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SOURCE Issue #01

Your source of entertainment in North Hertfordshire

Katie Ling Sarah Larkin Ashley Reynolds Jordan Walker Ross Walpole Michael Webb Larina Natalia

Editor in Chief Editor Deputy Editor Creative Director Creative Director Photographer Cover photo

Mark Stevens Sales Director James Collins Advertising Manager Oli White Business Manager Grant Cole Feature Editor Courtenay Forbes Feature Editor Shannon Withers Illustrator Konnan Broome Graphic Designer Sara DiNoia Graphic Designer Rachael Anderson Food Editor Alice Roberts Photographer Ryan Gaston Photographer Danni Squire Stylist David Noble Stylist North Hertfordshire College


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THE SOURCE Your source of entertainment in North Hertfordshire

Welcome to first issue of The Source. Our mission is to create an inspired learning company that delivers a real-world impact in local journalism. Focusing on local lifestyle, appealing to a diverse range of people with one thing in common; they love the qualities and values associated with our local towns. The magazine provides engaging content investigating what local lifestyle has to offer, coupled with inspiring photography, journalism and design.

Boasting a diverse readership, The Source is aimed at adventurers and discoverers looking to unearth local delights from extraordinary festivals to quaint cafes throughout Hertfordshire. Brought to life through partnership between NHC and Archant Newspaper Group, students have taken on the roles of a publishing house, mentored by magazine industry experts.



All men, whether that be with their mothers, girlfriends or wives, have had Saturday afternoons of being dragged through clothes shops as they're forced to help decide on beige or white (which, of course, there is a distinct difference...)

If you're a guy who still sees clothes as purely something to keep you covered then you have a whole world just ready to be explored. The men of the moment are finding the clothes that perfectly show their personality and provide a sense of individuality through the way they look.

However, as time has moved on, it is increasingly common to see it the other way round. A lot of men are starting to take more notice of clothes and the way it makes them look and feel. It's these men who are the 'men of the moment' who have an increased interest in their appearance.

So how do we go about finding clothes to suit us? It can be particularly frustrating to go into a shop and feel that nothing suits us. What can help, before you go clothes shopping, is to work out which style you have and what clothes could give an interesting take on it.

This is, in part, due to men's magazines causing a revolution that has successfully tackled the view that looking good should be left for just women. It has made people realise that it isn't necessarily effeminate to go clothes shopping and, now that us men realise it, there has been a large growth in the male fashion market.

'But I don't know what my style is?' I hear you ask. Well, we all have our own styles, whether we realise it or not, and the outfits we instinctively go for. For some it may be a smart-casual mixture of something like an Oxford shirt and stone chinos with boat shoes. Others may have a more casual approach going for something like a patterned t-shirt and loose fitting jeans.


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Either way, a great place to develop your style further is Planet Men's' in the Arcade in Hitchin, that stock a range to cater for all demographics, whether you're casual or smart. They take pride in providing trend driven products and great customer service, so staff will be more than happy to help you find the style you're looking for. For specialist needs, Planet Men's also provide suits and sports wear so are great for all your clothing requirements. So, I ask you, be part of the 'men of the moment' and prove to yourself, and, more importantly, everyone else that us guys can dress just as well as the girls! Planet Clothing Hitchin ?????




Fashion is an ever-expanding industry that has a direct impact on how everyone dresses; from the super fashion-conscious who keep an eye on the catwalk for all the trends of the season to those who simply pick clothes for comfort and practicality, the creations of designers across the globe shape the choices we make about the clothes we wear. This has been increasingly apparent across previous years, as the latest trends have become more accessible to people of different genders, sizes, shapes and budgets. Britain's high street in particular has become known for its' huge range of the latest styles at prices better suited to the average shopper than designer alternatives. The result is that there has never been a better time for trendy Brits to develop an interest in fashion and a love of clothes. There is also a strong emphasis on fashion in the media; with countless fashion magazines to choose from, there is endless advice about how to dress.


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Few people will deny the affect that clothes can have on our mentality: the way it feels when you find the perfect outfit for that special occasion, or the strength that a killer outfit can give you on an important day, it's undeniable that a great-looking outfit can make you feel on top of the world.

However, it can sometimes be difficult to find amazing fashion suited to you at the right price locally. This is why What Sarah Did boutique in Hitchin is such a fantastic place to shop, and is the answer to the prayers of many girls in the area.

Sarah and her team work hard to bring you the latest clothes from select high-quality lines straight to the gorgeous shop in Hitchin. Not only that, but they offer a range of fashion services from personal shopping, wardrobe clearing to fashion evenings where you and your friends can indulge in an evening together of fashion fun!

With a focus on providing affordable trends for women of all shapes and styles, the friendly atmosphere and carefully put-together collections transform shopping from a frustrating chore to a thoroughly pampering experience, meaning you'll leave with not only some fabulous new pieces, but a big smile on your face.

The creative atmosphere at What Sarah Did will inspire anyone to update their wardrobe and enjoy some quality fashion time.

What's more, you can follow Sarah's blog to keep up to date with the latest local fashion news, and the stunning range of clothes to be found in What Sarah Did will soon be available to buy online, making shopping for great new clothes even easier (and comfier)!

Visit the website at for the latest news and information, or e-mail Sarah at What Sarah did Next 4-5 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JQ 01462 431 437



Katie Ling: What is your collection called? Abiola Owoade: My collection is called 'The Amish Outlaw' because the inspiration came from the Amish culture and clothing. What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career in fashion? I would say be original and diligent. Where do you get your design inspiration? I get inspired from reading books, visiting museums, exhibitions and galleries as well as things and happenings around me. I also have imaginations and various things that i might have come across that I will like to explore in my research. What trends do you see being big for this winter? I think big coats and jackets with slim waist belts to give some shape are going to be everywhere this winter. High neck necklines as well. I also think pleats are still going to be around this winter. What drew you to fashion and are you thinking about starting your own line? My interest in Fashion started as natural flare and passion which remained persistent which was what made me pursue it professionally. Definitely, in the near future. I keep coming up with names but none have struck me as 'the one' yet so i am still thinking (laughs) What advice would you give a fashion newbie or student, looking to become a designer? To be passionate, be like a sponge; soaking up useful information and learning at every opportunity which could also mean going out of their way to develop some of the skills that they are not very good at.


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Your collection has a very strong simple elegance, How did that develop? It's interesting you asked that because in terms of silhouette this collection is different from my design aesthetic which is usually more sculptural and detailed. But this collection is of simpler silhouette because the concept was from the Amish culture and clothing but with emphasis on details developed from my research finding. For example , the concept of interconnectivity of the Amish communal living was interpreted using prints and laser cut designs.

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What excites you? Researching and developing the concepts and themes for my collections. Who influences you and who do you admire? I am inspired by the work of Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo, one of the contemporary Japanese designers. What is the simplest design you think could be in for all seasons? I think a classic shift dress is always a winner any day. What are your future plans? I am going on to finish my BA degree in one of the top fashion Universities in the UK and hopefully set up my own fashion label soon after that. How do you become inspired for a certain design? I get inspiration from different things, places and culture. It could be a word from an article or an exhibition at a Museum that will stand out to me, which will motivate me to start the research. Do you try to keep with the trends or create your own? I try to create my own trend, however being aware of what the latest trend on the catwalk shows of London and Paris are as this could also inspire me. Do you come up with concepts for designs first or is it more of a unplanned thing? I come up with a theme or concept because this gives me a sense of direction and focus with my designs even though there's always the possibility of exploring other things like fabric details or textile techniques that have previously stirred up the interest in me.

‘THE AMISH OUTLAW’ Katie Ling talks to Abiola Owoade Graduate Fashion Designer from North Hertfordshire College’s Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles What make you unique from other designers? I think my effective use of colour and the juxtaposition of fabric and prints gives a unique edge to my work. What famous person do you think dresses most simply elegant? I really like Gwyneth Paltrow's style. I think its simple with edge. Growing up how did you get into design? I grew up with very fashionable parents; having a natural flare for dressing up and as i grew up it turned to wanting to dress my friend's up and designing for them. My keen eye for details always wanted see perfectly fitted clothes on people. My parents encouraged me to pursue my age long passion which was fashion even after i finished my first degree as a Physiotherapist. Fashion


Love your Lunch

By Grant Cole

As you watch the clock at work, you see the second hand finally come to the end of its cycle, meeting both the hour and the minute hand at the top. It can mean only one thing. It's time for lunch! We should remember to make the most of this second meal of our day and it's been proven that people are, on average, more productive having lunch rather than working through it. It's because it's a time to relax and let our heads roll away from the rigors of finance, HR problems and pen shortages and more to the important things in life like whether a custard cream is just an albino bourbon. It's these conversations that lunch was invented for. Looking around Europe, we can find other countries that see the important of a good middle meal. Spain, for example has la comida as their equivalent of lunch that lasts from around 2:30pm to 5pm. Shops and businesses will close for this duration of time and workers return home for their biggest meal and


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maybe a siesta or 'afternoon nap'. Unfortunately, in today's Britain, it seems implausible that we would ever have such a privilege and in some Spanish cities, like Madrid, they are adopting our style of short breaks meaning an earlier finish.

What this allows for the Spanish is a day where work doesn't necessarily have to be the whole focus of the day. With a three and a half hour break, the best hours of the day are free leaving people to make the most of the week. Our lunchtime can mean something like this too; it's just a frame of mind. So with this, I implore you to look forward to your lunch and escape the office for an hour and forget there are accounts you should have finished in the morning. Find somewhere to go eat, preferably an

independent with character, and sit and let your mind wander, whether with a book or conversation with a friend. When it comes down to choice, though, everyone is different and we all have our own tastes. Some, who enjoy the simple pleasures, may go for a Cheese and Pickle sandwich while the more indulgent could go for a 'Brighton Rocks' consisting of succulent crayfish in a creamy lemon mayo sauce with fresh rocket leaves. Either way, Lunch Mate located near Letchworth Train Station has a wide selection of sandwiches ranging from 'Gourmet' to 'Old Favourites. There's also an option to 'Make Your Own Sandwich. If sandwiches aren't your thing, (if there are such people!) then there are a selection of soups too and jacket potatoes with different fillings. For any questions, or to call before 11:30am and have your food ready to collect, call 01462 339032. Lunchmate 2 The Colonnade, Station Place, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3AQ 01462 339032



Indulge in your desires By Sarah Larkin

All across the county tonight, people will be asking one important question: "What's for dinner?" For an increasing number, the answer will be on a restaurant menu rather than in their kitchen, Shopping and preparing meals takes time - something people simply don't have these days. Supermarket food prices are increasing Time at the Indulge restaurant is relaxing, together time with friends and family indulge in your favorite foods and drinks because life is too short not to luxuriate in delicious food. A little bit of what you like is good for you. Delicious, fresh food, with the finest attention to detail Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and contemporary approach to food makes us number one choice with a wide range of clients, both corporate and social clubs. The culinary sophistication and experience of a fine restaurant at a fraction of the price so you will be able to treat your loved ones more of the time. Choose from our exciting, seasonal menus or theme evenings, 13

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On every occasion, we work with the same dedication to provide an experience you'll be proud to share with your guests. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your fine dining experience and let us do the rest.

Indulge Restaurant at the Centre for the Arts in Hitchin offers a wide range of delicious and innovative food served in contemporary and relaxed surroundings. It is the perfect venue for a working lunch or evening meal. The menu is designed, prepared and served by our catering students, providing them with excellent hands on experience. Indulge Restaurant is open from 12.00pm – 1.30pm for lunch during the week, from 6.30pm for dinner on a Thursday evening and other special theme evenings during the week Indulge is our contemporary restaurant run by our Catering and Hospitality students. You can enjoy excellent food, great wine and fantastic service. Our Head Chef and team of student chefs will prepare a fresh and exciting menu for your enjoyment. As well as having fine cooking skills, our chef and the team of students use only the freshest seasonal ingredients available from the best local suppliers. The students ensure there is a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant provides a pleasant meeting place and exceptional value for money. Come and experience our superb theme evenings. Let us take you on a voyage of discovery from an Italian bistro to the French Riviera or a taste of the orient. For further information or to book a table please call 01462 471076 or 01462 471061 or email



The Spice of Life

By Matthew Bean

Welcome to Cantina Carnitas, 'the canteen of little meats' created by Matt Bean and long-time eating partner Jeff Pridmore just over a year ago in August 2011. After getting frustrated by not finding a decent burrito this side of East London, and fuelled by the explosion of street food in the UK they decided to get involved themselves. Armed with a vision of guerrilla foodfayre they had the idea of ‘popping up’ on local Farmers markets, Pub Gardens and taking over bars for short run or one off trading days with a focus on slow cooked meats and tasty treats, and after finishing a gruelling six hour non-stop burrito rolling session at an arts festival in Finchley, North London last week it looks like its paid off! The Cantina Carnitas menu is one of traditional Mexican street food; burritos and tacos filled with slow cooked meats and deep smoky flavours with an emphasis on taste rather than blow away heat. Dishes such as five hour slow cooked pork shoulder with chorizo, chicken breast with chipotle paste and apple cider vinegar, slow cooked braising steak with fresh chilli, all served with fresh salsas, guacamole, black beans, and rice. That’s not to say that lip tingling, brow searing heat isn’t on their agenda as the Cantina crew serve imported hot sauces alongside their own homemade chilli sauces, such as the Green Goblin or Scotch Bonita to bring the heat.


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The Cantina difference is that as well as offering traditional Mexican food the menu covers a world flavour feel with flatbreads and wraps from across the globe- Jamaican inspired jerk chicken spicy coleslaw, American Philly steak melts, Indian Chappuritos’ chapattis filled with aromatic vegetable curries and even a Jubilee inspired roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with hot horseradish and garden vegetables. Cantina Carnitas is currently enjoying a residency at Bar Ab in Hitchin every Saturday throughout summer from 12pm-6pm. Mexican street food lovers can keep up to date with all things Cantina by checking out the Facebook page: Cantinacarnitas or by following the Cantina Crew onTwitter: @cantinacarnitas.

To book Cantina Carnitas for any upcoming event or even if you just want to talk banditos and burritos, please call Matt Cantina on 07791739484 or Jeff Cantina 07805436635, alternatively email Bar Ab (Saturdays only) 24 Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1AH 07791739484 / 07805436635




+ Many people are willing to spend hours of their time and much of their money to achieve a salon-looking style. However, nothing comes quite close to the feeling you get when leaving a salon with a fabulous new do; from the smallest trim to a total colour and cut overhaul, treating your hair to some salon quality can make you feel on top of the world! What makes this experience so worthwhile is knowing that your locks are in the hands of professionals who are true experts in their field.

It's amazing how different a certain hairstyle can make you feel; it's a well known fact that people are more likely to try out a drastic new hairstyle post break-up than at any other time. The way people look after their hair is seen by many as an indication of their personalities; their style, how outgoing they are, etc.

Arguably, the promise that trying a daring new colour won't end up as a disaster makes salon-hairdressing far preferable to a DIY kit! If you feel like trying out a new do for a big party, what better way to try it out than to have it done by and learn from professionals who have done the same thing to your favourite celebs? Where better to get all of this and more than Greys hair salon in Hitchin?


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By Courtenay Forbes

Located in the heart of the historic market town, this chic salon offers a range of hair treatments for the discerning man and woman. Proud to offer you some of the most experienced hairdressers in the area, you can rest assured at Greys knowing that how extreme you decide to take your hair (or not), you'll come out feeling like a new person. What's more, once you've decided on a new look, it couldn't be easier to maintain, as the salon stocks all the best hair care products to keep your hair in tip-top condition. Greys turns hairdressing into a fabulous day out, in trendy surroundings where you can feel truly relaxed. In fact, some people love the salon so much that they trust the experts at Greys to do hair and beauty treatments for special occasions - even wedding days! Salon-quality hair in the heart of town with a price range to suit all budgets - what excuse is there to not truly make your hair bold and beautiful? Greys Hairdressing York House, 97 Hermitage Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG5 1DG 01462 456458

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Pure Beauty Beauty is something that is a focus of our society; people are constantly seeking the latest treatments and health tips in order to achieve our perception of beauty. Today more than ever, people are willing to dedicate time and money to looking good. However, there is a strong argument to suggest that true beauty shines through when we are happy, relaxed, and healthy.

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Kerie has over twenty years experience in the business and prides herself and her team on delivering the latest treatments to Hitchin. With therapies available from Venus body art to male grooming, Kerie Hoy delivers an experience with something to pamper everyone. Why not treat yourself to a professional make-up session with ArtDeco make-up or a spray-tan before any big occasion or any time you want to look and feel your best.

For many of us, it is difficult to achieve this on a daily basis, with our stressful jobs and families demanding most of our time. If this applies to you, why not treat yourself at the weekend to a relaxing massage or facial?

Kerie's dedication to bringing her customers cuttingedge techniques is evident by her becoming the UK's first beautician to be qualified in the eyebrow treatment favoured by Hollywood stars, Billion Dollar Brows.

Maybe explore some new treatments that you've never tried before. If you think you need to stop reading here because you are a man, think again.

With expertise like this on your doorstop, you can look like a Hollywood star all the time! A trip to Kerie Hoy is perfect for any time when you need to look and feel your best; before a wedding or any special occasion, or maybe as a treat at the weekend when the stress of the week has taken its' toll.

The world of spa therapy is becoming increasingly open to men, with many men laying waste to the rumour that to look after one's body is effeminate. There are also a growing number of treatments designed especially for men. People of both sexes are becoming aware of the benefits of dedicating a bit of time here and there to pampering themselves.

With gift vouchers available, why not treat your friend or loved one an experience they're sure to remember for a long time to come. For more information and to book a treatment, visit in store at Kerie Hoy, Bridge House, 30 Bridge Street, Hitchin, SG5 2DF, or call 01462 422 488.

Where better to indulge than Kerie Hoy in Hitchin?

Alternatively, visit and see what's on offer for yourselves!

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Bridge House, 30 Bridge Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DF 01462 422488 / 07956 632188

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Fishtail Plait Step 1 First of all make sure that your hair is washed, clean and dry. Then divide your hair into eight sections, once done start to curl different strands of hair in each section for this you may use a curling iron or wand. (TIP: When curling the back of your head, if nobody else is doing it for you, don't do it with a mirror, tilt your head upside down and do it like that). Work from the bottom up. Step 2 Whilst curling, at the bottom of your hair do bigger, larger curls and as you get closer to the top of your head take smaller strands and do smaller curls. These curls should in theory be only about an inch wide. To make the curls stay in place tip your head back and use a fair bit of hairspray. Step 3 Once done, finger out the curls gently, this gives the curls a tussled look. Leaving a few strands of curls at the front pull all your hair to one side into a ponytail. Smooth back the top using a styling brush, (normal combs are too heavy to do this job, a bristle brush works much better for this hairstyle).


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By Danni Squire

This winter brunettes are coming back in and the style to look out for is a very natural, distressed, bedhead look.

Step 5 If you vary the thickness of the strands, this will still give quite an intricate look but also a messy delicate feel to it too. If you are a beginner you should do the strands much tighter so that you can get a feel on how to do it, however a looser plait looks messier and more how the plait was intended to look.

Step 4 Do a pick parting, (this looks like a Zig Zag). Section your ponytail into three, the messier it looks the better leave the third section at the front of your hair for later.. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the first section. Pull this strand over the first section, and add it under the second section on the other side. So just make sure that the strand of hair has gone over the first section and ended up underneath the second section.

Step 7 To finish this beautiful intricate plait add some shine spray' (this can be bought online or at your local supermarket or beauty store). Take the third section of your hair that you left and tuck it into the back with a hair pin, cross the pins together to get an anchor pin. This will create the wind swept that is so popular on the runway this season.

Step 6 Pull another strand of hair out from the outside of the second section over this section, then weave it back under the first section. Make it as loose or as tight as you want. Keep repeating these steps until the length of your hair ends.

Energise / Enhance Hitchin Centre, Cambridge Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 0JD 01462 471061 /






We met up with Danni Squire, Hairdressing Lecturer and stylist at NHC's Enhance Hair Salon for some top tips and to find out what's hot this autumn winter. Danni has been in hairdressing for 20 years and has worked in competitions and as a stylist. Jewellery Designer Alyssa Smith agreed to join us at Enhance Salon to road test one of this season's hair styles which you can also recreate yourself at home. Hair & Beauty


Eco Organic Step 1 Towel dry hair to get the moisture out. Using a product such as curl cream or a sea salt spray, apply throughout to promote texturised volume and to hold movement.

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Step 2 Taking sections of hair working from the base upwards, 'twist curl' the hair by simply 'twirling' between your forefinger and thumb into thread. These sections can be created as small or large 'twists' depending on the desired look. Larger sections will promote enhanced texture and volume. (Alternateively, plait the hair in parts.) Step 3 Once you have 'twisted' the full head, (it is not essential to do every single strand of hair as we are trying to create a very natural, dishevelled look!) Then leave to dry naturally - or alternatively you can use a diffuser on medium heat and medium speed to slowly and gently work through the hair from the ends to the root. Don't worry if you don't have a diffuser, you can always use your hair dryer (without the nozzle) slowly and gently drying the hair working down the hair shaft from top to base,


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Step 4 Finally, once you have dried the hair to your desired look (styling in front of a mirror always helps!) give your hair a final blast of nice, cool air from your trusty hairdryer and a quick squirt of lightweight hairspray and you're ready to rock! Top Tip When you're on holiday - this works effortlessly whilst drying off from a swim in the sea! A BIG thank you to Danni, Dave and the rest of the team at NHC's Enhance Salon. Enhance Salon offers a whole range of treatments from both trainee and qualified stylists at fantastic prices. Find out more at

Up and coming stylist David Noble was joined by reporter Laura Burge from The Comet newspaper to get a step-by-step modern hairstyle. David has just finished session work with The Designer Shoe Boutique 'Thirty Seven Feet' and has also recently worked alongside ghd's Creative Director Kenna Kennor on their latest trend campaign and will be working alongside him again in September at London Fashion Week,

To book a consultation with either Danni or David, simply call 01462 471061.





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BODY JAM BODYJAM is the cardio workout where you are free to enjoy the sensation of dance. An addictive fusion of the latest dance styles and hottest new sounds puts the emphasis as much on having fun as on breaking a sweat. Funky instructors teach you to move with attitude through classes. o grab a friend, get front and center, and get high on the feeling of dance. Benefits of BODYJAM Bust some moves and feel the burn Get fit and burn lots of calories Improve coordination Get hooked on dance Feel the emotional high from this unique form of selfexpression


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Whether you are interested in getting fit at the gym, or at workout and fitness classes, in racket sports such as badminton, tennis or squash, or at team games such as five a side football, hockey or netball, Stevenage Leisure Limited has an opportunity for you. Committed to delivering safe, quality and value for money sporting and leisure opportunities for everyone in the community at clean and well-managed centres. Workout classes include the latest from Body Training Systems such as BodyPump, Body Attack, BodyJam to traditional favourites such as Yoga, Pilates, and Legs, Bums and Tums. There are also classes for those who would not usually use the gym or classes, such as those referred by their GP or the less able bodied.

Stevenage Lifestyles Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, 
Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 1LZ Sales Enquiries: 01438 363 215 Booking & Reception Enquiries: 01438 242 605



THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER By Sarah Larkin Third Generation or 3G pitches as they are known, represent a new development in synthetic turf. The pitch itself looks like natural grass with similar playing characteristics, non-abrasive and can be used with rubber studs. The open structure gives a firmer grip and provides for better ball control. Pushing off, running, stopping or tackling are all possible without additional risk of injury. This thanks to the mix of quartz sand and rubber granules layered into the pitch, which provide effective protection and added shock absorption. The durability of the surface means that matches can be played concurrently one after the other and could provide a solution to all those matches that are postponed during wet weather. It is not just wet weather the pitch in beneficial for, in summer grass pitches harden which increases the risk of injury whilst a 3G pitch retains its impact absorbency. These pitches are the latest revolution in providing 'all weather' playing facilities with an artificial playing surface that feels like grass, looks like grass and plays like grass. It provides a more natural bounce than sand-filled astroturf pitches and provides players with a better grip, resulting in a safer and more enjoyable playing experience.


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Built in May 2011, this outstanding facility encompasses the latest technology and is endorsed by FIFA, the FA and local leagues. The pitch offers versatility and can be used recreationally, for training or matches. This full size pitch caters for full 11-a-side football and can be easily divided into thirds to enable 7 vs 7 or 5 vs 5 football. We offer individuals, clubs and companies the chance to play on a fantastic surface all year round. This includes when there is serve weather conditions such as snow and heavy rain which can prevent other facilities to open. Edge Centre North Hertfordshire College Cambridge Road, Hitchin
Hertfordshire, SG4 0JD 01462 424226



Discover Bespoke If you are looking for the new and unique gift for someone special in order to spice up the favorite outfit, why do you not design your own jewelry and hand over to that special person in terms of a gift? It is quite simple and easy task to design your own jewelry that you can even wear yourself to impress others. The task of jewelry designing and making is the way to express your inner thoughts and creative ideas in shape of unique gifts. Bespoke jewellery is about understanding you 
and your individuality. All Harriet Kelsall bespoke jewellery is unique and designed to suit each customer's own style, personality and budget. Founded in 1998, Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design has 10 years experience in the Jewellery industry, with the focus on providing a specialist bespoke service to customers throughout the UK and the world. The company is located in north Hertfordshire. Britain's leading bespoke jewellery design company, Harriet Kelsall offers an individual bespoke design


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and hand making service. Sit down with their award winning designers and together design the perfect one-off piece of jewellery for you, which is then made by master goldsmiths in the Tudor barn studio. The service is especially popular for couples

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commissioning engagement, wedding or eternity rings and an excellent level of service is guaranteed. In addition to the commission service the company offers a range of ready to wear rings and fine jewellery, perfect for couples with a tight timescale. The company can also source diamonds and gemstones at very competitive prices and of course everything is guaranteed conflict free. The company can also offer ethical options such as gold and gemstones mined under Fair Trade principles and recycled diamonds, or redesigning heirloom jewellery so no new mining has to take place. With a dedicated team of 30 designers, goldsmiths and sales staff, Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design employs only talented degree-level qualified designers and the most experienced and skilled goldsmiths. Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design 01462 790565



Making their Mark When you make your mark, it's the most profound thing you can do, and sharing it is important. We live in an amazingly participatory world, but sometimes people think of art as something that's passive, it just hangs there on the wall, but art has layers that need to be peeled back like an onion. So you're standing in front of a painting, a sculpture, or even a building. You're looking at it, but are you really seeing it? To really get into art, all you need to do is ask yourself a few questions that will get you thinking about what you're looking at. And remember, there are no right answers to these questions - facts will help make your answers deeper, but discovering and understanding a piece of art on your own terms is both subjective and rewarding.

“ � Art has layers that need to be peeled back like an onion.

There are only two questions that you really need to look at art, and those are: 'What's going on in this picture/sculpture/building?' and 'What do I see that makes me say that?'


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Push yourself to get to the point where you feel comfortable jumping into a painting and exploring it, but practice makes perfect. Try visiting a museum with a friend and talking through a painting with them - you'll both see things the other one didn't, and talking about art out loud can really help you understand a piece. Every choice the artist makes is a conscious one. Figuring out the way an artist manipulates your interpretation of a piece is key to getting into the artist's head. The simple activity of 'creating art' has been understood to have therapeutic properties Covering a range of mediums including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, illustration, design and digital media, students from the Centre for the Arts are undertaking innovative research projects, and others are engaged in inspiring artistic pursuits. They are all pursuing different activities, but all have one thing in common: through their activities they are following their passions. Visit or call 01462 471061.

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Art of the matter People buy art to make their house more beautiful, to fill a space or to add colour to a room. These things may be true but you could also do all these things with a poster or a piece of fabric, so why buy original art?

Remember your gut reaction is frequently the best way to choose work. Gallery 1066 have put Fine Art into the heart of Baldock as one of the most innovative and exciting art destinations in Hertfordshire.

Because art is beautiful personal and original. Selecting a work of art is a pleasurable, enjoyable experience. First you need to establish some parameters: • • •

Why are you looking to buy? Is it for your home? Is it a gift? Do you have any specific requirements? Think about dimensions of the work, the space/function of the work, materials to be used etc Do you have any particular styles, colours, materials in mind?

When deciding to buy a work of art, consider: • • •

Does it make you feel good? Is it aesthetically pleasing? Is it a piece of work you just can't imagine walking away without?


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By Grant Cole

The Gallery provides the most varied and sought after fine art available on the contemporary art scene. From award winning artists such as the much loved Rolf Harris to Sherree Valentine Daines, Doug Hyde and the gorgeous Fabian Perez who will all be featured alongside exciting new talents.

Rolf Harris

Designed to the highest specification and using the most luxurious finishes, this cutting-edge gallery will offer the ultimate art buying experience; the perfect venue in which to view the most sought after collection of fine art. Gallery 1066 - Fine Art Willow Mews, 6a Hitchin Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 6AE 01462 622 233




By Katie Ling

1. The Big Screen

10. Ushers Torches - I would love one of those they are like mini light sabers

2. The Rumble of the sub woofer through your stomach (Jurassic Park I am looking at you)

11. The nostalgic smells of popcorn

3. Sharing the film experience with a group of friends.

12. Listening to other people talking about the film in the traffic jam queue trying to leaving the screen

4. Being in a huge audience all laughing (at the correct moments).

NHC is proud to unveil its new cinema screen at the Centre for the Arts in Hitchin

5. Horror films are more scary and thrilling in a cinema

Immerse yourself in a traditional cinema experience that has been absent locally in Hitchin. Breaking from the mould of impersonal multiplex cinemas we offer some refreshing alternatives. If that isn't tempting enough, ice-cream intervals are firmly on our agenda as we believe our staging and local focus are paramount.

6. Drinking a soft drink that would keep a small family hydrated. 7. Followed by playing BLADDER Chicken. I can make it, I can make it!! 8. Seeing new trailers - they are so much more exciting on the BIG screen. Seeing The Dark Knight Rises trailer amazing!

With so much to do and see we hope you can come down and share in our traditional cinema experience. If you would like to be a part of our small cinema please call 01462 471061.

9. Watching people arrive and willing them with my brain waves NOT to sit near me!

For more information and to book your tickets please visit or call 01462 471061.


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“ � Immerse yourself in traditional cinema



HISTORY OF THE BIG BAND Andy Abraham's - History of the Big Bands Fri Nov 02 - 7:45pm Gordan Craig Theatre The History of the big Bands features the country's leading 13 piece big band combined with the incredible vocals of platinum selling singer Andy Abraham. Featuring world class soloists, this is the ultimate tribute to jazz music's legendary bandleaders, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, and many, many more. The History of the Big Bands promises an out-standing evening of high energy, virtuoso musicianship and timeless songs. With smooth saxophone, rooting-tooting trumpets, the rhythmic rustle of percussion, and Andy Abraham's sensational voice, this hit show puts swing in the heart of all who see it.


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Tickets: £21.00 Earlybird Friends Members and Group Bookers please contact the Box Office for any applicable discounts. Ticket prices are inclusive of a £1.00 restoration fee. Earlybird price available until 31st July 2012 and thereafter £23.00 Gordan Craig Theatre Box office 01438 363200



CABARET NIGHT Cabaret Royale Night Sat Nov 03 - 8:00pm Gordan Craig Theatre An eclectic line-up of acts which fuses Cabaret, Variety, Burlesque and Stand-Up, to produce a hybrid show of fun, laughter and magic.

“ ” Cabaret, Variety, Burlesque and Stand-Up

Your host for the evening is the talented comedian/ magician Christian Lee, best known as Max Magic on Sky One. He’s laugh-out-loud funny and has been likened to the late great Tommy Cooper! With dazzling showmanship, spot-on comic timing and oozing style, the phenomenal Mat Ricardo takes the art of juggling to a whole new level with his jaw dropping skills.


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LouLou Devil is one of the most respected and admired performers in the world of burlesque, having won Best Show in Las Vegas and Queen of Burlesque in New Orleans. EastEnd funnyman Jeff Innocent delivers razor sharp gags wrapped in hilarious anecdotal tales. Divine sword swallower, glamorous and cheeky Miss Behave is a core member of the famous La Soiree Troupe and a truly original and stunning performer. Topping & Butch enthrall audiences worldwide with their sexy mix of high camp and satirical musical take on current affairs, life, love and celebrity gossip. Over 16's Only! Tickets: £16.00 Friends Members and Group Bookers please contact the Box Office for any applicable discounts. Gordan Craig Theatre Box office 01438 363200



LIVE MUSIC October at CLUB 85 North Hertfordshire's Independent Music Venue Music is always a therapy to the heart, soul and mind. Music can transform emotions; pass a message along. Live music makes it so lively and brings the feeling even more realistic. It stirs participation from both the musician and the listeners or the audience. Club 85 provide musicians with the opportunity of showcasing their talents to an audience.

“ ” When you're all focused on the music, it's the only thing that matters.

When asking people about their best Club 85 memories, the majority of the answers we received centered around the crowd itself and the overall feel of the show. A combination of genuine respect for the artist and also for your fellow concert-goers can really make an event that much better; when you're all focused on the music, it's the only thing that matters. Going to a concert makes them feel like a part of a giant family. It's an incredible thing, being surrounded by strangers who can turn into friends for one night just because you all are passionate about the same thing. 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, SG5 1PZ / 01462 434801 / 42

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ANON Promo presents PRIVATE BOOKING MUSIKAL SIN presents THE PEEL CLUB proudly presents SCUM OF TOY TOWN GET IN THE VAN presents ATTIC Promo presents HAWKLORDS ROGUE presents (SH)ROOM LIVE @ Club 85

Thu 01 Nov 12 Fri 02 Nov 12 Sat 03 Nov 12 Fri 09 Nov 12 Sat 10 Nov 12 Fri 16 Nov 12 Sat 17 Nov 12 Fri 23 Nov 12 Sat 24 Nov 12 Fri 30 Nov 12

November at CLUB 85 ANON presents ANON Promo presents ATTIC Promo presents MHC Promo presents MAIDEN Promo presents BEECHY COLCLOUGH BAND + support £ tbc LAMBDOG Promo presents GET IN THE VAN presents PAIGE + supports £ tbc ATTIC Promo presents MUSIKAL SIN presents

Sat 01 Dec 12 Fri 07 Dec 12 Sat 08 Dec 12 Sat 15 Dec 12 Fri 28 Dec 12 Mon 31 Dec 12

December at CLUB 85 ROGUE presents ANON Promo presents MAIDEN Promo presents NIGHT AVAILABLE contact BOB BOB Promo presents THE PINK FLOYD DIMENSION £ 12 ROGUE presents



HIGH ROPES 'So Challenging', the superb new community high and low ropes course is now open in Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage, providing loads of high adrenaline action. The course, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, has been built by Bulgarian company Walltopia. Test your nerves doing the high beam or the wobbly bridge walk at over 9 metres in the air and to top it off there is a 25m zip wire to end! The course also features a 'leap of faith' pole, a Jacobs ladder' climb and a low ropes course for younger children and the less able bodied. There is also a challenging 13 metre climbing wall, and an abseiling tower. The project has been funded through performance related grant monies from So Stevenage, and will be managed by the Stevenage Leisure team that currently operate the Sailing Centre at Fairlands Valley. Why not take the opportunity to improve your selfconfidence and try this exciting new adventure for yourself and your friends, it's a great way to develop trust and communication skills.


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Sessions can be pre-booked at weekends all year round, and in the evenings during the summer months and school holidays. They last 45 minutes, and include all safety equipment and briefings. The minimum age is 8 years, the minimum weight is 25kgs with a maximum weight of 130 kgs. Tickets are available for adults and children, and there is a family ticket that covers 2 adults and 3 children.

“ � Only one of it’s kind in Europe.

Fairlands also offers a great range of wet and dry activities including mountain biking, mountain boards, power kiting and turf boards as well as canoeing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. For more details or to book your session contact the Fairlands Valley Sailing Centre on 01438 353241 or visit



Soundtrack to your Life

By Grant Cole

Is there ever a lively track that plays in your head as you leave work on a Friday? Maybe, there's a calm track that goes well with a Sunday where you sit in the garden for hours on end, with your eyes shut.

Finally, 'Live Forever' by Oasis playing as I cycle in a British summer would make the feeling of simple content all the much stronger.

I don't mind admitting that, sometimes, I imagine an orchestral score playing as I walk through autumn leaves to the train station. I also don't mind saying that I see the band, Queen, as perfect for the time I finally beat my best friend at tennis.

One of the CDs I bought was from a band named Ash that had played at David's Music before, proving to be a highly memorable experience. As well as Ash, bands such as The Thrills and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly have also played there, giving the place a buzz and a high reputation for showcasing the up and coming music scene.

I'm sure we all have our own examples because music is powerful and brings back powerful emotions. They latch on to memories and make events more enjoyable. We all know a house warming party would not seem as exciting without lively music and that reading a book is much more pleasant when mixed with relaxing music. The way that music colours our actions makes it important and we all have tracks that take us back to our first kiss, or a family holiday where the sun stayed warm throughout. So, if you were to look back on important points of your life, what songs would be playing? What songs would form the soundtrack to your life? With most of my friends knowing their own soundtrack, I wanted to find out for myself and went to David's Music located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, 44

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just by the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre, to find the tracks that summed up my life. First, I decided Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' a great choice for my first drive after passing my test. The power and energy right from the start was like my own, and I felt like I could yell just like Robert Plant. Then, I deemed Dylan's track 'The Times They Are A-Changin' well suited for the moment I walked into the building of my very first job. The lyrics that he sung would fit perfectly, matching the situation brilliantly

To purchase the CDs to your own personal soundtrack, David's Music, is perfect, and there is ample parking nearby, making it easily accessible. As well as CDs, David's Music also sells films and books, with David's Bookshop next door. If you aren't able to find an album, you can call 01462 475 900 and David's Music will find it somewhere else for you, making sure you're not left without an all important track. David's Book and Record Shop Eastchip, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3DE 01462 475900





Mens and Womans clothing shop 123 The Harlequin, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2TH 01923 831892



River Island

Auberge du Lac

Mens and Womans clothing shop, Surf style 48 The Harlequin, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2TF 01438 729500

Fashion clothing shop The Maltings, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3HS 0844 8269872

Hertfordshire's only Michelin-starred restaurant Brocket Hall Estate, Brocket Road,Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG 01707 368888



The Cabinet at Reed

Mens and Womans clothing shop, Surf style 26 Market Place, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DG 01727 837198

Mens and Womans clothing shop 51 The Harlequin, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2TA 01923 479400

Eclectic mix, based on personal taste and sound cooking techniques High Street, Reed, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 8AH 01763 848366

New Look

The Clarendon

Womans Fashion clothing shop The Forum, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1EH 01438 355346

Stylish and thoroughly 'considered' restaurant and bar Redhall Lane, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4LU 01923 270009


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The Fox

Sopwell House

The Fox is a warm, welcoming bar and restaurant Willian, Hertfordshire, SG6 2AE 01462 480233

Traditional ambience with contemporary service and comfort Cottonmill Lane, Sopwell, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ 01727 864477

The Fox and Hounds

The Wellington

RUSH Watford

Welcoming, warm, family run Gastro Pub nestled in the countryside 2 High Street, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, SG12 8NH 01279 843999

Great British food with a twist 1 High Street, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9LZ 01438 714036

Outstanding hairdressing and customer service from expert stylists Lower Mall, The Harlequin, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2TE, 01923 604777

The Hillside

The Whistling Duck

Sanrizz St. Albans

Hearty British dishes in warm and welcoming surroundings 54 High Street, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AR 01582 879259

Set in the quiet countryside overlooking the River Lea Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8XX 01992 514726

At the forefront of British hairdressing for the past 26 years 25 The Maltings, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3HL, 01727 846611



Family run hotel and restaurant with an exceptional reputation Redcoats Green, Near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR 01438 729500

Modern, informal Italian dining restaurant 109/111 High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8TN 01992 466677





LISTINGS Creative Thinking



Art Gallery 10 Newnham Parade, College Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9NU 01992 622 333

Ambers Beauty Studio

Andrea O' Gorman Gallery

Euro Art

A sanctuary of calm and wellbeing with multiple services 40 Long Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 2HX 01442 248002

Art Gallery Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire 01279 508885

Art Gallery Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 2AQ 07976 250755


Ashwell Gallery

Yellow Art Room

Offering professional and qualified consultancy, treatments and products 1 Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7UP 01707 662477

Art Gallery Dixies Barn, High Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5NT 01462 743366

Art Gallery 90-91 The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0YB 01707 256999

Art for All Art Gallery Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. CM22 7RD 01243 781532


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Hollywood Bowl

City Music Drums

Bowling Alley, Arcade and Bar Unit 5, Stevenage Leisure Park, Six Hills Way, SG1 2UA 0844 8261468

Drum Store 80, High St, Walkern, Stevenage, SG2 7PG 01438 860334

Broadway Cinema

North Herts Leisure Centre

Evans-Pughe Strings

Cinema Eastcheap Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 3DD 01462 681066

Leisure Centre Baldock Road, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 2ER 01462 679311

String specialists, rental, repair and lessons 24 Bucklersbury, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1BG 01462-426012


Empirecinmas Cinema Leisure World, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 4JW 0871 4714714



Music store 38 High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AE 01442 260004

Hertford Theatre

Britannia Music Shop

Gig Gear

Theatre and Cinema The Wash, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1PS 01992 504537

Music store, instrument hire and lessons 156 Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JD 01727 846055

Music store, instrument lessons Unit 17 & 18 St James Centre, East Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2SX 01279 432 900



LISTINGS Graham de Vere White Repairs

Hooters Musical Instruments


Musical instrument repair service 55 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1RE 01462 421402

Music store 15 McDonald Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, 01442 234204

Music store, instrument lessons 31 Baldock Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9DH 01920 460646

Hcs Enterprises Ltd


Musicale Ltd.

Music store 109 Cockfosters Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 0DA 020 8441 1050

Drum Store Arches 35-36, Viaduct Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TS. 01245 490500

Music store Homecroft, Sun Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GJ 01582 713333

Hooters Musical Instruments

John Myatt Woodwind & Brass

The Music Dept

Music store 15 McDonald Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, 01442 234204

Woodwind and Brass specialists 55 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1RE 01462 420057

Music store 67 London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1LN 01727 898 300

Hooters Musical Instruments

Machinehead Music

The Music Stop

Music store 15 McDonald Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, 01442 234204

Guitar shop 10 Bucklersbury, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1BB 01462 433 305

Music store, instrument hire and lessons 109 Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, Hertfordshire, EN4 0DA 020 8441 1050


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North London Music Centre Ltd. Music store 69 High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 5AS 01707 851555



Strum & Drum Ltd.

Custom Riders

Description 67 London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1LN 0844 478 0607

One of the biggest online stocks of BMX Bikes and BMX Parts 617 Jubilee Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 1NE 01462 650740

Yamaha Homeworld

Hertfordshire Sports Village

Keyboard and Piano specialists 27b Baldock Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9DH 01920 460646

Catering all students fitness, sport and leisure needs de Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9EUÂ 01707 284466

Pride Fitness Community facility subscribed to involvement The Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 4ET 01462 476123


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The Source is aimed at adventurers and discoverers looking to unearth local delights from extraordinary festivals to quaint cafes throughout Hertfordshire. Brought to life through partnership between North Hertfordshire College and Archant Newspaper Group, students have take on the roles of a publishing house, mentored by magazine industry experts.

The Source  
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