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Wheathampstead Magazine by MiniMagazines & Brochures

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June 2021

A Day in the life Best Kept Village Secret Buster and the Lambs Raise Money for Charity


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ain, rain go away, come again another day - but preferably not until much later in the year and after we have enjoyed a great summer of blue skies and sunshine! It’s great to know that most of our local hospitality venues are fully open again and hopefully, if the government feel confident enough with progress and are able to stick to the road map plans, after June 21st, that new normal should be in full swing. Yippee! This month, the Day in the Life article highlights some of the many facets of organisation that go in to running a busy new homes building programme. Local man Buster decided to shake the bucket for charity as people came to witness the lambing season at his place and we talked to him about all the money that he raised for Keech Hospice. Rob Milner, director of music at St Helens Church, told us about the fun the choir have at rehearsals and the beautiful music that they sing together. Roving reporter and magazine contributor, Jordine Barlett, has been looking into the puppy explosion and talking to local dog lovers. Staying with puppies, Maddie and Richard at Kinsbourne Cars show off their new Old English sheep dog, Cooper, and explain his celebrity connections. There seems to be more to get out and do this month in our What’s On section and Health Matters explores blood clotting.

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

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Advice for Mental Health Issues

The Samaritans: Freephone 116123

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support

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

Did you know?

Later this month it may be possible to stop wearing masks and forget about social distancing - although I wonder if any of us will ever really get back to being as ‘touchy feely’ as we used to be – only time will tell.

Make the most of June

The summer solstice takes place on June 20 and heralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun will rise at around 4:44am and set around 9:20pm, while Stonehenge in Salisbury will feel the day’s first rays at 04:52am and bid them farewell at 21:26pm. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight, so let’s make it count.

June 1783

The first sustained flight occurred as a hot-air balloon was launched at Annonay, France, by brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier. Their 33-foot-diameter globe aerostatique ascended about 6,000 feet. In September, they repeated the experiment for King Louis XVI, using a sheep, rooster and duck as the balloon’s passengers.

Advice from the Stroke Association

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

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What’s On


Resilience Forum


A Day in the Life


Best Kept Secret


Buster and the Lambs


Shaggy Dog Story

23,25 21

Dogs - Local Lifeline

25 23,25

Health Matters

29 23,25

Clubs and Groups

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regularly (in normal times) • Foodbank Confidentiality is assured. Community Centre, Hilldyke Road 12.30 - 2.30 every Thursday. Tel: 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 • 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 • Harpenden Farmers Market The market has moved to the Common opposite the Public Halls in Harpenden in order for social distancing measures to be easily observed and once inside the market, there will be a oneway route that attendees must follow. There’s approximately 70 stalls offering a huge selection of produce from Fish to meat pies and meat through to Preserves – pickles, jams and honey and all sort in between Harpenden Farmers’ Market takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10.00am to 2.00pm

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Coronavirus: Dates and times may have changed, events may be cancelled or postponed so please do check with venue before you set out. • Hertfordshire Festival of Music 4th – 10th June Principal Artist: Chloë Hanslip Featured Living Composer: Judith Weir CBE The Artistic Directors and Trustees of Hertfordshire Festival of Music are delighted to announce this year’s festival, which takes place from 4th to 10th of June. Now in its fifth edition, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music has grown rapidly from a small weekend event to a major summer celebration of classical music, based in and around the attractive historic county town of Hertford. Daytime and evening concerts for details and tickets http://www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk/ Various locations in and around Hertford SG13 8AY • Nature Walk: Chalk Streaming - River Mimram & River Beane 6th June This spring we invite you to walk the waterways of England, navigating their gentle wildness accompanied by folk singer Sam Lee and a special guest ‘ecological pioneer’, each uniquely-created walk leads our company to meet the river and tune deeply into the water’s resonance and hidden depths. Each walk will meet and end at adjacent train stations and chart about 3 to 5 miles together. Tickets on the day Sunday 6th June 11am – 2.30 Hertford North Train Station, North Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG14 1NB • Cars at the Castle 6th June Motor on down to Hertford’s largest free car show of the year set within the picturesque castle grounds. Exhibiting a wide array of modern and vintage cars, there will be plenty to marvel over. The event will feature food and refreshment stalls, live music, and more, fuelling an afternoon of family fun.Visit www.hertford.gov.uk/events for more information. 12pm – 4pm Sunday 6th June The Castle Hertford SG14 1HR tel: 01992 552 885 • The Dementia Friendly Community Cafe 8th & 22nd June It is our hope that by educating the local community, we can enhance dementia awareness through positive social interaction as our mission is to create a dementia friendly community. We are working in alliance at improving services within our Alzheimer’s and Dementia community by bringing this free service each month, with the support of generous donations, guest speaker backing, assistance and volunteers. Free entry Refreshments are available affordably priced including light lunch Held every second Tuesday 11am – 2 pm Tuesday 8th & Tuesday Tuesday 22nd June, Digswell Village Hall, 30 Harmer Green Lane, Welwyn, AL6 0AT tel: 01707 240 650 • Euro 2020 Football starting 11th June At last – watch Euro class football showing on big screens at the Swan Wheathampstead Village Friday 11th June Tel: 01582 833110 • The White Cottage - Open Garden for NGS 12th June Idyllic riverside retreat of over an acre in rural setting, adjacent to a ford over the River Lea which widens to form the garden boundary. A wildlife haven cottage garden, straight out of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. 2- 6pm Saturday 12th June For ticket prices check www.nsg.org The White Cottage, St Albans, AL4 8EP tel: 01582 834617 • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare open-air 12th June William Shakespeare’s masterpiece and most popular comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ is such an amazing rounded play for actors and audience alike. it still packs a fun filled punch today. Performed with a cast of nine professional actors, beautifully costumed in the Jacobean style, a slick edit and an inclusive pre-show interactive event.’ 5 - 8pm Saturday 12th June in the celebrated classical gardens at St Paul’s Walden for details and tickets www.dramaimpact.com St Paul’s Walden Bury St Paul’s Walden, Hitchin, SG4 8BP tel: 07834451788 • Hertford Castle Open Air Theatre 19th June Hertford Castle will be hosting two open air theatre performances in its grounds for you to enjoy with friends and the whole family. Bring along a picnic, or treat yourself from the food stalls and bar, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.hertford.gov.uk/ events or from the Town & Tourist Information Centre by calling 01992 584322 Saturday 19th June • Traditional Sunday Lunch Throughout June Now available choice of roast meats for a traditional home cooked roast lunch visit The Swan Wheathampstead Village every Sunday 12 – 4 Booking advised tel: 01582 833110

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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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iniMagazines has received the following Local Resilience Forum update, via Healthwatch Hertfordshire, the consumer champion for health and social care. NB: information correct at times of going to press

Vaccination update

As time goes on more and more people are eligible for vaccination currently, it’s the early thirties age group. Everyone who is newly-eligible will either be contacted by their GP practice or can choose to ring 119 or go online through the National Booking Service to select from a range of vaccination sites across the county. Walk-in vaccination clinics Meanwhile, to make the best use of the available staff and supplies at our larger vaccination centres, drop-in AstraZeneca vaccination sessions are being offered to anyone in the appropriate age range or over who hasn’t yet been vaccinated. There has been a very positive response to this offer, which has made it even easier for people with unpredictable schedules to start to get protected against COVID-19. To find out more about the drop-in sessions https:// covid.healthierfuture.org.uk There are also plenty of appointments available for anyone who is eligible to get the vaccine and who’d prefer to book ahead - either directly with participating GP practices or by using the National Booking Service. Updates to the National Booking Service The National Booking Service has been updated to offer appointments to those who are recommended to have an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with the latest JCVI guidance. This includes enabling pregnant

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women to book appointments at a site that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, following a series of screening questions. Pregnant women will be able to have a conversation with a healthcare professional at their vaccination appointment or can speak to their maternity team or GP service.

COVID vaccination status on the NHS App

It should now be possible for people to view and evidence their COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App. You can download and use the app through mobile devices such as a smartphones or tablets. If people do not have access to the app and need to prove their vaccination status because, for example, they are travelling to a country that requires it, they can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to them. This must be at least five working days after completing their course of a vaccine. The public have been asked not to contact their GP surgery about their COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing whether or not people have had their vaccine, or answer questions about the NHS App.

National changes announced to GP services

As you will know, our GP practices have been open throughout the pandemic, offering patients telephone and online appointments, with face to face consultations available for those who need them. Now, GP practices will be encouraged to offer patients a choice of whether they would like a remote or face to face consultation. However, before they have more people coming into their surgeries to see them in person, they need a bit of time to put in place measures to keep everyone safe. As practices wait for further national guidance on doing that, we ask that patients continue to contact them by phone or through To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

online consultation methods, as they have been doing. Our GP practices would like to thank their patients for their support to keep everyone safe.

New ‘Managed Quarantine Service’ hotel designated in St Albans

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is expanding Managed Quarantine Service (MQS) hotel accommodation for travellers required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days on return from ‘red list’ countries. Hertfordshire LRF partners, including the NHS, public health, St Albans and Hertfordshire councils, police, fire and rescue service, have worked closely with the DHSC to set up the first quarantine hotel of this sort in Hertfordshire. The Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, in Watford Road, St Albans, has all the required measures in place to support guests and safeguard the local community, including: • 24-hour security staff and liaison officers to support hotel guests and staff • 24-hour medical support • Access to translation services to support guests for whom English is not their first language Further support to be introduced includes: • Access to a psychiatrist and telephone counselling • Access to adult and child social worker support Hotel guests will be required to quarantine for an initial 10 days in the hotel, undertaking COVID tests on Days 2 and 8. If guests test positive during the initial quarantine period they will have to stay for a further 10 days from the date of their positive test. Severe penalties may apply for guests who do not comply with these requirements. The health, wellbeing and safeguarding of residents is of the highest priority and all partner organisations will work closely with the DHSC to ensure that this is maintained. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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A Day in the Life of Simon Harvey

Expert Organiser, Keen Cyclist and Site Manager


imon Harvey, Jarvis Homes Site Manager, usually arrives at 7.30am to unlock the gates at Melbourne Place, the building site for a series of New Homes planned in Wheathampstead. He also unlocks the other buildings on site; drying room, toilets, canteen and the site office ensuring that everything is ready for contractors to begin work at 8 am. Work initially began on this site earlier this year after completion of a £2million chemical clean up and decontamination of the land, undertaken by local company Jarvis Homes. (MiniMagazines December 2020) The remediation of the site has had positive impact on the surrounding environment by breaking potential pathways for contamination migrating across the site within the groundwater that then flows into the River Lea, so all in all, the project is a big plus for the community. A Civil engineer is onsite today along with the contracts manager for ground works and all the ground works staff, who are currently constructing drainage and an access road from the main gates to the rest of site. It’s Simon’s job to oversee everything that To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

happens on the site, which includes liaising with company surveyors, buyers, site foremen, project and contracts managers as well as contractors in general. Simon works with a ‘Programme of works’ for the whole site which, when complete, will boast various houses and apartments, finishing with 28 high calibre Jarvis new homes. Once he knows from the surveyor which materials are needed, Simon calculates how much or how many and works out a timetable for order and delivery to ensure that everything has arrived by the time it’s needed. There really are so many materials needed so, to ensure the least amount of local disruption, Simon has arranged for most deliveries to be made using small lorries. Materials are varied and can include bricks and blocks, pipes and tiles, mortar, cement and any number of things in between; everything has to be sourced by the buyer and ordered in at the right time and in the right quantities by Simon. He must also liaise with all the utilities too – that’s gas, electricity and water to make sure that supplies are available in the right place on schedule. There are targets that must be Continued on page 13 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Continued from page 11 met at every stage to make sure that the work force, contactors and/or materials are not sitting around when they shouldn’t be. Simon controls all health and safety aspects for the site too. That doesn’t stop at hard hats and high visibility jackets but must also include Covid safety and the appropriate card for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme for the whole workforce. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. By ensuring the workforce is appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites. Simon told MiniMagazines that he started as an all-rounder on a building site some 30 years ago, progressing to various jobs as assistant site manager for a small developer and on to contracts managment for a bigger firm. Then, about 4.5 years ago, he began work as a site manager for Jarvis Homes and has never looked back. Simon said: “I need to be proud of what I’m doing and it’s important to me to be able

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to say, I built that, or I was involved with that development and I know that Jarvis has the right culture and the right standards to make sure that I can happily do that.” Keen cyclist and keep fit enthusiast, Simon told us that he really enjoys the village and admitted to a liking for a couple of beers after work sometimes. Bricklayers are scheduled to start in August with the first homes due for completion in early 2022.

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One of Wheathampstead’s Best Kept Secrets


hilst the St Helen’s Church Choir has been around for many, many years, interest had waned and the choir had become almost extinct. Now, thanks to director of music Rob Milner and the various new members that have come forward, the choir has been quietly growing for the last 5 years. The choir now supports church worship at the Sunday morning service every week and is more at the forefront of things in the monthly choral evensong. Currently, there are around 30 members in the adult St Helen’s Church Choir, including teenage choral scholars, and there’s also a junior choir for primary aged children. The choir meets to sing every Sunday morning and once a month in the evening, rehearsing from 7:30-9pm on a Friday. Keen to encourage more members, Rob told MiniMagazines: “We sing mainly classical choral music but do also sing other styles at times when appropriate. We sing some absolutely fabulous music that is exhilarating to sing and great to listen to. The choir has also visited cathedrals in the summer (we’ll be at Exeter this July).” The choir is always happy to welcome new members and, whilst it helps if you have experience and can read music, it’s an unauditioned choir and open to everyone. Apparently, singing in a choir can improve the To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

way you hear music, Studies have shown that the mental health benefits of choral singing include enhanced brain function, strengthened feelings of togetherness, and the release of endorphins and oxytocin, resulting in reduced stress and depression. Rob went on to explain: “The more you put in the more you will get out, so some commitment is required, although access to rehearsal mp3’s for most pieces is available, which can help if you can work on music at home.” We asked Rob why he enjoyed the choir and he said: “The choir at St Helen’s is like a little family to me. We have great fun at rehearsals mixing joviality with hard work - and the joy of performing different music every week. There’s no better place to sing than in a church choir and St Helen’s church choir is placed at the centre of the community. You have fun with your friends and get rewarded by singing lots of beautiful music and enhancing the life of the church. I’ve loved my time here and look forward to many more years of leading this great group of people.” If you are interested in joining the choir and can make most Fridays, a couple of Sundays a month and the monthly evensong, then give Rob a call on 07540 847599 or email milnerrobert1@aol. com for more information. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

Non-Stop Lambing for Local Man Buster


hen it comes to lambing, local man Buster certainly has his work cut out. With more than 350 ewes giving birth to around 450 lambs, it’s non - stop day and night during the peak lambing times of March and April. The sheep birthing process starts when the ewe begins contractions and begins getting up and down frequently. She will paw the ground. The ewe will lie down and push with her nose up in the air. At this point, leave the sheep alone and don’t disturb. Buster told MiniMagazines: “Last year, I noticed that we had a lot of interest from families who wanted to find out more and see the lambing for themselves, so this year I decided to put out a charity bucket and invite people to contribute to raising money for Keech Hospice.” Lambing lasts for around 5 weeks, with births usually occurring naturally, although in some case such as breech births or even tangled up legs, extra help may be needed and local vets are called in to assist. This year, lots of families To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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with children witnessed the various aspects of lambing and student vets were on hand for the first two weeks of lambing, which is apparently the most prolific times for births. Buster explained: “It’s a bit of a hobby that’s got out of hand, really, I keep about 240 ewes of my own and look after around 100 belonging to friends. I understand that we raised £579 for Keech Hospice, which is great news.” Keech Hospice Care is the children’s hospice for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and the adult hospice for Luton and South Bedfordshire. They provide care to adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses and also support their family and friends. Sarah Phillips from Keech Hospice Care said: “It was great of Buster to think of us at Keech Hospice during his busy lambing time and we are grateful to all those who contributed to the find raising which will help us to ensure that we continue to make a difference when it matters most to patients and their families.”

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addie and Richard Burrows have been buying and selling cars from their premises in Sandridge for almost 30 years. Previously, a petrol station and convenience store, the car forecourt and office has been the place to buy a decent used car locally for many, many years. Now the newest edition to the family business is Old English Sheep Dog puppy Cooper. Whilst this 8 month old is still classed as a puppy, he has probably quadrupled in size since Maddie & Richard (pictured with Cooper) first brought him home last November and is likely to grow further still. Despite his size, we can’t help but use the word adorable for this big bundle of fluff, he was so friendly and playful and a real joy to meet. Interestingly, Cooper‘s grandmother, Madison, is none other than the famous Dulux Dog. Olivia, Cooper’s mum and Madison often appear together in the TV ads and continue to show up to sponsored store openings which makes perfect sense as Cooper definitely has some star quality

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all of his own. When it comes to the garage forecourt, if you are looking to buy a car, you are bound to find something here as you can make your selection from a big range of makes and prices from

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little Fords and Vauxhalls to big Mercedes and BMW’s and most makes and sizes in between. Car prices start from as little as £1500 up to £30k. Kinsbourne Cars are AA approved and each car is fully checked and serviced and offered with an upgradable 3 month warranty and a minimum of 6 months MOT. Kinsbourne Cars also buy cars, so if you want to buy or sell a used car, it’s worth calling Maddie or Richard or call in to the garage in Sandridge High Street – you might even meet the lovely Cooper too. Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Dogs - a Lifeline for Locals?

by Jordine Bartlett

Doggy Day Care and how to limit separation anxiety in dogs as office working resumes


ritain is officially a nation of dog lovers and Hertfordshire proves this. There has been a 41 per cent increase in puppies in the area in the last year and county homes now have an average of three pets. Furry friends have become a lifeline for Wheathampstead households who throughout the pandemic experienced social detachments from friends and loved ones and homing a pup has offered light relief from the daily doom of reported Covid cases. It has also taught children the importance of caring for others, at a time when many have felt vulnerable and fragile. But beyond companionship, there has also been its physical benefits. Some residents have found their once monotonous exercise routine is now something of a novelty for both dog and owner – as undiscovered paths, hidden trails and rambling routes have become a time for adventure and photo opportunities. It’s fair to say that pets have changed our daily routines and shaped the new normal way of living. However, animal charities and local vets are growing increasingly concerned for the health of dogs, as office working resumes and lonely animals are left alone for hours on end. A sudden change of routine can cause dogs stress and animal rescue centres are urging owners to To Advertise call 01582 842052 or 0775 3857012

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Continued from page 21 buy a puppy.” Mrs Robertson a local teacher said: “I knew introducing a dog into the home would help settle the children at such an uncertain time – so to us there was no better moment to add a new member to the family.” When asked whether they have considered separation anxiety, Mr Robertson said: “Yes, we began dog training classes several weeks ago to avoid the stress for both us and [puppy] Pixie.” Mrs Wilkinson, a retiree from Wheathampstead, has owned several dogs throughout her life and having grown up on a nearby farm is familiar with the importance of dog training. “Doggies are like babies, they need love, attention and discipline and this needs to be taught in the early years.” She laughed. “They bring a lot of joy to my life and that’s why I have three different breeds, but I have also had to adjust my life to meet their

needs and I think people need to be mindful of this. I always trial different walking and feeding times before a major change as this helps dogs adjust. This would be my advice for new owners.” Mr Perkins 27, said: “I bought Pugsy last summer as the co-working space I visit in St Albans closed and I found myself getting lonely on my own. He’s entertained me no end and helped me get back into exercise. Mr Perkins who moved to Blackmore End two years ago went on: Luckily the office is now allowing dogs at work – which is great!” A new puppy is an exciting time for any household, and he or she is certain to turn life upside down for a few weeks! The decision to live with a dog is not one to enter into lightly and regardless of the breed of dog you choose, they will all have some basic requirements, especially with respect to the amount of time and attention you can devote to them.

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Health Matters

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blood clot is a clump of blood that has changed from a liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state. Clotting is a necessary process that can prevent you from losing too much blood in certain instances, such as when you’re injured or cut. When a clot forms inside one of your veins, it won’t always dissolve on its own. This can be a very dangerous and even life-threatening situation. An immobile blood clot generally won’t harm you, but there’s a chance that it could move and become dangerous. If a blood clot breaks free and travels through your veins to your heart and lungs, it can get stuck and prevent blood flow. This is a medical emergency.

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a term referring to blood clots in the veins, is an underdiagnosed and serious, yet preventable medical condition that can cause disability and death. According to Thrombosis UK, every 37 seconds someone in the western world dies from a venous thromboembolism (VTE) Your circulatory system is made up of vessels called veins and arteries, which transport blood throughout your body. Blood clots can form in veins or arteries. When a blood clot occurs in an artery, it’s called an arterial clot. This type of clot causes symptoms immediately and requires emergency treatment. The symptoms of an arterial clot include severe pain, paralysis of parts of the body, or both. It can lead to a heart attack or stroke. A blood clot that occurs in a vein is called a venous clot. These types of clots may build up more slowly over time, but they can still be lifethreatening. The most serious type of venous clot is called deep vein thrombosis.

An embolism is a blocked artery caused by a foreign body, such as a blood clot or an air bubble. The body’s tissues and organs need oxygen, which is transported around the body in the bloodstream. If the blood supply to a major organ – such as the brain, heart or lungs – is blocked, the organ will lose some or all of its function. Two of the most serious conditions caused by an embolism • Eat a healthy diet – low in fat, high in fibre, are: including whole grains and plenty of fruit • stroke – where the and vegetables (at least 5 portions a day) blood supply to the • Limit the amount of salt in your diet to no brain is cut off more than 6g (0.2oz or 1 teaspoon) a day • pulmonary • Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese, embolism – where a using a combination of regular exercise and foreign body blocks a calorie-controlled diet the artery that carries • Stop smoking, if you smoke blood from the heart • Exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes a to the lungs (the week

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the name for when a clot forms in one of the major veins deep inside your body. It’s most common for this to happen in one of your legs, but it can also happen in your arms, pelvis, lungs, or even your brain. There’s no way to know whether you have a Continued on page 27

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Continued from page 25 blood clot without medical guidance. If you know the most common symptoms and risk factors, you can give yourself the best shot at knowing when to seek an expert option.

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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 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


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 Community Group (WCG) WCG seeks to support anyone in the Parish of Wheathampstead who is looking for assistance. If you or anyone that you know needs help, or you wish to volunteer for WCG, please call 07539 176481. If you need transport to hospital or the doctor, please call 07918 136870. www.wheathampsteadwcg.org email: Secretary@wheathampsteadwcg.org

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

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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 35 Please mention MiniMagazines when responding to adverts

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Visiting Angels are continuing to deliver We can help with shopping, personal care vital care and support in the community and companionship, to hospital discharge support and end of life care. We know that Covid-19 is a major concern We can visit from one hour each week to for our clients and their families, even every day, for as long as you need us to more so when they cannot be together. help with: So our carers are trained to help you Companion & Social Care stay connected to loved ones when Personal Care you can’t be with them in person, with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care sanitised smart phones and ipads and Post-Hospital Stay Care appropriate PPE, they will assist with Palliative regular facetime calls. End of Life Care They will also help with socially Staff fully trained on infection control distanced trips out into the community Extensive stocks of PPE as necessary, to help clients stay We are taking every step to ensure that connected, whilst staying safe by we keep our clients, their families and following all the current guidelines. our staff as safe as possible. Find out how a Visiting Angel can help

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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

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 Cancelled until notified

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

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.

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

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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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