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Welcome to the Winter issue!

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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 Tring and surrounding villages Find a special gift at our local shops Bake some festive gingerbread cookies

19 Ashridge Drovers Walk 22 Make your home more eco friendly

Finally, we hope that this year we’ll all be able to take part in some of those special Christmas traditions including Tring Christmas Festival, 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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local companies in our Christmas Countdown

30 Nailed it: nail shapes and

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32 Plan ahead to attract

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38 Give the gift of reading books by local authors

40 Christmas games for the children

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Treasure Trails up for grabs!

44 What’s On - local events 47 A festive twist on our crossword

48 Local Services 50 Local Essentials

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Panto’s back - oh yes it is!

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his festive season the team at the Court Theatre are back with everyone’s pantomime favourite, Cinderella. The cast will of course consist of all the usual suspects we have come to love over the years but, as director Nick Russon said, ‘In the interests of keeping the average age down and our continued support of promoting the Court’s young performers, both Cinderella and Prince Charming are being played by

teenagers from Tring and surrounding areas.’ He added: ‘Both Emily (Celine) and Henry (Chappell) have been working their way up through the ranks of the team and this year it is their turn to shine.’ Emily, who is currently studying dance and drama at Aylesbury High School, said: ‘Having been in the chorus over the past few years for pantomime I am delighted to now be playing the lead in Cinderella and am so grateful for this opportunity.’ Cinderella is playing two shows daily at The David Evans Court Theatre, Tring from 28 December 2021 to 3 January 2022. For family-friendly show times and tickets visit www.courttheatre.co.uk

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ring Farmers’ Market has a fantastic selection of local food and drink available, along with handmade gifts, cards, eco homeware and fair trade products - the perfect place for Christmas shopping. And you can keep things local and support local farmers and artisan producers, who all come from within a 30-mile radius of Tring so they really are local - and friendly too! In December the markets are taking place on the first and third Saturdays (from January they will back to the usual second and fourth Saturdays). You can also place orders for collection on the day with the stallholders - see www.tringfarmersmarket.co.uk for details. 4 / Tring Living

special performance in words and music will take place in St Mary the Virgin, Ivinghoe, to mark the 800th anniversary of

the 13th century church. ‘Yvyngo Tales’, created by local writer Dave Sivers, and set to music by Judith Sheridan, is a re-imagining of the building of the church in 1220 and the events leading to the dramatic fire of 1234. Yvingho Tales, performed by Beacon Community Choir, Beacon Chamber Ensemble and The Slapton Players, takes place on 27 November at 7pm and 28 November at 4pm. See www.beaconcommunitychoir.co.uk for details.

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Santa Claus is coming to Tring!

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ennie Grove Hospice Care is bringing its Santa float to Tring and surrounding villages again this December. Between Sunday 5 and Sunday 19 December the big man and his elves will be raising smiles and funds throughout Tring, Weston Turville, Cheddington, Pitstone, Wigginton and Marsworth. The public’s generous support for the Santa float usually brings in more than £5,000 for local families affected by life-limiting illness. The elves include local Scouts group the Oddy Explorers and volunteers from Tring Athletic Football Club. Find Santa’s schedule at: www.livingmags.info/santas-coming-totring

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You can donate in a number of ways: at renniegrove.org/donate (quote SANTA); call 01442 890222, or look out for the Santa float leaflet through your door and scan the QR code with your smartphone camera to donate.

Celebrate Christmas

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ring Christmas Festival is back on Saturday 27 November. There’ll be plenty to do - so get there early! The event runs from 3-8pm. Tring’s shops will be open for you to find some unique Christmas gifts, and the Memorial Garden will be open, with the trees and fountain lit with Christmas lights. If you’re feeling creative, enter the Christmas Tree competition. To register email trish@ tringtogether.org.uk and bring your decorated tree to the Memorial Garden, where the public will vote for their favourite - and yes there is a prize! The stage will feature local entertainers, and there will be craft and Christmassy stalls in the Victoria Hall. Local charities and businesses will have stalls in the High St (numbers have been reduced to allow for distancing) and there will be busking in Dolphin Square. The funfair is making a welcome return to the Library Car Park and Tring Brewery will be on hand with beer and mulled wine.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Aldi targets Tring

resh from a spin as lead impressionist on the new Spitting Image TV show, Jess Robinson, who grew up in Aldbury, (where her mum plays the organ in the village church) is returning to her alma mater during her new UK tour. Jess appears at the Markova Theatre, at Tring Park School on 8 December. She brings the likes of Adele, Greta Thunberg, Meghan Markle, and The Kardashians to her festive musical comedy show - The Twelve Days Of Jessmas. Jess is a classically trained singer. She came fifth in the 2017 series of Britain’s Got Talent, and won Gold at the British Podcast Awards. She has appeared on stage playing the title role in Jim Cartwright’s Little Voice and on TV shows ranging from Horrible Histories (CBBC) and The Impressions Show (BBC 1), to The Imitation Game (ITV). Read more at www.livingmags.info/jessrobinson-announces-christmas-tour.

Tring is on the list of 100 new stores that Aldi plans to open across the UK in the next two years. Aldi, which now has more than 920 stores across the UK, says it is on the lookout for sites that are big enough to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces.

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ere’s your chance to share your views on updating the town’s skatepark. Funding has been agreed in partnership between Tring Town Council and Dacorum Borough Council to renew the facilities. Have your say at www.dacorum.gov.uk/ tringskatepark by 1 December.

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Gin goes gold

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ilstone’s Puddingstone Distillery has bagged the title of Distillery of the Year at the Gin Guide Awards. Campfire London Dry and Campfire Navy gins both won gold medals and Campfire Cask Aged and Campfire Old Tom gins both won silver medals. In more good news the Thursday evening gin distillery tours have started again. See www.puddingstonedistillery.com for details.

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Taylor pens first book aged 10

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young Wiggington author has published her first book at the ripe old age of 10! Taylor Weisberger was actually only eight when she wrote Mr Wiggleworm, but Covid delayed publication. Taylor said: ‘I had been reading some of David Walliams’ books and enjoyed them so much it inspired me to write a book of my own. The idea of ‘Mr Wiggleworm’ came to me one afternoon, and once I started writing I couldn’t stop until I had finished it! I found out it was to be published just before lockdown in February 2020; it was exciting news at a very difficult time and really cheered everyone up.’ Her dad Neil told Living: ‘It’s been a wonderful achievement for her to become a published author at the age of 10 and we are so proud of her.’ Taylor’s not stopping there - she has another book idea she plans to start work on. Neil said: ‘She is very into street dance and would love to make a career from it along with more publishing!’ Watch this space!

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

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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.

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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. 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. See www.dacorum.gov.uk/callforsites

NEWS IN BRIEF N-ice theatre show The Snow Queen comes to St Bartholomew’s Church, Wigginton, on 30 November, courtesy of touring company This is My Theatre. The show starts at 5.30pm and tickets are available at thisismytheatre.com/thesnowqueen

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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

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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 / Tring 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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WALKS AROUND TOWN

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

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he Ashridge Drovers Walk follows typically Chiltern sunken lanes once used for droving livestock from villages to graze on commonland. Much of the walk is through commonland which was once open but nowadays is a mixture of grassland, ancient trees and relatively young woodland. Aldbury, Pitstone and Ivinghoe Commons are all within the Ashridge Estate and are three of the 200 commons in the Chilterns. 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.

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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.

"Step into in our twinkling wonderland." To book tickets visit christmas.ashridgehouse.org.uk or scan the QR code!

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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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ECO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE

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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You can also buy second hand in all of the wonderful charity shops in Tring and Berkhamsted and of course Tring’s Market Auctions.

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 - another Tring in Transition initiative. This will run on the third Saturday of the month in the new year at the High Street Baptist Church Hall. A group of volunteers will do their best to help - donations will be gratefully received - along with payment for any new parts required. 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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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 / Tring Living

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

hunters with naturalist and author Ed Drewitt. hertswildlifetrust.org.uk Music: East West Maxwell Street Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

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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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Answers to 12 clues are the gifts in the famous festive song, but with different beginnings (e.g. Ways, not Days). Which clue has the correct number?

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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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

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