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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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Plans to build a three-storey care home on the site of a fabric warehouse and showroom in Harpenden have been refused.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March is here, with thoughts of spring (I’m always an optimist!) and Mother’s Day is only three weeks way so it’s time to think of gifts and vibrant refreshing wines to accompany a special lunch.

A St Albans primary school is set to double the number of reception places it offers.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Investment in a green energy generation and storage facility near St Albans is being considered by the county council.

Monday, February 24, 2020

By day it’s a busy barbers shop on the outskirts of St Albans... But come the evening, there are plans to transform Phoenix Barbers into an artisan wine bar.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Does the county’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide the support needed by our most vulnerable young people? Caroline Thain investigated.

Friday, February 14, 2020

One of the great delights of walking with wildlife in mind is the expectation of the unexpected. It’s a continual treasure hunt filled with familiarity of the regular encounters, the reassurance of seasonal returns and then, every now and again, something unexpected: a little find that rewards and, of course, reinvigorates the hunt (and the hunter!).

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Most people know that there are some great second-hand items to be had at bargain prices from your local charity shop.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Move over Willy Wonka – did you know that Hertfordshire has its very own chocolate factory? When I tell people about The Secret Truffletier, they are always very keen to visit, so although it is over in Woolmer Green, it isn’t far, and I think it is well worth the trip!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal why not use it in cooking too? The myriad flavours in the wines available to us from around the world provide an opportunity to add nuances of taste to our meals as a flavour-adding ingredient.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Who has been in court from St Albans and Harpenden?

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Initially formed as part of a local effort to increase awareness of epilepsy, St Albans band of brothers Princes to Kings has grown from strength to strength since it was founded in 2015, including a recent appearance on The Michael McIntyre Show. Speaking to It’s OK To Say founder Stacey Turner, the boys explain how they support each other through life’s challenges.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Emergency doctors in Watford General treated up to 366 patients in a single day over the festive period, St Albans councillors have been told.

Friday, January 31, 2020

The impact that Brexit could have on social care in Hertfordshire has been highlighted at a meeting in St Albans.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Southdown ‘village’ on the edge of Harpenden is a rare find these days, with a useful collection of truly independent shops and cafés. Jay’s has been there for almost 10 years, and is a busy coffee shop in the day. The reason I am writing about Jays for this column is that they are now working with a great new chef, Sebastian Harris, who trained at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and has worked for Marco Pierre White and Tom Aikens. His last job was cooking for Harry and Wills at the royal palaces.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Data shows that the chief executive of St Albans district council was paid £104,060 last year – more than five times the salary of the council’s lowest-paid member of staff.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Exciting times lay ahead in 2020 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s iconic annual fundraiser the Herts 10K.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Two ‘outstanding’ schools in St Albans have been given the go-ahead to join together.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Harpenden boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the country – and St Albans district council has drawn up an £18.75 million investment plan.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

When was the last time you saw a bumblebee? For me it was last Wednesday but the expected answer would surely be ‘late summer last year’. I wonder... have you too noticed some unseasonal events occurring in this particularly mild winter? In the same week, a swallow was photographed in Essex and no less than five species of butterfly were recorded in Hertfordshire!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Allowances paid to councillors in St Albans are to increase this year – with further inflationary increases agreed for the following three years.

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