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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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Melanie Sykes supporting Champney's campaign

Fitness for you

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape or you just over-indulged over the festive period, there is a class to attend and event for you to aim for to keep you motivated, no matter what your ability. It doesn’t matter if you hate running or can’t touch your toes, if you want to make a difference, we’ve got it covered. By Carrie Bone

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Chris and Christina Rees

Property: Calm in a storm

Christina Rees is a remarkable woman. A leading advocate for equal rights in the Church of England, having campaigned successfully for the right of women to become vicars and now bishops, she grew up on a boat sailing the oceans and has been a regular inspirational voice on BBC Radio. Pat Bramley explores her life and her special home in Barley

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Victoria Pendleton with one of her Halfords range bikes

Victoria Pendleton’s secrets

Sofa, telly, food, big new slippers (all brilliant) but it’s post-Christmas and there’s an itch to be moving again, get out and about, work those muscles and take the air. Who better to give a little inspiration (and top health tips) than Britain’s most successful female Olympian, record nine-time world cycling champion and local girl, Victoria Pendleton

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Passing wealth on needs careful planning

Finance: Eight steps to successful succession

It is estimated that £1trillion will pass down from one generation to the next over the next 20 years. Matthew Holmes of Coutts Wealth Management outlines an eight-point succession plan for peace of mind

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Breathing Space in Harpenden, nominated for Day Spa of the Year

Health: LadyXsize fitness advice

TV fitness expert and BBC Radio presenter Nana Akua recommends a regime that combines fitness with wellness

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A dressed fireplace creates a warm focal point

A warm welcome in winter

It’s cold out there, but there are décor ideas that can warm our homes and hearts. Matthew Craker of Fine and Country estate agents in Brookmans Park 
suggests ways to make your property welcoming in winter

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Letchwroth Sinfonia founder member Ann Parkhouse

My Herts Life: Ann Parkhouse

The celebrated Letchworth Sinfonia marks its 30th anniversary with a special concert this month. Patsy Hudson talks to founder member Ann Parkhouse about this remarkable group of musicians

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