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Stylish furniture that doesn’t cost the earth

Environment Matters - 9 hours 53 min ago

 

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I’ve got people coming to stay this summer and I was looking for a few more chairs, and after flicking through the Ikea catalogue I thought I’d go for something a bit different. Rather than buying new, I thought I’d look for something reclaimed or secondhand furniture instead. I thought it would save trees and other raw materials, be much kinder on climate change and perhaps save something from landfill.

Reclaimed Chair

Luckily, there are lots of places around St.Albans that you can buy brilliant quality pre-loved furniture. For a start there’s Emmaus in St. Albans. It’s just on the corner of Nightingale Road, near the Nuffield Sports Centre. They provide a home for up to 33 homeless people at a time, and give them training and the opportunity to work – and one of the opportunities for work is mending and upgrading donated furniture. They have some great stuff, at very reasonable prices and I really like to know that my money is being put to such good use.

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Another place I thought of is St.Albans Wood Recycling which is off Sutton Road round the back of Morrisons. They use all sorts of wood – old scaffolding boards, wood from houses that are being demolished and building site waste – and make some lovely rustic pieces of furniture out of it. They are a social enterprise company and they work with local agencies such as job centre restart schemes and the probation service to provide practical work experience, learning and training opportunities. They provide an opportunity to help local people to develop their skills and confidence working alongside the other workers as part of a team. And even better, they are socially inclusive and welcome volunteers from different backgrounds. They’ll even make a piece of simple furniture specially for you to your design.

And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a new shop opened  on Stonecross at the top of Sandpit Lane in St.Albans stocking some stylish upcycled furniture. Here on Environment Matters we’re into anything that takes old stuff and gives it a new life, so I was keen to find out more. Listen to the podcast to hear me talking to James Petre of Quirky Interiors.

 

Do take a look at their new shop on Stonecross – they have some great refashioned pieces of furniture that have so much more style and character than new items.

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As part of St.Albans LitFest, The Sustainable St.Albans Week organisers invite you to an evening of ideas and discussion entitled Why Women Will Save the Planet. You’ll remember that as part of International Womens’ Day on Radio Verulam we featured this book, and on Wednesday July 6th at 8pm the editor, Jenny Hawley and local contributor Kate Metcalf will be joined by local women to discuss the parallels between environmentalism and feminism, the challenges both face and the possible benefits that tackling one can bring to the other and the unique opportunities that women have to make a difference to the planet. It promises to be a thought provoking and inspiring evening – and one with some brightness and hope, which you might find welcome just at the moment. It will take place in the Yurt at the Blacksmith’s Arms, costs just £3 and everyone is welcome, whether you’re a woman or not, or, indeed and environmentalist or not. Book now.

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And this Sunday you are invited to the next Transition St.Albans Open Food Garden at 30 Gustard Wood (off the Slype) anytime between 3-5pm. You’ll find a front garden packed with attractive flowers and a productive garden complete with a few chickens. Go along to get some inspiration and tips to help you grow your own – or just admire someone else’s hard work.

 

We always love to hear from you :

 


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Drivetime Sessions with Tom Craven [@tomcraven]

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 6:09pm
Local singer songwriter Tom Craven joined us tonight for a live session where he performed the following tracks;
Jimmy Struck Gold
Miracles
Walking In Memphis

  And if you missed his performance today you can listen again by visiting http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigating to this afternoons Drivetime show at 530
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Amanda Yorwerth- Cycling for Bikes For Africa @AmandaEY

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 24/06/2016 - 5:45pm

Amanda Yorwerth was our guest in the studio this afternoon, here to discuss her upcoming charity cycle. 
Amanda and her husband Mike will be travelling coast to coast from Seascale on the west coast to Whitby in the east. a total of 150 miles!
This will all be in effort to raise money for the charity 'Bikes for Africa', which collects unwanted bikes from the UK and takes them to Africa where they are in great demand to help in ways such as enabling kids to get to school, adults to get to work, and so much more.
If you'd like to donate and support you can visit Amanda's donation page
You can visit the official Bikes for Africa website for information on the charity here.

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Chris' Film Club: The Help

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 6:30pm
Finally, Chris concludes the week of adaptations with 'The Help'.

Based on a Kathryn Stockett novel, the film is about the lives of African-American housekeepers in the American South. A young writer (Emma Stone) wants to expose the racism they face on a daily basis, and gets two maids to tell their story.

Stars Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Allison Janney

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Interview with Lindsey and Lillian from St. Albans Chamber Choir @SACChoir

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 6:01pm
On the show this evening we were joined by Lindsey and Lillian from St. Albans Chamber Choir.

The St. Albans Chamber Choir will be performing the best of Polish choral music at an upcoming event at St. Saviour’s Church Saturday the 2nd of July at  at 7.30pm,

A vast selection of music will be played, including early music by Anerio and Zielenski, along with “Poland’s Handel”- Gorczycki.  Poland’s leading contemporary composers, Marian Borkowski and Roxanna Panufnik will also feature in this colourful programme of choral gems.

The Choir hope to make people aware of the great Polish music they might normally miss out on.

The concert will be conducted by John Gibbons, with violin and organ accompaniment.

Tickets are £14 and £5 for children and full-time students,
You can book them by calling: 07570 454744
emailing: tickets@stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk
Or by visiting www.stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk

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The Company of Ten presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 6:58pm
The Company of Ten presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood is a brilliant play about a Welsh seaside village in 1930's. Its a praise to the characters who lived in the village and tracks there lives through the course of a single day. One of the performances will be a charity performance in aid of Oxfam and will involve a raffle where some great prizes can be won.

Dates:

  • Charity performance on Thursday 30th at 8:00 pm, doors open at 07:30 pm
  • Friday 1st July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Saturday 2nd July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Sunday 3rd July at 02:30 pm, doors open 02:00 pm
  • Tuesday 5th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Wednesday 6th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Thursday 7th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Friday 8th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Saturday 9th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm

All performances can be seen at the Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, AL1 2DL.
Tickets for the performances are £10.00 each.

For the charity performance, tickets can be bought by emailing oxfamstalbansgroup@gmail.com or by phoning 01727 837229 or 01727 847486.
For all other performances, tickets can be bought by visiting http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/under-milk-wood/ or call the box office at 01727 857861.

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The Company of Ten presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 22/06/2016 - 6:58pm
The Company of Ten presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood is a brilliant play about a Welsh seaside village in 1930's. Its a praise to the characters who lived in the village and tracks there lives through the course of a single day. One of the performances will be a charity performance in aid of Oxfam and will involve a raffle where some great prizes can be won.

Dates:

  • Charity performance on Thursday 30th at 8:00 pm, doors open at 07:30 pm
  • Friday 1st July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Saturday 2nd July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Sunday 3rd July at 02:30 pm, doors open 02:00 pm
  • Tuesday 5th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Wednesday 6th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Thursday 7th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Friday 8th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm
  • Saturday 9th July at 08:00 pm, doors open 07:30 pm

All performances can be seen at the Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, AL1 2DL.
Tickets for the performances are £10.00 each.

For the charity performance, tickets can be bought by emailing oxfamstalbansgroup@gmail.com or by phoning 01727 837229 or 01727 847486.
For all other performances, tickets can be bought by visiting http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/under-milk-wood/ or call the box office at 01727 857861.

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Chris' Film Club: The Wolf of Wall Street

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/06/2016 - 6:30pm
Tuesday's Film Club looks at Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wallstreet'.

Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, it tells the story of how Belfort made a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.

Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal and Rob Reiner

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Back It Easy With Lucy Clark - Banana Bread @heavensacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 21/06/2016 - 5:58pm
We were joined once again by the fabulous Lucy Clark for this months Bake It Easy feature to share another delicious recipe!

Lucy spoke about a lovely Banana Bread recipe, which she gave advice on the most efficient way to make. You can find out how to make the quick bread here.


You can visit Lucy's website and check out @heavensacupcake Twitter page for baking news and more recipes.
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Hoping for a breath of fresh air for St.Albans?

Environment Matters - Tue, 21/06/2016 - 3:59pm
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

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Traffic queuing on Holywell Hill

On this week’s show Rona Wightman, Secretary of St.Albans Cycle Campaign joined Amanda to explain why they had decided to devote the public meeting that’s part of their AGM to a talk by Dr.Martin Williams of Kings College London on air pollution and its effects on our health and climate change. Dr.Williams is a leading expert on the subject and has advised both DEFRA and the WHO.

You can hear him talk on Thursday 30th June at 7.30 at Dagnall Street Baptist Church and everyone is welcome. For more information on this and other cycle events take a look on the STACC website

 

 

Local Green Party councillor Simon Grover then told us how local green party members had used diffusion tubes to test air quality around the District. They had found 5 of 9 locations in city, including outside the St.Albans City Primary School, exceed safe pollution levels. They plan to test more locations later in the year, so if you are concerned about air pollution somewhere near you then get in touch with Simon so testing can be carried out there. Simon’s contact details are here 

This week is National Insect Week (20-26 June) People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) are encouraging more members of the public to record any sightings of stag beetles as part of their annual Great Stag Hunt. If you missed our show on 18th April when we heard all about these amazing insects and what to do if you are lucky enough to see one, then you’ll find the podcast is still available.

The Green Triangle is celebrating it’s first anniversary with a networking business breakfast.7.30-8.30 on Wednesday 29th June.

This FREE networking business breakfast at Rothamstead Research in Harpenden should be a fascinating chance to hear what the Green Triangle have achieved in their first year, working to develop Hertfordshire into a world-renowned centre of excellence for green technology.  To book, email Lisa.wood@oaklands.ac.uk

HMWT invite you to a walk around Harpenden Common to look at the wildlife that is thriving due to recent conservation work. Thursday evening 6-8pm booking essential on the HMWT website.

A whole village of gardens will be open on Sunday at the OXHEY OPEN GARDENS

all styles, shapes and sizes, including gardens for children, wildlife gardens, music, a pottery and last year there was even a garden with a Lego village – so something for everyone.

Sunday 2.30-6.30PM  PRICE £5  (accompanied children free)

NOT SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS – but all gardens easily walkable from the car park. GUIDE DOGS ONLY

Last year £21,000 was raised for the Peace Hospice – so you really should go help them raise even more this year!


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Chris' Film Club: Where the Wild Things Are

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/06/2016 - 6:30pm
This week Chris has selected 'Book Adaptations' as the Film Club theme, starting with 'Where the Wild Things Are', based on a children's book of the same name by Maurice Sendak.

Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the Wild Things,They allow Max to become their leader, and he promises to create a kingdom where everyone will be happy. However, Max soon finds that being king is not easy and that, even being with the Wild Things, there is something missing.

 
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Kim Leunberger - Holiday Photos @kimleuen

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 20/06/2016 - 6:02pm
Joining us in the studio today was Instagram Influence and Drivetime Photography Correspondent Kim Leunberger.

Today Kim brought plenty of advice for people looking to take snaps while on their holiday.

For updates and info from Kim you can visit her Instagram or Website.

And if you missed Kim's segment or wanted to listen to it again you can visit http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/ and navigate to Monday's Drivetime show at 5:30pm


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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 17th June 2016

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 17/06/2016 - 7:00pm
The mood in the studio was bleak this evening, as Simon was dealing with his own mortality. Simon's birthday is coming up, and he's starting to feel his age. He isn't moving as well as he once did and he's forgetting even more film facts than usual (an example from tonight's film guide: "the film at number 1 in the box office is that one with the bloke with the face, and the woman with the ears, and is about the two of them as they do things that progress the plot").

We were trying to gee Simon up, and tell him that it isn't that bad, and that he should be proud that he's lived as long as he has, and that we're honoured to know the oldest person who has ever lived (Simon is turning 124). This didn't seem to make Simon any happier, but after the show we bought him a warm milk and a new beige jumper and this cheered him up immeasurably. 

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 TV for the coming week. 

Friday
The Wicker Man
11.30pm – 1.20am
ITV4

Saturday
Independence Day
8.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

Sunday
The English Patient
10.35pm – 1.45pm
ITV3

Monday
Taken 2
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Film4

Tuesday
Dirty Dancing
8.00pm – 10.05pm
5STAR

Wednesday
Harry Brown
10.00pm – 12.05m
5STAR

Thursday
Patriot Games
11.20pm – 1.35am
Film4
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Max's Film Club: Pain & Gain

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 6:30pm
We round off this week of Action Films with Michael Bay's comedy 'Pain & Gain'.

Based on a true story, Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. 
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Sharon & Victoria - Mandeville School's Family Fun Day & Dog Show @mandeville_AL1

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 5:30pm
Today our guests in the studio were Sharon and Victoria, organisers of the upcoming 'Family Fun Day & Dog Show' at Mandeville School.

This Saturday, the 18th of June, from 12pm until 3pm the school with multiple stalls and games for the family to enjoy, ranging from tombola to crafts, ice cream,face painting and more.

On top of that there will be a bouncy cas, classes you can enter any dogs you bring with you into, and and a performance by Northwick Park Agility Club.

The event is to raise money for the Mandeville PTA, and entry is £1 for adults but free for all children and dogs.
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Max's Film Club: Snowpiercer

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 15/06/2016 - 6:30pm
Next on this week of Action Films is 'Snowpiercer', the 2013 post-apocalyptic film.

Following an ice age that forces humanity's last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain, one man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.

Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris also star.

 
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Max's Film Club: Sicario

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 14/06/2016 - 6:30pm
Next on the week of action films is last year's 'Sicario'.

After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).

Denis Villeneuve directed, and the film was nominated for 3 academy awards.

 
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West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 14/06/2016 - 5:30pm
Three Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime1. MedicinesTablets for Long Term Conditions; e.g. high blood pressure, arthritis etc. ·         50% of patients don’t take their medicines·         Ten days after starting a new medicine, 30% of patients are already not taking them as recommended
Patients starting a new medicine; ·         Half report a problem within the first ten days;·         After 4 weeks, just 16% are taking medicine as prescribed and have no problems
So, DriveTimers – what do you think?·         Do you have a mental blockage on taking medicine?·         Are you taking them as prescribed?·         Need Help – Doctor, Surgery Nurse, or Pharmacist!!!
2. Are You A Carer? – You may well be, even if you don’t think of yourself as a CarerThere are over 1,000 people doing a carer role in the St Albans District who could get additional support!
2.1 You are a carer if you look after someone who·         Is ill – either an adult or a child·         Is elderly·         Is disabled·         Has mental health problems·         Misuses drugs or alcohol·         Or if you are a young person looking after a family memberJust let your Surgery know – they’ll help you
2.2 The Benefits:-From your Surgery you get·         Support from the Carers’ Champion·         Flexible Appointments·         Seasonal Flu Vaccination·         An Annual Health-check
In addition, Carers in Hertfordshire provide you with further support and a Carer’s Passport that gives you extensive discounts from local retailers.
http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/
3. Summary Care Record (“SCR”)We all have an SCR; unless we exercised an opt out; around since 2010. Details of Medications. Concept – a Healthcare Professional could access the record from anywhere, with patient consent, to help them treat the individual.
New version – SCR-AI – just released. Includes·         Long term conditions·         Diagnoses (blood tests, blood pressure)·         PreferencesWill benefit people with complex health problems – but OPT IN, not opt out!!!

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr/patients/what
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Messages of support for Save Butterfly World & Electric Bond

Environment Matters - Tue, 14/06/2016 - 8:22am
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

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John Horsfield from Save Butterfly World joined us to explain how, whilst the online petition is showing amazing support from right across the country, messages of support from local people, groups and businesses are what they are looking for now. Please send your messages to contact@savebutterflyworld.com  or to

Save Butterfly World, 25 Valley Rise, Watford, WD25 7EY

For more information go to savebutterflyworld.com – but John warned that the volunteer who is updating their website had the request for local support on her to do list.

Electric Blue charge point St Albans

Alex Calnan from Electric Blue, a local company that has brought electric taxis to St.Albans, told us how they were hoping to launch a bond. Local people can invest in a programme of new charging points aimed primarily at commercial vehicles (who tend to be the heaviest polluters) but also available for private use. Alex anticipated that the bond would be for 3 years, should give a healthy return on investment and would be a great way to use your money to improve local air quality. You should, of course, seek your own financial advice.

To be kept in the loop as Electric Blues’ plans for the bond develop, sign up here.

Do you have a story you’d like us to cover? If so, drop us a line at rvenvironmentmatters@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


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Max's Film Club: Crank: High Voltage

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 13/06/2016 - 6:30pm
Chris is away again, and so the Film Club is left in Max's hands for the week.

The theme for the week is 'Fast-Paced action films', starting with 'Crank: High Voltage', the sequel to 2006's 'Crank'.

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is abducted by Chinese mobsters after the events of the first film, and  finds that his nearly indestructible heart has been replaced with a battery-operated device that requires regular jolts of electricity or it will fail. Chev escapes from his captors, reunites with his lover, Eve (Amy Smart), and sets out on a frantic chase through Los Angeles to get his real heart back.
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