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Living Magazines Love Life and Laughter National Film Archive

Making it in the Movies

Ever wondered why the National Film Archive ended up in a Hertfordshire market town? We take a look at its story – and what happens there now… The BFI National Archive is one of the largest film archives in the world. Its history goes back to 1935. At its inception, it was known as the […]

Living Magazines Charles Rothschild

Charles Rothschild – the Forgotten Younger Brother?

Walter Rothschild is famous for driving a carriage drawn by zebras and of course his collection that formed the basis  of Tring’s Natural History Museum, but his younger brother left a lasting legacy that should not be forgotten… He may not be quite as well known as his more flamboyant older brother but Charles Rothschild […]

Making for Mindfulness

After the tough couple of years our children have had, taking time out is more important than ever. Arts and crafts is the perfect way to do that! Children have been through some thoroughly unsettling times over the past couple of years. A global pandemic, lockdowns, remote schooling, bubble closures and isolation. So it’s no […]

Living Magazines Compost

Garden Gold

Forget diamonds – the gardener’s best friend is compost, and with peat-based compounds a no-no, what else can you use? All of us are trying to be more organic when it comes to gardening, and with sales of peat-based compost set to be banned from 2024, we might as well be prepared. There really is […]

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Take Good Care of Yourself

Many of us have experienced changes in our circumstances over the past 18 months, so it’s important to look after ourselves, to be aware of potential mental health issues, and combat loneliness and isolation. No one can say the past 18 months or so haven’t been unusual – and challenging for many of us. A […]

Living Magazines retirement home

Home at Last

What to look for in your retirement home. By the time you’re thinking about retiring you will probably have done quite a bit of home hunting, but thinking  about a retirement home is a different matter. So how to choose? You could choose a retirement village or development. Here, there will be other people of […]

Living Magazines Little Tring Walk Kingfisher

Little Tring

Discover the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal and the historic Tringford pumping station on this circular walk, which starts from Tring Town Centre START/END: Frogmore Street East car park DISTANCE: Approximately 3 miles (5km) allow 1hr 3om MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer 181 Chiltern Hills North You can download Tring Town Council’s full description […]

Living Magazines Ends of the Earth

Latest Books from our Local and Regional Authors

Whether you’re on holiday or just sitting in the garden, here’s some great reads from local authors to enjoy over the summer Ends of the Earth By Ian P Buckingham Published by: Green Cat Books Out this summer The second book in Ian’s trilogy has a rather timely subject. Following on the story of a […]

Living Magazines High Street Berkhamsted

Scandal, Secret Tunnels and Sausages

Many of us are really appreciating being able to pop to the pub for Sunday lunch or for a quick pint or glass of wine, so it seemed a suitable time to take a look at the history behind our local watering holes Berkhamsted’s public houses have a lengthy history – in fact brewing and […]

Living Magazines Old Green Man Tring

Ye Olde Pubs of Tring

Since lockdown easing, many of us are really appreciating being able to pop to the pub for Sunday lunch or for a quick pint or glass of wine, so it seemed a good time to take a look at the history behind our local watering holes The number of pubs Tring boasted in the past […]

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Gardens that can Stand the Heat

With global temperatures on the rise and all of us trying to cut down on our water usage, choosing drought-tolerant plants for your garden is more important than ever… Three to Take Home Helen Reeley, of Berkhamsted-based Reeley Gardens, shares her three favourite drought-resistant plants with us. She says: ‘They’re bullet proof, a good size […]

Living Magazines Michael Chakraverty 's Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Podcaster, writer, and former 2019 Great British Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty has shared his chocolate cupcakes recipe. For the Cupcakes 125g dark chocolate (minimum 56% cocoa solids) 125g unsalted butter 5tsp instant coffee 90ml boiling water 120g plain flour 30g cocoa powder 5tsp baking powder 100g golden caster sugar 150g light brown sugar 2 […]