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Welcome to the Spring issue! W

e love this time of year – the promise of spring, sunshine and a fresh start. Which is why we decided it was a good time to give ourselves a fresh new look too! You may notice that your favourite local magazine has been given a bit of a facelift. We’ve worked hard to get this right, while striving to continue to deliver the best content and this will continue to evolve over time. Most notably we’ve changed the name of the news pages to ‘Local Focus’; this is to reflect the fact that, being a quarterly mag, we can’t possibly hope to deliver you the most up-to-date news in print form. Instead we’re bringing you all the latest local news on our website, and dedicating the precious

SPRING 2019 pages of our printed magazine to important local issues, and anything else we think you might find interesting and useful. We hope you like it! Please do let us know your thoughts either on our Facebook page or drop us an email to: Have a wonderful Easter – see our feature about making your own Easter Eggs, as well as seasonal features on exercising outdoors, planting fruit and veg in your garden and making Mother’s Day cards.

Alison and Clare Owner & Editor

CONTENTS 4 Local Focus

The latest news around the town

12 Local Profile

Clare Swatman spoke to award-winning businessman Geoff Peppiatt

14 Shop Local

Gift and food ideas from the High Street

17 Recipe

Make your own cake for Easter with this delicious recipe from Beechwood Fine Foods

34 Walks

Enjoy a ramble with our latest local walk

18 Kids

Let’s get crafty for Mother’s Day

21 Books

Featuring local authors

36 Gardens

Featured on the front cover, get the good life!

38 Eating Out

22 Property

Local restaurant, café and pub listings

Improve, don’t move

25 Pets

Home is where the pet is

26 Easter

Chocs away!

28 Health and Beauty Learn why exercising outdoors is so good for you

41 What’s On

Seven pages of local events to entertain you this quarter

50 Local Essentials Your local numbers all in one place

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‘20’s plenty where people live’


t’s been a long time in the planning and consultation stages, but the new traffic calming measures in Tring may soon be due to come into force. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have carried out informal consultations on the new measures, which include a proposed 20mph zone across many of Tring’s main roads, as well as what are known as sinusoidal speed humps along Christchurch Road, in an effort to reduce speeds even further. ‘If it goes ahead then there will be five new speed humps along Christchurch Road,’ explains Herts County Cllr, Nick Hollinghurst. ‘These humps are a new design, right across the width of the road with spaces at the sides for cycles to pass easily, shallower and broader than earlier designs and with smoother profiles. They will be reminders to drivers that they are in a 20mph zone area, rather than

being so obtrusive as to make speeds above 20mph impossible.’ The idea is to slow speeds on the roads down, and make it safer in residential and retail areas. ‘The desirability and effectiveness of these 20mph limits has now been extensively reviewed in the Atkins Report in November 2018 for the Department for Transport, which endorses 20mph limits as best practice and the right speed for areas where vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists,’ adds Nick. Just before we went to press, it was revealed that there had been some objections to the proposed scheme. ‘The County Council will be writing to the objectors to address their concerns,’ says Nick. ‘As the scheme has proved to be very popular, especially with parents of young children, it would be most disappointing if it could not go ahead.’

Tring loneliness initiative


ack in September we reported on an initiative to tackle loneliness and exclusion in Tring, after which a steering group was set up. It was anticipated that the plan would be implemented in January, and that time is now here. The steering group is now starting to create a printed directory and website, listing everything in and around Tring that could help people make contact with others through taking part in something. This is the first part of the initiative and the information will be for all age groups from teenagers upwards.

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They now need help in contacting organisations to ensure that their details are correct. They won’t be able to complete the directory and website without volunteers to help with the following: • Contact organisations and get a details form filled in • Enter the details of organisations on to the website using a template Can you help? If so, send your name to John Allan at TringLonelinessInitiative@


New planning rules D

acorum Borough Council is consulting on proposals to change planning rules, in a bid to protect the borough’s employment areas. Changes of use from office, light industrial or warehouse use to houses or flats no longer require planning permission, following recent changes in planning rules. The council is proposing reintroducing the need for planning permission in key employment areas, such as Maylands Business Park and Hemel town centre. This can be achieved by designating certain business locations as Article 4 areas, which gives the council extra powers of planning regulation. In Tring, this will affect the site at Icknield Way and, if it is agreed, it will come into force in January 2020.

NEWS IN BRIEF Check, mate! Congratulations to the Robin Hood Chess Club who just won their first tournament! Winner Anthony Dunford and runner-up Jean-Paul Buu-Sau are pictured. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm and is free if you fancy joining.

Blues Bar Tring The popular Blues Bar Tring has announced its brand new line up, with gigs all through the year. Next up are The Mighty Boss Cats on Thursday 21 March. For more details go to


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Support4Dacorum I

f you’re a charity or voluntary organisation in Dacorum, there’s plenty of help out there to get your project off the ground. Support4Dacorum is a new support service for voluntary and community groups, managed by Community Action Dacorum and funded by Dacorum Borough Council. Based in two buildings in Hemel Hempstead – the Roundhouse at the Marlowes and a building on the High Street – they offer a wide range of support for charities and community groups, including: helping them to understand the roles and responsibilities of trustees or management committees; offering funding

Filming locally F

rom Hollywood blockbusters to cosy TV dramas, Tring, Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages are a popular spot for filmmakers to film on location. But do you know just how many have been filmed here in the last few years? Rumours were abound in the summer of 2018 that Star Wars were filming up at Ivinghoe Beacon, and pictures appeared in The Sun of Chewbacca filming on set (yes, the real one). This has never been confirmed by the studios but they’re notoriously secretive, and we think the pictures speak for themselves. Tring Park School is a popular location too; Judy – a Judy Garland biopic – was recently

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advice and support with grant applications; organisational development, including policies, procedures and project development; and help to recruit and manage volunteers, partnership working and networking events. ‘We also organise a number of local events ourselves where we encourage voluntary sector groups to have stalls to raise money and their profiles in the local community,’ says community development manager, Loretta Anderson. Annual membership is just £30 plus VAT. For more information email loretta@ or go to

filmed there, as were scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The popular Netflix series of last year, Killing Eve, shot scenes for season two at Hemel Hempstead hospital, while the Live Aid scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody and scenes from Justice League were shot at Bovingdon Airfield. Previously, Ashlyns in Berkhamsted has been a popular filming location too, having starred in, among others, Call The Midwife, Eastenders, and the 2007 film Son of Rambow, while Dacorum Borough Council have received filming requests recently from Military Wives and Endeavour. Watch this space!



Tring Together Spring Fayre


he sun is on its way and it’s beginning to feel a little warmer – which means that it will soon be time for the annual Tring Together Spring Fayre! Always a popular event, the Spring Fayre runs from Saturday 27 April until Saturday 18 May and includes many events throughout the town. Highlights this year will include: Saturday, 27th April, 10am - 2pm: Spring Fayre Launch Day, Church Square with charity and community stalls and mobile zoo. Saturday, 11th May, 10.30am – 3pm: Tring Job Show. Explore your local job market, plus free workshops on interview skills, CV writing and more, at Nora Grace Hall. Saturday, 16th May, 7.30pm: Passion for Fashion show. St Peter & St Paul Church. Come

along and enjoy some bubbles and canapes, see hair and beauty demonstrations and shop with local boutiques and labels. Tring in Spring Photography Competition – launches Saturday 27th April, free for everyone to enter, followed by an exhibition and public vote which will decide on the winner whose photograph will adorn the Spring Fayre Brochure Cover in 2020. Entry forms from Tring Together.

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new website has been launched by local expert Samantha Hollier to support parents in becoming better equipped to help their children stay safe online. Digitally Yours is a non-profit organisation, which aims to build empowered relationships with the internet for children, parents and professionals, promoting responsibility rather than fear. ‘Navigating the online world can be daunting, worrying and scary, as well as exciting, gratifying and wonderful,’ says Samantha. ‘When it comes to the internet, safety is something everyone talks about and quite rightly so. We are bombarded with messages of fear. ‘But if we take time to build a healthy relationship with the internet and empower our children to make choices, could things be different? ‘You are the experts when it comes to your child, but here are some suggestions that may help support you and them: 1. Talk to your child about what they are doing online

2. Ask them to teach you about the social media platforms they are using and ask what they use them for. Open up the discussion about what the platforms do and what they use them for. 3. If they come across something they are concerned about, or are asked to share something inappropriate, reassure them and report it to CEOP - safety-centre 4. Model good behaviour – you cannot expect your child to put their phone/internet-ready device down if yours is in your hand all the time. 5. There are other resources to help you talk to your children on the NSPCC website – visit to find out more.’ For more information about Digitally Yours go to


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Protective card minders are coming to Tring T

ring Neighbourhood Watch (TNHW) recently received a generous grant from Tring Town Council, enabling the ‘OWL card minder’ project to launch. The OWL card minder is a low-cost solution to reduce the risk of unauthorised payments being taken from your contactless credit or debit card while you’re out and about. For just £1 you can keep your card safe inside this protective device to prevent it from being scanned and used by thieves. ‘The card inner sleeve has been tested against commercial contactless payment terminals, as well as mobile phones running apps that scan contactless cards,’ explains a spokesperson from TNHW. ‘We can currently take orders directly for 10 or more, and are working on securing high street outlets. So please keep your eyes peeled for more information and if you are an outlet

interested in helping us distribute, please get in contact!’ All profits raised from the card minders will support local community projects. Please send any ideas to help deter crime, or the fear of it, to We are part of your community that works together with you, the police and other organisations to fight crime and the fear of crime. Become a member of Neighbourhood Watch today by signing up at As a NHW member we ask you to look out for your neighbours, get to know what’s normal activity in your road and report anything you see out of place to the police (call 101 non emergency or report online at www.herts. Don’t forget to sign up your elderly and vulnerable neighbours that do not have the internet, so you can pass the information on.

David Gauke backs campaign for better hospital provision


outh West Hertfordshire MP, David Gauke, is backing plans to improve hospital provision in the West Hertfordshire area. It has been a long-held concern that facilities in the area need to be improved and there are various proposals as to how this might be done. A number of local residents have campaigned for a new hospital in the Kings Langley area, but

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this now looks unaffordable. The local Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospital Trust are, however, putting forward a bid for £350 million to improve facilities at Watford, plus either Hemel Hempstead or St Albans. ‘I can appreciate the strength of feeling of those campaigning for a new hospital, especially as Watford Hospital is not well placed for my constituents in Berkhamsted and Tring,’ says David. ‘However, at this stage it looks like the only viable way to improve services is to back this bid. It should result in a tangible improvement – something which is long overdue.’



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Gardening for mental health W

e’ve written often about the benefits of nature and the great outdoors on our mental and emotional health – whether it’s exercising outside or simply making sure you get out in the great outdoors for some fresh air as often as you can. But did you know that this is such an established, well-recognised way of helping people with mental health issues that there’s a charity aimed specifically at combining the two? Lindengate, in Wendover, covers Tring and the surrounding villages too, and is an awardwinning mental health charity that offers specialised gardening activities to people with mental health needs. The five acre site, next to Wyevale Garden Centre in Wendover, offers Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), which uses the healing power of nature to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem, promote social inclusion and encourage long term recovery. According to the NHS, one-in-four people are known to suffer with mental ill-health in any given year. Social care facilities are needed to relieve the strain on mainstream healthcare – and Lindengate does just that. ‘Our five acre site is big enough to allow us to offer a wide range of gardening and horticultural activities, which also include

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landscaping, construction, conservation, art, crafts; as well as cooking and baking,’ explains director, Jan Webster. ‘Our Service Users, (referred to as Gardeners), can spend time in a managed, calm and safe environment, either singly or in small groups, working towards improving wellbeing. ‘Our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture services are catered to the individual, providing each person with support catered to their unique needs. We believe it is important to support the individual and our mantra is that we ‘leave the diagnosis at the gate’ and treat everyone as people, not as their diagnosed condition. We are now gaining a positive reputation for being able to support people with complex needs. Our environment enables Gardeners inclined towards challenging behaviour to explore that behaviour safely within Lindengate - where it would otherwise be difficult to manage in society.’ The charity also has a Memory Pathway Garden dedicated to those with dementia and memory loss, and is carrying out important conservation work in conjunction with Aylesbury Vale District Council to help save the native black poplar tree. For more details and information about Lindengate, visit their website at


Tring in the Media ‘A man of many talents, as a teenager Bradley (Walsh) enjoyed a career as a professional football player. He played for Brentford in their reserve team, with stints on loan at Dunstable Town, Barnet, Tring Town, Borehamwood and Chalfont St Peter.’ The Sun, 19 January 2019 ‘Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Online Tristan (Lee), who splits his time between Woodford Green, London, and Tring, Hertfordshire, said: “Someone asked me for ID last week in Woodford Green, I was buying some wine. ‘Every time it happens I think it’s going to be the last time but it’s kind of fun.’ The Sun, 13 December 2018 ‘[She] won a scholarship to fee-paying Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire, before going to Downing College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in social anthropology. She was made an OBE for services to film and charity in the New Year Honours. (Thandie Newton), Daily Mail, 6 January 2019 ‘Champneys is one of Britain’s longest-established spa hotels and its post-Christmas weekends at Tring in Hertfordshire aim to kick-start healthier eating and exercise habits.’ Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2018

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A DESIRE FOR CHANGE Who is Geoff? Geoff is founder of Innovate, a company that provides catering to primary and secondary schools, and the chairman of the Impact Food Group. In November last year he was presented with a ‘Face of a Vibrant Economy’ award from accountancy firm Grant Thornton, which recognises progressive leaders across all areas of business. Some people like to go with the flow, while others like to make a difference – and Geoff Peppiatt definitely falls into the latter category. Although a businessman by trade, he began his career working for trade unions. Later, armed with an MBA, he became a management consultant, helping businesses expand and improve their business practice. He now says he believes to have come full circle, because he’s gone back to his roots working for change – this time in the health and nutrition of school children. ‘10 years ago I decided I wanted to run my own business,’ says Geoff. ‘An opportunity came up to buy a failing bakery with 240 retail outlets nationwide. With a friend who had a background in the bakery industry, we bought it with the plan to turn it around.’ Unfortunately, thanks to circumstances beyond their control, including rising electricity prices, the business became harder work than they expected. Then, out of the blue, Geoff received a phone call from the headmaster of a secondary school in Maidenhead. ‘He said his children were leaving the premises every lunchtime to buy food at our shop rather than eating at the school, and suggested I should set up a school catering firm,’ Geoff says. 12 / Tring Living

Something struck a chord with Geoff and his partner, and they paid the school a visit. It was immediately obvious what needed to change. ‘The food was terrible, there was no choice and the students were having to queue for ages. We saw where we could make a difference.’ They set up Innovate, a school catering company, to take over the school meals. Within a few months it was being rolled out across schools nationwide. Last year fund management company Bridges invested in Innovate, along with another company called Cucina, and now the two work together under the Impact Food Group umbrella. Impact are currently operating in 160 schools, and by the end of this academic year it will be more than 200. But expansion of the business is only one side. ‘We’re working on improving nutrition among school children,’ Geoff says. ‘Government guidelines are mainly aimed at primary school children. But secondary schools are different. Banning certain foods doesn’t help, as the children just go elsewhere. If we provide good, nutritious food within school, in an environment where they want to eat, we can improve things.’ And that‘s exactly what they’re doing. For example, rather than banning pizzas, they’ve simply added nutritious ingredients and taken sugar out of the tomato topping. They’ve streamlined the payment system, improved dining areas and are working towards being much more eco friendly. ‘It’s a work in progress but we’ve come a long way,’ Geoff says. And the award they won recently reflects their success as a social impact company. ‘We’re working to encourage healthier lifestyles, positive employment practices and sustainability in schools and in the wider community,’ says Geoff.

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Beechwood Fine Foods - Tring 01 Belazu Balsamic Vinegar, £14.95 02 Beech’s Fine Chocolate Bunny Family, £3.50 03 Buttermilk Caramel Sea Salt Easter Egg, £8.50 04 Mother’s Day Gift Set, from £7.50 05 Potter’s Crouch Luxury Scented Candles, £16.95 06 Wooden Spoon Fruits in Booze set, £14.95 Fancy That - Tring 07 Little Fox Board Book, £7.50 07 Little Fox Cordyroy, £13 08 Bandana Dribble Bibs, set of four, £15 09 Jellycat Crispin Crab, £22.50 10 Jellycat Dexter Dragon, £39 Number Twenty - Berkhamsted 11 Blank cards and envelopes, 10-pack, £14.50 12 Notepads from £11.25-£20 13 Faux plants in concrete pot, £25 14 Faux flowers from £3.65 per stem Oglee Poglee 15 Crafty Party bags from £4 16 Crafty Emoji party bag, £4 Available from




Puddingstone Distillery - Tring / Wilstone 17 Campfire Cask-Aged Gin, 50cl, £36 18 Limited Edition Domestique Gin, 50cl, £45 Woods - Berkhamsted 19 Trio of Cactus from £7.99 20 All on one picture: Esschart Design copper-plated gardening fork, £10.99 Esschart Design copper-plated trowel, £10.99 21 All on one picture: Candelabra, £84.99 Green/grey ceramic jug, £31.99 Stone cactus pot, £4.99 Cactus from £4.99 Wooden tray, £24.99

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CHOCOLATE ORANGE EASTER CAKE For the chocolate cake: • 125g plain flour • 225g caster sugar • 50g cocoa powder • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • ¼ tsp salt • 125ml buttermilk • 60g melted butter • 1 egg, beaten • 125ml water For the orange cake: • 175g plain flour • 225g caster sugar • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • ¼ tsp salt

• 125ml buttermilk • 60g melted butter • 1 egg, beaten • Finely grated zest of 1 orange • 125ml water For the icing and filling: • 260g white chocolate • 300g very soft butter • 600g icing sugar • Finely grated zest of 1 orange • 1 tsp orange extract (optional) • Good quality orange curd

How to make it The cakes 1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. 2. Butter and line the base of a 20cm round springform cake tin with baking parchment. 3. Combine the plain flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. 4. Whisk the buttermilk into the melted butter and egg, followed by the water. If you can’t find buttermilk, pour 110ml milk into a jug and add ½ tbsp lemon juice. Leave to stand for five minutes until thickened. 5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, whisk or beat until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into your prepared tin. 6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a cooling rack. 7. Repeat to make a second chocolate cake. 8. Repeat the process again using the ingredients for the orange cake, adding the zest to the wet ingredients. 9. The cakes freeze well undecorated if you don’t have time or enough cake tins to make them all in one go.

The decoration 10. Prepare the icing by melting the white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. 11.Beat the butter, zest (and extract if using) and gradually add the icing sugar. Add the melted chocolate and beat again until smooth. 12. Trim the tops of the cakes using a sharp knife to level them. This mix produces a delightfully sticky sponge so you will need to keep cleaning the blade. 13. Place one of the chocolate cakes on your serving plate. Spread an even layer of icing to the edge of the cake followed by a thin layer of orange curd leaving about 1cm round the edge. 14. Place the orange cake on a plate or board and spread with the icing and curd. Place this layer on top of the first chocolate layer. 15. Place the second chocolate cake on a plate or board and spread with the icing. Place on top of the orange layer. 16. Use the remaining icing to coat the side of the cake. Use a palette knife or small straight bladed knife to spread around the side, being careful not to drag too many chocolate cake crumbs into the white icing. You may find you have a little icing left over. To create a smoother finish, warm a palette knife in a jug of hot water, dry, and smooth the icing more. 17. Decorate with your choice of Easter eggs, bunnies and chocolates. 18. Enjoy!

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We all know it’s the thought that counts and with Mother’s Day just a few short weeks away, these crafty ideas are sure to go down a treat!

Tulip in a heart card What you need: White card Red, pink, green and orange card or thick paper Scissors Gluestick Pencil

• Draw a heart shape on a piece of white card and cut it out. • Draw a slightly larger heart shape on pink card, cut that out and glue the white heart onto it. • Cut out a stem and two leaf shapes on green card. Stick them in position on the white heart. • Fold the heart in half lengthways to make the card shape. • Cut out three small tulip shapes in red card and three in orange card.

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• Fold them all in half lengthways and glue them one by one on to the card – make sure you only glue one side down, leaving the rest loose. • Close your card. When you reopen it, there should be a 3D tulip! • Write your message.


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And the winners are… In our last issue we ran a competition to win one of five copies of Donna Ashcroft’s latest book, The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances – and we’re pleased to announce our winners! They are: Sue Redford, Marion Yardley-Jones, Kay Howard, Wendy Lawrey, Scarlett Jones. Many thanks to all of you who entered, and commiserations to those that didn’t win this time – but keep your eyes peeled for further competitions on our website at or turn to page 35. Spring 2019 / 21


If you’re unsure whether to move house or improve where you live, read this first…


hether it’s uncertainty about the future, rising house prices or the cost of stamp duty, more and more of us are choosing to stay in our current home rather than move. According to the 2018 Barclays Home Improvement Report, 28% of homeowners who were considering moving have decided to stay put. But never say never, right? Perhaps one day you’ll want to move, so how do you make the most of your current home, while ensuring you future-proof it? We take a look at the best ways to add value and the changes you should avoid. Add a bedroom Easier said than done if you have no more space to expand, but think laterally; could you go into the loft, basement, or add a bedroom in the garage or on a large landing? If so, this is the single biggest thing you can do to add value to your home. According to property management website Move With Us, it can add up to 8.8% – that’s a whopping £61,600 on a £700K family home. ‘Be careful not to make your home too top heavy though,’ warns David Milbourn, Mortgage Adviser for Stringer Mann Financial Planners in Berkhamsted. ‘Adding two bedrooms to a three-bedroom semi without increasing the living space downstairs is not ideal. While square footage does have a bearing on value, buyers today value light, airy open plan accommodation.’

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Loft conversion This can add 7.1% value, definitely worth considering if you need more space. You don’t usually need planning permission, but it’s worth checking. A typical loft conversion costs around £35-£45,000. ‘This is a good way to boost property value, however care must be taken to avoid overdeveloping your home for the ceiling price of the area,’ adds David Milbourn. Add/improve bathrooms An extra bathroom can add 6.1% value. Maybe you’ve got space to squeeze in a small en suite, or a large cupboard which could hold a loo and shower? Otherwise, simply upgrading can add 5% more value – that’s more than £38,000 on a £700k home! Replace old baths and basins, retile, replace taps, add mirrors and replace carpets with vinyl or tiles. New kitchen A new kitchen can add a huge amount of appeal – and almost 6% in value! You can buy a new kitchen quite reasonably, but if you don’t want to replace everything, go for new taps, worktops and new cupboard doors. Off-street parking Parking is at a premium in both Berkhamsted and Tring, so off-street parking can add an enormous

PROPERTY amount of value – more than 5%. Check with Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) about planning regulations in your street. Conservatory Conservatories are a cost-effective way of creating more room – and add 5% value. Consider a half-brick conservatory and even a proper roof rather than glass. Windows Most home buyers want double glazing and if you don’t have it they will calculate the cost of adding it. Double glazing can add around 4.2%, and if you’re planning to stay put it can seriously cut your energy bills. Garden A decent garden can potentially increase the value of your home by 4%. ‘A well presented garden will make your property more attractive and likely to sell over neighbouring ones that lack imagination,’ says David Milbourn. ‘Many buyers don’t seek large gardens but want a low maintenance garden ready for entertaining all year round.’

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Things to avoid You might think that any improvement will add value, but you’d be wrong. Here are the common pitfalls to avoid: Swimming pools If you’re planning to stay in your home and will get use out of it, go ahead and build a swimming pool. But bear in mind that people see them as costly, and they take up valuable space, so they might actually put people off. Solar panels We’re all for saving the environment and if you want to save money on your energy bills then go for it. But bear in mind some people see solar panels as an eyesore, as well as expensive to upgrade. They rarely add value.

Easy improvements

Kerb appeal If the exterior is scruffy it can reduce value of your home by 5%. Repoint brickwork, replace or repaint windows and old garage doors, repair cracked or broken cladding, replace door knockers and house numbers, and consider adding a porch.

Here are some more simple and affordable ways to make your house more appealing...

Replace carpets According to a survey by HSBC, decent carpets can add almost £2,000 to the value of your property. But if they just need a good clean, get it done professionally – it will be money well spent!

Add wooden floors Wooden floors are a surprising way to add value to your home without too much effort – up to 2% value in fact!

Restore or replace period features If original features have been ripped out of an old home, consider replacing things such as cornices and fireplaces, as buyers look for these. It doesn’t have to cost the earth but can make the world of difference – check out salvage yards such as


Give it a lick of paint It’s easy to underestimate the difference fresh paint can make. Choose neutral colours, but this doesn’t necessarily mean pale. You can go dark, but not too bright, as this will put many people off.

Add pots and plants A few pot plants or potted trees in the front garden can transform a property’s kerb appeal. Add gravel to old paths, window boxes or hanging baskets. Think about the lighting in each room as it can really make a difference; does it need to be bright for a kitchen, and dimmer or more atmospheric for a bathroom or bedroom? Consider lamps, uplighters and spotlights.

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HOME IS WHERE THE PET IS Pets can get lonely if left alone. Here are some ideas to keep them happy while you’re out of the house.


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CHOCS AWAY! Want to make something special this Easter? Why not make your own chocolate?

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t’s Easter, which means – among many other things – chocolate of course! The shops are over-run with chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes, but if you really want to give someone something special, why not give them their very own personalised chocolate made with your own fair hands? We decided to test out a chocolate making workshop. Here’s how our Editor Clare Swatman got on... I love a bit of chocolate – dark, milk, white, it doesn’t really matter. My kids are even worse; I can get them to do most things with the lure of a Lindor ball. So when I told them I was going to try out a chocolate-making workshop, there were cries of ‘that‘s not fair!’ and ‘can we come?’ Well, the answer was no – because this was work! Kirsty Stickland runs The Choccie Drop, which holds workshops for adults as well as kids parties. As it was January and there wasn’t much call for chocolate workshops so soon after Christmas, I went along to a children’s party to see what they got up to. When I arrived Kirsty was tempering the milk chocolate. She explained: ‘This means heating it up to 45C and then cooling it under controlled conditions to between 30C and 31C. This helps to avoid the white bloom you sometimes get on chocolate, and it snaps better.’ Once the chocolate was at the right temperature it was set in the middle of the table and we got to work. First, we made lollies

by piping a circle of chocolate on to an edible transfer, and then decorating with chocolate balls, chocolate flakes, honeycomb and sprinkles. We made four each – I’m amazed how creative some of the girls were. I’m not sure mine were quite as exciting, but I knew my kids would be impressed. Next we made chocolate-covered honeycomb, fudge and marshmallow chunks, which involved dipping the chunks into the chocolate and carefully removing them with a special fork. It was pretty messy and mine didn’t look particularly professional, but they tasted delicious. While these all set, Kirsty told everyone the ‘bean to bar’ story, about how the cocoa bean became this gorgeous sweet treat that everyone loves. It’s a great addition to the workshop. Then it was time for me to head home with my handmade chocolates. I was actually quite impressed with how nice the lollies looked – the transfer on the back was great! The workshops for adults are similar, except you get to make slightly more complicated treats, such as salted caramel truffles, and at Easter Kirsty helps you make your own Easter eggs. The best bit is that everything you make you take home with you in lovely gift wrapping. If you fancy something different this Easter, I’d recommend this. It’s great fun, gives you a real sense of achievement, and you learn a new skill. Kirsty runs regular workshops, and you can also book private group sessions. For more information go to

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Get fit and stimulate your mind at the same time – why exercising outdoors is so good for you


f you’ve ever been for a long country walk you’ll know how satisfied you feel when you get home. That’s because exercising outdoors can have huge benefits both physically and mentally. Sadly though, most Brits don’t get nearly as much time outside as they’d like. A recent survey by environmental group LEAF revealed we spend 142 hours every week indoors – that’s 53 years of the average lifespan! ‘Getting outside to exercise has so many benefits,’ explains Tring-based personal trainer Adele Lambert. ‘It gives your body a much more thorough workout. Different terrains and inclines challenge your body and help work your core, while you’re also more mentally stimulated as you have to be more aware of your surroundings. You may also have to work hard against wind resistance, rain, or extreme cold or heat’, says Adele.

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Use a variety of equipment to vary your workout even more. ‘Try tricep dips or step-ups on a bench, push-ups against a lamppost, or pull-ups using a strong tree branch,’ suggests Adele. Being out in the fresh air among nature can also have enormous benefits on our emotional wellbeing, as it releases endorphins (the feel good hormones), which can reduce anxiety and stress. We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful and easily-accessible countryside, so here are some ideas to help you make the most of it.

Walking/hiking There are so many amazing walking routes round here; we feature a new walking route every issue so visit the website to find those, or buy a walking map and plot out a route. Walking is a great, low-impact way of getting fit outside. If you prefer to walk with others, you could join one of these groups...


every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, while Karen Lem runs uk which offers similar walks.

Running Take yourself off for a run through some of the stunning countryside, or join a local running group or weekly park run. Park runs Tring has a weekly Park Run around Tring Park every Saturday at 9am. The 5k route is timed and marshalled, but there’s no speed pressure.

Tring Rambling Club Meet every Sunday at 11am for a 6-7 mile route, or 1pm for a 4-5 mile route. For more details contact club secretary June Courtney at Dacorum Health Walks Free, local-led walks run by volunteers with different starting points each week; walks are graded for difficulty. For more information go to, email, or call 01992 588433 Nordic Walking For something a bit more energetic, try Nordic Walking. It burns 20-40% more calories than normal walking and is a great overall workout. Hilary Worrell runs www. and runs walks

Hospice Running Club Meeting at various locations in and around Berkhamsted, Tring and Ashridge every Wednesday morning at 9.30am. £3 suggested donation with proceeds to the Hospice of St Francis. Dacorum and Tring AC Road Runners Suitable for all abilities, they meet at Jarman Park Athletics track every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm for trail, road and track running. Age 16+ with the chance to compete in Division 1 of the Chiltern Cross Country League. £40 a year for adults, £30 for children. Tring Running Club A small, friendly club that runs every Wednesday from 7.30pm at Tring Park Cricket Club. Levels start from Bridging Group, for those who can run a little, all the way up to a very fast group with a six-minute-mile pace.

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY Bootcamps Bootcamps are becoming more popular and are a great way to get active, work hard and enjoy the fresh air. Bootcamp Tring A bootcamp held at the Cricket Club grounds in Tring six days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 9.30am-10.30am; Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm; and Wednesday at 6am-7am. Introductory offer £10 for two weeks.

Cycling Cycling is a great way to get fit. If you don’t fancy going out alone, join one of these organised groups. Velo Club Tring An informal group of enthusiastic road cyclists who meet every Sunday at 7.30am at Tring Library. More information at tringveloclub

Jilly B Fitness Personal trainer Jilly B offers bootcamps or ‘group personal training’. Sessions are held Tuesdays at 9.15am, Wednesdays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 9am, on Lagley Meadow by Berkhamsted sports centre. £8 per session or £35 a month for two sessions a week. www. • For a great local walk, go to page 34 or go to www/ for details of many more local walk ideas.

Ivinghoe Velos A weekly organised ride, starting at the Rose & Crown in Ivinghoe. Saturday at 10am is usually a 10-15 miler, Sunday at 10am is a longer 26-miler.

Bucks Mountain Biking It’s called Bucks but it covers Herts too and rides are in the Chilterns. They arrange regular group mountain bike rides, and membership costs £10 for adults and £5 for children annually.

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his issue’s featured walk starts either in Tring, for the more energetic of us (6.7 miles/10.8km), or from the highest point in Hertfordshire (800ft or 244m), Pavis Woods in Hastoe, for the shorter, circular route (3.2 miles/5.1km). The walk includes an area with a regular carpet of bluebells during April/May and passes along parts of the Ridgeway, Chiltern Way and Grim’s Ditch. Those starting in Tring will see excellent views over the town itself, Tring Park and Aylesbury Vale during their ascent to Pavis Woods. There is also a rather extraordinary opportunity to see some dinosaurs and perhaps a fairy garden! Refreshments are to be found at various places in Tring – see our website for full directions. The hamlet of Hastoe dates back to the 13th century when it was known as Halstowe or Halstoe. Grim’s Ditch, an Iron Age structure built around 300 BC, passes close by and is a series of linear earthworks thought to be a set of local boundaries once used to control the movement of cattle and carts. The walk also uses part of the Ridgeway, an 87 mile route used since prehistoric

times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers from Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon. In the 13th century the manor of Hastoe was conveyed to Ralph le Clerk of Tring by Thomas de Northwode. During the 14th century the land came into the possession of the Verney family and the manor was annexed to the manor of Bunstreux and Richardyns. During the 19th century Hastoe, like Tring, became closely associated with the Rothschild family. Nathan Rothschild had begun to rent land and properties in the area as early as 1833, including Hastoe House, a large property close to the walk route (on the track from Gadmore Lane towards Grove Wood). Later, Hastoe came into the hands of Nathan’s son Lionel de Rothschild at auction in 1872. Many of the buildings in Hastoe were built by the Rothschilds and have the familiar Rothschild style; some following the demolition of earlier properties, such as the Hastoe Brewery in 1882. Also built by the Rothschilds was a corn mill, which burned down in 1964, farm buildings and


WALKS workers’ cottages. Most were in Church Lane in which the Rothschilds had built an imposing village hall in 1898, the Hastoe Room and, next door to it, a Chapel (hence ‘Church Lane’). The village hall is endowed in trust by the Rothschild family. It was the subject of a major restoration in 2010 before being reopened by Lord Rothschild in November 2012, and now hosts a range of activities and events – see www. Pavis Woods, the starting point of this issue’s walk, is now managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trusts – It is 35 hectares of mature beech woodland, scrub and, more recently, planted woodland on the steep scarp facing Dancersend. There are old boundary trees and patches of wych

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It can be fun to grow your own fruit and veg – whatever outside space you have


hether it’s to have fun with the kids, to save money, or just for the hell of it, a new survey by Appliances Direct reveals that more than half of us Brits have grown our own fruit and veg at some point. If you fancy giving it a go but are worried you don’t have enough space, or don’t know where to start, here’s our beginner’s guide to turning (some of) your outside space into a food patch. Windowsill If you really are limited for space, don’t despair – you can still have a go at growing something! Choose a nice bright, sunny windowsill with at least five hours of sun a day. Next, choose the biggest pots you can fit on there – any container will do as long as it’s big enough; try wooden boxes or metal tins. For salad leaves, such as rocket or baby spinach, your pot will need to be at least 20cm deep and 15cm across. Carrots and beans need at least 30cm depth. Beans will also need a cane to grow up. Pack the bottom of the pot with stones and pebbles for drainage, then add compost. Plant your seeds and then water at least every couple of days, feed every couple of weeks, and wait! Balcony If you have a small outside area, such as a balcony or a roof terrace, you’ll still need to grow your fruit and veg in pots, but you’ll have a bit more space

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and therefore choice. Follow the same instructions as above. Alternatively, you can buy some growing bags. You can grow carrots, courgettes or green beans in a bag in the same way as pots, and keep well watered. Small garden For small gardens, again either stick to pots and bags or choose a section to plant in. Choose the sunniest spot, then dig it over, removing weeds and as many stones as you can. Make sure you dig at least one spade-depth down, then add compost and dig it through. Plants need enough space to grow, so don’t be tempted to overplant or nothing will grow. For example, a row of salad leaves needs at least 20cm around it and be spaced at least 10cm apart, carrots need 35cm between rows, while courgettes will need up to a metre around each plant – they’ll soon fill the space! If you fancy growing beans then plant near a wall or fence, so you can train them up using canes or a trellis which should be at least 2m high. Most varieties don’t need feeding if you’ve used compost.

What should I grow? This is partly down to personal taste, of course, but some vegetables and fruits are easier to grow than others. Try these to start with:

GARDENS Salad leaves Salad leaves, such as spinach, grow easily. Sow them in the summer and harvest them a few weeks later. Loose leaf varieties grow quicker than hearted lettuces. Radishes Radishes are really simple. Plant at least four weeks after the last frost and harvest a month later. Potatoes Potatoes will grow anywhere – you can even grow them in a bag or bucket. Simply half-fill the bag or pot then plant the potatoes with eyes. When they start to shoot, cover the shoots with more compost and keep watering them. Repeat while the foliage grows, and once the foliage dies back – usually about a month after planting – they’re ready to eat. Peas Sow between March and April and harvest them two to three months later. They’ll need to be supported by canes, but they do grow easily and taste delicious! Spring onions These are harvested eight weeks or so after sowing and can be grown in the ground or in pots. Broad beans These need to be sown early, ideally between December and March, and are picked from June onwards. Sow them into pots until they turn to seedlings which can take around two to three weeks, or plant them straight out. When they’re about 3” tall, pinch off the top leaves to encourage more growth. Runner beans If you have enough space, runner beans will give you a good crop. Sow them between April and July, and pick two months later. They’ll need to be trained up a cane or a wall, and make sure you pick them when they’re ready as they’ll keep coming!

Onions and garlic Super-easy, even if you’re really short of space! Plant these in the spring to harvest in late autumn. They’re ready to pick when the foliage dies back and will keep for months, dried out and stored in a cupboard. Tomatoes These are great to grow with kids, as they love picking the super-sweet tomatoes from the vine. Plant between February and April, either in pots, bags or even hanging baskets if you have a small variety. Just keep them regularly watered for a bumper crop. Courgettes Sow seeds indoors from the end of April, ideally under glass or plastic. Plant seedlings outside from late May in pots or the garden but leave them plenty of space – around a metre all round or one seedling per pot. Plant into holes filled with compost and sprinkled with fertiliser. Water regularly, feed every 10-14 days once the fruits start to develop and pick regularly to ensure a regular crop – when they’re around 10cm long. You should get courgettes every week from July. Strawberries These can be planted in pots, the ground or hanging baskets. Line a 35cm basket with polythene and add some drainage holes, then add compost. Plant in four strawberry plants and water well. Hang in a warm, sunny spot, and feed once the flowers start to appear. Strawberries should begin to grow after around six weeks.

Top three rules • Pick a sunny spot – at least five hours of sun a day • Make sure you give the plants enough space to grow • Water, water, water!

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7.30pm. £5 In aid of the Hospice of St Francis. northchurch-social-centre. SUNDAY 10 MAR Dance: Sleeping Beauty The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. £10-15. An artsLIVE screening from the Bolshoi ballet.

TUESDAY 12 MAR MONDAY 4 MAR Exhibitions: Roald Dahl-inspired Prints The Upstairs Gallery, 268 High Street, Berkhamsted. To 16 Mar. New exhibition of prints by artists from Bodenpress printmaking studio, inspired by Roald Dahl’s adult stories. Film: Beast Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 5 Mar. Nonmembers £5 at door. Romance, murder mystery, psychodrama.


Sport: Chess Group The Robin Hood, Tring. 8pm Tue and Thu each week. Drop in group, free to all and all abilities. If you want a game just drop by, friendly and informal. No commitment needed. Sport: Tring and District Darts League “Matches every Tuesday from 8.30pm. Participating Pubs:

The Anchor, Angler’s Retreat, Black Horse, The Castle, Conservative Club, Cricket Club, The Greyhound, King’s Arms. Contact the pubs for details. tringdarts.

WEDNESDAY 6 MAR Business: BDCC Breakfast Meeting Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7am. Speaker: Young Enterprise Presentations - Pupils from Berkhamsted School. Talks: The Making of a Maverick Wigginton History Society, St Bartholomew’s Church 8pm. Professor Lloyd Clark on Bernard Montgomery, 1919 to 1939. rbtregoning@btopenworld. com

THURSDAY 7 MAR Business: Community Action Dacorum The Volunteer Centre, The Roundhouse, Marlowes. Also 14 & 21 Mar. Free programme available to people aged 50+ who want to engage with their local community. 01442 247209

Music: East-West Maxwell Street Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 9 MAR Markets & Sales: Jumble Sale Village Hall, Church Road. HP4 1NX. 10am-12noon. Organised by 1st Little Gaddesden Scouts. All items gratefully received Friday evening or early Saturday. 01442 842505

Music: Berkhamsted Live 20 The Greene Room, The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted. 8pm. Supporting Alopecia UK.

WEDNESDAY 13 MAR Talks: Lord Austin and Lord Nuffield: Giants of the British Motor Industry Berkhamsted Town Hall, 8pm. Speaker: Julian Hunt.


Comedy: Andrew Maxwell The Court Theatre, Tring, 7.30pm. £15. With “Showtime” Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. Fundraisers: Quiz Night Northchurch Social Centre,

Talks: History and Development of Maritime London Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. Speaker: Captain William Wells. Talks: Puddingstone Distillery Tour Puddingstone Distillery, Tring HP23 4NT. 8-10pm. Also 21 Mar. Spring 2019 / 41


Centre, 8pm. Also 19 Mar. Non-members £5 at door. A wry comedy and bittersweet tale. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

Music: The Mighty Boss Cats Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.


TUESDAY 19 MAR Exhibitions: Captured Light The Upstairs Gallery, 268 High Street, Berkhamsted. To 30 Mar. Exhibition from members of Tring & District Camera Club. Film: First Man Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. tringcinema. com Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. All welcome. Refreshments available. gascoinesusan@

SATURDAY 16 MAR Arts & Crafts: Ladies Who Lunch Cheddington Flower Club, Cheddington Village Hall. First demonstration starts 11am. £25 inc lunch and wine. 01296 668781

SUNDAY 17 MAR Fundraisers: Lets Talk Fashion Pendley Manor, Tring, 2-5pm. £30 includes prosecco on arrival and afternoon tea. In aid of Rennie Grove Hospice.

MONDAY 18 MAR Film: The Other Side of Hope Berkhamsted Civic

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Walks: Day Trippers Visit to Blue Bell Tea Rooms Blue Bell Tea Rooms, Tring. 12.30pm arrival. £6 transport only. communityactiondacorum. org

WEDNESDAY 20 MAR Talks: Historic buildings legislation and local case studies High Street Baptist Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Speaker: Rory Cullen, Director of Cullen Conservation. tringlocalhistorymuseum. Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 9am-12 noon. fiona4mckenna@hotmail.

THURSDAY 21 MAR Fundraisers: A Fusion of Fun, Fizz and Fashion Tring Park School, 7pm. £20 in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, includes prosecco and nibbles. Fashion show featuring 4 local shops. eventbrite.

Comedy: Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. £15.


Arts & Crafts: Just Dahlias Apple Tree Cottage, 3 Nursery Terrace, Potten End HP4 2QU, 10am-1pm. Hands-on workshop. Learn & plant up/ pot your own summer dahlia display.

SUNDAY 24 MAR Walks: Berko Litter Pick Meeting at 10am at Canal Fields.

Fundraisers: Tring Brewery Tour Tring Brewery £25. Proceeds to Rennie Grove Hospice. A guided tour of the brewing process with tasters from a wide range of craft beers. 01442 890222 Music: Pictures at an Exhibition Brookmead School, 7pm. Performance with the Beacon Community Choir of this new choral work by composer John Cameron. Also 30 Mar.

MONDAY 25 MAR Talks: A Cast of Thousands The Music Room, Berkhamsted School, Mill Street. 7.45pm. Visitors £5. ‘Cast Making & Facsimiles In British Museum’ by Michael Neilson. berkhamstedarchaeology.

TUESDAY 26 MAR Talks: Highwaymen and Highwaywomen Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Speaker: Paul Heley. 01442 823768

WEDNESDAY 27 Talks: Berkhamsted Citizens AGM Special speaker to be announced. berkhamstedcitizensevents@

Music: Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. £15. Twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

FRIDAY 29 MAR Music: Space The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. £17.50. Britpop legends. Standing event.

SATURDAY 30 MAR Music: Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders The Court Theatre, Tring. 7.30pm. £27.50. Andy is back with his full 7-piece band.

MONDAY 1 APR Film: Faces Places Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 2 Apr. Agnès Varda joins photographer JR on a whimsical tour of rural France. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

WEDNESDAY 3 APR Talks: Berkhamsted and District Welsh Society Lunch The Plough, Leverstock Green Road. Hemel Hempstead HP3 8PR, 12pm. / BerkhamstedandDistrict WelshSociety Talks: The Jazz Baroness Wigginton History Society, St Bartholomew’s Church 8pm. Richard Tregoning talks about the life and times of Nica de Koenigswarter, born a Rothschild. rbtregoning@btopenworld. com

THURSDAY 4 APR Music: Krissy Mathews Band Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

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

holds its spring exhibition. Music: Spring Concert St Peter and St Paul, High Street, Tring 7.30pm £15. Tring Choral Society and Orchestra perform Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ with The Chamber Choir of St Clement Danes School. tringchoralsociety@gmail. com

WEDNESDAY 10 APR Business: BDCC AGM Berkhamsted Town Hall 6.30pm. Father Mike Eggleton will run a wine tasting from 7-8pm.

THURSDAY 11 APR Talks: Life in the 1960s Music Business Victoria Hall, Akeman St, 10am. Speaker: John Wilford.


Film: Bohemian Rhapsody Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm. tringcinema. com Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. gascoinesusan@virginmedia. com

SUNDAY 14 APR Music: J D Zelenka De Profundis and Missa Divi Xaverii St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 7pm. Performed by Chiltern Chamber Choir.

WEDNESDAY 17 Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 9am-12 noon. fiona4mckenna@hotmail.

THURSDAY 18 APR Music: Sam Kelly’s Station House Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

TUESDAY 23 APR Talks: I’m Not Really Old Tring WI, High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. Speaker: Hugh Grainger. 01442 823768


Exhibitions: Beacon-Rail 2019 Memorial Hall, Vicarage Rd, Pitstone, 10.30am-4.30pm. Tring & District Model Railway Club

Film: Frantz Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 16 Apr. After WW1 a relationship develops between a German woman and a Frenchman. berkhamstedfilmsociety.

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19th 2019 13thJanuary April 2019

2nd February 2019 27th April 2019

16th February 2019 11th May 2019 2nd 2019 25thMarch May 2019

16th 2019 8thMarch June 2019

30th 2019 22ndMarch June 2019 Viewing Friday prior to Sale 9.30am until 6.00pm


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Sunday 3 to Tuesday 26 March

25th April: Chroma Ensemble

Comedy Tringe Aperitif

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THURSDAY 25 APR Music: Chroma Ensemble St Peters Church, Berkhamsted, 7.30pm. CHROMA Chamber Ensemble presents Awakening, Sacred Spaces Tour.

FRIDAY 26 APR Comedy: Mark Watson: The Court Theatre, Tring, 8pm. Also Sat 27 Apr. £18. Mark Watson performs ‘The Infinite Show’.


MONDAY 29 APR Talks: Medieval Ceramics in British Museum The Music Room, Berkhamsted School, Mill Street. 7.45pm. AGM and talk by Dr Beverley Nenk. berkhamstedarchaeology. Film: Call Me By Your Name Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 8pm. Also 30 Apr. Non-members £5 at door. A powerful portrait of first love. berkhamstedfilmsociety.


Fairs / Festivals: Tring Spring Fayre To 12 May. Two-week festival with seasonal events and activities to get you walking, exploring and enjoying Tring. 44 / Tring Living

Music: May Day Madrigals St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted 6.15am. Chiltern Chamber Choir sing madrigals from the church tower with breakfast in the Court House.

Talks: A Hole in The Ground Wigginton History Society, St Bartholomew’s Church, 8pm. The story of College Lake, its geology, history and nature reserve with  Rodney Sims. rbtregoning@

THURSDAY 2 MAY Music: Martin Harley Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

SUNDAY 5 MAY Sport: Bowls Open Day Potten End Bowls Club, Hempstead Lane, 11am-4pm. The village’s bowls club stages its spring Open Day. 01442 862887

Music: Faust The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 2pm. £10-15. An artsLIVE screening from the Royal Opera.


Business: Tring Job Fair Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring. 10.30am-3pm. Free. Local exhibitors, workshops and CV clinic. steffi@tringtogether. Fairs / Festivals: Family Fun Day St Peter and St Paul Church and Churchyard, Tring, 11am-3pm. Music: Fara The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 8pm. £14. A welcome return to this awesome foursome from Orkney. berkhamstedartscentre.

SUNDAY 12 MAY Walks: The Berkhamsted Walk Court House, 10am. The annual Berkhamsted Walk offers three routes.

Save the date!

Talks: Berkofest BookFestival Sunday 12 May. See P4 to learn more.




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Arts & Crafts: Berkhamsted and Tring Sewing Bee Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, 9am-12 noon.

12th May: Bubble Rush

THURSDAY 16 MAY Music: George Shovlin and the Radars Blues Bar, Tring. 8.30pm.

FRIDAY 17 MAY 12th May: Fun Dog Show Fundraisers: Bubble Rush Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. 5km charity challenge for all the family. bubble-rush

Church, Tring, 8pm. £4. Speaker: Trixie Brabner, archivist and tour co-ordinator at Halton House. tringlocalhistorymuseum.

Fundraisers: Fun Dog Show St Leonards Hall & Field, Jenkins Lane, HP23 6NW, 2pm.

Business: BDCC Breakfast Meeting Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 7am. Speaker: Susan Dobinson from Beautiful Ceremonies: ‘How to do Death’.

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY Talks: The Story of Halton House High Street Baptist


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Talks: Talking About Yesteryear Nora Grace Hall, Tring, 10.30-11.45am. Tring Local History And Museum Reminiscence Group. All welcome. gascoinesusan@

SATURDAY 18 MAY Fairs / Festivals: Dunfest 2019 Dundale Field HP23 5DJ, 2-9pm. An afternoon with live music, great food and stalls. stallandcraftcollective.

SUNDAY 19 MAY Dance: Bolshoi Ballet Double Bill The Vyne


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Theatre, Berkhamsted. 3pm. £10-15. Carmen and Petrushka.

FRIDAY 24 MAY Film: The Wife Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, HP23 5BA. Doors 8pm, Film 8.30pm.

SATURDAY 25 MAY Fairs / Festivals: Mentmore Arts Festival St Mary’s Church and Mentmore Village Hall, 11am to 5pm, to 27 May.

TUESDAY 28 MAY Talks: Tring WI AGM High Street Baptist Church Hall. 7.45pm. Resolutions and games evening. 01442 823768 SUNDAY 2 JUN Theatre: All My Sons The Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted. 6pm. £10-15. Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama.

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