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Welcome to the Autumn issue! T

here’s always lots going on at this time of the year – check out our guide on Halloween fun with the kids, as well as details of firework displays, Chilterns Heritage Festival and the Heritage Open Days among many others! It’s been brought to our attention by a discussion on Facebook that some of you are not happy about the plastic wrap that the magazines are delivered in. Believe us, neither are we. It doesn’t sit well with us at all that our mags are sent out in polythene wrap which, although recyclable at supermarkets, is still not as environmentally friendly as we’d wish. We are investigating an alternative and hope to have a decision for 2020 and will let you know.

AUTUMN 2019 In other news, we’ve sadly had to make the decision not to publish the School Report this year due to lack of interest. Apologies to those who find it a useful guide – hopefully we can revisit it in the future. We hope you enjoy this issue of Living Magazines. We like to think we cover most things you want. For the results of the reader survey from the summer issue, turn to page 18. Have a lovely autumn and we’ll see you in the winter!

Alison and Clare Owner & Editor


News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages

12 Local Profile: Clare

Swatman chats to local campaigner Patrick Burke

14 Gift and food ideas from 16

your high street

Rumbles Chocolate Brownie recipe

19 Books by local authors 20 Fun family Halloween

30 Walk round Wigginton 34 Save our Hedgehogs: tips

23 The Art of Decluttering:

37 The Ivy review. Competition:

26 The best dog-friendly cafes

38 What’s On Guide 50 Local essential

events and crafts

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and advice for your garden

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Car park delayed ‘until 2020’

weather in February and June meant we needed to close the car park to carry out maintenance work. ‘The Moor is to be reinstated once the MSCP [multi-storey car park] is up and running.’ Let’s hope we have our Moor back soon!


he temporary car park on the Moor seems to have been closed more often than it’s been open. Meanwhile, work on the new multistorey continues. Originally it was due to be completed in November, but this is now forecast to be February 2020. ‘The construction period was agreed to be 32 weeks once all of the utilities diversion works had been completed,’ explains Ben Hosier from Dacorum Borough Council. ‘The final certificate was received from Thames Water at the end of June, which pushed the completion date to February 2020. ‘The reason that the temporary car park has reacted as it has, is not due to the installation being incorrectly undertaken, but because the early delay meant it was too late in the season for the surface matting and the grass to sufficiently knit together. Unseasonable

Berkofest is back!


his year’s Berkofest is taking place on Saturday 7 September – so if you haven’t bought tickets already you’ll need to get your skates on! The popular annual festival will take place at Ashlyns Hall Estate from 11.30am until 7pm. It will include music from local bands such as the Vegas Girls, Shane Lamont and the Warriors of Light and Melody Melon, as well as fun and games in the creative zone from Olaf Falafel, Tiernan Douieb, and circus performances and games from the Flying Seagull Project! Organiser Charlie Hussey says: ‘Last year’s smaller format was a huge success and we’re hoping to recreate the same this year – and we’d like the whole town to get involved!’ Tickets will be priced at £10 per adult in advance and £15 on the gate; concessions are £5, children under 5 are free, and a family ticket is £25. For more information go to

Dacorum Business Heroes


Dacorum Borough Council’s Business Heroes 2019 have been announced, and congratulations go to Number Twenty, Indigo Tree, D-Lab, Tring Together, Tring Brewery and David Evans MBE. Find out more at

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Frogmore Paper Mill Heritage Award Frogmore Paper Mill has won the 2019 Engineering Heritage Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The award is in recognition of its significance as the site of the world’s first mechanical paper making machine in 1803.





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Heritage Open Days

• Repton’s Ashridge – Tuesday 17 September and Thursday 19 September, both at 2pm. • St Mary’s Northchurch – Saturday 14 September, 11am and 2pm. • St Peter’s Church and Court House – Sunday 22 September, 3pm. • The Battle of Berkhamsted Common: the Power of the People – Saturday 14 September, 9.45am. • The Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted – Friday 13 September and Wednesday 18 September, both at 10am. • Old Hall and Chapel, Berkhamsted School – Sunday 15 September, 10.30am and 2.30pm.

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he 25th national Heritage Open Days event is taking place this September – and we have a corker of a line-up in Berkhamsted, thanks to the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society. Running from 13-22 September across 11 different sites, it will include walks and tours around Ashlyns, Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted Station, Amersfort in Potten End and the Rectory Lane Cemetery. • ‘A Walk Back in Time’ – Thursday 19 September and Saturday 21 September, both at 10am. • Berkhamsted Place – Friday 13 September, 10am and Saturday 14 September, 2pm. • Berkhamsted Castle – 15, 16, 17 September, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. Free guided tour by archeologist and Trustee of the Berkhamsted Castle Trust. • Amersfort – Monday 16 September, 10am and 2pm. • Ashlyns Foundling Hospital – Sunday 15 September, open 1pm-5.30pm, tours at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. • Post a Letter – Sunday 15 September, 11am.

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t’s always important to be on the alert for scams – and the Berkhamsted and Tring Safer Neighbourhood Team want to warn you about a recent one, as well as explaining how you can protect yourself. ‘We have had a spate of people calling and stating they are from the police and have someone in custody with their bank cards,’ explains PCSO Lauren Jackson from Berkhamsted Police Station. ‘They are then asking the call taker to confirm their bank details as a way of then withdrawing money from the account. Police would NEVER do this to anyone, so you should definitely ignore it. ‘Another one is an automated message that asks you to press a number to continue. Please do not do this, as you can be agreeing to large call costs. ‘If the callers are rude and aggressive you should let the police know so that we know about the scams going on in the area.’ If you’re worried about anything or have any queries, please email the Tring and Berkhamsted Safer Neighbourhood Team on SNTBerkhamstedandTring@Herts.pnn.


It’s Christmas!



ell, not quite, but it’s not far away – and certainly not too soon to be thinking about the town’s Christmas lights! Last year there was some disappointment at the light display along Berkhamsted High Street, with many wondering why the strings of festive lights had disappeared from the shop fronts. Well, there’s a good reason for that – and the town council are hoping to put it right soon. ‘We used to string the lights along the shop fronts and connect to the power from the lampposts,’ explains town clerk Janet Mason. ‘However, new health and safety regulations means we’re no longer allowed to do that, which is why we had to use the new lights on lampposts.’

However, Janet is hoping that there will some improvements this year, including more lights for the Christmas tree and twinkling lights for the trees along the high street. Watch this space!

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APM 10 year anniversary L

iving Magazines’ publisher Alison Page also runs Alison Page Marketing (APM), a PR and marketing agency in Tring – and it has just turned 10! Alison decided to do something dramatic to celebrate – jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise money for The Hospice of St Francis! ‘I’ve always wanted to do a skydive, and the Hospice gave me the perfect reason to make my dream come true,’ Alison said. ‘I’m delighted that I managed to raise more than £1,000.’ And because it was also the Hospice’s 40th

Berkhamsted in the Media

Whizz, pop, bang!


‘A group of friends have been dubbed ‘legends’ on Twitter after recreating the famous Inbetweeners car to use as their ride to prom. Joshua Wrathall, Louis Priggen and Brian Sussum, all 16, from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire went viral after buying an old white Fiat Cinquecento and transforming it into the car driven by Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) on the show.’ Daily Mail, 7 July 2019

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anniversary, Alison had a cake specially made to commemorate the event. Kate Phipps-Wiltshire, CEO of The Hospice of St Francis, added: ‘Alison’s skydiving themed cake, as a gift for our hard-working community nursing team, really was the icing on the cake after she, and over 25 others, jumped out of a plane for us and helped us to celebrate our 40th birthday. ‘As a member of our Corporate Partner Network, Alison’s been great at helping us spread the word about this popular event. Many congratulations to Alison who’s celebrating a joint milestone of a big birthday this year and running her marketing business for 10 years.’ Alison also invited some of her clients and colleagues to help celebrate with an evening canal boat ride with Kernal Cruisers at Cow Roast. alison-page11

orget dodgy home fireworks – keep yourself and your pets safe and enjoy bonfire night at a communal display. Berkhamsted Rotary’s annual fireworks event will take place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club on Saturday 2 November 2019. Gates open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm. It features a huge professional display to music by Classic Fireworks, sideshows, a DJ, BBQ and bar. Earlybird tickets will be available ahead of the event, with a family ticket for just £22. Tickets can be bought online (booking fee applies) and on Saturday mornings (8am-1pm) during October at the Rotary stall located at Berkhamsted Market and through the Berkhamsted schools.


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Celebrate the Heritage of the Chilterns


ack by popular demand, The Chilterns Heritage Festival is returning for its second year. From 21 September until 6 October, there will be a series of exciting events across the region, designed to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Chilterns. Including exclusive visits to iconic Chiltern houses, historical open days, heritage walks and countless other special events, this festival will help you learn about your local heritage and open it up to people who live both within the Chilterns and beyond. The festival will bring together historic buildings, museums, landscapes and organisations charged with keeping our heritage alive.

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• 21 September, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm – Rectory Lane Cemetery Storytelling and Performances with Ella Buchan. £8-£17 • 22 September, 2pm-5pm – Roald Dahl Exclusive Archive Tour and Afternoon Tea at the Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden. £12.50-£18.50 • 23 September, 10.15am-1pm – Ashridge History Walk starting from the National Trust visitor centre. £4-£6 • 25 September, 4.30pm-6.30pm – Frogmore Paper Mill tour. £5.50-£11 • 28-29 September, 10am-4pm – Winters Camp at Wendover Woods. • 28 September, 11am-12pm – Tring Brewery tour. £7-£11 • 3 October, 10am-1pm – Ancient Woodland Walk at Hockeridge and Pancake Woods. £5-£8 • 6 October 12.45pm – 2pm – Natural History Museum, Tring exclusive out of hours tour. £9-£11 Visit for more information.





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Save Woods!

Graham Greene Festival 2019: ‘Reflections on Greene’


ne of the best things about Berkhamsted high street is the diversity and the fabulous independent shops which continue to thrive. But now Woods, which has been a fixture of the town for more than 40 years, is facing closure, partly due to the increasing offering of plants and flowers from Waitrose. Woods Garden Centre managing director Colin Campbell-Preston said: ‘Woods is a proud member of the Berkhamsted community through the work we do with schools, charities, theatre groups, and encouraging people young and old to get involved in creating a beautiful and sustainable environment. ‘However after almost 40 years we may soon cease to exist. Apart from significant job losses, it would be very sad for the town to lose another independent retailer. ‘We want Dacorum Borough Council to regulate the planning position, inform Waitrose that they have permission only to trade from the fixed pods in 4.60 sq metres outside their store, and ensure the rest of the items be withdrawn from sale.’ Woods Garden Centre is part of Capital Gardens, whose two other garden centres are flourishing while sales figures show Woods has struggled ever since the 2013 development of Waitrose’s rival offering. We’d hate to see the end of Woods. If you’d like to sign the petition go to to find the link.


he 21st Graham Greene International Festival takes place from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September, and this year’s theme is ‘Reflections on Greene’, emphasising the reflective nature of Greene’s writing. ‘Our programme of events could be compared to a hall of mirrors,’ explains Festival Director Dr Martyn Sampson, ‘plentiful in perspectives and diverse in points of view. We hope participants will enjoy all the fun of the fair, especially if they are visiting for the first time.’ The year 2019 marks 60 years since the release of Carol Reed’s film adaptation of Greene’s classic novel Our Man in Havana, 60 years since Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba, and 500 years since the founding of the city of Havana. There will be a screening of Our Man in Havana, and a talk entitled Our Woman in Havana: Reporting Castro’s Cuba by BBC foreign correspondent, Sarah Rainsford. This year’s celebration also launches an innovative new writing prize for film reviews, in commemoration of Greene’s intimate involvement with the cinema. The inaugural prize will be awarded at the 2020 Festival. There will also be an exhibition of prints by Bodenpress artists inspired by the work of Graham Greene. Tickets from


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Local Profile:

LOCAL PROFILE Who is Patrick? Patrick Burke runs his website He is also heavily involved with research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is always out and about talking to people about living with a disability.


hat do you do when faced with a devastating diagnosis that will change your life as you know it forever? Do you wallow in self pity, or do you pick yourself up, get networking, make new friends, get involved with research into your disease and start up a blog? If you’re Patrick Burke, it’s the latter! Patrick was diagnosed with MS back in 1995 and, at the time, he had no idea what it even was. ‘I’d hardly had any symptoms – just the occasional urgent need to pee without anything happening, and one incident of double vision while driving,’ he says. ‘But when an MRI scan revealed I had Multiple Sclerosis, I’d never even heard of it.’ He soon found out. But Patrick didn’t let his diagnosis stop him. He continued to work as an IT specialist, travelling all over the world. But as time went on, his health deteriorated until he found he couldn’t walk very far and was becoming too exhausted. Finally, in 2012, Patrick was forced into an early retirement. ‘Nothing prepares you for how tough it is,’ he says. ‘Emotionally it’s hard because you’re not ready for retirement, and you’re no longer earning; there were already things I couldn’t do by then.’ Patrick didn’t have many friends in Berkhamsted as he’d always worked away from home, so he decided to start networking.

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‘I met lots of people this way and started to feel part of the community,’ he says. ‘It helped enormously.’ He also set up a blog about his disability. ‘At first I had grandiose visions of it being something read by thousands that would make me some money,’ Patrick says. Although he won the Dacorum Dragon’s Den award, which gave him £1,000 to set up the website in the first place, it has slowly morphed into what it is today. ‘These days it’s a place where I can tell my story about how my disabilities affect me and, if people can relate to them and it helps them in some way, then all the better,’ he says. Patrick also helps with research into MS, and speaks to student nurses about what it’s like to live with a long-term illness. He’s also keen to raise awareness into the condition, as it is, he says, an invisible disability most of the time. ‘It’s progressive so things change all the time. You have to be willing to adapt with it. So when I was no longer able to type, I got a dictation system. And when I couldn’t walk unaided anymore, I bought my shopping online. I stopped travelling on the London Underground, but discovered the buses were amazing. ‘There are some things I’ll always miss though. I miss walking the dog the most – going up to Ashridge every day and just walking. I rarely go up there these days as it’s not very easy in the scooter. But you can’t dwell on it.’ Patrick’s blog helps him deal with everyday life. ‘It’s therapeutic for me,’ he says. ‘My friend called it sardonic and that’s probably right. I hope that it might help someone else get the help they need, rather than simply putting up with something.’ These days Patrick is on a trial for a new drug for his symptoms and, although MS is a progressive disease, he’s not letting it stop him. ‘I know if I overdo things I make myself much worse,’ he says. ‘But I can’t sit around and do nothing all day, so I try and get out to work and to see people as much as I can. Otherwise, the disease takes over, and that’s that.’ Patrick’s website can be found at

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Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 14 Cocktail mixing glass, 700ml, £14.00 Tring Brewery - Tring 15 1l and 2l refillable growlers £15.45 and £20.10 Wearwell - 16 Revival jersey £98, Revival Bib Shorts £118 White Mint - Berkhamsted 17 Spotted Planter £12.00 18 Mini Grey Glaze Planter £8.00 19 Wooden Chest Of Drawers £350.00 20 Gold Planter Set £75.00 Autumn 2019 / 15

RECIPE This delicious chocolate brownie recipe comes from Rumbles Catering. 1. First, line an 8-inch square cake tin with baking paper. 2. Heat the oven to 150C. 3. Gently melt the butter and chocolate together over a saucepan of gently simmering water or gradually in a microwave. Do not allow it to boil. Sit to one side and allow to cool slightly. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until they start to thicken – they should create fine ribbons on the surface when you lift the spoon up. Ingredients: • 200g dark chocolate • 200g butter • 200g caster sugar • 4 medium eggs • 120g self-raising flour (or Gluten Free Flour)


5. Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir together, being careful not to knock too much of the air out. 6. Sieve the flour into the chocolate mixture and carefully fold everything together. 7. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until there is a slight crust on the top. Be careful not to overbake - nobody likes a dry brownie! 8. Allow to cool before cutting into pieces and removing from the tin so it doesn’t fall apart.

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The results of our survey are in – and it’s safe to say we’re thrilled with them!

e had many replies, so first we want to say a big thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey either by post, email or on the website. Your responses mean a lot and will help us build the brand and improve the product we’re bringing to you. And the results made fascinating reading. Truly Local We strive to make Living Magazines relevant to Berkhamsted and Tring by supplying local news and information while supporting local businesses – and it looks as though we’ve succeeded, as a whopping 96 per cent of you love that the magazine is a source of properly local information. Comments included that it was ‘truly local’, ‘it says Tring on the cover and is all about Tring inside’, and that our ‘support for local businesses is refreshing.’ That’s exactly what we’ve been trying to achieve! Some said you’d like to see a bigger magazine with more scope to cover things in more detail, which is something we’re striving to achieve. We’d love to have more space – but if you do want to see some of our features and news items in more detail, you can sign up to our newsletter, or follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter, where we post regularly between printed issues. We also asked how you thought we compare to other local magazines, and in that respect we came off very well. Some of you were unaware of any rivals, and of those that were, almost threequarters of you think we’re better, while just 25 percent think we’re the same. One respondent even went as far as to say that Living magazine is ‘much better than other advertising-dominated so-called local mags and newspapers, which publish mainly

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syndicated national items irrelevant to local readers.’ With an experienced – yet local - national journalist writing all the features and news from scratch every issue, we’re pleased that people can see the difference! Worth paying more There was a real mix of love for the features we carry, but nobody seemed to think there was anything glaring missing from the mix. Almost all of you liked the shopping pages – good news for our local advertisers, especially as 85 per cent of you said you believe it’s worth paying slightly more for high quality goods. Of course we can never get everything right for everyone - one person said they found the In The Media section a bit silly, and another wanted to see more features – but even they are pretty positive criticisms! The main thing we’re taking away from this is that we’re getting an awful lot right – and we hope to be able to continue to do so for many years to come! If you’d like to support us in our support for local businesses and the town in general, then please do sign up for our newsletter, and check out our website for regular updates and news. We’ll be very happy to see you there! Winners! Oh and one last thing. We promised a bottle of bubbly for five respondents to say a huge thank you – and here are the lucky winners! • Mrs Catherine Marsden • Mr John Shipp • Mrs Julie Leyland • Mrs Glynn Stirling • Ms Anna Foster

BOOKS The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman. Ebury Press. Release date: 8 August 2019 Price: £7.99 in paperback and eBook I love Rowan’s writing, and I know she has a real interest in the Brontes – so this story, based in the place where the Bronte sisters wrote and set their novels, sounded amazing. It’s both a ghost story and a love story, and even though I don’t normally read ghost stories, this was wonderful. The past and the present combined, and the house itself – Ponden Hall, on the Yorkshire Moors - became another character in the story. The setting was wonderful, the characters complex and interesting, and the love story between both Trudy and her husband Abe, as well as Trudy and her son Will, broke my heart. Rowan’s imagination is amazing, and this is a triumph. I’d urge you all to devour it in as few sittings as possible.

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew. Bloomsbury. Release date: 17 October 2019 Price: £12.99 hardback Another Berkhamsted author, this is Julie’s first foray into adult fiction, having previously written several wonderful books for young adults. Never one to shy away from a controversial subject, this time Julie turns her attention to the deeply religious inhabitants of an isolated island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where, the saying goes, nothing bad ever happens. But when newcomers Viola Kendrick and her mother Deborah arrive from the mainland, they set in motion a series of events that lead to the discovery that all is not well on the island of Lark after all; that, hiding beneath the happy, safe exterior, lies a dark, sinister secret. A beautiful, intriguing and beguiling tale of witchcraft, sexuality and human nature.

Monique by Mike Walsham. Austin Macauley. Price: £12.99 paperback, £3.50 Kindle Mike Walsham lives in Ringshall, Little Gaddesden, and this is his first historical fiction novel. Set in WW2, it tells the story of Andrew, who joined the British Secret Service and got involved in a daring raid in enemy territory in France. It’s a compelling and fast-paced story, perfect for lovers of historical, wartime fiction.

McFinnia by Pam Howard. Price: £6.99 This is local author Pam’s third novel in the series; McDragon came first, followed by Effel. While on a school trip to Wales, Peter and his sidekick Biffy come across a red Welsh dragon who desperately needs their help to hide from an evil witch’s flying gargoyles. Their journey takes them to the magical Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides where they join forces with McDragon and the other Scottish dragons. In trying to protect tiny McFinnia, they have to ensure they do not come across their old foe, the evil wizard McMuran. In our Summer issue we ran a competition to win a copy of The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire by James Bentley, Nikolaus Pevsner and Bridget Cherry. The answer to the question ‘which was the first garden city in the world’ is, of course, Letchworth. And our winners are: Charles Waring, Wendy Lawrey, Chris Watson, Peter Ward. Turn to page 27 and 37 for our Autumn competitions .

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Family fun this Halloween


ove it or loathe it, there’s no denying that Halloween has become bigger and bigger – you can’t move in supermarkets for witch costumes, plastic severed arms and bags of tooth-rotting sweets. Given that Halloween is such a big thing for most kids these days, we decided to take a look at what spooky goings-on are taking place in the local area, as well as a few ideas for a Halloween party at home. Happy Halloween!

Ashridge - Haunted Ashridge trail and craft

21 October until 1 November, 10am-4pm Get seriously spooked in the fresh air at Ashridge visitor centre, where they’re holding their annual spooky trail and Halloween crafts. Meet some of Ashridge’s former residents on the haunted trail before making a spooky craft at the visitor centre. Cost: £3 per child.

Old Town Hemel - Halloween party Sunday 27 October, 3.30pm-7.30pm

The annual Old Town Halloween party is the

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perfect place to take the kids for a fun afternoon out. It starts at 3.30pm and will include a baby rave for under-2s, fairground rides, craft and activity stalls for kids, face painting, balloon modelling, Friendly Pumpkin meet and greet, as well as a fancy dress competition. It will end with fireworks in Gadebridge Park from 7.30pm. Cost: The event is free, although rides and stalls will be priced individually. for more details.

Willows Farm - Pumpkin Festival 19 October until 3 November

Willows Farm in London Colney are holding their annual Pumpkin Festival from 19 October until 3 November. For the entry price you can come along and pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, plus there will be arts and crafts, magic shows and a fancy dress competition, as well as the usual visits from their special guest, Peter Rabbit. Cost: From £18 for adults and £19 for children, under-2s are free, 0333 3312060





1: Whipsnade. 2 & 3: Ashridge. 4 & 5: Old Town Hemel.

Waddesdon Manor - Horrible Halloween 26 October until 3 November, 10am-3pm

Follow the Terrifying Trail through the gardens, try your hand at pumpkin carving and spooky crafts, and enjoy a spooky afternoon tea and fancy dress competition. Cost: £11 for adults, £5.50 for children and a family of four is £27.50.

Whipsnade - Boo at The Zoo week 19 October until 31 October

As always, Whipsnade have something for the whole family with their Boo at The Zoo week. Step into the Super Natural Neighbours experience to discover the weird and wonderful creatures that live on our doorsteps; explore the Creepy Kitchen, gaze into the Pungent Pond and meet some not-so-Frightening Friends. Kids can also experiment with Creepy Crafts, make Menacing Masks or carve their own

Petrifying Pumpkins, as well as transform into black cats, spiders and other Halloween creatures with the help of the Zoo’s Fearsome Face Painters. For under-5s, follow the scarecrow and his friends down to the farm for some Magic and Mayhem fun and games. Cost: From £27 per adult and £17.55 per child, or you can buy an annual membership for £166 per family for entry all year.

Natural History Museum, Tring - Delightful or Deadly 22 – 24 & 29 -31 Oct

30-minute handling and craft workshops suitable for ages 5+. Tickets £2. Museum by Torchlight: 2 Nov 17.00–20.00 Dress up, bring your torch and explore the museum when the lights go off. Spooktastic crafts and trails available. Suggested donation £2.

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Mini ghost piñatas: You will need: Cardboard loo rolls; white crepe paper streamers; googly eyes; double sided sticky tape or glue; scrapbook paper; string/twine; small toys and sweets. Apply tape or glue around one end of the tube and then stick crepe paper around it and over the hole. Add sweets and toys in the other end, and then do the same to cover this end. Attach string and a named label for the children to pull, then wrap the rest of the tube in paper until it’s completely covered. Add googly eyes and, hey presto!

Mummy relay race: Quite simply, see which team can wrap their team member in loo roll the fastest! Ensure an adult is present. Halloween golf: Carve a pumpkin with a face – make sure it has a huge open mouth that goes right to the floor. Then add a length of felt from the mouth along a flat surface and get them to putt a golf ball into the open mouth.

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Can decluttering your home make you happier?


ith a decluttered home comes a decluttered mind, so the experts tell us. And decluttering expert Marie Kondo has certainly made many of us change our habits with her books and TV show, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix, while her cleaning counterpart, Mrs Hinch, has got many of us scrubbing our houses from top to bottom. But can a clean and tidy home really help make you happier? Berkhamsted-based interiors therapist Suzanne Roynon believes so – and she takes it a step further by combining decluttering with the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to bring health and harmony into your home. ‘It’s obvious that having a clean, clear house can help your mind feel cleaner and clearer than if you live in a terrible mess,’ Suzanne says. ‘But there’s more to it than that.’

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Feng shui is based on the theory that your home is divided into different areas. Each area represents a different part of your life, and if you can get those areas right, then you can sort out any problems. ‘Living among clutter can cause stress, but it can also create emotional and relationship problems, health problems and weight gain, among many other things,’ says Suzanne. ‘By getting rid of unwanted and unused items, you can begin to regain control over your life.’ Suzanne uses a system, which includes decluttering, organisation, feng shui and guidance for moving forward. ‘I’ve seen it work with so many people, it’s amazing,’ she says. So when Suzanne offered me the chance to have a session with her, I couldn’t turn it down. Here’s how we got on.

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The first thing Suzanne did was make a map of my house. According to the laws of feng shui, every house is divided into different sections called a bagua, which means that each part of the house represents a different aspect of your life. However, when your house isn’t a perfect square or rectangle, as mine isn’t, it needs to be worked out according to the compass. This meant that my house was missing a large part of the knowledge section. Explains a lot! Next she looked around my house and made notes, then we went round together and discussed things that might be affecting my life, and what I could do to improve them. They included certain pictures on the walls, a pair of silver fighting cockerels in the living room and a spiky clock above the bed that could interrupt sleep. She also suggested hanging crystal faceted balls in the doorway to improve the knowledge and wealth area that was missing. One of my main objectives was to see whether Suzanne could help me with a work issue; getting a good book deal for my next novel, which was, at the time of writing, out with publishers hoping to sell. In my office Suzanne suggested moving a few things around to increase and improve the energy. She also suggested I make a mock-up of my new book with a ‘Sunday Times Bestseller’ logo on it and place it in a frame on the windowsill – my fame and recognition area. I did it the moment she’d left; what did I have to lose?

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Much of the work Suzanne does is about decluttering. Clutter, she explains, can prevent positive energy from getting in. The easiest place to start decluttering is usually the wardrobes – so that’s where we began. First we pulled everything out. And I mean everything. The pile on the bed was ridiculous. Then we started going through things one by one. I had to decide whether each item was something that made me happy, that I loved and that served a purpose. If not, it went out. There was no pressure and, at first, I was reluctant to chuck too much out, but as the charity shop pile began to grow it felt strangely cathartic. A dress I liked once but makes me feel frumpy? Charity shop. Favourite top with a hole in it? Bin. And so on. As I did this, Suzanne was on her knees on the bedroom floor with all the items I’d chosen to keep, folding them neatly back into the drawers Marie Kondo-style, while dodging old pairs of tights and t-shirts flying across the room. The charity shop pile was so enormous by the end that I wondered how on earth it had all fitted into my wardrobe! Normally after a clearout I keep piles of clothes to see whether friends want them. Not this time. ‘You need to get rid of everything straight away, otherwise you’ll put loads back ‘just in case’ (which I’m the queen of!),’ explained Suzanne. And so we bagged everything up and took six bags to the Cancer Research shop, and four to the dump.

PROPERTY Now, when I opened my wardrobe doors, I could find my clothes – and they were things I actually wanted to wear because I’d chosen to keep them! It felt surprisingly good. The clutter was gone from there – and it inspired me to get on with the rest of

the house, which I’m slowly working through. Whether the changes in the office worked remains to be seen – but watch this space! Suzanne’s website can be found at

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We’ve tracked down the best dog-friendly places to eat in the area, so you don’t have to


he nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping – but your doggy still needs a walk! So what do you do when you’re out and about with your pooch and you want to stop somewhere for a bite to eat without having to sit outside in the freezing cold? Well, with the help of local Facebook group Coffee Tails, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best cafes and restaurants where dogs are welcome indoors in both Tring and Berkhamsted as well as in the beautiful surrounding countryside – and there are more than you’d imagine!

Out and about Musette Café, Aldbury Although mainly aimed at cyclists, Musette is a lovely little café with a recently refurbished kitchen, baby change facilities and a new head chef, Dean Mercer.

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The Full Moon, Cholesbury and Hawridge A lovely pub at the centre of many local walks, The Full Moon allows dogs in the bar area, although not on the carpeted area in the restaurant., 01494 758959 Lady Grey Tearoom, Wendover A lovely, traditional tea room tucked away off the main high street in Wendover, serving cakes, pastries and a selection of speciality teas., 07519 834251 Wigginton Village Shop and Café The award-winning community shop and café has a children’s play park next door, and is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and a drink with your furry friend., 01442 891061

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Curiositea Rooms, Ivinghoe Stop for a delicious all-day breakfast, a cup of coffee or a slice of homemade cake in this lovely little tearoom near the park in Ivinghoe. 01296 663853 Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton With a lovely park and playpark right next door, this dog-friendly café has space indoors and outside where you’re welcome to sit with your pooch. 01296 631591 The Bluebells Tearooms, Marsworth Right on the canal bank, enjoy a lovely long canal walk and then stop for a drink, snack or all-day breakfast at this lovely dog-friendly café. 01442 891708 Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, Wendover Master chocolatier, Nigel Rumsey, has been creating his range of award-winning handmade chocolates since 1991, and there’s a lovely café serving sandwiches and pastries here too. They also provide plenty of dog biscuits and bowls of water., 01296 625060 The Alford Arms, Frithsden After a walk around Ashridge, stop at this award-winning country pub for a drink and a snack. Dogs are welcome in the bar area. 01442 864480 The Greyhound, Wigginton The perfect place to stop for a pint and a delicious meal – although they do get busy so it’s best to book if you’re planning on eating a full meal! 01442 824631

If you’re out and about in Tring with your pooch, then try The Akeman where you can either sit in the The Greyhound heated patio area or bring your dogs indoors to the warm bar area. Alternatively, head to The Robin Hood who also welcome dogs in the whole pub, or the Kings Arms.

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If you’re in Berkhamsted with your furry friend, head to Epicure, The Boat, the Kings Arms* or The Highwayman,* which all welcome dogs inside and out. *Bar only

*Competition time!* Coffee Tails is a great online source of up-to-date information about dog-friendly venues locally. Kathryn White, who set it up, designed the logo herself but is after something a bit more special – which is why she is asking YOU to design a brand new one! Go wild and use your imagination – if you’re the winner, you’ll see your design on the Coffee Tails Facebook page! The winning entry will receive the following prize: • Tea/coffee and cake for two at Your Café in the Park, Aston Clinton • Tea/coffee and cake for two and a bag of doggy treats at Wigginton Community shop and café • A voucher for a 3kg bag of More premium dog food from Pets Corner, Wyevale Garden Centre, Tring • Sonia Lyon Artwork: £10 off a pet portrait commission • Sophie Langston Positive Pet School: 50% off either a place on one of Sophie’s dog/puppy training classes or a 1:1 session • A signed copy of Kathryn White’s book, Life Matters The competition is open to children and adults. Please send your designs to

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s how you can get involved.


earing the news that you’ve got breast cancer is devastating – and for roughly 1,015 women in Hertfordshire every year, this becomes the reality. Nationwide, one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 18 October is the day for Wear It Pink, where you can help raise money for essential research and care. With help and advice from the charity Breast Cancer Now, we show you how you can help, as well as bring you an essential breast cancer symptoms checker. Wear It Pink! One of the UK’s biggest fundraising events since its launch in 2002, Wear It Pink has so far raised more than £33 million – and last year alone it raised an amazing £1.6 million. So how can you help? Well, however you like really – as long as it involves some pink! Hold a cake sale, organise a raffle, arrange a pink fancy dress day at work – whatever takes your fancy. Lottie Barnden, Head of Mass Participation at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, explains why it’s so important. ‘Every year around 55,000 women and around 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer,’ she says. ‘Despite great strides in research, around 11,500 women and 80 men still die from breast cancer every year – that’s nearly one death every 45 minutes. ‘We currently fund around a third of all breast cancer research in the UK, and last

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year we responded to more than 5.8 million breast cancer support requests. Without the generosity of Wear It Pink supporters, we simply cannot continue to fund this crucial research and support for all those affected by breast cancer now, and in the future.’

Fundraising ideas

Whether you want to hold your event at work, school, among friends and family, or you’re organising a community event, there are loads of different ideas. Here are some for starters, but there are plenty more on their website: • Hold an afternoon tea – you can either invite friends and family and ask them to donate, or make it a bigger event and ask people to donate for every afternoon tea they have • Cake sale – this is a great idea for work or school, and you can ask parents and colleagues to make cakes to sell on the day; as long as they’re all pink! • Hold a fancy dress competition or dress pink day at work – again, make sure the theme is pink, and charge a fine if people don’t comply! • Hold a pink party • Hold a pink raffle – make sure you leave enough time to get prizes together • Hold a pink disco – this could be for friends or at school, as long as people dress in pink! To find out more about the event, to get more ideas or to register, go to For care, support and information, call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000 Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm, and Saturday 9am until 1pm, or visit

HEALTH & BEAUTY Check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone for changes

A change in size or shape

Redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple

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A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue

A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like orange skin)

Your nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing its position or shape

Constant pain in your breast or your armpit

Symptom checker The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly. There are many different signs and symptoms of breast cancer, so checking your breasts for any unusual change is important. Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include: • A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit. You might feel the lump, but not see it • Changes in the size or shape of the breast • A change in skin texture i.e. puckering or dimpling of the skin • A change in the colour of the breast - the breast may look red or inflamed • Rash, crusting or changes to the nipple • Any unusual discharge from either nipple Pain in your breasts is not normally a sign of breast cancer, but it can be if it is associated with other symptoms. While most pain is not a symptom, it’s important to look out for any pain that is unusual and persists over a period of time. Noticing an unusual change like these doesn’t necessarily mean you will get breast cancer, but it’s important to get checked out if you are worried. For more information visit

Did you know that Pilates is an amazing way of getting your body back to fitness after cancer treatment? Liz Van Hullen from Tring Pilates explains how it can help. ‘During the first world war, Joseph Pilates developed his techniques while working with hospital inpatients on their individual rehabilitation,’ she says. ‘Since then the use of Pilates techniques as part of a rehab programme has massively increased. ‘Medical treatments and invasive surgery take a huge toll on the body. Good Pilates instruction will enhance the healing process by manipulating scar tissue, promoting or rebuilding an even musculature, and developing core strength. Pilates offers such a degree of flexibility that it can be absolutely modified for each individual and their rehab needs. ‘It’s important that your consultant or physiotherapist has approved it before you introduce Pilates as part of your rehab programme, and make sure you use a studio with high quality equipments and highly trained instructors.’

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With thanks to George Edwards as always for his wonderful detailed walk.


his is the sixth in our series of dog-friendly local walks and starts at the Greyhound or Wigginton Community Shop, where there is free parking. The walk uses part of the Chiltern Way, Ridgeway and Icknield Way. It descends towards Wigginton Bottom, passing an Alpaca Farm, crosses the Chesham Road before heading towards Roundhill Woods and High Scrubs Wood. The route returns via Tring Park. The route is mainly on footpaths across fields and through woods, with the option of extending or shortening the walk at several points. The longest route is 4.6 miles (7.4 km) with an ascent of 335 feet (102 m). Refreshments are available at the Greyhound or Wigginton Community Shop cafÊ. A full description of the walk and annotated map is available at www. Prehistoric Settlement There is some evidence of prehistoric settlement around Wigginton, Grim’s Ditch, possibly dating from the Iron Age. In the 11th century the village was known as Wigentone and under the control of a half-brother of William The Conqueror, Robert, Count of Mortain, builder of Berkhamsted Castle. In 1086, the Domesday Book suggested that Wigginton was probably acquired by force by Robert from two Tring estates. Later the manor was the subject of successive legal challenges in

the Court of Chancery until it came into the possession of Sir Richard Anderson, of the manor of Pendley, during the 1650s. Wigginton Common was enclosed in 1854 and was subsequently incorporated into the Tring Park Estate owned at the time by the Rothschild Family. Tring Park Tring Park formed the estate of the Tring Park Mansion, designed around 1680 by Sir Christopher Wren. Tring Park was bought by Sir William Gore, Lord Mayor of London in 1705 and later Sir Drummond Smith, before being purchased by the Rothschild family in 1872. The park is Grade II listed by English Heritage, now owned by Dacorum Borough Council and managed by the Woodland Trust. Champneys The Champneys estate was originally a separate manor owned by successive landowning families in Wigginton and the surrounding area between the 14th and 19th centuries. The Rev. Arthur Sutton Valpy replaced the original building by the current house in 1874 and in 1900 he sold Champneys to Lady Rothschild as a future Dower House. Stanley Lief bought it in 1925 and converted Champneys into a Nature Cure sanatorium which he ran from the 1930s for about 20 years. It is of course now a part of the world-famous Champneys brand of health spas.


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Useful sources of historical information consulted in compiling this walk included: Useful sources of historical information consulted in compiling this walk included: • Institute of Historical Research – • The Rothschild Archive – • Woodland Trust – www.tringpark. • Historic England – www.historicengland.

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Our native hedgehogs are on the decline. Here’s what you can do to help


ccording to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), the number of hedgehogs in the UK has declined by a third since the millennium alone. So why is it happening and how can we stop the decline? We spoke to Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, to find out the best ways of helping our prickly little friends. ‘Hedgehog numbers have declined by a third in urban areas and a half in rural ones since the year 2000,’ she explains. ‘This is largely due to loss and fragmentation of habitat. While pockets of land may be good for hedgehogs, if they don’t join up with other pockets, the population won’t be sustainable. A hedgehog frequently travels around a mile in a night – that’s a lot of gardens!

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‘Hedgehogs are generalist species, so the fact that they are declining so rapidly should ring loud alarm bells for us all. They are an excellent indicator species and their decline tells us that, very sadly, all is not well with the natural world.’ A helping hand There are lots of ways we can help hedgehogs survive, although if you can only do one thing, then make sure they can get from your garden into another one by cutting a CD-sized hole in the fence. ‘There’s no point making hedgehog-friendly gardens if they can’t get in,’ explains Fay. ‘Connecting gardens will open up a huge amout of space for them, so ask neighbours to do the same and log new holes on the Big Hedgehog Map at’


Here are some other ideas to help our prickly friends. 1. Keep a corner of your garden wild, or build a log pile to offer shelter, protection and natural food. 2. Avoid pesticides and slug pellets, as they can harm hedgehogs and damage their food chain. Try organic methods such as a ‘beer trap’, a small pot filled with beer and sunk in the ground, or the skin of half a grapefruit placed upside down to attract slugs. Protect plants with crushed egg shells or sharp sand around the base. 3. Provide a shallow dish of fresh water and food, such as meat-based pet food or cat biscuits, especially during long, dry spells. Prevent cats from stealing the food by creating a hedgehog feeding station. Use a blue plastic mushroom box, or waterproof storage box, and cut a 13cm x 13cm (5” x 5”) hole in one of the short sides so that when the box is upside down the hole forms an entrance. Weight it down with a brick and put the food at the back. If necessary, place another brick about 13cm (5”) away from the entrance to stop cats lying down and reaching in with their paws. 4. Make or buy a hedgehog home to offer a hibernation site safe from predators in the winter. It may also be used as a nesting box for a mother and her hoglets in the warmer months. The hoglets stay in the nest for four weeks after they are born. After that you will see them out of the nest with mum for a further four weeks, then at eight weeks old they are fully weaned and will wander off to find nest sites of their own. For more information send an A5 SAE to The British Hedgehog Preservation Society at Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, SY8 3PL. 5. Check areas for hedgehogs before strimming or mowing. Keep pea netting 22-30cm (9-12”) off the ground so hedgehogs can pass under, and start a compost heap; birds will feed off the mini-beasts that congregate there, as will hedgehogs and toads. A word of warning though before using the compost – test the base and sides gently for sleeping wildlife.

6. Dispose of litter responsibly. Every year hedgehogs are injured by litter and starve to death by getting their heads trapped in discarded rubbish – empty food cans, yoghurt pots, plastic mugs. Worst are the plastic rings that hold cans together. Always make sure each circle is cut. 7. Bonfires offer a tempting home for a hedgehog. Ideally, relocate materials just before the fire is to be lit. If this isn’t possible, lift the base with a pole to check for wildlife before lighting. Single hedgehogs can be moved – wear gardening gloves to pick the hedgehog up and pop it into a box, and release it when the fire has cooled. If you come across a nest with babies in it, quietly put the materials back and leave well alone. Keep an eye on the site as the mother may abandon or even kill young if a nest is disturbed. If it seems the mother is not returning to the nest call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society helpline on 01584 890 801. 8. Hedgehogs are good swimmers but can become trapped in ponds or pools with steep slippery sides. Keep water levels topped up, provide a gently sloping edge or place half submerged rocks in the water as an escape. For more information, go to the website for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society at

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TUESDAY 3 SEP Music: Our House The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring. 7.30pm. To 7 Sep. £12 Adult, £10 Concs, £5 Student/Child.

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SATURDAY 7 SEP Exhibitions: Herts Open Studios Various venues to 29 Sep. With five local artists featuring paintings, pottery and textiles. Exhibitions: Berkhamsted Quilters Exhibition Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch HP4 3RD, 10am-5pm. £3. In aid of Sunnyside Rural Trust.

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THURSDAY 12 SEP Talks: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am.

FRIDAY 13 SEP Walks: Berkhamsted Place Meet at top of Castle Hill close to entrance to Berkhamsted Place 10am. Also Sat 14 Sep 2pm. Heritage Open Day.

FRIDAY 13 SEP Walks: Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted Meet on Bank Mill bridge. 10am. Also Wed 18 Sep. Heritage Open Day. Booking essential.

FRIDAY 13 SEP Film: The Luna Cinema Waddesdon Manor. To 15 Sep. Walks: The Battle of Berkhamsted Common: the Power of the People 9.45am. Heritage Open Day. Booking is essential.

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Walks: St Mary’s Northchurch Tours at 11am and 2pm. Heritage Open Days event. Booking is essential.

Walks: Amersfort 10am and 2pm. Heritage Open Day.

Music: Nica and the Three Wishes Hastoe Village Hall, Church Lane, HP23 6LU. 7.30pm. £15 inc light supper. 01442 827702

SUNDAY 15 SEP Walks: Market Hall and Town Hall Market Hall and Town Hall with rooms for the Mechanics Institute: the Power of the People. 10am. Walks: Berkhamsted Castle Guided Tours Berkhamsted Castle. Open am-6pm. Tours 12 noon, 2pm (child friendly) and 4pm. Also 12 noon Mon 16 and Tue 17 Sep. heritageopendays. Walks: Old Hall and Chapel Meet at bottom of steps leading up to Old Hall, Berkhamsted School. Tours at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Heritage Open Day. Walks: Post a Letter Meet at front of station 11am. Heritage Open Day Walks: Ashlyns School Ashlyns School, former Foundling Hospital Open 1-5.30pm. Tours 1.30 and 3.30pm. Heritage Open Day.

Film: Green Book Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 17 Sep. Nonmembers £5 at door.

TUESDAY 17 SEP Walks: Repton’s Ashridge Assemble outside main entrance to Ashridge House, 2pm. Also Thu 19 Sep. Heritage Open Day.

WEDNESDAY 18 SEP Business: BDCC Breakfast Meeting Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7am. Sport: Lord Taverner’s Celebrity XI v Tring Park Tring Park Cricket Club from 11am. Talks: The beginning and end of Roman Verulamium and its Hinterland High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Talks: Tring Park, Wren and the Rothschilds Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm.

THURSDAY 19 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted International Graham Greene Festival To Sun 22 Sep. Various events to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the festival.

Walks: A Walk Back in Time Meet at main gate to Castle 10am. Also 21 Sep. Heritage Open Day

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

Music: Tring Chamber Music Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. Also Sun 22 Sep.

Film: The Favourite Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm.

Fundraisers: Hospice of St Francis Open Afternoon Hospice of St Francis, 2-5pm.

SATURDAY 21 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Chilterns Heritage Festival To 6 Oct. A series of exciting events across the region, designed to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Chilterns.

SATURDAY 21 SEP Walks: Dacorum Heritage Trust Museum Store Tour Part of Heritage Open Days. Not suitable for children under 8, the elderly or those with mobility problems. collectionsmanager@


Walks: St Peter’s Church and Court House Meet at west door of church 3pm. Heritage Open Day

Fundraisers: Hospice Fashion Show Shendish Manor, Apsley, 7.30pm. St Francis’ 40 years of Fashion Show.

THURSDAY 26 SEP Music: John Verity Band The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm.

Music: Jazz at The Iron Room The Iron Room, Tring Station. 7.30pm. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. eventbrite. Music: Bob Dylan Story The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm.

SATURDAY 28 SEP Exhibitions: Tring And District Model Railway Club Exhibition Cottesloe School, Aylesbury Road, Wing LU7 0PD. 10.15am-4.30pm. Adult £6, Child £3.50. Full Disabled Access.

TUESDAY 24 SEP Talks: Scarf Tying and Jewellery Demonstration Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45 pm. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 25 SEP Fundraisers: DENS Gala Dinner The Gatsby, Berkhamsted, 7pm. Black tie £65.

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September 22: Hospice of St Francis Open Afternoon

Fundraisers: Wedding Dress Ball Shendish Manor, HP3 0AA, 7pm til late. £65. Proceeds to the Hospice of St Francis. Music: Albert Lee The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring 8pm. Music: Darius Brubeck Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13.

SUNDAY 29 SEP Music: An Elephant in the Garden The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 7pm.

SUNDAY 29 SEP Music: Ralph McTell The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY, 8pm.

THURSDAY 3 OCT Music: John Doe Trio Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 4 OCT Kids: Open Day Tring Park School. For entry in September 2020. Also 11 Oct. Talks: Buckinghamshire Murders St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm.

SATURDAY 5 OCT Markets & Sales: Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 Music: Endymion Quintet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Comedy: Barry Cryer and Colin Sell The Court Theatre, Tring, 7.30pm. £25.

MONDAY 30 SEP Film: C’est la Vie! Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 1 Oct. Nonmembers £5 at door. berkhamstedfilm


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Fairs / Festivals: Chilterns Heritage Festival To 6 Oct. A series of exciting events across the region, designed to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Chilterns. chilternsociety.

WEDNESDAY 2 OCT Comedy: An Evening with Sunny Ormonde The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £15.

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Film: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 8 Oct. Nonmembers £5 at door.

Business: Charity Fire Walk Aylesbury Rugby Club, 7pm.

TUESDAY 8 OCT Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury HP22 5HP. 9.30-11.30am. £10.

WEDNESDAY 9 OCT Music: Berko Unplugged The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 8pm. £12.

THURSDAY 10 OCT Talks: Woburn Abbey and The Duchy of Bedford Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am.

SATURDAY 12 OCT Dance: Harvest Barn Dance Bishop Wood School, 7.30pm.

SUNDAY 13 OCT Fundraisers: Mud Pack Challenge Ashridge House, Berkhamsted. 10am-2pm. Support The Hospice of St Francis. Fundraisers: Rennie Grove Herts 10k. Start/finish Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. £22 online registration. Theatre: That Tring Thing The Pheasantry, 152-154 Kings Road, SW3 4UT. Past and present students on

Tring Park’s Musical Theatre Course.

TUESDAY 15 OCT Business: Tring BusinessMart Pendley Manor, 7.30-9.30am.

WEDNESDAY 16 OCT Music: Commercial Music Showcase Tring Park School. To 18 Oct.

FRIDAY 18 OCT Talks: Talking About Yesteryear. Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. gascoinesusan@ Fundraisers: Quiz and Chips. Wendover Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. £15 inc fish and chip supper.

Talks: Berkhamsted in Maps Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm.

Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm.



Music: Opera Concert Little Gaddesden Church, 7.30pm. £25 for the Hospice of St Francis and the Church.

Exhibitions: Underexposed: A History of Photography in Dacorum The Marlowes. To 30 Oct. The exhibition will tell the history of Kodak and photography in Dacorum.

Music: Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

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Fundraisers: Quiz Night Wendover Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. £12.50pp teams of 6.

MONDAY 21 OCT Film: Il Postino Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 22 Oct. Nonmembers £5 at door.

TUESDAY 22 OCT Talks: From Guns and Roses to Hearts and Flowers Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45 pm. 01582 834010

SATURDAY 26 OCT Arts & Crafts: Horrible Halloween Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. To 3 Nov. Music: Alan Barnes and 11 Big Band Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13.

THURSDAY 31 OCT Music: The Alarm The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm.

FRIDAY 1 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Aylesbury Beer Festival Sir Henry Floyd Grammar

School, Aylesbury. Also 2 Nov. £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Talks: The Oxford Of Inspector Morse St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. Talks: The Wine Tasting Game Nora Grace Hall, 8pm. Dance: Hemel Hempstead Folk Dance Club Grovehill Community Centre, Stevenage Rise, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6BJ. 8.15pm and most Fridays. 01442 259578

SATURDAY 2 NOV Dance: Ballet Intensive Weekend Tring Park School. Also Sun 3 Nov. Ballet Intensive Weekend for ages 7-18. Theatre: Senior Acting Day Tring Park School. Acting for Camera Day for pupils aged 12-18. Fairs / Festivals: Tring Festival of Fire Tring Park Cricket Club 5.30pm. Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Rotary Fireworks Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Gates 6pm, show 7pm. 3 NOV Theatre: Senior Musical Theatre Day Tring Park School. For pupils aged


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Music: From Odessa to Paris The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 7pm.

Join us for the Graham Greene 19th - 21st September 2019 International Festival



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FRIDAY 8 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Book Festival To 17 Nov. The programme will include debates, interviews, presentations and workshops all hosted in a selection of wonderful venues.

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SATURDAY 9 NOV Music: Maggini Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15.

TUESDAY 12 NOV Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury HP22 5HP. 9.30-11.30am. £10.

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Join us for your Christmas Events this year: Christmas Party Nights Ladies that Lunch - 29th November Military Wives Choir - 8th December Christmas Day Luncheon Boxing Day Carvery New Year’s Eve Celebrations

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Theatre: Drama Show Tring Park School. To 15 Nov.

FRIDAY 15 NOV WEDNESDAY 13 NOV Business: BDCC Breakfast Meeting Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7am. Talks: Invasion 1940 Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Fundraisers: Berkhamsted Live 21 Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted. 8pm. £5. Supporting Pepper Children’s Hospice at Home. lstate@

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

SATURDAY 16 NOV Markets & Sales: Tring WI Christmas Bazaar Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, 10am-12noon. 01582 834010

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Dance: Autumn Day of Dance Tring Park School. For pupils aged 7-18.



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