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January 2021


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Welcome to 2021 We expect, like us, you’re hoping the New Year will bring all we normally take for granted, from the freedom to spend time with friends and family, to playing team sports and going to the theatre. 2020 has been a crazy time for everyone, and we have really appreciated the support from our advertisers and readers over the past year, so please continue to ‘think local’ when looking through the magazine to see who you need, from Accountants to Windows and Doors. 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. We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year

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Out & About & Online! RSPB Walk: Stocker's Lake 1st Jan 10am free A walk around the local nature reserve with RSPB volunteers. Meet by the café at the Aquadrome, Rickmansworth WD3 1NB. Please book 01494 431289 / arwright@avnet.co.uk ww2.rspb.org.uk

Historic St Albans - A City Revealed 1st Jan 11.15am Led by St Albans Tour Guides, learn about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks. £5 per person, please book www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk

Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust Suggested donation £5 per registration per event Learn to Sketch Birds 14th Jan 2pm online Local artist, Martin Gibbons will show you how to begin field sketching birds by going through the basics of shape, form, depth and adding detail. Aimed at adults, older children and teenagers. Talk: Geology of Hertfordshire 21st Jan 7pm online Learn about the geology of Hertfordshire and Middlesex and see how this affects the location and nature of the Trust's reserves in this talk and Q&A session. Suitable for adults but all welcome Learn About Badgers 28th Jan 7pm online An interactive, family event teaching children about badgers, what they look like, where they live and how to care for them. There will be a chance to ask questions, participate in quizzes and watch videos of the badger hide at Tewin Orchard. Presented by Chris Wood, chair of Herts & Middx Badger Group. Aimed at families but all welcome. www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

Big Garden Birdwatch

29th - 31st Jan It’s so easy to take part, and an hour watching the birds is a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax and spend time with nature. So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and start counting the birds. Visit the website to find out how to get involved. www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch


Peter Pan until 3rd Jan The Maltings Theatre presents a musical version of this much-loved play, with lashings of magic, mischief, music and make-believe, and a little sprinkle of fairy dust. £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Foundations 20th Jan 8pm £23 Now original lead guitarist/vocalist Alan Warner keeps the magnificent sound of The Foundations alive with a group of hugely talented musicians. Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience 22nd Jan 7.30pm £23 & £35 A real up-tempo, feel good show that has wowed audiences with it’s uncanny visual, vocal and musical resemblances to the original band. The Alban Arena AL1 3LD www.alban-arena.co.uk

Swan Lake 9th Jan 7pm Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is a thrilling and witty production, best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble. The Sandpit Theatre AL4 9NX www.sandpittheatre.co.uk

Class 21st - 23rd Jan 8pm & 24th Jan 5pm live online A heart-breaking but humorous exploration of failing education systems, prejudice, and parentteacher relationships. www.barntheatre.co.uk

Trestle 26th - 30th Jan This is a warm hearted, funny and moving look at two retired people brought together each week as they fold away a trestle table in their community hall. Presented by OVO The Maltings Arts Theatre AL1 3HL www.maltingstheatre.co.uk

Endgame 26th - 30th Jan A timely revival of Beckett’s bleakly comic masterpiece. Four characters, spanning three generations, are all ‘locked down’ together facing death in a comfortless world. £13, concs £12 Abbey Theatre AL1 2DL www.abbeytheatre.org.uk



Helping Children believe they can do anything Singing, dancing and acting for 4 -16 year-olds

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Lessons learned from 2020 Communication and Isolation FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) took on a whole new meaning in 2020. Now we all have to contend with listening to people at a distance, through a shield or face mask or on a Zoom call, more and more individuals are realising what it can be like not to hear, and many more people are now seeking our help. Hearing care is a vital part of healthy living – a fact that’s now supported by overwhelming research evidence which proves hearing well allows us to connect socially, thrive mentally and blossom emotionally. Over 40 years, Hearing Healthcare Practice has become established as Harpenden and Hertfordshire’s premier community-based audiology and hearing specialist. Defiantly independent, our Practice is locally owned and managed. We’re 100% focused on delivering a hearing care service which is acknowledged, not only locally and nationwide, but internationally too. So, we all wish you a happy, healthy and connected New Year. And please, if you are having issues with your hearing, let last year’s lessons encourage you to come in and see what we can do to help you reconnect with your world. Hearing Healthcare Practice can be found at 26 Burgundy House, The Foresters, Harpenden. 01582 767218 or email info@hearinghealthcare.co.uk

...hearing well allows us to connect socially, thrive mentally and blossom emotionally...

“Man is by nature a social animal,” so said the legendary Greek philosopher, Aristotle. It’s true of course, with the evolution of human social behaviour came the need to communicate. Like bread and water, communication is now a fundamental human need. We rely on language: being able to hear, interpret, understand and respond in order to function. So, it stands to reason that when our ability to congregate and communicate is restricted, our physical and mental wellbeing can be adversely affected. We’ve all become acutely aware of this over the past year of course but now, with the start of 2021, hope springs eternal and we’re all planning to be social animals again! Last year’s lockdowns forced us all to accept some degree of isolation, possibly for the first time in our lives. For us at Hearing Healthcare Practice, it made us appreciate even more the isolation described by our clients due to their less than acute hearing. Indeed, in our work, the importance of the fundamental need to communicate with others is at the very heart of everything we do.



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Index of Businesses

Accountants Hicks

Computer Repairs 13 Ken Hodson

Bakery Zuckermaus Artisan Bakery

Conservatory Roof Solutions 9 14 Nu-Look


Dance & Drama Bathing Mobility AHM Installations Ltd 24 Penny Waterman 6 Bathing Mobility Advisory Service 5 School of Dance Stagecoach 6 Blinds Harpenden Blinds 14 Domestic Appliance Repairs Spin Doctor 22 Building / Refurbishment AJR Building Services 22 Electricians Anderton Electrics Complete Refurbishment 26 & Roofing Front Cover Kingsholme Back Cover Finance 12 Open Plan Solutions 27 Continuum

Car Body Repairs Prestige Paint Shop

Fireplaces & Heating 20 Fireplaces & Heating Ltd Garage Doors 20 Garolla

Car Servicing / Repairs RTI Auto Services Ltd

Garden Nursery 21 Townsend Nursery


Charities Harpenden Trust Traid

Gardening / Landscaping 28 AR Landscapes Ltd 28 Hairdresser


Image Mobile Hairdressing


Bicycle Repairs Cycling Dutchman

Children’s Art Camps ArtShed! Chiropodist Kathy Witchard Cleaning A&R Exterior Cleaning Services Ltd Domestique Merrivac Molly Maid

7 Healthcare Spire Harpenden 3 Hospital Hearing Services Hearing Healthcare 29 Practice 28 29 29

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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 Pest Control Wasp Guys Plumbers DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

Security Harpenden Alarms Ltd Maximum Security

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Singing Club Clover Singing Club


Slimming Lighter Life


Solicitors Rayden Solicitors


Tree Surgeons Fircroft Tree Surgery Ltd


Venue Hire Harpenden Trust


Windows & Doors Cloud 9 Kings Windows

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