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ISSUE 12: JULY 2012

1st birthday issue!

The Chequers Inn LANDSHUTTLE GMi aerials

Plus LOCAL BUSINESSES SHOWCASED Tewin • Datchworth • Oaklands • Digswell • Woolmer Green • Watton at Stone • Bull’s Green • Burnham Green • Hammer Green Village Life (Tewin) Issue 12 0712.indd 1

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The Belmont Pub, Bar & Restaurant A typical English village pub on the outside set on a lovely village green, with a stylish bar and restaurant on the inside. Fresh food with fresh ingredients from local suppliers

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Example dishes from offer menu Chicken Chasseur with Mash Potatoes & A Green Panache of Vegetables Home made Fish Pie with a Light Cheese Topping & Selection of Vegetables Mushroom Risotto with Rocket & Parmesan Shavings & Wild Rocket Char Grilled Chicken Supreme with Avocado Salad Char Grilled Gammon Steak, Fried Egg & Shoestring Fries Belmont Burger, with Cheddar or Blue Cheese, Shoestring Fries & Salad Garnish Fresh Battered Fish with Shoestring Fries & Peas Fillet of Salmon with New Potatoes & Salad Garnish Homemade Beef, Mushroom & Guinness Pie served with Seasonal Vegetables & Mustard Mash Opening Hours Tuesday - Friday 12-3pm & 6pm - close Saturday 12pm - evening close Sunday 12-7pm

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The Belmont Pub, Bar & Restaurant 108 Burnham Green Road, Burnham Green AL6 0NQ 01438 798 800 www.belmontrestaurant.co.uk

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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 first anniversary so we would just like to say a huge thank you to all of our advertisers. 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 you can find the answers to the puzzles on our website – www.villagelifemag.com and we are also on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – @villagelifemag! Bye for now,

Jose & Melanie

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CONTENTS

THE CHEQUERS INN: PAGE 14-15

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Local news

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Wellbeing: MarilynTuck – Dealing with school holidays

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Business: Landshuttle

10-11: Business: GMI Aerials 13:

Business: Stagg Property Services

14-15: Pub Review:The Chequers Inn

ABACUS PARTY COVER: PAGE 16

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Business: Abacus Party Cover

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Leisure: Lifestyle Pilates

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Business: Abbotts Wills & Probate Services

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What’s on in July / 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 9 villages. Find us in Tewin, Datchworth, Oaklands, Digswell, Woolmer Green, Bull’s Green, Burnham Green, Hammer Green and Watton at Stone.

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EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Melanie Saavedra 01438 216950 sales@villagelifemag.com Village Life is published monthly by MJS Publishing. 01438 216950, www.villagelifemag.com © 2012 Village Life (Tewin). Village Life (Tewin) 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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A look at Watton-at-Stone Watton-at-Stone is situated midway between Stevenage and Hertford in the valley of the River Beane with a population of approx 2300, living in around 920 households. It offers a peaceful rural life style whilst at the same time having great transport links with access to the A1 and A10, and a train station with a direct line to London Kings Cross and Moorgate. The A602 formerly ran through the centre of the village between Stevenage and Hertford before a bypass was built in the 1980s through farmland to the north east. The section of the road to Hertford was renamed the A119, and the A602 then ran out of Watton-at-Stone to Ware. The name Watton first appeared in writing in an eleventh century publication of tenth century AngloSaxon wills as Wattun. It was later recorded in the Domesday Book as both Wodtune and Watone. The origin of the word is uncertain, and is variously ascribed to Old English wád, or woad, and ton meaning small farming settlement; or waden meaning ford; or from waétan meaning watery. The suffix -at-Stone dates from the early thirteenth century and is derived from the presence of two large examples of Hertfordshire puddingstone. A Roman Road ran from Verulamium (modern St Albans), fording the River Beane at Watton-at-Stone. A battle between the Danes and Saxons took place nearby in 1016 and in later years, the natural springs in the area once made the village a popular spa town. The village has a number of dwellings dating from early Tudor, such as Watton House, through to late Georgian constructions. Its Flintstone rubble Anglican church dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Andrew dates from the fifteenth century and is built in the Perpendicular style. The Iron Age Aston Mirror was found nearby, closer to Watton-at-Stone than to the village of Aston, but technically in Aston parish due to the convoluted border. It is now kept at the British Museum. A collection of Belgic armour and weaponry was discovered in the mid-19th century by workers digging a drain at the north end of the village. Famous residents include boxing promoter Frank Warren, the Sun’s racing tipster ‘Templegate’ was also a previous resident of the village. It was the birthplace and childhood home of the actor Rupert Grint, (Ron Weasley in Harry Potter). The famous locomotive

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engineer Sir Nigel Gresley lived in Watton House until his death in 1941 and evangelical author and social campaigner Edward Bickersteth was rector of the church for twenty years from 1830 until his death in 1850. The name is also spelled unhyphenated as Watton at Stone and appears in this form on Ordnance Survey maps. Sarah Coughlan from Studio C Architects has been a resident in the village for 2.5 years and told us, “I have lived in and around Hertfordshire most of my life, and the move to Watton-at-stone village is hopefully going to be my final move. I feel very lucky to be a resident of the village, which has a really strong community spirit. I have been particularly struck by how friendly and welcoming everyone is; it is so refreshing to actual know, speak and socialise with ones neighbours.”

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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 www.marilyntuck.co.uk, weight loss recordings/complete weight loss series. Read the details, listen to a sample, and you decide.

www.marilyntuck.co.uk Knebworth phone 07962 811907

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Landshuttle Limited, Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DL 01438 740033 www.landshuttle.co.uk Neil O’Connell the Managing Director told us:

“We think it’s Important for you the Client to know a little about the Chauffeur Company that you are going to put your trust in, because it’s sometimes the smallest details that can make the biggest difference, primarily you need to get to your destination safely, you need to be on time and travel in comfort, peace of mind is all important, after all if we can’t supply these things then you may as well drive yourself! Our Chauffeurs are Employees of the Company, and as such have to undergo a defensive driving audit every year with an independent Advanced Driving Instructor; we take our safety responsibilities very seriously and are happy to supply you with copies of any Chauffeur driving assessments. We at Landshuttle have been providing a unique luxury Chauffeur drive service for the more discerning traveller for over 20 years, our fleet of Mercedes- BenzVehicles include the highest specification E-Class saloons andViano MPV’s which are purchased from new and then replaced every 24 to 36 months.TheseVehicles are rigorously maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines by MercedesBenz technicians at approved Mercedes Benz Dealerships. Landshuttle does not operate previously owned or poorly maintainedVehicles. Whether you’re travelling to an Airport, a Business meeting, Sporting event or just out to the Theatre it is very important to us that you receive a service from us that you will be happy to recommend to others.We are also experienced in transport for large groups including Coach Bookings, Corporate Events and Executive meetings. The key to Landshuttle’s success is the care taken in planning every journey; Bookings are managed by in our office at the Business and Technology Centre in Stevenage, we constantly monitor traffic and airport situations, bookings

are checked and double checked before you even get into the Vehicle. Once you have made your booking you can relax and leave the rest to us. Landshuttle is very serious about client confidentiality; we never share your personal details with anyone, and thus your information is kept in accordance with Data Protection Legislation” Lee Morris has worked as a chauffeur for Landshuttle for a number of years, he told us:

“I am an employed Chauffeur at Landshuttle and I drive a MercedesE-250 Turbo Diesel Blue efficiency model, which is very well equipped, fuel efficient and comfortable, I feel very safe driving it, and that’s important to me because I want my clients feel safe with me behind the wheel. My vehicle will be replaced when it is 3 years old, I never have to drive a previously owned, or poorly maintained vehicle, it’s no doubt is a more costly way of doing things, but it is the way that Landshuttle operates and I feel safer as a result. I drive for around 50 thousand miles per year and I know that my company will never cut corners in the pursuit of extra profit” Landshuttle accept all major credit cards and make no surcharge for using such payment methods.

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GMI Aerials supply, install, test and commission Aerials and Satellite Dishes to homes, businesses and commercial developments. Based in Welwyn Garden City, they have been running their family business for 16 years and their services include Digital TV/FM/DAB Aerials/FREEVIEW/ FREESAT/Satellite Dishes including ASTRA/HOTBIRD and other Foreign Satellites.

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MI Aerials also repair Aerials and Satellite Dishes and provide a fault finding service for TV reception and signal problems, including re-tuning TV Sets.They can move or re-locate Aerials and Dishes, install new outlet plates, run new cables to various positions i.e. a bedroom, a garage or even a conservatory and can provide the option of Sky Multi-Room. As a professional Aerial Company; they are accredited by the (CAI Plus) which is the Confederation of Aerial Industries and have had to undergo rigorous checks to become members and only use CAI approved quality equipment and cables.They are RDI-LB registered (a scheme backed by the Government that requires every member to become qualified and undergo important checks) and also members of the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Trustmark Scheme (which means they have been fully checked for issues such as competence and quality of work, qualifications, insurances and financial probity). GMI Aerials’ Engineers are all (CRB) checked, fully trained (including Height Training Certification and NVQ 10

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Level 2 Qualifications), to ensure professional standards are maintained and adhered to and their customer service levels are second to none. GMI Aerials also provide commercial services for Building and Housing Developers, Housing Associations, Letting Agents and Estate Agents both in the Home Counties and in and around London. Commercial Development Projects range from a small Block of 3 flats to several hundred Flats and include Communal Aerial Services, Regenerations and Updating old systems for brand new TV/FM/DAB/SKY Satellite Services. Systems can be installed on an Outright Purchase basis or on a Rental basis under a Rental Contract which is typically over a 15-20 year period. (An alternative approach for many property developers especially during a recessionary period). GMI Aerials employ Technical Experts who attend Site Meetings and carry out Site Surveys.They then design a TV/FM/DAB/SKY Satellite System in accordance with the Site Specification and Survey for each development. In addition, GMI Aerials Engineers are also Qualified Door Entry Installers and they can provide the same service for Door Entry installations so as to provide the services all under one package so to speak. Michelle Inder told us, “We are a family run business with family values and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, our customers are extremely important to us as we wouldn’t be here without them. We find that 90% of our customers come back to us and a large part of our business comes from word of mouth recommendations. Being in the area for such a long time means that we have a very good relationship with some local High Street Retailers who in turn recommend us to their customers. Our aim is to be as helpful as we can to our customers on the telephone by providing them with the best possible advice we can give on the problems they are experiencing or even with issues such as the Digital Switchover. Our motto is no job is too small or too large; we are just as happy to install a single Aerial or Satellite Dish to one home as we are installing them on multiple occupancy systems on commercial developments.We have

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installed our Systems in local schools such as Queenswood, Lakeside and Southfield and regularly work with businesses both locally and in and around London.We have a lot of experience working on new builds, building developments, retail parks and shops, commercial premises and tower blocks providing communal aerial and dish installations for flats, apartments and buildings of multiple occupation.”

“GMI Aerials provided an excellent service fixing my aerial problems.They were pleasant, polite and honest to deal with. They were also clean, quick and efficient, reasonably priced and also didn’t try to charge me for any item or service I didn’t actually need, as they carefully explained to me. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough” Steve Fawcett,Welwyn Garden City.

I have used GMI aerials several times now and they are brilliant, super service and at a great price!”

FREEVIEW and FREESAT allow you to have a digital TV service without signing up to a contract or paying a monthly fee. If you just want a basic TV service and are not interested in premium channels such as Sky Sports and Movies, a FREEVIEW or FREESAT digital TV service may be ideal. fReeVieW includes a basic line-up of around 50 digital TV channels from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky and Virgin. It’s by far the cheapest digital TV service; you will just need an Aerial and a set-top box (which start from around £20). All modern TV Sets will have built-in FREEVIEW. fReesaT offers more channels, with around 70 available and requires a Satellite Dish and a set-top box again (starting around £50).

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Bronze – an annual boiler service – £72 one off fee or £7.00 a month. Silver – an annual boiler service plus an annual unvented pressurised hot water tank service – £116 one off fee or £10.50 a month. Gold – an annual boiler service and breakdown call out – £162 one off fee or £14.50 a month. Platinum – an annual boiler service plus an annual unvented pressurised hot water tank service and breakdown call out – £198 one off fee or £17.50 a month. All prices quoted include labour and vat but exclude parts. Monthly fees are payable by standing order over 12 months. Stagg Property Services are Gas Safe registered and also carry out landlord CP12 gas safety checks. Power flushing is also available.

So need a plumbing or heating job carried out? Call for a free no obligation quote: Stagg Property Services Ltd 01438 712712 info@staggproperty.co.uk July 2012

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The Chequers Inn This month we visited The Chequers Inn in Woolmer Green, a family Pub/Restaurant which is owned and run by Marian and Nick Darter with their son Ben, who is the head chef. The Chequers is a lovely village pub with a real sense of community, it was given the CAMRA North Herts Community Pub of the year award in 2009.

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s a former Coaching Inn, the pub retains an old world charm and has a small selection of comfortably fitted bedrooms.There is a bar area with traditional furniture, a restaurant with a more contemporary feel and a large garden with the same menus available throughout. There are three draft ales –Young’s and two guest ales which change regularly. Lagers include Carlsberg, Carling and Stella and there is also draft Guinness and Scrumpy Jack.You will find all the usual spirits, mixers and soft drinks and a good selection of reasonably priced wines, with some available by the glass. All food is homemade and prepared on the premises from fresh, daily delivered produce.You will find some

fantastic starters on the menu including Breaded Calamari with Thai Chilli Mayonnaise, Crusty Bread & Rocket Salad, Warm Smoked Duck Salad with Walnuts, Dolcellata & Honey Roast Figs, and Crayfish and Avocado Cocktail with Chilli & Citrus Mayo. Main Courses include Sticky Chicken with Lemon, Honey & Chilli Sauce, French Fries & Rocket Salad, Char-Grilled Gammon Steak with Bubble & Squeak, Fried Hens Egg and Spinach Cream, and Goats Cheese, Red Onion & Sun blushed Tomato Tart with Sautéed Potatoes and Salad.There is a selection of fish including Seabass, Seabream and battered Cod and Chips, a specials board which changes regularly, and a snack menu offering Homemade Burgers, Chicken Kebabs, Home Roasted Ham, Egg and Chips, Cajun Chicken Burger and a variety of Baguettes and Jacket potatoes. Desserts include Sticky Toffee Pudding, Homemade Shortbread with Strawberries & Cream, and Apple & Berry Crumble. Wednesday and Saturday are pie days where you can enjoy a fantastic pie with choice of potatoes and fresh vegetables for just £5.75.The pies have won awards and people come from all over to taste them, you will always find a choice of 6 or 7 pies including Steak & Stilton, Lamb & Mint, Chicken & Chorizo, Pork with Stuffing & Apple,Venison & Red Wine and a Vegetarian option. On Thursdays you can enjoy a £6.50 menu with 8 dishes available including Homemade Burgers, Cod & Chips, Liver & Bacon, Curry, Chilli, Cottage Pie, Fisherman’s Pie and Pork Chops. On Sundays you can enjoy a roast for £7.95 with a choice of 3 meats or Pie of the day, with roasted potatoes, homemadeYorkshire Pudding and vegetables.The

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restaurant is available for functions and holds 40 people for a sit down meal, perfect for private parties, christenings and funerals. Marian is actively involved in the community and the pub regularly holds fundraising events for various charities.This year she has been raising money for Herts Air Ambulance with race nights, a bike ride and she is just about to fly off to Italy to climb 3 volcanoes! The Chequers had one surprise that I hadn’t counted on, a Secret Zoo! In the garden there is a zoo area with Continental Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Miniature Chickens, Chipmunks, Quails, BooBook Owls and the main stars Ralph and Ruby – an adorable pair of Indian Eagle Owls which are just a few months old.This is perfect for children to see while parents are enjoying a drink or bite to eat in the garden over the summer. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Monday 4pm to 11pm and Sunday 12pm – 9pm. Food is served Tuesday to Friday from 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm – 8.30pm, Sunday 12pm – 3pm and Saturday 12pm – 8.30pm. A date for your diary – on the 29th July there is a family fun day from 2pm – 5pm with live music, BBQ, Bouncy Castle and a Homemade Cake Stall. For more information or to book a table, or enquire about a function, call Marian on 01438 813 216 or visit www.benicksatthechequers.co.uk. We will be returning next month to sample the menu and see those lovely Owls again!

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Abacus Party Cover Abacus Party Cover offers marquee hire for all types of events including Weddings including Asian Weddings Ceremonies, Birthday Parties, Funerals, Anniversaries and Corporate Events.

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ver the last 18 months the business has grown from 2 marquees and a few chairs to 7 marquees with a spectrum of extra’s to really make any event a memorable occasion including lining, carpets, lighting, heating and a selection of furniture hire. The business was set up by Mark Hammond after looking for an alternative venue for a party as he didn’t want the cost and constraints of a Village Hall. He looked in to hiring a small marquee which is a lot less restricted and means you can enjoy the party in the comfort of your own home; however most marquees available are too large for smaller events, and finding a small marquee hire company that can do the whole package wasn’t easy. So that’s where Abacus comes in.

“Finding a small marquee hire company that can do the whole package wasn’t easy. So that’s where Abacus comes in.”

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