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SG8 Villages PLUS Ashwell November 2019 Issue 171

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inside... East Anglia Children’s hospice Remembrance sunday Fireworks & much more...

Connecting Community & Businesses

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Abington Piggotts, Arrington, Ashwell, Barkway, Barley, Bassingbourn, Fowlmere, Gt Chishill, Guilden Morden, Heydon, Kelshall, Kneesworth, Litlington, Melbourn, Meldreth, Odsey, Orwell, Reed, Shepreth, Steeple Morden, Therfield, Thriplow, Whaddon, Wimpole

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You are warmly invited to the Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Christmas event on Saturday 16th November 2019. Join us in our Hertfordshire studio anytime between 9:45am – 5pm to kick off the festive season with mulled wine, mince pies and beautiful jewellery! Get a first look at our brand new, limited edition Christmas collection for 2019. Give your favourite piece of jewellery a new lease of life with a free jewellery clean. See our talented goldsmiths hard at work in our open workshop or have a go behind the bench yourself and personalise your own disc pendant for just £35, £10 of which we’ll donate to Garden House Hospice. Fun for the whole family, children can enjoy beading workshops where they’ll get to create their very own Christmas decorations. Free event from 9:45am to 5pm at North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Hertfordshire, SG4 7DP 01462 790565 Free parking and a disabled entrance

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Loving Local Living Travel from Royston

DAY TRIPS 10 Nov Duxford Imperial War Museum


14 Nov Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair


16 Nov Birmingham Frankfurt Xmas Market £26.00 16 Nov Melton Mowbray (optional ChocFest) £22.50 22 Nov Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre


23 Nov Bruges Christmas Market


26 Nov Boundary Mills/Downtown Shopping £24.50 27 Nov London Shopping/Hyde Park Winter £24.00 4

Dec St Albans Christmas Market



Dec Stratford-upon-Avon Xmas Market



Dec Thursford – Matinee including Meal



Dec Lincoln Christmas Market



Dec Rochester Dickensian Xmas Market



Dec London Christmas Lunch Cruise


12 Dec Wisley Gardens Glow


14 Dec Thursford – Evening including Meal


15 Dec London Shopping/Hyde Park Winter £24.00 16 Dec Christmas at Kew Gardens


17 Dec Thursford – Matinee


18 Dec Thursford – Matinee including Meal




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21 Nov *English National Ballet: Le Corsaire


21 Nov *White Christmas – Evening


23 Nov *Jack Whitehall Stood Up – 02 Arena £79.50 3

Dec *Wicksteed Park Christmas Show


4/10 Dec Brick Lane Music Hall – Christmas


13 Dec Goldilocks & 3 Bears – Palladium Mat £65.00 14 Dec Christmas Cracker – RPO – Matinee


20 Dec The Nutcracker – ENB – Matinee


20 Dec Olympia Horseshow – Evening



Jan *Mary Poppins – Matinee



Jan *The Lion King – Evening


22 Jan Les Miserables – Matinee


30 Jan Phantom of the Opera inc Lunch




Feb *Tina the Musical – Evening

27 Feb *The King and I – Milton Keynes – Mat £65.00


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28 Feb Cirque Du Soleil – Luzia – Matinee



Mar Mary Poppins – Matinee



Mar Mary Poppins – Evening



Jun *Pretty Woman – Evening


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This November we’re showcasing everything from firework displays to an 80’s themed disco night. We shine our spotlight on East Anglia’s Children Tuesday 12th November Hospices, dive into the life of Therfield First School Headteacher, Tara McGovern, and of course take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices made by men and women for Remembrance Sunday. As always, we give recognition to some of the great businesses and charities that bolster our community and look to give back to those who give us so much. Last but not least, we tell you about some of the fantastic upcoming markets, Royston & District Annual Model Railway Exhibition and the newly introduced Royston Book Hunt. In November we’re also offering children aged 4-10 the opportunity to showcase their talents to the town and thus we present The Listing’s December Cover Competition. For further details on how to enter, turn to page 25. We’re grateful for the continued support from our readers, contributors and the community as a whole. The deadline for submissions for our Christmas magazines is 12th November.

The Listing Team

Cath Director & Publisher

Sharon Advertising & Media Sales

Tom Publishing Assistant

Monica Designer

Laurie What’s On

Molly Marketing Assistant



Out & About - Royston Remembrance


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


What’s On


My Local Life - Tara McGovern


Looking After You


Hidden Royston



Royston Edition November 2019 Issue 171

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In This Issue ...

Spotlight On - East Anglia’s Children Hospices


Our sister publication: The Listing Royston & MUCH MORE


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RS • WHAT’S ON • 01763 248447 • This Month’s Contributors: Richard Arnott, Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Chris Lee, Royston Museum Photographer: Clive Porter Published by: Townhouse Publishing Ltd Cover Photo: Bex Iles @roystonhertsphotography Disclaimer All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted

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SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING Wednesday 6th November 6.30 – 8.00pm

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Could you Help at Home? East Anglian families need you!

Here East Anglia’s Children’s Hopsices care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk as well as supporting their families. We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies - at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich). We’re recognised as world leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation. For funding, we rely on voluntary donations and income from our shops - as well as the championing support from our royal patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and similarly we rely on volunteers to help improve the lives of those we wish to help.

Charlotte Redmond, EACH Volunteer Coordinator, says: “I only started working at EACH a couple of months ago and already I’m seeing what an amazing effect the Help at Home programme can have on the lives of families. I’ve no doubt we should be expanding the programme to reach more families who need simple practical support to make their day-today lives that little bit easier.” The only thing you need to get involved is time to give! You can get more information by contacting Charlotte at 07889 251385 or email There are plenty of volunteering opportunities at EACH. You can visit the website to find out how you can support us. For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit or call the Cambridgeshire fundraising office on 01223 204916

EACH thrives on the generous support of our volunteers across all areas of the charity. This Autumn, we’re recruiting enthusiastic volunteers for our Help at Home programme. The families who receive support from EACH would often also benefit from practical support at home. For them, spending time together and making the most of every moment is more important than getting the ironing done or painting the garden fence. And that’s where you come in. The families need volunteers ready to step into their homes and gardens and relieve some of the burden by taking on these household tasks! The Help at Home programme at EACH is such a valuable part of the support service we offer. | 01763 248447 1911 The Listing Villages.indd 7

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NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES... Since its launch in 2005, The Listing has been proud to support the very many clubs and societies. We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies on our website:

Positive Movement

Our unique and hugely successful Positive Movement classes are available throughout Hertfordshire. The classes are for: older people, anyone who is frail and/or at risk of falls, those who experience mobility issues or a physical disability, as well as people living with a limiting long-term illness. The programme is effective and fun, with participants reporting that they are less anxious, more confident, can move with greater ease and experience fewer aches and pains as a result. An 81 year old has said “My flexibility has greatly improved – however the best bit for me was watching everybody improve week by week!” Another participant reported “These classes have made a massive difference to my life and health.” Each session, costing £4, consists of an hour of gentle exercise and movement followed by time to socialise over tea and biscuits. For details and to reserve a place telephone 01462 678804 or email

ROyston WI PM

Ladies, if you are looking for an enjoyable way to spend the second Thursday afternoon of the month, plus the opportunity to make new friends, consider checking out our sociable group. We normally meet in Fellowship Hall (next to the Picture Palace) from around 1.45pm but our December meeting will be held at the Heath cafe. Visitors are most welcome so please come along and join us for some pre-Christmas fun and get to meet some other members over a cuppa in a friendly atmosphere. Our various interests include ukulele, discussing books, walking our local footpaths, having lunch together, working on crafts, visiting places of interest and theatre trips. We have plenty of diverse and interesting talks arranged for future meetings plus a variety of things planned to keep us occupied over the Winter months; please come and enjoy them with us. For more information please contact: Eunice: 01763 231658 or Jean: 01763 245958

Royston WI AM During our October member’s social meeting members chat and socialise together over coffee. There are quizzes to take part in, with members working in groups, which always gives rise to plenty of discussion. We also held a ‘Bring and Buy’ stall in aid of our charity this year - Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. WI AM meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Market Hill Rooms, Royston. Coffee and tea is served from 9.45 am with speaker following on. Visitors are welcome. Please contact: Pat Morritt 01763 661627

Melbourn u3A & District The Wednesday 20th November 2019 speaker meeting at Melbourn Village College will feature John Hall speaking about Zeppelins. Doors open 2.30pm. Come along for afternoon tea, meet us and find out what we do. Be our guest for your first visit.

Royston Mencap

At Royston & District Mencap we welcome all disabilities and ages; membership is £15 per year, giving you access to outings and events more locally throughout the year. If you’re interested, why not attend our AGM on Monday 9th December 2019 at the Heath Social Club from 7pm where you can meet other members and speak to Committee members about any concerns you may have. This will also be a bit of a festive occasion – complete with photo booth - leading up to Christmas. We have had a number of successful outings and events this year and are already exploring several possibilities for next year and hope to come up with something different to that we have done previously. For more information on what we do and our memberships, please call Linda on 07767 847796, Kyra 07780 843296 or visit

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Friends of Therfield Heath We are privileged to live close to a beautiful natural resource, Therfield Heath, with rarities such as the Pasque flower and the Chalkhill Blue butterfly.

spotting picnic, an extremely popular Easter Egg hunt and erected 30 bird and bat boxes. Everyone is welcome to join events and members enjoy discounts.

The chances are that you have enjoyed this wonderful Heath by eating at the Heath Café, playing sport, wildlife spotting, attending an event such as the Kite Festival or simply by running or walking on it. Are you aware that there is no public funding for the Heath? The Conservators look after the Heath but need more finance and resource to keep it at its best. The Friends of Therfield Heath, which is independent of the Conservators, was formed with the objective to support them as best we can both financially and also by undertaking various tasks, such as the recent litter picking day. But we also want to help you enjoy the Heath as much as possible, so we aim to provide enjoyable and informative events for your benefit.

Membership fees are set low so that all are able to join, the minimum being £12/year for individuals, £16 for a family, but voluntary extra donations are very welcome. If everyone in Royston and local villages joined then the Heath’s future would be secured, so please do join us via our website

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Loving Local Living We are offering two children  (aged between 4-10  years old) the opportunity to publish their work on The Listing front covers this DECEMBER



Images must be Winter or Christmas related - they can be drawings, painting, Visit photographs - the limit is DecCoverComp your imagination! for full details Closing date: Friday 8th November 2019

Office / Meetings & Events / Catering Space Available NOW, for long and short term lets Potential uses could include: • Catering, Studios • Light workshop, • Playschool (inside & out facility) • Gym • Parking available

Storage space (ranging from small to large) – flexible and secure

Please contact Alex Dimsdale Mobile: 07825 389 269 Email:


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MATHS MASTERY Tuition in Melbourn.

Tutoring for: Early Years, Key Stage 1,Key Stage 2

Primary school teacher and Maths Mastery specialist

Making maths fun and increasing confidence in the subject.

Contact: Louise Carter .

Email: Tel: 07790 426396.

STUDLANDS RISE FIRST SCHOOL Studlands Rise, Royston, Herts. SG8 9HB Tel: 01763 243930 Email: DO YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO IS DUE TO START NURSERY OR RECEPTION IN SEPTEMBER 2020? If you do, then we would like to meet you and give you a tour of our school. Please telephone or email the school office to book – dates are available this term from late September. We can offer flexible Nursery up to 30 hours per week. We also have on site Breakfast and After School Clubs which provide wrap-around childcare. Please visit our website for further information or contact the school office. Our Nursery Application Form can also be found on our website We will be accepting applications for Nursery places from Monday 7th October 2019 to Friday 31st January 2020. We look forward to meeting you soon.


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Out & About...

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Remembrance Sunday Remembrance Sunday 2019 will fall on

Sunday 10th of November with Armistice day following on Monday 11th November. This year marks several anniversary’s relating to the Second World War including 80 years since the Second World War began, 75 years since the D-Day Landings, the battles of Arnhem, Monty Casino, Kohima and Imphal In Royston, as across the Nation we will come together to remember and honour the sacrifice of all those of our Armed and Civilian forces who in two World Wars and later conflicts, have given their lives in defence of our freedom. During the Second World War the areas surrounding Royston were home to many service personnel from many different Nations; for example RAF Bassingbourn would become station 121 of the 8th United States Army Air Force and would be home between October 1942 and June of 1945 to the 91st Bombardment Group Heavy. By the wars end this Bomb Group would have suffered the highest casualty rate of any group in the 8th USAAF with 920 airmen killed, 123 missing in action and 959 captured; we will remember the sacrifice made by all our allies in securing our freedom.

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Sunday 10th November Parade forms up in Queens Road, Royston - please arrive no later than 10.00am. The parade steps off at 10.25am and arrives at Melbourn Street War Memorial 10.35am. The service of Remembrance starts 10.45am All are welcome to participate in the parade. Monday 11th November 10.50am at Royston War Memorial, Melbourn Street, followed by a service in the Priory Memorial Gardens at the Memorial to the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) USAAF.

We should also remember all those veterans and families still living, whose lives have been forever changed through their service; for many, every day is remembrance day. This year will see the return to the War Memorial of the Memorial Display Panels, honouring all those named on the towns War Memorial, which were displayed for the first time last year in collaboration with the group “What Royston Did”. The panels will be on display from Monday 4th November until Monday 18th November LEST WE FORGET Chris Murphy Chairman Royal British Legion Royston Branch | 01763 248447 1911 The Listing Villages.indd 11

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Markets in November

Orwell Pannier Market

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

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market

1st Saturday monthly, Sat 2nd November, 9am - 2pm Linton Village College

News from RoystoN Market

Letchworth Bakery

Fowlmere Farmers Market

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 16th November,9.30am - 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School

Herts Country Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays, Corn Exchange, Royston. From 8am

Outdoor Market

Every Wednesday and Saturday, Market Hill, Royston. From 8am - approx. 3pm

If you run a market in the SG8 area please let us know and we can include in next issue!

Letchworth Bakery have been providing Royston Market with fresh bread, cakes and pastries for over five years now. You can always be sure of a warm welcome from mum and son team Darani and Irusha who are on the market on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Or if you are feeling like spoiling yourself why not try their muffins, doughnuts, iced buns, Chelsea buns and bread pudding.

The wide selection of bread includes GI, tiger, wholemeal, granary sourdough as well as gluten free options.

To keep up to date with the Market News follow, @RoystonMarket on Facebook

Letchworth Bakery also kindly donates produce to Royston’s foodbank and is a popular fixture on the market so they come very highly recommended!

Luxury New Care Home Opening this winter, offering bespoke residential, dementia and respite care. Melbourn Springs Care Home will provide ample living spaces, a daily life-enrichment programme of activities and choice in delicious meals.

Call: 01763 722304 Hyacinth Drive, Melbourn, SG8 6FY

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HC Jewellers & Gold Buying Centre are situated in the heart of Royston, established in 2013. An independent family-run jewellers offering a high level of customer service and a range of stock you won’t find in other high street chains. They Stock:

Beautiful Gold & Silver Jewellery Wedding & Engagement Rings Pre-Owned, Refurbished Jewellery Prestige Pre-Owned Watches

Business Profile

Their Services Include:

Jewellery Repairs & Alterations Watch & Clock Repairs & Servicing Watch Batteries & Straps Bespoke Design Service Insurance & Probate Valuations Engraving They Also Buy Your Unwanted:

Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Jewellery in any condition, Vintage & Prestige Watches, Diamonds & Gemstones, Silver & Gold Coins

Meet the team...

Hanna is a qualified graduate Gemologist who trained at the Gem-A Institute in Hatton Garden London. It is her passion to identify and work with precious gemstones. She also manages all bespoke work and jewellery alterations. Carla specialises in the purchase of precious metals and is happy to assess and test any items of jewellery that you are unsure of. Aaron is very knowledgeable and has a broad understanding of the watch industry. He manages all watch sales and enquiries, repairs and servicing. The immediate family have worked in the jewellery industry for over 25 years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

HC Jewellers & Gold Buying Centre, 8 High Street, Royston SG8 9AG 01763 244705

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December Opening Times 10:00am - 04:00pm Sunday 22nd 09:00am - 05:30pm Monday 23rd Christmas Eve 09:00am - 04:00pm Re-open Friday 3rd January as usual. 8 High Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 9AG

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Curwens Gallery Curwens Gallery is pleased once again to have the exhibits of four local artists and craftspeople.

Maggie Allen - spring and early summer trips to the north with clear blue skies and summer sunshine inspired me to paint Poppies and Puffins in bright vibrant colours for this years exhibition. Christine Norman has produced new work which includes atmospheric, semi abstract paintings in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. Graham Rayner designs and makes high quality contemporary furniture, wooden clocks, and boxes. He also repairs and restores older furniture. oF Rowland Penfold combines both traditional evaD ta sucoF and ruOunusual techniques to make items that are .sremraf lacol mtruly orf unique using mainly native grown timbers. The exhibition is open from 14th November yad larutan dnauntil ria January 2020, with an open evening on 19th November, 6-8pm. Please pop in and see what we have on offer at 17 High Street, Royston, SG8 9AA

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Carla Travers

Jim Anderson

Nicholas Witham-Mueller st

James Robertson

Richard Barley

October 31 - November 2nd 2019 Hertford Theatre

Box Office: 01992 531500

Tickets - £19 / £17 conc.

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Bury Lane WiN Fabulous New Gift Hall & Welcoming Cafe

*NEW* Walk through a Christmas Tree Winter Wonderland to our Magical Christmas Shop

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Traditional Parkin Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to November’s edition of The Listing.


To begin, pour the oats, flour, and spices into a large heat proof bowl and stir together. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed saucepan, add the brown sugar, black treacle, golden syrup, butter and lard and heat gently until the butter and lard are melted, the sugar has dissolved and all ingredients are combined together but take care NOT to let the mixture boil. Now leave this to cool for five minutes.

This month I would like to share with you a traditional recipe for Parkin. Traditionally made of the first Sunday of November and enjoyed mainly through the winter months - such is the warming effect of the fiery ginger! There is one thing to note before you embark on a Parkin baking adventure; the cake, once made, benefits greatly from being left for five days to develop in texture and flavour, so please remember to allow for the extra days when making it! One note of interest, this is the traditional recipe for Yorkshire Parkin. Lancashire Parkin is all golden syrup and consequently is lighter in colour Next pour the liquid mixture onto the dried and sweeter in flavour... Which is best? ingredients and stir well to ensure there That is yours to decide! are no pockets of flour remaining. Now You will need 1 x 20cm square deepstir in your crystallised ginger, the beaten sided tin, lined with greased baking egg and the milk until you have a liquid parchment sticky mixture. Pour into the lined baking tin and pop into the oven for around an Parkin hour. Because of the dark colour of this 220g oats, blitzed in blender to a medium cake you will need to be careful not to course consistency over cook it. A cocktail stick or skewer will be clean when inserted into a cooked 100g self raising flour cake and the top will be springy to the 2 tsp ground ginger touch - although firmer than a traditional sponge. When you are happy the cake 1tsp mixed spice is cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin. Once cool, turn 1/2 tsp ground mace the cake upside down, remove the baking 200g black treacle parchment and cut into portions then turn the correct way up and leave in an airtight 60g golden syrup tin for five days to allow the flavours to 130g brown sugar mature and the ‘stickiness’ to develop. This cake is best enjoyed around a 100g butter roaring bonfire with good friends but stay 25g lard safe dear readers, and always practice good bonfire etiquette. Remember to 50g finely diced crystallised ginger check for nesting hedgehogs before you light up! 1 egg from happy and free running hens 2 tbsp milk

Until next time dear reader...

Tallulah Le Fey x


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Leisure —  Pumpkin Carving

Fri 1st, Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd Nov, 11am-4.15pm Wimpole Farm, SG8 0BW Enjoy some autumnal fun for all the family For full details on times and prices, visit:

Painting with Pixels

1st - 27th Nov Melbourn Hub, Melbourn, SG8 6DZ Artist Yasmeen Farooqui exhibition

—  Bonfire & Fireworks

Fri 1st Nov, 6pm KJAR -Roysia Site, Royston SG8 5EQ Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm. Food, refreshments and face painting. Tickets £3 for adults, £2.50 for children or £10 for a family ticket.

—  Fireworks Display

Fri 1st Nov, 6.30pm Petersfield School, Orwell SG8 5QG A wonderful evening of fireworks. Tickets cost £5 for adults (£3 in advance) or £3 for children (£2 in advance)

Event key — Halloween events — Fireworks events — Christmas events

What’s On...

—  Melbourn Primary Fireworks Sat 2nd Nov, 5.30-8pm Melbourn Village College, SG8 6EF A marvellous evening of fireworks featuring a bar, snacks, and a BBQ. Visit: melbournprimaryschool

—  Friends of Reed School and St Mary’s Church Fireworks Sat 2nd Nov, 6pm Reed Green, Reed SG8 8AX Bar open from 5pm, fireworks at 6.45pm, followed by a bonfire. Free entry, but donations welcome. Don’t forget your torch!

Tue 5th Nov, 6-7pm Barkway Recreation Ground, Barkway SG8 8DF Bonfire to be lit at 6.30pm, Fireworks to start at 7pm. Food and refreshments available! Suggested donation is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

—  Homemade at The Barn Christmas Shopping Evening

Sat 2nd Nov, 6pm

Wed 6th Nov, 6-9pm The Barn, Bassingbourn SG8 5JL A chance to have canapes and a glass of wine whilst finishing your Christmas shopping in style! For more details call Sally 07730 496225

A stunning firework display with burgers, hotdogs, sweets and glow novelties for sale. Family viewing room for babies and small children. Tickets are £4 adults, £3 children or £12 family.

Wed 6th Nov, 6.30-8pm Freman College, Buntingford SG9 9BT A chance to look round and learn more about Freman College’s Sixth Form. or 01763 271 818

—  Icknield Walk Fireworks

Icknield Walk School, Royston SG8 7EZ

Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 3rd Nov, 10am-4pm Great Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH Chairman’s Charity Night Come and browse an array of antiques Fri 1st Nov, 7-11pm and vintage stalls, with tea and cake The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW A fantastic music night featuring three available. Entry costs £1. To find out distinctive bands and a finger buffet, all more email in aid of the NHDC Chairman’s Charity or visit North Herts and Stevenage Branch Elgar-Dream of Gerontius Parkinson UK, funds to be used in Sun 3rd Nov, 7.30pm Royston. Tickets £15, call Jean Green Haileybury College, Hertford SG13 7NU on 07715 275918 or 01763 249886 Members are very excited about singing ‘The Dream’. It will be a Oliver! challenge, but Royston Choral Fri 1st Nov, 7.30pm Sat 2nd Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Society are confident that their Hertford Theatre, Hertford SG14 1PS Musical Director, Andrew O’ Brien will Limitless Academy of Performing Arts enable them to do justice to Elgar’s presents Lionel Bart’s Oliver! masterpiece. Tickets cost £19 or £17 concessions. For tickets and more information, visit: Melbourn Primary School Open Mornings Yew Tree Alpacas Mon 4th Nov, 9.30am Sat Nov 2nd, 10.30am-4.30pm Melbourn Primary School, SG8 6DB Yew Tree Cottage, Anstey, SG9 0DA An invitation for prospective parents A range of alpaca products and of children starting primary school in Christmas gifts including clothing, September 2020 cushions and yarns. For the full range of To book a place call the school office dates visit on 01763 223457 or email Children’s & Maternity Wear Sale Sat 2nd & Sat 30th Nov, 12.30-4pm A10 Bouncy Castles Soft Play Market Hill Rooms, SG8 9JL Tue 5th Nov, 9.15-11.15am Come and browse quality second Coombes Community Centre, Royston hand and new, maternity, baby and SG8 5PT children’s clothes and shoes (0-5 £5 per child or £13 for a family ticket years), designer to high street, all in for 3. Children under 6 months go free nearly new condition, waiting to be with a paying child. Snacks, tea and worn again. coffee are available to purchase. Come along on the day or call Nessa —  Ashwell School Fireworks on 07732 133007 Sat 2nd Nov, 5pm Ashwell Tennis Club, Ashwell SG7 5QF St Mary’s Catholic Primary Gates open at 5pm, fireworks start at School Open Morning 6.30pm. BBQ, bar and Stalls on offer. Tue 5th Nov, 10am-12noon Tickets £5 adults , £3 children. Tickets St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, available from Ashwell School office, Royston SG8 7DB Ashwell Chemist and Rhubard & A chance to look around the school Mustard (or on the gate on the night).


—  Barkway Bonfire & Fireworks

Freman College Sixth Form Open Evening

—  Halloween Ghost Walk

Wed 6th Nov, 7.30pm Royston Railway Station, SG8 5AH A spooky evening of Halloween fun. Tickets £6. each which are available from Royston Library or email Damien at

The Jewellery Clinic,

Thu 7th Nov, 4-8pm The Old Bull Inn Hotel, Royston SG8 9AW A chance to have jewellery cleaned and examined for a quote from experts. Visitors can also get a quote and even sell jewellery or comission new pieces right there and then. For more details call Keith 01462 743915 or Alan on 07966 296614

Quiz Night

Sat 9th Nov, 7pm Melbourn Hub, SG8 6DZ A Quiz Night in aid of Home Start Royston and Melbourn. Turn it on to Christmas. Teams of up to 8 people, ploughmans supper and nibbles included, tickets cost £10 and are available from the Hub or call 01763 263303 to book your table.

The Blues Skies Big Band Gig Sat 9th Nov, 7.30pm St Marys Church, Fowlmere SG8 7SU Entry £12 each on the door, children under 14 free. For more information email Barry Jones at: barry.a.jones@ or call 01763 208575

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service - Royston Sun 10th Nov, parade from 10am, service from 10.45am Parade forms up in Queens Road, Royston - please arrive no later than 10.00am. The parade steps off at 10.25am and arrives at Melbourn Street War Memorial 10.35am. The service of Remembrance starts 10.45am

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

Sun 10th Nov, 11am-3pm Melbourn Hub, SG8 6DZ Intriguing stalls packed with crafts, gifts and Christmas Goodies. Cafe open serving Barista coffees.

Joe Reveman Talk

Sun 10th Nov, 7.30pm Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Nuthampstead Airfield Museum announces a special talk by one of the 398th Bomb Group’s very own veterans, Joe Reveman. Light snacks will be provided, with drinks available to purchase, suggested donation £5.

Rotary Club Memory Café

Mon 11th Nov, 10am-12pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, SG8 7DA Welcoming people with memory issues and their carers on 11th November at the Town Hall (in Rm 11) while the Old Barn is being redecorated.

Remembrance Service

Drift Away Relaxation

Fri 15th Nov, 8-9pm Market Hill Rooms, Royston SG8 9JS Relax to the peaceful sound of the harp and completely unwind. £9 per person, booking is essential. To book call: 01763 247440

—  Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Christmas Event

Leisure Wine Tasting Evening

Thu 21st Nov, 7pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Steve Hovington, Principal Educator and Founder of The Cambridge Wine Academy in association with Lisa Pilgrim of Cambridge Wines. Tickets £21 including a light supper.

Sat 16th Nov, 9.45am-5pm North Barn, Weston SG4 7DP Join Harriet Kelsall in their Hertfordshire studio to kick off the festive season with mulled wine, mince pies and beautiful jewellery! Free event, 01462 790565.

Pamper Evening

Sat 16th Nov, 10am-3pm Coombes Community Centre, Royston SG8 5PT Local, high quality crafts at reasonable prices.

—  Christmas Open Studio

—  Royston Winter Crafts Fair

Royston & District Model Railway Annual Exhibition

Sat 16th Nov, 10am-4pm Bassingbourn Village College, SG8 5NJ Model railway exhibition with over 25+ layouts of different scales, 7 demonstrations, 5 Railway societies and 14 Traders

Mon 11th Nov, 10.50am Royston War Memorial, Melbourn St, Followed by a service in the Priory Memorial Gardens at the Memorial to the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) All Saints Melbourn Autumn Fayre USAAF. Sat 16th Nov, 11am-3pm HSRSC & Glazed Creations All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn Tue 12th Nov, 7.30pm SG8 6DY A wide variety of fun and Glazed Creations, Royston SG8 5AY interesting stalls raising money for All Tickets: £10 to include painter’s fee, Saints, set to feature a professional tea/coffee and cake! Painters can photographer, face painting and more! then choose and pay for their chosen —  Christmas Market pottery piece. Proceeds and raffle in Sun 17th Nov, 11am-3pm aid of Home-Start Royston & South King James Academy, Garden Walk, Cambridgeshire. Royston SG8 7JH Lots of fabulous Macular DegenerationTalk Christmas stalls and refreshments. Thu 14th Nov, 7.30pm Magic Mornings Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Wed 20th Nov, 10.30am-12pm Audrey Drage will speak about Macular Margaret House, Barley SG8 8JS Degeneration. She is a member of the Come and use the Tovertafel magic Macular Society and runs a support table- a series of light and motion group for the charity. All welcome. activated games for people with dementia, which motivate the mind Reed Book Sale and inspire those living with dementia Fri 15th Nov, 9am-5pm to be active whilst creating moments of Sat 16th Nov, 9am-4pm joy! 01763 848272 Reed Church, SG8 8AP Melbourn & District U3A Pop along and have a browse through Wed 20th Nov, 2.30pm the many genres of books at Reed’s Melbourn Village College, SG8 6EF annual book sale. Featuring something John Hall speaking about Zeppelins. for everyone’s reading taste, with tea Doors open at 2.30 pm. Come along and coffee available. for afternoon tea, meet us and find out Royston Town Mayor’s Quiz what we do. Be our guest for your first Night visit. Fri 15th Nov, 7.30pm King James Academy presents Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA The Little Shop of Horrors A fun quiz evening raising money for Thu 21st Nov, 6pm Royston Town Mayor’s Community Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd Nov, 7pm Trust Fund. King James Academy, Garden Walk, Tickets cost £5 pp, with a maximum of Royston SG8 7JH 5 per team. To book your table please The Little Shop of Horrors by Miles contact Royston Town Council Office Goodman and Alan Menkin. on 01763 245484 or email: Tickets cost £5.50 / £3.50 and are available through the senior office on 01763 242236 from 1st November

Fri 22nd Nov, 7-10pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 0QQ Shopping, wine and treatments for an evening of being pampered. Tickets cost £5, to book, call Sammy on 07794 236 985 or Lorraine on 07891 030438 Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Nov, 10am-4pm The Walnut House, Station Rd, Steeple Morden SG8 0NN Come and see artist Anna Pye’s open studio with original hand pulled lino and monoprints, cards, refreshments and more.

—  Make an Advent Calendar

Sat 23rd Nov, 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm Royston Museum, Lower King St, Royston SG8 5AL A fun craft session for kids aged 3+ to design and make their own advent calendar. Participation costs £3, no need to book-just drop in!

Art & Archive

Sat 23rd Nov, 12-6pm Chrishall Village Hall, SG8 8QJ Exhibition of local art with work for sale. Free entry, with light refreshments available.

—  Barkway Moonlight Market

Sat 23rd Nov, 4.30-6.30pm Barkway Church, SG8 8EJ Over 20 stalls for all your Christmas shopping! Songs from the children of Barkway First School, hot toddies, bacon butties, mince pies and MUCH MORE! Entrance £1 per person, under 10s free! All funds raised go to the church restoration fund.

Reed November Quiz

Sat 23rd Nov, 7pm Reed Village Hall, SG8 8AX A fun quiz evening for £10 per person, including fish or chicken with chips or a veggie option. Bar and raffle. Please book early by contacting Hazel on 01763 848 349


Sat 23rd Nov, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Road, Royston SG8 7AU 20cVoX band play & sing from the ‘American Songbook’, music & lyrics composed by songwriters and Big Band composers in the 20th Century. Tickets cost £10, to book, contact Joan on 01763 241501 or by email at | 01763 248447 1911 The Listing Villages.indd 19

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Leisure 80’s Night at The Old Courthouse

Sat 23rd Nov, 8pm The Old Courthouse, SG8 9XT 80’s Night Disco with DJ Matt Gypps. Enjoy old school tunes with prizes for the best 80’s themed dress! For more information, visit www.

Christopher South and Tom Doig Talk

Sat 23rd Nov, 8pm Chrishall Village Hall, SG8 8QJ Talking about working, broadcasting and generally being kept under control by Chrishall Historian Irene Cranwell for The Irene Cranwell Memorial Lecture. £3 entry on the door, refreshments and raffle available.

Melbourn Rock Club

Sat 23rd Nov, 8pm Eternit Sports and Social Club, Meldreth SG8 5RL Melbourn Rock Club welcomes Stevie R. Pearce & The Hooligans with support from Hell’s Gazelles and Hot One Two. Tickets £9 at the door, to reserve tickets contact

—  Christmas Craft Fair

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Solitary and Social Bees and Wasps

Tue 26th Nov, 7.30pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA A talk about bees and wasps by Jonathan Baynes from the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Assoc.

Orwell Film Club

Thu 28th Nov, 7pm for 7.30pm Orwell Village Hall, Orwell, SG8 5QN This month’s film is The Greatest Showman (PG). Entrance is £3 per visit or £6 per year. Any enquires ring 01223 208536.

—  Wreath Making Workshop

Fri 29th Nov, 7pm Reed Village Hall, SG8 8AX A wreath making workshop including a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie, oasis ring and foliage. Bring secateurs, ribbon and any other decorative items you wish to add. Children are welcome to join in creating a wreath. Tickets £17.50. For more information, contact Liz Jakeman on 01763 848 398 or email:

Royston Folk Club Concert

Sat 24th Nov, 3-6pm Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH Free entry, with over 20 stalls, mulled wine, and refreshments.

Fri 29th Nov, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Megson with support from Lizzy Hardingham, 7pm for 8pm. Tickets cost £15 (£13 in advance) or £2 for under 25s Visit: www.

—  Ashwell Christmas Fair

Sat 30th Nov, 9.30am-2.30pm St Mary’s Church, Ashwell SG7 5LY Come and enjoy a variety of Christmas stall at Ashwell Christmas Fair!

—  Meldreth Festive Craft Market

Sat 30th Nov, 10am-4pm Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX Festive crafts made by local artists to raise money for Jimmy’s Night Shelter.

—  Meldreth Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec, 11am5pm

Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth SG8 6DY This year there will be over 30 trees, all beautifully decorated by local organisations, and often with a theme relevant to their activities. In addition, the church will be decorated with lots of greenery, candles and a beautifully created nativity scene. Homemade refreshments will be available along with a craft and produce stall

—  Turn on to Christmas

Sat 30th Nov, 4-6pm Melbourn Hub, SG8 6DZ Music, mince pies, mulled wine, and see the Christmas tree lights switch on! Free entry plus Santa’s Grotto from 11am. Meet Santa & receive a present. The Grotto is ticketed so booking is essential. Phone the box office on 01763 263303

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All Saints Melbourn Autumn Fayre Excitement is building for the first All Saints Melbourn Autumn Fayre being held on 16th November. On offer will be a beautiful range of stalls with their own catchy titles, bottle and chocolate tombolas, a children’s tombola and also a Grand Draw where the first prize will be £100; with a chance to win many additional prizes. There will also be a remarkable jewellery stall offering fabulous bling for an affordable price.

Other attractions on offer include games and face painting, a professional photographer, a cake stall and last but certainly not least, there is the Vicar’s hamper, which will be packed with delicious goodies that you will pray that you win! All of this and more are available to sample at All Saints this November.

Have a Hadham.

Saturday 16th November, 11am3pm, All Saints Church, Vicarage Close, Melbourn, SG8 6DY

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Cured, Sweet Vinegar Marinade, Tartare, Sweetcorn Pana Cotta, Popcorn, Sweetcorn Salsa


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Bacon and Chipolata, Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips, Fresh Vegetables, Traditional Turkey Stuffing, Chefs Gravy



White Bait Crumble, Mussels, Pancetta, Roasted Celery, Baby Carrots, Spring Onion Crushed New Potatoes Lobster Bisque


Fillet, Braised Haunch, Sausage, Cinnamon Red Cabbage, Red Currant Puy Lentils, Parsnip Crisps, Mixed Root Vegetable Puree, Port Reduction

POLENTA, SPELT AND PEARL BARLEY (VEGAN) Figs, Winter Vegetables, Spinach, White Mushroom and Shallot Sauce

Desserts CHRISTMAS PUDDING Redcurrant, Amaretti Biscuit, Brandy Sauce

DARK CHOCOLATE AND WHISKY MARQUISE (VEGAN) Praline, Orange Variations, Orange Sorbet, Cone


Butterscotch Sauce, Date Purée, Brandy Snap, Rum and Raisin Ice Cream


Selection of Gorgeous Quality Cheeses and accompaniments (£2.50 Supplement)

Reservations and food pre-order required. Please order your meal choices at least 2 days in advance For reservations please call 01763 287246 or email A 10% service charge will be added to parties of 10 or more Fresh Vegetables served to each table. Menu available 3rd December until 22nd December.

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My Local Life


Tara McGovern - Therfield First School Headteacher Tara McGovern started at Therfield First School based in Therfield, as Headteacher in September 2015. This month The Listing caught up with Tara to find out more about the person behind the headmistress.

What’s your name? Tara McGovern

Where do you live?

I live in Stevenage but am the Head of Therfield First School and practically live there!

What do you love about your work?

Being able to make a positive impact on the lives of young children. To give them the confidence and self esteem to embrace all that school and life has to offer them. The school’s motto of Bringing Learning to Life sums up all that I love about being the Head of a school.

What is the most challenging aspect of your position? The amount of paperwork and scrutiny that comes with running a school.

What’s your favourite local place to eat?

The Fox and Duck pub in Therfield. It’s the hub of our local community and the food is always scrummy.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?

When I am not working, I like to go shopping and eat nice food. But my favourite thing of all is to relax with my dog Bruno!

wonderland. We have lots of parents helping us with this and the day has a really jolly vibe.

What is your proudest moment? Becoming a mum and becoming Head of Therfield First School

What is your favourite film?

Les Misérables – although my most favourite thing is to watch it at the theatre.

What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? That not everything comes easy. Hard work and perseverance pays off. You get back what you put in!

How do you relax?

Watching TV with my very big dog Bruno.

What inspirational quote sums you up?

If at first you don’t succeed – try, try and try again. This totalling encompasses the growth mindset ethos of staff and pupils at Therfield First School. Therfield First School. The Causeway, Therfield, SG8 9PP 01763 287284

What are you looking forward to most this month? On the 28th November we have the whole school Decorations Day where we make all the decorations to turn the school into a winter

Royston Book Hunt

Over the last two weeks, Kip McGrath has hidden over 50 books around Royston in the hope that children will hunt them, read them and re-hide them for someone else to read. Having been successful in other towns, the idea of the book hunt is to encourage children to get out and get reading, earning it support from both teachers and parents. The idea is that any finds are shared on the Facebook group Royston Book Hunt and clues are left as to where they have been re-hidden. The plan is to hide more books over the coming weeks and hope to get lots more children and parents involved.

For more information, search Royston Book Hunt on Facebook or call Lisa on 07515 350919

Get Your Skates On The North Pole, Cambridge

On 16th November, Cambridge’s own Winter Wonderland returns, offering ice skating, rides, bars and more.

Cambridge Ice Arena

After many years in the pipepline, Cambridge Ice Arena is now open all year round to get your skate on, play ice hockey and more.

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Royston & District Model Railway Exhibition Our 2019 exhibition will again be held at the excellent venue of Bassingbourn Village College, on Saturday 16th November from 10am-4pm. As with previous years we will provide a free hourly heritage bus service from Royston Bus and Train stations.

This year will be the 33rd exhibition we have organised and are keeping our fingers crossed for the sun to again shine on us all day. 25+ layouts of different scales, 7 demonstrations, 5 Railway societies and 14 Traders offering new & second hand items have been invited from East Anglia, the Midlands, London area, Kent, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. Our local Royston & District Model Engineers will again be running a steam/diesel ride-on service and other surprises (subject to weather conditions). We have a wide variety of model layout sizes and scales attending, including the very popular ‘OO’, ‘N’, OO9, HO (American & continental gauge trains) and ‘O’ gauge, with some layouts featuring DCC control and sound. I am pleased to have obtained a new layout ‘NON SUCH’ created by the ‘WENDSLEYDALE’ team with its Tudor Mice. It explores the question, ‘What if the Tudors invented railways?


Several layouts have appeared in Railway Modelling press articles.

Aimed to give children (Parents too) the opportunity to drive trains, ‘THOMAS in ‘G’ plus friends’ will be attending. Many other exhibitors welcome careful drivers, including children, to have a try on their layouts and answer questions about how they built them. Please just ask them. A good selection of food and drinks will be available to purchase all day. Children go in for free with paying adults (£5 per adult) as we believe it is very important to encourage the young to take an interest in modelling as a hobby. Perhaps they have watched the Great Model Railway challenge program on TV?

Saturday 16th November, 10am-4pm, Bassingbourn Village College, SG8 5NJ. More information can be found on our web site, leaflets obtainable at the Museum, Royston Library or Posters around town. A bus timetable on the day will be at the Bus & Railway Stations.

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Home & Garden

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if possible be put in a quiet room indoors, or a garage or shed. Give your pet extra bedding so they can burrow into it to make them feel safe. If you cannot move the hutches or aviaries cover them with thick blankets or even an old duvet to help block out the flashes from the fireworks and it will also deaden the sound of the bangs, but do make sure there is enough ventilation.

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November is Youth Speaks, when our young schoolchildren are invited to impress us with their presentational skills. They do this by presenting on a topic of their choice to an audience of their fellow pupils, school teachers, parents and Rotarians. This allows them to build on their skills and confidence in public speaking. The memory cafe will run on 11th November but will be in the Town Hall rather than the Barn as the latter is undergoing renovations.

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Materials For A Purpose... Garden Seating by Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott

This month I want to investigate garden seating and how to use it in the garden. The garden is a great place of refuge from our busy lives, somewhere to relax in peace and quiet or simply enjoy spending times with friends and family. Garden seating can be a good way of making us stop and rest for a moment and enjoy our outdoor space.

opportunity to lead you through a space and show where relevant features are. Wider walls can offer the option of sitting both sides and when entertaining the more options for sitting the better. Integrating subtle lighting into the brick work is another way of suggesting that sitting on the top could be an option. In our ever-decreasing outdoor space provision we need to think carefully how to get the most from Tree seats are a good way of making a focal point out of a specimen tree in the garden. They a space. can be full circles around a tree or even half Areas for sitting help provide the space to circles look good too. Often made of wood they spend time, but often they are too small for can range from very ornate, intricate designs to comfortable use. It is important when planning simpler, rustic ones. Metal was often used by an outdoor dining area to consider the size of the Victorians however they feel a little colder. the table and chairs you want and how much space you need to comfortably push out Sunken seating is a great way to introduce from the table and still be able to navigate the level change into a seating feature. We space. Although it can be entertaining when a designed and built a paved area at the back guest falls off the patio into the flower beds, it is of a house with a sunken brick seating area unnecessary! to escape the prevailing wind. The few steps down combined with a small wall at existing For more in depth advice or garden design level provided a lovely intimate space for a sofa help please get in touch to arrange a seat and refuge from the wind on sunny days. consultation. Digging into the ground you could easily make a fire pit with seating around the outside. We have been drawn to fire for thousands of years and this could provide a great meeting point in the garden for parties in the autumn and winter months.

A statement bench is a classic garden feature. The Lutyens bench is a classic piece of simplicity and form in a bench and looks great as a focal point too, but a feature can take many different forms. The Victorians loved a statement piece and this is why the Lutyens bench is still a thing in larger garden settings. The classic simple park bench is still an invitation to sit and take time out. Think carefully about position of a bench as you want to capture good views back across your garden or out toward the wider landscape beyond your plot. Some of us may have particularly pretty houses that we want to look back at and often views looking back over the garden can be forgotten with the emphasis on looking out from the house into the garden.


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Your independent local optician Spectacles Sunglasses Sports eyewear Contact lenses Reading spectacles Open Tuesday to Saturday: 8:00am to 6:30pm J. Oliver Radley Opticians 36 High Street, Buntingford, SG9 9AQ

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Looking after you The Benefits of Massage Massage was once considered a luxury but now is looked upon as a vital part of healthy wellbeing. With everyday stresses and strains it is more important than ever to give your body and mind some ease. Massage treatments have such powerful benefits which can help support a stress free healthy life. A massage reduces stress levels in most people and may also help manage or reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can relieve pain and stiffness in the body according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and full body massage may release endorphins, which act as a pain reliever. Receiving a full body massage can increase your immune system’s functionality by stimulating the lymphatic


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News from the conservators A big thank you goes to the team from AstraZeneca who came on Friday October 4th to help clear up the entrance to the Heath; removing ivy and painting the entrance sign. Some of the Conservators got their hands dirty too, clearing out a couple of the drainage ditches in the car park. Now some frustrating news: Two motor-cyclists drove onto the Heath and tore up three of the greens. The Golf Club has offered a reward for any information that might lead to a prosecution.

from the marginal trees and feeding on the open grassland. Another thrush that will usually be seen in small flocks feeding in the open grassland areas is the Mistle Thrush. They are larger than the others and paler in colour. They have a rattling call in flight.

With November comes Bonfire Night and we respectfully ask that no fires are lit nor fireworks We started a campaign to buy three tree poppers and are pleased to thank the Friends of or sparklers let loose on Therfield Heath as there The Listings – Villages is a fire riskEdition and the ash causes damage to the Therfield Heath & The Rotary Club for pledging to help us achieve our target. Tweak for Augground 2019 and it is against the Bye Laws. As we move into the winter months, look out for Stonechats on the Heath, Golden Plovers th - 1/8 pg: above or nearby and if you are lucky, perhaps a Short-eared Owl. Easy to spot and hear will be the flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares calling

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Royston Winter Crafts Fair Sat 16th November, 10am-3pm at Coombes Community Centre, SG8 5PT. Local, high quality crafts at reasonable prices.

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Barkway Moonlight Market Sat 23rd November, 4.30-6.30pm at Barkway Church, Church Lane, SG8 8EJ. Honey, jams, books, jewellery, toys, garments and a Santa’s Grotto all on offer. Meldreth Festive Craft Market Sat 30th November, 11am-4pm at Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX. Festive crafts made by local artists to raise money for Jimmy’s Night Shelter. Barley Christmas Market Sat 7th December, 11am-4pm at Barley Town House, Church End, SG8 8JW. Crafts, charities, refreshments and other interesting stalls. Organised and in aid of Barley Church. Meldreth Christmas Tree Festival Sat 30th November & Sun 1st December, 11am-5pm at Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth, SG8 6NT. Beautifully decorated trees, stalls and refreshments on offer.

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Pics of old Herts Constabulary sign, Kneesworth Street blue plaque, and Lee J in front of Royston Police Station Did you know that Royston used to have two police stations? Until 1896, half of Royston was in Cambridgeshire - north of the old county boundary which ran along the route of Icknield Way through the town centre along Baldock Road to Newmarket Road and beyond. When modern police forces were introduced in the 19th century, Royston needed two police stations – one for Cambridgeshire, the other for Hertfordshire.

That ‘new’ police station remains in use but, since August 2013, it has been closed to the public. Interested to know what went on behind its closed doors – I’d heard all sort of rumours - I got in touch and was pleased to be welcomed inside by Lee Jessup to find out more. You can find out what happens at Royston Police Station by going to Written by Chris Lee

The Cambridgeshire Police Station in Kneesworth Street became a private house after the 1896 boundary change. The Hertfordshire Police Station (and Magistrates’ Court) on the corner of Market Hill and Priory Lane was built in 1883 and was used by the police until 1991 when they relocated to the new police station in Melbourn Street.


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Home-Start Matters Fundraising at Glazed Creations

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Thanksgiving A typically American holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival and has been celebrated on and off since 1789. Nowadays, Thanksgiving offers American families a chance to come together and celebrate what they are grateful for, generally around a turkey dinner. Despite this, the celebration of the day is still mired in controversy with many considering it a national day of mourning due to its connotations with the mistreatment of Native Americans. Regardless of your political views on the matter, it’s hard to argue that the coming together of families for Thanksgiving is an inherently bad thing. So why not have your own ‘Thanksgiving’ dinner this month?

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Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 01763 246458 01462 742684 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 877558 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 01763 247611 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 242696 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 246549 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 111 Royston Spiritualist Church 01223 503345 NHS Telephone Advice Service St Mary’s Church, Ashwell 01462 743922 LIBRARY Therfield Chapel 01763 287220 Royston Library 0300 123 4049 Therfield Parish Church 01763 287549 Thriplow Parish Church 01763 208195 MPs 020 7219 5091 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 Royston Dental Suite 01763 244805 Hertfordshire County Council 0300 123 4040 OPTICIANS North Herts District Council 01462 474 000 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 0300 234 5555 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 290555 0300 234 5555 Freman College 01763 260220 Melbourn Village College 01763 243166 Kings James Academy - Greneway 01763 242981 Kings James Academy - Meridian


Abington Pigotts Village Hall Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Village Hall 01462 742913 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 242344 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 208778 King James Academy (Junior Site) 01763 243650 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 01763 852551 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 448099 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall


National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)

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

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 48 49 50 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

0345 357 2406 0800 771881

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

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999


(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 Professional Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Ltd 41 Coulman Scott Accountants 43 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Services Ltd 42

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Hadham Brewery Ltd

47 21

Building & Construction Services C P Building Services 44


Black Barn Turkeys Davey’s Butchers

Care Homes

Margaret House Melbourn Springs – Barchester Healthcare St Georges Nursing Home

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson

The PC Doctor

Gardening Services Leaf & Lawn

Gift Shop Ladds


Hair by Natalie Amber Health Royston Complementary Health

Home Furnishings

12 35 30


Dance & Drama Schools

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts 15

47 25 35

Health Therapist & Wellbeing



Computer Services

Arrington Garden Centre 39 Bickerdikes Garden Centre 9,10,15,37

Heating Services

British Window & General Cleaning Co 32 Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning 44 Richmonds Coaches

Our Advertisers

21 14

Cleaning Services

Coach Hire

Garden Centre

34 36

Steve Brown Plumbing & Heating 47 Borders & Bows New Dawn Blinds Homemae @ the Barn My Fitter Ltd

Home Improvements & Handyman Services 17 Property Services AV Handyman Handylamb Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services S Borley & Son

Insurance Services Penguin Insurance

5 38 25 3

44 47 47 47 29 44 5

Decorating Services Dentists

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Royston Dental Suite



Fremans College Maths Mastery Studlands Rise First School


Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

Farm Shop

Bury Lane Farm Shop

30 27 16

Financial Services

KD Wright Financial Services Ltd


Bonfitness Pilates Gymbo’s


6 10 10

41 36 35

Complete Bathroom Solutions 30 Kendall Install 44 Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 3 Trademark Kitchens 32

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

Legal Services

The Walkers Partnership

Local Event

Ashwell School Fireworks Chrishall Market

Access 4 Lofts



Chimney Menswear


Office Interiors

Alexander Green Office Interiors

Office Space

Bury Farm- Nuthampstead

30 27 29 38 27 27 42 25 15

43 10


J Oliver Radley Opticians


Pest Controllers Pest Right Ltd



DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

44 40

Plumbing & Heating Services

H20 40 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 47 Royston Plumbing & Heating Ltd 5

Public House / Restaurant The Belle Restaurant and Bar The Fox and Duck

Recruitment Pet Stay The Listing

24 22 26 42


Regency Roofing


Self Storage


H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers 13 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Limited 2,48

Decorating & Restorations Service 44

Loft Access & Storage Solutions

Royston Self Storage


Tree Services

Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited

40 38

Venue Hire

Royston Town Football Club

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre

Window Cleaning Services GBs Cleaning Services

25 26 47

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Home & Garden

Handylamb • 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 Royston based, fully insured, good rates, friendly and reliable Larry Lamb • Phone: 07702 563 834 E-mail:

LMJ Plumbing & Heating  No job too small  Over 25 years experience  No call out charge

Lee Jauncey

01763 853927 07973 190978



’s Services

For a friendly reliable service call Henry Burgess on 01223 208441 Mobile 07831 774757

Is your heating system ready for winter? Get your boiler serviced and heating system checked. Upgrade to the latest Smart Heating controls and filters f Find us on Facebook

07483 216404

A local, friendly & reliable window cleaner you can trust - Services also include: • Carpet Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning • Fascia & Soffit Cleaning For a free no obligation quote, please call or email George

07561 156504


DIGITAL TV • FM your local digital specialist call now for a free quote and advice



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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STORY Capture the unique facets of your story with a piece of one-off bespoke jewellery Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre +44 (0)1462 790 565 North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Herts, SG4 7DP

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Cambridge Studio & Shop +44 (0)1223 461 333 6/7 Green Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3JU

London Studio & Shop +44 (0)203 886 0757 69 Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8UY

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The Listing Villages November 2019  

Community magazine for SG8 Villages in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, connecting community and businesses

The Listing Villages November 2019  

Community magazine for SG8 Villages in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, connecting community and businesses