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This month is a poignant time, as we remember the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, and next month the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 on 28th July. We’ve included pages on each of these landmarks in history, so why not go along to one of the events planned to learn more about what those brave men went through all those years ago. How lucky we are that because of them we can enjoy all that we take for granted today. So here we are 70 years later in the June sunshine enjoying sizzling BBQ’s, chilled Pimms and strawberries aplenty. June looks set to be a fantastic month with lots going on, from the Harpenden Carnival, Alban Weekend, Summer Music and much more. Thanks to ‘Harpenden Carnival’ for our jolly cover picture this month. 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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Discovery Day 30 and Art on the Common

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Childwickbury Arts Fair 4th - 6th July Summer will soon be here and so will the Childwickbury Arts Fair, the marquees will go up, the beautiful Victorian stables will be open, artists will exhibit their work and musicians will perform. There are few places outside big cities where you will find such a wide choice of original art and craft for sale and the Childwickbury Arts Fair is one of them. The relaxing but vibrant atmosphere is the perfect environment to start your own art collection – you can meet the artists, see them at work and discover the inspiration behind their ideas. With over 60 artists including fine art, sculpture, pottery, wood, textiles, jewellery, printing and

NOW at the Public Halls Film: Blue Jasmine cert 12 Tues 3rd June (Harpenden Film Society)

Thea Gilmore Thurs 5th June 7.30pm £19.50, concs £18 One of the few world-class female singer-songwriters Britain has ever produced.

John Bramwell Fri 13th June 7.30pm £15 Front-man of alternative rock band ‘I Am Kloot’. An evening of anecdotes, stories, reflections and more.

The D-Day Darlings see page 12 Sat 14th June 7.30pm £18.50

Film: 12 Years a Slave 18th June 8pm cert 15 (Harpenden Film Society) Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525 Harpenden Film Society Members £3.50 Non members £5


more, there will be something to suit every taste. In addition to the wonderful and inspiring art there will be live music all day Saturday and Sunday. High energy funk-pop band ‘OOMPHF’ from Brighton are headlining on Saturday and there’s plenty of room for dancing or just chilling with a Pimm’s. It’s late night on Saturday too - open till 10pm - so why not make an evening of it? Don’t forget…the music is included in your entrance ticket. Children are well catered for with plenty of hands-on art activities throughout the day, and with fresh food and a licensed bar available the whole family can have a perfect summer’s day out. See the advert opposite for more details or visit: ChildwickburyArtsFair 01727 859495


Join in the celebrations for Britain’s first saint, Alban, with fabulous street entertainment, music and St Albans Cathedral’s unique and dramatic Alban Pilgrimage. The Alban Pilgrimage Sat 21st June St Peter’s Street Alban is honoured as the first British martyr, and his grave (on which the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban was built) quickly became a place of pilgrimage. For over 1700 years, people have journeyed to this place to remember Alban, to pray for peace and healing, and to seek God. This special day begins with a procession through the city centre, where giant puppets will retell the story of Alban’s martyrdom. It’s not only a stunning spectacle but a profoundly moving experience. Procession starts at 11am from St Peter’s Church, there will also be various services taking place at the Cathedral during the day. St Albans Folk Festival Sat 21st June see page 26 Sandridge 900 Midsummer Gala Sat 21st June 2.30pm Jersey Farm Woodland Park Zip Wire, Climbing Trees, Miniature Steam Engine Rides, Jazz Band, Salsa Band, Marching Band, Fancy Dress Competition, Pony Display, Zumba Dancing, Tug Of War, Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, Celebration Beacon and Fireworks Finale. Free entry with a charge for certain activities. Alban Street Festival Sun 22nd June St Peter’s Street 12 noon - 6pm The City will come alive with fabulous street entertainment, music and exciting activities for all. Try your hand at arts and crafts, face painting, climbing and balloon modelling. Come, relax and enjoy the summer vibes with cool music, colourful street theatre and delicious food! Bring a picnic, eat at one of the City’s popular local restaurants or enjoy the artisan street food. Come for an hour or stay for the day!



NOW in the Garden Herbs for all Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow, and you don’t need to be a gardening whiz to make them thrive. Plant them in beds and borders close to the kitchen, or in pots on a patio or windowsill, to enjoy fresh leaves throughout the summer. Just follow these tips to guarantee success.

Herb growing tips Most herbs enjoy a sunny spot and free-draining soil, and they will grow well in a border among flowers that like the same conditions. They also need very little maintenance, and rarely, if ever, need watering once they’re established; slugs and snails generally give them a wide berth too. The shrubby herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and sage, are great choices for adding colour and scent to garden displays.


When growing herbs in a pot, plant them in John Innes No 2 compost mixed with horticultural grit, and make sure your container has a hole in the bottom to allow water to drain out easily. Try small herbs, such as thyme, parsley and oregano, in patio containers, window boxes, or hanging baskets, and combine them with annuals, such as nemesias and dwarf marguerites. You can also mix and match a range of herbs in a container, but remember that bay, rosemary, sage, and other shrubs will eventually grow into large plants and will only be happy in these cramped conditions for a season or two.

Herbs for shade If you have a shady garden, parsley, oregano and mint are the herbs for you. The one to watch is mint, because it will spread like a weed if planted in the ground, so restrict it to a large pot on its own. However, despite its thug-like tendencies, mint is definitely worth growing and there are many different types to try, including garden mint, apple mint and even basil mint, each with a slightly different flavour. by Zia Allaway Learn more about creating seasonal containers at Zia’s Gardening Workshops in Harpenden. isit or call 07770 780 231 to book your place


WW1 100 Years

Exhibition: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Biggles and Chums June sees the launch of a First World War art exhibition of the drawings and watercolours of Captain WE Johns, the creator of Biggles, and his contemporaries, at the RAF Museum, Hendon. The images have never been exhibited before and all were produced during or immediately after the war.

13th June - 16th November An exhibition looking at the Impact of WWI on St Albans and the Twin City of Worms in Germany. Free

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.

Museum of St Albans Hatfield Road 01727 819340

The Flying Services; Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, played a very significant part in the Great War. For the first time the fighting extended into the air above the battlefield, and this space became vital for reconnaissance of the enemy’s positions and intentions. At sea, aeroplanes and airships were able to see far over the horizon as well as spotting for submarine raiders around Great Britain’s coasts. Both sides tried to stop each other taking advantage of this over-view, and hence aerial fighting developed. The exhibition will run until January 4th, 2015 pictured: 2nd Lieutenant James Herbert Sayer No 15 Squadron RFC

Royal Airforce Museum, Hendon, NW9 5LL

Armed Forces Day 28th June 12 noon - 4pm The Common Triangle outside Harpenden Public Halls

A Reflection on WW1 in poetry, drama and song High Street Players ‘mini’ production, £5 21st June High Street Methodist Church at 8pm 22nd June Lourdes Hall at 8pm

Veteran Parade, Cadet Drill Routine Inflatable Obstacle Course Flintstone Tank Games Tug of War, Climbing Wall Town Mayor Prize Giving, Cadet Displays


A Home From Home 14th June 7pm During the First World War Talbot House in Poperinge, Belgium a few short miles behind the front line, became a haven for thousands of allied troops, a ‘home from home’ where they could enjoy some of the comforts of home and remember the men they really were. Run by a diminutive chaplain named Tubby Clayton the house became known by its army signaller’s code of ‘Toc H’ and ultimately would be the inspiration for the association with that name. Aimed at a family audience, this feelgood and moving play, with the aid of poetry and music from the Great War, gives a taste of the history of the house and the atmosphere that was felt by the troops that visited it. Hawthorne Theatre, WGC



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D-Day 6th June 1944

On 6th June we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of democracy over tyranny. And while most of the coverage of this great day will rightly focus on the unflinching selflessness of the 50,000 Allied soldiers, it’s worth sparing a moment to contemplate why democracy won. The young men confronting the Third Reich on D-Day may not have known it, but the soldiers opposing them had already been fatally undermined. A leadership that was corrupt, incompetent, divided and alternately swollen with pride and prostrated by fear, had made so many idiotic decisions over the past two years that no heroism on the part of its troops could redeem it. And at the heart of all the double-dealing, betrayal, and rottenness stood Adolf Hitler. After the invasion of Russia, Hitler more or less retreated to his Eastern HQ, surrounded by a small cadre of yes-men who told him only what they thought he wanted to hear. And despite his remoteness he insisted on making even the smallest tactical decisions himself. This chaos effectively crippled the Germans defending Normandy. They had almost no armoured support. Rommel, the commander on the ground, knew that tanks couldn’t move from rear to front because of Allied air-power, and wanted the armour right at the water’s edge. To the commander of Panzer Group West, Geyr von Shweppenburg, this was heresy. Hitler’s compromise was that the armour should be divided between them, but that von Schweppenburg couldn’t move without Hitler’s express orders, which, of course, came too late. There should have been a fleet of war-winning jet fighters overhead, for the Germans had been ahead of the Allies in the technology. But Hitler cancelled work on a feasible jet because a crony, Willi Messerschmidt, persuaded him to favour the Komet rocket-plane instead. As a result the Me262 didn’t appear until much later. Hitler accepted bad advice that chimed with his preconceptions, and ignored sound advice that cost the Germans dear on D-Day. And here’s the contrast between tyranny and democracy. Churchill wasn’t short of bad ideas 12

himself, trying to stop Nazi bombers by dropping parachute mines on them being one. And the Allied leaders argued bitterly. But Churchill and Roosevelt surrounded themselves with strong, capable advisers who weren’t afraid to argue their corners. Dowding, in charge of Fighter Command, threatened to resign in May 1940 when Churchill proposed to send more fighter squadrons to prop up the French. And Churchill bowed to his superior judgement! The Allies made mistakes. But the reason that the 159,000 troops who landed in Normandy broke through with fewer than 5,000 killed was that their leaders weren’t driven by fear of a despot; laid rational plans based on professional expertise and sound intelligence; and represented a society that could bury its differences and make sacrifices in defence of shared values. On D-Day, democracy proved to be strong and tyranny weak. by Ted Bruning

D-Day Weekend Fri 6th - Sun 8th June Witness a Lancaster in flight, Listen to D-Day stories and take part in games. Get an insight into the museums D-Day artefacts, watch Saving Private Ryan on the big screen in one of our famous hangars surrounded by historical aircraft. Sit beneath the Avro Lancaster and Spitfire 5B on beanbags and watch Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in this D-Day classic. A day out for all the family. Royal Airforce Museum, Hendon, NW9 5LL

The D-Day Darlings Sat 14th June 7.30pm £18.50 A delightful smash hit musical show including the songs that won the war; We'll Meet Again, Now is the Hour, White Cliffs of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and many more... Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525

D-Day 70th Anniversary Concert Sat 28th June 7.30pm £22, £19, £16 Adoramus Choir, in association with the Royal British Legion, presents an inspiring concert. The programme includes the world premiere of Alex Poelman’s new presentation of D-Day, the theme to The Longest Day, Hymn For The Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, Agincourt Song from William Walton’s Henry V Suite and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 Join us to pay tribute to the brave men and women who took part in this significant event. The Alban Arena 01727 844488


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Come along to our open weekend and see what our parks are all about, meet the family and staff, view our beautiful show homes, available plots and talk to Park home manufacturers. Our park homes combine the peace of the country with all the advantages of a modern lifestyle in attractive tranquil surroundings. Despite its rural feel, the parks are close to many local amenities, the local village is less than a mile away and Harpers fabulous new delicatessen and coffee shop is just a short stroll. Designed for the semi-retired and retired our parks are all about quality of life and being able to enjoy the perfect retirement with all the advantages of a modern day lifestyle. Our new homes are designed and developed to exceptional standards with double-glazing and central heating as standard. Each home is fully furnished and offers an attractive fitted kitchen with quality integrated appliances, modern and luxurious bathrooms, light and airy lounges and also offers its own private garden and dedicated parking area. Please call or email us to find out more information and discover for yourself the benefits of park home living.


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Heron Update This year the heronry at Verulamium Park, St Albans has been very successful, with 13 nests on the islands and our best estimate of 30 chicks in total! The parents seem to be finding an abundance of fish to feed up the youngsters as well as frogs, crayfish and even mice! This means they are growing up fast and moving around independently and are ready to leave the nest. From previous records the birds generally disperse fairly locally, and not to more than a 60 mile radius. Last year however, one got all the way to Greater Manchester! In total we have spoken to 10,337 people since February and our overall bird species list for the hit 73, what a fantastic total for an urban park! During our time in Verulamium Park we have seen little egrets, swifts, red kites, house martins, swallows, kingfishers, great crested grebes and even a tawny owl. We would like to thank everyone that stopped to speak to us, and hope that it inspires you to play your own part in giving nature a home. To find out how you can help the RSPB’s latest campaign please visit See you again next year. Debs Allbrook – Project Coordinator


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Open Days: 7th June One day free event for all the family, could include: Cardio Tennis, Tennis Xpress, Mini Tennis, call your preferred venue for more information. Harpenden Sports Centre 2pm - 6pm 01582 767722 Batchwood Tennis Centre 8am - 6pm 01727 844250 Batchwood Drive, St Albans Verulamium Park St Albans 8am - 6pm 01727 868227

A great opportunity to promote your business to golfers and other visitors to Aldwickbury Park Golf Club over the weekend of 21st and 22nd June. We aim to raise £10,000 to fund golf experiences through ‘Get Kids Going!’ a charity that focuses on Sport and Mobility for Disabled Children and Young People. Please help us reach our target by either becoming our main sponsor or by simply sponsoring a hole (which means having a sign placed at the tee over the weekend) and/or by taking space in our charity brochure which will be available to all golfers and visitors - we estimate this will be well in excess of 300 local people. To discuss sponsorship call Steve Lee on 07900 407740.

Great British Tennis Weekends 21st-22nd June, 28th-29th June, 19th-20th July Local venues are offering free tennis and coaching for people of all ages and abilities. It’s the perfect day out for family and friends, book your free session now. Harpenden Sports Centre 01582 767722 21st June 1pm - 6pm 22nd June 10am - 6pm 28th June 2pm - 6pm 29th June 10am - 4pm David Lloyd Club Mosquito Way, Hatfield 01707 255140 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th June 2pm - 5pm Family Time, Adult Coaching, Cardio Tennis, Mini Tennis and Tots-Mini Tennis Verulamium Park 21st & 22nd June 9am - 6pm 28th & 29th June 8am - 6pm Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club Amenbury Lane, 01582 713202 22nd June 10am - 12 noon Junior, Cardio Tennis, Free Play, Family Time, Mini Tennis Batchwood Tennis Centre St Albans, 01727 844250 28th June 8am - 6pm


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, 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. midnightwalk 01442 820741

St Albans Beach Volley Ball Courts Come and try something new, book some time on the Beach Volley Ball Courts, free on Saturdays for ages 11 - 25 just call to book 01727 816 531.

The ONSIDE Project These sessions 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. For ages 8 - 16, cost £1 Harpenden Wheathampstead Batchwood Sopwell To register email your child's details and turn up with your £1 on the night!

“neither petite nor especially solemn”

Caritas comes to Harpenden St Nicholas Church, Church Green, Harpenden at Saturday 5th July 7pm This award-winning 40-strong ladies choir will be performing a medley of popular songs from Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables and popular classical pieces in aid of The Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted. Tickets £8, from the Hospice’s Love to Give shop in Southdown or 01763 853696. The Hospice cares for patients with lifeshortening illnesses in Herts and Bucks, offering the only in-patient unit in the area and access to health and wellbeing services. It relies on voluntary donations for more than 80% of its £4.7m a year running costs.

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle is presented by Harpenden Choral Society On Saturday 14th June, 7.30pm at St Nicholas Church, Harpenden Best known as the composer of The Barber of Seville and William Tell, Rossini wrote this wonderful piece towards the end of his life. Scored for four soloists and chorus with harmonium and piano. This joyously exuberant setting of the Mass - described by the composer himself as the last of his 'sins of old age' is known as his final masterpiece. It belies its title, as it’s neither petite nor especially solemn, but full of rhythmic vitality and flamboyant operatic style. At the end of the score

Rossini wrote: "Good God behold completed this poor little Mass - Is it indeed sacred music that I have just written, or merely some damned music? You know well, I was born to write comic opera. It contains scant learning, but all my heart. That is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me entry into Paradise!” Adult £15, concs £5 01582 419379 or online at www.harpendenchoralsociety.

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Trio d’ART Friday 20th June 7pm Beechwood Park Schools’ next concert in their professional music series; Trio d’ART features three outstanding nationally renowned musicians in a line up of trumpet, piano and trombone. Paul Archibald has given solo trumpet performances world-wide, and his playing can be heard on many film soundtracks. Helen Reid on piano, has also performed world-wide gathering a range of chamber music recitals and concertos to her name. Internationally recognised for his interpretation of contemporary music, as well as performing jazz John Kenny is probably the most extrovert and theatrical trombonist you’ll ever meet! Adult £15, concs £10 Beechwood Park School Pickford Road, Markyate AL3 8AP 01582 840333

Sat 14th June 7.30pm, £10 St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge An evening of music to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in a building that’s twice his age! Sat 21st June 8pm, £25 Verulamium Museum, St Michael's Street, St Albans An evening of music to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a glass of wine and dessert from ‘The Pudding Stop’. Tickets from 01727 858307



Singers Summer Singing Festival St Albans and Harpenden ring with the sound of many different singing groups, from cathedral choirs to choral societies and children's choirs to rock choirs. This month Lea Singers are launching a new project to give all singers the opportunity to meet, discover and sing together over one weekend.

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St Albans Summer Music A collection of six St Albans-based musical organisations will be presenting concerts and dance events over one month this Summer.

The Tony Wigram Festival of Music An Evening of Music and Wine with the Piatti Quartet Sat 7th June 7.30pm The Tony Wigram Foundation Concert Sun 8th June 6pm St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane 07789 008 160 or Hertfordshire Philharmonia Festival Concert Sat 14th June, 7.30pm St Saviours Church, St Albans Carillon Chamber Choir Shakespeare and the Sea Sat 21st June 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, St Albans

St Albans Folk Festival Folk on Redbourn Common Sun 15th June 2 - 5pm Old Town Hall Folk Day Sat 21st June, 10am - 6pm Day of Dance in St Albans city centre Sat 21st June 10.15am - 5pm Festival Concert at the Town Hall Sat 21st June Old Town Hall, 7.30pm St Michael’s Street Folk Evening Weds 2nd July 8pm St Albans Symphony Orchestra Festival Concert Sat 28th June 7.30pm St Saviour’s Church, St Albans St Albans Chamber Choir Go Brazilian! Sat 5th July 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, St Albans


Singing Discovery Workshops 2pm - 6.30pm Rothamsted Manor A fun afternoon of singing with three inspiring workshop leaders in jazz, world music and classical. No previous singing or sight reading experience needed.

29th June Festival Eucharist 9.30am - 11am St Nicholas Church The Lea Singers will lead worship and congregational singing. Come and enjoy the stirring hymns and uplifting music of Anglican Eucharist. Lunchtime Lieder 1pm - 2pm Rothamsted Manor Prize-winning British baritone, Marcus Farnsworth sings one of Schubert's greatest and most moving masterpieces, Die Schoene Muellerin. Young Singers Masterclass 2.30pm - 3.30pm Rothamsted Manor Marcus will work with four young local singers - Nina Vinther, Caspar Singh, Hannah Bennett and Helen Charleston. Come along and learn how young singers develop their voices. Lea Singers Concert 7.30pm - 9.30pm Rothamsted Manor A celebration of music from Britten to Brahms, madrigals to pop songs. Come and enjoy some beautiful choral music and the gorgeous gardens at the Manor. For tickets and more details 07766 238416


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Harpenden Common Discovery Day Sat 14th June 10am - 4pm A free, family event and a wonderful opportunity to find out more about Harpenden Common, nature and the environment, attractions include: Sheep Shearing, Ridgeside Lurchers, Falconry Flying and Static Display, Fun Dog Show, Have-a-Go Archery, Circus Workshops, Ferret Racing, Goats, Spinning, Craft Activities for Children and lots more. Fun Dog Show 2pm Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Young Handler (under 16), Waggiest Tail, Scruffiest Dog To enter your dog into one of the classes contact or 01582 463668.

Art on the Common Sat 14th June 10am - 5pm / Sun 15th June 11am - 5pm Running for over 30 years, the Common is the perfect location for a wide variety of local artists to exhibit their work including paintings, jewellery, greeting cards, ceramics and fine art photography. 25% of all sales and commissions will go to Cancer Research UK.

NOW at Knebworth Festival of Transport 15th June 10am Classic cars and motorcycles, concours competitions, trade stands and display vehicles. £9 Charles Dickens 27th June 6.30pm Enjoy an evening of selected readings from Dickens’ most enduring works, hear a snapshot of the life of the great man and learn about his visits to his great friend, Edward Bulwer Lytton at Knebworth House. £20

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On Your Bike! Bike Week, 14th - 22nd June, the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, encourages people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. Hertfordshire Year of Cycling is also in full swing, with a number of local events planned, for more information visit Big Herts Cycle Challenge 30th June - 20th July A fun, free competition encouraging people to experience the joy and benefit of cycling. Lots of fantastic prizes on offer from cinema tickets and local restaurant vouchers to bike gear. It’s all about participation. Hertfordshire businesses will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike for at least 10 minutes. There are six categories ranging from: 500+ staff to 3-6 staff. It’s all about who can encourage the most people to give cycling a go. If you don't have a bike you can borrow one at one of the free 'try-a-bike' events. Please register at Beachboys Bikers 1st June Gracemead Back Lane Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4PB Nightrider London 7th June 100km ride through London at night Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY Sky Ride Local Sky Ride Local is also encouraging people to get out on their bikes this summer. The rides are


guided by trained British Cycling ride leaders. Register to take part at 1st June 2pm Start: Harpenden Leisure Centre 8th June 2pm Start: Redbourn Village School 15th June 2pm Start: Highfield Park Centre

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The South Herts CTC have several rides planned: Sat 14th June Five Miles to Fabulous women-only easy pace ride with a coffee stop (9.30am from Morrisons, Fleetville) Sun 15th June 60 miles, pub lunch in Tring and coffee stops (9am War Memorial, St Peters Street, St Albans) Weds 18th June 15 - 20 mile loop (7.30pm from War Memorial to the White Lion in St Albans) bring lights Sun 22nd June 60 miles into Bedfordshire (9am East Lane Car Park, Wheathampstead) bring lunch and cash for coffee stops.

Action plan for local cycling recently published by St Albans City and District Council  improving facilities for cycling  improving cycle safety  improving cycle security within the district, including rail station car parks  promoting a cycle friendly culture  increasing cycle use

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Simple and Summery Adam the manager of the Abbot’s Kitchen cafe, shares with us one of his seasonal dishes.

Cider Seared Pork Fillet, Pan Fried Asparagus, Deep Fried Poached Egg and Parma Ham Crisp Don’t let the title of this dish put you off, it sounds complicated but it’s so simple, which is why it's so fantastic! For 2 servings you will need 1 Bottle of Good Cider (Aspalls Organic for me!) make sure it’s sparkling not scrumpy, the fizz brings out the flavour but the scrumpy overpowers it 2 Pork Fillets (6 - 8oz each) Asparagus 3 Eggs (from the fridge) Panko Bread Crumbs Parma Ham Rapeseed Oil Olive Oil Ice Poaching the Eggs Grab a frying pan (I prefer them, because they heat up quickly and are shallow) boil some water in the kettle and pour in. Crack your egg into a cup and leave the water on a medium heat to simmer for a few minutes and pour your egg into it. For a soft poached egg you will need around 2 minutes, a hard one 4 minutes. I would go for a softer option. Once the egg is poached, take it out with a slotted spoon and dunk it into iced water to stop it cooking straight away. Leave for about 5 minutes, take it out, place on a piece of kitchen roll to dry. Now separate your other egg in a small bowl whisk up the white to break it down, once this is done, pour out some Panko bread crumbs and get messy! Get your poached egg (remember it needs to be dry otherwise this won’t


Parma Ham Crisp Literally the easiest part, put some grease proof paper on a baking tray, place a couple of slices of Parma Ham flat on the tray, put it in the oven for about 15 minutes on a low heat (keep checking on it though!) When it’s ready it will go a dark brown, like really crispy bacon. Pork Fillet Either get your butcher to do this or you can do it yourself, but you need pork fillet medallions. So nice large circles please. Put a frying pan on a medium heat with a splash of olive oil. Once hot, place your medallions into the oil carefully and sear for about 1 minute on each side. Once this is done crack open your cider and splash some in the pan, (be careful if you’re using gas as you’ll probably have a big flame once the alcohol evaporates). You should now have gorgeous tender pork medallions, let them cook for 1 more minute on each side and they're ready to go. Asparagus England's celebrity vegetable (makes an appearance once a year!) grab a bunch but make sure its British. Take a frying pan with some oil, let it heat, trim your asparagus (cut off the bottoms) and put in the frying pan. Cook for a couple of minutes and then voila! Cider Sauce Once the pork is cooked add a splash of cream to the pan you cooked your meat in, let it warm through. The meat juices, cider and cream make for a lovely sauce. Putting it together I would advise you to prepare the egg and parma ham crisp first. Then the pork and asparagus at the same time, finally deep frying your egg to put on top. It will also look fantastic when you plate it up - Aspargus, Pork, Parma Ham, egg and then a drizzle of your sauce! That’s all there is to it folks, I hope you enjoy! by Adam Msetfi Abbots Kitchen St Albans Cathedral Sumpter Yard, St Albans Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm Sun 1pm - 4.30pm

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Avoid those Holiday Scams With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to warn you about some of the common holiday related scams that people fall for. Only book holidays with good reputable companies THAT YOU’VE HEARD OF! It never ceases to amaze me how many people simply google ‘Cheap holiday’ and part with hundreds of pounds on a website that may or may not be genuine. Always do your research to make sure you’re paying a proper UK based company with a good reputation. It’s also advisable to use a company that is both a member of ABTA and ATOL for your protection. Having booked your holiday with a genuine company, make sure you purchase travel insurance from a bona fide company. Again use a quality British

insurer that will actually answer the phone if you find yourself in need of making a claim from the poolside in Faliraki! While you’re organising your health protection be aware that applying for your EHIC European health insurance card (which provides you with free or reduced health care in European countries) SHOULD be FREE! There are websites that will charge a fee for applying for the card on your behalf. Apply directly with the NHS or the post office and avoid be being ripped off! Like me, you’ll probably hire a car and there are various scams to watch out for. Only ever use good, recommended firms, avoid the dodgy backstreet hire car company that charges half the price. One very important thing to watch out for when hiring a car abroad is that you ensure you have signed paperwork from the hire car company to confirm the condition of the car. Very often people drop off their hire car in a rush to get their flight home and don’t insist on this. It is imperative! I have known people who have returned to the UK, checked their credit card, only to find a £500 charge for ‘damage’ to the car. Trying to prove that you didn’t cause it, when you’re no longer in the country and with no paperwork to support your argument, will be a nightmare. Finally you MUST be aware of the dreaded ‘Timeshares’ or ‘Holiday Clubs’. I lose track of the number of times I’ve dealt with complaints from consumers on my radio programme about these. Picture the scene: You’re strolling down the seafront, all bronzed and relaxed when a lovely, attractive (probably British) person approaches you and offers you either an invitation to an event or a scratch card that will provide you with the invite. Your guard is down as you’re on holiday so you agree. You’ll then be whisked off to a luxury venue, plied with pinot grigio and then forced to endure a hard sell on the advantages of joining their club. Sadly I have known even the most forceful, savvy consumers get caught like this and the results have been awful. Very often timeshare and holiday club contracts are difficult, sometimes impossible, to get out of. Holiday club memberships can be passed down to your children, meaning many years of misery not only for you, but for your family when you’ve died! My advice is that when approached by anyone offering you something ‘for free’, particularly when your guard is down on holiday – KEEP WALKING! Why not tune in weekdays from 9am at BBC Three Counties Radio to hear my show.



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Larks in the Parks Sunday 29th June A free day of fun in the sun for all the family Batford Springs Nature Reserve 12 noon - 5pm Music, Morris dancing, duck race, rides and slides, BBQ, tug of war, stalls and more! Other events: Fleetville Recreation Ground Hatfield Road, AL1 4QL Victoria Playing Field Folly Lane, AL3 5JQ

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1st Garden Party Ashridge House HP4 1NS, stalls, live music & kids entertainment, in aid of Hospice of St Francis, 1-5pm, adult £6, child free Vienna Festival Ballet Radlett Centre, 01923 859291, 2pm & 5pm 3rd Talk: Life Begins with Flowers by Rekha Naidoo, Harpenden Floral Decoration Club, Harpenden Public Halls, 01582 621757, 2pm 5th Older Person’s Forum Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans, discussion on bus routes, 10am -12 noon 7th Harpenden Carnival see page 3 Open Archery Afternoon Wheathampstead Archery Club, Folly Fields (off Lower Luton Road), 1 - 4pm, min age 10, donation required Dance Mania Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, 7.30pm £11, £8 7th June - 3rd August The Gardens of the Rose St Albans 10 - 5pm, adults £6, child free, dogs on leads welcome! 8th King Silly & Friends Hawthorne Theatre, WGC, 11am & 2pm, £8, family £25 St Albans Half Marathon Radlett Festival 8th - 14th Verulam Golf Club Festival London Road, St Albans 12th Play with Clay - Dragonflies Natural History Museum, Tring, 11am & 2pm, under 5’s £1.50 12th - 21st Arms And The Man by B Shaw Abbey Theatre, 01727 857861 13th Town Mayors Charity Quiz Night Park Hall, 01582 463662, 7pm, £12.50 incl fish & chips 13th June - 16th November Exhibition: Keeping the Home Fires Burning see page 10 14th Summer Fete St Georges School Harpenden Common Discovery Day see page 30 14th & 15th Art on the Common see page 30 15th Conservation Day Butterfly World, St Albans,

01727 869203 Dads & Lads Leighton Buzzard Railway, Page's Park Station, dads, sons & grandsons can enjoy free steam & diesel cab rides Working Heavy Horse Show Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 01494 871117 Festival of Transport see page 30 Oaklands College Summer Fayre see page 41 19th Charity Quiz Night L & D Hospital Social Club, 01582 718289, proceeds to Prostrate Cancer Unit, £10 includes fish & Chips 21st St Albans Folk Festival see page 6 Shakespeare at Verulamium Museum see page 25 Shakespeare and the Sea see page 26 UB40 Hatfield House, 01775 768661, 5pm, £38 21st & 22nd The Alban Weekend see page 6 A Reflection on WW1 in poetry, drama & song see page 10 22nd Ashridge Trail Half Marathon 13 mile trail run through the beautiful Ashridge Estate 24th Talk: Luton’s Markets & Fairs by John Newbury, Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden Local History Society meeting, 8pm 24th - 26th Scooby-Doo: The Mystery of The Pyramid The Alban Arena, 01727 844488, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma & Daphne arrive in Egypt, to solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid, 6.30pm, adult £19.50, child £14.50 26th Harpenden Town Council Common Walk meet at Harpenden Common Golf Club car park, 6.30pm 28th Armed Forces Day see page 10 Crabtree Schools' Summer Fayre Harpenden, 11.30am - 2.30pm, £1 29th Larks in the Parks see page 39 Bus & Coach Show Herts Show Ground, adult £8, child £4 Scooby Doo at Willows Farm Willows Farm Village, 10am - 5.30pm 0870 129 9718 30th June - 5th July Fame: The Musical The Alban Arena, 01727 844488, £20 - £30


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2nd St Michael's Village Folk Evening see page 26 Classic Car Rally Luton Hoo Walled Garden 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 4th - 6th Childwickbury Arts Fair see page 4 5th Go Brazilian! see page 26 Festival on the Field Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, UK's best tribute bands: One Step Behind (Madness), One Direction, Katy Perry & Rihanna plus Sir John Lawes & Manland School Bands & Choirs, adult £15.50, child £8.50, under 5s free 6th The Herts Cycle Challenge The Old Albanian Rugby Club, St Albans, 01442 820740 12th 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 Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, 10am - 5pm Meet Tree Fu Tom Willows Farm Village riding in on his magical leafboard, Tree Fu Tom pays a special visit to 'the big world' 16th - 18th & 24th - 26th A Midsummer Nights Dream Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans, tickets on the door £7 - £12 17th - 20th Sherlock & the Case of the Horrible Thing Harpenden Public Halls, 07568 363104, Hurst Children’s Theatre Group 19th Film: Treasure Planet (U) + Craft Workshop UHArts, The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, workshop: 10am, film: 11am 1pm, film workshops designed to introduce children to film-making crafts, theme is Fantasy & Adventure, film £2.50, workshop: create a galaxy & set sail on an adventure, child £4 19th Battle Proms Hatfield House, 01432 355416, 4.30pm 19th July - 31st August Willows Farm Summer Spectacular Willows Farm Village, 10am - 5.30pm 0870 129 9718 20th Folk By the Oak Hatfield House 01432 355 416, 1pm 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

Shuttleworth Air-Show Sunday 15th June A flying display including some of our popular aircraft and, weather permitting, a flypast with a Spitfire, Dakota and Hurricane formation. Shuttleworth also welcomes the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) who will bring a selection of their ‘homebuilt’ aircraft each the result of many hours of dedicated labour and skill. Pre-show entertainment includes live music, children’s craft ‘creation station’ and the Collection’s historic vehicle parade, featuring the 1924 Triumph cc Type SD – a classic British motorcycle. Why not bring Dad along for a special Father’s Day gift and treat him to a truly memorable experience. Gates open at 9am, flying display 2pm. The Shuttleworth Collection Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome Nr. Biggleswade, Beds SG18 9EP 01767 627927

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Index of Businesses

Accountants Hicks TaxAssist Accountants

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Aerial Installations Concorde Aerials Harpenden Digital Services

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Architectural Design Daniel Design Art Directory Artists Info

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Computer Repairs Ken Hodson

Hot Tubs 30 A5 Hot Tubs

Counselling / Sex Therapy Michael Stock

Indian Restaurant 41 Shapla Restaurant

Domestic Appliance Repairs Leigh Hibon Education Mandeville Primary School Electricians I & B Electrical MLC Electrical Selmon Electrical Services


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Oven Cleaning Ovenmaster

Painters & Decorators 39 CB Decorators M & M Decorating

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21 Pet Care 20 Personal Petcare 35 21 Plasterer A. Merson Plastering 18 19 Plumbers DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd 31 & 47 Girlie Plumbing 31 23 Pond Maintenance Women With Waders 35 33 Removals TS Removals 23 44 Retirement Homes McFarland Park Homes 14 13 Security 9 20 9 Maximum Security Systems 7 Slimming 13 Lighter Life 40 11 7 Tiling St Albans Tiling 47

Bicycle Repairs Cycletech Hertfordshire


Biographer Bound Biographies


Blinds Harpenden Blinds


Cabinet Makers Sequoia Bespoke


Flooring Creative Wood Flooring

Car Body Repairs Prestige Paint Shop Ltd


Foot Care Golinska Foot Care

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

Gardening Workshops Zia’s Gardening Workshops

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Garden Nursery / Centre Bridge Valley Nursery Burston Garden Centre

2 Tyre Fitting 11 Big D’s Tyres


Gas K25

Window Cleaner 31 Harpenden Window Cleaning


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

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Fencing Verulam Fencing Financial Management AMR Financial Management

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Health & Fitness The Fit Lab Hearing Services The Hearing Healthcare Practice

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