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Matt Adams Came into the studio to discuss this weeks news. 180 years ago the longest prize fight took place on Nomans land common. The fight was 99 rounds over the course of 3 hours. a vinal record shop is opening in Heritage Close. There are objections in Harpenden to a circus that will be starting there, locals say that it will take away from trade. Harpenden Railway Sttation are proposing to put a deck above the present car park to enable further parking spaces. The dispute between the Gardens of the Rose and Butterfly World has now been settled, this was about parking rights. The Community Horse Patrols have been resumed.
David Thorold from St Albans Museum came in to talk about the museum in general. David said that this area is easier to get to arkiology than in more built up areas, as the local fields are able to be dug rather than places needing to be demolished. In this area it has been proved that the locals got on with the romans, wheras some areas opposed them and were crushed in response. The older Roman town is said to have continued after the Romans withdrew in 410 AD and also the new town then grew up around the Abbey. The gold coins found were the highest quality coin in the Roman times, Silver were next and Bronze last, these became rather scrappy and were of very little value. The gold coins found have been deliberately buried, probably due to battles and needing to hide their welth. The cost of entering the local museum is free to residents in this area, as it is paid for in the taxes.
Iain Loe joined us from the campaign for Raeal Ale to talk about the festivals coming up. CAMRA has been important to keep the real ales going, as the big companies were set to take over and make mass produced beer the only choice. There are now a lot more small bruries than there used to be, as bruers are starting to come on since the times that CAMRA came on. CAMRA are also trying to promote Cider makers as well. The Cider should be made from whole apples rather than concentrate and also ideally should be british. They also are promoting Pear cider in a like manner. CAMRA now have awards for various things such as Pub of the year and club of the year. The good beer guide comes out in September every year and lists the best pubs in the country for real ale. CAMRA have a website and also an app that you can download and this will let you know the best pubs in the local area that you are in at present.
Gemma Smith from the Herts Show came in to talk about the show and to promote making a short film of the show on a camera or phone, uploading it to youtube and entering a competition they are running. The film should be about 3 minutes or so in length. The prize would be a Dinner Bed and Breakfast in one of 2 local hotels. There is also a second and third prize. contact details www.hertsshow.com where you can find all details. The show takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.
The local cyclists then featured in a recorded interview giving an update on their progress. They have had some problems in the mountain passes in Switzerland and they had to change what they intended to do. They are now going towards Ittily. The weather has been reasonable with a little rain in places.
Ian Colyer (in Matt Adams's absence) reviews news items published in the Herts Advertiser this week.
'No retreat, no surrender' in the battle over the proposed rail freight terminal at Park St. The fight goes on as Ann Main piles pressure on government ministers.
Is the council washing its hands over Clarence Park? Not according to Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles - proposals will be under consideration later this month.
Beric Read, who lost his Sandridge seat on the County Council to the Lib Dems, is threatening legal action over leaflets issued prior to voting which claimed he had voted in support of building on Green Belt land.
St Albans was used on a TV recording once again with Silent Witness (Emilia Fox and David Caves) filming on Fishpool St.
Luisa Zissman, a local enterprise owner (Dixies Cupcakery) and 'The Apprentice' candidate has survived the first two episodes of the show.
Lucy Clark (owner of Heaven is a Cupcake) was pleasantly surprised to receive an order for eighteen cupcakes from Sharon Osbourne ( wife of the 'heavy metaller' Ozzy Osbourne).
Mike Harman - Director of the Herts Show - talked about the forthcoming county show. Figures of potential attendees range from a low of 20,000+ to more than 40,000 - the actual attendance depending very much on the weather over the two days of the show. The show has been running in one form or another for over 100 years. Mile has been involved for more than ten years. This year promises to be one of the most exciting with a very varied programme of entertainment (including show jumping, all human circus, etc). The only charge for any entertainment is the ticket admission price. Interestingly, Mike not only has the responsibility for the Herts Show but he has an involvement with shows all over the UK.
Prof. Jane Hardy (Univ of Herts) spoke about the impact of immigration on the UK's finances. Jane opened by stating that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the topic of migration. She described there as being three groups of migrants as follows: Asylum seekers, non-EU migrants and EU migrants. The first two categories do not account for many people as it is not easy to gain access to the UK for these people. The EU migrants are more likely to be here for financial reasons and are not necessarily here to stay. Jane commented re the likely arrival of Romanians and Bulgarians (currently receiving 'bad press') - many are already here in a self-employed basis and other countries (such as Italy or Germany) may be more attractive to them.
Silvia Vitiello (of Kingston Smith - a large firm of accountants in St Albans) spoke about a forthcoming seminar aimed at local small to medium enterprises (SMEs). The objective is to disseminate information gleaned from a business survey done in conjunction with the Surrey Business School. Subjects covered will include raising finance or funding a business. Places at the seminar are still available but a prior attendance booking is required. The seminar starts at 17.00 next Wednesday (15th) at the Verulamium Museum (admission is free). See www.kingstonsmith.com (events) to book a place.
Matt Adams came into the studio to discuss the news for this week. The crime commissioner is looking for an assistant, the job will have a wage of around 75 thousand pounds a year. The Princess of Wessex came to St Albans to visit a new Jubilee Garden. The Council have still made no dissision on the Oaklands Planning Permission. A St Albans Baker has been announced as one of this years candidates for the Aprentice.
Jonathen Schubert then joined us to talk about a 13000 mile cycle ride, going from St Albans to Malasia going through 33 countries. Jonathen has previously done a 1300 mile cycle ride across Scotland. Jonathen has now left his job and will see what work comes his way as he travels, his roots are always in the UK and he will return at some point. He will be travelling with a friend. The trip will take around 6 to 7 months. They will be self sufficient and have no support team. They are planning to use youth hostels to eat and sleep when ever they can. It is hoped that we will be able to follow their journey over the next weeks. They do also have light weight equipment that they can use in the hotter countries to sleep in. This ride is beeing done for charity, in ade of world bicycle week and Charity Water. They are planning to raise 10000 pounds each. contact details www.cycling-c2b.org
Martin Finney joined us to discuss gardening for this month. Dalias need to be held back until late May. in general, it is advisable to wait until at least late May to plant most things. It is advisable to keep a look out for white fly on Tomatoes or peppers or any such plant. Feed your lawn and try to mow once a week. If you have Vine Weavle you can treat it, but you should stick to the same treatment and not swap over. If you do worry over planbts and are not sure what is happening with them, you can take them into a garden centre and ask for advice.
Lello Ametrano Joined us as the first winner of the St Albans and Harpenden Review photographic competition. He started taking photos when he was on holiday some years ago with a point and shoot camera. He takes a lot of nature photography. He chose a picture of a Peacock to enter in the competition, this Peacock is regularly found on the campus of the college where he works.
Matt Adams came into the studio to discuss this weeks news. Hunston Properties have put in a bid for the green belt land near Harpenden and having been refused, have put in for a High Court Judgement. The St Albans Council have plans for the Market to make it bigger and bring in more traders and make it a lot better than it has been in the past as the current traders are disatisfied. The local ambulandce service have unvailed a multy million pound plan to improve the service following a very bad report from the Care Quality Commission. A supply Teacher in the Radlet area has been found to have set up a secret camera in schools to film the children in their underwear. He has now been charged and put on the sex offenders list. Their has been some bad Publicity for the lady who appeared on Britains got Tallent from the Harpenden area, it was said that the shyness she portraied was put on, as when she appeared previously on another tallent show, she was more confident.
Christine Neairn from the community Development Association joined us to talk about the charity and explain what it is about. Some of the things they deal with are community plans for local Villages, such as Community garden spaces, They are also involved with Hospitals and school projects. There is a 5 to 10 year plan on the garden projects. They have been given various grants to help with their projects, and some individual donations. contact details 01707695503.
Leoni Kibbey from the St Albans Film Festival came into the studio to discuss the Festival and what it is about. Leoni started out training as an Actress, and also sings. She also does a small amount of writing. Leoni is really a producer of films, hence her involvement in the St Albans Film Festival. Leoni is approached by people who need actors to appear in film or radio productions and after reading the script, is able to choose people to appear in the shows. Leoni works on everything from short films to TV Documentaries and also Radio productions. In 2009 there was an initial idea to do a film festival in St Albans, Leoni wrote a business plan and invested a small amount of her money into the project and the festival was started. The first Festival actually took place this year. People can enter short films into the catagories of music, documentaries anamation to name but a few. there are cash prizes for the winners. There are 7 catagories in all and also an award for the best actor. contact details, www.stalbansfilmfestival.com
Dawn Easby from the Air Ambulance service joined us on the phone to discuss the service and what it involves. All Counties have an air ambulance. They are used mainly when treatment is needed on site for a person injhured in say a car crash, where it is unwise to move them immediatley. There are 3 Pilets and 3 doctors. Every month the service costs 380000 pounds. people can donate on line on their website also call 0845504055. An onsite Critical Care Paramedic decides where the Air Ambulance is sent. Such fund raising events include cycle rides and fun runs. There is a major fund raising event in the last week of September called go Red, where people can do things with a red theme.