We’ve launched a new podcast called The Local Lowdown with Happeninginherts
It features all the latest news on which services and restaurants are still operating around Hertford, Ware and surrounding areas, what’s happening in the community plus interviews with fab local businesses, local groups doing interesting things during the lockdown, tips and advice, plus fun and banter with Hitchin-based radio presenter and audiobook narrator Graham Mack.
Check out our latest episode!
Episode 27: Rebecca Hadgett of ALFS pet foodbank in Hertford
We speak to Rebecca Hadgett of ALFs pet foodbank in Hertford about the great work they do locally to help pets and families in need.
Piper and Kayleigh Short of Mum’s Guide to Hertford have a frank and open discussion about maternal mental health and Kayleigh tells her own personal story, plus there’s the usual banter with Graham Mack.
Episode 25: Gavin Vollans from the Priory Park Pioneers
This week we interview Gavin Vollans of the Priory Park Pioneers about their crowdfunder to improve the children’s playground in Ware Priory Park and there’s more banter with Graham Mack.
Episode 24: Claudia Murphy, Wombles of Ware Abouts
We interview Claudia Murphy about the phenomenon that is the Wombles of Ware Abouts Facebook Group that is spear-heading an area-wide litter pick-up and transforming the town. Plus Graham Mack tells of the time he was the unwitting participant in an audiobook scam.
Episode 23: Kayleigh Short of Mum’s Guide to Hertford
Kayleigh Short of Mum’s Guide to Hertford explains what to do with the kids over Easter and there’s more banter with Graham Mack on the thrill of visiting the dentist in Lockdown.
Episode 22: Emma Morgan of Brothership Studios
An interview with Emma Morgan, curator at Brothership Studios in Hertford on their latest fundraising efforts, plus more banter with Graham Mack.
Bored stiff of your TV choices and looking for something new to keep you entertained over Lockdown? This week on the Local Lowdown Podcast we chat to Ali Lawrence from Epping at the Movies – who is also our fabulous associate editor – to get some fresh ideas on what’s worth binge-watching across network TV, Sky, Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV.
Did you get a puppy during Lockdown? Struggling with biting, chewing, barking or other behavioural issues? Never fear, Janette Bishop, canine behaviourist from JB Canines explains what to do and how to join her new Facebook group Help! My puppy with Janette…
Stressed out about home-schooling? You’re not alone. We interviewed Sarah Jones who runs Home-School Tutoring Hertfordshire and is also a deputy head teacher and parent for some much-needed tips. Plus there’s all the usual shout-outs to local businesses and fresh banter with Graham Mack.
Looking for an alternative Christmas present this year? Why not take part in Black Grove Green’s crowd-funder? The community farm and market garden in Colliers End is raising £10,000 to fund essential skilled workers for this fantastic venture, host more open days and provide more locally grown organic food to the area. In our final podcast for 2020, Rosie Earley from Black Grove Farm in Colliers End near Ware explains how the community farm’s market garden is raising cash to expand its offering and do more for the community. Plus there’s some special shout-outs to local businesses and some vintage fun from Graham Mack.
Episode 17: Herts Therapy on coping with Lockdown anxiety
Have you been feeling anxious this year because of the Covid pandemic? Do you have friends or family who suffer from anxiety or depression and you’re not sure how to help. This week on The Local Lowdown we spoke to Daniel Roe who runs Herts Therapy, based in Hertford, who was full of sound advice and tips on how to alleviate stress and support our friends and family.
Plus, there’s the usual shout-outs to local Herts businesses and something a little unusual from Mr Graham Mack this week.
Episode 16 – Councillor Jane Sartin
Feeling like Christmas is cancelled this year? Don’t worry. While some events have had to be rethought, Hertford Town Council has much up its sleeve in terms of festive things to do, from a Grinch Trail to ghost walks, Christmas window displays and a book trail. You can even watch the Christmas lights being switched on via YouTube. We spoke to Councillor Jane Sartin on the podcast this week to find out more. Plus we’ve got all the latest shout-outs for our fab local Herts businesses and a special snippet from our Christmas audiobook A Christmas Cracker which is causing a bit of a stir. It’s just £5, you can play it on your phone and it’s an ideal way to keep the kids entertained on any car trips this Christmas. All proceeds go to St Andrew’s School in Stanstead Abbotts and Hertford Foodbank, so do tell your friends.
Episode 15: Hertford Theatre
Have you been wondering what’s been going on at Hertford Theatre during the pandemic? We talked to front of house manager Ben Cannell and marketing assistant Rebecca Butcher this week to find out more about how the theatre has been faring this year and their plans post-Lockdown, including some of the fab shows that will be returning – The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Alistair Barrie’s fantastic charity gala comedy night.
Plus we’ve got all the latest shout-outs from local Herts businesses and banter with Hitchin’s greatest radio star, Graham Mack.
Episode 14: Tracey Charlotte Power and Ali Lawrence
All the latest on which businesses are operating in Hertford, Ware, Hoddesdon and surrounding areas, plus an interview with artist Tracey Charlotte Power and Happeninginherts.com’s associate editor Ali Lawrence on Tracey’s exhibition at Brothership in Hertford and their shared experiences of being on the kidney transplant waiting list/Tracey’s kidney transplant. And a little taster of our forthcoming charity children’s audiobook, A Christmas Cracker, in aid of St Andrew’s School and Hertford Foodbank, from the one and only Graham Mack
All the latest news on what’s happening business-wise in Hertford, Ware, Hoddesdon and surrounding areas, plus we talk to Vicki Driscoll who is heading up the village project to bring goodies and joy to local people in need at Christmas. Plus Graham Mack and Piper discuss the perils of DIY.
Episode 12: Hertford author Vikki Patis
All the latest news on what’s happening business-wise in Hertford, Ware, Hoddesdon and surrounding areas, plus an interview with Hertford-based psychological thriller writer Vikki Patis and the usual silliness with Graham Mack.
All the latest on what’s happening business-wise in Hertford, Ware, Hoddesdon and surrounding areas, plus Kayleigh Short from Mum’s Guide to Hertford on what to do for Hallowe’en and half term with the kids and why Graham Mack has become my son’s artistic muse…
Episode 10 – Decluttering with Ali Lawrence
Episode 10 includes an interview with Happeninginherts contributor Ali Lawrence about decluttering your home and donating to charity post-lockdown, plus all about her involvement in community cinema Epping at the Movies and feel-good film recommendations. Plus there’s shout-outs to local pubs reopening and Graham Mack reveals a dilemma he faces in his new audio book narration career.
Episode 9 – Giant sunflowers with Douglas Smith
In Episode 9, avid gardener and Happeninginhert’s founder Piper Terrett’s husband Douglas Smith explains why there is a giant sunflower in their back garden which is steadily growing higher than the house. And there’s all the latest news on what’s reopening in the local area, plus Graham Mack and Piper chat about everything from homemade facemasks to car boot sales and audio books.
Episode 8 – Graham McKendry, Old Cross Tavern
In Episode 8 we talk to Graham McKendry, manager of the Old Cross Tavern in Hertford about their new takeaway beer services and the difficulties pubs face post-lockdown, plus there’s all the latest news about what’s reopened locally and fun and banter with Graham Mack.
Episode 7 – Luke LaVelle on lockdown haircuts
Episode 7 features an interview with Luke LaVelle, owner of LaVelle’s Salon in Stanstead Abbotts, on how to cut hair in Lockdown and avoid haircutting disasters, plus their plans for reopening in July. There’s also a fab Youtube video above that goes alongside this where Luke demonstrates how to cut gents’ and ladies’ hair. Plus there’s all the latest news on what’s happening in Hertford, Ware and Hoddesdon and surrounding areas, and fun and banter with Graham Mack about the time he got to be the Reverend Mack on telly.
Episode 6 – Marcus Alexander on Covid-19 scams
Episode 6 features a chat with Marcus Alexander on how to avoid Covid-19 scams. Marcus lives in Hertford and has worked for many years on campaigns within the financial services industry to protect people from scams. He also featured in episode 2 talking about making bread – he is a man of many talents! Plus there’s all the latest news on what’s reopened in Hertford, Ware and Hoddesdon, plus fun and banter with Graham Mack about the time I wrote an expose by accident…
Episode 5 – Penny Bird & Harpenden Characters
Episode 5 features an interview with Herts photographer Penny Bird on her new Harpenden Characters project and her search for participants, plus all the latest news on what’s reopened in Hertford, Ware and Hoddesdon and why Graham Mack is now living in a cupboard…
Episode 4 – Twist Teas & the Hertford Arts Society
Episode 4 includes all the latest news about which garden centres are reopening, plus interviews with Nicky Kavanaugh and Claire Ayres of Twist Teas in Harpenden about how to make the perfect calming brew in lockdown – listen in to find out how to get a free sample! – plus Geoff Bennett, acting chair of Hertford Arts Society, on taking their Spring Show online, and fun and banter with the one and only Graham Mack…
Episode 3 – JB Canines and Mum’s Guide to Hertford
Episode 3 features interviews with Janette Bishop, canine behaviourist at JB Canines on how to stop your pup misbehaving on lockdown, Kayleigh Short of the Mum’s Guide to Hertford on keeping the kids entertained, plus all the news on what’s reopened and fun & banter with Graham Mack…
Episode 2 – Replenish Refill & the Hertford Foodswappers
Episode 2 features interviews with Emma Riddle of Hertford’s Replenish Refill Shop, the Hertford Foodswappers on how to make bread if you don’t have much flour, plus Graham Mack’s lockdown visit to A&E…
Episode 1 – Mudlarks Cafe & Douglas Smith
Episode 1 includes interviews with Vic Hobson of Mudlarks Cafe and Allotments and Douglas Smith, local grower, on gardening in lockdown.
Our regular special guest – Graham Mack
Plus a new feature is banter with the one and only Graham Mack – Hitchin resident, radio superstar and former boss of Bob FM and Fix Radio.
Our podcast is currently available to listen to here on Anchor – we recommend using Chrome or Microsoft Edge to listen in – plus has just been accepted onto iTunes and CastboxFM.