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ISSUE 42 : january 2013

A history of St Ippolyts Collaborative law for family dispute resolution Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Classes

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We would like to thank Gwen Flynn for supplying the lovely image for our front cover, Gwen took the photo in Little Wymondley. This month we look at the history of St Ippolyts and as always we hear about local people and businesses in our area, if you have a local story or run a local club or association and would like us to showcase it for you, then please get in touch. Please email us with details of your local events so we can list them for you in the what’s on section, we need to have the information before the 12th of each month for the following month’s issue. Don’t forget you can find the answers to the puzzles on our website – and we are also on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – @villagelifemag! Bye for now,


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Contents 4:

Local news


Wellbeing: Marilyn Tuck – Success for 2013


Business: UHY WKH – Services for small businesses


Lifestyle: Collaborative law for family dispute resolution


Lifestyle: Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Classes


Community: A history of St Ippolyts


Business: Plastic Fantastic from Langford Windows


Business: Is your boiler covered?


What’s on in January / Take a Break

Where Can You Find Village Life? Village Life Magazine has a readership of 17,500 people and is delivered to homes and businesses across 12 villages. Find us in Codicote, Kimpton,Whitwell, Preston, Breachwood Green, Graveley, Little Wymondley, Great Wymondley, St. Ippolyts, Gosmore, Knebworth and Welwyn Village. January 2013

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Welwyn Wailers Amateur Dramatic Society

Welwyn Wailers Amateur Dramatic Society was formed 40 years ago by local doctor Roger Aubrey with the intention of raising funds to support local charities. Its first five productions were pantomimes and then it was reformed in 1982 as a Music Hall group under the direction of Brian King, MBE. They have raised more than £175,000 for charity over the last 30 years. The group supports Welwyn’s two hospitals, Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, the Sue Ryder Home at Stagenhoe and perform ‘mini shows’ at those hospitals for the patients. Among the other charitable causes supported is the Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Wailers presented them with their very first donation. They also support Herts Air Ambulance, MacMillan Cancer Care, local playgroups and clubs for the elderly and many other local charities. Welwyn Wailers’ first production of 2013 is “Our Ruby Wailing” which will be performed on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 2013 at 7.30 pm in Welwyn Civic Centre (Prospect Place, Welwyn, AL6 9ER) . There is a licensed bar and a fish and chip supper is provided. Tickets are available from 01438 715979 and priced at £12 (£10 on 1st February).


Preston Cricket Club

Established 130 years ago, Preston Cricket Club offers some of the best cricketing facilities in the region. They play both Saturday and Sunday cricket, with 4 teams in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League on Saturday’s (Div 2, 5, 11, 12) and 2 (sometimes 3) teams on a Sunday playing a mixture of league cricket and development matches.

Their well established Colts Development Programme introduces children from the ages of 7 to 16 to cricket through a well structured training programme run on Sunday mornings, coached by a ECB trained, CRB registered coaching team. They actively encourage their younger members to get involved off the pitch and look to get them playing senior games as soon as they feel comfortable once they reach appropriate the age. Mark Waters told us, “Being a well organised club with a focus on youth development, safety and family involvement, we continue to thrive and offer competitive cricket for all. We are well known for our social activities including an annual Tour, League Football Team, League Darts team, Hiking Society; we don’t close down because the cricket season finishes in September. We are always looking to welcome new members, individuals and families, so please get in touch if you are looking to play cricket at any standard or introduce your child to the game or indeed wish to explore us as a club further. We are only 5 minutes by car from Hitchin.” For further information, please contact Mark Waters on 07796 544 683.

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ur life is like a road.Think of it as a motorway with lots of side roads. Sometimes everything is going well and we are moving fast in the right direction. However, sometimes we get side tracked and end up on another road, and other times it seems like we are way off course, have hit a bumpy road, or even a road block. So, thinking of 2012, were you on a motorway? Was your journey planned or did it seem like a pretty aimless year? For instance if you had plotted it into your Sat Nav are you in a better place now than where you were last January? Let’s make 2013 even better.There will be many journeys this year and wouldn’t it be great if each one were taking you someplace exciting. Are you ready to put your foot to the floor for some adventure? And, thinking of yourself as that vehicle; are you a sleek racing car; or an older model with some rust, some dints, very little power, and perhaps no spare in the boot; or maybe you are a younger model that’s been a bit thrashed with the wrong fuel and little attention? It’s not much use expecting a great road ahead if the car hasn’t the power and resources to travel it! Not forgetting that while a car can be easily replaced, your body can’t. You are stuck with it for your entire life.

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UHY WKH – Small Businesses Adam Fernandes, Business Development Manager from UHY WKH Partnership Chartered Accountants talks about his firm and the services they can provide small businesses…


s this year comes to an end and we all look towards enjoying some time off with family and friends during the festive season, we know that small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are being still being hit hard by the struggling economy. So as the NewYear looms and small businesses look to the future, and how they can continue to provide cost effective and up to date services, it may be time to review how your accountants and tax advisers can help you. With offices in Letchworth, Royston and Cambridge, UHY WKH Partnership is ideally positioned to service clients across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.The practice is derived from a number of practices, including two long-established North Hertfordshire firms – Wickham, Hunt & Co (established 1862) and Watts Knowles (established 1903). We specialise in providing accountancy, financial and taxation expertise and business advisory services to a wide variety of businesses. Everyone deserves, and gets, the same level of enthusiastic involvement that defines our practice.

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Collaborative law for family dispute resolution


ollaborative law is a radical and effective approach to dispute resolution. Each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between the parties by letter or phone, the parties themselves meet, together with their lawyers, to work things out face to face. Each party has their lawyer by their side throughout the entire process and will therefore benefit from legal advice as matters progress.The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court. Underpinning the whole collaborative process is the “participation agreement” where the couple commit themselves to the process.The agreement will set out the basic rules of the collaborative process, one of the most important being that if either party commences court proceedings, both lawyers must cease to act and the parties must find new lawyers to act for them in court proceedings.The participation agreement embodies another fundamental principle; that both the couple themselves and their respective lawyers will act in good faith throughout the process. Having established the ground rules, the parties set out their objectives in an anchor statement.This is a very useful document. Inevitably, differences will arise during negotiations and it is helpful to remind parties of their objectives which, more often than not, are shared. The process of negotiation involves “4-way meetings” where the couple and their lawyers meet to discuss the issues arising upon the breakdown of the relationship. Having all the parties present in the meeting allows the couple to retain control of the process and work towards a solution that is best suited for their own unique circumstances. Rather than taking an adversarial or confrontational approach, the emphasis is on solving problems.The lawyers work together to achieve this. Often other neutral experts are brought into the process to assist the couple, such as an independent accountant or financial adviser. Notes are taken at each meeting and a list of actions to be taken before the next meeting is agreed.The parties will “debrief ” with their own lawyer, reviewing issues discussed as well as issues to be discussed at the next meeting. The process is fairly streamlined as there are no letters to pass back and forth between the lawyers. 12

The process will involve as many meetings as is necessary to achieve agreement. Usually, this will involve about four meetings, but each relationship and family is different. Once an agreement is achieved, the lawyers draw it up into a document which is then sent to the court for judicial approval.The courts are very supportive of the collaborative process and have provided a streamlined process to approve agreements. The collaborative process is growing organically due to its own success. Couples find that the process allows them to retain control of negotiations and deal with the issues that have arisen with dignity.Where there are children this is particularly important as though the marriage may have ended, the family has not. Jeremy Chandler-Smith of JCS Solicitors in Codicote is a solicitor specialising in family law and is a an accredited specialist member of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. Jeremy is also a Collaborative Lawyer and Resolution trained Mediator.

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A History of St Ippolyts S

t Ippolyts is located in between the A602 and the B656, two kilometres south-east of Hitchin and is set in agricultural countryside with plenty of natural vegetation and parkland. The name of St Ippolyts, although spelled in a variety of ways, is derived from St Hippolytus to whom the village church was dedicated. According to Daphne Rance in her book on the parish “St. Ippolyts: a country parish in the nineteenth century� (1987) at various times also known as Epolites, Pallets, Nipples or St Ibbs. The church was built in 1087 in a beautiful setting on the hillside above the village. According to the church records, the building was funded by grants supplied by Judith de Lens, the niece of William the Conqueror. De Lens gave evidence against her husband, a Saxon Earl, which led to his execution.The funding of the church was an attempt to make amends for this act. The little village that grew up around the church naturally took its name but it was not until 1283 that name SYppollitus, then Polytes in 1406 and Seynt Ippollitts in 1518 appeared.There are various spellings extant today although the 19th century parochial spelling of St Ippolyts is now the official one for both the village and the parish. In the 18th century increasing long-distance traffic through the parish prompted the formation of a Turnpike Trust to improve the main roads and roadside inns such as the Dragon Inn (formerly the Greyhound, rebuilt in 1900) and The Black Horse (now New England) did a good trade. However this was to change with the opening of the Great Northern Railway in 1850 but the roads became busy again with the advent of the bicycle and even more so with motor vehicles. The main activity in the parish was farming or related jobs. At first, under the feudal rules laid down by the 18

manor courts of Almshoe and Maydencroft (the latter functioned until 1929 and was often held in The Bull at Gosmore) and later at the will of individual owners as the common land was gradually privatised culminating in the Enclosure Act. When the first census was taken in 1801, the population was 464. In the 19th century the population increased rapidly leading to overcrowded cottages and poor pay: riots flared up among the labourers during the Enclosure and again in 1831.To make ends meet, the women and children spent time plaiting straw into long braids to be stitched into straw hats at Luton but this source of income faded in the 1870s when cheaper plait was imported from China. However the better off people began to take more responsibility by founding the school in 1847 and the first of its many extensions in 1871, repairing the dilapidated church in 1838 followed by the restoration of the nave and aisles also building an organ chamber and north vestry in 1878. At the beginning of the 20th century many people had left to find work in the towns and the population fell to 762, but improvements were soon to come. In 1914 Gosmore Green was established by the pond (now dry) that had given the name Goose Mere to the village; in 1921 the first council houses were built, piped water replaced the well-water that had caused earlier outbreaks of cholera; in 1931 electricity came; the Parish Hall was built in 1939 and soon after the Recreation Ground was laid out. In 1969 St Ippolyts green was created following the demolition of eighteen old cottages. Dell Field, a community area was set out in 1981 and the parish hall was extended and refurbished in 1999 as a Millennium Project.

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here are no two ways about it: wood windows always add character to a property. They are inviting, homely and will certainly enhance most houses. The downside is the high maintenance, lower energy efficiency and recently the cost will almost always exceed that of plastic. But plastic won’t always give you the aesthetics you may desire, or your property commands. However, there is now a product range on the market which does tick all the boxes and are manufactured just up the A1 in Biggleswade. The Storm range of windows and doors offers a very high quality wood-grain effect UPVC product which replicates the visual detailed beauty of traditional wood but with the major benefits of plastic.With full draught exclusion, weather proofing and noise reduction as well as significant maintenance reduction, they address the areas natural products are weaker in, particularly important with the recent rise in fuel tariffs. Not only that but the nature of the products allow for more light to permeate as the frames are narrower while still maintaining the traditional timber sight lines.They don’t just come in white but a range of effects and colours (heritage greens being particularly popular at the moment)

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Is your boiler covered?


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Bronze – an annual boiler service – £72 one off fee or £7.00 a month. Silver – an annual boiler service plus an annual unvented pressurised hot water tank service – £116 one off fee or £10.50 a month. Gold – an annual boiler service and breakdown call out – £162 one off fee or £14.50 a month. Platinum – an annual boiler service plus an annual unvented pressurised hot water tank service and breakdown call out – £198 one off fee or £17.50 a month. All prices quoted include labour and vat but exclude parts. Monthly fees are payable by standing order over 12 months. Stagg Property Services are Gas Safe registered and also carry out landlord CP12 gas safety checks. Power flushing is also available.

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STAGG PLUMBING & HEATING Specialists in Annual Boiler/Central Heating Services Plumbing and Heating Requirements Boiler & Heating Installations Boiler Upgrades Power Flushing Pumps, Radiators & Valves Hot & Cold Water Tanks All Plumbing & Heating work undertaken

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For Specialist Matrimonial Advice


looking for more business? Divorce & Separation

Village Life is looking for a reliable local Painter & Decorator to advertise in the magazine. If you would like to come on board and advertise your company to 17,500 readers each month, we will offer low advertising rates.

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Tel: 01438 820 946 Hill House, 1 St Albans Rd, Codicote, Herts, SG4

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Are you a local Window Cleaner looking for more business? Village Life is looking for a reliable Window Cleaner to advertise in the magazine. If you would like to come on board and advertise your company to 17,500 readers each month, we will offer low advertising rates. Contact Melanie on

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what’s on

What’s on in january... Tueday 1st Jan - Sat 12th Jan & Sunday 13 Jan Cinderella Pantomime – Digswell Players, Digswell Village Hall AL6 0AT

Take a Break… CROSSWORD

Cinderella will be performed by The Digswell Players. A donation from the proceeds will be made to Isabel Hospice. Performance times vary. Tickets cost £8.50 and £5.50 for under 16’s. Box office 0845 2090 100.

Sunday 13th January, 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Sinfonia New Year Concert – Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, Letchworth SG6 3HS Letchworth’s own Orchestra presents this traditional concert to include festive waltzes & polkas. Tickets £10 and £8 conc / £5 Students 18s and under available from Letchworth Tourist Office on 01462 487868 or on the Door. For Further information see

Friday 18th January Jazz Night in aid of Isabel Hospice Tickets sell like hot cakes for this great night of Jazz with performances by the Senior Jazz Band, Middle Band and the Chamber Choir. Tickets £25 to include a light buffet supper. Contact Maria Alexander in fundraising on 01707 382500 for tickets.

Friday 18th, Sat 19 Jan, Mon 21st to Sat 26th Jan Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn, Barn Theatre, Handside Lane, W.G.C, AL8 6ST Thought by many to be the best of the Norman Conquests trilogy, this comedy stands on its own without the audience needing knowledge of the other two plays. The philandering and drunken librarian, Norman, creates havoc over a family weekend. Performances at 8pm. Matinee on Saturday 26th at 2.30pm. Tickets £10. Box Office 01707 324300.

Tuesday 22nd Jan, 8pm Mid Herts Local Group evening, Howlands Baptist Church, The Commonds, W.G.C AL7 4RS Hear fascinating facts about the wild life of Norway’s coast and Spitzberg. With fabulous photography and tales. £3 donation includes light refreshments Contact Penny Fanthorpe 07761 712 245.

ACROSS 1. Domesticates (5) 4. Dingo (anag) (5) 7. Article of clothing (8) 8. WW2 alliance (4) 9. Mathematical product (8) 11. Object (4) 12. Dairy product (6) 14. Relative (6) 16. Tread (4) 18. Dental development in babies (8) 20. Volcanic rock (4) 21. Month (8) 23. Board (5) 24. Concede (5)

DOWN 1. Finished (7) 2. Horse (5) 3. View (3) 4. Critical (9) 5. Modern Persian (7) 6. Coast (5) 10. Copious (9) 13. Clarify (7) 15. Pushed aside (7) 17. Vargrant (5) 19. Abode (5) 22. Alcove (3)


Saturday 26th Jan, 10am The Ramblers group walk, Preston, Whitwell (9 miles) Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Contact: Gill and Dave - 01438 820365. Non-members are welcome to join us as guests on two or three walks, though if you walk with a group regularly you will be expected to join the Ramblers. starting point. Grid Ref: TL196239 (SG4 7RW).

26th January 2013, 9am - 2pm WEEE Recycling Event, Wyevale Garden Centre, High Street, Codicote SG4 8XA Bring along your unwanted electrical items for recycling for FREE. visit or call Laura Lack on 01462 474000. GET YOUR EVENT LISTED FOR FREE HERE, EMAIL: or call us on 01438 216 950 28

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