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New Music Playlist w/c 29th June 2015 & this week's featured track by @MaverickSabre

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 3:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Walk Into The Sun by Maverick Sabre:

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The Drivetime Sessions with Sarah Munro

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 02/07/2015 - 6:00pm
Sarah Munro played as part of the Drivetime Sessions this afternoon, with the original songs 'Lifeboats', 'Not for You' and a cover of Randy Newman's 'Feels Like Home'.

If you missed the performance, then head on over to our listen again service, where you can find the show up to a week after broadcast- just navigate to Thursday at 5:30. 

Find her on Facebook at 
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Storybook Dads with https:@minniebirch

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 6:31pm

Today Minnie Birch was in the studio to discuss a charity she works with. Minnie, a local singer/songwriter who has also appeared on The Drivetime Sessions, works with Storybook Dads.

Storybook Dads is a charity that allows fathers in prison or in the armed forces to send recordings of themselves reading bedtime stories to their children.

Minnie says that the rehabilitative effect of this work is immense, with prisoners who take part six times less likely to re-offend, with the added effect of improving prisoner literacy.

For more information, visit:
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The Pope and the environment

Environment Matters - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 7:54am

On this month’s programme we discussed the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment with Mary Corbett from St.Albans and St.Stephen’s Catholic Church and Helen Hutchison, Environment Officer from the Diocese of St.Albans.

If you’d like to read more, Helen suggests these links:

Links to the Papal Encyclical on climate change and some comments from Christian climate campaigners

The short version of Pope Francis’s Encyclical  Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of our Common Home   can be found at:

The full version (192 pages) can be found at:

Many thanks to Revd Dr John Weaver of the John Ray Initative who tells us he has written a blog reflecting on the Encyclical which you will be able to find on- line early next week at The John Ray Initiative is an educational charity with a vision to bring together and communicate scientific and Christian understanding of the environment in order to encourage effective action.

A press release from Green Christian, (formerly known as Christian Ecology Link) welcomes the Encyclical but says that reforms are now needed to Catholic Social Teaching. Read at

A Rocha’s Director of Theology Dave Bookless comments: “It is particularly encouraging to see a profound concern for bio-diversity alongside a passion for those trapped in material poverty and those trapped in over-consumption. The concept of ‘integral ecology’ where the needs of eco-systems, human societies and economic flourishing have to be considered together is commended as particularly important in framing how our global community takes responsibility for protecting and restoring our common home. Read the full statement at

Operation Noah says that the Papal Encyclical will add enormous gravitas to faith communities in the build up to the UN Conference on Climate Change in December 2015 in France as people are mobilised across the world in action and pilgrimage to Paris. Read:

And a couple more events that may be of interest….

·      This renowned Exhibition showcases the most exciting cutting-edge UK science and technology.

·      Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Reading, is delighted to present an exhibit entitled ‘The Real Beef about Meat’

·      Please come visit our exciting and interactive exhibit. This is a free, week-long event. For more information please visit:

  • This Friday sees the launch of the first electric taxis in St Albans on 3rd July at 10:30am in Adelaide Street.
  • And with summer well and truly here, now is a great time to see butterflies if you are out on a walk or just in your own garden. If you’d like to learn more why not join one of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust Butterfly Walks starting this Saturday with a walk at Aldbury Nowers nature reserve. Take a look at for details.

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New Music Playlist w/c 22nd June 2015 & this week's featured track by @JohnNewmanMusic

West Herts Drivetime - Sun, 28/06/2015 - 4:46pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
Blur - Ong Ong
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Cathal Smyth - Do You Believe In Love?
Charlie Puth - See You Again
Conchita Wurst - You Are Unstoppable
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Gaz Coombes - The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Giorgio Moroder & Sia - Deja Vu
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
James Taylor - Montana
Jessie J - Flashlight
Kacey Musgraves - High Time
Kodaline - Ready
Leona Lewis - Fire Under My Feet
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mika - Talk About You
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
Nell Bryden - Waves
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Shayne Ward - The Way You Were
Stereophonics - C'est La Vie
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Staves - Teeth White
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Come & Get It by John Newman:

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Glenda Elder from CDA @cdaherts

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 6:35pm
Glenda who volunteers for the St. Albans community garden joined Danny in the studio today.
She talked about their current search for volunteers, asking for anyone with skills in gardening, growing vegetables, or even with time on their hands to help make the allotments a nicer place. Glenda and others will have a stand at July 11th's Highfield fair where you can feel free to ask them any questions about the gardens. 
If you want to get in touch with the CDA contact them via:

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Chris' Film Club: Escape to Victory (1981)

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 25/06/2015 - 6:30pm

A group of Allied POWs agree to take on a German team in an exhibition match, and use it to cover an escape attempt. Stars: Stallone, Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow, along with real-life footballers Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardilles and John Wark.
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The Drivetime Sessions with @emmamcgrath99

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:33pm
15 year old Emma McGrath played live as part of the Drivetime Sessions this afternoon, with the original songs "The Judgement" and "Sit With Me", and a cover of Jamie Cullum's version of Rhianna's "Please Don't Stop The Music".

If you missed the performance, then head on over to our listen again service, where you can find the show up to a week after broadcast- just navigate to Wednesday from 5:30pm. Our Facebook page also has videos of the session.
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Chris' Film Club: Demolition Man (1993)

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 6:30pm

A cop (Stallone) and a psychopathic criminal (Wesley Snipes) are cryogenically frozen in 1996, and then awoken in the much-changed future of 2032. Also stars Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Leary.
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How to use colour in your home @GA_Interiors

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 6:20pm
Gwedoline Alderton owner of GA Interiors,  joins us in the studio today to give her expert advice on how to use colour in your home.

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Before you choose the colour scheme for your room, consider first the light levels in the room and then think about how you want the room to feel.

For a spacious, open and relaxed feel - opt for blues, greens or yellows.

For a warm, cosy, nurturing or fun feel - opt for reds, oranges and purples.

For vibrancy, contrast colours and for balance, use a harmonious scheme.

If you don't feel confident with mixing colours, go for a monochromatic scheme.  For instance if you choose blue as the main colour, use an off white with a hint of blue on the walls, choose a mid range blue for your sofas and then accessorise with dark blue eg a vase or cushions.

For inspiration on choosing your main wall colour you could try pulling out a colour from a piece of artwork, or some curtains.

Get yourself a colour wheel!

For more ideas and great information follow Gwendoline on Twitter :  @GA_Interiors or on Instagram : gorgeousgwedoline
Visit her website:

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Science Feature with Sam Rolfe (@smrolfe)

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 6:40pm
Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe talked to us today about the "cheery" topic about the mass extinction due upon us. You can listen again via and navigate to 5.30PM. Sam's twitter handle is: @smrolfe

Mass Extinction Has Begun:

The Comet Lander Philae has woken up after going into hibernation back in November:

Scientist of the Month:

Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

A philosopher, physicist, chemist and inventor.
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Chris' Film Club: Rocky (1976)

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 6:30pm

1976 boxing movie, starring Stallone as a working-class boxer from Philadelphia, who gets a shot at the big time when he faces the champ, Apollo Creed. Stars: Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, two of which were for Stallone. It won 3, including Best Picture.
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Grass verges could be so much more….

Environment Matters - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 5:26pm


Road side verges are very much in our minds at the moment as the Herts County Council contractor struggles to fulfill its commitments and our urban verges reach knee height. However, there are hundreds of miles of verges in the countryside surrounding St.Albans and they could also be managed better.

We spoke to Dr.Trevor Dines, a botanist from Plantlife and he described how our rural verges could be flower rich, linear nature reserves supporting a host of bees, butterflies and all there to cheer us up while we go along our way. Even in Hertfordshire, Dr.Dines told us there is much to celebrate.

However, for flowery verges to thrive they need to be managed in a way similar to hay meadows, giving plants the opportunity to flower and to set seed. This is easy enough, but what is harder is that the mowing need to be removed to keep the fertility of the soil down and so ensure that grassland thugs don’t out compete their more floral neighbours. Dorset county council have taken the view that reducing verge fertility will ultimately not just help flowers but also mean the verges need mowing far less, thus saving money in the long run. To this effect they have employed a mini baler to bale up the mowings so they can be used for biomass energy production.

Over fertility is also caused by nitrous oxides in vehicle emissions and there are calls to reduce these emissions not just because of their effect on flowers, but on our health and as climate change gases.

Plantlife are hoping that more councils will recognise that in many areas roadside verges are the last hope for some grassland species, and that ultmately, well managed verges can cost less, rather than more to maintain.

if you’d like to see more flowers in your verges you can find out how you can support their campaign by using their email to ask Herts County Council to adopt flower friendly verge management.

If you’d like to support local tree warden Kate Bretherton’s call for the big cedar by St.Albans cathedral to be voted Tree of the Year you can make your nomination on their website.

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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 19th June 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 19/06/2015 - 7:00pm
Last week Chris wasn't in the studio, and as a result the Film Guide blog was not completed. This is because Chris is the glue that holds this whole enterprise together. Without Chris there to guide/babysit them, Simon, Danny and Honor got a little distracted, and failed to get the Film Guide together in time and this resulted in 30 minutes of dead air. Simon, whose creation came about as the result of a genetic experiment involving splicing possum, chimp and border collie DNA together, saw a squirrel outside, and immediately went mad and started to chase it. It turns out Honor hadn't put Simon's lead on properly and so Danny and her had to chase Simon around the park, trying desperately to get it back on. Eventually they managed to catch him after he cocked his leg to take a wee against a tree, but by that time it was too late and the Film Guide went unproduced.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

The Andromeda Strain
3.50pm – 6.25pm

9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Calamity Jane
4.40pm – 6.50pm

The Deer Hunter
9.00pm – 12.40am

A Man for All Seasons
3.15pm – 5.15pm

The Four Feathers
4.15pm – 6.35pm

11.50pm – 1.30am

The Quiller Memorandum
4.45pm – 6.55pm
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Stephanie Belton: The Faces of St. Albans @StephanieBelton

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 18/06/2015 - 6:06pm

Local photographer Stephanie Belton joined us in the studio today to talk to us about her newest project 'Faces of St Albans'. With this long-debated project she intends to photograph some of the most memorable characters in the town's history, taking a range of nominations from the public.

For more information on Stephanie's work, or to make a nomination, visit:
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The Drivetime Sessions with The Skeltons

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 6:18pm
We were joined in the studio this afternoon by local band The Skeltons. They played two covers for us: Nell Bryden's "Second Time Around" and "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. The Band also played an original song called "Change of Heart".

For more information on the band, visit:
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Bake it Easy with Lucy Clarke @heavansacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 6:34pm
Summer Pavlova

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Lucy joined us today with her scrumptious Summer Pavlova recipe.

For the full recipe click on this link:

The essence of a great Pavolva is a big chewy meringue, fresh cream and fresh fruit topping. You can use any fruit you like.  Passion fruit with the summer berries is a winning combination.

Lucy's tips for a perfect meringue:

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  • make sure your eggs are room temperature
  • separate the egg whites using the shell, rather than your hands - its more hygenic! 
  • use an electric/static whisk...its hard work
  • whisk until you have stiff peaks
  • Don't be tempted to peek inside the oven.  Let it cook for about an hour and leave to cool in the oven for at least a couple of hours

Lucy's website:
Follow Lucy on Twitter: @heavensacupcake
Follow Lucy on pinterest: Heavne is a cupcake

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Tree Wardens needed

Environment Matters - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 7:48am

tree wardens

David Curry, St.Albans District Council Tree Warden Coordinator joined us in the studio to explain how tree wardens are needed to keep an eye on our beautiful and important trees. Whilst tree wardens don’t have a specific area of responsibility, they tend to know the trees close to where they live better and David said he could do with more wardens in the District’s villages.

Kate Bretherton, an existing tree warden, explained how becoming a tree warden had encouraged her to take more notice of trees. She said that people she knows come to her when they spot a tree problem, or to ask what is going on when a beloved tree has to be felled when it becomes dangerous. She explained that she didn’t find the role time consuming and enjoyed the yearly conference that the county’s tree wardens are invited to.

There is more information on the relevant page of the SADC website

If you would like further information about tree warden activities or if you would like to volunteer your services as a tree warden, please contact David Curry at email: or ring 01727 819363.

Cherry and Crabapple blossom test 2

You may also be interested in the Tree Sponsorship scheme, managed jointly by St Albans City and District Council and St Albans Civic Society.

You can sponsor a tree in memory of a loved one, in honour of an organisation or an event. The idea is that you can choose a tree and a location from a selection given on the website.

All sponsored trees ordered by the end of September each year, will be delivered in one batch from the suppliers. They will be planted in the Winter season, which is the best time.

Also on the show we reminded you that the car park at Heartwood will be closed for resurfacing for the next 6 weeks.

And you can enjoy the joys of the city centre without traffic during the Alban parade this Saturday starting at St.Peter’s church at 11am.

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Andy Jarosz

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 5:59pm
Andy up dated us with his latest travels.

Andy was here to write an article about Ice Cream!

Many local fruits are used making the ice cream.

Car Hire
Some Tips
Take out a policy in the UK to cover accidental damage - it will normally prove to be a lot cheaper, Some policies sold by care hire firms abroad do not provide sufficient cover for even basic incidents, and take a photo of any scratches /dents for future reference .

Andy will shortly be leaving St Albans so after 5 years this was his last appearance on West Herts Drivetime.

best wishes for the future Andy!
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