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he summer holidays are at an end and it’s back to school and college for our younger readers - but there’s still plenty to look forward to. 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 - there’s plenty going on this autumn, including Heritage Open Days, Berko Beerfest, BerkoFest Book Fest, the Graham Greene Festival and lots more. For more inspiration see the enclosed programmes from Berkhamsted Music and Berkhamsted Arts Trust too. Our history feature looks at the legacy of legendary landscape gardener Capability Brown, while our walk takes in some of his work and other interesting local historical spots. We think autumn is just the best time for walking - not too hot, not too cold,


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News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages Find something special from our local shops Education: Applying for school places

24 Kids puzzles 26 Local history: The legacy of Capability Brown

30 Fashion: The 80s revival

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and you can enjoy the changing colours of the countryside. In the garden we have some ideas for making colour last just a bit longer, while we take a trip back to the 1980s in our fashion revival feature. There’s puzzles for children, and books from and about the local area to enjoy as the nights draw in. We also have interiors inspiration for your home. And if you’re planning some changes to your property, don’t forget to enter our competition for tickets to Grand Designs Live! If you want to be involved in the next issue, please email Naomi at editorial@livingmags. info with your news prior to our winter issue. Happy reading!

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36 Books: Our reading selection


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38 Autumn colour in your garden

39 Property: Velvet is this season’s fabric

40 What’s On

46 Walk: Take a stroll through history

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Date set for Festival of Light


t doesn’t feel like Christmas is on the way until you’ve visited the annual Berkhamsted Festival of Light. This year the event will be held on Sunday 27 November. You can expect entertainment from local musicians, stalls, Santa and the Elves Posting House in the Civic Centre, fairground rides, St Peter’s Church service, the popular best dressed shop window competition and lots more.

Census results show population increase


he first results from the 2021 Census (a data collection exercise undertaken every 10 years) show that the number of people living in the Dacorum Borough Council area has risen by 10,300 - a 7.1% increase. Dacorum now ranks 132nd for total population out of 309 local authority areas in England, moving up three places in a decade. To give you an idea of population density, the national average is three people for every football pitch-sized piece of land. Dacorum has around five people for each football pitch-sized area of land. There has also been an increase of 18% in people aged 65 and over, an increase of 3.7% in people aged 15 to 64, and an increase of 9.3% in children aged under 15.

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Discover history for free!


chance to take a tour of Berkhamsted’s former Foundling Hospital with two former foundlings has been added to the Heritage Open Days programme (HOD). Memories of Childhood - tours of the former Foundling Hospital, now Ashlyns School - take place on 11 September. The HOD Talks and Tours will be happening in and around Berkhamsted between 9 and 18 September. Visit www.heritageopendays. Hertfordshire for details.

Concert set to raise funds for Ukrainian network


concert in Berkhamsted is set to raise funds to help support Ukrainians living in Berkhamsted, Tring and surrounding villages. The Berkhamsted and Tring Ukraine Hosting Network (BATUHN) supports Ukrainians who have fled their country in a number of ways including offering English lessons, sourcing clothes and school uniform. A concert is being held on Saturday 12 November at Ashlyns School, from 7-11pm. The evening will include music, food and drink. For more information about the organisation and how you can support them, see


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800th birthday celebrations continue…


t Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted continues its 800th anniversary celebrations this autumn. During September, you can enjoy an 800th historical display, while Oktoberfest celebrations take place from 9-11 September. Saturday 10 September sees a sponsored bike and hike around local churches, while on 26 November you can take part in an evening of Scottish country dancing and whisky tasting. Finally on 27 November, see St Peter’s church lit up by thousands of candles followed by a traditional Advent Carol Service at 7pm. Full details at www.stpetersberkhamsted.

Dacorum’s Den 2022 award winners


ongratulations to the local budding entrepreneurs who were awarded grants for their businesses after they pitched their ideas to a team of Dacorum’s Den judges. The panel of four judges, led by Sir Mike Penning MP, divided a £10,000 grant fund to a range of businesses. Winners included: Berkhamsted’s Natasha Collins, owner of NeviePie Cakes, who received £500 to fund an edible printer. Jessica Thatcher, owner of Little Gaddesden’s ZV Textiles, who received £1,500 towards advertising and marketing for her B2B textile manufacturing business in the equestrian and country clothing sector.

Chiltern Society ‘concerned’ over planning


hile the Chiltern Society has welcomed recent reports that the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (including the Ashridge Estate and Tring Woodlands) need more action to protect them, it is setting up a working group to focus on planning in the area. Until satisfactory mitigation measures are in place, Dacorum Borough Council must put a temporary halt on granting any planning permissions for new homes near the area. As we went to press, the council told Berkhamsted Living: ‘We are working on a mitigation strategy, which sets out the actions necessary to protect the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC) from

both existing and future pressures. Further information on the progress of the mitigation strategy will be provided later this summer.’ Tom Beeston, chief officer at the Chiltern Society, told Living: ‘We now pin our hopes on our MPs, councillors and various government agencies taking a serious look at the broken planning system so that they start putting nature and the environment before developer profits. ‘That said, we’re so concerned about the specific planning implications around Dacorum, we are looking to set up a special working group to address the issues. ‘Anyone wanting to volunteer to help can drop us a line at’

The arts in Potten End


he Arts Society of Gade Valley (ASGV) is a friendly group that meets for lectures at 10:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month between October and July at Potten End Village Hall. This season’s programme includes The Pepe Martinez lecture entitled Banksy – Fraud or Genius? and Sir Christopher Wren and the rebuilding of London out of Disaster by Janet Gough. ASGV also jointly sponsors Dacorum Young Artist Competition for local primary schools. Prospective members can attend a free taster lecture. Email membersgadev@gmail. com or visit www. theartssocietygadev. Pepe Martinez

Public Inquiry set for Luton Airport expansion


he inquiry date for the expansion plans at Luton Airport has been set for 27 September. London Luton Airport Operations Limited plans to increase passenger capacity from 18m to 19m a year - a move approved by Luton Borough Council in December. However, a decision was made on behalf of Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to hold a local inquiry, which aims to consider ‘all the relevant aspects of the proposed development’. The public inquiry is set to run for 10 weeks commencing at Luton Town Hall on the 27th at 10am.

Celebrating the arts in Berkhamsted



erkhamsted Arts Trust celebrates its 45th anniversary and the 37th annual edition of the Arts for Berkhamsted diary - often referred to as the ‘Green Sheet’. The impact of Covid, however, has led to the loss of one society - Berkhamsted Archaeology. Nevertheless, this year, the diary features 83 entries from September through to June. The programme is varied - enjoy film nights at the Civic Centre courtesy of Berkhamsted Film Society, or be transported back to the 20s and 30s and the sounds of New York Cotton Club when the Harlem Meer Cats play Ellington. Next spring, Berkhamsted Theatre Company will be talking to the animals at the Court Theatre, Tring with Dr Doolittle! The Musical, and Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society will take you back to the 19th century for a talk about Castle Street. With a varied selection of classical and jazz concerts and BerkoFest Book Festival, there should be something for everyone. The Green Sheet is enclosed with this edition of Berkhamsted Living.

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Berkhamsted author tells grandfather’s Holocaust story


new book written to introduce children and young adults to the Holocaust has been written by Joel Stern from Berkhamsted. Just Freddy is the story of Joel’s grandfather, a young boy growing up in 1930s Germany, whose life takes a dramatic turn for the worse when Hitler comes to power. The book charts Freddy’s journey from a happy childhood to his departure from Germany with little but the clothes on his back. First-time author Joel said: ‘I wanted to use my grandfather’s story to educate young people about this important subject. Ultimately, the message I want to convey is that the Holocaust didn’t start with violence, concentration camps

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erkhamsted Music’s 202223 season (its 69th) opens on Saturday 8 October at Berkhamsted Civic Centre with the Gould Piano Trio performing pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Judith Weir and Tchaikovsky. The Gould have been playing for 25 years and are still at the top of their game. Subsequent concerts feature Ashley Wass (piano), the

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and murder; but with the suspicion and intolerance of others, with prejudice and hate speech. I think that message is as important today as it was 80 years ago.’ Freddy Stern was born in June 1925. His father was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Freddy received a place on the Kindertransport, arriving in the UK in 1939. After the war, Freddy learned that his parents, grandparents and 150 other members of his family had been killed. Freddy married and became a research chemist and businessman. He had two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren when he died in 2020, aged 95. Ensemble Hesperi (baroque quartet), the Mithras Piano Trio, and the season closes with the Villiers Quartet. Berkhamsted Music presents prizewinning professional chamber musicians at different stages of their careers. This year the spectrum ranges from the Mithras formed in 2017, currently BBC New Generation Artists, to Ashley Wass, whose first visit to Berkhamsted was in 2000 when he also became a BBC New Generation Artist. The music ranges from Bach to Britten and everything in between. See the programme enclosed with this edition of Berkhamsted Living, our What’s On pages, and look for more details and regular updates at Concert tickets £20 each and discounted to £75 for all the concerts in the season.


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erkhamsted’s new professional theatre company The Shakespeare Circus was launched this year to help the Covid cohort of young actors. The Circus is based in Prince Edward Street, where Victoria and Chris Williams run The Gobstoppers, which provides classes in the performing arts. Victoria teamed up with renowned ‘theatre maker’ Michael Corbidge to form the Circus. She said: ‘Two of my children are trying to build careers in the world of theatre, and I realised that the pandemic made things hard for so many. Michael and I decided we had to help resurrect some of the ambitions and hopes of these young people.’


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single individual well, and to get the best out of them with a personalised approach. Each year, boys secure places at a wide range of senior schools including Berkhamsted, Harrow, and St Albans. Considering the school’s small size, boys are awarded a high number of scholarships. The happiness and wellbeing of the boys is at the heart of Lockers Park - our teachers know what makes each boy tick and we encourage them to develop their passions. The family-like community – which actively involves parents – gives the school a special feel. All boys are encouraged to experience boarding and there’s a range of options available. Come and see how our purposefully small school could benefit your son; join us at our 15 October Open Morning and 21 October Stay and Play session.

Berkhamsted planning update Lidl: There’s still no news on the proposed Lidl supermarket on the old Roy Chapman site at Gossoms End. A spokesperson for Lidl told Berkhamsted Living: ‘We remain committed to bringing a Lidl store to Berkhamsted and look forward to updating the local community further as soon as we are in a position to do so.’ Berkhamsted Leisure Centre: The public consultation on a proposed new leisure centre for Berkhamsted, including a teaching pool, a larger fitness suite and a spa and treatment zone ended in March. Dacorum Borough Council told us that there is no further update at this time.

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Dacorum Local Plan: A Dacorum Borough Council spokesperson told us: ‘A revised timetable for the Local Plan was presented to and approved by Cabinet in February 2022. A key factor to the delay of the Local Plan is due to the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) – an important legal requirement for plan making. Work on the HRA to date has also resulted in some important changes to the way that the Council considers applications for new residential development in the borough. Further information on this can be found at ‘There remains an expectation to consult on a revised draft of the Local Plan in 2023.’


Graham Greene Festival returns

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23rd Graham Greene International Festival, Berkhamsted School, Thursday 29 September–Sunday 2 October 2022 Graham Greene is one of the most famous former residents of Berkhamsted, and to recognise and commemorate that, an annual festival was created. This year is the 23rd event where all things Graham Greene are celebrated over four days, with a stimulating mix of accessible talks, readings, and screenings. The eminent speakers from the UK and abroad pose intriguing questions about Greene and his life. Just four months after the Cuban Revolution

in 1959, did the locals react nervously to the arrival of Carol Reed’s production team to shoot Our Man in Havana? Did rivals Ian Fleming and Graham Greene include common character types, plot directions and recurring symbols across their works? How would Greene have responded to the Cyber Age of criminal hackers, social media and cyber warfare? Do wicked characters like Pinkie in the novel and films of Brighton Rock have a resonance to the understanding of current-day murderers? Were Greene’s many drinking trips around Spain with his great friend Father Duran really just a cover for his espionage activities? Other highlights include a talk on Graham Greene plays, a repeat showing of a BBC Arena special on his early life, and a screening of the film Monsignor Quixote starring Alec Guinness and Leo McKern. The Festival is held over four days, mainly in Berkhamsted School where Greene grew up under his father, the headmaster. It is directed by Dr Christopher Hull. Details and tickets at


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BerkoBeerFest is back


he 7th Annual Berkhamsted Beer, Music and Comedy festival is back on 16-17 September. This local community beer festival will showcase 24 craft keg and 24 cask beers from in and around the Chilterns, along with 16 real ciders. The festival also provides a platform for nine up-and-coming local bands on the Saturday, with a mix of covers and original songs. Friday night is comedy night with four renowned comedians headlined by Zoe Lyons. The range of food vendors and the beautiful setting of Berkhamsted Cricket Club make for a great day out. Details and tickets from https://

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Canal Fields Play Area opens


n case you missed it, the refurbished Canal Fields Play Area in Berkhamsted opened in August. The transformation has replaced tired old metal play equipment with modern wooden play structures including a castle, train and climbing frames. It includes a new sand pit and inclusive play equipment. New slides, swings and benches have also been installed.

Save the date for Book Festival


erkofest Book Festival will take place at the Town Hall on Sunday 20 November from 11am-7pm. Confirmed authors so far include Henry Normal, Jenny Eclair, Pragya Agarwal and Claudia Hammond, Gaia Vince and Helen Czerski, and Robin Ince. Look out for updates at https://bookfestival.

Summer sounds


his summer Tring Radio has been out and about at lots of events, most notably Tring Carnival where the sound system came along on a lorry (donated for the day by Chiltern Transport). The station has some new presenters and new shows including the What a Week chat show on Monday afternoons and a new Drum n Bass show (Bassology) coming soon on Saturday evenings. If you’d like Tring Radio to appear at your local event contact them via where you’ll also find details of how to become a presenter.

Public presentation on new hospital announced


ould you like to have a 21st-century, patient-centred hospital, centrally located and easy to get to, on a clear site in West Hertfordshire? Then head to a public presentation at Berkhamsted Town Hall on Wednesday 14 September at 7:30pm, to find out more. As reported in our summer issue, the project designer and project manager for the ‘Outstanding’ CQC rated Hospice of St Francis, Gordon Yearwood, believes that all our healthcare services should and could be of a similar high standard. West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution was formed as a non-profit organisation, to get real transformation in hospital services, through achieving a purpose-built, 21st century designed, patient-centred, acute general NHS Hospital (including A&E, maternity and planned surgery) for the people of West Hertfordshire, centrally located between St Albans, Watford and Hemel Hempstead. The Government has indicated that up to £590 million could be provided for a ‘new’ hospital as part of its 40 new hospitals programme. But, says Gordon, local NHS senior staff want to spend £940 million building a tower block hospital, in the sloping car park area of the existing Watford General Hospital. To read the full story and learn how to make donations to progress this project, visit


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What you need to consider when applying for a school place for the first time

s the new school year begins, many of us will have an eye towards next September when our youngsters will be embarking on the school journey for the first time. While the excitement associated with seeing kids take their first big independent step is tangible, it can also be a stressful time for parents. So as the countdown begins towards final selection of places at the start of next year, here are some dos and don’ts for picking the right school for your little one. DO attend the open days. It’s easy to gloss over an establishment’s flaws when looking at a fancy brochure, which is why attending a school’s open day is essential (even though this is still arguably the best the place will ever look). Upon arriving, pay attention to how the school feels – what’s on the walls, how organised are the classrooms, are the teachers friendly and, if it’s a daytime opening, how engaged are the kids? DON’T be afraid to ask questions. Take the opportunity to ask teachers and pupils alike

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how they feel about the school, and don’t fret about being upfront with representatives regarding any nagging doubts you have. DO look for convenience. We may consider that selecting a school that’s a 10-minute walk away is acceptable, even when there’s an ‘almost as good’ alternative three doors down. Yet when factoring in the walking speed of a four- or five-year-old, and the reality that you will be walking to and from the school twice each day (four legs, effectively), that 10-minute walk could easily become an hour or more. For parents keen to return themselves to work and productivity while their children are in school, location and proximity are key factors. DON’T be taken in by cosmetic appearance. Schools come in all shapes, sizes and appearances. While the newer ones may look glossy, modern and straight from an architect’s brochure, it’s what goes on in the classroom, within the pages of books and inside the minds of our wonderful youngsters, that really counts.

DO pay attention to the Ofsted report and league tables. Official statistics will tell you test and exam results for the schools you’re looking at, offering a pretty reliable snapshot of how each is performing, while the Ofsted report will offer a broader understanding of how the curriculum is taught and the pupils’ overall wellbeing. But DON’T base your decision entirely on that. If an institute has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating, but you’ve heard of bullying or disruption at the school, it’s important to bear both in mind. Similarly, if a school has a ‘satisfactory’ rating but seems to have got its act together since the report, it may be worth giving it a second look. DO go with your heart. Whatever the facts and figures, the most important barometer is how you and your little one feel about the school, and that feeling normally comes from the heart.

DON’T obsess over friends. While it’s tempting to want to surround our kids with the buddies they have made in pre-school and the local park, most childhood friendships are made when they start school. Our young ones are true social sponges and encouraging them to make new friends at every opportunity is only a good thing. DO show positivity and excitement above any apprehension. Your children will feed off the smallest scraps of emotion in what can be a nerve-wracking time, so when looking at school selection discuss the exciting things about each school that they will encounter as they make this big new step in their development.

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The legacy of Capability Brown The legendary 18th century landscape designer Capability Brown has left his mark on a number of properties in the Chilterns - most notably the Ashridge Estate

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the landscape work for the third Duke of Bridgewater - Francis, also known as the ‘Canal Duke’ - for around nine or 10 years before becoming the Master Gardener at Hampton Court Palace in 1764. Here he carved out a role as King George III’s friend and confidante. There’s a number of features that identify a work of Capability Brown; probably best known are the carriage drives, which helped landowners to both inspect and show off their land to visitors. You’ll also often see

Ashridge’s Golden Valley is considered one of his greatest projects, thanks to his clever design and its impressive view


ven if you are not a keen gardener, you are bound to have heard of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The influential 18th century landscape designer worked on a number of significant estates around the country, including Ashridge. Capability Brown has been dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’. He is supposed to have got this nickname by announcing that sites had ‘great capability’. In his early 20s, Capability Brown worked for Sir Richard Grenville at Wotton House, just west of Aylesbury, before moving to its larger sister estate at Stowe in 1741. Here he worked for Lord Cobham, on what was to become one of the greatest landscape gardens in the country. He became head gardener there and made a number of connections, thanks to Lord Cobham. He arrived at Ashridge in 1759, where he supervised


acres of turf, large areas of water and a ‘ha-ha’ - a ditch that prevents animals from coming too close to the house, but offers uninterrupted views that hedging and walls would not allow. Brown’s vision was to create a naturalistic setting to surround the grand houses that he worked on (in all he carried out 170 commissions during his lifetime and is associated with a total 250 gardens and estates), with both clumps of and scattered trees. He liked to get rid of existing garden features - and had even been known to relocate entire villages to achieve his desired effect! At Ashridge he wasn’t able to include all these features - the chalkland meant there was no existing water, so he couldn’t include any of his vast lakes. The Duke refused any proposed alterations to the straight-sided grass rides that cut through the estate woods, (which is why the Prince’s Riding and others are still there to this day).

Brown did however clear much of the woodland around the house, leaving in its place copses (a much-wanted feature in a time when shooting game birds as a pastime was becoming particularly popular). But he wasn’t working with the house we know today; it was almost entirely rebuilt in the 19th century, and then another well-known designer, Humphrey Repton, came in to redesign the gardens around the house. Repton purported to follow Brown in many ways, although the intricate designs here were in a quite different style. Ashridge’s Golden Valley, which sits to the north and east of the house, is considered one of Brown’s greatest projects, thanks to his clever design 3 and its impressive view. Originally a shallow wooded valley, he cleared the trees from the valley floor, leaving 1. The Temple of Concord & Victory at the head of the Grecian Valley at Stowe © National Trust Images/ Andrew Baskott

2. View looking south east from the Golden Valley. Ashridge Estate © National Trust Images/ Andrew Butler

3. View looking north west from the Golden Valley. Ashridge Estate © National Trust Images/ Andrew Butler

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Cows near the Golden Valley. Ashridge Estate © National Trust Images/ Andrew Butler


HISTORY Park near Hertingfordbury, and Beechwood Park near Markyate. Further away, you can see his work at Blenheim Palace. Find out more about Ashridge at

those along the upper slopes. He also moved mountains of earth (by men using shovels, pickaxes and wheelbarrows), to create sloping and gentle bends. These make the valley appear as if it goes on endlessly, when in reality it only runs along a short distance. If you visit, for the best view, take a look back as you reach the northwestern end of the valley. Other spots around the Chilterns that benefited from Brown’s design include Moor Park near Rickmansworth, Cole Green

Walk in Capability Brown’s footsteps Follow this 3.8 mile walk, which heads into the Golden Valley and takes in the view of Ashridge House. You may even see some fallow deer along the way. Walking trail

Why are Berkhamsted’s ladies heading for the golf club?


erkhamsted’s women have gone golf-mad – and it’s all because of the golf club on the common at the top of the hill. Twice a week, on Monday mornings and Saturday afternoons, a group gathers at Berkhamsted Golf Club under the kindly eyes of PGA Professional golf instructors John Clarke and Joe Biggs. Most are total newcomers to the game, and the lessons are free, as they are subsidised by the golf club itself. But why? Some say for the social life. Others for mental well-being, and still more for what the fresh air and exercise does for your body. And everybody can agree – the 10,000+ steps needed to complete a round of golf, and the 1,000+ calories which it burns off, are numbers which we are all happy to get behind these days! John Clarke has been helping women to take their first steps in golf for over twenty years, and Joe Biggs has made a huge impact on the club since joining as Head Professional in the summer of 2021. “A group of women who are complete beginners is the best-possible group to teach” said Biggs. “They have no existing bad habits; they simply want to get started, and get better.” The Ladies Academy at Berkhamsted Golf Club, is currently running at over two dozen learners and is run by the club’s ladies’ section. With social events and a buddy system designed to make newcomers as comfortable as possible about “becoming a golfer”, the Academy is designed to make the learning experience as un-intimidating as possible. And as people improve, it organises fun competitions and

access to the golf course itself – which people can then join as full members once they reach a certain standard of play. But there’s no hurry. Berkhamsted is one of the country’s most progressive golf clubs when it comes to encouraging women to take up golf. It recently signed up to the national Women In Golf Charter, created by the sport’s rules-makers the R&A, and in April 2022 the club’s worldrenowned Berkhamsted Trophy tournament for elite golfers welcomed female competitors for the first time – an unprecedented step forward for top-level amateur golf. Counted among England’s top 100 golf courses, the golf club which for well over a century has been the custodian of the public land on Berkhamsted Common is also one of the most beautiful places in Hertfordshire to spend some time. “Come and join us for a coffee and a chat any time” said the club’s Lady Captain Fiona Foy. “We’re exploding as many of the myths about golf as we can. It’s a friendly sport, very accessible these days, and most of all it’s fun and very rewarding!” Contact Berkhamsted Golf Club on 01442 865832 /

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REVIVAL The era that provoked a fashion and music revolution is being celebrated right now, and it’s not too late to jump on the fashion trend of the year – Eighties revival! All that glitters is not gold In fact it can be silver, blue, pink, vermillion, turquoise, or any colour as long as the overall look is drop-dead fabulous. Think feathers, sequins and of course, Lamé. With such ostentation however, it’s still important to keep this look modern, so choose a sleek and slinky silhouette, keep makeup natural and go easy on the accessories. Give winter the cold shoulder Reviving the classic Eighties asymmetric look, and proving that those were simpler times, one perfectly exposed clavicle would always do. Keep it current by choosing muted colours and going for a structural statement rather than anything flouncy or frilly. The power pose Women may have been able to vote for 100 years, but the power suit only became a thing in the Eighties. Not just for important board meetings; worn right the perfect suit will take

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you from the office to the dancefloor, and looks good in almost every colour. While the structure of the power suit hasn’t changed – broad shoulder, slender waist, big impact – the overall feel is more feminine, with a silky blouse or underlayer and killer heels. Be the prom queen once again Why not roll back the years with the latest incarnations of the tulle skirt, albeit with perhaps a touch sultrier sophistication than would have been played out in the era of Pepsi and Shirlie. Keep it short and punky or long and elegant, just don’t over accessorise. Padding it out Shoulder pads are back in fashion with the classic Eighties accentuation possibly having shown to reach its peak with this bold, horizontal look. Yes, the comparisons with American Football player silhouettes will always be there, but the shoulder pads actually served as

HEALTH & BEAUTY a really smart, artificial boost to women with small frames who just wanted to show a bit more of themselves to the world. And thanks to the Eighties revival, they now can again! Bodysuits The versatility of the bodysuit means it’s a piece for any occasion. It is a tight, comfortable and versatile foundation piece that looks sleek, either in accentuating a slight frame or being used as a bottom layer for a larger jacket or puffy top. Bodysuits look best when worn with wide-leg trousers or even a flowy skirt – the tightness of the top half and the carefree movement of the lower half works in perfect complement, for a classic Eighties look.

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Love a glove Gloves seemed to define a coolness of the Eighties. From Michael Jackson to acid house, the glove was a music moniker that permeated through to the high street, and they were back again in the summer, proving fashion over function truly exists! Legging it Finally, a nod to the legwarmers of the Eighties. While these had been around before the decade that changed fashion forever, their recent revival shows they have evolved, largely with different fabrics and shades. Once just the domain for professional dancers and workout queens looking to avoid cramp, they are perfectly repurposed for 2022.

Bodysuits look best when worn with wide-leg trousers or even a flowy skirt – the tightness of the top half and the carefree movement of the lower half works in perfect complement, for a classic Eighties look

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his recipe comes from Tring’s Nonna’s Pantry, where you can find authentic ingredients so you can create your own delicious tiramisu at home. They say: ‘A traditional recipe involves no alcohol, however it’s a modern addition that we love. You can use our Amaretto or Vin Santo del Chianti dessert wine to give your tiramisu a richer flavour.’ You will need • 500g mascarpone* • 24 ladyfinger biscuits (one packet)* • 230ml strong-brewed coffee* • 3 tbsp grated dark chocolate • 4 egg yolks • 3 egg whites • 6 tbsp sugar • 4 tbsp Amaretto or Vin Santo dessert wine (optional) • 1tbsp cocoa powder * ingredients that can be found in Nonna’s Pantry

You will also need a dish that is roughly 8 x10 inches to make this, but you can use more or less ladyfingers to accommodate the size of the dish.

Made by Mia Stevenson

This quick and easy Northern Italian dessert is made with a creamy mascarpone filling, coffee-dunked ladyfingers and finished with a dusting of cocoa

Method 1. To begin, divide the egg whites and yolk into two separate bowls, and add 3 tbsp sugar to each (we’d recommend using soft light brown sugar for a caramel flavour if you are not using alcohol in your recipe; but any sugar works regardless). Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy. 2. Moving on to the egg yolks, whisk those until pale and thick. 3. Next add the mascarpone to the yolks and mix to make a smooth cream. 4. One third at a time, gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture. 5. In a shallow bowl, dip the ladyfingers into the coffee for about 2-3 seconds, making sure to soak both sides. If you’re adding alcohol, mix with the coffee before dunking the ladyfingers. 6. Lay half of the ladyfingers in your dish to make an even layer. 7. Now add half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, making an even layer, and top with the grated dark chocolate. 8. Continue with another layer of ladyfingers, and top again with the mascarpone, as you have previously done. 9. Dust with cocoa powder to finish, and leave to rest in the fridge for roughly 6-8 hours before serving. Buon Appetito!

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The latest books from our local and regional authors

A mixed selection of reads from or about the local area

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century! by Kirk W Johnson This is a slight diversion from our normal book reviews, which generally feature local authors. Our publisher Alison was intrigued by this title and had been wanting to read The Feather Thief for some time. She writes: This is a fascinating insight into the mania of exotic birds and feathers of the Victorian era combined with the obsession and the art of fly-tying, and in particular of salmon flies. The story covers the very real crime of the greatest feather robbery of all time, and from the Natural History Museum in Tring. Before buying the book, I had no idea whether the heading was fact or fiction, but I was absolutely hooked (if you’ll forgive the pun) from page one – it makes for compulsive reading, you’ll romp through it!

Goldfinches, Daffodils and Sunshine By Maria Oliver Yoga teacher Maria has come up with a clever way to help children focus on their mental health and wellbeing. The book is a collection of relaxation scripts, inspired by observing nature on daily lockdown walks, and designed to spark children’s imagination. It also includes techniques to help boost self esteem and connect with trusted adults. Children will be transported on the back of a dragon, under the sea alongside merpeople, or up into the clouds. Maria teaches yoga to adults, expectant and new mums, and children in and around Hemel Hempstead.

From A Hard Place To A Rock By Timandra Slade Accounts from World War Two often focus on the ‘big events’. The evacuation of Dunkirk is well documented, but less is known about the regiments who defended the outer perimeter. These brave men fought the German onslaught, while sacrificing their own chances of evacuation. Many paid with their lives, or were forced to surrender. This fascinating book tells the story of four officers of the British Expeditionary Force who were captured and then escaped, making a perilous journey through Spain, France and Gibraltar to try to make it home. Told

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through accounts and letters and with sketches and photos, it’s a tale of courage and determination that deserves to be shared. Timandra lives in Chesham. She found a briefcase containing details of her father’s wartime escape and here she brings to life his extraordinary story.

By Brigid Marlin This beautifully illustrated book by accomplished artist and lecturer Brigid Marlin brings to life the techniques used by the Dutch Masters from the Golden Age and shows artists how they can use them in contemporary works. Brigid demonstrates how to use the techniques of Rembrandt when painting a portrait, using step-by-step images to show how her portrait comes together, as well as creating a still life using multiple glazes and white egg tempura in the style of Jan Van Eyck. She offers an exercise in using the art of imagination, inspired by Hieronymous Busch, and shows how contemporary artists have used the techniques in their painting. For practised students it includes techniques and advice in using materials and methods in your work but for the less artistic of us, it is a fascinating insight into the work of the Old Masters. Anyone who has wandered a gallery wondering ‘how did they do that’ will find this an inspiring and informative read. Brigid lives in Berkhamsted and her work is included in many important collections including: the House of Lords, Westminster; National Portrait Gallery, London; the National Museum for American Artists and Illustrators and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

Before You Go and The Mother’s Secret By Clare Swatman If you enjoyed Clare’s latest Book How to Save a Life (reviewed in our last issue) you might be interested to know that two of her books are being re-released and can now be pre-ordered. Before You Go tells the tale of Zoe and Ed. After meeting at college and having a whirlwind romance, their lives travel on separate, parallel paths, but always destined to meet. When love does finally strike, Zoe and Ed are sure they will be together forever. Then the unthinkable happens – Ed dies and Zoe is left facing a lifetime of what-ifs and could-have-beens. But what if Zoe had the chance to change Ed’s destiny… In The Mother’s Secret, sisters Georgie and Kate have always been close. Brought up by their mum Jan after the death of their father, this family of women have always been able to rely on each other. But secrets have a nasty habit of refusing to stay hidden, and the sisters are about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all. Clare is a former editor of Berkhamsted Living and lives in the town with her family.

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How to revive your garden after the long hot summer


f you think you suffer from the heat as far as summer goes, think how that sun-baked garden fares without even so much as a dash of sun lotion. Of course, any knowledgeable gardener will tell you it’s better to take action to protect your flora while the sun is out, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if by the time you get to late summer you realise the damage has already been done, there are at least a few techniques that will begin the restoration process for your beloved garden. Following the guidelines below will give your green space a chance to repair before the bareness of autumn and shivering sensibilities of winter bring about altogether different challenges! Water water water It’s the fuel that keeps your plants alive water will stimulate stems, fire up flowers and galvanise grass, but moderation is the key, and as we’ve all experienced in the past, overwatering is just as bad as underwatering.

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So take an organised route to regular hydration in the garden, and gradually bring things back to life. Nothing but a dirty grass Remove debris and dust to make the land as ready for replenishment as possible, with simple clearing away of organic residue exposing the ground to moisture and sunlight aplenty. And if you have a composting area then all these swept-away bits can be used to bolster what will become a fertile store that can be then reintroduced into your flower beds and earth areas. Cut back to move forward The more you mow, trim and prune, the quicker your greenery will spring back to life, so while a worthy exercise for the flora and fauna of your garden, you’ll undoubtedly feel enthused and enlightened at the renewed space you’ve created. First-class fertiliser The best way to boost growth where your living matter is concerned is with an approved, high-quality fertiliser. Research well and choose a fertiliser that matches your environmental conscience, remembering not to apply until growth is already well on its way, or you’ll simply end up scorching the earth. Starting afresh And of course, the best way to get your garden humming again is to invest in it. Consider plants, flowers and other additions that will suit the rustic autumn season to come.



Once again, velvet is the fabric of the season, but like all interior trends, it’s important you get the perfect balance for your home Simple appeal Velvet is the timeless material that patterns and makes perfect such a range of items, despite having a largely streamlined appeal – the way it feels. Regardless of the fact that what most of us admire about the fabric is simply that sensation on our hands, there is a deeper sensual nature about velvet. It also adds warmth, offers a depth of colour, and paints a subtle luxuriousness to any home. Perhaps what stands out most about velvet though is its ability to cross over so many different moods and styles. It is timeless in its appeal and can look as good in a stately home as it does in a trendy nightclub! Following the trend The main consideration is colour – too much scarlet or purple velvet and you might feel trapped in some eternal cabaret; but lilac,

midnight blue, forest green and mustard add sophistication and warmth. People with kids and pets ought to stick to the darker end of the spectrum, or perhaps choose to use velvet in areas that are less accessible to those who might damage it.

Furniture and flashes In terms of the items that showcase velvet best, most people will automatically think about a classically styled sofa or chaise longue. Complemented with velvet cushions using contrasting colours, you can turn a simple sofa into a statement piece in the room. In addition, velvet bed frames and banquettes are available in a range of very modern styles, and can add a real touch of class to the bedroom in the right shade. Alternatively, feel free to play around with flashes of the fabric here and there, either with curtains or lampshades, or even just a very subtle velvet trim. You could also combine the look with the current texture trend. Think leather sofas with velvet cushions, wooden beds with linen sheets and velvet throws, or a stone mantlepiece adorned with quilted photo frames. Maintenance While velvet is made with the use of vertical yarn and takes multiple steps to produce, there is a common misconception that it’s difficult to maintain. In most cases though, looking after it is as easy as any other fabric. That means mopping up any spillages as soon as they happen (and definitely not letting them sink into the cloth base), vacuuming with a sofa brush to work away dust and any dried-in crumbs, and using light steam to bring fibres back to life. Also consider if a part of your velvet sofa will take in more sunlight than another part, as the fabric is susceptible to fading.

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MONDAY 5 SEP Fundraisers: DENS STEPtember Step up to the challenge of 10,000 steps a day through September and raise money to help local people facing homelessness. www.dens.

TUESDAY 6 SEP Theatre: Avenue Q 7.30pm. To 10 Sep. A musical comedy featuring puppets and human actors with music and lyrics. Book by Jeff Whitty.


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Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Arts The Berkhamsted Art Trust’s 2022/23 season gets underway, promoting numerous arts events. www.

Fundraisers: Ashridge Garden Party From dog shows to beer tents, there is something for everyone.


Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8am. Join the friendly BusinessMart networking group.

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.

Business: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. Join BusinessMart and walk around Tring Park whilst you network. Dogs welcome. Register via email. vivianne@

Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Mind Body Spirit Show Civic Centre, 11-5pm. Features: 1-1 readings, holistic therapies, self-help and spiritual advice, crystals, arts & crafts, jewellery, healthy living products, talks and workshops.

Sport: Ashridge Golf Day 18 holes on this prestigious course followed by a delicious three-course meal and live auction.

Music: Dixie Mix Jazz BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Dixieland jazz from a well established touring Sextet.



Fairs / Festivals: Heritage Open Days To 18 Sep. Celebrating our local communities and stories

Berkhamsted Mind Body Spirit Show 10 September

Exhibitions: Pitstone Green Museum Open Day Enjoy a fantastic day out at an old Victorian farm now run by volunteers as a museum, with over 40 exhibits to suit all ages and tastes. Open the second Sunday each month and Bank Holiday Mondays. Fundraisers: Chilterns 3 Peaks challenge for Rennie Grove Four route options are available from 6.5 to 18 miles, with all


WEDNESDAY 14 SEP Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast. Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am. Talks: West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution Berkhamsted Town Hall. Public presentation on proposals for the new hospital. gordonyearwood@

FRIDAY 16 SEP Fundraisers: Welsh Three Peaks To 18 Sep. An epic adventure, creating precious memories and embracing the breathtaking scenery of Pen Y Fan, Cadair Idris and Snowdon. stfrancis. Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film tba 8.30pm. www. Fairs/Festivals: Berkhamsted Beer, Music & Comedy Festival Showcasing craft and cask beers, local bands and a comedy night with four renowned comedians headlined by Zoe Lyons. https://berkobeerfest.

SATURDAY 17 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Herts Big Day Out To 14 Oct. Herts Big Weekend is back for 2022, now known as the Herts Big Day Out. Walks: A Walk on the Chalk Dunstable Downs 9.30am-1pm. £5. Part of the 5th Annual Chilterns Heritage Festival. Fairs / Festivals: Chilterns Heritage Festival To 2 Oct. This festival of experiences promises something for everyone to enjoy.

THURSDAY 15 SEP Comedy: Tom Allen Work in Progess Tom Allen is heading back on the road, warming up new material ahead of his brand new tour. Music: Music Networking Evening Come along to find out ‘all things music’ happening in Tring and how you can be a part of it. Music: The Incredible Blues Puppies Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

Kids|Music: Tring Chamber Music Relaxed Family Friendly Concert Hastoe Village Hall 3-4pm. Francesca, Becky and Annabelle (The Lawson Trio) invite you and your family to a relaxed fun and interactive concert specially for children of primary school age. Enjoy a journey which explores the amazing sounds of violin cello and piano. www. Comedy: Seann Walsh With his extended ‘Back from the Bed’ tour.

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Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am2pm. 3rd Sunday of every month.

Fundraisers: Dog Show Dudswell. Bring your dog along and enjoy a fun-filled day guaranteed to get their tails wagging!

Music: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season - Three Plus One Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. £20 Under 18’s £10. Brahms great C minor Piano Quartet, music by Rebecca Clarke and Moszkowski with the Lawson Piano Trio (Francesca Barritt violin, Rebecca Knight cello. Annabelle Lawson piano) Paul Barritt, violin and viola. www.tringchambermusic.

Music: Nica and the Jazz Divas Hastoe Village Hall. Music will be provided by the jazz septet The Shoe Horns. 01442 827702


Music: 90s Indie Night For one night only the Common People DJs will be playing your fave ‘90s tunes. From Blur to Beck, Pulp to The Chemical Brothers, Oasis to The Prodigy, Primal Scream to The Cure.

Film: Belfast Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 20. www.

WEDNESDAY 21 SEP Talks: Ashridge House High Street Baptist Church Tring, 8pm. With 700 years of fascinating history, there’s a palpable sense of heritage at the heart of Ashridge House.

THURSDAY 22 SEP Arts & Crafts: Evening Draw and Explore 7-9pm. £15. Find out about the fascinating history of the specimens in a 30-minute gallery tour. Then take time to get inspired by the specimens and draw them. Suitable for adults.

FRIDAY 23 SEP Music: The Dung Beatles This show will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles’ first single release ‘Love me do’.

Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Live Goes Green Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.309pm. Music by Hanging Bandits, Open Door Ukulele Band, Richard & Chloe from Goodlife Vintage, Leslie Tate MC. lstate@

Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 Fairs / Festivals: Tring Apple Fayre To 31 Oct. Tring’s Own Apple Fayre returns. Core apple dates Sun 2 Oct: Apple Day at Jeacock’s Orchard; Sat 8 Oct: special Tring Farmers Market with the Pippin High Street Parade and scarecrow competition. TringsOwnAppleFayre Fairs / Festivals: Aylesbury Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Show Grange School, 11-5pm. Meet experts in spirituality, holistic, psychic & mediumship, selfhelp & healthy living. Crystals, art & crafts, wellbeing products. Talks & workshops. www.

Exhibitions: Classic and Special Interest Car Show Dudswell 11am-4pm. Classic Car Show.

Music: Peter Long Quintet BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Swinging jazz made famous by the legendary Benny Goodman quintet in the 1940s & 50s.




Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted International Graham Greene Festival To 2 Oct. 23rd Graham Greene International Festival. www.

FRIDAY 30 SEP Fundraisers: Firewalk St Mary’s Close, Hemel Old Town, from 6.30pm. Community Action Dacorum are looking for brave people to walk across burning hot red embers! www. firewalk-fundraiser

Film: Berkhamsted Film Society Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 4. www.

WEDNESDAY 5 OCT Kids: Open Mornings Chesham Preparatory School, 9-11am Also Sat 8 Oct, 9-11.30am. With tours of schools and opportunity to speak to class and specialist teachers. www.

Talks: Robin Ince Bibliomaniac Join Robin Ince - he’s promoting the very book that he’s written following the last bookshop tour!

THURSDAY 6 OCT Music: East West Maxwell Street Blues Bar Tring, 8.30pm. www.

FRIDAY 7 OCT Fundraisers: Slip into Slippers With your help, Age UK Dacorum can highlight the needs of older people and raise vital funds to support its services. www.ageuk.

SATURDAY 8 OCT Exhibitions: Dolls House Miniatures Exhibition Wilstone Village Hall 11am-4pm. See what club members have accomplished in the last three very unusual years! In aid of Cancer Research. helen24@ Music: Gould Piano Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £20. Fanny Mendelssohn, Judith Weir, Tchaikovsky. www.

SUNDAY 9 OCT Fundraisers: Rennie Grove Herts 10k 10k race raising funds to provide specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness.

MONDAY 10 OCT Film: Dream Horse Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 11. www.

Fundraisers: Hospice Coffee Morning 10.30am-12noon, last Friday of the month. 01442 869550


Tring Chamber Music Summer Season - Three Plus One

Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. First Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring along your broken items and let the experts take a look, in exchange for a donation.

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TUESDAY 11 OCT Fundraisers: The Pepper Show 2022 Court Theatre, Tring, 7.45pm. Sat matinee 2pm. To 15 Oct. A fabulous night of live music performed by a wealth of local talent.

THURSDAY 13 OCT Business: Tring BusinessMart Networking Evening Tring Winery, 6pm. Come and network with local businesses in a friendly and comfortable setting. www.tringtogether.

the USA, one of the world’s leading jazz guitarists leads a trio performing a mixture of standards and originals.

MONDAY 24 OCT Film: Parallel Mothers Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 25. Nonmembers £5 at door. www.


Schumann and Shostakovich. Fundraisers: Ukrainian Network Concert Ashlyns School 7pm. Hosted by BATUHN and CAD, the evening will include music, food and drink, with money raised going towards help and support of Ukrainians now living locally.


Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. www.tringcinema. com

Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8am. Join the friendly BusinessMart networking group.




Music: Ma Bessie & Her ‘Pigfoot’ Band Tring Church. 8pm. Classic blues and jazz from the Empress of Blues. www.

Theatre: Nativity! The Musical At Waterside Theatre Aylesbury in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity www.

Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am.



Fundraisers: Mud Pack Challenge After two years, The Hospice of St Francis Mud Pack Challenge returns in all its mucky glory!

Music: The Shufflepack Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

TUESDAY 18 OCT Exhibitions: Sexuality and Gender in the Animal Kingdom Natural History Museum, 7-8pm. Evening LGBTQ+ gallery tour to uncover the range of different animal behaviours from homosexuality in dolphins to sexual acts to defuse tension. Suitable for adults.

WEDNESDAY 19 OCT Business: BDCC Networking Lunch Venue TBC. 12.30-2.30pm. www.berkhamsted-chamber.

THURSDAY 20 OCT Music: The Alex Hamilton Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

SATURDAY 22 OCT Music: Howard Alden Trio BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. From

FRIDAY 4 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Book Festival To Sun 13 Nov. A host of big names and book launches with something for everyone. www.

SATURDAY 5 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Festival of Fire Tring Park Cricket Club 5.30pm. Supporting sport in the local community. www. Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Town Fireworks Gates 6pm for 7pm start. A charitable event taking place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club.

THURSDAY 10 NOV Music: Brave Rival Tring Rugby Club, 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 12 NOV Music: Ashley Wass, Piano Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm. Bach, Franck,

Talks: Chiltern Hill Forts High Street Baptist Church Tring, 8pm. Dr Wendy Morris will be returning to give the results of this 4-year project.

THURSDAY 17 NOV Music: Mississippi MacDonald Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

SATURDAY 19 NOV Music: High Wycombe Music Centre Big Band BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Expect the music of Ellington, Basie, Miller & others of the Big Band era.

SUNDAY 20 NOV Fairs / Festivals: BerkoFest Book Festival 10am to 6pm. Author talks, readings, Q&A sessions, panels and book signings, all of which are quirky, fun and educational. www.bookfestival.

MONDAY 21 NOV Film: Operation Mincemeat Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 22. Nonmembers £5 at door. www.

THURSDAY 24 NOV Comedy: Andy Parsons Court Theatre, 8pm. Join Andy Parsons as he warms up for another national tour with this intimate airing of a brand new show.

FRIDAY 25 NOV Fundraisers: DENS Sponsored Sleepout 9pm-7am. Swap your cosy bed for a sleeping bag and put yourself in the place of those sleeping rough in the cold winter months.

SATURDAY 26 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Christmas Festival Tring High Street and Victoria Hall, 3.30-8.30pm. Christmas market stalls. Late night shopping, open churches, live performances, Father Christmas, a magical light display. www.

SUNDAY 27 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Festival of Light Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30-6pm. With entertainment from local musicians, stalls, Santa and the Elves Posting House, fairground rides, St. Peter’s Church service. www.

MONDAY 28 NOV Film: Manon Des Sources Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 29. www.

THURSDAY 1 DEC Music: Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 3 DEC Music: Ensemble Hesperi Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, Hesperi presents the Battle of the Kings: a selection of baroque music from the courts of Louis XIV and Charles II. www.berkhamstedmusic.

SUNDAY 4 DEC Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011

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Hertfordshire Mansions and Parklands A circular walk From Great Gaddesden created by Walking Britain


his walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th century mansions that dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still influenced by the great designers of the day, including Capability Brown (see our local history feature on page 26). This circular walk will take just over 3 hours and covers a distance of 10.39km with an average difficulty level.

The walk starts from a dirt layby on the A4146 (Grid ref TL030116), the Hemel Hempstead to Leighton Buzzard Road. The layby is opposite four blocks of houses on the right hand side of the road coming from Hemel Hempstead just after passing the turning signed to Great Gaddesden and with a Hemel Hempstead Garden Centre notice. As you face the houses there is a footpath at the right-hand end signed Gaddesden Row 11/2: this is the Hertfordshire Way but not signed as such going this way. Cross the A4146 and go up this concrete drive and continue up the field edge curving left. Where the field edge turns sharp right, continue straight on over the field up to the wood at the top. Enter the wood and immediately turn right. The track goes along just inside the wood, and emerges through a kissing gate to go along a field edge with woods on the left. Go through a double set of gates and follow the fence on the right straight on through two fields to arrive at a large house (The Hoo) sitting in a parkland designed by Capability Brown. Here bear left to a gate and stile in the hedge a short distance off. Once over the stile, turn right along a hedge; where the hedge ends, continue straight on across a field to a gap in the hedge on the opposite side. Continue straight across another field aiming for the right hand end of a line of trees. Here go through a kissing gate and bear slightly right to come to a stile by a gate and tree. Once over the stile continue down an enclosed path abandoned allotments on left - and come out at a (Roman) road (Grid ref TL042136). 1. Turn left along the pavement and at the edge of Jockeys End turn right onto public footpath 9 through a children’s play area, and along the backs of houses and down a field break to steps down to a gravel lane in Ballingdon Bottom. Turn right and follow it out to a lane and immediately turn left through a wooden kissing gate. Cross the field up to a gate to the left of a line of


poplars. Turn right and walk along the edge of Beechwood House School playing fields. At the end of the playing fields follow the path through a coppice to come to the school drive. 2. Here leave the Hertfordshire Way by turning right and following the drive past a Victorian Lodge out to a road. Turn right; ignore the road immediately to the right (signed Gaddesden Row) and go up the hill (be careful on the road) and along for about 1/2 mile. Watch out for a Chiltern Way sign pointing left and straight on, then in about 100 yds turn right at a second Chiltern Way sign (Grid ref TL055136). 3. Now follow the Chiltern Way to Water End. Go down by the side of a woodyard to come quickly into a long field with woods either side. There is no obvious trodden path, but first of all you need to arrive at the far corner of the left hand wood and then, going forward, a gate in the hedge ahead. Go through the gate and turn left down a green lane which, after a gap leading to fields on either side, swings right and then goes straight to the JMI school at Gaddesden Row. There is a pub about 1km to the left, but the walk continues straight on over the (Roman) road down a tarmac drive. Just before a large black and white timbered farmhouse turn left along a field edge. At the field corner turn right down an enclosed footpath to a kissing gate facing Golden Parsonage, built in 1706. From the gate bear right and continue through a gate on this line over two fields to arrive at the drive into the Parsonage. 4. Bear slightly right again to follow the drive towards Home Farm for about ½ mile before diverging right to follow the track through the woods to bypass the farm. Where you emerge from the woods by a wide gate there are glorious views over the Gade valley. Walk down to a line of power line poles and follow them across the parkland to a gate and stile. Cross the

stile and walk up beside the fence. Pass an original estate gate in the modern fence and turn right through the next gate. Go straight ahead to a double and single gate in the fence ahead. Go straight ahead from the gate and when level with the architect Wyatt’s Palladian villa, Gaddesden Place, bear left through the parkland to a single gate in the fence running down hill on the left. (Great view over Great Gaddesden.) From here, bear right through a clump of five mature trees to another gate. From here there is a good view of the 17th century brick and timber cottages of Water End and it is a straight line down to the cream gable end of a cottage to the right. To the left of the cottage is a wicket gate, which decants you directly onto the A4146 (Grid ref TL035107). Take great care in coming out onto the road and in crossing it. 5. Once across, turn right for a few yards and then left down a very narrow footpath between buildings to a kissing gate. From the gate, cross the river Gade by the bridge and continue your line over the water meadows to a power line pole in the corner of the field. Go through a gate, turn right along a field edge and an enclosed path to arrive at a road in Great Gaddesden near its 12th Century church. Go down Church Meadow opposite, fork right past the school on the left and where the road bends left, go straight on to find a kissing gate on the right. Go through this, over the water meadow to the long bridge over the Gade and up to the A4146 at your starting point. Our thanks to Walking Britain for allowing us to share this walk. You can view the full details of the walk at: walk-some-hertfordshire-mansions-andparkland/ or visit our website to view this and other walks at type/walks.

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