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Issue 4 October

2012

In this month’s Sticks Exclusive interviews with Jonathan Vernon Smith, artist and model SJ Scales, magician Lee Smith, The Real Thing plus Stephen K Amos We review Hermitage Rd restaurant and bar Win tickets to see “Thank You for the Music” BBC Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace presents her 2012 platinum awards And we road test the Mazda3 1.6 TS2 Plus pages of event listings across Herts, Beds & Bucks

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Welcome to the October edition of the digital Sticks magazine! The most talked about magazine in Herts, Beds & Bucks With 13,000 readers a month

In this months issue: Page Jonathan Vernon Smith Interview

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S J Scales interview

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Panto Time by Lucy Gray

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Review of Hermitage Rd

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Introducing Lee Smith

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Janey’s 2012 Platinum Awards

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Stephen K Amos

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The Real Thing

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Road test - Mazda3 1.6 TS2

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Win tickets for “Thank You for the music”

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JVS photos by Warren Cooper Photography www.warrencooperphotography.com

Contributors: Janey Lee Grace, Martin Wilson, Terry Sullivan Guest writer: Lucy Gray

See you in November Editor & Sales: Terry Sullivan Layout and design: Martin Wilson Tel: 07756 274444 Email: thesticks9@gmail.com www.the-sticks.co.uk Follow us on twitter @thesticks9

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Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Vernon Smith

Welwyn Garden City born Jonathan Vernon-Smith is a radio presenter for BBC Three Counties Radio. He attended the Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden in Hertfordshire. At the University of Surrey, Roehampton, he studied English Language and Linguistics.He worked for a wine company in London. He started working at the BBC at Three Counties Radio as a Broadcast assistant. He then moved to BBC London in the 90s and TALKsport where he became one of Ian Collins 'Creatures of the Night'. In 2001 he returned to BBC Three Counties and worked as a researcher on the morning consumer show. He transferred the format of this programme over to Radio Northampton, hosting a consumer radio programme from July 2005 until 2008. The final hour of the three hour programme was a general free-for-all topical discussion on a given theme of the day. He took over the Three Counties radio consumer programme on 7 April 2008, which was on weekdays from 11am-2pm, this was very successful and has since been renamed "The JVS Show." From January 24, 2011, the programme moved to 9am-12midday schedule and includes a phonein on a topical subject, a guest interview with a local person that has a strong story to tell, and continuing in the last hour with consumer problems for which Jonathan's "No-Nonsense" approach has become well known. In 2011, Jonathan won the GOLD for 'Best Mid-Morning' radio show at the Gillard Awards.The Sticks Recently visited JVS at the BBC 3 counties radio studio to find out abit more about the man and his career in radio. How long have you been on 3 Counties? I started here as a 13 year old helping out and answering the phones, was a great experience but have not been here all that time. I came back in 2001 What have you done before? I worked at Talk sport, BBC Radio London where I learnt lots of new skills, whilst working in London I sent a tape to a small radio station in Kingston on Thames they liked the tape and offered me a Saturday night disco show and wanted to call me Johnny Gold, but they said I sounded too old so could I raise the pitch of my voice so I did and I sounded like a chipmunk as you can guess I said no thank you How did you get in to radio /Journalism? guess it was in my blood as my mother worked at the BBC as PA to newsreader Richard Baker, I did a weeks work experience whilst still at school in a hotel in Redbourne and ended up helping the chambermaids cleaning the bathrooms and knew -4-

that was not for me , in fact I hated it. I have always loved radio so ended up working with Ernie Almond here at 3 Counties.

Anything you would like to do i.e. dream job? I would love to do Jeremy Vine’s show on Radio 2 also I have an idea for a very different TV chat show but want to keep the details secret. You’re most successful case? I am proud of so many, even the smallest of cases. Although I got someone their £250,000 new house back and they were not even grateful. Every case is a story behind a person’s life. And unsuccessful cases? Well I have 2. The first one is a company called Tomorrow’s Traditions who claim to turn people’s ashes into diamonds and have taken thousands of pounds off one lady promising to convert her mums ashes in to a diamond, also there is the story of Maurice who 2 years ago started sending packages to the Ukraine, then one did not turn up so he contacted me and I then found out that he was 81 and he was posting expensive gifts to his 41 year old girlfriend who he had never met. He had put his flat up for sale and was planning to move out there to live with her. It turned out that he had spent his lifesavings and most of his pension buying and sending these gifts so I invited him into the studio and the listeners told him not to do it, but he would not be told. If you were in power what would you change? I would make it illegal to walk around topless during the summer, that is awful. What are your thoughts on health and safety and political correctness? I find H+S infuriating. For instance we need a contractor to change a light bulb here and it could take a week for him to do so. A lot of it is common sense, political correctness, as with H+S it is a need to protect yourself. Which DVD or TV series are you watching at the moment? I love Frasier and Keeping Up Appearances so I am always watching the boxed sets of them. What are your hobbies and interests? Like most people I enjoy a holiday and I go to Frigiliana in Spain. I have been there a lot over the years - it is so quiet with nobody there so I don’t have to even talk. Also I play the piano, like going to the gym and having meals out. What are you currently reading and what sorts of books do you like? I am currently reading Jeremy Vine’s autobiography. What are your favourite singers or bands? I have a wide taste in music from Michael Buble, 70’s band Odyssey, Maroon 5 and the Carpenters. Are you a gig goer, theatre goer or comedy show goer? Enjoy going to the theatre especially the West End. Saw Wicked the other week that was good but the best show ever is Billy Elliot.

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Do you cook? Yes enjoy cooking when I get the chance. What’s your signature dish? Delia Smith’s Chicken Basque. Who would be you 3 favourite dinner guests dead or alive? Well it would have to be Kenneth Williams, John McCririck and art critic Brian Sewell. If I can add a fourth guest, a female, Janet Street Porter just to add a bit of extra spice. How would you describe yourself? Feisty, opinionated, tough when necessary, caring with a wicked sense of humour. You can hear JVS on BBC 3 Counties Radio Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. til Noon

____________________________________________________________________________ 14 year old Paralympic wheelchair fencer Gabi Down from Milton Keynes is looking for a sponsor (or sponsors) to help her take part in the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup 2012 in Hong Kong from 12th – 16th December. She is currently ranked number one in the UK female wheelchair fencing ratings for both foil and epee. She needs £2000 to be able to compete. This amount could be shared between two or more sponsors. Gabi will wear a shirt with your logo on with an additional logo on her wheelchair.

Sponsor Wanted! www.gabidown.co.uk

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INTRODUCING LOCAL ARTIST AND MODEL S.J. SCALES In school I was the girl who sat at the front of the classroom, always listening to the torrent of knowledge pouring from the teachers. I was often alienated by my fellow classmates because of my alternative lifestyle, as I was not exactly the most fashionable person - to be honest, I didn’t have a clue. I got though my years at school – yes, I may have been bullied but I believe it’s an experience that’s made me stronger and improved who I am. Needless to say, that’s not the case for every child or teenager and bullying should always be discussed with a parent or teacher. I took drama at school and I have to say it was my two drama teachers that have made me who I am. Mrs Jan Palmer Sayer and Miss Louise Hows of Sandringham school, plus my love of performing. The three made a winning combination. I left school with a string of qualifications and went on to further study which had nothing to do with the arts, I would later work for Morrisons, where I met Scarlet Monahan, which whom I became friends and would later work with. It was during these years of the friendship that I would send Scarlet pictures of myself doing random activities. One of them intrigued Scarlet and she encouraged me to do my own photographic artwork. From that spark, the artist S.J. Scales was born and I modelled in much of my own work. www.artwanted.com/s.j.scales I now model for other artists, too. I love being in front of the camera, it gives me such a rush of emotions. The very fact that you’re doing something you enjoy rather than something you must gives everything such a different spin. Maybe I am a bit of an exhibitionist - I just love doing what I was born to do. My mother entered me into a portrait competition when I was a toddler and it came as no surprise to her I was in the top three. She told me that the camera loves me. She wasn’t wrong: it really does and, to be fair, I love it. Being both an artist and model can be hard but it can be done - I’m living proof of that. When you model for other artists you have to listen to what they want; after all it’s their work, even if you don’t agree with the path they are taking. Fortunately, I often share the same artistic headspace as the photographer and when that happens, you make some truly awesome work together. I am known for my one off shots, but on those odd days when nothing seems to go your way it’s painstaking beyond belief. When I get that shot, my job is done. The finished article is what it’s all about and it gives you such a warm feeling knowing that you have done it and people will get to enjoy the overall outcome.

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When you think of a model, you probably think tall, thin and glamorous. When you see me in front of the camera, yes, I am glamorous, as that’s what we want you to see. What you don’t get to see is the girl behind the model. I'm an everyday kind of person and I’m not the slimmest girl in my field. I like to call myself a real girl and I want to show that young girls don’t have to be skinny like women you see every day in fashion magazines. You know that size zero in the USA is equivalent to a UK size 4? You've got to be kidding - I would starve! I'm shorter than the average model, with real curves and natural flair, all of it built on good diet and good exercise. My hobbies are slightly different to what you'd normally get up to on a weekend: I am a member of The Sealed Knot, which is an English civil war re-enactment society. I fire real black powder muskets, get dirty in muddy battle fields and love riding my motorbike - I don’t own a car. It's all very un-model-like but it's what makes me Me. I'm told by friends that I have a good personality combined with a great sense of humour. My motto is "Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It".

I have worked with several artists: Bill Martin: Has a unique connection with his camera that can turn any picture into a piece of art. Shine: A talented young photographer, who produces some really wonderful work. Pseudonym krop!: Fun and Creative Photographer Makes the Shoot enjoyable and produces some eye catching shots Andy Cameron: A creative photographer with an eye for detail, produces stunning glamour shots. Scarlet Monahan: Her perceptive ability to capture, the simple and the quirky through the lens of a camera. www.redintherain.com/

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It’s Panto Time By Lucy Gray

Following the successes of last year’s Pantomime ‘Snow White’ St Albans eagerly anticipate this year’s ‘Aladdin’ at The Alban Arena. With some returning cast members and an original script The Sticks got the chance to meet those involved with the show ahead of its run in December. We were lucky enough to meet with the characters in their costumes and straight away it’s easy to see that it will be a fun, colourful show. Jemma Carlisle was a beautiful Pantomime princess, and Bob Golding wore huge glasses and a fake moustache. Widow Twanky’s costume was undoubtedly the best- with Sam Rabone struggling to fit through the door in the washing powder headdress! If the costumes alone are anything to go by- the show is going to be simply hilarious. Playing the villainous character ‘Abanazar’ in the show is returning cast member Shaun Williamson. Shaun is best known on screen for playing ‘Barry Evans’ in Eastenders for nine years, but also starred alongside Ricky Gervais in the BBC’s Extras, and starred in other shows including The Bill, Holby and Inspector Morse. Despite being most famous for his on screen appearances, Shaun’s passion for singing and Cabaret performance has stuck with him, leading him to West End productions and of course, Pantomime. Shaun left Eastenders to give him more opportunity to perform on the stage, and has since been in a stageshow every year - with pantomimes being a personal highlight! His favourite shows are ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘The Producers’. Shaun’s describes his character in Aladdin as a ‘frustrated actor’. Abanazar is constantly quoting Shakespeare and thinks he is the greatest actor that has ever lived. He is of course a very evil villain but has his soft side and is guaranteed to make you laugh. Jemma Carlisle will be playing ‘Princess Jasmine’ in the show. Having been a performer since the age of seven, Jemma has been in fourteen Pantos. She has played the title role in Annie for its 2002 National Tour, as well as being critically acclaimed for her performance of Alice in Wonderland in 2003- a show she told us was a particular highlight. More recently Jemma has been working as a singer mainly for professional recordings. Her favourite West End musical is ‘Wicked’. Jemma loved playing the lead role in last year’s Snow White. She said her favourite part of pantomime is getting involved with the audience. This year you can look forward to a really fun show, with plenty of participation from the audience! The lead role of ‘Aladdin’ will be played by Phil Gallagher. Phil started working in children’s television at Disney fourteen years ago and has been doing production work, writing, acting and presenting since. Phil is most famous for presenting hit CBeebies show ‘Mister Maker’ which now plays in over 100 countries, and was nominated for Best - 10 -

Presenter at the British Academy Children’s Awards in 2009. ‘Mister Maker’ has also kept Phil involved in live theatre- performing in the CBeebies UK tour, and taking a live show to South Africa and Asia. A celebrity in the world of children, your kids are bound to love Phil, especially as Aladdin- the hero of the show. He said the panto will be a huge, funfilled, family show and looks forward to the magic carpet…

Bob Golding will also be starring in the show as ‘PC Pongo’. Bob is an experienced theatre actor, as well as being heavily involved in voiceover work from both Milo and Max in ‘Tweenies’ to the voice of Plod in ‘Noddy in Toyland’. Bob is probably most famous for his performance in last year’s West End one man play ‘Morecambe’ where he was nominated for best actor and won the Olivier award for Best Entertainment. He is looking forward to going back to his roots and performing in local St Albans, and explained of the additional pressure of directing this year’s Panto. With Bob taking inspiration from classic comedy (like Eric Morecambe’s) Aladdin will be sure to include a lot fun and a huge dollop of slapstick! So look forward to funny chase scenes - and a lot of falling over. Bob said the script has been written specifically with the cast in mind, so you can count on great acting and funny characters! He made the claim that with the cast and the writing, this year’s show will be ‘one of the best Panto’s ever!’ Aladdin runs from 14th Dec to 6th Jan at The Alban Arena www.alban-arena.co.uk

In November, in the second part of this feature, we will preview 3 more Local Panto’s

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Restaurant Review

Many of you may know that the Hermitage Rd. restaurant in Hitchin, Herts. started of life in the 1930’s as the Hermitage ballroom or “the Herm” as it was affectionately known as. In its’ time it has hosted the crème of jazz, rock, pop and cabaret acts ranging from Johnny Kidd and the Pirates to the Real Thing, Bob Monkhouse to Roy Castle, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and many more but closed in the summer of 2010 to reopen after a £600,000 refit under the supervision of now manager Howard Nye as the Hermitage Rd. It has been transformed - with stripped back New York style décor, wonderful mood lighting and subtle music it is the in place to go. The restaurant has been open less than 12 months and along with its sister establishments The Fox at Willian and The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk is listed in The Good Food Guide 2013 - probably the UK’s most objective and independent food and hospitality review book. So The Sticks could not resist paying a visit! The first thing you notice as you walk up the stairs are the quirky items placed around the bar area and then the open plan kitchen, where you can see your food being prepared, and the wonderful aroma emanating from there adding to the ambiance of the whole place.

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Salmon wih Crab Croquets with beetroot - the salmon was very moist and the croquets were amazing. My colleague had a dressed crab with chilli mayonnaise which they said was a wonderful combination of flavours. For dessert I had a fresh summer berry Eton Mess, the fruit was just right not too sweet or too tart and my guest had a lemon posset with an intriguing lavender shortbread. From our experience it is easy to see why The Hermitage is in the 2013 Good Food Guide. This is a must go to place with five star food.

Open Tuesday – Sunday New seasonal menu coming soon Christmas bookings now being taken www.hermitagerd.co.uk

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INTRODUCING LEE SMITH - MAGICIAN TO THE STARS

Hitchin based Lee Smith is a remarkable and talented magician with experience in providing entertainment for a wide variety of events. Lee has a confident and vibrant personality, which shines through in his performances and defines him as one of the best entertainers you will ever see. He always adds that extra special something whenever he performs; providing a fun and entertaining, yet professional touch to your event. Specialising in close-up magic Lee displays a magnificent variety of flourishes and sleight of hand to dazzle and entertain your friends, guests and customers. Amazing mentalism and illusion performances, including predictions and mind reading, always leave a show to remember with no clue as to how he does it! Lee is a full time professional magician and has been for many years. He has a very good reputation and has been very popular with some the the biggest corporate clients as well as performing for many celebrities, including well known actors, comedians, sportsmen and women and performing backstage for stars at large festivals. High profile clients include Lloyds TSB, Vodaphone and the RAF. Lee also creates his own magic effects which are used by many of the best close up performers, and he also lectures to other magicians around the country. He is also founder of Walkabout Magic, a brand known for providing a magical touch to your event, whatever the occasion, with many years experience performing at events from private parties, weddings and balls through to corporate events such as trade shows, promotional events and corporate parties. He also has TV appearances with Sky and other channels. The Sticks recently met Lee at the Hermitage Rd. restaurant in Hitchin. When and how did you first get in to magic? Well I had no interest in magic till one day I was out with some mates and I had a pack of cards in my pocket and I happened to go in to a bookshop and on the shelf the wrong way round was ‘101 Card Tricks’ so could say it was fate or chance. What was first trick you did? When I was a small boy I was given a Paul Daniels coin in the pot trick When and where was your first professional performance? I was about 17 and it was at RAF Wittering, my dad is a professional drummer and he pushed me in to performing.

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What’s your favourite trick? I don’t really have a favourite but the most requested is the one where I give the person my mobile phone to hold on to then get them to choose a card and sign it and put it back in the pack. I then make it come to top of the pack then it disappears to reappear in the mobile folded up behind the battery. Do you have a Magic hero? No but I respect Derren Brown, he is amazing in all things he does Best place you have performed? Have two the 02 arena for Sky and also the Orient Express And worst place? Pubs when I started out, but it is the best place to learn your trade and do you apprenticeship. Has a trick gone wrong? Yes, once that I can remember. It was during a trick and I dropped the park of cards and they all landed face down except one and that just happened to be the card chosen by the lady. Do you have any ambitions? My ambition was to be a full time magician which I have achieved. Anyone you would like to work with? Love to work in someway with Bear Grylls. I have worked with gardener David Domoney at the Chelsea Flower Show creating an illusion for his garden.

See Lee every Sunday Lunchtime at The Hermitage Rd Lee’s website www.walkaboutmagic.com and watch his DVD’s “Step System” and ”Strike 2.2” created by fellow magician Russ Stevens

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Best Business Expo - the sales generation & business motivation events company - are bringing their popular concept to Marston Moretaine centrally situated between Bedford & Milton Keynes on Wednesday 10th October. The Expo is being jointly sponsored by Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Chambers of Commerce and will showcase local businesses from Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties. They will also host the very popular networking breakfast once again.

The Headline Speaker is Rob Brown a world leading authority on Networking and Business Relationships. During this event Rob will facilitate a live interactive networking session which will give everyone attending the opportunity to meet lots of great people, swap business cards and effectively work the room. @BB_ Expo (follow us on Twitter) provides businesses with the ideal environment to meet other businesses, potential clients and suppliers. Two workshops are also planned the first by Steve Collinson of Girton Technology will be a “Laymans Guide to Cloud Communications”, whilst the second by John Kettley of The Sales Masters Guild will be titled “Profit from Vision”. Entry to the Expo and the Workshops will be free although there is a small charge for the Networking Breakfast. To register for the Expo, the Networking Breakfast and Workshops please click on this link www.bestbusinessexpo.co.uk/contact-bb-expo/ to the registration page. For further information and to book an exhibition space please contact Peter Donn at Best Business Expo: Email peter@bbexpo.co.uk Mobile 07786 066501 Best Business Expo takes place at The Forest Centre, Marston Vale, Millenium Country Park, Beds. MK43 0PR on Wednesday 10th October 2012. 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. The Pre-Expo Networking Breakfast sponsored by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, is at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets cost £10 and include a full English breakfast.

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2012 PLATINUM AWARDS For the Best of the Best in Natural Beauty, Health, and Wellbeing. Janey Lee Grace, No 1 best-selling Natural health Author and Natural Living Guru presents the 2012 PLATINUM AWARDS for the Natural Health and Beauty World. Janey, her panel of Experts, testers, and consumers have scrutinised hundreds of products to arrive at a definitive list of the Best of the Best. Some Herts, Beds and Bucks companies were given accolades including Wholistic Research Company who won Highly Commended Online Store selling a brilliant range of products from Juicers through to sprouting kits and water filters (and SO knowledgeable and helpful). Live Wheatgrass won Best Superfood Product for the Organic live frozen field grown wheatgrass in shot sizes delivered to your door! Janey says ‘My one stop health insurance! Natural Health Health food store in Welywn Garden City which also has an online store received a highly commended award too. Janey created a new category this year for TLC which even stretched to favourite sustainable restaurants and local Eaterie Lussmans in St Albans received a Platinum Award

Skincare and Beauty Janey Lee Grace reminds us that‘Our skin is the body’s largest organ – what we put on our skin goes within’ Tiny companies jostle alongside multi-nationals to compete for the prestigious awards. She has awarded the coveted Best Natural Facial Cleanser award to a small company - Handmade Naturals for their Facial Cleansing Oil which is light non greasy and works brilliantly. Two of the biggest established companies Weleda and Jason Natural Care both won awards again,

Make-up and Hair Natorigin stormed the make-up categories yet again winning both Best Organic Lipstick and Best Powder Foundation, The award for the best Multi Purpose Make-up went to Alva for the unique Equinox range which has a brilliant range of colours and can be used for eyes, lips and even nails! The tiny company Elena’s Nature Collection won for the Best Eye Make-up Remover. Yet again Green People featured in the awards with their Intensive Repair Conditioner

Supplements Supplements were given an accolade too with Optibac winning Best Probiotic for their ‘Daily Wellbeing probiotic’ and Viridian Nutrition won the award for Essential Male Multi Vitamin Family Health was featured too with well established companies like Udo’s Choice winning Best Family EFA Product for their Clearmarine Krill Oil. The

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unbeatable Cherryactive picked up the Best Antioxidant Health Product Unbeelievable Health won Best Natural Immune Supplement for Bee Prepared Immune Support

Healthy Food Hippocrates said ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ and Ohsolovesyourtummy won best health sweet treat for the ‘guilt free’ Probiotic Chocolate and Lifemel was awarded the best honey range for their healing honeys. Both a wondrous functional food and an excellent body and hair moisturiser the Best Organic Coconut oil award went to Tiana who also won Best Coconut Water

Healthy Home Janey Lee Grace says ‘The average home is more polluted than a busy street – make natural choices! To that end Waterforhealth, Eco2life Multi Surface Cleaner and were all given accolades. Electro Magnetic Pollution is a big issue and Janey awarded a few companies for their innovative products including Bioprotective Systems, the newly formed Sosatec Wellbalancers and Phoneshield.

Babycare Babycare companies were given recognition too such as PittaPatta won an award for their Bubbles and Cuddles Organic Baby Bubble Bath and Easy Peasy Nappies won the Best Cloth Nappy supplier award. Best Pregnancy Product went to Lillipops Morning Sickness Remedy Iced Soothies (Janey says ‘Beware the kids like them too!’) Congratulations to all the winners..! For the full list of Winners in all categories download PDF HERE

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Spotlight on Pilates

You’ve probably heard of Pilates; know someone that’s doing it or indeed doing it yourself (hopefully!) but it’s a massive misconception that Pilates is a trend! This popular form of exercise was originally developed by Joseph Pilates (yes a man!) in the early 1920s, and was popularised in the US in the 1970s. As an exercise method Pilates has long been popular with dancers and other professional sportspeople. In more recent years its profile has been raised further thanks to associations with many A list celebrities such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as the huge support and backing from most medical professionals. But what actually is it?! Essentially, Pilates is an exercise that strengthens the core muscles that help to support the spine and the skeleton. By strengthening these inner muscles, your body is more balanced and correctly aligned so there is less stress on other parts of the body which can otherwise cause weakness, discomfort and in some cases, pain. Issues of poor alignment and lack of strength can manifest themselves as muscular issues, or skeletal issues, but due to the important role the spine plays in the body’s central nervous system there are also many nerve related issues that Pilates can help with. Everyone moves so everyone should be doing Pilates! Since Pilates is all about movements and muscles based around and supporting your spine, that means anyone who moves (i.e. uses your spine!) should work on these deep inner support muscles to make sure you stay strong, mobile, and healthy Pilates can benefit anyone. It is a low-impact form of exercise, which means that it is suitable for young and old, the very fit and those in need of rehabilitation. We are forever bombarded with statistics about absenteeism at work due to back pain, which often is down to poor posture as a result of using the computer. Bad posture is very often as a result of lack of core strength, which in turn puts pressure on the lower back and can result in a range of issues. Once the basic exercises have been learned correctly with the help of a qualified instructor, it is relatively straightforward to practise at home, and does not have to involve expensive equipment, and does not require a great deal of space. But at The Pilates Pod in Hitchin, we also have what’s called a Reformer. It’s a highly specialised Pilates machine that was developed by Joseph Pilates from the start, when as a nurse in the war camps, he adapted a hospital bed and added resistance ropes, straps and pulleys to help patients gain strength rather than wilting away! It worked; they didn’t die of the flu epidemic! We use this machine to help customise personal 1:1 Pilates training for our clients who a) might need injury rehab and corrective work, b) serious athletes who use it to improve their sport and speed along muscle imbalances that their sport gave them c) pre natal clients who are limited by mat floor work and d) those that just like to zoop up their Pilates and work smarter and harder! - 20 -

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Laughter is on the Agenda with Stephen K Amos It has been a manic 12 months for Comic Stephen K Amos, following a fantastic, sell-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, the maestro of feel-good comedy Stephen K Amos is back in the UK and back on the road, charming his audiences as he goes. With a soldout tour of Australia and New Zealand behind him, shows in Montreal and New York under his belt and with his new book ‘I Used to Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey’ now out, Amos can’t wait to perform, once again, to his British audiences. Performing with a live audience is what Amos does best. No one can match his warmth and affability with a crowd, plus his ability to make each show an uplifting and memorable occasion. Amos is at the top of his game right now. Following a successful debut his Radio 4 series An Idiot’s Guide has been commissioned for a second series starting in January 2013. Stephen is delighted. He also currently has a sitcom in development with Jonathan Harvey and a new show in October on Sky Atlantic. Stephen is starting his 23 date tour across the country at the beginning of October and he drops by the Alban Arena on Sunday 7th October. We catch up with him just before the tour starts.

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Where is home for you? Wimbledon, London Apart from comedy what do you enjoy watching on TV? Tragic cops shows plus Judge Judy What is your favourite food? Steak and Guinness pie Do you cook and if so what would you cook if I came round? A Lamb casserole or Mussels or maybe a vegetarian lasagne When you’re touring where do you eat? I love an Indian takeaway but normally stick to hotel food as it is easier Do you try and keep fit? Yes I go to the Gym for a time but when Iam performing my act walking up and down keeps me fit What radio stations do you listen to? Always a music station, do not like all the talking so it will be Kiss, Magic or some underground radio station What is your favourite type of music or artist? I Love R+B especially Azealia Banks What is your idea of a perfect weekend? Sitting in my garden with friends drinking a beer and chatting Would you ever like to do panto? Maybe one day Is there anything you would like to try that you have not done? I’d love to fly a plane

See Stephen at the Alban Arena Sunday 7th October

www.alban-arena.co.uk

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FEEL THE FORCE OF THE REAL THING

Three original vocalists, bothers Chris & Eddy Amoo and Dave Smith, who had three million selling hit singles in the 70s, “You to Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get by Without You” and “Feel The Force”, plus other top ten successes, such as “You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing” and “Whenever You Want My Love”. In 1986 “You to Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get by Without You” and “Can You Feel the Force” were all remixed and became huge hits again, thanks to their large club following. With their own fantastic 5 piece band The Real Thing play festivals and clubs worldwide. Their performance includes all their top ten hits, plus a medley of classics from the seventies including tracks such as “Celebration”, “Ladies Night” and “Aint No Stopping Us Now” The Real Thing are Britain’s top Soul & R n B group. The Sticks spoke to Eddy Amoo at his home in Liverpool ahead of their show How did you get started in the music business? I was a member of an acappella vocal group called "The Chants". A chance meeting with Paul McCartney at a Little Richard / Beatles concert at the Tower Ballroom in Birkenhead, led to the "Chants" being invited to audition for the Beatles at Liverpool's Cavern Club. The Chants showed up at one of the clubs’ lunch time sessions featuring the Beatles and sang for them after the session. The Beatles were so knocked out with the group that they invited them to appear with them that same night and even rehearsed 4 songs with them so they could provide the "backing". Brian Epstein (the Beatles Manager) did try to prevent the lads appearing with his group (he didn't like the idea of the Beatles backing anyone) but he was persuaded by John and the lads to let it happen, and so the "Chants" debut live performance in front of a packed house full of screaming girls went on, and it was a resounding success and so started our career. Brian Epstein took the "Chants" under his wing and it was all looking good, sadly though the group grew impatient waiting for Brian to formally sign them and decided to accept one of the many offers coming their way, a big mistake as they found to their cost because, even though they were signed for Pie records by Legendary producer Tony Hatch, it simply wasn't the "right time for black groups in the UK" so the group were unable to achieve the success of their "Mersey beat" peers! That said, the chants toured for 13 years till we changed our name to The Real Thing in 1975 - 24 -

Do you have any new material coming out? We are soon doing a big show which will be recorded and turned in to a DVD, this will feature 3 new songs Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions? Would love another hit album What has been the highlight of your career? The meteoric rise of “Can You Feel The Force” And your biggest disappointment? The failure in 1977 of a track called “Raining Through My Sunshine” that everybody though would be a monster hit What would you like to be remembered for? If nothing else, for writing and singing “Children of the Ghetto” which was written as part of a trilogy in and about Liverpool 8, on Stanhope Street, which connects Toxteth to the docks and which Mary J Blige recently recorded What is your favourite song? Has to be Loose Ends “Hanging on a String”

You can see the Real Thing Live at The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage on Friday 5th October

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Road Test Mazda3 1.6 TS2 Category: OTR Price Fuel: CO2:

Small Family Hatchback £16,995 43.5 mpg 149g/km

The 104bhp 1.6 petrol isn’t fast but is just about adequate for the job. The engine isn’t the most refined around, but it only gets noisy when you really rev it hard, and it stays reasonably smooth.

It doesn’t cause undue noise on the motorway, either, and because wind and road noise are well contained, the 3 is a decent cruiser. The 3’s low-speed ride is firm, and verges on being uncomfortable. As speed increases, things smooth out only slightly, but there is excellent body control, as well as bags of grip. The steering has virtually no feedback, but it is very responsive and overly light at speed, a combination which makes the car feel twitchy in a bend. The 3 is very aggressively priced compared with most rivals, especially considering the amount of standard kit you get. This 1.6 model is moderately efficient, returning almost 45mpg, but with CO2 emissions of 149g/km, it commands quite high company car tax bills. The cabin isn't as appealing as a VW Golf's, with hard dashboard plastics letting things down. Still, everything you touch feels sturdy, and there's reasonable reassurance in the fact that the 3 was rated as average for its mechanical reliability by owners in the 2012 JD Power Customer Satisfaction survey. As standard, the 3 comes with active front headrests, which minimise whiplash injuries, as well as twin front, side and curtain airbags. Stability and traction control systems are also present and correct, while an alarm and deadlocks help to deter thieves. It's easy to make yourself comfortable, thanks to a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and rake, and a driver's seat that can be cranked up and down. You also get chunky controls for the stereo and heater, both of which come with cool flashing lights. Shame there are so many buttons on the dash and steering wheel. The 3 is roomy enough, seating four six-footers in comfort. Access to the rear can be a little tricky, though – the gap at the bottom of the doors makes it a bit tight for getting your feet inside, and shoulder space is rather tight, too. The good-sized boot is well shaped, though, and the 60/40 split rear seats fold to make an almost flat extended load floor. In TS2 trim, in addition to the basic remote locking, four electric front windows, alloys and climate control, it adds niceties such as Bluetooth, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. A comprehensive road test report on the Mazda3 can be found at http://www.mermormotormedia.com - 27 -

Food Ideas from Pearce’s Farmshop & Café

As we say goodbye to the summer and days become shorter, colder and damper our thoughts turn to dusting down pie dishes and preparing for the slow cooking and braising season ahead with comforting winter-warming meals, meaty casseroles and game roasts. The Autumn produce in all its intriguing shapes and forms now adds a wealth of welcome tasty options for creative cooking. Pumpkins are the heavy-weight champions in their range of colours, sizes and shapes. A real super food as low in fat and sodium, high in vitamins A, C, E, potassium and fibre. They are a member of the gourd family, also called squash and are in fact a fruit though when cooking they are treated more as an extremely versatile vegetable from blending in a soup, baking, stuffed with rice and spices, cubed and added to risotto. They work well in puddings too from pumpkin pie and cheesecake or try roasting the seeds for a healthy snack or addition to flapjacks and biscuits. It’s worth looking out for salisfy and the similar scorzonera, what wonderful names for the root vegetable that look rather like grubby pencils. Salisfy is also known as an oyster plant because of its delicate taste of oysters. Delicious peeled and roasted with a little olive oil, crushed garlic cloves and a bay leaf or sautéed in butter and served with lemon juice and chopped parsley. Alternatively the roots can be boiled until just tender then mashed and pureed for use in soups or, chopped small and served cold with a simple vinaigrette. For an odd shaped veg, not much beats the nobbly celeriac, an un-sung hero that shouldn’t be overlooked. Tastes a bit like celery but has a nutty, milder sweeter taste. It’s beautiful in soups, roasted, thinly sliced into salads and makes a wonderful mash mixed with potato. Celeriac remoulade is one of the best ways to appreciate it – grate the celeriac and toss in juice of half a lemon. Mix 4 tbsp of good mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp of double cream and chopped parsley. Serve with slices of ham. Wild mushrooms are in abundance in the autumn and if you keen to go out and forage from our fields and woods, you’ll find dozens of varieties and can gather chanterelles, field mushrooms, porcini or ceps, horn-of-plenty, fairy ring, chicken of the woods, hedgehog, puffballs, morels and even truffles if you're really lucky. Never eat a fungus though if you are not absolutely certain of its identity, don’t rely on pictures as the small differences can be difficult to spot. Wild mushrooms are best eaten as soon as they are picked, use a soft brush or cloth to wipe away debris and cut off tough stems. They have a much earthier delicious nutty flavour, no comparison to those white shop bought ones. Use in risottos, sauces, stuffings, or best of all just fried in butter with garlic on toast.

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Wild Mushrooms on Toast Ingredients A few good handfuls of edible wild mushrooms, such as girolles, chanterelles, trompettes de morte Garlic Butter Hummus Sourdough bread or ciabatta Method Fry slices of sourdough or ciabatta for 1 -2 minutes each side until lightly browned. Spread with hummus Brush rather than wash the mushrooms, as they absorb a lot of water and slice. Lightly fry the mushrooms in butter and garlic until the excess water has evaporated and they turn a golden colour. Serve the mushrooms on the sourdough bread or ciabatta and serve immediately Pumpkin and Wild Mushroom Risotto Quarter of a pumpkin, peeled and diced 200 gm wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 1 bulb of garlic, cloves peeled and halved Small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked Truffle oil Parmesan cheese for grating Parsley, chopped for serving For the Risotto 400g aborio rice 1 pint hot vegetable stock 50g butter 2 shallots finely chopped Method Roast the pumpkin until just soft Fry the wild mushrooms with garlic, thyme in a splash of truffle oil until they begin to colour and season with salt and pepper. For the Risotto Sweat the shallots with the butter until transparent, add the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring all the time. Keeping the heat low, start adding ladlefuls of the hot stock slowly, stirring all the time until each ladle has been absorbed by the rice (should take 13-15 minutes). Taste the rice to check if it is cooked. If not, carry on adding the stock until the rice is soft. If you run out of stock before the rice is cooked, add some boiling water. Season to taste. Add the pumpkins and wild mushrooms to the risotto and serve with grated parmesan and parsley. www.pearcesfarmshop.com - 29 -

WIN TICKETS TO SEE “THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC”

We have teamed up with the promoters of the Thank You for the Music show to give two lucky readers the chance of winning a pair of tickets each to see the spectacular production at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable on Friday 16th November. You’ve seen the record-breaking movie, taken in the smash-hit West End musical, bought the chart topping albums and singles. . . now ABBA fans can experience the UK’s No1 concert show Thank You for the Music. Now in their fabba-ulous 19th year, the superb, all-star cast have entertained the nation for longer than Bjorn, Agnetha, Benny and Frida did during the 70s and 80s. The world-famous live concert show features million-selling ABBA hits Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and scores more. In addition to an authentic live tribute to ABBA, Thank You for the Music also features show stealers Bee Gees Magic. The trio, backed by a live band, perform original Bee Gees hits like Staying Alive, Massachusetts, Night Fever and How Deep is Your Love as well as million-sellers penned for other artists by the Bee Gees including Islands in the Stream, Heartbreaker and Chain Reaction. Few bands can claim to have made as big an impact on British pop music history. Their millionselling hits – such as Dancing Queen; Super Trouper; Knowing Me, Knowing You; The Name of the Game; Mamma Mia and Take a Chance on Me – are eternal. ABBA’s music is as popular today as it was in their Seventies and Eighties heyday. Thank You for the Music continues this incredible legacy. For 2012, Thank You for the Music announces a brand-new look. The show features a new ABBA line-up, brand-new choreography, sparkling new costumes and a completely revamped score packing in even more ABBA hits. Competition: The first entry drawn will win two pairs of tickets to the performance. To enter please answer this simple question: Thank You for the Music stars an authentic live tribute to Abba and which other million-selling super group? Email your answer, stating ‘Thank You for the Music’ in the subject line, with your name, address and daytime phone number to: thesticks9@gmail.com Closing date: 30th October First prize will go to the first entry drawn on 30th October. There is no cash alternative. Usual rules apply. Editor's decision is final. To buy tickets contact: The Grove Theatre. Box office: 01582 602 080 www.grovetheatre.co.uk

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revealed. The scalpel lets the image out - lets it exist. I suppose it’s like a stripping away to get to the real heart of the matter: pure meaning and form combined. That’s what pulls me to cutting again and again - the quest for a perfect balance between design and meaning. The blade is uncompromising, I can’t hide any mistakes or cover them over with layer after layer - I simply have to throw it away and start again." Open Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Saturday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Admission is free to all Galleries. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

HERTS LISTINGS JS Dance Academy - til Friday 26 Oct Dance school in Hitchin offering classes to adults and children. Dance classes include ballet, tap, modern, street dance, Dancercise and Zumba. 1st Floor, 3 Bury Mead Road, Hitchin SG5 1RT Hertfordshire SG5 1RT Button Hooks - An Exhibition -til Saturday 3 Nov. An exhibition by The Buttonhook Society displaying a wide range of buttonhooks from tiny to large, steel to gold, plain to ornate. The exhibition will include buttonhooks from local collectors who have never exhibited before as well as a very special Heart 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, Free entry Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1DT

Felicity Aston - Alone in Antarctica Wednesday 3 Oct. In January 2012, almost 100 years to the day after Captain Scott reached the South Pole, Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to ski across Antarctica alone. For 59 days Felicity dragged 85kg of supplies 1744 km across the coldest continent on earth, enduring temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees and storm force winds. From its first sighting in 1820, Antarctica has held a fascination for explorers. It is the only continent that is entirely covered in ice all year round, an environment so hostile that it has no indigenous population and supports barely any vegetation. Spending two months alone in this extreme landscape, where even the smallest mistakes can prove treacherous, was a gruelling yet remarkable experience. Using her own footage and stunning images from her expedition, Felicity will transport the audience to the last true remaining wilderness on Earth. 8pm, £15 conc. £14, Box Office 01923 859291. Radlett Centre, Radlett Herts. WD7 8HL

Park Street Camera Club Members Annual Photographic Exhibition - Entrance Free- Til Sunday 7 Oct. An excellent way to see the work of our members. There will be a selection of both black and white and colour photographs which will be on display at the Central Library, The Maltings, St. Albans. Free entrance to library, library opening hours apply. Contact Publicity Secretary, Rosemary Wenzerul on 01923 677111 for further information. Central Library, The Maltings, St. Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JQ Betty Lambert, Kay Horsfield and Pam Rawlins Exhibition -til Friday 12 Oct. Well known for painting in all mediums, Betty Lambert loves to paint flowers in contemporary and traditional style, as well as any subject that inspires her to pick up her paint brush. Kay Horsfield loves colour and texture and experimenting. Her work is inspired by form and the natural world, especially birds and landscape. Pam Rawlins spent her working life in farming. Now long retired she likes to recaptures these days by painting farm and other family animals. Free exhibition. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

Decorative Metal Effects and GildingWednesday 3 Oct. Learn interesting metalwork effects for use in calligraphy, scrapbooking and other crafts here at Frogmore Paper Mill, with our experienced tutor. 10.00 - 14.00pm. Course fee: £40 Booking essential. Call 01442 234600 or email: education@thepapertrail.org.uk Frogmore Paper Mill and Visitor Centre, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP3 9RY

Autumn Trail -Monday 1 Oct to Wednesday 31 Oct. Join us for a seasonal Family Trail around the beautiful Ashridge Estate. Halloween themed spooky fun! Answer questions along the way and earn you reward! 10am-3:30pm, £2, 01442 851227 Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre Hertfordshire HP4 1LT

Hoddesdon Charter Fair- Thursday 4 Oct to Saturday 6 Oct. Hoddesdon town centre will see for the 3rd year running the Charter Fair visiting the High Street during October. The Fair will be opened by the Mayor of Broxbourne on Thursday 4 October and will continue through to Saturday 6 October which will coincide with a Community Day alongside the Fair. The Community Day will consist of craft and charity stalls in the High Street selling seasonal goods and gifts. All visitors are welcome to this family event. Thursday 4 October - 3pm-9.30pm Friday 5 October - 12noon-9.30pm Saturday 6 October -

A Paper Garden City -- papercuts by Vanessa Stone -Monday 1 Oct to Wednesday 31 Oct A portrait of Letchworth Garden City in wonderful designs created with paper cuts by the highly talented Vanessa Stone. "I love working in paper," she says. "Using the scalpel is so delicious because as I cut away, more and more is - 31 -

11am-9.30pm (Fair only) Saturday 6 October 11am-5pm (Community Day) High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8TL

Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for more than 12 years and is much sought after. His rich, powerful and soulful voice recreates much loved soul classics from artists such as George Benson, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops and many more, together with renditions of Simply Red hits and some reggae greats. 8pm Tickets £5 in advance £8 on the door. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

Shop @Rothamsted Manor - Thursday 4 Oct Keech Hospice Care is 21 in 2012! Come & celebrate their Birthday & help us raise funds at our shopping event. Over 20 stalls selling gifts, fashion, jewellery, leather goods, children’s toys, charity Christmas cards & much more. 10am - 3.30pm No entrance charge but donations will be collected on the door for Keech Hospice Care Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden, Herts. Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ

Moneypenny Murder Mystery Productions: Come DIE With Me- Friday 5 Oct. Moneypenny Productions General Public Admission Murder Mystery Night. The rules were simple: You must be strangers. You will eat everything prepared. Just-desserts will be served cold. The year is 1946 and post war Britain is learning to live again. In Kensington, London, a newspaper headline challenged us to “Know your neighbour”; spend four nights rotating dinner parties with complete strangers: It’ll be fun! A prize will be awarded by the newspaper editor to whoever reports the most entertaining meal. For our guests, 19.30hrs; Box Office 0844 8159056 #3; £40.00 includes 3 course meal and murder; www.moneypennyproductions.co.uk Mercure London Watford Hotel, A41 Watford Bypass, Watford Hertfordshire WD25 8JH

Doctor’s Tonic Comedy Night - Laughter Is The Best Medicine- Thursday 4 Oct. With the Olympics now been and gone and the summer sun making fleeting appearances, there is a strange epidemic of boredepressionism sweeping the Hertfordshire area. This illness must be stopped! And of course, ’Laughter is the best Medicine’; unless it’s terminal then you may wish to consult your doctor. Laughter is the Best Medicine is a showcase of comedic talent from both the local area and further a field (and even further the sea) creating laughter and smiles for the local comedy junkies. On the first Thursday of every month you can giggle away at the Green Room in the Doctors tonic, the perfect cure for those creeping autumn blues. Doors open upstairs at 8:00pm. £2 per person, paid on the door. Over 18’s only, sorry kiddies! The Doctor’s Tonic Hertfordshire AL8 6PR

Steve Hughes: Big Issues- Friday 5 Oct. Inimitable Australian comic and ex heavy metal drummer, Steve Hughes embarks upon his eagerlyawaited debut tour. Direct from sell-out shows at the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and storming sets on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Stand Up For The Week (CH4) and One Night Stand (Dave). Expect intelligent, straight-talking social commentary from one of the most original and thought provoking performers to grace the UK circuit. When: 8pm Tickets £14 / £12 conc To book call 01442 228091 of book online The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3AE

Tudor and Stuart Gardens in the English Renaissance - A course led by Kate Harwood Thursday 4 Oct to Monday 3 Dec. Kate Harwood is Lecturer in Garden History for Birkbeck College, University of London. Kate is also Conservation & Planning Officer for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and is knowledgeable about historic landscapes in Hertfordshire. Thursdays, 2.00 - 4.00 pm, 4th October – 13th December (Half term break: 1st November) Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1DT

Mirror Mirror (Film PG, 2012)- Saturday 6 Oct Visionary director Tarsem Singh rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s throne and the attention of a charming prince. Banished to the forest and rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. Starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer. Time 11am, Tickets £2.50. To book call 01442 228091 or book online. The Old Town Hall, High St., Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE

Classic Clapton at Bishops Stortford -Friday 5 Oct. Nearly 2 Hours of Classic Clapton from the world’s No1 Eric Clapton Tribute band.8pm Tkts £16 concs. £14 Tel: 01279 651746.Rhodes Arts Complex, South Road, Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 3JG The Soul Man -Friday 5 Oct. A great night of soul from this top local performer, one of the most well known and best loved soul singers in the area. The Soul Man generates energy and excitement everywhere he performs. He has been singing in and around Bedfordshire,

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Anglo-French Concert -Saturday 6 Oct. Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir present a very special joint concert with the Frévent Chorale. 7.00pm. Tickets: £10 on the door; Welwyn Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn Hertfordshire AL6 9ER

in Danish with subtitles. Sun 7 Oct - £8 (conc. £6.50) Rumour members: £4 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ Big City Stories- Sunday 7 Oct. This newly curated programme of archive films follows London’s African-Caribbean population across the last century in a fresh perspective on early Black London life in the ever changing metropolis, and is screened as part of the Palace’s Black History Month Celebrations. 7 Oct at 11.30am - Free/Pay what you can (suggested donation of £3). 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ

Hertfordshire Country Fair- Saturday 6 Oct and Sunday 7 Oct. The Hertfordshire Country Show plays host to finals of country competitions The Scurry Racing Competition comes to a climatic end, but can current champion Lucy Scott keep her crown? Lurcherworlds showing finals and Chase the Bunny finals take place over the weekend too. There are two main show arena’s offering all day entertainment supported by an array of country sports arenas and attractions. Encompassing the arenas is endless country shopping, offering country clothing, accessories and equipment, handcrafted items, food and drink. Visit the Craft Village with a traditional crafts demonstration area; During your visit why not treat yourself to some speciality food and drink from our Food Glorious Food Court. Open 10.00 - 18.00 Daily Admission Adults £10.00 Oap’s £9.00 Child £4.00 Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn AL3 7PT

The Hertfordshire Hatfield Wedding ShowSunday 7 Oct. Fantastic suppliers show casing their work for you! Come and visit this Beautiful Wedding Venue The Hertfordshire Hatfield Wedding Show Essendon Country Club 7th October 2012 11am – 4 pm FREE entry, FREE parking. Essendon Country Club, Bedwell Park, Essendon, Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 6HN Highfield Park Apple Day- Sunday 7 Oct Come and enjoy a day to celebrate apples. This is event is just one of many apple days whcih are run all over the country. You can buy apples grown in our orchards, taste and buy pure Highfield Park apple juice. Enjoy visiting a wide range of craft stalls; relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, or try one of our speciality apple cocktails. There will be lots of fun activities for the children. Time: 2pm - 4 pm. Entrance and parking are free. If you require further information please contact us via email or telephone 01727 847242. Charters Health Club, Russet Drive, St Albans, Herts. AL4 0DB

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford MuseumSaturday 6 Oct. On the first Saturday of each month, The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum will be open for families to enjoy a free play session. Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. 10.30 am - 3.30 pm, Free but donations are welcomed Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1DT The Hatfield House Wedding Fair- Sunday 7 Oct The Venue: The House was built by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I from 1607 to 1611. There is a marvellous collection of pictures, furnishings and historic armour on display. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years. The Wedding Fair: Two superb fashion shows at 12:30pm and 2.30pm by Ivory and Lace, Toddington, also see dresses from Mia Sposa, Cockfosters. Menswear Waterers, St Albans. Open 11am – 4 pm. Complimentary car parking and admission. Just a 5 minute walk from Hatfield British Rail Station. A guided tour of the venues facilities will be available on the day. Hatfield Park, Old Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

More To Explore Tour - Sunday 7 Oct. More to Explore Tours take place on the 1st Sunday of the month unless otherwise stated. Starting from the West End of the Cathedral at 3pm these special subject tours are free and all are welcome. 7th October: "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down…Nearly!" - How the Victorians averted a major catastrophe Free. Meet at the West End of the Cathedral at 3pm.St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1BY Barkway Antiques and Vintage Fair -Sunday 7 Oct. Set in the picturesque village of Barkway, near Royston in Hertfordshire, Flapperfortunes Antiques and Vintage Fair is held on a regular (usually monthly) basis in the village hall. With something for everyone, stalls feature vintage and retro goods, antiques, furniture, ceramics, books, jewellery, homewares and much more.

Jackpot- Sunday 7 Oct . A group of past criminals working in a factory win 1.739.361 Norwegian Kroner through gambling, a number that proves impossible to divide equally into four. As greed overtakes, who will walk away with the money? From Jo Nesbo’s book, screened

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Come along and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, have a browse and relax in our tea room with a cup of tea and a bowl of soup or slice of cake. All food is homemade to the highest standard. There is plenty of parking available, with a car park outside the hall, next to the hall and another across the road from the hall. Wheelchair accessible and disabled toilet facilities available. Entry £1. Under 16s free. Barkway Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Barkway Hertfordshire SG8 8BS

playing mixed with a soupcon of chat and witty banter. A light-hearted cultural experience that features traditional and contemporary songs from Phil’s Lancashire and English folk-heritage, plus his own compositions and occasional songs from other cultures that have influenced his life. 8.30 pm. British Legion, Bishop Stortford Hertfordshire CM23 2NG Swinging Around the World- Friday 12 Oct The Mark Armstrong Big Band - An amazing 16 piece Big Band with guest soloists Atila Huseyin and Sarah Ellen Hughes. 7.30 pm, £25 and £20, Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH

The Lodger - Sunday 7 Oct. A landlady suspects her new lodger is in fact the madman terrorising the fog shrouded streets of London. A remastering of the classic thriller by Hitchcock, starring Ivor Novello, with a new score by Nitin Sawhney, performed by the LSO. Sun 7 Oct - £8 (conc £6.50) Rumour members: £4 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ

Level 42 - Friday 12 Oct. The reformed pop band are promoting their new album ’Retroglide’ and are looking to add to the fanbase they built up on their first time around. Promising to be one of the best acts you see this year Level 42 tickets are sure to be snapped up as soon as dates are announced so make sure you are at the front of the queue. Start time: 19:00. Watford Coliseum, Watford. Hertfordshire WD17 2EX

Ian Siegal- Wednesday 10 Oct. Since a sell-out performance at The Old Town Hall in February, Ian has been to north Mississippi to record a new album. While there he played at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, where his album The Skinny was up for the Contemporary Album of The Year award. Ian is the first British artist ever to be nominated in this category, cementing his status as the UK’s leading contemporary bluesman. When: 8pm Tickets: £12 / £10 con.c To book call 01442 228091 or book online. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

The Graduate -Friday 12 Oct 2012, Sat 13 Oct, Mon 15 Oct to Sat 20 Oct. This West End and Broadway hit brings one of the most popular films of all time vividly to life on stage. A college student spends his first summer out of school in the arms of his father’s best friend’s wife. Meanwhile, he is falling in love with the man’s daughter… By Terry Johnson. Directed by Godfrey Marriott. Performances at 8pm every night. Matinee on Sat 20th October at 2.30pm. Tickets £10. Box Office 01707 324300 or online. Barn Theatre, Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL8 6ST

"Going Wild in the Hebrides" by Ann and Phil Farrer -Wednesday 10 Oct. Illustrated talk organised by Watford Local RSPB Group. This talk looks at the birds and other wildlife on both the Inner and the Outer Hebrides, ranging from Geese to Corncrakes and Red Deer to Otters, with a selection of Orchids and a few rare plants to add variety. Also sales table for bird feed and feeders, raffle. 8 pm. Entry £3. Contact 01582 792843. Stanborough Centre, 609 St Albans Rd, Watford Hertfordshire WD25 9JL

60s 70s 80s 90s 00s Club Classics Dance Party.....- Fri 12 Oct. The Place for Music Loving and Partyin’ Mature Over 30’s... Recapturing The Atmosphere & Music of Clubs as They Used To Be. Very Smart Casual (smart denim ok) No T Shirts or Trainers. Free M’ship (ID must be shown). A Fantastic Adult Nite Out, dancing to all the well known classics presented by a DJ with years of experience. £7 adm. 9pm ’til 1am last entry 10.30. Call 07860 578708 or www.tamlamotownsoulpartynights.co.uk The Mercure Hotel - previously The Ramada Jarvis Hotel, (A41), Watford by Pass, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 8JH

Footloose - a musical show -Wednesday 10 Oct to Saturday 13 Oct. Musical show about small American town, teenagers and family problems, romances, comedy, pathos, with lots of singing and dancing. Suitable for all the family. Wed 10th Oct - Sat 13th Oct nightly 7.45 tickets from £10 - £14 Box office 0192385 9291. £10/£12/£14. The Radlett Centre Hertfordshire WD7 1JA

Anna kaernina -Friday 12 Oct to Wednesday 24 Oct. An aristocrat’s life irreversibly changes when she embarks on an illicit affair with an affluent count. Tolstoy’s epic 19th century tale of love and betrayal, starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson is directed by Joe

Phil Drane at Stortfolk- Thursday 11 Oct. ‘An Evening with Phil’ might best be described as a stimulating mix of eclectic songs, superb arrangements, smooth vocals and silky guitar

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PHEOS’ 90th Anniversary Concert- Saturday 13 Oct. PHEOS are proud to be celebrating their 90th year in the AM-Dram scene in this 2012 Jubilee year. For one night only this semi-staged concert will showcase the rich and varied range of music and musical theatre they have performed over their long history as a highly respected Company. The programme will cover music from their first love, Gilbert & Sullivan to the sounds of modern American theatre of Stephen Sondheim via the classics of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Hello Dolly, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago! It’s going to be a great evening’s entertainment to get your toes tapping and put a smile on your face - don’t miss out! Tickets: £15 (inc refreshments) Ticket Hotline: 07966 173956 Major credit cards accepted Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire WD3 5LN

Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice).12, 14 Oct at 3pm & 19 Oct at 2.30pm - £8 (conc £6.50) 14 Oct at 11.30am & 24 Oct at 2.30pm - £6 (conc £4.50) Rumour members: £4 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ A Brief History of Food and Drink - An event as part of Hertford Food & Drink FestivalSaturday 13 Oct. Come along and take a historical tour of gastronomy with fun for all the family! Taste food from the Roman period, sample Wartime delicacies and get a taste for the Tudors! Handle mystery cooking utensils and contraptions from a traditional Victorian kitchen.11.00 am - 1.00 pm, Free but donations are welcomed. Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1DT Comedy Club - Saturday 13 Oct. Our monthly comedy night returns, with Fredrik Andersson and Martin Beaumont, and your host, the inimitable Paul B Edwards. Licensed bar. Doors open 7.30. Show starts 8.30. Tickets £10 (Comedy Club members £8). Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

The Frog Who Wouldn’t Hop- Saturday 13 Oct Children’s theatre for ages 4+. Do you know why every naughty child in Korea is called Green Frog? Chun Kayguri is the stubborn, pig-headed bane of his poor mother’s life. Whatever she asks him to do, he does exactly the opposite. He goes to bed when he’s supposed to get up, goes to school at home time, when told to stand up, he does, but always on his head. His mother’s at her wits’ end - her head’s spinning - what has she done to deserve this? Korea’s best-loved folk tale slips from funny to dark, moving to exhilarating, like the very best of the Brothers Grimm. If you miss it - you’re a Green Frog! Time 2.30pm Tickets £6.25 / £4.25 DC To book call 01442 228091 or book online or in person. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

Chorleywood Community Arts Centre annual exhibition and sale- Saturday 13 Oct Chorleywood Community Arts Centre is a registered charity providing opportunities for participation in the Arts to the local community. The exhibition of work produced by members over the year includes ceramics, paintings and silk paintings, many of which will be for sale. There will be demonstrations of pottery making, silk painting and painting throughout the day. There is a free car park opposite the Centre. 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Chorleywood Community Arts Centre, Colleyland, off Common Road, Chorleywood Hertfordshire WD3 5LL

Come & join Chiltern West Gallery QuireSaturday 13 Oct. Come along and join our friendly quire to learn more about West Gallery music. New singers and musicians are always welcome. We sing and play the joyful music of the 18th century, composed by the village musicians who made up the ’church quires’ described by Thomas Hardy in his novels. We meet on the 2nd Saturday afternoon of each month from 2 - 5pm. Contact us on 01462 629539 or 07505 131880 or see our website. Free Church Hall, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL8 6PS

Hertford Community Pitch - Saturday 13 Oct Community Pitch is a monthly event in Hertford, held on the 2nd Saturday from 10.30 to 3pm in the Quaker Hall, Railway Street.; its aim is to provide an accessible outlet for local Talents, Entrepreneurs, and Artisans. It also adds a great destination for Hertford shoppers. We try and offer a selection of hand made goods and produce each month and sometimes have a charity stall as well. FREE ENTRY, Refreshments available. Always something different, worth a look every month! Please come and support this great new community venture! Every SECOND Saturday more 10.00am to 3.30pm. Free entry Friends Meeting House Hall, 50 Railway Street, Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1BA

Family Deer Walk- Saturday 13 Oct and Sunday 14 Oct. Come along to this family-based wildlife walk to experience the sights and sounds of the autumn deer rut. 8-10am, £8 Adult (£7 Friends of Ashridge) £6 Children, 01442 851227. B4506 End of Monument Drive Hertfordshire HP4 1LT

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Barbara Heyworth-Dunn Exhibition- Saturday 13 Oct to Friday 2 Nov. Barbara invites you to come and see an exhibition of paintings representational and semi-abstract - in watercolour, pastel and mixed media. Free exhibition. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3AE

and enjoyable. The Wedding Fair A great wedding fair conveniently located for both North London and Watford on the A41. Fashion shows 12.30pm and 2.30pm by The Boutique, Enfield, also see dresses from Mia Sposa, Cockfosters. Menswear from Impeccable, Hatch End. See over 40 exhibitors including John Lewis, Watford. Doors Open 11am - 4pm Free Admission and Free Parking We look forward to meeting you. Open 11.00 until 16.00 Free Admission Tel 0845 833 0610. Elton Way, Watford, Herts. WD25 8HA

Autumn Charity Concert- Saturday 13 Oct This concert in aid of Isabel Hospice brings together two popular choirs from Hertfordshire. The programme of music will be very varied, in fact something for everyone’s taste. 7.30 pm Tickets £7.00 Concessions & Children £5.00 Obtainable from: Hertford Tourist Information Office 01992 584322 Peter Ruffles 01992 582722 and Tony Moore 01279 415563. All Saints Church, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8AE

Pennyfarthing Antiques & Collectors Fair Sunday 14 Oct. Pennyfarthing Fayres presents a quality range of 70 stalls, including Porcelain, Jewellery, Glass, Small Furniture and much more. Ideal for finding that individual gift. All enquires: 01438.813060 Adults £ 2.00 Seniors £1.50 Children under 16 years free. 10am - 4 pm. Wyllyotts Theatre Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts. EN6 2HN

Farm Boy- Sunday 14 Oct. It sometimes felt as though time had stood still on the family farm – swallows nesting in the eaves, the old Fordson Tractor quietly rusting in the back of the barn, Grandpa still tending his chickens – that is, until the summer his grandson finished school and came to stay, and the old man started telling stories of what it had been like on the farm when he was a boy. The compelling sequel to the award-winning War Horse is a moving account of the changing face of the English countryside and a beautifully-crafted reminder that stories really can reach out across the generations. A delightful show, combining drama, storytelling and original music. Suitable for ages 7+ 1pm & 3.30pm £12 / £10 concs Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City Herts. AL8 6BX

Terribly Happy- Sunday 14 Oct. After suffering a nervous breakdown, a Copenhagen cop is stationed to a small town where not everything is as it seems... Award winning drama, screened in Danish. £6 (Society Members £4) 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ Watford Filmhouse Sunday 14 Oct -Le Havre. This political fairy story is a charming deadpan delight and you can almost smell the Gitanes wafting up from the ashtrays. Fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, an ageing bohemian working as a shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials pursuing the boy for deportation. Cert PG. Subtitles. more. Doors and bar open at 7.15pm. Film at 7.45 pm. Tickets: Members £3 Non-members £5. Membership £10 per annum. Members’ Booking Line 07981 819686 or email book@watfordfilmhouse.com For more information visit www.watfordfilmhouse.com The Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Watford. Hertfordshire WD17 2JP

The Stevenage Wedding Fair - Hertfordshire Sunday 14 Oct. Held at the beautifully modern Stevenage Holiday Inn in the heart of Stevenage. The hotel is a haven as it is so accessible. The Wedding Fair will have the finest companies from all over Hertfordshire, London & the surrounding areas exhibiting! We will have everything from the finest bridal fashions, accessories, music and photography, to the most stylish wedding transport. 11.00am - 4.00pm - FREE ADMISSION. Holiday Inn Stevenage, St. Georges Way Stevenage Hertfordshire SG1 1HS

21st Century Marketing and Communications Masterclass- Tuesday 16 Oct. Are you a Business Coach or Consultant? Discover the age of electronic communication with a 21st Century Marketing and Communications Masterclass. Join us at Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire on Tuesday, 16 October 2012. A dedicated one-day, CCEU approved workshop for business coaches and corporate consultants where you can gain practical knowledge for your own consultancy and learn how to speak confidently to your clients about the ever changing way we communicate in business. Learn simple but

The Mercure Hatfield Hotel Wedding ShowSunday 14 Oct. Come along and meet all your suppliers under one roof! 11am - 3pm Free Admission 01992 501534 / 07882 243537. Roehyde Way, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AF The Watford Wedding Fair - Watford HiltonSunday 14 Oct. The venue. It’s the most important day of your life and it’s most definitely your day. Our role is simple. We’re here to make organising your wedding day easy

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essential 21st century marketing and communication tools, that will help maintain and generate leads for you and your clients. All profits from this event will be donated to St Helena Hospice, Colchester. Visit www.thewriteimpression.co.uk/masterclass Tuesday, 16 October 2012 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST). Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 0SD. For more information, call Marie on 08455272801, email marie@thewriteimpression.co.uk

yesteryear. And Bradley, movie make-up artist and dispenser of Tinseltown wisdom, is stranded on the Hollywood Freeway, trying to make sense of something extraordinary he just witnessed. And in the midst of these dreamers and all the hilarious, moving tales they have to tell, an extremely large and boisterous dog is bounding across the eight lane freeway. When: 8pm Tickets £12 / £10 conc / £7.50 DC To book call 01442 228091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

Firewalk- Thursday 18 Oct. Walk on Fire! Take part in the shortest sponsored walk in the world Raise funds to help local older people enjoy later life. Thursday 18 October 2012 Meet at 4pm, event should finish by 7pm. All you have to do to take part is agree to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Spectators welcome. Details and registration form from 01442 259049 www.ageuk.org.uk/dacorum. Riverside Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP1 1BT

Beethoven Missa Solemnis- Saturday 20 Oct Hertfordshire Chorus conducted by David Temple, with London Orchestra da Camera and soloists Naomi Harvey, Diana Moore, Joshua Ellicott and Graeme Danby sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. The Missa Solemnis has been said to encompass the architectural proportions of Bach, the poignancy of Mozart and the special inwardness of Beethoven. Hertfordshire Chorus is delighted to be performing this glorious music in St Albans Abbey - always a popular venue for us. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very special evening! 7.30pm Tickets: £25, £20, £15, restricted view £7.50, students/schoolchildren/JSA £5. Available online or at the Abbey Box Office or telephone Ticketline on 0870 4580445. St. Albans Abbey, Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

Three Men in a Boat -Friday 19 Oct. Keith Baldwin reads from the timeless comedy classic by Jerome K Jerome. This is one of three readings by Keith Baldwin at the Arts Centre this year following the great success of his interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol just before Christmas. Published in 1889, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is an account of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. It has entertained generations of readers, has been turned into a number of films, and inspired the recent television series with Griff Rhys Jones, Dara O Briain and Rory McGrath. Doors open 7.00. Reading begins 7.30. £8 (concessions £7). Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

Halloween Mosaic Workshop for Kids 8+Saturday 20 Oct. How would you like to creat your own amazing Halloween mosaic? Make your own ghoulish ghost, pumpkin or witch, or be as creative as you like with your own spooky design. Finished workshops will be available to collect during the following week. There are two opportunities to take part in this fantastic workshop: 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm Cost: £15 (in advance) + £5 materials fee payable on the day. To book call 01442 228091. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

Classical Comedy Piano Recital with Alex Ainley -Friday 19 Oct. An evening of your favourite piano music from Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Strauss, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein - plus hilarious comedy and laughter! Proceeds will go to the outstanding charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (reg. charity 1141287) which provides prosthetic limbs to children in the UK and Africa. Come and have a fabulous evening out. Please visit our website for details and book now! 7.45pm. Tickets only £10 each. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett Hertfordshire WD7 8HL

Capel Manor Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Saturday 20 Oct. A beautiful 30 acre estate providing a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. Be inspired by prize winning themed, model and historical gardens incl the latest additions the Old Manor House Garden & the Family Friendly Garden (2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner). Admission £5.50, Children £2.50, concessions £4.50. Times: 10-5. Telephone: 08456 122 122. Open for charity. Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, Herts. EN1 4RQ

Take Me With You- Friday 19 Oct. In search of the ‘California Dream’, enraged movie publicist Nikolai races along Sunset Boulevard. Standing in the neon soaked Hollywood rain; forlorn evangelist Gary has deserted his congregation in search of the great movie fantasies of

Al Murray - Saturday 20 Oct. Best known for his Perrier Award winning creation ’The Pub

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Drive, Leavesden Studios, Leavesden. Herts. WD25 7LR

Landlord’ Al Murray has enjoyed cross-over success into the mainstream from the comedy circuit where he first made his name. Following the popularity of ’Al Murray’s Happy Hour’ Al Murray tickets are sure to be huge as fans will want the chance to see one of the best stand up comedians in the UK on one of the funniest tours of the year. Start time: 19:30. See website for prices and details. Watford Coliseum, Watford. Hertfordshire WD17 2EX

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Film, 12A) Wednesday 24 Oct. For a disparate group of English pensioners (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup), retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for the elderly and beautiful in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the everoptimistic young manager Sonny (Dev Patel), and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past. Time: 7:30pm Tickets £3. To book call 01442 228091 or book online. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3AE

Hertfordshire Chorus with London Orchestra Da Camera- Saturday 20 Oct. Conductor: David Temple. Soloists: Naomi Harvey (soprano); Diana Moore (mezzo soprano); Joshua Ellicott (tenor); Graeme Danby (bass). BEETHOVEN: MISSA SOLEMNIS 7.30pm. Tickets: £25, £20, £15, £7.50 (restricted view), £5 (students - not £25 tickets). Available from Cathedral box office on 01727 890256. St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY Concert at St Mary’s Reed- Saturday 20 Oct The Francesi String Quartet in concert at St Mary’s Church, Reed, Programme to include Mendelssohn’s String Quartet and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, 7.30 p.m. Tickets £10.00 01763 848398. St Mary’s Church, Reed Herts. SG8 8AN

Emmeline Pankhurst -Friday 26 Oct. With Louise Reed. Includes afternoon tea. Meet Emmeline Pankhurst, reformer and sufragette, in the second of three visits to the Arts Centre by the accomplished Louise Reed, who entertains and informs in a highly enjoyable way. In this costumed re-creation, you will hear of Mrs Pankhurst’s early endeavours to promote "Votes for Women", get a brief guide to suitable clothing in which to "rush the House of Commons" and details of life in Holloway. 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Price includes afternoon tea. Tickets: £9 members; £7 non-members Doors open at 3.30pm.Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

Earlybird Christmas Craft & Food Fair @ St Albans- Sunday 21 Oct. If you are shopping for an exquisite Christmas Gift produced by a skilled craft person or looking to stock up your pantry with delicious treats this is one shopping experience you can’t afford to miss. With a mulled wine in one hand and a mince pie in the other you’ll wonder why you thought Christmas shopping was stressful. Special appearance by Theater Train singing festive songs! 11.00 am until 6.00pm. Admission £3.00 per adult over 16. Children under 12 free must be accompanied by a paying adult. More information visit ldpevents.com or phone 07527605119. The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts. AL1 3LD

The Haunted Halloween Disco Friday 26 Oct, Wed 31 Oct. It’s that time of year again when Parents Paradise puts on a spooky Halloween party! Due to the success of this event in previous years, we have arranged two evenings to scare you all. There is a fancy dress parade with lots of prizes to be won! Face painting and party bags will be chargeable on the night. Full T&Cs on ticket, including: Ticket includes one FREE go kart ride. Ticket admits ONE child and ONE adult only. Party is not suitable for babies under 1 year. Food not included. Café will be open-last food orders at 6.45pm. Socks or tights must be worn at all times. You are not permitted to consume your own food or drink on the premises. Photography and filming is prohibited. What are you waiting for?? Call us now to book your ticket!!! 01923 248 747 Tickets are £9 each (admits 1 adult & 1 child) 5.30pm - 7.30pm Tickets on sale at Reception or by phone. Parents Paradise, Unit C, Greatham Rd Industrial Estate, Greatham Rd, Hertfordshire WD23 2NZ

Hanbury Manor Wedding Show & Fashion Show, Ware - Sunday 21 Oct. Visit this prestigious venue and see what great packages they have available, on the day a large selection of quality suppliers will be on hand to help inspire and plan your special day. Fashion Show 12pm & 2pm. FREE Entry. FREE Goody bag. FREE Absolute Bridal magazine for all Brides. Brides can Preregister at www.mainweddingsandevents.co.uk Opening time - 11am - 3.30pm. A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Ware Hertfordshire SG12 0SD Harry Potter Studio Tour -Sunday 21 Oct 2012, Sat 27 Oct, Fri 2 Nov. Arts and Theatre: Harry Potter Studio Tour: Tickets available. Start time: 10:00. Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Studio Tour

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fantasy fairytale from Disney/Pixar, featuring the voices of Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. Sat 27 Oct at 10.30am - £7.20 (conc £5.40) Rumour members: £4 01923 225671 Watford Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1JZ

Hope Springs- Friday 26 Oct to Sunday 28 Oct After thirty years of marriage, Kay persuades her reluctant husband to attend a week long therapy course to try to reignite their relationship, but sparks soon start to fly... Romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones. Fri 26 Oct at 2.30pm, Sun 28 Oct at 3pm and 7.30pm - £8 (conc £6.50) Rumour members: £4. 01923 225671.Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Herts. WD17 1JZ

Wildlife Watch -Saturday 27 Oct. You don’t have to know anything about wildlife – volunteers will be in one of the hides to point out wildlife and answer your questions. Free for everyone, you don’t need to book. The Wildlife Watch is a monthly event; it will run every second Sunday 10 am-12 noon and the last Saturday in the month 2-4 pm. Families can borrow explorer backpacks and bird bingo sheets to explore the reserve further. You can borrow binoculars from the visitor centre for £1.50 per day! Saturday 27 October, 2-4 pm Rye Meads nature reserve, Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts Hertfordshire SG12 8JS

Halloween Night- Saturday 27 Oct. Following the success of this event last year, spooky halloween tours will be running again this year throughout the evening. 4pm - 7pm Normal Admission fee applies: £10.50 - Adults and £8.50 - Children / Concessions. Shepreth Wildlife Park, Station Road, Shepreth, Herts SG8 6PZ Social Dance- Saturday 27 Oct. Dance in aid of Isabel Hospice.Newgate Street Village Hall Hertfordshire SG13 8RA

Sunday Afternoon Organ Concert - Sunday 28 Oct. A Sunday afternoon organ concert performed by Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral) Admission free: retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

Samhain Winter Celebrations -Saturday 27 Oct to Tuesday 30 Oct. Explore the Haunted Forest and have fun with plenty of children’s activities, Archery, Autumn Crafts, Pumpkin Carving, Wand & Broomstick making, Woodland Trails and Storytelling performance. Make sure you arrive for the animal feeding with the ancient breed sheep and goats at 11am everyday. Hog Roast and traditional refreshments available from the Iron Age Kitchen. 10.00am-4.00pm. Save 20% and beat the queues when you book online for £9/person at celticharmony.org or £11/person when you book at the door. Contact 01438 718543 Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age Settlement, Brickendon Lane, Brickendon. Hertfordshire SG13 8NY

Phantom of the Opera Afternoon Tea at Hanbury Manor -Sunday 28 Oct. Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in Oak Hall with finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes, pastries and a glass of sparkling wine with live entertainment from the Phantom of the Opera musical. Servings at 1pm until 3pm and 3.30pm until 5.30pm. £30 per person Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Hertfordshire SG12 0SD Hedgehog Day- Sunday 28 Oct. Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity (SWCC) are hosting this fun-filled event at Shepreth Wildlife Park to raise awareness of the hedgehog and raise funds for the new Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital 12PM 4PM. Normal Admission fee applies: £10.50 Adults and £8.50 - Children / Concessions. Shepreth Wildlife Park, Station Road, Shepreth, Herts. SG8 6PZ

Pumpkin Festival -Saturday 27 Oct to Sunday 4 Nov. FREE pumpkin for every child from Willows Pumpkin Patch with a pumpkin-tastic time at the Farm Village. There are daily pumpkin carving competition wit prizes, Pumpkin Hunt, Match the Scarecrow and Zootacular Animal Show. Plus a full day’s programme of Farm Village fun including plenty of under cover play in Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge. Daily 10am to 5.30pm. Call 0870 129 9718 or visit website for details and pricing at www.willowsfarmvillage.com Willows Farm Village. Coursers Road, London Colney, St. Albans Hertfordshire AL4 0PF

Jazz Night - Sunday 28 Oct. Our monthly jazz night returns, with Village Jazz. Sit back, relax, and listen to some great music. Licensed bar. Doors open 7.30. Tickets £5 from 01462 670788. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, Herts. SG6 3EW

Brave 3D -Saturday 27 Oct. With her kingdom in chaos after falling victim to a beasty curse, Princess Merida must rely on bravery and archery skills to save her people. Animated comedy

Earth and Fire- Monday 29 Oct to Monday 12 Nov. Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild The Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild brings

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together a superb array of talent from across a wide area to create a vibrant exhibition showcasing a wide range of styles and ideas. The guild is for anyone with an interest in pottery -collectors, professional potters, students or those just interested in studio pottery. Its monthly meetings feature well known potters showing slides, demonstrating their skills and talking about what they do in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Open Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Saturday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Admission is free to all Galleries. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 3EW

spooky Halloween goodies to decorate your home. Free ‘Story Time’ in the mill 12.45 – 1.15pm Wednesday 31 October £3.50 Bake your very own Halloween biscuit then decorate it before you take it home. Thursday 1 November £3.00 Create an explosive firework picture and a stunning firework mask. Free ‘Story Time’ in the mill 12.45 – 1.15pm Friday 2nd November: £3.50 Spooky Bread Heads! Make a bread dough head, decorate it to make a scary. Mill Green Mill and Museum Hertfordshire AL9 5PD Bodens Youth Theatre ’Into The Woods’Tuesday 30 Oct to Sunday 4 Nov. From Tuesday 30th October to Sunday 4th November 2012, thirty five of Bodens Youth Theatre’s hard working and talented members present the very demanding ’Into The Woods’, Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical. Performed at The Tony Boden Theatre. Set amongst a woodland playground, the musical comes to life through the imagination of two small children who have run away from home; featuring an ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Red Riding Hood and a witch who raps… just a few of the cockeyed characters in this fractured fairytale. As with all Bodens Youth Theatre productions, this not for profit production is only complete when the student’s developing talent is shared with friends, family and the local community. 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm performances. Tickets £10 / £7 Concessions. 020 8447 0909. The Tony Boden Theatre. 99 East Barnet Road, Barnet. Hertfordshire EN4 8RF

Pumpkin Trail and Treats- Monday 29 Oct to Wednesday 31 Oct. Pumpkin trail and treat for children. 12.00 start Adults £3.50 Children £5.00.Knebworth House, Park and Gardens Hertfordshire SG1 2AX Wacky Wildlife Adventures – holiday fun for 713 year olds- Tuesday 30 Oct to Thursday 1 Nov. Banish boredom over the holidays! Keep the kids happy with fun games, activities, crafts and much more! Each day will have different activities including pond dipping, minibeasting, outdoor and indoor run around games, crafts and more! Cost: £17 per day for RSPB members and £25 for non-members. Booking is essential, for more information and to book please contact the reserve. 10 am-4 pm Rye Meads nature reserve, Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts. SG12 8JS The Ghosts of Theobald’s Palace- Tuesday 30 Oct. FREE Fiendish family fun!!* Actors in authentic costumes bring the park alive discover what it was like to live or work at the Theobald’s estate over 400 years ago ~ Musket firing display ~ Catch up on all the latest witchcraft gossip! ~ Try on authentic clothes and armour ~ Take part in gory art games with our witches and jester ~ Pin a head on the decapitated body ~ Chew an apple off the beheading chopping block ~ Have your photo taken in the stocks ~ Make a ghost or skull candle holder to take home. Do you dare to dress up as a ghost for this scary night? Prize for the scariest ghost.4pm - 6pm. This event is free of charge but places are limited so booking is essential. To book, call the Box Office 01992 441946. The age guideline for this event is 5 to 13yrs. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Cedars Park, Theobald’s Lane, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN8 8RH

Journey To Mecca With Ibn Battuta: film and exhibition-Tuesday 30 Oct to Sunday 4 Nov An Interfaith Voyage of Discovery by Global Pinnd. Seven hundred years ago, a young traveller from Morocco named Ibn Battuta travelled three times further than Marco Polo. He set out on a pilgrimage that culminated in a 75,000 miles voyage of discovery lasting 30 years and visiting the leading civilisations of Africa, Asia and Europe. The traveller is the centre character of this interfaith festival by local charity Global Pindd. Entitled ‘Journey to Mecca with Ibn Battuta’, the festival centres around the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. Join us as we step into the shoes of the renowned traveller to experience and participate in one of the most profound spiritual journeys on earth. The festival will include exhibits, displays and speakers on the Hajj pilgrimage. Film Screenings at 10:30am, 1pm and 3.30pm Tickets £3 To book call 01442 228091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk. The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP1 3AE

Spooky Halloween and Fireworks Fun- Tuesday 30 Oct to Friday 2 Nov. Craft Activities for children on Tuesday 30th October, Wednesday 31st October and Friday 2nd November Tuesday 30 October £3.00 Craft activity - make some

Family Halloween Walk- Wednesday 31 Oct Join us on a spooky stroll through the woods this

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halloween. Part of the National Trust Walking festival 2012! 2:30-4:30pm, £5 Adults (£4 Friends of Ashridge) £3 Children, 01442 851227.Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre Hertfordshire HP4 1LT

afternoons from 12th Sept to 5th Dec 2012 Tickets available on the day of the dance at £4 dependent on availability Only £3.50 if purchased in advance and entry will be guaranteed. Phone reservations accepted but please pay for 48 hours prior to the dance (01234) 344813. Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Godspell -Wednesday 31 Oct to Saturday 3 Nov GODSPELL is a modern musical composed by Stephen Schwartz (the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of WICKED and of Disney®’s ENCHANTED, POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME) and author JohnMichael Tebelak. This fun, modern day retelling of the story of Jesus and his community of friends is high-energy, comedic and at times sentimental and moving. Now you can enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Letchworth in a brand new and up-to-date, intimate production. Raise your spirit with the Tony®-nominated score filled with the popular hits Day By Day, Light of the World and Turn Back, O Man. BOOK NOW at www.letchwortharcadians.org.uk or call 01462 682461. Ticket prices for all performances: Adults: £12.50 Concessions: £11.00 Group bookings – buy 9 tickets and get the 10th ticket free Booking fee applies. The Icknield Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 1EF

Bedford Comedy Club - Fri 26 Oct. Bedford Comedy Club is one of Bedford’s most popular comedy nights featuring stand up comedians who are regulars on the London and national comedy circuit. These sell out events are jam packed with 3 comedians plus a compere. Please note: Hot food will no longer be sold prior to the start of the show. A variety of bar snacks will be available throughout the evening. 21:00 £9 adv. £10 on the door 01234 269519. Bedford Harpur Suite Bedfordshire MK40 1LA The MrBead Luton Bead Fair-Saturday 6 Oct Beads, pearls, and everything for the home jewellery maker. MrBead has many online customers in the Home Counties - come and speak to us and see our beads "in the flesh". Strings of jade, turquoise, agate, coral, calcilica, hematite, moonstone, citrine, crystal, carnelian, and many other semi-precious gemstone beads plus large & small white and black pearls and every colour under the rainbow! See our bumper bargain beads at just £2 a strand or £10 for six strands! 11am to 4pm - Free admission, free gifts, and free refreshments to early visitors! Stockwood Hotel, Stockwood Crescent, Luton Bedfordshire LU1 3SS

Hertford’s Big Draw- Wednesday 31 Oct Come along to Hertford Museum to draw objects from our collection and then pop to Courtyards Arts (5 minute walk) to decorate them! All art work will be entered into a prize draw, with the lucky winners (categories Under 8s and Over 8s) receiving family 10.30 am - 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm), FREE, just drop in. Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG14 1DT

History Walk- Saturday 6 Oct. Learn about the intriguing history of the Downs as you walk. Enjoy a 2 hour stroll and find out how Dunstable Downs has been used by people for thousands of years. Walk from the Chilterns Gateway Centre to the Five Knolls and back can be muddy and slippery in places. Contact: Chilterns Gateway Centre Telephone: 01582 500920 Email: dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstabledowns more 11am - 1pm All Tickets £2 per person Booking advisable. Car parking charge of £2 applies. Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY

BEDS LISTINGS Bedford Tea Dances Autumn Season 2012.. Wednesday fortnightly 2-4 pm Bedford Corn Exchange- Wed 10 Oct, Wed 24 Oct, Wed 7 Nov. Join AnnIe and meet friends old and new in the elegant surroundings of the elegant Corn Exchange Complex. A warm welcome guaranteed. Annie plays a selection of CD’s for your dancing enjoyment. Dance programme includes something for everyone and is tailored to popular dances and requests. Come alone, with a partner or with friends. Selection includes Ballroom, Social Sequence, Latin American, Old Time, Line Dances and Party Dances. Relax and chat during the Tea Interval with complimentary light refreshments. Tickets available from The Central Box Office tel. 01234 269519 or the Website. For dates and tickets please contact the Marketing and Events Team on 01234 344813 For further information regarding the Dance Programme and other dance events please contact Annie Higgs Fortnightly on Wednesday

Charity Ladies Night- Monday 8 Oct Charity Ladies Night at 7.30 pm on Monday 8th October at the Swan Hotel, Bedford. Lots of stalls to treat yourself or make a start on the Christmas shopping. Also ’swap don’t shop’ for just £1 per item so have a seasonal clearout of your wardrobe and come and swap them for fabulous items from someone else’s. There’ll be a raffle on the night too. Raising money for two

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great charities - Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society and The Road Victims Trust Tickets £5 Contact 01234 351759 or 01234 843345 to get yours. 7.30 pm Tickets £5.The Swan Hotel, Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 1RW

singers, Bedford Gallery Quire recreates the joy they took in the music they sang in their churches and for social occasions. In costume and with period instruments the hymns, anthems and metrical psalms will be performed and put into context with readings from contemporary diary entries. The event is hosted by St Peter’s Church in conjunction with Sharnbrook Local History Society. Proceeds to St Peter’s Church Funds.7.30pm Tickets £8 Advance sales from the church, Sharnbrook Post Office, 2 Church Lane, Sharnbrook MK44 1HR or Colin Scott 01234 781559. St Peter’s Church, Sharnbrook Bedfordshire MK44 1HU

Toddington , Bedfordshire Toy and Train Collectors Fair Evening- Wednesday 10 Oct The latest popular evening toyfair from Joe Lock. The Next Event is Wednesday 10th September 2012 The opportunity to buy, sell or swop or obtain valuations on your old traditional toys with empjhasis on Buses and Trains in variety of outlines and, scales , eras and worldwide styles, also books on related subjects and limited military, agricultural and fairground subjects, Meccano , Action Man , Model Cars , Small Scale Aircraft, Subbeuteo and Airfix Stallholders include some exclusive traders that only attend this event. An ideal opportunity to purchase the latest models from Corgi, Hornby and Dublo, Classix, Bachmann, Dapol etc. Admission for buyers £1 per person. Starts at 19.00 and finishes 20.45 A Joe Lock promoted event 01992 467 967 . Cold sandwiches ,rolls , tea coffee etc Free and extensive parking , near to M1 for easy access to north or south for Milton Keynes or Luton. Toddington Village Hall, Leighton Road, Toddington, Beds. LU5 6AN

Pumpkin and Apple Gala 2012 - The Luton Hoo Walled Garden -Saturday 13 Oct. The Pumpkin and Apple Gala has something for all the family, including - A show area with falconry displays, morris dancers and horse demonstrations. A market place with local artisans and food producers. Live Craft demonstrations. There will be an exhibition of 800 pumpkins, squashes and gourds decorated by children from 30 local schools. A hog roast, gourmet burgers, pumpkin soup and home made cakes. A pumpkin shy, a bouncy castle and many more children’s activities. Come along with your family and friends for a great day out! The Pumpkin and Apple Gala runs from 10am to 4pm Entry Prices: Adults: £7 Children: £3 Family ticket (2 adults + 4 children): £15 Parking: FREE Concessions (OAP and students): £5. Luton Hoo Walled Garden Bedfordshire LU1 4LF

Nastychef - An interactive Murder Mystery performed by Totternhoe Players- Friday 12 Oct and Saturday 13 Oct. Nastychef is an interactive murder mystery evening with a supper included. The evening will commence with you witnessing the lead up to a murder and then the murder. Supper will then be served whilst you discuss with your team mates who you think the murderer is, the weapon used and the motive and formulate some questions to ask the suspects. The suspects will then be available for questioning, they will all tell the truth; however the murderer may and probably will lie! Once all questions have been answered you have a few minutes to decide the murderer, motive and weapon. Then the murder will be re-enacted and the murderer, motive and weapon will be revealed. There is a prize for the winning team. This is a great value for money evening’s entertainment. 7.45pm, tickets £9.00 (no concessions) ticket price includes supper and dessert. Bring your own drink and glasses. Please call our box office on 01582 603287 to book tickets. Totternhoe Lower School, Church Road, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire LU6 1RE

Make A Bird Feeder/Nest Box- Saturday 13 Oct Help your garden birds this winter. Feed the Birds! Give them a snug home for their family next year! Help our feathered friends get through this chilly winter by making a wooden peanut bird feeder or cosy nest box. Our countryside team will be on hand to help you build. Contact: Chilterns Gateway Centre Shop Telephone: 01582 500925 11am - 4pm. All Tickets £3 (for peanut bird feeder) £7 (for nest box). Cost includes materials and tuition. Booking advisable £2 car parking charge also applies.Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY Jumble Sale - Saturday 13 Oct. This Jumble Sale is to raise funds for Odell Womens Institute. Odell is a pretty North Bedfordshire Village situated near Harrold and Odell Country Park on the River Great Ouse. It has a pub called The Bell and the Church of All Saints. The Village Hall is in the heart of the village nearly opposite the Pub and has a car park.The Village Hall will be open to receive Jumble, cakes etc at 10.am on Saturday, 13th October. If Jumble needs to be collected, please call Doreen Wheeler on 01234

Concert—In Quires and Places Where They Sing- Saturday 13 Oct. A concert of music of the West Gallery period, the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Using the original manuscripts left by the rural church bands and

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720358. The Jumble Sale starts at 2.00pm, Entrance 50p for Adults, Children free. There will be charge for refreshments. Odell Village Hall Bedfordshire MK43 7AS

- 15-00. Adults £ 3-00, Seniors £ 2-50, Children £ 1-00.Vauxhall Recreation Club, Gipsy Lane, Luton, Beds. LU1 3JH Biggleswade and District ART exhibitionSaturday 20 Oct and Sunday 21 Oct Biggleswade and District autumn art exhibition. See original works of art from local artists, many paintings are for sale. Refreshments are available. Please note change of venue. Admission free. 10.00am-4.00pm each day. Great Barford Village Hall, Fishers Cl. Beds. MK44 3HA

Mitchell Hall Wedding Fayre- Sunday 14 Oct The Mitchell Hall Wedding Fayre offers everything you could need for your big day. From stunning cakes to show stopping flowers, beautiful venues and stunning dresses there is something for every bride and every budget. In the beautiful surroundings of Mitchell Hall our fayre is an absolute must for those planning their perfect wedding. Whether you’re planning a traditional wedding or seeking more of a cutting edge and contemporary affair. Our wedding exhibitors will be able to assist. Free entry and goodie bag. Food and refreshments available including the bar will be open. 11am till 4pm. Mitchell Hall, College Road, Cranfield Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Wedding Showcase Event at The Rufus Centre Sunday 21 Oct. Come along and see our beautiful wedding suite and have an informal chat with our carefully selected suppliers. Enter our prize draw for your chance to have our wedding suite for free on your big day. 12 noon to 4pm. Free Entry. Telephone Mary or Liz on 01525 631905.The Rufus centre, Steppingley Rd, Flitwick, Beds MK45 1AH

Broadway and Beyond- Friday 19 Oct. An uplifting celebration of the best of musical theatre presented in an engaging and entertaining package by one of the country’s newest, brightest production companies. This thrilling mix of live music, movement and wit is performed by eight versatile West End professionals; comprising three all–singing, alldancing actors accompanied by five musicians. Audiences will be captivated by their vocal dexterity and musical agility added to a dazzling array of costumes and the sounds of over a dozen instruments. A stunning performance to set your feet tapping, your heart singing and leave you wanting more. 20:00, £16. 01234 269519.Bedford Corn Exchange Main Auditorium, Beds. MK40 1SL

Biggleswade Antiques Fair- Sunday 21 Oct Over 45 stalls offering a range of antiques from jewellery, glass, china, pictures, postcards, kitchenalia and militaria. Popular cafe serving lunches, hot and cold drinks as well as a range of cakes, jams and chutneys to buy. Plenty of free parking and something for all antiques collectors. 9.30am-4.30pm Admission £1.50. Entry is free for children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 8JH Sally Morgan- Tuesday 23 Oct. Sally Morgan, star of Sky LIVING’s Psychic Sally On The Road, returns for another phenomenal nationwide tour. Sally’s live stage shows are completely unpredictable; no two shows are ever the same. Although the show is extremely entertaining due to Sally’s warm and bubbly personality, the evening is about witnessing mediumship in its rawest form. Often referred to as the "Psychic to the Stars", Sally has read for many celebrities over the years including George Michael, Uma Thurman and more recently Alesha Dixon and The Only Way Is Essex heartthrob Mark Wright. Sally Morgan is experimental/investigational. There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purposes of entertainment. 19:30, £24, 01234 269519. Bedford Corn Exchange Main Auditorium Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Sandy Autumn Ball -Saturday 20 Oct. A great opportunity to get your friends together and celebrate with your very own table. Wine, Food and Entertainment included in the ticket price. Local Photographer -Local Taxi Service Available -Raffle -Entertainment: Almost Abba Tickets on sale now! All for £30 per person - Dress to Impress! Tickets can be purchased from The Music Room, Wood Green and Mama’s Coffee Shop in Sandy. For more information email: thesandytownteam@gmail.com call Andy @ the music room sandy on 01767 691169.Holiday Inn, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1DH Luton Aircraft & Transport Enthusiasts’ FairSaturday 20 Oct. After 14 years of operation, the scope of the Luton Aircraft Enthusiasts’ Fair has been extended to include other forms of transport. Models, books, postcards, slides, photos, DVD’s and assorted memorabilia should all be available in abundance, relating to aviation (civil & military), road & rail etc. 10-30

Stephen Triffit is ’Frank Sinatra’- Thursday 25 Oct. Stephen Triffitt’s story reads like a Hollywood film script. It is one of rags to riches and lucky breaks. It’s about a photocopier salesman from Weston Super Mare who became Sinatra. Today his show is arguably the number

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one and definitive tribute to Frank Sinatra on the planet, his voice, his moves, his style, even his looks. Stephen has made the great man his own. Stephen has performed in the Sands Casino Atlantic City, sang with Jools Holland, Mick Jagger, sold out shows at The Festival Hall and London palladium, he has toured the USA, appeared regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed at Simon Cowells 50th Birthday Party. 19:30 £20 01234 269519.Bedford Corn Exchange Main Auditorium Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Sinatra etc. With music from swing, through rock ’n’ roll to ballads. A friendly club with sensibly priced drinks and on street car parking. Come along for a memorable night! Non members will be signed in. Call ahead for peace of mind Tel 01525 373972 8pm - 11.30pm on street parking. Leighton Buzzard Royal British Legion, Bossard Hall, West Street Bedfordshire LU7 1DA Halloween Happenings -Saturday 27 Oct to Wednesday 31 Oct. Come along and join in the fun. Make a spooky mask, creepy spider or witches hat and much more. Give apple bobbing a try or if you dare try out our feely boxes. Date: Daily from 27 October to 31 October 2012 Contact: Chilterns Gateway Centre Shop Telephone: 01582 500925 Email: dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstabledowns Halloween Family Fun at the Chilterns Gateway Centre. Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Road, DUNSTABLE, Beds LU6 2GY 11am - 3pm All Tickets £2 (from £2 for activities) Car parking charge of £2 applies. Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Beds. LU6 2GY

Harpers of Studham Oak Barn Craft & Christmas Fair -Friday 26 Oct to Sunday 28 Oct. Visit our annual Craft & Christmas Fair in our Oak Barn Venue (over 2 floors) FREE Admission. Thirty stalls of local and national crafts of: Pottery, Woodwork, Fashion, Cards, Home Wares, Jewellery, Needle Crafts, Toys, Gifts & more. Pre-booked coaches & groups welcome - FREE admission. Large Car parks, Disabled facilities & access, Cloakrooms etc Visit our large Farm Shop with a wide selection of our home made meals & pies, farm assured meat, preserves, wines, cheeses. Visit our large Coffee Shop with speciality coffees teas etc, snacks & light lunches. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Free admission (donations to local charity) Harpers Food, Bell Farm Dunstable Road, Studham, Nr. Dunstable. Bedfordshire LU6 2QG

Fairtrade Cafe- Saturday 27 Oct. Delicious drinks & eats, plus gorgeous selection of fairly traded goodies and gifts on sale from around the world. Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for Third World Poducers. Between 10.00am - 12 noon. Admission £1.50 - includes refreshments. Telephone 01234 720234. Odell Village Hall, High Street, Odell, Bedfordshire MK43 7AS

"A Night To Remember"- Saturday 27 Oct 5th Annual Wartime Dance With music of the era by Paul Roberts and the Swingers featuring Pauline Brown as the “Forces Sweetheart” period dress optional but appreciated. 7pm for 7.30pm – late. Tickets £20 in advance or £25 on door, includes buffet, licensed bar, real ale, raffle, prize for best period costume. For tickets call 07876 470503.Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire MK45 2HX

Halloween for children- Sunday 28 Oct Our ever popular, scary day! Come along anytime between 12pm and 4pm to carve a pumpkin, bob an apple, have a spooky face paint and come dressed in your ghoulish Halloween outfits. Follow the trail to find the wicked witch of Sandy! Pumpkins supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes for the best dressed child. Pumpkins supplied. 12:00pm to 4:00pm Cost; Adults free, children £5, RSPB Wildlife explorers £4. RSPB The Lodge Sandy tel 01767 680541 Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Real Arts and Crafts- Saturday 27 Oct Craft fair featuring a wide range of high quality crafts including cards, jewellery of various kinds, ceramics, knitted and sewn goods, cakes, jams, pictures, picture framing, silverwork. Goods on sale have been made by the stallholder or a member of their partnership. For full details see www.supportbritishhandmadecrafts.co.uk 9.30am to 4pm Contact 07770 344914.Woburn Sands Memorial Hall Bedfordshire MK17 8RH

Spooky Walk and Pumpkin Carving- Sunday 28 Oct to Wednesday 31 Oct. Bring the family for a fright in the night! Join our witches, ghosts and other Halloween hosts on this spooky guided walk over the Downs. Enjoy our tasty supper, before joining our team to help you carve pumpkin lanterns to light your way through the wild woods. 15.30 – 19.00 All Tickets £8 (Includes Supper). Car parking charge of £2 applies. Booking essential 01582 500920. Booking Fee Applies. Please bring a pumpkin to carve and warm clothing. Dunstable Downs, Chilterns

Dancing to Singer/Guitarist Johnny Wheeler! Saturday 27 Oct. An evening of live music and dancing to the very popular Johnny Wheeler! The club is very pleased to welcome Johnny back to the club after a highly successful night on 28th July 2012. He’ll be providing songs from all of your favourite singers inc. Elvis, Neil Diamond,

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Gateway Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade Bedfordshire LU6 2GY

works in The Chrysalis, and with the wonderful acoustics of the auditorium, it’s sure to be an engaging display of musical talent. 7.30pm Tickets £9full/£6conc via our website eventge:chrysalismk.co.uk/index.php/whatson/6 2-skampa-a-rezek-duo-cello-a-piano.The Chrysalis Theatre, Camphill Campus, Japonica Lane, Willen Park South, MK15 9JY

Half-term Wrestling Spectacular -Sunday 28 Oct. High-speed drama and excitement from the first bell to the last fall, submission or knockout as the stars of the wrestling world invade the Corn Exchange for a huge Sunday afternoon halfterm grappling spectacular. Big names, big action from the top rope and beyond, presented by the country’s No. 1 matchmakers, Premier Promotions, whose shows have been thrilling fans all over the UK for a quarter of a century! Great family entertainment at recession-busting prices. So bring the kids, bring granny and grandad. Book early ... and introduce a friend to the best value show in town. 15:00; £10 adult £9 child - £36 family. Bedford Corn Exchange Main Auditorium Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Blood Brothers at the Milton Keynes TheatreTuesday 2 Oct to Saturday 6 Oct. Blood Brothers, Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK9 3NZ Comedy @ The Crown, Stony StratfordThursday 4 Oct. An evening of live stand-up comedy with some of the best, and rising stars of the comedy circuit. Tonight we have: Headliner: Simon Feilder Support: Matt Richardson MC: Stella Graham PLUS 2 new acts! more Doors open: 7:30pm, last entry 7:50pm, Acts start: 8pm £7 per ticket - no concessions info@thecomedycow.co.uk.The Crown, 9 Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK11 1BE

Kids Halloween fancy dress and discoWednesday 31 Oct. Halloween Kids Disco here at the Forest Centre on Wednesday 31st Octber 2012. For Kids aged between 3 years and 10 years old. Fancy dress - prizes to be won Includes food boxes for each child Bookings only. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 17.00 -19.00 £10.00 per child 01234 762613. The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford, MK43 0PR

Discover Dahl’s Archives at The Roald Dahl Museum- Saturday 6 Oct. For 10+ years: A behind-the-scenes look at our archive store which houses Roald Dahl’s manuscripts and letters, with our Archivist. Free for Museum visitors. Free for Museum visitors. Takes place at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, call 01494 892192 to book tickets.81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Greg Davies - The Back of My Mum’s HeadWednesday 31 Oct. Following the thrice extended sell-out success of his five star reviewed and Foster’s comedy award nominated show Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog, Greg Davies returns with his brand new stand-up show The Back of My Mum’s Head. Since first coming to prominence as the sardonic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert, in the BAFTA award-winning The Inbetweeners, Greg has brought his unique brand of comedy to some of the UK’s best loved comedy shows including; Live at the Apollo; Mock The Week; Ask Rhod Gilbert; Would I Lie To You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The riotous success of his first full-length stand-up show in 2010 quickly propelled him towards becoming one of the most successful and critically acclaimed stand-ups in the UK. Don’t miss his brand new show. Book now! 20:00 £20 01234 269519. Bedford Corn Exchange Main Auditorium Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Stony Stratford Big Draw 2012- Saturday 6 Oct The Ginormous Battle of the Dinosaurs v Aliens (& fluffy, mutant kittens) Free family event with professional artist and illustrator Jonny Boatfield to help create designs for a planet where dinosaurs have ruled for years - but now aliens have landed and a ginormous fight is breaking out! We need your huge imaginations to draw and make terrifying dinosaurs, weird and wonderful aliens and spaceships from other worlds. Strange creatures will soar from the skies, giant dinosaurs will storm around and curious looking creatures from outer-space will be landing space ships - looking for a battle of epic proportions. The shy kittens hide wherever they can, but any moment now they will change into ... monsters! Come and join us - if you dare! Free entry for everyone. 10am-4pm. Contact: Tel 01908 563361. www.york-house.org.uk. Facebook ’Stony Stratford Big Draw’. Refreshments all day long. York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes Bucks. MK11 1JQ

BUCKS LISTINGS Skampa & Rezek Duo - Cello & Piano- Monday 1 Oct. The Skampa-Rezek Duo was founded in 1992 and has already given more than 450 concerts. Their repertoire covers works from the baroque period to the present day. The pair will be performing a selection of their favourite

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Alan Davies -Sunday 7 Oct. Arts and Theatre : Alan Davies - Life is Pain : Tickets available. Start time: 20:00. Milton Keynes Theatre, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes. Bucks. MK9 3NZ

glory of brass with Amersham Band (2010 and 2012 national brass band finalists) together with top big-band trombone soloist GORDON CAMPBELL - lead trombone with BBC Big Band. Also Jubilate Ladies choir, Keep Clear Jazz Band and Chesham Folk Club. Come and enjoy this extravaganza of local music. 7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Tickets £12.50. Box Office 01494 582900. The Elgiva Theatre Chesham Buckinghamshire HP5 1HR

Steaming Open Day- Sunday 7 Oct. A full size steam train will offer unlimited rides, Rides on the miniature railway at small extra charge. The Centres large collection and museums will be opening for viewing. Gift Shop & Refreshments. Under the expert tuition of our team of volunteer drivers and firemen, steam locomotive driving experience courses are available at the centre where you can take charge of a full size steam locomotive. Book your place in advance.10:30am to 5:30pm (last Admission 4:30 pm) Adult £10.00 Senior £9.00 Child £7.00 Family £27.00. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Motown’s Greatest Hits at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre -Saturday 13 Oct The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back by popular demand! In its 9th successive year this stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have! Over 50 Golden Years of Motown music are remembered featuring songs from legendary artistes such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers and many, many more. Let’s ’Get Ready’... to ’Go Loco... Down in Acapulco’. The UK’s No. 1 Motown production is guaranteed to have you dancing ’All Night Long’. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG

Joan Armatrading at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre -Tuesday 9 Oct. Plus Special Guest Chris Wood (BBC Radio 2 Folk awards Singer of the Year 2011) Three times Grammy nominated, Brit award nominee and Ivor Novella winner singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading MBE goes on tour with Special Guest Chris Wood (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of The Year 2011), Joan will be playing a mix of magical old favourites plus brand new songs to fall in love with. During her long and illustrious career Joan has been successful in all musical genres, Pop, Blues, Folk, Reggae, and Jazz. The 2012 tour will see Joan performing Love and Affection amongst many other firm favourites, and also showcase songs from her brand new CD due for release in time for this tour. Joan is recognised as one of the World’s leading singer, songwriter and guitarists. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG

Mrs Twit’s revolting nose at The Roald Dahl Museum- Saturday 13 Oct. For all ages: cut out warts and spots to add to a nose shape to make your own revolting Mrs Twit nose. Free for Museum visitors, drop in throughout the day. Call 01494 892192 to book tickets. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL Little Chalfont Farmers’ Market -Saturday 13 Oct. This is the place to shop for locally produced, quality rare-breed pork, bacon and sausages, meats, game and poultry. Plus seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, artisan breads, pies and baked goods, cheeses, yogurts, home baked cakes and lots more all from small local producers. Take a break refreshments by WI in village hall. 9am - 1pm Every second Saturday in the month. Village Hall car park, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont Buckinghamshire HP8 4UD

Craig Ogden - Classical Guitarist- Friday 12 Oct Award-winning classical guitarist Craig Ogden performs at The Chrysalis, following sell-out appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican. His first album, The Guitarist, sold over twenty-five thousand copies and went straight to number one, along with his second album, Summertime, in the Classical Instrumental Bestsellers chart. 7.30pm Further information and tickets available via our events website:chrysalismk.co.uk/index.php/whatson/5 9-craig-ogden-the-guitarist.The Chrysalis Theatre Camphill Campus, Japonica Lane, Willen Park South, Bucks. MK15 9JY

Swapmeet / Steam Enthusiasts’ Day -Sunday 14 Oct. Swapmeet will be held in the Visitor Centre, with plenty of stalls for all interested in railway models, books and related transport items. Aylesbury Branch of the Royal British Legion will present a stall where visitors can purchase items for raising funds for the 2012/13 appeal stands space available A wide variety of

Community Music Fest -Saturday 13 Oct An exciting evening of music and song from the very best of our local community. Featuring the

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Steam Locomotives in action throughout the day for passenger rides shunting and other engine demonstrations; Miniature Railway Rides (small charge); Museum open. 10:30am to 5:30pm (last Admission 4:30 pm) Adult £12.00 Senior £11.00 Child £9.00 Family £27.00 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Admission prices (including 10% Gift Aid): adult £8.80, conc £7.70, child 5-16 £5.50. Family Ticket (1 adult & 2 children) £17.60, Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £25.30. Children under 5 free. Telephone 01494 872163. Other special summer & autumn events. Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

Russian Masterpieces at the Aylesbury Waterside TheatreThursday 18 Oct ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presents Russian Masterpieces Thursday 18 October 2012, 7.30pm Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Mussorgsky, orch. Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on the Bare Mountain Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 Conductor: Andrew Litton Piano: Natasha Paremski Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Acclaimed American maestro Andrew Litton joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a magnificent programme of Russian masterworks. Mussorgsky’s dramatic Night on the Bare Mountain is a musical whirlwind, depicting the folklore tale of the witches’ Sabbath. Natasha Paremski, a dynamic young pianist ‘with flawless technique and unbeatable energy’ (BBC Music Magazine), performs Rachmaninov’s intensely passionate Piano Concerto No.2. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG

Kevin Bloody Wilson Tour at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre- Wednesday 24 Oct After first bringing his unique brand of Aussie humour to our shores more than 25 years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson returns in 2012 for his final concert tour of the UK & Ireland. Kev’s Cop-ulater tour will showcase the best of the Little Bloke’s 20+ albums and give the fans just what they’ve come to expect (and love) from their favourite Australian export; an irreverent, bawdy, politically incorrect night of Kev at his hilarious best. With more than 4 million albums sold, see why Kevin Bloody Wilson continues to be one of the hottest tickets in comedy all over the globe. Don’t miss your chance to see Kev in full flight! (Kev will be bringing his ‘retirement fund’ along for this final tour, Australia’s funniest sheila, Jenny Talia from Australia!) Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG Kevin Bridges at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre- Thursday 25 Oct. Kevin Bridges returns to the road in the Autumn of 2012 with a brand new show called the ’The Story Continues...’ which follows up the huge success of his sell-out UK & Ireland tour of 2010. Having made his debut on BBC 1’s ’Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ in 2009 he has now gone onto host the Bafta nominated ’Live At The Apollo’ and Channel 4’s ’Stand-Up For The Week’. His new 6 part BBC 1 series - ’Kevin Bridges What’s The Story’ will be transmitted in February, 2012 and a new DVD - ’Kevin Bridges The Story Continues...’ will be recorded in Oct, 2012 at the Glasgow SECC Arena for November 2012 release. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG

Steaming Open Day- Sunday 21 Oct. A full size steam train will offer unlimited rides, Rides on the miniature railway at small extra charge. The Centres large collection and museums will be opening for viewing. Gift Shop and Refreshments. For Further Information see www.bucksrailcentre.org Under 5’s Go Free 10:30am to 5:30pm (last Admission 4:30 pm) Adult £10.00 Senior £9.00 Child £7.00 Family £27.00 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury HP22 4BY Terrific Tuesday: Spooky Autumn! -Tuesday 23 Oct. Bring along your family for the school holidays and join in the fun around the Museum. Make potions in Little Acre Wood, spiders at the Village Green and lots of other spooky fun activities this half term. You may also be able to spot a ghost or two! Free craft and discovery activities from 11am - 4pm. Other activities (available every day of the holidays): choose from a wide range of interactive nature and other trails, dress up as a Victorian child and play Victorian games on the Village Green, play with 1940s toys in Jane and Tommy’s bedroom in the Prefab, try out a typewriter and try on uniforms in the RAF briefing room and visit our animals. Museum opening times 10am - 5pm.

StonyBreakDown! Friday 26 Oct 2012 Celebrating Bluegrass and American Old-Timey Stringband music. Five bands will banjo you ’til you’re banjaxed, fiddle you ’til you’re fuddled, and provide you with more fun than watching a rattler tree a possum up a ’simmon tree. The Reverse Cowgirls (don’t ask!), Blisworth Tunnel Rats, Foxchase Bluegrass, The Old Grey Dogs, and The Band of Brothers are lined up, but don’t feel obliged to line-dance. Frog Island Brewery will supply "Froggy Mountain Breakdown" beer, and there’sll be a real cider from the Milton Keynes Delta, as well as other goodies at the

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bar. more . 8.00pm - 11.00pm. £3 entry (on the door if you wish). Email for more information. calyton@cockandbull.org.uk . York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, Bucks. MK11 1JQ

Cheddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington, Nr Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0RU Jimmy Carr Gagging Order at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre- Sunday 28 Oct. Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy. Gagging Order promises to be an hilarious night out...let’s see shall we£ The show will be packed with one-liners, stories & jokes. Some clever, some rude & a few totally unacceptable. Everybody’s welcome. Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency & moral compass at home & come on out for a laugh. Jimmy has sold over a million DVDs & hosted countless TV shows but live comedy is what he does best, come and see for yourself. Running time: 2 hours 10 mins. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St. Aylesbury Bucks. HP20 1UG

Halloween Spectacular! -Friday 26 Oct Come out this Halloween if you’re brave enough! Follow the candlelit trail to the village for the chance to marvel at the awesome fire eater. Then have your face painted or try your hand at the many spooky hands-on and ’hands in’ Halloween activities. As you walk through our woods to the storytelling house, you might come across a ghoul or two or meet a witch inhabiting one of our buildings as you trick or treat! Warm up with a mouth watering barbecue and take part in the fancy dress competition on the Village Green. This is the Halloween Party that you must come to this year. 6 - 9 pm. Special admission prices apply (please check website or telephone for details). Telephone 01494 872163. Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. HP8 4AB

Witchy Decorating Plates at the Roald Dahl Museum- Tuesday 30 Oct. For 7+years: decorate your very own dinner plate with a Halloween or firework theme. 11.30pm to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3.50 per participant plus museum entry. Call 01494 892192 to book. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Gruncious Ghost Hunt at The Roald Dahl Museum- Saturday 27 Oct and Sunday 28 Oct For all ages: navigate yourself around the museum and find answers that will help you discover the mystery monster Free for Museum visitors.Free for Museum visitors, drop in throughout the day. Call 01494 892192 to book tickets. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Ghoulish Goo Cake at the Roald Dahl MuseumWednesday 31 Oct. For 6+ years: create a ghostly rice crispy cake and decorate it as scarily as you can. Will yours be too scary to eat? 11.30pm to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 3.00pm to 4.00pm. £3.50 per participant, plus museum entry. Call 01494 892192 to book. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Steaming Open Day- Sunday 28 Oct. A full size steam train will offer unlimited rides, Rides on the miniature railway at small extra charge. The Centres large collection and museums will be opening for viewing. Gift Shop & Refreshments. For Further Information www.bucksrailcentre.org Under 5’s Go Free 10:30am to 5:30pm (last Admission 4:30 pm) Adult £10.00 Senior £9.00 Child £7.00 Family £27.00. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Steaming Open Day -Wednesday 31 Oct A full size steam train will offer unlimited rides, Rides on the miniature railway at small extra charge. The Centres large collection and museums will be opening for viewing. Gift Shop and Refreshments. For Further Information see www.bucksrailcentre.org Under 5’s Go Free 10:30am to 4:30pm (last Admission 3:30 pm) Adult £10.00 Senior £9.00 Child £7.00 Family £27.00. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Cheddington Craft Fair- Sunday 28 Oct Cheddington Resident’s Association annual Quality Craft Fair Sunday 28th October 2012 10am - 4pm with stalls to attract all the family. Crafts are all hand-made and include jewellery, pictures, wooden toys, hand-knitted dolls and babies clothes, decoupage, cards, bookmarks, Christmas decorations and lots more! Refreshments available. Disabled access. Raffle. Free admission. Contact Meg Grant 01296 661845 rgrant@nildram.co.uk. 10am to 4pm Free admission Disabled Access Contact: Meg Grant 01296 661845 rgrant@nildram.co.uk.

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