Sticks Oct 2014

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Issue 24 October 2014

In this edition of The Sticks Exclusive interview with 60’s Legend PJ Proby and comic Stephen K Amos Win tickets to see Viva La Drag and Xmas themed night Our new Hero Cheese of the Month BBC Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace on are you seated comfortably We road test the Hyundai i20 Coupe And much more Plus pages of events listings across Herts, Beds & Bucks -1-


Welcome to the October edition of The Sticks Magazine! The most talked about magazine in Herts, Beds & Bucks With over 16,000 readers a month

In this issue: Exclusive interview with PJ Proby Stephen K Amos Interview Win tickets to see Viva La Drag Curwens Column Tips on Empty Nesting Art Column Panto time - part one Win 2 places for Xmas themed night Car Test – Hyundai i20 Coupe Janey Lee Grace - Are you seated comfortably Big Barn Food Column Hero Cheese of the Month Listings – Herts, Beds & Bucks

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Contributors: Janey Lee Grace, Terry Sullivan Donna Obstfeld, Andrew Merritt-Morling, Julie Sale, Sharon Struckman

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Exclusive interview with 60’s star P J Proby P.J. Proby (born James Marcus Smith) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Proby recorded the singles "Hold Me", "Somewhere" and "Maria". In 2008, Proby celebrated his 70th birthday and EMI released the Best of the EMI Years 1961–1972. Proby continues to write and record music on his own independent record label, Select Records, and performs across the UK on various Sixties themed concerts. You were born in Houston, Texas but live in England now? Yes I was born in Houston, then age 17 I went to Hollywood where I met Jack Good and I came over here for 15 days to do the Beatles first TV special and that was fifty years ago and I stayed ever since as I got lucky over here, I got a hit record and everything. I had Paul McCartney and the boys introduced me to the world. So what made you stay in England? Well I had my first hit produced by Jack Good called “Hold Me” which had Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Paige playing on it. I forged a career for myself over here. What did you do in Hollywood? I was bodyguard for Liberace, Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, I was a minder. In those days I was hired to run round the parties and any body who called Liberace a queer, I had to take them out and break their hands and feet but that was the late fifties /early sixties, then your career was over with if you were branded a homosexual. You played Elvis on stage? Yes and I played in his life story two times, once in 1977 and again in 1996-97. I first met Elvis when we were teenagers when I was doing a radio show and he released his first record in ’54 when me, Tommy Sands and Elvis were working the beer bars around Houston, Texas. In the 1997 cast you had Tim Whitnall and Mike Barrett who went on to be Shakin’ Stevens? That’s right, the old guys. Tim had his own TV show at one time then he went on to do voiceovers and I think he is producing theatre shows now. Bet you had some great times with Elvis, what do you think about the trash that has been written about him? Elvis told me one time, if anyone ever puts me down, don’t hit them or anything like that, just look at the shape of their head and feel sorry for them. You recorded under a couple of other names as well? Yeah I did because I sang with Bob Blackwell who had Little Richard and all the coloured artists and I was doing a lot of black music. One of the records I did for Liberty records, sounded so black that they wanted to change my name, so it sounded more of a black name, to Orville Woods, then one of the record company spent all day on the telephone to black DJ’s pretending I was black, to avoid the racial ban. In those days they would not play a white artist on black stations but I got played and it was too late when they discovered it. I also recorded


under the name Jett Powers, which was the first name they gave me as there was already a singer called John Smith, Jett was from James Dean’s name in Giant. How did you get the name PJ Proby? In 1962, my friend Sharon Sheeley took me down to Liberty records to get me a contract but they wanted to change my name as they said I was very well known in Hollywood by all the wrong people - you’re very popular with the police, you seem to spend every Saturday night in the police station cells, drunk and disorderly so Sharon suggested PJ Proby who was a boyfriend at high school before she was engaged to Eddie Cochran. I went in there as Jett Powers with 25 cents in my pocket and came out with recording and writing contract worth 500 dollars a month. I was just singing on a Saturday night then to pay my rent. You came to fame with the famous trousers splitting incident? Yes in 1965 at Fairfield Hall, Croydon on the Cilla Black tour and I was the first Male ever to wear a ponytail. I majored in British history at school and remembered the British sailors all had ponytails for hygienic reasons. Mary Whitehouse dreamed up most of the trouser splitting incident, even jeans would had ripped the way my act went with knee slides and everything across the wooden stage. They had done a deal Gordon Mills, he was the producer of that show, to throw me off the show and get Tom Jones on the tour, so when my pants split at the knees Mary swore blind that she could see something and got me on a morals clause, I should be so lucky she could see something at my knees you know!!!! And that was it, headlines the next day that I was obscene and everything, lock up your daughters, they banned me from theatres and everything. I had to hire Buddy Bregman, Bing Crosby’s musical arranger to write me an act to go off and do night club work only for adults in the north of England. Do you still enjoy touring/ performing? I love touring as the fans were kept away from me till they were in their 60s. I have only been able to be with the audience and everything since 2000 so that’s only 14 years out of the 50 years I have been here.

PJ Proby can be seen as part of the Sixties Gold Tour along side Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Fortunes and Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes on Wednesday 1 October at Swan Theatre, High Wycombe Saturday 11 October at Alban Arena, St Albans Friday 17 October at Gordon Craig, Stevenage Monday 1 December at Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury Photos: Ron Tennant of Belgium including PJ and John Lennon, David Bailey’s 1965 photo and P J with Gene Pitney


Stephen K Amos: Welcome to My World by Brian Donaldson

Stephen K Amos doesn’t strike you as one of life’s awkward customers. But that’s exactly what he is aiming to be in his new touring show, Welcome To My World. Having had enough of being asked the same questions time and time again (such as ‘what does the K stand for?’), Amos is looking to get some new, big questions on the table. “Even in this day and age, we still don’t like to talk about things like race and sexuality or how much money you earn, all those awkward dinner party conversation fillers. There’s a certain weirdness that can spark up in those areas and that gives me a springboard to be awkward within the show and ask the audience the awkward, challenging questions.” World affairs is something that’s currently playing on Amos’ mind and he’s not going to shy away from getting a measure of his crowd’s opinion on prickly contemporary issues. “Bearing in mind what’s going on with Russia at the moment, where they’re going into Ukraine and grabbing bits of a country that was once theirs, I wonder why the world is reacting the way it has? Is the reason we’re not properly taking Russia to task is that they’re a superpower and a big danger to us, so we’re just paying them lip service? How would the world react if the indigenous people of Australia tried to claim what is theirs rightfully?” Issues a little closer to home are also stretching Amos’ patience, and he’ll be posing more tough questions about the current political landscape in Britain. “At the recent European elections, there was a move to the far right. Over here, it seemed like UKIP was the only party running in the elections. On TV, radio and in print, it was all about them. And all I can gather from their policies is that they have views on immigration and Europe, and nothing else. Yet people have rushed to make this protest vote. I’d like to think it’s a flash in the pan, and we’ve now seen what happens when people don’t exercise their fundamental right to vote. But history has taught us that wake-up calls don’t always get heeded.” All of which sounds rather serious and somewhat un-Amos like. But don’t worry, the London comic knows full well how to play to his strengths. “Ultimately, my main focus is that they’ve got to laugh. The people who come to my shows are, generally speaking, the converted, so there’s no point in me just telling them about race and politics and getting all this applause, that’s just pointless. So I’m giving them the jokes and getting it down to a very basic level. Think back to Martin Luther King and his great speech about having a dream: I’ve always thought how the world might be a different place if the night before that speech, he had eaten some cheese. So, it’s all about keeping it up and down, making a point but keeping the laughter flowing.”


Since he arrived on the comedy scene back in 2001, Amos has had no problem with facilitating the sound of laughter in every room he’s appeared in. He’s had a string of acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe stand-up shows such as All Of Me and Find The Funny, acted on the West End alongside Christian Slater and Frances Barber in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, had his own entertainment shows on TV and radio, presented Batty Man, a BAFTA-nominated documentary for Channel 4 and even appeared as a doctor in two episodes of EastEnders. But like many UK acts who have conquered their own country, eyes naturally turn to the US. “I’m going there for maybe three months to get a lot of stuff under my belt. One of the main things is to put yourself out there and get yourself known; my goal is to get onto the late night comedy shows because they have yet to see a black British comic on there. I don’t want to jinx myself or sound big-headed but I would absolutely kill it. There was a big resistance towards any British comics for a while, but they love Monty Python and the surrealness of Eddie Izzard. It’s definitely a market waiting to happen.” In his last touring show, The Spokesman (sharp-eyed anagram fans might spot ‘Stephen K Amos’ in there), he set out to prove that being a leader is not part of his career plan. “If you’re going to be a spokesman for anything, you have to be honest and proud and be able to back it up 100%. There are things I have done: I’ve parked in disabled bays, I’ve kept change that was given to me in excess, so I really wouldn’t make a good spokesman.” Given that he mentioned Eddie Izzard, a comic who is not afraid to wear his political colours on his sleeve and has hinted that he might run for London Mayor one day, is public office something that Amos would fancy having a go at? “No. Even in my job, I don’t harm anybody; if you don’t like my kind of comedy you can just switch me off. But it stirs something up in people when you talk about politics, and by its very definition, people will either love or hate you and some will write what they want about you. I do accept there’s freedom of speech, but what is it about the internet and Twitter which just compels people to go and slag someone off? Ten, fifteen years ago, what did these people do? Did they sit in their own houses just banging their heads against a wall because an outlet wasn’t there?” So, given than he’s tried his hand successfully at stand-up, acting and presenting, is there anything left for him to try? How about fronting his own TV chat show? It’s not such a crazy idea given that he’s had a talk show at the Edinburgh Fringe. “I think we are due a black talk show host. We had such fun doing it in Edinburgh and I think I’m good with people, a very good listener and I can run with stuff that happens in the moment. And I’m not one of those cruel comics.” No, just a seemingly effortless, naturally funny one.

See Stephen K Amos Live on Sunday 12 October at Court Theatre, Tring Thursday 16 October at The Stables, Wavendon Saturday 18 October at Wyllyotts theatre, Potters Bar Saturday 31 January 2015 at Gordon Craig theatre, Stevenage Saturday 7 February 2015 at Radlett Centre, Radlett


Win a pair of tickets to see VIVA LA DRAG! With special guest Sam Buttery of BBC1’s The Voice

We've teamed up with the producers of brand-new stage show Viva la Drag! to give a lucky reader/listener the chance of winning a pair of tickets to see the spectacular production at the Grove Theatre Dunstable, on Saturday 18 October~ 8pm. Directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative director, featuring songs especially composed by Boy George, starring Sam Buttery from TV’s The Voice, the latest hit show from London’s West End – Viva la Drag! – is coming to town. If you’re ready to party like you’ve never partied before, Viva la Drag! comes fresh from a critically-acclaimed West End run. It’s the ultimate girls’ night out. . . with added extras! The outrageous party night stage show to die for packs in more chart toppers than any other. Glee-style mash-ups blend classic hits with current No1s: Single Ladies, Stop in the Name of Love, Car Wash, Rolling in the Deep, Survivor, We are Family, songs by the Andrew Sisters and scores more. Starring sweet harmonies, wondrous costumes and cutting-edge variety – including exquisitely-ripped male eye-candy – the famous dragtacular boasts real musical pedigree: directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative director; songs especially composed by Boy George; musical direction from No1 hit songwriter for the Sugarbabes, Emma Bunton and Kylie; vocals by arranger to Girls Aloud and Danni Minogue, costume design by Kylie’s famed world tours team. Viva la Drag! charts the rise from rags to the queens of drag of an all-male/female close harmony group. Their razor-tongued manager navigates band splits and solo hits, against a backdrop of glitz, hits, fun and kitsch in the show of the year. Over-16s advised. To win tickets please answer this simple question: Viva la Drag is coming to which local theatre? The first entry drawn will win a pair of tickets to the show. Send your answer by email with your name, address, email address and daytime phone number to: Closing date: Noon Wednesday 15th October The prize will go to the first entry drawn on 15th October. There is no cash alternative. Usual your publication rules apply. Editor's decision is final. To buy tickets contact: The Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Dunstable LU5 4GP Tickets: £21.50 Concessions £19.50 Box office: 01582 60 20 80 8

YOUR LOCAL SOLICITORS IS ARBITRATION A BETTER WAY TO RESOLVE DISPUTES ? The legal profession is being encouraged to try and resolve the financial and property issues arising from divorce and family breakdown away from the court. However, when negotiations have ground to a halt and the parties have reached an impasse, where can they turn next ? Solicitors, barrister and even retired Judges across the country have been qualifying as Family Arbitrators to try and fill the gap. In Family Arbitration, the parties choose their own Arbitrator and agree with them how the issues are to be resolved – for example: what evidence/disclosure needs to be produced by the parties, where will any hearing will take place, and whether any issues can be resolved just on paper submissions by the parties’ legal representatives. The Arbitrator is still deciding the issues using the law that applies in the courts in England & Wales and the final decision is binding on the parties. Family Arbitration was developed to enable parties to resolve their financial disputes more quickly, confidentially and in a more flexible and less formal setting than a courtroom. So is it just for the rich and famous ? On the face of it, Arbitration looks more expensive than court because instead of a oneoff court fee (typically £255), the parties have to share the costs of the Arbitrator for their time in dealing with the case. This can often be agreed as a fixed fee, and arguably if the case can then be resolved more quickly the parties then save on the costs they incur with their legal representatives. For some parties, it is not just the costs which are important – but the time court proceedings can take. Typically, a financial application going all the way to a final hearing can take 12 months. If the parties are still living under the same roof for example, it can be important to get a resolution quickly. There are some situations where Arbitration might not be suitable - for example if the case is likely to need evidence from third parties, or if there is a real risk that one party will try to hide assets. However, Arbitration is a genuine alternative to consider before issuing court proceedings in family financial cases If you would like more information on Arbitration, or family law issues generally please contact: Curwens have offices in Royston, Hoddesdon and Enfield. 9

Tips on Empty Nesting Today my lovely friend Chris dropped in unexpectedly and I was shocked to see how drawn and upset she looked. Over a cup of tea the tears began to “trip her” as she explained how bereft she was feeling about her daughter leaving for her first term at University. “I feel so selfish as she is full of beans and so happy and has worked so hard to get into the course she dreamt of”. So is my friend a selfish Mother? No of course she is not, but she is a Mum who is coming to terms with life changes and the so-called “Empty Nest Syndrome”. Every year many parents, both Mums and Dads, face this pain as they go through the heart wrenching experience of letting go of a much-loved child. In many respects at this time we find ourselves in conflict. On one hand we have brought them up, and encouraged them to become independent and fly the nest. On the other hand we want to “grab at their feet and hold them to us a little while longer’. Chris had popped in to see me, as she knew that I too had experienced these feelings when my children left home. So what advice do I have for Chris and the many parents out there? • • • •

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Share their joy; help them prepare for the adventure ahead. Help them buy the “bits and bobs” they will need to make their unfamiliar rooms at University like home. Show interest in their course and look at the syllabus and ask questions. Even if you feel like weeping, hold it in. Smile happily as you wish them luck and wave them on their way; this is about them not you. Help them take responsibility for their own life as befits a young adult. You may think you are being kind giving a financial safety net, but they need to learn to manage the available money and make sensible choices. Avoid using extra money as a means of keeping them dependent. Never guilt trip them. Remember their world will be new to them; exciting and scary in equal measure, and they may not be in contact as much as you would like. NEVER say “oh so you have finally rung”; be positive, ask questions and be upbeat about their experiences, give them your news. Embrace technology Skype, Face-time and texting are also good ways of keeping in touch and letting them know you are there. Always be there and keep the door open for them when they need you or have bad days. Listen to them, dust them down and then encourage them back to their new life. Welcome their new friends; you will find they will bring friends home if it is a happy experience without pressure. Look at the positives, you now have more freedom. What is there you would like to do that has been on hold? You will now have the time and energy for new adventures yourself, grasp this. Think about your relationship; often when children leave there is a period of adjustment. For a long time you have been focused on the children now you can give each other some time and get to know each other again without the pressure of family life.

Follow these tips and your relationship will re-configure, as it should do, into that of adults relating to each other and mutually respectful. If you find you are having difficulty adjusting then seek help. LCC can offer support and counselling from as little as £15.00 per session. Please contact us on 01462 674671


THE BEAUTY OF CERAMICS Jane Sleator creates beauty out of clay. She studied Ceramics at the University of Westminster where she obtained a BA Hons in 2008 and she was awarded, The Digswell Arts Trust Award for ‘the best work in 3D' in the exhibition. “Intricate beauty and hidden details of nature play a major role in my work, together with a love of throwing as a means of making. No two bowls are alike. You are buying rare, handmade works of art which will grace every room”. Her stoneware vessels are hand thrown on the wheel and shaped to produce unique, naturally flowing forms which combine elegance with functionality. She explores interesting contrasts between rough and smooth, natural and manmade, as each piece is individually textured, inspired by designs found in nature. Her beautiful ceramics are on display and to purchase at So if you are looking for the perfect gift, pop over and see her work.

To enquire about purchasing Jane’s work, please send an email to or go to her website at


Panto time –Part One Two Cinderella’s off to the ball

The word is out! This year’s sparkling pantomime Cinderella (Fri 12 Dec – Sun 4 Jan) is to star the stunning Suzanne Shaw as Fairy Godmother, and returning due to popular demand having won the hearts of the Vale two years ago, Russell Grant as Baron Hardup. Russell and Suzanne are joined by Aylesbury’s very own Andy Collins as Buttons, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Andrew Derbyshire as Prince Charming and singer/songwriter Holly Brewer in the title role of Cinderella. Suzanne Shaw got her break 2001 when the ITV show Popstars launched a competition for contestants to become part of a newly formed pop band. Suzanne became one of the members of Hear'Say and their debut single Pure and Simple was the fastest selling noncharitable record ever in the UK, selling 1.3 million copies. In 2008 Suzanne was crowned Dancing On Ice champion in TV’s prime-time ITV1 show and hit our screens again last year in the Champion of Champions series. Suzanne’s appeared in the popular ITV1 soap Emmerdale and can currently be seen as a regular contributor on ITV1’s This Morning. Suzanne is no stranger to the stage and as well as having many pantomime credits to her name she has also appeared in Chicago as Roxie in the West End as well as playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Fresh out of the kitchen of this year’s 2014 Celebrity Masterchef, Russell Grant’s prolific career started at the tender age of 10. Russell’s dream came true when given the opportunity to learn how to dance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (2011), partnered with World Champion Latin dancer, Flavia Cacace. Russell was asked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to star at the London Palladium in The Wizard of Oz, and returned to the West 12

End as special guest star in Midnight Tango at the Phoenix Theatre reuniting with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone in 2013. He has since launched ‘Zalza’ with Flavia, a new dance-fitness DVD and can often be seen on This Morning. For Russell, returning to Aylesbury “is like Christmas has come early! I had such a fabulous time in Peter Pan two years ago that when I was offered the chance to return I jumped at it. The town’s great, the theatre is gorgeous and the audiences were in a league of their own, a real blast to play to. I can’t wait!” Back on a mission to get audiences rolling around the aisles is Andy Collins who will be celebrating his third panto in his hometown. Having notched up hundreds of hours on TV & Radio presenting a wide range of programmes from Shakespeare to Stand Up, MTV to CITV, Andy is also recognised as the number one warm up guy in T.V. & Radio, copresents the national tour of Question of Sport and Dancing on Ice. 2014 will find him working alongside the inimitable Ant & Dec on a nationwide tour! Love is in the air, and this year’s dream couple are Britain’s






Derbyshire and gorgeous singer/songwriter Holly Brewer. Andrew was plucked from ITV’s Pop Idol contest in 2001 by Musical Director Mike Dixon to join the original cast of West End Musical We Will Rock You and has since been involved in numerous other stage works including Dirty Dancing (International Arena Tour), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK tour and New London Theatre, West End) and was most recently seen in Thriller on the UK Tour and in the West End. Holly is very excited to be retuning to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre after playing the role of Sleeping Beauty last year. Having spent a lot of time recording in the studio Holly is keen to be back on stage in December performing to live audiences, she said “Playing the role of Cinderella is every little girl’s dream and I cannot wait". With glittering costumes, bags of audience participation and real-life ponies,


sparkling rags to riches story sees Cinders transformed from a maid to the belle of the ball. The clock is ticking... make sure you book your ticket for the ball this Christmas call Box Office 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit (bkg fee).


So Wilkommen, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Come with us on a magical journey to the heart of snowy Austria and deep into the frozen Vienna Woods for the most fabulous fairy tale panto of them all: Cinderella and the Glass Slipper! Created by the same in-house team that brought you Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and Aladdin; Cinderella and the Glass Slipper will take you on a wondrous adventure from frozen forests and freezing fingers to palace parties and twinkling toes….just don’t tell the Ugly Sisters or there will be trouble! Full of scintillating songs, delicious dances and laughs by the biscuit barrel-load, Hertford Theatre’s panto will guarantee you have a ball this Christmas!! The show has been specially written for Christmas by the Theatre’s Director, Rhys Thomas – who is also directing the show. Rhys adds ‘We are delighted to bring Cinderella and the Glass Slipper to Hertford, everybody loves the story and we are looking forward to adding in our own special twist!’ The show runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes (including an interval) and is suitable for children aged 4+. There are dedicated schools performances and have designated performances for groups to choose from, also can accommodate wheelchairs and special needs groups. The show starts on Saturday 6th December and runs until Thursday 1st January. Tickets are already on sale and start from £14 for children and £56 for a family ticket for four. To book tickets, contact the Box office on 01992 531500 or book online at 14

Win 2 places for any Xmas themed night at the Forum, Stevenage When you are making plans for a company Christmas party there are a number of ‘boxes’ that have to be ticked but in order of preference the top three have to be venue, venue and venue. No matter what your theme, whether you are planning to have awards, complicated dress codes, entertainment or even goodie bags and a photographer, the most important decision comes at the beginning because you simply must make sure that your venue is the right place to host the event that you really want to hold. There’s no point choosing a historic country manor house that can’t cater for the numbers or the entertainment that you had in mind. Along with being able to host the right number of people (and that can be done by subdividing some larger spaces) your venue should also be able to handle the needs of entertainment groups (that often means power supply and space), caterers (that requires a purpose built functioning kitchen) and vital extras such as good transport links like being close to a railway station or taxis and having access to hotel rooms (preferably on site). For this reason there has been a long tradition of high quality Christmas events at The Forum in Danestrete, Stevenage. It’s predecessor was the Hertford Park Hotel and it was renowned as the place for superb Christmas and New Year entertainment. Now having undergone a spectacular refurbishment the venue is once again set to be the place for seasonal parties and the events planned are booking up fast. Along with availability for private parties, the venue that can cater for in excess of 600 people is hosting a number of Christmas themed events such as a Calypso party, an Elvis night and a Bollywood Xmas. When it comes to a company Christmas bash, how many times do you hear the lament that ‘this is the fifth turkey dinner I have eaten this week’? The Forum is hoping to change that with a change of menu and also a change of scenery and of course if you want to make a long night of it, there are rooms available as well. So if you are still on the verge of making that vital decision on venue, call The Forum on 01438 533012 or email and see just how this purpose built facility could make your Christmas party 2014 one to remember. See pages 18-19 for more details Win 2 places for any Xmas themed night please answer this simple question: In which town is the Forum? The first correct entry drawn will win 2 places for any Xmas themed night (subject to availability), Send your answer by email with your name, address, email address and daytime phone number to: Closing date: Noon Wednesday 5th November. There is no cash alternative. Usual your publication rules apply. Editor's decision is final.


Hyundai sketches out plans for new i20 Coupé Hyundai has revealed plans for a 3-door i20 Coupé to sit alongside its new i20 5door supermini hatchback. The adoption of the term “coupé” on its 3-door version hopefully signals the Korean company’s intent on giving the car some genuine sporty appeal. At this stage, only a single rendering has been officially released by the company, but it does at least give us a clue to how it is taking shape. The image shows that the 3-door version is markedly different to the more staid but practical stature of the 5-door model. The long bonnet which flows into a more steeply raked windscreen helps accentuate the assertive stance. The roofline is lower and culminates in a roof spoiler that helps to provide more emphasis on its racy intent. Although there are no details about the engine line-up that will be used in the i20 Coupé, a spicy i20N model is likely to be on the cards. This is expected to use a hotter version of the 99bhp 1.4-litre unit that will be available in the second-generation 5-door model. However, our insiders at Hyundai have suggested we temper our enthusiasm for a full-on hot-hatch, instead describing the currently-planned i20N Coupé as a “warm hatch, rather than a hot one” since this is where the sales volume is. It will be given firmer suspension settings though and a new colour scheme is being developed for the cabin. Hyundai says the new variant “promises to combine driving fun, a distinctive character and sporty refinement, with the enhanced practicality and quality already previewed in its 5-door sibling.” The reality is that Hyundai can afford to slightly gamble on the 3door i20 because the bulk of the sales will be taken up by the 5-door variant. The i20 Coupé will help attract younger customers to the brand – the typical buyers of 3-door editions. Elsewhere, we would expect the i20 Coupé to get the same line-up of engines as will be used in the 5-door variant. Therefore, expect a 1.25 petrol in two power outputs, a larger 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol or two 1.1-litre diesel units in either 74 or 89 bhp outputs. It is less certain if the 3-door version will get the 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol unit. In addition to being developed by its own engineers, Hyundai are offering the i20 to its World Rally drivers to get their feedback. We have heard that the winner of the recent Rally Germany, Thierry Neuville, has already put the car through its paces at the company’s new Nürburgring-based testing facility. Like the 5-door hatchback model, the Coupe has been designed and engineered at the Korean company’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany. The i20 will be built in Turkey. The Hyundai i20 Coupé will be first unveiled to the world at the Paris Motor Show. It will go into production in February and is expected to go on sale in the UK in March or April next year. It will follow the arrival of the 5-door hatchback that will arrive in showrooms in January. The performance version will follow in the second half of the year. 16

Are you seated comfortably as you read this? Chances are you aren’t, as a nation most of us sit badly and for way too long and we have practically an epidemic of back pain to show for it.

A recent Horizon programme found that better posture

helps tremendously and one interesting option is to stand while we work….ahem…I am tapping away with legs crossed (the worst thing to do!). I’m inspired to look at the range of adjustable height desks and special ergonomic chairs from St Albans based company Relaxback.

The Back App chair helps to reduce back pain while

sitting and makes it easier to sit in a better posture, there’s also circular desk raisers which are strong and sturdy or you invest in a desk which raises and lowers at the press of a button.

Arrange a trail in Herts or London Get moving too, in addition to your posture we were designed to move – every day! It’s a case of use it or lose it so if you can, do something every day.

There some

awesome exercise opportunities across Herts. and the best exercise for you is the one you enjoy!

I love dance and

movement classes but definitely don’t buy into the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy so for me Nia is brilliant, it’s a unique blend of nine different movement forms incorporating the healing arts, the dance arts and the martial arts. In any one class you may find yourself whirling and twirling Isadora Duncan style, or doing funky jazz dance or strong Tae Quondo kicks – all the inspirational specially commissioned music which incorporates world, rap, classical, pop et al.

Look out for classes across West Herts with black belt

trained teacher Michele Kaye, I hope you’ve enjoyed Organic Month; there have been some brilliant events across Herts. and hopefully you have had a chance to sample not just organic foods, but cleaning products and skincare from local farmers markets and shops.

independent health

Remember to check the ingredients especially on skincare products as they

don’t have the same restrictions as food. Be wary, I saw a bottle of Organic Aloe Vera shampoo, that did contain 1 per cent of said aloe vera but also a whole host of potentially synthetic chemicals, what you put on your skin goes within! Check out my site for my recommendations




Is Ignorance Stifling the Growth of Better Food and Drink? I was annoyed recently by some ignorant feedback placed on a BigBarn webpage for an artisan raw milk producer. I could see that the person had reached their point of view without any thought or knowledge. And frustrated by how hard it must be for artisan producers to justify a higher price for their high quality goods. I am frustrated that the modern food industry will continue to separate consumers from producers so that our food buying decisions result from clever marketing instead of knowledge. Marketing that will persuade us to buy a ready made baked potato for 75p instead of cooking one for 10p and where milk is cheaper than water in some shops. One would hope that marketing was about providing knowledge to help consumers make the best buying choices. It seems however that in the food market, where there has been a consistent drop in the level of basic knowledge, many products that have little or no value, sometimes become best sellers, and great products, without reasonable marketing, fail. So back to the annoying feedback, and perhaps, the chance to market artisan food and drink? The following was placed on Hook & Son Raw Milk from Mr Braeburn with a dodgy email: Their milk prices seem extortionate considering regular organic milk is much cheaper yet undergoes more processing (homogenised and pasteurised). Raw milk is extracted and chilled…less processing – so why so much more expensive? I contacted Hook & Son, one of the pioneers of Raw Milk sales, and was delighted to receive a long list of reasons why their milk is priced higher than supermarket organic. With their milk priced at £1.50 (or £1.90/pint, 10 pints delivered) compared to supermarket organic 60p/pint. Here are the reasons: Raw organic milk is a very different product to pasteurised organic milk. We only have 70 cows and have to pay for a license to sell raw milk together with certification from The Soil Association to confirm that we meet stringent organic standards + the costs of ‘quality control’ measures. We pay for our raw milk, cream and butter to all be tested at a laboratory every week to ensure that it is of the highest standard and have 20 part and full time members of staff all trained to Food Safety level. Our cows are grass fed with a more expensive supplement feed of linseed with seaweed. The raw milk has healthy omega fatty acids, conjulicated linoleic acid and probiotic bacteria as well as all the other nutritional benefits. All our milk and milk products come from our cows carefully reared and fed on natural sustainable feeds. With pasteurised milk, cows are fed grain, the farmer milks the cows and a tanker takes the milk away to be mixed with many other farmer’s milk then put through the process of pasteurisation, homogenisation and bottling. Consequently the overheads are much less with minimal staff. What I find extraordinary is why Mr ‘Braeburn’ thinks £1.50 for a pint of Hook & Son’s fresh, nutritious, wholesome raw milk is ‘extortionate’ when a pint of junk, fanta is about the same price and a pint of beer in the pub is twice as much?


Hero Cheese of the Month: BEAUVALE It is not often that a new cheese has been developed and has the makings of a true legend, Beauvale falls into that category. Beauvale has been created by Robin Skailes and Howard Lucas, cheese makers from the Cropwell Bishop dairy. They are famed for their Stilton Cheese and have now diversified into the realms of soft and unctuous blue cheese. Named after the wonderful Vale of Belvoir, which surrounds the dairy. They use peak district milk, hand ladled into moulds and lovingly matured for seven weeks. This cheese turns into a soft and creamy textured, slightly saltier Gorgonzola style blue. It is easily spreadable, great in sauces, perfect on any cheese board, in a salad or just on a sweet digestive biscuit as a delicious snack. Why don’t you try this with a strong sweet apple cider, or if you're feeling bold, a Madeira style sweet wine, like Corsican Flumicicoli Muscateddu.

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Flower Festival - Fri 3 to Sun 5 Oct St Leonard’s Flower Festival at harvest time is now nearly 40 years old and is a wonderful collaborative event featuring contributions from the WI to the Sports club and Queens Head. St Leonard’s Church, Church End, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DL

Herts Listings Ashridge Autumn Trail - til Fri 31 Oct Join us for a stroll through the woodland discovering more about Autumn time at Ashridge and complete some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 on route. Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre HP4 1LT

Hoddesdon Charter Fair - Fri 3 to Sun 5 Oct Hoddesdon town centre will see for the 5th year running the Charter Fair visiting the High Street during October. The Fair will be opened by the Mayor of Broxbourne on Friday 3 October High Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8TL

Jongleurs Comedy Club - Sat 4, 11, 18, 25 Oct Walkabout, Watford, Watford WD17 1AW Hertford and Beyond: Contemporary images captured for you - till Sat 11 Oct Featuring the recent work of local photographer Dennis Preston, 100% of proceeds from sales at this exhibition will benefit two worthy charities Hertford Museum SG14 1DT

The Lost Boy - Forge Museum Ghost Hunt - Sat 4 Oct The Forge Museum dates back to the 15th century and is a grade II listed building. The original building started off as a farmhouse on the Moor Place Estate before being extended iForge Museum, High Street, Much Hadham SG10 6BS

Psychic Sally On The Road - Wed 1 October 8pm International psychic and star of hit TV show Psychic Sally: On The Road, Sally Morgan returns to Watford Colosseum with her phenomenal interactive stage show. An ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift, Sally has dedicated her life to exploring the work of spirit and her live show aims to give validation that our loved ones still exist. The show is not about a belief system; it is simply about trusting spirit and identifying the signs that are all around us. Thousands of people have been drawn to Sally’s vivacious personality, which gives the show a relaxed and uplifting feel. Her ability to pass on messages from spirit with incredible accuracy leaves audiences completely astounded. Her work with highprofile celebrities and royalty earned her the name “psychic to the stars”, most notably reading for the inspirational Princess Diana. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a worldrenowned psychic in action! Sally Morgan is investigational and the show is for the purpose of entertainment. Tickets: £24.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Herts Health and Wholeness Festival - Sat 4 Oct With a focus on holistic well-being for mind, body, soul and community, this event will offer a beautiful space for exhibition/retails stands, treatments, talks, workshops and demonstrations. Forum Conference Centre, Ibis Hotel, Stevenage SG1 1EJ Local Author Event - Sat 4 Oct Local Author Event Carolyn Mathews, formerly a lecturer at West Herts College, is launching her second novel, ’Squaring Circles’ Watford Central Library, Hempstead Rd, Watford WD17 3EU John Illsley & His Band - Sun 5 October 8pm Founding member and bass guitarist of Dire Straits, John Illsley will be at Watford Colosseum performing songs from his latest album Testing the Water , along with some classic Dire Straits songs, including Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing and Brothers in Arms. John Illsley & His Band recently played to an audience of 3000 in the acoustic tent at Glastonbury this summer described by John as “a pleasure and a privilege”. Tickets £21.00, £18.50 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

HOPE Photography Exhibition - Thur 2, Fri 3, Sun 5 to Tue 7 Oct Hemel Hempstead based children’s charity; Hope for Children (HOPE) is hosting a photography exhibition to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Frogmore Mill Gallery, Apsley HP3 9RY

Antiques and Collectables - Sun 5 Oct Antiques Fair Bishop’s Stortford held in a spacious room at the football club. Over 20 stalls including Clarice Cliff, glass, Victorian collectables, jewellery and furniture .Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, Woodside Park, Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5RG

Sarah Stoker exhibition - Thur 2 to Weds 29 Oct Striking images of haunting beauty fill our Café Gallery in this lovely exhibition. Sarah Stoker has made her name making, designing and painting ceramics but has always painted as a hobby. Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW

Willow 10K - Sun 5 Oct Willow’s annual 10K is a great race for beginners and experienced runners - 22 -

long-a screening of the classic film Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. It’s the Summer of 1963, it’s college boys versus dancing hunks, it’s one of the best loved movies of all time and, yes, there is a guy as great as your dad. Join Baby and Johnny in a fun-filled screening of the1987 dance classic film where YOU are the stars of the show. Our host, will lead a vocal warm up, show you how to use your ‘magic moments fun pack’ and have you dancing really dirty…..Fancy dress not obligatory but highly recommended. Please note: This film carries a 15 certificate and contains adult content. Tickets: £17.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

alike. The race will be started by our very own Life President, Bob Wilson, who will send runners off Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield AL9 5NQ An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor - Sun 5 Oct Best known as one third of TV comedy trio The Goodies, Tim has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since joining the famous Cambridge Footlights back in the early 1960s. Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BX St Albans NCT nearly new sale - Sun 5 Oct Huge range of Baby and Childrens Toys, Clothes, Books, & Equipment Grab a Bargain! Nicholas Breakspear School AL4 0TT

Jazz at the Movies - Fri 10 Oct Great music from the silver screen, played by a great bunch of musicians with a a fascinating selection of material ranging from Bond to Bacharach, Dankworth to Disney, Cole Porter to Harold Pinter. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW

Octagon Music Society: Jubilee String Quartet Sun 5 Oct The Jubilee String Quartet will be performing Janacek: String Quartet No 2 (Intimate letters), Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18 No 4, Haydn: String Quartet Op 33 No 1, Szymanowski: String Quartet. The Clarendon Muse, Watford Grammar School for Boys, 70 Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JA

Aled Jones - Songs of Hope and Inspiration - Fri 10th Oct 7.30pm Aled Jones MBE - Singer, actor, author, broadcaster, TV presenter, musical theatre performer and part-time dancer invites you to spend a sensational evening with him. Accompanied by world class musicians the evening will feature an eclectic mix of songs and stories from Aled’s time in the public eye. Loved by the nation originally for his pure treble voice, Aled has recently celebrated over 27 years as a household name. Aled had been a regular on Songs of Praise for over 10 years and was also a presenter on ‘Escape to the Country’ and ‘Cash in the Attic’ for the BBC. He presents Classic FM’s Sunday morning radio show and for the last year and a half he has been waking up the nation every weekday morning with Lorraine Kelly on ‘Daybreak’ on ITV1. Tickets: £27.50, £25.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Autumn Craft Day - Sun 5 Oct Throughout the summer our loyal craft demonstrators come along to Mill Green to share their love of a particular traditional craft with our visitors. Mill Green Mill and Museum AL9 5PD Edith Piaf - A Celebration of a Legend - With Tina May and Her Musicians - Wed 8 Oct 8pm Award winning vocalist Tina May brings to life the music of Edith Piaf, in this celebration of France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. A gifted lyricist, consummate vocalist and sparkling entertainer, Tina May’s astonishing vocal ability and hypnotic stage presence has won her worldwide acclaim. See her masterfully capture the magic of Piaf with classics including La vie en rose, Hymne à l’amour, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien. Tickets £18.50, £15.50 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Hertford Food and Drink Festival - Fri 10 to Sun 12 Oct The 3rd Food and Drink Festival will last 3 days! On Friday you can take part in cookery classes. On Saturday head into town for live cookery demonstrations, free tasting, beers from local brewery. Hertford Castle and Town SG14 1HR

Elstree Productions Theatre Company Presents A Slice of Saturday Night - Weds 8 to Sat 11 Oct A musical spoof of Saturday night rituals for 17 year olds in that era, including clever poaching of a cross section of 60’s music taking us back to a decade in celebration. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Highlights of Ashridge - Frithsden Beeches - Sat 11 Oct Discover some of the highlights of the Ashridge Estate on a series of walks led by volunteer rangers Kath, Arthur and Mike. Each walk is about 6 miles in length. Dogs on leads are welcome. Ashridge Visitor Centre HP4 1LX

Sing-A-Long-A Dirty Dancing - Thu 9 October 7.30pm.The producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a Grease bring you their latest interactive film, the brand new sing-a23

Screaming Blue Murder - Mon 13, 27 Oct Returning to its spiritual home, Screaming Blue Murder or SBM to its friends pops up at regular fortnightly intervals to bring mirth to the masses – well at least The Cellar Club capacity. Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - Sat 11 Oct “A woman doesn’t have the right to protect her own dying father, or to save her husband’s life! I can’t believe that’s true…” Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BX Walk for One Million - Sat 11 Oct 10km. Join us in taking steps to beat ovarian cancer as we return to Hatfield House for Walk for One Million. Come for an amazing day out and raise money Hatfield House AL9 5NQ

10CC - Tue 14 October 8pm Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10CC are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure, with their current live incarnation still able to sell-out major concert halls. Testament to 10CC’s ongoing appeal, the band can count an array of fellow artists – from Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde and Axl Rose to The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie and Sophie Ellis Bextor – among their many millions of fans. With eleven Top 10 hits, including three No 1s – Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday – it’s no surprise the band has sold 15 million albums in the UK alone. The band today are Rick Fenn (guitar, bass and vocals), Mick Wilson (vocals, percussion and guitar), Mike Stevens (keyboards guitar, bass and vocals), Paul Burgess (drums) and Graham Gouldman (bass and vocals and guitar).Tickets £30.50, £28.50. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Illegal Eagles - Sun 12 October 7.30pm Following a number of critically acclaimed UK & European Tours, The Illegal Eagles have established themselves as, not only the ultimate tribute to The Eagles, but as one of the foremost authentic and talented theatrical experiences in the world! Vocalist Greg Webb now joins the classic line-up of members Phil Aldridge, Keith Atack, Al Vosper and Darin Murphy and Garreth Hicklin. Together Garreth & Greg’s abilities to capture the emotion of Don Henley’s vocal deliveries, has ensured that critical and audience acclaim has been unanimous. This latest production brings you all the classics - Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, Tequila Sunrise, Desperado, New Kid In Town…and a whole lot more! Tickets £24.00, £22.00. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Rory Mcgrath and Philip Pope - Bridge Over Troubled Lager - Weds 15 Oct After their hit dad-rock album Dark Side of the Moob, Rory and Philip return to touring with an evening of sophisticated comedy and song. Expect wit, elegance and clever musical pastiche. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

St Albans Country Market - Sun 12 Oct Local food cooperative. Selling cakes, biscuits, scones, pies and preserves etc as well as handmade items such as hats, cards and aprons. St Albans AL1 3DP Rickmansworth Wedding Show - Sun 12 Oct The show will include over 40 exhibitors, Bridal Fashion Shows, prize draws. Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri - An Acoustic Journey -Thurs 16 Oct For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Dolls Houses & Miniatures Fair - Sun 12 Oct Long established event featuring dolls houses & miniatures, featuring exhibitors from all over the UK selling all items in 1/12th & 1/24th scale. Stevenage Novotel, Knebworth Park, Stevenage SG6 3NG

Half a Person: My Life as told by The Smiths Fri 17 Oct Meet William, a 20-something Londoner who drifts from coffee shop to bar, falling in love, self-obsessing and finding solace in The Smiths. Letchworth Arts Centre. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW

HERTS 10k - Sun 12 Oct 10am. The route is open to runners of all abilities and walkers. Entry £17 includes t shirt, medal. Rothamsted Research, Harpenden AL5 2JQ

One Man Lord Of The Rings - Fri 17 Oct Written and created by Charles Ross, directed by TJ Dawe, lighting design by Mike Schaldmose. One Man to do it all. One Man to rule them all! The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Autumn Open Day at Hertford Castle - Sun 12 Oct Warm up by sitting near the open fire in the Castle whilst enjoying a cream tea and discovering the Castle’s history. Hertford Castle SG14 1HR 24

Dr. Hook featuring Ray (Eye Patch) Sawyer Sat 18 Oct 7.30pm Live for the first time in the UK for many years and with a new album in the charts ‘Timeless’– which of course their music certainly is , Dr. Hook, (shortened in 1975 from Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) the American rock band, formed around Union City, New Jersey. They enjoyed considerable commercial success in the 1970s with hit singles including “Sylvia’s Mother”, “The Cover of Rolling Stone”, “A Little Bit More” and “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”. In addition to their own material, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performed songs written by the poet Shel Silverstein. The band had eight years of regular chart hits, in both the U.S. and the UK, and greatest success with their later gentler material, as Dr. Hook. And here is the hits list:“Carry Me, Carrie” The Cover of a Rolling Stone ‘Roland The Roadie and Gertrude The Groupie’ ‘Only Sixteen’ ‘If Not You’ ‘More Like The Movies’ ‘Sharing the Night Together’ ‘Sexy Eyes’ ‘Better Love Next Time’ and more …tickets £27.50, £25.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

spectacular is sure to have children up on their feet and singing at the top of their voices! The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra - Sun 19 October 3pm The classical music stars of tomorrow make a return visit to the Colosseum with an orchestral concert conducted by Robin O’Neill. An exciting programme to include Blazewicz Second concerto for marimba and orchestra, performed with an energy and vibrancy that characterises the young musicians of The Purcell School. Based in Bushey, Purcell is one of the UK’s leading music schools and holds the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture. Tickets £12.00, £8.00 Concessions £2.00 off, School children £5.00. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993 Steve Cropper & Animals and Friends -Stax of Rhythm & Blues Tour 2014 - Tue 21 October 8pm Legendary guitarist and founding member of both Booker T. & The MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Steve Cropper is also co-writer of the classics (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Knock On Wood and In The Midnight Hour. Still an in-demand musician and producer, Steve has also contributed to albums by Paul Simon, Ringo Starr and Buddy Guy, to name but a few. Also featuring original Animals John Steel and Mick Gallagher, plus John E. Williamson and Peter Bart, a great band that needs little introduction. With over 20 global top ten hits, they remain a seminal rhythm and blues band who still command great respect. Expect a fantastic concert of pure classics including House Of The Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Baby Let Me Take You Home and more. Tickets: £25.00, £22.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Bleak House -- theatre plus optional pretheatre dinner - Sat 18 Oct Enjoy beautiful food and riveting drama -- one of Charles Dickens’s greatest works, wonderfully adapted for the stage by the "brilliant" (Daily Telegraph) Pantaloons theatre company. Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW ABBAtastic - Sat 18 Oct Led by Penny Manser and Joanna Benson this is your opportunity to don the fashions of the 70s (although it’s not compulsory) and dust off your funky platforms and your dancing shoes. Community Hall, North Hertfordshire College, Monkswood Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LA Family Deer Walk - Sat 18 and Sun 19 Oct Join us on this family friendly walk at the most exciting time of the year to watch deer as bucks compete for does. On this very popular wildlife walk it is often possible to see males locking horns. Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre HP4 1LT

Murder Mystery Dinner - The Mystery of Dr Syn - Wed 22 October 8pm Smuggler, Scholar, Scarecrow… Murderer? Come dressed for Halloween and a crime in which YOU are the detective! Can you catch the killer? Across the marshland cuts a mysterious figure. By day he is the local preacher with a rousing approach to the good word…But tonight he becomes the legendary highwayman and smuggler, Dr Syn. Dressed as a flintlock carrying scarecrow he and his band of buccaneers will hold you hostage until you solve the mystery haunting the pirate folke of the olde lowlands. Join the masked marauders of Moneypenny Murder Mystery Productions for an interactive investigation into

English Miscellany Barn Dance and Country Dance Workshop - Sat 18 Oct The Annual English Miscellany Barn Dance with Caller Andrew Swaine and Quicksilver Band preceded by a Country Dance Workshop led by Andrew Swaine with the English Miscellany musicians. St George’s School, Sun Lane, Harpenden AL5 4TD Milkshake Live!! - Sat 18 Oct Starring some of your milkshake favourites this brand new musical 25

Level 42, The Sirens Tour 2014 - Sat 25 October 7.30pm Level 42 have relished global success for over 30 years producing an impressive discography packed with hit tunes in the instantly recognisable sound they’re loved for, and with the release of their latest EP ‘Sirens’ on the brand new Level 42 Records, they’ve gone right back to their roots. With founder member Mike Lindup’s trademark vocals and multilayered synths, driven as always by Mark King’s thundering bass lines, and Pete-Ray Biggin’s jaw dropping drums with remixes by the master John Morales this will be a night to remember. Tickets: £28.00. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

the villainous guise of the Pyrate King o’ the Marshland: Dr Syn! Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner while the plot twists, turns and finally unfolds! Tickets: £40.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993 Buddy Holly - A Legend Reborn- Special guest EVERLY BROTHERS live revue- Thu 23 October 8pm The UK’s number one Buddy, Marc Robinson, arrives with the fabulous Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn concert show. Joining him is the Fortt Brothers with their amazing Everly Brothers live revue show. Marc revives classic hits like Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy. Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their Fifties heyday, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is an authentic slice of rock ’n’ roll nostalgia that ensures Buddy’s incredible legacy of unforgettable hit songs lives on. Alltime favourites Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to do is Dream, Cathy’s Clown and Walk Right Back are sensationally brought to the stage by the Fortts as the Everlys. The allstar cast has appeared in Royal Variety Performances and include winners from TV’s Stars in Their Eyes. Tickets: £23.00, £21.00. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Shakatak - Sun 26 October 7.30pm Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music. After a number of successful singles in the UK the band scored unprecedented international success with the release of the classic album “Night Birds” and the title track has become a standard in the popular music repertoire. This success was repeated with the hit “Down on the Street” and the award-winning video established the band’s personnel of Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Keith Winter, George Anderson and Roger Odell. Shakatak perform live regularly throughout the world either at huge festivals, in large concert halls or smaller jazz clubs, such is their love of playing live to their enthusiastic fans. As well as a busy touring schedule they continue to release recordings almost annually proving there is still an insatiable demand for the unique Shakatak sound. Tickets: £19.00, £17.50. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Radlett Art Society presents “Vorx of Hart” Thur 23 Oct Edward Lear’s Paintings and Watercolours. A digital lecture by Ann Clement BA FRSA Edward Lear is probably best known for his Nonsense Verses. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL The Music of James Taylor, performed by Sweet Baby James - Sat 25 Oct Calling all James Taylor fans. This must-see retrospective is a real treat with an evening of the legendary troubadour’s great music, from his first album through to his most recent with his. Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW

I Believe in Unicorns - Sun 26 Oct 2pm & 4pm. House and Wizard Presents I believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within. Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ

Paul Zerdin - Sat 25 Oct The Master Ventriloquist returns with a brand new show featuring your favourite sponge characters, stand up and some wicked audience participation. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller at Carnegie Hall 1939 - Sun 26 Oct Pete Long’s Goodmen (fifteen of them plus singer Joan Viskant) have performed Benny Goodman’s famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert twice in recent years to capacity audiences at Radlett. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Abrakazam! - Sat 25 Oct Prepare to be amazed this October as a brand new show comes to the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Presented by two of the region’s favourite entertainers: Cheeky Dog and Krisgar. Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road, Hitchin SG4 9SP

GRAHAM NORTON LIVE - The Life and Loves of a He Devil - Mon 27 October 8pm Graham Norton talks about his new memoir. Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world’s biggest stars for nearly twenty years. He is loved across the 26

Francis College Theatre, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ

nation for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings.Now is your chance to see Graham live in conversation as he talks about his brilliant new memoir The Life and Loves of a He Devil – a hilariously honest account of how the things we love make us who we are. From his Irish childhood to the present day, Graham will share his most memorable experiences - the side-splittingly funny and the tear-jerkingly sad and everything in between. With Graham’s unique blend of characteristic humour and outrageous candour he regales us with tales of his loves and losses and how they’ve shaped his life. Each ticket will include a pre-signed hardback copy of Graham Norton’s new book, The Life and Loves of a He Devil to be collected on the night. Running time approximately 1 hour. Tickets £30.00 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Des O’Connor - Thurs 30 Oct Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true show business legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL Stones in his Pockets - Thu 30 October 8pm The Multi Award Winning Comedy by Marie Jones comes to Watford Colosseum. Following a sellout run on Broadway, four and a half years in the West End and on tour, the worldwide sensation Stones in His Pockets returns with Ian McElhinney, the original director at the helm. Seen by over 2 million people, don’t miss this hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot. Universally loved by all who see it, Stones in His Pockets is brought to life by two highly talented actors who play 15 characters between them - from the two cheeky lads intent on stardom to a Hollywood Goddess! Tickets £20.00, £18.50 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Samhain Celebrations - Mon 27 to Fri 31 Oct Join us for an exciting day out to celebrate the start of the Celtic New Year with loads of handson activities including woodland quest, storytelling, pumpkin carving and more! Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon Lane, Hertford SG13 8NY

Jethro -The Legend at Large - Fri 31 October 8pm Cornish comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour in 2014 with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales. Jethro promises more tear-jerking, farcical stories featuring his old mates Denzil and Slip Along Trevaskis, as well as hilarious tales from his extensive repertoire and his successful career in TV and theatre. Join us at Watford Colosseum for a fun-filled night of adult comedy as Cornwall’s best-loved comic takes a very alternative look at life – in only the way he can! Tickets: £21.50, £17.50 Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 075 3993

Kids do the Funniest Stuff - Mon 27 Oct to Sat 1 Nov October Half Term activities: A week of activity dedicated to the funniest people in our lives – the children! It’s a mixture of family friendly comedy from well known comedian Paul B Edwards. Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW The Snow Queen - Tues 28 Oct Filled with the strange beauty of ice-cold winter and the warmth of true love, this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale translates perfectly into one of Image Musical Theatre’s much loved shows. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Halloween Walk - Fri 31 Oct Join us on a spooky stroll through the woods this Halloween. Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre HP4 1LT

Captain Murderer - Weds 29 Oct Chilling new play based on the marvellously macabre tale by Charles Dickens The well-to-do gentleman of the title is a serial wooer … but all his brides come to a deliciously sticky end. The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Samhain Festival - Fri 31 Oct Come and Join the Festivities & Celebrations for a Great Day Out for all the Family! Owl Flying Display with Barnie the Barn Owl, Google the Great Grey Owl and Quarny the European Eagle. Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon Lane, Hertford SG13 8NY

Pumpkin Trail and Treats - Weds 29 to Fri 31 Oct Pumpkin activities and fun in the Garden Knebworth House SG1 2AX

Simon Evans : Leashed - Fri 31 Oct Following two total sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and a hugely successful UK tour, star of C4’s Stand Up For The Week Simon Evans hits the road with his critically acclaimed show. The

Variety Express presents ’Best of British’ Weds 29 Oct to Sat 1 Nov Variety Express is an amateur dramatic theatre group based in North Herts. We produce an Annual Variety Show with proceeds going to worthy charitable causes. St 27

available all day. Free Admission. Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn MK17 9QD

Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL

Beds listings Philharmonia Orchestra: Bedford 2014/15 Season Opening Concert - Weds 22 Oct We open our twentieth anniversary season with two of the best-loved works of all time – Chopin’s serene First Piano Concerto and Dvorák’s New World Symphony. Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

Luton MrBead Bead Show - Sat 4 Oct String & Loose Bead & Pearls Supplies for the Home Jewellery Maker. Many different gemstone beads like jade, turquoise, agates, jasper, carnelian, coral etc. Stockwood Hotel, Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS

Adult Halloween Ball - Fri 24 Oct Relive the Halloween’s of your childhood in style (with the added bonus of a DJ, licensed bar and buffet!) with party games, psychic/tarot readings throughout the evening and a hell of a lot more. Marston Vale Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PS

Kai McKenzie - Michael Buble Tribute Evening - Sat 4 Oct The UK’s finest Buble tribute act, Kai McKenzie performs all the hits - make sure you book early for this event, as Kai is a very popular performer! Marston Vale Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PS Bedford Sinfonia - The French Connection - Sat 4 Oct Faure - Suite: Masques et Bergamasques; Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor; Ravel Pavane pour une infante defunte; Poulenc Sinfonietta. Soloist: Clare Hammond. St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ

Ceilidh—Barn Dance - Sat 25 Oct Get your dancing shoes on and get yourselves down to the Whipsnade Village Hall off B4540, LU6 2LG Wyboston Lakes Wedding Fayre - Sun 26 Oct This event is set in the lovely Willows Centre which is a beautiful, venue for a stunning wedding with lots of space, on site accommodation for all as well as a beautiful courtyard garden! The Willows Centre, Wyboston Lakes, Wyboston MK44 3AL

Our Season Finale: The Race Day Airshow - Sun 5 Oct The Race Day celebrates all mechanical racing – a tradition that has been upheld at Shuttleworth from the days of Richard Shuttleworth himself. The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome SG18 9EP

Feed the Birds - Kids Crafts - Mon 27 Oct Find out how to help the birds this winter. Mix up a feast for our feathered friends and make pine cone and willow whirl bird feeders. £2.50 per child, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PS

Fred Olsen Presentation - Tues 7 Oct A Fred. Olsen cruise is always personal, individual & memorable. Find out about the Fred Olsen difference and what Balmoral, Braemar, Black Watch & Boudicca offer. The Forest Centre, Marston Vale MK43 0PR

Kid’s Halloween Disco - Thurs 30 Oct Kids party and fancy dress - with games, disco, food box and drink included. Prizes for best costumes! Must be supervised by an adult. Suitable for up to age 10 (approx) Booking essential! Marston Vale Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PS

“Through the Himalayas” a talk by Paul Heley Sat 11 Oct As Paul has been so popular in the past he will be returning to talk this time about his adventures on a motorcycle! A light supper will be served part way through the evening. Whipsnade Village Hall, off B4540, LU6 2LG

Bucks Listings Exhibition & Sale of Art Harlington Society of Art our Annual Exhibition & Village Hall, Sundon Road,

& Craft - Sat 18 Oct & Craft invite you to Sale of Art & Craft. Harlington LU5 6LS

Lunchtime Concert: Andrew Thompson (Baritone) - Weds 1 Oct We look forward to welcoming Andrew Thompson to our lunchtime concert series where he has graciously taken time out from his busy concert diary. He will perform works by Schubert and Finzi. All Saints Church, Church Square, High Wycombe HP11 2BN

Gift and Craft Fayre- Sat 18 Oct Over 15 stalls selling gifts and homemade craft items. Lovely buys for Christmas! Second hand books & bric a brac for sale too. 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9RX

Autumn portfolio 2014 - Thu 2 to Sat 4, Thu 16 to Sat 18 , Thu 23 to Sat 25 , Thu 30 Oct to Sat 1 Nov An exhibition of paintings and sculpture.1 Church Street, Great Missenden HP4 3DU

Crafts, Cake and a Cuppa - Sun 19 Oct There’ll be a wide variety of high quality local handmade art and craft items, with many different crafters attending. Tea, coffee and light refreshments 28

Carmen the Opera - Thurs 2 Oct This year Barefoot Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen. Join us at the Community Hall in Bourne End for another stunningly creative and accessible opera event that never disappoints. Community Hall, Bourne End SL8 5SX

art and craft activities for all ages. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe HP13 6PX Wedding Fair at Bisham Abbey - Sun 5 Oct All the needs of your special day under one roof enhanced by a beautiful venue with staff and exhibitors at your disposal. Marlow Road, Bisham, Nr Marlow SL7 1RR

Heath Quartet - Fri 3 Oct The Heath Quartet have performed at the Wooburn Festival since 2006 and over this period have become a highlight of the Festival’s classical music offerings. St. Paul’s Parish Church, Wooburn HP10 0PW

Enthusiasts’ Gala at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Sun 5 Oct Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

One Step Beyond: Stony Steppers RoadshowFri 3 Oct One Step Beyond, is a joyful celebration of aspects of the shared Social History and Traditions of our Island Nation (and beyond!) York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford MK11 1JQ

Folk Supper - Sun 5 Oct This year we are lucky to have award winning Megan Henwood, a rising star in the folk genre. Her trio will be singing and playing her own repertoire of songs and music. Royal British Legion, Flackwell Heath HP10 9NS

Little Missenden Festival - Fri 3 to Sun 12 Oct The Little Missenden Festival has an unbroken tradition of high-quality music-making in a unique Buckinghamshire village setting. St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden, Nr Amersham, HP7 0RA

Beauregarde bonanza chewing gum meal mobile - Sun 5 Oct For all ages: a free drop-in craft activity where you can make a chewing gum meal mobile. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL Beauregarde bonanza balloon modelling - Sun 5 Oct For 6+ years: join in with our balloon modelling workshop and model your very own Violet Beauregarde. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Beauregarde bonanza archive tours - Sat 4 Oct For 10+ years: as part of our Beauregarde Bonanza weekend. Take a peek behind the scenes at our archive and learn some fizzwinkling facts about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Craft and Vintage fair - Sun 5 Oct In the lively Olney Centre, Olney High Street, we present our Craft and Vintage Fairs, featuring a lovely mix of craft and vintage stalls; something for everyone and every pocket. The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney MK46 4EF

The Queen’s Knickers – Sat 4 Oct Based on the book by Nicholas Allan Adapted by Oliver Birch and John Biddle Directed by Lee Lyford Get your knickers in a twist with this classic comedy for wise young children. Stantonbury Theatre MK14 6BN

Boutique Cinema - Mon 6 Oct Every Monday Clayton’s Marlow transforms into an intimate Boutique Cinema to show you the very best in film. Sit back in one of their comfy sofas, sip on a cocktail, grab a bite to eat and watch Clayton’s Marlow, 16 Oxford Road, Marlow SL7 2NL

Beauregarde bonanza bulging biscuits - Sat 4 Oct For 4+ years: get deliciously messy and make a biscuit creation that looks like Violet Beauregarde after she’s eaten her chewing gum meal. Part of our Beaurgarde Bonanza weekend. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Film Night - Tues 7 Oct This year our film night will be held at the NFTS cinema in Beaconsfield where Quentin Falk, author and film journalist, will introduce the critically acclaimed film “Half of a Yellow Sun”. NFTS Beaconsfield Studios, Station Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1LG

Art Exhibition - Sat 4 to Saturday 11 Oct This outstanding annual exhibition is an important part of the Wooburn Festival. Selected artists are invited to exhibit for eight days and provides a wonderful mixture of artworks. St Paul’s Church Hall, Wooburn HP10 0PW

Gormenghast A Theatrical Production -Tues 7 to Sun 12 Oct Endorsed by the Mervyn Peake Estate, Carabosse Theatre Company have transformed ’Titus Groan’ and ’Gormenghast’ into an extraordinary, vibrant and visually

The Day the Crayons went Bananas! Big Draw 2014 – Sat 4 Oct What would happen if the crayons and paints decided to make their own rules? Join us for the ’Big Draw 2014’ with crazy 29

from large express passenger locomotives to the humble shunting engine. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

stunning theatrical production. Chrysalis Theatre Milton Keynes MK15 9JY Lunchtime Concert: Jane Ng (Violin) - Weds 8 Oct We are delighted to welcome back Jane Ng who played so beautifully for us in 2010. She is a multi-talented artist and plays in venues all over the world. All Saints Church, Church Square, High Wycombe HP11 2BN

Childrens Workshop - Peter and the Wolf - Sun 12 Oct Bring your young children (4-8) to Bourne End library for a fun afternoon making masks of the full cast of Peter and the Wolf to keep and wear them to play out the story to Prokofiev’s fabulous music. Bourne End Library, Wakeman Rd, Bourne End SL8 5SX

Oh! What a Lovely War - Thurs 9 to Saturday 11 Oct Oh! What a Lovely War is a theatrical chronicle of the First World War told through the songs, speeches and letters of the period. Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, Winslow MK18 3JA

The Great Classics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Sun 12 Oct The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Wycombe Swan with three classical masterpieces, two award-winning artists and one magnificent concert to end their 2014 season. St Mary St, High Wycombe HP11 2XE

Cheddington Food and Drink Fayre - Fri 10 Oct Come and join us in a celebration of eating and drinking!! Now in its seventh year, there will be many stalls displaying and selling locally produced food and drink. Cheddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington LU7 0RU

Make a Bird Feeder - Sun 12 Oct Make a Bird Feeder Find out how you can help garden birds survive the winter. Make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle and create a tasty hanging apple treat for the lucky birds near your home. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. High Wycombe HP13 6PX

Piano Recital - Mark Bebbington - Fri 10 Oct We welcome Mark to the Wooburn Festival and look forward to a memorable evening of fine piano music. St. Paul’s Parish Church, Wooburn HP10 0PW

Aylesbury Superhero in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity - Sun 12 Oct Watermead is set to be taken over by superheroes this autumn, as Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s (FNHC) annual fun run returns at 10am, sponsored by Dead Universe Comics. Watermead Piazza HP19 0PP

Tiny Talk Time: Incy Wincy Spider- Fri 10 Oct The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon Please book as there are limited places. A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. High Wycombe HP13 6PX

Old Times - Weds 15 to Sat 18 Oct The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company At a remote farmhouse Anna pays an unexpected a visit to Kate, her old flatmate, now married to Deeley. Stantonbury Theatre MK14 6BN

Milton Keynes Organ Festival - Sat 11 and Sun 12 Oct musical extravaganza for all the family, big and small organs, stalls, crafts, models, vintage vehicles and steam engines! Great family day out. Milton Keynes Museum, McConnell Drive MK12 5EL

Quiz Night at Clayton’s Marlow - Wed 15 Oct The Marlovian Maverick Quizmaster Tosh returns to host their monthly popular charity quiz. With rounds such as ’The Family Fortunes Round’ and ’The Blockbusters Round’. Clayton’s Marlow, 16 Oxford Road, Marlow SL7 2NL

Veruca Salt’s rubbish trail - Sat 11 and Sun 12 Oct For all ages: hunt for litter from Wonka’s rubbish chute to track down the Salt family’s secret password. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

An Evening of Burlesque is coming to Milton Keynes - Thur 16 Oct We dare you to come...Britain’s original Burlesque extravaganza hits town. Flushed with success, now entering its fourth fabulous year, the world’s original touring burlesque spectacular. Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ

Stony Stratford Big Draw Family Arts Workshop- Sat 11 Oct The Big Draw Team invites you to: The Gathering of ‘Wondrous Witches & Wizards’ at the Stony Stratford York House Centre York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1JQ Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Steaming Open Day - Sun 12 Oct Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. Exhibits range

Palmerston in Concert - Fri 17 Oct A truly stunning quintet of multi-instrumentalists (even a banjo as long as Andy behaves himself). York 30

House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford MK11 1JQ

the Chocolate Factory. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Wooburn Singers - Final Concert - Sat 18 Oct The centrepiece of this concert’s performance is the harp which features prominently in the ethereal Fauré Requiem, some of the Dyson works and in Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane. All Saints Parish Church, High Wycombe HP13 6RF

Bouncers - Tue 21 Oct A vision of the 80’s urban nightlife It’s Friday night, it’s disco night - time for Bouncers to come alive! Stantonbury Theatre MK14 6BN Tiny Talk Time: A Squash and a Squeeze - Fri 24 Oct The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon Please book as there are limited places. A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. High Wycombe HP13 6PX

Handmade Craft Fair - Sat 18 Oct Craft Fair, where Everything Is Handmade, and no bought-in or mass produced goods will be found. Items will include: Jewellery, Art, Woodcrafts, Stoneware & Pottery, Fabric & Knitted Goods. British Legion Hall, Queensmead Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe HP10 9XA

Hey Presto! - Sat 25 Oct A brand new production based on the book by Nadia Shireen. Stantonbury Theatre MK14 6BN

BBOWT Plant and Produce Market - Sat 18 Oct Choose from a wide selection of good value home-grown plants and home-made cakes, pickles and books, crafts, gifts and excellent refreshments all to raise funds for local wildlife. Great Missenden Memorial Centre HP16 9AE

The Woburn Sands Band - Drakeloe 54 - Sat 25 Oct This is the 54th Concert in The Drakeloe Series and features the ever popular Woburn Sands Band. The programme will include a wide range of music from classical to pop to jazz. The Stables Theatre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU

Family foodie fun with Glenn Cosby - Sat 18 Oct For 5+ years: an hour of chocolate, cakes and fun with Great British Bake Off star Glenn Cosby. Fresh from his one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Arias by Candlelight, with Cameo Opera- Sat 25 Oct We invite you to a night at the opera, with the singers of Cameo Opera performing for us by candlelight, which should be really magical. Christ Church URC, Oxford Road, Marlow SL7 2NL Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks Party- Sat 25 Oct The Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks Party is organised by the Rotary Club of Princes Risborough and features the Bonfire, a spectacular Firework Display from Total Pyro. Princes Risborough School Playing Field New Road Princes Risborough HP27 0DT

Holiday Inn Wedding Fair - Sun 19 Oct Located at junction 4 of the M40 and with easy links to the M25 and M4, the Holiday Inn High Wycombe hotel is an ideal location for a Dream Wedding Fair. Holiday Inn, Handy Cross, High Wycombe HP11 1TL Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Diesel Day Sun 19 Oct D2298 in passenger service and another diesel on a parallel freight train. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre occupies an extensive site in rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Stowe House Christmas Gift Fayre - Sat 25 Oct The place to go for unique and bespoke gifts this Christmas! This wonderful fayre was re-launched in 2012 after a two year break due to restoration of Stowe House. Stowe House MK18 5EH Bogswiffling cloth bags - Sat 25 Oct For 5+: decorate a delightful cloth bag ready to fill with all your Wonka treats. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Open Day Priestfield Arboretum - Sun 19 Oct Private collection of rare & specimen trees growing in a small woodland setting, approx 5 acres. Managed by volunteers, free guided tours throughout the day. Guidebook including list of trees £4. Stony Lane, Little Kingshill HP16 ODS

Halloween Steamings at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre - Sun 26 Oct Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BY

Golden ticket trail- Sun 19 Oct For all ages: follow the golden tickets throughout the Museum to discover facts about the writing of Charlie and

Cheddington Crafts, Gifts & Collectables Fair Sun 26 Oct Open from 10.30am until 3.30pm with refreshments provided by Lovely Local 31

Children’s Magic Show - Thur 30 Oct Fresh from dazzling you at our Open Day in June is Mr Magic himself Adrian Ward - a member of the Magic Circle and just waiting to show what’s up his sleeve. Stantonbury Theatre MK14 6BN

Ladies. Cheddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington LU7 0RU Celebrate Diwali - Sun 26 Oct Join Diwali celebrations at Wycombe Museum. Learn some Bollywood moves and traditional steps in the dance workshops. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. High Wycombe HP13 6PX

Enter the Inventing Room with Victoria GlassThur 30 Oct For 6+ years: meet our splendiferous Food Writer in Residence, Victoria Glass, for an hour of fun in Wonka’s Inventing Room. You’ll become an Oompa Loompa and find out how your senses can trick you. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Whipplescrumptious Wonka shirts - Sun 26 Oct For 5+ years: decorate a t-shirt with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired designs. Why not draw an Oompa-Loompa or some sensational sweeties. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

For Gawd’s Sake Don’t Send Me! - Fri 31 Oct Half Cut Bubbles Productions present a lighthearted two-hour show full of sing-a-long-songs following a story about the effect of the Great War on Tommy and Mary Atkins and the people around them. York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford MK11 1JQ

Tricky-or-treat bowls - Mon 27 Oct For 6+ years: decorate a bowl with ceramic paints, ready to put all your trick-or-treat sweeties inside. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL Kirill Karabits conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Tue 28 Oct With one of the most celebrated tunes in the world, Schubert’s famously ‘unfinished’ two-movement Symphony is both beautiful and mysterious; a small masterpiece beloved by performers and audiences. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

Witchy Wonka bars - Fri 31 Oct For 6+ years: get messy with biscuits and sweeties to invent a new Halloween chocolate bar that would impress Willy Wonka himself. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL Weasels with Elys Dolan - Fri 31 Oct For 5+ years: join Roald Dahl Funny Prize nominated author Elys Dolan for this fun, interactive session. Elys will read from her brilliant book Weasels. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Crazy Creature- Tue 28 Oct Crazy Creatures in Clay Create your own weird and wonderful creatures from clay and other fun materials. Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. High Wycombe HP13 6PX Augustus Gloop pots - Tue 28 Oct For 5+ years: a splendiferous session making a clay pot in the shape of the boy who loved chocolate too much. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL Witchy Wonka bars - Weds 29 Oct For 6+ years: get messy with biscuits and sweeties to invent a new Halloween chocolate bar that would impress Willy Wonka himself. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

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Grubtown with Philip Ardagh - Weds 29 Oct For 7+ years: Join author extraordinaire Philip Ardagh, visiting us all the way from Grubtown! Philip will read from his hilarious books and will treat you to a huge dollop of fun and laughter. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL


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