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The Norman Berkhamsted Castle shows the changing political nature of the county, while the town gets its name from the earlier Anglo-Saxon 'hamstede' - homestead.

What’s in a place name?

The names of Hertfordshire’s towns, villages and natural features shine a light into the deep past, reflecting ancient religious beliefs, invasions and new settlers. Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman Liz Hamilton explores

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A stormtrooper meets youngsters at Elstree in April 1977

One hundred years of dreams: celebrating film and TV at Elstree

From humble yet pioneering beginnings, the film industry of Borehamwood and Elstree has grown to be a world leader. Its century-long history is packed with screen legends, disasters, blockbusters and cult films – an epic story in its own right. By Katie Heslop

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Lots of spooky things to do this month in Herts

Things that go bump in the night: Herts at Halloween

With Halloween this month Sandra Smith opens the creaky door into the netherworld of Hertfordshire ghosts, plus spooky family events

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The catwalk show in St Albans Cathedral

A festival of fashion in St Albans

Last year’s inaugural St Albans Fashion Week was organised in just four intense months. So what can be expected after a year’s planning? Ethanie Jackson Turner gets the inside scoop from event director Ellena Ophira

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Cornish white crab with miso caramel, sake compressed cucumber and wild rice

Dinner At THOMPSON@Darcy’s, St Albans

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne renews acquaintance with one of St Albans’ best-known and popular restaurants

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Nana with Richard Harrington MP at Abbots Langley primary

Health: LadyXsize fitness advice

Fitness expert Nana Akua of LadyXsize calls for schools to join her fundraising fun fitness initiative

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Some of the rings designed by Galio jewellers in St Albans

Business profile: Sarah Gillow

The director and principal designer of Galio jewellers, St Albans gives an insight into her business ethos and inspirations

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St Mary's Church

Hitchin history walks

A walk through Hitchin will take you back centuries and in the footsteps of royalty, inventors and reformers. Sandra Smith meets two town guides passionate about its history both ancient and modern

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BMW 4 Series Convertible looks great with the roof up or down but the hard-top eats into boot space.

Motoring: A stunning conversion

BMW’s new 4 Series Convertible is a stunner rain or shine, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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Remedy Soak. soakyourself.co.uk

Health & Beauty: Janey Lee Grace

The Radio 2 holistic health expert and Herts mum gives her top tips for treatments and products in the county

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Salmon and crab, St Michaels Manor, St Albans

Chef Q&A: Simon Johnston, St Michael’s Manor, St Albans

The head chef at The Lake Restaurant gives an insight into his kitchen

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The Longhorns on the nature reserve

The common touch: Oughtonhead

Oughtonhead Common on the outskirts of Hitchin is a rich oasis for wildlife. Countryside Management Service projects officer Heidi Hutton describes how the group and volunteers continue to work to improve the nature reserve for wildlife and people

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Tracy Smith

My Herts Life: Tracy Smith

People call Tracy Smith a lot of names. Tracy-will-sort-it, Tracy-gets-it-done, Tracy-the-catalyst. Patsy Hudson chats to the Hatfield down-sizing, de-cluttering and decorating guru about helping people deal with life’s stuff

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Kelly Oliver

Celebration of modern folk

Harpenden Public Halls is the place to be for music lovers on October 27 for the latest Folkstock benefit concert, where audiences can find BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees rubbing shoulders with a host of emerging acts, with real ale and cider to wash it all down

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Excercise is a key benefit of playing outside

A fresh air revolution

In its second article on encouraging youngsters to explore the great outdoors, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at steps to combat an epidemic of housebound children

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Boletus luridformis - red in the field, turns blue when cut

A taste on the wild side

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness begins, now’s the time to explore our fields, woods and hedgerows for wild food. From fruit and fungi to edible weeds and nuts, there’s a huge variety of ingredients ripe for the picking. Doretta Sarris Hogan goes in search of a free lunch

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Property: 4 of the best

Cottages with character and style

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The attractive setting of Sheene Mill

Award for Sheene Mill

Sheene Mill at Melbourn, near Royston, has been awarded two AA rosettes for its food less than two years after the arrival of a new team led by former TV chef Steven Saunders, daughter Serena and Serena’s partner Adam Jordan

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