Thursday, 30 September 2010

St Albans Ladies Circle

This afternoon Rachel Greenlees joined us on the show to talk about the St Albans Ladies Circle; a group of 18 - 45 year olds who meet for fundraising, community projects and what sounds like a fantastic social life!

The Circle meet twice a month and their socials include; cinema trips, meals out, ghost walks, burlesque classes, swishing evenings and belly dancing.

This year they are raising money for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and their annual Halloween Masquerade Ball is coming up on Saturday 30th October.

Check out their website at: http://www.stalbanscircle.org.uk

Interview with Mike D'Abo - Listen Again

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On today's show we were priviliged to be joined by Mike D'Abo from Manfred Mann. Mike is appearing with The Manfreds at the Alban Arena on Sunday 10th October 2010. Click below to listen to the interview:


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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

St Albans Striders

This evening we heard from Sally Onn who is the chair of St Albans Striders.

The Club was set up in 1984 to cater for people interested in road running and cross country including those with no particular experience of, or aptitude for running. Many of the founder members are still with the Club which now has around 300 members.

The club meets at the Westminster Lodge Athletics Track, Verulam Park, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2DJ (behind Westminster Lodge Leisure Center) at the following times:

* Tuesday evening: 19:00
* Thursday evening: 19:00
* Saturday 08:00

We have use of the athletics track on Tuesdays under the guidance of our Coach. He organises a group session of interval training ranging from 200m to mile reps. There is a schedule of these coached sessions on the Training Schedule page.

These are communal sessions where everybody runs at their own pace around the track. On Thursdays we do not use the track, but a few different runs of different speeds and distances go out onto the road.

On Thursdays we meet at the same place (Westminster Track) and a number of runs go out on the roads and paths around St Albans. We do not have use of the track on Thursdays, but we do have use of the changing rooms and showers.

Further details can be found the web site www.stalbansstriders.com

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Monthly interior design feature with Gwendoline Alderton

This month, Gwendoline talked about how we can warm up our houses what with the weather getting colder.

If you have a cold house or room which feels cold even after you've turned up the heating, you could use colour to make it feel more cozy. Colours such as reds and plum are great for a warm feeling and can be complimented and balanced with caramel colours.

For that extra cozy look and feel, you could then add some furnishings with lots of texture - woolen furnishings are currently very popular.

So how do you use all these ideas in your house? You don't have to change the entire look of your home or a particular room, spend lots of money or go on a big decorating mission! You could just make changes using accessories. Items including vases and cushions are great accessories that can add colour, and of course can be changed to create a new effect as the seasons change or for any other reason.

Other great ideas to keep the place warm, include doubling up your curtains to help keep the heat in, lining your curtains with thermal lining and moving furniture (particulary that favourite chair or sofa) into a warmer area.

For more information on interior design, check out Gwendoline's website.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Business Feature with Roma Bhowmick

Hi Drivetimers

On today's show we had our regular monthly feature with Roma Bhowmick from Business Link. We continued to look at recruiting staff and discussed how to interview prospective employees and how to select the right candidate for the job.

There is a helpsheet available that you can download here. (PDF) You can also follow Roma on twitter.

Coming Up This Week

Hi Drivetimers

On the show this week:

Monday - Regular business feature with Roma Bhowmick
Tuesday - Monthly interior design feature with Gwendoline Alderton
Wednesday - Sally Onn from St Albans Striders & Mike D'Abo from Manfred Mann
Thursday - Jane Coull Trisec from St Albans Ladies Circle
Friday - Film Guide with Simon Carver

So why not join us weekdays from 4pm -7pm?

Playlist w/c 27th September 2010

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Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A-ha - Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
Amy Macdonald - Love, Love
Carl Barât - Run With The Boys
Caro Emerald - Back It Up
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Chris De Burgh - Everywhere I Go
Eliza Doolittle - Rollerblades
Elton John & Leon Russell - If It Wasn’t For Bad
Enrique Iglesias (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) - Heartbeat
Eric Clapton - Diamonds Made From Rain
Fran Healy - Buttercups
Joe Cocker - Hard Knocks
Joe McElderry - Ambitions
KT Tunstall - (Still A) Weirdo
Kylie - Get Outta My Way
Lifehouse - Halfway Gone
Manic Street Preachers - (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
Michael Bublé - Hollywood
Pixie Lott - Broken Arrow
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow - Shame
Rumer - Aretha
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way
Scouting For Girls - Don’t Want To Leave You
Sheryl Crow - Sign Your Name
Squeeze - Loving You Tonight
Status Quo with the Corps of Army Music Choir - In The Army Now (2010)
Taylor Swift - Mine
Tom Jones - Run On

Items in BOLD are new additions


My featured track for the forthcoming week is Back It Up by Caro Emerald:

Friday, 24 September 2010

The Radio Verulam Film Guide Recommends . . .

Here are Simon Carver's recommendations for the week ahead on free to air TV:

Friday

Rushmore
10:55pm - 12:40am
Film4


Saturday

Knocked Up
10:05pm - 11:35pm
ITV1 London


Sunday

Big
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Channel 4

300
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Channel Five


Monday

Children of Men
9:00pm - 11:10pm
ITV4


Tuesday

In & Out
7:15pm - 9:00pm
Film4


Wednesday

Mars Attacks!
8:00pm - 10:00pm
ITV4


Thursday

Be Kind Rewind
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Fiver

Thursday, 23 September 2010

St Albans Art Society

Today on the show we had Clive Patterson from the St Albans Art Society. They run a regular programme of lectures and demonstrations meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at the Marlborough Pavilion, as well as a number of one-day workshops and studio sessions throughout the year. Their next demonstration is on "Abstract Acrylics" on 6th October at 7.30pm.

For more information check out their website: http://www.stalbans-artsociety.org.uk/

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Brambleton Model Railway Club

This evening we heard from Harvey Foster of the Brambleton Model Railway Club which is located in Ambrose Lane, Harpenden.

The club has its roots back in 1947 although it was officially formed in 1956, its membership was orignally youth based but is now mostly adult orientated. The club raises funds by holding 3 events per year which are 2 open days at the club and an exhibition at the local public halls, the next event is this coming Saturday 25th September at Ambrose Lane between 2.00pm and 5.30pm; the model railway which runs outdoors is of O gauge and runs roundly for a quarter of a mile and includes live steam models.

Further details can be found at the clubs web site www.brambleton.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Elspeth Jackman showcases art in St Albans


On todays show, Danny also spoke with Radio Verulam presenter, Elspeth Jackman, who is currently displaying some of her paintings in the Courtyard Cafe and also the Sitting Room Cafe - both can be found on Hatfield Road, St Albans.

The pictures are all available to buy - if you would like to purchase one of these great pieces, just speak to someone in the cafes.

Elspeth also has lots of paintings to view at her home. To arrange a viewing, or to discuss commissions, you can contact Elspeth on 01727 862749.

Monthly Feature with Mark Clementson of Verulam Writers Circle (VWC)

Today, Mark reminded us all that the annual VWC conference 'Get Writing' is still planned for the 19th February 2011 at the University of Hertfordshire.

Attending the conference costs just £55 which includes lunch and teas/coffees. It will also give you a chance to have one-to-ones with editors and agents, plus book-signings and book sales during
the day.

Here's the list of speakers, workshop leaders and the like:

Georgina Hawtrey-Woore (Senior Editor, Cornerstones, Random House)

Marlene Johnson (MD of the Children's Division, Hachette UK)

Lyn Vernham (Marketing Director, Choc-Lit)

Ian Skillicorn (founder of Talking Bookshelf and Short Story Radio, also the driving force behind National Short Story Week)

Jane Holland (critic, poet, author and commissioning editor for the new 'Embrace' imprint of Salt Publishing)

Hilary Johnson (literary scout who also runs an editorial advisory service)

Professor Raymond Tallis (polymath, wit, poet, novelist and philosopher)

Sarah Duncan (award-winning script-writer, tutor and best-selling novelist, recently appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow for the University of Bath)

Shaheeda Sabir (literary agent with Curtis Brown)

John Jarrold (agent specializing in fantasy and SF genres)

Robert Dudley (literary agent representing mainly non-fiction clients but looking for new writers of quality fiction)

Daphne Knott (of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies)

Rosy Thornton (bestselling author of social satire 'with a hint of romance' - also a Cambridge legal don!)

Leigh Russell (local crime thriller author)

Christina Courtenay (newly published author by Choc-Lit, in charge of running the 'Love Story of the Year Award' for the RNA)

Toby Frost (sci-fi/fantasy author)

Lesley Eames (successful features and short story writer)

Jenny Barden (historical fiction author)

A 'big name' will also be attending which we'll confirm asap, and Radio Verulam will also be going along.

This month, Mark also supplied details of where you can read free short stories. All are available on line....

Free short stories, including Julie Mayhew’s '4th one down' http://liarsleague.typepad.com/

Oscar Windsor-Smith’s 'Grave Concerns'
http://www.everydayfiction.com/grave-concerns-by-oscar-windsor-smith/

Jonathan Pinnock’s story (listen for free)
http://www.shortstoryradio.com/writers/jonathan_pinnock.htm

You can also check out the VWC blog wich has some tremendous and not so tremendous rants and outpourings. That can be found at http://blog.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/

The Verulam Writers Circle meets on alternate Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church Hall with beer-fuelled evenings at the White Hart on Hollywell Hill! Both gatherings start at 8pm. Check out the VWC website for lots more information: http://www.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/.

And if you're into Twitter, you can follow Mark (@clem1000), and also our presenter Danny (@Dapperdan75).

Monday, 20 September 2010

Playlist w/c 20th September 2010

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Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A-ha - Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
Amy Macdonald - Love, Love
Carl Barât - Run With The Boys
Caro Emerald - Back It Up
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Enrique Iglesias (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) - Heartbeat
Eric Clapton - Diamonds Made From Rain
FM - Bring Back Yesterday
Fran Healy - Buttercups
Imelda May - Mayhem
Joe Cocker - Hard Knocks
KT Tunstall - (Still A) Weirdo
Kylie - Get Outta My Way
Lifehouse - Halfway Gone
Manic Street Preachers - (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
Maroon 5 - Misery
Michael Bublé - Hollywood
Nell Bryden - Goodbye
Paper Aeroplanes - Not As Old As You Think
Pixie Lott - Broken Arrow
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow - Shame
Robert Plant - ALBUM: Band Of Joy
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way
Scouting For Girls - Don’t Want To Leave You
Seal - Secret
Sheryl Crow - Sign Your Name
Status Quo with the Corps of Army Music Choir - In The Army Now (2010)
Taylor Swift - Mine

Items in BOLD are new addiitions

We hope you enjoy our selection!

Monthly Feature with Michelle Hart of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Services (CVS)

Michelle started by talking about the registration process for volunteering at the Olympics in 2012. To apply and register as one of the 70,000 volunteers you need to get your online application submitted as soon as possible. For those that don't have access to a computer, the CVS are organising a support programme in local libraries where you can complete your application and get some advice and guidance on the process.

These are the dates organised so far:

St Albans Central library: 26th September 10am - 1pm

Marshalswick library: 22nd September 10am - 12pm

London Colney library: 28th September 2pm - 4pm

Redbourn library: 28th September 2pm - 4pm

Further dates are going to be organised so check local posters for details, and remember you need to 18 or over on the 1st January 2012 to apply.

Staying on the theme of sport, Michelle advised that the Volunteers Centre in Dacorum are organising a workshop for all sports clubs in the Herts area on how to increase the number of volunteers in sports clubs. The Workshop will be held at Hanbury Manor in Ware on Thursday 4th November from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. If you're from a local sports club, or would like to get involved in a local sports club, you are very welcome to attend the event.

Another event coming up is the St Albans is Voluntary Sector Conference to be held on 30th September from 9.15am to 12.25pm, followed by the CVS AGM at 12.30pm and lunch at 1pm. If you would like to attend, please call the CVS on 01727 852657 to reserve your place.

And finally, the CVS still needs your pictures and stories about volunteering. All contributions would be gratefully accepted.

For more information on the CVS in St Albans, check out http://www.cvsstalbans.org.uk/, and for details on current voluntary positions, go to http://www.do-it.org/.

Features and interviews to enjoy this week....

LOCAL COMEDIAN - NICK HELM


Today, we have our monthly feature with Michelle Hart from the St Albans Centre for Voluntary Services.

Tuesday is the monthly feature with Mark Clementson from Verulam Writers' Circle.

On Wednesday we have an interview with Harvey Foster from Brambleton Model Railway Club. We also have an interview with local comedian, Nick Helm.

On Thursday we have an interview with Clive Patterson from St Albans Art Society.

And on Friday it's the Film Guide with Simon Carver.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Simon Carver's Film Recommendations

Hi Drivetimers

Even though we weren't on air today, due to technical circumstances beyond our control, Simon Carver has put together another fine selection of recommendations of films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:

Friday

The Dark
11:15pm - 12:45am
BBC1


Saturday

Charlie Wilson's War
9:45pm - 11:40pm
ITV1 London


Sunday

Chocolat
9:00pm - 11:20pm
Film4


Monday

Enter the Dragon
10:00pm - 12:10am
Channel Five


Tuesday

This Happy Breed
5:05pm - 7:15pm
Film4


Wednesday

The Untouchables
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4


Thursday

Appaloosa
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4


Simon will be back in his usual slot next Friday from 6.30pm.

Interview with Mark King from Level 42 - Listen Again

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Today we were joined on the telephone by Mark King from Level 42. The band are appearing at the Alban Arena on Monday 11th October. To listen to this interview again, click below:


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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Level 42 Interview

Today in the second half of the Drivetime show we will be joined by Mark King, lead singer and bassist from Level 42. Don't miss it!

Interview with Sarah from Paper Aeroplanes - Listen Again

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On today's show we were very fortunate to be joined by Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes LIVE in the studio. She sang and chatted and you can hear it again by clicking below (to hear it in a higher quality goto www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive and click on Videos).


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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Paper Aeroplanes Live in the Studio


This afternoon Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes joined us in the studio to chat and to perform live! Originally from west Wales, Paper Aeroplanes are off to tour Germany at the end of this month.

Sarah sang their new single "Not As Old" (out on 20th September), as well as "The Cliche" and "Freewheel".

Fantastic!!




Check out Paper Aeroplanes at http://www.myspace.com/paperaeroplanes

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Playlist w/c 13th September 2010

Hi Drivetimers

Sorry this is late but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A-ha - Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
Amy Macdonald - Love, Love
Barenaked Ladies - Every Subway Car
Brandon Flowers - Crossfire
Caro Emerald - Back It Up
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Enrique Iglesias (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) - Heartbeat
Eric Clapton - Diamonds Made From Rain
FM - Bring Back Yesterday
Fran Healy - Buttercups
Fyfe Dangerfield - Barricades
Goldfrapp - Believer
Harper Simon - Berkeley Girl
Imelda May - Mayhem
KT Tunstall - (Still A) Weirdo
Kylie - Get Outta My Way
Manic Street Preachers - (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
Maroon 5 - Misery
Nell Bryden - Goodbye
Paper Aeroplanes - Not As Old As You Think
Phil Collins - Heatwave
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow - Shame
Robert Plant - ALBUM: Band Of Joy
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way
Seal - Secret
The Script - For The First Time

Items in BOLD are new additions


See you on the air!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Having a blast with the BBC

Danny's been talking about BBC Blast this week in our What's On guide - the three day event going on this weekend for young people interested in media - so I headed down to London today to check it out.

Tomorrow (Sunday) there are workshops including Being A Radio DJ, Up And Coming Fashion Designers, Festival Photography, Comedy Improvisation and many more!

It all looked like brilliant fun, and I wished I was young enough to join in - so if you're aged 13-19 and want to do something different tomorrow, get yourself down to the Southbank Centre, by Waterloo tube station!

Video footage coming soon, for now have a listen to our interviews!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast


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Friday, 10 September 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver

Here are Simon's film recommendations for the week ahead:

Tonight:

King Kong
9:00pm - 12:40am
ITV2

The History Boys
11:50pm-1:40am
BBC2

Saturday:

The Bucket List
10:00pm - 12:10am
ITV1

A History of Violence
10.50pm-12.40am
Film 4

Sunday:

Mission Impossible III
9:00pm – 11:20pm
Film 4

Monday:

Monster
11:05pm-1:10am
Film 4

Tuesday:

The Thing
12:40am - 2:55am
ITV4

Wednesday:

Serendipity
9:00pm - 10:25pm
BBC3

Alien
12.10am – 2.10am
Channel 4

Thursday:

Aliens
11:20pm - 2:10am
Channel 4

On the show next week.........



..........we've got two great live interviews lined up including the Paper Aeroplanes and Mark King from Level 42.

Plus lots more interesting interviews, features, local news, infobytes, travel news and weather.

Here's what's planned.....

Monday: it's our monthly feature with St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau.

Tuesday: Andy Jarosz will be here with his monthly Travel Feature.

Wednesday: the Paper Aeroplanes will be doing a live interview. They are two musicians from the 'westest extremes of Wales, who spend a lot of time on the M4 in pursuit of pop perfection'.

Thursday: a live interview with Mark King of Level 42. One not to miss.

Friday: it's the Film Guide with Simon Carver.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Interview with Peter Tatton of the St Albans Camera Club


The St Albans Camera Club currently has members ranging from beginners to photographers with 30 or 40 years experience.

They have regular talks, lectures and competitions and members learn from each other as well as from visiting specialists.

The club meets on term time Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Community Centre, St. Brelades Place, Jersey Farm, St. Albans, Herts. AL4 9RD (Off Sandringham Crescent).


For more information and details about membership, go to http://www.stacameraclub.org.uk/

Another Interview with Darius Campbell - Listen Again

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On today's show we were delighted to welcome back Darius Campbell. He was last on the show a few weeks ago but due to some technical difficulties we only had a brief chat. However, he enjoyed his time so much that he kindly agreed to come back onto the show today and you can hear the interview again by clicking below. For more information about Darius check out his website www.dariusmusic.com


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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Interview with Sean Gough of the Harpenden Film Society

Harpenden has a new film society!

It will be offering the chance to see films at Harpenden Public Halls, either on a Tuesday or Wednesday, with films starting at 8pm. The plan is to show films roughly every two weeks in a relaxing, informal atmosphere. Drinks and food will be served at the bar.

The Society plans to show some of the most interesting and acclaimed films from the UK and overseas. The programme will embrace an intriguing mix of quality films that are a little off the mainstream and therefore more difficult to find on a big screen locally.

They are beginning the screenings this evening with a showing of Roman Polanski's thriller 'The Ghost'.

Tickets for all screenings are now on sale and membership is also available. Membership will help give The Harpenden Film Society the financial platform it needs to thrive. For more information and details about membership, go to www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk/ or contact Sean Gough on 07947 604 057 / sean@seangough.com

Monday, 6 September 2010

Interview with Peter Antram of the RSPB

This afternoon we spoke to Peter Antram of the RSPB.

The RSPB is a national charity that campaigns for healthy environments for birds throughout the country.

The work of the RSPB is driven by a belief that we have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.

And in St Albans, the local RSPB group totals around 1500 members. The lcoal group organises a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month followed by a bird watching walk on the Sunday of that same week. The next meeting is on the 14th September at St Saviours Church Hall on Sandpit Lane, St Albans, and starts at 8pm.

The topic of the next meeting is all about wildlife protection legislation in our local area and the meeting will feature a talk from Sgt Jamie Bartlett of Hertfordshire constabulary.

For more details, contact Peter Antram on 01923 678534.

Great features and interviews to look forwad to this this week.....

Today we have an interview with Peter Antram from the RSPB

On Tuesday we have an inteview with Sean Gough of Harpenden Film Society

On Wednesday, Darius Campbell is back for interview

Thursday we have an inteview with Peter Tatton of St Albans Camera Club

And it's the Film Guide on Friday with Simon Carver

Playlist w/c 6th September 2010

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

A-ha - Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
Barenaked Ladies - Every Subway Car
Brandon Flowers - Crossfire
Enrique Iglesias (featuring Nicole Scherzinger) - Heartbeat
FM - Bring Back Yesterday
Fyfe Dangerfield - Barricades
Goldfrapp - Believer
Harper Simon - Berkeley Girl
Imelda May - Mayhem
KT Tunstall - (Still A) Weirdo
Kylie - Get Outta My Way
Lissie - Cuckoo
Manic Street Preachers - (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
Maria Mena - Just Hold Me
Maroon 5 - Misery
Nell Bryden - Goodbye
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - If You Want It
Paper Aeroplanes - Not As Old As You Think
Phil Collins - (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - Beg Steal Or Borrow
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow - Shame
Robert Plant - Angel Dance
ROX - Rocksteady
Rumer - Slow
Seal - Secret
The Script - For The First Time

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you on the air!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver

Simon has given us another fine list of films to catch during the week ahead.

Tune in again on Friday next week, 6.30pm, for the latest top film tips.

Tonight

Sense and Sensibility
8:30pm - 11:10pm
More4

The Blues Brothers
10:10pm - 12:45am
ITV4

Saturday

Shallow Grave
9:00pm - 10:50pm
Film4

Sunday

Transformers
6:20pm - 9:00pm
Channel 4

This Sporting Life
10:00pm - 12:10am
BBC4

Monday

Once upon a Time in America
10:50pm - 3:10am
Film4

Tuesday

Black Narcissus
4:50pm - 6:50pm
Film4

Wednesday

Three Kings
10:00pm - 12:20am
ITV2

Thursday

United 93
10:35pm - 12:35am
ITV1 London

Thursday, 2 September 2010

I want to ride my bicyle...

Don Andrews spoke to us this evening about his long-established Verulam Cycling Club. The club was founded way back in 1928, and Don has been its President since 1987.

The club meet every Sunday morning, bright and early at 9am. Usually around 60 people turn up, and everyone is split between 5 groups according to ability. The club is essentially involved in road cycling, however they do also have a mountain biking section. All routes stay off the main roads and offer a great opportunity to explore and find out more about the area. Each Sunday members will cycle between 40 and 70 miles according to their ability group (Don assures us this isn't as far as it sounds!) and everyone returns at 1pm. And fear not, there's a stop for a tea-break along the way, of course.

Most people who take part have road bikes, and although this can be very expensive, nothing fancy is necessary and the club will teach you how to ride properly and safely.

With nearly 200 current members aged between 14 and 81, it caters for everyone (although please note that under 16s need to attend with a guardian). Be warned, that there may be a lot of MAMIL - that is, Middle Aged Men In Lycra! - who used to cycle in their younger days and have decided to return to it again later on in life.

There are lots of opportunities for competitions, either purely against yourself or against others. For example, Verulam Cycling Club runs the Chiltern Hundred Challenge every year, a one hundred mile cycle ride. Every Tuesday evening ten mile trials also take place, where members can compete against each other to see who can complete it fastest.

The club is very sociable, with plenty of opportunities for 'evening rehydration', and it even runs trips to the Alps to go and watch the Tour de France. So if you'd like to get involved, check out their website at http://www.verulamcc.org.uk/ or simply turn up on a Sunday at 9am at the top of St Peters Street, opposite the Blacksmiths Arms.

Paper Aeroplanes live in session - 15th Sept


Paper Aeroplanes will be appearing on the show on 15th September, LIVE in session! Check them out on myspace - www.myspace.com/paperaeroplanes


Be sure to tune in!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

St Albans Community Forest Association


This evening we heard from Chris Pudsey from the St Albans Community Forest Association. The organisation stemmed from the Watling Chase Community Forest project back in 1992 and is made up of around 100 members and conservation volunteers. These members help to preserve the Green Belt in Hertfordshire, which is comprised of public open spaces, including the Watling Chase Timberland Trail (pictured above).

The Community Forest members do this largely by monitoring council policies - for example, every week the council publishes a list of applications made, and the Community Forest Association keeps an eye on this, in order to raise objections when the Green Belt is threatened.

For more information and if you would like to get involved visit http://www.sacfa.org.uk/ or contact Chris by email on chrispudsey.googlemail.com.

Interview with Darius Campbell - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our recent interview with Darius Campbell. He will be coming back onto the show soon, keep checking the blog for more details:


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