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Hemel Hempstead

August 2012

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Hello! Welcome to the second issue of selectlocal, your new community magazine! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s launch issue, but just in case you didn’t get a chance to look through it, here’s a bit about us… selectlocal is run by Adam Roe & Jessica Hoyle, we both live and work in the area and are passionate about community spirit. We aim to provide something that will be enjoyable for you to read each month and we try our best to Mike Penning MP bring you positive and informative news and info about your community. Here’s what one of our readers said last month… “The articles were interesting and relevant. I liked the article about the Olympic torch relay. We’re excited about the whole thing. It’s better than reading about the economic downturn, the euro crisis etc. all the time and, oh yes, the rain! Good luck.” – Mark, from Leverstock Green If you are looking for more ways to advertise your business then get in contact with us! We offer a comprehensive package to make sure you get the most out your slot in the magazine. We’ll promote you through our social media network and on our website and let you know how much traffic we send to your website each month. This as well as any editorial content is FREE OF CHARGE! Here’s what our advertisers say… “This magazine works very hard in getting your business across and I’ve had a very good response since my add went in there. Keep up the good work guys.” – Ben, from B. Rance Construction ”Just seen July’s issue of Select Local – a great local publication filled with news and services. Thanks Jess, look forward to working with you again!” – Age UK Dacorum To talk to us about advertising, call 07446 184283 anytime. Or you can email us at selectlocal_hemel@hotmail.co.uk. To give us your thoughts about anything you see in the magazine, contact us at hemelfeedback@selectlocalmagazine.co.uk. See you next month! Please tell our advertisers you saw them in Select Local

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Olympic Torch Relay Rain can’t keep Hemel people away as Torch Relay comes to town! The Olympic Torch relay passed through Hemel Hempstead during July and of course Select Local were there to see it! We managed to grab a great space near to the Civic Centre and spotted Mike Penning among the spectators. Crowds gathered at fast pace and the atmosphere was fantastic as we waited for the Flame to arrive. The wet weather did little to dampen local spirits as the excitement spread all along the Torch’s route. When the Flame arrived in town – a little late! – the whole crowd cheered and clapped to support the Torchbearers. A great day was had by all and festivities started in the morning with local groups and organisations performing and celebrating all around the town centre. A fantastic event to bring our community together!!!

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Local road works information for August Greendell Way Works are being carried out here on the worn-out road surface. They are due to start on Saturday the 4th of August, lasting 1-3 days. The road will be closed between the hours of 9.30AM and 4PM. A signed diversion route will be provided which will divert traffic Highland Drive, Leverstock Green Road and vice a versa. Two Waters Bridge Bridge refurbishment works are being carried out to waterproof the existing bridge deck and extend the lifespan of the structure. This will take place between the 6th of August and the 7th of September. Temporary traffic measures will be put in place in the time between 7.30AM and 5.30PM, daily. Vehicular and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works although parking will be restricted. Wood Crescent Work here will be carried out to improve the worn-out road surface in Wood Crescent Hemel Hempstead from St Albans Road to Crabtree Lane. This will start on Friday the 3rd of August and last 1-2 days. The road will be closed between 7.30AM and 7.30PM. A signed diversion route will be provided which will divert traffic via Crabtree Lane, Lawn Lane, St Albans Road and vice a versa. More information and any updates can be found by going to www.hertsdirect. org/services/transtreets/highways/hhonlineservices/roadworksinfo 6

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Buzzing at the Vic! Select Local can confirm that Watford F.C has been officially taken over by the Italian Pozzo family. The Pozzo family who also own Udinese and Granada have a fantastic reputation in the football world, and have built a business model at Udinese and Granada that sustains itself. The Pozzo family have placed the highly respected Gianfranco Zola at the helm for next season. Zola has already started stamping his preferred style of football on the team, which has seen Watford F.C playing a 4 3 3 formation in pre-season. Zola has also had a number of players on trial over the pre-season period such as: Fitz Hall, Steve Leo Beleck, Manuel Almunia, Daniel Pudil, Matej Vydra and Ikechi Anya. Watford have also said good bye to Scott Loach (Ipswich) and Adrian Mariappa (Reading). Most fans seem very excited about the new take over, after the Pozzo family announced that Watford are now in a stable position. This means that the club no longer need to sell players if the price is not right! Pre-season so far: Boreham Wood 1 – 1 Watford (Mingoia 7mins) (Hutton 12mins) Wealdstone 1 – 1 Watford (Yeates 13mins) (Parker 77mins) Cork City 0 – 2 Watford (Garner 16mins) (Mingoia 85mins) Next pre-season games: Sun Aug 5, 3pm v Tottenham H (h) after Watford Legends XI v Spurs Legends XI, 12.15pm Tue Aug 7, 7.30pm v Gillingham (a)


Important information about Security There have unfortunately been a number of news reports of burglaries and break-ins in and around Dacorum in recent months. Did you know that if you have UPVC front, back or patio doors your home could be broken into in less than 15 seconds? 1 in 4 of all burglaries involve ‘lock snapping’ – an issue which worryingly is on the rise. Lock snapping is a method where a burglar can gain access through your UPVC door by using a very simple technique to break the cylinder in two. Miles Hartzel, from local company Essential Locksmiths had this to say on the matter: “Your home contains all your prize possessions and more importantly your family, but often these homes are not very secure. Research has shown that in the UK, burglars strike every 40 seconds. 73% of burglars use doors, often patio and UPVC doors where the locks are easily snapped.” Don’t panic – there is something you can do. Locksmiths recommend upgrading your basic euro cylinder locks to security enhanced Anti-Snap cylinder locks. This can be done quickly and easily and will instantly make YOU safer at home. Contact Miles to make your property more secure – “we are offering high security anti-snap locks for £65 supplied and fitted.” Take a moment and go to www.locksnappingsolutions.co.uk for more information and watch the recent BBC programme all about lock snapping. Please tell our advertisers you saw them in Select Local

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County Councillor Awards Funding To Local Schools Last month we told you about how Locality Budgets in Dacorum had helped fund a trip to the Isle of Wight for George Street Primary Pupils. Councillor Ron Tindall has also now awarded a £400 grant to Broadfield Primary School. The funds will see the School receive books to support their initiative to raise literacy standards. Broadfield Primary School has approximately 470 pupils aged from four to 11 years old. The funding paid for each child to receive a free book to read over the summer holidays. Cllr Tindall said: “The contents of a book can be captivating as well as educational but if a child has difficulty reading they miss out, not only such delights but also the opportunity to develop their mind. Without reading, access to learning and development is denied them. I am pleased to help with this project.” The Hemel Hempstead Secondary School has also received a £400 grant from Cllr Tindall to help fund its annual Dacorum Multicultural evening. This year’s event will be held at the School on Thursday the 25th of October. This is organised by the school, as they feel is important in helping it to establish a close relationship with local community organisations and improving on school cohesion by sharing in cultural differences. The funding will contribute towards putting on a special event to celebrate the cultural diversity and community cohesion of Dacorum and bring families of different backgrounds together. It will also be used to support small community groups to deliver workshops, displays and performances. Cllr Tindall said: “I’m pleased to be able to make this funding allocation as work in bringing the communities of Hemel Hempstead together must be encouraged and supported.” Dacorum schools’ Autumn term dates – •Monday 3rd of September to Friday 21st of December •Half term: Monday 29th of October to Friday 2nd of November 10

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Highfield Day 2012 A wonderful time was had by all at the Highfield Day celebrations at Highfield Community Centre. The annual event was held this year on the 7th of July and pulled in a great crowd of local people of all ages. There was plenty going on to keep everybody entertained on the day. Kids enjoyed fairground rides, a bouncy castle and face painting. There was a dog show, sweet stall and various bring-and-buy stalls too. Select Local were there, spreading the word about the magazine and some of our advertisers. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting people and getting know our community more. We also gave away plenty of free cake which went down rather well! All in all the day was a great success and even the rain couldn’t spoil the traditional street parade. See you next year! Take a look at HCC’s ad on the adjacent page for more of what’s on in Highfield during August.

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August Crossword

Across 1. Located (6) 4. Flatulent (5) 8. Score (4) 9. Doorway (8) 10. Wither (7) 12. Prevail (5) 13. Gammy (4) 14. Locations (5) 17. Earnings (5) 20. Bottom of ship’s hull (4) 22. Succulent (5) 23. Having all tickets sold (4,3) 24. Province in E China (8) 25. Oxidize (4) 26. Having an edge (5) 27. Pertaining to scenery (6) 14

Down 1. Winged horse (7) 2. Crash (7) 3. Fuel oil (6) 5. Crew of an aircraft (7) 6. Submerging (7) 7. Sharp (4) 11. Bodies of water (5) 15. Final part (4,3) 16. Horizon (7) 18. Loud enough to be heard (7) 19. Diabolical (7) 21. Lives in rented rooms (6) 22. New Orleans music (4)

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An Exciting New Local Business… Select Local went along to see Mike Penning open a brand new business on Alexandra Road this month. The Acorn Wellbeing Centre has been opened by Helen Lehrle, in order to bring expert care to local people. The centre offers a range of Holistic treatments including Aromatherapy, Reiki, Indian head massage, Swedish massage, Cancer care, Sports therapy, Pregnancy care and Hot and Cold stones therapy. The team includes a number of self-employed therapists, all highly trained and specialising in different areas. Acorn also offer a full range of counselling services for issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety and other stress related issues.

“I was particularly interested to hear of the work they do with returning service personnel and very pleased to hear they provide a discount scheme for the military.”

Some of Helen’s friends and family have or will have served in various military services. She told us, “It’s really been highlighted to me that some service men and women might be reluctant to go to the army and discuss what’s happened to them, so they can come here and have a treatment without us asking anything. We will also go to public and military services to offer discreet, confidential help from our two highly trained counsellors.” The centre will also be supporting the Hospice of St. Francis, who Helen already does counselling for.

Helen has chosen to support Help The Heroes through her work at the Centre as the charity is very close to her heart.

Helen decided to name the Centre ‘Acorn’ as she feels that a seed has been planted and hopes that many branches

Despite a few showers on the day, the opening event received a fantastic turnout. Mike Penning said: “I am delighted to open The Acorn Wellbeing Centre. This is a great idea to bring a number of therapists together to work in a single location. I am sure it will be a service that will be beneficial to many local residents.

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will grow in the future. She said, “It has been a long term dream of mine to have a centre where we can provide local people with expert care, as a therapist myself I wanted to look after likeminded therapists by providing a multidisciplinary team of self-employed therapists under one roof.” Acorn also supports other local business. The Centre features furniture, flowers and artwork from a number of local suppliers and sells aromatherapy products and locally handcrafted gifts in its shop. Please see Acorn’s advertisement opposite, or visit their website for more information.

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More support needed for brave Brooke Cornwell In last month’s issue we let everybody know about the plight of little Brooke Cornwell, a terminally ill sixyear old from Watford. Brooke suffers from a rare condition called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA) which means that her body does not produce red blood cells properly. Brooke has to undergo blood transfusions every 2-3 weeks and in order for her to survive the condition she will need to have a bone marrow transplant from a 100% sibling match. Brooke’s family and friends are raising money for her to travel to America to receive the vital treatment she so desperately needs. A fun day was organised for Brooke at Evergreen Football Club in Abbott’s Langley on Saturday the 14th of July. Months of time and effort had gone into organising the event and Brooke’s family had worked tirelessly to arrange over 100 different stalls, tents and attractions to make it an amazing day. Sadly the weather on that particular weekend was absolutely dreadful and with this being an outdoor event, this caused a lot of problems. Although Brooke still had a wonderful day, the conditions on the field at the club meant that many of the entertainers and stall holders were unable to attend. Less people than expected were able to make it to the event and unfortunately not enough money was raised to get Brooke on her way to that potentially life-saving trip to America. Please take some time to visit the web page below to read more information on Brooke’s condition and the treatment she needs. There is a link there to follow if you can find any spare funds that you’d like to donate to Brooke’s cause. Any contributions will be so very much appreciated by Brooke and her family. The web page can be found at: http://bravebrookecornwell.weebly.com/index.html 20

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Need a number for… Useful Hemel contacts, all in one place. Emergency Services Hemel Police Station - 01442 271 000 Non-emergency – 101 Hemel Fire Station - 01442 867 132 Fire Safety and Advice - 0300 1234 046 ALWAYS DIAL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY Hemel Hospital Switchboard - 01442 213 141 Urgent care centre - 01442 287 451 Watford General Hospital Switchboard – 01923 244366 A&E - 01923 217758 or 01923 217842 Local Services & Contacts Dacorum Borough Council - 01442 228 000 Environmental Health – 01442 228 084 Energy Saving Trust - 0800 512 012 Volunteer Centre - 01442 247 209 / 214 734 Hemel Library – 0300 123 4049 Marlowes Shopping Centre Customer Services - 01442 413 815 Travel Services Arriva Timetable Enquiries - 0871 200 22 33 Intalink Bus Travel Info - 0300 123 4050 22

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