Thursday, October 22, 2020

Retailers in neighbouring Harpenden, which has a much smaller shopping precinct than St Albans, are also feeling the pinch this year.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Shoppers are being encouraged to spend their money on their doorsteps and protect local retailers as this year’s Christmas shopping season looms.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The annual Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends to commemorate babies’ lives and raise awareness about the impact of such tragedies.

St Albans Cathedral is being lit up in pink and blue in solidarity of parents who have been affected by baby loss between October 9-15. Caroline Thain reveals her own experiences of losing babies, and how important it is to talk about the issue.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Why do people take part in the Herts 10K? Each year, thousands of people join in the charity run to help Rennie Grove, and although this year’s event is a virtual one, it’s no less important as a means of fundraising.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

I am a big fan at looking at what we can do, rather than what we can’t – and the events this year of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival show that there is plenty out there to enjoy while we get through these weird months. Throughout September this year’s festival has seen special films and mini events focusing on some of our local food heroes, producers and market stall holders, as well as smaller pop-up markets in the town centre.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

An international road racer is desperate for the return of the stolen bike he used to compete in one of the world’s most famous races prior to a life-threatening crash.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rennie Grove patients and supporters have the opportunity to take a tour of its newly-refurbished community hub, Grove House - without setting foot outside their front door.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Anyone who has studied the poet Keats will recall autumn as a “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, full of apples and bees. A harvest poem, it sounds idyllic and a far cry from my failed attempt at growing tomatoes this year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

As a wine producer Chile is gaining in reputation now that the investment in both vineyard and winery has meant consistently good quality wines at all price points.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Stacey Turner, founder of mental health awareness charity It’s OK To Say, and Lottie Stringer, chief executive of Hector’s House, which has a similar remit, have joined forces on World Suicide Prevention Day to highlight the help available to prevent suicide.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

A St Albans family returned home to discover a burglar clutching a Louis Vuitton bag he had stuffed with their jewellery.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

“Life’s unfair!” Many of us might be feeling this at present. Initially it was when COVID-19 reared its ugly head, and we in St Albans, Harpenden and across the country began to experience lockdown, endless hand-washing, no physical contact with friends and family, and the great toilet roll famine.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pubs and musicians from across the district are joining forces to raise awareness of the challenges they are facing in the wake of the pandemic.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Campaigners for a new hospital central to St Albans, Watford and Dacorum have slammed a site feasibility study as “limited and inadequate”.

Monday, August 31, 2020

A Harpenden engineer has been granted permission to sell his home-brew from his first floor flat.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

When does autumn begin?

Monday, August 24, 2020

A new initiative, launched by three Herts-based organisations, will see businesses paired with mentors to help get them back on track.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Coping with bereavement is a personal thing but having someone to talk to can make a real difference.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Every year life at the Sandridge Road allotment site brings new challenges.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Runners young and old are being urged by one of Rennie Grove’s Lifetime Vice Presidents to step forward in support of its biggest fundraising event of the year.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Half a century ago, he burst into the world with a chuckle, as he adjusted his wonky dark-rimmed glasses… Possibly.

Robert John Golding – or Bob, as he is better known - turns 50 today (August 15).

And to help celebrate the St Albans legend, reporter Caroline Thain came up with 50 things we love about the one and only wonderful actor who truly brings us sunshine.

Happy birthday and here’s to the next five decades, Bob Golding. We love you, sir.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Geoff Cunliffe is 91 and lives in squalor. His roof is caving in and floods with oceans of water every time it rains.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

With A-Level results judged differently due to coronavirus, Year 13 Townsend student Jack Morse shared his experiences of the unusual exam season.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Since 2018, the Herts Advertiser has been supporting mental health awareness charity It’s OK To Say. In today’s volatile world, its work has never been more vital. This week we catch up with founder Stacey Turner to find out what she’s been up to.

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.

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