Tring Living Magazine - Spring 2024

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THE GREAT ‘GREENWASHING’ SCANDAL Are your sustainable buys really eco-friendly?

A PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTION Tring’s part in the story of George Washington


Meet our readers’ furry and not-so furry friends!




Welcome to the Spring issue!




t’s been a long, rather wet winter, but improved weather and brighter days will hopefully see all of us getting out and about far more in the coming months. There’s so much to see and do, just within Tring and its surrounding villages. We were reminded of what an interesting place we live in while researching our local history feature - there’s so many fascinating stories about the area - like Tring’s connection to George Washington, the USA’s first President. Of course the coming weeks also give us the chance to enjoy Mother’s Day and Easter - see our special hot cross bun recipe - and check out all the local events in our What’s On section! We’ve really enjoyed seeing the photos of some of your pets for our new feature. We hope you enjoy them too! If you missed out on the opportunity for this issue, do send in your photos for the summer magazines.

And looking ahead to the summer, we have a second chance for you to win tickets to local music festival, Chilfest, taking place in July. As always, the magazine includes lots of local news, and features on everything from enhancing learning in later life, to choosing trees for a smaller space, and looking beyond the greenwashing to tell just how eco-friendly the products you buy really are. Importantly, we also look into the significance of empowering our teen girls, with local expert Caroline Walker. If you want to be involved in the next issue, please email Naomi at with your news prior to our summer issue. Happy reading!

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

16 Shop local: treat yourself to something special


30 Kids’ puzzles 32 Empowering teen girls - useful advice from Confident Teens

22 Tring’s connection to the

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26 Books from local and

38 Enhanced learning

28 Pawsitive vibes - meet our

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41 Quick Crossword 44 New: Codeword 46 Greenwashing - making sense of eco-friendly claims

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Tring Lions support local young people The group will continue to support schools’ visits and residential activities; it recently enjoyed a presentation from Tring High School students about their visit to Nepal in which they both tested their physical resolve and helped in local schools. Such experiences are often life-changing.


ring Lions were busy over Christmas raising funds and supporting local events. The annual outdoor carol service attended by around 1,000 people on Christmas Eve, raised £1,550, which was shared between the Pepper Foundation and the Tring 1st Cubs, Beavers and Scouts. The Lions also supported local school fairs, the fundraising Tring Christmas Grotto and the Tring Christmas Festival. Lions commit every penny that they raise to support others. The focus recently has been on supporting young people locally as families and schools find it increasingly hard to provide all that is needed and the Lions will continue providing grants to primary schools for activities that extend children’s communication, social and emotional skills, which often take place beyond the classrooms and the school day. This year grants included attendance at a forest school, an out-of-school time art club, the development of a garden, and the creation of a flexible role play area in a reception class. Tring Lions also supported a local solution to air conditioning in a school for young children in a township in South Africa.

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Spring Fayre bounces into 2024


here’s plenty to look forward to during this year’s Spring Fayre, which lasts for two weeks from 20 April to 11 May. Spring Fayre Launch Day on 20 April will see a pop-up zoo and live music from the Tring Music Partnership during a fun day for the whole family. There’ll be something for everyone from fitness and wellbeing to crafts, local history and more. All events are free or at a reduced cost, so it’s a great time to try something new. See for up-to-date details on events.

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Dacorum Local Plan update


he consultation period for the updated Dacorum Local Plan closed in December. The next version of the plan is due in October, after Dacorum Borough Council has finished reviewing all the responses. According to the timeline, it should go for government approval in February 2025, with adoption slated for one year later in February 2026. However, the timeline will depend on the decision of the Marshcroft Inquiry for additional housing in Tring. This development is not included in the Local Plan, so if it is approved, the Local Plan will need another review. The decision for the Tring Marshcroft Inquiry is expected no later than 15 March.

The council said: ‘The comments provided during this consultation on our Revised Strategy for Growth will strongly influence the creation of the new Dacorum Local Plan 2024-2040.’ The Local Plan lays out the strategy for delivering new homes, jobs and investment; it will plan for important infrastructure such as schools, transport and health facilities; and will also set the council’s approach to protecting and providing parks and green spaces, and the way in which it responds to the challenges of climate change. It will also provide the policies to be considered when decisions are made on planning applications.

Helping older people


ast year, the Age UK Hertfordshire Information & Advice team helped older people claim £8.1 million of their benefit entitlements, and distributed £80,000 of food vouchers so they had additional assistance with the costs of living. The food vouchers were made possible by Hertfordshire County Council via the Household Support Fund. Call 0300 345 3446 to find out more.

Councils oppose further Kyle and Nazia airport expansion join MUVADO


he Planning Inspectorate is currently examining an application to increase Luton Aiport’s annual number of passengers from 19m to 32m a year. The application, which has been made by Luton Rising, the airport’s owner, is being examined as a National Significant Infrastructure Project. Herts County Council is opposing the plans, and in a recent budget meeting, director of growth and place Colin Haigh explained that the council was opposing the expansion due to its environmental impacts - including carbon footprint, noise and pollution. Another factor is traffic congestion and its impact on the highway network in Hertfordshire. Mr Haigh added that the council was also looking at gaining mitigation for the county should the development be approved - which could include funding for those roads affected by congestion. Commenting on the project, Councillor Ron Tindall, Leader of Dacorum Borough Council, said: ‘We remain very concerned at the further expansion of the airport giving rise to greater carbon emissions, noise, air quality and traffic congestion. ‘Together with Hertfordshire County Council and other local authorities, we continue to fight the further expansion of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum through the ongoing examination process.’


024 is set to be an exciting year for MUVADO as Kyle and Nazia officially join the team at the Tring-based financial advisers. MUVADO specialises in working with new parents and young families to help them get financially organised and create family wealth. Founder Gregory Deer told Living: ‘We are building for the long term. I started MUVADO to help people on their money journey. Adding Kyle as a business partner will help us reach more people and further our mission. Two minds are often better than one and Kyle’s positive impact has been immediate. Additionally, having Nazia’s mortgage experience is already helping our existing members. ‘Together, we’re here to support you on your money journey. From buying your first home to building wealth for your financial independence, we can help.’

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Bringing the best to Tring Park Arts Society


t’s no easy task - in fact production of the annual lecture programme by the Tring Park branch of the Arts Society requires something close to military precision to bring members a wide variety of highquality speakers and subjects for its programme of 10 talks a year. An intense day held in London in March to choose speakers kicks off when lecturers from the National Society’s directory of 380 accredited experts have the daunting task of presenting themselves and their topic by speaking for just two minutes before their microphone is switched off! Local Arts Society representatives have the equally formidable challenge of quickly evaluating speakers for suitability. The day consists of three blocks of 50 speakers with a short break in between for individual interviews.

Choosing a few themes to start with, they might look for a seasonal lecture for the last meeting of the year (‘The Three Kings’ in November) or identify art topics not covered before (‘Mexican Art & Culture’ in April). And they try to have at least one lecture with a different or unusual theme (‘Monopoly’ in March). They also take recommendations from other members and other societies. And after that rigorous selection process, and an exhilarating Directory Day, there’s certainly no shortage of excellent lectures for members to enjoy. See our what’s on pages for details.

New faces at Dunsley Farm Shop


own Mayor Nigel Nutkins attended the launch of the new Dunsley Farm Shop, which has been taken over by the Central Training Group. The group offers programmes to help prepare young people for the world of work, further education, training and independent living. There are plans to re-open a tearoom at the shop in the future.

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New Ofsted rating for Pendley Day Nursery


ongratulations to Pendley Day Nursery which has been rated Good by Ofsted following an inspection in November 2023. Pendley Day Nursery is located at the Tring Athletics football ground. The inspection found: ‘Children form close bonds with staff and feel safe and secure at nursery. Babies show that they feel safe as they climb onto a staff member’s lap for a cuddle.’

Older children ‘arrive happily to find interesting resources,’ while the staff ‘encourage children to be creative and explain their ideas’. The report also noted that children are ‘confident and curious’. A copy of the Ofsted inspection report can be obtained by contacting Lisa Caller, the Nursery Manager, at or 01442 967140. Director Bob Winter commented: ‘This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the investment we have made in recent months.’

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id you know that Hertfordshire countryside charity, the CPRE, offers talks to local organisations? It offers talks on a number of topics, including: • Why we need to protect the countryside – CPRE Hertfordshire’s role

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• Exploring Rural Hertfordshire – a walk along the Hertfordshire Way • Following the Swan – a walk of discovery down the Lea Valley • A Recent History of Hertfordshire – and how CPRE continues to campaign to protect the countryside • A Tour of some Churches in Rural Hertfordshire • Countryside Close to Home – some wildlife in a Hertfordshire garden, and how to attract wildlife to any garden The CPRE usually asks for a donation in return for talks, but this can be reduced for smaller groups. Email to enquire. More about CPRE Hertfordshire at

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Bus-y start for Lynx service

ertsLynx, Hertfordshire’s on-demand bus service, has had a busy start since launching in December.

The new service in Dacorum offers a flexible, bookable transport provision for residents in rural areas. The HertsLynx service does not follow fixed routes or timetables, instead passengers use the service to travel anywhere within the operating zone by booking their journey through the app, website or via the call centre, selecting when and where they wish to travel. The service operates between 7am and 7pm Monday-Friday and 10am and 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. The fleet of three 16-seat Mercedes accessible minibuses, have free passenger Wi-Fi and on-board USB charging. Journeys can be booked though the HertsLynx app, online at or over the phone on 01992 555513.

ongratulations to The Tyre Changers who are celebrating the first anniversary of their new garage unit at the Airfield Industrial Estate, Long Marston, near Tring. The Tyre Changers was founded by Jon Gates in March 2015. Jon has been a tyre fitter and technician since 1997, working in the motorsport industry for 18 years. During his motorsport career Jon fitted and serviced tyres for Formula 1 stars Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel. Between them they achieved 122 F1 wins and 7 World Championships! For the past nine years The Tyre Changers has provided a mobile tyre fitting service to Tring and the surrounding villages. In March 2023 The Tyre Changers opened the unit at the

Airfield, housing a larger tyre machine in order to fit tyres to all types of cars and vans, including run flat, low profile and extra large tyres. Conveniently located near the estate’s cafe, customers can enjoy a free hot drink while waiting for their tyres to be fitted.

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en and Kate Marston, founders of Puddingstone Distillery, have picked up Country Winner Gold at the World Gin Awards for their Campfire Cask Aged Gin. ‘More than 500 bronze, silver and gold medals were presented to distilleries across the globe for recognising excellence in many different gin categories. Distilleries in England picked up eight gold awards of which we are proud to be one,’ said Kate. As a Country Winner Campfire Cask Aged Gin now goes head-to-head with matured gins from 12 other countries competing for the prestigious title of World’s Best Gin in each category!

New Chief Inspector for Dacorum


new Chief Inspector is at the helm of policing in Dacorum. Dave Skarratts took up the post in January from his predecessor CI Jason Keane. Dave joined the force as a call handler in the control room when he was 18 years old. A year later, in 2005, he joined as a PC and was posted to the intervention team in Hertsmere, responding to emergency incidents. In 2010, he became a detective, working within the world of serious and organised crime for several years. Over the next five years he rose through the ranks, becoming a detective inspector in 2019,

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followed by promotion to detective chief inspector in 2023, gaining additional specialist policing qualifications along the way. ‘I’m a career detective specialising in covert policing, but I always loved my time in uniform and so it’s nice to be back on the front line,’ said Dave, who was born in Hemel Hempstead and grew up in the local area. As Chief Inspector, Dave is responsible for overseeing the work of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, which consists of officers and PCSOs who work alongside local partners, to focus on solving long and short-term neighbourhood issues, such as anti-social behaviour, speeding, criminal damage, theft and drug related crime. He is also responsible for managing the Local Crime Unit, which investigates the more serious crimes such as robbery and burglary.

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Hempstead’s Gadebridge Park. The DENS Hillbuster, in partnership with British Cycling, boasts a selection of routes that take riders over the rolling Chiltern Hills and through the countryside of Herts, Beds and Bucks. With a choice of 25k, 60k, 100k and 120k routes on offer, the charity is encouraging riders of all backgrounds and abilities to take on the challenge for a worthy cause. Book your space at

Liam signs record deal


hen Tring Living publisher Alison Page popped into Tring Radio recently, she met local musician Liam King, who was thrilled to be releasing his first record. You may have seen Liam, 31, perform at February’s Tring Fest. He is lining up more festival performances for the rest of 2024. He told us: ‘I’ve always wanted to pursue a

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A presidential connection Among the many distinguished residents in its history, Tring numbers ancestors of the first president of the United States


ho would have thought that a small market town in Hertfordshire could have played such an important part in the foundation of the United States? Yet it was, because the great great grandparents of the United States of America’s first president met here in Tring and began their family. In 1630, Rev. Lawrence Washington paid a visit to his friend Sir Richard Anderson, the owner of Pendley Manor. There he met and fell in love with Amphyllis Twigden, who was one of five daughters of a yeoman farmer from Creaton, Northamptonshire. Unfortunately, as a fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, Lawrence was banned from

marriage, and was not allowed to marry Amphyllis, even when their son John was born in 1631. They did eventually receive approval to marry from the Chancellor of Oxford University, and their wedding took place in Tring in late 1632. They had six children; three boys and three girls. Unfortunately for John, because he was illegitimate, it was his younger brother Lawrence, born in 1635, who inherited their parents’ estate, which included a house in Frogmore Street. The house was near the entrance to the current car park, and had been owned by Andrew Knowling who married Amphyllis Twigden’s mother. All the Washington children lived in this

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In 1630, Rev. Lawrence Washington paid a visit to his friend Sir Richard Anderson, the owner of Pendley Manor. There he met and fell in love with Amphyllis Twigden, who was one of five daughters of a yeoman farmer…

house, apart from a four-year period when they moved to Purleigh in Essex when Rev. Lawrence Washington became Rector of Purleigh Church in March 1633. Amphyllis died in 1655 in Tring and was buried in the graveyard of the Church of St Peter & St Paul. Eldest son John left for a trading voyage to Virginia a year later, and never returned. A year later his brother Lawrence also migrated to Virginia, remarried after his wife’s death and had two children. He died in 1677. John managed to trade household goods for a rich cargo of tobacco in Virginia, but the ship ran aground in the Potomac River on the return voyage in February 1657. The cargo was lost and John was caught up in a legal dispute over responsibility for the shipwreck. He was offered a job on a plantation by the magistrate presiding over the case. He went on to marry the magistrate’s daughter Anne Pope in 1658, receiving a wedding gift of 700 acres of farming land near Popes Creek. They had three children, including a son called Lawrence. John must have been a good businessman, as he managed to accrue 10,000 acres of land, half of which was at Little Hunting Creek, which later became Mount Vernon. Lawrence married and had two sons; when his wife died, he married Mary Ball, and they went on to have five children, including future president George, who was born in Popes Creek Plantation in 1732. George became a successful surveyor, and despite having no previous military experience, he was made a commander of the Virginia militia. By the late 1760s, he came to believe that it was in the best interests of the colonists to declare independence from England, because of the effects of rising taxes imposed by American colonists. When the resulting American Revolution had begun in earnest, he


was appointed as commander in chief of the Continental Army. Once independence was established George returned to Mount Vernon, which he had inherited from his older half-brother Lawrence, to continue life as a gentleman farmer. However, in 1787, he was asked to lead the committee to draft the new constitution. He showed impressive leadership there, which convinced the other delegates that he should be the first president of the independent nation. The first presidential election was held on 7 January 1789, and Washington won, with John Adams becoming his Vice President. Mount Vernon is now the most visited private home in the US.

Sulgrave Manor and the American connection Lawrence Washington, the mayor of Northampton, was a wool merchant. He married Amy Pargitter, a rich young widow, and built Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire in 1538. George Washington’s great great grandfather The Rev. Lawrence Washington, was born in Sulgrave Manor in 1602. Sulgrave Manor is now the most important Washington-related site in the UK and is part owned both by the citizens of the USA and the citizens of the UK!

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OUR BOOK CHOICES Here at Our Bookshop in Tring, we are passionate about reading. And we have put together the following recommendations for you to enjoy. Look out for our future picks in the next edition. Kristin Hannah tackles one of the most despicable wars of the last century, the Vietnam War. This is our March Book of the Month. Kristin will be joining us for our Bookclub meeting.

Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize, and voted book of the year by The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and New Statesman. The triumphant new novel from the Walter Scott Prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole and The Offing is now out in paperback.

The outstanding new thriller from the no.1 internationally bestselling author of The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides. Join Alex and author Harriet Tyce in Our Bookshop for a book event in April.

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It’s not often you get to solve your own murder, but that’s exactly what happens to Abigail Summers when she wakes up dead! Set in Becklesfield, a fictional village in the Chilterns, Abigail finds herself working with psychic Hayley Moon and her policeman husband, to find out how she died. This truly English mystery, complete with May Fayre and Maypole dancing, has a touch of the paranormal thrown in. Warners End author Ann Parker previously ran a dressmaking business, but since retiring has published children’s book Magic & Memories and signed a contract for two cosy murder mysteries this is the first.

Once Upon A Time at the Hotel Midnight Jay M Myers Mystery magic and allure - that’s what you’ll find in this tale of jazz musician, Myles Jakeman, who finds himself at The Hotel Midnight in London in 1936, where jazz, romance and revenge take centre stage. Myles is caught in a dangerous love triangle with singing ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE sensation, Midnight Melody. But all is not what it seems: a brass key in the shape of a treble HOTEL MIDNIGHT Jay Myers clef commands bizarre power; a hoard of priceless artefacts becomes one man’s obsession; a mysterious tunnel of music stirs the imagination, and a famous detective saves the life of King Edward VIII. Born in Canada, and now living in Wigginton, Jay Myers is also the author of Twenty Million Leagues Above the Sea; The Colour Conspiracy; I Shot the Sheriff, and The Oxymoron Murders & Other Short Stories of the Unexpected.

The Last Murder at the End of the World Stuart Turton This dystopian thriller revolves around a murder on an island paradise that holds what is left of the world. The story is told by Abi – an AI entity that exists in the minds of the last 125 people left on Earth. When head scientist Niema is murdered - and everyone’s memories of the night have been wiped - Emory has 91 hours to find out what happened and save the island. Berkhamsted author Stuart Turton is the Sunday Times bestselling and Costa Book Award winning author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water.

Finding Hope Nicola Baker The first book in a farm adventure series from Nicola Baker, star of TV’s Our Farm in the Dales. When ten-year-old Ava moves to Whistledown Farm while her parents are working abroad, she must swap city life for mud, wellies and animals. But as one catastrophe follows another, will Ava learn to love life on the farm and find hope in nature? For ages eight and above. Nicola is married to Countryfile presenter Matt Baker. She lives on a smallholding in the Chiltern Hills with her husband and two children.

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As a girl experiences her teenage years she faces many different pressures, often affecting her confidence. It’s not easy to help girls build their self-belief, but there’s plenty we can do. Here’s three tips to empower teen girls to see the amazing individuals they are She’s unique! One of the contradictions of teenage life is that girls want to conform with their peers, but also feel like an individual. Let’s encourage girls to recognise their uniqueness. Simply by considering that there is no other individual on the planet who has the same personality, abilities, attitude, and approach as each of them. Every girl is unique. ‘Growth mindset’ is helpful here, pioneered by Carol Dweck (author of ‘Mindset’). The main idea is that having a growth mindset means believing we are all capable of developing new skills. What’s key is the effort we put in and the strategies we use. In contrast, ‘fixed mindset’ is having set ideas of what we are good or bad at (for example ‘I’m rubbish at maths’). With a fixed mindset we focus only on the end results, with an emphasis on what other people say, and external circumstances. Whereas with a growth mindset we focus on our own resources, efforts, strategies, and opinions.

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Caroline Walker from local organisation Confident Teens comments: ‘We can encourage young people to embrace growth mindset through the language we use – noticing and praising effort, and that different strategies have been used - rather than focusing purely on the end result. We can help teens see how far they have progressed over time, through their own efforts.’ Confident Teens embeds growth mindset in their approach and offers a series of prerecorded videos supporting girls to gently grow their confidence step by step. Feedback from girls includes statements such as ‘I’ve learnt how to love myself for who I am’. So much of young people’s lives is dictated by others, whether that’s the school timetable, adults’ expectations or peer pressures. But by taking a growth mindset approach the focus is on the effort they decide to make. And that is completely within their control.

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Support your teen girl to recognise that it is who she is as a person that matters. Her personality, for example her ability to make others laugh, to be generous, her attitude to life - all these characteristics (and more) is what makes her who she is and why people love her and want to hang out with her

Empowering body confidence Body confidence is a minefield for many teen girls. This is the first generation to have grown up when most images we see have been digitally manipulated to show perfection. Where shapes and sizes have been enhanced, and imperfections eradicated. Sadly, many teen girls compare their own bodies to these perfect images and think they fall short. This significantly impacts how they feel about their bodies – and affects their confidence. Our media culture has become so toxic in its pervasive message that the primary value of females is their appearance. Difficult enough for grown women to navigate, but for girls whose bodies are changing and who often feel self-conscious, it is a lot to deal with. But there are ways we can support girls. Helping them to understand that as every image has been digitally manipulated it doesn’t make sense to compare our actual, real body to something that has been created by a computer. These digital images are not real life or real bodies. Encourage girls to notice what real people look like when they are out and about. Support your teen girl to recognise that it is who she is as a person that matters. Her personality, for example her ability to make others laugh, to be generous, her attitude to life - all these characteristics (and more) is what makes her who she is and why people love her and want to hang out with her. Not the colour of her hair, or how long her legs are. As Caroline Walker from Confident Teens explains: ‘It’s who we are as people, and how we make our friends and family feel when they are with us that really matters. Not what we look like. Empowering girls to feel and believe this can help build their confidence.’


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galaxy of talented tribute bands as part of Chilfest’s Totally Tribute night including Take That tribute band Rule the World, and acts paying homage to iconic 80s and 90s artistes, including I’m Every Whitney, Rogue Minogue, Badness, and The Smiths UTD. For more information visit To enter, answer the question below at by 30 March 2024. What band are Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware from? We have two pairs of tickets for Saturday to give away. Terms & Conditions apply. Refer to website for details. Congratulations to our winter competition winners... Sharron Bromley and Kevin Hearn each won a pair of Chilfest tickets. ​Alastair Harrison, Lydia Green and Lorna Peisley each won a copy of Brenda Hurley’s novel Ghostly Light.

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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our ability to learn is much more complex than that, and the yearning for new information and new education in adulthood is one we should embrace… and the research proves it!


ecent research has shown that as we make our way through life, our learning capabilities transform in intriguing ways. In short, what has emerged is a new understanding that the complexities of the brain’s learning processes, from childhood to adulthood, are now challenging the belief that ageing equates to a decline in learning ability. Here’s how… Necessity of learning in adulthood Adults often find themselves in situations requiring new learning, such as pursuing Higher Education through platforms like the Open University, and beyond that, new skills and qualifications required for work. In the UK, a study found that while full-time education saw an enhanced 9.6% pass rate in younger students achieving 1st- or 2nd-class degree status compared to those of a mature age, in part-time study 65% of the latter qualified, as opposed to 45% of those aged 25 and below.

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Advantages adults have over young people in learning Contrary to popular belief, adults may possess certain advantages over young adults in learning. A study conducted in 2016 suggests that adults excel in focused and deliberate learning, leveraging their broader experiences and existing knowledge. Overall, older adults who learned new skills showed an increase in cognitive function their scores for such tasks were at least two to three times higher, one year after learning new skills. A plateau, followed by gradual decline Studies suggest the human brain may retain less information, the older the person is. For many adults, a plateau in cognitive abilities – including learning and thinking – is observed after reaching the 30s or 40s. This seems to then be followed by a gradual slide, particularly noticeable in tasks

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Learning ability and age: you’re not as far behind as you think While it’s true that overall learning ability undoubtedly declines past early mid-age – a phenomenon evidenced by neurological studies showing changes in brain structure and blood flow – the propensity to learn actually begins to change much earlier. For instance, very young children can learn multiple languages simultaneously, yet this is a capability that diminishes quickly with age. According to research, the brain’s plasticity, which facilitates language learning, is highest until the age of just six, and gradually decreases thereafter. In other words, you’re not much less capable of learning a new language at 40 as you are at 20. Enhancing learning in later life Overall, research suggests the adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not entirely accurate when it comes to human

learning. While ageing does bring cognitive changes, continuous mental engagement and learning can mitigate these effects. Essentially, as we age, a process of neural ‘pruning’ occurs, focusing our abilities on the most relevant skills. So despite structural changes in the brain, such as reduced grey matter and blood flow, the capacity to learn new spatial information, like adapting to a new house layout, and the adaption of technical, real-life skills, or new projects, are prevalent and prominent. In short, adults bring unique strengths to the learning process, and with the right strategies and a focus on brain health, effective learning can continue throughout life.

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measuring processing speed and other mental capabilities, a decline that tends to accelerate further once an individual passes the age of 60. It’s felt that in order to stave off this regression, new skills should be learned by individuals.

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PETER SIDWELL’S PRUNE AND ORANGE HOT CROSS BUNS As a master baker and judge of ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery, Peter Sidwell knows a thing or two about hot cross buns, as this fragrant and delicious recipe testifies

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Method: 1. Remove the bowl from your stand mixer, then add the butter and flour. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips to form fine breadcrumbs. Add the yeast, salt and sugar, then stir to combine everything together. 2. In a jug, mix together the milk, water and boiled green tea, make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the liquid. Put the mixing bowl back on the stand mixer, then use the dough hook to combine wet and dry ingredients into a ball. 3. Knead the dough in the mixer for 10 minutes until smooth and stretchy. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for one hour until doubled in size. 4. Prepare the fruit and spices, then scoop the risen dough out of the bowl and stretch it over the work surface until it’s the size of A4 paper. Scatter the spices and fruit over the dough, then fold in

on itself, kneading gently to distribute throughout the dough. 5. Portion off the dough and, on a lightly floured surface, roll into balls – either six large or 10 small. Place on a floured baking tray, 1-2cm apart, and leave in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size again. 6. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the buns with beaten egg. 7. To make the crosses, make a smooth paste with the flour and water (add 4tbsp first and only add the rest if you think it needs it), put into a plastic piping bag and pipe onto each bun, then bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven. 8. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then brush glaze with runny honey, before leaving to cool completely.

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are just paying lip service to the sustainable savvy among us? This surge in corporate climate claims is muddying the waters for customers who can no longer distinguish between earnest environmental practices and deceptive declarations. This practice is known as ‘greenwashing’. Online marketing is a particularly fecund arena for claims that are often exaggerated, false, or sometimes potentially illegal. The reason this is possible is because ‘greenwashing’ takes advantage of a somewhat grey area. It is very easy to boast of ‘sustainability’ but there is no concrete definition of what this word means. In other words, claiming something is ‘made in the UK’ or is ‘100% cotton’ can be proved or disproved, but how can you prove something you cannot define? On the subject of cotton, the fashion industry is also prone to greenwashing. ‘Natural’, ‘recyclable’, ‘recycled or ‘organic’ are handy

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For example, ‘organic’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ are not interchangeable terms. Just because organic cotton doesn’t use pesticides when grown doesn’t change the fact that it is highly water intensive. It takes roughly 1kg of conventional cotton lint to make one pair of jeans, but this requires around 8,500 litres (1,870 gallons) of water, on average. Recycled polyester doesn’t get corporations off the hook either because it still sheds microfibres. It is estimated that textiles produce 35% of the microplastics entering the world’s oceans – in the form of synthetic microfibres – and just one wash cycle could potentially release around 700,000 microfibres into wastewater. The trouble is, brands have tapped into an unfortunate truth. Many of us, whether consciously or not, have become acutely aware of the impact consumerism is having on our planet and the environment. This can lead to a feeling of guilt and, much like the cotton tote company who plant a tree for every bag sold – ‘buy one, plant one’ – these unsubstantiated claims allow for magical thinking that lets us believe our choices are moving the dial and pushing these industries into the right direction. Fortunately, we can still make better choices as consumers. We just need to be aware of greenwashing and take measures to avoid it. Firstly, don’t take their word for it. If a product truly is ‘eco-friendly’, ‘all-natural’, or ‘biodegradable’, then the manufacturer should be able to prove this with hard facts and figures.

Secondly, be wary of green certification logos. Instead, look for objective third-party certifications from reputable organisations such as the B Corp Certification, Fairtrade Certification, and the Forest Stewardship Council’s FSC Certification. Next, when choosing products, look at the bigger picture. Just because something has a low environmental impact in manufacturing, doesn’t mean it is recyclable or compostable. The entire product lifecycle must be considered. Finally, know that your choices do make an impact and a little research into a brand can go a long way towards the overall goal. After all, if companies didn’t believe consumers had the power to create change, greenwashing would not be an effective strategy in the first place.

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Fundraisers: Repair Café High Street Baptist Church Hall, Tring. Third Saturday of each month, 10.30am-1pm. A place where people can gather and fix those objects from everyday life that would otherwise end up in landfill. www. repair-café Music: Tring Music Partnership Gala Performance Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring. www.tringtogether. Music: Chiltern Chamber Choir Spring Concert St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. SUNDAY 17 MAR Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. www. Fundraisers: Appassionata Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 4pm. In support of Florence Nightingale Hospice. www.atgtickets. com/aylesbury MONDAY 18 MAR Talks: Annual Town Meeting Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring, 8pm. www.

WEDNESDAY 20 MAR Business: BDCC Networking Lunch Venue tbc 12.30-2.30pm. Talks: The Polish Refugees in Marsworth Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. THURSDAY 21 MAR Music: Dave Kelly Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. FRIDAY 22 MAR Theatre: 2 Kool 4 Skool Court Theatre, 7.30pm. Also Sat 23 2.30 & 7.30pm. SATURDAY 23 MAR Music: Tring Choral Society Spring Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church, Tring, 7.30pm. Mozart’s works: ‘Requiem’ and ‘Solemn Vespers’, plus Monteverdi’s ‘Beatus Vir’.

programme of music arranged for cello and accordion by JS Bach and Astor Piazzolla. www. MONDAY 25 MAR Film: Queen of Glory Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 26. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety. THURSDAY 28 MAR Business: Berko Interchange Informal business networking 8am Waite & Rose Café, Berkhamsted. https:// berko-interchangetickets-547761187457 FRIDAY 29 MAR Music: The Unravelling Wilburys The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. courttheatre.

TUESDAY 2 APR Talks: The Story of English Alms Houses Wigginton History Society, Village Hall, Wigginton, 8pm. cliff. WEDNESDAY 3 APR Talks: Hec-Talk Group The XC Centre, Jarman Way, Hemel Hempstead, 7.308.30pm. Every first and third Wednesday of the month. Open to all men to come together and talk. tinyurl. com/5n8c6p3v FRIDAY 5 APR Talks: The Aylesbury Duck and Aylesbury Prune Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards Local History Group, St Leonards Village Hall. 7.30 for 7.45pm start. www.

SUNDAY 24 MAR Dance: Senior Dance Show 2024 Markova Theatre, Tring Park School, 2pm / 7.30pm. To 28 Mar. Showcasing the exceptional talents of students on the dance course Years 11 to 14. Music: Revelation Behind the Mirror Old Town Hall, Berkhamsted, 7pm. A new Living Magazines | 01442 824300 | Spring 2024 / 49

SATURDAY 6 APR Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. 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. Markets & Sales: Pop Up Bazaar Berkhamsted Town Hall, 10am-4pm. First Saturday of the month. Dogs welcome. popupbazaarberko@

Music: Sam Kelly’s Station House Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

Talks: Alex Michaelides and Harriet Tyce Our Bookshop, Tring, 7.30pm. Focusing on their latest thrillers: A Lesson in Cruelty and The Fury. www.tringbookfestival.



Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market High Street, Tring, 9am12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.tringfarmersmarket.

Fairs / Festivals: Herts Big Weekend Also 21 Apr. Hertfordshire’s biggest celebration of the year. www.

Risborough Railway, Station Road, Chinnor. 10.30am5pm.

Music: Harriet The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. Music: Craig Milverton Quartet: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. www.



Film: EO Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 9. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

Talks: Ordinary Council Meeting The Council Chamber, Market House, 61 High Street, Tring. 7.30pm.



Talks: Mexican Art and Culture Arts Society, Tring Park, Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 10.30am.

Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast Venue tba. 8am.

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Fairs / Festivals: Tring Spring Fayre To 11 May. Variety of events and activities.

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Fundraisers: Repair Café High Street Baptist Church Hall, Tring. Third Saturday of each month, 10.30am-1pm. A place where people can gather and fix those objects from everyday life that would otherwise end up in landfill. www. repair-café SUNDAY 21 APR Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High St, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. Third Sun of every month. www.



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Walks: The BIG Walk & Superhero Mile Choice of 3 routes. Parking at John Colet School, Aylesbury. MONDAY 22 APR Film: Where the Crawdads Sing Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 23. www. WEDNESDAY 24 APR Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Lawn and Tennis Club, 7.30-9.00am.




Sport: DENS Hillbuster Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. An action-packed day of cycling.

Talks: Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Ballet in 60 Mins Arts Society Tring Park, Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 10.30am. theartssociety. org/tring-park

Talks: Annual Council Meeting The Council Chamber, Market House, 61 High Street, Tring. 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY Talks: Hec-Talk Group The XC Centre, Jarman Way, Hemel Hempstead, 7.30-8.30pm. Every first and third Wednesday of the month. Open to all men to come together and talk. SATURDAY 4 MAY

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Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. 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.

Business: Berko Interchange Informal business networking 8am Waite & Rose Café, Berkhamsted. https:// berko-interchangetickets-547761187457

Markets & Sales: Pop Up Bazaar Berkhamsted Town Hall, 10am-4pm. First Saturday of the month. Dogs welcome. popupbazaarberko@



Fundraisers: Berkhamsted Society Auction of Promises An evening raising money for the Anniversary Fund. www.berkhamsted. com

Talks: Women in Intelligence Across Two World Wars Wigginton History Society, Village Hall, Wigginton, 8pm. cliff.


SATURDAY 11 MAY Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market High Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www. Fairs / Festivals: Family Fun Day St Peter and St Paul Church and Churchyard, Tring, 11am-3pm. With Teddy ‘Wings’ zipwire, bouncy castle and more. SUNDAY 12 MAY Music: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season ‘La Mer’ Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ arranged for piano trio by Sally Beamish and works by Mozart (Duo) and Fauré (Piano Quartet No 1). Paul Barritt, violin; Jonathan Barritt, viola; Sebastian Comberti, cello; Daniel King Smith, piano. www.

Music: Tring Big Band Extravaganza Court Theatre, 7.30pm. WEDNESDAY 15 MAY Business: BDCC Networking Lunch Venue tbc 12.30-2.30pm. THURSDAY 16 MAY Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast Venue tbc 8am. www. Fundraisers: Golden May Ball Moor Park Golf Club, 7-11.30pm. Gaddesdon Place Riding for the Disabled 50th anniversary. berkhamsted- chamber. Sunday 12 May: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season ‘La Mer’

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Fundraisers: Repair Café High Street Baptist Church Hall, Tring. Third Saturday of each month, 10.30am1pm. A place where people can gather and fix those objects from everyday life that would otherwise end up in landfill. www. repair-café Music: Paul Higg’s Quartet BJazz Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm.

Business: Berko Interchange Informal business networking 8am Waite & Rose Café, Berkhamsted. https://www.eventbrite.

SUNDAY 19 MAY Fundraisers: Bubble Rush Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. Family friendly course to walk or run. Also suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. www. Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. 3rd Sunday of every month. www. TUESDAY 21 MAY Theatre: Young Frankenstein Court Theatre, 7.30pm. To 25 May. Talks: Berkhamsted Town Council Annual Town Meeting Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. www. berkhamstedtowncouncil.

SATURDAY 1 JUN Exhibitions: Little Gaddesden Art Exhibition Little Gaddesden Village Hall, Church Road. Until 3 Jun. Saturday/Sunday 10.30am-6pm, Monday 11am-6pm. littlegaddesden. Fundraisers: Open Door RepairCafé Open Door Berkhamsted. 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. Markets & Sales: Pop Up Bazaar Berkhamsted Town Hall, 10am-4pm. First Saturday of the month. Dogs welcome. popupbazaarberko@ Fairs / Festivals: St Leonards Fete Parish Hall and Field, Jenkins Lane, St. Leonards. 1-4.30pm. Circus juggling, live band, bouncy castle, dog show, classic cars and more. www.stleonardsparishhall. uk


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