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WINTER 2019

YOUR QUALITY LOCAL MAGAZINE

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Welcome to the Winter issue! Y ou may have noticed something different about our magazine this time; we’ve gone compostable! You told us you wanted an ecofriendly wrap for the magazine, and we listened – and here it is! More details can be found on page 7. In the true spirit of Christmas, we’re excited to bring you our special six-page gift guide, with lots of ideas for all budgets, and all from your favourite local and independent retailers. We hope you’ll join us in supporting your local shops and get out there and spend with them this Christmas.

And, we’re also thrilled that this is our 50th issue of Tring Living; the first issue was brought to you in 2007, and we’re still going strong! You’ll find lots more inside too, including how to get winter colour in your garden, how to teach your kids the value of money, and keeping your home safe in the cold weather. We hope you enjoy it, and see you in the New Year!

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News and views from Tring and surrounding villages

14 Shop local Christmas

special gift guide, plus competition

24 Wheelchair friendly

walk round Ashridge

25 Cats in need of new forever homes

26 Teach the kids the value of money

INFO@LIVING

30 How to winterproof

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32 Keep your skin

healthy this winter

38 Get some winter

colour in your garden

39 Restaurant review: Coluco

40 What’s on locally 50 Local essential services

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The only local magazine offering guaranteed shrink-wrapped delivery to 10,410* addresses in the HP23 postcode area, by Royal Mail every quarter. *Royal Mail postcode data . Published quarterly in March, June, Sept & Nov The Team: Publisher: Alison Page / Editorial: Clare Swatman / Photographer: Adam Hollier / Design: 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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Kick off the festive Light up a Life R season in style

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f you’re not in the Christmas mood already, you soon will be! Help eliminate the Scrooge in you once and for all by popping along to one, or both, of the local Christmas festivals. They always do a brilliant job of kicking off the festive season in style. Tring Together Christmas Festival Friday 29 November 2019 6.30pm-9.30pm A free, fun-filled evening when many of Tring’s businesses open their doors, and the High Street and Victoria Hall transform into a sparkling Christmas Market. There’s live music and entertainment, fairground rides, free children’s crafts and entertainment in the churches. Berkhamsted Festival of Light Sunday 24 November 2019 From 3.30pm onward Berkhamsted’s annual Festival of Light starts on the High Street at 3.30pm, and includes stalls, rides, Santa letter writing and entertainment from Gobstoppers Theatre Arts, Rock Chorus and Lockers Park Choir, before the lights are switched on at 5.15pm with Father Christmas making an appearance on his sleigh. The St Peter’s Candlelit Stillness evening begins at 6pm.

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emember someone special at one of Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Light up a Life services. Sponsor a light on one of their Christmas trees to shine in memory of a loved one, and receive a silver star to hang on your own tree with your own special message. The nearest services are at Hemel Hempstead St Mary’s Church, in Hemel Hempstead Old Town, on Sunday 17 November at 4pm, and at the Mayor’s Carol Service in St Albans on Sunday 8 December at 4pm. For more details go to www.renniegrove.org.

Tring ‘Shop Local’ day

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e’re doing our bit to support local retailers with our six-page super special gift guide. And you can give your local retailers even more support at Tring’s very own Shop Local day on Saturday 14 December. From 9am until 12pm, Church Square will be filled with the Festive Farmers Market, where Tring retailers will have promotions and you can win a goody bag packed to the brim with everything our local shops have to offer. (Terms and conditions apply.) You might even see some familiar faces there – such as Jon and Sam from Fancy That, who are celebrating 25 years of being in business in Tring and will be open every Sunday in December!

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or more than 40 years, the Tring annual pantomime has entertained the town – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! Without a soap star in sight, the Tring panto has traditionally showcased all the local talent, and this year’s production of Peter Pan is no different. Written by Ian Gower and director Nick Russon, you’ll be transported to Neverland with Peter

Pan, and boo and hiss as Captain Hook and his dastardly band of pirates try and capture Peter Pan. Cheer as the heroes, Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys and the Darlings, try to stop him. For the first time they’ve also employed the services of Flying by Foy – so be prepared for take-off!

Bookshop and festival

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he very first Tring Book Festival has just come to an end – and it was a roaring success. The town was filled with authors and famous faces over the course of the 10 day festival. Another fantastic legacy has been the opening of ‘Our Bookshop’ on the High Street. ‘Having produced the Tringe Festival for 10

Boost for bus users

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An improved bus network is on the way for Herts, as the County Council and local bus operators plan to enter into a new partnership to improve public transport in the county. For more information go to www. hertfordshire.gov.uk/ intalinkpartnership.

years, I always felt confident the community would embrace the new Book Festival,’ says organiser Ben Moorhouse. ‘The response has been extraordinary and the enthusiasm for Our Bookshop has been very heartwarming. I signed a 10-year lease on the shop so it’s very much here to stay!’

Award for Wigginton Community Shop! Community owned Wigginton Village Shop and Café was named Best Business in the Community by a panel of judges from the Hertfordshire arm of countryside charity, Campaign to Protect Rural England. These awards recognise indivduals and groups who are working to improve life in rural communities.

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Success for Tring Swimming Club

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wimmers from Tring Swimming Club enjoyed their annual Club Champs recently, to celebrate progress made over the year and set new swim times in a series of 25m, 50m and 100m races.

Everyone from the Club took part, from youngest members aged just six, to the coaches themselves. It proved a brilliant showcase of the talent within the Club, with some thrilling dives and nail-biting finishes. This is the first Club Champs for Tring Swimming Club in the new pool from Tring School. The pool was recently reopened by Tring Sport and Leisure Ltd, a subsidiary of the school’s multi-academy trust, the Ridgeway Learning Partnership (RLP). The Club extend their thanks to the race sponsors this year. Primary sponsor Peter Kemp (pictured), CEO of PRS Office Furniture, said: ‘We’re proud to support this Club and local community. I’m impressed by the organisation, the volunteers and the swimmers, and it’s very nice to see the youngest swimmers starting out on their swimming adventure. I’d urge everyone to give it a go.’

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ould a band of local boys from Tring be about to hit the big time? They certainly hope so! The Very Lazy Sundays have just released their debut single, Sometimes a Broken Heart, with producer Adrian Hall (Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder) and are hoping to release an album next year. ‘In the last few months we’ve played to thousands of people at festivals, and serenaded an intimate audience of one – who

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just happened to be Keith Wilkinson from Squeeze,’ says band member, George Harvey. Speaking of band members, the band is made up of: lead singer Diyar Abdullah; guitarist George Harvey; Pete White who plays the cajon and is a backing singer; and bassist Duncan ‘Dunk’. All of them write the songs and admit their music has hugely diverse influences, from hip-hop through to Simon & Garfunkel. If you’d like to hear them play live, they’re playing at the David Evans Court Theatre on Sunday 8 December. You can purchase tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or at the Court Theatre, visit www.courttheatre.co.uk.

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We’ve gone compostable!

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ou spoke – and we listened. The plastic that has been used to wrap our magazine for years has, after much research into compostable alternatives, been banished for good! Like many other businesses, including the RSPB, we have switched to a new, more environmentally-friendly compostable wrap to bring your favourite, and only truly local, magazine straight to your door. Made from potato starch, there are three ways you can dispose of it: 1) Add it to your compost heap in your garden 2) Throw it into the green recycling bin along with your garden waste 3) Carefully remove the magazine and use the empty bag in your food waste caddy. Please don’t put the wrap into your plastics recycling. We’re very pleased with our new wrap, and we hope you are too.

Competition winners

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any congratulations go to the winners of our autumn issue competition to win a pair of tickets to Berkofest. The lucky winners were Nina Auston, Tom Bath, Kat Pope and Lucie Lim. The winner of the Afternoon Tea for Two at the Ivy in St Albans was Wendy Lawrey. Well done Wendy!

You might have noticed our regular book review and recipe pages are missing from this issue. We’ve moved them to make way for our spectacular Christmas gift guide – but don’t worry, you can find them as usual on our website at www.livingmags.info.

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Herts Year of Culture 2020 Climate Matters C C ulture is taking centre stage during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities. Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) will put the spotlight on arts, culture and heritage across the county, with activities, special events and experiences across the 12 themed months. Find out more at www.hyoc2020.org.uk or email Dacorum Co-ordinator Annie Smith annie.smith@dacorum.gov.uk

Gasworks update

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t felt as though the gasworks in the High Street went on forever, but they’ve finally gone, if a couple of weeks later than expected. ‘We’ve been upgrading our network to ensure local homes and businesses continue to enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come,’ says spokesman Bradley Barlow from gas distribution company SGN. ‘Due to engineering difficulties the work was completed earlier this month.’

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limate change is everywhere right now – and for good reason. And Tring is certainly doing its part. On 26 October an event was held at the Victoria Halls on Akeman Street by the Town Council, in collaboration with Tring in Transition, Extinction Rebellion and Green Tring. The event was to discuss what the local community is currently doing to fight climate change, as well as how the town can become more sustainable. For more on what’s being done, call Tring Council on 01442 823347.

he prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts has officially opened its new £8 million boarding block. The new Elizabeth House building contains a boarding house for 70 pupils, six academic and vocational teaching spaces, a theatre workshop, two staff apartments and other pupil facilities. ‘The new building provides the most spacious and modern boarding facilities and gives us the opportunity to refurbish the existing onsite boarding facilities to a similar standard,’ says principal Stefan Anderson. ‘It also provides much-needed additional teaching spaces. ‘The 70 pupils that have moved in are thrilled with the comfort and design of their term-time home-from-homes.’

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New Hospital for Dacorum?

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est Herts Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) has received funding to provide new hospital facilities – but there is disagreement about how it should be spent. WHHT believes the money needs to be spent upgrading current facilities, including the site at Watford. ‘We understand that the investment will be into current sites – for a major refurbishment and rebuild at Watford General Hospital, together with development for St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals,’ says a spokesperson for West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG). However not everyone agrees this is the best solution. Sir Mike Penning, Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, says: ‘It

will be a complete waste and an utter disaster to try to rebuild Watford on the existing site right next door to a Premier League football club in the Victorian back streets.’ Instead, he has backed the Dacorum Hospital Action Group and the New Hospital Campaign who are raising money to fund a judicial review of HVCCG and WHHT’s decision to exclude the consideration of a new hospital on a new site. ‘I absolutely support this legal challenge,’ Sir Mike added. ‘The hospital authorities were asked to provide a number of options and specifically excluded the new site option, despite it being widely proven to be the best option by the New Hospital Campaign. ‘I would urgently encourage local people to give the hospital campaigners full support.’ You can donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newhospital-campaign.

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t was August 2015 when Tring Cinema was born – and since then it’s gone from strength to strength. The first ever cinema night was held at Nora Grace Hall with a makeshift screen built from plastic piping donated by Metcalfe’s, a PA system from Tring Brewery and a projector donated by Epsom. It was the brainchild of Lee KennedyWashington from Tring Design and Steffi Osborne from Tring Together. ‘We wanted to give residents the chance to enjoy a night at the movies without having to

drive,’ says Steffi. ‘We just thought, let’s give it a go!’ And it was a success from the word go. Now, Tring Cinema runs once a month. They’ve held outdoor screenings under the stars and sing-alongs at Tring Carnival. And thanks to a recent grant from Tring Arts Trust, they’ve installed comfortable seating, surround sound and an automatic screen. ‘We’re overwhelmed by the response and grateful for all the support,’ says Steffi. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or www.tringcinema.com.

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Pick up your card protector now!

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on’t forget to pick up your Tring Neighbourhood Watch card protector. Available from Metcalfe’s for just £1, it’s designed to stop your card being scanned while you’re out and about. ‘Most credit and debit cards have a built-in contactless payment technology called RFID, so they can be scanned from a few centimetres away by anyone,’ says Emma Colwell from Hewitt’s, 1919 Tring Neighbourhood Watch. ‘This means fraudsters can scan it while it’s still in your wallet or purse!’ All profits from the sales go directly to the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Email Tring Neighbourhood Watch at tringnhw@yahoo.co.uk, or sign up at www.owl.co.uk to receive alerts about crime and local issues.

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f you’re after some stunning and original ideas for Christmas presents, get yourself along to the Town Farm Art Show in Cheddington from

22-24 November. 10 artists and makers will be showing an exciting mix of hand-crafted, high quality artwork including paintings, illustration, printmaking, ceramics, woodturning, embroidery and jewellery, plus willow weaving and sculpture in the garden. There will also be mulled wine and homebaked festive treats for sale in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The Show runs from 10am until 4pm each day at 6, Town Farm, Cheddington LU7 0TT. Entry is free. Visit www.townfarmartshow. blogspot.com.

Tring in the Media Kristina Rihanoff and her hunky rugby beau appeared as loved up as ever as they packed on the PDA during Champneys owner Stephen Purdew’s 60th birthday bash. The professional dancer, 42, cosied up to her long-term boyfriend, 41, at the star-studded party held in Tring, Hertfordshire on Thursday. Daily Mail, 27 September 2019 From Tring station, head east past swaying fields of wheat, using the footpath that runs parallel to the road. After a mile you’ll be in Aldbury. It could hardly be more picturesque, with its pond (beside which stand wooden stocks), medieval church, village shop, enviable cottages and backdrop of wooded slopes. The Telegraph, 8 September 2019 Tring also got a mention in a new series on BBC called Escape to the Perfect Town, presented by Jonnie Irwin. Although the focus was primarily on Berkhamsted, the couple eventually decided to move to Tring instead, as they fell in love with the pretty high street! The episode aired on 8 October. Tring was also spotted on ITV’s The Confession, and in the Judy Garland biopic, Judy.

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SHOP LOCAL: CHRIST Shop local this Christmas with our amazing six-page gift guide

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t’s all too easy to shop online these days, but the truth is, if you don’t use your local shops, you’ll lose them. Here at Living Magazines, we’re all about supporting local businesses – and we’re very lucky to have an amazing selection of independent shops in both Tring and Berkhamsted.

With that in mind, we decided to dedicate a whole SIX PAGES of this winter issue to a special gift guide, with ideas from all your favourite local shops, suitable for all budgets. So let your feet do the talking, and SHOP LOCAL this Christmas!

*Competition time!* One lucky winner can win a £50 voucher to spend in Fancy That in Tring, as well as this gorgeous candle from Number Twenty, worth £25. Simply answer this simple question: On what day of the week is Christmas Day this year? Deadline for entry is 6pm on Sunday 8 December 2019. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details of how to enter. www.livingmags.info/competitions

Fancy That are celebrating 25 years of trading on Tring High Street this year – and will be opening every Sunday in December to give you even more time to get your presents! Number Twenty in Berkhamsted has a gorgeous selection of Christmas gifts – and you’ll be doing your bit for charity too as all profits go to the Hospice of St Francis!

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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 01 Cocoba’s Santa decorated choc bars £5.50 02 The Walnut Tree’s Nougat Selection Pack £9.95 Fancy That - Tring 03 Bamboo Initial Socks £6.99 04 Craft Beer bottle cap collector £10 05 Save Our Bees shopping bag £6 06 Shout Out game £6 Grace and Sons - Tring 07 Bamboo Cotton buds £2.99 08 Recycled Twine in dispenser £4.99 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 09 Fragranced tubular soap from Arthouse Unlimited £6.95

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Soden Style - Berkhamsted 10 Starry tea lights from £5 Temptation - Berkhamsted 11 Sherpa Socks £9.99 Tring Brewery - Tring 12 Death or Glory Chutney £4.10 and Biltong £2.60 13 Three-bottle selection pack £9 White Mint - Berkhamsted 14 Espresso Martini candle £8.50 Wigginton Community Shop - Tring / Wiggington 15 Geoff’s local honey £4 16 Summershed Brewery ale from Wigginton, from £2.75 Woods - Berkhamsted 17 Blue glass baubles £4.50


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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 18 Bespoke hampers to order from £15 19 Morvena’s British rum gift sets £15 Fancy That - Tring 20 Dragon kite £15.75 Loft68 Vintage - Tring 21 Born In The USA Tshirt £18 Maggie J - Tring 22 Owl brooch £19.50 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 23 St Eval Winter Thyme candles with reindeer decoration, £12.50 each

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Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 24 Campfire gin enamel tumbler £11 Temptation - Berkhamsted 25 Men’s scarves £12.99 Tring Brewery - Tring 26 Six-bottle selection bag £15.80 White Mint - Berkhamsted 27 Dark green bevelled glass LED lamp £20 Woods - Berkhamsted 28 Mouse tea light holder £14.50

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Fancy That - Tring 29 Russian Doll Nativity set £21 Loft68 Vintage - Tring 30 Designer denim jeans from £25 Maggie J - Tring 31 Multi-coloured stone necklace £29 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 32 Gloves from Powder £21.95 Our Bookshop - Tring 33 RHS Gardeners Botanical £30 Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations £25 Peonies £25

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Soden Style - Berkhamsted 34 Light-up Star on a stand £30 Tring Brewery - Tring 35 Growlers- 1litre £15.45, 2litre £20.10 White Mint - Berkhamsted 36 Dusty pink wooden side table £30 Mustard hexagon wooden side table £30 Woods - Berkhamsted 37 Nutcracker wooden music box £24.99


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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 38 Paxton and Whitfield olive wood cheese board £32.50 Fancy That - Tring 39 Stained glass tortoise lamp £34

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Loft68 Vintage - Tring 40 1970s overshirt £32 41 Floral blouse with neck bow, medium £36

Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 44 Campfire Gin miniature 3 pack £34 45 1594 Spirit of Box Moor gin 50cl £32 46 PUD PUD Cask aged gin 50cl £36

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White Mint - Berkhamsted 48 Ombre ceramic table lamp with shade £45

Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 43 Flip Click Clock £42

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Bailey and Sons - Berkhamsted 49 Aquamarine and diamond earrings £POA 50 Clogau bracelet £119 51 Kit Heath earrings £52.00 Maggie J - Tring 52 Bee bangle £79 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 53 Throws in Swedish wool £78 - £85 Jason Arbiter (ArbiterArt at Etsy, from Tring) 54 Study of Flowers 20x24 £300 55 What A Surprise, No Lion 16x20 £150

Village Wines - Tring 56 L-R Taylors Port 20 Years Aged £37.99; OBAM Single Malt Scotch Whisky £49.99; Bas Armagnac Laubade Brandy 40 years aged £106.99 White Mint - Berkhamsted 57 Scandinavian Chestnut Gold geometric console table £290

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WALKS WITH A WHEELCHAIR This issue our walk is at Ashridge and it’s our first fully accessible walk. Our thanks to Katy Etherington for her write up

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uncombe Terrace is situated within the National Trust Estate of Ashridge. It offers a wheelchair, scooter and bike-friendly trail through an ancient wildlife-rich woodland, alongside open common with fabulous views across chalk downland. The trail covers a distance of two miles one way, or a four-mile return trip. Park in the free disabled car park by the visitor centre, and the path starts across the green to the right of the Bridgewater Monument, marked by stud posts. The path is rough stone, so be prepared for a little vibro-massage! Watch out for larger, protruding stones in the first 20m, which could cause unnecessary bumps or trips. The path took us deep into the woodland and continued over a wooden bridge, beneath which you can see the ancient Drovers path, a ditch worn by villagers taking their animals to graze on Pitstone Common. There is a slight lip onto and off the bridge. Further along on the left you’ll come to a fenced-off mound called Bell Barrow, thought to be a Bronze Age burial site. The wooden lodge buried amongst the trees on the left is a copy of a Victorian shooting lodge that burned down in 1989.

Emerge from the woodland for lovely views of Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers and, on the right, a log bench for those who wish to pause for breath. The incline increases gradually through the pine woodland, before finally emerging on to Clipper Down, marking the end of the mobility trail. The path continues beyond the marked mobility point for another mile to Ivinghoe Beacon. We ventured a short distance before battery levels started to get alarmingly low! The path is more uneven and steep in places, but if you’re up for a bit of off roading, the first 100m or so is doable. We returned to the Brownlow Cafe next to the visitor centre for tea and cake - a highly recommended pit stop! An accomplished designer, Katy is also the founder of PA Pool which was launched in June 2007. www.papool.co.uk is the only website of its kind and is for disabled people looking to employ a PA (carer) and PAs (carers) looking for work. PA Pool is a market leader in its field, offering members the facility to interactively manage their own recruitment or employment.

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adly, winter is a busy time for the volunteers at the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted branch of the Cats Protection charity. ‘We currently have a waiting list of those needing to come into our care and once we get a space we have fosterers who look after them and get them vet-treated,’ says branch manager, Debbie. Can you offer one of these adorable faces a loving new home?

Angus Angus is around six. He’s a lovely, calm boy and enjoys the company of people. He loves to curl up on the sofa and receive cuddles! He’s very affectionate and would love someone who can be there for him. He really enjoys being in the garden. We feel Angus would be happier in a family environment, as the only pet, where he can laze away his days with lots of cuddles and love, which he will return ten-fold.

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We feel Bo would be happier in an older family environment and may be happy to share his home with one cat-friendly dog. He would love access to a garden after his settling in period.

Prince Prince is a bright, naturally inquisitive boy who loves to race through his tunnels, jump in a box and play hide and seek. He’s an extremely responsive, chatty boy who adores company and is happy to play with anyone. He’s good with children too. Prince is just over a year old and neutered. We feel he would love a secure garden to explore. He would be best suited to a family environment, but as the only pet. Cats Protection is run entirely on donations and fundraising. Visit www.cats.org.uk/dacorum to find out more.

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ACORNS Teaching children the importance of money management is essential

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esearch has shown that children pick up their key financial habits by the age of just seven – so it’s never too early to teach them about money. ‘It’s vital that children have an appreciation and understanding of the value of money,’ says Robert Stringer from Stringer Mann Financial Planners in Berkhamsted. ‘Teaching them the concept of delayed gratification can be the key to helping them manage their money for life.’

Young children Children as young as three or four can learn some basics. ‘Set up a play shop so they can learn about paying for things,’ suggests Robert. This also teaches them numerical skills.

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‘Use non-monetary ways to get them to understand about delayed gratification. For example, if they don’t have the biscuit now, they can have an ice cream later.’ Children of seven and eight recognise the value of money, and understand that money is exchanged for things they want. While they’re also capable of understanding the concept of waiting for something they really want, they struggle with the difference between luxuries and necessities. ‘This is a good age to start talking about household bills,’ says Robert. ‘Get them to understand that if you leave all the lights on, the electricity has to be paid for- which means you might not be able to afford something else, like their football lessons or karate class.

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‘Try and include them in planning too, such as setting a weekly budget or writing a shopping list to help build their understanding.’

Pre-teens Pocket money is a great way to teach them about spending and saving. ‘Consider giving them a small amount each week, and then offer the chance to earn more by doing jobs, such as washing the car or mowing the lawn,’ suggests Robert. ‘This will help them see the money as a reward that’s directly related to the work they’ve done.’ To help them understand about saving, give them a jar where they can see the money accumulate, or set up an account that they can access online. Show them that, if they have £10 and spend £7 but save £3 as soon as they’re given it, the money quickly builds up, which gives them the ability to buy something they really want. ‘Encouraging them to reflect on money, and think about what they can buy right now versus what they can save up for later can be a real challenge, but definitely one worth pursuing,’ says Robert. ‘Children also need to understand that swiping a card is still spending it. ‘When our grandparents were young, most people were paid in cash and would put money into tins for mortgage, bills and so on. Most people didn’t – and couldn’t – spend above their means. These days, it’s all too easy to spend what you don’t have.’

It’s essential to emphasise the importance of planning ahead, and the consequences of making the right or wrong decisions about their spending. ‘For example, if they have a certain amount of money for food and transport to and from college, they need to learn that, if they spend it all on a KFC and then can’t get home, that has consequences,’ says Robert. ‘Maybe instead they should look ahead, and plan to take a packed lunch two or three times, so they can afford a treat at the end of the week.’ Teens can also learn the basics about things such as mortgages and loans, but keep it simple.

Grown-ups It’s never too late to learn about respecting money. We need to ask ourselves, ‘Do I need that more than I need the money?’ before making impulse purchases or that easy one-click Amazon buy. ‘If it helps, work out a weekly budget and take the cash out at the beginning of the week,’ says Robert. ‘You’ll probably find it much harder to hand over a £10 note for your lunch than if you just swipe a card at the till.’ For help with any financial issues, visit Stringer Mann at www.stringermann.co.uk

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If water pipes freeze they can burst when the water starts to melt. Keep your heating on every day, even if you’re away, to stop the pipes from freezing in the first place. ‘For longer periods, you should turn the water off and drain the plumbing systems,’ explains Tony Fields from NFU Mutual Insurance in Hemel Hempstead. ‘Also leave your loft door open to allow heat to circulate around your tank and pipes.’

If pipes do freeze, turn off the water supply, and turn on cold taps to drain the system,’ says Tony. ‘Be careful of electrics, and turn off the electricity supply at the fusebox. ‘Turn off any immersion heater and central heating system and turn on all hot water taps to drain any excess water. ‘Check ceilings for bulging caused by water pooling above. If it is safe to do so, make a small hole to allow the water to escape slowly into a container.

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Other simple ways to protect your home Get your chimney swept HETAS, the solid fuel safety and standards organisation, recommends that you have your chimney swept twice a year, but at least once a year is essential. Creosote and soot build up in the chimney and prevent dangerous gases from escaping. A build-up can also cause dangerous chimney fires. Check carbon monoxide monitors If you have at least one fuel-burning appliance or heater then it’s essential to have a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor installed. CO is a deadly gas, which is otherwise impossible to detect. If you have one, make sure it’s working properly and check smoke alarms too. Check the roof Check your roof for broken or missing tiles and slates, and get them replaced to prevent water getting in. Keep gutters and drainpipes clear of debris to help rainwater drain away. Clear the garden Check fences to make sure they’re robust enough to withstand gales, and fix broken gates so they don’t spend the winter months banging around.

‘Always consult a plumber and electrician before the water and electricity are turned back on.’

Check your boiler ‘Regular boiler check-ups are essential, as they can prevent breakdowns during cold spells,’ says Tony. ‘It’s also worth asking your service engineer about the benefits of adding antifreeze to your system.’

Prevent snow damage A decent layer of snow on a conservatory roof is the equivalent of around 10 adults sitting on it – that’s a lot of extra weight for it to hold! ‘Damage is most often caused where a large amount of snow collects after falling over a number of days,’ says Tony. ‘The weight has the potential to cause roofs on conservatories, outbuildings or even houses to collapse.’ Keep gutters and drainpipes clear so that melting snow can drain away. Try to prevent damage by warming the building in order to melt the snow from the roof — open a loft hatch or heat a conservatory. Just make sure nobody stands underneath an area where snow could fall off.

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hen it’s cold outside and the central heating’s on, your skin can feel tight and dry. We spoke to Natasha Dauncey from Apothaka in Berkhamsted and Lucie Fountain from Elementary Skincare in Tring about keeping your skin looking good all winter. 1) Cover it If you spend long periods of time outside – walking the dog or running - make sure you cover your skin. ‘A balaclava (there are some fashionable ones around!) can protect against broken capillaries,’ says Lucie. 2) Protect it The sun may not seem bright, but the damaging UVA rays are pretty consistent all year round. ‘Moisturisers with SPF protection don’t usually have UVA protection as well as UVB,’ says Natasha. Choose a good quality sun cream for your face. 3) Cleanse it It depends on your skin type, but look for a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin

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feeling stripped of moisture. ‘Cleansing oils that rinse are great, as they remove dirt and leave skin soft,’ says Natasha. ‘Make sure a cleanser has a balanced pH – around 4.5 to 6.’ Lucie adds: ‘The evening cleanse is the most important to remove dirt, pollution and dead skin cells, and to give the skin a good canvas for its overnight replenishment.’ Try REN’s Cleanse & Reveal Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15 for 100ml. 4) Moisturise it In the winter, skin loses oils, which need to be replaced. ‘Add a drop or two of skin oil to your usual moisturiser,’ says Natasha. ‘Also try a serum, which helps your skin hold on to moisture and protects the skin barrier.’ Editor Clare tried Apothaka’s Barrier Support Serum. It contains niacinamide and ceramides, great for all-round skin health. After a month of use my skin felt noticeably less lined and less tight. A 10ml bottle costs £19.50. www.apothaka.co.uk

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Common skin problems Problem: Dry/chapped lips - Solution: Make a lip scrub with honey and brown sugar, suggests Lucie. Leave for 5-10 minutes, remove and follow with lip balm. ‘Try a lip balm that contains lanolin, the ingredient found in nipple cream,’ suggests Natasha. She recommends Keihl’s Lip Balm, £10. Problem: Dry, flaky skin - Solution: Strip back your routine and avoid harsh ingredients. A primer will give make-up a more even appearance and a facial spritz will keep moisture levels topped up. Problem: Dry hands - Solution: Exfoliate with your usual body scrub for five minutes, then rinse. Mix 2tbsp of Jojoba oil and your favourite essential oil into a bowl of warm water and soak for 10 minutes, then apply hand cream.

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Give your garden a new lease of life with some simple and colourful winter planting

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nce summer is over, most of us stop thinking about our gardens until spring. But get the planting right and you can enjoy gorgeous colours all year round.

Shrubs and evergreens Evergreen shrubs are the basis for some spectacular winter gardens. ‘Cornus, also known as dogwood grow in red, yellow, green and orange,’ explains Berkhamsted landscape gardener Helen Reeley. ‘But cut them right back in late February, otherwise you’ll end up with brown stems. The oranges of cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ look incredible on a sunny winter’s day.’ The cream and white leaves of pittosporum look stunning all winter long, while hellebores are good long-lasting winter flowers. ‘For colour and scent, try viburnum, which has a beautiful scented pale pink flower on bare stems,’ suggests Helen. ‘Quince, or Chaenomeles, has cup-shaped red winter flowers with a black stem.’

Grasses ‘A background of shaped Buxus can really bring other plants to life,’ says Helen. ‘Intersperse them with grasses or feathery plumes such as Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, or choose seed heads such as Echinops, or globe thistle which turn a beautiful silvery brown and glisten in the frost.’

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Pots and containers Heavenly bamboo, or Nandina domestica, has red and green leaves with red berry clusters and looks lovely in pots. ‘The Daphne bholua, particularly the ‘Jacqueline Postill’, is a small evergreen shrub with tiny pale pink flowers and an amazing scent,’ says Helen. ‘The sarcococca, or sweet box, has small white flowers all winter and really packs a punch scent-wise. ‘Winter gem’ is one of the best.’ Also try winter heathers, such as the purple Erica carnea, which can be underplanted with winter bulbs, such as Cyclamen coum, snowdrops and crocus.

Trees Look for colourful bark as a stunning centrepiece. ‘The Tibetan cherry, or Prunus serrula, has the most amazing peeling, glossy red-brown bark,’ says Helen. ‘The Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, is a silver birch with a beautiful ornamental white bark and looks gorgeous under-planted with purple and yellow crocuses.’

Bulbs and flowers Plant bulbs from October until mid-December. ‘If you’re a fan of daffodils, try a delicate version such as ‘Tête-à-tête,’ says Helen. ‘Mix with crocuses and snowdrops for even earlier colour. www.reeleylandscapes.co.uk

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

DELICIOUS FOOD AND DIVINE COCKTAILS AT COLUCO, TRING Living Magazines’ Publisher, Alison, visited Coluco with a friend to try out their new menu

Coluco also serve an extensive all-day brunch, delicious cakes, cream and afternoon teas, and not forgetting those amazing cocktails! There’s also a separate Kid’s Menu. It was one of the nicest meals I’ve had in a long time, in a lovely ambient atmosphere. I urge you to give it a try sooner rather than later! www.coluco.com

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Fairs / Festivals: Christmas Fair Tring Park School. A great chance to have a wander around the Mansion and to get ahead with your Christmas shopping. tringpark.com Fairs / Festivals: Berkhamsted Festival of Light Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30pm. Many stalls, entertainment, light switch on and Santa’s sleigh. berkhamstedtowncouncil. gov.uk Fairs / Festivals: Festival of Light St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, 4-7pm. Take a break and enjoy the stillness, quiet and beauty of St Peter’s church stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

TUESDAY 26 NOV Talks: Health Emergencies and the Nora Grace Hall Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45 pm. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 27 NOV Music: Acoustic Night Tring Park School. Also 28 Nov. tringpark.com/whats-on

THURSDAY 28 NOV Theatre: Far From the Madding Crowd Tring Park School. To 30 Nov. tringpark. com/whats-on Theatre: Present Laughter Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk Theatre: Comedy of Errors The Court Theatre, Tring, 7.30pm. To 30 Nov. Sat matinee 2.30pm. courttheatre.co.uk Music: Wille Edwards Tring Park Cricket Club. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 29 NOV Arts & Crafts: College Lake Artists College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring. To 2 Dec. bbowt.org.uk/explore/ visitor-centres/college-lakevisitor-centre Fairs / Festivals: Tring Together Christmas Festival 6.30-9.30pm. The High Street and Victoria Hall transform into a sparkling Christmas Market. tringtogether.org.uk

SATURDAY 30 NOV Fundraisers: Winter Market Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Rd, Redbourn, St Albans. 10am-4pm. stfrancis.org.uk

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SUNDAY 1 DEC Markets & Sales: Redbourn Christmas Market 11am-5pm. redbournchristmasmarket. com Fundraisers: Tree of Light Aylesbury High School, Walton Road, 5pm. fnhospice.org.uk/tree-of-light Music: Advent Carol Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 6pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

MONDAY 2 DEC Sport: FABS Over-60s Exercise Class Nora Grace Hall, Mondays 10-11am; Pitstone Memorial Hall, Tuesdays 11am-12noon; The Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Church, Northchurch, Tuesdays 1-2pm. 07988 649275 Film: Shoplifters Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 3 Dec. Nonmembers £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

TUESDAY 3 DEC Music: Glee Club: Gable Hall, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamsted. Every Tuesday 12.30-2pm or every Thursday 8-10pm. gobstopperstheatrearts.com

Talks: Liberty St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. £3, coffee and refreshments included. http://cluster3.websitestaging.uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society/

WEDNESDAY 4 DEC Exhibitions: Future Luton Consultation Public consultation event for London Luton Airport at Nora Grace Hall 2-8pm futureluton@llal.org.uk

THURSDAY 5 DEC Music: Moondogs Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 6 DEC Dance: Life in a Day Tring Park School. Boys’ Day of Dance. tringpark.com/whats-on Talks: Duke Of Windsor St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. Royal Traitor or Nazi Dupe? cholesbury.com Music: The Unravelling Wilburys The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. Tribute to the Travelling Wilburys. courttheatre.co.uk

SATURDAY 7 DEC Markets & Sales: Book Fair Court House, Berkhamsted, 10am-4pm. Free admittance. 01442 862011 Markets & Sales: Christmas Market Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 10.30am-3pm. Organised by Berkhamsted Churches Together. doc_hilda@ hotmail.com Music: Sing Christmas St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe, 5pm. beaconcommunitychoir.co.uk

Markets & Sales: Gin and Jewels Evening Bailey and Sons, Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted, 6-9pm. Celebrating 100 years! baileyandsons.co.uk Music: Schools Will Rock You Tring Park School. 2pm and 7.30pm. Also Sun 8 Dec. tringpark.com/whats-on Music: Onyx Brass Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

SUNDAY 8 DEC Dance: Christmas Junior Day of Dance Tring Park School. For young dancers aged 7-11 wishing to experience dance. tringpark.com/ associated-courses Music: The Very Lazy Sundays Court Theatre, 5pm. With Support from In the Forest and Craig Joiner. courttheatre.co.uk Music: A Night in Vienna St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted. 7.30pm. An evening of luminous melodic beauty and Viennese intimacy. behindthemirror.org

TUESDAY 10 DEC Business: Business Biscotti The Bell, London Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5HP. 9.30-11.30am. £10. Relaxed networking event. businessbiscotti.co.uk/ aston-clinton Dance: Coppelia Vyne Theatre, 7.15pm. The Royal Ballet’s classical story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

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WEDNESDAY 11 DEC Arts & Crafts: Christmas Wreath Workshop The Barn Studio, Stonehouse, Vicarage Lane HP4 2QZ, 6.30-9pm. Also Lockers Park School HP1 1TL Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec. 10am-1pm. reeleylandscapes. co.uk/workshops

Music: Carol Service Church of St Peter and St Paul, 10.30am. Tring Park School’s annual carol service. tringpark.com/whats-on Dance: 3rd year 6th Form Dance Show Tring Park School. tringpark.com/whats-on

Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. https://facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/

Music: Tring Choral Society Christmas Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church, Tring, 7.30pm. £15 (under-18s free). tringchoral.org.uk

Talks: The hilltop villages, their artists and local heroes Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Speaker: Chris Brown. berkhamsted-history.org.uk

Fundraisers: Santa Dash Riverside Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, 10am. stfrancis.org.uk/santadash

THURSDAY 12 DEC Talks: Tring U3A Christmas Social Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. https://u3asites.org.uk/tring/ home Dance: 6th Form Choreographic Show Tring Park School. tringpark.com/whats-on

FRIDAY 13 DEC Exhibitions: Berkhamsted Art Society Winter Exhibition Civic Centre Berkhamsted HP4 3HB. 11am-8pm. Also Sat 14 Dec 9am-5pm. berkhamstedartsociety.co.uk

SATURDAY 14 DEC Markets & Sales: Tring Shop Local Day Church Square, 9am-12 noon. Come along to the Festive Farmers’ Market. tringtogether.org.uk Fundraisers: Tree of Light St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Castle Street, Buckingham, 5pm. With prayers, readings and carols. fnhospice.org.uk/ tree-of-light

SUNDAY 15 DEC

Fundraisers: Hospice of St Francis Carol Concert St Albans Cathedral, 3-4.30pm. Tickets are now on sale for festive readings and carols in this stunning setting. stfrancis.org.uk Music: Parish Carol Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 6pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk Music: Gabriel Latchin Trio Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

MONDAY 16 DEC Film: Wild Rose Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Non-members £5 at door. berkhamstedfilmsociety.co.uk

TUESDAY 17 DEC Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. Meet other local business people. tringtogether.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 18 DEC Comedy: Horne Section Christmas Party The Court Theatre, Tring. £22 show only, £50 party. get-stuffed.biz

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THURSDAY 19 DEC Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band and Friends Christmas Bash Blues Bar, Tring. 8pm. £8. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 20 DEC Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. susangascoine1947@gmail. com

MONDAY 23 DEC Music: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 7.30pm. £15 online or from Brown & Merry, Berkhamsted. chilternchamberchoir.com

TUESDAY 24 DEC Music: Crib Services St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 4pm and 5.30pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk Music: Midnight Mass St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 11pm. Christmas Eve Choir carols at 11pm, service starts at 11.30pm. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

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SUNDAY 5 JAN Fundraisers: Christmas Tree Reycling Recycle your Christmas Tree with the Berkhamsted Scouts Group. Pre-book from 1st December 1stberkhamsted.org.uk/trees

WEDNESDAY 8 JAN Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/ Talks: Hertfordshire in World War II St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. http://cluster3. website-staging.uk/ wiggintonvillage.website/ history-society/

THURSDAY 9 JAN

FRIDAY 10 JAN

Music: Christmas Day Family Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 9.30am. stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

Talks: Graham Greene’s Berkhamsted St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. cholesbury.com

FRIDAY 27 DEC

Music: T J Johnson Quintet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 1 JAN Fundraisers: Biggest Loser Challenge Starting January! Change

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Music: King Biscuit Boys and Tiny Tina Blues Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 25 DEC

Theatre: Peter Pan David Evans Court Theatre, Tring. Until 5 Dec. www. courttheatre.co.uk.

Visit the region’s new independent bookshop and home of the Tring Book Festival.

SATURDAY 11 JAN

SUNDAY 12 JAN Music: A Russian Winter’s Tale The Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 7pm. behindthemirror.org

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Music: Sing2Win The Court Theatre, Tring. A singing competition for all ages and styles. sing2win.uk

Music: Ma Bessie and Her Pigfoot Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring. co.uk

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FRIDAY 24 JAN

Film: The Children Act Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 14 Jan. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

Music: Budapest Cafe Orchestra Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk Film: Yesterday Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema.com

WEDNESDAY 15 JAN Talks: Hartwell, Georgian Parks and Gardens High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. tringlocalhistorymuseum. org.uk

SUNDAY 26 JAN Dance: Giselle Vyne Theatre, 3pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk

Talks: The Loxleys - Brothers in Arms of Northchurch Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. berkhamsted-history.org.uk

MONDAY 27 JAN Film: Rams Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 28 Jan. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

SATURDAY 18 JAN Music: The Beatles Nash Harris Dining Room, Berkhamsted School. gobstopperstheatrearts.com/ adult-glee-club

SUNDAY 2 FEB Music: La Boheme Vyne Theatre, 2pm. Direct from the Royal Opera. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

SUNDAY 19 JAN Dance: The Sleeping Beauty Vyne Theatre, 2pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 5 FEB Sport: Wheelpower Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp Stoke Mandeville Stadium, 9.30am. A great way for young people aged 5-11

THURSDAY 23 JAN Business: Tring BusinessMart 7.30-9.30am. tringtogether.org.uk

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with a disability to discover sport. wheelpower.org.uk Talks: History of the Foundling Hospital St Bartholomew’s Church , 8pm. http://cluster3.websitestaging.uk/wiggintonvillage. website/history-society/

THURSDAY 6 FEB Sport: Wheelpower Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp Stoke Mandeville Stadium, 9.30am. A great way for young people aged 12-18 with a disability to discover sport. wheelpower.org.uk Comedy: Simon Evans Court Theatre, 8pm. £15. get-stuffed.biz Music: Head Hunters Blues Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 7 FEB Talks: Sex, Drugs And Tapeworms St Leonards Parish Hall, 8pm. cholesbury.com Comedy: Martin and Iolo - Wildlife Road Trip Court Theatre, 8pm. tringbookfestival.co.uk

SATURDAY 8 FEB Music: Kristiana Ignatjeva and Kumi Matsuo Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

SUNDAY 9 FEB Theatre: Kinky Boots Vyne Theatre, 7pm. berkhamstedartscentre. co.uk

MONDAY 10 FEB Film: The Breadwinner Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 11 Feb. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

WEDNESDAY 12 FEB Talks: Tring Wine Club Nora Grace Hall, 7.45-9.45pm. https://facebook.com/ groups/693882891052885/

SATURDAY 15 FEB Music: Simon Spillett Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 8pm, Members £10, Visitors £13. berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 19 FEB Talks: The Railway Comes to Tring Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Speaker: Ian Petticrew. berkhamstedhistory.org.uk Film: In the Fade Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 25 Feb. berkhamstedfilmsociety. co.uk

THURSDAY 20 FEB Music: Sam Kelly’s Station House Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm. bluesbartring.co.uk

FRIDAY 21 FEB Film: Downton Abbey Nora Grace Hall. Doors 8pm, film 8.30pm. Tickets online or from Beechwood Fine Foods. tringcinema.com

SUNDAY 23 FEB Dance: Swan Lake Vyne Theatre, 3pm. berkhamstedartscentre.co.uk

SATURDAY 29 FEB Music: From Venice to Buenos Aires Berkhamsted Old Town Hall. 7.30pm. behindthemirror.org

SUNDAY 1 MAR Dance: Marston and Scarlett Vyne Theatre, 2pm.

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