Royston First - Spring/Summer 2022

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Easter in Royston 2022 Over the Easter half term, we held the annual children’s Easter trail. The town was visited by eager children, searching for the names of the bunnies hidden in the shop windows. Thank you to all the shops who took part in the trail and a huge thanks to Banyers House for providing the amazing offer of a ‘pizza-for-two’ voucher to all families who handed in their completed forms. Congratulations to the winner of the Easter Trail, Pearl Johnson, who won an amazing sweet hamper by Ladds in Royston, and a £60 voucher to Glazed Creations.

A big well done to Pearl and thank you to everyone who took part in our Easter trail!

We had over 300 entries to this year’s trail!

Well done to Pearl, winner of this year’s Easter Trail!

Town trail shops We always have lots of interest from businesses to take part in the children’s trail. We do try to rotate the shops whilst making it a circular route for the children, but if you haven’t been part of the trail before and would like to be involved, then please do let us know. We love having different businesses involved in our trails as it helps to make each trail fun for the children. Please do let us know if you haven’t been involved previously, ready for our Autumn trail, by contacting us at

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JUBILEE TRAIL 28th May -11th June Find the crowns hidden in the shop windows Discover key dates in the Queen’s life

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Come into Royston to join in with the jolly Jubilee festivities! We are celebrating this momentous year for The Queen, with a weekend full of activities to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.


28th May -11th June

On Saturday 4th June, there will be several fun activities taking place in Royston, including a themed market from 8am to 3pm, live music and a 40 ft pop-up café serving cakes and all-day breakfast.

A special Jubilee children’s town trail will take place between May 28th and June 11th to kick off the Jubilee celebrations. This trail has two prizes up for grabs. Children under the age of 7 need to find the crowns in the shop windows, and children between the ages of 8 and 11 years old need to include the relevant date on the entry form gathered from facts shown in the shop windows. The two winners will be selected randomly and announced on our Facebook page on Monday 13th of June. Both winners will win a Jubilee picnic hamper, filled with cakes and treats worth up to £75.00.


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On Sunday 5th June, bring your picnic baskets and blankets and head to the Priory Memorial Gardens between 12 - 3pm, to join the Platinum Jubilee Picnic in the Park.

Supported by Royston First for more information.




There will be live music from King James Academy Royston, dance performances from Limitless Academy of Performing Arts from 1pm and funfair rides. Hopefully the sun will shine and you can treat yourselves to cakes from the cake stall with a glass of Pimms!

There are lots of celebrations in the town so come into Royston and join in with the local community to mark this momentous occasion and pay tribute to our Queen. Building of interest

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There will also be plenty on offer to entertain the children, with a funfair by Fish Hill Square throughout the day and, of course, the Jubilee children’s trail searching for crowns in shop windows. During the afternoon, the Town Mayor, will be crowning the winner of the best decorated window of the town. The winner of the competition will receive a bottle of bubbly and an £80 voucher for Flint Shack.

for all the family!

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Town Maps have arrived! We’ve recently updated both the town centre and town maps of Royston to reflect the changes in our growing town. These updated maps have been distributed to the Information Centre, Royston hotels and estate agents, so members of the public can find their way around - and of course, promote Royston to visitors. To download the updated maps, scan the QR code or visit

Since the pandemic, social media has become an even more essential channel of communication, for businesses and personal use alike. In order to support businesses with this growth in social media, we are offering free social media training to all premises-based businesses. This will cover some of the fundamentals of social media and how to improve online presence for businesses. We will be hosting a social media training webinar that will be available to all premises-based businesses on Thursday 9th and Tuesday 14th June at 1pm. To sign up, or for more information, contact us on

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Annual General Meeting The Royston First AGM was held on the 27th of April. David Smyth was retired by rotation and reappointed as a Director and then Chairman of the Board. Cath Boughton, Nigel Reader and Steve Jackson also remain as Directors. It is with delight that we also welcome a new Director on to the Board - Peter Heppelthwaite, from Limitless Academy of Performing Arts. We are looking forward to working with him and know that he will bring a fresh perspective to our discussions and decisions. It would be great to have more representation on the steering group from Royston businesses, so if anyone would like to join please contact us. The steering group usually meets for an hour and a half every other month. It is a great opportunity to share ideas, plans and projects in order to shape the future of the town and industrial estates. Please contact us at if you would like more information.

Hanging baskets We are currently looking into the return of the hanging baskets to add more beauty and vibrancy in our town. There is no official date of installation as there are various procedures and health and safety checks to go through, but we will keep you updated!

List your job vacancies on our website Since launching the job page on the Royston First website, we have had a number of businesses promoting their job vacancies. If you are a premisesbased business in Royston, you can advertise your jobs for free. Email your job description over to us at

Royston Business Directory You should have had your copy of the pocket-book business directory, which lists all the premises-based businesses in the town centre and industrial estates. It was delivered to all houses and companies in the SG8 area. After receiving fantastic feedback from businesses and members of the public, we have agreed to produce a new directory every year. If you would like extra copies of the Directory to share with your customers, please contact us at

1:1 Meetings with Royston businesses As we began to move out of the pandemic, Royston First undertook a small survey of businesses across different business sectors. The most common issue all businesses reported during the survey, was recruiting. This has been difficult across all industry sectors. The new jobs page on the Royston Town website was created to help support businesses with this issue. It has been well used with lots of jobs advertised. Check out

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The market is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8am to 3pm

MARKET MANAGER CORNER The highlight of this summer’s markets will undoubtedly be the one taking place on the 4th June when we celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. There will be a whole host of our regular traders working that day providing the finest produce and gifts available to Royston. Stalls will be selling take-away food, cream teas and cakes, home-made scones topped off with clotted cream and locally made jams.

a bottle or two of wine provided by a newcomer to the market - Cambridge Wines. Royston Markets amazing flower and plant stall will provide a wash of colour to help commemorate the day, whilst several eclectic craft stalls will complete the diverse offer that will be available to shoppers. Royston Market operates every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to approximately 3pm.

Why not choose from the amazing selection of charcuterie and cheeses that will be available, and pair them with

What’s in store for the rest of 2022? Industrial signage We are assessing the signage on the industrial estates to improve it for visitors locating businesses and to smarten the area. We will be discussing this with various businesses on the industrial estates so please do contact us to register your interest in getting involved

Christmas lights Although it is very early to be talking about Christmas, plans are already underway to try to extend the Christmas lights in the town. After the success and great feedback from last year’s Christmas light switch on event, we are hoping to organise a bigger festive event for 2022.

Historic town trail The three missing town trail arrows are being replaced in the next few weeks, and all are being cleaned to make them more visible in the pavement. We will then start to actively promote both the shortened and extended historic town trail. The leaflets are in the library but if

you would like to have any for your business, please email us and we will get some to you.

Clubs and associations Due to Covid-19 the clubs and associations leaflet has not been updated for 2 years. We will be updating it this year and the new version will be available in the summer.

Royston promotional video for the library

We are renewing the video in the library to promote local attractions for all the visitors coming into the Information Centre. Once complete you will also be able to view it on the Royston town website.

Youth project in Limitless For over a decade, Hertfordshire police have worked to create a safe and fun environment for the young people of Royston. They have now joined with Limitless Academy to create an after-school drama club that will provide a safe and fun environment for the youth

ROYSTON F1RST c/o Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA 01763 878 242 Royston First


to socialise and connect with the community. This will start running from June and will happen once every month.

Eatery video This has been updated to feature the new eateries in Royston and will be available in the next week. Look out for it on the Royston town website.

STAY IN TOUCH Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with initiatives we have planned for the town and industrial areas. You can find us at @roystonfirst. We are planning a few projects this year, so keep looking out for emails and join our WhatsApp group if you are a premisesbased business in the town or industrial area. If you would like to join, please email your mobile phone number to

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