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ISSUE 36: JULY 2012

3rd birthday Issue!

The Lytton Arms CHEZ JEROME Julian Ivory – Personal Trainer

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WELCOME TO JULY Well hopefully by the time you are reading this the rain will have stopped and we can start to enjoy the summer, especially sports fans with Wimbledon on until 8th July and the Olympics starting off on 27th July. This month is our magazine’s third anniversary so we would just like to say a huge thank you to all of our advertisers, some who have been with us since day one. Also a big thank you to our readers who regularly contact us with details of events and great local stories for us to showcase. Please carry on contacting us so we can keep the magazine an interesting local read. Don’t forget to contact us with your local stories and events and remember you can find the answers to the puzzles on our website – and we are also on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – @villagelifemag! Bye for now,

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Local news


Wellbeing: Marilyn Tuck – Dealing with school holidays


Lifestyle: Julian Ivory – Personal Trainer


Business: UHY WKH – Rural & Agriculture


Business: Chez Jerome


Business: Click4bookkeeping



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Business: Beauty Within


Lifestyle:What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?


Business: Old Post Office Tea Rooms


What’s on in July/Take a Break

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NOVEL PUBLIC TOILET FACILITY FOR WELWYN would have been over £20,000. In addition, the Parish Council paid to government a business rate (yes – on a public toilet!) of some £800 a year and then the facility cost over £460 a month for opening, closing, daily cleaning and maintenance.

Welwyn Parish Council recently inaugurated a new Community Toilet Scheme with two new public toilet facilities, in partnership with two local village businesses: The White Hart pub, hotel and restaurant at one end of the High Street on the corner with Prospect Place and The Tavern pub at the other end of the High Street. Community Toilet Schemes are becoming a successful feature of many villages and small towns but also including the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Richmond upon Thames; there are others around the country and the idea is growing. The Welwyn scheme is a first for the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council area and will be closely monitored by our neighbours. These schemes enable local businesses to work together with councils to provide cleaner, safer and more accessible toilets in more convenient locations for residents and visitors to the town or village centres, at the same time saving money for residents. Under the scheme, councils and businesses sign an agreement to let members of the public use their toilet facilities free of charge during normal opening hours and without the need to make a purchase. Of course, the businesses would be only too happy if users were to enjoy a drink or a meal, but it isn’t obligatory. Scheme members are paid a small annual fee by the Council depending on the facilities they provide, such as baby-changing facilities. Several years ago, our village public toilets (located in a dark corner adjacent to Lockleys Drive Car Park) regrettably had to be closed. They required major upgrade to meet disabled access standards, had suffered collapsed drains, were subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour such that the police requested part of the male facility be closed and they needed a total refurbishment. The cost of all this work


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Although the facility was important (particularly for nearby allotment users) it was at one end of the village, away from the centre with its shops, pubs and restaurants and difficult to oversee out-of-hours. There was also widespread concern that anti-social behaviour would recur to cause disturbances and vandalism would negate the expenditure. The Parish Council felt that this did not represent the best use of limited funds, but recognised that a public toilet facility was most welcome and important. Having investigated alternatives, the Community Toilet Scheme offered the best approach. The toilets are signposted at various points in the village for the benefit of visitors as well as residents and these signs indicate the name and address of the participating business, the facilities provided and direction of the establishment. Participating businesses also display a small sign in their windows identifying that they are members of the Welwyn Community Toilet Scheme and the type of facilities available. Businesses signing up to the Scheme agree to maintain their toilets in a clean and hygienic condition, with adequate toilet rolls, soap and hand dryers or hand towels. The Parish Council will undertake regular inspections and there may be random “spot checks” at the Council’s discretion to ensure required standards are being maintained. The village will now benefit from well-maintained toilet facilities, properly cleaned and maintained by their providers and offering a welcoming and safe environment. These “hosts” are providing a muchneeded service and the Parish Council warmly thanks them and commends them for their community ethos; the Council also hopes that they will generate more business as a result. Excluding the capital cost of refurbishment and upgrade, the old toilets cost approximately £8650 per year to operate; the annual Community Toilet fee paid to hosts is approximately £1100 for a superior quality provision and thus represents a major improvement in cost-effectiveness. The Parish Council has formally recorded its thanks to Councillor Bob McKay who was instrumental in the implementation of this scheme, even down to fixing signs!

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A typical coming up to school holidays picture...


came to see me about 10 days ago stressed out.With the holidays looming she was trying to juggle a roster so the kids would be cared for while she and her partner work; school stuff still needed to be sorted out for September; the in-laws are coming to stay so her house should have a thorough clean; she was busy at work. She was dying for a holiday herself but money is tighter this year so they are planning only a week away with friends to share the costs. On top of all that she was feeling frazzled, fat and uncomfortable, knowing that her friend will be looking great in swimmers and she won’t. She didn’t really have the time to come and see me, it was just a sudden urge prompted by something she overheard on the radio about my 5 week weight loss audio programme. How you just listen to an mp3 every day and somehow you start feeling motivated to eat and look better.That sounded easy enough, so D rang to find out more. She came for an initial consultation and we looked at the stress and how to lessen it so she wouldn’t pick at food so much.With a few extra ideas she realized she was more 6

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organized than she thought and relaxed into the hypnosis.This felt so calming. ‘Perhaps,’ she said, ‘this will help me cope.’ Last week D listened to the first mp3, ‘Taking control’, and has just reported back that she is drinking lots more water and is already far more aware of the food she is eating. She is feeling pleased, finding it quite easy. She even bought a cheap pedometer for herself and one each for the kids so they can compare notes at the end of each day. This way she knows she is toning up, even at work. This week she is listening to ‘Eating healthily’ which will deal with her sweet cravings. Over the next weeks she will continue with ‘Thinking thin’ and ‘Moving on’. She will probably take the last one, ‘Cruise Control’, on holiday with her. Each audio builds new habits, each one reinforces the last. Each week nice new changes happen. D is like numerous other people who bought my audios at the new-release, rock-bottom-price; the Summer Slimdown Special. I mean where else could you get 5 weeks intensive weight loss mind programming without having to count calories, drink shakes, take pills, or spend hours at the gym. And, all for £35. It is a bit of a no brainer really. Scan the QRcode here, or go to my website, weight loss recordings/complete weight loss series. Read the details, listen to a sample, and you decide.


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Personal Trainer


his month we met up with Julian Ivory, a Personal Trainer with 20 year’s experience and his own private studio in Langley, near Hitchin. Julian has always enjoyed keeping in shape and taking part in various sports, in the last 4 years he has climbed mountains, run triathlons and completed 4 marathons. (his first at 40 years old!) In his early 20’s, Julian decided to turn his passion in to a career becoming a qualified Personal Trainer with a PEA Certificate in Exercise and Health Studies. Initially working in one of London’s Premier Health Clubs training high profile clients before deciding to setup his own business. Over the years he has helped people of all ages and from all walks of life to achieve their fitness goals – from significant weight loss to running multiple marathons. He still works with celebrities including Kim Wilde. Julian has a purpose built private studio next to his house in Langley (just 10 minutes from Codicote or Hitchin), which offers a relaxed and focused environment without any distractions or having to wait for equipment to be free.The studio is packed with a range of top grade professional equipment including a Treadmill and Exercise Bike, Free Weights, Medicine and Swiss balls, Kettle Bells and a Multi Gym Resistance Training Station where 2 people can train simultaneously.There is Sky TV, a great sound system to work out to and refreshments and a towel are provided. If the weather is good, the gym can be taken outside or you can go power walking and running in the surrounding countryside. Julian’s sessions are very flexible and can be booked from 6am to 10pm.You can train 1 to 1 or share the session with a friend.You can pay as you go or take advantage of flexible payment plans when booking a block of sessions, and best of all there are NO membership fees

or contracts to worry about. If you cannot make it to the studio then Julian can travel to your home taking some equipment and working around the space available. Clients have an initial consultation where Julian will discuss lifestyle and look at blood pressure and Body Composition Analysis (percentage body fat, fat and lean weight) and BMI. Whatever the total weight, lean and fat proportions need to be within recommended limits and it is fat weight and not total body weight that determines health risk. Fat may reduce and lean mass increase with no change to the total body weight, so this gives an informed picture and allows Julian to track progress. Julian will create a bespoke programme designed to get fast results.Whether you want to lose weight, shape up, train for an event, recover from injury or just start to exercise; Julian will teach you fitness exercises and devise routines which you can pursue at home, outside of your sessions to keep you on track.Together you will set achievable goals with milestones which are reassessed every 12 weeks so your programme remains challenging, enjoyable and keeps getting results. We found Julian to be very motivating and inspiring; he clearly cares about his clients and has a lot to offer. His studio is a great asset and along with his passion, really sets him apart from other personal trainers. Sessions are typically an hour long and available by appointment only. Julian is a member of Fitness Professionals and PT hub. For further information contact Julian on 01438 821 470, 07990 958 294 or visit “Certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made, Julian has completely transformed the way my body looks after 2 children”. Kim Wilde (Singer)

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UHY WKH – Rural & Agriculture Adam Fernandes, Business Development Manager from UHY WKH Partnership Chartered Accountants talks about Rural and Agriculture – a new national sector...


s a result of the recognised expertise of Tim Maris, partner at UHY WKH Partnership, the HackerYoung Group of which we are a member, have launched an entirely new national sector group; the rural and agriculture sector group. Farming is a specialist business, having unique practices and conventions, making it unlike other commercial enterprises.We recognise that farming is not only a business, but a way of life and that the farming community want to deal with people that understand the rural economy. Our agriculture team have a genuine knowledge of the sector and the relevant experience to help. In addition we have a thorough understanding of the business structures under which farming businesses operate, whether that is company, partnership, sole trader or a trust structure. We understand the practicalities of farming and are at home speaking with, advising and acting for our clients, tailoring our approach to meet individual circumstances. By listening to and understanding the needs and hopes of our clients, we can develop a working method that centres around a mutual relationship of trust and commitment. We want you to know that your accounting and tax affairs are in order and that you can call on us for whatever additional support you may need.

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Chez Jerome


hez Jerome is an established restaurant in Dunstable offering Contemporary French Cuisine. It is run by Jerome and Lina Dehoux who took over the restaurant in 2007. Jerome Dehoux, is an award winning French Chef who has worked all over the world and has more than 15 years experience. His reputation has grown internationally, built on his work in several Michelin Star Hotels in France, Switzerland, and the USA. He arrived back in the UK in 2004 and was waiting for another Visa to go back to the USA, when he met his wife, Lina, who has been managing restaurants for the past 10 years. Lina’s passion for European cuisine coupled with Jerome’s culinary skills have created a magical blend of menus at Chez Jerome. The atmosphere is warm, professional but friendly with rustic surroundings.With a European theme the concise menu is a tempting combination of Mediterranean flavours, French theory and superb English produce. The emphasis is on quality and seasonal freshness and every dish is a reflection of just this, allowing the ingredients to shine through. There are a choice of Set lunch 2 courses £12.95 (Mon-Sat) Set Dinner 3 Courses £19.95 Mon-Thu (FriSat £24.95) or A la carte menus with mouth watering dishes available; an example of the starters would include


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The Lytton Arms This month we met up with James Price who runs the Lytton Arms which adjoins the Knebworth estate, home of the Lytton family for many centuries. It is situated in the picturesque North Hertfordshire countryside and is very popular with ramblers, cyclists, locals and business people.


he Lytton Arms has been a Master Cask Conditioned real Ale House for many years, and this year has been included in Camra’s Good Beer Guide. The pub offers a variety of competitively priced Cask Ales, Lagers and a selection of Ciders. This together with the Easter and Summer Beer Festivals makes the pub one of the favourite watering holes for beer connoisseurs in the county. The 10 Cask ales feature 5 permanent and 5 Guest,

permanent being Admans Southwold, Sharp’s Doombar, Dark Star Hophead, Mighty Oak’s Maldon Gold, Tring’s Side Pocket for a Toad. Guest beers are rotated from a selection of 20 beers, details of which can be found on the web page. There is also a good range of bottled beers, ciders and draft lagers which include Carlsberg, Kronenburg 1664, Leffe Blond, Warsteiner, Fosters, Becks and Frulli. You will find a good selection of European and New world wines at reasonable prices, the wines have been carefully selected to compliment the food menu. There is also a selection of sparkling Wine and Champagne available. The Summer Beer Festival, featuring 40 Cask Ales and Ciders runs from Friday 24th until Monday 27th August with live music on each day. Details of the beer and artists will be available on the web page in August. The Lytton Arms Prides itself on fresh, homemade food cooked from first principles using only the best locally sourced fresh produce which is delivered daily. The premises has recently received a food hygiene inspection score of 5 stars from the Food Standard Agency of NHDC. An interesting and varied menu comprising of Lite Bites to full meals is available both at lunch times and evenings, meal times available on web page. The Lite menu served at lunchtimes offers a range of sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes, ploughman’s and salads. A full menu is served at lunch times and in the evening featuring great traditional English food. There is also a Pensioner’s menu which is a smaller version of the main menu, and priced accordingly. If you don’t fancy eating traditional English food, then try something from the specials board which has a

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selection of dishes from all over the world, including India, Thailand, West Indies, China, Europe and the USA. On Sunday’s you can enjoy a traditional roast, from a choice of Beef, Pork Turkey/Chicken with meat from Trussells the local butcher. There is live music every Friday (free Entry), a charity Quiz on the last Sunday of the month and a open Mic night for budding singers on the Second Thursday of the month where everyone is welcome. The Lytton Arms is available for functions, a large area can be sectioned off and is perfect for Weddings, Wakes, Retirement Parties and Birthday parties with a choice of a sit down meal, BBQ or buffet. The Lytton arms is Children and dog friendly and a great stop during a bike ride or walk through the country side, it is mentioned in the ramblers guide as good place to eat. We return next month to sample the food.

For further information or to book a table, call James on 01438 812312 or visit

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The Business was setup by Sue Dower who has over 20 years experience in the beauty industry, having watched it change from a niche market offering limited services to a huge and exciting industry. Sue has always been at the forefront being first to introduce exciting treatments, she still regularly attends beauty exhibitions and staff undergo continual training to achieve high standards. stablished in 1998, Beauty Within offers an Beauty within has a sister company; Suaith Massage extensive range of cutting edge health and beauty Therapies which is based just behind the main shop in treatments for both men and women. Based in a Middle Row and offers a range of traditional and innovative Grade II listed property in the Old Town of Stevenage, massage treatments including Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Beauty Within provides a friendly, chicHealth, and relaxed Head Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage, Reiki, Body & Wellness Specialist atmosphere in surroundings full of historical character. Usui and Hot Stone Massage.Visit www.massagestevenage. The team of exceptional therapists are dedicated to or call 01438 759114 for more details. enhancing your natural appearance and improving your For more details or to speak to a beauty therapist call sense of well-being using the best and most effective 01438 747432 or visit products around (many of which are available to buy). There are also a range of advanced treatments including “As a new customer I was made to feel extremely welcome, relaxed the award-winning CACI therapies and PRIORI Advanced and at ease.The salon was lovely and clean, and I would highly anti-aging skin peels. recommend BeautyWithin!” Heather Fennemore




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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?


here may come a time in your life when you lose mental capacity and are unable to manage your financial affairs or personal welfare, owing to some form of general incapacity or illness and you will need someone to act on your behalf.This person is called an Attorney.

What is an Attorney? An Attorney is a person given power to act on a Donor’s behalf, either through a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Finance or Health and Welfare if the Donor were to lose capacity. (The Donor is the person making the Lasting Power of Attorney).

Growing older can mean problems for us and our loved ones...  ! Loss of mobility or illness can make it difficult to manage your affairs.  The prospect of unpaid bills can cause unnecessary ! stress and anxiety and delay someone’s recovery.  Even the young can encounter problems due to ! accident or illness so age is no reason to not have one.  ! An elderly relative losing capacity is difficult enough for loved ones to deal with, without the added worry that finances are becoming muddled.

Lasting Power of Attorney Appointing an Attorney by creating a Lasting Power of Attorney ensures that if the worst were to happen and you lose mental capacity, you can rest assured that both your financial affairs and personal welfare are in safe hands. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is the only way to legally state who you wish to look after your affairs if you lose mental capacity. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney it is up to the Courts to make decisions for you which can be very costly, time consuming and distressing for your relatives.

These documents may be drafted in your home at a convenient time.... do not leave it until it is too late! For a local appointment, contact Steven White at Will Trusts & Probate Practise on 01462 820017 or 07954 162522

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ased in Datchworth on the Green, The Old Post Office Tea Rooms offers quality teas and coffees, cakes and cream teas. Breakfast and light lunches are served including home-made soup and everything is cooked/prepared fresh to order. Most produce is sourced as locally as possible or is Fair Trade, and there is a small delicatessen selling local produce including cheeses from Hitchin, pies from Theydon Bois, sausages, bacon and ham from a family butchers in Essex, gluten-free cakes from Tewin, cakes, preserves and some lovely smoked products

from Suffolk.The shop has been fitted out entirely with vintage furniture and fittings and produce is served on vintage china. The business is run by Sue Enmarch who spent 22 years working in IT in the City then 10 years self employed in various areas until the opportunity to rent the old Post Office shop came up unexpectedly in February 2012. Sue told us, “I had long thought that Datchworth was crying out for a quality tea room but had not previously been in a position to take this forward. Once I knew the shop was available to rent, things then moved very quickly. The vintage theme has become popular in recent years, but I remember going to a tea room on The Pavement in Clapham in the 1980’s and this is what I based my idea on. Going forward, I hope to convert one of the storage areas to the rear of the building into a gallery for local artists. We offer a friendly, quality service in relaxed surroundings. Many people have said it reminds them of “granny’s parlour” and evokes a different era.We also have a small courtyard to the rear of the building which is lovely when the sun is shining and dogs and cyclists are welcome.”

The Old Post Office Tea Rooms, 3 Datchworth Green, Datchworth, SG3 6TL 01438 816 034


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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.

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Julian Ivory PERSONAL TRAINER est. 1994

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A family run business providing home care services for adults and children Specialists in Annual Boiler/Central Heating Services Plumbing and Heating Requirements Boiler & Heating Installations Boiler Upgrades Power Flushing Pumps, Radiators & Valves Hot & Cold Water Tanks All Plumbing & Heating work undertaken For a free no obligation quote contact 01438 712712

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What’s on in JULY... Tuesday 10th July at 7pm - 9pm WiRE Networking Event, Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, SG6 1NX

Take a Break… CROSSWORD

Lively, supportive networking for female business owners in the area. Good parking, disabled access, wifi etc. Just £5 includes refreshments.

Tuesday 10th July 7.20pm Guided tour of Hitchin Lavender Farm, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, SG5 3UA Booking essential. Contact Nicholas Maddex, Chairman of Codicote Local History Society, 01438 821849.

Sunday 15th July 11am – 4pm Isabel’s Secrets Summer Fair, Isabel Day Hospice, Hall Grove, W.G.C, AL7 4PH Lovely garden, Plants, Gifts, Jewellery, Crafts, Cakes and other stalls. Face painting and Nail Art - all at reasonable prices. Children’s Lucky Dip. Country Dancing. Cream Teas and refreshments throughout the day. Something for all the family!

Saturday 21st July Battle Proms at Hatfield House, Hatfield Herts AL9 5NQ 12th annual Battle Proms Concert, Napoleonic cavalry, 200 live cannons, Spitfire display, breathtaking fireworks, sing along proms finale and Diamond Jubilee Gun Salute from a vintage QF Field Gun fired manually by a team of gunners.

Saturday 21st July Codicote Village day 2012, Codicote Sports & Recreation Ground, Bury Lane, Codicote, SG4 8XY The Annual Village Day begins with a parade down the High St and is followed by entertainment all afternoon with stalls, fairground rides, games and a full program of activity in the main arena. Fun for all the family. Free Entry

Sunday 22nd July, 2pm – 5.30pm NGS Open Garden at 84 Valley Road, Welwyn Garden City A dramatic sloping garden formed around an ‘amphitheatre’ of stone wall terracing, planted with drifts of drought-tolerant perennials and grasses. Adult £3, Children free,

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Saturday 28 Jul 2012, 12pm – 5pm Graveley Village Day Live Band at George and Dragon Pub, Punch and Judy Show, Books, Bric a Brac, Cream Teas, Magic entertainment and Ricky Rabbit, Children’s Roundabout, White Elephant stall, Tombola, Raffle, Hook the Duck, Many stalls, BBQ and much more. Stalls available for £15, phone 01438 367049 or 07868 648566. Free Entry and free car park.

Sunday 29th July, (Gates open at 2.30pm) Friends of Benslow Musical Family Picnic, Benslow Music, Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin, SG4 9RB Bring your own picnic and seating and enjoy an afternoon of music and possibly some dancing too! Fun and games for children and prize for best dressed teddy, licensed bar. Call the box office on 01462 459446 for tickets. GET YouR EVEnT LIsTED FoR FREE HERE, EMAIL: or call us on 01438 216 950 28

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Home Helpers Want a rewarding role working with local older people? If you can communicate well with older people and you are good at cleaning and other domestic tasks then we have the opportunity for you. Flexible hours between 9-5 weekdays. Rates £7.25p/h plus regular holiday pay. To apply, please call 01707 386068 or visit our website at

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Let me help you to get your business back on track I help small business owners get on top of their finances through friendly, affordable services: Preparing Accounts • Invoicing & Payments Systems setup & Software training VAT returns • Payroll • Credit Control Cash Flow • Petty Cash

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