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Theatre Shows & Special Events (Stalls or Dress Circle) 14 Aug Tina the Musical – Evening £65.00 30 Aug Witness for the Prosecution – Matinee £67.50 13 Sep Brick Lane Cockney Sing Song – Matinee £57.00 20 Sep The King and I – Matinee £72.00 27 Sep Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 4 Oct Phantom of the Opera Matinee inc Lunch £65.00 10 Oct Dreamgirls – Matinee £65.00 10 Oct The Lion King – Matinee Adult £65.00/Senior £57.50 18 Oct Motown – Matinee £65.00 24 Oct 42nd Street – Matinee £59.50 24 Oct Kinky Boots – Matinee £59.50 7 Nov Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Matinee £65.00 7 Nov Les Miserables – Matinee £67.50 8 Nov Company – Matinee £75.00 8 Nov Phantom of the Opera – Matinee £55.00 20 Dec Olympia International Horse Show – Eve £67.00 9 Jan Snow White Pantomime – Palladium – Mat £59.50 10 Jan Swan Lake – London Coliseum – Matinee £74.00 27 Jan Cirque Du Soleil – Totem – Sunday Mat £75.00 13 Feb *Tina the Musical – Evening £65.00 16 Feb Wicked – Saturday Matinee £65.00 14 Mar The Bodyguard – Milton Keynes – Matinee £49.00 15 Mar Brick Lane Music Hall Irish Music – Inc Tea £59.00 17 Mar Lets Face the Music – RAH – Matinee £67.50 25 Jul On Your Feet – Matinee £65.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only Coach Tours 16 Sep Sidmouth & South Devon 1 Oct Poole & The Jurassic Coast 29 Oct Warners Holme Lacy 18 Nov Historic Harrogate & Afternoon Tea 26 Nov Turkey & Tinsel in the Wye Valley 2 Dec Bath Xmas Markets & Longleat 4 Dec Edinburgh Christmas Markets 17 Dec Warners Cricket St Thomas

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Our bright cover images this month are in celebration of one of the most anticipated local events of the summer - the Royston Rotary Kite Festival. You can read all about both the Kite Festival and The Rotary Club of Royston in the magazine. We are keeping our fingers crossed for ideal weather conditions for the event - warm and dry with just the right amount of breeze! Those of you who enjoy a little baking will definitely want to have a look at Tallulah Le Fey’s latest creation in this month’s article - a Mojito Cake - all the flavours of a summer treat and I can confirm that it tastes as good as it looks... Wishing you a relaxed and sunny August!

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Out & About Royston rotary kite festival

skilled kite flying enthusiasts and clubs from surrounding counties The Kite Festival has been a feature of the who provide the main spectacle, Royston summer calendar for a surprising but last year a new attraction was added 28 years. That’s quite a record. It’s likely – a display of historic vehicles. Local owners of classic cars, bikes, and even that some of the parents who’ll be taking the occasional tractor and lorry, enjoy the family to the Heath to see the kites this year will themselves have been taken bringing their cherished machinery to the Heath and having a picnic while there as children two or three decades kite-watching. “It was certainly popular ago. last year, without detracting from the It’s usually thought of as ‘the Rotary spectacle of the kites, so we’ll be doing Kite Festival’, as Royston’s Rotary Club it again this year” says Rotary’s classic has managed the event for the past 18 car chief Ray Munden. And this year for years. Previously it was run by North the first time, Royston’s own Crystalite Herts District Council’s Countryside Majorettes will have a couple of spots in Management Service – but after 10 years, the programme to strut their stuff in the the CMS began to look for a community arena. organisation with the numbers and skills Some features of the event have become to take it over. ”It seemed such a natural fit for us and we were happy to take it on“ a positive tradition. The teddy bear parachute drop, for example, is always says Rotary’s Ken Charles, who headed a hit with younger children, whose up the team running the event for many bears can have an aerial adventure by years. ascending a kite string then parachuting The Festival’s focus is always on the

magically to earth. There was a year when the teddy bear drop didn’t happen, which prompted numerous complaints from the younger customers. No festival is complete without a row of stalls and attractions, and plenty to eat and drink. The Kite Festival offers free stall space to all charity and non-profit organisations, and traders can rent space; there are burgers and hot dogs, a coffee vendor, and if you have something to celebrate, there’s a champagne bar too. The event is the Club’s biggest fundraiser. After expenses, all the money from gate receipts, the Tombola and donations by generous sponsors, plus stall rentals, goes to good causes. This year’s major recipient, the choice of Club President David Blundell, is Acorn House, which offers accommodation to the families of sick children receiving treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The Club reckons that since they took over in 2000, the event has raised around £100,000 for charity. “That’s a lot of money for some excellent causes, while giving thousands of people a lot of fun.” Royston Rotary Kite Festival, The Heath, Sunday 5th August, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Meet and eat ClUB A ‘Meet and Eat’ club in Royston is inviting older people to make and share a delicious meal together once a week. The ‘Meet and Eat’ aims to bring older people together through a shared love of food. Participants can get involved in as much or as little as they like during the sessions, from meal preparation and cooking, to socialising and savouring the delicious two course meals that are created and served. The sessions take place every Thursday and are open to all older people in Royston and the surrounding area. Each meal costs £3. Meet and Eat in Royston is a partnership initiative between North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and settle, formerly known as North Hertfordshire Homes. Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said, “This is a wonderful idea that brings together older residents from the local area who may not have met before. It gives people the opportunity to bond

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and make friends in an informal setting and we wish it well in the future.” Wendy, who attends the group said: “It’s good fun. It’s a nice group and everyone has a laugh. It makes my week!’ Sheila, another member of the group, said: “It’s a great way to meet others. You’re never too old to join a lunch club!”

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Rotary Club of ROyston Where can you find a bunch of people who run Royston’s biggest annual charity fund-raiser, a memory café, a swimathon, a major musical event and a technology competition for the town’s schools, provide Santas for a big retail outlet, help to eradicate polio, support skills training for women in Africa, enjoy monthly rambles and weekends away, get together to meet and eat every week, and have been behaving this way for 56 years? It can only be the Rotary Club of Royston, part of Rotary International, which boasts 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs like ours across the globe. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. All of which perhaps sounds a little grand and solemn. Not so! We are local men and women (membership is around 35) from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, and we enjoy a lively social life together. Our weekly meetings are noisy, friendly affairs where we discuss our plans, report on what we’ve achieved, and often listen to speakers on a wide range of topics. The old vision of Rotary as a collection of besuited local businessmen (males only in those days, of course) has long gone. The suits and ties were abandoned years ago, and we don’t just admit women; we welcome them enthusiastically. Indeed, we’ve already had two lady Presidents, and a third is due soon.

We’re strong because our roots are here in Royston, and much of our impact is at local level, but with the back-up of our national and international organisation, we can punch way above our weight. For example, the money we raise to support local or international projects can often be doubled by Rotary International’s match-funding schemes. We raise about £20,000 annually to support good causes. Our annual Kite Festival on Therfield Heath is our biggest single event, attracting around 5000 visitors and raising a large sum for a chosen charity. You can read more about the Kite Festival in the Out and About article. Our special focus on youth drives ‘Schools Make Music’, where pupils have an opportunity to sing and play on a professional stage, and the Technology Tournament, a real challenge to the creativity of our upcoming technologists. There’s more - much more than we can list here. We’re always pleased to welcome visitors to one of our weekly meetings, when we can offer possible members a taste of who we are and what we do.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to launch sustainable projects that really do make a difference. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end. Could you be part of it? We’ll be pleased to hear from you – our contact details are below.

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The colourful style of her paintings is drawn from her roots in Sweden and life in France. Her work can be seen in many places, locally in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and various churches. Christina Pattison Exhibition, Melbourn Hub, 1st to 31st August 2018 Melbourn Hub is open MondaySaturday 9am to 5pm



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get ready for Royston Arts Festival! The team at Creative Royston are working hard to pull together what is looking like another fantastic Royston Arts Festival, over the last weekend in September. This year there are more exhibitions, performances and activities then ever before. The centrepiece will once again be the Community Arts Event in Priory Memorial Gardens on the afternoon of Saturday 29th September. There will also be performances throughout the afternoon, including the Royston Town Development Band, Gog Magog Molly Dancers, Royston First School choirs and Crystalites Majorettes. Amongst the attractions, exploring this year’s theme of Voyages of Discovery, will be the return of the popular Yarnsmith of Norwich, a Glazed Creations workshop including an opportunity to explore eco crafting, face painting, henna artistry, Royston Town Band’s “Give Brass A Go” workshop and

much, much more! Put the date in your diary now, you’re not going to want to miss it! PLUS... After the success of last year’s Film Festival, the team are taking it on the road this year! In the run up to the Arts Festival weekend there will be special screenings in local villages. Look out for announcements about films and special guests in the coming weeks… Royston Arts Festival, Various locations, 28th to 30th September Royston Arts Festival Community Arts Event, Priory Memorial Gardens Royston, Saturday 29th September, 1 - 4pm

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A summer cordial

James Day, Head Chef at the award-winning Belle Freehouse in Bassingbourn gives his tips for a delicious summer cordial. The base of a cordial is simply equal parts of sugar and water made into a basic stock syrup. Simply add the sugar and water to a pan and bring to the boil. Let the mixture reduce until it begins to turn syrupy. To make a cordial with fruit (fresh or frozen work fine), chop and add the fruit to the syrup ingredients before bringing them to the boil. This way the flavours and colours will be extracted. However, if you are using more delicate florals such as rose, lavender or elderflower then add them to your syrup after you have removed it from the heat to keep the botanical flavour light and clean. In either case, let the syrup cool to room temperature and then strain through a sieve or colander lined with a piece of muslin. Let the liquid drip through slowly to keep the cordial clear. Pour the liquid into sterilised bottles and seal well. Your cordials should keep well for 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge. For a longer shelf life use plastic bottles and freeze the cordial. It’s a deliciously refreshing on a hot day when mixed with sparkling water, or for a weekend treat, serve it in a champagne flute and top up with prosecco!

Fun at fairlands

Year Four children from Roman Way First School had their end of year leaving celebrations at Fairlands Valley Park last Tuesday. An absolutely wonderful day was had by all and the children were a credit to their

school. All children had a go at canoeing, sailing, crate stacking and climbing the climbing wall. Many of them faced their fears and grew in confidence on the water and in the heights!

Melbourn Fete was Fun Congratulations to he organisers of the Melbourn Fete - a good time was had by all! Photos by David L Hone.

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royston picture palace is here to stay! It’s five years since we first opened our doors in the summer of 2013, and in that time (and the three years planning before that) the cinema has grown from a mere aspiration into a highly-valued community asset. Last year we welcomed over 11,000 visitors through our doors.

Our history Royston Picture Palace is the result of a collaboration between Royston Town Council and Royston First BID Company Ltd. The BID is a collective pot of money funded by the business community in Royston which is used to implement community and business initiatives which would not otherwise happen, for example: Free After Three Parking, Christmas Lights, and additional town policing. Royston Town Council (with additional grants from NHDC) undertook a complete refurbishment of the Town Hall, including adding a lift to the upper floor, doubleglazed windows, an air cooling system, as well as a general refresh to the paintwork and upholstery. At the same time, Royston First committed to providing the cinema equipment: custom-built seating, a 7 metre wide retractable screen, state-of-the-art digital projection and a 17 speaker sound system.

Our volunteers Royston Picture Palace is staffed by volunteers, who give up their time to run performances. Quite simply, without our volunteer team, Royston Picture Palace would not run. We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to join the team, so if you are community-minded, have a few hours to spare on a weekend evening and would like to watch films for free, we would love to hear from you! Email us at Volunteer roles are varied and we can guarantee you’ll find the work rewarding and our team friendly. We also have Performance Manager roles available. No technical experience is necessary, just a willingness to step up on the night and make sure things happen in the correct order!

Our films We have been running a light programme over the summer months as, historically, we see much lower demand for the cinema in June, July and August (although we are fully air-conditioned - so can offer a rather cool alternative if our heat-wave persists!) We will, as previously, show films every weekend from September onwards, on a Friday and Saturday evening, with occasional matinees and Sunday showings. All our scheduled films are listed on our website as soon as they are available to book. We’re very excited to be showing Mamma Mia on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September – and if, as we anticipate, these showings sell out, we’ll add in extra screenings. Last year, we enjoyed a number of sell-out performances and, as we head into the Autumn, we expect to see a full programme of the best films being screened just a few weeks behind the main cinema release dates.

How to book Tickets are competitively priced at £7.90 for adults, £7.00 for senior citizens and £6.00 for children (14 and under). You can book online or purchase tickets in person at Royston Town Hall office on the corner of Melbourn Street and Melbourn Road, Monday - Friday 9am-4pm. Alternatively, our Box Office opens half an hour before each performance, so you can always take a chance and buy your tickets at the door.

Where to find us Royston Picture Palace is situated in Royston Town Hall. We are fully accessible with a ramp and handrails at the front entrance, a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor, a lift between the ground and first floors and provision within our seating plan for up to three wheelchair users together with any carers. On site parking is available at Royston’s Civic Centre car park. Parking is Free After Three every day, and free all day on Sundays.

Our shop Our shop is well-stocked – but without the big prices you may have experienced at commercial cinemas. We offer a range of popcorn, chilled drinks, sweets and Farmhouse dairy ice creams. Our state of the art coffee machine allows you to select cappuccinos, filter and espresso coffees.

We look forward to welcoming you to your community cinema!


August Screenings Sat 4th Aug at 7.30pm

Swimming with Men


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Sat 25th Aug Leave No Trace at 7.30pm


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Here We Go Again

Sat 1st Sept at 7.30pm

Here We Go Again

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Winning the award for contribution to the community has been a great kick start for our summer plans. We would like to thank our customers for their Royston Business Awards nominations; the team from the Chamber of Commerce that put so much into organising the awards process and ceremony; and our judges that not only tolerated our excited monologue about our little studio and involvement in community projects but saw some merit

in it too! We joke that we are leaving our mark on history: when Royston is excavated in years to come historians will debate the meaning of the green dogs and rainbow ponies that leave our studio – it is lovely to think that we are also leaving our mark on people’s lives and the community in the present day. Join us for some relaxing, creative and (if this heat continues) airconditioned fun this summer. Check us out at

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craft demonstrations and shopping stands. For families there are hours of fun with free face painting, free children’s craft tent, children’s entertainer, Punch & Judy Show, mini farm, pony rides and a reptile tent. When it comes to food, expect a huge menu plus a prosecco bar and beer tent. Entry: Adults £9, concessions and under18s £5, under 5s free. Free parking. Advance tickets at a 20% discount from

The Spectacular Knights of the Crusades will be centre stage with their energetic show that’s steeped in history and high in adrenaline! For little ones there will be a mud kitchen and mud painting and for older children there will be the chance to make a headdress, clay creatures, stick men or a bow and arrow at our Forest School! All the show favourites will be there too including the horse show, dog show, birds of prey demonstration, vintage cars, tractors, craft tent,

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A Little Further Afield Out of the Block: Henry Moore Carvings

In the year of Henry Moore’s 120th birthday, the Henry Moore Foundation presents Out of the Block: Henry Moore Carvings, an exhibition exploring Moore’s changing approach to this key element of his artistic practice. Out of the Block brings together nearly 30 major works in stone and wood, made over six decades, from the collection of the Henry Moore Foundation. They trace Moore’s development as an artist and a carver and reveal his influences at different moments in his career. In addition to the sculptural work, the exhibition features film and photographs from the Henry Moore Archive which provide a fascinating insight into the evolution of Moore’s practice, from a quiet, solitary pursuit to a large-scale operation involving many hands and mechanical assistance. The film in the exhibition – recently digitised from the original silent, Standard 8 Cine Film reel - has never been shown in public before. It shows Moore working on the largest and most ambitious of his wood sculptures, Reclining Figure 195964, which is featured in the exhibition. The film also documents a visit to Henraux’s quarries in Querceta, Italy, in 1969. Henry Moore’s creative energy was boundless and he worked in a variety of mediums from drawing and printmaking to bronze casting. Carving, however, was his first passion and it always remained central in his practice. From his radical experiments in the 1920s

to the large scale public commissions of the post-war period, Moore’s carvings played an important part in shaping his identity as a modern sculptor and testify to his willingness to embrace new materials, techniques and sources of inspiration throughout his career. Moore was born in 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire. As a child he was fascinated by stone in sculpture, architecture and the landscape. In 1921 he went to study art in London. His interest in non-European and prehistoric sculpture drew him to the notions of ‘direct carving’ and ‘truth to material’ championed by avant-garde sculptors he admired.

After the Second World War, Moore softened his position to reflect his new belief that the idea behind a work was more important than how it was made. Modelling in plaster or clay and casting in bronze became his main method of creation, but carving remained an important part of his practice. From the early 1960s he spent his summers working near the Carrara quarries in Tuscany where one of his favourite artists, the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, had sourced his marble.

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Until the mid-1930s, Moore strictly adhered to these principles, working directly with materials and allowing their natural properties to shape his work. He rejected traditional stones like white marble and instead experimented with materials ranging from indigenous stones to exotic woods. His direct approach to carving had significant compositional implications. Forms had to be developed by a process of subtraction, within the boundaries of the original block. Figures, therefore, are often compacted and in surprising Sheep Piece poses. © The Henry Moore Foundation

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Get Batty with the Wildlife Trust August brings International Bat Night to wildlife calendars – more than 30 countries celebrate bats on International Bat Night from Belgium and Sweden to the UK! This annual fixture sees bat groups, conservation and

community groups organise fantastic bat walks and talks at dusk, as a celebration of bats, aiming to encourage thousands of people across the country to see and hear these nocturnal mammals in their natural environment. Wildlife Trust are organising local Bat Night Walks. Full details can be found on the website but here are the dates:

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protect your rabbits in the hot weather Flystrike is a most distressing condition that can affect any animal, and unless it is caught quickly, it can be a very painful killer. Rabbits are very susceptible, especially if they have a problem that makes it hard for them to keep their rear-ends clean and owners need to be vigilant. Unfortunately, the fly’s are attracted to the smells of blood, faeces and urine, and they will lay their eggs on an animal that is injured or dirty. When the maggots begin to feast on the flesh of an animal, the results can be catastrophic, and it can all happen surprisingly quickly. The onus is entirely on owners to keep a regular check on their rabbits. But even healthy, active rabbits get dirty bottoms from time to time. So regular checks must be done and even more in the summer months, try getting in to the habit of checking them at least twice per day. It takes only a few hours from fly’s laying eggs to maggots hatching and eating into a rabbit’s flesh and once they are established, huge damage can be done, from which many rabbits

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don’t recover. Generally maggots will need to be removed surgically. So take your rabbit to your local Vets so they can start removing the maggots and treating your rabbit as soon as possible. Routines to help prevent flystrike • Check your rabbit‘s bottom daily. Remove any faeces. Wash and dry bottom if required • Change dirty bedding • If your rabbit has medical problems take it to your Vet

For any further advice then please contact Royston Veterinary Centre on 01763 242221 or Baldock Veterinary Centre on 01462 895579

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The 2018 Royston Arts Festival is fast approaching and local drama group CADS is preparing for its contribution to the festivities with an unusual appeal – empty gin bottles!

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Their show this year is an adult comedy by David Tristram called Ghost Writer and tells the story of playwright Edward Pinfold, whose wife – the talented but tempestuous actress Ruby – was found dead exactly a year ago at an after-show party. The inquest decided that she died as the result of a lethal combination of pills and booze, and Edward really hasn’t got over her death. One year later he’s living in a scruffy bedsit in the attic of a house owned by his best friend Alex, unable to write and fallen on hard times. For reasons that will become clear during the play, a large quantity of gin bottles play a significant part in the events that follow, when the appearance of an unexpected visitor forces him to re-examine his past, deal with his present and consider his future. Director Michael Young says, “We’ve been having such glorious Summer weather recently so I know many of you will have been having barbecues, watching the World Cup or Wimbledon, or just relaxing in your gardens. No doubt

you’ll have enjoyed a few G&Ts in the process and will have some empties lying around by now. Instead of recycling them, why not donate them to a worthy cause? Normally, I’d do my bit, of course, but thanks to a classic piece of bad timing, my wife and I decided to have a Dry July and go without alcohol for a whole month to raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to our hearts…” If you can help CADS out, please contact them via their website at and your discarded bottles could soon be making their stage debut at Meridian School!

Ghost Writer, Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September, 7.30pm. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

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Where do you live? H. Biggleswade, C. Letchworth We lived in Royston for seven years and miss living in such a friendly town, although we are lucky we still work here! What’s your favourite local place to eat and drink? H. ‘The Jolly Postie’. Their Sunday lunches are super tasty the atmosphere and service is great. C. ‘Tasty Bites’ is always great for breakfast or lunch. Tracy and co are always welcoming. We both love to eat at ‘L’artista’ in Letchworth with our family, our dad is Italian, so authentic pasta and pizza always go down well. ‘Just like Mamma used to make’

We also both also love ‘The Stationery Cupboard’. The team are quick to help and the service is fast and efficient. What is your guilty pleasure? H. A glass (or five) of Prosecco in the sunshine C. It used to be ‘Candy Crush’ although I don’t seem to have the time now. What was the last film you watched? H. ‘Reign Over Me’ with Adam Sandler C. I can’t remember the last time I watched a film, but I went to the West End last month to see ‘The Play That Went Wrong’ and it was brilliant, funny and well thought out.

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What is your favourite book and why? H. ‘Dangerous Lady’ by Martina Cole. It gives an insight into the East London gangs in the 60’s. Quiet scary! C. ‘Turning Point’ by Danielle Steel. It’s about how things in life that can change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse! It is an interesting read. What is the best thing about your work? H. Creating bespoke engagement rings and wedding rings, as well as assessing gemstones (that’s my passion). C. Meeting lots of great people, everyday is different and assessing jewellery. What are you scared off? H. Feet!! C. Snakes (luckily I haven’t seen many in Royston) What are you most looking forward to this August? H. Carla’s Birthday! C. Going to Wales for a long weekend with my partner, nephew and parents. Long walks on the beach and hopefully no rain!

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WI PM Our group meets in Fellowship Hall, next to the Picture Palace and we warmly welcome new members. We have a wide range of interests and there are activities arranged regularly. We meet in the afternoon of the

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to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. The service in Royston is based at the Town Hall and you can call in to the dropin advice sessions every Monday and Wednesday between 9.30am and 12 noon. There is also a service at Melbourn Community Hub on the first and third Monday of each month between 9.30am and 12 noon. If you or someone you know would benefit from an appointment with the Complex Needs Team then please come to one of the drop-in sessions or call our Adviceline which is open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm on 03444 111 444

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The July social provided an opportunity for members to mingle and chat to each other over coffee and scones. There was also a picture quiz to take part in with some very tricky celebrities to identify. This proved a great way to get everyone chatting together. There was also a craft stall and raffle.


At this meeting we held a ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale to raise money for our nominated charity which

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Take part in a scavenger hunt and learn more about Royston. Take selfies at each check-point and post them to our Facebook page to win prizes. Winners with the best selfies could win days out or gift cards from Royston’s generous businesses.

The theme of the competition is “Design a Kite Picture”. Design your picture on a piece of A4 paper, add your name, age and phone number on the back of your picture. Post your entry to us by Friday 3rd August, 2018 at: Home Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station Road, Meldreth, SG8 6JP

Summer Selfie Scavenger Hunt, Thursday 23rd August, 10am to 4pm Collect clue sheets from Abode Town & Country, Church Lane, Royston

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There’s going to be a lot of mischief going on when the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge launches in Hertfordshire libraries this year! To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the much-loved Beano, this year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers, and will centre round the adventures of the most infamous mischief makers of them all – Dennis and Gnasher! Once again, Hertfordshire Libraries are challenging children to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell our staff all about them. They can read anything, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books (available to download for free from our e-library). As part of this year’s challenge, children will use a map of Beanotown to search for a mysterious buried treasure. For each book that they report back on, they’ll collect

smelly stickers that provide clues to the treasure’s location. Dennis and Gnasher will be on hand to help them solve these clues, along with their friends Pie Face, Rubi and JJ! The challenge is free to take part in – all children need to do is visit their local library from 14th July to collect a starter pack, while stocks last, and complete their six books before 8th September. They can also visit for more activities and games. A huge success with Hertfordshire families year after year, the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to share books together and spark a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. As one parent commented, ‘My son really enjoyed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017; he loved coming to talk to the staff and volunteers about the books he’d read, and enjoyed collecting the stickers. He is already excited for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and can’t wait to get started!’ 0300 123 4049 | 01763 248447


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Think Garden, Think Richard Garden Focus... Large shrub selection Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott Traditionally this is considered a harder time of year in the border as many of the summer plants have finished flowering. Here are few things to consider to keep the interest going and extend the summer season in your borders. Later flowering hardy perennials help to extend the summer season. As all good gardeners know careful plant selection throughout the season is one of the keys to an interesting garden. A great way to help with inspiration is to draw on what you see in other gardens. If you see a late summer flowering plant in a show garden, open garden or garden visited on your holiday, find out its name and track it down. I like to use Anemone ‘Honorine J’obert’ to give white flower at the back of a border or you could use its thuggish, pink, relation Anemone japonica but beware its desire for garden domination. Sedums and Rudbeckias will come into their own too. I like to use the dark purple Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’ or Sedum

telephium ‘Munstead Red’. Rudbeckia fulgida var. ‘Goldsturm’ has pretty yellow daisy flowers with black centres or the taller Rudbeckia maxima works well mixed with Verbena bonariensis ‘Lolipop’. For extra height at the back of a border consider Eupatorium purpureum subspecies maculatum ‘Atropurpueum’ with its lovely pink umbels it is good for bees and butterflies too. Deliberate grass positioning will help to extend the interest and draw the eye through a border. There is a grass to suit every occasion but why not consider including them in the plant palette. If I want height I would use Miscanthus sinensis ‘Marlepartus’ with its pretty plumes of flower or Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ for narrow, vertical flower heads. Often in garden design I look to link the new garden to the wider landscape and in a rural context Deschampsia cespitosa and Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ help to bleed out into a less refined more natural feel. Late flowering shrubs not only add the summer interest but should be used to create the mixed garden border. I like to use Abelia x grandiflora or Abelia x grandiflora ‘Prostrate White’. They are both evergreen with pretty pinkie white flowers but ‘Prostrate White’ is very compact if space is at a premium. For well-behaved blue in the mixed border Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’ is a good selection or Budleja davidii ‘Nano Blue’ which is a compact Budleja. Deadheading is a very easy way to extend the

flowering interest in the border. Simply cutting back the finished heads on a shrub rose will promote more flowers. Always cut back to a growing point and with luck you will be rewarded with more flowers later in the season. It has been a good summer for the climbing Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ on my cottage. After diligent dead heading of the first flush of flower in early summer I am being rewarded with a second flush. It is a good time to consider the gaps in your border for planting in the autumn. I am in love with Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ and Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’ with their pretty pink scented blooms and hope to be planting more of these in the Autumn. Chopping back hardy perennials seems like a radical thing to do, but there are many plants that will have a second flush of flowering. Geraniums, Nepetas and Salvias are well known for it but I have known Delphiniums to push up a second flowering stem too. It looks a little drastic to begin with but the space is soon filled with growth again. It also helps to make the border look different and give the sense of anticipation. For more in depth plant advice or garden design help please get in touch.

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Open Day at the Allotments Visitors are invited to walk around the allotments, chat to plot holders and see wonderful fruit, vegetables and flowers.

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Speaker Frances Hughes said that Coward’s achievements as a master of many talents, as composer, actor, singer, and many more are all the more impressive as he was largely self-taught. Her talk followed Royston U3A’s third annual general meeting in which chairman Jackie Gellert said U3A has had an amazing impact on the town and now has over 460 members and more than 30

At Royston U3A’s next meeting Pauline Martindale will give a talk entitled ‘My Olympic Dreams’.

Royston U3A members had a brief encounter with Noel Coward, author of the romantic love story, at their June meeting.

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What’s On... Crafty Wednesday: Folklore & Fairies

Wed 1st Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Come along and make yarn corn dollies, paper lanterns, fairy themed craft and more. Activity trail around the Museum. £3 per child, drop-in activity no need to book. For more information: enquiries@

Fundraising Coffee and Cake Morning Thurs 2nd Aug, 9 – 11am The Jolly Postie, Royston SG8 5AY Come along to this charity event and enjoy hot drinks and cakes! Raising money for ecology and conservation work in Madagascar.

Summer Drop In

Thurs 2nd Aug, 9.30 – 11.30am Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Hot and cold drinks and snacks donated by local businesses, toddler toys, fun and laughter for everyone. Please join us!

Heritage Fair

Thurs 2nd Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Craft activities themed around the town’s heritage, and stalls by local arts and heritage organisations. Raising money for the ongoing development of Royston Museum. Free Admission, £3 per child for craft activities. For more information: 01763 242587

Silent Disco

Fri 3rd Aug, 7.30pm The Old Bull Inn, SG8 9AW Tickets are £10 and available from The Old Bull Inn. Special offer on Pimms for the first hour!

Chris Law live at The Jolly Postie

Fri 3rd Aug, 8 - 10.30pm The Jolly Postie, Royston SG8 5AY Acoustic rock covers and originals by local singer Chris Law.

Tiger Day

Sat 4th Aug, 10am – 4pm Shepreth Wildlife Park, SG8 6PZ In aid of Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity.

Royston Rotary Kite Festival Sun 5th Aug, 10.30am - 4.30pm Royston Heath Food stalls, ice cream, historic vehicle show and much more!

Volunteer Centre Drop In Session

Tues 7th Aug, 10am – 12pm Royston Library Market Hill, SG8 9JN Come in to find out about volunteering in the local area.

Play Music Play

Wed 8th Aug, 10 – 11am Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Play Music Play invite you to Sing and Dance through the summer. Fun sessions for all those with babies and young children. Accompanying school children welcome.


Crafty Wednesday: Cave Craft

Wed 8th Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Have a go at creating your own cave style pictures and carvings, inspired by the uniqueness of Royston Cave. Activity trail around the Museum. £3 per child, drop-in activity no need to book in advance.

Schrödinger’s Strings

Thurs 9th Aug, 8pm The Plough, Shepreth, SG8 6PP Two harpists (and a guitarist) performing an eclectic mix of rock covers and original songs.

Behind the Scenes at Royston Museum

Fri 10th Aug, 10.30am Royston Museum, SG8 5AL A talk from Amy Judd about her work in the museum. After the talk you can browse the photograph collection and ask about your own local history research. Refreshments provided. Tickets £5 per person. Suitable for everyone aged 12+.

Viking Day

Sat 11th Aug, 10.30am – 3.30pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Viking re-enactor group and Viking themed hands on activities and crafts to take part in. Admission Free, £3 for craft activities.

Charity Fun Day

Sat 11th Aug, from 3pm The Green, Therfield, SG8 9PN BBQ, raffle, bouncy castle and more. Also, burger eating contest, win £100! All proceeds to charity.

Nuthampstead Air Museum

Sun 12th Aug, 10am – 4pm Nuthampstead Air Museum, SG8 8NB Nuthampstead Airfield Museum’s mission is to provide a facility for public education of the 8th Air Force 398th Bomb Group and 55th Fighter Group.

Open Day at The Allotments Sun 12th Aug, 12pm Royston Allotments, Green St, SG8 7BA Visitors are invited to walk around the allotments, chat to plot holders and see wonderful fruit, vegetables and flowers. BBQ and other refreshments including delicious cakes and quiches. Raffle, Tombola and children’s competitions.

Jazz and Brass in the Parks

Sun 12th & Sun 19th Aug Various locations around Cambridge CSD Brass and ACE Jazz Trio and Sax. Just turn up, bring a picnic and enjoy Jazz and Brass in Cambridge’s beautiful leafy parks! More info:

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud with Fiona Lucraft

Mon 13th Aug, 10.30am – 3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Discover the lives and works of these two great 20th century British artists. We will examine and compare a range of figurative paintings by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

Unsinkable: The Titanic and popular culture with Stephen Barnard

Tues 14th Aug, 3.30 - 5.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB In this day school we will consider the subtly changing ways in which the Titanic disaster has been represented in popular culture over the last hundred years, with a particular focus on the films ‘A Night to Remember’ (1953) and ‘Titanic’ (1997), and the musical ‘Titanic’ currently touring the UK. Please bring a packed lunch.

Lost and Found: British Treasure Hoards

Wed 15th Aug, 10am – 3.30pm The Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB This one-day course looks at some of the greatest collections of gold and silver objects discovered in Britain. We will examine some of the questions they invite: Who owned them? Who commissioned them? Who were the metalworkers?

Crafty Wednesday: Prehistoric Royston

Wed 15th Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Activity trail around the Museum. Make a fire pit, craft a paper roundhouse and make an Iron Age style sword. £3 per child, drop-in activity no need to book.

Magnificent Masks

Wed 15th Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm Saffron Walden Museum, CB10 1JL Make magnificent animal masks, taking inspiration from our exhibition World Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy.

Lino Printing Workshop

Thurs 16th Aug, 10am – 4pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Liz Beardwell printing workshop using the original Crow printing press to produce your own unique lino cuts. £5 per person.

Tintoretto – The Genius of Venice

Thurs 16th Aug, 10am – 1pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB In his studio we are told that Tintoretto had a sign reading ‘the drawing of Michelangelo and the colour of Titian.’ At the height of the Venetian Renaissance his paintings reflect the character of the city and its population and are perhaps the most Venetian of all the works of his contemporaries.

Witness to History: Researching a late 18th century Quaker Marriage Certificate

Thurs 16th Aug, 10am – 12pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB On 3rd December 1789 William Morris and Ann Marsh took each other in marriage at the Quaker Meeting House in Hitchin. Researching the 80 individuals who signed the certificate involved much detective work and scouring of various archives around the country.

Reiki 1

Sat 18th Aug, 9.30am – 5.30pm Norton Way S, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1NX Learn how to heal yourself and others. Join us for an informative, interactive, fun and intuitive workshop for a Reiki 1 training and qualification. Tickets £130.

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Historical Crafter Day: Castles

Sat 18th Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Junk modelling and crafty activities, plus trail around the museum. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book.

Wildlife Trust Trumpington Meadows Discovery Day

Sat 18th Aug, 12 - 4pm Trumpington Meadows, CB2 9FT Celebrate the wonder of wildlife at with the Wildlife Trust’s Discovery Day. Plenty of wildlife activities, meet local community groups, from bee keepers to food makers, and enjoy refreshments at this beautiful reserve. All activities FREE!

Hopleys Garden in support of British Red Cross

Sun 19th Aug, 12.30 - 5pm High St, Much Hadham SG10 6BU There are five acres of constantly developing garden in a parkland setting featuring trees, shrubs and perennials. It includes island beds with mixed planting, a pond and many unusual and rare plants. There will be some classic cars on display too.

Reading and Interpreting Poetry with Fiona Lucraft

Mon 20th Aug, 10.30am – 3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Explore the making and meaning of a selection of poems written in the English language from 13th to 21st centuries. The day will include close reading of poems by Christopher Marlowe, George Herbert, John Keats, Emily Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, WH Auden, Seamus Heaney and Kathleen Jamie, amongst others.

The Northern Nomads and their Art with Lloyd Laing

Tues 21st Aug, 10am – 3pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB This course looks at this art and its influence, and in particular the astonishingly preserved organic remains of the Scythians and not-so-legendary Amazons.

British Art in the 20th Century with James Willis

Wed 22nd Aug, 10am – 12pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Beginning with the paintings of Harold Gilman, Spencer Gore and Wyndham Lewis and following sculptors such as Frank Dobson, Eric Gill and Henry Moore we will explore some of the important works created during the century. Including the work of David Bomberg, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

Crafty Wednesday: Hot Wheels

Wed 22nd Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Junk model your own fantastic vehicles, and if you’re stuck for ideas of what to make you can use old photographs from our collections as inspiration. Activity trail around the Museum. Craft activities for kids in the Summer holidays. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book.


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Mythical Beasts

Wed 22nd Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm Saffron Walden Museum, CB10 1JL Make a mash-up mythical beast, in craft activities inspired by our exhibition World Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy.

Sing and Play at Royston Museum

Thurs 23rd Aug, 2 - 3pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL All welcome. Join in with our singing and drumming session led by Linda Bance of Play Music Play. Drop in activity, no need to book in advance. Free Admission.

Summer Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Thurs 23rd Aug, 10am - 4pm Take part in a scavenger hunt and learn more about Royston. Take selfies at each check-point and post them to our Facebook page to win prizes. Winners with the best selfies could win days out or gift cards from Royston’s generous businesses. Collect clue sheets from Abode Town & Country, Royston. More information: 01763 262262

Laura Live at The Jolly Postie

Fri 24th Aug, 8 - 10.30pm The Jolly Postie, SG8 5AY Local singer Laura will be performing upbeat covers covering a range of genres.

Movies on the Meadows

Fri 24th – Mon 27th Aug Grantchester Meadows Bring your own picnic or browse the varied food and drink on offer from local vendors, before snuggling on a rug under the stars to watch the evening feature on our giant inflatable Airscreens. Films include The Greatest Showman, Paddington 2 and Dunkirk. For information on what’s on visit: www.

Friends Book Sale

Sat 25th Aug, 10.45am – 4pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Bag a bargain book! Monthly book sale run by the Friends of Royston Museum. Last Saturday of every month. Free Admission.

The Old Bull Inn Beer Festival

Sat 25th – Mon 27th Aug , 12 -10pm The Old Bull Inn, SG8 9AW August Bank Holiday weekend festival. On the Sunday we will be hosting the Soul Alldayer with resident DJ Dave P and guests! Free Entry each day. Come along and sample some lovely beers. Outside bar and delicious BBQ . For more information: 01763 242003

Illyria – The Adventures of Doctor DoLittle Sat 25th Aug, 2 - 4.30pm Tannery Drift, Royston SG8 5DE Please bring own seating, rugs and weather appropriate clothing.

Wildlife Trust International Bat Night Walk

Sat 25th Aug, 8.15 - 10pm The Manor House, Cambourne, CB23 6DH Join the Trust’s teams of surveyors as they record which bat species are using our nature reserves this night. Discover more about these elusive creatures, with the opportunity to use a hand-held bat detector to identify species and collect

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walk or 10.30am for a shorter stroll.

Summer Drop In

Every Thurs, 9.30 – 11.30am Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP Hot and cold drinks and snacks donated by local businesses, toddler toys (older children may choose to bring their own), fun and laughter for everyone!

Sat 25th Aug, 8.15 - 10.15pm Great Fen, Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Huntingdon PE26 2RS Join the Trust’s team of surveyors at the Great Fen as they record which bat species are using our nature reserves; using a hand-held bat detector it’s a wonderful way learn more about these elusive creatures. Bring a torch, warm clothing and insect repellent.

Crafty Wednesday: Dinosaurs & Fossils

Fenland Country Fair

Wed 29th Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm Saffron Walden Museum, CB10 1JL Learn about the taxidermy process and create your own paper taxidermy animal, in craft activities inspired by our exhibition World Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy.

Junior Park Run

Go Bats with the Wildlife Trust

Every Sun, 2.30 - 5pm Parish Room, Swan St, Ashwell, SG7 5NY Home-made cakes and a friendly welcome awaits you.

Sun 26th & Mon 27th Aug , 8.30am – 5.30pm Quy Hall Main St, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AB Parade of hounds, BASC cookery, ring displays, british driving scurry, fun fair, clay shooting and more.

Nuthampstead Air Museum Service of Commemoration

Sun 26th Aug, 10am – 4pm Nuthampstead Air Museum, SG8 8NB In honour of, and in memory of, the men of the 398th Bomb Group and the 55th Fighter Group who were stationed at Nuthampstead during World War II.

Ashwell Show

Mon 27th Aug, 8am – 5pm Throughout Ashwell Dog show, face painting, vintage cars, food stalls, beer tent, and many more events!

Cambridge District Art Circle Summer Exhibition

Sat 25th – Mon 27th Aug, 10am – 5pm Granchester Village Hall, CB3 9NG The Exhibition will have both framed and unframed work, as well as cards. Visitors could purchase refreshments and delicious home-made cakes.

Hedgehog Day

Mon 27th Aug, 10am – 4pm Shepreth Wildlife Park, SG8 6PZ In aid of Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity.

‘Roll up for the Circus’ Holiday Club

Tues 28th – Fri 31st Aug, 10am – 12.30pm Melbourn Baptist Church, SG8 6DB For children aged 4 -11. £2 a day or £6 for all 4 days. Join in with all the fun of the circus with games, songs, snacks and exciting activities. Tickets: uk/holidayclub

Quantum Mechanics with Tim Parrott

Tues 28th Aug, 10am – 3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB This course, specifically set up for the mathematically innocent, will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered what constitutes physical reality at the deepest level.

The English Village with Lloyd Laing

Wed 29th Aug, 10am – 12pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB This course looks at the process of village formation in England, the creation of new villages by ‘improving’ medieval lords of the manor, the effects of the enclosure movement, why some villages have

Wed 29th Aug, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, SG8 5AL Dinosaur themed craft activities designed for children aged 4-10 years. Handle real fossils and then have a go at crafting your own. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance.

Paper Taxidermy

Wed 29th Aug, 8.30 - 10.30pm Paradise Nature Reserve, Newnham Woodland and an open marshy area – ideal for seeing (and hearing via echolocation) a variety of different species of bats in the company of knowledgeable guides. Discover more about these elusive night-time predators.

Andy and Friends live at The Jolly Postie

Fri 31st Aug, 8 - 10.30pm The Jolly Postie, SG8 5AY Come along and see local singer Andy and his new band perform upbeat covers from all genres.

Throughout The Month Make Lunch

Every Mon and Thurs in August, 12 - 1.30pm Old Bull Inn, SG8 9AW Are you finding it hard to afford the extra meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch and fun.Free, no questions asked.

Natwest Community Banker

Every Tues, 9.30am – 12.30pm Royston Library Bernadette Merry has been appointed as NatWest Community Banker for the Hertfordshire region. She will be based in Saffron Walden and Royston. Regular drop-in sessions.

Wednesday Walk

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

Royston Health Walks

Every Wed, 1.30pm The Heath Sports Centre, SG8 5BG Join us for a leisurely walk, a chat and a brew

Park Run

Every Sat, 9 – 11am Weekly 5k timed run Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Every Sat, 10 – 11am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed run for 4-14 year olds.

Sunday Afternoon Teas

Adventures in Taxidermy Exhibition

Until 23rd Sept, Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun & Bank Hols, 2 - 5pm Saffron Walden Museum Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL An exhibition exploring the controversial history of taxidermy, from its wonderkammer beginnings to present day.

Christina Pattison Exhibition

Mon – Sat until 31st Aug, 9am – 5pm Melbourn Hub, SG8 6DZ Christina works from her Barley Studio and at Burloes Farm Studios and her work includes painting, textiles and ceramics. The colourful style of her paintings is drawn from her roots in Sweden and life in France. For more information: 01763 263303

Off The Bench

Throughout the summer, 6 - 7pm The Meridian School, SG8 7JH 15 weeks on Free fun football activities. Book:

Kite Festival Children’s Art Competition

Enter until Fri 3rd Aug Open to children up to the age of 11 and will be judged in age categories. Theme: “Design a Kite Picture”. Design your picture on a piece of A4 paper, add your name, age and phone number on the back. Post your entry to Home Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station Road, Meldreth, SG8 6JP More information: 01763 262262

Henry Moore Carvings

Until 28th Oct, Wed - Sun & Bank Hols, 11am - 5pm Henry Moore Foundation, SG10 6EE The Henry Moore Foundation presents Out of the Block: Henry Moore Carvings, an exhibition exploring Moore’s changing approach to this key element of his artistic practice.

Healthy Walking at Wandlebury

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Mojito Cake

We shall begin by making the sponges. Put the egg yolks, sugar, water and oil into a large mixing bowl and beat together until smooth. Now sift in the flour and beat in the lime zest until everything is mixed together. In a separate, and spotlessly clean mixing bowl, whisk the eggs whites to stiff peaks This month I would like to share with you a much and then carefully fold this into the lime mixture requested cake at the Le Fey family gatherings. making sure to fold in gently so as not to knock This is a large cake and will yield 12-14 slices, it’s out all the air. Pour the cake batter into the cake a perfect for large gatherings and by all means leave out the rum if you wish to make it more family tin and lightly tap to remove the larger air bubbles friendly, or drizzle a little extra rum directly in to the from the surface, so as to have as flat a top as possible. Pop in the oven 170° for approximately sponge before the fillings if you wish to give the cake a more adult “kick!” I have no idea how well it 60-75 minutes or until well risen, golden brown on keeps as I have never had any leftover, but as the top and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Remove from the oven, filling is fresh cream I suspect a day in the fridge turn the tin upside down and leave the cake to would be about its limit. cool, still in the tin but now upside down, on wire You will also need a 28cm round loose bottomed cooling rack. cake tin. While the cake is cooling we can whip up the For the cake you will need 9 eggs from happy and healthy free running hens cream and the icing sugar to soft peaks, then mix in the finely chopped mint and a goodly “glug” of - yolks and whites separated rum - take care not to over do the rum as you 450g caster sugar do need the cream to sit in the sponge not run 230ml water into or out of it! 160ml sunflower oil 380g plain flour When the cake is completely cold slice it The zest of 3 limes, finely grated horizontally into two even layers and place one half onto your serving plate of choice and For the filling you will need smother this in a thick layer of tangy lime curd. 400ml double cream You may need to stir the curd a little first to 200g icing sugar soften it up enough to spread easily. Next pipe, 15 large fresh mint leaves very finely chopped spread or dollop, (whatever your preferred 3 tbsp of white rum style,) the cream mixture on top of the lime 1/2 jar of lime curd curd. Carefully rest the top half of the cake on For the icing you will need top of the cream, resist the temptation to firmly 250g icing sugar press the top layer in place, that will result in Juice of 1/2 to 1 lime the cream oozing out the centre - just a gentle Finely grated zest of 1 lime wiggle will suffice.

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Now for the final layer, the icing. Simply beat together enough of the lime juice into the icing sugar to give you a spreadable, yet not too runny, consistency. Go at this gently adding the juice little by little. When you are happy with it spread a nice even layer of the icing over the cake, perhaps even encouraging the mixture down the sides of the cake in some areas... or not if you like a “less rustic” finish, as always dear reader the choice is yours! When you are satisified with the finish on the icing, complete the look with a final scattering of lime zest over the top. Leave this icing layer to form a slight crust as it sets and dries or cut into greedy portions and enjoying with fine company and perhaps a glass of something long, zesty, minty, and cool... any ideas? Until next time,

Tallulah Le Fey x

News from the conservators The latest update from The Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens finds us in the height of summer having had most of June and much of July without rainwater. This has had a major effect on the grasses which, like everyone’s garden has turned brown and the ground under foot is very hard and is a potential fire hazard. With this in mind, please do remember that BBQs or the lighting of fires on the Heath is a criminal offence and that any naked flame is dangerous on such dry ground.

Hot and cold drinks and snacks donated by local businesses, toddler toys (older children may choose to bring their own), fun and laughter for everyone! Please join us!

With the summer holidays well under way it is great to see so many people using the Heath for picnics. Just be considerate and please make sure you take all your rubbish home with you. The one place we would ask you not to use for your picnic is Church Hill. This is due to the sensitive nature of the rare flora in this area.

Skylark In other news, both the Meadow Pipits and Skylarks had a successful breeding season and we thank everybody for their consideration. Unfortunately there were four occasions where the sheep grazing on Penn Hill were disturbed and broke out of their enclosure. This resulted in them being removed for their safety until further notice. We will keep you updated with their whereabouts via The Listing, the map on the Heath Sports Club and our website.

If you are interested in volunteering on Therfield Heath, please contact Cynthia.

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Rotary Round-up The big event this month is of course the wonderful Kite Festival, with the added attraction of the Historic Vehicle Show and many other attractions. This event is covered in some detail in The Listing this month and we will be delighted to see you there. We will be holding an important social event this month, our ‘President’s Hello’, traditionally held in the incoming President’s

garden. There will be much food, drink and merriment. Our monthly walk will leave from Maid’s Head at Wicken Fen. at 10am on Sunday 12th August. It will be around 5 miles from start to end, with optional lunch at a pub. We frequently have non Rotarians walk with us so if you would like to join us please contact us via our website.

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Spotlight On... Sport Royston In July 1972 representatives of sporting clubs based in Royston met to form Royston And District Sports Council. Now in 2018 the voice of sport for Royston is known as Sport Royston. Every sports club is invited to register with Sport Royston at no cost and participate in its activities. Over the years Sport Royston has promoted a variety of events, Junior Super Stars, Sports Fayres, Volunteer Awards and an annual Sports Quiz. Meeting two or three times a year in a social environment, participants are able to exchange ideas, share good practice, seek advice on obtaining grant aid and learn of training courses available ’on our doorstep’.

Royston and our District and County Councillors Fiona Hill and Tony Hunter, who regularly attend meetings, a number of clubs have been able to enhance their facilities.

Letchworth Settlement Letchworth Settlement is a popular, independent adult education centre and meeting place.

Clubs in membership of Sport Royston automatically receive details from Active North Herts (formerly Sport North Herts) via their website and newsletters.

courses on topics such as world and local history, philosophy, geology, literature and art.

They offer a diverse programme of recreational classes in arts, crafts, fitness, languages and academic disciplines. With lecturers providing short

Throughout August Letchworth Settlement have many educational events taking place. You can see them in our What’s On pages or their website:

Please join us at our next meeting: Sport Royston, Royston Bowling Club, Wednesday 26th September, 7.30pm Light refreshments provided. Contacts: Chairman: Phil Townsend, 01763 360959, Secretary: Di Charles, 01223 207213, Treasurer: Bev Turner,

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Packing for Holiday is a daunting task, you never know where to start. Here are some of my personal tips that help me pack.

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Firstly before packing I like to make a list. Lists are helpful because you can check off what’s gone into your case and check what you have without digging through everything.

The Primark shop can also be a great day out with the kids. Give them say £30, (depending how much holiday clothing they need) and give them a basket and let them choose their own holiday clothes. However, I would keep an eye on them because even at my age I returned from Primark with a gel eye mask and various other items that probably aren’t needed for my holiday.

One thing I love to do is create outfits before going all the way down to shoes. That way you don’t risk bringing a top that doesn’t go with anything you’ve brought. It also helps to give you an idea of stuff you need to buy before going.

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One of my favourite parts of going on holiday is the annual Primark shop I do. Primark is great for picking up a pair of sandals, or some sunglasses or a basic strappy top. The best part is you can buy so much for so little money! This

Out and about with his camera, Geoff Evans’ took us to Scotland just as winter was closing in.

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Don’t call a meeting unless there is a specific purpose to it. Ask yourself whether the meeting is necessary at all? What is this meeting for? What is the benefit? Clearly spell out what the meeting is trying to achieve – and agree with all participants. Every meeting needs an agenda, including what decisions are going to be made. Only involve those people who need to be there. So who needs to be in that meeting? Do you include everyone, so noone feels left out, or are you more discerning? Not involving everyone in the meeting doesn’t mean that you can’t gather everyone’s opinions

beforehand. But the meeting itself should only involve those who need to be there. Be prepared in advance It really pays to be prepared and circulate all documents in plenty of time before the meeting so everyone has time to read and digest the subject matter. Because you know what the meeting is for and what it hopes to achieve, this pre-meeting work really helps things stay on track. Get the right answer A lot of meetings seem to spend 80% of their time debating, 15% exploring possibilities and only 5% on the right answer. Bonkers! The bulk of any efficient meeting must be spent fine-tuning the chosen solution (another good reason to do as much as possible before the meeting). I hope that helps. Now I’m off to my weekly team meeting about how to get more work done…


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The Listing Royston - August 2018  
The Listing Royston - August 2018