Sunday, July 26, 2020

Annual trips to Whipsnade Zoo since my childhood have often provided a respite from reality. A day to escape the daily grind of normality and admire what nature has to offer.

More than 1,800 people have backed a petition calling for a safe route for cyclists, runners and pedestrians alongside the “hazardous” A5183 in Redbourn.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I was listening to a radio programme recently, and it was debating how the world should change after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

If you have decided on a staycation this year, why not travel through the wines you enjoy? Many of us have enjoyed cooking and the pleasure of some good wines during lockdown; so, through the summer period why not think about the wines you might be drinking in your holiday destination.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Most business sectors have felt the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However in the first two weeks of the month, while high street shops and hospitality businesses were allowed to reopen, the beauty industry was ignored, leading many in a sector which contributes almost £30bn to the UK economy to feel abandoned.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

For many years, the controversial contributions of Barry Cashin regularly appeared on the letters pages of the Herts Ad. His missives became less frequent when he relocated to France, but he still managed the odd comment. After a long battle with prostate cancer, Barry died last week in France aged 58 comforted by his family, and here we pay tribute to an unforgettable correspondent.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Nearly two weeks after super Saturday, when pubs, cafés and restaurants were allowed to re-open, St Albans business owners are reflecting on this strange new world, in which customer behaviour is unpredictable, forecasting impossible, and their own processes have changed immeasurably.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

For restaurants, pubs and cafés, the first week of trading after lockdown has proved challenging, yet welcome. Sophie Banks, of St Albans-based Loudbird PR, talks to traders about their recent experiences.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

With face masks now set to become compulsory in shops across England, the evolving response to the ongoing pandemic is keeping retailers on their toes.

The level of vulnerability for all staff at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust – which runs Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead hospitals – will be assessed amid fears that black and minority ethnic staff may face greater risks of contracting COVID-19.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Charismatic panto legend Bob Golding has penned a heart-breaking open letter to the St Albans public to “help save art”.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Exciting developments at Rennie Grove Hospice Care will see new opportunities open up in the coming months for nurses and carers to join the charity to improve the end-of-life experiences for even more local people.

St Albans councillor Roma Mills has resigned from the Labour Party – and will now serve on county and district councils as an independent.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Stay at home was the message but it seems that one pet baby bird didn’t get the memo.

The number of house burglaries in St Albans has fallen by a third over the past 12 months, councillors have been told.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Supporters of Rennie Grove are being asked to take part in a new fundraising challenge to ensure the charity’s nurses can continue to provide much-needed hospice at home care for local patients and families during the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, April 13, 2020

A children’s yoga club in St Albans and Harpenden have moved their classes online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Inspiring women within the Harpenden community were celebrated for their acts of kindness and courage at this year’s #SHEINSPIRES awards.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Have you made a sourdough loaf yet? Taught your kids how to cook a gourmet meal from scratch? Or, do you, like me, really fancy a break from the kitchen? In just a few weeks, our local indies have shown their amazing entrepreneurial spirit and are working incredibly hard to get delicious food and drinks out to you, so this is a great time to order a takeaway!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

With time on our hands due to the restrictions placed on us by Covid-19 it’s time to find new pleasures or to develop our skills to fruitfully spend our time.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter will be a very different experience for Christians around the world this year. Without the ability to gather together to commemorate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, churches are turning to digital technology to worship.

Our new faith column looks at current affairs from a religious perspective.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Coronavirus and mental health are a volatile combination. Are you struggling through the crisis or embracing the time with your family? Stacey Turner, founder of mental health awareness campaign It’s OK To Say, offers advice on how to get through this emotional storm.

Plans to bring a tourist information centre back into the heart of St Albans have been stalled.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Controversial plans for St Albans council to purchase the ‘Harpenden Estate’ have been put on hold – as the coronavirus outbreak impacts on property values.

One of St Albans newest bars has been granted permission to trade as a ‘drinking establishment’ – nine months after it opened.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Artists might not be key workers according to the government definition. But as fear grips, there is an increasing sense that they are central to helping wellbeing.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Controversial plans for a half-pipe skate ramp next to a playground in the Jersey Farm open space have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors in St Albans have refused to give retrospective planning permission for additional caravans at a site in Sandridge.

Three respite centres for adults with disabilities are to close in Hertfordshire – despite hundreds of parents and carers calling for them to remain open.

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