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We love Christmas at Living Mags, so we’ve gone all-out to show you where to find the best Christmas shows, pantos and festivals, as well as the best gifts from local shops. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together! On the same theme, we’ve also got a guide to buying and decorating Christmas trees, as well as ideas for turning your home into a Winter Wonderland. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year – and rest assured we’ll be busy beavering away ready to bring you the next issue in the Spring!

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04 News The latest news around the town 16 Shopping Christmas ideas on your High Street 20 Kids It’s Panto Time! 24 Pets Pets for health 26 Walk Get out in the countryside 30 Book Reviews Featuring local authors 32 Health Stay safe and healthy this Christmas! 36 Beauty Party time! 38 Gardens Bringing the outside in 42 Property Deck the Halls 46 Vintage How to upcycle a bookcase 48 Eating Out Local venues to ring in the New Year 50 Eating Out Restaurant, café and pub listings 53 What’s On Dates for your diary 59 Recipe Triple Chocolate Terrine 60 Services Essential numbers and classified

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We now recycle more than we throw away, according to Dacorum Borough Council. But we still have a long way to go to reach their 60% target, so keep going!


Sarah Murray of Beechwood Fine Foods in Tring has collected two further Great Taste Awards, for her apricot jam and cranberry & redcurrant sauce. Well done Sarah!

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As you may or may not be aware, Living Magazines were taken over earlier this year by local businesswoman, Alison Page. So far very little has changed - other than the introduction of a Business classification to the What’s On section and a change to FSC* ethically sourced paper - and Alison is keen to make sure your Living Magazine stays more or less as it is. Editor Clare Swatman is even more involved with the magazines now, bringing more of what you love to the publication. However, one big change has happened – and that’s the design and development of a brand new website for Living Magazines, which is now live. Take a look at Alison says: ‘The magazines are a brilliant local resource and I’ve always loved them, but for me, with my marketing background, I was aware that our online presence needed to be improved.’

With that in mind, she set about getting the website updated and, now it’s finally here, Alison couldn’t be happier with it. ‘We’re a quarterly magazine, which means that it’s difficult to be up-todate with news and local events in the print version of the magazine,’ Alison adds. ‘With the new website we’ve got the ability to update news stories as we get them, and also to include more events. We’re also far more active on social media, so check out our Facebook and Twitter pages too. Plus there’s a new page for competition entries and we’re also able to offer online advertising now, as well as print. ‘It’s a great addition to the magazines, as it means that we can print something in the magazine and, if people want to find out more details about it, we can direct them to the website where, often, we will have more space for extra information. We hope it’s going to be a useful source for the local community.’ We’d also love it if you could send us your news and help us keep our fingers on the pulses of what’s going on in the town! If you’d like to do that, either go to the website, or email editor@livingmags. info. For information about advertising contact * FSC was founded in 1993 in response to concerns about deforestation.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The Court Theatre has been part of the Tring community for more than 40 years – but how much do you know about the building and its previous incarnations? Built in 1878, for years it was a riding school. Exactly 100 years later it was converted – and from 1978 Tring had a working theatre! Over the years its name has changed from The Pendley Arts Centre to the Dorian Williams Theatre, and now it’s the David Evans Court Theatre, thanks to local businessman David Evans, who continues to support the theatre financially. ‘The theatre is run by the Court Theatre Charity, and everyone is a volunteer,’ explains Ian Gower, who has been involved since it opened. ‘It’s run by the community for the community, and we have a completely non-exclusivity policy. If you want to put on a play, you can book the theatre and put your show on, no matter what it is.’

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Several theatre groups regularly put on productions, such as Get Stuffed Comedy Club, Berkhamsted Theatre Company, Tring Theatre Company and Frayed Knot. The Youth Theatre also regularly put on shows, and auditions are held every year for local children to get involved. For more details on upcoming shows, including this year’s panto, Aladdin (more details can be found on page 23), go to

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LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION London Luton Airport is looking to expand – and they want to hear from you. Currently, 16 million passengers pass through the airport every year, and this number is growing. London Luton Airport Ltd’s (LLAL) ‘Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-2050’ includes increasing the use of the runway and expanding terminal capacity to 36-38 million passengers – more than double its current number. The pre-consultation took place earlier this year, and there will be a second consultation next year. A spokesperson from LLAL said: ‘We are committed to working with our partners, airlines, our local communities, statutory body and the Government when developing strategies and measures to maximise the benefits, while mitigating potential adverse environmental impacts that expansion might bring, including but not limited to: accessibility, air quality, noise, climate change, landscape and ecology, archaeology and heritage.’ Despite assurances, many locals are not convinced. Independent action group, Chiltern Countryside Group have lodged objections and are urging locals to have their say. ‘Put simply, these plans will mean more frequent aircraft flying at low levels above our beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,’ says Sue Yeomans, spokesperson for the Chiltern Countryside Group. ‘We have been invited by LLA to join its focus group on airspace, and we’d like to invite readers to let us know their concerns.’ Go to, and to find out more about the opposition go to www. 6 | Tring Living

If you’re looking to buy some original Christmas gifts, look no further. Every year local artist Christine Bass opens her home and studio in Cheddington to the public, in order to showcase local artists and give people the chance to buy their work. This year, 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 home baked treats for sale in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The show takes place from 23-25 November from 10am until 4pm at 6, Town Farm, Cheddington, LU7 0TT. Entry is free. For more information go to


Olive Limes in Tring won second place in the Most Wanted Restaurant of the Year award at the eighth English Curry Awards in September. Ala Uddin, general manager, said: ‘Thank you to everyone who nominated us.’

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OUT OF THE DARK Lights on residential roads could be on for longer if a new plan goes ahead. Under the current ‘part night lighting scheme’, street lights are switched off at midnight. But councillors have backed a new scheme, which would see lights dimming gradually between 9pm and 1am, when they would be switched off. They would come on again at 5am, an hour earlier than currently. Let’s hope it gets the go-ahead – we’ll keep you posted.

CUT ENERGY BILLS The temperature drops and the thermostat goes up – but are you wasting money heating your home? Tring in Transition are offering thermal image surveys for properties in the HP23 postcode to help you see where your home is leaking energy. First, they take thermal images of your property, then provide an electronic report, which includes steps to reduce heat loss – and save a fortune. The surveys are offered for homes that are rented or owned. Although free of charge, they do ask for a voluntary donation of £15 to Tring in Transition. For more details contact Brian at or call 07549 105737.

THE HOME OFFICE David Evans has just launched The Home Office in Pennyroyal Court; the building adjacent to the Court Theatre. Aimed at freelancers, consultants, remote workers and small businesses, The Home Office offers fully serviced office space. Daisy Evans, Director of The Home Office, said: ‘We’re really proud of the renovations we have made. It’s a beautiful, historic building, and we have complemented this with a fresh and comfortable working environment. We can’t wait to start showing people round!’

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If you fancy a new hobby, why not give darts a go? The Tring & District Dart League is keen to bring the sport up to date by encouraging people from all walks of life to take part. Treasurer Linda Powell said: ‘It’s a great way to get out and meet new people – it was perfect for me as a singleton when I returned to Tring 10 years ago, and I’ve made so many friends since joining the darts team. ‘Last season we introduced a new competition, mixed doubles, where players brought their mums, sisters, brothers and cousins along to play – it was a great social event!’ To find out more go to www.tringdarts.

Springwell Vets is on the move – and they can’t wait! The veterinary practice, which has been located on Western Road for 30 years, has finally found a new home, at Dunsley Orchard by Tesco, to give its furry friends more room and an even better service. Director and vet Patrick Dale said: ‘I’ve been hoping to find the perfect place to move for a long time, and finally we’ve found it. ‘It’s not about expanding the business, it’s about having more room to do the work we already do. People come from miles away because we carry out unintrusive keyhole surgery, which many other practices don’t offer. With the new premises we can also offer more space, parking and, hopefully, additional services as we see fit. ‘We’re so excited about the move, and hopefully we will be moving into our new home sometime in the summer. Watch this space!’ We wish them all the luck in the world.

HEAR US NOW! We’re now part of the weekly Dacorum Talking Newspaper (DTN), supplied to visually impaired residents all across Dacorum. The Talking Newspaper provides a free, hour-long weekly news update for those unable to read the local newspaper – and now you can find Tring Living on there too. Started in 1977, the DTN is a registered charity staffed by volunteers and relies entirely on donations. To donate, help, or for more information go to, or contact secretary Audrey Mackie on 01442 217918.

TRING NETBALL REACHES NEW HEIGHTS A netball team formed just four years ago is going from strength to strength – and has just been named Outstanding Netball Club for England East

by England Netball. Tring Tornadoes was set up by four mums keen to start a competitive sports team for girls in the town and surrounding villages. They began with a few girls aged eight to 10 – and now, just four years later, there are 150 members playing from U8 to U16. ‘As a mum of three girls I realised there was no team sport for girls to play in Tring,’ says Natasha Crace, who helped set the club up. ‘We were given help by Tring Tornadoes, which meant we had somewhere to play and could buy bibs and balls, and since then it’s grown enormously. Now there’s a football and rugby team for girls, which is great for the town.’ There’s currently a waiting list so if you’d like to volunteer to help you’d be very welcome! For more information go to 10 | Tring Living


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STAY SAFE THIS WINTER With a 7% rise in thefts from cars and vans over the last year, Herts Constabulary are handing out advice to help keep our vehicles safe. ‘We are reminding drivers not to leave valuables on view, and ensure items such as coats, bags or phones are removed from your vehicle,’ said Inspector Andrew Palfreyman of the Crime Reduction Unit. Other advice includes: • Removing tools unless secured in an approved toolsafe • Fitting approved additional locks to van doors • Engraving tools with your postcode • Using an approved* steering lock or gear clamp and setting immobiliser alarms

In the meantime, Neighbourhood Watch is keeping up to date with ways to keep your neighbourhood secure. ‘Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) members receive OWL messages (Online Watch Link), which keep them informed of local incidents and events, and help people be aware of current crime trends and safety suggestions,’ explains Sandra Jackson, Dacorum Community Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. ‘Tring has seen a lot of development over recent years and our local volunteer team is keen to sign up new members. ‘Crime is lower in NHW areas and taking steps to prevent yourself being a victim of crime is still relevant.’ Please email if you can offer an hour of your time to the NHW. To join go to *Approved products available from Sold Secure: or Secured By Design:


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Dacorum Sports Network (DSN), the body that has been actively promoting sport in Dacorum for more than 10 years, is changing its focus. Thanks to budget constraints, the network is focusing its role on providing a link between local community sports clubs, as well as between clubs and governmental organisations, to help provide a thriving sporting borough. Set up in 2007 by Sport England, the DSN’s main roles will include developing sport in the community, encouraging opportunities to participate in sport, and acting as a conduit between bodies such as Dacorum Borough Council (DBC), schools and Sport England. At the same time, Howard Wells OBE, who has been CEO of Watford FC, Ipswich Town FC and the Irish FA, has been appointed as DSN’s new Chairman. He said: ‘I felt it time to try to put more back into local sport. There is clear evidence of good practice within clubs and sports in the Borough, and we must build on that to encourage others and to take a more strategic approach in moving forward.’

No-one should feel alone – that’s what the Tring Loneliness and Social Exclusion Initiative believes. At a meeting earlier this year, opened by the Mayor of Tring Councillor Penny Hearn, talks were given by, High Street Baptist Church, Hector’s House and Home-Start Herts. These showed that loneliness applied across all age groups, and that more under 65s are lonely than over-65s. Since the meeting, a steering group has been meeting regularly and hopes to be able to announce plans for the initiative by January. If you want to be kept informed, send an email to

IT’S A SIGN, BABY A new service has come to Tring to help all parents of babies and toddlers. Baby signing can help babies as young as five months to communicate with their parents and carers. ‘It really does give babies who are too young to speak a ‘voice’ and gives parents an insight into what they are thinking, what they need,’ says Anna Foster. ‘At 12-15 months babies will only have around 10 spoken words, most of which will be unclear, leading to frustrating periods for toddlers as they try to communicate using their just-developing speech. A baby who has been shown how to sign may have upwards of 75 signs at the same age. ‘Studies have shown that the first 12 months is the critical period for triggering the language areas, so it’s amazing to be able to give little ones the best start.’ The new baby signing classes take place on Thursday mornings at Tring Community Centre. 12 | Tring Living

COMMUNITY GARDEN WINS AWARD Tring Community Garden has been awarded the Clean, Safe & Green Award in this year’s Community Champion Awards. The awards, run by Dacorum Borough Council, are to recognise individuals and groups who go out of their way to make Dacorum a cleaner, safer, greener place to live. The Community Garden was once a derelict site, but following a partnership between Tring in Transition, Tring Allotments Association, Tring Town Council and Tring Together it has been transformed into a safe, clean garden. It provides an area for growing annual crops, and part of the garden is being developed as a forest garden, with fruit trees, bushes and smaller plants. Christine Hopkins, one of the founding members, said: ‘The garden is for everyone to enjoy. It’s a peaceful place to relax, enjoy and share the produce – and maybe do some gardening. We hope more people will come and participate in its continuing development.’ Volunteers meet on the second Sunday of every month 10am-12pm. Find out more at

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If you want an evening with a difference then head to Hemel Old Town for a ghost walk – it’s the perfect spooky location to find out more about the past! With a guide you’ll walk round the Old Town, discovering the history of some of the oldest buildings in the area – some dating back as far as the 16th century. But it’s not just a normal walk. Along the way, prepare to meet some of the characters from the town’s colourful history and learn more about their – sometimes bloody – past. The walks also take place in Boxmoor, and they’re guaranteed to scare your socks off! The walks run at least once a month, and adult tickets cost £15. For more details on dates and times go to

The Akeman was packed for Adam Hollier’s book launch – and we couldn’t be more proud of him! Adam, whose brilliant photos often grace the pages of Living Magazines, has been busy working on the amazing Tring People: Portraits Of A Town over the last six months, and the result was finally launched at the end of October. Featuring stunning portraits of hundreds of locals taken over the summer, the book really showcases Adam’s talent, as well as capturing a taste of the people of Tring right here and right now. Adam said: I wanted to record a moment in time, which features faces in the town. There’s just something magical about Tring that people who live here will understand.’ The result is stunning, and if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you must. It will be one to treasure for many years to come. Pick up a copy at Beechwood Fine Foods or Fancy That for £39.50.


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BANKNOTES SET HOUSE RECORD A book of specimen banknotes has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions, selling at a hammer price of £205,000. The notes, produced by Waterlow & Sons during the 1930s, had an impressive provenance and were in excellent condition. Stephen Hearne from Tring Market Auctions, said: ‘Our quarterly fine art sales attract interest from all around the world, which this clearly shows. ‘Our general antique and household furnishings sales also offer hundreds of collectable items every fortnight.’ If you’ve never been along to Tring Auctions before, give it a go. It’s packed with treasures every two weeks – and you never know, you might pick up a bargain! For more information and to check future sale dates go to

LIGHT UP A LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS If you’ve lost a loved one, the festive season can be a difficult time of year. Come together with friends and family to remember them and celebrate their memory at one of the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Light up a Life services. They will be held in four different locations throughout November and December. • Hemel Hempstead, Sunday 18 November, 4pm, St Mary’s Church, Old Town • St Albans, Sunday 2 December, 4pm, Grove House, Waverley Road • Tring, Sunday 9 December, 4pm, St Peter and St Paul’s Church • St Albans, Sunday 9 December, 4pm, Mayor’s Carol Service, Clock Tower (outdoor service) Come along and dedicate a light as a positive way of remembering someone special. Your light will bring comfort to others and will shine on Rennie Grove’s Christmas tree. Visit for full details, along with information on how to dedicate a light and make a donation. 14 | Tring Living



It might only be November but we love Christmas – and the celebrations start now right across town! Here’s what you need to know...

THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL The Tring Together Christmas Festival is the largest free entry event in the Tring calendar with more than 10,000 visitors every year. It traditionally runs on the last Friday in November and celebrates the arrival of the festive season in Tring – and this year it’s taking place on Friday 30 November between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. It’s perfect for family and friends to meet and start Christmas shopping in Tring’s beautifully historic High Street and The Victoria Hall. Many local businesses will open their doors on the night, plus a great variety of stalls will transform the High Street and Victoria Hall into a sparkling Christmas Market. Further attractions include a central stage on Church Square with live music and entertainment, fairground rides, children’s craft activities in the churches and Father Christmas will wait to see them in the Victoria Hall to take their long wish list. So make sure you get along and support the event, and maybe even make a start on your Christmas shopping?

SANTA’S COMING! It’s also time for Santa and his float to do their rounds in Tring and surrounding villages – and the fundraising team at Rennie Grove Hospice Care are looking for willing elves to walk alongside Santa’s float with their collecting buckets. This very well supported event couldn’t happen without help from our amazing local community. If you have time to spare one evening (or two) between 5 and 19 December (excluding Friday and Saturday) 5.45pm-8.30pm approx. (4pm-6.30pm Sundays) then please email the Hospice at

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It’s panto season soon, so we’ve rounded up the best of the local shows (oh yes we have!)

t’s that time of the year again when some of our favourite daytime TV stars, and some ex soap stars, pile their faces full of make-up and leap around the stage in glittery dresses and tiaras – and that’s just the men! 20 | Tring Living

Yep, panto season is almost upon us, and there are loads to choose from within a half hour drive of Berkhamsted. Here’s a round-up so you can take your pick.


Aladdin David Evans Court Theatre, Tring 28 December 2018 – 6 January 2019 The most local of the lot, the David Evans Court Theatre always puts on a great show. This year, come along to ‘boo and hiss’ the nasty wizard Abanazar, as he seeks the power to rule the world. Cheer on the heroes as Aladdin goes in search of true love and helps ensure that good triumphs over evil. Tickets £11 for adults, £9 for children | www.courttheatre. | 07543 560478 * the cover photos feature the stars of the David Evans Court Theatre’s Aladdin show – don’t they look amazing?!

Peter Pan Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury 7 December 2018 – 31 December 2018 Times vary Meet the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell, and get ready for a family show full of fun, fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland, take on Captain Hook and prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles! Starring Holby City and Corrie favourite John Michie as the villainous baddie Captain Hook and BBC Three Counties Breakfast Show presenter Andy Collins. Tickets from £11.75-£30 |

Jack and the Beanstalk Watford Palace Theatre, Watford: 5 December 2018 – 5 January 2019 A lavish spectacular with live musicians on stage, stunning sets and costumes, song, dance and slapstick. Join Jack, Dame Trott and their traditional panto on the most giant adventure of all! Tickets from £15.50-£25.50 per person | | 01923 225671 @ LivingMagazines


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Cinderella The Alban Arena, St Albans 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019 1.30pm and 5pm

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Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey Watford Colosseum, Watford 1 December 2018 – 24 December 2018 Not a traditional pantomime, this is more of a Christmas adventure with songs, stories and a ‘meet and greet’ with Santa. Perfect for younger children from 2-7 years. Tickets from £12.40-£16.50

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Having a pet is more rewarding than you think – your furry friends can help improve your health too

s a nation, we’re pet mad. Last year, a survey showed that a whopping 45% of Brits owned a pet, with 26% owning a dog and 18% owning a cat. But it’s not just their cute, doe eyes and endless tail wagging that makes them so popular. The truth is, whether we realise it or not, owning a pet is actually improving our health.

Exercise If you have a dog, you’re already fitter than if you didn’t have one – because no matter what the weather, or how terrible you’re feeling, your dog doesn’t care and just wants a nice long walk through a muddy field! Fitness instructor Claire Turner, who runs Mind.Body. Kind in Tring, has gone one step further and created fitness classes with dogs. ‘I trained as an animal physiotherapist, and know that dogs need just as much attention and exercise as humans to stay happy and healthy,’ she says. ‘People tell me they get home from work and have time to walk their dogs, but no time for exercise as well. So I decided to do something about it.’ Claire created Press-ups and Pooches, Whippets into Shape and HIIT and Hounds – three fitness classes designed 24 | Tring Living

with dogs in mind. She says: ‘We start with a warm-up where people jog round the field with their dog and do star jumps, which the dogs always love joining in with!’ ‘People don’t realise they’re working so hard because the dogs provide so much entertainment and distraction.’ As well as getting her clients fitter, the classes give the dogs and their owners real time to form an even closer bond. ‘Spending this time with them where they can have fun makes both you and the dog feel closer,’ she says.

Feel Good There’s nothing better than the feeling when you walk through the door and your faithful friend bounds up and welcomes you. The same goes for cats who curl up on your lap and give you a cuddle. The very act of stroking and cuddling pets releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin in our bodies – the same one triggered by laughter – and make us feel happier and more relaxed.

Reduce stress Having a pet can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies, which in turn helps reduce blood pressure. It’s amazing to think that a little cuddle can do so much for your health!


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One in 20 people in the UK admit to feeling lonely, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2016-17. Owning a pet can provide much-needed love and affection, as well as someone to talk to, as many people admit to talking to their pets. A dog in particular can help you make new friends too – out on walks, at training classes or even the pet shop – meeting other like-minded people can stop you feeling so isolated.

Dogs and children Dogs have proven to be an amazing help for adults and children with special needs and disabilities. As well as being a companion, they can give practical help, aid with physio, and be a real confidence booster. ‘With the explosion in autism diagnoses in recent years, the focus has been on assistance dogs for children with autism,’ says Maddy Phelps from Dogs for Good, based in Oxfordshire. ‘Dogs can help

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A dog’s sense of smell is extremely powerful, and increasingly they’re being used to help people with life-threatening illnesses manage their conditions. Dogs are trained to detect the smallest changes in blood sugar levels of a diabetes patient and, if the levels fall too much, they can alert them to the danger of a hypo, as well as get help and fetch medical supplies. Dogs are also being trained to detect the very early signs of other illnesses, including cancer and seizures. Our pooches really are amazing!

children with autism feel calmer, feel more able to communicate – the changes can be astounding.’ The charity has found it impossible to keep up with demand, so is now offering advice for people looking to get a dog to help with an autistic child. ‘An assistance dog takes a long time to train and costs £20,000 for the lifetime of the dog,’ explains Maddy. ‘We’ve found it helpful to offer workshops to teach people how to train their own dog, or to decide whether they should get a dog.’ The workshops help families decide if a dog is suitable for them, and if so, which breed. ‘Everyone has different needs,’ Maddy explains. ‘We teach about dog behaviours and training, and give advice on ways dogs can help. For example, for an autistic child, deep pressure is very calming, so we teach them how to train their dog to rest its head in a child’s lap, or even to give pressure to the whole body.’ So far the charity has helped more than 1,000 families this way, and hopes to do more. • Go to Dogs for Good for more information and advice Claire Turner runs Mind.Body.Kind.Canine classes in Tring, and in parks near the Tring School.

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Walkies This walk is dedicated to Meg, our loyal Collie rescue dog, who gave us so much pleasure on our walks over the years. George Edwards. Meg, 2004-2018

START: National Trust car park (free) Ivinghoe Beacon (Beacon Road), OS grid reference SP963 159 ENDS: National Trust car park Ivinghoe Beacon DISTANCE: 4.2 miles (7km) ASCENT: 3 miles (5km) Height ascended/ descended about 475feet (145 metres) MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer 181

Welcome to the third in our new series of dog-friendly local walks with George Edwards. They’re perfect with or without dogs!


his walk is a part circular along a less popular route from the free National Trust car park at Ivinghoe Beacon on Beacon Road, just off the B489 road from Tring to Dunstable, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The walk has spectacular long distance views over the Vale of Aylesbury and an opportunity to see one of the many herds of Ashridge wild deer, as well as various other wildlife, depending on the time of year. There are no stiles, few gates and little livestock usually (except occasionally sheep and deer), although sheep and cattle widely graze on other parts of the Ivinghoe Beacon hills. Paths are generally well-marked, apart from the first section, but may be muddy and slippery on chalk after rain. Refreshments can be obtained from the Bridgewater Arms in Little Gaddesden - www. or the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe - https:// (but note very limited on street parking).

The Walk Parking in the free National Trust car park (1) near Ivinghoe Beacon isn’t usually a problem except on summer weekends and Bank Holidays (or if filming is underway as it is a popular location, Star Wars was being filmed on a recent visit!). If full or closed for any reason, there is parking on grass further on Beacon Road towards Ringshall on both sides of the road, but it can be rough and muddy after rain.

With the car park and Dunstable behind you, walk downhill towards the car park entrance nearest Ivinghoe and at Beacon Road turn left by the National Trust signpost, walking uphill on the grass verge beside the road next to a small group of trees. At the end of these trees look across the road and you should see a short, steep and narrow chalk track up the bank heading between low trees. Carefully cross the road and up the track through the trees which quickly opens out into a meandering uneven track, which then veers right, joining a wider horse track, signed permit holders only, with a horseshoe. Follow this horse track and shortly take the left branch, coming out at a T junction (2) with another well-used stony path, turn left. Follow this path gradually downhill, noting a gate on the right offering fine views towards Aylesbury across Incombe Hole. Carry on downhill until you come to a five-barred gate (3) at the top of a steep track leading down towards Pitstone Hill in the distance. Turn left before this gate onto a woodland path on the edge of the hill. After a short distance it descends to cross another path, ignore this cross path which offers fine views to the right of Pitstone windmill and beyond. Carry on through the edge of the wood, until you reach a wide stony track which leads to Clipperdown Cottage and Ashridge monument eventually - watch out for occasional vehicles on this track. Turn right onto this track (4) and almost immediately go through a gate to the left of a cattle grid. Follow this wide track and the field fence on the right until

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it descends and the right-hand fence makes a right turn downhill. Follow the narrow path (5) which goes downhill parallel with this fence. Follow this narrow path downhill through trees, ignoring a path crossing left to right and looking out for deer, which I’ve often seen in and around the trees. At the bottom the path goes between farm buildings at Down Farm and dogs should go on a lead. Follow the farm track through these buildings towards the Aldbury Road and just after the road to the farm house, turn left (6) onto the clearly marked permissive path alongside the field edge. Often deer can be seen on the hillside to your left. Follow the path until just before a large house at Barley End, where it turns left (7) into another field popular with deer. Turn right along the boundary with the house until the hedge at the end of the field, where the path goes steeply left uphill, then right through the hedge (8), by a bird box on a post and turn left to a gate. Go through the gate and left following the well-marked grass path rising gently uphill and curving right. Often you can see deer and red kites from this path. Eventually the path reaches trees and a redundant gate, go through into the next field where there may be sheep grazing. There was a fallen tree across the path, but it can be easily avoided and continue climbing the field to a metal gate in loving memory of Geraldine Spicer. Go through the gate uphill to the wide track leading to Clipperdown Cottage and Ashridge Monument and turn left (9), watching for vehicles once again. Follow this track, ignoring the left branch downhill until you reach the cattle grid and gate once again (10). Go through the gate and follow the track to Beacon Road (11), where there is additional car parking on the grass verges, carefully crossing the road to the left and making for a path parallel with the road under the trees. On your right you’ll see Edlesborough chalk lion in the distance (12). Follow the path back towards the National Trust car park (13). n

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Walkies History of Ivinghoe Beacon

spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. As you walk across this windswept landscape look about Ivinghoe Beacon is one end of the ancient path The you for signs of the past. There has been human Ridgeway, which stretches 85 miles (137km) from activity on this site since the Bronze Age. Bronze Age Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire. It has been used burial mounds can be seen throughout the area – all for 5,000 years by many different groups of people; are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. You can see many travellers, farmers, and armies. It became a National Trail deeply rutted ‘cattle drovers’ paths and cross-ridge along with 14 others in England and Wales, in 1973. It is dykes throughout the Ivinghoe Hills. Our ancestors a public right of way. farmed this landscape for centuries and the cattle Although Ivinghoe Beacon is not the highest point on and sheep you see here today are a continuation of the Ashridge Estate, it is definitely the best place to enjoy that process. The animals create the right conditions for wild flowers and butterflies to thrive. Towards Incombe Hole (between points 2 and 3 on the map) CARE FOR PETS you can see the work • DOG WALKING of our ancestors • HOUSE SITTING at the prehistoric • CATS, BIRDS, FISH & CHICKENS earthwork, Grim’s • CANINE FIRST AID Ditch. In spring and • REFERENCES AVAILABLE summer and you • MATURE & PROFESSIONAL will see lots of wildflowers and TEL: 01442 890 365 butterflies that MOB: 07522 556046 thrive in the chalk grassland. There are rare orchids, the delicate pasque flower and even rarer butterflies such as the rapidly declining Duke of Burgundy. Ashridge wild deer are visible on this walk during most Aiming to provide a times of the year, high level of clinical care for small animals, but exercise special in a relaxed & friendly caution during the environment rutting season, in “Certified to perform keyhole surgery” October98 Western Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4BJ November. n 01442 822 151 (24 hrs) |


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them that made them want to stand up in front of a room full of people and bare their souls, or whether it was more about things that happened to them during their childhood and later lives that made them take the career path they did. It’s a fascinating premise and one that he has, of course, carried off brilliantly. Robin has used his own stories, as well as those of many other well-known comedians, to talk about the subject. He has also spent much time speaking to experts on the subject, including neuro-scientists and psychologists, about what makes people tick. The result is an informative and fascinating look at the human brain and how it works. But it’s also, at times, hilarious, and at others, touching.

Ian’s debut book, Legend of the Lost. The first in a magical adventure series, it follows the adventures of the Savage family as they battle to reunite after a tragedy tore them apart. It takes them from the coast of Cornwall to the mighty Ashridge Forest, where they meet mythical creatures, as they battle to fight the dark forces that threaten to destroy their kingdom. Children aged 7-11 will love this epic adventure – and you can see whether you recognise any of the places as they make their way through Ashridge!

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CHRISTMAS! Christmas is fun – but it can also make you feel tired, bloated and stressed. Here’s how to stay healthy this festive season


hristmas is a time for eating, drinking and enjoying yourself. But that’s after all the stress of preparing, buying presents, parties and late nights. Add all that into the mix and it can leave you feeling less than your best. With that in mind we’ve got all the best advice to help you stay on top of your game this festive season.

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Your liver can only process one unit of alcohol every hour – half a medium glass of wine. So the quicker and more you drink, the more likely you are to overload your liver and end up feeling awful. Before you go out, take some milk thistle. This herbal remedy helps your liver process the booze more quickly. Also eat something to absorb some of the alcohol, such as a plate of scrambled eggs or a glass of milk. Pace yourself – start with a soft drink, and try to alternate between soft and alcoholic drinks, or add sparkling water to your wine. You’ll thank us for it in the morning! Before bed, drink a couple of large glasses of water and, if you have some, pop a Berocca in one of them. Try your hardest to have at least two, preferably three, booze-free days in a row every week, to give your liver a rest before you start all over again.

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY THIS CHRISTMAS! Hangover cure According to ONS figures for 2010-11, Brits drink a whopping 41% more in December than in the average month. That’s a lot of booze! Help your body get rid of toxins and get through the day with one of these ‘cures’: • Drink plenty of water or juice. Most of the symptoms of a hangover are caused by dehydration. Sugary isotonic drinks will also help • Avoid a greasy bacon sandwich or fry up. Eat light foods such as soups and plain rice • Avoid ‘hair of the dog’. It will only delay the onset of symptoms

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STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY THIS CHRISTMAS! Stay hydrated It’s easy to become dehydrated – alcohol leaches fluid from your body, as does central heating, which can leave you feeling tired and your hair and skin looking and feeling terrible.

Avoid colds and flu Keep your immune system healthy by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables: lemons and oranges are packed with vitamin C, although red peppers are even better; garlic helps fight infection, as does broccoli, live yogurt and turmeric.

Find some ‘me’ time It’s hard to carve time out for yourself, but it’s essential if you don‘t want to burn out by Christmas Day. Even if it’s just enjoying a hot bath in the evening, make time.

Christmas Tree Syndrome

If you suffer from an itchy nose, watery eyes, coughing and shortness of breath every year, there’s a chance you’re allergic to your Christmas tree! It’s caused by mould that grows on the tree, and the spores enter the air. If you’re allergic to mould spores then it can make you ill. Try taking the tree outside and hosing it down. Leave it to dry and then avoid touching it – get someone else to hang the lights on it. If you’re still suffering, it might, sadly, be time for an artificial one (see our guide on page 42!)

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Trips to A&E soar over the festive season, according to the National Accident Helpline. • 10% of people burn themselves with fat from cooking turkeys and roast potatoes • One in five manages to cut themselves chopping veg • 3% give themselves an electric shock from badly wired lights • Amazingly, one in 50 people fall from the loft trying to get the decorations down • Every year more than 1,000 people are injured by their Christmas tree Stay safe: • Check fairy lights and cables before switching them on • Turn off all lights before you go out or to bed • Unplug lights before watering the Christmas tree • Avoid chairs and stools for high-up decorations, and use a step-ladder • Make sure lights used outside are suitable for external use, and keep the plugs and transformers indoors • Don’t be tempted to overload electrical sockets • Keep cards and decorations well away from fires and heaters • Check the turkey defrosting and cooking times carefully to avoid food poisoning • Holly and mistletoe are poisonous so keep them well away from children. Just 20 holly berries could be fatal n

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ou could just stick a piece of tinsel in your hair and a pair of novelty Santa earrings in your lobes – or you could choose to really shine this Christmas with the latest party looks for hair and face. We spoke to local experts to find out the top tips for this year’s party season.

The face has it Make-up artist Zoe Kennedy from Berkhamsted spoke to us about the hottest make-up trends this winter. How brave will you be? ‘The key to achieving the most flattering look this season is to choose an area you want to focus on and really go for it. So if you go bold on the lips, keep the eyes subtle, and if you go all-out glittery on the eyes, go easy on the lips.’ Eyes Copper and bronze metallic colours are big news this season and are a brilliant winter look. These colours are particularly effective on blue and green eyes as they make the colours pop. ‘If you want a bit of glitter, try layering the glitter eye shadow on top of a pigment or a matt eyeshadow, which is a similar shade to the glitter. I usually use 36 | Tring Living

Get the latest make-up and hair looks this season to really dazzle! Karla Cosmetics Fix Potion as a base for any shimmers or glitters and press this onto the area I want to apply the product, either with my finger or a rounded flat brush. Then I leave it to go slightly tacky and press the pigment on top of it followed by the glitter. The best placing for glitter or shimmer is either in the inner corner of the eye or in the centre of the eye. Blend using a darker shimmer at the edges.’ Lips ‘To bring out your lips, bold reds and deep purples or browns are on trend, paired with a subtle eye. For red or darker lips choose matte colours, as they tend to stay on better than gloss, so you don’t have to top the colour up every half an hour! To apply darker or bright colours on the lips always use a lip liner, as well as lipstick and a lip brush, to get the edges precise. I prefer to use a hard angle brush rather than the traditional lip brush because its straight edges make it far easier to achieve a perfect line along the lips. Darker colours tend to make the lips appear smaller so remedy this by very slightly going over the natural lip line – but not too much so they look drawn on!’

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Party hair ‘If you want to wear your hair up this year, try going for a half-up half-down look. It’s a softer look that ties in with what’s big this season.’

Stylist Elliot Rowley from Open Hairdressing in Berkhamsted gives us the low down on the hottest hair styles and trends this winter, as well as how to get the best Christmas party looks. Colour ‘During the winter months it’s all about rich, warm colours rather than the brighter, ashen colours of summer - so go for warm colours, such as reds and coppers. This year, though, it’s all very soft and subtle with colours contoured and soft round the face. The balayage trend that has been so big will continue to evolve too, with flashes of colour round the face. It looks great with the beach waves feel, which is still big news. People also often like a splash of red for a really festive feel. You can use dye, or you can also buy clip-in pieces to attach to your hair, whichare easily removable.’ Styles and cuts ‘A simple way to change your look over the winter is to have a loose, slightly shattered fringe either sitting just below the eyebrow or from the bridge of the nose to the cheek bones. This will draw attention to the eyes or any new mascara you may be rocking. This is a natural progression from the Holly Willoughby-inspired mid-length hair styles that have been so popular recently. A fringe with a woolly hat always looks really cute too! The beach wave look will continue into winter. It’s a little more time consuming, but one of the best ways of achieving this look is to use a medium-hold hairspray before using tongs on each section. It’s worth the extra effort as it will hold much longer.’ @ LivingMagazines


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Use your garden to decorate your house – and transform your garden into a real Santa’s grotto!


hen the weather’s cold and the sky is grey we don’t tend to look at our gardens much; they’ve more or less gone into hibernation until the Spring. But look a little closer and you’ll find some real treasures that can help you decorate your house and give it a really authentic Christmas feel. And if you’re one of those people who gets a little shiver of pleasure at seeing Christmas lights outside people’s homes at this time of year – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then we’ll show you the latest lights out there to turn your garden into a real winter wonderland. 38 | Tring Living

Light it up It used to be that the only glimmer of light you’d see as you passed people’s homes at Christmas was the twinkle of fairy lights from the Christmas tree peeking through the curtains. But these days, exterior decoration is big news – and there’s such a dazzling choice out there it’s hard to know where to start! Most exterior fairy lights these days are LED, which makes them very bright and means you can get a real ‘Santa’s grotto’ look if you drape them over hedges, wrap them around fences, gates and tree trunks and pin them around porches or front doors.


For a really eye-catching look, treat yourself to a projector light. You can choose from a wide range of patterns including snowflakes, snowmen, Santa and holly leaves, which project on to the front of your house.

Animal magic Light-up animals and characters are everywhere these days. John Lewis do an light-up LED Alistair the Snowman from ÂŁ100, while Woods garden centre in Berkhamsted and Wyevale in Tring both have an excellent selection of lights to choose from. Keep it simpler with a willow reindeer. They look great and can be left as they are, or wrap a string of fairy lights around them to make them really stand out. These are for sale in many places including the market in Berkhamsted at the weekend.

Bring the outside in Use your garden as inspiration to decorate your home.

Holly With its glossy, spiky leaves and bright red berries, this is a real Christmas plant. Snip a few branches that have berries on and add them to wreaths or garlands, or place sprigs around candles. It also looks great strung along mantelpieces, or tie a few pieces together with ribbon and hang on doors. Ivy Pull out some long tendrils and drape them along a mantelpiece, adding baubles and ribbons to the display.

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Fir Cut branches from fir trees in the garden such as yew, pine and conifer. Use them in wreaths, or tie bunches together with ribbon and hang them from walls or doors. You can even use smaller pieces to make a mini Christmas tree decoration by sticking them into mini vases. Pine cones Simply place loads of pine cones into a glass bowl or vase with some baubles and, if you like, a string of fairy lights. Spray them silver, gold or white if you fancy, and add to wreaths as well.

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Twigs This is one of the simplest ways to create decorations, and the chances are most of us will have some twigs in the garden. Snip some twigs and small branches from a tree. Either place them in a vase or pot and simply hang baubles and pine cones from them, or spray them white or silver for a more glam effect.

Wreaths The shops are full of wreaths to hang from your front door – so how do you choose one? Decide what you like the look of, and then make sure it goes with the colour of your door. There are traditional foliage wreaths made from holly, ivy and berries and there are also ones made from mistletoe, light-up ones, frosted ones, pink ones – the world is your oyster.

Make your own wreath

If you fancy getting practical and making your own Christmas wreath – think how proud you’ll feel every time you see it hanging on your front door – then go for it. It’s more fun if you get together with friends and make an evening of it – and it can also include mulled wine, of course! 40 | Tring Living

This is how you do it. • Collect foliage from your garden and nearby. Go for ferns, holly, ivy and anything that looks glossy and green. Try and keep the pieces fairly long. • Buy an oasis – foam ones are lighter and you can soak them in water to keep the wreath as fresh as possible.


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• Decide on the look/colour scheme you want and buy ribbons, and any decorations you like the look of including berries, cinnamon sticks, mini baubles, pine cones and dried fruit. You can buy much of this already on wires, but also make sure you buy some small pieces of florist wire to attach anything else. Soak the oasis in water and tie a ribbon securely round one end. Starting with the green foliage, work your way around the oasis, attaching the pieces as you go by inserting the ends straight into the oasis. Space them evenly and go for a mixture of colours and looks – so ferns, glossy leaves, holly all mix well together. Once you’ve filled it, start adding berries and other decorations. You can go wild or choose to keep it simple. You can mix different coloured berries – orange, red, purple – or stick to one colour scheme, whatever you fancy. That’s the beauty of making your own – you can make it look how you want! If you want a snowy look spray it in white snow paint, otherwise leave it as it is, hang it on your door and enjoy! n @ LivingMagazines


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Go all-out this Christmas and turn your home into a Winter Wonderland


id you know that people who put their Christmas tree up early are happier than people who wait until the last minute? That’s according to the latest research at least, which says that putting up your Christmas decorations can reduce stress and anxiety. 42 | Tring Living

If that’s not a good enough reason to get those decorations up as soon as December comes (if not before!) then we don’t know what is! But forget limp strands of tinsel and a measly plastic tree in the corner. This year, go all-out and make your home the envy of the street.


The two main types of tree in the UK are: • Nordmann Fir: These have been grown in the UK for 30 years and are by far the most popular as they’re non-drop. The needles are soft and dark green, although the underside has a bluish tinge. They’re the easiest to look after. • Norway Spruce: With its lovely dense branches, this used to be the UK’s most popular. Choose this for the traditional Christmas tree smell. They’re also quite a bit cheaper, if you don’t mind dropping a few more needles.

Real versus fake Which is better, a real tree or a fake one? It depends on circumstances, but no-one can deny the smell of a real tree can’t be beaten. If you decide to go for a real tree, it’s important to choose the right one for you. John Matthews from the Christmas Tree Place in Berkhamsted explains the difference. @ LivingMagazines


Before you buy one, decide where you want it to go. Make sure you measure the area properly – it’s hard to judge the size by eye. Remember that a stand will add around 15cm – you don‘t want to get it home and have to lop off a couple of feet! ‘The standard ceiling is around 7ft 6ins, so a 6-7ft tree should be perfect for most homes,’ says John. ‘We shape them as they grow so they don’t grow as wide as they are tall, as people don’t have the space these days. ‘Always buy a freshly cut tree, and never buy a tree without looking at it out of its net. Don’t be afraid to look at quite a number.’ Once you’ve got your tree home it’s important to follow care instructions to keep it looking its best. ‘The two most important rules are to buy it when it’s freshly cut, and then make sure it has enough water,’ explains John. • Before you put it up, saw an inch or so off the bottom to open the pores in the bark and allow it to take in more water. ‘We do this for our customers,’ says John. • Buy fresh. ‘A Christmas tree farm is by far the best place to buy. We start cutting them at the end of November and cut more throughout the month, so the one you choose will only have been cut a day or two at most.’ Winter 2018 | 43

Decorating the tree So, your tree is up. Are you going to throw the usual mishmash of old baubles and angels made by the kids at it? If you want something a bit more stylish this year, or fancy a change of colour scheme from the usual red and gold, try these.

• Make sure your stand holds at least four pints of water, as well as the tree trunk. Any less and it will dry out. ‘This is so important,’ says John. ‘Too many people buy a stand that only holds a little bit of water and then wonder why their tree dries out. Give it four pints every day and it will look as good on 4th January as it did on 1st December.’ • Don’t be afraid to cut bits off. ‘Cutting branches from your tree won’t damage it,’ says John. ‘If you need to cut branches off the back to fit it in, then do it.’ • Keep it away from heat. ‘An open fire will be a hazard, but also you’ll dry the tree out and it will drop needles and go brown much quicker if you put it too close to a radiator or on underfloor heating,’ says John. Fake it There are some cracking fake trees around these days – although remember, the plastic will take decades to decay. If you’re going fake, at least try to choose the best you can afford so it will last as many years as possible! For something a bit different, try one of these: • A pre-lit tree saves getting in a tangle with the lights every year • A black tree gives a twist on the original • A slim tree is ideal for small spaces • A half tree has one flat edge for small rooms • A snowy tree gives a pretty, alternative look 44 | Tring Living

Rainbow Tree This year, John Lewis announced that one of the most popular – and more importantly, Instagram-friendly – colour schemes would be the rainbow tree. This basically involves buying lots of different colour baubles and graduating them from the top to the bottom. It’ll take a lot of baubles and a bit of planning, but it looks pretty effective! Autumn colours In a break from tradition, why not combine the warmth and cosiness of autumn with the magic of Christmas? Try bronze and golden colours, pine cones, oranges, tawny, muted colours, foiled leaves and woodland animals. Simple but effective.

Tree facts A Christmas tree takes 10 years to grow from seed. For the first three years it hardly grows at all. It’s planted in April and the growing period is from May until the middle of July; during this time it grows around 1cm per day. And then it stops until the following year. So the tree you buy this Christmas was planted in 2008 – make sure you love it as much as it deserves!

DECK THE HALLS Burn Right Campaign Chiltern Chimneys of Tring has signed up to the Burn Right campaign, a national campaign to help reduce pollution and keep flues safe. If not properly operated, appliances can not only pollute the atmosphere, but also pose a risk to life and property. Steve Jackson, of Chiltern Chimneys, said: ‘The problem is that wood is often not burned at a high enough temperature which means unburned fuel vapours travel up and out of the chimney causing unnecessary pollution. Plus people often burn the wrong type of fuel.’ These are his top tips for making sure you’re burning right: • Burn kiln-dried wood with a moisture content under 20%; anything else will clog up the chimney or flue and risk fires and increase pollution

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• Get your chimney swept regularly. HEATAS, the regulatory body, recommends twice a year if you’re burning wood • Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors in the room where the fire is For a full guide, go to the BurnRight website complete with video demonstrations which explain everything. ‘Get it Right’ at:

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e promised we’d bring you some more upcycling ideas, so here we are! Our Editor Clare is not very handy when it comes to craft and DIY projects, but she gave it a go and here’s her guide to how to get the look that even a complete beginner can follow... What I bought: Bookcase: £10, Aston Clinton Recycling Centre Wallpaper: £14.99, Homebase Spray paint in heirloom white: £9.99, Homebase Beeswax: £7.14, Metcalfe’s, Tring Total: £42.12

What else you need: Masking tape, PVA glue, Paintbrush, Knife/scissors, Tape measure, Sandpaper

Step one: Choose a bookcase. Chances are you have one hiding away in the loft or garage, but if not then head to Tring Auctions to see if they have anything that takes your fancy, or try Aston Clinton Recycling Centre on the A41. That’s where I bought this little beauty. It doesn’t look like much, but I loved the glass panels at the front and thought it had potential.

Step two: Decide on your look. I chose to keep the outside wood as it was a nice colour and in not too bad condition. The shelves inside were badly marked, so I wanted to paint those, and decided to line the back with wallpaper. 46 | Tring Living

Step three: First, lightly sand the whole case. Then wipe down to remove any dust and carefully apply masking tape around the edges of the bookcase. I chose a spray paint for the shelves, as it was much quicker, but it doesn’t go very far so be careful! Ordinary paint will work just as well but will take longer to dry in between coats. If you choose to spray it, wear a mask. Holding the can a few inches away, spray the paint evenly over the shelves and sides of the case. Leave to dry for a few minutes, then repeat. It may need three or four light coats for even coverage.

Step four: Once dry, measure the back of the shelves. Carefully mark the size on your roll of wallpaper, then cut out with a knife or scissors. Paint the back with PVA glue (you may need to slightly water it down for ease of coverage), then stick the wallpaper to

the back of the case, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or creases. Repeat on the rest of the shelves then leave to dry.

Step five: Remove the masking tape then, with a clean cloth, gently rub the beeswax over the wood to give it a shine. And that’s it! Hopefully, if you’ve chosen the right colours and patterns, you’ll have a bookshelf you can be proud of – and for a fraction of the cost of buying it new! n


MEDIA ‘The actress, a graduate of the renowned Tring School for Performing Arts and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, remains a relative unknown despite a handful of roles in high profile musicals including Wicked, Kinky Boots and American Idiot.’ Interview with Jeanna de Waal, Daily Mail, 3 October 2018

With her [singing coach] help, at 16 I got into Tring Park, a prestigious performing arts college in Hertfordshire. I was in a class with actress Lily James.’ Interview with singer Carly Paoli, Daily Mail, 23 September 2018

‘A shy and artistic youngster, she was sent to the Arts Educational school (now Tring Park school for the Performing Arts) in Hertfordshire after it was decided that this would benefit her more than a traditional boarding school.’

‘The trip will mark the show’s 20th anniversary next September, and the women expect it to get messy – just like previous trips together to Ibiza and to the Champneys spa in Tring, Herts.

Obituary of Zienia Merton, Actor who found TV fame in the 1970s science fiction series Space: 1999, The Guardian, 18 September 2018

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Jane said of the spa weekend: “We were supposed to be on a health retreat but ended up getting hold of booze.’ Interview with the Loose Women, The Sun, 30 September 2018

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Here’s our pick of the best places to eat out this New Year’s Eve

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I Love Food

Head to The Gatsby for a stylish evening including a six course meal and a glass of Champagne for all diners. It costs £95 per head. To book to go:, 01442 870493

The Highwayman Enjoy a lovely four course meal before seeing in the New Year at The Highwayman this NYE. It costs £40.50 per person which includes a glass of prosecco. For more details and to book go to, 01442 285480

The Marchmont Arms At the Marchmont Arms in Piccotts End you can enjoy four courses for £65 including a glass of bubbles., 01442 254320

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I Love Food are offering a delicious set menu of a four course meal of traditional Sicilian cuisine, as well as a suggested wine menu to accompany it. The menu includes a glass of prosecco and, because they have a licence to remain open until 2am there will be no rishing home – rather dancing the night away to the live music on offer. 01442 877311 The Old Mill Kick off the celebrations at 7pm with a glass of fizz before sitting down for a delicious three course meal. After dinner it’s party time with a DJ playing party classics in the bar to bring in 2019 in style. Carriages home must be booked for 1am, and they’ll be rustling up a few bacon sarnies to scoff on the way. The night costs £60pp. Call 01442 879590 to book.

TRING The Kings Arms


The Kings Arms are offering their usual menu along with a free glass of bubbly, and the chance to see in the New Year in style from 10pm with a pop-up bar and dancing in The Green Room. Tickets cost £20 are are limited so get in there early!, 01442 866595

Pendley are doing NYE in style with their New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. The meal costs £135 pp for non residential and £215pp residential, and includes a canape reception and a half bottle of Champagne to see in the new year., 01442 891891

The Akeman The Red Lion, Water End As well as their usual menu, there will be a live singer and a free glass of fizz at midnight to see in the New Year. Entry is free but deposits are required for dinner reservations., 01442 213594

They will be serving their usual menu - a la carte and specials. Reservations are recommended. There will be a balloon drop at midnight. Free entry but limited numbers, but guests can guarantee entry plus a free glass of bubbly by asking for one of 50 free tickets at the bar., 01442 826027

The Robin Hood As usual, the guys at The Robin Hood will be holding a ticket-only event. Call them for more details as they didn’t have many as we went to press!, 01442 824912 @ LivingMagazines


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Resident & Visitor Guide Olive Limes

58-60 High St, HP23 5AG 01442 828444

Pendley Manor

Cow Lane, HP23 5QY 01442 891891


69 High St, HP23 4AB 01442 822610

Restaurant 23

23 High St, HP23 5AH 01442 890948


75 High St, HP23 4AB 01442 822333









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Canton City

60 Western Rd, HP23 4BB 01442 823870 / 823802


China Town


Da Vinci

9 Akeman St, HP23 6AA 01442 826027

43 Frogmore St, HP23 5AU 01442 891300

Jubraj Tandoori



King’s Head

74 High Street, HP23 4AF 01442 767877

53 High St, HP23 5AG 01442 827258

Crows Nest

80 Marsworth Rd Pitstone, LU7 9AS 01296 662204 / 661223

Tring Hill, HP23 4LD 01442 824819 50 | Tring Living


53a High St, HP23 5AG 01442 825368

Station Rd, Ivinghoe, Beds LU7 9EB 01296 668388


21 High St, HP23 5AR 01442 502250

2 Akeman St Tring HP23 6AA 01442 824831

Delicious Meal 17-19 Marsworth Rd, Pitstone LU7 9AT 01296 661969 / 662180

Pa Co

5 Silk Mill Way Tring HP23 5EP 01442 825069


Indian & Bangladeshi

Black Goo



12 Miswell Lane Tring HP23 4BX 01442 891062

98 High St, HP23 4AF 07886 434373 Startops End, HP23 4LJ 01442 891708

Café on the Lake

Haldi 01296 662204 / 661223

College Lake, HP23 5QG 01442 826774

Jubraj Tandoori


01442 825368

George House, High St HP23 4AF 01442 825778

Mela 01296 630110

CuriosiTea Rooms

Olive Limes 01442 828444

Old School Community Hub, Ivinghoe LU7 9EX 01296 663853

Fish & Chips Fried Fish Shop

12 Akeman St, HP23 6AA 01442 826296


3 Dolphin Sq, HP23 5BN 01442 822888

Dunsley Farmshop London Rd, HP23 6HA 01442 823357

Garden Café

37 Frogmore St, HP23 5AU 01442 822524

Tring Garden Centre Bulbourne Rd, HP23 5HF


Pam’s Sandwich Bar


Mighty Bite Pizzeria 97 Akeman St, HP23 6AA 01442 823554

The Cog

Kings Arms

Parsonage Place, HP23 5AT 01442 826146

King St, HP23 6BE 01442 823318

The Espresso Lounge

1 Brook St, HP23 5ED 01442 824912

56 High St, HP23 5AG 01442 828228

Waterside Café Pitstone Wharf, Cheddington Rd LU7 9AD

Zebra Café

NHM@Tring, Akeman St HP23 6AP

Robin Hood

Pubs (Villages) Anglers Retreat Startops End, HP23 4LJ 01442 822250

Carpenters Arms

Wine bar

Slapton, Beds LU7 9DB 01525 220563

Jack and Alice

Grand Junction

50 High St, HP23 5AG 01442 823993

Pubs (Tring) Anchor

64 High St, HP23 4AF 01442 824262

73 Western Rd, HP23 4BH 01442 823280

PE Mead Farmshop Lower

Bell Inn

37 High St, HP23 5AA 01442 828760

Bulbourne, HP23 5QE 01442 891400


Aldbury, HP23 5RT 01442 851228


Wigginton, HP23 6EH 01442 824631

Half Moon

Wilstone, HP23 4PD 01442 826410


Icknield Way, Wilstone, HP23 4PA 01442 828478

Planet Coffee

66 Western Rd, HP23 4BB 01442 823392

Tring Railway Station

Frogmore St, HP23 5AZ 01442 890066

Kings Head


Sandwich Plus

Castle Inn

2a Dolphin Sq, HP23 5BN 01442 826489

Old Swan


42 Frogmore St, HP23 5AU 01442 828812 @ LivingMagazines


Black Horse

Park Rd, HP23 6BN 01442 823552

Ivinghoe, LU7 9EB 01296 668388

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Queens Head

Three Horseshoes

Long Marston, HP23 4QL 01296 668368



Cheddington, LU7 0SD 01296 668367

Red Lion

Valiant Trooper

Marsworth, HP23 4LU 01296 668366


Aldbury, HP23 5RW 01442 851203

Red Lion


Village Swan

Water End, HP1 3BD 01442 213549

01442 824

Ivinghoe Aston, LU7 9DP 01525 220544

Rose & Crown


White Horse

Ivinghoe, LU7 9EQ 01296 668472

Eaton Bray, LU6 2DG 01525 220231


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WHAT’SON l Arts & Crafts l Business l Comedy l Dance l Exhibitions l Fairs l Film l Fundraisers

l Gardens l Kids l Markets & Sales l Music l Sport l Talks l Theatre l Walks

19 NOVEMBER Film: A Man Called Ove Comedy. Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Also 20 Nov. 8pm. Non-members £5 at door. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

20 NOVEMBER Theatre: Vicar of Dibley Christmas Written by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter. The Court Theatre, Tring. To 24 Nov. 7.30pm. £12/£10 Concs. Fundraisers: Wendover & District Rotary Dinner In aid of Parkinsons UK and other Rotary-supported charities. The Raj, 23-25 Aylesbury Road, Wendover HP22 6JG, 7pm for 7.30pm. £25. 07762 329276

21 NOVEMBER Talks: Inscribed to be honoured: Tring’s War Memorial Ian Petticrew, a local historian and joint author of several books and @ LivingMagazines

research papers. High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Speaker: www.tring

21 NOVEMBER Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Meeting room at Sacred Heart Church, Park St, Berkhamsted (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day. fiona4mckenna@hotmail. Exhibitions: Under The Tree Open submission exhibition by 3-D Artists and Makers. Upstairs Gallery 268 High Street, Berkhamsted. To 5 Jan.

special Christmas gift! 6 Town Farm, Cheddington LU7 0TT 10am-4pm. To Sun 25 Nov. Free entry. www. townfarmartshow.blogspot. com

24 NOVEMBER Comedy: Ha Ha at the Hockey Club Featuring Chris Stokes, Nicky Wilkinson, Christian Reilly. Berkhamsted Hockey Club, 8pm. £16.

25 NOVEMBER Music: Candlelit Stillness

Enjoy the beauty of the church by candlelight. St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 3-6.30pm. www.stpetersberkhamsted. Fairs: Berkhamsted Festival of Lights


27 NOVEMBER Talks: Cook of Berkhamsted Food for Thought Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. Call Mo Reeley for further information. 01442 823768

Arts & Crafts: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop Lindengate, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, HP22 6BD. 7-9pm. £50 includes glass of prosecco, nibbles, tea, coffee, cakes.

29 NOVEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Public car park, Broadwater off Lower Kings Road HP4 2AL 10am and 11.15am. Refreshments available before. www.hertfordshire.




Theatre: The Madness of George III The multi-award-winning drama will be broadcast live. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 6pm. www.


Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Outside the Zoological Museum, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP 10am www.

Arts & Crafts: Town Farm Art Show Perfectly timed for that

more. Berkhamsted High Street, 3.30pm. louise@ communityactiondacorum.

Variety of charity and commercial stalls, children’s rides and

Fairs: Tring Together Christmas Festival Christmas stalls and entertainment. Tring High Winter 2018 | 53

WHAT’SON Street, Church Square, Victoria Hall & Dolphin Square, 6:30-9:30pm. www.

1 DECEMBER Music: Joglaresa Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Heigh Ho the Holly! Blow the dust off medieval song and bring seasonal cheer to Yuletide. www.berkhamstedmusic. Exhibitions: Under The Tree Open submission exhibition by 3-D Artists and Makers. Upstairs Gallery 268 High Street, Berkhamsted. To 5 Jan. www.upstairsgallery. Fairs: Santa’s Sleigh

7pm. £16/£13 Concs. www. Exhibitions: Berkhamsted Art Society Winter Exhibition Framed and unframed paintings, pottery, sculpture, woodcraft, cards. Civic Centre, 161-163 High St, Berkhamsted. To 8 Dec. Free. www. berkhamstedartsociety. Music: Christingle St John the Baptist, Aldbury 10am and St Peter & St Paul’s, Tring, 3pm. www. Dance: Don Quixote Live performance by the Bolshoi Ballet broadcast to your local theatre. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. www.berkhamstedartscentre.

3 DECEMBER Weekdays from 6pm, weekends from 4pm to Dec 23. See Berkhamsted Rotary Club Facebook page for itinerary. www.facebook. com/BerkhamstedRotary Club

2 DECEMBER Music: Chroma Chamber Ensemble Music for a While. A celebration of winter with a programme of early music. Kings Arms, Berkhamsted 54 | Tring Living

Arts & Crafts: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop Lindengate, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, HP22 6BD. 7-9pm. £50 includes glass of prosecco, nibbles, tea, coffee, cakes. www.

4 DECEMBER Sport: Tring and District Darts League Matches from 8.30pm. Also 11 Dec. Contact the pubs for details. www.tringdarts.

5 DECEMBER Talks: From Pint Pot to Coffee Pot St Bartholomew’s Church, Wigginton, 8pm. Jon Mein talks about the Temperance movement in 19th century St Albans. rbtregoning@ Talks: Representation of the People Act 1918 The Fourth Reform Act and how it gave votes to more men and many women. St Bartholomew’s Church, Wigginton, 8pm. rbtregoning@btopenworld. com

6 DECEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Outside the Zoological Museum, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP 10am Music: Musical Memories A fun, sing-along session for those looking to keep their brains active! Bourne End Village Hall, London Road, HP1 2RH. 10.30am12noon. www. hertsmusicalmemories. Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest Performed by the Berkhamsted Youth Theatre. The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. To 8 Dec. Matinee Sat Dec 2.30pm.

8 DECEMBER Markets: I Love Tring Shop Local Day

Tring’s independent retailers welcome you all day to indulge in endless Christmas shopping. 9am - 1pm. www.tringtogether.

9 DECEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk The Forge public car park off Tring High Street, HP23 5AG (parking fees may be payable). 2pm. Free, 75-90 minute walk. www. Fundraisers: Christmas Market Christmas music, cards, Christmas gifts, mulled wine, mince pies and more. Chilterns Dog Rescue Centre, 12-3pm. www.chilternsdogrescue. Fundraisers: Light up a Life Service Dedicate a light as a positive way of remembering someone special. St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Tring. 4pm.


Theatre: Anthony and Cleopatra Broadcast live from the National Theatre. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 6pm. www.berkhamstedartscentre. Music: Carols by Candlelight 6pm. With the Beacon Community Choir in the candlelit setting of St. Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe. Tickets £10, children free.

10 DECEMBER Film: Cycling with Moliere A warm, literate comedy. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 11 Dec. Nonmembers £5 at door. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

10 DECEMBER Talks: Historic Gardens in and around Berkhamsted The talk about the historic gardens round Berkhamsted from Capability Brown to the Arts and Crafts. Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm.

12 DECEMBER Music: Iron Room Carol Service Tring Station, 7pm. www. Comedy: Christmas Comedy Night and Party The Get Stuffed Christmas @ LivingMagazines

Comedy Night returns. The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. Show only £20, Christmas Party ticket £45.



13 DECEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Public car park, Broadwater off Lower Kings Road HP4 2AL (over canal footbridge opposite Waitrose) 10am and 11.15am. Business: Business Networking ‘How to Protect Your Inheritance’. Lindengate, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, HP22 6BD. 5.30-7.30pm. £10. Guest Speaker: www.



14 DECEMBER Music: Harriet Harriet is back in a seasonal extravaganza, featuring songs from her Christmas album. The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. £21.

15 DECEMBER Film: Paddington 2 Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close. Doors 2pm, Film 2.30pm. £7. Cash bar. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or website. www. Music: Tring Choral Society Christmas Concert St Peter & St Paul’s church,


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16 DECEMBER Music: Parish Carol Service St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted. 6pm. www. uk

17 DECEMBER Film: Loving Vincent The world’s first feature-length painted animation. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Nonmembers £5 at door. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

19 DECEMBER Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Meeting room at Sacred Heart Church, Park St, Berkhamsted (parking outside) 9am-12 noon. £5 payable on the day. fiona4mckenna@hotmail.

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20 DECEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Outside the Zoological Museum, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP 10am.

23 DECEMBER Dance: The Nutcracker The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 3pm. www. berkhamstedartscentre. Music: Christmas Carol Services St John the Baptist, Aldbury 6pm and St Peter & St Paul’s, Tring 6.30pm.

24 DECEMBER Music: Crib Services| St Peter & St Paul’s, Tring 2pm and 4pm, All Saints, Long Marston 4pm and St John the Baptist, Aldbury 4pm. www.tringteamparish. Music: Christmas Eve Service St Cross, Wilstone 7pm. Music: Midnight Mass St Mary’s, Puttenham 9pm, St John the Baptist, Aldbury 11.15pm and St Peter & St Paul’s, Tring 11.30pm.

25 DECEMBER Music: Christmas Day Services “St Peter & St Paul’s, Tring 8am and 10am, St John the Baptist, Aldbury 10am, All Saints, Long Marston 10am, St Cross, Wilstone 10am.

27 DECEMBER Walks: Hertfordshire Health Walk Public car park, Broadwater off Lower Kings Road HP4 2AL (over canal footbridge opposite Waitrose) 10am and 11.15am. www.

28 DECEMBER Theatre: Aladdin The Court Theatre, Tring. To 6 Jan. £11 Adult, £9 Child. See website for performance times and tickets for this year’s panto. www.

1 JANUARY Exhibitions: Under The Tree Open submission exhibition by 3-D Artists and Makers. Upstairs Gallery 268 High Street, Berkhamsted. To 5 Jan. www.upstairsgallery. Walks: New Year’s Day Walk Meet at front of Berkhamsted Station, 10.30am for the traditional

Berkhamsted Citizens’ New Year’s Day walk, led by Paul Crosland berkhamstedcitizensevents Theatre: Aladdin The Court Theatre, Tring. To 6 Jan. £11 Adult, £9 Child. See website for performance times and tickets for this year’s panto. www.courttheatre.

1 JANUARY Film: Churchill Bravura performances from Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 8 Jan. Nonmembers £5 at door. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

8 JANUARY Sport: Tring and District Darts League Matches every Tuesday from 8.30pm. Contact the pubs for details. www. tringdarts.leaguerepublic. com

9 JANUARY Talks: Short Film of 40 minutes St Bartholomew’s Church, Wigginton, 8pm. £3. Hertfordshire’s links with the Slave Trade and its abolition. rbtregoning@


10 JANUARY Talks: Hadrian’s Wall Speaker: Paul Heslop. Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. home

13 JANUARY Music: Chroma Chamber Moominland Midwinter. Candlelit evening of storytelling, Finnish music, folk and classical. Ensemble Kings Arms, Berkhamsted 7pm. £16/£13 Concs. www.


18 JANUARY Film: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. £7. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. £7. Cash bar. Tickets from Beechwood Fine Foods or website. www.tringcinema. com


Talks: Geography Beyond Berkhamsted Berkhamsted Geographical Association, Centenary Theatre, Berkhamsted School (Kings Campus), Kings Road HP4 3BG. 6.15pm. www.

16 JANUARY Talks: Art and Design in the Chilterns An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns has played host to many artists and craftsmen. Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm.

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Dance: La Bayadere The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 3pm. Broadcast live from the Royal Ballet. www. berkhamstedartscentre.

21 JANUARY Film: Harmonium Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 22 Jan. Nonmembers £5 at door. An explosive drama. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

22 JANUARY Talks: Women I Have Married Visitors welcome. Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring 7.45pm. Speaker: Richard Selby. Call Mo Reeley for information 01442 823768


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WHAT’SON 25 JANUARY Theatre: The Queen of Spades The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera, broadcast live from The Royal Opera House. www. berkhamstedartscentre.

1 FEBRUARY Comedy: Pub Crawl with The Thinking Drinkers The Thinking Drinkers are coming with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating barhop through history. The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £15.

2 FEBRUARY Music: Coull Quartet Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. www.

3 FEBRUARY Theatre: La Traviata Verdi’s opera based on Alexandre Dumas fils novel. Broadcast live from the Royal Opera House. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. www. berkhamstedartscentre.

4 FEBRUARY Film: The Death of Stalin The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 5 Feb. Non58 | Tring Living


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5 FEBRUARY Sport: Tring and District Darts League Matches every Tuesday from 8.30pm. Contact the pubs for details. www. tringdarts.leaguerepublic. com

6 FEBRUARY Talks: Berkhamsted and District Welsh Society Lunch The Bellcote, Chesham Rd, Chesham HP5 3PF, 12pm. www.welshsociety@ Talks: The Story of the Wicked Lady Neill Sankey on the legend of a Highwaywoman. Wigginton History Society, St Bartholomew’s Church, Wigginton, 8pm. rbtregoning@ btopenworld. com

16 FEBRUARY Comedy: Gary Delaney One of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road! The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £18. Music: Chroma Chamber Ensemble A Hum About Mine Ears. The Old Town Hall, Berkhamsted 7.30pm. £20/£18 Concs. www.

14 FEBRUARY Talks: Flying Concorde Speaker: Gwyn Williams. This is also Tring U3A’s AGM Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. uk/tring/home

24 FEBRUARY Dance: Don Quixote Live performance by the Bolshoi Ballet broadcast to your local theatre. The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. www. berkhamstedartscentre.


13 FEBRUARY Talks: The Siege of London in 1066 Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. With Kathleen Tyson. www.berkamsted-history.

20 FEBRUARY Talks: Showbiz Secrets One of the best ever BBC directors - who lives in Tring - talks about his career and his work with Bruce Forsyth and the Pythons. berkhamstedcitizensevents

18 FEBRUARY Film: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared An off-beat treat. Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 19 Feb. Nonmembers £5 at door. www. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

Talks: Workaid Tools for Life Speaker: Rosa Welch. Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. Call Mo Reeley for further information. 01442 823768

2 MARCH Music: Emmanuel Bach (violin) and Jenny Stern (piano) Berkhamsted Civic Centre 7.30pm, £15. Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Kreisler and Ysaye. www.




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