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February 2021


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Welcome to February... ...bringing with it anything from snowy days to sunny skies and the promise of spring around the corner, as we keep our fingers crossed for the return of some sort of normality in the near future. As always we’ve got lots of local businesses from Accountants to Windows and Doors and lots in between. If you need anything doing, make sure you have a look through the magazine first. If you’re interested in advertising we’d love to hear from you. The magazines are monthly and if you don’t have a copy handy, you can always find them on Twitter, Facebook or our website. In the meantime stay safe and look after yourself and others.

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Residential & commercial interior contractor specialising in flooring, curtains & blinds, furniture & lighting, upholstery & French Polishing after

Unit 4 Redbourn Industrial Centre, High Street, Redbourn AL3 7LG info@wallstreet.uk.net 01582 793367 07979 750838 www.wallstreet.uk.net




Do You Need To Make Your Home Safer? Our homes have become central to our lives during the pandemic, but for older or less able people, the suitability of their home is particularly important. Being able to get in and out of the house, move around safely, access the bathroom, cook and go to bed all affect our dignity and wellbeing. If you’re starting to recognise that you can’t do these things safely, it’s time to make some improvements. I’ve seen people who often don’t know where to start and, understandably, they worry about cost. ‘‘If your home isn’t working for you, you can get the help you need’’ Financial help is available for people with a qualifying condition, the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a means-tested grant to make changes in the home to help less able people lead more independent lives. The maximum payment is £30k. Search ‘DFG gov uk’ on the internet or call your local council for more details. Grants aside, if you’re not sure what you need there’s a wonderful website I came across recently called Ask Sara www.asksara.livingmadeeasy.org.uk You select what you have difficulty with and it gives advice and solutions to make life easier. Of course, a reputable supplier could also do the same. You may have noticed some advertised in this magazine. When it comes to the all-important bathroom, that’s my area of expertise. You might only need grab rails by your toilet, or a bath that’s easier to get out of. Sometimes people worry they need a full wet room, but often a less expensive low-level access shower will suffice. There are all sorts of options to suit your budget. Find a supplier you trust who will help you understand what’s available. And it’s not only the big, recognised brands that can help, smaller, specialist companies will take time to understand your needs and do what they can to help, whatever your budget. That’s what I pride myself in doing. My wife Julie and I set up AHM Installations following her experiences in nursing and caring, and my previous experience in the mobility industry. We guide our customers carefully through the installation of new bathroom equipment in their home. We hate to see people struggle and have learnt that no matter the budget or the situation, we can always find a solution. Call our family-run team on 01623 595337 We offer discounts for military veterans and, as part of our link with Alzheimer’s Society, for those with dementia. Simon Symcox, founder of AHM Installations


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DJ&M M&M Decorators Fully qualified City and Guilds Over 20 years experience All interior and exterior work undertaken Specialist in all types of wallpaper All work finished to a high professional standard Free quotations at competitive prices Matthew Hayden 01582 270715 01727 867660 07970 720911 mandmdecs@gmail.com

Plumbing Services Ltd We care about your small jobs too! ● Electric and Power Showers Fitted ● Ball Valves and Overflows ● Blocked WC’s, Sinks, Baths and

Basins ● Repair/Renew Stopcocks and Taps ● Plumb in Washing Machines

and Dishwashers ● Repair Leaking Pipes ● Outside Taps

Dean Herrington 01727 764217 07830 159010 info@djmplumbing.co.uk www.djmplumbing.co.uk see our main advert on the inside back cover

01727 224802 To Advertise 07983 588313 wendy@theNOWmagazines.com




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Navigating a ‘Good’ Divorce There has been much speculation about divorce rates being impacted by Coronavirus and family isolation. No-one really knows if this will be so, but if you do find yourself going through a divorce don’t assume it will inevitably involve bitter court battles or cost thousands. For many couples it is possible to have a ‘good divorce’ through less acrimonious options: 1. Direct discussions - we call this ‘kitchen table negotiations’. Each party takes legal advice on whether their agreement is fair and may ask lawyers to make the agreement legally binding. 2. Mediation - a voluntary process involving a trained Mediator assisting discussions. It needs goodwill and trust on both sides, and you may need a lawyer to give you independent legal advice about your settlement. 3. Collaborative law - non-confrontational meeting of all parties and their solicitors, agreeing not to go to court. The parties set the agenda with their lawyers involved in negotiations.


4. Solicitor negotiations - popular and very often successful. Negotiations are by letter (where offers are exchanged) or can be at round table meetings. 5. Arbitration - a good alternative to the court process involving an expert private judge and a timeframe set by the parties. Whichever process you choose, these are my top tips:  Encourage communication and transparency  Focus on the children, try to put children’s interests foremost in discussions and don’t undermine each other’s roles in the family  Try not to let the grief of separation cloud your judgement A good divorce means clients can move on with minimal emotional wounds and if they have children, can focus on their new roles as separated parents. Claire Wood, Legal Director Rayden Solicitors St Albans & Harpenden


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RTI AUTO SERVICES LTD Specialist in Vehicle Servicing and Maintenance


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Servicing (all vehicles) MOT’s Tyres Batteries

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Wheel Refurbishment Timing Belts Exhausts Diagnostics

Free Vehicle Collection Nutwood (Left Hand Gate), Down Green Lan, Wheathampstead AL4 8EB

Contact Robert Innes 07596 454 550

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Senior Citizens 10% off all prices Dry Cut Wash & Cut Blow Dry Cut & Blow Dry Restyle & Finish Shampoo & Set Cut & Set Perm from

£11.50 £13 £12 £19 £22 £11.50 £19 £37


Colour Tint Colour Regrowth Hi-Lights F/H from Hi-Lights H/H from Semi Colour Cap Hi-Light Under 14’s Dry Cut Under 5’s Dry Cut

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Enjoy your free time and let us do the hard work for you General household and office cleaning Moving in / out cleans Experienced in elderly or housebound clients Reliable key-holders Proficient in alarm systems Social distancing observed and cleaning carried out to customers wishes within government Covid19 guidelines

Phone for a free quotation 07719 657125 07909 091325 www.merrivac.co.uk ~ Taking Care of Your Home ~

Winter Special 25% off Shutters 20% off all Blinds, Awnings, Poles & Curtains

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History at Home While spending more time at home again, English Heritage would like to bring a little history into your living room, and help you discover some the best stories from England’s past. Just visit their website where they have lots of stay-at-home favourites, from videos and podcasts to old-fashioned recipes and historical how-tos:  Things for Kids to Make and Do  The English Heritage Podcast  History from Above  History in Focus  Behind the Scenes  Featured Video Series You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/familyevents

National Nest Box Week

Olio the Food Sharing App Olio is a mobile app for food-sharing, aimed at reducing food waste by connecting neighbours with surplus food to those who need such food, so spare food can be shared, not thrown away. Now more people are at home, with some struggling, it’s more important than ever to work together, so the more people that join in, the better it will work. The food must be edible; it can be raw or cooked, sealed or open. You can also become a food waste hero by collecting from stores and adding them to olio. There are food and non-food items added daily, and anyone can join and add or request items. www.olioex.com

14th - 21st Feb National Nest Box Week (NNBW) encourages you to put up nest boxes to promote and enhance the biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. This year when choosing a nest box why not help a ‘Species of Conservation Concern’, such as the House Sparrow as it’s becoming harder for them to find suitable nesting sites, particularly in the roofs of modern houses. House Sparrows breed in loose colonies, so try putting up several boxes a few feet apart where up to 3 breeding pairs can nest together. Remember it’s illegal to disturb any nesting wild birds as they’re protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. ww2.rspb.org.uk


Repair What You Wear This unique website aims to teach and inspire you to easily mend your clothes, with easy to use techniques and skills. Learn to repair and rejoice in the knowledge that these actions are making a contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Why not encourage friends and family to do the same, many small actions can have a big impact! www.repairwhatyouwear.com



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Index of Businesses

Accountants Hicks Bakery Zuckermaus Artisan Bakery

Cleaning 18 A&R Exterior Cleaning Services Ltd Domestique 25 Merrivac Molly Maid

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Bathing Mobility AHM Installations Ltd 6 Computer Repairs Bathing Mobility Advisory Service 5 Ken Hodson Blinds Harpenden Blinds


Conservatory Roof Solutions 7 26 Nu-Look

Building / Refurbishment AJR Building Services 6 Complete Refurbishment & Roofing 9 Kingsholme Back Cover Open Plan Solutions 14

Domestic Appliance Repairs Spin Doctor 11 Finance Continuum


Fireplaces & Heating Fireplaces & Heating Ltd


Bicycle Repairs Cycling Dutchman


Garage Doors Garolla


Car Body Repairs Prestige Paint Shop

Garden Nursery 20 Townsend Nursery


Car Servicing / Repairs RTI Auto Services Ltd

Gardening / Landscaping 20 AR Landscapes Ltd


Care Home Acacia Mews Care Home

Hairdresser 17 Image Mobile Hairdressing


Charities Harpenden Trust

Healthcare 26 Spire Harpenden Hospital

Children’s Art Camps ArtShed! Chiropodist Kathy Witchard

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2 Hearing Services Hearing Healthcare Practice 25 Interior Design Wall Street Interiors

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Locksmiths Lock Around the Clock Locksmith Services

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Loft Ladders Home Counties Loft Ladders


Painters & Decorators CB Decorators M & M Decorators

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Pest Control The Verminator Wasp Guys

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Plumbers DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

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Roofing GJ Smith Roofing


Security Harpenden Alarms Ltd Maximum Security

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Singing Club Clover Singing Club


Slimming Lighter Life

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Solicitors Rayden Solicitors


Tree Surgeons Fircroft Tree Surgery Ltd


Venue Hire Harpenden Trust


Windows & Doors Cloud 9 Kings Windows

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Ken Hodson Local Computer Hardware and Software Repairs Upgrades and Advice for Home and Business ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

No fix, no fee for all repairs - you have nothing to lose! Low hourly rate Most repairs carried out in your home, if not the computer will be picked up and delivered back to you. Problems with Windows / Applications / Games / Internet / Networks fixed Friendly training and instruction available in plain English Advice given on upgrades - many older computers can be upgraded at a fraction of the cost of a new machine Upgrades of hardware and software

07974 156743 / 01582 794723 enquiries@kenhodsoncomputerservices.co.uk www.kenhodsoncomputerservices.co.uk


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