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WINTER 2021

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Welcome to the Winter issue!

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BERKHAMSTED WINTER 2021

e’re so looking forward to having something resembling a normal Christmas this year! With that in mind, we’ve included a tasty festive recipe, and some inspiration for looking fabulous at those Christmas parties. Looking after our environment has been a major theme this year, so we take a look at ways that you can be more eco - indoors, with hints and tips on saving energy at home, and outside, with ideas on how to attract bees and other pollinators into your garden. Speaking of getting outside, our Ashridge Drovers Walk is the ideal activity for a winter weekend, or get the whole family out to take part in a Treasure Trail - we have 30 to give away in our competition. There’s a crossword with a festive theme to get our brains working after all that Christmas pud! And for the children we’ve got plenty of Christmas-themed puzzles to keep them busy.

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News and views from Berkhamsted and surrounding villages

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Find a special gift at our local shops

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Bake some festive gingerbread cookies

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Nailed it: nail shapes and designs to help you stand out

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companies in our Christmas Countdown

Finally, we hope that this year we’ll all be able to take part in some of those special Christmas traditions including the Festival of Light, Christmas church services and visits by Santa on his sleigh! You’ll find details of these throughout the magazine. As this is our 20th anniversary issue - you’ll spot some blasts from the past dotted around the pages. With your support, we look forward to the next 20 years! As always, the magazine includes local news, events and features. Please email Naomi at editorial@livingmags.info with your news prior to our spring issue. We wish you a Merry Christmas and above all a happy - and healthy - New Year.

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The only local magazine offering shrink-wrapped guaranteed delivery to 11,337* addresses in the HP4 postcode area, by Royal Mail every quarter. *Royal Mail postcode data . Published quarterly in March, June, September & November The Team: Publisher: Alison Page / Editor: Naomi MacKay / Designer: Neil Randle Registered Address: Jubilee Gardens, Tring, Herts HP23 4JG. Living Magazines are published by independent publisher Alison Page Marketing. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is strictly prohibited without permission. The publisher will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Opinions expressed by authors and advertisers in this publication are not specifically endorsed by Alison Page Marketing.

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A year of celebrations

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year of celebrations is planned to mark the 800th anniversary of St Peter’s in Berkhamsted. Father Stuart Owen told Berkhamsted Living: ‘St Peter’s has been at the centre of the life of this town for eight centuries. We look forward to celebrating that wonderful legacy with you in 2022. ‘There are two strands to our plans. We’re going to ‘Celebrate Berkhamsted’: we live in a town that is full of groups and societies doing all sorts of wonderful things, and we’re throwing our door open to that great diversity of groups and inviting them in to stage concerts, put on exhibitions, organise lectures, whatever seems most appropriate. The second strand is

‘Berkhamsted Celebrates’: we’re going to put on a programme of events that has something for absolutely everybody in the town.’ In more good news, 2022 will see the Petertide Fair return on Saturday 2 July. And look out for news about the launch of a photography competition, which will invite entries on the themes of ‘Berkhamsted’ and ‘Celebrations’. You can keep up with plans on Twitter and Instagram, both @berkhamsted800. And of course we will be keeping up with the news here at Berkhamsted Living and on our website at livingmags.info

Let there be light!

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erkhamsted’s Festival of Light takes place on Sunday 28 November, 3.30pm to 6pm in Berkhamsted High Street. The festivities will start at 3.30pm when the High Street will be lined with a variety of festive fare, crafts, mulled wine and, of course, mince pies from both charity and commercial stalls. At 5pm find out which retailer will win the coveted Berkhamsted Citizens, Best Dressed Christmas Window Display. Entertainment includes a chance to hear from Lockers Park School Choir, Gobstoppers Theatre Arts and Swan Youth Band. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.15pm with a blessing from St. Peter’s Church. Let Father Christmas’ elves help children to write or draw a special message to Father Christmas from 3.30pm to 6pm at the Civic

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Centre. Entry to the Posting House is £2 per child while adults go free. Funds raised at the Posting House will go to local charities. See our What’s On section on page 42 for more local events.

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Arts space Opens Door to volunteers

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olunteering at Open Door helps me connect with others, meet new people, improve my English, and learn new skills. It is a fun place to be!’ So says Ki, a volunteer at Open Door, the community arts space on Berkhamsted High Street. ‘Our volunteers are absolutely central to everything that we do, from serving tea and cakes, delivering meals to vulnerable people, tending our garden, or even fixing someone’s treasured possessions at our Repair Café,’ says Iain Manson, volunteer manager. ‘As we expand the reach and scope of our activities, we need to grow our amazing team.’ Open Door was set up three years ago to meet a need for greater connection in the community, and help tackle isolation and social inequality. Contact info@opendoorberkhamsted.co.uk to get involved.

Lifting beans and spirits for mental health

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ifting tins of beans, and even the odd bottle of gin has helped Berkhamsted running company JogOn to raise over £2,000 for charity Hertfordshire Mind Network. Erica Carter and Heather Harris, launched their online Gentle Exercise Class 18 months ago. Erica explained: ‘We have people from as far afield as York grabbing their groceries for weights.’ Derek Moffitt, 84, (pictured) said: ‘They’ve really made a difference to my overall mobility.’ JogOn’s next target is to hit £3,000 in 2022.

DBC calls for Local Plan sites

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acorum Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan, following the feedback from the public consultation. Part of this process is planning for future development and understanding what land might be suitable. The Council would like to hear from you - not just landowners, but members of the public and organisations - if you have a potential site; or sites you would like to register for any kind of use, including residential, commercial and community uses. Any site can be submitted, however the Council is particularly looking for more sites on urban and brownfield land. See dacorum.gov.uk/callforsites

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New defibrillator installed

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TV football match was the catalyst for a new defibrillator at a Berkhamsted company headquarters. David Broome, a director at Quanta, in Rectory Lane, made the decision to install a defibrillator after watching Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest during the World Cup. The defibrillator can be found outside the entrance of Redwood House, Rectory Lane, HP4 2DH (What 3 words location: /// weary.heave.trusts) and can be accessed 24 hours a day. See p50 for other local defibrillator locations.

Cricket Club promotions

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erkhamsted Cricket Club is celebrating two promotions. While the top two teams performed well in their respective leagues, the 3rd XI and 4th XI have

both secured promotions. With a men’s 5th team now under way for the 2022 league season and very strong ladies’ and girls’ cricket, new members of all ages can come and participate in winter training starting in January - all teams are looking to strengthen their line-ups. Find out more at berkhamstedcc.com.

Green spaces get Green Flag

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erkhamsted’s Canal Fields and Rectory Lane Cemetery have both received the Green Flag Award. The award, now in its 25th year, is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, and is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Cllr Graham Barrett, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Dacorum Borough Council said, “It’s great news that our parks have achieved green flag status yet again. We know that our parks and green spaces have been vital for residents’ health and wellbeing over the past few years and will continue to be for future generations. Thank you to the teams for their outstanding work managing and maintaining these areas for everyone to enjoy.”

Council shows fundraising is child’s play

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ettleden with Potten End Council has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds needed to revamp the village playground. After consulting with the community and specialist playground equipment suppliers, the council has decided to refurbish the existing slide and add a mix of new equipment, some appealing to under 5’s, with more adventurous equipment for older children. The council is also investigating equipment suitable for disabled children. Purchase and installation of the timber equipment will cost £48,000, and £31,000 has already been raised from various grants and donations, The council is hoping that donations from local people and organisations will help to raise the £17,000 balance. Donations can be made via the crowdfunding page at https://gofund.me/f0da89ed.

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he Swan Youth Project has plenty going on for young people aged 12 to 18. Latest plans include a visit to the London Diwali celebrations and taking part in the Berkhamsted Festival of Light. They recently took part in the Berkhamsted Big Green Week Event, showing how they were using the principles of the five ways to wellbeing, which is at the centre of the work it does with its young members. They offer after school drop-ins, gig nights and staffed skatepark sessions. Contact them at manager@ swanyouthproject.co.uk or through the Facebook page.

Aldi targets Berkhamsted for new store

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erkhamsted is on the list of 100 new stores that Aldi plans to open across the UK in the next two years. The discount supermarket says it is on the lookout for sites that are big enough for a 20,000 sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces, preferably on a prominent main road. Rival supermarket Lidl told Living back in the autumn that it hoped to begin construction in the near future on its new supermarket at the old Roy Chapman site at Gossoms End.

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ere’s a great discount for all garden lovers. Save £3 on the RRP of the 2022 National Garden Scheme, Garden Visitor’s Handbook (normal price £14.99). This iconic yellow book is the essential county by county guide to more than 3,500 fabulous gardens, many of which are not normally open to the public. Enjoy affordable days out and inspirational gardens that help support some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities. Order yours for just £11.99 (excludes postage and packing) via ngs.org.uk/shop using the code LIFE22.

NEWS IN BRIEF Airport battle continues The battle to increase the passenger cap at Luton Airport to 19 million per annum rumbles on, with local residents receiving letters informing them that Luton Council has received more documentation from London Luton Airport Operations Limited, supporting the application.You can see the new documents at planning.luton.gov.uk/online-applications ref 21/00031/VARCON.

Lloyds Berkhamsted to close Berkhamsted High Street’s Lloyds Bank branch is set to close in March next year. It’s part of a raft of 48 branch closures, which Lloyds Banking Group blames on declining visits by customers.

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Give a little this Christmas

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erkhamsted Living is supporting the Christmas Toy Box Appeal this year, in a bid to give something back to the local community. Last year, the initiative, set up by Tring Radio and supported by Aylesbury Town Council alongside other small, local radio stations collected more than 4,000 toys for local charities. The Tring Radio Christmas Toy Box Appeal 2021 is supported by several local businesses acting as donation stations. Anyone can bring along a brand new toy (for young people up to the age of 18) to a donation station. The

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appeal will be supporting several brilliant local charities including the Pepper Foundation, Herts Young Carers, Home Start Hertfordshire and Paediatrics Bucks at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Find the donation stations at tringradio. co.uk/christmas-toy-appeal-2021.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

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ood news for our younger readers! Santa will be doing the rounds of Berkhamsted (ably assisted by his friends at Berkhamsted Rotary). Look out for him and his sleigh around Berkhamsted’s roads from Wednesday 1 December. His routes and tracking information will be publicised on berkorotary.org

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experienced staff at hand, there’s always plenty of expert advice available. All of its timber products are sourced from sustainable forests and, where possible, certified to FSC & PEFC and National Standards. Chiltern Timber offers a vast range of choice to both trade and retail customers, from garden decking (including hardwood, composite and softwood options to suit all budgets), to fencing and cladding for outdoor buildings. hardwoods, skirting boards, architraves, mouldings, sheet materials, firewood, ironmongery, metal fixings, adhesives and much more make it a one-stop shop for all trade and DIY needs. A bespoke cutting service is also available by their extensive and experienced mill team. See the website at chilterntimber.co.uk to discover the full range and best prices and don’t forget to make use of your discount on the enclosed flier.

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he view that investments are measured by value alone is changing. In a world awake to the challenges of climate change, energy consumption and pollution, contemporary investing is about achieving financial wellbeing in a world worth living in. Understanding climate change risk within your portfolio is increasingly important as world policy continues to evolve. Our commitment to support you, and future generations, means helping you be conscious of the impact your investment has on climate change, as well as how carbon risk could affect your investment value.

Ensuring investments are used as a force for good, through engagement, is a powerful way to push for change. With many of us now considering the impact on the community and health of the planet in our everyday decisions, it’s no wonder that many organisations are also rethinking how they do business. Shining the spotlight on corporate behaviours helps illustrate why businesses cannot simply be about making profits. There’s a huge awareness that the general public are more

sustainable in the way they live their lives. Successful companies also think about their wider stakeholders and strive to improve employee satisfaction and community spirit – and that contributes to long-term success. You too can make a difference through the companies you invest in when it comes to your investments and savings. As part of our distinctive approach to investment management, we carefully assess our appointed fund managers’ attitudes to responsible investing, including climate change. We review how they incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance in their decisionmaking, and how their investment strategy helps reduce climate risk. With more than £135 billion under management and 830,000 clients, St. James’s Place is able to exert a powerful influence on companies encouraging them to set environmental targets, such as net-zero carbon emissions, on your behalf. St. James’s Place works with our appointed fund managers and engagement partner, Robeco, to drive positive change through engagement activities such as site visits, investor meetings, setting out recommendations and expectations, and voting at annual general meetings.

Investors increasingly seek information around sustainability and responsible investing We believe what gets measured, gets managed. Reporting the carbon footprint of our St. James’s Place Portfolios allows us to identify opportunities for change. We joined the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance in 2020, publicly committing our investments to be net-zero by 2050, if not sooner. We will set interim targets to ensure this commitment is achievable and realistic. Environmental and social change is just around the corner – and we want to be at the forefront of any developments. Companies either embrace it, and benefit from the opportunities it creates, or deny it and suffer the consequences. Engagement is the best way to help our clients invest in a world worth living in. Our world is changing faster than anyone predicted and responsible investing has a huge role to play in shaping a better world and building a sustainable future. 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.

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Bailey & Sons - Berkhamsted 1 Silver Lariat Star Necklace £38 2 18ct white gold Diamond Earrings £1500 Berkhamsted Arts & Crafts - Berkhamsted 3 Mindful Making kit £18 4 DMC recycled cotton £8.85 Creative Collective - Berkhamsted 5 Christmas Scents Gift Box £27.50 6 Local Festive Christmas Cards £2.75

Doodleshoe Paper Goods 10 Angel, Father Christmas and Holly Wreath Christmas Cards 5 for £10 Fancy That - Tring 11 Fair trade bee decoration £10 12 Bronze Hoglet £27 13 Dog door stop £12 Gems and Jules 14 Silver Emerald Shimmer Resin Twist Ring £45 15 Silver Holly Leaf Earrings £9 16 Silver Red Beaded Earrings & Bracelet £19 & £25

Creative H 7 Berkhamsted Snow Globe Card and Tring Christmas Card £2.75 and £9.50 pack of 5. 8 Ceramic hand-painted baubles £9.50

Mary Casserley 17 The REX Tea Towel 100% organic cotton £11 18 The Coronation Scot passing Berkhamsted 1939 Cards £3 Signed prints from £25

Debbie Shrimpton Illustrates 9 Framed Illustration of Berko Winter Wonderland £45

Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 19 Lamp £78 20 Men’s Gift Set £15

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Puddingstone Distillery - Wilstone 26 Campfire Gin Miniatures & Miniature Gin Gift Packs £10-32 27 Campfire Old Tom Gin in gift box £41

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his seasonal recipe comes from Britain Loves Baking, which has released a new baking themed advent calendar this year. One should be winging its way to the lucky winner of our online competition at livingmags.info/competitions right about now! The calendars cost £170 and can be ordered from britainlovesbaking.com.

Ingredients • 180g butter, softened • 170g brown sugar • 190g treacle • 1 large egg • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 420g plain flour • 1 tbsp ground ginger • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp ground cloves • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg For the icing • 250g Icing sugar • 10ml lemon juice • 5g of egg white powder or 1 sachet of Dr Oetkers Egg white Decoration • Food colouring gels • Sprinkles and sparkles 16 / Berkhamsted Living

Method 1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and treacle until fluffy, for about two minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, spices, baking soda, and salt until combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until dough just comes together. (Do not overmix!) 3. Divide dough in half and create two discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about two to three hours. 4. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place one disc of dough on a lightly floured surface and roll until 1/4in thick. Cut out gingerbread men with a 3in wide cutter and transfer to baking sheets. 5. Bake until slightly puffed and set - 9-10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie cutters. Let cool on baking sheets for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 6. Repeat with the remaining disc of dough. 7. For the icing, put all the ingredients into a stand mixer bowl and beat for 5 mins. 8.Decorate each cookie with icing and sprinkles as desired. www.livingmags.info


PUDDINGSTONE DISTILLERY The Gin Guide Distillery of the Year 2021

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Multi-award winning Campfi re Gins, PUD PUD Christmas Gins, gin gift sets and more… distilled at our Tring distillery. Visit the distillery shop on Fridays & Saturdays and enjoy a try before you buy gin tasting. FREE delivery on orders over £50 at puddingstonedistillery.com Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4NT

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The Enchanted Woodland Walk Make Christmas magical and join us for festive fun with our Enchanted Woodland Walk, a spectacular winter light trail experience in the magnificent gardens at Ashridge House. Once a royal residence to King Henry VIII and home to his daughter, Princess Elizabeth I, Ashridge House is a hidden gem in leafy Hertfordshire. With grand, turreted façades and historic grounds, Ashridge House is the perfect backdrop for The Enchanted Woodland Walk.

Winter Dining In-house dining is available on selected dates so book now to avoid disappointment. Alternatively visit the Feasting Forest located at the start of the trail offering a variety of festive food and drinks. Our lovely new café The Bakehouse will also be open offering a variety of delicious treats.

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ASHRIDGE HOUSE Presents The Enchanted Woodland Walk A Festive Light Experience To celebrate the festive season, Ashridge House is delighted to launch The Enchanted Woodland Walk, a magical winter light trail in the gardens at Ashridge House. See the grounds come to life as the installations sparkle in our winter wonderland! To book tickets visit christmas.ashridgehouse.org.uk or scan the QR Code

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If you’re feeling bold and creative, this is the shape to choose if you want a bit of drama! A more extreme version of the almond shape, so maybe try that first if you’re unsure. For acrylic and gel nails only.

Looking like a tube of lipstick, this slanted style will make you stand out in the crowd without being too eccentric. Said to have been created by South Korea’s Eun Kyung Park (aka @nail_unistella), and a huge Instagram trend in 2020. If you want to get really creative, go for the swirled lipstick shape! Best for acrylic and gel nails.

5. Edge 2. Ballerina

Because it looks like a dance slipper. For those who are trendy and in touch. Makes a statement whether left bare or painted in a single colour.

Appealing to the young and creative, this shape is ideal if you fancy pointed nails like the stiletto, but want something a little less extreme.

6. Oval 3. Mountain Peak

Sleek, smooth, sophisticated and cool. A shorter and pointier version of the stiletto.

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Like a round nail, but with the edges filed down the sides. Elegant and classy, this shape can help to make fingers look more slender. Best kept reasonably short. Ideal for natural nails if they are long enough.

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7. Almond

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A more extreme version of the oval, with more filing down the edges, so it looks like an almond. This shape can be used with acrylic or reinforced gel nails, if natural nails are too weak to keep the structure. For those who want to look more unique. Looks best in a nude or pastel colour, and makes shorter fingers look longer. You’ll need medium to long nails for this.

8. Square

Seen as conservative and strong, this style sees nails filed flat on the top with straight, sharp corners. A good shape to choose if you have short nails or if your nail beds are long and narrow.

9. Squoval

Love square nails but not the straight corners? Then the squoval is for you! Flattering for most nail types. Easy to maintain and less prone to breakage, the wearer is likely to be easy going.

10. Rounded

This is a classic shape and perfect if you like to keep your nails shorter. Easy to look after and perfect if you can’t grow your nails long. Wearers are considered laid-back and quieter.

11. Flare

For someone stylish who wants to stand out from the crowd. This shape flares upward and out. For acrylic and gel nails only - unless you have super-strength natural nails!

A shorter, softer - and more practical - version of the stiletto. Can be used for natural nails, as long as they are long and thick, as well as gels and acrylics.

Christmas trends Take a look at some of your favourite Christmas decorations and echo their colours and sparkle in your nail designs If you prefer a more minimalist nod to the festive season, choose your favourite colour and add just one glittery, sparkly nail or Christmas design for a classy festive design Christmas doesn’t have to be all about red, greens and golds. Choose an icy blue theme that will take you through to New Year, with just a touch of ‘Frozen’ about it. Tiny jewels add a 3D effect. Go Nordic with a classic red and white design that wouldn’t look out of place in Santa’s Lapland workshop!

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POLLINATORS It may be cold outside, but encouraging bees and other pollinators is an all-year-round task, so get planning now for spring, summer and beyond

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e’ve all got the message now that we need to look after the bees. Along with other pollinators (even those dreaded picnic assassins the wasps!) they are the key to helping us save our wild habitats. And of course they can also help our own gardens thrive. Pollinators enable flowers to reproduce and if you grow fruit and veg you won’t see much of a harvest without some gardenfriendly bugs helping with the pollination process! Here’s five ways to make your garden a palace for pollinators: 1. Extend the flowering season Make sure you have flowers that bloom from early spring right the way through to late autumn/winter, to give pollinators a longer feeding season. Ask at your local garden centre for ideas for early spring and late autumn and beyond.

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2. Choose different-shaped flowers According to our friends at the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, buff-tailed bumblebees and white-tailed bumblebees prefer short, open flowers - like those on white clover and comfrey. Delphiniums and honeysuckle, with their long, tube-like blooms, appeal to the garden bumblebee, which has a long tongue. And because the red-tailed bumblebee is quite large, it likes to have a landing platform - like that provided by daisy flowers. 3. Plant wildflowers Native plants will provide what the bees know best. And if you choose the kinds of plants that grow in the countryside around you, your soil should be the perfect growing medium. There are lots of wonderful plants to choose from including the common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus),

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which only smells if crushed, and has the most charming upside-down, cupshaped green blooms with red edges. Clematis vitalba (old man’s beard) and red and white campions (Silene) are more great choices. Check out the RHS website’s Plants for Pollinators section for more inspiration. You can also buy plenty of wildflower seeds and ‘bee bombs’ designed to create a wildflower explosion over a season.

4. Avoid flowers with double or multiple rows of petals While more fancy flowers such as hybrid tea roses and pompom dahlias may look good, because they are filled with petals, pollinators find them harder to access. These cultivated plants also tend to lack both nectar and pollen. 5. Provide nesting sites for bees and other bugs There are plenty of readymade bee and bug hotels to be found in garden centres, local markets and shops. Or you can save some cash by simply piling some logs and twigs together to make an attractive home. If you want to have a go at making your own bee hotel, you’ll find instructions at www.livingmags.info/features/ save-the-bees.

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Pollinator-friendly plants Pussy willow - these lovely trees provide food for two types of mining bees - solitary bees that ‘mine’ into the earth to create their nests - Clarke’s mining bee and the Chocolate mining bee. Lavender - anyone who has ever passed a hedge of lavender positively humming with bees and hoverflies on a summer’s day, knows that this is a great plant to add to the garden. White hawthorn - if you’re looking for something to provide secure hedging, the white hawthorn with its thorny branches, is ideal. While intruders hate it, the bees love it when the May blossom appears. It encourages the likes of the red mason bee and the tawny mining bee. Abelia - also called the bee bush, so the clue is in the name. This evergreen shrub has dainty white flowers and a heady scent that will bring all the bees to your yard! A great addition to your autumn pollinator-friendly patch. Mahonia - a wonderful winter plant that brings scent at a time of year when there’s little to be had. Its yellow flowers also provide food for bees that are overwintering.

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Making your home more eco friendly will save you money - as well as helping to save the planet!

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ith so many of us working from home now, our home is the place where we spend most time - so for anyone wanting to lessen their carbon footprint and generally live a more ecofriendly lifestyle, tackling our house is one of the first places to start. Happily, there’s a number of very simple ways in which we can make our homes more eco-friendly. And as a bonus, many of these will also save us money. For a start, if you haven’t already, install a smart meter. You will be able to see at a glance how much energy you are using, to identify energy-sapping appliances - and identify where you could be making savings. Then consider a smart home system (such as Hive), which will allow you to turn appliances on and off (via a smartphone app) even when you’re not home. Talking of saving electricity, how about installing solar panels? Look out for the return around Easter 2022 of the Tring Solar PV Club, formed by Tring in Transition, a group that aims to help us achieve a more sustainable way of living. Tring in Transition’s Brian Kazer says that installation on a semidetached house could be as little as £3,500.

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Join the Network Dacorum Borough Council’s Dacorum Climate Action Network plans to help us ‘think global and act local’ to help tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency. The network will educate, encourage and enable people to make positive environmental changes in their everyday lives. Join at dacorum.gov.uk/dacorumcan. If you live in the HP23 postcode area, just restarting is their Thermal Imaging project, which shows how your home is affected by heat loss. Once the report has been completed, the group can offer some practical suggestions to help you tackle the areas that show where most heat is escaping. Next, turn attention to your boiler. Make sure it’s serviced regularly, so that it operates as efficiently as possible. And if you are contemplating replacing your boiler, start thinking outside the box. A biomass heating system heats your home and provides hot water, but instead of oil or gas, it is fired by

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sustainably sourced wood pellets. This fuel is pretty much carbon neutral because the carbon dioxide that is released when it is burned, was absorbed by the tree while it was growing. Clever eh? Or you could look at heat pumps, which have low energy consumption, and don’t need an oil tank or gas pipes - perfect for a rural property. When it comes to appliances, look for those with the highest energy rating - A - for the most efficient. If you drink a lot of cups of tea or coffee now you work at home, invest in an eco-kettle, which uses less energy and boils quicker.

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Reusing homeware and furniture is the perfect way to be eco friendly. Check out Returned to Glory in Berkhamsted, a fantastic organisation with clever creative volunteers who turn donated items into desirable pieces to grace any home. Items that have been upcycled and reupholstered can be found in their Northbridge Road showroom, with profits going to the Hospice of St Francis. You can also buy second hand in all of the wonderful charity shops in Tring and Berkhamsted and of course Tring’s Market Auctions. Finally, if it’s broken, fix it at the Repair Cafe on the first Saturday of every month, 9:3012:30, at Open Door, on Berkhamsted High Street. You can have a nice cuppa and slice of cake while you wait too! Find out more at www.opendoorberkhamsted.co.uk/repair-cafe. Sustainable materials If you are building an extension (especially on a period home), you can consider reclaimed bricks - which will not only be more in keeping with your property, but will keep down your carbon footprint. You can also look for sustainable insulation such as sheep’s wool, hempcrete, and cellulose insulation (made from recycled newspaper, fibreglass and fire retardants). When choosing wood, look at bamboo, which grows fast (it can be harvested after five years while oak takes 40 years to grow), but do consider the carbon footprint as it has to be imported to the UK. Engineered timber, along with natural stone sourced locally, has a smaller carbon footprint than concrete or steel.

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BOOKS

Snuggle up on the couch with some great reads by local authors to keep you company

Lies Beyond The Woods By Fiona Thomas After Emily makes a grim discovery while on holiday in Cornwall, a number of strange events play on her paranoia. What lies and secrets are those around her hiding? This is a real page turner. Eerily atmospheric, there are twists and turns aplenty - you won’t want to put this book down! Fiona grew up in Hemel Hempstead, and moved to Ivinghoe four years ago, where she lives with her partner. A civil servant, Fiona’s free time is taken up with writing and she’s already working on her second novel.

By Heather Jones In a first in-depth study of the monarchy’s role during the First World War, Heather Jones affords us a fascinating insight into what was crucial war work for the Royal Family. She unearthed a number of Berkhamsted connections during her research, such as the King’s visit to Berkhamsted in August 1916 and a royal message of condolence to the Sprunt family of Berkhamsted, who lost three sons in the war. The King’s message was so important that they included it on their sons’ memorial tablet in St Peter’s Church. This hardback book would make a great Christmas present for history buffs. Historian Heather Jones lives in Berkhamsted. She was granted access to the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle and spent several months there reading King George V’s wartime diaries.

The Secrets of Latimer House By Jules Wake. Softback launch at Our Bookshop in Tring 30 November. There’s something very special about books that are based on true events - and that’s the case with Jules Wake’s first outing into historical fiction. Based around the Buckinghamshire mansion Latimer House, which played an important role in the war efforts during World War II, it tells the tale of three young women who, while from different backgrounds, become firm friends as they carry out their secret war work. Jules, who has lived in Tring for 24 years, has been writing full time for three years. This is her 18th book and another two are in the pipeline.

King of Dragons By Pam G Howard We love books that are set in the local area - and children’s author Pam G Howard has come up with another great read in the second book in her Ashridge Adventure series. In the first book, Prince of Dragons, we met Princess Elvia who formed an unlikely friendship with Flint, the servant boy. This time Elvie and Flint - now both dragon riders - each have missions to fulfil. More fast-paced adventure, which will delight dragonloving readers, whatever their age! Pam lives close to the Ashridge Estate where she likes to go dragon hunting with her labradoodle, Barty. Sometimes they let Pam’s husband John come along too! 38 / Berkhamsted Living

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air quality. Certified wood fuels will give you more heat from each piece of Ready to Burn wood because they burn more efficiently than unseasoned, green wood and reduce the environmental impact of burning. Using proven dry wood is also better for your appliance and chimney and will help reduce maintenance and fuel costs.’ Visit berkhamstedlogs.co.uk for more information.

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Ashridge Drovers Walk This 4- or 6-mile route takes you deep into the beech woods of the National Trust Ashridge Estate and out onto the chalk downs with great views 1. From Tring Station turn right. Follow Station Road, after the junction take a track left over a cattle grid and continue straight on at a junction of bridleways. Turn right onto a footpath leading into Aldbury. 2. Follow the path, past farm buildings on your right and a pond on your left, continuing straight on to the road. Turn left towards Aldbury, past the church and straight across the crossroads, with the village pond on your left onto Toms Hill Road. After 30 metres take the bridleway on the left signposted ‘Bridgewater Monument 1/2’, it is quite a steep climb. 3. At the top, skirt around the green until the Bridgewater Monument is on your left, take the Ashridge Boundary Trail on the right. 4. For the shorter walk , turn left onto a footpath and descend out of the woods into farmland. After crossing Stocks Road, follow a bridlepath through Walk Wood onto Stocks Golf Course. The path goes around the outside edge of the golf course and meets up with the bridleway you first took from Tring Station. 5. For the longer walk, continue to follow waymarks for the Ashridge Boundary Trail. After 1.5 miles, the waymarked path forks left from the stony track, following the woodland edge and across open downland to meet the Ridgeway. Turn left on to the Ridgeway.

6. Follow the Ridgeway National Trail’s distinctive black fingerposts, bearing an acorn, over Pitstone Hill and through Aldbury Nowers back to Station Road. With thanks to Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty New app: The Ashridge Drovers Walk is available as part of a free walks app for Apple and Android devices. Simply download the Handheld Tours App and select the Chilterns AONB folder which lists all the Chilterns walks.

In the winter of 2001, Richard Wigg s, 35, had just finished his las t and 25th Marathon. He ’d made his way around th e London Marathon rout e, dressed up as B1 from the kids’ TV programm e Bananas in Pyjamas in 4 hours 10 minutes. Rich ard, who has four now grown-up ch of his life in No ildren has lived for most rthchurch. In all 45 half marat hons, 25 full m he has run arathons, the Berkhamsted Triathlon, and m and still runs around 120 m any more, iles a month ‘but very slowl y these days but it’s like an addiction to m e!’

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MONDAY 22 NOV Film: All is True Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tue 23 Nov. Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns to Stratford and struggles to mend broken relationships with his wife (Judi Dench) and daughters. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

TUESDAY 23 NOV Arts & Crafts: Learn to Sketch Birds of Prey Online, 2-3.30pm. With local artist Martin Gibbons. hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

THURSDAY 25 NOV Theatre: Wendy and Peter Pan Court Theatre, 7.30pm to 27 Nov. Sat matinee 2.30pm. Performed by Berkhamsted Youth Theatre. courttheatre. co.uk Music: The Shufflepack Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 26 NOV Fundraisers: Hospice Coffee Morning 10.30am-12noon, last Friday of the month. Coffee mornings in the Hospice Bistro and a Craft Fayre in the Acorn Suite. stfrancis.org.uk

A re-imagining of the building of the church in 1220 and the events leading to the dramatic fire of 1234. beaconcommunitychoir. co.uk

SUNDAY 28 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Festival of Light Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30-6pm. www. berkhamstedtowncouncil. gov.uk/local-events.html

WEDNESDAY 1 DEC Arts & Crafts: Needle Felted Christmas Pudding Workshop 10.30am-12.30pm. Join the creative duo Bergin & Bath for a festive morning of needle-felting. chilternsociety.org.uk Gardens: Enchanted Woodland Walk To 9 Jan. The gardens have been sprinkled with a little fairy dust, which are coming to life this Christmas with magnificent light installations. ashridgehouse.org.uk Music: Tenors Unlimited Centenary Theatre, doors 7.30pm. Berkhamsted Society is delighted to welcome number one selling classical vocal trio Tenors Unlimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’. berkhamsted.ticketsolve. com/shows/1173617024 Fundraisers: DENS Sponsored Sleepout Hemel Hempstead School, 9pm-7am. Take on the Sleepout Challenge by swapping your cosy bed for a sleeping bag and put yourself in the shoes of those sleeping rough. dens. org.uk/sleepout

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Fairs / Festivals: Christmas at Waddesdon Wed-Sun 12noon-7.30pm to 12 Dec then daily to 3 Jan exc. Christmas Day and Boxing Day. waddesdon.org.uk

SATURDAY 27 NOV Markets & Sales: Gifts and Crafts Winter Market Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 10am-4pm. In aid of the Hospice of St Francis. stfrancis.org.uk Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Christmas Festival Tring town centre and Victoria Hall, 3-8pm. tringtogether.org.uk Music: Yvingo Tales St Mary the Virgin, Ivinghoe, 7pm. Also Sun 28 Nov 4pm. To mark the 800th anniversary of the 13th-Century church.

Fundraisers: Santa’s Sleigh Santa will be doing the rounds of Berkhamsted starting 1 December. His routes and tracking information will be publicised on the website. berkorotary.org

THURSDAY 2 DEC Music: Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. A contemporary modern blues band with a reputation for astounding festival performances. bluesbartring.co.uk Arts & Crafts: Slime Moulds and Macro Fungi Online, 8-9.30pm. Discover the fascinating world of slime moulds and fungi with Andy

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FRIDAY 3 DEC Talks: Medieval Stonemasons By video conference, 7.15pm. Speaker James Wright. localhistorygroup@ cholesbury.com Fundraisers: Quiz & Chips Night 7.30-10pm. A fun-packed evening of quizzical delight, topped off with a delicious meal of fish (or veggie burger or sausage) & chips. chilternsmscentre.org Comedy: The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. The hilarious, awardwinning drinks experts host history’s greatest ever pub quiz. get-stuffed.biz

SATURDAY 4 DEC Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. Also 18 Dec. tringfarmersmarket.co.uk Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café First Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring along your broken items and let the experts take a look, in exchange for a donation. opendoorberkhamsted. co.uk/repair-café Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 Music: Magnard Ensemble Wind Quintet Berkhamsted Civic Centre,

7.30pm. berkhamstedmusic. co.uk

SUNDAY 5 DEC Music: Christmas Carol Concert St Albans Cathedral, 3-4.30pm. stfrancis.org.uk

MONDAY 6 DEC Fundraisers: Santa Float 6-8pm to Sun 19. The Rennie Grove Santa Float visits Tring and surrounding villages! renniegrove.org Film: The Little Stranger Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 7 Dec. 8pm. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

TUESDAY 7 DEC Arts & Crafts: Needle Felted Scandi Gnome Workshop 10.30am-12.30pm. Join the creative duo Bergin & Bath for a festive morning of needle-felting. chilternsociety.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 8 DEC Comedy: The 12 Days Of Jessmas Markova Theatre, Tring. Multi award winning impressionist, singer and podcaster Jess Robinson will tour with her brand new musical comedy show. jessrobinson.co.uk

SATURDAY 11 DEC

MONDAY 13 DEC

SUNDAY 19 DEC

Film: Honeyland Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. The film will be preceded by a short AGM. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. facebook.com/ berkofm

TUESDAY 14 DEC Arts & Crafts: Learn to Sketch Robins Online, 2-3.30pm. How to begin to observe and sketch robins with local artist Martin Gibbons. hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 22 DEC Music: Carols in the Churchyard St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring, 6pm. tringteamparish.org.uk/ tring-st-peter-st-pauls

WEDNESDAY 15 DEC

FRIDAY 24 DEC

Music: Bach Reimagined St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. A tribute to the sheer genius of JS Bach. behindthemirror.org

Music: Crib Service St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring, 2pm and 4pm. tringteamparish.org. uk/tring-st-peter-st-pauls

THURSDAY 16 DEC

Music: Crib Service St Bartholomew’s Church, Wiggington, 3pm. stbartholomewschurch.org

Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band and Friends Christmas Bash Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. The East-West Maxwell Street consists of four seasoned Blues Warriors Playing Chicago Blues, plus friends. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 17 DEC Walks: Lindengate in Lights Aylesbury Road, Wendover. To 19 Dec. Illuminated night walk and nature trail through gardens. lindengate. org.uk

Music: Crib Service Aldbury Church, 4pm. tringteamparish.org.uk/ aldbury-st-john-thebaptist Music: Crib Service Long Marston Church, 4pm. tringteamparish.org. uk/aldbury-st-john-the-baptist Music: Evening Prayer St Peters Church, Berkhamsted, 4.30pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

Fairs / Festivals: Christmas Fayre Tring School 11am to 4pm goallevents.com/e/tringchristmas-fayre-at-tringschool-E80009657155522 Music: Karen Sharpe Quartet Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. bjazz.org

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Music: Midnight Mass Puttenham Church, 9pm. tringteamparish.org.uk/ aldbury-st-john-the-baptist Music: Midnight Mass Aldbury Church, 11.15pm. tringteamparish.org.uk/ aldbury-st-john-the-baptist Music: Midnight Mass St Peters Church, Berkhamsted, 11.30pm-12.30am. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk Music: Midnight Mass St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring, 11.30pm. tringteamparish.org.uk/ tring-st-peter-st-pauls Music: Midnight Mass St Bartholomew’s Church, Wiggington, 11.45pm. stbartholomewschurch.org

TUESDAY 11 JAN Dance: The Nutcracker Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. atgtickets.com/venues/ aylesbury-waterside-theatre

WEDNESDAY 12 JAN Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am. berkhamstedchamber.co.uk

SATURDAY 15 JAN Music: Jim Mullen/Mike Gorman Trio Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. bjazz.org

MONDAY 17 JAN Talks: Ben Fogle Visit website for details. berkhamsted.ticketsolve. com/shows/

TUESDAY 28 DEC Theatre: Cinderella Court Theatre, two performances daily to 3 Jan. See website for details. courttheatre.co.uk

THURSDAY 6 JAN Music: Secondary Modern Jazz Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 7 JAN Talks: Thinking About Landscape St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. The interaction between people and nature. Speaker Adam Smith. localhistorygroup@ cholesbury.com

WEDNESDAY 19 JAN Talks: History and Restoration of Wendover Arm Canal High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. Clive Johnson, a volunteer and webmaster with the Wendover Arm Trust. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk

THURSDAY 20 JAN Music: The Shufflepack Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

MONDAY 24 JAN Film: Parasite Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 25 Jan. 8pm. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

MONDAY 10 JAN Film: Rocketman Berkhamsted Civic Centre. Also Tue 11 Jan. 8pm. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

THURSDAY 3 FEB Talks: Urban Peregrines Online, 7-8.30pm. Learn about these amazing

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MONDAY 21 FEB

Talks: Treasures From The Social History Collection St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. From Buckinghamshire County Museum collection. Speaker Will Phillips. localhistorygroup@ cholesbury.com

Film: Back to Burgundy Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 22 Feb. 8pm. Three siblings reunite to save the vineyard they’ve inherited and over four seasons and two harvests rediscover their trust in each other. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

SATURDAY 5 FEB Music: Quatuor Confluence Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.30pm. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

MONDAY 7 FEB Film: After Love Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 8 Feb. 8pm. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

SATURDAY 12 FEB Music: The Dime Notes Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. bjazz.org

WEDNESDAY 16 FEB Business: BDCC Networking Lunch 12.30-2.30pm. See website for more details. berkhamstedchamber.co.uk

THURSDAY 17 FEB Music: Head Hunters Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. The return of Liverpool’s hottest blues outfit playing everything from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters. bluesbartring.co.uk

THURSDAY 24 FEB Music: St Peter’s Berkhamsted 800th Anniversary Launch event at St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. Also Sun 27 Feb, 11am. stpetersberkhamsted. org.uk

FRIDAY 4 MAR Arts & Crafts: Pop Up Art Weekend To 6 Mar. Includes live demonstrations from some of the artists. chilternsmscentre.org Talks: Arts And Crafts Architecture In Chesham Bois And Amersham St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. The role of the Matthews Family, Builders and Brickmakers. Speaker Alison Bailey. localhistorygroup@ cholesbury.com

SATURDAY 5 MAR Music: Sacconi Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.30pm. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk


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21 Pile roman made to accommodate (5,5) 23 Plot to scam damaged vine (7) 24 Commendably lost by commander (7) 25 Say this before you snap! (6) 26 Head gardener checks around and is in control (6)

Across 1 Rubbers remove marks before scripture lesson (6) 4 Fractions of this either side of road (6) 7 Glitter managed to get into store (7)

8 Leading edge swimmer held by my delegate (7) 11 Very large Liverpudlian bear waved (10) 12 If you are a poetic unit? (4) 13 Flies to victories around midnight (5)

14 Seal flips favourites together (8) 16 Within, over and astride porches (8) 18 Busts need restricted supports! (5) 20 Folds and nearly unfolds (4)

Down 1 Guarantees for blade top to bottom (5) 2 Writes charge for benefit (7) 3 Sport with unusually red sail made greener (9) 5 I stink before day gets sticky (5) 6 Help to set up and tune radios with energy (7) 9 Adders seen in warm periods (7) 10 Exploiting linguist with one translation (9) 13 Cabbie’s question to which this is the answer (7)

Crossword Answers - Across: 1 Wipers (Pipers), 4 Thirds (Birds, correct number), 7 Granary, 8 Embassy, 11 Oscillated, 12 Iamb, 13 Wings (Rings), 14 Lockstep, 16 Verandas, 18 Raids (Maids), 20 Pens (Hens), 21 Manor house, 23 Connive, 24 Admiral, 25 Cheese (Geese), 26 Reigns. Down: 1 Words (Lords), 2 Pension, 3 Ruralised, 5 Humid, 6 Roadies (Ladies), 9 Summers (Drummers), 10 Utilising, 13 Whereto, 15 Cartridge (Partridge), 17 Absence, 19 Ironing, 21 Moves (Doves), 22 Spans (Swans).


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