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Welcome Welcome to the third issue of Hemel Pulse magazine and seasons greeting to one and all! We can’t believe that Christmas and the end of 2012 are here already and what a year it’s been! The team here have never been prouder to be Hemel people and can’t believe how many wonderful achievements our town boasted over the last 12 months. Take a look at our end of year report on page 7, including an exclusive interview with MP Mike Penning. We also want to hear from our wonderful readers - please get in touch to tell us your best bits from 2012!

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It’s also been an amazing year for us here at the magazine. We can’t believe how far we’ve come since launching the first issue of Select Local in July. We’re so happy with where we’ve ended up after our re-brand and are looking forward to getting even bigger and better next year! As this year draws to a close we’re saying a fond farewell to our advertising coordinator Anthony who will be moving on to pursue other projects. We’ve loved having him on board and although it’s sad to say goodbye we wish him the very best! We’ve now welcomed a new face into the fold, and hope you’ll join us in saying a big hello to Warren Johnson. We’re so excited to be teaming up with Warren because he’s as passionate about the community as we are. His Hemel News Facebook and Twitter pages have been going strong for 10 months now and we think he’s going to be an amazing addition to the family! As 2013 progresses we’re hoping to grow even more, starting with a super delivery team! If you’re looking to earn some extra cash and have a strong pair of arms on you then get in touch. We’re also always on the look out for part-time sales representatives, email Adam to find out about our commission rates.

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So here it is, the festive edition of our magazine with all the usual juicy bits! Exciting news stories, handy local business contacts, vital local phone numbers and of course - the puzzle page to keep you busy! We hope you like it, and as always we’d love to know what you think so feel free to send in any comments! Merry Christmas & a happy New Year! P.s. Don’t forget your cut off dates for the Christmas Post!

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Herts PCC Announced On 15 November 2012, voters elected Mr David Lloyd to serve until May 2016 as Hertfordshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Conservative Councillor Lloyd, was voted ahead of Labours Ms Sherma Batson, UKIP’s Ms Marion Ann Mason and Mr Christopher Townsend of the Liberal Democrats.

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Mr Lloyd will now be responsible for the way policing is delivered in the county. Duties will including deciding how funding related to policing and crime reduction is allocated and, in consultation with the Chief Constable, setting the strategic direction and objectives of the force through their Police and Crime Plan. Despite information packs being delivered all over the Borough, the turnout for voting was only 13.74% in Dacorum. When the Council announced the result on their Facebook page earlier in November some people left comments to voice their disappointment at the result and the cost involved in the campaign. What do you think? For further information on PCCs, you can visit www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/.

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Hemel man escapes jail after sexual assualt A local man was sentenced to a three year community order after pleading guilty to a sexual assault on a 17 year old girl. Wheel-chair bound Anthony Styles, 46, was also found to have over 300 indecent images of children on his computer. Simon Sterling, prosecuting at St. Albans crown court described how, just after Christmas 2010, Styles took advantage of the teenager when she was upset. He said “The defendant sought to comfort her and put his right hand on her chest and under her bra”. He’d also tried to kiss and “grab” her. It was on January 23rd last year that the same victim and her boyfriend discovered indecent images on Styles’ laptop. Mr Sterling revealed that, “she felt considerable alarm and distress and was in shock and was tearful.”

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After the police were called, they questioned Styles and seized his computer and laptop for examination. Of a total of 307 images, 306 were found to be at Level 1, the least serious of five levels. The last was at Level 2. Judge Stephen Warner told Styles: “You assaulted the victim when she was particularly vulnerable and distressed.” He went on to say: “The images may not be the most serious but as with all indecent images of children they involved the exploitation and abuse of young children for the gratification of people like you, who provide the market for this sort of material.” Styles, of Manan Close, was described by his defence barrister Will Noble as having suffered from medical problems.

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Penning’s end of year review This month we were lucky enough to put some questions to our MP Mike Penning. We wanted to know all about his thoughts on the year we’ve had here in Hemel. Here’s what he told us… Hi Mike! How would you sum up the year our town has had in 1 sentence? It’s been a very positive year for the town particularly economically, in very difficult times to see so many new jobs come to the town has been great news What has made you most proud of Hemel this year? The Olympics medals for our local Olympians and the community turning out for the Olympic touch Have there been any surprises for you? My eldest daughter works in Australia, and wasn’t due home for another year but appeared on our doorstep in august to be at her sisters graduation What are your favourite things to do in Hemel at Christmas time? Seeing the lights being switched on in the Old Town Will you be spending New Year’s eve locally? Yes we will be partying with friends Finally what are you most excited about for 2013? The town centre redevelopment, particularly around the new Morrison’s What do you think? This has certainly been a big year for our little town. Here at Hemel Pulse we feel really proud of the community spirit that’s been on show in the last 12 months. We’d love to know what your highlights were! Perhaps the Jubilee celebrations in June? The Olympic Torch relay, giving recognition to the achievements of our torch bearers? Not forgetting of course welcoming home our own Olympic hero, Max Whitlock! We’d love to hear what your best bits were and of course what you’re looking forward to in 2013. We’ll be posting your comments on our website, Facebook and Twitter, here’s how to get in touch: Facebook: www.facebook.com/HemelPulseMagazine Twitter: @HemelPulse include #hemelhighlights • Dec 2012 • www.pulsemagazines.co.uk • Follow: @HemelPulse • Office: 01442 386 260 • Issue 3.indd 7

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Helen Lehrle owner and manager and the therapists from The Acorn Wellbeing Centre went off to Milton Keynes on 9th November to massage the runners who raised funds for the British Legion, James and 14 more runners have raised over £23.000 for the British Legion nationally and locally. On 10th November the men ended at the local rugby club where Helen Lehrle (manager and therapist) and Karen Brown (sports therapist) were waiting along with two more therapists, they went from there in the town centre at 2pm, Helen and the team treated them with massages and sports injury treatments, to help with injuries they obtained, these included stress to muscles and loss of toe nails! Helen said “we were in the remembrance parade with them and alongside the family members of the 21 year old RAF man Ryan Tomlin who lost his life in February. It is very moving and I feel honoured to have taken part”. At 11am at St Johns Church Boxmoor the runners and Helen attended the gathering of many servicemen and women to pay tribute. James Allsopp is a serving marine and his pals who took on a 117-mile fundraising run over four days are still recovering from the ordeal. The group of 14 men, called Hemel 100 Milers, set off from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on

the Wednesday and arrived back in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 10th November. Marine medic James Allsopp, 28, who came up with the idea and led the team, said: “It was horrible. It was very hard. A lot harder than I think the guys thought it would be.” Some of the team were running for up to eight hours a day to complete the feat and several suffered stress fractures and other injuries along the way. The team was made up of Barry Thorn, Michael Booth, Charles Scott, Danny Smith, Lee Smith, Daniel Forder, Gareth Carder, Matthew Kemp, Nini Massa, Robbie Hull, Sam Aitken, Paul Vigor and Samuel Makepeace. They were welcomed home by crowds of supporters along with Mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman and MP Mike Penning at the bandstand in Marlowes Hemel Hempstead. To donate go to the team’s website at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ team/hemel100milers Please find out more about The Acorn Wellbeing Centre at www.acornwellbeing. co.uk

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Volunteer project helps maintain an adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities Pupils from the Beaumont School in St Albans and a Fire Station Crew from Borehamwood got their hands dirty by removing surface weeds from the outside play area access path at KIDS based in Aldenham Country Park. The pupils who took part wish to contribute further by raising funds at their Xmas Fayre to support the purchase of a new trike for the users to the KIDS adventure playground. The fire station crews also have good intentions to do more of the same again to support a worthy resource in their local community. KIDS the charity run family and organisational group days for children and young people with varying impairments in Hertfordshire and welcome their siblings too! For further details on the playgrounds facilities, opening times and costs please contact: Dale Sloan (Manager) Telephone 0208 953 0121 Email dale.sloan@kids.org.uk Website: http://www.kids.org.uk/information/100885/100898/106690/aldenham_playground__hertfordshire/

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All I want for Christmas... Head Gardener taking fleece and tape into the garden built hopes of Christmas presents stashed in the shed. Alas, it was for protecting delicate plants from impending frosts, but it did turn thoughts to this month’s article: What do you buy your gardener at Christmas? Gardeners are usually well equipped. Any gifts, especially with more novelty than practical value, risk lying unused in Keith Symonds the shed or being consigned to the charity shop bag. The Head Gardener exception is if hints are dropped. Aunty mentioned she wants a garden kneeler, so I know what to buy her (it’s OK, I know my secret’s safe with you as she isn’t local and doesn’t use a computer, anyone spilling the beans before the Big Day will be reported to Santa!). Head Gardener is always pleased to receive a good pair of secateurs. Best quality tools are made of finest steel and stay sharp longer. Other tools, like garden knives, are also useful, as are pouches to store these in (stopping holes in pockets through which they get lost). An assortment of seeds might be carefully chosen to give something a little more unusual to grow (but ensure there are no special growing requirements that can’t be met – read the back of the packet before buying). Head Gardener loves to be pampered after spending the day working in patron’s gardens. Spending time with hands in cold damp soil can ruin skin, so hand creams, moisturisers or other cosmetics help combat these effects. Gardening is also physical, so muscle rubs or relaxing bath salts are also good. Clothing for keeping warm and protecting from the elements is a firm favourite of the Head Gardener at this time of year when he’s hard at work in his customer’s gardens. Still stumped? If your Head Gardener has a favourite tipple they’re fond of after a day in the garden you could get that for them - tea, coffee, or perhaps something stronger? If you choose something stronger just be sure it doesn’t become a secret stash in the Garden Shed like the infamous home-made sherry featured in the 1980’s sitcom “No Place Like home”!

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Merry Fitmas Top Tips To Keep Fit This Christmas Christmas. It’s the time to enjoy time off work, lovely dinners, seeing the family, house parties and work parties which always include a fare few drinks. This in mind, fitness usually takes a back seat. Which can result in putting on some holiday weight, which when we hit the gym again in January we find it 10x harder to get motivated and to burn that excess weight. But here are some tips to keep in mind for over Christmas to keep that holiday weight off. 1. HAVE A BITE – Before attending your Christmas work/house party have a bite to eat before leaving. This will stop you from mindless nibbling whilst at the party. 2. EARLY BIRD - Whilst Christmas is here and you have some time off, why not hit the gym? At this time of year gyms tend to be emptier, if not a member of a gym join some fitness classes in your local area. 3. BE AWARE OF DRINK - Just be aware on how much you drink, we’re not saying don’t go out and not drink, but just be aware what you drink and how much. Alcohol is an easy way to add excess calories. 4. FAMILY FUN - Get on the interactive games, using the wii, ps3 or xbox connect to burn some extra calories plus having a laugh with the family. 5. DONT EAT A MOUNTAIN – this time of the year we all love the Christmas dinner and all the snacks. However don’t let your eyes be bigger than your

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belly. Remember stop eating when you feel full. 6. DAY ADVENTURES – Christmas is full of wonderful things to do. Many Christmas fairs open, ice skating becomes available and even walking around the shops and looking at the decorations and lights become enjoyable. These days out can have a good impact on your health. 7. PACK A SNACK – When going on day out, pack a healthy snack. It benefits your health and your wallet. 8. BE REALISTIC – If you have set yourself a dietary goal or fitness goal this Christmas. CONGRATS. However are your sure this is a goal that you can fulfil? Be realistic with your goal setting, then you will find it easier to cope with, whilst getting results and feeling good that your reaching your target. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year! Zak Bowman Gyms2u Personal Training

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Mini-Pulse Working to eliminate racism in football Hemel Town Centre hosted the ‘Kick It Out’ football event on October 20th, aimed at combating racism within the sport. On the day plenty of budding football stars attended, including representatives from the Hemel Islamic Academy, Global Pindd and local mosque. The youngsters got the chance to see freestyle footballers showing off their skills, take part in Panna football exhibitions and sign up for football coaching taster sessions at Sportspace. Funding was provided by Councillor William Wyatt-Lowe, who donated £750 from his locality budget. He said, “I am delighted

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Chaulden Community Association gets a modern makeover Hemel County Councillor Terry Douris has allocated £912 from his locality budget to the Chaulden Neighbourhood Association. The association runs clubs and classes for children of all ages and is run from a community centre. Cllr Douris’ funding will be used to buy new tables and a trolley for the centre, helping to modernise the centre and to benefit the bingo group and private hirers. “I am delighted to help Chaulden Neighbourhood Association in providing new tables for the community centre” said Councillor Terry Douris. “Not only will they replace their old ones but will also to provide banqueting tables which will make the venue more attractive to potential customers for a wider range of events”

HCC takes BT to court over street works! Hertfordshire County Council has successfully prosecuted British Telecommunications PLC (BT) for poor and unacceptable working practices when undertaking street works. The hearing at Watford Magistrates Court on 13 November 2012, saw BT plead guilty to five breaches of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) and three breaches of the Highways Act 1980. These included failure to provide the correct notice and details of street works, closing roads without authorisation and failing to cooperate with the county council as highway authority. They had also previously pleaded guilty to a further twelve breaches of the NRSWA. The offences related to works carried out by BT at Red Lion Lane, Great Gaddesden, in January and February 2012; at Station Road, Sawbridgeworth, in February 2012; and at Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, in February 2012. BT were hit with a fine of £44,650 plus a £15 victim surcharge for the total of twenty offences. Hertfordshire County Council were awarded full costs of £24,998.75. This amounted to a total sum of nearly £70,000. A new permit scheme to give Hertfordshire County Council more control over how and when road works can be completed on roads across the county has recently been launched.

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Volunteers from our town centre clubbed together on November 12th for a winter plant out in the Water Gardens. Workers from Riverside Shopping Centre, Marlowes Shopping Centre, Steria, Domino’s Pizza and the Friends of the Water Gardens joined forces with Dacorum Borough Council’s Clean, Safe and Green team, with fantastic results.

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said, “The response we received from the local community and businesses was fantastic, it really showed how passionate people are for their local environment and surroundings. The group worked flat out for two hours, planting shrubs and putting mulch on the flower beds. We would like to thank the volunteers for their time and effort.”

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The Hornets! Well what a month it’s been for the Hornets! A great run of games has now seen them unbeaten throughout November. Zola’s Yellow Army took on Leicester at home on the 3rd, beating them 2-1 after a red card left Leicester with ten men. Next, Watford played host to Milwall on the 6th, a game which ended in a 0-0 draw. Watford travelled to Leeds on Saturday the 10th. The Hornet’s dominated the home side with 65% possession and a whopping 6 goals. Leeds did manage to get one in the back of the net, but were plagued with bad luck throughout the game. After having a player sent off, they ended up with only 9 men by the final whistle, losing a player to injury after already making the maximum 3 substitutions. Finally, it was Wolves at home on the 17th and Watford managed an impressive 2-1 defeat after yet another red card for the away team. All in all it’s been a great run for the boys so far and manager GIANFRANCO ZOLA has described the attitude of his players as “very impressive”. Here’s hoping his players can carry on the momentum right up to Christmas and beyond! Next 5 games: Sheffield Wednesday away on 27/11/2012 Barnsley at home on 01/12/2012 Hull City at home on 08/12/2012 Burnley away on 15/12/2012 Forest at home on 22/12/2012

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Useful Local Contact Numbers! Emergency Services Hemel Police Station - 01442 271 000 Non - emergency - 101 Hemel Fire Station - 01442 867132 Fire Safety and Advice - 0300 1234 046 ALWAYS DIAL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY! Hemel Hospital Switchboard - 01442 213 141 Urgent Care Centre - 01442 287 451 Watford General Hospital Switchboard - 01923 244 366 A&E - 01923 217 758 or 01923 217 842 NHS non emrgency - 111

Local Services & Contacts Dacorum Borough Council - 01442 228 000 Enviromental Health - 01442 228 084 Energy Saving Trust 0800 512 012 Volunteer Centre - 01442 247 209 or 01442 214 734 Hemel Library - 0300 123 4049 Marlowes Shopping Centre Customer Services - 01442 413815

Travel Services Arriva Timetable Enquiries - 0871 200 22 33 Intalink Bus Travel Information - 0300 123 4050 National Rail Enquiries - 08457 48 49 50 Hertfordshire Highways - 0300 123 4047 22

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More Useful Local Contact Numbers! Community Centres Adeyfield Community Centre - 01442 264 173 Apsley Community Centre - 01442 248 800 Bennetts End Community Centre - 01442 395 353 Boxmoor / Warners End Community Centre - 01442 213 339 Chaulden Community Centre - 01442 242 039 Gadebridge Community Centre - 01442 251 002 Grovehill Community Centre - 01442 262 542 Highfield Community Centre - 01442 398 291 Woodhall Farm Community Centre - 01442 269 804

Doctors Surgeries Bennetts End - 01442 263 511 Everest House - 0844 477 8615 Fernville Surgery - 01442 213 919 Grovehill Medical Centre - 01442 212 038 Highfield - 01442 265 322 Lincoln House - 01442 254 366 Parkwood Drive - 01442 250 117 Woodhall Farm - 01442 261 805

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Hemel Pulse Magazine - Issue 3  

The 3rd Issue of Hemel Pulse bringing you local news and local businesses

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