Living Magazines Berkhamsted High Street

Decline of the High Street

Our thanks to Berkhamsted Citizens Association for this news item. The increasing number of empty units in the town centre is a worrying trend. Closures seem to be on the up at present – Porters, Santander, Luminous & Vogue, Zebra, the Berkeley Gallery, Coral, Makana. The latest retail unit to voice concern over its future […]

Living Magazines Former Kodak Building, Hemel Hempstead

Hidden History of Kodak

We previously brought you the news that Dacorum Heritage Trust had received a grant from SHARE Museums East for a project exploring Hidden Histories which would include research into Kodak’s role in the New Town of Hemel Hempstead. Dates have now been set for an exhibition telling the history of Kodak and photography in Dacorum. […]

Living Magazines Look after your dog

How to Protect your Pup on the Hottest Day Ever

Pet wellbeing company,, provides advice on how to look after your dog in this blistering heat. The RSPCA received 8290 calls relating to animals and heat exhaustion last year. Today is reported to be the hottest day that the UK has ever seen with some areas looking to see highs of 39 degrees. Thousands […]

Living Magazines Berkhamsted Citizens Association


Our thanks to Gordon Bluck of Berkhamsted Citizens Association for this news item. Members may remember that the Association has been producing a Fieldpath map since the 1937 edition was published by Edward Stanford Ltd of Long Acre in sections mounted on linen. All this for a princely 3/-; that’s three shillings to you and […]

Living Magazines Pepsi Taste Challenge at Breakspear Park

Taste Challenge Hits the Spot in Hemel Hempstead

Staff at Breakspear Park have had their palates tantalised and tickled this week, as the team at Britvic challenged the building’s employees to take the Pepsi Max Taste Challenge. The Pepsi Challenge has run for more than 40 years, and is a blind taste test between Pepsi and the UK’s largest-selling cola to establish which […]

Living Magazines Schools Out for Summer

School’s Out for Summer

It’s that time of year again, when all around the UK thousands of school children breathe a sigh of relief…….whilst parents take a large intake of breath, in preparation for the long 6 to 8 weeks that lie ahead! Whilst the summer holidays bring lots of opportunities for fun, with days spent playing in the […]

Living Magazines BDCC Parking Survey

Car Parking

Our thanks to Berkhamsted Citizens Association for this news item. “A piling rig, A piling rig, my kingdom for a piling rig!” as Shakespeare [Richard III, Act V, scene IV] might (not) have said…. At long last, a piling rig has finally arrived on the Multi-storey Car Park site on Lower Kings Road and works […]

Living Magazines Boris Johnson

Mike Penning Congratulates Boris Johnson on Becoming PM

Hemel Hempstead MP, Sir Mike Penning, congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new Leader of the Conservative Party yesterday ahead of becoming Prime Minister today. Sir Mike, who backed Boris from the start of the campaign, said: ‘I am delighted that Boris secured such a resounding victory in the leadership campaign. With the support of […]

Living Magazines Evergreen Africa PhotoAid Global Elgon Uganda Exhibition Sept

From the Heart of Herts to the Foothills of Mount Elgon, Uganda

An exhibition of images taken during an expedition to the foothills of Mount Elgon in Uganda to document the work and story of Evergreen Africa will be held at The Black Gallery, Silk Mill Business Park from Sat 7 to Sat 21 September. About Evergreen Africa In just five years, Evergreen Africa has helped prevent cholera […]

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Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) 2019

Our thanks to Berkhamsted Citizens Association for this news item. Alert, all dog owners and walkers! A Dacorum-wide restriction we reported on last year came into force in July and applies to all play areas, fenced and unfenced, in the Borough. It has the benevolent intention to restrict all dog access to play areas but, […]

Living Magazines Two handled cup from A Rothschild Treasury

A Rothschild Treasury

More than 300 rarely seen objects spanning two millennia to be revealed in new, permanent gallery at Waddesdon. From a 1st-century cameo of Augustus Caesar’s grandson, to a microscope used by entomologist and flea expert Charles Rothschild, via jewellery given as presents from Queen Victoria, to objects bearing Nazi inventory numbers, gold boxes, silver and […]

Living Magazines Berkhamsted Citizens Association

Townscape Group

Our thanks to Berkhamsted Citizens Association for this news item. It seems a long time since we gave the Environment Award for 2019 in March. Once more there was no plaque awarded, but a certificate of Commendation went to each of: 5A Castle Hill: remodelling and environmental upgrade – awarded to John Minshull, (architect), Phil […]