May Bank Holiday Fun Day for

Rennie Grove Hospice Care at The Rose & Crown, Sandridge


Monday 2nd May

The Rose & Crown in Sandridge is marking next month's May Bank Holiday by teaming up with local bands The Rodford Files and ARC to host a fantastic day of music and fun to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.


Three generations of the Rodford family will perform at the Sandridge pub on the afternoon of Monday 2nd May, at a special May Bank Holiday Fun Day where there will also be a BBQ, bouncy castle and raffle in aid of the charity. 


Jim Rodford from The Rodford Files, who last played at the pub 11 years ago, agreed to make a welcome return to The Rose & Crown to raise money for a cause close to the band's heart, and celebrate the life of his friend Lewis Pracey, who lived in St Albans until his death in January of this year, and also supported Rennie Grove.


Jim will be joined on the day by his eldest son Steve on drums, younger son Russ on guitar and guitarist and singer Derek Tims to play two live sets of 50's, 60's and 70's rock and great covers in the Rodford Files' own style.  Rodford's granddaughters Anja and Cara Rodford, who play as the trio A.R.C with Russ, will also do a set featuring their folky versions of great classic tracks.


"We're local people who are pleased to be returning to Sandridge and play some great tunes from our repertoire whilst we have fun and fundraise for a very good local cause at the same time," said Jim Rodford.  "It's a great opportunity to put our musical talent to good use and raise as much money as we can for Rennie Grove to support the important work they do.  We hope people will flock down to see us on the day and dig deeply, of course."


As well as enjoying great live music, there will also be the chance to tuck into something tasty from the pub's BBQ and savour a pint or two of good local beer or a glass of something chilled, while the kids play on the bouncy castle.  Head chef Darren Chason will donate a percentage of takings from all food sold on the day to Rennie Grove, with the pub also offering dinner for two at The Rose & Crown and sister pub The Gate at Bricket Wood as prizes in the charity raffle taking place.


"We're really excited to be having The Rodford Files and A.R.C. playing here at the pub on what's going to be a brilliant day out for all the family," said Jamie West, landlord of The Rose & Crown.

"Jim and his family have and continue to travel the world to play and we are really chuffed that they have chosen our pub to play this time.  Don't miss them or a brilliant day out," he added.


Tickets to see The Rodford Files and A.R.C play live at The Rose & Crown on the May Bank Holiday Fun Day cost £5 for adults (free for the kids), with all proceeds going to Rennie Grove.  Tickets are available now from the pub or on the day itself.  For more information, please go to


The Rose and Crown is at 24 High Street, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts, AL4 9DA.  Tel: 01727 859739. Email


For more information about Rennie Grove Hospice Care, please go to



Knebworth House to host new country show this July!

Hertfordshire’s world famous Knebworth House is set to host a brand new two-day country show on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July

Set within the spectacular grounds of Knebworth Estate, the family-orientated show will boast everything from world-class fieldsports competitions to have-a-go opportunities. Run by award-winning event organiser Countryman Fairs, the jam-packed show will also offer hundreds of exhibition stands, picnic areas, a jam-packed Main Arena schedule, children's entertainment, food festival, craft and antiques fairs and live folk music.


The box office for tickets is now open. Visitors can save up to £6 per ticket by taking advantage of the early bird discount and purchasing them before 12 noon on Wednesday 6 July 2016. The best value ticket is a two-day adult pass, which costs £24 – just £12 per day! Accompanied children aged 15 years and under are free and do not need a ticket.


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An advance one-day adult ticket costs £13; an advance two-day adult ticket costs £24. Accompanied children aged 15 years and under are free and do not need a ticket. The advance ticket offer will close at 12 noon on 6 July 2016. Full price tickets at £15 will be available at the entrance each day. Gates open at 8.30am.


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30th April & 1st May
Charity Abseil at Church
Langley Water Tower Harlow

To find out more about this great fundraising event where you abseil off this iconic water tower call Bill Colton from Rotary Club of Harlow Tye on 07711982671.


Lynmore Singers  Spring Concert

Saturday 7 May from 7.30pm, St Clements Church, Turnford, Herts, EN8 OLU

The Lynmore Singers with accompanist Heather Banks and Musical Director Tina Shepherd.

Entrance fee £8 including refreshments.  All proceeds to support The Isabel Hospice.

Call 01992 713362.  Facebook: The Lynmore Singers. Website


Isabel Hospice Spring Golf Day

Thursday 12 May 08.00 – 18.00, Brickendon Grange Golf Club, Penbridge Lane, Brickendon, SG13 8PD

A great day of golf!  The day starts at 08.00 with coffee and bacon baguettes and ends with an auction at 5pm followed by prize giving.


Isabel Hospice Jumble Sale

Saturday 14 May from 2pm,Thundridge Hall, Ware Entry  fee 20p

For more details contact Ann Davey;


Vintage Garden Party

Sunday 15 May -  The Millers Cottage, Pig Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 7PA  - 2-5pm. Entrance Fee £5

Come along to The Vintage Garden Party with cream teas, sparkling wine, stalls and music in a beautiful garden.

Tickets and information 01279 755320 All proceeds donated to Isabel Hospice



Sunday 22 May -  Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club, CM23 2QE 8.15am – 3pm

Ticket Price £12- £25.

Join us on Sunday 22nd May 2016 to help us make our seventh sponsored bike ride in Bishop’s Stortford a ‘WHEEL BLAST’! With a 25k, 50k and 100k route on offer through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside this is the perfect event for individuals, teams and families.The spirit of the day is all about having fun, enjoying the cycle ride and raising funds for Isabel Hospice. However, for those with a competitive streak, there is a trophy for the first team home for the 50k and 100k distance.On the day there will be a BBQ, music and entertainment, bike doctor, stalls and all cyclists will receive a bottle of water and banana before starting the race. The route will be well marshalled and there will be… water/refreshment stations for cyclists to stop at on route.

Your entry fee will help us cover the running cost of this fantastic event but it is your sponsorship funds that will really make a difference to local patients and their families in Bishops Stortford and across eastern Hertfordshire.

Sign up online at 

More details Beth Hardy 01707 382500 or


NGS Teas in Garden

Wednesday 25 May and Monday 30 May -  Mill House, Welwyn, AL6 9EU. 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Come along for a lovely afternoon tea in the garden, with all proceeds of teas to Isabel Hospice.

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.