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he summer holidays are at an end and it’s back to school and college for our younger readers - but there’s still plenty to look forward to. As always, the magazine includes lots of local news. We also have a round-up of local events and days out in our What’s On section - there’s plenty going on this autumn, including Tring Apple Fayre, Tring Book Festival, not to mention the Christmas Festival later in the year! Our history feature takes a look at the long and fascinating story of Tring Silk Mill, while our walk takes in some other interesting local historical spots. We think autumn is just the best time for walking - not too hot, not too cold, and you can enjoy the changing colours of the countryside.

In the garden we have some ideas for making colour last just a bit longer, while we take a trip back to the 1980s in our fashion revival feature. There’s puzzles for children, and books from and about the local area to enjoy as the nights draw in. We also have interiors inspiration for your home. And if you’re planning some changes to your property, don’t forget to enter our competition for tickets to Grand Designs Live! If you want to be involved in the next issue, please email Naomi at editorial@livingmags. info with your news prior to our winter issue.

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

30 Fashion: The 80s revival 35 Whip up a delicious

Find something special from our local shops

36 A selection of books from

Education: Applying for school places

38 Autumn colour in your garden 48 Local Services 49 Win tickets to Grand 40 Property: Velvet is this

24 Kids puzzles 26 Local history: Tring Silk Mill



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46 Walk: Discover mansions and parklands

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Pepper Show returns


he longest-running theatre show in the Home Counties the Pepper Show - returns in 2022 for a 33rd year. Organised by Bucks and Herts charity, the Pepper Foundation, it runs at the David Evans Court Theatre with six shows from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 October. All funds raised help to fund the Children’s Hospice at Home service, delivered by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which provides specialist nursing care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Herts and Bucks. Tickets from pepper/book/event/162762

Fruity Fayre returns


ring’s own Apple Fayre returns this October to celebrate harvest time and local produce. Core dates are 2 October when Jeacock’s Orchard will open its gates for the popular Apple Day and Saturday 8 October when there will be a special Tring Farmers’ Market with the Pippin’ High Street Parade and scarecrow competition. There will be so much more to see and do including apple pressing, flour milling, a barn dance and the harvest festival - see our What’s On pages for more. For all the fruity updates, please follow ‘Tring’s Own Apple Fayre’ on Facebook, subscribe to the Tring Farmers’ Market newsletter and watch out for the full event programme to be published in mid-September.

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Christmas festival returns


ome along with Christmas cheer and join Tring Together on Saturday 26 November, 3.30pm8.30pm for Tring’s Christmas Festival. There will be Christmas market stalls on Tring High Street and in Victoria Hall. Grab something to eat and drink while you’re out, at one of the many food and drink stalls or local restaurants. There will be opportunities for late-night shopping, open churches, live performances on the Christmas stage, Father Christmas, a magical light display and special Christmas-inspired activities in the Memorial Garden.

Tring Book Festival, 4-13 November


et set for the third Tring Book Festival, this November. Our Bookshop promises some big names, including a number of book launches. There will be multiple performances over the weekends, while during the week most events will take place during the evening. There should be something for everyone, with a variety of genres, and a mix of fiction and nonfiction books. 2022 will also see new venues added to the programme - including some rather unusual ones - but you’ll have to wait to find out more! For updates check out


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Cyclists tackle ultra event


s we went to press, local cyclists Andrew Broadbent (Ivinghoe Velos) and Richard Bragg (Velo Club Tring) were setting off on the infamous London-Edinburgh-London selfsupported ultra-distance cycle ride. This event takes place every four years and Andrew and Richard will be joining 2,000 other cyclists from all over the world. Pictured at Musette Café in Aldbury (a popular spot for cyclists), they said: ‘We can’t wait to get started but we are not underestimating the mental and physical challenge,’ See the results at www

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All that jazz


ickets are now on sale for Tring & District Local History & Museum Society’s third concert celebrating Nica Rothschild’s significant involvement with the jazz world of the mid-20th century. Nica (1913-1988) was the granddaughter of the 1st Lord Rothschild and spent much of her childhood at Tring Park. Nica and the Jazz Divas takes place on 24 September at Hastoe Village Hall. In both earlier concerts, the first one telling the story of Nica in New York, and the second, following her book on ‘Three Wishes’, all the musicians were men. So the society decided that the final concert should be devoted to the women of jazz connected directly or indirectly with Nica. The last concert was sold out, so book early! Tickets are £16. Email to book.

Inquiry date set for Luton Airport expansion


he inquiry date for the expansion plans at Luton Airport has been set for 27 September. London Luton Airport Operations Limited plans to increase passenger capacity from 18m to 19m a year - a move approved by Luton Borough Council in December. However, a decision was made on behalf of Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to hold a local inquiry, which aims to consider ‘all the relevant aspects of the proposed development’. The inquiry, at Luton Town Hall, is set to run for 10 weeks.



EIC takes on challenge


team from Tring insurance broker EIC Insurance Services conquered a 26.2 mile walk in aid of two charities, Chilterns MS Centre and KickOff@3. The team started their walk at 8:30am from The Three Locks, Stoke Hammond and finished their walk at 4:30pm in Kings Langley at The Rose and Crown. The challenge raised a total of £1625.88, which will be split equally between the two charities.

Valiant Trooper update


he tale of Aldbury’s Valiant Trooper pub rumbles on, as a new planning application has been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council. The pub closed in summer 2021, was bought privately shortly afterwards and has remained closed ever since. Local residents rallied around to object to the owner’s initial planning application for refurbishment, fearing it would mean the end of the line for the CAMRA-award-winning pub. Erica Vilkauls, who is leading the campaign to save the pub, told Tring Living that in July: ‘The owner wrote to Aldbury Parish Council saying this project is moth-balled due to lack of support from the Parish Council and local community.’ However, as we went to press, new applications for the site had been submitted to the District Council - to include retention of the public house, conversion of the restaurant wing to a farmshop and deli, conversion of the outbuilding to a cafe, and the construction of three mews houses with gardens to the rear of the property, along with parking. Erica commented: ‘Since the owner closed the pub, we have all seen a resurgence in pubs with restaurants, such as The Stag at Mentmore and

The Grand Junction. ‘And all this time the Valiant Trooper has remained closed with no plan to open as a pub with restaurant. Supporters of the Valiant Trooper are not hanging on to the wonderful times gone by. The Valiant Trooper could be a hugely successful pub/restaurant bringing in visitors and groups to Aldbury. ‘The latest application submitted on 28 July is an application for change of use. So we potentially lose this historic public house. We saw this coming so are well-prepared to challenge.’ Save the Valiant Trooper can be contacted at A spokesperson for Dacorum Borough Council said: ‘The application is still subject to consultation. The site is located within 500m of the Chilterns Beechwoods and planning officers will consider this among other planning matters before making a recommendation for the development.’ Tring Living was unable to contact the pub’s owner as we went to press.


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Tring Brewery raises charity funds


ring Brewery’s recent Beer and Band Night has raised £4,200 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Many pints were poured as amazing live music was provided by both Jamie Donaldson and The Elastic Cats, making it a night to remember. Music and beer were accompanied by BBQ food from Jack’s Smoke Shack, providing tasty street food to attendees of the Tring Carnival event. The team at Tring Brewery would like to thank everyone who came out to support the life-changing care that Rennie Grove provides - generous donations are critical for its essential service.

Dacorum’s Den winners announced


ight budding entrepreneurs were awarded up to £2,500 after they pitched their ideas to a team of Dacorum’s Den judges, led by Sir Mike Penning MP, who divided a grant fund of £10,000. The winning businesses included Tring husband and wife team Jan and Sarah Sisson, owners of Sunsible LLP. They were awarded £1,000 to fund a new drone for their solar advice and maintenance business. The new drone will allow them to capture roof-level images helping homeowners keep energy bills at bay and reduce their carbon footprint.

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Chiltern Society ‘concerned’ over planning


hile the Chiltern Society has welcomed recent reports that the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (including the Ashridge Estate and Tring Woodlands) need more action to protect them, it is setting up a working group to focus on planning in the area. Until satisfactory mitigation measures are in place, Dacorum Borough Council must put a temporary halt on granting any planning permissions for new homes near the area. As we went to press, the council told Tring Living: ‘We are working on a mitigation strategy, which sets out the actions necessary to protect the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC) from both existing and future pressures. Further information on the progress of the mitigation strategy will be provided later this summer.’ Tom Beeston, chief officer at the Chiltern Society, told Living: ‘We now pin our hopes on our MPs, councillors and government agencies taking a serious look at the broken planning system so that they start putting nature and the environment before developer profits. ‘We’re so concerned about the specific planning implications around Dacorum, we are looking to set up a special working group to address the issues. ‘Anyone wanting to volunteer to help can drop us a line at’


Summer sounds Census results in


his summer Tring Radio has been out and about at lots of events, most notably Tring Carnival where the sound system came along on a lorry (donated for the day by Chiltern Transport). The station has some new presenters and new shows including the What a Week chat show on Monday afternoons and a new Drum n Bass show (Bassology) coming soon on Saturday evenings. If you’d like Tring Radio to appear at your local event contact them via tringradio. where you’ll also find details of how to become a presenter.


he first results from the 2021 Census (a data collection exercise undertaken every 10 years) shows that the number of people living in the Dacorum Borough Council area has risen by 10,300 - a 7.1% increase. Dacorum now ranks 132nd for total population out of 309 local authority areas in England, moving up three places in a decade. To give you an idea of population density, the national average is three people for every football pitch-sized piece of land. Dacorum has around five people for each football pitch-sized area of land. There has also been an increase of 18% in people aged 65 and over, an increase of 3.7% in people aged 15 to 64, and an increase of 9.3% in children aged under 15.


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Capturing the countryside


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Volunteers wanted for museum


ring Local History Museum is recruiting new stewards. No special knowledge is needed, just a willingness to give a few hours each month to welcome visitors to this volunteer-run museum. For more details call in at the Museum in Brook Street (Fridays and Saturdays) or contact via the website

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Public presentation on new hospital announced W ould you like to have a 21stcentury, patientcentred hospital, centrally located and easy to get to, on a clear site in West Hertfordshire? Then head to a public presentation at Berkhamsted Town Hall on Wednesday 14 September at 7:30pm, to find out more. As reported in our summer issue, the project designer and project manager for the ‘Outstanding’ CQC rated Hospice of St Francis, Gordon Yearwood, believes that all our healthcare services should and could be of a similar high standard.

West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution was formed as a non-profit organisation, to get real transformation in hospital services, through achieving a purpose-built, 21st century designed, patient-centred, acute general NHS Hospital (including A&E, maternity and planned surgery) for the people of West Hertfordshire, centrally located between St Albans, Watford and Hemel Hempstead. The Government has indicated that up to £590 million could be provided for a ‘new’ hospital as part of its 40 new hospitals programme. But, says Gordon, local NHS senior staff want to spend £940 million building a tower block hospital, in the sloping car park area of the existing Watford General Hospital. To read the full story and learn how to make donations to progress this project, visit


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Autumn treats at Farmers’ Market


s we head into autumn, Tring Farmers’ Market will be celebrating Tring Apple Fayre (now in its 17th year) on 8 October - a seasonal celebration of environment, food, culture and Tring. Also, with autumn and Hallowe’en fast approaching, pay a visit on 22

October for locally grown pumpkins and other spooky delights! Held at the Market Place on Brook Street, with one-hour free parking at the Forge car park, Tring Farmers’ Market is the place to source artisan goods and local produce. The market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9am - 12:30 pm. All stallholders come from within a 30-mile radius of Tring and are as knowledgeable as they are passionate about their goods and produce - look out for the new bagel stall! Details at

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Lidl plan upsets residents


iscount supermarket Lidl has put in an application for a large food store and car parking on land at Sears Drive in Tring. The plan has upset homeowners at the Cala Homes Roman Park Development in Tring, Hertfordshire, who expected the site to house office space. They say they feel they have been misled and although they agree that a small independent shop would be useful, or better still a doctor’s surgery, feel the proposed development is too large for the site, with insufficient infrastructure and is inconsistent with Dacorum’s local plan. Objections raised include the likely congestion on Icknield Way and Sears Drive, unsafe roads, noise and light pollution and fears of increased anti-social behaviour and misuse of the car park. Tring Council has recommended refusal of the plan for a number of reasons, including the fact that ‘this land has not been proposed as a suitable plot for a supermarket on the emerging local plan’ and that it is ‘currently designated for industrial use’. Drayton Beauchamp Parish Meeting also opposed the plans, stating: ‘The residents of Drayton Beauchamp are extremely concerned that their sole exit on to the B488 will become even more dangerous than it is at present with the increased volume of traffic from the customers of a supermarket. ‘The proposed supermarket is also inconsistent with Dacorum’s Local Plan section LA5 West of Tring development which stated ‘No Retail’. Tring already has two supermarkets, with


a third proposed in a new neighbourhood development to the east of the town. A store here will undermine the proper planning of the area.’ However, other Tring residents have supported the application, with one resident saying: ‘Currently Tring residents have to travel to Leighton Buzzard/Aylesbury to visit a ‘cheaper’ supermarket, this store will be more convenient for residents and reduce travelling and therefore pollution. It will provide a much-needed alternative to current options, create local jobs and improve the aesthetics of the area.’ There has also been some support for a smaller food store on the site: ‘A smaller food store e.g. ‘metro’ sized would have some utility to residents of LA5, and West Tring. A spokesperson for Lidl said: ‘If approved, the new supermarket would represent a multimillion pound investment for the local area and the creation of around 40 jobs once the store opens.’

Local Plan update


revised timetable for the Dacorum Local Plan was presented to and approved by the council’s Cabinet in February this year. A Dacorum Borough Council spokesperson told us: ‘A key factor to the delay of the Local Plan is due to the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) – an important legal requirement for plan making. Work on the HRA to date has also resulted in some important changes to the way that the Council considers applications for new residential development in the borough. Further information on this can be found at ‘There remains an expectation to consult on a revised draft of the Local Plan in 2023.’ Tring’s proposed Marshcroft development remains ongoing.


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What you need to consider when applying for a school place for the first time

s the new school year begins, many of us will have an eye towards next September when our youngsters will be embarking on the school journey for the first time. While the excitement associated with seeing kids take their first big independent step is tangible, it can also be a stressful time for parents. So as the countdown begins towards final selection of places at the start of next year, here are some dos and don’ts for picking the right school for your little one. DO attend the open days. It’s easy to gloss over an establishment’s flaws when looking at a fancy brochure, which is why attending a school’s open day is essential (even though this is still arguably the best the place will ever look). Upon arriving, pay attention to how the school feels – what’s on the walls, how organised are the classrooms, are the teachers friendly and, if it’s a daytime opening, how engaged are the kids? DON’T be afraid to ask questions. Take the opportunity to ask teachers and pupils alike

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how they feel about the school, and don’t fret about being upfront with representatives regarding any nagging doubts you have. DO look for convenience. We may consider that selecting a school that’s a 10-minute walk away is acceptable, even when there’s an ‘almost as good’ alternative three doors down. Yet when factoring in the walking speed of a four- or five-year-old, and the reality that you will be walking to and from the school twice each day (four legs, effectively), that 10-minute walk could easily become an hour or more. For parents keen to return themselves to work and productivity while their children are in school, location and proximity are key factors. DON’T be taken in by cosmetic appearance. Schools come in all shapes, sizes and appearances. While the newer ones may look glossy, modern and straight from an architect’s brochure, it’s what goes on in the classroom, within the pages of books and inside the minds of our wonderful youngsters, that really counts.

DO pay attention to the Ofsted report and league tables. Official statistics will tell you test and exam results for the schools you’re looking at, offering a pretty reliable snapshot of how each is performing, while the Ofsted report will offer a broader understanding of how the curriculum is taught and the pupils’ overall wellbeing. But DON’T base your decision entirely on that. If an institute has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating, but you’ve heard of bullying or disruption at the school, it’s important to bear both in mind. Similarly, if a school has a ‘satisfactory’ rating but seems to have got its act together since the report, it may be worth giving it a second look. DO go with your heart. Whatever the facts and figures, the most important barometer is how you and your little one feel about the school, and that feeling normally comes from the heart.

DON’T obsess over friends. While it’s tempting to want to surround our kids with the buddies they have made in pre-school and the local park, most childhood friendships are made when they start school. Our young ones are true social sponges and encouraging them to make new friends at every opportunity is only a good thing. DO show positivity and excitement above any apprehension. Your children will feed off the smallest scraps of emotion in what can be a nerve-wracking time, so when looking at school selection discuss the exciting things about each school that they will encounter as they make this big new step in their development.

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Hive of local industry Tring’s Silk Mill is now a hub for small local businesses, but in its past life it has produced silk, electricity, plane parts - and even lipstick cases!


oday, Silk Mill in Tring is a hub for local businesses including a martial arts centre and winery, but its history begins, as its name suggests, with a very different local industry. The Silk Mill was the brainchild of William Kay, who had made his fortune from the textile trade in Manchester and bought the Tring Park Estate in 1823. A year later, the five-storey Silk Mill building was under way - along with a row of cottages in Brook Street. The project was managed by William’s brother Joseph - and the locals dubbed the new development ‘Little Manchester’. Four years later it was leased to a company belonging to David Evans. It was not only the Silk Mill that William Kay brought to the town - as the largest local landowner, he presented the case for the London & Birmingham Railway station being located not at Pitstone Green as originally planned, but in Tring. He died in 1838, not

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long after the railway reached the town. You can find a tablet to his memory in Tring Parish Church, St Peter and St Paul. The Tring Estate was bought by Lionel Nathan Rothschild in 1872. The five-storey building had a warehouse on each floor, and the ground floor included a dining room for workers. The number of workers varied depending on the demand for silk and the agricultural season. At one time in 1840 there were 140 women, 320 children and 40 men employed.

Children were hired at an early age, and girls were more valued than boys, thanks to their nimble fingers and willingness to obey orders - and earned threepence a week more than their male counterparts! Children from workhouses were apprenticed to the Mill - and the young workers were housed in five cottages in front of the Mill, which became a dormitory, supervised by the Master and Matron. You can still these today at the entrance to Silk Mill on the left hand side. Though not exciting fare by today’s standards, they had a good food allowance including bread and milk for breakfast, and meat and vegetables four days a week. One child who worked at the Mill and escaped to seek his fortune in London, where he became a Chartist poet, editor and writer, said that he had ‘no childhood at all’. Gerald Massey (known as ‘Tring’s Poet’) was sent to work in the Mill at the age of eight, working 12-hour days with a reward of between nine pence and one shilling and three pence. The flats opposite the Silk Mill remember him in their name - Massey House. With adults working 12 hours a day and children 10, the Tring workforce was constantly troubled by what was known as ‘ague’ or fevers, thought to be caused by stagnant water. By 1881, the census recorded that 212 people in Tring had silk-related occupations. David Evans also set up a small weaving operation in Akeman Street. The Mill suffered two serious fires in 1836 and 1842. After the second fire, the Parish of Tring’s fire engine was moved to the site. David Evans died in 1874 and the business passed to his three sons. But the building of the Suez Canal meant that getting silk from the Far East was far easier, and the demand for silk from England lessened. Eventually, the management asked Lord Rothschild to be released from the lease. The Mill closed in 1898, and Lord Rothschild offered older workers a pension, while

younger men were offered paid passage to start a new life in Canada. The site was taken over by the maintenance departments from Tring Park, with the water wheel being used to drive a saw-mill and a generator that supplied electricity to Tring Park mansion, farm buildings and the Rothschild laundry on St Peter’s Hill. It was during Rothschild’s ownership that the top two storeys of the building were removed. As World War II approached, the mill site was being used as barracks for the Dorset Regiment, then leased by the Minister for Aircraft Production, painted in camouflage colours and used by RMR Engineering to produce torpedo detonators and aluminum alloy and brass sand castings for aircraft components. After the War, the factory switched to fabricating bus-ticket machines and cosmetic containers for companies such as Coty, Max Factor, Ponds, and Elizabeth Arden. By the early 50s Tring was sending out 188,000 lipstick cases a week! When RMR engineering was bought out, and planning refused for a new warehouse nearby, the company left Tring. The Silk Mill building is Grade II listed and now houses a number of small businesses, including the Tring Martial Arts Black Belt Academy, Tring Winery, iQuilt Studio, The Spectacle and Sunglass Store, Le Tarot Spices, Enoch & ChaCha, Loveleigh Aesthetics, and Physique Fitness. Find out more about them overleaf. Find out more about the Silk Mill at 1. This earliest known photograph of Tring’s Silk Mill is undated, however the mill’s upper two stories were removed around 1898 2. Tring Fire Brigade outside the Silk Mill (dated around the 1930s) 3. Making lipstick cases in the 1950s

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www.iQuilt.Studio Based at Unit 20 Silk Mill Business Park, Tring, HP23 5EF, this multi-award winning independent haberdashery, iQuilt Studio is available for Long Arm Quilt Services, classes, quilting cotton fabrics, books and patterns. The staff has many decades of experience between them, and are happy to help where we can. Open Tuesday & Wednesday 11-3 Other days by appointment (01442) 890 830

Free to your door collection and drop off service available for anyone isolating or locked in repairs and re-glazing old frames

On site lab now installed for same day service on some glasses BLUE LIGHT PROTECTIVE LENSES Available in prescription and non prescription



REVIVAL The era that provoked a fashion and music revolution is being celebrated right now, and it’s not too late to jump on the fashion trend of the year – Eighties revival! All that glitters is not gold In fact it can be silver, blue, pink, vermillion, turquoise, or any colour as long as the overall look is drop-dead fabulous. Think feathers, sequins and of course, Lamé. With such ostentation however, it’s still important to keep this look modern, so choose a sleek and slinky silhouette, keep makeup natural and go easy on the accessories. Give winter the cold shoulder Reviving the classic Eighties asymmetric look, and proving that those were simpler times, one perfectly exposed clavicle would always do. Keep it current by choosing muted colours and going for a structural statement rather than anything flouncy or frilly. The power pose Women may have been able to vote for 100 years, but the power suit only became a thing in the Eighties. Not just for important board meetings; worn right the perfect suit will take

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you from the office to the dancefloor, and looks good in almost every colour. While the structure of the power suit hasn’t changed – broad shoulder, slender waist, big impact – the overall feel is more feminine, with a silky blouse or underlayer and killer heels. Be the prom queen once again Why not roll back the years with the latest incarnations of the tulle skirt, albeit with perhaps a touch sultrier sophistication than would have been played out in the era of Pepsi and Shirlie. Keep it short and punky or long and elegant, just don’t over accessorise. Padding it out Shoulder pads are back in fashion with the classic Eighties accentuation possibly having shown to reach its peak with this bold, horizontal look. Yes, the comparisons with American Football player silhouettes will always be there, but the shoulder pads actually served as

HEALTH & BEAUTY a really smart, artificial boost to women with small frames who just wanted to show a bit more of themselves to the world. And thanks to the Eighties revival, they now can again!

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Bodysuits The versatility of the bodysuit means it’s a piece for any occasion. It is a tight, comfortable and versatile foundation piece that looks sleek, either in accentuating a slight frame or being used as a bottom layer for a larger jacket or puffy top. Bodysuits look best when worn with wide-leg trousers or even a flowy skirt – the tightness of the top half and the carefree movement of the lower half works in perfect complement, for a classic Eighties look.

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Love a glove Gloves seemed to define a coolness of the Eighties. From Michael Jackson to acid house, the glove was a music moniker that permeated through to the high street, and they were back again in the summer, proving fashion over function truly exists! Legging it Finally, a nod to the legwarmers of the Eighties. While these had been around before the decade that changed fashion forever, their recent revival shows they have evolved, largely with different fabrics and shades. Once just the domain for professional dancers and workout queens looking to avoid cramp, they are perfectly repurposed for 2022.

Bodysuits look best when worn with wide-leg trousers or even a flowy skirt – the tightness of the top half and the carefree movement of the lower half works in perfect complement, for a classic Eighties look

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Mindful Movement Introducing the Feldenkrais Method • Would you benefit from some mindful ‘metime’, to regenerate and rejuvenate? • Do you suffer from day-to-day aches and pains, such as wear and tear from standing all day, working at a computer, uncomfortable seats or strenuous activity? • Do you feel limited by illness, injury or disability? The Feldenkrais Method has the potential to benefit us all in some way. It offers a more fluid, skilful, easy way of moving and also promotes a sense of confidence and wellbeing. Come and sample an Awareness Through Movement class: • Learn how to move with more ease • Gain relief from pain • Support recovery from injury • Enjoy one hour of uninterrupted self-care

• Experience a unique approach to the ‘mind-body connection’ Using gentle awareness, we learn to make lasting changes in co-ordination, breathing, flexibility... to move through life more easily. The learning process is intriguing yet relaxing, playful yet restful. The unusually slow and gentle movement sequences can be adapted to suit your needs and explored at your own pace. You can also access the Feldenkrais Method through individual lessons with Jo Horder, tailored to your specific needs and interests. Jo has been a Feldenkrais Guild accredited practitioner since 2013, offering in-person and online classes. Please get in touch for further information, with no obligation. First taster class free. Contact Josephine Horder 01442 822732


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How to Boost Your Energy and Your Metabolism


our energy level is often connected with the good health of your entire body including your mind, emotions and spiritual fulfilment. Here are a few main steps you may need to consider to boost your energy and metabolism: Sunshine is the best remedy for vitamin D as it helps to assimilate calcium, the natural building mineral for our bones, tissues and organs. Walks in nature and regular exercise are very beneficial for your metabolism. Every season of the year has many gifts to offer. Learn to look for the brightest side in all months of the year. Your body is naturally adjusting to the phases of the moon. Wholsome diet is a key for your energy. It is recommended that it is full of fresh fruit and vegetables accordingly to your body type with an occasional fasting day during the month.

Good night sleep is essential to maintain constant energy supply in the most efficient way for your body. It also helps with metabolism as most of the regenerative processes happen whilst asleep. Regular kinesiology treatments can improve your energy levels and many aspects of your life. As a kinesiologist Ania Metcalfe uses gentle lymphatic massage, hold acupressure points, emotional release techniques, food sensitivity testing and gives basic guidelines on diet. Every treatment is unique to meet your individual needs. What is kinesiology? Kinesiology is a complete form of natural health care that uses muscle testing to read the energetic bio feedback system from our bodies in order to find where certain health issues stem from.


BALANCING BODY & MIND BENEFITS OF KINESIOLOGY TREATMENT: D Increased energy level D Improved immune system D Pain relief D Happy digestive system D Finding the right food for your body via Food Sensitivity Testing D Reduced stress level





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his recipe comes from Tring’s Nonna’s Pantry, where you can find authentic ingredients so you can create your own delicious tiramisu at home. They say: ‘A traditional recipe involves no alcohol, however it’s a modern addition that we love. You can use our Amaretto or Vin Santo del Chianti dessert wine to give your tiramisu a richer flavour.’ You will need • 500g mascarpone* • 24 ladyfinger biscuits (one packet)* • 230ml strong-brewed coffee* • 3 tbsp grated dark chocolate • 4 egg yolks • 3 egg whites • 6 tbsp sugar • 4 tbsp Amaretto or Vin Santo dessert wine (optional) • 1tbsp cocoa powder * ingredients that can be found in Nonna’s Pantry

You will also need a dish that is roughly 8 x10 inches to make this, but you can use more or less ladyfingers to accommodate the size of the dish.

Made by Mia Stevenson

This quick and easy Northern Italian dessert is made with a creamy mascarpone filling, coffee-dunked ladyfingers and finished with a dusting of cocoa

Method 1. To begin, divide the egg whites and yolk into two separate bowls, and add 3 tbsp sugar to each (we’d recommend using soft light brown sugar for a caramel flavour if you are not using alcohol in your recipe; but any sugar works regardless). Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy. 2. Moving on to the egg yolks, whisk those until pale and thick. 3. Next add the mascarpone to the yolks and mix to make a smooth cream. 4. One third at a time, gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture. 5. In a shallow bowl, dip the ladyfingers into the coffee for about 2-3 seconds, making sure to soak both sides. If you’re adding alcohol, mix with the coffee before dunking the ladyfingers. 6. Lay half of the ladyfingers in your dish to make an even layer. 7. Now add half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, making an even layer, and top with the grated dark chocolate. 8. Continue with another layer of ladyfingers, and top again with the mascarpone, as you have previously done. 9. Dust with cocoa powder to finish, and leave to rest in the fridge for roughly 6-8 hours before serving. Buon Appetito!

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The latest books from our local and regional authors

A mixed selection of reads from or about the local area

by Kirk W Johnson This is a slight diversion from our normal book reviews, which feature local authors. But our publisher Alison was intrigued by this title. She writes: This is a fascinating insight into the mania of exotic birds and feathers of the Victorian era combined with the obsession and the art of fly-tying, and in particular of salmon flies. The story covers the very real crime of the greatest feather robbery of all time, and from the Natural History Museum in Tring. Before buying the book, I had no idea whether the heading was fact or fiction, but I was absolutely hooked (if you’ll forgive the pun) from page one – it makes for compulsive reading.

From A Hard Place To A Rock By Timandra Slade The evacuation of Dunkirk is well documented, but less is known about the regiments who defended the outer perimeter. These brave men fought the German onslaught, while sacrificing their own chances of evacuation. Many paid with their lives, or were forced to surrender. This fascinating book tells the story of four officers of the British Expeditionary Force who were captured and then escaped, making a perilous journey through Spain, France and Gibraltar to try to make it home. Told through accounts and letters and with sketches and photos, it’s a tale of courage and determination. Timandra lives in Chesham. She found a briefcase containing details of her father’s wartime escape - and here she brings to life his extraordinary story.

Techniques in Painting: Learning from the Dutch Masters By Brigid Marlin This beautifully illustrated book by accomplished artist and lecturer Brigid Marlin brings to life the techniques used by the Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. Brigid demonstrates how to use the techniques of Rembrandt, Jan Van Eyck and Hieronymous Busch, and shows how contemporary artists have used the techniques in their painting. For practised students it includes techniques and advice in using materials and methods in your work but for the less artistic of us, it is a fascinating insight into the work of the Old Masters. Anyone who has wandered a gallery wondering ‘how did they do that’ will find this an inspiring and informative read. Brigid lives in Berkhamsted and her work is included in many important collections including: the House of Lords, Westminster; National Portrait Gallery, London and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. 36 / Tring Living

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century!

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How to revive your garden after the long hot summer


f you think you suffer from the heat as far as summer goes, think how that sun-baked garden fares without even so much as a dash of sun lotion. Of course, any knowledgeable gardener will tell you it’s better to take action to protect your flora while the sun is out, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if by the time you get to late summer you realise the damage has already been done, there are at least a few techniques that will begin the restoration process for your beloved garden. Following the guidelines below will give your green space a chance to repair before the bareness of autumn and shivering sensibilities of winter bring about altogether different challenges! Water water water It’s the fuel that keeps your plants alive water will stimulate stems, fire up flowers and galvanise grass, but moderation is the key, and as we’ve all experienced in the past, overwatering is just as bad as underwatering.

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So take an organised route to regular hydration in the garden, and gradually bring things back to life. Nothing but a dirty grass Remove debris and dust to make the land as ready for replenishment as possible, with simple clearing away of organic residue exposing the ground to moisture and sunlight aplenty. And if you have a composting area then all these swept-away bits can be used to bolster what will become a fertile store that can be then reintroduced into your flower beds and earth areas. Cut back to move forward The more you mow, trim and prune, the quicker your greenery will spring back to life, so while a worthy exercise for the flora and fauna of your garden, you’ll undoubtedly feel enthused and enlightened at the renewed space you’ve created. First-class fertiliser The best way to boost growth where your living matter is concerned is with an approved, high-quality fertiliser. Research well and choose a fertiliser that matches your environmental conscience, remembering not to apply until growth is already well on its way, or you’ll simply end up scorching the earth. Starting afresh And of course, the best way to get your garden humming again is to invest in it. Consider plants, flowers and other additions that will suit the rustic autumn season to come.

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Once again, velvet is the fabric of the season, but like all interior trends, it’s important you get the perfect balance for your home Simple appeal Velvet is the timeless material that patterns and makes perfect such a range of items, despite having a largely streamlined appeal – the way it feels. Regardless of the fact that what most of us admire about the fabric is simply that sensation on our hands, there is a deeper sensual nature about velvet. It also adds warmth, offers a depth of colour, and paints a subtle luxuriousness to any home. Perhaps what stands out most about velvet though is its ability to cross over so many different moods and styles. It is timeless in its appeal and can look as good in a stately home as it does in a trendy nightclub! Following the trend The main consideration is colour – too much scarlet or purple velvet and you might feel trapped in some eternal cabaret; but lilac,

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midnight blue, forest green and mustard add sophistication and warmth. People with kids and pets ought to stick to the darker end of the spectrum, or perhaps choose to use velvet in areas that are less accessible to those who might damage it.

Furniture and flashes In terms of the items that showcase velvet best, most people will automatically think about a classically styled sofa or chaise longue. Complemented with velvet cushions using contrasting colours, you can turn a simple sofa into a statement piece in the room. In addition, velvet bed frames and banquettes are available in a range of very modern styles, and can add a real touch of class to the bedroom in the right shade. Alternatively, feel free to play around with flashes of the fabric here and there, either with curtains or lampshades, or even just a very subtle velvet trim. You could also combine the look with the current texture trend. Think leather sofas with velvet cushions, wooden beds with linen sheets and velvet throws, or a stone mantlepiece adorned with quilted photo frames. Maintenance While velvet is made with the use of vertical yarn and takes multiple steps to produce, there is a common misconception that it’s difficult to maintain. In most cases though, looking after it is as easy as any other fabric. That means mopping up any spillages as soon as they happen (and definitely not letting them sink into the cloth base), vacuuming with a sofa brush to work away dust and any dried-in crumbs, and using light steam to bring fibres back to life. Also consider if a part of your velvet sofa will take in more sunlight than another part, as the fabric is susceptible to fading.


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MONDAY 5 SEP Fundraisers: DENS STEPtember Step up to the challenge of 10,000 steps a day through September and raise money to help local people facing homelessness. www.dens.

TUESDAY 6 SEP Theatre: Avenue Q 7.30pm. To 10 Sep. A musical comedy featuring puppets and human actors with music and lyrics. Book by Jeff Whitty.


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routes starting from Princes Risborough school.

Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Arts The Berkhamsted Art Trust’s 2022/23 season gets underway, promoting numerous arts events. www.

Fundraisers: Ashridge Garden Party From dog shows to beer tents, there is something for everyone.


Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8am. Join the friendly BusinessMart networking group.

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

Business: Tring Together Netwalking 9.30am. Join BusinessMart and walk around Tring Park whilst you network. Dogs welcome. Register via email. vivianne@

Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Mind Body Spirit Show Civic Centre, 11-5pm. Features: 1-1 readings, holistic therapies, self-help and spiritual advice, crystals, arts & crafts, jewellery, healthy living products, talks and workshops.

Sport: Ashridge Golf Day 18 holes on this prestigious course followed by a delicious three-course meal and live auction.

Music: Dixie Mix Jazz BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Dixieland jazz from a well established touring Sextet.



Fairs / Festivals: Heritage Open Days To 18 Sep. Celebrating our local communities and stories

Berkhamsted Mind Body Spirit Show 10 September

Exhibitions: Pitstone Green Museum Open Day Enjoy a fantastic day out at an old Victorian farm now run by volunteers as a museum, with over 40 exhibits to suit all ages and tastes. Open the second Sunday each month and Bank Holiday Mondays. Fundraisers: Chilterns 3 Peaks challenge for Rennie Grove Four route options are available from 6.5 to 18 miles, with all


WEDNESDAY 14 SEP Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast. Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am. Talks: West Herts 21 Century Hospital Solution Berkhamsted Town Hall. Public presentation on proposals for the new hospital. gordonyearwood@

FRIDAY 16 SEP Fundraisers: Welsh Three Peaks To 18 Sep. An epic adventure, creating precious memories and embracing the breathtaking scenery of Pen Y Fan, Cadair Idris and Snowdon. stfrancis. Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film tba 8.30pm. www. Fairs/Festivals: Berkhamsted Beer, Music & Comedy Festival Showcasing craft and cask beers, local bands and a comedy night with four renowned comedians headlined by Zoe Lyons. https://berkobeerfest.

SATURDAY 17 SEP Fairs / Festivals: Herts Big Day Out To 14 Oct. Herts Big Weekend is back for 2022, now known as the Herts Big Day Out. Walks: A Walk on the Chalk Dunstable Downs 9.30am-1pm. £5. Part of the 5th Annual Chilterns Heritage Festival. Fairs / Festivals: Chilterns Heritage Festival To 2 Oct. This festival of experiences promises something for everyone to enjoy.

THURSDAY 15 SEP Comedy: Tom Allen Work in Progess Tom Allen is heading back on the road, warming up new material ahead of his brand new tour. Music: Music Networking Evening Come along to find out ‘all things music’ happening in Tring and how you can be a part of it. Music: The Incredible Blues Puppies Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

Kids|Music: Tring Chamber Music Relaxed Family Friendly Concert Hastoe Village Hall 3-4pm. Francesca, Becky and Annabelle (The Lawson Trio) invite you and your family to a relaxed fun and interactive concert specially for children of primary school age. Enjoy a journey which explores the amazing sounds of violin cello and piano. www. Comedy: Seann Walsh With his extended ‘Back from the Bed’ tour.

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Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Farmers Market High Street, Berkhamsted, 10am2pm. 3rd Sunday of every month.

Fundraisers: Dog Show Dudswell. Bring your dog along and enjoy a fun-filled day guaranteed to get their tails wagging!

Music: Tring Chamber Music Summer Season - Three Plus One Hastoe Village Hall, 7.30pm. £20 Under 18’s £10. Brahms great C minor Piano Quartet, music by Rebecca Clarke and Moszkowski with the Lawson Piano Trio (Francesca Barritt violin, Rebecca Knight cello. Annabelle Lawson piano) Paul Barritt, violin and viola. www.tringchambermusic.

Music: Nica and the Jazz Divas Hastoe Village Hall. Music will be provided by the jazz septet The Shoe Horns. 01442 827702


Music: 90s Indie Night For one night only the Common People DJs will be playing your fave ‘90s tunes. From Blur to Beck, Pulp to The Chemical Brothers, Oasis to The Prodigy, Primal Scream to The Cure.

Film: Belfast Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 20. www.

WEDNESDAY 21 SEP Talks: Ashridge House High Street Baptist Church Tring, 8pm. With 700 years of fascinating history, there’s a palpable sense of heritage at the heart of Ashridge House.

THURSDAY 22 SEP Arts & Crafts: Evening Draw and Explore 7-9pm. £15. Find out about the fascinating history of the specimens in a 30-minute gallery tour. Then take time to get inspired by the specimens and draw them. Suitable for adults.

FRIDAY 23 SEP Music: The Dung Beatles This show will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles’ first single release ‘Love me do’.

Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted Live Goes Green Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 7.309pm. Music by Hanging Bandits, Open Door Ukulele Band, Richard & Chloe from Goodlife Vintage, Leslie Tate MC. lstate@

Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011 Fairs / Festivals: Tring Apple Fayre To 31 Oct. Tring’s Own Apple Fayre returns. Core apple dates Sun 2 Oct: Apple Day at Jeacock’s Orchard; Sat 8 Oct: special Tring Farmers Market with the Pippin High Street Parade and scarecrow competition. TringsOwnAppleFayre Fairs / Festivals: Aylesbury Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Show Grange School, 11-5pm. Meet experts in spirituality, holistic, psychic & mediumship, selfhelp & healthy living. Crystals, art & crafts, wellbeing products. Talks & workshops. www.

Exhibitions: Classic and Special Interest Car Show Dudswell 11am-4pm. Classic Car Show.

Music: Peter Long Quintet BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Swinging jazz made famous by the legendary Benny Goodman quintet in the 1940s & 50s.




Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted International Graham Greene Festival To 2 Oct. 23rd Graham Greene International Festival. www.

FRIDAY 30 SEP Fundraisers: Firewalk St Mary’s Close, Hemel Old Town, from 6.30pm. Community Action Dacorum are looking for brave people to walk across burning hot red embers! www. firewalk-fundraiser

Film: Berkhamsted Film Society Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 4. www.

WEDNESDAY 5 OCT Kids: Open Mornings Chesham Preparatory School, 9-11am Also Sat 8 Oct, 9-11.30am. With tours of schools and opportunity to speak to class and specialist teachers. www.

Talks: Robin Ince Bibliomaniac Join Robin Ince - he’s promoting the very book that he’s written following the last bookshop tour!

THURSDAY 6 OCT Music: East West Maxwell Street Blues Bar Tring, 8.30pm. www.

FRIDAY 7 OCT Fundraisers: Slip into Slippers With your help, Age UK Dacorum can highlight the needs of older people and raise vital funds to support its services. www.ageuk.

SATURDAY 8 OCT Exhibitions: Dolls House Miniatures Exhibition Wilstone Village Hall 11am-4pm. See what club members have accomplished in the last three very unusual years! In aid of Cancer Research. helen24@ Music: Gould Piano Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £20. Fanny Mendelssohn, Judith Weir, Tchaikovsky. www.

SUNDAY 9 OCT Fundraisers: Rennie Grove Herts 10k 10k race raising funds to provide specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness.

MONDAY 10 OCT Film: Dream Horse Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 11. www.

Fundraisers: Hospice Coffee Morning 10.30am-12noon, last Friday of the month. 01442 869550


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Fundraisers: Open Door Repair Café Open Door Berkhamsted. First Saturday of each month, 9.30am-12.30pm. Bring along your broken items and let the experts take a look, in exchange for a donation.

Aylesbury Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Show 1st October

TUESDAY 11 OCT Fundraisers: The Pepper Show 2022 Court Theatre, Tring, 7.45pm. Sat matinee 2pm. To 15 Oct. A fabulous night of live music performed by a wealth of local talent.

THURSDAY 13 OCT Business: Tring BusinessMart Networking Evening Tring Winery, 6pm. Come and network with local businesses in a friendly and comfortable setting. www.tringtogether.

the USA, one of the world’s leading jazz guitarists leads a trio performing a mixture of standards and originals.

MONDAY 24 OCT Film: Parallel Mothers Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 25. Nonmembers £5 at door. www.


Schumann and Shostakovich. Fundraisers: Ukrainian Network Concert Ashlyns School 7pm. Hosted by BATUHN and CAD, the evening will include music, food and drink, with money raised going towards help and support of Ukrainians now living locally.


Film: Tring Cinema Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. www.tringcinema. com

Business: Tring BusinessMart Breakfast 8am. Join the friendly BusinessMart networking group.




Music: Ma Bessie & Her ‘Pigfoot’ Band Tring Church. 8pm. Classic blues and jazz from the Empress of Blues. www.

Theatre: Nativity! The Musical At Waterside Theatre Aylesbury in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity www.

Business: BDCC Networking Breakfast Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7.15-9.30am.



Fundraisers: Mud Pack Challenge After two years, The Hospice of St Francis Mud Pack Challenge returns in all its mucky glory!

Music: The Shufflepack Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

TUESDAY 18 OCT Exhibitions: Sexuality and Gender in the Animal Kingdom Natural History Museum, 7-8pm. Evening LGBTQ+ gallery tour to uncover the range of different animal behaviours from homosexuality in dolphins to sexual acts to defuse tension. Suitable for adults.

WEDNESDAY 19 OCT Business: BDCC Networking Lunch Venue TBC. 12.30-2.30pm. www.berkhamsted-chamber.

THURSDAY 20 OCT Music: The Alex Hamilton Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

SATURDAY 22 OCT Music: Howard Alden Trio BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. From

FRIDAY 4 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Book Festival To Sun 13 Nov. A host of big names and book launches with something for everyone. www.

SATURDAY 5 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Festival of Fire Tring Park Cricket Club 5.30pm. Supporting sport in the local community. www. Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Town Fireworks Gates 6pm for 7pm start. A charitable event taking place at Berkhamsted Cricket Club.

THURSDAY 10 NOV Music: Brave Rival Tring Rugby Club, 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 12 NOV Music: Ashley Wass, Piano Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm. Bach, Franck,

Talks: Chiltern Hill Forts High Street Baptist Church Tring, 8pm. Dr Wendy Morris will be returning to give the results of this 4-year project.

THURSDAY 17 NOV Music: Mississippi MacDonald Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. www.

SATURDAY 19 NOV Music: High Wycombe Music Centre Big Band BJazz at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, 8pm. Expect the music of Ellington, Basie, Miller & others of the Big Band era.

SUNDAY 20 NOV Fairs / Festivals: BerkoFest Book Festival 10am to 6pm. Author talks, readings, Q&A sessions, panels and book signings, all of which are quirky, fun and educational. www.bookfestival.

MONDAY 21 NOV Film: Operation Mincemeat Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 22. Nonmembers £5 at door. www.

THURSDAY 24 NOV Comedy: Andy Parsons Court Theatre, 8pm. Join Andy Parsons as he warms up for another national tour with this intimate airing of a brand new show.

FRIDAY 25 NOV Fundraisers: DENS Sponsored Sleepout 9pm-7am. Swap your cosy bed for a sleeping bag and put yourself in the place of those sleeping rough in the cold winter months.

SATURDAY 26 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Christmas Festival Tring High Street and Victoria Hall, 3.30-8.30pm. Christmas market stalls. Late night shopping, open churches, live performances, Father Christmas, a magical light display. www.

SUNDAY 27 NOV Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Festival of Light Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30-6pm. With entertainment from local musicians, stalls, Santa and the Elves Posting House, fairground rides, St. Peter’s Church service. www.

MONDAY 28 NOV Film: Manon Des Sources Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also Tues 29. www.

THURSDAY 1 DEC Music: Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 3 DEC Music: Ensemble Hesperi Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, Hesperi presents the Battle of the Kings: a selection of baroque music from the courts of Louis XIV and Charles II. www.berkhamstedmusic.

SUNDAY 4 DEC Markets & Sales: Berkhamsted Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. 01442 862011

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Hertfordshire Mansions and Parklands A circular walk From Great Gaddesden created by Walking Britain


his walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th century mansions that dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still influenced by the great designers of the day, including Capability Brown (see our local history feature on page 26). This circular walk will take just over 3 hours and covers a distance of 10.39km with an average difficulty level.

The walk starts from a dirt layby on the A4146 (Grid ref TL030116), the Hemel Hempstead to Leighton Buzzard Road. The layby is opposite four blocks of houses on the right hand side of the road coming from Hemel Hempstead just after passing the turning signed to Great Gaddesden and with a Hemel Hempstead Garden Centre notice. As you face the houses there is a footpath at the right-hand end signed Gaddesden Row 11/2: this is the Hertfordshire Way but not signed as such going this way. Cross the A4146 and go up this concrete drive and continue up the field edge curving left. Where the field edge turns sharp right, continue straight on over the field up to the wood at the top. Enter the wood and immediately turn right. The track goes along just inside the wood, and emerges through a kissing gate to go along a field edge with woods on the left. Go through a double set of gates and follow the fence on the right straight on through two fields to arrive at a large house (The Hoo) sitting in a parkland designed by Capability Brown. Here bear left to a gate and stile in the hedge a short distance off. Once over the stile, turn right along a hedge; where the hedge ends, continue straight on across a field to a gap in the hedge on the opposite side. Continue straight across another field aiming for the right hand end of a line of trees. Here go through a kissing gate and bear slightly right to come to a stile by a gate and tree. Once over the stile continue down an enclosed path abandoned allotments on left - and come out at a (Roman) road (Grid ref TL042136). 1. Turn left along the pavement and at the edge of Jockeys End turn right onto public footpath 9 through a children’s play area, and along the backs of houses and down a field break to steps down to a gravel lane in Ballingdon Bottom. Turn right and follow it out to a lane and immediately turn left through a wooden kissing gate. Cross the field up to a gate to the left of a line of


poplars. Turn right and walk along the edge of Beechwood House School playing fields. At the end of the playing fields follow the path through a coppice to come to the school drive. 2. Here leave the Hertfordshire Way by turning right and following the drive past a Victorian Lodge out to a road. Turn right; ignore the road immediately to the right (signed Gaddesden Row) and go up the hill (be careful on the road) and along for about 1/2 mile. Watch out for a Chiltern Way sign pointing left and straight on, then in about 100 yds turn right at a second Chiltern Way sign (Grid ref TL055136). 3. Now follow the Chiltern Way to Water End. Go down by the side of a woodyard to come quickly into a long field with woods either side. There is no obvious trodden path, but first of all you need to arrive at the far corner of the left hand wood and then, going forward, a gate in the hedge ahead. Go through the gate and turn left down a green lane which, after a gap leading to fields on either side, swings right and then goes straight to the JMI school at Gaddesden Row. There is a pub about 1km to the left, but the walk continues straight on over the (Roman) road down a tarmac drive. Just before a large black and white timbered farmhouse turn left along a field edge. At the field corner turn right down an enclosed footpath to a kissing gate facing Golden Parsonage, built in 1706. From the gate bear right and continue through a gate on this line over two fields to arrive at the drive into the Parsonage. 4. Bear slightly right again to follow the drive towards Home Farm for about ½ mile before diverging right to follow the track through the woods to bypass the farm. Where you emerge from the woods by a wide gate there are glorious views over the Gade valley. Walk down to a line of power line poles and follow them across the parkland to a gate and stile. Cross the

stile and walk up beside the fence. Pass an original estate gate in the modern fence and turn right through the next gate. Go straight ahead to a double and single gate in the fence ahead. Go straight ahead from the gate and when level with the architect Wyatt’s Palladian villa, Gaddesden Place, bear left through the parkland to a single gate in the fence running down hill on the left. (Great view over Great Gaddesden.) From here, bear right through a clump of five mature trees to another gate. From here there is a good view of the 17th century brick and timber cottages of Water End and it is a straight line down to the cream gable end of a cottage to the right. To the left of the cottage is a wicket gate, which decants you directly onto the A4146 (Grid ref TL035107). Take great care in coming out onto the road and in crossing it. 5. Once across, turn right for a few yards and then left down a very narrow footpath between buildings to a kissing gate. From the gate, cross the river Gade by the bridge and continue your line over the water meadows to a power line pole in the corner of the field. Go through a gate, turn right along a field edge and an enclosed path to arrive at a road in Great Gaddesden near its 12th Century church. Go down Church Meadow opposite, fork right past the school on the left and where the road bends left, go straight on to find a kissing gate on the right. Go through this, over the water meadow to the long bridge over the Gade and up to the A4146 at your starting point. Our thanks to Walking Britain for allowing us to share this walk. You can view the full details of the walk at: walk-some-hertfordshire-mansions-andparkland/ or visit our website to view this and other walks at type/walks.

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