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Category Archives: Hitchin Lifestyle

Here are some great tips for having a safe barbecue: Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies. Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent. Never leave a lit barbecue unattended. Make sure your barbecue is well...
Coffee Grounds Recycling Scheme We are in the process of launching the new coffee grounds recycling scheme. You will have the opportunity to buy a 10kg brown coffee grounds bag from us for £2 and have the grounds collected by our electric ‘Bean Buggy’. The grounds will then be sent to ...
Heat can affect anyone, but older people, especially those over 75; babies and young children; people with certain health conditions; and people who are physically active, such as labourers or those doing sports, are particularly at risk.   Heatstroke or heat exhaustion can be prevented by...
If you've recently submitted a tax return, don’t be caught out by bogus HMRC contacts claiming you're owed a tax rebate.  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receive many reports of scam emails and text messages at this time of year.  For example: "We have reviewed your tax...
Passing the Torch After a year handover, Keith Hoskins MBE is retiring at the end of March following 22 years service: My last editorial and although I’m trying to avoid the sort of Oscars-style tribute speech, there are undoubtedly people to acknowledge and thank for their support over the last...
Growing vegetables and fruits in the home garden is rewarding, but many people are put off by the backbreaking work involved at the start of the growing season. Perennial edibles are the answer to this problem. Grow them among your regular veggies so that you will have something to look forward to even...
Everybody knows that moving house is one of the most stressful events you can undergo in your life, and whether you’re moving into your very first flat, or you’re moving home thanks to climbing the property ladder, it really doesn’t get easier! To help make things run a little more...
Eating a plant-based diet, as any good vegan will tell you, is good for the planet and good for you too. The Royal Horticultural Society is reporting that sales of vegetable seeds are outstripping those of flowers. Houseplants sales, too, are on the up: sales of Monstera – the cheese plant...
  Gardening in January and February: It might be cold but the garden is starting to come alive, so get digging, feeding, mulching and pruning in preparation for the year ahead. Shrubs • It's time to prune deciduous shrubs and fruit trees, before the sap starts to rise and the buds break. ...
  Autumn is the season for collecting. It’s hard for kids to resist walking past a conker tree and not collecting the shiny bounty on the ground. On our way home from school we always stop at our favourite tree and come back with pockets full of conkers (tip always take a bag, you always...
We are trying to find out about the geographic distribution of HM Forces veterans in Hertfordshire.  It does not matter whether or not you are a veteran, or any member of your family is or is not a veteran, your help will be invaluable. We know that, according to ONS surveys, there are...
Hertfordshire Trading Standards is warning residents to be vigilant as a result of a novel approach being used currently by rogue traders. Instead of asking for work in your garden, these rogues tell you that they are working next door/ at the bottom of the garden on a hedge or trees that are on the...
The Summer Reading Challenge is back! Saturday 14 July to Saturday 8 September 2018 in all Hertfordshire Libraries. Whilst tackling this year’s free challenge, you'll search Beanotown for a mysterious buried treasure. You'll have help from the most famous mischief makers of them all...
You can’t have failed to see the current drive to reduce our single-use plastic. Be it coffee cups or straws, the message is loud and clear, it’s affecting our oceans and our health. Plastic-free July challenges us to go a whole month without single use plastic. Are you game? Fill in their...
A new station appointment system has been launched across Hertfordshire (Monday, June 25) which will enable members of the public to speak directly to officers at police stations if they need to give further information regarding a variety of issues. The new arrangement will enable people to speak to...
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