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inc. Ashwell March 2019 Issue 163


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Come and visit our friendly team for expert advice! Extensive outdoor plant area plus two large glasshouses bursting with:

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Choose from our seasonal soups and sandwiches, delicious home made cakes and a selection of beverages. Located directly off the A1198 near Arrington, SG8 0AG | Open 7 days a week | 01223 208194 ALL YOU NEED FOR YOUR GARDEN, THROUGH ALL THE SEASONS


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OctRoyston Day trips from ADULT 8 Mar Crufts Dog Show – NEC £42.50 16 Mar Sewing for Pleasure – NEC £37.50 21 Mar Hever Castle – Dazzling Daffodils £37.50 22 Mar Wisley Gardens Spring Plant Fair £36.00 27 Mar Bury St Ed & Chippenham Pk Gdn £27.00 29 Mar Country Living Magazine Fair Al Pal £39.00 30 Mar Hampton Court Palace – Florimania £40.00 1 Apr Guide Dog Breeding Centre £28.00 3/6 Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia £33.00 9 Apr Kew Gardens & Palace –Bulbs £36.00 11 Apr Morgan Motor Co Factory Tour £49.00 11 Apr Windsor Castle £42.50 13 Apr Canterbury £26.00 16 Apr The Cockney Matinee inc Lunch £49.00 17 Apr Bury St Edmunds Market Day £19.00 17 Apr Ancient Villages of Heath Row Tour £55.00 19 Apr Peterborough Antiques Fair £30.00 24 Apr Boundary Mills & Downtown Shop £24.50 24 Apr The Strictly Tea Dance inc Lunch £59.00 28 Apr York £33.00 2 May Wisley Gardens & Spring Crafts £36.00 3 May Horsedrawn Boat Trip inc Tea £42.00 4 May Melton Mowbray (Opt Cheese Fair) £22.50 6 May Chatham Dockyard £38.00 6 May Sweeps Festival – Rochester £22.00 7 May National Memorial Arboretum £25.00 Theatre Shows & Special Events 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 25 Apr Phantom of the Opera Inc Lunch £68.00 30 Apr Michael Ball - London Palladium £95.00 5 May Rip it Up – Matinee £65.00 8 May Come From Away – Matinee £65.00 8 May Man of La Mancha - Coliseum Mat £67.50 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 14 Jul Here Come the Boys – Sun Mat £78.00 21 Jul Tom Jones – Colchester Castle £95.00 24 Jul Motown – Milton Keynes –Matinee £62.00 25 Jul On Your Feet – Matinee £65.00 31 Jul Joseph – London Palladium – Mat £70.00 17 Aug Jesus Christ Superstar – Matinee £75.00 29 Aug Evita – Regents Park – Matinee £79.00 12 Nov Les Miserable All Stars – Eve £110.00 For more trips visit our website



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Flying Start Montessori Nursery Flying Start Montessori nursery will

be opening in Fowlmere at Easter. The nursery will be managed by Vi Davidson who has more than 16 years’ experience in childcare. There will be places for up to 22 children and up to 8 jobs will be created when the nursery is full. The nursery will be open from 8am to 6pm for children from 6 months old. In addition Flying Start will provide a walk-to-school service for older siblings, 7 and under, attending Fowlmere Primary School. “We want Flying Start to provide a truly caring, happy and loving nursery where you and your child want to come every day.”

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Now that March is here we can look forward to the beginning of Spring. As the evenings are getting lighter and hopefully warmer our clocks are due to change on the 31st March.

Monday 11th February

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend is one of the staple events in our Spring calendars and really marks the incoming of Spring. You can read about this year’s plans on page 7 in our Out & About.

Pancake Day falls into March this year on Tuesday 5th. Tallulah has provided us with a delicious recipe for American Style Pancakes which can be seen on page 14. And of course, not to forget that Mother’s Day rounds up the month on the 31st March. So whether you are celebrating Mothers, Grandmothers, Dads or those no longer with us, check out our Listing Mentions for March as we have mentioned just some of our recommendations for your loved ones this Mother’s Day.

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In This Issue ...

Out & About: Thriplow Daffodil Weekend


Spotlight On: Royston BMX


The Listing Mentions


Hidden Royston


My Local Life: Antony Vaughan


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


What’s On

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Think Garden, Think Richard


Looking After You


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We are enjoying a range of speakers each month and have recently listened to Simon Saggers telling us about the selfcontained organic farm in Bassingbourn; Hannah Vandridge, curator of St Ives Museum, on ‘Pictures of a By-gone St Ives’ and Ron Basciano on ‘The History of Luton Hoo’ in Bedfordshire. We ended February with our AGM which rounded up our past year of wonderful and varied activities. 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.

Royston Library Have you spotted the new deal you can get involved in at Royston Library? By purchasing one of the library’s branded coffee mugs you can support Hertfordshire Libraries and up your green credentials at the same time! Costa Coffee will even give you a discount when you bring your library mug along, rather than using their disposable cups. The mugs are available in four bright colours from your local Hertfordshire Library!The cups are available now in four attractive colours from your local Hertfordshire Library! To stay up to date with events at Royston Library visit: www.

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Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

Every year, up to 14,000 people visit Thriplow to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere of our Daffodil Weekend charity fund raising event. This year the nominated charity is the Rosie Maternity Unit at Addenbrookes Charitable Trust who are raising funds for essential equipment needed by the Acute Neonatal Transport Service and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to help support newborn and vulnerable babies across the East of England. Over two days, visitors walk the car free village to look at the 100 daffodil varieties on display, visit the attractions and open gardens, potter around the stalls, take refreshment in the tea rooms serving homemade cakes and sandwiches, or eat delicious hot food while listening to live music. For months beforehand and over the weekend itself, virtually everyone in the village (and many neighbouring villagers) volunteer to help organise the event – be it baking cakes, helping serve teas, working in the car park or picking up litter at the end of the day. Every year, the exceptional Thriplow community works hard to pull off one of the best loved charity events in Cambridgeshire. History Thriplow Daffodil Weekend started in 1969 when the church needed major roof repairs. Residents decided to raise funds by opening their gardens and making cups of tea for their visitors. They made

an amazing £206 and were so delighted they decided to do it all again the following year – and so the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend was born. Raising funds for charity Thriplow Daffodil Weekend have now raised money for local charities to a total of £560,000 over 50 years. The tireless work of the village was recognised in 2011 when the Committee received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of an MBE for charities). Daffodils Each year, the village has planted more daffodils of both early and late varieties, to try and ensure they are prepared for most things the weather can throw at them. They now have over half a million daffodils planted in the village, and around 100 different varieties on show including a new variety of narcissus dedicated to us called Thriplow Gold. Adult: £8 Children 5-16 yrs: £4 (Under 5s: free) Family of 4: £20 Thriplow Daffodil Weekend Thriplow Village Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 11am- 5pm | 01763 248447 1903 The Listing Villages March 2019.indd 7

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Sport Royston

Sport Royston meetings are an opportunity for the representatives of sports clubs in Royston to talk to the representatives from Royston Town and NHDC councils as well as amongst themselves to discuss issues of common interest and share best practice Royston Bowls Club Wednesday 20th March, 7.30pm

Pet of the Month Tiddlywink is a really affectionate older lady of 11 who would love a quiet home as a companion cat. She loves human affection and wants nothing more than to cuddle up and enjoy your company. To find out more contact us! Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530 / 07860 480015

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On Saturday 16th March at the Blue Moon, Cambridge there will be a concert featuring local indie/rock band ‘Stingray’ who have kindly donated their talent for the night!

The event is in aid of local Cambridge based charity ‘Something To Look Forward To’ who support people and their familes who are coming to terms with a terminal cancer diagnosis. They do incredible work providing things like concert tickets, meals out, hotel stays and many other things to give people a ‘little something special to look forward to’ inbetween treatment. Stingray Concert The Blue Moon, CB1 2LF Saturday 16th March 8-11pm Tickets £7 from or £10 on the door

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Fox and hounds

Barley pub to reopen following £1,000,000 investment Dating back as far as the 17th century, the Grade II listed pub has been closed since 2012, but was acquired last year by childhood friends Robin Skidmore and property developer, Colin Blundell, who is now overseeing the development of the building. The new establishment will create around 20 jobs in the local area, with the team already looking to recruit kitchen, waiting and cleaning staff. The Fox and Hounds, located on High Street, is due to reopen to the public in early April.

If you’re interested in applying for role at The Fox & Hounds, please email To find out more about The Fox & Hounds and to keep up to date with the progress of the refurbishment, visit @foxhoundsbarley on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Creative Royston

Creative Royston (the team behind Royston Arts Festival) are pleased to announce our first event of 2019! We will be holding our second Arts Quiz on Friday 1st March at The Old Bull Inn, Royston. After last year’s successful inaugural event we can promise a fun evening of arts-related quizzing, hosted by Creative Royston chairman Carl Filby. Rounds will all be arts themed but specialist knowledge is not required. Teams should be 4-6 people (with an entry fee of £5 per head), but everyone is welcome and teams can be formed on the night. There will be nibbles provided, and lots of prizes! Arts Quiz The Old Bull Inn, Royston Friday 1st March, 7pm


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Royston BMX club is growing With over 30 years of Club history Royston Rockets BMX Club is going from strength to strength with many riders progressing to Regional and National Level and to the British Championships. The current committee has steadily built the club and the dedicated coaching team have been improving the riding skills of all who ride with us. The aim is for riders to ride at a competitive level, but also to retain fitness levels with a massive emphasis on having have fun! The membership has steadily grown to over 100 riders, and the club extends a warm welcome to people of all ages and abilities - we have members from four to 65 years of age. Ever wanted to try BMX racing? We are offering three taster sessions this year with the first session taking place on Saturday 6th April, 2019 at 10.30am -12.30pm a small number of loan bikes and helmets are available and our coaches will be on hand to assist and guide you through the first stages. The club members will then join us for their last winter race from 12.30pm. This session is free of charge and gives you the opportunity to try riding BMX bikes, possibly for the first time. We will have tea and coffee available for Mums and Dads too! To book a place or ask any questions please email roystonbmx@ In terms of training – we train on every Tuesday evening from around 5.30pm and every Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4pm. © Scott Dwyer

Club Coaching happens every other Tuesday starting from the middle of April and on the last Saturday of every month. Members are split by experience level – dependent on the level of riding ability from beginners to national level we cater for everyone. Email roystonbmx@ to get booked on. We focus on being a family orientated club with many whole families taking part in racing. This year we have double Olympic Gold Medal Champion Maris Strombergs returning to Royston on the 5th May to coach with our youngsters which is a massive motivational experience for all our regular club riders. We are looking to increase our membership and we always welcome any support from non-members in roles such as assisting in the kitchen at events or marshalling / line judges. We have recently finished our tarmac sprint strip so now we can work on the riders bike handling skills on the flat before they head off onto the track and having this strip means any rider boy or girl from ages 4 – 65 can practice standing up, stopping and making sure we are all comfortable before we hit up the track! Royston Rockets first Taster Session, BMX Track, near Coombes Community Centre (nearest postcode SG8 5PT), Saturday 6th April, 10.30am Further Taster Sessions are Saturday 1st June & Saturday 3rd August 10.30am – 12.30pm For further information about BMX riding at Royston Rockets please visit or find us on Facebook under Royston Rockets. | 01763 248447 1903 The Listing Villages March 2019.indd 11

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World Book Day

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

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This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily.

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With Mother’s Day falling on the last day of March we are celebrating our Mother’s and all that they do for us. Here are some of our ideas on where you can get some gifts, whether you are looking for meaningful or novelty presents, you can get it all just in our Town Centre.


If you are looking for some sentimental gifts, Royston is great for that. All Things Birch and Beautiful and La Bella Vita in the Corn Exchange always have a varied selection of unusual and charming gifts for the home, perfect for Mother’s Day.

Another good idea for Mother’s Day is visiting the Card Factory too. Not only is it good for cards but you can also get some fun novelty Mother’s Day gifts. Looking along the same line a visit to Ladds or WHSmith also can inspire some great gift ideas. There are also plenty of florists in Royston, from the independents, to the market stall, our supermarkets and surrounding the town, a number of very good farm shops. If you are still looking for ideas why not book in to one of our lovely resturants

Loving Local Living and pubs for a Mother’s Day meal so book soon to be sure not to miss out. There are so many other places we havent mentioned that you can pick up some gorgeous gifts for Mother’s Day in and around Royston. Why not challenge yourself to take a look at whats on your doorstep before ordering online. Let us know how you get on!

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St John The Baptist Church Update The emergency phase of restoration is almost complete. As everyone in the area will have seen, the church is encased in extensive scaffolding and waterproof covers. Inside the tower there is a wooden platform below the bells which will prevent them from falling, and has allowed specialists to examine the bells. All eight bells are damaged so they will have to be removed for repair, before being re-tuned and replaced.

Planning for salvage of the church contents is underway, and an archaeologist will be visiting soon to survey the building and ground inside the church. We would like to thank the people of Royston and beyond for their continued kind messages of support and amazing generosity. At a recent church service in Greneway school, Lorraine Miller presented a cheque for £1806.57 after she had set up an online donation page very soon after the fire. Our thanks go to Lorraine and the generous people of Royston. If you wish to support the Church financially, you can donate at

Lorraine Miller presenting a cheque to Rev. John Fidler, raised through online donations for the church refurbishment fund. roystonparishchurchherts or in person at any of our services held at Greneway School (Sundays) or Royston Town Hall (Wednesdays and Saturdays).

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sat on by an iguanodon (one that was found in the South East of England is on Welcome to the first scene of display in Cambridge). Around 66 million years ago Royston Tapestry over half of all animals and We love dinosaurs! What plants died out. Most agree amazing, mind boggling, that this happened after an huge, colourful, feathery asteroid hit the Earth which creatures! It’s no wonder young children (and adults) led to temperatures rising. are enthralled by them. And This was too much to handle for the dinosaurs. Those that one time, did cope with the heat then long ago, dinosaurs faced a lack of food as other walked the animals and plants died. This is when being small along the land where came in handy. Small mammals were able to hide we now live! Right from the worse affects of the asteroid. They could also now, you eat the insects or small plant could be sitting on a life that had survived. Some spot once scientists believe that it took millions of years for the rest

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of plant life to get back to normal. It could be that this asteroid is the reason we’re here today. The death of the dinosaurs gave mammals a chance to step forward. The Royston Tapestry brings these creatures to life through the use of bright colours. Just one coral shows the skill of the stitching as well as the stitcher’s eye for blending colours. It’s thanks to the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, that this scene could be stitched at all!

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ellie mentions.. EVERYTHING... including the kitchen sink

Although my Mum is really easy to buy for, I always find it hard on Mother’s Day to find something to really tell her how much I love her and appreciate everything she does. She is the most supportive person so I know she’ll read this so I can’t say too much. But I have definitely visited the Corn Exchange shops and there may be flowers from somewhere in town going her way.


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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

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Friends of Therfield Heath are looking for new members! The membership form can be found on our website at Please do come and join us! Whilst we’re still finalising our programme of events for 2019, we can confirm that we’ve got some exciting events coming up, with led talks about identifying wildflowers on the heath, bird watching and identification, photography and butterfly and moth identification! We’re going to kick off with building bird and bat boxes for wildlife on our heath, so please keep an eye out for when our DIY kits are available and we have our building session.

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Curwens Exhibiton

Come along to the Art exhibition in Curwens Gallery during office hours from Weds 6th March- 30th April. There will be a private viewing Wednesday 6th March 6-8pm with wine and nibbles The following artists will be exhibiting their works at Curwens Gallery in Curwens Solicitors, Royston. Chantal’s watercolour paintings reflect her love for nature and depict animals and insects using a loose style and vibrant colours. She is a member of the

Society of East Anglian Watercolourists. May creates miniatures and her exhibition features delightful, original, often fun, items including pompom key holders and needle felting projects. Claire Lake had her work exhibited in a Lace Museum in Belgium in the weeks before her death. Claire was a musician and she created a unique style of Lacework that to her was Frozen Music - each stitch representing a note. Proceeds being donated to her two favourite Epilepsy Charities. Preview Evening Wednesday 6th March 6-8pm Curwens Gallery, 17 High St, SG8 9AA


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Loving Local Living

Hidden Royston

Off-screen at the Picture Palace The Oscars are over for another a year; winners and losers have supped champagne and sobbed into designer hankies in equal measure. Back in the real world - 5,400 miles from Hollywood - an afternoon with cinema manager Geraint Burnell confirms it’s not just the actors, directors and producers that bring films to audience; it’s a very long chain of people – the last link in Royston being the volunteer stewards who meet and show you to your seats.

of the past year – what would the list look like? In no particular order Royston’s favourite films were: Paddington 2; Mamma Mia!; Finding Your Feet; Darkest Hour; Bohemian Rhapsody. But what came top?* What are the ingredients for a hit with Royston film-goers I ask Geraint? “Feel-good, Britishfocus, home-grown, well-known acting talent” he says, adding quickly “but we think we know what people will like, and then they go and surprise us – in good and bad ways!” For ‘behind the scenes’ facts and figures, including the 1 – 5 Picture Palace films for 2018, go to:

In the case of the Picture Palace, that chain included a massive initial investment in a community resource that took just three years Written by Chris Lee from idea to opening. It was a leap of faith to spend on bespoke retractable seating, the latest sound and projection technology, and for insulation, ventilation and floor reinforcement – all before a cinema ticket had been sold. With awards in mind, if the annual 10,000 or so Royston Picture Palace ticket-holders were each also buying a vote for their top five films

Cambridge Science festival Cambridge Science Festival runs from 11th-24th March. It gives the public the opportunity to explore Cambridge Science. Thanks to the generosity of the University, our sponsors and partners, most of the events are free. Here are The Listings top three events this Festival:

when exercising? Join Cambridge Centre for Sport & Exercise Science, Anglia Ruskin University to find out. Have a go at cycle based work and see how long and hard you would need to exercise to burn the calories in a pizza! The Guildhall, CB2 3QJ Saturday 16th March 10am-5pm Sunday 17th March: 12-4pm

T he Universe of Black Holes In this talk, Professor Christopher Reynolds describes the nature of black holes as we currently understand them, the role that they play in the Universe, and how future research on black holes may Join artist Kelly Briggs to explore how yet again change our view of reality the natural disintegration of artefacts can Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums become inspiration for new artworks. This workshop is for children aged 8 - 12. Site Downing Street, CB2 3RS Wednesday 13th March, 6-7pm Fitzwilliam Museum, CB2 1RB Saturday 23rd March 10:30am - 12:30pm Exercise and energy Find out about more events here: How much energy do we actually use

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Home & Garden

AV Home Improvement & Handyman Services

Business Profile

Antony Vaughan, Owner of AV Home Improvements & Handyman Services first started the business with his wife Deb, as he have never enjoyed the 9-5 office life.

hours in the day to do them! Well, Antony is here to help you get through some of your to do lists.

How does it work? Either give him a call or After transforming his first flat many years visit his website and fill out the contact form. ago, then tackling a complete refurbishment of a three bedroom house, he discovered he If you’re not sure of exactly what you need give him a call and he can talk it through. had a natural talent for renovation! It’s really that easy! Friends would come round to see the new “Thank you for returning to tile my kitchen. house, in awe of what he had achieved and many suggested he set up a business Tony it was another fantastic job and I would certainly ask you again to return for and do this as a full time job. Antony then decided to dedicate his time to learning and other works.” developing the necessary trade skills, such Jan Freeman, Royston, Hertfordshire as tiling, plastering, carpentry, decorating. AV Home Improvements & Handyman Once he had perfected his technique he set Services up his own business. 07751 787759 Everybody’s lives seem to be full of never ending to do lists and there are never enough

Remember it’s St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day takes place on Sunday 17th March. What began as a religious feast day has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture. Will you be celebrating?

Reed Cricket Club Fancy taking up a new hobby? Reed

Cricket Club is the top cricket club in the North Herts/ South Cambs region. They have 3 senior teams in the Saracens Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League, with the First XI at Championship level. As well as Senior indoor nets at Burloes Hall, Royston on Sundays until April and Colts’ (boys & girls) aged from 8 to 15 years in county Junior Leagues, (outdoor practices from


April to July on Sunday mornings) Reed Cricket Club also offer ‘All Stars’ Cricket aimed at 5 to 8 year-olds on Sunday mornings for 10 weeks starting in May Reed Cricket Club welcomes non-players as well as players of all ages and ability. For further information

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My Local Life

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AnTony Vaughan Antony Vaughan is the proud local owner of AV Home Improvement & Handyman Services. A local tradesman that offers a friendly and professional variety of trades including tiling, plaster repair and most general handyman work. Have a read and find out more about the man behind the business: Where do you live? Royston with my wife, our two boys and Dudley our dog What do you do to make end meet? I run my own Home Improvement and Handyman Service What do you love about your work? The diversity of the the work I do, problem solving and getting the best for my clients. Also the joy of using my grey matter as well as getting a work out at the same time! What’s your favourite local place to eat? The King William in Chishill and The Thai Rack. Our family favourite is the Jolly Postie - sitting inside the post van, my kids love it. And a special place for me and my wife is the Sheene Mill as it’s where we got married, the food is outstanding. What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday? Out with my family and the dog getting muddy, walking in the woods or getting sandy by the sea at our fav beach in Suffolk. Most memorable Royston experiences? Walking around the town at the Royston Arts festival

entertaining people of all ages dressed as Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to do it in my home town.

‘In Royston, a galaxy not so far away’ How do you relax? I build film costumes, you may have see me at the Arts Festival. I find it very therapeutic building them, researching how to do it and learning new ways of painting or building the props. A Star Wars costume group I’m part of “Vaders Raiders” also raises money for various charities. It’s great to see the smiles, the reactions and the joy on people’s faces. What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? Never judge a book by its cover. It’s never the ones you expect to be kind hearted, regardless of the way they dress or look. Four people you would invite to dinner… My Dad, who passed away when I was young x, my Wife and our two boys, even if just for a minute. I wished they could have met the kindest, most intelligent, funniest, generous and greatest man I’ve ever known. Antony Vaughan Home Improvements & Handyman Services 07751 787759 or 01763 247756 | 01763 248447 1903 The Listing Villages March 2019.indd 21

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen


American Style Pancakes stick pans shouldn’t need any Hello my fellow foodies... Non additional oil but add a tiny amount if and welcome to another bright and shiny edition of The Listing. As Easter falls late this year Shrove Tuesday falls in March so I thought I would share with you a slightly different version of a pancake recipe. This one is not only simple and easy to make but it uses oats so it is naturally gluten free and also rather tasty! American Style Breakfast Pancakes (Gluten free version.) • 2 eggs from happy free running hens • 40g oats • Finely grated zest of one orange • 40g fat free natural yogurt • 1/2 tsp of baking powder • 4 drops of vanilla essence • 50g quark ( fat free soft cheese) • 200g raspberries (I used frozen but fresh would work just as well) • Sugar to taste Let’s begin by blitzing the oats until they take on the consistency of wholemeal flour, then add them to the beaten eggs, yogurt, orange zest, vanilla essence and baking powder and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Leave this to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. The oats will absorb some of the liquid making the batter thicker . While this is resting you can prepare the filling. Choose the best whole raspberries and set them aside. Mix the broken pieces of raspberries into the quark adding a sprinkling of sugar to taste if you have a sweet tooth, but take care not to over mix - you are only aiming to combine the ingredients- over mixing may make the quark flatten and runny. Store this in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Now, just like traditional pancakes, heat up your best non stick pan. To test if it is ready pour a drop of the batter into the pan and it should “sizzle” and cook straight away. 22

sticking occurs. Simply pour the required amount of batter into the pan to give you the size pancakes you require. Top Tip- While pouring the batter, tilt the pan to move the batter around to encourage a thinner pancake. As the mixture cooks the base of the pancake will become less translucent and bubbles will form. Turn the pancake when they have a light golden browned colour on their base. I made 14 mini sized (5 cm) pancakes from this amount of batter. Once you have cooked all the batter simple construct your tower by smoothing a small dollop of raspberry quark onto a pancake, top with raspberries then another pancake and repeat as long as your nerve holds or until you run out of the components! These are also delicious made with chopped peacan nuts and served with maple syrup, or substitute the orange zest for lemon zest and while the batter is cooking drop in a few blueberries. For those with a more savoury palette add some chopped herbs and/or a sprinkling of parmesan cheese to the batter and serve with garlic mushrooms and grilled tomatoes for an alternative breakfast. I’d love to hear about your creations. Until next time dear reader...

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Markets in March

Orwell Pannier Market

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

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market

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

Fowlmere Farmers Market

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 16th March 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!

Save the Date- Royston Historical Pageant Royston is proud to be holding a fabulous historical pageant on Sunday 7th July 2019 in the Priory Memorial Gardens. The event will include re-enactors recreating scenes from the 1400s, including soldiers in armour and a medieval feast; a grand procession through the town; medieval mummers plays and dancing; a falconry display; hog roast and more. There’ll be something for all the family and it’s FREE so invite your friends and come along and join in the fun! Priory Memorial Gardens Sunday 7th July

Russell’s Outside Catering & Davey’s Butchers

Russell’s Outside Catering & Davey’s Butchers

Open Mon to Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-2pm Sunday’s 9am-1pm

Open Mon to Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-2pm Sun 9am-1pm Home of The Gold Award Winning Home of the Gold Award Winning

Celebrated Meldreth PorkPork Sausages Celebrated Meldreth Sausages Minted Lamb Kofta Kebabs 20 for £6.99 We cater for all your needs for School and Village Fetes: 2 for £6 Gas MixBarbecue & match Packs Free & BBQ Heating Trays Hire Burgers, Sausages, Sliced Onions, Cheese, Veggie, Having a Party at Home or local Venue and need catering Rolls & Baps Then Call Russell on 01763 260193

Having a party? Need catering? Call Russell on 01763 260193 Fantastic BBQ’s, Spit Roast Hog, Spring Lambs or a Baron of Beef, Slow Roast pulled Pork & Brisket Carvery, Curry nights, Jacket Potatoes & fillings

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

Royston & District Local History Society Our February lecture was, Samuel Ryder by Penny Thea.

Born in 1858 one of eight, Samuel joined his father’s market gardening business. Aged 32, he married Helen, they had three daughters. Noticing that the public could not afford seeds, decided to sell penny packets of seed by mail order. The business grew and moved to larger premises, allowing the family to move into a larger house. In 1903 he became town mayor. He was suffering from ill-health. He was recommended fresh air and a round of golf and became a competent player. He wanted to challenge the Americans and give the Brits a chance. His efforts were rewarded when he donated a gold cup for the first official Ryder Cup match in 1927.

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March Fri 1st Mar 7.30pm

Mary Queen of Scots (15)

Sat 2nd Mar 3.30pm

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Sat 2nd Mar 7.30pm

Mary Queen of Scots (15)

Fri 8th Mar 7.30pm

The Favourite (15)

Sat 9th Mar 7.30pm

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Sat 16th Mar 7.30pm

Stan & Ollie (PG)

Fri 22nd Mar 7.30pm

Can You Ever Forgive Me (15)

Sat 23rd Mar 7.30pm

Can You Ever Forgive Me (15)

Fri 29th Mar 7.30pm

All is True (12A)

Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA

For more screenings visit:

South Cambs Quilting and sewing group We meet on the first Monday evening of the month in the Meeting Room at Bassingbourn URC (SG8 5NJ) and we welcome anyone who would like to join us to quilt, sew, knit etc. for friendship and to share their love of crafts with us. Join us at 7.30pm and see what we are about! We also arrange whole days of quilting throughout the year. For more information please contact Barbara on 07974 695664 or just turn up on the night.

Vaughan Williams in Meldreth

On Friday 8th March a concert will be held at The Hub in Melbourn as an open event and thank you to all the people of who have supported the River Mel Waterlight film project. The evening will consist of an introductory talk from Bruce Huett about the Waterlight project on the river Mel and readings from guest writers the novelists and poets Kate Swindlehurst and Jackie Watts. Also well respected musicians Penni Mclaren Walker and Bryan Causton will perform versions of the original songs and tunes which were collected by Vaughan Williams when he lived in Meldreth.

Waterlight Project Concert The Hub, Melbourn Friday 8th March, 7.30pm Clare Crossman: 01763 261300 | 01763 248447 1903 The Listing Villages March 2019.indd 25

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Women’s World Day of Prayer Teatime Praise Fri 1st Mar, 2.15pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Churches Together in Royston and The Women of the Adriatic country of Slovenia invite you to share in this, the largest Christian Ecumenical Celebration in the World.

Sun 3rd Mar, 3.30pm Greneway School, SG8 7JF Short, lively family service followed by refreshments. Held by the Royston Parish Church.

Black Squirrel Credit Union

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Waterlight Film Project: A Journey Down the Mel

Fri 8th Mar, 7 - 9.30pm Melbourn Hub, 30 High St, SG8 6DZ Concert and poetry reading. Playing Vaughan Williams and new songs in the folk tradition. www.

Mon 4th & Mon 18th Mar , 9.30 – 11.30am Royston Lions Square Dance Fri 1st Mar, 7pm Royston Evangelical Church, SG8 5DQ Fri 8th Mar, 7.30 - 11.30pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, SG8 9AW Presdales School, SG12 9NX Ethical savings and loans. £5 per person including nibbles Licensed Bar and raffle. Tickets Curwens Gallery Private and lots of prizes! Teams of 4-6. £13.50 including supper and a chic General knowledge and arts-based Viewing ice. In aid of Isabel Hospice and Wed 6th Mar, 6 - 8pm questions. Royston Lions. Curwens Solicitors, High St, SG8 9AA Fowlmere Playgroup Thrift Chantal’s watercolour paintings Saturday Stories at Sat 2nd Mar, 9 – 11.30am reflect her love for nature. May Royston Library Fowlmere Village Hall, SG8 7RY creates miniatures and her exhibition Sat 9th Mar, 10 – 10.30am Great pre-loved items at bargain Royston Library, , SG8 9JN features delightful items including prices! Baby and children’s clothes, pompom key holders. Claire Lake Contact: 01438 843277 baby equipment, books toys and had her work exhibited in a Lace The Brain Health games and more! £2 Museum in Belgium in the weeks Programme before her death. Sat 9th Mar, 11am The Royston Complementary Health ‘Cornichon’ Launch BBQ A10 Corridor Cycling Centre, 31C Market Hill, SG8 9JS Sat 2nd Mar, 12 - 5pm Campaign A nutrition and lifestyle programme Corn Exchange, Market Hill, SG8 9JR Wed 6th Mar, 7.30pm to optimise your wellbeing, memory A new coffee shop and hub is Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA and mood. A free introductory talk. opening in Royston. Come to the Meeting to review progress launch to see what it’s all about! towards completing a safe route Contact: between Cambridge & Royston Royston Baby Show hear about Greater Cambridge Sat 9th Mar, 10am-3pm Home-Start: Celebrating Voices and Partnership’s proposed Melbourn Meridian School, SG8 7JH Sat 2nd Mar, 7pm Greenway. Royston is set to host its fourth Baby The Meridian School, SG8 7JH & Toddler Show this year, As well Join us in celebrating beautiful Tots in Church as the 30+ stalls, free talks and voices, at this community concert. Thu 7th Mar, 9.30 – 11am workshops from experts will be Contact: Meridian School Sports Pavilion, held on the stage in the main hall Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH throughout the day. World Scout Jamboree Baby and toddler group run by fundraising: Quiz Night Royston Parish Church. French Film Night Sat 2nd Mar, 7pm Sat 9th Mar, 7.30pm Ickneild Walk First School, SG8 7EZ Zoe Francis and the Jim Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Entrance is £7.50 per adult, £5 Mullen Trio ‘Remembering Pop-up French Cinema, in per child inclusive of a casserole Blossom Dearie’ association with Saffron Screen. dinner. Licensed Bar selling beers, Thu 7th Mar, 7.30pm Showing ‘Amelie’ in French with wines and soft drinks. Jamboree@ CUC Wine Bar, Cambridge CB2 1RU English sub-titles. £10 to include Zoe Francis and her award-winning snacks. Contact: 01223 573007 An Evening with Flanders trio led by Jim Mullen perform Orienteering in Royston songs from the repertoire of unique and Swann American singer/pianist Blossom Town and Therfield Heath Sat 2nd Mar, 7.30pm Sun 10th Mar, 10am Dearie. Ashwell URC, Ashwell, SG7 5NL Therfield Heath, SG8 9NU Contact: Sue Hill 01462 742539 Urban Orienteering in Royston Royston Arts Society: Town – Part of the SEOUL 2019 Quiz Night Demonstration by Ian programme. Urban courses of Sat 2nd Mar, 7.30pm McManus, IEA varying lengths suitable for all age All Saints Community Hall, Vicarage Fri 8th Mar, 8 – 0am classes 16 and over up to 75+. Close, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DY Market Hill Rooms, SG8 9DW Test your general knowledge, with Ian McManus will be painting a teams of up to 6 people. £5 per marine scene in watercolour. Nonperson which includes licensed bar members £3 including refreshments. Sunday Jazz Coffee Concert and snacks. In aid of Melbourn FC. Sun 10th Mar, 11am Tickets: 07789 468165 Royston Folk Club Showcase CUC Wine Bar, Cambridge CB2 1RU Gt Chishill Antiques & Fri 8th Mar, 7pm A stylish and elegant Singer-Pianist, Vintage Fair Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Ruth Applin presents a programme Sun 3rd Mar, 10am – 4pm Featuring The Long Nights (BAND), of classic jazz, blues and bossa Great Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH John Meed, Michael Chapman, Mike nova. £12, £8 for under 16s. www. Antiques & Vintage stalls, tea and Excell, Dom Prag £4 (£3 performers), cake. £1. £2 under 25s.

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For more events please visit our website Email your events to lucy for them to appear on our website and printed in the month of the event (subject to space).

Spring Clean Litter Pick

Sun 10th Mar, 1.30 - 3.30pm The Plough Pub, Coton, CB23 7PL Do your bit to keep the stunning Coton countryside reserve looking beautiful by lending a hand to help pick litter from footpaths.

An Afternoon with Fanny Trollope, tea & cake

Sun 10th Mar, 3 - 4.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Fanny Trollope was the mother of Anthony Trollope. Mrs Trollope published her experiences in her first book ‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’. Tea and cake included.

Cambridge Science Festival Mon 11th - Sun 24th Mar Various locations in Cambridge

Royston Ladies Luncheon Club Mon 11th Mar, 12.30pm Royston Heath, SG8 5BG Meets 2nd Monday of every month. New members welcome. Contact: 01763 243439


Ashwell’s famous Flea Market Messy Church Sat 16th Mar, 9.30am – 1pm St.Mary’s Church, SG7 5LY, Many wonderful items for sale at rock bottom prices. All proceeds go to the church restoration fund.

Royston Councillors Surgeries Sat 16th Mar, 10 – 11.30am Angel Pavement, Royston SG8 9AS Do you have any concerns, suggestions or queries about town, district and county services?

Rummage Sale

Sat 16th Mar, 10am – 4.45pm Royston Museum, King St, SG8 5AL Come along and check out some unique items we’re offering in return for donations to the museum!

Piped Water Into Villages Here & There

Sat 16th Mar, 11am – 12pm Royston Museum, King St, SG8 5AL Join us for a talk to mark the end of our exhibition. The talk is free, but donations to Wateraid appreciated.

Jumble Sale

Sat 16th Mar, 1 - 3pm A10BC Soft Play Session Fowlmere Village Hall, SG8 7RY Tue 12th Mar, 9.15 – 11.15am Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT Admission £1 (Children 50p). In aid of Fowlmere Village Hall. £5 per child, or £13 for a family ticket for 3 children. Children under Irish Gin Tasting Evening 6 months free with a paying child. Sat 16th Mar, 7pm Snack, Tea and coffee are available Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB to purchase. Contact: 07732 133007 Why not celebrate St Patrick’s slightly Royston International Group differently this year and try some Irish gins? You will be in the hands of The Wed 13th Mar, 7pm Hertford Gin Club. Tables of 4 or 6 The Banyers House, SG8 7BZ can be booked. £27.50 per person. All nationalities and ages are welcome! Just come along for a couple of drinks, or as long as the Charity Gig: featuring Stingray evening lasts. Sat 16th Mar, 8 - 11pm Royston-International-Group The Blue Moon, Norfolk St, CB1 2LD The event is in aid of local Mad March Hares and Cambridge based charity other mammals events ‘Something to look forward to’ who Thu 14th Mar, 7 – 9am support people and their families Trumpington Meadows Nature who are coming to terms with a Reserve, Cambridge CB2 9LT terminal cancer diagnosis. Join rangers Becky and Iain to look for brown hares around the reserve Free Relaxation Class and in the surrounding fields. £5 Sun 17th Mar, 9.30 – 10.30am per adult. trumpingtonMeadows@ Reed Village Hall, SG8 8AX For adults featuring creative activities suitable for any level. All Meridian Students in materials and refreshments supplied. Concert Booking Essential. Contact: hello@ Thu 14th Mar, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AP The choir and chamber group with Tao Wellbeing Workshop solo performances from singers Sun 17th Mar, 10am – 12pm and instrumentalists. This evening Royston Complementary Health is free but there will be a collection Centre, Halstead Chambers, 31C on behalf of the Parish Church Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JS Refurbishment Fund and the RMC. Everyone welcome – EldonThursday. Learn the amazing self healing techniques from the TAO. Contact: 07914 630490

Sun 17th Mar, 3.30 - 5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU The theme for March is “Our Wonderful World”. Adults and accompanied children of all ages are welcome to come enjoy creative crafts, science experiments, a short celebration service and a meal shared together.

Free Relaxation Class

Wed 20th Mar, 1.30 - 2.45pm Sandon Village Hall, Woodhill Rd, Sandon, Chelmsford CM2 7SQ For adults featuring creative activities suitable for any level. All materials and refreshments supplied. Booking Essential. Contact: hello@

Royston Cancer Support

Wed 20th Mar, 7 - 9pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA A new group for anyone affected by cancer.

Sport Royston Meeting

Weds 20th Mar, 7.30pm Royston Bowls Club, SG8 5BX Sport Royston meetings are an opportunity for the representatives of sports clubs in Royston to talk to the representatives from Royston Town and NHDC councils

Tots in Church

Thu 21st Mar, 9.30am – 11am Meridian School Sports Pavilion, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Baby and toddler group run by Royston Parish Church.

Curtain Making Technique Course Thu 21st & 28th Mar, 10am – 2.30pm, Sat 23rd & 30th Mar, 10am – 3pm each day Two courses. Details: www.

Annual Town Meeting

Thu 21st Mar, 7.30pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Please come along to the Annual Town Meeting; you will hear reports from town, district and county councillors on the work they have been doing over the past year. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Cambridge Drawing Society Art Exhibition

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Leisure Girlguiding Royston District’s Spring Fayre

Sat 23rd Mar, 10am – 12pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Stalls, activities and a raffle.

Spring Craft Fair

Sat 23rd Mar, 11am – 4pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT Hosted by No.3 Royston.

Royston Ghost Walk


Thu 28th Mar, 1.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB Our expert tutor will explain why she her interdisciplinary research Thriplow Daffodil Weekend and team believe the magnificent yet Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Mar, 11am – 5pm undocumented and unsigned Thriplow, SG8 7RD Rothschild bronzes. Every year, up to 14,000 people visit Thriplow to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere of our Daffodil Adam Glasser SA Weekend. Township Jazz Quintet events/287450778569181/ Thu 28th Mar, 7.30pm CUC Wine Bar, Cambridge CB2 1RU An Afternoon of Trance South African Grammy-winning Adam Glasser knows his South Mediumship Sat 23rd Mar, 2 - 4pm African Township music inside out Royston Cave Shop, SG8 7BZ and how to make it really get to the With Dawn Russell. £15 a person, audience’s heart. £18 / £15 Students advance booking via the website. inc.U3A.

Wandlebury Wildlife

Desert Island Discs

Thu 28th Mar, 7.30pm Sun 24th Mar, 11am – 3.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Revd Colin Smith, Superintendent Explore the habitats of Wandlebury Minister of the Cambridge Methodist and the wildlife that calls it home. Circuit, will be sharing his favourite pieces of music with us. Everyone welcome – EldonThursday.

Keeley’s 3rd Charity Haircut Sun 24th Mar, 5 - 7pm The Green Man, Shepreth, SG8 6RA Keeley will be having her hair cut for the 3rd time, this time we are aiming to donate 24” of her hair and would love to raise more than the £2,500 she raised last time. www.justgiving. com/fundraising/keeleys3rdhaircut1

Greenfingers Garden Club

Wed 27th Mar, 5.15 - 9pm Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT A talk by Philip Nalpanis on National Parks of Great Britain. All welcome. Contact: 01763 244424.

French Conversation Club

Wed 27th Mar, 7pm The Banyers House, SG8 7BZ We are a friendly group of French learners and native speakers who want to speak French in a relaxed environment. Every level of French is welcome (no under 18s)!

Baby Rhyme Time

Every Wednesday, 10.15 & 11.15am 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.

Royston Health Walks

Every Wednesday, 1.30pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston Health Walks is a social walking group. The walks are free and accompanied children and dogs are welcome. 01763 852769 or

Weekly Healthy Walking with Cambridge PPF

Every Thursday, 10am Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE We have an enthusiastic group of trained volunteers who lead our weekly Walking for Health walks

Toddler Tales

Every Friday, 2.05 – 2.35pm Royston Library, SG8 9JN

Royston Folk Club Concert Enjoy the stories together by sitting Fri 29th Mar, 7pm Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, SG8 9AW Featuring Oka Vanga with support from Chris Fox. £13 (£11 in advance), £2 under 25s. www.

Royston & Saffron Walden National Trust Association Fri 29th Mar, 7.15pm Market Hills Rooms, SG8 9DW AGM- Speaker Roger Mellor“Adventures in Chile”. NonMembers £3.

Litlington Pre-School Easter Fayre

Sat 30th Mar, 2 - 4pm Litlington Pre-school, Litlington Stalls, refreshments and raffle Please come and support us, all welcome.

50 Years of Greneway

Sat 30th Mar, 12pm Fundraising Concert and The Greneway School, Garden Walk, Meal: The Montagnana Trio SG8 7JF Wed 27th Mar, 7pm We hope you will be able to join us, Melbourn URC, Chapel Ln, SG8 6BP help us to celebrate a fabulous fifty With Cherryhomes Trust. Tickets £28. years of Greneway School and share Contact: 01763 246458 your journeys during, and since, the ‘Greneway Years’ with friends



Wed 27th Mar, 7.30pm Wednesday Walk Meet at Royston Railway Station Every Wednesday, 11am – 1pm Royston, Royston SG8 5AG Tickets will be available from Royston Wimpole Estate Royston, SG8 0BW Join for a different walk each week, Library from Fri 1st Mar, £6 each. showing off some of the best views and around Wimpole’s parkland. Michelangelo’s Rothschild in

with your child during the session and then spend time browsing our extensive range of picture books.

Park Run

Every Saturday, 9 – 11am Wimpole Estate, Arrington SG8 0BW

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

Sunday Afternoon Teas

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

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Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March, 7.30 – 9pm each night Potton Lower School, SG19 2PB Come and join us learn a great song, in A Capella harmony. 4 week course, £10 per person.

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Melbourn and District U3A

Melbourn and District U3A was formed in 1994 and today has around 500 members from South Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire. There are 33 subject or activity groups covering art, music, languages and local history, together with excursions and leisure activities. A monthly general meeting is held on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.45 pm. These meetings are held in the hall of Melbourn Village College where parking is free. Come for the first time as our guest to find out what is on offer. Our meeter/greeters will be pleased to welcome you, advise on what is happening and introduce you to others. 01763 264189 | 01763 248447

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Continuing my new series of articles for 2019, materials for a purpose, I am going to be discussing how best to choose the right Materials For Your Desired Purpose and how they best fit into the design of a space. This month I want to investigate edging products. Mowing strips are a great way to reduce the maintenance of your lawn and can be used very effectively to make a prescribed shape in a garden design. Traditionally mowing strips have been made of engineering bricks and can be laid to suit the shape. Rectilinear shapes lend themselves to stretcher course, and curves to header but it depends on the look you want. I like an old style red brick paver when I design a mowing strip for an older property, granite and sandstone setts look good too. It is important that the material used links in some way to the exiting materials in the garden, the property or proposed other new materials. A garden can soon become very busy looking with the use of lots of differing materials and colours that do not relate to each other. The strip not only keeps a good shape to a lawn but it prevents other materials such as planting or mulch migrating. Many traditional herbaceous borders in National Trust gardens will have a strip of paving in front for viewing the border but this is another way of achieving the mowing strip as well as providing somewhere to stand. Definition between materials is a strong reason for needing to use edging in garden design. When you set out to design a garden space of any size there is the need to exercise control over the space, make some shape on the ground. For shape to be clear having a defined edge to work from is key. Edging in its many forms can provide this and good designers will pick the edging to complement the style of their design. Metal edging is good and over the years I have used many different types that slot or clip together. This is a cost effective way of constructing a metal edge and because they come in long lengths can be used to form great curves in my designs. Timber is good for definition too but be aware that it does not have the longevity of steel. Material contrast is a great way to make a statement in garden design. Often we strive for harmony and cohesion in a designed space, whether it be a new kitchen, bathroom, living room or garden. Using strong contrast can give a very different feel to a space, but keep your colour palette simple. For example a very contemporary courtyard garden could have slate paving on the ground edged with white


gravel pieces to make a strong contrasting colour statement about the space. This will command your attention and draw the eye. A softer way to contrast materials could be sandstone paving as the edge and washed Caledonian cobbles as a mulch in a minimal gravel with ornamental grasses garden. How you decide to contrast your edging materials is very dependent on the style of space you want to achieve. Transition points are very important in the garden as they mark movement from one space to the next. An abrupt change from one material to another will work but sometimes it is good to be more subtle. Solid paving could stop forming the edge and stepping stones of the same paving could continue in gravel pieces to mark the gentle transition. The use of long strips of paving in gravel has become very popular and is a great way to make the gentle transition. The stone planks work well to indicate change of direction on the ground too. Think of them as stripes, laid width ways they will make the space feel wider and length ways longer and thinner. For more in depth advice or garden design help please get in touch to arrange a consultation. GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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Villages around royston - Exhibition Last year a small group of WaterAid volunteers looked at the period before piped water arrived in the villages around Royston in the 1930’s. With assistance from staff members of Cambridge Central Library, Royston Library and Royston Museum we drew on maps, published accounts, and extracts from taperecorded oral histories. The result is our free to borrow “Villages Here & Villages There” Exhibition. It comprises illustrated vertical stands and free-standing panels. They display photographs and detailed accounts of water-cart deliveries, water stand pipes, “night soil men” going about their work, and the use of chamber pots and garden “privies” in Royston’s nearby villages: HERE. These important historic images and accounts - including original objects - are available free to borrow by local schools or groups. They stand in the exhibition

alongside images of WaterAid’s vital work in desperately poor villages THERE across the world. Royston’s Town Mayor Councillor Iain Leggett very kindly launched this ‘Villages Here & Villages There’ Exhibition recently in Royston Museum. It is in the Museum until Saturday 16th March available to be visited free during Museum opening hours. Some highly unique “experience” raffle prizes are listed there to be won. At 11am on Saturday 16th March Tim Baker, Principal Hydrogeologist and Managing Director, B.A. Hydro Solutions Ltd based in Shepreth will give a related talk with Q & A at the Museum. Free admission. All welcome. For information about borrowing Exhibition: 01763 260253 or email





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50 Years of Greneway School 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


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Home & Garden 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.Since its launch in 2005, The Listing has been proud to support the very many clubs and societies.

Royston u3a New Year New Venue Royston U3A has moved to the Town Hall for monthly meetings following the devastating fire at the parish church. More than 170 members attended our first meeting at the new venue and chairman Jackie Gellert thanked Steve the caretaker for setting everything up - sound system, screen and seating. Heraldry expert Chloe Cockerill gave an absorbing talk on heraldry at the packed meeting. The next monthly meeting will be on March 26th at 2pm in the Town Hall with a talk on the amazing history of lighthouses with Mark Lewis. Doors open at 1.30pm. Contact Jackie Gellert: jackieroystonu3a@ or 01763 248097

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The highlight of our March programme will be Youth Makes Music, our annual showcase for the amazing musical talent to be found in our schools. An extra treat this year is that for the first time YMM is moving to the internationally celebrated Saffron Hall. Fired by the thrill of appearing on the same stage as many professional orchestras and artistes, we’re sure the children will pull out all the stops. In February we were delighted to make a donation of £2,500 from the funds raised by the Swimathon in October. The money went to Stand-by-me, the charity for bereaved children in North Herts.

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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We meet on the second Thursday in the month at 1.45pm in Fellowship Hall next to the Picture Palace. We are a friendly, welcoming group of women from a wide variety of backgrounds with varied interests. Our group has many activities to choose from and at our March meeting we look forward to hearing about the work of a provincial auctioneer. If you would like to meet others in your local community WI is a very good place to start and we will be delighted to see you. Friendship is what we do. For more information please ring Eunice on 01763 231658 or Jean on 01763 245958

Royston Townswomen Guild

Buried lakes beneath the Antarctic icecap, a lack of moisture and the existence of fur seals, were some of the strange facts learnt from Rodney Tibbs at this month’s meeting. He shared a photographic record of his journey with the British Antartic Survey team via the Falkland Islands and South Georgia to a summer in Antartica. Colourful shots of very English style gardens in Port Stanley contrasted with photographs of giant icebergs and various species of penguin. An entertaining talk of a part of the world which few are able to visit.’ A warm welcome awaits you at our next meeting 6th March at 2pm The Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall

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The Conservators of Therfield heath As the first buds appear the Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens have been working hard behind the scenes to manage the site for all users and to ensure the future of the site is safeguarded.

usage of the heath work. along with a design competition to produce a logo for the new and improved website that we are working on. Meetings with Natural England to look at A further public meeting is planned for April a ten year management plan and a visit to open up discussion on car parking, dog to Ashdown Forest visitor centre in East walking and the bye laws which have not Sussex to understand the challenges and been updated since 1989. opportunities that other large sites have. With the ground very wet after the snow of Meetings with tenants, HLS agreement holders. Orienteering, numerous organisations late January and early February came the that want to run events on the Heath. Plus the heavy rain. That brings its own challenges of slippery paths and a grass surface which public election at Royston Town Hall on 12th can be damaged. Even the golfers banned Feb with a record 220 people attending. trolleys and buggies to protect the grass. The agenda doesn’t change with Royston’s Late January saw a tournament organised continued expansion, education is still the key by Royston Rugby Club with over 300 female to keeping the Heath a great place for all to Rugby players having a great time. It was use, with social media being the quickest way quickly followed in February with Royston to get a message out. Runners entertaining 400 athletes. Our first School education visit will take place Enquiries may be directed to on March 7th with over 70 children from Greneway school visiting to understand how education is the key to make the increased

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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, Reed SG8 8AP First Sunday of the month 4-5.30pm

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But as I went along and followed the two questions to ask whilst creating that “Tidy House, Tidy Mind” pathway to freedom, does We’ve all heard the saying; Tidy House, it serve a purpose? Does Tidy Mind. But how true is it? Well in my it bring you joy? I held a experience very true. My most recent cake mixer in my hands that obsession is minimalism. I watched the Netflix my Gran gave me when I documentary “Minimalism” and I could feel it moved out of my parents’ changing my life as I watched clean, clutter home seven years ago and realised that I have free spaces move along the TV screen. I have never made a cake and that was the start. I always considered myself tidy, and having am still making my way through this journey a complete clear out wasn’t unusual but this but I can say my house and importantly my time I had a different perspective. Minimalism mind have a lot more space. I also have more isn’t just about having less stuff, studies have time to do the things I enjoy. The benefits of shown that is can be a way to combat mental a minimal life is never ending, but the ones I illness, by having fewer things to distract have noticed in myself, a sense of freedom or trigger you, your mental health can be from being overwhelmed, rid myself of excess positively affected. stuff, and my favourite one the freedom from Minimalism gives you more freedom. Say the consumer culture that we see so regularly. what? I know, I was the same at first but I So take one small space at a time and see how began the complete overhaul in my very your mind can feel so much happier. tiny kitchen with the idea that surely I won’t KIM FLETCHER have much to release from the cupboards. | 01763 248447 1903 The Listing Villages March 2019.indd 39

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‘Happy Mother’s Day to all our amazing mums, step-mums, mums no longer able to be with us and those dads who are filling the space mum left… Our mums do so much for us and are a large part of our lives and all deserve to be appreciated every day, not just Mother’s Day! Personally like many mums mine is priceless and is and always will be such an amazing influence on me, as a mum and good friend! Psst.. don’t tell her but colourful boquet and special gift is planned to brighten up her special day!

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For the first time in the history of Royston Runners, the hosts were awarded both Women’s A&B team titles as well as the It is marathon season and there are lots overall Men and Women Combined trophy. of Royston Runners training for upcoming events. Sunday 3rd March is the Cambridge The women’s performance was particularly remarkable given the ninth placed position Half Marathon. This is a very popular local race and we have a large team taking part. last year! The men narrowly missed out on There will be plenty of supporters along the the winners’ trophy despite clinching 5 out route as well as the official Royston Runner of the 10 top spots on the day. Royston’s home success was a product of teamworkcheering spot at mile 7! from the gritty runners to the hardy, Over the next few months you might spot enthusiastic and motivating marshals, it large groups of runners out early on a really was a whole club event! Credit also Saturday and Sunday morning getting the goes to the race director, and supporters, long training runs in. as well as the Heath Cafe Bar for hosting Sunday 10th February saw the final the league presentation. fixture of the Herts Sunday League Cross Country Championships hosted by Royston Runners at Therfield Heath. With Royston in contention for the league title closely pursued by Trent Park, home turf was certainly an advantage. In true cross-country fashion, conditions were testing; mud and driving rain in addition to the familiar hills of the heath proved too much for the visiting clubs | 01763 248447

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Professional We’ve Always Done Business This Way Decades ago, I spent a holiday based in a granite farmhouse on the edge of Dartmoor, with nothing to read except old copies of the Readers’ Digest. I still remember one of the reader’s letters – and it went something like this: At an army base, the day before the big Passing Out Parade, everyone was hard at work sprucing up the base for the following day’s guests. The letter writer, as a young recruit, was painting kerb stones white by the Gatehouse when he accidentally knocked over his pot of paint. He quickly picked it up, but not before a large puddle had sloshed onto the road. He couldn’t wipe it up and, with the parade being the very next day, he had very little time to think of a solution. Our resourceful recruit decided that, as he couldn’t clear it up, the least he could do would be to make it look smart, so he decided to paint his puddle into a large, regular rectangle on the road. Amazingly, no-one said a word, and the next

day’s parade passed without a hitch. Several years later, our recruit – now a seasoned veteran, returned to the base as a guest of honour at a passing out parade of that year’s officer hopefuls. Imagine his surprise as he drove up to the Gatehouse – not only was the white square still there, but a new recruit was diligently touching up the paintwork ready for the big day! I tell this story to business managers who resist change with the line, ‘We’ve always done things this way! Never be afraid to question why you do things this way? At the very least it might free up some valuable resources but, you never know, it might be the vital question that keeps you in business – just ask Nokia, Blockbuster Video, PanAm, Kodak, MySpace, Woolworths, need I go on?

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As many local people know, Royston Choral Society has been based in the Parish Church since it first started over 40 years ago. Most concerts are performed there and nearly all rehearsals take place there too. Our next concert scheduled for 6th April and the Bach concert is booked for beautiful Ashwell Parish Church. Our summer concert will be in Barkway Parish Church as planned. Meanwhile we wish our Royston Parish Church hosts well and will be planning a fundraising event to support them.

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For further details please contact Yvonne Wright 07872 880107 • 01462 743159 Email

Psst... Royston Chamber of commerce Quiz

Enter your teams of up to 6. £10 entry which includes chilli and garlic bread supper Very limited numbers. The Old Bull Inn Thursday 4th April 6pm

cath mentions... We can help your business, event or organisation with all your print, design and digital marketing needs • Business Card Design & Print • Copywriting & Content Creation • Design • Digital Marketing • E-newsletters Set-up & Management • Leaflet Design & Print • Print Services • Promotional Items • Publishing Projects • Social Media Set-up & Management • Website Creation, Healthchecks, Management

Happy Mothers’ Day! (or Mothering Sunday as I was brought up to say) We’re spoilt for choice at this time of year as the Spring flowers come into bloom, there’s nothing cheerier than a simple bunch of tulips or daffodils to brighten the home, throw in a country walk to one of our fabulous local pubs for Sunday lunch and there’s the perfect Mother’s Day right there!

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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 43 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Service Ltd 44

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Hadham Brewery Ltd

9 23

Garden Centre

Our Advertisers

Arrington Garden Centre 2 Bickerdikes 6,10,13,29

Gardening Services BrowniePoints 37 Garden Design Solutions 50 Leaf & Lawn 47 The Green Lounge 31

Marketing & Advertising Services The Listing


D & J Garage Services


Motor Services Opticians J Oliver Radley Opticians

Pet Care Services

Building & Construction Services

Golf Club

LW Petcare Services

Heydon Grange Golf & Country Club 12



Health Therapist

DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

C P Building Services


Davey’s Butchers


Care Homes

Margaret House St Georges Nursing Home

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

12 6 38 16 31

Childcare Services

Bumpkins Nursery Flying Start Montessori Nursery

5 3

Cleaning Services

British Window & General Cleaning Co Daily Poppins Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning

36 5 17

Coach Hire, Trips & Holidays Richmonds Coaches

Computer Services The PC Doctor



Royston Complementary Health Sanet Foot Care

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

17 Property Services Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services S Borley & Son Smooth Design Spires House Clearance

Decorating & Restorations Service 47

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers


Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters


Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

Farm Shop

Bury Lane Farm Shop

17 37 24

Financial Services KD Wright Financial Services Limited 43


Bonfitness Pilates 40 Gymbo’s 40 Jane Edwards 41 Jazzercise 39


31 47 47 31 20

Complete Bathroom Solutions Kendall Install Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd Trademark Kitchens

47 35

Plumbing & Heating Services H20 38 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 47

Promotional Items, Signs and Graphics Unlimited Logos


Premier Roofing


Self Storage Royston Self Storage


Tiling Services South Cambs Tiling


Tree Services 9

Insurance Services Penguin Insurance



House Clearance


48 40

9 29 3 18

Home Improvements & Handyman Services

Decorating Services

Ashwell Dental Royston Dental Suite

40 39



Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited

37 32

Venue Hire Royston Town Football Club


Veterinary Practices Royston Veterinary Centre

36 47 16 14

24 8

Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services Cloudy 2 Clear Windows 38 Elglaze 31

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

35 33 32 17 16 17

Legal Services The Walkers Partnership Wills By David Isherwood

44 43

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Loving Local Living

Decorating & Restoration Service


Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden

Painting & Decorating

Call Dave

Carpentry • Doors • Locks • DIY • Flat-Packs • Shelving • Flooring • Painting & Decorating • Wall & Floor Tiling • Odd Jobs • Shed Re-Felting • Pressure Washing • Fence Spraying • Gutters Cleared •

Coving & Plastering Sash Window Restoration & Repairs

• Free Friendly Advice & Quotes Given • No Job Too Small Fully Insured • City & Guilds Qualified • CRB Checked

Tel: 01763 230100 Mob: 07747 805920


BUILDING SERVICES No job too small

AllAllwork work undertakenNo jobNo too small undertaken toojob small


LMJ Plumbing & Heating


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


Extenstions Extenstions • Extensions Groundwork Groundwork • Groundwork Alterations Alterations • Alterations Patios Patios • Patios

01763 221019

Royston’s No1 07944 912198

Wallpaper Hanging

All work undertaken


Small Works Works •Small Small Works Fencing •Fencing Fencing Brickwork •Brickwork Brickwork Repointing •Repointing Repointing

CONTACT 01763 662 785 / 07737 476 709  References Available

C O N T A C CT O N T A C T 01763 662 785

01763 662 785

07737 476 709

07737 476 709


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Lee Jauncey

01763 853927 07973 190978

References Available

NEED A LOCAL, RELIABLE EXPERIENCED AND TIDY PLASTERER? CALL DAVE ON: 0793 267 9851 EVENINGS: 01954 715 860 FREE ESTIMATES All aspects of plastering including: Skimming over artex and old walls and ceilings. Plasterboarding and coving. External rendering and pebble dashing. Traditional lime rendering. Also painting and decorating if required.

Plastering | Carpentry | Plumbing | Tiling | Certified Electrics

Call for free design and estimate Recommendations / references if required. Local Tradesman with 20 years experience 01767 631716 or 07808 367542


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