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Step Forward.......................................................................... 4 Join the Club...........................................................................6 Gone A’Fishing........................................................................8 Competition Page.................................................................10 Camping on a Budget............................................................13 Letchworth Eagles................................................................14 The Giza Pyramids................................................................ 16 Make the Most of your Make Up........................................ 20 Your Guide to a Stress Free Move....................................... 22 Derwent Lower Football Club............................................. 25 The Perfect Baby Shower.................................................... 27 The Parish of Southill........................................................... 29 Hitchin Festival..................................................................... 30 Keeping Gum Disease Away................................................ 33 Home Start........................................................................... 35 The Longest Holiday............................................................ 36 Best BBQ Tools..................................................................... 38 Bug and Beaties.................................................................... 42 National Garden Festival Weekend..................................... 45 Animal Stories...................................................................... 52 Children’s Page..................................................................... 54 Seasonal Delights................................................................. 57 Puzzle Page..........................................................................60 Bring Me Sunshine............................................................... 62 Range Rover Sport............................................................... 67 Foundation of the YMCA..................................................... 70 What’s On............................................................................. 74 Domestic Fencing................................................................. 77 Book Review......................................................................... 78 The winners of last month’s Pizza Express Competition are: Mrs Sarah Reiter from Langford Miss K Reeve from Sandy Mrs C Watts from Biggleswade Mr T Oliver from Henlow Linda Fleet from Potton

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Step Forward

By Susan Brookes-Morris

UK Volunteers week takes place between 1-7 June. It celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to volunteer too. Organisations hold events and activities to highlight their volunteers and the volunteering that they do. Every year, over 20 million people in the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy. Volunteering can take on many forms. Most of us will be familiar with people shaking tins on the High Street and those working in charity shops, but there are many more types of voluntary roles including:- room guides at National Trust properties, some lock keepers, conservation workers, Guide and Scout leaders, advice workers, voluntary bread makers at a heritage mill, counsellors answering telephone calls, those carrying out administrative work for charities, animal fosterers, and those who help organise and marshal l at sports events. The volunteer Gamesmakers at last year’s Olympics certainly received a higher profile than most sporting volunteers, but most volunteers are happy to

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remain unsung heroes. It’s likely that however old you are (as long as you are over 18), and whatever skills and availability you have, you could voluntarily contribute in some form to the myriad of charitable and not for profit organisations that exist in the UK. These cover all manner of causes and all areas of life. Volunteering could be a regular weekly commitment for a set period of time, a one off ‘few hours’, or an annual commitment at an event. Many people volunteer because they want to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering can also be a great way to gain new friendships. Most find volunteering challenging, but rewarding. Many employees and educational establishments look favourably on voluntary work too, so you can be helping yourself as well as assisting others when you volunteer. Some enlightened employers also give staff ‘time off’ to take part in approved voluntary activities. To find out how to get involved, contact your preferred charity or not for profit organisation, or go to the Volunteering England website at: http:// www.volunteering.org.uk

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Join the club

By Alex Brown

The six-week school holiday looms. Up and down the country you can hear collective groans from working parents beginning to stress about securing holiday care for their children. Whether you need childcare while you’re at work, or a way to keep your energetic offspring entertained, holiday clubs can be a lifesaver. There is such a wide variety available that you are sure to be able to find something that suits both you and your child. Some clubs are run by local authorities and are based at schools, nurseries or community centres. You’ll find that places offering ‘before and after school’ clubs often have holiday clubs too. Others are linked to clubs offering specific activities, such as a sport or performance art. There are also some big companies offering schemes throughout the UK, such as Kings Camps (www.kingscamps.org) and Super Camps (www.supercamps.co.uk). Visit www.daycaretrust.org.uk/nafis to find details of your local Family Information Service. They will have details of childcare in your area, including holiday clubs. Most clubs will be registered with Ofsted and you can find details of their latest inspection at www. ofsted.gov.uk . It’s a good idea to visit the venue and speak to the manager. Make sure you are happy with the child/adult ratios and the qualifications of the staff – they should all have been CRB checked.

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If you don’t know anyone else who has used the club, ask the manager to provide you with some recent testimonials. Try to see a timetable and photos of a typical day at the club. Activities can range from sports, crafts and cooking to quad biking, archery or trampolining. Many clubs will plan a theme for the day or week, and some may let the children choose what to do. Find out what children need to bring with them – aprons, trainers or drinks, for example. They probably won’t need any money unless they are going out for a day trip. Make sure you know the arrangements for dropping off and collecting children, and what happens in an emergency. You will need to book your child’s place in advance. Check the session times carefully – some clubs may be half days, some will run within school hours, while others may be open from 8am until 5 or 6pm. Ask what is included in the price. Is lunch provided, or will children need to bring their own? Paying for a week is usually cheaper than paying per day. You may also get a discount for more than one child. Some clubs will accept childcare vouchers, and you can claim back some of the cost of Ofsted-registered clubs if you qualify for Family Tax Credits. Happy holidays!

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Gone a’Fishing

By Susan Brookes-Morris

In rivers and canals, streams, lakes, reservoirs and sea, angling is one of the UK’s most popular sports. It is estimated that 3.3 million people participate on a regular basis. People enjoy fishing for a variety of reasons. Some love the peace and tranquillity they find outdoors. Others relish the opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals and take part in competitions, usually organised by angling clubs. Many pick up their rods each weekend because they enjoy the challenge of trying to outsmart the fish, deciding which stretch of the water to fish in, persuading the fish that the lure is food, and of course the thrill of the catch. Fishing enthusiasts need a rod, something to attract the fish, nets, and suitable clothing. Rods can vary hugely in price depending on their size, quality and specifications. Skills involve casting a rod, tying knots, and catching and releasing the fish. Fishermen (and women) believe it is the combination of good equipment and fishing skills that leads to greatest success. There are a variety of different lures and baits. Natural baits include live worms and maggots. Artificial baits are often made from types of human food. Man made lures seek to replicate the food that fish eat. Different ones are suitable in different circumstances and most anglers have their favourites. Three types of fishing are most prevalent in the UK:

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Fly fishing - Used to catch fish like trout and salmon, as well as pike, bass and carp. Fish are caught using very light artificial flies - made by tying hair, fur, feathers and other materials together. They are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. Fresh water fishing - Uses water that contains minute quantities of dissolved salts. Some of the most important freshwater fish are bass, catfish, pickerel, pike sunfish, trout, salmon, muskellunge, sturgeon and walleye. ‘Coarse fishing’ is the term used to describe fishing in fresh water for any species other than salmon or trout. Sea fishing - This obviously takes place in or by the sea. Most sea angling takes place from a boat, but it can also be done in estuaries, on piers and from rocks. Piers and jetties are ideal places for catching mackerel and codling. Mullet, flounder and dab are often found in estuaries and harbours. Conger eel live in the foam covered seas next to rocky headlands, and bass can be caught from beaches. There is a requirement for most anglers to have a rod licence and fishing permit. The Environment Agency oversees this and fines may be imposed for none compliance. Anglers must also abide by local byelaws. Izaak Walton was a seventeenth century fisherman who wrote The Compleat Angler. He famously said, ‘I have laid aside business and gone a’fishing.’ Why not join the 3.3 million people who regularly do the same?

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COMPETITION • COMPETITION win A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE BATTLE PROMS Battle Proms Concert Pavilion – a Unique and Memorable Way to Celebrate this Summer If you’re missing all the flag waving, medal winning, jubilee celebrating pomp and glory of 2012, the Battle Proms are here to bring it all back for you this summer! The UKs premier picnic concert series, the Battle Proms takes traditional picnic proms to new heights, with a packed programme of soul-stirring classical music, tear jerking Spitfire aerial display, daring cavalry skill-at-arms, thunderous cannons and a flag waving, sing-along finale of proms favourites with fantastic fireworks. There are 3 stunning venues to choose from in the local area: Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire on 6 July Held on an impressive elevated parkland position overlooking the grand Elizabethan architecture recently celebrated by Julian Fellowes on his Great Houses show for ITV Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire on 20 July The longest running Battle Proms venue, 2013 will be the Battle Proms 13th year in the leafy surrounds of Hatfield House Althorp Park, Northamptonshire on 10 August A really special event, this will be the 75th Battle Proms concert in their 16 year history of staging these spectacular events Tickets from £31.50. With early bird and group discounts available, now is the time to gather the troops and plan your trip! For more information and to book tickets visit the website at www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416. You can also purchase tickets locally from selected Tourist Information Centres.

The Villager magazine is delighted to announce that we have 6 pairs of tickets to give away to any of these Battle Proms! To enter the draw simply send your name and address to Battle Proms Competition Villager Publications Ltd, 24 Market Square, Potton, Beds SG19 2NP Deadline for Entries - Friday 21st June 2013. The Winners will be drawn at random Introducing the Concert Pavilion – an exceptional gift for Father’s Day (June 16) The Battle Proms team have announced the arrival of the Concert Pavilion, an exclusive marquee pavilion offering the perfect Father’s Day gift – a place for you and your family to enjoy a restful picnic with a prime viewing spot for the concert. With VIP parking and a ‘meet and greet’ with some of the stars of the show included, this is the place to be whether you are treating Dad for Father’s Day, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or simply like to make the most of the Battle Proms, knowing that there is a covered area with a table reserved especially for you. Tables for 4 or 6 in the Concert Pavilion are available at all Battle Proms concerts and include: VIP Parking, Entry to concert, Prime site pavilion with private patio area, Table and chairs for your party, Souvenir concert programmes and flags, Meet and greet with our charming conductor Douglas Coombes and celebrated compere Pam Rhodes The Concert Pavilion offers the chance to enjoy the full force of a Battle Proms in total comfort, making a table in the Battle Proms Concert Pavilion a truly unique and memorable Father’s Day gift! For more information or to book call 01432 355 416.

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Camping on a Budget

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If the luxury of an overseas holiday is just not going to be affordable for you this year, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune in this country either. However it doesn’t mean you have to go without a break completely because camping can be great fun and very affordable. You can’t just put the TV on, there are no computer games for the children and your time is spent exploring forests and cooking outdoors. It makes for a wonderful family bonding experience completely unlike renting a holiday home, and is lots of fun if you can find a group of you to go. There’s a huge retail market around camping, and an hour on one of the many equipment websites could have you thinking that the whole event is going to be far too expensive, especially if you aren’t sure if you’ll do it more than once. It doesn’t have to cost the earth though. Firstly the tent. Take advantage of somebody else’s impulse buy by visiting secondhand sites to see what you can snap up - Ebay of course, but also Gumtree have plenty for sale. Sleeping bags might be necessary if you are hiking across the mountains, but chances are you’ll be driving to your camping site so take your own duvets and pillows with some old covers and that will be perfectly adequate. A night’s sleep on the hard ground isn’t comfortable though so you’ll need to find something to lie on. Cushions from outdoor chairs or a beach lilo will be good enough for children, but you might want to invest in an inflatable mattress for the adults. Other equipment such as a gas stove, water containers and plastic plates might be offered to

you if you put a wanted advert on Gumtree or on Freecycle. And a polite plea to your friends could produce a surprising haul for you to borrow. You might not be able to look your glamorous best while camping and really, why would you? It’s time to get back to nature. However, it doesn’t mean you won’t want to clean up every day and proper toilet facilities are a must. Fortunately, these days all but the most rural sites will have a shower and toilet block. The internet will help you decide which site to go to. For example www.pitchup.com has 5000 UK and Ireland sites listed and it allows you to filter the features that are a ‘must’ for you and those that are a ‘nice to have’. For example you might want to visit a site that allows children and dogs (or doesn’t), has wifi access, or where there are cycling facilities nearby. Still not convinced? If you think this sounds like more hassle than it’s worth, you might want to consider ‘glamping’. It’s still sleeping in an open area surrounded by trees, but the living accommodation is provided for you. Many sites offer tipis, yurts, wooden huts or even a gypsy caravan. This is going to cost more of course but is still very affordable. For example a week in early July in a tipi in Mid Wales would cost £550 for two adults and two children. The bed and bedding for the adults is supplied as well as futons for the children. You are also given your own cooking and toilet facilities. Remember, you won’t be the only one looking for a cheap summer break, so go online and book your pitch now.

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LETCHWORTH EAGLES

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New players wanted for U11’s Whites for 2013-2014 Season (then U12’s) The U11’s Whites formed 2 seasons ago and have gone from strength to strength ever since. Last year they came runners up in the Royston Crow League after finishing 1 point short of winning the Shilton Division. Continuing their success, they went on to become runners up at the Hitchin Tournament in May 2012 and reached the semifinals in subsequent tournaments. This season the Whites faced the challenge of the newly introduced 9v9 format. After being placed in Division 1 they have held a very strong

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position throughout. John Roberts, Manager and Coach of the Whites, puts this down to the dedication and passion for football shown from his players. The Whites train on Tuesdays with matches on Sundays. In preparation for the new season at U12’s, the Whites are looking to increase their squad. If you are an established player in current school year 6 and are looking for a new challenge, please call John for more information on 07976 960604 or email jhroberts11@gmail.com Letchworth Eagles is affiliated to the Hertfordshire Football Association and is a Charter Standard Development Club with excellent facilities at their ground at Pixmore Playing Fields. Letchworth Eagles welcomes enquiries from players of all age groups, U6-U18 and runs a Saturday School for girls aged 7-11. Next season, LGCE will also be running a ladies team. Please see www.letchwortheagles. org.uk for information on all teams.

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The Unforgettable Close Up and Cabaret Magic of Steve Dean Winner of the Wedding Industry Expert Awards 2013-2014 Immerse yourselves and guests in the close up magic of Steve Dean or enjoy a Cabaret Show that includes mentalism and much more. Have you ever witnessed unexplainable events or illusions so convincing that they leave you fascinated and completely spellbound? This is Cabaret, close up mix and mingle and table magic at it’s very best. Not only enter the unbelievable world of close up professional magic that is second to none, you can now see a cabaret show that will leave you gasping, your guests enthralled and audience participation that is not only professional but will cause laughter throughout and will be something to remember for a very long time. This is ideal for any corporate or private event. Steve is a master of his craft and a member of the prestigious Magic Circle. He has had many letters of thanks and testimonials from people from all walks of life. From a small dinner party to performing on a British Cruise Liner this sort of entertainment is second to none and will give your guests unusual and fantastic entertainment that they can get involved in and will talk about for months to come. (Steve is a member of Equity with full public liability insurance). Please phone or email for details 07719 261147 • 01767 260671 www.stevedeanmagic.co.uk email: stevedeanmagic@aol.com

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The Giza Pyramids

Egypt

Did you know that in 1978 a Japanese corporation tried to build a replica of the Great Pyramid on a 1/20 scale, using the same methods as ancient Egyptians? They didn’t succeed so modern technology was called to the rescue but after just 18 days, the pyramid collapsed. How did they manage in ancient Egypt? Over 100 pyramids have been discovered so far across the country, most stunning of all the iconic giants dotted on the Giza plateau. Up there, above the bustling city of Cairo, it’s hard to comprehend how blocks of granite weighing up to 80 tons could be brought down the Nile from Aswan, 800 kms away, hauled up to the site and put into place, together with over 2 million limestone blocks. That was around BC 2584; no wheel, no iron tools, but with a workforce reaching over 40,000 at times, the Great Pyramid rose to 146.5 metres. Over the millennia, erosion has nibbled away almost eight metres but among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu is the only one still standing. Being the oldest and largest, it draws the biggest crowds while the nearby pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure seem almost lost in the wilderness, looking down on the small Queen’s

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satellites and the camels waiting for a ride on the desert sands. Khafre appears bigger than Khufu but guides will tell you it’s an illusion, due to its higher elevation and steeper angle. Besides the pyramids, the complex includes remains of a causeway, an impressive valley temple and a lost city or workers’ village, where evidence points to highly skilled labour rather than slaves, and pits for ritual boats with a life size reconstruction in the museum. Ritual barges were designed to carry the Pharaoh with the sun god across the heavens and ensure a royal afterlife. The pyramids, it was thought, were royal tombs but when they were discovered, they were empty, no human remains, no treasures. Looted or moved to a safer place? No one knows for sure yet their connection with the afterlife and the sun is undisputed. Rising on the west bank of the Nile, the side of the setting sun and symbol of death, they are shaped like the descending rays which were originally reflected by polished surfaces. Some experts believe the alignment of the Giza pyramids mirrors the Orion constellation, associated in ancient Egypt with Osiris, the sun god of rebirth and afterlife. Visitors can no longer climb to the top of the Great Pyramid but those who come prepared with sturdy footwear venture up the high steps to the new entrance where a short passageway leading to nowhere sends shivers down their spine. It’s dark and eerie inside and you cannot help wondering what may be lurking in the chambers you cannot reach. It’s a relief to return to the light and watch great clouds of dust as guides vying for custom send their camels racing across the sand. ‘Ride, madame? I’ll show you the Great Sphinx.’ No one can leave Giza without paying tribute to this mythical guardian, half human, half lion, once partially buried in the sand. Over 73 metres long and 20 metres high, it’s said to be the world’s largest monolith statue. Defaced by vandals and desert storms, it remains hauntingly beautiful, as powerful today as it was over 4000 years ago.

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Henlow Building Supplies

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The ever-helpful team at Henlow Building Supplies has taken time over the winter months to re-vamp their home decorating department and take a closer look at what their customers really need. ‘We now stock major brands such as Crown, Macpherson, Sadolin, Sandtex and Ronseal along with specialist coating materials such as Blackfriars, Zinsser and BEDEC. ‘Our customers really appreciate being able to find a colour match for existing paintwork and exterior coatings and the bestselling range of Crown Colours has proved very popular with interior conscious decorators who can choose from over 12 shades from stock, with virtually any other shade imaginable available to order.’ explains Chris Curson, manager and owner of Henlow Building Supplies.

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Henlow Building Supplies was established by the Curson family in 1977. The present MD is David Curson who started the business with his brother-in-law Paul Sapiano in Henlow High Street. In recent years David’s sons, Chris & Paul, have joined the business ensuring that the family’s traditional values of personal service and friendly, knowledgeable advice are kept alive. Henlow Building Supplies has a large and loyal customer base – those wise people who have left behind the dark days of the out-of-town DIY sheds! Amongst them are local builders, tradesmen, self-builders, schools and the general public from Biggleswade and the surrounding area. Local professional decorator Ben, had this to say about his experiences with Henlow Building

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Supplies: ‘I always use Henlow Building Supplies when I can. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them to source and their stock is very comprehensive – they often have products that it impossible to get anywhere else.’ Mr. Heinz, local DIY enthusiast was very keen to praise Henlow Building Supplies. ‘I never go elsewhere now. I find that other places just cannot match the advice, helpful attitude and knowledgeable approach of Henlow Building Supplies. I have never failed to get excellent advice from their experienced staff and they are such a friendly bunch! Their prices are very competitive and they always have everything I need in stock.’ Tracy, a local home-maker and working mother cannot speak highly enough of Henlow Building Supplies: ‘We have been shopping at Henlow Building Supplies for well over fifteen years. We have recommended the place to all our friends and they travel from far and wide to go there. I know this is because Henlow Building Supplies is not only excellent on price, but just unbeatable for advice too. They are so loyal to their customers – offering them the best service and the best quality product at great prices. ‘They have always had all we needed in stock and

we have never had to make that annoying mistake of forgetting one little but vital component of a job and having to go all the way to the shop again. They never fail to make welcome suggestions and ensure that the job will be as good, and easy, as it would be if it were their home. We are planning on re-vamping our bathroom this summer and we be sourcing all we need at Henlow Building Supplies.’ Henlow Building Supplies also offer unbeatable services such as free local delivery, brick matching, free quotations and all-day opening on Saturdays. They carry a wide range of plumbing, timber, landscaping and building materials as well as decorating equipment and supplies. Their tile and bathroom showroom has made a fantastic addition to the store and their famously approachable, friendly team of staff truly is on hand with expert advice and real help. Paul adds ‘If we don’t have the exact product you are seeking then do ask. We are more than happy to order it and we can deliver free of charge.’ So, for all your building needs and decoration desires, call in at Henlow Building Supplies and be inspired this summer.

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Make the Most of Your Make-Up

Your Questions Answered By Helen Taylor How can I get the best finish and coverage from my foundation? It’s important to find a foundation that’s suited to your skin type and requirements. Liquid foundations work best for most people because you can apply as much or as little as you like. Your foundation will work best and last longer if it’s applied to primed skin. Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face, then apply a primer to create the ideal base. Using a damp make-up sponge, evenly apply your foundation to your skin, paying particular attention to blending well over your jaw line. When I use concealer under my eyes to cover dark circles I seem to draw attention to my fine lines. How can I stop this? Ensure that your eye area is well moisturised before you apply concealer. Use an eye cream morning and night and choose a concealer that has a very creamy texture. My skin is dry, but I’ve heard that foundation should always be set with a powder. Should I use it? Powder is essential for creating a flawless finish. Apply a little powder sparingly to your t-zone (centre of face, forehead, nose, front of cheeks and tip of chin), but not all over your face. Most of the bronzers I’ve used look fake and orangey on my fair skin. What should I do? Bronzers are often very dark and can look natural, especially on fair or ivory skin tones. Opt for a bronze coloured pressed powder instead - the colour will be far more natural and you can build up both colour and coverage until you obtain the

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look you want. I’m never sure what colour of blusher to choose or where to apply it. Any tips? A lot of blushers can look unnatural and harsh, so it’s important to choose the right colour. Avoid bright pinks and reds or any other loud hue and instead select more neutral shades in peachy, soft pink tones, aiming to create a more natural look. Blusher should be applied to the apples of your cheeks. To find them, look in the mirror, smile and sweep the product evenly over that area. Be sure to keep colour to the outer part of your cheeks though, you don’t want it to be placed too close to your nose. I want to draw attention to my eyes and make them look bigger, wider and brighter. What products should I be using? A great way to create a bright, wide-eyed look is to line the inner rim of your eyes with a good quality white eyeliner pencil. This immediately brightens up the eyes and draws attention to them, making them appear bigger. A white eyeliner pencil will enhance the colour of your eyes too. Eyelash curlers are an essential tool for creating this sort of look, because they open up the eyes. Curl your lashes, then apply a few coats of mascara to set them in place. I’ve heard that when you get older you shouldn’t wear frosted, satin or shimmer eyeshadows. Why? Matte eyeshadows are definitely best suited to mature women because they create a much more natural and flattering finish on the eyes, unlike satin, shimmer or frosted varieties which tend to highlight even the finest line or wrinkle.

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Your Guide to a Stress Free Move

Stephens Removals

It’s never too late to start planning your move; Lauren Marriott of Stephens Removals gives some useful tips on planning your move. When planning a move, we recommend that you contact a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) and ask them for a quote. BAR companies have the experience, expertise and facilities to handle your move professionally. In most cases, an estimator or surveyor will visit you in your home to discuss the details of your planned move. They will explain the services they provide and agree with you exactly what’s to be included in your quotation. Never underestimate the amount of time it can take to pack your belongings safely as it always takes longer than you think! This is why we strongly recommend that you leave it to the professionals. BAR members are fully trained to pack and unpack your personal belongings. If you do decide to pack yourselves, ensure you label items clearly and separate any valuable items/documents you wish to take with you on the day. Your mover will also be able to provide you with the correct packing materials you will need. Even in the best regulated businesses things sometimes go wrong, and it would be foolish to pretend that moving house is without its risks. For this reason you should make sure you are adequately protected. We recommend that you ask your remover about the insurance cover they are offering you in relation to the risk of loss or damage of your household furniture and effects. Some removers, who are authorised by the Financial Services Authority to do so, will be able to offer and arrange insurance on your behalf. Others will accept a level of liability under the removal contract which will be backed by their own insurance. You may also like to check whether your own existing household contents policy includes cover for moving home. Whichever option suits you best, please note that all BAR members must have in place adequate insurance which meets strict minimum standards designed for your protection Decide what you want to take early on and make sure your mover knows when they provide the quotation. Do not put everything together in one room or area; this makes it very difficult for the movers to work and will slow them down. It is helpful if you have removed anything that is not to

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go to your new home before moving day, however if this is not possible then just identify such items clearly. If you have something unusual to take with you, let the moving company know. They will make special arrangements for plants, fine art, antiques, pianos, wine collections, IT equipment, or anything about which you are particularly concerned. Tell your mover if there are any parking restrictions at either property, either yourself or the moving company can then arrange parking for the removals vehicle. Please also inform your mover if there any access difficulties at your new home. These will include, narrow streets, overhanging trees, unmade roads, small doorways, spiral staircases, etc. Also, if you are moving to a flat or a multi-story building, please tell your mover whether or not there is a lift (and how big it is!). If necessary you will have to make arrangements for priority use of the lift for the day. To ensure the best and smoothest move possible contact Stephens Removals now on 01582 572967. Alternatively email Lauren@stephensremovals.com

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Derwent lower

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Derwent Lower Football Club (“DLFC”) is a non profit making organisation which was formed in September 2010. When it was formed, the club had 20 players, just two seasons later the club now has over 100 players. The club trains every Saturday morning 9am-10am on the playing fields at Derwent Lower School. During the winter months the players train in the Sports Hall at RAF Henlow by kind permission of the Station Commander. The players range from 3 to 9 years old and are drawn from the villages of Lower Stondon, Henlow Camp, Shillington, Campton and surrounding areas. It truly is a community club for aspiring Rooney’s, Gerrards, Lampards & local hero Jack Wilshere’s! The club actively encourages girls to play football which is reflected by the number of girls in our teams and by the fact that one of our coaches is an ex-Arsenal ladies player, we are equally keen for those aspiring to be the next Kelly Smith.

The continuing success of DLFC has been recognised by the Football Association with their award of the FA Charter Standard Club. For more information about the club please go to www.derwentlowerfc.co.uk

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The Perfect Baby Shower

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti Their world may seem light years away from ours, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt experiencing similar wonder and excitement as they anticipate the arrival of their first baby. With around a month to go until Junior makes his or her appearance, now is when close friends or family members should throw Kate a baby shower, as a chance to impart a few pearls of wisdom whilst showering her and baby with gifts. Traditionally, a baby shower is thrown for first time mums-to-be by close family members or best friends a month or two before baby is due – just in case Junior decides to put in an early appearance - and before the expectant mum is too tired or uncomfortable to enjoy the event. Like any other celebration, a baby shower can be as grand or as simple an affair as you choose, but perhaps the best are kept small enough to hold in someone’s home where it can be kept cosy and intimate. Invitations should be sent out about a month before, and there is no easier way to do this than via email, text or Facebook. You don’t have to spend a fortune in time or money decorating the room to look fun and welcoming. A few balloons spruced up with dummies and rattles is all it might take! Similarly, by inviting guests to contribute to

the food you can keep work and expense to a minimum, but you might want to come up with a list of suggestions if you want to avoid ending up with a dozen plates full of sausage rolls and very little else! The receiving and opening of gifts is possibly the highlight of any baby shower. You could leave it entirely to the guests to decide what to give, but it is becoming increasingly acceptable for the expectant mum to compile a wish list should guests prefer some guidance. No self respecting baby shower should pass without a few games. Some ideas include Guess the Baby (from photos guests bring of themselves); Match the Celebrity to Baby (from pictures which have been cut from magazines), Feed the Baby (spoon feed porridge or baby food to your partner while blindfolded), or alternatively see who can guzzle down a bottle of milk the quickest!) or why not set a baby quiz? Finally, to ensure that the happy events of the baby shower remain emblazoned in the future mummy’s memory forever, have a memory book on hand for guests to write personal messages or words of advice, and consider capturing the occasion on camera. With all these elements in place you are sure to have a baby shower to remember!

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The Parish

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The parish of Southill lies to the west of Biggleswade and south west of Sandy. It consists of the villages of Broom, Ireland, Southill, and Stanford. The Parish church of All Saints, the Baptist Chapel and the School are all situated in Southill and serve the parishioners living in each village. There are many places of interest within the parish including the newly opened Heritage centre at Jordan’s Mill and the Park Farm shop selling organic produce in Broom. The Vintage tea room and shop in Southill is well worth a visit and several public houses in the parish offer excellent food and hospitality. In Broom there is the Cock and the White Horse, in Ireland the Black Horse, in Stanford the Green Man and in Southill the White Horse. The readers of the Villager Magazine may like to visit our lovely villages on Sunday16th June from 1-6pm when we hold our Open Gardens. There will be approximately 10 gardens to visit and entry to all the gardens will be by programme at £3.00 per person and children under 16 free. There will be lots to see including animals and poultry, plants to buy and teas to enjoy. All Saints Parish Church will be open for a quiet retreat that afternoon and there will be tours of the Byng Vault which is the final resting place of Admiral Byng who was the last person to be shot for treason in Britain on 14th March 1757. He lived in Southill House as a young boy before joining the navy.

A short walk from the church you might like to follow the sound of leather ball on willow where you may find a cricket match being played on the Southill estate which would round off a lovely day out in the country. For further information 01767 314669

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Keeping gum disease away

by Julia Faulks

How often have you seen blood in the basin when brushing your teeth and done nothing about it? Unfortunately, this is just one of the signs of gum disease, which has been linked to heart and lung disease, diabetes, strokes and premature births. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. It can cause bad breath, bleeding gums, abscesses, loose teeth, receding gums and cavities. With around half of the population having some degree of gum disease, the risk of further health complications makes for scary reading. But the good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve things. Bad bacteria The disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth, which contain hundreds of bacteria that can be harmful to your gums. If you don’t brush your teeth properly or have them regularly cleaned by a professional, this plaque can build up and irritate your gums. Surprisingly, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain you might still be suffering from gum disease. In severe cases, a condition called periodontitis can develop - this affects the tissues that support your teeth and hold them in place, meaning that you may even lose teeth. There are cases where you may be more likely to get gum disease – and not just because you aren’t brushing your teeth well. For example, if you: • are over the age of 35 • are a smoker • have a condition that makes it harder for your

body to fight infection • have a high level of stress • are taking certain forms of medication linked with gum disease, including tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, antimuscarinic drugs, some antiepileptic drugs, some antipsychotics, beta-blockers, diuretics (water tablets) • have a poor diet • are pregnant Dental check-ups With many of us neglecting our visits to the dentist and a recent survey revealing that men are the worst culprits when it comes to regular dental check ups, you may be completely unaware of the existence of a problem other than perhaps seeing blood in the sink when brushing your teeth. Don’t wait for your gums to become painful, inflamed or bleed before you visit your dentist – mild cases can be easily treated or even reversed. However, in cases of severe gum disease, you may need further treatment carried out by a specialist. There’s no shame in asking your hygienist to show you how to clean your teeth properly or the best way to floss – years of bad habits can be hard to change, but even changing your toothbrush every three months can help. Top tips • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste after every meal (leave 30 minutes after eating so your mouth acids have time to reduce). • Floss regularly and use interdental brushes to reach the parts of your teeth that normal brushing can miss. • Visit your dentist regularly, as well as a hygienist, who will not only clean your teeth but check your mouth generally for the signs of problems. • Speak to your pharmacist or dentist about additional treatments, such as an anti bacterial mouthwash, which can help control gum disease and keep your mouth in mint condition. • Cut down on sugary food and drinks and quit smoking – these things alone are two of the worst culprits when it comes to causing gum disease.

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HOME START

SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP FOR FAMILIES Do you have a couple of hours to spare each week to help a young family who are struggling to cope? Are you a kind, reliable, approachable person ? If so, then why not consider volunteering for Home-Start? Home-Start is a local family support charity that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to provide friendship and support to families in their own homes once a week for a couple of hours. Being a parent with young children can be tough at any time, but in this current economic climate the pressures on families are even greater and for those already struggling to cope with illness, disability, isolation, bereavement or just the challenge of parenting, life can seem overwhelming. Before being matched with a family volunteers attend our Preparation Course which is free, informal, fun and informative. If you are considering a job in Health or Social Care then volunteering with Home-Start can help you to get on that career ladder.

You don’t need to be a super nanny to help parents with young children and with your help parents can gain confidence to manage on their own and give their children the best possible start in life. We welcome all enquiries but are particularly keen to recruit people who have experience of autism. Please give us a call or send an email and make a difference to a family in your community. For further information call Home-Start Central Bedfordshire 01582 660061 or email office@ home-startcentralbeds.org.uk . Website:www.home-startcentralbeds. org.uk See us on Facebook at HomeStart CentralBedfordshire and follow us on Twitter at HomeStartCB

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The longest holiday

by ARWYN BAILEY

Most of us shy away from considering our later years and what they might bring. There may be the joy of watching our family grow and develop with grandchildren, great nephews and nieces, but understandably we do not like the idea of becoming incapacitated. However, we should start thinking about what can be termed as the “longest holiday” of our lives sooner rather than later, as it is now clear that the government will not be funding the ongoing costs of any care that might be required. The reason for the government’s stance becomes clear when examining some of the facts. According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics, in 1992, 14.2% of the London populace were aged 65 or more. In areas where a large number of residents are retirees, such as within the county of East Dorset, this figure was running at a rate of over 24%. The average percentage of people within this grouping for the whole of the UK, in 1992, was 15.8%. By the year 2033, estimates show that this figure will have increased to 22.9%. As the state is not going to assist in any meaningful form regarding ongoing care needs, we need to consider the cost of buying care as this is also rising. For example, maintaining professional quality care in one’s own home is now running at around £13.68 per hour. This means that just two hours of care each day mounts up to around £200 each week. Furthermore, full time fees in a care home now average at just over £27,000 a year rising to over £38,000 for nursing home fees. These fees are just for a basic level of care. To have any form of “luxury” is an additional cost. Here are some tips that will enable you to start planning for the future. 1. Check your pensions, ensuring that you have current information for all of them. 2. If you have not done so already, you should complete a BR19 form and send it off for a State Pension assessment. The reason for this, particularly for women, is that it will be assumed that your NI contributions would have continued if you had not stopped work in order to care for your children. However, the benefits agencies will not know of this and your past situation unless you inform them.

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Taking this action will enhance your state pension benefits. 3. Realistically consider what your ISAs and other savings might be worth. Monitor your investments regularly with a professional adviser. 4. Think about when your mortgage will be repaid, along with any other commitments. Put income that you have released, when loans are repaid, towards ISAs and pensions for your future. 5. Start thinking of your house as a commodity that might have to be used to fund care needs in the future. 6. Consider a special form of trust to ring fence the equity of your house. This can protect your home from local authority means testing when you qualify for care. 7. Review your Wills and the position regarding inheritance tax. 8. Review whether your property is owned as Tenants In Common or under Joint Tenancy as this is important in this arena of planning (Scottish law varies in this regard). 9. Seek independent financial advice from an appropriately qualified professional, and appoint an adviser on a fee basis to advise you. We all hope that we will remain independent and fit and healthy, but this will not be the reality for some of us. The facts before us may not be favourable and planning for our longest holiday may take many years to achieve. Although our finances might be under pressure at this time, doing something now is going to be better than doing nothing.

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Burn, baby, burn

The best tools for a great British bBQ What better way to celebrate the good weather than to go outside and burn things? Barbecue season is back, and as ever there are all kinds of gadgets promising to make cooking in the great outdoors even greater. If you don’t already have a barbecue you’re spoilt for choice: you can spend as little as £20 on a charcoal kettle barbecue, or as much as £5,999 on a “Grill Centre” that’s bigger than most people’s kitchens. If space is at a premium, it’s worth considering a portable one, such as Weber’s clever little Smokey Joe barbecue (£59.99) or one of its many imitators. Wherever men are showing off you’ll find firms offering gadgets to help them, and in outdoor cooking there are clever ideas such as the Grill Daddy Pro brush (about £14.99), which combines a typical grill brush with a steam cleaner to help shift tough burnt-on food and sterilise the grill racks. Alternatively, a quick scan of eBay uncovers plenty of motorised grill brushes for around £15 that promise to take the effort out of cleaning. If that isn’t manly enough, the terribly-named Looftlighter (£69.95) is a guaranteed hit, blasting hot air out of the nozzle at a terrifyingly hot 680 degrees to light barbecues, fires and anything else that happens to be nearby. If you’d rather not spend nearly £70 on a glorified lighter - or if you already own a blowtorch - there are still plenty of tempting accessories from chimney starters to help you get things burning (£14.99) to griddle pans, woks, basting brushes, add-on tables, digital thermometers, hot dog rollers (£12) and hamburger presses (£12). You can even get a beer can chicken roaster, which holds

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a can of beer inside a chicken while you cook it (about £8). It sounds like a daft idea but it really does work - as does the digital thermometer fork (from £16), which can help you avoid poisoning all your friends by telling you whether the meat is cooked through or if it needs a bit longer. Alternatively, an oven-proof thermometer will do the job just fine for around £6, but make sure it’s rated for high temperatures: barbecues can be considerably hotter than the domestic ovens many thermometers are designed for. Poisoning isn’t the only thing to watch out for: whether you go for an all-singing, all-dancing portable barbecue, a disposable aluminium one or a free-standing kettle model, remember that barbecues produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal - and they continue to produce it long after you’ve finished cooking. Never use a barbecue indoors or bring it inside when it’s still warm. We’re not sure whether a Himalayan Salt Plate counts as a gadget - it’s a block of salt - but it’s an interesting add-on: instead of cooking directly on the rack you put the plates on the grill and the food on the plates, cooking and seasoning simultaneously. Expect to pay around £9 for a single one, which should last for lots of barbecues and which doubles as a nifty serving plate. Last but not least, there are plenty of LED-powered barbecue lights, such as the three-headed Best of BBQ LED Grill Light. As much as we love our barbecues, we can’t help thinking that if you’re buying £40 accessories to barbecue in your own garden in the dark, you might be taking outdoor cooking a little bit too seriously.

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P and R Bathrooms

SECOND TO NONE SERVICE

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

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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

spending time in such a huge variety of bathrooms, benefitting from expert advice followed by a design service and installation that you can trust ensures that P and R Bathrooms are second to none.

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By PIPPA GREENWOOD Bugs and beasties are really thriving in this warmer weather, so just how should you deal with the most common problems you are likely to encounter at this time of year? Aphids Greenfly and blackfly, also known as aphids, can be a real menace as they suck sap from your plants and can transmit viruses at the same time. Aphids breed incredibly rapidly, so regular control is necessary. • Check plants regularly and either spray with a suitable insecticide or a soap or plant oil based insecticide • Use biological controls – they’re totally safe for all other creatures and of course leave no residues • Use a strong jet of water to blast the aphids off plants, but do a thorough job or else they will soon be back up and causing damage Caterpillars Caterpillars come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but can do a lot of damage as they munch their way through your plants and perhaps even into your vegetables. • Hand pick the pest where possible and either squash or place on the bird table. They’re easiest to spot at dusk or very early in the morning. • Spray with a suitable contact insecticide or better still use the Nemasys Caterpillar biological control. • Some caterpillars, in particular the Tortrix Moth produce quantities of fine webbing which they use to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create particularly safe shelters for themselves. It’s hard for a pesticide to actually reach them so hand picking or squashing is often the best answer. • Cover caterpillar-susceptible crops such as calabrese, broccoli and other brassicas with Envirofleece or Enviromesh. Woodlice Woodlice often cause a lot of concern, however these little creatures are rarely responsible as they simply do not have adequately strong mouthparts. They can cause damage to soft new growth or occasionally to soft-fleshed fruits such as strawberries but can’t tackle tougher plant growth. You may see them at the ‘scene of the

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crime’ and presume that they have caused the initial damage but they have probably moved in to clean up a lot of the debris created by other creatures. Earwigs Earwigs can cause quite a bit of damage, particularly on the flowers of plants such as clematis and dahlias, where they nibble out large quantities of petal or occasionally leaf. Try trapping them using an inverted flowerpot on top of a bamboo cane. The bamboo cane and pot should be positioned amongst susceptible plants and the pot needs to be stuffed loosely full of hay, straw or similar material. The earwigs climb in there to hide and the pots can them simply be emptied out on a regular basis. Mildew Powdery mildew is also a problem at this time of year; it coats plant leaves, stems, buds and sometimes even petals with a white floury deposit. Sometimes the mildew can also prevent fruits from swelling normally, cause the leaves to become distorted and even fall early. Prompt action is essential and if you wish you can use a proprietary fungicide but check the label carefully for suitability. Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance by ensuring that the plants are kept well watered. In addition try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants. A bit of careful pruning or weeding often helps too. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com where you can sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening, and buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh, Envirofleece and a hand-picked selection of garden products

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National Gardens Festival Weekend

SET TO RAISE £500,000 FOR CHARITIES Private gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public during 1516 June for the first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend. Set to be the largest garden visiting event in history, with 800 openings planned over the two days, the Festival is being organised by the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and aims to raise £500,000 for nursing and caring charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Carers Trust. Thanks to the hard work of garden owners and the enduring enthusiasm of visitors, the NGS has donated £25million to nursing and caring charities over the past 10 years and is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest ever donor. Over half a million people visited gardens opened in support of the NGS last year. This year, for the very first time, the NGS has organised the National Gardens Festival Weekend and invited as many gardens as possible to open over the two days for a unique

weekend of garden charity giving. Traditionally one of the NGS’s busiest weekends, the 2013 dates also coincide with Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, says: “We hope that the focus on this nationwide event will raise awareness of both the NGS and the charities we support with some £2.5m donated annually. We are aiming to raise £500,000 from the weekend to add to our fundraising from garden openings throughout the rest of the year. Visiting a beautiful garden and stopping for some tea and cake is a really enjoyable way of raising money for charity and every year thousands of people do exactly that. On our Festival weekend we want lots more people to join them and help raise millions of pounds for our group of wonderful beneficiaries.” All gardens opening during the National Gardens Festival Weekend are listed in the 2013 edition of ‘The Yellow Book ’, amongst more than 3800 gardens open to the public on behalf of the NGS throughout the year.

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in the Conservatory A leaky, uninsulated porch is a friend to no one. But a demolished porch replaced by a miniconservatory = firewood + bricks + glass for cold frames + indoor space for more plants (especially welcome since our greenhouse had to go). “So what do you think?” Anne pointed to her makeshift plan on the kitchen table. I thought we could fit at least a dozen plants on the shelves, plus five trays of seedlings on the floor, and still be able to sit down. That humble pencil and paper outline was the beginning, but it was a long and fretful journey to the finished conservatory. Low points included our builders doing a two-week vanishing act, them breaking the lid on our chiminea on the first day, and failing to put up 90-degree angle walls - twice. The wood and glass conservatory, however, was - and is - spectacular. Mind you, someone else supplied it. And, once the floor was tiled and those tantalising shelves were slated, we were ready to go. The cat was the first visitor to the conservatory and, to be honest, didn’t seem that impressed (although she didn’t know how much we’d borrowed to pay for it). Operation Hothouse went into action. We started with surprise tomato plants - in that they turned out to be a yellow variety - swiftly followed by Fasold green beans and Kennedy mange tout. The results were impressive, but top billing went to the California Wonder sweet peppers. Never having grown them before, I erred on the side of excess and planted 16. The 12 that thrived also gave us ample camouflage from walkers who passed up the lane. As the peppers grew - and believe me, they grew a lot - we harvested, swapped and even froze a few (depipped and sliced first). And still they kept coming. On rare, hot days, the room smelt like a sweet pepper sauna. I became so convinced of the conservatory’s powers that I brought in the sweet potato plant, which was ailing. It rallied a little, but when it came to harvest time I felt that the label’s bumper crop guaranteed had overstated the case. Seven sweet potatoes might be good for one plant, but not if they’re all the size of a 20p piece. Naturally, we need to water everything regularly and employ judicious temperature control with

the windows. Which also means that flies and wasps are frequent visitors. But hey, that’s nature for you. And it’s a dinner guest or two for the spiders, which moved in almost immediately. Going forward, we want to reduce volume and increase variety (because even home-grown peppers can become a little samey). Chilli peppers are next - I’d love to grow Bhut Jolokia - reputed to be the world’s hottest chillies. Anne is a tomatophile (I like the plants, but can’t stand the taste of the fruit), so we’ll definitely look a mixture of plentiful and interesting. The conservatory has already been nursemaid to a range of herbs and seedlings. It’s not only an extension of the house, but also an extension of our lifestyle. Anne would like more space to sit down in comfort. Or, at the very least, be able to find the cat among the indoor undergrowth.

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ANIMAL STORIES

It’s never too late for love….. Betty is an absolutely beautiful cat, who is over 10 years old, but actually seems much younger when you meet her. She is playful, friendly and has soft, silky fur. Unbelievably, last year, she was taken to a vet to be put to sleep. Did she have an illness? No. Has she got severe behavioural problems? No. Her crime was to be considered ‘old’ by her owners. The RSPCA Bedfordshire North Branch stepped in to care for this lovely cat. We knew re-homing her might be problematic because many people can be a bit ‘ageist’ when thinking about acquiring a new pet. The RSPCA Bedfordshire North Branch has a small team of volunteers dedicated to caring for abandoned animals and preparing them for rehoming. Betty was lucky enough to be given a foster home by 13 year-old Alice’s family. Alice says: “I loved having Betty living with us. She used to sleep in my bedroom and yowl when she was hungry which made me laugh. I was a bit sad when she left for her new home, but my Mum always told me it was going to happen and I’m glad that she’s so happy with her new owner. I think that I’m lucky as I get to care for loads of different cats. I’m proud that because of our family, there are a few more cats, like Betty, that have a happier life.” After four months with Alice – and over a year with the RSPCA – Betty was fortunate to be

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offered a home by Jayne. She met Betty and instantly fell in love. So, it took a while, but lucky Betty has now got her perfect ending. And Alice’s family can now foster another cat in need – and there are many. If you think you can give a cat like Betty – or another animal ¬– a permanent, loving home please look on our website for information about how to adopt. We are also looking for more volunteer foster carers who want to make a difference to an animal’s life. ANIMAL STORIES is one of a series of articles brought to you by the RSPCA Bedfordshire North branch www.rspca-bedfordshirenorth.org.uk

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FALAFEL, PEPPER & GOATS’ CHEESE SALAD

If you’re having veggie friends around for lunch or just fancy a meat-free supper for a change this colourful salad will fit the bill. Falafels are small Middle Eastern deep-fried patties made with cooked chick peas. You can buy them ready-made in most supermarkets or deli’s but they are really easy to make at home with just a can of chick peas and a few store cupboard ingredients. For an on-the-go salad pack into warmed pitta breads. INGREDIENTS 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley or coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp chilli powder 2 tbsp plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper Oil for shallow frying 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 150g bag mixed salad leaves Half a small iceberg lettuce, roughly shredded 150g goats’ cheese, roughly crumbled FOR THE DRESSING 6 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar ½ tsp Dijon mustard

Serves 4 Ready in 30 minutes 1 To make the falafel, place the chick peas, garlic, parsley or coriander, spices and flour in a food processor and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Process for about 1 minute until you have a fairly smooth mixture. Turn into a bowl then divide and shape the mixture into 12 small patties with clean wetted hands. 2 Shallow fry the patties in hot oil for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. 3 Meanwhile, place the sliced peppers on a foil-lined grill pan and drizzle over the olive oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender and lightly charred in places. 4 Toss together the salad leaves and shredded iceberg lettuce. Arrange on four plates with the grilled peppers. Halve the hot falafel then add to the salad and top with roughly crumbled goats’ cheese. 5 To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a screw-topped jar and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Tip Add a handful of fruity black or green olives to the salad or sprinkle with some lightly toasted pine nuts to give an extra Mediterranean flavour.

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BRING ME SUNSHINE

BY KATHERINE SORRELL Katherine Sorrell looks at what you should consider when planning to build a conservatory. Kit or bespoke? Kits tend to be cheap and DIY-friendly, as most of the parts (usually a PVCu frame and polycarbonate roofing) are pre-cut and pre-drilled ready for installation. Bespoke designs will cost more, but you’ll have something tailored to your individual requirements. Size, siting and aspect For a useable room allow at least 8-10 metres of floor area and consider how the space will complement your property and garden. How will your conservatory adjoin the house? Is there a large enough exterior wall, and will you have to avoid obstructions such as trees or outbuildings? Try to place it facing east or west, as north-facing conservatories tend to be cold, while south-facing ones can overheat. Walls and frames Traditionally, conservatories are built onto a 600mm high ‘dwarf’ wall made of brick or stone, to match or complement your house. More recently, fully-glazed structures have become fashionable, offering a contemporary look and even more light. The most popular choice for the wall framework is PVCu, a material that is light, strong, requires little maintenance and can be system-built quickly and easily. Bespoke conservatories are generally made in hardwood, which can be carved into slender, intricate designs and suits older properties, though it is more expensive and requires regular maintenance.

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Glazing Double or triple glazing is essential and the best glazing combines a low-emissivity coating that reflects heat back inside, and argon-gas filled units for maximum insulation. In a bespoke conservatory, you can specify tinted, etched, obscured, anti-sun, fire-resistant, self-cleaning or other specialist glass at a price. For roofs, choose from glass or polycarbonate panels. The latter are light and strong, cheap, and quick and easy to fit, but tend to obscure light, particularly at thicknesses that achieve the same thermal performance as double glazing. Near trees, they may also suffer from algae growth. Heating Heating is essential and, to comply with building regulations, it must be independent from your main system. You could place radiators against the dwarf walls or install under-floor heating, either warm-water pipe or electric cable, or you may consider electric trench heaters, hidden under grilles around the edges of the floor. Where there’s room for a chimney or flue you can install an open fire on the wall that was the outside of the original house. Ventilation In the height of summer you’ll need a cool waft of air. Roof vents may be opened manually (with long-armed winding gear) or electrically, or may even be thermostatically controlled to open and close at the necessary time. Trickle vents in the roof or side windows are useful, allowing warm air to flow out as necessary. You may also wish to add a central ceiling fan. Shading Blinds ensure privacy, provide shade from direct sunlight and reduce the build-up of heat. If heat is a problem, try solar-reflective roller blinds. Otherwise, the options include pleated fabric, pinoleum Roman blinds and slatted Venetian blinds. Take your time choosing a look that’s right for you; consider how easy they are to clean and whether you want to open and close them with pull-cords, rods or via remote control. Many small, domestic conservatories don’t need planning permission, but there are conditions. Check www.planningportal.gov.uk and consult your local planning authority.

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Everywhere I go, dads wanna rock

BY Chris Russell

In 1965, when Roger Daltrey sang ‘I hope I die before I get old’, he defined a generation. Music belonged to the young, and this meant that getting old wasn’t just uncool, it was to be avoided at all costs. The irony is that Daltrey and co have now reached the stage in life they once demonised and decided that maybe it ain’t so bad after all. What the 21 year-old Daltrey didn’t know, you see, was that like wine, cheese and Stephen Fry, he would keep on improving with age. Much like another legendary rockstar, similarly advanced in years, whom I had the pleasure of seeing recently at Koko in Camden, one Wilko Johnson, formerly of Dr Feelgood. Who is Wilko Johnson, I hear (some of) you cry? Well, don’t worry if you haven’t heard of him. I didn’t know a great deal about Wilko myself until a friend offered me a last-minute ticket to his gig, but I soon discovered I was being inducted into a very special circle. Wilko’s career has spanned five decades and been notable for chart hits, relentless touring and a legendary live act. In early 2013 he was diagnosed with untreatable pancreatic cancer and, refusing chemotherapy, has been given just months to live. This gig was due, in all likelihood, to be one of his last. “Wilko Johnson in action...” (Image - Man Alive!)

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Stepping into Koko that night, you could quite easily have been at B&Q’s Summer Sale. The place was a sea of bald heads belonging to beer-bellied men in their fifties and sixties, and I suddenly felt very young and self-consciously skinny. This was rather refreshing because, now that I’m in my early thirties, I’m generally aware of being slightly above the average age at most gigs I go to. Prior to Wilko’s show, the most recent gig I had attended was at East London’s Queen Of Hoxton and was hosted by an edgy electro band of the sort that features more laptops than humans. I could quite easily have been twice the age of many of my fellow Hoxtonian punters, mere children who know little to nothing of Blur vs Oasis and consider living with anything less than fibre-optic broadband an abuse of their human rights. And so, standing there among a crowd of men twice my age, I was concerned about feeling like an outsider - but instead I was welcomed into the fold with open arms. Wilko fans are a wonderfully inclusive club, bursting with joie de vivre and hopelessly devoted to their idol. One guy had seen Wilko two-hundred times and received personal thank-you letters from the man himself; another was so overwhelmed at this being the last gig that he was dewy-eyed before the show even began. The set itself was astonishing. Wilko was mesmerising, an extraordinarily accomplished musician and one of the best guitarists I have ever seen. He hardly said a world all night; he just played, and played gloriously, for near-on two unforgettable hours, not flagging for a single second. It was a master class in rock ‘n’ roll, made all the more extraordinary by his age and experience and I left Camden with one prevailing thought in mind. Wilko, Roger and the rest of you golden oldies, thank god you failed in your quest and actually did manage to get old. Because the world will be a far poorer place when you’re gone. Chris is a freelance writer and musician with internationally-renowned rock band The Lightyears. Voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, they’ve played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Chris has recently completed his first book, “Mockstars”, based on The Lightyears’ tour diaries. Find out more at www. MockstarsTheNovel.com.

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New Range Rover Sport: The detail

by James Baggott

It was a case of double-oh-heaven for Land Rover at the New York Motor Show as it managed to steal the limelight for the launch of its new Range Rover Sport thanks to a rather special unveiling by none other than Daniel Craig. The Bond star helped the British manufacturer deliver the first car to the press launch in a live drive through the streets of Manhattan. The $1 million stunt saw sections of the city closed at rush hour and it had all the razzamatazz of the Oscars. One of Land Rover’s most important models, the Sport has notched up nearly 304,000 worldwide sales since it arrived in 2005. Now, following the successful births of the Evoque and Range Rover, it’s the racy middle brother’s time to shine. Based on the same aluminium platform as the Range Rover, but with 75 per cent of the parts changed, the Sport ushers in an Evoque-esque look, clever new technology, and some seriously impressive statistics. Powering the top-of-the-range model is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8, producing 503bhp and 625Nm of torque. With a tuned exhaust system, it sounds incredible as it powers its way to 60mph in five seconds. The popular SDV8 diesel unit also makes a welcome return. With 332bhp and a mighty 700Nm of torque, it can crack 60mph in 6.5 seconds. There are further diesel and petrol units to pick from, but of more interest is the hybrid which is set to arrive later this year and combines a 3.0-litre diesel engine with a 50kw battery, a big leap forward for the model. Improvements have been made across the board. The new Sport is 33% lighter than its predecessor (that’s the weight of six average adults), the body is 25% stiffer and on average it’s 24% more efficient.

Clever new technology on the Range Rover Sport includes an iPhone and Android app that lets you connect with their car. It can guide you back to where you parked it, tell you how much fuel is left, file company car mileages via email and even alert you if it thinks it’s about to be nicked. The clever kit includes in-car wifi for up to eight devices, a tracking system to aid recovery and the ability to dial emergency services in the event of a crash and alert them of your location. A camera on the front of the car reads road signs as you pass them, displaying speed limits and over-taking restrictions on the dash. There’s also a head-up display that shows speed and navigation instructions. Parking scrapes can also be avoided with a warning system that tells you if a car is coming while reversing out of a bay and an alarm can tell you if you’re wading too deep in the water (a dip into anything over 850mm could result in big bills). Larger families will be pleased to hear there’s now a seven-seat option too. The seats are only really for kids, but electrically rise and lower from the flat floor. The tailgate gets power while the doors now have a soft-close option. Inside, the designers have worked hard to make it even more luxurious, with more metal on show and a higher, wraparound dash. The centre console is even chilled and fits a full bottle of champagne in it. There’s a 23-speaker stereo system and rear seat entertainment options too. Pricing, as you’d expect, is rather premium. The top-of-the-range supercharged V8 costs £81,550 with entry level models a “more affordable” £51,550. Time to visit the bank manager…because this is one highly desirable car.

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6th June 1844

Foundation of YMCA

London in the early 19th century could be a pretty dreadful place. Filthy, noisy, trackless (no A-Z then) and horribly overcrowded, it must have more than merely bewildering for the thousands of young country folk who, displaced by the forced enclosure of their land, swarmed to the capital in search of work: it must have been miserable. Worse still, for many of these rural refugees, was London’s Godlessness. The devout young Congregationalists, Baptists and others, used to Chapel twice on Sundays as their principal recreation, found nothing available but beer and blood-sports. So, just as their fathers and grandfathers had done, they rolled up their sleeves and provided for themselves. Typical of these staunch and self-reliant young Nonconformist migrants was George Williams. The youngest of eight children, Williams was born in 1821 on a moderately prosperous farm near Dulverton in Somerset and was apprenticed at the age of 13 to a Congregationalist draper in Bridgwater. Here, influenced by the charismatic Welsh minister at the town’s Zion Chapel, he experienced a spiritual awakening and by the time he moved to London a few years later he was a deeply committed Christian. London, though, had little to offer him spiritually, and on 6th June 1844 he founded his own Bible study and prayer group which he called the Young Men’s Christian Association. William’s employer and future father-in-law, George Hitchcock, helped the fledgling group find premises and within a year there were YMCAs in Manchester and Leeds and by 1851 they had spread to Montreal and Boston. In 1855 Jean-Henri Dunant of the Paris YMCA (later founder of the Red Cross) proposed a conference at which YMCAs from Britain, the USA, Canada, France, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands came together to found an international HQ and committee and write a constitution. From the very beginning, the YMCA had a strong focus on offering healthy recreational alternatives to pubs and women, as well as opportunities for self-improvement with lectures and classes. In 1873 the YMCA opened a pioneering holiday camp on the Isle of Wight; in 1879 the North American YMCAs started opening gyms, followed by one in London in 1881; and American YMCAs

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are credited with inventing, or at least codifying, both basketball and volleyball. Williams, as well as being a very successful businessman, remained closely involved: he was knighted in 1894, and when he died in 1905 was buried in St Paul’s, with a memorial plaque in Westminster Abbey. Since his death the “Y” has branched out into more general youth work and is now a huge organisation running hostels, housing schemes, leisure facilities, training courses, drug counselling and a host of other activities in well over 100 countries: it has never lost touch with its Christian roots but doesn’t attempt to force its beliefs on the millions it helps. In some ways it’s a shame that the initials should first conjure up, in the minds of most people, the Village People’s worldwide smash gay disco anthem of 1979. On the other hand the record’s success is a testament to the affection in which so many people hold the “Y” (and with good reason). But disco aside, Williams deserves to be more celebrated. A contemporary of Dr Barnardo and Florence Nightingale, his name should be up in historical lights alongside theirs as a social reformer of enormous importance and continuing relevance.

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Bottle it…or not

By Debbie Singh Bhatti The average Brit knocks back around 33 litres of bottled water per year! The UK bottled water industry is worth over £1.5bn per annum. Most consumers say they drink it because it tastes better and they believe it to be purer than tap water. However, this is not necessarily the case. Though both mineral and spring water are bottled fresh at their underground source, bottled table water may well be nothing more than filtered tap water - and some spring water is treated before bottling. Water from UK taps is the most stringently tested in the world and is quite possibly safer to drink than bottled water which can easily become contaminated, but the presence of chemicals can make the taste unpalatable. Fitting a filter to the water supply solves this problem. Water filters vary according to the amount and type of contaminants they remove, but a popular choice is an under sink unit which will remove a wide selection of chemicals. Costing anything from

£100-£250, cartridges need replacing every six months and cost around £15-25. A cheaper, but less effective alternative is a jug filter priced at around £40. You might want to consider that tonnes of plastic are used each year in the manufacture of water bottles. So consider fitting a filter, and if you really prefer bottled, remember to recycle.

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what’S ON?

IN JUNE

1 June Garden Square Craft Market 8.30am-4.30pm Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth Garden City The market specialises in the sale of genuine, high quality, hand made goods and offers local artisans and craft workers the opportunity to show case their work. 1 June 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: www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk 2 June Monthly Charity Quiz 8pm The Five Bells, Henlow £2 per person In aid of St John’s Hospice. Cash prizes and other spot prizes. Teams of up to 8. Raffle. Tel: John 07511 631045 4, 11, 18 & 5 June Morris Dancing 8-10pm Redborne Upper School, Flitwick Road, Ampthill Every Tuesday. Morris Dancing for women and girls, and male or female musicians. Please wear running shoes. Closed in school holidays – check website for information. Web: www.bedfordshirelace.org.uk/ 6 June Baldock Floral Society 7.30pm Community Centre, Simpson Drive, Baldock Visitors £6 Floral demonstration by Anne Gurney & Friends “Flowers Our Way”. All welcome. Tel: 01462 642336 6, 13, 20 & 27 June Sapphire Social & Singles Club 8.30pm Meet in Hitchin. Club for those 45+ and unattached. Tel: Joyce 07960 440417 for information Web: www.sapphiresocialsinglesclub.co.uk 8 June Letchworth Street Fest 10am-4pm Letchworth Town Centre With live music, dance, street theatre and more the whole Town Centre comes alive. Enjoy a great free day out for the whole family in North Herts and explore what Letchworth Town Centre has to offer. Web: www.loveletchworth.com

Entries into our What’s On sections are free. If you have an event you would like us to publicise please email the details to whatson@villagermag.com 8 June Garden Fete 11am-3pm Chase House Care Home, House Lane, Arlesey BBQ, cream teas, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombolas, games for the children, “Zoo Lab” and more... 9 June Woodlands Pre-School Sunday Funday 12 noon-3pm The Golden Lion Pub, 22 Church Street, Clifton Free admission Come along for a fun family day out: BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, book stall, cake stall, and lots of games for the children including hook-a-duck, lucky bamboo, teddy tombola, egg game, and lots more. Ends 9 June Father’s Day Competition in aid of Garden House Hospice Open for entries until 9 June midnight with plenty of time for the unique wrapping paper to be delivered in time for Father’s Day on the 16th June. To enter visit www.wickedwrappingpaper.com and design wrapping paper for your dad; don’t forget to use fundraising code GHH101 at checkout. Wicked Wrapping Paper will donate 25% of every order to the hospice. The winner will receive a fab hamper for their dad worth £350. Web: www.wickedwrappingpaper.com 12 June Langford WI 7.15pm Methodist Chapel Schoolroom Visitors welcome £3 Speaker Paul Heley on “Motorcycling through The Himalayas”. Tel: 01462 700722 for details 14 June Charity Golf Day 12 noon onwards Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, Graveley £40 per person including golf, evening meal & refreshments £30 golf only £15 evening meal only Featuring many popular golfing competitions including longest drive, nearest the pin, putting competition and others. Fundraiser by Ashwell’s Fight Against Cancer (A.F.A.C.), set up by Christine Scholfield, to support the lesser known forms of cancer treatment. All profits go to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Places to be booked by end May. Tel: Keith 07764 475391 Email: keith@keithgordon.net 14 June Summer Shopping Evening 7.30-9.30pm Clifton Community Centre, Whiston Crescent, Clifton Licenced bar. Stalls include Phoenix Cards, Me&I Clothes, Rhubarb and Raspberry, Polka Dots and Daisies Cakes, Holy Cow! Kids, Argon Oil, Butterfly Beauty, In The Blue Shed, Handmade Jewellery. Email: cliftontoddlers@gmail.com

8 & 9 June Bedfordshire Chilli Cook-off 11am-3pm Mansion House, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade Up to 20 teams will compete to become the Bedfordshire Chilli Cook-off Champion and qualify for the UK Final later in the year. Teams will have 4 hours to cook a gallon of chilli 14 June from scratch. Each team’s Chilli will be judged by our panel Allegri String Quartet: Beethoven I of Chilli experts. Entry fee is £10 per team (teams can be 8pm Benslow Music, Hitchin made up of any number of people). First prize is £250!! Tickets £10, Free for all 8 – 25 year olds All money raised from the Bedfordshire Chilli Cook-off will Works by Beethoven. Tel: 01462 459446 be donated to Clic Sargent. Email: info@benslowmusic.org Tel: Shelley 01767Please 626208 mention Web: www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk Web: www.benslowmusic.org The Villager and Town Life when responding to adverts 74


what’S ON? IN JUNE

15 June Car Boot Sale 1-4pm The Green, Stotfold Pitches £4 - as much room as you like Booking not required. Proceeds for Friends of St. Mary’s Church. Tel: Chris Webster 01462 844108

22 June Cream Teas 2.30-4.30pm United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, Baldock Baldock Floral Society is organising cream teas with raffle, book stall, etc..

15 June Wallington Village Fete 2pm The Chase Visit the many stalls, including Cakes, Bric-a-brac, Books, Tombolas, Wine Swizzle, Plants & more. A selection of games for children. Display of gun dogs, Baldock Fire Engine and a jazz band.

22 & 23 June St. Mary’s Church Scarecrow Festival 10.00am-5pm St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Road, Stotfold Scarecrow trail programmes. Refreshments available.

16 June Allegri String Quartet: Beethoven II 2pm Benslow Music, Hitchin Tickets £10, Free for all 8 – 25 year olds Works by Beethoven. Tel: 01462 459446 Email: info@benslowmusic.org Web: www.benslowmusic.org 20 June Life on an Organic Smallholding 7.45pm Members £2, Non-members £3 The Central Methodist Church Hall, Pixmore Way, Letchworth Garden City Letchworth District Gardeners Association invite you to an evening of “Life on an Organic Smallholding” with Simon and Jacqueline Saggers. Refreshments available. Web: website www.ldga.org.uk 21 & 22 June Fairfield Players perform Death in Character 7.45pm Memorial Hall, Hallworth Drive, Stotfold Tickets £10 – entry by ticket only The play is set in a theatre. The management committee meets on the stage for the last time to arrange closure of their theatre. By the end of the evening, the police are called in to investigate a murder. During the interval, a fish and chip supper will be served, after which the audience will have the opportunity to question characters in order to solve the case with a prize for the winning team. Bring your own alcohol. Tickets available from Cards and Crafts, Stotfold or by contacting the Box Office. Tel: 01767 631265 Email: derek-walker@tiscali.co.uk 22 June Stondon Lower School Summer Fayre 12-3pm Hillside Road, Lower Stondon Adults £1, Children free Why not come and join us for a fun packed afternoon with highlights including: Ark Visiting Farm, with pigs, sheep, ponies and many more - come and meet the animals! Woody Whizzzzzz Children’s Entertainer and Magic Show, Bouncy Castles, Refreshments – BBQ, Tea and Cake stall, Beer & Pimms tent. Please come and to support the school and many village organisations. You can still attend if you don’t have children attending the school – we’d love to see you.

27 June Hitchin Concert Band 7pm for 7.30pm The British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin Tickets £8 Hitchin Concert Band begin the Hitchin Festival in style at the Museum with their wide and varied repertoire embracing styles ranging from jazz to classical music, music from the shows and works and arrangements made especially for the Band. Cash Bar. Tickets are available from British Schools Museum. Tel: 01462 420144 28 June Fundraising Quiz 7.30pm Shefford Memorial Hall £3 per person In aid of the Shefford Memorial Hall. Teams of up to 8. Winners’ and booby prizes as well as spot prizes. Tel: Brenda 01462 813264 29 June Meppershall Summer Fair 1-5pm Fosters Field, Mepershall Free admission This year’s special attraction will be The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane Flypast. Lots of stalls, attractions and fun for everyone including; Tea Tent, Arts & Crafts, children’s games & rides, Beer Tent, Classic Vehicles, Dog Agility and the ever popular Scruffts. 29 June Bingo Night 7.30pm for 8pm start Arlesey Village Hall £5 for a book of tickets. Dabbers £1 Arlesey Pre-School are hosting a Bingo night. Vouchers for a full house. Licensed bar. Tel: 07815 293670 29 June Peregrine Recorder Orchestra 7.30pm Henlow Theatre, RAF Henlow Tickets £5 Peregrine Recorder Orchestra will play a wide variety of popular classical and traditional music, featuring 7 different sizes of instrument and soprano singer Jackie Mitchell yet again. In aid of Help for Heroes. 30 June Amateur Photography Exhibition 11am-4pm Free admission Samuel Whitbread Community College, Best Building, Shefford Children’s photography competition, facepainting, raffle, refreshments and Vintage cream teas. Free parking. Charity fundraiser in aid of MIND.

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Domestic Fencing – Fact and Fiction

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti There is a lot of confusion about who is responsible for maintaining fencing etc between adjoining properties. The following information will help. Fiction - It is the owner to the left of a boundary who is responsible for maintaining fences, walls. Fact - The title deeds show who is responsible for maintaining the boundary to a property Fiction - A property owner has an obligation to erect a fence or other barrier around their property Fact - Generally, there is no obligation to erect a barrier unless you need to keep pets from straying, or there is a clause in the deeds stipulating it Fiction - If the posts of a fence face your way you are the owner of the fence Fact - Though it is usual to erect a fence with the smooth side facing your neighbours, this is not compulsory. But if you erect a fence, you are generally considered its owner

Fiction - If the fence you own becomes damaged, you are obliged to repair or replace it Fact - You are only obliged to repair or maintain a fence if the deeds specify it, but if it becomes dangerous or causes damage, you could face claims for compensation if you don’t Regardless of the law, it is good practice to work with your neighbours not against them, so if your fence needs fixing, just do it, or get someone in who can.

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