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Royston Edition January 2018 Issue 17

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wallpapers and trimmings. Visit Royston’s only soft furnishings showroom for a vast choice of fabrics, blinds, trimmings, wallpapers and poles, along with a friendly and personal service offering help and advice on all aspects of your decoration requirements. We are also able to offer a full Interior Design service, in association with our Cambridge based partner company ANGEL + BLUME. Our large workroom is also on site, where we make up all goods for all our customer orders. With our vast experience and commitment to quality, we provide top quality products at realistic prices.

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The festive season is over, it’s time for the decorations to be packed away and for everyone to go back to work and school. But there is one seasonal treat still to come (oh yes there is) - pantomime! Read about what local groups have in store for us inside.

Next Deadline Monday 15th January

It’s also the time of year that we traditionally think about new starts, resolutions and new hobbies and this issue is full of ideas of things to do whether you have improved fitness in mind, a boost to your business or ways to use your free time better. Although the weather remains cold we can look forward to crisp clear days of winter sunshine and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about and enjoy our wonderful countryside. If you are looking for something a little different have a look at our ‘A Little Further Afield’ article on a short sculpture walk in Broxbourne Woods. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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Out & About It’s Time for a pantomime Or three! It’s that time of year again where drama groups across the country brush the dust off of their costumes and step back onto the stage for their annual pantomimes. This is certainly the case for local drama group, CADS, who are gearing up ready to perform their current production of Mother Goose. Alison Bass, Director, says “Rehearsals are going extremely well and the cast and crew are working very hard to ensure that another fantastic pantomime is brought to the Royston audiences in January.” The pantomime, written by TLC Creative, will be crammed full of all the usual family favourites: a goodie, a baddie, and a Dame. Not forgetting the unusual

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addition of a pantomime goose! Tickets can be bought online through the CADS website at uk, or by calling 07925 674 967. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 for seniors and children. Mother Goose, Meridian School, Royston, Friday 19th January, 7.30pm Saturday 20th January, 2pm & 7.30pm Friday 26th January, 7.30pm Saturday 27th, 2pm & 7.30pm Ashwell Theatre Club will present ‘Sleeping Beauty, at Ashwell Village Hall at the end of January. This classic pantomime is written by Reece Sibbald and tickets are on sale at £10 for adults and £8 for concessions.

Friday 26th January, 8pm Saturday 27th January, 3.30pm & 8pm And coming up in February The Barkway Players also have a new and original production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. A medieval castle, a beautiful princess, an evil and jealous old fairy - all the characters you’d expect to find in the traditional tale - plus several you probably wouldn’t! Tickets go on sale from 5th January. Sleeping Beauty, Barkway Village Hall, Friday 2nd February, 8pm Saturday 3rd February, 2pm & 8pm

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MUSEUM MUSINGS: As well as looking after objects, museums play an important role in looking after stories. We’re lucky to have access to the Royston Crow newspapers from 1855 onwards. We often come across some interesting stories in these, usually while searching for something else! A few snippets our volunteers have uncovered include royal visits – Queen Wilhelmina stopping for breakfast at the Banyers in the 1930s and the Queen Mother opening the Police Station in the 1990s. Do you remember this?

law!) these details can really bulk up a family tree. Our volunteers are also able to give names to the people who lived in buildings. Research is being carried out on the Workhouse giving a voice to the people who spent time there. Things we now take as normal but were once new fangled are reported. The Co-op on the High Street becoming a self-service store in 1960 was described as fashionable.

We’re currently gathering information about odd or intriguing events that have Sometimes we’re lucky and happened over the years. Do find lots to help with family you research. One case involved know PC Pond, a police officer in Royston in the late 1800s. We of any found articles about the cases we can he was involved with as well as details about his daughter’s look into? wedding. For those lucky enough to have notable relatives (on either side of the


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Spotlight On... Wimpole Park Run On 11th January, runners of all ages and abilities in and around Royston celebrate Wimpole Estate parkrun’s fifth birthday. The statistics for those first five years at Wimpole

are truly mind-boggling… 9,000 runners at 252 parkruns covering more than 310,000 kms – that’s nearly eight times around the earth, representing over 3.5 years of non-stop running!

parkrunners and volunteers. One of the joys of parkrun is that it’s for everyone. If you’re flagging, someone’s will say ‘come on, keep it going’ or if you’re walking up the hill someone will say ‘push on, it’s downhill at the next bit’”.

Held every Saturday at 9am, hundreds of runners (493 on one memorable occasion) of all shapes and sizes discover the delights of a healthy run / walk / bit-of-both around a 5 kms route taking in the beautiful National Trust Wimpole Estate, 8 miles north of Royston. The run is free, the only cost is parking (free to NT members) and the coffee and cake afterwards - an important part of the event.

For other regulars, the delights of Wimpole parkrun are as many and varied as the runners themselves. For Amélie Kirchgaessner it’s “the most beautiful course, the loveliest parkrun family, the yummiest sausage rolls, the best way to start the weekend”. Another parkrunner, Melody King, says “parkrun that taught me to love hills, with the friendliest volunteers and runners.” For marshal Diane Bunch, Wimpole is “the most beautiful place to volunteer, standing in a field full of cows is the best way to start your day.”

Richard Lyle was Wimpole’s first Event Director and it was he who, along with former Wimpole Estate General Manager Chris Hurcomb and a team of volunteers, got the Wimpole parkrun up and… running, back in January 2013.

Runners of all ages, some with four legs, brave the weather for the second Wimpole parkrun in January 2013

Richard is honest but encouraging about the Wimpole circuit “In spite of that [the demands of a short steep hill and running on grass] it’s very beginner-friendly, because of the support that runners get around the course from other

Above all, parkrun (yes – parkrun with a small p) is a run not a race; it’s about building a community and having fun as much as developing healthy habits. That said, all parkrunner times can be individually recorded using free barcodes (that can be used at any of the 486 weekly parkruns across the UK) so enthusiasts can measure their progress. Wimpole parkrun is for anyone and everyone, and volunteer marshals are also always welcome. Royston parkrun anyone? Not convinced? Have a read of this Wimpole parkrunner’s personal and moving account...

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Royston & District Local History Society At our last meeting a packed audience heard Joan Munden act out the story of Lillian Rolfe, who, was related to her.

Gestapo arrested her superior officer. She worked on, until she was arrested at a transmitting house in Nargis. She was taken to Fresnes Prison where she Lilian grew up in Paris, but came was interrogated and tortured to England to learn English. The but would reveal nothing. In family moved to Brazil and when August 1944 she was moved war was declared, Lilian went to Ravensbruck Concentration to work at the British Embassy Camp. Here her health in Rio de Janeiro. Lilian went deteriorated and she became to London and was recruited too ill to walk. In February 1945, into the SOE and trained as a aged just 30, she was executed. Wireless Operator. In April 1944 she was dropped in occupied France. Her duties included transmitting to London on German troop movements.

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January Screenings at the Royston Picture Palace

A Creative New Year Local artists and artisans Nursel Darroux , Tracy Stressing and Nicky Paton will be starting the new year creating a new exhibition at Curwens Gallery.

They will be exhibiting mediums from fused glass to paintings . They look forward to sharing with you their new exhibition with you! Preview Evening Thursday 18th January 6-8pm Curwens Art Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston SG8 9AA, 8th January – 8th March

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as ‘Solasta’ - who were slightly too old for the competition. Under 25s have a special ticket price of just ÂŁ2 per ticket.

The Old Bull Inn, Friday 26th January, 7pm for 8pm Š Mike Wells

From April to November last year two slots at the Folk Club’s ‘Showcase’ night on the second Friday of each month were given to a number of amazingly talented young musicians. In a close-run contest ‘The Trials of Cato’ won the first prize of ÂŁ500, narrowly ahead of Katie Spencer who won the ÂŁ250 put up by Creative Royston as the second prize. Both acts will also be rewarded with concert slots during 2018 The first concert is coming up when The Trials of Cato will play alongside three other highly talented young musicians collectively known

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Treacle Tart Hello my fellow foodies...

... and welcome to 2018 and indeed another bright and shiny New Year! I hope you have all had the most fabulous Christmas and are enjoying the New Year. I have to warn you that this month’s recipe is not for you if you have just started a New Year’s diet, but what joy is life if you can’t treat yourself to a little slice of homemade comfort occasionally? Perhaps get a balance with a long walk, the bright frosty mornings in January are beautiful, just remember to wrap up warm! Ingredients 250g Flour 75g Caster sugar 125g Butter. Straight from the fridge works best 3 Eggs from happy free running chickens! 200g breadcrumbs allow to stale slightly 600g syrup

Finely grated zest of one lemon 1+1/2 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp double cream Let’s begin by making the pastry base. Method Sieve the pastry into a large bowl. Cut up the butter into small dice and rub into the flour until they are the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Now add the sugar again using the “rubbing in” movement to work the sugar into the crumbs. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg, using your hand, work together the mixture until all the ingredients come together and form a ball. Take care not to over work the mixture as this will cause the pastry to shrink and to become tough and hard instead of the light and crispy texture we are aiming for. At this stage you should cling wrap your pastry and leave it to rest for an hour in the fridge. When you are ready, roll out the pastry to roughly 5mm thick and line a 20cm flan tin. Excess pastry can be frozen, or my personal favourite is to whip up a tray of jam tarts! Blind bake the pastry case at approximately 180°C until the

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.” Robert Burns


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pastry is cooked but still pale in colour. In a saucepan gently warm the syrup. Doing this will not only make it thinner and more manageable but also the warmer temperature will help infuse the flavours from the lemon zest more readily. So while the syrup is warm, add the lemon zest, the bread crumbs, the lemon juice, 2 eggs and the double cream. Stir all the ingredients together well and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Now pour the breadcrumb mixture on to the pastry and bake at approximately 150°c for 40 minutes until the tart is cooked through and the top is an even golden brown colour. Leave to cool off slightly before cutting, dusting with icing sugar and serving with lashings of cream or custard or ice cream... whatever takes your fancy! For those times when you feel like experimenting, you could add some chopped stemmed

ginger and a healthy measure of ginger wine or orange based liquor to the breadcrumb mixture before cooking. Perhaps a more “child friendly” version could include dark chocolate chips or cocoa and the finely grated zest of an orange or two. White chocolate chips paired with freeze dried raspberry pieces are also a delicious combination. A handful of chopped pecan or pistachio nuts, swirled through, would give an interesting texture. I’d love to hear your favourite flavour combinations. Until next time my fellow foodies...

Tallulah Le Fey x

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Cosy Nights In With Beer & Food It’s January, it’s cold and it gets darker early. So, at this time of year there are few things more welcome than a cosy night in. Wholesome food, good telly to relax in front of and, of course, the right drink - that’s where beer comes in.

Beer is your perfect partner for snug evenings at home. Imagine, you’ve lovingly cooked a steak pie, what better way to bring out the best in it than with a sturdy bitter. Bitters possess just the right flavour intensity to match the rich, dense flavours of a pie. They’re often well balanced between malt sweetness and hop

bitterness, perhaps leaning more heavily on the former. The caramel taste will pick out the sweetness in the meat and the pastry and complement it beautifully. There’s also enough carbonation in the bottled version of these beers to cut through the texture of the pie and refresh the palate. Some to look out for: Fuller’s ESB, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Adnams Southwold and Marston’s Pedigree. A comforting fish pie is fresh out of the oven and you’re ready to tuck in. There’s only one drink that can marry perfectly with all those fishy flavours - beer is best! Here you have a couple of options, both of which match the intensity of a fish pie: lager and wheat beer. Lagers are crisp, clean and offer a bready sweetness and some subtle citrus which are going to complement the fish very well. They’re also well carbonated so they’re great palate cleansers. Look

out for Mahou, Pravha and Five Points Pils. Wheat beers are light, spritzy and fruity so also do a superb job of complementing the fish and refreshing the mouth in between bites, but they have a creamy mouthfeel which melds well with the creaminess of the pie. If you want something easy and hassle-free it doesn’t come much simpler than cheese on toast. Here a pale ale makes a perfect cheesy partner. Classic English pales like Timothy Taylor’s Landlord have a subtle caramel sweetness and fruity tang from the hops. Both characteristics are going to spike some fruity sweetness in the cheese and really lift the flavour. American pale ales also work wondrously well and the flavour intensity is often turned up a notch or two. Try Lagunitas IPA, Goose Island IPA or Thornbridge Jaipur. For ultimate ease on a cosy

night-in there’s nothing quite like a takeaway, particularly an Indian curry. For the perfect beer match focus on the intensity of the heat in your chosen dish. If you like a mild curry, pale ales and IPAs are great and will add some depth of flavour. If you prefer a medium spiced dish a bitter is a good option, where the beer will temper the heat and bring out the sweetness in the food. Or if you like the heat turned all the way up, reach for a temperature dampening wheat beer and then put your feet up.

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Russell’s Outside Catering & Davey’s Butchers Russell’s Outside Catering & Davey’s Butchers

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Fantastic BBQ’s, Spit Roast Hog, Spring Lamb or a Baron of Beef, Slow Roast pulled Pork & Brisket Carvery, Curry Nights, Jacket Potatoes & Fillings

Burns Night In Reed Join us in Reed Village Hall for Burns Night, Reed Village Hall, the annual celebration of the Friday 26th January, 7.30pm haggis on Friday 26th January For tickets contact Hazel: at 7.30pm. 01763 848349 Enjoy either a traditional . haggis or sausages with neeps and a super selection of Scottish desserts. A licensed bar will be available plus a raffle. Just £15 for adults and £7.50 for children under ten.

pulled Pork & Brisket Carvery, Curry nights, Jacket Potatoes & fillings

Markets in January

Orwell Pannier Market

Sandon Farmers’ Market

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market

Herts Country Market

1st Saturday monthly, Sat 6th January 10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 6th January 9am - 12pm, Linton Village College

Fowlmere Farmers Market

2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 13th January 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 27th January 9.30am - 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston

Outdoor Market

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

Love 80’s funk & soul? Local business man David Knight is hosting a 80’s Soul & Funk Charity night to raise funds for Make a Wish and the Under nines Royston Football Club team. David’s events are very popular and this evening promises to be no exception as master of 80s soul and funk DJ Simon Robertson will preside. There will even be an hour of soulful house music with two stage dancers for the real movers and shakers out there!

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships operates the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to some of the world’s poorest countries. This “floating hospital” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and a variety of other conditions. However, this healthcare costs money and Mercy Ships use their funds to perform the surgeries and run the ship, so volunteers are asked to raise their own funds

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Tickets will be £12 which includes a strip of raffle tickets for great prizes. There will also be a prize for best 80’s themed fancy dress.

Tickets from the Football Club or text David on 07944 912198 80’s Soul and Funk Charity evening, Royston Town Football Club, Saturday 3rd February, 7pm

to support their service with the organisation. We have been given an opportunity to be part of this amazing team of volunteers. We will be on the ship, the Africa Mercy, for two weeks from the 15th April 2018. We have organised two fantastic fundraising events for this great cause and hope that you will support us.

Contact Holly on 07986 430476 or Sandrine 07947 123341

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Broxbourne Wood Sculpture walk What can be nicer on a crisp winter’s day than a walk in beautiful woodland? A visit to Broxbourne Wood boasts the added advantage of a sculpture trail! This easy 1km circuit makes it suitable for little ones and, if the route is followed anti-clockwise it is accessible to wheelchair users.

walk around, including areas of pine, planted to produce fast growing timber, areas of young native trees that are gradually being encouraged to replace the pine and return the wood to its natural character and areas of coppiced hornbeam. Coppicing is where trees are grown as a crop and harvested every 20 years or so. The stumps of the trees then grow again to yield another crop 20 years later. Today this kind of work is done by volunteers to help preserve the special habitat for the plants and animals that live here. Look out for the ‘deer baskets’ built by volunteers to help protect the new hornbeam shoots from browsing deer. There are also open areas, kept in check by livestock grazing. Letting the sunlight in encourages all sorts of wildlife including butterflies like the White Admiral and reptiles like the Common Lizard. Wetter areas and ponds are enjoyed particularly by birds, newts and also Grass Snakes.

Broxbourne Wood is owned and managed by Hertfordshire County Council, one of four woodlands that make up Hertfordshire’s only National Nature Reserve (NNR). NNRs are nationally important for wildlife. You will see a variety of habitats on your

During your walk you will encounter eight fantastic sculptures. Look out for the Roman Soldier standing guard close to Ermine Street, an ancient Roman road built to link London to York. The Wild Boar may not be as pretty as the domestic pig but the sculpture is handsome enough. These beasts once roamed our

woodlands grubbing around for acorns and other tasty nibbles. Boar would have been hunted and later farmed for it’s pork-like meat. All of the sculptures are carved by Dan Cordell and you can see more of his work on his website For more information, a copy of the walkers guide or to download an audio guide to the trail visit the Countryside Management Service website - uk/cms and click on “places to visit�. 5 minutes from Royston by car FREE Activity Parking available at Broxbourne Wood East and West Car Parks (EN10 7QP)

Parent’s Tips & Tricks

bumpkins toddler Tips Get Creative!

How can you encourage your children to develop creativity? Encourage their interests and play styles Children make sense of the world by acting out familiar scenes around them. Encourage such play, whatever your child’s play style or interest, as it’s an important part of learning.



Let them explore the world around them Children explore with their senses. From 40-60months your child begins to experiment with materials to create different textures and understands that different media can be combined to create new effects. Try offering interesting materials to explore, such as sand, water, cornflour or crinkly paper. Adding scented flavouring into paint or playdough will extend their sensory play, or adding glitter or sand to paint will create different textures and affects.


Make sure you give lots of praise and reassurance to encourage them to keep creating!



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What’s On... New Year’s Day Guided Walk

Mon 1st Jan, 11am – 1pm Coton Countryside Reserve, Grantchester Rd CB23 7PZ As a perfect antidote to the festivities, why not welcome in the New Year by joining the CambridgePPF team for a revitalising, social walk through Coton Reserve? Meet outside the village pub, The Plough, at 11am:

Wandlebury Adventurers Club

Every Mon, 6-8pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Looking for adventure? Prepare your kids for some active outdoor fun as we once again host five sessions of 2 hours of excitement at Wandlebury Park. A great opportunity for children to learn and practice new skills, make friends and develop teamwork, gain confidence and take responsibility for themselves, the group and the environment.


BNI: The Force Chapter

Every Wed 3rd Jan, 6.30am The Heath Baldock Rd, Royston, SG8 5BG A business and professional networking organisation whose primary purpose is to exchange qualified business referrals. One person per profession to join a chapter. So once you’ve joined, none of your competitors can participate.

Reiki and Holistic Therapies Fri 5th Jan, 9am – 5pm The Royston Cave, Katherine’s Yard, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ With Harmony healing with Jane, Every Friday, Other appointments on request.


Coffee and Connect

Fri 5th Jan, 10.30am – 11.30am The Jolly Postie, 2 Baldock St, Royston SG8 5AY An informal business networking event in the centre of Royston. Free to all members of the Royston Chamber of Commerce and £2.50 for non-members.

Adult Park Run

Every Sat 9am Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW

Stage Right Open Day

Sat 6th Jan 11am-3pm Stage Right, Lumen Road, SG8 7AG Celebrating 20 years of Stage Right dance school, come and see our studios.

Junior Park Run at Wimpole Estate

Sun 7th Jan, 10am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed event for 4 – 14 year olds.


Business Babble Royston

Every Wed & Sat Jan, 8am Royston Corn Exchange, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JR

Mon 8th Jan, 7.30-10pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Approachable hands on supportive group for women who run (or are setting up) their own business.

Outdoor Market

Baldock Network Group

Herts Country Market


Every Wed & Sat Jan, 8am – 2pm Royston Market Square, Market Hill, Royston SG8

The Life & Works of Ernest Herbert Whydale

Every Wed, Thurs & Sat until the 13th 10am – 4.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Royston Museum is proud to hold a significant collection of works by local artist E.H. Whydale, who during his career exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy. This exhibition charts Whydale’s life and career, and his close connections with Royston and its surrounding district. Find out more:

Royston Business Network Every Thurs, 7.30am – 9am The Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers.


Healthy Walking

Every Thurs, 10am – 11am Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Keep fit and greet the changing of the season by joining our healthy walkers this September for one of our Walking for Health accredited sociable walks around the park. Meet at the Stable Rooms at 10am for a longer walk or 10.30am for a shorter stroll. The walks end at around 11am with tea and coffee in the Stable Rooms. All are welcome, suitable for all different abilities.

Mackays of Cambridge

Thurs 4th Jan , 8 - 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Duncan Mackay will be giving an illustrated talk about the old established company ‘Mackays of Cambridge’. Visitors welcome £2. For more information contact David Allard: 01763 242677

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Tue 9th Jan, 7am The George Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL, A great opportunity to meet up, exchange ideas and promote your business as well as enjoy yourselves. Breakfast is included.

WEA Enrolment for Spring Term

Tue 9th Jan, 10am – 11am Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA The Post War world 1945-c1973. 10 week course £54. For more information:

Adult Craft Workshop: Lino Printing

Tue 9th Jan, 10.30am – 4pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Liz Beardwell printing workshop using the original. Crow printing press to produce your own unique lino cuts. For more information visit:

Drawing Workshop

Tue 9th Jan, 10.30am – 11.30am Royston Museum 5 King St SG8 5AL Improve your drawing skills with expert tips and guidance. Draw wonderful objects from the Museum’s collections. Led by local artist Susan Sanders. For more information visit:

Hedge Laying at Coton Countryside Reserve

Wed 10th Jan, 10am – 3pm Coton Countryside Reserve, Coton Reserve Grantchester Rd CB23 7PZ Enjoy learning this ancient practice of partially cutting through stems, laying and weaving them together to produce a thick living barrier and wildlife ‘corridor’. Precision and patience is required while crouching in prickly bushes – but satisfaction is guaranteed! Wear warm, waterproof clothing and tough shoes, and bring a packed lunch and drink. For more information visit:

Reiki and Holistic Therapies

Reiki and Holistic Therapies

Keeping Cambridge Special: Cambridge’s Spaces & Streets

Toddler Music and Dance

Fri 12th Jan, 9am – 5pm The Royston Cave, Katherine’s Yard, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ With Harmony healing with Jane, Every Friday, Other appointments on request For more information visit www.

Sat 13th Jan, 9am – 1pm Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Rd, Cambridge CB3 0WA Come and tell us how Cambridge can address the challenge of having more people moving around the city, in ways that enhance the quality of life and preserve the city’s heritage. Visit:

Letchworth Sinfonia New Year Concert

Sat 13th Jan, 7.30-10pm Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way S, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1NX The concert on Saturday 13th January will feature 4 pieces, including Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for solo cello and orchestra (featuring Veronica Henderson), Haydn’s Symphony no.99, Mozart’s ‘Titus’ Overture, and the Richard Strauss Serenade for wind instruments

Junior Park Run at Wimpole Estate

Sun 14th Jan, 10am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed event for 4 – 14 year olds.

Orienteering for All

Sun 14th Jan, 11am – 3pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Orienteering is a great way to get backto-basics and enjoy the outdoors without the need for smartphones and GPS, and you’ll get exercise without even realising it! For more information visit:www.

Fri 19th Jan, 9am – 5pm The Royston Cave Katherine’s Yard, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ With Harmony healing with Jane, Every Friday, Other appointments on request For more information visit

Fri 19th Jan, 10.30am – 11.30am Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a toddler music and dance workshop themed around the museum’s collections. Free Admission, but spaces limited so please book in advance. For more information visit:

Adult Movement Class

Fri 19th Jan, 11.45am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a dance and movement workshop for the over 50s. These fun dance sessions are suitable for anyone all abilities are welcome and no previous experience necessary. Suggested donation £3 per person. Booking in advance essential. For more information visit:

CADS - Mother Goose

Fri 19th Jan, 7.30-10.30pm Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Join CADS as they put on the performance of Mother Goose. For more information visit:

Historical Crafty Kids: Prehistory

Sat 20th Jan, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Crafty activities & trail around the museum. To find out more visit: www.

Winter Tree Identification

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Sat 20th Jan , 14pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Join the CambridgePPF team for this fascinating workshop for adults in the beautiful winter scenery of the Country Park. Visit: for more.

WEA- The Post War world 1945-c1973

CADS- Mother Goose

Choir Open Rehearsal

Junior Park Run at Wimpole Estate

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Tue 16th Jan, 10am – 11.30am Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA A 10 week course exploring the events that shaped the modern world. For more information visit: Tue 16th Jan, 7.45-9.45pm Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Thinking of joining a choir?. You are invited to Royston Choral Society’s open rehearsal. Don’t worry - you will not be asked to sing on your own!

Forward Planning Consultation Meeting

Wed 17th Jan, 10am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Join us for a consultation meeting and focus group sessions, to help us update our forward plan for improving and developing the Museum. Free Admission, refreshments and buffet lunch provided. For more information contact:

Royston Business Breakfast Club


Thur 18th Jan, 7.30am An informal business breakfast networking event. Various locations, Royston area

Sat 20th Jan , 7.3010.30pm Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Join CADS as they put on the performance of Mother Goose. For more information visit:

Sun 21st Jan , 10am Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed event for 4 – 14 year olds.

Vintage Market

Sun 21st Jan , 10am – 4pm Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Ln, Cambridge CB22 4NE Vintage, Curios, Clothing, Jewellery and more! Contact for more:


Baldock Network Group

Tue 23rd Jan , 7am The George, Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL, A great opportunity to meet up, exchange ideas and promote your business as well as enjoy yourselves. Breakfast is included.

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Family Friendly Events

Coppicing Woodland at Wandlebury

Wed 24th Jan , 10am – 3pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Join this volunteer work party to help us care for the park and its wildlife. For more information:

Visual Magic in Musicals

Thu 25th Jan , 10.30am – 12.30pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB Visual magic in musicals is the theme of a special talk at The Settlement on January 25th when tutor Christopher Budd talks about the pioneering techniques used in the heyday of silver screen legends like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.

Ashwell Theatre Club Sleeping Beauty

Thu 25th Jan , 8-11pm Ashwell Village Hall, 20 W End, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5PJ Ashwell Theatre Club are proud to present Sleeping Beauty Adult tickets: £10, Concessions: £8 For more information visit:


Friday Fizz

Fri 26th Jan, 5.30-7.30pm The Banyers House,16 Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ Buy a drink and enjoy an after work catch up.

Reiki and Holistic Therapies Fri 26th Jan , 9am – 5pm The Royston Cave, Katherine’s Yard, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ With Harmony healing with Jane, Every Friday, Other appointments on request

Burns Night

Fri 26th Jan , 7.30-10.30pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, Reed, Royston SG8 8AX Join us in Reed Village Hall for the annual celebration of the haggis on Friday 26th January at 7.30pm. Enjoy either a traditional Haggis or sausages with neeps and a super selection of Scottish desserts. A licenced bar will be available plus a raffle. Just £15 for adults and £7.50 for children under 10.

The Trials of Cato

Fri 26th Jan, 7pm for 8pm The Old Bull Inn , 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Award winning young Folk musicians

CADS - Mother Goose

Fri 26th Jan , 7.30-10.30pm Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Join CADS as they put on the performance of Mother Goose. For more information visit:

Ashwell Theatre Club Sleeping Beauty

Fri 26th Jan , 8-11pm Ashwell Village Hall, 20 W End, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5PJ Ashwell Theatre Club are proud to present Sleeping Beauty. Adult tickets: £10, Concessions: £8 For more information visit:

Friends Book Sale

Sat 27th Jan , 10am – 4.45pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Bag a bargain book! Monthly book sale run by the Friends of Royston Museum. Last Saturday of every month. Free admission:

Three Generations make Music Great fun was had by everyone at Mary Barfield House before Christmas as young families made a musical visit to the care home for the elderly in Royston. Care manager Rosie Jeffries was delighted to see so much interaction between young and old. She said ‘It lifted our spirits to have three generations playing together in our lounge and we are still talking about it.’ Linda Bance who runs music sessions in Royston said ‘seeing the babies and

children singing, moving and playing whilst the residents joined in and moved to the music was heart warming. So many precious moments came forth and made us realise just what a universal language for well being music really is’. We are really hoping that we can continue this work in the new year. More information about this or the music making session run in the town then get in touch with Linda at

Mosaic Art Taster Session

Sat 27th Jan , 10am – 1pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB No previous experience is necessary and students will make different shapes that can be hung as decorations or mounted in a frame. Visit: www. for more

Mercy Ships Race Night

Sat 27th Jan , 710pm Royston Bowling Club, 47 Green Drift, Royston SG8 5BX “Mercy Ships operates the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to some of the world’s poorest countries. This “floating hospital” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumors, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and a variety of other conditions. Holly: 07986 430476

CADS - Mother Goose

Sat 27th Jan , 7.30-10.30pm Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Join CADS as they put on the performance of Mother Goose.

Ashwell Theatre Club Sleeping Beauty

Sat 27th Jan , 8-11pm Ashwell Village Hall, 20 W End, SG7 5PJ Ashwell Theatre Club are proud to present Sleeping Beauty Adult tickets: £10, Concessions: £8

Junior Park Run at Wimpole Estate

Toddler Music and Dance

Mon 29th Jan , 10.30am – 11.30am Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a toddler music and dance workshop themed around the museum’s collections. Free Admission, but spaces limited so please book in advance. For more information visit:

Adult Movement class

Mon 29th Jan , 11.45am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a dance and movement workshop for the over 50s. These fun dance sessions are suitable for anyone all abilities are welcome and no previous experience necessary. Suggested donation £3 per person. Booking in advance essential. For more information visit:

Home Start Training Course Starts 30th Jan 9.30am -2.30pm 9 session Tuesdays & Wednesdays

A10 Campaign AGM

Wed 31st Jan , 7.30pm Sartourius Stedim, York Way, Royston SG8 5WY Everyone will be very welcome. For further details visit our web site at


Sun 28th Jan , 10am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed event for 4 – 14 year olds.

rOYSTON PICTURE PALACE SUCCESS! Royston Picture Palace exceeded all expectations in 2017 when they reached their annual ticket sales target of 10,000 visitors at the end of October, a full two months ahead of schedule. Royston Picture Palace is based in Royston Town Hall and shows a mix of films every Friday and Saturday evening, plus artful Thoughtful Thursday films every month. The sell-out success of Loving Vincent in November means this film is coming back to our screens in February, so do not miss it! Also coming up in the New Year is the much anticipated Paddington 2, Battle of the Sexes and Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visit www. for full film listings and online booking | 01763 287 1801 The Listing Royston January15 15

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Think Garden, Think Richard Garden Focus... Plan for the Year Ahead Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott Happy new year! In my series of articles for 2018, designing with plants, I am going to be discussing how best to bring a garden to life with planting. I aim to get you thinking differently about how to use plants, we are very colour obsessive but there are other elements that a plant can offer a space long after the flowers have faded. This month I want to explore winter silhouettes and stems.

have mound forming habits such as Hebe, Lavender or Choisya, whilst others grow horizontally like Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ or Viburnum plicatum ‘Lanarth’. When the leaves have vanished from deciduous shrubs a striking plant form will offer real interest to the winter months! Transparency that allows the light to shine through a plant can offer a lovely effect at this time of year. Many shrubs can have a dense habit, especially if left unpruned. I love to use multi stem trees such as Amelanchier lamarkii, Prunus serrula or Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’. These type of trees have become very popular as they allow clients to have vertical interest without taking up too much space. The old adage “right plant, right place” is so true for tree selection. The Japanese Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ has great garden worthiness because it looks good through spring, summer, autumn and winter. Many of my clients are impatient gardeners which allows me the luxury of planting semi mature plants, but more often than not if the soil preparation is good smaller plants soon catch up.

Striking plant forms can make a big impact in your planting design during the winter months. When I design a planting scheme I like to develop a plant palette which is based on plant worthiness over multiple seasons of interest and plant form is important too. Try to think of the shape that a plant makes if you view it in black and white. Some plants

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Pretty silhouettes with the low winter sunshine always lift my spirits on a cold, sunny, winter day. Hardy perennials with strong stems and seed heads look especially pretty blended with grasses and carefully chosen shrubs. The modern trend is to use smaller shrubs that can be clipped to maintain their form to contrast with the more naturalistic perennial and grass forms. I like to use shrubs such as Sarcococca digyna, Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’, Photinia ‘Little Red Robin’ or box balls. The mound form contrasted with the vertical works well to extend season. I like to have a good ratio of evergreen shrubs in my mixed borders to keep the interest but the great thing about working with plants is that the picture is always changing. So when the lush growth of hardy perennials and grasses takes off in the spring the shrubbery recedes ready to be revealed again in the colder months. Stem habit should be considered too when choosing a plant palette for a new planting scheme. We talked about the horizontal form of Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’, but why not consider contorted growth too. The cork screw hazel Corylus

avellana ‘Contorta’ not only has pretty, twisted, curly growth but has lovely yellow catkins in February. This shrub would make a good focal point in a border or could be used either side of a path to frame the transition from one area of the garden into another. Stem texture and colour form an integral part of a winter based plant palette. We have discussed plant form and growth habit but bark texture and colour are interesting too. Most keen gardeners will be familiar with the use of dog woods in the garden, but why not use them alongside evergreen mounding forms in the mixed border. Acer griseum is a lovely smaller tree with pretty peeling bark. This could be happily used as a vertical accent in a mixed border too. For more in depth plant advice or garden design help please get in touch.

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Open Rehearsal Thinking of joining a choir?. You are invited to Royston Choral Society’s open rehearsal. Don’t worry - you will not be asked to sing on your own!

Open Rehearsal, Royston Parish Church, Tuesday 16th January, 7.5-9.5pm

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Get Royston Riddling Cracked Voices is working to write riddles with the First Schools in Royston and the villages. This is in spirit of International Puzzle Day (29 Jan). Everyone loves a riddle! Visit the blog at the end of the month to read the schools’ riddles.

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2017 in Pictures January - CADS Panto Red Riding Hood

May - Barkway Market

September - Royston Arts Festival

October - Royston Pirate Trail

February - Royston Baby Show

June - Royston in Blue

March - Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

July - Royston Town Centre Music Trail

November - Remembrance Sunday

August - Tiger Day at Shepreth

December - St John’s Christmas Tree

April - Pasque Flowers on the Heath


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My Local Life Jane wallington

babies there. Owners Christina and Pip are just lovely!

Jane is a busy mum, with many hats‌ Midweek you’ll find her at marketing agency, CB Media in town, and at any other time, you may find her either teaching her Hypnobirthing antenatal classes, or at a birth, as a doula. She also founded Royston Rounders Club in 2010. Where do you live?

What is your guilty pleasure? Having a whole pack of biscuits with a cup of tea (easily done). What was the last ďŹ lm you watched? I rarely have the chance to watch films, but funnily enough the last one I actually sat down to watch was ‘Bridesmaids’ with a client, whilst she was in labour!


What makes you happy?

What’s your favourite local place to eat?

Ooo tons of things. My family and the families I support, my friends and my ‘jobs’.

We’re lucky for choice in Royston and the surrounding area. I think I would have to say The Jolly Postie, as it’s a fantastic place to eat for all the family, with lots of choice and a favourite of my daughters’ too! Our girls do not know that we are eating there on Christmas Day It’s also where I met my husband, 16 years ago!! Your favourite Local Shop? Glazed Creations. We are so lucky to have a creative studio like this in Royston. I often buy vouchers for clients and hold printing events for parents and

What annoys you? Sales calls. Surely they annoy everyone, right? What is your favourite book? Men, Love & Birth by male midwife, Mark Harris, who I know and have huge respect for. Written for men, but a mustread for all. It’s so interesting! What do you love about your work? With all my ‘jobs’, it’s the people. And whether I’m working with my couples

in Breeze Birthing or businesses at C4B Media, I love to empower them and give them the education and tools that they need. Being Jane with baby Sophie a birth doula, it’s a real priviledge to witness new life, twice a month, and being a part of that. What is your greatest fear? Not being able to help people anymore. What are you most looking forward to this January? Finalising the organisation of Royston Baby Show which I co-organise with Sling Me Clarefully and Royston Private Midwife. Jane Wallington, Breeze Birthing 07772 102792








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21st year for Royston Complementary health Centre

Classes in 2018

In 2018, Royston Complementary Health Centre and Studio enters its 21st year.

traditional principles of health.

Spaces are available for...

Acute or regular patients with spine or joint pains, from sports or gardening or just ‘life’, visiting the Osteopaths.

Yoga in Pregnancy with

Pilates with Charley Taylor

Iyengar Yoga with Jo Duffin

Additional Pilates classes

Situated in Royston’s Market square it now hosts three floors of therapy rooms and exercise studio space. In 1997, the concept originally based on the practice of osteopath, Ian Collinge was to bring Complementary therapies within easy reach of local people. RCHC is a busy place, home to numerous registered and fully insured practitioners and teachers. So who visits RCHC and why?


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Yoga and Pilates patients heading for one of their group classes or in our 2nd floor exercise studio. P  regnant mums - going to Yoga in Pregnancy classes, or to learn HypnoBirthing techniques or seeking treatment from the Acupuncturist.

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 A visit for a private consultation with one of the Counsellors. People seeking help with diet and nutrition from the Nutritionist. Podiatry and Chiropody patients for all aspects of foot care from the Podiatrist. Athletes and sports players for Sports Massage and joint mobilisation. Babies (and Mums) headed for Baby Massage and Yoga classes or perhaps a visit to the Cranial Osteopath.

Complementary therapists and teachers work with patients with these and many other conditions. RCHC makes getting treatment M  indfulness and Tai Chi class students learning how to and advice locally very easy. For further information on any of these “de-stress” mind and body. therapies or RCHC Studio classes A  cupuncture and Chinese 01763 247440 • Medicine to improve energy (Qui) flow applying its ancient

Sun Power Yoga with Louise

Banyer Saturday mornings at 9am from 6th January

Bull Mondays at 5pm, 6pm, 7.15pm & 8.15pm from 8th January, Tuesday mornings at 9.45am from 9th January Mother & Baby Yoga wih & Wednesday evenings at Heather Sheldon Thursdays at 6.45pm from 10th January. 1:1 1pm from 4th January sessions also available Heather Sheldon Thursday evenings at 8.15pm from 4th January

Tuesdays at 6.30pm & 8.15pm from 16th January, Wednesdays at 7.45pm from 10th January & Friday mornings at 9.45am from 12th January. Private lessons also available Hatha Yoga with Carole

Richardson Monday mornings at 9.15am from 15th January, Tuesdays afternoons at 2pm from 16th January, Wednesday mornings at 9.30am from 17th January & Thursdays at 10am, 5.15pm & 6.30pm from 18th January

Mondays at 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm commencing 8th January Tai Chi with Liz Welch

Saturdays at 11am from 13th January (alternate weeks) We are also able to offer Mind Aware Relaxation courses and Hypnobirthing courses. 01763 247440 •

Gentle Yoga Wednesdays at

11am from 17th January

Osteopathy | Acupuncture | Podiatry | Sports Massage | Pilates | Yoga Reflexology | Hypnotherapy | Mother & Baby Yoga | Hypnobirthing | Herbalism Reiki | Nutritional Therapy | Aromatherapy | Tai Chi | Counselling

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The Royston to Melbourn Pedestrian and Cycle Link The A10 Corridor Cycling

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Campaign has been working for nearly five years to complete the pedestrian/cycle path along the A10 from Cambridge to Royston. The path is now complete from Cambridge to Melbourn which leaves the last section between Melbourn and Royston. This is particularly important as the existing path (officially for pedestrian use only) is narrow and badly surfaced and leads to a dangerous crossing over the A505. There is a clear need and demand for this project to succeed! There is no safe way to walk/cycle between Royston to Melbourn, but there are several large businesses in both Melbourn and Royston whose employees

would cycle to work if it were safe to do so. There are leisure cyclists who rarely visit Royston because of the lack of safe cycle links to the north of Royston and residents in Melbourn who would cycle into Royston to shop. There is obviously a suppressed demand. So, we are asking you to get involved in the Campaign and help move the project forward. The A10 Campaign AGM, Sartorius Stedim UK Ltd, York Way, Royston SG8 5WY, Wednesday 31st January, 7pm Tina Filby: Susan Van de Ven:

Swimming Lessons with a Difference CHILDREN Parent & Baby Classes Pre-School Non-Swimmer to Competitive Warm private pool GROUPS/PRIVATE LESSONS Maximum 6 to class 1 to 1 and 2 to 1 lessons Instructor in water No armbands/discs for quick learning Join at any time ADULTS Learn to swim Improve technique/fitness Casual swimming available After our big, new refurbishment New classes and one to one lessons now available

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Celebrating 20 Years This year Stage Right will be celebrating 20 years under the direction of Principal Kerry Hay. The celebrations will begin with an open day at the studios on Saturday 6th January and culminate in a celebratory show at the Gordon Craig Theatre on Sunday 18th November 2018. Stage Right prides itself on being a school for everyone from beginners to advanced and boys and girls from two years old through to adults are welcomed. There is an extensive timetable of evening and weekend classes in a range of dance styles and also drama and singing. The four dance studios are air conditioned, have mirrored walls, multi purpose dance floors and ballet barres. There is a smaller 5th studio, a coffee bar and reception area, changing facilities and even a play house for the little ones! The ground floor studio has a glass wall which is fantastic for our younger students who find it particularly comforting to know Mummy or Daddy is still there. With 4 children of her own Kerry knows how important it is that the studio is a safe and relaxed, family orientated environment. Stage Right is a home from home to many students and Kerry and her team are now teaching the children of her original students! Former students drop in all the time to catch up and it makes Kerry just as proud hearing that a former student has joined the tap dance society at their university as it does to turn on her TV and see a former student making a living dancing with Taylor Swift! Many students take


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advantage of the package deal which allows students to attend as many age and ability appropriate classes as they wish to per week for a substantially reduced fee. Stage Right is the only school in the area to offer this kind of discount on fees. As well as the very busy evening and weekend classes Stage Right introduced a full time, government funded course for 16-18 year olds in 2014. This course is an alternative to sixth form for students who wish to pursue a career in Dance/Musical Theatre. The students gain a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma which is the equivalent UCAS credits to 3 A Levels. Students attend from all over the country and the school has received exceptional BTEC results and 100% of auditioning second years have been accepted on to 3 year degree and diploma courses. Stage Right’s teachers are all highly qualified with the appropriate examining boards, have trained professionally and many have had extensive performing careers. All are DBS checked and Safeguarding trained. The majority of the teachers including Kerry are local people who have grown up in the area and have settled back here after training and performing. Students are incredibly lucky to work with teachers such as Joshua Robinson who is currently performing in Dreamgirls in the Westend. The street dance teachers travel from London and are currently performing professionally ensuring the classes are up to date - a must with this style. They say a true measure of a dance school is the results they produce and in this area Stage Right cannot be rivalled. The school continues to have phenomenal success at dance competitions in Herts, Cambs,

Beds and, Essex and most impressively the All England Dance Competition which saw Stage Right students in the regional finals and Ella Carolan through to the finals in 2015 and 2017 coming 3rd in the Country in 2015. This is coupled with excellent exam results with at least three sessions being held annually and an outstanding show every 16-18 months. Kerry and her team have the highest success rate in the area when it comes to students gaining places on degree and diploma courses at the country’s top colleges for dance and musical theatre. Graduating students can be seen in the West end, UK Tours, Strictly Live Shows, X Factor, Brit Awards, Films, TV Presenting and Modeling. Most recently Megan Bembridge who left the school back in July ,after gaining a place at Bird College, was selected to dance with Rak Su, Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy on the X Factor final! Stage Right was established in 1978 and in 1998 former student Kerry Hay took over the reigns. Kerry found the school it’s own premises in Melbourn Street in 2000 and school ran happily from these studios for 11 years. Growing student numbers meant a move to larger premises was essential. Kerry purchased a unit in Lumen Road and an extensive refurbishment took place over the Summer of 2011. The state of the art studios were opened by “So You Think You Can Dance” 2011 winner Matt Flint in the September of that year. September 2017 saw Stage Right open an extra studio. “The Warehouse” is a large space with high ceilings which can be used for in house performances.


SATURDAY 6th JANUARY 2018 11am – 3pm Come and look around our studios and find out what we have to offer! STAGE RIGHT, LUMEN ROAD, ROYSTON, SG8 7AG 01763 244866


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Race for Life in 2018 - January sale Women are being invited to kick-start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Every day, 90 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England*. That’s why the charity is urging women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities to enter Race for Life 5k or 10k events at Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage or Jesus Green, Cambridge on Sunday 8th July. This January, women are

being offered 30% off entry fees for Race for Life 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Pretty Muddy Kids, Half Marathon and Hike events. Cambridge 10k 2018 Cambridge 5k 2018 Stevenage 10k 2018 Stevenage 5k 2018 All on Sunday 8th July 2018 11am

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Your fitness awaits! Dancemixx & Strength45. The only one holding you you. Visit for details of classes text or call Maxine on 0796 316 1246 or email

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Body Control and Pilates Institute Teacher CLASSES BEGINNING IN JANUARY

Monday Improvers 7pm & 8pm Tuesday Improvers 9.30am & 10.30am Beginners 7pm Intermediate 8pm Wednesday Improvers 9.30am Beginners 10.30am Improvers 7pm Beginners 8pm

Thursday Improvers 9.30am Beginners 10.30am Improvers 7.10pm Intermediate 8.159pm Saturday Improvers 9am Beginners 10.15am

Classes taught by Cathryn Jaffray in well appointed studios in Royston

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Winter Warmers January is set to be another cold month. If you are like me, you find it very hard to find a perfect coat for each outfit. This winter my must have warmer has to be a black faux fur coat. You can dress it up with a knitted dress and tights or down with jeans and a jumper. Puffer coats have also been very ‘in style’ this winter and you can get them in just about any colour! So whether you want a

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bold yellow or an simple grey, brands such as Pretty Little Thing and New Look have you covered. If it’s really cold team your choice coat with a simple coloured scarf to keep you looking stylish but warm. by Ellie Laughlin


Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire are looking for Home Visiting and Family Group Volunteers for the Buntingford and Royston area.

A nine session training course for new volunteers will run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays Can you give a family the most precious gift – your time? starting on 30th January Our volunteers are all parents between 9.30am and 2.30pm or grandparents who can give Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station a few hours a week to help Road, Meldreth SG8 6JP families who are finding it 01763 262262 difficult to cope.

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It has been another successful year for MTC with some great results. We have had new members taking part in their first triathlons, age group winners, GB qualifiers and several athletes completing half and full ironman distances. In addition, various members have competed in cycling, running and swimming events, all with the encouragement and support of the club and its members. Triathlons start again in the spring but our training continues throughout the year. Club sessions are tailored for all abilities with experienced coaches helping everyone to become the best they can be. Already our members have signed up for 18

Club Hats!

different events next year with 16 enrolled for the Haverhill Triathlon, 13 for the Cambridge Half Marathon and three hoping to complete an Ironman! If you are already a triathlete, or just want to give it a “tri” we would love to welcome you into our club. You can contact us at where there is also more information about us. Or say “Hi” to anyone you meet wearing our club coloured hat!

MTC athletes relaxing after this year’s Haverhill Tri. Lots of support, lots of fun and lots of coffee and cake afterwards.


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New Year’s Wild Resolutions . . .

Knit for your Health

Have you resolved to get fit after festive indulgence? Nature and wildlife is good for our health: fact. Working outside with a group of like-minded people is really good for wellbeing, making us feel better, happier and more connected to others (if doctors could prescribe nature in a tablet form they would - that’s a pill not an electrical device . . .)

Our cover images was inspired by this story. Knit for Peace has just published a report on The Health Benefits of Knitting, backed by a survey of over 1000 knitters, provides evidence based research showing that knitting:

faith in human nature.”

A survey for the Wildlife Trusts (conducted by the University of Essex in November) showed how health and wellbeing are significantly boosted by spending time exercising outdoors – and especially by volunteering.

The Wildlife Trust BCN run regular weekly work parties on Cambridgeshire nature reserves and, along with the exercise, those involved experience a tangible sense of fun and engagement (often accompanied by a well earned outdoor slice of cake and a cuppa), and knowing that the environment is benefitting is a powerful feelgood factor.

Read more here www. or contact the Trust for details on volunteering at

Of the volunteers who took part in the Wildlife Trusts survey, more than two thirds had a greater sense of wellbeing within six weeks, with overwhelmingly positive feedback quotes ranging from: “I feel more connected to nature and my environment and have developed interests in this area,” to “it’s restoring my


• Lowers blood pressure • Induces a sense of well being • Counters depression • Slows the onset of dementia • Can be continued into extreme old age, despite deafness, loss of sight or reduced mobility The main barrier to continue knitting is what to do with the output – a keen knitter can produce 15 baby hats in an afternoon! Knit for Peace (an initiative of The Charities Advisory Trust) provides an outlet for 20,000 knitters in the UK, distributing donated knitting, blankets, clothes, twiddlemuffs etc to those in need ranging from refugees from Syria and Iraq in Kurdistan, street children in India, homeless projects and hospitals in the UK; in fact to over 300 organisations.

makes them feel part of the community, still of use and less socially isolated. This means fewer visits to the doctor! Shop No.3 Royston on Melbourn Street sells craft supplies including a wide variety of yarn. Owner Laura Whitford knows about craft therapy from personal experience. She says, “I’ve had bouts of depression throughout my life and can honestly say that knitting and crochet have helped me overcome them. Having something creative to do is very therapeutic, whether you’re a beginning or expert knitter or crocheter. No.3 will be announcing dates for workshops in 2018 very soon, so come along and find out for yourself how any type of craft can combat a variety of health problems.”

And how does this save the NHS and care providers money? The report shows for the over 60’s, knitting makes them feel more resilient, better able to cope. Knitting for others

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Class fees per session: £5.00 (Standard) £4.00 (Concessions) Payable to the instructor on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.

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* Please bring: Casual/work-out clothes, comfortable sports shoes, bottle of water and a towel. Participation in all Zumba classes (including free trial) is limited to persons aged 16 and over and is subject to completion of the instructor’s waiver form. Free trial is limited to the participant’s first session only and normal class fees will apply thereafter. | 01763 287 1801 The Listing Royston January25 25

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Clubs & Societies For a full list of Clubs and Societies in the SG8 area please visit our website

We meet on the last Friday of the month from 5.30-7.30pm

2018 Dates & Venues

Friday Fizz is a FREE business & social networking event organised by Simply buy a drink from the bar & enjoy an informal after-work catch up at a venue in Royston

26th January, Banyers House 23rd February, The Jolly Postie March, No Meeting - Happy Easter! 27th April, The Old Bull Inn 25th May, The Jolly Postie 29th June, The Heath Sports Club 27th July, The Old Court House August, No Meeting - Happy Summer! 28th September, Banyers House 26th October, The Old Bull Inn 30th November, The Jolly Postie December, No Meeting - Happy Christmas!

Don’t forget to bring your business cards with you to be entered in to our prize draw to win a bottle of fizz! If you would like to be added to our database please email Keep in touch with Friday Fizz on


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Baldock Network Group All members are expected to attend and if possible bring a guest and help us build this group. Held fortnightly on Tuesdays from 7am at The George, Hitchin Street, Baldock. £12 which includes a great breakfast.• James on 07973 883441 • BNI: The Force Chapter Exchange qualified business referrals. One person per profession to join a chapter. Held every Wednesday at 6.30am • The Heath, Baldock Road, Royston, SG8 5BG • Leah Sands, 07870 994795 • Business Babble Royston Hands on supportive group for women who run (or are setting up) their own business. Held on the second Monday of the month, 7.3010pm. • The Old Bull Inn, Royston, SG8 9AW. • Jayne Bratton 07764 657576 • Coffee and Connect An informal business networking event. Held on the first Friday monthly, 10.30-11.30am • The Jolly Postie, 2 Baldock St, Royston SG8 5AY • Julia Brooks, 01763 877110 Friday Fizz A business & social networking event organised by The Listing. SHeld on the last Friday monthly, 5.30-7.30pm • Sharon, 01763 248447 • FridayFizzRoyston


508 referrals in

£216,242 worth of inter group business

“The Listing aims to connect businesses with the community & RBN is one of our most valuable networking groups.” Sharon - The Listing

“A great mix of local business people who work hard and help each other, but still have time to socialise too!” Amanda (Curwens)

Royston Community Breakfast A group of charity group leaders, councillors, local businesses leaders – who support each other and share ideas. Meet second Friday every month, 7.30am • The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW • Contact Ray Munden, 01763 241217

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The professional friendly networking group the last twelve months from 26 members leading to

Melbourn Business Association A lively networking group, held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Sheene Mill in Melbourn. • Kimmi Crosby, 07976 228377 • www. Royston & District Chamber of Commerce A representative group for businesses in Royston and the surrounding area who wish to increase the commercial prosperity of the town and its members. Meetings held bi-monthly.• Julia Brooks 01763 877110 • www. Royston Business Breakfast Club An informal business breakfast networking event held on the third Thursday monthly, 7.30am – 9am • Alannah Macdonald, 01763 245234 Royston Business Network Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers. Held every Thursday • 7.30am -9am • The Heath, Royston, SG8 5BG • John Froggett, 01763 257882 •

“I am a new member of group and have been the made to feel very welcome . Every week I learn something ne w about running and being in business, so it is a great group to be long to...” Martin (Ceelab)

£50 per annum and £10 for each meeting attended New Members Always Welcome!

“I have been coming to RBN for over 7 years, and have really enjoyed the meetings every week. I have got some really good business from the group and see seen great referrals going round the meeting each week. Such a good crowd of businesses and made so many friends too.”

Linda Turner Interiors


business network bringing business together

We meet at 7:30am every Thursday at the Royston Heath sports club

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Giving Effective Feedback For those who were kind enough to ask, I was lucky enough to be successful in my recent job application, and now have extra management responsibility!

One of my first jobs was to assess a colleague’s performance and offer feedback – never a problem for a critical person like me. But how to deliver it without potentially upsetting the individual? Some research I read recently highlighted that positive feedback and praise increases commitment to the work people do, by enhancing both their experience and their confidence. On the other hand, negative feedback (‘here’s where you went wrong…’) is informative; it tells people where they need to spend their effort, and offers insight into how they might improve. It also suggested that ‘novices’ (people with less experience and knowledge, such as children, perhaps) sought and responded best to positive feedback and ‘experts’ (people with high level of experience and knowledge) sought and appreciated negative feedback as it helped them improve. The key to negative feedback is that it should be constructive, like the Royston schools, ‘What went well…’ and ‘Even better if…’ approach

to feedback: praising the positives whilst still encouraging continuous improvement. As teenagers are revising for GCSEs at the moment, I was also interested to read a piece from Columbia University highlighting the distinction between praising effort versus praising talent. ‘Praising children’s intelligence, far from boosting their self-esteem, encourages them to embrace self-defeating behaviours such as worrying about failure and avoiding risks, ‘ proposed the researchers, ‘However, when children are taught the value of concentrating and working hard, this encourages them to sustain their motivation, performance, and self-esteem.’


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Useful Numbers can also be found online at in The Listing Directory

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Useful Numbers CHURCHES

Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC Churches Together in Royston & District Fowlmere United Reformed Church Guilden Morden Congregational Church Guilden Morden Parish Church Melbourn Baptist Church Melbourn Parish Church Melbourn United Reformed Church Meldreth Parish Church Open House Project Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth Royston Catholic Church Royston Evangelical Church Royston Ignite Community Church Royston Methodist Church Royston Parish Church Royston Spiritualist Church St Mary’s Church, Ashwell Therfield Chapel Therfield Parish Church Thriplow Parish Church Trinity Life Church United Benefice of Barkway, Reed and Buckland with Barley


Cambridgeshire County Council Hertfordshire County Council North Herts District Council Royston Town Council South Cambridgeshire District Council


Ashwell Surgery Barley Practice Bassingbourn Surgery Market Hill Surgery, Royston Orchard Surgery, Melbourn Roysia Surgery, Royston The Health Centre, Royston

01462 742684 01763 877558 01763 245571 07484 106292 01763 207767 01763 852883 01763 853217 01763 261650 01763 220626 01223 870869 01763 220626 01763 246799 01763 262440 01763 243117 01763 233332 01763 852118 01763 243849 01763 246371 01223 503345 01462 743922 01763 287220 01763 287364 01223 872620 01763 230350 01763 848756

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Anglian Water Emergencies (Water supplies and sewerage) Electricity - Emergency & loss of supply Gas Emergencies

NHS Telephone Advice Service


Royston Library

111 0300 123 4049

MPs 01462 417377 01763 848244 01763 290555 01763 848244 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


Abington Pigotts Village Hall All Saints’ Hall, Melbourn Anstey Village Hall Ashwell Village Hall Ashwell UR Church Hall

Barkway Pavillion 01763 848347 Barkway Village Hall 01763 849488 Barley Town House 01763 246136 Bassingbourn Village College Chrishall Village Hall 01763 248081 Coombes Community Centre 01763 260250 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 287549 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 07484 106292 Fowlmere Village Hall 01763 243650 Greneway School, Royston 01763 245914 The Guide Hut, Royston Guilden Morden Village Hall 0788 577 4775 Litlington Recreation Centre 01763 852809 Litlington Village Hall 01763 263313 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 262512 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 263303 Melbourn Hub 01763 246458 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 848303 Reed Village Hall 01763 244560 Royal British Legion 01763 243242 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243476 Royston Golf Club Royston Methodist Hall 01763 242587 Royston & District Museum 07977 519965 Royston Town FC 01763 243117 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 268605 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 853073 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 235100 Tannery Drift First School 01763 242003 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 245484 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01223 839564 Thriplow Village Hall -Whaddon Village Hall

01763 223320 01763 849724 01462 742913 01462 742757

01954 212 707 Heidi Allen MP Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire 01462 486074 Sir Oliver Heald QC MP Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire


Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

J. Oliver Radley

01763 273300


Non emergency number


Market Manager Anthony Whiteman Town Manager Geraint Burnell


Barkway VA C of E First School Barley VC First School Bassingbourn Primary School Bassingbourn Village College Chrishall C of E (Aided) Primary Freman College Fowlmere Primary School Greneway Middle School Guilden Morden C of E Primary Icknield Walk First School Melbourn Village College Melbourn Primary School Meldreth Primary School Meridian School Petersfield Primary School, Orwell Reed First School Roman Way First School Roysia Middle School St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Steeple Morden Primary School Studlands Rise First School Tannery Drift School Therfield First School Thriplow C of E National Rail Enquiries 24-hours Royston & District Community Transport

08457 484950 01763 245228


03457 145145 0800 783 8838 0800 111 999


Royston Veterinary Centre Village Vets – Royston Village Vets – Meldreth Melbourn Veterinary Surgery

01763 242221 01763 245059 01763 261457 01763 262696


Household Waste Recycling Centre off York Way, Royston SG8 5HF All year M T W S S, 8am - 4pm Household Waste Recycling Centre Thriplow, Cambs SG8 7HZ All year daily 8am - 4pm

0300 123 4050

North Herts South Cambs

0800 328 6023 03450 450 063


01223 839001



Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden Call Dave 01763 221019

Painter and Decorator Domestic and Commercial Interior and Exterior

07944 912198

Carpentry • Doors • Locks • DIY • Flat-Packs • Shelving • Flooring • Painting & Decorating • Wall & Floor Tiling • General Odd Jobs • Decking • Shed Re-Felting • Pressure Washing • Fence Spraying • Gutters Cleared & Conservatory Roofs Cleaned • Free Friendly Advice & Quotes Given • No Job Too Small Fully Insured • City & Guilds Qualified • CRB Checked

Telephone 01763 222978 Mobile 07815 816187


Decorating ecorating&&RRestoration estorationSService ervice D D.R .S Painting & Decorating Wallpaper Hanging Coving & Plastering Tel: 01763 230100 Mob: 07747 805920

Oil & Gas Boilers

LMJ Plumbing & Heating  No job too small  Over 25 years experience

Lee Jauncey

Sash Window Restoration & Repairs

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07903 823566 01763 878242

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Powerflushing Water Softeners Bathroom Upgrades

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Plumbing & Heating jobs

07483 216404

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Plumbing • Tiling • Flooring • Building Work Installers of Beautiful Bathrooms ADDING WARMTH

From replacing a tap washer to a total refurbishment & VALUE


Terry Rudd Tel: 01763 241 792 Mobile: 07791 628359

YOUR HOME • Professional Arborists • Seasoned Firewood for sale • Forestry services • Stump grinding • Hedge Maintenance • Fully insured/Qualified • All aspects of tree work

A fireplace is at the very heart of a room. It radiates a warmth, comfort and style that is unparalleled and creates an inviting and homely ambience. At Ivett & Reed we specialise in creating the kind of distinctive fireplaces which add style, warmth and value to your home. We have an extensive range of fireplaces designed to suit any room and style – from the most contemporay to the most traditional. All our fireplaces are custom made by our highly skilled craftsmen using only the finest quality materials sourced from all over the world.

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Take a look at our extensive showroom or our comprehensive website to see our wide range of fireplaces and associated fixtures and fittings. �

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Gas Safe registered for all gas & lpg plumbing & heating works Worcester Bosch accredited installers offering extended guarantees on new Worcester Bosch boilers installed Boilers & Central Systems installed, serviced and repaired


To celebrate the life of someone special, you want the very best. Ivett & Reed has been producing headstones, cremation and commemorative plaques for East Anglian parishes since 1896, delivering service with sensitivity.

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T: 01945 428757 M: 07976 769398 E: 76 Redwing Rise, Royston SG8 7XE

Accredited licensed fixers (BRAMM) 615 NEWMARKET RD, CAMBRIDGE CB5 8PA Tel: 01223 213500

BATHROOM & KITCHENS COMPLETE INSTALLATION SERVICE Plumbing • Tiling Carpentry • Wooden flooring Supply and fit or install only For a free quotation call Peter on 07885 143164 • 01763 257 877 e-mail

PREMIER ROOFING New Roofs - Re Roofs - All Repair Work Flat Roofs - Slating - Tiling - Lead Work - UPVC Fascias - Soffits - Guttering Velux Windows Fitted - Fully Insured 07816 131527

Electrical Installation & Repair

“Phone New Installations Graham for Extensions advice & quotation Part or Full Rewires on all your electrical Fuseboard Upgrades requirements” Interior & Exterior Lighting Wiring of Heating Systems and controls 07860 389645 • 01763 222231 • NO JOB TOO SMALL - NO JOB TOO SMALL - NO JOB TOO SMALL

 Extensions  New Builds

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Looking to Make Your Move Happen in 2018? Marshalls are experiencing a high demand for property in your area and are currently actively looking for property. Marshalls Estate Agents have an experienced sales team in Royston and are well placed to make your move happen.

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