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Royal Keys, Savills

Property advice – Buying off-plan

Buying a new home off-plan in a rising market offers a range of advantages over purchasing an older property, says Roger Pollard, head of Savills’ Northwood office

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Jam roly-poly and custard

Dinner At...The Bridgewater Arms, Little Gaddesden

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne follows Tring’s Antiques Roadshow expert John Bly’s recommendation and heads for the Bridgewater Arms in Little Gaddesden

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Clearing reedbeds at Wilstone Reservoir near Tring

Herts’ conservation heroes

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust volunteer and now staff member Ann Favell describes the wide opportunities for volunteering with the conservation charity and the rewards it gives

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The village is renowned for its neatness

Striptease, cheese and Japanese in best-kept Cottered

Surprising things go on in Cottered – a village renowned for its beauty

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Morecambe (Tim Whitnall) will play on April 30

Bring me sunshine – Eric Morcambe play at Gordon Craig

A moving account of the life of one of Britain’s best loved comics goes on show in Stevenage

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Hughes' Night with her train of stars

St Alban’s Abbey Pre-Raphaelite show

St Albans Abbey will be hosting a display of Edward Robert Hughes’ artwork to mark the centenary of his death.

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Nana gives the Powerhoop a whirl

Fitness trainer’s tips – the Powerhoop

Nana Akua, celebrity trainer, TV presenter and owner of LadyXsize fitness in Abbots Langley goes in search of innovative workouts

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The stunningly opulent Tudor Room

Home of the Month – Living on a grand scale in Enfield

With links to two queens of England and five famous art dealing brothers, the stunningly grand Little Park in Enfield is an extraordinary home

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Andy Abraham

Stars of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross

Andy Abraham, shot to fame as runner-up on The X Factor in 2005. The former bin man ultimately lost out to fellow contestant Shayne Ward but went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.

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Curry Club launch at Lal Bagh

Light touch at Asian award-winner

Bushey’s Lal Bagh restaurant, a double winner in the latest Asian Curry Awards, is building on its success with a new lighter food offer with more ghee- and oil-free dishes

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Decor Tiles, Sahara

Interiors Q&A – Ask the experts

Q: I want to add a wow factor to my living room without a complete makeover – what would add instant impact?

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Hitchcock's The Birds will be shown at the festival

City of film – St Albans Film Festival 2014

St Albans has been a mecca for film and its makers for decades. From the first and soon-to-be reinstated cinema on London Road, to Stanley Kubrick choosing the district as a base to complete his creations, or even Tom Cruise popping into a city centre restaurant for a curry – it seems the city and its surrounding villages can’t escape the cinematic spotlight.

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Laura Haddock

Laura’s renaissance

Set in Renaissance Florence and inspired by the ‘untold’ story of Leonardo Da Vinci’s early years as an artist, the first series of FOX channel’s Da Vinci’s Demons captured the imagination of viewers when it premiered in the UK last year. The female lead in the series, which returns to our screens this month, is Harpenden’s Laura Haddock in the role of the aristocratic Lucrezia Donati.

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Lion skull, Natural History Museum Tring. Deadly! exhibition

Deadly exhibition at natural history museum

Malignant creatures have invaded the National History Museum at Tring – but there’s no need for visitors to panic. The creepy-crawlies and larger specimens are part of the new free-to-enter Deadly! exhibition, on show until July 6.

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The restored barn that houses Leoro

Jeweller’s winning combination

Inviting clients to browse contemporary jewellery in an historic setting has proved a success for Leoro, based in a beautifully restored barn in the countryside just outside St Albans

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Isobel Barnes, Kim Wilde and Arabella Stuart-Smith

Waste Not Want Not finds new home

A horticultural charity dedicated to helping people get back on their feet through nurturing plants, will open a new home near Knebworth this month

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