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ADULT 6 Feb Norwich £19.50 13 Feb Kew Gardens Orchid Festival £35.00 14 Feb Boundary Mills & Downtown Shops £24.50 28 Feb Cadbury Heritage Tour £41.50 13 Mar Smokey & The Boat inc Lunch £59.00 14 Mar St Albans Market Day £19.50 17 Mar Sewing for Pleasure etc NEC £37.50 20 Mar Royal Academy & Queens Gallery £49.00 21 Mar Bury St Edmunds & Chippenham Pk £26.00 28 Mar Ideal Home Show – Olympia £32.00 29 Mar Beefeater Gin Tour & Lunch £47.50 4 Apr Ham House & Isabella Plantation £31.00 5 Apr Black Country Living Museum £37.50 10 Apr Kensington Palace – Diana Exhibition £35.00 10 Apr Kyoto & Sunken Gdns Tour & Lunch £45.00 11 Apr Bletchley Park £38.00 13 Apr Ascot Spring Garden Show £39.00 17 Apr Savill Garden & Royal Heritage Tour £42.00 27 Apr Country Living Magazine Fair £38.00 Theatre Shows & Events (Stalls or Dress Circle) 15 Feb *Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella MK £60.00 7 Mar *Fat Friends – Milton Keynes Mat £55.00 18 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH inc Lunch £89.00 20 Mar Comedy About a Bank Robbery Eve £59.50 20 Mar Les Miserables – Evening £67.50 22 Mar Crazy For You – M Keynes Matinee £57.50 25 Mar Dancing on Ice Wembley – Sun Mat £75.00 28 Mar Dreamgirls – Matinee £65.00 28 Mar Kinky Boots – Matinee £59.50 29 Mar Motown – Matinee £65.00 7 Apr Wicked – Saturday Matinee £65.00 18 Apr The Ferryman – Matinee £65.00 19 Apr Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 22 Apr Film Music Gala RAH inc Lunch £79.00 24 Apr Brick Lane Music Hall inc Tea £57.00 25 Apr The Play that Goes Wrong MK Mat £47.50 25 Apr Harrogate Flower Show – 3 days £265.00 29 Apr The Glenn Miller Orchestra –Mat £44.00 2 May Strictly Ballroom the Musical £65.00 2 May Les Miserables – Matinee £67.50 9 May 42nd Street – Matinee £59.50 9 May The Lion King Mat Adult £65/Senior £57.50 10 May Tina the Musical – Matinee £65.00 12 Jun Bat out of Hell – Evening £62.50 25 Jul Jersey Boys – Southend Matinee £52.00 8 Aug The King & I – Matinee £67.50 (* Trumpington Park & Ride pick up)

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Welcome It’s all about Luuurve this month as we look forward to Valentine’s Day and celebrate all things matrimonial with our special Wedding feature. For those looking forward to their own nuptials or those lucky enough to be invited to a wedding this year there is advice and inspiration to ensure that the celebrations go well. But never fear, there is plenty to interest everyone with all our regular articles and lots of news from the community.

Monday 1th February

Enjoy the lighter evenings as we creep towards Spring - it will soon be here and in the meantime there is lots to do locally to keep you busy!

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This modern three bedroom semi-detached house is located in the sought after village of Barkway. Benefits include: modern kitchen/diner with integrated appliances, dual aspect lounge, cloakroom, three bedrooms two of which are doubles, modern bathroom, enclosed rear garden and off road parking for two cars. 6 years remaining on its NHSB. Sold Chain Free! Viewing is a must. EPC B.

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Out & About

ROYSTON IS EXPECTING…AGAIN! Royston is set to host a third Baby & Toddler Show this year, but this time, at a new venue - Meridian School on Garden Walk. Organisers and sponsors, Jane Wallington of Breeze Birthing, Clare Coningsby of Sling Me Clarefully and Royston Private Midwife, Cecile Davidson, hope to repeat the successes of previous years, which saw more than 400 visitors and a queue before 10am. The large main hall and the dining area will be filled with local business and organisations showcasing their array of products and services. As well as the 30+ stalls, talks and workshops from local experts will be held on the stage in the main hall throughout the day. Once again, there will be a chance to win some amazing prizes in the raffle, with proceeds going to the Girlguiding Royston District to help them celebrate their 100 years in Royston. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 500,000 members. Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they

can be themselves, have fun, build friendships and gain valuable life skills. To celebrate their centenary this year, the organisation plan to hold a number of events for their members and the community. Royston Baby Show is looking for raffle prize donations and are asking local businesses to contact them via, if they can help. Organiser Jane Wallington, said “We are really excited to be having the Royston Baby Show in the town again this year. Even more so, because of our new venue! Meridian school is larger and more accessible for all. There’ll also be a feeding room for mothers”. The event will be 10am-3pm and the first 100 families through the door will receive a goodie bag. For more information about the event, including information on exhibitors and talks, you can visit their facebook page; Royston Baby & Toddler Show, Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston, Saturday 24th February, 10am - 3pm

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Bishop’s Stortford College’s Festival of literature

The adventurous among you should not miss out on Sarah Outen’s tales of her solo adventures, from rowing across the oceans of the world to kayaking thousands of miles through remote waterways. Her fellow traveller, the architectural historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruikshank follows her with an insight into the world’s most inspirational and characterful buildings. If, like mine, your children love the Horrible Histories books and TV series then don’t miss out on hearing Martin Brown, who illustrated the fantastic books, take you on a rollicking ride through history and revealing how anyone can draw... He is followed in the evening by Chris Whitaker who will keep you in the edge of your seat as he talks aout writing his latest thriller, All The Wicked Girls. 10

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The Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature has a well deserved reputation “Every year, as a friendly, the aim is to intimate event deliver a varied throughout the literary world, and exciting and with it, the programme, ability to attract this year is no well-known exception!” and interesting Rosie Pike, speakers. Festival Co-ordinator This year, the ninth festival, will feature a busy schedule of talks and workshops, as well as a community and education programme aimed specifically at children and young people.

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The Festival also welcomes Ian McMilan who is one of Britain’s most treasured living poets and presenter of The Verb on BBC Radio 3. The Times Education Supplement describes him as “The Shirley Bassey of performance poetry.” As a finale the festival welcomes Laura Bates as she shares her learning from five years of her Everyday Sexism Project, through conversation with renowned employment lawyer and local author Hina Belitz. For details and to book tickets please visit Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature, 1st - 8th February Bishop’s Stortford College, 10 Maze Green Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM3 PJ Around 35 minutes by car from Royston

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Nigel & Tracy Reader Nigel and Tracy Reader own and run Borders and Bows, whose showroom in Green Drift is full of beautiful fabrics, wallpapers and lighting.

They are both heavily involved in the local community – Tracy sings in the Church Choir along with their daughter Zoe and helps with theatre productions by CADS and Nigel is a member of the Advisory Council to Royston First, a season ticket holder at Royston Town FC and helps manage Royston Cricket Club’s 3rd XI with their son Owen as well as assisting the youth coaches during Sunday morning coaching sessions at Therfield in the summer. Where do you live? Royston, where Nigel has lived for 37 Years and Tracy since we married in 1989. What’s your favourite local place to eat and drink? There are so many great places to eat locally, but if pushed for favourites it would have to be The Pig and Abbot for a family meal – great homely food and convivial atmosphere and The Royal Bengal for a takeaway. We also enjoy drinks at Cambridge Wine Bar – just a short walk out in the evening for a drink in pleasant surroundings. Where do you each like to shop locally? Nigel – Dysons who have a great range of brands and are ever helpful Tracy – Andersons Hair and Eden Beauty. I can’t get enough pampering! What are each of your guilty pleasures? Nigel – Cricket – watching, playing, organising and facilitating for Royston Cricket Club as well as sneaking off and watching Middlesex CCC at Lords or watching international cricket on TV. Tracy – Spin Classes and white chocolate (not at the same time!) What was the last film you watched together? Paddington 2 at Royston Picture Palace, which is a great local asset and, if you haven’t been, is much better than you think it will be. How do you celebrate? With a good bottle of wine How do you each like to spend your days off work? Nigel – I refer you to my ‘Guilty Pleasures’ answer, as well as watching Royston Town FC at Garden Walk with friends.


Tracy – Singing in the Church Choir at St John the Baptist Church and helping out with CADS whose current pantomime ‘Mother Goose’ has seen me working behind the scenes on ‘props’. Both of us like to relax in one of the town’s coffee bars with a Cappuccino and a cake and just watch the world go by. What are your favourite books? Tracy – anything by James Herbert Nigel – ‘A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian’ by Marina Lewycka. What did you each have for your lunch today? A quick coffee and a sandwich. Sometimes, with a combination of our work and our other interests, lunchtime is just a blur. What is the best thing about your work? Tracy – Flexibility – when you work for yourself, you only have to work half days and sometimes you can even choose which twelve hours it is. Nigel – Seeing projects through from a bare room to a completed vision and seeing inside so many beautiful homes. Are either of you scared of anything? Tracy – Snakes Nigel – Landing … that is to say, I’m not really scared of heights, nor am I especially scared of falling but it’s the bit that comes after that which worries me! What are you most looking forward to this February? Nigel – Going away to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt for a week of R and R and warm sunshine Tracy – Nigel being away for a week! Borders & Bows The Old Maltings, Rear of 3 Green Drift, Royston, SG8 5DB 01763 241763

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The story began in Scotland in 1887, where the family lived on the Moray Firth. Duncan, the father worked for North British Railway in Burntisland. His son Donald learnt his trade at the Stenhousemuir Ironworks, where he became foreman. Donald made his way south and found a job in Cambridge becoming manager of the hardware section in Laurie & McConnals. In 1912, Donald Mackay offered to buy Alsop & Sons Wheelwright business in East Road from the owner and the deal was struck with a handshake over the anvil. Donald then purchased the house next door and in 1928, demolished all the buildings and employed an architect to create a new building to expand his business. The first Radio Telescopes were built here and the first Crystal Growing Chambers for the high-tech industry.

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Garden Focus... Starting at ground level… Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott To continue my series of articles for 2018, designing with plants, this month I am going to look at starting at ground level. Our eyes are often drawn to planting such as trees and shrubs that give a permanence to the garden, but there is lots happening at ground level as we head toward spring. New life is emerging from the soil as well as ground cover planting that is ever present. It is important to appreciate the smaller plants at this early time in the growing season, their shape, form and texture is just as relevant at ground level as it is higher up. Ground covering shrubs help to fill the space in mixed borders and have a range of shapes and forms. Cotoneaster dammeri is known for its studded white flowers in the summer and its red berries in the winter, but I like its trailing habit and evergreen stems that create a flow of horizontal growth through the border. Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ and ‘Emerald and Gold’ are more mound forming, variegated shrubs, but cover the ground well. Both would contrast well with Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ that has a vertical form and beautiful red coloured stems at this time of year. The trailing habit of Periwinkle offers good, evergreen ground cover too. The dark green leaves are a good contrasting colour for brightly coloured foliage such as the Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’. Spring bulbs are just starting to show themselves. We have been enjoying the snowdrops for many weeks now, but the feeling of spring is on the way has its greatest resonance with the daffodil. In my gardening life the daffodil and Forsythia remind me that the sunshine, longer days and warmth are coming as the yellow flowers suggest heat. This is a strong linkage to colour, but the flowing form of swathes of daffodils naturalised in grass helps add vertical interest to a flat grass form. Be bold with your planting. Nature does not produce uniformity and straight lines. I like to broadcast daffodils by the handful and plant them where they fall during early autumn.

Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Nancy’ or ‘White Nancy’ give good value. I also like the semi evergreen Waldsteinia ternata that has strawberry-like foliage with open yellow flowers in late spring. It likes to spread in shady parts of the garden. Think also about hardy perennial habit too for filling space. Geranium ‘Brookside’, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ and Alchemilla mollis are all what I describe as filler hardy perennials. They don’t grow as ground cover but planted in groups or swathes they behave in a similar way. Also they are the contrast to the taller hardy perennials. The juxtaposition of shape, form and texture should always be in your thoughts when creating a new planting scheme. Floor materials help to complement or contrast with planting. Minimalistic planting of grasses and perennials in cobbles or gravel gives a stylised look compared to mulching with organic compost or bark chips. The floor material is a key consideration to new planting. Suppression of weeds is a must, but migration of materials at the transition points such as grass meeting border is frustrating. Slate pieces seemed to dominate the urban front garden, but pebbles and cobbles are fighting back and metal edging is a must! For more in depth plant advice or garden design help please get in touch GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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Emerging hardy perennial shoots are a great sign of regeneration in the garden. There is a tipping point when it seems that everything is growing all at once as the ground has reached the optimum temperature. It is a lovely time to look into the borders and notice the shape, form and texture of the stems that appear. We become very impatient waiting for the finished article, but the real pleasure is in appreciating the journey of growth on a micro level. It is a time of anticipation and excitement. I love to visit the gardens I have designed and planted the previous autumn to observe this transition. Take a little time to look in your borders each week to see this in action.

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MUSEUM MUSINGS: Joining Up History We carry out research for visitors and exhibitions. I often come across a business called Nash, Rowley & Son. They were auctioneers and surveyors in Royston in the 1800s. Many of their auctions were held at the Bull Inn on the High Street. As part of a project to catalogue our research documents, I uncovered some details about the business. In particular, I found links between Nash and important buildings in Royston. Another part of the town’s history was starting to join up and tell more of a story! The business was set up in the 1820s by Thomas Cockett and William Thomas Nash, who would later become Cockett’s son-in-law. When Cockett died, William continued the business with his son, Edward. William Thomas Nash started his career working for John Wallen, an experienced architect and quantity surveyor. Nash picked up a lot from his time working there.

Meanwhile, we’ve also been researching Royston Workhouse for an exhibition. So, how delighted I was to discover that Nash was the person who designed it! I also found out that he designed the Royston Institute building (now the Town Hall) and the Corn Exchange. History can sometimes easily be seen as a timeline, one straight line going backwards. However, when you can start joining up different events and people, it really fills out the story and helps build up a picture of our town and the people who have lived and worked here over the years. | 01763 48447 180 The Listing Villages Februa19 19

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Repair Café Fresh from their success at the world’s biggest repair café in Cambridge in November, Royston Repairers return to Buildtrain in Lower Orchard Road for a slightly smaller fixture. At the next Royston Repair Café the group will also be celebrating their 4th birthday and offering free assessments and, where possible, fixes. Royston Repair Café, The Build Train, Sunday 4th February, 10am -1pm,


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Book Review: Waking

Local author Helen Richardson has recently published her first novel. In describing the inspiration for her work Helen notes “I had a single moment circling in my head: a strange, faint, sense of recognition between a man and a woman. This was the seed that would grow to be Waking, a brief second of déjà vu that felt a bit like attraction, and a bit like memory.” Oscar Berry read the book for us and this is his review:

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The sense of not knowing who to trust fills the plot and Anna feels she cannot trust herself. A “too good to be true” scenario does not make her happy, she is uneasy that she has missed something bad that will come back to haunt her.

The book is about the least known part of the I really enjoyed this addictive read with its dark and disturbing plot and am looking mind – dreams. forward to the next book from Helen! It takes you on a journey with someone who Waking can’t trust their head when they’re asleep. The fear instilled in the characters is transmitted to the reader too. The story moves forward like a psychological thriller, but is mostly about love and relationships.

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Lily is young, bouncy and full of fun. She ideally would love to be homed with a furry friend as she loves to play. Lily is friendly with all dogs and people. Lily would need to be homed with children over 7 as she can be quite boisterous at times, but she is extremely affectionate. Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530 / 07860 480015

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We all love our pets and we like to give them little treats, but this does not help with their weight (and just like us they can put it on easily). Being overweight can have lasting consequences and in some cases can be fatal. There are studies that show overweight dogs do not live as long and are more prone to illnesses. Being overweight changes your pet’s quality of life and they can be affected by conditions such as arthritis, heart problems, breathing difficulties and diabetes.

treats and sticking to a food routine it will help your pets joints as they are growing up. Always give your pet the minimum amount for their body weight as directed on the packet. Try not to keep changing their foods or give them human food or this might turn them in to fussy eaters which can be a problem long term. If your pet is putting on weight you can always call into the vets and ask for a calorie controlled food - they will be happy to advise you. Exercise is always good for animals, whether it be going for walks, or buying toys such as balls, laser pointers or sticks to keep them interested and active. Simply stroking your pet and giving them your attention strengthens your relationship with them.

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Home-Start Matters

We are after your talent, not your money! Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire (HSRSC) is a local charity which quietly, and in confidence, helps families with young children and in personal crisis ‘get back on track’. In so doing, we pro-actively prevent many problems from escalating to major burdens for them and for our community. This early intervention can reduce immediate and future public costs to social services, the health service and, in some cases, educational services. We are proud to have raised almost £90,000 in the last financial year and, recognising that there is no reduction in need, we have raised the target to £140,000 to enable us to extend our service to families in the Buntingford area. This means that we require more Trustees and we are asking you to consider assisting us. The benefits to an organisation and/or individual are likely to include: • The chance to help make a huge difference to the lives of local people experiencing personal crisis • A personal development opportunity for an employee • A transitional activity for someone moving towards retirement • A demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to support the local community

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• A useful addition to a Corporate Responsibility statement • Helpful local publicity We will be pleased to consider all applications and are particularly interested in people with knowledge and expertise in Finance, HR, Operational Management and Fundraising. We have a thorough Trustee Recruitment procedure and will prepare a comprehensive bespoke Induction Programme for successful applicants. Trustees are required to attend five evening Board meetings a year and to commit approximately ten hours a month in governing and supporting the work of our charity. Please contact me by phone if you would be willing to have an initial, informal chat.

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Welcome to our 2018 Wedding Feature CHRISTENING, WEDDING & PA RT Y PA RA P H E R N A L I A

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Elegance and style, without breaking the bank

Quintessential For Quintessential no occasion is too big or too small. We can help you enjoy your perfect day whatever your budget. Bringing both elegance and style, without breaking the bank. We are a small family run business with a desire for bringing an event to life, whether it be a wedding, christening or a family party. Over the last two years, we have expanded the business from our passion for flowers and flower arranging and have ventured into the hire market offering party paraphernalia. We now have a range of products to hire including vintage china, glassware, a variety of table centrepieces or indeed bespoke vases with a creative floral arrangements. Also available are table plan easels, garden furniture and indoor vintage styling which includes sweet carts, cake stands and a variety of bunting.


Top Tips for all things Matrimonial Your wedding is one of the best days of your life. However it involves a great amount of planning which can take away some of the magic during the run up to the ‘Big Day’.

Next, slightly more beauty related, if you are going to tan remember not to go too dark and get it done properly. Allow plenty of time in advance before the day for the initial ‘stain everything you touch’ phase to be over. The last thing you want is to ruin a gorgeous dress/ outfit with tan stains.

Early planning helps to minimise the stress close to the wedding. It’s always good to have Plan Bs Cs and Ds in case Plan A doesn’t work out.

The same rule goes for lipstick, makeup etc, don’t over do it. Focus on contouring cheekbones, and natural colours on the eyes and lips. Lipstick can sometimes smudge and can tend to get everywhere. Try different smudge proof gloss/ lipstick so that on the day you aren’t worrying.

If you are aiming for a big wedding, don’t stray too far away from where your guests live. If you do, expect some guests may be unable to make it. If you are planning to have your wedding in the UK make sure your wedding venue can be flexible in the event of any unexpected weather. Another tip is to get the best photographer you can. The photographs will provide you with a lasting memory of the day so you want to make sure you have the best quality photos possible. Make sure the responsibilities of planning are shared around. If you are a ‘control freak’ you may find this awfully difficult but have faith in the people around you to help out.

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Finally don’t get too caught up in it all, relax, remember what the day is really about and most importantly have fun!

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We believe when choosing the perfect Engagement and Wedding rings you should be able to take your time and ask questions to people who know their products. We give you honest advice and also believe in quality and affordable jewellery. We will be offering free insurance on all Engagement and wedding rings purchased throughout February (T&C apply). Established in 2013 and situated in Royston town centre, HC Jewellers carry out a full range of jewellery services.

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Our next VALUATION DAY is on the 7th of March. Please call us for bookings and information.

HC Jewellers offers: Wedding & Engagement Rings Bespoke Design service Brand New & Refurbished Jewellery Jewellery Repairs & Alterations Watch Repairs & Servicing Watch Batteries & New Strap Replacements Gemstone Identification Valuations & Advice for Insurance & Probate We Purchase Your Unwanted: Gold & Silver Diamond & Gemstones Prestige Watches Coins & Bullion

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Wedding Guests

Wedding season has arrived and when it comes to weddings, if you are like me you face the issue of having to part with the usual black/white tones of your wardrobe.

jumpsuits have been very fashionable and full length jumpsuits are always safe, wide legged jumpsuits are stylish this spring so this could work well in the slightly colder months in the UK which, granted, is mainly all of them!

Now you might be wondering what colours to go for, if you are struggling to stray from black/white I’d suggest a pale grey as it can work for any season so can be worn for further occasions if you dare wear an outfit Midi length is definitely in for wedding twice. Anything along the pastel pink, lilac, guests, teamed with sandal styled heels, blue spectrum also makes for a very elegant adds sophistication to a simple dress. ASOS, look. If you are feeling brave a vibrant green Pretty Little Thing and New Look are some or forest green. Summer weddings are the examples of where you can find simple perfect time to try adding a different colour reasonably priced Midi’s or if your feeling to your look as the possibilities are endless. brave something bolder. If you aren’t sure, keep it a simple style and simple colour. You can always add statement jewellery if you want to ‘bling it up’.

If the wedding you’re attending is in England, you have to plan for any type of weather which makes choosing an outfit extra tricky.

By Ellie Laughlin

If you’re not a fan of dresses another style you could try is a jumpsuit. Culotte style

Best Man Speech - Dream or Nightmare? If you’ve been asked to be the Best Man at your friend’s wedding you are probably starting to worry already about making the speech. Fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias and can get in the way of you enjoying the rest of the event. But there are easy techniques you can learn to build your confidence. 1. A month before the wedding, start to practice feeling confident. Close your eyes and picture an occasion when you felt really confident. Make the picture as big, bright and colourful as you can. When you are experiencing that confident feeling as strongly as possible, press the tips of your thumb and first finger together firmly. This is your confidence anchor. 2. In the week before the wedding, before you go to sleep every night, imagine yourself making a brilliant speech. See yourself standing confidently, speaking easily, the smiling faces in front

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of you. Hear them laughing at your jokes and clapping as you finish. Enjoy that good feeling of a job well done. Press the tips of your thumb and first finger together to ‘fire’ your confidence anchor. 3. Just before you stand up to make the speech, take a few moments to concentrate on your breathing. Breathe down into your stomach and make each out-breath slightly longer than the inbreath. This will trigger relaxation. 4. When you stand up, plant your feet firmly hip distance apart and stand in your confident posture. Fire your confidence anchor. 5. Take plenty of sips of water. This will keep your mouth moist and give you a chance to look at your notes. 6. At the beginning of your speech, let your eyes go out of focus so that you can take in the whole room. Once you are feeling more confident, let your eyes focus on the people who are smiling and laughing - there will be plenty of them. 7. Enjoy yourself - this is your moment!

© Pat Duckworth

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Don’t forget the Grooms As you plan your dress, venue, bridesmaid dresses and flowers for your forthcoming wedding, don’t forget to give a thought to the groom’s outfit. At Chimney Formal Menswear we offer an awardwinning service to help grooms find a style, colour and texture which not only makes them feel confident, impresses friends and family but also makes their bride proud.

• If you are buying your outfit give plenty of time for ordering.

To all the grooms out there, who are planning your wedding, here is our advice:

• Give your groomsmen plenty of time to book in their fittings into their busy lives.

• 6 months before the wedding is a good time to start planning your outfit. Use your appointment to explore colour, style and to try something a little out of your comfort zone.

• If any of your groomsmen wish to lose weight or go on a fitness regime leave their fittings until a couple of months before the wedding.

Whether you are buying or hiring your wedding • It’s your wedding too so don’t always choose the suit, come and talk to the Team at Chimney. We obvious. Think about your venue, the theme of look forward to welcoming you! your wedding and wedding colours but ultimately For fun, relaxed and informative appointments choose something that reflects your personality. that come highly recommended call us on • Try different accessories, style of shirt or a 01763 588 or email contrast waistcoat to elevate a business type suit into a wedding outfit.

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Letchworth Hall Hotel Wedding Fair Sunday 4th February, 11am – 3.30pm

Needham House Hotel & Spa Wedding Show Sunday 25th February, 11am – 3pm

The Cambridge Wedding Fair, Anstey Hall

The Hitchin Priory Wedding Fair

Sunday 4th February, 11am – 3.30pm

Sunday 4th March, 11am – 3.30pm

Hallmark Golf & Spa Cambridge Spring Wedding Show

Wedding Spectacular, Knebworth Barns

Sunday 4th February, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 18th March, 11am - 4pm

The Premier Knebworth Barns Wedding Fair

The Stevenage Spring Wedding Showcase

Sunday 18th February, 11am – 4pm

Sunday 18th March, 11am - 3pm

The Cambridge Riverside Wedding Fair Saturday 24th February, 11am– 3.30pm

Sheene Mill, Melbourn Wedding Fair Saturday 18th March, 11am - 3pm

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HoneyMoon destinations Premier Travel in Royston reveals its top 5 longhaul honeymoon destinations for 2018 Thailand Offering culture, stunning beaches and a unique elephant experience at Khao Sok National Park, Thailand is always popular. Honeymooners can stay in lavish 4 or 5-star hotels with excellent facilities for the same price as 3-star accommodation elsewhere. Mauritius Its sandy white beaches and swaying palms make Mauritius a top-selling honeymoon destination. Great value all-inclusive hotels are plentiful, and there are often amazing offers and discounts available for couples at Indian Ocean resorts. Southern Africa Our favourite honeymoon itinerary is a few nights in Cape Town for its culture, a visit to the Winelands region

for wine tasting, followed by a self-drive along the stunning Garden Route. You can end your honeymoon with a stay at a safari lodge in pursuit of the Big Five game animals for that ultimate experience. Borneo Wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Borneo, with an overnight excursion to see the country’s native orang-utans the most popular reason for visiting. Canada Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, and the destination saw a surge in popularity – especially among married couples. The opportunity to tour the stunning Rockies is a bucket list experience where you can make lifelong memories. Premier Travel offers a wedding and honeymoon gift service, where your guests can contribute towards the cost of a wedding abroad or honeymoon. To discuss any aspect of your honeymoon or wedding abroad please contact the experts at Premier Travel Royston on 01763 1111 or visit the website:

Occasions for Less ...for very competitive prices We offer a large choice of Modern Wedding Cars or Classic Wedding Cars for your special day. We even have number of non traditional vehicles should you wish to be a little different and make a more distinctive type of entrance....all driven by professional, experienced and uniformed chauffeurs. Call 01223 870107 or 07918 739544 house of cambridge wedding cars 4

Fantastic Reductions on all End of Season Clearance

Mother of Bride Outfits from • Condici • John Charles • Ispirato • Ian Stuart • Cabotine • Zeila • Gina Bacconi. Sizes 8 - 22 Opposite the main Cream shop. Occasionwear, hats and fascinators are on the first floor and daywear, eveningwear, shoes, bags and lingerie are downstairs. All at fantastic prices. Roysia House, John Street Royston SG8 9BE

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Weddings Perched alongside one of Britain’s most ancient roads, Templar Antiquities seems perfectly placed for its purpose...but what is that exactly? Well, we have come to find out and after passing through one of Cambridgeshire’s tallest, Gothic-arched entrances, it is immediately apparent that this is no ordinary antique shop! No, it’s more alike to a page out of some fantastical novel or period drama, a film set, a museum and an art gallery...or all of the above. “Well, this is what we do!” exclaimed the long haired entrepreneur as he spread his arms wide and waved his hands all round. “A gathering of art, arms and artefacts, home furniture and furnishings carved straight out of history, made by the artisans of time whose craft and articulation shine through in every item! That’s not all; we even design and build bespoke furniture out of reclaimed and age-old timbers ourselves...have a look at the Templar Built section of our website,” states Benjy Reid.

unique. We find ourselves walking in with one notion and leaving, hands full, with another. We didn’t even feel the need to haggle! “Yes,” nods our most informative, unlikely host, “We are a collector of many things, but dust isn’t one of them.” Among the treasures lies the perfect, unique wedding present for a very lucky couple.

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“And,” he continues energetically, “check these out! Hands down the most detailed, pre-aged, stone statuary I have yet to come across in the UK. We are now a major stockist in the region.”

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St Valentine

Saint Valentine has long been associated with a tradition of courtly love. But who was he and why do we remember him? All that is reliably known of the saint commemorated on 14th February is his name and that he was martyred and buried at a cemetery on the Via Flaminia close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of Rome on that day. It is could be that the little we know actually relates to two saints of the same name. The name “Valentine” is derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful). According to the official biography of the Diocese of Terni (Saint Valentine is officially Saint Valentine of Terni), Bishop Valentine was born and lived in Interamna (now Terni) and while on a temporary stay in Rome he was imprisoned, tortured, and martyred there on 14th February 269. His body was hastily buried at a nearby cemetery and a few nights later his disciples retrieved his body and returned him home. However, In the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), alongside a woodcut portrait of Valentine, the text states that he was a Roman priest martyred

during the reign of Claudius Gothicus. He was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Helping Christians at this time was considered a crime. Valentinus tried to convert the Emperor to Christianity and was condemned to death for his efforts. He was beaten with clubs and stones; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded! The traditions associated with Valentine’s Day were documented in the 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer in his poem Parlement of Foules and some hold that they did not exist before then. The traditions, whether originated by Chaucer or otherwise, may have arisen as, during the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February. This was then associated with the romance of Valentine. Although all these legends may differ in ways, Valentine’s day is widely recognised as a day for romance and devotion...


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From Tallulah’s Kitchen

Pancake Cake Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to February. This month I would like to share with you a new recipe in my collection combining two of my most favourite desserts...pancakes and chocolate. Whilst this recipe is a little on the time consuming side, it can be completed in stages so you don’t have to find a huge chunk of time in your busy day to make the cake. So let’s begin... For the Ganache 375g double cream 115g caster sugar 500g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) For the Pancakes 300g plain flour 4tbsp caster sugar 3 eggs (from happy free range hens!) 3 egg yolks (as above!) 750g semi skimmed milk 2 tbsp oil & a little extra for the pan For the Glaze 75g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 115g double cream 3 tbsp golden syrup 25g butter Let’s start by making the ganache. Pour the cream and sugar into saucepan, and slowly heat until the sugar is dissolved. Take care not to boil the cream as this will cause the ganache to split. Now add the chocolate and stir on a very low heat until all the chocolate has melted and you have a lump free molten liquid. Pour into a heat proof bowl, cover and pop into the fridge to cool and set for at least 2 hours. Now we can make the pancake batter. Into your large mixing bowl put the flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre and pour in the eggs and the egg yolks, then beat in the milk and whisk until you have a smooth, lump free mixture. Add the oil, whisk, then cover and leave this to rest in the fridge too - for half an hour. Now let’s make the pancakes. I used a small non stick crepe pan about 15cms in diameter. Heat up the pan and wipe a thin layer of oil over the base of the pan. The heat of the pan is correct when a drop of the batter “sizzles” on contact with it. When you are ready, swirl approximately 1/2 a ladle of batter around the pan as you pour taking care to get right to the edges whilst aiming for uniform sides. If you are quick you can scrape down the excess to form a nice tidy edge before it cooks fully. As the batter drys out and forms “blisters” it will no longer be stuck


to the base of the pan and it is now ready to be flipped. So, toss, flip or turn over your pancake and cook for a approximately 20 seconds on this side before turning out onto grease proof paper. Repeat until all the batter is gone and you are standing next to a pile of pancakes! Cover then pop them in the fridge to chill. Ideally you are looking for 30 pancakes to layer up, however the very first pancake made is usually “not quiet right” and gobbled up by the chef in the interests of “quality control”! Now for the construction! Remove the ganache from the fridge and very gently warm over a pan of hot water until you are able to move the mixture enough to pour it in a mixer. Beat until smooth, creamy in texture, and lighter in colour. You need the mixture to be spreadable but not too loose as this will compromise the structure of the cake. I also find that leaving the ganache in the mixing bowl helped as the mixture seems to firm up whilst you are busy making the layers but a quick minute in the mixer loosens it all up and makes it easy to work with! So, spread a spoon full of the ganache on to the first pancake taking care to go all the way to the edges and the layer is flat and even. Place onto your serving plate, top with another ganache layered pancake and repeat until you have the height you need or have used up all the pancakes. You are aiming for tidy layers with nice straight edged with even layers of ganache in between. The top layer should be a face up naked pancake. Pop the “cake” into the fridge to chill, while you clear down and make the chocolate glaze. Simply pop all the ingredients into a heat proof bowl and place this above a pan of simmering water (take care not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water) and let all the ingredients melt together, stir until lump free. Leave to cool off slightly before using. To finish the cake, carefully pour 2/3 of the glaze onto the top and “encourage” it to drip down the sides. You are looking to show the edges and layers so we won’t be covering it completely. Then pour the remaining glaze over the top for a smooth finish. Leave for the glaze to set 20 minutes or so, then slice and serve to your delighted guests! This is not a light dessert and the dark chocolate is very rich so small portions to start may be wise! Anyway, until next time my fellow foodies...

Tallulah Le Fey x

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THIS YEAR’S BARKWAY PANTO’S A BEAUTY February in Barkway means one thing – panto time at Barkway Village Hall! This year’s show is an original production of Sleeping Beauty. It’s full of magic, with fairies, a castle, a beautiful princess and an evil old crone – everything you would expect in the traditional tale.

As always, there’s something for everyone: laughs, music and panto tradition. But Barkway’s panto group prides itself on offering something a bit different... so don’t be surprised to encounter unexpected characters and quirky plot twists! This will be the 26th annual pantomime performed by the Barkway Players. The group attracts people from all over the area, not just from Barkway, and is always on the lookout for new members. Visit their website to find out more. Proceeds from the show benefit Barkway Village Hall. Sleeping Beauty, Barkway Village Hall Friday 2nd February at 8pm, and Saturday 3rd February at 2pm and 8pm or call 01763 848347 for tickets

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Reed Pop-Up Pub

The Save the Cabinet Action Group will hold its fifth Pop-up-Pub night this month. Reed Village Hall will be transformed for the evening to create an authentic pub atmosphere. Real ale, wines and spirits will be available, alongside pub food. Music will be provided by the local acoustic band, Sky West. The event will raise funds to support the campaign to save The Cabinet pub in Reed from being turned permanently into a house. North Herts Councillors refused planning permission for change of use in July, but now the developer who owns the pub has lodged an appeal. Reed Pop-Up Pub, Reed Village Hall, Saturday 10th February, 6.30pm | 01763 248447 180 The Listing Villages Februa33 33

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Royston Business Network Thu 1st Feb, 7.30 – 9am The Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers.

Vikings in your Vocabulary Thu 1st Feb, 8- 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Richard Dance will be giving an illustrated talk about the Viking words in our vocabulary. David Allard: 01763 242677

Hallmark Golf & Spa Hotel Meet your Police Cambridge Wedding Show Community Support Officer, Sun 4th Feb, 11am – 3pm Hallmark Golf & Spa Hotel, Bar Hill, CB23 8EU A delightful venue to showcase our spring Truly Scrumptious Wedding Show. truly-scrumptious-weddings.

Thu 8th Feb, 7.30- 9pm, Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Meet your Community Support Officer and find out the type of work they do to keep us safe as a whole community.

Letchworth Hall Hotel Wedding Fair

Fri 9th Feb, 7.15-10pm, Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Proceeds shared between Church funds & Home–Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire For more information contact Richard on 01763 208381

Sun 4th Feb, 11am – 3pm Letchworth Hall Hotel, SG6 3NP venue itself is stunning and Bishop’s Stortford College The views and surroundings are a Festival of Literature 2018 , its photographer’s delight, providing the Fri 2nd – Thurs 8th Feb, 10am – 5pm perfect backdrop for your special day. Bishop Stortford College, Maze Green Rd, CM23 2PJ The week will feature an array of The Cambridge Wedding authors and more in events open to Fair the general public. sarah.gowans@ Sun 4th Feb, 11am – 3.30pm Anstey Hall, Cambridge, CB2 9LG The Cambridge Wedding Fair unites Coffee and Connect , some of the leading wedding suppliers Fri 2nd Feb, 10.30 – 11.30am from Cambridge and beyond in a The Jolly Postie, Royston, SG8 5AY relaxed informal atmosphere. An informal business networking event in the centre of Royston. Free to members of the Royston Chamber of Teatime Praise , Commerce. £2.50 for non-members. Sun 4th Feb, 3.30- 4.30pm Julia Brooks: 01763 877110 Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Community Showcase A short service for all the family followed by tea and cake. Launch Sat 3rd Feb, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Crystalline Sound Bath View our new display about Sun 4th Feb, 7- 9pm Nuthampstead Airfield Museum. Norton Methodist Church Hall Want a quick and effortless way to Afternoon Tea de-stress? Come and join us and listen Every Saturday 2-4pm to live music and sounds to relax and uplift you. Melbourn Hub, 30 High St, SG8 6DZ You can enjoy delicious home made Royston Arts Festival AGM scones with quality jam and cream, a Mon 5th Feb, 7.30- 8.30pm selection of superb sandwich fillings Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW and more. Contact The Hub reception Old AGM for 2018’s Royston Arts Festival. on 01763 263303. RSVP:

St John The Baptist Church Quiz Night ,

Sat 3rd Feb, 7.30- 9.30pm Greneway School, Royston, SG8 7JG Bring own nibbles and drinks and an raffle. All proceeds in aid of St John the Baptist church funds . Teams of up to 8. Kay on 01763 242659 or

Equine Car Boot Sale

Sun 4th Feb, 10am – 12pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 5LT Raising money for The Shetland Pony Welfare Trust.

Royston Repair Cafe ,

Sun 4th Feb, 10am – 12pm The Build Train, Lower Gower Road, Royston, SG8 5EA Do you need something fixing rather than throwing it away? We will teach you how to fix it.


BNI: The Force Chapter ,

Every Weds, 6.30am The Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG One person per profession to join a chapter. So once you’ve joined, none of your competitors can participate. Leah Sands: 07870 994795

Tunes and Spoons

Heather Miller ‘Flowers in Acrylics’ , Fri 9th Feb, 8- 10pm, Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston Heather Miller will be demonstrating painting “Flowers in Acrylics”.

Reed Pop-Up Pub Night

Sat 10th Feb, 6.30- 9.30pm Reed Village Hall, SG8 8AX The Action Group was founded in September 2016. Its aim is to preserve the Cabinet, the last pub in the village of Reed in Hertfordshire.

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Make your Writing Sparkle

Mon 12th Feb, 10am – 3pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB In this day long workshop with writer Elizabeth Barbour students get to talk project ideas in a supportive learning environment. £25 for more information:

Lino Printing

Tue 13th Feb, 10am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Liz Beardwell printing workshop using the original 1855 Crow printing press to produce your own unique lino cut prints. £5. Booking Essential.

Drawing Workshop 13th Feb, 10.30 – 11.30am Royston Business Network Tue Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Every Thu, 7.30 – 9am, The Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers.

Ben Crosland plays the Ray Davies Songbook

Thu 8th Feb, 6- 10pm, Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, Cambridge, CB5 8BA A tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/ composer Ray Davies.

Improve your drawing skills with expert tips and guidance. Draw wonderful objects from the Museum’s collections. Led by local artist Susan Sanders. £5.

Crafty Wednesday Royston Rocks

Wed 14th Feb, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Join us and decorate your own pet rock or make some to hide around town, to be discovered by others. £3 per child, drop-in activity.

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Family Friendly Events Historical Crafter Day: Coins and Medals

Sat 17th Feb, 10.30am – 12pm, Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Crafty activities & trail around the museum. To find out more visit:

Blind River + False Hearts + Alter The Sky ,

Draining the Fens

Fri 23rd Feb, 7.20pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston With Peter Green, speaker from Burwell. £3 entry. Refreshments available. Enquiries: 01799 523776

Royston Baby Show

Leisure The Ultimate Soul and Motown Night Starring Sharn Adela

Sat 24th Feb, 8- 11pm Orwell Village Hall, High St Licensed bar, raffle and room for dancing. Tickets available for £9 from Orwell Post Office or ring Val on 01223 207585

Sat 24th Feb, 10am – 3pm Meridian School, 99 Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7JH Sat 17th Feb, 7.30 - 9.30pm Needham House Hotel & Eternit Sports & Social Club, Meldreth Royston’s very own Baby Show, Spa Wedding Show showcasing all things from pregnancy Tickets £7.50 advance or £8 on the Sun 25th Feb, 11am – 3pm to preschool. For more information door. Tickets: 01763 261725 or House Hotel & Spa, Little contact: Needham Wymondley, SG4 7JJ Empirical Events are delighted to Watercolour Workshop The Premier Knebworth announce our third visit to Needham with Ian McManus House Hotel in Hertfordshire. A Barns Wedding Fair Sat 24th Feb, 10am – 4pm beautiful venue for a wedding. Sun 18th Feb, 11am – 3pm Hinxworth Village Hall, SG7 5HL Knebworth Barns, SG1 2AX Come and develop your painting skills A wonderful Wedding Fair that brings under the guidance of one of East Go Meet Duxford together over 50 leading wedding Anglia’s leading watercolour artists. Tue 27th Feb, 8 – 10am professionals from Hertfordshire, Both beginners and experienced The Officers’ Mess Business Centre, Bedfordshire, London and beyond. artists welcome. Duxford, Royston Rd, CB22 4QH Go Meet Duxford is a networking event Friends Book Sale held monthly at The Officers’ Mess Monday Club , Sat 24th Feb, 10.45am – 4pm Business Centre. Tickets are just £15, Mon 19th Feb, 3.30 - 5pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL which includes breakfast. Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Bag a bargain book! Monthly book For 4 to 11 year-olds – newcomers are sale run by the Friends of Royston always welcome. School years 5 & 6 Museum. Last Sat of every month. ‘Deeds not Words’ – Monday Club Extra. Tue 27th Feb, 7.30- 9.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Cracked Voices event Dr Pankhurst the great-grand daughter Comedy Night Sat 24th Feb, 11am – 1pm of women’s rights campaigner Tue 20th Feb, 8 - 9.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Emmeline Pankhurst explores how The Plough, High St, Shepreth, SG8 6PP Hear what Alfred J Christiansen saw women’s lives have changed over the Free Entry. Contributions welcome. at the POW camp on The Heath on past century and considers what lays Hitler’s birthday. Also, the story of ahead. Meridian’s ‘Cracked Objects’ Churches Together Lent cycle.


Wed 21st & Weds 28th February, 12-1.30pm St Thomas Catholic Church Hall, 6 Melbourn Rd, Royston, SG8 7DB

Family Bushcraft Fun

Literary Lunch

Wedding Fair

Greenfingers Garden Club Talk

Sat 24th February 11am-3.30pm Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE The whole family will have fun learning some of these essential bushcraft Vera’s Gin Club skills: making shelters, starting fires, Wed 21st Feb, 7.30pm The Plough, High St, Shepreth, SG8 6PP using camouflage and more Five Gins, Vera’s Nibbles a Large G&T, and Lots & Lots of Fun! Tickets £23 The Cambridge Riverside

Chris Batchelor’s ‘Happy House’

Thu 22nd Feb, 6- 10pm Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, Cambridge, CB5 8BA Happy House is a new London based group of very experienced musicians. Chris Batchelor, Steve Watts and Paul Clarvis have played together for decades in many different bands.

Friday Fizz

Fri 23rd Feb, 5.30- 7.30pm The Jolly Postie, Royston, SG8 5AY Join us for an informal catch up after work! Venues change each month, check online to see where we’ll be. Contact Sharon for more information:

Sat 24th Feb, 11am – 3.30pm The Doubletree by Hilton, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT Meet some of the leading inspirational exhibitors from Cambridge and beyond at this beautiful riverside wedding venue. Find out more:

Wed 28th Feb, 12.15- 3pm Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Local entertainer and Home-Start’s Poet in Residence Jude Simpson hosts a chat with Madeleine Reiss. Local author of ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and, to be published in February: ‘Before We Say Goodbye’ Tickets 315 from 01763 262262

Wed 28th Feb, 7- 9pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston, SG8 5PT A talk , “Running a Smallholding” by Donna Attias. For more information contact 01763 244424

Royston & District Twinning For more events please visit our website. Association Quiz Night Sat 24th Feb, 7.30- 10pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston £12 per head including Fish & Chip supper. BYO drinks. Max 8 per team.

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Roman artefacts North Hertfordshire Museum is celebrating after being awarded grant funding to keep locally discovered Roman treasures in the district. The artefacts which include Egyptian patterned glass bowls dating back to AD200, Roman jugs, cups, plates and an iron lamp, have been classed as the third most significant discovery of its kind in recent years. They were originally discovered by a metal detectorist in a field near Kelshall, Royston and an archaeological dig took place shortly after to understand why the metalwork had been buried. This was when the glass was found. Due to the historical significance of the finds, they were placed in the care of The British Museum.

of grant funding from The Headley Trust, V&A Arts Council Purchase Fund, The Art Fund and the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund. There was also a donation of £1000 from a private donor. Staff at the Museum will shortly be arranging for the items to be transferred from The British Museum to its premises. Items will undergo conservation and restoration work before being put into permanent display cabinets. We will bring you more news when the Museum opens fully.

North Hertfordshire Museum in Hitchin was successful in applying for nearly £60,000 Call 01462 474554

Arts Festival 2018


Kirsten Grimmer, Chairperson, Creative Royston is bidding to bag a Creative Royston, said: massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for Royston Arts Festival 2018. “The Tesco Bags of Help funding will help boost the Three groups in every Tesco region have festival and enable us to bring been shortlisted to receive the cash award new talent and experiences to and shoppers are being invited to head the people of Royston. We are along to Tesco stores to vote for who they always excited to promote arts for all and think should take away the top grant of thrive on delivering something new each £4,000. year, which is just not possible without the Royston Arts Festival is one of the groups on help of local businesses, big and small.” the shortlist. Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers can cast Creative Royston manages and delivers their vote using a token given to them at the a range of arts activities throughout the check-out in store each time they shop. year, as well as an annual arts festival in September. Royston Arts Festival 2018 is a If you’d like to find out more about the community event and will carry the theme successes of the 2017 Arts Festival and “Voyages of Discovery”. have a peek at what’s planned for 2018, then This funding will enable please attend the AGM this month! them to deliver an increased programme of Creative Royston AGM, The Oakroom at The arts activities and events Old Bull Inn, Royston, Monday 5th February, for the local community to 7.30pm


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Zanna Newton Pilates Celebrating 14 years of teaching Pilates in Stotfold & Melbourn.

The last 14 years of teaching Pilates has been a real journey.

Business Profile

As with many businesses it all started a little by accident and I could not have imagined, back in 2004, that my love of dance and aerobics would lead ultimately to me teaching Pilates to around 175 people every week. I introduced Pilates classes in Stotfold initially, alongside my other fitness classes. These classes led to an invitation in early 2005 to teach at ESSE in Melbourn, shortly after they opened. When I look back to my early Pilates classes, I can see how sessions have evolved. My own teaching skills continue to develop as I learn from my students as well as from the regular training that I attend. Pilates is a progressive conditioning exercise and I pay particular attention to technique to ensure all my clients achieve their full potential whilst also enjoying their Pilates sessions. With so many long-time regulars I have to keep classes varied, motivational and challenging.

Pilates targets the deep postural muscles to improve core strength and posture and was originally developed by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate and train athletes, dancers and gymnasts. Today’s Clinical Pilates has modified and adapted those exercises to ensure they benefit everyone, whatever your age or ability. I am frequently recommended personally, by doctors and physiotherapists, to help those with back pain and other difficulties. I am fully qualified in Pilates mat-work, exercise, studio equipment and the management of lower back pain and exercise in pregnancy. Clinical Pilates can dramatically improve joint mobility, rebalance the body to promote good posture and aid rehabilitation after injury. As strength and technique improve I introduce more Classical Pilates exercises, to add further challenge when appropriate. For more details on local classes, timetables and locations please see my website;

WI AM Throughout 017 the nominated Zanna is a Pilates specialist, and has been teaching locally for over 13 years PILATES COURSES AT

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charity of WI AM has been Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire. At our meeting in January we were pleased to welcome Roman Maczkiewicz and Amanda Hourmand from Home-Start. Roman informed us how they raise funds, which include applying for grants, holding fundraising events and more. At the end of the meeting the President of the group, Pat Morritt, presented HomeStart with a cheque for £650.

WI AM meets on the nd Wednesday of the month at the Market Hill Rooms, Royston. Visitors are welcome. Please contact: Pat Morritt on 01763 66167

Level 4 Exercise & Management of Lower Back Pain

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Essex & Herts Air Ambulance invite supporters to share their 0 year milestone with A Year of Celebrations! Are you celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, wedding or a personal milestone before June 30th 2018? If so, then why not ask your guests to make a donation to your local life-saving Charity? This year Essex & Herts Air Ambulance celebrate 20 Years of Saving Lives and they are calling upon everyone across the counties who has something to celebrate to share this special milestone with them. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unlike NHS emergency services, is a Charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

who have already requested donations in lieu of gifts. People are getting behind this campaign and have so far raised £15,464 towards the £20,000 target for their local Air Ambulance.” Whether it be pounds or pennies, every donation counts at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. Even £5 can buy disposable head blocks to help maintain spinal immobilisation in patients and £8 can buy a blood pressure cuff to monitor the status of a patient. Everyone’s contributions really add together to make a massive difference. To request a Celebration Pack, including posters, balloons and a collection box to encourage donations from your guests throughout your event, go to www.ehaat. org or call 0345 417 690

Each HEMS Team consists of a Pilot and Co-pilot, a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and a Critical Care Paramedic who can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment to deliver advanced clinical care that is normally only found in the hospital emergency department. Once stabilised, the patient will be conveyed by air or land to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. It costs £6.5 million every year to cover all charitable costs and aircraft operations. Without access to National Lottery funding and with only limited support from Government, the Charity relies upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep saving lives.

To request a Celebration Pack and to register your event, go to or call 0345 2417 690

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WI PM Our friendly group meets monthly in the Fellowship Hall, Royston next to the Picture Palace. We warmly welcome visitors to join us and if you would like to meet other women in your local community WI is a very good place to start. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, have varied interests and offer a range of activities. Each month we enjoy a talk from a professional speaker and in February St John Ambulance will be giving us a talk and demonstration of first aid. This may be the most valuable lesson you ever learn so do consider joining us on Thursday 8th February.

Melbourn & Royston 1st week free for new students.

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Come and join us!

WI PM, second Thursday of the month, Fellowship Hall,1.45pm. For more information please ring Jean on 01763 45958 or Anne on 01763 61775

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This month marks an exciting landmark for personal training experts Gymbo’s – it’s their 10 year anniversary! Having witnessed a growing demand from customers wanting personal training in a more private setting away from the intimidating environment of a larger gym; owner James Rivers left his role as a freelance personal trainer at a Cambridge gym chain and set up his first personal training studio in Harston in 2008. The state of the art facility and friendly approach proved so popular that in 2013 Gymbo’s moved to bigger premises in Meldreth; followed by the opening of a second facility in Sawston in 2017. With 11 personal trainers and thousands of hours of personal training experience under Gymbo’s belt, your health and fitness could not be in better hands! To celebrate their anniversary, Gymbo’s is giving one lucky winner the chance to win 3 months (13 sessions) of small group training at their Meldreth studio, worth £147!


Private consultations for help with depression, stress, relational problems, anxiety, lack of confidence, bereavement etc

Suitable for all fitness levels, small group sessions involve a mixture of weight training and cardiovascular training to maximise health, strength and fitness. Coached by a personal trainer within a small group (max. 6 people), customers benefit from individual instruction in a non-intimidating environment. To enter the competition, answer the following question and email the answer to meldreth@ Which of the following is a popular diet for fat loss? Answer a) Cambourne Diet b) 5:2 Diet c) Watkins Diet

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The competition closes on 28th February 2018. At Gymbo’s Meldreth, they are currently offering a free trial session. Visit for details or call 0797 116 1795


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

Care Home SHORTLISTED Margaret House in Barley, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Pinder Healthcare Awards. These national Awards recognise the important contribution made by the owners of all types of care homes and the degree to which they have recognised the needs and desires of

Drivers urgently Needed Royston & District Community Transport is looking for drivers from Royston and surrounding villages - in particular, Royston town, Melbourn, Duxford, Gt Chishill, Bassingbourn, The Mordens, Ashwell, Fowlmere, Barley, Barkway.

the residents and incorporated these into the final design of their homes. The judges look to reward quality of care, achieved through quality of design, rather than design alone Proprietor, Thomas Kelly said “ We are delighted to be one of the three finalists and to have our home and its new unit, which we are very proud of, recognised in this way.”

who are unable to use conventional public transport for reasons of age, frailty, impaired mobility or the lack of public transport. Our minibuses and MPV are suitable for wheelchair users who cannot transfer to a car.

The organisation needs drivers with their own The service can be used for journeys to: cars, who would receive 50p/mile towards their • Hospitals for appointments, admissions or running costs and also needs drivers for our visits wheelchair-accessible minibuses and MPVs, for • Health care appointments which training would be given. • Day Centres Royston & District Community Transport offers door-to-door transport for people living in Royston and the surrounding villages of North & East Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire who are unable to use conventional public transport and do not have the use of a car. Volunteer drivers provide transport using their own cars and the scheme also operates two wheelchair-accessible minibuses and a four/six seat Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). The scheme is aimed at groups or individuals

• Specialist Needs clubs • Social purposes • Shopping

Do get in touch if you can help.

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...your local broker Many homes in rural locations are of high value, non-standard construction or difficult to insure. Sound familiar? Let the emperor of insurance find the right policy for your needs. We will take away the inconvenience and provide you with the confidence and reassurance that your home and all of your worldly goods are covered correctly. Ensuring peace of mind for our customers is at the heart of what we do.

PROTECTING LICENCES, LIVELIHOODS & PUBLIC SAFETY Your Local Logistics & Safety Trainer for: • ADR • Forklift Trucks Call for a free, • First Aid no obligation quote • Driver CPC Qualification Tel: 07788 867 481 Email: Web:

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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.

“I need an accountant who can help grow my business”

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. Also on the Saturday mornings of 3rd & 17th February, again by appointment only. Home visits are also available at no extra charge within a 20 mile radius of Royston.

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For more information please contact us. Fish Hill Chambers, 2-3 Fish Hill, Royston, Herts, SG8 9JY • 01763 241121

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Business lessons from Disney How and why are Disney’s theme parks so successful? According to former Exec Vice President, Lee Cockerell, ‘Disney is just like every business: It has to make a profit, it has to deal with serious business issues.’ Cockerell also says that attention to detail is practically a religion at Disney. He points out that the company regards its interactions with guests as like staging an epic performance. And one thing out of place could end up spoiling the whole thing for a visitor. So staff are told that they don’t have to be happy to work at Disney, but they do have to act happy for eight hours! As well as relentlessly cheerful staff, the corporation wanted an immaculate, litterfree environment. They did not want to see a single piece of paper on the ground to spoil the intricately planned entertainment experience. But how do you stop people dropping litter and make sure they put it in a bin?

As there was no obvious answer, the corporation organised its own extensive research – with the same attention to detail that we have come to expect! It found out that people drop litter more often when there is already litter about – so if it starts clean, it should stay clean. They also found out that generally adults will walk seven paces to a litter bin – much more than that, and the temptation to drop, rather than bin becomes harder to resist. So at Euro Disney, you will see no litter on the ground – and you should never be more than seven paces from a bin. There’s more to Disney’s success than this, but they are convinced that it is these little things that most customers may not consciously notice, that keeps everyone coming back again and again. And that’s no fairy story!

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Choral Society Romance is in the air as RCS have been showing their love of music and each other. In the run up to Valentine’s Day, the pairs have been speaking about the part that music has played in their lives. In early February, singers are sharing what they love about being in the Royston Choral Society via a #LovesinginginRoyston hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. They’ll next be ‘sharing the love’ in March. Fauré Requiem, Standon Parish Church, Sunday 5th March, 7.30pm Tickets £9-£1

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Useful Numbers CHURCHES

Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC

Churches Together in Royston & Dis.

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

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Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 246458 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 243476 Royston Methodist Hall Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 07977 519965 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 235100 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839564 Whaddon Village Hall


NHS Telephone Advice Service



Royston Library

0300 123 4049

Heidi Allen MP for S Cambs Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts

01954 212707 01462 486074



Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice 03450 455 200 Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite 03001 234040

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

01462 474000 J Oliver Radley

01763 273300


01763 245484 Non emergency number


03450 450 500 Market Manager Anthony Whiteman Town Manager Geraint Burnell 01462 417377 01763 848244 01763 290555 01763 848244 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


Bassingbourn Village College Freman College Greneway Middle School Melbourn Village College Meridian School Roysia Middle School


HALLS FOR HIRE Abington Pigotts Village Hall All Saints’ Community Hall, Melbourn 01763 223320 Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Village Hall 07805 216869 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 849488 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 246136 Chrishall Village Hall Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 07484 106292 Greneway School, Royston 01763 243650 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 245914 Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 0788 577 4775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Melbourn Hub 01763 263303

National Rail Enquiries 24-hours

Royston & District Community Transport


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


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


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 North Herts South Cambs | 01763 248447 180 The Listing Villages Februa45 45


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Index of Advertisers

Professional Accountants

Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Service Ltd 44

Antique Shops

Abode Town & Country


Financial Advisors KDW Financial

Templar Antiquities


Barber/Hairdresser Saks Hair and Beauty


Wetstones Bathrooms & Tiles

Building & Maintenance Kendall Install

Business Coaches Shifting Dynamics

40 21 23 44

Business Services

Penguin Insurance Premier CPC Training Ltd


Davey’s Butchers

Car & Van Rental

Applegate Van Hire Ltd

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson P W H Installations Stephen B Carpentry

Zanna Newton Pilates Bonfitness Pilates Jazzercise Gymbo’s Newlings of Royston A J Furniture


Gardening Services


20 47 47





37 39 39 40

Funeral Directors


St Georges Nursing Home



Garden Design Solutions All Seasons Landscape Sullivan Landscapes G M Sharp Landscapes CW Landscapes Leaf & Lawn

42 42

Care Home

14 18 16 20 23 47

Bumpkins Nursery


Coach Hire, Trips & Holidays Richmonds Coaches


Mandy Thornton



Curtains Blinds & Soft Furnishings

Handyman Dave Knight


Health Therapists

Birth Baby & Me 39 Royston Complementary Health 41

Horologist Brian Bulley

Linda Turner Interiors Borders & Bows New Dawn Blinds

3 13 15

Decorating Services

Decorating & Restorations Service 47


Alliance Dental Care Ltd Ashwell Dental

2 48

Education Services

Melbourn Village College


JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd Grahams Electricks

8 17 19

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers

Lighting Services Lighting Sensations

Local Events

Royston Baby Show Fowlmere Playgroup Thrift Sale Soul & Motown Night

Marketing & Advertising Services

The Listing Marketing Company


Chimney Menswear



J Oliver Radley Opticians



John Moore Creative Photography 31


JS Plastering & Carpentry DGN Plastering

21 47

Plumbing & Heating Services

Steve Brown Plumbing and Heating 16 H20 18 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 47


Premier Roofing


School Holiday Clubs Mad Science Cambridge


Self Storage


Surfacing Contractors North Herts Surfacing Ltd John Cobb & Sons

Tiling Services

Simon’s Tiling Services

Travel Agents


Tree Services

Trademark Kitchens 3 Grange Farm Stoves 17 Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 18 Cream Fashions Occasions For Less

Roy Castle & Co


Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters

Ladies Fashion

Motor Services

Royston Self Storage


Childcare Services


Estate Agents


Premier Travel


Shire Trees Limited


Venue Hire

Royston Town Football Club

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre

27 29 11 7 9 11

44 27

15 20

25 22

Wedding Services

Quintessential Wedding Stationery House of Hill Weddings

24 25 29

Will Writing Services The Walkers Partnership Wills By David Isherwood

42 44

Window Cleaning British Window and General Cleaning Co


Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services 1st Glass Services


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Loving Local Living LMJ Plumbing & Heating ď “ No job too small ď “ Over 25 years experience

Lee Jauncey

01763 853927 07973 190978

NEED A LOCAL, RELIABLE EXPERIENCED AND TIDY PLASTERER? CALL DAVE ON: 0793 267 9851 EVENINGS: 01954 715 860 FREE ESTIMATES All aspects of plastering including: Skimming over artex and old walls and ceilings. Plasterboarding and coving. External rendering and pebble dashing. Traditional lime rendering. Also painting and decorating if required.







Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden Call Dave 07944 912198 Call Back Service Available

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


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

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

Stephen Blackaby Carpentry Services

A handyman to know

Kitchens, Bedrooms, Furniture

Also: - Kitchen & bedroom installation, update or repair - Fitting sinks, taps & appliances - Internal door hanging, skirting and general DIY

Renovations and Maintenance 07989 555 674 / 01763 243261 | 01763 48447 180 The Listing Villages Februa47 47

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Welcome to your new look Letchworth Dental Surgery

We have been extremely busy over the last few months, transforming the Letchworth practice to bring the very best in new technology and comfort to all our patients. Added to this we have also introduced new treatments including a hygienist as well as several cosmetic dentistry options.


01462 679 888


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The Listing Villages - February 2018  
The Listing Villages - February 2018