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West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 5:59pm


In the first of a new feature, each month David Widdowson chairman of the OVO theatre company  joined us to provide an update on whats happening at the theatre.

SPLENDOUR

16th-18th and 23rd-25th March 2017
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
By Abi Morgan | Directed by Janet Podd

In the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, a Western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator.

She is here to take his portrait. The dictator’s wife, her best friend and an interpreter wait with her. Prada shoes, vodka glasses and light fingers tap out the time.

He is late, very late… All four women harbour secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger. This is the day that revolution comes to the streets.

Abi Morgan’s devastating play allows us a glimpse into the minds of four women as their world turns.for more information go to the web site http://www.ovotheatre.org.uk/https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th January 2017

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 7:00pm
For this first Film Guide of 2017 Simon had to do it via ISBN, due to his being incarcerated in Indonesia. Simon calls the whole situation 'an unfortunate snafu'. The Indonesian government, on the other hand, calls it 'an incredibly serious international incident'. The British government are working for his release (reluctantly).

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

Friday
Limitless
10.55pm – 1.00am
Film4

Saturday
On the Waterfront
10.40pm – 12.25am
BBC2

Sunday
Bad Neighbours
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

Monday
Airplane!
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Tuesday
The Wolf of Wall Street
9.00pm – 12.30am
Film4

Wednesday
The Fugitive
9.00pm – 11.10pm
Film4

Thursday
Welcome to the Punch
11.25pm – 1.25am
Film4
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New Year's Resolutions with Melanie Bundock @MelanieBundock

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 12/01/2017 - 6:33pm


On today's show we were joined by life coach Melanie Bundock. She talked about New Year's resolutions, the importance of setting goals and the use of vision boards, amongst other things.

To find out more about Melanie and what she has to offer, check out her website www.melaniebundock.com.

If you would like to hear this again, go to www.radioverulam.com/listenagain and navigate to Thursday from 5:30pm.
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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du 9 janvier 2017 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:43pm
Si vous avez raté l'émission du 9 janvier 2017, une émission de format assiette anglaise avec Martin et des expressions sur l'hiver, Pierre et une tournée des sorties livre dans le monde francophone et pour finir Mélanie qui nous présente les sorties ciné et DVD du moment ainsi que les expos en métropole...Tout un programme pour reprendre l'année en force !

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20170109.mp3
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Drivetime Sessions with @Chris_Flegg

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:43pm

This week saw the return of Chris Flegg on the Drivetime Sessions. He started with two brilliant original compositions titled 'Singing My Life Away' and 'Keep Me Near & Hold Me Tight', and ended with a beautiful cover of 'Here, There & Everywhere' by The Beatles.

For more information on Chris Flegg you can visit his website by clicking here.

If you wish to watch Chris Fleggs performance you can see the video on our Facebook page by clicking here, and if you would like to listen back you can visit www.radioverulam.com/listenagain for the next 7 days and navigate to Wednesday from 5:30 pm.
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Unique arboretum & the return of Push

Environment Matters - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:07pm

 

 

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Photo: Woodland Trust

New arboretums (tree collections) aren’t so easy to come by but unique collections of British trees all with historical importance are as rare as flamingos in Verulamium Park. Listen to the podcast below to hear Heartwood Volunteer Brian Legg explain where the idea for the arboretum came from, the background to some particularly interesting specimens and where you can find it.

There’s always lots to do at Heartwood, and if you would like to help shape this fantastic wood, working with people like Brian, then why not apply to be one of their volunteers.

Photo: GoPushGo

Back in 2009, inspirational Indian Oxfam worker Pushpanath Krishnamurthy walked from Oxford to Copenhagen taking with him the stories of some of the poorest people in the world who are also most affected by climate change. On the way he stayed with St.Albans Oxfam Group members Hilary and Philip Tyrrell. Push has been walking again and he was back in St.Albans to share his news and look for partnership to help people in India help themselves and the environment.

Listen to the podcast to hear how farmers of small farms in India are being hit by climate change and how low prices forces them to farm less sustainably, plus how Push is helping promote the setting up of the first fair trade towns in southern Asia.

Push will be staying in the UK until the beginning of February and has already arranged to visit Sir John Lawes School. If you would like to support Push’s work, to hear more from this inspirational man or to look into a partnership for your school or church, then take a look at Push’s website http://www.gopushgo.co.uk or email him at pushpanath@btinternet.com

We always love to hear from you :
Tweet us  @RV_environment
Email us at environmentonrv@gmail.com

Listen to or download this week’s podcast now

And you can subscribe to receive our podcasts directly into your inbox on the Radio Verulam Website

Next week at 7pm on Wednesday on Radio Verulam 92.6fm, hear about the Local Foodie’s Coffee Cup Campaign.


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Mental Health In Adolescents - 15th December 2016

The Parents' Show - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 2:21pm
Hardly a day goes past without us reading about mental health of children and teens in the news today. There is a reason for that. Research shows that there has been an explosion of mental health issues in children and teens. Two excellent local representatives help us explore this issue in depth. 
On this edition of the Parents’ Show we speak to a young lady and local student Sanyha Aktar who is an outspoken Vlogger and Blogger passionate about improving mental health provision in schools and young mental health in general. Jo Maher from VISTA St Albans talks about the issue and what services are available locally and nationally. Jo shares her thoughts on the current situation.

Click To Listen > Mental Health In Adolescents
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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du lundi 09 janvier 2017 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 9:00pm
Si vous avez raté l'émission du 9 janvier 2017, une émission de format assiette anglaise avec Martin et des expressions sur l'hiver, Pierre et une tournée des sorties livre dans le monde francophone et pour finir Mélanie qui nous présente les sorties ciné et DVD du moment ainsi que les expos en métropole...Tout un programme pour reprendre l'année en force !

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20170109.mp3
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Health Matters A&E Situation; NHS 111 Chatbot; Blocking GP Referrals; Local Pharmacies

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 3:14pm


Four Issues from Alan Bellinger in Tonight’s DriveTime 
1. A&E – there have been numerous accounts across the country that the situation in A&E is difficult and our local A&E (Watford) is no different. Missing the 4-hour wait target; long trolley waits; queuing ambulances. But when 30-40% of the people shouldn’t be there it really means that we are the problem! Here are some simple ground rules:-
  • Only go to A&E if it’s life-threatening or serious, otherwise
  • Go through 111– they can help you prioritise
  • The other alternatives are Rapid Response, Urgent Care/ Minor Injuries, GP, Pharmacy.

The goal is 4 hours in 95% of cases! That hasn’t been met since JUL 2015.We can all help to make a difference. The problem is not a capacity issue as some would have us believe. There is an increase in clinical capacity; at Maltings 25% more capacity in just 2 years.http://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news-events/693-hertfordshire-hospitals-under-great-pressure
2. The NHS 111 ChatbotImagine being triaged by your mobile! The app is essentially a chatbot driven by clinically-based algorithms that will triage patients without human intervention based on reported symptoms, a process that NHS England claims will take as little as two minutes. It’s being trialed in north London (including Barnet). In trials against clinicians it gave “different and more cautious advice than the clinicians”!http://www.healthbusinessuk.net/news/06012017/nhs-trials-chatbot-service-reduce-pressure

3. Blocking GP ReferralsIt’s a scandal that GP Referrals are being sent to external agencies to be checked before they are actioned. Controversial “Referral Management Centres are  blocking GP referrals for procedures in order to save money – so the GP’s judgement isn’t trusted.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/gp-referrals-block-private-companies-bmj-investigation-nhs-doctors-referral-management-centres-ccgs-a7509836.html 
4. Local PharmaciesHave your say on which pharmacies should be protected from the cuts that are being made – go to https://goo.gl/forms/CSTASS3GlD0Klzz23 and come along to our Patient Group Open Meeting on JAN 25
http://www.sapg.org.uk/home-page
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Consumer Advice

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 09/01/2017 - 5:59pm



Our correspondent from the Citizens Advice Bureau Elizabeth Crampton joined to night covering the following items.

Xmas Presents

Whether it's a Christmas jumper that doesn't fit or a gadget you'll never use, chances are at some point you've received a present you don't want. But there's no need to let an unwanted gift go to waste – this guide explains how to return it, sell it, regift it or just give it away.

Legally you've no right to return items bought in stores, unless they're faulty

Many shops do have their own return policies, which means that you may be able to return it and get a refund, exchange or credit note. But if that's the case this is a voluntary goodwill gesture offered at the shop's discretion – it's not a legal right.

Credit RatingsEveryone should take time to manage and boost their credit score. It's no longer just about whether you can get mortgages, credit cards and loans, it can also affect mobile phone contracts, monthly car insurance, bank accounts and more.


Full details can be found at www.citizensadvicebureau.org.uk
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Getting fresh in the New Year!

Environment Matters - Thu, 05/01/2017 - 8:32pm

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I hope you had a wonderful Xmas and enjoyed all those delicious festive left overs.

Most of us thought a lot about food over Xmas, and perhaps as a result of this we’ve resolved to eat better this year. Healthier food, less junk food, more fresh, local food.

If this is you, then local business Box Local is just what you need to help you with your New Year Resolutions and on the show Box Local owner, Juliet Foxwell explained how she gathers together produce from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to make up boxes which she delivers to your door. They can contain not just vegetables but also meat, cakes, cheese, pickles etc and you can buy a box of a size to suit you on a one off or regular basis.

Take a look at Juliet’s website and see what can help you to fulfill your resolutions for 2017.

 

And if you fancy something a bit more hands on, then how about joining Food Smiles? In order to receive their veg box you pay a yearly fee and work on growing the veg for a few hours a week. They have a site on Hammonds End Farm near Harpenden and also are starting to cultivate a couple of plots in St.Albans – and they’re a friendly bunch. organic

 

Buttefly World Wild Flower Meadow 2015

With thanks to the Butterfly World Project http://www.butterflyworldproject.com/about-us/our-gardens/?id=0000000029

It’s just over a year since Butterfly World closed and the fiercely determined Save Butterfly World group was formed.

If you read the Herts Ad at the end of last year you’ll have seen that 2016 ended on an uncertain note.

In spite of that, John Horsfield of Save Butterfly World is positive. Hear how he thinks the signs are good and how he see things moving forward.

And we will, of course, make sure that we bring you all the developments on Butterfly World throughout 2017.

Barn Owl (c) Richard Bowler

(Photo: HMWT)

If you’ve started 2017 with an adventurous spirit then you might like the idea of a Mystery Bird Watch .

Sun, 08/01/2017 – 9:30am

Location to be decided on the day…

Herts Bird Club will be helping make the most of local birdwatching by using it’s sightings database to decide on a location within 30 mins by car on the day.

Meet at Campus West car park.

Contact Penny Fanthorpe on 07761 712245 for further details.

Mon 9th and Tues 10th is a session where you can find out more about the TSA thermal imaging camera camera. We’ve heard previously from Lesley Flowers who told us how after training, you can borrow the camera to find out where the heat is leaking out of your house. The session will take place near to in Harpenden on 9th Clarence Park 10th  and you can find details on their website.

Also on  next Tues 10th Green Drinks , 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Waterend Barn – J D Wetherspoon, St Peter’s St, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LE, United Kingdom Green Drinks: Social get together discussing environmental issues Location: Waterend Barn St Albans AL1 3LE Time: From 8pm

We always love to hear from you :
Tweet us  @RV_environment
Email us at environmentonrv@gmail.com

If you missed the show and would like a 15 minute update on sustainability and the environment in and around St.Albans, listen to or download this week’s podcast now

And you can subscribe to receive our podcasts directly into your inbox on the Radio Verulam Website

We always love to hear from you :
Tweet us  @RV_environment
Email us at environmentonrv@gmail.com

Next week at 7pm on Wednesday on Radio Verulam 92.6fm, hear about the new arboretum with a difference.


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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du lundi 14 novembre 2016 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Thu, 22/12/2016 - 8:46am
Le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du 14 novembre 2016 avec Martin Clavier qui aborde le theme de l'automne, Pierre Kone nous parle de sa selection du mois et Melanie fait le tour de l'actu cine/theatre

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20161114.mp3
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Is there ever a use for a leftover Brussels Sprout?

Environment Matters - Thu, 22/12/2016 - 8:09am
There’s nothing like seeing how wasteful we are at Xmas to make the Xmas spirit evaporate – but it doesn’t have to be like that.

(Photo Walt Jabsco)

My 2 guests this week have some great tips to make yours a waste free Xmas so your Xmas keeps its sparkle.

First up is Louise Palmer, waste and recycling officer of St.Albans District Council, with tips on how to make the most of your spacious recycling bins over Xmas.

After Xmas you can leave your Xmas tree (minus decorations please) next to your green bin for collection, so long as the trunk has a diameter of no more than 2 inches.

As Louise explains, with judicious shopping we can cut down a bit on excess food, but it’s hard to know how much a hungry crowd might want to eat so left overs are inevitable. Can they ever be a good thing? Danielle from the Cobbled Kitchen Cookery School runs courses to help improve our cooking skills and one of her course focuses on just this question.

She tells gives some delicious suggestions for what to do with all sorts of Xmas leftovers.

And for a great last minute gift how about vouchers for one of Danielle’s bespoke courses suitable for everyone from cookery beginners to those adept in the kitchen just looking to improve their skills.

If you missed the show and would like a 15 minute update on sustainability and the environment in and around St.Albans, listen to or download this week’s podcast now

And you can subscribe to receive our podcasts directly into your inbox on the Radio Verulam Website

We always love to hear from you :
Tweet us  @RV_environment
Email us at environmentonrv@gmail.com

Next week – a Local Life Special featuring an interview with Sir Ed Davey from Sustainable St.Albans Week, then the first Environment Matters of the New Year at 7pm on 4th January.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and sustainable Xmas and New Year!


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le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du 14 novembre 2016 est disponible

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Wed, 21/12/2016 - 12:05pm
Le podcast de l'assiette anglaise du 14 novembre 2016 avec Martin Clavier qui aborde le theme de l'automne, Pierre Kone nous parle de sa selection du mois et Melanie fait le tour de l'actu cine/theatre

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20161003.mp3
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le podcast de l'emission anniversaire du lundi 21 novembre sur les resultats des elections americaines

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Wed, 21/12/2016 - 10:27am
Re-ecoutez l'emission du lundi 21 novembre ou nous avons celebre les 5 ans de Bouche a Oreille et nous sommes penches sur les reactions en France et aux Etats Unis a la victoire de Donald Trump.

http://www.radioverulam.com/podcasts/boucheaoreille/boucheaoreille20161121.mp3
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