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OctRoyston Day trips from 12 May Canterbury 13 May Malvern Spring Festival 13 May York 15 May Stody Lodge Gardens & Tea 17 May This Morning Live! - NEC 19 May Le Touquet 20 May Cromer (Crab Festival) 26 May Chelsea Flower Show 27 May Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre 28 May Southwold 29 May Kensington Shopping or Museums 30 May Kew Gardens & Palace 31 May Hunstanton 1 Jun Colchester Zoo 6 Jun Milton Keynes Shopping 7 Jun Whitstable 9 Jun Sheringham 12 Jun Postal Museum Including Lunch 14 Jun BBC Gdners World/Good Food 15 Jun Norwich

ADULT £26.00 £48.00 £32.00 £32.00 £44.50 £52.00 £17.50 £85.00 £18.50 £17.50 £23.00 £35.00 £17.50 £39.00 £19.00 £17.50 £17.50 £47.00 £42.50 £19.50

Theatre Shows & Special Events 16 May Summer Holiday – MK Matinee £44.00 30 May Chicago – Matinee £65.00 30 May Everybody’s Talking about Jamie £65.00 11 Jun 42nd Street – Evening £59.50 12 Jun Bat out of Hell – Evening £62.50 16 Jun 42nd Street – SATURDAY Matinee £72.00 16 Jun Kinky Boots – SATURDAY Matinee £65.00 21 Jun Thoroughly Modern Millie Southend £49.00 25 Jul Jersey Boys – Southend Matinee £52.00 8 Aug The King & I – Matinee £67.50 30 Aug Witness for the Prosecution – Mat £67.50 20 Sep War Horse – MK Matinee £52.00 27 Sep Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 27 Sep Tina the Musical - Matinee £65.00 4 Oct Phantom of the Opera Mat & Lunch £65.00 10 Oct Dreamgirls – Matinee £65.00 10 Oct The Lion King Mat Adult £65.00/Senior £57.50 7 Nov Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Mat £65.00 8 Nov Company – Matinee £75.00 25 Nov Classical Spectacular RAH & Lunch £89.00 6 Dec Wicksteed Park Christmas Show £48.00 8 Dec Thursford – Matinee inc Lunch £77.00 8 Dec Thursford – Evening inc Dinner £79.00 18 Dec Thursford – Matinee £55.00 10 Jan Swan Lake - Ldn Coliseum – Mat £74.00 Call for brochure or visit our website

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Welcome This month will see Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – let’s hope for a beautiful Spring day for the couple and for all the parties and celebrations that will be held to mark the occasion. If you haven’t received your invitation don’t worry, there are plenty of events to enjoy this month. As usual, there is something for everyone with fairs, markets, exhibitions, talks and more.

Next Deadline Monday 14th May

On our to do list this month are a visit to Sandy to the The Lodge RSPB Nature Reserve and Gardens – read about it in our “A Little Further Afield” article - and to enter Royston in Blue. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 24th June and as usual it raises much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. For more information visit Will you be joining in? It’s a lovely event and for a great cause.

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ASHWELL In MAY Ashwell Music Festival

The 65th Ashwell Music Festival held at St. Mary’s Church in Ashwell promises to be as entertaining as ever, with a range of musical genres to suit all ages and tastes! The festival begins on Friday, 11th May with a FREE event suitable for children aged 3+. Widdershins Puppet Theatre will entertain us with ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails’ – a show packed with fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you have left St. Mary’s Church! On Saturday 12th May, by popular request, the tribute act is back. Mission Blue have established themselves as one of the UK’s top Motown tribute bands. A superb vocal group with stunning dance routines featuring classic soul songs of Motown, the 70s, 80s, 90s, through to the present day. This is a highly professional show guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles.

Out & About student of Radek Baborak at the BarenboimSaid Academy in Berlin, An Evening with Ben Goldscheider : Horn and Piano Recital, promises to be a truly entertaining evening. As ever, the Festival concludes with the Festal Evensong on Sunday, 20th May.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit or contact the booking office 01462 743289

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In addition to the traditional programme with open gardens, musical performances, craft stalls and activities for children, this year Ashwell at Home will be commemorating the centenary of two highly significant moments. Women’s Suffrage finally became law in February 1918 and on 11th November in the same year came the Armistice which ended the fighting on the Western Front in the First World War.

The Young Musicians’ Concert follows on Thursday 17th May, showcasing the talents of young people from Ashwell, Baldock and the surrounding area. Jazz followers will be flocking to see The Darius Brubeck Quartet on Friday 18th May. Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging. Darius, whilst known for representing his famous father’s legacy, is an imaginative jazz composer and performing his compositions is an important reason for the group’s popularity.

Both events will be marked with a series of performances, events, activities and workshops during the day, many of them making particular reference to the part played by the people of Ashwell at the time.

Ashwell Music Festival are pleased to welcome Ben Goldscheider back to perform on Saturday 19th May. Originally from Ashwell, Ben was the winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. As the only

A wide range of refreshments will be available throughout the day.

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Most babies start teething at around six months old. If you are worried about any behaviour that is out of character for your baby then consult your GP. 1) Teething rings:- These give your baby something to safely chew on and these may provide a distraction. You can also try apple or carrot. 2) Teething Gels:- For babies over four months old sugar-free teething gel can provide relief. Make sure that the gel is designed for young children. 3) Cold Drinks:- Cold drinks will help sooth gums. Water is the best option but try to make sure drinks are sugar-free. 4) Wipe Up Dribble:- If your baby dribbles more than usual, wipe to stop the skin developing a rash. 5) Care For Baby Teeth:- As soon as teeth start to show, you can brush them. Use a baby tooth brush with a tiny blob of fluoride toothpaste.


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BARKWAY B ARKW KW WAY WAY WA AY Market Day at Barkway Saturday, 12 May, 10am— is in the air – at last. MARKET T Spring And Barkway is getting ready

Saturday, 12 May, 10am—4pm pm The annual Market held in the grounds of one of Barkway Barkway’s lovely old houses




for its big day – the annual Barkway Market.

The village expects to welcome up to 4000 visitors £3ofadmission, under 16s seeking bargains in the leafy grounds the Manor Farm – one of Barkway’s lovely old houses.For enquiries and stalls b call 01763 email bookings.barkwaymarket@gm Featuring as many as 120 stalls849124 and aorcraft tent, the Market attracts visitors from near and far. Royston Town Band will perform, and the miniature steam railway will offer rides. Food and drink will be available, and this year for the first time the Raptor Foundation will be exhibiting, providing an opportunity to get up close and personal with spectacular birds of prey. It’s a wonderfully English day out.

£3 admission, under 16s free For enquiries and stalls bookings call 01763 849124 or email

• Fresh Fruit & Vegetables • Delicatessen • Butchery • Fishmongers • Fresh Flowers • Gift Shop • Garden Centre • Café • PYO in season • Free-range Eggs • Children’s Fun Barn Monday - Saturday 9.00am-6.00pm Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

Barkway Market raises funds for numerous local good causes, including Barkway Village Hall, which organises the event. Parking is free, and admission is £3 (under 16s free). Barkway Market, Saturday 12th May, 10am-4pm

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Presenting an evening of raw talent in aid of Motor Neurone Disease in association with TalentBanq. Ticket cost £25 this includes entry and BBQ. Raw Talent The Plough, Shepreth Saturday 12th May 7.30-11pm Contact 0795 0751 or

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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) runs a Community Champion scheme to spread fire safety messages and encourage residents of Cambridgeshire to carry out safety checks on their homes. Volunteers work across the county and we’re always looking for more people to join us.


To find out more about the Community Champions scheme, contact Emma Prestidge on 01480 587140 or




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Community Champions speak to local communities about home fire safety and escape plans, as well as referring those people who don’t feel confident about undertaking a check of their own home. No previous qualifications or specific skills are needed to become a Community Champion as CFRS is always seeking people from diverse backgrounds. The scheme is run by charity Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough on behalf of CFRS.




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• Loan cars available • A range of quality used cars always available for sale

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RAS LAUNCH YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS Royston Arts Society is encouraging young artistic talent in the local area with the launch of their Young Artist Awards in 2018. It’s a competition with a difference as all prizes are designed to develop the skills of aspiring young artists. Imagine winning:

Curwens Solicitors Young Artist of the Year Award £100 plus a solo exhibition with preview night. Royston Rotary’s Art Inspiration Award Tate membership with a plus one. Great Art Supplies Award £100 art supplies hamper

The competition is free to enter and open to all young artists age 16 -26 in Royston and the wider SG8 postcode. All entries must be original artwork and submitted by 31st July. Winners will be selected on 1st September and their artwork displayed at the RAS Autumn exhibition in Royston Town Hall on 28th - 30th September. Roy Castle & Co is the trading style of Four Point Auto Care Ltd. Registered in England No. 08224043. VAT Registration No. 178550380.

Enter online and see terms and conditions at Paper entry forms available at Curwens, High St, Royston and Royston Museum.

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Dementia Action Week

In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people feel excluded and face the disease alone. That’s why, this Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society will be asking people to unite and take actions big and small to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. Why don’t you become a Dementia Friend and learn a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action – every action counts, it could be as simple as being more patient in queues or helping make your business dementia friendly - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. To support Dementia Action Week, Margaret House Residential and Dementia Home in Barley will be holding a Dementia Friends Information Session. Attendance is free and the session will last about an hour. To book your place please call Michelle on 01763 848272. Dementia Friends Information Session, Margaret House, Barley, Wednesday 23rd May, 10am


Do you have a love of painting? A newly formed group are meeting in the recently up-graded Sandon Village Hall on Friday mornings to make time to paint and draw. There is loads of room for more friendly faces to join them! The group is supervised by the Royston artist Michael Dobson who offers demonstrations and support and chooses a topic for each session or will leave you to do your own thing. Don’t worry about the standard whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist. The group is less formal that a normal tutored class. The drop in sessions are charged at £10 a morning with a one off joining fee of £5, bring your own materials.Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. For more information about Art in Sandon contact or 0790 40835

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Laura Morris, manager of Premier Travel in Royston, explains why Corsica is a top destination for everyone. Corsica is a breathtaking island which is guaranteed to reward all holidaymakers. Boasting picturesque sandy beaches and a rugged, mountainous interior, there’s something for everyone. Hopping on a flight from Stansted, you can fly direct to the beautiful town of Calvi. Located in the north-west of the island, Calvi is known for its stunning beaches, authentic hilltop villages and easy access to the rugged centre; it’s certainly a rewarding spot from which to enjoy a holiday. Calvi town is home to a glorious stretch of silver sand, which sweeps around the bay and towards the town’s impressive citadel. A perfect Mediterranean municipality, with cobbled streets, colourful buildings, harbour side cafés and its pine-fringed sandy bay, there’s enough to keep you occupied. The citadel and surrounding town offers a fantastic variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Not far from Calvi, you will discover lots of wonderful smaller towns and villages which are well worth

exploring, showcasing just how unknown Corsica still is from the mass tourism market. L’Ile Rousse, slightly north along the coast, is a laid-back seaside town at the foot of the Balagne hills. It has beaches and a bustling marketplace with cafés huddled beneath the plane trees in the village square. With a slower pace of life, it’s ideal for anyone looking to experience a traditional way of life. Heading a little inland from the glittering coast, there are plenty of authentic villages to wander around. Lumio is a good place to start, mostly for its superb views over the bay towards Calvi, but also for its Wednesday morning market and numerous unspoilt beaches. There’s endless exploring to be done around la Balagne, and driving through the hills will bring you to many other picturesque and authentic villages, such as Calenzana, Monticello, Feliceto and Montegrosso. One of Corsica’s most alluring characteristics is that there’s plenty to explore by road, rail, boat or foot, and there’s some great expeditions for families. Corsica’s many sandy beaches and clear waters are perfect for young families and older children, and activities such as canyoning, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and water sports are popular. So why not make this the year you head to Corsica to experience its charm for yourself?

Premier Travel can offer seven nights B&B in Corsica staying at Hotel le Splendid from £659pp, based on two people sharing. It is valid for travel on June 17th, 2018, from Stansted and includes transfers. Other Corsica offers are also available.

For further information or to book please contact Premier Travel in Royston on 01763 211211 or visit

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Bassingbourn Charities

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Marquee in The Field of Dreams Brook Road tickets £10 Bassingbourn conc £7 SG8 5NS family £25 doors open 7:00pm tickets available from yourboxofÞ Charities

This late May bank holiday sees the return of the annual Mayhem weekend in Bassingbourn. Friday 25th May starts the weekend with a return of the “Has Bassingbourn got Talent?” night. Comedy, music and poetry from locals will entertain from 8pm onwards. Please note there will be adult themes. On Saturday 26th there is a showing of the Disney film “Frozen - Sing along” in the main Marquee. Doors open at 7pm - see the adjacent advert for tickets information. On Sunday 27th there is the “Village Fete” starting with a procession of vintage cars and tractors through the village to the field. Tractor rides, Raptors, live music, a dog show and much more to entertain. All events take place on Brook Road (SG8 5NS) between Bassingbourn and Litlington. This year fundraising is for Cancer Research UK.

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• Always buy the best quality beef that you can afford from your local butcher or farm shop • R  emove your steak from the fridge 10/15 minutes prior to cooking to allow it to come to room temperature • Season your steak well with salt flakes (not refined) and freshly ground black pepper • Add your steak to a hot pan with a small amount of oil • Once the steak has sealed, around 1 minute for medium-rare, turn the steak and add a knob of butter to the pan • Spoon the hot butter over the steak (which in a French kitchen would be called Napper or Arroser) • For maximum tenderness, rest your steak before serving The Belle Freehouse and Restaurant North End, Bassingbourn, SG8 5NZ 01763 250921


Rare or Well Done? It’s all about personal preference, but here’s James’ top tip to try. Pinch the index finger and thumb of your left hand together lightly. Then, using your thumb and index finger on your right hand, feel your palm midway between your thumb joint and wrist. This level of resistance should feel pretty close to a rare steak. Move through your fingers one by one all the way though to your little finger and you should be able to feel the differences, each finger corresponding to a different cooking temperature (Cuisson): medium-rare, medium and well done!

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We are pleased to introduce our new column from James Day, Head Chef at the award-winning Belle Freehouse in Bassingbourn. Over the coming months, James will share his recommendations for cooking great food at home, starting with how to pan-fry the perfect steak.

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Home & Garden

Nick Grundy

What is your favourite book? ‘A long walk to freedom’ by Nelson Mandela is a really good read.

Nick has 15 years experience in the housing industry and is proud to be the Managing Partner at Abode Town & Country in Royston. Along with his team, he aims to to provide an old fashioned polite service his customers will be pleased to recommend.

What do you have for your lunch today? I had a Royston special with turkey in a roll from Days, if you haven’t tried it then you are missing out!

Where do you live? The Twigdens, Royston. What’s your favourite local place to eat and drink? I like the Banyers personally, we normally go straight after I finish work. We take Freddie with us as they are child friendly and I like the atmosphere. Freddie is a fan of their fish fingers for tea and I like their beers. Your favourite Local Shop? ‘La Bella Vita’ for gifts for Mrs Grundy, they sell the best range of ‘Emily Jaynes’ candles which always go down a treat! What is your guilty pleasure? Its definitely a few beers in the week when I’m watching The Royston Crows. What was the last film you watched? I watched ‘Hangover 3’ on Sky at the weekend. How do you celebrate? I like to celebrate with a nice bottle of wine from Cambridge Wine and a hearty home cooked meal or I’ll go out for dinner with my family to a nice local pub like The Chequers in Wrestlingworth or The Wood Grill at The Queen Adelaide in Croydon. How do you like to spend your days off work? You’ll normally see me over the Heath having family walks on my day off.


What is the best thing about your work? With work, it’s always the people and families I meet and being able to watch people move into their dream homes that makes my job fulfilling... and Jade, she makes the best brews! What is your greatest fear? Being in a room with pigeons…and Sunderland winning the Premier League. What are you most looking forward to this May? My wife Jen and I are expecting our second bundle of joy on 9th May! Abode Town & Country 10 Church Lane‚ Royston SG8 9LG 01763 259888

Providing an honest and tailored service to match your needs in the Royston area. We work together with our customers to assist them in finding the perfect home or tenant‚ securing the best possible price for their property or best rental income. Why not visit us today?

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A Little Further Afield

News from RSPB The Lodge, Sandy The RSBP’s UK Headquarters is at The Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens in Sandy. It is a very special place, offering an exceptionally rich combination of wildlife and heritage experiences. The woodland, heath and acid grassland cover an area of some 220 hectares, and now form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire. Heathland is a key habitat at The Lodge, home to breeding hobbies, ravens, common lizards, green tiger beetles and other invertebrates of bare, sandy soil. RSPB is restoring it for breeding nightjars and woodlarks and it is already one of the best inland sites for natterjack toads. The hilly, oak-dominated woodlands offer a rich natural experience to those exploring The Lodge’s network of winding trails, with sunny rides and glades where spotted flycatchers catch food for their broods, and a developing under-storey is alive with bird song and insect life. Standing and fallen deadwood is an important microhabitat, used by deadwood insects, occasionally the scarce lesser-spotted woodpeckers, and many of the 600 fungi species found on site. We asked Mark Brandon from The Lodge to tell us what we can expect from a visit this May... “After the unseasonably cold and wet start to the year, spring migration has started very slowly. The first blackcaps and chiffchaffs to arrive on the reserve weren’t seen until March 28th, almost two weeks later than they’d normally be here, and as I write, there’s only been the occasional swallow over the reserve, and the sand martins and wheatears that we’d normally expect haven’t been reported here as yet. Weather systems with cold winds have been keeping the birds further south, and as I’ve recently returned from a birding trip in Morocco, I know that migration has also been slow through northern Africa, with no nightingales, golden orioles or any large movements of raptors seen by our birding group, and only a couple of cuckoos and turtle doves noted passing through. We should expect a big surge of spring migrants arriving on our shores when the winds change and the birds start to move northwards to return to their breeding grounds again this month.


Chiffchaff John Bridges ( We have recently replaced all of the old way marker signs around the reserve trail network and have re-named our three main trails as woodpecker, buzzard and nuthatch, with respective colour coding for each trail, to make navigation easier and more fun. Come along and give them a try! Keep checking the skies for the swallows, martins and swifts flying overhead this month, as they feed up after their long journeys back from Africa and listen out for the first cuckoos!. RSPB The Lodge reserve is open every day of the week, from dawn to dusk (the car-park barrier is shut at 8 pm), for everyone to enjoy and there are plenty of organised events. Our website; is the place to look for all of the events you can enjoy here at RSPB The Lodge including a half term trail and self-led activities available every day during the holidays. These include den building, journey sticks, wildlife challenge sheets and dragonfly making.” The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity. In England and Wales, no: 207076.In Scotland, no: SC037654 Just under 1/2 an hour from Royston by Car. See website for entry fees. The Lodge Nature Reserve, Gatehouse, The Lodge, Potton Rd, Sandy SG19 2DL 01767 693333

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Home & Garden Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens The Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens held their first ever public forum in April at Royston Town Hall, with over eighty people attending. The forum was to encourage interaction with the users of the Heath. “Friends of Therfield Heath” was proposed & well received. As were presentations from Grazing, Dog Poo Patrol, Archery, Golf, Cricket, Rugby, Heath Sports and the Police.

conservation priority), while the Meadow Pipit is on the amber list – so both need as much help as we can give them. Please do your bit to help by respecting signs requesting dogs to be on leads. Sheep The sheep will return to the heath towards the end of May/beginning of June. We will keep you up-to-date with their whereabouts via The Listing, our website and social media.

John King, chairman of the Conservators, advised that with Royston expanding and the increased usage of the Heath, “Education” was top of the conservator’s agenda and work had already started on improving the level of communication to the users of Therfield Heath with further public meetings planned. Dogs We are asking for dogs to be kept on leads in the Lankester Hill area while the groundnesting birds attempt to breed (until the end of July). Breeding success is severely reduced by disturbance; the more they are scared off their nests, the lower their chance of success. We have populations of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits - the Skylark is on the UK red list (highest

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Garden Focus... Large shrub selection Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott

To continue my series of articles for 2018, designing with plants, this month I am going to look at large sized shrub selection. Here is what you should consider when selecting:

important for wildlife to encourage diversity in the planting. Mature size and function. So we have identified Why not that we want a large shrub for a particular function. consider It is important to note that mature heights in books using native and online resources are a guide and through good plants from pruning you can manage an otherwise enormous the palette plant. In this example I would consider using an used for hedgerow planting in the countryside. evergreen such as Cotoneaster lacteus which can The deciduous Guelder rose Viburnum opulus reach 4metres, has summer white flowers and has pretty lace-cap white flowers in summer and red berries for the birds in the autumn and winter. clusters of red berries for the birds in the autumn. It Equally good would be a laurel but here I would also benefits from good autumn colour. Or consider choose the Portuguese laurel Prunus lustitanica the deciduous Purple leaf Elder Sambucus nigra over the common laurel as I prefer the slender, ‘Guincho Purple’ for a bit of moody, divided, purple pointed, darker leaves that grow on red stalks. It is leaves with pink budded flowers opening to white very important to focus on the function of the plant in the summer. Our native spindle Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ has good autumn colour Plant form and texture should always be and curious red fruits with orange seeds. Many of considered after function. I touched on this above the variegated hollies offer great evergreen interest when debating the darker green, slender leaf on and berries in the winter too if pollinated by a male a red stem of Prunus lusitanica. The shrub has an holly. I especially like Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea altogether more subtle appearance that blends Marginata’ for its cream margined, prickly leaves. into its surroundings than its bolder, shiny, larger, more rounded leafed relation Prunus laurocerasus. For more in depth plant advice or garden design For a more open plant form you could consider help please get in touch. a deciduous shrub. Buddleja’s have gained a reputation for being thuggish in the garden but offer an arching, more open growing habit than a laurel with flowers that last a long time. The bad reputation normally stems from neglecting to prune GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD each year. They flower on the new wood so should be pruned in the dormant growing months. I like to use Buddleja davidii ‘Nanho Blue’ which is a little less vigorous with a bushy habit and pretty blue flowers from summer to autumn. Its common name is the butterfly bush so will help to attract peacocks, painted ladies and red admirals especially into the garden.


Scent. We are all tuned into roses as providers of scent in the garden but the quintessential summer scented shrub is the Mock Orange Philadelphus ‘Virginal’. It produces richly scented, white summer flowers. This plant has an RHS award of garden merit which is a good endorsement if ever you need one. I am also fond of Lilac that offers its show in late spring and early summer. Syringa ‘Mme Antoine Buchner’ has crowded heads of mauve flowers bursting with scent from late May onwards. It too has an RHS award of garden merit. Evergreen or deciduous. When I design new shrub borders I like to have a balance of both shrubsI like to have two thirds deciduous to one third evergreen to embrace the changing seasonal element of our green spaces. It is also really


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Leisure May Day Morris Dance

Tue 1st May, 5 – 6am Wandlebury Country Park, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Enjoy the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men as they perform a English folk dance.

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Tue 1st, 8th, & 15th May, 1– 7pm Royston Cave Shop, Melbourn St, SG8 7BZ

Royston Photographic Society

Wed, Thurs, and Sat throughout May 10am – 5pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Our annual showcase of over 60 images from these very talented local amateur and professional photographers.

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Fri 4th & 18th May, 11.45am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a dance and movement workshop for over 50s. Suitable for anyone with an interest in movement. Suggested donation £3. Book in advance.

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Secondhand Book Fayre Sat 5th May, 10am-4pm Mon 7th May, 10.30am – 4.30pm Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Tea, coffee and cake available.

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Every Wed through May 11am – 1pm Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW Join us for a different walk each week, showing off some of the best views around Wimpole’s parkland.

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Every Wed through May 1.30 – 2.30pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Join us for a short 40 min walk out in the glorious countryside.

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Every Thurs throughout May, 10 – 11am Wandlebury Country Park, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Keep fit and greet the changing of the season by joining our healthy walkers.

Literary Lunch

Thu 3rd May,12.15 – 2.30pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Jude Simpson hosts a chat with Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE Master of Emmanuel College and former Director-General of The National Trust.

Toddler Music & Dance

Fri 4th & 18th May, 10.30 – 11.30am Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a toddler music and dance workshop themed around the collections. Free Admission, but please book.


Sat 5th May, 7 – 7.30pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston, SG8 9AW 4-6 per team. Rounds will cover general knowledge type arts questions.

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Sun 6th May, 10 – 11.30am Trumpington Park and Ride, CB2 9FT Ride along cycle path from Trumpington to Phillimore’s GC raising awareness of need for the link from Melbourn to Royston. www.

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Teatime Praise

Sun 6th May, 3.30 – 5.30pm Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP A short service for all the family followed by tea and cake.

Royston May Fayre

Mon 7th May, 12 – 4.30pm Priory Memorial Gardens SG8 9DX Free! Children’s Fairground Roundabouts &, Bouncy Castle & Slide and more.

Wild Flowers in Spring

Tue 8th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm Wandlebury Country Park, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Want to learn more about wild flowers? Wandlebury Country Park is home to a diverse range of beautiful blooms.

Hinduism, with Prakash Sharma

Thu 10th May, 7 – 8.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Kash will try and shed some light on what Hinduism is and what it stands for, its fundamental principles and its practices.

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Thu 10th May, 7.45 – 10pm Royston Town Hall SG8 7DA AGM followed by Richard Till with an illustrated talk. David Allard: 01763 242677

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Fri 11th May, 12.30 – 7.30pm Barkway Park Golf Club, SG8 8EN Included is a light supper. There will also be a small auction – to raise money for the Save the Cabinet Fighting Fund.

Ashwell Music Festival

Fri 11th May, 6 – 10pm St Mary’s Church Ashwell SG7 5LY The 65th Ashwell Music Festival held at St. Mary’s Church in Ashwell promises to be as entertaining as ever!

Every Sun through May, 10 – 11am Wimpole Estate Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed run for age 4-14.

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Sun 6th May, 2.30 – 3.30pm The Moor, Melbourn, SG8 6ED Looking for a sport suitable for all ages? Try Lawn Bowls. All ages welcome. Contact Arthur: 01763 261990.

Fri 11th May 7 – 10pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Featuring Red Velvet. £4 £2 under 25s. Fri 11th May, 8 – 10pm Market Hill Rooms, SG8 9DW “Phil Biggs” will be demonstrating painting a “Landscape in watercolour”.

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Sat 12th May, 10am – 4pm Over 120 Stalls, Craft Marquee, Raptor display, free parking and more

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Leisure Hinxton Watermill Open Floral Topiary Cone Workshop with Helen Allen Day Sat 12th May, 10am – 1pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Make a fashionable floral cone topiary in a pot featuring summer flowers, moss and succulents. £38 including materials.

Sun 13th May, 2.30 – 5.30pm Hinxton Watermill CB10 1RD Drop in and explore this impressive 17th century working watermill.

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Wirework and beaded Jewellery with Sarah Lamb Sat 19th May, 10am – 12.30pm Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB Make a bracelet or pendant/key ring No experience required. £25.

Lino Cutting and Printing with Louise

Sat 19th May, 10.30am – 1.00pm Fowlmere School, SG8 7SL Lino cutting and then printing. Aimed at KS2 and upwards, adults welcome. Mon 14th May, 12.30 – 2.30pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Meets 2nd Monday of every month. Acrylic painting on Canvas New members welcome. For more with Sonia Villiers information contact: 01763 243439 Sat 19th May @ 2 – 4pm Royston Lions Fish & Chip Fowlmere School, SG8 7SL Lunch for Senior Citizens, The Art of Concealment: Sat 12th May, 12.30 – 2.30pm Codes and Ciphers in Fiction Come along and Paint with Sonia Villiers, acrylic on canvas, Canvas Market Hill Rooms SG8 9DW and Fact and all materials provided. Workshop With Bingo! Contact Pam: 07954 Tues 15th May, 10-11am aimed at KS2 and upwards, adults are 626311 Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA welcome Talk by Will Harwood, hosted by fowlmereptfa An Enchanted Evening – A Royston WEA and preceded by the Concert by Felici Branch AGM. Reed Spring Quiz Sat 12th May, 7.30 – 9.30pm 01763 248436 or www.roystonwea. Sat 19th May 7.30 – 9.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Reed Village Hall, SG8 8AX Felici will perform a wonderful selection Join us in Reed Village Hall for the of opera, operetta favourites and Reed School Open Day annual Spring Quiz. A supper of fish Musical Theatre. walter962@btinternet. Wed 16th May, 10 – 11.30am com Reed School, Jacksons Ln, SG8 8AB or chicken and chips plus a licenced bar and raffle. Tickets £12 from Hazel: Availability across all years. For more 01763 848349 TalentBanq presents Raw information visit: Sat 12th May, 10am – 3pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Learn how to use textured objects and materials to create original multi coloured and layered A4 sized image. £70.


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Sun 13th May, 10am – 4pm Whittlesford Memorial Hall, CB22 4NE Vintage, Curios, Clothing, Jewellery and more! Contact: mazzab19@gmail. com

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Sun 13th May, 11am – 5pm Ashwell, SG7 5NP Entertainment for all the family with open gardens, free children’s workshops and more. £7 adults, Earlybird tickets £6

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Free documentary showing: “Unimagined Bridges”

Wed 16th May, 7 – 8pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG A short documentary which presents the use of ear acupuncture to help trauma (PTSD). Shows those affected by natural disasters can experience healing

Theatre at Leper Chapel: The Demon Lover

Sat 19th May, 8 – 9.30pm Leper Chapel, CB5 8JJ Storytelling and drama by in situ, featuring The Demon Lover, Elizabeth Bowen’s tale of guilt and retribution.

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Tue 22nd May, 7 – 9pm Letchworth Centre, SG6 3NA Anxiety: Building Confidence and Resilience in Our Children

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Wed 23rd May, 10.30am – 12.30pm Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB Eric Rogers and the Legacy of Light Music with lecturer and enthusiast Christopher Budd. For fans of carry-on films this lyrical lecture .£10.

Wandlebury Orchard Walk

Wed 23rd May, 2 – 3pm Wandlebury Country Park Stapleford, CB22 3AE Join one of our wardens for a relaxing afternoon stroll around the traditional orchard at Wandlebury Country Park.

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Wed 23rd May, 7 – 9pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT A talk by Richard Pople. What’s in Your Garden. All welcome. 01763 244424

Ordinand’s Testimony Service

Fri 25th & Sat 26th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm United Reformed Church Hall, SG7 5NL As good as new clothes for all ages. Please ring Carol Fiske: 01462 742679 or Maddy Jones 01954 719555 Fri 25th May 5.30 – 7.30pm The Jolly Postie, Baldock St. SG8 5AY Join us for an informal catch up after work! Venues change each month,

“Has Bassingbourn got Talent?”

Fri 25th May 8pm Brook Road SG8 5NS Comedy, music and poetry from locals. In support of Bassingbourn Charities.

Herts County Show

Sat 26th & Sun 27th May, 8.30am – 6pm St Albans, AL3 7PT To make sure you don’t miss anything, please plan your day using the attractions and exhibitors pages. Gates open for viewing equine classes from 7.30am.

Thu 24th May, 7.30 – 9pm Knebworth Barns SG3 6PY Tickets are £20 each, and will include the fashion show itself, talks, a glass of prosecco on arrival and nibbles.

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Thu 24th May, 8– 10pm Hidden Rooms Cambridge CB5 8BA The word supergroup is common currency. Jazz has its fair share of supergroups but sometimes one comes along that really is very special indeed.


Tue 29th May, 12 – 4pm Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE This adventure combines some of your fairy-tale favourites for an adventure that brings imagination to life through drama, craft and storytelling. For accompanied children.

Nature Puppets and Puppetry

Tue 29th May, 12 – 4pm Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE This workshop will allow children to create characters and bring them to life through puppetry. For unaccompanied children.

Crafty Wednesday – Little Gardeners

Wed 30th May, 10.30am – 12.00pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Little gardeners can decorate a plant pot, plant their own sunflower and make a mini windmill or scarecrow to take home. enquiries@

Voyages of Discovery with Creative Royston

Thu 31st May 10.30am – 12.00pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Introducing this year’s Royston Arts Sat 26th May,10.30am – 12pm Festival theme in partnership with Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Creative Royston. Join storyteller Alex Crafty activities & trail around the museum. Jones for some interactive stories. to giants! Friends Book Sale Sat 26th May, 10.45am – 4pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Bag a bargain book! Monthly book For more events please sale. visit our website.

Historical Crafter Day: Clockmakers

Thu 24th May, 7 – 8pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU The Ordinand is our Minister, Revd Charity Nzegwu. The preacher is Revd. Frozen Sing Along Dr. Jongi Zihle Chairman of the London Sat 26th May, 7 – 9pm Brook Road, Bassingbourn, SG8 5NS District. In support of Bassingbourn Charities.

Garden House Hospice Care Fashion Show

‘If You Go Down to the Woods Adventure’

Bassingbourn Village Fete Sun 27th May Brook Road SG8 5NS Tractor rides, live music and much more. In support of Bassingbourn Charities

Royston Beer & Music Festival

Sun 27th May, 12 – 7pm Royston Town Football Club SG8 7HP Real Ales, Live Music, & lots more

Open Garden in support of British Red Cross

Sun 27th May, 12.30 – 5pm Datchworth Village Gardens, SG3 6TL 10 gardens in beautiful village. Lunches, BBQ and Cream Teas available

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rEVIEW: tHAI rACK Glass House Sharon and I were invited by new manager Peggy to try out The Thai Rack’s Express lunchtime menu which was a welcome change to the usual lunchtime fayre of sandwiches or salads eaten at our desks!

is possible to ring your order through in advance. Of course – those looking for a more leisurely affair can still enjoy the more varied a la carte menu.

The lunch menu is priced at just £6.95 for a single course or £8.95 for two courses. The Express Lunch Menu gives customers Starters and Main course selections can a chance to enjoy Thai cuisine in a sixtybe served together to make your lunch minute break. If you are in a super hurry, even speedier! Sharon and I enjoyed a or you are dining with a large group, it selection of delicious dishes served piping hot and fresh from the kitchen. Peggy prides herself on offering the best quality accompaniments and authentic twists to dishes to ensure that diners are left with a true taste of Thailand! Thai Rack Glass House, 29 Kneesworth Street, Royston, SG8 5AB 0173 250488

May Screenings at the Royston Picture Palace Fri 4th May at 7.30pm

Journey’s End


Sat 5th May at 3.30pm

Peter Rabbit


Sat 5th May at 7.30pm

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Fri 11th May at 7.30pm

The Mercy


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Thurs 17th May at 8.00pm

A Fantastic Woman


Fri 18th May at 7.30pm

Finding Your Feet


Sat 19th May at 7.30pm

Finding Your Feet


Fri 25th May at 7.30pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Sat 26th May at 7.30pm

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen


Sour cherry & coconut shortbread Hello my fellow foodies...

and Welcome to May’s edition of The Listing. With two bank holidays and the promise of lovely spring weather to look forward to, what better excuse (should an excuse be needed) to bake a batch of homemade biscuits and invite round that friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with for a cup of tea. This recipe is for shortbread- my all time favourite biscuit, but has a luxurious addition of chocolate and sour cherries, and is simple and quick to make - perfect! You will need: Non stick baking sheet 60g dried sour cherries 125g butter 60g rice flour 120g plain flour 60g caster sugar 50g desiccated coconut 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa works well) 10g butter Let’s begin by chopping the cherries into small pieces - this will ensure all biscuits get an even share of cherry loveliness. Pop these into your mixer and add the butter, rice flour, plain flour and sugar. Mix until the ingredients all come together to form a ball. Take care not to over mix as this will “toughen up” the mixture making the shortbread dense and heavy. Next, roll out the mixture to approximately 2cm in thickness (roughly a 20cm square). I cut my biscuits to 5cm square, this yielded 16 individual biscuits but you may prefer more uniformity to your biscuits and choose to use a cutter. This mix doesn’t spread when baking but does “puff” a little so intricately designed shapes may be lost when baked, but as always dear reader, experiment and create things of loveliness that work for you! Once you have cut your shapes, place them on a non stick baking sheet (I have a baking sheet reserved only for biscuits and cookies. Everyday use and cleaning deteriorates its surface and I can’t tell how cross use of metallic implements on it make me! And yes, it’s hidden...along with my omelette pan... don’t get me started on that)!

and then pop them into a pre-heated oven for roughly 20 mins at 180°c. They should be a light golden brown colour. Leave them on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Meanwhile we can prepare the finishing touches. So, tip the coconut onto an oven tray and pop under the grill for 3-4 minutes until lightly toasted and just changing to pale golden brown. I would advise standing and watching while this is happening as the transformation from soft, white coconut flakes to a kitchen filled with thick, black, acrid smoke and alarms loudly announcing your failings to the entire neighbourhood seems to happen in the blink of an eye! Once the coconut is toasted leave it to cool. Pop the chocolate and the 10g butter into a heat resistant bowl and place this over a pan of simmering water to melt slowly, stir occasionally to mix the butter through the chocolate (I add this tiny amount of butter to keep a soft texture to the chocolate as it cools, but if you like to feel the “crack and shatter” of the chocolate as you bite, simply leave the butter out). Now for the fun, messy part! Dip, paint, splatter, drizzle or spoon the melted chocolate over the biscuit and sprinkle on the coconut before the chocolate dries or it won’t stick. I spooned chocolate in a diagonal half covered - half naked pattern, but as always make this your own! Leave to set before enjoying with a mug of tea and good friends! Until next time my fellow foodies...

Tallulah Le Fey x

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Golf & Cocktails! Hanson Services Charity Golf Day is delighted to announce that the event is officially and generously supported by the local Cocktail and Wine Bar The Old Courthouse.

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Home & Garden

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Markets in May

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 19th May 9.30am 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 5th May 9am - 12pm, Linton Village College

Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston

Fowlmere Farmers Market 2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 12th May 9am 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

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

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Home & Garden

MAY FUN FROM Creative Royston Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery and Creative Royston will be holding a Voyages of Discovery Activity day during May half term, bringing to life the theme of this year’s Royston Arts Festival. There will be activities including interactive storytelling by the ever-popular Alex Jones, featuring favourites such as “The Snail and the Whale” and “Are You The Pirate Captain?”. The fun starts at 10.30am (until noon), and will be £3 per child. It’s a drop-in session, so there’s no need to book ahead. Voyages of Discovery Activity day, Royston Museum, Thursday 31st May, 10.30am - noon

‘It’s The Arts - Quiz’ This fun quiz will consist of rounds of general knowledge type arts quest questions. Teams of between four and six people are invited to enter but everyone welcome and teams will be found for anyone wanting to join in. It’s The Arts - Quiz, The Old Bull Inn, Royston, Saturday 5th May, 7pm for 7.30pm, £5 per head including nibbles and prizes. To enter please email secretary@

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Home & Garden

Fowlmere School Art Exhibition

This fantastic exhibition offers paintings, drawings, woodcraft, pottery, cards and other media for sale from local artist. This is a fantastic event raising money for Fowlmere School PTFA and the Beads of Courage Programme at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

feel free to bring them). Workshop aimed at KS2 and upwards. Adults are welcome too. Saturday, 2pm – 4pm, Cost £20

Don’t miss out on the brilliant workshops (places are limited so do book in advance). This year there are three different options already confirmed and these are:

Make a Clay Coiled Bowl/Pot with Glazed Creations. Come along and learn and use clay to make a coiled clay pot and bowl. Learn the Techniques to create an amazing original piece. Workshop Aimed at KS2 and upwards. Adults welcome too. Any younger children will need direct parental supervision. Sunday, 2pm – 4.30pm, Cost £20

Lino Cutting and Printing After the popularity of Louise’s previous workshop she returns to guide you through lino cutting and then printing. Workshop is aimed at KS2 and upwards, adults are welcome too. Any children younger will need direct parental supervision Saturday, 10.30am – 1pm, Cost £20 Acrylic Painting on Canvas Come along and paint with Sonia Villiers, acrylic on canvas. Canvas and all materials provided (if you have any materials please

Spring Art Exhibition, Fowlmere School, Saturday 19th May, 10am - 9.30pm & Sunday 20th May, 10am - 4.30pm to book workshops visit:

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Home maintenance & odd jobs • Picture, mirror, blind & curtain rail hanging • Plumbing fixes, taps, toilets, leaks etc. • Repairs to electrical fittings sockets and lights • Flat pack furniture assembly • Woodwork repairs and door hanging • Lock and security hardware replacement • Deck, fence, gate and shed repairs • Local collection or delivery of domestic items

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Garden House Hospice Care

To support your local hospice take a look supporting the local at some of the events you can get involved hospice. Tickets are with this May. £20 each, and will include talks, a glass Enjoy walking the iconic Bridges of of prosecco and London whilst raising money for patient nibbles. 7:30pm arrival for 8pm start. As care. we need to know numbers, please do Some of the bridges that you will cross purchase your tickets as soon as possible. include: Westminster Bridge, London Bridges of London Bridge Tower Bridge, plus many more! Walkers can either join us in Letchworth to Battersea Park travel down by coach to London*, or they Sunday 13th May can join us at Battersea Park. Just £17 pp inc coach travel, or £8 per person without Garden House Hospice Care Fashion Show (£10 for children 12 years and under) Knebworth Barns Also, Garden House Hospice Care have Thursday 24th May 7.30pm organised a great night for those who want to pick up tips, latest trends and loads of, fashion mustor haves, ask the 0142 79540 whilst DENTIST Dr Shikha Mittal BDS (Hons), MFDS (RCS Edin), PgCert Imp (UCL) Principle Dentist at Royston Dental Suite, High Street, Royston

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Wellbeing Bliss Hair is celebrating seven years in business by expanding! We are delighted to welcome Hayley, a Level Two Junior Stylist, to our team. While she is continuing her training she will be taking on new clients at discounted prices. We also specialise in Bridal Hair and Make Up.

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Dr Dolittle

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HELP FOR PTSD “Unimagined Bridges” Calling everybody who suffers from stress, PTSD, overwork, anxiety and sleep disturbances! David “Aussie” from Fighting Fit and Iga from Heaven and Earth Health would like to invite you to the showing of “Unimagined Bridges”, a short documentary which presents the use of ear acupuncture to help trauma (PTSD). “Unimagined Bridges” shows how war veterans, fire fighters and those affected by natural disasters (hurricane Katrina) can experience healing thanks to NADA ear acupuncture. It is a powerful testimony of how a simple treatment can be life-changing from both the users’ and practitioners’ perspective. NADA ear acupuncture is now used in over 40 countries. It is the treatment of choice adapted by Acupuncturists Without Borders, an organisation that mirrors

Médecins Sans Frontières. In Europe alone, it is used by many institutions and over 130 prisons, for the deeply balancing effect it has on the mind. Please see to learn more or find us on Facebook. Both Iga and Aussie are very passionate about the issue of relieving stress and trauma: from a veteran’s perspective, and as a filmmaker-turned-acupuncturist who had her own set of demons to combat. The documentary will be followed by a short talk and Q&A. There will also be a RAFFLE with fantastic prizes – all proceeds will be used to launch an ear acupuncture treatment group. Unimagined Bridges The Heath, Royston Wednesday 16th May at 7pm

Fix a book - Book a fix Organisers of the Royston Repair Café are pleased to announce a new addition to the long list of free fixes their volunteer repairers can tackle – books.

hardback, leather bindings and other documents on paper are all welcome.”

Dea Fischer – a new member of the repair team – brings her artisan book-making and binding skills from Canada to Royston for the next Repair Café on Sunday 6th May 10am to 1pm at BuildTrain in Lower Gower Road.

Whether it’s a much-handled favourite thriller or a delicate family heirloom, book online at https://roystonrepaircafe17. for a free assessment and, if possible, a free fix.

Dea is passionate about the art of book restoration “I’m happy to deal with repairs such as torn pages, cracked and broken spines, loose pages, damaged corners and general wear and tear. I can at least advise on more serious repairs. Paperback,

Owners are, of course, also welcome to book in other items for repair such as clothes, bikes, electricals, laptops and wooden furniture. The message for May is clear - don’t despair, repair! Royston Repair Cafe BuildTrain Lower Gower Road Royston SG8 5EA Sunday 6th May 10am-1pm | 01763 248447 1805 The Listing Villages May 2039 39

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Spotlight On...

ROYSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Is your business a member? The Royston Chamber of Commerce offers fantastic networking opportunities and is the voice for businesses in Royston and surrounding areas. Our aim is to increase the commercial prosperity of the town and to work for the benefit of our members, representing the interests of business to local authorities, offering publicity via our website and the opportunity to network at our events.

set to be even bigger than the last! Pop 21st June in your diary and contact Julia on 01763 877110 to buy your tickets. We enjoy keeping people up to date and informed of news and events via our website and Facebook page.

We host a range of events throughout the year so there is bound to be something that suits you! These include

If you would like more information about the Chamber or would like to join (for just £30 per year) visit the Chamber website.

Coffee & Connect is an informal networking event, where members and non-members meet up over a hot drink and slice of cake in an informal environment. There is always an opportunity to address the group as a whole but there is no pressure to do so!

It’s easy to join and benefits include:

We have also recently taken over the running of the Business Breakfast Club. Here members and their guests can enjoy a discussion over breakfast alternately at the Old Bull Inn or Jolly Postie - both in Royston. These informal gatherings help keep local businesses in touch with each other, allowing a sharing of knowledge and opportunities to discuss anything happening locally. It all helps to create a stronger business community. This year we are hosting the 2018 Royston Business Awards which will recognise businesses who have demonstrated innovation and commitment to the local community in the past year. We are pleased to say we have received an overwhelming number of nominations and are currently shortlisting the finalists. This year’s awards ceremony is 40

• Discounted Chamber training • Presence on the Chamber website • Free monthly networking event • Discounted monthly breakfast networking event or via email Coffee & Connect The Jolly Postie, Royston, First Friday of every month, 10.30-11.30am, Business Breakfast Club Alternating between The Jolly Postie & The Old Bull Inn, Third Friday of every month, 7.30-9am 2018 Royston Business Awards Burloes Hall, Thursday 21st June, 6 - 11pm

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When you own a business, you are the face of it. That’s why it so important that you have a highquality, professional headshot. Even if you don’t own a business, a corporate head shot is important. It can be used on your LinkedIn profile, other social media or company website. You never know when you may be asked for an image and so having an up to date portrait can be vital. In a similar way, having high quality images of your products for your marketing materials is critical.

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The Customer is Always Right

“This would be a great place to work if it wasn’t are spending their resources for the shoppers, students, patients, guests, more cautiously. More and etc.!” more people understand they have ‘consumer rights’, and I expect you’ve heard remarks like that as there are plenty of suppliers often as I have. They’re said jokingly (usually), for them to choose from. So but they do sometimes betray a feeling that most will choose to buy their customers or clients should be there for our goods and services from organisations that benefit rather than vice versa… clearly try to satisfy their needs and treat them with proper respect. And yet we all have experience of being customers. We all know what an infuriating Let me ask you whether your organisation has experience it can sometimes be. Haven’t we a clear customer/client service policy? And if all known what it is like to be ignored by sales you work for yourself, what is your attitude to staff, to be misled about what is on offer? Or customers? What can you do – and what do maybe we’ve been given something other than you do – to ensure that people keep coming what we asked for (maybe later than we were back for your goods or services? How can you told we’d get it), or perhaps our complaints met be sure of satisfying their needs, and thereby with feeble excuses? In general, I’m sure we all keeping you and your colleagues in work? have experiences of being treated as of little To paraphrase The Spice Girls, your job today account by the people who are supposedly is to find out what they want, what they really, providing us with some sort of goods or service? really want – and give it to them! But things are changing. People everywhere

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DO YOU NEED TO MAKE A WILL OR REVISE YOUR EXISTING WILL? If so, please take advantage of our reduced rate wills offer. Reduced rates are: Double Wills–£280 plus VAT Single Will–£150 plus VAT Please note that 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 morning of 5th May, 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

Home-start Matters It is not too late to book a place for our Literary Lunch

Come along and enjoy a buffet lunch with tea/coffee and be entertained by our poet in residence Jude Simpson who will be chatting to Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE. Tickets £15, to book 01763 262262, or We will be having a bottle and box tombola stall at the May Fayre on Monday 7th May, so please come and say hi to us. Literary Lunch, The Old Bull Inn Thursday 3rd May, 12.15 - 2.15pm

RoTary round up

As our current President Graeme Dargie nears the end of his year in power, this month we will be having our traditional President’s weekend away. This always occurs at a place which the president chooses and which has some special place in their heart. This year it is to be in Edinburgh (the clue is in his name, note the Scottish twang!) where along with many culinary delights and other activities we will be visiting the ex-Royal Yacht Britannia. If you fancy a leisurely walk and a good chat then meet us at The Cockerel in Castle Camps, on Sunday 6th May at 9.45am, for the walk and lunch afterwards. A reminder that we would love to see you and your beloved historic vehicle at our show at the May Day Fayre on 7th May, or just come along and admire the splendid array of vehicles on show.

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

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