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THEATRE SHOWS 2 Jul Tina the Musical – Matinee £67.50 4 Aug *Only Fools & Horses – Evening £78.00 12 Aug Only Fools & Horses – Evening £78.00 16 Aug Hairspray – Matinee £80.00 16 Aug Magic Mike – Matinee £80.00 16 Aug *Tom Jones at Earlham Park – Eve £85.00 19 Aug Joseph – Matinee £75.00 2 Sep Hello Dolly – Matinee From £65.00 3 Sep *Sunny Afternoon – MK - Matinee £59.00 14 Sep *Pretty Woman – Evening £65.00 15 Sep Brick Lane Cockney Sing Song & Tea £62.00 15 Oct *Dreamgirls – Matinee – MK £62.00 22 Oct Brick Lane Music Hall Show & Lunch £68.00 11 Nov Hello Dolly – Matinee £70.00 11 Nov The Lion King – Matinee £65.00 1 Dec Brick Lane Christmas Show & Lunch £68.00 8 Dec *Wicksteed Park Christmas Show £48.00 12 Dec Brick Lane Christmas Show & Lunch £68.00 18 Dec The Nutcracker – Matinee From £75.00 11 Feb 2021 *Frozen The Musical – Matinee £70.00 Thursford Christmas Spectacular dates on sale

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DAY TRIPS 5 Jul Cromer £18.50 7 Jul Southwold £18.50 9/10/11 Jul Hampton Court Flower Show £50.00 12 Jul Southend-On-Sea £18.50 19 Jul Wells-Next-The-Sea £18.50 24 Jul Great Yarmouth £18.50 25 Jul Aldebrugh £18.50 28 Jul Brighton £20.00 29 Jul Sandringham Flower Show £36.00 31 Jul Festival of Quilts – NEC £38.00 2 Aug Hunstanton £18.50 8 Aug Sheringham £18.50 9 Aug Southwold £18.50 13 Aug Brighton £20.00 15 Aug Longines Global Champions Tour £60.00 15 Aug Whitstable £18.50 16 Aug Cromer £18.50 18 Aug Broadstairs £18.50 20 Aug Countryfile Live – Windsor Great Park £35.00 22 Aug Great Yarmouth £18.50 27/28 Aug Clacton Air Show £18.50 30 Aug Wells-Next-The-Sea £18.50 31 Aug Hunstanton £18.50 10 Sep Wisley Gardens & Flower Show £37.00 8 & 10 Oct Knitting & Stitching Show £34.50 7 Nov Simply Christmas – NEC £37.50 12 Nov Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair £26.50 14 Nov Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market £26.00 22 Nov *Chatsworth at Christmas £52.00 27 Nov Bury St Edmonds Christmas Fayre £19.50 Many Christmas Markets on sale on our website

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May Booking Deadline Thursday 9th April

The Listing is here for you at the heart of our community during these concerning and unprecedented times. 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. 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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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 self-employed 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

Linda Turner Interiors together with MyFitter offer a one stop shop for Interior design and Installation. • Curtains, Roman blinds • Vertical, Venetian & Woodslat • Extensive range of fabrics • Tracks, poles & accessories • Flooring • Interior design advice • Upholstery • Measuring & fitting FREE QUOTATIONS

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Family Tree Research

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 one of Jack the Ripper’s

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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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Craft Fayre at Bury Lane Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April Craft Marquee open Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 10:30am to 4pm Bury Lane Farm Shop open Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 10:30am to 4:30pm

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Loving Local Living Loving Local Living NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES...

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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.

info@townhousepublishing.co.uk Please note that all entries are published subject to space and we cannot guarantee inclusions Since 2005, The Listing has been proud to support so many clubs and societies and we maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all them on our website: www.bit.ly/ClubsDirectory

Melbourn & district U3A kfast Come as our guest to see what we do and join n’s BreaRevd FoxtononMe . 18th April is The us for shared learning activities, outings and

Our speaker sage. Charity Nzegwu with her Easter mes Continental Come and enjoy a full English or ons. Ladies style breakfast with good compani are welcome. -10am Foxton Men’s Breakfast meets 8.30 at on the third Saturday of the month Foxton Village Hall CB22 6RN il.com or call Email foxtonmensbreakfast@gma 01223 503377

much more. Our guest speaker on 15th April is the author Philip Caine talking about his demanding and sometimes hazardous career. Melbourn and District U3A meets at Melbourn Village College 2.30-4pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Email secretary@melbu3a.org or call 07743 968530 alternatively visit: www.melbu3a.org for more details.

Buntingford Story stroll Royston cycling Club

Now celebrating its sixth anniversary and with nearly 100 members, the club’s week ly rides start from Royston Market Place on Sundays at 9am with 3 to 4 groups riding at aver age typically ranging from 12 mph to 18+m speeds ph over 20 to 40 mile local routes. Non-members who are over 18 are alwa welcome to join a ride. All that’s need ys ed are some comfortable riding clothes, a Bring a story you’d like to tell, bring a dog, or helmet, a roadworthy bike and a little energy. just bring yourself. We will walk and tell short Alternatively, stories. The walk is across fields and, although those wanting to first learn more about the club can come to the Bull in Royston where it’s only a mile or so, takes about an hour. You riders gather at around 11am for a coffee don’t need to be a writer or to join our Writers and chat after the Sunday club run. Group – just come for the enjoyment of it all. For more visit www.roystoncc.co.uk Contact chriskell37@gmail.com or call or email Richard Nash at roystoncc@hotma 07816 935396 il.com

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.


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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 To find out more follow ‘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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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

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Royston Cave: Arts Project You’ve probably heard about - or maybe even been involved in - the short film Kettle’s Yard have been making in Royston in collaboration with artists Marcus Coates and Leah Millar, and Royston Cave. Coates has been asking Royston residents about the questions they carry around with them that never get resolved. He placed question cards and post-boxes around Royston and received dozens of questions from members of the public. These have included everything from “How can we attract more people to Royston High Street?” to “Should I travel the world before it’s too late?” Coates is working with various community groups including teachers at Tannery Drift Primary School, the Friends of Royston Museum, Royston Civic Forum, a group of young people, and a crochet group to consider what they think are the important issues 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 people of Royston. In the film, the questions are explored in

Royston Cave. Inspired by the cave’s rich and enigmatic history, Coates has trained a group of local residents to approach problem-solving in new and imaginative ways. The group uses a technique called ‘unconscious reasoning’ to explore the questions put forward by the people of Royston and offer a bold new perspective on the important issues facing the town today. Watch this space for details of the first local screenings, which will take place in May. The film will also be shown as part of a display at Kettle’s Yard from 16th May – 14th June 2020. For further information about the project or to find out ways to get involved please contact 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.

Pasque Flower Walk 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. www.greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk

Alfie Paws and Read Come and read to a licensed therapy dog, Alfie.

We are holding an initial meet and greet with Alfie where you can learn more. Booking is essential. Contact Royston Library on 0300 123 4049 or www.bit.ly/RoystonLibrary2 Saturday 25th April, 2-3.30pm, Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston, SG8 9JN

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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’s letter, maybe her parents’ letter, but 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 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. Its 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

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Monthly Reads by Tom 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



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News from Royston market

The trader being profiled this month is Bob Whiteman who has worked on the Wednesday market 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. 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. He can be found occupying the large pitch to the front of Mica’s Hardware store. To keep up to date with the Market News, follow @RoystonMarket on Facebook

local Markets in April Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 4th April,10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall Fowlmere Farmers Market 2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 11th April, 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - approx. 3pm, Market Hill, Royston If you hold a local market that you’d like us to feature, please get in touch! info@townhousepublishing.co.uk

Home-Start Matters Home-Start is a local community network of trained yet somehow retained the will and energy to volunteers and expert support helping families with keep pushing on. It’s the tale of a woman who did young children through their challenging times. because it had to be done. Home-Start have many fundraising events coming Tickets are £15 and include a buffet lunch. Please book in advance by calling 01763 262262 up which provides the opportunity to have fun for a great cause. Thursday 2nd April, 12.15pm, The Old Bull Inn, Royston, SG8 9AW Literary Lunch A Lifetime in the Building: The Extraordinary Story Aquathon We are looking for swimmers to join a team to take of May Savidge & The House She Moved. part in our Home-Start Aquathon to be held at 8pm May Savidge was told that the home she lived on Sunday 17th May at Royston Leisure Centre. All in was to be demolished to make way for a you need to do is get some sponsorship and turn roundabout by her local council. She believed that up on the night and have fun! It is not a race, you her home was of historical interest as it was a pre- will swim with a team of 6 in relay for 55 minutes. Tudor Hall house and therefore worthy of saving. In order to save it, she decided to dismantle it and If you would like to take part, we have 4 swimmers move it 100 miles to Wells-Next-The-Sea in Norfolk. for the team already and we would love to hear Why? As unbelievable as this sounds, it becomes from you. 14 teams have signed up already! even more incredible when you discover that May For more information, visit www.hsrsc.org.uk or email began this undertaking in her late 60’s in 1969! What follows is an astonishing tale of one woman’s admin@hsrsc.org.uk or call 01763 262262 determination in the face of great adversity to protect the home she loved. But it’s more than that. Incorporated as Home-Start Royston & South It’s the tale of a woman who knew great sorrow Cambridgeshire


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In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak all games have been suspended until further notice. Please check our website for the latest news & updates www.roystontownfc.co.uk Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7HP

Summer Arts Festival Buntingford 2020 Following the success of last years festival, organisers are scaling up the events to make it better than ever; but they need your help!

This year there will be live performances all weekend including; jazz, folk, dance, classical and pop music along with a focus on showcasing local talent. In addition to food stalls, there will be arts & crafts exhibitions, demonstrations and environmental art projects for children. Other events will involve the High Street shops, pubs & restaurants, together with atmospheric concerts in private houses. Planning a festival is expensive and so organisers are approaching local businesses with a view to becoming ‘A Friend of the Festival’. For more information on becoming a ‘Friend of the Festival’, please email fun@summerartsinbuntingford.com 19th-21st June 2020, Layston Gardens, Buntingford, SG9 9EU

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Leisure 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 & biscuits. Visit: www,theartssociety.org/northhertfordshire

What’s On... Lego Club

Sat 4th Apr, 2.30-3.30pm Royston Library, Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JN Suitable for 5-12year olds, £2 per session. Pre-bookings are no longer needed. There are limited places and the sign in sheet will open 1/2 an hour before the session starts. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Thu 9th Apr, 12.30pm Royston Golf Club Baldock Rd, Royston SG8 5BG Sat 4th Apr, 3.30-4.30pm The Royston & District Probus Club Stevenage: the first post-war Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA welcomes retired professionals to join New Town A discussion about the most important us for lunch at the Royston Golf Club & Thu 2nd Apr, 8-9.30pm issues facing Royston today. Free hear from fascinating guest speakers. Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA event, booking is essential. Email New members always welcome. Jo Ward will give an illustrated talk ellen@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk Contact Ron Holding 01763 241394 or on behalf of Royston & District Traditional Jazz Evening email: probus.royston@gmail.com Local History Society on the topic of Sat 4th Apr, 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Service “Stevenage: the first post-war New St. Mary’s Church Hall, Church Ln, Fri 10th Apr, 8pm-Midnight Town”. Visitors welcome for £2 Contact Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3JR Barley Parish Church Barley, Royston David Allard on 01763 242677 Pampisford WI are bringing you a SG8 8JP Wrights Mower Centre Open ‘Traditional Jazz Evening with Rance’s Joint service in Barley Parish Church at Rocking Chair Band’ raising funds Weekend 8pm; with vigil until midnight Sat 4th Apr, 8.30am-5pm & Sun for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Good Friday Service 5th Apr, 10am-4pm featuring a raffle on the night! Bring Fri 10th Apr, 9.30am Wrights Mower Centre, Shepreth, your own drinks to enjoy alongside Royston Methodist Church, Queens Royston SG8 6RB a Ploughman’s and cake. £12.50 Rd, Royston SG8 7AU A chance to receive expert advice and per ticket, to get yours please call A service celebrating Good Friday obtain a large discount on a range 01223 832472 followed by the Walk of Witness to of petrol and electric machines. Visit Great Chishill Antiques & Royston Cross. www.wrightsmowercentre.co.uk/ Vintage Fair Good Friday Service Rural Magpie Essex Jewellery Sun 5th Apr, 10am-4pm Fri 10th Apr, 12pm Great Chishill Village Hall, Hall Ln, Gt Fair Market Hill Rooms, Priory Ln, Royston Sat 4th Apr, 10am Chishill, Royston SG8 8SH SG8 9DW Foakes Hall Stortford Rd, Gt Dunmow, Approximately 20 stalls packed full of Liturgy of the day with hymns. Dunmow CM6 1DG antiques, jewellery, collectables and Chocolate Easter Trail Antique and vintage jewellery available vintage items including clothing. Visit: Sat 11th Apr, 10am-12.30pm perfect for gifting. www.ruralmagpie.co.uk/pages/ruralRoyston Town SG8 magpie-fairs Therfield Heath Litter Pick Family fun in Royston Town Free Sat 4th Apr, 10am-12pm Steeple Morden Tennis Club activities & a prize draw to win a giant Therfield Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston Family Fun Day Easter egg! SG8 9NU Sun 5th Apr, 1-4pm Easter Sunday Service An organised clean up for Therfield Steeple Morden Tennis Club, Hay St, Sun 12th Apr, 8am Heath. For more information, visit Steeple Morden, Royston SG8 0PE King James Academy Junior Site, www.friendsoftherfieldheath.org.uk/ Try tennis for free! Come & have a Royston SG8 7JH Easter Egg Hunt taster session with our coach Tony 8am said Eucharist & 10am sung Sat 4th Apr, 2-4pm www.steeplemordentennis.co.uk/ Eucharist at King James Academy Therfield Heath, Baldock Rd, Royston Sunday Afternoon Tea Junior Site. SG8 9NU Sun 5th Apr, 2.30-5pm Easter Day Communion Starting west of the carpark, children Parish Room, Swan St, Ashwell, Service hunt for decorated rocks which can be Baldock SG7 5NY Sun 12th Apr, 10am traded for eggs All children must be Afternoon tea raising funds for the Royston Methodist Church, Queens accompanied by an adult. £1 per child Church Restoration Fund. Rd, Royston SG8 7AU (FOTH member) £2 per child (nonMake Lunch Make a Dream Catcher member) For the lower prices visit: Mon 6th, Thu 9th, Tue 14th & Thur Wed 15th Apr, 2.30-4pm www.friendsoftherfieldheath.org.uk/ 16th Apr, 12-1.30pm Royston Library, Royston SG8 9JN Lego Club SEN The Old Bull, 56 High St, Royston Children under 8 must be Sat 4th Apr, 2-4pm SG8 9AW accompanied by an adult. Tickets Coombes Community Centre, Burns Are you finding it hard to afford the cost £3 pp available from the library or Rd, Royston SG8 5PT extra meals during holidays? Bring www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries Voluntary donations welcome but kids for lunch & fun. To register and What Do YOU Think, Over a not essential, refreshments provided. to book call 07742 927160 or email Drink? An informal group for children with makelunch@tlcroyston.org.uk Wed 15th Apr, 7.30pm additional needs, run by experienced Maundy Thursday Service The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston local parents & volunteers. All ages & Mon 6th Apr, 6.30pm SG8 9AW additional needs welcome, with a quiet Royston Methodist Church, Queens What do you think over a drink is room available for anxious children. Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Email cathryn.phillips@googlemail. Holy Communion plus a simple meal. a monthly discussion group for men, who want to talk about things com


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

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! £15 visit: 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 will help you identify & learn about wild flowers. Free event, but donations are welcome! Parking is available on site *£3 per vehicle, free to members. bookings@cambridgeppf. org / www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Leisure all in aid of our Refurbishment Fund. All welcome at Royston Methodist Church.

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 noncliquey. We walk at a leisurely pace Buntingford Story Stroll over Therfield Heath, have a chat Sat 18th Apr, 11am and then go for refreshments in the Hub Quiz Night The Orchard Surgery, Buntingford café. Everyone regardless of age, Thu 23rd Apr, 7.30pm SG9 9DL level of fitness and in principle state Melbourn Hub, High St, Melbourn, A mile long walk ending up at The Fox, of health can get something from Royston SG8 6DZ Aspenden for lunch. You don’t need to walking with us. The walks are free and be a writer or to join our Writers Group, Back again, the highly acclaimed accompanied children and dogs are come for the enjoyment ! chriskell37@ challenging evening of brain teasing welcome. Call 01763 852769 or email general knowledge questions & fun, gmail.com or 07816 935396 run solely by the Hub. Bar open.£5 pp. roystonhealthwalks@btinternet.com

Craft Fair

Sat 18th Apr, 10am-1pm Meldreth Village Hall, Elin Way, Meldreth, Royston SG8 6LX Free Entry. Variety of stalls, tombola, refreshments. Contact Vivien Constable 01223 207557

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

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 Messy Church Days Children’s Charity (Hitchin) and Sun 19th Apr, 3.30-5.30pm the British Heart Foundation (50/50 Royston Methodist Church, Queens split). Please don’t park on the High Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Street to avoid gridlock. Donations Activities for all ages on the theme of can be made through the following Easter, followed by a short celebration link -www.uk.virginmoneygiving. service, and a meal shared together, com/SomeoneSpecial/ABC2020 at Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Visit www.facebook.com/ Road. Adults and accompanied groups/1747156182261864/ children of all ages are welcome.

Monthly Lunchtime Jazz in Royston

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.

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, 7 for 8pm. Tickets £13 (£11 in advance) or £2 for under 25’s Visit www.roystonfolk.org

Weekly Healthy Walking with Cambridge PPF

Every Thu, 10am Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, 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 well-attended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. For more details visit: www.cambridgeppf.org

IMPORTANT: Due to changing Government advice about Coronavirus, Meldreth Bowls Club Open any and all events listed in Day Sat 25th & Sun 26th Apr, 2-4.30pm this month’s edition of The Meldreth Bowls Club, N End, Meldreth, Listing may be subject to Royston SG8 6NR change or cancellation. Open day to find out more about the club. Peter Constable 01223 207557 Therefore, we urge that you or www.meldrethbowlsclub.co.uk double check with the event Return to the Forbidden Planet fAuction of Promises Tue 21st, Wed 22nd, Thur 23rd, Fri Sat 25th Apr, 6.30pm holder that it is still going 24th & Sat 25th 7.45pm, ahead and to follow the Woodside Hall, Walsworth Rd, Hitchin Royston Methodist Church Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU latest guidance from Public SG4 9SP Lots for sale and a two-course meal, Hitchin Thespians present Return Health England. www.thelistingmagazine.co.uk | 01763 248447



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.

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. 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 Various materials, such as notes from her diary, Back again, the highly acclaimed challenging and a piano concert on a lake, have contributed to evening of brain teasing general knowledge this unusual visual memorandum. Phyllis has been questions and fun, run solely by the Hub. Bar painting in various shapes and forms for around open. Tickets £5 each. 50 years, including being trained in Stained Glass, SALSA & SWING TASTER EVENING and has enjoyed working in a variety of media. Saturday 2nd May 7.30pm She gained her M.A. in Fine Art, and a further Presented by Mary DeVill, a highly qualified qualification from Central St. Martin’s, London. professional dance instructor, who will lead this “I see my work as a way of life”, remarked Phyllis, exciting evening to raise funds for the Hub. Come who will be taking part along, join in, or just enjoy this popular dance in July’s Cambridge craze. Tickets: £7.50 each plus bar. Open Studio Event in For more details, please either call 01763 263303, the Garden Studio at her home in Melbourn, visit www.melbournhub.co.uk, or call in for a where she has resided barista coffee and speak to one of our managers.

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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


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. 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. Until next time dear reader...

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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. 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 www.thelistingmagazine.co.uk | 01763 248447



Nuthampstead Airfield Museum

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 12th April.

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 WWII. The numerous displays consist of uniforms donated by veterans and their families plus many interesting artefacts of which a great deal have been found on the old airfield, even pieces of bombs and a V2 rocket. Entry is free, though donations are gratefully received. You can be sure of a warm welcome from volunteers who will talk on the history of Nuthampstead, living conditions, plus missions and of course describing ‘The Friendly Invasion.’

donation. Leo flew 35 missions from the base returning safely to the USA where he lived to his nineties, sadly passing recently. 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 numerous events in the next few months which can be found on The Listing website at www.bit.ly/TheListingNAM For more information about the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum, visit their website at www.bit.ly/NuthampsteadAirMuseum

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

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Homemade@The Barn is Closing It is with great sadness that I have made the decision to close Homemade@The Barn. As many of you know, I am a single parent with an autistic son. Over the last few months, my son, Bobby, has found life quite difficult and has to attend medical appointments and school meetings etc of which I must accompnay him. Due to this, I have had to shut the shop in order to give Bobby the support he so rightly deserves. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have walked through my doors. I have made some wonderful friends over the last year and nine months of being open, have had the best laughs, hugs and a few tears along the way. ‘Homemade’ is my happy place and I will never forget how it and you made me feel. Please also join me in thanking all my sellers, who tirelessly ‘titivate’ on a regular basis. From now, I’ll be a stay-at-home mummy with some furniture upcycling on the side, so please call me on 07730 496225 if you need anything doing. Very best wishes, Sally

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coronavirus tips and wellbeing The Listing is here for you at the heart of something to focus on our community during these concerning and - FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online unprecendented times. Whilst we are no experts, courses you could try we listen to those who are. Here are some - Watch that series that all your friends have practical tips inspired by Mind’s “Coronavirus and recommended for months Your Wellbeing” article www.bit.ly/MindCOVID19 - Plan future holidays. Studies suggest the simple to help you on a day-to-day basis. act of planning a holiday can boost happiness! Arguing and Confrontation Loneliness - It isn’t anyone’s fault this situation has arisen, so - Put extra pictures up of the people you care go easy on each other about to remind you of them - Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your - Set, and more importantly, respect each other’s boundaries home feels too quiet - Call/Facetime/Skype rather than just texting; it - Find individual hobbies and interests away from your family/partner feels more human - Join a community group chat such as www.bit.ly/- Define roles and encourage everyone to ‘chip in’ and play their part RoystonVsCoronavirus Money Anxiousness - The best tool for anyone facing money issues is - Try and plan a safe space in your home you Citizens Advice can go to retreat - If you are unable to meet your debts, get in - Practice deep breathing exercises, yoga, touch with the company as soon as possible. mindfulness and meditation - Listen to ‘gentle’ music that is structured and They may give you some leeway - Cancel little-used subscriptions and outgoings. melodic - Consider limiting social media use and rely only on Every saving helps verified sources to keep you updated with the latest The News news. - Ignore all unverified claims and conspiracy theories Exercise - Beware of scammers looking to steal your - There are thousands of dance routines to be money mastered on YouTube - Equipment-free fitness workouts can often be found online, free of charge - Walk around the garden, if you have one. The sunlight helps, too NHS Non-Emergency number: 111 - Something as simple as walking the stairs can For mental health advice, please visit Mind: release endorphins www.bit.ly/MindCOVID19 Boredom - Try having a clear out, both digital and physical For advice regarding money, debt, employment and housing: www.citizensadvice.org.uk - Spring clean your home! Perhaps Mrs Hinch could offer some tips For advice on mental health and suicide: - Organise your photo albums. Let the nostalgia www.samaritans.org roam free - Learn a new skill; whether that be a language, For the latest news: www.bbc.co.uk/news instrument or game For the latest Government advice - Read a book, start a diary, reconnect with old regarding coronavirus: www.bit.ly/ friends, board games PublicHealthEngland2020 Working from Home HMRC helpline for the self employed and - If possible, create a dedicated work station away businesses: 0300 456 3565 from the rest of the house - Take regular, timed breaks in order to remain For local support with food and supplies: productive Royston Food Bank at Royston Evangelical - Work when you feel most productive rather than Church from 9-11am, Weds & Sat, or you can your normal working hours donate food & supplies to the Food Bank at - Don’t overwork yourself; your health is far more McColl’s and the Roman Catholic Church as well important as at Royston Evangelical Church Keep Your Mind Stimulated Royston Coronavirus support: - Playing strategy and video games can give you www.bit.ly/RoystonVsCoronavirus

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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.

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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

Get outside in nature and explore the great outdoors - the National Trust are removing their pay barriers too to their parks and gardens

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Binge-watch a Netflix mini-series .. or check out the new group-watch feature and watch with your friends Throw-back to the 80s and dig out those board games for family nights in

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Soak up the Spring sunshine in the garden #Staypositive

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The Conservators of Therfield Heath 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.

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 John King said that “I’ve been a Conservator for consulting widely to ensure the Heath has a long18 years and Chair for 5. After Clare’s election term sustainable future, secured for generations and the clear groundswell for openness and to come. I can confirm that any review of the community engagement, now feels like the right time for me to step aside as Chairman and show Byelaws will not happen for at least 12-24 months because we are committing to a review of the the residents of Royston and the users of the Heath that we are serious about making a positive governance, election process and prioritising the creation of management plans for the SSSI change for the future. and the remaining Heath and Greens and will Over the past 3 years the Conservators have fully involve the public. I am extremely excited by come under increased pressure from residents the prospect of working together to encourage in the local area to be open and engaging in the activities on and involvement with the Heath way that they manage the Heath, along with being and Greens. We need to do this in an open and more transparent with regards to their income and transparent way.” expenditure. Ben Harrop said “since joining as a Conservator last year, I’ve observed and it’s my Conservators will hold an Open Meeting at 7pm on opinion that much of the concerns the public have 30th April at King James Academy Royston Senior with the actions of the Conservators is as a result Site (formerly Meridian).

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Update from Royston parish church 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. Plans have also been finalised for the reordering of the church and approval for the work is being sought from the diocese in order that the work can be scheduled. In line with this tender, documents are being prepared for this Phase 3 work in order that it can be commenced at the earliest 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 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 - our thanks to all involved. Recently we have received £1,000 from the Rotary Club Swimathon and more than £500 from the Roysia Ladies Group. To keep up to date with progress and what is going on at the Church please visit our website at www.roystonparishchurch.org.uk



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Planning A Traditional Garden To give plants the opportunity to shine in the garden, the space needs to be planned. We all have different starting points to making changes in the garden. I always encourage my clients to think about the style of garden they want and how it links into the house and their lifestyle. The classic “bi fold door scenario” often leads toward a contemporary garden design, whereas an old period cottage could be more traditional. This thought process then goes on to inform the design process and will lead in a particular direction. A traditional paving style could echo an older property but the planting could have a modern flavour. There is much scope for interpretation and of course this is very subjective! Here are some of the things to be thinking about when planning a traditional garden. Boundary planting can take many forms but does set the scene for the planting within the garden. The hedge is a classic option and to echo a traditional style you need to select a traditional hedging plant. In the countryside with a post and rail fence a native hedge of Hawthorn could tick the traditional box. Traditional could also be a dark yew hedge that would act as a backdrop to planting in front. Traditional could also be a row of pleached hornbeam standing to attention in a line in front of the boundary fence with climbers on the timber fence and under planting below. Plants should be used to create a deliberate atmosphere and set the scene for a space. Delineation of space with planting is a good way to put shape onto the ground from a design plan. Traditional could be the use of low hedging of box or lavender either side of a path or as a transition point from one space into another. Traditional could mean the style you would see at a National Trust garden paired down and used in your own space, formal lines of low hedging or clipped lawn edges certainly are traditional in that context. The notion of a garden room is rather traditional and could be appropriate in your garden. This should be part of the design brief if it is a requirement for the space. I love to create a “sense of drama” in a space by positioning planting to conceal some of the space, this encourages curiosity and anticipation of what else is there? Plant selection is an easy way to create a traditional style into a garden, however one person’s sense of traditional can vary greatly

from another’s. I would think roses, clematis, wisteria, box, lavender, yew, penstemon, delphinium, nepeta, alchemilla … Grass is often overlooked as a plant selection but of course it is very much part of the plant palette. Traditional to me is also a well-maintained lawn with stripes and neatly cut edges! Be open to influence from traditional gardens you visit. I always carry a notebook to record new plant combinations that I can use in my designs. Plant arrangement can say traditional too. I am thinking here of a traditional herbaceous perennial border with tall planting at the back, graduating to the smaller plants at the front. Roses positioned carefully in a shaped border with spring bulbs and lavender around the edge says traditional too. The archway with Roses trained over the top or Wisteria climbing over a green oak pergola. The list is endless but it is subjective as it is based on our individual experiences. Sense of journey can be developed as planting is used to steer you through a space to stopping point and be in the moment. A Lutyen’s bench at the end of an avenue of deep herbaceous borders screams traditional to me.

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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.

We were lucky enough to receive enormous amounts of love, care and 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 I am told my dad was a man with a big heart and a lively Cambridgeshire branch and relishes the opportunity sense of fun who would be so very proud of everything to support families in the same way that we were my mum, my two brothers and I have achieved. supported.” Therefore, I have chosen to raise money for Home-Start To support Claire, please visit because I know the importance of support and care www.bit.ly/2020ClaireRiddell when a family is faced with challenging times.

Scott Rouse will keep his pledge to run a marathon before he is 40!

funding research into rare lung cancer to which Ruth ultimately lost her life.

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.

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.

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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. 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.

Katie is just running for the fun of it My name is Katie and I’m running the London Marathon. 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

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. 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 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.

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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 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 at www.bit.ly/2020AliceStanfordEverrett

Vicky to run in order to raise money for Wooden Spoon!

Ireland through the power of rugby, Wooden Spoon was the clear option for me to raise money for.

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

Royston Rugby Club became a Wooden Spoon partner club in 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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looking after you: Destress Your Easter Holidays 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.

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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. Drink Supportive Teas Sipping herbal teas with relaxing properties such as ginseng, verbena or lemon is

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 details on the event, sponsorship and how to get involved, visit Royston In Blue on Facebook or visit: www.roystoninblue.co.uk

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.

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Berry Accounting & Business Services was established by Jim & Maeve Berry when they decided to quit the commuter rat race, leaving behind successful careers in the private sector. They moved to the village of Litlington in 1986 in order to get involved on a local basis, supporting local businesses. Since then their reputation has grown and their wide ranging client base spreads across Cambs, Beds & Herts. Proof of the quality of service offered is evident by the many clients who have moved away from the area yet still retain their services. Jim & Maeve have vast experience in selfassessment, annual accounts, VAT, business start-ups, mentoring and tax investigations, and have a strong commitment to providing a personal service to all clients. Berry Accounting, always conscious of clients’ busy schedules, are happy to offer flexible ‘out of business hours’ appointments 01763 852622 www.berryaccounts.co.uk

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The CPRE Annual Awards Scheme is now open. Nominate those who help improve life in your community and enhance the environment. We want to recognise those who work so hard to protect, promote and enhance towns or villages and/or the surrounding countryside to make them better places to live, work, go to school or enjoy for today and tomorrow. They can be an individual, charity, event or business. “It is great to see individuals and groups receiving recognition for 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 the word by telling others about the awards. We are happy to receive self-nominations. Our judges review the nominations during the summer and the awards are presented in October. The closing date is 31st May 2020 To make a nomination, download a form and return it to us. www.cpreherts.org.uk/awards

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Alexander Green office interiors ...the complete solution to your office furniture requirements. If you’re looking to improve your office space, Alexander Green Office Interiors will guide you through the whole process Alexander Green provide sound, open, friendly advice with over 20 years’ experience within the office furniture and seating industry, supplying many businesses locally and nationally. Our close manufacturer partnerships allow us to present a wide range of solutions to fit all your needs and requirements. Alexander Green’s quotation and CAD planning service will illustrate your office layout from start to finish with 2D and 3D visual examples. With our extensive range of available wood colours, there is a combination for every type of office environment.

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My Local Life... 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).

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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, 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. 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? Businesswise would be winning a project for 52 student accommodation bedrooms, social spaces and their admin offices. Personally, I took part in a 24-hour 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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juliAN’S BUSINESS TIPS: How do you react in a crisis?

Here are eight steps to help you to prepare for a sudden and unexpected threat to your organisation. 1. Stay calm – keep a cool head. Give yourself time to gather your thoughts and to take an objective look at your situation. Take a deep breath – and another! 2. Get your right people in place – an efficient, disciplined team is much better able to function effectively in difficult circumstances. 3. Expect the unexpected – the business landscape changes constantly and sometimes change is sudden and unpredictable. If you embrace that challenge, you’ll likely be better able to manage any potential crisis. 4. Have a plan. What is the problem, how will it affect your business, and what can you do about it? Then consider what things might derail your coping strategy, and what you need to do to prevent them having a negative impact. Finally, when all this is over, what will you need to do to get back to ‘business as usual?

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their investment and pension portfolios to ensure his clients investment strategies evolve with their needs, and that they are kept up to Gary Cretton lives in Litlington, and is a date with any regulatory and industry changes Director at KDW Financial Planning, an that may affect them. independent financial advice practice with KDW are also very active in the community. headquarters in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Gary and his fellow Director Marcus Maisey KDW offer a simple approach to financial are part of a team undertaking a 500km cycle planning that you can trust, with every step of ride from Pisa to Rome in aid of Myeloma UK your financial journey from mortgage advice to this May. They are hard at work training for this retirement planning. challenge, so do look out for Gary on his road bike around Royston! They are off to Pisa on With over 20 years’ experience as an 14 May, and they are fundraising at Independent Financial Adviser, Gary can www.bit.ly/KDWJustGiving provide financial advice across all sectors gary@kdw.co.uk including Investments, Protection, Tax Planning and with a particular interest and 01727 852299 • 07703 693773 expertise in Pensions, he can give enhanced www.kdw.co.uk analysis and advice across the spectrum of Pensions such as Occupational, Final Salary Schemes and Money Purchase. These schemes could have further attached benefits that allow the funds to be transferred to new schemes and enhance the pensions delivered. Gary starts by gaining a thorough understanding of his clients’ attitude to risk, and the returns they are looking to achieve. He then carries out regular meetings to review

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Churches Together in Royston & Dis.

Fowlmere United Reformed Church Guilden Morden Congregational Church

Guilden Morden Parish Church Litlington Congregational Church Melbourn Baptist Church Melbourn Parish Church Melbourn United Reformed Church Meldreth Parish Church Open House Project Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth Royston Catholic Church Royston Evangelical Church Royston Ignite Community Church Royston Methodist Church Royston Parish Church Royston Spiritualist Church St Mary’s Church, Ashwell Therfield Chapel Therfield Parish Church Thriplow Parish Church Trinity Life Church United Benefice of Barkway, Reed and Buckland with Barley


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

01462 742684 01763 877558 01763 247611


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01763 287364 01763 208195 01763 230350 01763 848756


Melbourn Community Hall bookings@communityhallmelbourn.com Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 246458 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 242696 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 246549 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839546 Whaddon Village Hall www.whaddon.org/village_hall


NHS Telephone Advice Service


Royston Library

0300 123 4049

Anthony Browne MP for S Cambs Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts

0207 219 3000 01462 486074

Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

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NHS DENTISTS 03450 455 200 0300 123 4040 01462 474 000


01763 245484

J Oliver Radley

03450 450 500

Non emergency number

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




01763 273300 101


01763 245484

Bassingbourn Village College Freman College Melbourn Village College Kings James Academy

01763 242344 01763 271818 01763 223400 01763 242236



National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)

Abington Pigotts Village Hall www.abingtonpigotts.org

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 48 49 50 01763 245228

Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Parish Church Room 01462 743922 Ashwell Village Hall 01462 742913 Barkway Pavillion BarkwayPavilion@barkway-village.co.uk Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 242344 Chrishall Village Hall 01763 838691 Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 01763 208778 King James Academy (Junior Site) 01763 243650 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 gmvillagehall@btinternet.com Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 01763 852551 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 448099 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

0345 357 2406 0800 771881

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

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INDEX Professional Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Limited 39 Fourways Chartered Accountants 39 The Wright Accounts Service Ltd 40

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Architect, Engineer & Surveyors Brooklands Design


Artists Jane Harvey Artist


Brewery Hadham Brewery Ltd


Building & Construction Services Ashton Renovations C P Building Services

29 44

Care Homes Melbourn Springs – Barchester Healthcare Southwell Court

22 2

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson


Cinema Letchworth Broadway


Cleaning Services British Window & General Cleaning Co

27 3

Decorating Services Decorating & Restorations Service


Garden Centre Arrington Garden Centre H L Ground & Garden Maintenance Leaf & Lawn The Green Lounge Amber Health Attend 2 Health Royston Complementary Health Avante Garde Ltd T/as New Dawn Blinds Borders & Bows Linda Turner Interiors

AV Handyman Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services RTP Painting & Decorating S Borley & Son

House Clearance

Insurance Services Penguin Insurance

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

30 29

Bury Lane Farm Shop


Landscaping Services

Fitness Bonfitness Pilates Carobella Fitness Gymbo’s


34 34 37

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

Curwens LLP

14 3 5


Leisure Pools Crystal Leisure Pools Ltd


Local Event Bury Lane Dunton Hall Farm Kelshall VE Day Event Wrights Mowers Centre Ltd

7 23 7 17

Office Interiors Alexander Green Office Interiors 40

Opticians J Oliver Radley Opticians


Plasterers DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

47 30

Plumbing & Heating Services 47 47 44 44 44

H20 LMJ Plumbing & Heating

33 3 48

32 47

Self Storage Royston Self Storage


Tiling Services Simon’s Tiling Services





36 34 34

Home Improvements & Handyman Services

Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

KD Wright Financial Services Limited

44 47 44

Home Furnishings


Financial Services


Health Therapist & Wellbeing

Kendall Install Royston Kitchens&Bathrooms Ltd Royston Plumbing & Heating Trademark Kitchens

Farm Shop

Legal Services


Gardening Services

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Limited

Education Comberton Village College


Spires House Clearance

Coach Hire Richmonds Coaches

Garage Doors

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Tree Services Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited Tree Specialist

26 30 47

Venue Hire Royston Town Football Club


Veterinary Practices 47 14 15 26 28 32 28 32 32 29

Royston Veterinary Centre

Window Cleaning Services GBs Cleaning Services

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