranfield on Saturday, October 14. They won at club level, area level and then went on to compete in the division contests. Eddie Asquith and Steve Saunders are members of North HertsSpeakers Toastmasters club, the world?s oldest public speaking and leadership organization. The volunteer club, which is devoted to helping people become better speakers and leaders meets twice each month and members prepare speeches which other club members evaluate. Twice a year Toastmasters International holds speaking contests. Each autumn thousands of Toastmasters around the world take part in the Humorous Speech contest and the Table Topics contest. The Humorous Speech contest is for a prepared speech of five to seven

St eve Saunder s minutes. Table topics is an impromptu speaking competition; contestants are given their topic as they approach the podium, and are judged on the best two-minute response to the topic. WojciechZujla said, ?This is the first time either Eddie or Steve have taken part in the area contest and we are thrilled that they have both won each of the competitions! We are delighted

to see them progress to the Division H Contest. It?s quite unusual for a club to win both competitions on the same day." He added, ?Our annual contests are a fun part of Toastmasters, but not everyone wants to compete. North Herts Speakers is a very friendly environment for people who would simply like to become more confident speakers. Whether you have a wedding speech coming up, or a presentation at work ? or even just want to become more confident ? Toastmasters can really help.? Visitors are always welcome to attend North Herts Speakers, which meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Guests are welcome to attend up to three meetings before making a decision about joining.

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