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FOYLE COUP Heath Lane Secondary school scored a coup recently when screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz opened their new school library and Sixth Form study room. The author of Foyle’s War gave a talk to year 7 and 8 pupils, signed some books, and gave a creative writing workshop to year 10 students.


OPEN FIELDS Under the new name ‘Jarman Fields’, the new-look Jarman Park has almost completely reopened for business – and it’s certainly smartened up its act! New restaurants to have opened so far include American diner-style Frankie and Benny’s, Coast 2 Coast, Nando’s, Chiquito’s and sandwich chain Subway. Planet Ice has also been refurbished.


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HHTC LINES UP FAWLTY TREAT Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company’s 90th anniversary coincides with the 40th anniversary of Fawlty Towers. In February, HHTC began its journey to fi nd a cast and present its own version of the classic TV series in May. ‘We will present two episodes from the TV show and provide a dinner to the audience during an extended interval where a few surprise may take place...’ said HHTC’s spokesman. ‘We are not releasing the names of the episodes to the public until after the show has been cast.’ Follow HHTC’s progress on www.hhtheatreco.com.


LIONS FIND A LOCAL STAR A pupil from Astley Cooper school has become the town’s fi rst representative in an international Lions Peace Poster competition. Jessica Rizova, 13, from Woodhall Farm, was awarded the £100 prize for her local triumph in a ceremony at the school. Graham Derek (pictured right at Gaddesden Place RDA) from the Hemel Hempstead Lions club said: ‘The competition runs in 200 countries, and the theme this year was ‘peace, love and understanding’.


BEAUTY IF YOU LOOK FOR IT Photographer Lynda Sargant was so outraged when Hemel Hempstead was slated in last year’s survey by Crap Towns that she set out to use her photos to disprove it. ‘A couple of years ago I gave myself a personal photography project of taking photos that portrayed the beauty and character of Hemel. When I heard of Hemel being voted the ugliest town in the UK, it gave me an even greater incentive.’ The result can now be seen at Lynda’s website www. lyndasphotography.com. You can still


The National Peace Poster award will be presented in March. Good luck Jessica!


buy cards of the photos at the Old Town Hall.


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Photograph by courtesy of Linda Sargant


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