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Dr Bob Parsons with some of the children helped by HOPE

My Herts Life: Dr Bob Parsons

The founder of Hemel Hempstead-based charity Hope for Children reflects on 20 years of the charity’s work and his recent OBE

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Know your finances and create a plan

Finance: Stepping off the hamster wheel

Mike Williams, director and independent financial adviser at Chamberlain Stean and West in Chipperfield, looks at how simple steps now can help avoid financial regrets later

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Cromer Windmill

Tilting at windmills

Windmills were once a commmon site in the Hertfordshire countryside, testimony to the village production of grain and bread. Today, only one working survivor remains. Liz Hamilton, Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman, looks at the deep history of milling in the county

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Achillea in the Yellow Garden

The late show: Knebworth House gardens

Traditional and exotic late-summer colour is in abundance at Knebworth House gardens. Philippa Pearson tours the borders with head gardener Kelly Baker

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Stone floor and fireplace combines with wood and chandelier for a grand effect

Country club to country home

A former wedding venue near Brookmans Park has become a grand yet homely space for family life. Pat Bramley visits the beautiful Woodside Hall

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Courtyard area of the new 4 Nations Restaurant, St Albans

Best of 4 Nations, as new restaurant opens in St Albans

‘Wholesome and hearty’ dishes originating from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are highlighted in what is being billed as a new restaurant concept just opened in St Albans

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Damask Green Road looking north featuring the old bakery c1930

Weston’s hidden history

Religious Romans, a thieving giant, children bunking school to bring in crops and hangings by the roadside are all part of the history and folklore of Weston. Life-long resident Emily Walter looks through the archives of the desirable North Herts village

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Lexus NX

Motoring: Lexus NX review

Motoring editor Andy Russell looks at the options for the innovative new mid-size Lexus, released from next month

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Catherine with pet border terrier Flurry in her garden

Interview: Catherine Alliott – Writing bestsellers under a tree

In more than 20 years living in rural Hertfordshire, Catherine Alliott has published 12 best-selling novels, with a focus on the lives and loves of contemporary women. Here, she describes the influence of country living on her work, how getting older has influenced her writing, and swapping a city desk for a deckchair in a field

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Win this REC Cooper watch, courtesy of WatchWarehouse

WIN! a REC Cooper watch worth £245

New independent watch retailer, WatchWarehouse has opened an outlet at INTU Watford shopping centre, showcasing the latest fashion and exclusive brands for men and women. To introduce the store and a new brand to the market, WatchWarehouse is giving away a REC Cooper watch to a lucky Hertfordshire Life reader.

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Rabbit saddle, Aubrey Park Hotel

Chef Q&A: Peter Knight

The executive chef at The Brassiere at Aubrey Park, Redbourn, gives an insight into his kitchen

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Champneys, Tring

Champneys Wellbeing Week tasters

Champney’s is hosting a Wellbeing Week this month designed to inspire and motivate people to take steps towards a happier and healthier lifestyle

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Team GB's Jamie Nicholls in action at The Snow Centre. Photo: James Streater

The changing face of Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead is changing fast. Now home to two of the UK’s leading centres for extreme sports, it is also undergoing an ambitious five-year £30m regeneration plan. Ewan Foskett reports on the changing face of the country’s third new town

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Horse chestnuts are in abundance, while sweet chestnuts roasted make an unmistakably autumnal treat

September nature notes

A guide to what to look out for in the countryside and even your back garden this month

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Shenley Cricket Club pavilion

10 Things to do in...Shenley

Set high on a ridge and a popular location for the gentry, Shenley was home to some of the first commuters, who came to the Hertsmere village to escape London’s smog and smells. Today’s pretty village grew around Porters Park Estate and the old mansion still dominates the landscape. Julie Lucas find 10 things to entice you here

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Pan-fried sea bream with saffron and fennel compote and sauce vierge

Dinner at: The Waggoners, Ayot Green

With all the recent emphasis on Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, it’s about time the French, whom many would consider the grand-père of them all, had a look-in, says food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne

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Leoro Jewellery: Annamaria Cammilli Premiere collection

Business Profile: Raoul Sagal

The founder and MD of Leoro Jewellers in St Albans gives an insight into what he loves and has learnt

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Yumiko Reynolds

Free fabric and stitch show

A free exhibition of textile art is being shown at The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted from September 9 to 27

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