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The movement and sound of running water can elevate a garden

The Gardening Coach: August

Judy Shardlow looks at how a water feature can transform a garden

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World War One British recruiting poster urging men to Enlist Now

The Great War: That rarest of places

Only one place in Hertfordshire saw all the men it sent to the Great War return home, a horrifying statistic that reveals the heavy cost the county, like all those across the British Isles, paid in the conflict. Stephen Roberts visits the Thankful Village of Puttenham

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Ken Ifould, head chef, The Red Cow, Chrishall, near Royston

Chef Q&A: Ken Ifould, The Red Cow, Chrishall

The head chef gives an insight into his kitchen

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Lots of choice, and the specials caught the attention

Dinner At: The White Hart, Welwyn

A new emphasis on eating out at a favourite haunt in Welwyn makes an impression on food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne

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Forsythe and his family lived at The Paddocks in the late '60s

Anything for a pair? Brucie’s luxury ex-home for sale

Bruce Forsyth’s former Totteridge Common home is on the market.

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Diane Rose, Royal Masonic School

Meet the Head: Diana Rose

The headmistress of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, speaks about her school’s ethos, strengths and how it prepares pupils for life beyond school

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Bianca with Ben Askem's painting of Ayrton Senna

F1 artist’s Brazilian link

St Albans-based artist and motorsports fan Ben Askem has won high praise for a portrait of racing driver Ayrton Senna from Senna’s niece Bianca

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Janey Lee Grace

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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On a break after completing a trench

Never such innocence again: Berkhamsted’s First World War training camp

Tramp along one of the mysterious gulleys that criss-cross pretty common land near Berkhamsted and you will be following the footsteps of thousands of young men destined for the trenches of the Western Front. Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman Elizabeth Hamilton walks the one-time World War I training camp

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ps i love you

Business Q&A: Amber Hudson

The owner of Hitchin’s p.s. i love you gives an insight into setting up and running her specialist boutique

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Cheeses at Hertford

Field, market, fork: 10 of the best Herts farmers’ markets

Farmers’ markets make it easy to buy fresh, healthy, nutrient-rich food in a charming, often deeply- historic setting, far removed from the clinical supermarket experience. The produce is sourced direct from local farmers or growers, which means you can be assured the food you purchase hasn’t travelled long distances and undergone lots of packaging

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Butterfly feeding on scabious flower

August nature notes

A guide to the wildlife you can spot out in the garden, countryside and woods this month

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Simon Pegg is among the stars of film, TV and literature at the festival

Hertford festival books stars

A steller line-up has been revealed for this year’s Hertford Children’s Book Festival, with A-list actors and best-selling authors and poets all taking part

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Working in the right order will save time and money

Property: Making the renovation dream a reality

Revamping a property can add value but it can also be a minefield or a money pit. Matthew Craker of Fine and Country Brookmans Park advises on what to consider before taking on a renovation project

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Ravel handbag

Fashion: Black and white at Love to Boutique

Ethanie Jackson Turner finds a classic pairing in a favourite Rickmansworth boutique

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Members of the Hertfordshire Regiment

Hertfordshire’s Great War

The First World War, which Britain entered 100 years ago this month, impacted heavily on Hertfordshire as it did every communnity in the land. Leigh Goldsmith, with thanks to the Herts at War project, looks at the fears and deprivations endured and great efforts and sacrifices made in the county to help win the conflict

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Fish and Eels pub, Hoddesdon

10 things to do in Hoddesdon

From river walks and lazy pub afternoons to children’s adventure and the thrills of the race track, Hoddesdon makes for a fine day out. We pick 10 things to do in the Lea Valley town

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Mark Fanner, one of The 3 Brewers

40 years of beers

Founded in Ireland by a quartet of northerners, the Campaign for Real Ale decided on St Albans for its HQ in 1974. Over the past four decades, it has proved to be a consistent voice for beer lovers. Laura Vickers reports on the organisation’s impact on the county and beyond

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