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WELCOME TO OCTOBER As we are writing this mid September, we just got back from walking to school with our son and the fact that we needed coats and hats tells us that the Summer is really over! Christmas will be here before we know it, why not start to get a few presents over the next few weeks to save the stress of shopping in December! If you are stuck for ideas, Peony Floral Boutique has lots of unusual gifts, find out more on page 14; or for something really special get a leather bag designed for you by Mark Gizzi, see page 8. This month we popped in to The Fox at Woolmer Green, a lovely locals pub, you can find out more on pages 16 and 17. We also find out about a Singing group for people with Alzheimer’s on page 18. Don’t forget you can find the answers to the puzzles on our website – and we are also on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – @villagelifemag! Bye for now,

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Business: Peony Floral Boutique


Wellbeing: Marilyn Tuck – Fitness self sabotage


Business: Gizzi Bags


Business: UHY WKH – Tax problems for Subcontractors


Business: JD Design


Pub Review:The Fox


Community: Alzheimer’s – Singing for the Brain


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Pumpkin & Apple Gala at Luton Hoo on Saturday 13th October 2012

The Pumpkin and Apple Gala is a great day out for the whole family at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden. The event has been held for the past six years and last year attracted over 4,000 visitors. There are over 30 local schools, groups and charities involved in the Gala who will all be displaying their work in the main marquee (including an exhibition of 800 decorated pumpkins, squashes and gourds). There will also be a farmers market, show arena, falconry displays, horse logging demonstrations, dog show, face painting, live craft demonstrations, food demonstrators, a food court and refreshments with a hog roast, gourmet burgers, pumpkin soup and homemade cakes. There will be lots of entertainment including a walk around poet, folk singers, morris dancers, a craft fayre within a heated marquee and lots of children’s activities including rides, pumpkin shy and bouncy castle. The Pumpkin and Apple Gala runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13th October 2012, entry prices are £7 adults,£3 under 15s, £5 students and +60s and family tickets are £15. Parking is free and the address is Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo, Luton, Beds,LU1 4LF Directions: A1081, between Luton & Harpenden. Take Newmill End turning, turn left after 100yds & then follow WGP signs. For further information contact 01582 879089 or email 4

Aimi Percival Productions (Local Entertainer)

Aimi Percival Productions is a Hertfordshire based production company which specialises in entertaining the elderly by offering musical sing along shows that come to you. Actress/singer Aimi Percival started singing in residential homes shortly after her Nan moved in to a home. What makes Aimi and her team stand out is the personal touch from professional performers who really care about what they are doing. Aimi is happy to take on individual requests and adapts to any event from birthday to general entertainment. Show themes include Cockney, Irish, Musicals, Decades 1940s - present day, Best of British and many more. This year’s Christmas Cabaret is already proving popular with bookings in residential homes, hotels and pubs. Aimi usually entertains solo or as a duo but an extended version of her Christmas Cabaret, will be at two venues in December, The Stevenage Lytton Theatre on the 7th and Knebworth Village Hall on the 8th with both featuring a selection of professional vocalists. Aimi regularly has special offers of free tickets for any Hertfordshire residents in care. To keep up to date on Aimi’s events, you please join her Facebook page Aimi Percival Productions. Aimi likes to hear from relatives and care home staff. Aimi will be having raffles for a good cause at her Christmas shows, with last year’s raffle profits being spent on presents for the elderly in care homes without visiting relatives. If you could donate any prizes, big or small, then this would be really appreciated. For any further information or to book tickets for one of the Christmas shows, contact Aimi on 07790 480 352.

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Autumn Flowers & gifts

s summer fades into autumn and wedding season draws to a close, seasonal colours change from the soft pinks and lilacs of summer to warm reds, oranges and yellows with vibrant sunflowers and bloom chrysanthemums, chinese lanterns and crocosmia. Peony Floral Boutique create beautiful hand tied bouquets and autumnal arrangements using these lovely colours. Gourds, seed heads and twisted hazel can be added to arrangements making them extra special. Peony provides arrangements for gifts, celebrations, weddings, funerals and events, tailoring them to your requirements, they don’t produce a standard selection with everyone receiving the same design – they like to stand out from the crowd! For everyday flowers they always have a selection of reasonably priced bunches often matching supermarket prices, but offering superior quality and

flowers that have been cared for properly. All flowers have a guarantee of at least 5 days for delicate flowers and 7+ days for the majority. Seasonal plants include cyclamen, pansies and heather, all able to survive the colder nights.There are always a selection of outdoor plants outside the front of the shop, as well planted containers and hanging baskets. Peony are happy to do these to order, and if you would like to use a pot or basket you already have, bring it in and they will fill it for you.They also stock a good selection of indoor plants which can be purchased with matching containers and they will happily gift wrap them for you. With an ever increasing selection of gifts, Peony gives you the perfect opportunity to find something a bit different for friends and family, they stock everything from luxury toiletries, jewellery, scarves and bags, vases and home ware, crystals, fair and ethically traded items and much more.They are happy to deliver any of these alongside flowers and balloons.

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Fitness & weight loss programs: Do you sabotage your success?


t is now is the time to face a cold hard fact.

For everyone who starts any program or class there are those that don’t make the progress that others do. We know that everyone is different but what actually does make the winners succeed and stay on track? And, what is it that makes others fail, wander off onto other tracks, get lost, and never succeed. Perhaps we can liken it to the Olympic athletes.What makes those who get selected better than those who don’t? In most cases the answer is attitude; attitude to stay focused and to train despite all the things that could side-track them. It is difficult but they do it, and those that do it best get the medals. So, I am going to ask you two easy questions about your attitude: 1. How much do you WANT to be slimmer or fitter, or whatever? If you want to you will be researching, finding the best way for you, putting it in place and doing it. 2. How much do you BELIEVE you can? Now, this is a completely different question.This is a bit scary for those who have been on diets for years, and are now back to square one; scary too, for those who are still paying for an unused gym membership, or who ‘gave up’ last time.There can be a lot of doubt, such as, ‘What if I fail again?’ When we have doubt in our minds we make excuses, we try to avoid the situation, or blame other things if we fail; ‘They don’t do that class now’, ‘I am too busy’, ‘She cooked it so I couldn’t say no’.There are so many excuses people use to justify why they haven’t done something. In many cases they are in a repeat mental program that started years ago. Unconsciously they are sabotaging their own progress. So, today I am suggesting that you get your priorities right. Improved fitness and health will make a huge 6

difference to you, your work and your relationships with others.You deserve that! Use your drive and determination to be a winner. And, if anyone even thinks of excuses, or finds themselves side-tracked, recognise it as a ‘self sabotaging belief blockage’ and deal with it now. I am very good at finding why unconscious blockages happen and freeing them.

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Handmade Leather Bags from Knebworth based craftsman


ark Gizzi from Gizzi Leather makes high quality traditional leather bags and satchels from the best materials, all cut, stitched and finished by hand. The thought behind the manufacture is that the bags are made to last in a classic style that never goes out of fashion. Mark trained at Capel Manor College, one of the foremost leather craft and saddlery training establishments in the country where he learnt the skills and appreciation of his craft and the satisfaction of creating, by hand, products that will be used and loved for many years. Handmade quality – machines not allowed! From a small workshop in Knebworth, Mark hand makes bags and satchels to any specification from quality English saddlery leather using the best solid brass fittings and linen thread. As is traditional with satchels the bags are unlined.

From the marking and cutting to the hand stitching and finishing, every care is taken to produce an individual crafted item that when looked after will provide a lifetime of service. Mark told us, “Customers can choose the colour, bag size and style of fittings to be used. Some colours may take a little more time to source, but I always have stocks of black, dark brown and tan which are more traditional. As each stage of the construction is done by hand, I can incorporate the customer’s ideas creating a unique item. Leather is a natural product so it will improve with use and the colours will mature to become rich and deep. There is no menu of pricing as each bag is unique and will need more or less time and leather depending on the style. Please see my website where I have listed some of the bags I have made with what they would cost to give you a guide.There are more details and styles pages to give you an idea and examples of what can be made. It is usually quicker but expect a four to six week turnaround time from order to delivery.”

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UHY WKH – Tax problems for Subcontractors Adam Fernandes, Business Development Manager from UHY WKH Partnership Chartered Accountants talks about the problems subcontractors are currently facing obtaining a refund of tax…


nder the old Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) CIS25 vouchers were issued to all subcontractors as evidence of CIS tax withheld from their invoices. All vouchers were sent to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) allowing them to quickly and easily verify the tax credits being claimed, allowing any resulting refund to be issued quickly and efficiently to the tax payer. From April 2007 the system was updated, with CIS cards replaced by a telephone verification system, CIS Vouchers abolished altogether, monthly returns replacing annual ones and a host of minor changes introduced. It has become apparent that a further problem with the “new” scheme lies in securing refunds of tax due to sub contractors. Since the abolition of CIS vouchers, nothing is submitted alongside the tax return to show that they have overpaid CIS tax at source and are due refunds and, as a result, HMRC have been withholding refunds of tax pending verification of the figures returned. HMRC are in no hurry to issue refunds, and where a tax return does not marry up with HMRC’s record, taxpayers can expect little action until they chase HMRC for a progress update. It can take several weeks just to get an explanation why a refund is being withheld.Thereafter

the taxpayer will typically need to compile large volumes of information in support of the claimed deduction, and weeks (or months) of correspondence with HMRC may follow. Difficult enough for tax agents, the mind boggles at how an unrepresented taxpayer might secure the refund due. Whilst guidance on recovering refunds of CIS has now been published by HMRC, this only applies to limited companies. So for now it seems that sub contractors seeking a refund of tax will need a careful record of their income and CIS deductions and a healthy dose of luck if they are to extract their money from HMRC.

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Do you need help with your Interiors? Jane Fleming & Deborah Negri set up their interior design business in 2006. They were originally both working independently and decided to join forces to bring together their love and knowledge of interiors and to provide a complete interior design service to home owners and business owners.


heir interior business can provide a full interior design service including 3D drawings for both large and small projects and they offer inspirational ideas for all areas of the home and work environments. Projects range from hotel refurbishments, complete house renovations including kitchens and bathrooms, to designing a single room to sourcing single items. As well as being able to supply wallpapers, carpet, lighting, furniture and accessories, all at competitive prices, they also provide a complete soft furnishing service which includes all curtains, headboards, bespoke bedding, cushions and also offer a restoration and upholstery service.They really can help with even the smallest of design problems! One area which has been very well received is their home styling service where Jane and Deborah offer a three hour session for £285. Before visiting, clients complete a questionnaire and provide photographs of the room or area’s they need help with. Jane and Deborah can then come prepared and give tips and advice on the room layout, colours and fabrics, lighting, accessories and space saving, and anything else that the client needs help with.They believe the success of their home styling

service is because people are completely bewildered by the choice of furnishings that are now available. Jane told us, “Most people have a vision but just don’t know where to start, so the beauty of the home styling sessions is that they give inspiration and confidence for our clients to then move the project forward themselves”. Deborah said, “Feedback from clients is that they appreciate our friendliness, the personal service we offer, our knowledge, our attention to detail and finally, of course, they love the finished result!” The majority of Jane and Deborah’s work is by recommendation and they love the fact that clients ask them back to work on further projects with them. “Just wanted to say a very big thank-you for the fantastic work that you did in re-designing our five rooms for us.The rooms look fabulous, the decor and accessories that you have chosen are just perfect for what we wanted and so many people comment on how lovely the rooms look. Our children are thrilled with their bedrooms and love the fact that it’s their own personal space that they’ve helped to create!” “Throughout the entire project we appreciated your professionalism and patience with us during some of the decision making. Rest assured that we will be using you again in the future and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you to others.” Jane & Deborah would like to offer Village Life readers a discount of 15% on all items purchased through them when they book a Home Styling Session.This offer is available for the months of September and October.

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the fox This month we visited the Fox in Woolmer Green, a friendly country pub offering home-cooked food in a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where everyone is made welcome.


andlady Janice Beevor took over the Fox a year ago, she has a lot of experience in hospitality including 8 years in Ibiza running a family bar in a family resort. The bar was a huge success but the time came for Janice to sell up and move back home a few years ago. She did a few part time jobs, working in an office and helping out in a pub but her passion soon drove her to find a pub to run and her search led her to McMullen who offered her the Fox. Janice told us, “Running a pub was something I’d been thinking of doing for a while, I wanted something that was small enough for me to run on my own and didn’t need a lot of staff. The Fox is perfect and most

importantly it’s a locals’ pub, the atmosphere is nice and friendly and the customers are absolutely lovely. They come from all over here, not just Woolmer Green, but they’re all regulars and I know what someone is drinking when they come through the door!” The Fox offers great classic pub food which is all homemade, fresh on the premises, with dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Curry, Battered fish, Chilli, Soup and homemade desserts including Apple Pie, Bread Pudding and Profiteroles. Lighter meals include Ploughman’s, Jacket potatoes, Baguettes and a selection of Toasted Sandwiches (Spanish style).You can also enjoy an All Day Breakfast from 12pm. The menu has been recently extended and on a Sunday you can enjoy a choice of meat with all fresh vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and homemade desserts. There is a fantastic chef with experience of working for luxury hotels in the local area. With regards to the drinks, there are 2 ales to choose from AK and Country with a guest ale changing every 4-6 weeks. Lagers include Fosters and Kronenburg and also on draft is Strongbow and Guinness. There is a range of bottled ciders, a good range of wines and all the usual mixers and soft drinks. The Fox has free WIFI and a range of events including a Sunday football team and a Darts team. There is a Dominos team that play on Tuesday lunchtimes and a Quiz Night the first Sunday of the month from 8pm. If you are a local team or association and would like somewhere to get together then call Janice on 01438 488381. The Fox can cater for private functions for up to 60 guests including birthday parties, funerals, and christenings and Janice can take care of the catering.

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Opening times are 12pm - 3pm Monday to Thursday and 12pm - 12am Friday to Sunday. Food is served lunchtimes and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The pub is family friendly with children welcome and it is also dog friendly. There is a really nice atmosphere when you walk in and we would highly recommend a visit for a drink or a bite to eat.

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Singing for the Brain Singing for the Brain was first used within Alzheimer’s Society in 2003 and within Hertfordshire since 2010 and there are now 9 groups in total with Stevenage being one of them.


inging for the Brain in Stevenage is a fun, free service run by Alzheimer’s Society, this is a weekly group for people with Dementia and the people who care for them. Singing for the Brain helps give a sense of social inclusion with people meeting together, friendships are formed and people who come also meet socially outside the group. The sessions are an hour and a half and begin with a relaxed welcome with refreshments as people arrive, after about half an hour the singing leader calls everyone into a circle and uses a greeting song to welcome everyone by name. Once everyone is settled they begin with some gentle tried and tested vocal warm ups and breathing exercises used by singers around the world to strengthen the voice, ease tension and relax the muscles in hands, feet, neck and shoulders.This increases blood flow to the brain, helping to keep the brain in optimum condition. Action songs increase the playful exercise element and give challenges to the brain which other people with memory problems often cope with very well. Use of rounds, call and response and other ways of creating simple harmonies helps concentration. Well known songs are used to evoke verbal and emotional memories. New songs are taught to help challenge and extend skills. Sessions are usually unaccompanied though some leaders use light percussion or other accompaniment from participants. They generally finish with a quieter song as a calming finale and wish each other well until they meet next time. Sharon Meakin told us, “Our sessions are not just a singalong, they have structure, beginning with gentle warmup and breathing exercises, then a planned theme of songs sometimes with instruments, finishing with a warm down and goodbye song, feedback has told us this helps to promote a good sense of well being which they take away from the sessions and this can help the carers with their people at home. Research has shown that music

is one of the last things a person with Dementia will lose as the journey through their illness progresses, so we would like to encourage any person that has Dementia and people that care for them to come and try our sessions, they are FREE and really good fun!” Singing for the Brain meets on Thursdays at the Community Arts Centre on the Roaring Meg Retail Park at 2pm, for dates call Sharon Meakin on 01707 265326. Alzheimer’s Society also have a Dementia Café at the Arts Centre on the 3rd Wednesday of the month where people can go and meet for a chat, activities or to find out more information if a speaker is attending. For more information please contact Jenny Hewson on 07834 420760 / 01923 894222 Carers also have support available with a Support Group held at the Ibis Hotel in Stevenage on the last Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Cate Mitcham on 07720 946034 / 01462 433999 or Annette Cooke on 07720 946032

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his month we speak to Chris at Tewin Mobile Vets, a professional veterinary service that comes to your door. Chris has over a decade of experience in veterinary practice and has strong interests in orthopaedics, radiography and cardiology.The concept of Tewin Mobile Vets came about through Chris’s love of village life and desire to offer old fashioned personal service to villagers and their pets.Tewin Mobile Vets can offer excellent care in your home at rates comparable to taking your pet to a surgery. Owners can expect an excellent professional service with a real focus on providing villagers with high quality veterinary care. All consulting is done in the comfort of your home and includes the full range of appointments from vaccinations, health checks & microchipping to poorly pets. If hospitalisation or surgery is required, pets will be picked up and dropped off.

When asked why he established the business, Chris told us, “I feel that many people are less able or less willing to take their animals to a vet due to either disability or the stress it causes their pets. My home visits will cost owners a similar amount to taking their pets to a vet. I offer an honest service without the corporate ‘sell culture’ which seems to pervade many large veterinary practices.” Village Life Readers can enjoy 10% of any vaccination by mentioning Village Life (A saving of up to £4.90). Appointments are available from 8am - 6pm on week days and 9am - 4pm on Saturdays. training sessions from £20 in circle

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Sat 13th Oct, 10am - 4pm Pumpkin & Apple Gala at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo, Luton, Beds LU1 4LF Something for all the family, falconry displays, morris dancers, horse logging demonstrations, market place with local artisans and food producers, live Craft demonstrations, pumpkin shy, a bouncy castle and many more children’s activities. Exhibition of 800 pumpkins, squashes and gourds decorated by children from 30 local schools. Hog roast, gourmet burgers, pumpkin soup and homemade cakes. Contact 01582 879089, Directions: A1081, between Luton & Harpenden. Take Newmill End turning, turn left after 100yds & then follow WGP signs.

Mon 15th Oct, 2pm - 4pm Hitchin Scrabble Club, British School, Hitchin Meet third Monday of every month. Friendly games and good refreshments, Everyone welcome, just turn up. £1.50p per session. Phone Janet for info on 01462 454469 / 07944 026 387.

Sat 20th Oct 2.30pm - 4pm Children and Baby’s Nearly New Sale, Great Ashby Community Centre, Whitehorse Lane, Stevenage Toys, dvds, games, puzzles, clothes (up to age 12) and equipment. Entry 50p per adult children free. Raising funds for Stevenage Borough Juniors Under 10 Football Team.

Saturday 20 Oct 2012 10.30am - 3pm Luton Aircraft & Transport Enthusiasts’ Fair, Vauxhall Recreation Club, Gipsy Lane, Luton, LU1 3JH

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Thurs 25th October, 8am - 6.30pm Brocket Hall Charity Golf Day in aid of Isabel Hospice’s 30th Birthday Entry fee £500 for a fourball, includes coffee and bacon baguettes on arrival. Shotgun Start with a Team Stableford Competition followed by a meal, prize giving and auction. For more info call Fundraising on 01707 382500.

Mon 29th - Wed 31st October, 12pm start Pumpkin Trail and Treats, Knebworth House, Park and Gardens, SG1 2AX Pumpkin Trail and Treats: Pumpkin trail and treat for children. Adults £3.50 Children £5.00, visit GEt yOuR EVENt LiStED fOR fREE HERE, EmAiL: or call us on 01438 216 950 28

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