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Living Magazines Fruit Pickers at Lanes Nurseries

Discovering our Victorian Ancestors

Berkhamsted’s Rectory Lane Cemetery can tell some fascinating tales, as Community Engagement Office Kate Campbell explains The previously neglected Rectory Lane Cemetery has been transformed over the past three years ‘from a dead space to a living place’ with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the work and dedication of many volunteers […]

Living Magazines Homemade Candy Coated Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Cookies

In this issue, Victoria Chidgey of Little Tring Cakes, who opened Waters Edge earlier in the year (previously Bluebell Tea Rooms) at Marsworth Reservoir, shares with our readers how to make one of their most popular items – Rainbow Cookies. Perfect for some family baking over the Easter weekend! For the cookie dough 260g Plain […]

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Get on the Property Ladder

It might be harder than ever to buy your first home these days, but it is possible. Here’s how… At the end of 2020, the average house price had reached an all-time high, but if you’re trying to get your first steps onto the property ladder, don’t despair. There are still ways you can do […]

Living Magazines Young Teens and Independence

Encouraging Independence

It can be scary when your young teen starts going out with their friends, but these tips will help them stay safe and help you calm your nerves! You may be nervous when your teen starts going out without you (Covid regulations permitting), but provide them with the right tools to stay safe and you […]

Living Magazines Grow your own veg

Good Enough to Eat

Did you dabble with growing your own fruit and veg during last year’s lockdown? Take it to the next level this year with some edible ornamentals and new varieties… It’s incredibly satisfying to grow your own, with whatever space you have. All kinds of veg can be cultivated in containers, and micro salads and herbs […]

Living Magazines Catherine Alliott Behind Closed Doors

The Latest Books from our Local and Regional Authors

Catherine Alliott, queen of romantic comedy As bestseller and Tring author Catherine releases her 16th novel, Behind Closed Doors, Living caught up with her to talk about her favourite places around the area Catherine’s latest novel, Behind Closed Doors, is set in Oxfordshire, when her heroine moves in with her elderly parents after being unexpectedly […]

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Giggling Squid, Berkhamsted

The first surprise when we picked up our takeaway for two from Berkhamsted’s Giggling Squid restaurant was the pretty takeaway bags. I’m used to takeaways coming in brown, usually slightly greasy bags. But the flower-strewn designs on the bags from this restaurant in the High Street looked like they contained some beautiful high-end skincare or […]

Living Magazines James Osborne VC

James Osborne VC

Who was James Osborne? Born 13 April 1857 in a small cottage in Wigginton later demolished by Lord Rothschild and replaced with a new Huckvale design in 1912. He was a volunteer soldier before joining the regular army in early 1877 and later that year served as a Private with the Northamptonshire Regiment (58th Foot) […]

Living Magazines Skating Berkhamsted Castle Christmas 1890

A tale of two Christmases

Christmas can be a very different beast depending on how much money you have, and that was certainly true in the 19th century… In the 1800s the wealthy and the poorest people in the land were worlds apart, as this tale of two festive seasons shows. A report in the Bucks Herald in January 1887, […]

Living Magazines Father Christmas distributing gifts to the evacuees in Albert Street Tring in 1939

Ghosts of Christmas past

This Christmas may be a little different for all of us, but what was Christmas like for Tringalings in the past? As a hotel, Pendley Manor hosts Christmas for many guests each year, and when it was opened as a Centre for Adult Education by Dorian Williams in 1947, it also played host to a […]

Living Magazines Christmas Traditions

Keeping With Tradition

Take time over the festive season to start some new Christmas traditions Over the past few months we have all come to appreciate the time we can spend with friends and family. While Christmas may not be the big affair it usually is, we might have time to create family traditions, make memories and have […]