Harpendia Christmas Magazine 2021

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HARPENDIA CHRISTMAS MAGAZINE 2021 Full of features about Harpenden

It really does matter where you shop, enjoy hospitality and entertainment this Christmas. Make sure it’s in Harpenden.

Harpenden’s Christmas Carnival & Lights On Event Nov. 28th



TOWN MAYOR’S MESSAGE FOR CHRISTMAS HARPENDIA As we get closer to Christmas, it is great to see Harpenden getting into the festive spirit and we are so fortunate that our Town has something for everyone to see and do over the holiday season. I’m pleased to see that the annual pantomime, Aladdin, has returned in spectacular style this year to the new Eric Morecambe Centre. I’m sure it will be a show to remember and one for all the family to enjoy! Our local shops and businesses are also getting ready for a busy time ahead; there’s such a variety here and I hope many of them will enter my Christmas Window Competition to showcase their Christmas displays. I also know that there are plenty of excellent places to enjoy good hospitality, food and drink in the Town. I encourage everyone to sample some of these while doing their Christmas shopping! Lastly, I hope everyone takes the opportunity to pay our new celebrity, Frosty, a visit, our snowman visitor is currently on the Common helping me raise funds for my nominated charities and he is happy to join in a photo or two! I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cllr Paul Cousin

And the L&D’s Appeals for The Children’s Ward and NICU & Parents’ Accommodation 2

THE CHRISTMAS COMPETITION 2021 Gifts supplied from the magazine contributors HOW TO ENTER. Answer the 3 questions correctly and send them on an email with your contact details to: info@harpendia.com by December 9th for prizes 1 - 6 OR by December 20th for prizes 7 - 24. All correctly answered entries will go in a draw to pick the winners. QUESTIONS: 1. Who owns the Laundry in the Aladdin Panto? 2. What is the missing word in this Carol title? “Hark the Herald xxxxxx Sing” 3. What the name of the popular red flowered plant on sale at Christmas? Prizes 1-5 Family Tickets to Aladdin Panto at EMC. Donated by Polka Dot Pantomimes Prize 6. £25 Voucher to spend at Harpenden Menswear THE ABOVE 6 PRIZES WILL BE DRAWN ON DEC 9th. Prize 7. A Jack Vettriano open print to the value of £80 from molasseshouse.com. Prize 8. Choose either the DECAGON or TRUMPS game from Sheridan Games. Prize 9. A £10 voucher to spend at The Hub. Prize 10. A £25 voucher to spend at The Bike Loft Prize 11. A £25 voucher to spend at Oui Prize 12. A £20 voucher to spend at Threads


RULES: 1.You must be over 16 to enter. 2.Only one entry per person. 3.Competition is open to residents in Harpenden and local villages. 4.There are no alternatives to the prizes offered. 5.Winners will be notified by email the day following the draw. 6.Your contact details will NOT be used for other purposes. 7.The judges decision is final.

Prize 13. A £25 voucher to spend at Coppers Boots and Shoes Prize 14. A £25 voucher to spend at Coppers Boots and Shoes Prizes 15 &16. A mobile phone case for the iPhone 6 from fonehouse. Prizes 17,18,19 & 20. A mobile phone case for the Samsung Galaxy S9 from fonehouse. Prizes 20 & 21. A table lamp & an iPhone 6 phone case from fonehouse Prize 22. A bundle of books from Harpenden Books Prize 23. Tea Pot and Cup Gift Set from Twist Teas Prize 24. A 7” sterling silver tennis/line bracelet with round white brilliant cut CZ crystal gems from Loveweds Jewellers. Worth £125 PRIZES 7 - 24 WILL BE DRAWN ON DEC 21st.

A few of the prizes:


Join us on a thrilling magic carpet ride and an adventure of a lifetime as ALADDIN flies into the Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden. With spectacular scenery, dazzling costumes, spellbinding special effects, and lots of audience participation that will keep the whole family entertained and amused, ALADDIN promises to be the biggest pantomime ever staged in Harpenden. So don’t delay – book your tickets today – and enjoy Harpenden’s finest festive treat which is suitable for anyone aged 3 – 103! Book your seats here:



Art is not just for Christmas. Rewarding to gift - enjoyable to own From the evocative Jack Vettriano, the vibrant Jan Nelson and the surreal Tommy Fiendish, Molasses House offers a host of attractive, distinctive and unique art to suit everyone. Modest price. Big impact. Our classic Jack Vettriano mini triptychs are £45 and open prints from £80 fully framed and ready to hang. Check out our website or visit the Gallery. Either way you will be enlightened by the range and talent on offer. Open every day in December from 10.30am Molasses House 3 Station Road Harpenden AL5 4SA 01582 712222 Molasses House is a new contemporary art gallery in Station Road, Harpenden, presenting original art, limited editions and open prints from artists such as Jack Vettriano, Jan Nelson, Tommy Fiendish, Katy Barnfield, Hannah Nijsten, and many more. Molasses House offers an art portfolio for sale to rival the international galleries with access to unique works from Peter Beard, Ai Wei Wei, Christian Develter, Jeff Koons and Mr Brainwash.


Artists clockwise from above: Jack Vettriano;

Coppers are offering wonderful seasonal footwear

and amazing deals too!

Even some summer wear at ‘give away’ prices for those jetting off to sunnier climes! Goretex is at the forefront this season giving added protection for lovely winter walks. New additions to the ranges, and ideal Christmas gifts include leather bags, fabulous French leather care products and seasonal favourites, slippers. We look forward to welcoming you in store soon!

Opening hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 5.30pm Sunday10am-2pm


Coppers Boots & Shoes 24-26 High St, Harpenden 01582 460279

fonehouse in Harpenden have a great range of stocking fillers including wireless chargers from £12.99. Wireless Charging Table Lamps and mini bluetooth speakers. Plus the best contract mobile phone offers on the latest handsets on the Vodafone and 3 networks. fonehouse, Leyton Road opposite Waitrose.


Treat your home with a mini makeover this Christmas.

Quality and style together from Lister Interiors Ltd Luxurious Cushions, Stylish Mirrors, Statement Lamps, Occasional Chairs and Tables. Lister Interiors LTD 6 Leyton Road Harpenden 01582 764270

Top brands at prices you can afford. Pop-up-shop Mon. Dec 20th - Fri. Dec 24th 9.30am-7.30pm daily except Xmas Eve with early closing 8 Leyton Road, opposite Waitrose Lots of top brands include French Connection and Timberland. www.harpendenmenswear.com


We Stock a wide Range of Phones and Accessories. During the month of December, we are offering 10% Discount on all the Accessory purchases. Please quote Ref. No. 2103. Tel: 01582 766222 Email: siya.rahimi@talkeasy.biz

TEA POT AND CUP GIFT SET - Twist Teas www.twist-teas.co.uk This Contempoaray Glass Teapot and Cup Set for One is beautifully presented in a premium Forest Stewardship Council certified cardboard box on a bed of compostable blue straw. ORDER DIRECT VIA WEBSITE 9



Looking for the ultimate gift? Why not pop into our showroom to take a look at the new EV6, the new fully electric family sports coupé built with exclusive technology.

Brayleys Harpenden

17 Luton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2UA Tel: 01582 464100 www.brayleys.co.uk


Pick up presents for the whole family at WHSmith IN HARPENDEN We have toys & games, new books & biographies, novelty stationery, merchandise for Harry Potter and Star Wars fans, fun stocking fillers and much much more!

Wearing face masks in shops mandatory from Tuesday Nov 30th amid Omicron fears. Prime minister Boris Johnson said wearing face masks will become mandatory in all shops, and on public transport, in England. But hospitality settings will be exempt from the changes Customers are asked to respect the rules and be considerate to their fellow shoppers and to hardworking shop staff. The PN said new measures would be reviewed in three weeks, by which time they should have better information about the "continuing effectiveness" of vaccines.



enquiries@lovewedsjewellers.co.uk www.lovewedsjewellers.co.uk

What’s so hubulicios about The Hub? It may be cold outside but a warm welcome awaits you inside. The Hub is aptly named, being the centre of all social activity on the Redbourn High Street.

You can enjoy meeting friends and family inside the small cosy ‘boutique’ or sit outside on the spacious walkway and watch the world go by. You might even spot a celebrity cyclist as it’s a regular stop for cyclists from as far as London and Cambridge as well as local bikers.

We have gluten free produce too. And if it’s breakfast or brunch you fancy we can offer some tasty treats. When it comes to drinks we are simply the best... over the last ten years, all our staff have received full Barista training, supplied by our coffee provider. Our coffee brand is Allpress. If you prefer Tea then again we can’t be beaten, having five different flavours from Twist Teas, a Harpenden based tea importer. Everything served with a smile, inside, outside and the heated Courtyard at rear. Takeaways are on offer if don’t have time to stay a while. What are you waiting for?

With the festive season now well underway you can indulge with our range of Christmas pastries, cakes and mince pies made by the artisan bakery with Austrian heritage, Zuckermaus. (below)

We’re open every day 9.30am to 3pm The Hub, 22 High Street Redbourn AL3 7LL 01582 792 389 www.hubcoffeebikes.com


Ride away on your bike today... just in time for Christmas. Nothing quite equals or directing Pro Cycling the joy of receiving a Teams. They have new bike at Christmas. organised a Summer With a world wide event on Redbourn shortage of bikes Common for 7 years, however it could mean attracting top cyclists disappointment for you who participate in races or your children. with trophies to win. Thousands of people are Thankfully there is drawn each Summer to availability at The Bike watch the races and Loft in Redbourn with enjoy talking to a range of brands from Italian Colnago to Andrew Brown (left) exhibitors from the world British Squish with models to suit most ages Manager and mechanical of cycling as well as and budgets. genius. James Millard (right) enjoying hospitality from Mechanic and ex pro rider Choosing the right bike takes time and you a wide range of catering can be assured that their staff are so firms. passionate they just love listening to customers Well connected with Professional Cycling to fully understand their needs before recommending the most suitable bike. Owner Simon Barnes (below) has worked alongside many of the UK’s foremost names The Bike Loft is open all week, except Sundays, such as Bradley Wiggins and David Brailsford. from 9.30am to 5.30pm. They are often busy so He has competed at Elite and Veteran levels why not book an appointment to ensure your and was Director Sportif of a well known time isn’t wasted. We’re hospitable too, so if Cycling Team. you fancy a coffee or tea whilst chatting we can offer that as well.

After Sales Service is essential All bikes come with a guarantee. However if something needs servicing or you want an added extra their staff are on hand to help. Just call beforehand to discuss your requirements. (Not available online). Collection and delivery of bikes can be arranged

Don’t delay, contact us soon to ensure you’ll be riding round on your new bike this Christmas What makes the Bike Loft so special? They have been in business for over 8 years, establishing a reputation for quality and service. But that’s not all. Cycling is in their DNA with staff having over 130 years experience racing in,


The Bike Loft, 70 High Street, Redbourn, AL3 7LN 01582 742900 info@thebikeloft.co.uk www.thebikeloft.co.uk

Ideas for Christmas at The Bike Loft OUR EXTENSIVE RANGE

Our big range of Accessories make great Christmas gifts

Two examples from the Adult Bikes Romet Wagant 4 Hybrid (Aubergine £399)

Orbea MX ENT 50 (Purple £539)

Two examples from the range of Children’s Bikes Squish 24” Mtb (Orange £599.99) Orbea MX 24 Dirt (Navy Blue/Red £379)


Salice Bottle Cage Tool Holder (£14.99) Muc-Off Bike Wash (£9.99) Knog Cobber 50 Lummen rear light (£46.99) Knog Blinder 50 Lummen front light (24.99) Knog Blinder 30 Lummen rear light (24.99) Lizzard Skin Peaty Grips (£30)

Starts January 5th. Finishes end January.


Treat your house to some Xmas loveliness from Threads.

We have a fantastic range of decorations, baubles, gonks, tree lights, advent calendars, stockings and tinsel, plus gift ideas for all the family. Open 7 days a week 7 High Street, Harpenden F @ThreadsofHarpenden Insta @ThreadsofHarpenden

Cosy up this The Forge Boutique Affordable Italian style Christmas with the latest cashmere Knits ladies clothing and from Oui accessories Gorgeous gifts for everyone

and cosy Sheepskin slippers from Emu Australia.

Open Monday-Saturday 9.30-5pm & Sunday 10-4pm

14 Bower's Parade, Harpenden 01582 766 142 www.ouiofharpenden.co.uk

6 Bowers Parade, Harpenden 01582 769800 Find us on Instagram & Facebook

Wise Guys is your local Gents' barbers. In business since 2001. Located in Southdown we offer a friendly, professional haircutting service. Temperature check before you walk in. Sanitisation of all equipment between each booking Online bookings (appointments only) Card payment only (no cash) www.wiseguysbarbers.co.uk 17

With over 30 years of experience in the art world Thompson’s Galleries are now open in Harpenden.

Original art from highly renowned artists.

13 Church Green

Enjoy some competitive family fun Maths card games this Christmas!

Designed in Harpenden by local Maths Teacher to boost KS1 and KS2 Maths reasoning and confidence. Get familiar with shape properties and dodge wild cards in DECAGON or defeat number properties in MATHS IT! TRUMPS!

Available at www.sheridangames.co.uk or Threads!

An amazing array of Christmas wreaths and table decorations from Harpenden’s premier Florist.

5 High street, Harpenden 01582 764554 www.perryflorist.co.uk 18

Harpendia aims to keep you informed about all the issues affecting life in Harpenden. The latest news updated daily. Business, The High Street, Health, Education, Traffic, Local Planning, Hospitality, Entertainment. Contact me if you have a news story. Ron Taylor, Editor. info@harpendia.com www.harpendia.com


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