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BERKHAMSTED

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WINTER 2019

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Welcome to the Winter issue! Y ou may have noticed something different about our magazine this time; we’ve gone compostable! You told us you wanted an ecofriendly wrap for the magazine, and we listened – and here it is! More details can be found on page 7. In the true spirit of Christmas, we’re also very excited to bring you our very special six-page gift guide, with lots of ideas for all budgets, and all from your favourite local and independent retailers. We hope you’ll join us in supporting your local shops and get out there and spend with them this Christmas.

We’re bringing you lots more too, including how to get winter colour in your garden, how to teach your kids the value of money, and keeping your home safe in the cold weather. We hope you enjoy it, and see you in the New Year!

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News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages

14 Shop local Christmas

special gift guide, plus competition

22 Wheelchair friendly

walk round Ashridge

25 Cats in need of new forever homes

26 Teach your kids the value of money

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30 How to winterproof

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32 Keep your skin

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36 Get some winter

colour in your garden

39 Restaurant review: Rosanna’s

40 What’s on locally 50 Local essential services

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The only local magazine offering guaranteed shrink-wrapped delivery to 11,250* addresses in the HP4 postcode area, by Royal Mail every quarter. *Royal Mail postcode data . Published quarterly in March, June, Sept & Nov The Team: Publisher: Alison Page / Editorial: Clare Swatman / Photographer: Adam Hollier / Design: Neil Randle Registered Address: Jubilee Gardens Tring, Herts HP23 4JG. Living Magazines are published by independent publisher Alison Page Marketing. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is strictly prohibited without permission. The publisher will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Opinions expressed by authors and advertisers in this publication are not specifically endorsed by Alison Page Marketing.

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Kick off the festive season in style

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f you’re not in the Christmas mood already, you soon will be! Help eliminate the Scrooge in you once and for all by popping along to one, or both, of the local Christmas festivals. They always do a brilliant job of kicking off the festive season in style. Berkhamsted Festival of Light Sunday 24 November 2019 From 3.30pm onward Stalls, mulled wine, mince pies, fairground rides, letter-writing to Father Christmas and a best-dressed window competition – what a way to officially start Christmas! The annual Festival of Light starts on the High Street at 3.30pm, and includes entertainment from Gobstoppers Theatre Arts, Rock Chorus and Lockers Park Choir, before the lights are switched on at 5.15pm with Father Christmas making an appearance on his sleigh. The St Peter’s Candlelit Stillness evening begins at 6pm.

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Tring Together Christmas Festival Friday 29 November 2019 6.30pm-9.30pm A free, funfilled evening when many of Tring’s businesses open their doors, and the High Street and Victoria Hall transform into a sparkling Christmas Market. There’s live music and entertainment, fairground rides, free children’s crafts and entertainment in the churches.

Light up a Life

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emember someone special at one of Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Light up a Life services. Sponsor a light on one of their Christmas trees to shine in memory of a loved one, and receive a silver star to hang on your own tree with your own special message. The nearest services are at Hemel Hempstead St Mary’s Church, in Hemel Hempstead Old Town, on Sunday 17 November at 4pm, and at the Mayor’s Carol Service in St Albans on Sunday 8 December at 4pm. For more details go to www.renniegrove.org.

Recycle your tree!

Boost for bus users

First Berkhamsted Scout Group will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling on Sunday 5 January. Suggested voluntary donation is £4. To book go to www.1stberkhamsted.org.uk/trees before midnight on 3 January. All funds raised go to local Scout charities.

An improved bus network is on the way for Herts, as the County Council and local bus operators plan to enter into a new partnership to improve public transport in the county. For more information go to www.hertfordshire. gov.uk/intalinkpartnership.

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Read In Peace

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he Rectory Lane Cemetery Project has a special challenge this Christmas – to raise enough money for their RIP (Read In Peace) reading seat. The seat will encircle a liquidambar tree and include a library shelf with books integrated into the design. ‘This is a very peaceful, special place to sit,’ says Community Engagement Officer, Kate Campbell. ‘The seat will complement the ongoing conservation and landscape work, and provide a wonderful spot for children and adults to take time out to read in peace.’ The project is taking part in a Christmas Challenge appeal with The Big Give, which brings together philanthropic champions and charities.

Berkhamsted in the Media Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire said it has expanded its wellbeing support to families significantly. The Times, 2 October 2019 Bicknell decided to start up again in 2004 with Make Believe Ideas, after she was commissioned to make a range of 12 children’s titles. After 20 years of commuting to London, she set up in a basement near her home in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.’ The Times, 15 September 2019 Berkhamsted was also the focus of a new series on BBC called Escape to the Perfect Town, presented by Jonnie Irwin who lives here. It certainly looked very vibrant and pretty! The episode aired on 8 October.

Online donations need to be made during the Christmas Challenge week of 3-10 December. Donations will be matched by The Big Give, and all contributors’ names will be added to a Donation Book, kept in the library. Email Kate, the Community Engagement Officer, at campbellkate01@gmail.com, or to donate between 3-10 December, go to www.thebiggive.org.uk and choose ‘The Friends of St Peter’s Great Berkhamsted’.

Herts Year of Culture 2020 C ulture is taking centre stage during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities. Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) will put the spotlight on arts, culture and heritage across the county, with activities, special events and experiences across the 12 themed months. Find out more at www.hyoc2020.org.uk or email Dacorum Co-ordinator Annie Smith annie.smith@dacorum.gov.uk


We’ve gone compostable!

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ou spoke – and we listened. The plastic that has been used to wrap our magazine for years has, after much research into compostable alternatives, been banished for good! Like many other businesses, including the RSPB, we have switched to a new, more environmentally-friendly compostable wrap to bring your favourite, and only truly local, magazine straight to your door. Made from potato starch, there are three ways you can dispose of it: 1) Add it to your compost heap in your garden 2) Throw it into the green recycling bin along with your garden waste

Car park on course for completion

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ike it or loathe it, there’s no denying that the new car park on Lower King’s Road is going up quickly now, and it’s due to be completed early in the new year. ‘Like with all things, the project is weather dependent,’ says Ben Hosier from Dacorum Borough Council. ‘But we’re hopeful it will be finished by the beginning of February.’ In the meantime, the temporary car park continues to suffer with drainage problems.

3) Carefully remove the magazine and use the empty bag in your food waste caddy. Please don’t put the wrap into your plastics recycling. We’re very pleased with our new wrap, and we hope you are too. ‘The ground holds water, so when it’s very wet it stays on the surface,’ adds Ben. ‘We were only able to use it on the condition we closed it if issues arose.’ There are also plans being discussed regarding the extra spaces being provided, and how many will be allocated for businesses as well as short stay and long stay spaces. Watch this space!

Don’t miss the Tring panto at the Court Theatre this year. Peter Pan runs from 27 December until 5 January! www.courttheatre.co.uk

NEWS IN BRIEF

You might have noticed our regular book review and recipe pages are missing from this issue. We’ve moved them to make way for our spectacular Christmas gift guide – but don’t worry, you can find them as usual on our website at www.livingmags.info.

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Write a review!

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ancy the chance to win cash for writing about your favourite film? The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust is offering a £500 prize to the winner of the very first Graham Greene Film Review Competition, in partnership with The Centre of New Writing at Manchester University. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. The closing date is 5pm (UK time) on 31 March 2020. To enter, entrants must submit a review of a film with a run time of at least 80 minutes. The word limit is 1,000 words and the entrance fee is £10. The winner will be announced at the end of May and the winning entry will be published in The Manchester Review, and showcased at the 22nd Graham Greene International Festival in Berkhamsted next October. Visit www.grahamgreenebt.org.

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New Hospital for Dacorum?

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est Herts Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) has received funding to provide new hospital facilities – but there is disagreement about how it should be spent. WHHT believes the money needs to be spent upgrading current facilities, including the site at Watford. ‘We understand that the investment will be into current sites – for a major refurbishment and rebuild at Watford General Hospital, together with development for St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals,’ says a spokesperson for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG). However not everyone agrees this is the best solution. Sir Mike Penning, Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, says: ‘It will be a complete waste and an utter disaster to try to rebuild Watford on the existing site right next door to a Premier League football club in the Victorian back streets.’ Instead, he has backed the Dacorum Hospital Action Group and the New Hospital Campaign who are raising money to fund a judicial review of HVCCG and WHHT’s decision to exclude the consideration of a new hospital on a new site. ‘I absolutely support this legal challenge,’ Sir Mike added. ‘The hospital authorities were asked to provide a number of options and specifically excluded the new site option, despite it being widely proven to be the best option by the New Hospital Campaign. ‘I would urgently encourage local people to give the hospital campaigners full support.’ You can donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newhospital-campaign.

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Gobstoppers turns 25

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appy birthday to the wonderful theatre and singing group, Gobstoppers, who turned 25 this year! Gobstoppers was set up in 1994 by Chris and Victoria Williams. Today it runs several courses including children’s theatre groups and holiday clubs, is a registered centre for LAMDA, GCSE and A-Level Drama, plus it runs a Creative Curriculum for homeschooled children. At the end of November more than 150 local children

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will put on a production of The Wind In The Willows at the Centenary Theatre, while Gobstoppers children will also be singing at the Festival of Light on 24 November. Meanwhile, its sister group, Glee Club, has raised an astonishing £50,000 for local charities and is putting on a Beatles Concert in January to raise money for the Chilterns MS Centre in Wendover. For more details go to www.gobstopperstheatrearts. com.

Berkhamsted Society events Neighbourhood Watch

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he Berkhamsted Society has been tying together Berkhamsted School’s interactions with key groups, including the Friends of Berkhamsted School, current and former pupils and parents, the local community and the School’s alumni. Last year they welcomed: Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda; Nelson Mandela’s Chaplain Reverend Colin Chambers; educational speaker James Shone; ultra-runners Anna McNuff and Kerry Sutton; and the Nikki Iles jazz quartet, among others. This year, you can look forward to: an audience with Simon Weston CBE; an audience with Nigel Owens MBE; an evening with writer and travel entrepreneur Jonny Bealby; a performance from Tenors Un Limited; and the return of ‘Women in Leadership’. The Society has established working relationships with many local groups and charities including Berkhamsted Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, BerkoFest music festival, the Royal British Legion, Age UK, the Open Door charity and the Hospice of St Francis. Go to www.berkhamsted.com for more details.

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he Safer Neighbourhood team are going into schools to get their message out. ‘We are running a Mini Police programme in local schools, aimed at children in Year 5,’ says Katie Braham. ‘This covers anti-social behaviour, bullying and internet safety, road safety and crime prevention.’ Safer streets events are also being ramped up in the lead up to Christmas. For more information on either of these email Katie.braham@herts.pnn.police.uk.

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any congratulations go to the winners of our autumn issue competition to win a pair of tickets to Berkofest. The lucky winners were Nina Auston, Tom Bath, Kat Pope and Lucie Lim. The winner of the Afternoon Tea for Two at the Ivy in St Albans was Wendy Lawrey. Well done Wendy! Bow House Dental in Tring is about to arrive in Berkhamsted. More details soon, but owner Edward Masheder is thrilled!

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Hewitt’s, 1919

Bailey’s celebrate their centenary

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amily-run Bailey and Sons jewellers on Lower Kings Road celebrates its 100th anniversary this year – and it’s doing it in style. ‘We want to thank our customers and welcome new ones in with our special shopping night on 7 December,’ says owner Charlotte Hewitt. ‘Which is why we’re giving away a bottle of Campfire Gin from Puddingstone Distillery with every purchase over £500.’ Bailey’s was established in London in 1919 by Charlotte’s great-grandfather Fred. The family moved the business to Amersham in the 1960s, and finally moved to Berkhamsted in 1981 when Charlotte’s father Nigel took over. ‘We had been called Hewitt’s before, but my father bought this business from another family and promised to keep the name,’ says Charlotte. They’ve been an important part of the town ever since. To celebrate their centenary, they also held a private event in October – but it’s the event on 7 December that Charlotte’s most excited about.

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‘We want to mark the occasion by offering customers a glass of gin as they shop, and making the evening really special. We hope people will come and celebrate with us!’

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f you’re after some stunning and original ideas for Christmas presents, get yourself along to the Town Farm Art Show in Cheddington from

22-24 November. 10 artists and makers will be showing an exciting mix of hand-crafted, high quality artwork including paintings, illustration, printmaking, ceramics, woodturning, embroidery and jewellery, plus willow weaving and sculpture in the garden. There will also be mulled wine and homebaked festive treats for sale in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The Show runs from 10am until 4pm each day at 6, Town Farm, Cheddington LU7 0TT. Entry is free. Visit www.townfarmartshow. blogspot.com.

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SHOP LOCAL: CHRIST Shop local this Christmas with our amazing six-page gift guide

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t’s all too easy to shop online these days, but the truth is, if you don’t use your local shops, you’ll lose them. Here at Living Magazines, we’re all about supporting local businesses – and we’re very lucky to have an amazing selection of independent shops in both Tring and Berkhamsted.

With that in mind, we decided to dedicate a whole SIX PAGES of this winter issue to a special gift guide, with ideas from all your favourite local shops, suitable for all budgets. So let your feet do the talking, and SHOP LOCAL this Christmas!

*Competition time!* One lucky winner can win a £50 voucher to spend in Fancy That in Tring, as well as this gorgeous candle from Number Twenty, worth £25. Simply answer this simple question: On what day of the week is Christmas Day this year? Deadline for entry is 6pm on Sunday 8 December 2019. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details of how to enter. www.livingmags.info/competitions

Fancy That are celebrating 25 years of trading on Tring High Street this year – and will be opening every Sunday in December to give you even more time to get your presents! Number Twenty in Berkhamsted has a gorgeous selection of Christmas gifts – and you’ll be doing your bit for charity too as all profits go to the Hospice of St Francis!

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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 01 Cocoba’s Santa decorated choc bars £5.50 02 The Walnut Tree’s Nougat Selection Pack £9.95 Fancy That - Tring 03 Bamboo Initial Socks £6.99 04 Craft Beer bottle cap collector £10 05 Save Our Bees shopping bag £6 06 Shout Out game £6 Grace and Sons - Tring 07 Bamboo Cotton buds £2.99 08 Recycled Twine in dispenser £4.99 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 09 Fragranced tubular soap from Arthouse Unlimited £6.95

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Soden Style - Berkhamsted 10 Starry tea lights from £5 Temptation - Berkhamsted 11 Sherpa Socks £9.99 Tring Brewery - Tring 12 Death or Glory Chutney £4.10 and Biltong £2.60 13 Three-bottle selection pack £9 White Mint - Berkhamsted 14 Espresso Martini candle £8.50 Wigginton Community Shop - Tring / Wiggington 15 Geoff’s local honey £4 16 Summershed Brewery ale from Wigginton, from £2.75 Woods - Berkhamsted 17 Blue glass baubles £4.50


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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 18 Bespoke hampers to order from £15 19 Morvena’s British rum gift sets £15 Fancy That - Tring 20 Dragon kite £15.75 Loft68 Vintage - Tring 21 Born In The USA Tshirt £18 Maggie J - Tring 22 Owl brooch £19.50 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 23 St Eval Winter Thyme candles with reindeer decoration, £12.50 each

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Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 24 Campfire gin enamel tumbler £11 Temptation - Berkhamsted 25 Men’s scarves £12.99 Tring Brewery - Tring 26 Six-bottle selection bag £15.80 White Mint - Berkhamsted 27 Dark green bevelled glass LED lamp £20 Woods - Berkhamsted 28 Mouse tea light holder £14.50

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Fancy That - Tring 29 Russian Doll Nativity set £21 Loft68 Vintage - Tring 30 Designer denim jeans from £25 Maggie J - Tring 31 Multi-coloured stone necklace £29 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 32 Gloves from Powder £21.95 Our Bookshop - Tring 33 RHS Gardeners Botanical £30 Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations £25 Peonies £25

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Soden Style - Berkhamsted 34 Light-up Star on a stand £30 Tring Brewery - Tring 35 Growlers- 1litre £15.45, 2litre £20.10 White Mint - Berkhamsted 36 Dusty pink wooden side table £30 Mustard hexagon wooden side table £30 Woods - Berkhamsted 37 Nutcracker wooden music box £24.99


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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 38 Paxton and Whitfield olive wood cheese board £32.50 Fancy That - Tring 39 Stained glass tortoise lamp £34

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Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 44 Campfire Gin miniature 3 pack £34 45 1594 Spirit of Box Moor gin 50cl £32 46 PUD PUD Cask aged gin 50cl £36

Maggie J - Tring 42 Les Georgettes bangle from £49

White Mint - Berkhamsted 48 Ombre ceramic table lamp with shade £45

Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 43 Flip Click Clock £42

Woods - Berkhamsted 49 Seagrass sequinned basket, medium £39.99

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Bailey and Sons - Berkhamsted 49 Aquamarine and diamond earrings £POA 50 Clogau bracelet £119 51 Kit Heath earrings £52.00 Maggie J - Tring 52 Bee bangle £79 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 53 Throws in Swedish wool £78 - £85 Jason Arbiter (ArbiterArt at Etsy, from Tring) 54 Study of Flowers 20x24 £300 55 What A Surprise, No Lion 16x20 £150

Village Wines - Tring 56 L-R Taylors Port 20 Years Aged £37.99; OBAM Single Malt Scotch Whisky £49.99; Bas Armagnac Laubade Brandy 40 years aged £106.99 White Mint - Berkhamsted 57 Scandinavian Chestnut Gold geometric console table £290

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WALKS WITH A WHEELCHAIR

This issue our walk is at Ashridge and it’s our first fully accessible walk. Our thanks to Katy Etherington for her write up

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uncombe Terrace is situated within the National Trust Estate of Ashridge. It offers a wheelchair, scooter and bike-friendly trail through an ancient wildlife-rich woodland, alongside open common with fabulous views across chalk downland. The trail covers a distance of two miles one way, or a four-mile return trip. Park in the free disabled car park by the visitor centre, and the path starts across the green to the right of the Bridgewater Monument, marked by stud posts. The path is rough stone, so be prepared for a little vibro-massage! Watch out for larger, protruding stones in the first 20m, which could cause unnecessary bumps or trips. The path took us deep into the woodland and continued over a wooden bridge, beneath which you can see the ancient Drovers path, a ditch worn by villagers taking their animals to graze

on Pitstone Common. There is a slight lip onto and off the bridge. Further along on the left you’ll come to a fenced-off mound called Bell Barrow, thought to be a Bronze Age burial site. The wooden lodge buried amongst the trees on the left is a copy of a Victorian shooting lodge that burned down in 1989. Emerge from the woodland for lovely views of Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers and, on the right, a log bench for those who wish to pause for breath. The incline increases gradually through the pine woodland, before finally

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emerging on to Clipper Down, marking the end of the mobility trail. The path continues beyond the marked mobility point for another mile to Ivinghoe Beacon. We ventured a short distance before battery levels started to get alarmingly low! The path is more uneven and steep in places, but if you’re up for a bit of off roading, the first 100m or so is doable. We returned to the Brownlow Cafe next to the visitor centre for tea and cake - a highly recommended pit stop! An accomplished designer, Katy is also the founder of PA Pool which was launched in June 2007. www.papool.co.uk is the only website of its kind and is for disabled people looking to employ a PA (carer) and PAs (carers) looking for work. PA Pool is a market leader in its field, offering members the facility to interactively manage their own recruitment or employment.

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adly, winter is a busy time for the volunteers at the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted branch of the Cats Protection charity. ‘We currently have a waiting list of those needing to come into our care and once we get a space we have fosterers who look after them and get them vet-treated,’ says branch manager, Debbie. Can you offer one of these adorable faces a loving new home?

Angus Angus is around six. He’s a lovely, calm boy and enjoys the company of people. He loves to curl up on the sofa and receive cuddles! He’s very affectionate and would love someone who can be there for him. He really enjoys being in the garden. We feel Angus would be happier in a family environment, as the only pet, where he can laze away his days with lots of cuddles and love, which he will return ten-fold.

This lovely lad is Bo. He’s seven and needs to feel loved and safe. He’s long haired, so will require grooming – when he’s in the mood! Bo is gentle and laidback, loves attention and cuddles. He likes playing with his toys and is always ready for a game. We feel Bo would be happier in an older family environment and may be happy to share his home with one cat-friendly dog. He would love access to a garden after his settling in period.

Prince Prince is a bright, naturally inquisitive boy who loves to race through his tunnels, jump in a box and play hide and seek. He’s an extremely responsive, chatty boy who adores company and is happy to play with anyone. He’s good with children too. Prince is just over a year old and neutered. We feel he would love a secure garden to explore. He would be best suited to a family environment, but as the only pet. Cats Protection is run entirely on donations and fundraising. Visit www.cats.org.uk/dacorum to find out more.

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ACORNS Teaching children the importance of money management is essential

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esearch has shown that children pick up their key financial habits by the age of just seven – so it’s never too early to teach them about money. ‘It’s vital that children have an appreciation and understanding of the value of money,’ says Robert Stringer from Stringer Mann Financial Planners in Berkhamsted. ‘Teaching them the concept of delayed gratification can be the key to helping them manage their money for life.’

Young children Children as young as three or four can learn some basics. ‘Set up a play shop so they can learn about paying for things,’ suggests Robert. This also teaches them numerical skills.

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‘Use non-monetary ways to get them to understand about delayed gratification. For example, if they don’t have the biscuit now, they can have an ice cream later.’ Children of seven and eight recognise the value of money, and understand that money is exchanged for things they want. While they’re also capable of understanding the concept of waiting for something they really want, they struggle with the difference between luxuries and necessities. ‘This is a good age to start talking about household bills,’ says Robert. ‘Get them to understand that if you leave all the lights on, the electricity has to be paid for- which means you might not be able to afford something else, like their football lessons or karate class.

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‘Try and include them in planning too, such as setting a weekly budget or writing a shopping list to help build their understanding.’

Pre-teens Pocket money is a great way to teach them about spending and saving. ‘Consider giving them a small amount each week, and then offer the chance to earn more by doing jobs, such as washing the car or mowing the lawn,’ suggests Robert. ‘This will help them see the money as a reward that’s directly related to the work they’ve done.’ To help them understand about saving, give them a jar where they can see the money accumulate, or set up an account that they can access online. Show them that, if they have £10 and spend £7 but save £3 as soon as they’re given it, the money quickly builds up, which gives them the ability to buy something they really want. ‘Encouraging them to reflect on money, and think about what they can buy right now versus what they can save up for later can be a real challenge, but definitely one worth pursuing,’ says Robert. ‘Children also need to understand that swiping a card is still spending it. ‘When our grandparents were young, most people were paid in cash and would put money into tins for mortgage, bills and so on. Most people didn’t – and couldn’t – spend above their means. These days, it’s all too easy to spend what you don’t have.’

It’s essential to emphasise the importance of planning ahead, and the consequences of making the right or wrong decisions about their spending. ‘For example, if they have a certain amount of money for food and transport to and from college, they need to learn that, if they spend it all on a KFC and then can’t get home, that has consequences,’ says Robert. ‘Maybe instead they should look ahead, and plan to take a packed lunch two or three times, so they can afford a treat at the end of the week.’ Teens can also learn the basics about things such as mortgages and loans, but keep it simple.

Grown-ups It’s never too late to learn about respecting money. We need to ask ourselves, ‘Do I need that more than I need the money?’ before making impulse purchases or that easy one-click Amazon buy. ‘If it helps, work out a weekly budget and take the cash out at the beginning of the week,’ says Robert. ‘You’ll probably find it much harder to hand over a £10 note for your lunch than if you just swipe a card at the till.’ For help with any financial issues, visit Stringer Mann at www.stringermann.co.uk

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Other simple ways to protect your home Get your chimney swept HETAS, the solid fuel safety and standards organisation, recommends that you have your chimney swept twice a year, but at least once a year is essential. Creosote and soot build up in the chimney and prevent dangerous gases from escaping. A build-up can also cause dangerous chimney fires. Check carbon monoxide monitors If you have at least one fuel-burning appliance or heater then it’s essential to have a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor installed. CO is a deadly gas, which is otherwise impossible to detect. If you have one, make sure it’s working properly and check smoke alarms too. Check the roof Check your roof for broken or missing tiles and slates, and get them replaced to prevent water getting in. Keep gutters and drainpipes clear of debris to help rainwater drain away. Clear the garden Check fences to make sure they’re robust enough to withstand gales, and fix broken gates so they don’t spend the winter months banging around.

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Check your boiler ‘Regular boiler check-ups are essential, as they can prevent breakdowns during cold spells,’ says Tony. ‘It’s also worth asking your service engineer about the benefits of adding antifreeze to your system.’

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SKIN Keep skin glowing all winter long with our expert advice

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hen it’s cold outside and the central heating’s on, your skin can feel tight and dry. We spoke to Natasha Dauncey from Apothaka in Berkhamsted and Lucie Fountain from Elementary Skincare in Tring about keeping your skin looking good all winter. 1) Cover it If you spend long periods of time outside – walking the dog or running - make sure you cover your skin. ‘A balaclava (there are some fashionable ones around!) can protect against broken capillaries,’ says Lucie. 2) Protect it The sun may not seem bright, but the damaging UVA rays are pretty consistent all year round. ‘Moisturisers with SPF protection don’t usually have UVA protection as well as UVB,’ says Natasha. Choose a good quality sun cream for your face. 3) Cleanse it It depends on your skin type, but look for a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin

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feeling stripped of moisture. ‘Cleansing oils that rinse are great, as they remove dirt and leave skin soft,’ says Natasha. ‘Make sure a cleanser has a balanced pH – around 4.5 to 6.’ Lucie adds: ‘The evening cleanse is the most important to remove dirt, pollution and dead skin cells, and to give the skin a good canvas for its overnight replenishment.’ Try REN’s Cleanse & Reveal Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15 for 100ml. 4) Moisturise it In the winter, skin loses oils, which need to be replaced. ‘Add a drop or two of skin oil to your usual moisturiser,’ says Natasha. ‘Also try a serum, which helps your skin hold on to moisture and protects the skin barrier.’ Editor Clare tried Apothaka’s Barrier Support Serum. It contains niacinamide and ceramides, great for all-round skin health. After a month of use my skin felt noticeably less lined and less tight. A 10ml bottle costs £19.50. www.apothaka.co.uk

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5) Rehydrate it Heating and cold weather can leave your skin dehydrated, tight and lined. ‘You need a decent moisturiser for the cold winter months – usually something heavier than your summer moisturiser,’ says Natasha. ‘Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin plump and soft.’ Men tend to have more active sebaceous glands, which leads to oilier skin, so try something that controls excess oil such as men-ü Matt Skin Refresh Gel, £15.95 online. 6) Exfoliate it Exfoliation is essential for ensuring products are absorbed into the skin properly. ‘Once or twice a week is enough – any more and you risk stripping away the oils,’ explains Natasha. For men, a daily shave is an excellent way of exfoliating. Otherwise, try microdermabrasion – a gentle but deep exfoliation that stimulates collagen at the same time. Editor Clare tried it out at Elementary. Here’s how she got on:

Common skin problems Problem: Dry/chapped lips - Solution: Make a lip scrub with honey and brown sugar, suggests Lucie. Leave for 5-10 minutes, remove and follow with lip balm. ‘Try a lip balm that contains lanolin, the ingredient found in nipple cream,’ suggests Natasha. She recommends Keihl’s Lip Balm, £10. Problem: Dry, flaky skin - Solution: Strip back your routine and avoid harsh ingredients. A primer will give make-up a more even appearance and a facial spritz will keep moisture levels topped up. Problem: Dry hands - Solution: Exfoliate with your usual body scrub for five minutes, then rinse. Mix 2tbsp of Jojoba oil and your favourite essential oil into a bowl of warm water and soak for 10 minutes, then apply hand cream.

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nce summer is over, most of us stop thinking about our gardens until spring. But get the planting right and you can enjoy gorgeous colours all year round.

Shrubs and evergreens Evergreen shrubs are the basis for some spectacular winter gardens. ‘Cornus, also known as dogwood grow in red, yellow, green and orange,’ explains Berkhamsted landscape gardener Helen Reeley. ‘But cut them right back in late February, otherwise you’ll end up with brown stems. The oranges of cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ look incredible on a sunny winter’s day.’ The cream and white leaves of pittosporum

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look stunning all winter long, while hellebores are good long-lasting winter flowers. ‘For colour and scent, try viburnum, which has a beautiful scented pale pink flower on bare stems,’ suggests Helen. ‘Quince, or Chaenomeles, has cup-shaped red winter flowers with a black stem.’

Grasses ‘A background of shaped Buxus can really bring other plants to life,’ says Helen. ‘Intersperse them with grasses or feathery plumes such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, or choose seed heads such as Echinops, or globe thistle which turn a beautiful silvery brown and glisten in the frost.’

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GARDENS Pots and containers Heavenly bamboo, or Nandina domestica, has red and green leaves with red berry clusters and looks lovely in pots. ‘The Daphne bholua, particularly the ‘Jacqueline Postill’, is a small evergreen shrub with tiny pale pink flowers and an amazing scent,’ says Helen. ‘The sarcococca, or sweet box, has small white flowers all winter and really packs a punch scent-wise. ‘Winter gem’ is one of the best.’ Also try winter heathers, such as the purple Erica carnea, which can be underplanted with winter bulbs, such as Cyclamen coum, snowdrops and crocus.

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Look for colourful bark as a stunning centrepiece. ‘The Tibetan cherry, or Prunus serrula, has the most amazing peeling, glossy red-brown bark,’

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Bulbs and flowers Plant bulbs from October until mid-December. ‘If you’re a fan of daffodils, try a delicate version such as ‘Tête-à-tête,’ says Helen. ‘Mix with crocuses and snowdrops for even earlier colour. www.reeleylandscapes.co.uk

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hen I Love Food on Lower Kings Road closed for refurbishment, I was looking forward to seeing what it would look like when it reopened. Well, I wasn’t expecting this! The newly-named Rosanna’s is still run by the same family, but this is something entirely different. The interior – and the exterior – is beautiful; painted in a deep blue with accents of red, pink and gold, it feels a world away from the lively coffee shop/restaurant it was before. This restaurant means business. Upstairs is stunning too; the brand new terrace is the perfect place for cocktails on a sunny evening. It’s just a shame it was pouring with rain when I was there! I went at lunchtime and was pleased to see the restaurant filling up until the downstairs was completely at capacity. On to the food. I Love Food did have a lovely menu, with full flavours and delicious home-cooked Sicilian food. And Rosanna’s does the same – only this time it all feels a bit more ‘grown up’, which I like. I chose gnocchi with a rich tomato sauce, although the vegetarian options were plenty so I was spoilt for choice – not something I’m used to! I also chose deep fried courgette as a side dish. My friend Sarah was tempted by the fish, but in the end chose a chicken burger. The food didn’t disappoint. The portions were generous, the flavours were rich and the presentation was immaculate.

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Artists College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring. To 2 Dec. bbowt.org.uk/explore/ visitor-centres/college-lakevisitor-centre Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Christmas Festival 6.30-9.30pm. The High Street and Victoria Hall transform into a sparkling Christmas Market. tringtogether.org.uk

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Film: Woman at War Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 19 Nov. Nonmembers £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

Arts & Crafts: Town Farm Art Show 6 Town Farm, Cheddington, Near Tring, LU7 0TT 10am-4pm. To Sun 24 Nov. townfarmartshow. blogspot.com

TUESDAY 19 NOV Theatre: Drama Show Tring Park School. To 22 Nov. tringpark.com/whats-on

WEDNESDAY 20 NOV Talks: The Romance of Metroland High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk Theatre: Macbeth The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. To 23 Nov. courttheatre.co.uk

Music: The Urban Folk Quartet Vyne Theatre, 8pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

SATURDAY 23 NOV Music: Neil Drinkwater’s Red Stripe Band Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

SUNDAY 24 NOV

Business: Tring BusinessMart The Akeman, 7.30-9.30am. tringtogether.org.uk

Fairs / Festivals: Christmas Fair Tring Park School. A great chance to have a wander around the Mansion and to get ahead with your Christmas shopping. tringpark.com

Business: Office Launch and Networking Machins Solicitors, 28 Dunstable Road, Luton. 6-9pm. eventbrite.co.uk/e/ machins-new-office-launchparty-networking-eveningtickets-75823432929

Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Festival of Light Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30pm. Many stalls, entertainment, light switch on and Santa’s sleigh. berkhamstedtowncouncil. gov.uk

Music: Storm Warning Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

Fairs / Festivals: Festival of Light St Peter’s Church,

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Berkhamsted, 4-7pm. Take a break and enjoy the stillness, quiet and beauty of St Peter’s church stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

TUESDAY 26 NOV Talks: Health Emergencies and the Nora Grace Hall Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45 pm. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 27 NOV Music: Acoustic Night Tring Park School. Also 28 Nov. tringpark.com/whats-on

Fundraisers: Winter Market Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Rd, Redbourn, St Albans. 10am-4pm. stfrancis.org.uk Markets & Sales: Christmas Market Cheddington Combined School 1-4pm. facebook.com/ events/1160144374172694/ Fundraisers: Santa’s Sleigh Santa will be out and about from Saturday 30 November to Sunday 22 December. berkorotary.org/santa

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Theatre: Far From the Madding Crowd Tring Park School. To 30 Nov. tringpark. com/whats-on

Markets & Sales: Redbourn Christmas Market 11am-5pm. redbournchristmasmarket. com

Theatre: Present Laughter Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk Theatre: Comedy of Errors The Court Theatre, Tring, 7.30pm. To 30 Nov. Sat matinee 2.30pm. courttheatre.co.uk Music: Wille Edwards Tring Park Cricket Club. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 29 NOV Arts & Crafts: College Lake

Fundraisers: Tree of Light Aylesbury High School, Walton Road, 5pm. fnhospice.org.uk/tree-of-light Music: Advent Carol Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 6pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

MONDAY 2 DEC Sport: FABS Over-60s Exercise Class Nora Grace Hall, Mondays 10-11am; Pitstone Memorial Hall, Tuesdays 11am-12noon; The

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Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Church, Northchurch, Tuesdays 1-2pm. 07988 649275 Film: Shoplifters Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 3 Dec. Nonmembers £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

TUESDAY 3 DEC Music: Glee Club: Gable Hall, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted. Every Tuesday 12.30-2pm or every Thursday 8-10pm. gobstopperstheatrearts.com Talks: Liberty St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. £3, coffee and refreshments included. http://cluster3.websitestaging.uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society/

WEDNESDAY 4 DEC Exhibitions: Future Luton Consultation Public consultation event for London Luton Airport at Nora Grace Hall 2-8pm futureluton@llal.org.uk

THURSDAY 5 DEC Music: Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 6 DEC Dance: Life in a Day Tring Park School. Boys’ Day of Dance. tringpark.com/ whats-on Talks: Duke Of Windsor St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. Royal Traitor or Nazi Dupe? cholesbury.com Music: The Unravelling Wilburys The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. Tribute to the

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SATURDAY 7 DEC Markets & Sales: Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. Free admittance. 01442 862011 Markets & Sales: Christmas Market Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 10.30am-3pm. Organised by Berkhamsted Churches Together. doc_hilda@ hotmail.com Music: Sing Christmas St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe, 5pm. beaconcommunitychoir.co.uk Markets & Sales: Gin and Jewels Evening Bailey and Sons, Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted, 6-9pm. Celebrating 100 years! baileyandsons.co.uk Music: Schools Will Rock You Tring Park School. 2pm and 7.30pm. Also Sun 8 Dec. tringpark.com/whats-on Music: Onyx Brass Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

SUNDAY 8 DEC Dance: Christmas Junior Day of Dance Tring Park School. For young dancers aged 7-11 wishing to experience dance. tringpark.com/associatedcourses Music: The Very Lazy Sundays Court Theatre, 5pm. With Support from In the Forest and Craig Joiner. courttheatre.co.uk

Music: A Night in Vienna St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. 7.30pm. An evening of luminous melodic beauty and Viennese intimacy. behindthemirror.org

TUESDAY 10 DEC Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5HP. 9.30-11.30am. £10. Relaxed networking event. businessbiscotti.co.uk/ aston-clinton Dance: Coppelia Vyne Theatre, 7.15pm. The Royal Ballet’s classical story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 11 DEC Arts & Crafts: Christmas Wreath Workshop The Barn Studio, Stonehouse, Vicarage Lane HP4 2QZ, 6.30-9pm. Also Lockers Park School HP1 1TL Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec. 10am-1pm. reeleylandscapes. co.uk/workshops Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. https://facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/ Talks: The hilltop villages, their artists and local heroes Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Speaker: Chris Brown. berkhamsted-history.org.uk

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SATURDAY 14 DEC Markets & Sales: Tring Shop Local Day Church Square, 9am-12 noon. Come along to the Festive Farmers’ Market. tringtogether.org.uk Fundraisers:

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Tree of Light St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Castle Street, Buckingham, 5pm. With prayers, readings and carols. fnhospice.org.uk/ tree-of-light

Talks: Tring U3A Christmas Social Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. https://u3asites.org.uk/tring/ home

Music: Carol Service Church of St Peter and St Paul, 10.30am. Tring Park School’s annual carol service. tringpark.com/whats-on

Dance: 6th Form Choreographic Show Tring Park School. tringpark.com/whats-on

Dance: 3rd year 6th Form Dance Show Tring Park School. tringpark.com/whats-on


December 14 Music: Tring Choral Society Christmas Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church, Tring, 7.30pm. £15 (under-18s free). tringchoral.org.uk

SUNDAY 15 DEC Fundraisers: Santa Dash Riverside Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, 10am. stfrancis.org.uk/santadash Fundraisers: Hospice of St Francis Carol Concert St Albans Cathedral, 3-4.30pm. Tickets are now on sale for festive readings and carols in this stunning setting. stfrancis.org.uk Music: Parish Carol Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 6pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

December 15

WEDNESDAY 18 DEC

WEDNESDAY 25 DEC

Comedy: Horne Section Christmas Party The Court Theatre, Tring. £22 show only, £50 party. get-stuffed.biz

Music: Christmas Day Family Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 9.30am. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

THURSDAY 19 DEC

Theatre: Peter Pan David Evans Court Theatre, Tring. Until 5 Dec. www. courttheatre.co.uk.

FRIDAY 20 DEC

WEDNESDAY 1 JAN

Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. susangascoine1947@gmail. com

Fundraisers: Biggest Loser Challenge Starting January! Change your life forever in just 12 weeks... stfrancis.org.uk/ biggestloser

MONDAY 23 DEC

Music: Gabriel Latchin Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

Music: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 7.30pm. £15 online or from Brown & Merry, Berkhamsted. chilternchamberchoir.com

MONDAY 16 DEC

TUESDAY 24 DEC

Film: Wild Rose Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Non-members £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

Music: Crib Services St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 4pm and 5.30pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

TUESDAY 17 DEC Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. Meet other local business people. tringtogether.org.uk

FRIDAY 27 DEC

Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band and Friends Christmas Bash Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. £8. bluesbartring.co.uk

Music: Midnight Mass St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 11pm. Christmas Eve Choir carols at 11pm, service starts at 11.30pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

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Fundraisers: Strictly Learn Dancing Don’t miss your chance to learn to dance for

The Hospice of St Francis! stfrancis.org.uk/strictly

SUNDAY 5 JAN Fundraisers: Christmas Tree Reycling Recycle your Christmas Tree with the Berkhamsted Scouts Group. Pre-book from 1st December 1stberkhamsted.org.uk/trees

WEDNESDAY 8 JAN Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/ Talks: Hertfordshire in World War II St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. http://cluster3. website-staging.uk/ wiggintonvillage.website/ history-society/

Peter Pan runs from 27 December until 5 January at the David Evans Court Theatre.

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THURSDAY 9 JAN

SUNDAY 19 JAN

Music: King Biscuit Boys and Tiny Tina Blues Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

Dance: The Sleeping Beauty Vyne Theatre, 2pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

FRIDAY 10 JAN Talks: Graham Greene’s Berkhamsted St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. cholesbury.com

SATURDAY 11 JAN Music: T J Johnson Quintet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

SUNDAY 12 JAN Music: A Russian Winter’s Tale The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 7pm. behindthemirror.org Music: Sing2Win The Court Theatre, Tring. A singing competition for all ages and styles. sing2win.uk

MONDAY 13 JAN Film: The Children Act Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 14 Jan. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 15 JAN Talks: Hartwell, Georgian Parks and Gardens High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk Talks: The Loxleys - Brothers in Arms of Northchurch Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. berkhamsted-history.org.uk

SATURDAY 18 JAN Music: The Beatles Nash Harris Dining Room, Berkhamsted School. gobstopperstheatrearts.com/ adult-glee-club

THURSDAY 23 JAN Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. tringtogether.org.uk Music: Ma Bessie and Her Pigfoot Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring. co.uk

FRIDAY 24 JAN Music: Budapest Cafe Orchestra Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk Film: Yesterday Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema.com

SUNDAY 26 JAN Dance: Giselle Vyne Theatre, 3pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk

Visit the region’s new independent bookshop and home of the Tring Book Festival. We stock all new books. Any orders made before 5pm will be in stock the next day. Join the mailing list and see our events. www.tringbookfestival.co.uk

MONDAY 27 JAN Film: Rams Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 28 Jan. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

SUNDAY 2 FEB Music: La Boheme Vyne Theatre, 2pm. Direct from the Royal Opera. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 5 FEB Sport: Wheelpower Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp Stoke Mandeville Stadium, 9.30am. A great way for young people aged 5-11 with a disability to discover sport. wheelpower.org.uk

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Talks: History of the Foundling Hospital St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. http://cluster3.websitestaging.uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society/

THURSDAY 6 FEB Sport: Wheelpower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp Stoke Mandeville Stadium, 9.30am. A great way for young people aged 12-18 with a disability to discover sport. wheelpower.org.uk Comedy: Simon Evans Court Theatre, 8pm. £15. get-stuffed.biz Music: Head Hunters Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 7 FEB Talks: Sex, Drugs And Tapeworms St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. cholesbury.com Comedy: Martin and Iolo - Wildlife Road Trip Court Theatre, 8pm. tringbookfestival.co.uk

SATURDAY 8 FEB Music: Kristiana Ignatjeva and Kumi Matsuo Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

SUNDAY 9 FEB Theatre: Kinky Boots Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk

MONDAY 10 FEB Film: The Breadwinner Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 11 Feb. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

WEDNESDAY 12 FEB Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. https://facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/

SATURDAY 15 FEB Music: Simon Spillett Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 19 FEB Talks: The Railway Comes to Tring Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Speaker: Ian Petticrew. berkhamstedhistory.org.uk Film: In the Fade Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 25 Feb. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

THURSDAY 20 FEB Music: Sam Kelly’s Station House Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 21 FEB Film: Downton Abbey Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema.com

SUNDAY 23 FEB Dance: Swan Lake Vyne Theatre, 3pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

SATURDAY 29 FEB Music: From Venice to Buenos Aires Berkhamsted Old Town Hall. 7.30pm. behindthemirror.org

SUNDAY 1 MAR Dance: Marston and Scarlett Vyne Theatre, 2pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

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LOCAL ESSENTIALS Need a number in a hurry? Keep this page handy

TRANSPORT

Bus

0300 123 4050 or visit www.intalink.org.uk

Visit our website for more essential services and telephone numbers including opticians, dental surgeries and vets for both Tring and Berkhamsted www.livingmags.info/berkhamstedessential-services

30/31 to Hemel Hempstead via Ashridge, the Gaddesdens and Potten End (not Sun)

Defibrillator machines in the town

502/532 to Northchurch via Sportspace (not Sun)

centre can be found by The Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HD. For a full list of defibrillators in the east of England, visit our website using the above link.

HEALTH

A&E Hemel Hempstead Hospital & Urgent Care Centre (Open 24/7) Hillfield Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4AD. 01442 213141 Late Night Pharmacy Open until 10.30pm 7 days a week 172 Tring Road, Bedgrove, Aylesbury HP20 1JR. 01296 432 696

ADDITIONAL USEFUL NUMBERS Police Emergency 999 Police Non-Emergency 101 NHS Medical Advice Line 111 Samaritans Call free from any phone on 116 123 Child Line For free and confidential help for young people: 0800 1111

354 to Northchurch (not Sun) 354 to Chesham (not Sun) 500/501 to Aylesbury via Tring 500/501 to Watford via Hemel Hempstead 502/532 to Hemel Hempstead via Potten End

Community Action

This service provides older or disabled people who have difficulties in using public transport safe, reliable and accessible transport to a local supermarket. 01442 253935 or visit www. communityactiondacorum.org/door-to-store. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of each month to Waitrose, Berkhamsted.

Train

London Northwestern Railway 0333 3110039 or visit www.londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk to download the operator’s app To London Euston via Hemel Hempstead and Watford Junction To Northampton via Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes Southern Railway 0345 1272920 or 0208 1850778 from a mobile, or visit www.southernrailway.com To Milton Keynes via Leighton Buzzard To South Croydon via Watford, Olympia and Clapham Junction

Taxis Ace Taxi Hire 01442 874700 / 01442 872872 Choice Yellow Cabs 01442 875100 Berko Black Cab 07961 594435

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