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Much Hadham village sign

Things to Do in Much Hadham

Sitting beside the river Ash, the picturesque village of Much Hadham is packed full of history and has many beautiful gardens. From sport to sculpture, it’s a perfect corner of the county to enjoy a day out this month

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Some of the huge wine selection at FL Dickins

Christmas shopping in Rickmansworth

With its picturesque waterways and pretty streets, it’s no surprise that Rickmansworth has been used as a location for film and TV. This month, on and around its attractive High Street, visitors will find plenty of unusual shops offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and goodies

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Heritage Foundation chairman Colin Chatfield with Theo Guy, executive chef at Cultivo Lounge

Letchworth means business

Letchworth is poised to enter a new era thanks to the creation of its Business Improvement District. Patsy Hudson looks at the task ahead

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Barn owls are nesting on the site, photo Jon Hawkins

Rewards of Thorley Wash

A major restoration project at Thorley Wash Nature Reserve is reaping rich rewards, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust officer Joey Millar reports

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Matt Aldous-Horne

Sporting Sawbridgeworth

The small east Herts town of Sawbridgeworth has a new generation of sporting talent tipped for great things, Sarah Hammill reports

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Mum's Guide to Harpenden at last year's Hertfordshire Business Awards

Girl Power linking Harpenden community

From making life easier for busy mums, to connecting homeworkers and creating a pop up night club to get back in time for the babysitter, women in Harpenden are creating social and business links that are improving life for thousands in the town. Julie Lucas reports

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Crab fishing at Warbelswick, Stephen Lowe

The highs of Lowe’s art

Landscape painter Stephen Lowe was as surprised as anyone when his Walkern studio became a destination gallery for leading artists. Caroline Foster reports

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Signs at House of Cards

Trading Places in Tring

The riverside market town of Tring in the south west of the county has a friendly feel built on centuries of trade. Julie Lucas finds some of the best places to shop, chat and eat

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The Norman Berkhamsted Castle shows the changing political nature of the county, while the town gets its name from the earlier Anglo-Saxon 'hamstede' - homestead.

What’s in a place name?

The names of Hertfordshire’s towns, villages and natural features shine a light into the deep past, reflecting ancient religious beliefs, invasions and new settlers. Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman Liz Hamilton explores

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St Mary's Church

Hitchin history walks

A walk through Hitchin will take you back centuries and in the footsteps of royalty, inventors and reformers. Sandra Smith meets two town guides passionate about its history both ancient and modern

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Elizabeth Somers with Tizzy the pony, Brook Cottage Farm Riding School

Things to do in Furneux Pelham

Sarah Hammill finds plenty of good reasons to visit this attractive East Herts village

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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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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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Tufted vetch

Harmony in Composers Park

Countryside Management Service projects officer Paul Evans explains a project to allow people and wildlife to live in harmony at Composers Park in Elstree

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