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Wheathampstead Magazine by MiniMagazines & Brochures

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January 2021

Vaccination Programme Bim, our Hard Working MP The Needs of Children Come First


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never like to wish away time, but, honestly, I’m rather glad that, as January arrives, 2020 is definitely past - and what a strange and unexpected year it was. But, no matter, we have 2021 to look forward to and, with the announcement that a vaccine is soon to be available for all, comes hope for that new normal we seem to have been looking forward to for so long. This month, the resilience partnership for Hertfordshire explains a little more about the vaccine roll out and we’ve heard from The Friends of St Helens Church about fund raising and from our Community Library regarding opening plans for 2021. Bim Afolami, our Member of Parliament, talked to us about how he got into politics in our Day in the Life feature and we chatted to Brigid Brennan who told us about children’s charity Harpenden Child Contact Centre (HCCC). We learned how it all began for three artists with their own gallery, Health Matters looks at problems with heart valves and, due to a shortage in real time events, this month we have also included news of a few virtual happenings in the What’s On section for you to enjoy.

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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

January 21, 1976

Concord, the British–French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner began passenger service with flights from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro, cruising at twice the speed of sound. On Tuesday, 25 July 2000, it crashed into a hotel two minutes after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four more people in the hotel. Until the crash, Concorde had been considered among the world’s safest aeroplanes.

Help Lines

Mind: 0845 766 0163

Advice for Mental Health Issues

The Samaritans: Freephone 116123

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support

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

Advice from the Stroke Association

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

Advice about drugs from professional advisers

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Did you know...

The world’s first underground railway service opened in London 157 years ago in January 1863. The Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon used gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives. It was hailed as a success, carrying 38,000 passengers on the opening day.

After the Rush...

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What’s On


Resilience Forum


A Day in the Life...


The Needs of Children


Survive & Thrive

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Creativity & Passion

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For the Love of Yoga

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Health Matters

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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 Home dog boarding company looking for dog • Recreation for the Retired lovers to join our team of carers and welcome Memorial Hall, All welcome. Table tennis, darts, dogs like Pepa. Must be at home during the crib, scrabble. 2pm-4pm most Fridays. Home dog not boarding company for of dogyour lovers own. to join our day with more thanlooking 1 dog team of carers and welcome dogs like Pepa. Must be at home • Wheathampstead Dementia Wellbeing Group Ideal for someone working house during the day with not more thanfrom 1 dog home, of your own. (‘WDWG’) Coffee Morning person retired. Ideal foror someone working from home, house person or retired. The Mead Hall, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, likeaa little little extra income? WouldWould youyou like extra income? 10.30am - 12pm Margaret 01582 832368 Isobel 01582 832439 • 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 Kevin Kevin Wright Wright Have a great evening at the weekly quiz every Phone:Phone: 01438 798 484 / 07849 168 244 01438 798 484 / 07849 168 244 Wednesday 8 p.m. The Swan Wheathampstead Email:Email: al@waggingtailsuk.co.uk al@waggingtailsuk.co.uk • Harpenden Riding for Disabled(RDA) Group www.waggingtailsuk.co.uk/al/carer-enquiry www.waggingtailsuk.co.uk/al/carer-enquiry Subsidised lessons to local people (over the Wheathampstead Girlguiding.pdf 1 13/07/2020 age08:51 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 WHEATHAMPSTEAD month. Good company, cash prizes, raffle Lifts GIRLGUIDING NEEDS YOU! available Phone Colin on 07790 639735. • Herts Musical Memories Were you a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or a former Singing for people with dementia & their carers/ loved ones. Monday mornings 10.30am - 12.00 Leader? The Rainbow and Brownies in midday. Memorial Hall Call Wendy Hyams Wheathamstead will not be reopening once we 07984 588532 or Kerry Brabant 0208 9505757 are able to do so if we do not find new leaders. • Harpenden Farmers Market We are looking for someone (and The market has moved to the Common opposite due to Girlguiding regulations the Public Halls in Harpenden in order for social leaders have to be female) distancing measures to be easily observed and who is looking for a new once inside the market, there will be a onechallenge. You would be way route that attendees must follow. There’s provided with training, a approximately 70 stalls offering a huge selection of produce from Fish to meat pies and meat mentor and full support from through to Preserves – pickles, jams and honey other leaders in the area. and all sort in between As well as attending the Harpenden Farmers’ Market takes place on weekly meeting, you would be the 4th Sunday of the month from 10.00am to expected to do some 2.00pm

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WHAT’S ON Coronavirus: Dates and times may

have changed, events may be cancelled or postponed so please do check with venue before you set out. • A NEW Stay-in-your-car Treasure Hunt 3rd January Follow written directions for 20 miles along country lanes in the Flamstead, Markyate and Slip End areas, seeking answers to 55 clues - all visible from the comfort of your car. The winner and runnersup can choose from a range of prizes. In support of the charity, Herts & Essex Air Ambulance Trust. Starting from Bowers Way Car Park East, Harpenden, AL5 4EQ 9.30am to 2pm Sunday 3rd January. Booking essential to secure your slot go to rotaryinharpenden.org.uk tel: +447936340750 • Blood donation session 3rd January NHS Blood and Transplant are holding a blood donation session, information about the donation process and our eligibility criteria is also available on our website. To register as a donor and book an appointment please: Visit www.blood.co.uk Call 0300 1232323 Session times: 9am - 12noon and 2 – 3pm Sunday 3rd January Hertfordshire University, Cricket Hall, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield • Cabaret Mechanical Marvels - automata exhibition Now until February Displaying a range of mechanical masterpieces, this touring exhibition from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre showcases work by some of the UK’s finest contemporary automata makers. Visitors can simply press a button or turn a crank to make hand-carved wooden characters come to life. As an added bonus, every child to the exhibition gets an automata kit to make and take away. The museum and gallery is open daily 11am - 5pm Booking ahead is recommended as numbers in the gallery are limited. St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/ cabaret-mechanical-marvels tel: 01727 864511 • Wellbeing Drama Programme 7th January This free programme, using theatre techniques, is for those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. You don’t need any experience to take part, everyone is welcome from absolute beginners to the more experienced. You must be between 11-18 years old and live within the district to take part. trial session: 7th Jan course dates: 14th, 21st 28th January, All sessions run from 5 pm - 7 pm at Napsbury Pavillion London Colney, St Albans AL2 1GE tel: 01727850950 • The Murders in the Rue Morgue until 5th January Virtual Event A dark and foreboding tale from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe which is regarded as one of the original detective stories and an inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. A strange and intriguing tale following the brilliant deductive powers of his friend Monsieur Dupin unravelling the seeming unsolvable crime where the suspect has no familiar language or accent and can escape from the room that is found to completely sealed tel: 01462481969 Streaming Online until 5th January 2021. www.ticketsource.co.uk/ama-theatre/the-murders-in-the-rue-morgue/2020-11-21/15:00/t-edrkgy • Talking Francis 7th January Virtual Event Set in Frankie’s dressing room one night before a performance. Although fictitious, the play is based on anecdotes and interviews given over the years. The play also celebrates several of his stand-up routines. One of the all time greats of British Comedy fondly remembered for his famous catchphrases This warm-hearted and affectionate play celebrates the life of, and pays tribute to, the great Frankie Howard. tel: 01462481969 Thursday 7th January at 8:30pm via zoom. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-francis-tickets-124909875801 • Online exhibition: Royal College of Physicians Unseen from 18th January Virtual Event The Royal College of Physicians has been collecting extraordinary objects, stunning works of art, recorded interviews, rare books and diverse documents for over 500 years. In 2021 – at a moment of unparalleled interest in all matters medical - the college is showcasing some of its most remarkable never-seen-before riches for the very first time in a new online exhibition. tel: 02030751543Online and free, all day and every day starts Monday 18th January History.rcplondon.ac.uk/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions

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Coronavirus: Useful Contacts Emotional & practical support www.hertshelp.net 03001234044

Health advice and information www.nhs.uk/coroavirus

Local council services www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ coronavirus

Domestic abuse www.hertssunflower.org Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse helpline 08 088 088 088

Financial Advice www.hertforshire.gov.uk/benefits Citizens Advice 03444111 444 www.hcas.org.uk National Debtline 0808 808 4000 www.nationaldebtline.org

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ere’s the latest update from Hertfordshire’s Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency partnership of public services working to coordinate our approach to COVID-19.


OVID vaccination programme: The NHS in Hertfordshire is working closely with partner organisations to plan and deliver the largest vaccination programme in its history, providing three different delivery methods in order to reach all parts of the population: • Hospital hubs – where we know the Pfizer vaccine can be stored safely • local vaccine services – provided by GPs and pharmacies • Vaccination centres – large sites convenient for transport networks Now that a vaccine has been confirmed as safe and effective by the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency, it can begin to be rolled out to those groups identified by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, as the supplies become available. Over the coming months, this will be a marathon not a sprint, and the NHS will keep expanding the programme as more vaccine, and potentially other vaccines become available. The NHS wants to go as fast as all these factors allow and is recruiting and training more vaccinators and support staff from across the NHS and outside of it, all of whom will be trained, assessed and supervised. Everyone can help • You will be contacted when it’s the right time come forward so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then; • Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them; • Please continue to abide by all the social distancing, face covering and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives. New walk-through COVID testing sites for people with symptoms: Hertfordshire’s first walk-through COVID testing sites are now Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

Local Resilience Forum open at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland campus in Hatfield and County Hall in Hertford – giving local people more options if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Further walkthrough test sites will be available in Watford and Borehamwood soon. Anyone in Hertfordshire with suspected COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to book a test as soon as possible after their symptoms first develop. The main symptoms of COVID have been identified as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. The new testing sites appear as options for Hertfordshire residents booking COVID tests on the national booking website at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. For anyone who needs additional help to book a test, or who doesn’t have access to the internet, a telephone call centre is available – ring 119 between 7am and 11pm or 18001 0300 303 2713 if you have hearing or speech difficulties. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat. People can test themselves with the swabs provided and children aged five or under will need to have the test carried out by a parent or guardian. Most results are received within 24-48 hours. New ‘lateral flow’ tests helping to identify COVID-19 carriers without symptoms: ‘Lateral flow’ tests are being introduced in Hertfordshire to provide rapid testing of NHS and social care staff and the public who do not have coronavirus symptoms - significantly increasing our ability to track the presence of coronavirus across health and social care. The tests, which give results in around 30 minutes To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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without needing laboratory processing, will help to identify more positive cases and prevent the virus from spreading. All NHS staff in patient-facing roles are being provided with kits so that they can test themselves at home before coming to work on a regular basis. If the kit indicates a positive result the person will need to have a follow up test processed in a lab to confirm that they have coronavirus. The lateral flow tests can also be used to avoid delays for patients who are due to leave a hospital or care setting who need to have a negative test before being transferred. As well as helping to support the movement of patients, the tests are being used to help other vulnerable groups of people get the care and support they need in good time. This includes unaccompanied migrant children, children going into foster care, special needs school pupils and those attending day centres and respite care. Lateral flow tests are also being trialled in care homes to support visiting and are being used by the University of Hertfordshire to track the spread of the virus in the student population – enabling students who are virus-free to go home at the end of term. Flu vaccinations: If you are aged 50 to 64 years old: (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2021) then during either December or January you will be invited to attend your GP surgery for the vaccine. Alternatively, you can contact any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations. If you have a long-term health condition that puts you at increased risk from flu, please do not delay getting the vaccine. Visit www.nhs.uk/flujab to check whether you are particularly at risk. Continued on page 11 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Continued from page 9 Adult Care Services: December saw a small decline in COVID outbreaks in care homes within Hertfordshire, although outbreaks in smaller supported living settings for people with learning disabilities/and or physical disabilities are on the increase. The government has introduced weekly testing for home care providers, and the adult care services (ACS) team is providing additional mandatory training on infection and prevention control. The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that 16 care homes in Hertfordshire will be piloting lateral flow testing. The key objective of this pilot is to ensure the ongoing safety of the entire care home community and can be used for visitors’ testing and increased resident and staff testing. Further guidance from DHSC this week will inform the roll out of the pilot to all care homes. The Council’s hospital social work teams continue to support in the safe discharge of individuals from hospitals. NHS 111 (which can be reached online on 111. nhs.uk or on the freephone 111 number) is now able to book appointments within Emergency

Departments or Urgent Treatment Centre for people who are assessed as needing them. This is an addition to their ability to book appointments with GP surgeries and pharmacies, divert a call to the ambulance service if necessary or put you directly through to a mental health team when needed. You should always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, or if their life is at risk.

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A Day in the Life of...

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Bim Afolami, Family man, Rugby fan, and Local MP


typical day may be hard to find, but whichever day of the week or time of the day, it’s seems to be non-stop for our hard working MP. It all starts early for MP Bim Afolami as he shares a breakfast meeting with colleagues at around 7.30am at the House of Commons. By 8am, it’s off to no. 11 Downing Street to join the Chancellor and others in discussions about economic policy followed by talks with Ian Duncan Smith, former DWP Minister, to gauge his views on the benefits system. In his role as ministerial aid to Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, it’s Bim’s job to be eyes and ears for Thérèse, attending meetings like these and various others, ensuring that all and any pertinent information is communicated properly. Bim gets back to his office to look through and respond to emails and calls before heading to the weekly DWP ministerial meeting with the Minister along with members of her team to catch up on various issues of the moment, such To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

as imminent legislation, voting, opposition views and updates on media action and reaction. Bim then rushes back to his office for around 2pm for a video call with Energy UK to talk through and promote renewable energy issues. Once that has been completed, Bim will probably spend the afternoon in the House of Commons where he would take part in a debate, often speaking on subjects such as the Financial Services Bill, which was a topic for debate in November. Later, at around 7pm there would be a vote, possibly in relation to the debate or perhaps on a motion to appoint someone to a public body or similar. This could be followed at around 8pm by an hour long video call with local councillors, talking through various local issues and then, at 9pm, an informal meeting with colleagues and other MP’s. We asked Bim what made him decide to get into politics and he told MiniMagazines that he had been interested in current affairs since an early age. “My dad bought lots of Continued on page 15

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Continued from page 13 national newspapers to read every day, which meant that I grew up reading them too and that fuelled my interest in current affairs. There were always stories of other countries under threat or talk of how politics worked elsewhere and, looking back, it’s likely, that made me want to contribute here in some way.” He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hitchin and Harpenden constituency, which includes Wheathampstead since the 2017 general election, and remains particularly interested in the economy of our country as well as wide spread opportunity in education. Keen on joining in debates at school, Bim was pleased to gain a place at Oxford to study History and Economics and told us that he feels lucky to have had a good education and believes passionately that as well as the chance of a university place for further education, young people should have the opportunity to gain quality employment in order to flourish in life. Bim explained that he is also particularly interested in the UK economy and the opportunities that a strong economy brings.

Bim is often in Wheathampstead, talking to local people and businesses. Every two to three weeks he runs an MP surgery to talk to his constituents, at the moment via Zoom video calling. Spare time for Bim usually involves his family, which could be out walking or watching his three sons playing rugby. The only guilty pleasure that he was prepared to admit to was watching too many box sets on the TV. Bim told us that his favourite place in Wheathampstead is the Old Station, although he did confess to a liking for village bar, the Reading Rooms.

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The Needs of Children Must Come First W

hen parents split up, there are countless decisions to be made about future arrangements for their children and of course, the best form of contact is in person, seeing each other face to face and catching up on each other’s lives. Being a parent isn’t easy. Everyone has their ups and downs and sometimes we don’t know where to turn. Sadly all too often when relationships break down the children can get caught up in the middle and contact between the child or children and the parent stops or reduces. Established in 2006, Harpenden Child Contact Centre (HCCC) is a local Charity providing support to families by facilitating contact between children and their parents or other adults from whom they are separated, often following a family breakdown. HCCC is part of a national association of contact centres (NACCC) that are run up and down the country. HCCC itself was the brainchild of a local woman, Loretta Ramswell, who recognised

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the need for such a centre locally and with the support of a number of local people, the centre opened in 2006. MiniMagazines spoke to Chair Brigid Brennan to find out more about this local charity. Brigid told us, “Our aim is to provide a safe and friendly environment where the children can see their parents and hopefully we can help to rebuild trust between the parents.” A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children from separated families can spend time with one or both parents, and sometimes other family members. It is a child-centred environment that puts the needs of children first. The Centre is run by fully trained volunteers or staff who are impartial and do not take sides. They work to a strict confidentiality policy and have all been through a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. The team aim to create a warm, sociable atmosphere where parents and children

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can relax and enjoy themselves. The Centre has a variety of games, toys and books for children of all ages. Tea, coffee and other refreshments are provided. Visits are by appointment only and can be made by you or by a social worker, solicitor, family mediator, Family Court Advisor or by a court order. You, (the parent), and your child or children can then come and see the Centre. If necessary help can be provided to complete an application form to start the referral process. Parents are responsible for their children at all times while at the Centre, so you will have to wait with your child until your ex-partner arrives. However, the Centre staff can help with the handover of your child so you don’t need to meet your ex-partner if you don’t want to. There is no charge for the visit itself or for refreshments and there’s a large free car park next to the hall. Visits usually last 2 or 3 hours. ...so parenting needn’t end when the partnership does… If you know of any families who might need help do please ask them to contact HCCC at: www.harpendenchildcontactcentre.org.uk.

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Another way of getting involved is to become a trustee and help in the management of the Centre; or to become a member who pays a small annual subscription but is not asked to play any active role in the running of the Centre.

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Survive and Thrive


ost people that live in the area will agree spire and know that you are coming home to that Wheathampstead has a lot to offer. something solid, unchanging and dependable. There are some great shops and businesses, clubs On Sundays there is the sound of bells, of music and groups, as well as community spaces, but and voices singing which continue to comfort most have likely been hit in some way or another and inspire us whether we are inside the church as a result of this dreadful pandemic which is or just passing by.” Covid-19. 50 years ago The Friends of St Helen’s Church, Whilst we wait for normal, or at least a full blown a group of people of all faiths and none, came new normal to emerge, together to raise funds let’s remember that all for the preservation, those great places need repair and restoration our support to ensure of the church. That that they not only fundraising is still survive but thrive too. needed and going MiniMagazines heard on today and as a from The Friends of St registered charity, Helen’s Church who gratefully accepts all reminded us that, “For gifts, donations and more than 700 years legacies. (see below) St Helen’s Church has MiniMagazines also stood in the centre spoke to Chrissie of Wheathampstead. Chadney, Chair of the People who have lived Management Group here and have brought of Wheathampstead their joys and their Community Library woes to the church have who said, “Well, it may also come for baptisms, be nearly a year that we marriages and funerals. have been closed but Over the centuries it has we are determined to seen the fears brought be back operating at by plagues and wars, the heart of the village Image by John Salmon failed harvests, hunger, in 2021. We had only poverty, anxiety and been in our lovely new loss. But there has been gratitude of full hearts for Library for eight months and were getting more fine harvests, safe returns and the promise of a customers and having a lot of success running new life, a comfort in bereavement and solace in groups such as Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme loss. Today, coming back from a journey, driving Time, Knit, Natter and Know and our brand over the hill you are greeted by that beautiful new Homework Club for senior pupils, when overnight, everything stopped.” In the nine months since the beginning of the Friends of St Helen’s Church Covid pandemic volunteers have not been able Membership & Donations to offer their services but fortunately Herts Contact Mrs Margaret Pearce, Libraries was able to run a ‘Ready Reads’ facility (Treasurer), and slowly the larger libraries opened as the first 01582 833581 lockdown finished. Unfortunately, but inevitably, e-mail: margaretp3581@gmail.com the Community Libraries have had to wait, but now the process is starting to get them operating To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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again. What many people may not realise is that there is a complex and demanding process before an establishment can be considered ‘Covid Secure’ and be given the go ahead to welcome customers. Herts Libraries have a five stage plan for Community Libraries starting with a detailed Risk Assessment, then Site Operationalisation putting changes in place. This is followed by Staff Training on the changes and required behaviours for the new situation followed by the ‘awarding’ of the Covid Secure certification. Finally there is ongoing monitoring and review as Government guidelines change.

The volunteers will be so happy to re-open but there will be changes, not least the fact that we will probably only be allowed to have eight people in the building at any time. Sadly there will no longer be lengthy browsing nor reading a newspaper or magazine nor attending one of the groups, but the welcome from volunteers is sure to be heartfelt. Finally, it’s good to know, that some of our local independent businesses’ like village cafe Charlie’s, despite losing out to COVID-19 earlier this year are back with a vengeance, championing all sorts of home -made delights – we hear that their home made cakes are especially scrumptious!

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Creativity with Passion and Enthusiasm M

ost of us have been into one of those stuffy art galleries where you feel that you have to tip -toe around and have a small fortune to spend on a masterpiece. Perhaps it’s the sales people in those galleries that make you feel that you need to spend mega money to purchase anything worthwhile, but in fact, it seems that it’s really not about a big outlay of cash as there are all sorts of artworks and numerous reasons to buy them. MiniMagazines spoke to the friendly people at the Woburn Art gallery in the attractive town of Woburn to find out just what type of artwork is available. This gallery only started a few years ago when a group of artists got together to both exhibit and sell their work. Having enjoyed painting and drawing for many years, each of them belonged to their own local art society and were able sell their work at society exhibitions once or twice a year; exhibiting their works in a gallery seemed to be the next step. Quite by chance, an opportunity arose to take over the ideal premises -previously a cafe and in the distant past, the Old Telephone Exchange and the group snapped it up. Within a few weeks, the place was decorated and the artwork displayed and when 12 paintings quickly sold, the group knew that they had made the right decision. Irene Foster, one of the founding group explained, “Only one of us had any business experience but we did have someone who knew about accounts. We fumbled along gaining more success and followers. What we did have was passion and enthusiasm and the rest as they say is history. Some of the original group have fallen along the wayside as none of us knew what to expect. We tweaked our way forward (and To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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backwards sometimes).” Now, a couple of years later, artist Tim Hagan joined Irene and fellow founder and artist Lisa Campbell. These three are responsible for running the gallery and all that that encompasses, and are supported by a dedicated group of people, also practising artists and volunteers. Over the years the enthusiastic group have diversified too and now, as well as paintings in various mediums, the gallery also represents artists that work in ceramics, jewellery, glass making and sculpting. The gallery has exhibited award winning and acclaimed artists as well as up-and– coming talent. Outside of Covid, there are usually around 4 exhibitions each year as well as open evenings and customer doodle days. Many of these events offer refreshments and live music to accompany the splendid art. Irene, Lisa and Tim are all clearly very accomplished artists and painters, although they generously share the space to exhibit in the gallery with up to 50 other local artists. It’s worth knowing that there are greeting cards, all sorts of small items and unframed prints available to buy and, amazingly, you can purchase an original artwork from as little as £20 and spend right up to £2000 and beyond if you want to. They are all very knowledgeable too and quick to make you feel at home as you browse around the many interesting paintings, 3D work and small sculptures. Inevitably, there are all sorts of reasons behind buying any artwork, the best one of course, is simply because you like it... so, with so much to choose from, you should easily find something here. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Local Services

For the Love of Yoga


oga is holistic and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, ability or disability. It encompasses every aspect of human life: physical, mental, spiritual, and lifestyle, and you take from it as much or as little as you want to. Barbara Grosvenor from Yoga Pathway told MiniMagazines, “I have been practising Yoga since 1980, on and off, and have always loved it. In 1997 I was accepted for teacher training by the British Wheel of Yoga. This took nearly 3 years alongside my day job. After that I started teaching

classes in 2000.” These days Barbra organises two classes weekly, one in Redbourn and the other in Batford, with 12 to 15 people in each. There are a few men that attend, but it’s mostly women of all ages, lots of whom have been attending classes for many years; some even back to 2000. Due to Covid, classes had to be stopped in March although it was possible to resume classes again in the halls in September and October. But as ventilation is an essential part of staying safe, the


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halls are too cold with the windows open and warmth is important for Yoga. With everything in mind, together with her clients, Barbara made the decision to stop traditional classes for the winter period, opting to start classes on the virtual platform of Zoom to ensure that everyone can still join in online and are able to practice Yoga in the comfort and warmth of their homes. We asked Barbara what she liked about Yoga and she said, “I do enjoy the social aspect of it; I meet such lovely people. Also, I like the research, planning and study that I undertake to keep up to date and fresh in my teaching and, of course, it keeps me fit too!”


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Health Matters

Heart Valve Disease I

f one or more of your heart valves becomes damaged or diseased, it can affect the flow of blood through your heart. If this causes you problems, it may need treatment with medicines or surgery. Heart valve problems can be inherited or develop on their own, affecting the heart’s ability to push blood efficiently from chamber to chamber, and out to the rest of the body. Medication, surgery, and the placement of new valves are treatment options.

What role does each valve play in healthy circulation? The four valves in order of circulation are:

Tricuspid Valve

Has three leaflets or cusps. Separates the top right chamber (right atrium) from the bottom right chamber (right ventricle). Opens to allow blood to flow from the right atrium to the right ventricle. Prevents the back flow of blood from the right ventricle to the right atrium.

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Prevents the back flow of blood from the pulmonary artery to the right ventricle.

Mitral Valve

Has two leaflets. Separates the top left chamber (left atrium) from the bottom left chamber (left ventricle). Opens to allow blood to be pumped from the lungs to the left atrium. Prevents the back flow of blood from the left ventricle to the left atrium.

Aortic Valve

Has three leaflets, unless it’s abnormal from birth, i.e., bicuspid aortic valve. Separates the left ventricle from the aorta. Opens to allow blood to leave the heart from the left ventricle through the aorta and the body. Prevents the backflow of blood from the aorta to the left ventricle.

What happens if a valve becomes diseased or damaged?

A diseased or damaged valve can affect the flow of blood in two ways: If the valve does not open fully, it will obstruct or restrict the flow of blood. This is called valve stenosis or narrowing. This can put extra strain on your heart, making it pump harder to force the blood past the narrowing. If the valve does not close properly, it will allow Continued on page 26 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Health Matters

Valve disease and age

Heart valve disease is more common among older people. Today, thanks to improved quality of medical care and increased attention on prevention, people are living longer. As a result, heart valve disease has become a more common problem. As we age, our heart valves can become lined with calcium deposits that cause the valve flaps to thicken and become stiffer.

Continued from page 25 blood to leak backwards. This is called valve incompetence or regurgitation or a leaky valve. This can put extra strain on your heart and may mean that your heart has to do extra work to pump the required volume of blood.

What causes heart valve disease?

Valve disease and health risks

The main causes of heart valve disease are: being born with an abnormal valve or valves (congenital heart disease)having had rheumatic fever cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle,damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack getting older,a previous infection with endocarditis.

Many people live long and healthy lives and never realize they have a mild valve problem. However, left untreated, advanced valve disease can cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots or death due to sudden cardiac arrest.

How is heart valve disease diagnosed?

What are the symptoms of heart valve disease?

You may be visiting your doctor because you are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above. Or you may not have any symptoms but your doctor has said that they can hear a murmur (an unusual sound) when they listen to your heart. A murmur does not always mean that there is a

You may not experience any symptoms but some of the common symptoms are: Being out of breath Swelling of the ankles and feet Being unusually tired.

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Health Matters

problems of getting older.” When the heart fails to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body, symptoms may appear. Problems such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort and lightheadedness can indicate treatable problems related to the heart. Speak to your GP if you’ve noticed routine activities such as walking faster or taking the stairs have become more difficult or you have stopped doing enjoyable activities that you used to do with relative ease.

How is heart valve disease treated? problem with your heart as people with normal hearts may also have murmurs. Your doctor may suggest that you have further tests to see how well your heart is working. The most common test is an echocardiogram. Older people should also be aware of changes that may come on gradually. Not all declines in energy or stamina are related to “the normal

You may not need any treatment at all but your doctor may ask you to come back in a year’s time for review, or if your symptoms get worse. Most valve problems can be treated using medicines, or in more severe cases by heart valve surgery. Your treatment will depend on the cause of your problem and the effect that it is having on your heart. Information supplied by NHS, Bhf.org, Heart.org

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Local Clubs and Groups Coronavirus:

Dates and times may have changed, events may be cancelled or postponed so please do check before you set out.


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

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 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

‘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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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 tel: Iain Begg on 07799 410670 or email: iain2.begg@virgin.net To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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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

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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Business Group

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 Jo ‘Smiley’ Hailey chair@wheathamsptead.org.uk

Wheathampstead & District Preservation Society

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

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

ALF Over 60’s Socials

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

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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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