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Wheathampstead Magazine by MiniMagazines & Brochures

Gustard Wood & Blackmore End wheathampsteadmagazine.co.uk


January 2020

Help for Deaf People 12 Months Round up Village WI Celebrates 10 Years


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hat’s it for another year. Christmas is over and perhaps you have already taken down your decorations as you read this or maybe you are still trying to work out the correct day to do it. Either way, we are now moving on to thoughts of the New Year, 2020 and of course our new government. Whilst you may be working on your new year resolutions, for MiniMagazines, we plan to continue to be that friend popping through the letterbox each month with informative and interesting features and articles to entertain you – and we hope that you continue to enjoy reading, as so many of you have told us already happens. In this issue, we hear about the charity event organised by the Gusty’s in Gustard Wood as locals got together to have some fun whilst raising money for two worthy charities. We met up with the ladies at the Hertfordshire HQ of the Women’s Institute to hear about their 10 year anniversary in Wheathampstead Village. Minimagazines heard about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and we share some highlights of the amazing work that they do for people with a hearing impairment. Health Matters looks at cataracts; what they are and what to do about them, and the What’s On section offers lots of things to do and see in our area or within easy reach.

Eve Atkins


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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

Did You Know...

On January 10, 1878 - an Amendment granting women the right to vote was introduced in the USA Congress by Senator A.A. Sargent of California. The amendment didn’t pass until 1920, forty-two years later and some would say that in general, women are still playing catch up!

Save the Date

Next month on February 8th everyone is invited for coffee and cake to the WI shop in Wheathampstead Village 10 am – 12 noon to help to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

Common Market

The EEC (European Economic Community) known as the Common Market was formed by Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands more than 50 years ago in order to remove trade barriers and coordinate trade policies - roll on January 31st!

No more Wrinkles?

If you are looking for wrinkle relaxants or lip enhancements, then try the new aesthetics clinic at Nirvana Holistic Beauty in Wheathampstead.

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

Advice about drugs from professional advisers

Beating Eating Disorders: 0845 634 1414 Cruse Day by Day: 0844 477 9400 Help and support for people who are bereaved

Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 2020

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Thought for January

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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What’s On


WI for Women


Gusty’s Fund Raiser


Hearing Dogs


Round Up


Love it or Hate it

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Health Matters Clubs and Groups

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What’s On... regularly

• 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

• Polar Bear Plunge 1st January A fun-packed family event when hardy souls celebrate the New Year by taking a dip in the icy waters of the St Albans Sub Aqua Club’s outdoor pool - all for charity! Plungers receive goodies and a hot chocolate with (or without) marshmallows. You can look forward to two lifeguards, plenty of hot drinks and cakes, music and spectators to cheer the plucky plungers on - and a bar. It’s the perfect New Year’s Day! 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesday 1st January, St Albans Sub Aqua Club, AL1 1HJ www.polarbearplunge.org.uk • The Hertfordshire Regiment during the Second World War 3rd, 4th, 7th & 11th January Volunteer regiment made up of ordinary civilians, saw action in Italy and Palestine and took part in the Normandy landings. Discover how this plucky Regiment fought the war and the stories of ordinary men in extraordinary times! Illustrated by amazing objects from our Regiment collections! Free, Donations welcome – 3rd, 4th, 7th, 11th January Hertford Museum 18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT tel: 01992582686 • Singers at the Barn 5th January Live Music at Singers at the Barn,. Up to 17 singing acts, a brilliant pianist, some guitarists and huge amount of songs to entertain you. Door and Bar opens at 7.00pm starts 7.30pm, pay on the door. Sunday 5th January Barn Theatre Club Room, Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, tel: 01707 324300 • Just A Cappella 6th January Just A Cappella is a mixed voice group, we love singing in harmony together and we are friendly and sociable. We sing pop standards such as Blue Moon, Stand by Me, Autumn Leaves, Love of My Life, My Girl, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and lots more. Just A Cappella has 38 members. Rehearsals on Mondays (except Bank Holidays). Meet at 7.30pm for 7. 45pm start Monday 6th January The Village Hall, Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire HP3 8QG • Christmas Pudding Walk 6th January Follow the puddings on this self-led waymarked route through the woodland.Free. Available to follow all day. Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1LT to Monday 6th January telephone: 01442851227 • Scout Gang Show 7th-11th January Harpenden & Wheathampstead District Scout Gang Show - the longest running Gang Show in the world, performed by 52 Explorers, 80 Scouts and 20 Cubs - music, song, dance, sketches, laughter - the ultimate variety show 7:15 7th – 11th January, Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden • Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra Charity Concert 11th January Conductor James Southall presents a programme with an eastern European flavour. Talented young soloists Benjamin Nabarro and Gemma Rosefield will be performing Brahms’ glorious Double Concerto for violin and cello, dedicated to the great Hungarian violinist Joachim. Door and bar open at 7 for 7.30 pm start. Saturday 11th January St Nicholas Church, Church Green, Harpenden Tickets from www.atsociety.org.uk/events/hco, by calling the A-T Society on 01582 760733 • Christingle 12th January Make your own Christingle and Family Service. An orange with a candle held in its centre and a red ribbon around it. Four sticks holding fruit and nuts or sweets are pierced into the orange. Aimed at Families with Children. Christingle making workshop 4:30pm followed by Christingle service 5pm followed by. Pizza at 6pm No charge Sunday 12th January. St John’s Church, Brocket Road, Lemsford. • Brambleton Model Railway Exhibition 18th January Lots of stalls and exhibits for the enthusiasts train layouts and spares, refreshments available, tickets on the door. 10.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 18th January, Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden • U3A Wheathampstead 23rd January Ian Keeble: Charles Dickens, Conjuror. Playbill of his most famous shows (and a little bit of magic) Memorial Hall 1.45 for 2pm Start Thursday January 23rd January

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For Women... All Ages and Backgrounds


he Hertfordshire Federation of the Women’s institute celebrated a staggering 100 years anniversary last month, and next month the Hertfordshire HQ celebrates 10 years in its Wheathampstead location. Back in the 1950’s The Hertfordshire Federation were in small offices in St Albans but as the work force grew, space became an issue along with the difficulty with parking, so it simply became unfit for purpose. Whilst, initially, the team just looked for office space, the premises in Wheathampstead that they found seemed to offer an excellent combination of work space for the administration team as well as a shop where members could display and sell the crafts that they had made, so a real win, win! The shop window changes regularly and is dressed according to the season or for particular events such as Christmas, Easter or Halloween. For a small percentage which contributes to general admin costs and running the shop, anyone can supply items to be considered for display in the shop; items such as pottery and wooden toys are particularly welcomed and, with around 3500 members across our county, there’s never a shortage of goods and products on offer from cards to toys and jewellery to quilts and so To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

much in between. The offices to the rear of the Wheathampstead village shop are like the proverbial Tardis in that there is plenty of space for its admin team, who handle national and county-wide enquiries, as well as a large meeting room which can be hired out Monday – Friday. There are two Hertfordshire County WI meetings per year, one in spring and one in the Autumn, when everyone gets together to swop stories and hear about Hertfordshire’s progress, including various initiatives suggested and put forward by a WI member. Often, at their heart, these charitable initiatives have issues that may have impact on women and in the past have covered issues such as equal pay and female policing. With 220,000 members in England and Wales, the WI represents the largest women’s voice in the country and so understandably has developed a reputation for ensuring that any initiatives adopted are credible and ultimately taken forward and actioned accordingly. In fact the WI plays a unique role in providing women of all ages and backgrounds with educational opportunities as well as the chance to build new skills to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that

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matter to them and their own communities. Then, of course, there’s the many friendships and vast evidence of camaraderie shared across the institutes nationwide. As a WI member, you’ll find plenty to get involved with and lots of opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills, including mixed crafts of all types. The Wheathampstead Institute has around 38 members who meet on a monthly basis. Meetings are a great opportunity to catch up with friends and listen to a talk, watch a demo, play a game of bingo or join in with any number of other activities which members help to plan. Whilst Hertfordshire is always keen to welcome new groups (institutes) there are currently around 83 different institutes across the county. Starting a new group is easy as HQ will offer training for officials if required as well as general support for things like information on crafts and speakers lists. Each Institute needs 3 officials; a president, a secretary and a treasurer and meetings usually take place eleven times per year to talk through various issues and an annual programme of speakers planned to present something about any number of subjects.

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The Wheathampstead WI meet on the second Wednesday at the Mead Hall, although in February as a great big thankyou to members and the people of Wheathampstead, all local people are invited to a coffee and cake morning at the WI shop in the village to find out in more detail what it’s all about, (February 8th, 10 am – 12 noon).

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Gusty’s Fund Raiser O

nce again Gustard Wood friends and neighbours put together a charity preChristmas on the Broadway event in December in aid of their charities, Alzheimer’s Research and the Rennie Grove Hospice. Christmas lights twinkled and candlelit trees created the perfect atmosphere for the traditional joining of voices, singing all our favourite Christmas Carols. Gusty’s Bar sold delicious mince pies and other Christmassy treats along with mulled wine, hot chocolate and some smashing draught beer from local brewers Farr Brew. If quaffing around a log stoked fire pit on the green wasn’t enough, there was the chance of some retail therapy, with a pop up shop of fabulous home accessories and

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goodies generously donated by John & Philippa Allan of Stone the Crows! A few hundred locals came out in support of this excellent event and most joined in with Christmas Carols as the evening progressed. The hot chocolate and mulled wine urns were topped up many times over and local ovens were all on standby as the food stall was frequently replenished. Ultimately, almost everything was eaten or drank. So when the gift stall was all but sold out and the beer barrel was empty it was time to draw the raffle, sing the last carol, thank everyone for coming and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Your MiniMagazine was winging it’s way to the printer whilst the cash was being counted… so watch this space next month for an update on just how much was raised for charity. Organisers Kate Owen and Chris Colt and The Gustys would like to thank Farr Brew and Stone The Crows for their contributions to the event as well as to all that attended the event and those that helped in advance and on the day. Kate Owen said, “Chris and I are very happy to be involved in this fun event, both charities have particular relevance to our little community, so the strength of support from our neighbours in and around Gustard Wood is just terrific. Thanks to everyone, including our wonderful sponsors and hard working volunteers, we’re able to donate almost every penny to our charities.”


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Hearing Dogs for Deaf People


e’ve all heard about the great work done by guide dogs for the blind and how guide dogs provide independence for visually impaired people who need a bit of help to get through their day to day lives. But it’s possible that you won’t know much if anything about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Imagine you are deaf. You can’t hear your alarm clock. You can’t hear your text messages. You miss out on social interactions. That’s what life can be like for deaf people, and it can be very isolating. A hearing dog can make a big difference. Deaf people can often feel isolated or lonely. This is because they can have difficulty interacting with people on a day-to-day basis, so they feel disconnected from friends, family, their community and the world around them. They want to express themselves, be independent, live life to the full and do all the things that others may take for granted. A big part of a hearing dog’s job is to alert their deaf recipient to sounds To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

they would otherwise miss. Simple sounds we take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like a fire alarm. Being aware of these things, thanks to a hearing dog, can make a real difference in a deaf person’s life. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People do just that; they train dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss sounds that many people take for granted. Over the years Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have matched thousands of dogs with deaf people since their humble beginnings back in 1982 when they officially launched at Crufts as a three-year pilot scheme, championed by Bruce Fogle and Lady Beatrice Wright with help from Tony Blunt and Gill Lacey. At that point, all Hearing Dogs’ operations, including dog training, took place in founding member Gill Lacey’s living room, but now, all these years later, with a Continued on page 15 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Continued from page 13 passionate staff and team of volunteers, there are almost 1,000 working hearing dog partnerships across the UK.

The Charity’s dogs provide emotional support through companionship, and practical support by alerting deaf people to general and lifesaving sounds. From the first year of their lives, their dogs live with volunteers, who look after the dogs, introduce them to new experiences and give them basic training, a process called ‘socialising’. After around a year, the dogs go on to advanced training, in which they are taught to alert people to sounds, called ‘soundwork’. They do this by nudging the deaf person with their nose, then leading them to the source of the sound. An exception to this is when they alert to fire sirens or smoke alarms: the dogs lie down instead, telling the deaf person that there is an alarm, but not leading them into Continued on page 17

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Continued from page 15 danger. Since the merger in 2017 with another leading hearing loss charity, Hearing Link, the Charity has also been able to help people with a wider range of hearing loss, who might not want or need a dog in their lives, but who would benefit from assistive technologies, support and practical advice. So many little things need to be taken into consideration when matching people and dogs - for example, a bouncy, bubbly Labrador wouldn’t be matched with a 70-year-old lady with mobility problems. But that Labrador would make a great companion for a fit, 35-year-old who loves going out jogging every morning. The cost to train and support each hearing dog throughout their lifetime is £40,000 – so Hearing Dogs for Deaf People rely heavily on their

supporters to help change lives. It really is all down to people like you, who give up time, effort and money to help create many life-changing partnerships. But there are still so many deaf people whom need help. To offer a donation or support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People contact https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/

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Round Up

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heathampstead MiniMagazines has covered a lot of interesting topics over the past 12 months and we’ve published a fair quantity of images too. I’ve had a look back through the 12 magazines that we published in 2019 and I was pleased to note that, for the most part, the magazine has featured articles about local news, local events and local businesses. In January the issue looked at a typical day in the life of Tessa Reason, the new Chair for our Parish Council and we reported on commencement of building work for the new local school. In February we shared the news that our local drama group had been nominated for an award and we learned that Mid Herts Golf club had developed a golfing academy for ladies. March saw an item about the national garden scheme and how it translated to open gardens in our area and members of local running group Wheathampstead Warriors told us all about Running for pleasure. The April issue had news of Leigh Stephenson who opened his new shop in the village high street specialising in Electric bikes whilst we asked those readers who might be interested to get involved with the parish council to apply for one of the vacancies for councillors. Amwell Local Fundraisers (ALF) explained how they raised money to help local people and news from the Herts County show highlighted some details about the many performers and stalls scheduled to appear. Over the summer months, Kimpton Horse Show was in the spotlight and planting began in the Crinkle Crankle garden. Residents of King Edward Place joined forces with Herts and Middlesex Wild Life Trust to carry out some restoration work along the river Lea in Wheathampstead. MiniMagazines published many, many images from Village day which was well attended as usual and we announced that the village library had moved into its new home at the extended and refurbished fire station. In August we reviewed two new books written and compiled by local people;- one a whimsical look at Wheathampstead and the other a detailed look at the history of our local pubs. Over the autumn months you could read about Hedgehogs and their local sanctuary and we carried news of the first intake of pupils for the new Katherine Warington School. We were invited to visit the musical memories group to see the group members and hear how singing can help dementia. In the November issue we reported on our tour around the new school and reviewed one reader’s concerns over flooding in Lamer lane. In December Leigh Stephenson from the Bike Vault was back in the news again for his contribution to a local charity bike ride along with Local estate agent, Steve Mayes from John Curtis, who rode the bike. We’ve added more Clubs and Groups and expanded the What’s On coverage to include a section on what’s on regularly and we launched our own web site www.wheathampsteadmagazine.co.uk. Add to that our coverage and support of local business and various local initiatives and it means that our pages are usually packed with features and articles to inform and entertain you. Anyway, I certainly hope that you have enjoyed reading the magazine in 2019 and, like me, you are looking forward to 2020 with enthusiasm.

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Real Ale and home cooked food A winning combination

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Shopping, Love it or Hate it?

It’s just about managing expectations


ears ago I trained and worked as a hairdresser. It was a time when customers had a trim and a shampoo and set. It was a time when backcombing still took place and ladies still thought it was possible that a new hair do could make them look like Britt Elkland or Ursula Andress. On one occasion, one such customer brought in a wonderful picture of a young Sophia Loren, Luscious long brown hair layered at the sides to create body and style and little flicks. “Make me look like this,” my customer demanded. Frankly, I wanted to laugh. The woman was definitely an older lady, about 5ft 2ins and on her head, she had what my mother would have described as nine hairs and a nit! It sounds mean, I know, but to get anyway close to achieving the Sophia Loren look, she needed to be a good bit taller and come back when she had more hair or just buy a full wig and a pair of high heeled shoes and be done with it. Anyway, dear reader, I suppose you are wondering what this has to do with shopping. It’s simply that we all have to manage expectations, especially our own, so when you read a magazine or look in a clothes catalogue or online it is worth noting that clothes that look good on tall leggy ladies won’t necessarily look as good on short round ones and of course, visa versa, so make sure that you plan to buy what suits you and not what looks good on someone else. I suppose I’m unusual for a woman in so much as I am not that keen on shopping. I try to manage To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

my expectations to ensure that I don’t dream about looking like someone I’m not. Over the years I have found what I believe suits me; I have found my own style. Some people would say it’s not a style, it’s just plain, or it’s just black or it’s just dull, but do you know, I don’t care, I am happy with it. Some of my female friends go up to West End of London, Oxford Street specifically, and spend all day there! The thought of dragging around looking in umpteen shops at countless outfits on countless hangers for a couple of hours is quite bad enough, but all day? I just can’t understand the fun in it. To do that I suppose you just have to like browsing around rifling through rails of clothes and trying things on to see what goes with what on the off chance that you will find something that you like. I’m a make a list kind of person – I know what I want, invariably I know where to get it from and so I can usually go directly to two or three shops to find what I need – it’s simple – two hours –two and half at a push and that’s really all I can stand when buying clothes. Continued on page 22 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Continued from page 21 Any longer and my feet start to hurt, I begin to get bad tempered and hot, I want a coffee, or I want to sit down, but truthfully after a couple of hours shopping, I just want to stop. I have tried clothes shopping on the internet with some success. The knack I have found is to try a new store out in a small way first, that way you can tell if the product descriptions tend to be accurate, you can get to grips with the way their sizes work – i.e. are they usually long in the body, or short, are shapes generous or is material skimped – it helps to know that in advance. For example, I always find that M&S clothes do not have a generous cut, the sleeves are shorter than they should be and body length in some clothes is just too short. M&S clothes seem to be made for short, thin people rather than average sized ladies which, according to the fashion press, are larger than they used to be. To be fair, all this is quite a generalisation, but armed with this information, you can go for a bigger size if you are tall, have

any curves or have average length arms! So whether it’s online or standing in line, I can’t say I love shopping, but I don’t really hate it either, for me it’s just a means to an end. This article may sound familiar to long term MiniMagazines readers and you would be right .I came across this item that we published a couple of years back - I chuckled when I read it again, so I thought you might like to read it too. Eve

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Cataracts T

he main cause of impaired vision worldwide is Cataracts; In England and Wales, it is estimated that around 2.5 million people aged 65 or older have some degree of visual impairment caused by cataracts.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts occur when cloudy patches develop in the clear lens inside your eyes, stopping light from reaching the back of the eye and causing blurred or misty vision. In most people cataracts simply develop as they age. Several other factors may also increase your risk of developing cataracts, including: • • • • • • • •

A family history of cataracts Smoking Regularly drinking excessive alcohol A poor diet lacking in vitamins Lifelong exposure of your eyes to UV light Taking steroid medication over a long time Previous eye surgery or injury Certain health conditions, such as diabetes

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Blurred, misty or cloudy vision. You may find it more difficult to see in dim or very bright light and bright lights may be dazzling or uncomfortable to look at. You may have double vision and colours may look faded or less clear with a yellow or brown tinge. You may see haloes (circles of light) around bright lights, such as car headlights or street lights. To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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Health Matters Cataracts develop over many years and problems may at first be unnoticeable. They often develop in both eyes, although each eye may be affected differently. Cataracts are not painful and don’t make your eyes red or irritated. You’ll usually have blurred, cloudy or misty vision, or you may have small spots or patches where your vision is less clear.

What causes age-related cataracts?

It’s not entirely clear why we are more likely to develop cataracts as we get older.

Testing for age-related cataracts

Your optician will do a series of eye tests, including a visual acuity exam, which measures how well you see at various distances. If your optician thinks you have cataracts, you may be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for more tests and treatment.

Treating age-related cataracts

If your cataracts are not too bad, stronger glasses and brighter reading lights may help for a while. But cataracts do get worse over time, so you’ll eventually need surgery to remove and replace the affected lens. Cataract surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with an artificial one. Surgery is the only treatment that’s proven to be effective for cataracts. It’s the most common operation performed in the UK, with a high success rate in improving your eyesight. Continued on page 23 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Health Matters

Continued from page 23 It can take 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover from cataract surgery.

Do you need surgery?

If you have cataracts, clearly it’s your decision whether or not to go ahead with cataract surgery. Surgery is usually offered on the NHS if your cataracts are affecting your eyesight and quality of life. You can choose to put off having surgery for a while and have regular check-ups to monitor the situation. There are no medicines or eye drops that have been proven to improve cataracts or stop them getting worse.

Before the operation

Before surgery, you’ll be referred to a specialist eye doctor for an assessment when different measurements will be taken of your eyes and

your eyesight. The assessment is an opportunity to discuss anything to do with your operation, including: your lens preference, such as near sight or long sight, the risks and benefits of surgery and if you’ll need glasses after surgery. Its also worth asking how long you’ll take to fully recover. If you’re used to using one eye for distance and one for reading, which is called monovision, you can ask to stay that way which usually means you’ll get a near sight lens fitted in one eye and a long sighted lens fitted in the other eye.

The operation

Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes and is often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.

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Health Matters During the operation, the surgeon will make a tiny cut in your eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one. With the NHS, you will usually be offered monofocal lenses, which have a single point of focus. This means the lens will be fixed for either near or distance vision, but not both. If you go private, you may be able to choose either a multifocal or an accommodating lens, which allows the eye to focus on both near and distant objects. Most people will need to wear glasses for some tasks, like reading, after surgery regardless of the type of lens they have fitted. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you’ll need two separate operations, usually carried out 6 to 12 weeks apart. This will give the first eye to be treated time to heal and your vision time to return. If you have any concerns about cataracts speak to your optician. It’s good for us all to be familiar with what good eye health feels like, so that if your eyes don’t feel quite right, you know what to look out

for, what you can do and when to seek help. It seems that our eyes can also indicate signs of more problematic issues to do with your general health like diabetes and high blood pressure. Symptoms of these conditions are not always obvious, so regular eye tests are an essential part of maintaining your health. Here are 4 ways to look after your eyes. 1. Regular eye tests Most people should

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Continued from page 25 have their eyes examined at least once every two years - even if there is no change in your vision. An eye examination can often pick up the first signs of an eye condition before you notice any changes in your vision. This can lead to you getting vital treatment at the right time, which could save your sight. 2.Stop smoking Did you know smoking can double the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the UK’s leading cause of sight loss? In fact, the link is as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer. Speak to your GP about stopping smoking . 3. Eat healthy Eating a diet low in saturated fats but rich in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli may help delay the progression of cataracts and AMD. Oranges, kiwis, nuts, seeds

Health Matters and oily fish may also help prevent and slow down some eye conditions. Taking supplements is not a substitute for a healthy diet. 4. Keep your eyes covered in the sun UVA and UVB rays in sunlight can harm your eyes and may increase the risk of cataracts Wearing sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses with built in UV filter will protect your eyes. 5. Safety first DIY causes thousands of eye related injuries each year. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris and fine particles. Sport (especially racquet-based sports) also causes lots of eye related injuries each year. Investing in a good pair of protective sports goggles will help prevent serious damage to your eyes. Information provided by NHS

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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


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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 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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