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Kew Gardens & Palace £32.50 The Newmarket Experience with Guide £50.00 RHS London Orchid & Botanic Art Show £30.00 Norwich £17.00 Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise to Windsor £55.00 All That Glitters: The Gems & Jewels of London £45.00 Sunday in the East End with Sunday Lunch £49.50 Brogdale Blossom Tour £31.50

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Isle of Wight £330 Grand Tour of Wales £499 Southsea in Spring £395 Eastbourne £350 Lake District £440 Bristol, Bath & The Wye Valley £375 Captivating Cornwall £525 Bournemouth £330 Beautiful South Wales £375 Isle of Man £569 Devon Rails, Sails & Tails £399 Yorkshire Vales & Dales £399 Warners Alvaston Hall £395

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WELCOME To the April issue of The Listing Spring is most definitely here and what could be nicer than spending it outside. Look out for news of the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend, now in its 46th year, and Meldreth Open Gardens. Please keep us in touch with your events this summer - we can publicise them free of charge in our What’s On and editorial sections, or offer charity rates to publish your poster. With best wishes

The Listing Team: Stay in touch

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the listing DID YOU KNOW...? We publish two versions

The Listing Royston reaches 7000 homes in Royston. The Listing Villages reaches 9500 homes in the surrounding North Herts and South Cambs villages

The Listing is online at from 1st every month. Booking deadline May, 15th April


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Tina learnt how to solder – repairing her treasured Roberts radio. Dale and Kathy had been flooded two days before but still came to volunteer. Greg may be able to mend 2-year old James’ bike through the magic of 3-D printing. These were just some of the highlights at Royston’ first Repair Cafe in February where volunteer menders and owners of broken items. 24 items were brought for assessment, including TVs, printers and chairs. Nine items were fully repaired and owners of all other items except one were advised about getting further help from local contacts. Only one item was declared ‘beyond repair’ and that will be used for spare parts. Have you got items that need mending in your garage, shed, cellar or roof space? If so, bring them along to the second Royston Repair Cafe. It’s 10am – 1pm on Sunday 27 April at Meridian School, Royston. It’s free, but booking is essential. Book your place online at www.eventbrite. For further information about the Royston Repair Cafe go to www.

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Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

SATURDAY 5 & SUNDAY 6TH APRIL Britain’s most famous daffodil festival takes place on the weekend of 5/6th April 2014. The residents in the South Cambridgeshire village of Thriplow are getting ready for their 46th annual Daffodil Weekend, when between 7000 and 10 000 people visit to see the wonderful blooms . Virtually everyone in the village does something towards the event, be it baking cakes, helping serve teas, working in the car park or picking up litter at the end of the day to bring off one of the best loved charity events in Cambridgeshire. Daffodil Weekend started in 1969 because the church was in need of major roof repairs. Residents decided to open up their gardens and made cups of tea from their own houses. They made an amazing £206 and were so delighted they decided to do it all again the following year – and so Thriplow Daffodil Weekend was born. Since 1969 a total of over £400,000 has been raised for local charities. This year we are supporting Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire ( as our external charity. Home-Start helps families with children under the age of five cope with post natal depression, illness, isolation, bereavement, disability, domestic abuse and much more, offering regular support and practical help to alleviate stress with a view to preventing family crisis and breakdown. Visitors step back in time, walking traffic-free lanes and connecting footpaths, visiting residents ‘Open Gardens’, Craft Barns, Marquees, Stalls and Demonstrations, and experiencing the warm and friendly atmosphere. There is something for everyone, young and old; from a flower festival in the Church and Sheepdog demonstrations on the Meadow, to Morris Dancers outside the pub and vintage vehicles and classic cars at the School. Heavy horses give dray rides up and down the main street and there is traditional music wherever you go. Local food producers are celebrated at ‘Taste of Thriplow’ on Peggs Close and no visitor should miss the home-baked, ‘Thriplow Teas’. The community owned traditional British pub The Green Man will be hosting their usual hog roast at the front of the building and will have real ales in both the pub and in the “Taste of Thriplow” tent. Everything you require for a great day out is catered for. NEW ATTRACTIONS FOR 2014: • Classic Cars • Local Food Fair • Steam Organ • Miniature Steam Railway Rides • Folk Music Tent

5th and 6th April, 11 am to 5pm £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and under school age get in FREE.


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FILMS IN APRIL Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Book online at or at Royston Library Friday 4th 7.30PM.

Kiss the Water (PG)

80 Minutes


Saturday 5th 7.30PM.

Dallas Buyer Club (15)

117 Minutes


Friday 11th 7.30PM.

The Invisible Woman (12A)

111 Minutes


Saturday 12th 3PM.

Mr Peabody & Sherman (U)

92 Minutes


Saturday 12th 7.30PM.

The Monuments Men (12A)

118 Minutes


Friday 18th 7.30PM.

Only Lovers Left Alive (15)

123 Minutes


Saturday 19th 3PM.

Hop (U)- Special Easter Screening.

95 Minutes


Saturday 19th 7.30PM.

The Book Thief (12A)

131 Minutes


Saturday 26th 7.30PM.

The Grand Budapest Hotel(12A)

105 Minutes


Including a Question and Answer Session after the film with Animator Em Cooper. Employing a lyrical mix of interviews, meditative landscape photography and animation (from UK artist Em Cooper) Kiss the Water explores a remarkable woman’s utter dedication to the perfection of her craft. “KISS THE WATER is like dreaming and eating dessert at the same time.” This tender beautiful film was touted on its UK premiere in the Observer as the find of this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof played by Matthew McConaughey lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is a stereotypical redneck: racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. The Invisible Woman brings the story of how famous writer Charles Dickens falls in love with a much younger woman, Ellen “Nelly” Ternan”.A jewel directed and starring Ralph Fiennes. The heavily garbed women, great sweeps of countryside, and living in little houses “in town,” and even the poor and “fallen women” on the streets of London come to life.

Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events firsthand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. They find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history this is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. An underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister. Wonderful imagery style and atmosphere in the extreme, with great acting. Beauty in many forms: you get a lot for your eyes and also depending on your taste in music, there is also a lot for your ears.

E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, and is determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Whilst In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car. Based on the beloved bestselling book the film tells the story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Friday 25th 7.30PM Her (15) 126 Minutes Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi Theodore is a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he’s not working as a letter writer, his down time is spent playing video games and occasionally hanging out with friends. He decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system, “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” the ad states. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his OS1. Headline film at the recent Berlin Film Festival, Written and Directed by the acclaimed Wes Anderson, recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


ARE YOU LOOKING TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR EDUCATION AND ALSO WANTING TO DEVELOP YOUR FOOTBALL CAREER? Then come along for a Football trial to join the new and exciting Meridian Sixth Form College/Royston Town FC – Football Education Programme - Starting September 2014

Founded 1974 – 40 years of making fine music locally Do you sing in the shower? Hum along to music in the car? Have to restrain yourself from singing aloud to your iPod on the train? Admire the new singers Gareth Malone’s choirs? Then come along to Royston Choral Society’s next Open Rehearsal April 29th 8.00pm at Royston Parish Church. RCS understands that many potential singers are put off by the thought of auditions so we invite new singers to come along for up to 3 weeks, starting with the open rehearsal, free of charge, to see how you get on. You will not be asked to sing on your own. If you chose to stay with us, termly fees are reasonable and include music hire. One of our altos had never sung in a choir before attending an RCS Open Rehearsal. Now she says singing with RCS is ‘challenging, satisfying and a good diversion from everyday life’ – and she’s even been abroad on singing holidays! Just in the last two years groups from RCS have sung in New York’s Carnegie Hall and in Italy. RCS sings a wide range of music from Bach to the Beach Boys, classical works with orchestra and soloists to mixed programmes in small village churches. See our website for more information or telephone Heather Howard 01763 249058 email

ROYSTON TOWN YOUTH MINI KICKERS The Meridian Sixth Form, in conjunction with Royston Town Football Club are now recruiting male players for their new Football Education Programme. This course will be under the supervision of very experienced and fully qualified coaches and will be available to Year 12 students who will be ready to start in September 2014. Students will be offered the opportunity to enrol either onto a BTEC Level 3 Sport Course (equivalent to A Levels) or an NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Leadership qualification. The Football Programme has been designed so that students will be able to train fulltime alongside their course of study which will enable any aspiring young Footballer to develop and progress their career in sport. Football Trial Date: Tuesday 8th April 2014 Venue: Meridian School 3G astro, Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7JH. Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm For all additional course information, or to book a place please e-mail Jess Weatherall,

Head of Sixth Form at the following address: or alternatively telephone the Meridian School office: 01763 242236. • 01763 248447 • 6

Starting on 26th April, Meridian School will be hosting football coaching for 3-6 year olds. Mini Kickers will offer fun, structured football sessions to boys & girls, run over 10 week blocks. There will be a FREE taster session on Saturday 26th April: • 09:15-10:00 (3-4 years) • 10:15-11:00 (5-6 years) The sessions will be delivered by FA qualified coaches. Prices are £40.00 per 10 week block. For more information or to book a place please contact Jenny Hepton, Sports Development Officerat Meridian School on or 01763 255462



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2484 (BASSINGBOURN) SQUADRON AIR TRAINING CORPS Mon & Weds 7.30 - 9.30pm, Bassingbourn Barracks Military youth organisation providing flying, gliding, adventure training, sports, target shooting and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. A Kyprianou, 01763 249156


Puppy socialisation & adult dog training. Tues eve: Barkway VH: Agility, Flyball, scent work and games Sat: Kneesworth.1:1 Tuition and Behaviour problems. Contact Christine Walker 01763 244437 or 07811878231 email

AEROBIC FITNESS THE ‘WRIGHT’ WAY Mon - Thurs, various times and locations. Fitness Classes for male and females - all age groups - speciality groups - 50+ and seniors catered for with special care. Qualified teacher, RSA/LCYMCA/50+/KFA Paula Wright, 01763 243884


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BARLEY TENNIS CLUB COACHING Ladies term time 1.5hr sessions Tues 1- 2.30pm rusty & beginners, Fri.’s 10am improvers, 11.30am intermediates, 1pm advanced. Junior holiday courses. Coaches Jan Pledger 01763848242, Liz Wade 01763 273646

BASSINGBOURN BADMINTON CLUB Bassingbourn Sports Centre. Thurs 8-10pm. A friendly club with a competitive edge. Fields Mens, Ladies and Mixed teams in a local league. Peter Gibson 01763 243696. Peter Scaife 01763 248454.


Gives you access to the Cambridgeshire County Library Service and offers over 4500 fiction and local history books. There is a Cafe, free wifi and computer access. Open Mon 1500 - 1700, Thurs 1400 - 1630 also 1800 - 2000 and Sat 1000 - 1200. The Limes, High Street, Bassingbourn SG8 5LD Tel: 01763 247618


Recreational Skiing & Boarding Weds, Thurs & Suns. Junior Club up to 16 yrs Sat am with fun and instruction. Every other weekend Yeti Club for age 3 up. Introduction to Racing, Sat & Race training, Mon’s. Contact: or call 08450 728 293


For 8 to 13 yrs. Drop in Youth Club. 4.30 - 6.30pm, Coombes Community Centre. Wii, arts & crafts, sports, pool table. Run by qualified Play leaders from NHDC.

Meet 2nd Tues, 7.30pm, Community Room, Knutsford Road, Bassingbourn. Guests welcome. Jean Hamdorff 01763 242139

A support group for People with Dementia and their Carers to meet for information and support. 2nd Mon monthly, Blackett Ord Court, Stamford Road, Royston 10am - 12noon Please call Cate Mitcham on 07720 946034

Tues, Weds & Fri eves, 7.15-8.15pm, Coombes Community Centre. This class is a cool mix of aerobics, glam Bollywood dance moves, cardio workout and Yoga. Contact: Kriti, 07447 831310



Thurs 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th April, 12.30 – 2.30pm For parents/carers of children with ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Drop in meetings – an opportunity to chat with other parents. Free Crèche until 2.25pm Children’s Centre, Royston. Leise Cooper 07815 458355


Suns at Bassingbourn Airfield. The club meets to sail and race land yachts on a 2 km circuit. New members welcome. Steve Borrill 0779 669 4743


last Wednesday of the month in the Bushel and Strike Ashwell at 7.30 am. Networking opportunities and learning sessions with Businesses from Ashwell and surrounding areas. Cost £12 per month members & £15 Guests. You must book to come along as numbers for outstanding Breakfast needed. For information please contact Keith Gordon on 07764475391 email Find us on Facebook Ashwell business club.


Baby Massage & Yoga in Herts-Pre & Post natal yoga, baby massage and baby yoga. Small groups (incl. private NCT & 1:1’s) Contact Penny Constantinou on 07944 4 16572 or



Jewellery Making Group, Tues 7.30-9.30pm, Folwmere Village Hall. A friendly group pop in or book a workshop.www.buddingbeaders. Julie 01763 853257, Sylvia 01763 208397


At The Crown Market Square Buntingford on the 3rd Friday of each month at 8pm. Further details contact Stephen Ruff 01763 289516 or see website


2nd Monday each month at Parish Hall, Royston Catholic Church Mrs A Varney, 01763 242812


Local charity supporting severely physically disabled people to live independently in their own homes. Loans, grants, practical help & guidance can be provided. Rosaline Van de Weyer on 01223 870869 or info@


Mon’s 7-9pm, Coombes Community Centre, Royston. Sing, have fun, meet new friends. We are a choir for everyone. Wonderful songs, friendly people, stunning harmonies all taught by ear. Come for a half-price taster session.


entertainment, bring & buy sales, day outings and a mini-market. Mrs Joan Inwood, 01763 224 997

FIVE ‘O’ TABLE TENNIS & SOCIAL CLUB Wednesday evenings, September to May only, 7.30 - 9.30pm at Market Hill Rooms, Table tennis for the over fifties and their friends. Non-league. Secretary Jan Harmer 01763 230704


Weds from 1.45 - 3.45pm at Housing 21, Blackett Ord Court, Stanford Ave, Royston. Speakers, quizzes, bingo, bring and buy outings and lunches. Barbara Charter, Chair & Secretary 01763 231319


2nd Weds monthly, 2.30pm, Fowlmere VH. Speakers, events and other activities. For 60yrs+. Contact Beryl May 01763 208565


Mon’s, Tues & Thurs 9 - 12noon plus Lunch club 12-1pm, from 2.5yrs, Fri Rising 5s 9 - 12noon, URC Chapel Hall, Chapel Lane, Fowlmere. Contact: Shirley Bevan 07890 674743 or


2nd Tues monthly, 11.30am to 3pm at The Heath Sports Centre, Royston. Open to all blind and partially sighted in the Royston area. Transport can be arranged. Bridget Matthews 01763 231881, or


Caring for this 190 mile long trail through the Herts countryside, starting and finishing in Royston. 01763 244509


Befriending service in Royston for adults recovering from long term mental health problems. Volunteers needed now as befrienders to take clients out for one to one social activities in the community. Alison Kingman 01462 680120, or email alison.


(Georgina Wootten’s School of Dance and Performing Arts) Royston, 6 Days a Week. Melody Movement Baby Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Boys Only Street, Contemporary, Commercial, Body Conditioning, Singing and Musical Theatre or 07720713532 or


A national activity club for men & women with local groups: Cambridge; Essex and Hertfordshire. Walks of moderate length take place once a month. Come along and make new friends and enjoy some healthy exercise. Check out our website: www.goc. for details of all national and local activities, or phone Colin on 01763 262647 HAPPY BUNNIES NURSERY SCHOOL 8am - 4.30pm term time, children 2 to 5yrs. 15 hrs of “free” funded nursery education for children 3+. Contact Sue Kelly, EYP, B.Ed., SRN, 0779 089 6292 or sjkhappybunnies@ BABY BUNNIES GROUP every Thurs 9.30 - 11am term time, Free. All welcome! Sue Kelly 0779 089 6292 www.


Are you involved in a local club or society? Are you looking for a meeting place? Our Mezzanine floor is ideal - contact Ad Hoc on 01763 246 838 or email to discuss how we can help you!


Kumon after-school programmes for children of all ages and abilities help build confidence and study-skills. For further information please call Sally McMeekin at the Royston Study Centre on 01763 248562 or email:


We meet on the 2nd & 4th Thurs monthly. A social organisation for ladies aged 18 to 45. Activities this year include a pamper evening, tea party, belly dancing class, bowling as well as fundraising events. Contact Hannah Paradis (Chairman) 01763 220967 or


Thurs 2 - 4pm, Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road. A social group with many activities -bingo, bring and buy, tombolas, days out, lunch outings. Peggy Shepherd, 01763 241511 LINDY HOP SWING JIVE DANCE CLUB Tues: Steeple Morden V.H Beginners 7.15 - 8.15pm; Intermediates: 8.20 - 9.30pm; Original 1930’s/40’s style Jitterbug; Couples & Singles Welcome See website for Absolute Beginners Courses. Paul & Debbie 01763 242949 LINGALOUNGE LANGUAGE CLASSES Mon/Tues/Wed in Royston Town Hall and Friends Meeting House, Saffron Walden. Relaxed, affordable 10 week language courses in French, Spanish and Russian. Accessible to all. Term-time only. For more information see http://www.lingualounge. or call 07775 640794


Mon’s 7 - 9pm, Friendly club, Contact: Vera 01763 241022 LITTLE HANDS NURSERY SCHOOL Children 1 year to school age open 51 weeks per year.A high staff to child ratio, Outstanding Ofsted report. Bookings can be made by the hour, term time only 8.30 am to 4.30 pm with optional holiday clubs.15 hours of funded sessions for children the term after their third birthday. 2 year old funding available for eligible children.Dedicated room for children 12-24 months open from September 2013.Contact Anne McCrossen on 01763 260964 or e-mail lh-melbourn@


Spanish for children (3yrs to 8yrs) and their grown ups. Coombes Community Centre. Mon 3.45-5.45pm. Suzanne Snowdon, 01234 708226, uk


Coombes Community Centre, once a month on Saturdays, contact Mandy Thornton on 01763 208516 or


Fri’s 6-10pm, For ages 8 - 21+ (i.e. Masters class) Jenny Brackley– 01763 244593


Sept - April Tues 7.30 - 9.30pm Foxton VH Lectures, workshops, competitions, occasional summer events -, Bruce Huett 01763 232 855

Weds 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am Royston Library

Offers advice and support for parents using or considering using Cloth Nappies. Loan service and trial kits available. Contact Clare Coningsby 07732224446 cconingsby1@ or find us on Facebook.

Play for fun and exercise from 7.30pm to 9pm £3 per person per session, just come along or call Gillian on 07973 816880. Small friendly group of all ages and abilities, many have not played for years, but young enthusiatic players too. Coombes Community Centre

Royston’s amateur drama group, performing since the 1940s and open to anyone aged 15+. Quarterly meetings as advertised. We welcome all interested parties! Tamsin Cowley 01763 244927 www.cadsroyston.


Monday evenings, Croydon VH For all instrumentalists of various skill levels, an opportunity to play in a friendly band/group environment. Terry Fox, 01763 244142, or e-mail

Mon’s 2.30 - 4.30pm, Thurs 10.30 - 12 Coffee Morning, The Moor. Friendly club. All welcome: all ages, genders and experience. Compete in local leagues, with friendly matches at weekends. Contact Arthur Andrews 01763 261990 or e-mail arthur.

Meeting at Royston Leisure Centre Thurs, 4 - 9pm Mini Basketball and basketball for all ages and abilities. From 8 years to adult Di Charles 01223 207213 or email www.

Tues 6.30 - 9.30pm, Roysia School. Judo with that family feel, parents can join the Tea Club. For ages 6 yrs plus. John Massmann 01763 241020,

Mon’s 7.30pm, Vicarage Close Community Hall, Melbourn. Come alone or as a pair for Duplicate Bridge. Bridge tuition also available. Howard Waller 01763 261693




Fri 5.30 - 6pm - Tiger tots 5yrs, 6-7pm Juniors & Adults. www.barkwaykarate., or or 07856 846800

BARKWAY KARATE CLUB AT BARLEY Tues 5.30 - 6pm - Tiger tots 5yrs, 6-7pm Juniors & Adults. www.barkwaykarate., or or 07856 846800


Weds & Fri’s 8 -11pm. Friendly club, bar, snooker, pool, cards, darts and dominoes. Yearly membership: £6 per person, £10 per couple. Building adjacent to the Village Hall. John Sizer 01763 848927


We run two adult Saturday league teams and a Sunday team. New players of all ages (12+) and abilities are welcome. For further details please contact 1st team Capt Brian Symes 07814710849, 2nd team Capt Graham Litson 07532306903 or Eddie Collins (Chairman) 01763 848788 or visit


Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 7.30pm, in The Fox & Hounds pub, knitters of all abilities (including beginners) welcome. For more details contact Belinda on 07966 775751 or email:





A thriving, inclusive, friendly cycle club for everyone. Over 140 members, for youth, adult, senior levels and families & beginners. Affiliated to the CTC, British Cycling, CTT and Eastern RR League. We now have a grass track course.


1st Tues monthly 2.15 to 4pm, Committee Room & 3rd Tues monthly, 2.15 - 4pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. A self help group providing a confidential, caring, & non-judgemental place for people to share their thoughts & experiences. All welcome contact Gill Cox info@depressionalliance. org,


Thursdays, 5-7pm & Sundays 9am-3.30pm at Coombes Community Centre Zoe & Mark Barfield 01763 245447


Weds 9am - 4pm, Masonic Hall, Royston. Social club with bingo, speakers, • 01763 248447 • 8

Thurs eves in Croydon Village, Structured course covering various Jazz styles Tunes rehearsed for a concert performance Advice on Chords, Scales, Structure, Musicianship All instruments Ray Batson 01582-453419



For Children from 4yrs and adults. Classes by Sensei Anthony Barrett, 4th Dan with 20yrs coaching experience. Tel: 07929 100612 at Coombes Community Centre 4pm to 5pm Mondays and Thursdays throughout the year. Other classes available.


Kickboxing Tue 8-9:30pm @Stage Right Studios, Lumen Rd, Royston. Kids Kung Fu (7-10 years) 10:30-11:30am, Adults Kung Fu 11:30-1pm, Sat @Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston. For further details visit gmax., or call Glen on 07563 755 199


Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 7.30pm, in The Fox & Hounds pub, knitters of all abilities (including beginners) welcome. For more details contact Belinda on 07966 775751 or email:


Woolgatherers machine knitters. A friendly group for the exchange of ideas and machine knitting techniques. Meet alternate Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon, in Thriplow Village Hall, Thriplow 01954 719359


2nd Tues monthly, 7.30pm. All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn. Helen Powell, 01763 245887




Conducting historical research about Melbourn having published 4 books. We help people trying to trace ancestors. Colin Limming 01763 260072 colin.limming@


Sat’s 9 -10am 5-8yrs, 10-11.15am 8-10 yrs & 11.15-12.45pm 10yrs+. Mon’s 6-7pm 8yrs+ & Tues 8.15 - 9.45pm 14 yrs+, Royston Leisure Centre. We are a British Judo Association registered Club with Sport England Clubmark: Iain Reid 01763 241830, 07974 445710, Melbournjudoclub@


Thriving, friendly club, two courts. MVC. Mens & Ladies team, internal leagues, club nights, Juniors & coaching. Single, family, junior & off-peak memberships. Nick Sugden 01763 261064 or Non members 01763 263313


Tues 10am-12am roll-up. Friendly mixed club, new bowlers welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Shirley 01223 207888 email: lambert.


Tues & Sun (May - Sept), behind the British Queen, Meldreth High St. A small, friendly club for beginners & experienced players. Janet Pope 01763 248342; jacksonpope@


A friendly club with members of all abilities. We play on 2 tennis courts at Meldreth Recreation Ground. Further information at the Courts or from the Secretary, Sue Davies, tel: 01763 220174 MORDEN RUFFIANS BRIDGE CLUB We are a small, friendly duplicate club, meeting on Weds, 7.30pm at Steeple Morden Village Hall. New members are very welcome. Peter Rice 01763 242577


Telephone 07956 350820 - Whaddon Village Hall Tues 9.30 - 10.30 a.m. Boot camp Wed 9.30-1030 am Freestyle fitness Yoga Wed 7.30 - 8.30 pm Boxercise


Small, friendly bridge club meets Mondays @ 7p.m. at Hauxton Village Hall, playing 21 boards Duplicate. Very social, tea break mandatory, results less important than good company. Email shelfordbridgesec@gmail. com or tel: 01223 366538 for details


2nd Weds monthly, Sept to May 2pm at Room 11, Town Hall. Talks and displays by visiting speakers on a wide range of philatelic subjects. Mr A Kennedy, 01763 247641


Youth club for school years 5-8, Mondays 6.30-8pm, Queens Road Methodist Church


Royston Town Centre & Tannery Drift School. Children 2 years to nursery age. “A warm friendly environment where children learn while having fun.” www. Anne on 01763 233225 or Carrie on 07909 607753


Creative music making sessions for families with babies and children under 5. Sessions happen on Weds & Thurs in Royston. For more information call 01763 246415 or visit


1st Tues monthly, 7.30-9.30pm, Room 11, The Priory Centre. An opportunity to get together with other quilters, 3rd Mon monthly, 1.30 - 3.30pm, an informal sit and sew (not Dec) 01763 230187


Each Tuesday at Bassingbourn Village College from 7pm – 9.30pm. Offering the opportunity to make a sampler quilt and then go on to other projects. A friendly and sociable group who meet because we love sewing. £6.00 per night, pay as you come. Tel: Barbara for more details on: 01763 246065


For children 2yrs to nursery age, fun and learning through active play, purpose built under 5’s area and playground. Coombes Community Centre Burns Road, Royston. Stephanie 01763 230700 or 07746011196


Sat’s, 4 teams in the Saracens Herts, Leagues. Suns, 2 teams. Colts, 8+ playing U11 in Cambs. League U13 & U15 in Herts & Cambs. Leagues. Vibrant club membership. New members welcome. www. adults Richard Robertson 01763 848835, Colts Peter Wholley 01763 246656


2nd Weds monthly, 7.30pm (Oct - Jun) Reed VH. A small friendly group, all welcome.


Monday evenings, bi-monthly. A fundraising organisation, organising street collections & manning stalls. Mrs J Emes, 01763 245958


Tues. 6.45pm, Royston Golf Club. Meet weekly for fun and fellowship, but make a serious contribution to our community too. Kite Festival, Youth Makes Music, Technology Tournament, and Swimathon – all that’s us! We welcome new membership enquiries or call Jonathan Berks 01763 226178


1st & 3rd Thurs monthly, A social organisation for men under 45. Simon Whybrow 01763 222653 or 07817 118737, www.


Mondays, 2pm - 4pm RBL HQ, Mill Road, Royston Service and ex-service women and their families. Membership is open to all women including those with no service connections. Mrs S. Titmuss 01763 222824


1st Tuesday of the month 8pm, at the RBL HQ, Mill Road, Royston Service and ex-service and non-service are welcome to meetings/socials. Tony Richardson 01763 222706 or Graham Perry 01763 261325

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Affiliated to: National Association of Women’s Clubs. Mon 8-10pm Royston Town Hall. Speakers, outings and social evenings, Vacancies for new members. Wendy Pearce 01763 231381, or Mavis Ingle 01763 222524 or email roysia10@


3rd Mon monthly, 7.30pm at All Saints Community Hall, All Saints Church Melbourn. Tracing your family history www.roystonfhs. org Maureen Faubel 01763 232128


2nd Weds monthly, Meldreth Manor School & Track Running Days 1st Sun of month from April to October also informal workshop, Mon’s at Meridian School during terms time. New members welcome. Jeff Dickinson 01763 261670 dickinja@


Local organisation representing the interests of all businesses. Its fundamental objective is to promote a local enterprise culture in Royston and the surrounding areas in Hertfordshire and South Cambs.


8pm 1st Thurs monthly (Oct - Apr), 2nd Thurs in May - Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall. Historical Talks of the local area. David Allard, 01763 242677 www.


Royston Hospital. Low cost door-to-door transport for groups or individuals who are unable to use conventional public transport. Office hours 9am-3pm Mon - Fri. Tel/Fax/ SMS 01763 245228


Society for people with learning difficulties and their carers. Social calendar, occasional open evenings and fortnightly social club at Meridian School (alternate Tuesdays). New members welcome. Peter Andrew 01763 245363


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Outdoor bowling between April & Sept for ages of 12 years and over. Hon. Secretary, Stan Whitehouse on 01763 245534.


Friendly, competitive bridge at 7:30 prompt every Thursday at Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston. EBU affiliated with results displayed promptly on http://www. where contact details etc. may be obtained.

ROYSTON BUSINESS BREAKFAST CLUB Meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Sarah Hillman –07967 197898 for more details.

ROYSTON BUSINESS NETWORK – RBN We compare ideas and experiences and work together to strengthen Royston’s business community. To find out more, or to come along as a visitor, please call Adam Fernandes of UHY WKH Partnership on 01763 247 321


Every Saturday & Sunday and every Bank Holiday from 2.30 to 5pm (last entry 4.30), April to September. Also open on Weds during August


Mon’s from 7.45pm, Room 11, Royston Town Hall (Sept-June). All levels novice to county players. 4 teams in Herts League (champions 2007/8/9) & 2 teams in Cambs League (champions 2010/12/13). Also friendly games, competitions & training sessions. Kevin Clark: 01763 243370 or


Tues (terms time), 8-10pm, Royston Parish Church. Very friendly choir with a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music from all centuries. All welcome Heather Howard, chairman, tel: 01763 249058 email:



Organises twinning visits to our twin towns of La Loupe (France), Grossalmerode (Germany) and Villanueva de la Cañada (Spain) as well as social events such as boules, quiz night, dinners. Contact Paul Rydon or 01763 241721)


Last Fri in the month, 7.20pm, Royston Market Hill Rooms and Saffron Walden Town Hall, alternately. Chairman Richard Priestley 01799 513120


Are you physically disabled, feeling isolated, lonely or a bit depressed? Our group will try to cheer up your social life, with interesting speakers and demonstrations, and plenty of time to chat and meet new friends. We meet in the lower Town Hall, usually on the 4th Mon monthly, 3pm, and door to door transport is provided. Mrs Barbara Goddard, 01763 244338


Coombes Hole, Green Street Royston. Clubhouse on site. Shop available for members to purchase their gardening needs. We organise our own annual “open day” for the public to view the site first hand. Coach trips are arranged yearly to a place of interest Secretary Mick Griggs 01763 242053


Royston’s annual Arts Festival takes place over four days every September www.


Two afternoon painting sessions monthly, friendly, sociable atmosphere. Nine professional art demonstrations in various media and two exhibitions per year. New members welcome. Richard Clayton 01763 221322,


Bassingbourn Sports Centre 8 - 10 Tues. A friendly club with a competitive edge. Fields Mens, Ladies and Mixed Teams in a local league. Simon Bromilow 01763 249133




Mon’s 7.30 – 9.30pm, Meridian school gym. We follow a well tried session, including: warm up, basketball, circuit training, football and volley ball (occasionally tennis, indoor cricket and hockey). Ray Munden 01763 241217 or Email ROYSTON MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT Royston Miscarriage Support – for free support after early/late miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, call 07906 559756 or email Monthly support group meetings and annual service of remembrance in May at the Wesley Church, Cambridge.


Friendly sociable club who are always happy to welcome new members. Training takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 until 9pm. Tracey Stimson, 01763 247634


Thursday evenings at Icknield Walk School from 7.30pm to 10pm. New members always welcome. Andrew Fox, 01763 222856


Local Power Kite, Buggy and Board Club. We meet on windy evenings and weekends on the Heath. Training available. 01763 249199

ROYSTON RACKETS BADMINTON CLUB Tues 6pm to 8pm Royston Leisure Centre. Recreational badminton in a friendly atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. Graham Benstead on 01763 242558


Promoting walking by organising led walks. Monitoring the condition of local rights of way. David Allard, 01763 242677 www.


Junior section of Royston Runners (ages 8-16) Mon eve 6-7pm; Sports Club, Therfield Heath. Groups for different abilities - all welcome. Tina Filby, 01763 241460.

Regular competitions & club sessions at the BMX track behind the Coombes Community Centre Phil Townsend, 01763 260959


2nd Thurs monthly, 12.30 for 1.00pm lunch, Royston Golf Club A regular meeting point for retired professional and business men, often with a Guest Speaker. David Gray, 01763 245895,


Based in Therfield, two adult Sat league teams, a Sun team and Junior teams-under 11, 12, 13 and 14. All new players are welcome. Paul Harris (adults) on 07966 766120 or David May (Juniors) on 01763 246396.

1st & 3rd Weds monthly, 8pm. Eternit Sports & Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth ‘Noggin & Natter’, occasional speakers. Contact



2nd and 4th Weds each month at The Old Barn, Upper King Street, Royston Part of the world’s largest service organisation. We serve the community and have fun too! Contact: Keith on 01763 231492





Friendly club seeks new members. Thurs, 7-10pm at the Conservative Club, (upstairs bar), 18, Kneesworth Street. Contact Nancy on 01763 242276 or Robert on robbrad44@ OR just turn up any Thursday. Beginners welcome.

Barley Town House, Fri 8pm. Prospective new members welcome to come and visit us, but call first. Tony Noad, 01763 848424. E-mail


Tues, Thurs & Fri, 10am - 1pm A warm, friendly atmosphere where up to 25 older disabled or housebound can socialise. Sharon 01763 244229

ROYSTON DISTRICT GIRL GUIDING Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers various times thru the week, meeting mainly at the Guide HQ in Garden Walk. For girls 5 - 18 years. Carol Hilldrop, 01763 247691


Boys and girls aged 6-18yrs. Beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers meeting on various nights during the week Michelle Renwick 01223 207095


Old Bull Inn, Royston. Playing folk, blues & bluegrass. Check the web-site for open-mic & concert listings - Contact:Chris Walls tel: 07778 157290 for tickets & bookings


An 18 hole course & practice facilities. Membership & Green Fees apply. All welcome. 01763 243476 www.


4th Weds monthly (not Aug or Dec), 7.30pm, Coombes Community Centre, Royston. A friendly club with talks, outings, competitions and demonstrations. New members welcome – come along as a visitor! Anne Rayner, 01763 244424 or


A small and friendly club, beginners and experienced archers welcome. Meet Suns at Therfield Heath. Beginner’s courses and all equipment available. Dave(training) 01763 242889 or Helen (secretary) – 01763 244505


Training: men’s 1st and ladies 1st on Mon 7-8:30pm, St.Edmund’s College. All adult teams Weds 7-8:30pm, specific team coaching 8:30 - 9:30pm, Bassingbourn Barracks including “back to hockey” sessions. Juniors Sun 10-1pm, Meridian School. New members welcome, contact Colin Smith on 01763 250982 or info@ www.roystonhockey


Every Weds, 9.15 – 11.15am, The Guide Hut, Garden Walk A friendly social group for all registered childminders, activities, story, singing, juice and biscuits. Contact: Kerry 01763 243159 Meetings at Royal British Legion (RBL), 1st Tues monthly. A good Social Programme held at RBL also we have weekends away. Contact S/M Graham Parry, 01763 261325


Outdoor season begins on Sunday March 30th from 6-7pm All ages and abilities, male or female, from 14+ are welcome to come and take part, the focus is having fun and getting a bit more active. www. or Mike Bygate on 01763 243529

ROYSTON ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CLUB Mon to Thurs 5.30-11pm, Fri 5.30-11.30pm, Sat 4-11.30pm & Sun 12-10.30pm. A Social Club affiliated to RBL, activities for all ages including live entertainment on Sat evenings and trips. Contact: 01763 244560 or email


Tues & Thurs 7pm, The Heath Sports Club Rugby Union Football Club in Herts - Middx.1 1st XV, 2nd XV, Veterans, Youth and Minis. Mini/Youth 10am Sunday Jamie Johnson, 01763 247522


Tuesdays 6.30pm Beginners, 7.30pm Experienced Runners Sundays 9am long run, all abilities. Call Maurice Hill, 01763 241182 or 0771 913 2793


Sat 9:15am – 12:00 Meridian School. String, woodwind, Brass, percussion, Jazz and recorder ensembles. Choir and theory classes. Open to children from Yr4 – Yr 13. Sue Pettitt 01438 844518 ROYSTON SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mon’s & Weds 2.30 to 4.30pm (Oct - April) Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road. Informal friendly group. New members are always very welcome. Terry Mitchell 01763 848775 or


Thurs 11.15am - 12.15pm 01763 247630, Thurs 2.30 - 3.30pm Anne 01763 244138 & Fri’s 9.30 - 11am Fred 01763 230050, Coombes Community Centre, Royston. A group of energetic retired people playing for pleasure and exercise.

ROYSTON SIGHT INFORMATION POINT Now at Stevenage Central Library on 3rd Wed of the month from 10 - 12noon

Every Sun, 6.30pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. Hymns, prayers & a visiting medium demonstration. All Welcome Collection plate, refreshments. Awareness group Thurs 8pm under guidance of an experienced teacher. Judy Moule 01223 503345

Oct - Apr , Mon.1.30 to 3.30 pm, and Wed. 2pm to 4 pm. Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road. Informal friendly group. New members are always welcome. Contact Terry Mitchell 01763 848775 or terrymtc@


Affiliated to the Stroke Association. Weds. 1015 – 1215 The Old Barn, Upper King Street, Royston. Support with communication, activities and outings. Website : http://speakoutclubroyston. Email:

Tuesdays, 4pm @ Royston Methodist Church Hall Queens Road. Singing, dancing, acting and playing music for the 4 to 8 year olds. For more details contact Linda Bance 01763 246415 or visit http://www. At Glazed Creations on Thursday from 10 to 11 am. £3 for first child and £1 for any additional child. Juice and biscuits given at story time in the last 10 minutes of session. Tea and coffee provided. Contact Julie on 07427 789169


2nd Mon each month at 7.30 pm in Sandon Village Hall. Small friendly group of enthusiastic gardeners with talks, competitions, garden visits and an annual show. New members or visitors are always welcome. Mrs Jean Handley 01763 288360 email





Mon, Wed & Fri 6-8pm, Leisure Centre. Qualified training and coaching for competitive swimmers of all ages. The club enters teams in local galas and competitions. www.

Swimming lessons from 4 yrs old at Linton & Fulbourn. Non-swimmers to advanced. After school & SAT’s. Progressive & fun lessons with experienced, friendly teachers. Lessons for Life! 01799 501293 mob:07947 730287

Thurs 7.30 - 10.30pm at Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston. Play competitive table tennis with 6 teams of varying ability in the North Herts League Fred Bendall, 01763 230050 or Gordon Barnes, Club Secretary 01763 249713 or www.

Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9-12, for 2 - 3yrs. Tues, Wed & Fri 9-1pm & Thurs 9-2pm, for rising 5’s A fun, safe environment for children with a fully qualified team. After School & Holiday Club) 3.10-6pm term time, 8.30am-5.30pm holiday time. Debbie, 07952 100208 or 01763 852888


Have 6 floodlit courts at Heath Sports Centre, Therfield Heath. Full LTA tennis & coaching programmes available with social & fun sessions. Public courts can be booked via Heath Sports (01763 2436130). For full club details Club Secretary, Christine Knight 01763 261676


A community skills exchange allowing you to earn ‘time credits’ by helping others. You can then spend the time credits on getting people to come and help you. We also hold events, and a regular cafe. Contact Savita Mason, Time Bank Co-ordinator – 01462 689405 or


Brass Band weekly rehearsals on Thurs 7.30-9.30pm. Activities including competitions, concerts, summer fetes, parks. Any age and ability welcome. www. www.facebook. com/roystontownbandRoger Simons, 01763 246929,


Garden Walk, Royston Clubhouse: 01763 241204, Terry McKinnell Secretary 07772 086709 and Steve Jackson Chairman 07850383483


Garden Walk, Royston. Clubhouse: 01763 241204; Tyrone Parry - 07940 084628


FA Charter Standard Community Club with FA qualified coaches running mini-soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-side football teams for boys and girls aged 7 to 18. Please contact Club Secretary Carl Filby on 01763 241460, 07563 366080 or email ROYSTON TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First Fri monthly, 7.15 pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. A warm welcome awaits you at our monthly meetings. Speakers on a variety of subjects, plus outings, theatre trips, etc. Pauline Gates 01763 221314.


First Wed each month, 7.30pm at the Guide HQ, Garden Walk. We have a varied social calendar including speakers and outings and sometimes help out with the Guide and Brownie functions. 01763 243801


Tues 10am-11-30am Royston Town Hall Carol Bradshaw, 01763 268678


2nd Wed mthly, 10am for coffee, 10.30am start, Market Hill Rooms. The modern face of the WI. A group of friendly ladies invite you to join them for speakers, coffee mornings, outings, fun and friendship. Make time for yourself: Monica Gray 01763 245895



Meet 4 times a year at Heath Sports. A forum for all sports clubs in Royston and the surrounding area. Di Charles 01223 207213 or email


Mon to Thurs 3.30 - 9pm. Sat’s 9am-3pm. Fully equipped dance studios. Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Streetdance, Disco, Lyrical, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing. Boys only classes. BTDA and ISTD grades & vocational exams. London College of Music awards. Kerry 01763 244866 or


Various days & times. Classes for all ages. Mini Movers (18 mths-3 years), Freestyle Disco, Street Dance & Hip Hop, Ballroom & Latin American, Rock & Roll, Lyrical, Ballet, Vocal Coaching, Musical Theatre. Tara 01763 878587


Every morning except Thurs, 9.30 - 11.30am at St Mary’s Church Hall, Melbourn Road. A Baby and Toddler group for Mothers and Carers. Alison Hammond, 01763 249336


Please join us in fund raising and social events to aid the maintenance of All Saints Parish Church. All welcome. Colin Limming, 01763 223320


Max 6 pupils to a class, various classes available from parent and baby to adult lessons, in a private heated pool with lounge viewing area. 01763 208013 or


Tues 8 - 10pm (Sept - April), Guilden Morden VH. Beginners & experienced dancers welcome. Contact Brian Moore 01763 852 705.


Local History, Talks and outings. Contact: Shirley Wittering 01763 208269 http://


2nd Thurs monthly, 7.30pm, Thriplow VH. Contact Dorothy Woods 01763 208778,


Baby signing and toddler talking classes at Coombes Community Centre Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 12.15pm. Contact Natalie Hanlon 07740 643690 or 01223 208144


Fri 9.30-11am For any children below school age and their carers in the Church building.

2nd Thurs monthly, 1.45 - 4pm at Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall The Royston branch of this large organisation where you can meet new friends and enjoy social events. Helen Barrett 01763 849122


Monthly meetings in the Town Hall on Tues 7.30pm, with talks from leading experts in wildlife, ecology and conservation. Don Shewan 01763 244079.

Fri.’s 2 – 2.30pm Royston Library UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE U3A More than 25 activity & learning groups. Monthly meeting with guest speaker every third Wed monthly (except December) at 2.45pm, Melbourn Village College. Mr. Arthur Alderton 01763 260399



3rd Thurs monthly, 8pm at Town Hall, Royston. Informal, friendly group writing for fun and pleasure. Julie Dore, 01954 719395 or roystonwriterscircle/

Each Tues at Melbourn Village College 8- 10 pm in Sports Hall. Many social events throughout the year. Mervyn King 01763 241624; Brian Holson 01763 241195



Social events, info stalls, campaign about animal welfare issues.,, facebook group. Royston local contact: Daisy Lachat 07503 554567.

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APRIL 14 • ISSUE 104


Spring Forward To Drive

A series of Spring tips from driving school L2K.

Over the next two issues, James Baggott, editor of CarDealerMagazine., reports on the big new car debuts breaking cover in Motor City


It’s one of the most iconic car to the shows in the motoring calendar, and iconic this year the stars were out in full Supra and 2000GT it’s really force in Detroit. designed to show the maker’s future As the covers came off the cars design direction. There’s no word on in Motor City, we were treated to what’s under the bonnet at present, some key new model introductions but rumour has it it’s likely to be a and not just from the home traditional combustion engine with American brands. high output. The Europeans, Japanese and BMW M4 / M3 Koreans were all out in full force too Nothing gets car fans excited with some stellar debuts of key cars quite like an M-badged BMW and for the UK market. Here’s our pick of Detroit had not one, but two of the new models. them. The M4 is the new name in Mercedes C Class the line-up – the coupe version of This is big news for one of the the performance car. There’s a new most competitive sectors in the M3, now a saloon only, and both UK market. Meet Mercedes’ new share a new six-cylinder turboC Class, a car that’ll take the fight charged unit for the first time. BMW to its bitter rival, and better selling, says emissions and fuel economy BMW 3 Series. Merc has worked are 25 per cent better, though, so wonders in the cabin – the quality don’t mourn the V8’s death for too is stunning and will make German long. The new 2 Series Coupe was rivals sit up and take notice. The shown off in Detroit too – but it stole manufacturer says this is their ‘most little of the limelight… agile and efficient car ever’ and Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge will be a ‘new benchmark’ in the If the Q50 is up-and-coming segment. We’ll have to wait and see Infiniti’s answer to the 3 Series and about that – but there’s little doubt C Class, then this is the AMG or they’ve got the looks spot on. M-badged rival. Draped in carbon Toyota FT-1 fibre and drawing inspiration from This bonkers crazy concept was the Red Bull F1 team hook-up, created by Toyota’s sandal wearing the Eau Rouge concept – named Californian design team – but don’t after Spa’s all-or-nothing corner fear, it’s no hippy machine. The FT-1 – is believed to get a 500bhp stands for ‘Future Toyota’ and while powerplant if it ever gets the goit is said to be a spiritual successor ahead. Look out for more favourites next month in our May Motoring section.


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Husband and wife duo Megson are playing at an occasional event organised by the Royston Arts Festival at the Royston Folk Club at The Bull Hotel, Royston, on Friday 23 May. The duo - Stu Hanna and his wife Debbie - have been three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They will be be supported by aspiring Royston singer-songwriter Melody Causton, who is currently studying at the Institute of Contempory Music Performance in London. Early bird reduced tickets costing £11 (no booking fee) are available online at www. or from Stationery Cupboard, High Street,Royston.


Look out for a number of Easter events at Coombes Community Centre for all the family this April. EASTER TASTER CHILDREN AT LAST YEAR’S Thursday 10th EASTER SCRAMBLED EGGS April,10am - 4pm with EVENT Chris Duffett from The LIGHT PROJECT (training and practical work for young people and adults ). Easter Celebration SUNNY - SIDE - UP Good Friday 18th April, 2pm. Fun for all the family with games, craft, Egg experiments, egg rolling, egg tossing. Singing Kettle Cafe open serving home made Hot Cross Buns, icing cupcakes and Easter biscuits. Celebration and Tea Easter Day Sunday at 3:30 celebration and tea for all the family. All events at Coombes Commnunity centre. Just turn up or contact Ignite Community Church Margaret MacCormack on 01763 852118.


Everyone - any age, experienced or total beginner - is welcome on Saturday 26th April to Meldreth Bowls Club Open Day. All you need is a pair of flat shoes as all other equipment will be provided. Free movies for the kids We have a qualified Coach and top County Bowlers 6 High Ashwell, Hertfordshire SG7the 5NL who will be offering expert tuition and guidance on the on Street, week-days during 01462 743343 day to be followed up with Coaching on the following 4 Easter Holidays Sunday mornings all free of charge. Make 2014 the year you try something new; come at The Three Tuns Ashwell. along to learn a new sport, make new friends and keep active. If you cannot make our Open Day webuscards have021013.indd a 1 12/10/2013 See our website for details. “roll-up” (practice session) every Tuesday morning at 10.00 a.m. plus coffee and biscuits. For further information please contact our Secretary Shirley Lambert on 012231207888 (email: The listing_village_Layout 15/12/2011 07:45 Page 1

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During March we had some very interesting speakers. The month started with Margaret Rogers “From Russia with Love”. With the help of her slides she took us along the Russian Waterways visiting the winter and summer palaces along the way. The next week wildlife photographer Jeff Harrison showed slides on “ Kingfishers Up Close and Personal”. Then Trevor Gunton explained about Vikings and their place in our history. This was followed by author Dick Kirby on the time he spent while working for the Flying Squad. We finished the month with Lucy Lewis tellling us about a woman’s life in the Army, where she was the first woman bomb disposal officer. Visitors are always welcome. Why not come along and meet us on a Monday Evening in Royston Town Hall. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. For more details please contact Wendy Pearce 01763 231381 or Mavis Ingle 01763 222524 or email


At our meeting in March, Royston WI AM invited Mandy Hague and colleagues from Crafty Corner at Philimore Garden Centre to share some of their craft ideas with us. The morning was titled ‘Come and try something crafty’ and the members had the opportunity to try out a variety of craft activities, which included sewing felt rose brooches, making cards and also sequin eggs. A very successful morning was had with the members taking home the items they had made. This year in May we celebrate our 30th Birthday and we would like to invite any old members to join us. If you are interested in attending our celebration can you please let our President, Monica Gray know by phoning her on 01763 245895. Wednesday 9th April is the day of our next meeting which will be held in the Market Hill Rooms, Royston. Our talk will be by Laura Woodcock from Teenage Cancer Trust. Visitors are welcome from 10.00 am when refreshments are available.


Brian Carline gave us an amusing talk on Life in our Schools. He had been a teacher by day and a Comedian by night for 40 years. He and his friend called themselves “ A Very Funny Double Act”. They managed to get to the final of “New Faces” but suffered humiliation by coming last. He became a teacher because he thought it would be nice to have 6 weeks holiday. He got an interview for a job but had no qualifications so he took along his Cycling Proficiency Certificate. They were so desperate that they hired him. He has taught all age groups from Dagenham to Islington to Epping and the Kings Cross Area. He said do not underestimate children but be firm and fair and never turn your back on the class. He told some very funny stories including one about Peter Ebden, the Snooker Player who missed lessons to go to the local snooker hall to make a bit of pocket money. After 6 years of retirement he still misses the life, especially Christmas time. Once when he was giving another talk to a W.I., the ladies went out and came back at regular intervals, he found out afterwards that the local chiropodist was paying a visit. The Competition for a School Photograph was won by Mary Taylor and the first Raffle prize by Rita Turner. Our next meeting is on April 10th in the Heritage Hall at 1.45 to 4.00pm when Rosemary Wheeler will talk on “The life of a Woman Butcher”.


On Sunday 16 March, thirty four excited Year 5 and 6 pupils from Greneway made the journey to the Royal Albert Hall to perform in this year’s Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala Concert. The pupils have been rehearsing twice a week since Christmas to learn all the repertoire and their hard work really did pay off. The evening had the theme of the anniversary of the First World War and included a piece commissioned for the occasion. ‘We Will Remember Them’ drew together war poetry and military style percussion to create an evocative and moving work. The concert opened with a ‘Prelude’ composed by competition winning Jamie Roberts, a former Greneway pupil. The programme then moved through jazz and rock and roll to current pop. The pupils were given the opportunity to literally ‘put their lighters (or torches) in the air’ when Gabz, of Britain’s Got Talent fame, sang her debut single ‘Lighters’. She is currently a pupil at the Nobel school in Stevenage. The concert finale was a jaw dropping rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. The sound made by 1100 children accompanied by the Hertfordshire School’s Symphony Orchestra was truly incredible. A fantastic event that the Greneway pupils were proud to be involved in. Shaunaid Crosby, Leader of Music • 01763 248447 • 12


Speaker for our March meeting was Jean Bawcutt, who displayed and talked about several quilts she had brought with her. Each quilt had its own story, recording stages in her life – the births of her grandchildren and some of the amazing journeys she and her husband had enjoyed. Her experiences were brought to life by the colours used, along with her expert needlecraft. One particularly complicated design depicted their Pacific trip to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii which included landmarks, flora and fauna. Then followed our Annual General Meeting and supper.


This term all the children from reception to year 4 have visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Over the last couple of weeks 60 children on each day have gone to the museum and had a wonderful experience. We have worked with the museum teachers and artists to introduce children to the range of objects and paintings on display. The children have had the opportunity to look in depth at certain pieces of art, using textiles to help support their understanding of the paintings. They have all made their own pieces of art work, which will be put together into one treasure chest containing work from the whole school. It will be our own minimuseum! Our aims for this trip were to inspire the children and encourage them to look closely at the pieces of art. We also wanted them to see what an interesting place the Fitzwilliam Museum is so that they might go back and visit again: One child said ‘I didn’t realise I liked museums this much’. All the children enjoyed their visits and had fun. Cairo (from year 3) summed up the experience when he said it was ‘Awesome!’

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Local Markets in April


Master Fryer has been serving the community in Royston since 1998 with their quality fish and chips in Angel Pavement.


Master Fryer pride themselves on using fresh fish and the finest ingredients. Senior Citizen cod and chips are available every day for just £4.00 Fridays are traditionally a fish day. The Friday Fish tradition continues to this day, and in particular on Good Friday, this year on 18th April.


Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 5th April 10am - 12pm Orwell Village Hall

Fowlmere Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 12th April 9 - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 5th April 9am - 12noon Linton Village College

Farmers’ Market Wimpole 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 12th April from 10am - 4pm Wimpole Hall

Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday monthly Sat 19th March 9.30am - 12noon Sandon Primary School Shepreth Village Hall Market 4th Saturday monthly Sat 26th April 10am - 12.30pm Shepreth Village Hall

Croydon Village Market Last Sunday monthly Sun 27th March 10.30am - 1pm Croydon Village Hall Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays From 8am Corn Exchange, Royston

Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - 2pm Market Hill, Royston Greenhouse Markets

Thursdays - Fashion & Pamper Market 10am - 4pm Fridays -Arts & Crafts Market 10am-3.30pm Sundays - Flea Market, 10.30am - 2.30pm Town Centre, Letchworth

Master Fryer are happy to give you a 30% discount this Good Friday.

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Simply cut out and bring along the voucher. The “Free After Three” parking scheme in Royston means that you can park outside to pop in and collect, or eat in. Telephone orders are welcome. Organising an event? Party orders are welcome, with free delivery within ten mile radius of Royston. Call for details of discounts offered and terms.

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Cooking Chinese with Meiru My next Six Weeks Chinese Cooking Course starts on Wednesday 23rd April until 21st May 2014.* I will be teaching my students cooking techniques and how to use fresh ingredients to prepare HEALTHY, LOW FAT, ECONOMIC, QUICK TO COOK AND VERY DELICIOUS Chinese Food. *Every Wednesday between 6:45 and 8:45 pm in Food Technology Classroom at Meridian School, Royston. Limited space available.

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Heat a frying pan or griddle with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat to preheat. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, black pepper, and garlic. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat. Place 1 to 2 slices of Brie on top of chicken, and place under a hot grill until the cheese melts. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a small frying pan and once hot, add the chopped shallots and saute. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and salt and pepper to taste. Add the mixture to the pan, stir, then pour the warm vinaigrette over the spinach and toss to coat. Crumble the bacon strips over the dressed salad. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate or plate with spinach salad and serve with fresh steamed Asparagus.

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Pulsatilla Vulgaris is the rather uninspiring name for the bright purple and yellow flower featured on our cover this month. It’s more commonly known as Pasque Flower and, rather more excitingly, as Dane’s Blood. The Pasque Flower is the county flower of Hertfordshire and it blooms in late March / early May on the well drained chalky soil of Church Hill on Therfield Heath. It’s name means “like Paschal” or of Easter and legend tells that it springs from the blood of dead Vikings! This fable may well have developed as it grows in the undisturbed soil of ancient barrows – like the ones that can be found on the rolling heath land of Coronation Meadows. This site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Local Nature reserve and one of the largest colonies of this rare plant. Why not venture out to see them and follow this walk printed with kind permission of Great Shelford Parish Council (http://shelford. walks/walk44. htm) and pop in to the Fox and Duck at Therfield for a pint or bite to eat.

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The Three Tuns continues to impress after it’s successful re-launch by experienced Hertfordshire pub operator Tim Lightfoot. “We are Providing a satisfying mix of real ales, fine wines and fantastic pub food using local and artisan suppliers. Jon Oates our head chef puts his twist on hearty pub classics as well as the very best in modern British cuisine. We have created a relaxed informal way to enjoy great British produce in a warm & friendly local village pub. Wellies, kids & dogs are welcome too!”

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the ad hoc cocktail club SPRING OPEN GARDENS, MELDRETH Midori Sour Here is a nice fresh zesty little number to help you welcome in the spring weather! 2 wedges of lime 2 slices of lemon 50ml of Midori melon liqueur splash of grenadine

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1. Into a cocktail shaker add the lemon and lime pieces and muddle using your muddling stick. This creates “sours mix” and can be made beforehand if you wish. 2. Add the Midori melon liqueur 3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until frosted. 4. Either strain into a martini glass or pour the ice/Midori mixture into a rock glass. 5. Add a splash of grenadine gently down the side of the glass to layer on the bottom. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a straw. Bottoms up!!

As part of the fund raising events for maintaining the fabric of Holy Trinity Church Meldreth, The Friends are holding their Spring Open Gardens event on Sunday 27th April. The Friends held their first Open Gardens in the mid 1980s and the spring event started in 2005. This year there is a mixture of gardens across the village ranging from a small vegetable garden keenly tended by a retired gardener to an attractive garden in a 2 acre woodland setting. Teas will be served at the church all afternoon. As in previous years the Garden Design Centre based at Scotsdale will support our event with a free Garden Design Consultation that will be raffled. Admission is £4 and children 50p and there is ample free off road parking at the church.

Meldreth Spring Open Gardens, Sunday 27th April,1.30 to 5.30pm


Foden’s Brass Band will top the bill at the 61st Ashwell Music Festival in May. The annual event offers its usual mix of top class performers from a range of musical styles and the arts including brass, jazz, opera and story telling. The Festival will start this year on Thursday 8th May with the traditional Young.Musicians’ Concert featuring young performers from Ashwell, and Tel: the surrounding area. A10 Melbourn By-Pass, Melbourn, Royston, HertsBaldock SG8 6DF 01763 260418 Other events include the Memphis Jazz Band with a mix of blues, • Open 7 days a week all year round great American songbook and other stomping tunes, a quartet of young Fresh Fruit and Veg • Delicatessen • Butchers • Café • Giftware • Garden Centre • Fun Barn professional singers, a story teller with “Fairy Tales for Grown Ups” and much more. For further information and tickets, visit uk or by contacting the Box Office 01462 742979

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What’s on Donna Fallon

Tues 1st April, 7.45pm VIP packages available, includes meet & greet and bar Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Lent Lunch

Wed 2nd April, 12noon - 1.30pm St. Thomas’s Catholic Church Hall

Environ Taster Experience

Thurs 3rd April, 1 - 8 pm Get expert advice and a tailor-made mini treatment Bookings essential Harmony Day Spa, Baldock St, Royston

Everyday life in the eighteenth century

Thurs 3rd April, 8pm Illustrated talk by Dr Ken Sneath Royston & District Local History Society Royston Town Hall Contact: 01763 242677

Four Charities Golf Day

Fri 4th April In aid of the Stevenage Mayor’s four Charities: British Red Cross, RNLI, Alzheimers Society and Carers Stevenage Golf & Conference Centre Contact: 01992 585969, ccurtis@

New Hypnobirthing Course

Fri 4th April Royston Complementary Health Centre Contact: 01763 247440

What the Dickens

Sat 5th April, 7.15pm An evening of comedy and magic loosely based on the life of Charles Dickens Whaddon Village Hall Tickets: 01223 207703

Heart of Transformation

Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, 10am - 4pm Meldreth Village Hall Two days to a more peaceful and easier life Contact: 01223 968660,

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, 11am – 5pm each day Real ale tent, classic cars, local food fair, steam organ, miniature steam railway rides, folk music tent Details:

Antique & Collectors Fair Sat 5th & Sun 6th April With Postcards and Militaria Wood Green Animal Shelter Godmanchester

Sport Royston Fayre

Sun 6th April, 10am – 5pm Taster sessions/demonstrations from almost every sport club in Royston! Including, bmx, hockey, football, golf, badminton, gymnastics, swimming and many more Royston Leisure Centre and Meridian All Weather Centre

Easter Egg Hunt and Bake Off

Sun 6th April, 10am Easter egg hunt with coffee, tea and bake off entries Guilden Morden Village Hall Sign up:

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Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 6th April, 10am – 4pm Homemade cakes & refreshments Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Contact: 01763 849249, info@

Tree and Flower Fairies

Wed 9th April, 10am Discover some of the trees and spring flowers that feature in fairy rhymes. Make your own fairy belongings from nature after a walk around the park with CambridgePPF’s experienced field teachers Wandlebury Country Park Information: bookings@

Lent Lunch

Wed 9th April, 12noon - 1.30pm St. Thomas’s Catholic Church Hall

Spring Sale

Thurs 10th April, 10.30am – 3pm In aid of British Red Cross Ladies and children’s clothing, shoes, bags, homeware, gifts & accessories £3.50 including coffee & biscuits Bluntswood Hall, Nr Buntingford, SG9 9RN

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Easter Sunday

Sun 13th April, 10am & 6.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road Tues 15th April, 10am Learn how to read a map and navigate along new routes, getting plenty of exercise at the same time Wandlebury Country Park

Robin Hood Morning

Wed 16th April, 10am Test your accuracy at archery with some help, then make and decorate your very own bow and arrow Wandlebury Country Park

Time Bank Café

Wed 16th April, 1.30 – 3pm The Time Bank Café is a great way to get to know people in the community and share your knowledge and abilities At this month’s café we will be holding a flower arranging session Coombes Community Centre Contact: 01462 689405,

Maundy Thursday Service

Blooms Night

Fri 18th April, 9.30am Followed by the Walk of Witness to Royston Cross Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Shakespeare and My Faith

Thurs 10th April, 8pm With Canon Shamus Williams, Rector of Shingay group of parishes Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Cheese & Wine Evening

Fri 11th April, 7.30pm £25 a head, pre-booking essential The Three Tuns, Ashwell Contact: 01462 743343

Festival of Crosses

Fri 11th – Sun 13th April A display of a wide variety of crosses, in lots of different contexts and made from a wide variety of materials Royston Methodist Church

Glazed Creations

Fri 11th & Sat 26th April, 7 – 10pm Ladies’ nights, bring a bottle, snacks will be provided Glazed Creations, Baldock Street, Royston Contact: 01763 249800

Easter Activity Morning

Sat 12th April, 10am - 12noon Children and families welcome, free fun for all ages Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Spring Sale

Sat April 12th, 2-4pm Unwanted items in good condition All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn Contact: 01763 261154

Royston Lions Quiz Night Sat 12th April, 7.45 for 8pm With bar and raffle Teams of up to 8 Market Hill Rooms Contact: 01763 231492 • 01763 248447 • 18

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Palm Sunday Services

Thurs 10th April, 10am - 4pm With Chris Duffett from The Light Project Contact: 01763 852118 Coombes Community Centre Thurs 10th April, 7.30pm Garden lecturer Andrew Sankey, on ideas for redesigning gardens. All welcome Royston Town Hall


Thurs 17th April, 8pm Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Good Friday Service

Easter Celebration

Fri 18th April, 2pm Fun for all the family with games, craft, Egg experiments, egg rolling, egg tossing Singing Kettle Cafe open serving homemade Hot Cross Buns, icing cup cakes Coombes Community Centre Contact: 01763 852118

Living with Cancer: Support Group

Sat 19th April, 10am-12pm Coombes Community Centre Contact:

Children’s Easter Chocolate Trail

Sat 19th April, 10am - 12.30pm Come along and join the Easter chocolate trail, accompanied children can search Royston Town Centre shops and stalls for numbered chocolate rabbits. The winners will be picked at random by the Town Mayor at 12.30pm The Corn Exchange, Royston

Royston Cricket Club

Sat 19th April, 10am – 1pm Open day, if you or your children would like to find out if you enjoy playing cricket then come along Therfield Cricket Ground

Easter Fun Day at Wandlebury

Sat 19th April, 11am - 4pm Search for clues in Wandlebury photo-trail egg hunt Complete the course and you could win an Easter egg Wandlebury Country Park

Sun 20th April, 10am & 6.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road Sun 20th April, 3.30pm Celebration and tea for all the family at Ignite Community Church Coombes Community Centre

Live Music with Mashed Sun 20th April, 9pm Fox & Duck, Therfield

Car Boot Sale

Mon 21st April Orwell Recreation Ground Bookings: 01223 207450, mrs.reid@

Baby Massage & Baby Yoga Classes

Tues 22nd April Royston Complementary Health Centre Contact: 01763 247440

Green Fingers Garden Club Wed 23rd April, 7.30pm Richard Todd will be giving a talk, Challenges and Joys of a Head Gardener Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd Contact: 01763 244424

Talking Heads

Thurs 24th April, 8pm With Elizabeth Dolman reading Alan Bennett’s acute observations of ordinary people Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Jewellery Workshops

Fri 25th April, 7 – 9pm Recycle jewellery Glazed Creations, Baldock Street, Royston

Royston Library Reopens

Sat 26th April, 9am The newly refurbished library reopens its doors with increased opening hours: Monday 10am-5.30pm Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm Wednesday 10am - 6pm Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 4pm Closed Thursdays and Sundays

Royston Town Youth Mini Kickers

Starts Sat 26th April, 9.15 – 10am & 10.15 – 11am Mini Kickers will offer fun, structured football sessions to boys and coaching for 3-6 year olds The Meridian School Contact: jennyhepton@meridian.herts., 01763 255462

Bereavement Support Group Sat 26th April, 10am - 12pm Coombes Community Centre Contact:

Roller Disco

Sat 26th April, 10am – 4pm Refreshments and food available Roysia Middle School, Burns Road Bookings: Greneway Middle School

Meldreth Bowls Club

Sat 26th April, 2pm Come along learn a new sport, make new friends and keep active Contact: 01223 207888

Quiz Night

Sat 26th April, 7.30pm Tickets to be booked in advance Guilden Morden Village Hall Tickets:

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Melbourn Rock Club

Sat 26th April, 7.30pm Four Wheel Drive, Unit Nine and Dirty Little Rebel at 34 Years of Melbourn Rock Club Eternit Sports & Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth Contact: 01763 260250, www.

The Magic of Gilbert & Sullivan

Sat 26th April, 7.45pm With The Hitchin Thespians Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road Tickets: 07895 095455

Table Top Sale

Sun 27th April, 10am - 12pm Enjoy browsing a variety of stalls and after relax with refreshments Litlington Village Hall Table bookings: 07951 842768

Royston Repair Café

Wimpole Lambing Time

Tap Factory

Ashwell Easter Stage School

Sun 27th April, 7.30 — 10.30pm Dance to Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence Music Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road, Letchworth Contact: 01234 300179 Sun 27th April, 7.45pm High energy dance show where ‘Stomp’ meets ‘Tap Dogs’ Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Litlington Village Preschool Mon 28th April – Thurs 1st May, 10am - 12pm Come and bring your child to see our preschool in action and join in a selection of creative activities on this open day Litlington Village Hall Contact: 07984 935193

War Torn Skies of Hertfordshire

Sun 27th April, 10am – 1pm The Meridian School Information: RoystonRepairCafe

Mon 28th April An illustrated talk with historian Julian Evan-Hart. Organised by friends of 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association The Woodman Inn, Nuthampstead Contact: 01763 848815

Wedding Open Day

Sun 27th April, 10am – 4pm The Red Lion, Station Road East, Whittlesford Bridge, Cambridge Contact: eventsmgr@

Round the Cricket Pitch and Beyond Sun 27th April, 11.30am A walk where all funds raised go to charity Holy Trinity Church, Chrishall

Spring Open Gardens

Come Dancing at Spirella

Sun 27th April, 1.30 – 5.30pmThis year there is a mixture of gardens across the village ranging from a small vegetable garden keenly tended by a retired gardener to an attractive garden in a 2 acre woodland setting Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth

Throughout the month Melbourn and District Photographic Club

Local photographers are welcome to join this friendly club meeting Tues, 7.30pm 1st April, AGM Foxton Village Hall Contact: 01763 232 855

Knit Barley

2nd and 4th Weds of each month, 7.30pm A new knitting club, all abilities welcome The Fox & Hounds pub, Barley Contact: 07966 775751, knitbarley@

Until April, 10.30am - 5pm Celebrate the arrival of spring by watching the frolics of new born lambs and learn about of the life of sheep Wimpole Hall Mon 7th – Fri 11th April, 9am – 3pm Sing and act, all abilities welcome, over 5’s only Bookings: 07903 058568

Secondhand Book Sale Fri 18th April – Mon 5th May All Books 50p Wimpole Hall Stable Block

The Science of D-Day

Sat 5th – Mon 21st, 10.30am – 2.30pm Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Our Easter holiday activities look at the ingenious inventions created by scientific boffins to ensure victory on D-Day IWM Duxford

Royston Parish Church Services in April

Sun 13th, 9.45am Palm Sunday procession Sun 13th, 6.30pm Evening choral srvices Tues 15th Taize service, quiet meditative services Thurs17th, 8pm Service, Maundy Thursday Fri 18th, 11am Walk of witness from Priory gardens bandstand Sun 20th, 6.30am Sunrise service in Priory memorial gardens, followed by warming Drinks and Hot cross buns Sun 20th, 8am Normal Eucharist. Sun 20th, 10am Family Eucharist with Easter eggs

COMMUNITY James and the Giant Peach

Wed 16th – Sun 20th April Musical adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl classic by the Gordon Craig In-House productions team starring local performers and up and coming professionals Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Royston Photographic Society exhibition

Starts Sat 19th April Open theme Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston Contact: 01763 242587, curator@

Cooking Chinese with Meiru

Starts 23rd April, 6.45 – 8.45pm Learn to cook using fresh ingredients to make delicious Chinese food The Meridian School, Royston Contact:, 07935 212398

Curwens Art Gallery

Until 23rd April, 9am - 5.30pm daily Jewellery by Budding Beaders and paintings by Mike Dobson and Nursel Darroux Curwens Solicitors Art Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston

Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga

Starts Thurs 3rd April Contact:, 074567 01944 Melbourn Community Hub

Yoga & Pilates

Royston Complementary Health Centre Contact: 01763 247440

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Tumble Tots is Britain's leading Physical Play Programme for young children to gain confidence and have fun Tuesdays: Coombes Community Centre, Royston 9.30am Walking to 2 years 10.30am 2 to 3 years 1.15pm 3 to 5 years For bookings tel: 07725 736333 or go to

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Royston artist Lisa Stanway is auctioning one of her oil paintings to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The mother-of-three lost her sister, Paula, to cancer in 2007, at the young age of 33. Lisa decided to raise money “UNDER A STORMY SKY” BY ROYSTON ARTIST LISA STANWAY for Macmillan Nurses by way of thanks and appreciation for their work. Lisa said, “I’ve always enjoyed all sorts of arts and crafts, but with bringing up three young children, there is not much time for painting. After many years, I have recently started oil painting again”. The original oil painting, titled “Under a Stormy Sky”, has been framed and ready to hang. Mrs Stanway hopes to raise as much as possible by auctioning it on the eBay website for ten days in April. Lisa added, “Every single penny raised will go directly to Macmillan as they do such a fantastic job”. Interested buyers can make bids via ebay - search for “Under a Stormy Sky” from Friday 4th April , with the auction ending at 6pm on Sunday 13th April.

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not quite. Make a list of what needs doing (this may be rather time-consuming, but will be worth it in the end) and allocate some time for each chore. Then dig out appropriate clothing. What to wear will depend on the task at hand, but should include an old shirt and trousers, and could also mean rubber gloves, sturdy shoes, an apron and a dust mask or safety goggles. Next, assemble your equipment – from brooms and scrubbing brushes to buckets and cloths. Having it ready beforehand will save time and effort later. Lastly, find the cleaning products you’ll require, including an all-purpose household cleaner, washing-up liquid, furniture polish, nonchlorine bleach, anti-mildew tile and bath cleaner and window cleaner. Store them in a heavy-duty caddy with a handle. At last you’re ready, so refer back to your list of what needs doing – you’ll see it divides into five main areas: vacuuming, dusting, mopping/ scrubbing, washing and wiping, and polishing as well as room specific tasks, such as turning mattresses, spot-cleaning upholstery, cleaning the oven, defrosting the fridge, descaling the shower head and beating rugs. You could also sort out those less frequently required jobs such as steam-cleaning the carpets or having the chimney swept. Before you embark, bear in mind the basic principles of cleaning: work from top to bottom (dust the light fitting before polishing the table beneath) and tackle dry before wet (vacuum before mopping, obviously). Try to be organised, whether you work one room at a time or one task at a time. With a little forethought, preparation and organisation, spring cleaning can be a rewarding activity that will restore your home to its rightful place as a peaceful haven that is well-kept, tidy and gleamingly, squeaky clean.


• Polish chrome taps with vinegar, a little baking soda on a damp cloth or a gentle rub of white toothpaste • To dust carved wooden furniture, put a dab of furniture cream on a damp cloth, and hold it over the bristles of a soft toothbrush – you will be able to work your way into all the cracks and crevices • De-grease a vinyl floor (under the oven, for example) by rubbing with a halved lemon, then mop with an all-purpose cleaner • Spot-clean upholstery by gently rubbing in a little foamy shaving cream and removing with a clean, damp cloth • Beat a rug by hanging it over a washing line and using a tennis racket

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Studlands Rise have been very busy recently! For two weeks in March the children (and parents!) have been cycling and scooting to school everyday as part of the Big Pedal competition, organised by the Sustrans charity. The school came overall 50th place out of the 150 small schools that took part, averaging 60% of pupils cycling/scooting everyday. They were 5th in the East of England region and the top scoring Hertfordshire school. The children also dressed up as a favourite book character for World Book Day. The school has recently spent a substantial amount of money redeveloping their reading scheme and the children are loving the new books. On Friday 14th March the Mayor joined in the fun by arriving at school on his scooter and presenting the children with a special certificate in celebration of their efforts. Alison Doke, Headteacher, Studlands Rise First School

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As part of their AS level course the Biology students visited Shepreth Wildlife Park to learn about the role that zoos have in conserving endangered species of animals. The students were given a very informative talk about conservation and had a chance to handle some of the animals from the zoo - there were snakes, African land snails, millipedes, some skunks to name but a few. They then had an opportunity to have a look around the park and see first-hand the role that zoos have in preserving species of animals.

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Come along to Kumon’s Maths and English Assessment Event on Monday 7 April to find out what your child can achieve The Kumon Maths and English Programmes have been helping children of all ages and abilities across the world study beyond their school level for 60Across years. theThe globe, the Kumon Maths programmes enable children toand develop their mmes advance English Progra studen ts beyond their school level. study skills and confidently tackle advanced work. English Assessment Event With findings, such as thoseMaths in theand recent PISA report, continuously telling us that literacy Royston Study Centre 01763 248562 and numeracy skills in the UK and Ireland are falling behind be, the Kumon Monday 7 April 2.00pm - 4.00pmAcross the glo the rest of the world, perhaps it is time to find out what our lish Programmes adva and Eng Catholic Church Hall, beyond their school ts den and stu world-class education programmes offer your child Melbourn can Road, Royston SG8 7DB buck this national trend. Call now to book your place. essm Maths and English Ass Come along to a Kumon Maths and English Assessment kumon.c Centre 01763 248562 y Event at the Kumon Royston Study Centre on Monday 7Stud April Royston pm and let us tell you what skills your child currently has, and 7 April 2.00pm - 4.00 Monday which ones we can help them develop. Catholic Church Hall, SG8 7DB ourn Road, Royston Through daily study of the Kumon programmes, Melb your place. Call now to book your child will develop the independent learning skills to learn for themselves, so they do not become dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others. Your child will then be able to apply these skills to all subjects and outside of school too. The Kumon Maths and English Assessment Event will take place at the Catholic Church Hall, Melbourn Road, Royston. To register your attendance at this event contact Sally McMeekin on 01763 248 562 or email

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Royston Time Bank need a Garden Team Leader – you don’t have to be an expert but just have the enthusiasm to lead a team and help local residents who are unable to look after their gardens and get them back in to a manageable state. Melbourn Fete and Music on the Moor are looking for help with their annual fete over the last weekend in June Tasks - Fri : helping to set-up the bar, BBQ marquees and fittings; Sat helping bands, attractions and stalls set-up / clear away; manning the gates; serving behind the bar; cooking and serving, Sun: Clearing up Motor Neurone Disease Association would welcome Association Visitors to act as the main contact for local people living with MND (and also their family and carer) on behalf of the Association and keep in regular contact offering confidential emotional support, and accurate information. Please ring 01763 243020 or email or visit

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In the garden... April Top tips and ideas to improve your garden! Spring has arrived in the garden, in this new feature I will be suggesting ways to make improvements to your outdoor spaces to make them more enjoyable.

1. Harmony of materials

When planning any hard landscaping, for example patios, walls or gravelled areas, it is important when selecting the stone that you consider others used in the area. I recommend using similar colours to the bricks on your house or existing walls.

2. Gradual Reveal

However large or small, the best gardens offer a sense of experience as the garden reveals itself. This can be achieved using a well-positioned larger shrub, section of hedging, willow fencing, wood structures or a rendered wall with windows to show there is more to discover and explore beyond!

3. All year round interest

Now is the time to be capturing the growing season. When planning new planting try to include plants that will offer all year round interest. There are many good evergreen choices such as box and yew that will give good structure throughout the seasons and I recommend starting with these. Then arrange other deciduous shrubs and flowers to provide contrast, colour and variation.

4. Scent

Scent is a very important way in which we connect with the garden. Consider where to best position scented plants for maximum enjoyment. Lavender and Rosemary work well close to a path where they can be brushed passed. Roses and honey suckles are great for pergolas and arches or trained around an entrance to a door. Jasmine provides a beautiful scent ideal for relaxing warm sunny evenings. Scent is very objective so choose plants that you will never tire of smelling especially when it is growing by your patio.

5. Vertical interest

Every garden needs vertical interest. This could be achieved using a pergola or arch with climbing plants or a modern structure providing a more dramatic effect. Alternatively and more simply vertical interest can be achieved by training plants such as Wisteria or climbing roses up existing structures such as walls and fences. Where space will allow a suitable tree choice will give years of enjoyment. Go for it! Start with little changes, it can make all the difference to your enjoyment of the garden! Richard Arnott / gardendesignsolutions / Garden Design & Build

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A visit to any nursery or garden centre at this time of year will reveal a brilliant array of herbaceous perennials. Right now they might be small and not look particularly enticing but just take a look at the illustration on the label and you will see that these small plants have great potential. They’re also great value, usually somewhere around the £1.50£2.50 mark. It’s essential that newly planted perennials are given that little bit of extra tender loving care. Small plants such as these are more likely to be prone to any weather extremes and even plants in larger pots should be well established. When you ease the plants out of their pots, if you see a really plentiful supply of roots that usually means you have purchased a good plant. Check the plant labels to see the ultimate spread of the plant. For the best effect you generally want to grow several individuals of the same species and I suggest you choose an odd number, perhaps three, or five for a much larger garden, as this invariably makes a better display than if even numbers of plants are used. It may be tempting to plant too close

and although this will provide a better looking display initially, over-crowded plants are less likely to become well established, will have to be moved in the near future and in the meantime will be more prone to numerous diseases. It’s also essential to plant at the correct depth. With herbaceous perennials you need to make sure that you place the plant in the ground to the same depth that it was in the container and although you may decide to mulch the soil afterwards, do remember not to mulch right up to or over the crown of the plant, as this is likely to lead to poor growth and maybe even dieback. Weed control is essential and you can either hoe regularly between the plants to prevent the weeds causing competition or you can use a deep mulch or perhaps even place squares of landscape fabric or black polythene around each plant. Do remember however, if you use polythene, rain will not be able to penetrate through it and so the plants are more likely to suffer from drought. With landscape fabric this is not a problem. I’m a great fan of copperimpregnated and coated fabrics as

these help to keep weeds and slugs and snails at bay. Once you have dug over the whole bed, then it’s well worthwhile adding a general fertilizer. If you notice that the soil is on the heavy side, I suggest incorporating plenty of bulky organic matter and grit. Similarly, if the soil is excessively dry, then you could try to improve its texture by incorporating large quantities of any good bulky organic matter. Once the plants are in position, firm the soil thoroughly and do take care not to compact it if it’s on the heavy side. Regular watering is essential and if the ground is not already quite moist, you should water the plants in well. Check them regularly for signs of any pests or diseases as it will be much easier to stop something in its tracks if you start to take action early on in the season.

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