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2018 in Pictures

The Listing is proud to have supported so many local events over the past year. We are so lucky to have such a vibrant community in Royston and the surrounding villages, here are a few of our favourite memories from 2018:

January ‑ CADS Panto Mother Goose

May - Royston May Fayre

September - Royston Arts Festival

October - Royston Pirate Trail

February - Royston Baby Show

June ‑ Royston in Blue

March - Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

July ‑ Royston Rockets BMX Open Day

November - Remembrance Sunday in Royston

August - Royston Kite Festival

December - Royston Christmas Shop Windows

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January begins with renewed enthusiasm as we start the new year afresh. Monday 14th Our pages are full of new ideas and January activities, from walking outdoors with the Ramblers, joining a new club or society or even starting a new job! Shepreth Spitfires are looking for new players of all ages and abilities to join their friendly teams, Home Start are looking for new volunteers, and Royston Arts Festival are launching their “Our Planet” theme for a green Arts Festival this year. Do look out for our new Hidden Royston series, which promises to explore yet-to-be revealed parts of Royston’s past and present. We are sure that you will enjoy the facts uncovered by Chris Lee; did you know, for example, that Royston Station is mentioned in one of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novels? (I did!) All that remains to be said is sit back and enjoy all that your local community has to offer through our pages, and we wish you a very happy and healthy year ahead.

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Hidden Royston


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


What’s On


Think Garden, Think Richard


Looking After You


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


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5 Jan Windsor Castle (Meghan’s Dress) £42.50 5 Jan Windsor £23.00 1 Mar Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – Olympia £33.00 2 Mar Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – Olympia £33.00 8 Mar Crufts Dog Show – Working & Pastoral £42.50 12 Mar Norwich £19.50 16 Mar Sewing for Pleasure – NEC £37.50 3 Apr Ideal Home Show £33.00 18 Apr Highclere Castle- Downton Abbey £38.00 12 May Malvern Spring Festival £49.00 25 May Chelsea Flower Show Saturday Full Day £88.00 22 Jun Blenheim Palace & Flower Show £32.00 Theatre Shows & Special Events (Stalls or Dress Circle) 9 Feb Strictly The Live Tour O2 Arena – Evening £75.00 16 Feb Wicked – Saturday Matinee £65.00 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 Rip it Up – Matinee £65.00 17 Mar Lets Face the Music – RAH Matinee £67.50 20 Mar *Only Fools & Horses The Musical – Mat £75.00 21 Mar Aladdin The Musical – Matinee £59.50 21 Mar All About Eve – Matinee £70.00 24 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH Inc Lunch £89.00 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 17 Apr The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Eve £59.50 30 Apr Brick Lane Music Hall – St Georges £59.00 30 Apr Michael Ball - London Palladium £95.00 15 May 9 to 5 The Musical – Matinee £65.00 15 May Waitress The Musical – Matinee £65.00 4 Jun * Rod Stewart – Milton Keynes Stadium £135.00 12 Jun *Only Fools & Horses The Musical – Mat £75.00 13 Jun *Westlife – O2 Arena £99.00 18 Jun *Fleetwood Mac – Wembley Stadium £170.00 22 Jun *Billy Joel – At Wembley Stadium £130.00 23 Jun *The Eagles – Wembley Stadium £140.00 29 Jun *P!NK – At Wembley Stadium £140.00 25 Jul On Your Feet – Matinee £65.00 17 Sep *Tina The Musical – Evening £65.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only Coach Tours 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 May Warners Holme Lacy 5 Days £465 27 May The Severn Valley 5 Days £430 2 Jun Liverpool & Manchester Ship Canal 5 Days £425 6 Jun Chatsworth Flower Show 3 Days £290 15 Jun Eastbourne 8 Days £599 26 Jun Ireland – Killarney & Ring of Kerry 7 Days £715 8 Jul Gardens & Trains Of Wales 5 Days £445 28 Jul Firth of Forth Steam & Cruise 6 Days £575 5 Aug Warners Bembridge – Isle of Wight 5 Days £495 24 Sep Isle of Man 6 Days £640 Price per person sharing a twin/double. Single supplements may apply

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Royston Historical Pageant was awarded a grant of £500 to assist with the costs of putting on a large event on North Hertfordshire District Council’s Royston Heath in July 2019. The funding Royston & District Committee awarded over £2,000 in support of projects that will will be used to assist with publicity and advertising costs and to pay for rebenefit the community in Royston. enactment groups to attend. Cllr Sarah Royston Bowls Club received £1,000 Dingley, Royston Pageant coordinator, towards the purchase of a machine to said: “Grateful thanks to the Royston de-thatch the green in order to help reduce Area Committee for the grant awarded to disease and improve the playing surface. Royston Historical Pageant. It will help us The club is a registered charity and has to create a memorable event for the whole been running since 1927. Used by over community.” 1000 people each year it is a valuable asset to the community. Steve Kilford, Hon And finally, the Royston Choral Society was awarded a grant of £750 to assist Secretary of the Royston Bowling Club with the costs of putting on a community said: “Royston Bowls Club would like to concert. The Royston Choral Society has thank the Council for awarding us a grant of £1000, this will go some way towards the been putting on concerts for the people of Royston since 1974 and the event is part purchase of a de-thatching machine.” of the society’s commitment to put on 4 concerts annually.

Burns Night

Celebrate Burns Night in Reed. Choose from Haggis or sausages with seasonal vegetables and a selection of desserts on a scottish theme. The bar and raffle £12. Ring to book your choice Hazel, 01763 848349. All proceeds to go equally to Reed Church and the Village Hall.

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Huw Jenkins, Chairman of the Royston Choral Society said: “The Royston Choral Society has been a community unauditioned choir since 1974. We recently performed Britten’s War Requiem to high acclaim and will continue to rise to the challenges set by the musical director, Andrew O’Brien. We are most grateful for this grant from North Herts District Council as it will support the Royston Choral Society in its commitment to provide ‘Fine music made locally’.” Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Chairman of the Royston Committee, said: “We are pleased to be able support these projects in Royston. We look forward to seeing how the projects develop and progress in the future.” The Listing wishes all groups well with their projects!

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The stories behind... The paintings of Kate Bieriezjanczuk Curwens Solicitors are showcasing the talented prize winner of the Royston Art Society Young Artist Awards. This is part of the 1st prize sponsored by Curwens Solicitors. Kate’s aim is always to tell a story with her art, drawing on inspiration from a tradition of romanticism and symbolism in the style of the old masters. Her subjects evoke a feeling of contemplation and isolation, dramatically dressed in rich clothing and jewellery.

‘Beautiful and powerful paintings that have a tranquil intimate quality’ Kate’s solo art exhibiton will be running from the 16th January until the end of February. Pop along and take a look at some of the young artistic talent that Royston has to offer. Curwens Solicitors, 17 High Street, Royston, SG8 9AA Preview Evening Wednesday 16th January, 6-8pm

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coming football club based in the village of Shepreth that have a huge love for football and getting everyone involved. The Spitfires have development teams and teams in higher divisions in the South Cambs league allowing children of all abilities to join in. Children with moderate movement learning difficulties can play for Shepreth. The mini side of the club has just turned 1 year old in December. On top of that the club has already had much success! Three Shepreth boys (Under 9 and Under 7) have been scouted for Norwich PDC and one of the boys has recently played for Norwich in a selection match against West Bromwich Albion. One of the best things about Shepreth Spitfires is that they are very community based and work hard to ensure everyone gets to be involved in football. Recently, Shepreth Spitfires won £1000 from the Bags of Help Scheme Tesco Royston, and secured very generous sponsorship from Glazed Creations Royston for kits.

The club only charge £35 for the whole season including kit and training to ensure it’s affordable for everyone to be involved. The village council charge a minimal fee for mowing the pitches and the local councillor supported our application for a £1000 grant for goals, equipment, coaching courses and referees. Money was also raised for our own flood lights so training in the winter can be free. Shepreth Spitfires also work with the local village council to get funding for children who can’t pay any signing on fee. This year the Shepreth School fund paid for five children to play football. If you share a passion for football and would like to be involved with this amazing club please contact Sean Harper 07549 054236 or

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Corvus Amateur Drama Society (CADS) is Royston’s amateur drama group, performing since the 1940s. Membership is open to anyone from fifteen years of age upwards, though we also perform a family pantomime that embraces all age groups. The group performs regularly at Greneway School and Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston. This year’s pantomine is Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates and this show promises to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before! Young Robinson Crusoe has always had an appetite Rehearsals are well for adventure! underway! Living with his old mother Dame Crystal Crusoe, his washed up father, Captain Crusoe and his silly billy

brother Sprat, Robinson has no desire to take over the family fish ‘n’ chip shop. Meanwhile, the high seas are terrorised by the Evil Captain Blacktashe. With the help of his trusty sidekick Winkle (back of the queue when brains were handed out) he is searching for the lost temple of treasure on Skull Island but the map where X marks the spot has been lost for years… Will Robinson ever find his treasure? Will Dame Crusoe end up battered? And what is that mysterious writing on the back of the chip shop menu? The Director, Alison Bass, says “Its panto time again - and the cast and crew of CADS can’t wait to bring you this years Royston Pantomime, ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates’ by Tom Whalley at the end of January. The goodies and the baddies are madly rehearsing to bring you songs, jokes, fun and laughter. There’s swash buckling, ship sailing, desert islands and pirate adventures to add to the excitement. Book your tickets now, to avoid disappointment and we will see you on board. Ahoy me hearties!” If after all this you you’re interested in joining CADS then please get in

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Out & About... Clubs and societies

Royston and the surrounding villages are a hive of activity. We are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of clubs and societies within our town and villages, covering a wide range of interests - from arts to sports, adventure to support. It has been said that if an organisation doesn’t exist in the town, that Roystonians are very good at setting up their own! Since its launch in 2005, The Listing has been proud to support the very many clubs and societies. We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies in Royston and the surrounding villages on our website:

Whilst it is no longer possible to publish every organisation in our printed magazines (at the last count, we were listing over 400), we do love to hear your club news and are proud to launch our new organisations section. Please note that we cannot guarantee to include everything we receive and of course we reserve the right to edit your entry, but do please keep your news coming! In addition, we work with Royston First to compile the printed Clubs and Associations guide which covers all Royston-based organisations and is available to pick up from the Royston Information Centre at Royston Library.

If you notice that your entry needs updating, is no longer running or if you have started a new club, please email Ellie at


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We ended the year in December with a wonderful Christmas lunch at the Heath Sports Club and, the following week, with our Christmas social where we enjoyed mince pies, mulled wine and a bumper Christmas raffle which helped to raise funds for ‘Macular Degeneration’, our charity for the year.

Starting on Tuesday 22nd January, 1011.30am, the course at Royston Town Hall We are a thriving club enjoying speaker costs £54.75. meetings, fund raising events, socials and day trips. New members are always To enrol: or 0300 300 3464 welcome and we meet in the Town Hall on Monday evenings from 8-10pm. or turn up at the first session. Please contact Wendy Pearce on For further information email 01763 231381 for further details

Royston & District wi pm if you would Local history society Ladies, like to increase your Our December lecture was The Battle for Female Suffrage by Elizabeth Eastwood who told the story of two women. Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton, who rejected her privileged ruling class upbringing to join the Women’s Social and Political Union, the most militant of Suffragette activists. Also Mary Augusta Ward who worked to improve education for the poor and became founding president of the Women’s Anti-Suffrage League.

Our next meeting, The Causes of World War One by Don Chiswell is on 3rd January at 8pm, admission is £2, everyone welcome. The History Society meets in The Heritage Hall, Town Hall from October to May, on the first Thursday of the month

circle of friends and interests our Womens Institute Group is an excellent place to do so. We enjoy many social activities and appreciate being part of one of the most influential organisations in the nation. We meet on the second Thursday of the month in Fellowship Hall next door to the Picture Palace and you are most welcome to join us as a guest. We look forward to seeing you.

For more details please contact: Eunice, 01763 231658 or Jean, 01763 245958

Rotary Round-UP

The Rotary Club of Royston would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. If you would like to start the year with a bit of fun and intellectual stimulation then please form a team (up to 8) and join in our annual quiz. It will be held at Greneway School on Saturday 12th of January, includes a fish and chip supper, and all profits will go to charity - see our web site for further details. Our monthly walk on Sunday 13th January will see us exploring footpaths in and around Royston. Never venturing more than about half a mile from the town centre we will nevertheless still be experiencing lovely countryside. It is a circular tour starting from the Old Bull Inn car park at 9.45, followed by an optional lunch there, feel free to join us.

Royston u3a The U3A or University of the Third Age, which now provides courses to as many as 350,000 pensioners, doesn’t look anything like the model of a modern university. It costs almost nothing to attend and does nothing for your prospects of future employment. There may be other universities that do as little to enhance the economic value of their students, but they don’t boast about it, whereas U3A is designed for people who – unlike humanities graduates – have no need to earn money later in their lives. To find out more about your local U3As in Royston and/or Melbourn and District visit:

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Velcro ribbon, quilting thread With the last stitch now in and hand place, we’re excited that the stitching Royston Tapestry is complete! needles. What a great way to start Please 2019! speak to our curator first to let We’re now looking for people her know what you can offer. to help get this amazing You’ll be part of Royston piece of embroidery ready for history when you get involved display. We’ve got big plans with this project that was and want to make it a real first thought up around 30 community effort. years ago. Many people have worked on the tapestry You don’t have to be a since then and here’s another stitching expert to get involved, as we have a variety chance to join in. How amazing to know that you’ve of roles and tasks available. been a part of something so We’re looking for sewers special. It doesn’t matter if of all levels, both hand you’ve lived in Royston all and machine stitchers, your life, or are brand new to embroiderers, ironers, fabric handlers and general helpers the town, we’d love for you to get involved. and calligraphers. We’re also looking for loaned supplies including sewing Head to our website to sign machines, embroidery hoops, up: press cloths and soft towels, irons, seam rippers as well as donations of unbleached tapestry-project broadcloth, border ribbon,

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New Year, New Challenges Snowflake Tea Party Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire are looking for Home Visiting Volunteers for the Buntingford and Royston area. Can you give a family the most precious gift – your time? Our volunteers are all parents or grandparents who can give a few hours a week to help families who are finding it difficult to cope. A 9 session training course for new volunteers will run on 28th & 29th January, 4th, 5th, 11th,12th, 25th & 26th February and 4th March 2019 from 9.30am – 2.30pm

Home Start are hosting a Snowflake Tea Party, please come along and enjoy some coffee and cake Royston Leisure Centre Wednesday 30th January, 2-5pm

Saturday Sing By popular demand Linda Bance, choral leader of GuySing and WomenSing invites you to a Singing Workshop event on. Cost £30, £20 for students for lunch included. Meldreth Village Hall Elin Way, SG8 6LX Saturday 26th January, 10.30am-3pm

Local business owner Sally Marchant has reviewed Lily Clark’s new book ‘Here to Stay”. Lily lives in Royston and owns her own dog training company: Suppawt. She primarily work with rescue dogs so released this book to help as many rescue dog owners as possible. Sally says “Here to stay” is an amazing little book, packed full of important advice, with lovely illustrations to demonstrate the techniques explained. It covers the essentials that people need to know when they bring home their rescue dog (or in fact,

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any dog) and it focuses on the most important things first, so it’s great for reading as you go along your journey with your new dog. Lily Clark not only explains the techniques, but gives very clear step-by-step instructions which break down the training into easy to follow sections. The ‘top tips’ throughout the book help to highlight and reinforce the most important points. Whether you are about to get your very first dog, or are an experienced dog owner who has found space in your life to give a rescue dog a second chance, this book is definitely one to read cover to cover.” Sally Marchant, and

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At Luna we always have bunnies available looking for new homes. We ask that they have suitable accommodation, with a good run area. We always try to rehome as bonded pairs or singles to bond to existing rabbits. Please call us or go to to see our available rabbits. Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530 / 07860 480015

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cath mentions...

I’m not a great one for New Year’s resolutions. Too much pressure in January (the darkest month of the year) and I’m doomed to failure. I will start 2019 with a healthy and “live well” outlook after the over-indulgence of December – more greens, less booze, more fresh air, less slumping. I love Asian-inspired food so a hearty Pho or fresh stir fry is an easy way for me to eat less whilst still feeling fulfilled. Here’s to a happy and healthy year ahead!

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Markets in January Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 5th January 10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 5th January 9am - 12pm, Linton Village College Fowlmere Farmers Market 2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 12th January 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 19th January 9.30am 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - approx. 3pm Market Hill, Royston If you run a market in the SG8 area please let us know and we can include in next issue!

Bassingbourn Book Cafe

Bassingbourn Community Book Café gives access to the wider Cambridgeshire County Council Library services. You can order books from other Cambridgeshire libraries, browse the large collection of fiction for all ages, biographies, large print and local history books. We offer a comfortable seating area to sample homemade cakes and biscuits. Wifi and

internet access is available.

The Cafe is open Monday, 2-4.30pm, Thursday, 2-4.30pm and 6-8pm, Saturday, 10am-noon The Limes, High Street, Bassingbourn 01763 247618

Home Made @ The Barn

The Homemade Christmas shopping event was an unbelievably successful evening, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along, all 250 of you! The atmosphere was wonderful, laughter sang from the beams, the wine from the Cambridge Wine company flowed and the Indian food from Yuva was

devoured, not a single crumb was left behind. Everyone at Homemade @ The Barn would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We are having a January sale across the whole Barn if you would like to pop by to pick up some bargains Telephone Sally, 07730 496225 f homemade1971



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Royston Arts Festival

After the huge success of Royston Arts Festival 2018, plans are already afoot for 2019, and the Creative Royston committee are excited to announce that the theme for this year’s festival will be... “Our Planet”. We can’t wait to be surprised and delighted by the many and varied interpretations that the talented creative community in Royston will provide, The committee is particularly keen to focus on the environment and the

challenges facing “Our Planet” and its climate, and will be thinking of ways to turn Royston green in September! You can find out more, and meet some of the new members of the committee, at the Creative Royston AGM Oakroom, The Old Bull Inn Monday 4th February, 7.30pm Please RSVP:

THE Round table present Burns night

Royston and District Round Table will be hosting a traditional Burns Night Supper The dress code is Black Tie or Traditional Scottish Attire. Tickets are fabulous value at £30 per person including: • Three course dinner including vegetarian options • Toast Master • Piping the Haggis If you would like to join us for this fantastic event, please email

or message us on facebook via Royston & District Round Table with Santa’s Float. We look forward to seeing you there. Royston Golf Club. Friday 25th January, 7pm

Hidden Royston It’s curtain up on the pantomime

season and, with Treasure Island in mind, the Listing is packing a shiny new compass, torch, and shovel to explore yet-to-be revealed parts of Royston’s past and present. Royston has much to be proud of – the Cave at the crossroads, the ancient burial mounds and rare Pasque flowers on Therfield Heath. The Hidden Royston series for 2019 plans to go beyond these ‘headline acts’ to inspire some “well, I never knew that” responses. We’ll be digging around – going underground to find out about unusual uses for domestic and commercial cellars. Exploring Royston after dark, we’ll reveal the late night pastimes of night owls, insomniacs and night shift workers. We’ll be knocking on doors to find out what goes on in places like the fire station, and behind the scenes at the Leisure Centre and Royston Picture Palace.

As a trailer for the new series, a couple of lesser-known facts about Royston… • Royston Station is mentioned in the bestselling novel About A Boy by author Nick Hornby. • Royston has the world’s largest refinery of secondary platinum group metals. • Following the Greenwich Meridian northwards from a point 5 kms south of Royston, there’s no higher ground between there and the North Pole – 4233 kms away. We’re inviting Listing readers to help us reveal Royston. If you have interesting stories to share, or curiosities you’d like uncovered, e-mail Chris Lee:

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Baklava

• Juice of one orange • Juice of one lemon • Juice of one lime • Half teaspoon of orange blossom water and welcome to another bright and shiny Let’s begin by making the pastry part of the edition of The Listing. dish. So, add the nuts, sugar, zests and pinch I hope you all had a splendid time with your of spice to the food processor and blitz them nearest and dearest over Christmas and all together until they are of a texture similar to managed to relax and make the most of the damp sand. Set this aside while you prepare festive season. This month I would like to share the filo pastry, but before you start to work with with you my recipe for a little sweet treat and the filo pastry get everything you need to hand. bring a little sticky naughtiness into what can Make sure your tin is buttered and lined, the nut be a tricky month. But I have to warn you, dear reader, this may not be recipe for you if you have mixture is prepared and the oven is on to heat started the New Year on a healthy eating regime! up - the longer the sheets of filo are exposed to air the less flexible and more brittle they become. Baklava I used a 20cm square, deep, non stick tin, lined The other thing to remember is to work in a tidy manner - if you “splash” the butter around as with foil backed parchment paper. Preheat the you are brushing, it can stick to the preparation oven to 160°C surface and tear. For the pastry So, take a deep breath and brush a little butter • 50g whole almonds over the base of the parchment then layer up • 50g pistachio nuts 6 sheets of filo pastry into the tin, folding them • 50g macadamia nuts individually to fit and brushing each sheet of filo with butter as you go. • 100g walnuts pieces Now pour on the nuts and sugar mix, taking • 50g caster sugar care to spread the mixture to the edges; you • Finely grated zest of one orange want an even layer but resist the temptation to • Finely grated zest of one lemon “pat down” the mixture. Next top with four layers of filo, again brushing on butter between the • Finely grated zest of one lime layers and folding to fit. For the final two layers, • Pinch of cinnamon and mixed spice cut these to fit exactly to give a tidy finish to the • 175g butter-melted top and generously butter the top layer. Next • 250g filo pastry ( or 12 sheets) score through the first few layers and mark For the syrup out the final portion size. This helps with even cooking, the absorption of the syrup and also • 150g honey filo pastry is difficult to cut to a tidy finish when it • 150g caster sugar is cooked. I cut 5x5 giving me 25 portions that

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are a little more than bite size but not overly large as this can be a little sweet for some. Now pop this into the oven for around one hour until it is golden brown, slightly puffed up and crisp, which gives us plenty of time to make the syrup. So, place the sugar and honey in a pan. Pour the orange, lemon, and lime juice and the orange blossom water into a measuring jug and make up to 300mls with the addition of water. I have made this with all juice before which I find gives a far fruitier flavoured Baklava. Some people like to add Rose water or different spices like Cardamom, the choice is yours. Once you have the correct amount of your chosen liquid strain it onto the sugar and honey and slowly bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes, and remove from the heat and leave to stand. When the Baklava has been baking for an hour and is crispy, has puffed up slightly and is golden brown pour the hot syrup all over the top pastry layer. Do not be alarmed, it will look like there is way too much liquid but the pastry now needs to stand for at least 6 hours to soak up. It will bubble for a while after the syrup is first added this is normal and to be expected! When you are ready to serve the Baklava lift out from the tin, use a sharp knife and cut through the scored lines into neat pieces and enjoy. Until next time dear reader..

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Due to our expansion, we are currently recruiting for Level 3 Nursery Nurses full time, part time and bank staff We are looking for the best Nursery Nurses to care for our children. If you would like to join the team, visit to discover 20 Good Reasons to Join our Team and experience #TheBumpkinsDifference for yourself

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royston calendar 2019 No.3 Royston has produced this year’s Royston Calendar, full of amazing images from locals, including beautiful photography and artwork. Laura Whitford, owner of No.3 said, “There are a lot of creative people in our area so I knew that using their work would make a fantastic calendar.” Locals were asked to enter their work and the winning 12 images were used, including

images from The Listing’s very own Sharon Windebank and artwork from Jamie Stanway, aged 11. To buy your calendar, go to No.3 on Melbourn Street or contact Laura


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New Year’s Day Walk at Coton Countryside Reserve

Tue 1st Jan, 11am – 1pm The Plough, Cambridge CB23 7PZ As a perfect antidote to the festivities, why not welcome in the New Year and blow off the cobwebs by joining us for a revitalising, sociable stroll through Coton Reserve? You’ll enjoy the stunning winter landscapes at the same time as kick-starting that resolution to get more exercise in 2019!

Royston Museum: Welcome 2019 with some sparkly glittery crafty fun!

Wed 2nd Jan, 10.30am – 2pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 Lower King St, Royston SG8 5AL Keep the kids entertained in that gap between Christmas and back to school with some crafts at the museum. £3 per child over 3. Under 3s are free.

The Causes of World War I

Thu 3rd Jan, 8 – 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Royston & District Local History Society’s Don Chiswell will give an illustrated talk. Visitors welcome, £2 per person. Contact: 01763 242677

Christmas Treecyling

Sat 5th - Tues 8th Jan Garden House Hospice Care will be collecting and recycling your Christmas trees in exchange for a donation. Details:

Monday Club

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

Cushions Course - Zips and Piping

Fri 11th Jan, 9.30am - 12.30pm Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth if you are attending this course, you will have some experience of using a sewing machine, and be familiar with winding a bobbin & threading a machine. £30. To book email or go to

Royston Folk Club Showcase Fri 11th Jan, 8pm Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Andy Lefevre, Karuna, Bob Hines, Karl Hunter, plus Jeremy Harmer & Josh Lynch. £4 (£3 performers) £2 under 25s.

Saturday Stories at Royston Library Sat 12th Jan, 10 – 10.30am Saturday Stories is free to attend, donations are welcome. Royston Library Market Hill, Royston Contact: 01438 843277

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Klimt/Schiele Course

Sat 12th Jan, 10.30am – 3.30pm Letchworth Settlement 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UB To tie in with the current exhibition at the Royal Academy this course will explore the lives and times of these two Viennese friends who both died in the Spanish flu epidemic 100 years ago. The day costs just £25. Tickets:

Rotary Quiz

Sat 12th Jan, 7pm The Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JF 8 people per team, £12 per head including fish and chips supper. Cash bar available. In aid of Royston Rotary Club. Contact:

Business Babble Royston

Mon 14th Jan, 7.30 - 10pm Banyers House Hotel, 16 Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7BZ Pay-as-you-go for £12 per session. For further information, please contact us at

Roman Way First School Open Day

Tue 15th Jan, 9.30– 1.30am and 1– 3pm Roman Way First School, SG8 5EQ To see our school in action please come along to our Open Day, appointments are not required. Two slots available, for both nursery and reception places. Contact: 01763 241535

Snowflake Appeal Bake SaleHome Start Wed 16th Jan, 11am - 8pm Curwens Solicitors, 17 High Street, Royston, SG8 9AA Come along and enjoy some freshly baked cakes and treats. Open to all! In aid of Home-Start.

Exhibition Preview Evening

Wed 16th Jan, 6 - 8pm Curwens Solicitors, 17 High Street, Royston, SG8 9AA Curwens Solicitors are showcasing the talented prize winner of the Royston Art Society Young Artist Awards, Kate Bieriezjanczuk. This is part of the 1st prize sponsored by Curwens Solicitors. The exhibiton will be running from the 16th January until the end of February.

Absolute Beginner Sewing Course

Thu 17th Jan, 9.30am - 1pm Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth You will be given an overview of how to use a sewing machine including, winding a bobbin, threading a machine, troubleshooting, different stitches and their uses, presser feet and their uses. £35 for 3hr and 30min. To book email or go to

Cambridge Modern Jazz: Tori Freestone Trio Thu 17th Jan, 8pm Cambridge Modern Jazz at Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, CB5 8BA Tori has performed at the forefront of the British jazz scene for over a decade working as a core member with such diverse bands as the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet, Andre Canniere’s Sextet, ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’ (her coled group with Jez Franks) and her duo project with Alcyona Mick.

Royston Business Breakfast Club Fri 18th Jan, 7.30-9am The Old Bull Inn 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW An informal business breakfast networking event held on the third Friday monthly. Julia Brooks, 01763 877110 roystonchamberofcommerce/

CADS Pantomime: Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates Fri 18th Jan, 7.30pm, Sat 19th Jan, 2pm & 7.30pm, Fri 25th Jan, 7.30pm, Sat 26th Jan, 2pm & 7.30pm The Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Young Robinson Crusoe has always had an appetite for adventure! Book your tickets now, to avoid disappointment and we will see you on board. Ahoy me hearties!

‘From Tots to Teens’ at The Letchworth Settlement

Fri 18th Jan, 7.45 – 9pm Three award winning children’s writers will share their insights into the skills needed to engage the interest of a young reader. A panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, a book signing and a display of artwork. The evening will be of particular interest to those involved in choosing books for children – parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians as well as writers for this key audience. £10 per person. For more information:

Men’s Breakfast

Sat 19th Jan, 8.30 – 10am Foxton Village Hall, Foxton, CB22 6RN Come and enjoy breakfast with good company for discussion and companionship. Bring a friend, ladies welcome too. Reservations:

Royston Museum: Villages Here and There Exhibition

Sat 19th Jan, 10.30am – 2pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 Lower King St, Royston SG8 5AL Join us for tea, coffee & biscuits as we welcome our first community exhibition for 2019. This exhibition by the local Water Aid group gives a great insight into what life was like in our local villages before piped water. We’ll also find out what life is like now for people around the world who are still without piped water. Free entry.

2 day Roman Blind Technique Course

Sat 19th Jan & Sun 20th Jan, 11am Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth If you are attending this course you will be comfortable using a sewing machine and using hand sewing techniques. To book email or go to

New Year Concert

Sat 19th Jan, 7.30pm Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way S, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1NX Join us in the lovely warm church for an evening of Brahms, Fauré and Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven, Coriolan Overture, Op.62. Gabriel Fauré, Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite, Op.80. Johannes Brahms, Serenade No.1, Op.11 D major. Tickets £10 (18s and under £5):

Charity Race night

Sat 19th Jan, 7pm Scouts Hut, Potton Includes cash bar by ‘Party on Potton’, BBQ food and party in aid of GOSH. Tickets £10 from:

Fitsteps with Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian White

Sun 20th Jan, 10.30am – 12.30pm Stephanie Prior School of Dancing, Lumen Road, Royston, SG8 7AG Ballroom and latin dance fitness for all levels, ages and abilities. Meet Ian White from Strictly Come Dancing!

Messy Church

Sun 20th Jan, 3.30-5.30pm Royston Methodist Church Queens Rd, Royston 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, at Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Scandal: A History of some worst Nightmares

Tue 22nd Jan, 10 – 11.30am Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA 10 week course hosted by Royston WEA with tutor Richard Till. £54.75 per person. For more information:

Orwell Film Club

Wed 23rd Jan, 7.30pm Orwell Village Hall, Orwell, Royston SG8 5QN Orwell Film Club opens 2019 with the first film of the year. Please come to Orwell Village Hall and join us. £3 per film as a visitor or £6 for the year if you become a member.

Absolute Beginner Sewing Course

Thu 24th Jan, 9.30am Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth You will be given an overview of how to use a sewing machine including, winding a bobbin, threading a machine, troubleshooting, different stitches and their uses, presser feet and their uses. To book email or go to

Walking the World for UNCLE

Thu 24th Jan, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU In an illustrated talk, Paul Harris will explain the delights and difficulties of walking the 500 mile ‘Way of St James’, across Northern Spain.

Friday Fizz

Fri 25th Jan, 5.30 – 7pm The Old Courthouse, Royston SG8 9LD Join us for an informal catch up after work! Venues change each month, 5.30 – 7pm each month: Contact Sharon for more information:

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What’s On... Royston and District Round Table Burns Night

Fri 25th Jan, 7pm Royston Golf Club, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG Tickets are £30 per person including three course dinner (including vegetarian options), Toast Master and piping the haggis. Dress Code is Black Tie or Traditional Scottish Attire. For more information contact:

Burns Night

Fri 25th Jan, 7.30pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, Reed, Royston SG8 8AX Haggis or sausages with seasonal vegetables and a selection of desserts on a Scottish theme. All proceeds to go equally to Reed Church and the Village Hall. Bar and raffle £12 per person. Bookings: 01763 848349

Royston Folk Club Concert

Fri 25th Jan, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, SG8 9AW Featuring Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis (one of ‘The Lost Boys’) with support from the 2018 Young Artists Competition winners, Paddy Findlay & Lloyd Crowley. £15 (£13 in advance) £2 under 25s. For more information visit:

How to Use Self Hypnosis to Achieve Your Goals – Workshop

Sat 26th Jan, 9.30am – 12pm The Parish Church Room, Swan Street, Ashwell, SG7 5NY Tickets £35 to be bought in advance from

3 week Saturday Beginner Sewing Course

Sat 26th Jan, 2nd Feb & 9th Feb, 10am Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth If you have previously attended my Absolute Beginner 3 hour course, or if you have some basic experience but would like to build on your sewing confidence and techniques, this course would be perfect. To book email or go to

Royston Museum: Jane Harvey Exhibition

Sat 26th Jan, 10am – 4.45pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 King St, Royston SG8 5AL Join us for the first day of this new exhibition by local artist Jane Harvey. The exhibition runs until mid-March. Free entry.

Saturday Sing

Sat 26th Jan, 10.30am - 3pm Meldreth Village Hall, Elin Way, Meldreth, SG8 6LX By Popular demand Linda Bance, choral leader of GuySing and WomenSing, invites you to a singing workshop event. £30 per person, £20 for students, and lunch is included. In aid of Home-Start.

Watercolour Workshop with Keith Hornblower, FSAI

Sat 26th Jan, 10am – 4pm Hinxworth Village Hall, Baldock Come and develop your painting skills under the guidance of Keith Hornblower, a highly regarded watercolour artist and tutor with an international reputation. Some experience preferable. Fee £35 for the day including refreshments. To book: 01763 261808

Burns Night Dinner and Ceilidh

Sat 26th Jan, 7.30 – 11.30pm The Priory Barns, Priory Ln, Little Wymondley SG4 7HD £45 per person, tickets from

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

Sun 27th Jan, 12pm Priory Memorial Gardens, SG8 9DX A commemoration for those who were killed by the Nazis during the 1940s.And who died in subsequent genocides.

Snowflake Tea Party: HomeStart Royston

Wed 30th Jan, 2 – 5pm Royston Leisure Centre, Woodcock Rd, Royston SG8 7XT With Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge Modern Jazz: Mo Foster & Friends ‘Gil Evans In Miniature’ Thu 31st Jan, 8pm Cambridge Modern Jazz at Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, Cambridge CB5 8BA An exciting new sextet comprising six of the UK’s most sought-after musicians, collectively celebrating the music of major jazz composers such as Gil Evans, Michael Gibbs, George Gershwin, John Lewis and Jaco Pastorius, in a programme of personal favourites.

Royston Health Walks

Every Wednesday, 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 noncliquey. We walk at a leisurely pace over Therfield Heath, have a chat and then go for refreshments in the café. Everyone regardless of age, level of fitness and in principle state of health can get something from walking with us. The walks are free and accompanied children and dogs are welcome. For more information contact: 01763 852769 or

BNI: The Force Chapter

Every Wednesday, 6.45am The Banyers House, 16 Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7BZ Exchange qualified business referrals. One person per profession to join a chapter. Leah Sands, 07870 994795

Community Choir

Every Wednesday, 1.30-2.45pm Meldreth Village Hall, Elin Way, Meldreth, Royston SG8 6LX A new choir will be starting in Meldreth. The main focus of the group is for people to be able to share the amazing proven health and social benefits of singing in a group. Contact: or 07548 247755

St John the Baptist Church Quiz

Every Thursday 7.30-9am The Heath, Royston, SG8 5BG Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers Dave Winkworth, 07961 590154

Toddler Tales

Every Friday, 2.05 – 2.35pm Royston Library Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JN A mix of lively stories and rhymes for you and your child to join in with. Enjoy the stories together by sitting with your child during the session and then spend time browsing and borrowing from our extensive range of picture books. Voluntary contribution of £1 per family.

Park Run

Every Saturday, 9 – 11am Wimpole Estate Royston, Arrington SG8 0BW Free 5k run against the clock. But please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

Junior Park Run

Every Sunday, 10 – 11am Wimpole Estate Royston, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed run for 4-14 year olds.The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! wimpoleestate-juniors

Sat 2nd Feb, 7.30pm Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JF Teams of up to 8, £7.50 per person Bring own nibbles and drinks. Opportunity to enter a raffle on the night All proceeds in aid of church funds To register a team contact: Kay ,01763 242659 or

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH Natwest Community Banker

Every Tuesday, 11-2pm Royston Library Market Hill, SG8 9JN Bernadette Merry has been appointed as NatWest Community Banker for the Hertfordshire region. Bernadette will be based in Saffron Walden and Royston. Regular drop-in sessions will be held in Royston Library every Friday between 11am and 2pm from 18th May and Saffron Walden Town Hall every Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30 pm from 29th May.

Baby Rhyme Time

Every Wednesday, 10.15 – 11.45am Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Baby Rhyme Times are a fun half hour session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages. All parents, carers and their babies are welcome to join in and there is no need to book in advance. Voluntary contribution of £1 per family. www.

Wednesday Walk

Every Wednesday, 11am – 1pm Wimpole Estate, Royston, 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. www. | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Royston January 2019.indd 17

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Think Garden, Think Richard Materials For A Purpose... Driveway Materials Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott Happy New Year! In my new series of articles for 2019, Materials For A Purpose, I am going to be discussing to choose the right materials for your purpose and how they fit into the design of a space. I want to get you thinking about the options you have and how the right selection can give you a timeless solution rather than a predictable, uninspiring result. This month I want to explore driveway materials and how they can be used to give your property more curb appeal. Colour is an important driver in selection of materials. A lot of driveways are at the front of the property and the house brick often informs the colour of the materials for the drive. When I design a front garden I like a harmony of materials so that the space looks cohesive. A recent drive we built used old style red brick pavers as a surround, path and threshold to retain the grave. This tied in nicely with the house and was very in keeping with the existing aesthetic. In contrast a drive we designed and built in Cambridge used blue

engineering bricks, dark limestone and pale gravel to give a contemporary feel. Gravel is still far and away the most popular material selection for a drive. From a security perspective it works well due to the noise, but it is a cost effective solution and better for the environment. Water management has become a big issue over the years I have been working in this industry and anything that can prevent extra water in the system is a good thing. Gravel drives are great because they are permeable. There are of course many different gravel shapes, sizes and colours, but the key is to consider the theme of the space. If it is functional and municipal then concreate edging and shingle could be the answer. If the look is to be softer then a smaller size pea shingle with a subtler set edging detail could be the way to go. The most common mistake I see is too much gravel being used and this just creates a beach effect. We love to use limestone as the sub base material as the finished surface of gravel will bond into it and help hold it in place. It has also become very popular to use Eco grid to improve the stability of an area. I think this is relevant for a larger scale but for the domestic setting it is hard to beat a limestone and shingle finish. Pavers or bricks are really useful to help prevent gravel migrating onto the highway. The simple addition of five or six courses of pavers or engineering bricks at the threshold of your drive really smartens things up. Again, remember to consider colour selection if the effect is not complementary then you should

think twice. Whenever we present a new design we always show samples of materials, but even then it can be useful to see the materials used on a large scale on a previous job. Pavers are a great way to edge a space. They can also help continue a design theme from front to back garden. Blocks are popular as a drive material. The entry level materials although cheap and municipal can be the right choice for some projects. We recently used the entry level grey blocks on a no nonsense project in Cambridge where a new property had been built at the end of a garden that backed out onto a road. This solution was appropriate because it fitted the local aesthetic perfectly. We had to manage the water into an Aco drain and away to a soak away. This is a down sides of less permeable surfaces. These are the most commonly used materials but other solutions are available such as resin bound surfaces, Breedon gravel and even old fashioned grass as a temporary parking surface. It is important to remember that the front garden should be more than a car parking area it should look good too! A good use of hard materials can then be brought to life with plant selection. For more in depth advice or garden design help please get in touch to arrange a consultation.

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school of dancing The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing (SPSD) was founded over 50 years ago by the late Stephanie Prior, a hugely popular member of the local community. When Stephanie passed away in 2005, her daughter Tara’s world fell apart, and it didn’t take Tara long to realise that she needed to continue her Mum’s legacy. Tara shared her Mum’s passion for dance; she had danced since the age of 3 and helped her in classes as she got older, so she balanced full time employment with continuing the dance school. After the birth of her daughter Danica, Tara made the big step of expanding the school on a full time basis. Fast forward to now, and the school teaches over 450 students, and is housed in its own premises on Lumen Road. Many students have been dancing with SPSD since they were 3 years old and some are still with the school, now in their 20’s and 30’s. In some cases, Tara is now teaching their children!

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January is one of my favourite months and I love to plan for the year ahead which of course involves booking a holiday or two to overcome the January Blues! A very exciting year as I’ll be running my second London Marathon raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital a charity very close to me heart, you can read more about by story by visiting; https:// so with this in mind my first part of the year will involve ‘Dry January’, healthy eating, along with lots of fresh air and exercise. I’ll be calling on my training buddies at Royston Runners and Fighting Fit for lots of support and motivation over the next few months…! Wishing you all a fit and healthy year ahead!

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New Year’s Resolutions


This time of year can be really hard as the festive period is over and everyone is making resolutions for the New Year. Here’s some ideas of what New Years Resolutions you can make and how to help achieve them. 1. Eating Healthy is probably the most popular. Why not visit one of the many markets throughout the month and pick up some fresh fruit and veg. You can find the Markets on page 12 2. Exercising, Royston isn’t short of places you can exercise. Gyms include: • A10 Health & Fitness • Royston Leisure Centre • Wilmott’s Gym • Gymbos • Melbourn Sports Centre However places like Fighting Fit, Park Fit and Royston Complementary Health Centre also offer

classes. If that still doesn’t take your fancy why not visit our online Clubs and Societies directory and think about joining a Sports Club. We have so many to offer in Royston and the surrounding villages 3. Being more organised. One way to get more organised is to start the year with a planner. Even though in January it may seem like you haven’t got much to put in there, once you get birthdays, appointments and meetings in there you won’t regret it.Try WHSmith or the Stationery Cupboard for a planner. Feel free to get creative and make it as pretty and colourful as you wish. Let us know how you get on with your resolutions we can’t wait to hear!

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the shops that are 5 minutes away, I’ll take the walk. Instead of picking up a chocolate bar I’ll grab some fun nuts (not the boring ones), and instead of picking up another scented candle I ask myself if I actually really need it. This way it’s manageable, I can fall off the wagon and then just jump straight back on without giving myself a hard time. Simply write a list of the areas you would like to streamline and keep that list in the back of your mind when going about your daily life. Little changes add up to massive ones. So instead of the same old resolutions pour some little positive vibes into every area of your life.


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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to try something new and The Meridian Triathlon Club are always welcoming new members whatever stage of fitness, gender or age.But don’t just take it from us, hear what current members have said about starting triathlons and joining our club since we were founded in 2015. “I turned 55 last year and I set myself 55 challenges and one of them was to do a triathlon. I then got my bike and did my first triathlon event last September. It’s an amazing feeling of being able to do something that you didn’t actually know you could do. I love the confidence it has given me and being part of a team and group gives you that boost!”– Beth Hart

soon after that we should try swimming together and after meeting Alice Barnes (MTC Chair) she suggested that I should start looking into triathlons. I thought what a challenge that would be at 57! It has given me a new set of friends and I look forward to the training”. – Mark Whitehead “I got into triathlons because the doctors had told me I should start running which I had never done in my life. I was a swimmer as a kid, so I could do the swimming and that’s nearly a triathlon! Little did I know I could ride a bike. It’s led me back to the pool which I haven’t been near in years and the only running I had done in my first 52 years was to catch a train. It has given me a whole new outlet in life!” – Elspeth Goodspeed

New years day walking

After all the excitement of Christmas and the beginning of a New Year, the best way to clear your head for 2019 is a walk. A gentle walk is the best way to blow away the cobwebs. The Ramblers festival of winter walks has been taking place throughout December and is still taking place until the 6th January. The Ramblers invite everyone to join them in enjoying the best of Britain’s wintry landscapes. Perhaps joining a Ramblers group could be your New Years Resolution. Whatever your age or ability there’s a walk for you. Royston and the surrounding villages

We have athletes of all ages (from 18yrs +) and levels in our friendly club, from beginners to BTF GB athletes, from super-sprinters to “Three years ago my wife saw Ironmen and Ironwomen. If you’re an advert for beginners running looking to try something new at Wimpole Hall. After 4/5 weeks this 2019, drop us an email on I completed a 5k…then a 10k… to then 10 miles and then a half find out more or visit our website: marathon. My wife then suggested

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My New Year’s resolution is to look after mysef I want to focus more on eating five a day every day and making sure I’m getting the right vitamins. I love making fresh fruit smoothies and always forget to do it so I want to dig my blender out and give it all another go. A few more trips to the fresh fruit and veg market stall for me!

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We’re Celebrating 50 Years of Slimming World in 2019

To celebrate the start of 2019, Slimming World’s 50th Year, the slimming experts from Royston and the surrounding villages are looking forward to sharing their secrets for successful slimming with the local community to help people make their healthy New Year’s resolutions a reality. “Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. Successful weight loss isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about keeping it off too. Making temporary changes and going on a ‘diet’ that’s unsustainable in the long-term will only ever be a quick fix, meaning you’ll sadly be bound to regain any weight you lose – and maybe more – as soon as you go back to your normal eating habits. If you really want to be inspired for the long term, the key is to make healthy, realistic changes to your lifestyle that you can keep up for the rest of your life” said Jo Mitchell, who runs the Royston Evangelical Slimming World group in Royston. We’re celebrating with a brand new golden anniversary member

pack and a six-week journal to get everyone off to a flying start, which will be given out free, to all our new members. There will also be a special Countdown offer – giving free membership and 12 weeks for the price of 10 (offer ends 19th January 2019) and to help you stay slim for life there’s a new maintenance plan. Group is where the magic happens every week and we can’t wait to welcome new and returning members. Our groups are open 52 weeks a year and offer a mixture of support, recipes, tips and hints to help through the trickiest of times, wrapped up with lots of fun and celebrations along the way. There is never any judgement or humiliation, even when life gets more difficult. We have an exciting 50th year ahead with lots of sparkling offers, prizes and golden opportunities and here’s to a healthier, happier YOU in 2019! To Be Inspired by Slimming World in 2019 visit www.slimmingworld. or call Jo on 07792 425107. Groups run Monday to Saturday in Royston and the surrounding areas at different locations and various times.



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Start 2019 with a new style A New Year is a perfect time for you to start experimenting with new styles. Whether it’s with your makeup or your clothes or even your shoes the possibilities are endless. The January sales are a perfect time to look at freshening your wardrobe as everything is on sale! If you can bear with the sales why not grab a couple of things that are different to your usual style in the sale. After all if they are 50% why not? If you want to try something new but you aren’t really sure where to start, here are a few simple and easy ideas to get you started, so why not give it a go!

If you are looking to brighten up your wardrobe for 2019 why not start small. A vibrant colour scarf or top even if you still wear black jeans and a black coat can completely change a look. Add jewellery as it can always freshen up a look. Striped or checked trousers are in fashion this season so why not try a pair of those with a plain white or black top, some boots and a coat. If you are looking to freshen up your makeup why not try a new shade of lipstick? Maybe a pinky peach or a daring red. Lipstick can change the whole look. Try different colours of eyeshadow, reds and pinks instead of the usual browns? There are so many things you can try so let me know how you get on with experimenting with different looks in 2019.

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Professional Business to business networking Royston is a hub of activity with a vibrant small business community. Working for a company? Working from home? You can be sure of a warm welcome, friendship and networking opportunities at a range of business networking groups. Each offers something different, so why not make 2019 the year to get involved with the business community. Baldock Network Group Melbourn Business Association A structured but relaxed networking meeting that brings local business together. Run by local family charity Home-Start Herts. £12 members / £15 non-members which includes breakfast, membership £10 per month which goes to charity. Held every other Tuesday at The Orange Tree, Baldock. 7-9am.

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Exchange qualified business referrals. One person per profession to join a chapter. Held every Wednesday at 6.45am at The Banyers House, 16 Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7BZ. Leah Sands, 07870 994795

Business Babble Royston

Hands on supportive group for women who run (or are setting up) their own business. Held on the second Monday of the month, 7.30-10pm at The Banyers House Hotel, Melbourn Street, Royston, Herts, SG8 7BZ. Jayne Bratton 07764 657576

Coffee and Connect

An informal business networking event. Held on the first Friday monthly, 10.30-11.30am at The Jolly Postie, 2 Baldock St, Royston SG8 5AY Julia Brooks, 01763 877110

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A free business and social networking event, held on the last Friday of the month organised by The Listing. Simply buy a drink and enjoy an informal after-work catch up at a venue in Royston. 5.30-7pm Sharon, 01763 248447

A lively networking group. Held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Sheene Mill in Melbourn. Kimmi Crosby, 07976 228377

Royston & District Chamber of Commerce

A representative group for businesses in Royston and the surrounding area who wish to increase the commercial prosperity of the town and its members. Meetings held bi-monthly. Julia Brooks, 01763 877110

Royston Business Breakfast Club

An informal business breakfast networking event held on the third Friday monthly, venues alternate, The Old Bull Inn and The Jolly Postie, 7.30am – 9am. Julia Brooks, 01763 877110

Royston Business Network

Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers. Held every Thursday, 7.30 -9am at The Heath, Royston, SG8 5BG. Dave Winkworth, 07961 590154

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A group of charity group leaders, councillors, local businesses leaders – who support each other and share ideas. Meet second Friday every month, 7.30am at The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Find out more in our Ray Munden, 01763 241217 online directory at

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Wednesday 16th January 2019 11am-8pm Curwens Solicitors 17 High Street Royston SG8 9AA OPEN TO ALL!!

2019 Dates & Venues

Friday Fizz is a FREE business & social networking event organised by Simply buy a drink from the bar & enjoy an informal after-work catch up at a venue in Royston

January 25th, The Old Courthouse February 22nd, The Banyers Hotel March 29th, The Heath Sports Club April 26th, The Old Bull Inn May 31st, The Jolly Postie June 28th, Hosted by the businesses in The Corn Exchange ‘Summer Special’ July & August, No Meeting September 27th, The Banyers Hotel October 25th, The Old Courthouse November 29th, The Jolly Postie December, No Meeting

Don’t forget to bring your business cards with you to be entered in to our prize draw to win a bottle of fizz! If you would like to be added to our database please email Keep in touch with Friday Fizz on

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My Local Life Gary cretton Our Local Life this month is Gary Cretton who works at the highly established KDW Financial Planning. Find out a bit more about Gary and the work he does: Since I finished education, I went in to the Financial Services and have been a Financial Adviser for 22 years now. I began with the Co-operative Insurance Society, and also worked for Santander and Barclays, however I have always had the clients interest at heart and chose to take the risky step to become an Independent Financial Adviser seven years ago and am now regulated through KDW. I provide advice for everything from Investments, Inheritance Tax Planning and Protection, and I am also a specialist In Pension Planning with the advanced qualification to provide advice on all types of Pensions including Defined Benefit (Final Salary schemes). I have continued to build my client base over the years, planning their needs and goals to meet all the varied situations that life can throw at you. All clients are reviewed and managed by me on a regular basis to help meet their needs at the outset and throughout their life.

Where do you live? I have lived in the quiet village of Litlington for 5 years now. What’s your favourite local place to eat? Yuva Fine Fusion in Kneesworth! The food is just fantastic and varied and the staff are always friendly. The last book you read? Origin By Dan Brown. That was on holiday in the summer - I don’t get much time to read non-‘financial’ literature! Most of my reading on a day to day basis will be the Times Newspaper, and financial magazines and stock market reports! What makes you happy? Spending time with family and friends, catching up and relaxing with an occasional glass of wine. What do you love about your work? Building relationships with clients - I have some as good family friends who joined me as a customer years ago. Also, being independent, allows me to work for the client in the client’s best interest, unlike when working for a large corporate institution meeting the company’s goals.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday? I like to spend time with my family - usually taking the dog on a long walk on the Heath, Wimpole or Ashwell. A perfect Saturday would also include a game of golf on a sunny day. What is your favourite time of year? I love the time of year and the build up to Christmas with my girls has always been exciting, even though they are getting older now. Definitely Christmas! How do you keep fit? I play golf whenever I can – I am a member at Royston Golf Club. I run a couple of times a week and also plenty of walks with the dog. What inspirational quote sums you up? ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts’ Winston Churchill. This sums up many stages of my life. 07703 692773

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electric vehicle grants Grant funding up to a maximum of £20,000 is now available to businesses in North Herts and Cambridgeshire, to replace their existing vehicles with electric vehicles, thanks to capital grants now available through the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEECP). BEECP can potentially provide grant funding up to 25% of the total costs, to eligible businesses for a number of energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting, heating and insulation, and as of the 1st October, they are now able to offer financial assistance to

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6 Write your business plan. This could just be a couple of sides of A4 for a sole-trader, but if you will need investment, premises and staff, you will need to do more. 7 Finance your business. Talk to your advisors about the best ways to do this. Business angels, crowd funding, family & friends, savings, grants? 8 Start building your team. Will you create a partnership, employ salaried staff or use freelancers? Think about what staff your business needs now, and also what it may need in the future. Can you easily scale up your business later? 9 And finally – grow! Realise your work will never be done – continue to hire the best people, make the best product and build your empire. But the most important things are customers and cash – focus on these and you really will have a Happy New Year!

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Useful Numbers Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC Churches Together in Royston & District Fowlmere United Reformed Church Guilden Morden Congregational Church Guilden Morden Parish Church Litlington Congregational Church Melbourn Baptist Church Melbourn Parish Church Melbourn United Reformed Church Meldreth Parish Church Open House Project Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth Royston Catholic Church Royston Evangelical Church Royston Methodist Church Royston Parish Church St Mary’s Church, Ashwell Therfield Chapel Therfield Parish Church Thriplow Parish Church Trinity Life Church United Benefice of Barkway, Reed and Buckland with Barley


Cambridgeshire County Council Hertfordshire County Council North Herts District Council Royston Town Council South Cambridgeshire District Council


Ashwell Surgery Barley Practice Market Hill Surgery, Royston Orchard Surgery, Melbourn Roysia Surgery, Royston The Health Centre, Royston

01462 474000

Bassingbourn Village College 01763 246136 Chrishall Village Hall Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 07484 106292 Greneway School, Royston 01763 243650 Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden Village Hall Litlington Recreation Centre 07885 774775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 688714 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 246458 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 243476 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 235100 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839546 Whaddon Village Hall

01763 245484

NHS Telephone Advice Service

01462 742684 01763 877558 01763 245571

01763 208767 01763 852869 01763 853217 01763 853427 01763 261650 01763 220626 01223 870869 01763 220626 01763 246799 01763 262440 01763 243117 07999 538961 01763 241803 01763 246371 01462 743922 01763 287220 01763 287364 01763 208195 01763 230350 01763 848756 0345 045 5200 0300 123 4040

03450 450 500 01462 417377 01763 848244 01763 848244 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


Abington Pigotts Village Hall Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell Village Hall 01462 742913 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992



Royston Library


111 0300 123 4049

Heidi Allen MP 01954 212 707 Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire Sir Oliver Heald QC MP 01462 486074 Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire


Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

J. Oliver Radley

01763 273300


Non emergency number


Decorating & Restoration Service Painting & Decorating Wallpaper Hanging Coving & Plastering Sash Window Restoration & Repairs Tel: 01763 230100 Mob: 07747 805920

Darren Harward

01763 245484 01763 878242

Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell


01763 848283 01763 848281 01763 242460 01763 242344 01763 838592 01763 271818 01763 208203 01763 243650 01763 852318 01763 243392 01763 223400 01763 223457 01763 260432 01763 242236 01223 207382 01763 848304 01763 241535 01763 241555 01763 246021 01763 852474 01763 243930 01763 235100 01763 287284 01763 208213

Barkway VA C of E First School Barley VC First School Bassingbourn Primary School Bassingbourn Village College Chrishall C of E (Aided) Primary Freman College Fowlmere Primary School Greneway Middle School Guilden Morden C of E Primary Icknield Walk First School Melbourn Village College Melbourn Primary School Meldreth Primary School Meridian School Petersfield Primary School, Orwell Reed First School Roman Way First School Roysia Middle School St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Steeple Morden Primary School Studlands Rise First School Tannery Drift School Therfield First School Thriplow C of E


08457 484950 01763 245228

National Rail Enquiries 24-hours Royston & District Community Transport


03453 572 407 0345 791 9155

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

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999


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

01763 242221 01763 245059 01763 262696

Household Waste Recycling Centre off York Way, Royston SG8 5HF All year M T W S S, 8am - 4pm Household Waste Recycling Centre Thriplow, Cambs SG8 7HZ All year daily 8am - 4pm North Herts South Cambs

0300 123 4051


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07944 912198

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


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Loving Local Living Index of Advertisers Accounting Services

Fourways Chartered Accountants 28


Jane Harvey Artist


Red Edge Fitness


Hadham Brewery Ltd


Boot Camp Fitness & Nutrition Brewery

Building & Construction Services

Jewellers H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers

Complete Bathroom Solutions 31 Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 30 Total Bathroom Solutions 31 Trademark Kitchens 18

Landscaping Services

Applegate Van Hire Ltd


Carers / Home Help Tilly’s Home Care


Carpentry & Joinery P W H Installations


Childcare Services Bumpkins Nursery Smarties Pre-School

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Clock and Watch Specialists Brian Bulley

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Applegate Van Hire Ltd, Royston

Charity Race Night Curwens LLP Garden House Hospice

25 26 21

Richmonds Coaches

Decorating Services


Darren Harward 29 Decorating & Restorations Service 29 Melbourn Village College


Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

6 31 19

Estate Agents Marshalls Estate Agents


Fabric Repairs & Alterations Jenny’s Repairs and Alterations


Financial Services KD Wright Financial Services Limited 27


J Oliver Radley Opticians Oven Wizards

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Handylamb 19 Handyman Dave Knight 29 Handyman Services 29 Feet 2 Feet Royston Complementary Health Royston Hypnotherapy

Home Furnishings

Borders & Bows Linda Turner Interiors New Dawn Blinds

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Pet Care Services


LW Petcare Services Walkies

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Plasterers DGN Plastering

01763 245888 | Unit 2, Lumen Road, Royston, SG8 7AG


Plumbing & Heating Services H20 31 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 29

Recruitment St Georges Nursing Home Walnut Medical

4 4

Self Storage Royston Self Storage Meridian Triathlon Club


AMB Stonemasonry Ivett and Reed Shire Trees Limited

9 24 19 7,31 31

Royal British Legion Royston Town Football Club

9 12

Veterinary Practices Royston Veterinary Centre


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Weight Loss/Slimming Slimming World


Wellbeing Heaven & Earth Health


Windows, Conservatories & 7 Glazing Services

5 11

House Clearance Spires House Clearance



Your local experts specialising in tarmac driveways, footpaths, car parks, access roads, hard standings, potholes, road planing, block paving and kerb works. All enquiries, domestic or commercial, welcome. No job too small.

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Marketing & Advertising Services

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East Anglian Loft Ladders

Friday Fizz

Dance & Drama Schools

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Loft Access & Storage Solutions

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Computer Services The PC Doctor

Local Event


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Trulight Windows


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SHIRE TREES LIMITED • Professional Arborists • Seasoned Firewood for sale • Forestry services • Stump grinding • Hedge Maintenance • Fully insured/Qualified • All aspects of tree work

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