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WELCOME To the December issue of The Listing Our Christmas issue is my favourite of the whole year - and this year it’s a double whammy as it’s also our 100th issue! Who would have thought, back in 2005, that The Listing would still be going strong 100 issues later.... It is thanks to all of you, our readers, advertisers, organisations and community (and undoubtedly a supportive family...) that The Listing is what it is today so THANK YOU for your continued support. It is a pleasure to publish and serve our community and we plan to be around for at least a hundred issues more.... keep your eyes peeled for exciting new developments in the coming year. Our front covers have always been a talking point and we are sure that you’ll enjoy looking back on all of our past covers. Why not take a look at our website for a closer look! The December issue is jam-packed full of events and activites for the Christmas season. Our pick this month is the ice rink at the Old Bull, as part of the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December. And of course, our annual favourite “Shop in Royston” feature. Like town centres up and down the country, our own faces challenges as the retail landscape adapts to online shopping and the convenience of one-stop-shop stores. However, if you value singularity and believe in local retail as part of our community, please choose to shop locally for at least some of your Christmas shopping - there are hidden gems to be found!


Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year


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OCAL MARKET!! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MARKET THISMARKET!! CHRISTMAS! Fresh bread - baked overnight in Letchworth Fresh Fruit & Veg - straight from New Covent Garden Fresh Fish - straight from the North Sea at Great Yarmouth Fresh Flowers, Plants, Christmas Trees and Wreaths Sat 7th December Children’s Fun Fair in the Market Square

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Rudolph’s Christmas Trail from 10am

Look out for Rudolph’s reindeer friends in town centre windows! Bring completed lists back to Rudolph’s cabin in Fish Hill Square to receive your prize

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Come to the market for the freshest fruit, vegetables Fresh produce on show From and fish! like this...

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Market 7th only, 1pm-5pm: High Street Ice Rink 7th & 8th: £4 each: The Old Bull (7th: 11am-7pm; 8th: 9am-5pm) Purchase your tickets from m-viron (the phone shop), High Street

Santa’s Grotto 7th only, 1pm-4pm: High Street, £3 p/ child every child gets a lovely present from Santa

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OUT & ABOUT Royston Town Centre

christmas fayre Small Business Saturday is an initiative designed to support, celebrate and champion the nation’s small businesses, on both a national and local level. Initially introduced three years ago in the USA by American Express, the UK’s inaugural Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December. Events are taking place throughout the UK, including in Royston so come along and support local businesses during the Christmas Fayre.

Royston Means Business are proud to announce this year’s Christmas Fayre, which takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. The Ice Rink will be open in The Old Bull car park on Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm. Tickets are £4 each and can be purchased in advance from M-Viron (Phone Shop) in Royston High You can find out more and connect on social media Street. Pre-booking is advised due to high at demand, but you can turn up on the day to purchase tickets for both days. Santa will be waiting for visitors in his grotto People often ask why Royston Cave has such limited opening hours on Saturday in the High Street between 1 and 4pm. Every child will particularly as it is such a unique place. receive a lovely gift from Santa, handpicked from Mia Caro (for babies The answer is quite simple. The Cave is made entirely of chalk and as to children up to 11 years - £3 per child) such it is very sensitive to water. Water can cause the chalk to expand Market stalls will line the High Street on Saturday afternoon selling and when it dries out the resulting contraction can cause cracks in the gifts and goodies for Christmas and the grand Christmas Lights Switch carvings. Of course this doesn’t happen overnight but it is important to keep the atmosphere in the Cave as constant as possible. Large on will take place at 4.30pm at The Cross. numbers of visitors also contribute to the humidity problem as all of us There will be music and other activities throughout the day to add to exhale water with each breath we take. the festive fun so come and join in! To help preserve the Cave, we limit the number of visitors and amount Royston Means Business would like to thank it’s sponsors : Royston of times the Cave is open and during the winter months the Cave is put First, Curwens, Linda Turner Interiors, Putterills, Redrow, Hitchin to bed until the Easter of the following year. However, we do appreciate that people want to see the Cave and so Property Trust for generously letting us have the use of their property for the grotto. Also Meldreth Plan and Landscapes for the loan of every Christmas we open up for a candlelight viewing. equipment, and Abbot Travel for the marquee. To coincide with the Royston Christmas Fayre Royston Cave will

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be open on Saturday 7th December from 10.30am to 1pm. Entrance is £2.50 with accompanied children free. Tickets will be on sale at the Cave door on the day.


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Melegatti Panettone, 900g, £9.99 Avellino’s, High Street, Royston

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Selection of Cheeses Knibbs, 10 Church Lane, Royston 01763 246316 Satchel by Great Plains £50 Chapter Five, Angel Pavement, Royston 01763 246664

Organic Elements Deep Cleansing facial and relaxing Back Massage, revitalising foot soak and massage £35 Eden Beauty & Tanning, Angel Pavement, Royston 01763 242008 • 01763 248447 • 

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ORGANISATIONS 12 Platoon Army Cadet Force Mon’s & Weds, 7.30pm, 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. Contact Christine Walker 01763 244437 or 07811878231 email

Aerobic Fitness 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

After Schools Club

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 Play leaders from NHDC.

Alzheimer’s SocietY

A support group for People with Dementia and their Carers to meet for information and support. 2nd Mon monthly, Blackett Ord Court, Stamford Road, Royston 10am - 12noon Please call Cate Mitcham on 07720 946034

Angels Support Group

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 Crèche until 2.25pm Children’s Centre, Royston. Leise Cooper 07815 458355

Anglia Land Yacht Club

Suns at Bassingbourn Airfield. The club meets to sail and race land yachts on a 2 km circuit. New members welcome. Steve Borrill 0779 669 4743

Baby Massage & Yoga

Baby Massage & Yoga in Herts-Pre & Post natal yoga, baby massage and baby yoga. Small groups (incl. private NCT & 1:1’s) Contact Penny Constantinou on 07944 4 16572 or

Baby Rhyme Time

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

Badminton Tuesdays

Play for fun and exercise from 7.30pm to 9pm £3 per person per session, just come along or call Gillian on 07973 816880. Small friendly group of all ages and abilities, many have not played for years, but young enthusiatic players too. Occasional skill improvement sessions by Badminton England Coach. Just bring a raquet or we will lend you one.

Barkway Karate Club

Fri 5.30 - 6pm - Tiger tots 5yrs, 6-7pm Juniors & Adults. www.barkwaykarate., or or 07856 846800

Barkway Karate Club at Barley Tues 5.30 - 6pm - Tiger tots 5yrs, 6-7pm Juniors & Adults. www.barkwaykarate., or or 07856 846800

Barkway Social Club

Weds & Fri’s 8 -11pm. Friendly club, bar, snooker, pool, cards, darts and dominoes. Yearly membership: £6 per person, £10 per couple. Building adjacent to the Village Hall. John Sizer 01763 848927

Barley Cricket Club

We run two adult Saturday league teams and a Sunday team. New players of all ages (12+) and abilities are welcome. For further details please contact 1st team Capt Brian Symes 07814710849, 2nd team Capt Graham Litson 07532306903 or Eddie Collins (Chairman) 01763 848788 or visit

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.

Bassingbourn Snow Sports Recreational Skiing & Boarding Weds, Thurs & Suns. Junior Club up to 16 yrs Sat am with fun and instruction. Every other weekend Yeti Club for age 3 up.

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Introduction to Racing, Sat & Race training, Mon’s. Contact: or call 08450 728 293

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

Caring for this 190 mile long trail through the Herts countryside, starting and finishing in Royston. 01763 244509

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Bollywood Dance Workout Classes

Tues, Weds & Fri eves, 7.15-8.15pm, Coombes Community Centre. This class is a cool mix of aerobics, glam Bollywood dance moves, cardio workout and Yoga. Contact: Kriti, 07447 831310

Budding Beaders

Jewellery Making Group, Tues 7.30-9.30pm, Bassingbourn United Reform Church, South End. A friendly group pop in or book a Julie 01763 853257, Sylvia 01763 208397

Buntingford Railway and Local History Society

At The Crown Market Square Buntingford on the 3rd Friday of each month at 8pm. Further details contact Stephen Ruff 01763 289516 or see website

Catholic Women’s League

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

Choir - Singing Aloud

Mon’s 7-9pm, Coombes Community Centre, Royston. Sing, have fun, meet new friends. We are a choir for everyone. Wonderful songs, friendly people, stunning harmonies all taught by ear. Come for a half-price taster session.

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 www.cadsroyston.

Corvus Cornix Basketball Club

Meeting at Royston Leisure Centre Thurs, 4 - 9pm Mini Basketball and basketball for all ages and abilities. From 8 years to adult Di Charles 01223 207213 or email www.

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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,

Electralites Majorettes

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

Evergreen Club

Friends Of The Hertfordshire Way

Friendship Scheme For Mental Health (NHS)

Befriending service in Royston for adults 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.

G - Stars

(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, Singing and Musical Theatre or 07720713532 or

Gay Outdoor Club

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 exercise. Check out our website: www.goc. for details of all national and local activities, or phone Colin on 01763 262647 Happy Bunnies Nursery School 8am - 4.30pm term time, children 2 to 5yrs. 15 hrs of “free” funded nursery education for children 3+. Contact Sue Kelly, EYP, B.Ed., SRN, 0779 089 6292 or sjkhappybunnies@ BABY BUNNIES GROUP every Thurs 9.30 - 11am term time, Free. All welcome! Sue Kelly 0779 089 6292 www.

Jazz Improvisation

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

Jazz Workshop

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

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,


For Children from 4yrs and adults. Classes by Sensei Anthony Barrett, 4th Dan with 20yrs coaching experience. Tel: 07929 100612 at Coombes Community Centre 4pm to 5pm Mondays and Thursdays throughout the year. Other classes available.

Kickboxing & Kung Fu

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

Knitting Club

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 Maths & English

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

Kumon after-school programmes for children of all ages and abilities help build confidence and study-skills. For further information please call Sally McMeekin at the Royston Study Centre on 01763 248562 or email:

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

We meet on the 2nd & 4th Thurs monthly. A social organisation for ladies aged 18 to 45. Activities this year include a pamper evening, tea party, belly dancing class, bowling as well as fundraising events. Contact Hannah Paradis (Chairman) 01763 220967 or

Five ‘O’ Table Tennis And Social Club

Forget-Me-Not Club

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

Fowlmere Friendship Club

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

Fowlmere Playgroup

Mon’s, Tues & Thurs 9 - 12noon plus Lunch club 12-1pm, from 2.5yrs, Fri Rising 5s 9 - 12noon, URC Chapel Hall, Chapel Lane, Fowlmere. Contact: Shirley Bevan 07890 674743 or fowlmereplaygroup@hotmail.

Frank Letts Blind Fellowship Of Royston

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Laurels Club

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 Lindy Hop Swing Jive Dance Club 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

Mon’s 7 - 9pm, Friendly club, Contact: Vera 01763 241022 Little Hands Nursery School Children 1 year to school age open 51 weeks per year.A high staff to child ratio, Outstanding Ofsted report. Bookings can be

made by the hour, term time only 8.30 am to 4.30 pm with optional holiday clubs.15 hours of funded sessions for children the term after their third birthday. 2 year old funding available for eligible children.Dedicated room for children 12-24 months open from September 2013.Contact Anne McCrossen on 01763 260964 or e-mail lh-melbourn@

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

Fri’s 6-10pm, For ages 8 - 21+ (i.e. Masters class) Jenny Brackley– 01763 244593

Melbourn & District Photographic Club

Sept - April Tues 7.30 - 9.30pm Foxton VH Lectures, workshops, competitions, occasional summer events -, Bruce Huett 01763 232 855

Melbourn And District Gardening Club

2nd Tues monthly, 7.30pm. All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn. Helen Powell, 01763 245887

Melbourn Bowls Club

Mon’s 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

Mon’s 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 History Group

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

Melbourn Judo Club

Sat’s 9 -10am 5-8yrs, 10-11.15am 8-10 yrs & 11.15-12.45pm 10yrs+. Mon’s 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@

Melbourn Mushroom Club

The fungus recording group for South Cambs, part of a national network for experts and beginners. Details of future events - John Holden,

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

Meldreth Bowls Club

Tues 10am-12am roll-up. Friendly mixed club, new bowlers welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Shirley 01223 207888 email: lambert.

Meldreth Croquet Club

Tues & Sun (May - Sept), behind the British Queen, Meldreth High St. A small, friendly club for beginners & experienced players. Janet Pope 01763 248342; jacksonpope@

Meldreth Tennis Club

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 Morden Ruffians Bridge Club We are a small, friendly duplicate club, meeting on Weds, 7.30pm at Steeple Morden Village Hall. New members are very welcome. Peter Rice 01763 242577

Nikki’s fitness

Telephone 07956 350820 - Whaddon Village Hall Tues 9.30 - 10.30 a.m. Boot camp Wed 9.30-1030 am Freestyle fitness Yoga Wed 7.30 - 8.30 pm Boxercise

North Herts Stamp Club

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

Open Doors

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

Papillion Playgroup

Royston Town Centre & Tannery Drift School. Children 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

Play Music Play

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 230187

Quilters Bee

Each Tuesday at Bassingbourn Village College from 7pm – 9.30pm. Offering the opportunity to make a sampler quilt and then go on to other projects. A friendly and sociable group who meet because we love sewing. £6.00 per night, pay as you come. Tel: Barbara for more details on: 01763 246065

Rainbow Playgroup

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

Reed Cricket Club

Sat’s, 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

Reed Gardening Club

2nd Weds monthly, 7.30pm (Oct - Jun) Reed VH. A small friendly group, all welcome.

RNLI (Royston)

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

Rotary Club Of Royston

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, and 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. Simon Whybrow 01763 222653 or 07817 118737, www.

Royal British Legion (Women’s Section)

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

Royal Naval Assoc.

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

Roysia Women’s Club

Affiliated to: National Association of Women’s Clubs. Mon 8-10pm Royston Town Hall. Speakers, outings and social evenings, Vacancies for new members. Wendy Pearce 01763 231381, or Mavis Ingle 01763 222524 or email roysia10@

Royston & Dist. Family History Society

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

Royston & Dist. Model Engineering Society

2nd Weds monthly, Meldreth Manor School & Track Running Days 1st Sun of month from April to October also informal workshop, Mon’s at Meridian School during terms time. New members welcome. Jeff Dickinson 01763 261670 dickinja@

Royston & District Chamber Of Commerce

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

Royston & District Community Transport

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

Royston & District Local History Society

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.

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Royston & District Mencap Society

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

Royston & District Model Railway Club

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

Royston & District Motorcycle Club

1st & 3rd Weds monthly, 8pm. Eternit Sports & Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth ‘Noggin & Natter’, occasional speakers. Contact

Royston & District Probus Club

2nd Thurs monthly, 12.30 for 1.00pm lunch, Royston Golf Club A regular meeting point for retired professional and business men, often with a Guest Speaker. David Gray, 01763 245895,

Royston & District Town Twinning Assoc

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)

Royston & Saffron Walden National Trust Assn

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

Royston Allotments & Gardens Association

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 Arts Festival

Royston’s annual Arts Festival takes place over four days every September www.

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,

Royston Badminton Club

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.

Royston Bowling Club

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

Royston Bridge Club

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.

Royston Business Network – RBN We compare ideas and experiences and work together to strengthen Royston’s business community. To find out more, or to come along as a visitor, please call Adam Fernandes of UHY WKH Partnership on 01763 247 321

Royston Cave

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

Royston Chess Club

Mon’s 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 2010/12/13). Also friendly games, competitions & training sessions. Kevin Clark: 01763 243370 or

Royston Choral Society

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. Contact Nancy on 01763 242276 or Robert on robbrad44@ OR just turn up any Thursday. Beginners welcome.

Royston Cricket Club

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.

Royston Crows

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.

Royston Day Centre

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

Royston District Girl Guiding 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

Royston District Scouting

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

Royston Folk Club

Old Bull Inn, Royston. Playing folk, blues & bluegrass. Check the web-site for open-mic & concert listings - Contact:Chris Walls tel: 07778 157290 for tickets & bookings

Royston Golf Club

atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. Graham Benstead on 01763 242558

Royston Ramblers

Promoting walking by organising led walks. Monitoring the condition of local rights of way. David Allard, 01763 242677 www.

Training: men’s 1st and ladies 1st on Mon 7-8:30pm, St.Edmund’s 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 Royston Ladies’ Luncheon Club 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

Royston Lions Club

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

Royston Meridian Men’s Keep Fit Class

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 Royston Miscarriage Support Royston Miscarriage Support – for free support after early/late miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, call 07906 559756 or email Monthly support group meetings and annual service of remembrance in May at the Wesley Church, Cambridge.

Royston Netball Club

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

Royston Power Kiters

Local Power Kite, Buggy and Board Club. We meet on windy evenings and weekends on the Heath. Training available. www. 01763 249199

Royston Rackets Badminton Club Tues 6pm to 8pm Royston Leisure Centre. Recreational badminton in a friendly

Various days & times. Classes for all ages. Mini Movers (18 mths-3 years), Freestyle Disco, Street Dance & Hip Hop, Ballroom & Latin American, Rock & Roll, Lyrical, Ballet, Vocal Coaching, Musical Theatre. Tara 01763 878587 www.stephaniepriordance.

Royston Town FC

Sunbeams Baby & Toddlers

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

Garden Walk, Royston. Clubhouse: 01763 241204; Tyrone Parry - 07940 084628

Royston RNA

Royston Rockets BMX Club Royston Rounders

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

Royston Royal British Legion Club 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

Royston Runners

Royston Hockey Club

Brass Band weekly rehearsals on Thurs 7.30-9.30pm. Activities including competitions, concerts, summer fetes, parks. Any age and ability welcome. www. www.facebook. com/roystontownbandRoger Simons, 01763 246929,

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

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

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 redrays@live. A small and friendly club, beginners and experienced archers welcome. Meet Suns at Therfield Heath. Beginner’s courses and all equipment available. Dave(training) 01763 242889 or Helen (secretary) – 01763 244505

Modern, Jazz, Streetdance, Disco, Lyrical, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing. Boys only classes. BTDA and ISTD grades & vocational exams. London College of Music awards. Kerry 01763 244866 or kerry.hay@

Stephanie Prior School Of Dancing

Royston Rugby Club

Royston Heath Archery Club

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

Royston Town Band

Royston Rascals Childminders Support Group

An 18 hole course & practice facilities. Membership & Green Fees apply. All welcome. 01763 243476 www.

Royston Greenfingers Gardening Club


Tues & Thurs 7pm, The Heath Sports Club Rugby Union Football Club in Herts - Middx.1 1st XV, 2nd XV, Veterans, Youth and Minis. Mini/Youth 10am Sunday 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 Saturday Morning School

Sat 9:15am – 12:00 Meridian School. String, woodwind, Brass, percussion, Jazz and recorder ensembles. Choir and theory classes. Open to children from Yr4 – Yr 13. Sue Pettitt 01438 844518 Royston Short Mat Bowls Club Mon’s & 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 & Fri’s 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 Spiritualist 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

Royston Speak Out Club

Affiliated to the Stroke Association. Weds. 1015 – 1215 The Old Barn, Upper King Street, Royston. Support with communication, activities and outings. Website : http://speakoutclubroyston. Email:

Royston Swimming Club

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 01763 249713 or www.

Royston Tennis Club

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

Royston Time Bank

Garden Walk, Royston Clubhouse: 01763 241204, Terry McKinnell Secretary 07772 086709 and Steve Jackson Chairman 07850383483

Royston Town Ladies FC Royston Town Youth FC

FA Charter Standard Community Club with FA qualified coaches running mini-soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-side football teams for boys and girls aged 7 to 18. Please contact Club Secretary Carl Filby on 01763 241460, 07563 366080 or email 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.

Royston Trefoil Guild

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

Royston WEA

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

Supporters Of All Saints Church, Melbourn

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

Swimply The Best

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.

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://

Thriplow & Fowlmere WI

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

2nd Thurs monthly, 7.30pm, Thriplow VH. Contact Dorothy Woods 01763 208778,

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: Monica Gray 01763 245895

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

Royston WI (AM)

Royston WI (PM)

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

Royston Wildlife Group

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

Royston Writers Circle

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

Royston Young Voices

Tuesdays, 4pm @ Royston Methodist Church Hall Queens Road. Singing, dancing, acting and playing music for the 4 to 8 year olds. For more details contact Linda Bance 01763 246415 or visit http://www.

Rubbish, Recycle, Remake

At Glazed Creations on Thursday from 10 to 11 am and 1.15 to 2.15pm. £2 for first child and 50p for any additional child. Juice and biscuits given at story time in the last 10 minutes of session. Tea and coffee provided.

Sandon Gardener’s Club

2nd Mon each month at 7.30 pm in 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. Mrs Jean Handley 01763 288360 email

SAS Swimming

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

Sport Royston

Meet 4 times a year at Heath Sports. A forum for all sports clubs in Royston and the surrounding area. Di Charles 01223 207213 or email

Stage Right Studios

Tiger Tots Preschool Gymnastics

Tiny Talk Baby Signing

Baby signing and toddler talking classes at Coombes Community Centre Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 12.15pm. Contact Natalie Hanlon 07740 643690 or 01223 208144 www.

Todder Group at royston evangelical church

Fri 9.30-11am For any children below school age and their carers in the Church building.

Triangle Badminton Club

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

Under Five’s Story Time

Fri.’s 2 – 2.30pm Royston Library University Of The Third Age U3A 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

Vegetarians & Vegans Group Social events, info stalls, campaign about animal welfare issues. nhertsveg@gmail. com,, facebook group. Royston local contact: Daisy Lachat 07503 554567.

William Lee’s Charity

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

Yoga In Pregnancy

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.

Youth Club

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

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Keeping Royston residents in touch with their local council

Royston’s Mayor, Cllr Bob Smith and Royston Town JUNE 2013 Council would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Royston residents a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


The Royston Town Mayor’s Community Trust Fund Awards

On Sunday 15 September over 100 plucky Royston residents, including Cubs and Beavers groups, spent the day giving our town centre area a good clean up and dust down! Organised by the Town Council’s Royston in Bloom group, everyone got stuck into litter picking, scrubbing and de-weeding streets and alleyways. They had made a huge impression on the area by the end of the day. We would like to thank all these community minded folk who worked so hard for their town and showed such dedication and commitment. Several ongoing issues were identified which Royston Town Council will be taking forward to other agencies for further action. It is sincerely hoped that we can do this again next year, not only in the Town centre, but also other areas of the town, which may need some much needed TLC. It is very encouraging to know that so many local residents care about Royston in this way and take such great pride in helping our wonderful town to look as good as it possibly can.

Don’t forget to apply for an award from the Mayor’s Community Trust Fund if your community organisation needs help for either the setting up of a new project, event, or capital scheme, which will be beneficial to the people of Royston. Applications for grants will open on Tuesday 2 January 2014. The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 February 2014. Grants will be awarded at the Town Meeting on Thursday 13 March 2014. Application forms can be obtained either from the Town Hall office or downloaded from our website We look forward to helping our many excellent local groups and organisations again in 2014.

Thank you again, to all those who took part in this venture.

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Thirty eight Royston community groups and organisations came together in Royston Town Hall on 24 October to attend the first of what it is hoped will be an annual event, organised by Royston Town Council, as a legacy from ‘Royston 2012 A Year of Celebrations’. Three keynote speakers gave a lot of help and advice on issues and challenges currently facing voluntary groups and time was also set aside for everyone to discuss and share best practice. The evening was much enjoyed by all who attended and postmeeting evaluation showed that another Community Forum held next year would be well received. Our thanks go to all those who joined us that night and also to Royston Town Council for giving their support to our local voluntary community in this way.

Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery Celebrating the past, present and future of Royston and its district Sarah Russell, our new Museum Curator, has big plans for the museum, which will hopefully provide an exciting long-term future for this excellent local asset. Sarah, who joined us last April, was born in Rutland and has lived in the area for the last 3 years. Sarah qualified with a Masters degree in Museology and previously worked as Exhibitions Officer at IWM Duxford for 2½ years and at the Folk Museum in Cambridge. She therefore has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to her new role as our Curator. Sarah has a love of history and passion for bringing it alive for visitors. This is clear in her enthusiasm, not only for using innovation and modern technology to bring the museum to an even higher standard, but also in her determination to cement the museum within Royston and ensure that it offers something for everyone in the community. Sarah’s six main aims for the Museum are: to be considered as one of the premier local history museums in the country; to be resilient; to be a thriving centre of learning; to be at the centre of the community in Royston and also a thriving and renowned centre of volunteering; and finally to have a fully documented and maintained collection. Judging by the determination and vision Sarah is already showing since she arrived, we think she is well on her way to achieving those aims.

Royston in Bloom Railway Station Project

First Capital Connect station staff, and other community volunteers, planting up the area around the ‘Welcome to Royston’ banner on the station platform. Thanks go to First Capital Connect for their funding of this project and all the community volunteers who helped on the morning of 5 October 2013.

Royston Town Council bids farewell to a long-standing staff member Mrs Pam Robinson, who has been our administration officer for 18 years and who has been a familiar and friendly face to many residents for all that time, retired from her post in October and will be greatly missed by all. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all those years of dedicated service to Royston Town Council and wish her all the very best for the future and a well deserved rest from all her labours!

With thanks to our sponsors

ROYSTON TOWN COUNCILLORS A list of all Councillors’ names and contact numbers is given below, together with details of the wards they represent. All Town Councillors serve in a voluntary capacity and are elected for a 4 year term of office. Councillors are not paid and do not receive any allowance for attending meetings. Town Mayor: Cllr Robert Smith Palace Ward: Cllr Martin Beaver Cllr Lynn Berry Cllr Elizabeth Freeman Cllr Robert Inwood Cllr Philip Mayne Meridian Ward: Cllr Paul Grimes Cllr Mike Harrison Cllr Marguerite Phillips Cllr F John Smith Cllr Robert Smith Heath Ward: Cllr Peter Burt Cllr Lindsay Davidson Cllr John Davison Cllr Victoria Hulström-Allen Cllr Graham Palmer

Deputy Mayor: Cllr Marguerite Phillips

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the ad hoc cocktail club Ferrero Rocher Our new winter menu is here along with our festive cocktails! Try our favourite the Ferrero Rocher... Delicious! 25ml Frangelico 25ml Creme de Cacao 50ml Cream Dash of sugar syrup


1. Add all ingredients to a Boston glass 2. Fill the Boston shaker with ice 3. Shake until frosted then strain into a Martini glass. 4. Shake a dusting of cocoa powder over the top of the cocktail and garnish with half a strawberry. Bottoms up!

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Local Markets in December Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays From 8am Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - 2pm Market Hill, Royston Greenhouse Markets Thursdays - Fashion & Pamper Market 10am - 4pm Fridays -Arts & Crafts Market 10am-3.30pm Sundays - Flea Market, 10.30am - 2.30pm Town Centre, Letchworth

Farmers’ Market Wimpole 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 14th December from 10am - 4pm Wimpole Hall Linton Farmers & Crafts Shepreth Village Hall Market Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 14th December Sat 7th December 10am - 12.30pm 9am - 12noon Linton Village Hall Village College Croydon Village Market Fowlmere Farmers’ Sun 15th December Market 10.30am - 1pm 2nd Saturday monthly Village Hall Sat 14th December 9am - 12noon Village Sandon Farmers’ Market Hall Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 7th December 10am - 2pm Orwell Village Hall

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Check our Royston’s online advent calendar at www. Fun for adults and children, click on the daily numbers to open and reveal a story, picture or puzzle, including both the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus and other Christmassey items. If you try to open a window a day too early you will find a picture (of a friendly snowman) and a message to come back tomorrow! The online calendar is now in its 12th year.

Royston’s mystical gift shop is the perfect place for gifts and stocking fillers for Christmas

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The Three Tuns in Ashwell has undergone a complete refurbishment and is now being run by experienced pub operator Tim Lightfoot. “We are Providing a satisfying mix of real ales, fine wines and fantastic pub food using local and artisan suppliers. Jon Oates our head chef puts his twist on hearty pub classics as well as the very best in modern British cuisine. We have created a relaxed informal way to enjoy great British produce in a warm & friendly local village pub. Wellies, kids & Dogs are welcome too!”

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Relax by open log fire – Friendly service Pleasant surroundings Great value food – Sunday roasts Bar open Monday to01763 Saturday849144 12 to 11pm, Sunday 12 to 6pm Food served Monday to Saturday 12 to 3, 6 to 9pm, Sunday 12 to 5pm

Like us on for special offers & events Refurbished Pub CelebratingNewly Christmas Day 4 courseVillage menu £45.00 Limited spaces Festive Menus Available Locally Sourced Home Cooked Menu 2 Courses £15.50/3 Courses £21 Ales – Fine Wines 01763 849144 Pub Games – Free Wifi Open MondayCooking to Saturday 12Classes to 11pm Chinese Sunday 12 to 6pm Food served Monday to Saturday to 3, 6 to 9pm / Mobile:12 07935212398 Sunday 12 to 4pm Why not give your loved one a life-long experience as a present this Christmas?

Bank Holiday Monday May 6th My next Six Weeks Chinese Cooking Course starts on Charity Day – Live Music Wednesday 8th January until 12th February 2014. Petanque Knockout – BBQ I will be teaching my students cooking techniques and how to use fresh Starts from 12.30pm ingredients to prepare HEALTHY, LOW FAT, ECONOMIC, QUICK TO COOK AND VERY DELICIOUS Chinese Food.

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Not convenient? Why not contact Meiru to arrange a private lesson, demonstration or for that special occasion, book her to cook a delicious Chinese Meal for you and your guests. *Every Wednesday between 6:45 and 8:45 pm in Food Technology Classroom at Meridian School Royston. Limited space available.

For Quality Meat & Service you can afford Award Winning Traditional Farm fresh Turkeys & Free Range Bronze Local Ducklings Free Range Cockerels Large Selection of Game Award winning Pork from Great Garnett’s (“taste” 2009-2012) The home of the Turkey, Chicken and Duck Ballantine Home cured unsmoked and smoked Gammons Turkey Crowns and breast rolls Large selection of hand raised Pies Selected 28 day mature/dry hung beef Top quality lamb from Isle of Man Renowned Meldreth Pork Sausages and chipolatas

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Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston, Thurs 28th Nov, 1 – 3.20pm & 4.30 – 7pm

Christmas Craft Fayre Fri 29th Nov, 3.30pm The Friend of Roysia School Roysia School Hall, Royston

Meldreth Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec, 11am – 5pm The tenth annual Meldreth Church Christmas Tree Festival Holy Trinity Church

St Mary’s School Christmas Fayre Sat 30th Nov, 2 - 4pm St Mary’s School, Royston

Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie The Old Studio, Old School Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge

Meridian School Christmas Fair Sun 1st Dec, 10am – 3pm Christmas gifts for all the family!

Carols for the Community

Sun 1st Dec, 3pm A wonderful family event with school choirs, playgroup, youth group sketches, rap, Electralites dance to up beat Christmas songs Royston Community Association led by Margaret MacCormack Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road

Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 1st Dec, 10am - 4pm Homemade cakes & refreshments Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Contact: 01763 289748, info@

Leisure Centre Christmas Fayre Fri 1st Dec, 1 – 4pm Hosting 20 local companies, who will be selling their goods and services During the day there will also be free swimming, children’s soft play and special exercise classes available, Royston Leisure Centre, Woodcock Road

Cancer Research Charity Event Mon 2nd Dec, 8pm Music and 3 Course Set Meal Cira Turkish Restaurant, Fish Hill, Royston Bookings: 07583 711865

Flock to the Shops

Mon 2nd Dec – Sun Dec 15th Entry forms from the Royston Library Find the names of the sheep hidden in shops around Royston town centre When completed post into competition boxes Prize giving Sun 22nd Dec, 3pm Ignite Community Church, Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston

Baby Yoga Classes

Tues 3rd Dec, 10am Royston Complementary Health Centre Bookings: 01763 247440

Christingle Service

Tues 3rd Dec, 7pm Melbourn URC, Orchard Road

Christmas Shopping Evening Wed 4th Dec, 7 – 10.30pm Huge range of gifts at great prices, Glass of wine& special offers So Gifted Ltd, Unit 4A Highfields Business Park, Old North Road, Kneesworth, SG8 5JT

Carol Concert

Thurs 5th Dec, 7.30 - 9pm Join in the Christmas celebrations at Audley End House with carols sung in the stunning surroundings of the Great Hall Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF Tickets: 0870 333 1183

Ghost Stories at the Leper Chapel Thurs 5th to Sun 8th Dec, 7.30pm Robert Lloyd Parry returns for a four-night run of his one-man Ghost Stories show. The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, Cambridge Contact:

Book Launch

Thurs 5th Dec, 8pm The History of Royston Town Football Club 1875 -2012 Town’s current President, Alan Barlow will be launching a brand new book charting the history of the club over a period of 138 years Old Bull Hotel, Royston

Craft Market

Sat 7th Dec, 9.30am - 3.30pm Free admission, free parking Tea, coffee, drinks and cakes for sale at the Atrium café Linton Village College, Linton

JMA Coffee Morning and Bazaar Sat 7th Dec, 9.30am - 12noon Coffee & Mince Pies; games, books, stocking presents Royston Methodist Church Hall, Queen’s Road

1940s Christmas

Sat 7 Dec, 10am-4.30pm Come and celebrate a wartime Christmas at Royston Museum. A day for all the family to enjoy Christmas crafts, try some wartime rations and make a Christmas card on our printing press.

Ashwell Christmas Fair

Sat 7th Dec, 9.30am – 1pm Stalls selling Arts and Crafts, Cakes and Cards, Presents and Prizes The Choir will sing carols and refreshments will be available St.Mary’s Church, Ashwell

Christmas Market

Sat 7th Dec, 10am - 1pm Festive stalls, turkey rolls, and mulled wine St Mary’s Church, Guilden Morden

Christmas Bazaar

Sat 7th Dec, 10am - 4pm Many different craft stalls with homemade produce Refreshments available, Barber shop quartet will be performing Whaddon Village Hall

Saturday Morning Music School Christmas Concert Sat 7th Dec, 10.30am Come along and hear a wide range of talented musicians play some seasonal music Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston • 01763 248447 • 18

Royston Cave by Candlelight

Sat 7th Dec, 10.30am – 1pm Tickets from the guide at the Cave door Royston Cave, Melbourn Street, Royston

Mill Road Winter Fair

Sat 7th Dec, 10:30am - 4:30pm Pop along to meet the CambridgePPF team that looks after green spaces and historic properties locally, and find out how you could get involved with the charity. Mill Road, Cambridge – which is closed to traffic on the day.

Tastes of Christmas

Sat 7th Dec, 11am - 3pm Enjoy a range of home cooked Christmas treats Contact: 01763 262346 Melbourn URC, Orchard Road

Christmas Craft and Produce Fair

Sat 7th Dec, 11am – 4pm Come and enjoy a wide range of stalls including jewellery & accessories, needlecraft, home ware, homemade jams and confectionary, food and drinks available Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH Contact: 01954 713971, joproud@

Royston Christmas Fayre Sat 7th Dec, 1 - 5pm Festive food and drink and gift market in the High Street. Santa’s Grotto until 4pm. Christmas Light Switch On at 4.30pm.

Ice Skating

Sat 7th Dec, 11am - 7pm Sun 8th Dec, 9am - 5pm Winter fun at The Old Bull, Royston! Tickets from m-viron (the phone shop) High Street, Royston

Christmas Fayre

Sat 7th Dec, 2 - 4pm Litlington Village Hall

Childrens Fun Fair

Sat 7th Dec In conjunction with Royston Means Business The Market Place

Christingle Service

Sat 7th Dec, 4pm In aid of Children’s Society and National Childrens Homes Royston Parish Church

Elvis, if Every Day Was Like Christmas Sat 7th Dec, 8pm Hear Elvis live, prize draw and disco Therfield First School Tickets: 07956 579977

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is something for everyone! PA, and a variety of instruments provided. The Hardwick Arms, Arrington 01223 208802

Toy Service

Sun 8th Dec, 10am Toys and gifts for the Cambridge Women’s Refuge will be welcomed Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 8th Dec, 10am - 4pm Homemade cakes & refreshments Cottered Village Hall, SG9 9QW Contact: 01763 289748, info@

Ink4 at the Curwen

Sun 8th Dec, 1 – 4pm A group of emerging artists who have recently completed the Advanced Certificate in Fine Art The Curwen Print Study Centre, Chilford Hall, Balsham Road, Linton, Cambridge

Come Dancing at Spirella

Sun 8th Dec, 7.30 – 10.30pm Come to our Christmas Dance, with ballroom, Latin and popular sequence dances at the Sunday Dance Club Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road, Letchworth, SG6 4ET Contact: 01234 300179

Ladies Night at Something to Treasure Mon 9th Dec, 7.30pm Explore your creative side with our pottery painting ladies night Unit 2b Hyde Hall Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0RU Details: www.something-to-treasure. com

Winter and Wassail: Writing in the Snow

Tues 10th Dec, 7.30pm Traditional and contemporary Acoustic Music Tavern Gallery, Meldreth, South Cambridgeshire

Ladies’ Christmas Carol Service Tues 10th Dec, 7.30pm Carols, readings and refreshments Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Christmas Jazz Night

Tues 10th Dec, from 8.00pm A fabulous evening of wonderful Jazz music from Alan and the Cam River Band. Reservations recommended for diners. The Hardwick Arms, Arrington 01223 208802

Let Us Entertain You

Thurs 12th Dec, 8pm With the Meridian Musicians Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

The Old Bull Soul Night

Paint Your Own Pottery

Christmas Jam Session & Open Mic Night

Rudolph’s Christmas Trail

Sat 7th Dec, 8pm Over 25’s only, resident DJ Paul Sams The Old Bull, Royston Tickets: 07756 256773 Sat 7th Dec, from 8.30pm Everyone is welcome to sing, play or just to be entertained! A wide variety of music, often featuring rock, reggae, soul and blues, covers and original material, means that there

Fri 13th & Wed 18th Dec, 7 - 10pm Ladies nights, paint your own Christmas themed pottery Glazed Creations, 3 Baldock Street, Royston, SG8 5AY Bookings: 01763 249800 Sat 14th Dec, 10am Look out for Rudolph’s reindeer friends in town centre windows Completed lists are brought to Rudolph’s Cabin in Fish Hill Square to receive a prize Throughout Royston Town Centre

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Concert of Christmas Music Sat 14th Dec, 7.30pm With Royston Choral Society Royston Parish Church

The Orlando Singers Carols

Sat 14th Dec, 7.30pm By Supporters Of All Saints Church Melbourn All Saints Church, Melbourn Tickets: 01763 260686

Woodlands and Folly Walk Sat 14 Dec, 1.30 - 4pm Free guided 3 mile walk Wimpole Estate

Christmas Activity Afternoon

Sun 15th Dec, 3pm start Craft activities, make decorations, games & puzzles Children & families welcome, no charge Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Royston Parish Church Choir

Children’s Mass

Tues 24th December, 5pm Contact: 01763 243117 Royston Catholic Church

Christmas Mass with Carols Tues 24th December, 8.30pm Contact: 01763 243117 Royston Catholic Church

Christmas Eve Midnight Holy Communion

Tues 24th Dec, 11.30pm Everyone welcome Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Christmas Eve Watchnight Service Tues 24th Dec, 11.30pm - 12.15pm Melbourn URC, Orchard Road

Royston Parish Church

Tues 24th Dec, Christmas Eve 4pm: Children Christmas service 11.30pm: Midnight mass of the Nativity with blessing of the crib

Royston Parish Church

Wed 25th Dec, Christmas Day 8am: Eucharist, said with sermon 10am: Christmas family Eucharist

Sun 15th Dec, 5pm A service of 9 lessons and carols by candlelight Royston Parish Church

Christmas Day Service

Christmas Service

Wed 25nd Dec, 9.30amURC Chapel, South End, Bassingbourn

Mon 16th Dec, 10.30am With Tannery Drift First School Royston Parish Church

Time Bank Cafe

Wed 18th Dec, 1.30pm The Time Bank Café is a great way to get to know people in the community and share your knowledge and abilities Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston Contact: 01462 689405, timebank@

School Carol Concerts

Thurs 19th Dec Royston Parich Curch 10am: Icknield Walk First School Christmas Service 7pm: Meridian School Carol Service and Readings by Candlelight

Live Music

Fri 20th Dec The Red Cow, Chrishall, Royston

Special Christmas Market Sat 21st Dec Royston Town Centre

Christmas crafts at Wandlebury

Sat 21st Dec, 2 - 3:30pmAre your Christmas decorations in need of a refresh? Join CambridgePPF’s education team who’ll guide you through the creation of attractive rustic decorations using natural materials gathered in and around Wandlebury Country Park. Afterwards, join a special, short, ranger-led walk around thepark to stretch your legs. Booking essential. Contact: bookings@cambridgeppf. org / 01223 243830 x 201.

Festival of Light

Sun 22nd Dec, 3pm URC Chapel, South End, Bassingbourn

Candle-lit Carol Service

Sun 22nd Dec, 6.30pm A traditional service of Christmas carols and Bible readings Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Annual Christmas Concert Sun 22nd Dec, 7pm With Royston Town Band Royston Town Hall

Weds 25th Dec, 8.30am Melbourn URC, Orchard Road

Christmas Day Service Christmas Mass

Tues 25th December, 9am & 10.30am Contact: 01763 243117 Royston Catholic Church

Family Christmas Service

Wed 25th Dec, 10am Everyone welcome Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road

Christmas Pantomime

Melbourn Amature Drama Group presents Aladdin Fri 29th Nov, 7.30pm Sat 30th Nov, 2 pm & 7.30pm Sun 1st Dec, 2pm

A Textile Exhibition by MESCH Sat 16th Nov - Sat 18th JanAn exhibition by a group of 5 local textile and mixed media artists and includes various works including some inspired by Royston Cave Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston

New Iyengar Classes

Fri mornings, 10am & Wed evenings, 7.45pm Royston Complementary Health Centre Details: 01763 247440

Melbourn and District Photographic Club

Tues, 7.30pm Local photographers are welcome to join this friendly club meeting 3rd Dec, Lecture: Images of Iceland, Colin Westgate 10th Dec, Melbourn Trophy Second Round 17th Dec, Club evening 24th Dec, Xmas recess Foxton Village Hall

Ashwell Stage School

Thurs 2nd – Fri 3rd Jan 2014, 9am – 3pm Two day Christmas workshop Contact/bookings: 07903 058568,

Car Boot Sale Every Saturday From Sat 4th Jan 2014, 8am – 12noon Contact: 01763 245484 The Market Place

Throughout the month

Christmas Open Studio

Sat 30th Nov , Sun 1st, Sat 7th & Sun 8th Dec, 10am to 4pm By Anna Pye Original hand pulled prints, hand printed textiles, handmade books, notebooks, cards The Walnut House, 3 Station Road, Steeple Morden , SG8 0NN Contact: 01763852110, www.

Templar Sports Centre, Baldock Contact: 07400 243634

French Photographers Exhibition Until Jan 2014 Exhibition by Maggie Allen Curwens Art Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston

Colourful Layers

Until 22nd Dec Exhibition by Lupe Cunha, Susan Sanders and Ruth Ward Boxfield Gallery, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Strictly Sex Factor on Ice Happy Birthday Me!

Thurs 5th, Fri 6th & Sat 7th Dec, 8pm start Two comedies by the Orwell Players Tickets: Orwell Post Office, www. Orwell Village Hall

On-line Advent Calendar

Starts Sun 1st Dec A window to click and open every day leading up to Christmas,with the Advent story of Jesus’ birth; pictures, puzzles and fun

Latinercise Classes

A fitness class where Aerobics and Freestyle meet Strictly Come Dancing Mondays: Strictly Latinercise for 2, starts 6th Jan 2014, 6 – 7pm, Royston Leisure Centre Latinercise, starts 25th Nov, 8 – 9pm, Stage Right Dance Studios, Royston Fridays: Strictly Latinercise for 2, starts 29th Nov, 1 – 9pm, Knights

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party Tues 31st Dec, from 6pm Featuring all your favourites from or regular Jam Session. Will you be a masked marvel, a caped crusader, or a Phantom of the Opera? Bottle of bubbly for the best costume! Reservations recommended for diners. The Hardwick Arms, Arrington 01223 208802


Family Friendly Event

COACH HOUSE HOTEL Flint Cross, on the A505 toward Duxford

Beautiful Hotel situated on the outskirts of Royston with 22 en suite rooms & restaurant • • • •

Breakfast daily from 6.30am-10am Lunch 12am-3pm Dinner 6pm-9pm Sunday Carvery 12-4pm

New Menu and Chef! So why not check us out! All functions catered for, including private functions and weddings. Christmas & New Year Bookings now been taken


Sat 30 Nov – Sun 26 January Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Contact us today: 01763 208272 / 208677

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This third and final article in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Royston Connectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series on how online communication tools can help build local communities, shines a light on two Royston initiatives that keep items in use and out of landfill. At a time when household budgets are being squeezed and our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;throwaway societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is under attack, Royston Freecycle and Royston Classified address both issues by using social media to match people with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;offersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The Royston Freecycle Group ( celebrates its 9th birthday this December and is run entirely by volunteers who have overseen 30,000 items changing hands for free. Membership is free and open to all, and the group has just signed up its 5,000th member. At a time when some say people know the price of everything and the value of nothing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartening to know that so many people are willing to give away their pre-loved possessions without expecting payment in return. For some thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic necessity in selling, rather than donating, items, which is where Royston Classified comes in. This online facility is all about keeping trade local; a convenient way for residents, businesses and organisations to trade old and new items, keeping them in use while helping to make Christmas more affordable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free to register at New for 2014 To mark the start of its 10th anniversary year, Royston Freecycle Group is launching the Royston Repair Cafe. In early 2014, this free event will invite people to bring broken items (tools, toys, bikes, small pieces of furniture, clothes and jewellery, and electrical items including IT hardware) for assessment and, where possible, repair. To find out more and to keep up to date as plans develop, go to You can continue the RoystonConnects discussion online by going to and

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Beauty by Erica is run by fully trained beauty therapist Erica Mansfield at her home in Melbourn. Since leaving school, Erica trained at Cambridge Regional College for two years, before going on to work at Lizzie’s health and beauty salon in Saffron Walden where she stayed for nine happy years, gaining lots of experience and leaving only when she had her first son and moved to Melbourn from Saffron Walden. In Melbourn, Erica’s parents very kindly let her have a salon at their home in Mortlock Street, where she has worked for 12 years, meaning it’s been possible to grow her business yet have her children close by. In January of this year, Erica moved the salon to her home in Greengage Rise, Melbourn. Over the last few years she’s gained many regular clients, and looks forward to work, making her clients feel good and enjoying both chatting and listening while she works! Erica offers a full range of beauty treatments (please email or call for the full treatment list) and is looking for new clients in the run-up to Christmas and for the New Year. She’s pleased to introduce new LDN Spray tanning, which gives glorious results for the party season. Normal price £20- full body tan Special introductory offer- £15 **Bring a friend along just £10 each** Beauty by Erica, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridaysdaytime or evenings.

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Friends of Meldreth Manor and Orchard Manor are a small friendly group who would like to encourage volunteers to join their committee and help them with their fundraising and support. They meet every 6-8 weeks on a weekday evening at one of these schools. Citizens Advice Bureau are looking for volunteers to be trained as Receptionist/Advisors or help with admin in their busy Royston Office. British Wireless for the Blind Fund are looking for a Volunteer Demonstrator/Installer to help with setting up and demonstrating their specially adapted audio equipment in the homes of our recipients. You will play a vital role in helping people living with sight loss ease their sense of isolation. Please ring 01763 243020 or email info@roystonvolunteer. or visit for more details


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The men of local chartered accountancy firm, UHY-WKH Partnership, have been facing a fundraising challenge head on. Quite literally. Throughout November and now into December, they are joining together to change the face of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Starting with Movember, four of their finest took part to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health. Now, putting away their shaving kits, six soon-to-be beardy accountants are taking part in Decembeard in order to raise money to fight against the second highest cancer killer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; bowel cancer. You can see how the Motastic Accountants got on with the initial challenge of Movember at They will be keeping us all updated on their fundraising efforts for Decembeard via beardyaccountants. Any donations will be warmly received.


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The History of Royston Town Football Club 1875 -2012

On Thursday 5th December at 8pm in the Old Bull Hotel, Royston Town’s current President, Alan Barlow will be launching a brand new book charting the history of the club over a period of 138 years. When the Listing caught up with Alan earlier in the week he told us ‘ I first set out in the ALAN BARLOW summer of 2008 to start writing the book and naively believed I’d have it finished inside 18 months. How wrong I was and it has taken me over five and half years to finish it and bring to publication. ‘The book is my legacy to the club and reflects my passion for non league football in general and Royston Town in particular. I first got involved in the club as a player in 1975 and my involvement has continued unbroken in one form or another for 38 years.’ The book has been produced as quality hardback containing over 360 pages and 300 images and it is quite clear that a tremendous amount of research has gone into producing it. This is a fascinating insight into one of Royston’s oldest sporting organisation and reveals for the first time many previously unreported facts about the Club and the people who have been involved in it over the decades. Even for those who are not avid football fans the book provides many interesting perspectives on the social history of the town and many well known Royston personalities and families. ‘I doubt it will ever become a best seller but a lot of people have expressed interest in buying a copy and prelaunch orders have been very healthy’ commented Alan. Copies of the book can be purchased at a discounted price of £24.99 on the Launch night but if you want a quick preview then visit Alan’s website which also has an on-line buying facility.

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How’s It Hanging?

Students at Meridian School were given the opportunity to think and use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as the Engineering giant Isambard Kingdom Brunel did in the 19th century. On 21st October 2013, two centuries later students were introduced to new technology, rotating top hats and bridge design. Mr Peter Ransom (President of the Maths Association) can be seen dressed up as Isambard Kingdom Brunel!


Art students worked with inspirational fashion and textile designer Juliana Sessions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Juliana is well known for her innovative pattern cutting and knitwear designs and after setting up her own fashion outlet ‘Call me Madam’ in 1982, she went on to work for Alexander McQueen and presently lectures at Brighton and Nottingham Universities. Students were encouraged to use the V&A’s rich historical collection to inspire a range of fashion garments made from different weights and textures of paper. Students drew ispiration from unusual sources such as the Medieval and Renaissance tapestry collections. Students collaborated in groups of two and three to translate their ideas into innovative and contemporary designs. Students are now using this experience to further their ideas for their current coursework unit; Adorn, Decorate and Embellish. The day has left many enthused to pursue a career in the Arts with students commenting “Juliana was really down to earth, very inspirational and helped me with my future career decisions”.

Whole School Science Trail

In October Icknield Walk’s Science subject leader organised a Science trail around the school grounds. The children looked carefully at natural objects, thought about how their bodies work and generally enjoyed learning outdoors. The children completed the trail during the school day and then took their parents around at the end of the school day so the children could show their parents how much they had learned and experience the fun activities again. The children in the picture are finding out about what happens to their pulse rate when they exercise. Other activities included timing leaves to see which fell the fastest, bouncing balls to see which bounced the highest and looking in leaf litter for mini-beasts. Great fun was had by all!

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Children from Roysia Middle School have been celebrating this week after becoming Guinness World Records™ title holders! 32 children from Year 5 took part in the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 5th November 2013 and participated with 3,081 players to form the largest ocarina ensemble in the world, smashing the previous record of 831 set in China three years ago. Their performance of Ode to a Joyful New Star was arranged and conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and was achieved after weeks of ocarina practice in their weekly music lesson. An audience of parents, friends and ocarina fans supported the children by learning to play together during the concert. The children also participated by learning a number of different songs for the concert, including many written by Douglas Coombes, a tribute to the Beatles, a selection of sea themed songs and many more. The school was particularly proud to support their rising star, Leonie Smith who had been chosen from over 1200 of the children taking part to sing a solo in the Barry Manilow hit, One Voice. Music Subject Leader, Mrs Amanda Mitchell said “We have some incredibly talented children in our school who worked extremely hard to prepare for the concert and world record attempt. I am so proud of what they have achieved”. News of the World Record has already gone on to achieve national recognition after being featured on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 and Classic FM. Headteacher, Miss Zoe Linington said “The pupils were so excited - I was so very proud of them all!” The evening was hosted by TV presenter Andy Akinwolere and over £40,000 was raised for Barnardo’s from ticket sales. • 01763 248447 • 26

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Greneway celebrates Ofsted report Greneway was recently praised by an Ofsted inspection team with pupils’ learning behaviour and safety seen as outstanding. The inspection team noted that the school is calm and wellordered where staff and pupils exemplify the highest standards of conduct at all times. The levels of care and support for all pupils are key strengths of the school’s practice. Pupils are very positive about the school and their learning. Their attitudes to learning demonstrate a developing love of learning. The inspectors also stated that the pupils make good progress and standards of attainment at the end of Year 8 are above the expected levels for their age. Teaching is good overall, with outstanding practice in a wide range of subjects where teachers have high expectations of pupils and develop good working relationships in the classroom. They also recognised that the pupils feel safe and that they behave very well and work well together. Another identified strength was that the school values each individual and offers a wide range of broad and balanced subjects and activities that appeal to all pupils’ interests and ambitions. Head teacher Mrs Rawlings said staff were delighted that their continued hard work with the pupils was recognised and that the Ofsted Team were impressed by the children and staff. She added “This new framework for inspection is even more rigorous and challenging and I am extremely pleased that the Inspectors recognised the many strengths of our school and that we are a good school with outstanding features.”

Fabulous Baker Boy!

Roysia pupil Alexandre Turlais took part in one of a lifetime great baking experience in August 2013. He was very lucky to be one of 40 children selected to take part in Junior Bake Off 2013 seeing off competition from about 3000 children between 8 to 12 years old. He was able to take part in the quarter finals and met his baking idols Mary Berry and James Martin. However competition was fierce and Alexandre had to stop his journey then. Alexandre said.”I had the most fabulous time it was great fun, intense and very interesting. Everyone at the BBC was kind, helpful and friendly, I met some really nice children. I would recommend everyone to apply if they feel like it, it is a great confidence boosting” Alexandre was on CBBC on 11th November 2013 at 4.30 but you can catch him again on BBC iplayer.

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Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Dogwood) is grown for its beautiful coloured stems. It open position. Ideally it should be planted in groups to get maximum impact Another pretty cornus is Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ just visible in the

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garden. The leaves have fallen and evergreen shrubs provide much of the interest, combined with stems and winter flowers. Here are just a few of my favourites. Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ would be in my top ten of winter specimens. It is an upright, deciduous shrub that is grown for its lovely clusters of small, fragrant, white and pink flowers. Plant it in an Cornus alba open position where you can enjoy the scent, in well ‘Sibirica’ drained, fertile soil. Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Dogwood) is grown for its beautiful coloured stems. It likes a well drained, fertile soil in an open position. Ideally it should be planted in groups to get maximum impact as shown in the photograph. Another pretty cornus is Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ just visible in the background of the photo. Euonymus fortune ‘Emerald and Gold’ is a good foliage plant for winter with green and gold variegation in the leaves. It is a low growing evergreen shrub that contrasts well with coloured stems. I have also seen it trained up walls and fences too. Buxus sempervirens (Box) is a classic garden evergreen and the main plant used for topiary. It is very versatile, evergreen shrub that is happy in well drained, fertile soil, in sun or shade. I love to use it as low hedging to delineate space in my garden designs and as mound forms to contrast with more upright plants such as Cornus. Saracococca hookeriana var. digyna is a lovely small, fragrant, evergreen shrub. It is charmingly also known as the Christmas box due to it looking like box and being in flower at Christmas time. It likes moist, fertile soil in sun or shade. I like to use it on the edge of paths where its scent can be enjoyed as you walk past. Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ is an upright, fragrant, evergreen shrub. It is a medium sized shrub with architectural foliage and gnarly stems. It is grown for its beautiful, large racemes of fragrant lemon-yellow flowers. It likes well drained, fertile soil, in sun or shade. It is best used in a mixed shrub border. Why not get out this winter and embrace the changing of the seasons?! The University Botanic Garden Cambridge and Anglesey Abbey both Flyer_Layout have good winter gardens and coffee shops The Listing 1 15/12/2011 07:44 Page 1 to warm up in afterwards. So wrap up and get out into the garden!

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