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The village is renowned for its neatness

Striptease, cheese and Japanese in best-kept Cottered

Surprising things go on in Cottered – a village renowned for its beauty

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Andy Abraham

Stars of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross

Andy Abraham, shot to fame as runner-up on The X Factor in 2005. The former bin man ultimately lost out to fellow contestant Shayne Ward but went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.

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Mosaics at Verulamium Museum

A day out in...St Albans

Ancient, beautiful and busy with commerce and culture, St Albans has been attracting visitors since Roman times. Spend a rewarding day out in the city this month

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Kingfishers by  Steven Else, St Albans  'We have a pair of kingfishers at Verulamium lake in St Albans. They appear to be very tame and have been around since just before Christmas.'

Your pictures: March

Readers’ photos of the county’s people and places

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View north along the New River at Broxbourne in spring

The river that saved London

The creation of the New River in the Lea Valley in the 17th century doubled water supply to a parched London. Liz Hamilton of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire branch takes a journey along its banks and into history

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Paul Elleston of Trussell's Butchers

Life is for living in Knebworth

Three very different people in Knebworth show that with dedication and heart you can defy the odds not only to survive, but to thrive

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Roger Tickborne

The battles of Barnet

Barnet has its feet in London, but, for many, its head in Herts. Sandra Deeble talks to three activists whose mission is to keep alive spaces for creativity, learning and joy

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Balstock organiser Graeme 'G' La Roche

Baldock – a passion for life

Baldock residents have recently created a range of major events and community projects that have injected new life and interest in the town. Sandra Smith reports

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Waterford Marsh and Waterford Church in the 1960s. Photo: Cllr Peter Ruffles

Restoring wetlands at Waterford Marsh

Countryside Management Service projects officer Jon Collins explains work taking place to improve Waterford Marsh in Hertford

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Balls Wood in the snow

Woodland wonders – Balls Wood

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Susannah O’Riordan highlights improvements to a special woodland nature reserve in Hertford Heath

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'Building Bridges' by the Sadleir Drama Club

Puckeridge – Building bridges among the hills

Tucked away off the main route from Buntingford to Ware and surrounded by rolling hills, many people pass by the village of Puckeridge without ever visiting. But if they do stop, they find a vibrant community. Julie Lucas reports

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Living Heritage Country Fairs

Living Heritage Country Fairs *VIDEO*

Held out doors in some of the UK’s most beautiful locations, Living Heritage Events has everything you need to celebrate the great outdoors

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illustration of the Bull Inn c1835

Whitwell’s notorious seven

The pubs of Whitwell were once seven in number and notorious by reputation, giving the village a ‘drunken’ epithet. Sarah Beecroft goes in search of poachers, soot spreaders, brawlers and ghosts

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Brandon Oxer takes his scooter flying at the skate park in Ware Priory

Having fun in Ware

From sprinting to spas and golfing to gardens, Ware has a wide range of pursuits on offer to suit all abilities and levels. John Hutchinson looks at three very different venues helping people make the most of their leisure time

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Gabz Gardiner

Stevenage’s Got Talent

Two Stevenage singers were watched by millions as their talent took them to prime-time TV audiences this summer. Louise McEvoy discovers the people behind the voices

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Jon Jenkins with Mawaakef, winner of five races

The heart of Royston’s sporting life

Therfield Heath is central to Royston’s sporting life, with many groups using its wide open spaces. John Hutchinson takes a look at three that are proud to call it home

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