Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Interview with Peter Hordon


In the show today Danny spoke to Peter Hordon who is part of the Radlett Horticultural Society. He told us about what being a member of the society includes. On top of flower arranging, they also have regular trips throughout the year visiting gardens. Having a membership of up to eight hundred people it is obviously a popular hit!

This Saturday 2nd September the Radlett Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Flower Show, which includes stalls from your most prim rose to your juiciest fruit, from tantalising tulips to your vivacious vegetables. It is a family orientated event held at Visions Hall, Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett open from 3-5pm.

Everyone is welcome to come along. If you would like any more information you can call Peter on 01923 857194 or visit their website: http://www.rhs.org.uk/


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking. I have given quantities in ounces as well for those of you who still like to know stuff 'in old money!'

So today's treat is …. Lemon Syrup Cake – a bit of sunshine as we head to Autumn

Ingredients

125g/4 oz butter or margarine

175g/caster sugar

juice of 2 lemons

2 beaten eggs

175g/6oz self raising flour

a little milk

50g/2 oz granulated sugar

lemon essence


1, Cream butter or margarine, caster sugar until fluffy.

2, Gradually beat in eggs and a teaspoon of lemon essence.

3, Mix in the flour gently and add about 4 tablespoons of milk to loosen the mixture.

4, Grease a 1kg/2lb loaf tin.

5, Bake at Gas 4/350F/180C for 45 – 50 mins until risen and golden.

6, Just before the cake is ready to come out of the oven make the lemon syrup by heating the lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved.

7, As soon as the cake is out of the oven while still in the tin, piece all over with a skewer. Pour over the lemon syrup and leave the cake in the tin until cold.


Scoff and enjoy - Nom, Nom!

St Alban's Marquetry

Gordon Negus spoke to us today about on-going Marquetry classes that are held at Greenwood Park every Wednesday evening. The image to your left is an example of the work that is produced at these classes.

Marquetry is considered an ancient craft as it began centuries and centuries ago starting with the Egyptians. However it did not develop officially until the 14th Century in Italy. Now, in this modern day and age, the crafts continue and are accessible to you! With classes held every Wednesday as of 7th September at Greenwood Park, Chiswell Green there is no excuse to not attend! Attendee's will be working alongside experienced 'Marqueterians' so you will be learning from the best.

You can find out more information on their website www.marquetry.org.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Lion Hart Festival


This evening we spoke with David Worcester the landlord of the White Lion public house in Sopwell Lane , St Albans.
Along with the White Hart Tap in Keystone Terrace they are hosting the Lion Hart beer festival this weekend which includes live bands. The event is raising funds for Help For Heroes and Bowel Cancer,Petty Officer Andy Gibbs of HMS St Albans will be in attendance too.
full details can be found at the web site http://www.thewhitelionph.co.uk/

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Interview with musician Pete Waters and his experience in India

On this afternoons Drive Time show we were joing with musician Pete Waters.

When musician Pete Waters decided to travel to India he did not expect to see so many children living on the streets of Chennai. It was there where he befriended a group of Christians who were running an orphanage and an old people's home.

They informed Pete that they were also setting up a project called 'Street Kids in India' in order to protect and help children who are living on the streets. This project involves hiring a YMCA hall once a month and inviting the families and children who are on the streets to come in for some fun entertainment. This would included singing songs, playing games and as it is run by a Christian Missionary team they also read bible stories. When the family or children had finished for the day they would each receive a goody bag. If the children would like to literally 'get off the streets', the Christian Missionary group will happily welcome them to their orphanage homes.

Since Pete's visit he has kept in contact with the Christian Missionary group. They have told Pete that they are struggling to continue running their most recent project. So, Pete has organised a musical event on the first Sunday of every month at the Farmer's Boy pub on London Road in order to raise money for the 'Street Kids in India' project. Landlords, Doug and Roz have already very kindly donated £120 to the project, yet more money is desperately needed. So if you are looking for a joyful family day join Pete Waters and his family at the Farmer's Boy pub on London Road where there will be local bands playing, a carvery and children's entertainment. Donations will be on collection.

Interview - Barry Hilliard

This evening we were joined in the studio by our resident St. Albans City FC expert (and member of the Saints City Trust) Barry Hilliard who guided us through last night's cracking encounter at Clarence Park with Hitchin Town.

In front of the largest crowd for 10 months, things started badly for City when Town went 0 - 2 up within 9 minutes but City pulled one back. Unfortunately Town scored another before half time so the teams went into the break with the score standing at 1 - 3.

In the second half City really went for it and scored two in quick succession to take the score to 3 - 3. Hitchin then scored a fourth and things looked bleak for City before a foul on Sean Shields in the area gave City a penalty that was duly dispatched and the game ended with the score at 4 - 4.

A great game I think you'll agree!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Playlist w/c 22nd August 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beverley Knight - Cuddly Toy
Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby
Chris Rea - Dancing My Blues Away
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
Dolly Parton - Together You And I
Elvis Costello - Sparkling Day
Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
Hurts - Wonderful Life
Imelda May - Road Runner
James Blunt - Dangerous

Jonathan Jeremiah - Lost
Katie Cole - Sunrise

Lenny Kravitz - Stand
Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
Melanie C - Think About It
Nerina Pallot - Turn Me On Again
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death Of You and Me
One Republic- Good Life
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark
Take That - When We Were Young
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners
Tony Bennett & Michael Bublé - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Will Young - Jealousy

Items in BOLD are new additions.

This week's featured track is Cuddly Toy by Beverley Knight:

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cook Cooking with Jackie Johnson


My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.

So, today’s treat is ….... White Chocolate & Apricot Cookies

Oh boy! These are sooo good.....

Ingredients:

125g butter or margarine

100g caster sugar

75g soft brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

150g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

100g white chocolate

100g chopped soft dried apricots


1, Gently melt the butter or margarine in a small pan.

2, Put both sugars in a mixing bowl and pour in the melted butter or margarine and beat well with a wooden spoon.

3, Beat in the egg and vanilla.

4, Sift the flour and the baking powder into the bowl and stir in.

5, Add the white chocolate and chopped apricots. The mixture will be quite loose.

6, Dot heaped dessert-spoonfuls of the mixture on to 2 baking sheets covered with baking parchment leaving a good 4cm between them as they spread out.

7, Bake on a pre heated oven at 190C/Gas 5 for 10 mins until they are golden brown.

8, Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for a couple of mins to firm up and then cool on a wire rack.


Enjoy!

Monday, 22 August 2011

WHD Regular Business Feature - With Roma Bhowmick

Today on WHD we welcomed Roma Bhowmick from Business Link East and today's feature was slightly different as Roma did a business question and answer session!

Questions were emailed in from our listeners and are as follows.....

Q1 I have my own business and it has been going for six months but things have really slowed up. Should I be worried about my marketing?
Roma says - Don't panic! marketing can take a good six months or so to have an impact. Constantly analyse responses and your business plan, to help you stay on track. Also slow decision making from clients will have an impact.

Q2, I need help with a Marketing Plan- who can I talk to?
Roma says - see the Business Link website on www.businesslink.org.uk/east for all info on how to set up a Marketing Plan or call 08457 171615 to speak to an advisor.

Q3, Web based and e-marketing - where to start?
Roma says - If you are based in the east of England, Business Link can put you in touch with other companies who use Business Link East to network with and 'share notes' on web based and e-marketing.

Q4, I have taken over a business - a garage - who do I contact with regards to health & safety?
Roma Says - contact the Health & Safety Directive on www.hse.gov.uk

Q5, I am looking for some funding for my business and have heard of 'angel investors' - a bit like Dragons Den.
Roma says - You can google this type of funding or contact Business Link East on www.businesslink.org.uk/east or call 08457 171615 to speak to an advisor.



Friday, 19 August 2011

Interview - The Boys from Blackwood


Several weeks ago we were joined in the studio by four young men who had created a play for their A-levels and were preparing to take the piece to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Well they went, they saw and they conquered!

The boys were back in the studio to tell us what the experience of performing their show Blackwood in Edinburgh was like and how it all went. Well it turns out that they were incredibly well received (even Danny was gushing in his praise!) with one reviewer saying that "the acting is top-quality and full of classic touches."

The experience was a draining one as all the guys had to do their own advertising as well as the nine performances they did over the festival. They managed to get up to 60 people to see them every performance!

Such is the success of Blackwood that they've had offers of performing the show around St. Albans and even further afield and there is also talk of putting the production onto film. It'll be exciting to see how far this thing can go and I hope they always remember us here at Radio Verulam once they're famous!

Two entirely out of context pictures of vegetables



We were joined on the phone today by the inimitable Jonny Seabrooke and he decided to share with us some pictures of disfigured carrots. As you do.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Verulam Writers Circle


This evening we heard from Mark Clementson of The Verulam Writers Circle who spoke about on line publishing of books and covered the following books;
Mrs D'Arcy versus The Aliens by Jonathan Pinnock which is due out in a fortnight and can be ordered on line now, details can be found at http://www.mrsdarcyvsthealiens.com/

Pikes Quest by K.J. Bennett - details at http://www.kjbennett.co.uk/

Full details of The Verulam Writers Circle can be found at http://vwc.org.uk/map.php

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Interview - Jill and Jane of Soroptimists International


Today we were joined in the studio by Jane Slatter and Jill Ogley who told us all about the fascinating organisation Soroptimists International who are a women's organisation that do great work to help women and girls all around the world.

Locally the St. Albans branch is raising money for the St. Albans and Hertsmere Women's Refuge centre and will be running a bookstall on Saturday 27th August. The stall will be selling a variety of books at knock-down prices and all money goes towards the refuge centre. It will be found in front Clinton Cards in the city centre.

For more information on the organisation itself then visit either the international site or the site of Great Britain and Ireland.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson
My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking. I have given quantities in ounces as well for those of you who still like to know stuff 'in old money!'
So, today’s treat is a Faff free Cream Tea! y'know....... scones, jam and cream!
A lovely treat for all the family, any time......
Ingredients:
225g/8oz self-raising flour
Pinch salt
50g/2oz butter or margarine
28g/1 oz caster sugar
5-6 tablespoons of milk
Jam of your choice – I used Morello Cherry
Clotted cream or whip some double cream – both good

1, Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine with your fingertips so it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
2, Add the sugar and then add the milk and mix with a knife to a soft but not sticky dough. If it does look a bit sticky add a touch more flour.
3, Place the dough on to a floured surface, knead very lightly and either press out with your hands or roll out to just under an inch thickness.
4, Cut into 5cm or 2 inch rounds – I used a 3 inch diameter glass to do mine and the recipe made 8 large scones. Place on a baking tray. Brush the tops with a little milk.
5, Bake in a pre heated hot oven Gas 7/425F/220C for 12-14 mins until lightly golden and firm to the touch.
6, Allow to cool on a wire rack and to serve – split and load up with jam and cream and have with lashings of tea!

Enjoy!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monthly Feature - With Michelle Hart From The CVS


Today on WHD we welcomed Michelle Hart From The CVS and the first topic she spoke about with Danny was a training opportunity for volunteers who participate in Community Car Schemes; such as picking up prescriptions for people. The course is called - Assisting Passengers - Top Tips for Volunteer Car Drivers. The course takes place in Wheathampstead on 28th August and for details and cost, please contact Sally Bauer of the CVS on 01727 852657.

More good news! Volunteering Herts have just been awarded 100k from the Big Lottery Fund! This will help enable long term unemployed people to gain skills and increase their chances of paid employment through volunteering. It will also work hand in hand with local organisations to help develop new voluntary opportunities which meet local needs.

In these trying times, help your community by getting involved. This is not just by volunteering work but for instance, lobbying your local councillor or organising events.

For more information visit www.cvsstalbans.org.uk

Playlist w/c 15th August 2011

Hi Drivetimers

I'm back and raring to go following my holiday last week.  Many thanks to Jonny Seabrook & Nick Hazell for presenting the show in my absence.

As it's a Monday, here is our Drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beverley Knight - Cuddly Toy
Blondie - What I Heard
Chris Rea - Dancing My Blues Away
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts

CocknBullKid - Yellow
Danny & Freja - If Only You
Dolly Parton - Together You And I
Elvis Costello - Sparkling Day
Fitz & The Tantrums - Money Grabber
Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
Hurts - Wonderful Life
Lenny Kravitz - Stand
Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
Melanie C - Think About It
Miss 600 - Twist
Nerina Pallot - Turn Me On Again
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death Of You and Me
One Republic- Good Life
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark

Status Quo - Two Way Traffic
Take That - When We Were Young
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners
The Pierces - It Will Not Be Forgotten
Tony Bennett & Michael Bublé -Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Will Young - Jealousy
Wonderland - Nothing Moves Me

Items in BOLD are new additions

My featured track for this week is Think About It by Melanie C:

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Travel correspondent Andy Jarosz

This evening we heard from travel correspondent Andy Jarosz who told about travelling safely given the recent unrest we have witnessed in the UK.
Andy advised consulting the foreign office web site http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/ which informs you of countries not to travel to and gave us tips such as;
* Using social media web sites to check out the place your travelling to
* Driving laws in that country
* Keep a list of important phone numbers with you such as the British Embassy
* Scan a copy of your passport and other important travel documents to your email folder so it can be printed out if needed.
* Do not cary large amounts of cash and cards when visiting tourist spots.
* Take advice on where to go or not to go from your hotel or the local tourist information office.
* Talk to local people about safe areas, resturants and bars to visit.

If travelling further afield you can register on the foreign office web site to advise them you are in particular location.

Andy has more details on his web site http://www.501places.com/

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Interview - Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau


Today we were joined in the studio by Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau who gave us plenty of advice about a variety of subjects such as what happens when a holiday tour operator goes bust, dealing with possible rogue traders that appear on your doorstep and dealing with home renting issues.

Elizabeth told us what you should do if you find yourself stuck in a foreign land when if your tour operator goes into liquidation. Recently 'Holidays 4 U' went into administration, stranding their customers, and should this happen you can be reimbursed through the ATOL scheme. You should also be aware of everything that your travel insurance covers and get in contact with your travel agent. Should you wish to find out more then visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority or give them a ring at 0844 933037.

The next topic was about people trying to sell their services on the doorstep and what should be done to avoid being conned out of your money. Some of Elizabeth's top tips were:
  • Don't agree to anything immediately. Take their details first.
  • Check their details thoroughly and make sure to get a business name and address.
  • See if they are a liscensed trader on www.direct.gov.uk
  • Ask for references
  • If you are actually looking for a builder/workman then don't just accept the first one you meet, get quotes from a variety of sources
  • Don't ever pay cash up front
  • Only pay once work has been completed
  • Don't be afraid to call the police if you think you've been conned.
  • For more information then call Consumer Direct on 08454040506
Finally Elizabeth covered the subject of renting properties and the problems that can arise if something is wrong with a property. Again, Elizabeth was prepared with list of handy top tips!:
  • You have the right to have the structure of the house in good repair and the heating and water should all work properly
  • You should always check the agreement you have with your landlord
  • Talk with your landlord if their is a problem and put all repair requests in writing (and remember to keep a copy!)
  • Don't just stop paying your rent as this can cause more problems
  • Take advice before instigating legal action
  • If the problem affects your health (such as mould) then you can report the property to the Environmental Health Department.
Finally, if you need any advice then please get in touch with the St. Albans Citizens Advice Bureau on 08444 111 444 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)

Barry Hilliard - Saints City Trust

We were joined in the studio today by our resident St. Albans City correspondent Barry Hilliard who talked us through last nights game against Cheshunt in the Herts Charity Cup. The Saints recorded a 0 - 2 victory and will proceed through to the next round against Leverstock Green.

The result rounds off a series of pre-season games in which the Saints have won 4 and lost 4. Barry seemed reticent to say that the Saints will have a great season but word from the players is that they are confident they can make the year a success. Let's hope that can do just that!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.'

So today's savoury treat is …. Rosemary, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Focaccia – Don’t be afraid of baking with yeast – Get to know your dough!

Ingredients

500g strong white bread flour

10g salt

5g dried fast action yeast

2 tbsp olive oil


To finish


Flaky sea salt

2 sprigs fresh chopped rosemary


1, Mix together in a large bowl, the flour, salt and yeast.

2, Add 350ml warm water (blood heat – not hot or it will kill the yeast)

3, Mix to a rough dough, add the oil and squish in

4, On a lightly floured surface and with floured hands, knead the dough. It is quite a sticky dough so keep dusting your hands with flour.

5, Knead using the heel of your hands, pulling the dough away from you until it is soft and silky – this will take about 10 mins.

6, Put the round of dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave somewhere warm to double in size – takes about an hour.

7, 'Knock back' the dough by prodding it gently to get the excess air out of it and leave it to rise again for about ½ hour. Meanwhile, lightly oil a shallow baking tin about 25cm x 35cm.

8, On a floured surface press the dough out to a rough rectangle and lift into the tin and press right into the corners.

9, Cover with cling film and leave to rise again (boring, I know but this is the process!) for 20 mins.

10, Once risen, poke dimples with your finger all the top, trickle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and rosemary.

11, Bake in a hot oven 220c/430/gas mark 7-8 for 15-20 mins turning down after 10 mins if it browns too fast. Can be eaten warm or cool.


Scoff and enjoy - Nom, Nom!

WHD Special Guest! - Mark Rogers from St Albans Underwater Hockey Club


Today on WHD, Nick Hazell spoke with Mark Rogers from St Albans Underwater Hockey Club!

Underwater hockey was created 50 years ago in Southsea and is a world wide sport. There are around 150 teams in the UK and the world championships will be held this time next week in Portugal. The game starts with six players on the surface wearing snorkels, fins masks and waterpolo hats, and when the whistle goes they all dive underwater! Each player will stay underwater 30 seconds maximum but the game is a wonderful way to keep fit!

For more information check out the website at www.stalbansunderwaterhockey.co.uk

Monday, 8 August 2011

Tea Time Treat! - Part 2

Here is the recipe for Jonny's Vegetable Frittatas to follow up the ingredients posted earlier:

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onions and saute gently for 8-10 minutes until nice and soft and golden brown. Add the courgetts and continue cooking until brown onboth sides. Add the tomatoes and cook on a moderate heat until thick.

2. Break the eggs into a large bowl and add the seasoning, grated Parmesan, torn basil and parsley. Beat well with a whisk until thoroughly blended.

3. Drain off and discard any excess oil from the tomatoe mixture. Add the mixture to the beaten eggs and stir together gently until well mixed.

4. Heat the butter in a large clean frying pan until hot and sizzling. Pour in the egg mixture and reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Cook very gently until the omlette is firm and set underneath. Place under a preheated gril for a few seconds to set and brown the top. Slide out onto a plate and serve at room temperature cut into wedges.

Interview with Barry Hilliard - Saints City Trust

Tonight Jonny was joined on the phone by Barry Hilliard of the Saints City Trust to talk us through all the latest goings on at St. Albans City FC. He told us all about last Saturday's pre-season friendly against Potters Bar which the Saints won 2-0. The Saints fielded a lot of trialists but according to Barry there were lots of encouraging signs.

This was the final pre-season friendly before the season starts properly and the Saint's record stands at won 3, lost 4, which is good considering they faced the likes of QPR, Peterborough and FC Gabala of Azerbaijan.

Barry discussed the current goalkeeping situation as the new goalkeeper, Nick Jupp, has jetted off to China to represent Great Britain at the World Student Games and Barry seemed unsure as to who will take his place at the beginning of the season.

All in all the outlook is good from the Saint's point of view as manager David Howell is back in the country after attending a wedding in the US and the season will be getting underway with a home match against Cirencester Town on Saturday 13th August. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for consessions and £2 for under-12s.

Tea Time Treat!

Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, very finely sliced

3 courgettes, finely sliced

3 tomatoes, skinned and chopped

6 large eggs

50 g (2 oz) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

few basil leaves, torn

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

25 g (1 oz)

salt and pepper

Tune in at 6:45pm to hear how you put it all together!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Playlist w/c 8th August 2011

Hi Drivetimers

I'm away for a week but nonetheless, the new music playlist is here:

Beverley Knight - Cuddly Toy
Blondie - What I Heard
CocknBullKid - Yellow
Darius Rucker - This
Darren Hayes - Talk Talk Talk
Dolly Parton - Together You And I
Elbow - Lippy Kids
Fitz & The Tantrums - Money Grabber
Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas

Jon Allen - Sweet Defeat
Joss Stone - Somehow
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Never Lookin Back
Lenny Kravitz - Stand
Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
Miss 600 - Twist
Nerina Pallot - Turn Me On Again
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death Of You and Me

Simon Lynge - If You Go
Status Quo - Two Way Traffic
Take That - When We Were Young
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners (Come and Get It)

The Pierces - It Will Not Be Forgotten
Whitesnake - One Of These Days
Will Young - Jealousy
Wonderland - Nothing Moves Me


Items in BOLD are new additions

Jonny Seabrook will be presenting the show on Monday and Nick Hazell will be looking after things Tuesday - Friday.

See you soon!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Harpenden Photographic Society


Harpenden Photographic Society provides a meeting point for those in the local community who are interested in all aspects of photography. Members are encouraged to share their knowledge and skills with other members, both with regard to photographic techniques and also the latest technical developments and computer systems. There is a voluntary facility to photograph local events and activities for local associations and Council departments.

Our varied programme includes competitions, presentations from visiting speakers, members' evenings and informal socials. There are five print and projected digital image competitions held during the season (assessed by external judges) which accumulate points towards the Society's Annual Awards. In addition, there is a digital audio-visual competition (judged by our members), together with the Jim Jarvis Trophy ‘Panel of Three’ assignment. There is also the opportunity for members to display their work at the Society's Annual Exhibition, and to participate in a number of external competitions and ‘battles’ against local photographic clubs.

Non-members are welcome to attend three meetings before deciding to join, but are not allowed to enter competitions or the Annual Exhibition. Country members are welcome to enter competitions and the Annual Exhibition.

For further information about the Society please contact our secretary, Sarah Cody
Telephone: 01582 763092
or, alternatively, use the web site http://www.hpsociety.co.uk/

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Interview with Janet Blackham - St. Albans Arts Society


Today we were joined on the phone by Janet Blackham, a member of the St. Albans Arts Society, who filled us in on all the information surrounding the society's 60th Summer Exhibition, which is currently being held in the Old Town Hall in St. Albans city centre.

The exhibition, which began last Saturday and runs through to this Saturday, is open at 10am every morning until 6pm in the evening (except Friday, which finishes at 9pm). There is a bar at the event and so you can enjoy a drink whilst viewing some of the fine artwork that some citizens of St. Albans have produced.

Entrance is free and you can find more information about the event at it's website which is www.stalbans-artsociety.org.uk. If you are interested in becoming a member of the St. Albans Arts Society then you can download a membership application form on the website as well.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Tuesday Feature! Faff Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson



Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking. I have given quantities in ounces as well for those of you who still like to know stuff 'in old money!'

So today's treat is …. Carrot & Cinnamon Muffins – lovely for a breakfast on the go!


Ingredients

250g/9oz plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

pinch salt

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1 egg – beaten

100ml water

1tbsp runny honey

100g/3 1/2oz soft brown sugar

300g/10 oz grated carrot

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp sunflower oil


1, Preheat your oven to gas mark 5/190C/375F

2, Put 12 paper muffin cases into a suitable muffin tin.

3, In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and cinnamon

4, In another bowl, beat together the egg, water, honey, sugar, grated carrot and vanilla. Add the oil to the wet ingredients and stir well.

5, Quickly combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix just enough to combine – this mixture is supposed to be a bit lumpy!

6, Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until firm but springy.

7, Cool the muffins in their paper cases on a wire rack.


Scoff and enjoy - Nom, Nom!

Special Feature on WHD - Danny talks to Jamie Cecil of Fresh Ways to Work


Today on WHD Danny spoke with Jamie Cecil of Fresh Ways to Work. This organisation helps staff and employers to find alternative routes to the workplace to ease traffic congestion and of course, transport costs. They advise on local train routes, cycle routes and can give discounts on public transport routes.

Fresh Ways to Work helps small to medium sized businesses and can work out a travel plan so you can reduce your carbon footprint, help the environment and arrive fresher for work!

For details, please see their website www.freshwaystowork.org.uk
As their slogan says - 'Bike It, Bus It, Walk It!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Monthly Wildlife Feature with Sarah Buckingham from The Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust


Today on WHD we welcomed Sarah Buckingham from The Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust to give us an update on various wildlife issues.

Sarah told Danny that the Government has just launched a new planning framework that could mean that wildlife sites are less protected. This new move by the Government has not been widely publicised and there is a fear that developers could build where they like and almost have free rein. The Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust will be lobbying the Government as Hertfordshire has 2000 wildlife sites that could be affected.

News on the HS2 which is the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. Public consultation has now been closed but The Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust are still campaigning. Sarah says they are not against it per se - but they want a strategic review to take in account the impact of wildlife as a whole. You can still write to your MP about this - see www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk to see information.

And did you know that the largest insect in England is the Great Green Bush Cricket! You can see these critters and many more with events that can be found on www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk