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Welcome to July

This month there's lots to do outdoors, from festivals and local music to outdoor theatre, this summer why not choose something you haven't tried before. The WW1 theme continues as we approach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war with films, exhibitions and the Battle Proms at Hatfield House. This month we’ve had a real laugh compiling the magazines, and have even spent two days in the garden working in the sunshine; here’s a selfie to prove it! If you enjoy the magazines and find them useful, just visit our website for the link and sign up to get them every month in your inbox for free, it takes less than a minute to do! And of course don’t forget if you need a local business pick up ‘harpenden NOW’ or just read it every month online

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Summer Sounds Clarence Park, St Albans 26th July 12 noon - 6pm ‘Summer Sounds’ is a music festival dedicated to showcasing local young talent, where a wide range of musical acts will be performing on two stages throughout the day. Many acts applied to perform at the event, and the final line up features an eclectic mix of acts ranging from the Indie and Punk-pop stylings of acts like Blue Tongued Skinks, Eutony, Bright Conclusions, The Neverists and Trash Boat through to new acoustic and folky singer-songwriters like LivziEm, Franklin, Collete Olive, Oliver Bannister and India Mason Mills. This is a non-alcoholic event for young people aged 13 to 19 and admission is free. Over 19’s will be allowed in to accompany a younger attendee and outside the cordoned off area adults and families can listen. As well as the great music you will find a selection of food stalls and activities to take part in. Looks set to be a fantastic afternoon of local musical talent.



NOW at the Public Halls 9th July 8pm Film: Le Weekend (Harpenden Film Society) A funny and moving film staring Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Members £3.50, non members £5. 17th - 20th July Sherlock and the Case of the Horrible Thing performed by Hurst Children’s Theatre Adult £8, concs £6 24th July Film: Captain Phillips 8pm (Harpenden Film Society) The gripping true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama. Members £3.50, non members £5. 25th July 7.30pm The Rollin’ Clones From the early days of the Rhythm and Blues, through to the excesses of the 70’s, the Rollin’ Clones’ Rock and Roll show is a faithful interpretation of the biggest ever bands greatest hits. Adult £12, concs £10 30th July 12.30 - 3.30pm / 5 - 7.30pm Blood Donor Session 31st July 7.30pm Music for a Summer Evening with Herts Wind Sinfonia Featuring music by Gershwin, Berstein & Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Adult £12, concs £10, child £5 Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525

Paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics and More St Albans Summer Art Exhibition Friday 18th - Saturday 26th July 10am - 6pm, free entry Once again members of St Albans Art Society will show a vibrant and varied selection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and greetings cards for you to enjoy. The Exhibition highlights the visual richness of the city itself with works aimed at the St Albans Trophy. This award is given to the work that best illustrates the character of St Albans in an original way. The 2013 winner was 'Verulamium, Late Spring' by Bridget Tompkins and is featured on this year's poster.


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WW1 100 Years Remembered Biggles and Chums Last month saw the launch of the WW1 art exhibition showing the drawings and watercolours of Captain WE Johns, the creator of Biggles, and his contemporaries. The images have never been exhibited before and all were produced during or immediately after the war. Aeroplanes, historic actions, the new operational procedures of air warfare and portraits of the young men who flew will also be on display alongside medals, clothing, badges, Zeppelin fragments and other exhibits. The exhibition runs until 4th January 2015.

First World War Film Series 10th - 13th July This one off event showing WW1 films will be held beneath the Avro Lancaster, you’ll be seated on giant bean bags and there’ll be a fully licensed bar. So come along, kick back and enjoy some WW1 classics at the RAF Museum. Beneath Hill 60 (2010) Thurs 10th July Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Fri 11th July Paths of Glory (1957) Sat 12th July The Blue Max (1966) Sun 13th July Entry £15 per film, doors open at 6.30pm Royal Air Force Museum Hendon, NW9 5LL

The Battle Proms Sat 19th July Hatfield House The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House, a place so steeped in history it makes the perfect setting for a summer celebration. Bringing together sublime music with stunningly choreographed aerial displays, thunderous cannon fire, dramatic cavalry displays and phenomenal fireworks. This concert is one not to be missed.


Soldiers at a camp in St Albans

Exhibition: Keeping the Home Fires Burning now until 16th November Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road The exhibition focuses on how the First World War affected St Albans and how the local community pulled together and businesses adapted to life during the war. You can find out how wartime conditions in St Albans compared to life in Germany with the help of contributions from the twin city of Worms. You can read soldiers’ letters to loved ones and find out about the contribution made by St Albans scouts to the war effort. You can also hear recordings of local people recounting how St Albans was taken over by 8,000 soldiers based at training camps in the City. Objects on display include memorial windows from the Folly Chapel in Wheathampstead and an embroidered wall hanging made by soldiers receiving treatment at Napsbury war hospital. There is also a painting of the Second Lieutenant Frederick John Eric Freeman from Harpenden painted by local artist Frank O Salisbury. And the cigarette case the soldier was carrying in his pocket when he was shot during the Battle of the Somme. The Museum will be hosting a series of family events about the First World War throughout the rest of the year, so visit the website to see what else they have planned.

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NOW at the Alban Arena Sing-a-long a Frozen Sat 5th July 11am & 2.30pm £5 With lyrics on screen to help you sing along with the songs in the film. Rhys Darby: Mr Adventure Sun 6th July 8pm £20 From the misty mountains of Rwanda to the eerie shores of Loch Ness, New Zealand’s comedy superstar Rhys has tried to see it all…Now he’s back to tell you the stories! The Stranglers Mon 7th July 7.30pm £25 Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the band will feature material from their debut album, Rattus Norvegicus through to their most recently acclaimed album, Giants. The Wizard of Oz Thurs 10th - Sat 12th July 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm £14, £12 By RARE Productions, the UK’s leading youth musical theatre group. Stella Mann College presents Catch The Action Sat 19th July 2.30pm & 7.30pm £15, £10 Enjoy the next generation of dance and singing stars in a high-octane performance of contemporary and jazz dance, mixed with singing and acting. Immortal Chi: A Warrior’s Quest for Harmony Sat 26th July 7.30pm £21, £19, £16 Direct from China, and created by the team behind the Shaolin Warriors, this is a spectacular fusion of martial arts, multi-media images and live music. Flash Mob Tues 29th & Weds 30th July 7.30pm £25, concs £15.50 See Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer (Strictly Come Dancing), Flawless (Britain’s Got Talent), Tommy Franzen (So You Think You Can Dance), Alleviate and Brosena (Got To Dance). If you love dance, this is a show you can’t miss! The Alban Arena 01727 844488


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Here are just a few of the events happening this month at Butterfly World, so why not go along and get involved... Adult Photography Workshops Thurs 10th July, 6pm - 8.30pm Sun 27th July, 5pm - 7.30pm Develop your photography skills and take beautiful pictures of butterflies, insects and flowers. For beginners and enthusiasts, and for all types of camera equipment. £45, booking required Make Butterfly Friendly Hanging Baskets Thurs 24th July, 11am & 2pm Plant your own nectar-rich flowering hanging basket to attract butterflies. £5, ages 5+ booking required Sand Art Sat 26th July, 10.30am -12 noon & 1.30pm - 3pm Make your own unique creation using coloured sand. £4, ages 3+ Storytelling Sun 27th July, 10.30am, 1pm, & 2.30pm Tues 29th July, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm We’ll bring your favourite stories to life with puppets and movement. Ages 18 months - 5 years, free Junk Bugs Mon 28th July, 10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30pm Create aliens and space creatures using materials destined for the recycling bin. £3.50, ages 3+ Dizzy Wizzy’s Amazing Butterfly Show Weds 30th July, 11.30am & 2.30pm Local entertainer takes children on a nature walk around the gardens returning for an interactive story to get their imaginations running wild. £2.50, ages 3+ Cress Caterpillars Thurs 31st July, 10.30-12 noon & 1.30 - 3pm Make an egg box caterpillar and plant seeds along his back. Watch them grow and turn him furry. £2, ages 3+ Miriam Lane, Chiswell Green AL2 3NY 01727 869203



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Emily's Cake Hunt Sun 13th July 10am A challenging 29 mile route starting from Heartwood Forest Car Park, off St Albans Road, for ages 11+ under 16’s must be accompanied Take your pick from a series of 20 free guided by an adult. bike rides organised by British Cycling and Alban Way to Hatfield House Sky, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Sun 20th July 10am Council and St Albans City and District A steady 11 mile route starting from Rear of Council. The rides are guided by trained British Car Park, Morrisons, Hatfield Road, Cycling ride leaders and range from easy-going suitable for everyone. spins to challenging rides. Watercress Beds and Pheasant Covers Taking the Nickey! Sun 6th July 2pm Sun 27th July 10am 6 mile route starting from: Cupid Green Playing A challenging 29 mile route starting from the Fields, rear of Redbourn Road Sports Centre Car Park, Rothamsted Park, for ages 11+ under 16’s must be accompanied by an Butterfly World and Potters Crouch adult. Sun 6th July 2pm 10 mile route starting from St Albans Abbey Rail To book your place and for more information visit Station, Holywell Hill

The Herts Cycle Challenge

Join us on Sunday 6th July and cycle your choice of two routes 25 or 50 miles, through the Hertfordshire countryside, while supporting local charity Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The event starts at The Old Albanian Rugby Club, St Albans. While it’s open to over 18s only, there will be family-friendly activities on site so children are welcome to support you on the day. Entry costs £20 and includes a T-shirt and medal on completion and water on route. It promises to be a fantastic day, and by taking part and raising sponsorship money you will be supporting local patients and families.


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“Speaking Works” Jude was first inspired to set up Speaking Works by the speech and drama classes she attended as a child, which not only enabled her to gain her LAMDA gold medal in Acting but set her up with life-long communication skills. Building confidence by learning through play is intrinsic to Jude’s workshops; whilst keeping classes small allows her to give individual attention. Many of us will relate to the feeling of dread that turns us into nervous wrecks when speaking to an audience, which is why Jude believes that learning fundamental speaking skills at a young age while having fun with new friends, turns public speaking into something more natural. Practice makes perfect when it comes to gradually building confidence, and preparing and taking LAMDA exams from 6yrs up in Verse and Prose, Acting or Speaking in Public helps to reward students for their progress (earning UCAS points from grade 6 up is just an added bonus!)

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Maleficent’s Enchanted Forest Trail Now until 31st Aug 10am - 4pm You’ll be excited to know that Ashridge is the real location of the Enchanted Forest in Disney’s Maleficent! To celebrate this, you can now explore the bewitching woodland with a Maleficent-themed Enchanted Forest Trail. There’s something magical about Ashridge Estate, and that’s why Disney chose it as the location for scenes in their latest film, the untold story of the villain, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. With a little help from computer wizardry and a generous helping of mischievous pixies and magical faery folk, Ashridge has been transformed into a bewitching landscape. Explore the Forest Trail with the help of magical characters and collect your Explorer reward. Bring your wellies too! £1. Ashridge Visitor Centre 01442 851227



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The ONSIDE Project These sessions for ages 8 - 16, delivered by qualified Watford FC's CSE Trust coaches give young people the opportunity to come and enjoy a range of activities including football in a relaxed environment. Sessions in Harpenden Wheathampstead Batchwood Sopwell To register email your child's details to and turn up with ÂŁ1 on the night to play!

Do you have a skill or interest you would like to share with primary school children? We deliver a wide range of exciting after-school activities and need leaders who want to share their passion with children, anything from

Crosswords to Cupcakes, Sudoku to Science Experiments, Music to Maths. Latin, Sports, Maths, English, Science and Media Skills are particularly welcome. Short and long term opportunities available. Further details and rates of pay are available on our website. Mandeville Primary School, St Albans & Chaulden Junior School, Hemel Hempstead



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A-maize-ing Maze and more 19th July - 31st Aug A-maize-ing Maze, Goat Racing, Sports Day Races and a full day of fantastic family fun. Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans

Outdoor Theatre Heartbreak House Fri 25th - Sun 27th July 6pm Widely regarded as Bernard Shaw's masterpiece. It is a remarkable, revolutionary play, and a real treat to see outdoors, at Shaws Corner, when the house becomes the backdrop, the terrace the stage, and the lawn the auditorium, £23.50. 01438 820307 Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence

Go Brazilian! Sat 5th July 7.30pm Join St Albans Chamber Choir for a light-hearted choral programme with a Brazilian twist. A mix of music from South America both old and new, including songs to take you straight to sandy shores and sultry tangos for saxophone and piano. Exotic entertainment for a warm summer evening. Adult: £13, concs £1 St Peter's Church, St Albans

NOW at Knebworth Knebworth Country Show 19th & 20th July All day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, equestrian stunt display, children’s entertainment, Newfoundland Dogs as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. On Sunday there’ll also be the Companion Dog show, so bring along your canine friend and have a go! (All proceeds from dog show will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care). Outdoor Theatre - George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl adapted by David Wood 24th July & 14th Aug 7pm Fun and frolics aplenty with the glorious new adaption of Roald Dahl’s much loved story on the Sunken Lawn in front of the House. Full of (literally) larger-than-life characters, plenty to join in with, and just a twist of malicious fun, it’s guaranteed to send you through the roof! Suitable for all ages 5+ Adult £13, child £9


Orchid and Nature Walk 5th July 11am Enjoy a 2 hour walk to look for the creatures that call Whipsnade Downs home. The Ranger team will guide you through the different fascinating and beautiful wildlife and plant life found at the Downs, £2. Book on 01582 500920.

Kite Festival 26th & 27th July 11am-5pm Come and be dazzled by the professional kite team's show stopping displays. An afternoon of fun for all the family with children's activities and wonderful stalls.

River Dipping On The Lea 23rd July & 9th Aug 11am - 3pm Join ’Living Rivers’ Officer Charlie Bell and try your hand at river dipping while taking a closer look at some of the smaller animals living in the River. All equipment will be provided and experts on hand to tell you more about the river and help with identification of the animals. Children must be accompanied at all times. Drop in and stay for as long as you like. Wellies recommended! Meads Recreation Ground, end of Meads Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8BZ

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NOW in the Garden Water features for small spaces A beautiful water feature will bring a new dimension to your garden, and you can enjoy the benefits, even in a tiny space. Choose a small pond, fountain feature or barrel filled with aquatic plants for an injection of colour, light and movement. Water will lure in a host of birds and other wildlife, but remember that open water can be dangerous if you have small children. Tiny Ponds You can make a little oasis in your garden by creating a small pond and decorating it with a dwarf water lily, such as Nymphaea tetragona, and a few marginal plants, including Japanese irises and marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris). Simply dig a hole with sloping sides at least 45cm deep in the middle and about a metre wide, line


with pond underlay and butyl liner, and fill with water. Alternatively, I have lined mine with concrete and set pebbles into the sides.' Pools in Pots If you want a feature for a patio, try a barrel pool. These are easy to make from a half barrel, available from garden centres. Line the barrel with pond liner, half fill with water, and tack it in place around the top with galvanised nails. Top up the barrel with water and add a few aquatic plants, setting marginals that prefer shallow water on bricks around the sides. Place a few plants in pots next to the barrel to allow frogs easy access. Skim off duckweed with a sieve and use a stick to remove any algae that forms. Other options include glazed containers, without holes in the bottom, which can be transformed into tiny ponds by adding water and one or two small aquatic plants. A small fountain will add a splash to your designs; choose a solar-powered unit if you don’t have an outdoor electricity supply. And if you have no time to create a pond or pool, choose a water feature unit, available in a range of designs to suit all garden styles. By Zia Allaway. Learn more about creating water features in containers at Zia’s Gardening Workshops in Harpenden. Visit or call 07770 780 231 to book your place.


NOW for a good read They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but anyone under the age of 18 who has a seemingly endless summer holiday stretching ahead of them will be praying that isn’t the case. Whether you’re spending the summer behind a desk or in a deckchair, these titles will certainly make the minutes and hours pass by, almost in an A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki

A teenage girl in Tokyo plans to take her own life. Nao is suffering at the hands of bullies, but before she ends it she needs to finish writing the story of her great grandmother, an ancient Buddhist nun. When a Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on a beach in British Columbia, novelist Ruth finds Nao’s diary, and a new obsession. She believes it to be debris left over from the Japanese tsunami of 2011 and is determined to find out how both Nao and her great grandmother’s stories end. This is a remarkable story linking three women across time and continents. The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

Art student Claire first met librarian Henry when she was six and he was thirty-one, and then again when she was twenty-three and he was thirty-one. Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder and so lives out his bizarre life leaping between time and space, his ‘clock’ continually resetting, meaning Claire has no idea where

or more specifically, when, the love of her life will reappear again. Though constantly torn apart and then thrown back together again, they try and hold onto some semblance of a normal life; raising their child and holding onto the fact that they found each other at all. It’s a fantastic and heart-wrenching book that will leave you hoping that somehow and somewhere you will be able to catch up with Claire and Henry once again. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon

Chris doesn’t make for the most likely of detectives in this ‘whodunit’. He’s fifteen years old and he has Asperger’s Syndrome. He likes facts and order, routine and mathematics. He finds social interaction and other human beings an absolute minefield to negotiate. When Chris finds his neighbour’s dog has been murdered he must rise to the challenges that life has thrown at him and take himself out of his comfort zone. The story has been published in a version for adults

and another for children and isn’t, says Haddon, a book about Asperger’s. It’s a story about what it’s like to be on the outside looking in; how different and isolated we can all feel and how varied the human mind is in interpreting what’s going on around us. A Time to Kill John Grisham A ten year old black girl is viciously attacked and assaulted by two drunken white men one night. The town of Clanton, Mississippi is thrown into total chaos by the act of violence and the girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey, asks a white attorney Jake Brigance for legal advice, wanting to know if he could be acquitted if he kills the two men. Brigance implores Hailey not to do anything stupid, but adds that if it were his daughter…Hailey avenges Tonya’s attack and kills both men leaving Brigance fighting to save both his client and his own skin. This is a legal thriller at its best..

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NOW at Ashridge Gentle Stroll 7th July 10.30am £3 Meet at Clipperdown Car Park A 2 hour stroll to discover the wildlife in different parts of the Estate and to look for animal tracks, deer sightings, birds and other items of interest. Just turn up with sensible walking shoes and waterproof clothing just in case! Creatures of the Night 9th July 9pm £10 / £8 Don't miss this chance to learn about bats and enjoy a walk in the dark to hopefully get a glimpse of one. Suitable for the whole family, please book. Highlights of Ashridge - Pitstone Hills 12th July 10am £3 Discover Ashridge Estate on a series of 6 miles walks led by volunteer rangers. Wear good walking shoes and bring a drink. Dogs on leads are welcome. Butterflies of Ivinghoe Hills 20th July 10am £8 / £5 Join Matthew Oates, the National Trust’s butterfly expert to discover the rare varieties, including Dark-green Fritillaries, Marbled Whites, Ringlets and perhaps the first Chalkhill Blues of the season. Please book Woodland Butterfly Hunt 20th July 1.30pm £3 Join Matthew Oates, the National Trust's butterfly expert in pursuit of the rare and elusive Purple Emperor and other woodland butterflies such as the gigantic Silver-washed Fritillary, just turn up! Ashridge Uncovered - Chalk Downland 26th July 1pm £15 / £10 Join us for a walk to uncover the earliest phases of Ashridge's history and the rare flora and fauna which make the chalk downland its home. Please book Creatures of the Night 26th July 9pm £10 / £8 Enjoy an evening of night time discovery, looking for bats and other nocturnal creatures, followed by a moth trapping session. Please book Please meet at Ashridge Visitor Centre unless otherwise stated 01442 851227


Art, Music, Food, Fun 4th - 6th July The countdown at Childwickbury has begun as the 2014 Arts Fair fast approaches. The annual celebration of creativity explodes onto the tranquil country estate like a palette of vibrant colours. The mix of art and music blends to create this unique event offering something for everyone. Original art, live music, activities for children, entertainment, fresh food and a licensed bar. See our advert on page 2 01727 859495


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2nd St Michael's Village Folk Evening www.stmichaelsfolkevening.orguk Classic Car Rally Luton Hoo Walled Garden The Trials of Oscar Wilde Hawthorne Theatre, WGC, 7.45pm, £10 3rd - 12th ‘Allo Allo’ Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill, St Albans, 01727 857861 4th The Big Sing Community Choir Concert Abbey View School, proceeds to Rennie Grove Hospice Care, £5 4th - 6th Childwickbury Arts Fair see page 2 5th Sing-along-a Frozen see page 12 Go Brazilian! see page 24 Festival on the Field see page 4 6th The Herts Cycle Challenge see page 16 7th The Stranglers see page 12 10th - 13th First World War Film Series see page 8 11th Inspiral Carpets Bedford Corn Exchange, 8pm, £16.50 12th M5 Festival see page 4 YWAM Summer Fete YWAM Harpenden, Highfield Oval, Harpenden, BBQ, stalls, dog show, kids games & live music, 2-5pm Psalmfest St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890290 7.30pm 12th & 13th Medieval Life Chiltern Open Air Museum Chalfont St Giles 13th National Garden Scheme Open Day Luton Hoo Walled Garden, 11am - 4pm, £3 Harpenden Highland Gathering see page 5 Meet Tree Fu Tom Willows Farm Village riding in on his magical leafboard 16th - 18th & 24th - 26th A Midsummer Nights Dream Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans, tickets on the door £7 - £12 17th - 20th International Organ Festival Weekend

Sherlock & the Case of the Horrible Thing see page 6 18th - 26th Summer Art Exhibition see page 6 19th Film: Treasure Planet UHArts, The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, 10am: workshops to introduce children to filmmaking crafts, create a galaxy & set sail on an adventure £4, 11am: film £2.50 Battle Proms see page 8 19th & 20th Bedford River Festival Knebworth Country Show see page 24 19th July - 31st Aug Willows Farm Summer Spectacular see page 24 20th Folk By the Oak Hatfield House 01432 355 416, 1pm 23rd July & 9th Aug River Dipping on The Lea see page 25 24th July - 29th Aug Play in The Parks 25th The Rollin’ Clones Harpenden Public Halls, 01582 7675265, adult £12, concs £10, 7.30pm 25th - 27th Heartbreak House Outdoor Theatre see page 24 26th Summer Sounds see page 4 26th & 27th Kite Festival see page 25 27th Race for Life Museum entrance, Verulamium Park, stalls, face painting, food & on-stage entertainment, 5k or 10k both start at 11am 28th Soroptimist Women's Group ‘Nosh & Natter’ 28th July - 1st Aug The Hurst Children's Theatre Group Summer Holiday Workshop Salvation Army Hall, Harpenden, singing, dancing & acting: 3-6 yrs & 7-12 yrs, streetdance: 7-14 yrs 29th & 30th Flash Mob see page 12 30th Classics on the Common Harpenden Common, 2pm - dusk, Britain's biggest mid-week classic car meeting, 1000 classic cars & 250 motorbikes & scooters, spectators free

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10th Eid Festival Chiltern's Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, 12 - 6pm, nature trails, bouncy castle, craft, music & activities, free Outdoor Play: Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' Hatfield House, bring low back chairs / picnic blanket, 4pm - 6.30pm, adult £15, child £10 12th & 26th War Horse Puppets St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890290, children’s workshop to create puppets inspired by the stage show 'War Horse', learn about the roles of animals in WW1, ages 7-11, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £7 13th & 20th Discovering Trench Art St Albans Cathedral 01727 890290, soldiers in WW1 were inspired to use everyday items found in the trenches to create art, children’s workshop to make a piece of their own, ages 7-11, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £7 15th - 17th Lollibop Festival Hatfield House, UK's largest children's festival for under 10’s & their families, £17.50 16th The School for Husbands Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 0844 870 0887 / 01727 864511, witty political satire, 8pm, £12 / £10 Teddy Bear's Picnic Lydekker Park, Harpenden, children's entertainer, face painting, bouncy castle & more, 11am - 2pm, free

19th & 27th 'War Games' & Watercolours St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890290, children can learn about friendship/comradeship in WW1 & the infamous Christmas Day football match, before creating watercolours based on the illustrations from War Games, 7-11 yrs, 10.30am / 1.30pm, £7 22nd Marty McDonald’s Farm Harpenden Public Halls, for 3 - 7 yrs, 11.30am, adult £10, child £8 Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra UHArts, Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, a programme of Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes & Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 Pathetique, 7.30pm, £12, £10, £5 22nd - 25th Summer Fun Fair Harpenden Common 24th Harpenden Farmers Market 10 - 2pm 24th & 25th Classic Motor Show Knebworth House, 10am 28th History of Britain Hatfield House, open air theatre which will take place whatever the weather, bring a picnic, 7pm, adult £12.50, child £10 31st Alice in Wonderland Hatfield House, picnic while you watch this hilarious musical show, 3pm - 5pm, adult £12, child £10

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Computer Repairs Ken Hodson

Hot Tubs 38 A5 Hot Tubs

Counselling / Sex Therapy Michael Stock

Indian Restaurant 23 Shapla Restaurant

Accountants Hicks TaxAssist Accountants

32 33

Aerial Installations Concorde Aerials Harpenden Digital Services

30 31

Domestic Appliance Repairs Leigh Hibon


Ironing Ironbusters


Architectural Design Daniel Design


Driving Lessons Tim Gear

Oven Cleaning 23 Ovenmaster


Education Mandeville Primary School

Painters & Decorators 21 CB Decorators M & M Decorating

Beauty Lavender & Stone Mazis Vision Skin Tone

19 19 15

Bicycle Repairs Cycletech Hertfordshire


Blinds Colourblindz Harpenden Blinds

11 11

Cabinet Makers Sequoia Bespoke


Financial Management AMR Financial Management


Foot Care Golinska Foot Care

Camping Equipment Complete Outdoors Car Body Repairs Prestige Paint Shop Ltd


Car Servicing / Repairs M Chapman Auto Services Ltd


Charity Grove House Hospice


Children’s Art Classes FineArt4Kids!


Chimney Sweep Poppins Chimney Sweep


Chiropodists Julia Reading Kathy Witchard

17 17

Cleaning Big Yellow Carpet Brite ChemDry Domestico Harpenden Power Wash Merrivac Murray’s Cleaning Services

26 29 27 26 29 27 26

Electricians I & B Electrical MLC Electrical Selmon Electrical Services Fencing Verulam Fencing

Gardening / Landscaping AR Landscapes Ltd Gardens4U Garden Life Landscapes Garden Tidy Greenshouse & Gardens P & B Services Supagrass Gardening Workshops Zia’s Gardening Workshops Garden Nursery / Centre Bridge Valley Nursery Burston Garden Centre Gas K25 Health & Fitness The Fit Lab Hearing Services The Hearing Healthcare Practice

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30 Pet Care 31 Personal Petcare 30 Physiotherapists Neuro Physio Berkamsted 43 Plasterer A. Merson Plastering 32 Plumbers DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd Girlie Plumbing 16 Pond Maintenance Women With Waders 35 41 Removals 43 TS Removals 43 Retirement Homes 39 McFarland Park Homes 39 41 Security Maximum Security Systems

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47 34 31

36 Slimming Lighter Life


35 Speech & Drama Workshops 37 Speaking Works


Tree Surgeons 9 Fircroft Tree 19



Tyre Fitting Big D’s Tyres


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Windows & Doors AA Window Repairs Cloudy2Clear Markyate Windows & Doors Sash Restorations Ltd

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Join the Midnight Walk Saturday 12th July Join hundreds of people dressed in pink taking part in either a 5 or 10 mile walk around St Albans until the early hours, raising money for Grove House. Starting at 10pm at Westminster Lodge in St Albans you can soak up the atmosphere with music and refreshments prior to the event. Get out your glitter, flashing ears, feather boas and sparkly hats and join in. It’s open to anyone 12 years and over, men are welcome too; as long as they’re not afraid to get in touch with their feminine side! Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted. Entry £17 per person, includes a T-shirt and a surprise at the end of the walk. 46


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