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Back to Nature

Whether it’s in your back garden or out in the park, enjoy getting back to nature with your kids this summer Remember when you had the freedom to chase butterflies, build dens and splash in puddles all day long? Well now, with theme parks and almost everything else closed, it’s the perfect time to get […]

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Butterflies and Birds

Attract more wildlife to your garden by making it a haven for them Main image: Peacock butterfly © RHS Katy Prentice If you’ve got a garden then you’re definitely one of the lucky ones – having an outside space to call our own is a godsend, and never more so than over the last few […]

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The Best Summer Reads by Local Authors

You may not be sitting by the pool this summer, but it’s the perfect time to relax in your garden with a good book. Here’s our pick of some of the best books from our super-talented local authors – plus, the chance to win signed copies of them all! The Mother’s Secret By Clare Swatman, […]

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It’s Time to DIY

It’s the perfect time to get those annoying DIY jobs done in and around your home Hands up who spent the lockdown cracking on with all those niggly DIY jobs? More likely, between trying to home school the children, do some work and keep yourself busy, more time in the house has simply meant you’ve […]

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In Cowper’s Country

In the first of our new series, the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society tells more about our town’s history. According to the Bucks Herald, the poet William Cowper was born in Berkhamsted in 1731. This is from an article in 1892: ‘Berkhampstead is well worth visiting, firstly, because English history – or, at any […]

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Nell Gwyn in Tring?

In the first of our new series, we find out about Tring’s association with Nell Gwyn. Nell first came to the attention of Charles II around 1668 at the Drury Lane Theatre. By 1671 she had two sons by Charles. Just when, or even if, Nell stayed at Tring is not truly known. What is […]

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Celebrate, Share, Explore!

2020 is the Hertfordshire Year of Culture. Here’s what you need to know. The Hertfordshire Year of Culture – or HYOC2020 – is shining a spotlight on the county and all the amazing culture it has to offer, with events and activities throughout the year. And organisers want everyone to get involved. ‘HYOC2020 is taking […]

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Once Upon a Time

Getting kids interested in reading is so important – and they’re never too young to start. Reading can really fire children’s imaginations – and the younger you get them into storytelling the more likely they are to enjoy it for life. But why is reading so important? ‘The important role that books play in children’s […]

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Afternoon Tea at Copper House in Berkhamsted

Editor Clare Swatman took her Dad along to sample Afternoon Tea at Copper House, Berkhamsted It’s almost a year since Copper House opened its doors in the Town Hall building, and it’s been a roaring success. And now, they’ve started offering Afternoon Tea – so when I was invited along to try it, how could […]

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Book Reviews Spring 2020

The Little Village Library By Helen Rolfe Orion, £7.99 Release date 6 February 2020 When Jennifer opens the Library of Shared Things, she hopes it will bring her little town of Cloverdale closer together. When her younger sister Isla moves back home and single dad Adam agrees to run a mending workshop, friendships start to […]

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Drayton Beauchamp

This is one of the walks recommended by Tring Town Council, and takes in Drayton Beauchamp and the surrounding countryside. START/END: At the car park behind Dolphin Square. Marked (1) on the map. DISTANCE: Approximately 4.5 miles (7.5km) MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer 181 Chiltern Hills North You can download Tring Town Council’s full description and […]

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Jog On!

Fancy getting outside and getting fit? Here’s how to get running and stay injury-free It’s the London Marathon next month and if you always find yourself watching the runners completing the gruelling course and thinking, ‘I fancy doing that one day’, why not make this the year you do it? Whether you’re a complete beginner […]