Berkhamsted Living - Summer 2022

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Welcome to the Summer issue!



he days are long, and the sun is (hopefully) shining, so we’re here to help you make the most of it! As always, the magazine includes lots of local news. We also have a round-up of local events and days out in our What’s On section, so you should never be bored! By the time you read this, we will all have enjoyed an extra bank holiday and celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. So in our history feature we take a look back at how Berkhamsted and villages celebrated her Coronation in 1953. We also have a fabulous summer outing for you to win. The lovely folk at West Leith Farm have an Alpaca Experience for up to six people to give away! And that’s not all - we also have two tickets up for grabs to the sensational musical Six at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.


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News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages Find something special from our local shops Walk: discover some royal connections!

22 Keep your feet sweet! 26 Local history: How

Berkhamsted celebrated the Queen’s Coronation

Even if you aren’t a winner in our competitions, there’s plenty to give you inspiration for summer. We’ve got a guide to creating a wildflower meadow in your garden - or you can get out into our beautiful countryside with our royal-themed walk. Summer also brings exam results - and to ease the stress we have a guide to university clearing, so you and your older teens are prepared when A-Level results day comes around. We also have some games and puzzles for the younger kids. If you want to be involved in the next issue, please email Naomi at with your news prior to our autumn issue. We wish you all a long, lazy, hazy summer! Happy reading!

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29 Bake some delicious

Coronation Chicken mini pies

30 Create a wildflower meadow in your garden


University clearing: be prepared for A-level results day!

34 Fun with puzzles and games for children

40 Summer reading ideas from local authors


43 Win tickets to musical sensation Six

44 What’s on locally 45 Win an alpaca experience 48 Local classified services 50 Essential local information

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Berko goes Medieval


he inaugural Berkhamsted Medieval Festival will take place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club, and the adjacent Berkhamsted School’s Kitchener Field over two days of the August Bank Holiday weekend – Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August from 12-5pm. There will be entertainment for all ages, including re-enacted battles and tournaments, a chance to take part in spear and axe throwing, wandering jesters and magicians. You can even enter your own team into the Tug of

War competition. A mixture of children’s entertainment will include a fancy-dress competition. The Food Fayre area will cater for a selection of tastes and there will be fully licensed bars serving a selection of medieval-style ales, cocktails, and soft drinks. The festival is being organised by Berkhamsted and District Chamber of Commerce. Its chair, Peter Elsworth, said: ‘I felt Berkhamsted, with all its historic connections, deserved its own Medieval Festival set in this natural idyllic setting. Importantly, as this is a local community event, monies raised will go to local community causes.’ Find more details and tickets at

Take a tour through history


eritage Open Day Talks and Tours will be taking place in and around Berkhamsted between September 9 and 18. All events are free but places are limited and must be pre-booked - a wonderful opportunity to discover some of Berkhamsted’s history for free. Dates and tours so far include: • Friday 9: ‘A Walk Back in Time’ - a guided tour of Berkhamsted’s historical town. • A ‘Medieval Graffiti’ tour in St Peter’s Church.

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• Saturday 10: a guided tour of yesterday’s canals -‘The Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted’. • Sunday 11: Foundling Hospital tours. • Monday 12: a guided tour around Berkhamsted’s West End. • Tuesday 13: a guided tour of Amersfort Hall Arts and Craft gardens. • Friday 16 September: a second ‘Walk Back in Time’ - a guided tour. • Saturday 17 September: ‘Northchurch Radicals’ - a tour. • Sunday 18: a tour of the Old Hall and Chapel at Berkhamsted School. More to be announced. All places must be booked via Dates and times may be subject to change.


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he events for St Peter’s church’s 800th anniversary events continue, with highlights including a festival afternoon (June 26) where the church will be bedecked in flowers and there will be entertainment and activities galore. This will include lots for children such as face painting. • Saturday June 25: 7:30pm. Bridgewater Sinfonia Concert • Sunday June 26: 2pm. 800th Festival Afternoon 2-5pm Come and enjoy Pimm’s in the churchyard, see the church bedecked in flowers, ride the miniature train, pop your teddy on the zip wire, have a go at the bottle stall, browse the plant and cake stalls. There will also be a special bell ringing peal and a Spitfire flying overhead (weather permitting). • Sunday July 3: after the 9.30am service Beating the Bounds parish walk • Thursday July 14: Hertswing Jazz concert There are more events later in the year, including Berkhamsted History Festival, and the Festival of Light and Son et Lumiere. Details at

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n recent years we’ve seen a huge decline in the number of true local independent radio stations as they are bought out by the large media groups. These groups don’t have bases in the areas where they promise to continue to offer local content and cannot support the communities in the same way as a locally-based station is able to. A true local radio station offers an inclusive platform for the whole community and wider area to promote their businesses, charities, events and provide the finer details of local news, which is so important in keeping the community connected. Most community and local radio stations are run by groups of volunteers on a not-for-profit basis - just like Tring Radio. Being in the heart of the community it is also able to offer people the chance to learn in a professional environment, which can be invaluable for anyone looking for a career in broadcasting, presenting or journalism. Tring Radio relies on the support from the community just as the community relies on us for information, news and entertainment. The same is true for Tring Living and Berkhamsted Living Magazines whose only source of revenue is advertising. If the communities value these local resources they must continue to support them. Listen and support your local radio station and read your Berkhamsted Living Magazine.



verybody knows about the prestigious golf club up on the Common, but how many also realise that Berkhamsted Golf Club has been deeply committed for decades to protecting the local environment? Although there has been a golf course on the Common since 1890, historically the land’s huge rabbit population would help to sustain the area’s indigenous heather, gorse and fine grasses in a natural way. Local homeowners would often also use commoner’s rights to graze their sheep on the land. But after the myxomatosis epidemic reduced the UK’s rabbit population by over 90%, our local heathland became increasingly threatened by shade and toxic leaf-fall as trees grew unchecked during the 1970s and ‘80s. The heavily-wooded Berkhamsted Common is, to this day, Hertfordshire’s most significant expanse of heathland, and for the past 36 years Gerald Bruce, Berkhamsted Golf Club’s Course Manager, has trained his team to restore the natural environmental balance to the area. This work partly involves reducing the amount of trees on the land – a subject that stirs both local and national passions, but on which the club has always painstakingly sought advice to ensure that the work is done sensitively and in the correct way. ‘The golf course takes up less than a third of the Common,’ says Bruce. ‘We actually manage all 500-plus acres of the land, and since the early 90s we have worked closely with organisations such as The Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Natural England to restore the heathland to its natural state.’ The club recently unveiled its latest environmental project: six new beehives beside

Berkhamsted Golf Club: regenerating the Common

The golf course takes up less than a third of the Common. We actually manage all 500-plus acres of the land…

the 15th fairway, safely out of the way of passing golfers. Any proceeds that the golf club makes from sales of Berkhamsted Common Honey will be donated to the Captain’s Charity, The Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted. ‘Without bees, the planet would suffer disastrously,’ says Bruce. ‘We have wanted to establish beehives for some time now, and it is beautiful to see them there now.’ A more long-established feature at the golf club is Grim’s Dyke, a registered Bronze Age monument, which acts as an old-fashioned but still man-made hazard on several fairways. More recently, many World War One foxholes and trenches also left their mark on the Common: they are signposted from the network of public footpaths, which criss-cross the area. Golf club staff maintain them, and encourage people to go and have a look. Gerald Bruce is devoted to maintaining the whole area, and is approaching his fifth decade of doing so. ‘We are deeply proud to be custodians of the vast majority of the Common. For every acre of golf course that we maintain, we take care of over two more acres of non-golf land. ‘Everything we do helps to maintain the most natural-possible environment in keeping with our club motto – which is ‘Golf As Nature Intended’.’ Contact Berkhamsted Golf Club on 01442 865832 or visit


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Luton airport expansion an update

Party to raise funds for Hector’s House



New strategy to protect Ashridge Estate

Reprieve for Potten End pub

uton Rising, the owners of Luton Airport, are in the process of analysing data from the public consultation regarding the proposed expansion of the airport. The consultation on proposals to increase capacity to 32 million passengers per year, and build a new terminal, ended on 4 April. Responses received by the public are being analysed and considered as Luton Rising finalises its application. It will then submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The decision on whether to grant permission will rest with the Secretary of State for Transport.


n ecological report, commissioned by Dacorum Borough Council, reveals more action is needed to help protect the Ashridge Estate. The report says that recreational activities are causing landscapes to come under increasing pressures, which can erode valuable habitats and disturb wildlife. Ashridge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and forms part of the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which is protected by international law. The Council is working with Natural England, Hertfordshire County Council, neighbouring authorities and the National Trust, to develop an interim mitigation strategy, which includes additional checks on planning applications for development close to the area. Find out more at 8 / Berkhamsted Living

ocal suicide prevention charity Hector’s House is delighted to have been announced as Charity of the Year by Pitstone Party in the Park. The free, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday 16 July 2022 from 12pm-8pm. ‘As a small, local charity, support like this truly means the world to us,’ said Lotte Stringer, CEO of Hector’s House. The event will be held at Pitstone Recreation Ground and will include a range of activities, live music, food and drink for the whole family to enjoy. For more information see www.facebook. com/PITP21


he Potten End pub that was under threat of being turned into a house, has had a reprieve after an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate was dismissed. The decision was made because ‘the proposal would conflict with the development plan as a whole’. The Plough Pub Potten End Community Interest Company (CIC) was set up to raise the funds to buy the pub, while applying for a grant under the Government’s Community Ownership Fund. The directors of the CIC have already met to discuss their next steps, and a public meeting will be organised after the Jubilee celebrations in early June. To keep up to date with news check out the Facebook page at communityplough.



Greenway girls claim national title


reenway Primary & Nursery School’s table tennis team has been named Girls Under 11 Butterfly National School Table Tennis National Champions 2022 after a tough competition in Wolverhampton. The team from the Berkhamsted school was one of four teams to reach this stage after a long campaign, which extended from area finals, county finals, zonal finals, and regional finals before the national competition. The girls - Ava Baker, Annabel Howe, Lucy Miller, Riley Jannese and Clemence Courtney - trained every playtime, lunchtime and after school in preparation for the national finals. It

has been three years since Greenway were last in the national finals and four years since their first-ever national title back in 2018.

NEWS IN BRIEF The Tringe returns!

Tring’s very own pre-Edinburgh Festival extravaganza returns from 3-23 July after a two-year hiatus. Just some of the acts you can expect include Bobby Davro, Reginald D Hunter, and Russell Kane. More details on the leaflet enclosed in this magazine, and at

Midnight Walk returns for one last night


lorence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s annual Midnight Walk returns to Aylesbury for the final time after a twoyear hiatus on Saturday 16 July. Since it began in 2010, the Midnight Walk has seen hundreds of men and women come together and take to the streets of Aylesbury, walking more than 50,000 miles and raising over £650,000 for the charity over the years. But this will be the last opportunity to take part in the event, as entry numbers have declined. The charity is hoping its local community will support the Farewell Midnight Walk, with walkers joining them to remember loved ones and support their local hospice as they walk the final miles for one last time. Walkers can choose from 5-mile or 10-mile circular routes – both starting from Aylesbury College at midnight on Saturday 16 July, with refreshments at pit stops along the way. Each walker will also receive a commemorative Farewell Midnight Walk 2022 T-shirt, as well

as a Finisher’s medal and complimentary breakfast at the end of the walk. For more information head to www.fnhospice. or call 01296 429975.

School puts best foot forward for charity


ockers Park Prep School, Boxmoor, held a five-mile sponsored walk to raise over £5,000 for local children’s hospice the Pepper Foundation and the Collett School, a Hemel Hempstead school for children with complex needs. The event saw more than 250 people in attendance, including pupils from Lockers Park and Collett School, parents, staff, some four legged-friends and special guest Pepper Panda.


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Leisure centre - update


proposed new sports centre for Berkhamsted, including a fitness suite, teaching swimming pool, and 3G football, is being considered following the public consultation, which ended in March. The proposed centre would be built on the existing Douglas Gardens site and has a possible opening date of winter 2024. Dacorum Boorugh Council told Living: ‘We are currently reviewing the feedback received from the consultation, before reporting to members for further consideration of the project.’ See full details at home/leisure-culture/sports-venues/ berkhamsted-leisure-centre

Brian shows art never stops


ell-known local artist Brian Bennett celebrated his 95th year with an exhibition of small paintings in Berkhamsted Civic Centre in May, with all sales profits going to the Hospice of St Francis. Brian moved to the town to teach art at Berkhamsted School in 1957 (he worked there for 30 years). A lover of the Chilterns, most of his paintings are of the local landscapes and wild flowers. A few years ago he dedicated a whole exhibition to the negative impact that HS2 was going to have on the local landscape He is well known in the local art societies and was still teaching art classes at the age of 90! Brian has exhibited in the Royal Academy and was President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters for a number of years - he has recently been made a Fellow of that organisation.

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Electrifying Berkhamsted


re you considering having an electric vehicle (EV) but worried there are not enough charging stations locally? Are you unsure of the different types of vehicle and what the experience of having one might be? Berkhamsted residents Tim Taylor and Chris Brown, supported by Berkhamsted Town Council, want to accelerate better choices for local residents thinking about their next vehicle being fully electric. They say that currently the charging options for local residents without offstreet parking are extremely limited. An immediate improvement could be adding reliable and easy to use rapid charging in the town’s public car parks - Tim and Chris have been talking to the UK’s leading network charging providers such as Instavolt and Osprey to encourage them to consider Berkhamsted, at no cost to Dacorum Borough Council or local tax payers. Their concern is that Berkhamsted and the wider Dacorum area will continue to lag behind when it comes to EV charging infrastructure. With the help of the Town Council and Climate Action Berkhamsted, residents can meet local EV drivers to discover what their actual experiences have been at the Civic Centre on Saturday 18 June and Saturday 24 September (as part of the UK’s Big Green Week). If you are interested in helping improve provisions for electric vehicles in Berkhamsted then you can contact Tim and Chris via the Town Council Climate Action email at


New home for Berkhamsted sixth formers


A computergenerated image of the new Sixth Form building

ork has started on the new Sixth Form building, which is being built on the corner of the Berkhamsted School site next to the Tesco car park. The building will replace the metal-roofed maintenance department workshops, Cox’s Bungalow Drama Studio and Wilson House. When the building is completed, students will gain access via Mill Street. The site will be separate from the rest of the Castle campus, in order to provide a complete Sixth Form environment. It is expected that it will open in Autumn 2023.


Darts match hits bullseye for charity


artins Pond in Potten End recently hosted its first charity darts tournament in support of Midshires Search And Rescue (Midshires). Midshires is a lowland rescue team that operates across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, assisting with civil resilience as part of the local resilience forum, which includes the police and fire services. For the match, 62 players signed on, and nearly 3,000 raffle tickets were sold, raising £800 for the locally-based team. As a charity that is fully manned by volunteers, and fully funded through donations, this will help the team to provide the best care possible when deployed.

Baker makes EastEnders debut


cake made by Sam McKay at The Little Berko Bakery had a starring role in an episode of EastEnders recently. She told Living: ‘The EastEnders cake came about after a simple phone call (which I have to admit I didn’t quite believe at first!). The lady from the props department asked if I would be

able to turn around a four-tier fake wedding cake and then deliver two extra red velvet bottom tiers a couple of weeks later. ‘I delivered the cake to the Elstree set and was sworn to secrecy. The groom cut the cake in the episode and even said it tasted good, which every cake maker wants to hear!’

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21st century hospital plans in pipeline


retired project designer and manager, who was responsible for the planning, design and construction of the Hospice of St Francis, is heading a campaign for a new centralised hospital for West Herts. Gordon Yearwood founded the non-profit organisation, West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution, which was formed to achieve a purpose built, 21st century, centrally located hospital, for all the people of West Hertfordshire. In a presentation to the Berkhamsted Chamber of Commerce, Gordon stated that while the UK population increased by 14% (from 59m to 67m) and the expenditure on the NHS doubled from 2000 to 2020, our senior NHS staff systematically cut the number of hospital beds every year from 240,144 in 2000 to 162,723 in 2020, to a level that Gordon claims became ‘dangerously inadequate’. This has resulted, he said in: Nurses treating patients in corridors; A&E blocking up; queues of ambulances waiting to discharge patients to A&E and unable to collect new patients; cancelled planned operations; GPs told to reduce referrals, and improper discharging of patients without adequate handover. Gordon claims that the government has indicated that up to £590 million could be provided for a ‘new’ hospital for the people of West Herts.

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He claims the money could be used to build a new centrally located 21st century hospital, but instead local NHS senior staff want to keep Watford as our main hospital, building a £940m tower block hospital, higher than Grenfell Tower. Gordon’s vision for a 21st century acute general hospital with A&E, maternity and planned surgery, located centrally between St Albans, Watford and Hemel Hempstead, would, he says, be a better option for the people of Berkhamsted and West Herts. In his plan, there would be supporting satellite community health centres in Hemel, St Albans and Watford, to provide urgent, but non-life threatening, treatment. The design (pictured) for the proposed hospital has taken as its inspiration The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, opened in 2012, and identified as the UK’s most effective acute general hospital to date. Gordon concluded by telling the Chamber that the Health Secretary Sajid Javid has agreed to look into the local NHS Trust’s refusal to consider a new 21st century hospital on a central site. The next step for West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution is to have a proper economic appraisal by a credible organisation to demonstrate the sustainable credibility of the proposal. Once that is completed, the organisation can take the completed design together with the economic appraisal to the Secretary of State. West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution is now crowdfunding to pay for this last part of the proposal. To contribute, head to the fundraising page at westherts21stcenturyhospital



Are you running the risk of outliving your savings? In a world of low interest rates, an unpredictable economy and increasing life expectancy, useful guidance on retirement planning is a necessity


hether you have just started out on life’s journey, or counting the days to retirement, pension planning should be high on your wealth management agenda. However, you will have very different needs and objectives depending on which part of the journey you are on. The earlier you start planning, the easier it will potentially be to create the retirement lifestyle you want. The stark reality is that the majority of us need to save more. We all must accumulate more, when we are earning, to meet the extra costs of living longer. The decisions we make today will dictate the standard of living we will enjoy in retirement. The golden rule is to determine exactly how much you are going to need in retirement – and to start planning for it now. Delays costs money but making worthwhile contributions need not be that difficult. Making pension contributions could be seen as a necessary expense: they should not be an afterthought. Budgeting for a regular monthly amount towards any pension savings

could be considered as an integral part of business or household budgeting, just like the heating and lighting bills. Remember that making annual or single contributions has the possibility of buying into the market at the ‘wrong’ time. Monthly contributions help to smooth out the effect of fluctuations in unit prices. Those relying solely on the State Pension to see them through their later years will have to accept that their standard of living is going to drop significantly.

With people generally living longer, retirement now represents a far greater proportion of our lives than previously expected The State Pension provides a limited income (£175.20 for a single person, per week, based on a full NI record in the 2020/2021 tax year), which falls drastically short of what is really needed to fund a comfortable lifestyle. So how do we avoid poverty in retirement? First, decide how large a fund you will need. One method is to

multiply your target retirement income by 25. For example, if you think you’ll need £30,000 a year, aim for a fund of £750,000. Next, select the most appropriate investment vehicles to help achieve your goal. Property, investment bonds and ISAs have all proved popular over recent years but don’t offer the same degree of tax breaks as a pension. To help avoid running out of money, selecting a balanced and welldiversified investment portfolio is critical, but knowing how much money to take from a drawdown policy is arguably of greater importance. There’s no better time like the present for you to consider how to enhance or protect your wealth whilst thinking about your retirement. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time and are generally dependent on individual circumstances.

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Bailey & Sons Berkhamsted 01 White Gold Hexagonal Hoops £115 02 Silver, Gold Plated Safety pin earrings £33 03 Tissot ‘Lovely’ £285 04 Gold & Diamond Ladies Signet Ring £390

Fancy That - Tring (Continued) 08 Jellycat ‘Penny’ Praying Mantis £26 09 Platinum Jubilee souvenir mug £12


Puddingstone Distillery Wilstone 10 Bitter Union cocktail bitters 100ml £13 each

Creative Collective Berkhamsted 05 Hot Haveli Vintage silk Kantha shawls and scarves £45

Tring Brewery - Tring 11 Alchemist Lager 4.5% ABV £2.20 per bottle or £24.00 per case of twelve

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WALKS AROUND TOWN Jubilee Wood Walk We’re heading a little further afield for a right royal walk this time, which starts in the village of Penn, near High Wycombe. It’s a more strenuous walk, which visits some historic villages START: THE RED LION, ELM ROAD, PENN HP10 8LF. DISTANCE: 10 MILES/16KM, WITH 5- AND 6-MILE OPTIONS


n the 14th century, Penn was home to England’s leading floor tilers, whose work was used in Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. It’s also home to the Penn Jubilee Wood, created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and a Victorian beer house. On a more macabre note it also has a link to Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England. With The Red Lion behind you, turn left along the narrow lane and continue beside the main road to Slades Garage. Cross to the left of the garage, walk along Beacon Hill for 660m and take the path on the left opposite ‘Claremont’. 1. Go over the stile, through the wood and over the next stile into the Chiltern Society’s Penn Jubilee Wood. Head straight across the field, through a gate and continue for 250m to a path on the left. Turn left along the left-hand field edge and, just before entering the wood, turn right along a permissive path. At the end, turn left into the wood to a T- Junection, turn right for a few metres, then fork right on The

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Chiltern Way (TCW), to a stile at the corner of the wood. Cross it and turn left over a second stile into a field. 2. The route follows TCW’s Berkshire Loop for almost a mile. Cross the field and a stile onto a lane. Turn right along it for 60m and take the path on the left opposite the farm buildings. Cross the first stile, continue ahead over the second, and turn right along a wide track. In the next field, turn immediately left downhill and climb up the other side to cross the stile at the top. Follow the path through woodland, bear right down the left-hand field edge and up over a stile on the left into the next field. Stay in the same direction up and over two further stiles, then go through a gate onto a lane. Turn left up to The Royal Standard of England. 3. Turn right towards the pub car park and immediately right along a narrow lane to a gravel driveway at the end. Turn left through a gate, fork left and follow the path through three

What our customers say: further gates into a wood. After a few metres, fork left, following the path along the edge of the wood for 550m and through a gate onto an unmade lane. Walk up the lane to a path on the left just after a pair of metal field gates. 4. Turn left along the path to a lane, Pauls Hill. Turn right and go past the church to the main road. Cross it, turn right along the pavement and take the path straight ahead at the entrance to The Crown Inn car park. Turn left along the field edge and left again along the bottom of the car park into the woods. Follow the path round to the right, continue downhill then straight across the field to a major path Junction. *The optional shorter route starts here. 5. Turn right along the wide track on TCW to Winchmore Hill. At the lane, turn left and immediately right through a gate into a field. Turn left along the field edge and through a gate on the left onto a busy lane. Cross it, go past the gate opposite and bear right uphill along the field edge and into the next wood. Fork left to a surfaced driveway and turn left up it. Just before the left- hand bend, bear right off the driveway and straight ahead over a crossing path. At the end, turn right through a gate and cross the lane past a pond, Gawde Water. Continue ahead through two gates onto the grass of Winchmore Hill Common. 6. Turn left past the children’s play area, cross the road and walk down to the bus shelter. Cross to the path opposite and stay in the same direction through two gates into a wood. Continue along the left-hand edge and through a gate into a field. Fork left across the field and pass through two more gates to a road in Penn Street. Cross the road and bear right past the village hall along a lane signposted to Penn and Beaconsfield. At the corner, continue straight ahead past the barrier into Penn Wood. 7. Walk directly ahead for 100m, then turn left along a wide track for a further 100m and follow it round to the right. Stay on this wide

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Living Magazines, working with you… track for 1.6km, passing The Penna on the way, then go down through a gate onto a busy road. Cross it into Common Wood and follow the main path ahead as it first descends then climbs to a noticeboard near the edge of the wood. 8. Facing the map on the noticeboard, bear right for a few metres and turn right onto a wide path along the edge of the wood. Where the field on the right ends, cross straight over onto a smaller path and follow it for 180m to a junction. Fork left. Where the signed ‘long trail’ turns left, continue straight ahead and down to a lane. Bear right across it, take the path uphill and round to the left to leave the wood into a field. Cross straight over it and go through a gap in the hedgerow to where the shorter optional walk rejoins from the left. 9. Continue ahead, follow the track round to the right past the farm buildings and continue along to return to The Red Lion. *Optional shorter route – Turn left along the wide track for 200m and bear right to the top. Turn left along the hedgerow and left again at the end to rejoin the main route at waypoint 9. There’s also the opportunity to make it a figure-of-eight walk by reversing the shorter route back to waypoint 6 and then following the main route. With thanks to the Chiltern Society for supplying this walk.










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What happens with property when couples split up? Understanding property ownership is important in case of relationship breakdown, as Georgina Allen, Associate, Rayden Solicitors, Berkhamsted, explains

The severance of the joint tenancy automatically results in you each owning 50 per cent (this can be adjusted later through a financial order). What is important, particularly if you are married, is to follow up this act by ensuring you have a valid Will, which leaves your share in the property to the beneficiaries you choose.


and law is an area of law that regularly creeps into family law, particularly when property is jointly owned by clients who are facing the breakdown of a relationship, whether that relationship is a marriage, a civil partnership or a cohabiting couple. A property can be held by joint owners in two ways. When buying a property with somebody else, you choose whether to hold the property as tenants in common or joint tenants. The distinction is important - how you hold the property determines what happens to your share when you die. Lawyers, eh? Always imagining worst-case scenarios! Tenants in common each own a distinct share in the property. That might be 50/50 or 95/5 or whatever split is agreed, and when you die, your share passes in accordance with your Will to your chosen beneficiaries. If you choose a joint tenancy - and I think this is a particularly interesting concept - the joint owners each own the whole of the property. There are no divisible shares, so when you die, you do not have a share in the property to leave. The rule of survivorship then operates and the owner, or owners, still living, continue holding the property in the same way as before. When facing the breakdown of any relationship, a person’s feelings about how they hold a property with someone might change. If you hold a property with your now ex-partner as joint tenants, you might prefer that they don’t automatically continue to own all of the property. You may prefer that your share can be left to the beneficiaries of your choice.

By Georgina Allen, Solicitor at Rayden Solicitors, Berkhamsted

So what can you do about it? You can sever the joint tenancy. The Law of Property Act 1925 sets out the requirements to be met in order to sever a tenancy - if you comply with them, you can unilaterally sever the joint tenancy, so you then own the property as tenants in common. The severance of the joint tenancy automatically results in you each owning 50 per cent (this can be adjusted later through a financial order). What is important, particularly if you are married, is to follow up this act by ensuring you have a valid Will, which leaves your share in the property to the beneficiaries you choose. Of course, severing the tenancy is a double-edged sword – you may be better off remaining as joint tenants, or you may not. This is a balancing exercise, which only you can determine, however it must be a consideration, so that should the worst happen, fate has not decided for you.

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Why our humble feet may be the lynchpin to overall physical health

s humans love to pamper ourselves, whether it be a relaxing back massage, a snazzy new hairstyle or a luxurious manicure. Yet we often neglect the one part of our body that endures the most stress of all, and that’s our feet. Miles of pounding the pavements in sweaty running shoes; evenings spent strutting around bars in pinching high heels; and long work shifts in flat loafers. They all take their toll on your tootsies as they support you from morning till night. But while you may be familiar with many podiatry ailments such as corns, calluses and blisters, you may not realise that your foot alignment may be affecting other areas of your body as well, such as that creaking in your knees, the ache in your hips or nagging lower back pain. It may come as some surprise to realise that many of our joint ailments are caused by ill-fitting footwear – whether that’s a lack of support, a too-narrow fit, or heels that contort your bones – but as we often focus more on the aesthetics rather than practical features, it is a common problem. In short, your passion for fashion may be sparking a chain reaction all through your body that causes constant discomfort and pain.

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The solution? First ascertain where your problem lies and then purchase shoes to correct it. Sometimes this means accepting that narrow shoes are not suitable for your wide feet or that the flip flops you buy need a little more support. Fortunately, most podiatry brands now available have many stylish options and there are also simple exercises you can do to bring your feet back into alignment… and your whole body into harmony.

HEALTH AND BEAUTY Misaligned feet problems and how to fix them

Flat Feet Either inherent or caused by a collapsed arch, flat feet can lead to numerous problems throughout the body. Less able to absorb shock, flat feet can leave you more vulnerable to shin splints, inflamed Achilles tendons and general knee discomfort. Wearing insoles specifically designed for the condition, or specialised orthotics, can greatly improve not only foot discomfort, but general alignment throughout the body. Heel Pain Plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia – the strong bowstring-like ligament that runs from the heel to the tip of the foot – causes pain not only in the heel, but also in the middle of the foot and also muscle cramps in the calves. This is often the result of repetitive stress and pounding from walking or running due to poor foot alignment. While anti-inflammatory medications will help soothe discomfort, true relief will only come from orthotics (possibly to slightly raise the heel) or exercises that stretch the tendons and strengthen the lower leg muscles creating strength and stability in the ankle and heel. The good news is that while our feet are the

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Celebrating the Coronation As we’ve all been enjoying ourselves celebrating HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee recently, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a look back at how Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages marked the Coronation in 1953


e’re always at the mercy of the weather in this country when it comes to outdoor celebrations - and the day of the Queen’s Coronation - 2 June 1953 - was no different. Cold wet weather put a dampener on many organised events - but there was another culprit, according to the Berkhamsted Gazette: ‘This new age in which national events are brought to the homes of the people involved the formation of family parties around the TV sets to almost complete exclusion of everything.’ We’re not sure we completely agree, as there seem to be plenty of people having fun in these photos, kindly supplied by Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society - but it demonstrates that blaming a screen for people’s lack of involvement in outside events is nothing new!

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The town’s cricket and football clubs had come together to hold the ‘Berkhamsted Celebrations on the Coronation’ on the Sports Ground, and an ambitious programme had been scheduled, to entertain everyone over the afternoon and evening. Organisers had expected around 6,000 people to attend - but thanks to the heavy rain showers, they counted 2,800 visitors. No one entered to become Coronation Queen of Berkhamsted and a planned tennis tournament had to be abandoned. However, plenty did go ahead, including fanfares and a marching display by the 1113 Berkhamsted Squadron Air Training Corps and its band. Four large TV sets had been set up in the grandstand, so the proceedings in London could be viewed, thanks to Messrs Norman Clarke Ltd.

The official souvenir programme of the Queen’s Coronation

There were competitions to enter too although there weren’t too many entries in the Business Tradesmen’s and services decorated vehicles - which was won by Messrs S Sanders and Son. The fancy dress competition (under 14 years) was won by Hilda Picton dressed as a Queen with sceptre and orb. We wish we had a picture of runner-up Maureen Martin, who came as ‘Eat More Salad’! There were displays of both Scottish dancing and square dancing, as well as bicycle polo, tug-of-war and horse gymkhana competitions. The celebrations moved to the High Street later in the evening, where there was dancing in the street, thanks to music relayed over loudspeakers outside Norman Clarke’s shops. A large crowd enjoyed the entertainment, despite the drizzle, and the party went on until 1am.


It would have been a cheery scene in the High Street as the council had approved that the official street decorations in the town centre would be lit each night for a fortnight from 9pm until midnight (and 2am on the day of the Coronation). Great Gaddesden celebrations In Great Gaddesden, large crowds took part in indoor celebrations (again to avoid the atrocious weather). They had an early start, as Holy Communion was held in the Parish Church at 7.45am, and then the congregation gathered in the church again, with more than 70 people attending to watch the televised broadcast of the Coronation itself. A celebration tea was planned to be held in the school playground, but ended up inside the school building because it was so wet and cold outside. Around 100 children received special souvenir mugs, presented by Lady Halsey.

All dressed up: The gas showroom, Civic Centre and Town Hall, were all decorated for the momentous occasion

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Right Tommy Tompkins hog roast Below: The teapot was an essential part of the street party held in Hazel Road.

The Maypole dancing had to be postponed, and the outdoor games and races were moved to the Village Hall. The day ended with everyone gathering in the Vicarage orchard at 10pm for the lighting of the bonfire and community singing. Northchurch competition In Northchurch the third prizewinner in the best decorated house was Leonard King of 36 High Street. You may wonder why we are not mentioning the winner - it’s because they aren’t mentioned in the story. Instead, the Berkhamsted Gazette told the tale of Mr King, whose ancient cycle featured in his decorations - the same machine he won first prize with for the best decorated bicycle in 1922 on the coronation of King George V! Coronation medal Station Officer Arther H Martin, in charge of the Berkhamsted section of the Herts Fire Service, was awarded the Queen’s Coronation Medal. Mr Martin had been a member of the fire brigade for 24 years.

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Ox roast The Sports Ground celebrations were the location for an ox roast, carried out by Tommy Tompkins. Mr Tompkins was following in the footsteps of his father - also Tommy Tompkins - who had carried out the ox roasting ceremony for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The ox roast was also affected by the weather, according to the Berkhamsted Gazette: ‘the strong wind caused an excess of heat, which had the effect of carrying out the roasting process rather too quickly’. While the outside got burnt, the ‘deep-seated portions of the carcass’ were almost uncooked! Nevertheless, in a Berkhamsted still subject to food rationing, the free distribution of meat and bread caused a scramble from some of the younger visitors. Tommy’s parents Emily and Thomas Tompkins ran the butcher’s shop opposite the Kings Arms, which had its own slaughterhouse at the back on the other side of Church Lane. Tommy was the most recent family member to go into the family trade, and he ran the butchers shop in Gravel Path until he retired to Norfolk, where he died in 2013. Many thanks to the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society for providing us with the images and information for this feature. Find out more about the society and how you can join at




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Method 1. Place all the chutney ingredients except the pickled walnuts into a large pan. Allow the sugar to dissolve over a low heat, bring to the boil and continue until the apples are soft and broken down. Take off the heat and stir in the pickled walnuts. Place into sterilised jars and set aside. Note: The chutney can be made in advance, or you could simply add chopped pickled walnuts to your favourite chutney for a shortcut. 2. In a bowl mix the chicken thighs with the ginger, cumin, turmeric powder, korma paste, yoghurt and a pinch of salt. Ensure they are well coated, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 3. When ready to cook, place chicken in a deep pan over a low heat and cover with coconut milk. Simmer for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is tender and falling apart. Remove with a slotted spoon and finely shred with two forks. Set aside. Add the curry powder, mango and spinach to the coconut milk and simmer until thick. Remove from the heat then add the chicken back to the sauce. 4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan / Gas 6 and grease a 12-hole muffin tin. Unravel the shortcrust pastry and cut out 12 circles around 10cm in diameter, then repeat with the puff pastry

For the Spiced Walnut Chutney: • 250g apples, peeled, cored and chopped • ½ large onion, thinly sliced • 75g soft brown sugar • ½ tsp cayenne pepper • 1 tsp mustard seeds • 1 tsp salt • 75ml Opies Pickled Walnuts pickling liquor • ½ jar of Opies Pickled Walnuts, finely chopped

using an 8cm cutter. Line the muffin tray holes with the shortcrust pastry circles then bake blind in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Remove then add an even layer of pickled walnut chutney to the bottom of each. Top with the chicken mixture then pop the puff pastry circles on top to encase the filling. Crimp the edges with a fork then brush each pie with egg. 5. Sprinkle with the nigella seeds then bake for 25 - 30 minutes until golden and well risen.

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Ingredients: For the Coronation Chicken Pies: • 6 chicken thighs, bone and skin removed • 1 ball of Opies Stem Ginger, finely grated • 1 tsp cumin • 1 tsp turmeric powder • SERVES 1 S 12 2• RVE • 3 tbsp korma paste • 125g yoghurt • Pinch of salt • 2 sheets shortcrust pastry • 1 sheet puff pastry • A 400ml can coconut milk • 2 tbsp mild curry powder • 1 fresh mango, finely diced • 100g fresh spinach • 1 egg, beaten • 1 tsp nigella seeds


WILD Turn your garden into a veritable paradise for the birds and the bees by creating a wildflower meadow. Simple, environmentally beneficial and stunningly beautiful


anicured lawns and glamorous show gardens may be all the rage these days, but nothing quite compares to the raw, untamed beauty of wildflowers. Providing an unrestrained explosion of colour and character to your home, wildflowers are the ideal choice for someone who craves the delights of the garden, but doesn’t have time to spend hours cultivating their plot. Not only is it easy to create your own little wildflower meadow, it’s also fast, meaning that any patch of land you have bare can be germinated in a matter of months. That means you could be gazing out over a carpet of poppies, cornflowers, daisies, cowslips and bluebells as summer draws to a close. Perennial flowers will flourish in uncultivated soil, whereas cornfield flowers will do better in richer earth. You can buy ready-mixed seeds which will be tailored to certain

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variables such as soil containing heavy clay, boggy land by the pond’s edge, or even seeds that are specifically combined to provide the maximum nourishment to bees – such pollinators include Sunflower, Borage, Evening Primrose and Corn Marigold. Make sure you thoroughly weed the soil before scattering your seeds - you need 1g per square metre of pure wildflower seeds and 5g per square metre of grass and wildflower meadow seeds – and ensure the earth remains consistently moist thereafter. Once your meadow starts to bloom, spend the odd afternoon clearing away dead plants and weeds to allow new seeds to sow. You may also need to add more seeds the following year or two, but rest assured that once your wildflower meadow is established it will provide you (and the humble bumble bees) joy for years to come.


Must-have wildflowers for your garden Forget-me-not Suitably unforgettable, this lovely lilac biennial bloom not only adds a spray of colour to your lawn, but it also attracts various pollinators, and its leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of several moth species bringing an abundance of insect life to your garden. Hemp Agrimony This noble native perennial looks rather striking when grown amid other more colourful wildflower varieties. Preferring the shade, it grows tall and untamed and provides a delectable nectar for butterflies. Ox-eye Daisies Nothing says ‘British summer has arrived’ quite like the daisy. Tall and gracious, these white and yellow beauties are easy to grow – they thrive in the sun – though they can also overwhelm a plot if not kept in check. Cornflowers Native to mountain meadows and woodland in Europe, the blue cornflower is a favourite. The variety ‘Purple Heart’ has brilliant white flowers with deep purple stamens that bees, unsurprisingly, find irresistible.

Common Knapweed Despite its name, there is nothing common about this charming thistle. Though some may view it as a pest, it nonetheless brings its own rugged loveliness to your wildflower crop and also will provide food for birds if seed heads are left over winter. Honeysuckle What flowerbed is complete without a smattering of Honeysuckle? With its vibrant white, pink and yellow petals and unusually long tendrils, one might be forgiven for thinking this a flower from another planet, but this fragrant bloom is as British and as iconic as they come. Foxgloves Another ubiquitous garden dweller is the Foxglove. Bright, abundant and beautiful with its tubular purple flowers, these are ideal for the back of your miniature flower meadow as they grow tall and regal attracting many a bumblebee.


The university ‘clearing’ process and what you need to know


hhat is clearing? Clearing is the process by which students who haven’t made their A-Level grades or fulfilled the conditions of their first-choice Higher Education offer of a place can still plot a route to university. Students will use Clearing when they haven’t got the required grades, if they haven’t applied to UCAS already, or if they’ve had a change of heart and wish to turn down the course they’ve a provisional offer on.

CLEAR Starting your search Look on the UCAS website, check entry criteria and see if you meet them. A new feature that’s been brought in is Clearing Plus, which offers personalised matches through Track, and can enable you to express interest in a course. It is a way for universities to connect with you rather than just relying on the rather one-way process of old.

Early preparation If you feel you may be missing your grades, access the Clearing platform prior to results day, where some courses will already be showing. It’s also a good idea to dig out your personal statement, have a shortlist of locations you’d like to consider, and get your grades early on the big day so you can head back to start the search… should you need to.

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When you think you have a course that suits, explore online the university itself, as well as the town or city it’s located in. Remember, your studies will be only one part of the package. Get busy Next, contact the university. Have a chat over the phone and treat the experience a bit like a mini-interview. Ask lots of questions and see how suitable the course sounds.

Stay calm When an offer comes along, don’t just accept the first one, however tempting that is. Instead, survey options and make an informed choice. Of course, that’s easier said than done because many students are in the stressful throes of not knowing where they will be heading at the end of the summer, but remember, millions of students have been through the Clearing process and, at the end of their three years, will tell you they wouldn’t have wanted things any other way. Try to enjoy it Make no mistake, the process of clearing for students – and their parents – is a nervy exciting one. Just a few calls and a few emails will determine so much; so whether you are a student approaching D-Day, or a parent looking to support, embrace the process and be positive about this huge step.

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Hypnotic By Sherry Hostler Is it possible to hypnotise someone to do something unthinkable - like commit a murder? You’ll find out in Sherry Hostler’s debut novel Hypnotic. In this contemporary psychological thriller, Tom takes part in a university experiment - but it’s not what he thinks it is… This book was so gripping that I read it in one sitting - I just had to find out what happened at the end! And there is a satisfyingly surprising twist to the tale. Sherry lived in Tring for 12 years, and also ran a cake company from the town. She now lives in Quainton, near Aylesbury.

How To Save a Life By Clare Swatman When two people meet on Waterloo Bridge one cold night, it’s a life-changing moment for both of them. Ted is about to throw himself into the Thames, while Marianne has been to the party from hell - seeing her boyfriend and boss in a passionate clinch with another woman. When she stops Ted from jumping, both their lives change. The book follows them as their lives continue. Clare has cleverly woven their lives together - you’ll find yourself groaning as you witness them narrowly missing each other, while all the while they (and you) wonder if they will ever meet again. Clare, as well as being a former editor of Living Magazine, has been a journalist for more than 20 years, She lives with her family in Berkhamsted.

Blossom on the Thorn By Loretta Livingstone Writing historical novels is an art in itself - not only do you have to come up with a good story, but you need to ensure you stay true to the time period. Loretta Livingstone makes life even harder for herself, as the first two books in this series also feature some time travelling, which makes them rather compelling. This third book in the series places far less emphasis on this, and can be read as a standalone book. It’s an easy-toread love story about Giles de Soutenay and Isabella, daughter of Roger le Gris, and widow of Baldwin FitzAubrey. Isabella is just 14 when she is married to Baldwin, with neither bride nor groom having any say in their choice of spouse. Loretta has lived in Tring for 19 years. She suffers from ME, and says: ‘I often struggle to go out for a walk more than once a week unless I’m having a good spell, so the fact that I’ve managed to write three novels is pretty miraculous.’

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MONDAY 6 JUN Exhibitions: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights Natural History Museum Tring. To 19 June. Showcasing a selection of images recording the beauty and fragility of wildlife. tring WEDNESDAY 8 JUN Walks: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. Meet in the small car park across from the Akeman. Dogs welcome. Please register. THURSDAY 9 JUN Walks: Ridgeway Hike 2022 To 12 June. Join Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity for an 80-mile charity hike on this 4-day guided trek.

SATURDAY 11 JUN Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Church Square, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.tringfarmersmarket. Fairs / Festivals: Mid Bucks & West Herts Performing Arts Festival Court Theatre, Tring, 9am. Also 12, 18, 19 & 25 June. Platform for children to be educated, perform and showcase their talent and passion for the performing arts.

Vicarage Road, Pitstone LU7 9EY. Open the second Sunday each month and Bank Holiday Mondays. www.pitstonemuseum. Fundraisers: Sponsored Dog Walk Raising money for Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled. 01442 246924 WEDNESDAY 15 JUN Talks: An Evening of Mediumship with Psychic Tony Stockwell Court Theatre, Tring, 7.30pm.

SATURDAY 18 JUN Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. Third Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring along your broken items and let the experts take a look. Refreshments. www. opendoorberkhamsted. Theatre: Elephant Rock Potten End Village Hall, 7.30pm. A new comedy by Kate Bramley with music by Jez Lowe and design by Catherine Dawn. www.badappletheatre. com Music: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season Paths of Passion Aldbury Church, 7.30pm. £20 Under 18s £10. A collection of highly-charged pieces of memorable intensity. Dvorak (American Quartet), Janacek, and a requiem for Ukraine. Paul and Francesca Barritt violins, Matt Maguire viola, Joely Koos cello. www. tringchambermusic.

Music: Retreat To Bliss St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. £20. Behind the Mirror’s first improv session. SUNDAY 12 JUN Exhibitions: Pitstone Green Museum Open Day Pitstone Museum,

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SUNDAY 19 JUN Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High St, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. Third Sun of every month. berkofm SATURDAY 25 JUN Music: Bridgewater Sinfonia Part of 800th anniversary celerations for St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. www. stpetersberkhamsted. Music: Chris Ingham Quartet Civic Centre, Berkhamsted. Stan Getz theme. SUNDAY 26 JUN Fairs / Festivals: St Peters Festival Part of 800th anniversary celerations for St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. Pimms, cakes, bottle stall, music, miniature train, plants and flowers, train, teddy zip wire and activities. www. stpetersberkhamsted. Music: St Peters Patronal Festival Eucharist Part of 800th anniversary celerations for St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. www. stpetersberkhamsted.

FRIDAY 1 JUL Music: Totally Tribute Cow Lane, Tring. With The Bootleg Beatles, Noasis, Who Are You, Tania Alboni as Amy Winehouse and Abba Revival. SATURDAY 2 JUL Music: Chilfest Cow Lane, Tring. SUNDAY 3 JUL Fairs/Festivals: The Tringe To 23 July. More details on the leaflet enclosed in this magazine, and at www. WEDNESDAY 6 JUL Walks: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. Meet in the small car park across from the Akeman. Dogs welcome. Register in advance.

THURSDAY 7 JUL Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Summer Carnival Pound Meadow, Station Road, Tring. T0 10 July. The highlight is Carnival Day on Saturday - a smashing community event for all the family. uk SATURDAY 9 JUL Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.tringfarmersmarket. SUNDAY 10 JUL Theatre: Pirates of Penzance Berkhamsted School, Castle Campus Quad. 5.30pm, gates 4.45pm.

THURSDAY 14 JUL Music: Hertswing Big Band Jazz BJazz brings Hertswing Big Band jazz to St Peters in Berkhamsted in aid of their 800th Anniversary celebrations. FRIDAY 15 JUL Arts & Crafts: Green Space Dark Skies The exact location in The Chilterns will be confirmed to Lumenators nearer the time. Everyone who signs up to join in will help to make amazing art outdoors carrying low impact lights. www. events/england-chilternsaonb SATURDAY 16 JUL Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. Third Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm.



We have teamed up with a new local attraction, to bring you this exciting competition. The West Leith Farm Alpaca Experience is set in rural Tring and promises an experience that is good for the mind, body and soul… Alpaca walking is great for anyone who wants to try a new activity that takes you away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban life. This is a unique experience that gives you the chance to get up close and personal with these friendly, intelligent animals it’s very therapeutic and lots of fun! You’ll learn some fascinating facts about the alpacas and get to meet all the other farm animals too. Visit for more info. The prize : A 90-minute personal Alpaca experience for a family or group of six people. Worth £120. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below at by 10 July 2022. What is a baby Alpaca called? Terms & Conditions apply. Refer to website for details.

Throw it away? No way! Bring along your broken items and let the experts take a look. Refreshments. www. opendoorberkhamsted.

Robin Ireland viola; William Schofield cello. www.tringchambermusic. WEDNESDAY 20 JUL Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am.

Fairs / Festivals: Pitstone Party in the Park. Free, family-friendly event. www.facebook. com/PITP21


Fundraisers: Midnight Walk. In aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. midnightwalk SUNDAY 17 JUL Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. www. Exhibitions: Classic and Special Interest Car Show Dudswell, Tring Road, Berkhamsted, 11am-4pm.

17th July: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season One Two Seven Music: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season One Two Seven Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. £20 Under 18s £10. Beethoven’s great Quartet Op 127 and music by Haydn (Lark Quartet) and Dvorak. Paul Barritt violin; Catherine Yates,

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Music: Meadowland St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7pm. Behind the Mirror immersive evening of ethereal music for cello accordion and harp inspired by John Lewis Stempel’s paean to the English meadow, Meadowland. FRIDAY 5 AUG Sport: Stocks Golf Day Stocks Golf Course, Aldbury, 9.30am. Enter your team of four or sign up individually and be placed in a team. On-

course competitions, BBQ, prize giving, and raffle to follow. SATURDAY 6 AUG Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 WEDNESDAY 10 AUG Business: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. Meet in the small car park across from the Akeman. Dogs welcome. Register in advance. SATURDAY 13 AUG Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www. WEDNESDAY 17 AUG Business: BDCC Networking Lunch 12.30-2.30pm. See website

for more details. www. berkhamsted-chamber. SUNDAY 21 AUG Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. berkofm THURSDAY 25 AUG Gardens: Open Garden PATCHWORK, Hall Park Gate, Berkhamsted HP4 2NJ. Opening for the National Garden Scheme, 2-5pm. Adults £5, children free. A blaze of colour from fuchsias, begonias, dahlias and dozens of tubs and pots. Intriguing backcloth of shrubs and trees. Refreshments. Dogs on leads welcome. Plenty of seating and cover.

historical plays, axe throwing, magician, tug-of-war, stalls, pig roasts, beer tent and madrigals. FRIDAY 2 SEP Talks: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 7.30pm. One of the defining authors of the last few years. Maggie O’Farrell will be celebrating the launch of her new book The Marriage Portrait. www.tringbookfestival. Music: Songs from the West with Steve Knightley. Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. www.courttheatre.

Thursday 25th August: Open Garden PATCHWORK, Hall Park Gate, Berkhamsted SUNDAY 28 AUG Fairs / Festivals: BDCC Medieval Event Berkhamsted Cricket Club and Kitchener’s Fields. Also 29 August. Includes Men at Arms demonstrations including battles, archery, and children’s introductions to medieval life, falconry, Summer 2022 / 47




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