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June 2018 Issue 154

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RICHMOND’S COACHES OctRoyston Day trips from ADULT 14 Jun BBC Grdners World/Gd Food Show £42.50 15 Jun Norwich £19.50 17 Jun Great Yarmouth Air Show £17.50 23 Jun Blenheim Palace & Flower Show £32.00 24 Jun Southwold £17.50 1 Jul Brighton £19.50 5,6,7 Jul Hampton Court Flower Show £48.00 8 Jul Broadstairs £17.50 10 Jul Whitstable £17.50 15 Jul Wells-Next-The-Sea £17.50 22 Jul Aldeburgh £17.50 25 Jul Sandringham Flower Show £33.00 26 Jul Great Yarmouth £17.50 28 Jul Hunstanton £17.50 31 Jul Kew Gardens & Palace £35.00 2 Aug Countryfile Live – Blenheim Palace £48.00 5 Aug Southwold £17.50 6 Aug Blakeney Seals and Birds £34.00 9 Aug Brighton £19.50 Theatre Shows & Special Events 21 Jun Thoroughly Modern Millie –Mat £49.00 25 Jul Jersey Boys – Southend Matinee £52.00 16 Aug The Glenn Miller Show - Matinee £65.00 23 Aug *Motown – Evening £65.00 30 Aug Witness for the Prosecution – Mat £67.50 13 Sep Brick Lane Cockney Sing Song £57.00 13 Sep The King and I – Matinee £72.00 19 Sep Chicago – Matinee £65.00 19 Sep *Tina the Musical – Evening £65.00 20 Sep War Horse – Milton Keynes - Mat £52.00 27 Sep Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 4 Oct Phantom of the Opera - inc Lunch £65.00 10 Oct Dreamgirls – Matinee £65.00 10 Oct The Lion King – Matinee £57.50/£65.00 18 Oct Motown – Matinee £65.00 24 Oct 42nd Street – Matinee £59.50 7 Nov Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Mat £65.00 7 Nov Les Miserables – Matinee £67.50 8 Nov Company – Matinee £75.00 25 Nov Classical Spectacular - inc. Lunch £89.00 20 Dec Olympia Horse Show – Evening £67.00 9 Jan Snow White Pantomime – Matinee £59.50 10 Jan Swan Lake – Ldn Coliseum - Mat £74.00 27 Jan Cirque Du Soleil – Totem – Mat £75.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only NEW DATES WARNERS CRICKET ST THOMAS Monday 22 October – 5 Days From £435 Monday 17 December – 5 Days From £350

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Welcome We spent a happy afternoon in the office decorating rocks recently. An odd thing to do you may think but we love the #rocks trend that is catching on in Royston and our villages! The idea is to decorate a rock and leave it somewhere for other people to find. Then, with their day brightened, the finder has the option to keep the rock or to hide it again having posted a photo on the relevant social media page. You will find #RoystonRocksUK, #BassingbournRocks on Facebook for example. Do look out for our rocks (pictured on the cover) and post on our Facebook page if you find one - they have our logo on the back!

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There are a myriad of things to do in your spare time this month if you are not spending it decorating rocks, you really will be spoilt for choice. But whatever you do, don’t forget Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June.

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MelbourN Village Fete

are lots of new attractions lined up for this year as well as some of the very popular regulars.

As I write this in early April most of the preparation work is done, the bookings confirmed and the plans completed for this year’s Melbourn Fete starting at midday on Saturday 23rd June and finishing at 5pm, there will not be Music on the Moor this year.

There will be an amazing selection of animals to hold and see including tarantula spiders, scorpions, corn snakes, tree frogs, millipedes, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and geckos

This year we will be hoping for a magnificent turn out of vintage, veteran and classic vehicles – if you want to know what the difference is between those descriptions be sure to talk to Richard and his team who will be, as ever, running this side of the event. I spoke recently to Richard and asked him what he had planned. He said, “There will be several exhibitors showing their collections of memorabilia from years past plus the usual range of vehicles – old cars, motorbikes, bicycles and farm machinery including for the first time a collection of stationary engines. If anyone reading this has something they wish to display then please contact me through the website. Another attraction making a return by popular request is lawn mower racing. Two trophies will be competed for, one for overall winner, which was kindly donated by John Wright of Wrights Mower Centre, and one for the most innovative entry – some weird and wonderful creations are expected. More details are on the website”. That sounds exciting and it is great to see the lawn mower racing back. Next I spoke to Gillian Morland who for many years has booked our attractions. I asked Gillian about what we can look forward to this year. She replied, “Well you won’t be short of something to see or do at the Fete this year. We have a Champion Mountain Bike Team displaying some amazing balancing and jumping skills, live animals to handle including snakes and a gecko; a young magician will do a show for the children and will also walk around the field to demonstrate magic right up close. The Royston Town Band will be playing and a talented local keyboard player will also be performing. You can have a go at archery, or shoot a ball off the top of a water jet, ride on the fairground roundabouts, have a go at crazy golf and bounce on the inflatables and bungee cord trampolines, and the Zorbs will be there. In the arena we will be having a display of Ceroc dancing, tug-o-war contests, the Melbourn Dynamo football teams will be displaying their skills and of course our ever popular egg throwing competition. There will be a separate area for the Dog show with lots of fun classes for dogs and their owners or handlers to enter. We will also have an enormous Newfoundland Dog with its own cart making an appearance. There will be lots of stalls in the field and in the main marquee a Great Bake Off competition.” So you see there

As always we will have locally produced top quality food on offer at reasonable prices. In addition to our locally sourced burgers and hot dogs from Leeches butchers, Russell’s butchers will have a hog roast. We will also have a noodle bar. For those with a sweet tooth doughnuts and candyfloss will be available. Top quality coffee from our regular barista will be available and last but certainly not least we will be having an amazing array of homemade cakes and afternoon tea in the pavilion. Refreshingly cool alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available from the bar including fine ales, beers and wines. So we are ready for an amazing day, remember all profits made go to good causes, charities and activities in our village. Please visit our website for more details and competition details. Lastly, if you are able to give up a little time to help us over the weekend we would love to hear from you, we can only do this whilst we have a band of volunteers to lend a hand, it’s great fun and very rewarding so please contact us through the website. Visit our website for up to date details of the day Please like us on Facebook. Saturday 23rd June, Melbourn Village Fete 1 to 5pm. There is free off road parking including disabled parking along the Moor, please follow the signs

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There will be a treasure hunt for the children, teas, snacks and cakes. Ice creams and Cokenach cider will be for sale. There’ll be a plant stall, for you to stock up on your summer tomato plants and beautiful water colour paintings for sale. A raffle will be held for hampers including Cokenach Cider.

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All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn All Saints Community Hall is an excellent facility in the centre of Melbourn. Whether you have a party, a workshop, a class or almost any other event it provides the perfect venue. Free wi-fi is available and use of the fully equipped kitchen are just some of the benefits hirers can expect to enjoy. This June sees the 10th anniversary of its opening. The previous building on the site was a church hall, which was built in the 1960s, had no insulation and was a rather basic, tired construction. In the early 2000s it was agreed that a new building was needed and so the project was led by the vicar of All Saints Church at the time, Reverend Andrew O’Brien. A great deal of fundraising then ensued as the build would cost £261,000. It was hard work but monies were raised, £100,000 corporate and £85,000 private donations were generously given. Grants amounted to £32,000 and another unique way of raising funds was to sell bricks at £10 each. It meant that you too could own a small part of this new facility. A book is held at the hall showing who owns the bricks that went into the build. With funds in place the building works could commence in 2006. Finally, the building project was complete and opened in June 2008. The new hall was also to change its status from being a church hall to being a community hall, which took much time, effort and cost to achieve. Even today because the hall is on church land, it often wrongly perceived that it is a church hall. But it is indeed a Community Hall available for all to use, at the heart of the picturesque South 10

Cambridgeshire village. This month the hall celebrates its 10th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, Friday 22nd June sees the start of a weekend of celebratory events. The first will be film club night, a very popular monthly event, where as well as the usual soft drink and popcorn, a licensed bar will be available. On Saturday, there will be the highly entertaining Prosecco Monologues, starring local actress Claire Hogan and friends. This will include a light supper and will also have a licensed bar. The finale to the weekend of celebrations on Sunday is an Afternoon Tea with Bubbles and superb musical entertainment from Roy Crosby’s Great Little Jazz Band. All Saints Community Hall in Melbourn has so much to offer as a venue and provides a great space at excellent value. It really is a hall for all. All Saints Melbourn Community Hall Movie Night, Friday 22nd June, 7.45pm The Prosecco Monologues, Saturday 23rd June, 7.30pm Afternoon Tea with Music from Roy Crosby’s Great Little Jazz Band, Sunday 24th June, 2.30pm Contact: Mavis 01763 260686, Brenda 01763 261154, Cyndy 01763 264189 or Jacey 01763 263255

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Roll Up! Roll Up! .... for Therfield Village Fete

This charming event provides a true village fete experience and we promise you a fabulous family fun afternoon. This year we have the added attraction of a classic car show taking place in the churchyard. Why not try your hand at welly-wanging, the coconut shy, golf putting or skittles! Pick up a great bargain on the fancy goods, books, cakes, plant stalls or browse the many other attractions on offer. Feeling lucky? You could win an amazing prize from the popular bottle tombola or our fantastic raffle. The kids will enjoy themselves with the many fun activities and stalls. When you are in need of refreshment, visit our Beer Tent and BBQ or treat yourself to a steaming cuppa and a scrumptious slice of cake in the delightful Rectory garden. There is something for everyone at our village fete.

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This month I am going to look at early summer hardy perennial selection. As I have discussed in previous articles it is crucial to think about plant form when making plant selections. Try also to think of the plant form in black and white with colour being a secondary consideration, this way it will encourage more interesting plant associations in the border. Colour most certainly should not be dismissed but try to keep in mind that the plant can look interesting before and after flowering. Embrace the whole growth cycle of the plant. Here are a few plant forms to consider when making your selection. The spire plant form helps to add vertical interest in any planting scheme and is a good contrast to mound forming shapes that are made by what I describe as filler plants. Fillers are things like Geranium ‘Brookside’, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ and Alchemilla mollis. Some spire shapes are taller than others, Salvia x sylvestris ‘Caradonna’ may only reach the 400 mm height but the purple spires are good value as they attract the bees and flower for a long period. What’s more they are capable of producing a second flush of flower if cut back. For height and a little more drama I am a big fan of Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ which can reach 1.2 metres in the border with light violet blue flowers from summer through to early autumn. The added bonus is it also retains its plant form as it dies back in the autumn too! Plume plant form offer great contrast to the upright spire form. I especially like to use meadow sweet Filipendula ulmaria which offers beautiful plumes of fragrant cream flowers and is especially good as a herbal tea. Thalictrums also have pretty plumes and are one of the earlier flowering taller perennials. The grass Calamagrostis brachytricha has lovely flowers that work especially well in a naturalistic perennial planting. Button and globe plant form is again another contrasting form to consider. Phlomis russeliana has whorls of yellow flowers that are produced on robust square stems that grow to around 950 mm. I primarily use it because it holds its form well into the winter and the dead seed heads look great! Remember that brown is most definitely a colour too! Another favourite is Knautia macedonica that produces buttons of dark pink flowers suspended above the stems. When mixed with other plants it looks like the flowers are suspended in the air.

Daisy plant form is a very happy flowering plant form. Many of its form flower later in the summer like Asters and Rudbeckias, but Echinacea purpurea are earlier in the summer. They have a lovely central cone with petals that fold down like a shuttle cock. They too are especially good as a dying plant form in the border, and like the Phlomis, will attract the seed feeding birders later in the year. Umbel plant form are the horizontal performers that comprise lots of tiny flowers that form an umbrella-like flat flowering head. Plants like yarrow, fennel and hogweed are all classic umbels. Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’ and Foeniculum vulgare purpureum are great for height in the border easily reaching 1.8 metres. They are both forms of fennel and have pretty feathery foliage and a robust flowering stem that is good for winter too. I also like to use Achillea ‘Cerise Queen’ which produces a smaller flat flowering form. There are many hardy perennials that don’t fit neatly into a category and the modern way is to have mixed borders of flowers and shrubs. For more in depth plant advice or garden design help please get in touch.


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The Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens This the second update from The Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens and with improving weather comes increased usage by everyone. Please remember that above all, the majority of Therfield Heath is a nature reserve and should be treated as such by all who visit it. Sheep-The sheep will return to the heath in June. Therfield Heath is a SSSI for its open chalk grassland, so that is what we manage it for. If we don’t make an effort to keep the grassland open, it will revert to scrub and eventually woodland. Scrub has its place and is beneficial for many species, but if left unmanaged, would cover the site entirely. We need to graze the site because the alternative of cutting and collecting is not viable on much of the site: Some slopes are too steep and it is prohibitively expensive. The grazing helps to keep the scrub at bay and the sward short, encouraging the huge variety of wildflowers and insects the site is renowned for. So, please bear with any temporary fencing around the sheep and please keep all dogs on leads, for the sake of the welfare of the


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Clive Gilley The British Window & General Cleaning Company have been providing professional cleaning services (windows, carpets and offices) for commercial companies and private clients in and around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire for over 100 years. We spoke to Clive Gilley to find out a little about the man behind the business. Where do you live? I have lived in Steeple Morden for the last 40 years. What’s your favourite local place to eat and drink? For special occasions the ‘Farmhouse at Redcoats’ at Redcoats Green. Great food and friendly staff in a traditional farmhouse with bar and restaurant and new conference and wedding facilities with accommodation. I also enjoy lunch at the John O’Gaunt public house situated in Sutton, they serve lovely home produced food, real ale and Jane and Jago are welcoming and friendly. If it’s a beer with the boys, The Rose & Crown Ashwell with Nicky and Billy. What was the last film you watched? ‘Dunkirk’. I was lucky enough to be invited to the film premiere in Leicester Square with my wife. Excellent film depicting the personal fear of our men with their backs to the sea and those that braved the English Channel mostly in pleasure crafts to bring our troops safely home. True British grit. When did you start working for Gilbros Ltd? I started working for the family business in 1966 and enjoyed playing a major part in expanding the cleaning company formed in 1918 by my grandfather into a major distribution company of Health and Safety products, then in 1982 adding the manufacturing of safety footwear to its operations. The original cleaning company today is being run by a fourth generation of the family Edward Gilley. After 52 years seeing the company trade I get great pleasure keeping in contact with long established customers and our workforce.

sure I would have been able to keep up with his wine consumption. My first question would be his views on Brexit. Where do you like to take holidays? Long distance holidays were enjoyed earlier in life and now my wife and I enjoy walking the beautiful beaches and coastal paths of North Norfolk between Hunstanton and Cromer at every opportunity with our two Labrador retrievers, the huge blue skies in Norfolk are a sight to behold indeed. I also enjoy shorthaul trips around the Mediterranean when warmer weather is the issue. What annoys you? Dodging pedestrians in Royston not looking where they’re going tapping away on mobile phones. What sport do you follow? Since becoming less active in golf and contact sports I enjoy watching it done by the professionals, Rugby Union much preferred over football, F1 Motor Racing, Golf especially The Ryder Cup and Tennis the pinnacle being Wimbledon.

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If you could have a dinner with anyone, who would it be? Most certainly Winston Churchill in my opinion one of the last great Statesman this country has ever known. Although I’m not


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100 years: British Window & General Cleaning Company


Established after the Great War in 1918 our company gave much needed employment to exservicemen and was in those days called The British Legion Window Cleaning Company.

The current CEO and third generation Clive Gilley The founder Henry Charles Gilley himself a Boer has been War and 1st World War veteran who died in 1943 at the left a well-respected business which then provided helm since employment to his four second generation sons who 1966 and returned from the Second World War. the company today is proud to be joined by a Imagine how Henry Gilley would comprehend social fourth generation, Edward Gilley, in 2006 with his diligence Gilbros continues to serve old and new media and the emphasis on search engines to promote business today. Gilbros Ltd receives valued customers with a complete cleaning package. Full risk assessments are carried out and affiliation to customers positive views for our centenary through safecontractor, who annually audit our procedures, our web page and facebook. ensures compliance with legislation. Our high standards moved the company forward Celebrating 100 years is testament to our into other fields such as Health & Safety products and other aspects of general cleaning in the 1960’s. commitment to providing a professional and reliable service. We introduced the window cleaning squeegee which replaced the previously used chamois leather British Window & General Cleaning and latterly recognised pure water fed poles which Company enable windows to be cleaned safely from the 34 The Green, Steeple Morden SG8 0NB ground and if required the traditional use of ladders 01763 853 322 / 07836 342 547 preferred by some.

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Spring clean! Window Cleaning Our Reach & Wash System uses purified water from the safety of the ground without the need to use ladders. Pure water consumes algae & cleans frames at the same time. Solar panel cleaning

Carpets & Hard Flooring Renovation Our experienced professional technicians use only the highest quality equipment and solutions Removes pet odours and lifts pile Removes old polish & grime from stone/grouting Wood and vinyl floors stripped & re-sealed

Jet Washing Professional Jet Washing of all Hard Surfaces Patios, Paths and Driveways Tennis Courts Decking Brick and Stone Walls Moss Treatment and Removal

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Strawberry Fair has started the summer season in Cambridge for over 40 years.

The ancient fair has been visiting Cambridge for centuries, making it the country’s oldest travelling fun fair. It is also one of the largest, featuring all the very best rides associated with a fun fair together with an array of traditional market stalls selling china, clothes and shoes.

Midsummer Fair & Market Wed 20th - Mon 25th June Midsummer Common, Cambridge This years theme is Heroes! Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular, free, entirely volunteer run, one day music & arts event in Cambridge, attracting over 30,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June and now past their 40th year, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city. Strawberry Fair Sat 2nd June Midsummer Common

Midsummer Fair & Market Hot dogs, toffee apples, warm candy floss, dodgems, roundabouts, ghost trains, rollercoasters…nothing beats the magic of the fair! Everyone can remember the spell it cast as a child so why not re-live that experience and treat kids to a night out they’ll remember amongst the lights and excitement! 20

Jazz & Brass in the Parks Just turn up, bring a picnic and enjoy Jazz and Brass in Cambridge’s beautiful leafy parks!

Royston Town Band Sun 10th June, 3-5pm Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, CB1 8DW Cambridge Youth Jazz Band & Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra Sat 1st July, 3-5pm Jesus Green, Cambridge events/jazz-and-brass-parks

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• 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 Royston based, fully insured, good rates, friendly and reliable Larry Lamb • Phone: 07702 563 834 E-mail:


Third generation family business established at Wheathampstead in 1947

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A Little Further Afield

Kaleidoscope of Life: Ely Cathedral’s Flower Festival Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as ‘one of the wonders of the Medieval world’. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as ‘The Ship of the Fens’.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral. The Cathedral’s role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of 22 choristers and six lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time. As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts & music, for exhibitions, lectures, concerts and theatre and, this month, for a magnificent Flower Festival. The Festival’s creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger has overall responsibility for coordinating more than 50,000 blooms to create up to100 spectacular exhibits with the help of over 35 Flower Guilds from across the eastern region from Biggleswade to Lowestoft. Highlights will include a water feature, a floral arch the length of Ely’s impressive nave and an entire area dedicated to commemorating the end of WWI. The crowning glory is a 12 metre wide kaleidoscope of flowers positioned in splendour directly under Ely’s famous Octagon Tower.


Roger was the mastermind behind Ely’s highly successful 2013 festival which welcomed 20,000 visitors through the doors in four days, and is delighted to be back at the helm. “Ely provides a magnificent backdrop for any event but the sheer size and beauty of the building is a great inspiration for any artist or arranger. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be working on Ely’s Festival for a second time as it gives me a wonderful opportunity to design and create displays on a completely different level.” One of the most noteworthy displays will feature the new Ely Cathedral Rose. The rose has been produced by award winning East Anglian rose growers, Peter Beales, recognised worldwide for the preservation of old fashioned, historic and rare roses. As a specialist propagator of new blooms, they have won many prestigious awards including 24 Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is where the Ely Cathedral rose was officially unveiled. This highly scented, repeat flowering shrub plant produces a wonderful multi-headed display of deep red buds open to reveal double, ruffled blooms which was much admired by HRH Prince Charles at the Sandringham Flower Show this year, when he was inspecting a few of the new unnamed new species. Throughout the four day event there will be musical performances, talks and demonstrations by floral experts, delicious food & drink outlets and a bespoke Gift & Craft Marquee located in the Cathedral grounds.

Further information is available on the website or by calling the Box Office on 01353 660349

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Dave Knight is the Royston Handyman - he was also one of the first businesses to advertise in The Listing making him one of our longest running advertisers. He was involved in our own refurbishment works in fact. When we moved to our new offices in 2015 we asked Dave to carry out some works and of course he did a great job. More recently Dave has been entrusted with carrying out the renovation work on Royston’s historical Corn Exchange we can’t wait to see the finished result.





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

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


Dave is always happy to offer friendly free advice. Dave Knight the Royston Handy Man, 07944 912198 or 01763 221019


This is a very busy period for Rotary. Our French twin Rotary club from Paray-le-Monial will visit us, a wonderful social event that tests both our French and their English.

It always ends with ‘The Ashes’ competition, a series of - often silly - games to decide who holds the next visit, somehow the away team always seems to win and must be the next hosts! It is also the final month for our current President, Graeme Dargie, and he will hand over power to incoming President David Blundell at the Presidents changeover meal to be held at Madingley Hall. The incoming committees will also be busy planning their programmes for the year and presenting them at a special meeting.

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Electrical Installation & Repair

New Installations Extensions Part or Full Rewires Fuseboard Upgrades Interior & Exterior Lighting Wiring of Heating Systems and controls “Phone Graham for advice & quotation on all your electrical requirements”

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Business energy efficiency North Herts Businesses are Urged to Cut Carbon, Cut Costs at Energy Workshop.

Businesses in North Herts are invited to attend a FREE Energy Efficiency Breakfast Workshop at NHDC’s new offices on Gernon Road, Letchworth on Wednesday 6th June, 8 - 10am, hosted by Economic Development at North Herts District Council and the Letchworth Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the ‘Business Energy Efficiency Programme’. The BEE programme offers grant funding to businesses looking to make energy efficient investments, such as LED lighting, heating and cooling systems or electric vehicles. To book: email or call 01733 882549

30 days Wild

This June’s 30 Days Wild challenge is back encouraging thousands of people across the UK to make their neighbourhoods wilder – to help wildlife and to motivate communities to share the joy of the wild. Wildlife Trust challenges people to do something wild every day for the month of June – and the opportunity to get involved and sign up to participate is now open.

Everyone who signs up receives a free pack with a booklet of inspirational ideas for Random Acts of Wildness and more. There are special packs for schools and businesses can join in too, with tailored download packs to bring the ‘wild’ to work.

residential & dementia care home

Fancy doing some gardening, or maybe you would prefer to have a cup of tea in the lovely gardens?

Providing you with wonderful 24 hour care in delightful countryside surroundings The things you enjoy in life don’t have to change when you move in to Margaret House

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A Fantastic BBQ Rub

James Day, Head Chef at the award-winning Belle Freehouse in Bassingbourn shares the secret of his BBQ Rub. Assemble your ingredients: 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp cayenne pepper 1 lemon zested (reserve juice) Fresh parsley Rubbed thyme (small handful) A few fresh chillies (depending on heat preference) or chilli flakes will suffice The Belle Freehouse and Restaurant North End, Bassingbourn, SG8 5NZ 01763 250921

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, season with freshly cracked black pepper and salt flakes, being careful not to be too generous with the salt as it may dry out the meat, and mix well. Rub the dry mix into or over your chosen meat and leave it to rest, refrigerated and covered, for a minimum of two hours - however overnight would be preferable. Before you begin cooking, remember to remove the meat from the fridge in advance to allow time for it to come to room temperature. When cooking, use the juice that has been drawn out the meat as it rested to baste it. Once cooked, grab your reserved lemon juice and squeeze over finally finishing with fresh parsley.

The Listing Lists: Journeys of Discovery Reading List As part of the Royston Arts Festival we have worked with Royston Library to put together a reading list of titles loosely on the theme of “Journeys of Discovery”.

7. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson 8. The Odyssey, Homer

It’s just for fun, but we’d love to hear from you if you read a book from the list or if you would like to let us know of a title that would have been on your list.

10. Pour Me: A Life, A A Gil

1. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

11. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

2. Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

12. The Life of Pi, Yann Martel

3. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer 4. Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak 5. On the Road, Jack Kerouac 6. Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found, Cheryl Strayed 26

9. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything, Elizabeth Gilbert

13. Lion: A Long Way Home, Saroo Brierley 14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams A limited number of copies of each book are available from Royston Library.

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The Belle Freehouse is situated in the picturesque village of Bassingbourn, and is an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional features that blend seamlessly. Our main and lounge bars offer real ales, ODJHUV D UDQJH RI FUDIW EHHUV ĆQH ZLQHV DQG DQ H[WHQVLYH PL[ RI ERWK VSLULWV DQG OLTXHXUV DORQJ ZLWK IUHVKO\ ground coffee. Our kitchen offers menus using both local and artisan sourced produce. Our head chef James Day puts his WZLVW RQ KHDUW\ SXE FODVVLFV DORQJ ZLWK WKH YHU\ EHVW LQ PRGHUQ FXLVLQH :H DUH SURXG WR KDYH EHHQ DZDUGHG 7KH +HUWIRUGVKLUH 0HUFXU\èV çEHVW 6XQGD\ URDVWè DZDUG LQ  Food is served in a relaxed mode in either the main bar, casual dining area, beer garden or in the more intimate atmosphere of our dining room. :H DUH D FKLOG IULHQGO\ SXE ZLWK EDE\ FKDQJLQJ IDFLOLWLHV DQG DOVR D SOD\ DUHD ZLWKLQ RXU ODZQHG EHHU JDUGHQ 7KURXJKRXW WKH \HDU ZH KRVW YDULRXV HYHQWV IURP /LYH PXVLF WR WKHPHG GLQLQJ HYHQLQJV DQG ZH DUH DOVR KRPH to The Bellefree Golf society. We also have the capability of hosting private functions from birthday parties to ZHGGLQJ UHFHSWLRQV &KULVWPDV SDUWLHV ZDNHV RU VLPSO\ D IDPLO\ JDWKHULQJ 6R ZKDW HYHU WKH RFFDVLRQ \RX ZLOO DOZD\V ĆQG D ZDUP ZHOFRPH DW WKH %HOOH

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Leisure Wild Bedtime Stories with Vital Spark

Fri 1st Jun, 5 – 6.30pm Wandlebury Country Park, Stapleford, CB22 3AE This event is especially for the little ones to enjoy some bedtime stories in a beautiful outdoor setting. Wear your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies (and probably wellies!) And bring your favourite teddy!

Fly Navy

Sun 3rd Jun, 9am – 6pm Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade This event is supported by the outstanding work of Fly Navy Heritage Trust, who have secured a memorable line-up of extraordinary and historic aircraft for a thrilling show.

Off The Bench

Every Tuesday, 6 – 7pm MeridianSchool,GardenWalk,SG87JH 15 weeks on Free fun football activities.

Cut Costs at Energy Workshop

Wed 6th Jun, 8 – 10am Committee Rooms 2-3, NHDC Offices, A Day Retreat for Body and Gernon Road, Letchworth SG6 3JF Industry experts will outline the Soul business case for investing in Sun 3rd Jun,10am – 4pm Letchworth Centre For Healthy Living, energy efficiency, showing how Pamper Evening SG6 3NA the newest innovations and grant Fri 1st June, 7-9pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Experience relaxation and learn funding opportunities will contribute to Advanced tickets are £3 or £5 on the secrets of grounding, centering and significant cost and carbon savings for night. strengthening at the Letchworth Centre businesses. for Healthy Living. 01462 678804

Park Run

Every Sat, 9 – 11am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW

Glassy y Garden Bunting

Sat 2nd d Jun, 10am – 1pm Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB Add colour and individuality to your garden with some decorative glass bunting. No experience required.

Crafty Kids Little Gardeners

Sat 2nd Jun, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 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. This event is being run in conjunction with Naturally Royston.

Meldreth & Orchard Manor Open Day

Sat 2nd Jun, 11am – 6pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Pop along and find out about career opportunities at Meldreth & Orchard Manor School.

Outdoor Theatre Event

Cambs County Show

Sun 3rd Jun,10am – 5pm Wimpole Home Farm, SG8 0BW Traditional crafts, livestock, rural crafts and displays, fairground and ring events plus much more.

Health Walk

Wed 6th Jun, 1.30 – 2.30pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Join us for a leisurely and social walk and refreshments afterwards.

Tots in Church

Thu 7th Jun, 9.30 – 11am RoystonParishChurch,SG87BP A relaxed, informal way of community Every Sun 10 – 11am worship for little people and their Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly 2k timed run for 4-14 year olds. carers. It’s also an opportunity for adults and children to share time juniors

Junior Park Run

p Gardens Meldreth Open

Sun 3rd Jun, 1.30 – 5.30pm Meldreth Village Church, SG8 6NT A range of gardens open to suit all interests as well as teas and a plant stall at Meldreth village church. All proceedss go to maintaining the fabric of Meldreth church. Cost: £4 adults, children 50p. Tickets available on the day.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day

Sun 3rd Jun, 2.30 – 5.30pm Hinxton Watermill, CB10 1RD Explore this impressive 17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Domesday Book. www.

Meditation Class

Thu 7th Jun, 7 – 8pm RCHC, Market Hill, Royston, SG8 9JS The meditation is an on-going class on alternate weeks. 01763 247440

g The Lightwaves

Thu 7th Jun, 8 – 10pm The Plough Shepreth, SG8 6PP, UK Unique acoustic duo.

Toddler Music & Dance

Fri 8th Jun,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, book in advance.

Sat 2nd Jun, 6.30 – 7.30pm Fowlmere Village Hall, Chrishall Rd, SG8 7RY Illyria will be performing Hugh Lofting’s The Adventures of Dr Dolittle. Bringing to life a funny, much-loved and exciting adventure.

Teatime Praise

Theatre at Leper Chapel: Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Mon 4th Jun, 6 – 8pm Wandlebury Country Park, Stapleford, CB22 3AE The action-packed Wandlebury Adventurers’ Club takes place on five Royston y Folk Club Showcase consecutive Monday evenings each Fri 8th Jun, 7 – 11pm term and you can sign up for a term The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW (£60) or for an individual session (£14).. Featuring the start of the ‘Young Artists Competition supported by Creative Royston.

Sat 2nd Jun, 8 – 9.30pm Leper Chapel, Barnwell Junction, CB5 8JJ The ‘uncanny boundary between life and death’ is explored in this evening of suspenseful tales from the greatest of the gothic writers.


Sun 3rd Jun, 3.30 – 5.30pm Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP A short service for all the family followed by tea and cake.

Wandlebury Adventurers’ Club

Adult Movement Class

Fri 8th Jun, 11.45am – 12.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Carrie Washington from BEEE Creative leads a dance and movement workshop for the over 50s. All abilities are welcome and no previous experience necessary. Book:

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Leisure Royston y Arts Society

Fri 8th Jun, 8 – 10pm Market Hill Rooms Fish Hill, SG8 9DW, Malcolm Cudmore will demonstrate his skillful art of oil painting on the 8 June 2018 for Royston Art Society with the subject being Landscapes. Malcolm always produces very high quality work so aspiring oil painters don’t miss this.

Mummy and Me Classes

Sat 9th Jun, 8.35 – 9am Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Rd, SG6 3NA A lovely opportunity for you to help introduce your toddler to basic ballet movements and rhythm in a fun way. . 01462 678804

Letchworth Settlement Fair

Sat 9th Jun, 9.30am – 12.30p Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB From gourmet goods, to plants and books this fundraising event at The Settlement where we will also be launching our new course brochure.

Royston Lions Quiz Evening Andrew Reed and Me Sat 9th Jun, 7.45 – 10pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, SG8 9DW Teams of up to 8. £5 per person. Licensed Bar. For more information: Keith on 08458 335842

Orwell Vintage g & Antique Fair

Sun 10th Jun, 10am-4pm Orwell Village Hall, SG8 5QN Antique & Vintage Stalls with Tea & Cake.

Monday Club

Jeff Williams International Sextet

Thu 14th Jun, 8 – 10pm Hidden Rooms Cambridge CB5 8BA Music from Jeff Williams’ fourth album for Whirlwind, Lifelike.

Mon 11th Jun, 3.30 – 5pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU For 4 to 11 year olds – newcomers are always welcome. School years 5 & 6 – Monday Club Extra. Leader John Hardwick. craft, games, quizzes, songs, Bible stories & snacks.

Melbourn Village College GCSE Art Exhibition

Business Continuity with Linda Goodchild

Discover Royston’s y Past

Mon 11th Jun, 7.30 – 10pm Banyers House, Royston, SG8 7BZ Business Babble womens’ networking group.

Lino Printing g Community Showcase y Town Band Tue 12th Jun, 100am – 12.30pm Launch: Royston

Sat 9th Jun, 10 0.30 – 11.30am 5 King St, Royston SG8 5AL, View the new community showcase displaying the rich history of the Town Band. Experience Town Band members playing. Share your memories about the band’s history.

Thu 14th Jun, 7.30 – 9.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Pat’s mother died when she and her brothers were very young and luckily their father was able to have them admitted to the orphanage established by Andrew Reed.

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.

Volunteer Centre Drop In Tue 12th Jun, 10am – 12pm

Fri 15th Jun, 7 – 9pm The Plough Shepreth, High St, SG8 6PP Fri 15th Jun, 6.45 5 – 9pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Discover the town’s rich history, with a guided/self-guided tour of the historic town centre and key sites.

June Evening g Airshow

Sat 16th Jun, 12 2 – 6pm Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade Classic flying evening at Shuttlewortth.

Bassingbourn Community Primary School Summer Fair Sat 16th Jun, 1 – 4pm

Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Bassingbourn Community Primary Lucies’ Boutique – Preloved Children’s Wear Come in to find out about volunteering School, SG8 5NP in the larea. Agency g y Sat 9th Jun, 12.30 – 4pm Therfield Village g Fete Sat 16th Jun, 1 – 4pm Market Hill Rooms Fish Hill, SG8 9DW A Writing Taster We stock quality second hand & new, baby & children’s clothes (0 – 5 years), designer to high street, all in nearly new condition, waiting to be worn again.

Cheeki Monkeys

Sat 9th Jun, 2 – 4pm Bounce HQ, Perry Road, Harlow, CM18 7NR Save up to 90% on quality pre loved goods from clothes, toys, to prams and more. 07825 875287

Something in The Air ((Tonight . . .)

Tue 12th Jun, 7.15 – 9.15pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB Would you like to have a go at writing, but are unsure what to expect from a Get Writing course at The Settlement?

Get Wild at Madingley

St Mary’s Church, Therfield, SG8 9QD A great afternoon of fun for all the family!

Friends of Reed Church – Barn Dance

Sat 16th Jun, 5.30 – 10.30pm Queenbury Barn, Reed Wild West BBQ and Licensed Bar. Adult £20, Child £10, Family £50. Liz Jakeman – 01763 848398,

Wed 13th Jun, 7 – 9pm Madingley Hall, High St, CB23 8AQ Join the Wildlife Trust’s Cambridge Local Group on an evening walk for a Pinkster Gin May Ball rare opportunity to explore the glorious Sat 16th Jun, 7 – 10pm gardens and wildlife at Madingley Hall. The Plough Shepreth, High St, SG8 6PP Pinkster Cocktails, 2-course meal, Royston Day y Centre AGM live music with Dickie De Vere and Thu 14th Jun, 9 – 11am the Dorchester Mavericks. www. The Old Barn, Upper King St, SG8 9AZ

Sat 9th Jun, 7 – 9pm Trumpington Meadows, CB2 9LT Dick Newell from Action For Swifts will be joining the rangers to give a talk on these wonderful birds – the Trust will be unveiling a new swift box, then look ing Bourn Primary Summer BBQ Thu 14th Jun, 4 – 6.30pm for swifts. 01223 665742 Bourn Primary School, CB23 2SP Swimming, Pony rides and more.

10th Anniversary Walk

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Leisure 33rd RDMCC Motorcycle Show

Garden of Eden Heritage Walk Friday Fizz Networking

Sat 23rd Jun, 11am – 1pm Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge, CB1 1JW Wed 20th Jun, 6.30 – 8pm Eternit Sports and Social Club, SG8 5RL Guided walks in Cambridge, starting Over 40 stalls, 200 classic and custom at Christ’s Pieces and ending at the Clarendon Arms pub. show places and 2000 bikes on site makes for a rather nice evening!

Fri 29th Jun, 5.30 – 7.30pm The Heath Sports Club, SG8 5BG Join us for an informal catch up after work! Contact Sharon:

A Night at the Races

Sat 23rd Jun, 7.30 – 9.30pm All Saints Community Hall, Vicarage Cl, Melbourn, SG8 6DY With light supper. Mavis: 01763 260686

The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW, Featuring .. Viki Swan & Jonny Dyer with support from Cambridge and Walker.

Wild West Hoe Down

Royston & District Model Railway Club

Fri 22nd Jun, 7 – 11pm Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX In aid of Home Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire.

Mini Music Fest

Fri 22nd Jun, 7.30 – 10pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU An evening of music showcasing the talents of young musicians from Royston Saturday Morning Music School and Roysia Middle School.

Royston y Folk Club Concert The Prosecco Monologues Fri 29th Jun, 7 – 11pm

Sat 23rd Jun, 7.30 – 11pm St Mary’s Church, Ashwell, SG7 5LY The Ashwell Annual Barn Dance. Live Music, Hog roast and more.

7 Mindfulness Practices to Calm an Active Mind

Sun 24th Jun, 9.30am – 1pm Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, SG6 3NA Fri 22nd Jun, 8 – 10pm This workshop will introduce strategies All Saints Community Hall, Vicarage Cl, to help you to find oases of stillness in Melbourn, SG8 6DY your life. 01462 678804 Mavis: 01763 260686

Movie Night

y Tournament Touch Rugby Sat 23rd Jun, 10 0am-5pm The Heath Sports Club, SG8 5BG A fun filled day for 14 years +

Melbourn Fete

Sat 23rd June 1-5pm The Moor, Melbourn, Royston SG8, UK Fun and fundraisng for Melbourn is back! Come join us on The Moor for a great day out for all the family.

Flash Fiction – Creating Fiction in 5 minutes workshop Sat 23rd Jun, 10am – 3pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, SG6 4UB Ever wondered where to start or had writers’ block? This is the writing workshop for you! By using exercises, you will learn how to write short stories.

Run Orwell

Sun 24th Jun, 10am – 1pm Orwell Recreation Ground, Town Green Rd, Orwell, Royston SG8 5QL 10K, 5K and 2K Fun Run.

Royston In Blue

Sun 24th Jun, 11am – 3pm Therfield Heath, Royston SG8 9NU Join us to create a sea of blue at Therfield Heath in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at our 5k fun run/walk.

Bourn Windmill Open Day

Sat 30th Jun, 10am – 4pm Royston Museum 5 King St, SG8 5AL, See the train layouts put together by Royston Railway Club, on display for one-day only. Train themed craft activity provided for the kids.

Friends Book Sale

Sat 30th Jun, 10.45am – 4pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Bag a bargain book! Monthly book sale run by the Friends of Royston Museum. Last Saturday of every month.

Reed Strawberry Festival

Sat 30th Jun, 12 – 4pm St Marys Church Reed, SG8 8AN, The Church and Friends of Reed First School invite you to a BBQ, Bar and Strawberry Tea with entertainment and stalls.

Cokenach Summer Open Gardens

Sat 30th Jun,1 – 4pm Burloes Farm, Royston, SG8 8DL There will be a treasure hunt for the children, teas, snacks and cakes. and a raffle will be held for hampers.

Sun 24th Jun 2 – 4pm Bourn Windmill, CB23 2SU, py Circus Come and see inside one of the oldest Happy’s Sat 30th Jun, 2 – 5pm mills in the country, set in beautiful Icknield Walk First School, SG8 7EZ scenery near Bourn village. Icknield Walk School have happy’s circus visiting with a bbq and mini fete. Limited tickets available from the Afternoon Tea with Music school and Mia Caro. Guided Heath Walk Sun 24th Jun, 3.30 – 5.30pm Sat 23rd Jun,10am – 12pm All Saints Community Hall Vicarage Cl, Serenade to Music The Heath, Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DY, UK Sat 30th Jun, 5.30 – 8.30pm A short walk of the historic Therfield ‘Roy Crosby’s Great Little Jazz Band’ Barkway Parish Church, SG8 8EJ Heath with commentary on the Heath’s Mavis 01763 260686 ‘A Sprig of Thyme’, a medley of English flowers by the walk’s leaders Janet & folk songs arranged by John Rutter Roger Moreton of Royston Ramblers. Pub Quiz At The Plough Tickets available from choir members, Optional additional 4 - 5 mile walk after. Tue 26th Jun, 8 – 10pm The Plough, High St, Shepreth, SG8 6PP online at, Six rounds with Tom Canning. www. For more events visit our Watercolour Workshop website.

with Ian McManus

Sat 23rd Jun,10am – 4pm Hinxworth Village Hall, SG7 5HL Come and develop your painting skills under the guidance of one of East Anglia’s leading watercolour artists. Fee £25.


Royston & District Twinning g Association

Wed 27th Jun, 8 – 10pm The Heath Sports Club, SG8 5BG Drink and news from this year’s visits.

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Leisure Royston Arts Festival Plans are starting to come together for this year’s Royston Arts Festival, with some exciting events in store, all exploring the theme ‘Voyages of Guitars and Strings Discovery’. Creative Royston and the team behind There will be old favourites including the Royston Arts Society Autumn Exhibition, CADS will be Royston MusicFest are putting on a special one-off concert, ‘Guitars & Strings’, this July. It staging the “haunting comedy” Ghost Writer, and will be a rare opportunity to hear musicians of the Cover Art Competition Exhibition will return to international standing perform contemporary the Library for a second year. The Community Arts Event will return to Priory songs arranged for classical instruments. Gardens where we’ll have a new story tent with The Yarnsmith of Norwich, a craft tent and an all new Featuring Jeremy Harmer and the Ad Hoc Strings performing arrangements of Jeremy’s First Schools Showcase. All this and much, much songs, Schrödinger’s Strings performing more… their own songs alongside sublime covers Royston Arts Festival, 28thof everything from Pachelbel’s Canon in D 30th September 2018 at to Guns N’ Roses and last, but certainly not venues across Royston least, wonderful song-writing and musical

wizardry from local favourites Thursday’s Band.

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen

Citrus and Gin Drizzle cake Hello my fellow foodies...

Saturday 9th of June marks the tenth anniversary of World Gin Day. Now, it is no secret in the Le Fey house and circle of friends that I am partial to the odd gin and I do favour the more citrus flavours over the spiced or woody ones. So what better way to celebrate than to combine gin and cake? However, if you are not a gin fan simply leave it out, the addition of a little extra juice to the icing will make up the quantities. As for how long will the cake keep, I am afraid I can not tell you as I have never had any left to find out! You will need a 20cm square baking tin, that has been greased and lined. For the cake 160g butter- room temperature works best 160g caster sugar 3 eggs from happy and healthy free running hens or ducks Finely grated zest of one lemon and one grapefruit 110g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 50g ground almonds Juice of one lemon For the icing 100g granulated sugar Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 grapefruit A goodly measure of your favourite gin After you have lined your baking tray and a set your oven to 170°C, let’s begin making the sponge. Cream your butter and caster sugar until the mixture becomes fluffy and light in texture and pale in colour. Now add in the eggs one by one, whisking well between each addition. Be aware that if the eggs are added too quickly, or not whisked in enough, the mixture may split at this stage. Now stir in the lemon zest, flour, baking powder, ground almond and the lemon juice and stir carefully to mix all the ingredients together but not to knock all the air out of the batter.

the icing. Begin by zesting one whole lemon and half the grapefruit. Combine the zest and the juice then add the granulated sugar and stir. Now, the secret to a good drizzle cake, I believe, is in the “crunch and zingy-ness” of the icing. After way too much research, I have concluded that the consistency of the icing should be such that the sugar remains partially undissolved. So into the sugar, zest and juice add just enough gin so as the sugar remains “gritty” within the mixture. Have no fear dear reader, should you be “over generous” with your gin simply add more sugar until you have the texture we are looking for.

Now all that remains to be done is for you to pour the icing over the top of the cake after it has cooled a little. Some people prick holes in the cake surface and some pour onto a completely cold cake. Do whatever works best for you, my preference is a warm (but not hot) cake, I don’t make holes in the surface and I tend to add the icing in two or three goes preferring to top up the icing as it is absorbed into the cake rather than flood it in one go. Leave to cool completely, then cut into pieces and enjoy with your favourite G&T or tea without the “G!” Happy World Gin Day!

Tallulah Le Fey x

Pour the cake batter into the tin and place in the centre of the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the cake has turned a golden brown colour and is springy to the touch. While the cake is baking let’s make up


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Leisure June Screenings at the Royston Picture Palace Royston Picture Palace are running a reduced programme during the quieter summer months. Keep an eye on our website for what’s coming up in the summer. Fri 15th June at 7.30pm Sat 16th June at 7.30pm Fri 29th June at 7.30pm Sat 30th June at 7.30pm

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For more information and bookings, visit: Royston Town Hall Melbourn Street Royston, SG8 7DA

Russell’s Outside Catering & Davey’s Butchers

RoYSTON DISTRICT & lOCAL hISTORY sOCIETY Our May meeting began with the AGM, then a very interesting talk from Richard Till ‘Who Do You Think You Are.’ Richard explained that Celts have strong prominent features, clearly defined chins are relatively dark skinned with black or red hair. Typical Celts are Terry Wogan and Gaby Logan. Anglo Saxons have oval shaped faces, with high cheek bones and regular features. For example Dirk Bogarde and Audrey Hepburn. It is interesting to look around and try to work out who comes from where.

Our next season begins on October 4th and will be held in the Heritage Hall, Town Hall at 8 pm. It is entitled Rectors of Therfield by Richard Genochio. Free to members


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Ashwell’s Clubs & Societies

Ashwell Baby and Toddler Group Meet other parents and carers & have fun with your baby or toddler at our weekly baby & toddlergroups, URC Hall, Wed 9.45 - 11.15am during term time. FB: ashwellbabytoddler Rebecca Simon 01462 742076 Ashwell Jazz Recorded jazz at its best, 59 High Street, 2nd Thurs monthly. David Short 01462 742385

Ashwell Messy Play Pre-schoolers can explore a range of craft and sensory play activities, enjoy a story and a healthy snack. There’s a separate play area for babies too! URC Hall, Thu 9.45am – 11am during term time. FB: ashwellbabytoddler Claire Grimmer: 01462 743677 Ashwell Playgroup A fun and friendly group offering a variety of play areas to excite little minds, a separate baby play area, a story and singing time,

and a healthy snack, Village Hall, Wed 9.15am - 12.15pm during term-time. Claire Grimmer: 01462 743677 Ashwell School Badminton Club Come and enjoy some healthy, friendly exercise, Ashwell Village school, in the hall towards the back, Thurs 8pm Michael 07783 873163 Ashwell Tennis and Sports Club The club is gathering momentum with teams in local leagues and excellent coaching. Jason Boorman Sports Ground on Ashwell Street, Sun 10am - 12pm Cycle Club, Ashwell A thriving, inclusive, friendly cycle club for everyone. Over 140 members, for youth, adult, senior levels and families & beginners. Affiliated to the CTC, British Cycling, CTT and Eastern RR League. We now have a grass track course.

Is your club missing? Do let us know! 01763 248447 For a full list of Clubs and Societies in the SG8 area please visit our website

MUSEUM MUSINGS: A Friendly Gravedigger Joseph Towne was born in Royston in 1808. As a young man, he liked making clay models of animals. There’s lots of clay around so there was plenty for him to work with.

human skeleton. We have a copy of an article about this which describes how he was “aided by pictures in books and separate bones which he borrowed occasionally from a friendly gravedigger”.

One day, he wanted a new challenge and set himself the Joseph made the model in task of creating a wax model of a his bedroom at home. One night, his father came into his room and saw the model for first time. It was around 80cm high and was quite an impressive achievement. He suggested that Joseph should take it to the anatomy professor at Cambridge. Aged 18, he submitted the model to the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded a silver medal. He later went onto work at Guy’s Hospital making over 200 wax models of the human body


showing symptoms of a variety of illnesses. Unfortunately, we don’t have much in our collection about Joseph. We do have an image of his father, Thomas Towne, who was a Reverend and an artist. It would see this artistic trait was passed on to his son. Sometimes history can be really inspiring. Joseph had an amazing talent that led to a life time of wonderful, useful and interesting work. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all find a “friendly gravedigger” – someone to help us achieve our ambitions!

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Wellbeing established to sell up to half the total production of exported goods in Russia. The fair ceased in 1929. Today the building functions as an exhibition Russia plays host to the world cup this year making centre. it the first ever Eastern European country to do so. England has been drawn in Group G along with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. England’s Group games are: Monday 18th June against Tunisia at Volgograd Arena. This image shows “The Motherland Calls” in Volgograd - the tallest statue of a women in the world. At 85 meters it is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.


Sunday 24th June against panama at Nizhny Novgorod Standium. The Nizhny Novgorod Fair (main building pictured) was a commerce centre

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Thursday 28th June against Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium. The image shows Kneiphof island with cathedral.

Look out for local pubs and clubs showing the games!

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A Cracked Voices Story Jesus from Hut 7 | Klaus Kellner This is one of the stories of forgotten voices which inspired the song cycle ‘Cracked Voices’ written by Garahm Palmer and Jenni Pinnock. Based on original research, this ‘incredible project’ (Cambridge105 radio) gives voice to forgotten characters from the borderlands of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Klaus Kellner was…not sulky, nor argumentative, and seemed to fit in fairly well with the other prisoners in his hut. Then, quite suddenly… he ‘got religion’…He let his hair grow long, and in this age of cropped heads, his mane of copper locks looked distinctly odd. He gave up shaving, and soon had a full reddish tinged beard….He wrote out such bits of the Bible as he could remember…and he bound them together with two bits of cardboard. Armed with this, he went from hut to hut attempting to preach…Most of the time he was kicked out, either verbally, or even sometimes physically, but he bore no malice. He forgave them, he said, as he picked himself up from the ground outside the huts, and he inevitably returned later. In time, he came to be known as ‘Jesus from Hut 7’ and in his appearance and manner, he grew more and more like one of the ancient Prophets. Alfred J Christiansen, Unpublished Memoir (IWM Archive) Despite the barbed-wire, water-tower and breezeblock huts with corrugated iron roofs, Camp 29 was not there. For the whole of the Second World War it did not exist. It was definitely not on the heath a few hundred yards from Royston’s High Street. Not one newspaper dared mention its construction or the six hundred Italian, and then German, Prisoners of War living behind its fences. Marked out by a coloured patch on their chocolate brown uniforms, prisoners such as Klaus Kellner and Alfred J Christiansen


existed there in limbo, only ever permitted out under guard to work for the enemy on the nearby labour-starved farms. In return, they were paid in plastic discs which they exchanged at the canteen for tobacco, razor blades or sickly-sweet cake. As bombers from the neighbouring airfields grouped high above the camp, the inmates tried to keep busy to block out any thought of their families back home and where the planes were headed. Apart from endless games of football, the inmates spent their time putting together a make-shift theatre and the British camp commandant supplied a ropey piano. Things ticked along while sport and the arts made not thinking easier. But early in 1945 a sudden intensive search of the camp by an outside British Army unit changed everything. Men’s belongings were rifled, the theatre was all-but destroyed. Nothing untoward was found. It would take weeks for the camp to get back to normal and in Hut 16 the intrusion rankled deeply. The balance had been disrupted and would only be restored with an equally obnoxious act of defiance. All it took was a sheet, some pillow cases and a few bottles of ink. That April, on Hitler’s birthday, locals woke to find, fluttering from the camp’s water-tower, a full-size German swastika. Needless to say, it was never reported.

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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. So, after 18 holes players will be able to enjoy a cocktail or two at the nineteenth! Support for the day has been incredible and the event is now fully booked, but it is still possible for businesses to get involved by making a donation of a prize to promote your business or becoming a sponsoring a hole. For further information please contact Tom on All funds raised will be donated to Children’s Services at Addenbrooke’s Hospital


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Touch Tournament Now in its 7th year, the event continues to expand, with teams expected to enter this year from as far afield as Northampton, Bedford, North London, and elsewhere. Now that summer threatens to emerge, Touch Training at the Heath is attracting 20+ players. Anyone and everyone aged 14+ is welcome to join in, regardless of sex, fitness or skill. Training is light-hearted and at 7.30 to 9pm every Wednesday it’s a great way to stay fit whilst having fun. The tournament is open to anyone 14+. There are bonus points for teams of mixed age and sex. Fancy dress is encouraged. Sat 23rd June, 10am - 5pm Royston Heath or on FB /RoystonTouchRugby


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WWI Centenary Cycle Challenge

Hertfordshire based hospice launches WW1 Centenary Cycle Challenege.

Richard Harbon, Community Fundraiser at Garden House Hospice Care, commented:

Garden House Hospice Care, in North Hertfordshire, has set a unique and memorable cycle challenge in September to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War.

“The WW1 Centenary Cycle Challenge is a unique opportunity to be part of something that will provide life-long memories whilst enabling cyclists to raise vital funds for Garden House Hospice Care, which serves the communities of North Herts and Stevenage. “

Setting off from the UK’s first hospice, St Christopher’s Hospice in South London, cyclists will follow the Pilgrims Way to Folkestone. Over the next three days they will follow the old front line from the historic Belgium town of Ypres, travelling south over the battlefields at Loos, Vimy Ridge and the Somme. The ride will finish at the site of the signing of the Armistice in the Forest of Compiegne.

Places on this once in a lifetime trip, scheduled for 14th to 17th September, are limited. The cost of the ride is £490 and riders are expected to raise over £1000 for Garden House Hospice Care. Riders are expected to be at least moderate cyclists with moderate level of fitness to ride approximately 275 miles in total; there will be a few groups to offer varied routes and distances each day.

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Summer Makeup Tips

We are certainly hoping for some sunshine over the next few months. If your sitting in the sun on a beach, in a beer garden or dressing up in the heat you want to be sure your makeup stays in place. Here I have my top tips on summer makeup.

Firstly, I’d recommend using a oil free moisturiser especially if you already have oily skin. A tinted moisturiser can be handy. If you feel comfortable you can replace foundation for tinted moisturizer. Priming your face is particularly important as it’ll help to keep your makeup in place. If you feel comfortable to avoid concealer and foundation then skip it. If you do use foundation and concealer, use a damp sponge and apply a very thin coat. Make sure your foundation has an SPF as well. The less you put on the less there is to sweat off. I’d recommend using a powder brush and dusting a loose translucent

powder around your T-zone but be sure to be very light handed when doing so. Regarding eye makeup, use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I’d avoid dark eyeshadow and cat eye liner as this can be very vunerable to smudging. Remember to use primer on your eyes as this will hold the eye makeup better. When it comes to lips remember to prepare with a lip balm. The sun can make your lips super dry. I’d use a lip gloss or tinted lip balm instead and avoid dark colours. If you become victim to smudging lipstick dark colours are far more visible.

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Royston & District motorcycle club For 33 years the Royston & District Motorcycle Club have held an ever-growing show in June and used the opportunity to get bikers together to enjoy bikes, but also support local causes.

Over 2800 bikers, enthusiasts and those who were just, curious are expected to descend upon Eternit Sports and Social Club in Meldreth to see what is now well

known to be a spectacle in itself. We have 40 exhibitors this year. The RDMCC Show this year will raise donations for local causes including the Air Ambulance, the SERV Blood

RDMCC Show, Wed 20th June Eternit Sports Club, Meldreth

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Literary Lunch

How do you deal with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s? Dancing is probably the last thing on your mind…

Parkinson’s & the Tango Effect, written by Kate Swindlehurst is the story of an incredible year in her life as a woman with Parkinson’s. It began with a tango lesson and grew into an exploration of the healing potential of the dance. Quirky, intimate and unashamedly literary, the book takes an unflinching look at the dark side but also at reasons to celebrate. It builds on research on the impact of dance on Parkinson’s symptoms and takes it a stage further, with a behind-the-scenes record of private lessons and contributions from tango teachers. It documents the emotional and social benefits of the dance and its impact on

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the quality of life. Parkinson’s & the Tango Effect challenges our perceptions of disability. It is essential reading for those with a professional interest in dance and Parkinson’s, and for researchers in the field. It’s also a book for the ordinary reader, for those living with a chronic condition, and for the tango and Parkinson’s communities worldwide. Literary Lunch: Jude Simpson hosts a chat with Kate Swindlehurst, The Old Bull Inn Royston, Tuesday 3rd July, 12.15 - 2.15pm For details 01763 262262 or Tickets:

A Night at the Races

Have a flutter in aid of Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire. This is a cash only event to don’t forget to pop to the bank for your stake money! Cash Bar, Ploughmans’ Supper and a raffle. A Night at the Races, Meldreth Village Hall, 7pm Tickets: 01763 262262 or | 01763 248447 1806 The Listing Villages June 241 41

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Serenade to Music

Royston and District Choral Society’s next concert features ‘A Sprig of Thyme’, a medley of English folk songs arranged by John Rutter. In his CD notes for the Collegium Records’ recording of these arrangements Rutter comments that ‘for children growing up in post war England as I did, traditional songs still formed a common musical currency... Among the numerous ‘As I went out one morning’s that fill folk song collections, you can find love songs of exquisite and fragile beauty such as ‘O waly, waly’ and ‘The sprig of thyme’, drinking songs of picaresque humour such as ‘The miller © vocalessence

of Dee’, lullabies of heart-easing tenderness such as ‘O can ye sew cushions?’. These songs brought me delight and pleasure then, and they still do now’. Alongside ‘A Sprig of Thyme’ this concert includes Vaughan Williams’ tribute to Sir Henry Wood, ‘Serenade to Music’ and Gospel Choruses arranged by Ken Burton, familiar to BBC Songs of Praise viewers. Join us in beautiful Barkway for a wander down a rustic memory lane, or to discover these melodies for the first time. Serenade to Music, Barkway Parish Church, Saturday 30th June, 7.30 pm Tickets available online at RCSJun2018, on the door or from Caroline Franks, 01920 822723 or caroline.franks@ Next Open Rehearsal Tuesday 11th September 7.45pm Royston Parish Church – you will not be asked to sing on your own For more information about Royston Choral Society contact our Chair, Huw Jenkins, chair@, 07855 311192

The Walkers Partnership Solicitors

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 mornings of 2nd & 16th June, 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


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being squeezed, prioritise the ‘must do’ actions. Anything that is not essential needs to be relegated to the bottom of the list, delegated or dropped completely.

Now you may think there’s nothing you can do, but good stress management is essentially about taking control where you can, and changing the way you react to what you can’t change. Here are some suggestions:

Share your feelings There’s a time for a stiff upper lip, but even if you can’t change circumstances, you may find that talking things through with someone else can be very cathartic.

You can’t control the uncontrollable Accept the things you can’t change – and move on. Rather than stressing over them, focus on the things you can control – such as the way you choose to react to these issues.

Look after No.1 Finally it’s important to have the resilience to deal with the unforeseen, and that means you need to look after yourself – so sensible diet, some form of regular exercise and plenty of sleep can also really help.

Focus on the positive When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life. This helps to keep things in perspective. Just say no Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, don’t say ‘Yes’ and take on more responsibility if you know you’ve already got too much on your plate. Do the ‘musts’ not the ‘shoulds’ Re-assess your to-do list and pick out what really needs to be done. Be selfish – if you’re

Finally, it’s good to know that even tackling just one of these suggestions might make a positive difference to how you feel. Now doesn’t that feel better?

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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 Litlington Congregational 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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NHS Telephone Advice Service


0300 123 4049

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

01954 212707 01462 486074




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03450 450 500 Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell

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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 07885 774775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 688714 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512


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


Royston & District Community Transport

National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)

08457 484950 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

03453 572 407 03457 145145

Electricity - Emergency & loss of supply Gas Emergencies

0800 783 8838 0800 111 999


(Water supplies and sewerage)


Royston Veterinary Centre Village wVets – 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 1806 The Listing Villages June 245 45


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Will Writing Services The Walkers Partnership Wills By David Isherwood

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Taxation Services 8

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Simon’s Tiling Services

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Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters

Local Event


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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.


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