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Berkhamsted and Tring Living Magazines Book Reviews

David Guest’s Book Review Highlights

It is light and frothy and some of the bubbles may get up your nose. Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost, 2008 You’re entitled to expect something special from a £12 paperback. From the seriously awful front cover to the absence of an index at the back, this is not exceptionally good value. A Perspective […]

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Workplace heroes

Local pub chains have scored highly as employers in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies Awards 2017. Oakman Inns & Restaurants, operator of the King’s Arms in Berkhamsted and the Akeman in Tring, rises to eighth position in the Top 10 Best Companies To Work For in the UK and are the highest ranked in […]

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Before You Go

If you’re looking for a good read, get down to Waterstones and buy Before You Go, the fine first novel from Berkhamsted Living editor Clare Swatman. It is a tale of love, loss and redemption. Zoe and Ed are long-time sweethearts who have had their ups and downs. Their marriage is going through a rocky […]

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The Learn

The Learn by Tony Halker Published by Clink Street Publishing, £8.99 Available from Amazon. This may be one of the most ambitious and extraordinary novels you will find this year. Not many debut novelists will devise an original form of language for their story – even fewer will carry it off. Berkhamsted author Tony Halker […]

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One Stop Doctors opens £15m clinic

As the prospect of a new hospital in West Herts recedes, a private healthcare business has opened a £15m clinic in Hemel Hempstead. One Stop Doctors, two minutes from Junction 8 on the M1, is open seven days a week, with early-morning and evening appointments available. It offers a wide range of medical services and […]

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Art and wine

If you Google ‘self-service wine bar’ you’ll find places in all sorts of more or less exotic locations: the West End, Hampstead, Paris, South Carolina… and when the Googlebots catch up, Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted. The Berkeley wine bar and art gallery opened earlier this week. It’s a conventional wine bar if you want it […]

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Sodastream by royal appointment

We are indebted to Beth Scraggs, who responded to the nostalgic feature on food and drink in the 1980s in our summer issue with a few treasured memories of her own. We’d sung the praises of Sodastream among other great names of yesteryear, but we’d got the decade wrong by a quarter of a century. […]

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Living Magazines Afloat

Meet the team from Living Magazines enjoying a leisurely afternoon on the Wendover Arm Canal – part of the Grand Union Canal – with Kerrnal Cruisers, on this video from DeeTV, filmed in May 2016. Featuring: Paul Kerr of Kerrnal Cruisers Sandra Boothroyd-Todd of Living Magazines Ben Marston of Puddingstone Distillery Gary Stringer of Hemel Hempstead […]

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Tring leads in street parties

Tring GP Dr Rob Schafer with the support of Oakman Inns has launched www.ourstreetparty.org, to help people organise parties on their own streets. The Queen’s 90th birthday will provide a focus for party planners this summer. In Tring the 11 June will see a party starting at the Tring Farmers Market and finishing with a […]

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Oakman expands

Oakman Inns & Restaurants has added three new outlets to its portfolio: the Betsey Wynne in Swanbourne, a site in Amersham in a residential development in the town centre and former Lazy Cow premises in Solihull. Oakman Inns’ CEO and founder, Peter Borg-Neal, said: ‘The Betsey Wynne is a superb pub built in 2007 and […]

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Why Buy-To-Let?

Any investment that promises a decent return is likely to be accompanied by some degree of risk. Property, especially in this part of the country, is arguably the safest option. Does that make buy-to-let the obvious choice for people with access to money or credit? If so, how do they get started? Context The proportion […]

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Get a Perfect Patio

With longer, warmer evenings, the next few months will mean more time spent in the garden. And if you want to sit and relax in style, you’ll need to give some thought to your patio. There are many things to consider when planning a patio, not least of which is where best to put it. […]