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Royston Edition December 2019 Issue 172

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January Deadline Monday 9th December

We begin by congratulating 7-year old Sofia Snowdon and 6-year old Harley Krypczyk for their winning Christmas cover images for our December magazines. The Listing judges were particularly impressed with Sofia’s colourful Christmas scene and of course, the Royston Crow which tops the Christmas Tree. Harley’s winning creation graces the cover of our sister title, The Listing Villages, and as you can see below is bright, bold and incredibly Christmassy! This is the first time we’ve held our Design a Cover competition and we’ve been overwhelmed with the standard of the entries - well done and thank you to all of our entrants, please do come back again next year.

Travel from Royston

Our December issues are packed full of all things Christmas: concerts, carol services and markets, all taking place in and around Royston.

THEATRE SHOWS & EVENTS (Stalls or Dress Circle) 13 Dec Goldilocks & the 3 Bears – Palladium – Mat £65.00 9 Jan Mary Poppins – Matinee £85.00 22 Jan Les Miserables – Matinee £72.00 30 Jan Phantom of the Opera inc Lunch £68.00 25 Feb Tutankhamun Exhibition – Saatchi Gallery £42.00 27 Feb Tina the Musical – Matinee £67.50 5 Mar Mary Poppins – Matinee £85.00 9 Mar Mary Poppins – Evening £85.00 22 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH Matinee £75.00

We conclude our Hidden Royston series with a Christmas Quiz on page 14. We would like to extend a big thank you to Chris Lee for his sterling work in uncovering the hidden stories in our town - do take the quiz for your chance to win four tickets to Royston Picture Palace. Finally, we would like to wish all our readers, advertisers and contributors a very Merry Christmas

The Listing Team

Cath Director & Publisher

Sharon Advertising & Media Sales

Tom Publishing Assistant

Monica Designer

Laurie What’s On

Molly Marketing Assistant

In This Issue ...


Hidden Royston


Spotlight On - Army Cadet Force


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


Hidden Royston Christmas Quiz


My Local Life - Yolande Gautrey


What’s On


Looking After You


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


Our Contributors: Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Chris Lee, Royston Museum, David Waters Cover Photo: Sofia Snowdon


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NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES... Royston and the surrounding villages are a hive of activity. We are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of clubs and societies within our town and villages, covering a wide range of interests - from arts to sports, adventure to support.

Royston u3A Royston U3A’s membership has soared past the 500 mark - making the group a real record breaker. Chairman Jackie Gellert said: “Numbers are growing all the time, we have more than 30 interest groups and it’s impressive that this has been achieved in four and a half years. What makes U3A unique is that the groups are run by members who share their expertise and enthusiasm and I’d like to thank them and all our members for their wholehearted support.” Magician Ian Keable, speaker at a packed October meeting, revealed that Charles Dickens is renowned as a literary genius, but few know he was also an amateur conjurer. Ian recreated some of Dickens’ tricks and mystified us performing the leaping card wonder and pyramid box wonder. There will be no monthly meeting in December and the next meeting will be on January 28th with a talk by Mike Levy on the life of W S Gilbert. Meetings start at 2pm in the Town Hall. If you are interested in joining log onto or contact Jackie Gellert at or call 01763 248097

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:

Royston Mencap

Royston & District Mencap welcome all disabilities and ages, membership is £15.00 per annum which gives access to outings and events more locally throughout the year. If you would like to join us in becoming a member, why don’t you and your parent/carer attend our A.G.M 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. It is also the time when membership will be renewed for 2020 and where new members can formally take out membership. In the meantime, why not have a look at our website to get more of an insight into what we offer. We are at Should you require any further information about membership you can also contact: : Linda on 07767 847796 or Kyra on 07780 843296

Royston TWG Nick Burr, accompanied by a sighted assistant and guide dog Amber, spoke of the local charity Cam Sight - one of the earliest support groups for people with low vision and blindness. Founded in 1915 by two ladies in Cambridge the charity now helps 1,800/2,000 people each year offering a wide variety of assistance from emotional counselling to encouraging participation in various sports. When not fund raising, giving promotional talks or running Goalball taster sessions Nick, a former chef teaches cooking using assistive and accessible technology. Our first meeting of the new year will be on the subject of The Vikings. For more information on the 2020 programme, please contact Pauline 01763 221314

R&D Local History Society Roysia Women’s Club

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Our November Lecture was Seven Deadly Sins (and a few Virtues) by Dr. Lynne Boughton, when a packed audience were enthralled by her pictures of carvings and statues from Churches near and far, shown on the screen with stories to accompany them.

Our group meets on the second Thursday of the month and we warmly welcome visitors. We are a group varied in ages and interests, enjoying the friendship, entertainment and education that our membership offers.

The worst is considered Pride. Sin is something that you may do once or twice, but Pride endures. Seven is an important number. As well as there being seven sins, there are also seven virtues, seven corporal words of mercy and seven sacraments. However, we have five senses and Lynne finished by saying: “Keep well 10 and flee from 7. Spend well 5 and come to heaven. Of course, 10 relates to the Ten Commandments. Our next meeting will be on 5th December entitled, “Live Forever! The Mystery and Magic of Egyptian Hieroglyphics.” Held in the Royston Town Hall at 8pm, everyone welcome. For more information, call David Allard on 01763 242677 Royston Town Hall, Royston, SG8 7DA

We had three very entertaining speakers during November. Catherine Walker came to tell us about Hertford Museum which was founded by the Andrews brothers in 1903 to house their huge diverse collection. They later gifted the museum to the town of Hertford. Geoff Hales recalled ‘Letters Home – the Story of Gertrude Bell’ an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator and archaeologist during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. And Mel Rees made a return visit to amuse us with his ‘Christmas Tale – or Two’, a light hearted look at life with a seasonal flavour.

We normally meet in Fellowship Hall next to the Royston Picture Palace but in December our meeting is a Christmassy get together, and we are holding it at The Heath Café so come along and find out more about us. For more information please contact: Eunice 01763 231658 or Jean 01763 245958

Our two meetings in December will be our social when we draw the raffle for our wonderful Christmas Hampers and our Christmas Lunch at the Heath Sports Club, our festive way to end a lovely year of fun and friendship. For further details of our club contact Wendy Pearce on 01763 231381

Look out for Royston First’s new clubs and associations booklet in the Visitor Information Centre in Royston Library later this month

Email your club news to Please note that all entries are published subject to space and we cannot guarantee inclusions

The Listing Picks: Christmas Carols Carols by Candleight in Caldecote Tickets are £10, bought via 01462 895830 or Sat 7th Dec, St Marys Magdalene Church, Caldecote, SG7 5LD Carols by Candlelight in Melbourn Family friendly with traditional readings/carols Sun 22nd Dec, Melbourn Baptist Church, Melbourn, SG8 6DB

Carol Service of Nine Carols in Therfield Family friendly with traditional readings/carols Sun 22nd Dec, St Mary’s Church, Therfield, SG8 9QD Family Carols with Royston Choral Society For tickets, visit Sat 21st Dec, King James Academy Senior Site, Royston, SG8 7JH

Royston Cave By Candlelight The annual sell out event is back, and bigger than ever. Experience Royston Cave as you’ve never seen it before. Entry by ticket only. For tickets and more information, visit Saturday 21st December, 10am - 2pm, Royston Cave, Melbourn Street, SG8 7BZ

Candle-Lit Carol Service in Royston Family friendly with traditional readings/carols Sun 22nd Dec, Royston Methodist Church, Queens Road, SG8 7AU

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10th Royston Scouts Group: Christmas Card Delivery Service The 10th Royston Scout Group will deliver your Christmas cards to any address in Royston. Stamps cost just 30p each, and are available from Ladds on the High Street, McColl’s on Queens Road and Icknield Store on Icknield Walk. Cards can be posted at any of the shops until lunchtime on Monday 16th December, with the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers hand delivering them later that

week. Last year we delivered almost 1400 cards, and the money raised was used to buy camping equipment and to offer more outdoor activities for the children. Please help us break the 1500 barrier this year!


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Melbourn’s Luxury New Care Home A new Barchester care home in Melbourn officially opens this winter, offering bespoke residential, dementia and respite care. Melbourn Springs will be a luxury 75-bed care home with ample living spaces, a daily life-enrichment programme of activities and choice in delicious and nutritious meals. Our friendly team would love to show you around.

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Psst... CADS January Pantomime

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CADS are bringing their newest pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, to King James Academy on 24th, 25th & 31st January and 1st February. Tickets are always in high demand so be sure to get yours ASAP! For more information about CADS and to purchase tickets, visit their website

News from the conservators Open Meeting The Conservators will be hosting an Open Meeting at the Town Hall at 7pm on 3rd December. Please do come along to hear our news and to have your say in what happens on Therfield Heath.

Cafe, John Jenkins Racing and Royston Golf Club. In addition there are small incomes from the following clubs: Rugby, Tennis, Archery, Football and Runners. It is worth reminding everyone that without the Golf Club and the sports groups the grass on the sports Professional dog walkers and playing areas and the grass Outdoor fitness groups known as fairways between the One of the items we will be tees and greens would not be discussing is the launch in regularly cut and the surface January of our Professional Dog would soon deteriorate. Please Walking and Outdoor Fitness be courteous and considerate permits. From 1st January, we on site - we all have to share it. will expect anyone using the site for a commercial activity You can contact us by email at such as dog-walking or outdoor fitness groups, to have a permit. Please contact us to make arrangements. Respect between different site users We need to remind all users about respecting each other when using the Heath. The Conservators depend on the income from our three main tenants; the Heath Sports

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You can track Santa using our Santa tracker at: and get regular updates on Facebook and at Sat 7th Dec - 4pm Litlington Sun 8th Dec - 4pm Royston Warren Area Mon 9th Dec - 6pm Shepreth Tue 10th Dec - 6pm Barkway Wed 11th Dec - 6pm Royston Grange Estate Thur 12th Dec - 6pm Royston Newmarket Road Fri 13th Dec - 6pm Meldreth Sat 14th Dec – 4pm Bassingbourn Mon 16th Dec – 6pm Barley / Chishill Tue 17th Dec - 7pm Royston – Green Drift Wed 18th Dec – 6.30pm Melbourn South Thur 19th Dec – 6pm Royston Garden Walk Fri 20th Dec – 6pm Royston Coombelands/Twigdens Sun 22nd Dec – 4pm Royston Orchard Rd/Burns Rd

Volunteers Needed

Being a parent is hard for anyone. For some, it can be overwhelming. Some have Tickets are £25, including the a fantastic support network of framework, foliage and ribbons family and friends to help, but but please bring your own gloves, many people don’t. With your secateurs and any special knowledge and experience as additions you’d like to incorporate a mum or dad, grandparent into your design. Tickets can be or carer, you could be the vital bought online at support a family needs and potentially make a big difference Friday 6th December, 11am-2pm to their lives. or 7-10pm, Foxton Village Hall, Gain access to free, high quality Foxton, CB22 6RN training. Learn new skills, enhance your wellbeing, make WomenSing WomenSing are hosting a special new friends and connect with your community to change the lives of festive evening of music, mulled the families you support. wine and mince pies to raise funds for Home-Start Royston We’re there for parents when they & South Cambridge. Alongside need us most. Join us and make Home-Start’s own choir will be a their early years count. If you few special guests who will be could give as little as two hours singing and playing, as well as an a week to support a parent and exciting raffle. their children, then please get in touch. A donation of £5 per ticket is asked.To RSVP, please text Linda Home-Start, Station Road, Bruce on 07753 636443 or email Meldreth, SG8 6JP. For more information, Wednesday 11th December, 8pm, call 01763 262262, email or visit Coombes Community Centre, Royston, SG8 5PT Test your creativity and design your own Christmas door decoration in aid of Home Start.

Santa will be out on his rounds again in Royston and the surrounding villages with Royston & District Round Table. Also joining Santa this year will be fundraisers from: 10th Royston Scouts, 1st Orwell Scouts, Royston Lions Club, Young Farmers, Steam at the Hoops, Parkfit Royston, 1st Royston Scouts, Royston Rotary Club, Royston 41 Club and Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire,

Sun 15th Dec – 4pm Melbourn North

Home-Start Matters Christmas Door Decoration Workshop

2019 Royston & District Santa Sleigh Route!

Christmas Festivities at Audley End Audley End is regarded as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England and they’re offering a range of great Chirstmas activties for all the family!

littered with interactive light, colour and sound.

Wreath Making Create a wreath from a range of materials sourced from the estate. Preparing a Victorian Christmas Incudes lunch. Meet the staff as you inhale the spices and smells from seasonal For more information and tickets, dishes which would have once visit ladened the Braybrooke’s Christmas table. Enchanted Audley End Wander the pathways, tunnels and gardens of Audley End


This December, The Listing has taken some time to learn and understand the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, running from 22-30th December. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, the month in the lunar Jewish calender that straddles both November and December, and commemerates the rededication in the second century BC where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

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To mark the festival, a special candle called the shammash is used to light eight other candles - one on each night - which are displayed in front windows to remind others of the story of Hanukkah. Moreover, Hanukkah is a time for giving and receiving presents, reflecting with families and friends and dining on delicious fried treats such as potato pancakes and jam-filled deep fried doughnuts. Hanukkah Sameach!

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Hidden Royston Johnson Matthey After Dark Security at the Johnson Matthey site on the Orchard Road Industrial Estate in Royston is like Fort Knox. The comparison is not as ridiculous as it sounds; when I first arrived in Royston more than two decades ago, legend has it there was more gold at Johnson Matthey than in the Bank of England.

So it was that one night in October we (I visited with a photographer) were given a two-hour guided tour around the catalyst manufacturing division, where the now veryvaluable metal palladium 25 years on, the gold has gone plays an important part. As a reasonably streetwise and but high security remains. sceptical observer, I was The airport-style scanning impressed by what I saw and is as much about protecting heard from both workers on the intellectual property (phones, shop-floor and management. I cameras and recorders are left with an image of a company banned) as guarding the that’s achieved its worldprecious metals that have made Johnson Matthey’s name leading reputation for quality and reliability by growing a worldwide. values-based business from within, but with essential regard A business with such tight to changing demand in the security and the associated level of secrecy is bound to fuel external market, associated speculation about what actually with ever-tighter environmental regulation. goes on behind the closed doors. For my final article in For the story behind those the ‘Hidden Royston’ series, I closed doors on Orchard Road, wanted to dig deeper than the go to website information and the latest annual report by visiting Written by Chris Lee the factory. Photo by David Waters

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Chinese Vegetarian Cookery (4 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Creative Curries (5 weeks) starts Tues 25th Feb



DIY Plumbing Beginners (5 weeks) starts Tues 25th Jan



Drawing & Painting Begs/Impv (10 weeks) starts Fri 17th Jan





Guitar Improvers (10 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Italian Language Term 2 (10 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Mexican Cookery (4 weeks) starts Tues 28th April



Printmaking Sat 25th Jan at Comberton Village College



Silver Jewellery Sat 25th Jan at Comberton Village College



Pottery Improvers (9 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Spanish Beginners (10 wks) Term 2 starts Tues 21st Jan



Yoga (10 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Yoga (10 weeks) starts Tues 21st Jan



Drawing & Painting Improvers (10 wks) starts Fri 17th Jan

To enrol please contact the Adult Education office 01223 264721 or email Further details available on the website:

Winter Tips For Your Pets

With winter comes considerably colder temperatures and darker evenings, so to keep your pet warm, consider a sweater/coat for them - especially if they are old/ elderly or have short hair. If walking your dog in the dark, fit them with a high-vis vest or LED collar to ensure they do not go astray. For cats, consider a reflective collar that can be easily opened if it gets caught somewhere. Moreover, frosted pavements and salt can be irritable for their paws so check them regularly for any cuts/sores. Finally, antifreeze liquid is generally sweet and thus appeals to pets. Unfortunately, it can be very toxic to them so make sure to wipe up any spills right away. Then, alas, Christmas. Try your best to keep your pet away from the tree as they could ingest pieces of decorations - leading to intestinal obstruction or perforation. Also, keep the festive food in a safe place: raisins, chocolate, grapes and sweets containing xylitol can be extremely toxic to cats and dogs and so if ingested, seek veterinary advice right away. Try to be as precise as you can. The vet will ask you the weight of your pet and the amount and type of toxic food ingested (especially chocolate). If the amount of toxic food is risky, then it’s safe to induce vomiting. For more information, visit

The winter solstice on 22nd December marks the day when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun. The term ‘solstice’ derives from the Latin word ‘solstitium’, meaning ‘Sun standing still’. On this day the Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn. For us living in the Northern hemisphere, that means it’s the shortest day of the year, just 7 hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds long. From then onwards, we’ll be seeing more

daylight every day until the June Solstice; the longest day of the year. The winter solstice has played a significant role in the lives of many civilisations dating back over 5000 years. Famously, Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to winter solstice sunset and signified the moment when animals would be slaughtered and wine and beer were fermented.

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Royston Flower Power was set up by a mum on a mission to bring some happiness to Royston Town. Through word-of-mouth, more of the local creative community have contributed flowers which have been left around the town with positive quotes attached; designed to allow whoever finds them to take them home. Every flower is numbered and so far we have placed 90 within the town centre with plans to expand to local villages. By combining craft and community our aim is to brighten up the neighbourhood one flower at a time. Find out where and when the flower fairies are about by visiting our Facebook page, Royston Flower Power.

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Spotlight On... Army Cadet Force

where you will meet cadets from other detachments in your county. You may even get to go on expeditions to amazing places in the UK and sometimes even abroad.

All of the opportunities on offer will help you to develop new skills, build confidence and most importantly, have fun.

Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favorite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.

The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) training syllabus will teach you leadership skills, discipline and give you self-confidence you never thought possible. You will learn a wide range of transferable skills such as: the ability to command tasks; make decisions under pressure; plan and organise tasks and work as an effective team player as well as independently. These skills will equip you for life and add an extra string to your bow at times when competition for college places and employment is fierce.

Royston ACF will be hosting their next Open evening on Wednesday 15th January 2020 6.30 to 9.30pm. Don’t miss out on your chance to join us as spaces are filling up fast.

OK, so you might end up a little wet and muddy, but wouldn’t you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?

Through your cadet training you can also gain valuable qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC First Diploma in Public Services or Music or the ILM Certificate in Team Leading.

Becoming an Army Cadet has heaps of benefits. The most obvious being that you get to take part in loads of exciting and challenging activities such as fieldcraft, adventure training, first aid, music, sports and shooting, to name but a few.

Joining the Army Cadets will give you access to a wide range of exciting activities. From adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, you’ll get the chance to discover lots of new experiences.

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has nearly 40,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. When it comes to fun, friendship, action and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.

When you join as a cadet you will make lots of new friends and get the opportunity to go on annual camp

For more information and to register your interest check out our website

Snippets From Our Family Tree Research This month’s fabulous photo is of a wedding on Christmas Day 1917.

It is the wedding of my paternal Grandfather and Grandmother and was taken in the back garden of the groom’s father’s house in Paddington, West London. This was the house they were to spend much of their married life, and where their children were born, and indeed where their son Alan (my father) was also to start his married life. It brings home my recommendation that you should always write on the back of photographs (lightly in pencil if possible) to explain who is in the picture.

We can see that some of the men are in military uniform (presumably on leave) but who are they…and are they related to the bride or the groom? There are also six children present, but we have no clear idea of who they are. We have asked the eldest members of our family, with some success, but a simple list would have been so informative and interesting. To find out exactly what we have discovered, and our latest connection with one of the descendants of this group visit The Listing website at Written by David Waters

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grotto every weekend from 30th November until 22nd December, and don’t miss Enjoy late night shopping until 8pm at your local family-run farm out on Tea or Breakfast with Santa shop this December, on Tuesdays on 19th & 20th December Bury Lane Farm Shop 5th, 12th & 19th. A10 Melbourn By-Pass, SG8 6DF Children can enjoy Santa’s

Finishes that look good and will stay looking good We offer a full timber replacement service for all your roofline requirements. We won’t cap over existing timber and cross our fingers to prevent it falling into the flowerbed in three years time. All products used will be maintenance free and ‘colourfast’ guaranteed. Roofline replacement is an unexciting and miserable thing to spend your money on therefore a permanent solution is required for peace of mind. 01763 262003 / 01223 654255 • Trulight, Lower Manor Farm, Lower Road, Croydon, Nr Royston, SG8 0HD | 01763 248447 1912 Royston Magazine.indd 9

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News from your Town Council – December 2019 Seasons Greetings!

Royston’s Mayor, Cllr Robert Inwood, and Royston Town Council would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Royston residents a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Royston Cinema The Town Council is delighted to have secured the future of Royston Picture Palace by moving the management of the cinema over to Saffron Screen, a ‘not-for-profit’ management company with many years of experience. It was from their successful facility in Saffron Walden that the inspiration for our cinema originally came and it was set up as a joint venture between Royston First BID and the Town Council. We hope that this will enable the cinema to increase the opening hours and to screen more films. Films are shown in a transformed town hall on high-tech digital equipment every Friday and Saturday nights with additional matinees also taking place. The cinema has been very successful and is staffed by a hard working team of volunteers from the local community. The Town Photo: Jo Council would like to thank Geraint Burnell for his hard work in running the cinema over the last six years Royston Cinema and for finalising these negotiations. We would also like to takeTown this opportunity to thank the volunteers, without The Council whom this venture would not have been possible. is delighted to

Honorary Freeman Award for Royston At the full council meeting of Royston Town Council, on Monday 30 September 2019, it was agreed to introduce an Honorary Freeman of Royston award. This is the highest honour that a Town Council can grant and will be awarded to people who have rendered eminent service to Royston. The details of nomination criteria are yet to be decided upon but it was agreed that individuals could be nominated by anyone in the town and that those chosen would be noticeable by their extraordinary achievements. This award is in addition to the Mayors Award, which is awarded annually to worthy volunteers. The recipient of this honorary title will be an Honorary Freeman of Royston for life. They will be invited to be present at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council, civic events and functions and will be entitled to take part in any civic procession with the Town Councillors. A commemorative certificate will be given to the award recipient.

For more information about the cinema or if you are have secured the interested in becoming a volunteer visit: future of Royston . Picture Palace by moving the management of Twinning Trip to Großalmerode 2019 the cinema over During October half term a group of 22 residents of Royston and to Saffron Screen, District, including 6 children, visited Großalmerode, our German Twin a ‘not-for-profit’ Town. As ever the group was made to feel very welcome with an management itinerary events and excursions to demonstrate the variety of culture companyofwith in the years region.of many experience. The first wasItto SinnesGänge, or “Sensory Transitions”, an installation in was from brickworks their a disused in Kaufungen, where the senses are captivated successful facility and challenged by a variety of remarkable exhibits. This was followed in Saffron Walden by an afternoon of Laser Tac in nearby Helsa for the younger members of the group and those young at heart. In the evening that the there was a formal civic reception at the Rathaus where members of the Royston Town Band played a selection of traditional inspiration our alongside Musikzug, the Großalmerode town band. Visitors were also treated to performances from a and popularoftunes cinema originally classical guitar duo and the recently formed Youth Marching Band. Greetings were exchanged between Royston’s Mayor, came and itRob wasInwood, and the Mayor of Großalmerode. Councillor set up as a joint On Sunday, a town tour for those who had not visited before included climbing to the top of the church bell tower, a short venture between walk in the rain to Roystonplatz, a terraced and wooded area just off the town centre, and a candlelit descent into the cellar Royston First BID of the Rathaus. and the Town Meanwhile, Council. Thethree young Roystonians attended the Jugend Parlament, a council of students aged 12 to 20 years, who represent their peers and bid for facilities in their town. This was with a view to creating links with Royston Town Council. In town council will the afternoon there was a rainy walk through the countryside to a traditional hostelry in the woods. The Hessen area is continue famous as the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm and one can easily imagine mythical creatures inhabiting the forests. Monday a fascinating guided tour of the B. Braun factory in Melsungen where cannulation packs are manufactured in Films aresaw shown sterile conditions for use throughout Europe. This was followed by a visit to the historic town centre with its beautiful halfin a transformed timbered many dating back over 400 years, and its city wall, which dates to the 12th century. town hall buildings, on high-tech digital The trip was highly successful and Royston & District Twinning looks forward to hosting their German friends in October 2020. equipment every 10 Friday and Please mention The Listing when calling our advertisers Saturday nights with additional

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Bus services to Royston Gateway The chair and deputy chair of the General Purposes and Highways committee regularly attend meetings of the North Herts Bus Users Group to keep up to date with services and issues affecting public transport users in North Herts. The group represents the interests of bus and public transport users and liaises with local services. Information about this can be found on An extended bus service for the number 16 circular route, run by Richmond Coaches, commenced on 11 November, providing a regular service every 45 minutes to M&S and Aldi on the Royston Gateway development. The frequency of this service had to be reduced from the previous 30 minutes schedule to accommodate the extra provision. We understand that this is not ideal but it was the only way, at present, to provide buses to the new supermarkets. For travel information across Hertfordshire go to:

Royston Town Council Grants The Mayor's Community Trust Fund - Community organisations are invited to apply for funds towards activities which will benefit the local community. This could be help for the setting up of a new project, event, or capital scheme. Applications for grants will open in January 2020, forms can be obtained from the Town Hall office or downloaded from our website, We look forward to again helping our worthy local groups and organisations again in 2020.

Naturally Royston at the Arts Festival The theme of this year’s Royston Arts Festival “Our Planet” could not have been a better fit for Naturally Royston. The team gave away hundreds of daffodil bulbs to brighten up Royston and provide food for local pollinators. Children and adults alike were invited to help build “Buggingham Palace”, a super-deluxe bug home that has since been relocated to Icknield Walk school to provide accommodation for bugs there. This year Naturally Royston teamed up with local author and hedgehog enthusiast Kathryn Newey to provide hedgehog-themed activities for children. The Arts Festival stall also marked the announcement of a new initiative by Naturally Royston. The public were asked to make pledges to give up items of single-use plastic to get them thinking about how we might achieve a Plastic Free Royston. Letchworth has already completed this scheme, which is certified by Surfers Against Sewage, and become officially a “plastic free town”, and other North Herts towns are following suit – we think Royston can achieve this too. If you are interested in getting involved with Plastic Free Royston or any other aspect of Naturally Royston’s activities, please email or look on the Naturally Royston Twitter (@naturallyroys).

The Leete Charity Trust - The trust provides grants towards further education for students who are under the age of 25 and live in or attend school in Royston. The grants made are not large but would be suitable for help towards purchasing textbooks, travel, etc. It is suggested that as much information is given in the application in order that the Trustees may make a speedy decision. Again, application forms can be obtained from the Town Council office or downloaded from the website. ROYSTON TOWN COUNCILLORS

A list of all Councillors’ names and contact numbers is given below, together with details of the wards they represent. All Town Councillors serve in a voluntary capacity and are elected for a 4 year term of office. Councillors are not paid and do not receive any allowance for attending meetings. Town Mayor: Cllr Robert Inwood Deputy Mayor: Cllr Mark Hughes Palace Ward

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Christmas Muffins

Hello my fellow foodies and welcome to this very festive edition of The Listing. This month I would like to share with you a recipe for Christmas Muffins. They have all the flavours of Christmas cake yet take a fraction of the time to make and if I am honest, they seem to be welcomed at the tea table as soon as earliest hints of Autumn are upon us. Perhaps it’s the promise of all that is to look forward to as we move towards winter. Christmas Muffins You will need a deep muffin tray and 12 large size paper muffin cases, pop the oven on to pre-heat at 220°C 200g plain flour * 50g ground almonds * 1tsp baking powder * 1tsp bicarbonate of soda * 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon * Finely grated zest of one orange * 100g caster sugar * 25g pistachios chopped * 50g toasted flaked almonds * 25g sultanas * 50g dried sour cherries * 50g dried cranberries * 50g dried, chopped apricots* 4 tbsp brandy (optional) 2 eggs from happy, healthy free running hens 100g melted butter 125ml full fat natural yoghurt 1/2 tsp almond extract 120g marzipan 2tbsp icing sugar* Your choice of sprinkles

If you are going to use the brandy it should be used to soak the dried fruit overnight. If so, pop all the dried fruit in a bowl and pour over the brandy, cover with a clean tea towel and allow to soak at room temperature over approximately a 24-hour period - stirring occasionally. If you choose not to use the brandy, begin at the next step. Divide the marzipan into 12 equal sized portions, then roll each portion into a ball and put aside for later. Next, into a large bowl combine all the ingredients marked with a ‘*’. In a separate bowl beat the eggs, then mix in the melted butter, yoghurt and almond extract. Quickly add this to the first bowl and mix the ingredients together until they are all incorporated but take care not to over mix. Now half fill 12 deep muffin paper cases with the mixture and into each lightly press one ball of marzipan then top with the remaining muffin mix and pop into the oven at 220° C for five minutes then turn down the temperature to 180° and cook for a further 15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Allow to cool before removing from the tray. When the muffins are completely cold, pop the icing sugar into a cup or small bowl and add water drop by drop and then stir until you have a consistency that will drizzle and hold its shape. At this point you may choose to add flavour to your icing by adding something such as almond or lemon. Then spoon, pour, splatter (whatever is your preferred method) the icing over the muffins and throw on your chosen sprinkles while the icing is still wet as this will help to stick them in place. All that is left to do now is to enjoy the muffins with good company and glass of mulled wine! Until next time dear reader...

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Royston Craft Fair The next Royston Craft fair is Saturday 14th December at Coombes Community Centre from 10am – 3pm. Now in their 6th year, there’s nowhere better to go and buy your presents! 100% pure craft, nothing mass-produced, all made locally! High-quality, original designs all at affordable prices! Plus free parking!

Royston Town Band Christmas Concert Gets A Makeover We are always grateful to everyone who supports the band throughout the year and especially over Christmas. Our Town Hall family Christmas Concert is a fixture in the town, but this year it’s undergone a bit of a makeover. A more informal cabaret style setup with nibbles and a licenced bar, and a new venue, King James Academy (senior site) will give the concert a new feel but there will still be the same great music, the same fantastic hampers to win in the raffle and the same red jackets Tickets are available in advance from Enfield Electrical and on the door - £10 for adults and £5 for children Sunday 15th December, 7pm Start, King James Academy (Senior Site), SG8 7JH This year we are also launching

a new concert for babies and children of all ages. Everything about it is designed to help children and parents enjoy Christmas music in a relaxed and fun way. Lots of parking, easy access, doors open early so you can settle in and enjoy a drink and biscuit. There will be plenty of space for children to run around, dance, sing and join in with bells and shakers.


Keep an eye on our website for up to date fixtures and updates

Tickets available on the door - £3 per child, adults go free! (£5 for unaccompanied adults). Sunday 22nd December, 10.3011.30am, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Royston, SG8 7DB The band will be supporting two stroke related charities this Christmas - Royston and District Speak Out Stroke Club, and the Danesbury Early Support Discharge Stroke Team.

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Since opening their doors some seven months ago, they really are becoming a Royston asset. Market shoppers had their ears blessed with a number or two from a West End musical when Royston Market had the inspired idea of inviting them to perform there on a Saturday after hearing a couple of their very talented singers rehearsing, in addition Limitless will be performing at the Royston Market on the 14th December, don’t miss it!. They then popped up at Royston Picture Palace, with an award winning performance of John Godber’s “Teechers”, which showed for just one night before heading off to the all England Winners Drama Festival Finals, and walking off with three trophies including best

production. Then, lo and behold, Royston Arts Festival has a stage, and who should be performing and delighting the crowd with, among other songs, a preview of their production of “Oliver”? Yes, Limitless. “Royston’s Got Talent”, it certainly has and among the many talents, we saw them there too. It seems they are able to deliver for their students, including adults, opportunities that are genuinely limitless, “Oliver!” all but sold out at Hertford theatre. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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update on limitless academy of performing Arts Limitless Academy of Performing Arts is settling in to our Royston community really rather well. Of course, it’s good to see the once forlorn building on Melbourn Street alive with youngsters and adults sporting their logo clad hoodies and jackets, dashing in and out over the weekends, but there’s a lot more going on at Limitless than many would think!

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New business Feel that Noise came to life during an acoustic jam session, when the three founding members - Lize, Daran and Simon - could not think of a single reason why combining music and motorcycles would be a bad idea. With more than 37 years experience, they offer a one-stop Workshop offering expert mechanical and restoration services, including MOT and tyre changing facilities for motorcycles alongside other ancillary services, such as detailing and Sunday Surgeries. Within the same premises are acoustically engineered sound-proof Rehearsal rooms, offering a no-frills

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space where you can hone your musicality at affordable rates no matter your instrument or genre. Once completed, the Front of House will offer a chill out zone, where you can enjoy a hot or cold drink while you wait to collect your motorcycle. With a rescued piano that has been lovingly re-tuned, you can work on your next hit song! Tel: 033 022 35432 Unit 8 The Quadrant, Newark Close, Royston SG8 5HL

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Hidden Royston Christmas Quiz!

WIN 4 tickets to Royston Picture Palace

Have you been following the ‘Hidden Royston’ series in the Listing magazine and website throughout 2019? Over the course of the year, our contributor Chris Lee has visited Banyers House, Royston Picture Palace, Royston Fire Station and much more, to uncover hidden gems of information that we just would not know about without his research. Take the Hidden Royston Quiz for your chance to win four tickets to Royston Picture Palace. You can read the full Hidden Royston series on The Listing website at 1) How many CCTV cameras in Royston are controlled by the Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership? 11 21 31 2) What’s the full name of the Manager of Timpson repairs in the High Street? Stuart Mole

Sir John Timpson

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3) In what year did Royston Freecycle start? 2001



4) What was the last film to be shown at the Priory Cinema before it closed? Coyote Ugly

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5) What item near the Tesco roundabout has Grade II listing by Historic England?



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6) How many years has Ray Constant been based at Royston Fire Station? 3 4 5 7) How many pubs were in Royston in 1900?




8) When did Joseph Beldam die at the Banyers?




9) Why did Royston have two police stations in the late 1800s? First was too small

Lots of crime

It straddled two counties

Take the quiz online or post your entry to The Listing, 2 John Street, Royston, SG8 9BE by 9th December. All correct entries received will be put in a hat with a chance to win Royston Picture Palace tickets.

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My Local Life Yolande Gautrey - Ladds

For this month’s My Local Life, we spoke to Yolande Gautrey from one of the most loved shops in Royston High Street; Ladds. Here’s what she had to say... What’s your name? Yolande Gautrey Where do you live? Bourn

How long have you worked at Ladds? I started working in the family business after leaving sixth form. The shop had just been rebuilt, I priced a lot of cards and after shutting down a shop in Cambridge, I helped evolve the upstairs of Ladds into what it is today. What’s your favourite local place to eat? Wood Grill, Queen Adelade, Croydon What’s your favourite local shop? Kisses for something special, Cream for undies. What was the last book you read? I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith What Makes You Happy? I love spending time with family and being at home.

What is your most memorable Royston experience? Working with our lovely, loyal customers. What are you looking forward to the most this December? Christmas Day as it’s a time I get off work to relax and enjoy the festivities. What is the most challenging aspect of your position? Computers - I hate them as I’m more of a practical person. What has been the most valuable life lesson you have learnt? However hard you try, you will never please everyone, so don’t try to. What do you do to relax? Other than watching TV by the fire, socialising with ex young farmer friends and friends made through a car club years ago. Ladds of Royston 01763 245658

What do you love about your work? I love buying new stock for the shop. I look after the cards and everything upstairs such as cake decorations, stationery and gifts.

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Xmas Hamper Three £139.99 4.5-5kg 3 Bird Roast

Stuffed Turkey Crown with Duck & Pheasant Breasts with a cranberry & chestnut stuffing Covered with Streaky Bacon 360gm Goose Fa2lb Hand raised Pork Pie 24 Large Luxury Meldreth Pigs in Blankets 500g Award Winning Pork Sausage Meat 1.5kg Cooked Suffolk Gammon Ham 1.5 Kg Rolled Sirloin Beef Roast

Norfolk Super Sized Slow grown roasting Chickens 8.5lb-11.5lb £8.90kg

Duck Ballantine £13.95 kg

Whole boned Large Duckling filled with sausage meat stuffing, free range Turkey fillets and pheasant breast, We leave the drumsticks on so when re trussed it looks like an oven ready bird. Cooking is highly recommended the day before as letting it set will enable you to carve full slices. Cook for 2 -2.5 hours @ 160 remove foil and baste duck skin until crisp. Cover in tin foil cool then place in fridge overnight. Great stock for your gravy and fat for the roasties once has set in your fridge you can slice with all the layers intact. Approx weight 3-3.5kg

3-5.5kg 3 Bird Roast

Stuffed Turkey Crown with Duck & Pheasant Breasts with a cranberry & chestnut stuffing Covered with Streaky Bacon £12.95 per Kg

Local drama group CADS have been busy putting together a cabaret-style evening of entertainment for the Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery. Organised by CADS regular Kathy Young, the evening is entitled ‘A Christmas Miscellany’ and all proceeds will go to the Friends of the Museum. The show features a mixture of poems, songs and sketches relating to the festive season, intermingled with readings from the Crow that describe Christmases in Royston over the years, all performed by members of the group. A Christmas Miscellany is being performed at the museum on Wednesday 4th December and the show starts at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). Entry price includes a glass of mulled wine (or mulled apple juice if you prefer) and a mince pie. 32 station road Meldreth SG8 6JP Tel 01763 260193

Xmas Hamper Two £110.00

4.5-5kg Turkey Crown Covered with Streaky Bacon 360gm Goose Fat 1lb Hand raised pork Pie 24 Luxury large Meldreth Pigs in Blankets 500g Award Winning Pork Sausage Meat 1.5kg Cooked Suffolk Gammon Ham

Xmas Hamper 4 £125.00 5.5-6kg Local Fresh Farmed Turkey 360gm Goose Fat 1lb Hand raised Pork Pie 12 Luxury large Meldreth Pigs in Blankets 500g Award Winning Pork Sausage Meat 1.5kg Cooked Suffolk Gammon Ham 2kg Topside Beef Joint

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Chicken Ballantine £13.50kg

Whole Boned Chicken except drumsticks with sausage meat stuffing, ½ boned duckling, pheasant breast, then trussed to look like an oven ready bird. Cooking is the same as Turkey Ballantine but for only 3-3.5 hours. Best to also cook the day before and carve from cold. You then can use the stock for gravy and fat your roasties. Approx weight 4.5-6kg

Turkey Ballantine £14.95kg

This is a whole boned free range Turkey with only the Drumsticks not boned. We then bone a free range duckling which has a cranberry and orange stuffing inside along with 4 free range pheasant breasts. The pork Sausage meat and the stuffed duck are then placed between the breast crown of the turkey and trussed to still look an oven ready Turkey. These are not small but generally if we start with a 6kg Turkey the finished boned weight is 6.5-7kg This is the smallest we can do. COOKING is recommended the day before in a deep roasting dish at a temp of 150 gas mark 3 covered in tin foil with an added half cup of stock or water. The duck will slowly cook inside the turkey basting from the inside. Cook for approx. 5-6 hours. Then remove Tin Foil for the last 30 minutes and Keep Basting. You will end up with a fantastic stock, which when set you will be able to skim the fat of and use to crisp your roast potatoes the next day. When you have removed the bird from the oven cover in tin foil to rest, place in fridge overnight. The Cold Ballantine with all inside birds and stuffing’s will set and are much easier to carve in complete slices. Once sliced you can reheat in the gravy made from the stock or simply place on plates and cover with cling film and microwave for succulent moist Turkey Approx weight 5.5-7.5kg

Free Range oven ready Gressingham Geese Are Only £8.90 per kg approx O/R weight 5kg-7.5kg

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Christmas Comes to Royston Museum

Tickets are £10 each and can be bought at the Museum or the Town Hall, or by ringing 01763 242587, but please note that numbers are strictly limited so it’s as well to book early.

What is your favourite way to spend Saturday? I rarely get a Saturday off work but Sundays spent with my daughter and sister riding our horses and looking after our many chickens, guinea fowl, quail and walking our exhuberant Terrier.

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Why buy a real over an artificial tree ?

That Christmas authenticity: The tradition of picking your own tree with family can’t be beaten and they provide a wonderful fragrance in the home. For some a real Christmas tree is the only way to go!

no manufacturing process, only growing, and are 100% recyclable. Once Christmas is over rather than ending up in landfill sites they can be mulched for landscaping and gardening, or turned into woodchip.

Environmentally friendly: Taking into consideration greenhouse gas emissions, use of resources, fertilisers, pesticides and human health impacts, studies show that an artificial tree would have to be reused for 20 years to be greener than buying a fresh-cut tree once a year. A Christmas tree field is, relative to other agriculture, a very stable, diverse, sheltering and non-toxic habitat and not being a crop for eating can make use of “recycled” land (eg landfill, brownfield). The Forestry Commission states that real trees use about 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. Also trees grown a few hundred miles away and not manufactured in a factory thousands of miles away allow for a much smaller associated carbon footprint.

Why a Nordman Fir? The Nordman Fir is the UK’s favourite Christmas tree with its shiny, fragrant, mid green, soft to touch needles that will not fall when taken into a centrally heated house. Thew Nordman has a dense symmetrical habit.

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How to best care for your real Christmas tree: When you get the tree home cut an inch off of the bottom of the base (the same as you’d take a bit off the end of cut flowers). Place the tree in a bucket of water for an hour or so while you get the decorations out of the loft, bring in only when you’re ready to decorate the tree. Mount the tree in a water retaining tree stand and place away from direct heat. Keep the stand topped up with water every day.

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What’s On... First Sunday in Advent

Sun 1st Dec, 10am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Celebrating the first day of advent

Meldreth Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec, 11am -5pm Holy Trinity Church, Vicarage Cl, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DY Over 30 trees, all beautifully decorated by local organisations, and often with a theme relevant to their activities. The church will be decorated with lots of greenery, candles and a beautifully created nativity scene. Homemade refreshments

Teatime Praise

Sun 1st Dec, 3.30-4.15pm King James Academy Junior Site, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Church of St John the Baptist’s Christingle presents a short service with make-yourown Christingles, followed by tea, coffee and cakes. Voluntary donations to The Children’s Society.

Lights of Life-Letchworth

Sun 1st Dec, 4- 5pm Garden House Hospice Care, Letchworth SG6 1QU Dedicate a light on the Hospice Christmas tree to remember a loved one. The Lights of Life service is a special outdoor service consisting of carols and readings. uksupport-us/events/detail/lights-of-lifeletchworth

Melbourn Primary School Open Morning

Mon 2nd Dec, 9.30am Melbourn Primary School, Mortlock St, SG8 6DB An invitation for prospective parents of children starting primary school in September 2020 to learn about the school. Please contact the school office on 01763 223457 or email office@ to book a place.

A10 Bouncy Castles Soft Play Session

Tue 3rd Dec, 9.15-11.15am Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT £5 per child or £13 for a family ticket for 3. Children under 6 months go free with a paying child. Snacks, tea and coffee are available to purchase. Come along on the day or call Nessa on 07732 133007

Taking Turns Dance Theatre Workshops

Tue 3rd Dec & Tue 10th Dec, 7-8.30pm Baldock Town Hall, Baldock SG7 6AR Have fun moving into health in community dance workshops aimed at the over 50s. Sessions cost £10 or £7 for concessions. Contact Jane on 07801 352300.

A Christmas Miscellany

Wed 4th Dec, 7pm for 7.30pm Royston Museum, Lower King Street, Royston SG8 5AL CADS cabaret-style evening, featuring poems, songs and sketches, intermingled with readings from the Crow that describe Christmases in Royston over the years. Tickets £10 each, includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, from Royston Museum or the Town Hall, or by ringing 01763 242587, numbers are strictly limited so book early.

North Herts Art Society Lecture-The Twelve Days of Christmas

Thu 5th Dec, 11am -12.15pm & 2-3.15pm Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4ET Peter Medhurst gives a lecture exploring

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the wealth of Christmas music, traditions and curious customs. Free parking and lift access, £7 for visitors.

The Mystery & Magic of Egyptian Hieroglyphs’

Thu 5th Dec, 8-9.30pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Nick da Costa will give an illustrated talk at on behalf of Royston & District Local History Society. Visitors welcome, £2. Contact David Allard on 01763 242677

Christmas Door Decoration Workshop

Frii 6th Dec, 11am-2pm or 7-10pm Foxton Village Hall, Foxton, CB22 6RN Test your creativity and design your own Christmas door decoration in aid of Home Start.Tickets £25, including the framework, foliage and ribbons but please bring your own gloves, secateurs and any special additions you’d like to incorporate into your design.

MADS Presents: Mother Goose Pantomime

Fri 6th Dec, 8pm Sat 7th Dec & Sun 8th Dec, 2pm Sat 7th Dec, 7.30pm Melbourn Community Hub, 30 High St, Melbourn, SG8 6DZ Tickets from Melbourn Hub or Box Office at

JMA Coffee Morning and Bazaar

Sat 7th Dec, 9.30am -12pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Coffee & Mince Pies; games, books, stocking presents. Admission Free!

Christmas Iced Biscuits with Katie Harris Sat 7th Dec, 10am -1pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB After a recap on basic piping techniques using royal icing we will be looking at slightly more advance methods of piping as well as detail you can add whilst flooding your biscuits. This will be Christmas themed so you will end up making a beautiful set of biscuits that are ideal for a seasonal gift. Costs £25.

Christmas Open Studio

Sat 7th Dec & Sun 8th Dec, 10am-4pm The Walnut House, Station Rd, Steeple Morden, Royston SG8 0NN Come and see artist Anna Pye’s open studio with original hand pulled lino and monoprints, cards, refreshments and more. For more information, visit

Rudolph’s Christmas Trail

Sat 7th Dec, 10am-3pm Fish Hill Square, Royston SG8 9FQ A fun trail around Royston with an array of arts and crafts activities and a chance to receive a free gift from Santa!

Barley Christmas Market

Sat 7th Dec, 11am -4pm Barley Town House, Church End, SG8 8JW Crafts, charities, and other interesting stalls with simple and wholesome refreshments. Free entry!

Tastes of Christmas

Sat 7th Dec, 11am -2pm Melbourn URC, Orchard Road, Melbourn SG8 6BP Delicious food and refreshments, crafts and a raffle available! For more information, visit

Christmas Fayre

Sat 7th Dec, 2-4pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 0QQ Santa’s Grotto, refreshments, picture hunt, children’s activity table, tombola and a wide variety of gift stalls. Admission is

free for under 16s and 50p for adults. For more information, contact Sammy on 07794 236938

Carols by Candlelight

Sat 7th Dec, 3.30pm St Mary Magdalene Church, Caldecote SG7 5LD Carol singing with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls in the interval. Free and ample parking with disabled access. Tickets cost £10 from carols@ or call Grazyna on 01462 89583.

Royston & District Mencap Society AGM

Mon 9th Dec, 7-9pm Heath Social Club, Baldock Road, Royston, SG8 5BG A chance to 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. Membership costs £15 per year, for more information, visit

Christmas Rustic Wreath

Wed 11th Dec, 7-9.45pm & Fri 13th Dec, 9.30am -12pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB Make a beautiful rustic festive wreath for the table or to hang on your door. Bring strong scissors plus secateurs and wire cutters if you have them plus a binbag. When booking please let the centre know of any plant allergies. All materials are included in the course fee. An apron is advisable. Workshop costs £37,

The Social Vocals Christmas Concert Wed 11th Dec, 7.30pm The Plough Shepreth, 12 High St, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PP A lively Christmas concert at a lovely venue. For more information, visit www.


Wed 11th Dec, 8pm Coombes Community Centre, Royston, SG8 5PT. A special festive evening of music, mulled wine and mince pies to raise funds for Home-Start Royston & South Cambridge. Alongside Home-Start’s own choir will be a few special guests who will be singing and playing, as well as an exciting raffle. A donation of £5 per ticket is asked. To RSVP, please text Linda Bruce on 07753 636443 or email musicwithmum21@

Christmas at Woodside 2019

Thu 12th, Fri 13th & Sat 14th Dec, 7.30pm Woodside Hall, Hitchin, SG4 9SP An interactive concert of traditional carols and newer festive favourites with the combined forces of the Hitchin Thespians choir and some of its show performers. You will be entertained by wandering carollers, boisterous tavern-dwellers and heart-warming families. A mince pie and a glass of punch included in the ticket price of £12.50, available from or from 01462 641575.

Carols with the Royston Roses

Thu 12th Dec, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Community singing of carols and popular seasonal music, poetry and anecdotes. Seasonal refreshments. There will be a collection for Action for Children. Everyone welcome!

Christmas Market

Sat 14th Dec, 8am Market Hill, Royston SG8 9FQ Homemade cakes, mince pies and mulled wine along with live festive music

Royston Winter Crafts Fair

Sat 14th Dec, 10am -3pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT Local, high quality crafts at reasonable prices. For more information, visit: www.

Christmas Tree Pendant Workshop

Sat 14th Dec, 11am -2pm Escape, Grafton Centre, Cambridge, CB1 1PS Hosted by Dee-Zyn Jewellery, the Christmas Tree Pendant Workshop will enable you to create a personalised Christmas Tree Pendant using wire and crystals. Tickets are £10 from XMASPendant

Acoustic Christmas Fundraiser

Sat 14th Dec, 7.30pm The Coach House Hotel, Newmarket Rd, Melbourn, Royston SG8 7PN A terrific night of acoustic music featuring Christian and Jay Thatcher from The Lovehats, Ted Evans, Nick Wood and more! Free entry, but a donation to The EastFest 2020 fund suggested.

Toy Service

Sun 15th Dec, 10am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU A festive Church toy service.

Nativity Service

Sun 15th Dec, 10.30am Melbourn Baptist Church, Mortlock Street, Melbourn SG8 6DB Nativity Service led by the children

Royston Town Band and Christmas Concert

Sun 15th Dec, 7pm King James Academy, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Festive carols and Christmas favourites from Royston Town Band and Royston Development Band, with hampers to be won too! Tickets available in advance from Enfield Electrical and on the door£10 adults £5 children. Licenced bar available, nibbles included in ticket price.

Rapunzel Pantomime

Mon 16th Dec, 2-4pm Fowlmere Village Hall, Chrishall Rd, Fowlmere, Royston SG8 7RY The professional acting team from The Pantobus will be performing Rapunzel! With a terrific cast who mingle with the audience and put children at ease with their wit and humour. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for children.

Christmas Messy Church

Tue 17th Dec, 3.30-5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Everyone is welcome to come enjoy lots of creative Christmas crafts, science experiments, a short celebration service and a meal shared together!

Royston Carol Service

Thu 19th Dec, 4pm King James Academy, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH An energetic carol service led by Revd Heidi Huntley.

Soft Toy Christmas Sleepover

Fri 20th Dec, 4-4.45pm Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JN Children are invited to bring their soft toy in for a Christmas themed story session. Their toys will have a sleepover in the library and when they collect them the following day we will show them what mischief they have got up to overnight!

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Royston Cave by Candlelight Sat 21st Dec, 10am-2pm Royston Cave, Katherine’s Yard, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ Experience Royston Cave as you’ve never seen it before! Entry by ticket only. For bookings and more information, visit:

Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus Sat 21st Dec, 1-4pm Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ The latest exhibition explores the vital but often little-known work of genetic counsellors. Discover how they work with patients, supporting them to make sense of information about genetic tests and diagnoses that is meaningful for them and their families. You can also meet researchers who work there and visit Open Lab to discover more about the Campus’ history and the cutting-edge research that happens here today. Open to all and free to attend but booking is essential. To book, visit:

Christmas Buzz Holiday Club

Sat 21st Dec, 2-6pm Melbourn Baptist Church, Mortlock Street, Melbourn SG8 6DB A variety of crafts, games and fun for children in Reception-Year 6. £5 per child,

Community Carol Service

Sat 21st Dec, 4pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT A festive community carol service, followed by refreshments.

Opus 17 Christmas Concert Sat 21st Dec, 6pm King James Academy Royston - Junior Site, Garden Walk, SG8 7JH Get into the Christmas spirit, put your

Sunday best on, come along for a sing and perhaps a dance or two to Royston’s very own 17 piece swing band, Opus 17, who will be playing the big sounds from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s! Tickets cost £18 including cold buffet plus pay bar.

Candle-lit Carol Service

Sat 21st Dec, 7.30pm King James Academy, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH Royston Choral Society is very excited to be welcoming J50 Brass back to Royston to accompany their Christmas concert. Tickets cost £14, Concessions £10, School students £1,

Mon 23rd Dec, 6.30pm The Plough Shepreth, 12 High St, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PP A festive performance of Christmas carols at a lovely venue.

Family Carols

The Old Bull Inn Silent Disco Sat 21st Dec, 7.30-11.45pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Another lively silent disco! Tickets £10,

Christmas Carols for Kids

Sun 22nd Dec, 10.30-11.30am St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourn Rd, Royston SG8 7DB Everything about this concert is designed to help children and parents enjoy Christmas music in a relaxed and fun way. Lots of parking, easy access, doors open early so you can settle in and enjoy a drink and biscuit. Plenty of space for children to run around, dance, sing and join in with bells and shakers. Tickets on the door-£3 per child, adults go free! (£5 for unaccompanied adults).

Carols by Candlelight

Sun 22nd Dec, 6pm Melbourn Baptist Church, Mortlock Street, Melbourn SG8 6DB A family friendly gathering with traditional readings and carols. Everyone welcome.


welcome to royston picture palace Welcome to Royston Picture Palace’s December programme. I am delighted to introduce myself as Business Manager for Saffron Screen which, from the beginning of December, assumes the management of RPP. Your cinema has established itself as vital community asset for the town of Royston and we intend to maintain this vision, together with increasing the number of screenings in time and introducing live relays of theatre and music. We look forward to working with the dedicated and wonderful team of volunteers and are honoured to be entrusted with the custodianship of RPP.

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Highlights this month include Scorsese’s critical triumph The Irishman, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reunited in The Aeronauts and the fabulous 42nd Street, which was recorded live at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Also, a Christmas treat for all the family – Frozen II. So, deep breath, here we go, and I look forward to meeting you over the coming months. And, of course, Merry Christmas. Andrew Jenkins Business Manager, Saffron Screen

As usual, the audience will be treated to a buffet supper The Royston based Opus 17 prepared by the band’s alto player Swing Band have been promoting and chef extraordinaire, Mr Terry big band music both locally and Veasey. There will be a licensed nationally for over 20 years. bar. This December will see the Advanced booking is essential as band perform another Christmas it’s likely to sell out quickly! Tickets Spectacular concert in Royston. cost £18 inc food. On the bill will be a whole host of For tickets and more information, popular classics, together with seasonal vocals sung by the band. call Graham Smith on The first set of the programme will 01223 263171 or email him at feature music from the golden age of big bands together with some Saturday 21st December, from contemporary numbers followed 6pm, King James Academy by a set sure to get you singing Senior Site, Royston, SG8 7JH along in the Christmas spirit.

Sun 22nd Dec, 6.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU A festive Candle-lit Carol Service.

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Midnight Holy Communion

Tue 24th Dec, 11pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Midnight Holy Communion at Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Watchnight Service

Tue 24th Dec, 11.30 -12.15pm Melbourn URC, Orchard Road, Melbourn SG8 6BP A Christmas Eve Church service.

Christmas Day Service

Wed 25th Dec, 8.30am Melbourn URC, Orchard Road, Melbourn SG8 6BP A Christmas Day Church service.

Christmas Day Family Service

Wed 25th Dec, 9.30am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU A Christmas Day Family Church service.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day walks

Wed 25th Dec & Wed 31st Dec, 1.30pm Therfield Heath, Royston SG8 5BG A social walking group which goes for a leisurely walk, a chat and a brew every

Make Lunch

Fri 27th Dec, 12-2pm The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Are you finding it hard to afford the extra meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch and fun. Free. No questions asked. Contact 07742 927160 or makelunch@ for booking, which is essential.

Wildlife Walk In the Deep Midwinter

Sun 29th Dec, 10am-1pm Cathedral carpark, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL Walk off Xmas excess: British wildlife has evolved to cope with the low temperatures, shorter day length and possible bad weather that winter brings. We will be seeing what species can be spotted around Roswell Pits: bittern, goosander and kingfisher are among the previous highlights; there should be plenty to see. events/2019-12-28-midwinter-walk

New Year’s Eve Pop-up Pub Party

Tue 31st Dec, 6.30pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, SG8 8AX Drop in for a drink and something to eat and stay as long as you like. With music and dancing, real ale, bubbly, food (succulent slow-roast pork in a bun, and delicious home-made desserts) See in the 2020? and help to save the beautiful 400-year-old Cabinet, the last pub in Reed.


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St Mary’s Therfield start the festival with a Carol Service of Nine Carols and Readings on 22nd December at 6pm. Our choir is a combined one with Kelshall and will be joining you in singing all your favourites. On Christmas Eve 24th December bring your children to our Christingle service at 4pm at St Faiths Kelshall. A bit of a free for all but always popular with our young families! Finally, our Christmas Day service is Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) with Carols at St Faiths, Kelshall at 10am. St Mary’s Church, Therfield, SG8 9QD

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Barley Christmas Market The annual Barley Christmas Market is being held on Saturday 7th December, so make sure you save some of your Christmas shopping list and make the most of what’s on offer.

Such an eclectic mix has won Alan a loyal customer base and he will be working on a number of Saturday markets too ahead of Christmas This very interesting stall certainly offers the market something a little

Markets in December

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market

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Fowlmere Farmers Market

2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 14th December, 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 21st December,- 9.30am - 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston

Outdoor Market

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

the “At Risk” status then being removed. Architects plans for the reordering of the church are being finalised as is the decision on the seating that will replace the pews.

Whilst all of this has been going on we still continue to receive donations as previously reported, for which we are most grateful. At this time particular thanks go to Newlings Inspections have also been of Royston who organised carried out on the stonework of the recent very successful the tower as well as the support evening - “Royston’s Got Talent” structure for the bells. - which was enjoyed by all who attended. As a result we are The result of all this is that pleased to report that we have we are beginning to see now received well in excess of some momentum building £40,000 towards the costs of as we move forward on the refurbishment. reinstatement of the church.

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It was recently reported that Historic England had placed St John’s on its “At Risk” list. This is normal under the circumstances and enables Historic England to give us priority as we consult with them in returning the church to being the beautiful iconic place of worship that it was prior to the fire. We are fully confident of

different and is well worth a visit, particularly if you are looking to acquire a special gift for a friend or loved one

His popular pitch provides shoppers To keep up to date with the Market News follow, with an opportunity to peruse a @RoystonMarket on Facebook really wide range of collectables, vintage items and antiques which includes beautiful copper pots and kettles, ceramics, silverware and jewellery.

This year’s event was once again over subscribed so it will be chock a block full of wonderful things to buy. We have some fabulous stalls this year, including Meadowsweet Gardens, The Cambridge Sock Company, An Arbonne Independent Consultant, Skylark Designs, Little Bees Wax, J.P. Candles, Village Craft England, Pikku Publishing, NixNox, Jam Packed, LS Fused Glass, Knit Barley, RNLI, Save the Children, Khandel Light, Folly’s Farm, The Scouts Tombola and a number of other artists and crafts people. Plus the Church raffle, Church collectables stall, cake stall and refreshments. Santa will be dropping in to visit the event for a couple of hours, and there will be activities to keep the children busy. We look forward to seeing you there.

Following a period of apparent inactivity, arising from the need to determine the soundness of the floor, internal scaffolding has finally been erected throughout the nave and inspections carried out by structural engineers to assess the damage to the roof caused by the fire. As a result a Schedule of Works has been drawn up and tenders sought for the next stage of the restoration works.

News from Royston market

This month’s market trader profile is on Alan Barlow who has been working on the Wednesday market for three years.

Royston Cave: Arts Project

Artist Marcus Coates is working with Kettle’s Yard to develop a new work inspired by Royston Cave.

Coates’ project will aim to give this historic space a new civic function for 21st century Royston. Responding to the emerging need for radically different approaches to decision-making in society, Coates will form a new group of local residents to use Royston Cave as a place to approach problem solving in imaginative ways

Look out for question boxes around Royston where you can submit questions for the group to answer, and keep an eye out for a range of exciting upcoming workshops and events. If you are interested in being part of the problem-solving group or if you are part of a local group that has a question that we could help to answer please email Ellen:

Save The Cabinet: Pop-Up nEW yEARS eVE Pub Party The Save the Cabinet Action

As we approach the Christmas period we will be holding additional special services as usual. Details of these will be found on posters around the church and on the website our website.

Group presents a New Year’s Eve Pop-up Pub Party at Reed Village Hall on 31st December starting at 6.30pm. As always you can drop in for a drink and something to eat and stay as long as you like.

Please do come and join us, all will be made very welcome.

With music and dancing, real ale, bubbly, food (succulent slow-roast pork in a bun, and delicious home-made

desserts) – alongside great company – what better way could there be to see in the year 2020? You’ll also be helping the campaign to save the beautiful 400-year-old Cabinet, the last pub in Reed. Read more about the campaign at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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At Royston Dental Suite we offer general and cosmetic dentistry as well as non surgical facial aesthetic treatments that are minimally invasive and will cause you little discomfort. 29-31 High St, (First Floor) Royston SG8 9AA

Crowns & Bridges Wrinkle reduction Home tooth White Fillings treatments & whitening kit £195 Dental Implants chemical peels (includes tooth whitening gel) Smile Makeovers High quality dentures Spread the cost with interest free monthly payments (up to 4 years) Hygiene treatments

Principal Dentist: Shikha Mittal BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS Edin, PG CertImp UCL

01763 244805 29-31 High St, (First Floor) Royston SG8 9AA

100 Years of Royston Girlguiding

love to hear from you! If you have any memories or photos of The opening ceremony back in your time as a July was a fantastic success and Girlguiding member in Royston there are lots of fun activities for all that you would be happy for us to age-groups coming up before the share on our blog or as part of the big closing event in July 2020. closing event, please be in touch with our District Commissioner, Many of our leaders have been Rebecca Abrams email: volunteering in Royston for 30 years or more, so will be known faces. Were any of you a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger in Royston? If so, we’d Our very special year of celebrating the Royston Girlguiding centenary is well underway.


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The PantoBus Are Back!

Last year the professional acting team from The Pantobus performed Jack and the Beanstalk and had the audience on their feet joining in. This year they will be performing Rapunzel. Rapunzel is the story of a princess with magical hair who is taken away and locked in a tower.

For more info please call Cathryn 01763 249750 / 07967 740652 E: W:

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New Smile, New You! Tooth Whitening This month’s special offers Porcelain Veneers

What better way to start winding down for Christmas than by going to a Pantomime with all your family.

Merry Christmas

and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

We have recently undergone a renovation and welcome everyone to come and enjoy our new relaxing waiting room and surgeries.

For any existing dental problems and disease, we aim to provide you with the most up to date advice on treatments to correct and cure the problem.

Oh yes they are!

Wishing all my lovely clients a

The actors are brilliant, they mingle with you on arrival and during the interval. They have an ongoing repertoire of slapstick jokes. Wittily teasing adults and immediately putting children at ease. Tickets cost £12 per adult and £8 per child, available in advance from: Sunday 15th December 1.30-4pm, Fowlmere Village Hall, SG8 7RY

Hard skin * Corns and Callus * Painful verrucae

Mobile Service

Tel: 07791 736 616

Royston Health Walks: Christmas Day & NEw Years Day Royston Health Walks is a social walking group which goes for a leisurely walk, a chat and a brew every Wednesday at 1.30pm across Therfield Heath starting from the Heath Café. We are very welcoming, friendly, positively inclusive and non cliquey. This year with Christmas and New Year falling on a Wednesday you might expect us to not be walking on these days but we will as usual and everyone is invited to join us, the more the merrier. For more information email or just turn up on the day | 01763 248447 1912 Royston Magazine.indd 25

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Your independent local optician Spectacles Sunglasses Sports eyewear Contact lenses Reading spectacles and private new patients welcome eye examination over 60


eye examination under 18


children’s spectacles & lenses

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Looking After you 12 Days of Wellbeing at Christmas 1. Letting Go I’m letting go of the ‘perfect Christmas’ myth. I’m going to work on enjoying the festive season with all its imperfections and chaos. 2. Asking For Help I don’t have to ‘do it all’ this Christmas and then feel overwhelmed and resentful. 3. No More Pleasing I give up on trying to please everyone this Christmas. 4. Body Acceptance Every day I’m working on showing acceptance and gratitude for the body I have. 5. Magic I’m going to pause to embrace the fun and wonder of Christmas. 6. Connection I’ll be proactive and reach out to friends, neighbours, family. 7. Humour I’m working to see the funny side of things. 8. No Dieting I am not depriving myself or

labelling foods as ‘forbidden’ this Christmas. 9. Time Out I’m taking some time out for myself when things get hectic. 10. Drink Awareness I’m choosing how much alcohol I drink, showing awareness for its affects on my mood. 11. Valuing Time I am not feeling pressurised to buy loads of stuff that we don’t need and then worrying about paying for it. I know that spending time with friends and family, whilst creating memories is more important. 12. Happiness I am embracing the Christmas spirit and allowing myself to enjoy this time of year without passing judgment.

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How Well Do You Manage Your Time? In order to be in control of what you achieve, you must manage your time. For many people however, it seems that there’s just never enough time in the day. How many of the following 15 statements resonate with you? 1. The tasks I work on are the ones with the highest priority 2. I find myself completing tasks at the last minute, or asking for extensions 3. I set aside time for planning and scheduling 4. I know how much time I spend on each of the various tasks I do 5. I find myself dealing with interruptions 6. I use goal setting to decide what tasks and activities I should work on 7. I leave contingency time in my schedule to deal with the unexpected 8. I know whether the tasks I am working on are high, medium, or low value 9. When I am given a new assignment, I analyse it for importance and prioritise it accordingly

10. I am stressed about deadlines and commitments 11. Distractions keep me from working on critical tasks 12. I have to take work home in order to get it done 13. I prioritise my ‘To Do’ list 14. I confirm my priorities with my boss 15. Before I take on a task, I check that the results will be worth the time put in We would all love to have an extra couple of hours in every day. Seeing as that is impossible, we need to work smarter on things that have the highest priority, and then creating a schedule that reflects our work and personal priorities. With this in place, we can work in a focused and effective way, and really start achieving those goals, dreams and ambitions we care so much about.

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 year’s 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. Rowland Penfold combines both traditional and unusual techniques to make items that are truly unique using mainly native grown timbers. The exhibition is open until January 2020. Please pop in and see what we have on offer at 17 High Street, Royston, SG8 9AA InT ACCA Registered accountancy practice Services we offer Company accounts and tax returns Sole trader accounts and tax returns Bookkeeping & VAT Tax advice and planning Finance training Part time Finance Director/Controller Specialist in property and construction and so much more.

Contact us today: 01223 789941

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


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


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

01462 474000

Bassingbourn Village College 01763 242344 Chrishall Village Hall 01763 838691 Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 01763 208778 King James Academy (Junior Site) 01763 243650 Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden Village Hall Litlington Recreation Centre 01763 852551 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01763 448099 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall 01763 261171 Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 870869 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 242696 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 246549 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839546 Whaddon Village Hall

01763 245484

NHS Telephone Advice Service

01462 742684 01763 877558 01763 247611

01763 208767 01763 852869 01763 853217 01763 853427 01763 261650 01763 220626 01223 870869 01763 220626 01763 246799 01763 262440 01763 243117 07999 538961 01763 256816 01763 246371 01462 743922 01763 287220 01763 287549 01763 208195 01763 230350 01763 848756 0345 045 5200 0300 123 4040

03450 450 500 01462 417377 0300 234 5555 0300 234 5555 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


Abington Pigotts Village Hall 01763 853257 Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell Village Hall 01462 742913 Ashwell URC Church Hall 01462 742757 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992

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Royston Library


Heidi Allen MP 020 7219 5091 Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire Sir Oliver Heald QC MP 01462 486074 Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire


Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

J. Oliver Radley

01763 273300


Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell


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


National Rail Enquiries 24-hours Royston & District Community Transport


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


01763 245484 01763 878242 01763 848283 01763 848281 01763 242460 01763 242344 01763 838592 01763 271818 01763 208203 01763 852318 01763 243392 01763 223400 01763 223457 01763 260432 01763 242236 01223 207382 01763 848304 01763 241535 01763 246021 01763 852474 01763 243930 01763 246549 01763 287284 01763 208213 03457 48 49 50 01763 245228 0345 357 2406 0800 771881 0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999

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

01763 242221 01763 245059 01763 262696

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

0300 123 4051


01223 839001 0800 328 6023 0345 450 063


Non emergency number

Darren Harward Painter and Decorator Domestic and Commercial Interior and Exterior Telephone 01763 222978 Mobile 07815 816187

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

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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.

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Loving Local Living Index of Advertisers Accounting Services


Aerial & Satellite Services

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Coulman Scott Accountants 28 Fourways Chartered Accountants 28 Ace Aerials



Hadham Brewery Ltd


Building & Construction Services C P Building Services



Black Barn Turkeys Davey’s Butchers Knibbs Meatsafe

17 15 12

Cake Maker

Kellys Cake Kitchen


Care Homes

Barchester Healthcare - Melbourn Springs 5

Christmas Trees

Premium Grade Christmas Trees 17


Royston Picture Palace


Cleaning Services

Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning


Coach Hire

Richmonds Coaches

Community News

Royston Town Council

3 10,11

Decorating Services Darren Harward


Royston Dental Suite


Comberton Village College Kip McGrath Royston


Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

29 25

Body Balance Gymbo’s Premier Pilates


A J Furniture

Garage Doors Garolla

Garden Centre

Arrington Garden Centre

Gardening Services Leaf & Lawn

Gift Shop Ladds

Landscaping Services

John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd The Walkers Partnership Christmas in Royston EastFest2019 The Listing

23 2 29

Feel That Noise

J Oliver Radley Opticians

Steve Brown Plumbing & Heating 29

Home Furnishings Linda Tuner Interiors New Dawn Blinds

Home Improvements & Handyman Services 17 Property Services AV Handyman Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services RTP Painting & Decorating

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KITCHENS | BATHROOMS | TILES & FLOORING | PLUMBING & HEATING 01763 245888 | | Unit 2, Lumen Road, Royston, SG8 7AG



DGN Plastering


Plumbing & Heating Services H20 LMJ Plumbing & Heating

Public House/Restaurant/ Takeaway British Raj Express The Fox and Duck

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Regency Roofing


Royston Self Storage

22 30,31

Tree Services

Shire Trees Limited

Venue Hire

Royal British Legion Royston Town Football Club

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre

Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services Trulight Windows

Womens Occasion Wear & Clothing Cream Fashions

31 21 21 8 9 7


VALUE TO YOUR HOME A fireplace is at the very heart of a room. It radiates a warmth, comfort and style that is unparalleled and creates an inviting and homely ambience. At Ivett & Reed we specialise in creating the Workshop kind of distinctive fireplaces which add style,ad 14/6/11 09:29 Page 1 warmth and value to your home. We have an extensive range of fireplaces designed to suit any room and style – from the most contemporary to the most traditional. All our fireplaces are custom made by our highly skilled craftsmen using only the finest quality materials sourced from all over the world. Take a look at our extensive showroom or our comprehensive website to see our wide range of fireplaces and associated fixtures and fittings. 615 NEWMARKET RD, CAMBRIDGE CB5 8PA

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Motor Services

Ivett & Reed


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Marketing & Advertising Services




Local Event

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27 27 25

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Legal Services

Self Storage

KD Wright Financial Services Ltd 28


P W H Installations 31 Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 30 Trademark Kitchens 22

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Financial Services Fitness

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers

For your business to

Fitted Furniture

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Radiator Covers

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Bedroom, Lounge, Study & Dining Furniture

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“Phone New Installations Graham for Extensions A DDING WARMTH advice & quotation Part or Full Rewires & on all your electrical Fuseboard Upgrades VALUE TO YOUR HOME requirements” Interior & Exterior Lighting Wiring of Heating Systems and controls

A fireplace is at the very heart of a room. It radiates a warmth, comfort and style that is unparalleled and creates an inviting and homely ambience.

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We have an extensive range of fireplaces designed to suit any room and style – from the most contemporay to the most traditional. All our fireplaces are custom made by our highly skilled craftsmen using only the finest quality materials sourced from all over the world.

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615 NEWMARKET RD, CAMBRIDGE CB5 8PA Tel: 01223 213500 • Professional Arborists • Seasoned Firewood for sale • Forestry services • Stump grinding • Hedge Maintenance • Fully insured/Qualified • All aspects of tree work

To celebrate the life of someone special, you want the very best. Ivett & Reed has been producing headstones, cremation and commemorative plaques for East Anglian parishes since 1896, delivering service with sensitivity.

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New memorials Plaques Additional inscription Renovation work Accredited licensed fixers (BRAMM)

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Gas Heating and Plumbing Services Ltd Gas Safe registered for all gas & lpg plumbing & heating works

Your local experts specialising in tarmac driveways, footpaths, car parks, access roads, hard standings, potholes, road planing, block paving and kerb works.

Worcester Bosch accredited installers offering guarantees of up to 10 years on new Worcester Bosch boilers installed Boilers & central heating systems installed, serviced and repaired

All enquiries, domestic or commercial, welcome. No job too small.

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Plumbing • Tiling Carpentry • Wooden flooring



For a free quotation call Peter on 07885 143164 • 01763 257 877 e-mail

Call Dave: 01763

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Supply and fit or install only

Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden





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 • • CRB Checked

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Starters CeLeriAC, TruFFLe AND HAzeLNuT SouP (VeGAN) HAGGiS TerriNe

Smokey Bacon, Quail egg, Green Bean, Apple and Wholegrain Mustard Salad, Suede Puree

SeA TrouT Trio

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


01763 287246

The Green, Therfield SG8 9PN

Beetroot textures garnish

Mains roAST TurkeY

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

Trio oF VeNiSoN

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

BriTiSH CHeeSe BoArD

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.

The Fox and Duck, Therfield SG8 9PN

HoMeMADe iCe CreAMS AND SorBeTS (CHooSe ANY 3) iCe CreAMS Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, rum and raisin, White Choc and Cherry


Lemon Sorbet, raspberry Sorbet, orange


£31.95 per head

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