Stevenage began as a Saxon village in 7th Century Hertfordshire. It was called Stith ac, which means strong oak. In those days trees were used as meeting places and perhaps one large oak used in that way gave Stevenage its name.
The Gordon Craig Theatre is the only major theatre in Stevenage (SG1 1LZ). Opened in 1975, the 501-seat theatre on Lytton Way houses its own rehearsal room, scenic workshop, wardrobe, cafe, bar, art gallery and restaurant.
The garden at Benington Lordship sits on an ancient fortified site which has been occupied since Saxon times (SG2 7BS). What you see today are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle and the ruins of a Norman keep, now a listed monument. The gardens were initially laid out in the early 20th-century and surround the manor house, the core of which was built around 1700.
Places to visit around Stevenage
Fairlands Valley Park- Take a walk around the lake or enjoy the playground with the kids, don’t forget your swimsuits for the splashpad- Fairlands Park Six Hills Way, SG2 0BL
Church Farm Ardeley– Play farmer for the day and feed the animals at this not-for-profit community farm, with the opportunity to stock up at the farm shop afterwards- Stevenage SG2 7AH
Cromer Windmill– Visit the last surviving windmill in Hertfordshire and find out about it’s extensive history, watch out for mice!- Cromer Mill Cromer Mill, Stevenage SG2 7QE
Mr Mulligans Stevenage– Watch out for creatures of the deep at this 18 hole, underwater-themed, indoor mini golf course- Stevenage Leisure Park, Stevenage SG1 2UA
Benington Lordship Gardens– Explore the crumbling castle folly as you wander around these beautiful gardens- Benington, Stevenage SG2 7BS
If the castle folly isn’t the only thing crumbling, here’s a list we’ve compiled of Stevenage family law:
- Barnes and Partners – 29c High Street, Old Town, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3AU
- Hamilton Davies – 28 High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3HF
- David Barney & Company Solicitors – 31a Queensway, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1DA
Divorce Coaching and Counselling
There are many self-help books on the market which can go some way to helping you, but nothing beats the face to face interaction of a counsellor or coach who is specialised in the area of divorce and separation. You need to get through the nitty gritty of the divorce process itself, deal with mediation and legals and figure out what’s really important. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You will have a goal to aim for and by taking small steps, will eventually reach your summit.
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Having future targets takes the focus away from your negative past as you start to realise that you can have a positive outcome. Plans and aspirations are exciting prospects and give you something to look forward to.
For divorce coaching our Hug Directory member Polly Bloom of Polly Bloom Divorce & Separation Coaching says:
‘I am passionately committed to helping you find ways to over come the pain, so that you can let go of your ex and move forward with your life.’
It is really important to look at your financial situation whether you are separating, starting divorce proceedings or bereaved.
Find out what your goals are and look at what will be make you feel happy and secure.
Whether you have money or not, what you are striving for is probably financial stability and a new life. Whether you are buying a home or renting, things have changed. Many people are opting to rent these days, so don’t think you are a failure if you don’t own your own home. Who knows what the future holds? Life is full of surprises. You don’t know if you will meet a new partner, or win the lottery. Live in the now, but plan for the future.
Divorce or separation, can be one of the most stressful life changes to have to experience and it takes its toll on both the physical and mental wellbeing of clients. By seeking advice early, making a comprehensive financial plan can help you feel more in control and give you the peace of mind you need in moving forward with your life and the strength to build new goals for your future.Esther Lewis – Aletheia Wealth Limited – Cambridgeshire