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National Allotment week Special

The Good Morning St Albans team got together with the Cottonmill & Nunnery Allotment Association to explore the benefits of allotments and the effects of the River Ver development on the allotment for this National Allotment week special. Join Jonny Seabrook and Lady Jen as they explore the Cottonmill allotment with allotment holders Keith and [...]



Hertbeats is a local group committed to helping all who have experienced coronary problems and their families, as well as those with concerns about this medical condition. It's about exercise, nutrition, life habits and prevention. Brian Gibson also explains the importance of checking young people who are actively engaged in sport - working with Cardiac [...]

Herts Vision Loss

Jo Carter, CEO of Herts Vision Loss, explains to Rob Pearman the role and operation of this County-wide charity working with and for those local people with visual impairment.

Scams – online, by phone, in print

Sue Shanahan, Senior Trading Standards Officer, explains to Rob Pearman the tricks that scammers get up to online, on the phone and in print - how to spot them and what to do when you encounter them. Scamming is easier than robbing a bank!

A few favourites from 2018

At the start of a new year of interviews with local people, Rob Pearman takes a look back at some of his favourite extracts from around 30 interviews recorded for Local Life over the past 12 months - with topics ranging from fostering to refugees, from homelesness to mental health, and much more including some musical [...]

Centre 33

Peter Graham, a Trustee and long-time volunteer at Centre 33, tells Rob Pearman about the work of the St Albans 'drop-in' facility which provides food, hot drinks, clothing and more for those who are homeless, sofa-surfing or otherwise in need of assistance. Listen in.

St Albans & District Food Bank

Emma Dalton, Manager of our local Food Bank, explains how this critical service operates and when, who it serves and why it is needed - even in what we usually think of as a prosperous District. Emma also describes the various roles that volunteers fill, explains what sorts of food and other items they need, [...]

Herts Welcomes Syrian Families

Irene Austin, of Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, is joined by a member of one of the Syrian families welcomed to the County. Together they provide a picture of what life became for this family in their homeland and why they had to leave, as well as of the work that HWSF is doing to support the [...]

Hertfordshire’s Great War & The Half Shilling Curate

Two articles from Hertfordshire Life Magazine (November 2018) help provide context and background to the impact of WWI on our County and District. Recorded by volunteer readers at St Albans & District Talking Newspaper by kind permission of the Editor.

A County at War: Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire

Writer and producer Howard Guard talks with Jill Burridge about his film, ‘A County at War’, made in 2014 using stills from many local collections to mark the impact of the First World War on the local community as well as the tragic losses by The Hertfordshire Regiment at the Battle of Passchendaele (The Third Battle [...]

Getting involved with your NHS

Alan Bellinger helps Rob Pearman to understand how an individual can actively participate in the decision-making processes within the NHS – from their local surgery’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) to the wider St Albans & Harpenden Patient Group ( and then even wider to the County’s scrutiny body known as Healthwatch ( Every hospital also [...]

‘Poppyfields’ installation at St Albans Cathedral

'Poppyfields' is an installation at St Albans Cathedral (on the evenings of Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October) using projection, music and video in commemoration of the end of WWI in November 1918. Project Manager Helena O'Sullivan tells Rob Pearman about this creative use of our City's most famous building. Poppies floating down across the nave [...]

Citizens Advice – across the District

June Chapman, CEO of Citizens Advice in St Albans & District tells Rob Pearman about the wide range of services provided by the offices and outreach centres in St Albans, Harpenden, London Colney, Wheathampstead and Redbourn - and the even wider range of issues that their clients bring to them. June also explains the role [...]

Hertfordshire Chorus

Jill Burridge finds out from Musical Director David Temple and a member of the choir, Carole Teacher, about the past, present and future of one of Britain's leading large choirs. Hertfordshire Chorus performs regularly at major venues around the District and County. This conversation includes several extracts from previous concerts and highlights future events, beginning [...]

Harpenden Seniors Forum

Fiona Gaskell, Chairman of Harpenden Seniors Forum, tells Rob Pearman about the Forum, its history, its aim to be a primary source of information for senior citizens in and around Harpenden on local events and activities, clubs and other organisations, and also about the Forum's annual fair at the Public Halls on 16 October.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Penny Williams, explains to Rob Pearman how the QVAS is awarded, who is eligible and how a voluntary organisation can be nominated.

Community Matters – Village Voices

Clive Webb tells Rob Pearman about Sandridge's community choir - who they are, where they rehearse and when they perform to the public.

Community Matters – Ver Poets (2)

In the second of two conversations, Terry Jones, Anna Avebury and Chris Delaney tell Rob Pearman about Ver Poets, who it is for, how it operates and about the annual competitions including the open event which welcomes non-members as well as members to submit entries. Once again, all three read poems of their choice. For [...]

Community Matters – The Ver Poets (1)

In the first of two conversations, Ver Poets Terry Jones, Anna Avebury and Chris Delaney tell Rob Pearman how and why they became poets, what poetry means to them and why being a poet is open to anyone who is ready to commit to both inspiration and perspiration. All three read poems of their choice.

Community Matters – Mind in Mid Herts

Sharn Tomlinson, CEO of Mind in Mid Herts, tells Rob Pearman about some of the wide range of mental health and emotional well-being services provided by this organisation and the ways in which its professionals and many volunteer staff are able to help with advice, counselling and other skills through its offices in St Albans, [...]