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Letter from the Mayor As Town Mayor of Berkhamsted I was delighted to be asked to contribute to Berkhamsted Living. In this first article I will give an overview of current activities, then in future, focus in more detail on particular projects. One of my most enjoyable civic duties is visiting charities and organisations in Berkhamsted. The Town Council has a budget to award grant funding (up to £1,000) and there is still some money left for this year. Contact our Town Clerk (townclerk@ berkhamstedtowncouncil.gov.uk) or go to www.berkhamstedtowncouncil.gov.uk. Less of a good news story is that in the Summer, Dacorum Borough Council will be presenting for consultation further proposals on the Local Plan which sets out its development strategy up to 2036. The initial consultation was in 2017 and the Town Council objected strongly because of concerns about inadequate services and infrastructure, together with very serious concerns about possible development on current greenbelt sites. We will keep you posted, and do let Dacorum Borough Council know your views once the consultation is underway. We have also been advised recently that there are plans to consider building a new sports centre and artifical sports pitch at Lagley Meadow. An entrance from the High Street at Gossoms End is also mooted. The Town Council will be consulted fully and it has already expressed grave concerns about loss of green open space, harm to trees and impact on residents. A Town Council working group has been established to progress what will be challenging discussions with the Borough Council.
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Turning to the challenge of climate change, along with many other councils we have declared a Climate Emergency and have set up a series of working parties to look at initiatives to reduce energy consumption, promote greener travel and enhance natural habitats in Berkhamsted. Members of the public, including Berkhamsted Citizens Association, play a valuable part so do come along to our Town Meeting at the old Town Hall on Thursday 19 March 2020 at 7.30pm.
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You will have noticed that the new Multi Storey Car Park is nearing completion. The Town Council will be liaising closely with DBC to ensure that the part of The Moor used as a temporary car park during construction is properly reinstated as park land. Adjacent to The Moor is Station Road and we are looking at a project to improve the road surfaces, pavements and general appearance of this area. This could include restoring the Victorian railings and having attractive planting. We are liaising with other organisations and we are likely to contribute to some of the costs from money allocated to the Town Council from the Community Infrastructure Levy; a tax on developers. Other income to the Town Council comes from our precept (ie a proportion of your council tax). In 2020-21 the weekly cost of the Town Council to tax payers will be 65p per household (based on band D average). Cllr Garrick Stevens, Town Mayor
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new initiative to combat loneliness is being launched in Berkhamsted by Age UK Dacorum – aimed at everyone, not just the elderly. With plans to launch in the Spring, details are still being finalised, but there are several aspects to the initiative. Firstly, the launch of ‘Berkhamsted Says Hello’ badges, which indicate that the wearer is happy to chat. There will also be ‘chat tables’ in several cafés and restaurants around
town including Bill’s and The Bull, as well as discounts with selected retailers for badge wearers. Berkhamsted School will also offer regular free lunches with pupils. Development Officer for Age UK Dacorum Charlie Hussey, who is coordinating the scheme, said: ‘Loneliness and isolation affects all ages and genders, and this is a way of creating easy ways for people to connect in a non-pressurised situation. I’m thrilled to be doing something to help.’ Age UK are also looking for volunteers for home visits. Find out more at www.ageuk.org. uk/dacorum
Berkofest Book Festival is BACK!
ig names including Alexei Sayle, Jenny Éclair, Mike Brearley, Lisa Jewell and Adele Parks are already lined up for the second Berkofest Bookfest on 10 May – and it’s set to be a stellar event! Hosted by Robin Ince and Nigel Barden, the
NEWS IN BRIEF Bowhouse opens in Berkhamsted Bowhouse dental surgery has gone from strength to strength since it opened its doors in Tring 31 years ago – and now it’s arrived in Berkhamsted. Welcome to Berkhamsted, Edward and the team! Residents who regularly create too much garden waste for their green bin can now sign up for Dacorum Borough Council’s 2020 Additional Garden Waste Subscription Service. Go to www.dacorum.gov.uk/extragreenbin
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event will take place at the Town Hall, while the family event with children’s authors such as Christopher Edge will be at Rectory Lane Cemetery. www.berkofest.com Tring Book Festival has also announced a second book festival later this year. Authors are still to be announced, but save the date: 6th to 15th November. www.tringbookfestival.co.uk
VE Day for Vets in need The Rotary Clubs of Berkhamsted and Hemel are organising a day out to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffs on 2 June to commemorate VE Day. Aimed at veterans in need, additional funding is needed to cover costs. Donations can be made to Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club Trust Account: Sort Code 30 94 08 Acct. No. 00923230. Cheque payments should be annotated Veterans Day. All sponsorship will be appreciated and recognised in future publicity. To reserve a place email email@example.com
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s it celebrates its 30th anniversary, Sunnyside Rural Trust is also looking forward to welcoming more people to its site on New Road in Northchurch in 2020. Funded by an EU grant, the Trust has been able to construct several new buildings including a canteen for the workers, and a shop to sell local produce. They have acquired four sheep, more hens and four piglets and are hoping to welcome families and children along to spend time at the Trust. ‘We opened 30 years ago as an enterprise to help people with learning difficulties get essential work experience,’ explains Communications Officer Gemma Vine. ‘We’ve
always grown vegetables, but we’re expanding and hoping to have even more to sell to the public.’ Sunnyside Rural Trust is at the end of the track leading through Sunnyside Allotments in Northchurch. And with the new buildings and the brand new four-legged additions, it’s a lovely place to be. ‘We’re always looking for volunteers,’ adds Gemma. ‘Whether it’s an hour here and there, or you can offer help more regularly, we’d love to hear from you.’ www.sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk.
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he Berkhamsted Society continues to work closely with groups in and around the Town. ‘A close connection has recently been made with Age Uk Dacorum as we collaborate on schemes designed to combat loneliness in Berkhamsted,’ explains Richard Thompson. ‘Through our University Visits Programme, I’ve travelled the country, and met with Old Berkhamstedians attending Birmingham, Nottingham and Liverpool Universities. ‘Since September, we have hosted a wine tasting evening, and warmly welcomed Simon Weston CBE in early December, for a moving but inspiring account of his life. ‘We are now looking forward to our ‘Women in Leadership’ panel event on the evening of Monday 9th March, and ‘An Audience with Nigel Owens MBE’ on Monday 16th March, which has already sold out.’ www.berkhamsted.com 8 / Berkhamsted Living
People’ book project kicks off
n 2018, Berkhamsted photographer Adam Hollier photographed over 400 people in Tring to produce Tring People - Portraits of a Town. And this year, Adam is turning his attention to Berkhamsted. Over the next few months, pop-up shoots are taking place, with anyone connected to Berkhamsted invited to sit for a portrait, free of charge, and feature in the final book. Adam says, ‘I was overwhelmed with support for Tring People, and wanted to extend the project with a second book in Berkhamsted.’ The next Berkhamsted People – Portraits of a Town pop-up portrait shoot will be at Waterstones from 10am until 1pm on Friday 13 March, with another at Berkofest Book Festival on Sunday 10 May between 10am and 12pm. Further shoots are being organised. A portion of the profit will go to The Hospice of St Francis. Follow on Facebook and Instagram for more details.
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Business Anniversaries W Gaddesden Estate First up is Gaddesden Estate, which celebrates an enormous milestone, having been in Great Gaddesden for 500 years! The Estate has been in the hands of the Halsey family since 1520, and to mark the quincentenary, they’re planning a number of special activities including an open day and farm tour in May. A call has also gone out for any archive material, such as photographs of those who lived and worked on the estate, which local residents may be interested in lending to a small exhibition. Contact email@example.com or see www.gaddesdenestate.co.uk. Copper House Copper House might have been around for 499 fewer years, but a first anniversary is a pretty special one! Having opened its doors on 17 April
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last year, it’s an established part of the town already with its beautiful décor, gorgeous food and amazing selection of wine and Champagne. They’re hosting an anniversary celebration on 24 April, so hold the date! Finally, also celebrating a year of trading is Cedar Coffee Shop in Potten End. The lovely local shop and café is in the old village store, and was opened by Fiona Cheng last May. With proper home cooked meals, it provides a lovely place to go and meet friends – and the food is delicious too. They hold regular events throughout the year including wine tasting and a shopping night, so follow on Facebook and Instagram for details.
Raiders win! Congratulations to Berkhamsted Raiders, who won the Community Club of the Year at the Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards. ‘This award recognises the hard work of all our volunteers in enabling children and young adults to play football on a regular basis in the local community,’ said Keith Pollard, Berkhamsted Raiders CFC Club Chairman.
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London Luton Airport Expansion ‘This will give a huge boost to the local economy by providing 16,000 new jobs and investing £2 billion in the local community,’ adds Antony Aldridge. ‘Because we are council-owned, we invest 53 pence per passenger into the local community; as a comparison Heathrow only invests 2.4 pence per passenger and they’re second on the list. ‘Aviation travel is growing rapidly, and we need to accommodate that. We think this is the best solution.’
he consultation process for the proposals to the expansion of London Luton Airport came to an end in December last year. Now London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL), the Luton Council-owned company behind the development, are hoping to submit their proposal to the Planning Inspector this summer. If accepted, the examination period is expected to last a further six months, following which time the recommendation goes to the Secretary of State for Transport for a final decision. Essentially, they will be looking to ensure that the balance between the environmental impact and the benefits to the economy and the local community is good enough. More passengers But what IS the proposal, and why is it happening? ‘London Luton is the fifth busiest airport in the UK,’ explains LLAL Programme Director Antony Aldridge. ‘Currently we have passenger limits of 18 million per year, but numbers are rising rapidly, and we want to increase our capacity to 34 million passengers per year.’ The proposal is to make better use of the existing runway by building a second terminal building. There will also be new car parks, roads and a high speed train service. 12 / Berkhamsted Living
Objections But what are the objections to the proposed expansion? As you might imagine, most are about the environmental impact of increasing passenger numbers and flights. ‘If we are to have any chance of averting the climate catastrophe we are heading for, we need to reduce the number of flights we take, not increase them,’ said Molly Berry from Extinction Rebellion, who attended the Tring meeting. However, LLAL insists it is doing its best to counteract any negative impact from increased pollution and air traffic. ‘We’re looking at ways to decrease the environmental impact,’ explains Antony Aldridge. ‘While some of the adjacent Wigmore Valley Park will be used for the terminal expansion, we will replace it with a larger area of parkland to the east. ‘We are improving public transport to the airport by investing £225 million in the DART high speed train from London St Pancras.’ There is no doubt demand for flights is increasing, and a solution needs to be found. www.futureluton.llal.org.uk.
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Car park update
ou’ve probably noticed that work to the multi storey car park has finally come to an end. But that doesn’t mean it’s ready to open just yet. The car park was the remit of Dacorum Borough Council. But, before it can open, the Highways Agency needs to pass a Section 278 in order for Hertfordshire County Council to install a mini roundabout at the junction of the car park and Lower Kings Road, which at the time of going to press, still hadn’t happened. ‘Unfortunately this is now out of Dacorum Borough Council’s hands,’ says Ben Hosier from
Berkhamsted in the Media ‘Derek Fowlds was born in 1937 in Balham, southwest London, the son of Ketha and James Fowlds, a former ship’s steward who died from cancer while serving in the army in the Second World War. Evacuated to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Derek was brought up in an allfemale household with his older sister Barbara and his grandmother looking after him while their mother worked in a shop to keep the family together. They remained there after the war and he was educated at the local Ashlyns School.’ The Times, 18 January 2020 ‘Women will be allowed to compete along with men in an elite amateur golf tournament for the first time in 60 years. The Berkhamsted Trophy in Hertfordshire has been one of amateur golf’s foremost men’s events for decades. It is now setting a new precedent in the golf world by becoming the first long established amateur event to invite female players to play when the 61st tournament is next held from April 2 to April 4.’ The Telegraph, 18 January 2020 14 / Berkhamsted Living
DBC. ‘We’re hopeful that, once the essential checks have been carried out on pedestrian safety, this will be a quick and straightforward procedure. Once completed, the car park can be opened. We’re hopeful for the end of March/ April, but at this stage nothing is guaranteed. ‘We hope the Moor car park will reopen soon, and that it will remain open until the multi storey car park is open.’
Swan Youth Centre
he Swan Youth Centre has increased its opening hours to welcome more young people. The drop in centre at the bottom of Chesham Road is open to all young people from 11 to 17, and is now open five days a week, plus Saturday nights for over 16s. Sessions run after school from 3-6pm, and until 8pm on Tuesdays, with activities including music, cooking, dancing and drama workshops, arts and crafts and a disco on Fridays. The Swan Youth Centre is run by a team of youth workers, it’s a great, safe place to hang out with friends. But the centre needs funding to keep going. If you can help go to www.theswanyouthproject.co.uk
NEWS IN BRIEF You can’t have failed to notice the huge Pizza Express signs that have gone up in the old Porters building. A spokesperson for Pizza Express informs us it will be be open for business by the end of March.
In Cowper’s Country
In the first of our new series, the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society tells more about our town’s history
ccording to the Bucks Herald, the poet William Cowper was born in Berkhamsted in 1731. This is from an article in 1892: ‘Berkhampstead is well worth visiting, firstly, because English history - or, at any rate, a great deal of it - was made here; and, secondly, because in its rectory the poet Cowper was born. A friend of mine who took George Cruickshank round to see the town very naturally asked how he liked it. ‘There are too many publichouses,’ was the reply. Well, from the teetotal standpoint, that undoubtedly is the case. Berkhampstead is a prosperous town... a growing one, where chemical preparations, with a view of the enrichment of
the impoverished farmer, flourish, and where a good deal of hardware is manufactured. Its main thoroughfare is spacious, and well lined with decent dwellings. ‘It was along that road that the little Cowper was drawn to school, and not to the public grammar school just by, which... brings many people to reside in this pleasant Hertfordshire town. Of the poet we have no trace anywhere... [no] family pew in church... [a] tablet in the chancel to the memory of the poet’s mother... stained-glass memorial window of the poet; at the bottom we see Cowper himself. The only relic of the rectory... is the well-house.’ With thanks to Linda Rollitt of the BLHMS. www.facebook.com/blhms
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RECIPE It’s the perfect Spring treat – and this Lemon Drizzle Cake from Rumbles will have the whole family reaching for a slice. 1. Heat the oven to 160C, gas mark 3. 2. Grease and line an 8in round cake tin with baking parchment. 3. Beat the margarine, lemon zest and sugar together until pale and fluffy. 4. Add in the eggs one at a time. The mixture may separate, but add a small spoonful of flour if this happens. 5. Carefully fold in the flour and pour the mixture into the prepared tin. 6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. When it’s ready the sponge will spring back when prodded. 7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for five minutes. 8. Sprinkle over half of the granulated sugar, followed by the lemon juice and the remaining sugar to form a crust. 9. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.
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Cupboard love If your cupboard doors are looking a bit tired, or you just fancy a change, consider having them professionally spray painted. ‘For a manufacturer-quality, brushstroke-free finish, spray painting is the best option, and can be done on any surface, from wood to plastic to laminate,’ explains Ryan Pollard from Pollard Property Services in Tring. If you’re worried it’s a messy job, don’t fret. The cupboard doors are taken away to the
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Paint it If you’re bored of your colour scheme, why not give your kitchen a splash of colour? Go for a strong paint colour or even make a feature wall with a striking patterned wallpaper on just one wall – just make sure you buy a wallpaper suitable for kitchens.
New doors If your kitchen doors are not just faded but are actually falling apart, a respray may not be enough. But you don’t need to replace the entire thing. Keep the carcasses and simply replace the doors. It’s also a great way to give your kitchen a brand new style. ‘For example if you had a Shaker style door and you wanted to go more modern, change it to a flat slab door,’ says Andrew Morton. It’s amazing what a difference it will make.
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Updates on a budget If you’re on a really tight budget, here are some simple ideas to give your kitchen an update. Paint tiles: If you can’t afford to replace the kitchen tiles but they’re making the room look dated, buy a decent tile paint and paint over them. Lighting: Adding lighting under cupboards and in work areas makes everything look better. If you can afford it, have recessed lights installed. Otherwise, buy a strip of LED lights and attach them yourself – they don’t last forever but they look great. Open shelving: Display quirky crockery, plants – anything you like – on open shelves to give the room a sense of space and style. Picture perfect: Add colourful wall art to give your kitchen a splash of colour. Go vintage: Seek out vintage chairs or accessories to give the room a personalised, funky feel. Handles: Changing handles on cabinets is one of the cheapest changes you can make.
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f you want to get your lawn looking as good as it possibly can in time for the summer, it needs some attention now. We asked lawn expert Matthew Rice from Greensleeves in Tring for advice on what to do now – and for the rest of the year.
June: As it’s getting warmer the lawn may need watering – but remember to avoid the heat of the day to avoid scorching the grass. ‘Clover can also get out of control at this time of year, so raking before you mow can also help,’ says Matthew.
March: Warming temperatures mean your lawn is starting to grow and will need its first cut of the year. ‘Don’t cut too severely though,’ warns Matthew Rice from local lawn experts Greensleeves. ‘Taking the top off is enough. Rake the lawn first to ensure the grass blades sit upright and neaten the edges with blades or a strimmer.’ You should also scarify your lawn now (removing the surface thatch to allow nutrients and water to reach the roots). A lawn rake will do the job too, but is hard work!
July: Your grass is probably quite dry now. ‘Leave the grass slightly longer to help it retain moisture,’ says Matthew. ‘A lawn treatment is a good idea too, as it will replace any nutrients that are being rapidly used up during this period of fast growth, and will target troublesome weeds.’
April: Mow the lawn regularly to keep it tidy, healthy and under control. ‘If any areas need over-seeding, now is the perfect time to do it, and dig out any stubborn patches of weeds,’ adds Matthew. May: ‘A spiking and hydration treatment will prepare your lawn for the dryer, hotter months,’ says Matthew. This is also a good time to feed your lawn and help it grow.
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August: Water your lawn regularly. A sprinkler is ideal if there’s no hosepipe ban. Keep it regularly mowed. September: As the temperature starts to cool, raising the height of your mower will allow the grass to thicken and protect the roots from frost and snow. ‘You’ll mow less frequently now as grass growth slows,’ says Matthew. ‘If you didn’t scarify earlier in the year, do it now to prepare it for winter.’ October/November: Autumn is a good time to aerate your lawn. This is particularly important to relieve compaction and ensure adequate drainage once the winter rains arrive.
GARDENS ‘Regularly remove leaves and debris that fall on the lawn either by gently raking or using a leaf blower,’ says Matthew. December/January: Try and keep the lawn clear of leaves and debris to help control the build up of thatch. ‘Keep off frozen lawns if possible so you don’t damage the grass,’ says Matthew. ‘Frost makes the grass brittle and more susceptible to damage. ‘Winter is the time when moss tends to take hold so it’s important to maintain your lawn treatment plan.’
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2020 is the Hertfordshire Year of Culture. Here’s what you need to know.
he Hertfordshire Year of Culture – or HYOC2020 – is shining a spotlight on the county and all the amazing culture it has to offer, with events and activities throughout the year. And organisers want everyone to get involved. ‘HYOC2020 is taking a broad definition of culture,’ explains Hilary Shade, Chair of the Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers, the group leading the campaign. ‘It’s basically anything you do that gets your creative juices flowing –gardening, cooking, dancing, singing, drawing, knitting, celebrating or visiting local heritage. Our aim is to focus on the stories, dance, music and arts that have the power to bring us together and improve our health and wellbeing.’ There will be a social media campaign to bring together new partnerships and skill-sharing opportunities. Activities, special events and experiences will take place during the 12 themed months that aim to celebrate art, share cultural experiences and explore our creative heritage. Although many events are still being planned, this is a taste of what you can expect in the first six months. We’ll bring you more later in the year.
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March Film Festival, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead. 10th -14th March The Old Town Theatre and live arts venue celebrate International Women’s Day with an eclectic mix of film and theatre showcasing women’s stories. You can see the Feminista Film Festival, Wanted and Ladykiller. www.oldtownhall.co.uk Dance Re-Ignite Festival, Watford Colosseum. Sunday 8th March, 10am-5pm. A free event offering over-55s the chance to take part in taster dance workshops as well as live performances from local groups such as Dacorum Community Dance. www.beee-creative.co.uk/wp/ dance-reignite Anna’s Funky Art Workshops, Georgia O’Keefe Painting Workshop, Hemel Hempstead. 15th March 2020. 10:00 am Anna Schofield is running a relaxed morning of painting using Georgia O’Keefe’s floral designs as inspiration. www.annasfunkyart.co.uk/workshops
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April Visit Herts Big Weekend. 4th and 5th April This is the key event this month, when thousands of free tickets to venues will be up for grabs. But get your skates on as the ballot for tickets closes on 16th March! www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk Horticulture Spring Show, Bovingdon and District Horticultural Society. Saturday 4 April 2020, 2.30pm – 4pm The Horticultural Spring produce show includes flowers, plants, art and children’s exhibits. www.bovingdonhortsoc.org.uk
May Herts County Show, the Showground, Redbourn. 23rd and 24th May This is May’s key event, and is great fun for all the family – including the dog! www.hertsshow.com VE day event, Bovingdon Airfield Friday 8th May Join motorsport academy Drift Limits in celebrating Bovingdon Airfield and its role in WWI. There will be a craft market, local food and drink. www.driftlimits.co.uk/ve2020/ VE Day event, Memorial Gardens, Tring 8th and 9th May. 11am – 3pm Tring is hosting an Open Day including boats on the pond, the Halton RAF Voluntary Band, ukuleles and ice cream. At 2.55pm there will be a two-minute silence at the War Memorial and a family-friendly commemoration service in St Peter and St Paul church. At 6.55pm the Town Crier will lead a ‘Cry for Peace around the World’ and the bells will ring out for peace at 7pm. BerkoFest Book Festival, Town Hall and Rectory Lane Cemetery. Sunday 10th May Acclaimed authors including Alexei Sayle, Jenny Éclair and Lisa Jewell will participate in readings,
panels, Q&As, book signings, storytelling, interactive workshops and much more for all the family. See our news story on page 6. Go to www.berkofest.com
June Festival of Ideas, University of Hertfordshire. 27th and 28th June The University of Hertfordshire is hosting the Festival of Ideas, a two-day event bringing together key thinkers and innovators from the arts, politics, heritage, literature and science. Speakers include Alistair Spalding CBE, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells theatre, Theresa Lola, the current Young People’s Poet Laureate for London, and comedienne, writer and broadcaster Helen Lederer. Entry is free but registration is recommend www.herts.ac.uk/ideas • For more details about Dacorum events as they’re announced, go to www.dacorum.gov.uk/HYOC2020 • Find out what’s on in your area at www.creativehertfordshire.com or follow #HertsCreativeCalendar www.HYOC2020.org.uk / Twitter @HYOC2020 Facebook @HertsYOC2020 / Instagram @HYOC2020
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JOG ON! Fancy getting outside and getting fit? Here’s how to get running and stay injury-free
t’s the London Marathon next month and if you always find yourself watching the runners completing the gruelling course and thinking ‘I fancy doing that one day’, why not make this the year you do it? Whether you’re a complete beginner or a runner who needs to increase your distance, everyone can complete a marathon or half marathon with the right training and nutrition. We spoke to running expert Heather Harris, one half of Berkhamstedbased running group Jog On, to find out the best way to train, whatever your goal.
Getting started 1) Take it slow If you’re a complete beginner, the thought of running any distance might feel overwhelming. But that’s because most people try to do too much too soon. ‘The important thing is to take it really easy,’ says Heather. ‘People are surprised at how little running we actually do in our first sessions – just 90 seconds, three times in the first week.
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‘If you try and do too much too soon you’re likely to get injured. Start slow and get used to using new muscles.’ Try an app such as Couch to 5k to help you build up slowly. 2) Join a group Running with someone else makes it easier to keep going. ‘Around 70 per cent of running is about your mindset,’ says Heather. ‘If you’ve committed to meeting someone it’s much harder to find excuses not to go. The same goes if you’ve signed up for a course that runs for several weeks.’ 3) Get the right equipment You wouldn’t play tennis with a saucepan, so don’t try and run in flip flops. ‘You need a decent pair of trainers to support your foot properly, and the right clothes,’ says Heather. ‘In cold weather wear warm running gear, and maybe a head torch and reflective jacket if you’re out in the dark. In warmer weather you need cool clothes so you don’t overheat.’
4) Don’t make excuses ‘It’s easy to give up because running hurts! Focus on the positives, and think about how good it makes you feel afterwards and it will help keep you motivated. The beauty of running is that you can just get up and go.
instead of worrying about how many miles you’ve covered in that time. 7) Getting better Whatever your goals, joining a running club is one of the best things you can do. And they don’t have to be intimidating! ‘We never leave anyone behind, and it’s never a competition,’ says Heather. For more information on Jog On’s courses go to www.jogonrunning.com
6) Forget about distance It might seem counter-intuitive, but the most important thing if you’re training for such a long run is to improve your stamina, which means running for a certain length of time
5) Staying motivated If you’ve decided to run a half marathon or marathon, tell everyone! It’s much harder to give up, plus it’s easier to find the time to get out for training runs if your boss or partner knows about it. ‘Raising money for a charity will spur you on too,’ says Heather.
Focus on the positives, and think about how good it makes you feel afterwards
Eating right To get the most out of your training, make sure you eat the right things at the right time. Before a run Always eat before a run, but avoid a large meal for at least two hours beforehand. Experiment with what works for you – porridge, a bagel with peanut butter and banana – but only choose something you like and that gives you energy. During the run For long runs, practice with different types of fuel: sweets, gels and drinks. Get used to running with a water bottle. Afterwards Eat something high in protein within 30-60 minutes of a long run to help with recovery, and increase your fluid intake.
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This is one of the walks recommended by Tring Town Council, and takes in Drayton Beauchamp and the surrounding countryside This circular walk starts and finishes at the car park behind Dolphin Square. 1 Exit the car park and cross Frogmore Street to Friars Walk. Follow to Christchurch Road. Turn right and take the footpath on the left (signed Drayton Beauchamp). Continue past the school, then bear right and head across the playing field to Miswell Lane. Cross to a fenced path opposite, cross the next road and follow the fenced path to another road. Turn left, cross the road pass Anns Close then take another fenced path on the right. Follow to Okeley Lane. 2 Go through the gate and bear right diagonally across the field to another gate. Cross Icknield Way to a footpath and continue through a small copse. Bear right around old sheds, through a gate, then cross the field to a stile. Cross the next field to the lefthand corner. Cross the stile and continue down to farm buildings. Cross the stile onto a farm track, and follow down to the road. 3 Turn right onto the road and continue to a canal bridge. Cross the bridge and stile, and descend to the towpath. Turn right, and continue to a signed footpath on the right, which takes you to the graveyard and
St Mary’s Church. Take the track to the right beyond the church. 4 At the next gated junction, bear right for 50m, before taking the left footpath diagonally across the field. Just past the pond, go through the gate and turn left onto the road into Drayton Beauchamp. Continue through the village then, just past the The Dower House, take the fenced footpath on the right. Cross the stile and follow the footpath to the right. Cross a little footbridge to a gate, then cross this field towards a telegraph pole in the bottom corner, and through the gate behind it. 5 Cross another little footbridge and continue along the left of the field, until you reach a hedgeline. Turn left, and continue around the edge of the next field. Keep on the main path, which eventually turns sharp left, to follow the bottom of the next field, then around to the right and up hill to the canal towpath. 6 Turn left, and follow the towpath to the next bridge (wooden footbridge no. 4). Cross the canal, through the gate, and uphill to the next gate. Continue with the hedge to your left. At the junction of paths, continue up over the next hill. At the end of the field, take the footpath to the left, and follow this to Little Tring Road. Turn right and follow the road to the junction with Icknield Way. 7 Cross the road into Dundale Road. Towards the end, it becomes Frogmore Street. Follow until you reach the car park. NOTE: Conventions: stiles are progressively being replaced by kissing gates, so beyond publication date (2018), you may find this has happened in places on this circuit. With thanks to Tring Town Council. www.tring.gov.uk. Their Information Centre is open weekdays from 9.30am – 3pm, Saturdays 10am – 1pm. 01442 823347.
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BOOKS Our review of books from local authors The Little Village Library Helen Rolfe. Orion, £7.99. Release date: 6 February 2020 When Jennifer opens the Library of Shared Things, she hopes it will bring her little town of Cloverdale closer together. When her younger sister Isla moves back home and single dad Adam agrees to run a mending workshop, friendships start to blossom. But it soon becomes clear that not everything is as it seems: Isla is keeping something back, and Adam is running away from his past – but what is he hiding, and will it threaten their friendship forever? This is a lovely story of friendships, family and communities at its heart. But it has a darker side, and local author Helen has dealt with the subject matter carefully. But essentially this is a feelgood tale, and it will leave you feeling uplifted. A perfect holiday read. COMPETITION TIME! To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Helen’s book, go to www.livingmags.info. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details.
The Way Back Orion, £8.99. Release date: 30 April 2020 This is Berkhamsted author Jamie’s second novel and this time the focus is on families. When Gerry Cadogan knows he’s dying he has a plan to bring his estranged children back together – and he knows just how to do it. But will his three grown up children rise to the challenge, or will it be a huge mistake? This lovely, warm story, follows Jessica, Patrick and Kirsty as they drive across the British Isles together to scatter their father’s ashes – but can they find their way back to each other, or have they already drifted too far apart? Jamie is excellent at creating strong, believable characters, and in this story they leap from the page so that you feel as though they’re people you really know. It’s a warm, funny and, at times, heartbreaking story of family love and forgiveness. I loved it. COMPETITION TIME!
Win Tickets to The House & Garden Festival The House & Garden Festival returns to Olympia London this summer – and we have three pairs of tickets to give away! The Festival will incorporate the House & Garden Fair, Spirit of Summer and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia to offer an unrivalled summer shopping experience. With more than 450 exhibitors, you’ll find a huge number of not-on-the-highstreet, boutique, artisan and leading luxury brands, carefully selected by the expert team at House & Garden. The House & Garden Festival is open from Wednesday 17th until Sunday 21st June from 10am until 5.30pm. Adult tickets are £16 in advance via www.houseandgardenfestival.com or £20 on the door. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to this fabulous event, go to www.livingmags.info. Terms and conditions apply.
AFTERNOON TEA AT COPPER HOUSE
t’s almost a year since Copper House opened its doors in the Town Hall building, and it’s been a roaring success. And now, they’ve started offering Afternoon Tea – so when I was invited along to try it, how could I refuse? I’ve eaten at Copper House before and I know their food is delicious. I invited my Dad to join me so we could try the vegetarian and the regular version of the afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea menu consisted of a selection of sandwiches including smoked salmon, avocado, cheese and chutney and egg mayonnaise, scones and a selection of cakes. You can choose tea to drink, or upgrade to a glass of Champagne. We opted for the Champagne – of course! When the food arrived it looked stunning – and it tasted as good as it looked. The sandwiches were so fresh, and the filling perfect, the scones were delicious, and the cakes were the perfect ending. The truth though? Neither of us managed to finish everything, despite taking our time. But we enjoyed every mouthful. This is the perfect way to indulge yourself. The Afternoon Tea costs £30 per person, and the Champagne version is £39. CS www.copperhousebar.co.uk
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ONCE UPON A TIME Getting kids interested in reading is so important – and they’re never too young to start.
eading can really fire children’s imaginations – and the younger you get them into storytelling the more likely they are to enjoy it for life. But why is reading so important? ‘The important role that books play in children’s lives has been acknowledged not only in developing and supporting literacy but also in opening up the world to them and helping them develop a sense of self, empathy and understanding of others,’ explains Jane Mellors from Hertfordshire Library Service. ‘Children need to see characters they can relate to, to help them form a sense of identity and feel recognised, valued and integrated.’ Reading to babies You might think it’s pointless to read to very young babies, but it’s never too early to share rhymes and books. Here are some of the benefits: • It supports bonding between an adult and child and can be soothing as part of a night-time routine • It helps develop listening skills, language and imagination. • Rhymes expose children to rich language to help build up word banks, essential for early education. • Rhymes can calm or liven up situations. Use when nappy changing, at the doctors or in a queue.
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The main benefits of reading to your child 1) It strengthens your bond Sitting down and reading gives you time to be together away from other distractions. 2) Head start Children who are read to regularly have been shown to have a higher aptitude for learning across all sectors of education. 3) Habit and routine Making reading fun and part of every day life is a great habit to form. It helps develop a proper routine such as at bedtime; as they get older it provides a great excuse to cuddle for more than two minutes. 4) Speech It helps children develop their understanding and speech skills far quicker, and helps them communicate thoughts and ideas easier. 5) Basic skills No child is born knowing how to read a book. It teaches them the basics of holding a book and turning pages properly, ready for starting school.
6) Helps concentration Regular reading will help them learn to concentrate. 7) New experiences Reading about different people and places exposes them to different experiences that they would otherwise know nothing about.
Use your library! We’re lucky to have a lovely, busy library – but to keep it you must use it! ‘Author Michael Rosen has pointed out the important role libraries play in allowing children to choose books for themselves, developing browsing skills as well as opening their minds to new ideas and experiences,’ says Jane Mellor. • There are hundreds of books to choose from for free. • They are great places to read aloud together. • Children can choose what they want to read even if it’s the same thing again and again! • There are books for the most active toddlers where you can encourage interaction, singing, making noises and acting out the story. • You will also find calmer more soothing stories, perfect for bedtime to help little ones feel secure and sleepy.
Keep it going Evidence suggests that children’s reading levels can drop over the long summer holidays if they don’t keep it up. Last year the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge was accepted by 20,000 children across the county, so make sure you sign up this year! There are also many other events at the library all through the year including Chatterbooks, a monthly book group for
primary-age children, family learning events and one-off author talks and cultural events. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk Useful websites • www.littleparachutes.com/the-joy-ofbooks • https://literacytrust.org.uk • booktrust.org.uk Independent Day School for girls 4 - 16 years Day Nursery & Pre-School for girls and boys from 6 months
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MONDAY 9 MAR Film: The Old Man and the Gun Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 10 Mar. Non-members £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk
WEDNESDAY 11 MAR Talks: Berkhamsted Citizens AGM With the Environment Award and a special speaker to be announced. berkhamstedcitizens.org.uk Business: BDCC Champagne Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.15am. berkhamstedchamber.co.uk Theatre: Dad’s Army The Boxmoor Playhouse, Hemel Hempstead. To 14 Mar. £14 Adults, £12 Concession/Group. hhtheatreco.com Music: Acoustic Night Tring Park School, 7.30pm. Acoustic Night from
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THURSDAY 12 MAR Talks: Tenerife - A botanical honeypot Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. Speaker: Timothy Walker. u3asites.org.uk/ tring
FRIDAY 13 MAR Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.459.45pm. A community wine club for Tring, with tastings every second Wednesday of the month. facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/ Music: Noasis The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. The definitive tribute band to Manchester’s five-piece super group Oasis. courttheatre.co.uk
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WEDNESDAY 18 MAR Talks: The history and restoration of Wendover Arm Canal High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Live 22 Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted. 8pm. £5. Supporting Pepper Children’s Hospice at Home. firstname.lastname@example.org
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St Peter & St Paul Tring, 6.30pm. £10 on door. Were I not to Sing? dacorumcom munitychoircontact4 @virginmedia.com Dance: Gala of Stars Vyne Theatre, 7.30pm. A live on-stage performance featuring the rising stars of the English National Ballet. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk Music: Hertswing Big Band Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. A local 17-piece big band based in Kings Langley, led by John Davis. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk Music: Petty Criminals The Court Theatre, Tring,
Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. Meet other local business people to talk through ideas, plans or just to compare. tringtogether. org.uk Business: Chilterns MS Centre Networking Chilterns MS Centre. See website for details. chilternsmscentre.org Music: Martin Harley Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. Advance seat booking required. bluesbartring.co.uk
FRIDAY 20 MAR Talks: Reminiscence Group Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Organised by Tring Local History And Museum. susangascoine1947 @gmail.com
Film: Judy Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema. com
SUNDAY 22 MAR Music: Fidelio Vyne Theatre, 2pm. Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk
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Film: 5 Broken Cameras Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 24 Mar. Non-members £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk
Fundraisers: Sky Dive 2020 Hinton Airfield, Brackley. £50 registration, non-refundable. Minimum sponsorship £350. In support of The Hospice of St Francis. stfrancis.org.uk Dance: Romeo and Juliet Vyne Theatre, 3pm. Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight in Bolshoi’s ballet production. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk Music: Transfigured Night St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. 7.30pm. The Le Page Trio. behindthemirror.org
Talks: The Hidden History of Kodak St Bartholomew’s Church, 8pm. £3, coffee and refreshments included. cluster3.website-staging. uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society
Talks: Beer, Sausages And Marmalade St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. Food , drink, politics and tourism in nineteenthcentury Oxford. cholesbury. com
THURSDAY 2 APR
Music: Tring Choral Society Spring Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church, Tring, 7.30pm. £15 from
WEDNESDAY 25 MAR Talks: Armoured Cars and Tanks in Kensington 1915 Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. berkhamstedhistory.org.uk
SATURDAY 28 MAR Exhibitions: Tring And District Model Railway Club Exhibition Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone LU7 9EY. 10.15am-4.30pm. Adult £3, Child £1.50, Family (2+2) £7. Layouts in various scales from the small N gauge up to the large G scale suitable for use in gardens. tringandaylesburymrc. co.uk
Music: Guy Tortora Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk
SATURDAY 4 APR
MONDAY 30 MAR Dance: Young Dancers’ Show Tring Park School, 7.30pm. To 3 Apr. tringpark.com/ whats-on
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Beechwood Fine Foods or by email. J S Bach - St John Passion. tringchoral.org.uk Music: Benny, Peggy and Duke Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. Georgina Jackson leads this group, singing & playing trumpet. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk
SUNDAY 5 APR Music: Rachmaninov Vespers and music for Passiontide St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 7.30pm. £15 online or from Brown & Merry, Berkhamsted. Under-18s free. Performed by Chiltern Chamber Choir. chilternchamberchoir.com
MONDAY 6 APR Film: The Little Stranger Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 7 Apr. Nonmembers £5 at door. Mystery drama. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk
THURSDAY 9 APR Talks: Funny Guys British Music Hall Society Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. Speaker: Geoff Bowden. u3asites.org.uk/tring
TUESDAY 14 APR Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. Meet other local business people to talk through ideas, plans or just to compare. tringtogether. org.uk
THURSDAY 16 APR Music: Cinelli Brothers Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk
FRIDAY 17 APR Talks: Reminiscence Group Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Organised by Tring Local History And Museum. All welcome. susangascoine1947@gmail. com Film: Le Mans 66 Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema. com
SUNDAY 19 APR Sport: The Hemel Hillbuster Gadebridge Park, Leighton Buzzard Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN, 8.30am. Popular cycling event with a choice of either a 60km or 100km route. dens.org.uk Walks: Cowslip Walk and Tea Faith Works Trust, Spring
Meadow Farm, Berkhamsted HP4 2SX. Walk across the Cowslip meadow and see the emerging wildflowers before returning for tea and refreshments. faithworkstrust.org.uk
MONDAY 20 APR Sport: Wheelpower Inter Spinal Unit Games Stoke Mandeville Stadium. To 24 Apr. The Inter Spinal Unit Games sponsored by Coloplast, form an essential part of many hospital patients’ rehabilitation. wheelpower.org.uk Film: Back to Burgundy Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 21 Apr. Non-members £5 at door. Three siblings reunite to save the vineyard they’ve inherited. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk
WEDNESDAY 22 APR Theatre: Bouncers and Shakers The Court Theatre, Tring,
7.30pm. To 25 Apr. Sat matinee 2.30pm. Two plays for the price of one! Adult themes. courttheatre.co.uk
FRIDAY 24 APR Fundraisers: Tring Together Golf Day Stocks Golf Course. Individuals £65, teams of 4 £260 includes breakfast, refreshments and BBQ lunch. Help raise funds for Tring Together’s ongoing work within the community. tringtogether. org.uk
SATURDAY 25 APR Fairs / Festivals: Tring Spring Fayre Church Square, 10am-2pm. Three-week festival launches with return of mobile zoo, Tring Farmers Market, stalls, plus tombola. New for this year Spring Bake-Off competition. tringtogether. org.uk Markets & Sales: Mentmore Plant Sale Mentmore Village Green,
12-4pm. A great place to get plants and flowers for the Spring and Summer ahead. mentmore.org Fundraisers: Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Quiz Night St Leonards Hall, Jenkins Lane, St Leonards, HP23 6NW. 7.30pm. Teams of 6. £12.50 per person. Hot supper included. Bring your own drinks and glasses. chilternsdogrescue.org.uk
SUNDAY 26 APR Walks: Bluebell Walk and Tea Faith Works Trust, Spring Meadow Farm, Berkhamsted HP4 2SX. Walk across the emerging wildflower meadow to visit the native bluebells in the restored beech woodland. faithworkstrust.org.uk Gardens: National Garden Scheme Open Day Horatio’s Garden, Stoke Mandeville, 2-5pm. £5. A unique opportunity to immerse yourselves in the calm and comfort of the
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MONDAY 27 APR Film: All is True Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 28 Apr. Non-members £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk
TUESDAY 28 APR Sport: Moor Park Golf Day Spring into the new season with a fantastic Golf Day in aid of the Hospice of St Francis. stfrancis.org.uk Talks: Express yourself through your wardrobe Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. 01442 823768
FRIDAY 1 MAY Fairs / Festivals: Tring Spring Fayre Three-week festival continues to 16 May with activities designed to get Tring into Spring and ‘dust off those trainers’. Plus
revamped photo competition. tringtogether. org.uk Fundraisers: People Not Borders Quiz Night Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 8pm. Tickets from Café Epicure or website. Teams of 5-8 people. Cheap bar, bring your own snacks. peoplenotborders.org Talks: Lucy Wells Nora Grace Hall, 8pm. ‘Seven Worlds One Planet’ Director. Come listen to Lucy tell all about her amazing job as a wildlife television producer and director. tringtogether.org.uk
SUNDAY 3 MAY Fairs / Festivals: Great Tring Spring Clean Help give our streets a spruce up in preparation for Spring! Register your interest via email. Equipment provided. tringtogether.org.uk Sport: Tring Bowls Club Open Day Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5NS. 10am-4pm. Also Sat 9. Try
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WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Business: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. For those who find breakfast meetings too early and evenings too difficult to get to, join BusinessMart and walk around Tring Park whilst you network. tringtogether. org.uk Talks: A History of London’s Royal Parks St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. £3, coffee and refreshments included. cluster3.website-staging. uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society
THURSDAY 7 MAY Music: Crossfire Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring, 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk
FRIDAY 8 MAY Fairs / Festivals: VE Day 75th Anniversary 2.55pm two-minute
silence and wreath laying at war memorial followed by service in St Peter & St Paul’s church. 4.30pm beer, BBQ, cream teas and live music. tringtogether.org.uk
SATURDAY 9 MAY Fairs / Festivals: Family Fun Day St Peter and St Paul Church and Churchyard, Tring, 11am-3pm. With Teddy ‘Wings’ zipwire, tower tours, bouncy slide, heritage talks, tombola and stalls. 01442 822770 Music: Chris Ingham Quartet - Stan Getz Tribute Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk
SUNDAY 10 MAY Festival: BerkoFest Book Festival Town Hall and Rectory Lane Cemetery with acclaimed authors. berkofest.com Fundraisers: Bubble Rush Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. A family friendly course. stfrancis.org.uk Walks: The Berkhamsted Walk Sponsored walk in aid of The Children’s Society through the beautiful Chiltern countryside Bluebell (12 miles) and Challenge (18 miles) walks or Ashridge College 6-mile fun walk. berkhamstedwalk.com
Fundraisers: Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Dog Show St Leonard’s Hall and Field, Jenkins Lane, St Leonards, HP23 6NW. Registration from midday. Fun classes with prizes, stalls and refreshments. chilternsdogrescue.org.uk Music: Hommage A Pierrot The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 7pm. behindthemirror.org
WEDNESDAY 13 MAY Business: BDCC Champagne Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.15am. berkhamstedchamber.co.uk
THURSDAY 14 MAY
Talks: AGM and More Hilltop Villages Through A Lens Cholesbury Village Hall, 7.30pm. CholesburyCum-St Leonards Local History Group AGM followed by photographs from the archives. cholesbury.com
WEDNESDAY 20 MAY Talks: The Art of the Auctioneer High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk
THURSDAY 21 MAY Music: Pearl Handled Revolver Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk
Talks: Pagans and Puritans Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. u3asites.org.uk/tring Exhibitions: Passion for Fashion St Peter & St Paul Church, Tring. Local fashionistas walk the aisle with amazing clothes, jewellery and makeup. A night of canapes, bubbles and catwalk fashion! tringtogether.org.uk
I’ve worked with Alison Page Marketing frequently over the last ten years. This year I’m delighted to be undertaking my first ever printed adverts with Living Magazines. With a new programme of gardening & craft workshops coming up in 2019 Living Magazines will connect me with a new local & regional audience. Thanks Alison for your help with putting the advert together. Helen Reeley of Helen Reeley Gardens
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Talks: Reminiscence Group Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30- 11.45am. Organised by Tring Local History And Museum. susangascoine1947@gmail. com
Film: Blinded by the Light Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema.com
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Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 7.30pm. £16. courttheatre. co.uk
TUESDAY 26 MAY Talks: Tring WI High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. AGM and resolutions. Call for further information. 01442 823768
Sport: Langa Trust Golf Tournament Whipsnade Park Golf Club. Seventh annual tournament in aid of Langa Township Pre-School Trust UK. 01442 257920
Walk through the 6-acre meadow listening for bees and finding butterflies. faithworkstrust.org.uk
SATURDAY 30 MAY Music: Bateman Brothers Jazz Band Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk
Arts & Crafts: Mentmore WEDNESDAY 27 MAY Arts Festival Fundraisers: Gin and Jazz Mentmore Village Hall and The Gatsby, 97 High Street, St Mary’s Church SUNDAY 31 MAY Berkhamsted, 7pm. Mentmore LU7 0QF. 11am Cocktail, 3-course dinner, Walks: Wildflower Walk to 5pm to 25 May. £2 adults. music from The Al Nicholls and Tea mentmore-arts-festival.co.uk Quartet. In aid of Langa Faith Works Trust, Spring Music: Special Kinda Township Pre-School Trust Meadow Farm, Madness UK. 01442 257920 Berkhamsted 2SX.1 The Court Station TPA adTheatre, 134x96_JAN2020_FINAL.qxp_Layout 1 22/01/2020 11:46HP4 Page
Tring Park Associates classes are available to children and young people from age 3-19 offering term time classes on weeknight evenings and Saturday. Pupils of 9 and over are required to audition. TPA also run adult classes in ballet, tap and PBT.
Holiday Courses are open to all and are run throughout the year, offering a wide range of day and weekend courses in all genres for ages 7 - 18. Longer courses in the Easter and Summer holidays are available for day and boarding pupils.
For further information go to www.tringpark.com/associates Patrons: Antony Van Laast MBE, Stephen Mear and Adam Garcia Tring Park School is a registered charity No. 1040330
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