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Welcome to our September issue…


op Hill Climb in Princes Risborough has been recreated by a team of enthusiastic volunteers with the help, support and professionalism of the British Motorsport Marshals Club who manage all aspects of activity on the hill. Kop Hill in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire was a famous venue for motorsport road racing between 1910 and 1925. The team’s hard work resulted in over £30,000 being passed to our chosen charities in 2010. The beneficiaries include Iain Rennie Hospice, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, Aylesbury Youth Motor Project, SKIDZ and other local organisations. The support our sponsors provide enable our charities to receive greater sums. This year the challenge is to raise even more funds. Kop Hill Climb was given the accolade of Overall Regional Winner and winner of the Environment and Culture Category in the South East of England regional Market Town Awards. Lord and Lady Faringdon, and Chris Wade, Chief Executive of Action for Market Towns presented this fantastic accolade to Tony Davies, Organiser of the 2009 and Centenary events. Kop Hill Climb2011 will be even bigger and better with an amazing array of veteran, vintage and classic cars and bikes ranging from 1904 to 1973. This year sees Jaguars E Type celebrating its 50th anniversary to add to the cavalcade of motoring history - and to conclude a selection of modern day iconic machines will be invited to attend – we take a look at this wonderful local event that attracts people from all over the country. September is a busy time in every parent’s life. With summer holidays a happy but seemingly distant memory, the back to school routine begins and many of you will see your child entering their last year at infant or junior school. For parents with children coming up to this age, this is a key decision making period for you. Where should you send your child next? Which school will offer the best, all round education for your child? Where will he/she be happiest at? The next few months will see your diaries fill up with open days, entrance examinations and interviews. This month sees the final part of our three part Education Life series in 2011. Our fabulous 16 page section will help smooth the way for you. We have worked with the finest independent schools to bring you this comprehensive guide. Education Life provides parents with a crucial research tool to explore all the options available both locally and further afield. Until next month,

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Education Life The Best School’s In Your Area


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A National Trust Event: Brian and Siân Barton continue their ever-popular informal strolls at Ashridge. These provide a chance to discover the wildlife in different parts of the Estate and to look for animal tracks, deer sightings, birds and other items of interest. The strolls may take up to 2 hours, are open to all and do not require pre-booking. Easier, more level routes are selected except in the Steps Hill area where hills cannot be avoided.. Stout, water-proof footwear always recommended.. Dogs on leads welcome Times:10:30 to 12:30. Walk starts from B4506 road end of Monument Drive Map Ref SP 979 127.. Tickets:All:£2.00. Booking Not Needed Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Berkhamsted Hertfordshire HP4 1LX. Thursday 15 September, Tue 18 Oct. FAMILY DEER WALK

A National Trust Event: Come along to this family based wildlife walk to experience the sights and sounds of the autumn deer rut.. Please wear sensible walking shoes and warm waterproof clothing just in case! Contact:Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre 01442 851227 Times:08:00 to 10:00. Tickets:Adult:£5.00 Child:£3.00. Booking Essential: 01442 851227 Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Berkhamsted Hertfordshire HP4 1LX Saturday 15 October to Sunday 16 October ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION "THE NARROWBOAT ‘PROGRESS’ AND WATERWAY POLITICS" BY CHRIS COBURN

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traversed much of our inland waterway system and a good bit of the British coastline too. He

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Friday October 7th - Ladies Fashion Show Lunch We are pleased to announce that Curve is hosting their first Fashion Show. The event is in conjunction with Etoile Style Consultancy. Please do join them at Hartwell House for a spectacular Autumn Winter Fashion Show. Showcasing exquisite versatile wardrobe pieces, ensuring the right look whatever the occasion. An imaginative, original selection from favoured designers Joseph, Farhi, D’Exterior, Hale Bob, Juicy Couture and many more.  Proceeds from this ladies event will be going to support the Breast Cancer Care Charity. The cost for this unique event is £35 per person and includes a glass of Prosseco on arrival, two course lunch with coffee and fudge, plus a goodie bag filled with little treats. There will be a raffle with superb prizes donated by generous suppliers and local businesses.  For tickets please visit the shop. Curve, 2 Aylesbury Road, Wendover, Bucks HP22 6JQ or telephone 01296 620623 will relate his travels to us, and discuss the politics that influence his perspective of our waterways future. Chris is a Vice President of the IWA and of the The Cotswold Canal Trust, a Patron of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust and Chairman of Lee Sanitation. He was made MBE for his services to the waterways. This meeting is organised by the Chiltern Branch of the Inland Waterways Association. 8.00pm £2.50 donation Further information from Colin Bird Tel: 01932 248178; email: Amersham & Chiltern Rugby Club, Ash Grove, Weedon Lane, Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 5QU


The Chiltern Painters is a small group of friends who are all local professional and amateur artists. The Group was founded over 40 years ago and holds it's annual exhibition at the lovely historic Market Hall in Old Amersham every year. The Exhibition not only covers paintings in all media, but also sculpture, crafts and a huge range of greetings cards of both local scenes and other subjects. We do hope you will come and enjoy our exhibition for which admission is free. 19th October 2011 2pm till 5pm. 20th to 23rd October 10.30am till 6pm. ADMISSION FREE

The Market Hall, Old Amersham, Bucks Buckinghamshire HP7 0DJ Wednesday 19 October to Sunday 23 October BEACONSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET

This popular and busy market has around 30 stalls offering an amazing selection of quality, local food - traditionally reared beef, lamb, bacon and pork products. Also free range poultry, game, great cheeses and yoghurts, seasonal fruit and veg, beer and cider, wines, breads, pies, cakes and other baked goods, honey and preserves, fresh trout and sea fish. Hot food available too! Free parking in Windsor End. 9am - 12.30pm Windsor End, Old Town Buckinghamshire HP9 2JJ Saturday 24 September SOCIAL GROUP

Are you looking for new horizons in your social life? We may be what you are looking for. Socialites’ is a friendly, non profit-making social group for people in the South Bucks and surrounding areas. We have a regular monthly pub night and other events each month organised by members for other members. We are looking for new members (particularly men). As a democratic group everyone decides who can join and everyone is encouraged to organise events too. These include theatre trips, outings to various places of interest, walks, informal parties etc. So if you 40+ looking for new friends why not enquire about coming along to one of our pub nights? Just email for location details. Village Hall, Chalfont St Peter Buckinghamshire SL9 9HH Wednesday 12 October ART EXHIBITION LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES

Emerald Gallery in Chalfont St Peter is pleased to be hosting an art exhibition which focuses on local Buckinghamshire artists work. The art is themed around "Landscapes and Seascapes", exhibiting many creative

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mediums, including Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Jewellery, Sculpture, Collage, glass and photography. Please call in and view the art on display, all work is available to buy. Open Daily Tuesday to Saturday 10 am till 6pm Admission free. for more information or call 0750 777 4017. Emerald Gallery, 1 Blay’s House, Churchfield Road, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks Buckinghamshire SL9 9EW Today to Sat 17 Sep, Tue 20 Sep to Sat 24 Sep, Tue 27 Sep to Sat 1 LEARN BRIDGE AT THE BRIDGE SCHOOL IN GERRARDS CROSS

The Bridge School in Gerrards Cross (at the Memorial Centre) is now taking bookings for the new Beginning Bridge class which starts on Friday mornings from September 30th. Bridge is great fun, keeps the mind active and is a great way to meet new friends. Have a look at the website. ardscross or email Tess Templeton 01753 885004 10:00 - 12 noon or 7:30 - 9:30 pm - £85 per term of 10 weeks The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 7AD Friday 30 September COLNE VALLEY FOOD FESTIVAL

Come and sample the local produce the Colne Valley, the green lung on the western edge of London. Loads of stalls selling fresh veg, fruit, beer, meat, cheese, cakes, jams and preserves and lots more. Face painting, bush craft demonstrations, activities in the teepee, make a blackberry crumble, quizes, live music, wood turning and basket making to keep the family entertained. 12- 4pm Parking £2.50 down Old Mill Road, Denham, UB9 5AR. Denham Country Park, Denham Court Drive, Denham Middlesex UB9 5AR Sunday 25 September AUTUMN FAIR

Start your shopping for Christmas early at the Autumn

Fair at Micklefield Hall, at Sarratt, near Rickmansworth and raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The Autumn fair takes place on Wednesday 5 October and there will be a wide variety of stalls selling goods from gifts and novelties to food, flowers and clothing, and a raffle, offering something for everyone. Sally Phipps, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Hertfordshire said: “We hope that local people will come along and support the Autumn fair, with 30 stalls selling a range of lovely products from fashion accessories to Christmas gifts. Why not make a day of it and enjoy some lunch or tea and cake?” For more information contact Sally Phipps on 01908 328060. Entry to the Autum fair is £4 and is open from 10am-4pm. Micklefield Hall, Sarratt Road, Sarratt, near Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6AQ Hertfordshire WD3 6AQ Wednesday 5 October ROSEMARY CONLEY DIET & FITNESS-SLIM & AEROBICS CLASSES

A friendly atmosphere, the diet works and the exercises are fun– it’s an enjoyable, sociable way to lose weight, alongside other people who appreciate how you feel. The Amazing Inch Loss Plan consists of 3 phases with interchangeable menus: PHASE 1: 14-Day Fast Track. PHASE 2: 14-Day 1400 PHASE 3: Personal Inch Loss Plan. Time: 5.30-6.50pm Fee: Classes cost just £6.00 & there’s a one-off joining fee of £10.00 for your membership & diet pack (diet books, motivational DVD, portion pots & tape measure). Or pay £36.00 for six consecutive weeks or join the Premier Club & receive the membership & diet pack for FREE! If you wish to take part in an additional exercise class in the same week the fee is reduced to £5.00 for that session. Russell School, Brushwood Drive, Chorleywood Hertfordshire WD3 5RR. Thursday 15 September, Thu 22 Sep, Thu 29 Sep, Thu 6 Oct, Thu 13 Oct, Thu 20 Oct, Thu 27 Oct, Thu 3 Nov.

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he Chiltern Painters would like to say hello to all the Life Magazine readers and it’s that time of year for us to welcome you again to this year’s Annual Art Exhibition which is held in the beautiful Old Amersham Market Hall as it has always been. The Chiltern Painters group was founded in 1969 by four enthusiastic amateur painters attending art classes in the then Amersham Art School, held in the barns adjacent to the present swimming pool, a vastly different venue from the present highly regarded Amersham Art College where several of our members are still attending courses. Two of the founder members, Ann Way and Ron Evens, are still exhibiting with the Group as honorary members and we still hold our meetings in each others houses which means 14


membership is limited to eighteen. As membership has grown from four to eighteen, so has the scope and media of the work displayed. Membership now includes both professional and amateur painters producing artwork in watercolour, pastel, oils and acrylic as well as printmakers, sculptors in clay, bronze and bronze resins and the woodcarver who works mainly in lime and oak. The members now also have a large and varied range of greetings cards on sale at the very tempting price of only £1 each. This year the Group has embarked on a new venture by producing a calendar in aid of The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home which is being supported by the local branches of Rotary International. The cover painting for this calendar, which is a lovely rendering of local

barns near Hughenden, has been painted by Val Doonican the well know singer and entertainer who we are fortunate to have as an honorary member of the Chiltern painters. The calendars contain seventeen full colour paintings by our members and will be on sale at the exhibition at the very reasonable cost of £5 each thanks to the generous help from our printer and we hope you will support us in raising much needed funds for this wonderful charity. The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home was chosen as it a charity operating in the Chilterns whose aim is to give adults and children with life limiting illnesses the choice of being cared for in their own homes. The charity offers specialist nursing care 24 hour a day every day of the year as well as support for families from diagnosis to bereavement and

beyond. This care is free to patients and their families making fund raising essential to the continuing work of the IRHH. The Chiltern Painters meet once a month for talks, demonstrations and critiques by invited professional artists as well as workshops at various outside locations. We are so fortunate to have such beautiful local scenery which makes ideal subjects for our members and in addition the exhibition will show paintings from further afield and abroad. Venue: Old Amersham Market Hall. High Street, Old Amersham Dates/Times: Wednesday 19th October 2011 - 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd October 10.30am – 6.00pm Admission; Free

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SCD Sixth Formers – Team Oxjam Chorleywood



xjam is Oxfam's month-long music festival. It runs a September afternoon. It has been hailed as a massive through October with hundreds of events success by Oxjam Chorleywood organiser Sally around the UK, all organised by volunteers Freeman, “We had such a good time, the community who know and love their local music scene, all spirit was unbelievable and the music and art were raising money to save lives around the world. of the highest quality”. Indeed several The first Oxjam festival took place in International chart topping recording artists October 2006. Since then almost 40,000 turned up to kick of the month long festival in musicians have played to over 800,000 people style including Katherine Ellis, Angie Brown at around 3,000 Oxjam events nationwide. and Rita Campbell. These diverse local music events have ranged Next up at Oxjam Chorleywood is the from the amazing multi-venue Oxjam headlining event of the festival, “Live at the Takeovers, to a sponsored busk on top of Ben Junction”. At the new venue – The Junction, Nevis, and everything in between. multi award winning recording Producer, Andy Oxjam has raised over £1.5 million in total for Wright and Sally Freeman of Love Live Music Oxfam: enough to buy 13,000 emergency shelters; UK will be curating some of the best live music talent The 3 Divas 60,000 goats or 900 classrooms. around. Celebrity supporters including Jarvis Cocker, Hot Chip, Headlining is Peter Grant, fresh from his success at the Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Editors, and Roots Manuva and the Heronsgate Teenage Cancer Summer concert. Peter is currently industry partners include LiveNation, the O2 Academy venues, climbing the charts with his new single “Too Close”. Diana Yukawa, WeGotTickets, Xfm, Gigwise, and Festival Republic. solo violinist, who has released 3 albums through BMG and Sony However, at its heart Oxjam is a grassroots festival, created by a Music. Diana's last album, The Butterfly Effect, comprises a new and network of music lovers stretching from Penzance to Fort William. original sound for the violin co-written by Diana Yukawa and Producer Oxjam is thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of fans Andy Wright. Firehouse Red – a new super band, fresh from their making music and fighting poverty in their local communities. success at the Montreux Jazz festival. Mad Staring Eyes – who recently After five successful years, Oxjam is now the UK’s biggest festival won the John Peel award for 'Best New Band' with the prize of playing line-up and 2011 is set to be bigger and better than ever! Glastonbury. Mad Staring Eyes are about to release their eagerly awaited fourth album 'London Country.' Colin Clark, Cello Player from AND OXJAM CHORLEYWOOD? the Royal College of Music will inspire and delight, a new artist who Yes, Chorleywood is doing its bit too with 16 grassroots events taking has worked with Brit award winning Plan B this year. place in September and October to raise money and awareness through To buy tickets for this and any of the events, please go to local music. And not only that the organisers are aiming to keep this All other information can be found on the festival as green as possible using the latest technology and fairly traded Oxjam Chorleywood website: goods to reduce waste and support indigenous communities. And if you can’t make it and would still like to donate try the virtual collection The first event was a secret launch event - Music and Art in the box: text OXCW66 £5 to 70070 – give it a whirl it’s magic! This goes to the Meadow with over 30 Musicians and 10 fine artists that performed over Just Giving page. 16


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE S outh Bucks charity making.a.difference is three years old this month. Launched in September of 2008, the charity is delighted with the way it has progressed. Just as a baby becomes a toddler, who then becomes a child, so m.a.d has passed developmental milestones. m.a.d’s vision is to strengthen community and it seeks to do this in two places—South Bucks and Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Locally, m.a.d works in schools and in a variety of community settings. In Kampala, m.a.d partners with CRANE, a network of over 100 projects that work with vulnerable children. So how has m.a.d seen things develop over the last three years? Ruth, who lives in Gerrards Cross, says, ‘I thought the vision of m.a.d was very exciting—to get people in this community working together to support something far away from our everyday lives. It’s been great to see how doing that has built



community here, as well as making a difference in the lives of children there. We hoped that people would be generous and we have seen that in a number of ways. People have not only given money, but they have given their time and resources as well.’ In addition to financial support, sending teams of people to Kampala is part of m.a.d’s work. Over the last three years, 40 different people have travelled to Uganda to do sports, medical work, run retreats for staff of the projects and provide first aid training. Anna, from Beaconsfield, was part of a games and sports team in 2009. ‘I loved being part of the team as well as working with the children. Going to Kampala, and working with m.a.d has certainly changed the way I view many parts of my life.’ Dave, from Gerrards Cross, would agree. ‘We have so much here that we take for granted. Working in a totally different context gave me a greater appreciation of things I used to hardly notice.’

Developing a cross-cultural partnership always brings challenges. But after three years, m.a.d and CRANE find that they are now in a place of planning and acting strategically, so that the money and people support that is provided from South Bucks has the greatest possible effect. Over the next few years m.a.d has agreed to provide funding for Christmas parties, residential camps and further retreats for project staff. The partners are also looking at developing ways of generating income to help cover the core costs of the network. m.a.d’s work in South Bucks schools has increased considerably in the last 18 months. Sharon, who lives in Chalfont St Peter, co-ordinates this work. ‘We are building a team of people who will help us as we take assemblies and lessons in both primary and secondary schools. We tailor-make our work to each school, but the theme is always generous living. We want to

help children and young people think about the impact their lives can have, even in the simplest words and actions.’ This autumn brings a variety of activities for m.a.d, which is run completely by volunteers: • A ceroc evening on November 19 • Work in at least four different Buckinghamshire schools • Recruiting a team to assist with the residential camp in Kampala in January • Fundraising for Kampala Christmas parties and the January camps • Further development of the income generation plans There are many ways to get involved in making.a.difference. To find out how you can ‘party for a party’, ‘take away a take-away’, or attend the ceroc evening, go to: If you are interested in receiving email updates, joining a team to Kampala, or volunteering in some way, you can email:

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Learn a new skill and help a historic church


uring the week of Monday 10th – Friday 14th October, a special ‘limecraft’ training event will be taking place at St Mary’s Church, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire. The medieval church, which is now redundant, is looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity that cares for redundant historic churches all over England. The interior walls of the church are in need of attention and will be lime-washed as part of this event. The Churches Conservation Trust is asking volunteers to come along and help in carrying-out the limewashing of the walls of the nave. In return, they will be trained by an expert and learn a traditional craft. The Churches Conservation Trust wants to increase opportunites for craftskills training, in order to address national shortages and to protect historic churches. Craftskills also provide opportunities for rewarding vocations for those seeking training and a career. Gabriella Misuriello, Conservation Manager, The Churches Conservation Trust There is currently a shortage of skilled craftspeople in the heritage sector and this project aims to provide opportunities for craft skills training for those already working in the sector and provide opportunities for new entrants into the profession. The project has been made possible by a grant from The Headley Trust and aims to engage young people in craft skills activities in the hope that this will lead on to vocational opportunities. St Mary’s Church is one of a handful across the country that will be taking part in craft skills workshops that also include masonry repair and textile conservation. The workshops run for a week but you can book a single day or more than one, subject to availability. This week is aimed primarily at students but we welcome people of all ages who are fit and able to climb ladders/scaffolding. The church has limited facilities so you’ll need to provide your own lunch and additional refreshments. To book a place or find out more, please contact Sally Porter on 07799 424709 or email The Churches Conservation Trust has saved over 340 buildings which attract 1.5million visitors a year. Our unique collection of English parish churches includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of history. We were established by the 1968 Pastoral Measure: Ecclesiastical, Church of England law which is also approved by Parliament. Without us the irreplaceable buildings we look after might have disappeared entirely. Instead many have once again become the focus of active community life. Other churches in the area:

OUR CHURCHES IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: • St Lawrence’s Church, Broughton, Buckinghamshire Broughton Village, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK10 9AA ‘Stunningly detailed Medieval wall paintings’ • St Mary’s Church, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire Church End, Edlesborough, Dunstable, Buckinghamshire, LU6 2EP ‘A towered landmark with a gloriously decorated interior’ • St Mary’s Church, Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire Fleet Marston, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0PZ ‘A Medieval church where John Wesley preached’ • Church of The Assumption, Hartwell, Buckinghamshire Hartwell House, off Oxford Road, Hartwell, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR ‘A romantic echo’ • St Mary’s Church, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire Church Road, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9HA ‘An unspoilt medieval atmosphere’ • Church of St Michael & All Angels, Thornton, Buckinghamshire Thornton College, Thornton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 0HJ ‘Sixteen kneeling brass children’ OUR CHURCHES IN HERTFORDSHIRE: • St Andrew’s Church, Buckland, Hertfordshire Rectory Close, Buckland, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0PT ‘Musical angels serenade New Testament tales’ • Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead, Hertfordshire Little Hormead, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0LS ‘A 1,000-year-old haven of tranquility’ • Oxhey Chapel, Oxhey, Hertfordshire Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19 7AX ‘A remnant from the past standing in the present’ • St James’ Church, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JZ ‘A local treasure unchanged for 200 years’ For more information on all our churches and the work of The Churches Conservation Trust, please visit The Churches Conservation Trust is the leading charity that cares for redundant historic churches in England. To date it cares for 344 churches. SEPTEMBER2011 21

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hen you read the “Life Series” group of magazines across Berkhamsted, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Marlow and the beautiful surrounding areas about the fascinating stories concerning local people, local businesses, good causes and the countryside, towns and villages that you are part of, don’t you sometimes think that there are other topics that would look good in print? are you perhaps a keen amateur photographer producing shots taken in the immediate area that would complement and enhance the articles in the magazine? WELL – NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO SEE YOUR NAME, OR THAT OF YOUR ORGANISATION IN PRINT!

We have highlighted many of the exciting things going on in our area, and would very much like to encourage more of you to bring your message to a wider audience. So, whether you are a new business in Berkhamsted, a 22


fund-raiser in Marlow, a charity organiser in Beaconsfield, a life-style coach in Chorleywood or a successful community group in amersham, we would love to hear from you! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WRITE AN ARTICLE (SOMETHING BETWEEN 1000-1250 WORDS), WITH PHOTOS, AND E-MAIL IT TO: PATRICK@ FISHMEDIAGROUP.CO.UK OR CALL 07932 608 797.

You’ll get the idea of the sort of thing we are looking for by browsing through this edition of the magazine. Don’t worry too much about perfect grammar or spelling – we will check it before it goes to print! So how about it? Why not get those creative juices going, sit down and start thinking of ways in which you could publicise the part of your Local Life that is most important to you? if you want to talk about what you have in mind, or would like some advice

as to how to get the best from the topic you want aired, then please include a contact number so that we can help you. Remember, “Life Series” set of magazines publishes articles about stories of general local interest, so please don’t send us the account of great-aunt Maud’s birthday or your precious off-spring’s coming of age! We would also be delighted to receive photographs relating to the area, illustrating aspects of local life, commerce or nature. again, please send your files to the above e-mail address – sorry but we are unable to accept printed media for inclusion in the magazine. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

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Todd White New releases for September including ORIGINALS by Janet Rogers, a new collection by Todd White and some famous faces by Zinsky. Originals by Janet Rogers


BUSINESS AND HOME ART CONSULTATION SERVICE Over the past few years, this service has proved most popular. As we have found, people are either extending their homes or wanting to revitalise their interior designs. I will visit you at your home or business, to discuss ideas on how a theme can enhance the overall feel and appearance of your living or working environment. In delivering this service I have helped: • Homeowners who want advice on buying a perfect piece to create, enhance or finish off the décor of a room. • People looking for the perfect gift for a loved one • Landlords and hotel owners who want to provide a welcoming, relaxing environment for tenants or guests • Business owners who want to give their employees and customers a beautiful and inspiring environment • Investors who are keen to build a viable investment portfolio Our most recent Business Art project, has been to supply Art to Gieves and Hawkes the Royal mens outfitters; for their new flagship stores in Hong Kong & China. So we were delighted to receive these kind words below from Ray our customer.

Gieves & Hawkes, Hong Kong & China Dear Ian, We open our first new look shop on 1st October and Mr Kevin Spacey will officially do the opening ceremony. We shall use the framed Prince William image in our new Flagship shop in Hong Kong. However, six of our shops in Hong Kong and China will have the Prince William image adorning the walls of our mens tailoring room. As you may know, Gieves & Hawkes, No.1 Savile Row currently holds three Royal Warrants and dresses HRH The Prince William in all his business suits, so we are very proud to show this new picture in our stores. If any Chinese customer is interested in buying a painting, I will let you know in order for you to supply them. Thank you for the efficient way in which you have helped in this matter. Best regards, Ray

To find out more about this service then please contact us in the gallery today… 7 Nightingales Corner, J/W White Lion Road, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP7 9PZ •

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BEAUTY IN THE BEASTS FASHION DESIGNER KATE PLUMTREE BREATHES LIFE INTO FABRIC AT THE RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM A new exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum by costumier, dress designer and textile artist Kate Plumtree captures the beauty of Britain’s beasts through a fantastical collection of animal inspired evening gowns, dresses, coats and corsetry. The exhibition features a collection of seventeen costumes, which combine Couture and countryside, capturing the character of our British wild birds and mammals, but also drawing inspiration from the evolution of period dress through the ages. From a deer inspired medieval gown to a contemporary gold ‘hedgehog’ coat, Plumtree has carefully crafted each garment to acknowledge the creatures’ specific characters, habits, movements and mannerisms whilst coupling each animal with a different historical dress from the Tudors, the Victorian era, the 1920s and even the groovy 70s. Using a range of authentic materials and tailoring techniques all the garments on display have been hand dyed, printed, painted and quilted. Henley-on-Thames Life caught up with Kate to find out more: THE CONCEPT FOR THE WORN TO BE WILD EXHIBITION IS VERY INNOVATIVE – WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

I’ve been fascinated by the diversity and beauty of Britain’s wildlife since I first moved to the countryside in 1999. I grew up in the urban environment of London, so when I finally

moved away from the city to live in Stratford-upon-Avon when I was 18 I was really surprised by the number of animals I saw and just how strikingly beautiful Britain’s wildlife is. I’ve spent my whole professional career designing clothes, so creating a collection of dresses that capture the beauty and brilliance of Britain’s beasts was the perfect way to express my interest in the UK’s wildlife.

English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and West End musicals so it’s vital for me that the clothes I design have a strong sense of drama. PROFESSIONAL YOU’RE A TEXTILE ARTIST, COSTUMIER, FASHION DESIGNER AND EDUCATOR – WHICH BRACKET DOES THIS EXHIBITION FALL INTO?


The inspiration for my designs comes from multiple sources. Sometimes it’s as simple as a reaction to a fabric, or the shape of a garment. In other instances the ideas are more visceral. For example one of the pieces I created for this exhibition is a 19th Century dress inspired by a Fox. For me the Fox is an urban creature who prowls the city streets in darkness, so it felt obvious to me that the dress that would best embody this animal would be reminiscent of the dresses worn by ‘ladies of ill repute’ in the East End of London around the time Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of Whitechapel. I have created costumes for some of the countries most important theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company,


I’ve recently finished designing a fabulous new range of women’s evening wear which uses some of the wonderful fabrics and tailoring techniques I discovered during the creation of the Worn to be Wild collection. Currently they are made to order bespoke pieces, but I am developing a similar range of ‘off the peg’ garments too. Worn to be Wild opens at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames on 17 September and runs until 15 January 2012: More information on Kate Plumtree and her latest collection can be found on Pictures: Kate Plumtree

combining my knowledge of period costume, my creativity as a designer, my experience as a teacher and my personal interest in the natural world. It’s been a joy to create this collection. Golden Eagle


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op Hill Climb has been recreated by a team of enthusiastic volunteers with the help, support and professionalism of the British Motorsport Marshals Club who manage all aspects of activity on the hill. Kop Hill in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire was a famous venue for motorsport road racing between 1910 and 1925. The team’s hard work resulted in over £30,000 being passed to our chosen charities in 2010. The beneficiaries include Iain Rennie Hospice, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, Aylesbury Youth Motor Project, SKIDZ and other local organisations. The support our sponsors provide enable our charities to receive greater sums. This year the challenge is to raise even more funds. More good news means that now the Hampden Estate has agreed, a 5-year plan can be put in place that not only secures the event, but will also see improvements to the site. Described by the Action for Market Towns Award judges as “an excellent example of partnership working, using an historic event to enhance a ‘sense of place’.” Kop Hill Climb was given the accolade of Overall Regional Winner and winner of the Environment and Culture Category in the South East of England regional Market Town Awards. Lord and Lady



Faringdon, and Chris Wade, Chief Executive of Action for Market Towns presented this fantastic accolade to Tony Davies, Organiser of the 2009 and Centenary events. Kop Hill Climb2011 will be even bigger and better with an amazing array of veteran, vintage and classic cars and bikes ranging from 1904 to 1973. This year sees Jaguars E Type celebrating its 50th anniversary to add to the cavalcade of motoring history - and to conclude a selection of modern day iconic machines will be invited to attend. Look out for the Dick Skipworth collection of Ecurie Ecosse racing Jaguars from the 1950’s to the oldest surviving Aston Martin A3 prototype which was driven by the designer Lionel Martin on Kop Hill in 1924. To celebrate the breadth of motoring, alternative energy vehicles will provide an additional feature ranging from a 1901 Waverley Electric Automobile to today's models. Another memorable weekend is in store commemorating the glorious motoring history of Kop Hill. Kop Hill Climb2011 is pleased to announce the names of our patrons and thanks them for their support and encouragement. We are proud to have them associated with our event. Paddy Hopkirk, our local Buckinghamshire Motor Sport Legend, is famous for being outright winner of the 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally in his Mini Cooper. He is a well-known spokesperson for the motor

industry being a Vice President of the British Racing Drivers Club. Paddy is also a Patron of the youth motor charity SKIDZ in High Wycombe, which is one of the local charities supported by Kop Hill Climb. Countess Howe attended the Kop Hill Centenary event in 2010 as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and presented

a High Sheriff's Community Award during her tenure in office. Earl Howe's ancestor was the well-known Brooklands racing driver at the height of its fame as a Grand Prix circuit in the 1920’s and 1930's. Dick Skipworth is a retired local businessman and farmer, who is also a well-known motorsport driver and enthusiast with a famous collection of Ecurie Ecosse racing Jaguars from the fifties. He also found and restored the iconic Ecurie Ecosse racing transporter often seen at many motorsport events both here and in Europe. Adrian Shooter, Chairman of

Chiltern Railways, is a keen motorsport enthusiast. Only last year Adrian, with his navigator wife Barbara, completed the Peking to Paris Rally in his 1930 Ford Model A. Princes Risborough was a major railway junction in the days of Chiltern Railways' forerunner the Great Western Railway, which transported to the town many thousands of spectators to see the Kop Hill Climb grand prix racing legends of the 1920's. The station weighbridge was used to weigh the entrants' vehicles as part of the scrutineering process. Lord Hollenden, represents the Trustees of the Hampden Estate, who give permission to use their land for the spectator viewing areas and car parking facilities, both of which are essential for the running of the

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revival of the Kop Hill Climb. In the 1920's Kop Hill, at the height of its fame as a motorsport venue, was just a dirt track up the escarpment of the Chiltern Hills. Ross Gunn will be attending with his kart and many of the trophies and awards he has won. Ross, aged 14, was made British Kart Grand Prix Champion in August of this year. Ross is a local teenager, living in Prestwood, and states his ambition as 'to be F1 world champion' .

The driver of the UK's fastest electric car- e=motion - will be at Kop Hill this year. Mark Newby, one of the sponsors of this year's event, reached an FIA accredited average speed of 189.9 mph in Nevada in May 2005. His peak speed was 204 mph making this the first ever British electric car to exceed 200mph. Mark is also the current holder of the Unofficial Outright British Land Speed Record, set at an MSA accredited average speed of 338.74mph in one of his jet

dragsters. Entry tickets will be available at tourist and information centres in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Wendover and at the lain Rennie shop in Princes Risborough as well as online. Children under 12 free. For further information, pictures, interviews, promotions and press passes for the event please contact Sara Beaumont on telephone: 01494 863003 or email or view

Meetings at Kop Hill took place from 1910 through to 1925 when many motor clubs ran events prior to 1920. The first events were for motorcycles and Kop Hill in those days was barely a road, with a surface of compacted dirt and loose macadam. The crowds that gathered would stand at the road side which was much more open than the wooded hillside it has now become. Kop Hill Climb quickly established itself as one of the most popular of the time and many famous names including Sir Malcolm Campbell, Archie Frazer Nash, Sir Henry Segrave and Louis Zborowski took runs up the hill. Zborowski holds the record for the fastest ever time of 26.8 seconds driving an aero engined Ballot. In 1925 the future of Kop Hill changed for good. A crowd stood at the top of the hill to see a Brescia Bugatti, driven by Francis Giveen, an Oxford undergraduate. Giveen lost control on a right hand bend, ran off the road and hit a spectator, before regaining control and continuing. The spectator’s leg was broken and the rest of the day’s action was cancelled. After this accident the RAC banned all speed events from taking place on public roads.


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eli Air, with its bases at Wellesbourne Aerodrome, Warwickshire, Wycombe Air Park and Denham Aerodrome, Buckinghamshire and within the Silverstone Race Circuit, Northamptonshire is a highly experienced helicopter flying training organisation offering training courses to suit individuals from all varieties of backgrounds. For any prospective pilot, a trial lesson followed by an introductory day spent flying the Robinson R22 or R44 is the most cost effective way to determine whether flying is something they wish to pursue, and for those who decide to take on the challenge of completing their Private Pilot Licence (PPL), any hours incurred during this initial period will automatically count towards the minimum requirement for their licence. Once qualified, the Private Pilot Licence allows individuals to fly their friends and family almost anywhere in the UK and across Europe. The PPL training course consists of a minimum of 45 hours flying time and the R22 helicopter is normally employed 32


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WELCOME READERS… September is a busy time in every parent’s life. With summer holidays a happy but seemingly distant memory, the back to school routine begins and many of you will see your child entering their last year at infant or junior school. For parents with children coming up to this age, this is a key decision making period for you. Where should you send your child next? Which school will offer the best, all round education for your child? Where will he/she be happiest at? The next few months will see your diaries fill up with open days, entrance examinations and interviews. This month sees the final part of our three part Education Life series in 2011. Our fabulous 16 page section will help smooth the way for you. We have worked with the finest independent schools to bring you this comprehensive guide. Education Life provides

parents with a crucial research tool to explore all the options available both locally and further afield. Our next Education Life will appear in the February 2012 issue. Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information on the Education Life series in 2012.

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October 17th 2011 17.00 - 19.00

Easy access by tube and coach MTS is a 15 minute journey by car from the M1 or M25. MTS coaches from Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore. MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line); Chiltern Line trains change at Harrow

Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 12.15

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Happiness, Confidence,Success

For boys and girls aged 3-13 " Excellent academic standards " Small class sizes " Scholarships available " Nursery " Fabulous facilities set in 26 acres " Breakfast / after-school clubs $

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Our children are at a successful school where they have the best possible chance of reaching their potential through the care and commitment of its wonderful staff.

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Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Fun, excitement and challenge: a true love of learning

Senior School Open Day 1st October 2011 2pm-5pm Senior School Open Evening 6th October 2011 6pm-8.30pm Headmistress’s talk 7pm Scholarships and Financial Assistance available from 11+ Independent Day School for Girls from 4-18 Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3BT e: t: 020 8266 2338 Registered Charity No. 313996

An independent day school for girls aged 3–18

Whole School Open Day Saturday 1st October, 10.00am–12.30pm

6th Form Open Evening Thursday 6th October, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Whole School Open Evening Tuesday 11th October, 6.30pm–8.00pm

Whole School at Work Mornings Thursday 3rd November, 10.30am–12.00noon Tuesday 15th November, 10.30am–12.00noon

‘Pupils’ achievement is excellent’ 020 8868 2346 Heathfield School, Beaulieu Drive, Pinner HA5 1NB Daily coaches from Ealing, Perivale, Greenford, Northolt, Harrow, Kenton, Wembley and Kingsbury

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OPEN MORNING Friday 14 October 2011 from 9.45am Headmaster’s address at 10am Crèche available Come and see us in action!

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Independent school for girls 3-11 years Heatherton House School, Amersham A member of the Berkhamsted Schools Group Charity No. 310630 Reg No. 622349 ?


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Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Fun, excitement and challenge: a true love of learning Junior Open Day 1st October 2011 10am-12.30pm Junior Open Mornings 8th and 10th November 2011 9.15am Independent Day School for Girls from 4-18 Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3BT e: t: 020 8266 2302 Registered Charity No. 313996

Open Day Saturday 15th October 9.30am - 1.00pm (Last school tours leave at 12.30pm)

Into the Sixth Form Evening Wednesday 5th October 6.30pm

~International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered ~93% of A Levels passed at grades A* to B ~Impressive range of extracurricular activities ~Focus on the individual ~Bursaries available ~Scholarships offered: academic, art, music and sport at 11+ and 16+; Leader-Baker Scholarship for 14+ September 2012 entry ~20 acre parkland site

St. Helen’s is adjacent to Northwood station (Metropolitan Line), 20 minutes from Amersham, and coaches are available from Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Hemel Hempstead.

An independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18

St. Helen’s School Eastbury Road Northwood Middlesex HA6 3AS Tel: 01923 843230

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EXCITING CHANGES AT BERKHAMSTED SCHOOL The new academic year at Berkhamsted School starts on a high with several significant and exciting changes.

societies and courses on offer, and the benefits in terms of offering pupils a broader education are expected to be far-reaching.



The pupils and staff of Berkhamsted Girls are enjoying the extensive facilities available to them with the opening of the £8m Nash-Harris building. At the hub of the new building is a three storey atrium that provides a spacious dining area. The atrium is overlooked by the vibrant stained glass window that makes up one wall of the new ‘floating’ chapel. The building also incorporates additional classrooms and laboratories, a staff room and reprographic facilities. The building was constructed with environmental features that include low energy lighting, air source heat pumps, solar thermal water heating and passive ventilation technologies.

Berkhamsted School and Heatherton House, a school for girls aged 3-11 in Amersham, have merged to form the Berkhamsted Schools Group. The merger will see Heatherton benefit from access to the infrastructure, resources and investment potential that a school with the size and reputation of Berkhamsted can offer. Berkhamsted School already operates as four autonomous schools -Berkhamsted Prep, Berkhamsted Girls, Berkhamsted Boys and Berkhamsted Sixth - each with its own head teacher, and Heatherton joins this family of schools. Berkhamsted School Principal, Mark Steed, points to the benefit that pupils in both schools will enjoy: “Heatherton and Berkhamsted share a similar vision based around treating each child as an individual and in developing the whole person. The partnership of the two schools will give us the opportunity to work together creatively to benefit teaching and learning in both schools.” For details on forthcoming Open Days, please call 01442 358001 or visit our website:


Berkhamsted’s commitment to high academic standards along with the provision of a broad educational experience is demonstrated by the new format of the school day. The school timetable has been reconfigured to provide

extended lunchtimes when co-curricular activities can take place. The range of lunchtime activities that will be available to Senior School and Sixth Form pupils is impressive, with around 80 clubs,

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I have had an excellent time at Gayhurst. I would recommend it to anyone GAYHURST LEAVERS GIVE RINGING ENDORSEMENT

We are very proud of all our achievements at Gayhurst, a friendly co-educational prep school in Bull Lane, Gerrards Cross. However instead of resting on our laurels, we thought we would ask the pupils who were about to leave exactly what they thought about the school and to see if there were any areas where we could improve.

We made sure we asked for negatives too. For instance we asked what they would change. One replied: “I wouldn’t change anything. It’s perfect”. When we asked what they had liked the least then, perhaps unsurprisingly, exams and homework came at the top of the list.

It was a completely confidential and anonymous survey so the girls and boys could write whatever they liked but we were overwhelmed by how positive the responses were and the maturity and thoughtfulness of the answers.

It is an exciting time at Gayhurst with girls starting in Year 3 for the first time. The girls in the junior school and those in Years 7 and 8 have already made a huge contribution to school life and we are delighted with the way our journey to co-education is progressing.

When asked their overall thoughts on Gayhurst the pupils were unanimous in their praise, saying things like: “A great school that unlocks talents you never knew you had” and “I enjoyed every second. The teachers are all nice”. “It is a pleasure to go to Gayhurst and you feel lucky to have what is offered. I gained confidence”

“I am proud to be a Gayhurst pupil and to go to such a wonderful school”

I’ll leave the final words to the pupils themselves… ANDREW SIMS, HEADMASTER “I feel pride when I wear my Gayhurst uniform and am honoured to be part of this school”

“It has been fun and I have enjoyed every moment of it”

Gayhurst will be holding an Open Morning from 9.30am on Friday 14 October 2011. Please call Registrar Felicity Copp for an appointment on 01753 882690 or email

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organic is a term deďŹ ned by law, which means any product labelled as organic must meet a strict set of standards that deďŹ ne what farmer and food manufacturers can and cannot do in the production of foodâ&#x20AC;? Gerard Hayes, Technical Director Yeo Valley There is growing research to suggest that your health could beneďŹ t if you switch to organic. Here are some foods that could really make a diďŹ&#x20AC;erence. ;7:9

They may look identical, but scientiďŹ cally there are huge diďŹ&#x20AC;erences between glasses of organic and conventionallyproduced milk. Researchers at Newcastle University found that organic milk contained more beneďŹ cial nutrients throughout the year when compared with conventional milk. The Soil Association, which is promoting Organic September, told us that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; natural diet of grass that enhances the quality of the milk, while non-organically farmed dairy cows rely on proteins and grains for their food. Additionally, the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool found that organic milk contained 68% higher levels

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of omega-3 acids, and a D utch study ffound ound that if mother and baby consumed organic dair y products, the infants were 36% less likely to suďŹ&#x20AC;er suďŹ&#x20AC;er ffrrom eczema. Fruit - especially apples, peaches and strawberries According to The Soil Association the average nonorganic apple is sprayed up to 16 times with up to 30 diďŹ&#x20AC;er diďŹ&#x20AC; erent pesticides. Other intensively-sprayed fr f ruits include strawberries, pears, peaches, nectarines and grapes. food is saf safee, But the Food Standards Agency insists our food stating: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;not all foods foods contain pesticide residues, and where they do occur they are typically at ver y low levels.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; However, research conducted in the US and Canada linked pesticide residues in the body to a higher risk of Attention DeďŹ cit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. But it â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just eating pesticides that concerns people - it â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearing them up, too. We spend an estimated ÂŁ20m each year mopping up the pollution caused by the 4.5 billion litres of pesticides and chemical fer fertilisers sprayed on crops annually. Organic farming bans the use of these artiďŹ cial chemicals. >@/E<A >@/E<A

W hile wild ďŹ sh canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be classed as organic because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they â&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eating, farmed ďŹ sh and shellďŹ sh can. And if you switch to one type of organic seaf seafood, ood, make it prawns. Writers including Felicit elicityy Lawrence (author of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Not on the Labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) and Alex Renton (Daily Mail) have visited prawn farms in V ietnam and reported back on the extent of chemicals used. Prawns are packed in at 20 per square metre and doused regularly with antibiotics, growth hormones and drugs

controlling ever ything ffrrom colour to shell thickness. Alex Renton also saw the chemical methy methyl hy hydroxy xybenz benzoate being used - a chemical that has been linked to cancer. So what can you do? Go organic. Organic prawn farms ban the use of drugs and artiďŹ cial chemicals. Farmers feed feed prawns an organic diet, avoiding the use of antibiotics and pesticides. They are also stocked in low densities with other species to help support the farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecosystem. ; ;3/B 3/B

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard scar y stories of growth hormones being used in the meat industr y. But using antibiotics as a growth enhancer was banned in the EU in 2006. However, conventionallyreared animals are routinely given antibiotics to prevent disease which had the World Health Organisation concerned. They said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;there is growing concern that antibiotic residues in meat and dair y products could result in antibiotic resistance in bacteria prevalent in humans, reducing the eďŹ&#x20AC;ectiv eďŹ&#x20AC; ectiveness of antibiotics used to treat human disease.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In short, it could be making us resistant. In organic f resh air, space to farming, animals have access to fr wander, and live longer lives, with antibiotics used only when absolutely necessar y. W hile many of us associate organic with food, there is also a growing market in organic textiles and health and beaut beautyy products. Because organic describes the underlying system of agricultural production buying organic products helps to support the climate-f limate-frriendly farming that is going to be so important as we face up to the environmental challenges of the 21st centur y. SEPTEMBER2011 67

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the authenticity of an nyy engraved or car ved dates and initials on furniture, metalware or glass.,, particularly when an early date will enhance the commercial value. Such simple guides rather than rules,, ffor or there are so offten ten exceptions just when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect them,, can add enormously to the sheer fun of just looking around. All the above was brought to mind when I was visiting Marsworth Church Festival of F lowers at the end of August. W hile there and by coincidence I spotted a really lovely 17th centur y joint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or more correctly joined â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stool. I picked it up as one would naturally do, ffor or me it â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reďŹ&#x201A;ex action,, and assuring the rest of the visitors that I was not practising ffor or a TV appearance, found to my delight another easy-to-spot guide. Early joined furniture was constructed by the ffrrames being held together with mortice and tenon joints secured with long split willow pegs which ffor or some reason were rarely if ever cut oďŹ&#x20AC; when they protruded inside or underneath,, as sho sh wn in the illustration. This possible idleness was corrected in the manufacture of Victorian and later copies. So seeing the extended peg ends coupled with the general crustiness of the oak timbersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ssurface I had in my hands a stool made around soon affter ter 1660, 1660,, during the Restoration of Charles II. You have to wonder how ever many bottoms had sat on that stool in the inter vening years or indeed how many

coďŹ&#x192;ns had been rested thereon. These stools are sometimes or that called coďŹ&#x192;n stools ffor reason,, they were considered a convenient height and were sturdyy, but it was not n their original purpose; they were essentially secular, domestic bits of furniture. Another totally functional piece is the chair illustrated. A reader sent in the photograph curious as to its histor y. Sttyylistically it is early to mid-18th centur y and almost certainly could be catalogued as Welsh. The gently cur ved fr f rame to the back,, around a deeply ďŹ elded, or bevelled,, panel ar a e typical features. The drawer to the f ront rail â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which appears to be missing - was a popular feature, sometime being made to draw out to the side. Even without the drawer it is a ďŹ ne example of its type with great character and good rich colour throughout. I am pleased to saay having read in full the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s email I see that the chair was ffound ound in a cottage in Wales. There are other pieces of interest in Marsworth Church but my vision was obscured by the quite wonderful ďŹ&#x201A;ower arrangements. Imagination, ďŹ&#x201A;air and abilittyy enhanced enh by glorious colours were on show in abundance and I have to agree with the committee that this year year of this bi-annual event was better than ever. One last good reason for foor visiting the Marsworth Church is that like ever y village church it has a village pub within a few steps walking distance, and here, at The Red Lion is where we all gather her ffor or a congratulator y pint, int,, and discuss the merits of all we have seen,, and learned a little something on the waayy. Perfect. John Bly Est Antiques 1891. Tel: 01442 823030 Mobile:: 07831 8888 888826. Websitte::

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961 was a year which saw construction begin on the Berlin Wall, betting shops become legal in the UK and the births of boxing star Frank Bruno and comedian Ricky Gervais. It was also a special year for a Watford based business which opened its doors for the first time on June 7th. Modern Laminates, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, started its trading life in a small shop near Watford Junction Station. Two years later it moved to Queens Road where it has stayed until the present day. The family run company deals in worktops, kitchens, replacement doors, sinks, taps and appliances and also provides a cutting and design service. The firm’s helpful, mature staff have a wealth of experience and they are complemented by a younger generation with new and exciting ideas. Rod Hamilton who took over running the business from his mother Teresa explained more about the shop’s history. He said: ‘’My granddad John started the business and when he died my mother took it over in the early 1970s. My mum told me that when the shop first opened The Rolling Stones played gigs at a nearby venue. I joined the business nine years ago and began working with the team. Many of them have been working here for years.’’ The staff consists of Rod, Darren, Terry, Carole, Dan and James. Carole has worked there for 21 years while Terry has been with the 72


business 26 years. Having experienced economic booms and fights through recessions Modern Laminates still continues to grow as Rod outlined. ‘’To celebrate our 50th birthday we are refurbishing the store. I believe the secret of our longevity and success has been the personal service we give to our customers. That experience and the knowledge that our team has is added to a range of more than 500 worktops and a variety of kitchens. ‘’ The sales team have an in-depth knowledge of the products they sell and the cutting and computer design service they offer. ‘’ Worktops are available in Formica, laminate and wood and also a stunning new composite called Getacore. There are so many different colours and assorted sizes to choose from. We provide worktops Measuring up to 4.1 metres as standard. In many other stores you would have to order this size in as a special delivery. We also provide a next day service for most worktops that are bought from us. If you want to give your home a new look, replacement doors are also an option and our team would be delighted to help you with your design ‘’We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers and suppliers who have helped us to get to this proud landmark.’’ Modern Laminates is at 179b Queens Road, Watford. For more information please call 01923 229 029 or visit

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ven if blue skies can't be guaranteed outside, you can make sure the forecast's always good indoors with the year's coolest shades. Blues are punching above their weight and dominating in homeware, undoubtedly helped by the seal of approval from royal bride Kate Middleton, who wore the colour for her engagement announcement and the day after her wedding. "Fashion's taken blues to heart and our summer wardrobes will be filled with clothes in all its dazzling shades. Home designers are mirroring that trend," says Louise Smith, Dulux's global colour designer. "Blue is associated with the power to soothe and relax. It's ideal for finally banishing the dull, sombre tones of winter and making rooms look fresh and invigorated." This colour palette's an easy winner too, reminding us of cloudless skies and glittering seas and pools. Teamed with crisp white it can conjure a relaxed, informal beach house feel, or you can be more dramatic by using deep indigo tones. "The main focus is bold, punchy and strong. Cobalt, royal blue, navy and azure rather than softer shades," advises Marc Petring, head of marketing at furniture chain Dwell. "It takes confidence, but you can dip your toe into blues by experimenting with one statement piece of furniture, a rug or blue accessories. Too much blue can be oppressive so be sure to mix it up with whites or greys." Rich, sultry, sophisticated inky blues through to pale pastels can all play a part in rooms. So don't be cautious, dive right in! LIVING THE BLUES

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IN 2007, HAZLEMERE WINDOWS, DOORS AND CONSERVATORIES BECAME THE FIRST COMPANY IN THE UK TO MANUFACTURE AND SUPPLY A DUAL FRAME ALUMINIUM WINDOW SYSTEM THAT ACHIEVED AN ‘A’ WINDOW ENERGY RATING. SO FAR SO GOOD. BUT WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOMEOWNERS? gas bills. A few years ago the Government turned their attention to the fabric of our houses and developed a system whereby homeowners could choose energy efficient products for other areas of their home as well. Much work has been done in the last eight years to bring new, higher standards to the thermal efficiency of windows and doors and this has now finally

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range of Eco-windows offers homeowners a real choice of energy efficient, environmentally-friendly products. The minimum standard for replacement windows since 1st October 2010 when the Building Regulations were tightened up is a Window Energy Rating (WER) of “C” or a minimum combined U value of 1.6W/m2K. Both property owners and installers are now legally required to fit these thermally efficient windows, as without these products being installed, FENSA will not issue a FENSA certificate to prove compliance. According to the Energy Saving Trust, nearly a fifth of heat lost from un-insulated homes is through the windows. Investing in Hazlemere’s Eco-friendly window systems makes a significant contribution to reducing this which in turn helps to keep homes warmer. Using less energy to keep you warm not

only reduces your carbon emissions but saves you money as well. However, achieving energy efficiency as a window is only part of the story if homeowners are concerned with the overall environmental impact of what they buy as well as saving money. Hazlemere’s Eco-friendly windows are made from aluminium which has a very positive environmental story all of its own. Apart from having a long life in use, once it reaches the

end of its life it can be infinitely recycled. Recycling aluminium uses just 5% of the energy needed to produce the original material plus the finished product has all of the same qualities as the original as well which means it can be recycled time and time again. Wherever we look we are being encouraged to recycle; plus asked to consider what happens to the products that we own once they have reached the end of their life, as well as making environmentally

friendly choices in terms of energy use. The same scrutiny can now be applied to the windows we buy, and with Hazlemere’s Eco-friendly windows, homeowners can rest assured they are indeed doing their ‘bit’. Hazlemere Window Company Ltd is a family owned business that has been trading locally for more than 25 years, providing all of its window, door and conservatory customers with a fully comprehensive robust ten year guarantee, backed up by its own in-house team of service engineers, who are dedicated to maintaining the quality of both products and installation. The company owns the freehold of their Head Office, Factory and Showroom in High Wycombe, which is where their own experienced team of designers, consultants, surveyors, fabricators, installers and service engineers are based. To find out more Freephone 0500 011561 or visit SEPTEMBER2011 81

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s a family-run bespoke furniture specialist, with a strong heritage and our own factory in the historic county of Lincolnshire, we firmly believe in “Buying British” and supporting other traditional British brands which reflect outstanding craftsmanship. St Giles Furniture has never strayed down the path of mass produced/imported furniture but preferred to keep to traditional methods with our own manufacturing techniques, and by offering other brands which also have a strong heritage and complement our furniture. Our skilled craftsmen have a real passion for their work which is reflected in the furniture they make. It is a pleasure to see traditional methods still being used today in the production of our handcrafted furniture which now inspire a new generation of furniture makers and designers! Lloyd Loom of Spalding is an iconic company we have worked with for many years and continue to be proud and happy to do so. Lloyd Loom is a household name in the UK and there are few other furniture makers who can boast such an illustrious history and identity when it comes to chairs in particular. In fact, Lloyd Loom are now the only remaining British maker of authentic Lloyd Loom chairs using steam-bent beech wood frames and weaving their own “upholstery”! The woven fabric and furniture known as Lloyd Loom was invented almost 100 years ago and inspired furniture designers in the 20’s and 30’s associated with the art-deco period of the time. The brand still remains a timeless and classic style of furniture to this day and works very well for us at St Giles Furniture with many of the traditional, timeless designs which our customers’ ask for. In particular Lloyd Loom dining chairs work exceptionally well with many of our own table designs. The Lloyd Loom heritage goes back much further than our own although tragically their large scale production came to an abrupt end for a time when their London factory was destroyed in the war. However, production began again in 1985 when the range was resurrected as Lloyd Loom of Spalding and once again the old looms clattered and clanked into action in their new factory setting in Lincolnshire, little more than a stone’s throw from our own factory! Lloyd Loom still use the same original pre-war techniques in their production process with a small team of craftspeople each specialising in a specific skill each to ensure a perfect end result. Just as St Giles Furniture has steered clear of cheaper mass produced designs and production methods, genuine Lloyd Loom products are still lovingly made by hand using weave made from twisted paper and wire to give durability, unlike inferior “look-alikes” imported from the Far East and built on flimsy rattan frames which offer no strength or longevity.

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The real workshop feel in the Lloyd Loom factory is similar to our own with groups of workers often gathering to discuss various pieces in progress as every element of production is highly labour intensive. The company has developed close links with local universities enabling design students to work in the factory to experiment with the “weave” and research prototypes to extend the range. Similarly, St Giles Furniture has recently become actively involved with the School of Furniture Design at Wycombe College in a bid to work with and support enthusiastic young designers to continue to meet the demand for authentically made pieces of furniture in all shapes and sizes! London Road, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4NN T. 01494 873031 E.

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ine furniture company Frank Hudson has united with like-minded local businesses to bring a unique vintage-themed event to the community of Buckinghamshire and beyond. The event is a celebration of rich heritage and skilful craftsmanship with demonstrations from some of the most talented craftsmen of the area on Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd October. Passed down from generation to generation, the company has been an integral part of High Wycombe for over 60 years; designing and creating a stunning collection of furniture for the home. Frank Hudson has partnered with a whole host of other local businesses who they have invited to showcase their finest products at the event for visitors to purchase. Highlights include attendance from Greengate Furniture who produce beautiful upholstered furniture, Sweet Sensations by Amelia who are a quirky and creative sweet design company, Kitsch me Kwik selling clothes, antiques and jewellery and Beryl Ware who hand make woollen accessories. This is in addition to mattress producer Hypnos, Ladies who Lunch jewellery and accessories, blinds and curtains from Sarah Wooldridge, lamps from Serious Readers and media centres from Sound4Vision



LOCAL CRAFTSMEN WILL BE DEMONSTRATING THEIR TALENTS IN WOOD CARVING, UPHOLSTERY AND MORE, AND ARE SET TO IMPRESS VISITORS WITH THEIR SKILLS IN PRODUCING BEAUTIFUL PIECES. to name but a few. On the evening of Thursday 20th October there will be a number of fantastic guests speaking about a variety of specialist topics including interior designer Dwell-Being who will be offering tips on creating that perfect room. Everyone is welcome, but as spaces are limited anyone wishing to

attend will need to register by visiting to book their place.” During the week, visitors can enjoy sumptuous refreshments as well as the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a stunning Frank Hudson Alexandria 5ft bed (worth £1,799) as well as a fabulous 2 night’s champagne stay at the luxurious Windermere Suites Hotel in the Lake District. The winners will be drawn at random throughout the week. Local craftsmen will be demonstrating their talents in

wood carving, upholstery and more, and are set to impress visitors with their skills in producing beautiful pieces. All this will be held in the stunning Frank Hudson showrooms which were luxuriously refurbished and opened up to the public last year. Visit Frank Hudson for their vintage event from Saturday 15th to Saturday 22nd October. Rosebery Avenue, Pinions, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 7AH 01494 522011


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hey're leaving home for college or university and need practical kit and décor details for those new rooms. Make sure your student scores highly in the style stakes. Gabrielle Fagan finds top of the class buys that won't break the 'bank of mum and dad'. College rooms can be a mixed bag. At best they're functional, at worst cramped, and they're normally pretty short on style. So a parent's help is essential to enable fledgling students to fly the nest successfully. That doesn't simply involve parcelling up their collection of random coffee mugs and clothes (washed or otherwise!) and mountain of CDs and DVDs, tempting though that may be. Instead, it means sending them off with those vital ingredients to instantly transform their space. Think brightly-coloured bedding, practical essentials and beyond. And if you want an A-star, spoil them by splurging on imaginative, funky accessories. Consider this outlay an investment, as such comforts will ward off early pangs of homesickness and create a room that's a magnet for fellow students looking for new friends. Follow this guide to campus chic and win brownie points by suiting the style to the student... SWOTTY STUDENT

Books and studying rule in this room. Although, be warned, that doesn't mean they won't catch the partying bug later on! Make it easy for your pupil to slave over their desk by adding fun touches. Grade 'A' buys • Dana silicone clip-desk light, £8, from B&Q. • Books by classic writers, from 94


Shakespeare to Dickens, decorate this Novel Tea set. Mug, coaster and biscuit tin, £12.99, from The Gifted Penguin. • So retro! A typewriter cushion, £30, John Lewis • Cardboard bookworm stool, which appropriately resembles a stack of books, £23, from JasmineWay. • Sapporo bamboo desk, £249, and matching chair, £149, from Marks & Spencer. BLOKEY STUDENT

Just as he'll be embarrassed by over-emotional goodbyes, he also won't welcome fussy touches. Stick to simple, practical items and a generous supply of bedding and towels, as he's unlikely to visit the laundry. Grade 'A' buys • A collection of photos is easy to display in a Picture Pockets Hanging Gallery, £7.99, from Clever Little Ideas. • A mini-fridge for drinks will keep food fresh and safe in his room. Budweiser Mini Fridge, £134.99, from Drinkstuff. • Keeping track of lecture notes and essays is a cinch with Ikea's Kassett range. Magazine files or red-steel file holders, both £4.49 for a two-pack. • Clear clutter into a nine-drawer multicoloured metal storage unit, £50, from John Lewis. • Give him a gentle hint to ring home with a red telephone cushion, £14.99, Dunelm Mill. • There's nothing girly about

brilliantly patterned bedding from Bhs. Single set, £25. GIRLY STUDENT

Pink, pretty and a 'home from home' is the order of the day here. She and her mates will love long sessions gossiping and getting ready for nights out in her boudoir. Grade 'A' buys • Dress up a bed with a Pom Pom throw in strawberry, £40, from John Lewis. • Street Signs, Gossip Grove, pink mug, £2.50, from Tesco. • Silver butterfly print cushion, £6, from Store Twenty One. • Make it less likely she'll miss lectures (or dates) with an F&F Home fuchsia clock, £5, from Tesco. • Her room will be pretty as a picture with accessories

from queen of girly chic, Cath Kidston. Provence Rose three-drawer desk cabinet, £15; retro flowers waste bin, £15; Provence Rose picture frame, £5. STYLE-SAVVY STUDENT

A room with funky touches is essential for those who value their street-cred and want to be in with the campus crowd. Grade 'A' buys • Make storage a feature with brightly-coloured Flexitub baskets, £7.50 each. Sabrina square floor cushions, £19 each, are a good buy too. Both from B&Q. • Spotty stacking mugs, set of four, £15, Marks & Spencer. • Table lamp, in blue or red, £30, Bhs • Framed print, Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day, £60, from John Lewis, is bang on trend and could lift spirits. • A Micke corner workstation, £115, from Ikea, is sleek-looking and space-saving.

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ingredients Pate a bombe 100 ml water 150 gm caster sugar 5 large free range egg yolks MERINGUE

300 ml double cream 2 egg whites 80 gm caster sugar 200 gm fresh blackberries BLACKBERRY COMPOTE

500 gm fresh blackberries 1 tablespoon woodland berry conserve dash of crème de Mure (black berry liqueur)


1. Place water and sugar into a heavy pan, stir to dissolve 2. Boil the syrup until it reaches a temperature of 120 degrees C using a sugar thermometer. This should take 5-7 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks until they are pale yellow, thick and creamy 4. Then slowly pour in your boiling



sugar syrup, whisking all the time 5. Allow to cool MERINGUE

6. Whisk the egg white until it peaks, slowly adding the caster sugar until you have a stiff meringue – set aside 7. Lightly whip your double cream then fold in your meringue mixture. 8. Fold this into the sugar syrup and egg yolk base, finishing by adding the blackberries: some crushed, some left whole. 9. Place this mixture into a lightly oiled ice cream container then freeze overnight.

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10. In a heavy bottomed pan place the conserve and the crème de Mure 11. Reduce down until syrupy 12. Add the blackberries and heat gently for 2-3 minutes to lightly poached the berries

To serve Dip in a little boiling water, run a blunt knife around the edge and turn out onto a board. Slice with a warm wet knife. Serve with Blackberry compote

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hen Claire Gallagher, owner of Splendiferous learned her friends were raising funds to build a school in Malawi, she jumped at the chance to help them. Never one to miss a good party, she agreed to offer her services in an auction at a black tie event held at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on June 17th. In the last 18 years buildOn has successfully built 39 schools in Malawi enabling thousands of children to be educated. Each school costs £20,000 to build and the current task is to raise the funds to build one in the Kasungu province. “Dinner for 8” prepared in the lucky winner’s home by Chef Gallagher was put on the block with an opening tender of £200. The bidding quickly escalated and as it became more frenzied a local couple finally won with a hefty £1200 bid. No sooner had they secured a Splendiferous Dinner for 8 when their main bidding competitor, a well-known football player and his wife asked if they could match the offer and raise another £1200 for the charity. “I hated putting Claire on the spot, but I knew the other bidder really wanted her services AND everyone wanted to raise money for the charity” said Monica da Silva, one of the organisers. “Truthfully, I was flabbergasted and really very honoured that two couples were willing to splurge for one of my catered events with the money going to a cause that I whole-heartedly support, so I easily agreed!” For more on this charity see team-achemwali-monica-caroline -emma/ While Claire loves catering in some of the finest homes (and Palaces!) in London and the Home Counties, she has had an extremely hectic year. 100 SEPTEMBER2011

All catering requires logistical planning but high-end occasions take it to a whole new level. “There was a weekend before Easter when I had events ranging from a private dinner for 10, to a Children’s Make ‘n’ Bake Party, then a sit down lunch for 120 culminating in a ‘Stations of the World’ buffet for 400! Eventually I decided I had to give up a few events in London as I was losing track of my equipment, staff, mind and kids” she jokes. Her cookery courses have expanded this year to include a

new Indian course that Claire inaugurated after a second visit to there in April. “It is the most remarkable place with such diverse cultures, scenes and of course, food! I was offered some incredible one-to-one tuition by Oberoi Hotel in Jaipur” . Chef Uday Shenoy spent a number of days instructing her on the finer art of modern and evolving Indian cuisine and she came back with a renewed appreciation of the sub-continent as well as a fistful of exceptional recipes that she has delighted in sharing with her guests.

“As a French-trained chef, my knowledge base of Indian food was rudimentary, at best. Chef Narayan Rao introduced me to the delights of traditional authentic Indian cuisine last October. Then in April 2011 the management team at Oberoi Group, and in particular Chef Uday, helped me absorb even more. With just one day’s notice, they engineered my entire vacation around learning from some of the most innovative Indian Chefs currently working today. Warm hospitality and generosity are hallmarks of Indian culture and a particular speciality of the Oberoi group and I cannot recommend them highly enough. “And no, I am not a paid spokesperson!” When planning your next dinner party, Christmas or Team Building event, why not give Claire a call to discuss your needs or check out her website for more info on upcoming cookery courses, gift vouchers & events.

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motors development miles prove their worth. Starting with the Range Rover Sport, which has a similar DNA to a luxury sports saloon, dynamics specialists set out to give the Range Rover Evoque a sporting character consistent with its looks. They focused on ensuring that the Range Rover Evoque was agile and fun to drive, so particular attention was paid to steering precision and agility at lower speeds. As a result it offers a rewarding experience even during day-to-day urban driving but retains excellent body control and suffers no loss of poise. Taking ride and handling to the next level, Range Rover Evoque customers have the opportunity to specify a state-of-the-art new Adaptive Dynamics feature, which sees MagneRide™ dampers monitoring and adapting to vehicle movements 1000 times/second* to help minimise body roll and provide an even more balanced drive. Naturally the Range Rover Evoque delivers all-surface capability and makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximise performance and comfort in

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A Place to Celebrate Life Chiltern Woodland Burial Park is a stunning venue for funerals, memorial services, conferences and events. Set in 72 acres of mature woodland, the beautiful ceremonial buildings oďŹ&#x20AC;er a unique experience. We offer catering ering i facilities, f ili i plenty l off parking, ki mobility bili b buggies i and d hi highly hl trained i d staff, ff Chil Chiltern B Burial Park is truly a cemetery tery of our time. We give all of our families a minimum of two hours for each funeral, the freedom to personalise each ceremony, complimentary refreshments and access to the woodland park 365 days a year. Within the beautiful woodlands, families can choose the perfect resting place for their loved one for the burial or, following cremation, ashes can be scattered or buried in the woodland. Graves and ashes plots may be selected and purchased in advance, giving peace of mind to those planning for their own future. Our woodland burial park offers a unique and caring experience with a price range that makes the park accessible to all. To find out more about this remarkable woodland, or request a brochure and price list call us on: 01494 872158 Visitors are always welcome, our compassionate and experienced staff are here to help you. Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XB

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