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OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 110 news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month FREE DIVERSITY NEW LOOK DESIGNER DRIVEN TO FIGHT STEREOTYPES A designer made her…
OCTOBER 2019, ISSUE 110 news ...bringing you news,views and opinions every month FREE DIVERSITY NEW LOOK DESIGNER DRIVEN TO FIGHT STEREOTYPES A designer made her stamp at London Fashion Week recently in a bid to change the stereotypes of what models should look like. April Banbury, from Kings Langley, chose a diverse range of models to catwalk her work, to make a Photo credit: Joanna Mitroi statement that everyone is beautiful in their own natural form. The 30-year-old wants to inspire people and make sure everyone feels confident in their own skin. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4... NEW ROOF? ROOF LEAKING? | Family run business since 1999 | All aspects of roofing work undertaken Call us today on 01442 230807 or 07932 882225 | To advertise mylocal Distributed with FREE toNEWS homes in 01923 call Kings Langley, 866065Apsley, Bovingdon and Chipperfield | l EVERY MONTH October 2019 l 1 2 l October 2019 l To advertise with mylocalNEWS call 01923 866065 | October 2019 Issue 110 Creative Director Misha Mistry Senior Designer Rebecka Fryer 01442 220186 Layout Designer If you would like to ADVERTISE then please call us on 01923 866065 Kim Plater 01442 220188 Hello and welcome to the October issue of KINGSnews. Designer We live in an era where the media megaphone, it seems, has its volume turned Amy Pollard up to 10. In 2019, we don’t consume news, rather it is thrust into our faces via 01442 220194 computers, phones and print media. The pressure to be heard is constant and it has steered us to produce content that is perhaps punchier and harder-hitting than it Creative Admin Assistant Sarah Ellicott would have been 10 or 20 years ago. 01442 220187 Do I regret this changing tide of reporting? I can answer that with an unequivocal ‘no’. Indeed, I believe the drive and determination with which we go about our jobs Sub-editor as journalists is entirely to the benefit of the 16 communities we serve, even if that Tim Green means treading a fine line on editorial decisions – in reporting the good and the bad 01442 220184 – where it’s very easy to topple over the edge. In the last month, I admit, I did lose my footing and made an error of judgement Reporter Jake Levison with a story we ran. It was a poor call on my part and I am sorry. Thankfully we have 01442 220190 a very strong cross-section of readers who were quick to remind me to reconnect to the core values that have taken us to the heights we’ve achieved. Junior Reporter Ultimately, I want to have a strong voice, and I love delivering good news; but I also Alex Pearson know our readers are smart, intelligent and want honesty and integrity. Hopefully 01442 220191 those same readers will agree, it’s how you react to a mistake that really counts. So as I said, it’s a fine line to walk, but bear with me please, I’m regaining my balance. Junior Reporter Charlie Reynolds And don’t forget to check out our new look website for breaking local news, views 01442 220189 and video reports. Until next time, be nice to each other and especially yourself. Junior Reporter Amelie Gregory Nik Allen 01442 220192 Editor-in-chief Accounts Faye Beckwith Follow us on social media... 01442 220181 @mynewsmagazine @mylocalnews @mylocalnews Accounts & Admin Assistant Kirsty Owen 01442 220182 Website & Social Media First Floor, John Dickinson Enterprise Centre, Stationers Place, London Road, Jason Allen Apsley, Hertfordshire, HP3 9QU | 01442 257015 | PEACE OF MIND FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY Golden Charter Funeral Plans allow you to choose the specific details you would want at your funeral Contact us about purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan Call 01923 468253 or email To advertise with mylocal NEWS call 01923 866065 | l October 2019 l 3 So TE l ng tiu ca nso re , R Designer steals the show at London Fashion Week Continued from cover... Written by Charlie Reynolds i s She said: “I chose the models because they as o t a f t represented diversity. We are all beautiful beings and we should be embracing what is actually ‘perfect’ which is our bodies in their natural form. “Different skin types, stretch marks, tall or short, s slim or curvy – I want to send out a message to the h a industry that everyone should embrace it and that ng e s s e l o m i l the model stereotype needs to change.” April chose a model with Down’s Syndrome, a April pictured with some of her models at the show plus-sized model, and women of different races and Photo credit: Joanna Mitroi backgrounds to appear in her show. April said the current stereotype messes with fashion shows and campaigns.” people’s mental health, after admitting it has left her The Hertfordshire girl had such a positive response pr m c a l obsessing over what the media portrays as ‘perfect’. from her show and has said the support has been She said: “I think it’s important to change for men unbelievable. and women’s mental health. In the past, I found Alongside her successful career in fashion, April is o t en myself obsessing over what the media was making also set to compete for the title of Ms Great Britain us believe was ‘perfect’ when it’s not. in February next year which she said has always co “Making people feel body confident is exactly the been a dream message I want to send out and we need to bring She commented: “The competition marks the 75th e t diversity to the fashion/modelling industry and anniversary of Miss Great Britain and the first ever embrace this. We’re in 2019, it’s about time the Ms Great Britain. It’s such an honour to be a part of ct s• ‘model stereotype changed’. such a prestigious pageant. “A few were in disbelief that I’d selected them, “It will be an exciting journey where I plan on being and it made me feel very empathetic because why the best role model and advocate for Great Britain io should they not have been given an opportunity like that I can be while celebrating diversity.” this? L The finals are on Friday, February 21 in Leicester. "I am going to continue working with models of Tickets can be bought via np a diversity through Fashion Finest and for future miss-great-britain-grand-final-tickets HEARING BETTER PROBLEMS? 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Putman denies the charge of defrauding the lottery In court, Putman said he found the winning ticket, which was “badly damaged”, under a seat in his van. he pulled off a scam with the help of Mr Knibbs who knew how to cheat the system. James Keeley, Camelot verified the ticket was genuine and Putman prosecuting, said: "Mr Knibbs felt that the defendant lived his life, but an investigation was opened when had treated him unjustly." a Camelot insider told a former partner he was facing prison time for the role he played in helping The jury were read a transcript of the call Putman Putman con the operator made to Camelot, when he was told he had won the the jackpot of more than £2million. Giles Knibbs, who committed suicide after being arrested, confessed that he had been conspiring When she told him the prize was £2,525,485, he with Putman to cheat Camelot of an unclaimed said: "Oh you are joking. What the s... am I going jackpot. to do with that? I am having palpitations at the Knibbs, who worked in fraud detection at Camelot moment. I don't want anyone to know about it in Watford, told a former partner he had come either.” across details of unclaimed lottery tickets and that Mr Putnam, who arrived at court with his face he and Putman agreed on a scam and would split masked and wearing dark glasses, denies that the money, but this wasn’t the case. together with Knibbs, he dishonestly made a false The court heard from Mr Coleyshaw, a former representation, namely produced a fraudulent partner of Mr Knibbs that he received some money National Lottery ticket, intending to make a gain, but not what was agreed. namely £2,525,485 for himself. The prosecution at St Albans Crown Court allege The case proceeds. Darren & Keiran Brown, Branch Directors Your Local Award-Winning Estate Agents Book your FREE valuation appointment. 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They will first HOSS give a written warning to users and then tickets for photography persistent parking. The parking bays are suspended pending their removal “It was signed off by the county council and Herts Highways as it looked good on paper, but the reality was that there was a problem. TRDC are speaking the “expert advice” by two traffic specialist firms. with relevant parties as to why this wasn’t picked A TRDC spokeswoman commented: “A report up and they will be consulting with county officers.” was presented to a council committee seeking the The district council approved the scheme based on revocation of a Traffic Regulation Order for the recently installed long stay parking bays in Station Road. 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Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) granted the initial permission for up to 65 flats to take the place of West Herts College’s (WHC) Kings Langley campus in Langley Waters, Home Park, with current staff and students there expected to move to WHC’s Hemel Hempstead campus. 'The full planning application can be viewed by searching 18/1034/OUT in the planning section' College students and staff in Kings Langley could move to the Hemel campus next summer WHC still has to sell the site to a developer and the council has warned that no development can legally is expanding in order to accommodate the Kings take place until paperwork dealing with issues like students and staff. site contamination is submitted and approved. The full planning application can be viewed by However the college is confident that it can have searching 18/1034/OUT in the planning section of the Kings Langley campus transferred to Hemel in the summer of 2020. What are your thoughts on WHC’s plans? 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Alongside his amazing commitment to complete the walk, Dave raised over £5,000 (including Gift Aid) for Bowel Cancer UK, who have helped him since his diagnosis. Speaking about the day, Dave said: “It was a very Dave Smale raised over £5,000 for Bowel Cancer UK emotional and symbolic day. To do it with my wife meant everything to me as she has been there since part in the walk and raised over £8,000 together for the start. the charity. “Going through cancer, you feel very lonely, but “It’s a feeling of immense pride and I am just blown seeing over 500 people in a similar boat to me made away really. I would like to thank everyone for their me feel like we are all in it together. amazing support, generous donations. It really has “I had a beautiful sense of not being alone.” spurred me on,” said Dave. 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