Tring Living - Winter 2022

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KEEP IT LOCAL The county’s oldest police station Support our community TRING’S OLD NICK Win! Prizes forallthefamily YOUR QUALITY LOCAL MAGAZINE SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES SINCE 2001 TRING TRING’S QUALITY QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. DELIVERED BY ROYAL MAIL TO 10,857 HOMES IN TRING & SURROUNDING VILLAGES ISSUE 62 WINTER 2022 Tring Park Associates at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Classes for young people aged 3-19 to help your child dance, acting and singing trained Friday after school hours and all day Saturday during classes theatre (dance) classes do not follow set syllabus. play FREE WITH THIS ISSUE!

Welcome to the Winter issue!

s this magazine arrives on your doormat, we imagine you’ll all be busy planning for the Christmas holidays. When you’re shopping for gifts please take a look at ‘shop local’ for ideas - as our ‘keep it local’ feature explains, our local retailers and small businesses all need our support, now more than ever.

As always, the magazine includes lots of local news. We also have a round-up of local events and days out in our What’s On section - there’s lots of festive events and things to look forward to in the New Year too.

Our history feature focuses on the town’s police station - the oldest in the county. You can book a guided tour - and do pop into Tring Local History Museum to see its display about the town’s police over the years, too.

WINTER Alison and Naomi

In the garden we keep it bright with berries, and we’re staying warm and on trend with wool in our fashion feature. There’s puzzles for children, and books from local authors to read on cosy nights in.

We have some fabulous prizes to win toowith a Kettler table tennis table and bundles of games from Winning Moves up for grabssomething for the whole family to enjoy!

If you want to be involved in the next issue, please email Naomi at editorial@livingmags. info with your news prior to our spring issue.

Happy reading!

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LOCAL FOCUS

Orson takes campaign to Westminster

An eight-year-old boy from Aldbury met MPs in Parliament to call for more support for all deaf children.

Orson Grimer, who was born severely deaf, met MPs in Westminster recently, to urge the Government to support and fund the life-changing programme that helped him learn to listen and speak.

Orson met more than 20 crossparty MPs and spoke to them about Auditory Verbal UK’s mission to ensure every family who wants their deaf child to learn to listen and talk is able to access an Auditory Verbal programme through the NHS and publicly funded services in their local area.

Orson’s Mum Avril said: “We took the decision to support Orson to learn to listen and speak and with the help of Auditory Verbal UK it has changed not just Orson’s life but our life as a family. All deaf children should be given the opportunity to access the right support for them so they can achieve their potential.’’

Orson attended Auditory Verbal UK’s specialist family-centred programme for two years before graduating with language skills ahead of his hearing peers.

Marshcroft plan halted

Dacorum Borough Council has refused outline planning permission for ‘Marshcroft’ - a proposal for 1,400 houses on the edge of the Chilterns AONB on the Eastern side of Tring between Bulbourne Road and Station Road.

Discount supermarket Lidl has announced revised plans for its new store at Sears Drive in Tring.

Following ongoing consultation with the local community, Lidl withdrew its original plans to incorporate feedback from residents. The revised plans now feature an enhanced building design to increase the landscaping of the site, enabling more external space for new trees and bushes to be planted. The store design will also include red brick and flint on the exterior walls, in keeping with the local area.

A public exhibition was held at the Victoria Hall in November so that residents could view and provide feedback on the updated proposals before final plans were submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.

Lidl stated: ‘If approved, the proposals will see a new modern Lidl store built off Icknield Way in Tring, delivering more shopping choice for residents of the town and access to Lidl’s high-quality and affordable produce, at a time when household budgets are under increasing pressure. A new store would also create around 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people, with Lidl paying one of the highest hourly starting wages in the industry.’

While the developer may well appeal the decision, Chiltern Countryside Group said: ‘We have a very strong case against any development of these sites, as legally exceptional circumstances have to be demonstrated before any permission could be granted.’

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LOCAL FOCUS

Tring Town Council is looking at a modern replacement building for the Nora Grace Hall, with sustainability at its heart, ensuring that Tring has a centrally located community hub to serve the next generation.

The council wants to understand and incorporate the views of residents, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders into the scheme design and says your feedback will be vital in

helping to shape the final building.

say on new community hub Tring Cinema is back!

his autumn, after two years of pandemic-enforced hibernation, Tring Cinema finally opened its doors again, and cofounders Steffi Buse (Tring Together) and Lee Kennedy-Washington (Tring Design) could not be any happier to finally welcome you again.

Tring Cinema is a community pop-up cinema based at the Nora Grace Hall that originated from a slightly mad idea that developed when Lee and Steffi met at a networking event.

The journey started seven years ago with a

The consultation is running for six weeks; it opened on 11 November and closes at midnight on 23 December.

The consultation questionnaire is available at www.tring.gov.uk. Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available at the Town Council Information Centre or by emailing info@tring.gov.uk or calling 01442 823347.

A consultation event will take place on 11 December where the architect will be speaking about the building and there will be an opportunity to see the plans and the 3D model. Councillors will be on hand to answer any questions and refreshments will be provided.

The event runs from 12pm-3pm at the Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA.

Tscreen made from plastic pipes, comfortable chairs borrowed and wheeled across from St Peter & St Paul Church, and the Tring Carnival sound system, to what visitors enjoy today - raked seating, surround sound and an automated screen.

Lee and Steffi say all this was possible thanks to the remarkable support from local businesses, Tring Town Council, the former Tring Arts Trust, dedicated volunteers, and most of all, the people of Tring.

Now, Tring Cinema is looking forward to settling back into its rhythm of cosy monthly film nights. Plus, there is a bar and time to catch up with friends before the film starts.

Tickets from the box office at Fancy That on the High Street or www.tringcinema.com.

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LOCAL FOCUS

Echor Music gets ready for Christmas

At the start of the pandemic, three local professional classical musicians formed Echor Music, an orchestra dedicated to creating extraordinary live performances to Chiltern audiences. As an area that does not boast a wide range of concert and recital halls, the Echor founders have found a way to use this as a positive.

Eva Thorarinsdottir, creative director of the orchestra said: ‘We love to bring our audiences to unusual venues that they might not have been to before. Whether it’s a tiny church you never noticed, an agricultural barn or even a golf club; you’re always in for a surprise.’

Echor’s first season saw it perform a Beethoven Symphony at Deans’ Hall in Berkhamsted,

followed by the brilliant Clare O’Connell on cello performing a selection of works from her latest album ‘the Isolated Cellist’.

More recently, the orchestra performed a new musical score to the iconic horror classic Nosferatu at Dundridge Manor, St. Leonards and received rave reviews.

Echor is now preparing something completely different for its special Christmas concerts, which will take place on 16 December at St. Mary’s Church, Old Amersham and 17 December at St. Mary’s Church, Wendover. See www.echormusic.com.

As Living went to press, a public inquiry was under way into London Luton Airport’s expansion plans.

The inquiry began at the end of September and was expected to last 10 weeks.

The inquiry addresses an application to increase passenger capacities from 18 million to 19 million a year and amend noise contours.

A pre-inquiry meeting held in the summer suggested specific topics that would be considered would include: air quality, noise impact, climate change, socio-economic implications, sustainability, overall planning balance, and consistency with the local development plan and other policies.

For the latest information, visit www.lutonrising.org.uk/consultation

Tucked away in a quiet street just off Tring High Street is a dedicated yoga studio offering a nurturing environment in which to explore how yoga can transform your life.

Something different are the fun and confidence-boosting Aerial classes, which use the support of a soft suspended hammock to take you to new heights. Almost every part of the body is encouraged to move and stretch, toning, strengthening and rehabilitating all the muscles and joints in the process.

Pauline, the founder of Tring Yoga Studio says: ‘We believe yoga is for everybody. Whatever your age, level of fitness or availability there is something for everyone.’

First-time visitors can drop into a class of their choice at the Albert Street venue for just £5. www.tringyogastudio.uk

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Campaign for hospital continues

Around 80 people attended a public presentation on West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution in Berkhamsted Town Hall this autumn.

Gordon Yearwood is the founder of the non-profit organisation, West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution, which was formed to achieve a purpose built, 21st century, centrally located hospital, for all the people of West Hertfordshire. You may have read our previous articles on the subject.

He told Living: ‘The meeting was attended by around 80 people. The presentation was able to demonstrate how the people and frontline

workforce have been badly let down this century, by our very highly paid NHS senior decision makers. There is an opportunity for a completely new 21st century, more accessible, centrally located hospital for all the people of West Hertfordshire, but our local NHS senior staff want to spend almost twice the necessary amount of money on a skyscraper hospital within the existing cramped Watford General Hospital site.

‘The political turmoil since the presentation has now somewhat settled down and West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution is continuing to fight for a better future hospital solution for the people of West Hertfordshire. Helpful donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/ westherts21stcenturyhospital .’

Valiant Trooper plan approved

The latest move in the long-running saga of Aldbury’s Valiant Trooper pub has seen Dacorum Council approve an application for a number of alterations to the building.

The main application - which states the intention to retain the Trooper as a public house, along with conversion of the restaurant wing to a farm shop and deli and the outbuilding to a cafe, along with three mews houses and associated car parking, is still outstanding.

However, Dacorum Council has approved alterations including structural works to support existing structures, refurbishment of the main building and outbuilding, removal of glazed link, along with external repairs.

The council told Living: ‘As an application for listed building consent the Council had to assess

the effect of the proposals on the character of the Valiant Trooper with regards to its special architectural and historic interest. Dacorum Borough Councillors at Development Management Committee voted to grant the application having considered for nearly an hour the Officers’ report, the plans presented and the representations received.’

Opponents to the scheme argue that the removal of the glazed link will prevent the Valiant Trooper running as a pub with a restaurant.

Erica Vilkauls, who is leading the campaign to save the pub, told Tring Living: ‘This is just a battle. The change of use application is the war! The history of the village is at stake.’

As we went to press another application had been submitted for repair works.

Save the Valiant Trooper can be contacted at Savethevt@gmail.com.

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Wiilstone’s award-winning Puddingstone Distillery is celebrating its 6th anniversary, and this year it also helped Watford Football Club to commemorate its 100th anniversary at Vicarage Road.

The company has released a special centenary collector’s edition gin; custom painted matt black with gold print, each bottle is hand numbered.

Distillery founders Ben and Kate both grew up in Watford and at one point lived within earshot of the cheering crowds of Vicarage Road!

Hamper up for grabs

Every purchase made at Tring Farmers market until 17 December enters you into a prize draw to win a hamper!

All the market’s stallholders come from within a 30-mile radius of Tring and are as knowledgeable as they are passionate about their goods and produce.

The market is ever-evolving; Nick at Bagel

Robbie gets on board

TV personality and vlogger Robbie Cumming has become a patron of the Wendover Canal Trust as the charity celebrates its 25th anniversary since work began on the canal’s restoration.

Robbie, who presents BBC Four’s Canal Boat Diaries, joins current patron, actor Sir David Suchet of Poirot fame.

The Trust has also staged its biggest-ever community engagement event at Your Café in the Park in Aston Clinton, with more than 100 guests from 85 different organisations, to mark the anniversary.

The canal starts in Wendover, joining the Grand Union Canal at Bulbourne Junction near Tring.

Days hand rolls his flavourful artisanal bagels while Natalie and George bring a taste of the Mediterranean with their exciting Greek street food.

Other stallholders provide everything from fresh bread, artisanal cheeses, handmade jewellery, and sustainable produce. www.tringfarmersmarket.co.uk

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Gilbert’s a good sport

Age is no limit when it comes to playing hockey - at least at Tring Hockey Club.

There can’t be many sports where an octogenarian can play against or in the same team as a 14-year-old, but the club marked an incredible milestone for one of its stalwart players, with veteran member Gilbert Grace celebrating his 86th birthday.

Gilbert, of Grace’s the hardware shop fame, has played the game since his school days and is now into his 76th season at the club.

He first played at the age of 11, in the winter of 1947, called into action by his father who was a player short for a game… and he has remained a Tring player ever since.

Gilbert has represented England many times over the years, and among his many medals is a

gold from 2010’s Hockey Grand Masters in Cape Town.

Tring Hockey Club is a small, friendly club doing its best in tough times for the gamesharing clubhouse facilities and the use of a rather worn astroturf at Tring School. It welcomes new players for both its mens and ladies sections, and juniors.

Help make it a happy Christmas

It’s back for the 3rd year - the Tring Radio Christmas Toybox appeal will be supporting the Pepper Foundation, Herts Young Carers, Toy Hub and Home Start Herts.

And once again Tring Living Magazines is proud to be an official partner of this wonderful venture.

Please help us to help a child this Christmas and donate any brand new toys or gifts at one of the official Donation Stations - especially toys for teenagers and children aged over 10, as well as wrapping paper and batteries.

The Donation Stations are: Graces, Metcalfes and the Baptist Church all on Tring High

Street; Roy Chapman Ltd on Western Road; B-Smart Drycleaners on Miswell Lane, and Acar2go in Aston Clinton. See www.tringradio.co.uk for full details.

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Tring’s new photo album

Children’s literacy charity Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers who can help spread the joy of reading to children in Hertfordshire primary schools – especially around Hemel Hempstead and Tring.

Schoolreaders is looking for volunteers of all ages – from students to retirees - who can listen to children read in a local primary school.

Schoolreaders volunteers are asked to listen to children read once a week during term time and to commit to an academic year.

Help spread the joy of reading Santa’s on his way!

To find out more visit www.schoolreaders.org

Asecond visit by the Chiltern Society PhotoGroup to Tring has resulted in a new photo album. ‘Tring in 2022’ comprises 3o images including many of the town’s Grade II dwellings and buildings, plus some quirky images too.

Several of the images give an interesting ‘then and now’ view of the town at www.chilternphoto.org.uk/index/category/348

Village win

Congratulations to Cheddington, which received a certificate of merit in the 2022 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Villages competition.

Explore volunteering

The Rennie Grove Santa Float will be visiting houses in Tring and the surrounding villages from 4-18 December. For dates and routes to make sure you don’t miss Santa please visit www.renniegrove.org/ santafloat.

If your New Year’s resolution is to help others, head to High Street Baptist Church on the first Friday of the month, where you can talk to representatives from the new Volunteer Centre about local volunteering roles. The first event is on 6 January at the High Street Baptist Church from 10-11am.

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Did you know there were 5.6 million small businesses in the UK in 2021? And that figure showed a drop of 6.5% since 2020? Doing more to support our small local businesses, not only helps them out, but has a number of benefits for our local community.

For a start, using local businesses brings money into the local economy, whether you buy from a shop, eat in a restaurant or use the services of a local financial adviser. A study by Civic Economics revealed that local retailers

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return around 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared with 16% for chains, while local restaurants re-circulate around 79% locally, compared with 30% for chain restaurants.

Supporting local can also contribute to local employment. By supporting the high street and local business, you can help to save and create jobs in local communities, often helping young and disadvantaged people to find employment.

And if you believe buying from independent retailers is expensive, you may be surprised to find out how competitive prices are in local shops - especially when compared to ordering online and paying for postage. And of course, they are so convenient! You can pop in and get what you want, benefiting from personal advice and specialist knowledge.

Not only that, but you can source more unusual items - and by supporting independent retailers, you are helping to keep variety on Tring high street.

We are very lucky to have our local high street - many other towns have seen their specialist retailers squeezed by out-of-town retail parks

and big chains, but Tring still retains its unique character. A thriving high street offers a place where we can socialise as well as shop. And of course local businesses generate revenue, which in turn supports council services such as libraries, parks and roads that benefit the local community.

What’s more, local companies offer a personal service that you can trust; you know exactly where they are, and that their local reputation is important to them. They are not anonymous people at the end of a phone or email - but members of our community.

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Everyone loves a bit of competition, and a spontaneous table tennis tournament with the Kettler Outdoor 5 table tennis table, offers an activity to bring the family together.

In a world so connected through technology, people are feeling more disconnected. Table tennis allows you to step away from the screen and talk with the person on the other side of the ping pong table. An intense game is not only entertaining but can also stimulate mental alertness, concentration and develop mental acuity. The nifty table fold-up option also allows for solo play, perfect for getting in some practice for the family showdown!

Since the 1960s, Kettler has been using pioneering technology to provide the best table tennis tables. The Kettler outdoor table tennis tables have several distinctive features, including a moisture-resistant melamine resin plate. It also includes a ball box, which can store up to 10 balls, which can then be singly removed from the dispenser.

There’s also an elastic band storage option on each net post, which is ideal for stowing bats or water bottles. The one-hand locking mechanism allows for safe opening and closing for storage. Kettler table tennis tables also have easily adjustable legs so you can amend the height no matter how uneven your floors are. So, get out and play!

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These easy-to-make truffles are perfect for last-minute Christmas gifts or a special after-dinner treat. You can fill them with all sorts of flavours and textures. Turn them into snowball truffles by rolling them in desiccated coconut.

This recipe features in The Chilterns Recipe Book (available now - see our Shop Local feature for details), produced and compiled by Rebecca Fleckney, which celebrates the best independent food and drink across the region and the people who make it. The recipe is from artisan chocolatier Yvette Lynch of Yvette’s Chocolates, who makes beautiful handmade chocolates in her pretty shop in Potten End.

Yvette says: ‘If you would like to add flavours to your ganache, the best way is by infusing the cream before adding it to the chocolate. Warm the cream with your flavour of choice ie, vanilla, mint, basil, cardamom, spices or even dried lavender flowers, and leave to steep for an hour. Strain and then reheat the cream to continue making the ganache.

‘You can also add flavour and texture when you roll your truffles with chopped nuts, chocolate flakes or even cocoa powder with some added spices or sugar.’

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Ingredients

• 250g Yvette’s dark chocolate chopped or callets

• 250g double cream

• 100g light muscovado sugar

For Rolling

• 50g cocoa powder • 50g muscovado sugar

Method

1. Place your chocolate in a medium-sized heatproof bowl and set aside.

2. Place the cream and sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and immediately pour over the chocolate, whisking well until emulsified and smooth. Allow the ganache to cool.

3. Cover and then refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight until firm.

4. When you’re ready to roll your truffles, line a baking tray with parchment paper and mix the cocoa powder and sugar.

5. Using a small teaspoon, scoop some of the mixture and roll it in your hands to create a smooth round truffle. Once shaped, re-roll the truffles through the cocoa powder and sugar. Leave to set and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

6. For the best flavour and texture, let truffles come to room temperature before serving.

RECIPE
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The Magic of Christmas!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the theatre. Here’s our pick of the most festive shows and pantomimes

Pure panto genie-us!

Aladdin

Fri 2 Dec – Mon 2 Jan Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury Box Office: 0844 871 7615 www.atgtickets.com/ aylesbury

Starring Davood Ghadami (EastEnders, StrictlyComeDancing) as the evil Abanazar, hilarious Andy Collins (BBC3 Counties Breakfast Show) as Wishee Washee and the fabulous La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent) as Widow Twankey.

Expect fun by the lamp-load, sensational song and dance numbers, and a magic carpet ride to remember!

Dick Whittington and his Cat

Tue 27 Dec - Mon 2 Jan The Court Theatre, Tring www.courttheatre.co.uk

With over 45 years’ experience producing traditional family pantomimes, come boo and hiss the nasty Rat while cheering on our heroes, ensuring good triumphs over evil. Plus, kids that want to get to join the cast on stage for a sing-a-long at the end, always a family favourite!

Sleeping Beauty

Sat 3 Dec – Sat 31 Dec The Elgiva, Chesham

Box Office: 01494 582900 www.elgiva.com

Step into a fairy-tale world of magical castles, bewitched spinning wheels and an enchanted sleep that only true love’s kiss can break! A hilarious family panto packed with songs, special effects, slapstick and mayhem. A real festive treat starring CITV favourite Chris Edgerley.

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Thank you for helping to save, and rebuild, my life.”

Now more than ever, the cost of living crisis is hitting hard and putting many vulnerable people at risk of food poverty and homelessness. DENS helps people like Chloe, whose life was saved when she received a food parcel to feed herself and her mum.

Chloe was forced to flee her home and relocate several times with her elderly mother in order to escape a violent and threatening ex-partner. Describing her situation as “living in hiding on Universal Credit,” with finances stretched to the limit due to rocketing energy bills, she says “it’s just impossible to make ends meet.”

Chloe received a food parcel from the Foodbank and feels hugely grateful for how the service can support people in terrible situations like hers.

“It’s taken my life from just being desperate to feeling a sense of gratitude and that there’s somewhere that will take care of us.”

Chloe says thank you for saving her life by keeping her and her mum fed at a very difficult time when money is so tight.

DENS can only do this with your help. A donation of any size will help support others in our community like Chloe. Visit www.dens. org.uk/winter-appeal to make a donation today. Thank you. Registered Charity No. 1097185

Local people are facing difficult choices, but DENS is here to help

Winter is a challenging season for many, but this year there will be individuals and families facing cold, hungry nights because of the rising cost of living.

DENS can provide emergency food parcels, temporary accommodation, and specialist advice and support to help our community get through these tough times.

With a gift from you today, DENS can help keep vulnerable people warm, safe and fed this winter.

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BOOKS

The Wartime Bookshop

I read this book in one sitting on a rainy afternoon. Set in a Hertfordshire village during the Second World War, it follows the lives of three very different women, each in need of a friend, who are brought together by their shared love of books. But they do more than that - can they bring together their local community - and can one of them find love? A warm hug of a book that is highly recommended - it was a shame it came to an end. The good news is that Lesley has plans for two more books in the series!

Award-winning author Lesley Eames lives in St Albans and has published four books set in World War One and the Roaring 20s.

How To Find Your Way Home

Katy Regan

Out in paperback in January

A touching tale about the love between siblings, How To Find Your Way Home tells the tale of Emily, who has a good job and a lovely home, and her older brother Stephen, who has been living on the streets. Emily has been searching for him for years when he suddenly turns up when she least expects it. A poignant read, with beautiful characters who draw you in from the start, Katy had created a compelling tale of a family broken by an abusive stepfather. She also highlights the plight of the homeless in the UK, and focuses on the beauty of our landscape and its wildlife. A must-read. Katy Regan is a former magazine journalist and lives with her teenage son in Berkhamsted.

In The Shadows of the Ceiba

This thriller transports the reader from the 2020 Covid pandemic in our NHS to third world Guatemala, as surgeon Sofia Rose leaves her London working life to work in a remote hospital in Guatemala, where she was born. Unsurprisingly, it’s a decision that changes Sofia’s view of life and death forever.

As well as a gripping storyline, this page turner also covers medical issues in real detail - not surprising as the author is a real-life surgeon. Anyone who loves medical dramas will enjoy the story from this perspective alone - and there’s a great twist at the end!

Tamara Gall is a surgeon who grew up in Berkhamsted and then Little Gaddesden. She is currently completing a complex pancreatic surgery fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

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Snuggle up this winter and indulge yourself with these great reads from local authors

A Dragon called Shining Leaves

One of our younger readers - Zoe Clark-Monks - reviewed this book. She writes: The book follows three young best friends, Tan, Autumn and Otto. Throughout the book each of them ascend into their own magical adventure as the Lord’s evil brother takes over the castle and its occupants in their hometown, Tan as an apprentice to a librarian (who may or may not have a magic staff!); Autumn with the company of a dragon called Shining Leaves and Otto working out a way to take down the Lord’s brother from inside the castle. Each of them fight their own battles and make their way back to each other to take down the Lord’s brother. It is full of adventure, magic and really captures your imagination, I couldn’t put it down!

Pam lives in Little Gaddesden and has published two books in her Ashridge Adventures series, along with three McDragon tales. She says: ‘When I write a book I never know exactly what is going to happen, which means it’s as much of a mystery to me as to the reader!’

Hidden In Plain Sight : The Blackstones

When student William Fairchild visits his grandparents in a sleepy village (inspired by Aldbury), he discovers a secret from his grandfather’s past. A trip to London finds him embroiled in a sinister world he never knew existed - and which ultimately could threaten his life.

A thrilling tale that moves at a fast pace, the book also made me chuckle - and I loved the ‘nerdy facts’ that the author introduces intermittently about facts such as how the City of London came to exist.

My only complaint is that it ended far too soon, but the good news is that a prequel and sequel are in the pipeline.

Pete White, from Tring is a lighting tech in the TV and film industry. He wrote this book after contracting Covid in 2020 - he took 10 days off work and completed the first draft in that time.

Magic & Memories: A Collection of Short Stories

This charming little book is filled with short stories written in rhyme. Perfect for a short story at bedtime, Ann’s tales include a Christmas and Halloween story, as well as one about the tooth fairy, so it’s a book that is guaranteed to be read again and again at certain times of the year. There’s also tales of animals, elves, fairies, family, football and more. The sweet illustrations have been created by Ann’s grandson, Harvey, who is an animation and design student.

Hemel-based Ann Parker has lived in Hertfordshire all her life. She says: “I love Pam Ayres and I often get commissioned to write funny, birthday present poems for people, in her style.’’

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Tring’s old nick: take a tour

Many Tring residents might pass by the blue door on the high street without realising what it is - but behind the heavy door is a historic building, the oldest police station in the county, which is still home to the town’s police officers.

But the history of the town’s police force begins much earlier… in 1847, an inspector and two PCs were stationed here - with the first Constabulary being positioned in the Market House, a large trading house on stilts, which stood in front of St Peter and St Paul Church in the High Street. (This building was demolished later in the century and replaced by the one we know now on the corner of Akeman Street and the High Street).

They left the Market House In 1866 and took up residence in a new civil amenities building - Vestry Hall - on Church Lane, which was also home to the horse-drawn fire engine - the building still stands and is now private apartments. According to Inspector Andy Wiseman’s book The History of Police Stations, it is likely there were kennels positioned here too, but the facilities don’t seem to have been very secure, because in 1894 a PC Fleming found a dog - a German Boarhound (now known as a Great Dane) - in a front garden and took it back to the station - it escaped and wandered the town for a few days before it was caught again!

Once the new century began, the building was no longer considered adequate and in 1912 Herts County Council bought a piece of land for £670, which had previously been a butcher’s and abattoir, next to the Market House. The new station was built during 1913, but the local paper didn’t seem that impressed: ‘Built of dull yellow bricks faced with red, it is a severe and business-like building doubtless admirably

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adapted for the purpose for which it was erected.’ (Bucks Herald)

The new station officially opened on 30 January 1914. Upstairs was the station’s sergeant accommodation for him and his family, with three large bedrooms and a boxroom. Downstairs there was a kitchen, parlour and scullery. In the 1920s, it was occupied by Sergeant 133 Merrifield and his family. Outside, the toilet was built next to a large coal bunker and located in a rear yard. The guardroom on the ground floor led to a small passageway, with a solitary cell. There was also a small, indoor exercise yard with a glass roof.

In 1937, the station was modified to include a first-floor bathroom and inside toilet.

Even a couple of decades later Tring seems to have been a quiet place as far as crime goes: “One night I arrested a man on the High Street for being drunk and disorderly. I was really pleased with myself and took him back to the police station to be processed. I fetched the sergeant from his quarters upstairs so that the

LOCAL HISTORY

man could be charged. To my surprise the sergeant was most annoyed that I had bothered him. It was as if he wasn’t used to people being arrested in Tring!” Gordon Smale, former officer of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, stationed at Tring 1953-1956.

In the 1960s the council had plans to sell the police station on the High Street and build a new one on Mortimer Hill, but those plans never came to fruition. Instead, the station was modified - a front desk installed and dog kennels and a garage block built to the rear. While this happened the police station was situated in a shop next to the Post Office.

Visitors can book a tour of the police station, led by PC Laz Clark.

Laz has compiled an interesting exhibition detailing the history of the station and the Hertfordshire police. You can also see old police equipment including truncheons - and find out what is in the major incident box.

There’s also a chance to find out about some of the major crimes and incidents that happened in the area, including the theft of 3,000 eggs and rare bird skins from Tring’s Natural History Museum, and a burglary in Grove Park, which was linked to The Fox, who terrorised the Home Counties in the 1980s. And don’t forget to ask Laz to tell you how he travelled to Holland to catch a police killer who had spent 13 years on the run.

If you would like to take a tour of the station, email PC Laz Clark at Lazarus.Clark@herts. police.uk.

• Tring Museum has also compiled a display about the history of the town’s police - open on Friday and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

1. High Street with police officer - 1910 2. Market House Police Station 3. Police Station - 1915 4. Vestry Hall - undated 5. PC Laz Clark 6. Tring Police Force - 1999 7. Police
Station - 2015.
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With many thanks to Inspector Andy Wiseman, Secretary, Hertfordshire Constabulary Historical Society, PC Laz Clark and Tring & District Local History & Museum Society.

WOOL

AND THE GANG

For some of us, knitwear evokes uncomfortable memories of itchy, misshapen cardigans in garish hues and patterns knitted by one’s nan or elderly aunt. It is a giant leap therefore to appreciate just how cool those same woollies, and all associated needlecraft, have now become.

Modern knitwear

In some ways it is just the inevitable movement of time, as that which was once au fait becomes so again, but there is also another social phenomenon which has helped propel this ancient art form to fashion’s front row: Instagram. Now boasting a breadth of needle-wielding influencers, the photosharing app has become the ideal place for knitters to show off their yarns. Whether cutesy crochet bikinis or gorgeous, grannyish cardigans, wool enthusiasts such as New Zealand native Nicole Leybourne (@theknitter) and California student Kara Eng (@karas.knit.eng), not only have thousands of followers (43k and 118k respectively) they also have thriving online marketplaces where they sell their highly coveted patterns across the globe.

Not surprisingly, this online trend has begun to seep into modern culture with knitwear having a few massive moments. There was Bernie Sanders’ mittens which basically became the meme of Joe Biden’s inauguration; the cream, cable knit sweater worn by Chris Evans in thriller flick Knives Out (who knew

cable knit could be so sexy?); and diver Tom Daley’s magnificent Team GB cardigan which he was seen knitting poolside at the Tokyo 2020 games.

Knitting inspiration for the nation

It comes as no surprise that a huge boost in sales was seen across sewing machines, knitting kits and crochet books during various lockdowns that commenced in the spring of 2020, while many of us around the globe sat anxiously at home.

After all, if one is going to nervously twiddle their thumbs for weeks on end, one might as well acquire a beautiful scarf and beanie set at the end of it.

Knitting is community, as the plethora of online forums will attest. It is unity, and comes with free online patterns widely available to download.

Purling that makes perfect sense Beyond all the cultural ephemera, however, is the fact that knitting is just good sense. With the perils of fast fashion becoming more apparent by the day, making clothes yourself is an appealing antidote.

Made with care, made with time, and made with love: you can modify the pattern exactly to your size and colour preferences, save money, and nurture a real sense of pride and accomplishment at the end of it.

How knitwear became cool again
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Skin issues, causes and where kinesiology is involved?

The human body consists of 37 trillion cells which work together to bring us health and happiness. The skin plays a vital role as a cleansing organ between lungs, kidneys, liver and lymphatic system. Also, skin is usually underestimated but without it, your body wouldn’t be able to perspire and absorb vitamin D from the sun.

When kidneys, adrenal glands and thyroid are not in balance the symptoms start occurring on the skin. Another reason for skin problems is blockage in the bowels.

During kinesiology sessions we focus on kidney filtration and adrenal gland support as they control the kidneys function. Clogged kidneys by backed-up lymph send toxins to the skin showing issues like psoriasis, eczema, allergic rushes, acne etc. These symptoms can cause lots of anxiety and worry.

Emotional factor is very crucial in treating the root cause of the skin issue. Emotional stress release (ESR) and other techniques prove to help with the anxiety around the symptoms.

From diet point of view, we need to make sure that our meals are providing lots of antioxidants like vitamin C for collagen production. Collagen supports elasticity and gives a healthy glow to your skin.

Liquid nutrition such as fresh fruit smoothies and juices are the fastest way to bring your body an instant boost of vitamin C.

Treating skin issues with medication does not work long term. The only way to repair your skin problems is to clean your lymph system and your bowels through detoxification and adequate nutrition. Any external practices to relieve the skin symptoms are just helping temporarily and can be suppressive.

KINESIOLOGY BALANCING BODY & MIND

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Mindful Movement Discover Feldenkrais

Awareness Through Movement classes

Lying comfortably on the floor, Jo will guide you verbally through a process of self-observation, often starting with breathing, then progressing to a sequence of slow, gentle movements. She’ll ask questions designed to heighten your awareness of your movements, sensations, feelings and thoughts. There are frequent rests (for reflection) and regular reminders to care for your own comfort and reduce effort.

Benefits

The Feldenkrais Method has the potential to benefit us all in some way. Through developing more refined awareness, you discover yourself from the inside out and learn how to care for yourself more kindly and effectively. You explore a range of possibilities for easier movement, fostering a sense of wellbeing and confidence.

You experience a relaxing, supportive, noncompetitive environment in which to recover from stress or injury and move out of pain.

The Feldenkrais Method

The method offers a unique way of making lasting improvements in our lives through the medium of movement. By calming the mind as we are guided through gentle movements, by asking questions about our sensations in order to focus our self-awareness, the method exploits our innate capacity for curiosity and limitless learning. We learn how to move through the world with greater ease, co-ordination, flexibility and grace. You can experience the method via group classes and also individual sessions. Both forms are practical and accessible to people of all ages, whatever your fitness level or state of health.

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT CLASSES

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) is the name given to group classes in the Feldenkrais Method. We explore the ‘mind-body connection’ through very gentle movement sequences designed to promote a sense of well-being, whatever your level of fi tness and state of health. People often say they feel taller, more spacious, more ‘whole’; pain and stiff ness are reduced and movement is easier.

First Taster Class FREE For more information please visit Movement and Mind at www.feldenkrais-westherts.co.uk 01442 822732
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BERRY

NICE INDEED

Callicarpa

Warming those winter garden vistas with some bursts of festive colour

We all fear the greying gloom of winter, yet with the use of berry-producing plants and trees, your outside space can quickly adopt all the sprigs and sprays of summer.

Those showcasing winter berries are easy to grow, hardy and resilient. More than that, they attract birds to your garden at a time when seeing wildlife can sometimes feel like an unexpected treat.

Sorbus

In white, pink, yellow, red, blue and quite the most stunning copper tones, the berries from this deciduous tree will bring breathless colour to even the darkest corner.

With over 100 species of tree and shrub making up the family, you won’t be short of choice or subtlety, with each growing to around six metres tall, and lasting for between 10-20 years.

Holly

A Christmas favourite, holly combines a burning red berry with that intensely detailed, beautifully curated leaf, using a combination of greens that offset its radiant bedfellow with a flourish of frosty finesse.

Perhaps the most resplendent winter berry that we know, though for all its festive connotations, it’s sure to stick around for many months of magic.

This shrub has purple jewel-like berries that look as if they’ve come straight from a safe deposit box in Hatton Garden. An intensely rich shade, the plant goes into overdrive in autumn and winter, progressing from small pink flowers in midsummer to an exaggerated and extroverted array of striking, violet, bead-like berries as the months flick by.

Thus, the Callicarpa is guaranteed to offer colour to even the gloomiest garden.

Cotoneaster

Don’t be deceived by the name, this shrub is very much a winter dweller, and boasts red or yellow berries that will keep birds in your garden even when the frost descends.

The Cotoneaster does have a reputation for spreading fast, not so much because it’s a back garden bully that can’t be trusted; more by way of birds scattering the seed all around.

If you can deal with little pockets of colour popping up – and why shouldn’t you? – then this is a beautiful plant for weary winter wonderlands.

Viburnum tinus

In its prime between the months of December to April, just when you think the golden pink buds of this characterful plant can’t offer anything more, the ends burst open offering a spray of white flowers.

One of the first risers for spring’s sumptuous season of colour, the Viburnum tinus will soar in prominence just as the temperatures begin to do likewise, lifting your outside space into sparkling spring finesse.

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FRIDAY 2 DEC

Fundraisers: Santa’s Sleigh Santa will be visiting Berkhamsted. Routes and tracking information on the website. berkorotary.org

SUNDAY 4 DEC

Fundraisers: Santa Float

To 18 Dec. The Rennie Grove Santa Float will be visiting Tring. For dates and routes visit website. renniegrove.org

MONDAY 5 DEC

Fairs / Festivals: Ashridge House: Illuminated To 2 Jan. Immerse yourself in a land of illuminations at Ashridge House this Christmas. christmas. ashridgehouse.org.uk

Fairs / Festivals: Christmas at Waddesdon Wed-Sun 12noon-7pm to 2 Jan. Light trails, Christmas Fair and dazzling displays inside the Manor. waddesdon.org.uk

TUESDAY 6 DEC

Talks: The Life of the Auctioneer

Wigginton History Society,

Village Hall, Wigginton. 8pm. Barry Twyman, Director of Amersham Auctions. cliff.mills@ outlook.com

WEDNESDAY 7 DEC

Arts & Crafts: Needle Felted Penguin Workshop Little Heath Farm Nursery, Potten End. 10.30am-12pm. Make a needle-felted penguin decoration. chilternsociety.org.uk

FRIDAY 9 DEC

Talks: A Christmas Carol Bucks Museum, Aylesbury. Doors 6pm for 7pm start. Lively and engaging oneman performance of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Scrooge. www. discoverbucksmuseum.org

SATURDAY 10 DEC

Exhibitions: Christmas through the Ages Bucks Museum, Aylesbury. 11am-5pm. Family Fun Day celebrating traditional Tudor, Victorian and Georgian Christmases. www. discoverbucksmuseum.org

SUNDAY 11 DEC

Fundraisers: FNHC Santa Dash 2022

Popular Santa Dash in Aylesbury. www.fnhospice. org.uk

Talks: Nora Grace Hall Project

Nora Grace Hall, Tring. 12-3pm. Tring Town Council is looking at a modern replacement building for the Nora Grace Hall. Learn about the building, see plans and 3D model. Councillors on hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided. tring.gov.uk

Music: Piano and More Tring Parish Church, 3pm.

A concert for Advent. Varied programme of music with seasonal theme. piano-andmore.org.uk

Music: Remembering Loved Ones Service

High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 4pm. www. tringbaptistchurch.co.uk

MONDAY 12 DEC

Film: The Duke Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 14 DEC

Arts & Crafts: Needle Felted Scandi Gnome Workshop

Little Heath Farm, Potten End. 10.30am-12pm. Make a cute needle-felted Scandi Gnome decoration. chilternsociety.org.uk

THURSDAY 15 DEC

Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band Christmas Bash

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Rennie Grove Santa Float 4-18 December, Tring

FRIDAY 16 DEC

Business: BDCC Christmas Lunch

12.30-2.30pm. www. berkhamsted-chamber.co.uk

Music: That Joe Payne Court Theatre, Tring. 8pm. From £17. Awardwinning vocalist returns to hometown with critically acclaimed Christmas concert. courttheatre.co.uk

SATURDAY 17 DEC

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. www. tringfarmersmarket.co.uk

Music: Tring Choral Society Christmas Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church, Tring. 7.30pm. Thomas Coram School Choir. www.tringchoral.org.uk

Music: Echor Christmas St. Mary’s Church, Wendover. 7.30pm. Christmas concert filled with works of Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni. www.echormusic. com

Music: Gabriel Latchin Trio BJazz at Civic Centre, Berkhamsted. 8pm. Pianoled trio plays stylish jazz and some own compositions. www.bjazz.org

SUNDAY 18 DEC

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

Music: All-age Nativity Service

High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 10.30am. Also via Zoom. www. tringbaptistchurch.co.uk

Music: Candelit Carol Service Tring Church, 4pm. The Christmas story in readings and songs. www.tringteamparish.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 21 DEC

Music: Carol Service Tring Churchyard (outside), 6pm. With Tring Brewery bar. www.tringteamparish.org.uk

Music: Moonlight Sonata

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. 7.30pm. Behind the Mirror’s Clare O’Connell and Viv McLean. www. behindthemirror.org

THURSDAY 22 DEC

Music: Carol Service High Street Baptist Church, Tring. 7.30pm. www.tringbaptistchurch. co.uk

FRIDAY 23 DEC

Music: Chiltern Chamber Choir

St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. Bach Mass in B Minor with the Bridgewater Sinfonietta. www.chilternchamberchoir. com

SATURDAY 24 DEC

Music: Crib Services Tring Church, 2pm & 4pm.

All-age service. www. tringteamparish.org.uk

Music: Crib Services St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. 3pm and 5pm. www.stpetersberkhamsted. org.uk

Music: Christingle Service

High Street Baptist Church, Tring. 4.30pm. www.tringbaptistchurch. co.uk

Music: Christmas Eve Carols with Tring Lions Forge car park, Tring, 6.30pm. www. facebook.com/ groups/1607884242795891

Music: Midnight Mass St Peters Church, Berkhamsted. 11pm. www.stpetersberkhamsted. org.uk

Music: Midnight Mass Tring Church, 11.30pm. Communion. www. tringteamparish.org.uk

Music: Midnight Communion Service High Street Baptist Church, Tring. 11.30pm. www. tringbaptistchurch.co.uk

SUNDAY 25 DEC

Music: Communion Tring Church, 8am. Traditional language communion. At 10am communion service for all ages. www.tringteamparish. org.uk

Music: Eucharist St Peter’s Church,

High Street, Berkhamsted. 9.30am. Sung Eucharist for Christmas Day. www. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

Music: Christmas Celebration Service

High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 10am. www.tringbaptistchurch. co.uk

TUESDAY 27 DEC

Theatre: Dick Whittington and his Cat Court Theatre, various performances. To 2 Jan. www.courttheatre.co.uk

SATURDAY 31 DEC

Dance: Pendley Manor Two fabulous options for New Year’s Eve. www. pendley-manor.co.uk

FRIDAY 6 JAN

Talks: The Volunteer Centre

High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 10-11am. www. support4dacorum.org.uk

SATURDAY 7 JAN

Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café

Open Door Berkhamsted. First Saturday of each month. 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring along your broken items. opendoorberkhamsted. co.uk

SUNDAY 8 JAN

Music: Piano and More Tring Parish Church, 3pm. Alice Dilley (clarinet) and Anna Le Hair (piano). pianoand-more.org.uk

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THURSDAY 12 JAN

Music: Malaya Blue Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.bluesbartring.co.uk

SATURDAY 14 JAN

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market

Market Place, Brook Street, Tring. 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of month. www. tringfarmersmarket. co.uk

Music: TJ Johnson Quintet BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. TJ Johnson sings and plays jazz, blues, soul, gospel and country. www.bjazz.org

SUNDAY 15 JAN

Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market

High St, Berkhamsted. 10am2pm. Third Sun of every month. www.facebook.com/ berkofm

MONDAY 16 JAN

Film: Gagarine Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. www.berkhamstedfilm society.co.uk

Music: Tring Choral Society Choral Workshop

Akeman Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8-9.45pm. Want to sing with a large choir? Faure’s Requiem with Tring Choral Society at open rehearsal. Email for info. membership@tringchoral. org.uk

WEDNESDAY 18 JAN

Talks: Kodak and its impact on Tring High Street Baptist Church Tring. 8pm. Having retired from Kodak after many

years, Ernesto Jaconelli will give an insight into working for the photography corporation. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk

THURSDAY

19 JAN

Business: Tring BusinessMart

Meet other local business people for networking. www. tringtogether.org.uk

FRIDAY 20 JAN

Music: Secondary Modern Jazz Tring Church. 8-10pm. Doors 7pm. Secondary Modern Jazz quartet. www. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 27 JAN

Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 7.30pm, film 8pm. www. tringcinema.com

SATURDAY 28 JAN

Fundraisers: Charity Burns Night

Berkhamsted Old Town Hall. 7 for 7.30pm. Dress highland, black tie or lounge suit, 3-course meal, raffle and highland dancing to Pickled Tink plus piper etc. peteels12@gmail.com

SUNDAY 29 JAN

Music: A Midwinter Recital

Anthony Hall, 33 London Rd, Aston Clinton, HP22 5HG. 11am and 3pm. jehorder@ aol.com

MONDAY 30 JAN

Film: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Berkhamsted Civic Centre. 8pm. www.berkhamstedfilm society.co.uk

THURSDAY 2 FEB

Music: Alice Armstrong Blues Bar Tring. 8.30pm. Doors 7pm. www. bluesbartring.co.uk

SATURDAY 4 FEB

Music: Mithras Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm. www. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

Music: George Harrison Project Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. Live music celebration of George Harrison’s best-loved hits from early Beatles, solo career and Traveling Wilburys. courttheatre.co.uk

TUESDAY

FRIDAY 17 FEB

Comedy: Mark Watson Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. Mark Watson performs ‘This Can’t Be It!’. courttheatre.co.uk

SUNDAY 19 FEB

Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market

High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am-2pm. www. facebook.com/berkofm

TUESDAY 21 FEB

Business: Tring BusinessMart

Meet other local business people for networking. www.tringtogether.org.uk

7 FEB

Talks: The Legend of the White Mouse Wigginton History Society, Village Hall, Wigginton. 8pm. The story of WWII spy Nancy Wake. cliff.mills@ outlook.com

SATURDAY 11 FEB

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.tringfarmersmarket. co.uk

Music: Harlem Meer Cats BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted. 8pm. 1920s & 30s numbers from Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. www.bjazz.org

MONDAY 13 FEB

Film: Cold War Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tue 14. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

FRIDAY 24 FEB

Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 7.30pm, film 8pm. www. tringcinema.com

MONDAY 27 FEB

Film: The Phantom of the Open Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tue 28. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

SATURDAY 4 MAR

Music: Derek Nash Quartet

BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted. 8pm. www.bjazz.org

SUNDAY 5 MAR

Sport: Berkhamsted Half Marathon 40th Berkhamsted Half Marathon and Fun Run. www.berkorun.com

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