Monday, 30 April 2012

Middlesex &Herts Wildlife Trust


Sarah Buckingham from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust was our guest on drivetime this evening, amongst the he items Sarah told us about were;

Love Meadows Appeal
Hertfordshire's wildflower meadows are under threat.

We need £11,000 for grassland management

Meadow brown butterfly

Common spotted orchid

Longhorn at Blagrove Nature Reserve

Meadow Buttercups by Zsuzsanna Bird

British meadows are looking their best at this time of year, full of wildlife and buzzing with activity. They provide a great feeding and breeding habitat for many species, and somewhere for people to escape and relax too.

These special habitats developed over time, through traditional low-input farming techniques like haymaking and grazing of livestock. They are part of our natural heritage, upon which much of our native wildlife relies.

But these beloved grassland landscapes are disappearing.

As modern farming practices developed, grassland species have struggled to cope. It is estimated that only 950 hectares of wildflower grasslands remain in Hertfordshire - with a dramatic 95% decline nationally since 1940.

We need your help to provide a future for meadowland wildlife. Through our continued conservation management work we can turn back the clock and give meadows time to flourish.
Full details can be found at the web site http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/

Friday, 27 April 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 27th April 2012

On today's Radio Verulam Film Guide, Simon Carver & Danny Smith discussed the following new releases: Albert Nobbs, American Pie: Reunion and The Lucky One.

The following are Simon's recommendations for films on free-to-air TV:

Friday
Total Recall
12.30am – 2.30am
ITV2

Saturday
Mean Streets
10.30pm – 12.20am
BBC2

Sunday
Get Carter
10.00pm – 12.15pm
ITV4

Monday
Get Shorty
12.05am – 2.10am
ITV4

Tuesday
Speed
9.00pm – 11.20pm
5USA

Thursday
Four Weddings and Funeral
10.00pm – 12.25pm
Channel 5









Thursday, 26 April 2012

Colin Blunstone from The Zombies!

Tonight Danny was joined on the phone by Colin Blunstone from seminal Sixties band The Zombies. Hailing from right here in St. Albans Colin told us about how the band met and discussed the ceremony that will be happening tomorrow (Friday 27th April) at 2pm in which a blue plaque will be unveiled on the side of The Blacksmiths Arms, commemorating the site of the band's beginnings.

If you want more information on what Colin is getting up to now you can visit his website here and there will be a chance soon to listen again, here on the West Herts Drive Time blog.

Colin Blunstone From The Zombies On Today's Show

One of the founding members of sixties sensations The Zombies, Colin Blunstone, will be Danny Smith's special guest on today's drivetime show. The Zombies were one of the seminal sixties bands and were formed in St Albans. The original lineup will be gathering in St Albans town centre tomorrow afternoon outside The Blacksmith's Arms to unveil a plaque commemorating the exact location where they formed.

Make sure you tune in today to hear all about the unveiling, along with news of what Colin & co are up to today, all on West Herts Drivetime with Danny Smith on 92.6FM Radio Verulam between 4pm - 7pm.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Danny's Special Birthday Show - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

If you missed our special show yesterday, we are making the highlights available at a special podcast, available here:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/west-herts-drivetime-with/id430210933

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the show so special; to Mim Grey, Hannah from Miss 600 and Katie Cole for appearing on the show - and to Chris Aikman for putting it all together!

Danny xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Jack Savoretti's 'Before The Storm'




 This English/Italian singer songwriter has completed his third album, 'Before the Storm' which is set for release sometime this summer. Following a false start to his career with the first album given away as a free download by gigwise.com, the musician hopes to regain recognition through this relatively upbeat and a well composed album.
Vocally, Savoretti has a slightly softer tone than Paulo Nutini with the occasional rough edge ('The Proposal') that reminds me of Paul Weller ('Last Call'). His genre sways between country (‘The Propsal') and elements of rock and pop. 
My personal favourites on the album consist of; 'Take Me Home' (with its soothing vocal line and ‘friendly’ guitar parts), 'Last Call' (with its jazz influences), 'Lifetime' (a Jack Johnson-esque track) and 'Knock Knock'.
With songs such as 'Changes', where the build up is paramount, there's an excellent use of 'cello and harrowing vocals that I thought from the start may be a tad of a boring track, but ultimately ended up proving me wrong. It's heartfelt, emotive and stronger than I first assumed. I think this is a strong metaphor for the album in whole and do consider it quite the ‘grower’.
As good as it is to hear fresh, new guitar music in such a heavily saturated dance market at the moment, there isn’t much to mark Savoretti out from the crowd though.  As a maturer songwriter and performer you can certainly hear it in his songs, voice and especially lyrics "You'll find love, just wait your turn", "I hear songs in the key of sadness" (The proposal). As a positive, this adds layers and well practised musicianship that’s perhaps missed by other, younger musicians such as Ed Sheeran or an early James Morrison. If there were more anthemic tunes on the record I would be more inclined to see him live and be encouraged to await another album. For the meantime I shall savour this album for mutual, social situations and easy listening on a Sunday afternoon or a hectic commute to help focus everything...

Like Jack? Then why not read up on Michael Kiwanuka, Honey Ryder, Marching Donald or Ben Howard? All reviews available on http://viveverve.blogspot.co.uk/

Happy Birthday Danny!

If you were listening into the show today, you MAY have heard that it was Mr Danny Smith's 30something'th birthday today! Chris Aikman co produced the show and brought in some lovely looking (and tasting!) cupcakes from Dixie's Cupcakes in St Albans.
 We had a few past guests and co workers (Mr Johnny Seabrook) on the show that rang up specially to speak to our birthday boy. Firstly there was the LA based Singer-Songwriter Katie Cole. Katie left a message wishing him a happy birthday and made a promise she will come back as a guest in the near future.

http://www.katiecoleofficial.com/

Mim Grey rang in as well with some birthday wishes for Danny Boy and we played one of her new tracks. We look forward to welcoming her back to the studio. Check out her  well crafted music on her website:

http://www.mimgrey.com/music


Hannah, the singer from Miss 600 also rang up to speak to Danny and told us what she's up to. Seems like the duo will have a busy summer as they will be playing a few dates including  the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Splendour Festival in July.

  http://www.miss600.com/

 All of us here at Radio Verulam hopes that Danny has an excellent birthday! 

Monday, 23 April 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 23rd April 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
Darren Hayes - Stupid Mistake
Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set you Free

Honey Ryder - Marley's Chains
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
Jessie J - Stand Up

Juan Zelada - Barman
Keane - Silenced By The Night
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Maverick Sabre - I Used To Have It All
Morten Harket - Scared of Heights
Norah Jones - Happy Pills
Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
Paul Freeman - Tightrope
Rebecca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses
The Proclaimers - Spinning Around In The Air
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss
Train - Drive By

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Pick Up The Pieces by Paloma Faith:

Friday, 20 April 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 20th April 2012

On today's Radio Verulam Film Guide, Simon Carver & Danny Smith discussed the following new releases: The Avengers, Lockout and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The following are Simon's recommendations for films on free-to-air TV:

Friday
The Postman Always Rings Twice
11.15pm – 1.35am
ITV3

Saturday
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
9.55pm – 12.05am
BBC2

Sunday
Planet of the Apes
5.00pm – 7.15pm
Film4

Monday
Iron Man
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Film4

Tuesday
Apocalypse Now
10.00pm – 1.05am
ITV4

Wednesday
Shallow Grave
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4

Thursday
Die Hard 4.0
9.00pm – 11.30pm
Film4

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sarah Ryan from Max Appeal!


Tonight we were joined on the phone by Sarah Ryan who spoke to us about her support group called Max Appeal which helps support those who have the rare condition 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and also supports their families. Sarah and her daughter both have the condition and Max Appeal has played a big part in both their lives.

On this Sunday (22nd April) Max Appeal is taking part in '22q at the Zoo' which is a day at the zoo for 22q families to meet each other and also to raise awareness for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. The closest zoo to West Herts taking part is Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. For more information the event you can visit the website here and for more general information on the group itself click here.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Elspeth Jackman Promotes New Book


Broadcaster and writer, Elspeth Jackman came on the show today to talk about the launch of her new book 'Enjoying Later Life' which is set for release the 19th April 2012.

Elspeth described the book as an auto-biographical book which is based on her own experiences and anecdotes that have led her to write up her personal hints and tips from overcoming bad parking to dealing with being widowed. With upbeat advice and encouragement to turn to God in times of need, Elspeth provides a positive spin and how to remain being yourself in later life. This positive approach to living your later years or as Danny pointed out, the 'final third' of your life (from 60+) is an encouraging piece of literature which is aimed at the late middle aged.

In order to promote and sell her soon-to-be-international-hit Elspeth has used social networking to her advantage. She enjoys blogging at elspethjackman.blogspot.co.uk where she can 'chat away' and be simultaneously creative and disciplined. Alternatively, she's also on twitter @ElspethJackman or you can get hold of her on facebook.com/elspethjackman.

If you would like to purchase Elspeth's newest creation 'Enjoying Later Life' then you can head to;
amazon.co.uk or buy the book on Kindle

Her publisher's page can be found at http://www.onwardsandupwards.org/ or email her at emjackman@talktalk.net

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Soul Sister Feature with Danya Miller

  We were very lucky today here at Radio Verulam as we were graced with the presence of theatre veteran Danya Miller. Her impressive credentials include the Lennon and McCartney musical "All You Need is Love!" which was on in the West End in 2001.

   She came in specially to tell us of her new production "Soul Sister" which is inspired by the life, times and music of Ike and Tina Turner. She's been working on the production with her husband John who originally devised and wrote the show for over 12 months.

  It's both an inspiring and tragic story and focuses on Ike's and Tinas contribution to music. She informed us the show will also hold more of a positive spotlight on their careers rather then their turbelent private lives.  The show will be on from 14th to the 5th May. and features such hits as "Simply the Best", "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Private Dancer".

  Danya hopes it will well recieved by Tina fans as well as music lovers and even Tina herself (As she has met the songstress herself!). The show features Emi Wokoma as Tina Turner and Chris Tummings as Ike.
  The show only runs for 3 weeks at the Hackney Empire, and later will go on for an national tour and will go on for a transfer to the Westend in 2013! Best get your tickets now! Prices range from £10 - £27.50.

For more information and tickets go to: www.hackneyempire.co.uk or ring: 020 8985 2424

Monday, 16 April 2012

Emily from the CVS








Tonight we were joined in the studio by the delightful Emily Huntingford. Emily works for the CVS and has returned to the show to talk about volunteering over the summer months. If you're interested in volunteering over the summer or even right now you can get more information about the CVS in St. Albans you can visit their website: www.cvsstalbans.org.uk, call them on: 01727 852657, or visit the centre: 31 Catherine Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL35BJ

Emily was in the studio as a CVS Youth Volunteer Intern to update us on her efforts to get younger people into volunteering and the Volunteering weekend that occurred  between the 3rd and 5th April. She also discussed an upcoming event (sometime in June) 'Speed Matching' a kind of speed dating for charities and volunteers looking to help. If you're interested and want more information you can send Emily an e-mail  emily@cvsstalbans.org.uk.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Honey Ryder's Album Taster


British country/rock trio Honey Ryder have distributed their album sampler prior to their album release due this coming summer. With tracks worthy of release such as singles 'Marley's Chains' and 'You Won't Find Me' on the album, the band prove themselves to be a tight, well constructed and matured group. They have a strong grasp of genres including rock, pop and country as well as good songwriting skills and use of strong harmony and melody.

I'm usually quite skeptical of British musicians performing and writing in such an American dominated genre (of country), but the band have done it well and have still managed to incorporate elements of British rock (such as the use of classical strings as opposed to a fiddle in 'World's Way'). With influences including Sheryl Crow, Oasis and The Beatles however, the band was set from the start to include a real mix of musical genres. The result is a soft Corrs combined with Lady Antebellum and Athlete or Keane all fused together.

The track 'Marley's Chains' is my favourite because of its build and typical country sound. With fantastic harmonies and up-beat 12 string acoustic guitar sound, the track really stands out on an otherwise relatively average album. The anthemic opening vocal for the verses really captures the ear of the listener. 'You Cant Say That' is a condense and well co-ordinated song. With typical instrumentation, Shania Twain like fills on guitar amongst the predictable melodies, the build up the chorus is strong whilst the chorus itself is quite catchy.

Aside from perhaps 'World's Way' which includes the occasional catchy vocal line, other tracks 'The Orange Tree' (which sounds like perhaps a rom-com soundtrack) and 'You Wont Find Me' are relatively weak tracks with not as much as direction or perhaps outstanding elements to the song that attract me to buy the album in full on release.

Like Honey Ryder? Then you might like Alabama Shakes for more of a rock feel, for a soloist country rocker then try Marching Donald or for more of an indie vibe then give Ben Howard a go... all available on my blog Vive's Verve.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Dadda Cool's involvement with Nissan's 'The Big Turn On'


St Albans based blogger and tweeter Alex Walsh came on the show today to talk about his involvement with Nissan's most recent eco-friendly electric car, Leaf.

This project ran by Nissan acts as a competition for local bloggers who get to test drive the vehicle for a fortnight and express their thoughts and feelings about the electric car. The blogger with the most votes via a range of mediums from website hits to tweets and facebook 'likes' wins the car. If Alex is successful, an electric charge point would be brought to St Albans and undoubtedly encourage local people to invest in an electric and eco-friendly car.

Alex has praised the car for it speediness, silence and cheapness to run on a daily basis.

Alex's day to day blogging about being a Dad has proven a huge hit, so please head to http://www.daddacool.co.uk/ to check it out. To keep down with kids, follow him on twitter or increase his chances of winning the car please go to http://the-big-turn-on.co.uk/challenge/blogger/dadda-cool.html#display-popin.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

First St Albans Scout Troop


This evening we heard from Steve Lindsay chairman of the 1st St Albans scout troop, the troop are holding an auction this Saturday 14th April, booking in for the event starts at 10.00am and the auction proper starts at 1.00pm.

Donations for the auction can be brought to the scout hut on Friday evening 13th April contact Stephen Lindsay via email ordosteve@btinternet.com.
Refreshments are available all day at the eventwhich is free entry.

The troop are always looking for leaders and anyone who can assist in any capacity please contact Steve Lindsay for more details.Full details can be found at the web site http://www.firststalbansscouts.org.uk/index2.htm

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Monthly Advice Feature with Elizabeth Crampton

    It's that time of dreaded time of the year. The new financial year is upon us and it's time to get our tax details in order. It's exstremely important to actually find out if you have the right tax code. This could apply to you if you've recently changed jobs, become self employed or recently changed your marital status. It's a common occurance that people having been paying too little or too much tax due to ignorance and if you don't want a massive shock when you look at your next payslip or bank statement it's up to you to take action. So if you do feel that something isn't right with your figures, then it's best you get online or pick up the phone to the HMRC as soon as possible.

    Elizabeth also told us that there is a change to employment laws as of April. You will no longer be able to claim unfair dismissal unless you have been employed for over two years, this will not affect you however if you believe you've been discriminated against.

The best thing about getting help from the Citizens Advice Bureau is that it's a charity and therefore free! They can offer general advice and assistance on a number of subjects from Social Security Benefits, Consumer Issues and Immigration.

If you would like anymore information or advice you can click on the following the links :


http://www.stalbans-cab.org/
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/



Tuesday, 10 April 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 9th April 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Amanda Mair - Sense
Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
Chris Isaak - My Baby Left Me
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Florence + the Machine - Never Let Me Go
Honey Ryder - Marley's Chains
Jack Savoretti - Knock Knock
James Morrison - One Life
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Juan Zelada - Barman
Keane - Silenced By The Night

Lisa Hannigan - What'll I Do
Madonna - Masterpiece
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Maverick Sabre - I Used To Have It All
Norah Jones - Happy Pills
Olly Murs - Oh My Goodness
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Rebecca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Robin Thicke - Love After War
Roxette - It's Possible
Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
The Proclaimers - Spinning Around In The Air
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Train - Drive By

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Barman by Juan Zelada:

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 6th April 2012

On this Good Friday edition of the Radio Verulam Film Guide, Simon Carver & Danny Smith discussed the following new releases; Battleship, The Cold Light of Day and Titanic 3D.

The following are Simon's recommendations for films on free-to-air TV:

Friday 6th April

The Karate Kid
7.35pm – 10.00pm
5*

Juno
9.00pm – 10.55pm
More4

Minority Report
11.15pm – 1.30am
BBC2


Saturday 7th April

Road to Rio
12.20pm – 2.00pm
BBC2

Shrek
5.35pm – 7.00pm
BBC1


Sunday 8th April

Lawrence of Arabia
1.05pm – 5.15pm
Channel 5

Toy Story
5.20pm – 7.00pm
Channel 5

Strictly Ballroom
9.00pm – 10.30pm
BBC4


Monday 9th April

Passport to Pimlico
3.15pm – 5.00pm
Film4

Grease
6.50pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Monthly travel feature with Andy Jarosz


So where has Andy Jarosz been gallivanting off to now and what does he have to inspire and inform us about?

Well, his recent trip to Iceland may have tickled some of your traveling taste buds and encouraged you to check out the Scandinavian, far away land. With new flights from Luton to Reykjavik now available in an impressive time of 3 hours by Easyjet there's never been more of a reason to go. Don't be put off by thinking the northern island is cold... It's currently quite mild, with temperatures of around 8-9 degrees. Not only that, but the stunning scenery itself is well worth going for and also acts as a back drop to activities such as off road driving, hiking, water sports and coastline drives as well as the spectacular northern lights.

Andy also discussed on the show the importance of travel insurance. Some people may be under the illusion that the EHIC (successor of the E111) card would cover medical emergencies whilst away in Europe. Andy emphasised how travel insurance is actually needed in addition to the card as it'll entitle people to be seen by doctor and be attended to within Europe, but that the card will not insure you to get flights home or any complicated additions that may be a result of your accident abroad.

To ensure that you get the best deal on travel insurance don't just search by best price on comparison websites, as you often get what you pay for and the difference between paying a tenner more and being insured for some kayaking may well be worth it! Also check the insurance for items and valuables you may take with you on your trip such as electronics, jewellery and instruments or sport equipment. So check all the T&Cs before you pay for your travel insurance and perhaps consider searching by what you want from the travel company such as best "ski insurers", or "best for musical instruments" etc.

Useful websites;

http://www.501places.com/


http://www.ehics.org.uk/

http://www.travelsupermarket.com

Friday, 6 April 2012

Steve Lindsay from the Prince's Trust

Steve Lindsay spoke to Danny about the work the Princes Trust does with young people in the county. Originally it set up 30 years ago to help young people to start their own businesses and although this still forms a big part of the work they do they now run a number of different programmes to help young people who are facing unemployment and other difficulties to improve their life chances. For example they offer one off grants to help young people pay for a college course to improve their skills.

Nationally the Princes Trust will aim to help 50,000 young people this year with about 500 of them in Hertfordshire.


They are also involved in the third annual Robs Festival of sports and music at Beaumont School which is in memory of Rob Williams who was a student there. The event will take place on Saturday 23rd of June and Steve has said he will come back on the show nearer the time to tell us more.

For more information about the Princes Trust visit: www.princestrust.org.uk

For more about Robs Festival: www.robsfestival.com

You can also contact Steve Lindsay directly to ordosteve@btinternet.com

RSPB Heron Watch at Verulamium Park


On Thursday's show Danny spoke to Stephanie Morren from RSPB Heron Watch which is currently going on in Verulamium Park. Visitors to the park can find out more about the Herons who return to Verulamium lake to nest every year. The RSPB have been in the park since Feburary and are there five days every week watching all the activity.

If you visit the RSPB green trailer by the lake you can use their telescopes to see the birds up close in their natural habitat and find out more about other wildlife that lives in the park. Stephanie says it is a great opportunity even for regulars to the park to learn something new.

They will be open from 10am until 4pm this Easter weekend until Sunday then they will reopen next week on Wednesday.


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Monthly Recipe Spot – Easter Chocolate Nests - Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Monthly Recipe Spot – Easter Chocolate Nests - 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 todays treat is …. Easter Chocolate Nests – great for making with the kids!
Ingredients
50g unsalted butter
100g plain chocolate – broken into pieces
4 tablespoons golden syrup
75g cornflakes
100g bag of mini chocolate eggs
  1. Take a medium saucepan and gently melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup together. Do not overheat the mixture
  2. Take off the heat and stir in the cornflakes until the chocolate mixture has covered all the cornflakes.
  3. Take ten muffin cases and spoon the mixture into each of them, pressing down lightly with the back of a spoon.
  4. Decorate by placing 2 or 3 mini eggs in the centre of each chocolate nest.
  5. Leave to set in the fridge for a few hours.

Lovely and easy to make for Easter and very moreish too!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 2nd April 2012

Hi Drivetimers

We're a bit late this week but here is our new music playlist:

Amanda Mair - Sense
Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
Charlie Grace - Baby Doll

Chris Isaak - My Baby Left Me
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Florence + the Machine - Never Let Me Go
Jack Savoretti - Knock Knock
James Morrison - One Life
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Third Swan
Lisa Hannigan - What'll I Do

Madonna - Masterpiece
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Maverick Sabre - I Used To Have It All
Norah Jones - Happy Pills

Olly Murs - Oh My Goodness
Paul Carrack - Good Feelin' About It
Paul McCartney - Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Ren Harvieu - Open Up Your Arms
Robin Thicke - Love After War
Roxette - It's Possible
Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny - London
Train - Drive By
Will Young - Losing Myself

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Open Up Your Arms by Ren Harvieu:

Local Tourism Feature with Charles Baker

   Charles Baker popped in the studio today and gave us the low down on what to expect in the Easter Holidays in Hertfordshire. 

Tonight on the 3rd of April, the Mokoko will be starting up the Comedy Club Night, with such comedians such Lloyd Griffith, Joel Dommett, Simon Feilder and Michael Fabbri. The Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 8.00pm.

On the 6th April  the St Albans Arena will be showing the Adoramus Choir & Orchestra present The Glory Of Easter. It will be inspirational musical journey featuring music by Rutter, Verdi and other popular musical works. Doors open at 7.30.

On of the big events coming up in the St Albans calender is the adiZone Fun Day in Verulum Park. The park will be host to local clubs and groups from across St Albans to showcase what they do and deliver activities for members of the public to take part in. There will be a range of sports and activies from cricket, zumba and Tai Chi. So why not bring your family and friends along with a picnic and join in the great activities on offer.



For sentimental sports fans there will be 'An Audience with John Motson' at the Harpenden Public Halls. He will be sharing his memories of commentating on Match of the Day, Grandstand and 5live.

With all these events going on in the county theres no reason to stay indoors this easter! 

 For details on these events and many more go to : 


Or also you can also check out community events noticeboard on :

Star of Police Academy Films on West Herts Drivetime!

Michael Winslow, best known for playing Sgt “Motor Mouth” Jones in the hugely successful Police Academy films, is touring the UK for the first time ever with his critically acclaimed total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2011 show, ‘The Man of 10,000 Voices’.  He will be Danny Smith's special guest on Wednesday's Drivetime show, ahead of his appearance at the Alban Arena at the end of May.

This whirlwind of a show is like nothing before; a true smorgasbord of staggering special effects and astounding sounds that garnered amazing reviews and sold every single seat during his month’s run at the prestigious arts festival last August.  Michael will be at the Alban Arena on Saturday 26th May 2012 and West Herts Drivetime will be giving away a pair of tickets to this unique show!

For more information, check out Michael's website www.michaelwinslow.net

Monday, 2 April 2012

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust


Sarah Buckingham from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife trust was our guest this evening on West Herts Drivetime whre the following topics were covered:

Saturday 14 April, Hertford Heath
An adventure-filled stroll through beautiful Balls Wood Nature Reserve. There’ll be lots of places to explore and exciting activities to try out as we wind our way through the woods.

This is a free family event but please book in advance as places are limited!

Suitable for children between 5-11, must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, but no toilets are available on site.

To book, email susannah.oriordan@hmwt.org or ring 01727 858901. 10.30am-1pm

Sunday 15 April, Stevenage

Join our Wild Stevenage Project Officer and Conservation Mananger to see the superb spectable of bluebells in the centre of Stevenage. Come and learn how Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Stevenage Borough Council are working together to improve this wonderful wildlife site.

Fairlands Valley Park South Field Car Park, Broadhall Way (A602), opposite the football ground. SG2 8RH

10am - 12 noon.

Contact Ann Favell, Wild Stevenage Project Officer, tel: 07909 914963

We're Wild About Orchards

Friday 6 April, Tewin

Come with us on a walk round Tewin Orchard to see the work we've been doing over the winter, thanks to a £50,000 grant from Biffaward.

Ninety new trees have been planted!

From 10.30am

Contact Sarah Buckingham tel: 01727 858901

Full details of all these events can be found at the web site http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/