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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.

sunshine and there are plenty of opportunities Monday to get out and about and enjoy 15th January 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.

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.

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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.

Sleeping Beauty, Ashwell Village Hall, Thursday 25th January, 8pm Friday 26th January, 8pm Saturday 27th January, 3.30pm & 8pm And coming up in February The Barkway Players also have a new and original

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 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.

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

Alice Atkins as Jill in Mother Goose 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. 

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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 hasslefree 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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Garden Focus... Winter silhouettes and stems... 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.

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 Striking plant forms can make a big impact in catkins in February. This shrub would make a your planting design during the winter months. When I design a planting scheme I like to develop good focal point in a border or could be used a plant palette which is based on plant worthiness either side of a path to frame the transition from one area of the garden into another. over multiple seasons of interest and plant form is important too. Try to think of the shape that Stem texture and colour form an integral part of a plant makes if you view it in black and white. Some plants have mound forming habits such as a winter based plant palette. We have discussed plant form and growth habit but bark texture and Hebe, Lavender or Choisya, whilst others grow colour are interesting too. Most keen gardeners horizontally like Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ will be familiar with the use of dog woods in or Viburnum plicatum ‘Lanarth’. When the leaves the garden, but why not use them alongside have vanished from deciduous shrubs a striking evergreen mounding forms in the mixed border. plant form will offer real interest to the winter Acer griseum is a lovely smaller tree with pretty months! peeling bark. This could be happily used as a vertical accent in a mixed border too. Transparency that allows the light to shine through a plant can offer a lovely effect at this For more in depth plant advice or garden design time of year. Many shrubs can have a dense help please get in touch. 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 GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD 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.


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


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Burns Night In Reed Join us in Reed Village Hall for the annual celebration of the haggis on Friday 6th January at 7.30pm.

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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 .

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.

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

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! 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.

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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 Method Let’s begin by making the pastry base. 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 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 breadcrumbs, 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 bread crumb 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... | 01763 248447 1801 The Listing Villages Januar19 19

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Loving Local Living January Screenings at the Royston Picture Palace Fri 5th January at 7.30pm

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Sat 6th January at 3.30pm

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Sat 6th January at 7.30pm

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Fri 12th January at 7.30pm

Battle Of The Sexes


Sat 13th January at 7.30pm

Battle Of The Sexes


Thurs 18th January at 8.00pm



Fri 19th January at 7.30pm

The Florida Project


Sat 20th January at 7.30pm

The Death of Stalin


Fri 26th January at 7.30pm

Star Wars:The Last Jedi


Sat 27th January at 7.30pm

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ROYSTON CHRISTMAS SHOP Windows! We are absolutely delighted that more than twenty windows were decorated in the town centre for our festive window competition.

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ART IN ARRINGTON Jane Harvey – Artist Commissions, paintings and prints for sale Art Classes Studio open weekends 10am – 2pm or by appointment The Studio 41 Ermine Way, Arrington, Nr. Royston, Herts. SG8 0AG tel: 01223 207057 email: website:


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Loving Local Living ‘The Wandmaker’, a Young Adult novel, is the classic hero’s quest which tells the tale of fifteen year old Eustace as he struggles with growing up, the failings of his parents and the mysterious world of witchcraft. Set locally in and around Cambridge and North Yorkshire, this is a story of magic, love and destiny. “I felt so many different emotions when reading it and it was very difficult to put it down and go to sleep! It’s a great novel and I can’t wait for the sequel!” Iona Berry (Aged 13)

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Markets in January Orwell Pannier Market

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

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Sandon Farmers’ Market

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 27th January 9.30am - 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School

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At our last meeting a packed audience heard Joan Munden act out the story of Lillian Rolfe, who, was related to her. Lilian grew up in Paris, but came to England to learn English. The family moved to Brazil and when war was declared, Lilian went to work at the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro. Lilian went to London and was recruited into the SOE and trained as a Wireless Operator. In April 1944 she was dropped in occupied France. Her duties included transmitting to London on German troop movements. Following D-Day Landings the 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 was interrogated and tortured but would reveal nothing. In August 1944 she was moved to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. Here her health deteriorated and she became too ill to walk. In February 1945, aged just 30, she was executed. The History Society meets in The Heritage Hall, Town Hall on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm



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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?

Wandlebury Adventurers Club

Every Mon, 6-8pm Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Looking for adventure? 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.

Herts Country Market

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

Outdoor Market

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

The Life & Works of Ernest Herbert Whydale

Every Wed, Thurs & Sat until the 13th Jan, 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. This exhibition charts Whydale’s life and career, and his close connections with Royston and its surrounding district.

Royston Business Network


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

Mackays of Cambridge


Tue 9th Jan, 10 – 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

Reiki and Holistic Therapies

Tue 9th Jan, 10.30am – 4pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Liz Beardwell printing workshop using Every Fri, 9am – 5pm the original. Crow printing press to The Royston Cave, Katherine’s Yard, produce your own unique lino cuts. Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ With Harmony healing with Jane, Every For more information visit: Friday, Other appointments on request.

Drawing Workshop


Coffee and Connect

Fri 5th Jan, 10.30 – 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 non-members.

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. Every Sat 9am Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW Every Sun 10am Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed event for 4 – 14 year olds. 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.

Hedge Laying at Coton Countryside Reserve

Keeping Cambridge Special

Junior Park Run

Business Babble Royston

Tue 9th Jan, 10.30 – 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.

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 to produce a thick living barrier and wildlife ‘corridor’.

Adult Park Run


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 Curwens Gallery Exhibition The concert includes Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for solo cello and 8th Jan – 8th Mar orchestra (f Haydn’s Symphony no.99, 17 High Street, Royston SG8 9AA, Mozart’s ‘Titus’ Overture, and the Local artists and artisans Nursel Darroux, Tracy Stressing & Nicky Paton Richard Strauss Serenade for wind instruments


Baldock Network Group

Tue 9th Jan, 7am The George, Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL, Every Thurs, 10 – 11am Wandlebury Country Park Gog Magog A great opportunity to meet up, exchange ideas and promote your Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Keep fit and greet the changing of the business. Breakfast is included. season by joining our healthy walkers this September for one of our Walking for Health accredited sociable walks around the park.

Healthy Walking

Enrolment for Spring Term

Thurs 4th Jan , 8 - 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, 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

Orienteering for All

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

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Family Friendly Events

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WEA- The Post War World

Historical Crafty Kids: Prehistory

The Trials of Cato

Sat 20th Jan, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Crafty activities & trail around the museum.

Tue 16th Jan, 10 – 11.30am Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Tree Identification A 10 week course exploring the events Winter Sat 20th Jan , 14pm that shaped the modern world. For Wandlebury Country Park Gog Magog more information visit: Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Join the CambridgePPF team for this Choir Open Rehearsal fascinating workshop for adults in the Tues 16th Jan, 7.45-9.45pm beautiful winter scenery. Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Thinking of joining a choir?. You are invited to Royston Choral Society’s Vintage Market open rehearsal. Don’t worry - you will Sun 21st Jan , 10am – 4pm not be asked to sing on your own! Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Ln, Cambridge, CB22 4NE Vintage, Curios, Clothing, Jewellery and more! Forward Planning Contact : Consultation Meeting Wed 17th Jan, 10am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Baldock Network Group Tue 23rd Jan , 7am Join us for a consultation meeting The George, Hitchin St, and focus group sessions, to help us update our forward plan for improving Baldock, SG7 6AL, A great opportunity to meet up, and developing the Museum. Free exchange ideas and promote your Admission, refreshments and buffet. business as well as enjoy yourselves. Breakfast is included.


Royston Business Breakfast Club


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

Coppicing Woodland at Wandlebury


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

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

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. A licenced bar will be available plus a raffle. Just £15 for adults and £7.50 for children under 10.

Friends Book Sale

Sat 27th Jan , 10am – 4.45pm Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Monthly book sale run by the Friends of Royston Museum.

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.

Mercy Ships Race Night

Sat 27th Jan , 7-10pm Bowling Club, Green Drift, SG8 5BX “Mercy Ships operates the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, Toddler Music and Dance delivering vital, free healthcare to some Fri 19th Jan & Mon 29th, 10.30 of the world’s poorest countries. This – 11.30am Visual Magic in musicals hospital” is staffed almost Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Thu 25th Jan , 10.30am – 12.30pm “floating entirely by volunteers, who help treat Carrie Washington from BEEE Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells dental and problems, cleft lips and Creative leads a toddler music and Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB a variety of eye conditions. dance workshop themed around the Visual magic in musicals is the theme Holly: 07986other 430476 museum’s collections. Free Admission, of a special talk at The Settlement on but spaces limited so please book in January 25th when tutor Christopher advance. Budd talks about the pioneering Home Start Training Course techniques used in the heyday of silver Starts 30th Jan 9.30am -2.30pm 9 sessions, Tuesdays & Wednesdays screen legends . Adult Movement class Fri 19th & Mon 29th Jan, 11.45am – 12.30pm A10 Campaign AGM Royston Museum, 5 King St SG8 5AL Ashwell Theatre Club Wed 31st Jan, 7.30pm Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative - Sleeping Beauty Sartourius Stedim, York Way, leads a dance and movement Thu 25th, Fri 26th Jan & Royston SG8 5WY workshop for the over 50s. Sat 27th 8-11pm Everyone will be very welcome. Ashwell Village Hall, 20 W End, For further details visit our web site at Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5PJ Ashwell Theatre Club are proud to CADS- Mother Goose present Sleeping Beauty Fri 19th, Sat 20th, Fri 26th, Sat For more events please Adult tickets: £10, Concessions: £8 27th Jan, 7.30 -10.30pm For more information visit: Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, visit our website. Royston SG8 7JH Email your events to: Join CADS as they put on the performance of Mother Goose. ellie@townhousepubFriday Fizz Fri 26th Jan, 5.30-7.30pm 16 Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ for them to appear on our website Buy a drink and enjoy an informal and printed in the month of the catch up after work. event (subject to space)

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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 The Trials of Cato amazingly talented young musicians. In a close-run contest ‘The Trials of Cato’ won the first prize of £500, narrowly ahead of Katie Spencer who won the £250 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 as ‘Solasta’ - who were slightly too old for the competition. Under 25s have a special ticket price of just £2 per ticket.

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A Little Further Afield 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 anticlockwise it is accessible to wheelchair users. 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. 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. 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.

You will see a variety of habitats on your 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

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 - www. and click on “places to visit”. 45 minutes from Royston by car FREE Entry Parking available at Broxbourne Wood East and West Car Parks (EN10 7QP) | 01763 248447 1801 The Listing Villages Januar9 9

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New Year’s Wild Resolutions 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 . . .)

The Wildlife Trust BCN run regular weekly work parties on Cambridgeshire nature reserves and, along with A survey for the Wildlife Trusts (conducted by the exercise, the University of Essex in November) showed those involved how health and wellbeing are significantly experience a boosted by spending time exercising outdoors tangible sense – and especially by volunteering. of fun and engagement (often accompanied Of the volunteers who took part in the Wildlife by a well earned outdoor slice of cake and a cuppa), and knowing that the environment is Trusts survey, more than two thirds had a benefitting is a powerful feelgood factor. greater sense of wellbeing within six weeks, with overwhelmingly positive feedback quotes Read more here from: “I feel more connected to nature parties or contact the Trust for details on and my environment and have developed interests in this area,” to “it’s restoring my faith volunteering at in human nature.”

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 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.

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Knit for your Health

And how does this save the NHS and care providers money? Our cover this month was inspired by this story! The report shows for Knit for Peace has just published a report on the over 60’s, knitting The Health Benefits of Knitting, backed by a makes them feel survey of over 1000 knitters, provides evidence more resilient, better based research showing that knitting: able to cope. Knitting for others makes • Lowers blood pressure them feel part of the • Induces a sense of well being community, still of use and less socially isolated. This means fewer visits to the doctor! • Counters depression Shop No.3 Royston on Melbourn Street sells • Slows the onset of dementia craft supplies including a wide variety of yarn. Owner Laura Whitford knows about craft • Can be continued into extreme old age, therapy from personal experience. She says, despite deafness, loss of sight or reduced “I’ve had bouts of depression throughout my life mobility and can honestly say that knitting and crochet The main barrier to continue knitting is what to have helped me overcome them. Having do with the output – a keen knitter can produce something creative to do is very therapeutic, 15 baby hats in an afternoon! Knit for Peace whether you’re a beginning or expert knitter or (an initiative of The Charities Advisory Trust) crocheter. No.3 will be announcing dates for provides an outlet for 20,000 knitters in the UK, workshops in 2018 very soon, so come along distributing donated knitting, blankets, clothes, and find out for yourself how any type of craft twiddlemuffs etc to those in need ranging from can combat a variety of health problems.” refugees from Syria and Iraq in Kurdistan, street children in India, homeless projects DENTIST and hospitals in the UK; in fact to over 300 organisations.

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Empowering women to trust their instincts...

The wider aims of the three year programme include developing inter-generational connections, exploring ways in which art enriches the community. For more information about the programme or to get involved please contact Stacey Leigh

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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! 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. 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.

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 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’”. 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.” 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...

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

Wimpole parkrun, Wimpole Estate SG8 0BW, Saturdays, 9am

The Wimpole parkrun ‘family’ December 2017 (Photo: Wendy Randall) 32

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experienced coaches helping everyone to It has been another successful year for become the MTC with some great results. We have best they can had new members taking part in their be. Already first triathlons, age group winners, GB qualifiers and several athletes completing our members have signed half and full ironman distances. In addition, various members have competed up for 18 Club Hats! in cycling, running and swimming events, different all with the encouragement and support of events next year with 16 enrolled for the Haverhill the club and its members. Triathlon, 13 for the Cambridge Half Triathlons start again in the spring but our Marathon and three hoping to complete an training Ironman! continues throughout If you are already a triathlete, or just want to give it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;triâ&#x20AC;? we would love to welcome the year. you into our club. Club sessions You can contact us at are tailored for where there is MTC athletes relaxing after this all abilities also more information about us. Or say with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiâ&#x20AC;? to anyone you meet wearing our club yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Haverhill Tri. Lots of support, lots of fun and lots of coloured hat!

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My Local Life

JANE WALLINGTON Jane is a busy mum, with many hats… Midweek you’ll find her at marketing agency, C4B 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 010. Where do you live? Bassingbourn What’s your favourite local place to eat? 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 babies there. Owners Christina and Pip are just lovely! What is your guilty pleasure? Having a whole pack of biscuits with a cup of tea (easily done). What was the last film 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? Ooo tons of things. My family and the families I support, my friends and my ‘jobs’.


Jane with baby Sophie 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 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 0777 1079

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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.

Happy New Year! Come and join us! Your fitness awaits! Dancemixx & Strength45. The only one holding you you. Visit for details text or call Maxine on 0796 316 1246 or email

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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 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. BALLET TAP MODERN JAZZ MUSICAL THEATRE DRAMA SINGING CONTEMPORARY

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 ACROBATIC DANCE LYRICAL 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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Wellbeing ROYSTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB January Fixtures

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



Bishops Stortford

Saturday 6th


Gosport Borough

Tuesday 9th


Slough Town

Saturday 13th


Dunstable Town

Tuesday 16th


Kings Langley

Saturday 20th


Chesham United

Tuesday 23rd


St Neots Town

Saturday 27th


St Ives Town

Can you give a family the most precious gift â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your time? Our volunteers are all parents or grandparents who can give a few hours a week to help families who are finding it difficult to cope. A nine session training course for new volunteers will run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays starting on 30th January between 9.30am and 2.30pm

Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7HP

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Fixtures are subject to change at short notice due to weather conditions etc

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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Wellbeing Valley Park, Stevenage or Jesus Green, Race for Life - January sale Fairlands Cambridge on Sunday 8 July. 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

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.

To enter Race for Life today visit or call 0300 123 0770

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

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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 oga and Pilates patients - heading for one Y of their group classes or in our 2nd floor exercise studio.  regnant mums - going to Yoga P in Pregnancy classes, or to learn HypnoBirthing techniques or seeking treatment from the Acupuncturist. Mindfulness and Tai Chi class students learning how to “de-stress” mind and body.  cupuncture and Chinese Medicine to A improve energy (Qui) flow applying its ancient traditional principles of health.

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Acute or regular patients with spine or joint pains, from sports or gardening or just ‘life’, visiting the Osteopaths.  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 and advice locally very easy. For further information on any of these therapies or RCHC Studio classes. 01763 247440 • •

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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Classes at RCHC Spaces are available for... Yoga in Pregnancy with Heather Sheldon Thursday evenings at 8.15pm from 4th January


Personal Training Studio Meldreth

Mother & Baby Yoga wih Heather Sheldon

Thursdays at 1pm from 4th January

Iyengar Yoga with Jo Duffin 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


Gentle Yoga Wednesdays at 11am from

17th January

Sun Power Yoga with Louise Banyer

Saturday mornings at 9am from 6th January Pilates with Charley Taylor Bull Mondays

at 5pm, 6pm, 7.15pm & 8.15pm from 8th January, Tuesday mornings at 9.45am from 9th January & Wednesday evenings at 6.45pm from 10th January. 1:1 sessions also available

J. Oliver Radley Opticians

“for a sharper image”

Your local Independent Opticians Established 2004

Additional Pilates classes 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. Royston Complementary Health Centre 01763 247440


01763 273300 36 High Street, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 9AQ

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The Royston to Melbourn Pedestrian & Cycle Link The A10 Corridor Cycling 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:

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 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 40

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Elite Swimming AcadEmy

Business Profile

An award winning private swimming coaching company from Cambridge has opened up a new swimming pool in the village of Croydon very close to Wimpole Hall. The 15m long pool is used exclusively for private tuition and bookings for this term are now open. Elite Swimming Academy was founded by English and Irish Channel Swimmer Edward Williams in 2008 to transform the experience and quality of swimming tuition in Cambridgeshire for children and adults of all ages and abilities. With just 3 students in a class and just 1 class in the entire pool, students get a very personalised level of tuition resulting in their swimming skills being years ahead of their time. Children’s lessons run every day after school and all weekend for swimmers aged between 3 and 14 years of age. Elite Swimming Academy have had huge success with their programme to the extent that most of their 3 year olds can swim front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke

by their fourth birthdays! Adult 1-2-1 lessons are also available every day of the week for adults looking to learn a new stroke or refine their technique. The swimming pool has gone through a complete refurbishment during November and December 2017 so those of you that have been there before will not believe the transformation! “Fabulous! I saw clear progress in just one lesson. I am a teacher and could have filmed the lesson for use in professional development! Excellent use of assessment for learning, clear instruction, personalised per participant and clear explanations of how and WHY! Super. We will be booking lessons for Christmas holidays if available.” N Gabb

For more information call the ESA team on 013 633 699 or visit

Private swimming lessons for children and adults in Croydon nr Wimpole

ranteed! ress gua Fast prog We are based at the newly refurbished Manor Farm Swimming Pool in Croydon, just a stones throw from Wimpole Hall. This stunning 15m long, warm, clean pool is perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities to master swimming. We also run lessons in numerous other private pools throughout Cambridge Please call us on 01223

633 699 or email

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Shifting Dynamics

Business Profile

With a postgraduate in personal and business coaching, more than twenty years experience in Human Resources and sixteen years working in a manufacturing company (Automotive Sector), I am now using my experience and passion for people to help others ‘move forward’ in their lives, work place and career. I love continuous improvement and I focus on personal, process and organisational improvement to support individuals and teams making a shift in their dynamics and to help sustain change for themselves and within their organisation. Within the organisation, whether the need is to improve efficiency, optimise organisations, develop talent or get teams to work more cohesively, everything we do at Shifting Dynamics is geared towards helping you improve and sustain your business for the future.

Coaching: A good coach must find out what a person’s dreams are. Coaching is about transformation and helping you to move out of your comfort zone so you can change your world and achieve your dreams. Individual & Team Development: Using DiSC (a personality assessment) we help you build more effective working relationships. Change Management: Change is necessary for survival and if a person or a company would like to continually improve, they need to commit to helping support and train themselves and their employees on all change journeys. Building Resilience: We live in a stressful and volatile world and at Shifting Dynamics we help you identify roadblocks so that you can be more effective and resilient.

07465 737765

Driving Your Change Journey At Shifting Dynamics we work in 4 areas:  Coaching  Individual & Team Development  Change Management  Building Resilience 07465 737765 •

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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, 7.30-10pm. • 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 • www.

Get financially fit this January!


Melbourn Business Association A lively networking group, held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Sheene Mill in Melbourn, 7.30am • 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 • 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 • www.roystonbusinessnetwork. 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

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

Clubs & Societies

The Walkers Partnership


IS IT YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO MAKE A WILL OR REVISE YOUR EXISTING WILL? If so, please take advantage of our Special New Year reduced rate wills offer. Reduced rates are: Double Wills–£250 plus VAT Single Will–£130 plus VAT Reduced rate wills will be available every week day from 8am until 6pm, and on Tuesday evenings until 8pm, by appointment only.

Book in for a financial bootcamp with Gary Cretton. IFA Gary is based in Litlington & services clients throughout Herts & Cambs.

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Also on the Saturday mornings of 6th & 20th January, again by appointment only. Home visits are also available at no extra charge within a 20 mile radius of Royston. For more information please contact us. Fish Hill Chambers, 2-3 Fish Hill, Royston, Herts, SG8 9JY • 01763 241121 | 01763 248447 1801 The Listing Villages Januar43 43

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The professional friendly networking group


business network


508 referrals in the last twelve months from 26 members leading to £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)

“I am a new member of the group and have bee made to feel very welc n ome. Every week I learn som ething new about running and being in business, so it is a grea t group to belong to...”

Martin (Ceelab)

£50 per annum and £10 for each meeting attended

bringing business together

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

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.”

We share ideas, business advice, speakers and a great breakfast... first breakfast FREE

Linda Turner • • 01763 257882


1a Melbourn Street, Royston 243760

Chartered Accountants

We can help your business, event or organisation with all your print, design and digital marketing needs • Business Card Design & Print • Copywriting & Content Creation • Design • Digital Marketing • E-newsletters Set-up & Management • Leaflet Design & Print • Print Services • Promotional Items • Publishing Projects • Social Media Set-up & Management • Website Creation, Healthchecks, Management

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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!

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.

One of my first jobs was to assess a colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance and offer feedback â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where you went wrongâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) is informative; it tells people where they need to spend their effort, and offers insight into how they might improve. It also suggested that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;novicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (people with less experience and knowledge, such as children, perhaps) sought and responded best to positive feedback and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;expertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (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, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What




went wellâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Even better ifâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach to feedback: praising the positives whilst still encouraging continuous improvement.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Praising childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intelligence, far from boosting their self-esteem, encourages them to embrace self-defeating behaviours such as worrying about failure and avoiding risks, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; proposed the researchers, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;However, when children are taught the value of concentrating and working hard, this encourages them to sustain their motivation, performance, and self-esteem.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So my New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution is going to be to try hard to acknowledge effort and improvement, so hopefully everyone wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to try new things, they will be more likely to innovate and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be scared of making mistakes to get better. What do you think? Feel free to offer me some feedback!

Open Rehearsal

Thinking of joining a choir?. You are invited to Royston Choral Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open rehearsal. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry - you will not be asked to sing on your own! Open Rehearsal, Royston Parish Church, Tuesday 16th January, 7.45-9.45pm


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