5th September
A Concert to Celebrate the Queen’s
United Reform Church, Bishop’s Stortford
Concert to celebrate the Queen as our longest serving Monarch. Organised by Stort Valley Rotary in support of Isabel Hospice.Ware Brass Band. United Reform Church 7.30 for 8 pm. Tickets £15 to include glass wine and nibbles. From Gwenda Deal - 01279 863194 or Tourist Information Office 01279 715001.

10th September
Isabel Hospice Annual Meeting
Van Hage, Great Amwell

The Chairman and Trustees of Isabel Hospice invite you to hear about our year, and our plans for 2016 and beyond. All welcome. No need to book but if you can let us know you are coming, we can plan for refreshments. Call us on 01707 382500 or email


11th September
Ladies Charity Golf Day
Mid Herts Golf Club, Gustard Wood, Wheathamptead

You are invited to attend this Ladies Golf Day in aid of Isabel Hospice. Coffee, golf, and a two course lunch, followed by a prize presentation. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus Nearest The Pin and
Longest Drive.  Limited to 100 players. Handicap Max 36.  4 Ball Better Ball Stableford Competition. Entry: £116 per pair. Enquiries Jan Leggetter 01438 716079.


11th September
Isabel Hospice Quiz Night
Isabel Hospice Day Service, Hall Grove,
Welwyn Garden City
Grab a team - its quiz night! £15 per person (6 people per team), including a fish and chip supper. There will also be a bar, raffle and games on the night. Our fantastic Quiz Master will be "Larry Wood", with questions written by David Murdoch.

12th September
Isabel Hospice Jumble Sale
Thundridge Village Hall
These popular jumble sales are run entirely by volunteers. You can always be sure of a bargain, and they get very busy! Entry is just 20p.


19th September
Super Hero Starlight Walk
Chauncy School, Ware
This popular 10k walk is back on Saturday 19th September, starting from Chauncy School in Ware. Join us for a new Super Hero theme and come as your favourite character.  To join the fun the entry fee is £15 per adult and £10 per child. On the night entry fee is £20 per adult and £15 per child. Every walker gets a free superhero mask! Sounds like fun right! Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Robin... the list is endless. Starting from Chauncy School in Ware, the 10k walk will go along the riverside trail into Hertford before returning to Chauncy for medals and goody bags. There will be a party atmosphere with a giant Superman warm up before the walk and a fancy dress competition for the best dressed Superhero. Entry 01707 382500 or


27th September
Chain Walk
Across eastern Hertfordshire

The Isabel Hospice Chain Walk involves a series of ten beautiful scenic walks each with a stop for a delicious lunch (optional, and not included in the entry fee).

Walkers will leave their destination at 9am, walk to their lunch stop and return to their starting destination. The routes all link together like a chain throughout eastern Hertfordshire. There are a variety of distances ranging from 1.5 miles to 20 miles. This is a perfect event for you to choose a route that is best suited to you and raise vital funds for the Hospice.

New routes this year include Hatfield House and Benington Lordship Gardens, both guaranteed to be very popular with beautiful walking settings.

This year’s 20 mile Chain Walk Challenge will be from The Star, Standon via Jacoby’s, Ware and back to The Star. The Chain Walk Challenge, our big 20 mile route is always extremely popular for our experienced walkers as well as those looking for a challenge. It's guaranteed to have a great atmosphere with a large group of walkers.

This year there is a £5 entry fee. Children under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and able to complete the walk distance they are signed up for. We encourage walkers to raise as much sponsorship as they can. The person who raises the most sponsorship this year, will win a prize kindly donated to us by GO OUTDOORS in Harlow. Sign up online at or call 01707 382500.


Are you up for a challenge in 2016?

Vietnam Challenge for Isabel Hospice 

Hot on the heels of returning from Iceland where as part of a team she trekked up a volcano and across glaciers and ice fields, Isabel Hospice Fundraising Co-ordinator, Jordan Russell, is putting the call out for adventurers to join the next overseas fundraising challenge for the local charity. 

“I’m really excited that we are able to put on two different versions of this Vietnam trek each one with its own challenges. One group are going to be trekking in the hill tribe region of Sapa, whilst another group will be scaling the highest point in Vietnam, Mount Fansipan. 

Both groups will really get the feel of the country during their time there and they will see some stunning scenery. However, this isn’t going to be a walk in the park! Both of the treks are described as challenging, with the trek up Mount Fansipan being the most difficult, however a good level of fitness and a positive attitude will go a long way for both. We are recruiting trekkers now for the 2016 challenge as each person will need to raise a minimum sponsorship, and so by starting sooner rather than later, this makes the fundraising easier.” 

If you would like to find out more go to or call Jordan on 01707 382500. 

Local artists sparkle in Open Studios silver anniversary exhibition


This year marks 25 years since the popular Herts Open Studios arts festival began. Every year since 1990, around 200 glittering artists and craftspeople living or working in Hertfordshire have opened their studio doors to shine in this popular county-wide event.

To mark the occasion, The New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City will be showcasing painting, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, ceramics , textiles and jewellery by artists participating in Herts Open Studios. The exhibition opens on 10th July and runs until 5th September, open from 9am until 9pm each day. It promises to give a real flavour of the artists we have here in Hertfordshire and the type of quality we can expect to see during Herts Open Studios this September.

It is expected around 12,000 visits will be made to artists and craftspeople in their studios across Hertfordshire. Organised by Herts Visual Arts and their team of dedicated volunteers, Herts Open Studios aims to introduce artists to the general public, galleries and other enterprises, bringing an awareness of the diversity of talent available throughout the county.


Herts Open Studios takes place from 5 - 27 September and is free. Pick up one of 25,000 colour brochures that can be found in libraries, museums and tourist information offices across the county. The brochure includes details of every participating artist, images of their work and opening hours - many of which can be seen in this forthcoming exhibition.


Contact details - For details about Herts Visual Arts, or to obtain a copy of the Herts Open Studios brochure visit, email, or ring 07813 100651. Follow our activities all year round on Twitter @HVAF and Facebook – HertsVisualArts.