25May2017

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Hertsmere's economic development strategy – 'Creative Hertsmere' – has been given a seal of approval by the county's leading body on economic growth.

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To support home buyers hoping to take their first step on the property ladder, the council's Executive agreed to increase the maximum loan size for the Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) at its meeting on Wednesday, 22 October.

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Watford Workshop, the Charity based in Century Retail Park, that provides disabled people with Work Experience, Skills Training and Employment, has received a £10,000 donation from Watford Community Housing Trust's Community Development Fund. These much needed funds will help Watford Workshop to continue to provide literacy and numeracy training for adult members of the local community with learning difficulties.

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Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshops are proud to announce a very special not-so-Pointless book signing! Hosts of the hugely successful Pointless quiz show, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman are making a very special appearance in Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross to sign copies of their latest book: 'The Very Pointless Quiz Book'. As avid Pointless fans, Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshop could not be more excited about meeting this comic duo. In fact, their very own Janet Stewart appeared on Pointless as a contestant, during which she was able to secure the hosts' visit.

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A record number of teams of students from schools and colleges across St Albans and Harpenden took up the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge last night at the launch event at St Columba's College. The Connect St Albans Challenge is run by the Centre for Voluntary Service. Over the next four months, the 16 teams of 16 and 17 year olds will attempt to turn £100 into £1000 or more for their nominated charities with the help of local business 'Dragons'.

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Stoptober is back and this year we're working with our partners Hertfordshire County Council to encourage smokers to get through the 28-day quitting challenge with the help of some of the country's top comedians.

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Young people have a great opportunity to put some spring in their step this autumn as a Potters Bar trampolining club continues to offer sessions for just £2.50. And did you know, trampolining is three times more effective than running because it uses a variety of muscles that you didn't even know existed - so says a NASA study!

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The council's chief executive and colleagues have lent their support to Cycle to Work Day today (Thursday, 4 September) by taking the healthy option of cycling to civic offices.

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The weather may have cooled a little over the past few days, but if you're aiming to round off the summer with a barbecue in the garden over the bank holiday weekend, the council and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are serving up some advice to help make it a sizzling and safe success.

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