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welcome to december

Thank you as always to our loyal advertisers and all those who have contributed to the NOW magazines this year. Keep spreading the word over the festive season, especially to anyone starting a new business in the new year. Don’t forget you can see the magazines each month on line at www.harpendennow.com There are so many fun festive events going on, we’re sure you’ll all find something to keep you out of mischief this Christmas! And not forgetting a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

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Music for Christmas

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carols, brass, classical & more

NOW on The Ice!

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get your skates on

It’s Panto Time! 10 he’s behind you!

NOW at the Museums 14 activities, Santa & Dickens

Now at St Albans Cathedral 20 carols, choirs & the crib

NOW Where’s Santa? 24 seek him here, there & everywhere

Dashing Through the Town 26 Santas & reindeers

NOW at The Theatres 32 ballet, theatre & comedy

Laugh Out Loud 34 Christmas cheer

NOW at the Abbey Theatre 40 the witches

What’s on in December 42 & January 44 local events for everyone

for January editions harpenden now & st albans now

Index of Businesses 46 accountants to tv repairs

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Music for Christm FestiveLea! Thursday 13th December 7.30pm Harpenden Public Halls Calling all brass and carol enthusiasts The Lea Singers are teaming up with The Bold As Brass Ensemble to present choral and brass music for Christmas at their ever popular Christmas Concert. Bold as Brass are a dectet of young musicians, formed at the Guildhall School in 2010, whose performances range from jazz to baroque to pop. The Lea Singers have a range of initiatives underway to promote and support young musicians, including a thriving internship programme for talented young local singers. During the concert, The Lea Singers and Bold as Brass will combine for jazz arrangements of popular Christmas melodies, and to lead audience carols. There will be mulled wine and mince pies at the interval, and a charity raffle in aid of Harpenden Mencap. adult £13, concs £12, under 18’s £5 Tickets: 01582 793845 or online at www.leasingers.co.uk

Saint Nicolas Saturday 1st December 7.30pm St Saviour’s Church, St Albans A collaboration between Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Beaumont School Vocal Ensemble and Carillon. The celebrated Christmas cantata by Benjamin Britten with Philip Salmon (tenor) in the title role. Other works include: Britten Hymn to St Cecilia Finzi Magnificat and Alan Bullard Cyprian Dances. adult £13, concs £11 www.amadeusorchestra.co.uk

A Celebration of Christmas Sunday 9th December 7pm Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans The St Albans Choral Society concert includes a performance of This Endris Night, a Christmas cantata by highly accomplished accompanist and organist, Richard Harvey, and Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum mysterium. They will joined by the Cunningham Hill Junior School Choir for seasonal music both old and new with opportunities for audience participation. adult £13 child £1, available from 07884 231958

St Albans Organ Theatre 320 Camp Road, St Albans, 01727 869693

Christmas Concert 8th December 7.30pm Donald Mackenzie & Diana Vivian (soprano) £9

Mechanical Instruments Christmas Special 9th December 2.15pm with visiting organs and a surprise or two! £5.50

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Hertfordshire Christmas

Saturday 8th Decem St Saviours Church

Bjorn Bantock conducts th Philharmonia music featuring Humperdinck: Hänsel and Strauss: Selection of waltz Bizet: L'Arlesienne suite Latham: Christmas Medley Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker S adult £14, child £1


sic for Christmas Hertfordshire Philharmonia Christmas-time Concert Saturday 8th December 7.30pm St Saviours Church, St Albans Bjorn Bantock conducts the Hertfordshire Philharmonia in a concert of seasonal music featuring Humperdinck: Hänsel and Gretel Overture Strauss: Selection of waltzes Bizet: L'Arlesienne suite Latham: Christmas Medley Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite adult £14, child £1

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! 15th December 7.30pm Marlborough Road Methodist Church A concert of Christmas music by the Quorum Singers. A varied programme of old and new Christmas music, including Santa Claus is Coming, Mary’s Boy Child and Follow that Star; spirituals Sweet Little Jesus Boy and Go Tell it on the Mountain; old favourites like the Wexford Carol, the Sans Day Carol and the Cherry Tree Carol. There will be solos, including flute and organ, and carols for the audience to join in. Plus seasonal refreshments! adult £9, concs £7, child £2

Handel’s Messiah Saturday 1st December 7.30pm Harpenden High Street Methodist Church The Harpenden Choral Society begins its Christmas season with one of Handel's best-loved oratorios. This magnificent narration of the life of Christ comes alive under the expert direction of John Andrews with the talents of 4 stunning soloists and the strength of 90 voices behind them. Soloists include soprano Natasha Jouhl, alto Gillian McIlwraith, tenor Thomas Raskin, and baritone Grant Doyle. Organ and harpsichord accompaniment will be provided by Joseph McHardy, with orchestral accompaniment by The King’s Sinfonietta. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm entitled “So you think you know Handel’s Messiah” by John Andrews, an expert on 18th century music. Did the Messiah’s famously rousing Hallelujah Chorus really bring King George II to his feet at its London premiere? Here’s your chance to find out! adult £13, child / students £3

Annual Carol Concert Tuesday 18th December 7.30pm High Street Methodist Church The Harpenden Choral Society returns for their annual carol concert, featuring Benjamin Britten's ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ a selection of Christmas music written for the Kings Singers, and, as always, carols for choir and audience. Come and sing in the Christmas season! adult £10, child /student £3 Tickets for both concerts are available from the Box Office on 01582 419379 or www.harpendenchoralsociety.org or on the door.

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NOW on the ice!

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Eyeskate London Eye up to 6th January 10am - 9pm Ice skate in the shadow of one of London’s most breathtaking and iconic landmarks, situated on the festive South Bank. www.londoneye.com Winter Wonderland Hyde Park up to 6th January 10am - 10pm Full of festive fun from ice skating to Santa's Grotto, Christmas markets, observation wheels, fun fair rides along with the biggest ice skating rink in London, all make for a special event full of fun for all the family. Free entry but you buy tickets for the rides and grotto on the day, and entry tickets for ice skating, the wheel and the circus in advance by visiting www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com Natural History Museum Ice Rink up to 6th January Embrace winter at this 950-square-metre ice rink, London's most spectacular winter attraction. Come and skate: Sunday – Wednesday 10am – 10pm Thursday – Saturday 10am – 11pm Tickets from £9 0844 847 1576 www.nhm.ac.uk Magical Ice Skating Rink Willows Farm, London Colney up to 24th December Get your skates on and experience this synthetic ice rink for all the fun without the cold and wet! www.willowsfarmvillage.com Tower of London Ice Rink up to 6th January Why not skate across the ice while taking in one of London’s famous landmarks. Those not skating can enjoy a glass of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. www.toweroflondonicerink.com The Van Hage Real Ice Rink Great Amwell, Nr Ware up to 6th January Experience the magic of ice skating this Christmas with the return of the Real Ice Rink. Now in its fifth year, the rink will be surrounded by a fully heated marquee incorporating a café, comfortable seating and our skate-exchange desk featuring top-quality skates of all sizes! There is also a Skate Shop providing a range of skates and winter clothing. 01920 870811 www.vanhage.co.uk

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Skate at Somerset House up to 6th January

Skate at Somerset House up to 6th January Celebrate the festive season in style at London’s most glamorous ice rink. Check out our Skate Club Night line up. Highlights include Sunday Best Presents Bestival with Rob Da Bank & Friends and the Vintage Festival, as well as some of the most in demand DJ’s around. Find your feet on the ice with the Skate School and give your children their first glide on the ice with the Penguin Club. Or simply soak up the atmosphere rink-side at Tom's Skate Lounge and pick up the perfect gifts at The Christmas Arcade. 0844 847 1520 www.somersethouse.org.uk Canary Wharf Ice Rink, Canada Square Park up to 13th January Skaters can glide across the 720-metre-square rink, surrounded by the soaring towers, down a dram in the rinkside bar or just watch the action from the viewing gallery. Mon-Sat 9.45am-11pm, Sun 9.45am-7.30pm. Closed Christmas Day adult £12.50, under-13s £8.50, family ticket £32 www.skatecanarywharf.com Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink up to 13th January 10am-10pm Now in its tenth year, this 900-square-metre rink, with space for 250 skaters is set in front of Henry VIII's picturesque old pad. Sessions last an hour and wheelchairs are welcome on the ice except during the last session of the day. peak: £12.50, concs £10, under-16s £9, family £36; off-peak: £11/£9/£8.50/£34 Online booking is recommended www.hamptoncourticerink.com


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it’s panto time!

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The Alban Arena 14th December - 6th January Mister Maker (Phil Gallagher) is back after his fantastic performance in Snow White last year. Joining him will be Shaun Williamson (‘Barry’ in Eastenders) and Jemma Carlilse (Snow White from last year) as Jasmine! Charming and witty Bob Golding also returns, promising even more hilarity! Whatever you do, don’t miss it, there’ll be comedy, singing, dancing and a top-quality West End cast! £14 - 16.50 Box Office 01727 844488

Dick Whittington Harpenden Public Halls 15th - 22nd December Starring CBeebies Cerrie Burnell as The Fairy of The Bells and Dr Who companion and Blue Peter legend Peter Purves as Alderman Fitzwarren. Will Dick find the streets paved with gold? Will he win the hand of the lovely Alice? Will he defeat the evil King Rat? Featuring fantastic songs, a live band, sensational costumes and bags of audience participation Dick Whittington is the perfect way to kick start your festive season. From £10 Box Office 01582 767525

Jack and the Beanstalk Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City 12th December - 1st January Join Jack on his bean-tastic journey as he battles with the giant on the beanstalk! A perfect Christmas treat for the whole family, it’s guaranteed to be a Giant of a pantomime! From £8 Box Office 01707 357117

Beauty and the Beast The Radlett Centre, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett 8th - 31st December This heart-warming show has something for everyone, combining a popular classic fairytale with all the cherished traditions of pantomime. With fantastic music and costumes and dazzling scenery, it promises laughter, colourful pantomime characters, a beautiful heroine, a beast who is not as he seems and loads of audience participation. 10 Box Office 01923 859291


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Join us and Learn to Roller Skate Properly! We have a Newcomers Session at Marlborough School, Watling Street, St Albans on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 pm at ÂŁ5 per skater. We are looking for new recruits (boys and girls) aged 4+ to start with us in the new year, our first session for this class is 8th January. We have a few pairs of skates for hire, if you do not have your own. A Grading system is in place for the more Novice skaters, leading up to Proficiency Tests as you improve. Our Club skaters range from Beginners to Internationals, and are trained in the three disciplines of Figures (technical side), Free Skating (jumps and spins) and Solo Dance (Tango, Waltz etc).

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NOW at the museums

Museum of St Albans 9a Hatfield Road 01727 819340

Verulamium Museum St Michaels' Street 01727 751814

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Museum or What? The Collector 1st December 3pm Verulamium Museum and Park Part of the ‘Museum or What’ project, a fictional Victorian Collector will be in Verulamium Park with some of his favourite objects and travel souvenirs. You will have the opportunity to talk to him about the collection. Presentations and discussions take place throughout the day in the Museum.

Dickens Christmas (for adults) 7th December 7pm Verulamium Museum £10

Talk: Samuel Ryder The Man Behind the Ryder Cup

‘putting up the Christmas’

8th December 3pm

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In the past it was often only on the 22nd December that people in Hertfordshire would “put up the Christmas” which meant decorating their homes with evergreens such as holly. The Christmas tree was made popular by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. But it took some time for the custom to become wide spread. In ‘Cottage Life in a Hertfordshire Village’ Edwin Grey recalled how the labourers’ cottages in the Bowling Alley part of Harpenden were decorated in the 1870’s. Most used sprigs of holly and other evergreens. Pieces of holly with berries were placed in the window frame and on the ledge. Candles were also used to decorate the cottages. These were often arranged in a row on the mantelpiece. Then at the appointed hour, the ordinary light would be extinguished, and the Christmas candles lit. And to mark the occasion, special sweets, cake or food were eaten. However, some labourers used a well shaped

Museum of St Albans A talk about one of St Albans most famous sons. Free, but please book a place by calling 01727 819340

Santa's Grotto 13th December 6pm Museum of St Albans Santa’s Grotto will be in the garden, where there will be children's crafts, activities, storytelling and presents! £5

Museum or What? The Collectors 20th December 5pm – 7pm St Peter’s Street Part of the ‘Museum or What’ project, a pair of fictional Collectors will be in St Peter's Street, where you will have the opportunity to talk to them about their collections.

branch of fir or holly as a substitute tree. This would be decorated with small coloured candles. There might be some sugar mice and possible a few small toys. Other decorations included apples and oranges. And instead of a fairy there would be a small Union Jack or Father Christmas on the top of the tree. Edwin’s uncle was a gardener and he had a small fir tree, adorned with candles, fruit and flags. There were also homemade decorations in the form of ‘Dorothy bags’ small bags made by of coloured silk and filled with nuts or sweets. Finally the tree was festooned with ropes of scarlet holly berries which were threaded onto long lengths of thread. While very pretty they must have taken a extremely long time to make! Elizabeth Eastwood City & District of St Albans Tour Guide


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Don’t hold back this Christmas, gorgeous hair and make-up is essential for any social gathering, and it’s the finishing touches that make you look really special. Porcelain skin, flushed cheeks, berry stained lips and defined eyes make fabulous make-up. Embracing your natural complexion and choosing a foundation shade that’s close to it can give you a really classy finish. Use a primer first, then apply a covering foundation with a brush. Choose a lightreflecting loose powder to apply on top for a radiant glow to set your base. Stay away from glitter, because it shows up every line and isn’t flattering unless you’re a teenager. Sculpt cheekbones by applying blusher in a dusky pink. Smile as you apply it, to see the apples of your cheeks and sweep upwards and outwards. Next, lightly define your eyes. Use a neutral eye shadow across the lids and brow bone, then a light brown in the socket, and a deeper brown in the far corner. Brush your brows into shape, and pluck away any stray hairs emphasising them with a hint of colour. Use a brow powder to add definition and finish with a slick of gel. Use a black liquid liner to line your top lid, extending out to create a small flick. When dry curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Use a soft black eye-pencil under your eye, and black liner on the inner rim for a smoky look. Use a lip liner in a shade that compliments your lipstick, using a lip brush, apply your lipstick. Choose a berry-red for instant glamour and finish with a dab of gloss in the centre of your lips for a really full look. Remember, Christmas comes but once a year, so enjoy every minute. by Helen Taylor


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NOW at St Albans Cathedral

Saturday 1st December Handel: Messiah 7pm Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir with the London Gala Orchestra adult: £15 - £25, concs £10 for £15 tickets available from 020 7602 6818 or malcolm.sargent@virgin.net Sunday 2nd December Advent Procession 6.30pm A candlelit service of readings and music for the start of Advent. Sunday 9th December Christingle Service* 3pm Children and adults alike love this enjoyable service, which ends in candlelight. Sunday 9th December 5.15pm La Nativité du Seigneur by Messiaen Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music Free, retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music. Saturday 15th December St Albans Bach Choir Christmas Carols Two concerts of Christmas music and readings by the Choir and organist Andrew Parnell. Family Carol Concert* 3pm, adult £5, child £1 if seat needed Carol Concert 7pm, adult £10, concs £5 Tickets available only on entry. Friday 21st & Sunday 23rd December Festival of Lessons and Carols 7pm Admission by ticket only. Saturday 22nd December Carols on the Hour* Take a break from Christmas shopping for a very special Cathedral event! Each carol service lasts 30 minutes. No tickets required. On the hour, every hour from 11am - 4pm

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Christmas Eve Crib Service* 3pm A popular service intended mainly for children and young families. Children can visit the crib and join in singing carols.

Christmas Eve Choral Evensong for Christmas 5.30pm A quiet and reflective service sung by the Abbey Girls Choir, marking the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas. Midnight Mass 11.30pm The first celebration of Christmas, with carols and the glorious singing of the Cathedral Choir. Doors will be open from 10.50pm Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols 8am Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day* 9.30am A service sung by the Abbey Girls Choir and the men of the Cathedral Choir, for all ages Matins for Christmas Day 11.15am a service sung by the Cathedral Choir. Eucharist 12.30pm a quiet service without music following Matins. Following the 12.30pm service the Cathedral will be closed for the rest of Christmas Day, but is otherwise open daily during the Christmas period. Boxing Day Eucharist 9am & 12 noon Carols on Boxing Day 4pm a short and informal carol service. 1st January A Romantic New Year Concert 7pm St Albans Symphony Orchestra Including: Romeo and Juliet Overture: Tchaikovsky An American in Paris: Gershwin La Traviata prelude: Verdi Die Fledermaus Overture: J Strauss adult £8 - 20, child £1, students £5 01727 857422 / tickets@saso.org.uk www.saso.org.uk * services suitable for children

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all older people welcome!

St Albans City & District Council and partners invite you to the first mobile older people’s forum 6th December 1.30 - 3.30pm Park Hall, Harpenden The vision behind this is that older people be given a voice, are heard and have the ability to influence decisions made that may affect their lives. It is hoped these forums will travel around the district to enable as many people as possible to take part. Themes to be discussed: The future of Community Transport The changes to Welfare Reform Harpenden Seniors Forum There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get your views heard‌.so why not come along!

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Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training business, offers tips on how to keep your dog safe and happy over the festive season

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some foods can be harmful Many festive foods can be harmful and toxic to dogs, including fatty or spicy foods, breads and dough, fresh herbs and sweets of all kinds, especially those with chocolate or artificial sweeteners. Particularly dangerous are cooked bones as they can easily splinter and the bone shards can cause choking or get stuck in their gums. Instead, give them ‘dog bones’ . While a little taste of turkey can make them happy, don’t overdo it, too much of a good thing can make them sick. decorations are not playthings Keep your pet away from plants, many of which are poisonous, such as holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and amaryllis. Also keep electrical wires and batteries out of their reach, chewing or biting anything electrical can cause shock or burns. Chewing batteries can cause the acid to leak and obviously don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Christmas trees can be hazardous Secure the tree to the ceiling or wall to prevent it from tipping over. Hang nonbreakable ornaments near the bottom of the tree so that delicate paws don't get hurt and regularly sweep up fallen pine needles. help your dog feel safe and relaxed Help your dog feel calmer by exercising him prior to the festivities and don't forget to keep their bowl filled with plenty of fresh water. please don’t give a pet as a surprise gift! A cute puppy might seem like the perfect gift choice, but many end up at rescue centres. Owning a dog takes a genuine commitment of time, responsibility, training and exercise. Following these simple tips will help make the festivities safe and happy for your whole family, including our much loved canine companions.


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NOW where’s Santa?

Free Lindt Reindeer Hunt and Festive Colouring Competition

Santa’s at Dunstable Downs 9th, 16th and 23rd December Dunstable, Beds There will be carol singers, live music and Santa's magical grotto. There will be a small charge to see Santa.

1st - 31st December Burston Nursery, St Albans

Letters to Santa

dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk

up to 3rd December Burston Nursery, St Albans Children will be able to write their letter to Santa and post it in the garden centre! Post by 3rd December and free replies from the man himself can be collected from Saturday 8th December.

Come and Meet Santa 15th - 16th December Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park Join this Santa Event with the ‘Wish Upon a Party’ Fairy, arts and crafts with Wobbly Brushes and face painting, sessions 10-11am, 11.30-12.30pm and 1-2pm

Winter Wonderland 4th - 6th December Busy Bees at Glenalmond, King Harry Lane, St Albans 01727 854499 10 - 11.30am & 2 - 4.30pm Come and see Santa and Mrs Claus in their ‘Winter Wonderland’. On the 4th there will also be reindeer to feed. Walk along Santa’s ‘Wonderland’ trail and write a ‘wish list’ to Santa. All proceeds donated to Busy Bees chosen charity: The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Everyone welcome, £2

Tea With Santa 6th & 11th December The Dutch Nursery Garden Centre, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, 01707 653372 4.30 - 5.30pm A healthy lunch box and a gift from Santa, £7.95

Santa Train Specials 8th - 23rd December Leighton Buzzard Railway times and dates vary 25 minute steam-train ride and gift, hot punch and mince pies. 08444 771 000

Tree Planting With Santa! 16th December 10 - 3pm Heartwood Forest see page 26

Sunday Lunch with Santa 16th & 23rd December 12 noon Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com 2 course festive lunch and gift adult £22.50, child £9.50 booking essential

Santa at The Harlequin Shopping Centre, Watford up to 24th December www.theharlequin.uk.com £3

Santa's Spectacular Grotto and Magical Ice Skating Rink up to 24th December Willows Farm, London Colney Visit Santa and receive a golden key for his toy shop where children can choose a present. Join in with the Nativity story, hop on the Festive Wood Ride, enter the Elves House and see the reindeer. Then get your skates on to experience the synthetic ice rink for all the fun without the cold and wet! www.willowsfarmvillage.com

NOW where’s Santa? The Norad Tracks Santa programme has been around since 1955, they believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world. Visit the website from the 1st of December to begin the official countdown to Santa’s launch! www.noradsanta.org

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dashing through the town!

Special appearances by stars of The Alban Arena panto will add to the festive atmosphere on Sunday 9th December for the annual Grove House Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run. Santas and little people in reindeer ears will jog through the streets of St Albans to raise funds for Grove House. The festive family fun will begin outside the Waterend Barn at 11am for the shorter Reindeer Run, 1.5km. Then at 11.30am hundreds of red suited Santas will take their places to run 5kms

around the town, even if you’re not running it’s a sight worth seeing! John Darin from Heart Drivetime will be hosting the event and the Heart Angels will be on hand to add to the atmosphere and lead entrants in an energetic warm up. The day will provide festive fun for everyone, the Reindeer Run is open to all ages and entry costs £7.50 including reindeer ears and a medal. Entry to the Jingle Bell Jog costs £15 includes a Santa suit and a medal, and is open to ages 10 and over. Last year these events raised more than £17,000 for Grove house, sufficient to fund a hospice nurse for six months. To take part contact the fundraising team on 01442 820717 or visit www.grove-house.org.uk/jinglebelljog Every penny you raise will make a difference

walking the streets of St Albans December Wed 12th 8pm Wed 26th 8pm January Tues 1st 11am Wed 9th 8pm Wed 23rd 8pm

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Ghost Walk Charity Ghost Walk The History of St Albans Ghost Walk Ghost Walk

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we are here for you Christmas is a time of happiness, families and giving. The festive season is a joy for most people, but unfortunately there are some whose suffering intensifies at this time of year. If you find you are unable to cope with feelings of loneliness and despair, why not talk to us?

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After a Boxing Day walk to work off the excesses of Christmas Day why not use the leftovers to make these unusual recipes. The first a tasty alternative for leftover turkey, a French favourite Pithivier Pie or for Christmas Pudding leftovers try making ice cream to serve as a light dessert for New Years Day!

turkey pithivier pie

50g / 2oz mayonnaise 300g / 12oz cooked turkey, diced 750g / 1½lb puff pastry (a mix of light and dark meat is great for flavour) 1 egg, beaten 1 medium onion, chopped 50g / 2oz cooking oil 125g / 5oz cream cheese 1 tbsp chopped herbs 75g / 3oz cooked stuffing, crumbled (parsley, thyme or tarragon are great with turkey) 75g / 3oz cranberry sauce salt and pepper 2-3 sticks of celery, finely sliced 50g / 2oz walnuts, chopped If cooking on the day pre-heat the oven at 200c / 180f / gas mark 6. In a frying pan gently sauté the onion and celery until just softened. Allow to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl combine all other ingredients, when cool add the onion and celery mix. If the mix seems quite thick add a little more mayonnaise, being careful not to make it too wet. Once the mixture is ready place a large baking tray into the oven to warm slightly; this will help the base crisp up. Meanwhile on a floured surface roll out slightly less than half the pastry into a large round, you can use a dinner plate to get an exact shape. Place the turkey mix onto the pastry base leaving a good 2cm / 1 inch around the edge for sealing. Remove the baking tray from the oven; gently slide the Pithivier onto the sheet. Roll out the rest of the pastry to at least 2cm / 1 inch larger than the first disc, brush the edge of the base with beaten egg, carefully place the lid on top and press the edges together to seal. Cut a small hole in the top of the Pithivier to let out steam when cooking, you can decorate the top as you wish. Place in the oven for 30 - 40minutes or when the top is golden brown, serve with potatoes and vegetables or salad. The Pithivier can be frozen on a cold baking tray, for a month. Defrost slowly then cook as above, but add an extra 10 minutes to ensure the base is crisp, if the top is getting too brown cover with foil.

Christmas pudding ice-cream 4 medium eggs, separated 100g / 4oz cranberries, fresh or frozen 100g / 4oz caster sugar 100g satsuma segments 100 -150g / 4-6oz cooked Christmas pudding, crumbled 50g / 2oz caster sugar 2 tblsp brandy or orange liqueur 75ml / 3floz water 300ml / ½ pint double cream Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the Christmas pudding and liqueur. Whisk the cream to soft peaks and add to the mixture. Whisk the egg white to stiff peaks and add to the mix. Transfer to a lidded container and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours before using. To make the sauce place the cranberries and satsuma’s in a saucepan, add the caster sugar and water. Heat gently until a syrup forms stirring occasionally but try to break the segments and berries up. Drizzle over the ice cream, this sauce can be hot or cold.

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Saturday 1st December 8pm to late! Civic Disco DJ’s playing club classics from the 70′s and 80′s live soul band, Soulfish; soul, funk and disco classics, 2-Tone, motown and ska reggae. Over 25′s, dress to impress! £8 in advance, £10 on door Sunday 2nd December 7.30pm Fascinating Aida Fascinating Aida are Britain’s best comedy cabaret trio. This show will include several numbers hot off the press, plus a few old favourites including their infamous anthem to budget travel, Cheap Flights as well as the Dogging Song, a fond homage to the joys of al fresco sex. £19.50 Wednesday 5th December 8pm The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain Come and see The Ukes of GB™ with their funny, stomping, toe tapping, all singing, all plucking obituary of Rock and Roll and melodious light entertainment. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never think about music in the same way after you’ve encountered the ukes’ depraved musicology, giving you “one plucking thing after another” £18.50 Thursday 6th December 8pm Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins with the Carnival Band for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”. £18.50

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Saturday 1st December 2.30pm The Nutcracker Vienna Festival Ballet Company The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets. £22.50, £17.50, £14

Friday 21st December 2pm, 4.30pm Saturday 22nd December 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm Sunday 23rd December, 11am, 2pm Trestle Christmas Show The Nightingale adult £11 / conc £9 / family £36 Award winning Horse + Bamboo Theatre presents this classic tale, based on the book by Hans Christian Andersen. A sweet, funny and beautiful show for families. Suitable for ages 4+. until March 2013 The Election: Create, Debate and Have Your Say! A new community intergenerational project exploring themes of democracy, citizenship and politics through drama, role-play and new media. Start your own political party, make your own manifesto and launch a landslide victory! For ages from 9+ Trestle Arts Base www.trestle.org.uk 01727 850950

NOW at the Maltings 8th December 7.30pm Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan Presented by Opera Anywhere, combining beautiful singing, having fun and a good dose of audience participation. £12.50 concs £7.50 14th & 15th December 8pm Food of Love at Christmas OVO’s house band presents a selection of smooth and seeasionally themed jazz classics. £12.50 concs £7.50

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laugh out loud If you’re fed up with your Uncle Jack’s unfunny oneliners this Christmas, why not retreat to a quiet corner and find a bit of comic relief away from the relatives. From classic cats to depressed rabbits, we have enough Christmas cheer to keep you laughing well into the New Year. The Far Side Gallery 1 by Gary Larson

If there’s any doubt that Gary Larson is some kind of comic genius, it was dispelled when they built a museum in San Francisco and filled it with his cartoons. Seeing the world through Larson’s eyes is viewing it through a pair of Dame Edna-style glasses. He finds the funny in the ordinary and I guarantee you’ll never look at cows and chickens in quite the same way again. The Far Side books can be passed from grandparents to parents to children and all will be equally tickled by Larson’s humour. Simon’s Cat Vs The World by Simon Tofield Not since Garfield has a cartoon cat so captured the nation’s heart. Simon’s cat spends his days terrorising and tormenting his longsuffering owner but this time, it’s the puss that’s under threat. With a new kitten on the scene, Simon’s Cat is facing a power-struggle of a magnitude he’s never known before. Forget fighting dead flies…this time it’s war. Life-long

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cat fan Tofield has had years of feline experience, and it shows. The new cartoons are full of pure moggy magic. The Best of “Punch” Cartoons by Helen Walasek

‘Punch’ magazine may have closed its doors in 2002 but its legendary status lives on. This is the biggest collection of Punch cartoons ever and it’s one to be savoured. It’s essential reading for all fans of humour and satire, with no holds barred and nowhere safe to hide. The selection was made by Helen Walasek of the Punch Cartoon Library and it’s definitely to be treasured. With 600 of the best to flick through, you’d better avoid doing it in one sitting, or you might end up Punch drunk! The Best of Matt 2012 by Matthew Pritchett

Looking back over the last twelve months, you would expect cartoons on the Olympics, the

Diamond Jubilee, the recession and everything else inbetween. This multi award-winning cartoonist captures the spirit of the nation in his own inimitable way. It’s a subtle mixture of wit and satire that will have you chuckling into your pudding. His almost haphazard drawing style is quirky and suggestive, making you feel like he’s capturing British life on the fly. A brilliant way to look back over the year. The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley Poor bunny. Here we are, taking pleasure in his impending pain. It sounds terribly fiendish and it’s definitely not for Peter Rabbit fans but Riley’s cartoons somehow manage to maintain a touch of innocence in the macabre. The premise is simple and yet Bunny’s plans to end his days become more and more elaborate and ingenious as the book goes on. It brings new meaning to the phrase ‘not a happy bunny’. I guarantee that you’ll laugh out loud.

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winter planters

Even if you’re sure you’re not going to venture out into your garden much in the colder months, make sure you have every possible encouragement by creating a winter planter or two. A pretty planter on the front steps or gracing the patio will not only look gorgeous from the warm comfort of the house, but will also help to coax you outside from time to time. Grab a container, some compost and a selection of plants and be creative. Larger is better, as once temperatures drop a larger container is more likely to protect the roots on the plants due to the greater volume of compost. Frozen roots are fatal, so this is really worth bearing in mind. Avoid any container less than 30cm (12in) diameter if possible. Remember that summer bedding displays can be pulled out now, so you can always re-use suitable containers once the plants have been cleared. Any container will insulate the roots a little, but one made from thick wood (such as a wooden trough or window box, or a half-barrel) will be very effective. Good quality, fairy chunky plastic also works quite well. Try to avoid metal as this tends to conduct cold. Warm undergarments are all the rage for winter planters. A lining of bubble-wrap polythene or even a few layers of old fabric or carpet,

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sandwiched between the sides of the container and the compost will help to keep both compost and roots warm. I always save packaging materials from parcels for this sort of thing; why not pull out the bubble-wrap inner lining from a large padded envelope and use that? Ideally position winter planters out of the windiest areas. If possible place them fairly close to a house wall on the south or west side as this will help to provide a little extra warmth. A visit to your local nursery or garden centre at this time of year should fill you with inspiration, you’ll be amazed at the range of plants available for adding winter colour and interest to pots and planters. Some of my favourites are the universal or other winter flowering pansies or even hardier smaller flowered violas. For some seriously sturdy winter colour, try the winter flowering heathers as these make a good base for the display and you can, if you wish, add trailing plants such as variegated ivies to help provide extra colour, texture and interesting leaf shapes. All these plants will last for years, not just the winter months. At this time of year you are likely to find many garden centres offer very tiny versions of shrubs such as skimmias, pieris or hollies and many of the dwarf conifers. Although these obviously have the potential to grow considerably larger, they will provide good colour and interest in a container for a year or two and can then be planted out into the garden and allowed to reach their full size. In warmer areas, you will also be able to add bright patches of colour to your display using the ‘winter cherry’ or solanum which has bright yellow and orange fruits and also many of the polyanthus whose super-sized, primrose-like flowers come in a wide range of really showy colours. You could also use a few winter flowering cyclamen but these definitely need a very sheltered spot such as a window box on a protected wall. Finally, don’t forget to prolong the time which the planter will look gorgeous by adding in a few early spring flowering bulbs such as miniature narcissus, crocus and miniature iris. There are many different forms, colours and shapes of all these bulbs available and if hidden beneath the roots of your winter bedding plants, you will forget they are there until they burst out in spring and produce a lovely flush of fresh, pretty colour and often some delightful perfume too. By Pippa Greenwood


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City-centre Markets will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout December (except Boxing Day), giving you the chance to buy presents from regular stall holders. Additional markets will be held daily in the week before Christmas from 20th - 24th December. Sunday Farmers‘ Markets will take place in the Market Place, St Albans on 9th and 16th December A French Market will be held in Civic Close, near the Alban Arena, from 19th - 22nd December.

bags of festive happenings Free seasonal tasting, together with roast chestnuts, mince pies, mulled wine, seasonal craft and local produce are all on offer at Dunstable Downs. There will also be carol singers, live music and even Santa's magical grotto. Sundays 9th, 16th and 23rd December there will be a small charge to see Father Christmas

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21st - 30th December

The Witches by Roald Dahl adapted by David Wood The fearsome Grand High Witch and her grotty coven want to get rid of all England’s youngsters by injecting every sweet in the land with a magic potion to turn children into mice. Only Bruno, his friends and his granny try to stand in their way. As the Evening Standard put it: “....this verminous entertainment has a good hiss-boo rating and can be warmly recommended to dutiful parents as well as to their children.” 25th January - 2nd February

The Shape of Things by Neil Labute Art student Evelyn is preparing her thesis when she meets nerdy student Adam. As their relationship develops, so does Adam; losing his Abbey Theatre glasses, losing weight and losing his friends. Love Westminster Lodge, St Albans and loyalty, appearance and perception, artistically Box Office 01727 857861 and morally where do you draw the line? This is www.abbeytheatre.org.uk vibrant contemporary theatre, and Labute delivers a twist that packs a real, lasting punch.


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1st Christmas Fair Garden Fields School, Townsend Drive, 01727 759280, 12-3pm Dynamix Dance Spectacular Harpenden Public Halls, local dance school Christmas show, adult £7, child £4.50, 6pm Magic: A Kind of Queen The Radlett Centre, 01923 859291, Queen tribute band, 7.30pm, £17.50 2nd Christmas Fair Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, 10 - 2pm www.nationaltrust.org.uk Fascinating Aida see page 32 3rd Bootleg 60’s Harpenden Public Halls, 01582 767525, 7.30pm, £18.50 5th The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The Alban Arena, 01727 844488, funny, stomping, toe-tapping obituary of Rock & Roll & light entertainment, 8pm, £18.50 A Festive Knit & Natter Hertford Museum, for seasoned knitters & new starters, bring your projects along & get help from the creator of the St Albans Cathedral Knitivity & each other! 10.30 - 12.30pm, free 6th Older People’s Forum see page 21 7th - 29th Mother Goose Watford Palace Theatre, 01923 225761, £15.50 - £20 8th Arts & Crafts Market see page 44 Christmas Concert St Albans Organ Theatre, see page 4 8th - 31st Beauty & the Beast see page 10 9th Jingle Bell Jog & Reindeer Run see page 26 Stockwood Christmas Fair Stockwood Discovery Centre, 01582 548600, 11 - 4pm, adult £2.50, child £2 Mechanical Instruments Christmas Special see page 4 A Victorian Christmas St Stephen's Church Hall, 01727 858307, songs, readings, party pieces Victorian style by St Albans Chamber Opera, includes afternoon tea, 3pm, £16 Music for Christmas Hatfield House, 01707 357117, Hertfordshire Chorus, seasonal songs & carols, 7pm, adult £15, child £10

9th & 16th Sunday Farmers Markets see page 40 9th, 16th & 23rd Festive Happenings see page 40 10th Shake, Rattle & Sing St Albans City Station, 07944 725226, carol singing in aid of the local women’s refuge, 6pm, 12th Walk: Ghost Walk see page 26 12th & 14th Christmas Carol Cabaret see page 10 12th Dec - 1st Jan Jack and the Beanstalk see page 10 14th Dec - 6th Jan Aladdin see page 10 15th - 21st Dick Whittington see page 10 16th Tree Planting at Heartwood Forest page 26 Ashridge Christmas Trail Ashridge Visitor Centre, 01442 851227, learn how the wildlife spend its Christmas, 10-4pm 19th Teddy Bear Service St Albans Cathedral, 10am, bring your teddy bear for this pre-school children’s service 19th - 22nd French Market see page 40 21st - 30th Witches by Roald Dahl see page 40 22nd Carols on the Hour see page 20 22nd & 23rd Clock Tower Christmas Opening High street, 10,30 - 5pm, last entry 4.45pm 23rd Harpenden Farmers Market 10-2pm 26th Walk: ‘Burn off Walk’ Dunstable Downs, 01582 500920, enjoy the spectacular views, £2 per person, booking advisable & £2 car parking, 11 - 1pm Walk: Ghost Walk St Albans see page 26 27th Walk: Christmas Walk Ashridge Estate, 01442 851227, mulled wine & mince pies, 10-12 noon 31st New Years Family Skate Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 1pm, www.rollercity.co.uk


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1st Walk: History of St Albans meet outside the Old Town Hall, 11am, adult £4, child £2, from the guide on the day or the Tourist Information Centre 01727 864511 New Year's Day Opening Redbournbury Mill, 01582 792874, 11am - 4.30pm, refreshments, free 3rd New Year Activities Mill Green Museum, Hatfield, make a scrap book for all your memories, £3 per child 3rd - 6th The Snow Queen presented by Foot in the Door Theatre, The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, adult £10, concs £7.50, times vary 5th Johnny Cash Roadshow Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 0844 871 7607, 7.30pm, £17 - £18 8th - 12th 64th Harpenden Gang Show Harpenden Public Halls, www.hwgangshow.org.uk 9th The Handcrafted & Vintage Market Town Hall, 10 - 4pm 12th London Welsh Male Voice Choir High Street Methodist Church, 01582 766797, London Welsh Male Voice Choir, proceeds to Mencap, includes interval refreshments, 7pm, £18 www.ticketsource.co.uk Lawson Trio Chamber Music Concert The Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117, 7.45pm, £16, £5 13th The House That Rocked Blood The Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117, 7pm, £9 14th An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan St Albans Chamber Opera, St Stephens Church, 01727 858307, 7.30pm 18th - 26th Table Manners Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 324300, 8pm 19th Brambleton Model Railway Exhibition Harpenden Public Halls, 10.30 - 5.30pm

21st Romeo and Juliet The Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117, 7.30pm, £16.50, £13.50 22nd & 23rd Milton Jones ‘On The Road’ see below 23rd - 26th The Ladykillers Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652, £12 - £29.50, times vary 25th Jan - 2nd Feb The Shape of Things Abbey Theatre, St Albans, 01727 857861 25th HM Royal Marines The Band and Corps of Drums HM Royal Marines Portsmouth, The Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 / 01727 86554, concert featuring classical, popular & military music, £23, £19 26th -27th Residents First Weekend an opportunity for residents to sample highlights of the City & District for free or try leisure activities or new restaurants at a discount cost 28th Talk: ‘History of John Lewis and its Women’ Greenwood Park Community Centre, Tippendell Lane, 07944 725226, with Judy Faraday, John Lewis historian, Soroptomotistrists meeting, all welcome, 7.45pm sistalbans@hotmail.com

Milton Jones ‘On the Road’ 22nd - 23rd January The Alban Arena www.miltonjones.com ‘King of the surreal one-liners' The Times


a blissfully organised Christmas If you've decided this is the year you'll celebrate Christmas well prepared and in a home that is clean and organised. butdon’t know where to start, read on for some simple handy tips. Start by preparing a Christmas plan of everything you need to do, including making decisions on where and with whom you’ll you spend Christmas; things you need to do in the home; your Christmas theme; food planning and your gift list. Try and group similar tasks together and schedule what you need to do, blocking out time to get specific tasks done, so you get more done in less time. planning your home if you’re planning to stay at home, and have guests coming:

Schedule time to clear out any old toys, de-clutter kitchen cupboards and defrost the freezer to make space for the Christmas food.

Focus on preparing rooms that people will occupy, such as living and dining areas, the bathroom and guest bedroom. Remember your

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Children’s Development Classes Gymboree Play & Music 7 Chiropodist Julia Reading

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Cleaning Big Yellow Cleaning Company Domestique Linda & Karen Cleaning Services Mobile Maid Services Murray’s Cleaning Services Counselling / Sex Therapy Michael Stock

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