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Welcome to the Summer issue! S

ummer has arrived at last, and we’re determined to make the most of it. To help you do the same we’ve got a special feature on how to turn your garden into a whole extra room – with furniture, heating, lighting and even kitchens on the menu! We also look indoors at the latest interior trends, talk about how to cope when grown-up kids come back to live at home, and help men muddle their way through the menopause! On top of all that we have a huge favour to ask. We want to keep Living Magazines looking fresh and we also want to make sure we’re giving you

SUMMER 2019 everything you need from your favourite local magazine. So if you get a moment we’d love it if you could find your way to the centre of the magazine and complete our quick survey. There might even be a bottle of bubbly in it for you! Have a lovely summer and remember, our website brings you more of what you love, so take a look for more news and updates throughout the summer months!

Alison and Clare Owner & Editor


News and views from Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages

12 Clare Swatman chats to local cyclist and record holder Mike Broadwith

14 New gift and food ideas from your high street

17 Make a delicious Lemon 18

and Raspberry Swiss Roll with our new recipe from Beechwood Fine Foods

Boomerang kids: how to cope when your adult children come back to live at home

22 The Raw Food Debate:

32 Outdoor Living: have a

23 Books by local authors.

36 Walk round Berkhamsted 39 K2 Restaurant review 40 What’s On Guide 48 Local Services 50 Local Essentials

is feeding your pet raw food safe? Competition: win a copy of our featured book!

24 The latest interior trends 26

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Living Magazine Survey: we need YOU!

28 A man’s guide to the menopause

29 Plasma pen treatment put to the test

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n the centre of this issue you’ll notice there’s a survey – and we’d be ever so grateful if you could fill it in. It’s now been more than a year since local businesswoman Alison Page took over the magazines from Sandra Boothroyd-Todd, who started and ran them successfully for many years. Since then we’ve made some changes and now we’d like to hear what you think! It’s helpful for us to know what people like about the magazine, and just as helpful to

know if there’s anything we don’t cover that you’d like to see – or anything we currently include that you don’t like at all. We’d also like you to think about the Living brand. Do you ever use the website, or see anything about the magazines on social media? What would make you go to the website? News stories? Competitions? Something else? We know many of you already love the mags because you regularly let us know – but we want to continue to make them the very best they can be for both our readers and our advertisers. So please help us out – there could be a bottle of bubbly in it for you!

Films under the stars W

hen the sun goes down and the evenings are balmy, what could be more magical than snuggling on a blanket in front of a huge screen and watching your favourite films? Well now you can do exactly that, as the 2019 outdoor cinema dates at the stunning Ashridge House have been announced! This year’s films include The Greatest Showman, which is being shown on Friday 12 July, and A Star is Born, which is on Friday 26 July. There will be a barbecue, a full bar and the chance to rent a beanbag for a bit of added


comfort – or just take your own blanket or chair to sit on. For more information and to book tickets, go to: ashridge-house

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Help for Two Oaks


t’s been part of Berkhamsted since 2006 – but every year Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary on Darrs Lane in Northchurch faces the risk of closure due to lack of funds. Carolann Buchorksi opened the sanctuary 13 years ago. She runs the place single-handedly, with help from generous volunteers, but needs regular help to keep the place open. ‘I love running this place, but the financial strain is enormous,’ says Carolann. ‘With horses and ponies, goats, pigs, sheep, geese and

Tringe is back!


ow in its 10th year, the 2019 Tringe festival line-up looks set to be bigger and better than ever! Running for three weeks from 30 June until 20 July, the proceedings will kick off with Roving Comedy nights around Tring. Featuring comedy routines from professionals as well as 12 local performers who have trained for eight weeks under the guidance of Logan Murray (responsible for training Greg Davies, Rhod Gilbert and Josh Widdicombe!), you can catch the comedy at one of four pubs in town: The Robin Hood, The Black Horse, The Castle or the Kings Arms. The Tringe Festival begins the following day at The Court Theatre. This year stars performing include Milton Jones, Josie Long, Ed Byrne, Olaf Falafel and Romesh Ranganathan – although tickets sell out fast so don’t hang about! For more information go to 6 / Berkhamsted Living

chickens, our running costs and vet bills come to £2,000 a month.’ Carolann runs fundraising events as often as she can, and her next Open Day takes place on 9th June, and will include stalls, face painting, bouncy castle, dog show, a BBQ and much more. But they still need more regular support, which is why Carolann has set up a brand new ‘Superstars’ scheme, asking people to donate £10, £5 or £1 a month by standing order. ‘People can donate as much or as little as they can afford – it all helps pay for our feed and hay,’ she explains. For more information go to: www.twooaks

Join OWL to stay safe


he police do a brilliant job at patrolling the streets of Berkhamsted and Northchurch. But they can’t be everywhere all of the time – and so they’re calling on us to help them too. It’s easy – by joining OWLS (Online Watch Link) – not only can you find out what’s going on where you are, but you can also email the police to let them know of anything that might be happening in the area at any time. ‘These can be emails about crime, missing people, crime prevention advice or any good news stories,’ says a spokesperson from Herts Police. ‘It’s a great line of communication between police and the community and can help us enormously.’ If you would like to be a part of this system, please email your name and address to Lauren.



Saddle up for Horse Combat S

ometimes you hear about a local business that’s so fascinating you wonder how you’ve never heard about it before. The Centre of Horseback Combat is based in Gaddesden, in the grounds of a stunning and historical 2000 acre estate. ‘We have several strings to our bow,’ explains co-owner Zana Cousins-Greenwood. ‘We provide

stunt horses for TV shows and films, we appear at many festivals and events, and we run training courses in skills such as Traditional Horseback Archery, stunt riding as well as Rider Confidence courses.’ Zana and her husband Karl Greenwood set up the Centre six years ago, and since then it’s grown enormously. ‘People visit us from all over the world, and the Team GB Dzhigitova (Cossack trick riding) train here too.’ Some of the courses look amazing and, if you’re confident on horseback you’ll have great fun. They’re also holding a summer open day on 22 June so you can go along and find out more. Go to for more details.

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he Ashlyns Festival is back – and Living Magazines are delighted to be supporting it! The two-day celebration in the magnificent grounds of Ashlyns School has something for everyone – and the whole thing aims to raise money for the students, the school and the wider community facilities on site. On Friday 12 July there’s a Comedy and Curry Night with a fantastic line-up of comedians, as well as mouthwatering curries from the Fat Buddha. There will also be a full bar. The following day there will be live music across two stages, a large bar marquee serving locally brewed beer and a Gin and Pimms tent. There will also be a wide range of food from local suppliers, as well as a family area with games,

demos and workshops for younger children. Comedy Night tickets are £15 each, festival tickets are £10 per adult, £7 for under 18s and under 12s are free. Go to

Berkhamsted in the Media ‘The first system [of new eco doors] will be tested at the Waitrose store in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, next month and rolled-out to all 353 of its supermarkets later this year if successful. Initial estimates suggest it could save the chain £10 million to £15 million per annum.’ The Times, 6 May 2019. ‘He [Martin Scicluna, new chairman of J Sainsbury] came to the UK aged 15 after winning a British Council scholarship to study at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire and today lives in a country home close by. He did not know anyone in Britain and his first language was Maltese — “a guttural, harsh-sounding form of Arabic” — but he was not put off.’ The Times, 4 May 2019. ‘Ben, from Berkhamsted, Herts, took up long-distance running a year ago to stay fit after his allclear. But he said: “It will be a huge challenge as years of chemo gave my body a battering.” And he is raising money for the charity that supported him through his illness — the Teenage Cancer Trust.’ The Mirror, 27 April 2019, about Ben Atkins, who ran the marathon after beating cancer. ‘Compiling this list doesn’t get any easier. In fact, it gets harder. How do you decide between Berkhamsted and Belfast, Montgomery and Mull? As it happens we didn’t — they’re all in — but choosing where to live can be a challenge.’ The Times, 14 April 2019, Best Places to Live in the UK 2019.

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fabulous pyrotechnics, as well as pole dancing sets from spectacular dancers. The last event raised £250 for Hector’s House, and the same for international young people’s charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – two worthy causes close to the hearts of the organisers. The next event will be at the Big Top on Pitstone Green on Saturday 15 June, and once again at The Court Theatre on Saturday 14 September. Visit for more information and to book tickets.


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usband and wife team The Cook Partnership in Tring are celebrating 20 years in the town – and are thrilled to still be there! Established by David Cook in August 1999, the chartered accountancy firm has gone from strength to strength since it opened the doors of its very first office. ‘My wife Pam and I both worked in London and when we moved to Ivinghoe in 1998 I realised I couldn’t bear the commute any more,’ says David. So the following year he set up on his own. ‘To begin with I just had a few clients and worked from an office above my garage,’ he says. Over the next few years the business grew steadily and in 2005 David moved to the Akeman Business Park, where the company stayed for more than seven years.


‘During that time we had three children and Pam decided to stop working in London and join the firm,’ David says. In 2013, now with four members of staff, they moved to their current office on the Icknield Industrial Estate in Tring. ‘We’re so happy to have been working in and around Tring for 20 years,’ says David. ‘We love the close-knit community and camaraderie of the town.’ They also sponsor events such as the Tringe comedy festival and the Tring Fun Run. ‘It’s a lovely town and it’s important to give back. ‘And even though Pam and I have been living and working together for more than 20 years, we’re still friends!’

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PEDAL POWER Clare Swatman chatted to Berkhamsted cyclist Mike Broadwith

Who is Mike? A maths teacher, a family man with four young children – and a champion cyclist with a World Record under his belt for the ‘End to End’ Land’s End to John O’Groats ride.


hen I ask Mike how he manages to keep cycling for hours on end, he tells me ‘it’s because I’m a simple man’. Having spent a while chatting to him, I can confirm this certainly is not true. But what probably does help him keep going is that he doesn’t over-analyse things. Mike got into competitive cycling relatively late in life, after leaving university. He started racing at the Velodrome in Welwyn and it turned out he was pretty good; between 2001 and 2006 he raced most weeks, reaching the top 10 in the National Championships and fourth in the National 100 mile Championship. Then in 2006 Mike decided he’d had enough. ‘My wife Helen and I went travelling, and when we came back Helen was pregnant and I just didn’t feel like going back to competitive cycling,’ he says. From then the only cycling Mike did was his daily 40-mile round commute to work – 200 miles a week - which kept him fit.

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It wasn’t until his second son was born in 2011 that he started to think about trying his hand at competitive cycling again. ‘I just had a niggle in the back of my mind that I could probably still do pretty well,’ he says. Then a phone call from a friend asking him to make up a three-person race sealed his fate. ‘I agreed – and to my amazement we won bronze,’ says Mike. He had the bug again. ‘I decided that I’d like to start doing events at a high level again, but just concentrate on one or two a year.’ Fortunately Helen was supportive, and in 2013 he entered the National 100 mile Championship and came fourth. A friend suggested he should try the 24-hour race. ‘I realised I was better at longer distances because I had the stamina, but not necessarily the speed needed for the shorter races,’ he says. And so in 2015 he went for it – and won! ‘I didn’t really stop for the whole 24 hours,’ Mike says. ‘I raced for eight hours, had a three minute break, then carried on.’ The measure of a good competitor in that race is if they can cover 500 miles in the 24 hours. Mike managed 537 miles. The following year Mike did the race as part of a team, and they won again.

‘People kept telling me I should do the End to End race, from Land’s End to John O’Groats,’ Mike says. ‘But I felt it would be arrogant to even try.’ It was Helen who encouraged him in the end. ‘She just said I should give it a go.’ And finally, on 15 June last year, Mike started the biggest challenge of his life. ‘I set off at 8am on the Friday,’ he says. ‘By that afternoon I was in the Midlands and by the evening I was in Scotland. ‘The hardest thing was adjusting mentally. The longest I’d ever cycled was 24 hours. This time I completed 24 hours and still had almost the same to go again. It was tough.’ By the time Mike reached Inverness, he was ready to give up. ‘I was cold and soaked to the skin and just didn’t think I could do any more,’ he recalls. ‘Helen told me to just try another 20 minutes – and it pushed me through the barrier.’ Mike finished in 43 hours and 25 minutes – five minutes faster than he’d hoped – and 31 minutes

faster than the previous World Record! ‘It felt amazing,’ he says. But is that it now? Mike’s not so sure. ‘There are week-long races across Europe, but that’s a whole different thing. I think Helen would be really worried, because I don’t always know when I need to stop. ‘Plus with four children now, it would be a real feat to even organise something like that. ‘I don’t push the kids into cycling,’ Mike says. ‘I just like them to see that sport can be fun. Cycling is part of my life, and I think that teaches them a healthy lesson.’ Who knows what the future holds for Mike. But whatever he decides to do, we wish him the best of luck!


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Ingredients: • For the sponge • 3 large eggs • 125g caster sugar • 125g plain flour • finely grated zest of lemon

For filling: • 150ml double cream • 125g mascarpone • 5tsp caster sugar • 6-8tbsp good quality lemon curd • 125g fresh raspberries

> Using the paper to help, roll up the sponge as tightly as possible. > Place on a serving plate, dust with icing sugar and decorate with extra raspberries. Try other fruit and flavour combinations like lime and blueberry, orange and strawberry or traditional vanilla with a mix of your favourite seasonal berries.

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- 35cm x 25cm Swiss roll tin - Oven 200C/Gas 5/fan oven 180C > Preheat the oven and line cake tin with baking parchment. > Whisk the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture leaves a good trail. > Sieve the flour into the mixture and carefully fold in, followed by the lemon zest. > Pour into the prepared tin and spread into the corners. > Bake for 10-12 mins. > Dust a large piece of greaseproof paper with caster sugar. Turn the cooked sponge out onto the sheet of sugared paper and carefully peel off the lining paper. Trim off the two long edges. > Starting from one short end, fold over the greaseproof paper and roll up the cake with the paper inside the Swiss roll. Leave on a rack to cool. > Make the filling by beating the mascarpone with the caster sugar and in a separate bowl whip the double cream to form soft peaks. Carefully fold the sweetened mascarpone into the cream. > When fully cooled unroll the Swiss roll and spread with the lemon curd. Then spread with the cream mix and scatter with the raspberries (gently squeeze each raspberry between your finger and thumb to flatten slightly, this will make it easier to roll up the sponge).

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How do you cope if your grown-up children come back home to live?


he kids have left home and you’re rattling around the house wondering what to do with yourself. But what if, after finishing university, or returning from travelling around the world, they’ve decided to move back in? Over the last 20 years the number of ‘boomerang children’ – those who fly the nest but return several years later – has soared, so that now more than a quarter of those aged 24-30 are still living with their parents. Round here, of course, property prices are so high that it’s hardly surprising young people can’t afford to buy or rent their own place, hence cases of boomerang children are much higher in London and the south-east than anywhere else in the country. But is it a problem, and how do you cope when your not-so-little ones come back to live in the family home? For Susan Dobinson, mother of two grown-up children, a Humanist, Wedding, Funeral and Naming Celebrant from Berkhamsted, having her 28-year-old son living back at home meant they all had to make some adjustments.

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‘David had lived and worked away for some years when he decided he didn’t enjoy the corporate world and wanted to retrain to be a primary school teacher,’ says Susan. ‘He was 25 and it meant a huge change for him, but we supported him.’ David moved back home and they had a brief conversation about how it would work. ‘It wasn’t enough,’ admits Susan. ‘There’s a lot to get used to, having another adult in the house. ‘There was the untidiness and the noisiness for us, and the lack of privacy for all of us. Finally, two months after he moved back in we sat down and laid down some proper ground rules. Now he helps around the house and in the garden, and walks the dogs. It works much better. ‘He’s dependent on us financially because he’s training, but the plan is for him to move out as soon as he can, once he’s finished. We’re very close but it was important for us all that we knew there was a time limit to it.’

KIDS The golden rules of living with your grown-up children If your adult children want to move back home, you might be thrilled. But even if you’re looking forward to having them around again, it’s important to remember that they’re no longer children but independent adults, and that your relationship will be quite different this time around. Beth Parmar, a parent and child coach from Berkhamsted, offers some advice on how to make it work. ‘The most important thing is setting down the ground rules before they even set foot inside the house,’ she says. ‘If you don’t, no matter how close you are, it will end up causing resentment and tension, and nobody wants that.’ The key points are: • Communication It’s essential to communicate how you’re feeling before resentment arises. If you’re fed up with dirty dishes lying around, you expect them to pay their fair share towards the household expenses, or want them to cook a meal at least once a week, tell them. Neither of you are mind readers and it’s easier to talk about it than to seethe. • Ground rules Laying out ground rules before they move back is essential to avoid problems later. Sort out financial arrangements if need be – if you expect them to pay a percentage of their wage for their keep, then say so. If you want them to do certain jobs around the house, make it clear from the start. You might not cover everything, but if you keep the lines of communication open then other things can be discussed later. • Respect for each other You’ve been used to having your own space and so have they, so it’s important to respect each other’s privacy and needs. If you have enough space maybe you could create a room just for them to use, especially if their friends come

round, or give them a TV in their bedroom so they can have some time on their own. Make sure you don’t let their habits and ways of doing things get in the way of yours, but also ensure you’re not just sniping about it behind their back if they’re not doing as you’d expect. • Work out a long term goal You don’t necessarily have to say ‘when are you leaving?’ the minute they walk through the door, but it’s important to establish a goal for them moving back out as soon as you can. If their goal is to save a certain amount of money for a deposit, then help them work out a way of saving that money. If the end goal is a timescale one – for example they’ve gone back to college or want to move back for a year or so – make sure you don’t leave it open-ended. If you make it too comfortable for them to stay they’ll never leave – and never learn to stand on their own two feet.

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THE RAW FOOD DEBATE Feeding cats and dogs raw food is on the rise – but are you putting your family at risk?


ver the last few years the number of people feeding their pets raw food has risen significantly, with freezer sections full of raw meat, bones and organs springing up in most supermarkets. Known as the BARF diet, which stands for ‘bones and raw food’, it’s claimed that it’s more like the food animals would have eaten years ago in the wild, and that it therefore has significant health benefits over processed, cooked food. However, not everyone agrees. In 2018, Dutch scientists discovered that a high percentage of the raw meat they tested contained food poisoning bugs, including E. coli, listeria and salmonella. Many also contained parasites such as Toxoplasma, which can cause significant harm to babies. Any raw meat you buy has a risk of containing these, but most bugs are killed in the cooking process. By feeding your pets raw food, there is a risk that the bugs can be passed on to you and your family. Now, though, there is even more reason to be worried, thanks to a recent discovery – because more than 40 cats nationwide have been diagnosed with TB, which has been traced back to one source of raw food.

‘The truth is, our pets are very, very far from being the wild animals they once were when they would have eaten raw meat like this,’ says Patrick Dale from Springwell Vets in Tring. ‘They’re domesticated animals now, and their needs are very different. ‘For a long time I’ve been wary about the risks of feeding pets raw food. I rarely see any difference in the health of a pet fed a raw food diet and one that’s fed a conventional diet – and at the same time there are risks of contracting salmonella or E. coli. But with this new risk, it’s all become a lot more serious. ‘TB is a serious infectious disease. One cat who contracts it can pass it easily on to any other pets in the house. But, more worryingly, it can also be passed on to humans – particularly the elderly and young children who are more vulnerable.’ In fact this is so serious, Patrick says, that legal proceedings are likely to be carried out against the pet food company involved. And while those in favour continue to maintain that raw food is perfectly safe if handled properly, Patrick believes it’s too dangerous to dismiss. ‘I would never feed raw, and the veterinary profession as a whole does not justify raw feeding,’ he says. Danielle Gunn-Moore from the University of Edinburgh agrees. ‘I’m not against the concept of raw feeding per se – it could lead to environmental enrichment for the pet. But it would have to be proven to be nutritionally sound and guaranteed to be free from infectious diseases. While the first has been achieved by some pet food manufacturers, we don’t know how the latter can be achieved, and that’s what concerns me as now we are seeing cases of bovine TB infection in Britain.’

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BOOKS Our Life in a Day by Jamie Fewery. Orion, £7.99 This is a debut from Berkhamsted author Jamie – and it’s a corker! It’s a love story with a difference. On their 10th anniversary, Esme asks Tom to come up with significant moments in their relationship for every hour of the day. Although these moments are not told in chronological order, they are told in an order that drip-feeds information and helps build on the story of their love. The characters are engaging and likeable, and by the end you’re really rooting for them. This is a perfect summer read and I highly recommend it.

Stand Tall Like a Mountain: Mindfulness and Self-Care for Children and Parents by Suzy Reading. Aster, £12.99 This is local author Suzy’s second book, which aims to help parents empower their children to: learn tools for dealing with everyday emotions; express how they’re feeling; and learn about their bodies and minds, along with some easy yoga poses to promote positive feelings.

The Northern Lights Lodge by Julie Caplin. Harper Impulse, £7.09 paperback A brand new book from Tring author Julie Caplin. With a shattered heart and her career in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge in Iceland, she doesn’t expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers – and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex. Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even though romance is the last thing she wants. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again.

The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire by James Bentley, Nikolaus Pevsner and Bridget Cherry. Pevsner Architectural Guides, £35.00 Despite being one of the smallest English counties, Hertfordshire possesses an enormous range of fine buildings. In this beautiful coffee table book about the county, each city, town and village is covered with interesting facts and some lovely photographs and maps. It covers Berkhamsted Castle, the town’s churches and public buildings, Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted School, the Sayers Almshouses and the Old Town Hall, among others. In Tring it covers the churches, Grim’s Ditch, Market House, the Natural History Museum, Tring Park, Tringford Pumping Station and Pendley Manor. For anyone interested in the place in which we live, this is a fabulous addition to your bookshelf.

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We take a look at the latest interior trends for 2019 to make sure your home is looking at its best


easons change and so do fashions – and that goes for your home, as well as your wardrobe. Recently, people have gone crazy for retro furniture, as well as Scandi style and dark, sumptuous colours. But what’s going to be the next big thing this autumn/winter? If you’re looking to update your home this year, here are a few ideas hot off the press that might float your boat. If you don’t want to go the whole hog, then there are ways to update your current look with some exciting modern twists. Retro fusion Good news – you don’t need to chuck out your beloved 1970s sideboard or the 1920s art deco mirror you adore – because they can all work together. Many high street shops, such as M&S and Next, have started to sell retro-inspired furniture with

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soft curves and plush upholstery, which means the look is likely to continue for some time. ‘This season, 70s retro glam meets jazz in a real mix-up,’ explains Emma Holbrook, owner and curator of Soden Style and Soden Social in Berkhamsted. ‘Go for shades of ochre and turmeric, fused with deep green or cobalt blue, or mix terracotta and honey shades with tan leather to create a rich glow and a sweet and spicy palette.’ If you want some lovely retro furniture, try ‘Nineteen 49’ in Tring, or ‘Returned to Glory’, ‘Soden Style’ and ‘White Mint’ in Berkhamsted. 1: Soft curves and plush upholstery. 2: Retro-inspired Habitat rug Bejewelled riches Forget minimalism – this season, more is more! ‘Deep, rich, plush gemstone colours and rare materials, such as coloured marble and metallic, will be big news,’ says Emma.

PROPERTY Another of this season’s key trends is fringing – it will be everywhere! ‘Make sure it’s over-the-top and team it with velvets, as well as glam gold mirrors,’ advises Emma. So think less about paring back and more about embracing your inner rock god and letting it all go! 3: Emma Holbrook from Soden Style in Berkhamsted Scandi style For those who love the simplicity of the pared-back Scandi style, you’ll be pleased to know it’s still hot – but with a twist. Add some texture with the addition of woven materials, such as wicker, and layer wool and sheepskin with a backdrop of neutral tones. ‘Spice it up with some tribal elegance, with monochrome accessories, feather décor, and beautiful handmade rugs such as those from ‘Beni Ourai’ to add an eclectic global feel,’ suggests Emma. 4: Skandicool lamps, £225, Soden Style Glamour It’s all about the glamour this year, with luxury materials being mixed together to create a top-quality feel. Go for materials such as velvet, pewter and marble, as well as brass and smoked glass for that sultry feel. 5: Bejewelled mirror, £200, Velvet lampshade, £60, Soden Style. Woodland retreat For a real autumnal feel, embrace the woodland retreat trend that you’ll find in all the shops this season. Mix rich colours, including berries, bark and bramble, with chunky wool knits, such as rugs and throws, and woodland animal prints. Dried flowers will complete the look. To get the look without having to give your room a complete overhaul, try these simple ideas: • gather some pine cones and put them in a bowl or clear vase on your coffee table/sideboard • gather twigs and small branches and put them in a vase instead of a flower display • buy or find a log stump to use as a side table • throw a faux fur throw over your chair or sofa.

Hot colours There are a couple of colours which are proving extremely popular this year – and they’re very different! 1) Mustard It can be used on its own, or teamed with rich jewel colours to create a statement. However you choose to use it, mustard is one of the hottest colours in interiors right now. Go bold with something like the Dulux Honey Mustard shade, or tone it down with their colour of the season, Dulux Spiced Honey. It’s the perfect shade to paint a whole wall or ceiling. If you’re not feeling too brave, try a block of colour, or go for a piece of furniture or soft furnishings, such as cushions or a throw, in mustard. 2) Rusty Rosy Pink This, says Emma, is another key colour this season. ‘Mixed with brass and gold or cool silver and geometric wallpaper, this is the perfect colour to achieve an art deco/geometric feel and add a warm glow to any room.’

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Wow, has it really been a whole year? Back in Summer 2018 I put out my first issues as new owner and Publishing Director of Living Magazines. It was exciting – and admittedly a little bit scary – to take over the reins from Sandra Boothroyd-Todd, who’d done such a fantastic job for so many years, building the mags into such well-loved and respected local publications. We’d love to hear how you think we’ve measured up to the task! To get a better feel for who our audience is today, your likes and dislikes, and what you’d like to see more or less of in the magazines, we’ve put together this survey which will help us shape the content you want to see in the future. There are just 20 questions and the survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. As a thank you for taking part, there’s a bottle of bubbly for five entries drawn at random after 31 July 2019! Thanks, Alison Please tick only one box per question, except for Q12 and Q13 where you may tick all that apply: 1. What is your age? Under 18 18-24 years old 25-34 years old 35-44 years old 45-54 years old 55-64 years old 65+ 2. What is your gender? Male Female


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Yes, you read that right – this is the MAN’S guide to the menopause! Every single woman goes through it, yet it’s barely talked about. Here we give a man’s guide to the menopause to help you give her the support she needs.


ou’ve heard of it, but aside from mood changes in your other half you’re not really sure what it is, or why it’s happening, right? Well worry no more, because we’re here to help. Every woman on the planet will go through the menopause at some point– usually around the age of 45-55, but sometimes earlier and sometimes later. And it can have an enormous effect. Here are the main things you need to know to help her navigate the change as smoothly and happily as possible.

What is the menopause? You probably know most of this, but just to be clear, the menopause is a natural part of ageing that means a woman’s hormone levels are falling. Oestrogen levels drop as the ovaries stop working, so the brain sends thermal surges through the body in an attempt to get them to work again. By the end, she will no longer get any periods, but the road towards this point can be rocky as falling hormone levels cause all kinds of physical and emotional changes.

How long does it last? This is a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ question. The truth is it can, and usually does, last for several years. During this time symptoms are likely to come and go, so you need to be prepared for it not to go away overnight. During this time she is referred to as peri-menopausal.

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changing hormone levels can often cause the same issues during the menopause as well. So if she’s started flying off the handle at small things, try and be understanding. She won’t be enjoying feeling this way any more than you’re enjoying being on the receiving end; it can be very disconcerting and frightening. It can also cause her to be more emotional and cry at the drop of a hat. It can even cause depression. If it gets that bad then it may be time to suggest she sees a doctor, but only you can be the judge of that. Tread carefully! Other symptoms include palpitations, hot flushes and night sweats. Sadly, a lower libido is also a common symptom. Lowered hormone levels make the problem two-fold: firstly, it means a lowered libido; but it also means that the tissue around the vagina can become thinner, which can cause pain. Skin changes and sometimes weight gain can also be symptoms, which only serve to make her feel worse rather than better about herself.

Will things ever get better? The short answer is YES! For most women, hormones do settle and things return to normal eventually.

What can I do to help? You’re doing it! Just by reading this and trying to understand what she’s going through, you’re helping. For most women, the menopause can be scary and worrying because the way she feels is so out of her control. So although you might want to scream back when she screams at you for no apparent reason, if you can try and be kind, she will appreciate it.

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I was the guinea pig and had the treatment first. When Penny explained that there was a period of a few days following the treatment when I’d look less than my best, while a crust formed on the treated area, I was a little nervous. I have to do the school run every day and it was only March – hardly sunglasses weather! She explained the treatment in detail and then we arranged for her to come round one evening. She set up the couch in my living room and got to work. First she numbed the area she was going to treat and, while that kicked in, set up her Plasma Pen. Then I was ready to go! I wasn’t sure what to expect. In some places I couldn’t feel the laser at all, while in others it felt sore and Penny stopped to apply more numbing cream. It took roughly 20 minutes per eye, but I felt at ease because Penny was so professional. She pre-warned me that it gave off an odd burning smell so I was prepared – but it’s a little disconcerting!

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TRIED AND TESTED: PLASMA PEN TREATMENT Immediately afterwards the area under my eyes was covered in tiny dots, but it looked more taut than it had done in years. The next day it was a little swollen and I hid behind my sunglasses. In fact, I had to hibernate for about five days until I felt comfortable taking my glasses off in public. You can’t apply creams or make-up to it while it heals, but Penny does give you Aloe Vera gel, which takes away much of the tightness and swelling. The feeling is a little bit like mild sunburn, but no worse. By day six most of the crust had disappeared completely and I was even able to apply a bit of make-up to the area. It looked pretty good. Tightening continues to improve over the next 12 weeks, as more collagen is produced. By week five I could already see a reduction in the crow’s feet and wrinkles under my eyes – there had been one line that had been particularly deep that I only noticed when I took a photo just before the treatment, and that has already improved dramatically. I’m very pleased with the result, although I do think for optimum results I’d probably need a second treatment after the 12 weeks are up. Who knows, I might just go for it!

Interestingly, Alison chose to have her treatment on her jawline and the recovery was much longer than under the eyes. She also suffered some sort of allergic reaction, although we’re not sure what to. Of course everyone is different, but different areas also take longer to heal than others, so you do need to be prepared for a longer downtime if that does happen. To be sure, I’d recommend having the patch test. At the time of going to press, it’s only been three weeks since Alison’s treatment was completed, so it’s a bit early to tell results, but she is hopeful!

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Forget luxury holidays – you can bring the glamour to your own garden for a fraction of the price. Here’s how to enjoy your garden all year round.


f this summer proves to be anything like the summer of 2018, we’ll all be glad of the little oases we call our back gardens. But if you’re planning to spend a lot more time in your garden this summer, how do you make sure you get the most out of it? It’s not just a matter of getting a few nice seats and lights out there any more. These days, there are so many amazing ways of bringing your garden to life, that it almost becomes a room in itself!

‘These are much more modern than a conservatory. The glass is triple-glazed and they retain heat in the winter and don’t overheat so much in the summer. The huge panels of glass also mean you get great views all around.’ With the weather so unpredictable, this is a great way to make the most of space in your garden.

Glass rooms A far cry from the traditional conservatory, glass rooms are one of the latest trends, and a great way to make more of your garden space. ‘Essentially these are glass cubes, which can either be attached to your house or entirely separate in another part of the garden, but mean you can use that part of the garden all year round no matter what the weather,’ explains Helen Reeley from Helen Reeley Gardens in Berkhamsted.

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Outdoor kitchens Forget barbecues – they’re so last century! The latest thing for gardens is the outdoor kitchen. ‘These are so much more than just a source of heat to cook on,’ explains Helen, who says that more and more people are asking for kitchens to be incorporated into their garden designs.

GARDENS ‘They usually have cupboards for storage, a fridge for drinks, work surfaces, pizza ovens, rotisserie ovens – everything you could need and more – such as this one by garden designer Craig McGibbon. The idea is that you don’t need to keep going in and out all the time and can do everything outside, making the most of the garden.’

Pods Another option, if you don’t want to be entirely glassed in, is what is known as a ‘louvred pod’. Either as a stand-alone pod, or something attached to the house, these are essentially pergolas with louvred roof systems, where tilting blades close electronically when the heavens open. ‘With the weather in the UK, these are a great solution,’ says Helen. ‘I love them, because it means you can spend more time in the garden even when it starts to rain.’

Fire pits Traditional patio heaters are extremely bad for the environment and, Helen says, have never been a popular choice for home gardens anyway. The latest trend is a fire pit or chiminea – these are a great way of keeping your seating area warm and toasty long into the evening.

Awnings Awnings are a more cost-effective way of making your garden weather-proof. ‘There are some really good quality, affordable electronic awnings these days,’ says Helen. ‘And because it’s just a roof without sides, it means you can cook and have fire pits under them quite safely.’

Seating In terms of seating, it’s best to stay away from plastic, as it not only doesn’t last long, but we’re increasingly becoming more aware of the damaging effect of plastic on the environment. ‘Wood can be left outside treated or untreated, depending on how you want it to look,’ says Helen. ‘Stainless steel is a good option too, as it lasts well.

But, just as you’d want comfort if you were sitting in your dining room, you want to be comfortable sitting outside too, so it’s essential to put cushions and throws on chairs.’

Lighting Lighting can be as pricey or as inexpensive as you want and still be effective. ‘You don’t want to light up your seating area too much,’ explains Helen. ‘It’s more about lighting up the surrounding area, such as uplighting a tree for example, and then using softer lamps and lanterns for the seating area. ‘You can choose to have it all properly wired in by an electrician, with lights that dim, change colour, go on and off as you move round the garden; or you can choose something simpler such as fairy lights around a tree or solar lamps along a path,’ says Helen. ‘Both look lovely and make the garden at night feel more special.’

Water features ‘People are increasingly asking for water features in their garden for a really relaxing feel – but you do have to be careful about the noise they make, as some can be so loud they’re a distraction,’ says Helen. ‘One of the nicest, most soothing water features is a bronze resin pool, which has gentle bubbles rippling the surface and means there isn’t the constant sound of running water, but is subtle and tasteful. They’re also relatively easy to install.’ You can find some lovely examples at Lucy Smith:

Comfort As the temperature drops and the light goes down, it’s essential to keep warm if you want to stay outdoors. ‘Make sure you have a good stash of blankets and cushions, so you don’t have to decamp inside as soon as it cools down,’ says Helen.

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his the fifth in our series of dog-friendly local walks and starts in the centre of Berkhamsted. The walk climbs steeply towards Kingshill Way, crosses underneath the A41, before crossing back over at Swingate Lane. It then follows a track which descends to the A4251 and returns along the Grand Union Canal towpath. The route is mainly on footpaths and enjoys several excellent views over the countryside. There is the option of extending the walk from 3.6 miles (5.8km) to 5.5 miles (8.9km) to Bourne End. There are several seats and numerous refreshments stops in Berkhamsted. A full description and annotated map (including parking) is available at Berkhamsted High Street is the start of the walk and has been an important thoroughfare since before the time of the Romans, and was known by its Saxon name of Akeman St. Later it was known as Sparrows Herne Turnpike Trust and was an important toll road. Along the High St (173) is the oldest known ‘jettied’ timber-framed building in

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the country, built in the late 13th century. (Sterling’s estate agent today) (see photo). Berkhamsted Castle is one of 2 its most famous landmarks. The walk goes down Prince Edward Street, which originally led from the Castle to the town archery practice ground, Butts Meadow, formerly known as the Buttericks or the Buttfield. Berkhamsted was the favourite home of the 14th century Prince Edward, the Black Prince and coincided with the peak of the development of the Longbow as a weapon of war. The walk goes through Butts Meadow to Tompkins Meadow, where the 19th century butcher of the same name grazed his delivery horses. Later the walk goes along The Grand Junction Canal, which played an important part in


Berkhamsted’s industrial history. Evidence can be seen along this walk. Francis Egerton, Duke of Bridgewater (the Canal Duke), father of the inland waterway system, lived in Ashridge. The Grand Junction Canal from the Thames at Brentford to Berkhamsted was completed in 1798 and continued all the way to Birmingham in 1805. Berkhamsted linked the estuaries, ports and industrial centres of the country. Canals provided a faster and cheaper method of transporting raw materials and manufactured goods. However, with the development of the railways in the 19th century, the power of the canals declined. Under its later name, The Grand Union Canal, it continued to be used as a trade route until the early 1960s. There are various signs along the walk route providing more details of this history and the photograph shows one of the few buildings whose industrial heritage is still evident. The area known as Castle Wharf (The Port of Berkhamsted) was the centre of the town’s canal trade, navigation and boat building activities. Main activities included the transport of coal, grain, building materials and manure. Timber yards, boating wharves, breweries, boat building and chemical works and all the people that served these industries, flourished as a result of the canal. A genuine Canadian Kwakiutl totem pole is situated next to the canal opposite the Crystal Palace pub. It was erected in 1968 at Alsford’s Wharf, a former timber yard. The carving is a fertility symbol and legend has it that a woman wishing to conceive should visit and make three wishes for the child they dream of! The walk finishes past Berkhamsted School which was originally founded in 1544.

The longer route takes walkers past an iron post commemorating the Foundling Hospital, formerly at Ashlyn’s Hall. In 1935 the Foundling Hospital moved from London to an impressive new building on the Ashlyns Hall Estate in Berkhamsted, where it continued until 1955 and eventually became Ashlyns School. Useful sources of historical information consulted in 4 compiling this walk included:


Dacorum Borough Council shopping-and-town-centres/berkhamsted Berkhamsted Town Council town-guide.html Berkhamsted Bowmen – Dacorum Heritage Trust – bringing-back-memories-of-the-hospital Photos Copyright George Edwards 2019

1: Canal Heritage. 2: 173 High Street. 3: Totem Pole. 4: Foundling Hospital marker. 5: View from Tomkins Meadow.


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SUNDAY 9 JUN Music: Chroma Chamber Ensemble St Peter’s Church 7.30pm. Beautiful and vibrant piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms with some fabulous Balkan dances inbetween.

TUESDAY 11 JUN MONDAY 3 JUN Gardens: National Garden Scheme The NGS gives visitors access to private gardens, and raises money for charity through admissions, teas and cake. See website for local gardens.

THURSDAY 6 JUN Business: DENS Business Breakfast The Gatsby, Berkhamsted, 7.15-9.30am. £25 inc £10 donation to DENS. dens-business-breakfasttickets-60920573074 Fundraisers: Hospice Awareness Day and Prayer Vigil, St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 4-8pm. Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band, Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 7 JUN Talks: Dog Training and Behaviour Surgery 45 minute surgeries with Hanne Grice. Nora Grace

Hall, Tring. 10am-2.45pm. £37.99. surgery Music: Nettleden Festival To Sun 9 Jun. With Mississippi Swamp Dogs, Fri 7.30pm, £17; Just A Capella Sat 3pm, £7; A Family Affair Sat 7.30pm, £17; The Forest Chamber Orchestra Sun 3pm, £17. www.nettledenfestival. Dance: Hemel Hempstead Folk Dance Club Grovehill Community Centre, Hemel Hempstead. 8.15pm and most Fridays during term time. £4 (1st night free). Contact Neil Macdonald. 01442 259578

SATURDAY 8 JUN Exhibitions: Bucks Art Weeks To 23 June. Opportunity to see a wide variety of artistic talent throughout Bucks and the surrounding areas, including the Tring Trio. Exhibitions: 5 Artists in Sarratt Little Sarratt Hall Barn,

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10am-5.30pm to 23 Jun. Local artists exhibiting together for the first time as part of Bucks Art Weeks 2019. With demonstrations. Saturday 8 June: Tessa Cole

Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury. 9.30-11.30am. £10. Networking event. www.

WEDNESDAY 12 JUN Business: BDCC Annual Barbecue Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Networking event. www.

Exhibitions: Tessa Cole Sculpture, Painting, Drawing The Duck Barn Studio, 65 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard. To 23 Jun. Sculptures, jewellery and photography. uk/open-studios/2019/ tessa-cole Talks: Berkhamsted and District Welsh Society Talk Potten End Village Hall, 2pm. £4. With Edward Thomas. welshsociety@

Theatre: Suessical the Musical Markova Theatre, Tring Park School, 7.30pm. To 14 Jun. Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! whats-on Fundraisers Berkhamsted Live 20 Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 8pm. Supporting Pepper Children’s Hospice at Home.

THURSDAY 13 JUN Talks: Good Trees, Bad Trees Victoria Hall, Tring 10am. Speaker: Kate Bretherton. www.

Fairs / Festivals Pitstone and Ivinghoe Summer Festival The Big Top, Pitstone Rec. Fri 14 Jun 7pm Mamma Mia Party Night followed by 70’s Disco Night from 10pm. Sat 15 Jun 7pm Housemouse Ibiza Club Night (over 18s only). Sat 16 Jun 1pm Music on the Lawn with the Beacon Community Choir. www.

SATURDAY 15 JUN Music: Summer Concert St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 7.30pm. £15, Under 18s free. Chiltern Chamber Choir perform. www.


Saturday 22 June: DENS Castle Walk



Arts & Crafts: Craft Workshops Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts and Open Door, Berkhamsted. People Not Borders invite people of all ages to a series of craft workshops to mark Refugee Week.

Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. gascoinesusan@

Walks: Tring Boundary Trail Starts Aldbury Memorial Hall. £10 adults, £5 children includes cream tea at end. Choice of 7/14/21-mile route in aid of Aldbury School. www.tringboundarytrail.

Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day. Please book. fiona4mckenna@

Music: Beacon Community Choir Pitstone Green, 1-6pm. £5 on the gate, children free. Mini music festival with something for all the family. localinfo/beacon-communitychoir/

Talks: SEND Friends Support Group New Mill Baptist Church, Tring, 9.30-11am. With a SENDIASS adviser to discuss how they can help support parents of children with SEND. s.lindars@

Dance: Romeo and Juliet The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. £10-15. An artsLIVE screening of Kenneth Macmillan’s great Shakespearean classic. www.

Music: John Verity with his Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.



SATURDAY 22 JUN Walks: Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk Starts/ends Aylesbury College, 12 midnight with entertainment along the way. midnightwalk Walks: DENS Castle Walk DENS sponsored walk. From Berkhamsted Castle at 9.30am, there’s a choice of 2, 5 or 10 mile routes. Sport: Summer Open Day Centre of Horseback Combat, Gaddesden Place Stables, HP2 6EY. 7pm (doors 6pm). Featuring the International Dzhigitovka Show plus more demos and shows. events

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Sunday 23rd June: Hospice of St Francis Garden Party, Ashridge House




Fundraisers: Hospice of St Francis Garden Party Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, 1-5pm. Advance tickets £5, £7 on the gate. Under-16’s free. Wide range of activities and attractions for the whole family. www.

Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Summer Carnival Pound Meadow, Tring. Carnival week runs from Thursday to lunchtime Sunday 30 Jun. Saturday Carnival Day community event for all the family.

Talks: Get Involved With Rennie Grove Tring Brewery Marquee, Pound Meadow, 4pm. Come along and meet the Rennie Grove staff over complimentary drinks, courtesy of Tring Brewery. tring_carnival.php

Film: The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long Tring Brewery Marquee, Pound Meadow. Doors 7pm, film 8.45pm. £12 advance, £15 door. Hot food available. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods.

Music: Rennie Grove Tring Carnival Band Night Pound Meadow, 8pm. £10 advance, £12.50 door. A night of local beer, bands and dancing and all for a good cause.

Gardens: Wilstone Open Gardens 2-5pm. One-off £4 entry to all gardens. Stroll around the village visiting the gardens and enjoying the many other activities available. open_gardens.php?id=1653 Music: Tring Chamber Music Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. ‘Fiddlers Four’. www.

TUESDAY 25 JUN Talks: A Reminiscence Evening Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Speaker: Barbara Smith. Call Mo Reeley. 01442 823768

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Fairs / Festivals: Tring Summer Carnival Day 11.30am. £2, under-5s free. The space-themed Carnival Day will be blasting off with a High Street parade involving local schools, dance groups and theatre groups. Music: The Pepper Show Band and the Dung Beatles An evening of energetic music from these bands. Dance: The Roads Less Travelled Markova Theatre, Tring Park School, 7.30pm. An exciting and original dance production. www.

SUNDAY 30 JUN Comedy: The Tringe 2019 10th annual Tringe comedy festival! Runs to 20 Jul. See website for more details.

SATURDAY 29 JUN Walks: Memory Walk Sign up and walk in memory of a loved one with friends, colleagues and those closest to you so the Hospice can continue to offer a hand in the darkness for those in need. uk/40/birthday-events Sport: Tring Tornadoes Family Day

MONDAY 1 JUL Exhibitions: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered / Madame de Pompadour in the Frame Two exhibitions at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. To 20 Oct. Free with grounds admission.

Theatre: As You Like It Tring Park School grounds, 7.30pm. Also 2pm and 7.30pm Sat 6 Jul. Outdoor production directed by Heather Loomes and Louise Montes. whats-on


Business: BDCC Breakfast Meeting Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7am.

Fairs / Festivals: Chilfest Cow Lane, Tring. Retro 80s festival with performances from Hot Chocolate, Bananarama and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey.




Music: Robin Bibi and Tony Martin Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

Music: Tring Choral Society St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring High Street, 7.30pm. £15.



Sport: Stocks Golf Day Take on the exclusive 18-hole championship course in aid of the Hospice of St Francis and compete for the Challenge Trophy!

Fundraisers: Sky Dive 2019 Hinton Airfield, Brackley. £50 registration, non-refundable. Raise funds for the Hospice of St Francis in its 40th year. support-us/events/detail/ skydive-july

Sunday 7 July: Sky Dive 2019, Hinton Airfield

Walks: Wendover Arm Trust Restoration Open Day Drayton Beauchamp Church 12.30-4pm. Free entry and parking. Guided tours of restoration site. Canoe and paddleboard activity on restored canal section.

TUESDAY 9 JUL Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury 9.30am business networking. aston-clinton/aston-clinton. html

THURSDAY 11 JUL Talks: Bacon and Bagels Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. A Jewish childhood in the East End. Speaker: Jeff Rozelaar. uk/tring/home

FRIDAY 12 JUL Fundraisers: Ashlyns Festival Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted. The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a comedy and curry night. www.ashlynsfestival.



Music: Tring Chamber Music Aldbury Church, 7.30pm. ‘Beethoven - First and Last’. www.

Kids: The Great Big Tree Climb Whiteleaf Hill, Peters Lane, Princes Risborough. Hourly slots from 9am-5pm. £16-25. Suitable for all ages. event/the-great-big-treeclimb-at-whiteleaf-hill

WEDNESDAY 17 JUL Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 9am-12 noon. Please book your place as space is limited. fiona4mckenna@ Talks: Liberty: The Bucks Man, the London Shop, the Global Style High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Speaker: Will Phillips, Keeper of Social History at Bucks County Museum. www.tringlocalhistory

Music: Pitch Perfect Berkhamsted Cricket Club 4pm. pitchperfect

TUESDAY 23 JUL Talks: Chair Exercises Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Speaker: Joan Cooper. 01442 823768

SATURDAY 27 JUL Fairs / Festivals: Dacorum Steam Fayre Green Croft Farm, Potten End 10am-5pm. Also Sun 28 Jul. A weekend packed full of family fun with heavy horses,

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THURSDAY 1 AUG Music: Dawn Sandell’s Raiders Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 3 AUG Markets & Sales: Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. Free admittance. 01442 862011

SUNDAY 4 AUG Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing Tring Memorial Gardens, 2-4.30pm. Drama Impact perform Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy as the climax of their open-air summer tour. much-ado-about-nothing-thetour

THURSDAY 18 JUL Music: Lewis Hamilton Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 19 JUL SATURDAY 13 JUL Fundraisers: Ashlyns Festival Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted. The festival continues with live music across two stages all day.

Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. gascoinesusan@

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WHAT’S ON THURSDAY 8 AUG Talks: The Mafia and Frank Sinatra Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. Speaker: Brian Greenan. uk/tring/home

SUNDAY 11 AUG Gardens: Sunnyside Allotments Open Day Ivy House Lane, Berkhamsted 11am-4pm. www.

TUESDAY 13 AUG Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury 9.30-11.30am. £10.

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THURSDAY 15 AUG Music: Nigel Bagge Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.



Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. gascoinesusan@

Fundraisers: Family Fun Day Broadwater, Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted. From 1pm. Berkhamsted Comrades FC host 6-a-side football tournament, plus BBQ, bar, stalls, live music, bouncy castle, kids’ slides.

I read the magazine while staying with my sister at Cowroast, Nr Tring and was looking through the magazine for local attractions and places to visit. Will definitely get my sister to pass her next copy on to me. Wendy February 2019

TUESDAY 27 AUG Talks: Life as an Actor Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. Speaker: Jeff Rozelaar. 01442 823768

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