Tring Living Magazine - Winter 2020

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SNUGGLE UP IN STYLE It may be cold outside but you can be cosy in your winter retreat

GET THAT WINTER GLOW How to look fabulous this season



Welcome to the Winter issue!



s we head into winter, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what will happen this Christmas - will we be allowed to meet friends and family or will we be celebrating at home in our little bubbles? So with that in mind, we have thought about how our homes might become a cosy winter retreat, with ideas for keeping snug - Scandinavian style. And with some long evenings ahead, and children doing fewer clubs and outside activities we’ve put together some ideas to keep them (and you) entertained. We hope to inspire you to begin some new Christmas traditions, as some of the old ones, such as panto trips and Christmas festivals

might not be possible this year, so turn to the centre pages to find your new family tradition. Finally, we know lots of you have enjoyed your gardens this year, so we have some ideas to create winter structure that will keep your outside space looking good all year round. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

18 Create structure in your garden this winter


26 Winter traditions old and new

28 Create a cosy winter retreat

30 Be a winner with this issue’s competition 20 Shop Local: great gift ideas 22 The latest books from 32 Beauty: Get a winter our region’s authors

25 Traditional English

Trifle from Beechwood Fine Foods


36 Ideas to entertain the kids over winter

41 What’s On 42 Walk around

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44 Local history:

Ghosts of Christmas past

48 Essential local services 51 Christmas posting dates sponsored by Lucky Lobster Arts

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Letter from the Mayor Dear Residents,


ne positive from the past six months is that we have become more computer literate (even if we sometimes have to ask our children how to do things!). It does mean that I can keep in contact online when normally I would be out and about at clubs and societies meeting everyone face to face. All Tring Town Council meetings are virtual at the moment and it is possible for you to take part. Please check the website or notice boards for details on how to do this. We do have a vacancy on the Council. If you would be interested in joining us there are details of the application process on page 16 or at As the year progresses, details of the Dacorum Local Plan will be published. This has significant implications for Tring, and I would encourage everyone to give their views

to Dacorum during the consultation. It is so important for us to comment on how our town develops over the next 25 years, It has been great to see the youngsters in their football kit, and others exercising in our parks. While autumn is suddenly here, along with the very wet weather, hopefully we will all be able to continue enjoying walks. The rain has topped up the reservoirs in Tring, so the many migrating birds who overwinter here will have space, and we can view them both at the reservoirs and at College Lake. As I write this I am looking forward to judging the Scarecrow competition on Apple Day and taking part in many activities online; we are lucky to have Tring Together to arrange occasions like this. I will be out and about during ‘shop local’ just before Christmas and know that you will support local shops and businesses who have been there for us. Stay safe, Cllr Roxanne Ransley, Mayor

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A stuffed dog from Tring’s Natural History Museum has won the title of Hertfordshire Museum Object of the Year for 2020. More than 1,000 members of the public voted for their favourite, with Champion Wolverley Chummie, a Skye Terrier, coming out on top. Many of the dogs at Tring have their own special history. Champion Wolverley

Tring in the Media 22 Sept: Tring appears in a report in the MailOnline on the Leighton Buzzard earthquakes as Independent scientific organisation, EMSC, reports that the quake was around 3.6 magnitude and slightly south-west, near to Tring - shame the website downgrades Tring and calls it a village! 22 Sept: Daily Mail: Walkers brand manager Nick Day and his partner Sarah, along with their dogs Rolo and Tess, are pictured taking part in a litter pick near their home in Tring, as retailer Wilko and crisp brand Walkers take part in the Great British litter pick.

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Chummie was born in 1899, and according to the Illustrated Kennel News he was a ‘huge headed pup’ with an ‘obstinate’ coat, yet he went on to win 31 championship certificates and was considered a perfect example of the breed. Mrs McCheane was devoted to her pet; she wrote to the museum in 1921, 11 years after he had been donated, asking whether he could be taken out of the display case for an artist friend to draw and so that she could rearrange his coat as it was slightly disarranged. A selection of the Natural History Museum’s dog collection went on display at Tring in 1968.

Tring Panto 2020? Oh no there isn’t!


he team at Tring’s Court Theatre have reluctantly had to take the decision to cancel this year’s annual Pantomime extravaganza. Ian Gower, who writes the panto each year with Nick Russon, told Tring Living: ‘The whole team are gutted that for the first time in more than 45 years this Tring family tradition, which started in the early 1970s at The Victoria Hall, when it was run by a group called Choddles and Co, will not go ahead. ‘I have been involved since the early days (aged 13) and over the years we have been delighted to welcome many generations of local families, some who came as kids in the 1970s and who now bring their grandchildren each year. ‘We are in unprecedented times and hope to return next festive season with everyone’s favourite - Cinderella.’


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hether you are a saver or a spender, planning your retirement, or enjoying your silver years, we all want to get our money working harder. But in the current financial climate, it’s difficult to know how. It’s twelve years since the onset of the financial crisis and the effects were still being felt as COVID-19 arrived, meaning that savers must also weather the storm of another global recession. Higher taxation, wage stagnation and rising living costs are some of the consequences. Cash savers in bank and building society deposits have been the real losers in recent years, and the outlook appears bleak. Retirement can now last 30 years or more, so it’s vital that your investments last. Any income generated also needs to maintain its spending power to combat the threat of inflation. History shows that, through a combination of capital growth and dividend income, investing in equities, or shares, has provided investors with a better chance of outpacing inflation over the long term compared with other asset classes. The economic crisis created by the pandemic has forced many companies to suspend or reduce their dividend

payments. However, it is expected that companies will reinstate their dividend policies as soon as it is prudent to do so. The long-term track record of shares delivering a rising income remains intact and investing in companies remains a core component of an income strategy.

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Tune in to new partnership

Tring Radio and Living Magazines team up to help keep the community connected


ring Radio is entering into a new partnership with Tring and Berkhamsted Living Magazines. Both the station and the magazines hold the same values when it comes to keeping the community connected, promoting local businesses and organisations and providing entertainment. Living Magazines will be sponsoring one of Tring Radio’s daytime shows across the week. Tring Radio was started during the Covid-19 crisis by former radio presenter Tim, who has also previously worked within the music industry both as an A&R consultant and running record labels. He initially came up with the concept of a local radio station to serve the Tring, Berkhamsted and surrounding communities to keep them entertained and connected during lockdown. In addition, he had realised that food banks across the country were suffering from a lack of support and yet were more in demand than ever – so he decided to use the radio station as a means of raising funds on their behalf. The community’s reaction to Tring Radio was overwhelming; many people came forward to volunteer as presenters or to help behind the scenes, local businesses were keen to get involved in advertising and sponsorship, while listeners supported the station with enthusiasm and positivity.

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Fast forward to November 2020 and Tring Radio is now the fastest-growing, non-profit making, live radio station in the South East of England, with more than 40 volunteers and many prosperous partnerships with businesses, charities and other organisations. DENS, which runs the local food bank in Tring, was extremely grateful to receive a cheque for £300 from Tring Radio in September, which was presented to them by two of Tring Radio’s volunteer DJs. Tim said: ‘When DENS told us that our funds would feed 15 families of four for three days it was quite overwhelming – and so nice to realise that we had made a difference.’ The latest charity initiative for Tring Radio is the Community Radio Christmas Toy Box appeal, working with Aylesbury Town Council and two other local radio stations. The public are asked to buy an extra toy when they do their Christmas shopping and drop it off to one of the official donation stations across Bucks and Herts so that they can be donated to charity. They hope that hundreds of children will benefit from the generosity of the public this Christmas. Listen to Tring Radio online at, on Alexa and on radio apps such as myTuner Radio and



Homes go up in Business Park


t was looking busy at the Akeman Business Park as we went to press. In the process of being built are: 8x2-bed and 2x1-bed homes (Side Yard), 13x2-bed and 4x1-bed (Central Yard), and 14x2-bed (Honours Building). There’s another two 3-bed semis being produced by the conversion of a listed building in Akeman Street, while an application for two new semis has been refused, but is being appealed.

Tring on the run


ring Parkrun is part of the global phenomenon that is Parkrun - a free, weekly 5k timed run held every Saturday at 9am. Tring Parkrun is one of 729 events in the UK and everyone is welcome, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. The event is usually held in Tring Park, but while we haven’t been able to meet physically, how has everyone stayed in touch? Well, every Saturday a #notTringparkrun is held. Each week there is a topical theme, with runners posting a selfie. On 28 November a St Andrew’s Day #notTringparkrun will see plenty of kilted runners around Tring! And of course, there’ll be plenty of festive fancy dress fun for the traditional (virtual) Christmas morning Parkrun. Sign up at the Tring Parkrun Facebook page.

Celebrate Christmas 2020 in Tring


ring Together, local charity, organiser of major town events and dedicated supporter of local businesses and residents, is determined to bring a Christmas celebration to Tring this December. The annual Christmas Festival, which usually has more than 100 festive stalls and more than 10,000 visitors flowing along the High Street, cannot go ahead but the group is working on a new, safe concept that will support local shops and businesses and bring the spirit of Christmas to Tring. On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December from 3–7pm Tring Together will hold a Covidsecure celebration, which incorporates Shop Local Day, Christmas craft market, Christmas shop window competition, Father Christmas, yuletide concerts and open churches. Alongside this will be an online programme of events including festive entertainment, shopping opportunities and more! Watch the Tring Together Facebook and Instagram pages for updates. Hold a family quiz night and help support Tring Together. Find the quiz (Christmas quiz coming soon) at www.tringtogether.

Tring School rebuild underway


ork on rebuilding Tring School is now well underway. Half the school has been relocated into temporary accommodation, while old buildings have been demolished. Once the demolition is completed the new three-storey building will be constructed

including science laboratories, design and technology facilities, art rooms, classrooms, new dining room, learning resources centre, sixth form centre, a four court sports hall and an activity studio. To read the full story of the rebuilding work go to


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Emma’s dream comes true E mma Hallett wrote her book Dare to Dream while she was being home educated in her primary years. When lockdown hit, she was determined to finish it before she turned 12. A keen horse rider, Emma’s dream is to become an eventer. As everyone knows, horse riding is an expensive hobby, so she was inspired to raise funds by publishing and selling her book. She is also giving 20% of her profits to Brooke, an equine charity she supports. Dare to Dream follows Annie Harris’ first year as a student at the world famous Equine Valley School, a prestigious school that produces some of the world’s best horse riders. Annie experiences amazing highs and devastating lows throughout her year at EVS, while building everlasting relationships with the pupils and horses themselves.

Dare to Dream is available at Our Bookshop in Tring or email You can also follow Emma, a former Grove School pupil, on her Instagram @equine.

M1 junction upgrade


£6 million M1 junction upgrade could make life easier for Tring commuters and provide more jobs. The money is being used to redesign Junction 8 of the M1 motorway in a bid to boost transport links and unlock the economic potential of Hemel Hempstead. The development will also contribute to thousands of jobs at the Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter with green businesses focused on agritech, off-site manufacturing and modern construction.

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A friend in need


ennie Grove’s project Supporting Hands needs more volunteers than ever before. The hospice, which has an office based in Tring, is looking for local people with time to spare to help with this volunteerled, community befriending scheme. The scheme allows patients and their families to be paired with a volunteer who makes regular visits to them (often weekly or bi-weekly) at home. Volunteers might help with anything from basic daily home and garden tasks, or simply just providing a friendly, listening ear to someone coping with a lifelimiting or chronic illness.

Rennie Grove has experienced a recent increase in referrals to the service, as the impact of lockdown has exacerbated social isolation and loneliness within the local community. To find out more visit www.renniegrove. org/volunteer or call 01442 890222.

Active end to year


t’s been a busy 12 months for the Herts Year of Culture 2020, and it leaves us with an activity pack to keep kids busy over the winter. You can download the pack, which has all kinds of fun ideas, from coding a robot and making a sandwich, to making masks, marble mazes and lots more. Download the pdf from:


New faces at farmers market


ring Farmers Market is looking forward to Christmas and beyond with new stalls and products and a continued commitment to a great local, sustainable shopping experience. New additions to the market include Chiltern Charcuterie, So Natural (natural body products) Phomo UK (Vietnamese Pho), and Happy Yoga Kitchen (vegan food).

Most food is either made, grown or based locally and visitors can chat to the stallholders, who are usually also the producers and makers. Warm up with a free cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee and a chat at the Akeman Street Baptist Church stall, in between shopping for everything from cheese, charcuterie, and eggs to plants, silver jewellery, chutneys and more. Local musicians The Market Mynstralls and their Myrth of Game often come along to entertain visitors while they shop. In December, the market will take place on Saturday 5 December as part of the Tring Together Christmas celebration, and Saturday 19 December will be the last market before Christmas. Posh Janet, one of the market’s founding stallholders, sums up the attraction of Tring Farmers Market: ‘The customer is buying passion and enthusiasm in their purchases, something that’s not readily available at a local supermarket.’ Staunch market supporter Angela Delglyn adds: ‘There’s a greater enjoyment factor because you’ve sourced your food and have a connection with where it’s come from.’


Cool gig for Tring Park alumni


our former students of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts are set to appear in the West End premiere of Frozen, set to take the world of musical theatre by storm next spring. Joe Griffiths-Brown, Hannah Fairclough, Jake Lawrence Small and Matt Gillett will all be part of the first cast of Frozen, based on the Disney film, at the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane from April 2021. Joe, who left Tring Park School in 2018, has been starring in smash-hit musical Hamilton. Hannah has previously starred in The Bodyguard, Matthew in Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Top Hat and Matilda, and Jake in Mamma Mia and Shrek the Musical the UK tour. Joe also appears in the upcoming movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

Hunters bag award Congratulations to estate agents Hunters Tring & Surrounding Villages, which has just won The British Property Lettings Award for Tring, and has now been shortlisted for a number of national awards. The awards focus on customer service and are judged by a panel of expert ‘mystery shoppers’.


Tring Town Council needs a new member There is a vacancy on the Town Council following the sad death of Councillor John Bowden. The Town Council wishes to fill the vacancy by co-option for the period until the next election in May 2023. Being a Councillor is an opportunity to contribute to your community and help make Tring a better place to live, work and play. Councillors have three main components to their work. Decision making - through

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attendance at meetings with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where the money should be spent and what policies should be implemented. Monitoring - Councillor ensure that their decisions lead to efficient andf effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working. Getting involved locally – as a local representative, Councillors have responsibilities towards residents and local organisations.

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BACKBONE! Winter gardens don’t need to be dull. Now’s the time to give your garden some structure that will reward you with a great view all year round


o many of us are guilty of getting busy with our gardens during spring and summer - and then when it comes to winter, we find they are dull and uninspiring. It doesn’t have to be that way - the secret to a good-looking winter garden is structure! Just like us, a garden needs a decent backbone to hold it up throughout the year. Think of it as the backdrop to the rest of your spring and summer plants who are the ‘performers’. If you place these structural, year-round stalwarts around your garden, you will have interest even in the depths of winter. There’s a number of ways to create structure - you can use hedges, trees, shrubs and evergreens, perennials and grasses, along with hard landscaping, screening and features such as garden sculptures. Evergreens such as conifers are probably the first thing that comes to mind when forming structure, and it’s best to choose something that is slow growing. Conifers like growing in full

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sun and slightly acidic soil. A couple of favourites are Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ - this Norway Spruce has a lovely pyramid shape that will add great structure to your borders, and in spring has the most wonderful red-pink cones - and Taxus baccata ‘Icicle’. This yew has yellowy

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GARDENS green leaves that make it stand out from the crowd. In winter they transform to a creamy white that gives the illusion that it has been touched by frost. This tall, columnar yew will look very festive with some simple lights. If you have small children, please note that yew trees and their berries are poisonous. Some trees and shrubs offer structure and the added bonus of interesting bark. Dogwood stems (Cornus) come in shades of red, green, orange, and white, so take your pick! Or look for a tree with interesting bark - the peeling bark of Acer griseum looks like peeling paper, which is no doubt why its common name is the paperbark maple. For a more polished look, opt for the Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula) with its rich mahoganycoloured bark, or the Himalayan birch (Betula utilis jacquemontii ‘Moonbeam’) and its pure white trunks. Place an uplighter at the base of the latter for a stunning nighttime show. Gardeners at RHS Rosemoor have revealed that they give the trunks a wash using a sponge and soapy water around November to keep them looking good! The twisted hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) looks like something out of a fairytale, which a brave prince might have to chop through to find a princess or battle a dragon! Its branches twist, twirl and dive, to create a structure that looks truly magical when the frost touches it. There’s also a red-leaved version called ‘Red Majestic’, which boasts red catkins and nuts. Something that looks so exotic that you wouldn’t think it could even survive an English winter is the phormium. These eye-catching plants have clumps of sword-like leaves, and thrive in sunny areas in borders, containers or gravel gardens, but they make quite a statement during the winter, especially if you choose a variety such as ‘Tricolor’ with its red-edged leaves. Protect roots from the wet and cold with a mulch, and consider protecting the leaves if a hard frost is forecast. If you grow your plants in large, statement containers, you can move them into a more sheltered area in the winter.

For less formal structure, look to something like bamboo or an impressive grass such as Stipa gigantea or Miscanthus sinensis, whose foliage disappears in winter but leaves its stems sporting fine tassels. Once they blow away probably in late winter or early spring - you can cut the stems back, but you will have other interest returning to your garden by then. Finally, remember to add some colour with winter-flowering evergreens such as Skimmia, Viburnum tinus with its delicate white flowers and winter jasmine’s dainty yellow flowers. Viburnum tinus

Raise me up If you’re new to veg growing this year - and lots of us tried our hand during lockdown and are busily planning your new-look garden, now is a good time to get some raised planters in place ready for spring growing. Martin Waldron of M J Waldron & Sons landscapers says he has had great demand for raised planters: ‘They are good for older people as you don’t have to bend down and you can have them in any shape you want - round, hexagonal, or to fit into a corner. I’ve built brick planters and for those who want something softer, your beds can be made from sleepers.’

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The latest books from our local and regional authors

Sorry, I Was Miles Away By Mike Wall. Cow Roast Associated Publishing. Out now Apparently Mike missed so much at school while staring out of the window, he thought he should revisit some of what he missed and see if it mattered. He found it didn’t! This book covers everything from gravity to algebra, from Archimedes to Columbus and a lot more. It’s an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek read and will make a great stocking filler. Mike lives on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal at Cow Roast. This is his second book; his first is titled ‘Me and Some Other Jokes’.

Betsie Valentine And The Honeybees By Meriet Duncan. Tom & Tilly Ltd. Out now Young Betsie Valentine makes a wish and becomes a honeybee for a day. Follow her adventures around the garden and through the hive, where she learns all about making honey, and the roles of the various bees. This charming book will entertain children and adults alike. It features beautiful and vibrant illustrations and is packed full of fascinating facts. Meriet has a heartfelt passion for honeybees. She is a speaker, beekeeper and author. She travels around the UK giving talks and creating a buzz about the honeybee.

Around the World in 24 Hours By Ruth Wallington. Hello Ruth. Out now We fell in love with this beautiful little book as soon as we saw it - knowing it can be personalised for a child/children is just the icing on the cake! This advent calendar story follows Santa’s journey around the world, and is designed to be read each night in December during the run-up to Christmas. Each page contains a little rhyme specific to the country and it’s delightfully illustrated. Absolutely perfect for your new family tradition! Ruth was brought up in Dublin and now lives with her husband, two children and two cats – the dynamic duo – in Pitstone.

#SheCan365 By Helen Pritchard, and Michelle and Christian Ewen. Out now Berkhamsted-based entrepreneur and business owner Haylee Benton owns three beauty spots in the town - Alchemy & I, Cecily Spa and Koha Skin Clinic - as well as PamperPad, dubbed the ‘TripAdvisor of the beauty industry’. Her story appears along with 364 other tales of inspiring, entrepreneurial women, at different stages of their business journey, from start-up to seven-figure organisations. It also supports CoppaFeel! – a national breast cancer awareness charity. COMPETITION Our two competition winners will be cooking up a storm this Christmas. Congrats to Vivienne Copley and Jill Gardener - who each won a copy of The Hertfordshire Cook Book courtesy of Puddingstone Distillery in our Autumn 2020 competition.

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arah Murray at Tring’s Beechwood Fine Food brings a taste of Christmas past with her trifle recipe: ‘My mother always made a trifle at Christmas; a pack of trifle sponges, a tin of Del Monte fruit cocktail, custard made with Bird’s custard powder, lashings of whipped cream and a good soaking of sweet Sherry. “What, no jelly?” I hear you cry! ‘Everyone’s family has a different take on the English classic and I am reminded of my turning point when I was served a trifle made with fresh homemade custard and fresh fruit instead of tinned. ‘Here is my recipe (with a little inspiration from Delia Smith). If you love trifle it really is worth all the effort!’

Custard ingredients • 425ml double cream • 4 large egg yolks • 25g golden caster sugar • 2 tsp cornflour • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Filling and topping ingredients • 150ml sweet Sherry (fruit juice for alcohol-free) • Raspberry jam • 300g frozen raspberries (defrosted) • 325ml double cream • 40g toasted flaked almonds > 1kg loaf tin greased and lined with baking parchment for the Madeira cake > Non-stick saucepan for the custard > Large glass serving bowl > Oven 170C/Gas 3/fan oven 150C

2. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, levelling it off with the back of a tablespoon, and bake on a lower shelf of the oven for about one hour or until it feels springy in the centre. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.


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Madeira cake ingredients • 225g plain flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 175g soft butter • 110g golden caster sugar • 2 large eggs, beaten finely grated zest of 1 lemon • 2–3 tbsp milk


TRADITION Take time over the festive season to start some new Christmas traditions


ver the past few months we have all come to appreciate the time we can spend with friends and family. While Christmas may not be the big affair it usually is, we might have time to create family traditions, make memories and have some good old-fashioned fun. Read all about it Instead of a chocolate advent calendar, consider creating a book calendar. For smaller children, the book calendar is easy. Start collecting Christmas-themed books; buy new ones, and find second-hand books from charity shops - try to get a copy of The Night Before Christmas to read on Christmas Eve. Wrap individually in Christmas paper and number from one to 24 and read a new one each evening at bedtime. Older kids and adults could make it a tradition to start reading Christmas books from December 1. (See page 22 for a lovely Christmas story written by a local author).

evenings full of family fun sounds a great idea! Gather together some family games, quiz ideas, craft kits and more. Then if you are feeling creative you can make a calendar with each activity written or drawn behind the door, or simply have a memory jar filled with folded Post-Its and pull one out each evening. You might be playing Twister, making a tree ornament, watching a Christmas movie or putting up the tree. Adults shouldn’t be left out, you can still play games, make some Christmas cocktails or learn a new craft. Alternatively, you could make a family bucket list of things to do throughout December - with activities such as ice skating and baking cookies.

Family fun Winter nights aren’t a lot of fun, and with so many social opportunities not available to us at the moment, leading up to the big day with

Christmas lights drive Take a drive to see the Christmas lights in your area. If you have small kids, wrap them up in pyjamas or onesies, make a picnic bag of festive

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CHRISTMAS snacks, and explore your local area. Go back home for a warming hot chocolate, or if it’s adults-only finish at your local pub (with social distancing of course) or at home with a mulled wine or Baileys. Totally Christmassy! Boxing Day Walk If you want to make the most of the fresh air, winter walks are fabulous. Why not devise a special walk for Boxing Day – take a look at our walk on page 42 – and maybe resolve to do the same walk every year? Include a special spot, such as Ivinghoe Beacon or the Ashridge Monument, and take a family photo at that same location each year. A lovely way to document your family growing over the years. Find the Christmas pickle We have to admit this is a new one for us, but it’s a lesser-known American tradition that sounds fun. You need a pickle-shaped tree ornament - and yes, they are quite widely available, surprisingly! On Christmas Eve, someone has to hide the pickle on the tree. After dinner, or first thing on Christmas morning, the first one to find the pickle wins a prize. Legend suggests the tradition comes from Germany, but we have no definitive proof. Christmas Eve Box Make Christmas Eve special with a box filled with goodies for the evening - new pyjamas, a Christmas mug, hot chocolate, cookies to bake for Santa and so on. Some people give their kids the box at the beginning of the month, so that they can spread out some of the activities and start reading some Christmas books (see our Books idea on the previous page). When it appears is up to you - it’s your tradition!

Traditions around the world Fancy adopting a tradition from overseas? Here’s a few of our favourites: Christmas book fest In Iceland, books are exchanged as gifts on Christmas Eve as part of the season called ‘The Yule Book Flood’. The rest of the night is spent snuggled up, drinking hot chocolate and reading. Sounds heavenly! Fried chicken feast In Japan, it’s become a modern tradition to have Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner on Christmas Day. In fact, if you have had enough of cooking over the holidays, having a takeaway sounds a pretty good idea. Get your skates on In Caracas, Venezuela, Christmas Eve morning sees everyone roller skating to church. It’s such a popular activity that the roads are closed to make it safe. Then everyone heads home for ‘tamales’ (cornmeal wraps that are stuffed with meat, and steamed). Hide the broom Here’s a great way to get out of housework. In Norway, people hide their brooms on Christmas Eve to stop evil spirits and witches using them to ride on!

It’s cold outside but you can make it cosy this winter. Use Scandinavian style, soft furnishings, and scent to create a winter retreat in your home


ou know that lovely feeling you get when you’re snuggled up at home when the weather is awful? Well, the clever Swedes have a name for it, as Catharina Björkman, lifestyle expert at Swedish wood burning stove brand, Contura explains: ‘In Sweden, “mys’’ denotes the warm, fuzzy feeling derived from being indoors, in front of a roaring fire, preferably with a glass of wine or a hot chocolate, while the weather rages outside. Mys is about taking time to slow down, relax, enjoy good company, and eat delicious food. It means comfort and relaxation and taking time out from a stressful outside world to recalibrate.’ Sounds ideal, and of course you need a cosy winter retreat to achieve ‘mys’. Some classic Scandinavian-style tips to help Brits achieve that mys feeling include adding warm throws

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to snuggle up on the sofa, lighting candles, enjoying a warm drink or bath and wearing fluffy socks. They even have something called Fredagsmys, which translates as ‘cosy Fridays’. In the Swedish collective consciousness, winter Friday evenings should be a time for cosy relaxation and enjoying a feast of uncomplicated comfort food. Sounds good to us! To create the right atmosphere, use neutral tones, warm red-based shades, soft pinks and dusky greys. Choose natural materials, such as untreated wood, soft cotton and items that have been handcrafted, such as woven baskets, wicker chairs and embroidered cushions. Keep clutter to a minimum and introduce some mellow lighting.


Up the cosy factor with fluffy blankets, cushions and candles, and woven rugs on wooden floors

Up the cosy factor with fluffy blankets, cushions and candles, and woven rugs on wooden floors. Frame and hang your favourite photos and use fragrant diffusers to spread a delicious scent throughout your home. Adele Shotton-Pugh, interior designer at home furnishings retailer Terrys Fabrics, suggests layering fabrics to create a cosy feel: ‘Look for throws and cushions in varying fabrics, textures and colours to create the desired effect. Chunky knits and plush velvets are particularly popular, as are natural fibres such as fleece, wool and silk.’

Seasonal scents Our sense of smell is the most evocative sense. Use candles, wax melts, room sprays and diffusers to surround yourself with comforting, seasonal scents in your cosy winter retreat. Tring’s own Alura Candles available from Fancy That come in seasonal Winter Spice and Gingerbread fragrances. If you don’t have any scented candles or oils, you could bake some spiced bread,

cakes or ginger cookies, or brew up a pot of coffee. Orange pomanders, made by studding oranges with cloves and leaving to dry, exude a heavenly scent as the fruit dries. Display in shallow decorative bowls or tie with ribbon and hang up. To get an even stronger scent, roll the orange in spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves and leave to infuse for a week or so.

Create a book nook Interior designer Samantha Watkins McRae has been working with security company Ring on their report - ‘Home: A New Meaning’, which explores what the future of the home looks like for consumers across the UK, and has discovered that the UK public have a true love of books and reading: ‘As the nights start to draw in we cannot think of a more comforting way to spend an evening then indulging in a great read. ‘For those on a tighter budget or wanting to refresh an area of the home, dedicate an area to a chair that you can sink into surrounded by your book collection - many home retailers now carry some beautiful ranges of individual wall-mounted shelves. From modernist to vintage finds, with some having decorative brackets, there is no end to the creativity they offer to revamp a tired wall or corner.’ You may find other spaces to turn into a cosy reading nook. Take the door off a built-in cupboard, clear the junk from the space under the stairs, or build a window seat into a bay window. Add plenty of cosy cushions, a reading light and a comfy throw for snuggling under. Find book inspiration from local authors on page 22 or take a trip to Our Bookshop in Tring. Winter 2020 / 29




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GLOW We may not be able to have huge parties over the festive season, but you can still look fabulous this winter, even if you are celebrating at home


inter beauty often concentrates on party make-up and hair ideas, but as we write this, it’s not clear quite what Christmas will look like this year. Whatever happens, we think it is unlikely we will be going to big office parties and having huge family celebrations, However, don’t let that stop you looking fabulous this winter! And looking fabulous should start from the skin outwards, as Lucie Fountain, Salon Director at Tring’s Elementary Skin & Body explains: ‘A lot of us have been wearing less make-up this year and so this Christmas put your skin health first and let your natural radiance sparkle and glow. Make sure that you thoroughly cleanse your face every evening to remove any dirt left on your skin. ‘I always recommend a clay-based cleanser, such as REN’s Clearcalm Cleanser, in the evening, as this can work to pull out

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the impurities, followed by a nourishing moisturiser on your face and neck. Overnight our clever bodies work to produce the oils and hormones that we are lacking so a clean canvas is very important to aid this. ‘My number one product recommendation for glowing Christmas skin is REN’s Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial. This transformative treatment works to exfoliate your skin, using AHAs to deep-clean pores, even up texture, support natural cell turnover, and boost radiance, giving you a radiant sparkle.’ Over in Berkhamsted, Cecily Day Spa Manager Nikki Marsh also focuses on getting super skin: ‘One of the most effective treatments for getting your skin sparkling is the Dermaplane Facial. With the use of a surgical scalpel, the therapist removes layers of dead skin cells and the vellus hair better known

as peach fuzz. Your skin will look smoother and brighter and feel baby soft and you’ll have the perfect base for that smooth foundation application to be “night out’’ ready!’ Now your skin is looking fabulous, let’s take a look at your crowning glory. Tring hair stylist Emi Jean McKenna, founder of The Happy Place Salon, explains this winter’s hair trends: ‘Clients have been bored during lockdown. For the first time their freedom of self expression has been taken away from them. They have been craving a change, so whether it’s big or small, bold or subtle, there are definitely exciting hair trends emerging for winter. ‘A look that a lot of social media influencers have opted for is 1970s layers. Evolved from the ‘french girl fringe’ trend, the look has become more layered, textured and voluminous. The Farrah Fawcett bounce is back! ‘Ice-white hair has been an ongoing trend, but for those clients who realised during lockdown just how high maintenance it is (and how hard it is to achieve at home) it’s been time for a new look. Soft, sandy, golden, honey and toffee tones - it’s all about warming up the skin tone after missing out on summer holiday sun. This tends to be done with a balayage technique to ensure longevity and low maintenance. ‘For something a little more out there, but still reasonably low maintenance, soft metallic peach hues are becoming increasingly popular. This is a great option as it fades to a soft golden tone. There are products on the market such as Bleach London’s Awkward Peach shampoo and conditioner that adds tone as you wash, keeping the look for longer. ‘Face framing balayage has been a trend for a while now. But like the metallic peach trend, clients are opting for something a little more fun. Colour pop panels give your look an extra bit of interest and self expression, without the maintenance of bleaching the whole head. ‘Who knows if we will be able to have Christmas parties this year? But somehow I don’t think it will stop the Christmas cheer or

Nothing says Christmas more than a Christmas bow, and it’s a supereasy, stylish look to achieve.’

people dressing up. The summer saw playful trends of colourful clips and scrunchies. This Christmas it will be all about festive Christmas bows. An easy look to achieve, whether it’s half up, half down or a slick back pony. Nothing says Christmas more than a Christmas bow, and it’s a super-easy, stylish look to achieve.’ Finally, make-up trends for the season include winged eyeliner, a fabulous purple smokey eye, to replace the ubiquitous grey/black smokey eye, and thick, heavy silver or gold eyeshadow for a 70s disco look, complete with long, spidery black eyelashes. From London Fashion Week earlier in the year, winter trends for lips include statement red lips in matte and gloss, darker, vampy shades such as Oxblood, while violet and fuchsia enter the ring along with fabulous metallic lipsticks in gold and bronze for a truly sparkling party look.

Nailed it! Daisy Kalnina, founder of TheGelBottle and Peacci, comments: ‘Winter time is all about warming up to the season and we expect trends to lean on earthy and dark tones. Peacci’s Cinnamon Spice, a deep burgundy brown, will prove popular this Christmas as seen at the Rejina Pyo show at London Fashion Week. We’d recommend making this look extra glossy for the perfect festive vibes with Peacci’s Gel’ous Top Coat.’

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This new natural scientific development of Bioresonance opens the door to what is known as Energy Medicine

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As the evenings draw in and there are fewer outdoor activities for children to keep busy with, we’ve found some fun ideas to keep them (and the whole family) occupied until spring!

Mini engineers Demand for people with science, technology, engineering and maths knowledge continues to grow, so spark their enthusiasm with some fun activities. The engineers at the James Dyson Foundation have come up with some great free challenge cards that encourage kids to get building. Choose to make a balloon car race, build a bridge using spaghetti, or construct a marble run. All using items you will find around the house. Ready, get set, build! Escape room As we write, escape rooms are still open, but if you want something to do during a dark evening, some are offering virtual experiences. Or you could buy an escape room in a box. If

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you have older kids, you could even challenge them to come up with their own escape room puzzles. Make it as involved as you want - if you really want to go all out, sort out some fancy dress, and themed food and drink to make an evening of it. Puzzle it out Sales of jigsaw puzzles skyrocketed during lockdown earlier in the year. 3D puzzles are great fun, but for something really challenging look out for Wasgij puzzles. You have to work out what the puzzle picture might be by working out what the people in the picture on the box are looking at. It’s a real brain teaser! Fancy That in Tring sell a wide range of puzzles, if you need some new ideas.


Make a bucket list The winter is a great time to plan. Start a scrapbook or journal and get everyone to add in their ideas for family holidays, activities and days out. They might write it out in coloured pens or draw a picture, depending on their age. Or perhaps you’d prefer a suggestions jar. Use multicoloured squares of paper and write down ideas for activities and days out - it could be anything from making paper planes to exploring a new town or going to a theme park. Next time you’re stuck for something to do, pull a piece of paper out of the jar. Your turn to cook Allocate a night each week for someone else to cook dinner. Find age-appropriate recipes - younger kids might make homemade pizza, while teenagers could rustle up a spag bol or curry. They may need some help, but do this every winter until they leave home and they should build up a decent repertoire of signature dishes to take with them to Uni! Learn a new skill Is there something you can do that your children can’t? Maybe you knit, play a musical instrument, or hula hoop. Perhaps you can whistle with your fingers, whittle wood or make a fire without using paper. Maybe there’s some DIY or homemaking skills they

could learn. Then turn the tables and let them teach you a new skill - maybe handstands or skateboarding!? (Don’t forget to see our Tony Hawk skateboard competition on p30). Get out the photos So many of us have digital photos but never put them in a photo album. Sort out some baby photos, and other photos through the years, get them printed and start filling some albums. The children can add fun stickers and captions to turn them into scrapbooks. As well as a family album, each child could create their own, which you can add to as they grow, so that when they leave home they have an album of photos documenting their childhood. Indoor camping It may be chilly outside but it’s fun to camp out in the living room! Pop-up tents are good for this, or make a fort from chairs/tables and sheets. If you have a real fire you can toast marshmallows or toast. Have a camping dinner of baked potatoes, corn on the cob, ribs and sausages, or a carpet picnic - and then sing some campfire songs ( uk has lots of examples if you don’t know any).

…you can simply stick on some tunes and have a boogie, or get TikTok up on the TV and start learning a child-appropriate routine

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TUESDAY 8 DEC Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8-9.30am. Online. BusinessMart networking

THURSDAY 10 DEC Music: Pearl Handled Revolver Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm



Business: Tring Together Group Action Networking 6-7.30pm. Online. Network with other community groups

Talks: Liberty: Bucks Man, London Shop & Global Style 7.15pm online. Will Phillips curator at Bucks County Museum



Music: Nine Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market 9am-12.30pm. Also 19 Dec. Fine produce from around the district www.

WEDNESDAY 2 DEC Arts & Crafts: Art classes with Julie Smare Open Door, Berkhamsted. Wednesdays, 12 to 2pm www.

THURSDAY 3 DEC Fairs / Festivals: Christmas at Waddesdon Wed-Sun 12noon-7.30pm to 3 Jan. Pre-booking requ’d Travel: Kew Gardens Christmas Lights Trail Masons £39. Also 9/10 Dec. Walk into a world festooned with seasonal cheer Music: Three Bar Fire Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm

FRIDAY 4 DEC Music: Christmas Singalong Tring WI, Nora Grace Hall, 2pm. Entertainer: Kate McKenna 01442 823768

Travel: Covent Garden Coach Trip Masons mini bus & coach hire. £23pp www. Markets & Sales: Christmas Market Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 10am-4pm. Quality stalls Fundraisers: Christmas Shopping Returned to Glory, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. Also Sun 6 Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, 10am-4pm 01442 862011 Fairs / Festivals: Christmas in Tring 3-7pm. Also 6 Dec. Inc Shop Local Day, Christmas craft market & shop window competition

Music: Pelleas Ensemble Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £16 www.berkhamstedmusic.

THURSDAY 17 DEC Music: East West Maxwell Street and Friends Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm

FRIDAY 8 JAN: Talks: Researching The Vache And Newlands Park St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm for 8.15pm. Regicide, defamation, suffragettes & more!

SATURDAY 9 JAN Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month www.tringfarmersmarket.

WEDNESDAY 20 JAN Talks: House Histories Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society, Town Hall 8pm. Speaker: Carol Fulton

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FRIDAY 5 FEB Talks: Social Housing In Amersham Rural District St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm for 8.15pm. From 1919 until post-WWII

SATURDAY 6 FEB Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, 10am-4pm 01442 862011

SATURDAY 13 FEB Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month www.tringfarmersmarket.

TUESDAY 16 FEB Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8-9.30am. Online BusinessMart networking

WEDNESDAY 17 FEB Talks: History of the Smith Dorrien Family Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society, Town Hall 8pm. Speaker: Tony Statham

SATURDAY 20 FEB Music: Mithras Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £16 www.

FRIDAY 5 MAR Talks: British Second World War Artists St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm for 8.15pm. Henry Moore, Paul Nash & Stanley Spencer


WALKS AROUND TOWN This walk offers some great views over Berkhamsted from Ashridge as well as fields, valleys and woodland - and allows for social distancing

Points of Interest Waypoint 1: Puddingstones are a ‘conglomerate’ of rounded flint pebbles in a matrix of fine sand all cemented together by silica. Waypoint 2: Alpine Meadows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - a chalk grassland rich in wildflowers and butterflies from spring to autumn.


five-mile stile-free walk on level ground with two short uphill sections, taking in some great views of the urban landscape, valleys and woodland to the north and west of Berkhamsted. Wide, field-edge paths make it perfect for people that need to create space between each other, and the woodland paths are also wide. This circular route starts and finishes at Berkhamsted Station. Leave the station from the Long Stay car park exit. Cross straight over the access road and Bridgewater Road, turn right to the mini roundabout. Turn left up Brownlow Road and, where that bends right, continue straight ahead up Castle Hill. Follow the road round to the left to a junction at the top. 1. Waypoint 1. Fork right, walk between newly-built houses and continue along the field edge through a series of three gates to a path junction. 2. Waypoint 2. Turn right at the junction and walk along a wide field-edge path with the hedgerow on the left. Follow the path as it veers left, continue onto a narrower path and then through a wooded area (Alpine Meadow). Walk along another field-edge

path, go through three gates and turn left to a ‘T’ junction 3. Waypoint 3. Turn right and keep following this path in the same direction, ignoring left and right turns, to reach a golf course and then a car park. 4. Waypoint 4. Take the path at the back of the car park and turn right downhill. At the second path junction turn left to a road. Cross and follow the path up towards a large house. Turn right where the path meets another and follow this elevated path at high level until it turns right at a row of trees. 5. Waypoint 5. There are two options at this point. To follow the official right of way, turn right down through a gate, cross the road and turn left along the path. Follow the road round to the right with the elevated railway line on your left to reach the station. To follow the local path, go under the row of trees to reach the road, cross and turn left to rejoin the main route to the station. Many thanks to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for supplying this walk. You can find out more on the website at


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Ghosts of Christmas past This Christmas may be a little different for all of us, but what was Christmas like for Tringalings in the past?


s a hotel, Pendley Manor hosts Christmas for many guests each year, and when it was opened as a Centre for Adult Education by Dorian Williams in 1947, it also played host to a variety of visitors, as this extract from A Perspective on Pendley: A history of Pendley Manor describes:. During these years, when it came to Christmas, the Centre offered its customers an ‘old fashioned Christmas’, reserving a number of places for people from overseas who would, otherwise, in all probability, have been on their own for Christmas. According to Dorian Williams, ‘Originally we had advertised our Christmas at Pendley “for those who would otherwise be on their own” but, after a few hours of the first Christmas, we realised only too clearly why they would have been on their own! Subsequently, we encouraged people of every sort and every age.

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‘Pendley is an ideal setting for Christmas with its panelling, its great open fires, its Victorian atmosphere. Christmas Eve, when we have a fireside reading round a great log fire in the panelled hall, with nothing but candlelight and holly and the great kissing bough hanging from the central chandelier is unforgettable – especially when, at the end, carollers or handbell ringers entertain from the gallery. ‘There are always a number of guests from other countries and, on the occasion to which I refer, after lunch on Christmas day, while waiting for the Queen’s Speech – or the King’s, as it then was – we invited all from abroad to tell us, briefly, of “Christmas in my land”.’ ‘Eventually it was the turn of an African. ‘He rose slowly, humbly and stood for a moment, bashful and silent. He was magnificent to look at – well over six feet. He smiled. His teeth were very white and his eyes twinkled. He fingered his little moustache.

‘“How shall I say this?” he started. ‘“You see, Christianity is something quite new to me and to my country. My father was the first man in our land ever to hear of Jesus Christ. He was fifty when he heard of him and he was very thrilled. He was still very thrilled when I was old enough for him to tell me about Jesus, only a few years ago. And now I am very thrilled – still very thrilled. But you perhaps are not so thrilled any more. You have known of Jesus for more than a thousand years and, perhaps, you take him now for granted. But in my land, he is new. For us, he is alive.” ‘And he sat down. He was Seretse Khama, the young King of Bechuanaland. Sitting by his side was a girl called Ruth. They had just met. His faith in Jesus supported him, I hope, in the troubles he was so soon to face. [the young King married a British woman called Ruth Williams and the outrage at the interracial marriage had a number of global ramifications that ended with the pair going into exile. He later became the first President of Botswana 1966-80] ‘It seemed worth it, that Christmas, to have opened Pendley and gone through all that it entailed, just to have had the experience of listening to that fine African’s simple statement of faith. ‘It made one humble. It made one think. Wasn’t that what Pendley was for?’ ‘A Perspective on Pendley: A history of Pendley Manor’ by Bob Little (ISBN 978-1-908941- 35-0, published by The Endless Bookcase)”. Christmas past, Christmas presents Further back in Tring history, the Rothschild’s family generosity at Christmas was well known, especially during the time of the first Lord Rothschild (1840-1915). Robert Timberlake, whose father ran Hastoe Farm on Tring Park Estate, wrote: ‘At Christmas, generous presents were sent not only to leading employees but to their children as well. Discreet enquiries were made as to what we should like. Sometimes the result was unexpected, as when I asked

Main Picture: Father Christmas giving gifts to evacuees in Albert Street, Tring, 1939 Inset Left: Bob Little in the panelled hall at Pendley Manor Below: Cover A Perspective on Pendley

for a week-end bag, having in mind something to hold pyjamas and a toothbrush, and received an enormous leather suitcase, which I could hardly carry. At one time Lady Rothschild, a popular Lady Bountiful, used to send every child in Tring and the neighbourhood a Christmas hamper full of goodies and containing a brand new shilling piece.’ Mr Harrowell of New Mill recalls, meanwhile: ‘‘About September each year Rothschild’s clerks went to each house to know the ages and the sexes of the children. At Christmas each child had a hamper individually addressed. The standard things were: a new shilling, a box of Christmas crackers, tea cake about six inches across, a pocket knife for boys over 10 years old and my last hamper at the age of 13 contained a full fretwork set.’

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

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