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Wheathampstead Magazine by MiniMagazines & Brochures

Gustard Wood & Blackmore End wheathampsteadmagazine.co.uk


February 2020

Lollipop Hunt A Social Connection that Everyone Needs Post Office – not just for stamps


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Mid Herts Golf Club

Get into Golf with

Get fit Make new friends Have fun!

• Give it a try with 6 lessons in a small group of like-minded ladies • Dress casually and wear trainers • Borrow equipment to get started • Progress to our Year 1 programme • Play fun team competitions over 3 or 6 holes • Enjoy regular events to get to know others • Get advice from an experienced ‘buddy’ • Play, relax and have a drink in a friendly atmosphere

NEW COURSES STARTING SOON! Come and join us for a coffee at 10:30 on Sunday 9th February to find out more, or call Joy Pickard, the General Manager on 01582 832242

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ebruary always seems to be a quiet month, although according to our What’s On listings there seems to be quite a lot happening in and around our area, so if you do want to get out there and do things, clearly you can. As usual, there ‘s been no shortage of people to meet and things to write about in terms of news and goings on in Wheathampstead, and this month seems to be rather a packed issue. Amongst other things, we spoke to David Law, Chair of the Thursday Club for the Disabled, who told us about the club and why it works for local people. We were delighted to see the images of the Wheathampstead Community Group Christmas social clearly depicting a great fun night and we couldn’t resist including one in this month’s issue. Minimagazines also heard from Cllr. Annie Brewster who asked for our help to promote the search for a lollipop lady or man, and we met up with the cooks at the Swan to hear about a day (or week ) in the life of a traditional pub kitchen. There are some great images and a few points about train travel and our new Services Section highlights the work of Emilie Cullum and EC Aesthetics. MiniMagazines also highlights the services of our local post office and urges readers to use them more often.

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Useful Phone Numbers

Doctors Surgery: Marford Road 01582 832258 Dentist: Marford Road 01582 833 408 Gas Emergency: 0800 111 999 Electricity Emergency: 0800 404 090 Power Cuts: 105 Healthline: 111 Police non emergency: 101 Parish Council: 01582 832541 County Council: 0300 123 4040 Local Pharmacy: 01582 832102

Help Lines

Mind: 0845 766 0163

Advice for Mental Health Issues

The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555 Stroke helpline: 0845 303 3100

Advice from the Stroke Association

Save the Date ...

On Saturday 7th March St Helen’s Church is putting on a fascinating evening showing an award winning documentary film ‘Children of the Snowlands’ about sending children of 4 or 5 living in the highest villages in the world in Nepal to travel to Kathmandu for their schooling.

February – the month for Impeachment?

February 1867 - The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson. The vote followed bitter opposition by the Radical Republicans in Congress toward Johnson’s reconstruction policies in the South. However, the effort to remove him failed in the Senate by just one vote... February 1999 - 132 years later - The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in the U.S. Senate ended. With the whole world watching via television and with the the necessary two-thirds majority not having been achieved, President Clinton was thus acquitted and served out the remainder of his term of office lasting through January 20, 2001. February 2020 21 years later – seems that it’s time for another impeachment process.

Age Concern: 0800 00 99 66 Frank: 0800 77 66 00

Advice about drugs from professional advisers

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Thought for February

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What’s On


Thursday Club


Not Just for Stamps


A Day in the Life


Lollipop Hunt


Train Takes the Strain

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In Bloom

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Local Services

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Health Matters

29 23,25

Clubs and Groups

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• Foodbank Confidentiality is assured. Community Centre, Hilldyke Road 12.30 - 2.30 every Thursday. Tel: 01582-832011 or 01727 613019 • Recreation for the Retired Memorial Hall, All welcome. Table tennis, darts, crib, scrabble. 2pm-4pm most Fridays. • Wheathampstead Dementia Wellbeing Group (‘WDWG’) Coffee Morning The Mead Hall, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 10.30am - 12pm Margaret 01582 832368 Isobel 01582 832439 • Hiit Fit Mead Hall, Wednesdays 9.15-10am Get fitter, leaner and stronger - faster. All abilities welcome. Contact 07896530085 emmahuntpt@gmail.com / • W.A.S.P.S. After School Play-Scheme Fantastic, affordable and experienced child-care before and after school each day, Beech Hyde Primary School, www.wasps-asc.org • Quiz Have a great evening at the weekly quiz every Wednesday 8 p.m. The Swan Wheathampstead • Harpenden Riding for Disabled(RDA) Group Subsidised lessons to local people (over the age of 5) with physical disabilities or learning difficulties. Thursday 5.15-6.10pm & 6.10-7pm term time. Greenacres, Batford. Tim 07778 519569 tim@stagenhoe.co.uk. • ALF Bingo for over ‘60s Mead Hall, 6.30 for 7pm, last Tuesday of the month. Good company, cash prizes, raffle Lifts available Phone Colin on 07790 639735. • Herts Musical Memories Singing for people with dementia & their carers/ loved ones. Monday mornings 10.30am - 12.00 midday. Memorial Hall Call Wendy Hyams 07984 588532 or Kerry Brabant 0208 9505757 • Wheathampstead Community Library Baby Rhyme Time Thursdays 10.30 – 11.00am. This is for children aged up to two and a half. Knit, Natter and Know (KNK) 10am to 12 noon on a Wednesday and on the third Friday of the month. Saturday Story Time Saturdays 9.30 – 10am This session is aimed at children aged 4 – 7. Toddler Time Mondays 2.30 – 3.00pm. Aimed at children aged two and a half to four and a half. Internet Cafe (Tech with a cup of tea) 10am till 12 noon on Tuesday. Help with your PC, tablet or phone Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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What’s On This Month • England Rugby Inner Warrior Camp 1st February Women nationwide can beat the post-Christmas slump and get fit for free at one of England Rugby’s Inner Warrior Camps, taking place this February 2020. The Warrior Camps are designed to ensure that you have lots of fun whilst getting fit and learning some of the key skills and techniques used in rugby. 11:00AM - 12:00PM, Saturday 1st February Harpenden RFC, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden, • Live Music 1st February Live music with Steve Forward at The Swan Pub in Wheathampstead Village Saturday 1st February • Anne Frank + You Exhibition 1st-20th February Discover Anne Frank in this thought-provoking exhibition about her life and legacy.2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the death of Anne Frank and the end of World War 2. Exhibition on display in the North Transept. Monday to Friday (term time), 2pm - 4pm Monday 17 to Thursday 20 February (half term), 10am - 4pm Saturday, 10am - 3pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm St Albans Cathedral Sumpter Yard tel: 01727 890210 • Time’s Keepers: Discover Hertford’s Clocks and Their Makers 1st – 22nd Februray Explore what makes Hertford tick with this new exhibition, as we explore clocks, watches, hourglasses and more. Find out about the gifted craftsmen who worked in the town.. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm until 22nd February Hertford Museum 18 Bull Plain Hertford tel: 01992 582686 • The Armed Man 8th Feb Harpenden Choral Society invites you to join them in a Come and Sing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man Registration 1.00pm to start at 1.30pm. Tickets include afternoon tea between the rehearsal and a free public performance at 6.00pm. ForTickets Tel: 01582 419379 or go to tickets@harpendenchoralsociety. org. Saturday 8th February High Street, Methodist Church, Harpenden. • WI Coffee Morning 8th February All Local people are invited to a coffee and cake morning at the WI Wheathampstead village Shop to find out more about the WI 10 am – 12 noon Saturday 8th February • Developing Power and Balance 11th February The workshop will be delivered by Richard Bruce, The Run Technique Coach. Richard helps runners of all abilities to run faster, get stronger, and improve their technique. He’ll teach you how to stay clear of injury and delivers proven results, whatever your level. This session looks at developing springs and connecting the body through more explosive movement and power. PLEASE BRING A MAT Limited spaces - first come first served. 8pm – 9pm Tuesday 11th February. Mead Hall East Lane, Wheathampstead. For tickets Wheathampstead Warriors Running Club https://www. runtechniquecoach.com/about-us • Bingo 27th February Eyes down for great prizes with Bingo at the Swan Pub in Wheathampstead Village starting at 8.30 Thursday 27th February • Wheathampstead U3A 27th February Monthly Meeting. Tony Eaton will be giving a talk ‘Failed to Return - Amy Johnson and Leslie Howard’ at the at Memorial Hall 1.45 pm for 2 pm start on Thursday 27th February. • Wheathampstead Preservation Society AGM 28th February Hear first hand from the judges about their experiences and tips for making Wheathampstead successful in Anglia in Bloom. Everyone is welcome. We are particularly interested in engaging with local schools/youth groups as the judges love young people’s involvement in making the village beautiful 7.30pm Friday 28th February at Memorial Hall Wheathampstead • Live Music 29th February Excellent Live music with the Carnegies celebrating 5 years since they did their first gig as a band which took place at the Swan making the Swan Carnegies founder members and sponsors.The Swan Pub Wheathampstead Village Saturday 29th February.

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Everyone Needs A Social Connection


he number of people ready and willing to help others is really quite a humbling element of the Wheathampstead community. Highlighting this are the 34 volunteers that give their time and effort to help the people that attend the Wheathampstead Thursday Club for the Disabled (WTC). Many volunteers have been involved with the WTC for several years; some attending the club every week with others working on a rota basis. Founded some 45 years ago in 1975, the WTC has around 17 members, most of whom arrive at the Mead Hall in Wheathampstead at around 10am every Thursday. There is a good mixture of male and female members, the youngest member being 66 and the oldest in their 90’s.Apart from a few that are brought in by a family member, each club member is collected from their home by a volunteer driver. Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided on arrival and a cooked lunch (supplied

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and delivered by Herts Independent Living Service) is served at around 12noon. There’s conversation throughout the morning and, after lunch, there’s usually some entertainment which includes fun bingo, various quizzes, singing groups, keep fit, musical entertainment as well as a range of speakers. The club has a clear objective to welcome and support disabled people from the parish of Wheathampstead .Generally the club welcomes members on Thursdays during school term time although there are always two annual outings that everyone is invited to. There are always two outings with lunch; in August when the group visits a local garden centre or similar and, later in the year, a Christmas shopping trip is arranged at a local shopping mall. The club is an essential link to the community for some members, ensuring a social connection that everyone needs in their lives; mixing with others as well as making new

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friends along the way. The club must, of course, be able to look after and care for its members and, amongst the many volunteers that contribute, the club is fortunate to have a rota of duty (retired) nurses to offer suitable assistance if necessary. The club is always keen to welcome new members that fit the criteria for joining; which is:• Does the applicant have a disability? • Will membership be a benefit to the individual? • Can the club safely manage the applicant’s disability? • Will the applicant fit in with other club members? Based on the criteria, each potential new member is assessed by the Club Chairman and the senior nurse and, if accepted is invited to join on a one month’s trial basis to ensure that everyone is happy. For 30 years the club enjoyed the use of the URC Hall in Wheathampstead but, when it was decided in 2011 that the venue would be developed, the club was given notice to leave and were forced to look for an alternative place to meet. After lots of research by the club committee for a suitable place, the Wheathampstead WI were approached about the possibility of availability of space at the Mead Hall and, after two local users generously agreed to move their dates and times, the Thursday club was all set to continue welcoming its members on Thursdays. Permission to build a storage cabin close to the hall to accommodate wheelchairs, tables, chairs and other necessary equipment was sought and gained. Members of the group erected the cabin and electricity supply was also installed and the club still meets there every week. To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

The WTC is a registered charity, although members are asked to pay a nominal sum each Thursday to cover lunch and refreshments. In addition to local fundraising, the club receives generous support from Wheathampstead Parish Council, the Wheathampstead Community Group, Harpenden Village Rotary club as well as individual donations. After 45 years the WTC continues to flourish and understandably remains a well respected part of the community. To find out more about potential membership call Maggie Fleetwood on 01438 832523 or David Law on 01582833628. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Your Local Post Office... Not Just for Stamps W

e’ve all heard that it’s been a difficult retail environment over the past 12 months with various well known names cutting back or closing down, making things tough on many high streets. Perhaps with that in mind, Minimagazines has heard from a few local residents that seem to be concerned about our local post office, wanting to stress the ‘use it or lose it’ nature of local business these days. Fortunately, our village High Street is not full of

empty shops, but to ensure that Wheathampstead village thrives and continues to be the village high street that it’s always been, it’s good for us all to try to use as many local services as possible. It does seem that a local service that many of us probably overlook or simply forget about is our village post office. It offers a whole raft of services that we are possibly not aware of or don’t think about and so, both the post office and local residents could be missing out. Did you know for instance that there’s a range of To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

banking services in-branch including being able to access your personal bank account, including cash withdrawals, cash deposits, balance enquiries and cheque deposits, and that applies to business transactions too. Making it easy for you to receive pensions, benefits and tax credits without needing a bank account is another service on offer and you can pay bills for home utilities, top up your gas card or electricity key and postal orders are still a safe and secure way of sending money and making payments, without the need for a bank account. You can order travel money, and of course send parcels and buy stamps as well as finding out about the post office broadband and phone service and with day long opening times Monday – Friday and Saturday and Sunday mornings - it’s all very convenient too. Our village post office also sells a range of basic groceries, newspapers, magazines and some stationary. Post Office owner Mira told Minimagazines, ‘We are keen to welcome customers old and new to tell them about the many services that we offer.’ So the next time you need a bank, foreign currency or any of the other services that we’ve mentioned, make a beeline for our village post office and help to support the village high street. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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A Day in the Life of a Traditional Pub Kitchen I

t’s actually more accurate to say a full 7 days in the life of the kitchen of the Swan pub, simply because this pub kitchen prepares food for their traditional menu with the same care and the same work ethic every single day of the week. Most days you can just turn up at the Swan in Wheathampstead Village and find a table for lunch, but be careful because unsurprisingly, the place is always busy, particularly on Sundays, so to be sure it’s probably best to book. What makes the place so popular as an eatery is probably because its traditional menu offers proper pub food with just the right amount of choice. Whilst the menu includes essentials such as sandwiches, ploughman’s and filled jackets, amongst others, the stand outs are homemade lasagne, cooked ham on the bone with eggs and chips and of course an all day full English breakfast. Although the standard menu is full of tasty suggestions it’s the ever changing daily specials board that will really impress with its good selection of traditional homemade fare; pies such as steak and ale or chicken and mushroom, cottage pie, smoked haddock and mash, liver and onions as well as homemade soups such as broccoli and stilton and deserts from fruit crumbles to trifle. On Sundays the menu offers a full-on Sunday best roast with To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

a choice of meats and all the trimmings. The kitchen is open for two evenings during the week too; Mondays for the standard menu and Friday which is fish night, offering hand battered cod, place or scampi with chips. Meat and vegetables are locally sourced and ordering is done on a weekly basis and will change depending on the specials on offer that week. The Swan kitchen can also offer a buffet or even a bespoke menu for special occasions it its small function room. The summertime sees the menu tweaked a little to incorporate some lighter meals such a quiche and various salads. There are two main lunch time cooks – Linda and Michelle who work most days and Nicki who works some days as well as the weekends and both evenings. These ladies seem to work very well together, sharing out all the jobs that need doing in the busy kitchen, each one working to their own strengths. Right from the start it’s all go in the Swan pub kitchen with food preparation including making all the specials - pies, soup and any special deserts as well as preparing vegetables, salads and innards for the jacket potatoes. All preparation must be completed by 12 noon and kettles must be boiled, teas and coffee makers turned on, plates warmed and surfaces cleaned down, all in readiness to Continued on page 15

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Real Ale and home cooked food A winning combination

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Continued from page 13 begin the lunch time service. There’s probably an average of 30 – 40 covers served everyday and possibly double that on Sundays, so once service starts it’s all hands on deck to ensure customers are served with good food in a timely manner. It’s the standard menu on Monday evening and Friday fish nights are particularly busy in the kitchen as each piece of fish is hand coated with homemade ale batter. So it’s more or less non-stop until service is complete, then it’s time for cleaning down and washing up and, depending on bookings and the

day of the week, there could be extra staff in the kitchen to help. Then it’s time for a quick cuppa for the kitchen team and thoughts for tomorrow and what to put on the specials board. It’s great to find that traditional homemade food and the principals of proper pub food are still alive and well and on offer in our village at the Swan pub... so if you haven’t tried it, do go and see what you’ve been missing.

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MID HERTS GOLF CLUB Food for Thought! Why drive further afield when you can enjoy home-cooked food in a relaxed and friendly environment on your doorstep. Whilst Mid Herts Golf Club is a Private Member’s Club, it welcomes everyone from the local community. Special Sunday Lunches with a surprise! £26.00 Three Courses Easter Sunday Lunch 12th April Mothering Sunday 10th May Father’s Day Lunch 21st June Bar Snack Menu 7 days a week from 11am! Mouth-watering meals Weekly ‘Specials’ to tempt you even more!

Sunday Carvery Lunches

1pm-3pm, 23rd February, 2nd & 15th March 3 Courses £21.00, 2 Courses £16.50 Children Age 7-11 £12.00, Under 5’s go Free! Highchairs available With a beautiful view from the clubhouse and ample parking, Mid Herts is the place to be no matter what the occasion. Tel: 01582 832242 (opt 4) to book a table. www.midhertsgolfclub.co.uk

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Lollipop Hunt A

n urgent hunt is on to find two vital school crossing patrols at St Helen’s CE Primary School. The school has had some wonderful ‘Lollipop Ladies’ until recently who have played an enormous role in the life of the school and its cohort of pupils. In case you don’t know, the job of a lollipop lady or man involves using a school crossing patrol sign (lollipop) to give clear signals to drivers and pedestrians, helping children and adults to cross the road safely, reporting when vehicles disobey the patrol and completing paperwork on accidents or incidents that happen on duty. Cllr. Annie Brewster told MiniMagazines, “Whilst I am doing everything I can to secure a zebra crossing at the school, any new infrastructure on the Highways takes some time to deliver and the school needs help immediately. I am really hoping there are some wonderful villagers in Wheathampstead who would relish

MP, County, District and Parish Councillors, Joint Head and Governors and school Pupil Travel Ambassadors at Brewhouse Hill entrance this role.” School Crossing Patrols lollipop lady (or man) are paid £9 per hour and the role can be split into a job share. Anyone who might be interested should call Janet Fairhead on 01992 556815 or email Annieat: annie.brewster@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

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Let the Train Take the Strain


his is the time of year it seems when many of us begin to think about holidays. Maybe it’s the rainy weather or the long dark nights or perhaps it’s just that we all need something to look forward to now that Christmas is over. But whatever it is, this year I’m absolutely determined to do more of my holiday travelling by train. Although trains used to be the cheapest way to travel around Europe, in recent years there have been a lot more airlines that offer affordable flights which may have many people thinking that travelling by train just isn’t worth it, since typically the journeys are longer. But that’s the joy of it, the journey is part of the holiday and if you choose the right trip the scenery can be stunning, the service can be second to none and once you’re on the train, it can all be so easy. To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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I’ve been very fortunate in my time so far to travel around the south coast of England on the Great Western Railway to Totnes and then Falmouth along the sea shore with the waves almost close enough to lap the tracks, then on through the very tunnels engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel all those years ago in the 1800’s. I’ve been on a luxury train from Cape Town to Pretoria across the ‘Great Karoo’ on board south Africa’s famous Rovos Rail and I’ve enjoyed the splendour of the Orient Express from Victoria station in the England to Paris over the Brenner Pass and onto Venice, and I’ve loved every minute of each trip. When it comes to comparing trains and planes, unless you are in a rush, there’s really no contest. The boarding process is hassle-free: you don’t need to arrive 2 hours early to board a train, or take your shoes off and you can bring any liquids that you want. It’s probably wise to arrive about well before departure, but once you’re on the platform, boarding only takes a few minutes. During a flight, apart from take-off and landing perhaps, all you really see is clouds for more or less the whole time. On a train, you can pass some absolutely amazing countryside during the journey; fields of flowers or maybe even Flamingos, rivers, snow capped mountains, the sea, villages, animals by a watering hole – it’s all just watching the beautiful world roll by. The amount of space you get on a train v a plane is incomparable too. Most train seats are more comfortable than a plane seat, probably because they are wider and there is more leg room. You can get up and stretch your legs - your bags are right there where you can see them and of course you aren’t limited by weight. So, in theory, you can take as many bags as you like. When the train is the holiday, you will usually have a compartment to yourself for a few days, which is just like a hotel that serves excellent food while it takes you to various places as it moves past marvellous vistas; now that really is luxury. If, like me, you are a train fan, tempt yourself by checking out the fantastic services and views on offer from the Glacier Express, which travels across the Alps, the Rocky Mountaineer travelling through Canada, El Transcantabrico for Spain and the marvellous Cambrian railway in Pwellhel, Wales. Eve To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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Wheathampstead and District Preservation Society

AGM 2020



Friday 28th February 7.30 – 10.00pm Memorial Hall, Marford Road Guest Speakers

Learn how WDPS is preserving & improving our local environment Get involved in our village entry into Anglia in Bloom 2020 Vote in our Preservation and Community awards

Refreshments, Wine and Cheese will be served Find out more, join us or donate: Visit: www.wheathampsteadpreservation.org.uk Follow Us: @wdps2014 Email: info@wheathampsteadpreservation.org.uk

In Bloom

he Wheathampstead Preservation Society (WDPS) were thrilled to win a Silver Gilt Award in the ‘Anglia in Bloom’ competition for the Bury Green Garden. While judging the Bury Green Garden the judges mentioned how pleased they were to visit Wheathampstead as a whole and encouraged the WDPS to consider entering the whole village in 2020. With that in mind, a steering committee/working party made up of Parish Council, Horticultural Society and WDPS representatives will be set up and various sites will be selected in the village centre to showcase the pretty village that Wheathampstead is. If you are interested to know more as well as how you can contribute, please contact info@ wheathampsteadpreservation.org.uk or go along to the WDPS AGM on 28 Feb at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall to hear first hand from the judges about their experiences and tips for making Wheathampstead successful in Anglia in Bloom.

Wheathampstead’s Micropub & Bottle Shop Relax at The Reading Rooms Unwind in our lovingly restored Grade II listed Micropub and enjoy a carefully curated collection of beers & ciders, wine, prosecco, spirits and coffees, with Farr Brew ales available by the bottle to take away. We champion local producers, stocking Farr Brew ales (alongside a rotating selection of guest beers) and featuring hand-crafted spirits from Black Bridge Wheathampstead’s own micro-distillery. The Reading Rooms: 36 The High Street, Wheathampstead AL4 8AA Telephone: 01582 833000 • Open Daily: Midday - 9.30pm

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kin loses elasticity over the years – it happens to us all. Now you can do something about improving how you look with treatments to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles without resorting to surgical face lifts. Based in Wheathampstead, Emilie from EC Aesthetics is a fully trained professional practitioner who offers Facial Fillers and Vitamin treatments as well as Lash and Hair extensions. Emilie told MiniMagazines, ‘ I had always been a girly girl; I used to have my hair and nails done regularly. Then I had a few treatments and I became very interested in the science and the principles behind it all and decided to re-train in order to start my own business in the aesthetics beauty field.’ Emilie’s training has been extensive; she has trained in a medical and dental practice, done

Fun at the Christmas Carol Singalong organised by Wheathampstead Community Group as a free fun, lively evening of festive carols, the Abbey Gateway Orchestra provide music and mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies were served. All monies raised go to Wheathampstead Community Group. To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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courses with key supplier Revolax as well as studying anatomy and physiology on a 1 year course at medical school. Eye lash and hair extensions are fairly self explanatory but facial fillers need a little more explanation. For those of you that don’t know (like me) facial fillers can help to add volume to your skin, filling wrinkles and ‘pumping up’ areas such as cheeks and under eye areas, chin and lips by injecting a special synthetic gel which tops up our natural supply of hyaluronic acid. It’s quick and fairly painless and you can apparently expect an instant effect, which could last up to 18months, depending on your age and metabolism. Emilie offers a free initial consultation where she will talk to you about expectations, ask about your medical history and any allergies and explain the options and the procedures involved. Emilie is a small local business and so she is able to keep her costs down and therefore services are offered at very cost effective rates. So if you are interested in any of the services that Emilie has to offer, it’s worth setting up an FES_WM_8th-page_Advert.pdf 1 08/12/2019 appointment for your free consultation.





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Epilepsy E

pilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Having a single seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy. At least two unprovoked seizures are generally required for an epilepsy diagnosis. Treatment with medications or sometimes surgery can control seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy. Some people require lifelong treatment to control seizures, but for others, the seizures eventually go away. Some children with epilepsy may outgrow the condition with age.


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• Psychic symptoms such as fear, anxiety or deja vu Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms will be similar from episode to episode. Doctors generally classify seizures as either focal or generalized, based on how the abnormal brain activity begins.

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with other neurological disorders, such as migraine, narcolepsy or mental illness. A thorough examination and testing are needed to distinguish epilepsy from other disorders.

Generalized seizures

Seizures that appear to involve all areas of the brain are called generalized seizures. Six types of generalized seizures exist. • Absence seizures, previously known as petit

mal seizures, often occur in children and are characterized by staring into space or subtle body movements such as eye blinking or lip smacking. These seizures may occur in clusters and cause a brief loss of awareness. • Tonic seizures cause stiffening of your muscles. These seizures usually affect muscles in your back, arms and legs and may cause you to fall to the ground. • Atonic seizures, also known as drop seizures, cause a loss of muscle control, which may cause you to suddenly collapse or fall down. • Clonic seizures are associated with repeated or rhythmic, jerking muscle movements. These seizures usually affect the neck, face and arms. • Myoclonic seizures usually appear as sudden brief jerks or twitches of your arms and legs. • Tonic-clonic seizures, previously known as grand mal seizures, are the most dramatic type of epileptic seizure and can cause an abrupt loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes loss of bladder control or biting your tongue. Continued on page 26

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Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half the people with the condition. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including: • Genetic influence. Some types of epilepsy, which are categorized by the type of seizure you experience or the part of the brain that is affected, run in families. In these cases, it’s likely that there’s a genetic influence. Researchers have linked some types of epilepsy to specific genes, but for most people, genes are only part of the cause of epilepsy. Certain genes may

make a person more sensitive to environmental conditions that trigger seizures. • Head trauma as a result of a car accident or other traumatic injury can cause epilepsy. • Brain conditions that cause damage to the brain, such as brain tumors or strokes, can cause epilepsy. Stroke is a leading cause of epilepsy in adults older than age 35. • Infectious diseases, such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis, can cause epilepsy. • Prenatal injury. Before birth, babies are sensitive to brain damage that could be caused by several factors, such as an infection in the mother, poor nutrition or oxygen deficiencies. This brain damage can result in epilepsy or cerebral palsy. • Developmental disorders. Epilepsy can sometimes be associated with developmental

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Living with epilepsy

completely. • medicines called anti-epileptic drugs – these are the main treatment • surgery to remove a small part of the brain that’s causing the seizures • a procedure to put a small electrical device inside the body that can help control seizures

Treatments for epilepsy

See a GP if you think you might have had a seizure for the first time. This does not mean you have epilepsy, as a seizure can have several causes and sometimes they’re just a one-off, but you should see a doctor to find out why it happened. Call 999 for an ambulance if someone: • is having a seizure for the first time • has a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes • has lots of seizures in a row • has breathing problems or has seriously injured themselves.

disorders, such as autism and neurofibromatosis. Epilepsy is usually a lifelong condition, but most people with it are able to have normal lives if their seizures are well controlled. Most children with epilepsy are able to go to a mainstream school, take part in most activities and sports, and get a job when they’re older. But you may have to think about your epilepsy before you do things such as driving, certain jobs, swimming, using contraception and planning a pregnancy. Advice is available from a GP or support groups to help you adjust to life with epilepsy. Treatment can help most people with epilepsy have fewer seizures or stop having seizures

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Local Clubs and Groups Tennis

Wheathampstead Lawn Tennis Club with 3 allweather floodlit courts, a short tennis court and a clubhouse located in the heart of Wheathampstead on Marford Playing Fields, just alongside Brocket View. Wednesdays at 6.30pm every week, or Sundays at 10am most weeks. Visit the website for further information www.wltc.org.uk


Wheathampstead Archery club was founded in 1956, and has about 70 members. Always happy to welcome newcomers; beginners or experienced. Beginners will need to complete a beginner course run by our Archery GB qualified club coaches. There is a Junior Section for under-18s, but the minimum age is 10. http://wheathampsteadarchery.org.uk/

Horticultural Society

Thursday Club for the Disabled

The Club has very clear objectives to welcome and support disabled individuals, for whatever reason, within the Parish of Wheathampstead. The Club has flourished for over 45 years and is a wellrespected part of our community. We meet every Thursday in school term time, when lunch and entertainment are provided, together with valued social companionship. To find out about potential membership, call Maggie Fleetwood on 01438 832523 or David Law on 01582 833628

Wheathampstead Patient Participation Group

The objective of the group is to contribute wherever possible to health improvement in Wheathampstead. Our initiatives include highly successful weekly Pilates classes and we arrange at least three medical talks a year in the Memorial Hall. WPPG members receive a quarterly Newsletter with useful medical updates and specific details about forthcoming talks. To find out more, please visit www.wheathampsteadppg.org.uk or telephone David Law on 01582 833628. To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

‘Our village ‘Garden Club’ meets on the first Wednesday of the month (except August and January) at 8.00pm in the Memorial Hall. We are affiliated to The Royal Horticultural, The Dahlia and The Fuchsia Societies. Each month we have interesting talks including garden travels, local gardens, good plants for our gardens and from specialist nurseries who often bring plants for sale. Coach trips and visits are held during the year and our Annual show is held in September. Visitors are very welcome.’ Continued on page 31

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The Wheathampstead Community Group

This group seeks to support anyone in the Parish of Wheathampstead who is looking for assistance. Call Marion on 01582 834238. If you need transport to a hospital or the doctor – call 01582 834028. If you wish to volunteer ring Chloe on 07941 006095

Kimpton Bowls Club

A small, friendly outdoor bowls club located to the rear of the Recreation Ground in Kimpton. Informal bowling nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.00pm.We welcome new members of any age, to start with you only need flat soled shoes, bowls and tuition can be provided. For further details contact Brenda on 01582 623106


Wheathampstead Cricket Club has five adult teams and an expanding colts section. Cricket is played on Nomansland Common on Saturday and Sunday throughout the season, with occasional mid-week

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and evening fixtures. WCC really is a club on the up and we now have some of the best cricket facilities in the county. New players and spectators are always welcome. www.wheathampsteadcc.hitscricket.com

Wheathampstead Dramatic Society

The Dramatic Society is always looking for new members who would like to join this friendly group. For information about our next planned production vist our website: www.wheathampsteaddramaticsociety.co.uk Continued on page 33

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Club, granted in 2008, with around 300 boys and girls playing football. www.wheathampsteadwanderersfc.co.uk

Wheathampstead & District Preservation Society

ALF Over 60’s Socials

The Wheathampstead Business Group (aka “WEB”) aims to proactively enhance and secure the long-term future of Wheathampstead as a dynamic trading area for the benefit of the whole community. Local businesses and residents are encouraged to get involved, support businesses locally and help make Wheathampstead a better place to live. The group meet regularly. Contact Adam Collis chair@wheathamsptead.org.uk

The aims of the group are to protect what’s best about the village, make the best use of its assets, object to inappropriate planning applications and take part in community initiatives. The more members we have, the louder is our voice. To join, please see our website – wheathampsteadpreservationsociety.org.uk or call 01582 833789.

Mead Quilters

The group was formed just over 26 years ago and meet on the first Tuesday morning of each month from 9.45-12 non, visitors are welcome (fees apply) also on the third Tuesday evening of the month from 7.30pm for a guest speaker. Visitors are welcome (fees apply). For further information visit the group’s website www.meadquilters.org

Wheathampstead W.I.

Lively, interesting and varied meetings. Every 2nd Wednesday 7.30pm at the Mead Hall in East Lane W/stead. Social events and outings throughout the year. See W.I Noticeboard in High Street for more information or join us at our Friday Coffee Mornings 10.30-11.45am in the Mead Hall or Contact our Secretary Karen Benomran Wheathampsteadwi@outlook.com New members always welcome.


Wheathampstead Wanderers was formed in 1990 by a small group of families from the village to promote and support youth football for the benefit of children and young people in Wheathampstead and surrounding areas. An FA Charter Standard To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

ALF raises money at Amwell Day at the Elephant and Castle to fund social events for the over ‘60s. ALF Bingo is in the Mead Hall (last Tuesday of most months - transport available). Other highlights are the summer outing (for example cream tea at Flatford Mill in Constable Country) and the Christmas party (food, drink, a great entertainer and more). Details from Colin, Amwell Local Fundraisers charity, on 07790 639735.

Dementia Wellbeing Group

Social group for those living with dementia and their carers. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10.30 to noon at the Mead Hall, East Lane AL4 8BP. Call Margaret 01582 832368 or Isobel 01582 832439

Brownies, Guides and Rainbows

1st Wheathampstead Brownies meets at St. Peter’s in Gustard Wood on a Tuesday. 3rd Wheathampstead brownies meet at the Scout Hut on a Thursday. 1st Wheathampstead guides meets at Mead Hall on a Friday. 1st Wheathampstead Rainbows meet at the Scout Hut on Monday evening. 2nd Wheathampstead Rainbows meet on a Tuesday at Mead Hall All units are currently full so anybody wishing to put their daughter on the waiting list should register at www.girlguiding.org.uk Continued on page 34 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

• Beavers Cubs and Scouts are popular in Wheathampstead and meet regularly at Mead Lane in Wheathampstead as follows: • Beaver Colony Wednesday 5.15-6.15 • Mead Cub Scout Pack Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 • Delaport Cub Scout Pack Wednesday 6:30-8:00 • Amwell Scout Troop Monday 7:30 - 9:00 • Lamer Scout Troop Friday 7:30 - 9:00 • Explorer Scouts Thursday 7.30 - 9.15 Contact Karen Oxley:gsl1stwheathampstead@outlook.com

Wheathampstead U3A (University of the Third Age)

Wheathampstead U3A is open to anyone who is retired or semi-retired. No qualifications are needed, and none are given. Make friends, learn new skills or refresh old ones through our wide range of interest groups. Enjoy first-rate speakers at monthly meetings in the Memorial Hall and participate in organised outings to places of interest. Find out more at www.wheathampsteadu3a.co.uk

Art Group

Music and Singing

Introducing the Clover Singing Club, a new concept in ensemble singing for ladies, with emphasis on laughter and relaxation. Try us out first session free. No need to read music. Sessions are term time on Mondays 1.15-3.15 p.m., Mead Hall, Wheathampstead. Contact Charlotte 07791 741233.

The art group get together to paint on Wednesday afternoons, 2 – 4 pm, in the Green Room, Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead. Beginners are welcome. Periodically we invite artists along to do demonstrations or workshops. Contact Jean Gatehouse 01582 832952 or Maureen McCaffrey 01582 833719

Wheathampstead History Society

The society meets at 7.15pm, the third Wednesday of each month, in the Mead Hall, East Lane. It offers a programme of talks promoting local history & heritage, undertakes research projects and encourages and supports members’ research. For further information visit our website www. wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk

Wheathampstead Warriors

A local running club, all abilities welcome! Come and run with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Marford Road. Just turn up on any week to try us out for free. https://wheathampsteadwarriors.wordpress.com/ To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

The Hardynge Choir

The Hardynge Choir is keen to help people experience the joy of choral singing, and welcomes new members, whatever their previous expertise, especially Altos, Tenors and Basses. We rehearse on a Monday evening 7:45pm and 9:45pm during school term time at the School Hall of St Helen’s C of E Primary School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead. Call Primrose Watts on 01582 460092 www.hardyngechoir.org

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