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November 2013

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Welcome to November

November is a time for fireworks, fun and families in front of the fire....whatever you’re up to have a fabulous fun filled month. As always there are lots of fantastic firework displays happening locally and lots of ideas to get you in the festive mood with the Christmas Markets in St Albans, the Harpenden Carnival and the magical Christmas lights being switched on in both towns...lots to get excited about as panto season approaches! It’s also a great time to get trim so you fit into that little black dress, just check out the various fitness options in the magazine this month. And don’t forget if you need a local business pick up your copy of st albans NOW or read it online at

Christmas at Childwickbury


art, crafts & festive food

St Albans Fashion Week


catwalk at the Cathedral

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sparklers, rockets & Catherine Wheels

NOW at the Alban Arena 12 music, disco & ballet

NOW in the Garden 14 plant your tulip bulbs

It’s Panto Time! 16 it’s behind you...

St Albans Christmas Market 20

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Consumer Advice NOW 30 BBC Three Counties Radio

Lest We Forget 36 a day of reflection

Photo Competition 40 it’s important to save water

What’s on in November 42 & December 44 Index of Businesses 46 accountants to windows & doors

a Meal for TWO at New-look PizzaExpress ‘PizzaExpress’ is celebrating the launch of its exciting new-look restaurant in St Albans by offering five fabulous prizes of a meal for two to the value of £40. All you have to do is send a text, with the heading “PizzaExpress St Albans” to 07983 588291 before Wednesday 6th November and the lucky winners will be contacted a few days later. This cosy restaurant situated at 11 Verulam Road and is a perfect venue for families and couples alike. Manager Cat Devlin said: “The restaurant has undergone a lovely transformation. Customers will notice quite a difference, with the environment being more welcoming and brighter.” PizzaExpress serves delicious, fresh, handmade pizza including its Leggera range of skinny pizzas, all just 500 calories or less. PizzaExpress has also introduced a gluten-free range and even a gluten-free beer. Its new Piccolo menu for younger pizza lovers is full of tasty choices including ‘Create Your Own’ pizza. Terms and conditions: Offer available at PizzaExpress St Albans every day except Saturdays. Cannot be used with any other offer or set menu including Tesco vouchers. Can be used on takeaway orders.


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On the 30th November and 1st December the Childwickbury Christmas Market will once again be offering its unique and inspiring range of art, crafts and foods to start the Christmas shopping season! The market is held in the Childwickbury House stable block which is full of charm with its flint walls and red brick Victorian splendour. The stables and tack rooms will be opened up for artists and crafts people selling gifts including wooden toys, stained glass, jewellery, leather work, quilts, pottery, clothing, fabulous hats, table ware, fine art and more. If you want food gifts then we have Childwickbury Honey, preserves and homemade sweets, Christmas cakes to order and hampers. Hot food and drink will keep you warm and cosy under a covered canopy in the centre of the stables. You can enjoy freshly cooked pizza and top quality organic beef burgers alongside fresh coffee and teas. Local Redbournbury Watermill will also be selling a selection of artisan breads. And if that’s not enough you can even buy your Christmas tree from the Herts Garden Centre who will have a good selection of real trees available (and their netting machine!)


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St Albans Fashion Week is Coming to Town... Friday 1st November Get your tickets now for this spectacular fashion show Creating what will be the longest Catwalk and Front Row in the country, the show will see St Albans Cathedral’s Nave transformed into an impressive fashion show venue. You’ll be treated to a live spectacle of catwalk looks brought together from over 30 of our top Fashion and Beauty Retailers, including a beautiful Bridal sequence. Live dance performances from professional dance company, Living the Dream, will also be performing on the night. It will be a City wide celebration, make sure you don’t miss out. For other events taking place during Fashion Week please visit Doors open: 6.45pm Show starts: 7.30pm Profits from the Show will go to the following charities: The Mayor’s Charity, Iain Rennie Grove House, Dream Foundation and the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban.

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Saturday 2nd November

Miriam Lane, St Albans Gates open at 4.30pm, display at 6.15pm Food, drinks, BBQ, face painting and fairground rides Tickets £6 from Butterfly World 01727 869203

St Michaels Church The Paddock at the Vicarage, St Albans 4pm-6pm £3 or £10 per family of 4 from 01727 842835. Ticket includes hot dog, soft drink and sparkler!

OA’s Annual Fireworks Display Woollams Playing Fields, Harpenden Road Gates open at 6pm, display at 7.45pm Family £20, adult £10, concs £5 BBQ, bars and hot drinks, 01727 864476

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Redbourn Common. Stalls and fun fair from 6.30pm, display at 7pm

10th November

Hatfield House Firework Display 80’s themed disco, funfair, hot food and drinks from 5pm, bonfire 6.30pm. Adult £7, child £3, under 5’s free, cash only

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NOW at The Alban Arena

The Hollies 1st November 7.30pm £27.50 Come and hear all their classics. Follies 5th - 9th November 7.45pm £16.50 The award winning St Albans Operatic Society present their new spectacular production. Show Of Hands 14th November 7.30pm £18 Celebrating the musical partnership of singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer. That’ll Be The Day ‘Brand New Christmas Show’ 15th November 7.30pm £24 / £22 Get ready for a party and have some festive fun! Sixties Gold 16th November 3pm & 8pm £29.50 Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, P.J Proby and more... The Stylistics 17th November 8pm £24 / £22.50 You Make Me Feel Brand New, Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) plus many more... Soul II Soul 23rd November 8pm £29.50 Innovative dance R&B outfits from the UK. An Audience with Sally Morgan, Psychic Sally: On The Road 25th November 7.30pm £24.50 One Night of Queen 27th November 7.30pm £17.50 A live concert, recreating the look, sound and showmanship of the greatest rock band ever. Classic Legends Of Rock & Folk 29th November 8pm £23.50 The Strawbs, Curved Air and Wishbone Ash. Snow White 30th November 2.30pm £14 - £22.50 Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey. Arena Civic Disco 30th November 8pm over 25s £10 / £12 2 Rooms of Music / 3 Bars / 2 Live Bands DJ’s / Late Licence

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ISRAEL IN EGYPT The celebrated 1739 biblical oratorio by GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Programme also includes: Dum transisset Sabbatum - John Taverner Leonardo dreams of his Flying Machine - Eric Whitacre Conducted by Neil MacKenzie with the Lawes Baroque Players led by Miles Golding Tickets ₤14, senior citizens ₤12, students £5 01582 763774 or on the door

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NOW in the Garden As winter approaches, I shake off the blues by reaching for my spade and thinking of spring. November is the best time to plant tulip bulbs, and if you pop them in a pot or in the ground now, you’ll be rewarded with a blaze of colour in April and May next year. Tulips are easy to grow if you have light, sandy soil and a sunny spot, where they will flower well. If your soil is sticky clay and difficult to dig, either work in a bag or two of horticultural grit before planting or plant in containers. For the best results, plant the bulbs about 20cm (8in) beneath the soil surface in bold groups. If you’re planting in the garden, dig a large, deep hole, and then space the bulbs, pointed end facing up, about 10cm (4in) apart at the bottom. Carefully replace the soil, and firm gently to remove any air pockets. Pots are just as easy to plant up. Select large containers and plant the bulbs in John Innes No 2 compost mixed with some horticultural grit. After planting, place your containers on ‘pot feet’ so that water drains through easily, because if there’s one thing tulips hate it’s waterlogged soil! Here are my top 5 favourite tulips for you to try: Angélique The peony-like blooms resemble bowls of raspberry ice cream. Flowers in May. Artist A confection of pink and green blooms with pointed petals. Flowers in April/May. Ballerina Try these richly coloured lily-flowered tulips en masse in a border. Flowers in May Queen of Night Partner these elegant dark purple blooms with forget-me-nots. Flowers in May. Turkestanica Use these tiny tulips in an alpine or gravel garden. Plant the smaller bulbs about 12-15cm (5-6ins) deep. Flowers in late March/April. by Zia Allaway, join Zia at her gardening workshops in Harpenden 07770 780 231

NOW at Dunstable Downs Marking the Boundaries Walk 3rd November 10.30am, £2 Come along and remember the British custom of walking around a parish boundary while beating it with a stick or stripped willow branch known as a wand. Join our Countryside Rangers who will excite and enthuse you with their knowledge of Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade estate.

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NOW for a good read It’s said that money makes the world go round and it’s certainly provided adequate fodder for fiction writers over the years. Here’s a pick of the best books on bucks… and how to spend them.

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Here’s written proof that life can turn on a dime. Bond trader Sherman McCoy thinks he has life pretty sussed, with a swanky Park Avenue apartment, trophy wife and even a bit on the side. Then he’s involved in a hit and run and his life starts to come undone. Wolfe’s novel exudes money, and all the excesses of the 1980s come spilling out of the pages. Money by Martin Amis

Greedy chops personified, John Self loves everything to excess: spending money, sex, alcohol, tobacco, but then, equally, who doesn’t love a genuine glutton for all that they are? A director

of TV adverts, with wild spending habits, Self is trying to produce his first major picture and is doing it with his usual excess and aplomb. This is a story of a man who lives without restraints; of excess and exuberance, all done in an incredibly comic way. You will be shocked and appalled, but in a good way! Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

You write about solving financial problems for a living, but your own bank account is firmly cemented in the red. Journalist Rebecca Bloomwood is a selfconfessed shopaholic, who becomes increasingly entangled in her own intricate web of credit

card debts and unpaid bills, all the while dispensing advice to other poor financial flops. Can she ever see her way clear to a debt-free but romance-full life? Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Becky Sharp knows what she wants and how to get it. Thackeray’s single-minded heroine has just graduated from Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies and now has her sights set firmly on wealth and worldly possessions. Amelia, her more loveable and kindhearted companion, is a bit soppier and only has eyes for her soldier, George who it has to be said, is a bit of a cad and a bounder. Vanity Fair is an epic satire of love, loss, fortunes and fighting, all done with more than a smattering of Regency style.

It’s Panto Time! Cinderella The Alban Arena 6th December - 5th January 01727 844488 A spectacular family pantomime starring singing sensation, Gareth Gates, CBeebies star, Andy Day and St Albans’ favourite Bob Golding. Jack and the Beanstalk Harpenden Public Halls 13th - 22nd December 01582 767525 Starring Tiswas’ Sally James, CBBC Newsround’s Hayley Cutts and Ernie Almond from BBC 3 Counties Radio. Beauty And The Beast Hawthorne Theatre 21st - 31st December 01707 357117 A sumptuous family Christmas Show, with lavish costumes, songs, humour and some great panto-style audience interaction, it’s sure to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step!



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Every Wednesday Wonder Wednesdays for families A special day for families at the Museums Museum of St Albans, 10 - 5pm Verulamium Museum, 2 - 5pm

13th Tots Tales Storytelling for ages 2 - 4 Museum of St Albans, 11 - 12pm, £1

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21st Youth Group Museum of St Albans, 6.30 - 8.30pm, free

24th Sunday Stories for under 7’s

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30th Christmas Tree Decorating Museum of St Albans, 1 - 4pm, free

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THE FLOWER SCHOOL “ Come and be Creative with Flowers” Let florist Anita Lindeman teach you how to make stunning arrangements with beautiful flowers and foliages, in a calm relaxed atmosphere. Delicious refreshments included at Childwickbury workshops.

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Come and be Creative with Flowers ‘The Flower School’ offers a unique way of being creative with flowers. We teach modern flower arranging in venues around St Albans, Harpenden and the home counties. Workshops can be held in your home, your school or run for corporate team building occasions. Anita Lindeman who set up ‘The Flower School’ has been a freelance floristry teacher for over 5 years. She has been a florist for 16 years and worked in a busy modern florist in St Albans for 11 years. “My aim is to teach everyone, to make designs that at the start of a workshop they never dreamed they could. Nothing pleases me more than to hear someone say “I am not at all creative”, they are the ones who will take home a beautiful hand tied or a stunning Christmas door wreath. There is no better feeling than creating something beautiful from flowers and then taking it home and hearing your friends and family say ” Did you make that? it’s amazing"




Morocco a feast for all the senses In the vast bay of Mogador, a quaint blue and white town looks down on fine tingling sands, its ancient gates and minarets nestling inside the ramparts like a pearl in an oyster shell. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean on the sunny Moroccan coast, Essaouira is an enticing alternative to the modern resort of Agadir. Film producers and stars have long discovered the secret, following the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Orson Wells and Alfred Hitchcock. Both exotic and unspoilt, this has proved the perfect spot to shoot box office hits, such as Alexander the Great. Most visitors are day trippers from Marrakech, keen to chill out on the beach, though there is plenty of scope for the active sort, surfing, exploring the dunes on a camel, cruising to the Purple Islands (home to thousands of birds) or horse riding along the sugar cane river. Others head for the former hippie village of Diabat to gaze at the old sultan’s palace half buried in the sand or just walk for miles along the beach where the scent of white broom fills the air. Briefly settled by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, Essaouira came into its own in the 18th century when a French architect built the fortress and redesign the medina. Further improvements followed and before long, this was Morocco’s most important port, the place where goods from the caravan trade could access the rest of the


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St Albans Bereavement Network has moved

to Catherine Street, founded by Dr Mary Groves Rowe, MBE, and Reverend Colin Rowe and now handles more than 1,500 calls a year and provides more than 5,000 hours of counselling support. Dr Michael Elves, Chairman of SABN, said: “I am very grateful to Cllr Annie Brewster, Mayor of St Albans City and District, our patrons, and everyone who has supported us in our move to these great new premises. There is an office and counselling room space which is really fit for purpose and will allow us to increase the level of support we offer to people of all ages. Its central location in the City means that we are now much more accessible. The charity was set up in response to concerns raised in the local community that bereaved people had no one to turn to. The network supports bereaved children, young people and families as well as adults. We also advise professionals, organisations and carers and the number of people we help continues to grow.� Helpline 01727 841841 Pictured Cllr Annie Brewster, Mayor of St Albans City and District, and Dr Michael Elves opening the new premises.


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returns policy and will happily take items back as long as they are in perfect condition, the law does not guarantee this. Always check the returns policy of the individual company before you make a Jonathan Vernon-Smith is the Sony Award purchase if you’re not 100% confident you’ll keep winning mid-morning show presenter for the item. Failure to do this could cause a very BBC Three Counties Radio. During his embarrassing scene in the shop and a generous consumer hour he helps listeners with their splattering of egg on your face. consumer problems and now shares his advice here with you. There is an exception to all of this though, and this exception is even more important now than ever before considering how many purchases are made Many Happy Returns! online. When buying a new product from an internet So, you go to a clothes shop, buy a pair of jeans, get or mail order company, you are covered by ‘distance them home and decide that actually you’re not that selling regulations’. These dictate that because you keen on them after all. Simple! You can return them, haven’t had the opportunity to see the item you’re yes? NOT NECESSARILY! Indeed one subject buying ‘in the flesh’, you have 7 working days, from often up for discussion on my radio show concerns receipt of the goods, to return them for a full the successful returning of goods to a retailer. refund. Always confirm that you are returning the items by email to obtain a date stamp and please Let me make it very clear. If goods are FAULTY then of course you have the right to return them and note there are exceptions to this including CDs, DVDs, perishable goods and underwear etc. depending on the length of time you have had them Always check the sellers’ returns postage policy (usually only a couple of weeks), you should be entitled to your money back in full. If you’ve had the as if they don’t state who is liable for the p&p, item for longer, then you can ask the retailer to either then they automatically are! repair the item (if possible) or replace it. As I’ve said Finally, always keep your receipts and if you don’t, in previous articles, this applies long after the 12 remember that a bank statement or credit card bill month period, so don’t be fobbed off by cheeky shop should act as proof of purchase instead. assistants! Why not tune into The JVS Show Where you don’t automatically have the right to weekday mornings from 9am. return items is when you simply change your mind. While many retailers operate a ‘good will’

On Your Bike Ladies The last Five Miles to Fabulous women’s bike ride for this year takes place on Saturday 16th November starting from Morrison’s, Hatfield Road at 9.30am, meet near the cycle parking. The ride is organised by


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It’s never too early to think about Christmas volunteering Centre 33 provides a warm, dry and welcoming environment for people who are homeless or socially disadvantaged. We achieve this by providing: Hot meals and drinks Showers with complimentary towels and toiletries Second hand clothes as and when available Blankets and sleeping bags for those who are sleeping rough Christmas can be a challenging time for our visitors who may have few possessions, little or no money and limited family or support. It also becomes hard for some of our regular volunteers to carry out their usual slots due to family commitments or difficulty in getting to the Centre in snowy weather. So we are now looking for more volunteers over the Christmas and New Year period. We have a great team of volunteers who provide hot meals at the Centre: 10 - 12 weekday mornings / 7.30 - 9.30 weekday evenings / 12 - 2 Saturday afternoons

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Over Christmas and New Year, we will generally continue to open at those times except on Christmas Day when we will open from 4pm - 8pm and on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 12 noon - 2pm. Volunteers work in teams of three and prepare a hot meal using the resources provided within the kitchen; the kitchen is then cleared in readiness for the next volunteer team. If you are interested in volunteering please visit The deadline is Friday 15th November to ensure that references and the training can be carried out. Or why not think about becoming a volunteer for a regular morning or evening session. Centre 33, 2A Spicer Street, St Albans, AL3 4PQ We look forward to hearing from you


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, adapted by April De Angelis Company of Ten Main Stage 14th - 23rd November, 8pm Matinée: 17th November, 2.30pm A gothic tale of love and revenge adapted for today’s audiences. Cathy and Heathcliff are inseparable as children, and their friendship grows into a passionate love. But when Cathy chooses to marry the wealthy Edgar Linton, what will become of them both, and how will the decision influence the fate of the next gene ration? De Angelis’ adaption is a fluid and energising piece of theatre. It is one of the versions most faithful to Bronte’s masterpiece, and has been described by The Journal as ‘sensitive and yet highly innovative’ and a play which ‘will not leave fans disappointed, while Brontë virgins might well find themselves converted.’

The Railway Children by E Nesbit, adapted by Mike Kenny Company of Ten Main Stage 20th, 23rd and 27th December, 7.30pm / 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th December, 2.30pm and 5.30pm Three children leave their home in prosperous Edwardian London to live in the country with their mother after their father is falsely accused and imprisoned. The railway becomes the centre for many exciting adventures and fascinating new friends are made along the way. This adaptation has won many plaudits from audience members both young and old. Funny, clever and moving, this is the perfect stop for all the family this Christmas. Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, St Albans Box Office 01727 857861


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Fire! Fire! With thatched roofs and timber frame buildings fire was a real hazard in the past. The Clock Tower in St Albans rang a curfew bell at 8pm in winter and 9pm in summer. This was the signal to couvre feu, or ‘put out the fire’ - the origin of the word curfew. Just how people dealt with fires can be seen in Welwyn village. On the side of Church House is what looks like a large crochet hook. In fact it is a fire hook designed to pull burning thatch from a roof to prevent it spreading. A spate of ‘sudden fires’ in 1655 prompted the Corporation in St Albans to spend £40 purchasing two ‘substantial engines of brass and their carriage for the purpose of beating and drowning of fires’. The Corporation records contain instructions for operating the engines. They were to stand half full of water, unless it was frosty weather. Four or five men were needed at each end to lift up the handles as high as possible and then push them down as low as they could, presumably to pump the water. There is no mention of where it was kept, but an entry in 1738 states that the engines were kept in the stable under the Town Hall (WH Smiths). All the Aldermen were given a key to the engine house. A few years later Alderman Nicholl had one of the engines at his house, for his benefit and the rest of the inhabitants. He was, however, expected to keep the engine in good repair. There were insurance companies and their fire marks can be still be seen on many of the old buildings in the city. By the early nineteenth century the insurance companies were contributing to the cost of maintaining the fire engines. But it was not until 1853 that St Albans finally had a Borough Fire Brigade of 24 “efficient men” presumably before this, it would have been quite literally all hands to the pump! Elizabeth Eastwood, City & District of St Albans Tour Guide


Lest We Forget Remembrance Sunday is the day traditionally put aside for people across the nation to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women who gave their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Sunday 10th November War Memorial, St Peter's Street 10.20am Monday 11th November Remembrance Day - Two Minute Silence St Albans Cathedral 11am 10th / 11th Walks: Street War Memorials Visit each of the memorials to hear the story behind some of the names. Meet St Albans Tour Guides outside the Old Town Hall at 11am, adult £4, child £2, from the Tourist Information Centre 01727 864511.

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Enter NOW Photo Competition: why it’s important to save water Why not help promote water conservation by maximum explaining why it is important entering the Hertfordshire-wide photo competition. to save water. Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles said: “Express your Just create a powerful image depicting why it is creativity and send us powerful photographs that important to save water. tell us why it is important to save water. The competition is backed by St Albans City and Hertfordshire is one of the driest regions in the District Council as part of a campaign to reduce country; we are also one of the biggest users of water consumption and protect the environment. water. In St Albans, the average person uses 174 Residents of all ages and abilities litres per day, compared to a national average of can enter. The top three winners 150 litres or the county average of 162 litres. We Submit will receive shopping vouchers need to reduce our water consumption and your photos worth up to £75. Their work by 5pm on photography can help get the message across to will also be displayed in a Friday 22nd people.” local exhibition and used November to As part of the campaign residents in St Albans in water-saving District can book a free home visit and get advice promotions across the on how to save water, energy and money from county. The maximum Groundwork Hertfordshire. They will fit waternumber of entries is three saving devices worth up to £30, such as toilet per person. Please include your name, age, flushing mechanisms and water-efficient shower address and a contact number. heads. To book a visit call 01707 260129 or email You must also provide a title for your photograph and a caption of 150 words


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What’s on in November

30th Oct - 6th Nov Exhibition: Arts Butanica see page 19 1st The Hollies see page 12 Fashion Show at the Abbey see page 6 Folk at the Maltings Concert Maltings Arts Theatre, £10, concs £8, 8pm 2nd - 10th Fireworks Displays see page 8 All or Nothing? Maltings Arts Theatre, 0844 8700 887, 6pm & 8.30pm, £5 6th & 28th Abbey by Night Tour St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890213, explore the Cathedral by candlelight, 8pm & 8.30pm, £12, includes drinks 9th Saturday Theatre Organ Concert Mr John Mann, St Albans Organ Theatre, 03003 656565, £10, 7.30pm Requiem St Saviour's Church, 07884 231958, St Albans Choral Society, 7.30pm, adult £18 / £15, child £1 9th & 10th Indoor Craft Market The Old Town Hall, Sat 10 - 4pm, Sun 9.30 - 2.30pm 10th & 11th Walks: Street War Memorials see page 36 11th Remembrance Day 2 Minutes Silence see page 36 Meeting: Soroptimist Women's Group Club Greenwood Park Community Centre, Chiswell Green, 01727 764902, 7.45pm 13th Lunchtime Organ Recital St Albans Cathedral, 12.30pm, free 13th & 27th Spooky Walks meet at St Albans Old Town Hall, 01727 864511, 8pm, adult £4, child £2 14th - 23rd Wuthering Heights see page 32 16th Five Miles to Fabulous Women's Bike Ride see page 30 Grand Vintage Fair Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, 10 - 4pm Sixty’s Gold see page 12 Christmas Oratorio St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890256, St Albans Bach Choir, 7.30pm, £25, £20, £10 17th Wedding Fayre Sopwell House, 01727 750411, 11am - 4pm


Lanwarne at Burston see page 17 St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On St Peters Street, 5.30pm The Stylistics see page 12 Tree Planting at Heartwood Forest see page 18 20th Display: Sudan St Mary's Church, Childwickbury, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society, 8pm, visitors welcome, 01582 762284 21st Festive Event Burston Nursery, North Orbital Road, 01727 832444, festive demonstrations, free tasty appetiser, special restaurant menu and more, free entry & parking, 2 - 6pm 22nd An Evening in Celebration of Benjamin Britten Maltings Arts Theatre, 8pm, £10, £7.50 23rd Dance Organ Day St Albans Organ Theatre, 03003 656565, 11am, £12, includes lunch Israel In Egypt see page 12 23rd & 30th Tree Week Walks see page 14 24th Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving see page 36 Harpenden Christmas Carnival High Street, fairground rides, music, farmers market & Santa’s Grotto, 12 noon 25th - 27th The Buddy Holly Story Watford Colosseum 26th Reminiscence at the Museum of St Albans Hatfield Road, 01727 819340, share memories of life in St Albans with objects from the museum, 2pm, free ‘Films of old Harpenden’ Redbourn Local History, Harpenden Public Halls, Local History Society, 8pm 27th One Night of Queen see page 12 27th - 30th Cinderella & The Soul Sisters The Maltings Arts Theatre, Motown Musical, 7.45pm, £12.50 28th Nov - 21st Dec St Albans Christmas Market see page 20 30th Arena Civic Disco see page 12 30th Nov - 1st Dec Childwickbury Christmas Market see page 5 Indoor Craft Market The Old Town Hall, Saturday: 10 - 4pm, Sunday: 9.30 - 2.30pm

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What’s on in December

6th Folk at the Maltings Concert Maltings Arts Theatre, 8pm, £10, concs £8 7th Benjamin Britten: Sacred & Profane & Christmas Music St Albans Cathedral, 01727 890256, 7.30pm, adult £14, child £10 The Christmas Story St Saviour's Church, St Albans Chamber Choir, 07570 454744, 7.30pm, £13, concs £1 7th Evening Standards at Christmas Abbey Theatre, 01727 857861, songs from the Great American Songbook by The Project 8pm Songs In The Key Of Lee Maltings Arts Theatre, a mix of iconic songs by local singer Fenella Lee, 8pm, £10, concs £7.50 8th Indoor Craft Market The Old Town Hall, 9.30 - 2.30pm Sunday Afternoon Organ Recital Tom Winpenny, St Albans Cathedral, 5.15pm, free 8th & 15th Christmas Bazaar Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, 01582 500925, craft & local produce stalls, carol singers, music & Santa 10th Soroptimist Carol Singing St Albans Station, 6pm

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A Victorian Christmas Maltings Arts Theatre, 8pm, £10, £7.50 14th Christmas Carol Concerts St Albans Cathedral, St Albans Bach Choir Family Carol Concert: 3pm, adult £5, child £1 Carol Concert: 7pm, adult £10, concs £5 Christmas Theatre Organ Concerts St Albans Organ Theatre, 03003 656565, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £10 with mince pies 15th The Mechanical Instrument Christmas Special St Albans Organ Theatre, 03003 656565, 2.15pm A Celebration of Christmas Marlborough Road Methodist Church, 07884 231958, £13, 7pm 20th & 21st Hansel & Gretel St Albans Chamber Opera, The Maltings Arts Theatre, 01727 858307, £14, 7.30pm 21st Carols On The Hour St Albans Cathedral, services last 30 minutes, every hour, 11am - 4pm 26th George & The Dragon various locations in the City Centre, 01727 864511, by St Albans Mummers Walk off Christmas Dunstable Downs, 01582 500925, booking advisable, a healthy, strenuous guided walk, £2 & £2 car parking

Time for Tax Returns HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are in the process of writing to taxpayers to remind them they need to file their 2013 tax return by 31st January 2014 (or 31st October 2013 if submitting a hardcopy). But despite HMRC’s best endeavours, taxpayers often put off preparing their tax return until the festive winter period. This really doesn’t leave very long to file and pay any tax before the January deadline and it’s easy to get distracted by the celebrations. Here are a few good reasons to do it early.

Tax payments aren’t accelerated If you file your tax return early, you are only obliged to pay any tax liability by the normal due dates: • 31st January 2014 (balance and the first payment on account- if applicable); • And 31st July 2014 (second payment on account- if applicable).

...But refunds are accelerated If you file your tax return before the filing deadline, you should receive any tax refund you are due fairly soon after it’s submitted; HMRC do not wait until 31st January to pay you.

Accountants If you plan to use an accountant be aware that some firms charge you a premium if you deliver your records to them close to the deadline.

Contacting HM Revenue & Customs Trying to get hold of HMRC can be difficult around the tax return deadline. Avoid leaving your tax affairs until December or later; just in case you need to speak with them and can’t get through. If you are due a tax refund, you’re also likely to experience a longer turnaround time if you file your return during their peak times.


HMRC have changed the penalty regime for late tax returns, and they are now significantly more than they used to be. For example, the initial £100 penalty used to be reduced if you paid the tax on time or was capped to your tax liability. Cash flow management But the penalty is automatic. Filing your tax return and calculating any tax liability arising, allows you the time to start saving And if your tax return is more than three months late, £10 daily penalties accumulate up to a for the bill and to manage your cash flow. If you maximum of £900. A penalty of the higher of pay your tax bill late, HMRC will charge you £300 or 5% of your tax due is then charged if interest and possibly even late payment your return is 6 months late and again if it penalties. If your tax liability is under £3,000 and you submit becomes over 12 months late. All of these your tax return by 30th December 2013, you can penalties are in addition to one another; rather than in place of. So penalties for late tax returns opt to have your tax liability collected through can top over £1,600. your tax code. It could simply be deducted from your wages or pension each week/month.

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Time If your affairs have changed and you have say, losses or a significant amount of additional income, then preparing your return early can pay dividends because it gives you the time to consider any tax planning opportunities which could lead to tax savings. Having plenty of time to prepare your return reduces the risk of errors. It also allows time for bank statements to be collected and any other financial documents you may need to file the return.

If you are in receipts of tax credit or benefits, your claim needs to be renewed annually by 31st July, which involves letting the Tax Credit Office know your income. For a free consultation call 01582 760154 or email

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Aerial Installations Concorde Aerials Art Workshops Pop Up Painting Beauty Skin & Tonic Bicycle Repairs Cycletech Hertfordshire Bouncy Castle Hire St Albans Bouncy Castles Building / Refurbishment Future Building Services JMH Building Contractors

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Domestic Appliance Repairs Leigh Hibon


Electricians Alban Electrical Services I & B Electrical MLC Electrical

33 33 33

Fencing Verulam Fencing


Flooring Creative Wood Flooring


11 30 Flower Arranging Workshops The Flower School 19 18

21 21


29 29 26

Counselling / Sex Therapy Michael Stock


26 26 27 28


Photographers GP Photography


Picture Framing Bloom


Plasterer A. Merson Plastering


Pond Maintenance Women With Waders


Property Maintenance Mr Handyman Nick The Handyman

37 37

Security Maximum Security Systems


Shutters The Harpenden Shutter Company


Gas K25

Cleaning Big Yellow Cleaning Company Daily Poppins Domestico Domestique Linda & Karen Cleaning Services Molly Maid Murray’s Cleaning Services

Personal Trainer Alice Harvey



Chiropodist Julia Reading

43 43

Plumber DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

Car Sales Nolan Prestige



Painters & Decorators CB Decorators M & M Decorating

15 15 17


Children’s Art Classes FineArt4Kids!

Oven Cleaning Ovenmaster


Cabinet Makers Sequoia Bespoke



Garden Centre Burston Garden Centre Gardening / Landscaping Garden Life Landscapes Justin Leon Lanwarne Landscapes

Carpentry / Joinery Chris Smyth

Outdoor Clothing / Camping Gear Complete Outdoors

Gifts Glassware Repairs Chipped Glassware Hairdressers Chestnut Professional Hairdressing Emma Bouchier Health / Fitness / Slimming Intelligent Pilates Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Classes The Fit Lab Verulamium Spa Hearing Services The Hearing Healthcare Practice

4 29

10 10 24 25 24 9


44 & 47

Ticket Sales Great Tickets Ltd


Tree Surgeons Fircroft Tree


TV Repairs JB TV Services


Windows & Doors AA Window Repairs Cloudy2Clear Markyate Windows & Doors

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