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Issue 176


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This month’s magazines include a selection of Springtime events that, at time of going to press, are still due to go ahead, and a mix of community advice, practical resources and articles on wellbeing and keeping a positive mindset. We urge that you double check all events with the event holder before turning out, and follow the latest guidance from Public Health England.

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On a more cheerful note; Spring is here and the evenings are getting lighter; we can look forward to copious quantities of chocolate and hopefully, a change in weather. In our 176th edition, Lee Alexander discusses his local life, and Kettle’s Yard give us an insight into the new Royston Cave Arts Project - and so much more. Lastly, from all of us at The Listing, please stay safe. It is the strength of our community - residents, businesses and organisations - all working together that will get us through these rather odd and strange times ahead.

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In This Issue ...


Spotlight On - Ashwell Banger Challenge


Out & About - Royston Cave Arts Project


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


Your local, practical Coronavirus resource


What’s On


Looking After You


My Local Life - Lee Alexander


Julian’s Business Tips


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


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Royston Postcards: Reader’s Correspondence In the January edition of The Listing we featured an article by Rod Taylor in which he talked about a series of postcards which feature Royston and one from Miss Gladys Hagger, dated in the year 1912. After seeing the article, Howard Gascoyne got in touch saying he also had two early postcards addressed to the same Miss Gladys Hagger. One card, postmarked August 1908, is addressed to her c/o a Mrs. Edwards in

Cambridge, sent from someone with the initials I or J F D whilst the other appears to be from her niece, Doris, and is addressed to her at Royston’s Melbourn Street. This one has not been posted, so it was perhaps sent under the cover of an adult - possibly her parents, The colourised picture of Kneesworth St. looks distinctly Edwardian (1901 - 1910) and indeed the old Crown & Dolphin’s licensing board shows Henry R. Blows to be the licensee at the time which dates it between 1907 -1916. Today the pub’s premises are used by a bookmakers shop and it’s interesting to see that the post, which, in the picture, supports the swinging pub sign, is still visible. That pub seems to have closed after Henry left but after that, in 1917, he took the licence of the Coach & Horses across the road. Doris “all so”, in that card, sends her wishes to “Uncle Chals”. Perhaps Miss Hagger shared her address with a brother? The Hagger

Museum Musings: Positivity Breeds Positivity What would a museum be without people? The people who visit, who donate items, who are Friends, who work and volunteer, who comment online. We want a museum that celebrates the stories of people in Royston and the surrounding villages. We want to celebrate diversity. This April, we’ll be welcoming Alyssa Van Delle who’ll be leading a Drag Queen Story Time. She’ll be reading children’s stories in a safe, fun, accessible way. It’s a free event.

It’ll be on Thursday 16th April from 2pm - 3pm. If you have any questions about it, contact us via our email at enquiries@roystonmuseum.org.uk Find out more about these storytimes on the website www.dragqueenstorytime.com. If you want to help us put on more events that celebrate people, if you’re an artist, or have an exhibition idea, please get in touch. We need people to share their stories. Perhaps you could help us research the stories behind the objects on display. Help us bring the museum to life and build up a picture of our town. ‘If you’re introduced to difference in a positive way, you will react to it in a positive way.’ To find out more about the Museum, please visit www.roystonmuseum.org.uk


surname has been recorded in the Royston area for centuries (and still is) and one branch of the family were big fruit farmers in the area we even have a ‘Hagger’s Close’ in Melbourn. The photo in the 1908 postmarked card shows another pub/hotel, The Angel today exists in name only as ‘Angel Pavement’ which was built in 1965 and some years after the hostelry itself closed in 1954. It’s pub sign advertises “Good accommodation for cyclists” showing that it is catering for all those pursuing the new craze - special outfits were even designed with a wide skirt divided into two baggy leg sections to allow ladies to take part. Very conveniently, we can see a cycle shop just beyond which would doubtless carry out repairs to the machines whilst their riders partook of the Angel’s facilities. These postcards, little pieces of ephemera, do certainly provide a lovely insight into our past, the days when ‘Doris’ was a just child’s name. Written by Howard Gascoyne

Family Tree Research in 2020 Here are some ideas for you if you are starting your research in 2020. 1. The very first action we recommend when you start to research your family is to talk to other members of your family. It may be that a cousin or aunt has already started some research that you would only be duplicating. 2. Talk to the eldest members of your family also and make notes of the dates/places that they mention. Names of brothers and sisters or addresses where people lived can be invaluable when you are trying to identify a particular person in old records. 3. When you begin to research, it may well feel the only important job is to add names. In the long term, the most interesting part is understanding where our ancestors lived, how they lived and what was happening at the time. I have an ancestor that was a cheesemonger, and in 1888 had a shop in Bethnal Green Road, East London. So much for adding his details to our tree. We later learned that his handbill (advert) was found on the body of

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one of Jack the Ripper’s victims. Now we mentally place him in those mean streets at the time of those vicious murders. 4. If you wish to commence research yourself and not use us to begin your tree, (currently just £40) you will almost certainly need to join one of the sites that has information online that you can research from home. There are various levels, but for good ‘England only’ records that can help you start your tree. We use Find My Past which is currently £120 for 12 months and Ancestry which is also currently £119.99 for 12 months. Both are great. Why not try us to start off your research and let us advise you how to proceed in the best manner. For more information, email mouseuk22@sky.com or visit www.bit.ly/MouseUK22 www.bit.ly/FamilyTreeFacebook

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Christmas is still here in spirit The Easter eggs are out on the supermarket shelves but at Royston Town Band we are still celebrating Christmas. Every year the band donates some of its Christmas collection to support a local good cause. This year’s presentations were to two groups as a heartfelt thank you for the support they have given to one of our life presidents Roger, who had a stroke in December 2017.

The Danesbury Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team provide intensive rehab services to people who have just come home after a stroke. They deliver occupational and speech therapy, and physiotherapy at home in the critical first few weeks when recovery is most rapid. Royston Speak Out Club was formed nearly 30 years ago and provides communication support for those affected by stroke who live in and around Royston. The Club is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and organises weekly activity sessions and outings for its members. The group is a vital local support for those affected by stroke and their carers, providing information and a warm friendly social network.

The support that individuals and organisations show each other is one of Royston’s great strengths, and we are very happy to continue to be an active part of that. If you would like to hear more from the band, follow us on Facebook, visit our website www.roystontownband.org.uk or come and see us play at our spring concert on Saturday 16th May, 7.30pm, King James Academy, Royston, SG8 7JH

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Easter Church Services Royston Parish Church Maundy Thursday Service Joint service of Royston & Barley Parish Churches with a vigil until midnight. Thursday 9th April, 8pm, Barley Parish Church

Royston Methodist Church Maundy Thursday Service Holy Communion plus a simple meal. Thursday 9th April, 6.30pm, Royston Methodist Church

Good Friday Service Liturgy of the day with hymns. Friday 10th April, 12pm, Market Hill Rooms, Royston, SG8 9DW

Good Friday Service Followed by the Walk of Witness to Royston Cross. Friday 10th April, 9.30am, Royston Methodist Church

Easter Day Service Said Eurharist and sung Eucharist. Sunday 12th April, 8am, King James Academy Junior Site

Easter Day Communion Service Walk of Witness to Royston Cross. Sunday 12th April, 10am, Royston Methodist Church

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Linda Turner Interiors/MyFitter Moving into a new house is one of the most stressful things you can do and dealing with a room full of bare windows is one of the most intimidating challenges for anyone. Fear not though, as help is at hand in the form of two local companies. Linda Turner Interiors and MyFitter have been working together for over 11 years. Linda shows clients a portfolio of design concepts and colour schemes, examples of previous work, together with a van load of sample fabrics, and accessories, including poles, finials, tracks and all types of blinds. “Choosing a fabric that you like is often hard enough, however working out whether it’s right for the setting and which of them work well together can be a challenge. I love working with colour and this year is very exciting for me as vibrant colours are starting to play a more dominant role” In 2009, James Dudley started MyFitter as a limited company having been working as a selfemployed curtain fitter. Providing a specialist curtain fitting and installation service for interior designers, retailers, property developers, and homeowners. Since joining forces, the business has continually grown and

expanded to cover a large area of South East England. In 2018 they were proud to win the Royston Chamber of Commerce ‘Best Small Business’ award. Linda continues to offer her unique style of business through recommendations and referrals both through local networking and advertising. Together they offer a one stop shop for Interior design and Installation.

“We think it’s really important to spend time finding out exactly what the client needs, so we can design something that they will be proud of for years to come - It breaks our hearts to meet someone who’s been the victim of inexperienced design or clumsy fitting” Linda Turner Interiors 01763 223216 www.lindaturnerinteriors.com MyFitter 0800 689 4842 www.myfitter.com

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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 2005, The Listing has been proud to support the many clubs and societies on offer and we maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all of them on our website www.bit.ly/ClubsDirectory.

cling Club Roystonitscy sixth anniversary and

Now celebrating ’s weekly with nearly 100 members, the club e on Plac et Mark ston Roy from start rides riding Sundays at 9am with 3 to 4 groups from at average speeds typically ranging local 12 mph to 18+mph over 20 to 40 mile routes. always Non-members who are over 18 are ed welcome to join a ride. All that’s need es, a are some comfortable riding cloth energy. helmet, a roadworthy bike and a little more learn Alternatively, those wanting to first in Royston about the club can come to the Bull for a 11am nd arou at er gath s rider e wher run. club ay Sund the after chat coffee and Richard il ema or For more visit roystoncc.co.uk Nash at roystoncc@hotmail.com

Roysia Women’s Club We’ve had some very interesting and entertaining speakers through February and March:

Jean Fullerton recalled ‘What your Granny did in the Black Out’ elaborating on how difficult life was for everyone during the 2nd World War. Colin Hill, a retired Royal Protection Officer, recounted more fascinating stories of his time in the Met by ‘Would you Adam and Eve It’. Clare Matthews spoke about ‘Easton Lodge, The Countess and her Garden’, a beautiful, historic estate in Essex. At our AGM in February we presented our cheque to the Royston Parish Church to help with the he devastating fire in December 2018. Unfortunately, we’ve cancelled all future meetings but we hope to return as soon as possible. We meet in the Royston Town Hall on Monday evenings from 8-9.45pm. New members are welcome. Please call Joan Hill on 01763 233823

Royston Arts Festival

Do you have an idea for an event which could be part of Royston Arts Festival? If so, check out Creative Royston’s website. Submissions from event organisers for the festival, which runs from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th September, are now being accepted up until Friday 1st May. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Question of Balance’ which was chosen partly as a play on the year 2020 and to highlight the importance of ‘well-being’ and we hope that it will provide an opportunity to engage with important social issues whilst allowing flexibility for different artistic interpretations. www.creativeroyston.org


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She only realised her dream of becoming a novelist when she left her job as a civil servant 25 years ago. Then the ‘exhilarating and excruciating’ process of writing began.

Our ladies enjoy a variety of interests and we organise a range of activities through out the year. You can choose to learn Ukelele and play for local groups, discuss books, explore our local villages on a weekly walk and work on craft projects. We have theatre visits, coffee mornings, pub lunches and afternoon teas. We have excellent educational opportunities at the WI Denman College and are entertained and enlightened by professional speakers.

Where do novelists get their ideas from? It’s a question authors are often asked and our monthly speaker Bobbie Darbyshire gave an insight into what inspired her to write four books.

“I hope I touch on the real human issues that readers recognise and empathise with,” said Bobbie who won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing. The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 28th Aprtil with a talk by Jill Campbell on Knebworth House and the Lytton family. Meetings start at 2pm in the Royson Town Hall with refreshments available from 1.30pm. Royston U3A has over 500 members and more than 30 interest groups. If you are interested in joining visit www.u3asites. org.uk/royston or contact Jackie Gellert: jackieroystonu3a@gmail.com or 01763 248097

Royston Mencap

At Royston & District Mencap we welcome all disabilities and ages and membership is £15.00 per year which gives access to outings and events more locally throughout the year. On Sunday 8th March, we held our first real event of the year - an afternoon tea which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. With sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream and a variety of cakes, it was a veritable feast. We also held a raffle, and this together with donations from those showing their appreciation, will help swell our finances. Our next event is in April when we will be going by coach to Willows Farm and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather – always a bonus for outdoor events! For details, visit www.roystonmencap.co.uk

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The Royston WI pm Group warmly welcomes visitors at their meetings at 1.45pm on the second Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall next to the Royston Picture Palace.

In April, our fun competition is a decorated egg. If you would like to know more about us ring: Eunice: 01763 231658 or Jean: 01763 245958

R&D Local History group

At our March meeting, we heard from Kate Harwood about The History of Allot ments and that allotments really started as far back fourteenth century when the poor were as the pieces of land to cultivate. They beca given me known as diggers. The first settlement to open as part of O’Connor’s Land Plan was in Marc Feargus h 1846, when he bought some neglected farm Chorleywood and renamed it O’Co land at nnorville. The land was divided up and ever yone received an allotment, a cottage, a pigsty and outbuilding. As recent as 1975, The Good Life, with Kendall was televised and self-suffici Felicity ency brought allotments a post-war reviv al. Our next meeting, “Stevenage: the first postwar New Town,” by Jo Ward, is on 2nd April, 8pm, The Heritage Hall, Town Hall, SG8 7DA. Admission is free to members, £2 for visitors.

Our speaker on 18th April is The Revd. Charity Nzegwu with her Easter message.

Buntingford Story Stroll

Come and enjoy a full English or Continental style breakfast with good companions. Ladies are welcome.

Come for a walk with the Buntingford Writers Group on Saturday 18th April 2020, starting at The Orchard Surgery, Baldock Road, Buntingford at 11am and ending up at The Fox, Aspenden for lunch.

Foxton Men’s Breakfast meets from 8.3010.00 am on the third Saturday of the month at Foxton Village Hall CB22 6RN.

Email foxtonmensbreakfast@gmail.com or call 01223 503377

Bring a story you’d like to tell, bring a dog, or just bring yourself. We will walk and tell short stories. The walk is across fields and, although it’s only a mile or so, takes about an hour. You don’t need to be a writer or to join our Writers Group – just come for the enjoyment of it all. Email chriskell37@gmail.com or call 07816 935396

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Spotlight On... Ashwell Banger Challenge to raise money for happy days children’s charity & British heart foundation The third triennial Ashwell Banger Challenge charity event will be on the weekend of 24th April 2020. Following a parade on the Friday evening. 53 competitors in 12 teams will be embarking on a weekend of whacky challenges in a car bought for less than £350. The teams will choose a theme, decorate their car and themselves accordingly to look silly. The aim is to raise as much as possible for Happy Days Children’s Charity in Hitchin and the British Heart Foundation (50/50 split). Happy Days Children’s Charity helps families and groups by organising and funding special days and holidays such as trips to the seaside, theatres, zoos, museums, outdoor activity centres, sporting

events and other educational and cultural activities for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties. With the public’s help, Happy Days Children’s Charity were able to support almost 25,000 children with additional needs last year, removing barriers to give them a chance to get out, make new friends, develop new skills and build confidence in the face of adversity. The British Heart Foundation’s vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. Great progress has been made but heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, causing heartbreak on every street. That’s why their work is so important. They raise money to research cures and treatments, so they can beat heartbreak forever. In 2014, the Ashwell Banger Challenge raised £5,000 for CLIC Sargent and in 2017 they managed to raise a whopping £22,662 for Barnardo’s.

They are asking for your help this year to help them beat their incredible record. At the time of writing, nearly £3,500 has been raised. To donate, please visit www.bit.ly/AshwellBangers2020 For more information, visit ‘Ashwell Banger Challenge’ on Facebook. Please do not park on the High Street! The cars will parade through Ashwell High Street, SG7 5NP on Friday 24th April from 6.30-7pm.

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Out & About... Royston Cave: Arts Project

facing Royston today. The groups’ discussions are being filmed as part of a short artist film and offer a fascinating insight into the lives, concerns, and aspirations of the You’ve probably heard about - or people of Royston. maybe even been involved in - the In the film, the questions are short film Kettle’s Yard have been explored in Royston Cave. Inspired making in Royston in collaboration by the cave’s rich and enigmatic with artists Marcus Coates and history, Coates has trained a group Leah Millar, and Royston Cave. of local residents to approach Coates has been asking Royston problem-solving in new and residents about the questions they imaginative ways. carry around with them that never get resolved. He placed question The group uses a technique called ‘unconscious reasoning’ to cards and post-boxes around explore the questions put forward Royston and received dozens by the people of Royston and of questions from members of offer a bold new perspective on the public. These have included the important issues facing the everything from “How can we town today. attract more people to Royston Watch this space for details of the High Street?” to “Should I travel first local screenings, which will the world before it’s too late?” take place in May. The film will Coates is working with various also be shown as part of a display community groups including teachers at Tannery Drift Primary at Kettle’s Yard from 16th May – 14th June 2020 School, the Friends of Royston Museum, Royston Civic Forum, For further details about the a group of young people, and a project or to find out ways to get crochet group to consider what involved please contact they think are the important issues ellen@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

This project is commissioned by Kettle’s Yard, the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery,and is supported by Arts Council England.

Melbourn Hub’s Spring Programme The Melbourn Hub has just announced its early Spring Programme which includes the usual exciting diversity of events that it has become famed for in the area. Heralding in the new season, local artist, Phyllis Dunseth, is displaying a selection of her colourful collages which are evocative of the wonderful holiday that she spent in France and Italy last Autumn. Various materials, such as notes from her diary, and a piano concert on a lake, have contributed to this unusual visual memorandum. Phyllis has been painting in various shapes and forms for around 50 years, including being trained in Stained Glass, and has enjoyed working in a variety of media. She gained her M.A. in Fine Art, and a further qualification from Central St. Martin’s, London.

Phyllis’s website will also show her other work, including paintings and glass. www.phyllisdunseth.co.uk Hub Quiz Night Saturday 23rd April 7.30pm Back again, the highly acclaimed challenging evening of brain teasing general knowledge questions and fun, run solely by the Hub. Bar open. Tickets £5 each. SALSA & SWING TASTER EVENING Saturday 2nd May 7.30pm Presented by Mary DeVill, a highly qualified professional dance instructor, who will lead this exciting evening to raise funds for the Hub. Come along, join in, or just enjoy this popular dance craze. Tickets: £7.50 each plus bar.

For further details on all of these events, please either phone: 01763 263303, visit “I see my work as a way of life”, remarked Phyllis, who will be taking www.melbournhub.co.uk, or call in for a barista coffee and speak part in July’s Cambridge Open to one of our managers. Studio Event in the Garden Studio at her home in Melbourn, where she has resided for the last 13 years. Her Exhibition will be at the Hub until the end of March.

If you are interested in purchasing any of her work please contact her through the email address: phyllisdunseth@btinternet.com

cads aUDITION FOR fESTIVAL pLAY Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived... It may only be April but local drama group CADS are already practising this mnemonic in preparation for their contribution to this year’s Royston Arts Festival. They will be holding auditions this month for a oneact play to be performed at the Festival in September.

Thursday, 30th April, also at KJAR from 7-9pm. It (almost) goes without saying that there are only six parts, all female, though there could be some flexibility about ages. Six Dead Queens will be staged as a double bill at this year’s Royston Arts Festival, which runs from 18th to 27th September. The other half of the bill will be the current CADS one-act play Strangers on a Film by Stephen Wyatt, adapted by local author Roy Maddox. This imagines a series of encounters between film director Alfred Hitchcock and thriller writer Raymond Chandler in 1950 when Hitch was looking for someone to write a screenplay for his next film. kieran.butler@ashtonrenovations.co.uk

The intriguingly titled Six Dead Queens… and an Inflatable Henry, is a tale of three Catherines, two Annes and one Jane – the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII – reunited in the present day for a sort of ghostly girly sleepover. It’s boisterous, farcical, slightly bawdy and immensely entertaining and weaves together history, comedy, satire, slapstick and song in truly surreal fashion. David Atkins will be directing the pla..

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The two plays will be performed together on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September at King James Academy, Senior Site. For more information about either play, visit www.cadsroyston.org.uk or contact them via email on cadssecretary@gmail.com

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In February, Clare Swarbrick was voted in as a Conservator to represent the residents of the Special Drainage District of Royston and Ben Harrop and Robert Law were voted to represent the Stint Holders. This follows Mark Weatherhead’s retirement in January after many years of service.

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John King said that “I’ve been a Conservator for 18 years and Chair for 5. After Clare’s election and the clear groundswell for openness and community engagement, now feels like the right time for me to step aside as Chairman and show the residents of Royston and the users of the Heath that we are serious about making a positive change for the future.

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Over the past 3 years the Conservators have come under increased pressure from residents in the local area to be open and engaging in the way that they manage the Heath, along with being more transparent with regards to their income and expenditure. Ben Harrop said “since joining as a Conservator last year, I’ve observed and it’s my opinion that much of the concerns the public have with the actions of the Conservators is as a result of

poor communication and the lack of sharing information”. In recent years there have been challenges over the governance under which the Conservators operate and concerns over suggested amendments to the Byelaws. Clare Swarbrick said “ I am aware of many concerns raised by the community and we are focused on listening and consulting widely to ensure the Heath has a long-term sustainable future, secured for generations to come. I can confirm that any review of the Byelaws will not happen for at least 12-24 months because we are committing to a review of the governance, election process and prioritising the creation of management plans for the SSSI and the remaining Heath and Greens and will fully involve the public. I am extremely excited by the prospect of working together to encourage activities on and involvement with the Heath and Greens. We need to do this in an open and transparent way.”

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Easter Egg Hunts! Easter is a wonderful time of year because it signifies three things; rebirth, the turning of the weather and of course, chocolate! Below we list some fantastic egg hunts. Royston First Chocolate Easter Trail Scour the town centre and take part in free activites and a prize draw to win a giant Easter egg! Saturday 11th April, 11am 12.30pm, Royston Town Centre Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End House & Gardens Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and delicious treats from Hotel Chocolat. Saturday 4th - Sunday 19th April, Audley End House, CB11 4JF www.bit.ly/AudleyEndEaster2020 Egg Hunt at Shepreth Wildlife Park Prey on chocolatey treats inside a wildlife park! There’s few Easter egg hunts like it! Friday 10th - Monday 13th April, 11am - 4pm, Shepreth Wildlife Park, SG8 6PZ www.bit.ly/ SheprethEggHunt2020

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Wimpole Estate Move around each activity station, solve the clues and pick up your chocolatey prize. Book early to avoid disappointment. Monday 6th - Monday 13th April, 10am - 3.30pm, Wimpole Estate, SG8 0BS www.bit.ly/WimpoleEasterHunt2020 Hunt For Lindt Gold Bunnies at Henry VIII’s Old House Follow the clues on the trail to find the golden bunny statues hidden around the palace and gardens, whilst discovering some of Hampton Court’s famous characters from the past. Solve the challenges to win your delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate reward! Saturday 4th - Sunday 19th April, 10am - 6pm, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU www.bit.ly/HamptonHunt2020

Fowlmere Farmers Market 2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 11th April, 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall

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

Herts Country Market Outdoor Market Wednesdays and Every Wednesday and Saturday, Saturdays, From 8am, 8am - approx. 3pm Corn Exchange, Royston Market Hill, Royston If you run a market in the SG8 area please let us know and we can include in the next issue!

News from Royston market

The trader being profiled this He can be found occupying the month is Bob Whiteman who has large pitch to the front of Mica’s worked on the Wednesday market Hardware store. for the past 15 years. Bob’s stall is an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of the most eclectic mix of items and there really isn’t much you can’t find him selling.

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Some of his more popular lines include a massive range of household necessities such as cling film, tin foil, bin bags, dish clothes, kitchen rolls and brooms. He has a vast array of tools and garden equipment which will interest the DIY enthusiast and also sells dog and cat beds. It is not possible to list everything he has to offer so best pay him a visit and see for yourself.

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Home-Start have many fundraising events coming up which provides the opportunity to have fun for a great cause. Literary Lunch A Lifetime in the Building: The Extraordinary Story of May Savidge & The House She Moved.

retained the will and energy to keep pushing on. It’s the tale of a woman who did because it had to be done. Tickets are £15 and include a buffet lunch. Please book in advance by calling 01763 262262. Thursday 2nd April, 12.15pm, The Old Bull Inn, Royston, SG8 9AW

Aquathon We are looking for swimmers to join May Savidge was told that the home a team to take part in our Homeshe lived in was to be demolished Start Aquathon to be held at 8pm to make way for a roundabout by on Sunday 17th May at Royston her local council. She believed that Leisure Centre. All you need to do is her home was of historical interest get some sponsorship and turn up as it was a pre-Tudor Hall house on the night and have fun! It is not a and therefore worthy of saving. race, you will swim with a team of 6 in relay for 55 minutes. In order to save it, she decided to dismantle it and move it 100 miles If you would like to take part, we to Wells-Next-The-Sea in Norfolk. have 4 swimmers for the team Why? As unbelievable as this already and we would love to hear sounds, it becomes even more from you. 14 teams have signed up incredible when you discover that already! May began this undertaking in her For more information, visit late 60’s in 1969! www.hsrsc.org.uk or email What follows is an astonishing tale of one woman’s determination in the admin@hsrsc.org.uk or call face of great adversity to protect the 01763 262262 home she loved. But it’s more than that. It’s the tale of a woman who knew great sorrow yet somehow

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen... Cherry Ripe ‘Traybake Style’ Hello, my fellow foodies and welcome to April’s edition of The Listing! This month I would like to share with you my take on an Australian confection. A good friend and I were talking of her time in Australia and she were describing to me her favourite and much missed chocolate treat called a ‘Cherry Ripe’. I set about trying to recreate something similar in a bid to cheer her up, and this is what I came up with! Cherry Ripe ‘Traybake Style’ 175g self-raising flour 2tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp baking powder 100g butter (at room temperature) 50ml milk 600g glacé cherries 125g condensed milk 150g desiccated coconut 1 tsp vanilla extract 200g dark chocolate 20g butter Let’s begin by preparing a 25cm square, deep sided baking tin. I lined mine with foil-backed grease proof parchment for its strength and non-stick qualities.

Next, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and butter until you have the texture of breadcrumbs. Then add enough of the milk to bring the mixture together to a ‘ball’ but take care not to over mix. Now, spread this on the base of the tin pressing down for an even finish and bake for 15-20 mins until cooked through. Leave this to cool.

Once the chocolate is set, all that remains is for you for to decide what size pieces you need to cut. If you struggle to cut through the chocolate layer my top tip would be to heat the knife in hot water first and “melt” through it rather than cut it. One final note, I find, if you can bare to wait, that the middle layer becomes slightly firmer if left over night.

Now let’s create the middle layer. Whizz together the cherries, condensed milk, coconut and vanilla to form a paste-like consistency. You may choose to hold back some of the cherries and add in last minute to create some texture or interest to this layer. You may also like to add a drop or two of pink food colouring: the choice is yours! Once the bottom layer is completely cool, pour over the coconut and cherry mixture and spread or lightly tap the mixture to a nice even finish. This could now go in the fridge to help it chill and set. In the meantime, break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and place that over a pan of nearly boiling water to melt. Once it has melted stir in the butter, mix completely together then pour the chocolate over the coconut and cherry layer, tilt the tray to move the chocolate to cover the entire surface in an even layer of chocolate and then cool again in the fridge.

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A note of positivity from The Listing... The Listing is here for you at the heart of our community during these concerning and unprecedented times, and we will continue to share news from our local community groups, businesses and organisations. Staying positive and focusing on our mental wellbeing is more important than ever, especially during periods of self-isolation. Self-care is really important during this time - sleep, rest, fresh air, exercise and good food will help us to keep a positive mindset and staying socially connected. So how can we fill our days and minds when our normal routines, actions and lives are being restricted?

We love these tips from Hertfordshire Year of Culture and have added a few of our own... we would love to hear your suggestions of how to fill your time at home during periods of self isolation, your stories of positivity, your news of how you are adapting your business, your life, and your stories of our unsung heroes - ordinary people doing extraordinary things; and we will share these stories with the local community  Together, we are stronger and we are here to look out for each other as a community. #StayPositive #Community #RoystonVsCoronavirus #StaySafe

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Tidy up the garden.. weeding and planting Spring flowers .. nature brings hope

Learn to play a musical instrument Finally, finally, sort out your digital photo albums - or print those special photos and pop them into albums

Set up a whatsapp group with friends for social contact and interaction

Binge-watch a Netflix mini-series .. or check out the new groupwatch feature and watch with your friends Get outside in nature and explore the great outdoors - the National Trust are removing their pay barriers too to their parks and gardens

Expand your creative mind and take a virtual tour in one of the world’s famous museums http://bit.ly/ArtsCoultureVirtualTours

Throw-back to the 80s and dig out those board games for family nights in

Write a real-life, oldschool letter to a friend or family member

Soak up the Spring sunshine in the garden

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Loving Local Living your local, practical resource to help with Coronavirus The Listing is here for you at the heart of our community during these concerning and unprecendented times. Whilst we are no experts, we listen to those who are. Here are some practical tips inspired by Mind’s “Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing” article www.bit.ly/MindCOVID19 to help you on a day-to-day basis. Loneliness - Put extra pictures up of the people you care about to remind you of them - Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet - Call/Facetime/Skype rather than just texting; it feels more human - Join a community group chat such as www.bit.ly/RoystonVsCoronavirus

Food and Drink - Cook meals you wouldn’t normally have the time to make - Eating healthily can do wonders for your mental health too - Beware of your alcohol consumption and its impact on the whole family

Arguing and Confrontation - It isn’t anyone’s fault this situation has arisen, so go easy on each other - Set, and more importantly, respect each other’s Anxiousness boundaries - Try and plan a safe space in your home you can go to retreat - Practice deep breathing exercises, yoga, mindfulness and meditation - Find individual hobbies and interests away from your - Listen to ‘gentle’ music that is structured and melodic - Consider limiting social media use and rely only on verified sources to keep family/partner - Define roles and encourage you updated with the latest news. everyone to ‘chip in’ and play Exercise their part - There are thousands of dance routines to be mastered on YouTube Money - Equipment-free fitness workouts can often be found online, free of charge - The best tool for anyone - Walk around the garden, if you have one. The sunlight helps, too facing money issues is - Something as simple as walking the stairs can release endorphins Citizens Advice Boredom - If you are unable to meet - Try having a clear out, both digital and physical your debts, get in touch with - Spring clean your home! Perhaps Mrs Hinch could offer some tips the company as soon as - Organise your photo albums. Let the nostalgia roam free possible. They may give you - Learn a new skill; whether that be a language, instrument or game some leeway - Read a book, start a diary, reconnect with old friends, board games - Cancel little-used Working from Home subscriptions and outgoings. - If possible, create a dedicated work station away from the rest of the house Every saving helps - Take regular, timed breaks in order to remain productive - Work when you feel most productive rather than your normal working hours The News - Ignore all unverified claims - Don’t overwork yourself; your health is far more important and conspiracy theories Keep Your Mind Stimulated - Beware of scammers - Playing strategy and video games can give you something to focus on looking to steal your money - FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online courses you could try - Rely only on Government - Watch that series that all your friends have recommended for months and Public Health England - Plan future holidays. Studies suggest the simple act of planning a holiday advice can boost happiness!

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NHS Non-Emergency number: 111 For mental health advice, please visit Mind: www.bit.ly/MindCOVID19 For advice regarding money, debt, employment and housing: www.citizensadvice.org.uk For advice on mental health and suicide: www.samaritans.org For the latest news: www.bbc.co.uk/news For the latest Government advice regarding coronavirus: www.bit.ly/PublicHealthEngland2020 HMRC helpline for the self employed and businesses: 0300 456 3565 For local support with food and supplies: Royston Food Bank at Royston Evangelical Church from 9-11am, Weds & Sat, or you can donate food & supplies to the Food Bank at McColl’s and the Roman Catholic Church as well as at Royston Evangelical Church Royston Coronavirus support: www.bit.ly/RoystonVsCoronavirus Burns Road Heroes: Richard, 07935 706793 or Rebekah, 07714 373785

Coronavirus support in Royston

Burns Road Heroes If you are elderly or have health issues then you might be considering isolating yourself to avoid coronavirus. To do this, you might want to buy your groceries online with the home delivery option. If this is your situation and you live in the Burns Road estate then Burns Road Heroes can help.

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we can collect the groceries for you through the ‘click and collect’ option. We will do this for free. Together we can help you stay safe. If you live in the Burns Road estate and you want to be someone’s hero or if you need a hero to help you then, please, call Richard on 07935 706793 or call Rebekah on 07714 373785

Royston vs Coronavirus Join your free local Facebook group to offer or ask for support:

http://bit.ly/RoystonVsCoronavirus If you might need support in the weeks to come because you are following Government advice to self-isolate you can join our Royston vs Coronavirus group on your phone or online.

Your neighbours would like to support the community that we live in and ensure that nobody is left isolated or without support. Individuals don’t ask for anything in return, people just believe in helping each other in a time of difficulty. We are your local neighbours and not a professional body. We can only offer help within reason, and in ways we can also stay safe. If you need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19, or if you have no internet access, call NHS 111 from your phone. In a medical emergency, dial 999A

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Royston Food Bank is open at Royston Evangelical Church from 9:00-11:00 Weds & Sat. You can donate food & supplies to the Food Bank at McColl’s and the Roman Catholic Church as well as at Royston Evangelical Church. Donation hours at the Evangelical Church are between 10-11 on Mon, Weds, Fri & Sat &18:00-20:30 on Wednesday.

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What’s On... Chagall: Wandering Jew or citizen of the world?

Thu 2nd Apr, 11am Broadway Cinema & Theatre, Eastcheap, Letchworth Gdn City SG6 3DD A talk tracing Chagall’s long, chequered and colourful career. Doors open at 10.15am. Lift Access. Visitors £7 -includes coffee and biscuits. Visit: www,theartssociety.org/northhertfordshire

Stevenage: the first post-war New Town Thu 2nd Apr, 8-9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA Jo Ward will give an illustrated talk on behalf of Royston & District Local History Society on the topic of “Stevenage: the first post-war New Town”. Visitors welcome for £2 For more information, call David Allard on 01763 242677

Wrights Mower Centre Open Weekend Sat 4th Apr, 8.30am-5pm & Sun 5th Apr, 10am-4pm Wrights Mower Centre, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6RB A chance to receive expert advice and obtain a large discount on a range of petrol and electric machines. Visit www.wrightsmowercentre.co.uk/

Rural Magpie Essex Jewellery Fair

Sat 4th Apr, 10am Foakes Hall Stortford Rd, Gt Dunmow, Dunmow CM6 1DG Antique and vintage jewellery available perfect for gifting.

Therfield Heath Litter Pick

Sat 4th Apr, 10am-12pm Therfield Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 9NU An organised clean up for Therfield Heath. For more information, visit www.friendsoftherfieldheath.org.uk/

The Art of Easter

Sat 4th Apr, 10.30am-3.30pm Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UB Fiona Lucraft guides you through an exploration of how the Easter story has been interpreted by European artists from 14th to 20th centuries. The workshop costs £30 (bring a pack lunch) to book: www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk

Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 4th Apr, 2-4pm Therfield Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 9NU Starting west of the carpark, children can hunt for decorated rocks which can be traded for eggs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £1 per child (FOTH member) £2 per child (non-member) For the lower prices sign up today: www.friendsoftherfieldheath. org.uk/

Lego Club SEN

Sat 4th Apr, 2-4pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT Voluntary donations welcome but not essential, refreshments are provided. An informal group for children with additional needs, run by experienced local parents and volunteers. All ages and additional needs welcome, with a quiet room available for anxious children. To book email cathryn.phillips@googlemail.com

Lego Club

Sat 4th Apr, 2.30-3.30pm Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JN Suitable for 5-12year olds, sessions will cost £2. Lego club returns but now on the first Saturday of the month. Pre-bookings are no longer needed. 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.


Civic Forum

Sat 4th Apr, 3.30-4.30pm Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA A discussion about the most important issues facing Royston today. Free event, but booking is essential. To book, email ellen@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

Traditional Jazz Evening

Sat 4th Apr, 7.30pm St. Mary’s Church Hall, Church Ln, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3JR Pampisford WI are bringing you a ‘Traditional Jazz Evening with Rance’s Rocking Chair Band’ raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, featuring a raffle on the night! Bring your own drinks to enjoy alongside a Ploughman’s and cake. £12.50 per ticket, to get yours please call 01223 832472

Great Chishill Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 5th Apr, 10am-4pm Great Chishill Village Hall, Hall Ln, Gt Chishill, Royston SG8 8SH Approximately 20 stalls packed full of antiques, jewellery, collectables and vintage items including clothing. Visit: www.ruralmagpie.co.uk/pages/ruralmagpie-fairs

Steeple Morden Tennis Club Family Fun Day Sun 5th Apr, 1-4pm Steeple Morden Tennis Club, Hay St, Steeple Morden, Royston SG8 0PE Try tennis for free! Come and have a taster session with our coach Tony Cook. Enjoy free tea & cake. Visit: www.steeplemordentennis.co.uk/

Sunday Afternoon Tea

Sun 5th Apr, 2.30-5pm Parish Room, Swan St, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5NY Afternoon tea raising funds for the Church Restoration Fund.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Mon 6th-Mon 13th Apr, 10am-4pm Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW Bring the whole family together this Easter and explore our nature-themed Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Wimpole. Move around each activity station, solve the clues and pick up your chocolatey prize. £2.50 plus admission, non NT member Adult £17.50, Child £8.75, Family (2A 2C) £43.75. Book online in advance.

Make Lunch

Mon 6th, Thu 9th, Tue 14th & Thur 16th Apr, 12-1.30pm The Old Bull, 56 High St, Royston SG8 9AW Are you finding it hard to afford the extra meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch and fun. To register and to book please call 07742 927160 or email makelunch@tlcroyston.org.uk

Maundy Thursday Service

Mon 6th Apr, 6.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Holy Communion plus a simple meal.

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Royston & District Probus Club

Thu 9th Apr, 12.30pm Royston Golf Club Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG The Royston & District Probus Club welcomes retired professionals to join us for lunch at the Royston Golf Club & hear from fascinating guest speakers. New members always welcome. Contact Ron Holding: probus.royston@gmail.com or 01763 241394

Maundy Thursday Service

Fri 10th Apr, 8pm-Midnight Barley Parish Church Barley, Royston SG8 8JP Joint service in Barley Parish Church at 8pm; with vigil until midnight

Good Friday Service

Fri 10th Apr, 9.30am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU A service celebrating Good Friday followed by the Walk of Witness to Royston Cross.

Good Friday Service

Fri 10th Apr, 12pm Market Hill Rooms, Priory Ln, Royston SG8 9DW Liturgy of the day with hymns.

Royston Folk Club Showcase

Fri 10th Apr, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston SG8 9AW A showcase of Royston Folk Club’s talent -7pm for 8pm. Featuring The Stout Brothers, David Wilson, Jason Betley, I Claudia and Mike Chapman. £4 (£3 performers) £2 under 25s For more details, visit: www.roystonfolk.org

Chocolate Easter Trail

Sat 11th Apr, 10am-12.30pm Royston Town SG8 Family fun in Royston Town Free activities & a prize draw to win a giant Easter egg!

Easter Sunday Service

Sun 12th Apr, 8am King James Academy Junior Site, Royston SG8 7JH 8am said Eucharist & 10am sung Eucharist at King James Academy Junior Site.

Easter Day Communion Service

Cambridge Choral Society Concert

Sat 18th Apr, 7.30pm West Concert Hall, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP Cambridge Choral Society present a concert in celebration of their 60th anniversary. Tickets £15 adults, £5 students, £2 children. For more details visit: www.sites.google.com/site/ cambschoral/home

Melbourn Rock Club presents Blind River

Sat 18th Apr, 8pm Eternit Sports and Social Club, Meldreth, Royston SG8 5RL A gig from Blind River with support from Powderhead & Vacant. Tickets cost £10 on the door, to reserve tickets email: melrock667@gmail.com

Run (or walk) for Parkinson’s Sun 19th Apr, 10am-12.30pm David Rayner Building, Cambridge Rd, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5JT A 7k fun run (or walk) to raise money for Parkinson’s UK The entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for children 15 or under. For more information, visit: www.parkinsonscambridge.org.uk

Messy Church

Sun 19th Apr, 3.30-5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Activities for all ages on the theme of Easter, followed by a short celebration service, and a meal shared together, at Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road. Adults and accompanied children of all ages are welcome.

Monthly Lunchtime Jazz in Royston

Make a Dream Catcher

Mon 20th Apr, 12-2.30pm The Heath Sports Centre, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG On the third Monday of each month Rance’s Rocking Chair Jazz Band perform at lunchtime at The Heath Sports Centre in Royston. Entry is £8 a person. A very comprehensive menu is available, all served to order, and delivered to your table. Seats can be reserved by ringing 01763 243613. All facilities are on the ground floor and parking is free.

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Bushcraft Adventures with Find Your Wild

Sun 12th Apr, 10am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Wed 15th Apr, 2.30-4pm Royston Library, Royston SG8 9JN Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £3 per person and are available from the library. Viisit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries Wed 15th Apr, 7.30pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston SG8 9AW What do you think over a drink is a monthly discussion group for men, who want to talk about things that matter to them. This month’s topic is Global Warming. All men welcome to come along to share or listen, and to learn. Just turn up, or for more information email Jim at: james.dalgleish@talk21.com

Royston Arts Society Presentation by Mike Philp

Fri 17th Apr, 8-10pm Market Hill Rooms, Priory Ln, Royston SG8 9DW Mike will be giving a presentation on ‘Art of Tattooing’. Non-members £3 inc. refreshment. Call 01763 261808

Craft Fair

Sat 18th Apr, 10am-1pm Meldreth Village Hall, Elin Way, Meldreth, Royston SG8 6LX Variety of interesting stalls, refreshments, tombola. No entry fee. For more details call Vivien Constable 01223 207557

Buntingford Story Stroll

Sat 18th Apr, 11am The Orchard Surgery, Buntingford SG9 9DL A mile long walk ending up at The Fox, Aspenden for lunch. You don’t need to be a writer or to join our Writers Group -just come for the enjoyment of it all. Contact chriskell37@gmail.com or 07816 935396

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Mon 20th Apr, 5-7pm Wandlebury Country Park, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Learn how to make your own paracord bracelets and study different firemaking techniques from experienced forest school and bushcraft instructors, designed for ages 6-14. Sessions £15 each. For details and to book email: booking@findyourwild.org or visit www.findyourwild.org/bookings Parking is avail on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Tue 21st, Wed 22nd, Thur 23rd, Fri 24th & Sat 25th 7.45pm, Woodside Hall, Walsworth Rd, Hitchin SG4 9SP Hitchin Thespians present Return to the Forbidden Planet, the cult musical with a B-movie past and an A+ rock’n’roll score. Featuring Good Vibrations, Yeh Yeh, Teenager in Love, The Monster Mash and many more. Return to the Forbidden Planet is a show like no other! Tickets £15 from www.hitchinthespians.org.uk or call 01462 641575

Wandlebury Wild Flowers in Spring

Wed 22nd Apr, 10am-12pm Wandlebury Country Park, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE A gentle guided stroll around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury with one of their knowledgeable wardens, who

What’s On... will help you identify and learn about wild flowers. Free event, but donations are welcome! Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. Email: bookings@cambridgeppf.org or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Hub Quiz Night

Thu 23rd Apr, 7.30pm Melbourn Hub, High St, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DZ Back again, the highly acclaimed challenging evening of brain teasing general knowledge questions and fun, run solely by the Hub. Bar open. £5 each.

Ashwell Banger Challenge Parade

Fri 24th Apr, 6.30-7pm Ashwell High Street, High St, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5NW 53 competitors in 12 teams will be embarking on a weekend of wacky challenges in a car bought for less than £350, all to raise money for Happy Days Children’s Charity (Hitchin) and the British Heart Foundation (50/50 split). Please don’t park on the High Street to avoid gridlock. Donations can be made through the following link -www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ SomeoneSpecial/ABC2020 For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ groups/1747156182261864/

Royston Folk Club Concert Fri 24th Apr, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Hunter Muskett with support from Cut the Mustard, 7pm for 8pm. Tickets cost £13 (£11 in advance) or £2 for under 25s For more details, visit: www.roystonfolk.org

Rural Magpie Essex Jewellery Fair

Sat 25th Apr, 10am Chesterfords Community Centre, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden CB10 1NS Antique and vintage jewellery available perfect for gifting.

Meldreth Bowls Club Open Day

Sat 25th & Sun 26th Apr, 2-4.30pm Meldreth Bowls Club, N End, Meldreth, Royston SG8 6NR Open day to find out more about the club. Contact Peter Constable 01223 207557 or www.meldrethbowlsclub.co.uk

Pond Dipping for Earth Optimism Day at Wandlebury Sat 25th Apr, 2-3.30pm Wandlebury Country Park, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, have a go at catching and identifying pond creatures and learn how you can create your own pond or


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help wildlife in your garden. Free event but donations are appreciated. Entry to the Park is free but car parking is £3 (free for members). For more details visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Auction of Promises

Sat 25th Apr, 6.30pm Royston Methodist Church Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Lots for sale and a two-course meal, all in aid of our Refurbishment Fund. All welcome at Royston Methodist Church.

Bushcraft Adventures with Find Your Wild

Mon 27th Apr, 5-7pm Wandlebury Country Park Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AE Learn how to make your own paracord bracelets & study different fire-making techniques from experienced forest school and bushcraft instructors, for ages 6-14. Sessions £15 each. To book / more details email booking@findyourwild.org or visit findyourwild.org/bookings Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Throughout the Month

Wednesday Walk Every Wed, 11am-1pm Wimpole Estate, Royston, Arrington SG8 0BW Join us for a different walk each week, showing off some of the best views, woodland paths and secret seats in and around Wimpole’s parkland. Visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole

Royston Health Walks

Every Wed, 1.30-2.30pm Royston Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG Royston Health Walks is a social walking group. We are very welcoming and friendly and pride ourselves in being positively inclusive and non-cliquey. We walk at a leisurely pace over Therfield Heath, have a chat and then go for refreshments in the café. Everyone regardless of age, level of fitness and in principle state of health can get something from walking with us. The walks are free and accompanied children and dogs are welcome. Call 01763 852769 or email roystonhealthwalks@btinternet.com

Weekly Healthy Walking with Cambridge PPF

Every Thu, 10am Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE We have an enthusiastic group of trained volunteers who lead our two, weekly Walking for Health walks at Wandlebury. The first is slightly faster while the second is more leisurely, accommodating people

who are not so fit or are newcomers to the group. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. With the slower second walk, we offer a shortcut back to the base if needed. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are wellattended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. Teas and coffees are available afterwards. For more details visit: www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Walking Netball

Every Thu, 1.30-2.30pm Royston Leisure Centre, Woodcock Rd, Royston SG8 7XT. A slowed down version of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Sessions running every Thursday, costing £6. Contact Lucy 07834 500189 or lucy.prestedge@ englandnetball.co.uk

Royston Bridge Club

Every Thu, 7.15-10.30pm The Coombes Room, Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT. A friendly club meeting every Thursday, welcoming new members who are familiar with the game. If you need a partner then click on the ‘Find a partner’ button on their website before attending the club. If you wish to learn or improve your bridge to club standard, then click on the ‘Learning Bridge’ button on their website. For more information, visit www.bridgewebs.com/roystonherts or call 01763 260746

First Friends Baby & Toddler Group Every Fri, 9.15-11.15am Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU For all parents & carers with babies and toddlers under 5 years old. Come and join us for toys, play, songs & stories, coffee, tea and children’s snacks. A suggested donation of £1 per family per week is welcomed. For more details email: club@royston-methodist.org.uk

Park Run

Every Sat, 9am -11am Wimpole Estate, Royston, Arrington SG8 0BW www.parkrun.org.uk

at Home Farm. Learn about of the life of sheep and you may witness the live birth of one of Wimpole’s rare breed lambs. Discover more about lambing from our Farm team. Normal admission applies: NT members free, non NT member Adult £17.50, Child £8.75, Family (2A 2C) £43.75.

Junior Park Run

Every Sun, 10-11am Wimpole Estate Royston, Arrington SG8 0BW Weekly free 2k timed run for 4-14 year olds. www.parkrun.org.uk

Sunday Stroll

Every Sun, 11am Wimpole Hall Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW Join us on a 1.2 mile parkland walk and uncover the stories at the heart of Wimpole. A gentle, short work with fascinating stories about how Wimpole’s parkland has changed with different fashions and owners. See the evidence in the landscape showing how Free guided walk but normal admission applies: NT members free, non NT member Adult £17.50, Child £8.75, Family (2A 2C) £43.75.

Compassionate Neighbours

Every Mon, 2-4pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT The Hub is an opportunity for local people to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat, meet some of the Hospice team and find out more about the therapies and support services that are available throughout Garden House Hospice Care. For more details visit www.ghhospicecare.org.uk/

Farming, Food & Forgotton Folk Walk

Every Tue & Sat, 11am Wimpole Hall Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW Learn more about the arable land farmed at Wimpole on this guided walk. Starting from the Stable Block, this one hour walk takes you out into the arable landscape at Wimpole. Discover past histories, buildings, archaeology, wildlife and nature as well as Free guided walk but normal admission applies: NT members free, non NT member Adult £17.50, Child £8.75, Family (2A 2C) £43.75. 01223 206000

Lambing at Wimpole

Sat 25th Apr-Sun 10th May, 10:30am5pm Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW Celebrate the arrival of spring by watching the frolics of new born lambs

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Barkway Park Golf Club The new season is well underway at this local golf course which is now in its 27th year. The course has withstood the winter remarkably well and in spite of the very wet weather, has been closed on only one occasion. The club comprises two sections namely: the main club which is open to all - young and old, ladies and gents, and a senior’s section (known as the “Barkers”) which is for people aged 50 years plus. The main club runs competitions for members most weekends, plays interclub competitions and

organises one-off tournaments including charity events. The Barkers play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and during the year have a series of competitions, play matches against eleven other clubs (home and away) and organise a very popular invitation day. For more information and to join, call 01279 848215 or visit www.barkwayparkgolfclub.co.uk To contact the Club Captain, email raygsmith@sky.com

Royston Rotary Round-Up March is a time to celebrate growth and new life, which makes it the perfect month for Youth Makes Music, Rotary’s annual showcase for the amazing musical talent to be found in our Royston and village schools. The hall was packed with proud families, and our students, with their wonderful teachers, excelled. We are holding a Car Treasure Hunt on the 5th (look out for

ancient vehicles on local roads); and at the end of the month, we are off to the President’s Weekend in - er – Swindon. Yes, Swindon. What excitements await us there? If it’s right for you, our Memory Café is from 10.00 till noon on 13 April (Easter Monday) at the Old Barn in Upper Kneesworth Street– just come along, no need to book. More details at www.roystonrotary.com

Royston Girlguiding Celebrate World Thinking Day 2020 On Sunday 23rd February, Royston Girlguiding held a very special service to mark World Thinking Day 2020 as part of our Centenary year celebrations. The church was packed out with Girlguiding members and their families.

It was a wonderful opportunity to renew our Promises and to celebrate the many ways in which we are all connected through guiding. This year’s Thinking Day theme was ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ and Joyce Goodall, one of our Leaders who led the service, gave an inspirational talk about how we are all threads that, while unique on their own, can be woven together to make a beautiful tapestry. After the service, there was a fantastic display of the history of Girlguiding, both at home in Royston and as part of Girlguiding internationally.

We were honoured to have the Town Mayor Councillor Robert Inwood, Royston District Scout Commissioner Carole Rhind, Royston DDS Stuart Sharpe and Royston ADC Vic Rhind in attendance to present some very special awards. Elise Temple received her Brownie Gold Award for completing all 57 interest badges, Hannah Barnes was awarded her Guide Gold Award, and Rebecca Abrams (our District Commissioner) was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award (the highest achievement possible within Girlguiding). All of these award winners had to work incredibly hard and we are very proud of them. For more information on Royston Girlguiding District visit; www.facebook.com/RDGGA and www.girlguiding.org.uk

Icknield Walk’s Year Four take on Grafham Water Climbing wall, crate stacking, sailing, power boating, archery, bike riding and a blindfolded obstacle course were just a few of the activities that our pupils at Icknield Walk First School got to enjoy on their 2 night residential at Grafham Water. Deputy Head Teacher, James Taylor said, “Teamwork, perseverance, cooperation and ambition are our learning

powers at Icknield Walk First School. It was so wonderful to see our pupils take these skills and apply them to their outside learning”. www.icknieldwalk.herts.sch.uk

Stagwalkers tackle 110 miles Stag Walkers, a local young Ramblers group, are on a mission to hike the entire length of the Icknield Way Path in 2020, with the stage between Letchworth and Royston planned for Sunday 5th April. Believed to be the oldest road in Britain, the Icknield Way Path is a 110-mile route linking the Peddars Way National Trail in Suffolk with the Ridgeway National Trail in Buckinghamshire, which in turn links with the Wessex Ridgeway. It has been a recognised regional route for walkers since 1992.

The Letchworth to Royston section of the route will mark the Stag Walkers’ fifth stage of their pursuit, having already completed four stages between Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire and Letchworth. Starting at 10am from the Spirella Building on Bridge Road, Letchworth, the strenuous 16-mile walk will pass through Baldock and the villages of Wallington, Roe Green, Sandon and Therfield before finishing in Royston. For more information, please visit www.ramblers.org.uk/stag-walkers

Looking after you: De-stress Over the last few decades, the word ‘stress’ has become a part of everyday language. It is the top psychological concern in todays modern world, according to recent medical studies and it is also the biggest danger to our health. So, let’s see how we can reduce the stress in our lives. Try Aromatherapy Essential oils are a proven way to reduce an upcoming wave of stress and redirect your focus. Using lavender to help you sleep, rose to relieve anxiety and frankincense for tranquillity and grounding. Get Moving Do anything to raise your heart rate. Find an enjoyable activity that works for you, maybe running, walking, yoga or dancing. Enjoying these activities in nature is an added benefit.

Yes to Minerals

Magnesium and zinc drastically levels diminish when under stress and are essential for improving your mood. Including foods such as whole grain cereals, legumes, fruit, green leafy vegetables and dark chocolate will increase these minerals and have a positive effect. You Time Finding some time out for you to focus on your energy levels can make all the difference in how the Easter time feels. Booking a Yoga Class, massage or holistic treatment or a coffee with a friend can make all the difference in hectic times.

Drink Supportive Teas Sipping herbal teas with relaxing properties such as ginseng, verbena or lemon is recommended to help alleviate fatigue, instil calm into you and elevate your mood.

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Wings for life world run

Royston Health Walks Royston Health Walks is a free, social walking group. We are very welcoming and friendly and pride ourselves in being positively inclusive and non-cliquey. We walk at a leisurely pace over Therfield Heath, have a chat and then go for refreshments in the café. We walk every Wednesday at 1.30pm. For more information, call 01763 852769 or email roystonhealthwalks@btinternet.com

Carobella Fitness

I started my Zumba journey in May 2010 when I attended my first class. The music and atmosphere were amazing and from that moment I was hooked. A year later I decided to become an instructor and have not looked back since!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a casual jogger, wheelchair user or ultra-runner – everyone’s included. And to top it all off, participants know they’re making an impact when they take part – 100% of all entry fees and fundraising go towards funding life-changing research, in the pursuit to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Roll on eight years and my love for Zumba continues and I now run five classes a week across Royston, Buntingford, Cheshunt and London.

Sunday 3rd May, 12pm, Cambridge Visit www.wingsforlife.com for more information.

Psst... Royston In Blue The fantastic charity 5K run/walk Royston In Blue will return this year on Sunday 28th June 2020. Put on your vests, stretch your legs and lace up those trainers for Royston In Blue and help raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. For more information on the event, sponsorship and how to get involved, visit Royston In Blue on Facebook or visit their website www.roystoninblue.co.uk

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In the space of six years, the Wings For Life World Run has raised over £26.5million globally for spinal cord research. The Wings for Life World Run is a global run, where the finish line chases you! 30 minutes after the race starts, a moving finish line – the ‘Catcher Car’ – chases runners along the course. The last to be caught out is declared the global winner! It’s perfect for everyone, of every ability, because each participant creates their own goal – with no set distance; you could take on 5km or 65km.

Last year I trained to become a STRONG by Zumba instructor. This is Zumba’s newest format and is a HIIT style workout where every move is synced to the music. I teach three STRONG30 (30 minutes) classes a week in Royston, Buntingford & Cheshunt All levels of fitness welcome - and with STRONG30 I demonstrate lower impact variations for the high intensity moves. If you are interested, please either pop along or join my LIVESTREAM of class via the Zoom app. Vicky - Carobella Fitness (FB & Insta)




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Art Beats Series 2020 This month sees The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders take to the big screen, taking viewers on an immersive experience through the museum located in Madrid.

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rOYSTON fIREFIGHTER sTEVE gREAVES hANGS UP HIS RUGBY BOOTS Having started his rugby career at Royston Rugby Club, Steve Greaves caught the eye of Saracens in 1992 before representing his county and country in a career spanning 30 years. He played for Hertfordshire County before joining the Army in 1995 for whom he represented for five years. However, it was through the Royston Fire Service that he went on to play for his country, taking home four international fire service

caps for England fire and four for Great Britain. It was also through the fire service that he came to play in five charity ‘Senior Internationals’ for England. The matches have raised over £1 million pounds for charity and regularly draw crowds of over 6000 spectators. He played his final game for England Legends this past February against Ireland Legends at Twickenham Stoop stadium. What a career!

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Wellbeing Charity Marathons & More Claire Riddell will be running for Home-Start Matters I am specifically supporting the Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire branch of the charity for reasons close to my heart. Sadly, when my mum was 7 months pregnant with me, I lost my dad in a car accident. This has always been a huge loss to my whole family and me. I am told my dad was a man with a big heart and a lively sense of fun who would be so very proud of everything my mum, my two brothers and I have achieved. Therefore, I have chosen to raise money for Home-Start because I know the importance of support and care when a family is faced with challenging times. We were lucky enough to receive enormous amounts of love, care and

Scott Rouse will keep his pledge to run a marathon before he is 40! I’m delighted to say that I’m running the London Marathon on 26 April 2020 for charity. I’m a massive cricket fan so to be running for the Ruth Strauss Foundation is a huge honour for me. Ruth died of a rare lung condition two years ago at the age of just 46, tragically leaving behind her husband Andrew (England Cricketer) and their two young sons.

kindness from friends, family and people unknown to us. This enabled us to get through the dark times and move forward in our lives. Since retiring my mum has become a volunteer for the Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire branch and relishes the opportunity to support families in the same way that we were supported.” To support Claire, please visit www.bit.ly/2020ClaireRiddell

Training is going well (I ran 134 miles In January!!) but it’s fair to say it’s hard work sometime! If you would like to sponsor me then any donations, however big or small, would be very much appreciated. Please visit www.bit. ly/2020ScottRouse and donate.

It would be fantastic if I could raise as much money as possible to support the Foundation’s work in funding research into rare lung cancer to which Ruth ultimately lost her life.

Katie is just running for the fun of it My name is Katie and I’m running the London Marathon (words I NEVER thought I’d hear myself say!!) So which charity am I running for, I hear you say? The answer is none (on this occasion), I got a ballot place, on my very first application!! So where did this all begin… in the car park at the Heath, where following the kick I gave myself to get back into fitness, I was embarking on my first solo run and casually bumped into a lovely group of ladies who run with Royston Runners and the rest, as they say, is history.

So I’ve been back running since January 2018 and really haven’t looked back. During this time I’ve raised money for both Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation and many others. So this one is just for me and my own personal achievement... Here’s to the 40th London Marathon on April 26th.

Lauren Brain will be running for Alzheimer’s Research UK This year I take on what’s sure to be a difficult task, running the London Marathon. I am not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, before beginning my training I had not competed in a running race, I’ve always much preferred team sports like netball and rugby. So why running and why the marathon...over 10 years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with Early onset Alzheimers, and since then everything has changed. Over the last few years, we have seen a significant decline in her abilities and last year my family had to move her into a home for full time care. I’ve watched my mum and aunt’s heart break over this time as we are now to the point where she no longer recognises us. I’ve also watched my mum, aunt and other family members take on a number of challenges themselves over this time, including an epic 100mile walk along the Jurassic coast.

Alice Stanford-Everrett to take on the Oxford Half Marathon In October I will be running the Oxford Half Marathon for Mind. I have chosen this charity because of the support and advice they give every day to people experiencing mental health problems

Vicky to run in order to raise money for Wooden Spoon! When taking on a challenge I like to push myself as far as I can, so what could be more perfect than running the London Marathon a day before my 38th birthday! I have wanted to run the marathon for a while but needed a fantastic charity to support to spur me on. With its vision being to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby, Wooden Spoon was the clear option for me to raise money for. Royston Rugby Club became a Wooden Spoon partner club in

So I decided this year it was my turn to take the baton and push myself! Alzheimer’s affects so many people and families. It incredibly under funded and under researched compared to the amount of people that it reaches and I want to raise some money and awareness by taking on the 26 miles! If you would like to support Lauren, and Alzheimers UK, please donate at www.bit.ly/2020LaurenBrain

and the work they put in to create a voice for those suffering. This cause means a lot to me as I struggle with my own mental health problems, which I know I wouldn’t be able to discuss as freely without the help of Mind breaking the stigma against speaking about mental illnesses. If you would like to show your support, please donate to my GoFundMe page www.bit.ly/2020AliceStanfordEverrett

January 2019 when we held our first fundraiser. Through this I got to learn about the amazing work Wooden Spoon does to support children. With my love of rugby and having four wonderful children of my own I recognise the fantastic work Wooden Spoon does and I hope I do everyone proud. To support Wooden Spoon, please donate at www.bit.ly/2020Vicky

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Tuesday evenings from September and/or Saturday day school on 21st November 2020. We are interested in hearing from anyone who can offer interesting and popular subjects, for 5 or 10 week blocks, which might include: Arts & Crafts, Book Keeping, Creative Embroidery, Cookery, Garden Design, Sewing, Soft Furnishings.

Please contact the Adult Education office at Comberton Village College for an informal discussion and application form by 28th April 2020

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Sharing the care in hertfordshire Anyone who has ever looked after children knows that it can be fun and rewarding, but hard work too. For parents with children who have additional needs, the demands can be even greater. The Shared Care Scheme is looking for volunteers who can offer flexible, family-based short breaks to children and young people with disabilities which enable the child to make new friends and have different experiences, whilst offering their parents a break. The care can be in the child’s home, the carers home or in the community offering fun activities and could be anything from a few hours a month up to regular overnight stays.

The Shared Care Scheme has been part of Hertfordshire Children’s Services for over 25 years, we currently have 55 volunteers, but we need to help even more families.Volunteers are trained and assessed before being approved and have the ongoing support of the Shared Care Team. Carers receive an allowance to cover their expenses. Carers don’t need to have experience, just a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. For further information on Shared Care Call us on 0800 917 0925 or visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sharedcare

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Nuthampstead Airfield Museum

Update from Royston parish church

It’s been all hands-on deck for the past few Saturdays as volunteers for the Museum have been busily preparing for the re-opening on Sunday April 12th.

We are pleased to report that, since our last update, much has been happening to move the project forward. As will be seen from the increased activity around the church we are well into Phase 2 of the re-instatement of our beautiful church. Work commenced at the end of February and is anticipated to take until early October. This work involves mainly the repairs to the roof of both the nave and bell tower together with work required to the tower masonry internally and externally. Following completion of this work the scaffolding and covering along the nave will be removed.

Situated behind The Woodman Pub in Nuthampstead, the museum is dedicated to the USAAF 55th Fighter Group and the 398th Heavy Bombardment Group who were stationed there during WW II.

A museum spokesman said: ‘We are really excited that this year we have more display space along with new items. We are also planning to recreate living conditions on the base plus our star exhibit, a wing from a B17 that crashed at Station 131, Nuthampstead, is now properly on display.’

The museum is open the second and last Sunday from April to September. They are also running The numerous displays consist of numerous events in the next few uniforms donated by veterans and months which can be found on their families plus many interesting artefacts of which a great deal have The Listing website at www.bit.ly/ been found on the old airfield, even TheListingNAM pieces of bombs and a V2 rocket. For more information about the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum, visit Entry is free, though donations are gratefully received. You can be sure their website at of a warm welcome from volunteers www.bit.ly/NuthampsteadAirMuseum who will talk on the history of Nuthampstead, living conditions, plus missions and of course describing ‘The Friendly Invasion.’ Originally two buildings, a Nissan hut was added late last year mainly thanks to veteran Leo Croce, who after a visit together with his daughter and son in law was so impressed made a large donation. Leo flew 35 missions from the base returning safely to the USA where he lived to his nineties, sadly passing recently.


the chairs which will replace the pews and details of the proposed Sponsor a Chair scheme will shortly be available - we have already received considerable interest from members of the community in this scheme. We have also determined the supplier for the replacement/ upgrade of our Audio/Visual system. Following the decision to replace the old pipe organ with a digital one we are now discussing options with suppliers.

We continue to be most grateful for the interest and support given to us by the community including further donations. Total donations has now risen to over £45,000 Plans have also been finalised - our thanks to all involved. for the re-ordering of the church Recently we have received £1,000 and approval for the work is being from the Rotary Club Swimathon sought from the diocese in order and more than £500 from the that the work can be scheduled. Roysia Ladies Group. In line with this tender, documents To keep up to date with progress are being prepared for this and what is going on at the Phase 3 work in order that it can Church please visit our website at be commenced at the earliest www.roystonparishchurch.org.uk. opportunity. Contracts have also been signed for the re-casting and hanging of the bells which will be available by the end of the year. We have reached a decision on

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My Local Life... Lee Alexander - alexander Green Office Interiors

Where do you live? Bassingbourn What Is your favourite local eatery? Wood Grill in Croydon. What is your favourite local shop? Scrivens Opticians in Royston High Street they have been looking after my eyes and my family’s eyes for years and they are brilliant. What makes you happy? Riding bikes, BMX bikes, road bikes, MTB bikes, watching my kids playing sports, watching my wife and kids laugh, and cheese. What is your favourite film and why? 12 Monkeys. Brad Pitt is pure class in this film and shows what an amazing actor he is... Bromance. What do you love about your work? Making sure every one of my clients gets the office interiors they deserve and my clients having the trust in my knowledge and experience that they know I will deliver

exactly what we say we will. Lastly, and probably the best, is taking a rundown tired office space and making it look amazing and getting to see the clients reaction - which is normally ‘wow’! What is your most valued possession? All of my bikes. What amazes you? The human body and mind! You can smash your body to bits yet it manages to repair itself (sometimes with help, I admit). You can go through the toughest of challenges in life mentally, however, with enough positivity and belief you can come back from anything stronger than you were before! What is your favourite way to spend a weekend? Yes you guessed it... Bikes! Riding bikes, coaching BMX at Royston BMX Club, maintaining the BMX track so it’s the best track in East Anglia and of course,

What are you most looking forward to this month? The warmer weather! How do you stay fit? Cycling, cycling, cycling, and a bit more cycling. What is the most challenging aspect of your position? Making sure everything turns up on time and the same as most sales companies - making sure you have lots of sales opportunities. What is the best thing to happen to you recently? Business Wise is winning a project for 52 student accommodation bedrooms, social spaces and their admin offices. Personally, I took part in a 24hour race at the Derby Velodrome recently which is something none of the six team riders had ever done before and we managed to finish 10th out of a total of 20 teams. We rode 900 kilometres which translated in to 3600 laps at an average speed of 23.3mph. Not bad. What is your proudest moment? Watching my kids grow into amazing, polite, fine, human beings. This is an ongoing project...

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For over twenty years Alexander Green Interiors have been helping our customers’ businesses grow and succeed. Whether you need an office chair to ease an aching back, an additional work space for a new recruit, or a bespoke office redesign, Alexander Green Office Interiors can help! This month we caught up with Lee Alexander to find out more about the man behind the business (some will also recognise Lee from Royston BMX Club).

spending time with my family - whether it’s watching them do sport, having a barbeque, drinking cider and feeling a bit of sun on my face.

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Cambridge Literary Festival Spread over a number of weeks and with a host of fantastic speakers, Cambridge Literary Festival has something for everyone. The central theme of this year’s festival is the Climate Crisis and how to deal with it.

sell-out tour of new book Grown-Ups. Eimear McBride with Strange Hotel and Anne Enright with her latest novel Actress join Marian to make up a trio of Irish novelists. Other storytellers on show include Michael Frayn, Tessa Hadley and Caroline Lucas MP is welcomed James Scudamore, Ali Smith and to this year’s Spring Festival as Guest Director on our Climate Crisis Robert Webb. programme. Can the arts reach Memoir people in a way that politics so far From Eastenders to the House of has not? A wideranging agenda will Lords, Michael Cashman’s memoir see sessions examining the future describes his journey from a cruel of food, and how to deal with the Dickensian childhood to the dignity profound sense of loss and grief of being a peer. Craig Brown bring that accompany the deepening a unique, multifaceted examination climate and nature crises. of The Beatles in 1-2-3-4. Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman will also New Fiction be there discussing her new book. Marian Keyes makes an eagerly awaited debut as part of her Disunited Kingdom In a country that seems more divided than ever, we take a look at these rifts and what’s caused them. Talks from A C Grayling, David Lammy MP, Hashi Mohamed and Polly Toynbee. Children’s Jacqueline Wilson will be here, Robin Stevens is back, Dr Max and Isabel Thomas join them in a packed Children’s Programme. For the full programme and booking details, please visit www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

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Gossip, tittle-tattle and whispers play a huge role in every office; Parliament is no different. In her witty and gripping book, ‘Haven’t You Heard?’, Marie Le Conte dives into how gossip courses through the veins of Westminster and the effect it has on the rest of the country. From MPs to SpAds, clerks to journalists, Westminster is one big family. They often work, eat, drink and live together and such close proximity acts as a catalyst for gossiping. The effect of the personal on the political is laid bare for all to see, on the news, in the

chamber and splashed across newspapers countrywide. Gossip rules all in Westminster and amazingly, pub gossip really can become public policy. Plunge into the world of politics, one playground rumour at a time. Haven’t You Heard? Gossip, Power and How Politics Really Works by Marie Le Conte www.bit.ly/HaventYouHeard

CPRE Hertfordshire Awards The CPRE Annual Awards Scheme is now open. Nominate those who help improve life in your community and enhance the environment.

their work and contribution to the community” said Councillor Jeff Jones. There is a lot happening across Hertfordshire and we would love you to nominate, or to spread We want to recognise those who the word by telling others about the work so hard to protect, promote and enhance towns or villages and/ awards. We are happy to receive self-nominations. or the surrounding countryside to make them better places to live, Our judges review the nominations work, go to school or enjoy for during the summer and the awards today and tomorrow. They can are presented in October. The be an individual, charity, event or closing date is 31st May 2020 business. To make a nomination, download a “It is great to see individuals and form from our website and return it groups receiving recognition for to us. www.cpreherts.org.uk/awards

Herts 2020 Year of Culture April is ‘Go Somewhere Local’ month in Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture - so why not explore what your local area has to offer?

centuries, it’s the best place to learn about our local history.

The newly opened Royston Cave Experience means you can Royston Cave opens on Saturday now uncover never-before-seen 11th April for its 2020 season! artefacts excavated from the cave Descend beneath the streets of and explore its carvings in stunning Royston, learn about the cave’s virtual reality. Then, follow Royston’s unique carvings and discover Heritage Trail to discover Royston’s our town’s greatest mystery. A ancient crossroad, King James I’s world-famous monument - right on palace and the site of the medieval your doorstep! Afterwards, wander priory, finished with a well-deserved across to Royston Museum to delve coffee and cake at one of our deeper into Royston’s heritage. With town’s gorgeous eateries - naturally. over 40,000 artefacts spanning



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clients investment strategies evolve with their needs, and that they are kept up to date with any regulatory and industry changes that may affect them. KDW are also very active in the community. Gary and his fellow Director Marcus Maisey are part of a team undertaking a 500km cycle ride from Pisa to Rome in aid of Myeloma UK this May. They are hard at work training for this challenge, so do look out for Gary on his road bike around Royston! They are off to Pisa on 14 May, and they are fundraising at www.bit.ly/KDWJustGiving gary@kdw.co.uk 01727 852299 • 07703 693773 www.kdw.co.uk

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We have two pairs of Degu’s looking for their forever home. Both pairs like human interaction and happy to take food from your hand. Degu’s can live between 5-9 years and like to live below 20 degrees celsius. They need access to a sand bath and are active, enjoying burrowing and climbing.

Why not venture out for a walk this Easter to see the Pasque Flowers? The Pasque Flower is a very rare plant in the wild and Therfield Heath has one of the largest populations of them all, up to 60,000. This route was printed with kind permission of Great Shelford Parish Council.


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Furniture A J Furniture


Garage Doors Garolla

Garden Centre

Arrington Garden Centre

11 12

Gardening Services 29

Leaf & Lawn


Health Therapist & Wellbeing

Health Therapists

Royston Podiatry Clinic

31 31 28

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Jewellers H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers


Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms 30 30 10

Fitted Furniture

11 31

Radiator Covers

Landscaping Services John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd

Legal Services Curwens LLP


Local Event Bury Lane Cambridge Gliding Centre Dunton Hall Farm

7 13 15

Office Interiors Alexander Green Office Interiors


Opticians J Oliver Radley Opticians




LMJ Plumbing & Heating


Public House/Restaurant/ Takeaway Royston Tandoori

Manufacturing furniture to complement your home

info@ajfurniture.co.uk | www.ajfurniture.co.uk 2H Wireless Station Park, Chestnut Lane, Kneesworth, Royston SG8 5JH

BATHROOM & KITCHENS COMPLETE INSTALLATION SERVICE Plumbing • Tiling Carpentry • Wooden flooring


Self Storage Royston Self Storage Ivett & Reed

Bedroom, Lounge, Study & Dining Furniture

01763 249496


DGN Plastering


KITCHENS | BATHROOMS | TILES & FLOORING | PLUMBING & HEATING 01763 245888 | www.roystonkitchensandbathrooms.co.uk info@roystonkandb.co.uk | Unit 2, Lumen Road, Royston, SG8 7AG

P W H Installations Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Limited Trademark Kitchens

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Tree Services

Shire Trees Limited Tree Specialist

Venue Hire

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre

Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services Trulight Windows

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Supply and fit or install only For a free quotation call Peter on 07885 143164 • 01763 257 877 e-mail p.w.hunt@btinternet.com ADDING WARMTH &

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 kind of distinctive fireplaces which add style, 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.




House Clearance

Royal British Legion Royston Town Football Club

HL Ground & Garden Maintenance

Attend 2 Health Breeze Birthing Feet 2 Feet Royston Complementary Health Royston Hypnotherapy

AV Handyman Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services

Plumbing & Heating Services

Financial Services

...whatever your budget EVERYTHING... including the kitchen sink!


Farm Shop Bury Lane Farm Shop

10 5

Spires House Clearance

Computer Services The PC Doctor


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Loving Local Living

Your local experts specialising in tarmac driveways, footpaths, car parks, access roads, hard standings, potholes, road planing, block paving and kerb works. All enquiries, domestic or commercial, welcome. No job too small.

Call us today on 01763 246055 / 07967 472 378


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Electrical Installation & Repair


oom and style ireplaces are est quality

website to see . �

01763 249325 07561 308142

07860 389645 • 01763 222231 • grahamselectricks@ntlworld.com




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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Gas Safe registered for all gas & lpg plumbing & heating works Worcester Bosch accredited installers offering guarantees of up to 10 years on new Worcester Bosch boilers installed

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

Boilers & central heating systems installed, serviced and repaired Free quotations

615 NEWMARKET RD, CAMBRIDGE CB5 8PA Tel: 01223 213500


www.shiretreesurgery.co.uk • Professional Arborists • Seasoned Firewood for sale • Forestry services • Stump grinding • Hedge Maintenance • Fully insured/Qualified • All aspects of tree work

07976 260444











T: 01763 248283 E: h2oplumbers@outlook.com W: www.h2oplumbers.info Dave the Handy Man Cards.pdf 6/28/2019SG8 7:01:19 PM 76 Redwing Rise,1Royston 7XE

Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden

Call Dave: 01763

221019 07944 912198

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

Royston’s No1



Gas Heating and Plumbing Services Ltd

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

* As stated by Chris Bottrill, Royston 2019


no job too big or small

full house clearance service available including gardens, sheds etc Full waste carriers licence

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

Email: davethehandyman@mail.com

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

T: 01763 273300


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