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Issue 51 - February 2013

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Issue 51 - February 2013


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Hertfordshire Library Service......................... 6

Design and Artwork Design 9 Tel 07762 969460

Your Family’s Past........................................... 8 Fun Quiz.......................................................... 10 Love in the 21st Century................................. 13


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The Food of Love........................................... 16 Non Surgical Facelifts..................................... 19 National Chip Week........................................ 21 The Language of Flowers.............................. 22 Children’s Page...............................................33 Seasonal Delights...........................................34 Puzzle Page....................................................36 What’s On.......................................................38

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Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Celebrate Chinese New Year on 10 Feb 2013 Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year for Chinese people around the world. In China, the festival is marked by a three-day public holiday. Also called the Spring Festival, it is a special time for families to get together, and millions of people travel home from their places of work or study. Chinese people prepare for the New Year celebrations by cleaning their houses from top to bottom. The idea is to clear away any bad luck and make way for good luck in the year ahead. People also buy new clothes and have their hair cut. They decorate their homes with red and gold paper decorations and lights. Red

is a lucky colour in China, while gold represents wealth. Debts must be paid off before the end of the year, otherwise it is said that you will be short of money in the following year. People also bring plants and fruit trees into their homes, especially kumquat plants and peach blossom. On New Year’s Eve, families gather together for a celebratory feast. They eat sticky rice dumplings to bring good luck and happiness. It is a time to be thankful for the year that is ending and to remember family members who have died. At midnight, the doors and windows of the house are opened to let the old year out and firecrackers are set off. The next day, friends and families exchange gifts of food, flowers and sweets. Children are given money in red paper envelopes. There are fireworks and elaborate lion and dragon dances featuring beautifully coloured costumes and puppets. People try to forget grudges and wish peace and happiness to everyone. The date of the New Year is calculated using the lunar calendar and can fall any time between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle of the lunar calendar lasts 60 years and consists of five cycles of 12 years. Each of the 12 years is named after a different animal – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals on earth to join him for a party. Only 12 turned up, and as a reward, he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. Each animal has certain characteristics which people born in that year are said to share. 2013 will be the Year of the Snake. People born in this year are said to be romantic, wise and charming. They are good at making and saving money, but can be stingy. Famous snakes include Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan and Brad Pitt! By Alex Brown


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Hertfordshire Library service

more than just books! All Hertfordshire libraries offer an attractive range of books, talking books and DVD’s that can be borrowed and enjoyed by the whole family. However we now also offer a full range of electronic resources accessible from home to library members through our website www. Bring a quality Reference Library into your home ! Do you need reliable and up to date information for business, research, study or homework? Hertfordshire libraries provide access to a wide range of carefully selected subscription websites. Our Online Reference Library is available from home through the internet, but we also have computers for public use in all of our buildings too. From home go to choose online library services and then online reference library You can investigate substantial newspaper archives including The Time Digital Archive from 1785-2006. Read the actual newspaper coverge of the sinking of the Titanic, the first London Olympics, or major crimes as they came to trial. The electronic Dictionary of National Biography includes 50,000 biographies of prominent British figures, you can search by name, place or words in the text. We also have an electronic Poetry resource containing 250,000 poems an Art Resource with 80,000 images + many other exciting electronic information tools. Having a Hertfordshire library card can also give you free access to a range of online courses. From home go to and again choose online library services. You can Learn a new Language with Transparent

Language Line Over 80 language courses are available, including english for speakers of other languages. Universal Class provides the highest quality online courses for either personal or professional interests. Choose from Art and Photography, Cooking, Finance, Home and Garden, maths and computer skills. Herts elibrary Did you know that you can download free eBooks and audiobooks using the e-library on hertsdirect. You will need your library card and PIN to begin enjoying this service at home. Just visit any Hertfordshire library to obtain your Personal Identification Number. Hertfordshire Mobile library The Mobile Library Van visits local villages every two weeks, and carries a range of stock to suit all ages, but we can also reserve items from any of our bigger libraries for a small charge and bring them out to you to borrow. To find out when we visit log on to the hertsdirect website or call 0300 123 4049 Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth static Libraries also offer the following services: - Magazines for loan - Computers for public use - Computer taster sessions for those who have not used computers before - Local History collections - Story Time and Baby Rhyme Time - Local Information To email in an enquiry about any of our services use We look forward to seeing you.


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Taking a trip

TO YOUR FAMILY’s PAST When Elaine Thomas booked a week’s holiday in a remote cottage in Yorkshire, she had no idea that she was about to solve a mystery. After several years spent researching her family history, Elaine - who lives in Kent - had discovered that her ancestors were land-owning farmers from the Richmond district of Yorkshire. She was eager to see where they had lived and died so she chose a pretty cottage in the hamlet of Easby as an ideal base from which to explore the area. Elaine had focused her research on a branch of the Dixon family, tracing the line back to the year 1695, and she was now intent on filling any gaps in her knowledge. She had been unable to find out where her great, great, great grandparents were buried but thanks to an extraordinary coincidence she discovered the answer lay only a short stroll away. A book left out on display in the village church gave the exact location of their graves in the churchyard. Elaine will never know what – or who - led to this uncanny revelation but she believes that luck and instinct can play a pivotal role in family research. Her interest in the subject began as a child, when her grandmother told her stories about relatives. “Once grandma died, I found I was the only person in the family with that knowledge. I wanted to know more, so I sent off for my grandma’s birth certificate. Although I’m not very good with the internet I looked up and signed up for two weeks’ free trial.” Elaine was determined to follow the female line of her family although she knew it would be difficult because the surnames would not be consistent. Unable to progress beyond her great, great grandmother Mary, she worked on a hunch


inspired by the census. “One of her children had the Christian name ‘Dixon’ and I thought that was unusual,” says Elaine. “I’d read in a magazine that mothers often christened children with their maiden names so the name would stay in the family.” When she entered ‘Mary Dixon’ into an online search, she was rewarded with information that enabled her to trace her roots back to the 17th century. Elaine’s top tips for starting your own research are to talk to older members of your family and write down every detail, then start to work backwards by requesting copies of birth, marriage and death certificates from the appropriate local records offices. Valuable information can be obtained from ancestry search magazines and websites such as and She has also found the staff at records offices particularly helpful. The message boards of online networks such as can be useful but Elaine warns that where the search concerns a common surname, names should be double checked against the census or other official records in order to ensure that the person in question belongs to the right family. Tracking down family records can be challenging, but for Elaine it has opened up a wealth of new opportunities. “If I hadn’t done this I would never have used a computer. I’ve also found that my interest in ancestry has given me wider interest in history. I can honestly say it has opened up a whole new life for me.”

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Fun Quiz - Love and Kisses 1. Who is the Greek goddess of love? 2. What is the name of the bridge in Venice where, according to legend, lovers will be granted eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset underneath it? 3. Which famous 1913 play has a title that is the name of a sculptor from Greek mythology who fell in love with his statue? 4. “Thus, with a kiss, I die” are the last words of which Shakespearean character? 5. Which American city is sometimes referred to as “the city of brotherly love” as its name was derived from Greek words meaning “love” and “brother”? 6. Which pop group released their debut album Kissing To Be Clever in 1982? 7. According to the first line of the Sinead O’Connor hit single Nothing Compares 2 U, it had been how many days and how many hours “since you let your love away”? 8. Which disease is sometimes referred to as the kissing disease? 9. Which Queen did Judi Dench portray in the film Shakespeare In Love? 10. According to legend, what would you receive if you kissed the Blarney Stone?



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Love in the 21st Century

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti Most couples meet in mundane ways that allow them to get to know each other over time through school, friends, work or hobbies for example - but if none of these methods is working for you, have you considered modern technology to help you find Mr or Miss Right?! The internet offers dating sites (sometimes free of charge, but often with a monthly subscription) where your profile, containing a photo and other biographical details, as well as a description of the kind of person you are hoping to meet, is made available for others to see. If someone is interested in you, they can contact you by email and start a conversation to find out if you would both like to take the relationship further. There are risks involved in this type of dating – so don’t give out personal identifying information and never fall for sob stories from poor men in faraway places who need you to give them money. When meeting, make it somewhere public and busy and consider taking a friend along, and use a cheap pay-as-you-go phone to make it easier to get rid of unwelcome admirers! Speed dating involves an even number of single men and women meeting in a room set out with tables. Each person is given a numbered badge and a card containing the names of all

the people they will date that night. The ‘couple’ numbered 1 sits at table 1 and spends around 5 minutes chatting, with the man moving on to the next table at the sound of a bell. At the end of the evening, every woman will have met every man and all will have marked their cards with the names of people they would like to meet again. If there is a match (i.e. woman A likes man B and vice versa), the dating service will provide them with contact information. A speed dating session takes around two hours and you can expect to meet between ten and fifteen people. The cost is around £20, normally paid in advance through a speed dating website. The dinner date is a variation on the speed date, where 4-8 men and women meet at a restaurant to chat over dinner and get to know one another better. These smaller, more intimate, groups often work better than speed dates as there are others present to help keep the conversation flowing, so it feels less pressurised. At the end of the meal, if you have connected with someone at the table, the host will help you exchange contact information. Modern dating methods may not be the ideal way to meet a new partner, but they do at least open up a world of possibilities!

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The food of love

By Alex Brown

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not experiment with some tempting titbits this Valentine’s Day? In Japan feeling flirty can become – quite literally – a matter of life or death! Puffer fish is considered to be a great delicacy and an aphrodisiac, but it contains a poisonous gland that is deadly and must be removed before eating! A safer seafood option is the oyster. A favourite with the Romans some oysters are able to change sex repeatedly and so are said to give you the ability to experience the male and female sides of love. For a sophisticated saucy snack you can’t go wrong with asparagus. Served with hollandaise sauce and washed down with champagne it’s sure to pep things up. And do you know where the term ‘honeymoon’ comes from? In Medieval times newlyweds drank mead – a fermented drink made with honey – to


sweeten their marriage. But I reckon the ultimate palate pleaser has got to be chocolate. Described by the Aztecs as ‘nourishment of the Gods’, it contains both a relaxing sedative that lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to perk you up. Even better is the news that it is more effective when combined with that other antioxidant, red wine – but don’t have too much, or your suitor may become a snorer!

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Non-surgical facelifts

can roll back the years without the pain They come to us all – wrinkles, laughter lines, crow’s feet. Whatever you call them, as we age, our faces age with us. But as 50 becomes the new 40 – or it is 30? Some of us don’t want to look the age we are, we want to look the age we feel! Until recently, the only option for a youngerlooking face was a facelift. This meant expense, pain, a long recovery time and many potential side effects. Now, however, there is a non-surgical option that is gaining in popularity. A non-surgical facelift reduces wrinkles and tightens loose skin. It is a minimally invasive procedure that works by heating the deeper layers of skin – the dermis – using either infrared (laser) or radiofrequency energy to promote what is called a ‘healing response’. This stimulates production of new collagen and remodels the existing collagen. The effect is to contract the layers of skin above and make the face appear plumper and smoother. The treatment can also be used on the jaw line, neck, abdomen, bottom, upper arms and thighs. Some procedures use local anaesthetics or over-the-counter pain relief, but others need nothing at all. You will be given something to cool your skin during the procedure and you may experience some temporary swelling, redness or skin blanching. Unlike chemical peel and microdermabrasion techniques, no skin is removed and so non-surgical facelifts

are generally more suitable for people with darker skin. More serious side effects such as bumps, blisters, pigmentation changes or skin depressions are very rare. Because the treatment is non-invasive, there is normally no need to take time off work. An advantage of the non-surgical facelift is that it is significantly cheaper than a surgical procedure. Sometimes only one treatment is required, but often two or three treatments are given a month apart. The full results may not be seen until six months later. You should bear in mind though, that the effect will not be as dramatic as with a surgical facelift because the non-surgical procedure doesn’t actually remove excess skin or fat. Results will vary according to differences in skin thickness and texture, in healing response and in the person’s lifestyle. Non-surgical facelifts are most suited to younger people who are beginning to notice that their skin is ageing, but wish to delay more invasive procedures for a few years. They are also good for people who are unable to have surgery. If you decide to go ahead with a non-surgical facelift, make sure you research the experience and training of the person who will perform the procedure. Always ask for references and follow them up. Then lie back and watch the years melt away. By Alex Brown

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National Chip Week

by Sarah Davey

18-24th February is National Chip Week. Fish and chips is still the most popular take away meal in Britain. In fact we eat a staggering 38000 tonnes of chips per week between us! We think of it the quintessentially British take-away but chips are actually a French invention. A French chef named Alexis Soyer fled to England to escape the July Revolution in 1830. He fried raw potato shavings and put the instructions down in a book he wrote called Shilling Cookery for the People. It would seem these were the ancestors of our beloved chip. The Brits however invented the battered cod fillet and served them to the masses in fried-fish warehouses around at this time. At some point between then and1860 an un-named culinary genius decided that fish and chips were meant to be together and the British fish and chip trade began. Lancashire and London both lay claim to the first ever fish and chip shop. In 1863 A Mr. Lees

of Lancaster sold them from a wooden hut, then later transferred to a shop with a sign which boasted ‘This is the first fish and chip shop in the world’. Londoners however claim that Joseph Malin’s shop which opened in Cleveland Street in 1860 was the first. Whatever its origins the dish is now a national favourite, eaten and loved by every generation and class. So this week support your local chippy and indulge a little…you know you want to.

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The Language of Flowers

by Sarah Davey

Lots of men will be heading off to florists this month but have you ever wondered why we give flowers? The Victorians were a rather coy bunch not given to brazen declarations of love, so a whole language sprang up around flowers and plants with special meanings attached to each variety. The language was called floriography. So flowers could be used to express almost any sentiment and in combination they could convey a whole range of emotions. Try saying it with flowers this Valentine’s Day with our handy guide. Flower meanings Red rose - Passionate love White rose - Eternal love or innocence Pink rose - Perfect happiness or please believe me Orchid - Love, beauty and refinement Apple Blossom - Preference, good fortune Begonia - Beware!


Bluebell - Humility Pink carnation - I’ll never forget you Yellow carnation - Disdain, rejection Iris - Faith hope and wisdom Ivy - Fidelity Primrose - I can’t live without you or young love

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P and R Bathrooms


There is a dizzying array of options open to anyone considering a new bathroom. Followers of popular home fashions and the latest styles featured in home design magazines will be familiar with some of the choices available, but to access the experience and guidance I felt I needed, I went along to visit P and R Bathrooms. The P and R Bathrooms showroom on Lurke Street in Bedford is a huge and impressive area with many, many display bathrooms cleverly laid out to make it easy to see individual styles and familiarize oneself with every option. With expert help it was much easier to discover the latest bathroom looks suitable for my home and a variety of tastes and budgets. ‘The main concern for many people these days is


bathroom furniture and storage. There are two big choices’ explain Paul, the ‘P’ of P and R. ‘The fully fitted bathroom or the free-standing, modular bathroom.’ I give him a confused frown and with no further ado I am being gently ushered towards an impressive looking show bathroom. The cistern is invisible, no pipework is on display whatsoever. The cupboards are ranged across the back wall and are deliciously sleek with real oak doors and plenty of drawers for easy-access to toiletries and towels. There is a fully coordinated worktop for a really clean look and a sink which I am told can be recessed into the surface for a solid surface finish or I can choose one which is fitted onto the counter top and has a more traditional look. ‘Many people favour the fully fitted bathroom because it has that modern edge. It features clean, long lines and with the right amount of storage space it is easy to maintain that sleek, tidy look that works so well. It is brilliant for smaller bathrooms and can actually make them appear larger. Clever lighting can work wonders in smaller spaces too and it is easy to incorporate that into a fitted bathroom and make the most of that very finished, polished look.’ ‘The alternative is to choose a free-standing or modular bathroom.’ I am guided towards a shining

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example as Paul continues. ‘Even though there is no counter-top or fitted furnishings in here the pipework can still be hidden because it is recessed into the wall. The storage – whatever you choose, cupboards, drawers, or a combination, can be wall mounted and tiled around so that it still has that very finished, sleek look but there need not be so much of it so again, this can work well in smaller bathrooms . The cupboards or drawers that you do choose have true space – non of it is in use for hiding pipework and so the storage is not compromised in any way. There are all sorts of furniture options so that you can still have that longline look and as everything is wall mounted there is nothing underneath which can make cleaning easier and lend a more open feel to the room.’ After spending time in the P and R showroom I am absolutely sure of the style I would like in our new bathroom. Our house is older and styled more traditionally and so I am glad to have the option of a free standing bathroom with all the modern convenience of recessed pipework and furniture that can accommodate the storage that our family needs. P and R Bathrooms have been in the bathroom business for a long time. ‘The beauty of having been in this business for the years that we have is that we use only suppliers who have proved themselves, the ones with the best track record of quality products and service. We insist on this because we insist that our customers are happy with their bathroom, and that has to be true, really honestly true, down the whole line – confident and happy designers, suppliers and installers result in delighted customers who come back to us time and again. And that really is our experience.’ P and R Bathrooms can undertake the complete transformation of your bathroom, ensuring the plumbers, carpenters, electricians and installers are all of the highest standard with experience and workmanship that is unrivalled. ‘We don’t have to provide the complete package, some people just want us to supply the bathroom, others want design and supply, but our customers who have trusted us with the whole package have all been thrilled with the results as well as the fact that they could just leave it all in our hands and there was no stress or added responsibility for them.’ If you are contemplating a new look for your littlest room, I would not hesitate to recommend a trip to P and R Bathrooms. Being able to make the choice by

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THE LOG MAN Established 1972

Hardwood Logs • All Size Fires & Woodburners Catered For • Half & Full Loads Delivered

Gardening a Pain? Let us take the Strain! 15% OFF all your Winter Projects In January and February 2013

Call 01462 896427 for your FREE quoation BOOK EARLY – Last few weeks available


Phillip Jepps Your Local Log Man

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01462 711 430 07860 411 378

For more details or for a free quotation call 01462 896427 or email: 20 Years in Herts & Beds (1992-2012)

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Garden and property maintenance internal and external works Fencing and timber structures Environmental retaining walls Shed repairs including new felt or roof Decorating and internal repairs Tiling, bathrooms and kitchens Plastering and plaster repairs General plumbing and electrical repairs

From start to finish we offer a professional and friendly service, so that all our customers are delighted to see the dramatic improvements to their property. Base preparation

Main build

Chapman Property Maintenance 50 Plum Tree Road, Lower Stondon, Henlow Bedfordshire. SG16 6NE Tel: 01462 813164 or 07767 442904 Email:

The final result!

Chapman Property Maintenance

Please feel free to call for general advice and an estimate

Steve: 01462 813164 or 07767 442904


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Property improvements and extensions Extensions and general brickwork Hardwood and softwood decking Gazebos and log cabins Paving - natural stone and concrete Block paving - rectangular and antiqued Groundwork and site clearance

Our team of professional tradesmen can transform your living and garden space. We offer a broad range of solutions using timber, steel, concrete or natural stone products. Brickwork

Steel beams

Chapman Property Maintenance 50 Plum Tree Road, Lower Stondon, Henlow Bedfordshire. SG16 6NE Tel: 01462 813164 or 07767 442904 Email:

Complete extensions

Chapman Property Maintenance

Please feel free to call for general advice and an estimate

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pk cash for cars

& car disposal services Established 1987

All cars brought for cash £60 - £5000

Find your ideal car today!

Disposal for end of life vehicles with certification off distraction

• Top Prices Paid •

01462 457070 / 07595 875414 25 High Street, Shillington, Herts, SG5 3LL

For a polite and friendly service call Paul:

07447 758 357 01462 850 928

Ace Garage Doors Quality, Reliability and Great Value

• High levels of security • Sales, service and repairs • Same day service 24/7 • Free no obligation quotations • Suppliers and installers for all leading garage doors • Automation for new and existing garage doors

Hitchin: 01462 812927 Stevenage: 01438 742664 30

Mobile: 07870 987817

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J W A Building & Maintenance

• Extensions • Carpentry • Kitchens • Plastering • Brickwork • Domestic

• Patios • Plumbing • Decking • Painting • Tiling • Commercial

• Driveways • Electrics • Roofing • Decorating • Bathrooms • Refurbishments

Tel: 01462 735565 Mob: 07866 528411 info@jwa-building and 14 Glebe Avenue, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6UP

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SATAY VEGETABLE SKEWERS WITH SPRING ONION NOODLES If you are short on time but still want a flavoursome supper then try these delicious vegetable kebabs with a lovely spicy peanut sauce. For non-veggie kebabs replace the aubergine with cubes of lean pork or chicken fillet and cook for 15-20 minutes until the meat is cooked through and lightly charred. Serves 4 Ready in 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 100g crunchy peanut butter 25g creamed coconut, chopped 1/2 tsp chilli powder 1 garlic clove peeled and crushed 4 tbsp soy sauce 3 small peppers (red, green and yellow), deseeded and cut into 2.5cm pieces 4 thick slices of aubergine 1 large red onion, peeled and cut into slim wedges 3 tbsp sesame oil 4 nests fine egg noodles 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

1 Place the peanut butter, coconut, chilli powder and garlic in a small pan with 180ml water. Heat gently, stirring all the time, for 2-3 minutes until the coconut has dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat, stir in half the soy sauce. Thin down with a little more water to get a pouring consistency, if necessary. 2 Par-boil the peppers in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes, drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut the aubergine slices into quarters. Thread the peppers and aubergine onto 8 pre-soaked wooden skewers with the onion wedges. 3 Preheat a cast-iron griddle pan until almost smoking. Whisk 2 tbsp of the oil and 34

remaining soy sauce together and brush all over the vegetable kebabs. Cook the kebabs on the hot griddle pan for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently until tender and lightly charred. 4 Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain well and toss together with the rest of the sesame oil and the spring onions. Serve the kebabs on the noodles and drizzle over the satay sauce. Tip If you don’t have a griddle pan cook the kebabs under a pre-heated grill or use a heavy-based shallow frying pan and add a little oil.

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Oven Cleaning! - It’s a dirty job! Why do it yourself? We clean ovens using non-caustic, non-toxic products in your home. Ovens • Ranges • Hobs • Extractors Agas • Microwaves • Barbecues (May - Sept) Single Oven (all racks/pans inc)........................£35 Single Oven & Grill Oven (all racks/pans inc).....£45 Single Separate Grill Oven (racks/pans inc)......£15 Microwaves & Combination Ovens....................£20 Extractor Fan (free filter for next clean).............£12 Hob..................................................................£12 . . .

Agas and Ranges priced accordingly Oven Bulbs replaced for free in all jobs V.A.T free

Contact James on: 01767 260188 or Mobile: 07812 666081 email: You can also book at

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How to play It’s simple! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the digits 1 through to 9 with no repetition. Use your logic to solve the puzzle. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive.


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what’S ON?


1 February Coull String Quartet 8pm Benslow Music, Hitchin Tickets £10 (free for all 8-25 year olds) Works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Tickets available from David’s Music Letchworth and Hitchin Town Centre Initiative. Tel: 01462 459446 Email: Web: 2 February The Signals Museum 10am-4pm The Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is open to the public. Entry is free but official photo ID such as a driving licence, passport or over 60s Bus Pass is required to get an entry permit from the Guardroom. See website for full information. Web: 2 February Soul Man - Arlesey Town Football Club Tickets £5 Arlesey Town Football Club presents ‘Soul Man’. Tickets available from Lesley at the Club or for more information call Lesley on 07717 462393. 16 February Jumble Sale 2pm St Mary’s Church Hall, Stotfold Friends of St. Mary’s Jumble Sale. Please contact Chris Webster on 01462 834108 if you wish to have items collected or for times when it is possible to bring jumble to the hall. Raffle and refreshments. Proceeds for church restoration.

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19 February-24 November The British Schools Museum 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin The Museum is open for public visits from Tuesdays 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 2-5pm. Also open on Wednesdays, during the School Summer holidays - see website for information. The first Sunday of each month features a Victorian lesson experience beginning at 2.30 and 3.30 pm. Clean your fingernails, brush your hair and sample the joys of a Victorian lesson under the strict tutelage of the Schoolma’am. Tel: 01462 420144 Web: 19 Feb-2 June Exhibition: ‘Crucible of Fire’ Sir Henry Bessemer Tues 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Sun 2-5pm The British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of the local hero who had a global impact. Learn about his remarkable life. Marvel at the scope of his work and see how his ingenuity changed the world. Tel: 01462 420144 20 February Dancing for Fun 10am-12 noon The British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin £3 per child including light refreshments. Adult free. Come and enjoy Maypole Dancing and English Country Dancing for children 6+ and Singing Games for younger ones. Children must be accompanied by an adult and numbers are limited, so please book in advance. Tel: 01462 420144 23 February Indoor Car Boot/Table Top sale 10am-1pm St Mary’s Church Hall, Stotfold Friends of St. Mary’s event. Please contact Chris Webster on 01462 834108 for availability of tables. Proceeds for church restoration.

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26 February Wedding Fayre 5-9pm Mount Pleasant Golf Club, Lower Stondon Free entry Complimentary tea, coffee and refreshments. 26 February Bingham String Quartet 8pm Benslow Music, Hitchin Tickets £10 (free for all 8-25 year olds) Works by Mozart, Janacek and Schonberg. Bingham String Quartet with Jonathan Barritt (viola) and Alice Neary (cello). Tickets available from David’s Music Letchworth and Hitchin Town Centre Initiative. Tel: 01462 459446 Email: Web:

2 March Quiz St Mary’s Church Hall, Stotfold Tickets £5 including light supper Quiz organised by Friends of St. Mary’s Church. Teams of 4-6. Our popular Quiz master, Lyn Hayes, will be asking the questions. Soft drinks/ tea & coffee will be on sale but please bring your own choice of alcoholic drinks. Book early to avoid disappointment. Proceeds for church restoration. Tickets Tel: Roger Billson 01462 730103 16 March Ska Music Night Arlesey Town Football Club Tickets £5 Arlesey Town Football Club presents a Ska Music Night – a tribute to Madness and The Specials, A Special Kinda Madness featuring Ska band “The Iconics”. Tickets available from Lesley at the Club or for more information call Lesley on 07717 462393.

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Painting & Decorating Property Maintenance Quality Workmanship Papering, Coving etc. Interior and Exterior Work Free Quotations Call W Firkins & Partners Ltd 01462 814117 or 07939 267083 Est 1981 20 Clifton Road, Shefford, Beds

1st Glass Window Repairs 30

years experience

FULLY INSURED! Local company who can fix all types of problems with your double glazing, call us now for a free quotation. Steamed Up Glass Faulty Window or Door Locks & Hinges Draughty Windows and Doors Leaking Conservatory Roofs Fascias and Gutters New Conservatory Roofs


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Alan George Painter & Decorator Interior and Exterior Work Wallpapering and Coving Reliable and Local Specialist City & Guilds trained with 30 years experience Sole trader No VAT Free estimates Call Alan on 01582 454604 Mob:07760198256 or E-Mail:

Tel: 07507 963008 or 01462 850928 Boiler replacements and breakdowns Power flushing, Blocked drains General plumbing & heating Radiators, cylinders and tanks. Gas safe registered.

All types of roofing work undertaken. Friendly, reliable and professional service.

Tel: 07989 423449 or 01767 317121

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Ty Interiors Prize Crossword 1st Prize £25 Name:

Sponsored by Ty Interiors, The Olde Watermill Shopping Village, Faldo Road, Barton Le Clay, MK45 4RF

Complete the crossword, fill in your details below, cut out this section and send to the address below before 15th February 2013. Prize Crossword, Villager Publications Ltd 24 Market Square, Potton, Beds SG19 2NP Tel:


Please enter me into the prize draw to be drawn at end of 3 months for £1000 off a fully fitted kitchen. T&C’s apply. (Please tick) Last Month’s Crossword Winners. Congratulations to: 1st prize - Mrs P Stephens from Cambourne and 2nd prize - Mr Tom Newton from Letchworth For last month’s solution please visit Across 1 Hint (4) 3 Contrary (8) 9 Error (7) 10 Frolic (5) 11 Eager (12) 13 Informal (6) 15 Titbit (6) 17 Alphabetical reference books (12) 20 Propose (5) 21 Produces lava (7) 22 Vacations (8) 23 Wagers (4) Down 1 Business (8) 2 Distressed (5) 4 Lyrical (6) 5 From time to time (12) 6 Suggests (7) 7 Acquire (4) 8 Produced (12) 12 Flowers (8) 14 Talented (7) 16 Carry (6) 18 Picture (5) 19 Weapon (4)


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Lots of Choice Immediate Availability

The Carpet Trade Centre


Windows, Doors, Conservatories, Bi-Folding Doors & Composite Doors

COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC • Verticle Sliding Sash Windows • Casement Windows • Residential & French Doors

• • • •

Over 10,000sq ft of warehouse to choose from 100’s of designs, stock always changing Vinyl/cushion floor stock Large choice of rugs

Delivery and fitting service in days rather than weeks Low, low prices, high quality stock

• Patio Doors • Pivot Windows • 10 Year Insurance Backed Guarantee • Discount for Pensioners • FENSA Certification

Unit 2-6 Shannon Place, Potton, Sandy, Beds SG19 2SP T. 01767 260 626 E.

Tel: 01462 851637 Units 5A-6, Henlow Industrial Estate Henlow SG16 6DS


Potton Windows Limited was established in 1987

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R . France EST. 1970 & Son T. Jordan Carpentry & Joinery Made to Measure Quality Timber Products Doors, Windows, Stairs, Gates, Cabinets & Mouldings

Please call Tim on 01462 850363 22 Station Road, Lower Stondon, Henlow SG16 6JP

All building works undertaken Extensions Modernizations Loft and garage conversations Bathrooms into wet rooms PVCU Windows and Doors Disabled Ramps Decorating/ papering etc Please call 01767 223675 / 01767 315214 07880 594495 / 07929 732850

TV AERIAL & SATELLITE SPECIALIST See our website for a comprehensive list of our services

CALL FREE 0800 7317988 To discuss your requirements or to make an appointment


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James Cullip

Painting & Decorating


• interior/exterior - all aspects • wallpaper hanging • coving • general household maintenance • plastering services available Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

• free estimates

01462 732632

• fully insured

References available

C A r p E T A N D u p h O l s T E rY C l E A N I N g Drying time kept to a minimum

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Flea & Dustmite control available


24 Years’ Experience Fully Insured NO VAT for a limited period

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Classifieds Chimney Sweep

Logs & Kindling

Chimney Sweep Sweeping Certificate Issued ICS Registered Please call Brian on 07968 275888 Cleaning Services

Property Maintenance


ELITE CLEANING SERVICES We are a all aspect Cleaning Company: • Office Cleaning • Long or Short Term Contract Work • • Build Cleans • End of Tenancy Cleans • • Full Mobile Car Valet Service - with Auto Glym Staff Window Cleaning • • Regular Home Cleaning Service T: 01462 816147 M. 07500 874812 e: •

Fully Trained & Uniformed Staff • Family Run Company for 10 years

Clock Repair


Home & Garden Services

Œ Patio’s Œ Driveways Œ Fencing Œ Brickwork Œ Painting & Decorating Œ Tiling 20 Years Experience - No Job Too Small!

01462 850575 or 07950 311881 Removals & Storage

Brian R Bulley C.M.B.H.I Horologist

Repairing: Antique & Modern Clocks

All clocks are collected & examined in my workshop and then you are contacted with cost for repair. On agreement the clock will be repaired, Tested & Delivered.

removals, storage, archive and shipping • House and office moves • Large and small vehicles • Local/long distance and overseas removals • Containerised storage • Extremely high quality customer service

If you decide not to go ahead with repair the clock will still be delivered free of charge. • Over 50 years Experience •

Call for a no obligation quotation

Tel: 07521 442 050 • Email:

Drum Lessons


01582 572967

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Fun and inspirational lessons in the art of drumming. Grades taught. 20 years experience as a professional musician and teacher. References available. Current CRB Disclore. Based in Clifton but able to travel to surrounding towns and villages.

Contact Jasper Morrissey on 01462819256 / 07773764536 or email



Fish supper or Want a fresh sh supper but not keen on scaling and gutting? Let us do the hard work for you.

steak out? Want a great tasting steak without having to

scrub your grill afterwards? Let us do the hard work for you.

01767 260221

21-day dry-aged British beef or haunch of Scottish venison

Starters and mains

Freshly delivered from the market in the morning

Choice of ve sh dishes

Second and fourth

Thursday of the month, from 6pm

Add red wine jus, blue cheese or peppercorn sauce

Served with triple-cooked chips, crispy onions and dressed salad Steaks cut to any size and cooked just how you like it

First and third

Thursday of the month, from 6pm

12 Market Square, Potton, Bedfordshire, SG19 2NP


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