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Welcome to the Autumn issue!



he days may be getting a little shorter, but autumn can be a great time for getting out and about, with cooler, crisp days and bright sunshine. It’s the perfect time to work in the garden, tidying up and improving your soil, which is why we have a feature on compost - find out more about no-peat solutions and how to make your own. Autumn sees the children go back to school. Easing back into a new term can be tricky after the long summer, so our ideas for arts and crafts may help them decompress and use mindfulness to unwind. We also look at how to choose a retirement property, and find out how some local organisations are helping people to tackle loneliness and social isolation. With this in mind, we’ve included a list of clubs and groups who will welcome new members this autumn for kids as well as adults. Once again, Ian Bateman has come up with a puzzling crossword to get our brains ticking

over. We hope you like it, do let us know! Just ping Alison a message to or call her on 01442 824300. Finally, we hope that we’ll all be able to take part in some of the autumn traditions that had to be missed last year. Let’s hope children can enjoy Trick or Treating safely, and that we can see the sky lit up with Fireworks on November the Fifth - remember to make sure your animals are safe indoors. As always, the magazine includes local news, events and features. We love to hear from local people, groups, schools and organisations, so please email Naomi at with your news prior to our winter issue. We hope this issue finds you safe and well and wish you happy reading.

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

12 Treat yourself to something

special from our local shops


Whip up this sunshine cake for charity

26 Find local clubs and

42 The latest reads

28 Compost: garden gold 32 What to look for in a

44 What’s On 46 Walk: Discover Pistone Hill 47 your brain a workout with

groups to join this autumn

retirement home

20 Why crafts and mindfulness 34 Charles Rothschild: go together

24 How to beat loneliness and isolation

conservation pioneer

39 £300+ craft kit bundles up for grabs

from local authors

our cryptic crossword

48 Classifieds 50 Essential local services

The only local magazine offering shrink-wrapped guaranteed delivery to 10,616* addresses in the HP23 postcode area, by Royal Mail every quarter. *Royal Mail postcode data . Published quarterly in March, June, September & November The Team: Publisher: Alison Page / Editor: Naomi MacKay / Designer: Neil Randle Registered Address: Jubilee Gardens, Tring, Herts HP23 4JG. Living Magazines are published by independent publisher Alison Page Marketing. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is strictly prohibited without permission. The publisher will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Opinions expressed by authors and advertisers in this publication are not specifically endorsed by Alison Page Marketing.

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Future looks bright for Court Theatre


he plight of the performing arts industry and its venues has been well documented since the pandemic began, so Tring Living caught up with Ian Gower, Artistic Director of the community-run Court Theatre in Tring, to see how their plans were evolving now restrictions are starting to lift. He told us that although this had been a torrid time for The Court, performance-wise and financially, they are doing their best to relaunch

Can you help Tring?


ould you like to help make Tring a more sustainable town? Tring in Transition is a community-led group of volunteers that exists to strengthen the local economy, and reduce the town’s environmental impact. The aim is to build resilience for a future with a changing climate and where we have moved away from dependence on fossilfuel energy. Tring in Transition is taking action so the town in which we live remains a vibrant place, both for now and into the future. The group is

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a reduced programme of events this autumn by continuing with the Blues Bar Tring and music events that have been running under restrictions; comedy; the annual Pepper Show and Tring Theatre Company’s production of Calendar Girls The Musical, planned for October and November respectively. He said: ‘For the future we need our user groups to want to continue putting on shows and our audiences to return to support our events in the hope we can get up a full head of steam for a full programme in 2022. This will begin in earnest with the return of our annual pantomime, Cinderella, and we are also very excited to announce that Dan Maxwell of 349 Design has been working with us on a relaunch of our website to help give us a new fresh start.’

non-political, non-religious, non-profit and its aims are endorsed by Tring Town Council. Tring in Transition is actively looking for people who would be interested in helping with two of projects: Duckmore Lane Community Food Garden is the result of the transformation of a derelict site into an environmentally friendly community garden - there are regular monthly gardening sessions and the produce is for all to share. Plus, Tring in Transition is supporting the setting up of a Repair Shed or Repair Café in Tring as a community effort to fix things rather than binning them. This is a new project,which they hope to launch in October. If you would like to help or find out more about either these projects, contact or visit



A busy time for Graham Green Our Bookshop Festival returns T A fter a very challenging year, Our Bookshop in Tring has managed to go from strength to strength thanks to the huge amount of support they have received from across the region. They have passed on their thanks to all their customers. Numerous initiatives have been very successful, including the virtual events, book launches and the YouTube Channel, subscription service, the Bookshop and Book Festival Membership, the Bookclub with guest authors as well as the incredibly popular ‘minted’ book tokens. Visit for more information on everything they are doing.

Tring Book Festival Tring Book Festival takes place later this year - running from Friday 5 November until Sunday 14 November, predominantly in two venues - the newly refurbished High Street Baptist Church (next door to Our Bookshop) and the Court Theatre on Station Road. Just as in 2019, the festival will be kicking off with the Political Panel Show. This year’s panellists are Gagan Mohindra MP, Camilla Tominey and Jess Phillips. The final festival line-up will be announced and tickets will be on general sale by the time you read this. See the leaflet enclosed within this magazine for more information. For more details and to join the mailing list visit

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he Graham Greene International Festival is emphatically back again this year, with a fascinating programme compiled by experienced festival director Mike Hill. The 2021 Festival offers a range of lovingly researched talks for the aficionado, along with many opportunities for those less familiar with his work to discover that haunting literary mindscape, Greeneland. Baroness Claire Fox of the Academy of Ideas and playwright Nick Warburton will be discussing what makes Greene ‘A Good Read’; Professor Richard Greene will talk about his recent new biography, Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene; and the film version of Greene’s classic whisky-priest novel The Power and the Glory will be screened. The international worldview of this globetrotting son of Berkhamsted will be emphasised through contributions about a musical version of Our Man in Havana, the reception of Greene’s novels in socialist Romania, and the staging of his work in Germany, while novelist and screenwriter William Boyd will be discussing Greene’s last published novel. There’s something for everyone indeed! The 22nd Graham Greene International Festival runs from 30 September to 3 October. Further information and tickets:



Festival of Fire returns Airport expansion

plans continue


ring’s annual firework fest will return to Tring Park Cricket Club on Saturday 6 November. The event, which was unable to run last year because of the pandemic, will feature an array of food and drink stalls, a Guy competition, light background music and children’s rides. The centrepiece of the evening will be some spectacular fireworks set to popular classics. The show is being supported by The Akeman, Tring Brewery and the Little Crickets Day Nursery. Discounted tickets can be purchased from now until a week before the event via the website:

ne of the things many of us noticed during lockdown was the clear skies and lack of noise from airplanes. As travel has begun to open up again, Luton London Airport (LLA) has moved on with its planning application to Luton Borough Council for expansion. While the plan has reportedly been pushed back four years and has had nearly a third shaved off its £3bn price tag, it will still see passenger numbers double - eventually hitting 32 million a year. According to the Chiltern Countryside Group: ‘If you registered comments and/or objections before, we are assured these will still stand when the application is considered by Council.’ The group also claims that flights appear to be operating at lower levels and using older, noisier aircraft. They are calling for residents to complain to the LLA about any disturbances, in order to stop the situation escalating. Complaints can be made via the LLA website or by emailing


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Topping off at Tring School

Mass migrations in Tring!


he Topping Off ceremony on the roof of Tring School’s £30m new build project was attended by the Mayor of Tring, Christopher Townsend. The project to construct the three-storey building will result in one of the most sustainably designed built schools in the country. It will also have additional facilities to support the pastoral care and emotional wellbeing of the students. A local benefactor committed to fundexpanded sports facilities, and the four-court sports hall is larger than a normal school facility in order to meet the Sport England specification for a number of sports at national level.

Homes plan for Ivinghoe


pre-planning application public consultation has been held concerning a possible 75 new homes in Ivinghoe. Land South of Church Road has been earmarked for possible development by CALA Homes. According to the Chiltern Countryside Group, ‘this is a sensitive site on the edge of the village, which would see a large increase in the number of homes, abutting the Chilterns AONB and visible from key points such as Ivinghoe Beacon and the approach to Pitstone Windmill’.

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© Murmuration Danny Green/2020VISIOIN


utumn is a fantastic time to witness mass migrations as up to 50% of UK birds head towards sunnier shores. Some, such as swifts, breed in Hertfordshire and during our winter, fly to much warmer climates in Africa. Others escape the colder climates of Scandinavia and Northern Europe to winter in the UK’s temperate climate. During October, keep your eyes peeled for redwings in the fields and hedgerows and listen out for their ‘seeeep’ call as they fly over at night. Look out for wetland birds including goldeneye, pochard and goosander at wetland reserves, such as Tring Reservoirs. Roving flocks of our native birds can be seen grouping together for safety as the leafy canopy reduces and food becomes scarcer. Flocks can vary from 10 birds to many hundreds, even thousands such as when starlings gather together at Tring’s Wilstone reservoir in large, mesmerising murmurations. To find Tring Reservoirs and our other nature reserves, visit nature-reserves/tring-reservoirs


Carly hits the high notes A

soprano who was educated at Tring Park School of Performing Arts will be performing with Aled Jones on his Cathedral Tour next year. Carly Paoli also has a new album launching this month. Carly Paoli & Friends features Carly performing duets with various artists from across the musical spectrum including Elaine Paige, Tony Hadley, Paul Carrack, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, and more.

Tring Radio studio bid


or the past 15 months, Tring Radio volunteer presenters have been presenting from their own homes. Now, they want a dedicated studio where people can learn about radio production, as well as a base for local organisations to come to tell their stories on air. At there are fantastic rewards in return for donations, such as the chance to create your own live party show or co-present or produce a show. The initial target has been reached and they are raising a further £10,000 for a dedicated training studio.

Bell rings the changes Discover Herts Art


he Bell in Aston Clinton has just had a new makeover. Retaining many of its original period features, it has undergone a significant refurbishment, giving the muchloved eating and drinking spot a modern and stylish feel. Serving a topquality, seasonal menu and exciting cocktail repertoire, The Bell is ready to welcome regulars and new customers alike. To reserve a table or to find out more please visit:


erts Visual Arts is bringing artists, artisans and art-lovers together for inspiration, discovery and a rich opportunity - art in the heart of our communities. Running for more than 30 years, this year’s Herts Open Studios runs from 18 September to 10 October. Artists are taking part in-person or online. New web- and social media-based Virtual Open Studios features allow Open Studios to be enjoyed 24 hours a day. To find an Open Studio use the website at uk. On the street, just look for yellow bunting, direction arrows and banners outside venues.


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Take the bus

Learning never stops


ommunity Action Dacorum tells us that the Tring D2S shopper bus now runs every fortnight on a Thursday morning and takes Tring residents to Tesco. The service offers an accessible minibus and volunteers who will support the passengers with their shopping. To book a seat on the bus call 01442 212888.

Stay alert


new OWL (Online Watch Link) mobile app allows you to get notifications when your local police officers issue a new alert for your area. Search the App Store or Google Play for ‘owl crime alerts’.

Scouts call for volunteers


est Herts Scout District is growing, and needs your help. Within the District team, there are many administration roles to fill from a District Chairman to management and administration support. Groups also need help with face-to-face leaders and behind-the-scenes supporters. If you have skills in admin support, fundraising, leadership skills or activities, and any spare time, they’d love to hear from you. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences from scouting have been useful in their work or personal life. Contact

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ring u3a is a local organisation for likeminded people to have fun and engage in learning activities, normally meeting at least once a month. There’s a number of special-interest groups within Tring U3A, including the Book Club, Croquet, and Gardening Group, which enjoys talks and trips out to wonderful gardens. There’s also an Italian group, Discussion Group, Painting, Patchwork Quilt, and Science and technology groups, plus many more. Why not come along to one of the General talks for everyone (currently on Zoom). They last for about an hour and feature a good variety of professional speakers. Find out more at

Find great produce


isit Tring Farmers’ Market every second and fourth Saturday for locally produced and sourced food, drink, gifts, homeware and eco products. The market runs from 9am to 12.30pm. There is free one-hour parking available in the Forge Car park just off Tring High Street, Don’t forget to get your ticket! The market prides itself on its friendly community spirit with free fair-trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate to all visitors from Akeman Street Baptist Church stall. The Market Mynstralls play traditional folk music from about 10.30am with any donations going to Dens Homeless Charity. Follow the market on Facebook and Instagram @tringfarmersmarket to keep up to date with all the stalls attending and any special products and events.



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Handmade dog treats from all natural ingredients

Bailey’s Bites


Bailey & Sons - Berkhamsted 01 Kit Heath Stardust Earrings £38 02 9ct White Gold Hexagonal Necklace £300 Berkhamsted Arts & Crafts - Berkhamsted 03 Tie dye kit £19.95 04 Happypotomus story and colouring book £6.99 Fancy That - Tring 05 Groovy Girl £15 06 Foiled Resin necklaces £17.50 and Matching earrings £10.50 07 Resin cast bronze dipped Cockerpoo ‘Jasper’ £45 Etsy: BaileysbitesGB Facebook: Bailey’s Bites

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Gems & Jules - Tring 08 Silver Chic Plum Dainty Layered Necklace £135 09 Silver Eqyptian Earrings £79 10 Silver Paperclip Chain Necklace £195 Mary Casserley - Tring 11 Berkhamsted School - Kings Campus from Tompkins Meadow £3 12 Tring Reservoir Startops A4 prints £25 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 13 Alura candle £20 Puddingstone Distillery - Wilstone Green 14 Ultrasonic Gin £35 Tring Brewery - Tring 15 KING hop scented candle £10 16 Dagmal Breakfast Stout £2.55 17 Raven King Hot Sauce £5.15

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his September, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Coffee Morning event is back, with those attending set to raise millions to ensure Macmillan can continue to support the growing number of people living with cancer. Sadly, there has never been a more terrifying time in recent history to receive a diagnosis as people face potential disruption or delays to treatment, and people impacted by cancer need Macmillan’s support now more than ever before. Victoria from Little Tring Cakes wants to inspire you to get in the kitchen for this worthy cause with this scrumptious cake recipe. It’s zesty and warming and the rum gives it a great ‘holiday’ kick. This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning will be on Friday 24 September. Do something amazing today sign up to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning at



Cake: • 300g light brown sugar • 300g self-raising flour • 3 medium free-range eggs • 300g rapeseed oil • 8g bicarbonate of soda • 280g grated carrot • 220g tin of pineapple • 75g chopped walnuts • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 tsp ground ginger • Zest and juice of 1 orange • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1/2 tsp sea salt • 75ml spiced rum

• 300g icing sugar • 50g butter • 100g cream cheese • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 tsp cinnamon • ½ tsp sea salt • Zest and juice of 1 orange

To decorate: • Dried mango • Edible gold powder

Cake 1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C. Line 2 x 8in round cake tins with a disc of greaseproof paper and brush with oil. 2. In a bowl, weigh out all the dry ingredients and orange zest. 3. In the measuring jug, weigh out the oil and add the eggs to this. Meanwhile, grate the carrots and separate the pineapple from the juice in the tin, put the juice to one side. 4. Add the oil and eggs to the dry ingredients in quarters, mixing well between each interval. 5. Fold in the carrot, walnuts and pineapple to the mix. 6. Separate between the two tins and bake in the middle of the oven for 35 minutes. Check that a skewer in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven. 7. In a small pan, juice the oranges and add the pineapple juice. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Add the rum. Evenly pour this over both cakes while the cakes and syrup are still warm. Leave to cool in their tins while you make the icing. Icing 1. Whisk the butter and cream cheese together along with the vanilla, salt, cinnamon and orange zest. Slowly add the icing 1 tbsp at a time. 2. Once the cakes are cool, tip out of their tins by placing a plate on top of them and turning the tins upside down. Add one-third of the icing to the middle of the cake and spread evenly using a spoon. Place the other layer of the cake on top of this. 3. Pour the remaining icing on top of the cake using the back of a spoon to spread evenly and give a ‘paddled’ texture. 4. Tear up the dried mango and scatter evenly on top of the cake. Sprinkle with gold glitter. 5. Keeps in an airtight container for up to three days.


The value of advice You work hard to support your family and enjoy life – so why not seek expert advice to ensure your wealth is being managed effectively?


ife is busy – often complicated. Families become fragmented; demands on our time increase. You’d think that advances in technology, communications and media would make life easier, but that’s not always the case – it can just increase the noise and confusion as ‘information overload’ leaves us unsure about which way to turn. We rely on experts to help us or point us in the right direction: if our car breaks down, we see a mechanic; if we get toothache, we visit the dentist; if our body hurts, we consult a doctor. The same should also be true of our finances. Why wouldn’t we seek the advice of experts to ensure that it’s being managed at the most effective time and in the most effective way? Our advice proposition centres around you – a relationship-based, long-term approach focusing on understanding your motivations, needs and aspirations. Only then can we recommend products and investments that work in synergy with each other and match your attitude to risk. But of course, ‘the value of advice’ can be subjective and mean different things to different people. For some,

‘value’ can be found in the relinquishing of the burden and worry; for others, it’s knowing that their investments are being professionally managed and working towards achieving their goals. However you define ‘value’, you can rest assured that we’re here to support and guide you on every step of your financial journey. At St. James’s Place, we focus on achieving and maintaining a thorough understanding of your financial needs and aspirations. We believe passionately that the best wealth management service is provided through personalised, face-toface advice.

Changes in legislation and tax regimes, coupled with increased choices in financial products, all need expert knowledge We offer investments, with opportunities to grow your wealth and protect it against inflation, and a broad range of funds to choose from to help you build an appropriate portfolio. Regardless of your life stage, it’s also important to receive the right advice on your pension requirements. We can help

you make the most of retirement opportunities, whether you’re an individual or a business. We also specialise in providing effective solutions to meet your insurance and protection needs. Whether you require life cover or advice on Inheritance Tax, St. James’s Place will offer you the right products and services to suit you and your family. Whether you are remortgaging, downsizing, or a first-time buyer, St. James’s Place can offer advice on a wide range of mortgages. We also have access to a range of banking solutions. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and the value may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested. The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time and are generally dependent on individual circumstances.

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Why write it down? We know what we’ve agreed…

Here’s another in my series of family law myths – this time we debunk myths for both unmarried, cohabiting, and married couples.

The Unmarried Couples Edition When a couple buy a property together, often their contributions are not equal. One could be contributing more to the deposit, or one paying more towards the mortgage. Often couples have understandings along the lines of ‘if we break up and sell the house, we get back what we each put in’. Sometimes they don’t discuss it at all but each understands something different about what would happen if their relationship were to end. For many people, talking about money is awkward, especially in the early stages of a relationship, when you can’t imagine life without each other. No one wants to be the person saying ‘Darling, we really need to put this in writing, you know, just in case’. But please do! Think of it as a gift to your future selves, which hopefully you will never use. It is far safer for couples to record their intentions in writing, in an express declaration of trust. Your conveyancing solicitor can help prepare this document before you proceed with the purchase. If, for example, one of you contributes 75% of the deposit, you may wish to set out that that person owns 75% of the property. But if the other person is going to pay more or all of the mortgage then maybe you want ownership to reflect that. Or maybe you want an agreement that you each receive the same percentage deposit you individually contributed, but after that everything is 50/50. These, and other agreements, can be included in a declaration of trust. Setting intentions out in an express declaration of trust will show, beyond doubt,

By Georgina Allen, Solicitor at Rayden Solicitors, Berkhamsted

what each of you thought you were doing when the transaction took place. Without it you may find yourself later arguing about past conversations and recollections of respective intentions, which is uncertain, and can be expensive and time-consuming to resolve. The Married Couples’ Edition Clients often tell me they have agreed everything with their spouses following separation, and they just want the divorce dealt with and the Decree Absolute will finalise everything… won’t it? Yes, the Decree Absolute finalises the divorce - you are no longer married. However, it does not terminate all of the claims which spouses have against each other. A divorced couple may have agreed their financial arrangements but sometimes circumstances change and one party may want to re-visit arrangements and they can, except in some limited circumstances such as re-marriage. In order to dismiss potential future claims and make an agreement regarding financial arrangements final and binding, the parties should apply for a ‘consent order’. This document can be drawn up by a solicitor and lodged with the Court for approval by a Judge. Once approved and sealed by the Court, it is binding (unless in exceptional circumstances eg. fraud). It provides peace of mind about future claims, and gives the parties evidence of the agreement, if one of them does not adhere to it. Punishments for breaching a Court order include: warning notices, enforcement orders, compensation and contempt of court proceedings. Once again, if in doubt, write it down.

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MINDFULNESS After the tough couple of years our children have had, taking time out is more important than ever. Arts and crafts is the perfect way to do that


hildren have been through some thoroughly unsettling times over the past couple of years. A global pandemic, lockdowns, remote schooling, bubble closures and isolation. So it’s no surprise that children’s mental health is so high on the public agenda. Engaging in arts and crafts can be a great way to take the mind off stressful situations. It promotes mindfulness, by allowing you to take the time to focus just on the moment and what you are doing. Did you know that when we are being creative, a natural anti-depressant (dopamine) is released by the brain? While little ones enjoy arts and crafts on a more regular basis at pre-school and during Key Stage 1, as children (and teens) get older, there is less chance to be creative at school, so it’s even more important to allow creativity to happen at home. Katie Jones is the founder of Berkhamsted’s The Canvas Crew, which runs art workshops, clubs and parties for adults and children. She says: ‘Drawing and painting – in fact any creative activities – are brilliant for giving our

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poor brains a break. If we don’t put pressure on ourselves to create the ‘perfect picture’ it’s a much-needed chance to play, explore and express ourselves. I know from being contacted by lots of parents that making art, over the past year in particular, has made a huge difference to many children’s confidence and happiness.’ The Canvas Crew has been running parent and child workshops, which brings us to an important point. There’s no reason why you can’t join in the fun too. Seeing you having fun, being bold with your creations and willing to try, even if you make mistakes, will give them the confidence to be creative and adventurous. Crafts to try

Win the ultimate creative bundle! We have two amazing bundles of craft sets, each worth £150, from the lovely people at John Adams up for grabs. Head to our competition on page 39.


Give it a go! Jo Kidd, director of Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts in Lower Kings Road, offers some creative ideas for children and teens to try this autumn • To practise any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it! (Kurt Vonnegut) • Our mental health is as important as our physical health and there are all sorts of things we can do to help keep our brains happy and my favourite way is what most of us do naturally anyway – doodling! • Zen Doodling is the art of drawing structured patterns and once you have seen some examples it’s easy. You already have what you need (any pen and paper) and anyone can do it. It’s great for relieving stress and infusing some much-needed creativity into a child’s busy life.

For little ones:

Make monsters from junk: glue googly eyes, tissue paper tongues and cardboard arms and legs to old cereal boxes. Or make towers from things in the recycling! Have fun with paints: potato printing, finger painting, hand prints - there’s lots of fun ideas for making pictures with feet and hand prints online. Making pom poms: You just need two cardboard circles and some leftover wool. Those pom poms can become fat birds, Christmas puddings, planets - use your imagination!

For older ones:

• Teach them (or find someone to show you both!) how to knit or crochet. • Learn macrame - this 70s knot-tying craft is making a comeback. • Make bracelets from paracord

Above: An example of Zen Doodling seen in The Happypotomus and the Grumble Bee, written by Lazarus Gubbins (Jo Kidd’s husband). Left: Using a tie dye kit can produce some amazing results.

• Colour is a power which directly influences the soul (Kandinsky). There are so many ways to be creative with colour, but when I think about colour I think tie dye - it’s one way to have fun and achieve awesome results that can be worn. Colouring for mindfulness: there are lots of books or downloadable colouring sheets online. For older kids and teens who are way past their colouring in days, this can be a surprisingly soothing activity. Lino prints: For older kids and teens as you need a sharp blade, but you can get surprisingly impressive results. Clay: Whether you use a basic air drying clay or the colourful soft modelling dough (such as FIMO) that has to be oven baked, you can make all sorts - pots, pictures, jewellery, ornaments and more. Tactile activities such as using clay or modelling dough, can help children to feel grounded and more connected with life, especially in our ever-more digital world.









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Fully equipped Pilates Studio based in the centre of Tring. Highly qualified instructors have first-hand experience of how Pilates can help with:

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any of us have experienced changes in our circumstances over the past 18 months, so it’s important to look after ourselves, to be aware of potential mental health issues, and combat loneliness and isolation No one can say the past 18 months or so haven’t been unusual - and challenging for many of us. A lot of people have seen their circumstances change, whether it’s through the loss of friends and family, changes in finances or an upheaval with work. As the summer starts to slip away, it might be easy to stay at home, avoid interacting with others and end up feeling quite isolated. So while the weather is still good, and before the evenings get dark, now is the time to think about how you can stay connected with the outside world. The good news is that there are a number of organisations in our area that aim to help local folk do just that, plus plenty of clubs, societies

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and groups that will always welcome new members with open arms. Linking Lives, based at the Baptist Church in Tring High Street is a national charity, and this local branch offers ways to help anyone who feels lonely or isolated. Cliff Brown tells Living: ‘We are here for anyone of any age (over 16) who hasn’t got a network. We’ve had lots of people who have had to rebuild their lives here because of working from home. For 14 hours a day their lives have been working and socialising in London, and now they’ve spent the past 18 months in Tring, without their network of friends and colleagues. Other people have family abroad and have been isolated from them for months.’ Linking Lives can help in many ways. They offer a befriending service - which can be over the phone or face to face. They have funded a few old iPads so that people can contact friends and family. Cliff takes a group to the pub once a week, and other friendships are made through

HEALTH AND BEAUTY different interests. There are people who meet for dog walks, and volunteers have helped clients to join local special-interest clubs too. The drop-in centre at the church is open from 9am-1pm most days. ‘There’s no pressure, and it’s a free service,’ he says. Although the service is based at the church there is no need to be religious in order to attend or volunteer. Cliff says they used to get quite a few referrals from local doctors, but with face-toface appointments harder to get due to the pandemic, this has dropped off, so he is keen to ensure that anyone who needs their help can access it. ‘We know we’re only scratching the surface,’ he says. If you are interested in the work that Linking Lives in Tring does, either as a client or as a volunteer, email tringlinkinglives@gmail. com or call 01442 824054 or 07305 257160. Find out more at linkinglives The over 50s can also join the Repair Shed, where they can tinker in a shed, make friends

and share their lives. The Repair Sheds are run by Community Action Dacorum, whose Chief Executive Simon Aulton says: ‘The Repair Shed makes a positive difference to people suffering from loneliness and isolation by allowing them to talk shoulder to shoulder rather than eye to eye.’ Those in Tring can access the Shed at Sunnyside Rural Trust in Northchurch. Shedders (as they like to be known) fix things, build new items out of wood and metal and sell them to keep their shed running. A Sewing Cafe has been established along similar lines, in Markyate, with the possibility of more locations to follow. If you would like to be involved with a local shed or cafe email or call 01442 617630. For young people of secondary school age, there’s always a warm welcome at Tring Youth Club. The club runs on Friday nights and offers XBox, pool, bar football, tuck shop - and you can bring your own music to plug into the sound system. Contact them through their Facebook or Instagram accounts.

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COME JOIN US Linking Lives Offering support for anyone feeling lonely or isolated, through a befriending service, drop-in sessions and more. Based at Tring Baptist Church. Contact or 01442 824054 or 07305 257160. https://

Repair Sheds and Sewing Cafes Run by Community Action Dacorum, the over 50s can join the Repair Shed at Sunnyside Rural Trust in Northchurch, where they can tinker in a shed, make friends and share their lives. A Sewing Cafe has been established along similar lines, in Markyate, with the possibility of more locations to follow. Contact tony@communityactiondacorum. or 01442 617630.

Tring and District Model Railway Club The club meets weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at its clubroom in Leighton Buzzard. Members’ interests cover N, OO9, OO gauges. There is a test track and new layouts are in the process of construction. Contact Chris Hall 01442 824350.

Tring and District Camera Club The goal at the club is to have fun, learning about creative photography. They meet on Thursday evenings at the Baptist Hall in Tring, although they have just finished a fantastic season of meetings on Zoom. Contact

Tring & District Local History & Museum Society If you enjoy history and want to find out more about Tring’s history, join Tring & District Local History & Museum Society. They have a museum, talks and regular newsletters. Contact 01442 827702.

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Here’s a small selection of groups that are welcoming new members this autumn.

Tring Lions Club Tring Lions enjoy raising money for local good causes. Each month they meet twice at Pendley Manor and once at a local pub or restaurant. Contact Mick on 01442 381117.

Tring Reminiscences An informal group meeting monthly in the Nora Grace Hall. All ages, background welcome. Next meeting 24 September at 11am. Contact Richard Tregoning, Tring History Society richard@

Tring Swimming Club Tring Swimming Club offers sociable, professionally coached sessions in modern facilities, every day of the week, with squads for all ages from 6 to 60+. If you want to improve your technique and compete, or simply enjoy regular swimming for fitness and fun, get in touch and book your free trial. Contact tringswimclubenquiries@gmail. com or 07875 556945.

Tring WI Tring Womens’ Institute consists of a group of ladies who meet once a month for tea, biscuits and a chat and who come along to listen to a talk given by the guest speaker of the day. They meet at the Nora Grace Hall at 2.30pm on the first Friday of the month. Pop along - you will be very welcome. Contact Carol on 01442 822695.

Tring Youth Club For young people of secondary school age, open on Friday nights between 6.30 and 9pm, offering Xbox, pool, bar football, tuck shop - and bring your own music to plug into the sound system. Contact them via their Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Tring Youth Theatre Project Local amateur dramatics for children from Tring, Berkhamsted and the surrounding areas. They have just put on a production of Bugsy Malone. Contact lynda_minshull@yahoo. or 07963 143805.

Tring Tornadoes football and netball clubs Tring Tornadoes is a youth sport club with teams for boys football from ages U6 to U18, and girls from U6 to U12, as well as netball teams for U8 to U14. Contact enquirers@ or 07972 222902.

To find out about other clubs locally visit our website at to view a digital copy of the Berkhamsted magazine.



Retirement doesn’t have to be early bird specials and daytime TV. Socialise and have fun in your spare time instead by joining Tring u3a. Pick from over 30 groups where members can take part in activities including walking, photography, bridge, gardening, playing the ukulele and more.

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This benefits the plants significantly and our weeds are kept under control, so no weed killer needed either! ‘Growing no-dig works for veg plots and flowerbeds alike, so if you are interested in learning more, the current lead in UK no-dig work is Charles Dowding [Monty Don calls him the guru of no-dig gardening].’

What are the alternatives? If you want to buy peat-free compost, you have a few choices: Wood fibre: This includes composted bark, paper waste and sawdust. It offers a low pH and good drainage. Coir: This coconut fibre is a waste product and is mostly imported from Sri Lanka. While it can

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ll of us are trying to be more organic when it comes to gardening, and with sales of peat-based compost set to be banned from 2024, we might as well be prepared. There really is no reason to wait. Matt Felix, Sunnyside Rural Trust’s site coordinator at Northchurch, says: ‘Here at Sunnyside Rural Trust we attempt a process of hot composting within six large bays. Rapid decomposition takes place at high temperatures, allowing us to use a mix of green and animal (goats, pigs, sheep) waste, layering the compost with equal amounts each week. At the end of each month the compost gets turned into the new bay, leaving the first bay empty for the new waste. This method allows for faster production (six months) of larger amounts of compost to be used in the polytunnels all year round, and is rich in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus and should be weed-free, thanks to the heat created. ‘We then celebrate the ‘No Dig Method’. The principle of no-dig is to not disturb the natural soil any more than the top 5cm, and then apply compost as a mulch rather than digging it in as would happen traditionally.

GARDENS be good at retaining water, it is not so good at retaining nutrients, so be careful to feed your plants as necessary. Green waste: Made by councils and some private companies from the green waste harvested from household waste collections. Keep an eye out for free compost on offer from Dacorum Council.

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Choosing a compost bin There are all kinds of bins to choose from. And if you have plenty of space in your garden, you have lots of choice. However, if your garden space is limited, here’s a few options... Wormery: If you buy one, it will most likely stand on legs and fit easily on a patio. Brandling worms are kept inside and you get not only rich compost but liquid fertiliser too. Compost bags: Special compost bags are made from a breathable fabric that allows the oxygen to get in. Bokashi bins: Rather than decomposing, the material in these Japanese-developed bins

Recipe for homemade compost Ingredients You need a good mix of green and brown components to make a balanced mix: • Greens: fruit and veg peelings; grass cuttings; coffee grounds; fresh manure; green plant cuttings. • Browns: leaves; hay; straw; shredded paper; cardboard; chopped up woody prunings; eggshells; teabags; sawdust. • Never add: ·whole eggs; cooked meat/bones; fatty food waste; dairy products; dog or cat waste, or treated wood (such as fence panels). Method 1. Find a space that is out of the way. You can use a compost bin if you want. This is advisable if the compost can be easily seen

from the rest of the garden, just because it will look nicer 2. Add waste as and when you have it - try to keep a good mix of green and brown or it will be too wet/too dry. 3. Every so often, check the consistency. If it’s too dry, you can water it with the hose. If it’s too wet, fork in some more matter from the ‘brown’ list. 4. The compost will take at least six months to become the brown, crumbly compost you need. If it is not rotting, you may need to turn it and fork it to add more oxygen. 5. Dig in to borders, or use as a mulch around plants. Use a mix of compost and soil in containers.

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What to look for in your retirement home

y the time you’re thinking about retiring you will probably have done quite a bit of home hunting, but thinking about a retirement home is a different matter. So how to choose? You could choose a retirement village or development. Here, there will be other people of retirement age, there may be a warden on hand for emergencies, and the added bonus of activities and facilities on site. A retirement home or apartment might offer you independent living, and lower running costs, but with fewer added-on facilities. Things to think about… Facilities: If you retire in your late 60s you could have at least another 20 years to enjoy. Your mobility may become affected, so having facilities and activities on tap is useful including beauty salons and hairdressers, cafes and even gyms. There may be activities such as yoga and wine tasting, and even an allotment or gardens to tend.

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Care on tap: Some offer a warden service, others might have someone on call but off-site. You may get round-the-clock care, while others have a programme of variable care, which can increase as and when you require it. You may find developments with an element of nursing care and even facilities for dementia sufferers. Getting out and about: A lovely rural location sounds idyllic, but if you can’t get yourself out and about, you’ll be stuck there. Being close to a nearby town for doctors or hospital


Robert Stringer, of Stringer Mann Chartered Financial Planners in Berkhamsted, is a member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA). He advises that you start considering your retirement accommodation sooner rather than later - it may even be something you look ahead to when you are in your 20s and 30s. But certainly, he says: ‘We often say to people in their 50s and 60s, you need to keep enough money for care. When you are selling your home to buy a retirement home, you should leave enough for service charges and care. Care can cost as much as £1,000 a week, even if it is in your own home. It’s always important to work out what your next step will be. At 80 you may still be quite active, travelling away on holiday etc. By the age of 85 your needs may have changed considerably. ‘People will often come to us too late - when a parent has had a fall or has dementia - to try to work out what the next step will be. Planning is important - make sure you have Powers of Attorney in place too.

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‘We also always advise that you ensure you are getting the help you need. If you have a medical need then care is free at the point of delivery so Continuing Healthcare Assessments are vital. There are benefits such as attendance allowance and registered nursing care contributions too. ‘The most important thing is to get expert advice as early as possible.’

homes are leasehold, and when you sell there can be a lot of paperwork - more than when selling a normal property’. Talking of which, do ensure you update your Will when you move into your retirement home.

appointments may become a more pressing need as you age. Some developments offer a shuttle service into town. Service charges: Most of these developments have a service charge, so do take that into account when working out your finances. This charge will cover maintenance, as well as activities, on-site care, grounds maintenance and so on. Be sure you are clear about exactly what it includes. Selling on: Should you need to go into a nursing home, or when you die, it’s likely you will want your family to sell your home and divide the proceeds as you wish. Be aware that there can be extra charges when this happens it is often called a deferred management charge. Robert Stringer points out that ‘most of these

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Charles Rothschild - the forgotten younger brother?

Walter Rothschild is famous for driving a carriage drawn by zebras and of course his collection that formed the basis of Tring’s Natural History Museum, but his younger brother left a lasting legacy that should not be forgotten...

With thanks to Tim Amsden, Tring Local History Museum, and author of The Rothschilds and Tring, and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.


e may not be quite as well known as his more flamboyant older brother but Charles Rothschild still left a lasting legacy, both around Tring and across the British Isles. Nathaniel ‘Charles’ Rothschild was born in Tring in 1877. He spent much of his childhood at Tring Park, and was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Cambridge. He joined the family bank, but like his brother Walter he was fascinated by the natural world. Much of his focus was on entomology (the study of insects and their relationship to humans) and his collection of around 260,000 fleas is now in the Rothschild Collection at the Natural History Museum. He identified around 500 new flea species, including the plague vector flea, Xenopsylla cheopis. However, more importantly, he is considered a pioneer of nature conservation. He founded the first nature reserve in the UK at Wicken Fen (his father gave him an estate near Oundle in 1899).

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The turning point for British nature conservation came in May 1912, when Charles held a meeting at the Natural History Museum in London. At that meeting he presented an idea for a new organisation to save the best places for wildlife in the British Isles. That meeting led to the founding of the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (the predecessor of The Wildlife Trusts). His aim was to identify and protect the most important wildlife sites, rather than just individual species, a vision that led to nature conservation as we know it today. During the three years following that meeting Charles coordinated a national survey of wildlife sites that were ‘worthy of preservation’ in Britain and Ireland. From that he produced The Rothschild List (, which named the 284 best wildlife sites in the country, some of which were purchased as nature reserves. His daughter, Miriam, a gifted scientist later played a significant part within the Society too.


It’s just a shame that Charles died in 1923 and so never saw the culmination of his work - the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which makes provision for National Parks and the establishment of a National Parks Commission; to confer on the Nature Conservancy and local authorities powers for the establishment and maintenance of nature reserves. One of the sites named on that list is Aldbury Nowers. This chalk hill is in the Chilterns and noted by Rothschild for its ‘rare plants and insects’ - in particular the silver-spotted skipper butterfly, the pasqueflower and field fleawort. The site suffered some neglect and lack of management but is now managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and its recovery is in progress. Following some chalk grassland restoration work, the small blue butterfly has recently returned to the reserve, and it’s a wonderful place to see wildflowers, butterflies and many other chalk grassland species. 2



1. Portrait photograph of Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923) 2. An image of papers from The ‘Rothschild Reserves’ Archive, the SPNR survey returns sent out by Charles from the Rothschild bank at New Curt, 1912-1915 Reproduced with the permission of The Trustees of The Rothschild Archive. 3. Silver-spotted skipper butterfly © Paul Ketchum from Pixabay 4. Aldbury Nowers © Josh Kubale

Other sites nearby named on the list include Coombe Hill near Wendover. Dancersend, near Aston Clinton, was once owned by the Rothschild family, and though not named on the list, was designated as a nature reserve in the 1940s in remembrance of Charles. It is now run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Charles inherited the Tring park estate during World War 1 (although it was his elder brother who inherited the title of Lord.). Tim Amsden, Tring Local History Museum, tells Living: ‘Charles co-operated with Hertfordshire County Council in the implementation of the 1919 Land Settlement (Facilities) Act by putting forward Dunsley Farm, which has been run as a County farm tenancy ever since. Some of its land in Cow Lane was split off as smallholdings. On one of these a bungalow was built for a Mr Jeacock - it’s now a listed building. Also built was Cow Lane Farm. All of this land is now threatened by housing development. ‘The Urban District Council (UDC), which wanted to broaden its rates income base, asked for the frontage to Station Road to be reserved for ‘better class housing’ and this resulted in the row of substantial houses running from the Cricket Club to Cow Lane. ‘The 1919 Housing Act (‘Homes Fit for Heroes’) required local councils to build houses, and Charles gave the UDC enough land off Dundale Road to build 50 houses. In the event they could only muster the finances to build 12 (which are the ones continuing from those his father had built for the Council in 1913). The Estate insisted that the remaining land must not be sold off, but must be given away to anyone who was able to build themselves a house on it. The result was Manor Road. ‘It’s worth bearing in mind that Charles was a very sick man during this time, and most of his affairs in Tring were being conducted by his wife Rózsika and his agent Richardson Carr.’

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By Clare Swatman. From Our Bookshop, Tring, other bookshops and Amazon. Out now. Anna is a carer and used to helping older people - but when she meets 94-year-old Grace, she discovers that her charge has plans to help her too. As they share stories of their heartbreak - Anna’s from a recent divorce, and Grace from events during World War II they discover that they have a lot in common, despite the age gap between them. Can they both make peace with the past? Set in and around Lowestoft in Suffolk, where Clare has many happy memories from spending time with her grandparents, this heartwarming story will grab you from the start, as you warm to the two central characters. You might need some tissues at the ready too! Clare Swatman was a journalist for national women’s magazines including Bella, Best and Take a Break – and of course is the former Editor of Tring Living and Berkhamsted Living Magazines! She lives in Berkhamsted with her husband and two boys. She has written two former novels - Before You Go and The Mother’s Secret - and is currently working on her fourth.

Doing One’s Duty By Mike Walsham. From bookshops and Amazon. Out now. Following on from his first book Monique, this is a thrilling tale about the Intelligence Service during World War II. This historical novel follows the exploits of Andrew, who was recruited into the British Secret Intelligence Service in 1939 for his linguistic talents. His missions include joining one of the ‘small ships’ in the evacuation of British Expeditionary Force soldiers out of Dunkirk, and persuading the King of Norway to accept exile in London rather than fight against the Nazis. A fascinating story, which entwines real characters and events into a fictional tale, it is a great read, especially for anyone interested in the history of the Second World War. Mike lives in Ringshall, Little Gaddesden. His first book, Monique, was published in 2020. 42 / Tring Living

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Self Contained – Scenes from a Single Life By Emma John. From bookshops and Amazon. Out now. Self Contained is about living singly, and was written during the pandemic in a lovely thatched cottage on the canalside in Marsworth, near Tring – a village which Emma says has been an absolute refuge for her, with its reservoirs, fields, footpaths and the kind neighbourly community. Those who have spent any time being single, whether during a pandemic or not will laugh wryly throughout. From the very first page, this book wraps you in a snuggly blanket – the writing style has a warmth and familiarity about it which is oddly comforting. Make yourself a cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy. Emma is a journalist and author. She was the first woman in the UK to win a Sports Journalism Award.

Progress of a Modern Pilgrim: My Life as an Ambassador of Faith and Film By David Sullivan. From www. progressofamodernpilgrim. com, bookshops and Amazon. Out now. David has lived in Berkhamsted for 24 years. His autobiography follows humanitarian work in North Korea, work in China, acting work on major feature films and TV programmes and a summer in 1969 with the Yanomami South American Native Indian tribe. This is a fascinating insight into one man’s extraordinary life. David’s tales are like a window into another world. You can find out more and purchase your copy at

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MONDAY 6 SEP Film: Berkhamsted Film Society Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 7, Mon 20, Tue 21 Sep. 8pm. www.

TUESDAY 7 SEP Travel: Military Veterans day to National Memorial Arboretum Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club, in partnership with Berkhamsted Rotary Club. RotaryHemelHempstead Gardens: Ashridge House Garden Tour Available to book every Tuesday at 10am & 1pm.

WEDNESDAY 8 SEP Sport: Ashridge Golf Day Ashridge Golf Club, A fantastic 18 holes on this prestigious course followed by a delicious three-course meal and live auction in support of the Hospice of St Francis. www.

Fairs / Festivals: Lost Wharves of Berkhamsted Also 15 Sep. Guided tour of yesterday’s canal, highlighting the former industrial activity and the importance of canals in the growth and development of the town.* Music: Nikki Iles Trio Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8.30pm. Berkhamsted Jazz first concert of 2021/22 Season.

SUNDAY 12 SEP Fairs / Festivals: BFI Film & Television Archive Open Day BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted, 10.30am-4pm. See the specialist skills, technology and vaults preserving the film and TV heritage of the nation. Pre-booking essential. uk/visiting/event/ bfi-film-television-archive


Fairs / Festivals: Producing Watercress in Berkhamsted Meet at St Johns Wells Lane HP4 1JQ, 10.30am. Also 16 Sep. Learn what life was like for the watercress families.* www.

Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Foundling Hospital Online event available all week. www.

Fairs / Festivals: St Peter’s Church and Court House 3pm. Visit the Tudor Court House, a building much altered over the years.*



Fundraisers: Hospice of St Francis Car Boot Sale Dudswell Field, Tring Road, HP4 3TA. uk/carbootsales

Fairs / Festivals: Amersfort A fine Arts and Craft house, with a garden designed by Ernest Willmott and planted by Gertude Jekyll. Guided tour of the gardens.* www.

Markets & Sales: Tring Farmers Market Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, 9am-12.30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. www.tringfarmersmarket. Fairs / Festivals: The Battle of Berkhamsted Common - the Power of the People A guided tour showing extent of area proposed for enclosure by Lord Brownlow and its background history. *

Walks: A Walk Back in Time White Hill HP4 1LJ, 2pm. Also 16 Sep. Guided Tour of Berkhamsted’s Historic Centre which points out significant buildings and events of the town.*

WEDNESDAY 15 SEP Business: BDCC Champagne Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club,

7.15-9.30am. £15 members, £20 non-members. www.

THURSDAY 16 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted’s West End Poverty and Industry Meet at Sacred Heart Church Park St HP4 1HX, 6pm. Also 10.30am 18 Sep. Learn about the less well known history of Berkhamsted.* Walks: Wild Gin Tasting Tring Reservoirs, 7-10pm. An evening visit to Wilstone Reservoir Nature Reserve, learning about the amazing nocturnal bat, followed by gin tasting at Puddingstone Distillery. www.

FRIDAY 17 SEP Fairs / Festivals: A Walk in the Past - Berkhamsted Place, successor to the Castle Meet at top of Castle Hill, 10am. Also 2pm 18 Sep. Experience something of the grandeur and ambiance of what remains of this Royal Mansion House. *

SATURDAY 18 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Climate Action Berkhamsted To 26 Sep. Take part in the Great Big Green Week, a UK wide celebration of action on climate change. climate-action-berkhamsted Fairs / Festivals: Chilterns Heritage Festival To 3 Oct. A series of exciting events across the region, designed to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Chilterns. www.chilternsociety. Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am-2pm. berkofm

SUNDAY 19 SEP Sport: MKFM Tour de Vale Bike Ride Transform lives by taking part in Buckinghamshire’s biggest charity bike ride. Walks: The Berkhamsted Walk A 12-mile walk designed to raise money for The Children’s Society. www. Travel: Winchester Cathedral Flower Show Masons mini bus and coach hire. £35pp. A stunning array of flower arrangements inspired

by the magnificent Winchester Bible. www. Fairs / Festivals: Visit to working watercress beds HP1 2BS, 11am. A rare opportunity to see a working watercress bed from start to finish, a familiar site in Victorian England.*

WEDNESDAY 22 SEP Business: Tring Together Netwalking 9am. For those who find breakfast meetings too early and evenings too difficult to get to, join BusinessMart (Tring’s biggest business networking group) and walk around Tring Park whilst you network. Dogs welcome. Register via email. Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Live Goes Green Berkhamsted celebration of Great Big Green Week showcasing music from indie/ folk band The Devines plus ‘Climate Justice/Eco Testimonies’ by John Bell, Raeeka Yassale & Sue Hampton. www. uk/great-big-green-week

SATURDAY 25 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Herts Bigger Weekend Hertfordshire’s biggest celebration of the year gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that our county has to offer. Exhibitions: Tring And District Model Railway Club Exhibition Pitstone Memorial Hall LU7 9EY. 10.15am-4.30pm. There will be layouts in various scales from the small N gauge up to the large G scale suitable for use in gardens. www.tringandaylesburymrc. Music: Nine Below Zero Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

FRIDAY 1 OCT Exhibitions: The Virtual Art Shop To 31 Oct. Free online art exhibition showcasing paintings, prints, jewellery and glassware from local artists. Sales from the site raise money for the Chilterns MS Centre. www. Talks: Corsets and codpieces - a study of tudor underwear By video conference, 7.15pm. Speaker Dr Nic Fulcher.

Music: Head Hunters Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

SATURDAY 2 OCT Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 Music: Slim Chance Blues Bar Tring, 8pm. Music: Matt Skelton’s Blackhawk Band Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 9 OCT Arts & Crafts: Festival of Arts and Crafts St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe. Also Sun 10. To celebrate the church’s 800th anniversary. Live music and refreshments. holycross.allsaints Music: Engegard Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.30pm, £16. www.

THURSDAY 14 OCT Music: Alex Hamilton Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

THURSDAY 21 OCT Music: East West Maxwell Street Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

SATURDAY 23 OCT Music: OMG A Night at the Musicals Starring the Tring Together Big Band. 7pm at Nora Grace Hall. There will be hot food and snacks. Pre-booking is essential.

SATURDAY 30 OCT Music: Georgia Mancio Trio Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm.


FRIDAY 5 NOV Talks: West Wycombe Park and the Dashwoods By video conference, 7.15pm. Speaker Peter Hague. Fairs / Festivals: Tring Book Festival From 5 to 14 November taking place at the Court Theatre and High Street Baptist Church. Visit the website for details.

SATURDAY 6 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Town Fireworks A charitable event taking place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Fairs / Festivals: Tring Festival of Fire A charity event taking place at Tring Park Cricket Club, and raising money to support sport in the local community.

SUNDAY 7 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Book Festival Berkhamsted Town Hall, 10am-6pm. There will be children’s and adult authors and a mixture of author’s readings, panels and Q&A sessions.

THURSDAY 11 NOV Music: The Hitman Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm.

SATURDAY 13 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Christmas at Waddesdon Waddesdon Manor. Wed-Sun 12noon-7.30pm to 3 Jan. Music: Roscoe Piano Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.30pm, £16. www.


Film: Berkhamsted Film Society Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also Tue 2, Mon 15, Tue 16. 8pm. Non-members £5 at door. For details of film please visit the website. www.

Business: BDCC Champagne Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am. £15 members; £20 non-members. www.berkhamsted-chamber.



Travel: Blackpool Illuminations Masons mini bus and coach hire. From £166pp. To 5 Nov.

Music: Richard Pite Band Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Tribute to Keith Nicholls.




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PITSTONE HILL This walk is about 3.5 miles long. An easy stretch for a Sunday afternoon. 1. Starting from Pitstone Memorial Hall car park go across the recreation ground to the roundabout and turn right up Marsworth Road towards the village. After about 200 yards take the smaller gate on your right into the permissive footpath surrounding the allotments. Do not enter the allotment site. 2. Follow this path round until you come to a farm track. Turn left and follow the track straight up until you reach the road by the Silver Birch. Beware that this path can be muddy in parts in the winter. 3. Cross the road taking great care. Cross the narrow field on the permissive footpath. Go through the hole in the hedge and turn left onto Footpath 7. (see website) 4. Continue on this footpath over a stile, across the field entrance and round to your right, parallel with Stocks Road and continue up the hill. 5. When you reach the top of this path go through the gate and turn right. Follow the wide path till you reach the well-trodden path coming down from the top of the hill (Piccadilly). Turn right here and climb up to the highest point. On your way note the overgrown copse on your right. This is the AA wood planted in the 1950s by members of

the AA with neither permission nor plan for maintenance. Also note a dug-out pocket beside the path to your right. This is the Pitstone Home Guard gun emplacement from World War II! 6. Admire the view from the highest point including All Saints, Leighton Buzzard to your right and the County Council building in Aylesbury to your left. 7. When you reach a post with a blue arrow bear right and follow the path downwards until you reach the gate into Aldbury Nowers. Do not go through the gate. 8. Turn down the hill, which is quite steep at this point. Go straight on through the gate onto the footpath going down the side of the quarry. After you have been through the metal barrier at the bottom turn right to walk on a footpath parallel with the road. 9. At the end cross onto the road near the roundabout. Take care here and make your way across the roundabout and along Westfield Road. 10. Follow the Footpath sign across the quarry to Church Road. At the end of Church Road turn left and follow Vicarage Road back to the Memorial Hall. With thanks to Pitstone Parish Council.




As a new term starts this month, our crossword from Ian Bateman has a back-to-school theme. Will you come top of the class?

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Headless spring is less than a pound (5) Support a really extreme school (9) Decimalisation of 9 to ruin school (7) Force to go through school (7) Held breath and played innings - with less time in the middle (5)

15 Spies in America or China, oddly (3) 16 School winter runner (3) 17 Persuasive with this gift (3) 19 Head pours me cocktail (7) 20 Attorney by the end of primary school! (3) 23 An attempt previously (3)

24 School is even about final grades (3) 25 Cobblers make these spirits heard (5) 27 School health check (7) 29 A reeve is confused by black widow (7) 32 There’s only one Valerie! (9) 33 Even holier behind church school (5)


26 28 29 30 31

Crossword Answers - Across: 9 Ounce, 10 Secondary, 11 Grammar, 12 Subject, 13 Bated, 15 CIA, 16 Ski, 17 Gab, 19 Supremo, 20 Day, 23 Ago, 24 Bus, 25 Soles, 27 Medical, 29 Bereave, 32 Singleton, 33 Choir. Down: 1 Song, 2 Infant, 3 Term, 4 User, 5 Ice skaters, 6 Snub, 7 Game bird, 8 Syntax, 13 Bag, 14 Disco, 15 Capability, 16 Shoes, 18 Boarding, 21 Yes, 22 Mimosa, 26 Lead on, 28 Cult, 29 Band, 30 Rock, 31 Earl.


Very ends of finishing school (4) Loud worker next to trendy school (6) School period (4) Employer to manipulate rule (4) Winter olympians mistakenly race ski set (3,7) Slight roll over (4) Grouse or badger I’m stewing (4,4) Nasty disorder leads to unknown arrangement of words (6) School secured scuba gear (3) School record goes to Oscar (5) Brown landscape designer has aptitude (10) Small weeds at school (5) Hog damage to motor school... (8) ...Surely the old sow started? (3) Champagne cocktail makes imam so drunk (6) Request to guide gull (4,2) Apprentice adopted by lower sect... (4) ...School bishop as well (4) Spacecraft loses alien jewel (4) Noble appreciation for music lost (4)



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