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Out & About

Royston baby Show

Royston is set to host its fourth Baby & We’re Toddler Show this year, at Meridian School holding on Saturday 9th March. another large raffle, Jane Wallington of Breeze Birthing and Clare Coningsby of Sling Me Clarefully, are and this this time, joined by Clare Watson of Daisy year, we’re keen to First Aid North Herts, in the organisation support the and sponsorship of the event. Plans are well under a way, as the trio are hoping to restoration project at repeat the successes of previous yearsRoyston where the event has typically drawn in over 400 visitors and even queues before Church as much as we possibly can. I got married 10am. at the church, and my daughters were The large main hall and the dining area baptised there. It really is the hub of the will be filled with local businesses and community and so we are looking for raffle organisations showcasing their array of donations from businesses, or in the wider products and services. community, to help us to raise as much As well as the 30+ stalls, free talks and money as possible from the raffle, on the workshops from local experts will be held day. on the stage in the main hall throughout We look forward to welcoming our the day. exhibitors and visitors on the 9th March”. There will be the famous raffle again, The event will be at the normal time; with some fantastic prizes, and this 10am-3pm and the first 100 lucky families year, all proceeds are going towards the through the door will receive a fantastic restoration work of Royston Parish Church goodie bag. following the recent fire tragedy. For more information about the event, Jane Wallington, one of the organisers, including information on exhibitors said and talks, you can visit the show’s Facebook page; “Following last year’s show in our new RoystonBabyShow. venue- Meridian School, we are looking forward to providing Royston with another If you think you can help with successful event this year. We’re delighted donations for the raffle, please email that Clare Watson has joined the team to help us to make this happen. Royston Baby Show The Meridian School Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Saturday 9th March 10am-3pm


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OctRoyston Day trips from ADULT 1/2 Mar Spring Knitting & Stitching Show £33.00 8 Mar Crufts Dog Show – NEC £42.50 12 Mar Norwich £19.50 16 Mar Sewing for Pleasure – NEC £37.50 20 Mar St Albans Market Day £19.50 21 Mar Hever Castle – Dazzling Daffodils £37.50 27 Mar Bury St Ed & Chippenham Pk Gdn £27.00 29 Mar Country Living Magazine Fair £39.00 30 Mar Hampton Court Palace – Florimania £40.00 1 Apr Guide Dog Breeding Centre £28.00 3 Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia £33.00 6 Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia £33.00 9 Apr Kew Gardens & Palace £36.00 10 Apr Lakeside or Bluewater Shopping £19.50 11 Apr Windsor Castle £42.50 13 Apr Canterbury £26.00 16 Apr The Cockney Matinee Show £49.00 17 Apr Bury St Edmunds Market Day £19.00 17 Apr Ancient Villages of Heathrow Tour £55.00 18 Apr Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) £38.00 24 Apr Boundary Mills/Downton Shopping £24.50 24 Apr The Strictly Tea Dance inc Lunch £59.00 28 Apr York £33.00 Theatre Shows & Special Events 14 Mar The Bodyguard – MK Theatre –Mat £49.00 15 Mar Brick Lane - Irish Music – Inc Tea £59.00 17 Mar Rip it Up – Matinee £65.00 21 Mar Aladdin – 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 3 Apr Les Miserables – Matinee £72.00 3 Apr Matilda – Matinee £65.00 17 Apr *Only Fools & Horses – Evening £75.00 17 Apr *The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Eve £59.50 25 Apr Phantom – Inc Lunch – Matinee £68.00 30 Apr Brick Lane Music Hall – St Georges £59.00 30 Apr Michael Ball - London Palladium £95.00 5 May Rip it Up – Matinee £65.00 8 May Come From Away – Matinee £65.00 £67.50 8 May Man of La Mancha – Matinee 15 May 9 to 5 The Musical – Matinee £65.00 15 May Waitress The Musical – Matinee £65.00 16 May School of Rock – Matinee £67.50 16 May Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 12 Jun *Only Fools & Horses Musical Mat £75.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only

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If January is the month of fresh starts, February is the month of love! Valentine’s Day is on February 14th and is the day to celebrate all things romantic. Did you know that an estimated 25 million Valentine’s Day cards are given each year in the UK alone? We are celebrating love in this issue with our annual wedding feature, which highlights those businesses who provide services for your special day. This month, we also have an update from Royston Parish Church and the works that they will be completing following December’s devastating fire. You can find out more about how you can contribute to their fundraising. Our new Hidden Royston series which offers a fasinating insight into the world of cellars and basements below the High Street, and hear how this subterranean space is put to good use by the business owners. And finally, with Chinese New Year celebrations taking place on 5th February, we mention some of our favourite ways to enjoy Chinese food locally!

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Out & About: Royston Baby Show


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My Local Life: Dave Tavner


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ERS • WHAT’S ON • 01763 248447 • This Month’s Contributors: Richard Arnott, Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Chris Lee Royston Museum, Paul Norris, Bex Iles 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

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I am a local photographer based in Royston since 2010. Photography has been a passion of mine from my early 20’s and I enjoy capturing a variety of different subjects. My main interest in photography is landscapes, although I also enjoy capturing portraits, architecture and sports including motorsport events. I am an active member of Royston Running club and through this, I have had the opportunity to photograph running events and share images with the club. For more information and examples of my recent work, visit: or contact Paul directly at:

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‘forty steves’ at barkway The Panto season isn’t behind us yet. One local production will extend it into February. The Barkway Players are hard at work rehearsing their new show, Ali, Barbara and the Forty Steves. The show will bring the mystic Orient to Barkway Village Hall – but the title is a little … “bazaar”. Who are these forty Steves? Ann-Marie Kirkham, junior cast director, is tight lipped. “Everyone’s heard of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – well, we’ve taken that story and given it a twist, something we always like to do

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at Barkway. I don’t want to say too much more about it, because it might spoil the fun! But I can say that the show features traditional pantomime characters – a dame, a baddie, heroic characters called Ali and Barbara – and yes, forty Steves. And there’s music and dancing and fun!” This will be the 27th annual Barkway Players pantomime. Like every show, it has been written by the Players’ own inhouse creative team. Lots of local people are involved, including a group of children who form an important part of the cast.

Ali, Barbara and the Forty Steves Barkway Village Hall Friday 8th February at 8pm, Saturday 9th February at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at, or on 01763 797101


Come along to Melbourn Fc’s quiz night. Teams of up to 6 people £5 per head. There will be a licensed bar available. All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm Stuart: 07789 468165, Simon: 07732 613555 or

Conservators AGM

A meeting of the Commoners of Therfield Heath will be held the main purpose of the meetings is for the election of two representative Conservators. Royston Town Hall Tuesday 12th February, 7pm

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Hidden Royston

Below the High Street As the so-called ‘death of the High Street’ continues to hit the headlines, a number of enterprising businesses in Royston’s High Street are making the most of available space by going underground. At The Old Bull at the top of Royston High Street, the cellar area if purely functional for staff access only but with, for many, an all-important role. The unpretty purposebuilt space keeps the amber nectar at a steady 8ºC before being pumped up to thirsty drinkers above, and stores empty kegs for collection after Christmas and New Year celebrations. At The Ruby Rooms, a beauty salon at the bottom of the High Street, the subterranean

Royston Runners

Following on from the treadmill presentation back in November, the Garden House Hospice Care has received another donation of a recumbent bike from Royston Runners. This new equipment is already having a positive impact on the activity levels of the patients who use the gym.

development of their premises is a complete contrast to the pub cellar. Here clients can relax with a coffee rather than a beer, while being pampered in a tranquil space that includes two treatment rooms and an open area for pedicures. So unusual is the setting that prospective clients come by just to take a look. A short distance from the bottom of the High Street is the Glazed Creations studio where all ages and abilities paint pottery – from mugs and plates to other decorative keepsakes. Their ‘below stairs facility’ is used by both public and staff – there’s a room for party bookings alongside two kilns that fire the glaze on their customers’ creations. For more about these and other cellars in Royston High Street, go to

mens team finished in fifth position overall. At the Cambs event, the U11 boys team took 2nd place in their race and Libby Mitchell took 3rd place in her age category. Will Dupre and Chantal Lipscombe were the first man and woman home for Royston.

Royston have been performing very strongly in the Sunday League cross country this The staff and patients at the Hospice have season. There have been record numbers of sent a big thank you to everyone at Royston runners taking part and strong performances Runners! in both the mens and women competition. Then there is an update on the XC: The final race of the season is the home Teams from Royston Runners took part in the fixture on Therfield Heath on Sunday 10th February. Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire county XC Championships recently. As well as a senior team, there was also a team of Crows, the youth section of the club competing at both events. After a top 10 finish, Tom Beach earned himself the chance of representing Hertfordshire in the Inter County Championships in March. The first lady home for Royston was Lauren Davison and the | 01763 248447 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 7

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Royston RNLI BRanch


Could you volunteer for the RNLI? The RNLI are a charity that saves lives at sea. Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. It’s a problem that we’re here to tackle. The Royston RNLI Branch is looking for new committee members abd fundraising volunteers.

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If you enjoy singing and would like to sing with others, Reed Choir would love to hear from you. All are welcome in our choir, we have members who range from 8 to 80+ years and no auditions are needed to join us. We sing in four parts – soprano, alto, tenor and bass - and are looking for new members from all voice parts. 2019 is set to be another busy year for us as we prepare to join in a fundraising evening of music for Home Start in Royston and make plans for our own summer concert. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Liz lizkershaw@ or 07702 838006 St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Reed SG8 8AP First Sunday of the month 4-5.30pm

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Some of the Reception children at Icknield Walk First School enjoyed spending time with the residents at Collingwood Court Retirement Home over Christmas. Residents were delighted to see the children and hear them sing a selection of songs from their Nativity production before joining them in singing some more traditional Christmas songs. They enjoyed some time getting to know one another and sharing their interests and experiences with each other. We look forward to making more special memories and building links between the two settings.



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Jane Harvey is having an exhibition at Royston Museum. There will be a wide selection of original paintings, prints and cards for sale. As well as animals and wildlife subjects, there are also more imaginative works and examples of commissioned paintings. Opening times at the Museum are 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The exhibition finishes on March 16th.

Jane Harvey – Artist Commissions, paintings and prints for sale Art Classes Studio open weekends 10am – 2pm or by appointment

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Like to test your general knowledge? Bring your own nibbles and drinks. Opportunity to enter a raffle on the night. Greneway School, Garden Walk, SG8 7JF Saturday 2nd February, 7pm Kay, 01763 242659 or

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St John the baptist church update Royston Parish Church is a focal point for the whole community of Royston. We will be restoring the Church following the devastating fire and we will be taking the opportunity to update and refurbish it ready for the years ahead. Restoration is now underway. This is expected to take around 18 months and will consist of three phases.

We would like to thank the people of Royston and beyond for their kind messages of support and amazing generosity.

Phase 1 – Emergency The Church is enclosed in scaffolding to allow a temporary metal roof to be fitted and to enable specialists to check that the bells are still safely attached to the tower.

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Church contents will be removed for disposal, replacement or restoration. This includes the church organ, which will be carefully dismantled and cleaned to remove debris and smoke deposits.

or in person at any of our services held at Greneway School (Sundays) or Royston Town Hall (Wednesdays and Saturdays). All your generous donations will go towards making the vision a reality. Thank you for all you are doing to help the Church at this difficult time.

Phase 3 - Restoration The Church building and internal structures are grade I listed, so restoration and other improvements will be guided by the Diocese of St. Albans and English Heritage to ensure our beautiful Church is restored appropriately.

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Saturday 9.30am Eucharist and coffee at Royston Town Hall Sundays 8am Eucharist (said). An opportunity to attend a quiet service of Holy Communion. 10am Family Eucharist. All ages are welcome to join in the service Both held at Greneway Middle School, Garden Walk, SG8 7JF All are welcome at our services. | 01763 248447 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 11

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Parsnip is an older ginger boy, who adores his friend Cranberry the calico young lady. We would love to find them a new home together where they can have all the love and cuddles they both deserve. Parsnip has all his coat shorn off as he was so matted we were unable to save it, but he’ll be a smart boy soon enough.

Come along to an Equine Car Boot Sale to raise money for The Shetland Pony Welfare Trust. There will be refreshments available. Entry £1 and tables £12. Last year we raised £600 and are hoping to smash that this year.

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Council licensed, half or full day options. Local transport provided. All staff are fully insured & DBS checked. Holiday cover - pet sitting in your own home Rabbit and Guinea Pig boarding Pet taxi service Puppy let outs & visits

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mentions To celebrate the Chinese New Year our mentions this month are going to focus on our delicious Chinese Resturants/ Takeaways.

Chinese Year takes place this year on the 5th of February and this year is the year of the Pig. Did you know that the celebration of Chinese New Year is the longest Chinese holiday. The Spring Festival is 15 days but the celebrations actually start on New Years Eve! Another fun fact is that no showering, cleaning or throwing out rubbish is allowed on New Years Day! This is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck.

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The family and I have been getting our Chinese Takeaway from Lotus House for since I can remember as the owner used to live door to my Dad! We are so lucky in Royston to have such an amazing range of takeaways and I will definitely be looking forward to trying the rest Royston have to offer. Gong hei fat choy!


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Curwens exhibition 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. Kate’s solo art exhibiton will be running until the end of February. Curwens Solicitors 17 High Street Royston, SG8 5PX

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We’ll meet people who lived in Royston before the Romans arrived, we’ll discover how kings We’re really excited to have changed the face be getting the Royston of Royston (for good and Tapestry ready for display maybe for worse) and we’ll and have had a great uncover how the town was response from you to help affected by the Black Death. with this task. There’s so We’ll be checking into the much creative talent in market and Royston Cave Royston! too to learn more about their Over the next few months, we’ll be revealing the history beginnings. We’ll show you not just that inspired each scene Royston’s history, but how in the tapestry. We’ll be our town fits into the history zooming back 64 million of the UK and world. The years ago to a time when Romans who passed dinosaurs were facing through Royston might well extinction. have come from a variety We’ll find out how the Royse of other countries in the Stone, which sits at the Roman Empire. And even bottom of the High Street, before the Romans, trading made its way to Royston. took place over what is now

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Great Chishill Windmill The year ended with the windmill and the

Trust in a very satisfactory position. The extra Listed Building Consent has been gained and work is underway on the last two pieces of the structural restoration jigsaw. The grant from Historic England has sufficient remaining funds to cover work on the tail and sails required to satisfy HE’s requirement for removal of the mill from the Heritage at Risk listing and the Trust has plans for income to cover on-going maintenance. With respect to the finances beyond the HE grant, the Parish Council has been most generous in offering to undertake repairs to the access stairway and the fitting of safety handrails - another essential for visitor access. Furthermore we have had a successful year with novel fundraising ideas. Sales of apple juice, tea towels, etc. and the raffle for our ‘windmill clock’ made and

the Channel. Up to 12000 years ago, this was land (it’s now known as DoggerLand) and people and animals could walk from the UK to the rest of Europe and beyond! There’s so much interesting history we’ re looking forward to sharing with you so catch up with us here each month!

donated by David Brearley (nephew of our Trust founder, the late Jim Brearley) at the Craft Fair before Christmas raised over £500. Together with half of the proceeds of the Fair itself, generously donated by organiser, Lindsey Crawley, we made over £800 contribution to the fund. This, together with contributions from the Pink Wellies metal dectorists and the kind supporters who are making donations following our standing order appeal, provides a good start to our target of a sustainable income stream that will see our iconic windmill safe for the foreseeable future. | 01763 248447 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 15

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because they are diligent, respectful and put the customer at the heart of everything they do. Dave Tavner, Managing Director of Trademark Kitchens, first opened a Dave is a strong supporter of buying showroom in Royston in 2007. The business local and lives in Royston with his wife has flourished year on year with 75% of all Cherie and two girls. La Bella Vita owner, new projects coming from recommendations Ronnie Adams helped to dress the from satisfied Trademark customers. Showroom and Trademark are delighted to showcase some of La Bella Vita’s beautiful Dave’s 38 years in the industry enable him to design beautiful functional kitchens homewares which are for sale in the shop. and ensure projects are managed to Trademark Kitchens & Bathrooms exacting customer specifications. Having 43 High Street, SG8 9AW started out as a kitchen fitter and having 01223 870440 / 01763 245000 experience of installations gives Dave an edge on other kitchen designers. Carl Pavey works alongside Dave and brings 30 years of experience to the Bathroom and Plumbing side of the business. In fact, all members of the Trademark team have a wealth of experience between them covering all aspects; kitchen, bathrooms, tiling, plastering etc. The Trademark team are also successful

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Dave tavner Dave Tavner is the Managing Director of Trademark Kitchens who recently opened a showroom on Royston High Street. Their trademark is the exceptional conception to completion and quality of service. In addition to their acute attention to detail they take immense pride in their work, assisting you with firstly inspiration, design management, then project delivery, installing excellence as standard. Find out more about the person behind the business. Where do you live? In Royston with my wife Cherie and two girls. What do you do to make ends meet? I run Trademark Kitchens, design and installation specialists, serving customers in the South East of England for over 28 years What do you love about your work? Seeing happy satisfied customers and beautiful kitchens and bathrooms we helped to create. Customers are at the heart of what we do and there is no better feeling that providing someone with the kitchen or bathroom of their dreams! Best thing that has happened to you recently? I love receiving glowing recommendations from customers. The Trademark team are successful and there are always letters of thanks and recommendation available for new customers to read. The team are more than happy for customers old and new to pop in for a chat. Where is your favourite local place to eat and drink? The family and I love going out for dinner. The Fox and Duck, Therfield is our family favourite however we are also regulars at The Old Bull Inn, The Banyers, The Royal Bengal and The Pig and Abbott.

What are you looking forward to most this month? I recently learnt to ski so I am looking forward to going on a skiing trip with my wife and friends How do you relax? I relax by practicing Iyengar Yoga at Royston Complementary Health Centre with my wife. When not in Royston we also like to make trips to Norfolk to visit the beach with our rescued German Shepherd puppy, Marshall. What is your proudest moment? Setting up my own business in 1984.This has allowed me to have 38 years in the industry which helps me to design the beautiful kitchens and bathrooms I do today! What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? That every day you learn something new and life is full of experiences. Trademark Kitchens & Bathrooms 43 High Street, SG8 9AW 01223 870440 / 01763 245000 | 01763 248447 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 17

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NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & 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.We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies in Royston and the surrounding villages on our website:

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Our friendly group meets on the second Thursday in the month at 1.45pm in Fellowship Hall next to the Picture Palace. We warmly welcome visitors to join us and if you would like to meet other women in your local community WI is a very good place to start. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, have varied interests and offer a range of activities. Come and join us at our next meeting which just happens to be on Valentine’s Day. For more information please ring Eunice on 01763 231658 or Jean on 01763 245958

Roysia womens club In 2019 we look forward to listening to a range of amazing speakers.

Sharon Gould is giving a talk about her daughter’s genetic disorder; Kevin Brooks on his Travel Experiences as a coach driver and Simon Saggers telling us about the self contained farm he runs near Royston. We are a thriving club enjoying speaker meetings, fund raising events, socials and day trips. New members are always welcome and we meet at the Royston Town Hall on Monday evenings from 8-10pm. Please contact Wendy Pearce on 01763 231381 for further details.

fOXTON mEN’S bREAKFAST Rotary Round-UP Our guest speaker will be Barbara Kettel, with her husband Howard, both of whom have become regular members. Her talk is called “Cambridge City Foodbanks”. Barbara Kettle was one of the initiators of this Charity. The Foodbank gives food to needy people within a 10 mile radius of Cambridge. She will explain the scope of the foodbank in supporting those in need. All welcome including the ladies. We ask for donations, usually £7 which, after expenses, will be donated to the Cambridge Food Banks. Please reserve by contacting either:Foxton Village Hall Saturday 16th February, 8.30am Tony,; 01763 221658; Mark: Mark-Howard@uwclub. net; 01223 503377

February will feature the very popular Technology Tournament. In this our bright young students can showcase their ingenuity by solving technical problems to build some sort of device, to be revealed on the day, and which in previous years has featured a bridge, a rocket and a self-propelled vehicle pushing a load along. On February 22nd in Thriplow Village Hall we will be repeating, by popular demand, a Celidh which was a wonderful success last year, and featured our then President dancing expertly around crossed swords – luckily he still has both feet.

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WI am Royston & District Throughout 2019 our nominated charity been Royston and District Community Local History Society has Transport. Our first lecture of 2019 was the Causes of World War One, with Don Chiswell’s account of what happened. There was a chain of events, building up over four decades, which caused the war to end all wars. Otto von Bismarck, chancellor of the new Germany after the Franco Prussian war, concentrated on building a powerful state. He became known as the “Iron Chancellor” and from 1962. Kaiser Wilhelm 11, acceded the throne in 1888. He launched Germany on to a new course in foreign affairs. In a matter of days, the First World War began. Our next meeting ‘The Man Behind the Ryder Cup’ by John Hinesis on 7th February at 8pm, £2, The History Society meets in The Heritage Hall, Town Hall from October to May, on the first Thursday of the month. We meet in the Town Hall on Mondays, 8-10pm. Wendy Pearce, 01763 231381

We were happy to welcome David Wherrell, the manager of RDCT. The scheme is aimed at people who are unable to use public transport. In 1994 RDCT was set up as a charity. The charity relies on volunteer drivers, they have 85 drivers and they carry out 60 journeys a day. This service is used to enable people to attend hospital, shopping and more. Pat Morritt, our president, presented a cheque for £600 to David at the end of the meeting. WI AM meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Market Hill Rooms. Visitors are welcome. Pat, 01763 661627

Meldreth Croquet Club A small, friendly club for beginners & experienced players. Behind the British Queen, Meldreth High St. Every Sunday Further information please contact: Tuesday evenings 7.30pm to 9.00pm 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March FREE ‘Friends and family’ performance 2nd April


A Barn full of bespoke up cycled furniture, homemade jewellery, glass ware and knits, silk flower arrangements made to order and retro and vintage goods. Come and step back in time or zoom into the future. Old North Road Bassingbourn Nr Royston SG8 5JL

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen


BiSCOTTI Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to another bright and shiny edition of The Listing. This month I would like to share with you a recipe for Biscotti. These twice-baked, crispy teatime treats originate from Italy and traditionally are made with Almonds. Originally these were twice (or even thrice) baked to dry them out to ensure they kept for longer, which make them the perfect treat to keep on stand by for unexpected guests or to give away as gifts. So let us begin. Preheat the oven to 180° and line a large baking sheet with non stick baking paper. Biscotti 225g Plain flour 1tsp Baking powder 175g Caster sugar Zest of 1 orange finely grated Two eggs from happy and healthy free roaming hens 150g whole hazelnuts lightly toasted 75g dark chocolate, cut into small chunks. 70% cocoa solids works best. Let’s begin by mixing the flour, baking powder, sugar and orange zest into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly

beat the eggs, then add them to the dry ingredients and mix, with your hand until the mixture comes together and knead to form a smooth dough. Next add the hazelnuts and chocolate and knead again. Now, lightly flour your surface and turn the dough out on to it. Divide the mixture in half and form each half into a “sausage” shape. Place each half onto your paper-lined baking sheet but take care to leave plenty of space between your two “sausages” as these beauties will spread. Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes, you are aiming to achieve a light, even, golden brown colour. Next remove from the oven and cool on wire racks for 10 minutes, while this is happening turn the oven down to 140°. Once completely cool we are going to cut the dough rolls diagonally into approximately 1cm thick slices. ( cutting the dough when it is still warm will result in “squashing” the shape of the final slices.) I managed 20 slices from each giving me 40 lovely slices and four knobbly ended which were snaffled up by “kitchen loiterers!” Return each slice flat onto the baking sheet and pop the tray back into the now cooler oven for another 15 minutes. This will dry the biscotti further and lightly colour it too. Remove from the oven and cool completely onto a wire cooling rack. And worry not dear reader, these beauties will take on their traditional hard exterior as they cool. All that remains is for you to do now is to brew a strong coffee, invite round some friends and enjoy the biscotti over a good, long chat! Until next time dear reader..

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Markets in February

Orwell Pannier Market

1st Saturday monthly, Sat 2nd Feburary 10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market

1st Saturday monthly, Sat 2nd Feburary 9am 12pm, Linton Village College

Fowlmere Farmers Market

2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 9th Feburary 9am 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

Sandon Farmers’ Market

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 16th Feburary 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

Luxurious B&B

Rooms now available in Chrishall

The Red Cow is delighted to announce the opening of 5 luxurious ensuite rooms fully appointed with all the touches for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Considerately converted within a listed 500 year old barn, three rooms feature lofted ceilings and exposed beams. A fully accessible room is available for guests with additional mobility needs.

For more information please call: 01763 838792 or visit The Red Cow, 11 High Street, Chrishall, SG8 8RN

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Best Man Speech - Dream or Nightmare? If you’ve been asked to be the Best Man at your friend’s wedding you are probably starting to worry already about making the speech. Fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias and can get in the way of you enjoying the rest of the event. But there are easy techniques you can learn to build your confidence.

1.practice A month before the wedding, start to feeling confident. Close your eyes

and picture an occasion when you felt really confident. Make the picture as big, bright and colourful as you can. When you are experiencing that confident feeling as strongly as possible, press the tips of your thumb and first finger together firmly. This is your confidence anchor.


In the week before the wedding, before you go to sleep every night, imagine yourself making a brilliant speech. See yourself standing confidently, speaking easily, the smiling faces in front of you. Hear them laughing at your jokes and clapping as you finish. Enjoy that good feeling of a job well done. Press the tips of your thumb and first finger together to ‘fire’ your confidence anchor.

3. Just before you stand up to make the speech, take a few moments to concentrate on your breathing. Breathe down into your stomach and make each out-breath slightly longer than the in-breath. This will trigger relaxation.


When you stand up, plant your feet firmly hip distance apart and stand in your confident posture. Fire your confidence anchor.


Take plenty of sips of water. This will keep your mouth moist and give you a chance to look at your notes


At the beginning of your speech, let your eyes go out of focus so that you can take in the whole room. Once you are feeling more confident, let your eyes focus on the people who are smiling and laughing - there will be plenty of them.

7. Enjoy yourself - this is your moment! © Pat Duckworth

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Your wedding is one of the best days of your life. However it involves a great amount of planning which can take away some of the magic during the run up to the ‘Big Day’.

to tan remember to not go too dark and get it done properly. Allow plenty of time in advance Early planning helps to minimise the stress close before the day to the wedding. It’s always good to have Plan B’s for the initial C’s and D’s in case so Plan A doesn’t work out. ‘stain everything If you are aiming for a big wedding, don’t stray too you touch, phase’ to be far away from where your guests live. If you do, expect some guests may be unable to make it. If over. The last you are planning to have your wedding in the UK thing you want is to ruin a gorgeous dress/ outfit with tan stains. make sure your wedding venue can facilitate for any unexpected weather. The same rule goes for lipstick, makeup etc, don’t over do it. Focus on contouring cheekbones, and Another tip is to get the best photographer you natural colours on the eyes and lips. Lipstick can can. The photographs will provide you with a sometimes smudge and tends to sometimes get lasting memory of the day so you want to make everywhere. Try different smudge proof gloss/ sure you have the best quality photos possible. lipstick so that on the day you aren’t worrying. Make sure the responsibilities of planning are Finally don’t get too caught up in it all, relax, shared around. If you are a ‘control freak’ you remember what the day is really about and most may find this awfully difficult but have faith in the importantly have fun. people around you to help out. Next, slightly more beauty related, if you are going

Ellie Laughlin


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Weddings Brian R. Bulley


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To look your best on your wedding day, look no further. Contact the award-winning team at Chimney for inspiration

01763 252828 68 High Street, Bassingbourn

Drives of yesteryear A car from Drives of Yesteryear is a stylish way to travel on your wedding day. You will want everything to run smoothly on this, your most important day. You can be confident that it will if you book with this family run business. Being based locally you also benefit financially as there will be minimum travel to collect the bride. Awarded “Best Wedding Car Hire Company – Cambridgeshire” by Lux Magazine in 2018, Drives of Yesteryear have a variety of vehicle and service options which will cater for many different tastes. 01763 261250

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Coombes Community Centre

Coombes Community Centre can be hired for your wedding. The Centre is ideal for a Wedding Reception which goes on to the evening celebrations. Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, SG8 5PT 01763 248081

Looking for a venue? For a party, funeral gathering or meeting?

ContactNaomi Naomion on07957 0795 103093 Contact 103093to todiscuss discuss

Venue Hire from only £150

Royston Town Football Club 8A Garden Walk Royston SG8 7HP For more information 01763 241204 |

Hooray! You’re engaged!

Let the planning begin

Here’s my Super 7 slip-ups to avoid…

5. Here’s a practical tip for the Grooms – pack a spare white shirt! Accidents happen!

2. BUT don’t book your venue until you know your budget. Hiring a castle is exciting, not being able to afford food because of its cost, isn’t!

7. And a cheeky seventh suggestion from me; don’t forget to book First Dance lessons. Everyone should dance on their Big Day. A special dance can create a lovely surprise for your family and friends. Step out in style!

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1. Don’t do anything until you have found your venue. This will set the date, style, location and capacity of your wedding.

3. Don’t go on a crash diet; instead adopt healthier eating six months before the big day so you slowly arrive at your ideal weight. Why not join a dance class together to help shed a few pounds? 4. Speaking of food, you won’t want a tired DJ or an exhausted photographer! Plan on feeding all those working for you during the reception - your wedding planner, photographer, videographer, and DJ or band. Have this cost in your budget.


6. Don’t forget to gently sandpaper the bottom of your new shoes! You don’t want to be slipping on the dance floor!

I can help create, with the happy couple, a dance that suits their personality, confidence and dance ability. No previous dance skills are required, and lessons can be held locally or at a location of your choice. Get in touch with Naomi on 07957 103093 t @DanceMatters f DanceMatters

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Banquet Inn

Banquet Inn are a company based in Cambridge and have been providing bars since 1999. The bars are fully stocked and are famous for their 150 Gins. They have pop up bars and quirky vintage trucks all ideal for any party requiring a mobile bar 07711 556833

Mobile Bar Service The outside bar for all occasions




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Cambridges most loved Mobile bar


Occasions for Less Established in Royston 43 years. A destination shop for outfits for Mother of the Bride and Groom.

Fantastic reductions on end of season Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits


• Condici • Ispirato • Gina Bacconi • John Charles • Linea Rafaelli • Ann Balon • Frank Lyman

Hats Shoes Bags Daywear Occasionwear


Stock added daily

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ayres F g n 9 i 1 d 20 Wed The Cambridge Wedding Fair, Anstey Hall

Needham House Hotel & Spa Wedding Show

Sunday 10th February, 11am – 3.30pm

Sunday 3rd February, 11am – 3pm

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Wedding Open Day

Knebworth Barns Wedding Fair

Hitchin Priory Wedding Fair

Sunday 17th February, 11am - 3pm

Sunday 17th February, 11am – 4pm

Saturday 2nd March, 11am - 3.30pm

The Cambridge Riverside Wedding Fair

Mecure Letchworth Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre

The Barn at Alswick Wedding Show

Saturday 10th March, 11am– 3.30pm

Sunday 24th March, 11am – 3.30pm

Sunday 24th March, 11am - 3pm

For more information on these wedding fairs visit our website:

besPoke wedding rings

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Unlike many aspects of your wedding like the cake and the flowers, your wedding bands will last a lifetime so it’s worth spending time finding the perfect pair. While plain bands will always remain classic, at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery we have seen a number of trends across bespoke wedding ring design. As engagement rings become increasingly decorative, customers are choosing to complement the design with stone set wedding rings. This is a great option if your job requires you to remove your engagement ring as you will still be left with an interesting wedding ring. It’s also important to consider whether you would like a matching wedding band (i.e depth, width and profile) or if you would like a contrasting design to your engagement ring. It’s not always easy finding a wedding ring that fits comfortably alongside an unusual engagement


ring but we can design a fitted wedding band that matches the shape while enhancing the engagement ring rather than upstaging it. Men are also choosing more design led wedding rings over plain bands. As bespoke designers, we work with many men who wish to create something unique, often choosing contrasting finishes or engraving to mirror a certain aspect of their partner’s ring. In terms of metal, yellow gold has been a particularly popular choice for the last year but platinum and palladium follow closely behind. We’ve also seen an increase in mixing metals as well as the use of Fairtrade gold which is a great ethical choice.

Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Hitchin, Herts SG4 7DP To browse inspiring design ideas visit wedding-rings-inspirationgalleries

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What’s On... Coffee and Connect


Fri 1st Feb, 10.30 – 11.30am The Jolly Postie, 2 Baldock St, Royston SG8 5AY An informal business networking event in the centre of Royston. Held on the first Friday monthly. Contact: 01763 887110

Dannii Nicholls and Caleb Caudle Gig Fri 1st Feb, time TBC The Plough, 12 High St, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PP

Lucies’ Boutique – Preloved Chidren’s and Maternity Wear Sale

Creative Royston AGM

Mon 4th Feb, 7.30pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW 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! Contact: secretary@creativeroyston. org

Sat 2nd Feb, 12.30 - 4pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston SG8 9DW We stock quality second hand & new, maternity, baby & children’s clothes & Shoes (0 - 5 years), designer to high street, all in nearly new condition, waiting to be worn again. Contact:

East Herts Volunteers Centre Drop In

Sat 2nd Feb, 7pm The 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. Registration: kdmakowiecki@

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE Help us care for our green spaces and the wildlife that thrives in them – plus you can get active, meet new people and enjoy learning about your local environment. This February our volunteer work party will be assisting with vital woodland work at Wandlebury Country Park.

Tues 5th Feb, 10am – 12pm Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JN Juli from the East Herts Volunteers Centre holds a drop in session at the library.

Volunteer Woodland Work Wandlebury St John the Baptist Church Quiz at Weds 6th Feb, 10am – 3pm

Gt Chishill Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 3rd Feb, 10am – 4pm Great Chishill Village Hall, Hall Ln, Great Chishill, SG8 8SH Antiques & Vintage stalls, tea and cake, £1 entry.

Teatime Praise

Sun 3rd Feb, 3.30pm The Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JF A short service for all the family hosted by Royston Parish Church. Contact: roystonpc.familymissioner@

Home-Start Literary Lunch Mon 4th Feb, 12.15pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring local author Sarah Harrison. Tickets are £15.

Tots in Church

Thurs 7th Feb Sports Pavilion, Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Baby and toddler group hosted by Royston Parish Church. Contact:

Royston Folk Club Concert Thurs 7th Feb, 7pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring the legendary Phil Beer with support from Kaszak & Afifi. Tickets £17 (£15 in advance) £2 under 25s.

Samuel Ryder: The Man Behind the Ryder Cup

Thurs 7th Feb, 8 - 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, SG8 7DA Royston & District Local History Society. Penny Thei will give an illustrated talk. Visitors welcome, £2 per person. Contact: 01763 242677

Leisure Tunes and Spoons (In aid of Home-Start) Fri 8th Feb, 7.15pm Royston Methodist Church Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU An evening of music chosen by you… with delicious desserts! Proceeds to Home-Start. Contact: 01763 243815

Ali, Barbara and the Forty Steves Pantomime

Fri 8th February, 8pm Saturday 9th February, 2pm & 8pm Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS The Panto season isn’t behind us yet. One local production will extend it into February. The Barkway Players are hard at work rehearsing their new show, Ali, Barbara and the Forty Steves. Tickets:

Letchworth Settlement

Sat 9th Feb, 10am – 4pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB £35 per person. Come along and discover the fun of lino cutting and printing. Anna Pye has plenty of books and ideas to inspire you. You will learn about the papers, inks and tools used, to design and cut a lino block and to print using hand methods. Student Kit charge is £10, payable to your tutor on the day. Your kit will include all you need to use on the day.

Saturday Stories at Royston Library

Sat 9th Feb, 10 – 10.30am Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Family event, all ages are welcome! Contact: 01438 843277

Royston Repair Cafe

Sun 10th Feb, 10am – 1pm Royston Scout HQ, Barkway St, Royston SG8 9EW Volunteers from the Green Group will be celebrating their 5th birthday and a funding award from the Locality Budget of Cllr Fiona Hill that will help pay for venue hire, insurance, and new publicity materials. RoystonRepairCafe

A10BC Soft Play Session

Tues 12th Feb, 9.15am – 11.15am Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT £5 per child. £13 for a family ticket (includes 3 children). Under 6 months free with a paying child. Snacks, tea and coffee are available to purchase. Contact: 07732 133007 | 01763 248447 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 27

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Leisure Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens – AGM Tues 12th Feb, 7.15pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Contact: clerk.conservators.

Wildlife Trust Talk – Butterfly’s Eye View of Conservation

Wed 13th Feb, 7.30 - 9pm Brampton Memorial Centre, Thrapston Rd, Brampton, PE28 4TB Wildlife BCN trustee Dr Edgar Turner will discuss the role of butterflies as indicators of habitat and climate change, and what has been learnt for conservation management by studying butterflies. £2.50 on the door.

Mencap Royston

Thurs 14th Feb, 7pm British Legion, Mill Road, Royston SG8 7AE Mencap Royston invites all members and their carers and or family to an evening of music and nibbles. Entry is free. We would also like to welcome any prospective new members together with carers and or family. There will be committee members in attendance if you would like to chat about Mencap. Membership is £15 per annum and entitles you to a variety of events and outings throughout the year. Please come along and support us, and we look forward to seeing you.

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in the country. £3 per person. www.

Royston Art Society Demonstration Artist: Prue van der Hoorn

Fri 15th Feb, 8 - 10pm Market Hill Rooms, Royston SG8 9DW Prue van der Hoorn “Painting on Silk”. This very unusual demonstration should be of great interest. Non members £3 including refreshments.

Soul Silent Disco at The Old Bull Inn

Fri 15th Feb, 8pm The Old Bull, Royston SG8 9AW

An Afternoon of Spiritual Readings & Reiki

Sat 16th Feb, 11am – 4pm The Cave Shop, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ Spiritual Readings, £25 for 30 minutes, £50 for an hour. Reiki, £45 an hour.

Equine Car Boot Sale

Sun 17th Feb, 10am – 12pm Litlington Village Hall, Litlington, SG8 0QQ Stalls £12, entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children. All proceeds go to the Shetland Pony Welfare Trust in Cambridge (reg 1093364). We held one last year and raised £600 and are hoping to smash that this year! Contact: manifestdestinybubble@

Thurs 14th Feb, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Messy Church Road, Royston SG8 7AP Sun 17th Feb, 3.30 - 5.30pm With Revd Barbara Garwood. Royston Methodist Church, Queens Everyone welcome – EldonThursday. Rd, Royston SG8 7AP This month’s theme is Love. Adults and accompanied children of all Cambridge Modern Jazz: ages are welcome to come enjoy Ivo Neame Quartet creative crafts, science experiments, Thurs 14th Feb, 8pm a short celebration service and a Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, meal shared together. Cambridge CB5 8BA An innately gifted pianist, composer and bandleader, Ivo Neame has Holiday Bushcraft (5 - 12 years) Mon 18th & Tues 19th Feb, 8.30am – 4pm demonstrated himself over the last decade as a musician of world-class Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, quality with an overriding spirit of adventure and exploration. £18 / £15 Stapleford, CB22 3AE Holiday Bushcraft at Wandlebury Students inc. U3A & accompanied 16/17yr-olds. is designed for children ages 5-12 and is run by experienced, qualified Wildlife Trust Talk – Project Owl teachers from the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Fri 15th Feb, 7.45 - 9.30pm Ely Museum, The Old Gaol, CB7 4LS Embers, who will inspire children and share their knowledge and skills Leading ‘Project Owl’, Hugh of surviving in the wild. All basic Hanmer of the BTO will shed light bushcraft techniques suitable for this on these fascinating, charismatic age range will be taught, including birds and see how they are faring


shelter building, knots, plant recognition, woodcrafts, fire lighting and wilderness cooking, use of cutting tools and whittling, and much more. www.wildthymeandembers.

Wildlife Trust Family Fun Drop in Sessions

Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Feb, 10am – 2pm Paxton Pits Education Centre, Paxton Pits, Little Paxton, Saint Neots PE19 6ET Indoor and outdoor activities for half term to engage children and families, £5 per child.

Make Lunch

Mon 18th & Thurs 21st Feb, 12 1.30pm The Old Bull, Royston SG8 9AW Are you finding it hard to afford the extra meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch and fun. Free. No questions asked.

Volunteer Work Party at Coton Reserve – Scrub Clearance

Tues 19th Feb, 10am – 3pm Coton Reserve, Grantchester Rd, Cambridge CB23 7PZ Help us care for our green spaces and the wildlife that thrives in them – plus you can get active, meet new people and enjoy learning about your local environment. This February our volunteer work party will be assisting with vital scrub clearance at the Coton Countryside Reserve.

Wildlife Trust Spring Fun at the Fen Tues 19th - Thurs 21st Feb, 10.30am – 3.30pm The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, 2 Chapel Rd, Ramsey, Ramsey Heights, Huntingdon PE26 2RS Get set for spring with half term activities – drop in any time, £4 per child.

Half-term Activity with Vital Spark Weds 20th Feb, 9am – 12pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Half term activity for children with Vital Spark Theatre, a Cambridgeshire-based company specialising in working with young people in a creative way through drama, dance, music and creative arts. Bookings: katherine@

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‘Mooch and a Moo’ Walk at Wandlebury Build a Nest Box Wed 20th Feb, 10.30am – 12pm Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE Relax for a morning with some of Wandlebury’s finest moochers and moo-ers as you make the acquaintance of the Country Park’s resident highland cows.

Fri 22nd Feb, 1 - 3pm Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve, Hauxton Rd, Cambridge CB2 9LT Celebrate National Nest Box Week with the rangers – build a box to take home or help build some for the reserve, £10 per nest box. www.

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Wild Bedtime Stories with Vital Spark

Weds 20th Feb, 10.30am – 12pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 Lower King St, SG8 5AL We’ll be using water & colouring pens to make unique, colourful designs then turning them into beautiful art work. £3 for 3 years + (2 years and younger, free). Contact: 01763 242587

Royston Cancer Support Weds 20th Feb, 7 - 9pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA A new drop-in group set up for anyone affected by cancer.

Fri 22nd Feb, 5pm Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, CB22 3AE This event is especially for the little ones to come and enjoy some bedtime stories in a beautiful outdoor setting. Wear your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies (and probably wellies!); bring your favourite teddy if you wish. Arrive from 5pm to explore the area and settle down at 6pm to enjoy the stories. Vital Spark Theatre is a Cambridgeshire-based company specialising in working with young people in a creative way through drama, dance, music and creative arts. Bookings: katherine@

Leisure Royston University of Third Age (Royston U3A)

Tues 26th Feb, 2 - 3pm Hardwicke Hall at Royston Town Hall Town Hall, Melbourn Street, SG8 7DA Held on the last Tuesday of each month at 2pm. Monthly meetings with a visiting guest speaker. (with the exception of August and December). If you are semi-retired or retired, you are very welcome to join us.

Greenfingers Garden Club

Weds 27th Feb, 7.15 - 9pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston SG8 5PT A talk by Neale Holmes Smith On Winter Pruning. All welcome. Contact: 01763 244424

Orwell Film Club

Thurs 28th Feb, 7pm Orwell Village Hall, High St, SG8 5QN Visitors £3, members £6 pa. Complementary drinks each showing.

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Thurs 28th Feb, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AP Thurs 21st Feb, 11am – 12pm Mandy House will tell the fascinating Fri 22nd Feb, 1 - 3pm story of the restoration of the Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve, Royston Folk Club derelict St. Bartholomew’s Church Hauxton Rd, Cambridge CB2 9LT Showcase (Layston Church, about 1km NE Celebrate National Nest Box Week Fri 22nd Feb, 7pm of Buntingford) by Mandy and her with the rangers – build a box to The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW husband, and its renaissance to their take home or help build some for the Featuring Roswell, Pitmatics (BAND), new home. Everyone welcome – reserve, £10 per nest box. Primakova, Colin Frid, Phillip EldonThursday. Rundall and Mike Thompson. £4 (£3 Julian Argüelles / John The Morden Players Present performers) £2 under 25s. Turville Quintet – Beauty & the Beast Thurs 28th Feb, 8pm Thurs 21st & Fri 22nd February, 7.30pm Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Ln, Sat 23rd February, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Muddy Mayhem Cambridge CB5 8BA Steeple Morden Village Hall, 29 Hay Sat 23rd Feb, 10am Street, SG8 0NQ Knebworth Park, Knebworth House, Julian Argüelles has built an impressive reputation for presenting A pantomime by Ben Crocker. Knebworth SG1 2AX world-standard small-band postTickets from Steeple Morden Post 5k obstacle race in aid of Garden Office, £8 (£5 concessions). House Hospice Care. Check website bop that now spans almost three for times. decades. £18 / £15 Royston & Saffron Walden

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Fri 22nd Feb, 7.15pm Dame Bradburys School, Ashdon Rd, Saffron Walden CB10 2AL Speaker Veronica Bennett “Oxburgh Hall”. Members £2, Non-Members £3.

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Leisure THROUGHOUT THE MONTH Baby Rhyme Time

Every Wednesday, 10.15 – 11.45am Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston 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. This activity is free; however we do welcome a voluntary contribution of £1 per family.

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.

Toddler Tales

Every Friday, 2.05 – 2.35pm

Royston Library Market Hill, SG8 9JN Toddler Tales is the perfect step on from Baby Rhyme Time, with a mix of lively stories and rhymes for you and your child to join in with. The stories chosen are aimed at toddlers and pre-school children but babies are welcome too. This activity is free; however we do welcome a voluntary contribution of £1 per family. www.

Park Run

Royston Museum: Jane Harvey Exhibition

Exhibition runs until mid-March, 10am – 4.45pm daily Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery 5 Lower King St, Royston SG8 5AL Join us for this new exhibition by local artist Jane Harvey. Free entry.

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 Junior Park Run inclusive and non-cliquey. We walk Every Sunday, 10 – 11am at a leisurely pace over Therfield Wimpole Estate Royston, Arrington Heath, have a chat and then go for SG8 0BW refreshments in the café. Everyone Weekly free 2k timed run for 4-14 regardless of age, level of fitness year olds. and in principle state of health can get something from walking with us. Sunday Afternoon Teas Every Sunday until Sun 21st April, The walks are free and accompanied children and dogs are welcome. For 2 - 4pm more information contact: 01763 Parish Room Swan St, Ashwell, 852769 or roystonhealthwalks@ Baldock SG7 5NY We extend a welcome to all comers with a nice cup of tea or coffee and cakes. Contact: 01462 742138 Every Saturday, 9 – 11am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW

Home-Start Matters Literary Lunch Our next literary lunch will be held on Monday 4th February, 2019 at the Old Bull Inn, Royston, 12.15pm featuring Jude Simpson hosting a chat with local author Sarah Harrison. Tickets are £15 - includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee, The Old Bull Inn, Royston Monday 4th February 12.15pm

Celebrating Voices We are very excited to be hosting our 2nd Home-Start Concert with Linda Bance. The evening will be compered by our Poet in Residence, Jude Simpson and local author Sarah Harrison will be reading 30

a poem, so please come along and celebrate the talent of your local choirs - Adhoc, Foxton Singers, Reed Church Choir and pop up choir WomenSing. Tickets are £10, under 13: £5 Celebrating Voices Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Fundraising Black Tie Ball Including a champagne reception, three course meal, licensed bar and more. Fowlmere Village Hall, Chrishall Road SG8 7RY Friday 29th March 7 - 12pm To book for these events please call Home-Start office on 01763 262262, email or book online through

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Think Garden, Think Richard

Materials For A Purpose... Driveway Materials Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott

Continuing my new series of articles for 2019, Materials For A Purpose, I am going to be discussing how to choose the right materials and how they best fit into the design of a space. This month I want to explore edging materials and how they can be used effectively to give definition to a space. Retaining edges are really important to stop ingress of unwanted materials spilling out into a space. Bark is very popular as a mulch in the garden, but it does have a tendency to move between spaces if it is not retained with an edge. Depending on the style of the space something as simple as tantalised timber edging sunk in the ground will reduce the amount of bark moving onto a lawn. The finishing height is important, if your edge is too low the materials will continue to move, but also if too high it will stand out. When we build new gardens, we adjust the ground height to fit. Installation of an edge in an established garden could require changes to the levels to allow the edge to function. Migration of gravel can be easily prevented by using an edge. I am a big fan of old-style red brick pavers, not only do they define an edge they look great too! Indian sandstone continues to be very popular in gardens and can be supplied as 100 x 100 mm setts. Last summer we used granite setts in a contemporary city garden to define the edge of the paving and retain the planting borders. The colour helped connect with the gun metal grey window fixtures and provided harmony of materials in the design. Mowing strips are a great way to define the shape of a lawn and make the maintenance simple. I love to have shape to the lawn but if not well maintained the edge and definition can be easily lost. By adding a course of engineering bricks or setts it allows the mower to pass over and avoids having to cut the grass edge with shears. It is a great time saver for contemporary gardens where repetition of materials is key. I would normally want to use the same sett or brick material as the paving selection. Metal edges have become very popular too to retain a prescribed shape to a lawn. There are many products, but I like to use lengths of steel edging cut and welded to fit. Transitions from one space to the next can be accentuated by using edging materials. In modern garden design it is often talked about creating garden rooms, but for these to fit together the change needs to be marked. Stepping up or down into a new space, or passing under an arch are classic ways to

mark a transition between spaces. However, a simple change of edging material at the transition point is very effective too. For example, an oak sleeper on edge could be used when stepping off a paved area onto a curving path of timber with gravel in fill. Planting is a softer way to form an edge and can be over looked as a way to define a space. I prefer to use plants where possible to create a softer feel. Low hedging such as Box or Berberis can make an excellent edging and provide low enclosure. Repetition of hardy perennials will work well too. I have lost count of the numbers of times I have seen catmint / Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ used in gardens, but it is effective. Edging does not have to be flat and low. I love to define edges of space with hedges of plants such as Beech, Hornbeam or Yew. The taller edging will provide more enclosure and privacy to a space and thus change the atmosphere of that space, but it is all edging. Planting your boundary with a native hedgerow mixture is great for the wildlife and is edging too. Think outside the box! For more in depth advice or garden design help please get in touch to arrange a consultation. GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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“Give yourself love this Valentines” Like everyone it seems these days my life is rather hectic, balancing work life and home life can be more than just a challenge it can be a work of art, a juggling act of perfect precision with time, energy and everyday demands. Yoga has taught me to stop. To be in the present moment and that just breathing is sometimes all you need. Being a newly qualified teacher I translate that as much as I can to my students, which is easy when you are relaxed on a yoga mat with peaceful surroundings and someone giving you the permission to totally let go, but what about off the mat? What about in everyday life? What about at work, at home or trapped in a traffic jam? Self care or self love has quickly become clear to me that the “selfish” presumptions of the term is far from the truth, in fact we

are starving ourselves, extremely dehydrated from lack of self-love. Think about it, if you take more time to give yourself more love and care then surely that can only spread into more love and care for the people around you. So what is this self love malarkey? I believe that the answer to this is open to interpretation; it’s all in the name “selflove”. Self being YOU, what do you LOVE? It could be yoga, the gym, reading the latest poem book, growing tomatoes, soaking in a bath or sitting in a dark room. Whatever it is that your inner self enjoys and loves, anything at all that enriches the soul...DO THAT!


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Reach Out North Herts and Stevenage is a new scheme in Hertfordshire which is looking for volunteers. It links up local people who are home from hospital and lonely with volunteers who can offer a friendly face and a chat. Just giving a small amount of your time can make a huge difference From a cuppa and companionship, to picking up a prescription or making sure there’s milk in the fridge, all you need to do is register your willingness to help. You can give as much or as little time as you would like to fit around your schedule. To volunteer, you need to register via the Ami website here and complete all the usual checks so that we can get you started and match you with someone local to you.


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‘Right to Repair’ - an international campaign putting pressure on manufacturers to make their products last longer, and easier to repair when they go wrong - has been launched. Campaigners are also demanding that companies make spare parts easier to buy. The campaign also celebrates the efforts of community repair groups like the Royston Repair Café to keep items out of landfill. The green group’s next free repair session is on Sunday 10th February, when volunteers will be celebrating their 5th birthday and a funding award from the Locality Budget of Cllr Fiona Hill. Owners are asked to book in their broken items in advance. Royston Scouts HQ, Barkway St, Royston SG8 9EW Sunday 10th February, 10am

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We hope you will be able to join us, help us to celebrate a fabulous fifty years of Greneway School and share your journeys during, and since, the ‘Greneway Years’ with friends, colleagues and Greneway staff past and present. There will be: • Special displays – old and new - of ‘Greneway past and present’ in the Crush Hall, Hall, Gym and Drama studio. • A ‘Listening Booth’ to record reflections and memories • Light refreshments to re-hydrate whilst ‘catching up’ with other Greneway Alumni… The Greneway School Saturday 30th March, 12pm-4pm

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sharon mentions.. ‘Gong hei fat choy’ Happy Royston In blue Chinese New Year! The year of the ‘Pig’, falling on 5th February my Birthday weekend can only mean a ‘Chinese take-away’ is on the menu…I have a whole range of foods that I consider comfort food and some Chinese foods make the list, I love nothing more than something simple like stir-fried veggies, noodles, and various chicken and duck dishes also make their way to the favourites. Sometimes instead of ordering a takeout, I (we) try making our own Chinese food dishes! Although it does say something when our local takeaway ‘Wing On’ is on speed dial and although 99% of the time it’s the same regular order they do recommend new dishes to try! What’s even better they deliver!

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Professional Writing brilliant newsletters At work, I’ve been asked to create a newsletter – so here are my thoughts on how to write a brilliant one! It boils down to four things; what it says, how it says it, who is going to read it and how it is being delivered. What does it say? • Content is king – don’t make it just a list of adverts or corporate waffle. • Provide content worth reading. This should be obvious really, but this isn’t about asking, ‘What do I want to say?’ – what you should be asking is, ‘What do my readers want to hear?’ • Know why your readers care about what you are writing, and why reading this will be to their advantage. How does it say it? • Imagine you met one of your readers and decided to tell them this great piece of useful/ funny/interesting information – and write down what you would say. • Write in a language they understand and keep it short and to the point.

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ROYSTON TOWN MAYOR’S COMMUNITY TRUST FUND GRANT AWARDS Applications are invited from organisations within Royston, for a grant towards the setting up of a new project, a capital scheme or help towards a special event or activity which will benefit the local community, during the period 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. Applications forms are available now, from the Town Hall office or download from the Town Council website: Closing date for application Friday 15th February 2019

Berry Accounting Services Litlington, Royston Offering a friendly personal service for small businesses o o o o o o o o o

Self Assessment Tax Returns Annual Accounts Tax Planning Business Start-up Specialist Business Planning & Support Compliance / Disputes with HMRC Mentoring VAT Returns Payroll Services Contact Jim or Maeve to discuss your requirements

Tel: 01763 852622 Mob: 07850 426325

Coming up at Royston Library Did you know Royston Library has a range of regular events. All of which are going on this month: Toddler Tales on Fridays 2-2.30pm Saturday stories, on the second Saturday of the month 1010.30am for under 8’s Baby Rhyme Time every Wednesday 10.15-10.45am and 11.15-11.45am The Natwest Community Banker, Bernie will be available to speak to Tuesday 12th and 26th February 10-12.30pm Juli from the East Herts Volunteers Centre holds a drop in at the library on Tuesday 5th February 10am-12pm

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DO YOU NEED TO MAKE OR UPDATE YOUR WILL? We offer a FREE initial appointment to discuss your circumstances, offering advice on Wills including ring-fencing your home from care and guidance regarding Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Bands. HOME VISITS are available at NO EXTRA CHARGE within a 20-mile Radius of Royston. Saturday morning appointments also available on the following date:* 9TH FEBRUARY 2019 FREE WILL SERVICE for the over 55’s through the Cancer Research Free Will Scheme.

For more information please contact:Fish Hill Chambers, 2-3 Fish Hill, Royston, Herts. SG8 9JY Tel: 01763 241 121 *home visit appointments are subject to availability, Saturdays by appointment only Wills | Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney Conveyancing | Commercial Property


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Useful Numbers



Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 01763 246458 01462 742684 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 877558 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 01763 245571 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion Churches Together in Royston & Dis. 01763 244560 Fowlmere United Reformed Church 01763 208767 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Guilden Morden Congregational Church 01763 852869 Royston Golf Club 01763 243476 Guilden Morden Parish Church 01763 853217 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Litlington Congregational Church 01763 853427 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Melbourn Baptist Church 01763 261650 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 Melbourn Parish Church 01763 220626 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Melbourn United Reformed Church 01223 870869 01763 268605 Meldreth Parish Church 01763 220626 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 853073 Open House Project 01763 246799 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 235100 Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth 01763 262440 Tannery Drift First School 01763 242003 Royston Catholic Church 01763 243117 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 245484 Royston Evangelical Church 07999 538961 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01223 839546 Royston Ignite Community Church 01763 852118 Thriplow Village Hall Royston Methodist Church 01763 243849 Whaddon Village Hall Royston Parish Church 01763 246371 HEALTH Royston Spiritualist Church 01223 503345 NHS Telephone Advice Service 111 St Mary’s Church, Ashwell 01462 743922 LIBRARY Therfield Chapel 01763 287220 Royston Library 0300 123 4049 Therfield Parish Church 01763 287364 Thriplow Parish Church 01763 209160 MPs 01954 212707 Trinity Life Church 01763 230350 Heidi Allen MP for S Cambs 01462 486074 United Benefice of Barkway, Reed 01763 848756 Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts NHS DENTISTS and Buckland with Barley Ashwell Dental 01462 742353 COUNCILS 01763 262034 Cambridgeshire County Council 03450 455 200 Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre 01763 246677 01763 244805 Hertfordshire County Council 03001 234040 Royston Dental Suite OPTICIANS North Herts District Council 01462 474000 J Oliver Radley 01763 273300 Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC

Royston Town Council South Cambridgeshire District Council


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


01763 245484 POLICE Non emergency number 03450 450 500 ROYSTON TOWN CENTRE Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell 01462 417377 SCHOOLS 01763 848244 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 290555 Freman College 01763 848244 01763 260220 Greneway Middle School 01763 243166 Melbourn Village College 01763 242981 Meridian School Roysia Middle School

101 01763 245484 01763 878242 01763 242344 01763 271818 01763 243650 01763 223400 01763 242236 01763 241555

Abington Pigotts Village Hall


Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Village Hall 07805 216869 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 246136 Chrishall Village Hall Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 07484 106292 Greneway School, Royston 01763 243650 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 07885 774775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 688714 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 484950 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

03453 572 407 0345 791 9155

Electricity Emergency (National Grid) Gas Emergencies (National Grid)

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999

National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)


(Water supplies and sewerage)


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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INDEX Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Ltd 44 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Service Ltd 43

Artists Jane Harvey Artist


Brewery Hadham Brewery Ltd


Building & Construction Services C P Building Services Jenner Construction

39 41

Care Homes St Georges Nursing Home

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson P W H Installations Stephen B Carpentry

14 32 41 41

Our Advertisers

British Window and General Cleaning Co


Clock and Watch Specialists Brian Bulley


Coach Hire, Trips & Holidays Richmonds Coaches


Computer Services The PC Doctor


Decorating Services Decorating & Restorations Service 47

Education Melbourn Village College


Electricians Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

40 35

Fitness Bonfitness Pilates 37 Gymbo’s 37 Jazzercise 37 Zanna Newton Pilates 37

Furniture A J Furniture


Gardening Services Brownie Points


Garden Design Solutions HL Ground and Garden Maintenance 47 Leaf & Lawn 47


Royston Complementary Health


AV Handyman 47 Handylamb 47 Handyman Dave Knight 47 Handyman Services 38 S Borley & Son 38

Home Furnishings 9 19 3 13

Pest Controllers


Pet Care Services LW Petcare Services Walkies

Plasterers DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

H20 33 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 47



Tiling Services

Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters

Tree Services

Landscaping Services

Venue Hire

Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited

34 35

Royston Town Football Club

44 43


Local Event 5

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre

24 12

Wedding Services Banquet Inn Dance Matters Drives of Yesteryear

25 24 23

Heaven & Earth Health


Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services Elglaze 34

Local Groups 19

Womens Occasion Wear & Clothing


Cream Fashions

Marketing Services Menswear 23

Motor Services D & J Garage Services

35 33

38 32 40 32 39 35

Legal Services

Chimney Menswear


Simon’s Tiling Services South Cambs Tiling

Kendall Install 47 Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 9 Trademark Kitchens 16

The Listing Marketing Company



Royston Cricket Club

Phoenix Chorus


Self Storage

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers 23 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd 26,48

Fowlmere Playgroup

39 34

Plumbing & Heating Services


The Walkers Partnership Wills By David Isherwood

12 12

Royston Self Storage

Insurance Services

All Seasons Landscape CW Landscapes G M Sharp Landscapes John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd Sullivan Landscapes


The Red Cow

House Clearance Spires House Clearance


Pest Right Ltd

Home Improvements and Handyman Services

Borders & Bows Homemade @ The Barn Linda Turner Interiors New Dawn Blinds


J Oliver Radley Opticians

Health Therapist

Penguin Insurance

Cleaning Services


The Green Lounge



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 No job too small  Over 25 years experience  No call out charge

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01763 853927 07973 190978

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• Picture, mirror, blind & curtain rail hanging • Plumbing fixes, taps, toilets, leaks etc. • Repairs to electrical fittings sockets and lights • Flat pack furniture assembly • Woodwork repairs and door hanging • Lock and security hardware replacement • Deck, fence, gate and shed repairs • Local collection or delivery of domestic items Royston based, fully insured, good rates, friendly and reliable Larry Lamb • Phone: 07702 563 834 E-mail:


Tel: 01763 230100 Mob: 07747 805920

Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms All aspects of installation from design to finish


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• Ground & Garden Maintenance • Environmental Management Diploma • (IOG) Institute of Groundsmanship Cricket Pitch Preparation & On-Going Maintenance

Kevin Leavers Mobile: 07504 997107 Home: 01763 660880 Rory Harper Mobile: 07597 946535

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

Royston’s No1 07944 912198 Carpentry • Doors • Locks • DIY • Flat-Packs • Shelving • Flooring • Painting & Decorating • Wall & Floor Tiling • Odd Jobs • Shed Re-Felting • Pressure Washing • Fence Spraying • Gutters Cleared • • Free Friendly Advice & Quotes Given • No Job Too Small Fully Insured • City & Guilds Qualified • CRB Checked

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LET US CREATE YOUR BESPOKE JEWELLERY Since 1996 we’ve been making beautiful jewellery for people all over the world. We’ve won over 20 UK and international awards, for design, business and ethics, as well as for making bespoke accessible to everyone. Including you. Visit our beautiful barn, studio and coffee shop for commissions, redesigns, repairs, sourcing gemstones or ready to wear jewellery.

Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre +44 (0)1462 790 565 North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Herts, SG4 7DP

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London Shop +44 (0)203 886 0757 69 Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8UY 1902 The Listing Villages February 2019.indd 48

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