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ISSUE 23: JUNE 2011

The Rusty Gun revisited THE BELL MOTEL RINGS OUT…

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Here we are in June, already half way through the year! June marks the start of Summer with the longest day of the year on the 21st so let’s hope the sun begins to shine. For all the tennis fans, Wimbledon starts on the 20th June and who knows maybe this year we will have a Brit in the final? With a long hot summer in mind we have featured three local pubs to tempt you on a hot summer’s day, The Rusty Gun in St Ippolyts, The White Horse in Old Welwyn and The Bell in Codicote. We also hear from our regular columnists Marilyn Tuck (hypnotherapist), Adam Fernandes (Accountant) and Jenny Shervell (Business Coach). Make sure you enter our competition to win a free meal at the White Horse and don’t forget to email us with any local stories and events so we can include them next month. We would like to thank Mark Waters for the front cover photo, Mark is a fantastic photographer and can be contacted on 07796 544 683. Bye for now

Jose & Melanie


Local news


Wellbeing: Marilyn Tuck – Do you treat that too?


The White Horse - food review


Welcome your new Dentist


Looking after your business financial affairs


The Bell rings out again…


The Rusty Gun revisited


Getting the balance right when running your business


What’s on in June/Take a break

Where Can You Find Village Life? Village Life Magazine has a readership of 15,000 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. We are increasing our circulation every month, so if you didn’t receive a copy through your letterbox, you will do very shortly. June 2011



EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Melanie Saavedra 01438 216950 Village Life is published monthly by MJS Publishing. 01438 216950, © 2011 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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Great Ormond Street is a charity which is very close to Village Life’s heart. Publisher, Jose Saavedra’s son Emilio was born with an abnormally shaped skull which had to be operated on when he was 14 months old back in November 2009. Because of Great Ormond Street Hospital, he is now fit and healthy and they were so touched by the care that Jose and wife, Mel, received that they set themselves a target of raising £10,000. To date they have raised £5920 from various fund raising activities including village fetes, cookery demonstrations, car boot sales – Jose even did the INCA Trek in Peru. They are planning to put on more events in the Summer so watch this space! Great Ormond Street needs to raise £50m each year to rebuild and refurbish the hospital to fund the most up to date equipment to support research for breakthrough treatments and to provide support services for families and patients. If you would like to find out more about Emilio’s story then you can visit our charity page at where you can also make a donation, alternatively you can send a cheque made out to GOSHCC and send to: GOSHCC, c/o Jose and Mel Saavedra,18 Blackdown Close, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 6AX. 4


Knebworth will become a hive of activities from the 17th until the 26th June as the village holds its annual festival. St Martin’s will become an exciting performance space as this is the venue for an evening of Cabaret, a Showcase of Knebworth Talent including the new Knebworth Youth Choir, a show featuring music from Movies and Musicals with the Knebworth Community Chorus and an evening of vibrant Gospel Music with Ancient Landmark. The following weekend on the 25th Knebworth School will hold a Gala Day from noon until 4pm with lots of fun for everyone including incredible inflatable’s for all ages, ride-on steam traction, panning for gold, penalty shoot-outs, golf challenge, face painting, sponge bob, traditional fun stalls, BBQ, beer tent, PIMMS, refreshments and lots more at Knebworth Primary and Nursery School. The festival has something for everyone over 10 days including Garden Talks, Jazz, Painting, Yoga, Flower Arranging, Wine Tasting, a Barn Dance, Village Fete and much more. You can download a programme from our website


The Chequers in Stevenage Old Town has recently changed hands and is now run by a team of three ladies (Yaz, Ali and Ellie). They offer great homemade food, outstanding drinks and a warm and friendly atmosphere. They believe it is the only pub in the old town to serve all homemade food. The Chequers is at 164, High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3LL and you can contact them on 01438 361998. We hope to review the pub in a future edition.

The Bell rings again The Bell in Codicote has reopened on the high street with new owners, a new management team and new staff. A major refurbishment is underway along with a new menu and winelist! You can see further details on pages 16 and 17.

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mean the ‘other’ sorts of things that people seek out a therapist for help with. Some have had lots of tests and the Doctor says there is nothing there, nothing to worry about, but they have still got the symptoms and want to get better. One such person was Clare (names changed for confidentiality) who had had a miscarriage and had not been able to get pregnant again. The Doctor said all is ok, but that wasn’t helping her to get back in a cycle, nor her sense of loss and tears


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Another person was Janet, who only uses complementary medicine. She has a weight issue which is wrapped around household obsessions and her family. There are many emotional issues tied up here and we are unravelling them with great care and safety. I have a number of clients like Janet, who have obsessions, or worries, about negative thoughts, routines, food and the like. They benefit in numerous ways as we progress, including gaining more confidence and self belief. Apart from relationship, IBS, anxiety issues, help to get jobs, driving tests, flying phobias, smokers and people wanting to lose weight, there have been numerous children and teenagers this last couple of weeks. Bedwetting and nail biting issues, study for exams, confidence, and sports techniques that need to be mastered. It is delightful to see the smiles on their faces when they experience hypnotherapy. Everyone loves it. I not only listen, as a counsellor or psychotherapist might, but I am proactive too. Having trained in CBT, EFT, NLP and energy therapy, as well as Hypnosis I am able to teach people really helpful techniques they can use. As they help themselves they progress faster and feel better quicker. So, you see there are many differing ways hypnotherapy and EFT can help. It is fascinating to see people change for the better just using a bit of caring help to access their own resources. If you relate to any of these then phone for a chat or look at my website. Marilyn Tuck, 07962 811907

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The White Horse Village Life’s Jose and Mel revsit a pub featured in the last issue to try out some of their dishes


e popped back on a Friday afternoon to sample the menu and found a busy pub with a large group in the restaurant, some diners in the bar and people enjoying a drink outside in the garden.We were greeted with a smile by landlord Adam and shown to our table by Lucy. The pub has a traditional feel, the restaurant has a contemporary design with exposed beams which are in keeping with the original building.There was a relaxed, inviting atmosphere as we walked in, soft music was playing in the background and the tables were well spaced apart. Mel opted for the Breaded Somerset Brie with Mixed Berry Compote & Watercress Salad as a starter. The presentation was superb with 2 generous wedges of crispy Brie, the Berry Compote complimented the cheese making this a delicious dish. I went for the Steamed Mussels with Bacon, Rosemary & Cider which arrived in a quirky black pot.The top half came off to house the shells and I was pleased to be given a finger bowl.The Mussels were full of flavour and the bacon worked well. For the main course, Mel chose the Spinach & Goats Cheese Tart from the Specials Board - a light pastry tart full of flavour which was accompanied with side dishes of new potatoes and salad. I decided to try the Crispy Pork Belly with Roasted Root

Vegetables & Aspall’s Cider Sauce and I wasn’t disappointed. The Belly arrived as a thick square with crackling on the top, the plate was decorated with tasty vegetables and there was a subtle pepper sauce. The meat was tender and the portion size was just right, making this a winning dish that I absolutely loved. The food is locally sourced and homemade and the deserts were no exception. Lucy recommended the Triple Chocolate Brownie with Swiss Chocolate Icecream & Double Cream and I chose the Crumble of the Day Apple Crumble with Sweet Somerset Cider. Both of these deserts were delightful and again the presentation was fantastic. We had a wonderful experience at The White Horse, the atmosphere was great and Lucy really looked after us, I really like the fact that she offered recommendations. I have to mention the presentation again as for me this was outstanding and on par with fine dining restaurants.The food was delicious and the menu offered a good variety of dishes with some great specials available.

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The Bell is back… The Bell Motel, in Codicote, reopens for business


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specials including some fantastic fish specials depending on the what is available in the markets. A Traditional Sunday lunch is served every Sunday from 12.30pm to 4.00pm where you can enjoy three courses for £16.95.The meat is of a very high quality from a local award winning supplier and includes Rib Eye Roast Beef, Rare Breed Pork, Lamb and Chicken with all the trimmings. From meeting Steve and Terry, it is clear that they are enthusiastic and passionate and we look forward to returning next month to sample the menu. The Bell Motel 65 High Street, Codicote, Hertfordshire, SG4 8XD 01438 821600 June 2011

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The Rusty Gun


he Rusty Gun has been open for a year now and to celebrate the bit that was not done a year ago, the outside area, has received a ÂŁ30,000 makeover.We featured the Rusty Gun last year before it had opened and this month we return to hear about the exciting new developments. When you visit the Rusty Gun, it is clear that it is much more than a country pub with great food. There is 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. The Rusty Gun a year ago had a pair of disused paddocks, one has now been transformed into a farm with rare breed pigs including Gloucester old Spots, Tamworth, Saddle backs and Iron Age Pigs (bred with wild boars).The pigs are bred on the farm and there is currently a selection of the prettiest young piglets walking around, it is nice to see the amount of space they have to roam around in. Paths have been laid so you can walk and see the pigs. The garden area features a new eight meter round


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and marinades. A vegetable patch and herb garden is being planted and the produce will be stocked in the farm shop. There is a fantastic selection of Australian Yalumba 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, you can even buy 8 pint casks to take home with you from the shop. Award Winning Head Chef Jollan D’Souza has worked in a selection of Michelin star restaurants was a Head Chef at 21 and spent 18 months working in France. There are two menus available; a traditional menu offering dishes such as Battered Fillet of Fish which is cooked with Rusty Gun Bitter, Moules Marniere, Rusty Gun’s hand pressed fillet burger and Pink Roast Rump of Windermere Lake Beef. Chef explained that he likes to take something classic and give it a twist and this is seen in the specials menu with starters such as Pan Seared Curried Scallops with Chorizo Jam, Smoked Cauliflower Puree, Baby Herbs and Lime Pickle, or Rusty Gun Pork Pie and cold pressed Fois Gras. Mains Courses include Fillet Steak with a Beef and Truffle Pastie, Roast Loin of Rusty Gun Pork with cheese and Chutney Sausage Roll, Russet Apple Puree, Potato Gratin and Wilted Greens finished with a Sloe Berry Sauce and Pork Scratching. There is also a new ’retro style’ garden menu, offering basket food, delivered with Rusty Gun care, such as Scampi and Chips, Roast Beef in a Bun, Chicken in a Basket, Battered Fish in a bap with chips etc.. Everything is cooked fresh and as much as possible is sourced locally including Hertfordshire Beef, Knebworth Venison, even the puddings are handmade on the premises.The Rusty Gun Kitchen use a lot of wild produce and go foraging themselves June 2011

for mushrooms. The Business uses a lot of green technology including Induction cooking using 90% less energy than gas and Michelin Kitchen style water baths, which allows food to be cooked with extra ordinary care. (Used in less than 0.1% of kitchens in the UK) You can enjoy a Premium Sunday Carvery for £11.95 which is cooked in small batches in the morning as if it was being cooked at home, there is Roast Shoulder of Pork and Topside of Beef which is cooked in a water bath for 12 hours and will just melt in your mouth. Food is available daily from 12pm to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm weekday and all day over the weekend. There are a range of events at the Rusty Gun, with a 10 mile dinner being a favourite where all the ingredients of the meal come from within 10 miles of the business. Over the summer there are hog roasts planned, more 10 mile dinners and a range of other events to enjoy. Become a friend of the Rusty Gun from at www. and enjoy a free glass of wine when you join, a free bottle of wine on your birthday and a selection of vouchers to download. A two course lunch from Sunday evening to Thursday evening for just £9.95 (normally £12) or spend £30 and get £10 off your bill. 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 new garden makes it a great place for families.There is an extensive car park and if you live within a 10 minute drive, you can also book a free ride home! Next month we will be returning to review the food and running 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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Deep Cleaning plus Fast Drying for Upholstery, Carpets, Leather Cleaning Amtico & Karndean Floors Cleaned, Carpets & Fabric Protector Leather Renovation, Burn Retufting, Oriental Rugs & Curtains Specialist Recommended By Leading Retailers, Insurance Companies & Other Cleaners! Professional, Reliable & Good Value for Money 25 years experience Courteous & Uniformed Operatives - not a Franchise We operate in Stevenage, Hitchin and the surrounding areas

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Getting the balance right when you are running your own business


ince setting up my own business in 2007 I have met many business owners who struggle to maintain a work-life balance that allows them to enjoy all aspects of their lives whilst building their business. Here are some tips to help achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle whilst growing a successful business. • Create a timetable and factor in ‘me’ time. It’s all too easy to allow work to take over and if you don’t create non-negotiable blocks of time for yourself you will soon find that you are running yourself ragged and unable to give your best to your business and your clients. • Don’t let your business control you. It is a separate entity that should be under your control. Establish an ‘agreement’ between yourself and your business and how much time you will give to it.You will achieve a more balanced lifestyle and keep yourself sitting firmly in the driving seat! • Manage your clients and don’t overpromise. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of responding to every whim of your client. Be clear about what and when you can deliver and they will respect you for it. Those that don’t may not be worth having. • Make contingency plans and get support where you need it. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate the bits you’re not so good at to people who are. Make sure there is someone who can step in if for any reason you have to step out of the business for a period of time. • Take care of your health.What can be more important? Take time out to follow a healthy fitness routine and don’t feel guilty about it. Looking after yourself is the most critical aspect of being successful in business. Jenny Shervell is Owner of JS Consultancy Services, Chartered MCIPD, aTCA Accredited Small Business Coach and a panel member on theThree Counties Radio Business and Finance slot and co-founder of Catalyst Business Group, www.catalystbizgroup. com Contact or visit 01462 433033. June 2011

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Call Simon on 07971 860 135 / 01707 326 366 June 2011

Specialists in Plumbing and heating Boiler & Heating Installations Boiler Upgrades Power Flushing Pumps, Radiators & Valves Hot & Cold Water Tanks All Plumbing & Heating work undertaken For a free no obligation quote contact 01438 712712

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What’s on in June Saturday 11th June Letchworth Town Centre, 10pm to 6pm Letchworth Street Fest 2011

Take a Break… CROSSWORD

A free event with live music, dance and theatre across the whole town. Titan the Robot will be joined by a host of quality local talent on four stages across the town.

Saturday 11 June 7.30pm Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW Comedy Night with Ninia Benjamin and Welsh master of mirth - Bennett Arron With MC Paul B Edwards and a Licensed bar. Doors open 7.30pm, £10 (Comedy Club members £8)

Wednesday 15th June, W.G.C Golf Club, Mannicotts, Off High Oaks Road, AL8 7BP. The Italian Circle of Mid Herts presents ‘Gardens of Tuscany & Umbria’ Umbria’ An audio-visual presentation by horticulturist Bill Tait formerly of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. For further information call 01707 372264. Non -members £5 per visit.

Friday 17th June to Sunday 26th June Knebworth Village Festival 2011 From the village fete on Saturday 18th June to Wine Tasting on the 23rd June, a Barn Dance on the 24th June and a whole host of other events Knebworth Village Festival is definitely worth visiting!

Sunday 19th June The 7th Father’s Day Classic Cars in the Park at Knebworth House A range of displays and vehicles on show from British classics through Americana to European supercars plus a special display of Classic Japanese cars from the 1960’s to the 1990’s.

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June Ayot Literary Festival at The Marquee, The Marquee Ayot Green Events for adults and children, with the theme for adult events being intelligent, entertaining discussion, with writers covering subjects to include global issues, history, cookery, politics, humour and of course, their latest book. After each event there will be a chance to have a copy of the book signed and meet the author in person.

ACROSS 7. Mouth restraint (6) 8. Place where bees are kept (6) 9. Walked (4) 10. Conclusive argument (8) 11. Lacking Awareness (11) 14. Relative by previous marriage (11) 18. Someone who travels to work (8) 19. Mentally healthy (4) 20. Mouth restraint (6) 21. A shallow pond or lake (6)

DOWN 1. Wanderer, tramp (7) 2. White, semisolid fat (4) 3. Star sign (6) 4. South Pacific Island (6) 5. Nobleman (8) 6. Thin porridge (5) 12. To make the best of (8) 13. A second gathering or meeting (7) 15. Seabird (6) 16. Not very often (6) 17. Counterfeit; phony (5) 19. Starch used for puddings (4)


Saturday 25th June, midday to late PLOUGHSTOCK 2011 at The Plough, Plough Lane, Kings Walden Local bands playing and food served all day and till late - Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Cakes and sweet things, Hog roast and much more. Entry is FREE and Programmes are £1 with all proceeds going equally to St Mary’s Church Restoration Fund, Lifeboats and North Herts Hospice.

Sat 25th Jun 11, 12pm to 3pm The Commons, W.G.C, AL7 4RU Commonswood School Fête Enjoy the stalls, go-karts, BBQ, hog roast, bouncy castles, bouncy slides, gladiator jousting as well as dance and gymnastic displays. GET YOUR EVENT LISTED FOR FREE HERE, EMAIL: or call us on 01438 216 950 26

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Chez Jerome JD Plastering French Contemporary Restaurant Now in the Good Food Guide 2011

Clean, Reliable Plasterers with over 20 years experience Chez Jerome is a family-run French restaurant and is the first eatery in Dunstable to be named in the Good Food Guide for almost 40 years. Local Gem and serving French Contemporary cuisine, the menu offers robust and inventive classics, best produced locally and seasonal.

Chez Jerome 26 Church Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. LU5 4RU Tel: 01582 603310 or email us: Visit:

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Half Price Cut and Finish For New Clients

Garra Rufa Fish pedicures now available in Kimpton Dip your feet in to a spa where Garra Rufa Fish (known as Doctor Fish) will nibble away at dead skin, enabling healthy skin to grow and giving you a relaxing treatment for your feet. 20 mins for £10 • 30 mins for 2 sharing £28

Call Michelle now to book on 01438 833468 or 07879 417 295 46a, High St, Kimpton, Herts, SG4 8RN

Specializing in colouring, cutting and styling full trained salon professional service at affordable prices. “Your hair’s happiness is just a phone call away!”

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Peony Florist


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Specialising in wedding �lowers, beautiful, stylish �lowers tailored to suit the bride, her dress and the wedding venue. For a free consultation call Lotty.

CALL Mike for a FREE consultation

Telephone: 01438 821 888 121 high Street, Codicote www.peony�

Telephone: 07889 056172

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TV Aerials and Satellite dishes installed by CAI Certified, fully insured TV Engineer. TV / DAB Aerial installations, Sky Setup / upgrades / multiroom / remote extenders, Freesat systems, Foreign channels etc... 01462 811 150 07595 985 025


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Our Non Electric Water Softeners That Serve Any Size Family & Fit Under The Sink, Use Blocks Of Salt (See Insert Picture)... Its Simply Child's Play (From the manufacturers that Pioneered the block salt softener)

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Peace of mind from your local independent funeral director A funeral plan can give you complete peace of mind and saves you money. You will relieve your family of the financial burden and any worries about your funeral arrangements. JJ Burgess & Sons have created a funeral plan for you that can be tailored to your particular requirements, taking care of every aspect of the funeral including the music, donations, flowers etc. • Secures the cost of a future funeral in advance • Personalise your specific requirements • No health checks required and no upper age limit. • For every plan sold, a tree is planted in a Woodland Trust site free of charge. • Fully underwritten by JJ Burgess & Sons and the Trust fund. • 6% Discount on all plans No other plan offers you complete freedom of choice and is the only plan recommended by the Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors.

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