Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The drive time sessions featuring @thepapersnakes

Today we were joined by the incredible Papersnakes! As per usual we asked them to perform 2 original songs and a cover. Their original songs were 'Bare Back Monkey' and 'On My Own' and they graced us with a cover of 'You Do Something To Me' (Paul Weller cover).

You can find Paper snakes on:



If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again!
And the video of the session can be found at

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Jane from @CompanyofTen talks about presenting Ben Elton's 'Silly Cow' at the @AbbeyTheatreStA 18-26 January 2019

We were joined this evening by Jane Fookes from The Company of Ten.  Jane told us about the next production from the local drama group, Ben Elton's satirical comedy of 1980s journalism which is being performed at The Abbey Theatre St Albans from this Friday 18 January until Saturday 26 January.

For more details about the production, or if you would like to get involved with The Company of Ten, visit their website at

Monday, 14 January 2019

Consumer Advice

Tonight the turn of Elizabeth Crampton to update us on the latest consumer issues.

Energy Companies 

It’s unlikely that your supplier will go out of business. If it does, Ofgem's safety net will make sure you’ll always have an energy supply, and will feel as little change as possible.

This guide will answer some of your questions.

On Line Tax Return

You can use the online service to:
fill in and send your tax return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
go back to a tax return you’ve already started
check your details, view returns and print your tax calculation

You’ll need to register for Self Assessment again if you’ve sent a tax return in the past but you did not have to send one last year.

Parcel Deliveries

What happens if my parcel never arrives? First of all complain to the retailer - it should be able to refund you the full amount. If that doesn't work, and you've paid for even a proportion of the cost by credit card, then you could try to claim under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act as long as the item is worth at least £100 and under £30,000. For more information,

Friday, 11 January 2019

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 11th January 2019

Simon is reinvigorated after the winter break and now brings you with much gusto his pick of free-to-air TV movies!!! Best wishes for 2019 from the Drivetime team.

11th January 2019 – Films on TV

Green Zone (2010)
11.40pm – 1.55am

Manchester by the Sea (2016)
9.45pm – 12.00am

Finding Nemo (2003)
3.40pm – 5.45pm

No Way Out (1986)
9.00pm – 11.10pm
True Movies

Belle (2013)
7.55pm – 10.00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
7.35pm – 10.00pm

Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story (2004)
9.00pm – 10.55pm

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Drivetime sessions with @gracegeorge_gg

This week we were joined by local singer-songwriter and friend of the show; Grace George!
As always, we asked her to perform two original songs and a cover of another artist's work. This week, her original songs were: 'I wish I didn't miss you' and 'Next To Me' she also covered 'Shallow', from the soundtrack of the movie 'A star is born'.

You can find Grace's social media links below.


You can watch Grace's performance again on our facebook page here
You can also listen again here

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Health Matters - NHS Long Tern Plan; Colds & Flu; Public Meeting JAN 29

As it’s New Year let’s start with a quote -  May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. (Oscar Wilde)

Four Issues in the first DriveTime of 2019

  • NHS Long Term Plan (overview)
  • NHS Long Term Plan (locally)
  • Colds and Flu
  • Hospital reconfiguration

1. NHS Long Term Plan (overview)– The NHS has just published its new 10-year plan – it’s the way it intends to use the extra money that the Government committed in the summer (3.4% a year over the next 5 years compared with 2.2% over the last 5!). It’s 137 pages long but it can be boiled down to seven key aspects:-

  • Fixing A&E Wait Times – same day visits up from 20% to 33%
  • Earlier Detection of Cancer – at the moment early detection is around 50%; the goal is to get that up to at least 75%
  • Care in the Community – early discharge, pooling budgets, and primary care budgets to be increased for the first time in years!
  • Digital Revolution – digital technology and wearables offer massive benefits
  • Personalised Medicine – smarter medicines can be tailored to individual circumstances
  • Wellbeing – to stop people needing the health service!
  • Mental Health – significantly improved access.

It’s a hugely ambitious plan; but they’ve done the easy bit, now they have to implement it! The theory is done, now it’s down to practice!

To see the Plan for yourself, go to

2. NHS Long Term Plan (Locally)
It’s been analysis paralysis in our area for the last five years! First there was “Your Care Your Future”; then that was rolled into the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (with E&N Herts and West Essex); now they’ve re-invented the wheel for the third time. But the core problems are still there:-

  • Poor Estate – the facilities that we have in West Herts
  • Workforce limitations – for example the lack of GPs and Nurses
  • Lack of Capital Funding – to sort out the hospital situation locally
  • Poor Use of IT – the digital revolution is all very well but they’re still using faxes!
  • Fragmentation – issues like Nascot Lawn and competitive tendering have made collaboration difficult.

As ever – the devil’s in the detail!

3. Colds, Flu and Complications
This is the time of year for colds, flu and the complications that come from them. The problem we have is that we typically don’t know how serious they are! So here are some very useful web sites

4. Public Meeting on Hospitals
There’s an open meeting at the Stanborough Centre in St Albans Road, Watford, to discuss the latest position on the plan for Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hospitals; it will take place on 29 January from 7pm to 9pm. The event, organised by West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will share details of how the options for hospital development are shaping up and will explain the process for evaluating and shortlisting options.

If you’d like to go just email, and let them know if you have any particular accessibility needs.   The Stanborough Centre address is St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JL

Monday, 7 January 2019

Mental Health

Stacey Turner joined us tonight to talk about mental health issues covering:

Mental Health Monday
Beating the winter blues
Not making new resolutions

more details can be found at