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We still can’t quite believe we are here putting together November’s magazine, before you know it Christmas will be here! You may notice this month’s magazine includes a lot of Christmas. Do you think it’s too early to get excited yet?

Monday 12th November

A notable mention this month is of course Armistice Day. This year, 11th of November falls on Remembrance Sunday itself, marking one hundred years to the day since the guns fell silent on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918, bringing the First World War to an end. We have featured a number of Remembrance events that are taking place in Royston and villages on page 5 and within our What’s On pages. Thank you for your positive feedback on our new “The Listing Mentions” feature! We are glad that you are enjoying reading it as much as we are writing it. We know many of our readers are keen walkers so, with this wonderful Autumn weather, we’re featuring our favourite walks and hope that you will be inspired to explore more of our beautiful surroundings. We hope you enjoy our mentions, you can let us know your favourite walks by email or on our Facebook page #TLM.

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Sharon Advertising & Media Sales

Ellie Editorial

Lucy What’s On


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From Tallulah’s Kitchen


What’s On


The Listing Mentions


Think Garden, Think Richard


My Local Life


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


Our Contributors: Chris Murphy, Julian Berry, Bruce Huett, Tallulah Le Fey & Royston Museum Photographer: Clive Porter


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ADULT Lakeside Shopping £19.00 Norwich £19.50 Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair £26.00 Boundary Mills & Downtown Shopping £24.50 Ideal Home Show at Christmas – Olympia £32.00 Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair £40.00 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre £19.50 Bruges Christmas Market, Belgium £52.00 London Hyde Park Winter Wonderland £24.00 Christmas at Kew Gardens £42.00 Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market £26.00 Rochester Dickensian Christmas Market £22.50 Lincoln Christmas Market £26.00 St Albans Christmas Market £19.50 Christmas Lunch Thames Cruise £57.50 Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – Olympia £33.00 Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – Olympia £33.00 Highclere Castle- Downton Abbey £38.00 Chelsea Flower Show £88.00

Theatre Shows & Special Events (Stalls or Dress Circle) 4 Dec John Rutter’s Christmas RAH - Matinee £65.00 8 Dec Thursford Christmas Matinee inc Lunch £77.00 8 Dec Thursford Christmas Eve inc Dinner £79.00 18 Dec Thursford Christmas Show – Matinee £55.00 20 Dec Olympia International Horse Show – Eve £67.00 10 Jan Swan Lake – London Coliseum – Matinee £74.00 9 Feb Strictly The Live Tour – O2 Arena - Eve £75.00 16 Feb Wicked – Saturday Matinee £65.00 17 Feb Cirque Du Soleil – Totem – Sunday Mat £82.00 6 Mar 9 to 5 The Musical – Matinee £65.00 6 Mar The Lion King – Mat Senior £57.50/Adult£65.00 14 Mar Motown – Matinee £65.00 14 Mar The Bodyguard – Milton Keynes – Matinee £49.00 15 Mar Brick Lane - Irish Music Show – Inc Tea £59.00 17 Mar Lets Face the Music – RAH – Matinee £67.50 20 Mar *Only Fools & Horses The Musical - Mat £75.00 21 Mar All About Eve - Matinee £70.00 2 Apr 9 to 5 The Musical – Evening £65.00 2 Apr The Lion King – Evening £70.00 17 Apr *Only Fools & Horses The Musical – Eve £75.00 15 May Waitress The Musical – Matinee £65.00 3 Jun *Tina the Musical – Evening £65.00 25 Jul On Your Feet – Matinee £65.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only Coach Tours 13 Nov Sidmouth Festive Break 5 Days £375 18 Nov Historic Harrogate & Afternoon Tea 3 Days £225 26 Nov Turkey & Tinsel in the Wye Valley 5 Days £395 2 Dec Bath Xmas Markets & Longleat 3 Days £250 17 Dec Warners Cricket St Thomas 5 Days £350 25 Feb Warners Nidd Hall 5 Days £395 18 Mar Warners Alvaston Hall 5 Days £395 19 Apr Easter in the Peaks 4 Days £345 28 Apr Devon & Cornwall Spring Gardens 5 Days £475 6 Jun Chatsworth Flower Show 3 Days £290 26 Jun Ireland – Killarney & Ring of Kerry 7 Days £715 Price per person sharing a twin/double. Single supplements may apply

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I know that it makes my family smile as walking was never my “thing�; but as my 40s hit, so did my love of grown up pursuits. Two years ago I completed a 54k walking challenge on the South Downs, so got to experience many great local training walks with our fabulous #TeamCerysD walking group - and made lifelong friends along the way. One of my favourites has to be the Abington Piggots loop - you can pick up the footpath at Ivy Farm, Royston (towards McDonald’s), and walk across the fields until you reach the Stret in Litlington. From there, head towards Morden Green in Steeple Morden, then out past Cheyney Bury until you hit one of the footpaths towards Abington Piggots. There are then paths onto Bassingbourn and back to Royston, so it’s easy to do a circular route with refreshment stops along the way!


Bury Lane Farm shop are offering a unique event to sample the flavours of Christmas. Many of the suppliers will be showcasing their Christmas products. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Choir will also be singing all your carol favourites. Tickets £5 Bury Lane Farm Shop Thursday 15th November 3-7pm


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Out & About Remembrance In royston

those who have died in war, from the First and Second World Wars, through all of the post war conflicts, This year Armistice Day falls on right up to the present day. We must Remembrance Sunday, the 11th always remember those who gave their November 2018. It will be one hundred lives for the freedom and liberty we enjoy years to the day since the guns fell silent today. on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, This year preceding the main service of the eleventh month of 1918, bringing in Royston there will be a service at the First World War to an end. It was the memorial to the 91st Bombardment supposed to be the war to end all wars. Group (Heavy) of the Eighth United States This year to commemorate this Army Air Force in the Priory Memorial anniversary I have collaborated with the Gardens. This Group were based at RAF Royston based group, “What Royston Bassingbourn during World War II, from Did” to bring their project to the town’s Oct 1942 through to June 1945. By the war memorial in the form of display time the Second World War came to an panels which will flank the newly restored end the 91st BG has suffered the highest tablets on the War Memorial. The panels casualty rates of any Group in the Eighth will include pictures and information about USAAF; 920 men lost their lives, 123 were each of those named on the memorial; missing in action and 959 were captured. this will include those from not only the We will remember their courage and First World War but also those from the sacrifice : Second World War, and will enable those Never Forgotten - Forever Honoured who visit the memorial to learn a little more about those who died in the two So as we gather on Sunday 11th World Wars, for whom Royston was home. November to remember all those who The symbol of Remembrance, the Poppy, have given their lives in war, let us also originates from the battlefields of the First remember those veterans and their World War; as was written in the poem “In families among us today whose lives have been forever changed by their service. Flanders Fields” by John McCrae; We remember the dead but don’t forget “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, the living. between the crosses row on row” Lest We Forget We wear the poppy now to remember all

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Remembrance In BAssingbourn To mark this special day, our commemoration will have a particular focus on remembering the soldiers from this village killed in action during WWI and the Armistice declared 100yrs ago. The fallen in WWII and conflicts since 1945 will also be commemorated.

Main Remembrance Parade and Service Parade leaves Queens Road, 10.25am Service at the War Memorial, 10.45am Anyone wishing to join the parade and march is welcome. Please be at the junction of Queens Road and Clarke Road by 10am. All are welcome, especially serving and ex-service members of the community. Royston War Memorial display will run from the 5th to the 11th November.

the War Memorial wall. As the 11th Hour approaches The Exhortation will be declared for us all – We will remember them. At the first stroke of 11o’clock, General Salute and Last Post bugle call will signal The two Minutes Silence. The service at the War Memorial will close with a special remembrance prayer. A Bassingbourn Ringers will start the commemoration at 10am with traditional Remembrance Service will then follow in the Parish a 30 min ring of the half-muffled Parish Church tower bells. Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. Councillors, students from the At the close of the Service the Village College, Primary School, Village Band will perform a Air Training Corps, the Brownies medley of WWI Songs which and Royal British Legion will be were very popular in 1914/18 represented and all will gather at and which have remained so for the War Memorial. many of us since. The Act of Remembrance led After the church service, a peal by Revd Dr Caroline Yandell of the Church tower bells will will commence at 10.45am ring out un-muffled in celebration accompanied by a solemn tolling to mark and reflect the joy that of a single half-muffled tower echoed around the whole world bell. The service will address 100 years ago on 11th November the ravages of the war and the 1918. human tragedy of so many Centenary Armistice lost lives. The names of the 42 Commemoration Event soldiers from the village who fell Bassingbourn War Memorial during World War I will be read and at the Parish Church out as children of the Primary Sunday 11th November,10am School lay poppy crosses against

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Spotlight On... Melbourn Dynamos

Founded in 2003 Melbourn Dynamos FC is a thriving community based football club which aspires to offer boys and girls the opportunity to play regular football regardless of their experience or ability from the age of three. MDFC was awarded Charter Standard status in 2009 and all of our coaches are DBS checked and qualified to a minimum Level 1. This season we currently have more than 200 players in 16 teams at the Club and this includes our youngest players - the Dynamites. There are both mixed and girls only sessions for players between 3 – 6 years each Saturday morning. We regularly host tournaments on behalf of the Royston Crow Youth Football League and these raise funds for our Club and our nominated charity, Tom’s Trust

We are a very successful club which works closely with all our partners, especially Melbourn Village College (MVC) and the Parish Council. MDFC is committed in supporting the health and wellbeing of the whole community and we are very pleased to announce that, in partnership with MVC and working closely alongside Cambridgeshire FA and the Football Foundation, we are at the forefront of striving to achieve the installation of a full size astro turf facility at MVC. Initial discussions have been very positive and the next step is to evidence the use of the facility by 42 teams. If your Club, team or business would be interested in using this quality facility then please contact Blake Carrington NOW on or find us on our new facebook ‘melbourn dynamos community’. If we can’t evidence the projected use then we won’t secure the funding to build it so please get in touch!

vision, ‘Melbourn Dynamos offers a great platform for young people in Melbourn and the surrounding areas and I know that Jose Hales the members really do enjoy being part of the Club which promotes a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing in a great supportive environment that allows them to excel, whatever their level of ability. I am keen to support the Club with some very ambitious plans for the future geared at greatly enhancing the football facilities for the local and wider community, including local companies and organisations’. The Club are always keen to hear from new players and volunteers so please contact us via our Secretary, David Atkins, 01763 263462 or www.melbourndynamos. or via facebook melbourn dynamos community

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Model railway exhibition This year is the 32nd exhibition

Outside the Royston & District Model engineering Society will be providing live Steam/Diesel rides (subject to weather conditions). Many exhibitors also welcome Over 25 layouts, seven careful drivers, including children, demonstrations, five Railway societies and 14 Traders offering to have a try on their layouts and answer questions about how they new & second hand items have built them. Please just ask them. been invited from all over. We have a wide variety of model Our FREE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heritage busâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service layout sizes and scales attending, will run an hourly service from including the very popular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Royston Bus Station from 10am, calling at the railway station â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, OO9, HO (American and (platform 2 side) at approximately continental gauge trains) and 10 minutes past the hour to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gauge, with some layouts featuring DCC control and sound. exhibition! Return time is 20 minutes to the hour. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CATO PASSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is futuristic, an article has just appeared in the Children in for free with paying Railway Modelling press; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GREAT adults (£5 per adult) Leaflets MINIONS RAILWAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is based obtainable at the Museum, on the Minions characters. By Royston Library or Posters popular request also coming around town. A bus timetable will are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WENDSLEYDALEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with its be at the Bus & Railway Stations. active Mice and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THOMAS in Bassingbourn Village College, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plus friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which is aimed Saturday 17th November, to give children the opportunity 10.15am - 4.30pm. to drive the trains. From Norfolk we will be having a 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hornby continental trains â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;LES TRAINS DE GRAND PEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Grandadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trains) running. From Birmingham the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Smithsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be bringing another new layout â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eu (Le Treport) depotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gauge based on French Steam trains.

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Chrishall Archive Want to find out more about your family history?

Chrishall Archive is housed in the Pavilion on Jigneys Playing Field in the centre of the village of Chrishall. It opened in April of 2017 but the collection had been in existence for many years. There have been various histories of Chrishall but one of the largest collections we have today is the Chrishall Scrapbook which was started in the 1950s by Irene Cranwell and the Chrishall WI group. Mrs Cranwell was the village historian for many years and continued to build on the scrapbook throughout her life. In the 1980s a 24-foot caravan was converted into the first Museum. This actually toured local fairs for a while before becoming too heavy to move! As a static caravan it continued

to serve until 2010. Many of the artefacts were re-homed to other local collections. For a while Chrishall history lay protected until a re-organisation of community spaces in the village brought up the possibility of making the sports pavilion into a multi-purpose space. Thus the Archive has started to expand again and is settling in to its new physical locality. The Archive is open 2-5pm on the first Sunday of the month between Easter and October, bank holidays and on special occasion days. This Autumn, we are commemorating World War I and its impact on the village in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chrishall Remembersâ&#x20AC;?. There will be an Irene Cranwell Memorial Talk on Wednesday 7th November, 8pm in the Village Hall. The Archive at the Pavilion will be having a special opening on Remembrance Sunday, 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm.

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Santa needs his helpers! Royston and District Round


Table are busy preparing for the arrival of Santa in December. Santa and his sleigh will be visiting the streets of Royston and surrounding villages.

Sat 3rd Nov at 7.30pm

Crazy Rich Asians (12A)

Fri 9th Nov at 7.30pm

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Sat 10th Nov at 7.30pm

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Sat 17th Nov at 7.30pm

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Fri 23rd Nov at 7.30pm

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Sat 24th Nov at 7.30pm (TBC)

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

Routes are being finalised, with the first date scheduled for Friday 7th December. We are looking for volunteers from our community to join us and Santa to help with collections

and route

marshalling, so If you would like to get involved please get in touch. We can be reached via or you can contact us via facebook – just search for Royston & District Round Table with Santa’s Float.

WaterLight film Project Poet Clare Crossman and film maker James Murray-White have been collaborating on the development of a film about the River Mel which arises in Melbourn, flows through Meldreth to link to the Cam. An interactive website has now been developed to provide background information on the project and the river. The site has extracts from the film footage, abstracts from interviews and footage filmed by Meldreth Primary School.

There is also introductory material about the Mel, photographic material both recent and historical and more. The project has been supported by Meldreth and Melbourn Parish Councils, South Cambridgeshire Community Fund and TTP as well as donations through crowd funding. The full film will be available in late spring 2019

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The Barley Christmas market is on Saturday 1st December 11am – 4pm in Barley Townhouse and will include some amazing new stalls this year! ‘Deja Vu’ will be selling unique upcycled furniture and ‘Folly’s Farm Home of Rest for Donkeys’ will be with us for the first time. For the second time Santa will be joining us in his grotto and his elves will be providing activities to entertain the children, thanks to the Friends of Barley and Barkway Schools!

There will be other fabulous Craft stalls, charity stalls, and local businesses and including Save the Children, Khandel Light. There will be the usual Raffle with prizes provided by our lovely stall holders, a Church Vintage/ gift stall a Cake stall and Refreshments will be wholesome and reasonably Pikku Publishing will have priced. So come along for a great range of Children’s an enjoyable shopping books and Rosie Shaw will be experience. This event is organised in support of Barley Church.

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Foxton Art Exhibition The award winning Art exhibition is an exciting event showcasing an array of work across a range of disciplines from local artists in order to raise money for artistic material, facilities and activities for the children of Foxton Primary School. The Exhibition has been running successfully for a number of years. The exhibition usually has around 80 artists exhibiting with up to 400 pieces available to buy. Previous artists included Chris Lockwood and Janet Gammans. The other winner was Daniel Hutchings with ‘Sunset, Wells next the Sea’

whilst supporting our local primary school. We look forward to welcoming visitors once again to this year’s Exhibition in November.” Friends of Foxton School Entrance to the Exhibition is £2.00 with children free of charge. Foxton Art Exhibition Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, CB22 6RN Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November, 11am-4pm

“Foxton Art Exhibition has been running for a number of years in order to raise money for artistic material, facilities and activities for the children of Foxton Primary School. It has been a huge success since its conception, and offers a great opportunity for visitors to buy fantastic pieces of artwork from local artists

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40 years of Family Values Ladds pride themselves in being a true family business, and 2018 sees the 40th anniversary of the shop in Royston High Street. Prior to moving to Royston, the family had traded in Cambridge, and it’s the fourth generation of the family, Margaret and Yolande, that still run the Royston shop today.

fountain pens in Royston, further giftware, plush toys, Gibson jigsaw puzzles, Orchard games and pocket money toys, diaries and calendars and an extensive specialist cake decorating department providing everything the expert or novice baker could possibly need.

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NEWS FROM The ConservatorS As we move into the winter, we expect to see numbers of assorted Thrushes using Therfield Heath. Flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares will start appearing. These migrants come in search of things like worms and insects as well as berries and fruit. On the ground, the Fieldfares are visibly larger than the Redwings and have obviously grey heads. In flight, Fieldfares have a pale grey rump and the Redwings have red patches under their wings. Fieldfares in particular have very distinctive ‘chakchak’ type calls. Another thrush that will usually be seen in small flocks is the Mistle Thrush. They are larger than the others and paler in colour. They have a rattling call in flight. With November comes Bonfire Night and we respectfully ask that no fires are lit nor fireworks let loose on Therfield Heath as it is against the Bye Laws.

The Long Barrow is situated on the edge of the 17th fairway near the chair on top of the hill as you walk away from the Heath Sports Club. Here in mid-November, there is due to be an archaeological survey by a team from the University of Leicester, using a variety of geophysical techniques. Long barrows were used by Neolithic farming communities for burials. The barrow on Therfield Heath has been damaged by two partial excavations – in 1855 and 1935. Modern techniques are rather less intrusive. The long barrow is protected by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979), as are the later round barrow burial mounds seen on Therfield Heath.

Roysia Womens Club After our usual Social Evening at the beginning of October, there followed four very different and interesting speaker meetings.

Station’. A big thank you to our programme organisers, who work so hard in providing us with such a variety of speakers each month.

Mike Howgate spoke about ‘The ‘Da Vinci Code’ & The True History of the Knights Templar’; Verity Soued spoke on ‘Owl Security’; then Beverly Moore enlightened us about ‘Winning a Medal at Chelsea’; and finally Ray Constant told us about our ‘Royston Fire

We are a thriving club enjoying speaker meetings, fund raising events, socials and day trips. New members are always welcome and we meet in the Town Hall on Monday evenings from 8-10pm. Wendy Pearce 01763 231381

Magic Mornings

These games are all about enjoyment and wonder. To book your place please call us on 01763 848272

Are you looking for a fun way to get someone you care for who is living with dementia to move more and interact socially?

If so, join a Magic Coffee Morning session. The interactive games break through apathy by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity and encouraging social interaction. Moreover, the Magic Table creates treasured moments with family members and carers.

Magic Mornings Margaret House, Barley, Weds 14th November,10.30am Weds 12th December,10.30am

Christmas tree LIGHT-UP A tall, heavily decorated, tree

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in St John The Baptist parish church in Royston has become a popular Christmas feature for the local community. Last year’s tree was a monster festive hit since it was the largest there had ever been in the church, measuring some 25 feet in height. It took a week to decorate and had close to 2000 baubles and over 300 metres of lights. As usual the bottom branches of the tree were left empty so that visitors could place baubles on it in memory of loved ones who were not with them at Christmas.

without the assistance of Royston Fire Brigade. Station Commander Rachel Broom, showing true community spirit, kindly offered the services of four firefighters who, through a system of ropes, knowhow and muscle power helped lift the tree into position. This year’s tree should hopefully arrive towards the end of November and be decorated ready for light-up on Saturday December 1st.

Christmas Tree Light-up Saturday 1st December, 10am-4pm The sheer size of last year’s tree St John Baptist did present some difficulties though! The volunteers Parish marshalled to move it from the Church, churchyard where it had been Melbourn dropped off, into the church, Street, were completely unable to lift it SG8 7BP off the ground. They eventually managed to drag, push and coerce it through the doors. The next challenge was how to manoeuvre it into its stand. This would have been impossible

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CIRCULAR WALK MELBOURN TO SHEPRETH walk, you can continue along the

(At this point, if you fancy a longer

Rough estimate of time and length: about 2.5 hours and about 7.5 miles (possible extensions To Barrington Or Fowlmere)

MAP: OS EXPLORER 209 START FROM TL 381 449 Opposite Sheene Mill Restaurant and Pub (SG8 6DX). Take the footpath with the house on the left, ascending some steps. Once on the recreation ground turn left and follow the river Mel on your left, passing the pavilion on your right and crossing under the A10 and across the railway line until your reach Topcliffe Mill (the British Queen pub can be accessed through a gate labelled “permissive path”). If you are lucky you may see a kingfisher, a water vole or a trout. Cross the bridge by Topcliffe Mill and come to the road (North End). Turn right away from the church (with a possible detour to see the medieval wall paintings) and follow the road until you reach the SHEPRETH sign. Continue and go


This month our speaker was Andy Malcolm from The Fishermen’s Mission. The Fishermen’s Mission was founded as “the National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen” by in 1881 and is Christian church based. They offer varied care as long as the fishermen and their families need them. Andy works from Kings Lynn to Canvey Island. His role ranges from immediate response when there is an accident to fundraising.

through the kissing gates on the right into L Moor (a nature reserve with an interpretation board) follow the path and then turn right and cross the small wooden bridges towards the railway line. Go under the railway bridge and continue along the path, bearing left, until the gate. Continue along the track, turning left with Meldreth church on your left until you come to the road (High Street). Turn left and walk past the Plough pub (which offers a possible stop for lunch or a drink) until you come to the war memorial. If you turn left along Meldreth Road you can have lunch or a coffee at the excellent Tea Cake tea shop or visit Dowcra’s Manor gardens (do check opening times). Continue past the war memorial onto Meldreth Road and turn left onto Station Road past the village hall (where you can see the book swap telephone box in the other direction). Continue along the road, crossing the railway line (Barrington Road) until you come to a car park on your left, just before a bridge.

Fishing remains the most dangerous occupation with the average age of men lost at sea being 30. There is an injury every 20 days and a life lost every 5 weeks.

WI AM meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Market Hill Rooms, Royston. Coffee and tea is served from 9.45 am with speaker following on. Visitors are welcome. Pat Morritt, 01763 661627


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road until you come to Barrington. If you turn right along the green you can return to Shepreth Church by a series of footpaths starting from the right of the green. You can then return via L Moor or continue along the Shep river onto Fowlmere and return to Melbourn via footpaths across the golf course and then along the Cambridge Road.) Cross the car park and go through the gate. Follow the footpath across the meadows with the river Rhee to your right. Continue through a wooded area (now with Guilden Brook on your left) until you emerge through a grassed path to the road (Malton Lane). Turn left and continue to the T junction. Turn right along the road (Malton Road) and you will arrive at Meldreth Church again where you turn retrace your steps back to Melbourn along the Mel river. If you want to follow a slightly different route back there is another footpath to Melbourn before you come to Meldreth Church. Turn right at the entrance to College Farm Business Centre.

Bear right along a tarmac track and cross the railway line then the A10 (broken stiles) then across a field to a footbridge. Continue across the field over a bridge and turn right onto a track you come to a road: The Moor, Melbourn. Turn left down this and you will come to Melbourn High Street. Turn right and continue to the four way junction at the war memorial. Turn right along Station Road and you will soon be at Sheene Mill (time for a pint or a cup of tea?). WARNING: There maybe cows in the fields before Topcliffe Mill, on L Moor or on the Riverside Walk. These have never caused any problems for me.

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Cinder toffee Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to another bright and shiny edition of The Listing. As the fallen leaves begin to pile up my thoughts turn to bonfires and fireworks and all the big social occasions associated with this time of year. This month I would like to share with you a really simple yet versatile recipe...Cinder Toffee or some people may know it as Honeycomb. It is great fun to make and there is a large element of kitchen theatrics if you happen to have company when you cook! The secret to this recipe is to have all your ingredients weighed out and your equipment lined up and ready to go as this is a little like a science experiment...there’s no stopping it once it’s started! Once you have made your Cinder Toffee you can just break it up, pop it in a box and hand it round at Bonfire Night, or you can drizzle it with dark chocolate and serve the sugary shards at the end of a meal along side rich, strong coffee. It is delicious, crushed up and mixed through ice cream and it is also amazing crushed

into small lumps and sprinkled on top of cheese cake or mousse, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!! Cinder Toffee 200g Castor sugar 5tbsp Golden Syrup 2tsp bicarbonate of soda

are ready simply lift out the paper and cut, snap or smash into the size pieces you need. This will keep in an air tight container for approximately a week, but don’t be tempted to store this in the fridge as it will just go soft and sticky. Unbelievably, dear reader, the next edition will be our December issue - where does the time go? (Answers on a postcard addressed to The Listings please!)

You will also need a 20cm square deep So until next time my fellow foodies... sided tin greased with butter and lined with baking parchment and a deep saucepan and a long handled mixing spoon as the mixture bubbles three times it’s original height when the bicarbonate is added.

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Let’s begin by melting the sugar and the syrup in the saucepan. Now turn up the heat and bring the mixture to the boil. Continue to boil until it is dark Amber in colour. Turn off the heat and immediately, but carefully, (this is boiling sugar after all!) add the bicarbonate of soda, initially it will bubble up like lava erupting from a volcano but stir well until all the powder is dispersed and while the mixture is still fizzing and foaming, pour it into the prepared tin. Leave this for at least an hour at room temperature, then when you

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wHERE TO SEE fIREWORKS? We have loads of firework displays going on locally, take a look: Ashwell Firework display

Next to tennis club, SG7 5QF Saturday 3rd November 5.30pm

Melbourn Primary School Fireworks Extravaganza

And if you fancy venturing further... Weston Fireworks

The Cricketers, Damask Green Road, Weston, SG4 7DA Saturday 3rd November, 5pm

Cambourne Fireworks

Great Cambourne Sports Field, Back Lane, CB23 6FY Saturday 3rd November, 6pm

Melbourn Village College The Moor, Melbourn, SG8 6EF Fairlands Firework Display Saturday 3rd November, 5.30 Fairlands Valley Park, Six Hills - 8pm Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL Steeple Morden Fireworks Monday 5th November, Recreation Ground, Hay Street, 6.45pm Steeple Morden, SG8 0PD Saturday 3rd November 5.30pm

Icknield First School Fireworks Night

Cambridge Fireworks

Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB5 8DJ Monday 5th November 6-10pm

Icknield Walk First School, Poplar Dr, SG8 7EZ Sat 3rd Nov, 6pm

Royston Townswomen Guild Ian Burton gave us a talk on the history of Papworth Village and Hospital, now a Grade II listed building, was built in early 1800s by the Cheere family but when the family died there were no heirs to inherit. The Estate was sold to Sir James Musker. Men returning from World War I required specialist care and Papworth Hall was ideally located. The Army established an isolation hospital there, known as The Cambridgeshire

Bonfire Night at Barkway Barkway Recreation Ground, SG8 8BS Monday 5th November 6pm

Tuberculosis Colony.

Later, thanks to a local benefactor a new village was built to aid patients’ recovery and allow families to live close. Since the 1950s Papworth Hospital has led the way in developing heart and lung surgery. Now, having outgrown its present site, the hospital is to move to a specially built ‘state of the art’ building at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus alongside Addenbrooke’s.

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Join us for a relaxing drink and good food at our beautifully refurbished Georgian pub, in the picturesque village of Ashwell. We have an extensive wine list and delicious evening and lunchtime menus. We also offer vegan and vegetarian specials. There is a wide selection of cask ales and craft beers available, and you can bring your own wine on Monday evenings (with no corkage fees!). We look forward to seeing you soon!

1.7-2kg Boned leg of Lamb, 1.5kg Boned Loin of Pork, 1.5 kg Topside Roasting joint, 6 x 8oz Prime Sirloin Steaks, 6 x 10-12oz Free range Garnett’s pork chops, 6 x 8oz Barnsley Lamb Chops 1.5kg Minced Beef, 8 x 7-8oz Chicken Fillets, 2 x 400gm Back Bacon, 2.3kg Family Pack of Meldreth sausages

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What’s On... Half-Term Holiday Club

Mon 29th Oct – Fri 2nd Nov, 9.45am - 12.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Psalm Tree Island holiday club. Led by John Hardwick, with games, craft, songs, stories and lots more. For all children aged 4 – 11, admission free.

Handy Handprints

Thurs 1st Nov, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Create aliens, animals, trees, dinosaurs and aliens by drawing around your hand then decorating them. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book.

Make Lunch

Thurs 1st Nov, 12 - 1.30pm Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Finding it hard to afford the meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch.

Cambridge Modern Jazz – Andrew McCormack’s ‘Graviton’

Thurs 1st Nov, 8pm Hidden Rooms 7b, Cambridge, CB5 8BA Andrew McCormack challenges himself to explore new and different musical styles. £15.

The remarkable story of Heffers of Cambridge 1876-1999 Thurs 1st Nov, 8 - 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Royston & District Local History Society. Julie Bounford will give an illustrated talk. Visitors welcome, £2. 01763 242677

Fabulous Fireworks!

Sat 3rd Nov, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Create dazzling firework paintings and snazzy firework sparklers. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book.

Ashwell Fireworks Display

Sat 3rd Nov, 5.30pm Ashwell School Silver St, SG7 5QH Tickets can be purchased in advance at the school office, Ashwell Stores or Rhubarb & mustard, or on the gates. There is a bar, BBQ & snacks stalls.

Melbourn Primary School Fireworks Extravaganza

Sat 3rd Nov, 5.30 - 8pm Melbourn Village College, SG8 6EF BBQ, bar, refreshments & more as well as an amazing display.

Icknield First School Fireworks Night

Tannery Drift First School Open Events

Tues 6th Nov, 9.30 – 11am Tannery Drift First School, SG8 5DE

Soft Play Session

Tues 6th Nov, 9.15 – 11.15am St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston Children under 6 months free with a paying child. Snacks, tea and coffee are available to purchase.

St Mary’s School Open Morning

Sun 11th Nov, various times various locations 8.45am – RAF Memorial. 9.30am – Odsey Memorial.10am – Steeple Morden Memorial. 10.45am – Assemble at Guilden Morden Memorial St Mary’s Church.11am – Minute’s silence followed by the Remembrance service.

Remembrance in Royston

Fashion Party

Sun 11th Nov, 9am – 11am Service at the 91st BG(H) Memorial, Priory Gardens, 9am Main Remembrance Parade and Service – starts Queens Road, 10.25am Service at the War Memorial, 10.45am Anyone wishing to join the parade and march is welcome. Please be at the junction of Queens Road and Clarke Road by 10am.

Chrishall Remembers

Centenary Armistice Commemoration Event Bassingbourn

Tues 6th Nov, 10am - 12pm St Mary’s School, Melbourn Rd, SG8 7DB All welcome, spaces available Tues 6th Nov 7.30pm ESSE, Station Road, Melbourn, SG8 6DX In aid of Home-start. Tickets: £12 to include a glass of wine Wed 7th Nov, 8pm Chrishall Village Hall, SG8 8QJ Irene Cranwell Memorial Talk

Curwens Preview Evening

Thurs 8th Nov, 6 - 8pm Curwens, 17 High St, Royston, SG8 9AA All are welcome to come to the preview evening and Curwens. Artists will be Maggie Allen, Christine Norman and Selena Bragg.

Meditation Class

Thurs 8th Nov, 7 - 8pm Royston Complementary Health, SG8 9JS For a healthy happy mind, why not try this meditation class. 01763 247440

World War II – Museum Memory Box

Thurs 8th Nov, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Come along and explore a box full of memories from WWII which the Royston Museum has kindly loaned us.

Royston Folk Club Showcase Fri 9th Nov, 7pm The Old Bull Inn, SG8 9AW Featuring Hunter Muskett, John Meed, Bernard Hoskin, Cut the Mustard, Revival, plus the Young Artists Competition Contestants £4, £2 under 25s.

The Return of the Fighting Temeraire Demonstration

Sat 3rd Nov, 6pm Icknield Walk First School, SG8 7EZ Adults £4, children £3. Refreshments and novelties available, as well as an indoor family viewing room.

Fri 9th Nov, 8 - 10pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, SG8 9DW Clive Riggs will demonstrate painting “The Return of the Fighting Temeraire” in the style of Turner. Non members £3 including refreshments.

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Poppies & Soldiers

Sun 4th Nov, 7.30pm Haileybury College, Hertford SG13 7NU This performance will be in partnership with Haileybury College choirs and orchestras.

The Royal British Legion – Mordens Remembrance Ceremonies

Sat 10th Nov, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Make wooden peg yarn soldiers and poppies. £3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance.

Sun 11th Nov, 10am War Memorial and at the Parish Church. Remembrance service in Bassingbourn.

Archive at the Pavilion

Sun 11th Nov, 11 am – 3 pm The Pavillion Jigneys Playing, Chrishall Chrishall’s family history. Special opening on Remembrance Sunday.

Armistice Day Concert

Sun 11th Nov, 3pm St. Mary’s Church, Reed A concert to commemorate the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the World War I. Tickets £10 children free. Bookings: 01763 848 398

Ceremonial Beacon & Fireworks Display

Sun 11th Nov, 5pm Hitches Field, Therfield There will be an exhibition of WWI Memorabilia, a Torchlight Procession to Hitches Field, a Spectacular Fireworks Display and more. Contact: 0776 891 4588

Monday Club

Mon 12th Nov, 3.30 - 5pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU For 4 to 11 year-olds – newcomers are always welcome. Leader John Hardwick. Craft, games, quizzes, songs, Bible stories & snacks.

Volunteer Centre Drop In

Tues 13th Nov, 10am – 12pm Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Come in to find out about volunteering locally.

Magic Mornings

Wed 14th Nov, 10.30am – 12pm Margaret House Residential and Dementia Care Home, SG8 8JS The games break through apathy by stimulating physical and cognitive activity. Bookings: 01763 848272

A Taste of Christmas

Teatime Praise

Christmas Craft Fair

Furneux Pelham School Fireworks Display

Sat 10th Nov, 12 - 5pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Over 30 stalls of high-quality, handcrafted gifts plus tearoom!

Thurs 15th Nov, 3 - 7pm Bury Lane Farm Shop, SG8 6DF A unique tasting event to sample the flavours of Christmas. Many of our suppliers will be showcasing their products.

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Book Sale in Reed

Sun 4th Nov, 3.30 - 5.30pm Royston Parish Church, SG8 7BP A short service for all the family followed by tea and cake.

Sun 4th Nov, 5pm Buntingford SG9 0LW Bar, hot dogs, glowsticks and more! Tickets available on the door.

Barkway Fireworks Night

Mon 5th Nov, 6pm Barkway Recreation Ground, SG8 8BS There will be food and refreshments too. Entry is £2 for adults £1 for children.


Sat 10th Nov, 7pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, SG8 8AX A community singing event. Entry is £3 per person and bring your own drinks, snacks and cups. Proceeds to Help for Heroes.

Fri 16th & Sat 17th Nov, 9am – 5pm Church Lane, SG8 8AP Admission free. Do come and enjoy a cup of coffee and browse our large selection of paperbacks and hardbacks, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Fri 16th Nov, 7pm & 17th Nov, 2pm & 7pm Meridian School, Garden Walk, SG8 7JN By Royston Schools’ Academy Trust. Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets: 01763 242236

Litlington Pre-School Pamper Evening

Fri 16th Nov, 7 - 10pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 0QF Stalls, treatments and more! Tickets £5 per person, available from the preschool or on 07891 030438

Royston & District Twinning Association Annual Dinner

Fri 16th Nov, 7.30pm The Banyers House, Royston SG8 7BZ £25 per person, Booking essential

Men’s Breakfast

Sat 17th Nov, 8.30 – 10am Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Our Guest Speaker in November is the Revd. Sonia Falaschi-Ray and the title of her talk will be ‘From city-slicker to free-lance vicar’. Please book. Contact:

Felt making for beginners with Lucy Sugden Sat 17th Nov, 10am – 12pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Costs £30 including all materials.

Model Railway Exhibition

Sat 17th Nov, 10.15am -4.30pm Bassingbourn Village College, SG8 5NJ Layouts, demonstrations and more from model railway enthusiasts

Foxton Art Exhibition

Sat 17th & Sun 18th Nov, 11am – 4pm Hardman Road, Foxton CB22 6RN An exciting event showcasing an array of work across a range of disciplines from local artists in order to raise money. Entrance £2, children free.

Lib Dem Quiz

Sat 17th Nov, 7pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, SG8 9DW Teams of 6-8, £12.50 per person to include Fish & Chips. Please bring your own drink and glasses. Bookings: 01763 242242

An Evening with Dave Bilbrough Sat 17th Nov, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Dave is an international singer/ songwriter drawing on folk roots and world music. In a warm anecdotal style he will share his music and life story in an evening that is fun and uplifting. Tickets £8, to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Vintage Market

Sun 18th Nov, 10am – 4pm Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Ln, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4NE Vintage, Curios, Clothing, Jewellery and more! Contact:

Messy Church

Sun 18th Nov, 3.30 - 5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Adults and accompanied children of all ages are welcome to come enjoy creative crafts, a short celebration service and a meal shared together.


Wine Tasting Evening

Tues 20th Nov, 7pm Cambridge Wine Bar, 41 Kneesworth Street, Royston SG8 5AB In aid of Home-start. Wine expert introducing various wines. Tickets: £20, book early to avoid disappointment

Christmas Shopping Evening Wed 21st Nov, 6 - 9pm Homemade @ The Barn, SG8 5JL Wine and canapés. Presenting: From the back to the Front, Bethan Blue, Mindful Makes, Felix & Flo, Vintage Rose Designs. 07730 496225

Royston Cancer Support

Wed 21st Nov, 7 - 9pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA A new group for anyone affected by cancer has been set up in Royston. Come along on the third Wednesday of each month to chat to others affected.

Roman Way First School Open Day

Thurs 22nd Nov, 9.30 – 11.30am & 1 – 3pm Roman Way First School, SG8 5EQ To see our school in action come along to our Open Day, appointments are not required. Contact: 01763 241535

Orwell Film Club

Thurs 22nd Nov, 7 - 10pm Orwell Village Hall, SG8 5QN Visitors £3 each. Contact:

The Methodist Italian Job with Revd Alison Walker

Thurs 22nd Nov, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Alison will talk about the four years she lived in Florence as a Methodist Mission partner. Everyone welcome.

Josephine Davies ‘Satori’

Thurs 22nd Nov, 8pm Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, CB5 8BA Graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, where she won the Perrier Young Jazz Award, Josephine is a saxophonist and composer at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene.

Quiz Night

Fri 23rd Nov, 7.30pm St Mary’s School, Royston SG8 7DB

Meds for Mick

Sat 24th Nov, 8am onwards Heath Sports Club 24 hour challenge, 24 workouts, every hour! £5. raising money for the Arthur Rank Hospice.

From a King to a Cartoonist – Their Endings to their Beginnings Sat 24th Nov, 10am – 3.30pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Part of the Being Human Festival, a exhibition looking at how the endings of local characters were reported. £3.

Watercolour Workshop with Ian McManus, IEA

Sat 24th Nov, 10am – 4pm Hinxworth Village Hall, Hinxworth Come and develop your painting skills under the guidance of one of East Anglia’s leading watercolour artists. Fee £25 Booking:

Autumn Quiz

Sat 24th Nov, 7pm Reed Village Hall Blacksmith’s Ln, SG8 8AX Fish or chicken and chips, £12 per person. Bar and raffle. To order your supper please do so before the 15th November. Contact: 01763 848349

Steeple Morden Tennis Club Sat 24th Nov, 7.30pm Steeple Morden Village Hall, SG8 0PE Tickets £12.50 include homemade soup and pudding. 01462 743561

Royston Lions Quiz Evening Sat 24th Nov, 8pm Market Hill Rooms Fish Hill, SG8 9DW Teams of up to 8. £5 per person. Licensed Bar.

Christmas Craft Fair

Sun 25th Nov, 11am – 3pm Melbourn Community Hub, SG8 6DZ In aid of The Nicola Emmerson Trust. Contact: 01763 263303

‘Make lunch’ fundraiser

Wed 28th Nov, 7pm Glazed Creations, SG8 5AY Tickets £10 which includes a drink and nibbles. Choose and paint a pot, a fun evening raising money for Make Lunch Royston.

Greenfingers Garden Club

Wed 28th Nov, 7.15pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT A Talk by Mike Day “RHS Vegetable Trials” visitors welcome. 01763 244424

MADS Pantomime: Cinderella

Fri 30th Nov, 8pm Sat 1st Dec, 2pm & 7.30pm Sun 2nd Dec, 2pm Meldreth Village Hall Elin Way, SG8 6LX Adults £9, under 16’s £7. Tickets:

Tannery Drift First School Christmas Fair

Fri 30th Nov, 3.15 - 5.15pm Tannery Drift First School, SG8 5DE

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH New Local Sewing Courses

Thurs 1st & 8th Nov, 9.30am, Absolute Beginner Sewing Course – Get To Know Your Machine Fri 2nd Nov, 9.30am, Make A Festive Stocking Fri 9th Nov, 9.30am, Make A Lined Make-up Bag With Zip Fri 16th Nov, 9.30am, Cushion Making Course Fri 23rd & Fri 30th Nov 9.30am, Roman Blind Technique Course

Letchworth Art Society – Annual Autumn Exhibition

9th – 24th Nov 10am – 4.45pm The Community Museum Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW Contact: 01462 632142

Learn to crochet

1st, 8th Nov, 7 – 9.30pm No3, 3 Melbourn Street, SG8 7BP For more information and to book your place:

U3A Ukelele Group

Every Tues, 12 - 1pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Meeting at the Harris room

Wednesday Walk

Every Wed, 11am – 1pm Wimpole Estate Royston, SG8 0BW Join us for a different walk each week.

Royston Health Walks

Every Wed, 1.30pm Royston Heath Baldock Rd, SG8 5BG Royston Health Walks is a social walking group. We are very welcoming and friendly and pride ourselves in being positively inclusive and non-cliquey. 01763 852769 or

Park Run

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

Junior Park Run

Every Sun, 10am – 11am Wimpole Estate Royston, SG8 0BW

Sunday Afternoon Teas

Every Sun, 2 - 4pm Parish Room, Ashwell, SG7 5NY We extend a welcome to all comers with a nice cup of tea or coffee and cakes. Contact: 01462742138

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Fri 30th Nov, 5.30 - 7.30pm The Jolly Postie, Royston, SG8 5AY Join us for an informal catch up after work! Venues change each month,

Christmas Wreath Making

Fri 30th Nov, 7pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, SG8 8AX Do come and enjoy an evening with a demonstration by Louise Aries. Oasis ring and foliage supplied, but please bring your own secateurs and any extra decorations you wish. 01763 848 398


Pamper and Shopping Evening Fri 30th Nov, 7pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Varied beauty treatments, massages, shopping stalls and refreshments. Contact: 07523 457723

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Quiz Night

Fri 30th Nov, 7pm The Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Licensed Bar, supper included. Tickets £12.50 from the office and online.

Royston Folk Club Concert

Fri 30th Nov, 7 - 8pm Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Featuring Brooks Williams – Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a stunning slide guitarist. £15, £2 under 25s.

Christmas Tree Light-up

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Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Royston Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Academy Trust announce their forthcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber) RSAT students from across the three academy schools are busy rehearsing for what promises to be a truly spectacular show. Excitement is building as songs and choreography are being rehearsed, sets are being painted and costumes and props are coming together.

Amazingly, it is fifty years since Joseph originally had his dreams, was given his coat and was treated so badly by his brothers. Come and see what happens to him as he journeys from Israel to Egypt singing all the way! Meridian School, Friday 16th November - 7pm Saturday 17th November - 2pm and 7pm Tickets are available through the Meridian School office, 01763 242236

rotary round up The memory cafĂŠ will celebrate its first year anniversary on November 12th. It meets every second Monday in the month at 10am at the Barn in Upper King Street. As well as providing entertainment for our guests with memory problems it is also a time for their carers to relax. Attendance is free, including refreshments, so please just turn up. The wonderful Youth Speaks, in which youngsters are given


Memories of the London 2012 Olympics came flooding back for Royston U3A members when Pauline Martindale described her often hilarious role as a games maker. Her enthusiasm and the experience of being part of the Olympics and Paralympics changed her life, turning her into a serial volunteer. To prove it she brought along a suitcase packed with uniforms

the opportunity to present on a subject of their choosing, will be held in November at Studlands Rise (year 4) and Greneway (years 5 to 8). This helps our youngsters to develop their confidence and verbal skills. Our November walk will be from Ickworth House on Sunday 11th November, and will have options of a 2 or 6 mile walk. The venue for lunch has yet to be chosen. from games all over the country and Europe that she has taken part in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a never ending story and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been magical,â&#x20AC;? she said. Royston U3Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meeting Tuesday 27th November, 2pm Royston Parish Church Jackie Gellert, 01763 248097

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FOYLE YOUNG POETS of the year Jazmine Brett from Royston was nominated as a commended poet in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. This is a huge achievement for her and her poem was selected from almost 11,000 poems from all over the world. We have published it here, with Jazmine’s kind permission. We hope you enjoy it! The Treerific Amputree “My goodness,” I said to it. “How on earth did you end up like that?” I was truly stumped. “You what?” The tree replied in Scottish accent that sounded Scottish. “How did you become an amputree?” I asked. He tree sighed before replying “just leaf me alone.” “Oak Kay.” I replied. “Look,” he said. “I’m sorry for snapping at you like that, but can we please stop the tree jokes?” “I’m sorry.” I said. “I’m just a sap for tree jokes.

silence lingered before the tree broke it again. “You know what?” He said. “What? I asked, intreeged. “I think,” he paused. “What, what do you think? I’m intreeged,” “We have amazing chemistree.” “What do you mean?” I replied. “I think... I think I’m ln love with you.” The tree said. “ You’re barking mad,” I told him. “How did you end up as an amputee?” “Do you want me to tell you honestree?” The tree asked me. I nodded. “I’m not an amputree. I’m just a fat treenager. “I’m gonna leaf.” I say walking away awkwardly. “Tree you later.” By Jazmine Brett

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This month we have focused on our favourite walks. As a team we love to get outdoors, and autumn is the perfect time to wrap up and explore the footpaths around Royston and beyond.

One of the best things about walking - alongside the fresh air, mental and physical benefits of exercise and appreciating the seasons and the scenery - is that you can stop along at some great pubs for a coffee or a pint along the way. We are lucky to have a number of very good village pubs who will offer you a warm welcome and good food, so do support them. Ordnance Survey maps and apps are the best tools for exact directions and to ensure you stick to permissive paths. Do look out for the circular walk from Melbourn to Shepreth. Here are some more suggestions courtesy of, you can find out further details on their website. We hope you enjoy - do let us know if you get out there!

Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

Leisurely 8.2 miles / 13.2 km A pretty, circular walk from Shepreth via Barrington and Harlton, in the Upper Cam Valley, on mainly flat footpaths and tracks, with two fairly steep ascents/descents. Some swing gates and a railway crossing.

A War Memorials Walk, Barkway Easy 7.3 miles / 11.8 km

A circular walk using generally well signed footpaths and bridleways. The walk features war memorials.

Therfield Heath Varied lengths A hill walk, can choose to go through the woods or alongside the golf course.

We are always on the look out for new walks so please get in touch with your favourites, and do look out for our personal team mentions throughout the magazine! Let us know your mentions on Facebook using #TLM

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Autumn is my favourite time of year as the leaves start to fall and change colour! I’m lucky enough to have Therfield Heath on my doorstep and like to take advantage of the stunning views and sometimes been known to enjoy a walk to the Fox and Duck and stop for a couple of wines and lunch and stroll back down the hill and finish either at Royston Heath Sports Club or in town after a blustery autumn/walk the roaring fires that awaits are a perfect way to end a walk…

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To continue my series of articles for 2018, designing with plants, this month I am going to look at tree shape and form in the autumn and winter sky. Late autumn and winter are months of dramatic skies and the incorporation of interesting tree forms can really add interest in the garden when other plants have finished their season of interest. Here a few things to think about when appreciating tree form in the garden and how to use it to your advantage. Multi stem form is one of my favourite ways of getting a tree into a smaller garden. As the name suggests it is a tree with multiple stems rather than the traditional single stem. I love to use Amelanchier lamarckii or Prunus serrula as multi stems. The Amelanchier has awesome autumn colour, great structure with its multiple stems and pretty white blossom in late spring. In contrast the Prunus is primarilary grown for its stem structure and mahonony smooth, slightly peeling bark. Often a stalwart of a winter interest border but great in a mixed

border too. Try to position multi stems where you can look up through them to the sky in the winter months when other planting has died back. Talking of bark colour it is always worth considering a multi stem birch too such as Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii. The winter walk at Anglesey Abbey is a stunning example of en masse birch planting. Pleached or lollipop forms make a striking shape to contrast with other plant forms. I love to use pleached hornbeam with flouncy flowering grasses and hardy perennials beneath to enclose space in a more gentle way. So far I have discussed deciduous trees, but well placed evergreen lollipop trees have become very popular in garden design. Repetition of the Japanese tree privet Ligustrum japonicum or the Bay laurel Laurus nobilis make great evergreen oval shapes that contrast well with the horizontal lines of a well clipped pleached hedge. Fastigiate or columnar shaped trees look great when horizontal space is limited. I am a big fan of using fastigiate beech Fagus sylvatica Dawyck or its purple relative Fagus sylvatica Dawyck Purple. Fastigiate Hornbeams make good avenue trees, Carpinus betulus Fastigiata Frans Fontaine or the traditional Carpinus betulus Fastigiata work well. For a vertical evergreen statement the coulumnar form of Juniperus scopulorum Blue arrow looks great lining a meandering path. Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer is an ornamental pear that has a columnar shape, pretty spring

blossom and excellent autumn colour. It is also unusual for a deciduous tree because it is one of the first to come into leaf and the last to drop its leaf. This has earnt it the reputation of a good screening tree. Weeping forms of tree look striking on a winter sky line too. I like to use the willow leaved pear Pyrus salicifolia Pendula. Its silvery grey foliage looks great when combined with blues, pinks and white hardy perennials below. As they mature, the weeping habit needs maintaining with pruning, but a good choice for a smaller garden. Mature and majestic veteran trees are to be cherished in our parks, gardens and woodlands. I have fond memories of a specimen copper beech in a large country garden I worked at. It looked great in every season but especially striking covered in snow with low winter light shining through from the field beyond. All trees have different growth habits as they mature. Take a moment this winter to look through the canopy of a mature deciduous tree and enjoy the sky beyond. For more in depth plant advice or garden design help please get in touch.

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He began with John Overall. In 1601, during the reign of James I, he became Dean of St. Pauls. He was also appointed to translate the bible to English. His wife Anne ran off with a courtier and although John had her brought back, the scandal was well-known. Richard also told of William Alabaster, a friend of John Overall. In Spain on a diplomatic mission, Alabaster was converted to

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spice up your outfits this autumn This Autumn is proving to be difficult because it’s not always quite your thick winter coat weather. Here’s my wardobe jacket staples so you never struggle with having the wrong coat.

1- Fur (of course faux) is a must in the wardobe, and is very in fashion and is likely to stay that way. Fur can glam up a casual outfit as well as keep you super warm


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3- Leather jacket, if you don’t have one in your wardrobe you must own one for both going out fancy outfits and daily outfits.

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fRIENDS OF rOYSTON hEALTHCARE The Friends of Royston Healthcare is a local charity. We provide one-off grants for individuals or organisations for health needs the NHS cannot meet. Some examples of our funding over the past year are: • part funding of an electric wheelchair for a disabled lady • part refurbishment of a flat for someone with severe mental health problems

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My Local Life generation, to help them become their own little superheroes. The afternoon are spent watch my eldest Max play rugby What are you most looking forward to this month? We are a Community Minded Fitness and Wellbeing Provider. I love giving back/ paying forward to the community. We regularly do events or provide services which benefit the community. Past events have included Motiv8 , a local government initiated fitness and well being program to help motivate local 12-16 year old students. Another program was our Refeed event to collect food for the local Food Back.

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David Ayliffe who you may know better as ‘Aussie’ is the owner of the Fighting Fit Gym and CrossFit Royston. He is also our local life this month. Read a bit more about the man behind the business: What’s your name? David Ayliffe “Aussie” Where do you live? The lovely village of Bassingbourn What’s your favourite local place to eat? When not eating at work from The Heath Cafe Bar (best Breakfast menu in Royston!), defo Sticks and Sushi in Cambridge!

This month 24 - 25th Nov, we are doing our Annual 24 hr Fitness Challenge. This year we are raising money and awareness for the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge on behalf or our mate Mick Weldon, who after a 3 year battle, sadly passed away of Cancer last month. Best thing that happened to you recently? Recently for me would be 5 years. The best thing was to retrain and to become a Fitness Professional. I absolutely love my job!! Absolutely love the fitness community we have and the family orientated culture we have.

What do you most love about your work? I own and run Fighting Fit Gym and CrossFit Royston, it’s very hard to say one thing. Being on so many different people’s fitness journeys and know I’m helping them make changes in their life for the better. What is your most valued possession? Possession is not the right noun, the thing I value the most is my lovey best mate and wifey Joanna and my two not so young fellas Max and Oscar. What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday? Mornings are spent teaching kids Crossfit (fitness through fun and games). It is so rewarding to be empowering the next

What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? I don’t align myself to any religion per se: My life is guided by three beliefs • I believe in Karma. For me that means you get back in life what you throw out there. Be it positive or negative energy, as the saying suggests, what goes around comes around. • Live with no regrets or SBR (She’ll Be Right) • Always back yourself, give it a crack, have a go. If it doesn’t work out, learn from it. What inspirational quote sums you up? To me, I don’t want to die wondering or even going through life thinking ‘oh I wish I did that’. I listened to a great mate of mine’s podcast yesterday his message was something like this. “You can’t live courageously cautiously ”. The take home for me is you can’t win without being prepared to lose. These are educated risks and at times gut instincts, either way I had to be prepared to lose in order to win. I live by this in work and personal life. Contact: Aussie Dave 0777 550 7950 or

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National Rail Enquiries 24-hours Royston & District Community Transport


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Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies (Water supplies and sewerage) Electricity mergency (National Grid) Gas Emergencies (National Grid)

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Darren Harward Painter and Decorator Domestic and Commercial Interior and Exterior Telephone 01763 222978 Mobile 07815 816187

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Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters

Complete Bathroom Solutions Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd Total Bathroom Solutions Trademark Kitchens

Hadham Brewery Ltd 17 Landscaping Services John Cobb & Sons Building & Construction Services North Herts Surfacing Ltd C P Building Services


Davey’s Butchers Knibbs Meatsafe

Car & Van Rental

Applegate Van Hire Ltd

Carpentry & Joinery P W H Installations

Childrens groups


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Legal Services

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The Walkers Partnership Wills By David Isherwood


Royston Leisure Centre


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Leisure Centre

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Local Event

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Ashwell Dental


BuildTrain Roman Way First School


Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

Fabric Repairs & Alterations Jenny’s Repairs and Alterations

Farm Shop

Bury Lane Farm Shop


Body Balance Fighting Fit / Cross Fit Gymbo’s Premier Pilates


A J Furniture

Garden Centre

Arrington Garden Centre

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Gardening Services

HL Ground and Garden Maintenance 23 Leaf & Lawn 29

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Handylamb Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services

Health Therapist

Feet 2 Feet Royston Complementary Health Royston Hypnotherapy Sanet Foot Care The Heath - Chiropractor

Home Care Services Smooth Design

Home Furnishings

Linda Turner Interiors New Dawn Blinds

House Clearance

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Pet Care Services

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Premier Roofing Royston Self Storage Ivett and Reed

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Simon’s Tiling Services

Tree Services

Shire Trees Limited

Venue Hire

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Veterinary Practices

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Windows, Conservatories & 7 Glazing Services 9 30 11

Trulight Windows

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