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Welcome to May

Summer’s nearly here and what a joy to have longer evenings, the sun on your back and washing on the line! Wendy’s got more frogs in her pond than she can count, and is tackling the ivy before it takes over completely. While she is gently encouraging her teenage boys that studying is more profitable than having a great social life! Jane’s delighted that QPR have got through to the play offs and a trip to Wembley Stadium looks possible at last. She’s also watching her daughter play every sport under the sun and enjoying the delights of the ‘parent-taxi’ that many of us know so well! The magazine’s packed with so much to do this month that you’ll need to have a good look through to make sure you don't miss out. Thanks to ‘Butterfly World’ for our fantastic cover picture this month. And of course don’t forget if you need a local business pick up ‘st albans NOW’ or just read it every month online. jane & wendy

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50 Years of Guiding 10 walks for everyone

NOW at the Cathedral 18 tours, music & organs

Garden Design Techniques 20 get gardening

‘May’ You Have Lots of Fun 24 local stuff for everyone

NOW at Ashridge 26 walks galore

The Spy Who Got Away 32 a bit of local history

NOW at The Alban Arena 34 music, comedy & burlesque

What’s on in May 36 & June 38 Abbot’s Kitchen 40 my seasonal dish

Index of Businesses 46 accountants to windows & doors

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Five Miles to Fabulous....

Second Battle of St Albans Bernards Heath, St Albans 17th & 18th May 10 - 5pm As part of Sandridge900+ the Medieval Siege Society will be re-enacting this historical event. A weekend of excitement as the White Rose of York challenges the Red of Lancaster on Bernards Heath, the site of the original battle in 1461 when the Lancastrians, led by Queen Margaret, routed the Yorkist army led by the Earl of Warwick. Will the same happen again? As well as Archery competitions, Living History displays, Pyrotechnics and a working Trebuchet there will be a Field Market, Hog Roast and a procession into town on Sunday morning for the blessing of the combatants. Something for all the family to enjoy!

will be out on Saturday 17th May, leaving from Morrisons, Hatfield Road, meet by the cycle racks at 9.30am. Destination will be decided on the day, taking into account weather and capabilities of the riders, but we might head west for this one, having been north and south so far already this year. We are also looking ahead to Bike Week, which runs from 14th - 22nd June, when we meet up on Saturday 14th June, leaving from Morrisons at 9.30am. Eastwards I expect! These rides are women-only, gentle pace, with a coffee stop. We use traffic-free routes and quieter lanes. More details on the South Herts CTC website


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Tots Tales Weds 14th May 11 - 12 noon / 1.30 - 2.30pm Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt. Ages 2 - 4, £1 Museum of St Albans

Story Time Sun 18th May 3 - 4pm Join us for stories that will let your imagination run wild, activities and Children's Book Award voting. Under 7s, £1 Museum of St Albans

Half Term Holiday Activities Tues 27th - Thurs 29th May 10.30 -12.30pm Fun and creative craft activities inspired by the theme “Terrific Tudors and Super Stuarts” Ages 6 - 11, £6 Book in advance Museum of St Albans

Crafty Capers Tues 27th - Thurs 29th May 2 - 4pm Roman key-ring making. Drop-in craft activity for ages 3 - 11, £1 All children must be accompanied by an adult Verulamium Museum

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St Albans Museums hold over 46,000 images. For the first time, over 6000 of these are available to view on-line, including photographs, prints, watercolours, drawings, oil paintings and postcards relating to St Albans City and District. This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Verulamium Museum St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SW 01727 751810 Museum of St Albans 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans, Al1 3RR 01727 819340


May Day Celebrations 5th May 10.30am - 12.30pm Family fun for the Bank Holiday, Maypole and Country Dancing and the Offley Morris Men. Free Find Out What was it Like to be a Victorian Child 29th May 10.30am & 2pm Come and try some washing and cleaning in our Victorian house and go back to school with pen and ink and slates, £4 The Fair in the Square 21st June 8.30am to 2pm The Museum moves into the Old Market Square for a day of fun, Veteran Cars and a display by the Staplers Country Dance Club. Exhibition: A School at War 28th June - 25th November Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the ‘Great War’ and telling the remarkable stories of the 66 former pupils who made the ultimate sacrifice. With the support of the Western Front Association this ambitious Exhibition brings a global conflict into the local context as we explore its effects on one small school in one small town. Exhibition: Doctor Who 9th -16th August Our visitors are used to travelling back in time but this year, time travel will know no bounds as Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and more take over the Museum. But never fear, the Doctor will be here! 41 - 42 Queen Street Hitchin 01462 420144

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St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English history! Join the highly qualified guides on any walk and explore and hear about the fascinating yesteryears of the City.

Walks for May & June Meet at the Tourist Information Centre unless otherwise stated, please check the website before setting off. All tickets can be bought from the guide on the day, or in advance from the Tourist Information Centre or website. All Change at St Albans meet outside the main entrance of St Albans City Station 3rd May @ 2.30pm / 18th & 26th May @ 11am Crime & Punishment 17th May & 7th June @ 2.30 pm A City Revealed 4th, 11th, 25th May & 1st June @ 11am / 26th May @ 2.30pm Eat, Drink & Be Merry 4th May & 1st June @ 2.30pm Discover Harpenden meet at the War Memorial on the Green 11th May @ 2.30pm Verulamium in a Nutshell meet at Verulamium Museum 24th May & 14th June @ 2.30pm There’s More to the Tudors than Henry VIII 25th May @ 2.30pm / 8th June @ 11am Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists 5th, 18th May @ 2.30pm / 29th June @ 11am 20th Century Architecture in St Albans 5th May @ 11am / 11th May & 8th June @ 2.30pm Rags & Riches meet outside Verulamium Museum 10th & 31st May @ 2.30pm Discover Wheathampstead meet in public car park at the rear of The Bull Pub 8th June @ 2.30pm Tourist Information Centre 01727 864511


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A fun event, suitable for everyone from families to cycling fanatics. 10, 20, 30 and 40-mile routes take you through our beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Fully-marshalled routes, mainly on quiet country lanes. Free T-shirt, medal and certificate for all preregistered riders completing the course. Drinks and refreshments will be available at regular checkpoints and at the finish. Raise money for our sponsored charities and enter the free draw to win one of our great prizes. Start and finish at Oaklands College. Keech Hospice Care cares for life-limited and terminally ill children from across Herts, Beds and Milton Keynes. Youth Talk in Spencer Street, St Albans is a free and confidential counselling service for young people between the ages of 14 and 25.


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Get out and Get Involved Rennie Grove Hospice Care has so much going on, so get out there and get involved! Mayor's Sprint Triathlon 11th May Westminster Lodge, St Albans Take part in a brand new event and complete a 200m swim, 5km cycle and 3km off road run. St Albans Rotary Club Golf Day 15th May Verulam Golf Club St Stephen's Fete 17th & 18th May Greenwood Park, Chiswell Green 12 noon - 5pm A fun filled weekend, Saturday is full of arts, crafts and activities such as wood turning and blacksmithing. Sunday is a traditional Fete with a fun fair, dog show and more. Louise Miller Golf Day 22nd May Aldwickbury Golf Club, Harpenden Join us for an annual Golf Day dedicated to the memory of PR Officer, Louise Miller. Teams of 4, coffee and bacon rolls to start the day, 9 holes of


optional golf followed by lunch, 18 holes of team golf in the afternoon. An evening of entertainment including a 3 course meal featuring magician, Nick Einhorn, a fantastic array of prizes and an auction. ÂŁ105 per player. To book your place contact Mike Hodge on 01582 760244. Groovy Shoes Day 6th June A new day of fundraising aimed at schools, companies and individuals who want to do something fun but simple to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. So how can you help? It can be as simple as wearing fabulous shoes or funky laces to work in return for a donation of at least ÂŁ1. Do you have children or grandchildren who are at school in our area? If so, we would love you to take a fundraising pack to the head teacher and encourage them to join in. You could host a groovy shoes event - men walking in high heels, a walk in the woods in funky wellies or a cake sale with groovy cakes and shoe (choux) buns. Anything goes! Wear your fabulous footwear wherever you are on 6th June and help make it the GROOVIEST day ever!




NOW at the Cathedral Exhibition E R Hughes: The Last Pre-Raphaelite? Until 5th May Prints displaying the work of English painter E R Hughes, North Transept, free. St Albans Film Festival Opening Screening Thurs 1st May Tower Tour Sat 3rd May Enjoy a spectacular view from the top of the great Norman Tower! Booking essential, restrictions apply. More to Explore Tour: ‘The Abbey Precincts’ Sun 4th May 3pm Take a historical walk around the Cathedral perimeters, free. Brass and Organ Spectacular Mon 5th May 1pm Prime Brass; Tom Winpenny, organist, free. Lunchtime Organ Recital Weds 14th May 12.30pm Sean Farrell, organist, Wellington College, free. St Albans Chamber Choir Sat 17th May 7.30pm Rachmaninov – Vespers; Tavener – Tolstoy’s Creed Pärt – Littlemore tractus, Magnificat and The Beatitudes Tickets available via website: £25, £20, £15 (reserved); £10 (unreserved) Children / full-time students half-price. St Albans International Organ Festival Organ Recital Sat 24th May 5.30pm Pierre Pincemaille, improvises on Gregorian hymns sung alternatim by the gentlemen of St Albans Cathedral Choir, free. Family Discovery Morning: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Thurs 29th May 10am - 12.30pm Dragons, beasts and wild animals, you will find them all on this trail, ages 3 - 11, free. More to Explore Tour: ‘Three of the Best’ Sat 1st June 3pm Richard of Wallingford, John of Whethamstede, and Thomas de la Mare made major contributions to the Abbey. Discover the men and their legacy. The Alban Pilgrimage Sun 21st June 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. Not only a stunning spectacle but a profoundly moving experience. Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban 01727 890283



Garden Design Techniques

Small Gardens With space at a premium, many of us have gardens that are much smaller than we would like. However, it is still possible to create a beautiful and functional space. A few techniques are detailed below: Shape The longer it takes the eye to traverse the length of the garden the larger it will appear. Flowing curves are perfect in this regard, drawing

the eye around in a pleasing manner. For a more formal style, diagonals can be used to great effect, adding more interest to a garden while retaining clean, crisp lines. Mystery Obscuring aspects of the garden so that they aren’t immediately visible, allows the garden to unfold gradually for the viewer as they walk through it. Even in a small garden this technique can have a huge impact through the careful placement of structures and planting. When done well, as in many Japanese gardens, the garden appears not only larger but more appealing, imbued with mystery. Special Features When the viewer is being drawn around the garden, allow them to discover special features to delight the senses, for example a small water feature, specimen plant or work of art. Any element that adds beauty, effectively expands and prolongs our experience, making the space seem more expansive and beguiling. Materials Small gardens can get away with smaller sizes of paving materials, adding a level of detail that would appear fussy in larger gardens. The direction of the paving or decking is also important; horizontal lines will make the garden appear wider, while vertical lines will make the garden appear longer. Although with vertical lines take care to add some mystery or the viewer will be drawn straight to the end of the garden, entirely defeating the purpose.

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‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’ is a charity that trains dogs to assist people with hearing impairment, by alerting them to everyday sounds at home, such as the telephone, doorbell and, most importantly the smoke alarm. Puppies start their training at about 8 weeks old. They live in the home of a volunteer socialiser for 9 months, before moving to specialist Training Centres, to learn about the soundwork and eventual placement with a deaf person. The socialiser’s role is twofold. Firstly to train them in obedience and good behaviour, they will attend local fortnightly training sessions, and learn to walk to heel, sit, stay, come when called, as well as stamping out bad habits such as jumping up and excessive barking. The puppies will work for their Kennel Club Obedience awards - most of them reach the top 3 star level. The other role prepares them for their life as a Hearing Dog, by exposing them to as many everyday experiences as possible and to help them cope. Hearing Dogs, like all Assistance Dogs are allowed to go everywhere with their owners: supermarkets, restaurants, public transport, even hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, but the distractions are many and it’s important that the dogs can cope without becoming stressed or over excited. The Charity breeds its own puppies (in the hands of volunteers) and uses mainly Labradors and Labrador Retrievers, Spaniels and Poodles plus crossbreeds such as Cockerpoos and Springadors. At the end of the socialisation period, the puppy is returned to the Training Centre for advanced training, a wrench for the puppy to go, but there’s always another one ready and waiting for its first step on the journey to becoming a fully qualified Hearing Dog. Sun 18th May 12.30pm Come and meet Hearing Dogs with their owners and see puppies in training with their socialisers at the St Stephens Parish Festival, Greenwood Park, Tippendell Lane, St Albans Tues 20th May 7.45pm Meet Hearing Dog Puppies and listen to Puppy Socialising Trainer, Tom Bysouth who will be talking about his role. Following a short AGM, all welcome. St Stephen Parish Centre, Bricket Wood, AL2 3PJ


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Luton Hoo Walled Garden Beating the Bounds Sun 4th May 2pm free The ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds will be re-enacted starting from the Puddingstone Stone, Kingsbury Watermill in St Michael’s Village. The procession, led by the Mayor (robed) and officers of the district council will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. At key points, various dignitaries will be ‘bumped’! The route is just over 2 miles and takes around 2.5 hours.

St Albans Steam and Country Show 31st May & 1st June Oaklands College Smallford Campus, Hatfield Road, St Albans Steam Engines Vintage Vehicles Tractors Stationary Engines Classic Cars, Bikes and Lorries Bygones, Craft Tent Fairground and Fair Organs Working Models Trade Stalls Refreshments and Bar Adult £6, child £3, family £15

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Kimpton 50th May Festival Fri 2nd - Mon 5th May This years’ Festival promises to be bigger and better with 4 days of action packed events with ‘50’ as the theme. Mary Hyde event organiser and great niece of Ron Hyde the village milkman who started the May Festival 50 years ago says; “I used to ride on the floats as a young girl, so now it’s great to be part of the team that puts on this great festival for future generations” The festival will include fairground rides, candy floss, a football tournament and maypole dancing. Arena events such as the world famous ‘Titan the Robot’, whose unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creates a show unrivalled in the world today. The English School of Falconry Display Team will be offering a unique and truly spectacular show alongside Jazz bands, 10k fun-run, a craft fair, Morris dancers and traditional music sessions It’s wall-to-wall fun. Make sure you’re part of it!


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The St Albans Film Festival is returning for its 2nd year and promises to be even bigger and better. Filmmakers both local and from across the globe will showcase their talent. Filmlovers can see some unique and fantastic films and celebrate the superb filmmaking history of St Albans. 1st May: Grand Opening with Hedwig from Harry Potter and a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's ‘The Birds’ at The Cathedral, from 6.45pm 3rd May: Watch Jaws at Westminster Lodge Swimming Pool, 7pm, over 18’s only. 3rd May: Secrets from behind the costumes from Harry Potter, The Pioneer Club, 10.45 -11.45am 4th May: RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team freefall into Verulamium Park, 11am.

3rd - 5th May Hertfordshire Garden Show 25th May Dinosaur Adventure Be a palaeontologist and complete the special dinosaur trail to claim your prize. The Ventura Wildlife intrepid explorers will also be there with lots of dinosaur items to look at and various reptiles for you to hold. 26th May Mini and VW Show

Markyate Plant Sale

Sat 24th May 10am Over 30 green-fingered enthusiasts joined a Potting Party at Rothamsted Research recently to prepare thousands of perennials, summer bedding and vegetable plants for this year’s Plant Sale in aid of ‘The Hospice of St Francis’. All the plants are selected and nurtured by dedicated volunteers, you can pre-order your hanging baskets or containers or have your own containers filled to order by calling Ian on 01582 943133 in April and early May. Held at 64 High Street, Markyate, a private garden in the village with entertainment for little ones, live music and tempting home-made cakes. The Hospice provides free care for Bucks and Herts residents living with life-shortening illnesses and support for their families and carers, 22% of them from St Albans and Harpenden. It receives just 20% of its £4.6m a year running costs from the NHS, relying on voluntary donations for the rest.


NOW at Ashridge NOW at Butterfly World Walk among hundreds of butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House, watch the leaf cutter ant colony hard at work in Ant World, and learn about or even hold stick insects, cockroaches and giant snails in the Insect Study Centre. Be inspired by the Designer Gardens to attract wildlife to your own garden, wander through the Wildflower Meadow, and let the kids run wild in our natural children’s play area with willow tunnels, wooden climbing frames, sand pits and giant slides.

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Archaeology Walk 1st May 6.30pm - 8.30pm Adult £8, child £5, please book. Join our Regional Archaeologist for a walk on Ivinghoe Common, meet at Ringshall car park. Dawn Chorus 3rd May 5am -7am Adult £15 child £10, please book. Join our Ranger to look and listen for birds, we’ll even throw in a breakfast butty and a warm drink. Meet at Steps Hill Car Park. Ashridge Book Fair 10th May Visitor Centre Plant Fair 11th May 11am - 4pm Visitor Centre Walk: Highlights of Ashridge - Golden Valley 17th May 10am - 1pm, £3 6 mile walk led by volunteer rangers, dogs on leads are welcome, meet at Visitor Centre. Discover the Duke of Burgundy 18th May 10am - 12.30pm Adult £8 child £5, please book. Join the National Trust's butterfly expert Matthew Oates to explore the curious world of one of Britain's smallest and most rapidly declining butterflies. Also look out for others such as the Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper and Brown Argus. Meet at Beacon car park. Ashridge Uncovered 31st May 1pm - 3pm, adult £15, child £10 includes tea and cake, please book. Join us for a walk and uncover the history of those who made Ashridge a great estate. We will explore the work of the National Trust and the conservation projects currently taking place. 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ until 31st August 10am - 4pm Visitor Centre Your own Out Doors Explorer will help you complete some of the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you’re 11¾ and use your own skills to find hidden secret challenges. No need to book, sign up online. Ashridge Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Berkhamsted HP4 1LT 01494 755557




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The Spy Who Got Away It began in 1894 when a French agent working as a cleaner at the German embassy in Paris found an incriminating document in a wastepaper basket, which suggested there was a spy in the French army. Suspicion soon fell on Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army. Dreyfus was found guilty of treason at a secret court martial and publicly stripped of his military rank. He was sentenced to life on Devil’s Island. But not everyone was convinced of his guilt. His family demanded to see the evidence against him as none had been produced at the trial. But the authorities refused, claiming the evidence was secret. An army officer, Colonel Picquart noticed that the incriminating document was not in Dreyfus’ handwriting but that of Esterhazy (pictured). When he attempted to raise this he was sent abroad. However, he sent his evidence to Dreyfus’ lawyers who campaigned for Esterhazy to be brought to trial. In 1898 Esterhazy was tried, but at his request the trial was held in secret. He was cleared and fled to England. This prompted writer, Emile Zola to send an open letter to the President of the Republic, which began “J’accuse” accusing the government of anti-semitism, the unlawful imprisonment of Dreyfus and a cover up. Zola was prosecuted for libel and fled to England to avoid jail.


Under pressure the government now produced some of the ‘secret’ evidence. But this was exposed as a forgery and the officer responsible committed suicide. By now the rest of the world was convinced of Dreyfus’ innocence, but still the

French authorities insisted he was guilty. Eventually in 1899 Dreyfus was tried a second time and found guilty, but pardoned. As Dreyfus himself commented they had given him his freedom, but not his honour. It was not until 1906 that he was finally declared innocent and allowed to rejoin the army. But what of the real spy and why did he do it? Charles Esterhazy was of Hungarian descent and an army officer. He was a gambler, and in debt. And according to one ex -lover, he hated France and was contemptuous of the French army. As for Dreyfus his only crime was to be Jewish at a time of strong anti -semitism in France. For the French government to have admitted they had made a mistake would have put the army in the dock and perhaps have risked a military coup. So they protected the very man who had spied on them. However, there are those who think Esterhazy was a double agent, which might also explain why the authorities protected him. When Esterhazy arrived in England he first lived in London, and moved to Harpenden in 1909 where he lived at various addresses under a variety of aliases. His final home was in Milton Road, where he used the name Count De Voilemont. He died in May 1923, his funeral service was held at Our Lady of Lourdes and he was buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas. His real identity was only revealed in August 1923 by ‘The Spectator’. It informed its readers that a certain Count De Voilemont who had died in Harpenden a few months earlier had been revealed as Esterhazy a key player in the Dreyfus Affair, while the ‘Herts Advertiser’ spoke of “A Double Life”. Elizabeth Eastwood St Albans City & District Tour Guides

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Annie presented by St Albans Operatic Society Tues 29th April - Sat 3rd May 7.30pm Wed / Sat 2pm £17.50 A must-see, feel-happy musical for anyone who has ever looked at a grey sky and believed – that ‘The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow’.

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Jon Richardson: Nidiot Thurs 8th May 7.30pm £19.50 British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee Jon Richardson is checking his tyre pressures, hoovering his floor mats and putting an emergency packed lunch in the back of his car! The Counterfeit Stones: Let’s Pretend The Night Together Fri 9th May 8pm £20 For 23 years, these pie-eyed pipers have delivered the best Rolling Stones ‘rusical’ on the circuit. Family Fair Sat 10th May 11 - 4pm Free Taster sessions, live entertainment, information and advice, refreshments and plenty of fun things to do! Return of the Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige Fri 16th May 8pm £20 The Grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation. Jenny Éclair is joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake and actress and singer Kate Robbins. Total Fitness Extravaganza European Championships Sun 11th May 1pm £25 Fitness folk and bodybuilders showcase their physiques. The Solid Silver Sixties Weds 14th May 7.30pm £26.50 / £24.50 Celebrating 29 years of the UK’s original and premier 60s show. Featuring Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, Chris Farlowe, Chris Montez and Vanity Fare.


An Evening of Burlesque Sat 17th May 8pm £22 Evocative Arabian nights, fabulous fan dancing fantasies, foxy 40s WAF sirens, bubble gum blowing baseball babes, cheesecake pin up. Over 18s only. Brian Conley Sun 18th May 8pm £22.50 Showcasing his many talents, there’ll be singing, laughs, and much more in this latest variety show. Dreamboats & Petticoats Mon 19th May - Sat 24th May Times and prices vary Musical featuring some of the greatest hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era. What the Ladybird Heard Mon 26th May 2pm Tues 27th May 11am & 2pm, £11 Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s prize cow. Based on the best-selling children’s book. Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Weds 28th May 7.30pm £27.50 Featuring Gilson Lavis with special guests Melanie C and Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Psychic Sally on the Road Fri 30th May 7.30pm £24.50 Sally’s down to earth nature and infectious personality has attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world, and her astounding accuracy keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

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1st Lecture Series: 'Herbs & Witchcraft - the Facts behind the Fiction' Verulamium Museum, 01727 751810, 7.30pm, £8 1st - 3rd Grease Hawthorne Theatre, WGC, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £14 / £12 1st - 4th St Albans Film Festival see page 25 4th RAF Sprint Triathlon Beating the Bounds see page 24 4th & 5th Roman Battle Chilterns Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, gladiatorial displays 5th May Day Celebrations see page 6 Beltane Summer Festival Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon, near Hertford, booking required, £10, 10am - 5pm 8th The Rite of Spring / Romeo & Juliet Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, 01727 850950, 7.30pm, adult £13, child £8 8th - 11th Living Crafts Hatfield House, 0845 205176, 10 - 5pm 9th Soroptimist Women's Group Meeting Chiswell Green, United Reformed Church Hall, 8pm Folk at the Maltings Maltings Arts Theatre, 01727 864511, 8pm, £10, £8 10th The Grand Vintage Fair The Jubilee Centre, St Albans, 01582 831481, 10 - 4pm Orchestral Colours St Albans Symphony Orchestra, St Saviour's Church, 01727 857422, 7.30pm Theatre Organ Concert includes silent film, St Albans Organ Museum, 03003 65 65 65, 7.30pm, £10 11th Hoo’s Kids Book Fest see page 5 Hertford Castle Open Day The Castle, Hertford, 12 - 3pm Musical Sunday Afternoon St Albans Organ Theatre, 03003 65 65 65, 2pm, £5 13th Jon Richardson: Nidiot see page 34 14th Lunchtime Organ Recital see page 18 The Solid Silver 60s Show see page 34

15th - 17th The 39 Steps Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead, by WDS, 8pm, £8 from Manor Pharmacy, Wheathampstead 15th - 24th Round & Round The Garden see page 42 16th Grumpy Old Women see page 34 16th - 18th St Stephens Parish Festival Greenwood Park, Tippendell Lane, 12.30pm 17th May Fair Garden Fields JMI School, Townsend Drive, 12 noon - 3pm Bring & Sing - Mozart: Requiem Hardynge Choir, High Street Methodist Church, 0845 475 1664, 6pm An Evening of Burlesque see page 34 17th: 10am - 4pm 18th: 12pm - 4pm Exhibition: Art@St John's St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Harpenden 17th & 18th Re-enactment: 2nd Battle of St Albans see page 4 18th Lanwarne at Burstons see page 20 St Albans Charity Cycle Ride see page 12 Herts Auto Show Stanborough Park, WGC, 10 4pm, adult £5, child £3 Big Country Bedford Corn Exchange, 7.30pm, £20 Brian Conley see page 34 19th - 24th Dreamboats & Petticoats see page 34 24th An Evening with Dave Swarbrick & Said The Maiden, Harpenden Public Halls, 01582 767525, 7.30pm, £12, £10 Organ Recital see page 18 24th & 25th Herts County Show see page 3 24th May - 1st June Willows Farm Spring Special 25th Harpenden Farmers Market 10am - 2pm 29th Find out what it’s like to be a Victorian Child see page 6 Family Discovery Morning see page 18 30th & 31st Up Pompeii Hawthorne Theatre, WGC 7.30pm, £13






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1st Garden Party Ashridge House HP4 1NS, cream teas, stalls, live music & kids entertainment, in aid of Hospice of St Francis, 1-5pm, adult £6, child free 6th Folk at the Maltings Maltings Arts Theatre, 0844 870 0887, 8pm, £10, concs £8 7th Mayors’ Dragon Boat Battle Fairlands Valley, Stevenage, in aid of the RNLI Harpenden Carnival Rothamsted Park, 12.30pm - 6pm, adult £5, child free Open Archery Afternoon Wheathampstead Archery Club, Folly Fields (off the Lower Luton Road), 1 - 4pm, min age 10, donation required 8th & 14th Verulam Golf Club Festival see page 2 9th Soroptimist Women's Group Meeting learn about local charity ‘The Living Room’, Chiswell Green, United Reformed Church Hall, 8pm 12th - 21st Arms And The Man by B Shaw Abbey Theatre, 01727 857861 14th Harpenden Common Discovery Day 10 - 5pm 14th & 15th Art on the Common Harpenden Common, local artists exhibit their work, Sat: 10am - 5pm Sun: 11am - 5pm 15th Summer Fayre Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, 11 - 5pm, free 21st St Albans Folk Festival Old Town Hall, Market Place, folk music & day of dance, 01727 852111 Shakespeare at Verulamium Museum 01727 858307, St Albans Chamber Opera, Shakespeare a tribute in words & music, a glass of wine & interval dessert from The Pudding Man, 8pm, £25 Sea Pictures St Peter's Church, 01582 763774, Carillon presents music & readings on a nautical theme, 7.30pm, £14 / £12 21st & 22nd The Alban Pilgrimage a celebration of the life of Saint Alban, procession from the city centre to St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890245 Alban Street Festival St Peters Street, live music, art performances, sideshows & food & drink

22nd Ashridge Trail Half Marathon 13 mile trail run through the beautiful Ashridge Estate 23rd June - 16th November Exhibition: Impact of WWI on St Albans & the Twin City of Worms, Germany Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road 23rd Talk: Women's Health Issues Soroptimist women's group meeting, Chiswell Green, United Reformed Church Hall 26th Harpenden Town Council Common Walk meet at Harpenden Common Golf Club car park, 01582 768278, 6.30pm 28th Armed Forces Day outside Harpenden Public Halls, Veterans Parade, Cadet competitions, Climbing Wall & more, 12 noon 28th June - 25th November Exhibition: A School at War see page 6 29th Bus & Coach Show Herts Show Ground, adult £8, child £4 Scooby Doo at Willows Farm Willows Farm Village, 10 - 5.30pm 0870 129 9718

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A Summery Spring Starter May is upon us and there's so many things now in season, spring green cabbage and cauliflower and fantastic British Asparagus; so make sure you stock up. Adam the new manager of the Abbot’s Kitchen cafe, shares with us one of the seasonal dishes currently on their menu.

Childwickbury Goats Cheese served with Marinated Dates and Red Onion Marmalade 1 Round of Childwickbury Goats Cheese (from St Albans Market or Wodehill Farm, Beds) 2 Red Onions 2 x 250ml Glasses of Red Wine (+1 for the cook!) 6 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar 1 Pack of Dates, pitted 1 Lemon 1 Lime 1 Bag of Panko Bread Crumbs 6 Eggs Rapeseed Oil

Carefully place each portion of cheese into your egg whites being sure to cover all the surface area. Once this is done put the portions into the bowl of breadcrumbs until they are completely covered. After you’ve finished leave in the fridge to set.

Onion Marmalade 1 Slice the onions into strips or rings (never diced!) how you cut them depends on how chunky you want your marmalade. 2 Throw the onions into a pan on medium heat, along with the wine and sugar. Let simmer until you have a nice sweet gooey marmalade (this usually takes about an hour) once made put it in the fridge to cool. Dates 1 Grab your two citrus fruits and zest and juice them. 2 Put in the pitted dates and leave to soak.. Cooking Right this is the easy and the most fun part. Put a frying pan on the heat up to full. Add about 2 mugs of rapeseed oil (not olive oil as it has a low smoking temperature, rapeseed has a very high smoking point), wait until hot, then gently place the goats cheese into the oil and turn over when one side is golden brown. Serve while hot with your onion marmalade and marinated dates and remember, it tastes best all mixed together!!

This is my summery spring starter. Goats Cheese I hope you enjoy! 1 Out of one round you should get least get by Adam Msetfi four portions. Grab a small cake cutter and start cutting out circles. With the off cuts Abbots Kitchen St Albans Cathedral mould them into similar shapes. Sumpter Yard, St Albans 2 Separate the eggs and whisk the whites only. 3 Pour your Panko breadcrumbs into a bowl. Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm Sun 1pm - 4.30pm



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We Will Be Free - The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story 1st May, 8pm, £12 / £10 Set against a backdrop of class struggle and industrial unrest in 1834. 11+ Alfie Moore 23rd May, 8pm £12 / £10 Former Humberside Police Sergeant turned stand-up comedian tasering his way through the comedy world, arresting audiences with stories of life on the beat. Betrayal performed by StageSpell 28th - 31st May, 8pm £12.50 Harold Pinter’s love triangle explores the sting of betrayal between spouses and male friends. The Tempest performed by OVO 19th - 21st June & 25th - 27th June £10 / £7.50 Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


Tom & Viv by Michael Hastings Company of Ten 24th April - 3rd May, 8pm Matinée: 27th April 2.30pm It’s Oxford 1915, and American poet T. S. Eliot is captivated by the beautiful but highlystrung Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn Company of Ten 15th - 24th May, 8pm Matinée: 18th 2.30pm Alan Ayckbourn’s classic has never looked fresher than in this hilarious farce – precisely the kind of production that the Company of Ten does best. Abbey Theatre Westminster Lodge 01727 857861

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Electric Bike Tours Thurs 15th & Fri 16th May 10 - 5pm All day guided tours of St Albans and the surrounding area by electric bike. The tour visits St Albans Cathedral and uncovers the City's Roman and Medieval past. Then takes you on through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for a 25 mile circular cycle ride visiting local places of historical interest including Ashridge House. No matter what the terrain you’ll take it in your stride on one of our electric bikes so why not contact us today for a great day out in the English countryside. Meet in Verulamium Park opposite Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans. For 14+ £50 per person includes entry to all attractions. Tickets from 01442 927522


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Bicycle Repairs Cycletech Hertfordshire


Biographer Bound Biographies Bowling Club Batchwood Hall Bowling Club

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Counselling / Sex Therapy Michael Stock Dance & Drama Stagecoach Theatre Arts Domestic Appliance Repairs Leigh Hibon Education Mandeville Primary School

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Electricians Alban Electrical Services 35 I & B Electrical 35 MLC Electrical 35 Sol Projects Ltd 35 & 47



Gardening / Landscaping Garden Life Landscapes Garden Tidy Justin Leon Lanwarne Landscapes Supagrass

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Plasterer A. Merson Plastering

Property Maintenance Nick The Handyman


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Photographers I & W Photography

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Cleaning Big Yellow Cleaning Company Carpet Brite ChemDry Daily Poppins Domestico Domestique Linda & Karen Cleaning Services Murray’s Cleaning Services

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Pond Maintenance Maltby Aquatics Women With Waders

Garden Centre Burston Garden Centre

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Chiropodists Julia Reading Kathy Witchard

Oven Cleaning Ovenmaster

Plumber DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

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