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Print of the St Albans Grand Steeplechase owned by Mary Derriman

St Albans Grand Steeplechase

March was the month that St Albans became the centre of the horse racing world in the early 19th century with a thrilling race that inspired the Grand National. A print of the 1832 event inspired Mary Derriman to look into its remarkable history

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Dora and Daniel, Lomi Lomi therapy

Health & Beauty: Janey Lee Grace

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments and therapies in the county

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Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

Fit for the future

As schools, colleges and businesses across the county mark British Science Week this month, we report on the scientific success stories on our doorstep

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Jasmin, Sara Vincent and Sara's daughter Scarlett. Sara is wearing a headscarves handmade by Jasmin's mum, while Scarlett is holding an educational doll to help chiildren understand hair loss

Beauty, love and compassion

Turning a high-flying career in hairdressing into a charity helping adults and children experiencing hair loss caused by cancer treatment led Knebworth’s Jasmin Gupta on a journey from top salons to hospital wards. In Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month she tells her inspiring story to Julie Lucas

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Nonna's Kitchen, Hoddesdon

Lee Valley little Sicily

An influx of Italians in the 1950s to Hoddesdon and Broxbourne sowed the seeds (quite literally) for a food revolution in the area and enriched the culture with a Mediterranean flavour. Julie Lucas reports

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Digswell, Ashtons

Property: 4 of the best

Comtemporary homes in the county

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Alec Goodhall, That Little Place, Harpenden

A glass of Herts

Laura Vickers recommends That Little Place’s Ale 5

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Charlie Brooks

Interview: Reinvention of a drama queen

Ware-born Charlie Brooks made her name as ‘the Walford witch’ Janine Butcher on Eastenders, filmed at the BBC Elstree Centre in the county. With Albert Square behind her she is creating new dramas on stage

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Marsh frog on a lily pad

A garden oasis

Creating a pond is one of the best things you can do for wildlife in your garden. Sarah Buckingham of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust says February is the perfect time to do it

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A traditional marquee in a beautiful garden could be the perfect answer

How to choose a wedding venue

The proposal was accepted, friends and family are delighted and the couple are on cloud nine, now it’s time to find a special place to host the big day. Joanne Goodwin, editorial director of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Bride magazine, gives her top tips for finding the perfect wedding venue

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Lussmans, Hertford

A Day out in Hertford

With a castle, scenic rivers and some of Hertfordshire’s best food venues, you won’t struggle to find a reason to visit Hertford. But there’s plenty of lesser-known treasures that make the county town a great venue for a day out too. Laura Vickers explores

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Beautiful presentation is a mark of the restaurant

Chef Q&A: Stephanie Malvoisin, The Manor, Elstree

The head chef of The Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor, Elstree gives an insight into her kitchen

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Dining room in the original 1600's part of house

Property: Where kings hunted

The Old Palace in Royston was once a royal hunting lodge of James I, where he escaped the pressures of court to indulge his passion. Pat Bramley talks to the man who has restored it from a wreck to a property fit for a king

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Check the BHS recommended sources for public rights of way

Equestrian: Following the right path

Keeping routes open to horses is key to the safety of riders and the accessibility of the countryside. The British Horse Society outlines the sources of information available to check public rights of way

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Foliating is key to fresh looking skin

Health & Beauty: top tips for youthful skin

Time needn’t wither us. Sally Saunders, owner of Esse beauty salon in Melbourn, gives her top tips for smoother, radiant skin at any age

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Live traditional Irish music is a feature of the many pubs

Travel: The charm of Cork

European Capital of Culture in 2005 and in the top 10 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2010, Cork offers visitors a rich and colourful tapestry of culture and history. Rebecca Underwood is charmed

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Rebecca Clark, Luxury Beauty and Interiors

Trading places in Welwyn

Julie Lucas explores the attractive blend of historic setting and quality independents in the desirable village of Welwyn

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Young tomatoes at Guy and Wright

The fine foodie on Green Tye’s tasty tomatoes

Sharon Struckman visits one of the greenest tomato producers in the UK

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