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WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER Welcome to the second issue of Village Life, firstly we would like to start with a huge thank you for all the lovely comments we have received from many of the villages, we really appreciate your kind words. This month we have our regular hypnotherapist Marilyn Tuck, our dog training and photography columns, a travel feature and lots of other great stories for you to enjoy. We visit Tewinbury Farm Hotel and revisit the Horns Pub for a food review, you can also win a free meal for two! It has been great to hear from you with local stories and events for the “What’s On” section, please keep them coming either send us an email or give us a ring. We firmly believe in keeping business local and supporting local trades, you will find adverts for local businesses covering the villages, please mention Village Life when you call. You can also visit our website – CALL Us: 01438 216950 Bye for now

Jose & Melanie



Local news


Business: Getting the balance right


Wellbeing: MarilynTuck – Holidays all over, time for you!


Local Business Feature: Russell Dickson Landscape Design


10-11: OnYour Travels: Dubai 12-13: Stepping back in time: Roman Artefacts in Welwyn 14:

Food Review:The Horns Pub in Datchworth

18-19: Business Focus:The Restaurant at Tewin Bury Farm 22:

Recipe of the Month: Moules Marinière


Handy Work: Pottery Lessons


What’s on in September/Take a break


Hints & Tips: Dog Training/Photography

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 Village Life is published monthly by MJS Publishing. 01438 216950, © 2011 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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TeWin SToReS looKing FoR VolunTeeRS Tewin Stores offers home grown foods, fresh fruit and vegetables and is run by volunteers. Some items cost less than major supermarkets and there is a cafe with seating inside and outside so you can relax and take your time doing the weekly shopping. You may just see a lovely plant or two for your home, or a gift for a friend. Their friendly volunteers will make you feel at home. In fact if you would like to help, they are always looking for friendly enthusiastic people to give some time and benefit from helping Bev the manager. You can contact Tewin stores on 01438 717929.

The copper Beech art gallery The Copper Beech Art Gallery in Little Wymondley is in a beautifully restored barn and is run on a non profit-making basis to help as many artists as possible with all proceeds from sales going to the artist. The gallery has fantastic list of resident local artists including International artist Jean Pictan, Louise Shotter who paints, sculpts and is a goldsmith and silversmith, Cathy Smale who paints in oils, Liz Wagstaff who created images from moulding, guilding and paint effects, Fiona Benjamin who creates mosaics from fossils, precious stones and vintage china, Judith McKay who paints in water colours and acrylics, Val Cansick who paints moonlight scenes with acrylics and Simon Pierson who creates images from mathematics as well as local and fantasy scenes. There are many other artists which change on a regular basis so there is always something new and fresh to see. They have also introduced crafts from specialists including a lady that dresses teddies, a Quilter and a Milliner and you can also buy a selection of beads and findings. A vintage tea room has just opened in the Gallery serving teas and coffee with a range of homemade cakes, cream teas, sandwiches and Paninis). The room has vintage hand decorated furniture and surroundings and has the ambience of an old English team room offering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere. The gallery is relaxed and welcoming with plenty of parking space available. Opening times are Tuesday to saturday 10.30am to 4.00pm, for further information, call Fran on 07794 969908 or visit Wymondley Hall Farm, Priory Lane, Little Wymondley, Herts, SG4 7HE


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Last month saw the return of the annual Tewin Classic Car Show on Upper Green. The event was a huge success with over 340 cars including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars, TVRs, Rolls Royce, Bentleys, Six E type Jaguars, a rare FC Land Rover (1975) from a Military Owners Group. The Pontiac Owners Club showed just how large some of the American cars can be. Watford Classic vehicle club were there in force and Triumph owners drove up from Essex. It was a very well organised, enjoyable day out with plenty of refreshments, entertainment and a variety of stalls.

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Getting the balance right when you are running your own business


ince setting up my own business in 2007 I have met many business owners who struggle to maintain a work-life balance that allows them to enjoy all aspects of their lives whilst building their business. Here are some tips to help achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle whilst growing a successful business. • Create a timetable and factor in ‘me’ time. It’s all too easy to allow work to take over and if you don’t create non-negotiable blocks of time for yourself you will soon find that you are running yourself ragged and unable to give your best to your business and your clients. • Don’t let your business control you. It is a separate entity that should be under your control. Establish an ‘agreement’ between yourself and your business and how much time you will give to it. You will achieve a more balanced lifestyle and keep yourself sitting firmly in the driving seat! • Manage your clients and don’t overpromise. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of responding to every whim of your client. Be clear about what and when you can deliver and they will respect you for it.Those that don’t may not be worth having. • Make contingency plans and get support where you need it. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate the bits you’re not so good at to people who are. Make sure there is someone who can step in if for any reason you have to step out of the business for a period of time. • Take care of your health. What can be more important? Take time out to follow a healthy fitness routine and don’t feel guilty about it. Looking after yourself is the most critical aspect of being successful in business. Jenny Shervell is Owner/Director of JS Consultancy Services, Chartered MCIPD, TCA Accredited Coach and a regular contributor to 3 Counties Radio, Business Panel. Jenny works with individuals and businesses providing coaching, consultancy and training solutions. Co-founder of Catalyst Business Support Group, contact Jenny on or 01462 433033/07974 314312. September 2011

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Holidays all over, time for you! Introducing Marilyn Tuck – Clinical Hypnotherapist The fun in Marilyn Tuck’s work is the variety. People see her for all sorts of things: snoring, teeth grinding, and sleeping; flying, needles, thunder and claustro phobias; finding, mending and improving relationships; and, as she mentioned before, emotional stressy stuff that brings on anxiety, anger, sadness, comfort eating, drinking and smoking. Often entwined these can be unpicked and leave a person really pleasantly changed within a few weeks, or a few months. The trick is motivation, want to do it, ask for help, and then let it happen.


ell, the school holidays are over and you may be breathing a sigh of relief.You have your own space back. The house can stay clean for a bit longer each day and it may be a bit quieter. So, what are you going to do? Firstly, if you work, it will be back into the old routine. If you don’t work, or work part time, then you may have some time to focus on yourself. Do you need to lose weight or exercise? It’s a known fact, that as you lose weight you need to tone the muscles to get your shape back.You need to exercise, also, to use up those calories that went to fat over the holidays, or even before. Exercise does not have to be a programme at the gym, it can be involve joining a fun dance class, zumba, singing, volunteer work where you are moving about, even walking up and down the stairs at work instead of taking the lift.Why not use your own stairs at home to your advantage, get out the Wii, or find the fitness equipment under the bed. Pilates, yoga and tai chi are brilliant exercise for anyone, especially those with back problems, while using the summer weather for 6

walking is free, has no restrictions, and clears the head. If you need a shove to exercise, a kick to keep you going, then come and see me. If you have overindulged in chocolate and crisps then you had better come and get those out of your diet! I help people lose weight in all sorts of ways.The idea is to stop the continual battle up and down. And what about sleeping? We all need our sleep.The body balances and readjusts, heals and regroups when we sleep. Sleeping properly allows one to wake up feeling nice and refreshed, to think clearly and make good decisions. This is vital for a happy and confident lifestyle. Check all your family members, everyone should be sleeping well. Lack of sleep is easy to deal with. Go to my website and

download one of my relaxing sleeping audios.They come in mp3 and CD. Listen at night when you are ready to go to sleep, or when you are lying there wanting to return to sleep. The Wave of Relaxation helps you to sleep beautifully in a few short days. Powering Down helps get rid of those thoughts that waste hours of valuable sleeping time.There’s one for teeth grinders and there’s even help for snorers there, which will give everyone else a better nights sleep. For a short time these audios are at a very good price. and remember, personalised consultations are also available in Knebworth, phone 07962 811907

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garden Landscape Design and Construction


ussell Dickson has over 20 years of landscape experience working throughout the UK on projects as simple as a raised vegetable bed, to the complexities of a terrace with balustrading and statues. He specialises in stonework and is skilled in all aspects of landscape design from walling and fencing to planting and water features. “Growing up at school I was always told off for staring out of the window. I was much more interested in what was happening outside”, says Russell. “I eventually persuaded my parents to let me go to college to study landscape design”. “On my first visit to a client, I spend time getting to know them and finding out what the priorities are in the garden. I appreciate input from the client, not only at this stage but throughout the process.This ensures that the finished garden is exactly what they want.” After the initial meeting, Russell will take precise measurements and go away to do a detailed drawing. He will usually have an indication of the budget and he then focuses on enhancing the existing garden. Often, he is able to use existing materials in the new project to keep the cost down. Russell considers the practical side as well as the aesthetic. A drive must first be functional; a vegetable area accessible; a water feature should be designed to attract wildlife as well as being visually pleasing.The final garden should be not only manageable but also tranquil and attractive. “Russell’s transformation of my patio is absolutely delightful; the best thing I have ever spent money on. I look at it every morning and wonder why I didn’t do it years ago!” Gillian Cope, Mill Hill, London “When I looked at Russell’s innovative design for our rather dull pond, my day suddenly became brighter. His translation of our 8

thoughts and ideas was exactly what we had envisaged and much more. His attention to detail and ability to stay within budget was commendable.” Jeremy Bretherton, Kings Walden. For a full quote or just to chat about your plans call Russell on 07833 591340 or visit russell Dickson Landscape garden Design and Construction Telephone: 07833 591340

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itting at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe Dubai is ideally located for a short break, stop over en-route to your final destination or as your main holiday resort. Originally a small fishing settlement that became a busy port of call on the ancient trade route, the emirate was rapidly transformed into an international business centre and modern tourist destination following the discovery of oil in 1966. Today Dubai offers the most comprehensive and cosmopolitan holiday destination where “old meets new” and “east meets west”. The hotels rank as some of the best in the world where the service and facilities are second to none. The main tourist areas of Dubai are Jumeriah Beach which is mainly occupied by luxury hotels and home 10

to the famous Burj Al Arab. Bur Dubai is old Dubai and famous for the Gold Souk and Spice Souk, this area is full of history and culture. The Palm Islands, 3 of the largest manmade islands which are apparently visible from the moon! The Palm Jebel Ali home to a fantastic water park, Palm Deira is going to be residential and finally The World which is made up of 300 islands resembling a map of the world! A few of the popular attractions include: the old Bastakiya district which is a step back in time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers. The souks, or traditional markets, are popular with bargain hunters as well as sightseers and photographers. The most famous is the Gold Souk, where the

narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything golden, from 24-carat bars to rings and elaborate necklaces. No visit to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the races…the camel races. This is a traditional sport in the UAE and hugely popular among local Emiratis who head to the race tracks early in the morning. The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most photographed sights in Dubai. A fine example of modern Islamic architecture, this beautiful mosque is also one of the city’s largest, with a majestic dome and twin minarets, and is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims for tours. Children are not forgotten and Dubai has many attractions to keep children of all ages happy. Wonderland Theme and Water Park in Dubai Creek Park is the perfect

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place to cool down! The Caribbean themed park offers thrilling rides and slides such as the Red Baron, the spinning-coaster, the Action Arm, Lazy River and Surf Hill. Wonderland is a great way to spend the day with the family and a must for children of all ages. Wild Wadi Water Park on Jumeriah beach is one of the most advanced water theme parks ever designed; the five-hectare (12-acre) water park at Wild Wadi offers families and thrill seekers hours of fun, relaxation and adrenalinpumping action. Designed like an Arabian wadi (oasis), the park has an Arabian folklore theme.You will also find a dolphinarium, children’s city an educational park and Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates. Dubai is also known as a shopper’s paradise and the world largest shopping mall opened in November 2008, Dubai Mall is home to around twelve hundred retailers. It is the size of more than fifty football pitches and features an ice rink, a hotel, and is the gateway to the Burj Dubai; the tallest building in the world. The mall is home to a number of the world’s best known stores including Bloomingdales, Marks and Spencer and Montblanc. Designers such as Stella McCartney also have outlets in the complex and world famous jewellers Tiffany & Co. have a branch located there. No trip to Dubai would be complete without an outing to Dubai’s latest shopping spectacular.

Having been to Dubai myself I have first hand knowledge of this exciting destination, I fell in love with Dubai and all it has to offer. I stayed at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel and can only say that you will not be disappointed if you stay here, the breakfast buffet was the largest and most diverse I have ever seen and the attention to detail was amazing. The staff greet you by name on arrival and the service continues to wow you throughout your stay, with 23 restaurants, 6 bars, 6 pools, a marina, private beach area and 24 hour golf buggies to drive you around the complex – this hotel will blow you away! I would highly recommend an excursion into the desert for the sand dune 4 x 4 driving followed by camel riding then a visit to a Bedouin village and ending with a traditional Arabian barbeque under the stars, with a show of belly dancing. This was a real highlight on my holiday and gave you a taste of Arabia. It rarely rains in Dubai so you can visit anytime of the year but please bear in mind that the temperatures in July and Aug can reach 50 degrees, so you need to be able to take the heat. A nice time to go would be in our spring or towards the latter part of the year where it is a cooler 30 degrees. During Ramadan it is considered disrespectful to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours, although this isn’t a problem in the hotels.You will find prices more favourable during Ramadan as it is out of season.

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Roman Artefacts uncovered in Welwyn Village


etherdown (Herts) Ltd is a local family firm of house builders and developers that have been trading fromWelwyn Garden City for over 30 years. Managing Director Gordon Roughan trained as a carpenter then went on to be a site manager looking after large teams of construction workers. In 1977 he formed his own company offering carpentry services and in 1982 started building homes with his first development in Knebworth. He went on to build small developments all around theVillage Life area. Netherdown focuses on small sites of up to seven houses, providing luxury homes that are traditional on the outside but with some contemporary ideas on the inside, handmade kitchens, lots of design input, gardens that have been landscaped by Julie Wise and displays in the show house by ‘local artists’.Wherever possible they try to use local companies and materials and ensure the homes are highly energy efficient. Netherdown are members of Considerate Construction, a national scheme designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. It is important for them to keep the neighbours and villagers informed and to ensure that developments work with the beautiful village area. They recently completed seven new homes in Welwyn Village and named the road ‘Trevena Gardens’ after the late Mr Kit Trevena, former headmaster of St Mary’s School and founder of the Welwyn Anglo-French Twinning Association. Before planning permission was granted, they were required to excavate the site in School Lane as Roman artefacts have been found previously in the surrounding area. Seven years ago an excavation on their adjacent land resulted in a small number of bones and pottery being found, so they were not expecting to find much this time round. A team of four people from Archaeological Solutions Ltd in Hertford spent eight weeks digging the whole 12

of the footprint of the site to 1.5m and the road to 1m. A substantial number of Roman artefacts were uncovered which showed evidence of a Roman Villa with outbuildings, a corn drier and a well somewhere near School Lane which was on the Roman road to Colchester. It seemed that there would have been a high level of activity in a condensed area, bearing in mind that there would only have been around ten houses in Welwyn at the time.They found a kiln with a whole pot inside, several pieces of terracotta, a beam slot for a timber wall, a silver broche, tweezers which I got to handle (amazing to think a 2000 year old pair of tweezers still worked!) The pottery found included a variety of fine wares including Samian Ware which was imported to Britain from Roman Gaul. Several of the pieces could be identified to individual potters such as Setters and Butrio who operated between AD120 and 145.They also found floor tiles, roof tiles, a rubbish area with dropped bones and a large number of nails, arrow heads and flints.The surrounding area was mainly undeveloped farmland before homes were constructed in the 1950’s which unfortunately would have destroyed many other artefacts. The dig yielded over 300 items, an unbelievable find. Gordon told us, “The excavation had a huge knock on effect to the cost of building, however it has been very rewarding to have found so many wonderful pieces.We will be offering the new homeowners at Trevena Gardens a mounted artefact display that they can put on the wall. We are also planning to create an illuminated display at the entrance to the site for the whole village to enjoy. Finally we also hope to donate further pieces to the local school and museum, as well as keeping a few items on display at our head office in Welwyn Garden City.We have plans for another five home project in Welwyn and are preparing for another excavation, who knows what we will find next?”

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Netherdown are constantly looking for plots of land for further projects, if you have a garden that is too large to manage, you could have a valuable asset. should you be interested in exploring this potential further or finding out more about Netherdown, contact gordon on 01707 376255, or visit September 2011

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Food revieW

The Horns Pub, Datchworth


his month we revisited the Horns Pub in Datchworth on a Thursday evening around 7.30pm to sample the food.There were people having a drink and conversation at the bar and others enjoying a meal, we were met by Mark who made us feel welcome and then Georgia took our order. There was soft background music playing with candles on the tables, although the 16th Century charm has been preserved with Tudor beams, open fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and ancient doors; there is also a contemporary feel and the end result is a really friendly and relaxing, informal atmosphere. I started with Deep Fried Whitebait with Lemon,Tartar Sauce and Bread & Butter.The Whitebait was in breadcrumbs which made the fish crispy and with the salad and wedges of bread, this was a generous starter. My friend Paul ordered Potted Crab with Small Salad & Toasted Crusty Bread and Butter.The dish came with a pot of crabmeat and was delicious, although I thoroughly enjoyed the whitebait, I wish I had ordered the crab and would highly recommend trying this dish. Both starters were well presented and a great start to the meal. For the main course I had Slow Roasted Belly of Pork with

Braised Cabbage and Dauphinoise Potatoes.The pork was tender and melted in my mouth, the crackling at the top of the pork was soft and was easy to cut through rather than tough or chewy.The Dauphinoise Potoatoes were soft and creamy and with the cabbage, perfectly complimented the Pork. Paul had a Pan Fiend Pork Chop marinated with Lemon and Oregano which was cooked perfectly and full of flavour. For Dessert, I had Lemon Posset with Berry Compote and Homemade Vanilla Shortbread. This classic English dessert was delicious and perfect after a big starter and main course. Paul opted for ice-cream and chose Rum & Raisin, Strawberry and Chocolate which he enjoyed.We both finished with a nice latte. It was great to see Mark again, he is very passionate about the pub and very enthusiastic and I’m pleased to say that the meal lived to my expectations.The food is good value with Starters under £6.00, main dishes from £8.50 to £16.30 and desserts under £5. We both had a great evening at The Horns and I would highly recommend popping in for a meal, it is a fantastic country pub in great surroundings, full of character and with great service. It offers good quality food of generous proportions that is well cooked and presented.

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Planning ahead

for peace of mind

Arranging a funeral for a loved one can be a distressing experience for family and friends. Quite often the wishes of the deceased have never been discussed and it is left to grieving relatives to second guess what they may have wanted.


ertfordshire’s leading independent funeral directors Austin’s, offers an exclusive, pre-payment funeral plan which enables you to have the funeral of your choice and your family to avoid any emotional or financial stress. Unlike many other plans, the Hertfordshire Funeral Plan is bespoke so arrangements can be as simple or elaborate as required. And whatever choices you do make, you can rest assured that you and your loved ones will benefit from the exceptional customer care that Austin’s is renowned for.

How it works

Peace of mind

If you are considering a plan, our funeral arrangers will be happy to guide you through the options.They will go through the details in the same way as any other funeral and will provide you with a written estimate.The cost is based on Austin’s current price list and is fully inclusive.

for you and your family

You will receive a draft plan of the arrangements for your approval.There is no rush.You may wish to discuss your wishes with family and friends and any changes can easily be made prior to finalising the plan.

The Hertfordshire Funeral Plan is a bespoke, pre-payment plan exclusive to Austin’s which takes care of your wishes and simplifies the arrangements for your loved ones.

Once you are completely happy, and payment has been made, you will receive a certificate outlining all the details along with copies for your family or solicitor.When the time comes your family simply informs us that you have a Hertfordshire Funeral Plan and we will take care of everything.The Hertfordshire Funeral Plan is a bespoke, pre-payment plan exclusive to Austin’s which takes care of your wishes and simplifies the arrangements for your loved ones.

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Frequently asked questions • Is the plan secure? Although the Hertfordshire Funeral Plan is operated in conjunction with Austin’s Funeral Service, its fund and administration are protected under an independent trust. A copy of the full Declaration of Trust is available. • What happens if I move to a different area? If you move to an area not serviced by Austin’s, on death, the current value of the plan may be claimed by the local funeral director carrying out the arrangements. • Can I change my mind about the arrangements?

Yes. Changes may be made by contacting Austin’s.

• What happens if I die away from home or on holiday? The plan will cover returning you from anywhere in the United Kingdom, to your home area. Should you die whilst overseas, the plan includes collecting you from any UK port or airport. You should be insured when travelling overseas. The Hertfordshire Funeral Plan can not include charges for air or sea travel. • When do I pay for the plan? Payment is normally made in full on confirmation of the arrangements. However payment by instalments will be considered, if required. • Must I be in good health to take out a plan? No. A Hertfordshire Funeral Plan may be taken out by anyone regardless of age or state of health. • Will the plan completely cover the cost

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The restaurant at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel


ewin Bury Farm has been owned and run by the Williams family since 1931. Originally a dairy farm, in 1980’s the family sold their cows to purchase some neighbouring farm land and opened a Farm Shop with four rooms in the family home advertised as guest rooms. As the demand for rooms grew, more renovation work took place andTewin Bury Farm Hotel was born.There are now 29 Rooms which are all individually designed and newly refurbished with a rustic but contemporary feel. As the number of guests increased the need for an onsite restaurant grew and a decision was made to convert the old chicken shed into what is now the well renowned Tewin Bury Restaurant.The restaurant is open to both residents and non residents.There is also a bar and terrace area which is opened throughout the day serving morning


coffee, light meals and snacks including the ever popular Tewin Bury Farm Champagne Afternoon Tea.The Coffee Club is proving very popular, ask to join and build up points for a free coffee! Head Chef Jonathan Green has 25 years experience working in Michelin Star restaurants across UK, US, Spain, Austria and the Channel Islands. He has kept a high standard at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel and during a recent visit from the AA, had glowing feedback and maintained the two rosettes. Jonathan now feels the restaurant is ready to aim for higher accolades. There is an excellent team of 16 chefs split between the restaurant and the busy banqueting department where the wedding and conference guests enjoy the same high quality delights.The food in the restaurant is British with a Mediterranean influence and they use as much local produce as possible with everything homemade on site. The neighbouring Trout Farm is now part of Tewin Bury, and together with their pear tree, blackberry bushes, elderflower and hazelnuts the chefs have many ingredients to choose from on their very own doorstep. The A la carte menu has some fantastic starters including their signature dish – Tewin Bury Farm Signature Scallops,Taste of Beetroot & Goats Cheese and Soft Boiled Hen’s Egg with Black Pudding, Asparagus, Pancetta,

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Crème Fraiche, Fine Herbs and Croutons. Mains Courses include Beef Fillet – Braised Ox Cheek, Black Treacle, Smoked Potato Puree, Horseradish, Artichokes and Bone Marrow,Taste of the Sea – Fish of the day, Crayfish & Prawn Carpaccio, Samfir, Scallops, Ginger & Lemongrass Veloute, Crab Caviar and Lemon Gel, and Roast Rabbit Loin. Desserts include Taste of the Fairground - Coconut Pannacotta, Marshmallow,Toffee Apple, Popping Candy, Slated Popcorn Ice Cream and Candy Floss; Summer Pimms – Pimms Jelly, Cucumber Sorbet, Strawberry Fluid Gel, Apple Powder and Mint Aroma, and Banana Crème Brule – Caramelized Banana, Lime & Crème Fraiche Mouse andYoghurt Powder.There are daily specials and you will find an extensive selection of wines with many available by the glass. There is also a Taster Menu available offering 10 courses with two glasses of wine. Dishes are scaled down elements from the A la carte menu offering a fantastic selection of fine food. On Sunday’s you can enjoy a Traditional Roast Lunch or Dinner offering a good selection of roasted meats with a fish and vegetarian option always available. The Granary, a private dining room which adjoins the main restaurant gives both privacy and atmosphere and is available to hire for up to 30 guests.The Jaz Night, held every second Friday of the month is well worth a visit. They have an award winning green policy which includes quirky recycled beer mats and glass bottles with pure water supplied from their very own bore hole on site. The restaurant is a hidden gem and well worth a visit to enjoy fine food or a coffee and snack in the bar or terrace. There is a Nature reserve at the end of the driveway and the Hotel is in the middle of several great country walks, September 2011

making it an ideal place to stop for a drink and bite to eat. The Restaurant is family friendly and very welcoming. The Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm for lunch, 6.30pm - 9.30pm for dinner and Sunday’s 12pm - 8pm.They are open for breakfast from 7.00am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am - 10.00am Saturdays and Sundays.The Bar and Terrace menu is available daily from 8.00am to 9.00pm. Next month we return to try the Taster Menu. Tewin Bury Farm Hotel Hertford road (B1000), Nr Welwyn, Herts, AL6 0JB Tel: 01438 717 793

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What’s on in sEPTEMBEr Every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm. Contact Kimberley & Charlotte on 07531 566 519. Tewin Pavilion Address: Upper Green, Tewin, AL6 0LX

Saturday 10th September, 8.00pm & Sunday 11th September, 2.00pm & 6.00pm Cirque Du Ciel’s ‘ShangHi’ at Alban Arena A marvellous 2 hour extravaganza combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in an amazing adventure. Box Office: 01727 844 488

10th & 11th September 2011, 10.00am - 4.30pm & 10.30am - 4.30pm Mind Body & Soul Event, Plinston Hall, Broadway, Letchworth, SG4 OXX Exhibitors, Free Talks, Therapy Taster Sessions, retailers, clairvoyants, natural health products, Aura Photography plus much more. Call Dyane Turner on 01582 565399 for more details or to book a stand.

See fruit and veg grown on allotments and get tips on how you can improve your veg patch or even start one from scratch. Local produce stalls and talks. Wonderful display of vintage radios/ tvs made by Murphy who had a factory in Welwyn Garden City. Free event in gardens, (entry to museum and mill £2.50 for adults, free for children).

Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th September 11am to 5pm Watton Parish Church – Flower Festival Exhibition of Village History from Alan Rattue, exhibition of work from Watton Watercolour Club. Light refreshments available, plus produce, books and toy stalls Free Parking. Harvest Festival Service – Sunday 9.30am. At Church Lane, Watton-At-Stone, SG14 3RD

Sunday 25th September, 9.30am - 1.00pm Woolmer Green Market, Woolmer Green Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, SG3 6XA

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Food & Craft held on the 4th Sunday of the Month. Free Parking, Disabled Access. Teas, Coffees & Juices, Fresh Bacon Butties, Sausage Rolls. Big Re-launch on September the 25th with lots of new stalls. Local fresh farm produce, arts and craft stalls, vintage clothing, refreshments and much more. Come and visit the rejuvenated market. If you wish to have a stall, please contact or Tracey on 01438 821282.

Friday 30th September Macmillian Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Macmillan Cancer Support is holding the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Methodist Church in Hertford. The Morning will consist of Coffee and Cakes being served for a small donation. All donations made will go to helping support those affected by cancer. Methodist Church, Ware Road, Hertford, SG13 7DZ, contact: Gemma or Courtney on 01438 712012. Get YoUr eveNt liSted For Free Here, eMail: or call us on 01438 216 950 26

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Canine Behaviour and Training Expert Adem Fehmi runs his own company providing training and support to dog owners and will be giving us some tips on various techniques over the coming months.

This month we look at teaching Recall to your puppy


uild on a puppy’s insecurity whilst controlling the exercise session; puppies are born to follow so use this natural instinct to help teach the recall. Often handlers are worried about letting a puppy off the lead. •  Take your puppy for short little expeditions each day on different ground, make sure you show the pup the wonders of the world and that it does not find them out for itself. Remember it is your walk not the puppies, the puppy must think that this is something you do each day and he is now joining in. •  Be unpredictable, change direction every now and then.This will keep the pup alert and focused on you. •  Only reward your puppy for returning on your terms, if the pup returns to you randomly throughout the exercise session ignore and carry on with your walk. •  Remember to use the come command only as the puppy moves towards you. 4 This may be during play OR whilst the pup is free running 4 Keep sessions short and sweet 4 Avoid chase games or going towards your puppy, teach him that it is fun to make up the ground between you and him.

very important part of photography especially with portraits is the use of shadows.They instantly add depth to a shot giving the photograph a 3D appearance. Shadows can also be used to hide certain aspects of a subject’s appearance, such as the ever-popular double chin, handy as the whole point of photography is to make people look beautiful. Of course using shadows to hide things can lead to problems. If you’ve got two people in the shot, try to ensure that they are level with each other. If the light is coming in at an angle and if there’s one person standing slightly behind the other, there is a danger of a shadow being cast from the person in the foreground onto the person behind them. The last thing you want is one person looking nice and bright and the other cloaked in darkness.There has to be a balance so as with the example above, try moving people around so that the light is even. Also watch out for stray shadows cast from surrounding objects. It’s far too easy to miss these as you’re concentrating on everything else such as children that hate staying still. It’s far too easy to miss someone walking over to see what’s going on, standing in your light, just as you’re taking the shot casting a huge shadow over your subjects. Just as before shadows also move, so keep an eye on them. It’s far too easy to miss a tree, building or person casting a cheeky shadow over your subjects. For more information contact David Horder on 07786 616 022 or visit

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