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SG8 Villages

inc. Ashwell January 2019 Issue 161

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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 surrounding villages, here are a few of our favourite memories from 2018:

January ‑ Classic Car Meet, Meldreth

May - The 65th Ashwell Music Festival

February - Panto comes to Barkway

June ‑ Royston in Blue

March - Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

July ‑ Steeple Morden Remembers

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August - Royston Kite Festival

September - Royston Arts Festival

October - Royston Pirate Trail

November - Rem in Bassingbourn embrance Sunday

December - Royston Christm as Shop Windows


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OctRoyston Day trips from ADULT 5 Jan Windsor Castle (Meghan’s Dress) £42.50 5 Jan Windsor £23.00 12 Jan Milton Keynes Shopping £19.00 1 Mar Spring Knitting & Stitching Show £33.00 2 Mar Spring Knitting & Stitching Show £33.00 8 Mar Crufts Dog Show £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 25 May Chelsea Flower Show Full Day £88.00 Theatre Shows & Special Events 10 Jan Swan Lake London Coliseum Mat £74.00 12 Jan Robin Hood – Milton Keynes – Mat £40.00 9 Feb Strictly The Live Tour O2 – Eve £75.00 16 Feb Wicked – Saturday Matinee £65.00 6 Mar 9 to 5 The Musical – Matinee £65.00 6 Mar The Lion King – Matinee S£57.50/A£65.00 14 Mar Motown – Matinee £65.00 14 Mar The Bodyguard – Milton Keynes £49.00 15 Mar Brick Lane - Irish Music – Inc Tea £59.00 17 Mar Lets Face the Music – RAH Mat £67.50 21 Mar Aladdin The Musical – Matinee £59.50 21 Mar All About Eve – Matinee £70.00 24 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH & Lunch £89.00 2 Apr 9 to 5 The Musical – Evening £65.00 2 Apr The Lion King – Evening £70.00 30 Apr Michael Ball - London Palladium £95.00 15 May Waitress The Musical – Matinee £65.00 4 Jun * Rod Stewart – Milton Keynes £135.00 12 Jun Only Fools & Horses Musical – Mat £75.00 13 Jun *Westlife – O2 Arena £99.00 18 Jun *Fleetwood Mac – Wembley £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 *Trumpington Park & Ride only Coach Tours 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 5 Days £475 6 May Warners Holme Lacy 5 Days £465 27 May The Severn Valley 5 Days £430 2 Jun Liverpool & Manc Ship Canal 5 Days £425 6 Jun Chatsworth Flower Show 3 Days £290 26 Jun Ireland – Killarney 7 Days £715 Call for brochure or visit our website Call for brochure or visit our website 01763 848226 01763 848226

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January begins with renewed enthusiasm as we start the new year afresh. Our pages are full of new ideas and activities, from walking outdoors on the circular walk from Meldreth to Shepreth, 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 even if you dont live in the town itself, 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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ERS • WHAT’S ON • 01763 248447 • This Month’s Contributors: Richard Arnott, Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Bruce Huett, Chris Lee & Royston Museum Photographer: Clive Porter Published by: Townhouse Publishing Ltd Disclaimer All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise - without prior permission of the publisher. All items published in good faith and correct at the time of going to print.

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Royston In Blue

Celebrations All Round - The Royston in Blue Committee had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for a phenomenal £17,924.69 to Judith Anderson, East Anglia Regional Fundraiser, Teenage Cancer Trust. This year had the most ever participants of 800. The committee also presented the highest adult fundraiser a month’s membership donated by the Royston Leisure Centre to Phillida Shaw who raised £1,605.00 and the highest child fundraiser received 10 free swims also donated by the Royston Leisure Centre to Lauren Collingwood, who raised £300. The Committee also said farewell to their Chairperson for 7 years, Lisa Thompson. Next year’s date has now been confirmed for Sunday 23rd June 11am at the Royston Heath.

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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



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Hidden Royston

As a trailer for the new It’s curtain up on the pantomime season and, series, a couple of with Treasure Island in mind, the Listing is lesser-known packing a shiny new compass, torch, and facts about shovel to explore yet-to-be revealed parts of Royston… Royston’s past and present. • Royston Royston has much to be proud of – the Station is Cave at the crossroads, the ancient mentioned burial mounds and rare Pasque flowers in the on Therfield Heath. The Hidden Royston bestselling novel About A Boy by author series for 2019 plans to go beyond these Nick Hornby. ‘headline acts’ to inspire some “well, I • Royston has the world’s largest refinery never knew that” responses. of secondary platinum group metals. We’ll be digging around – going • Following the Greenwich Meridian underground to find out about unusual uses for domestic and commercial cellars. northwards from a point 5 kms south of Royston, there’s no higher ground between Exploring Royston after dark, we’ll reveal there and the North Pole – 4233 kms away. the late night pastimes of night owls, insomniacs and night shift workers. We’ll We’re inviting Listing readers to help us be knocking on doors to find out what reveal Royston. If you have interesting goes on in places like the fire station, and stories to share, or curiosities you’d behind the scenes at the Leisure Centre like uncovered, e-mail Chris Lee: and Royston Picture Palace.

Shepreth Spitfires football club Shepreth Spitfires is an up and 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 | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Villages January 2019.indd 7

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bumpkins toddler Tips Create Baby Hedgehogs

Small children love spending time outdoors and our Nature Rangers are no exception! These baby hedgehogs are made out of clay and sticks. We used air-drying clay which is safe for little hands. You can do this at home and extend the activity by taking a walk to collect twigs to make the hedgehog spines, or have a look in the garden. You could also use plastiscine, playdough or even try edible versions with pastry dough and sticks of carrot, or rice crispy cake mixture and matchmakers! This kind of activity is great for expressive art and design, developing fine motor skills, understanding nature and the wider world.

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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. Friday 25th January, 7.30pm

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Spotlight On... It’s Panto time

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 for adventure! 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

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ever find his treasure? Will Dame Crusoe end up battered? And what is that mysterious writing on the back of the Rehearsals are well underway! 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 touch we welcome everyone aged 15 and up from experienced techies to budding actors, and we’re always happy to have new members - the only requirement is enthusiasm! Robinson Crusoe Meridian School,Royston Friday 18th January 7.30pm Saturday 19th January 2pm & 7.30pm Friday 25th January 7.30pm Saturday 26th January 2pm & 7.30pm | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Villages January 2019.indd 11

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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 media@ 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

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New Year’s Resolutions

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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 25. 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 look at 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 creatiive 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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smarties pre-school

We are a warm and welcoming setting in beautiful rural surroundings. We provide opportunities that support and develop your child’s unique early year’s journey. We do this through child-led activities, offering every child individual experiences to learn through play, guided by the Early Years’ Foundation Stage and with excellent links to the primary school. To enhance their learning, we have a highly successful Forest School. This is child-led play in a natural environment giving all children the opportunity to develop their ideas through team work, problem solving and sensory skills. In addition to the preschool, we provide all day childcare for children three years plus. Not only rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in September 2018, we were also recognised by the House of Commons for our high standard of education and care. Listing A5 Oct 18_Layout 1 12/09/2018 13:33 Page 1

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

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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

to join in. How amazing to know that you’ve been a part of something so special. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in Royston all your life, or are brand new to the town, we’d love for you to get involved. Head to our website to sign up: www.roystonmuseum.

CHristmas treecycling In exchange for a donation Garden House Hospice will collect and recycle your Christmas Tree. Simply sign up on the website before midday on Thursday 3rd January and book your pick up!

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Out & About...

Clubs and societies

that we cannot guarantee to include everything we receive and of course we reserve the right to edit your entry, but do Royston and the surrounding Villages are a please keep your news coming! hive of activity. We are incredibly fortunate In addition, we work with Royston to have a wealth of clubs and societies First to compile the printed Clubs and within our town and villages, covering Associations guide which covers all a wide range of interests - from arts to Royston-based organisations and is sports, adventure to support. It has been said that if an organisation doesn’t exist in available to pick up from the Royston Information Centre at Royston Library. the town, that Roystonians are very good at setting up their own! If you notice that your entry needs updating, is no longer running or if you Since its launch in 2005, The Listing has have started a new club, please email Ellie been proud to support the very many at 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


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: 16

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.

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Royston WEA

Roysia womens club

To enrol: or 0300 300 3464 or turn up at the first session.

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. 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.

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Please contact Wendy Pearce, 01763 231381 for further details

Scandal: A History of some worst Nightmares

Scandals such as the Dreyfuss, Profumo and Jeremy Thorpe affairs emerge out of a period of change, where old values are threatened by new, and where botched cover-ups lead to exposure and humiliation. Explore these and others in a 10-week course hosted by Royston WEA Starting on Tuesday 22nd January, 1011.30am, the course at Royston Town Hall costs £54.75.

Wi pm Royston & District Ladies, if you would like to increase your Local history society Our December lecture was The Battle for circle of friends 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

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

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Home-Start Matters New Year, New Challenges 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

Snowflake Tea Party

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 Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station Road, Meldreth, SG8 6JP 01763 262262

Wildlife trust BCN New Year Resolutions – Take a Wild Work Out! What better way to start 2019 than making a resolution to ‘give time’ to a charity - volunteering for The Wildlife Trust involves meeting like-minded people, having a great outdoors work out, as well as helping the local environment – a win, win, win scenario! The Wildlife Trust relies on a wonderful army of volunteers who are very highly valued; joining a work party on a nature reserve is the ideal way to get some fresh air, keep fit and make a huge difference for local wildlife. volunteer 18

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Films subject to confirmation please keep an eye on our website Fri 4th Jan at 7.30pm

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Fri 11th Jan at 7.30pm

Wildlife (12A)

Sat 12th Jan at 7.30pm

The Old Man & The Gun (12A)

Fri 18th Jan at 7.30pm

Shoplifters (15)

Sat 19th Jan at 7.30pm

Disobedience (15)

Fri 25th Jan at 7.30pm

Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Sat 26th Jan at 7.30pm

Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA



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*We also work with Royston First to produce the Clubs and Associations booklet, available from Royston Library too.

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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 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. (At this point, if you fancy a longer walk, you can continue along the 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 20

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. Kindly supplied by Bruce Huett

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Leisure ether

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Our lovely village nursery school tailors education to meet the unique needs of our children and has: • qualified teaching staff (B.Ed) • qualified specialist teachers to teach French, music, dancing (including ballet), and sports • healthy cooking lessons for all children every week • fabulous outdoor facilities • regular outings to the Wildlife Park and to the woods

Great Greneway Bake Off Pupils were invited to take part in a house competition where they baked 4 cupcakes. The cupcakes were judged and the remainder were sold to raise money for house charities. A total of more than £110 was raised. As always, the standard was very high. Post 16 Event Pupils and their parents/carers were given the opportunity to explore options post 16. There were 8 local providers who came along with representatives from CRC, Long Road, Hills Road, North Herts College and more. The event was important for year 11 pupils considering options for next year.

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Community choir 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.

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen


Baklava Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to another bright and shiny edition of The Listing. I hope you all had a splendid time with your nearest and dearest over Christmas and managed to relax and make the most of the festive season. This month I would like to share with you my recipe for a little sweet treat and bring a little sticky naughtiness into what can be a tricky month. But I have to warn you, dear reader, this may not be recipe for you if you have started the New Year on a healthy eating regime! Baklava I used a 20cm square, deep, non stick tin, lined with foil backed parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 160°C For the pastry • 50g whole almonds • 50g pistachio nuts • 50g macadamia nuts • 100g walnuts pieces • 50g caster sugar • Finely grated zest of one orange • Finely grated zest of one lemon • Finely grated zest of one lime • Pinch of cinnamon and mixed spice • 175g butter-melted • 250g filo pastry ( or 12 sheets) For the syrup • 150g honey • 150g caster sugar • Juice of one orange • Juice of one lemon • Juice of one lime • Half teaspoon of orange blossom water Let’s begin by making the pastry part of the dish. So, add the nuts, sugar, zests and pinch of spice to the food processor and blitz them all together until they are of a texture similar to damp sand. Set this aside while you prepare the filo pastry, but before you start to work with the filo pastry get everything you need to hand. Make sure your tin is buttered and lined, the nut mixture is prepared and the oven is on to heat up - the longer the sheets of filo are exposed to air the less flexible and more brittle they become. The other thing to remember is to work in a tidy manner - if you “splash” the butter around as you are brushing, it can stick to the preparation surface and tear. So, take a deep breath and brush a little butter


over the base of the parchment then layer up 6 sheets of filo pastry into the tin, folding them individually to fit and brushing each sheet of filo with butter as you go. Now pour on the nuts and sugar mix, taking care to spread the mixture to the edges; you want an even layer but resist the temptation to “pat down” the mixture. Next top with four layers of filo, again brushing on butter between the layers and folding to fit. For the final two layers, cut these to fit exactly to give a tidy finish to the top and generously butter the top layer. Next score through the first few layers and mark out the final portion size. This helps with even cooking, the absorption of the syrup and also filo pastry is difficult to cut to a tidy finish when it is cooked. I cut 5x5 giving me 25 portions that 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. If you are lucky enough to have some left over, this will stay crispy in an airtight tin for 3-4 days. Until next time dear reader..

Tallulah Le Fey x

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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

Have a Hadham.

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!

ellie mentions..

Our traditional farm shop is open August – February Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am – 6pm

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!

We sell over 100 varieties of Apples, Plums, Pears, Cherries & Quince from our own orchards. We press our own Apple Juice & Cider Wholesale enquiries welcome 25 Whitecroft Road, Meldreth, Royston, Herts SG8 6LZ Tel : 01763 262906 Mobile: 07770461685 Find us on Facebook: Cam Valley Orchards Fruit Farm | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Villages January 2019.indd 25

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What’s On...

New Year’s Day Walk at Royston Folk Club Coton Countryside Reserve Showcase 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 You’ll enjoy the stunning winter landscapes at the same time as kickstarting 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: www.

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


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. www.

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

Klimt/Schiele Course

Sat 12th Jan, 10.30am – 3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, 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.

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.

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 babble@

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. 01763 241535

Snowflake Appeal Bake Sale- Home 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 co-led 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!

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Leisure ‘From Tots to Teens’ at The Fitsteps with Strictly Come Royston and District Letchworth Settlement Dancing’s Ian White Round Table Burns Night 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. £10 per person. For more information:

Men’s Breakfast

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

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.

Scandal: A History of some worst Nightmares Tue 22nd Jan, 10 – 11.30am

Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston Museum: Villages Royston SG8 7DA Here and There Exhibition Royston 10 week course hosted by Royston Sat 19th Jan, 10.30am – 2pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 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.

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:

WEA with tutor Richard Till. £54.75 per person. For more information:

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, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis (one of ‘The Lost Boys’) Orwell Film Club with support from the 2018 Young Wed 23rd Jan, 7.30pm Artists Competition winners, Paddy Orwell Village Hall, n SG8 5QN Orwell Film Club opens 2019 with the Findlay & Lloyd Crowley. £15 (£13 in advance) £2 under 25s. For more first film of the year. Please come to Orwell Village Hall and join us. £3 per information visit: How to Use Self Hypnosis film as a visitor or £6 for the year if you become a member. to Achieve Your Goals –

Workshop Absolute Beginner Sewing Sat 26th Jan, 9.30am – 12pm The Parish Church Room, Swan Course Street, Ashwell, SG7 5NY Thu 24th Jan, 9.30am Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth You will be given an overview of how to use a sewing machine.To book 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:

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. | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Villages January 2019.indd 27

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Leisure 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, Priory Ln, Royston SG8 9DX A commemoration for those who were killed by the Nazis during the 1940s.And who died in subsequent genocides.

Snowflake Tea Party: Home-Start 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.


St John the Baptist Church Quiz 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

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 THROUGHOUT THE A new choir will be starting in MONTH Meldreth. The main focus of the group is for people to be able to Natwest Community Banker share the amazing proven health and Every Tuesday, 11-2pm social benefits of singing in a group. Royston Library Market Hill, SG8 9JN Contact: Bernadette Merry has been or appointed as NatWest Community 07548247755 Banker for the Hertfordshire region. Bernadette will be based in Saffron Walden and Royston. Regular drop- Royston Business Network Every Thursday 7.30-9am in sessions will be held in Royston The Heath, Royston, SG8 5BG Library every Friday between 11am and 2pm from 18th May and Saffron Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers Dave Walden Town Hall every Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30 pm from Winkworth, 07961 590154 29th May.

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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.

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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. www.

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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. GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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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 “I turned 55 last year and I set myself 55 challenges and one of them was to do a triathlon. did I know I could ride a bike. It’s led me back to I then got my bike and did my first triathlon event the pool which I haven’t been near in years and the only running I had done in my first 52 years last September. It’s an amazing feeling of being was to catch a train. It has given me a whole new able to do something that you didn’t actually outlet in life!” – Elspeth Goodspeed know you could do. I love the confidence it has given me and being part of a team and group We have athletes of all ages (from 18yrs +) gives you that boost!”– Beth Hart and levels in our friendly club, from beginners to BTF GB athletes, from super-sprinters to “Three years ago my wife saw an advert for Ironmen and Ironwomen. If you’re looking to try beginners running at Wimpole Hall. After 4/5 something new this 2019, drop us an email on weeks I completed a 5k…then a 10k… then to find out more or 10 miles and then a half marathon. My wife visit our website: then suggested soon after that we should try


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“New Year, New Vibes” Heading into a new year may not always be all positive, especially if the festive season has been a crazy one and maybe you didn’t get as much rest as you would have liked and before you know it, you are back to reality. The pressure of making New Year resolutions are floating in the air. The expectations that we should all be bouncing to the gym, eating healthier or saving more money can be so overwhelming that most of us fail before we have really begun. The past few years I have changed that expectation of what New Year should look and feel like and used the time to simply “streamline my life”. Instead of focusing on one thing intently and creating so much pressure to achieve it I take a look at my entire life and see what areas I could improve and become more efficient in, healthier or

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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!

more active. So maybe instead of driving to 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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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

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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

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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://www.justgiving. com/TeamCerysDVLM2019 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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KDW are independent financial planners, Since our beginnings 40 years ago the business has grown significantly; we now renowned for our excellent customer have alongside our St Albans head office, service and valued client relationships. offices in London, Hemel Hempstead and As independent financial advisers we Cambridge. The growth of the business are not tied to any particular product has seen our team evolve from just 3 or company which means that we staff members to over 35, all of whom are access the entire financial market to experts in their field. find a solution that will meet our client’s financial requirements. Any advice that we offer our clients is unbiased and truly 07703 692773 independent. Ken Wright established KDW in 1978 with the simple objective of providing independent financial advice that clients could trust. This has continued to be integral to the way in which we operate; our proven track record of looking after generations of families, advising Contact KDW’s Adviser: Gary Cretton Contact KDW’s Adviser: Garyand Cretton them from their first mortgage life Who is based in Litlington, nr Royston to discuss your planning. policy to their pension and your planning. Who is based assurance in Litlington, nr Royston to discuss E: | M: 07703 692 773 inheritance tax planning, is a testament to E: | M: 07703 692 773 PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY A GUIDE TO FUTURE PERFORMANCE. THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS A our success. RMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY A GUIDE TO FUTURE PERFORMANCE. THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND

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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 | 01763 248447 1901 The Listing Villages January 2019.indd 43

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Professional New year New business tips Here are nine tips if you are thinking of starting a new business this year. 1 Evaluate yourself – honestly Why do you want to do it? Are you the right sort of driven person? Could you cope with the lack of security? Can you afford to do it? 2 What is your business idea? What problem will your business solve? Why will people spend money to have what you are offering? 3 Do market research Is there a market there already? If not, why isn’t anyone else doing it? Do your own primary research, don’t rely on Google, and talk to more people than just your friends. 4 Get feedback Try and get some sales – from people that don’t know you. Listen to all feedback, and welcome negative feedback as it’s how you’ll improve your prototype. 5. Make it official Start building relationships with key advisors – the minimum would be the bank, an accountant, a solicitor, an IT expert and an

‘experienced-pair-of-eyes’ business mentor. 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 will have a Happy New Year!


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