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Kevin Carroll, head chef at 4 Nations restaurant

The head chef of the innovative St Albans restaurant gives an insight into his kitchen

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Daniel Tozser and a young supporter model the clubs new away strip at its annual open day last summer

From terrace to town

It’s Hertfordshire’s most successful football club. Former England manager Graham Taylor spent some of the happiest times of his life here and Elton John was so passionate about it he bought it. What is perhaps less well known is Watford FC’s role in bringing joy to thousands away from the terraces. Julie Lucas reports

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Plum with Snowhill honey iced parfait, roasted plums, walnut crumble and Madeira sorbet

Dinner At: Luton Hoo hotel, near Harpenden

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne explores the Wernher wow factor at Luton Hoo

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Little Egret at Lemsford. Photo by HBC member Yves Gisseleire

A wing and a prayer

Bird populations in the county have undergone huge flux in recent decades, a book out next month shows. Kiran Reynolds talks to its author about the changing fortunes of these fascinating creatures

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Hemel Hempstead health walk

Find your feet in 2015

When it comes to new year health kicks, forget the latest fitness plans and on-trend exercise gadgets, a brisk walk is hard to beat, says Isabel Crozier of the Countryside Management Service as the group launches Hertfordshire Year of Walking

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Asking the right questions is key to finding the right riding school

Choosing the right riding school

Are you and your family safe on your riding lessons? The British Horse Society gives a guide to what to look for in a riding school and instructor

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Letchworth Study Centre

Making history in LGC

Want to make history? Letchworth GC Heritage Foundation is calling for volunteers to help archive some 80,000 documents and objects held in storage

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Getting a swimming trainer can pay dividends for health and enjoyment

In at the deep end

Facing the big 50, Heather Harris took on the challenge of going from inept swimmer to joining the lanes of ‘goggle-eyed front crawlers’ at her local pool in Berkhamsted

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Faux fur box jacket, Simply French

Fashion: Get your coat

Ethanie Jackson-Turner goes on a Simply French adventure

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Connor Wells on the SX Studio Stage on Baldock High Street

Beating heart of Baldock

Baldock is increasingly becoming a cultural hub in the county, with food, music, art, craft, comedy, sport and charity events throughout the year. 
James Scott looks ahead to the highlights of 2015

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Steak, Bridget B's, Watton-at-Stone

The fine foodie: Bridget B’s

Sharon Struckman finds a village farm shop and butchers producing traditional meat and game to tantalise your taste buds

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Konik ponies

Horse power on reserves

Sarah Buckingham explains why the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has enlisted some very special equine help on its nature reserves

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Join an orchid group to find out more about these lovely plants

Helping hand for green fingers

The start of a new gardening year is the perfect time to join a horticultural club and nurture your green-fingered skills (or lack of). Philippa Pearson selects some of the best in Herts

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Taraxacum Glow

Art focus: Waxing lyrical

Bourne End-based artist Julie Wrathall is enthralled by a method of painting used by ancient Egyptians. Janice Walker expores her beautiful works

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Wisteria should be pruned back now for abundant flowers in the summer

The Gardening Coach: January

Judy Shardlow says now is the time to be thinking about glorious wisteria

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Ales from the Private Brewery of Bob range

A glass of Herts: Private Brewery of Bob

Laura Vickers goes in search of the best drinks made in the county

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The third generation Audi TT, continuing a UK love affair

Motoring: Audi TT, Falling in love again

Audi’s new TT Coupe is an object of desire, passion and pure sporting pleasure. Motoring editor Andy Russell is besotted

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Tamsin Little is performing in the village

10 Things to do in Markyate

This month there’s plenty going on in the charming west Herts village of Markyate. Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the bunch

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