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VILLAGER The

Issue 115 - June 2018

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Win a 1 Year Memberhip at Beadlow Manor How we fell in love with perfume.......................................................... 4 Location, Location, Location................................................................... 8 Win a Family Pass to the Folk by the Oak Festival................................. 10 Win a 1 Year Membership at Beadlow Manor....................................... 12 Give Blood............................................................................................ 15 Hitchin Festival 2018............................................................................ 17 National Volunteers Week.................................................................... 18 Wines: Gems of Austria........................................................................ 21 Teddy Bear Festival Returns to Woburn Abbey..................................... 22 Milan Cathedral.................................................................................... 24 Cyber Bullying...................................................................................... 26 Never Too Early - Book an Eye Examination for your Child.................... 29 Carry on Camping................................................................................. 31 Countdown to ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ Week 2018.................................. 32 Downsize Your Dish and Your Dress Size............................................... 35 How to Look Effortlessly Stylish at a Wedding...................................... 36 WW1 Centenary Cycle Challenge.......................................................... 41 Bedford Model Engineering Society..................................................... 42 I don’t want to be with my partner any more....................................... 45 Women Over 50 - CEOs at Work and Play.............................................. 47

Brilliant Bathroom Lighting................................................................. 48 Totally Tropical..................................................................................... 50 Creative Containers.............................................................................. 53 It’s dark outside, so pick up your paddle............................................... 55 What’s wrong with a little rose-tinted nostalgia?................................ 56 Helping your Dog Deal with the Heat of Summer................................. 60 R.A.T.S. Rehoming Appeal.................................................................... 62 Animal Heroes...................................................................................... 65 10 electric vehicle myths busted.......................................................... 66 Nick Coffer’s Weekend Recipe............................................................... 69 Iconic Routes: The North Coast 500...................................................... 71 Understanding Travel Insurance........................................................... 73 What’s On............................................................................................. 74 Fun Quiz............................................................................................... 77 How much money will you need for your retirement?.......................... 79 Puzzle Page.......................................................................................... 80 Wordsearch.......................................................................................... 82 Prize Crossword.................................................................................... 86 Here Comes Summer: Tech for Outdoor Living...................................... 88 Book Review........................................................................................ 92

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History

How We Fell in Love with Perfume By Catherine Rose

The word perfume is derived from the Latin per fumum, meaning ‘through smoke’. This is possibly because the perfumes of ancient civilisations were often incense-based – a dried paste made from herbs, spices, essential oils and fragrant tree resins (including the biblical frankincense and myrrh), which was made to be burned. Today, true perfumes are a distillation of a certain percentage of oils in alcohol, with eau de toilette and eau de cologne being diluted versions. The perfume-making process was described by Pliny the Elder, a well-known Roman philosopher who was born around twenty years after the death of Christ. But although the Romans were well-known to be very fastidious in their toilet habits, perfume very much pre-dates them. Used significantly across Asian cultures, it is believed perfume may have originated in Arabia – still sometimes described as ‘the land of perfumes’. Iraq, Kuwait, northern Saudi Arabia, parts of

eastern Syria and south-east Turkey were once known as Mesopotamia. The perfume formulas of a female Mesopotamian chemist known as Tapputi-Bellatekalim have been translated from a three-thousand-year-old tablet written in ancient cuneiform script. In the ancient world, perfumes were much more than just pleasant smells – they were also revered. The Bible refers to a sacred perfume, only allowed to be used by priests, that was made from myrrh, cinnamon, cassia and sweet cane. The ancient Egyptians believed perfume was ‘the sweat of the gods’ and used it in death rituals. They would burn kyphi in their temples, a devotional incense made from sixteen ingredients: myrrh and other resins, sweet rush, juniper, cypress grass, wine, honey and raisins. They also anointed their dead with perfumes whose scent could still be detected when tombs were re-opened. But perfume is even older than this. Ancient Hindu Ayurvedic texts dating

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back to 3000 BC refer to its distillation. In India, different fragrances were used in tantric rituals where women would be spiritually anointed with spikenard for their hair, patchouli on their cheeks and neck, jasmine on their hands, amber on the breasts, musk for the abdomen, sandalwood on the thighs and, finally, saffron for their feet. Then, in 2004, the oldest evidence of perfume was discovered with the remains of a Bronze Age perfume ‘factory’ unearthed in Cyprus. It is thought that 13th century Crusaders brought back perfume from Palestine, and its use was eagerly taken up by Europe’s nobility (Queen Elizabeth I became a fan). The Sun King Louis XIV, who ruled France from 1643-1715, loved perfume so much that his palace became known as ‘the perfume court’. This might have had something to do with the fact that, like most of the nobility at that time, he was loathe to take baths, believing (quite understandably) that water made you ill. King Louis had a different perfume for every day and installed a pavilion that he kept filled with flowers and would visit with his mistresses. He insisted on dousing every palace visitor with scent and the most important had their own signature perfumes. One of his favourite perfumes, used to fragrance his shirts, was called Aqua Angeli (‘water of angels’) and consisted of, amongst other ingredients, nutmeg, cloves, jasmine, orange flowers, musk and aloe wood, all boiled in rose petal water. During this time, France became a force in Europe for the manufacture and supply of fine perfumes, and Grasse in southern France, renowned for its natural variety of flowers, was a leading supplier. In England, where sanitation was also abysmal and disease rife, perfumes were not only worn; they were also kept inside jewellery and the heads of canes to be inhaled by the wearer for health-giving properties and to ward off illness. As well as essential oils from flowers and plants, ingredients for perfume were also derived from animal excretions. Castor was extracted from beavers, musk from male deer and ambergris from the sperm whale. In the 1800s, synthetic fragrances made an appearance, their less expensive ingredients allowing for the first mass marketing of

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perfumes, thus launching famous companies that are still around today such as Coty and Guerlain. It was discovered, for example, that a mixture of nitric acid and benzene gave off a scent like almonds, so this was consequently used in soap. It is not possible to obtain essential oils from some flowers, lily of the valley for instance, so the development of synthetic scents proved ideal to replicate them. With mass marketing, perfume bottle design became increasingly important and the Art Nouveau period saw the launch of many beautiful styles, some of them designed by the artisans of the era such as Rene Lalique. Then in 1921, Chanel created her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, with the help of Grasse parfumier Ernest Beaux who had made perfumes for the Russian royal family. Under her direction, he gave her numbered samples to choose from – the rest is history. Today our love of perfume remains undiminished and fragrances are popular with both men and women. But one thing hasn’t changed in that, even used daily, perfume is still viewed as a gloriously indulgent and luxury item – pure olfactory pleasure in a bottle.

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Location Location Location Calling all Property Hunters in Bedfordshire and the surrounds! Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ is planning to come to BEDFORDSHIRE and the surrounding areas to film an episode for our new series. Property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will be helping people find their dream home early this coming summer, 2018. Chain free buyers struggling to find the right property are welcome to apply. The sooner you apply, the better chance you have so if you’re looking for a home of your own - don’t delay, apply today! Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, buying your first property or hoping to find your ideal forever home, you could have two top property experts on your side. Whatever the budget and however tricky the search - we would love to hear from everyone! Phil and Kirstie may be just the helping hand you need! The online application form can be found via the following link: https://www.shortaudition.com/LocationLocation-Location

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Win a Family Pass to the Folk by the Oak Festival in Hatfield Sunday 15 July

Folk by the Oak is the UK’s largest one day folk festival, and promises all the open air buzz of a 3 day festival packed into one joyous day of music, fun and bunting, without the need to camp! As well as bringing together an exceptional line- up of folk, roots and acoustic talent, which this year includes international festival favourite Amy MacDonald, the legendary Billy Bragg, and critically acclaimed Eliza Carthy, Folk by the Oak is a festival designed with fun for all the family in mind. The Main Stage with its outdoor arena means that children can freely dance about in the parkland and the smaller, covered Acorn Stage attracts a little gathering of children right at the front singing along to favourite songs. As well as programming a day of back to back sublime music across these 2 stages, the organisers have lovingly gathered together many magical, unique and imaginative activities for children of all ages to enjoy, either in our dedicated family area or dotted around the festival site. Unusually in the festival world, you can even bring your own picnic to Folk by the Oak, so feeding kids doesn’t mean spending a fortune or leaving the auditorium and missing out on the action. Should supplies run low there’s a carefully selected and plentiful array of tasty food stalls available too, as well as that festival essential for the grown-ups, the Real Ale Bar! To be in with a chance to win a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) simply send your entry by 16th June 2018 to: Folk by the Oak, Villager Publications Ltd, 24 Market Square, Potton, Beds SG19 2NP. The winner will be drawn randomly.

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Time of Year

By Louise Addison

Give Blood!

World Blood Donor Day is June 14th

Most of us have had or know someone who has had a blood transfusion. Blood donation is vital to help treat thousands of seriously ill patients every day and new donors are desperately needed. Currently only 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors. Here are 10 reasons to consider giving blood: Life-saver - You change lives each time you give blood. Every blood donation can save or improve the lives of up to three adults or six children. Desperate need - NHS Blood and Transplant needs many more donors to come forward to make sure the nation’s blood stocks remain at a safe level for the future. Day-to-day needs - You may think blood is only used for massive blood loss in A&E patients, but your blood could help many different people. Donated blood is also used for patients having surgery, maternity emergencies, and for people with cancer or blood disorders. 6000 donations are needed per DAY! - It’s true that changes in medical practices mean demand for donated blood has reduced. But hospitals across England and North Wales still need around 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients. A quick pint - If you book an appointment, the whole process takes less than an hour. One hour, every three to six months. Just a short amount of time to do something wonderful for another human being. You’re probably eligible - You need to be in general good health and weigh over 50kg to

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Hitchin Festival 2018 This year’s programme is now available from many outlets including the Hitchin Information Shop at 1A Churchyard where the Box Office is also situated and local village stores. Festival begins on the 29th June and runs throughout July and there are well over 100 listings for music of all genres, drama, walks, talks, poetry, films, comedy and events. There are 7 Lunchtime concerts this year which take place in St Mary’s Church at 1.05pm and last about 50 minutes. Admission is free with a retiring collection at the end, the proceeds divided between the performers, the church and Hitchin Festival. Performances include Masa Tayama on piano, Quintessimo Wind Quintet, the Gaillard Trio, Caroline Owen with her ‘Fearless’ violin show, Joanna Lam – pianist, Songs from shows and musicals and a presentation of songs and anecdotes from Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swann et al. Evening music features classical at Benslow, folk at The Victoria, Pop-Up Opera in St Marys, Jacqui Dankworth, Caritas Harmony, North Herts Guild of Singers, Orpheus Choir, Vivace, Hitchin Band, Hitchin Symphony Orchestra, Hitchin Light Orchestra and a Legend of Elvis Show!

There’s a featured comedy week of artistes pre-Edinburgh Shows including Harry Hill, Simon Brodkin, David Ephgrave, Glen Davies. Also, a week of films from the awardwinning 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to the classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and including another episode in the series of Old Hitchin on Film and a superb presentation of the silent version of Phantom of the Opera with live music accompaniment from Minima. Priory Picnic makes a welcome return when the talented young musicians from North Herts Music School entertain al- fresco in the beautiful grounds of Hitchin Priory; another favourite making a comeback is the Art Trail where local artistes display around the town throughout the month. An eclectic range of talks includes a double bill of Dickens; Victorians & Their Art; Lutyens in India; Ethel Smyth – Suffragette, composer & writer; Lady Constance Lytton; Cambridge Colleges & their Gardens; James Rennie – Hitchin’s Travelling Bookkeeper; Antony Slinn on Van Gogh; Ulster Conflict Resolution; Historic Royal Palaces – Restoration of Kew’s Pagoda; Zoe Folbigg – bestselling novelist; Monet; The Middle East; Women,

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Science & the First World War plus Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream at The Queen Mother Theatre and local history play ‘Smell of Lavender’ at The Market Theatre. Historic walks, Ghost Walks, Lavender Farm tours, the Railway Walk, Blue Plaques Walk and Priory Park walk are all guided information tours. The food offer features Afternoon Teas, Street Food, a ‘Beer Mile’, Cider & Cheese Festival, Pasta Masterclass, Cheese & Wine, BBQ, Jazz & Blues Brunch finale, and a Coffee Festival. For the children, there’s a Sunday of festivities at Hitchin Priory with the Humanitas ‘Diddy Rascals Festival and later in the month children’s television favourites Rebecca Keatley and Sid Sloane from CBeebies hit show Let’s Play bring their live stage show ‘It’s Time to Play’ to the Town Hall. Bucklersbury Day, Independents Day, North Herts Beekeepers, Flower Festival, Art & Craft Fairs, Buskers Day and Festival Dog Show ensure that there is plenty of activity out on the streets at the weekends. Once again, Hitchin Festival makes Hitchin the place to visit in July with so much going on. Full details can be found via the website www.hitchinherts.com

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Time of Year

By Sarah Davey

National Volunteers Week 1st – 7th June

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways. Could you volunteer, and why should you bother? Studies have found that taking time out to help others reduces stress levels, improves immunity and increases life-satisfaction. This is because helping someone else interrupts tensionproducing patterns and replaces it with a sense of purpose, which leads positive emotions. Whether you’re looking for a change in career or advancement in your current one volunteering is an excellent way to boost your prospects. Volunteers tend to create a positive impression, appearing more innovative, creative and skilful. In an Adweek article on the state of recruitment in 2015, they found that recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation, political affiliations and spelling and grammar errors when looking at a candidate’s potential. This is probably because employers value transferable soft skills and volunteering gives you plenty of those, particularly problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and people skills. Candidates with realworld experience also tend to be more insightful and ready to be more hands-on in projects. Away from the corporate world many people look around their community and long to make a difference but don’t know how. Look for community volunteering projects and get involved. It gives you the

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chance to think about the kind of community and world you want to live in, and to be part of something bigger than yourself. If you’re still not sure where to start your volunteering journey think about where your passions lie. Maybe you love animals, are passionate about butterflies, or you want to share music, or life experience, or gardening skills. Look on the web, there will probably be some volunteer group where your passion or knowledge will be useful. If you are feeling adventurous volunteering abroad allows you to travel with a purpose. Before deciding on a programme it’s advisable to ask: • How will it benefit the local community? • Does the organisation respect the local culture? • What is the reason behind your volunteering trip? • What problem will the end-product help solve? Volunteering abroad changes how you see the world as you meet people daily from different countries, backgrounds and quality of life. Many of us are lonely in our modern lives. Maybe we moved away from our families for work, or we’re divorced, or widowed, or the children have left home. Volunteering introduces you to people from all walks of life and provides a means of making real friends who can have a lasting impact on you. Volunteering can shake you out of old routines and help you figure out where you want to head next. You might come up with ideas on how to improve your own community, or even discover a new life calling.

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Wines: Gems of Austria Austria attracts many visitors, from global origins, constantly. From pretty alpine villages, through cities, boasting beautiful architecture, to stunning landscapes, with lakes, mountains, glaciers and so much more, there is something for everyone. Vienna is the capital city and home to Strauss, the renowned family that is famous for numerous musical scores, including much-loved and well-known waltzes. The Vienna Boys Choir has many followers, worldwide. Locating Mozart’s birthplace, cathedrals and a lot of other locations, including some of the world’s finest museums and art galleries, hold much interest. The high-quality wines, produced in Austria, many of which are multi award-winning, have become recognised for their distinctive, superb attributes.

Domäne Baumgartner is currently reputed to be the largest wine estate in Austria. Having centuries of experience and, now, combining tradition with innovation, Domäne Baumgartner produces outstanding wines. Indeed, Grüner Veltliner Rosenprinzessin (Rose Princess) is, truly, ‘Music in the Bottle’. This wine is ‘treated’ with/to music, having frequencies ‘encouraging’ the eventual outcome. The resulting wine is elegant and has a very good, full body. Taste the music – absolutely! Their ranges include classic, dry Grüner Veltliner wines, which are medium-bodied and full of character, through Zweigelt and Pinot Noir Grande Reserve productions, displaying most impressive fruit depths. All are great pairings with many dishes, complementing cuisine to an exceptional standard. www.weinbaumgartner.at Hauermandl is a family-owned winery in the Langenlois area. Several grape varieties are grown, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Muskateller, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and, of course, Grüner Veltliner. Their Steiner wine ranges include Grüner Veltliner Sommeliers and Privat Riede Neuberg. On, through Grüner Veltliner Riede Dechant Reserve, to others, that include Riesling Riede Steinhaus and Muskateller, to Zweigelt Reserve. These productions prove to be very popular. Each to their own, the Zweigelt is often selected to impress – and impress it certainly does! This production has many ‘devotees’ and is regularly chosen to grace numerous dining occasions. This red, fruited wine, is both delicate and elegant. The silk-red conveys throughout, from the appearance, through the bouquet, to the superb pleasures, on the mouth and palate, with a memorable finish. Wonderfully delicious. www.hauermandl.at

As always, Enjoy!

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Local News

Teddy Bear Festival Returns to Woburn Abbey

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Teddy Bear Festival is returning to Woburn Abbey on Sunday 10th June. The festival, which is a homage to all things teddy bear, will take place from 10am to 3.30pm in the Sculpture Gallery and Grounds. There will be over 150 stalls, where visitors will be able to browse and buy the finest examples of Artist bears and animals, antique and vintage teddy bears and soft toys. In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet experts and get free teddy bear valuations from Daniel Agnew of Special Auction Services. Other highlights include an exhibition of rare and famous teddy bears kindly on loan from collectors. The famous Bristol Bear, a 1910

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German antique bear lost at Bristol airport that was only found thanks to a public appeal, will also be on display. There’ll be a hospital for bears in need of repair too. Visitors can make a day of it; there will be refreshments in the central courtyard and tickets can be upgraded to include a visit to the Abbey itself. Entry tickets to the Festival are £12 and include entry to the Festival and fair and the historic gardens and grounds of the Abbey all day. To purchase tickets, visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events Follow us on Facebook @ Woburnteddybearfestival

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Travel

By Solange Hando

Milan Cathedral Among the largest churches in the world, the Duomo rises on a magnificent square at the heart of Milan. It is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, an iconic landmark which took almost 600 years to complete. The last gate was inaugurated in 1965. Work began in the late 14th century by the church of St Maria Maggiore. Foundations were laid for three naves, soon increased to five as both the local bishop and duke aimed to raise the city to new heights. A canal network was designed to transport material. Gothic architecture would rival the great cathedrals in northern Europe but flexibility and innovations were welcome. Marble was used, foreign architects, artists and craftsmen joined the Italian team, and on this ancient pagan site building progressed unusually, from back to front. It started with the apse while the façade of St Maria Maggiore remained in use until 1682. The new one was only completed in the 1800s by order of Napoleon. Elegant buildings line the vast panoramic square but all lead the eye to the Duomo, stretching 92 x 158 metres. Inside are 98 gargoyles, 135 spires and over 3,400 statues which found their niche around the cathedral. The pink-hued marble of Candoglia cleverly hides the brickwork, playing all day long with light and shade to take your breath away. The main bronze door greets visitors with stunning bas-reliefs, while the 18th century sundial is still used to set the clocks around town. Large enough for 40,000 people, the interior is striking, with five broad naves supported by 40 columns. At 45 metres, the central aisle is the highest in a finished Gothic church and is

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decorated with impressive stained glass windows. Up above the apse, a small red light marks the holy place where a nail from the cross is kept. On the Feast of the Holy Cross in mid-September, the archbishop of Milan is slowly hoisted up in an angel-decorated basket to bring the relic down for display. Statues, frescoes, sarcophagi, pulpits and the largest organ in Italy, but most famous is the 16th century statue of St Bartholomew Flayed, a sad disturbing figure by Marco d’Agrate. More enticing are the three superb altars by Pelligrino Tibaldi, who was appointed by archbishop Borromeo to lighten up the old Gothic style with the flourishing Italian Renaissance. Visitors could easily spend an hour or more in the cathedral but most exciting of all is the rooftop walk. Beyond the first terrace accessed by a lift are narrow passageways and slippery steps up to the wide open space of a safe but steeply-slanted roof. Up there, above pinnacles, flying buttresses and statues, the golden Madonna rises on the very top to bless the city at her feet. Views are superb and in clear weather the Alps are visible. It’s the perfect place to reflect on this unique building and the work of so many architects and artists over the centuries. Mark Twain described it as ‘so grand, so solemn, so vast’ and across the square, on the equestrian statue flanked by lions, Victor Emmanuel II, first king of the newly united Italy, seems to approve.

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Parenting

By Sarah Davey

Cyber Bullying Although playground bullying is not new it’s nature has changed with the advent of smart phones and social media. Now we see more cyber bullying, or rather we don’t see it as it tends to be hidden and carried out in secret. Almost half of all young people say they have been bullied online and more than 70% say they’ve seen it happening. As parents it can be difficult to know what to do if your child is being bullied, or conversely is a bully. Here are some tips: Discuss bullying with your child from an early age. Discuss netiquette. Adults sometimes behave more aggressively when they are behind the safety of a computer screen, and it’s the same for children, who are still learning to navigate the online world. Make it clear that being a target is not their fault. Make it clear that whether it’s in real life or online bullying is never acceptable. Advise your child to protect their phone number

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by only giving it out to trusted friends or family members. Tell them to keep track of who they have given it to. If your child has received a bullying message, tell them to screenshot it and send it to you. Make a note of the time and date it was sent and the number it came from, as evidence to show teachers or police. Do not respond to the message. The phone number or email will probably identify the source. If the bully gets no response then they tend to stop doing it. Don’t panic if your child is the bully. It doesn’t mean they will grow into a terrible human being. But bullying behaviour can often be a cry for help. Perhaps they are finding the teen years more stressful than they are letting on. Maybe they are struggling to negotiate friendships and schoolwork. Make time to talk with them, not only about their own issues but about the impact they might be having on someone else’s life.

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Health By Louise Addison

Never too Early Book an eye examination for your child A child’s development and learning can be hindered by undiagnosed or uncorrected sight defects, so early and regular eye examinations are essential to give them the best chance of succeeding in their education. Rapid visual development takes place between birth and 3-4 years of age. Many visual defects such as long-sight (hyperopia), short-sight (myopia), a turning eye (strabismus) or a rugby ball-shaped eye (astigmatism) can be inherited. Most visual problems are treated better if they are diagnosed early on. It’s not necessary to wait until a child can read the letters on a conventional chart before taking them for an eye examination. Special picture charts and tests can be used and it’s quite possible to take certain measurements without any interaction from the child at all. Doctors, health visitors and some school nurses will carry out rudimentary vision checks, but only an optometrist will be able to provide a comprehensive accurate assessment. Here are some signs to look out for but it’s important to say that some children show no signs of anything being wrong at all, yet they may still have a serious underlying vision defect. • Frequent eye rubbing • Dark circles under the eyes • Obvious discomfort in bright sunshine • Watery eyes

• One eye larger than the other • One or both eyes turning inwards or outwards, even if it’s only sometimes • A white pupil visible in family photos, particularly where flash has been used • Holding books very close • Aversion to reading • Sitting right next to the TV • Red-rimmed eyes, or sore-looking eyelids • Excessive blinking • Short attention span for close-up tasks • Poor eye-hand co-ordination It might sound obvious but choose an optometrist who likes children (not all of them do!) and who puts them at ease. When you go into the practice there should be children’s books or possibly a toy or two available to keep them occupied while they wait. A child-friendly optometrist will understand if your toddler wants to run around the room periodically or alternatively doesn’t want to engage at all. If your child has special needs such as autism or anxiety and needs to visit the practice to see the room and meet the staff before attending for an appointment this should be an option. Choose someone you feel comfortable with and your child will probably feel comfortable too. Your child’s sight is precious. Book and eye examination today.

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Parenting

Carry on Camping Campfires, bike rides, toasted marshmallows, bug hunts, star gazing … there’s a lot of fun to be had on a family camping trip. Camping on a budget While camping is one of the most wallet-friendly ways to holiday, the equipment doesn’t always come cheap. Try searching Ebay, Gumtree and Facebook for second-hand tents. You’ll often find people selling a full camping package, including tent, airbeds, gas stove and chairs. Do you have Tesco points to spend? You can pick up a 4-man tent from Tesco Direct for around £50. Rent a tent Love the idea of camping, but don’t have space for all the equipment, or just don’t fancy pitching a tent in the rain? Why not rent a tent? Your tent will be put up for you and you can even hire all the equipment to go with it. All you need to do is turn up, unpack and head to the beach. Search online for companies or ask your chosen campsite for recommendations. If you want a few more mod-cons, you could look into hiring a campervan or caravan. Try www.camperbug. co.uk for retro VW campervans. Where to go We really are spoilt for campsites in the UK. There are literally hundreds to choose between, from tiny farm fields to entertainment-filled holiday parks. The National Trust has lots of smaller, peaceful sites on offer, including in the Lake District, Cornwall and Snowdonia; see www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Camping festivals Kids entertainers, live music, food

and drinks stands, craft tents … some festivals are fun for the whole family. Check out: Cornbury (13th – 15th July): The line-up for this year’s festival includes Alanis Morrisette, Amy Macdonald and Pixie Lott. The Oxfordshire festival also boasts a kids’ area, with discos, yoga, den building, circus skills, live shows and craft activities; see www. cornburyfestival.com. Bluedot Festival (20th – 22nd July): Set in the grounds of a deep space observatory in Cheshire, Bluedot offers children’s areas, live shows, hands-on activities, animations, interactive experiments, and a line-up that varies from The Chemical Brothers to The Halle Orchestra. Science lovers will be in their element; see www.discoverthebluedot.com. Camp Bestival (26th – 29th July): This Dorset festival includes onsite camping in the ticket price. There are craft workshops, a circus school, live shows, a 50 foot inflatable whale to explore, demos by Mister Maker and other popular presenters, and a lot more besides; see www. campbestival.net.

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Farmer Phil’s Music Festival (10th – 12th August): With a week’s camping included in the £80 ticket price and tickets for under12s priced at just £2, this is a great festival for families on a budget. It’s a much smaller festival than many of the others, but there are plenty of bands and lots of activities for children. Beautiful Days (17th – 19th August): With a huge children’s area, hands-on workshops, live entertainment, bushcraft, storytelling, a free shuttle bus to and from the local train station and a car-free camping field reserved for families, Beautiful Days is ideal for a weekend away; see www. beautifuldays.org. Other family-friendly festivals worth considering include Chagstock (www.chagstock. info), Nozstock (www.nozstock. com), Just So Festival (www. justsofestival.org.uk) and Deer Shed Festival (www. deershedfestival.com). Check out www.festivalkidz.com for more recommendations, reviews and advice.

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Countdown to

‘This Girl Can in Herts’ week 2018 Have you been inspired by the success of Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games? What captivated your attention the most? The list of female English successes on the Gold Coast is phenomenal, making the games breath taking, nail biting and inspirational on all accounts. The Herts Sports Partnership, based at the University of Hertfordshire, are looking to build on this success with the return of ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ week from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June 2018. Once again the Herts Sports Partnership are running a seven day campaign focusing on women and girls getting active through sport and physical active, no matter what their size, age or ability. Working with various partners, the Herts Sports Partnership team are excited to relaunch the This Girl Can in Herts campaign, particularly as 2018 has been designated as the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity. This years’ campaign focuses on four key themes; leadership, inactivity, confidence and the social side of sport and physical activity. During this week, could you run a female activity session at your club, take a friend along to a class, go on a walk after the school drop off with other mums, or volunteer at your local parkrun to help motivate others? Alex Varran, Women and Girls Project

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Officer at the Partnership commented that, “Last year’s campaign, which saw over 3000 women and girls inspired to take part during the week was a huge success, and so we are delighted to be encouraging more women and girls to get active this June.” A whole host of female-friendly activities and sessions will be promoted including Back to Netball, Pickleball, ladies only swimming, yoga and Clubbercise, proving that there is something for everyone to have a go at. How will you get involved? For more information contact Alex Varran at a.varran2@herts.ac.uk or call 01707 281173.

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Weight Loss

Downsize Your Dish... Smaller plates may be a key to weight loss. Several years ago, a food psychologist called Brian Wasink gathered a group of 85 food and nutrition experts. He gave each of them a small bowl or a large bowl and a small scoop or a large scoop. Then he asked them all to serve themselves a ‘portion’ of ice cream. Now these were people who knew about nutrition, yet they scooped 31% more than the average serving size into the large bowl and 15% more from the large scoop. Studies at the University of Pennsylvania conducted similar experiments hypothesising that giving student subjects a smaller scoop would mean they would take more than one, but most of the students took only one scoop regardless of size. So, what can those of us who want to shed a few pounds take from this? Swap your 10 inch / 25cm dinner plate for an 8 inch / 20 cm one and put fattening foods like gravy or salad dressings into

...and your dress size! small bowls with small spoons. Put salad stuff and vegetables in a big bowl with a large serving spoon and then tuck in. Downsize with science!

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House of Colour

How to Look Effortlessly Stylish at a Wedding The English weather doesn’t exactly make it easy for you to decide what to wear to a wedding. Add to that the pressure of looking chic, yet comfortable with potentially many hours on your feet, and some of us wedding guests have a major dilemma on our hands! Here are tips on how to look effortlessly stylish at a wedding:1. Tried and tested. Unless you are the bride, never wear a new outfit for the first time to an important event such as a wedding. You don’t know whether it will be comfortable or whether it might let you down. I recall watching a beautifully dressed woman having to be carried onto a coach to get her to the wedding she was attending as her dress was too tight to climb the steps! 2. Stand out. Many wedding guests will still wear a traditional shift dress with a matching fascinator but if it suits your personality style - why not try wearing a gorgeous jumpsuit with heels instead? Be true to yourself to look and feel your best! 3. Not the time for business. Gentlemen choose a statement tie in a beautiful silk or add an interesting colour in a detail of your outfit to avoid looking like you are at a business meeting. 4. Stay warm. If you worried about staying warm and stylish in the evening try a faux fur stole, a beautiful cashmere cardigan or a statement shawl as long as it still makes you feel like a million dollars. A warm million dollars! 5. Flats Are In. There is nothing worse than watching someone struggle through a wedding in a pair of killer high heels. Have some spare flats in your bag for dancing in but make sure they still work with your outfit. 6. Don’t wear a white wedding-esque dress - Its essential to differentiate yourself from the bride and not to be in any way in competition with her. True red is the only colour that everyone can wear successfully, and it is a great colour to use as a pop if you don’t want to go all out with a block colour. 7. Natural Party Look. Wear natural looking

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make up during the day but have a mineral foundation compact and a killer lipstick in one of your wow colours to re-apply before facing the photographer! Even if you don’t usually wear much make up, a gentle touch of make up in the right colours will make you look amazing for the pics. 8. Vintage – wearing something vintage can help avoid the problem of guests wearing identical outfits. Just be sure it fits well and is in your colours and style. 9. Accessorise…Accessorise! Dress up your outfit with stunning jewellery but make sure the whole look is balanced including size of hat, jewellery and bag. 10. Versatility is key. If you can’t resist buying a new outfit for that important event, then think about the future cost per wear before blowing your budget. It is tempting when invited to a wedding to rush out and buy a new outfit, but before purchasing think about how many times you are likely to wear it in the future. Alternatively have you already got a great dress that can be accessorised differently? Or buy a more versatile dress in a block colour that you could wear again and again by teaming it with other items in your wardrobe and the good news is Colour blocking is back on trend right now!

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Local News

Gift Voucher to Fight Fatigue & Pain Most people with a long term condition can experience exhaustion and chronic pain, affecting their daily lives. Therapies available at The Herts MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth help people to fight fatigue and pain: 1. Oxygen Therapy Some people find Oxygen Therapy can accelerate healing, increase energy, reduce pain or combat stubborn infections, like leg ulcers. Some find it helpful before or after chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Rachel B says: “Without my Oxygen Treatment I would still be in agony from Fibromyalgia and probably jobless and depressed. I can’t begin to explain what a difference it has made for me.” 2. Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiotherapists and Personal Trainers work together to help people achieve greater mobility and reduce fatigue. Francis R has MS. She says: “I lost my confidence and needed support. The personalised exercises have restored my confidence in leading a more independent lifestyle.” 3. APS Pain Clinic Pain Reduction Therapy is an effective, drug free treatment for less pain, more energy and faster healing. Brian H attended the Pain Clinic. He explains: “I did the six week Pain Reduction Programme. I have had pain free mobility for the first time in nine months, despite moving furniture last week!” First Time Free! Who do you know who would like to have more energy or less pain? Tell them about The Herts MS Therapy Centre! Their first session is free! To find out more, visit www.hertsmstherapy.org.uk or call Claire on 01462 684 214.

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Hertfordshire based hospice launches

WW1 Centenary Cycle Challenge Garden House Hospice Care, in North Hertfordshire, has set a unique and memorable cycle challenge in September to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War. Setting off from the UK’s first hospice, St Christopher’s Hospice in South London, cyclists will follow the Pilgrims Way to Folkestone. Over the next three days they will follow the old front line from the historic Belgium town of Ypres, travelling south over the battlefields at Loos, Vimy Ridge and the Somme. The ride will finish at the site of the signing of the Armistice in the Forest of Compiegne. Richard Harbon, Community Fundraiser at Garden House Hospice Care, commented: “The WW1 Centenary Cycle Challenge is a unique opportunity to be part of something that will provide life-long memories whilst enabling cyclists to raise vital funds for Garden House Hospice Care, which serves the communities of North Herts and Stevenage. “During the ride the Great War will be brought to life with visits to sites synonymous to the ‘War to end all wars’ such as Thiepval Memorial to the missing, Lochnagar Crater and Vimy Ridge. You will also have time to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Places on this once in a lifetime trip, scheduled for

14 – 17 September, are limited. The cost of the ride is £490 and riders are expected to raise over £1000 for Garden House Hospice Care. Riders are expected to be at least moderate cyclists with moderate level of fitness to ride approximately 275 miles in total; there will be a few groups to offer varied routes and distances each day. To find out more about this challenge, including cost and fundraising requirements nd tips, please visit: www.ghhospicecare.org.uk

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Local News

Bedford Model Engineering Society From time to time you hear about that “best kept open secret” or a “hidden gem” that everyone should know about and here is another example. The Summerfields Railways can be found just off the A600 at Haynes between Bedford and Sheffield. The Bedford Model Engineering Society is based here and operate a variety of miniature engines for their own and visitor’s pleasure. Mainly railway engines but all types are welcome. Members get together to share experiences and skills on a weekly basis to build, run, service and repair the engines but also to assist in the maintenance of the entire club. Several times a year the club runs what is called a public running day when members of the public get the opportunity to ride on the miniature trains in and on a variety of coaches pulled by the engines. If you are interested in becoming a member or a volunteer there is plenty of scope for all people, as well as engineers and railway enthusiasts, to have

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By Suzanne Roynond

Life Coaching

I don’t want to be with my partner any more...

Hang on! You chose to be with this person originally. He or she had something really special which made you want to match your life with theirs. Did they change or did you? NB: If your partner is abusive, controlling, unstable, violent or unfaithful, unless you have made a conscious decision to stay with them, your desire to leave is entirely understandable. However, if you have children together, a successful business or maybe know deep inside there is a really strong bond worth saving, then read on…….. How often do you moan about your partner? Does it make you feel better? No! Actually, it makes you feel a lot worse, but more significantly, your attitude injects negativity into the relationship. When you groan to your friends or gripe to your mother about your partner, you actively damage the bond between you. It’s time to re-frame your thinking. Part of the life coaching process involves turning negative statements into positive intentions. These are just a few

of the transforming phrases my clients have shared; I want my partner: • To be more affectionate • To acknowledge my needs • To be kind in the words they use to me • To share responsibility for our home • To try my hobbies and interests News flash: Your partner probably wants all of those things from you too! Ouch! That stung didn’t it? Another way to damage your relationship is blaming your partner for making you feel bad. Get honest with yourself and stop believing your partner is to blame for your emotions. They aren’t! By acknowledging you have sole responsibility for your feelings you take control of your response to the situation you are in. No one can make you feel anything. You choose to allow your emotions to react in a positive or negative way. Once you get the hang of that little gem, every part of life becomes a whole lot better. When you take responsibility for

your thoughts, words, and feelings and cancel your subscription to the blame game, you may realise your partner still has that special something! This is a great time to assess what you are putting into the relationship and restore the balance you’ve been missing. If you want them to be affectionate, show them some affection. If you want a better sex life, be a considerate and caring lover to them. If you want your partner to listen to you, start by paying attention to them. By changing your perspective you allow the energy in the relationship to shift into a more positive place and give your partner space to be the person you fell in love with. Keep it up and you might just realise the relationship really does matter to you both. Even if ultimately the relationship ends, you will have learned a valuable lesson about taking personal responsibility for your words, thoughts and emotions which will help all areas of your life.

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Women over 50 CEOs at work and play! Did you know that many women over 50 are flouting the stereotype? Instead of retiring and ‘taking it easy’ as previous generations have done, they are reinventing and reinvigorating their lives. Many are launching their own businesses. The desire to be their own boss, create a better work/ life balance and take control of their own success drives them forward. One such local ‘olderpreneur’ Heather Aylett from Sandy, Bedfordshire, has grasped that second bite of the cherry! In 2017 at the age of 54 and already owner of her own successful children’s entertainment business A for Active, Heather launched All About Enterprise providing schools with innovative business enterprise training days, which are both stimulating and fun, utilising her lifetime passion for training whilst capitalising on her vast experience of working with children. “it’s absolutely fantastic being able to give pupils a taste of life beyond the classroom and show them that they can use their own specific talents to develop successful businesses when they are older, inspiring them to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. It’s never too early to introduce children to the world of business and as such my programmes are suitable from year 6 upwards” Launching the business was relatively straightforward (having done it all before 10 years earlier). However, Heather struggled with the isolation of not having a support network that understood her own particular needs of being a businesswoman over 50 in a very different contemporary business world.

“marketing, so vital for any business - but particularly a start-up, is a very different world these days, with new thinking, technology and social media to understand and at first I found this overwhelming. It’s so important to command an understanding of this aspect of running a business. Indeed, All About Enterprise’s signature programme is about marketing and offers school students a real life ‘Dragon’s Den/ The Apprentice type experience” Heather’s experience changed when she connected with fellow businesswoman Ali MilesJenkins, founder of The BoomBiz. The BoomBiz helps women over 50 reach their potential and gives them the confidence to take control of their own success, to achieve a profitable lifestyle and become their own boss at work and play. “it’s fantastic being part of The BoomBiz. Ali, a successful business woman in her own right is a great mentor. It’s also invaluable being part of a group of like-minded women and the support within the group is amazing” Heather has been lucky enough to be part of Ali’s K.I.M programme, which offers business support to ladies over 50 who have survived cancer and have gone on to launch a business. “I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity to take advantage of the K.I.M programme, it has been invaluable in helping me launch, develop and market my business” If you would like further information regarding All About Enterprise or The BoomBiz, please see the contact details below: www.AllAboutEnterprise.co.uk www.theboombiz.com

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Home Interiors

By Katherine Sorrell

Brilliant Bathroom Lighting Use a range of light fittings for a flexible scheme that will take you effortlessly from brisk morning ablutions to leisurely evening baths. When you stagger into the bathroom in the morning, you’ll need bright, efficient light (and preferably flattering, too). For a long soak in the tub, however, you’ll want soft lighting that sets a relaxing tone. Designing a lighting scheme for a bathroom is not particularly difficult, but it does require careful consideration in order to be really effective. Ideally, you would plan it at the same time as the plumbing, considering the availability and direction of natural light, who uses the bathroom, what for and at what times of day, and the overall style you wish to achieve. A great bathroom lighting design will be flexible enough to illuminate each area according to your needs, combining directional task lights with adjustable general background light – and all using fittings designed to be safe in wet and steamy conditions. In terms of decorative effect, it is possible to buy bathroom-rated chandeliers and other pretty pendants, but for washing, shaving and putting on make-up, it’s useful to install bright, ‘working’ lights above the bath, shower and –

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especially – the basin areas. Depending on the size of the room, you may also need additional, general lighting for any remaining dark areas. Don’t forget that mirrors are exceptionally useful when it comes to reflecting light around the room and making the whole space seem brighter. All-purpose downlights set into the ceiling are particularly neat, and can be placed almost anywhere you wish, though you may need to avoid joists. Small, directional lights on tracks are useful, too, and come in a range of styles that won’t break the bank. Mirrors and mirrored cabinets that feature integral lighting are a great two-in-one solution. Alternatively, to light a conventional mirror, you could fit theatre-style bulbs all around, or have a pair of wall lamps on either side – choosing a style that complements your overall décor. Bear in mind that garden lighting is also rated for wet conditions, which may expand your choice. When deciding how to place mirror lights, ensure that the light is even, so that parts of your face aren’t in shadow, and avoid a single, very bright light from above, which does nothing for bags under the eyes first thing in the morning.

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A simple, and cheap, supplement to ceiling lights would be to install LED strips behind baffles or panels, resulting in a gentle glow from an invisible light source. Other clever ideas include: storage units that incorporate lighting; fitting uplighters in flooring; an LED colour-changing lamp operated by remote control; basin taps that include a water-activated LED light that operates when the tap is turned on; and illuminated rainfall shower heads. You could also consider fitting low-level lighting that comes on automatically when someone enters the room – great for night-time toilet visits. A wonderful luxury, if possible, would be to install two bathroom lighting circuits – one for everyday lights, and the other, on a dimmer, for ambient lights that can be as soothing as you wish. Finally, candlelight is ideally suited to relaxing in the bathroom, the warm, flickering flames providing an atmospheric background and an immediate pick-you-up whenever you need to lie back in the bath and unwind. Understandably, bathroom lighting regulations are very strict. The lights you choose must be suitable for the area in which they are fitted, indicated by an IP (ingress protection) rating on the packaging, which relates to how close to water the fitting will be. Generally speaking, the room is divided into three zones. Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself, so that fittings must be totally immersion-proof, rated at least IP67 and low voltage. Zone 1 is the area above the bath or shower, to a height of 2.25m from the floor. In this zone a minimum rating of IP45 is required (though most shower lights are actually rated at IP65). Zone 2 is outside the bath and shower, reaching 60cm on either side and 2.25m from the floor. You should also consider any area within 60cm of a tap to be within zone 2. Here, a rating of at least IP44 is required. Finally, anywhere within the bathroom but outside these areas has no specific IP requirements, though some experts recommend choosing fittings that have at least a rating of IP20. Depending on your circumstances, there may be other installation requirements, too, so always consult a qualified electrician.

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Garden View

Totally Tropical The ‘greenhouse effect’ is an environmental hot topic. And it’s true that despite the grim winter of 2017-18 we’ve generally been experiencing milder conditions in recent years. I’ve certainly started to experiment with more exotic plants. It’s a little risky; one hard winter can wipe out a tender specimen. But between now and September there’s every chance that many tropical plants will survive if planted out in our gardens. They need a sunny sheltered spot, like the one you would choose for petunias, tobacco plants and rose beds. Try Cannas. They have luxuriant broad spearshaped leaves, which can be deep green, purple or even striped with orange or yellow. They produce vibrant flowers which look like gladioli but better! Or how about planting scarlet dahlias like ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, which also sports attractive bronze foliage. A big clump of African marigolds provides a blaze of fiery colour. Or try tender perennial salvias in colours which range from magenta through to scarlet and deep purples and blues. They won’t survive the first winter frosts but they an easy to propagate from shoot-cuttings which can be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse ready for the following spring.

Verbena bonariensis produces tall wands of dainty lilac flowers. They self-seed freely, which is great if you consider that a bonus in a plant (I do) but maybe avoid this one if self-seeding bothers you. You could even try a banana plant. The variety “Musa Banjo” is wonderfully architectural, and though it does not produce fruit it will create impact. Plant in a large pot and let its fan-like leaves create fabulous shadows on the patio. It hails from Japan originally and loves sunshine, but it is hardy to -6C so perfect for the suburban UK climate. Do note that in winter the leaves naturally die back and turn brown. I thought I’d killed mine the first year, but the leaves grow back quickly in the spring. The Honey Bush (Melianthus major) is a terrific half-hardy foliage specimen with its 50cm long grey-green deeply serrated leaves, which look as though they’ve been cut with pinking shears. Some of these plants will survive a British Winter with protection but it’s probably best to treat your ‘tropical’ border as a temporary display. Experiment and have fun creating your very own suburban rainforest.

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Creative Containers Colourful containers are a welcome sight in any garden, and pots, planters and troughs can transform a dull back yard or a gloomy terrace or patio. Plus, wacky and more unusual planters can easily be created with a little imagination and ingenuity. Plastic flower pots can be transformed by wrapping them in hessian. Available in a range of colours from classic pale brown to reds, greens and blues, it’s weather-tolerant and tough but looks great. Plastic pots are more exciting with a bit of planting around the sides, so cut holes just over an inch in diameter at regular intervals around the sides to create a planter perfect for small bedding plants. Fill with compost to the base of the lowermost holes, add plants through the holes, add more compost to the next layer of holes and continue upwards, finishing off with plenty of colour on the top. Acrylic paints are ideal to colour a boring or discoloured container. Use a single colour to match existing garden features, or the colour of your front door or window frames, or design a pattern of wild, fantastic colours for a planted-up art gallery. Mosaic tiles from your local craft or hobby store can be used to cover a container, or if time is short to just make a mosaic rim. Use rich colours to make a Moroccan style pot. Protect it when winter comes by placing it in a frost-free spot, unless you use the grouting adhesive used for swimming pools to make it more weather resistant. Old tyres filled with compost make ideal planters, and can be stacked to make deeper versions. Trailing flowers – such as trailing geraniums – cascading over the edges give a really striking effect. An aged wheelbarrow is great for a larger display or permanent planting. If there are no holes in the pan of the barrow, place a layer of gravel or stones in the base so that the compost does not become waterlogged. An old wellington boot makes a stylish planter. Fill the foot and ankle area with gravel or grit for drainage, add compost and plant up the top. Acrylic paints can jazz up a boring pair of wellies, but make sure the paint is dry before you start planting.

Old gardening, walking or work boots have planting potential too, and because they have heavier soles and are lower to the ground they are useful in a less-sheltered place. Plant up with bright bedding, or for a long-term display use a few house-leeks or sempervivums – their fleshy rosettes of leaves in shades of green and purple look great! An old kitchen or bathroom sink can be put to good use; either remove the plug to provide drainage or fix it firmly in place with sealant to make a miniature water garden. I’ve even seen a loo cistern packed full of trailing plants including blue and white lobelia and trailing silvery foliage plants. The mass of blue, white and silver made a great waterfall of colour from an otherwise boring water closet. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood. com and you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug, green controls for leatherjackets, chafer grubs, ants and greenfly, plus garden plant supports, raised bed kits, Easy-Tunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more. You can even book Pippa for a gardening talk!

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Quirky Britain

It’s dark outside, so pick up your paddle

“I’m in the centre of London ... No traffic, no street beer din, no synched steps of business folk rushing for the train… I can breathe. The air here has rarely felt so clean; I’ve never seen the city with so much sky.” So writes blogger Sam Haddad on the website mpora. com, describing his night-time journey along the Thames in – of all things – a kayak. Sam is just one of a growing number of outdoor adventurers who like to explore the UK’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters by kayak as night falls. It’s one of those off-the-wall activities that have recently grown in popularity and are particularly favoured by social media users looking for quirky and unusual experiences to post on Facebook or Instagram. The Oxford Dictionary defines a ‘kayak’ as “a canoe of a type used originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight covering having a small opening in the top to sit in”. Kayaks are light, manoeuvrable and hard to capsize, but to the average landlubber a kayak may not seem the obvious choice for a nocturnal adventure in a busy waterway. It’s hard to understand the attraction of this type of transport until you hear the first-hand accounts of people who have actually experienced night kayaking: “It was like a dream” …“We couldn’t stop talking about our experience for days” … “Outstanding and magical.” (Comments left by firsttime night kayakers on the travel site Trip Advisor.) Don’t underrate the risks Despite being an enthusiastic proponent of nightkayaking, experienced sea kayaker Duncan Smith is aware of the dangers: “On nights where the moon is not providing natural light you are more reliant

on your night vision. This can be cut dramatically by the glare from any head-torch or deck light you carry and whilst you can see into the distance … it can be difficult to see/read the water in front of you.” He adds: “Sound seems amplified in the dark, to the point when tiny waves breaking on the pebbled shore can sound like huge, dumping surf.” Dipping your toe in the water If you’re keen to try kayaking by night but have never used a kayak before, you should take your first trip under the guidance of an experienced leader. Organised excursions are available across the UK, with many different experiences to choose from. Most excursions include instructions on how to handle a kayak, but if you’re in any doubt about whether the route is suitable for you, you should check with the operator prior to booking. Join a club If you are already familiar with kayaks but have never ventured out at night, you could join a club for support, companionship and advice. There are numerous kayak clubs throughout Britain – contact the British Canoeing Union (britishcanoeing.org.uk) to find your nearest group, but be aware that not all clubs practice kayaking after dark. When you read the testimonials of people who have experienced night-kayaking, it’s easy to understand why it creates such a sense of awe and wonder. Noisy daytime environments become peaceful, skies become bigger and familiar landscapes take on an eerie new beauty. But most seasoned kayakers will also admit to enjoying the moment when they reach dry land, looking forward to the chance to warm up over a pint in a cosy local pub.

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Life Begins...

By Kate McLelland

What’s wrong with a little rose-tinted nostalgia? “When I was young ...”; “In my time …”; “The good old days …” Be honest. How often do you use expressions like this to talk about the past? Of course, there’s no harm in a little nostalgia; thinking back to the experiences we’ve enjoyed in our lives helps us hold on to our identities in this fast-changing world. But some would argue that constantly reflecting on the past makes it harder for us to appreciate the present or look forward to the future. How we make memories Nostalgia is a wistful longing for the past. Hearing a song, visiting a place linked to your youth or seeing an object that connects you with happier times can result in a flood of positive emotions, but it’s often the memories made in childhood and as young adults that affect us most. A study by the University of Leeds has revealed that our early memories are closely connected with the way we develop a sense of self. As children, and later as young adults, our strongest imprints develop around new experiences – that’s why, years later, we can recall exactly where we were, and who was with us, when we first tried something new. Self-deception or rosy retrospection? The French novelist and critic Marcel Proust wrote: “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” In order to fully enjoy our nostalgic memories, psychiatrists have found that our minds tend to blank out any details that might spoil the picture. This behaviour – known as ‘rosy retrospection’ – allows people to remember events in a positive light, even though they may have been less than happy at the time. In one study of this phenomenon, researchers

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found that a group of Disneyland visitors who complained about their experience on the day of their trip recalled it as a great experience when they were quizzed several weeks later. While there’s clearly an element of self-deception at play when it comes to reliving past memories, research suggests that nostalgic thoughts can actually be good for you. A study carried out in America in 2013 concluded that reflecting on happier times provides comfort and improves our mental health, particularly when we are upset or unhappy. Researchers also discovered that far from being backward-looking introverts, people who enjoy thinking about the past believe they are more open to new experiences than many others. Keeping it real Of course, not everyone dons rose-tinted glasses when they reflect on the past. Joan Fraser – contributing to a forum discussion on the SilverSurfers website (www.silversurfers.com) writes: “Thinking back to freezing bedrooms, one bath a week, and times when we couldn’t travel so widely, and women faced such a number of ridiculous restrictions, makes me appreciate the home comforts and freedoms I have”. But even Joan admits that she indulges in a little nostalgia from time to time: “I often also yearn for the people and places I loved so much; but this seems OK and natural, and doesn’t detract from me looking ahead and hoping for good (better) times ahead.” Perhaps the argument about whether it’s better to hark back or look forward is best summed up by 19th century Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, who wrote: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

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Pets

Helping Your Dog Deal with

the Heat of Summer Heat stroke is a serious risk for dogs in the summer because they can’t lose heat through their skin as we do. Even on a warm day, if they can’t seek out shade or water to cool down, they can suffer irreparable organ damage, which is often fatal. So how do you prevent heat stroke, what are the symptoms, and what can you do to help? Is your dog suffering from heat stroke? Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include: • Rapid breathing • Heavy panting • Lethargy • Agitation or disorientation • Drooling • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea • Fitting/seizures Preventing a disaster Being aware that your dog is very susceptible to heat stroke is a major factor in preventing it. You should make sure that:

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• They aren’t locked inside the car on a warm day. • Your dog has ready access to shade, and plenty of cool drinking water. • You don’t over-exercise them, or take your dog out during the hottest part of the day. What to do if you suspect your dog has heat stroke You need to cool your dog down, but without making them too cold once the panting has stopped. Seek help from a vet as a matter of urgency, even if you’re not sure whether they’re in danger. Organ failure can occur over a longer period of time, and fast action can save their life even if you think everything is fine. www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/keep-dogcool-summer-heat www.metro.co.uk/2017/06/20/how-to-keep-yourdog-safe-in-the-heatwave-6722194

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Local News

Rehoming Appeal Buddy

Buddy is a 2 year old neutered male cat who, as a tiny kitten in Spain, was ferociously attached by feral cats. He was rescued by a kind lady who brought him back to England to live with her and her two other rescue cats. Unfortunately, although her other cats were friendly, Buddy could not get over his fear of other cats in the house and was very unhappy. Reluctantly the lady thought Buddy would be happier if he had a home of his own with no other pets. He is very friendly towards people and loves to play have a cuddle on someone’s lap. He is vaccinated, microchipped and has his pet passport and is just waiting for someone to give him that special home where he will feel safe and have lots of love. If you would like to find out more about this lovely boy, please contact Liz on 01767 681157. Alternatively, please e-mail Philippa at info.rats@gmail.com who will be pleased to forward your enquiry on to the team. View other cats, dogs and small mammals currently in our care for re-homing on our website: www.rats-animalrescue.co.uk or facebook: www.facebook.com/ratscharity You can also see photographs and details of the animals in our care in our charity shop in Hitchin Street, Biggleswade SG18 8AX. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

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Animal Heroes Shocking cruelty – happening on your doorstep

Our RSPCA Inspectors, Animal Welfare Officers and Animal Collection Officers do amazing work in Bedfordshire. In 2017 alone, they visited and investigated 1,470 complaints! That’s four new animal welfare concerns every day. This shocking figure makes Bedfordshire the 10th cruelest county in the South East. Such information has been released as part of the RSPCA’s annual Cruelty Statistics. These show that, nationally, 143,760 complaints about animal welfare were investigated in 2017 alone. Among the cases, investigated by the RSPCA in Bedfordshire last year, were four dogs who sadly died after they were shut away in a room for four weeks without food and water. The most calls received in Bedfordshire related to dogs (870), cats (392) and equines (130). The scale of the problem is worth repeating. That’s in just one year. The RSPCA’s staff are constantly stretched to their limits as they try and help all the suffering, sick and dying animals in the county. Many readers will be surprised to read this. We are in 2018 – yet the awful incidents of cruelty still, sadly, continue. Although this is clearly emotionally draining work, the staff and volunteers at the RSPCA keep focused on the fact that they are rescuing these animals from horrific neglect or brutal cruelty – and giving them a second chance. The RSPCA North Bedfordshire Branch is a small,

local animal charity – which helps to transform the lives of thousands of animals in Bedfordshire each year. However, the public also plays a vital role too – by reporting cruelty and supporting our efforts to raise funds. Much needed funds are created by donating to the charity shop in Bedford, buying from it, leaving a legacy in your will, Gift Aiding donations or donating to street collections. Additional volunteers are always welcome too – whether it’s helping in the shop, fostering cats or helping on a stall at a local fete. If you feel uncomfortable or shocked reading this – we are sorry. But, please think about how you can help prevent, and ease, the horrific cruelty that may be happening closer than you think. If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare, you can report this to the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 (24-hours) or online on rspca.org.uk More information, and fundraising packs, can be also be found on rspca.org.uk Call 01234 266965 or email donate@rspcabedsnorth.org.uk with any enquiries.

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Motoring

10 electric vehicle myths busted Confusion surrounds the running and operation of an electric car. Here, we try to clear that up. 1. You can’t boil the kettle while charging an electric car A National Grid report warned that home networks might struggle to cope with high-capacity car charging. However, EV owners with a lowcapacity home network wouldn’t have a high-capacity charger, so there’s little chance of the network being overloaded. 2. EVs are more expensive than petrol and diesel cars Generally, the base price of an EV will be slightly more expensive, but manufacturers compensate by offering a generous specification so that with the government’s £4,500 zero-emission vehicle grant taken into account, they’re a pretty good deal, plus have low running costs. What’s more, as EV technology becomes more prevalent, costs will reduce – the new Nissan Leaf starts at £1,500 less than the old one. 3. They’re more likely to catch fire in a crash Concerns about crash safety are

largely driven by a couple of highprofile Tesla Model S fires in 2013. The EV maker upgraded its underbody battery pack protection in 2014 but also noted that the odds of fires in its cars were “five times lower than those of an average gasoline car”. 4. You can’t drive them in car washes or when it’s raining Water and electricity don’t mix, so manufacturers carefully seal all of the electrified components to make sure there aren’t any problems using car washes, or driving or charging in the rain. 5. You can’t go very far Most electric vehicles now have a range in excess of 150 miles, with 200 miles becoming the norm – and the average journey is less than nine miles. 6. There’s nowhere to charge them Long trips require a bit more planning, but charge point locator Zap Map indicates there are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5,000 locations in the UK, with more added all the time. Plus, rapid chargers can provide 80 per cent of charge in about 30 minutes.

7. The batteries don’t last very long Batteries do have a finite life but most manufacturers offer battery leasing for a monthly fee and will replace it for free when needed. Others offer replacement warranties, with five- to eight-year cover the norm. 8. EVs are less environmentally friendly across their life cycle The energy required to build an electric car can make it less environmentally friendly to produce than a traditionally fuelled car. However, a Norwegian study quoted by the BBC estimates an EV is about 10 per cent better over its life cycle, and that will continue to improve. 9. Battery disposal poses a huge environmental issue It does, but the EV boom has encouraged lateral thinking to improve recycling rates, with companies taking used EV batteries for use elsewhere, such as home energy storage. 10. They’re boring to drive Modern electric cars can be genuinely fun to drive, particularly thanks to the high-torque motors, which make acceleration brisk. Tesla takes this to extremes with its Model S, which reaches 60mph in less than three seconds – comparable to the new McLaren Senna supercar, with its petrolpowered twin-turbo V8.

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CHERRY BAKEWELL TART I cannot resist a sweet treat, and luckily we have them every week on the Weekend Kitchen. This sumptuous Bakewell Tart was created by a highly talented young local cake maker and pastry chef called Victoria Chidgey. She set up her business, Little Tring Cakes, after several stints in top London businesses – and the pastry recipe here was given to her by a chef at the Savoy Hotel when she was 16 years old. She swears by it, and it creates an incredibly light, flaky and moreish tart. You’ll need 1 x 9” Pie Mould / Tart Ring or a 12 whole bun tray with round pastry cutter. Pastry: 340g Flour 225g Butter 110g Golden Caster Sugar 1 Egg Frangipane: 120g Butter 120g Golden Caster Sugar 120g Ground Almonds 2 Eggs 1 teaspoon Almond Essence 25ml Brandy (if you have it knocking about) Filling: 125g Black Cherry Compote Topping: Flaked Almonds Icing Sugar (Golden is best but it doesn’t matter too much)

1. Preheat the oven to 160C, 140C Fan, Gas Mark 3. 2. Beat the butter with the sugar until it is well incorporated and has lightened in colour. 3. Scrape the bowl and add the flour. Beat on a low speed and, when the flour is just incorporated, add the egg. Keep mixing until it all comes together. 4. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for an hour or so, or in the freezer for 15-25 minutes. The recipe is enough pastry for two tarts so you can freeze whatever you don’t use. 5. For the frangipane, melt the butter in the microwave until it is very soft but still holds its shape. 6. Mix in the sugar with a wooden spoon and lightly beat for around 3 minutes. 7. Add the ground almonds and brandy and mix until incorporated. Add the egg and beat for 1-2 minutes. 8. Roll out the pastry to approximately 3mm thick. 9. Line the tart case. Push the pastry into the corners and then use your fingers in an upward motion. If you have opted to do smaller individual tartlets, use a round cutter to cut a disk of pastry and line the bun holes. 10. Trim away any excess pastry with a sharp paring knife, leaving a slight lip if possible. Prick the bottom of the tart with a fork. Patch up any imperfections with pastry using your thumb. 11. Spread the cherry compote on the bottom of the tart case and place in the fridge or freezer. This prevents any of the filling bleeding through the frangipane. 12. Using a piping bag or the back of a hot spoon, spread the frangipane on top of the compote to just below the rim of the pastry. Scatter flaked almonds on top and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. Once out of the oven dust the top with icing sugar while still warm. 13. Serve with brandy cream or crème fraiche mixed with some lemon zest.

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Iconic Routes: The North Coast 500 Italy has the St Bernard Pass (made famous in the opening scene of ‘The Italian Job’). America has Route 66 of course. And Scotland? Well, that has the North Coast 500. Winding for 16 miles over the 500 that gives the route its name, it was the 2015 brainchild of the North Highland Initiative to create a tourist driving loop around the uppermost part of mainland Scotland. And it’s on my bucket list to drive this year. Driven clockwise, or anti, the accepted start/ end-point is Inverness, a beautiful city and worth exploring before the drive. From there you take the A862 to Mull of Ord, before choosing clockwise and westward on the A832 to Applecross, or taking the A9 northbound to John O‘Groats if you prefer the opposite way. Either way, you will travel through some of the most stunning scenery the UK has to offer: in the southern section, looping roads

with near-vertical mountains on either side, and surprisingly flat, almost East-Anglian pasture-like highways in the north around Thurso. And the beaches up there are something to behold too. How long it takes is up to you (cyclists have ridden it in 31 hours!) but speed is not the point: it’s the journey that matters. Just writing about it makes me want to jump in the car and drive the ‘500 right now! The only detrimental thing I can see is its increasing popularity. We go to the Highlands to get away from it all, yet it could be a victim of its own success and turn into Scotland’s M25. So, let’s keep its secret to ourselves, eh? www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/drivingroad-trips/north-coast-500/

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Travel

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Travel Insurance It can seem like just one more extra cost you could do without, but travel without it and you could be in trouble. Crippling costs - You risk footing a very large bill should you need healthcare or have your baggage lost or stolen. something as simple as a stomach bug in California with a stomach bug, which requires treatment and later flights home, could cost in the tens of thousands of pounds. A broken hip in a European destination could lead to a bill of £15,000 Don’t forget - If you are planning any sports or other activities, mention it. Skiing and extreme sports are obvious examples, but scuba diving and other activities you may not think of as “extreme” may still need extra cover. Know how much it would cost to replace baggage, from suitcases to clothes, to jewellery, including wedding rings. Why it matters where you’re going - EU countries tend to be less expensive while Canada, the US and the Caribbean are much more so due to the

incredibly high cost of medical care in those regions. Declare pre-existing conditions - certain medical conditions will add to the cost of your insurance, because insurance is about risk and certain ailments make it more likely that you might require medical attention. It may be worth looking at insurers which specialise in providing this type of insurance. Tell them everything - Even if it feels like you are hiking up the cost of your insurance policy. You don’t want your insurance to be invalid if you need to make a claim. Read! - When you get your policy, make sure you read the full terms and conditions and the medical declaration carefully, so you understand exactly what you’re covered for.

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n O s ’ t Wha 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June Springfield House Friday Bridge Club 1.30pm Springfield House (the home of the Old Stevenage Community Centre) To play cut-in Chicago Bridge. Play is informal and friendly. Tel: Richard Bean 01438 221517 2 June The Signals Museum Open Day 10am-4pm The Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is open to the public. Entry is free but official photo ID is required to get an entry ticket from the Guardroom. www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk 2-3 June St Albans Steam & Country Show 2018 10am Oaklands College (Smallford Campus), St. Albans Adults £8, Under 16s £5, Senior Citizens £5, Family £20. Our annual event showcases Steam Engines, Vintage Vehicles, Classic Cars and more. Ring events and parades will enable all the mobile exhibits to be moved on the field. For youngsters these steaming monsters provide both entertainment and education. Many of the older generation may remember steam rollers at work, while before the last world war steam wagons regularly pounded through St. Albans carrying long distance loads. Steam threshing was carried out at local farms, while steam tractors were used to carry stone, farm produce and even house contents within the area. Web: www.hertssteam.co.uk 3 June A Day Retreat for Body and Soul 10am-4.30pm Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living £65 inc. lunch. A Day Retreat for Body and Soul with Judy Hammond, dancer and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Experience exquisite relaxation and learn secrets of grounding, centering and strengthening. Tel: 01462 678804 Web: www.letchworthcentre.org

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4 June Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Evening Visit 7.15pm RSPB Fowlmere Nature Reserve, near Fowlmere, South Cambs Spring is the best time of year to visit this South Cambridgeshire reserve. Fowlmere supports up to nine species of warbler and is one of the best places in the UK to see the fast-declining turtle dove (at least two purring males present in 2017), whilst we will also look out for water rail in the reedbeds and kingfisher along the stream (where water voles might be seen) and on the main lake. Marsh harriers are possible and the resident barn owls should become active as dusk approaches. Meet at the reserve car park (O/S 154: TL 408 458). See the website for other trips and visits. Tel: 01763249459 Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com Web: ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/ hitchinandletchworth

5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 June “Come and Try Bowls” Days Tues 2pm, Thurs 6pm Willian Bowls Club, Lower Green, Norton Common, Letchworth Every Tuesday and Thursday. New for our 2018 Outdoor season. Free tuition and all equipment provided. Any new bowler wanting to join after a session, will be offered free 2018 Membership. Tel: 01462 642790 Web: www.willianbowlsclub.org

4, 11, 18 & 25 June Staplers Country Dance Club 8-10pm St John’s Community Hall, Hitchin Staplers is your local social folk dance club. It’s easy to start as all the dances are walked through first then called and you don’t need to bring a partner, lots of people go on their own. It is a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Car parking available next to the hall. Tel. 01462 895567 or 01462 624144 Web: www.staplers.org.uk

7-9 June Hitchin Beer Festival 2018 Thurs 5-11pm, Fri & Sat 12-11pm Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way Entry £3, CAMRA members and OAPs free Over 100 real ales, 45 ciders, and over 100 international beers from across the world. Food from Hitchin Street Food Monthly.

4, 11, 18 & 25 June Branch Out Social Club for Single People 8.30-11pm Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin Branch Out meets every Monday night and is a medium-sized Social Club for single people. It was formed in 1995 to bring together single, divorced, widowed and separated people, aged 40 upwards, from the Herts, Beds and Bucks area. The club organises regular events, such as dinners, meals, theatre and concert visits, day and weekend trips and holidays. Tel: Lorna 01438 233657 Web: www.branch-out.org.uk

5, 12, 19 & 26 June Stevenage Bridge Club 7.30pm Priory Nursery, Stanmore Road, Old Stevenage To play Duplicate Bridge. A host system is run to find partners, if required. A wide level of ability play at the club. Tel: Phil Cooper 07957 813434

7, 14, 21 & 28 June Roundabouters Country Dance Club 8-10pm Friends Meeting House, Cuttys Lane, Stevenage £3 per week inc. refreshments, Annual subscription £5 Friendly club for English country dancing. We welcome new members, both beginners and experienced. All dances walked through; club and guest callers ensure a varied programme. First week free. Tel. 01438 727239 Email: roundabouters@live.co.uk Web: www.roundabouters.org.uk

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7, 14, 21 & 28 June Sapphire Social Club 8.30pm The Orange Tree, Hitchin We are a small and friendly group for single people generally aged 50 and above. We offer a variety of social events during the month and the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Potential new members are warmly welcome to come along and meet us with no joining fee for the first two months. Tel: Joyce 07952 678021 or Ian 07900 890583 for info Web: www.sapphiresocialsinglesclub.co.uk 9, 16, 23 & 30 June Mummy and Me Classes For children from 18 months to 2½yrs 8.35-9am Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living £35 for 7 weeks A lovely opportunity for you to help introduce your toddler to basic ballet movements and rhythm in a fun way. Sessions will use toys, instruments and other props to enhance marching, clapping, spatial awareness and changing direction. Continues until 21 July. Tel: 01462 678804 Web: www.letchworthcentre.org 17 June Stevenage RSPB Coach Trip 7.40am Adults £15, Under 18s £7.50 Coach Trip with Hitchin/Letchworth group initially to NNR Stodmarsh before moving on to RSPB Blean Woods. Coach leaves from the rear of Waitrose store on Primett Road at 7.40am. Booking essential. Tel: 01438 861547 Web: ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/stevenage

17 June Biggleswade Antiques Fair 9.30am-4pm The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade Entrance £1.50. This antiques fair offers a diverse range of antiques and collectables so whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector or just looking for something special, this monthly fair is the place to visit. Café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Tel: 01480 382432 or 07906 647346 Web: www.madisonevents.co.uk 17 June Stotfold Art Group Summer Exhibition 10am-4pm Roecroft Centre, Church Road, Stotfold Free admission. Summer Exhibition for Festival Week. All welcome. Reasonable prices. Parking nearby. 21 June Letchworth District Gardeners Association Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm Central Methodist Church, 109 Pixmore Way, Letchworth Garden City Advance tickets £10, on the door £12 A talk by Christine Walkden on ‘The life and times of a gardener’. Tickets available from LDGA Trading Store, Tapps Garden Centre, Letchworth Local & Tourist Information Centre, David’s Bookshop or telephone to reserve. Tel: 01462 621691 24 June 7 Mindfulness Practices to Calm an Active Mind 9.30am for 10am-1pm Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living £40 inc. refreshments. 7 Mindfulness Practices to Calm an Active Mind with Dr Neelam Taneja PhD, Member IAYT, Life Fellow RSM. For “do-ers” and those with active minds, having a quiet space within the nervous system and in the body can be especially beneficial. This workshop will introduce strategies to help you to find oases of stillness in your life. Tel: 01462 678804 Web: www.letchworthcentre.org

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28 June North Herts Association of the National Trust Coach Outing Pickup points in Hitchin & Letchworth. A day in Oxford, including an optional visit to the Botanical Gardens. Tel: Adam Kuzminski 01462 620317 Email: adam@kuzminski.co.uk 29 & 30 June, 1 July Flower Festival & Photographic Exhibition Fri & Sat 11am-4pm, Sun morning service 9-11.30am & 12-3pm St Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane, Stevenage Flower festival with the theme of “I am” and photographic exhibition with theme of Creation with individuals and organisation from the local community taking part. Refreshments available on all days. Concert on 30 June. Tel: Chris 07543 734207 30 June Letchworth Armed Forces Day 10am-4pm Broadway Gardens, Letchworth Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of RAF and Armistice. 2 July North Herts Association of the National Trust Coach Outing Pickup points in Hitchin & Letchworth Visit to the Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth. Tel: Adam Kuzminski 01462 620317 Email: adam@kuzminski.co.uk 8 July The Adventures of Dr Dolittle by Illyria Entry from 5pm, Show 6pm RSPB, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy Adults £15, Children (4-16) £8, Family (2+2) £42. Outdoor theatre show by Illyria. A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment. Suitable for aged 4+. Tickets available online. Web: https://illyria. cloudvenue.co.uk/theadventuresofdoctor dolittleatrspbthelodgenaturereserve

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Finance

By Ann Haldon

How Much Money Will You Need For Your Retirement?

There’s a general consensus that to live comfortably in retirement, you need a pension of at least £20,000 a year. Where you live obviously makes a difference, but in general, people’s idea of what constitutes a ‘comfortable’ retirement also differs. So, if like many people you’re unsure how much you’ll need in retirement, how can you find out? Focus on your expenditure initially Rather than obtaining pension statements and forecasts first, it’s a good idea to calculate how much you’ll need for the essentials in retirement, taking into account what your circumstances might be in the future rather than now. If you pay your bills by direct debit, have a look at your bank statements for regular household outgoings such as mortgage, utilities, council tax and house insurance. Then you can factor in the cost of emergency repairs such as boiler or car breakdowns. The total is the sum you’ll need to cover using a guaranteed income. Pension forecasts and statements Once you’ve calculated your expenditure, you can obtain a state pension forecast from the gov.uk website. Work and personal pension statements should be available by phone or in writing from your pension provider(s), and there are also a number of online ‘pension calculators’ that give you an idea of how much you might receive. What expenses will you save in retirement? • If you’re currently supporting your family or making mortgage repayments, these expenses may not be relevant once you retire. Not having to commute to work is also a significant costsaving for some.

• Many people choose to downsize their property in retirement – if this is on the cards for you, it would release a lump sum of cash to pay off any debts you have remaining, invest for an income, or to pay future house maintenance costs, for example. So now you’ve got all the figures you need, how do you access your pension pot when the time comes? Pension freedoms The pension reforms that were introduced in April 2015 give you much greater choice in the way you access your pension pot. Prior to this, an annuity had to be purchased which provided a guaranteed income for life. Although this option remains available and is commonly used, it’s no longer the only one. With professional pension advice, you can maximise your pension savings whilst also ensuring you avoid the significant pension pitfalls that now exist. Pension mistakes that could jeopardise your retirement Could you outlive your pension savings? It’s possible that you could outlive your pension savings if you take out too much money too early. It’s crucial to seek professional help on the most tax-efficient ways to access your pension, so you don’t risk reducing its value unnecessarily. Beware pension scams One of the downsides of the new pension freedoms is that con artists have been able to swindle people out of their hard-earned pensions. Scams such as those offering tax-free transfers to dubious investment schemes, or suggested legal ‘loopholes’ that allow you to avoid paying tax, have been widespread in recent years. So essentially, there are three factors when it comes to thinking about money in retirement: • How much money you’ll need to live on each month. • How you’re going to achieve this level of income. • How you’ll manage your money. With the help of pension professionals, and the facts and figures at your fingertips, hopefully you’ll make the most of your long-awaited retired life. www.which.co.uk/money/pensions-andretirement/starting-to-plan-your-retirement/ guides/how-much-will-you-need-to-retire www.gov.uk/check-state-pension

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Technology

Here comes summer: Tech for outdoor living

The technology that can get your garden ready for summer It’s amazing to think that we were still getting snow back in March: just weeks later and it’s June, which even the UK usually manages to get through without any blizzards. Who knows, we might even get a long hot summer this time – and if we do, technology is happy to help. If you’re planning to party on the summer equinox, the longest day of the year, it’s worth getting some long-lasting gadgets such as the UE Boom 2 portable speaker. It’s loud but not too loud, portable but not too small, and it’s waterproof because it’s sold in Britain. At around £93 it’s pricier than many but is solid, sounds great and is well made – plus the battery lasts for 15 hours of tunes from a single charge. It’s a really great speaker for outdoor entertaining. If you’re barbecuing, technology can help. The superb Looftlighter (around £45 on eBay or £55 in the shops) can ensure charcoal lights instead of smokes, and a BBQ thermometer can make sure food is properly cooked.

We love the Thermapen instant read thermometer (around £50) but for an even more high-tech option there are Bluetoothenabled meat thermometers that send readings to your smartphone so you don’t even need to lift the lid. Weber’s excellent iGrill 3 (£89.99) is one of the best around, but there are more affordable options too. There’s a new entry in the outdoor lighting market: Philips, which has brought its Hue smart lighting system to gardens too. We love Hue for its ability to create all kinds of light “recipes” and effects and to do so from a phone or tablet, and you can now mix 16 million different colours outdoors too. The catch, inevitably, is cost: the wallmountable Lily spotlight is about £260 and the pedestal lamp around £125. It might be worth waiting for rivals to follow Philips’ lead: Hue-style indoor bulbs are widely available for a lot less than Philips chargers and we’d expect the same to happen with outdoor lighting too. Don’t try and cut corners with normal Hue bulbs in standard lamp fittings

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unless those fittings are large and properly waterproof. They might not work anyway: your home’s exterior walls may block the connection between the lights and the Hue hub, which has to be connected to your internet router. Sadly, living in the UK means even a warm day doesn’t stay too warm for long, and many of us turn to outdoor heating. Don’t buy a heater that heats the air; it’s a waste of money, because most of the energy goes on heating the air nobody’s actually in. Gas heaters are the least efficient: consider a modern infra-red (not near-infra-red) electric heater, which heats the surfaces it’s pointed at (including people), or a halogen one if you don’t want to spend a few hundred pounds. A good tabletop or free-standing halogen heater doesn’t cost too much to buy or run – about 9p per kilowatt hour, with heaters starting at around £39 – but make sure your seating area is sheltered as a stiff breeze can undo the work of any outdoor heater.


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WINDOW REPAIRS

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Books

Book Review By Kate Duggan

Lazy Days Wish List Planning to stock up on books for lazy days in the sun? Add these to your wish list…

Now You See Her by Heidi Perks

Charlotte only took her eyes off the little girl for a few minutes but when she doesn’t turn up, Charlotte is ostracised by the community and blamed by the media. And, of course, the little girl’s mother is never going to forgive her. But then the two women come under police investigation and something isn’t quite as it seems. A tension-filled thriller, with plenty of twists and turns.

Finding Gobi

by Dion Leonard

This is the story of ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard and the small stray dog that joined him on his 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert. Dion becomes determined to offer the dog a home, but there’s an awful lot of red tape to get through, and then the dog disappears. This Sunday Times bestseller has also been rewritten as a picture book and as a young readers’ book, so do make sure you order the right version!

All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert

In the wake of WWI, Ellsworth Newberry is grieving for his wife and just wants to be left alone. But when a strange chapel is unearthed in the woods, Ellsworth may be the only one who can lead his community in a fight against an unknown, unseen enemy. Part Christian fiction, part horror, part historical fiction, All Things Bright and Strange starts strongly, but gets lost a little bit along the way.

The Possible World

by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

After his mother is killed, six year old Ben tells people that his real name is Leo, and that he has another mother. But no one believes him. Doctor Lucy is struggling to come to terms with her marriage breakup when she first meets the little boy. Clare is approaching her 100th birthday and decides to tell someone the story of her life before it’s too late. Three separate characters, whose stories (past, present or future) are interlinked. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Carpentry and Joinery

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