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To the May issue of The Listing

After our shocking faux pas last issue (blue skies and blossom on our April front cover, as snow and Arctic temperatures closed in!), I hope that the finer weather and temperatures are here at last! Our pages are full of events in our local villages and town: in May alone we have Meldreth village and Melbourn Primary School’s Spring Fayres, the Royston May Fayre and the Beer Festival and the Guilden Garden Market. Ashwell plays host to its ever popular music festival now in its 60th year. Expect two weeks filled with top-class musicians, including classical guitarist Lily Afshar, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and former Ashwell resident and renowned jazz pianist, James Pearson. Outdoor event Ashwell at Home is a chance to see the village behind the scenes. This year, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth host their inaugral “at home”. The ambitious programme features a pop-up blue plaque walk, a dry pub crawl, touring the long-gone 15 hostelries and a cycle ride through the tracks to Wimpole Hall. However you choose to spend your May, do so outside, in The the fresh air and making the most of this wonderful area that we Listing live in! is online at With best wishes, www.thelisting. info from 1st every month




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Royston Allotments & Gardens Association are holding their Open Day on Sunday 26th May from 11am-3pm Everyone is welcome to come along and have a wander around your local allotments, and to celebrate the opening of the new clubhouse Throughout the day, there will be: • Scarecrow competition • Children’s competition • “Your numbers up” competition • Prizes • Various stalls • Bottle stall • Plants and produce • Raffle • Barbeque and refreshments

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This year the people of Ashwell have Sixty Years of the something to celebrate – the 60th Anniversary Ashwell Music Festival of their well-loved Music Festival. 1953 – 2013 It is extraordinary that a small village in rural Hertfordshire has continued and extended this tradition for over six decades - the result of the dedication and enthusiasm of this vibrant community. Over the years Ashwellians have maintained their passion for locally available high-calibre music and their desire to share it Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th May 2013 with others. Past years have seen up to 1200 people attending. This year, we have more events planned and hope to attract around 2000 people, either to our concerts or to our ‘Made in Ashwell, art exhibiton. The Ashwell Music Festival was started in 1953 by Canon Jack INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED Catterick. Choristers and choral JAZZ PIANIST AND FORMER scholars gathered at the summer event ASHWELL RESIDENT, to sing choral music. Participants came JAMES PEARSON from cathedrals and choir schools throughout the country – Cambridge, Oxford, Worcester, Peterborough, Guildford, Southwell, Lichfield and many more. Since that time, the Festival has grown from the original concept of a summer school for young people to include many artistes who come to Ashwell as musical directors, conductors, composers and performers. Many have national and, indeed, international reputations. Jazz, swing, brass band music, rock and folk music have all been performed during the past 60 years. The original objective has never been forgotten and music from young people is always included. Every year Ashwell Primary School team up with the music department of local Knights Templar School and St Mary’s Junior Church Choir to perform a concert of exceptional quality and variety. Further information on the full programme, events, tickets, times and venues may be found at Ashwell Music Festival, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May


This year, Ashwell at Home will be raising money for the village museum, church and school. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this popular village event, there will be even more to see and do with entertainment for all the family. And, if you arrive promptly, you will be able to see the unveiling of the new village sign at 12noon. VIEW OVER ASHWELL FROM In addition to 15 open gardens including THE CHURCH TOWER a medieval farmhouse enclosed by a moat, you can visit the village lock-up (no longer in use!) and Ashwell cottage garden is hosting an archaeological dig. There will be a wide selection of displays including a Palestinian costume exhibition, harp demonstration, two model railways, old concertinas and accordions and much more. There will be Morris dancing, vintage cycle tour, Well Dressing (an ancient custom of thanksgiving for the purity of water during the Black Death), Mummers play, cricket match and Henry Harris’s funfair. And everywhere you will find “Ashwell Alive” plaques telling the history of many of the houses. New for this year are a music trail with short garden concerts performed by local musicians throughout the afternoon and guided walking tours that invite you to explore the historic heart of Ashwell and a wildlife tour through local countryside. There is also a ‘Made in Ashwell’ craft display and market. You can visit Ashwell Museum, the village school and even climb St. Mary’s Church tower for spectacular views over the village and way beyond (admission to the tower £3.00). Homemade lunches and teas will be readily available. Entry £6 per person. Children under 14 free. Free parking.

Ashwell at Home, Sunday 12th May, 12noon-6pm


Help for people who are interested in setting up their own local care or support service in Hertfordshire Support Service Advice Fair

The Hertfordshire Micro Market Project is run by a social enterprise called Community Catalysts in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council. It is running until August 2013 to increase choices for people who may need some extra support because they are older, or because they have a learning and/or physical disability, 12th June 2013 or mental health need. It does this by supporting local people all over Hertfordshire to set up and run their own local and very small care and support service. These services are run with less than 5 staff or volunteers and they are completely independent. We call the people who set up these very small services micro providers. The services set up by micro providers can be very wide ranging and may include providing people with care or other support in their own homes or in the community, supporting people to take part in leisure and/or vocational activities, and supporting people to increase their independence and develop new skills and confidence Setting up one of these services offers potential new employment opportunities and can be a very rewarding way to make a living by making a real difference to people’s lives. If this is something that you might be interested in doing, you will be interested to know that an Advice Fair is being held in Stevenage for micro providers during the morning of 12th June 2013. This event will bring together in one place a very wide range of organisations and people who can give you advice on different aspects of setting up and running your own micro care or support service.

If you would like to attend event, please contact Tracy Ahern on or by telephone on 07584 211 756. Places are limited so please hurry. If you are unable to attend this event but are already running a micro service or if you are interested in setting one up, please contact Tracy for information about the Hertfordshire Micro Market Project. While Tracy would like to hear from you wherever you live in the County, she is particularly interested in hearing from you if you live in or near TRACY AHERN CAN HELP YOU ACCESS ADVICE AND SUPPORT isolated rural areas where people may be having difficulties accessing TO SET UP A LOCAL CARE OR SUPPORT SERVICE the care or support that they need. organisation profile • 01763 248447 • 4

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Royston and District Volunteer Centre

CELEBRATING NEW TOWN CENTRE PREMISES Royston and District Volunteer Centre has now moved to new offices in the annex of Royston Town Hall. We work at the heart of the local community, in the SG8 postcode area, providing advice, support and guidance to individuals wanting to volunteer and to our local voluntary organisations, community groups and sports clubs so that they can successfully involve and support volunteers. Volunteering not only enables the delivery of vital local services, it can also change the lives of individuals who find themselves unemployed, recovering from illness, in need of confidence building or looking to meet new people. For Volunteers we provide: • 1-1 support – informal meetings to discuss your volunteering options either face to face, by email or telephone • Referral of your details to relevant local volunteering opportunities • Training and networking workshops • Regular contact by email /telephone follow ups, information bulletins, Facebook and our website For local registered voluntary organisations, community groups and sports clubs we provide Information, advice, support and training on: • Recruiting and Managing Volunteers • Developing and Promoting volunteering opportunities • Volunteering Good practice, policies and procedures, In line with our 6 point promise sign up to excellence in Volunteer Management Plus • Royston Volunteer Manager’s Forums • Regular contact by email /telephone follow ups, information bulletins, Facebook and our website

We also are also involved in the strategic development and marketing of volunteering on a local, countywide, regional and national basis, and actively campaign and lobby government in partnership with the national Volunteer Centre network on issues affecting volunteering. Forthcoming events:

Introduction to Volunteering” - How to access the benefits of volunteering if you are unemployed - Thursday May 16th 10.30am – 12.30am


“Volunteers Week Drop-in” – we would like to say thanks to all our existing and potential local volunteers and volunteer coordinators and invite you all for morning refreshments at our new Volunteer Centre offices and a chance to get to know each other - Wednesday 5th June 10.30am – 12.30am “Improving Your Chances” – a series of workshops for unemployed people to gain skills and confidence 17th,20th,24th and 27th June.

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The British Red Cross is well-known for its work bringing aid and relief to the scenes of disasters and conflicts around the world. Less well-known is the range of community services provided by Red Cross volunteers across the UK. Led by trained volunteers, the charity works to help people prepare for and deal with crisis every day here in Hertfordshire. Some of the local services include: Health and social care Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide short-term care in the home for adults who need help or reassurance to get back to their normal routine after a hospital stay, or after disruption due to crises such as illness, bereavement, or breakdown. Volunteers are trained to help with a wide range of needs, including transport to and from medical appointments, prescription collection, help with shopping, meal preparation or light housework, visits to family and friends and assistance with keeping up hobbies or social activities, or even finding new ones. This service gets people back on their feet, and can even help them avoid being readmitted to hospital. The Red Cross also runs a medical equipment loan service, which hires out wheelchairs and offers short-term loans of equipment like backrests, bath seats, walking sticks and frames, commodes, bedpans and urinals. Emergency response Red Cross emergency response teams can be called out any time of the day or night to the scene of a fire, or another crisis such as an evacuation, industrial accident or flood. They offer comfort and practical help to the victims of the incident, often with the help of a Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) vehicle, which is equipped with a shower, spare clothes, blankets, hygiene packs, food and drink, first aid kits and other emergency supplies. Volunteers may support people who CAMBRIDGE ORCHID SOCIETY suddenly find themselves in crisis by helping to arrange temporary accommodation, advising them on other organisations and agencies which can help, and providing emotional support to help them cope. First aid The Red Cross Sunday 19 May 2013 wants everyone to learn 10.30 am- 4.30 pm life-saving skills so that they are prepared when emergency strikes. It runs Harston Village Hall a range of first aid training courses which can be High Street, Harston tailored to meet the needs CB227PX of different groups, and also offers first aid tips through its website and a Entrance £2 mobile app. As well as first aid training, the Red Cross The Listing Flyer_Layout 1 15/12/2011 07:44 Page 1 provides skilled and Contact: Margaret Serdean (01763 848895) equipped first aid volunteers for public events. Red Cross Week: 5th – 11th May Annually, the Red Cross holds a week A friendly local business of fundraising and offering a complete restoration A friendly local awareness-raising service for all your furniture service for all types activity based around public collections and and requirements of upholstery antique & modern local events. Events can Call us today for a competitive furniture still be held throughout quote May and June to count A complete restoration service towards the Red Cross ROYSTON METHODIST CHURCH All types of furniture repairs Week. Our Hertfordshire all types of furniture repairs presents in concert Traditional french french polishing polishing & waxing ? & wax branch hopes local traditional communities will be Veneering & decorative woodwork ing interested in donating Modern lacquer& finishes veneering decorative woodwork or holding a fundraising Leather for desks, bureaux etc. moderninlays lacquer finishes event that will support Full upholstery servicefor desks, bureaux etc leather inlays their local area. Full paintupholstery stripping service caustic & non-caustic full Remember, if you live in service Hertfordshire, monies you


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Mons & Weds, 7.15 - 9.30pm, Dodkin Hut, Tannery Drift, Royston. Military Youth: first aid, adventure training, community work, shooting, sports, map & compass. Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. 07963 359758 2484 (BASSINGBOURN) SQUADRON AIR TRAINING CORPS Mon & Weds 7.30 - 9.30pm, Bassingbourn Barracks Military youth organisation providing flying, gliding, adventure training, sports, target shooting and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. A Kyprianou, 01763 249156 4 PAWS DOG TRAINING CLUB Puppy socialisation & adult dog training. Tues eve: Barkway VH: Agility, Flyball, scent work and games Sat: Kneesworth.1:1 Tuition and Behaviour problems Christine Walker 01763 244437 email chrissy4paws@yahoo. AEROBIC FITNESS & FUN THE ‘WRIGHT’ WAY Mon - Thurs, various times and locations. Fitness Classes for male and females - all age groups - speciality groups - 50+ and seniors catered for with special care. Qualified teacher, RSA/LCYMCA/50+/KFA Paula Wright, 01763 243884


For 8 to 13 yrs. Drop in Youth Club 4.30 - 6.30pm, Coombes Community Centre. Wii, arts & crafts, sports, pool table. Run by qualified Playleaders from NHDC. Funded by Lottery Grant.


A support group for People with Dementia and their Carers to meet for information and support. First Weds monthly, 10am to 12pm, Coombs Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston. Please call Cate Mitcham on 07720946034


Thurs 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th April, 12.30 – 2.30pm For parents/carers of children with ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Drop in meetings – an opportunity to chat with other parents. Free Creche until 2.25pm Children’s Centre, Royston. Leise Cooper 07815 458355


Suns, Bassingbourn Airfield. Sail and race land yachts on a 2 km circuit. New members welcome. Steve Borrill 0779 669 4743


Weds 10–10.30am & 11–11.30am Royston Library

BABY MASSAGE Baby Massage & Yoga in Herts-Pre & Post natal yoga, baby massage & yoga. Contact Penny 07944 4 16572 www. or pennybrown1@ BADMINTON TUESDAYS Tues, 7.30 - 9pm, Coombes Community Centre - informal play, supported by Badminton England with occasional coaching sessions, all abilities. £10 per month. Contact: coombescommunity@ or Gillian on 01763 248081. BARKWAY SOCIAL CLUB Weds & Fris 8 -11pm. Friendly club, bar, snooker, pool, cards, darts and dominoes. Yearly membership: £6 per person, £10 per couple. We are in the building adjacent to the Village Hall. John Sizer 01763 848927 BARKWAY KARATE CLUB Fri 5.30 - 6pm - Tiger tots 5yrs, 6-7pm Juniors & Adults. www.barkwaykarate., or or 07856 846800 BARLEY TENNIS CLUB COACHING Ladies term time 1.5hr sessions Tues 1- 2.30pm rusty & beginners, Fri’s 10am improvers, 11.30am intermediates, 1pm advanced. Junior holiday courses. Coaches Jan Pledger 01763848242, Liz Wade 01763 273646 BASSINGBOURN BADMINTON CLUB Bassingbourn Sports Centre.Thurs 8-10pm. A friendly club with a competitive edge. Fields Mens,Ladies and Mixed teams in a local league.Peter Gibson 01763 243696. Peter Scaife 01763 248454.peter_scaife_

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Tues 7.30-9.30pm, Bassingbourn Community Centre. A friendly group, pop in or book a Julie 01763 853257, Sylvia 01763 208397

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT or Clair Pike at BRIAN LESLIE RACHER 2004 CHARITABLE TRUST 1108727 A charity for the benefit of the inhabitants of Royston, Herts within a 2 mile radius from the Parish Church of St John The Baptist. All applications to Limbach Banham & Co Solicitors, John Street, Royston


2nd Monday each month at Parish Hall, Royston Catholic Church Mrs A Varney, 01763 242812 CHERRYHOMES TRUST Local charity supporting severely physically disabled people to live independently in their own homes. Loans, grants, practical help & guidance can be provided. Sally Crane on 07716 121 333 or


Mons 7-9pm, Greneway School, Royston. We sing a wide mix of songs from popular, traditional, world music etc. Our ethos is to promote and encourage anyone and everyone to sing. or 07916 798 655. CORVUS AMATEUR DRAMA SOCIETY (CADS) Royston’s amateur drama group, performing since the 1940s and open to anyone aged 15+. Quarterly meetings as advertised. We welcome all interested parties! Tamsin Cowley 01763 244927


Meeting at Royston Leisure Centre Thurs, 4 - 10pm Mini Basketball and basketball for all ages and abilities From 8 years to adult Di Charles 01223 207213


Mondays 7.30-9pm, Greneway School, Royston. Female coach, friendly group of ladies. Played in a private hall £7 (trial FREE). Age 14+ all abilities. Contact Justine Smith, 01763 853314, 0782 5545266,

CYCLE CLUB ASHWELL A thriving, inclusive, friendly cycle club for everyone. Over 140 members, for youth, adult, senior levels and families & beginners. Affiliated to the CTC, British Cycling, CTT and Eastern RR League. We now have a grass track course. DEPRESSION ALLIANCE 1st Tues monthly 2.15 to 4pm, Committee Room & 3rd Tues monthly, 2.15 - 4pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. A self help group providing a confidential, caring, & non-judgemental place for people to share their thoughts & experiences. All welcome contact Gill Cox info@depressionalliance. org,


Thursdays, 5-7pm & Sundays 9am-3.30pm at Coombes Community Centre Zoe & Mark Barfield 01763 245447


Weds 9am - 4pm, Masonic Hall, Royston. Social club with bingo,speakers, entertainment, bring & buy sales, day outings and a mini-market. Mrs Joan Inwood, 01763 224 997


Wednesday evenings, September to May only, 7.30 - 9.30pm at Market Hill Rooms, Table tennis for the over fifties and their friends. Non-league. Secretary Jan Harmer 01763 230704


Weds from 1.45 - 3.45pm at Housing 21, Blackett Ord Court, Stanford Ave, Royston. Speakers, quizzes, bingo, bring and buy, outings and lunches. Barbara Charter, Chair & Secretary 01763 231319



2nd Weds monthly, 2.30pm, Fowlmere VH Speakers, events and other activities. For 60yrs+. Contact Beryl May 01763 208565


2nd Tues monthly, 11.30am to 3pm at The Heath Sports Centre, Royston. Open to all blind and partially sighted in the Royston area. Transport can be arranged. Bridget Matthews 01763 231881, or

Meet 2nd Tues, 7.30pm, Community Room, Knutsford Road, Bassingbourn. Guests welcome. Jean Hamdorff 01763 242139 Recreational Skiing & Boarding Weds, Thurs & Suns. Junior Club up to 16 yrs, Sat am with fun and instruction. Every other weekend Yeti Club for childrem, age 3 up. Introduction to Racing, Sat & Race training, Mons. Contact: or call 08450 728 293


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recovering from long term mental health problems. Volunteers needed now as befrienders to take clients out for one to one social activities in the community. Alison Kingman 01462 680120, or email alison.


A national activity club for men & women with local groups: Cambridge; Essex and Hertfordshire. Walks of moderate length take place once a month. Come along and make new friends and enjoy some healthy excercise. Check out our website: www.goc. for details of all national and local activities, or phone Colin on 01763 262647


(Georgina Wootten’s School of Dance and Performing Arts) Royston, 6 Days a Week. Melody Movement Baby Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Boys Only Street, Contemporary, Commercial, Body Conditioning, Adult Street Fit, Singing and Musical Theatre or 07720713532 or


Weds 11.30am till 12.30pm, Bassingbourn Sports Centre Toddlers from 18mths Book: 01763 242344 ext 262 SMS 07873 455637


Thurs eves in Croydon Village, Structured course covering various Jazz styles Tunes rehearsed for a concert performance Advice on Chords, Scales, Structure, Musicianship All instruments Ray Batson 01582-453419


Monday evenings, Croydon VH For all instrumentalists of various skill levels, an opportunity to play in a friendly band/group environment.Terry Fox, 01763 244142, or e-mail


Fun and effective total body workout. Tues & Thurs eves (inc. BodySculpt) & Sat morning, Greneway School, Royston. Weds 7.15 pm, MVC. Mon & Thurs eves, Buntingford. Sarah 07703 422394 sarah.howard. JM JUDOKWAI Tues 6.30 - 9.30pm, Roysia School. Judo with that family feel, parents can join the Tea Club. For ages 6 yrs plus. John Massmann 01763 241020,


Kickboxing Tue 8-9:30pm @Stage Right Studios, Lumen Rd, Royston. Kids Kung Fu (7-10 years) 10:30-11:30am, Adults Kung Fu 11:30-1pm, Sat @Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston. For further details visit gmax., or call Glen on 07563 755 199


Woolgatherers machine knitters. A friendly group for the exchange of ideas and machine knitting techniques. Meet alternate Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon,in Thriplow Village Hall, Thriplow 01954 719359


Kumon after-school programmes for children of all ages and abilities. Royston Study Centre 01763 248562 LADIES CIRCLE 2nd & 4th Thurs monthly. A social organisation for ladies aged 18 to 45. Activities this year include pamper evening, visit to Ely cathedral, Latin dance class, chocolate truffle making as well as fundraising events. Contact Laura Light on 07748 847021 or


Thurs 2 - 4pm, Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road. A social group with many activities -bingo, bring and buy, tombolas, days out, lunch outings. Peggy Shepherd, 01763 241511


Mons 7.45pm - 9.15pm at Coombes Community Centre. Contact Teresa Yardley 07734 511605


Tues: Steeple Morden V.H Beginners 7.15 - 8.15pm; Intermediates: 8.20 - 9.30pm; Original 1930’s/40’s style Jitterbug; Couples & Singles Welcome See website for Absolute Beginners Courses. Paul & Debbie 01763 242949 LITLINGTON BADMINTON CLUB Mons 7 - 9pm, Friendly club, Contact: Vera 01763 241022 LITTLE LINGUISTS Spanish for children (3yrs to 8yrs) and their grown ups. Coombes Community Centre. Mon 3.45-5.45pm. Suzanne Snowdon, 01234 708226, uk MCSPLASH SWIMMING CLUB Fris 6-10pm, For ages 8 - 21+ (ie Masters class) Jenny Brackley– 01763 244593 MELBOURN AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB 2nd Tues monthly, 7.30pm. All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn. Helen Powell, 01763 245887

MELBOURN BOWLS CLUB Mons 2.30 - 4.30pm, Thurs 10.30 - 12 Coffee Morning, The Moor. Friendly club. All welcome: all ages, genders and experience. Compete in local leagues, with friendly matches at weekends. Contact Arthur Andrews 01763 261990 or e-mail arthur. MELBOURN BRIDGE CLUB Mons 7.30pm, Vicarage Close Community Hall, Melbourn. Come alone or as a pair for Duplicate Bridge. Bridge tuition also available. Howard Waller 01763 261693 MELBOURN JUDO CLUB Sats 9 -10am 5-8yrs, 10-11.15am 8-10 yrs & 11.15-12.45pm 10yrs+. Mons 6-7pm 8yrs+ & Tues 8.15 - 9.45pm 14 yrs+, Royston Leisure Centre. We are a British Judo Association registered Club with Sport England Clubmark: Iain Reid 01763 241830, 07974 445710, Melbournjudoclub@


Conducting historical research about Melbourn having published 4 books. We help people trying to trace ancestors.Colin Limming 01763 260072 colin.limming@


The fungus recording group for South Cambs, part of a national network for experts and beginners. Details of future events - John Holden, MELBOURN PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB Sept to April Tues 7.30-9.30pm Foxton VH. Lectures,workshops,competitions.New members warmly welcome. Bruce Huett 01763 232 855, MELBOURN SQUASH CLUB Thriving friendly club, two courts. MVC. Mens & Ladies team, internal leagues, club nights, Juniors & coaching. Single,family, junior & off-peak memberships. Nick Sugden 01763 261064 or Non members 01763 263313


Tues 10am-12am roll-up. Friendly mixed club, new bowlers welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Shirley 01223 207888 email: lambert. MELDRETH CROQUET CLUB Thurs (May - Sept), behind the British Queen, Meldreth High St. A small, friendly club for beginners & experienced players. Janet Pope 01763 248342; jacksonpope@


A friendly club with members of all abilities. We play on 2 tennis courts at Meldreth Recreation Ground. Further information at the Courts or from the Secretary, Sue Davies, tel: 01763 220174


2nd Weds monthly, Sept to May 2pm at Room 11, Town Hall.Talks and displays by visiting speakers on a wide range of philatelic subjects. Mr A Kennedy, 01763 247641


Youth club for school years 5-8, Mondays 6.30-8pm, Queens Road Methodist Church


Royston Town Centre & Tannery Drift School. For children from 2 years to nursery age. “A warm friendly environment where children learn while having fun.” www. Anne on 01763 233225 or Carrie on 07909 607753


Creative music making sessions for families with babies and children under 5. Sessions happen on Weds & Thurs in Royston. For more information call 01763 246415 or visit PRIORY QUILTERS 1st Tues monthly, 7.30-9.30pm, Room 11, The Priory Centre, . An opportunity to get together with other quilters, 3rd Mon monthly, 1.30 - 3.30pm, an informal sit and sew (not Dec) 01763 243224


South Cambs Quilting Guild New members very welcome to this group. 3rd Tues monthly, BVC 7.30 - 9.30. We invite experienced & novice quilters to this friendly group. Sewing days, guest speakers & demonstrations. Barbara 01763 246136


For children 2yrs to nursery age, fun and learning through active play, purpose built under 5’s area and playground. Coombes Community Centre Burns Road, Royston Stephanie 01763 230700 or 07746011196


Sats, 4 teams in the Saracens Herts, Leagues. Suns, 2 teams. Colts, 8+ playing U11 in Cambs. League U13 & U15 in Herts & Cambs. Leagues. Vibrant club membership. New members welcome. www. adults Richard Robertson 01763 848835, Colts Peter Wholley 01763 246656


2nd Weds monthly, 7.30pm (Oct - Jun) Reed VH. A small friendly, all welcome. RETRO DANCE CLASSES Tues 1.30 - 3pm, Stage Right Studios, Lumen Rd. New fun, easy routine each week from a different decade or theme. Call Hayley 07875 751161 or hayley.louise@


Tues. 6.45pm, Royston Golf Club. Meet weekly for fun and fellowship, but make a serious contribution to our community too. Kite Festival, Youth Makes Music, Technology Tournament, Swimathon – all that’s us! We welcome new membership enquiries or call Jonathan Berks 01763 226178 ROUND TABLE 1st & 3rd Thurs monthly, A social organisation for men under 45. Activities this year include cider making, truck driving, laser warfare, visits to a nuclear bunker and the Scott Polar Research Institute, plus the occasional curry. Simon Whybrow 01763 222653 or 07817 118737, membership@


Mondays, 2pm - 4pm RBL HQ, Mill Road, Royston Service and ex-service women and their families. Membership is open to all women including those with no service connections. Mrs S. Titmuss 01763 222824


Monday evenings, bi-monthly. A fundraising organisation, organising street collections & manning stalls. Mrs J Emes, 01763 245958


1st Tuesday of the month 8pm, at the RBL HQ, Mill Road, RoystonService and ex-service and non-service are welcome to meetings/socials. Tony Richardson 01763 222706 or Graham Perry 01763 261325


Affiliated to: National Association of Women’s Clubs Monday 8-10pm Speakers, outings and social evenings, We have vacancies for new members.Wendy Pearce 01763 231381, or Mavis Ingle 01763 222524 or email roysia10 ROYSTON & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A vigorous local organisation representing the interests of all businesses. Its fundamental objective is to promote a local enterprise culture in Royston and the surrounding areas in Hertfordshire and South Cambs. Rupert Matthews or cofc@


Royston Hospital. Low cost door-to-door transport for groups or individuals who are unable to use conventional public transport. Office hours 9am-3pm Mon - Fri. Tel/Fax/ SMS 01763 245228


3rd Mon monthly, 7.30pm at All Saints Community Hall, All Saints Church Melbourn. Tracing your family history www.roystonfhs. org Maureen Faubel 01763 232128


8pm 1st Thurs monthly (Oct - Apr), 2nd Thurs in May - Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall. Historical Talks of the local area. David Allard, 01763 242677 www.


Society for people with learning difficulties and their carers. Social calendar, occasional open evenings and fortnightly social club at Meridian School (alternate Tuesdays). New members welcome. Peter Andrew 01763 245363


2nd Weds monthly, Meldreth Manor School also informal workshop, Mons at Meridian School during terms time. New members welcome. Jeff Dickinson 01763 261670


Barley Town House, Fri 8pm. Prospective new members welcome to come and visit us, but call first. Tony Noad, 01763 848424. E-mail


1st & 3rd Weds monthly at Eternit Social club in Meldreth at 8pm everyone welcome. ROYSTON & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB 2nd Thurs monthly, 12.30 for 1.00pm lunch, Royston Golf Club A regular meeting point

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E-mail Organisations@ townhousepublishing. for retired professional and business men, often with a Guest Speaker. David Gray, 01763 245895, ROYSTON & DISTRICT SPORTS COUNCIL Meet 4 times a year at Greneway School A forum for all sports clubs in Royston and the surrounding area Di Charles 01223 207213


Organises twinning visits to our twin towns of La Loupe (France), Grossalmerode (Germany) and Villanueva de la Cañada (Spain) as well as social events such as boules, quiz night, dinners. Contact Paul Rydon or 01763 241721)


Last Fri in the month, 7.20pm, Royston Market Hill Rooms and Saffron Walden Town Hall, alternately. Chairman Richard Priestley 01799 513120 ROYSTON ACTION ON DISABILITY Are you physically disabled, feeling isolated, lonely or a bit depressed? Our group will try to cheer up your social life, with interesting speakers and demonstrations, and plenty of time to chat and meet new friends We meet in the lower Town Hall, usually on the 4th Mon monthly, 3pm, and door to door transport is provided. Mrs Barbara Goddard, 01763 244338


Coombes Hole, Green Street Royston. Clubhouse on site. Shop available for members to purchase their gardening needs. We organise our own annual “open day” for the public to view the site first hand. Coach trips are arranged yearly to a place of interest Secretary Mick Griggs 01763 242053


Royston’s annual Arts Festival takes place over four days every September ROYSTON ARTS SOCIETY Two afternoon painting sessions monthly, friendly, sociable atmosphere. Nine professional art demonstrations in various media. and two exhibitions per year. New members welcome. Richard Clayton 01763 221322,


Mons, 2.15 - 3.45 pm at Clinic Room, Royston Health Centre For parents of babies aged 0 - 5 months. Meet other first time mums, listen to guest speakers on a variety of topics. Annette Faamausili, 01763 257982


Bassingbourn Sports Centre 8 - 10 Tues. A friendly club with a competitive edge. Fields Mens, Ladies and Mixed Teams in a local league. Simon Bromilow 01763 249133 (h) Sarah Ready 01763 243826 (h) www.


Outdoor bowling between April & Sept for ages of 12 years and over. Hon. Secretary, Stan Whitehouse on 01763 245534.


Friendly, competitive bridge at 7:30 prompt every Thursday at Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston.EBU affiliated with results displayed promptly on http://www. where contact details etc. may be obtained.


Every Saturday & Sunday and every Bank Holiday from 2.30 to 5pm (last entry 4.30), April to September. Also open on Weds during August


FA qualified coaches run mini-soccer and 11-a-side football teams. Ages up to 16 for this FA Charter Standard club. Boys and girls are welcome and we keep costs to a minimum. Please contact Club Secretary Carl Filby on 01763 241460 or email ROYSTON CHESS CLUB Mons from 7.45pm, Room 11, Royston Town Hall (Sept-June). All levels novice to county players. 4 teams in Herts League (champions 2007/8/9) & 2 teams in Cambs League (champions 2010/12). Also friendly games, competitions & training sessions. Kevin Clark: 01763 243370 or kevin.


Tues (terms time), 8-10pm, Royston Parish Church. Very friendly choir with a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music from all centuries. All welcome Heather Howard, chairman, tel: 01763 249058 email: ROYSTON CONTRACT BRIDGE CLUB Friendly club seeks new members. Thurs, 7-10pm at the Conservative Club,(upstairs bar), 18, Kneesworth Street. Nancy on 01763 242276 or Robert on robbrad44@ OR just turn up any Thursday. Beginners welcome.


Based in Therfield, two adult Sat league teams, a Sun team and Junior teams-under 11,12,13 and 14. All new players are welcome. Paul Harris (adults) on 07966 766120 or David May (Juniors) on 01763 246396.


Junior section of Royston Runners (ages 8-16) Mon eve 6-7pm; Sports Club, Therfield Heath. Groups for different abilities - all welcome. Tina Filby, 01763 241460.


Tues, Thurs & Fri, 10am - 1pm A warm, friendly atmosphere where up to 25 older disabled or housebound can socialise. Sharon 01763 244229

ROYSTON DISTRICT GIRLGUIDING Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers various times thru the week, meeting mainly at the Guide HQ in Garden Walk. For girls 5 - 18 years. Carol Hilldrop, 01763 247691



Meetings at Royal British Legion (RBL),1st Tues monthly. A good Social Programme held at RBL also we have weekends away. Contact S/M Graham Parry, 01763 261325 ROYSTON RACKETS BADMINTON CLUB Tues 6pm to 8pm Royston Leisure Centre. Recreational badminton in a friendly atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. Graham Benstead on 01763 242558


Promoting walking by organising led walks. Monitoring the condition of local rights of way. David Allard, 01763 242677 www. ROYSTON RASCALS CHILDMINDERS SUPPORT GROUP Every Weds, 9.15 – 11.15am, The Guide Hut, Garden Walk A friendly social group for all registered childminders, activities, story, singing, juice and biscuits. Contact: Kerry 01763 243159

Boys and girls aged 6-18yrs. Beavers, cubs,scouts,explorers meeting on various nights during the week Michelle Renwick 01223 207095




Old Bull Inn, Royston. Playing folk, blues & bluegrass. Check the web-site for open-mic & concert listings - Contact: Michael Farrow at 01763 249296 for tickets & bookings ROYSTON GOLF CLUB An 18 hole course & practice facilities. Membership & Green Fees apply. All welcome. 01763 243476 www.


4th Weds monthly (not Aug or Dec), 7.30pm, Coombes Community Centre, Royston . A friendly club with talks, outings, competitions and demonstrations. New members welcome – come along as a visitor! Anne Rayner, 01763 244424 or ROYSTON HEATH ARCHERY CLUB A small and friendly club, beginers and experienced archers welcome. Meet Suns at Therfield Heath. Beginers courses and all equipment available. Dave(training) 01763 242889 or Helen (secretary) – 01763 244505 ROYSTON HOCKEY CLUB Training: men’s 1st and ladies 1st on Mon 7-8:30pm, St.Edmunds College. All adult teams Weds 7-8:30pm, specific team coaching 8:30 - 9:30pm, Bassingbourn Barracks including “back to hockey” sessions. Juniors Sun 10-1pm, Meridian School. New members welcome, contact Colin Smith on 01763 250982 or info@ www.roystonhockey


A friendly group of like-minded women who meet for a two course lunch at 12.30 - 3pm at The Cambridge Motel, Shepreth, 2nd Mon monthly, includes a guest speaker. Secretary 01763 243388


2nd and 4th Weds each month at The Old Barn, Upper King Street, Royston Part of the world’s largest service organisation. We serve the community and have fun too! Contact: Keith on 01763 231492 or e-mail


Six music making, drama and singing workshops each term for children from 5 to 9 years. Tues 4pm, Methodist Church hall Queens road. Call Linda Bance on 01763 246415


Mon’s 7.30 – 9.30pm, Meridian school gym. We follow a well tried session, including: warm up, basketball, circuit training, football and volley ball (occasionally tennis, indoor cricket and hockey). Ray Munden 01763 241217 or Email


Sat 9.15am-12.15pm Meridian School. Organise choirs, brass, woodwind, string, recorder, guitar & percussion ensembles. Classes for theory of music. Open to school children yr 4 to yr 13. Tessa Williams, 01438 351138 or


Friendly sociable club who are always happy to welcome new members. Training takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 until 9pm. Tracey Stimson, 01763 247634 ROYSTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Thursday evenings at Icknield Walk School from 7.30pm to 10pm. New members always welcome. Andrew Fox, 01763 222856


Local Power Kite, Buggy and Board Club. We Weds, The Heath and can also be found there on other windy days.Training info@therpk. co.uk01763249199

Regular competitions & club sessions at the BMX track behind the Coombes Community Centre Phil Townsend, 01763 260959

A mixed, friendly and official Rounders England club for adults and children 14+. Training every Sunday 7-8pm, first session free then £3 pay as you play. Outdoors April - Sept, Royston Heath. Indoors Oct - March, Royston Leisure Centre. Contact Vicky Bacon (Secretary) on 07943 862485 or email


Mon to Thurs 5.30-11pm, Fri 5.30-11.30pm, Sat 4-11.30pm & Sun 12-10.30pm. A Social Club affiliated to RBL, activities for all ages including live entertainment on Sat evenings and trips. Contact: 01763 244560 or email


Tues, 7pm, The Heath Sports Club Rugby Union Football Club in Herts - Middx. 1st XV, 2nd XV, Veterans, Youth and Minis. Mini/Youth 10am Jamie Johnson, 01763 247522


Tuesdays 6.30pm Beginners, 7.30pm Experienced Runners Sundays 9am long run, all abilities. Call Maurice Hill, 01763 241182 or 0771 913 2793 ROYSTON SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mons & Weds 2.30 to 4.30pm (Oct - April) Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road. informal friendly group. New members are always very welcome. Terry Mitchell 01763 848775 or ROYSTON SHORT TENNIS Thurs 11.15am - 12.15pm 01763 247630, Thurs 2.30 - 3.30pm Anne 01763 244138 & Fris 9.30 - 11am Fred 01763 230050, Coombes Community Centre, Royston. A group of energetic retired people playing for pleasure and exercise. ROYSTON SIGHT INFORMATION POINT.

Now at Stevenage Central Library on 3rd Wed of the month from 10 - 12noon ROYSTON SPIRITUALSIST CHURCH Every Sun, 6.30pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. Hymns, prayers & a visiting medium demonstration. All Welcome Collection plate, refreshments. Awareness group Thurs 8pm under guidance of an experienced teacher. Judy Moule 01223 503345


Mon, Wed & Fri 6-8pm, Leisure Centre. Qualified training and coaching for competitive swimmers of all ages. The club enters teams in local galas and competitions. www.

ROYSTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB Thurs 7.30 - 10.30pm at Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston. Play competitive table tennis with 6 teams of varying ability in the North Herts League Fred Bendall, 01763 230050 or Gordon Barnes Club Secretary, secretary@


Have 6 floodlit courts at Heath Sports Centre, Therfield Heath. Full LTA tennis & coaching programmes available with social & fun sessions. Public courts can be booked via Heath Sports (01763 2436130). For full club details Club Secretary, Christine Knight 01763 261676


A community skills exchange allowing you

to earn ‘time credits’ by helping others. You can then spend the time credits on getting people to come and help you. We also hold events, and a regular cafe. Contact Savita Mason, Time Bank Co-ordinator – 01462 689405 or


Rehearse on Thurs 7.30-9.30pm at The Band Room, behind the Manor House Club. Brass Band contesting, concerts, summer fetes, parks. Any age and standard

ORGANISATIONS welcome. Roger Simons, 01763 246929, rogfsimons@ ROYSTON TOWN FC Garden Walk, Royston Clubhouse:01763 241204, - Terry McKinnell Secretary 07772 086709 and Steve Jackson Chairman 07850383483

ROYSTON TOWN LADIES FC Garden Walk, Royston Clubhouse: 01763 241204; Pat Lewis Manager 07843 350497


FA Charter Standard Community Club with FA qualified coaches running mini soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-side teams from U7 to U18, girls and boys football. Please contact Chairman Simon Dobson 07815 322605 or Secretary Andy Toovey 07540 124524 ROYSTON TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First Fri monthly, 7.15 pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall A warm welcome awaits you at our monthly meetings. Speakers on a variety of subjects, plus outings, theatre trips, etc. Elizabeth Hollomby 01763 246347 or Pauline Gates 01763 221314.


First Wed each month, 7.30pm at the Guide HQ, Garden Walk. We have a varied social calendar including speakers and outings and sometimes help out with the Guide and Brownie functions. 01763 243801


Tues 10am-11-30am Royston Town Hall Carol Bradshaw, 01763 268678


2nd Wed mthly, 10am for coffee, 10.30am start, Market Hill Rooms. The modern face of the WI, a group of friendly ladies invite you to join them for speakers, coffee mornings, outings, fun and friendship. Make time for yourself: Denise Graham 01763 247081


2nd Thurs monthly, 1.45 - 4pm at Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall The Royston branch of this large organisation where you can meet new friends and enjoy social events. Helen Barrett 01763 849122


Monthly meetings in the Town Hall on Tues 7.30pm, with talks from leading experts in wildlife, ecology and conservation. Don Shewan 01763 244079.


3rd Thurs monthly, 8pm at Town Hall, Royston. Informal, friendly group writing for fun and pleasure. Julie Dore, 01954 719395 or www.


Thurs 6 – 7 pm at Roysia School. For Year 7 and above with some singing experience. Popular, classical and traditional music in arrangement for upper voices.(Hertfordshire Music Service) Pam Lambert 01763 268667 or e-mail


2nd Mon each month at 7.30 Sandon Village Hall.Small friendly group of enthusiastic gardeners with talks, competitions, garden visits and an annual show. New members or visitors are always welcome.Tony Barker 01763 288416 email


Swimming lessons from 4 yrs old at Linton & Fulbourn. Non-swimmers to advanced. After school & Sat’s. Progressive & fun lessons with experienced, friendly teachers. Lessons for Life! 01799 501293 mob:07947 730287 SMARTIES PRE-SCHOOL & OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9-12, for 2 - 3yrs. Tues, Wed & Fri 9-1pm & Thurs 9-2pm, for rising 5’s A fun, safe environment for children with a fully qualified team. After School & Holiday Club) 3.10-6pm term time, 8.30am-5.30pm holiday time. Debbie 07952 100208 or 01763 852888


Coombes Community Centre, Thurs 2 - 6pm A creative education, production & performance charity working with people at risk of social exclusion. Accredited training and stage original performances/exhibitions involving professional musicians/artists. Beth McCabe 01223 361164 beth@


Mon to Thurs 3.30 - 9pm. Sats 9am-3pm. Fully equipped dance studios. Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Streetdance, Disco, Lyrical, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing. Boys only classes. BTDA and ISTD grades & vocational exams. London College of Music awards. All ages and abilities. Kerry 01763 244866 or


Latin American, Rock & Roll, Lyrical, Ballet, Vocal Coaching, Musical Theatre. Tara 01763 878587


Adults - Wed 7.45 - 10pm, Cadets (10-17 yrs) - Tues 7-8.30pm, Badgers (6-10 yrs) - Fri 6-7.15pm at St John Ambulance HQ. All welcome to join our friendly group of members to learn First Aid Skills. We provide a first aid service in and around Royston. Sarah Betts 01438 728100


Every morning except Thurs, 9.30 - 11.30am at St Mary’s Church Hall, Melbourn Road. A Baby and Toddler group for Mothers and Carers. Alison Hammond, 01763 249336


Please join us in fund raising and social events to aid the maintenance of All Saints Parish Church. All welcome. Colin Limming, 01763 260072


Max 6 pupils to a class, various classes available from parent and baby to adult lessons, in a private heated pool with lounge viewing area. 01763 208013 or www.


Tues from 6pm to 7pm at Coombes Community Centre Julie Poole on 0794 4992726 THE MORDEN’S SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB Tues 8 - 10pm ( Sept - April), Guilden Morden VH. Beginners & experienced dancers welcome. Contact Brian Moore 01763 852 705. THE THRIPLOW SOCIETY Local History, Talks and outings. Contact: Shirley Wittering 01763 208269 http://


Morning classes for babies 8weeks to 3yrs. Morning and afternoon classes for 3 - 5yrs. Contact Litsa on 07775 853123 or www.


Last Sat monthly, Royston Museum. For young people ages 8 -16 yrs who want to explore the objects, buildings and history of the local area. Guided by expert local archaeologist Sylvia Beamon. Carol Kaszak, 01763 242587


Baby signing classes at Coombes Community Centre Fridays from 10am to 11am. Contact Natalie Hanlon natalieha@ 07740 643690 or 01223 208144


Each Tues at Melbourn Village College 8- 10 pm in Sports Hall. Many social events throughout the year. Mervyn King 01763 241624;Brian Holson 01763 241195


More than 25 activity & learning groups. Monthly meeting with guest speaker every third Wed monthly (except December) at 2.45pm, Melbourn Village College. Mr. Arthur Alderton 01763 260399

UNDER FIVE’S STORYTIME Fri’s 2 – 2.30pm Royston Library


Volunteer Centre, Royston Town Hall, Royston, Herts SG8 7DA. Denise Graham, 01763 243020


A local charity, offering aid to residents of the town in financial difficulty.The grant size depends on individual circumstances, but we give careful consideration to all applications. Clerk to the Trustees 01763 241048 VEGETARIANS & VEGANS GROUP Social events, info stalls, campaign about animal welfare issues. nhertsveg@gmail. com,, facebook group. Royston local contact: Daisy Lachat 07503 554567.


Classes for individuals and small groups. Stretch, breathe and relax. Time to bond with your baby. Birth preparation is included. Suitable from 14 weeks to birth. Call Penny Constantinou on 07944 416572 www.


Mon and Wed, 7 - 10pm, Meridian Centre, Meridian School Fris, 7 - 10pm, Coombes Community Centre, Tues 4 - 6pm Lots of fun, just come along! Gary Leask - 0774 776 2829


Mon 10 - 11am, Coombes Community Centre contact Cherie on 07743 469119 or

Various days & times. Classes for all ages. Mini Movers (18 mths-3 years), Freestyle Disco, Street Dance & Hip Hop, Ballroom &

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The Royston Rockets BMX club track at Burns Road is undergoing a £100,000 transformation to develop the existing facilities into an ‘outstanding’ regional race track. The project has been funded with the help of a grant from The National Lottery and from North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Section 106 fund. Section 106 CLLR KNIGHTON AT THE LAUNCH EVENT WITH ROYSTON ROCKET’S money is received from developers CLUB CHAIRMAN PHIL TOWNSEND AND of larger sites to offset the impact of SECRETARY MAUREEN TOWNSEND new building work in the local area. The Royston Rockets added money from their own funds. The track will be realigned and rebuilt to bring it up to date with the latest standards. When completed, the track will be the Hertfordshire’s only regional-level BMX race track. New jumps will be installed and a new surface laid. The venue will also be updated to offer new and modern training facilities. Cllr Ian Knighton from NHDC said: “The work on the track will benefit many younger people from Royston as well as the 80 plus BMX Club members. This will be an outstanding sports facility that will really put Royston on the sporting map and we hope that users will continue to enjoy it for many years to come.”


The local community and businesses came together at the IBIS Centre Stevenage in support of an exciting new initiative ‘Check Out For The Hospice’ As a charity, Garden House Hospice, which serves the North Hertfordshire area, must raise in excess of £1million each and every year to provide care and support for patients and their loved ones. The IBIS Stevenage and LV= retirement solutions Hitchin have created a unique partnership, Check Out For The Hospice, to help raise these vital funds Check out for the Hospice is simple and very effective - on checking out guests are asked if they would like to add a donation of £1 to their room bill. Garden House’s Corporate Fundraiser, Tina Fletcher, said “The Launch was a tremendous success and we were privileged to have Mayor and Mayoress of Stevenage, Cllr John Lloyd and Cllr Mrs Joan Lloyd, present for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony by Lance Haggith, BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 Unsung Hero. On behalf of Garden House I would also like to say a huge thank you to our supporters for their hard work,dedication and commitment to this exciting initiative.”


Our Summer Programme launched with three speaker meetings during April. The first talk, given by Louise Reed, was about ‘Fanny Kemble’ who became a notable British actress during the early to mid 19th century. She lived and toured America, became a prolific writer especially against the slave trade, before eventually returning to London where she died in 1893. Maggie Radcliffe made a return visit to the club to take us back to ‘The 60s’ remembering the fashions, music and famous events of that decade. Sybil Hammond spoke about ‘Chinese Painting’. She is a teacher at Capel Manor College in Middlesex and demonstrated some of the techniques used in this captivating style of painting. During May we will be taking a day trip to Blenheim Palace, the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site; and we are having a talk by Rodney Tibbs about the Cambridge College Gardens. New members are always welcome. Why not come along to one of our meetings held in the Town Hall on Monday evenings starting at 8pm. For further details please contact: Wendy Pearce on 01763 231381 or Mavis Ingle on 01763 222524 or email: • 01763 248447 • 10


We were thinking of Spring although the weather did not reflect the same when we asked Ione Woodger-Smith to our April meeting. Ione came from Crazy Daisy in Buntingford to demonstrate how to put together arrangements with fresh flowers in wet oasis. She made it look so easy which of course it is not and takes lots of practice to get a professional result. Two people were lucky enough to win her arrangements in our raffle. The month of May brings us on to our A.G.M. when we welcome an advisor to our group to share her thought’s with us, also we will be supplying Nibbles and Bucks Fizz on this occasion. Denise Graham, our current president, will be standing down at this meeting. We thank Denise for the tireless hours she has given to her roll, and we wish her well with her other work commitments. Wednesday 8th May is the day for our next meeting being held in the Market Hill Rooms. Royston. We will begin with refreshments at 10.00am with our other discussions following on. For more information about the Morning WI you can contact Irene on 01763 249455.


We had a most enjoyable afternoon in April when Michael Dix, a magician entertained us with stories about other magicians and performed tricks.He told us about Houdini, and Chung Ling Soo, who wasn’t from China at all but a not very nice person called Arthur Robinson. He played at the Wood Green Empire using volunteers to shoot at him, but one night the trick went wrong and he ended up dead. It was thought to be murder He spoke about the Magic Circle who have a Museum and Theatre behind Euston Station. He asked one of the members to help with a trick and was a bit worried when he found out she was the Treasurer, but luckily he didn’t make her disappear, so his cheque was safe. This coming Tuesday some of our members will be attending The Spring Council meeting at Alban Arena, St. Albans where Michael Portillo is the guest speaker.We also have an outing arranged to visit the Newmarket Stud in May. Beryl Elliott won the competition for a painted Egg and Christine Gregory 1st. prize in the raffle.Our meeting on the 9th.May is the Annual meeting and we are having a Produce, Preserve and Cake stall We meet in the Heritage Hall from 1.45 to 4 pm.If you would like more information please contact our President Helen Barrett on 01763 849122.


At our April meeting we welcomed Barry Kaufmann-Wright, who spoke about his role as a Police Wildlife Officer. He showed slides of a variety of wildlife, explaining the dangers faced by them from unscrupulous traders and smugglers. It was interesting to learn of the successful arrests and prosecutions made as a result of his efforts – an informative and enjoyable evening. Later in the month nine of our members attended a Regional Conference in Cambridge. Our next meeting on 3 May will be a ‘members evening’, when we discuss Mandates for the National Townswomen’s Conference being held in June in Harrogate, followed by informal entertainment. Royston Townswomen’s Guild meet on the first Friday of each month and if you would like to know more about our friendly, welcoming group do please contact our President, Elizabeth Hollamby on 01763 246347. 

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On Saturday 18th May, Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth will be opening up their villages to visitors as they play host to the inaugural BBCK at home. Temporary blue plaques will appear alongside a full programme of activities including a scarecrow and photo trail, a bike ride running from Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth to Wimpole Hall, a range of walking opportunities for those keen to explore the dozens of ancient footpaths which criss-cross the fields between the villages, a classic car parade and historical lectures on a range of subjects with a particular focus on the early industrial revolution and its impacts on the combined villages. Highlights include: IRISH roots The strong link with Irish migration established in Bassingbourn during the coprolite boom in the nineteenth Century will be celebrated and remembered with a lecture given by leading regional expert Bernard O Connor, and a series of open mike events during the day featuring young and not so young folk artists. Some of the Old pubs where the Irish workers were reported to have ‘slept on floors’ having spent their earnings keeping warm with local spirits and beers will be given new signature sign posts for the day. Cycling and Walking opportunities The day will be opening up a number of little known public bridleways and footpaths for visitors and residents alike – and the special route through to Wimpole Hall will be a wonderful route for the more adventurous cycling households and individuals to enjoy. Local PCSOs James Lynch and Lyndsay Gardiner are helping with the organisation of this particular aspect of the day, and James Lynch will be holding a safe cycling surgery before the event kicks off at 10.30am. The Pipe Organ unplugged On Sunday evening there will be an exhilarating exposition of the Pipe organ in Bassingbourn Parish Church by rising star Marija Skobe, a young Czech organist who brings together a wonderful programme of Italian and French formal and Operatic music counterpoised by the delicacy and lyricism of the British folk tradition. Market stalls and local crafts Anyone wanting to bring their craft making or local culinary skills to the market place – do be in touch with the organisers – pre booking is essential – table and pitch £10 for independent craft and cooks.

• Fun Fair * • Bike trails, including unique opportunity to Wimpole Hall through the main gates (15 miles – committed ride!) • Walking the ancient pathways (from 1.5 to 6 miles) • POP UP Blue Plaques • Dry Pub Crawl (discover the old pubs - 15 in all!) • Hog Roast * • Arts and Local Crafts, Local Trades • Open Studios • Spinning and Weaving Demonstrations • Scarecrow Trail • Live Music • Classic Car Parade • Cream Teas* • Special Peal of Bells • Meet our Animals – Chickens, donkeys, llamas, horses, geese and lambs – open Entry by programme £2.50 each £5.00 per family, available across the village at Village gardens Spar, Hatties Coffee House, the Book Café, and at all Open Studios. Includes entrance • Historical Conversation Presentations • History of the Coprolite boom to demonstrations, Open Studios and Parade • Photos across the Century Parking at Bassingbourn Village College (entry through Littlington preferred) • Try out – Bowls / Village Rounders/ Judo

Saturday 18th May, from 9.30am

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Back in our February issue, we brought you news of Vicky Green’s new business, Virgin Wines Fabulous. Having hosted our own wine tasting evening, we can vouch for what a wonderful evening it is, a relaxed way to spend time with friends, taste a selection of well-chosen wines (Vicky brought along 3 whites, 1 rose and 4 reds) and hear information on the wine producers and the grapes. Vicky has gone on to achieve the highest national sales for Virgin Wine Fabulous in March, so it sounds like us Roystonians are lovers of fine wines! If you would like to host a party, please get in touch with Vicky, visit www. victoriagreen, call 01763 244109/07411100336 or e-mail vgfabulouswines@

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Somewhere in England: Portraits of the Americans in Britain 1942 to 1945 is part of a year-long commemoration of the American forces arriving at RAF Duxford during the Second World War. These striking images have been selected from the Roger Freeman collection of over 15,000 images of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces in Great Britain during the Second World War, which has recently been acquired by IWM. Some of the images featured in the exhibition have not been seen since the Second World War. Roger Freeman (1928-2005) was the son of an Essex farmer who lived close to Boxted airfield. Roger reminisced, “as an aeroplane-mad youth, I was soon to relish the American presence in the East Anglian sky…they were to leave a considerable impression on those who knew them, which did not fade easily when they departed.” His teenage enthusiasm developed into a life-long interest and he published many highly-respected books on the subject. The images show the range and diversity of the roles undertaken by the men of the United States Army Air Forces and the women of the Women’s Army Corps and the Red Cross – it wasn’t just pilots and ground crew that kept the aircraft flying. The photographs also capture rare off-duty moments and show how the American airmen became part of the community in which they were based. IWM Duxford, Until 31st December 2013

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Melbourn Village Fete takes place on Saturday 29th June from1pm to late. The aim of the Melbourn Fete & Music on the Moor is to bring the village together, to have fun, socialise and raise money for local groups. Each year the committee organises the day so that local clubs, societies and charities can set-up stalls and provide entertainment to help with their fundraising. All proceeds are put back into the community. Over the last few years we have donated almost £10,000 to local groups. The Music, Food and Entertainments are booked so we’re ready to go and looking forward to a successful sunny day. There’s still plenty of opportunity to get involved: • If you would like to volunteer to help on the day or with the preparations then please contact Paula on 07402 273527 • We have space left for your stall – please contact Gillian on stalls@ • If you would like to bring your Classic Vehicle to our display then please contact Richard on (01763) 262472 or email vehicles@ • If you and your team would like to enter the Tug of War contest then please contact Paul on 01763 232622.


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Bury Lane are pleased to reintroduce their selfserve cider ready for the (Except, I’m called Dave) summer months. Handyman (general repairs and maintenance), Sourced from Elbourn car wash/valet, gardening, collect prescriptions and do shopping, help with pets and vet visits. Apples in Meldreth, you Prefer to work 3-6 hrs per week per client. Rates officially can’t get much £13 per hour. Will supply references and have previously been CRB checked. more local or fresh than Have own car and clean license. that - cider just as it should be. Contact: The Discovery Cider is Home: 01763 221554 6.7% and available in 1 Mob: 07929 230949 or 2 pint containers.

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LOCAL MARKETS Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays From 8am Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday The Greenhouse Markets Every Thursday - Fashion and Pamper Market 10am - 4pm Every Friday Arts & Crafts Market 10am3.30pm Every Sunday Flea Market, 10.30am - 2.30pm Town Centre, Letchworth

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday monthly Sat 18th May 9.30am - 12noon Village Hall

Fowlmere Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 11th May 9am - 12noon Village Hall

Shepreth Village Hall Market Last Saturday monthly Sat 25th May 10am - 12.30pm Village Hall

Farmers’ Market Wimpole 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 11th May from 11am - 3pm Wimpole Hall

Croydon Village Market Last Saturday monthly Sat 25th May 10.30am - 1pm Village Hall



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What’s on Give Blood

Tues 14th May, 9.45am – 12.35pm & 2.25 – 4.55pm Royston Leisure Centre Fri 3rd May, 1 – 3.30pm & 4.30 – 7pm Coombes Community Centre

Morris Dancing

Wed 1st May, 5.30 - 6.15am Early morning May Day celebrations Wandlebury Country Park Contact/bookings: bookings@

Wysing Arts Centre

Sun 5th May, 2 - 4pm A round-table discussion with artists Anna Barham, David Osbaldeston, Charlotte Prodger and Florian Roithmayr on their Convention T residencies Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX Contact: 01954 718881, www.

Annual General Meeting

Thurs 9th May, 7.30pm Followed by “Ely’s forgotten Victorian gaol – the house of correction”, illustrated Mike Petty Evening concludes with buffet & drinks Royston & District Local History Society Royston Town Hall Contact: 01763 242677

Sunday Afternoon Walks

Thurs 2nd May, 9.30 - 11am Free and open to all pre-schoolers and their carers Coffee, snacks and playtime St John the Baptist Church, Royston Contact:

Sun 5th May, 2.15pm A choice of two short walks are available, Duncan Rodgers will lead a country side walk and John Smith will lead a historic walk around town St. John the Baptist Church, Royston Tickets: Available from ‘Great Fit’ Angel Pavement or pay on day

Déjà Vu Fashion Show


Race Night

Murder Down the Aisle: Interactive Murder Mystery Evening

Messy Church Lite

Course starts Fri 3rd May Royston Complementary Health Centre Contact: 01763 247440 or Jane Wallington on 07772 102792

Jazz Night

Fri 3rd May, 7 – 11pm James Richardson Quintet, Latin jazz with Baroque and Cuban rhythms With food and drink Heath Sports, Royston Contact: 01763 243613

Jumble Sale

Sat 4th May, 10am – 12noon Refreshments available Melbourn Village College

Hitchin Lavender

Reopening Sat 4th May Flowering season mid June - end of August, pick-your-own lavender available when in full flower Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, SG5 3UA Info:

Meldreth May Fayre

Sat 4th May, 1 - 6pm BBQ, refreshments, pony rides, local craft stalls, raffle and much more! On The Rec behind Meldreth Village Hall Contact/stall bookings: 07969 0308081, meldrethmayfayre@

Billy Ocean

Sat 4th May, 8pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Activity Taster Day

Sun 5th May, 11am - 4pm Activity Taster Day with the Education Team Wandlebury Country Park Contact/bookings: bookings@

Book Fair

Sun 5th May, 11am – 4.30pm & Mon 6th May, 10am – 4.30pm Tea and cakes served all day St John the Baptist Church, Royston

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Sun 5th May Royal British Legion Club, Mill Road, Royston Contact/bookings: 01763 244560

Beltane Summer Festival

Mon 6th May, 10am - 5pm Celebrate the start of summer with fun-packed days of activity for all the family. Exciting workshops and fantastic music by visiting performers Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon, Hertfordshire, SG13 8NY Bookings:

Royston May Fayre

Mon 6th May, 12noon – 4.30pm Novelty dog show, charity stalls, trampoline, Punch & Judy, hog roast, drinks, bouncy castles and the town band Priory Memorial Gardens, Royston

Charity Petanque Knockout Match Mon 6th May, 12.30pm With a BBQ and live music In aid of Prostate Cancer Research The Chequers, Barley Contact: 01763 849144,

Get in the Swing Lindy Hop Swing Dance Club Beginners Course Tues 7th May, 7.15 - 8.15pm + 1/2 hr practice Friendly well established club with upper level and loads of social nights Steeple Morden Village Hall Contact: 01763 242949, www.

Reed Gardening Club Wed 8th May, 7.30pm Royal Gunpowder Mills Village Hall, Reed

Being Assertive

Thurs 9th May, 6 – 8pm Stay in control and create a win:win situation every time The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com • 01763 248447 • 18

Fri 10th May, 8 - 10.30pm In aid of Nicola Emmerson Trust The Greneway School, Royston Tickets available from: Hush, Andersons & C4B media

Fri 10th & Sat 11th May, 7pm With Melbourn Amateur Dramatics Society. A unique interactive murder mystery evening staged at a ‘celebrity wedding and reception’. Guests will work in teams of 6, over 18’s only, £12 per head to include buffet supper Melbourn United Reformed Church Tickets: 01763 232622, 07513 457845, melbournamateurdramatics@

Blogfest 2013

Sat 11th May Full day writing and blogging workshop, with guest speakers Food and drink throughout the day Contact/info: www. thesecludedteapartyshhh.blogspot.

Meet the Goldsmiths

Sat 11th May Pop into our Hertfordshire based jewellery centre and meet our talented goldsmiths! Visit the workshop and watch them crafting some beautiful bespoke jewellery North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green Contact: 01462 790565, www.

Celebration & Tree Festival Sat 11th May, 11am - 4pm Wandlebury Country Park Contact/bookings: bookings@

Spring Fayre

Sat 11th May, 12noon – 3pm BBQ and refreshments, face painting, bouncy castles Melbourn Primary School Contact: jacqueline.pluck@

Royston Town Band Spring Concert

Sat 11th May, 7pm Royston Town Band will be performing their Spring Concert ‘Around the World in 80 minutes’ Tickets available on the door St John the Baptist Church, Royston


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Hitchin Thespians Fundraising

Sat 11th May, 7.45pm & Sun 12th May 2.45pm An evening with Flanders Swann and Lehrer Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, Hitchin SG4 9SP Contact: 01763 242158

Hinxworth Art Society Exhibition

Sat 11th & Sun 12th May, 10am–4pm Sale of Works. Free admission, refreshments available Hinxworth & Edworth Village Hall, SG7 5HL

15th Spring Art Exhibition

Sat 11th & Sun 12th May, 10am - 4.30pm A popular annual event, around 100 artists exhibiting high quality paintings, ceramics, woodturning and greetings cards. Refreshments Profits in support of PTFA Fowlmere School, The Butts, Fowlmere Contact: 01763 208442

Ashwell at Home

Sun 12th May, 12noon - 6pm In aid of the village museum, church and school. Entertainment for all the family with open gardens, exhibitions, guided walks, veteran cycles, garden music concerts, Morris dancing, funfair, lunches & teas and much more Throughout the village of Ashwell

House and Garden Fair Tues 14th May, 10am - 4pm In Aid Of Asthma UK Chilford Hall, Linton Contact: 07811 339279

A Blue Smile Reception

Tues 14th May, 7pm ‘From Dam Busters to Colditz’, Dr Hugh Hunt. Bringing engineering to life through some of the most famous stories from WWII. Tickets include wine and canapes Freemasons Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge Bookings: communityfundraising@, www.

Wildlife-friendly Gardening

Tues 14th May, 7.30pm Talk by Peter Jackson, Horticultural Director of Scotsdales, followed by Q & A session The Pavilion, Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, CB22 6RN Tickets: 01763 262262, admin@

Murder in Play

Tues 14th - Sat 18th May, 7.45pm & Thurs & Sat Mat, 2.30pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Messy Church

Thurs 16th May, 9.30 - 11am Free and open to all pre-schoolers and their carers. Coffee, snacks and

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playtime St John the Baptist Church, Royston Contact:

Charity Golf Day

Thurs 16th May, 10.30am In aid of the Garden House Hospice, teams of 4 to play Knebworth Golf Club Contact: tina.fletcher@ghhospice.

Introduction to Volunteering

Thurs 16th May, 10.30am How to access the benefits of volunteering if you are unemployed Royston & District Volunteer Centre Royston Town Hall Annex, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA Contact: 01763 243020, www.

Shopping & Pamper Evening

Thurs 16th May, 7.30 - 10.30pm Refreshments and a Raffle available Tickets include drink on arrival Fowlmere Village Hall, SG8 7RY Contact/info: 07779 019 212,,

‘Life in Antartica’

Fri 17th May, 7.30pm A talk by Peter D Clarkson (MBE Bsc Phd Fgs) of the Scott Polar Research Institute Cheese and pate ploughmans supper and bar Proceeds towards the Village Hall maintenance fund Reed Village Hall Contact/bookings: 01763 848576

Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth @home

Sat 18th May, 10am – 6pm Learn the history of the neighbourhood. Open art studios, gardens, the churches, and much more. Proceeds to BBCK@home living archive fund Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth Information: https://www.facebook. com/BBKatHome

Guilden Garden Market

Sat 18th May, 11am - 2pm Recreation Ground, Guilden Morden

Craft Fair & Car Boot Sale

Sat 18th May, 11am - 3pm Pitches must be booked in advance Contact: ladybirdplaygroupthriplow@gmail. com Thriplow Primary School

Car Boot Sale

Sat 18th May, 2 - 4pm St Mary’s School, Melbourn Road, Royston Pitch Bookings: 07977 191689

The Franklin Street New Orleans Jazz Band

Sat 18th May, 7.30pm Tickets to include light refreshment Proceeds shared between Garden House Hospice and Church funds Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road Tickets: 07895 095 455

Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir

Sat 18th May, 7.30pm The WGC male voice choir with their selection of songs from a repertoire which covers popular contemporary

classics to Gospel and of course Welsh songs All proceeds to the Church St Mary’s Church, Reed Contact/tickets: 01763 848398

live music, BBQ, bouncy castle, sideshows, fun for all the family Royston Town Football Club, Garden Walk, Royston

Cambridge Orchid Society Orchid & Craft Fair

Sun 19th May, 10.30am - 4.30pm Entrance fee applies Harston Village Hall, High Street, Harston, CB22 7PX Contact: www.

Sun 26th May, 7.30 – 10.30pm Featuring a range of Ballroom, Latin and Popular sequence dances Free parking, excellent sprung floor and a licensed bar Ballroom, Bridge Road, Letchworth, SG6 4ET Contact: 01234 300179

Open Gardens - British Red Cross

The Bohemians - A Night of Queen

Sun 19th May, 11am - 5pm Japanese designed gardens within 27 acres, Guided tour of grounds Parking, limited wheelchair access, refreshments, dogs allowed on lead, live music Fanhams Hall Hotel, Ware Info:

World Nordic Walking Day

Sun 19th May, 5pm Register for a taster session which will take place at Wimpole Hall Estate or if you are already a Nordic Walker, join Mandy for a 4-5 mile charity walk Contact: 01763 853595,, www.

Abba Reunion

Sun 19th May, 7.45pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Plant Sale

Wed 22nd May, 7.30 – 9.30pm The Greenfingers Garden Club will be holding their annual plant sale Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston Contact: 01763 244424


Thurs 23rd May, 5 - 7pm The most essential business skill of all! The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Tea Room Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com

Organic Farming

Thurs 23rd May, 8pm Simon Saggers of Guilden Gate Organic Smallholding, on the ups and downs of small scale farming. Everyone welcome Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Tea Room

Fri 24th May, 12.30 - 4pm Homemade soup at lunch time Tea coffee and cakes served all afternoon All donations will be given to Diabetes UK Bassingbourn URC, South End, Bassingbourn

Royston Allotments & Gardens Association Open Day Sun 26th May, 11am -3pm Including the opening of our new club-house Royston Allotments, Green Street, Royston

Beer Festival

Sun 26th May, 12noon Great real ales, large marquee,

Black & White Ball

Sun 26th May, 7.45pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

COMMUNITY Yoga for You

Weds mornings A new class with a gentle approach Royston Complementary Health Centre. Contact/bookings: 01763 247440 for details

Pregnancy Yoga

Thurs evenings New class focusing on stretching, breathing and relaxation. Royston Complementary Health Centre. Contact/bookings: 01763 247440 or Penny Constantinou on 07944 416572

Kid’s Jewellery Design Competition

Sun 26th May Third year of this hugely successful event The Red Cow, Chrishall Contact: 01763 838792

Weds 1st May – Sat 1st June Get the kids to unleash their creativity this month with our great design competition Please do your fantastic design on one side of A4 with name, age and contact details on the back Contact: 01462 790565, www.

Body Language

Art Exhibition

Moosic Festival

Tues 28rd May, 5 – 7pm To help in sales and management communications The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com


Tues 28th May, 7.30pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Buntingford & District Flower Club Wed 29th May, 7pm Shamima Hasan presents Garden Delight The Benson Hall, Buntingford Contact: 01763 273341

Guilden Series

Wed 29th May, 7.30pm Rev. Canon Alan Hargrave (from Ely Cathedral) will talk to us about “Prayer, Pastoral Care and Psalms” Guilden Morden Congregational Church, SG8 0JZ

An Evening of Burlesque

Thurs 30th May, 7.45pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Royston Folk Club

Fri 31st May Headlining is Tom Conway - Suntrap The Old Bull Inn, Royston Contact/tickets: 01763 249296, www.

Throughout the month Exhibition

Until Sat 18th May (Wed, Thurs & Sat, 10am - 4.45pm and Bank Holiday Suns & Mons (Easter to September) 2 pm - 4.45 pm) ‘Alive and Looking’ by Sue Sanders Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston Contact: 01763 242587 or curator@ 0 01763 242587 1763 242587

Starts 8th May, weekdays 9.30am - 5pm Paintings by George Meliniotis and Rae Cook Curwens Art Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston

Red Cross Week

Sun 5th – Sat 11th May Our Hertfordshire branch hopes local communities will be interested in donating or holding a fundraising event that will support their local area Donations can be sent to: British Red Cross, Baker Street, Hertford, SG13 7HT Contact: 01992 585969, ccurtis@,

The Ashwell Music Festival

Sat 11th – Sun 26th May 60th anniversary of this popular festival, featuring the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Lily Afshar, Counterfeit Abba and much more. Ashwell, Herts Info:

Christian Aid Week, Bite Back at Hunger Sun 12th - Sat 18th May Churches Together in Royston and District, together we can help some of the world’s poorest families get enough to eat

Meldreth Monday Art Group Art Exhibition

Sat 25th May - Sat 20th July (Wed, Thurs & Sat, 10am - 4.45pm and Bank Holiday Suns & Mons (Easter to Sept) 2 pm - 4.45 pm) Members paint a wide variety of subjects, in whatever medium they choose, the group includes some experienced artists and some relative beginners Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston Contact: 01763 242587 or curator@

Royston in Bloom

Closing date 26th June 2013 Don’t forget to enter your garden, street or project in this year’s competition Details and judging criteria available at

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Come and join the friendly team of volunteers at Wandlebury Country Park, on the Gog Magog Hills - just 15mins drive from Royston - for weekly Healthy Walks. Everyone is welcome on Thursday mornings. An extended walk sets off from the Stable Rooms or Tadlow Granary at 10am, with a shorter walk leaving at 10.30am, then both groups return for tea, coffee and refreshments together at 11am. As Wandlebury’s regular walkers will testify, walking is a safe way to a healthier lifestyle and the opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow walkers is the other important ingredient. New walkers are always welcome - and the walks are organised so that everyone can walk at their own pace. The walks are part of the Walking for Health Initiative, supported by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The walks are free of charge. (Parking FREE for Cambridge Past, Present & Future members - £2.50 parking fee per car otherwise).

J enny’s Repairs and A lterations Repairs and alterations Men’s alterations Wedding and prom alterations Free fittings Also curtain alterations NEW! Dry cleaning and ironing 48-hour turnaround Now open 6 Days per week Call us on 01763 249500 or 07905 392206, Evenings 01763 220964 2 - 5 Corn Exchange, Royston SG8 9JR

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Why not take part in World Nordic Walking Day on Sunday 19th May by signing up for a taster session run by local Nordic Walking Instructor Mandy Coar. You will be joining thousands of participants around the world as they take up their poles to promote the great health and fitness benefits of Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking is based on natural movement patterns of walking and so is an accessible form of exercise for everyone no matter what age, fitness level or physical condition. Nordic Walking can burn up to 46% more calories than regular walking and can help strengthen your whole body whilst relieving tension in the neck and shoulders and reducing stress on your lower limb joints. There are two ways to join in the fun on the 19th May. Register for a taster session which will take place at Wimpole Hall Estate or, if you are already a Nordic Walker, join Mandy for a 4-5 mile charity walk at 5pm. For further details contact Mandy Coar on 01763 853595 or by sending an email to Alternatively go to www. and register your interest.


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We look forward to pampering you in our relaxed and calming environment • Stand-up sunbeds • Hair removal • OPI Manicure & Pedicure • Sienna X Spray Tanning • Hollywood eyelash extensions

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Saturday May 11th 12 Noon – 3pm


50p entry for adults, children free Entrance through village car park


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Shake and shimmy your body the Latino way. The fun and exciting way to get fit, join the dance fitness phenomenom that’s sweeping the world. Shake and shimmy your way to the body you’ve always wanted and burn away the pounds the Latino way. Mondays 8pm Meridian School, Royston Tuesdays 6.30pm Meridian School, Royston


Contact Cathryn Jaffray (01763) 249750 0796 774 0652

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Improve your posture, tone your tummy and strengthen your core stability in a relaxed and friendly environment

CLASSES BEGINNING JUNE Tuesdays: 8.00-9.00pm – improvers Wednesdays: 9.20-10.20 am – improvers, 10.30-11.30am – beginners 6.45-7.45pm – improvers, 8.00-9.00pm – beginners Thursdays: 9.30-11.00am – beginners, 7.10-8.10pm – beginners 7.15-8.15pm – improvers, 8.15-9.00pm – intermediate Saturdays: 9.00-10.00am – improvers, 10.15-11.15am – beginners Classes taught by Cathryn Jaffray – Pilates Institute teacher in well-appointed studios around Royston

For more info please call Cathryn 01763 249750/07967 740652 or email:

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Here at the Holistic Workshop we have a ladies day on Saturday Mornings from 9AM till 1PM We offer different massage treatments. Come along on your own or with a friend or group of friends and enjoy a sauna and hot tub too. Coffees teas & biscuits are free. Single ladies, single gents and couples welcome.

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Royston - Greneway School, Garden Walk Tuesdays 6.15 Body Sculpt, 7.00pm Jazzercise Thursdays 6.40pm Body Sculpt, 7.30pm Jazzercise Saturdays 9.00am Jazzercise Melbourn Village College Wednesdays 7.15pm Jazzercise Buntingford - Seth Ward Community Centre Thursdays 6.15pm Jazzercise For more information call Sarah on 07703 422394 or email


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Bassingbourn based mum Jane Wallington is proud to launch her new business, Breeze Birthing, which focuses on giving mothers to be a positive birthing experience using Hypnobirthing techniques. Like many women, Jane found labour an exhausting, painful experience when her first child Ruby was born in 2008. However, during her second pregnancy, Jane researched hypnobirthing antenatal classes and found a fantastic practitioner in Royston. From the outset of the 4 week classes, Jane felt relaxed and JANE WALLINGTON WITH positive about the birthing experience, and went on to have a DAUGHTERS pain and intervention-free labour and childbirth with her second RUBY AND JESS daughter, Jess. Jane was so inspired by her hypnobirthing experience that she decided to become an antenatal teacher and even volunteers on the maternity ward at the Lister Hospital. Since qualifying in December, Jane set up Breeze Birthing. Antenatal Classes take place in Royston at the Complementary Health Centre and private classes are also available. • The 4 week Antenatal classes for couples teach you how you relax and let your body do what it is designed to do • They empower the mum to have a safer, easier, quicker, more comfortable and in many cases, painless birth. • Care Providers recognise the endless benefits and a report is currently underway about whether to include HB classes as part of the NHS. • Benefits extend to high APGAR scores, good feeding, good sleeping, almost dimish chances of PND, and lots more!

To find out more about Hypnobirthing, please visit Next course starts 3rd May at Royston Complementary Health Centre


The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme is now 10 years old, but is being re-launched to help a new generation of people who may not be aware of it. It is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge - where the emergency services will be able to find it in the event of being called to your home. Paramedics, police, fire-fighters and social services personnel will know you have a bottle from the two labels, one displayed on the inside of your front door and the other on the door of your fridge. On the form contained in the bottle they will be able to find vital medical information and details of emergency contacts. As well as saving the Emergency Services valuable time, the bottle is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families. Lions Clubs have distributed more than 5 million bottles in recent years to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. The Message in a Bottle scheme is free and bottles can be obtained from Royston Lions Club: 0845 833 5842.

Royston Podiatry Clinic Graham D Read, Podiatrist (Chiropodist) D.Pod.M., S.R.Ch., M.Ch.S.

Specialising in Custom Made Insoles and Orthotics While You Wait Mulberry House, Sun Hill, Royston, Herts, SG8 9AU

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Complete HypnoBirthing Antenatal Classes helping you to birth as nature intended, safely, calmly, easily and beautifully. NOW IN ROYSTON at Royston Complementary Health Centre Group or Private Classes with limited availability. Benefits also extend postnatally including high APGAR scores for baby, diminishes PND, easier feeding & sleeping, greater bonding and much more! Reg No.12352 07772 102792 • 01763 243081

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J. Oliver Radley Opticians 36 High Street, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 9AQ

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If so, please take advantage of our reduced rate wills offer. Please note that reduced rate wills will be available every week day from 8am until 6pm, and on Tuesday evenings until 8pm, by appointment only. Also on the Saturday morning of 4th May 2013, again by appointment only. Reduced rates are:Double Wills - £210 plus VAT Single Will - £125 plus VAT Home visits are also available at NO EXTRA CHARGE within a 20 mile radius of Royston

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The event was a culmination of the Spring Term topic of “Playground Games” covered during PE lesson and continued during b Year 4 Penguin class invited a similar aged class from St Mary’s for an afternoon of activities. Through prior discussion a ran activities were selected to support development of agility and coordination. The playground was divided into 5 zones with area Tag Games – Circle Games – Ball Games – Skipping – Clapping Rhymes. MAY 13 • ISSUE 93 Tannery children partnered St Mary’s children throughout the afternoon with designated children within each group acting as teach the rhymes etc. All children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and it is hoped to continue such inter school links in the fu

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Tag Games


The event was a culmination of the Spring Term topic of “Playground Games” covered during PE lesson and continued during break times. Year 4 Penguin class invited a similar aged class from St Mary’s for an afternoon of activities. Through prior discussion a range of activities were selected to support development of agility and coordination. The playground was divided into 5 zones with areas such as Tag Games – Circle Games – Ball Games – Skipping – Clapping Rhymes. Tannery children partnered St Mary’s children throughout the afternoon with designated children within each group acting as Leaders to teach the rhymes etc. All children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and it is hoped to continue such inter school links in the future.

Circle Games


National Science and Engineering Week is an annual celebration of the contributions made to our society by the fields of Science and Engineering. In its sixth year of celebrations at Meridian, the school dedicates a week to raising the profile of Science in the school. The week started with an assembly where David Paterson, Head of Science, spoke about the importance of Innovation and Discovery in our society. He contrasted the massive investment of time, energy and money in the CERN Large Hadron Collider, which recently discovered the Higgs Boson, with Solar Demi, an innovator in the Phillipines who developed cheap sun-tubes for people’s homes, made of little more than old plastic bottles. Throughout all year groups, students took part in the London Science Museum’s Spaghetti Challenge. We gratefully acknowledge the support from Royston Tesco, who supplied the spaghetti, marshmallows and chocolate eggs. Students had 15 minutes to construct a tower from nothing more than 6 marshmallows and a handful of spaghetti, which would hold a creme egg aloft for 30 seconds. Many ingenious designs were constructed, with a number of spectacular failures once the egg was placed on! The winning design was from a Year 11 group, who managed to hold the egg 29cm above the desk for the required time. Lunchtimes saw many students taking part in practical and demonstration activities. The effects of liquid nitrogen were demonstrated, which at -196°C freezes objects very quickly! Demonstrations included shattering daffodils with the gentlest tap, and turning blutac into a nail, knocking it into a block of wood with a hammer. The other extreme of temperature was also demonstrated, producing molten iron with the thermite reaction, demonstrating the combustability of ethanol, and with the help of Vicki Rae, a student teacher in the school, how to make a jelly baby scream (potassium chlorate and lots of heat!).

Clapping Rhymes


Intercounty Estate Agents were very happy to present the giant Easter egg prize from their recent Easter competition to Caitlin from Studlands Rise First School. In addition to the giant egg Studlands Rise First School will receive a £100 donation. All the children had to do was pop in and count the number of OLIVER POTTERILL HANDING OVER THE PRIZE TO CAITLIN Easter eggs hiding in the office window. Tim Simpkins, branch manager at Intercounty Royston added ‘the competition was a great success with many local children entering to win this fun prize.’ • 01763 248447 • 26


We work hard to involve parents in their children’s learning. One way we do this is to invite our parents into school to share in a learning afternoon. This happens at the end of a topic when the children share some of the work they have been doing. Recently the year 4 children invited their parents to a Victorian afternoon. The children sang and played Victorian music, then they talked about famous Victorians such as Florence nightingale. Next the children did some role play to show us what life would have been like in a Victorian classroom. This was all followed by a cup of tea and a slice of homemade Victoria sponge cake. The year 2 parents came for an afternoon of castle life. This took place in the school hall. There were herbs on the floor (to give an authentic smell to our castle), shields on the walls and the windows became stained glass. The children sold homemade orange pomanders and put on a demonstration of medieval dancing and jousting. The year 3 children came to school dressed as pirates and spent the day searching for treasure, eating pirate biscuits and drinking pirate ‘grog’. In the afternoon the year 3 children’s parents were entertained by the children singing sea shanties, acting out life on board a ship, including scrubbing the decks and climbing the rigging. After each afternoon presentation by the children in each year group, the parents were then invited into the classrooms to look at their child’s topic work. It is this process of explaining their work to their parent or carer that helps the children to re-visit their learning; making their learning more effective and of course it also gives the children an opportunity to share their work and feel proud of their achievements!

Ball Games

Free Admission Priory Memorial Gardens

Bank Holiday - Monday 6th May

12 noon to 4.30pm Come and meet Sheridan the Robot Sheep Dog as he rides around the park on his tricycle Have a go on the Free Bungee Trampoline

Novelty Dog Show

Charity Stalls

Registration 12.30 pm Judging from 1.30 pm Variety of Classes including: The Waggiest Tail Sausage Catching & Best Trick

Hot Dogs Burgers Ice Creams Tea & cakes in the Town Hall

Miniature Train Rides Fire Engine Traditional Punch & Judy Show Balloon Modelling

Bouncy Castles

Climbing Wall

Hog Roast

Beer Tent

Music from Town Band & Opus 17

Historic Vehicle Show

Royston Town Hall Car–Park – 11.30am Contact Royston Town Council for further details 01763 245484

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Now I don’t know much about fashion, but I can recognise a good business lesson when I see it. Unlike many fashion houses, Prada remains independent and prosperous. The key to this success, says CEO, Patrizio Bertelli, is because he and his company uphold the following five key principles: JULIAN BERRY Control through transparency Surprisingly, Prada exists on a culture of ‘no secrets’. Patrizio suggests that whilst you must let people have control over what they do, no-one should hoard knowledge or restrict communication. Go where the risk is Taking a gamble is at the heart of the fashion industry – every new design is a risk. At Prada they also take risks with their market – opening a store in Beijing 20 years ago. Being innovative and forward thinking may all end in tears – but as Prada shows, you can also win big! Give respect to get performance ‘Respect your staff, and they’ll respect you’ is well known, but Bertelli adds, “Another duty I have is to help them learn. That’s a duty I owe to the company as well as to my employees, because a company whose managers take seriously the obligation to help their people improve will be a lot more competitive.” Obsess over details Why do customers buy your products? In Prada’s case it’s because of the look and feel – not the practicality. Understand your customers deeply and deliver it excessively! Give young managers real responsibility Patrizio doesn’t believe in starting new employees at the bottom; “They won’t learn a lot there and I won’t benefit from what they do know.” He suggests that you hire people because they have something to offer and then he gives them a chance to show him what they can do! So whilst you may not be able to afford Prada products now, follow these principles in your business and maybe you will in the future!

HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS.... A devoted mother has set up a mobile business in memory of her daughter Nicola Emmerson who died from a Sudden Cardiac Death at the age of just 20. Julie Emmerson set up Nixnox Handbags – which hosts intimate house parties and visits local businesses & local events with a display of scarves, handbags, jewellery and purses. To book a party or host a display at work, email Julie@nixnoxhandbags. or visit www.

Sunday 9th June, 11am to 4pm, The Heath, Royston

Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to build your child’s confidence and inspire a passion for learning. Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment: Royston Study Centre Sally McMeekin 01763 248 562

Royston Open Secrets is an annual event at The Heath for all the family to enjoy. Come along and see what Royston has to offer! Alongside the giant marquee filled with local arts, crafts and local businesses, there will also be arena displays, BBQ, kids’ activities, classic cars, dog agility and lots more. Five hours of fun for everyone! If you are a local business or community group and keen to raise your profile within Royston please contact Linda on 01763 223216 about having a stand at the event. Looking forward to a fun day out!

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In the garden... May Horticulturalist Richard Arnott recommends seasonal plants for your garden.

Come and join in the fun on Saturday 4th May from 1-6pm, on the rec behind Meldreth village hall. â&#x20AC;˘ Lamb spit, BBQ, beer tent â&#x20AC;˘ Refreshments and cake stall â&#x20AC;˘ Live bands and music â&#x20AC;˘ Inflatable assault course â&#x20AC;˘ Pony rides â&#x20AC;˘ Shepreth Wildlife Park â&#x20AC;˘ Afternoon tea tent with old time music â&#x20AC;˘ Raffle â&#x20AC;˘ Toddler toys and climbing

Richard lives in Melbourn with his family where he runs his garden design and build company, Garden Design Solutions. May is the month of blue and purple flowers. Last month yellow and white were the dominant colours with daffodils, forsythia and trees in blossom. This month in gardens across our region Syringas (Lilacs) are beginning to come into flower. They are no nonsense shrubs that grow in well drained, fertile, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun and offer great spring fragrance. Syringa vulgaris â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Charles Jolyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a good specimen, but my favourite is Syringa microphylla â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Superbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Leaf Lilacâ&#x20AC;? which has fragrant, rosy pink flowers and is smaller in habit and well suited to the smaller garden setting. Despite beautiful flowers and fragrance, if you believe in folklore bringing branches of Lilac into the house is considered bad luck. Wisteria is the king of climbers and will be bursting into flower later this month. Its pea-like, racemes of fragrant flowers are a glorious thing. I recommend Wisteria floridunda â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Macrobotrysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for a blue to violet display, in well drained, fertile soil, on a sunny wall. Bluebells are the star performers of this month. A carpet of Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English Bluebell) growing wild provides a beautiful scene to enjoy in our deciduous woodlands. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great excuse to get out into the countryside and into native woodlands to experience these wonderful wild flowers. I recommend a trip to Hayley Wood near Little Gransden on the B1046. &ORALLYOURLOCALSTORAGESOLUTIONS




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by Pippa Greenwood

However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made (or hope to make) beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery and lots more besides, but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line may be essential but rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours consists of two large poles with a line in between, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self-clinging plant such as variegated ivy it won’t need any additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary. Summer flowering clematis or sweet pea will look great too. If you do use a more vigorous climber then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning. Decrepit sheds or moth-eaten garages can be a real eyesore. Sometimes a thorough scrub of the walls will do the trick, or why not make a feature out of the shed or garage and re-paint it. Consider erecting a trellis on one or more of the vertical surfaces and grow a selection of favourite climbers up it to make an even more attractive feature. If the garden can be a little gloomy then it helps if you paint any surfaces such as garage or shed walls with a paler colour. If your heating is fuelled by gas from an unattractive and enormous cylinder or oil from a large green tank, you will know that they have to be sited in an accessible position. You can use hazel wattle hurdles to hide them which are perfect as they also match with the adjacent boundary fence. Try using standard fence panels in the same way and again planting them with climbers or scramblers will help. Whatever you do, make sure that you check on it from time to time and remove excessive climber growth so that the tank remains accessible.

Is it the neighbouring garden that harbours the eye sore which makes you want to retreat back into your house? Something nasty next door is of course even harder to conceal but why not

add a layer of trellis to the top of your existing fence and then use climbers once it is in position. Hold the trellis in position using batons of wood attached to the existing fence posts or special post-joining metal sleeves that you can buy from your fencing supplier or garden centre. Trellis is available in a range of shapes and need not be straight edged so you can create a range of different looks to suit your gardening style. Another option is to erect a pergola or arch to obscure or break up an unsightly view or the eyesore in the neighbour’s garden and adding plants will help to add a bit more height and soften the outline. If you combine some of your favourite flowering climbers with some evergreen planting too, you should even achieve good effects during the seasons when the leaves have fallen from many plants. Visit Pippa’s website and sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter packed full of gardening hints, happenings, advice and offers and you will also receive a free ebook on organic gardening. Don’t forget that you can buy Nemaslug and other biological controls, anti-slug matting and tape, Enviromesh and signed books, autumn vegetable packs and a hand-picked selection of garden products from the website too.

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Melbourn Baptist ChurchMortlock Street 01763 261650 Open House Project, The House, Market Hill. 01763 246799 Royston Catholic ChurchMelbourn Road Fr. Seamus McGeoghan 01763 243117 www. Royston Evangelical Church 11.15 Every Sunday, York Way A Lively, Welcoming, International Church. 01763 233332 Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road, Minister Rev’d Chris White, 01763 256816. Sunday services at 10am and 6.30pm, Juneior Church & crèche at 10am. St John’s Parish Church Melbourn Street, Royston com 01763 246371 Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth 01763 262440 Royston Spiritualist Church President Judy Moule Service every Sunday 6.30pm Room 11, Royston Town Hall. Everyone welcome. Judy Moule 01223 503345 Therfield Chapel 01763 287220 Therfield Parish Church Revd. Richard Morgan 01763 287364 Trinity Life Church Meetings 10am Royston Town Hall Pastor Matt & Cate Hall 01763 230350

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HALLS FOR HIRE Bassingbourn Village College for parties, functions, clubs & societies. 01763 246136

Coombes Community Centre Sports Hall, Meetings Rooms, Under 5’s area and Social Club Bar. Gillian Morland, coombescommunity@uwclub. net www.coombescommunity 01763 248081(24houranswerphone) Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JF. Tel: 01763 243650. Term time only. The Guide Hut, Garden Walk Joyce Mallows, 01763 245914 Royal British Legion, Mill Road, Royston, 01763 244560 Royston Golf Club Baldock Road Royston, SG8 5BG Tel: 01763 24696/243476

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Antiques & Vintage Fair, Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS. Sunday 5th May 10am-4pm. £1 Entry. Homemade cakes & refreshments. All enquiries TOWN CENTRE Rosei Frost 01763289748 or email info@ Markets Manager 01763 245484 Geraint Burnell - Town Centre Manager 01763 248564 Antiques & Vintage Fair, Clavering Both at The Town Hall, Village Hall, CB11 4QS. Sunday 12th Melbourn Street, Royston, Herts, SG8 7DA May 10am-4pm. £1 Entry. Homemade cakes & refreshments. All enquiries TRANSPORT National Rail Enquiries Rosei Frost 01763289748 or email info@ 24-hours 08457 484950 Royston & District Community Transport Low cost door-to-door transport for groups or individuals who are unable to use conventional public transport. Office hours are 9am-3pm Monday - Friday. 01763 245228 or info@roytrans. or www.roytrans.


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Georgina Wootten’s School of Dance and Performing Arts


Melody Movement Pre – School Classes at 3.45pm – 4.15pm!!! Melody Bear gives children a fun introduction to the world of dance The lessons promote imagination, co-ordination, physical fitness and agility


3.45pm - TIP TOE TINY TAPPERS – (3 years and above) 4.15pm - DINKY DANCERS MODERN GROOVERS – (3 years and above) 5.00pm – Body Conditioning (this class will help increase strength and flexibility and is highly recommended for those students wishing to pursue a more formal career in Dance) 5.30pm – Style Stars - Contemporary Funk (Contemporary differs from Ballet & Modern in that it is not bound by any set standards. Instead it seeks to express a personalized vision, through experimentation and has so many choreographic possibilities) Adults Welcome! 6.15pm – Commercial (Want to dance like they do in the Music Videos?!! This is the class for you! Commercial combines Jazz, Hip Hop and Street all into one Class!!!) Adults Welcome! 7.00pm – Adult Tap 7.30pm - Finish

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JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE 9.00AM – 9.45AM SENIOUR MUSICAL THEATRE 10.45AM – 11.30AM PRIVATE SINGING LESSONS ALSO AVAILBLE! TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IT!! Take advantage of GSTARS 10% discount for any NEW CLASS TRIED IN THE SUMMER TERM! GSTARS also offer classes in Imperial Ballet, Adult Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Boys Only Street Dance and Adult Street Fit! Every other Sunday GSTARS hold Con – Fusion Classes between 1.30pm and 3.30pm Con – Fusion Classes fuse all styles of dance together from Hip Hop to Contemporary, Ballet to Bangra and is a great class for those students wishing to perform on the stage! All ages and abilities welcome (£6 payable weekly) GSTARS HAVE JUST FINISHED THEIR SELL OUT SHOW, WHICH WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! GSTARS PERFORMED AT THE 3D SUMMIT AT THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, SOUTH BANK, LONDON AND WERE FILMED LIVE IN 3D WITH A HUGE AUDIENCE AS WELL AS SITTING IN ON SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S TALK GSTARS WILL BE ATTENDING THE INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL IN BULGARIA THIS JUNE 2013 GSTARS HAS A WEST END SHOW COMING UP AT THE END OF 2013! GSTARS HAVE FULLY QUALIFIED, CRB CHECKED, FIRST AID TRAINED ISTD TEACHERS ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE QUEENS ROAD METHODIST CHURCH HALL


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