Clubs and Community (including annual exhibition of Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Society)

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Sunday, 26th October 2014, 8:00 am
Members of the Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Society at a recent event

Two guest speakers attended a meeting of the support group Bosom Buddies for women affected by breast cancer in Tring and the surrounding areas.

Nutritionist and food scientist Audrey Deane and registered dietician Penny Doyle popped in on Monday, October 13.

The evening was shared with members of Aylesbury Breast Friends and encompassed many interesting facts and myths about the ideal healthy diet and food types to be avoided during breast cancer treatment.

Members of the Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Society at a recent event PNL-141017-153114001

Penny and Audrey are also authors of several diet-related books which were of great interest to group members.

They gave information on super-foods, omega 3 diets and fasting diets - all proven to help prevent breast cancer, and which provide health benefits during treatment and in recovery.

The group has now been running three years and has 21 clients who have been supported through their journey both remotely and within the group.

For further information about the group please contact Sue Gore 07715107800 or Tracey Norris 07910 258259 or find further information on

Annual exhibition for railway society

The Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Society has enjoyed a busy few weeks.

At the end of September a group of members and friends spent a sunny Sunday afternoon visiting the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road.

The trip was arranged with the help of a Society member who also volunteers at Quainton Road and the group were able to go behind the scenes to areas not always on public display.

They came back full of admiration for the progress being made and the facilities provided.

The following week the Society took its N Gauge model railway layout, The Bruscon Bridges, to the Beaconsfield Model Railway Club’s exhibition at the Beaconsfield School where it performed almost faultlessly.

A feature of the day was the visit by two former Society members, now living near Trowbridge, to see in running order the layout with which they had been involved in its early days, and who kindly said the long journey was well worthwhile as they were very impressed with the result.

Preparations have also been continuing apace for the Society’s own Annual Exhibition which is due to take place at the Leverstock Green Hall.

The Bruscon Bridges will not be present but the Society will have nine visiting layouts in various gauges and scales from 2mm to the foot to 1/32 scale narrow gauge and varying from a Drive A Train for the youngsters to 4mm finescale and a model operated from a “signal box” with lever frame, block instruments and bells.

There will be a layout building demonstration on the Society Stand where members will be happy to provide details of membership and try to answer any railway modelling queries you may have.

The Society will also have enhanced trade support with models, books and scenic items available for purchase and refreshments will be available.

Further details are available at

The Exhibition is at the Leverstock Green Hall on Saturday, October 25, from 10.30am to 4:30pm and admission is £4 with accompanied children admitted free.

Incredible Edible comes to Kings Langley

Building on the success of its first local fresh food market last month, Transition in Kings (TiK) is very excited to announce its forthcoming event on the future of food.

Our Food, the Planet and Us was held on Wednesday last week at the Rudolph Steiner School Theatre in Kings Langley.

Champion of TiK’s local food market Barbara Rowbottom invited co-founder of Incredible Edible Pam Warhurst to Kings Langley for an inspiring and thought provoking event.

Spokesman for TiK Victoria Williams said: “Incredible Edible is quickly becoming a global phenomenon, with community gardening initiatives spreading throughout the UK, USA, Canada and France.

“Started by Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear in 2006, their small market town in Yorkshire is now home to an abundance of community gardening initiatives.”

Pam said: “We’ve planted trees on land at the fire station, and the police station. The health centre has fruit trees all around it and an apothecary’s garden at the back.”

You can discover more on their website at, including a link to Pam’s TED talk.

Accompanying Pam was Charles Ainger - visiting professor on Sustainable Development at Cambridge University, an inspiration for TiK’s creation of Grand Union Community Energy in 2013.

Charles is a leading light of Low Carbon Chilterns, a group dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of community buildings.

At TiK’s seminar he brought his lifetime’s experience as a water engineer to bear on the difficulties in food production at a global level.

Robert Mostyn & Vicky Bate presented TiK’s local initiatives and the opportunities for getting involved.

You can find out more at or by phoning 07754 532863.

Citizens to host Conservation Area talk

The Berkhamsted Citizens Association (BCA) will host an illustrated speech by Dr James Moir from Dacorum Borough Council’s conservation team in Berkhamsted Town Hall on Thursday, November 13.

He will talk about the recent expansion of and changes to Berkhamsted Conservation Area.

The event will begin at 8pm in the Sessions Hall function area of the town hall.

Entry is free for BCA members, £2 for non-members and £1 for Dacorum Card holders.

Berkhamsted Citizens Association was born, with an initial budget of £1/10/9d in the grounds of Berkhamsted Castle on July 6, 1924.

The BCA’s membership is 350 member households, representing close on 700 members covering Berkhamsted and Northchurch.

BCA membership costs £5 per year. Find out more at