Saturday 13th September

Starlight Walk, Ware/Hertford

Join us for Isabel Hospice’s 10k Starlight Walk with an Awesome 80s theme. Come on and grab those legwarmers, deely boppers and glow sticks and help us make this a night to remember! The sponsored walk starts at 8.30pm from Fanshawe Pool & Gym, and follows the river trail walk leading to Hartford and on to Ware, before looping back on itself and finishing where it started!


Sunday 14th September

Run to the Beat - Wembley

Sure Run to the Beat is London’s most unique music running event and this year they're hosting an epic 10k at Wembley ParkIsabel Hospice  have guaranteed places, so why not secure your place with a £45 deposit. You must raise £250 in sponsorship, but we can help advise you how to do this. Here's what they say......After six years hosting London’s music half marathon and helping 96,000 runners to achieve their goal, we want to give 10k runners the chance to experience the unique music filled run. Live DJ’s will be pumping out motivational tunes all around the route, leading you to the finish where our headline act will be waiting for you to join the party. The atmosphere on the day will be like nothing you have ever experienced at a running event before.

Taking place on the 14th September 2014, 15,000 runners will make their way around a brand new 10k course starting and finishing at Wembley Park, home to the legendary Wembley Stadium and arena, that now offers great food, great shopping and great events.

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Sunday 21st September

A Walk to remember (formerly known as the Chain Walk)

A lovely series of walks you can do on your own or with friends and family to remember a loved one, or simply to take part in to support the Hospice. A walk can be a time of reflection to remember your loved ones and the happy memories you shared. With several routes to choose from, you are bound to find one to suit you. Enjoy the company, the scenery and a chance to reflect.

Each walk will follow a circular route and starts and ends at a pub or cafe so there is somewhere to leave your vehicle if arriving by car and somewhere to return to for some well-earned food and drink when you return. Sign up on our website


British Schools Museum, Hitchin, launches a new Supporters’ Programme


Would-be supporters of Hitchin’s British Schools Museum can assemble in its unique 1837 Monitorial Schoolroom on the evening of Wednesday 24th September. They will experience first hand how, at the beginning of the 19th century, 300 children could be taught by just one master.

The schoolroom was rescued from redevelopment by the Hitchin British Schools Trust (HBST), founded in 1990.

That was almost 25 years ago. Since then many volunteers and staff have transformed a unique set of school buildings into a busy, popular museum of elementary education.

Terry Ransome, a Trustee, is managing a programme supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, to guarantee the Museum’s future – continuing the work of preserving and using the buildings, still fondly known to many past pupils as the Old Hitchin British Schools, in Queen Street (once known as Dead Street!)

The Lottery Fund’s help comes on the eve of the Trust’s ‘Silver Jubilee’ in 2015. Terry says “We welcome any potential supporter, as an individual or a business, to come and see what we do at the museum. We’ll tell you how it helps the local economy as a centre of learning, a tourist attraction, and place for volunteering. We hope you’ll join the long list of supporters and benefactors, a tradition that started back in 1810 when the first school was opened here by founder William Wilshere.”

Terry, or the Museum’s curator/manager Andy Gibbs will be pleased to hear from anyone wanting to attend this event on 24th September, and to tell more of the museum and its Supporters’ Programme. Tel 01462 420144, emails,


The British Schools Museum is an Accredited Museum and a member of the Association of Independent Museums.

The Hitchin British Schools Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1010345



Are you doing the ‘The Tour’?


Why not extend the summer holiday mood with a self-guided tour of some of Hertfordshire’s finest artists, craftmakers and artisans? Artists are opening their doors for the biggest county-wide art event in Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios 2014. This annual autumn show, organised by Herts Visual Arts, runs for three weeks from the 6 – 28 September and entry to participating exhibitions is free.

What gets you going?

In the 17th and 18th centuries young ladies and gentlemen set off on a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Grand Tour’ through Europe to expand their cultural experience, following a traditional route.

These days we’re aware of our carbon footprint so supporting a local event is a better idea. For many art lovers Open Studios is an educational or cultural experience with the opportunity to meet artists, and at some venues, see the way they work. For others it can be anything from a great trip out to retail therapy.

Linda Warminger, Open Studios project manager, says “Herts Open Studios 2014 has 154 artists exhibiting in 94 unique exhibitions across Hertfordshire.  There’s a mix of regular exhibitors and new artists and craftmakers, all showing their latest pieces, and keen for you to see what they’re doing.”

Create your own route

All you need to create your own self-guided tour – or series of trips with friends or family – is the Herts Open Studios brochure containing venues and opening times. Find this at main libraries, tourist information centres and local galleries or view online. Entry to participating exhibitions is free. If you like something you see spoil yourself or a friend and make a purchase - or commission a special piece direct from the maker.  Enjoy ‘The Tour’!

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.


Willow 10K

5th October

Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ

Willow's annual 10K is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike. The race will be started by our very own Life President, Bob Wilson, who will send runners off on a route that goes through the picturesque grounds of Hatfield House, providing a unique opportunity to explore hidden parts of the estate not normally open to the public.

Come along, challenge yourself, have fun and be a part of Team Willow this October.  We’ll see you there!

Entry Fee: For the first 100 entries the fee is pegged at last year's price at £16.50 for adults, rising to £18 as soon as that number is reached

For under 18s the price stays at £12.50


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Telephone: 01707 259 777