Programme Blogs

Interior Design with @GA_Interiors

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 6:41pm


Gwendoline was in the studio once again this week to discuss interior design for your holiday home.
She stressed the importance of pastel colours and muted tones when it comes to paints, for example using a soft blue with a sea green. Gwendoline says that using these colours gives a sense of relaxation that is essential for a holiday home.
Another area Gwendoline focused on was the use of objects that bring memories in a holiday home. She pointed to how some people collect and frame luggage tags as an example of memorabilia suited for a holiday home.
Finally, Gwen discussed how furniture with textures that are perhaps out of the ordinary can create a holiday atmosphere. Wicker chairs were something she said had both a sense of quirkiness and lightness that suits a holiday home.

For more information. visit:
http://ga-interiors.co.uk/ 
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Sustainable fashion competition and more from Sustainable St.Albans Week

Environment Matters - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 8:35pm

Debi Roberts from Youth Connexions in St.Albans came in to tell us about the Green Careers Fair and Sustainable Fashion Competition that are planned for Sustainable St.Albans Week at the end of November. The University of Hertfordshire has invited back young people with sustainable type jobs to talk about what they do, and school students interested in this field are invited to come along and hear what they have to say.

Meanwhile, the sustainable fashion competition for under 19s is a great chance to use your ingenuity to create a sustainable fashion item. If you’ve got a few moments on your hands over the summer, all the information you need can be found on this entry form…..

SAYC Sustainable Fashion Competition Entry Form

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Gail Jackson, Publicity Officer from Sustainable St.Albans Week then joined us to say how she was delighted at the way that the Week was catching on.

She said that July has seen the number of groups involved grow to 70 groups – click here to see with hundreds of people committing to run an activity during the week! Gail said that she thought the week was going to be fun and would make a difference in our district.

She had been amazed and delighted by the responses so far. Community groups, schools, faith groups and businesses across the District in Redbourn, Sandridge, Wheathampstead and London Colney as well as St Albans city are now involved.

She was also excited to announce  their National Lottery grant –  This had enabled Sustainable St.Albans Week to appoint a part time Co-ordinator and Communications Officer for a few hours a week – Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

The grant will also fund the Creative Community Event and final Celebration Event on the morning of Sat 28th November.

Gail explained that Sustainable St.Albans Week had set up a Crowdfunding site with a target of £1,000 to raise additional funds for printing costs for the week. She asked that we consider a small donation- click here to go to Crowdfunding site.

Sustainable St.Albans Week are over half-way to their target of £1,000 – which they have to reach by 12th August or they loose all the funds collected so far. Gail asked that if you can’t donate please could you share this link  with friends and colleagues click here.

Environment Matters will be keeping you up to date with events planned for Sustainable St.Albans Week as they are announced.


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Honeypot Childrens Charity

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 5:57pm

Tonight  we were joined by Stephen Heather and Louis Oatham who are raising funds for the Honeypot Childrens charity, as part of the National Citizenship Scheme [NCS].

This coming Thursday 30th July they have organised a 5 a side football tournament which will be held at Gosling Sports Stadium , Welwyn Garden City starting at 12pm , for details contact Stephen on email stevie.hrv@gmail.com
Today they have been bag packing at Hatfield Tesco.
Tomorrow they take part in a 3 legged walk from Bishops Girls School in Hatfield starting at 10;00am.and on Wednesday they have a cake sale at the same venue.

If you would like to sponsor this worthy cause you can do so at the web site http://www.honeypot.org.uk/donations/donate-now/



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New Music Playlist w/c 27th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @theshiresuk

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 4:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adam Lambert - Ghost Town
a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Beth Hart - The Mood That I'm In
Birdy - Wings
Bon Jovi - Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Conrad Sewell - Hold Me Up
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Lianne La Havas - What You Don't Do
Little Mix - Black Magic
Madcon - Don’t Worry
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Reuben James Richards - We’ll Always Be Together
Rita Satch - Not Ready For Love
Rod Stewart - Love Is
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
The Shires - All Over Again
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Without You
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions


This week's featured track is All Over Again by The Shires:


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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 24th July 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 7:00pm
Simon was actually in the studio on time this evening, much to the shock of everyone around, but things quickly went down hill from there. He arrived with 'a little snack' in preparation for the show. It turned out to be a two-week old burrito - which appeared to be moving under it's own steam - but Simon insisted was fine. He wolfed it down before anyone could stop him, and got on with the show. Two-thirds of the way through the show Simon's face suddenly turned. He unclipped his seatbelt (he brings his own seatbelt whenever he is going to have to sit down, because he often topples out of chairs for no reason) and rushed off to the toilet. This meant that the incredibly dashing Chris had to step in at the last moment to finish off the show with aplomb. Simon is still in the toilet, so someone should probably check on him...

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

FridayThe Breakfast Club9pm - 11pmFilm4

SaturdaySingin’ in the Rain12.45pm – 2.30pmBBC2

The Long Kiss Goodnight10.40pm - 1.05amITV4

SundayTango and Cash10pm - 12.10amITV4

MondayFrom Dusk ‘til Dawn10.55pm – 12.45amE4

TuesdayMission Impossible/Mission Impossible 26.50pm – 9.00pm/9.00pm – 11.25pmFilm4

WednesdayShaolin Soccer1.20amFilm4

ThursdayFight Club11.10pm - 2amITV4
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Simon Cartwright:The Man Called Monkhouse

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/07/2015 - 6:33pm

On the show today Danny talked to Simon Cartwright, the UK's leading Bob Monkhouse impressionist, about his local performance in 'The man Called Monkhouse' at the Alban Arena.
Aswell as this, they talked about Simon's previous experience as a comedian, his journey back to the stage, and the outstanding public reaction.

Below is a clip featuring one of Cartwright's hilarious performances.  




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlY28Cl52nY



Simon will be performing in 'The Man Called Monkhouse' Sunday the 2nd of August, and tickets are available at
https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/the-man-called-monkhouse/
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Drivetime Sessions with Li-Li

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 6:18pm
Li-Li performed today on the show as part of the Drivetime Sessions with the original songs "Lads Night Out", "Don't Go Messing With My Head" as well as a cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.

Her album "Hues of Reds and Blues" will be available from September on her website with the date yet to be announced.



If you missed the performance or just want to listen again you an do so using our listen again service.

You can find Li-Li on twitterher website and on her facebook.
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Hertbeats

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Today, Glenda Elder was in the studio to discuss Hertbeats, a local charity dealing with cardiac issues.

It acts as a support network for people who have had heart attacks or ongoing heart issues. She said that they aim to show these people that life can remain enjoyable, even in the face of such serious issues.

Hertbeats mainly concerns itself with social activities to build friendships and positivity. According to Glenda, the main tools used by the charity are "tea, biscuits and banter" at their meetings, which take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at St Mary's Church in Marshalswick.

The charity also offers more practical support, such as annual talks from cardiologists.

For more information:

Call 01727 766 278
Email hertbeatscsg@hotmail.com
Or find them via the British Heart Foundation website
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New Barnfield Latest and the Festival of Wildlife

Environment Matters - Mon, 20/07/2015 - 9:43pm

Cathy Roe from Hatfield Anti-Incineration joined us to talk about their latest victory. She told us how on July 17th the Sec of State at the Dept of Communities and Local Govt, Greg Clark, announced his decision against granting Planning Permission for an incinerator at New Barnfield.

This follows a long and sustained campaign by residents and other supporters, since 2009. Take a look at their blog for more information.

Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia can appeal the decision.

Cathy said that through her years of campaigning she had learned a lot about waste, and she believed that with pressure on companies to make products more durable and reduce packaging, and with renewed efforts from consumers to buy wisely and recycle where ever possible, zero waste is achievable.

Josh Kubale from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust then described how everyone is invited to join in their Festival of WIldlife. Here’s information about what’s going on, and you can find more details on their website.

The Festival of Wildlife 2015 – Events Listings

This weekend Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust invites you to join us for 2015 Festival of Wildlife celebrations!

Click on the links below for full event infomation.

Wildlife on heaths, chalk streams and woodland

Friday 24th July, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Waterford Heath, near Hertford

A wildlife walk around Waterford Heath

Summertime fun at Panshanger Park

Friday 24th July, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Panshanger Park, near Hertford

Fun wildlife activities for all the family

Wildlife talks at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 25th July, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Verulamium Museum, St Albans

Talks on conservation and local wildlife in association with the Herts Natural History Society.

Wildlife gardening at Grebe House

Saturday 25th July, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Verulamium Park, St Albans

Learn to make your garden wildlife friendly with the help of our experts. Plus children’s activities.

Butterflies and dragonflies in the Lee Valley

Sunday 26th July, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Lee Valley, near Cheshunt

A nature walk through the beautiful Lee Valley

Community litter clearance and guided walk

Sunday 26th July, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Broad Colney Lakes, near London Colney

Help maintain our nature reserve at Broad Colney Lakes


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New Music Playlist w/c 20th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @JessGlynne

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/07/2015 - 9:04pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adam Lambert - Ghost Town
a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Birdy - Wings
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Lianne La Havas - What You Don't Do
Little Mix - Black Magic
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Reuben James Richards - We’ll Always Be Together
Rod Stewart - Love Is
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Without You
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Don't Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne:


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Interview with Isobel Berrington

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Today on the show dressage rider Isobel Berrington was in the studio to talk about her recent qualification to the GB British equestrian team. Isy is 15 and takes parts in dressage competitions both in the UK and internationally.

Isy also spoke about how she got into the sport, tips she has for aspiring riders and her future plans with dressage riding, which is to level up to the Under 18s team. She also says that she would love to represent GB in the Olympics in 2020, a dream of hers.

To find out more about Isy and to follow her future competitions visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IsobelBerringtonEquestrian

If you missed the interview or just want to listen again, you can do so by using our listen again feature.



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Chris' Film Club: The Sum of All Fear (2002)

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 16/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Based on a Tom Clancy novel, it stars Ben Affleck as CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who has to track down a missing nuclear weapon, which may be in Russian hands. Also stars Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Liev Schreiber.
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New tree pest found in St.Albans, and Rothamsted fish oil seed field trial results

Environment Matters - Wed, 15/07/2015 - 9:16pm

There’s been an incidence of Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp in St.Albans . Until recently it had been absent from the UK, but after an outbreak in Kent was found, the search was on for any other infected trees, and trees in St.Albans were found to be infected.Whilst the infected trees have been removed, you are asked to take a look at any sweet chestnut trees you know of and check for any unusual galls.

The above photo shows a gall on a leaf, but galls can also be found on stems. Take a look at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gallwasp for a description of the pest and its symptoms.

If you find anything suspicious, you can

  • email environmentonrv@gmail.com,
  • contact David Curry, Tree Warden Scheme coordinator on david.curry@stalbans.gov.uk
  • report your finding at https://treealert.forestry.gov.uk

Next we spoke to Professor Johnathan Napier, Project Leader on the development of a camelina crop that produces the long change omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids normally only found in fish. He explained the crop was being developed so that farmed fish does not need to be fed oil from wild fish, supplies of which are limited. Recent field trials were successful – the crop grew well and the levels of healthy fish oils in the seeds were encouraging. Take a look at the Rothamsted website for more information.

Thursday evening is the final Public Meeting in the Soil is Life! series of events to mark the International Year of Soils is coming up at Rothamsted and is entitled: Soil Biodiversity: How to Explore and Utilise Life in Soils? :

The meeting will explore the challenges and advances in the study of soil microbes, the interactions between plants and soil, and how findings can be used to benefit humans and the environment.

It takes place at 7.30pm. It will be held in the Fowden Hall, with refreshments to be served in the Plaza of the new Conference Centre.

For details of the speakers and to register for this free event see:  http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events/soil-biodiversity

Coming up there’s a public meeting entitled Joint forces help African farmers increase yields:  This Public Meeting is organised by Harpenden Spotlight on Africa (HSoA) and Rothamsted Research.

You can hear how HSoA collaboration with Rothamsted Research, to increase crop yields for farmers by using an environmentally friendly pest control system, is transforming farming in Eastern Uganda.

It takes place on Wednesday 29th July, 2015 at 7.30pm. It will be held in the Fowden Hall, with a drinks and food reception to be held in the Plaza of the new Conference Centre.

http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events/harpenden-spotlight-africa-hsoa-association-with-rothamsted-research

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News from Sustainable St.Albans Week, which we covered las month. You’ll remember that Transition St.Albans, St.Albans Friends of the Earth and St.Albans District Council are getting together to organize this week at the end of November, just before the Paris Climate Change Summit. Organizations, businesses, schools etc are being asked to hold an event or do something to make our District more sustainable. Laura Lane, the Sustainable St.Albans Week coordinator tells me that over 50 organizations have now signed up, which is great news. And if you, or an organization that you know of would like to join them, then go to www.sustainablestalbansweek.wordpress.com where you can find out more and sign up.

Also, they’ve started a crowd funding appeal to raise £1000 to fund the week, so if you want to support people getting together to make our District more sustainable you can give as much or as little as you like at

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sustainable-st-albans-week


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Chris' Film Club: Lucy (2014)

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 15/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is about a young woman (Scarlett Johanssen) who is used as a drugs mule, but accidentally ingests the drug and gains psychokinetic powers. Also stars Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-sik.
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Chris' Film Club: Glory (1989)

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 14/07/2015 - 6:30pm

1989 Edward Zwick film about the first all-black unit in the American Civil War. Stars Matthew Broderick (as their white commander), Freeman, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Andre Braugher.
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Electric taxis come to St.Albans

Environment Matters - Tue, 14/07/2015 - 1:20pm

Charging an electric taxi at St Albans

Alex Calnun and the Deputy Mayor launching the new electric taxis in Adelaide Street, St.Albans. Photo: Good Energy

With pollution levels in St.Albans town centre, and at other places around the District, well over EC safe levels, anything that helps reduce emissions from local vehicles is a good thing. This kind of pollution, mainly from diesel vehicles like taxis, is associated with all sorts of health problems, including asthma and cardiovascular disease. As we’ve heard in previous programmes, ot also contributes to climate change and causes over nitrification of the countryside.

So we were delighted to speak to Alex Calnun a director and founder of Electric Blue, a company which has just launched 2 electric taxis in St.Albans. These noise free, emissions free taxis can be hired by any local taxi drivers, so if you’d like to see them out and about then tell your taxi driver that you’d like to be able to hire an electric taxi.

When I saw the new taxis I was impressed with how quiet and comfortable they are, so they’ll be helping with noise pollution too.

New Barnfield Incinerator Update: Following the rejection of Veolia’s Planning Application for an incinerator at New Barnfield by the previous Secretary of State at the Govt Dept of Communities and Local Govt (Eric Pickles) in July 2014, Veolia made a legal challenge, in Aug 2014, which they won, in January 2015. Therefore the Planning Application went back to the Sec of State at the DCLG for re-determination. The current Sec of State at the DCLG is Greg Clark. He will make the new decision on or before Thursday, so it looks like the waiting is nearly over for the New Barnfield campaigners.


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Chris' Film Club: Kiss The Girls (1997)

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Psychological thriller, based on the book by James Patterson. Freeman is Detective Alex Cross, who investigates the kidnapping of several young women in North Carolina. Also stars Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Jeremy Piven and Brian Cox.
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New Music Playlist w/c 13th July 2015 & this week's featured track by @rodstewart

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 4:00pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Under The Makeup
Andy Grammer - Honey I'm Good
Beck - Dreams
Brandon Flowers  - I Can Change
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)
Gabrielle Aplin - Light Up The Dark
Hurts - Some Kind Of Heaven
Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
Jack Savoretti - Written In Scars
James Bay - Let It Go
John Newman - Come and Get It
Joss Stone - The Answer
Kodaline - Ready
Lauren Housley - Ghost Town Blues
Little Mix - Black Magic
Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm
Maverick Sabre - Walk Into The Sun
Paul Weller - Going My Way
Ruby Turner - Putting You First
Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline
Stacey Solomon - Breath Away
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
The Cadillac Three - White Lightning
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
Will Young - Thank You
Years & Years - Shine

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Love Is by Rod Stewart:


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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 10th July 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 10/07/2015 - 7:00pm
Throughout the whole week we've been joined on the show by Scarlett, who has been tolerating Danny's antics reasonably well, partly because she's more professional than most of the people who already work here, and partly because Danny has to sign off on her work experience report. Honor, who has given up on the cult of Lakshuma and has been searching for something else to put her focus into, has latched onto Scarlett and looks up to her like an older sister.

However, Honor has started acting like a very young little sister, getting jammy hands in Scarlett's hair, drawing in crayon over her homework, and crying when Scarlett wouldn't let her have a lolly because she hadn't had her dinner yet. Honor is now taking a time-out on the Naughty Step while she thinks about what she's done.

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.

Friday
The American President
12.15am – 2.10am
ITV3

Saturday
Ted
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Sunday
Unforgiven
9.00pm – 11.40pm
ITV4

Dirty Harry
11.40pm – 1.50pm
ITV3

Monday
Last Days in Vietnam
10.00pm – 11.35pm
BBC4

Tuesday
Raising Arizona
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Movie Mix

Wednesday
The Player
11.35pm – 2.05am
Film4

Thursday
The Fisher King
10.55pm – 1.40am
Movie Mix






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Instagram Tips with @kimleuen

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 09/07/2015 - 6:07pm
We were joined in the studio by Kim Leuenbeger this afternoon, who with 73,000 followers on Instagram - was able to give our listeners some valuable photography and social media tips.



She spoke about following the rule of 'two thirds' when it comes to composition, as well as interacting with the Instagram community if you want to build up your online presence.



Kim's work can be viewed over on her Instagram - or you can follow her Twitter page for photography tips!

If you missed our interview or you'd like to listen again, you can do so by using our listen again service here.
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