2016 --Looking back to a busy year

Articles about Harpenden


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A good recent example of how HCT members and the public contributed to a Trust revision of a proposal was in Tring. We had planned to move three services which were held once-a-week at Tring Clinic to nearby Berkhamsted. After seeking and listening to the views of local people, the Trust agreed to change its plans and will continue to provide all the services in Tring - Children’s Eye Care and Children’s Speech and Language Therapy at Rothschild House Surgery and the Lymphoedema Nurse will visit local patients in their own homes.

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Membership entitles you to sign up to www.healthservicediscounts.com. The benefits are really too numerous to list, but there are discounts available for travel, shopping, insurance, finance, mobiles, motoring to name but a few. Presently (March) there is a an offer of up 30% on all Hotpoint

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Picture Framer Drew Wilson offers

his ‘Easy Guide To Picture Glass’

Here at A&K Wilson Picture Framers we believe it

is really important to advise our clients on the best

choice of glass for their artwork, both from a clarity

of viewing perspective and also increasingly from a

conservation and protection perspective.


A little bit about nasty Ultra Violet Light…..

All light sources emit harmful UV light rays. Sunlight and indoor lighting, such as fluorescent and tungsten, contain different amounts of UV energy that can cause irreversible damage to artwork. Colours may fade and shift and the materials that make up the piece may become brittle.


Back in 1988 when I first started framing in Harpenden it was an easy choice, either normal glass or nasty ‘toilet window’ style non-reflective glass. But my-oh-my how things have moved on and we now have multiple options, but please don’t panic,

here is my easy guide to picture framing glass….


The first thing you need to know is that in terms of appearance there are only 3 kinds of picture glass:


• Standard clear glass (glossy)
• Diffused-reflection glass (matt)
• Low reflectance glass (almost invisible)


After you’ve decided which of these you’d like its easy because they all come in glass or plastic versions and all three can be bought with or without UV filtering.


“Simples”!…, however for the scientifically minded amongst you here is a little more detail and our menu of ‘good’ ‘better’ and ‘best’ glass options.


Float Glass

Top Quality 2mm Float Glass: keenly priced

and great for general work, but can be quite

reflective (glossy) and has a slight green cast.

Ever popular and still used for the majority of

our framing.

Diffused Reflection Glass

Diffused Reflection Glass: ‘matt’ often called

‘non-reflective’, is a glass which is acid etched

on one side to give a non glare, diffused finish.

It isn't suitable for deep box framing or multi layered

mounts over 3mm. Useful where bad glare and

harsh lighting conditions are a problem.

Anti-Reflective Glass

Anti-Reflective Glass: Tru Vue Water White AR

Reflection-Free® glass offers amazing clarity,

but does not provide Conservation Grade UV

Protection. It allows over 97% light transmission

and reduces reflections to less than 1%.
Deeply framed artwork, such as multiple-mount

and box frames, require reflection-free viewing.

Tru Vue meets this need using a manufacturing

process called 'magnetron sputtering'. This

advanced technology deposits precisely controlled

layers of highly energized metal oxides onto an Extra Clear lower iron substrate. The result is consistent, durable quality and the most attractive display for artwork.Provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available. Good in the controlled lighting conditions for which it is intended, but where bad glare and harsh lighting is the problem it’s better to use diffused reflection glass

Conservation Clear Glass

Conservation Clear: Float Glass (glossy) with

Conservation Grade UV Protection
Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers

the highest level of UV protection. Over time

exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can

contribute to fading and deterioration of art,

photographs and other important personal

keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively

blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against

fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.

Use where reflection free viewing is not essential.

Anti-Reflective AND Conservation Grade UV Protection

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing

glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection

is the best glazing option available for art,

photographs and other important personal

keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish,

it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor

and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces

remain clearer and brighter for longer. Less than

1% light reflection, this is the lowest possible

reflection rating available with UV protection.

Optical coating gives optical clarity for true colour transmission and the greatest colour neutrality. Finally Over 97% light transmission provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available.

Plastic Glazing

Acrylic & Styrene Plastic Glazing: Clear cast

acrylic is a good quality, lightweight and

shatter-resistant glazing material. Ideal for

larger frames or where safety is a

consideration. Styrene is useful for smaller jobs,

but can have issues of static and scratching.


Phew, so there you have it, all the many and various glazing options that we offer, but don’t get ‘analysis paralysis’ we are always on hand to advise.

A & K Wilson Picture Framers, 11 Station Approach, Harpenden AL5 4SP

Phone:01582 760824

Harpenden Common wins tenth Green Flag Award

Harpenden Common has been named one of the best green spaces in Britain and awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the 10th year in a row. The Green Flag Award is a benchmark of excellence for recreational green areas that takes into account management standards, cleanliness, sustainability, accessibility and community involvement.

The Common is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces across the UK that have been given the award this year.

The Common is a unique resource in Harpenden and Hertfordshire; a place where people are able to enjoy walks, golf, football and cricket all within a beautiful landscape that supports wildlife of county importance. Harpenden Common is a County Wildlife Site in recognition of its locally rare acid grassland plants and for the diversity of its wildlife habitats. As such, it demands a particular management approach to protect its natural heritage and maximise benefit for wildlife.

Chairman of the Harpenden Town Council Environment Committee, Councillor Brian Ellis, said, “I am delighted that we have won our tenth consecutive Green Flag. This is the result of excellent partnership working and recognises all of the hard work and commitment that goes into looking after our beautiful common. On behalf of the Town Council, I would like to thank all the council officers, contractors, conservation volunteers, sports clubs and the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for helping to maintain and manage the Common to such a high standard”.

April Blue receive NMG award following the release of their debut album Pop Girls Etc

Hemel-based R&B/Rock band April Blue are celebrating yet another victory as they won 'Best Pop Artist' at the 2016 NMG awards on Friday. The ceremony, held at Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall, is an initiative which celebrates the talent and achievements of artists in and around Cambridgeshire. Founder Tim Willett said of this, the NMG's fourth ceremony: “The talent on stage tonight is better than ever and I’m confident many of the artists will reach the national stage”.

Having grown up in and around the Harpenden and St Albans area, April Blue have toured the country, frequenting venues in Cambridge including Tim Willett's Cambridge 105 radio show. The band have had an impressive year with two single launches, at Watford's LP Cafe and St Albans' Empire Records store, and the release of their debut album Pop Girls Etc on June 4th to critical acclaim. The lead single 'Valentine' was named 'track of the week' on BBC Introducing in May, and played out all week on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Last weekend's NMG award has continued their run of success, and recognised the quality of their work. "It is humbling to be in a room full of so many talented people, and to have won this category is a real honour" said lead singer Ozz LP as the band accepted the award. "Despite playing regularly in the county we are somewhat outsiders of the Cambridge scene, so it was a privilege to have even been nominated within such a thriving community" bassist Ian Morcher added.

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Mall Galleries 23rd-28th January 2017


A school blazer, St Hilda’s teddy bear, and a 2016 school photograph were among a wealth of objects sealed in a time capsule and buried in the sports field at St Hilda’s School this summer (2016) with instructions to open in 2066.  The ceremony marked the 125th anniversary of the school which was founded in 1891 in Rothamsted Avenue but moved to its current premises in Douglas Road in the early 1900s.

Also included in the capsule was a copy of the 125th anniversary booklet detailing the school’s history in words and pictures.   Free copies are still available from the school office for old girls or parents, and Headmaster and historian Dan Sayers would also love to hear from older Harpenden residents with memories of the school.  Call 712307 or email office@sthildasharpenden.co.uk.

Former pupils – including boys from the 1960s – also gathered on the sports field for a summer tea party and enjoyed touring the school, where archive material included photos of pupils from 1909.  St Hilda’s has been owned by the same family since it was bought by the late Colonel and Mrs Hutchinson in 1950.