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ISSUE 79

BERKHAMSTED

SUMMER 2021

YOUR QUALITY LOCAL MAGAZINE

SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES SINCE 2001

ANIMAL MAGIC

Great local family days out

TLC FOR HERITAGE HOMES

We explain why and how to look after your heritage home

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Welcome to the Summer issue!

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BERKHAMSTED SUMMER 2021

ummer days are finally with us! And with them come a lifting of restrictions that should see us all getting out and about more, as varied leisure opportunities open up. That said, as we go to print, it’s still Step 2 of the Covid roadmap, so fingers crossed that we’ve progressed swiftly and safely to Step 3 by the time you read this! In the hope that everything is progressing well, we’ve gathered together some ideas for family days out with an animal theme - they might even make a nice day out for Father’s Day on 20 June. Many of us will still enjoy plenty of time in our gardens, despite the fact that we can go out, out. So, with a nod to global warming, we’ve looked at ways in which your garden can be more drought tolerant and save on water use over the summer. For anyone lucky enough to live in one of the lovely older homes around our area, we’ve got some expert advice on giving it some TLC.

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News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages

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Bake up a healthy batch of sugar-free cupcakes!

If it’s you that needs the TLC, after a long lockdown without makeup or hair care, we round up some of the summer trends for skin, hair and makeup. Once again, Ian Bateman has come up with a puzzling crossword to get our brains ticking over. We hope you like it, do let us know! As always, the magazine includes local news, events and features. We love to hear from local people, groups, schools and organisations, so please email Naomi at editorial@livingmags. info with your news prior to our autumn issue. We hope this issue finds you safe and well and wish you happy reading.

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26 Animal Magic - fantastic animal-themed days out

expert tips for heritage properties

34 Drought-tolerant garden

ideas for hot summer days

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22 Health and beauty: summer

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40 Summer reads from local authors

32 Give your home some TLC: 44 Walk: Discover Little

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50 Essential local services

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Leslie pens heavenly read Edible history

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hen Lesley Good contacted Berkhamsted Living about her father, who had published a book at the age of 101, we thought we had a recordbreaker on our hands. Sadly, that record is held by an American man of 102. Nevertheless, Leslie Bramwell Good, who lives in Northchurch, is to be admired. A veteran of WWII, he also holds the distinction of being the oldest player at Berkhamsted Golf Club, hanging up his clubs at the age of 95. His book, My Blue Heaven, comprises four short books with some autobiographical content and fictional stories. He writes about his childhood between the wars, about early cars and the development of Gatwick Airport, which led to the destruction of his family home, his golfing life and about being de-mobbed and meeting his future wife. They were married for 73 years. There seems to be no end to his talents - some of his stories were written in French and translated for this book. Leslie has also just finished a story entitled The Sunflower Club. Maybe that world record might be within his reach after all!

Cafe culture on hold

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utgoing Berkhamsted Mayor Garrick Stevens told Living that the Town Council has been working with the County and Dacorum Councils to bring about changes to the High Street to improve social distancing, help shops to gain more custom

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erkhamsted has much to offer in this year’s HODs provided by the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society, The Berkhamsted Castle Trust, the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project and the Dacorum Heritage Trust. Events range from guided tours of the historic town centre, Berkhamsted’s West End, an old once-flourishing industry - the cultivation of watercress, and more. Booking will be necessary but everything is free! Heritage Open Days run from 10-19 September 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Edible England’ Don’t leave it too late. For all Berkhamsted events head to www.heritageopendays.org. uk and pre-book.

and create a café culture that could attract more visitors. As we went to press he said: ‘We had intended to implement the changes to coincide with lifting the lockdown, but a late glitch has prevented progress; it is uncertain whether even the modified plan can proceed. However, cafés and restaurants continue to be able under Covid-19 regulations - to put tables outside on the pavements.’

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What’s your retirement game plan? Understanding your options and managing your income are no longer ‘one-off’ decisions

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fter the introduction of Pension Freedoms in 2015, retirement choices fundamentally changed. Restrictions around access to defined contribution pensions were lifted and retirees gained more flexibility. You can choose to stay invested, decide your own level of income, or even withdraw the entire pot. Purchasing an annuity is now another choice, rather than a necessity. Greater freedoms also bring greater responsibility to ensure retirement savings last. Nobel Laureate William Sharpe describes turning your retirement savings into income as ‘the nastiest, hardest problem in finance’. And it’s no wonder, when you consider how many options are now available. The cliff-edge idea of stopping work at 60 or 65 and ‘being retired’ are fading into obscurity. People today are adopting a phased approach, transitioning from working and saving, and moving towards leisure and spending over a period of years. This is all done on their terms, in line with their own life plans, rather than restricted by a pension scheme, or an employer.

Ask yourself, what does retirement look like? How can I make it a reality? If you’re ‘retired’ already, is it as you imagined? Being ‘in retirement’ is much more than simply drawing an income. You’ll need to think about an efficient home and use for your tax-free cash (considering how poor savings rates are), create a sustainable income that will last your lifetime, and manage your retirement capital.

Many people find that the countless choices at retirement are overwhelming With no definitive retirement age anymore, and different pressures on supporting older and younger generations, a rethink is needed on how to make best use of your retirement savings. This means considering other assets and sources of income alongside your pension, in such a way to adapt to your changing needs over time. This new found flexibility is not without its risks. Accessing your pension pot can present very different issues compared to building your pension wealth. If you have chosen to remain invested in retirement, there will be

challenges that you will need help and advice to navigate. For example, stock market volatility can potentially bring with it sequence of returns risk and reverse pound cost averaging when drawing an income, which is an added layer of complexity when establishing a retirement income strategy. A problematic issue in retirement is underestimating how long your money needs to last. The 100-year life is fast becoming normal, with more of us living much longer, more active lives than ever before. The value of advice comes from building a strong relationship over time, to understand you and your family’s needs. Our expertise in understanding the intricacies of a modern retirement means you can worry less and focus on the important things in life. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select, and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. Equities do not provide the security of capital which is characteristic of a deposit with a bank or building society.

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erkhamsted Chamber of Commerce is keeping its collective fingers crossed that its summer event supporting five charities can go ahead. The Summer Chamber/Networking Social Event in aid of ‘The Big Five Charities’ in Berkhamsted is set to take place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club, on Wednesday 30 June, starting at 5pm. The charities that will benefit from the event are: AGE UK Dacorum, Berkhamsted Town Hall Trust, DENS, Hospice of St Francis and Open Door. As we go to press, full details have yet to be formalised but plans include a barbecue (funded by the Chamber of Commerce), welcome glass of champagne and raffle. Each charity will have a stand to promote awareness and encourage volunteers and membership.

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he Town Council is, in conjunction with the Borough Council, considering how to make improvements to the playground at Canal Fields. If you have any suggestions about what you would like to see installed please contact the Town Clerk at townclerk@ berkhamstedtowncouncil.gov.uk. More fun for children is in store at The Moor. The Town Council has ordered a low-level climbing ‘frame’ using tree trunks, which will be installed in the space beside the new existing children’s play space. The local business that is supplying it aims to have it installed in early summer.

Remembering Hector

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fter 18-year-old Hector Stringer took his own life in April 2011, his family set up the Hector’s House suicide prevention and mental health awareness charity. Ten years on, the Berkhamsted-based charity marked the anniversary with ‘10 ways to remember Hector’. Hector’s House executive assistant Sarah O’Brien told Living: ‘So many people got involved and raised funds - and a lot of people got in touch who needed help.’ Hector’s sister Lotte is CEO of the charity she also goes out to talk in schools on behalf of Hector’s House. She features in a new book alongside household names such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Joe Wicks. The Book of Hope: 101 Voices on Overcoming Adversity is written by mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin well-known for his book and documentary film, The Stranger on the Bridge, which fought to end stigma around talking about mental health, suicidal thoughts and schizoaffective disorder. Sarah adds: ‘We ask everyone to look after themselves during this time and if they are struggling, please come and find help at the website at www.hectorshouse.org.uk. They should know that they are not alone.’

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Bridge gets facelift

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f you walk towards the train station, you’ll have noticed that the Lower Kings Road Bridge restoration has made a big difference. Its new paintwork really makes it stand out now. Next up for a facelift is the bridge at Park Street so be aware that parking will be restricted while works continue. It is hoped that the work will make the area less prone to flooding in the winter.

Good news for Crystal Palace

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ood news for the Crystal Palace, as Adrian Barham, the chairman of Berkhamsted Castle Trust tells us. He announced: ‘Objectors to the plan have now received letters from Punch Pubs stating that, due to community resistance to the scheme, they have now “re-considered and will be investing in and retaining the Crystal Palace as a pub’’.’ Adrian continued: ‘This news is to be welcomed, even though a little surprising given that previous applications were vociferous in ‘proving’ that the pub was no longer viable. It’s good to know that the weight of opposition has forced this change of direction.’ Punch Pubs has already made a planning application that includes a garden bar extension. We understand that the new tenants of the Crystal Palace will be the Big Smoke Brew Co. Apparently, co-founders Rich and James have an excellent reputation for running community-focused pubs and are looking forward to bringing the Crystal Palace pub back to life.

ave you noticed this new installation in the Canal Fields? Dacorum Borough Council has been beevering away installing new bee houses across the borough. The sites encourage biodiversity for solitary bees (such as the red mason or leaf cutter bee) that don’t live in hives or produce honey but which are, nevertheless, excellent pollinators. The cardboard nesting tubes allow cocoons to be easily removed. The bees can then be kept safe indoors over winter and provided with a fresh, pest-free nest each year. Find out how to become a bee guardian at www.masonbees.co.uk/bee-guardians.

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Radio Dacorum changes lives

Music for Memory presenter Matt Hatton

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lexa, play Radio Dacorum on TuneIn’ these words get you to a world of local music, chat and information brought to you by people from our community. Community radio is working to make a positive difference to people’s lives across Dacorum.

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For example, on Wednesday lunch times, Radio Dacorum’s Music for Memory show, presented by Matt Hatton, is broadcast. The programme aims to help people who live with dementia and is played out to care homes. Radio Dacorum also makes a difference to people’s lives through sharing public information. Recently the team has been sharing up-to-date accurate information about the Covid vaccination program with hard-toreach communities across Hertfordshire. If you would like to get involved with Radio Dacorum, as a presenter, producer or listener, take a look at the website www. radiodacorum.org.uk or just talk to Siri! Radio Dacorum is a service provided by Community Action Dacorum. Find out more about Radio Dacorum at www.livingmags.info/news.

Celebrate wellness The Virtual Wellness Festival, in partnership between Active Dacorum and Healthy Hub Dacorum, is a weeklong health and wellbeing online event. From 31 May - 6 June, each day will have a health and wellbeing topic in which local organisations will provide an online activity via Active Dacorum’s YouTube channel. More at www.dacorum.gov.uk/ wellnessfestival

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rmed Forces Day is a chance for people to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. In Dacorum. annual events supporting Armed Forces Day have also raised funds for many local charities and groups. This year, there will be a series of events on 26 June, including an online fitness session by Viking Fitness. Look out for updates at www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/communityliving/armed-forces-covenant.

New market stalls? We hear that a number of new market stall holders have asked if they might join Berkhamsted’s Saturday market, which would make it a larger affair than it is at present. Attracting more shoppers into the town must surely be a good thing for existing retailers?

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Dacorum Age UK is listening

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ge UK Dacorum has launched a new initiative for the local community: Bereavement & Covid-19 Support Service. This free confidential listening service aims to assist those who would like to talk to someone and require guidance with difficulties caused by the pandemic. It is open to the over 50s. Age UK Dacorum recognises that not only are people experiencing bereavement from the

death of loved ones, which possibly includes not being able to say goodbye to them at their bedside. But, also, many people are suffering grief because of loss of purpose, changes to their previous everyday life, not being able to see loved ones nor being able to pursue their hobbies; all of which can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This free confidential listening support service will be available Monday to Wednesday 10am-12pm via a dedicated direct phone line: 01442 507880. At other times, messages can be left for someone to return your call. David Pearce, Chief Executive of Age UK Dacorum, added: ‘After restrictions are lifted, there are plans to open local venues within the Dacorum area, to provide one-to-one conversation.’

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he Rectory Lane Cemetery Project has won the 2021 Environment Award from the Berkhamsted Citizens Association Townscape Committee. The judges praised its outstanding design, sensitive remodelling and refurbishment, the quality of its materials, its environmental attributes, and said it was ‘simply the finest community project seen in Berkhamsted in recent years’. Members of the Berkhamsted Gardeners Society (who look after the planting in the cemetery’s Garden of Remembrance) were also recognised in the awards for their restoration and planting of the flowerbed to the rear of the town’s station.

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aty Etherington, Berkhamsted-based founder of the not-forprofit website www.PAPool. co.uk, has won the London & South East England Prestige Awards - Private Care Specialists of the Year 2020/21. The website caters for disabled or elderly people looking to employ a Personal Care Assistant (PA) or carer, and for PAs (carers) looking for work, allowing members to manage their own recruitment or employment. The database now has more than 18,000 members. Katy is a full-time wheelchair user and came up with the idea when she discovered just how costly and time-consuming recruiting PAs could be.

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Local Plan update on the way

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he Dacorum Local Plan consultation, which closed on 28 February, attracted a whopping 3,500 replies (although there are more than 64,000 homes in the Borough). Outgoing Mayor Garrick Stevens told Berkhamsted Living: ‘We hope the next Plan will contain a better attempt by the Borough to reconcile the need to protect the Green Belt while planning for a sensible degree of development that is sustainable while greatly expanding the numbers of homes that are affordable. The previous consultation was unsatisfactory as we could not have public meetings due to Covid-19, so let us hope that for the next round we can be back to normal. The updated Plan is presently due to be published at the end of July with consultation to follow.’ Tom Beeston, Chief Officer of the Chiltern Society, commented: ‘It looks like Dacorum Council is going to rewrite the plan. It looks like good news for Tring and Berkhamsted, and it seems that the council are listening to local pressure groups. Let’s hope that any further

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rounds of consultation will meet not just the needs of Central Government but of the local community.’ Dacorum Council confirmed that the next stage of the plan would include input from the Hemel Place Strategy, looking at coordinating growth across the town, along with a comprehensive review of brownfield sites across the borough. In a statement, James Doe, Assistant Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration said: ‘We are delighted with the level of response we have received from residents to the consultation. We will consider all the comments and concerns raised, and look carefully at all the options as we progress the Local Plan.’

An easy way to party!

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30 April: Berkhamsted artist Mary Casserley’s painting of Boris Johnson and his family at Chequers, which the Prime Minister bought himself, appeared on current affairs comedy show Have I Got News For You on BBC One.

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ver the past few months of lockdown, children and grown-ups have been getting creative with the help of Katie Jones from The Canvas Crew during online art sessions via Zoom. Now, their work can be seen in real life at an exhibition that is bringing together their fantastic art for everyone to see. The exhibition runs from 31 May - 12 June at Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted.

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Fancy That - Tring 11 Aeroplane Pyjamas £24 12 Butterflies £7 Gems & Jules - Tring 13 Silver Free Spirit Earrings £89 14 Silver Trio of Hearts £29 Mary Casserley Berkhamsted 15 Horse Field Card £3 or Signed Print £25 available from Berkhamsted Imaging 16 The Bull Card £3 or Signed Print £25 available from Berkhamsted Imaging 22

Bailey & Sons - Berkhamsted 01 Mini Bee Pendant £60 02 White Gold Diamond Infinity Ring £335 Berkhamsted Arts & Crafts - Berkhamsted 03 Lamy Safari Fountain Pens £20 04 Pet Adoption Clay Kit £14.99 Creative H - Berkhamsted 05 Monstera Brights Cushions £42 06 Cards, Gift Wrap, Prints from £3 Debbie Shrimpton Illustrates - Berkhamsted 07 Ashridge Bluebells £45 08 Wigginton Sunflower Fields £45 Doodleshoe Paper Goods - Berkhamsted 09 Birthday Shoe Card £2.75 10 Dancing Shoes Card £2.75

Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 17 Powder Trainer Socks £7.50 18 Repeat Repeat Jug £14.50 19 Pottery Jug £27 20 Toasted Crumpet tea towel £14.50 Pieces of Art - Tring 21 You’ve got the Love Papercut £45 Puddingstone Distillery - Tring 22 George Street Canteen Honey Bee Gin £36 Tring Brewery - Tring 23 Chiltern Artisan Biltong £3.50 Whilst we have made every effort to ensure these details are correct, you must confirm directly with the retailer.

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SUMMER! The sun is shining and we’re allowed out! It’s time to get your skin back into shape and your hair shining

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Because of this in-your-face experience, there has been a surge in demand for treatments that improve the skin. The stress of lockdown and too much time spent indoors has also affected our skin. Dr Sophie Taylor at Berkhamsted’s Aesthetic Skin Clinic points out: ‘Lockdown life has left our skin feeling dry and looking dull. Moving forward, we expect elevated home skincare to continue, with special emphasis on nourishing ingredients including antioxidants, peptides, and acid-based products. The use of face masks has led to the demystification of injectable therapies to enhance the upper third of the face,

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Fringes (or bangs, depending on your age!) are also back with a vengeance, whether it’s a big, heavy fringe, curtain bangs, or a choppier, 60s-inspired style

Bangs are back

When it comes to hair, we’ll be looking back to the 70s and 90s for inspiration. After a year of the work-from-home pulled-back ponytail, it’s perhaps not surprising that we are easing ourselves back into hairstyling with cuts that use the natural texture in our hair and present a more relaxed look. Fringes (or bangs, depending on your age!) are also back with a vengeance, whether it’s a big, heavy fringe, curtain bangs, or a choppier, 60s-inspired style. And curly girls can celebrate - as curls also make a welcome return. You could be brave and choose a pixie cut this time around they feature plenty of natural texture and movement and soft edges to keep it looking feminine. And when it comes to colour - who made the most of lockdown to have fun with rainbowcoloured locks while school was out? A rather more natural soft copper - inspired by popular lockdown TV shows such as The Queen’s Gambit - will be the summer colour of choice.

make the most of our peepers. The catwalks were full of smoky, kohl-rimmed eyes, or charcoal around the lash line with lashings of mascara. Or pick a volumizing mascara and bright coloured eyeliner. Summery green eyeshades and graphic or floating liner are bang on trend. When you’re finally able to ditch that mask, make sure your lips have something to say. This summer’s look goes two ways. Let it shine with purple tinted gloss or go for a semi matte lip in this season’s hot colour - orange. If you’ve barely worn makeup all year, you might want to ease yourself in gradually - and summer is the perfect time to work on your ‘barely there’ makeup look. Use a serum or balm to give a dewy look to your skin, add cream blush to the apples of your cheeks and use a pop of subtle colour on lips. Whatever look you choose, relax, have fun, and enjoy being out in the real world - and off Zoom!

…with masks still on for the foreseeable future, we really should make the most of our peepers

coinciding with a move towards subtle results, partly due to the recent ban on filters in beauty advertising. As an aesthetic practitioner, I welcome these emerging trends, while looking forward to helping my clients achieve a healthy glow as we return to our professional and social lives.’

The eyes have it No one could miss Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor Joy’s fabulous eyes, and with masks still on for the foreseeable future, we really should

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Going beyond ‘skin deep’

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to a family of Amur tigers

At last we can get out and about with the family. Many animal parks and attractions have had a hard time, closed during lockdown, with no visitors to bring in muchneeded funds. Let’s make the most of summer and give them all the support we can! Folly’s Farm Home of Rest For Donkeys & Ponies Potten End, Berkhamsted This non-profit organisation runs entirely on voluntary help and contributions. Most of the donkeys have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse, or from people who didn’t know how

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ANIMAL MAGIC to look after them. It should be open to visitors by the time you read this, and there is now a small onsite shop selling bric-a-brac and donkey merchandise.

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Bucks Goat Centre

KIDS opportunities. Hopefully the high ropes courses and climbing tower, along with the indoor play area, will be open as soon as restrictions allow.

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Bucks Goat Centre Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury For a relaxed trip out, pop over to The Bucks Goat Centre. This petting farm has some lovely friendly animals for the kids to meet, in a peaceful environment. Buy a bag of feed for the goats, pigs, alpacas and llamas. For something special, why not book an animal experience or encounter - you could spend time with a goat, alpaca or even Barnaby the stunning Silver Fox. There is a small play area and trampoline, cafe, picnic area, and a big garden to enjoy.

Mead Open Farm Billington, near Leighton Buzzard There’s 30 acres to explore at Bedfordshire’s first open farm. There’s lots of animals to meet, including cows, pigs, sheep, ponies, goats, rabbits and more. And don’t forget to say hello to the alpacas. Along with the animal exhibits there are plenty of other activities that make for a fun day out. Jumping Pillows, Digger Village and Shaggy’s Cove Sand & Water Play offer lots of outdoor play

Tring Alongside the usual fascinating exhibits, this summer the museum is offering a chance to discover more about animal mummies in a special exhibition. Animal mummies were given as gifts to the Egyptian gods, and with modern technology, the museum’s scientists have been able to find out more about them. Discover the untold stories that scans and X-rays have unfolded. See the sealed 2,400-yearold wooden cat coffin, and find out why a mummified crocodile has stones in its tummy! Note that pre-booked time slots must be allocated online before arrival.

Tiggywinkles The Wildlife Hospital Trust Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury This specialist hospital is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife. The public can book for a session at the visitor centre, where you may see baby birds, mammals and even badgers, brought in to be nursed back to health by the vets at this fabulous charity. In normal times, guided tours are also offered - keep an eye on the website for updates. Become a member and not only will you be supporting the charity, but you can visit for free.

The Horse Trust Speen, near Princes Risborough The oldest horse charity in the world plans to open its doors in July, ready for the summer holidays. The Home of Rest for Horses offers retirement and respite for working horses and ponies, as well as donkeys. Many of the animals you’ll see have served in the Police or armed forces, or with charities that use horses to help people.

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Whipsnade Zoo

Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary Northchurch, Berkhamsted This is a pony and horse rescue and rehabilitation home. However, you might find pigs, cats, chicken, lambs and more on the site! The sanctuary is likely to stay closed to visitors until the end of July, and there may also be an Open Day in September. Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date with opening details.

Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable The zoo, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, has cleverly introduced a fabulous new outdoor play adventure area to allow little ones to let off some steam. Hullabazoo outdoor play includes bridges, swings, climbing frames, siton crocodiles, tunnels, boats, mini safari jeeps and more. Be aware that there may be time slots and pre booking in place. The summer holidays will also see an invasion of dinosaurs - life-size animatronic prehistoric creatures will be sure to thrill any dino-mad kids. Come face-to-face with long-necked Brachiosaurus, three-horned Triceratops and the most terrifying of all, Tyrannosaurus rex - are you brave enough?

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Tyrannosaurus rex

Woburn Safari Park Woburn, Bedfordshire Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Take a safari without leaving the country on this road trip that will see you encountering rhino, lions, tigers, Canadian Timber Wolves, mischievous Barbary macaque monkeys and North American Black Bears. You might even see the Amur tigers taking a bath! New to the safari over lockdown are the first pair of bear cubs to be born at the park since 2016 - look out for Koda and his sister Georgia with their mum Phoenix. There’s plenty more to see on the Foot Safari including red pandas, sea lions, and penguins. Plus great play areas, a high rope trail, miniature railway and pedal-powered swan and dragon boats.

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Woodside Animal Farm

on government restrictions, and the indoor play barn open in June. There are plenty more activities including the woodland activity trail for little ones and the cable runway for older children.

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Woodside Animal Farm Slip End, Luton There are all kinds of cuddly animals to find at Woodside, including bunnies and ducklings. But you might also encounter giant lizards and a 6ft boa constrictor! Woodside is well-known for its hands-on animal activities so is a great choice if you have a child who really loves getting up close and personal with some cute critters. As we went to press, the farm was hoping to have its animal petting and feeding activities up and running by May, depending

London Colney, St Albans This is the place to go for fans of the CBeebies series Peter Rabbit. See Peter and his friends in daily shows and then let little ones loose on the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, with lots of opportunities for imaginative play including the Jeremy Fisher Music Pond. There’s plenty more to enjoy, including cow milking demonstrations, lamb bottle feeding and sheep racing.

And there’s more... • Crocodiles of the World, Brize Norton, Oxon • Standalone Farm, Letchworth • Herrings Green Activity Farm & Bird of Prey Centre, Wilstead, near Bedford.

Please note, as we went to press, we were still in Step 2 of lockdown easing - we hope that we have progressed and successfully made it through to Step 3! At present, most attractions require pre-booking to allow them to control visitor numbers. As things are liable to change during the pandemic, please check on the attraction’s website before you travel.

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HOMES If you’re lucky enough to live in a heritage property, look after it carefully, says Stewart Ivory, director of Tring’s Lost Marble Building Conservation. He explains why and how, with some top tips!

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eritage properties are all around us, with approximately a quarter of all UK housing stock built before 1919. That means there’s about 5 million ‘traditionally built’ houses in England, so the chances are that you live in one, live next door to one or walk past one every day without even noticing.

What does traditionally built mean? A ‘traditionally built’ building is defined as being of solid wall construction (no cavity) from a range of materials including stone,

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earth, brick, wood and lime. Generally, this means that they will have been built before 1919. Lime was traditionally used for mortar, render, paint and plaster, and enabled the walls to breathe. Traditionally built houses were designed to behave in a totally different way to a ‘modern construction’. Whereas modern houses are designed to keep the elements out - in effect creating hermetically-sealed boxes, traditional dwellings were built to allow moisture to flow through the very fabric of the building, keeping it dry, even when built on a river or canal. The use of lime mortar plays a vital role in the process of keeping a building dry.

Let it breathe! There are many benefits to the use of lime mortar in traditional buildings irrespective of the historical period or indeed social status of the building itself. Hampton Court Palace was constructed in similar materials to any Victorian estate workers’ cottage and therefore they should both be maintained in the same way, as both need to breathe!

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PROPERTY So when did things change? Historically, the events of WWI decimated the male population, and the skills and experience often handed down from generation to generation were effectively lost. Rebuilding bomb-damaged towns and cities and housing an expanding population meant housing needed to be built quickly. Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) became the go-to material for post-war building, and working with lime became obsolete – its magical properties, benefits and characteristics fading into history. Cement was (and still is) hard, impermeable, quick-setting, easy to use and cheap, which inadvertently created a one-size-fits-all maxim – cement ruled!

The damage is done But here’s the thing – many, if not most, traditionally built properties have now been subjected to inappropriate and damaging repairs using OPC, from the 1920s onwards. Even in ancient Grade 1 listed churches and castles, cement has been used to the detriment of the original materials. What the blanket-use of cement did was to negate all the manifold benefits of lime, thus creating problems that did not exist before; typically damp through rotting timbers, rapidly decaying stone, collapsing cob walls and disintegrating bricks. Interestingly, cement against a timber beam will cause more rot in 40 years than in the previous 400 years…. Luckily, help is at hand...

What you can do If you are fortunate enough to live in a traditionally built property there are some simple steps you can take to help your property perform as it should – and remember, it needs to breathe: • ‘Stave off decay by daily care’ – the manifesto of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) • Remove all plants growing up and into your walls • Lower the external ground level to at least 12 inches below internal levels • Keep windows open if drying clothes indoors • Check and regularly clear gutters and drain pipes etc • Traditional buildings do not need ‘damp proofing’ as this will prevent them breathing. Enlist the help of specialists for any remedial works such as: • Removing all the cement pointing in brickwork safely • Repointing with lime mortar • Replacing modern gypsum plaster and cement render with haired lime. With thanks to Lost Marble Building Conservation - specialists in the safe removal of inappropriate modern materials in traditionally built properties, and reinstating original materials. Read the full article at www.livingmags.info/type/property

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Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

GARDENS THAT CAN STAND THE

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Three to take home Helen Reeley, of Berkhamsted-based Reeley Gardens, shares her three favourite drought-resistant plants with us. She says: ‘They’re bullet proof, a good size and, once established, will take all the sun, so drought-tolerant. They won’t thrive in a shady position so south to south west is best.’ 1. Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ - a very delicate, romantic upright silver blue perennial that grows to 50cm. Common name Russian sage. 2. Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’- has green foliage with purple flowers. Grows to 50cm. Common name Salvia. 3. Hylotelephium ‘Matrona’ - fleshy pale green and purple leaves with pink flowers. Grows to 50cm. Common name Sedum or Stonecrop.

With global temperatures on the rise and all of us trying to cut down on our water usage, choosing drought-tolerant plants for your garden is more important than ever...

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020 proved to be the hottest year in Europe since records began, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. It also tied with 2016 as the hottest year worldwide. So what does that mean for our green and pleasant land? Lawns as we know them could be one of the casualties, as any keen gardener will know the sadness of a brown, scorched lawn after a long hot summer. However, if you leave your grass longer, or even transform it into a wildflower meadow, your lawn will be more resistant to weather change. Allowing more growth on top makes for longer roots under the surface - which can search out more moisture.

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Mediterranean-type plants are bred to survive long hot summers, and they can do well in English gardens too. They don’t need constant watering either, which is great for properties on a water meter - or lazy gardeners! However, one thing to consider is that the change in climate, while resulting in longer, hotter summers, may also see wetter winters - and Mediterranean plants are not so happy in the wet!

It’s not just about plants Cultivating your soil is also key to encouraging water retention. You can dig in organic matter such as composted bark, garden compost and farmyard manure (as long as it is well rotted).

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GARDENS Even used coffee grounds are good for water retention. A mulch applied above ground will also help to prevent water evaporating from the soil in the heat. Applying the correct amount of fertiliser is also important. This enables plants to use water efficiently. Too much and they will put on too much green growth, and need extra watering. Plant windbreaks to stop wind evaporation of water from the soil. And remember to find space for water butts so you are not using tap water.

Which plants to choose? In addition to Helen’s suggestions on the opposite page, look for plants that have silver or grey-green leaves. These reflect the sun and so help to retain moisture. Also choose plants according to where you are going to plant them - if they like semi shade, don’t plant in full sun where they will become thirsty. Some plants to choose: • Ceanothus with its stunning blue flowers is a great choice for maximum impact. • Hebe ‘Margret’ has a compact, rounded shape and delicate light blue flowers in early summer. • Hebe albicans is an evergreen dwarf shrub with dense spikes of white flowers. • Don’t forget bulbs! Allium sphaerocephalon sports unusual egg-shaped flowers, and tall Allium ‘Ambassador’ boasts perfectly spherical heads of purple flowers. • Grasses look great in gravel gardens. We love Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Fontäne’ with its feathery flower heads that turn from red to silver in late summer/autumn.

Looking after your plants • Water plants well when planting and mulch around them. • Choose younger, smaller plants that will adapt to their new conditions more easily. • Mediterranean plants should ideally be planted in spring and early summer when the soil has

warmed up. If you plant in autumn they will soon become unhappy in cold, damp soil. • Weed regularly to cut down the competition.

Make a gravel garden Gravel gardens are ideal for drought-tolerant planting schemes and perfect for gravelly or sandy soil. They’re also low maintenance. To create a gravel garden, choose a sunny area of your garden and lay landscape fabric or weed suppressant over the ground before planting - this will help to keep weeds at bay. Cut crosses in the fabric where you want to plant your chosen plants. Use whatever gravel you like - limestone chippings can affect the soil quality so best to avoid them, and if you have lots of cats visiting your garden, choose a larger gravel that doesn’t remind them of the litter tray!

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arden water feature specialists Britponds are encouraging garden lovers to find out more about their ecosystem ponds at Hemel Hempstead Garden Centre. The centre in Great Gaddesden is home to a fountainscape display (a pondless water feature) of spillway bowls and a stacked slate fountain wall. The water spills out of both features into the landscaped surroundings of rocks, gravel and planting. Britponds is an ecosystem pond firm, so does not use chemicals for cleaning, instead installing biofilter systems that use the natural process of gravel and aquatic planting to do the pond purifying and filtering of the water.

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Scandal, secret tunnels and sausages! Many of us are really appreciating being able to pop to the pub for Sunday lunch or for a quick pint or glass of wine, so it seemed a suitable time to take a look at the history behind our local watering holes 1

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erkhamsted’s public houses have a lengthy history - in fact brewing and maltings was noted to be one of the town’s principal industries in the reign of Elizabeth I. The Swan, for instance, is now the Swan Youth Project, but its position on the junction of an old Roman Road and Chesham Road (which rather interestingly was the main route between Berkhamsted and Windsor Castle) suggests that it was probably one of the town’s earliest inns. It’s also near a church, and legend suggests that the Swan’s cellar is linked by a secret tunnel to the church crypt - if you know anything about this, we’d love to know more! The Swan also has an interesting link with the Crystal Palace (find out more about its history at www. livingmags.info/saving-crystal-palace-pub-in-

berkhamsted-from-housing-developers). John Edward Lane (son of nurseryman Henry Lane) moved into the Swan in the mid 19th century and began to expand his brewing business by buying or building new pubs. It’s believed he built the Crystal Palace and Brownlow Arms (Chapel Street/Ravens Lane) and possibly the Gardeners Arms on Castle Street. He also bought The George in the High Street. Find out more about him at www.livingmags.info/features/ discovering-our-victorian-ancestors. The Cock (spelled Cokke originally), meanwhile, gave its name to the road it sat on - Cock Lane, which later became Cox’s Lane. And if you’re racking your brain trying to think where that is, don’t bother! That road is now the far-more familiar Kings Road.

1. Berkhamsted High Street. 2. The White Hart. 3. The Lamb. 4. The Boote Inn, Castle Street. 5. The Crystal Palace.

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Different pubs had different clientele - the Chaffcutter’s Arms in Highfield Road rather suitably was popular with farm labourers. While the Five Bells in the High Street counted both businessmen and bare-fisted fighters among its clientele - the yard at the back was the venue for many illegal bouts. Nearby was the Red Lion. We wonder what colourful characters may have frequented that inn when circuses were staged behind the pub? Waggoners stopped for refreshment at Mill Street’s The Fish, and drovers would drop in to The Goat, and at The Cow Roast (or Rest). Wartime had a major effect on pubs, although they were viewed very differently in the two World Wars. In the 1940s they were considered an important part of keeping up morale, but during WWI, the War Minister David Lloyd George declared that: ‘We are fighting Germans, Austrians and drink, and so far as I can see the greatest of these deadly foes is drink’. Pubs were no longer allowed to open throughout the day, as the government wanted workers in the munitions factories to be sober and hangover-free! Pubs had to close by 9.30pm, and customers were banned from buying rounds. The duty on beer also trebled. So it’s no surprise that Berkhamsted lost three pubs just after the war - Castle Street’s Boote, the Edward VI (originally the Henry VIII) and the Stag in Gossoms End. The Pheasant Inn in Northchurch also called last orders for the last time.

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But there are still plenty of licensed premises to quench the thirst of locals, and some with colourful tales in their past, too. In the 19th century the Kings Arms was the main inn in the town and coaches would stop to change horses there on their way to and from London. One very important person stopped by frequently - the exiled King Louis XVIII of France. But it wasn’t the quality of the ale and food that attracted him, rather the landlord’s daughter Polly Page. This illicit scandal caused the outrage of the king’s minister, Count Talleyrand, not because they weren’t married, but because Polly was what he called a ‘paysan’ or peasant. Poor Polly!

Did you know? • The coat of arms shown on the Kings Arms’ sign actually belongs to Queen Anne. • The Lamb has three front doors, and at one stage even had stables at the far end. • First mentions of The Crown are in 1743, but its name changed in 1790. By 1850 it was the Crown again. It later had a number of name changes before reverting back to The Crown. • The King Edward VI in Mill Street was once known as The Clown & Sausages. It was demolished in the 20th century. 3

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The latest books from our local and regional authors

Whether you’re on holiday or just sitting in the garden, here’s some great reads from local authors to enjoy over the summer

Ends of the Earth

Steaming Through The Chilterns and Thereabouts Compiled by Robert Freeman and Mary Casserley, with photos by H C Casserley, Goose Books. Out Now and stocked in The Way Inn, Fancy That and Waterstones. Mary Casserley is a great friend of Tring and Berkhamsted Living, helping us with our local history articles - and of course we love her local designs! Mary has teamed up with local rail enthusiast Rob Freeman as they present a selection of photos from the collection of her late father and grandfather covering Berkhamsted, Rickmansworth, Princes Risborough, Chesham and St Albans, among others. As well as the obvious appeal of the trains, there’s some lovely personal tales, including the time her grandfather spent two days out in the snow by the Northchurch tunnel in a bid to get photos - all while he was in the midst of a serious bout of bronchitis! A fabulous gift for any local rail enthusiast. Mary Casserly grew up in Berkhamsted and now lives in Tring. She is well known for her paintings of Berkhamsted and the Chilterns and has written three other local history books.

Welcome Home: How stuff makes or breaks your relationship By Suzanne Roynon, Panoma Press. Out now In this book, interiors therapist and stress coach Suzanne helps to explain how ‘stuff’ can block you from having a successful relationship. She also explains which possessions can have an impact on your love life and how bringing about change can have positive impacts on many areas of your life. Described as a real-life Mary Poppins, Berkhamsted-based Suzanne helps to transform the homes of clients in a bid to help them succeed in life, love, relationships or their career.

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By Ian P Buckingham. Green Cat Books. Out this summer. The second book in Ian’s trilogy has a rather timely subject. Following on the story of a fictional enchanted family’s battle with dark magic, they encounter another challenge in the form of a growing pandemic! The family come from Berkhamsted, and the book begins after the battle of Berkhamsted Castle in Ashridge Forest. This time, the action takes them to Namibia and Cornwall, so it would make a fabulous holiday read. Ends of the Earth is aimed at readers aged seven-plus but is designed for the whole family to enjoy. Full of magic, mystery and suspense! Ian is based in Berkhamsted. The first book in his The Changeling Saga Trilogy is entitled Legend of the Lost.


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Approximate time: allow 1 hour 30 minutes Approximate distance: 3 miles (5 kilometres) Discover the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal and the historic Tringford pumping station on this circular walk, which starts from Tring Town Centre 1. From FROGMORE STREET EAST car park (behind DOLPHIN SQUARE and the Church of St Peter & St Paul) head northwards towards the NORA GRACE HALL. Passing the hall on your left, keep on the main path across the POND CLOSE play area and walk beside a flint wall. 2. When the wall ends ignore all paths to the left (leading to houses) and continue on the main path, which runs below tall ash trees. Below lies the STREAMSIDE WALK environmental area, to which the path gradually descends. Cross SILK MILL WAY to a footpath with tubular fencing to its right and continue on path to another road junction ahead. 3. Bear slightly right and cross NEW ROAD. Take the path left, beside the ‘feeder stream’. Keep to the tarmac path until it reaches the UPPER ICKNIELD WAY, once an ancient track linking East Anglia with the Wiltshire Downs, but now a busy road.

In 1904 the Wendove r Arm was is currently finally closed. only navigabl It e as far However, as Little the road Tring. bridge has the leaky been rebuilt sections and of the canal being lined are progressi in concrete , and re-watere vely future of the Wendove d. The r Arm looks promising . It is possible much more to walk the of the Arm entire length following the towpath. Bridge follow From Little the path Tring down past (on the Wilstone right) and reservoir on to Drayton It is well worth an Beaucha mp. afternoo source in n’s stroll to the Arm’s the market town of Wendove r. Please follow the Country Code. • Leave gates in the position you • Leave find them only your own footprints • Take away your litter • Keep dogs under control Do wear sensible clothing Strong footwear for your own comfort. is recomme after rain; nded, particula you may rly encounte stretches r some on this route. muddy

4. Cross carefully. There’s a pedestrian crossing just to the right. The path continues to follow the stream until it flows into the WENDOVER ARM of the GRAND UNION CANAL. 5. Turn left and continue along the canal to the old ‘stop lock’. Just before the stop lock opposite is TRINGFORD PUMPING STATION, which pumps water from the TRING RESERVOIRS into the Wendover Arm, whence it flows into the GRAND UNION CANAL at Bulbourne. Keep walking beside the canal, up to the road bridge. Climb the steps and cross the road at LITTLE TRING to the footpath opposite. 6. Continue to follow the path with the canal still on your right to a junction and then bear left, while the canal curves away to your right to its current (2018) terminus. Follow this path to a gate and a four-way path junction. At the gate, continue straight on, with a fence to your right. When the fence ends, take the gate on the right and continue to the next field gate. Go through the next gate and turn left onto the well-defined track between hedges towards MISWELL FARM. This track joins the farm lane which climbs to the right up the hill towards Tring in a deep and steep cutting beneath Beech trees. 7. Cross the busy UPPER ICKNIELD WAY again, into MISWELL LANE, noting on the left the old WINDMILL and on the right the rookery in the trees beside the road. Continue down MISWELL LANE, crossing WINDMILL WAY to Goldfield playing fields on the left. 8. Take the path to the right towards the school with playing fields to the right. At the three-way path junction continue straight on to eventually meet CHRISTCHURCH ROAD. 9. Turn right and go down the hill to FRIARS WALK. Turn left into FRIARS WALK and continue, keeping right, to a T-junction with the Black Horse pub opposite. Cross the road and return to the car park.

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Walks: Chilterns Walking Festival To 6 Jun. Save the date for the spring Walking Festival with something to whet all appetites. www.visitchilterns. co.uk/walkingfest

Music: Nine Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham Duo Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. www.bluesbartring.co.uk

THURSDAY 3 JUN Music: Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. www.bluesbartring.co.uk FRIDAY 4 JUN Music: Nigel Bagge Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. Smoky vocals, sensitive guitar, blues with a touch of soul, country and rhythm ‘n’ blues. www.bluesbartring.co.uk SATURDAY 5 JUN Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. Free admittance. A huge selection of second hand books of all sorts on display. 01442 862011 SUNDAY 6 JUN Walks: Wildflower Walk and Tea Faith Works Trust, Spring Meadow Farm, Berkhamsted HP4 2SX. 1.30-3.30pm or 4-6pm. Also Sun 13 & 20 Jun (20 with live music). Pre-booking required www.faithworkstrust.org.uk MONDAY 7 JUN Travel: Norfolk Masons mini bus and coach hire. To 11 Jun. www.masonscoachhire.co.uk TUESDAY 8 JUN Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8-9.30am. Email to book. www.tringtogether.org.uk

FRIDAY 11 JUN Music: Bex Marshall Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. www.bluesbartring.co.uk SATURDAY 12 JUN Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Fine produce from around the district. www. tringfarmersmarket.co.uk Exhibitions: Bucks Art Weeks Oddyfields, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5NS. Thu to Sun to 27 Jun. Free entry. Brenda Hurley and Amanda Curbishley, two Local artists, will be exhibiting their work. www.curbiart.co.uk Talks: Local History Day 2021 Wigginton History Society Local History Day. Online. 1.30-4.30pm. www.balh.org. uk/event-balh-local-historyday-2021-agm-andtalk-2021-06-12 WEDNESDAY 16 JUN Exhibitions: Gustave Moreau: The Fables Waddesdon Manor. To 17 Oct. Gustave Moreau (1826-98) was one of the most brilliant and influential artists associated with the French Symbolist movement. www.waddesdon.org.uk Music: Secondary Modern Jazz Blues Bar, Tring. 7pm.

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Supporting the Hospice of St Francis. www.bluesbartring.co.uk Music: Stories St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. Behind the Mirror evening of storytelling in music celebrating the evocative and distinct sound worlds of the cello and accordion www.behindthemirror.org THURSDAY 17 JUN Music: Martin Harley Blues Bar, Tring. 7pm. The man with the Weissenborn & National Guitars. Supporting Chilterns MS Centre. www.bluesbartring.co.uk FRIDAY 18 JUN Music: Derik Timm’s Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 7pm. A contemporary modern blues band with a reputation for astounding festival performances. In aid of Neurokinex Hemel Hempstead. w ww. bluesbartring.co.uk SATURDAY 19 JUN Music: The Dung Beatles Blues Bar Tring, 7pm. The Dung Beatles celebrate The Fab Four’s virtuosity with faithful musical renditions of hits and album tracks. Supporting Rennie Grove Hospice at Home. www.bluesbartring.co.uk SUNDAY 20 JUN Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. An opportunity for local customers to buy high quality produce direct from the producer. www.facebook.com/berkofm THURSDAY 24 JUN Theatre: Macbeth Waddesdon Manor, 7pm. Adult £18.50, Child £10. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all-male theatre company. www.waddesdon. org.uk/whats-on/easter/ SATURDAY 26 JUN Fairs / Festivals: Armed Forces Day Series of events to support Armed Forces Day including an online fitness session by Viking Fitness. Look out for

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THURSDAY 19 AUG Music: Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. Classic blues and jazz from the Empress of Blues. www. bluesbartring.co.uk

SUNDAY 25 JUL Travel: Whitstable Masons mini bus and coach hire. Adult £25, child £19. www.masonscoachhire.co.uk

FRIDAY 20 AUG Music: Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. www.bluesbartring.co.uk

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