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PLUS Ashwell January 2020 Issue 173

inside... Pantos, Plays & Performances Celebrating our clubs & Societies 2019 in Pictures & much more...

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2019 in Pictures

The Listing is proud to have supported so many local events over the past year. We are so lucky to have such a vibrant community in Royston and surrounding villages, here are a few of our favourite memories from 2019:

January ‑ Art Exhibitions at Curwens

February - Barkway Pantomime

March - Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

April - The Three Tuns Pop Up Bar

May - Ashwell at Home

July - Teddy Bear Repair Cafe

August - Ashwell Show

September - Melbourn Hub Art Gallery

November - Model Railway Exhibition

December - Our Cover Compeit ion Winners!

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June - Royston In Blue


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Travel from Royston

THEATRE SHOWS & EVENTS 22 Jan Les Miserables – Matinee


30 Jan Phantom of the Opera inc Lunch


25 Feb Tutankhamun Exhibition


27 Feb Tina the Musical – Matinee



Mar Mary Poppins – Matinee



Mar Mary Poppins – Evening


22 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH - Matinee £75.00 21 Mar Sewing for Pleasure NEC


22 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH Matinee



Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia



Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia


19 Aug Joseph – Palladium – Matinee



roystoN cave Group Is there a question about life that you carry around with you, that never gets resolved?

A group of local residents are using Royston Cave as a place to explore problems put forward by individuals, community groups and organisations in imaginative ways. The group would like to hear from you. We have placed small white post boxes around Royston where you can submit questions for the group to address. Your question can be about anything and it should be important to you. Look out for the post boxes and question cards at the Town Hall, the museum, the library, No 3 and Coombes Community Centre. This project is commissioned by Kettle’s Yard Gallery in Cambridge in collaboration with artist Marcus Coates, and is supported by Arts Council England. You can also send your question by email to, and if you’re part of a group that would like to work with us to come up with a question together please get in touch.

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22 Apr Harrogate Flower Show

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26 Apr History of Cheshire

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10 May Killarney & Ring of Kerry

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17 May North Devon

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25 May Warners Thoresby Hall

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31 May Bournemouth

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Jun Cornwall

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Jun Bruges Break

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10 Jun Monster Tour of Scotland

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19 Jun Isle of Wight

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28 Jun Yorkshire Vales & Dales

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Mar Cornwall Spring Tour

May Keukenhof – Dutch Bulbs


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16 Jul

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Welcome From all at The Listing, we hope you had a fantastic and food-filled Christmas and a happy New Year! This January we feature the Corvus Amateur Drama Society’s annual pantomime, shine a light on some of the fantastic clubs and societies on offer in the SG8 area and chat to Virginia Partridge about her local life!

February Booking Deadline Friday 10th January

Moreover, we feature a plethora of upcoming events, discuss Burns Night and share some of the networking events available to local businesses, including The Listing’s new Wine Down Wednesdays! We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all our readers and contributors and a special thank you to Chris Lee for all his hard work in creating the Hidden Royston series last year, which has now come to a close. The winner of the Hidden Royston Quiz will be released soon!

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Spotlight On - Clubs & Societies Out & About - CADS What’s On



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My Local Life - Virginia Partridge


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Monthly Reads by Molly 100 hour weeks, no breaks and absolutely no room for sick days, Adam Kay highlights the struggles of NHS doctors in a first-hand diary account of his daily life: ‘This Is Going To Hurt’.

Kay, a British comedy writer who trained and worked as an NHS doctor from 2004 until 2010 felt a sense of duty to enlighten people on the gruelling day-today life himself and many others working in healthcare continue to experience. A complicated mix of joy, pain and sacrifice allows this book to grip you from the very first page in order to find some sense of order in Kay’s chaotic world. Tread carefully if you’re feeling squeamish or find the details of a maternity ward to much to bear. A tremendous addition to your bookshelf – you won’t regret it! This Is Going To Hurt - Adam Kay

Hertfordshire 2020 Year of culture To celebrate the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020, why not “Try Something New”?

This is the theme for January 2020 and we invite you to get involved with Town Twinning. Perhaps to learn a new language or improve on one you started learning years ago? Perhaps to join a trip to one of our Twin Towns or to host visitors from them? This is a unique and exciting way for you and your family to experience the cultures of other countries. We regularly hold fund raisers and informal get togethers for all. Visit or for more information

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In January 2020 a course begins to train more volunteers. Volunteers work alongside families providing practical and emotional support. By developing trusting relationships, they empower parents to identify and implement changes that make a difference to their family. If you are a parent with a couple of hours to spare each week and interested in making a difference to local lives, they would love to hear from you For further information and details of the course visit or contact the office at or call 01763 262262 | 01763 248447 2001 The Listing Villages January 2020.indd 7

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Loving Local Living Loving Local Living NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES... Royston and the surrounding villages are a hive of activity with a wealth of clubs and societies within our town and villages, covering a wide range of interests - from arts to sports, adventure to support. Since our 2005, The Listing has been proud to Please note that all entries are published subject to space and we cannot guarantee inclusions support the very many clubs and societies. We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies on our website:

Share your club or society news with us!

Roysia Women’s Club

day evening Ladies, if you are bored with Mon Women’s TV, why not come along to Roysia spend an Club, meet likeminded women and to make new enjoyable evening with the chancen Hall from friends? We meet at Royston Tow 8– 9.45pm , We have a great programme for 2020 a range of including many great speakers on g activities. topics as well as several fundraisin ing for a Once a month we have a social even brains with a chat and a chance to sharpen our light hearted quiz. in the works! We also have a brilliant summer trip and if you ome New members are always welc please get think you would like to give us a try, in touch. act: For further details of the club, cont Joan Hill on 01763 244823 Wendy Pearce on 01763 231381

Melbourn u3A

Melbourn & District U3A meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Our speaker is Brian Wass talking about Policing - how it was done and is today. Come to Melbourn Village College at 2.30pm for 3.00 pm and find out more about U3A and how to become a member.


Foxton Mens BReakfast

Welcome to the first meeting of the New Year with a full English Breakfast and a talk by the Revd Angela Melaniphy entitled Hope & Thoughts for 2020. Contact Tony Garrick or Mark Howard on 07743 968530 or email at for more information. 8.30-10am, Saturday 18th January 2020 at Foxton Village Hall, Foxton, CB22 6RN

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a very successful year with a variety of speake rs and events while raising money for the cha Hertfordshire Air Ambulance rity Essex and . In December, we celebrated service at Royston Method Christmas with a ist three WI groups in Royston Church and all took part in this event. As well as traditional Bib heard festive poems and san le readings, we the service, members enjo g carols. After yed tea, coffee and seasonal nibbles. Our mon thly meeting was a wonderful Christmas lunch held at the Heath Café Royston. WI AM meets on the 2nd We dnesday of the month at the Market Hill Roo ms, Royston. Coffee and tea are served from 9.45 am with speaker following on. Visitors are welcome. Please contact: Pat Morritt 01763 661627

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Spotlight On...

Clubs & Societies

Information Centre in Royston Library. Our clubs, societies and organisations in This year, we want to Royston make a large contribution to the hear from you! We activities and vibrancy of our town. have a dedicated column on page From churches to children’s activities, 8 where we take social to sports, you will find something submissions from for all ages and interests to get involved some of the fantastic in, meet new people, learn new skills, and local clubs and enjoy all that our town has to offer. societies in the SG8 The Listing built up a directory of Royston’s area and post them clubs and societies when the magazine for all our readers to launched almost 15 years ago back in see. Furthermore, 2005. Since then, this list has grown to over news from clubs 500 clubs, societies and useful numbers in and organisations Royston and the surrounding area, which will appear on our The Listing continues to maintain as a website comprehensive list of the organisations, Finally, we are clubs and societies in Royston and the wider SG8 area. You can find this online at keen to hear from any organisation to feature in our This information has subsequently been ‘Spotlight On’ column in the future. shared with Royston First, who publish a For more information, visit our website printed Clubs and Associations brochure or email containing information on Royston’s clubs which can be picked up from the Royston

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Royston Parish Church: Opportunity To Leave Your Mark After the devastating fire of 9th December 2018, It might be a the congregation at St. John’s in Royston have fitting tribute to decided to view the necessity to refurbish as an someone who opportunity. has passed away and who was The building had several issues, for example, a member of accessibility of the toilets, and heating and lighting issues. While the insurance will pay for the community. Parents might cleaning and reinstating, it will not pay for any want to have a plaque to commemorate the changes. Therefore, an ambitious fundraising birth of their children, or a couple the date of programme has begun in order to take the their wedding inscribed for posterity. Imagine opportunity to make the building a more being able to take family and friends to see the welcoming space for a thriving communityplaque, situated for the foreseeable future in a focused church. Grade I Listed Building used by the whole town On the first anniversary of the fire, the church for worship, school and community concerts, is reaching out to friends, past and present, toddler groups and the like, knowing that your to consider sponsoring a chair as part of the contribution made these events possible. fundraising programme. Sponsoring a chair will mean that a plaque will be displayed, with your To register interest in the sponsor-a-chair own inscription on it. Families or local groups programme, please contact the church on might want to have an inscription as their contribution to the heritage of the town.

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Out & About...

CADS Group is Full of Beans A much anticipated event in the town’s calendar is the annual Town Pantomime, and for 2020 local group Corvus Amateur Drama Society (CADS) is presenting Jack and the Beanstalk by Tom Whalley (who wrote this year’s hilarious Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates).

The show is being directed by Nicky Paton, whom many readers will know either from his previous appearances on stage or as Manager of the Royston Cave or as a member of the committee of Creative Royston (and compere at this year’s hugely enjoyable and groundbreaking burlesque evening at the Old Bull!) The story features fearless juvenile Jack, his ‘daft-as-a-brush’ brother Simple Simon, and his long suffering mother Dame Trott, all of whom live in a tiny cottage in the shadow of the terrible giant Blunderbore. With the rent overdue they have no choice but to sell their beloved pet cow Daisy. After tricking the Trotts into selling her for a bag of worthless beans, the villainous henchman Fleshcreep kidnaps the Princess for the giant’s supper... Could Jack be the hero the village has been waiting for? Will he be able to rescue Daisy and Princess Jill in time? Perhaps those beans aren’t as worthless as they seemed!

Jack and the Beanstalk is being performed at King James Academy, Senior Site (formerly Meridian School) on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February, with evening performances at 7.30 and matinees on both Saturdays at 2.00. Tickets are £12 each (or £6 for OAPs, children and students) and can be bought online via the group’s website or by ringing the CADS box office on 07925 674967.

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Nicky says, “I still remember watching my first CADS pantomime at the age of seven and being completely enthralled by its magic. I’ve since been lucky enough to be a part of them and now I’m thrilled to be making my directorial debut in this iconic pantomime. (Oh yes I am!) It feels like a giant responsibility to live up to the extraordinary shows that have preceded it, but I’m lucky enough to have the support of the most wonderful team and an exceptionally talented cast. I can’t wait to share their magic with the Royston audience!”

Nicky and musical director Louise Atkins have been working hard for weeks now with a cast that includes many regular CADS members, as well as a supporting chorus – including a few new faces - that represents some of the area’s talented youngsters.


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Monday 25th January, 1912 Every picture tells a story, and that is also true of a photograph. If that photograph is on a postcard, a postcard that has been sent to someone, it could reveal an even bigger story. This sepia postcard was produced and sold by WH Smith and is a good example of how a rural community like Royston would have looked just over a hundred years ago. The photographer has captured just the right moment when two horses and carts, with a third following behind, slowly descend the chalk white surface of the Barkway Road hill towards the town. On the reverse of the postcard the King George V green halfpenny stamp has been franked at Royston at 10pm on January 25th, 1912. The sender’s name is hard to make out, but it looks like Louise. She sent it to a friend called Gladys and it appears Gladys is on holiday in a village near Bury St Edmunds. Louise goes on to say, ‘isn’t the weather as awful’, adding that ‘the road to Barrington from Shepreth is all under water and has been since last Saturday so we hope to get across by the new bridge they made’. This would have been typical at the time, especially in the winter when roads would have commonly been difficult or impassable for traffic. The white chalk road in the photo is a good example, fine in the dry but challenging in wet or winter conditions. It’s worth noting that Nottingham was the first place in the world to have a


tarmacadam surfaced road. That was in 1902 and it would be many years before the rest of the country would receive the same. Louise lived in the town, at Brooklands, 46 Kneesworth Street. The house was built in 1896 and interestingly it displays a blue plaque on its front wall. This was in honour of Captain Harold Ackroyd, a physician and officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War. He was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, who having survived the battle of the Somme and then the Ypres offensive was tragically killed by a sniper some time later in 1917. In 1912, he lived with his wife and two children in Great Shelford and moved to Royston sometime later as his third child was born in town in 1914. So, from this we can surmise that Louise lived at Brooklands before the Ackroyd family arrived in the town. And that is the story of just one postcard, and I’m pretty sure there are some of you who can glean even more information than me from the Barkway Road photograph. Perhaps next time you visit a market, an antique shop, somewhere selling old postcards, pick up a picture that catches your eye, turn it over and have a read, you never know what stories it may reveal. Written by Rod Taylor

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WE’RE PROUD TO SUPPORT HERTFORDSHIRE YEAR OF CULTURE 2020 Letchworth Garden City is getting ready to celebrate the Hertfordshire Year of Culture with events and installations at our diverse and historic venues throughout the town, starting with a new exhibition celebrating contemporary art textiles from 13 Dec until 16 Feb at the Gallery. Join us for events celebrating the Year of Culture designed to entertain the whole family.

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bURNS nIGHT Burns Night is a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scotsman Robert Burns, whom the Burns Road estate in Royston is named after. Burns Suppers are a true Scottish spectacle. After a few speeches, an Address tae the Haggis is recited with the speaker plunging his knife into the haggis to open it end to end. Then follows a feast of haggis, neeps & tatties; washed down with a liberal serving of whisky and wine. The evening is rounded off with dessert, coffee and an Address to the Lassies and a Reply to the Laddies. Scottish or not, why not host your own take of a Burns Supper this January? If nothing else, it’s an excuse to socialise with those closest to you, drink your favourite drinks and tuck into a delicious meal.

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The villagers assumed that the old man was a deity who had come to save them. Now, Chinese New Year is celebrated with family at an annual reunion meal, similar to Thanksgiving supper in the US. After dinner, many go to local temples to pray for a prosperous year ahead and then at midnight, firecrackers and fireworks are set loose. The whole celebrations last for about 23 days, so why not get yourself involved?

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According to myth, Chinese New Year started when an old man, Yanhuang, proclaimed he would protect a village against a mythical beast named Nian. The Nian would eat villagers, especially children, in the middle of the night. Yanhuang set off firecrackers and put up red papers and to the relief of the villagers, the Nian did not return.


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What’s On...

Curwens Gallery Exhibition

Wed 1st Jan, 9am-5pm Curwens Art Gallery, SG8 9AA Curwens Gallery is pleased once again to have the exhibits of four local artists and craftspeople and encourage you to come in and look around to admire the array of mixed media paintings by Maggie Allen and Christine Norman, along with the unique furniture and other items made by Graham Rayner and Rowan Penfold.

New Year’s Day Walk at Coton Countryside Reserve

Wed 1st Jan, 11am-1pm The Plough, 2 High St, Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PL A sociable ramble through Coton Reserve and the surrounding countryside. You’ll enjoy the stunning winter landscapes at the same time as kick-starting that resolution to get more exercise in 2020! The walk is free but donations towards the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome. Meet outside the Coton village pub, The Plough, at 11am. For more information, visit Category/cambridge-whats-on-events

‘Pomp and Circumstance’Royston & District Local History Society

Thu 2nd Jan, 8- 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA Chloë Cockerill will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ on behalf of Royston and Local History Society. Visitors are welcome, attendance costs £2. For more information, contact David Allard on 01763 242677.

Make Lunch

Fri 3rd Jan, 12-1.30pm 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. Call 07742 927160 or for booking.

Craft a Selfie at Royston Museum

Sat 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Jan, 11am - 2pm Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, 5 Lower King Street, Royston, SG8 5AL Fed up with making New Years resolutions? Celebrate who you are and welcome 2020 by crafting a selfie. £3, all ages welcome!

Lego Club

Sat 4th Jan, 2.30- 3.30pm Royston Library, Market Hill SG8 9JN Suitable for 5-12 year olds, sessions will cost £2. Lego club returns but now on the first Saturday of the month. There are limited places and the sign in sheet will open half an hour before the session starts. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fascinating Fungi Wildlife Trust Talk

Limitless Academy Open Day

Sat 11th Jan, 9.30am-4pm Limitless Academy of Performing Arts, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BP A free open day to learn more about Limitless Academy of Performing Arts! For booking and more information, visit

Wildlife Trust Mindful Wintry Wander

Sat 11th Jan, 10.30am-12pm Trumpington Meadows, Grantchester Wed 8th Jan, 7.30-9pm Road CB2 9LH Brampton Memorial Centre, Thrapston Join Claire Thompson and Becky Rd, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4TB Green for guided mindful walks at An introduction to mycology with the reserve. £5 per person, for booking Peter Walker of Hunts Flora & Fauna. contact clairethompson@mindfulness-of£3 per person; call 07775 365507 for or visit bookings or visit events/2020-01-11-mindful-winter-wanders events/2020-01-08-fascinating-fungiWilliam Blake Workshop with introduction-mycology

Curwens Art Gallery Preview Evening

Thu 9th Jan, 9am-5.15pm CurwensArtGallery,HighSt,RoystonSG89AA Winner of the Curwens Solicitors Young Artist of the Year Award. 1st prize winner in the RAS Young Artist Awards. An array of impressive artwork on display. Keep up to date with Curwens at:

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Fri 10th Jan The last available date to submit your adverts, content or events for The Listing February issues, featuring our annual wedding feature!

Royston Community Breakfast

Fri 10th Jan, 7.30am The Old Bull Inn, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW A group of charity group leaders, councillors, local business leaderswho support each other and share ideas. Held every second Friday of the month, 7.30am at The Old Bull Inn.

Gary Day

Sat 11th Jan, 10.30am-3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB This one-day course will introduce you to some aspects of William Blake’s philosophy as expressed in some of his most famous works of brush and pen. Please bring a packed lunch. The workshop costs £30. For booking visit or contact the office on 01462 682828.

Known Tour 2020

Sat 11th Jan, 7-9pm Holy Trinity Church, Church Rd, Chrishall, SG8 8QU Lily-Jo & Philippa Hanna put on a show tackling poignant and relevant issues such as social media, mental health and the effects of bullying. The tour partners with child sponsorship organisation Compassion UK to help release children from poverty in Jesus name. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from philippa-hanna-known-tour-chrishalltickets-75660018151

Rotary Quiz Royston Arts Society Sat 11th Jan, 7.30pm Demonstration by Fiona Pruden King James Academy Lower School, Fri 10th Jan, 8-10pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston SG8 9DW Fiona will be giving a demonstration of ‘A floral study in Watercolour’. Nonmembers £3 inc. refreshment. Contact 01763 261808

Royston Folk Club Showcase

Fri 10th Jan, 8pm The Old Bull Inn High St, Royston SG8 9AW Sat 4th Jan, 2 – 3pm The Heath, Baldock Road, Royston SG8 5BG A showcase of Royston Folk Club’s talentAdults absolute beginners 10 week course 7pm for 8pm. Featuring Luke James Williams, Free Agent, Kelvin Davies starting on 4th Jan. Free and open to all (under 18’s must be accompanied). Meet Lee Russell & Pembroke Tennison. £4 (£3 performers) £2 under 25s For more at the Heath at 1.45pm to register. details, visit:

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Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH A quiz in aid of The Rotary Club Trust Fund. Tickets cost £12 per head including a fish and chip supper, maximum of 8 per team. A cash bar will also be available, for more information, contact Peter Ross at

North Hertfordshire Volunteer Fair

Tue 14th Jan, 1.30- 3.30pm Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Rd, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3NA Come and meet a variety of organisations from across North Hertfordshire to discover how you can get involved in volunteering within the area. For more information, visit | 01763 248447 2001 The Listing Villages January 2020.indd 19

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Leisure Kneesworth House Hospital Recruitment Open Day

Wed 15th Jan, 10am-2pm Kneesworth House Hospital, Old N Rd, Bassingbourn, Royston SG8 5JP Kneesworth House Hospital host an open day to welcome in job seekers! They are on the lookout for Catering, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Healthcare & Nursing staff to join the team. The HR team will be present on the day to answer all questions.

Royston ACF Open Evening

Wed 15th Jan, 6.30- 9.30pm Dodkin Hut, Tannery Drift, Royston SG8 5DE A chance to join Royston Army Cadets. Hurry, as spaces are filling up fast! For more information, and to register your interest, visit armycadets. com/join-cadets/register

Campus Open Saturday + Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus exhibition Sat 18th Jan, 1-4pm Wellcome Genome Campus, Saffron Walden, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ The latest exhibition at the Wellcome Genome Campus explores the 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. Open to all and free to attend but booking is essential. Tickets:

Sinfonia New Years Concert

Sat 18th Jan, 7.30pm Letchworth Free Church, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1NX A lovely French programme of orchestral music by Bizet, Ravel and Poulenc. A perfect way to warm up a January evening.

Messy Church

Sun 19th Jan, 3.30- 5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Lots of creative crafts, science experiments, a short celebration service and a meal shared together. Adults and accompanied children of all ages are welcome.

is £3 per visit or £6 per year. Any enquires ring 01223 208536.

Emmaus, with Tara Constable

Thu 23rd Jan, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Tara, a ‘Companion’ at Emmaus Cambridge, will explain about the impact Emmaus can make to people suffering from homelessness and social exclusion, helping them find a home and meaningful work. For more information, visit

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Friends of Therfield Heath and Volunteer Work Parties with Greens New Year Quiz Cambridge PPF Fri 24th Jan, 7.30pm The Heath Cafe Bar Royston, Baldock Road, Royston SG8 5BG Drinks and soft drinks will be available from the bar, as well as light refreshments. £5 per member £7 per non member , there will be tables to seat six . Get your team together and visit about-the-friends.html to book after the 6th January 2020.

Settle-Shared Ownership Event

Sat 25th Jan, 10am-2pm Meridian Gate, Sales & Marketing Suite, Melbourn, Royston SG8 7LU A chance to learn more about shared ownership with Settle. To register your interest, visit meridiangate

Watercolour Workshop with Keith Hornblower

Sat 25th Jan, 10am-4pm Hinxton Town Hall, 51 High St, Hinxton, Saffron Walden CB10 1QY Come and develop your painting skills under the guidance of Keith Hornblower. Some experience is preferable, the day costs £35 including refreshments. Booking is essential, call 01763 261808 or email,

Burns Night

Sat 25th Jan, 7pm Reed Village Hall, Blacksmith’s Ln, Reed, Royston SG8 8AX Haggis or sausages with seasonal vegetables, home made desserts with a Scottish theme! Also featuring a bar and raffle. £12 per adult and £6 per child Very popular so book early with Pirates of the Caribbean and Beyond Hazel on 01763 848 349 Tue 21st Jan, 10-11.30am Chinese New Year Banquet Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Sat 25th Jan, 7.30pm Royston, SG8 7DA The Old BullInn, 56HighSt,Royston Royston WEA offer a 10-week course SG89AW with Dr Ian Chambers, costing £58. A banquet to celebrate the year of the rat. To enrol: online at or call Tickets include a selection of dishes and 0300 303 3464 alcoholic drinks. Tickets cost £35 each, Orwell Film Club £60 per couple or £200 per table of 8. For Thu 23rd Jan, 7pm bookings, contact Orwell Village Hall, 32 High St, Orwell, Tao Wellbeing Workshop Royston SG8 5QN Sun 26th Jan, 10am-12pm Orwell Film Club starts it’s 2020 year of 10 films on Thursday 23rd Jan. The Royston Complementary Health Centre, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JS Film starts at 7:30pm and entrance


Come along and learn the amazing self healing techniques from the Tao. Booking essential, costs £20. Contact: 01763 247440 or

Tue 28th Jan, 10am-1pm Coton Countryside Reserve, Grantchester Rd, Cambridge CB23 7PZ Help care for green spaces and their wildlife-get active, meet others and enjoy learning rural practices at the same time. Meet at the car park noticeboards, wear tough clothes and bring snacks. For more details visit

Arctic Svalbard-A Royston Wildife Group Talk

Tue 28th Jan, 7.30pm Royston Town Hall, Royston Town Hall, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7DA A talk about the Arctic Svalbard with Alan Lindell from the Melbourn & District Photo Club.

Royston French Language Meetup

Wed 29th Jan, 7pm Banyers House, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BZ Practise your French in a friendly & relaxed environment-all levels are welcome!

Learn to Sing in Harmony

Thu 30th Jan, 7.30- 9pm Potton Lower School, Mill Lane, Potton, Sandy SG19 2PB A fantastic opportunity for new or resting singers to discover their voice and gain confidence, with simple teaching methods to learn and improve quickly. For more information, visit:

Drift Away Harp Relaxation

Fri 31st Jan, 8- 9pm Royston Complementary Health Centre, 31C Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JS Relax to the peaceful sound of the harp and completely unwind. £9 per person, booking is essential by calling 01763 247440 or online at Eventbrite. by searching Drift away.

Royston Folk Club Concert

Fri 31st Jan, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Daria Kulesh Trio with support from Maisie Blades, 7pm for 8pm. Tickets cost £13 (£11 in advance) or £2 for under 25s For more details, visit:

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News from Royston market

This month we would like to highlight a trader who has worked on Royston Market for over five years.

Orwell Pannier Market

1st Saturday monthly, Sat 4th January,10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall

Steve James, who has played golf professionally, offers an enormous range of golfing equipment. You can’t miss his pitch which is located in the middle of the market and which accommodates dozens of golf bags and clubs. His considerable experience means he is able to offer customers expert advice regarding any potential purchases. In addition he also sells high quality second hand bikes along with Dyson and Henry hoovers. Steve can be found on the market on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

local Markets in January

Fowlmere Farmers Market

2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 11th January, 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

Herts Country Market

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

Outdoor Market

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

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

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

january Fri 3rd Jan 7.30pm

Knives Out (12A)

Sat 4th Jan 3.30pm

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U)

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Knives Out (12A)

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Ordinary Love (12A)

Sat 11th Jan 3.30pm

Frozen II (U)

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Ordinary Love (12A)

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Cats (cert tbc)

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Cats (cert tbc)

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The Two Popes (12A)

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Cats (cert tbc)

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12A)

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12A)

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Le Mans ’66 (12A)

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12A)

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Little Women (U)

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Little Women (U)

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Little Women (U)

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Marriage Story (15)

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen

Orange Cake

Hello my fellow foodies and welcome to not only to a brand new month but to a bright and shiny new year! I hope you all enjoyed the festivities with your nearest and dearest and are looking forward to all the possibilities 2020 may bring you. This month I would like to share with you one of my favourite recipes for orange cake. This is slightly unconventional in its preparation, but the resulting cake is a light and fluffy in texture and rich, almost marmalade-like in flavour. It yields appropriately 12 large sized portions and is delicious both hot and cold. One final note; if you use gluten-free baking powder then this cake is great for anyone who wishes to eat gluten free. Orange cake 2 whole oranges scrubbed, and stalk removed 6 eggs from happy free running hens 225g caster sugar 200g ground Almonds 50g polenta 1 tsp baking powder Icing sugar to dust over Let’s begin by popping the two whole oranges into a pan of water and bringing it to the boil. Leave them to simmer for two hours until they are soft to touch. Take care to top up the water level during the cooking time. Remove from the water and leave to cool. This step can be done a day or two in advance of making the cake.

ground almonds, the polenta and the baking powder then fold these in with the orange purée and the egg yolk mixture. In a separate and totally grease free bowl, whip the egg whites until they can stand in stiff peaks. Take a spoonful of the egg whites and mix it into the orange mix - this will help loosen up the mixture and make it easier to combine the rest of the egg white. Take care as you combine the remaining egg white into the mix - if you are too heavy handed, you will knock out the air from the mix which will result in a heavy pudding rather than a light and airy sponge. All that remains to do is to carefully pour the mixture into the tin. Gently ‘wobble’ the tin to smooth the surface (again don’t bang or tap!) and pop it into the oven for approximately 45 minutes until it has risen and has a beautiful, golden brown surface. I would advise leaving the cake to settle for 20 minutes or so before taking it out of the tin, but it is delicious served warm with a small dollop of whipped cream or in large slices accompanied with a steaming cup of tea! Until next time dear reader...

Talullah Le Fey

Next, turn on the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a 23cm round loose bottomed cake tin. Now cut the oranges in half and remove any pips, then place into the food processor and whizz until you have a smooth pulp consistency. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs yolks and caster sugar until pale in colour, thick, airy and mousse like in consistency. Combine the 22

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Have a Hadham.

Friends of Therfield Heath The first Therfield Heath & Greens New Year Quiz will take place on 24th January 2020, 19.30 at the Heath café. We’re challenging everyone in Royston to show off not only their general knowledge but also how much they know about the flora, fauna and history of our wonderful Heath! Bring along some friends to make up a table of up to 6 or join some of your fellow Friends on the night to compete. Entry to the quiz is £7 for non-members, £5 for members with complimentary nibbles provided. The Heath café bar will also be open for you to purchase refreshments. Someone will be taking home our hand-crafted trophy for the first time, so we look forward to seeing you there! You can reserve your quiz place on our website from 6th January or simply turn up on the night and compete. We’re planning many more events in the year to come to help all our Friends enjoy everything the Heath has to offer and protect this special place. If you’d like to join, please see our website or find us on Facebook. | 01763 248447 2001 The Listing Villages January 2020.indd 23

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Getting Festive at Tannery Drift School It’s been a busy few weeks at Tannery Drift First School in the run up to Christmas.

From raising more than £2,000 for Children in Need with a Bounce-a-thon to a festive Christmas Fair. The highlights have to be the Christmas Performances from children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1. The final week of school included a visiting Pantomime from Imajica Theatre Group for all the School to enjoy, from Nursery to Year 4. We are constantly looking for new ways to allow all children to show their strengths and encourage every child to feel capable, be independent and love learning. Please remember to submit your Reception and Nursery applications by 15th January 2020.

MUSEUM MUSINGS: We’ve Been Busy! Welcome to 2020!

We’ve been busy changing some of our displays – come and see for yourself! We want to highlight some different things from our brilliant collection and give the things that have been on display for a few years, a little rest. We’ve teamed up with Royston Cave to show more objects found there. The Cave is closed at the moment but come to the museum to see the displays until it reopens. We’re looking forward to working with Girl Guides who are celebrating 100 years in Royston. We’ll be bringing new artists to our gallery. We’ve got lots of crafty ideas.

Reception applications must be made online via Nursery applications can be made directly to Tannery Drift First School via our website at

Here’s something we like the sound of from our collection; a steamer for making RolyPolys! This was used by the same family from 1920 to 1993. How many Roly-Polys did they get through?! We’ll be searching our collections for more random items over the year.

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Therfield Heath and Greens Logo Concepts

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News from the conservators Report on the Open Meeting of the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens, 3rd Dec 2019, Royston Town Hall

The new logo for the Conservators The meeting was attended by approximately 60 was unveiled. A competition was held at King members of the public who heard presentations James Academy and the winner Charlotte Lan came to the meeting to be congratulated and from the Conservators as well as Robert Law to see how her design had been worked into a (who grazes the Heath) and the Friends of logo by a local artist. Therfield Heath. 2

Topics covered included fundraising, the accounts, grazing, the visitor survey and working with Natural England as well as permits and the new logo. Questions were taken following each topic. It was announced that from January 2020, all those walking dogs on Therfield Heath for commercial gain will be expected to have bought a permit and all those running any form of outdoor fitness classes on site will need to do the same. The idea was positively received by the meeting. Further information and application forms are on the website

In addition from cash and cheque donations users of the Heath will be able to make online donations from January with a link on our website. The attached shows Charlotte’s original design, the proposed logo and a version for a car sticker for commercial users and regular donators.

The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting held in February, where elections also take place for one stintholder representative and one representative for the Special Drainage District of Royston. The date will be announced in the new year.

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How To Use Plants... When To Plant by Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott

Happy New Year! In my new series of articles for 2020 I want to explore how to use plants over the year. For success in the garden it really is best to have a planting plan as part of your garden design. Then, working with nature and the seasons will ensure the plants selected can thrive. Here are a few things to be thinking about for the New Year. Bare root is a great way to buy nursery stock during the winter. The plants are lifted from the ground and delivered without a pot. When planning the structural layout of a garden design I will consider hedge positions to delineate space, tree and rose positions. All these plants and many more are available bare root. This is how in generations past plants were supplied. Generally speaking the plants will also be cheaper leaving more in the budget for flouncy flowery herbaceous perennials, some of which can also be available bare root too. With a good planting plan as part of your garden design all this can be planned in advance. Root balled is another way of buying plants during the winter months. This, as the name suggests, is where the roots have been wrapped up into a ball. I like to use root balled shrubs in my planting plans as it is a great way to plant larger more cost effective plants. The end of last year I used many root balled shrubs in my last large project of the year and this really helped boost the maturity of the newly planted garden. Plants such as Corylus, Elaeagnus, Ilex, Kolkwitzia, Prunus, Taxus and Viburnum all went in as root balls. Trees are also available as root balls too and help offer an instant feeling of maturity to a newly planted space. Planting p9’s is worth considering for hardy perennials. A p9 is a small pot size that hardy perennials can be bought in. We are so conditioned to buying 1 litre or 2 litre pot size hardy perennials but all the plant has been doing is filling the space in the pot when really it needs to be in the ground. In my experience if the ground has been prepared with organic compost smaller plants will grow away quickly as the soil temperature rise in the spring and easily fill the space. It comes back to working with nature to get the best results. If all the elements have been planned out then the planting will be a success. Bulb planting is a good way to introduce drifts of colour into the garden. This does require careful planning in the planting design as traditionally bulbs are available in the Autumn. Naturalising daffodils in grass can produce a lovely effect, but remember to put a note in the diary to order the bulbs in late summer for autumn delivery. It can be difficult to set out the


plants in a new scheme knowing that some of the items will not be available until a later date. The best way to overcome this is by marking out the positions with a cane so that you allow the space. This way you will still have space to fit the Alliums or tulips into the layout despite potentially a season’s growth. One of my earliest professional gardening memories is being sent out with a sack of daffodils by the head gardener to plant up a glade. I threw the bulbs out by hand and planted them where they fell. The effect in the spring was awesome. Specialist pruning to make space for new planting needs to be considered at the correct time of year. Winter is a busy time in the garden for pruning deciduous shrubs before the spring. Regenerative pruning where you cut into the old wood to reinvigorate shrubs in a neglected garden can be very beneficial. Structural pruning of Wisteria, vines and climbing roses will help set the scene for planting beneath. If you are thinking of making changes to your garden this year why not plan over the winter to implement in the spring and to enjoy this summer! For more in depth advice or garden design help please get in touch to arrange a consultation. GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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Looking After you: New Years Resolutions Setting goals instead of resolutions this New Year‌

Setting a New Years resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something not so good on the first day of the year. When you break it down, it can feel very exciting but making a comittment for the next 365 days can be very daunting too. Are we setting ourselves up for failure? The last few years I decided to set goals to achieve in several areas of my life rather then just one strict resolution. Usually I begin the process of making notes for what goals I want to achieve, I break them down into categories of work, personal and health. Listing things I would like to see be achieved in these areas of my life and then see if they would realistically happen before the end of the year. Once I have an idea of what goals I

would like to set, I may add a time in the year ahead of when I would like this to be achieved. Beginning the year this way means you can revisit your list of goals every time you feel you need some direction and this way you are setting realistic expectations upon yourself with a whole year to work towards them rather than instantly expecting to find perfection from day one and sustain for the next 12 months. Kim Fletcher @hushroyston | 01763 248447 2001 The Listing Villages January 2020.indd 33

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Virginia offers a mobile professional foot care service, visiting your home in Royston or most of the surrounding villages to take care of your feet and foot problems. The Listing caught up with her to hear more about the person behind the business. Where do you live? I have lived in this area for 27 years including in Bassingbourn, Buntingford and Whaddon. It’s a great place to settle and raise a family. What do you love about your work? The service I provide ranges from treating minor disorders, nail cutting and foot complaints to more serious and disabling problems. I love that every patient is different, and I have met and cared for hundreds of local people. I am lucky to work and drive around in this attractive location. It’s always a pleasure to see familiar patients and to put new ones at ease making them comfortable and keeping them mobile. It is very satisfying when patients express their gratitude following successful treatment. I enjoy being my own boss and running an independent business. Working flexibly in patients’ homes gives me the freedom to work around my family and other commitments. I am privileged to do work I enjoy, that feels worthwhile and I would like to thank my patients, some of whom have been with me for years, for making this possible. What is your most valued possession? My health - I think you appreciate and value your health more as you get older. I don’t always do the right things but I do try to take a responsible approach towards my own well being and adopt healthy habits. I do believe that tomorrow’s health depends on today’s choices. My desert island must have possession... I guess I would have to say a decent pair of sharp nail clippers. What’s your favourite local place to eat? We have a diverse range of good eating establishments around here. Supporting local business is important to me, being able to walk to the village pub for a good meal is a bonus of where I live. What was the last book you read? ‘The New Silk Roads’ by Peter Frankopan. I was fascinated by his first book on the Silk Roads which helped me understand bits of history I never covered at school. This more contemporary book reminds us what a profoundly interconnected world we live in today.

What makes you happy? Sunshine. Sharing joy and laughter. What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday? I usually go to an exercise class to kick start my day then have a coffee and chat with my class buddies afterwards. Then followed by shopping and catching up on the chores so I can have the evening to relax with family and friends. What are you looking forward to most this month? New Years Eve celebrations with the start of a new decade, the roaring 20’s all over again maybe and then putting the decorations away. I love the twinkly lights to brighten the dark nights but all the baubles etc kind of add clutter. It’s good to get them in the loft and me back into my work routine following the hurly burly of Christmas. What is the best thing that has happened to you recently? I have found a wonderful person (in the Listing) to clean my oven. It sparkled like new in time to cook the Xmas dinner and saved me from a messy job that I really don’t like doing and I am not very good at. How do you relax? Way too easily. A good book, music and a G&T always helps. Four people you would invite to dinner? Bruce Springsteen so we can rock on after eating. Graham Norton to bring out the best in each guest and facilitate the flow of conversation. Hans Rosling (sadly no longer with us) a hopeful fact man to tell us why things are better than we think they are. A chef to cook, well it’s my night off; Nigella would do and will bring additional feminine charm to the party. Could I sneak in my two young adult offspring as well please, they would enjoy the food! What inspirational quote sums you up? ‘Be kind whenever possible, It is always possible.’

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Royston PRegnancy Club New informative, monthly social pregnancy club aims to empower mums to be and build a community.

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“Being pregnant is a time of great transformation for women and the unknown can Each month will carry a theme to discuss create a lot of fear and anxiety. around and our experts will be on hand to Historically, women would congregate in circles answer any questions that you may have. and spend much time together, however, Members will also receive free goodies and today in our modern society, we’re lacking this access into the exclusive ‘Royston Wellmamas’ particularly type of community. group. As pregnancy and birth workers, we see the Drinks and food will be available to buy at The many problems that this can cause, such as isolation, lack of education and confidence, and Old Bull Inn, Royston. perinatal depression. For more information, you can follow the So, we have started a brand new and exciting monthly club for expectant mums to meet in a relaxed, safe and extremely useful space, where they can build friendships, whilst

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Just voted ‘Eastern Region Triathlon Club of the Year’, our small friendly club will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this spring.

Our fun and friendly leaders from Royston Runners will teach you how to run with people of a similar ability.

The club provides regular swimming, cycling and running sessions throughout the year as well as a variety of social events. Based in Melbourn, most training sessions start either here or in Royston.

Our new adults and absolute beginners ‘Learn to Run - Couch to 5k’ 10 week course starts on Saturday 4th January at 2pm for approximately 1 hour. Free and open to all (under 18s must be accompanied). Meet at Therfield Heath at 1.45pm to register.

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Royston In Blue: Highest Fundraiser The committee are over the

moon to announce this year’s highest fundraiser, Phillida Shaw with a magnificent total of £2,010.00. The committee had great pleasure in presenting Phillida with a Trophy and a voucher for two people for Sunday Lunch, kindly donated by the Fox and Hounds in Barley. In total an absolutely phenomenal £18,731.02 was raised by Royston in Blue from the yearly event in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust who are the only UK charity that puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond, they do this through their expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units and they are the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support Together, we can reach every young person facing cancer.


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Royston French Language Meetup Practise your French in a friendly and relaxed environment - all levels are welcome! Hosted at the Banyers House in Royston, this meetup offers a great opportunity to brush up on your French skills and meet like-minded people. Don’t be shy - say hello and start chatting (in French, of course!) to lots of new people! The meetup is free to attend but if you want to support Stefania and Rob there is an optional contribution (£1 suggested) to help cover their costs. The Banyers often kindly put out some nibbles for during the event, so if you have any allergies then please get in touch ASAP. For full details and to RSPV, please visit Wednesday 29th January, 7pm, Banyers House, 16 Melbourn St, Royston, SG8 7BZ

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What a busy month we had in December! We toured the streets in Santa’s sleigh, many of us became Santa for a day at a certain local farm shop, we decorated trees at retirement homes, we supported Hope and Homes for Children’s annual carol service, and we enjoyed our Christmas dinner together. Spreading comfort and joy is one of the things we do best! As soon as New Year’s done, we’re looking forward to our annual Quiz on 11th January at King James’s Academy – one of the year’s biggest and best, we think. There may be tables still available, so please call Peter Ross on 01763 244781 for bookings. The Memory Café meets on 13th January, when we shall be back in our usual home, The Old Barn in Upper Kneesworth Street. Old friends and new faces welcome!

Age UK Hertfordshire Age UK Hertfordshire is an independent local charity working to alleviate loneliness and isolation, reduce poverty and build resilience for older people in Hertfordshire.

They run a number of services in North Herts including Day Centres and their very popular Visiting Scheme. The scheme matches older people with carefully matched volunteers who visit them weekly to chat and provide some extra company. Many older people feel vulnerable going out alone and so our Volunteers make a real difference to people like Rae, ‘I like to be outside doing things, going to the shops or just sitting outside having a coffee, we have the most beautiful park nearby, and we often go there and share an afternoon tea. We talk about family, world news and politics.’ If you know someone who might like to have a visiting volunteer or would like more information on their services email at or call us on 01707 323272

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Business To Business Networking Royston is a hub of activity with a vibrant small business community. Working for a company? Working from home? You can be sure of a warm welcome, friendship and networking opportunities at a range of business networking groups. Each offers something different, so why not make 2020 the year to get involved with the business community. Find out more in our online directory at

Baldock Network Group A structured but relaxed networking meeting that brings local business together. Run by local family charity Home-Start Herts. £12 members / £15 non-members which includes breakfast, membership £10 per month which goes to charity. Held every other Tuesday at The Orange Tree, Baldock. 7-9am. Babble - Business Growth Club Hands on supportive group for women who run (or are setting up) their own business. Held on the second Monday of the month, 7.30-10pm at The Banyers House Hotel, Melbourn Street, Royston, Herts, SG8 7BZ Jayne Bratton 07764 657576 Coffee & Connect An informal business networking event. Free to all members of the Royston Chamber of Commerce and £3 for non-members. Held on the first Friday monthly, 10.30-11.30am at The Jolly Postie, Royston, 2 John St, Royston SG8 5AY Julia Brooks, 01763 877110 Melbourn Business Association A lively networking group. Held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30am at Sheene Mill, Melbourn, SG8 6DX Kimmi Crosby, 07976 228377 or 01763 223223

Royston & District Chamber of Commerce A representative group for businesses in Royston and the surrounding area who wish to increase the commercial prosperity of the town and its members. Meetings held bi-monthly. Julia Brooks, 01763 877110 Royston Business Breakfast Club An informal business breakfast networking event held on the third Friday monthly, venues alternate, The Old Bull Inn and The Jolly Postie, Royston 7.30am – 9am. Julia Brooks, 01763 877110 roystonchamberofcommerce/ Royston Business Network Meet other business people to find suppliers and customers. Held every Thursday, 7.30 -9am at The Heath, Royston, SG8 5BG Dave Winkworth, 07961 590154 Wine Down Wednesday Formerly Friday Fizz, The Listing is pleased to launch ‘Wine Down Wednesday’, taking place at either The Jolly Postie or Banyers House on the last Wednesday, monthly, between 5.30-7pm. Sharon Windebank , 01763 248447 TheListingWineDownWednesday

The Listing Presents: Wine Down Wednesday Formerly Friday Fizz, The Listing is pleased to launch ‘Wine Down Wednesday’, taking place at either The Jolly Postie or Banyers House on the last Wednesday, monthly, between 5.30-7pm.

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Happy New Business YEar Here are eight New Year’s resolutions to help you to strike a better work-life balance and increase your business success. 1. Learn to delegate and do more of it You don’t have to do everything yourself. Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance. 2. Promote your business regularly and consistently Don’t let promotion slip to the bottom of the list. If you want to attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. 3. Make business planning a weekly event Business planning lets you take stock of what worked and what didn’t, set new goals and adjust old ones. Set aside time each week to review, finetune, and look forward. 4. Learn something new Learning something new will add to your skills and add a new dimension to your life—another important part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success.

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We are a local cleaning company maintaining a high standard of service and a friendly manner. We Will Professionally Clean Your Carpets And Upholstery. We Offer Stain Removal, Protectors And A Full Cleaning Service. Please Call For A Free Quote or Advice. All Types Domestic & Commercial Work Undertaken.

01763 246849 07711100339

The Green Lounge Garden design & build Planting plans CAD plans Landscaping Patios Decking Fencing etc Fully qualified • Ground & Garden Maintenance

garden design

07957 256320 01763 260400


Kevin Leavers

• Grass-cutting & General Garden Mobile: 07504 987107 Tidying Home: 01763 660880 • (IOG) Institute of Groundsmanship Cricket Pitch Preparation & On-Going Maintenance

Rory Harper Mobile: 07597 946535

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Useful Numbers CHURCHES

Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC

Churches Together in Royston & Dis.

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 Ignite Community Church Royston Methodist Church Royston Parish Church Royston Spiritualist 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 Bassingbourn Surgery Market Hill Surgery, Royston Orchard Surgery, Melbourn Roysia Surgery, Royston The Health Centre, Royston

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 852118 01763 243849 01763 243145 01223 503345 01462 743922 01763 287220 01763 287364 01763 208195 01763 230350 01763 848756

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


NHS Telephone Advice Service



Royston Library

0300 123 4049

Heidi Allen MP for S Cambs Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts

020 7219 5091 01462 486074

0300 123 4040

Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

01462 474 000

J Oliver Radley

03450 455 200




01763 245484


03450 450 500


01462 417377 0300 234 5555 01763 290555 0300 234 5555 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


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

Non emergency number

01763 273300 101

Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell

01763 245484 01763 878242

Bassingbourn Village College Freman College Melbourn Village College Kings James Academy

01763 242344 01763 271818 01763 223400 01763 242236



National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 48 49 50 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

0345 357 2406 0800 771881

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

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999


(Water supplies and sewerage)


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

01763 242221 01763 245059 01763 262696

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

0300 123 4051

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01223 839001 0800 328 6023 03450 450 063

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INDEX Professional

Our Advertisers

Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Ltd 42 Coulman Scott Accountants 43 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Services Ltd 40

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Hadham Brewery Ltd

44 23

Building & Construction Services C P Building Services 44

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson


Letchworth Broadway Royston Picture Palace

13 21

Cleaning Services

British Window & General Cleaning Co 31 Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning 44

Coach Hire

Richmonds Coaches


Computer Services The PC Doctor


Dance & Drama Schools

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts 17


Royston Dental Suite



Fremans College



Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

Estate Agents & Property Settle

Farm Shop

Bury Lane Farm Shop

Bonfitness Pilates Gymbo’s Jazzercise

Garage Doors Garolla


25 27 14 17

KD Wright Financial Services Ltd


HL Ground & Garden Maintenance Leaf & Lawn The Green Lounge

Gritting Services Cambridge Gritting

Health & Nutrition CBD Oil

44 47 44 5

Health Therapist & Wellbeing Amber Health Feet 2 Feet Royston Complementary Health Sanet Foot Care

42 32 34 39 29

Local Groups

Salle De Couture


Marketing & Advertising Services The Listing

Office Interiors 37 38 34 32 32

Heating Services


Financial Services

Gardening Services

Alexander Green Office Interiors


J Oliver Radley Opticians

44 43 36

Pest Controllers Pest Right Ltd



Steve Brown Plumbing & Heating 24

DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

Home Furnishings

Plumbing & Heating Services

Avante Garde Ltd T/as New Dawn Blinds 15 Borders & Bows 5 Homemade @ The Barn 18 My Fitter Ltd 3

Home Improvements & Handyman Services AV Handyman Handylamb Handyman Services S Borley & Son

47 47 47 44

Penguin Insurance 5 Jewellers H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers 9 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd 48

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

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

Legal Services

The Walkers Partnership

Local Event

Fowlmere Village Hall

H20 LMJ Plumbing & Heating

26 44


The Listing Kneesworth House Hospital

44 16


Insurance Services

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

47 31

Regency Roofing


Self Storage

Royston Self Storage


Tree Services

Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited

24 26

Venue Hire

Royston Town Football Club

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre


26 47

Weight Loss/Slimming

27 28

Window Cleaning Services

31 25 27 24 26 24 42 23


Slimming World

GBs Cleaning Services

Womens Occasion Wear & Clothing Cream Fashions

33 47


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Home & Garden

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.



’s Services

- est. 2013 -

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

07561 156504

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

Domestic & Business Storage Facility Secure, Waterproof, Fireproof Storage Long & Short Term Individual Units For further details call Matthew Doggett on

07710 747169

Royston Self Storage, Broadmere Pond, Royston Rd, Barley, Royston SG8 8BN

Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms All aspects of installation from design to finish Plastering | Carpentry | Plumbing | Tiling | Certified Electrics

Call for free design and estimate Recommendations / references if required. Local Tradesman with 20 years experience 01767 631716 or 07808 367542 | 01763 248447 2001 The Listing Villages January 2020.indd 47


For all your local storage solutions

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

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

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

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