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e are very happy to be able to bring you this issue, despite the difficult and unprecedented times. After weeks of lockdown – and as we write this - we’re hopefully beginning to see a glimpse of brighter skies ahead, and a summer of more freedom and less worry. In the meantime, we hope we have brought you an issue full of ideas relevant to right now: looking after your emotional wellbeing, getting out in the garden, and getting back to nature with the kids. We’ve also got ideas for DIY jobs around the home and walks in the countryside. As we go to print, it’s not clear when mass gathering events will be able to take place. As a result we’ve decided not to print the normal ‘What’s On’ listing and instead dedicated the space to our local charities, see page 44. However you can visit the website for details of many local events, please just check with the organisers in advance as to whether they are going ahead. We have also brought forward the

introduction of our new local services directory especially to help the local businesses with their online presence during this time, and as a thank you for advertising in this magazine. You can view the directory on our website. We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness that this crisis has brought out in people, which is why we’ve dedicated several pages to mentioning the good INFO@LIVINGM AGS.INFO deeds being done by both individuals and local businesses. We’d also like to extend an enormous thank you to all of the key workers who have continued to do such an brilliant job – and that includes the amazing postal workers who deliver this very magazine. Thank you, each and every one of you. We wish you a happy and healthy summer. Happy reading!

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

24 Get your kids back to nature

26 The history of Tring Cinema 16 Shop Local 18 Pistachio and Elderflower 28 How to attract cake recipe from Beechwood Fine Foods

20 Look after your

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butterflies and birds to your garden

32 Book reviews and Competitions


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36 It’s time to DIY! 42 Walk from Berkhamsted to Bovingdon

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Letter from the Mayor How the world has changed since I last wrote for Living magazine. I write this during the fifth week of lockdown. Sadly members of our community have been very unwell or died during the pandemic and I offer my condolences to their families and friends. Others have felt isolated, finding the world a lonely and frightening place, however, I am confident that, as a community, Tring has reached out to help and support them. Many planned events have been cancelled or postponed and the work of months put to one side; hopefully, things will begin to return to a new normal soon. There have been some positives. We have all met others through social media, whilst queuing or taking our daily exercise. People have recognised the work that others do on our behalf and seen the benefit of small acts of kindness. The environment is quieter and cleaner and the noise is from birds singing. The council has continued to run essential services and to meet virtually and I am grateful for the support that I have had from staff. By the time that you read this some restrictions may have been lifted and we will be looking forward to the summer. I would like


us all to continue to support our neighbours and our town. We have been fortunate that we have had local businesses who have continued to trade and supported the town sometimes in a very inventive way! I encourage you all to shop local and use local services to keep our town vibrant in the future.


People have recognised the work that others do on our behalf and seen the benefit of small acts of kindness. The environment is quieter and cleaner and the noise is from birds singing.


Dear Tring

Like most people I have used this time to garden, and during the summer I will be judging the front garden competition. I am looking forward to celebrating VJ day in September and our traditional Apple Fair in the autumn and know that our community will continue to flourish. Roxanne Ransley, Mayor, Tring Town Council

Train station updates

Plastic-free September

With so many of us staying at home at the moment you may have missed the ongoing works at Tring station – but the improvements under the Access For All Programme have almost been completed.

Can you go plastic-free? Tring resident Joe Stopps is challenging you to! He was so frustrated by the amount of plastic he was consuming he challenged himself to go plastic-free last September. This September he is challenging other locals to join him and support the brilliant independent shops supporting the Zero Waste Lifestyle in Tring. Watch this space for more details.

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imes of crisis often bring out the best in people – and the last few months have been no exception. As the coronavirus crisis escalated, people in Tring stepped up to help others, and a real sense of community emerged. We were so overwhelmed by how generous and kind both individuals and businesses were being – from people making PPE equipment for the amazing NHS staff, to home deliveries and local communities helping each other - that we wanted to give a mention to as many as possible to recognise their efforts. We’ve probably missed loads, so huge apologies if you’re not mentioned – but do email and let us know and we can give you a shout out on our social media channels!


Steve Butcher, organiser of Tring’s annual Chilfest, invested in eight laser printers and made hundreds of PPE masks which were sent to hospitals and pharmacies around the area. Further afield in Leighton Buzzard, Design Technology teachers Jacqueline Hargreaves and her husband also made thousands of protective face masks using their own laser cutter and materials and a 3D printer borrowed from school. 6 / Tring Living

Caroline Collard from Boxmoor and her eight-year-old daughter Lucy set up a challenge to inspire people to get moving during lockdown. ‘Lucy suggested that if she could run every day, so could anyone,’ said Caroline. They launched ‘Lucy’s Marathon Challenge’ – to get people to complete a marathon distance (26 miles or 42km) in any way they could. Visit @boxmoornutrifit on Facebook or Instagram. South East Crafts for Causes, led by Colleen Duggan and Angela Hutchinson, made dozens of scrubs for workers at local NHS hospitals. Laura Wheeler from Tring started making headbands with buttons on for those on the frontline having to wear masks all days to save pressure on their ears. They were snapped up in their hundreds! Tring-based HR guru Hayley Hyde offered to help people work out what they are entitled to in terms of benefits or packages from their workplace. Opera singer Louisa Alice Rose from Tring held a concert on Facebook and released her debut album. Tring resident Wendy Lawrey nominated her sister Angela for recognition for going the extra mile during lockdown. ‘She supports her neighbours and rings them every day so they don’t feel alone,’ she said. ‘She also helps out an elderly man in Berkhamsted by shopping and collecting prescriptions for him. I’m very proud of her.’


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Our Bookshop in Tring was still open for business virtually, despite being forced to close their doors. ‘The national wholesaler has unfortunately stopped delivering in bulk so whilst we can still order books individually, we also need to focus on the stock we have in the shop,’ explains Ben Moorhouse. ‘When the order is received, the books are collated, then the payment is taken over the phone and finally the books are delivered to the customers doorstep (usually by me on my bike!). Social distancing is adhered to at all times. ‘It’s a highly manual process but the community has been very supportive through this difficult time. Many customers have put in a number of orders, far more than they probably need, just so they are supporting Our Bookshop.’ Age UK Dacorum collected foodbank donations at the beginning of the crisis, and a couple of weeks later interviewed and recruited more than a dozen volunteers to act as ‘Phone Befrienders’ for the elderly and isolated at home. Tring Together Spring Fayre was moved online, and dozens of businesses took part, offering free exercise classes, wine tasting and much, much more. Sacha from Black Goo set up demonstrations of the baking process of their most popular items including brownies and rocky road on Instagram. She showed the process from start to finish so loyal customers didn’t have to miss out on their favourite treats! @BlackGooCoffee Tring Radio was set up by local window cleaner Tim Raidl - and it’s gone from strength to strength. ‘The idea was to do something to help the local community,’ said Tim. ‘I set it up with my own money, and any profit we make in the future will go to charity. Just two weeks in and we already had 500 listeners, so we’re hopeful this can continue well into the future.’ 8 / Tring Living

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Physique Fitness centre offered fun home workout videos, while Tring Sports Centre offered free weekly live Clubbercise classes on their FB page. Tring Pilates owner Liz Van Hullen took her classes online from 20 March, and worked with many clients throughout the period. ‘The sessions were carried out via Zoom – it’s amazing what you can do with a couple of tins of beans, a cushion and even a pair of tights!’ she said. Tring Buzz supported local businesses by listing all the local shops and businesses who had switched to trading online for people to order everything from gifts to hardware and more. Tring Yoga’s classes were moved online. ‘It worked really well and people were grateful to be able to carry on with the classes,’ said owner Pauline Gibbons.



Tring Brewery made it easy to keep your beer stocked up by offering an online or phone ordering service and a contact-free carry-to-thecar service when you went to collect it. Kate Parrott from Polly and Petal florists installed a stunning rainbow flower display at her Tring home. As a thank you to the NHS, a team of small businesses from Tring came together to offer discounts and complimentary services for a future wedding for one NHS bride or groom-tobe. The Herts Wedding Collective offered the

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It wasn’t just restaurants that offered home delivery – there were all sorts of things available.

Award for homemade preserves Congratulations to Lauran Wise who runs local preserves company Twee, who has just won two Bronze awards at the 15th World’s Original Marmalade Awards for her Lemon and Lime Marmalade and Thick Cut Marmalade with Ginger. Her products are sold in Darvells, Dunsley Farm shop and Rumblers Farm Shop.


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package worth £3000 which will include Bridal make-up by Lara @makeupinlondon, a £250 voucher towards bridal hairstyling from @ hairbyaletharobertson, flowers worth £250 from @pollyandpetal, £250 towards wedding photography and another £250 for videography from @gregmandyphotography, a made-tomeasure suit by @jordanelizabethtailoring, a £250 voucher towards a dress, accessories or alterations from @ameliageorgebridal and a £500 voucher towards a wedding cake from @ atyourwishcakes as well as DJ services from Pete Ashmore. Go to y773e2o4 The Tyre Changers gave priority to key workers and offered contact-free tyres changes. Grace and Sons and Maggie J took the opportunity to have a refurb ready for when they were able to reopen.

Wigginton Community Shop, run entirely by volunteers, kept its doors open every morning and delivered food round the village. Sandwich Plus in Tring offered free deliveries for those busy bees working at home. Puddingstone Distillery delivered gin free round the town. Lolly and Mitch set up an online shop with free delivery and 20 per cent off. PE Mead Farm shop kept its doors open and delivered around the town with help from Puddingstone Distillery. J Batchelors and Tring Garden Centre offered deliveries of gardening supplies including vegetables, plants and compost. Beechwood Fine Foods offered local deliveries. Fancy That also offered a delivery service, and even made it easy to shop with a 3D tour around the shop on their website. Paul at the Spectacle Store in Tring offered repairs and new glasses and collected and delivered for free. Almar Printing delivered orders of stationery and craft activities to people’s doors every day. Restaurants who offered delivery included Olive Limes, The Kings Arms, while Craftyard offered a click and collect service on craft beer on tap and in cans. www.cyevents. Tring Winery also offered free local delivery, as well as online tasting events with samples delivered to your door. A fine effort and very much appreciated by everyone in Tring!


A big change for Herts Year of Culture


ith the message ‘Home is where the art is’, the closure of almost every cultural venue in the country was always going to have a big impact on the Herts Year of Culture. But the organisers didn’t let that faze them. Instead, they sprang into action to assure us that while lots of things might have been cancelled, creativity certainly hasn’t! To that end, local artists and groups found ways to deliver their creative content online, or via activity packs which can be delivered or collected in line with current guidelines. Hilary Shade, Chair of HACO (Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers) said: ‘We want to let everyone know that HYOC2020 is still carrying on but with a change in focus to online content.

‘We are keen to shine a spotlight on all the fabulous creativity that’s going on in homes throughout the county.’ For inspirational ideas and activities head to and visit the What’s Online section.

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t Living Magazines we’re always trying to support local businesses – and with both Berkhamsted and Tring brimming with businesses that can meet your needs, why go further afield? Our new online local directory includes local retailers, home services, business services such as marketing companies and financial planners, personal services including hairdressers and beauty salons, and entertainment. It has never been more vital that we support our local economy. To find out more go to

Sculpture raises thousands for the NHS


sculpture showing appreciation for key workers raised £4050 at auction to raise funds for the NHS. ‘In Safe Hands’ is a creation by artist Charles Elliott, and is on show alongside the A41 near his studio. The money raised will go directly to the NHS charity, COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Elliott said he wanted to create a sculpture during isolation that would ‘remind key workers on their travels to keep up the hard work’.

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The zinc galvanised sphere, inside a pair of hands, is illuminated at night and can be seen from the road near Berkhamsted. It measures 165cm by 165cm. ‘[It] symbolises the love and care presented by our health workers, not only in the NHS but worldwide in all the different sectors,’ he said. ‘We hope the key workers travelling to and from work can be reminded that we fully appreciate their support and hard work.’


Pocket park on Wendover Canal


espite the lockdown, restoration work on the footbridge by Wilstone Reservoir is continuing – and is due to be completed by next Spring. Volunteers from the Wendover Arm Trust (WAT) have carried out some of the work already, including brickwork on the old swing bridge site. The area is being planted with spring bulbs and flower seeds for a future wild flower meadow. More than 100 trees were planted last autumn, donated by the Woodland Trust, and seating will be provided at a later date. The area will be known as ‘Whitehouses Pocket Park.’ ‘We hope to hold a festival to celebrate the opening next year,’ said Jenny Brice from WAT, ‘and to install information boards at the Whitehouses pumping station giving details of its history. ‘We also hope to encourage schools, scouts and other youth groups to use the site for den building and other outside activities.’ The WAT is always looking for volunteers. To find out more visit

Goodbye from the Ed


wanted to let you know that this will be my last issue as Editor of Living Magazines after nine years – where has the time gone?! In those nine years much has changed for me – including writing two novels and having them published. It’s now time for me to concentrate fully on other writing projects – but I’ll still be in Berkhamsted, so I’m not going far! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the magazines as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them, and I hope to see them go from strength to strength with owner Alison. Thanks for having me Alison, and good luck for the future! Thank you so much Clare for all your hard work and friendship over the last few years. We wish you every success with your writing projects and your books - good luck with the third novel!

Riding for the Disabled Appeal


addesden Place Riding for the Disabled is asking for your help to feed its horses during this time of crisis. Like so many other charities, it has been unable to fundraise over the last few months, but they still have horses to feed and keep healthy. Although at the time of going to press they were still closed, hopefully they will be able to re-open soon. Visit to make a donation.


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Lussmans ‘To Go’

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ou can now enjoy Lussmanns at home – as the restaurant are offering their new ‘To Go’ service of ready-to-cook signature meals, wine and beer, fresh fruit and veg boxes, fish, cheese and essential pantry items, all available for click & collect from Lussmanns Tring. The online shop opens each Monday until Thursday with pick up available between 9am - 11am on Fridays. lussmanns-to-go

his July, Robert Stringer and Richard Mann will be celebrating 30 years of partnership! They have been working together since 1990, when they worked at a regional Independent Financial Adviser firm, before starting their own Practice - Stringer Mann - in 1993. Since then, they have been a firm fixture in the town, building a strong team and supporting the wider area with investment and financial planning, including mortgages. Nowadays the firm enjoys an enviable 5-Star rating and are proud to call themselves Stringer Mann Chartered Financial Planners. You’ll find them at 236a High Street, Berkhamsted.

Tring’s Running Bingo Challenge


unning and bingo might seem like an unusual combination – but it’s proved to be a winning formula for Tring Running Club. When the regular Wednesday running sessions were put on hold, runners came up with a new way to stay connected - The Running Bingo challenge! To play, runners must simply choose a challenge from the Running Bingo score sheet, then head out for a run. Rachel Wray, Tring Running Club’s Women’s Captain, and the person behind the idea, said: ‘For many people, running and exercise are

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more important in lockdown than ever before. The physical benefits, the lift of mood, the fresh air help us face some of the coronavirus challenges. ‘Being part of a community, encouraging others and keeping in touch with friends is vital in today’s world.’ Runners are sharing their Bingo successes on the Tring Running Club Facebook page and the Tring Running Club Strava group.



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VE Day celebrations The planned VE day celebrations might not have taken place, but many people decorated their homes and organised socially distanced street parties, with neighbours enjoying the opportunity to get together. Dacorum Borough Council flew a VE plane overhead with a VE Day banner and asked people to raise a toast from their doorsteps for the nation’s war heroes. The British Legion also organised a UK-wide singalong to Dame Vera Lynne’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm on VE Day. We hope you enjoyed getting involved!

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Keep homes and gardens secure H ertfordshire Constabulary is advising residents to make sure their gardens, sheds and garages are secure this summer. Inspector Nicola Dean from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Team, said: ‘We have seen an increase in thefts from gardens, sheds and garages and outbuildings.’ These are some of the ways you can make your garden and outbuildings more secure: • Always lock your shed, preferably with two ‘hasp and staple’ locks (one near the top and one near the bottom of the door) or use or an alarmed padlock

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• Secure your rear garden by locking entry gates with a padlock • Securely lock away tools after use • Ensure boundary fences are secure and in good condition. Spiky plants along garden boundaries and under windows are good additional deterrents • Tools and gardening equipment should be visibly marked with your postcode and house number • Lock your garage door securely. Metal ‘up and over’ doors can be secured with extra locks either side and/or a floor-mounted locking ‘T’ bar with a closed shackle padlock. • Join Neighbourhood Watch or Allotment Watch to help reduce crime in your local area • Make access to the rear of your property difficult, keep rear/side gates closed • Keep wheelie bins secured so they cannot be used as climbing aid Visit crimeprevention for more.


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ountaineer Suzanne Turner has set herself a challenge to complete the gruelling Adventure Grand Slam and raise money for charity at the same time. Suzanne, from Chesham, will have to undertake eight gruelling climbs in order to complete the challenge, including Kilimanjaro, Everest and Kosciuszko. ‘Not many people have completed the challenge and even fewer have done it in one continuous push,’ says Suzanne. ‘It is not an easy challenge! The current female world record for the Adventure Grand Slam is 238 day, 23hrs30mins, set by Masha Gordon in 2016. I hope to take 210 days.’


Suzanne, who is raising money for veterans’ charities Blesma and Combat Stress, was due to begin in December this year and although the pandemic may delay her start, she’s not letting it stop her preparation. ‘I did a fundraising ‘Easter Everest Challenge’ which involved me walking up and down the hill at home 1116 times over four days to ‘climb’ the height of Everest at 8848m, which raised a total of £190,’ she said. ‘Now, so much depends on whether travel restrictions have been lifted so while I am still preparing for the planned December start I am also realistic that the expedition may have to be postponed.’ Suzanne is fundraising at Go Fund Me (search for ‘Expedition Endeavour’) or email



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SHOP LOCAL Here’s our selection of great new seasonal things to buy in the shops around Berkhamsted and Tring

















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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 01 Green & Blacks £2.75 02 Potters Crouch luxury hand soaps from £3.50 03 Cooks & Co ingredients from £2.95 04 GR Wrights easy bread mixes £1.50 Creative Collective - Berkhamsted 05 Locally designed handmade aprons £19 and tea towels £9 Curious Foods - Tring 06 Fennel, Cumin & Garlic whole salami Price: £7.50 Fancy That - Tring 07 Dartboard £18 08 Jelllycat Bunnies from £8.50 09 David Walliams games for kids from £6 10 Assorted Puzzles from £11 Maggie J Jewellers - Tring 11 Les Georgettes By Altesse Bangles from £49 12 Scarves £12.50 and Acrylic Earrings £9.50 13 Orelia Jewellery from £10


Puddingstone Distillery - Wilstone 14 Campfire Cask Aged Gin £36 15 Campfire London Dry Gin £33 16 Campfire Navy Strength Gin £38 17 Campfire Old Tom Gin £34 Soden Style - Berkhamsted 18 Range of Mugs £14.95 each 19 Tripod Golf & Glass Lamp £120 20 Fun Cushions £30 each and Flamingo Pouff £115 Tring Brewery 21 Gift Vouchers available in £5 and £10 increments to spend online or instore Twee - Great Gaddesden 22 Twee Marmalade from £3.75 - £4.25 available at Rumblers Farm Shop and Dunsley Farm Shop Summer 2020 / 17


Ingredients: For the cake: • 125g butter, softened • 125g Greek yogurt • 250g light muscovado sugar • 250g unsalted pistachios • 200g polenta • 1 tsp baking powder • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon • 3 free-range eggs, beaten • 150ml elderflower cordial

PISTACHIO AND ELDERFLOWER CAKE With huge thanks to the wonderful Sarah Murray from Beechwood Fine Foods in Tring for this delicious cake recipe. 1. Preheat the oven, grease the cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. 2. Blitz the pistachios until finely ground in a food processor. It doesn’t matter if there are a few larger pieces it will just add to the texture of the cake. 3. Put the butter, yogurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. 4. Add the pistachios, polenta, baking powder and lemon zest and juice to the butter mixture and mix. 5. Add the eggs, a little at a time, and mix well. 6. Pour into the cake tin and smooth the top. 7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. 8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Make a few holes in the warm cake with a skewer, then gently pour the elderflower cordial slowly over the cake, allowing it time to seep in. Leave the cake in the tin until completely cold. 9. For the icing, mix the yogurt, icing sugar and elderflower cordial until smooth. 10. Place the cooled cake on a plate, pour over the icing and top with the chopped pistachios. Enjoy with your favourite summer berries and more Greek yogurt 18 / Tring Living

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MIND During isolation, it became more important than ever to stay positive and boost your mental health. As we emerge, it will be just as important to look after yourself


n these worrying times, it can be hard to stay positive. As we go to print, we’re still in lockdown and it looks as though it will be some time before restrictions on our movement are lifted. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking after ourselves. We asked local experts for their advice on how to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

Stop stress in its tracks It’s simple, but easy to forget – deep breathing helps reduce stress. ‘Combining deep breathing with movement can be really helpful,’ says Suzy Reading, a psychologist and yoga teacher from Berkhamsted and author of ‘Self Care In Tough Times’. ‘Stand tall, arms by your sides. Breathe in and lift your arms outwards and up. Pause, then breathe out and lower your arms back down. Repeat six times.’

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Get active ‘Exercise releases endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body and help reduce the perception of pain,’ says Liz Van Hullen from Tring Pilates.’ Try this Pilates move. All you need is a TheraBand, or an old pair of tights. Stand with knees and ankles hip width apart, shoulders above hips. Take the band (or tights) around your back, cross it in front of your chest, and hold an end in each hand. Connect your abdominal muscles and inhale deeply. Breathe in for four, then exhale, gently pulling on the band to tighten it. Exhale for five. Repeat. Get enough sleep According to the Sleep Council, almost half of us are getting six hours or less every night, which can really affect our mental health. ‘Ensure your room is dark and cool,’ says Philippa Taylor, who runs ‘Melatonin is

HEALTH AND BEAUTY a hormone, created during darkness, that helps to regulate sleep, so any disruption can create chaotic sleep patterns.’ Also try a yoga move before bed. ‘The cat-cow move is perfect for letting your body know it’s bedtime,’ says Pauline Gibbons from Tring Yoga. ‘On your hands and knees, pull your spine up to the ceiling, then drop it down towards the floor, lifting your head. Use your breath to control the speed.’ Worry time It might sound strange, but allowing yourself time to worry can be helpful. ‘Schedule 15 minutes of daily “worry time”,’ says Philippa. ‘By the time it arrives you might find you don’t need to worry any more, but if you do, ask yourself “is this something I can do something about?” If no, dismiss it for the day. If yes, ask yourself “what’s the first step?”.’ Look after yourself You can’t help others if you’re not looking after your own needs. What makes you happy? If it’s having a long soak in the bath or reading a book, find 20 minutes to do it.

And while we might not be able to have beauty treatments yet, think about booking one in. ‘Reflexology is perfect for total serenity and relaxation,’ says Lucie Fountain from Elementary Day Spa in Tring. ‘Reflexologists use a map of the feet to work on the whole body; it creates homeostasis, where all the body systems are working together, leaving you balanced and revitalised.’

Boosting children’s wellbeing Life can be tricky for children to navigate at the best of times. At times of heightened anxiety such as now, it can be even tougher. Sarah O’Brien, Executive Assistant at Hector’s House, based in Berkhamsted, explains how we can help. ‘Don’t shelter them too much from what’s going on,’ she says. ‘If you tell them everything is fine they’ll know that’s not true, which will make them feel less safe. Be honest, in an age-appropriate way. ‘It’s also important to let them know it’s ok to feel worried, scared or angry, and encourage them to talk to you about it. But try not to project your anxieties onto them - they’re very perceptive.’ There are some practical ways you can help too. ‘Keep a routine,’ says Sarah. ‘It doesn’t have to be strict, but it helps them feel secure. Make sure they exercise and, if they need to, get them to write or draw about how they’re feeling. It can be very therapeutic.’

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Text HECTOR to 85258 Hector’s House has a free text service for anyone in a mental health crisis. Please, if you are feeling like it is all too much, text HECTOR to 85258 to speak to us. You are never alone.

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BACK TO NATURE Whether it’s in your back garden or out in the park, enjoy getting back to nature with your kids this summer


emember when you had the freedom to chase butterflies, build dens and splash in puddles all day long? Well now, with theme parks and almost everything else closed, it’s the perfect time to get our own children back to nature. Spot wildlife We hope College Lake and Tring Reservoirs will be open by the time you read this. College Lake has a two-mile circular walk where you can spot skylarks, finches and terns, as well as butterflies and, during June and July, the beautiful Cornfield Flowers. Also head to the reservoirs. Before you go, download a bird guide, or buy ‘National Trust: Out and About Bird Spotter: A children’s Guide to over 100 different birds’, by Robyn Swift, £6.99 from Our Bookshop in Tring – and don’t forget your binoculars! See our article on page 28 about attracting birds to your garden.

what’s what. Learn about the importance of bark and why the leaves change colour on some and not others. Look for trees with spaces big enough to climb into, or ones with great branches for climbing up. * Grab a copy of Westonbirt Arboretum’s Tree Spotter’s Guide by Dan Crowley, £8.99, from Our Bookshop in Tring

Get to know trees Can you tell the difference between one type of tree and another? Look closely at their leaves, take bark rubbings and see if you can work out

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KIDS Go geo-caching If you haven’t tried geo-caching before, you’re in for a treat! A geocache is a small waterproof box hidden outdoors. Geocachers look for the hidden goodies using GPS with co-ordinates downloaded from the geocaching website, or through a free geo-caching app. The geocaches contain items to discover, and if you take any treasure away you’re expected to replace it. Go to to find your nearest site. Enter the co-ordinates into your GPS, then follow them to the treasure. Once there, fill out the log book and return it to its hiding place. Build a den Head into the woods and build a den like Eeyore! Collect lots of long branches and sticks and build them up against a tree. Once you’ve got a basic wigwam structure, fill in the gaps with twigs and leaves. To make it really comfortable, find a log for a seat! Collect bugs A good way of teaching children that bugs are fascinating and not for stamping on is to get them to study them in greater detail. The easiest way to do this is with an insect ‘pooter’. This is basically a jar with two straws so you can ‘vaccum’ the insect into the jar without touching it, inspect it, and then gently release it. Find interesting bugs under branches, beneath tree bark, under rocks and stones; shake branches, and dig down into the earth. Grow something If you have even a small patch of ground for growing something, let the kids get involved. Dig it over, plant some seeds, and get them to water it every day and watch it grow. You’ll be amazed how much more likely they are to eat something they’ve grown from seed!

Tring Garden Centre and Woods in Berkhamsted both have a wide selection of seeds from flowers to vegetables, and are offering delivery. Make a collage The collage-making itself might not be done outside, but you could spend hours collecting bits and pieces – leaves, twigs, pinecones, berries – to make a collage with once you get home. Race snails It’s not exactly fast-paced but it can be great fun! Look for snails in cool, damp places, and remember their shells are their homes so handle them gently. Mark out a circular race track around 60cm in diameter. Place snails in the centre and let them glide towards the edge. Keep the track wet and out of direct sunlight. The first snail over the line wins! Please return the snails to where you found them. If you’re out and about please remember to take your litter home, and be mindful of others. For more ideas go to

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Tring’s last purpose-built cinema, THE REGAL

The History of Tring Cinema Tring has enjoyed a cinema in some form or other since the end of the 19th century. With help from our friends at Tring Local History Society and WHERE ELSE we’ve found out more


he very first mention of a cinema in sold at auction; it became a garage, a bus depot, Tring was when, in 1897, the first motion United Dairies, and is presently the Royal Mail pictures were reported as having been sorting office. shown at The Victoria Hall on Wednesday 8th May in the Bucks Herald. In the following years, cinematograph pictures (moving pictures) took place occasionally, but it wasn’t until 1912 that the first cinema was reportedly opened in Tring by a Mr P.J. Darvell of Chesham. It was called The GEM. Known as a ‘picture palace’ in those days, the GEM was located in the Unity Hall at number 60 High Street, above the Co-operative – where Olive Limes is currently based. The second GEM cinema in its latter days serving as the It was such a success that, four years later, Chiltern Garage at No. 46 Western Road Darvell acquired a site for a purpose-built cinema on Western Road, and construction That said, part of the demise of the GEM can be began in July 1916. It provided seating for attributed to the rise of a rival cinema that opened around 400 people. at almost exactly the same time – three days The new GEM opened on 1 August 1916. earlier, in fact - on 29 July 1916, on Akeman Street. During the War there were many servicemen The New Cinematographic Theatre, known posted in the town, which helped to keep the as The Empire, was a purpose-built cinema cinema busy. But afterwards, the population seating 250 people with a small balcony for a returned to its peacetime level of round 4000, further 64. and by 1920 it was likely that the cinema closed In August 1931 the Empire was renamed its doors – although the company wasn’t wound The Gaiety, and it continued under that name up until 1922. In February 1924 the land was until 1937.

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But there was already a threat from another rival: The Regal. In December 1935, a plan was submitted for a purposebuilt cinema on the Aylesbury side of the church The Regal closed its doors suddenly on house on 15th February 1958 after a three-day run Western Road. of Gunfight at the OK Corral By August that year, construction began, and the opening was announced for October. It was a large cinema, seating 500, and cost around £12,000 to build. In 1943 it was bought by the large ABC circuits, making it the first ABC cinema in Hertfordshire – and one of their smallest. Sadly, it didn’t fare well though, and closed its doors suddenly on 15th February 1958 after


LOCAL a three-day run of Gunfight at the OK HISTORY Corral. The high rates of Entertainment Tax were blamed for its demise. In the 1960s the Masque Theatre Company briefly took over the lease of The Regal, with plans to convert it into a theatre. But they struggled from the off, finally declaring bankruptcy in 1966. The building wasn’t demolished until the end of 1978. And that was that for Tring Cinema lovers – until the arrival in 2015 of the pop-up Tring Cinema. A joint venture between Tring Together and Tring Design, with the aim of returning cinema to Tring, the first event was an open-air showing of Grease with a self-built 5mx2.5m screen. Epsom provided the projector and Tring Brewery a 200w sound system. Thanks to sponsorship from local business and the Tring Arts Trust, Tring Cinema now has a home at the Nora Grace Hall with proper tiered cinema seating and a bar, although it continues to hold open-air screeenings during the summer.


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BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS Peacock butterfly - © RHS Katy Prentice


Attract more wildlife to your garden by making it a haven for them

f you’ve got a garden then you’re definitely one of the lucky ones – having an outside space to call our own is a godsend, and never more so than over the last few months. You probably know that, thanks to the changing nature of our gardens – plants, flowers and lawns are giving way to more concrete, decking and gravel – sadly the numbers of birds and butterflies are dwindling. Previously we’ve looked at how to attract bees and hedgehogs to our gardens, so in this issue we look at how you can attract more butterflies and birds with some simple changes. So get the whole family involved and make your garden a sanctuary for wildlife this summer.

Butterflies Butterflies are more than just a pretty addition to our world. The fact is, they’re essential. Like bees, they help to pollinate flowers. The caterpillar larvae eat the plants and provide an important food source for other animals

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Green-veined white © JonHawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

including birds, small mammals and spiders. But even more importantly, because they’re so sensitive to changes in their ecosystem, they’re a useful barometer for scientists to identify changes and problems in local environments – and loss of habitat is one of the biggest and most damaging changes. Sadly their habitats have faced catastrophic declines and once-common species like the small tortoiseshell have dropped by up to 80 per cent in the last 30 years in some areas.


What to plant and when will it flower?

Scarlet tiger moth - © RHS Andrew Halstead

Earlier this year, The Wildlife Trust and Royal Horticultural Society launched their Grow A Secret Garden For Butterflies campaign, which calls on gardeners to pledge a bit of garden or outdoor space to help the UK’s falling numbers of butterflies and moths. They’re then asking for you to add it to their online interactive map. The website also gives some great tips for attracting butterflies to your garden. ‘Our garden flowers and plants provide a rich source of rejuvenating nectar for these much-loved garden visitors as they emerge from hibernation to herald the start of spring,’ says The Wildlife Trusts’ gardening champion, horticulturist and TV presenter Frances Tophill. ‘Leave dandelions and daisies in the lawn to provide a meal, aim for year-round flowers and include a wildflower area for egg-laying females as well as gardeners’ favourites like lavender, nasturtium and verbena.’ Why not help find out more about butterfly populations? The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey by the charity Butterfly Conservation, aimed at helping them assess the health of the environment. Launched in 2010, more than 113,500 people took part last year, submitting more than 116,000 counts of butterflies and moths across the UK.

Spring: Primroses, sweet William, native bluebells, forget-me-nots, cuckoo flower Summer: Cornflower, French marigold, marjoram, scavious, thistle, purple loosestrife, hemp agimony, bramble, and many herbs including marjoram, thyme, lavender and sage Autumn: Flowering ivy, asters, ice plant, hebe, buddleia, verbena Top larval food plants • Lady’s smock (orange tip butterfly) • Bird’s foot trefoil (common blue butterfly) • Common sorrel (small copper butterfly) • Fescue grass (meadow brown butterfly) • Ivy and holly (holly blue butterfly • Nasturtium (holly blue butterfly)

Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS adds: ‘With many of their natural habitats under threat, consider rewilding an area of the garden to provide food and shelter, or sacrificing a patch of plants – for example, a window box bursting with nasturtiums will help attract large white butterflies away from your cabbage crop.’

Large white butterfly - © RHS Carol Sheppard

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GARDENS Food Birds need food all year round. During the summer, this can be from natural sources such as berries, seeds and grass. But during the winter these are harder to come by. Birds also need more food during cold weather to stay warm. Provide a bird feeder – but keep it far enough away from bushes and trees so cats can’t hide before pouncing! Make your own fat ball. All you need is some yogurt pots, string, lard, cheese and some seeds. Make a hole in the bottom of the yogurt pot and thread some string through it. Add seeds and grated cheese to the pot, then pour in melted lard. Once it’s cooled and set, remove the yogurt pot and hang from a tree.

Birds Who wouldn’t want to enjoy birdsong in their garden? Wild birds are a joy to watch and hear in the garden, and with a decrease in natural habitats causing a drop in native bird numbers too, it’s important to provide a welcoming environment for them all year round. There’s plenty advice on the RSPB website, but these are the most important points.

Shelter Birds need shelter from predators and from the cold nights. Dense conifers, trees and shrubs are perfect during the summer. In the winter, why not try building a bird box? Water Water is essential for birds for drinking and bathing. Bathing helps them keep their feathers easier to preen, which in turn helps insulate them against the cold. But make sure it doesn’t freeze over in winter, and keep the water fresh.

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Keep it clean Feeders, baths and bird houses all need to be kept clean so that they don’t harbour bacteria that’s harmful to birds. They should be cleaned out once a year but remember not to disturb birds nesting in the spring.

LIONS CLUB OF TRING Get Involved, Become a Lion ✓ Did you know that Tring Lions was established in 1973, and in that time have raised an estimated £500,000 (present value) for Local & Lions causes? ✓ Did you know that Tring Lions are part of an international network of Lions Clubs with approx 1.4 million like-minded people supporting their communities? ✓ Did you know that in the past 2 years Tring Lions have donated over £20,000 to local causes? See below some of the causes supported: 1st Tring Cubs 1066 Club Admiral Nurses Age UK Cogs Club Berkhamsted & Tring Stroke Group CAD Community Minibus Defibrillator to the Town Dementia Café Home-Start Herts RNIB Royal British Legion Save the Children Fund Senior Citizens Entertainment Evenings Stoke Mandeville Eye Scanner Appeal Tring Loneliness Group Tring School World Challenge Tring Tornadoes Wigginton Pre-School Tring NHS Scrubs Project ➢ We raise all this money and organise events such entertainment evenings and Christmas Eve carols with a team of 17 people plus volunteers, imagine what we could do if we had more people! ➢ Its not all hard work, we have monthly social activities too! ➢ For more information please visit our website: ➢ e-mail: web: TRING LIONS CIO Registered Charity in England – No. 1181199

THE BEST SUMMER READS – BY LOCAL AUTHORS! You may not be sitting by the pool this summer, but it’s the perfect time to relax in your garden with a good book. Here’s our pick of some of the best books from our super-talented local authors - plus, the chance to win signed copies of them all!

The Mother’s Secret by Clare Swatman, Berkhamsted. £7.99 paperback, £3.99 kindle When Georgie discovers a secret about her family’s past it explains a lot about her childhood – but Georgie’s also about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy everything.

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, Berkhamsted. £12.99 hardback, £4.99 kindle The first in a series of novels imagining Emily, Charlotte and Anne as detectives. The three sisters, along with their brother Branwell, decide to investigate the disappearance of a local woman.

The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman, Berkhamsted. £8.99 paperback, £1.99 kindle Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors. After the devastating loss of her husband, Trudy Heaton is returning there with her young son, Will. Trudy must attempt to build bridges with her mother, while the ghosts of the hall reach out to the present . . .

Little Big Love by Katy Regan, Berkhamsted. £8.99 Paperback, £3.99 kindle Liam Jones is the love of Juliet’s life, and the father of her son, Zac. She was happy – until the night he disappeared. Zac is now ten, and wants to know the truth about why his father left – so he decides to find him and give his mum a second chance at happy ever after.

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew, Berkhamsted. £7.41 on kindle, £7.99 paperback Set on an isolated island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where, the saying goes, nothing bad ever happens. But when newcomers Viola Kendrick and her mother Deborah arrive from the mainland, they discover that, hiding beneath the happy, safe exterior, lies a dark, sinister secret.

The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin, Tring. Available from Amazon and Tring Bookshop. For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true. Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe. 32 / Tring Living

The Little Village of New Starts by Donna Ashcroft, Tring, £1.99 on kindle, £7.99 paperback A charming romance set in the Scottish Highlands about being true to yourself, the power of new beginnings and one magical summer that changed everything.

The Way Back by Jamie Fewery, Berkhamsted. £8.99 paperback, £1.99 kindle This lovely, warm story follows estranged siblings Jessica, Patrick and Kirsty as they drive across the British Isles together to scatter their late father’s ashes – but can they find their way back to each other, or have they already drifted too far apart?

In Ink by Dave Sivers, Ivinghoe. £2.99 kindle, £tba paperback A body is found outside a church in a small Hertfordshire town. Alastair Murdoch suffered before he died. But what really disturbs DI Nathan Quarrel is the Tarot card motif adorning the body: The Fool. Then, another body turns up.

I’m A Joke And So Are You by Robin Ince, Berkhamsted. £7.99 paperback, £4.99 kindle Comedian and presenter Robin bares his soul in this funny, touching and fascinating look inside the human brain. Written as part memoir, part scientific study, it’s an entertaining and educational read.


Our very generous local authors have given us signed copies of their books, so we’ve put together two amazing bundles for you to win.

In addition to the books pictured, the following will also be included: Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew, Our Life in a Day by Jamie Fewery, Before You Go by Clare Swatman, and Too Long Gone by Dave Sivers. Each bundle of books comprises 7 or 8 books apiece.


WIN A BUNDLE OF BOOKS! For a chance to win, simply answer the following question at What are the names of the three famous Bronte sisters?

Terms and conditions apply, visit website for details. Bundles will be allocated randomly. Closing date Friday 10 July 2020.

COMPETITION WINNERS! Congratulations to the following, who won a family ticket each worth £17 to the Great Missenden Food Festival. The event has been postponed until 6-8 November. • Caroline Burrows • Andrew Rodwell • Chloe Waight • Marianne Streeter

Grand Designs The Grand Designs show has also been postponed until the end of August. These are our lucky winners who won a pair of tickets each. • Chloe Waight • Andrew Rodwell • Kay Smith • Heather Stuart

Country Living Spring Fair We offered two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair on 23-26 April. This event was cancelled, but the winners were thrilled to accept tickets to the Christmas Fair on 11-15 November at the Business Design Centre in London. The lucky winners were: • Carol Hall • Jo Harle

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It’s the perfect time to get those annoying DIY jobs done in and around your home

ands up who spent the lockdown cracking on with all those niggly DIY jobs? More likely, between trying to home school the children, do some work and keep yourself busy, more time in the house has simply meant you’ve noticed all those little jobs that need doing even more than usual! Well, now’s a good time to get some sense of order. Here’s how to get your home looking and feeling spick and span again. In the kitchen • If your cupboard doors don’t hang right, it’s a simple job to fix. Most kitchen doors have adjustable hinges. Open the door and look for the screws which aren’t actually holding the door into the frame – they’re often hidden under a cover. Turning these screws slightly

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will change the angle at which the door hangs – you might need to have a fiddle with them to get it just right. • If you have cupboard doors that are chipped, repaint them. First, sand down the small area around the chip to smooth it, then repaint carefully. If the door has several chips it might be easier to sand the whole thing and repaint it. Or if that all feels like too much trouble, refer to our article in the spring issue about kitchen makeovers. You’ll find it on our website. • Deep clean your oven. You can use a special oven cleaner but they’re fairly toxic, and you can get a great effect by simply using bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. First, in a cold oven, remove the racks. Make a paste from bicarb and water and apply to the baked-on food inside the oven – wear gloves or use a plastic spatula, and do NOT apply to

the heating elements. Leave overnight, then wipe with a damp cloth. Next, tip white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the inside of the oven, then wipe to remove any residue. To clean the racks, sprinkle over some bicarbonate of soda, spray with vinegar until it foams, then submerge in hot water and leave overnight for the dirt to soak off. Alternatively get in touch with David Green at Berkhamsted Oven Cleaning – see Classifieds for details. • There’s no point cleaning your clothes in a dirty washing machine. If your washing machine doesn’t have a self-clean function, add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser and run a complete cycle. Run another cycle immediately afterwards on the hottest temperature, adding one cup of bicarbonate of soda to the drum. Afterwards, wipe the drum with a damp cloth. Clean the detergent drawer thoroughly too by removing it and cleaning with normal kitchen cleaner and an old toothbrush.

In the bathroom • One way to give your bathroom a bit of a sparkle is to clean the grouting. It’s time-consuming but will make all the difference. Try a special grout cleaner, or make your own: mix a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and work into the grout with an old toothbrush (an electric toothbrush will save you loads of time and elbow grease if you can bear to use it for that!). Then fill a spray bottle with white wine vinegar and spray it over the bicarbonate mixture until it starts to bubble. Scrub with the toothbrush and rinse.

• You could also do the same with limescale on shower screens, taps and shower heads to make them sparkle like new! • Unblock sinks. Hair, skin and dirt builds up over time and can leave your shower and basins blocked. Pour a cup of bicarbonate of soda down the plughole, followed by a cup of white vinegar so it fizzes. Leave a while, then flush down with hot water. • If you’ve got a leaking tap you could try fixing that too – but it is a little more complicated! • Descale the kettle by adding a third of white vinegar and two-thirds water and boil. Leave it for at least 15 minutes after boiling, then tip down the sink and boil with fresh water. If the limescale is particularly stubborn, leave the solution overnight. Remember to clean it before your morning cuppa!

In the living room • Cracks in the plaster are common – it’s simply caused by the movement of the house. But fortunately they’re easy to fix. Filler won’t hold in tiny cracks, so first you need to scrape the crack with a scraper to make it a

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Filler won’t hold in tiny cracks, so first you need to scrape the crack with a scraper to make it a little bigger, then clean off the dust, and fill with polyfilla. Leave it to dry then sand smooth, and paint over it – and voila! A brand new, crack-free wall!

little bigger, then clean off the dust, and fill with polyfilla. Leave it to dry then sand smooth, and paint over it – and voila! A brand new, crack-free wall! • If the walls are looking a bit grubby with dirty handprints and blobs of grease, you might get away with a good clean rather than a repaint. But make sure you use a gentle detergent so you don’t remove the existing paint. Flash Magic Erasers are fabulous for cleaning practically anything from crayon on the walls to marks on your woodwork. Outside • Crumbling mortar between bricks can mean water seeps in and cause them to swell and crack. It can be quite expensive to pay someone else to do it as it’s very time consuming. But the materials don’t cost a lot, so if you have time on your hands, it’s definitely a job you could tackle yourself. Just be careful at the top of the house and make sure you have someone to hold the ladder! Gently remove old mortar with a hammer and chisel, then brush out any remaining dust. Apply fresh mortar into the gaps and

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leave to dry, then remove any excess with a wire brush. • After the winter, fascias and soffits can look grubby. To clean them, mix 100ml of washing liquid or powder with 10 litres of warm water, and add a splash of bleach. Make sure your ladder is secure, then dip a sponge in the mixture and work along the surface, wiping as you go. Next, rinse with the hosepipe on a high pressure, then go back over it with a stiff brush, rinsing with water as you go. For details of local people to help with these jobs, take a look at the Classified section at the back of the magazine or visit the new Local Services Directory on our website.





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The Bourne Gutter footpath veers away from the line of the stream towards the top right corner of the field and eventually joins a tarmac road, close to Lower Farm, to your right. Where the farm access road bears left go through the gate to a signed footpath, which climbs steadily through fields towards a gap in the tree line ahead. At the end of the field path turn right on to Bourne End Lane, passing on your left the transmitting aerials of Bovingdon radio navigations beacon for aircraft. The lane leads you back to the clay path following the airfield perimeter. The last section of the path is enclosed and emerges into Newhouse Road. Turn left for Bovingdon village. To return to Berkhamsted by public transport, take the bus from Bovingdon Memorial Hall to Hemel Hempstead Railway Station. You then have the option of taking another bus to Berkhamsted town centre, or a train back to your start point. If you wish to walk back, do the walk in reverse, or head down to the canal and walk the rest long the canal bank. With thanks to Berkhamsted Town Council. The audio guide and map to accompany this walk are available on the website: town-guide.html

n response to government advice on the Covid-19 pandemic, the Town Council took the decision to temporarily suspend Hertfordshire Health Walks. Hopefully by the time the magazine comes out they will have been re-started. There are many walks on their website, but please, if you decide to take one of the routes as your daily form of exercise, please observe the social distancing rules, stay on marked paths and keep dogs on leads near livestock. This walk is called ‘The Devil’s Own Footsteps’ and is a 4.3 mile linear walk starting at Berkhamsted Railway Station and ending at Bovingdon Memorial Hall. To download the audioguide please refer to the website. On leaving the railway station, cross Station Road, turn left, and take the first right, crossing Established in 1985 the canal and bear right on Mill Street, with the Springwell Veterinary Moor to your right. Surgery remain proudly independent treating Continue on Mill Street to the High Street. your pets as if they are Cross the road to Prince Edward Street, and at our own. the end of the road take the footpath to the Our vets hold post graduate right of Victoria School, leading to Butts Aiming to provide a certificates in small animal Meadow. Leave the sports field and turn left on surgery, keyhole surgery, high level of clinical feline medicine and general Kingshill Way to its junction with Chesham care for small animals, practice. Road. Cross the road, follow a Tarmac road in a relaxed & friendly Our surgery has a very high opposite and, where the road forks, bear right equipment specification and is environment and look out for a pedestrian tunnel. Go RCVS approved. “Certified to perform keyhole surgery” through the tunnel and turn left on a bridleway. “Certified to perform keyhole surgery” Dunsley Orchard, London Road, Tring HP23 4BJ Follow the bridleway through Sandpit Road, Green toTring, Hertfordshire HP23 4BJ 98 Western 01442 82298 151 (24 hrs)Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP2 Western its junction with Swing 01442 Gate Lane, 822and 151turn (24 hrs) | 01442 822 151 (24 hrs) | www.springwellvet right going downhill to the valley bottom.


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Restrictions due to COVID-19 meant rehoming from the Rescue Centre and all the fundraising events planned for the Summer had to be cancelled. However the Society continues to help dogs in need and all support in ways small and large is very much appreciated. Stay safe and well and enjoy your walks with your four legged companions.

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WHAT’S ON As we go to print on the magazine, it is uncertain when mass gathering events will be able to take place again. As a result, we’ve decided not to print the normal ‘What’s On’ guide and instead dedicate the space both here and throughout the magazine to our many local charities. However, you can visit the website at for details of numerous local events, please just check with the organisers in advance as to whether they will be going ahead. If you would like to include your event in future magazines complete the form at:

family CANAL campS 2020 Holidays with a Difference WRG Family Camps are a residential weekend volunteer opportunity for families to get out and help restore and maintain waterways across England, in a safe and inclusive environment.

join us only £15 per person

sites: Work outdoors and learn new skills Find out about canal restoration and heritage Open to families with children aged 6 and 14

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Lee Valley: 7th - 9th August 2020 Wendover Arm Canal, Buckinghamshire: 23rd - 25th October 2020 / 01494 783 453

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Cats Protection Hemel Hempstead & Berkhamsted Need Your Support We are open 7 days a week, attending any cat in danger, reported as a stray or abandoned. We are mostly self-funding; donations & sponsorships are very important to us and vital to the running of our rescue. Every penny donated goes towards food, accessories & vet bills. We also have a neutering voucher scheme whereby we can help with the cost of neutering owned cats in our area. We are a small unit, manned entirely by volunteers & always looking for new fosterers & volunteers‌if you would like to get involved please contact us via any of the links below. We will be delighted to hear from you. Website: Facebook: Telephone : 0345 3711851

Age UK Hertfordshire are here if you need us... We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially older people, and we are here to support you. Our free confidential Information & Advice line is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. We can provide information on: Benefit Entitlements and Applications Grants Lasting Powers of Attorney Housing Scams Domestic Abuse and Elder Abuse Befriending Services Emotional Support For more information: Email us on: Call us on: 0300 345 3446 Visit our website:

Registered Charity Number: 1116662

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In the first four weeks of lockdown our hospice at home nurses cared for 557 local patients with life-limiting illness in their own homes, taking pressure off the NHS. We are facing a funding crisis caused by the closure of our shops and the cancellation of our fundraising events and community activity. We’ve come up with some fun and fantastic ways for you to get involved and help us at this very difficult time. Please visit our website for inspiration and to make a donation. Thank you. Registered Charity No. 1140386



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LOCAL ESSENTIALS Need a number in a hurry? Keep this page handy Visit our website for more essential services and telephone numbers including opticians, dental surgeries and vets for both Tring and Berkhamsted

Defibrillator machines in the town

centre can be found by The Baptist Church, High Street, Tring HP23 4AB. For a full list of defibrillators in the east of England. For a full list of defibrillators in the east of England, visit our website using the above link.

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

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



0300 1234050 or visit 50 to Aylesbury via Wendover (Sun only) 50 to Marsworth via Pitstone (Sun only) to Aylesbury (not Sun) 61 to Dunstable (not Sun) 164 to Aylesbury via Aston Clinton, Weston Turville (not Sun) 164 to Wilstone (not Sun) 194 to Chesham (Wed, one service only) 387 to New Mill (not Sun) 387 to Tring Station, Aldbury and Beech Park, Wigginton (not Sun) 500/501 to Aylesbury via Aston Clinton 500/501 to Watford via Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead

Community Action

This service provides older or disabled people who have difficulties in using public transport safe, reliable and accessible transport to a local supermarket. 01442 253935 or visit www. Thursday morning every fortnight to Tesco’s, Tring.


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

There are 22 rainbows in total, did you spot them all? They are on pages: 1, 3x2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17x2, 24, 27, 33, 37, 42x2, 43, 44x2, 50x2

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Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary

My name is Lost Little Soul. Four years ago, I was found emaciated, starving and on the verge of dying as I was left tethered in a field by a seatbelt. The seatbelt was also strangling me and I was struggling to breathe. I can’t remember how long I was tied up for, but it was a long time‌

Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary is a horse and pony rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary, based at the top of the valley in Northchurch. The sanctuary was established by Carolann Buchorski in 2004. During her life, she came across more and more horses that had suffered horrifically at the hands of their owners. As we all know, owning a pony can be more expensive than running a car, and requires a lot of time and dedication to ensure that it has a happy life. Unfortunately, some owners do not realise this and then simply discard them when they can no longer afford them. During the pandemic, when the supermarket shelves were stripped bare, the sanctuary came to the aid the local community. The 70 rescued ex-battery chickens, which now happily scratch around without a care in the world and could be re-classified as free range, happened to be laying nigh on 100 eggs a day. The ducks made some contributions too. People came from Tring, Potten End and other villages to the gate of the sanctuary to buy eggs. When normality resumes, come and spend a little time here, ask questions, learn, and share. In the meantime, for the cost of a skinny latte from a coffee company, why not set up a direct debit to help all the very strenuous yet wonderful work that is being done at the Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary. Visit: to find out more or find us on Facebook:

THANK YOU from Bow House We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful patients who have been so supportive during this difficult time. We are always here to help!

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