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ISSUE 22: MAY 2011

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As we write this in mid April, we have been lucky with some fantastic weather and the Summer is just around the corner now! This month we have some great features for you to read about local businesses, we visit The White Horse in Old Welwyn and we hear about the Whitwell Steam & Country Fair, a fantastic event in June for all the family. We are very sad to report that Liam Kerrigan and his parents will no longer be running Saveur Restaurant and The Rustic Pub Co, we wish them well and we will hear from Liam next month. Don’t forget to email us with any local stories and events so we can include them in the next issue. Enjoy the two bank holidays this month and let’s hope the sun is here to stay! Bye for now

Jose & Melanie

Contents 4:

Local news


Wellbeing: Marilyn Tuck – Do you worry?


8, 10: Local Business: Bide-A-While Care Home 12:

Steam rally? see page 16

Business:Tax Returns - do you need help?

16-17: Country Show:Whitwell Steam and Country Fair

RED RED WINE. page 26

20-21: Local Business:The White Horse in Old Welwyn 24:

Photography Tips:Things to remember

26,28: Fine Wines:Wareside Wines 30:

What’s on in May/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. May 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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Neel Jaiswal is opening a new private dental practice on Welwyn Village High Street on the corner by the doctor’s surgery. Neel is highly qualified and has a wealth of experience in Dentistry from the UK and overseas. He believes in long term dental care by providing professional dentistry with kindness, integrity and a genuine interest in helping his patients. This is reflected in what could be the best testimonial ever; most of his patients have joined through personal recommendations. The surgery opens in June and will offer a range of routine and cosmetic treatments. You can find more information in next month’s issue or by visiting

£400 raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital We would like to thank everyone who supported the cookery demonstration at Saveur Restaurant on St Patricks Day. We managed to raise £400 and Jose has now raised £5895 (59% of the way to £10,000). Visit www.justgiving. com/joses for Jose’s story.


LIFE CHANGING OP FOR FIVE-YEAR OLD ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE US! Mrs Feray Souleiman, from Broomans Park, has a five-year-old son with Cerebral Palsy-Spastic Diplegia. In May he will be going to America to have a life changing operation which will hopefully enable him to become independent and one day walk. As a parent, Feray is looking at all the options possible and doing as much research as possible to give her son the best possible chance in life. The operation is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and is done at the St Louis childrens hospital in Missouri. This operation is not available in the UK and on the NHS as they are still examining whether it is economically viable even though there is proof that it is. They do approximately between 3-6 a year here which is privately funded by the family yet, in America, the renowned Dr. Park is doing three a day. So many children have benefited and had their lives changed by this, you only have to look on YouTube to see the before and after videos. Feray contacted us to raise awareness of this operation. Parents whose children have had or who will be undergoing the procedure will be collating a petition and presenting it to Downing Street in the hope that they will review the availability of this operation for children. If you would like further information or to support the campaign, please email

I wish i hadn’t eaten thaT! Maria Cross has been a practising nutritional therapist since 1994 and has a masters degree in Public Health Food and Nutrition. Over the years she has seen thousands of clients in consultation, and been a lecturer and tutor on the nutritional therapy degree course at the University of Westminster. Her first, coauthored book, Nutrition in Institutions, was published in 2009. Maria’s new book, I Wish I Hadn’t Eaten That, is based on her experiences as a nutritional therapist. It is aimed at people she describes as ‘Perfectly healthy but not very well’, that is, people who are technically healthy but still have a wide range of symptoms ranging from acne to insomnia, from low energy to weight gain. It gives the reader the tools to help identify what might be causing those symptoms, and a guide to making the dietary alterations necessary to achieve total wellness. You can meet Maria on the 7th May when she will be signing copies of her book outside the post office in Whitwell, between 10am and 12pm.

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The Car Agents provide a unique service to help clients buy and sell Prestige and Sports cars. Through extensive advertising, marketing initiatives, network of industry contacts and experience, they can save time, money, inconvenience and give the all important security to a transaction. The Car Agents was setup by Simon Michell who has had a successful career in this market place spanning 25 years. Simon was the Sales Director of Specialist Cars Group for a number of years, where his commitment to customer service and personal approach saw the business grow year on year to become one of the best dealerships in the country. He has earned a reputation as someone to do business with and offers a service level that is unusual in the motor trade. Simon comments, ‘’ We are a service provider not a car dealer, our aim is to advise and help clients buy and sell their cars, knowing the fact that they are getting a full package of services that they should expect.” There are three key areas where The Car Agents can help clients; Sell Your Car For You: No Advertising Costs, No Inconvienience, Secure Transaction, Fixed Fee. Buy Your Next Car For You: Personal Service, Get The Vehicle You Want, Trade Savings, Fixed Fee. Just Buy Your Car: 24 Hour Transaction Guarantee, Secure Payment, Confidential Service. ‘’Simon and his team did everything they said they would. Not only did my new car arrive on time, but they also called me back when I wanted them to and updated me regularly, which is unusual for this industry. I will use them again and tell my friends and work colleagues.’’ Kevin Neal, MD of KNA Group. If you would like to find out more about buying or selling your next sports or prestige car, you can contact Simon on 07824 600769, email or by visiting


Do you worry? Last month I talked about anxieties and how they can turn into panic attacks. This resonated with quite a number of people. At the other end of the anxiety scale is worrying.


eople who are worriers worry about their school, their job, their kids, their parents, their past and their future. They think ‘what if this happens’ and ‘what if that happens’ and all sorts of other ‘what if’s’. Often they lack confidence and decision making skills. Recently a girl came who loves riding but since she’d had a fall she was worrying unnecessarily. What if she was riding and something frightened him, what if she was on her own, what if she had another fall. She was an experienced rider, she knew the 6

horse had the loveliest temperament and had never bolted before. She knew that at the time it was just an unusual circumstance, but she couldn’t help it, she was worrying. She wasn’t happy riding anymore and was having to think of excuses why she wasn’t going out. Her passion for riding had been replaced with worry, fear and lack of confidence. She was thinking that she should sell her lovely horse. Golfers worry too. They make a duff shot on a hole, miss the ball completely, or it goes somewhere it shouldn’t, and they feel acutely embarrassed and fed up with

themselves. Next thing they start worrying whether they will do it again and sure enough they do! It can become a self fulfilling prophesy. If it continues then over time they lose their confidence and their enjoyment of the game and consider giving it up. Exam times are a classic worry time. What if I am late, what if I haven’t studied enough, what if I run out of time, what if I don’t pass, what if …. Worry can spiral, it can seem irrational but unstoppable. Worriers know well enough that they shouldn’t be worrying but people telling them to relax just makes it worse. Some give in and say ‘I am a born worrier” So, if this sounds like you, what do you do about it? Well, its no point continuing to worry that’s for sure, or burying your head in the sand. It won’t get better that way. Seek some objective help. Family and friends can try but don’t have the objectiveness, nor the skills. Find an experienced person who can work with you to bring things back into perspective, to help let the tenseness go, and not just a listener either.You want someone who you can talk to confidentially, learn from, and you want value for time and money. If you need such a person perhaps I can help. My first 20 minutes is free for you to decide if my way seems right. If it is then after the hour and a half you could leave feeling very relaxed and positive about your choice. It may not take very long to sort you out at all! ;-) Marilyn Tuck, 07962 811907

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ide-A-While is a small, family run Residential Care Home in Stevenage offering people centred care for the elderly. It is run by Pam and Allan Pickup who have 25 years experience of caring for the elderly and was started over 20 years ago by Pam who was looking after people in her home. It wasn’t long before the business outgrew their house so they moved to the current premise which was designed as a Spanish Villa. It features 6 rooms all with en suite bathrooms and has large communal areas, a conservatory and a nice outside area. Bide-A-While fills a gap in social care through providing day and evening care to people who


wish to stay in their own homes, or whilst family are out during the day. As a carer of an elderly or infirm relative, you may also benefit from a break and they can help by providing respite care whilst you enjoy a well deserved break or holiday. There is a dedicated bus for picking people up from their homes which is also available for hire. For Day Care, the bus will pick people up from their homes and take them back at the end of the day.They enjoy full use of the facilities with cooked meals and baths, showers, hairdressing and chiropody can also be arranged. People who are lonely suffer from depression and find it difficult to stay at home and often this leads

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They have some fantastic, dedicated staff with a staff to person ratio of 1 to 5 (the average is 1 to 10). All of the food is freshly prepared on a daily basis by a cook and there is a range of activities each day which are based around the client’s needs and include Quizzes, Card and Board games, Music and Sing-alongs, Keep Fit, Arts and Crafts and many more. Bide-A-While understands that you may want to stay in touch with your loved ones and they welcome and encourage contact and/or visits during their stay without needing to make an appointment. To discuss availability or to arrange to visit the home, you can contact the Manager - Audrey Cragg on 01438 220500 or visit Pam and Allan have another business - HideA-Way which offers holiday chalets on a well maintained site in Scratby, just 4 miles way from GreatYarmouth.There is a heated outdoor swimming pool and a sandy beach just a short walk away. GreatYarmouth offers many attractions and places to visit and the Norfolk Broads are nearby. The chalets sleep up to 6 people and one of them has a wet room for the disabled with a shower seat and hand rails. If you would like a quiet relaxing holiday, this is an ideal choice. For further information contact Allan on 01438 727 834, 07970 014 839 or hideaway@ is also a link on the BideA-While website.

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Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June 2011

Whitwell Steam and Country Fair Mansell’s End Farm, Bury Lane, Codicote


n 1995 Nick Hill built a barn at Waterhall Farm,Whitwell, to house his bygone days agricultural machinery.These were all powered by stationary steam engines and mounted on trailers, so that they could be exhibited at local shows. As a result of this it was decided to have a get-together at Waterhall each year, using Nick’s machinery and Nick’s friends would bring along their tractors, stationary engines and sometimes a traction engine. The popularity of the event grew so rapidly that in 1998 a much bigger event was held in a 16

large paddock at Waterhall Farm and became the first “Whitwell Steam and Country Fair”.There was a funfair, including steam driven gallopers, a beer tent, and refreshments, some trade stands, along with traction engines, tractors, stationary engines, cars and commercial vehicles. Although the weather was not brilliant, the event proved a great success.The following year it was felt that the rally needed even more space so a much larger site was made available courtesy of the Bowes Lyon family at St Paul’s Walden, conveniently near the

Strathmore Arms pub. During its nine-year stay at St Paul’s Walden, the rally continued to grow with more exhibitors, entertainment, rides, food stalls, craft tents etc. Because of the agricultural requirements for this site, in 2008 they moved to a new site at Mansells Farm, in Codicote. The rally is held in aid of funds for MacMillan Cancer Support and since 1998 has generated tens of thousands of pounds for the charity. Last year alone they were able to make a donation to MacMillan of £2000. Over the years the number and variety of exhibits has continued to grow and it is now a major event on the National Traction Engine Trust Rally. Every year the number of steam engines being exhibited increases. Last year they had over 100 tractors, numerous stationary engines, classic cars and commercial vehicles.There

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is also a large funfair, even more numerous trade and charity and craft stands, food stalls and not forgetting the beer tent. Among the crafts you can see demonstrations of thatching, hurdle making, chainsaw sculpture owl displays and other interesting crafts. The fair is a real day out for the whole family with something of interest for everyone.There is a programme in the main arena which includes a parade of the big steamers, miniature steamers, vintage cars, motor cycles, tractors gun dog demonstrations. There is even a chance after the parade of the large engines to make a donation to MacMillan and have a drive of one! This is a real favourite with the children (and a few parents as well). To run an event of this size

takes a lot of organisation and manpower and this is provided by a committee of local volunteers including the original team who started the event back in 1995. There is also a stalwart team of volunteers from all walks of life, who assist in various roles, during the two days of the rally and in the week leading up to it, which ensure the event will continue to be a success and raise even more, much needed funds for MacMillan. Even though it has moved to Codicote, the event is still

very much a Whitwell affair and despite the geographical change still remains the Whitwell Steam and County Fair. The show has something for everyone.Whether you’re a steam fanatic, an exhibitor, a vintage car enthusiast, a collector or simply want a fun day out then go along and see them.What can be better than knowing you’re contributing to a worthwhile cause while soaking up the atmosphere?

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The White Horse


he White Horse in Old Welwyn truly is a hidden gem.This quintessential English Pub, Restaurant & Village Garden offers superb food, great quality beer, and service with a smile – always! It lies away from the bustle of the High Street, down Mill Lane and is run by Adam Richardson and his father. Since their takeover in 2010 they have made a number of subtle yet transforming changes. ‘We are extremely passionate about everything we offer here; from the bar, the beer, the great selection of wines, to the food, fresh produce and polite service’, said Adam. ‘We wanted to create a casual, relaxed atmosphere whether dining in the restaurant or in the bar with the same menu available throughout. All of our staff are highly trained, extremely friendly and you will always be welcomed with a smiling face!’There is a highly skilled team of chefs and everyone is involved in creating the specials. Adam is open to ideas from his staff and customers and some of their ideas have ended up on the menu! The bar is well stocked with a rotation of 5 real ales, currently Adnams Bitter, Deuchars IPA, London


Pride, Directors & Hock Norton’s Hooky Gold. They have a good selection of draught lagers and Aspalls and Scrumpy Jack ciders on tap.They are proud to be Cask Mark Accredited – an accreditation for serving top quality beer. There is a carefully chosen wine list with a variety by the glass and a selection of more interesting varietals including Pinot Gris, Muscadet and Cotes de Rhone.The staff are involved in wine tasting to help choose the list and they are able to help suggest a wine that will compliment your meal.

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All food produce is locallysourced where possible and always from sustainable sources. All dishes are created fresh on the premises.There are some fantastic dishes on the menu and in addition to great Pub Classics, you can enjoy starters such as Steamed Mussels with Bacon, Rosemary & Cider, Confit Duck Pate and a unique option of a Home-made Scotch Egg (which also makes a great snack at the bar instead of peanuts). Main courses include Marinated Chicken Supreme with Potato Hash, Minted Broad Beans & Peas with Herb Butter, Crispy Pork Belly with Roasted Root Vegetables & Aspalls Cider Sauce and a Catch of the Day Fish selection. Specials change on a regular basis and currently include Kiln Roasted Smoked Salmon with Spring Onion Mash with Whisky, Mushroom and Shallot Sauce topped with Fresh Watercress.There is also a good selection of vegetarian dishes. On Sunday from 12pm to 4pm you can enjoy their famous Sunday Carvery.The beef used is top quality Sirloin which is Mustard-cured for 3 days prior to cooking.Then it is seared on a high heat for 40 minutes to seal in the flavours and juices, before cooking at 68C for 15 hours to ensure that this is the most tender and tastiest bit of beef that you will taste May 2011

anywhere! The gravy is home made from the juice in the beef reduced with red wine.There are set booking times of 12.30pm and 2.30pm to ensure that produce is nice and fresh and doesn’t get cold or soft; this ensures that everything is perfect! Monday to Thursday you can enjoy two meals for £12 all day. Every Wednesday is ‘Steak Night’, where you can have an 8oz Sirloin with two sides, sauce and a drink for just £14. (6pm to 9.30pm). On a Thursday from 8.30pm you can enjoy Live Music from cover artists playing a mixture of genres from 60s to present day; swing classics, acoustic, jazz etc. There is a pub quiz on Sunday evenings from 8.30pm. You can enjoy watching all the sporting events including Rugby, Football, Golf, and Tennis. In the summer you can enjoy BBQs, Hog Roasts, a glass of ‘secret-recipe’ Pimm’s and a range of village events in the large garden where you can dine al-fresco. In the winter you can enjoy a glass of homemade mulled wine or cider by the roaring log fire. The White Horse can cater for functions of all sizes and offer a very flexible and tailored-to-yourneeds solution. Opening times are 12pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 10.30pm Sunday. We will be featuring a food review next month and we can’t wait as there are some fantastic dishes on the menu! The White Horse Mill Lane, Welwyn Village. AL6 9ET Telephone: 01438 714 366

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David Horder gives you Top Tips to photography

eep an eye on the light, if the sun is in the subjects face, spin them around and try to keep the sun behind them. Watch out for stray shadows casting over your subjects. Also check the background if you’re outside, nothing worse than a stray bin or traffic cone ruining the shot. Don’t be afraid to get mobile and get close to your subjects. There maybe fear in their eyes in the first few shots but this doesn’t last.The beautiful thing with digital is that you can delete the rubbish ones. Get close and fill the frame as much as you can, head and shoulders is all you need for a good portrait. Remember the eyes

are the focus, frame them two thirds up and avoid dead space. Take the camera off the comforting green button auto setting and experiment with the semi-automatic functions. Digital costs nothing to take so be brave, experiment and see what you can achieve. Leaving the camera on auto restricts what you can do artistically. Avoid flash if possible, if unavoidable leave as much distance as you can between you and the subjects, give the flash a chance to bounce and diffuse. Maybe cover the flash with some opaque tape, which can reduce the harshness making the light softer and more diffuse.

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Don’t be frightened to move around, it may look rubbish one way, by moving your position only slightly you can get better results. Experiment by changing the height of the shot, getting down low works great for kids and shots taken standing on a chair looking down are also fun. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself.The more photographs you take the better you will become, as you’ll learn what works for you. David Horder Telephone: 07786 616022

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Wareside Wines David and Daphne Briscoe have always had a passion for fine wines and their dream has been to grow and produce their own wine.


n 2005 David and Daphne moved to the village of Wareside and the house had a one acre paddock attached which was classified as agricultural. This was the perfect opportunity for them to realise their dream, they found a contact who had planted a vineyard in Broxbourne and he helped prepare and plant their vineyard and advise the best type of grapes to grow suited to the local climate and soil. Together they prepared the field, rabbit proofed it, put the trellis work in and planted vines in April 2006.The first crop was in October 2008 which yielded a tiny amount of 300 kgs producing 200 bottles of wine which was enjoyed by friends and family. In 2009 they produced almost 2 tonnes of grapes and began selling their wines to the local community. Half of the crop was Bacchus (a German white grape variety which is a cross between Riesling, Muller Thurgau and Silvaner varietals).This grape 26

is very suited to the English climate needing a long growing season and as we don’t get a lot of sun, it allows the grapes to mature slowly.The Bacchus grape produces an aromatic light but full flavoured wine which is quite low in alcohol with lots of interesting flavours and is characteristically English in style. I am assured it is equally as good as a light French wine from the Loire valley. The other half of the crop was Pinot Noir, a red grape varietal used to produce full flavoured wines such as Burgundy. The Pinot Noir grape is also one of the major components of champagne; the other being Chardonnay. The buds on the vines burst in late April and over the next 6 to 8 weeks produce foliage and then flower which after pollination then go on to produce grapes. Grapes begin to form and can be clearly seen at the end of July and ripen during August and September, taking about 100 days from pollination

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to harvest.The levels of acidity and sugar in the grapes are measured regularly and when they reach the optimum point for flavour and good fermentation they are picked.The harvest usually happens mid October and is when the logistical operation begins. If the ripe grapes are left unpicked for too long, they are irresistible to insects and birds. At this time of year they are also very susceptible to plant diseases caused by moulds and fungus. David and Daphne aim to pick all of the grapes as quickly as possible when ripe and preferably in one day working long hours.There is a very short window from picking to get them over to the winery to ensure to avoid spoiling; the grapes are taken to Maidenhead to a small well equipped specialist winery for crushing and fermentation. The juice is extracted and then the fermentation process begins.The wine becomes available for bottling in December when it is labelled and released for sale in March. The Sparkling wine is different and is made using traditional Methode Champenoise; the Pinot Noir comes in from here in Wareside, the Chardonnay grapes from Surrenden Vineyard in Kent. Both grapes go do Maidenhead and are initially fermented separately.They are then blended together and left in tanks. After the initial bottling, a second cold fermentation takes place in the bottle by adding yeast and a little sugar to the bottle and corking.The bottles are put on lees and they are gently rotated for 2 years.They are then disgorged (a process where bottles are placed upside down forcing the yeast and sediment to fall to the neck of the bottle where it is frozen and pulled out before the bottle is topped up). Now you have a finished bottle and a cork is put in with wire around it.The longer you leave it, the better the flavour will be. This method is time consuming and expensive but produces a wine of great quality. English Sparkling wines produced by this method are winning awards competing against the best that France can produce. The first English Fizz was 2008 vintage and was released in December 2010; it will continue to improve in flavour for at least 5 years. David’s career has been in International 28

Pharmaceutical Sales and he visited South Africa for the first time in 1995. He loved the country and became good friends with a Dr in Johannesburg who also liked wine.They often spoke about owning a vineyard in the Cape and in 2006 after setting up the vineyard in Ware; there was an opportunity to buy another vineyard in Robertson (1.5 hours from Cape Town).They bought 80 acres which already had 30 acres planted with vines.They currently take small amounts of the best grapes to produce special boutique style wines in South Africa and then sell them in the UK.Their “retirement� plan is to spend 6 months in Hertfordshire and 6 months in South Africa managing the vineyards and aiming to produce the best quality small quantity wines . Currently the South African production is two red wines made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and a white Sauvignon Blanc all under the Vierkoppen label. Wareside Bacchus is available at a range of locations including the Rustic Pub Co and Saveur Restaurant where you can try the wine by the glass. David and Daphne are happy to arrange wine tasting and a tour of their vineyard, just give them a call to arrange a date and time.You can buy the wine from them directly. Contact Wareside Wines on 01920 468733, email: or visit

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What’s on in May Saturday 7th May, 12-5pm Plantagenet Day at Codicote C of E Primary School

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A Medieval tournament by the Plantagenet Medieval Society (www. See and experience archery, squire training, a knights tournament, ladies court dancing as well as show and tells. There will also be medieval themed children’s craft stalls, refreshment, ye olde barbecue and a children’s fancy dress competition for the best dressed Knights, Princesses & Dragons. Come and enjoy a great family day out. Entrance: Adults £2, Children £1 and Families of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £5.

Saturday 7th May, 10am-12pm Book Signing outside Whitwell Post Office A book signing event by Whitwell based Maria Cross, author of I Wish I Hadn’t Eaten That.

Friday 20th May – Sunday 22nd May Flower Festival celebrating 900 years at St. Giles Church, Codicote Fri 1.00-6.00pm, Sat 10.00-6.00pm, Sun 1.00-6.00pm, Sun 6.00pm Special service of Songs of Praise

Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th May, 8pm One Act Festival (3 plays) at Knebworth Village Hall A Kind of Vesuvius - looks at the effect of redundancy and includes singing, dancing and some fine comic moments. Tell Me Another Story, Sing me a Song examines the development of the mother/daughter relationship. Outdoor Pleasures finds long-suffering Dennis waiting for an open air production of Much Ado About Nothing to begin, accompanied by his awkward Aunt. Tickets £6.50, concessions £5.50 to include a piece of (home-made) cake. Box office - Frances Farrugia, 01438 820136, or Village News, Station Road

Saturday 21st May, 10.30am-1pm Little Green family show at Brotherhood Hall, Letchworth town centre A lively family friendly event with lots of things to buy and find out about and plenty of free gifts. Toddlers, bumps and babies especially welcome.

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