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ISSUE 48 : July 2013

The Rusty Gun

The whitwell players Local Days out with the Kids

PLUS Local Businesses showcased • Codicote • Kimpton • Whitwell • Preston • Breachwood Green • Graveley • Little Wymondley • Great Wymondley • St. Ippolyts • Gosmore • Knebworth • Welwyn Village

WELCOME to JuLY! July is normally one of the hottest months of the year so we can live in hope! Schools are out for the summer so take a look at pages 8 and 9 for some great local attractions to keep the children happy through the long six weeks. This month we venture to the Rusty Gun in St Ippolyts and have great fun playing with their piglets, we also find out about Indian Takeaway ‘Chutneys’ in Kimpton, which is under new management. JCS Solicitors talk about Pre-Marriage Agreements and whether they are binding and we look at Acoline Water Softeners. Finally there is a great drawing competition and we feature local amateur dramatics group – The Whitwell Players. If you have a local story or run a local group which you would like us to showcase then please get in touch. We are always looking for local photos so if you are a budding photographer with images taken in the Village Life area, contact us for the chance for your photo to feature on our cover!

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Bye for now,


Jose & Melanie

Contents 4:

Local news


Local Business: Acoline Water Softeners

days out with the kids: page 8

8-9: Lifestyle: Local Days out with the Kids 10:

Lifestyle: Pre-marriage agreements – are they binding?


Lifestyle: Planning your home improvement project


Local Business: Chutneys Kimpton

the rusty gun: pages 16-17

16-17: Pub Review:The Rusty Gun 18:

Community:The Whitwell Players


Lifestyle: Calling all young artists


What’s on in July / 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. July 2013

Editorial & advertising enquiries Melanie Saavedra 01438 216950 Village Life is published monthly by MJS Publishing. 01438 216950, © 2013 Village Life (Hitchin).Village Life (Hitchin) is an independent magazine and does not endorse the products or services that appear in the magazine. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not necessarily represent those of the editor or of Village Life magazine.

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Award Winning Care on the Doorstep Ramsay Health Care UK Wins Private Hospital Group of the Year Award

Ramsay Health Care UK, of which Pinehill Hopsital in Hitchin is a part of, has won the prestigious 2013 HealthInvestor Award for ‘Private Hospital Group of the Year’. Ramsay won the award for its outstanding achievements in delivering private healthcare, despite a challenging and changing operating market. The judges were not only impressed by Ramsay’s business growth but also by its commitment to improving the patient pathway, its investment back into its facilities and services and its consistent delivery of high quality patient care.

Jill Watts, CEO Ramsay Health Care UK, said: “I am thrilled that Ramsay Health Care has won this prestigious award which marks Ramsay’s fantastic achievements.” “Our investment back into our facilities and services as well as the dedication and hard work of all our staff has made sure we continue to deliver the best possible outcome and care for our patients.” Jill Watts was presented the award at the Grosvenor House Hotel ceremony on 12 June in front of a packed audience of over 1200 people from the healthcare industry. Paul Tempest, General Manager of Pinehill Hospital said “we are extremely proud to be the winners of this award. Our hard working and dedicated staff are the backbone of our hospital and I want to pass on my thanks to them. We constantly receive great feedback from our patients but it is fantastic for the Group to receive such a prestigious national award.”

Ashwell Summer Stage School for 6-12 year olds, 5th – 9th August 2013 Looking for inspiration to keep the kids amused during the summer holidays? How about an exciting week-long singing and acting course in Ashwell? (just a 20 min drive from Hitchin). They will be working on a mix of songs and drama pieces to create a special performance for family and friends to come and enjoy at the end of the week. There are going to be many opportunities to show off individual musical and dramatic talents as children will get the opportunity to break off into smaller groups. Alongside singing and acting there will be a songwriting workshop and dance/movement workshop to add extra inspiration and creativity into the mix. Young people are encouraged to create extra pieces to add to the show! The performance at the end of the week will showcase and celebrate all the exciting pieces they have created and learnt throughout the week.


Ashwell Summer Stage School runs from 5th – 9th August at Ashwell Primary School. It is tailored to cater for all abilities and is open to all 6-12 year olds who want to sing and act. This is a chance to make new friends, build in both skill and confidence and get creative with singing and acting in a fun and relaxed environment. To all those budding young singers and actors out there, come and join in the summer fun! For more information contact Alex on 07903 058 568 or Alex is also running a singing workshop for Adults on 10th August 2013. You will get to sing a mix of Show, A cappella and Pop music and will learn some singing technique to help explore and develop your singing voice in a fun and relaxed group environment. Contract Alex for further details.

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local business

Acoline Water Softeners – a solution for hard water


stablished in 1982, Acoline Water Softeners is an independent family run business that sells, maintains and repairs Water Softeners and drinking water filters.The business was setup by the parents of Graham Wilkes. At the age of 14, Graham started helping his parents with the business at weekends and school holidays. He went to college for three years to do a City & Guilds Advanced Craft Plumbing course, became a fully qualified plumber and is a registered member of the Institute of Plumbing. After college he become his father’s apprentice, installing and maintaining the water softeners. As time went on he became more involved in the business side and when his parents retired two years ago, he took over the running of the company. Angela has been with the company for a year and manages the day to day running of the office while Graham concentrates on sales and installations. Living in a hard water area such as Hertfordshire costs more than a soft water area due to Scale and Scum. Limestone scale deposits build up inside water pipes and hot water cylinders making it more expensive to heat water. It also furs up the kettle, clogs up the iron and blocks the shower head. Hard water costs more in soaps, detergents and shampoos as it is harder to lather and clothes become dull and lose their bounce. It also leaves unpleasant scum tidemarks in baths and sinks and on dishes. Softened water can greatly improve certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dry skin. Both skin and hair will feel softer and hair will be left shinier and more manageable.The elements in your kettle and dishwasher will shine like new and you will spend a lot less on cleaning products. 6

Acoline sell the TwinTec S3 water softener which is designed exclusively for the UK and works with all plumbing installations. It does not use electricity and has no timers or meters to worry about, simply using blocks of salt. At just 49cm high, it is designed to fit under the kitchen sink, although it can be installed in the garage or outside the house in some cases.The machines comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty and can be either purchased or rented. All sales, installation and after sales service is carried out in house, no sub contractors are used and salt is delivered to your door. Graham cares about his customers and has built strong relationships with them over the years, he believes that this is the reason why the business has gone from strength to strength over the last 29 years. “We’ve been a customer for 10 years, dealing with Graham is a pleasure and buying a water softener is one the best things we have ever done!” Mrs Miguel, Hitchin “SoftWater has changed our style of living, Graham gives a very prompt and personal service” David, Hitchin “I’ve had many years of reliable service and very happy with Acoline” Mr Darcy,Tewin For more information or assistance please ring Angela on 01462 811487 or visit Acoline Water Softeners, tel: 01462 811487

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Local Days out with the


Here are a few ideas to help keep the kids occupied during the school holidays...

Potstop in Knebworth

Potstop paint-your-own pottery studio is a light and airy space where you can come with your children to have some creative fun. Come and choose from our wide range of pottery blanks from cups, plates and bowls to animal collectibles, moneyboxes or wall plaques. Once your masterpiece is finished, they will glaze and fire it ready to be collected a week later.

Paradise Wildlife Park

This friendly family wildlife park with monkeys, tigers, lions and many other exotic animals offers other attractions including Adventure Golf, Gold Panning, Woodland Railway etc. Great fun for all the family. White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne; 01992 470490;

11c Station Road, Knebworth Telephone 01438 813727;

Space 2 Play Hitchin

Offers a fantastic day’s play including but by no means limited to the following features: Bright, equipped sports court, go kart track, indoor zip wire, four lane Astra slide, five level play frame (for adults and children), freshly prepared food including full roasts, baby and toddler area dedicated themed party rooms and just as a little bonus, free car parking!

Willows Farm Village

38 Knowl Piece, Wilbury Way, Hitchin, SG4 0TY Telephone: 01462 422354;

There are acres of fun for all the family at Willows Farm Village. A full day’s programme with farmyard animals to enjoy, children’s shows, falconry displays, tractor rides, adventure play and fun fair rides.There is a huge indoor soft play area and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge. A great day out in the countryside for the whole family.

Knebworth House

Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans; 0870 129 9718;

Spend the day exploring extensive Gardens, Maze, Dinosaur Trail, a House full of treasures, Adventure Playground, (includes thrill slides, bouncy castle,Tarzan trails and more) Miniature Railway, Gift shop. Bring a picnic or visit their tea room.Throughout the school holidays, children can run loose amongst the swings, slides and walkways of the Adventure Playground or ride the Miniature Railway. Knebworth House, Knebworth; 01438 812661;


Shaws Corner

Home to George Bernard Shaw for over 40 years, Shaw’s Corner is a 1902 Arts and Crafts house set in a quintessentially English garden. It feels like Shaw has just left the room, from the clothes in his wardrobe to the typewriter and glasses on the desk in his study. Littler ones will enjoy discovering Shaw’s revolving writing hut in the garden! But this is generally for the older and less boisterous types, be warned. Ayot St Lawrence,Welwyn, AL6 9BX Telephone: 01438 829221 Ayot St Lawrence, Welwyn, AL6 9BX Telephone: 01438 829221;

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Fairlands Valley Park

Activities include sailing, bell boats and dragon boats, costello cafe, paddling pools and children’s play area. New to the park is a state of the art climbing wall.They also offer water sport themed children’s parties. Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL; Telephone: 01438 353241

Rollercity The only purposebuilt skating rink in Hertfordshire, perfect for all the family.The venue is available for lessons, public skating and private parties.

Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX; 01707 357117;

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Hitchin Swimming Centre

Offers a 50m heated outdoor pool (open between 25th May and September), a 25m Deck Level, 8 Lane Heated Indoor Pool,Toddlers’ Pools both heated indoor and outdoor plus rather unusually Poolside Baby Seats. Easy disabled access and disabled pool hoists. Hitchin Swimming Centre, Fishponds Road, Hitchin, SG5 1HA, Telephone: 01462 441646

Welwyn Roman Baths

See how Roman central heating worked, to operate the system of hot and cold baths, similar to today’s saunas. A recently updated display shows lots of beautiful objects from the area, and explains Romano-British life, great for those with school projects or just for browsing. Free audio tour, and a film about the excavation help with more background to this fascinating site, including how the archaeologists rescued the baths from the bulldozers when the route of the A1 motorway was planned straight through the middle of it. Kids can have fun grinding spices and dressing as a Roman, or fill in the quizzes to become real Roman experts.The site is a manageable size for a family visit, we recommend about an hour is needed to fully explore and enjoy it. By Pass, Welwyn, AL6 9FG, Telephone: 01707 357850

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Pre-marriage agreements – are they binding?


istorically, the courts have jealously guarded their powers to order financial provision upon divorce. Set against this is the legitimate desire of some couples to agree prior to a marriage how their financial resources are to be treated in the event that the marriage breaks down. Whilst pre-marriage agreements do not bind the court, recent decisions show that the court will refer to a premarriage agreement and will put it into effect unless it would be unfair to do so. What is fair? An agreement may make provision which may differ from what a court would consider fair or would order if an agreement hadn’t been entered into. Nevertheless, within reason the court will respect the parties’ wish to arrange their own affairs. The court will want to see that each party has had the opportunity of obtaining independent legal advice and has been provided with all the relevant financial information and understand the effect of the agreement. The court will also look at the circumstances before it at the time the matter comes before it for a decision. Has there been a fundamental change in the circumstances that existed when the parties entered into the agreement? Did they intend the agreement to cover the situation which now exists? The court still retains the final decision when considering the appropriate financial arrangements for the couple and any children. However, the court’s approach now appears to be that where the couple have entered into an agreement without undue pressure and with a full understanding of the facts and effect, it will hold the parties to their agreement. Sometimes the parties enter into an agreement after the marriage has taken place. Historically the courts have given weight to these agreements because there is less obvious pressure to enter into an agreement. In other words, it is not a case of “sign or you will not see me at the altar”. Furthermore, post marriage agreements are

valid and binding upon the parties to the extent that they do not exclude the power of the court to order financial provision upon divorce.The court retains the power to vary the terms of the agreement, particularly where the circumstances envisaged by the parties when they entered into the agreement have fundamentally changed. A pre-marriage or post marriage agreement may avoid acrimonious arguments upon the breakdown of a marriage. However, it is important to remember that whilst the courts seem much more ready to uphold the agreements, they are still not binding in law. Jeremy Chandler-Smith of JCS Solicitors in Codicote is a solicitor specialising in family law and is an accredited specialist member of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. JCS Solicitors can be contacted on 01438 820 946.

JCS Solicitors Hill House, 1 St Albans Road, Codicote, SG4 8UT 01438 820 946 10

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Planning your home improvement project


hen it comes to home improvements, the most common question we hear is “how do we go about starting the process of improving our home and who do we ask for help? “ The answer is not always a straight forward one, depending upon the nature of the project you are undertaking, but obtaining the right advice from the outset is vital if your project is to go smoothly. The most common cause of dissatisfaction we hear about is where a Client has employed specialist tradesmen who undertake the majority of the work, but the overall project remains incomplete once the tradesmen have finished their specific aspects.This is not usually the tradesmen’s fault! A great example of this is perhaps a kitchen re-fit where the kitchen is part of a kitchen/dining space and the Client wants the kitchen refitted with the dining room decorated and updated at the same time.The problem comes when the Kitchen Fitters finish their work and the Client is disappointed because they still need to employ a Decorator and possibly a Joiner to finish the rest of the project. This scenario comes about because the Client has not been advised correctly or rather, has not sought out the correct advice from the correct source at the outset. When contemplating carrying out any work or improvements to your home, it is worth remembering that your home is likely the largest single investment you own so it is imperative that you seek professional advice, to ensure you get a good return on any further investment as it is easy to get it wrong. For extensions, refurbishments, conversions and any work that involves structural alterations, your first step should be to talk to a design professional such as an Architect, Architectural Designer or Structural Engineer, who will be able to advise you on whether you need Planning and/or Listed Building Consent in the first instance.They will also be able to advise you on whether you will need to comply with the Building Regulations and the Party Wall Act, or require a Build Over Agreement

with the water authority.These may well still be required even if planning consent is not. If you fail to obtain the appropriate statutory consents for work you carry out, you could face legal action from the Local Authority and be made to put your property back to the way it was before you started.You will also be required to provide these consents when selling your home and if you don’t have them, you may be forced to apply retrospectively to enable a sale to continue.This can be more costly than obtaining them at the start of the project. If the project is an internal one, you may still want to start with an Architect, or it may be more appropriate to talk to an Interior Designer. An Interior Designer can be a great asset on an internal renovation or remodel and will recommend trusted trades and specialists to carry out the entire works.The designer will then act as a Project Manager to oversee the whole project and ensure every detail is taken care of. In addition to organising and overseeing the fitting out and remodeling, they can also advise and guide you on decor and furnishings, ensuring that your project adds both desirability and value to your home. Many people may be concerned with the cost of appointing a Designer for their project, but rest assured, professional guidance and assistance with your project will pay dividends in the long run.The more time you spend in the design phase, contemplating the finer details, with your Designer using their expertise to guide you past the many pitfalls, the smoother your project will run and more likely it will be finished within budget. Most Designers, whether Architectural or Interior, offer a free of charge initial consultation or in some cases there may be a small fee. Either way, good professional advice at the outset, even at a small cost, can save thousands of pounds in the long run.

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local business

Chutneys C

hutneys is an Indian Takeaway based in Kimpton, serving Kimpton and the surrounding villages. It has been recently taken over by Ismailur Rahman and Nowab Ali. Ismailur has been working in the catering trade for the last 20 years. His first business was in Guernsey in the Channel Islands from 2000-2004 serving Indian and Italian cuisine; he then ran a takeaway in Rushden and was involved with 3 other restaurants until July 2012. Chutneys presented a new challenge and a new chapter for 2013. Chef Nowab Ali has been working in the catering trade for 30 years and has had several of his own businesses in the past. He has also worked in many very well known establishments and was a finalist in the British Curry Awards 2010/11.This latest venture in Kimpton allows Nowab to add his passion and years of experience to create that perfect takeaway meal. Ismaluir told us, “We would like to bring to everyone’s attention that Chutneys is under new management, where we thrive on delivering the perfect Indian meal to our customers.We would like to thank all new and existing customers for their support, and we would like to encourage new customers to give us the opportunity to prove that we are worthy of your business.” Nowab said, “Our ambition is to serve the finest Indian cuisine to Kimpton and the surrounding villages.We offer Indian cuisine with a twist, many of our ‘Chutneys exclusive dishes’ are meals that we cook at home for family and friends.We feel that there is a need to introduce this to our customers to give them a feel of real Indian cooking.”

Chutney’s value feedback and if you have any comments or suggestions, they would love to hear from you at: Village Life Readers can enjoy a special opening discount – Spend over £25.00 and get £5.00 off or Spend over £15.00 and get a free side dish (not in conjunction with any other offer). Just mention Village Life when ordering. “Excellent food, extremely good portion and fast delivery can’t fault, we will be back” Sue, Kimpton “Different from others, fair price, good size portion. Must try, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!” John, Kimpton “Great food, best I’ve tasted in ages, good menu and excellent service. Keep up the good work and best of luck to the team at Chutneys!” Mark Taylor, Codicote

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 5.00pm - 11.00pm Monday: Closed except Bank Holidays To order: 01438 832902 & 01438 833431 Unit 6 Coleman Business Centre, Claggy Road, Kimpton SG4 8QB 14

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pub review

The Rusty Gun The Rusty Gun in St Ippolyts is a fantastic destination pub with a warm and cosy atmosphere serving great food. This month, we met up with Rhian Roberts who took over as Managing Partner last year along with Head Chef Oliver Blackman.


here is so much more to The Rusty Gun than just the great food.You will find a Farm shop stocking a range of produce from various local suppliers; you can pickup Honey,Wine, Chocolate, Hen, Duck & Turkey Eggs, Soaps, Jams, Marmalade, Cheese, Mustard, Organic Juices and much more - all made in the local area by suppliers such as Wobbly Bottom Cheese, Whitwell Watercress and In a Real Pickle.You will also find a selection of local Arts and Crafts and Gifts, Sweets and Chocolates. It is perfect for a browse before or after a meal. The garden area features an eight meter round Balkans style green oak rotunda complete with seats around a


central fire pit.There is a nature pond and meadows with wild flowers, Quince and Bramley apple fruit trees and you can enjoy a game of chess on a giant lawn chess set. However the main attraction has to be the 2 month old piglets in the farm area. Big pigs Doris & Dolly have 17 cute piglets between them. Rhian showed me how they come up to you to be stroked; they are really playful and act like puppies. As they get bigger, you will be able to buy pig food and feed them, children and adults will have great fun seeing them in action! There is a fantastic selection of AustralianYalumba wines and the bar stocks organic presses and cordials with very few of the usual boring soft drinks so often found. The Rusty Gun even has its own bitter - Rusty Gun Bitter which is brewed exclusively by a Micro brewery. Food is available daily from 12pm to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm weekdays and all day over the weekend. Everything is cooked fresh and as much as possible is sourced locally including Hertfordshire Beef and Knebworth Venison, even the puddings are handmade on the premises. Starters include Homemade Fish Cake served on a bed of Watercress & Rocket, with Homemade Chilli Jam; Duck & Spring Onion Bhajis with Hoi Sin & Soy sauce, Bean Sprout, Cucumber & Spring Onion salad, and Bubble and Squeak served with Bacon, a Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce. Main Courses include Signature dish - Taste of The Rusty Gun Pork with Slow Roasted Pork Belly,Tenderloin

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pub review

Wrapped in Prosciutto and a miniature Sausage Roll served with Creamy Truffle Mash, Pickled Apple and Tender Stem Broccoli sautéed with pine nuts;The Rusty Gun Beef Burger with Back Bacon,Wobbly Bottom Cheddar Cheese, homemade Coleslaw and homemade Ketchup, served with hand cut Chips and a salad; there is a selection of steaks, fish and also some fantastic vegetarian dishes such as Poached Pear & Roquefort with Pistachio Nuts,Watercress, Rocket & Spinach with a Balsamic Dressing, Creamy Leak & Mushroom Bake and a Vegetarian dish of the day.The menu changes regularly according to the season and the best produce available and there is a selection of specials which change each month. There is also a Prix Fixe Menu which is great value at £12.95 for 2 courses or £15.95 for 3 courses. Some of the starters available are: Roasted Pepper and Halloumi with Toasted Pine Nuts, Mixed Leaves and a Pesto Dressing; Homemade Fish Cake served on a bed of Watercress & Rocket, with homemade Chilli Jam; and Tempura Battered Dipping Mushrooms with Hoi Sin and Hot and Sour dip and a Sweet Chilli and Lime salad. Main courses include Haddock in Rusty Gun Beer Batter, Salt Seasoned Hand Cut Fat Chips, Pea Puree and Tartare Sauce; Rusty Gun Pork Sausages, Buttery Mash and Garden Peas with Rich Gravy, and Roast Chicken and Ham Hock Pie with a Puff Pastry top, Buttery Mash and Green Vegetables. Desserts include Chocolate Brownie with Hazelnut Mousse and Rum and Raisin Ice Cream; and White Chocolate, Raspberry & Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries and Chocolate Crisp.The Prix Fixe Menu is served Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-7pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. Over the summer you can enjoy events such as BBQ’s, Hog Roasts, Burger Nights and Steak nights where you pick meat, sauce and toppings. Become a friend of The Rusty Gun by signing up for their newsletter to enjoy special benefits including a free

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bottle of wine on your birthday and a selection of vouchers to download.You can also buy a VIP Loyalty Card for just £10 which will give you up to 15% off food for up to 4 people until the end of the year. The Rusty Gun is in the middle of some great countryside with many walks along footpaths making it a perfect stop for ramblers to enjoy a light bite after walking. The garden makes it a great place for families and the piglets are adorable and worth a visit alone!

Next month we will be returning to review the food and run a competition to win a free meal for two.

The rusty gun London Rd, St Ippolyts, Herts SG4 7PG 01462 432 653

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The Whitwell Players

The Whitwell Players is a thriving amateur dramatics group based in the village of Whitwell, near Hitchin, performing at least three events each year in addition to hosting or organising other events that have more of a social dynamic to them. The Players is made of members of the local community and further afield, all of whom enjoy treading the boards or helping with the numerous roles behind the scenes, which are all vital in making a show a success – from direction and production to stage painting, costumes, props, lighting, sound, stage management and much more. New members are always welcome. The Players’ repertoire has become wide and varied over the years and ranges from comedy and farce to serious drama. There is much anticipated annual pantomime, which attracts a huge audience, and other general entertainment shows are performed throughout the year. Recent and memorable productions include the fabulous fast-paced farce ‘See How They Run’ which was performed to most appreciative in audiences in June, the wonderful and poignant ‘Calendar Girls’ which was a complete sell-out and raised over £1000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, as well as the hilarious Blackadder, and the uproarious ‘Allo Allo’. In 2002, to coincide with the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, the company produced its first Shakespearean production – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – which was performed both in


the village hall and in the open air in the stunning St Pauls’ Walden Bury Gardens. Such was its success that Much Ado About Nothing was performed in the grounds of Stagenhoe a couple of years later. Whilst not having charitable status itself, the society aims to benefit the wider community and donates much of its income to help local charities and to support and encourage other community activities. As far as it’s possible to tell, there has been some form of amateur dramatic society in Whitwell and the wider parish of St Paul’s Walden for around a century. Initially performances appear to have been somewhat sporadic, often with a number of years passing between productions and at one point, during the 1970s, amateur drama fell within the activities of the Women’s Institute in the parish. The Whitwell Players, in its current guise, came into being in the early 1980s, starting with scripts written by members of the society itself before taking on published material. A full list of productions since 1983 is listed on their website.

For further information visit or follow them on twitter @WhitwellDrama

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Emily’s Tea Shop & Waterhall Farm Peter and Maxine welcome you to visit Emily’s Teashop, a small family run Teashop on a working farm in Whitwell. Based in a converted 19th Century barn they serve delicious homemade cakes, light lunches, and Fairtrade beverages. Situated in a lovely area of the countryside, perfect for cyclists, families and walkers with various walks easily accessible around the farm and local area. The farm is free to visit and there is also a beautiful ‘secret Garden’ to explore and enjoy.

Open Tue to Sun 10am till 5 pm Tel 01438 871928 Visit Our postcode is SG4 8AF. Please access us via the track off the Hitchin Road and do not park on ‘The Valley’ as this causes problems with our neighbours who are unable to park near their properties.

While at Waterhall Farm, visit The Linen Chest to find high quality gifts and cards for all occasions made and sold by local crafts people. These include hand painted wooden plaques and flower pots, quilted cushions and wall hangings, scented candles, a range of bags, jewellery, painted glass, bird boxes and much more!

07966 379810 (coming soon)

Old Welwyn Construction Specialists in Extensions, Home Refurbishment, Landscaping, Patios and Driveways.

Call Daniel on 01438 715362 or 07748 204 818 Email: 1 Life | | tel: 01438 216950 22 Old Welwyn Construction 0811 HP.indd Village

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Langford Windows Doors and Conservatories Your Local Glazing Specialist

Full range of Soffits, ttering Fascias & edGu Guarantee •

• 10 Year Secur • Quality Assured Profile • Internally Beaded • • • Shoot Bolt Security Locks • Multi-Point Door Locks • Maintenance Free • Over 35 years experience •

For your FREE QUOTATION & Friendly Advice, Advice please call 01462 701 828, email: or visit Langford Windows HP 0511.indd 1

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DAVID THOMAS GARAGES Service is our Business • • • • • • • •

For all your vehicle servicing and MOT requirements Latest Bosch Diagnostic Equipment Air conditioning servicing and repairs Fuel injector testing and ultrasonic cleaning Friendly, personal service from family run team All work carried out by fully skilled and trained staff We do not carry out extra work without your authority Courtesy vehicles available on request

Telephone: 01438 820 288 Newtown, Codicote, Herts. SG4 8UG 1 Life | | tel: 01438 216950 JulyDavid 2013 Thomas Garages HP 1110.indd Village

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Calling all Young Artists Hudson’s Media is on the hunt for talented young artists locally to illustrate their favourite historic and heritage attractions in the UK. They want everyone up to the age of 16 to put pen to paper and send them your drawings and paintings of historic houses, castles, ruins, historic gardens, museums, country houses etc. that you have visited with your mum and dad or school. You could win yourself a box of heritage toys and gifts! The competition is open to everyone up to the age of 16. Entries can be in any 2-dimensional medium and must be of an historic or heritage attraction that you have visited. Any subject will do but they do like pictures with a bit of action in them so, maybe you could draw an activity you did while you were there or something from the history of the place you visited?

Hudson’s publishes an annual heritage guide for the UK with details of over 600 places to visit called Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens. The guide has been published each year for the last 26 years and contains lots of information about the UK’s castles, historic houses and gardens, ruins etc. The age groups for entries are 0-8 years, 9-13 years and 14-16 years. The toy boxes will contain age appropriate toys and gifts and there is one for each age group to be won. The three winning entries will be published in next year’s guide as well as on the Hudson’s Heritage website (

Entries should be sent by 31st August 2013 to: Hudson’s Art, 35 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AG Please make sure you put your name, age, address and the place you have drawn on the back of your picture as well as your parent or guardian’s contact details.

Hertfordshire’s Premier Travel Service Airport Direct Cars provides a quality private hire car service at affordable costs, using a modern fleet of Saloons & MPVs (up to 8 seats) for business or private travel.

All drivers are fully licensed and we are very experienced in organising transport solutions for meetings & conferences. Single or multi person travel can be arranged giving you the total visibility on all transfers and costs.

Airport Transfer Departures & Arrivals Corporate & Business Journeys Frequent Flyer & Regular Run Service

Contact us for competitive prices on all your travel requirements or to open a business account. Telephone: 01438 812615

Sea Port Departures & Arrivals

Get your holiday off to a stress-free start and avoid paying for ever increasing car park charges. We offer competitive rates without compromising on quality of service.

Wedding Parties & Social Events Sporting Events & London Theatre Trips Discreet, Friendly Service All major credit and debit cards accepted

01438 812615 1 24 Airport Cars Direct HP 0111 2.indd Village Life | | tel: 01438 216950

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For Specialist Matrimonial Advice


Village Life is looking for a reliable Chiropodist to advertise in the magazine.

Divorce & Separation Cohabitation Children

 We are a niche firm who provide a supportive and personal service during the stressful experience of divorce and family separation. We cover Herts & Beds.

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

Your Local Electrical specialists Our mission, to advise, specify and install only the very best in energy saving and automation solutions to our Domestic, Commercial and industrial customers.

If you would like to come on board and advertise your company to 17,500 readers each month, we will offer competitive advertising rates.

Contact Melanie on

01438 216 950

Nails and More Providing YEW support to look & feel your best & keep strong

For more information or advice:-

Freephone: 0333 123 1044

01438 714471 / 07506 408567

The Coach House, St Albans Road, Codicote, Herts, SG4 8UT First visit is half price

To advertise in The Hitchin Village Directory place call Melanie on 01438 216 950 Village Life | | tel: 01438 216950

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5 Pondcroft Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL7 3PX

The flooring store that comes to your door

Carpets Vinyls Laminates Wood Adaptations & repairs l

All Your Fencing Needs Supplied & Fitted Free Estimates Council Approved Hedge Cutting Garden Maintenance Friendly & Reliable Service

Call Simon on 07971 860 135 / 01707 326 366 26


for a free quotation call Ewen McPherson on

07966 463761 or

01707 338505 Email: the pleasure is underfoot

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Andrew Sinclair Electrician

All domestic electrical work undertaken from a socket to a rewire 20 years experience City & Guilds qualified

Kitchens Bathrooms Fusebox changes l

Call for a free quotation Tel: 01438 832 673 Mob: 07796 648 930

BM Beauty Studio Visit our beauty studio or enjoy a range of treatments from qualified professionals in the comfort of your own home. Make up & Hair lessons & for events. Manicures, Pedicures & OPI Gels Hair Cuts & Colour Body / Face Paint Pamper parties for all ages Other beauty treatments coming soon...

Contact Emma on 07939 397 280 or Annabel on 07870 216 000 Studio also available for photo shoots

127 High Street, Kimpton, Herts, SG4 8QN

HOME APPLIANCE REPAIRS Repairs of Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Electric Cookers & Ovens and all domestic appliances. Specialist in Hotpoint, Indesit, Ariston, Creda and Whirlpool.


Tel: 01438 720304

Mobile: 07739 922493 July 2013

Unit 11, Laburnham Farm, LU2 9PW

Need help with your PC?  All your computer problems solved  Friendly, affordable, jargon free service  Training and advice provided  Website design and hosting  Home and small business specialists  Local company, fast response time  We guarantee NO FIX NO FEE

Call now on: 01438 833 671 spectrum IT support Solving your IT problems

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what’s on

What’s on in July... 1st July until 15th Sept, 10am - 5pm Hitchin Lavender – Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3UA

Miles of lavender to visit and walk through. Range of lavender products which are 100% lavender essential oil from the lavender fields.

Sat 13th July, 2pm - 5pm Benington Village Fair, Benington, SG2 7BS

A fun day out for all the family with Stalls, sideshows, entertainers, bar, food, teas and cakes. Free Entry and Parking.

Sun 14th July Race For Life, Fairlands Valley Park, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Run, walk, dance or sponsor.

Sat 20th July, 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm (Gates open 4.30pm) 13th Annual Hatfield House Battle Proms Concert, Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5NQ

Full orchestral programme, Spitfire display, breathtaking fireworks, Napoleonic cavalry, 200 live cannons, party in the park atmosphere and a sing-along ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale. £29 - £34 per adult, £16 under 16s, under 5s go free. Visit or call 01432 355 416 to book.

Sat 20th July, 8pm ‘Hampers and Champers’ Revue, Ashwell Village Hall, 20 W End, Ashwell, SG7 5PJ

Raising funds for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in support of cancers of the liver and the upper GI tract. Local artistes performing a series of music, sketches


and comedy. ‘Win a diamond worth more than £1000’ by purchasing a glass of champagne. Tickets £20 p.p including supper. 01462 742136 or

Sat 27th & Sun 28th July, 11am to 4pm Kite Festival, Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY Come fly your kite! Kids activities, face painting, entertainers, market stalls and plenty more. Be amazed as giant kites in the shape of bears, tigers and stars float across the sky and world famous display teams fly kites in breathtaking patterns.

Mon 29th July to Fri 30th Aug Summer Activity Days, Gordon Craig, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ Workshops and Activity Days for children aged 4 - 11. Sports, drama, dance, arts and crafts, disco, Bouncy Castle and Airflow. Activities £5 per session or all day for just £25 per child. Book on 01438 363200.

Mon August 1st Wind in the Willows, Graden Theatre at Knebworth House, Knebworth, SG3 6PY A new adaptation of the classic novel, performed in front of the House. Bring a rug to sit on or low backed chairs and a picnic. Light refreshments available. Book at GET YOUR EVENT LISTED FOR FREE HERE, EMAIL: or call us on 01438 216 950

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Village Life is looking for a reliable Spray Tanning Business 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 competitive advertising rates.

Contact Melanie on

01438 216 950

MIKE GREER Painter & Decorator

Established in Welwyn & Knebworth since 1998 Interior & Exterior Painting, Decorating & Papering

Respectful to your home Reliable & Friendly Service

01707 880 256 07968 100 619

Village Village Tree Services Tree Services Professional Tree Care Services All Aspects of Tree Work Undertaken Fully Qualified and Insured Logs Available

Pest Control & Wildlife Management We treat a wide variety of pests using   both modern & traditional methods.

We promote the use of non-chemical  control whenever suitable. Wasps, Flies, Fleas & Other Insects  Mice, Rats, Moles, Foxes  & Problem Birds  07974 720724 

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A member of the National Pest Technicians Association

Mob: 07717 744 274

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Clean it & Mean it

123 HIGH ST, CODICOTE, SG4 8UB 01438 821418

Specialist House Cleaning • Health & Safety Trained

• FREE prescription collection from any surgery • FREE home delivery of medication & shopping • Passport photos & digital processing

• Silver & Brass Polishing •S  pecialists in

Wet Room Cleaning

Call for a free quote 01438 214 984 07807 386 559

• NHS & Private Flu jabs available here


I.B HYDE & SON All Types Of Plastering 35 Year Est. Family Business Internal & External Walls & Ceilings Skimmed Renovation - Lime Mortar Rendering, Pebble Dashing 01582 725266 or 07774 790400


Codicote based, covering all areas

01438 840240

Call for free quote 01438 821 773 07922 576 452

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Round Robin Secretarial Support

Sky Setup / upgrades / multiroom / remote extenders, Freesat systems, Foreign channels etc...

Telephone: 07889 056172

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confidential, professional, affordable Hourly rates No agency fees No employee costs

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Open Mon to Sat 7am – 10pm, Sun 10am – 8pm 10% discount when you purchase non-prescription items Ask about our free medicine delivery service

CALL Mike for a FREE consultation

odicote Online 0610.indd 1

“Window Cleaning at its best”

41 High Street, Welwyn, AL6 9EF

TV Aerials and Satellite dishes installed by fully insured TV Engineer.

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JUST £99 for 4 months

CALL 01438 216 950 Includes design of advert

CV writing also available Contact Nicky Morrison on 01462 625404 / 07531 547332



An Independent Oil Boiler Maintenance Company Offering: REGULAR ANNUAL SERVICING COMMISSIONING • BREAKDOWN SERVICE OFTEC Registered & Certificated by Major Manufacturers.

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