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LIMITLESS ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS The doors open at 9 Melbourn Street once again!

Unused since 2011, finally the building gets a new lease of life, as the home of Limitless Academy of Performing Arts. The keys were handed over on the 9th March and ever since it’s been a hive of activity with a complete refurbishment being undertaken by its new occupants. Peter Heppelthwaite, Peter McNally, Ruth Burton and a very hardworking team have managed to transform the building from its former state of dilapidation. Limitless Academy of Performing Arts will open the doors for a free open day on the 4th May for anybody between the ages of 8 and 21 to experience their unrivalled standard of training in Drama, Film & TV, Musical Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre Singing.

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The first three years have seen over 20 productions in theatre, film and television, a phenomenal achievement in itself, but when the standards are a high as they are, it becomes mind boggling. Winners of the National Theatre ‘Connections’ in 2016, Winners of the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival 2019, Winners of the Misty Moon London Film Festival 2018 are but a small part of the success.

The open day heralds your chance to experience any and every discipline of your choice. Come and work with genuine actors who really know the business, who truly enjoy what they do and laugh as hard as they play, with tuition that is tailored to the individual, “Royston was a place of choice when we first began our search for whatever their needs. a ‘home’ right at the beginning – “The joy is in the process, the it’s just taken us three years to find fun is in the learning and the the right building.” satisfaction is seeing our students thrive in their personal growth. To really add to and get involved No matter what they end up with the community is close to doing, Limitless seems to have a the heart of Limitless. And where better to start than with the youth. massively positive effect.” Not that Limitless only cater for Free Open Day up to 21’s. Limitless Adults trains, Saturday 4th May well, adults too!! 9 Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BP Alongside the academy is 0330 124 6868 a production company, for theatre and film, an agency for

Limitless was established in 2016, by three professional actors, who each had successful careers in all the disciplines they now share with the students. If their combined C.V’s were written here, it would pretty much take over this whole article. From Hollywood blockbuster, to West-End, touring No.1 theatre HERTFORDSHIRE’S PREMIER PERFORMANCE ARTS SCHOOL to regular TV appearances, there’s not much the three “Heads of State” at Limitless haven’t done. “We’re not teachers; we’re actors with a wealth of experience to back up all that we do.” They put the success of Limitless down to that simple statement. The outcome is professional training, carried out by passionate people, who

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May also brings with it two Bank Holidays, and on these weekends we look forward to the return of the Royston May Fayre, the Royston Town Football Club’s Beer Festival and Bassingbourn Charities’ Family Fun Day. Each of these events promises fun for all ages. Barkway Market is a great example of a village market at its best, with over 120 stalls selling homeware, gardenware, plants, clothing and jewellery, art and craft, much of it vintage, antique, and/or collectable as well as artisan food and drink. You can be sure of finding something that little bit different in a quintessentially English setting. Do visit Wimpole Home Farm and the surrounding parkland to enjoy seeing the new-born lambs as they take their first steps. Finally, we often hear that “there’s nothing for teenagers to do” in the area. The Royston Army Cadets offers young people so much in the way of outdoor activities and sport as well as an opportunity to develop a sense of self and a sense of community. Why not drop in to see them?

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As the weather starts to get warmer, we can enjoy our gardens and being outdoors. Our What’s On pages are packed full with a variety of events taking place in Royston and the surrounding Villages.

Spotlight On: ACF


Out & About: Ashwell Music Festival


The Listing Mentions


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


Hidden Royston


What’s On


Think Garden, Think Richard


My Local Life: Simon Pratt


Looking After You


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


Our Contributors: Richard Arnott, Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Chris Lee, Royston Museum Photographer: Clive Porter


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Villages Abington Piggotts, Arrington, Ashwell, Barkway, Barley, Guilden Morden, Bassingbourn, Fowlmer Heydon, Kelshall, Kneesworth, Litlington e, Gt Chishill, Reed, Shepreth, Steeple Morden, , Melbourn, Meldreth Therfield, Thriplow, , Odsey, Orwell, Whaddon, Wimpole • USEFUL NUMBE RS • WHAT’S ON

Day TRIPS Trips &FROM Special Events DAY ROYSTON

Bruges Malvern Spring Festival Stody Lodge Gardens & Cream Tea National Flower Show Hylands Greenwich Hunstanton Melton Mowbray & Rutland Cruise Highgate Cemetery & Kenwood Chelsea Flower Show – Afternoon Chelsea Flower Show – Day Southwold London Kensington Museums or Shopping Blakeney Seals & Birds Brighton Royal Shakespeare Tour & Afternoon Tea Stratford-upon-Avon Houses of Parliament Tour Great Yarmouth East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens Sheringham Whitstable BBC Gardeners World Live Downton Abbey Explorer Blenheim Palace Flower Show Easton Walled Gardens & Boundary Mill

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Theatre Shows & Special Events (Stalls or Dress Circle) 13 Jun *Westlife – O2 Arena – Evening £99.00 14 Jun Cinderella – English National Ballet – RAH £95.00 18 Jun *Fleetwood Mac – Wembley Stadium – Eve £170.00 23 Jun *The Eagles – Wembley Stadium – Eve £140.00 28 Jun Brick Lane Music Hall – Summertime £59.00 6 Jul *The Who – Wembley Stadium £140.00 14 Jul Here Come The Boys – Matinee £78.00 21 Jul Tom Jones at Colchester Castle £95.00 24 Jul Motown – Milton Keynes – Matinee £62.00 25 Jul On Your Feet – Matinee £65.00 31 Jul Joseph – Matinee £70.00 1 Aug Countryfile Live Blenheim Palace £49.00 8 Aug *Jesus Christ Superstar – Matinee £75.00 14 Aug Joseph – Matinee £70.00 24 Aug Wicked – Matinee £65.00 29 Aug Evita – Regents Park – Matinee £79.00 4 Sep Waitress – Matinee £57.50 4 Sep The Lion King – Matinee £65.00 25 Sep 9 to 5 The Musical – Matinee M Keynes £55.00 19 Oct Andrea Bocelli – NEC Eve £99.00 24 Oct Fiddler on the Roof – Matinee £80.00 *Trumpington Park & Ride only Coach Tours 31 May Warner Sinah Warren 4 Days £315 2 Jun Liverpool & Manchester Ship Canal 5 Days £425 6 Jun Chatsworth Flower Show 3 Days £290 10 Jun Warners Cricket St Thomas 5 Days £495 15 Jun Eastbourne 8 Days £599 26 Jun Killarney & the Ring of Kerry 7 Days £715 8 Jul Gardens & Trains of Wales 5 Days £445 21 Jul Northumbrian Castles & Gardens 5 Days £435 22 Jul Warner Littlecote House Hotel 5 Days £475 Price per person sharing a twin/double. Single supplements may apply

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On? Ashwell at home What’s •17 open gardens The picturesque village of Ashwell welcomes visitors to its popular annual event ‘Ashwell at Home’, where you can enjoy a wide range of things to see and do, with entertainment for all the family. In addition to the traditional programme each year Ashwell at Home focuses on a special theme – for 2019 we will be celebrating ‘creativity. Parking is in the centre of the village and the comprehensive programme lists everything to see and do on the day.

• Children’s activities including story telling, a magic show and more! • Creative workshops for adults and children • Musical concerts and live music all around the village – and an adult singing workshop • Strolling performers • Morris Men and Tudor dancing • Walks and Talks including renowned internationally acclaimed local sculptor John Mills talking about his life and work

A wide range of refreshments will be available throughout the day at the Parish Rooms, • Arts and Crafts Victorian Café at the URC Hall And much more! and the village school. Tickets are £7 per adult when purchased on the day or £6 in advance. Under 18’s free when accompanied by a paying adult. Sunday 12th May, 11am-5pm


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Charity Recycling Scheme

Can you help us? We are the Crankshaw family and we collect traditionally hard to recycle waste to raise money for charity. Things we can accept include crisp and popcorn packets, biscuit and cake wrappers, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes and packaging, contact lenses, health and beauty caps, pumps, trigger spray and baby food pouches and more! Items can be dropped in the

Once upon a time, 300 million years ago to be more precise, there was a particle of sand called Sandie who was surrounded by millions of other sand particles. One day, Sandie became trapped by sand building up overhead. Being sand, there wasn’t much Sandie could do about this, except sit there as more sand piled on top. Then more sand piled on top of that until a transformation took place! All the squashed sand turned to stone - sandstone! Then an ice age struck with parts of the UK covered in an ice layer that was kilometres thick. Sandie, all of a sudden (which is very slow in geological terms) was being shoved

blue wheelie bin at 29 Cheyney Street, Steeple Morden, SG8 0LR or the green wheelie bin at Sandon School, SG9 0QS. When you drop off you can pick up a poster to take home. To find out more please email and like our Facebook page Charity Recycling North Herts and South Cambs.

along with a torrent of thick ice! Finally, the ice melted away and Sandie took in the new surroundings. It turns out Sandie had travelled over 120 miles from Derbyshire or Yorkshire (Sandie wasn’t too sure) all the way to Royston! Sandie was a particle of sand that is now a part of the Royse Stone. That big stone that sits at the bottom of Royston High Street. The stone is known as a “glacial erratic”. The “glacial” because it was moved by ice, the “erratic” is from the Latin “errare”, meaning to wander. Since being in Royston, the stone has found itself in a few different locations and has even been yarn bombed! I bet all those woollies would have come in handy during that ice age!

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Fowlmere art exhibition

This is the 18th Spring Art Exhibition at Fowlmere School raising money for the Fowlmere School PTFA, and also for The Beads of Courage Programme at Addenbrooke’s. There will be exhibitions of painting, drawing, ceramics, woodcraft, jewellery & cards by local artists. Also during the weekend there will be workshops on offer to take part in paper cutting, a craft afternoon, lino cutting and

making a silver pendant.

There will also be a evening session Saturday 18th May 7 9.30pm with canapés and paid bar. Book workshops via: fowlmereptfa

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world of journalism and literature, who will choose one In the run up to Royston Arts winning entry in each Festival, Creative Royston will category and age group. These again be running our popular creative writing competition, open will be announced during the festival and made available to to all ages. We are looking for original writing in two categories, read. fiction and non-fiction, and three The deadline for entries is age groups, 5-9, 10-17, and 18+. Monday 29th July. Full details of prizes and how to enter Entries should be 500 words or fewer, and should have the festival theme of “Our Planet” at their core. Don’t forget! The deadline for our Schools’ Cover Art Otherwise, be as imaginative as Competition is 17th May! See you like – we are excited to see our website and social media for what you create! We have two submission details. expert judging panels from the

Barkway Market You’re in for a treat at Barkway

preschool’s popup cafe, tea and cake aplenty Village Market, with over 120 stalls and the bar run by the church. selling homeware, gardenware, And new plants, clothing and jewellery, venture North art and craft, much of it vintage, antique, and/or collectable as well Herts Fm will be broadcasting live from the Market! as artisan food and drink. Hotel Chocolat’s Chocmobile See Facebook or Instagram will be coming and CEO Angus #BarkwayVillageMarket for more Thirlwell will open the market at details, together with a timetable 10am, heralded by the pealing of events. of the church bells. Barkway Village Market, We will have the miniature steam Saturday 11th May, 10am - 4pm. train, birds of prey, the Royston Town Band, Barkway school and Free Parking. Sat Nav SG8 8EJ


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Heathlands Animal Sanctuary

Heathlands Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted domestic pets. They take in dogs, cats, rabbits and some types of caged birds. You can find out more about adopting or fostering a pet on their website, as well as how to support the charity with their fundraising and events and their monthly lottery draw.

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Paloma is a beautiful 12 year old pretty girl who desperately wants to be your friend but is a little wary, and new owners will need to give her space and a lot of time to gain her trust. She now allows people to pick her up and is happy just to do her own thing, so may suit a home where she can interact with humans as and when she feels confident too. She has met all the resident cats and dogs in foster and although wary of the dogs, will tolerate being in the same space as them. Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530 / 07860 480015

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temperatures and more time outside this also means an increased risk for fleas and ticks infestation. Fleas are tiny insects that live by sucking and consuming blood. Only a small number of fleas are normally present on dogs and cats, as the most will stay in the environment until they are hungry. You can prevent these problems by keeping up to date with household sprays and flea treatments. Ticks are a different


type of external parasite. They commonly climb on the tip of grass or bushes and wait for the next dog or cat to stick to. At that point, the tick will cut the skin of the host and start sucking blood. These parasites are particularly nasty because they can transmit serious diseases. Many flea treatments are effective as tick treatments as well. Don’t forget to check your dog or cat’s coat regularly. If you need any other advice contact Royston Vet Centre: 01763 242221 or Baldock Vet Centre: 01462 895579

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Spotlight On... Royston ACF

Royston ACF situated behind the Fire station has been developing young people physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership since the 1960s. Our motto “To Inspire to Achieve” is at the heart of what we do. We welcome cadets and potential adult instructors of all abilities and backgrounds. It also aims to develop a sense of community in its cadets.

sleeping 100 Cadets and Instructors with classrooms, a .22 range, dining hall and Combined Adult Mess and the home for Beds and Herts Core of Drums. As this is an Army Barracks, we also have the use of the training area where Cadets and Adults can practice their fieldcraft skills with blank rounds and pyrotechnics such as smoke grenades, simulated battle sounds and mini flares.

The ACF provides a wide diversity of fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities and is a gateway to recognised vocational qualifications from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to BTEC First Diplomas which can help in working and school life.

Royston ACF has had lots to celebrate in the last two years with five Cadets being sent away to Canada for six weeks to learn all about long range shooting. Two of these Cadets have already been invited back to represent Great Britain under 25s. We have also had multiple gold medals in athletics, football and rugby.

The Weekend Training Centre is situated at Bassingbourn Barracks, with Hertfordshire being the “Home” of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force. The multipurpose Centre is a weekend training centre

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• Advising and preparing those considering a career in the Services or with the Reserve Forces. Contact our County HQ or drop in and see us Monday: 7.30 - 9.30pm Wednesday: 7.30 - 9.30pm Dodkin Hut, Tannery Drift, Royston, SG8 5DE 01992 582 423 or find us on Facebook: Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force

• Providing progressive cadet training, often of a challenging and exciting nature, to foster confidence, self-reliance, initiative, loyalty and a sense of service to other people • Encouraging the development of personal powers of practical leadership and the ability to work successfully as a member of a team

the natural beauty of flowers and other natural shapes. Emma Will creates coastal inspired ceramics, using clay, porcelain and driftwood, with soft muted glazes and smoke-fired techniques. Creative pieces 14/6/11 09:29 Page 1 includes wall hangings, sail boats, and more made in her Beach hut studio in Cambridge. The exhibition is open each weekday during office hours. Do come in and have a browse.

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NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES... Royston and the surrounding villages are a hive of activity. We are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of clubs and societies within our town and villages, covering a wide range of interests - from arts to sports, adventure to support.

Since its launch in 2005, The Listing has been proud to support the very many clubs and societies. We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies on our website:

Royston Cycling Club WI pm Five Years in the Saddle

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the club’s weekly rides start from Royston Market Place on Sundays at 9am with 3 to 4 groups riding at average speeds typically ranging from 12 mph to 18+mph over 20 to 40 mile local routes. Non-members who are over 18 are always welcome to join a ride. All that’s needed are some comfortable riding clothes, a helmet, a roadworthy bike and a little energy. Alternatively, those wanting to first learn more about the club can come to the Bull in Royston where riders gather at around 11am for a coffee and chat after the Sunday club run. More details can be found at

roysia womens club We had one speaker in April, Mike Beech who spoke about ‘The Occupations of Victorian Britain’, quite a grim period for many in the first half of the 19th Century. We also had our monthly social and a tombola to round off the Spring programme. The funds raised by the tombola will go towards the Charity we have chosen to support this year, the restoration of Royston Parish Church, after the dreadful fire last December. After the Easter break our summer programme starts on 20th May when Andy Malcolm will be speaking about the Fisherman’s Mission and the vital role they play in caring for our fishermen. New members are welcome to our club, Wendy Pearce: 01763 231381

Royston WI pm meet at 1.30pm on the second Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall next to the Picture Palace. We would be pleased to welcome you to our friendly group of women from varied backgrounds and with a wide variety of interests. We have regular meetings to discuss books, learn ukulele, take country rambles and enjoy lunch together. We also organise visits to theatres and places of interest as well as social events like coffee mornings. In May we will be reviewing the year at our Annual General Meeting.

For more information, call Eunice: 01763 231658 or Jean: 01763 245958

Royston u3a

The history of lighthouses attracted a 200 strong audience at Royston U3A’s meeting. Lighthouse fan Mark Lewis said the enduring romantic appeal is down to the locations of lighthouses. But the story of the engineers who designed them, the workers who built them and the men who lived in them is equally extraordinary. His talk shed light on the two thousand year history of lighthouses and he revealed that one designer was Henry Winstanley from Saffron Walden who constructed the first lighthouse at Eddystone Rock in 1698, a notorious spot for shipwrecks. The next monthly meeting will be on May 28th at 2pm with a talk by Graham Harrison on Poisons for Medicine. or contact Jackie: or 01763 248097

Royston Cricket Club

Royston Cricket Club are seeking players of all ages and abilities, boys, girls, men and women. Royston Cricket Club is one of the few growing clubs in this region, currently running three Senior teams as well as Juniors at Under 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15. We run training for players from 5 to 13 on a Sunday morning starting from 5th May through to the end July. Training for adults and children over 13 is on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm. All training is at our ground in Therfield.

For more information about please contact: Martin Leary (1st XI Captain) roystoncc@ or David May (Club Chairman) or visit

Royston Townswomen Guild A last hurrah by four old men in a boat, this

lively report entertained the April meeting. The intrepid quartet bought a boat brushed up on their sailing and navigational skills then carefully sailed up the east coast of Great Britain to the challenging waters of the Pentland Firth. Foretold they would not have the experience to sail through the notoriously strong tidal seas, the group sailed through on calm waters just 24 hours ahead of a storm. Many times on their voyage they witnessed the call out and return of the RNLI giving thanks it was never for themselves. Their swansong over, they sold the boat. Next month’s meeting requests each member to bring along two pairs of socks! Come along to our next meeting 7th May at 1.45pm in Heritage Hall, Town Hall Royston Contact Pauline: 01763 221314

Email your club news to Please note that all entries are published subject to space and we cannot guarantee inclusions amusing anecdotes from village and family life. He read several poems about Our meeting this month was full of laughter when Bob Jones the characters in his stories and read several extracts gave his talk entitled ‘Laughter of amusing letters he has in the Village’. received. WI AM meets on the 2nd We heard about his various Wednesday of the month at the jobs, which were an Market Hill Rooms, Royston. accountant, a dairy farmer Coffee and tea is served from and an emergency services 9.45 am with speaker following paramedic. Bob has also on. Visitors are welcome. researched life in several Please contact: Pat Morritt villages and told many 01763 661627

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with the Castle Shipping Line taking over the fleet. The Union Castle named most of their ships with the suffix “Castle”, such as The Dover Castle. The ships ran a rigid timetable. The Majestic Age of Ocean Liners began in the 1900s ran between the two wars and into the 1950s.

Royston & District Local History Society

In April we heard ‘The Majestic Age of the Ocean Liner’ by Richard Mellor.

When leaving school in 1954, he joined the Union Castle and remained with the company until he retired. Richard told us how the Union Line merged with the Castle Shipping Line on 8th March 1900, creating the UnionCastle Mail Steamship Company,

Our next meeting is The AGM followed by: Cambridgeshire History on your Computer: the Library on your Laptop by Mike Petty on 9th May in the Town Hall at 7.30pm

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Out & About... Ashwell Music Festival

The beautiful, historic village of Ashwell is set to host its 2019 Music Festival with an eclectic programme boasting internationally renowned musicians and artists. Running across two weekends – from 10th-19th May – the Hertfordshire village provides a stunning setting, with more than just music to explore. Ashwell Music Festival is now in its 66th year, having begun in 1953 by Canon Jack Catterick and mainly takes place in The Church of St Mary’s, a Grade One listed building from the 14th and 15th centuries well known for its striking spire and medieval graffiti. The Festival raises money to develop the Festival and support the Church’s restoration fund. Festival highlights this year include brass, jazz, classic euro pop and contributions from the village’s own talented musicians and singers. The festival launches on Friday 10th May with the Goldfield Ensemble weaving tales of Fens folklore with music and myth, entertaining young and grown up story fans alike at Ashwell School from 6pm. Internationally renowned Foden’s Band, acclaimed as one of the best in the world, and winners of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 12 times over, are the stars of Saturday 11th May,

playing in St Mary’s at 7pm. On Thursday 16th May at 7pm, the young musicians and singers of two local schools, Ashwell JMI and The Knights Templar come together with St Mary’s Junior Choir to present a free concert at St Mary’s Church at 7pm. On Friday 17th May, from 7pm, Basin Street Brawlers take the stage at St Mary’s. The UK’s own ‘world class’ (BBC) early jazz ensemble are famous for playing the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s. The group are acclaimed as ‘London’s top hot jazz ensemble’, according to, making regular appearances at famous clubs and concert halls nationwide, including the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and Oxford’s Holywell Music Room. Then on Saturday 18th May at 7pm, Ashwell meets its Waterloo as Planet Abba deliver their fabulous, choreographed stage show, with many costume changes, faithfully encapsulates the sights and sounds of Abba and their endless stream of unforgettable hits.

Said Festival Chair, John Rowlands ‘We’re thrilled with the talent we’re bringing to the village this year as well as the support we’ve had from sponsors and people who give their time to make this event such as success. We can’t wait for the magic to start.” Did you know? This church is so steeped in history it has medieval graffiti, describing the horror of being a survivor in the Black Death bubonic plague pandemic of the 14th century.

For full booking information and to buy The Festival closes with a traditional choral tickets go to the Ashwell Music Festival Evensong performed by St Mary’s Church website at Choir, on Sunday 19th May at 6pm.

mentions May to us is really the start of all the fun summer events we look forward to all year and this year is no different! We are also fortunate to have two bank holidays and if you are lucky enough to not be working you may be stuck on what to do. We have put together just a few events along the Fetes and Fayres theme that you can attend in May.

As seen in our ‘Out & About’ this month the beautiful village of Ashwell is set to host its 2019 Music Festival over two weekends from 10th-19th May, you can find out more about this above

For many people, Royston Town Football Club’s Music and Beer Festival is a ‘must attend’ event of the summer. From live music,bouncy castles, real ale and ciders and an all new for 2019 Gin Bar, it has something for everyone and promises to be a great day out.

These are just a few of the many things we have going on locally in May. If you still need some inspiration then visit pages 17 & 18 for our What’s On Calendar!

Barkway Market also takes place on Saturday 11th May from 10am-4pm. With over 120 stalls selling homeware, gardenware, plants, clothing and much more it’s a great event for your summer calendar.

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27 April - 12 May 2019 We’ve 300 rare breed ewes to lamb, so come and share their first shaky steps of life and learn how we care for them in their first few days on the farm.


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May is a very busy time for us as we will be visiting the Lake District for the President’s weekend away and then, just a few days later, many of us will journey to Paray-le-Monial in France to visit our twin club. Here we know we will be very well entertained and, from previous experience, over fed (but deliciously so)!

The care home for everyone The monthly walk on Sunday 12th May will be a 5 mile circular walk between Abington Pigotts and Steeple Morden, starting at the Pig and Abbot at 9.30 and returning for an optional lunch.

Band supports Church restoration

Royston Town Band has had a close relationship with the church for many years - we have played at weddings, held many concerts there including our 150 year anniversary celebration and even funerals. To show our support for the church, all proceeds of our Spring Concert will go to the church’s restoration fund. We hope you’ll join us on Sunday 19th May at the Town Hall 2-4pm for some brass band

music to celebrate Royston’s community. Tickets available on the door, £5. Under 5s free. The Band can be heard at several other locations throughout May; The Orchard Tea Gardens Grantchester on the 5th, Royston May Fayre 6th, Barkway Village Market 11th. roystonband. secretary@

Following on from the success of the TV show ‘Care Home for 4 year olds’, Margaret House Residential and Dementia Care Home in Barley and Barley and Barkway Federation have set up a partnership, resulting in a series of regular interactions between residents and the school children. Resident Mrs Pamela Green said “Seeing the children makes me feel younger, I really enjoy their company” and resident Mrs Rene Wiggins added “I didn’t have children but I really enjoy their visits”. So far sessions have included the children reading, drawing and more with residents at Margaret House and the residents going to the school to take part in the after school art. Lea-Ann Smith, Social and Wellbeing Manager said “It has been fantastic, the resident’s eyes light up when they see the children at the door and it’s lovely to see both age groups enjoying doing activities together and to hear resident’s asking when their ‘young friends’ will be coming back.”

will be working together on a larger scale art project. Using the theme of our villages across the ages to tie in with National Care Home day’s celebration of art in care and the community, they will be asking everyone for drawings and sketches of local scenes. These will combine into a large scale finished piece of art and eventually be displayed between Margaret House and the two school sites. Simon Richardson, a member of staff at the school said “We hope to offer an afternoon of drawing for residents at Margaret House over the Easter Holiday and concurrently run open family drawing sessions at both schools. We would like as many people as possible to be able to contribute towards our finished collage/painting.” 01763 848272

Over the next few months the school and Margaret House


Fun for all the family! 

Children’s fairground roundabouts and side stalls

Bouncy castle and slide

Miniature train rides

Punch & Judy

Companion Dog Show with novelty classes

Royston Town Band

Charity side stalls

Beer tent

Hog roast, burgers, retro sweets, candy floss & more

FREE ATTRACTIONS: Circus Whiz & Last Man Standing

Historical Vehicle show Royston Town Hall carpark

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen Tiramisu Hello my fellow foodies... and welcome to another bright and shiny edition of The Listing. I hope you all had a lovely break for Easter. This month, with the promise of some good weather, two bank holiday weekends and a distinct probability of the first Le Fey barbecue of the year, my thoughts turned to a dessert, that is not only a real crowd pleaser, but is simple to create and can be made in advance. I used a 20cm x 20cm ceramic serving dish approximately 6cm deep, but you could use a different size and have a deeper or more shallow slice, I have even seen it made in individual portions and also served up by the spoonful like trifle. You will need • 568ml Double Cream • 250g Mascarpone Cheese • 75ml Marsala • 5tbsp Brown Caster Sugar • 300ml Strong Black Coffee • 175g Sponge Fingers • 50g Dark Chocolate

Let’s begin by making the coffee and pouring it into a shallow dish to allow it to cool before we need to use it. Next we should whisk the cream, mascarpone, sugar and Marsala into a thick, yet light and airy mixture. Set this to the side while we move on to the next step. Take the sponge fingers and, one at a time, dip it into the coffee and turn it over to ensure both sides are covered, then lay the sponge fingers in neat rows covering the base of your dish. Resist the temptation to completely soak the sponge fingers they will be extremely tricky to handle or disintegrate completely. Once you have a completed layer, top with half of the cream/ mascarpone mixture and finish to a smooth top. Now cover with a fine layer of finely grated chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder. (I grate the chocolate straight on to the top). Repeat with a second layer of coffee soaked biscuits and a second layer of the cream and mascarpone mixture again finishing to a clean, smooth top. Finish with a generous layer of grated chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder. Now leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill and firm up then it is ready to serve in slices, spoonfuls or great big dollops...the choice dear reader, as always, is all yours.

• 2 tsp Cocoa Powder

Variations You may choose to leave out the Marsala or you may wish to add more. For more of a boozy kick sprinkle a little Marsala on top of the soaked sponge finger layer before adding the cream and mascarpone layer. Some people may not like coffee -you could use a blend of freshly squeezed citrus fruits to soak the sponge finger and flavour the cream mixture with a glug of Limoncello or something orange based like Cointreau. I would love to hear your creative ideas please email them into to The Listing team at Until next time dear reader...

Tallulah Le Fey x

Product of the month The Great British Breakfast

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To me, the Bank Holidays mean BBQs and time out with friends and family. The May Fayre offers something for all ages in Priory Memorial Gardens, from fairground rides to arena attractions and a historical vehicle show. There’s similar in Bassingbourn on the late BH Sunday, with a vintage car show, dog show, stalls, activities, live music, beer and food tents. Last but not least is the RTFC Beer and Music Festival on the same day, always great fun for all ages!


Missing Link (PG)

Fri 10th May 7.30pm

The White Crow (12A)

Sat 11th May 7.30pm

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Fri 17th May 7.30pm

Fisherman’s Friends (12A)

Sat 18th May 7.30pm

The Kindergarten Teacher (12A)

Fri 24th May 7.30pm

Benjamin (15)

For up to date screenings, more information and bookings visit:

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Jane Harvey – Artist Commissions, paintings and prints for sale Art Classes Studio open weekends 10am – 2pm or by appointment

The Studio 41 Ermine Way, Arrington, Nr. Royston, Herts. SG8 0AG tel: 01223 207057 email: website:

Family tree research This month’s photo is from The Cambridgeshire Collection, available at the Central Library, Lion’s Yard, Cambridge.

We were researching our family from Witchford near Ely, and we knew from the 1891 census that William Henry Cole was a 23 year-old Beer Retailer at The Hammer and Anvil pub. We ordered the box of photos from the Library storeroom and a few minutes later were astonished to find not only a picture of the Hammer and Anvil but one with a number of people outside. On the rear of the photo was the names of the subjects, and they were our direct relatives!

The younger gentleman with the white sleeves is William Henry. The older lady in the middle is his Grandmother Mary Ann Cole who in 1891 lived with him and two of his siblings. The man to the right of the photo is his uncle William.The Hammer and Anvil was originally run by Williams grandfather, who was also a blacksmith. ukfamilytreestarter

Royston Historical Pageant

Sat 4th May 3.30pm



Turn back time to the middle ages at the Historical Pageant taking place in the Priory Memorial Gardens on Sunday 7th July.

and we need volunteers to help ensure it runs safely and is a success.

The Pageant will provide a fascinating insight into medieval life, including a living history encampment with a medieval feast; a procession; mummers plays; medieval dance falconry and more. There will also be medieval type food and a licenced bar. This is a free community event

If you are interested in helping in any way, or would like to find out more about this please contact Local businesses interested in having a stall at the Pageant should contact

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to join our team, so if you are community-minded, have a few hours to spare on a weekend evening and would like to watch films for free, we would love to hear from you!

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PSST... The three tuns

Ashwell Summer Festival Live Music, Beer, Gin & Prosecco Bar, Cider, BBQ & Fathers Day Fun. Friday 14th June from 6pm, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June, 12pm- late

Vacancy for Melbourn Primary School Melbourn Primary school is a warm and welcoming school on the Cambridgeshire / Hertfordshire border with approximately 350 children in 14 classes. Our children are friendly and enjoy learning. We believe that learning should be irresistible and we strive for excellence in all we do. School Cleaner Level 1A (point 6) £8.50 per hour We require an additional cleaner to undertake the cleaning of designated areas within the school premises to ensure that they are kept in a clean and hygienic condition in accordance with the school cleaning specification. Term time only (38 weeks) Monday – Friday 10 hours per week 3.30pm – 5.30pm School Holiday 35 hours The school holiday working times will be scheduled as 5 hours each during Christmas, Easter, half terms with 10 hours over two days in the summer holiday. Melbourn Primary School is committed to the protection and safety of all its pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidates will be subject satisfactory references, health and an enhanced DBS checks. For more information contact Natalie Mulvey Tel: 01763 223457 email: Closing date for applications: 10.00am Mon 13th May 2019

Archery Gb’s Big Weekend

Royston Heath Archery Club come and try is welcoming everyone to give their skill and archery a go members of the club will be on hand to guide Families and people of all ages are invited to try the fun you. This free event is part of Archery GB’s Big Weekend. sport of archery on Royston Heath on Saturday 18th May 2019 from 11am to 3pm – even if they have never picked up a bow and arrow before. Adults and children over 7 years of age are welcome to

All equipment will be provided, so all participants need to bring along is themselves and plenty of enthusiasm.

Davey’s Butcher’s Est 1977 Now Offer Our popular Meat Boxes For Local Free Delivery Every Tuesday To Royston

We use local Poultry, Award winning Pork from Garnett’s, Organic Grass Fed Lamb Dry age Hung Beef Delivered in refrigerated Vans. Cut & packed Day of Delivery

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4 x 200g Chicken Fillets 2 x 1lb Lean Beef Mince 1lb Tender diced Beef 2 Large Pork Chops 4 Lamb Loin Chops 2 x 8oz Sirloin Steaks 2 x 4 Meldreth Sausages 8 Dry Cured Back Rashers 1kg Boneless Pork loin or 4lb Norfolk Chicken


Meat Box 2

4 x 1/4 Pound Burgers 2 x 8oz Sirloin Steaks 2 x 12oz Rib Eye Steaks 2 x 1lb Lean Steak Mince

1lb Diced Rump 4 x 4oz Flash Fry Steaks 500g Beef stir fry strips 1kg Topside Joint


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4 x 11-12oz Free Range Chicken Supremes 800-1100gm Chicken Legs or Thighs 4 x 200gm Chicken Fillets 2 x 1lb Chicken Brest Strips 2 x 8 oz Barbary Duck Breast 6 x 150gm Turkey Breast Steaks 2 x 1lb Diced Turkey 3.5lb Free Range Corn fed Chicken 1.2 kg Turkey Breast Roast


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Meat Box 3

600g Belly Pork 4 x 200g Pork loin Steaks 600g Pork Tenderloin 8 x 150gm Lamb Loin Chops 1lb Diced Lamb Leg 2 x 1lb Minced Lamb or Pork 1.5kg Leg of Lamb Roast 1kg Boneless Pork Loin 12 Meldreth Pork sausages 1lb Sausage Meat


Add To Any Meat Box any of The Following 2 x 6oz Centre Fillet Steaks £13.95 2 x 12oz Rib Eye Steaks £12.50 16-20oz T.Bone Steak £10.00 2 x 8oz Sirloin Steaks £8.50 4 x 16oz Rump Steaks £20.00 4 x 11-12oz Free Range Chicken Supremes £9.90 1.2 Kg Angus Topside Joint £12.50 2kg Boned Pork Shoulder £13.90 8 x 200g Chicken Fillets £10.00 4 x 1lb Lean Minced Beef £10.00 4lb F/R Norfolk Chicken £7.50 2.5kg Eng Leg of Lamb £27.50 8 x Angus Quarter Pounders £6.00 5lb Meldreth Sausages £12.50 5lb Pack Best Back Bacon £11.99

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Business Profile


Bury Lane current grow 35 acres of the traditional old variety asparagus, with new crowns being planted every year. The spears are hand-picked daily from the fields and in store for when it opens at 9am – you really cannot get fresher coupled with zero food miles. Cooking asparagus: Trim the asparagus by bending each stalk near the bottom and discarding the bit where it naturally breaks. Bring some well salted water to the boil in a shallow wide pan, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.

News from the market- Cheesey Bob

...hammed up: Parma ham with asparagus is an ideal mixture of tastes and textures. Either wrap around or shred over

Each month The Listing will introduce one of Royston’s market traders. In this edition we would like to highlight the popular ‘CheeseyBob’ as he is known to his customers. Bob’s family first started trading in Royston some 50 years ago and he sells an extremely wide range of quality cheeses including the award winning ‘Black Bomber’ cheddar, Stilton and Wensleydale along with many

Bury Lane Farm Shop, A10 Bypass, Melbourn, SG8 6DF

Orwell Pannier Market

Try it... ...just as it comes: Drizzle with basil oil and shave 4-6 thin pieces of parmesan. Sprinkle with a few Maldon sea-salt flakes and some black pepper. ...a classic way: Buy our readymade Hollandaise Sauce for a classic accompaniment.

other varieties. Pork pies, sausages, smoked/unsmoked bacon joints and eggs make up just part of what is on offer. You can find Bob on the market every Wednesday from 8am along with of course all the regular market traders bringing fresh and high quality produce to our town.

Markets in May

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

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 4th May 9am - 12pm, Linton Village College

Fowlmere Farmers Market

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

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Ace Catering’s policy is ingredients locally sourc

Herts Country Market

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

Outdoor Market

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

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market

3rd Saturday monthly, Sat 18th May 9.30am - 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School

• Fresh Fruit & Vegetables • Delicatessen • Butchery • Fishmongers • Fresh Flowers • Gift Shop • Garden Centre • Café • PYO in season • Free-range Eggs • Children’s Fun Barn

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ACE Catering was formed in 2017 by Aleks and Chris who have known each other for more than 10 years and have over 30 years catering experience between them, culminating in them both being respected Chefs within the industry. Highly passionate about food, they are ideally suited to provide catering ranging from fine dining to corporate functions and event entertaining including weddings. They pride themselves on working closely with clients regarding what is achievable with a seamless presentation and at a price that works within the client’s budget. No two events are the same and time is spent with each client to ensure that they have a very good understanding of the requirements and aim to exceed expectations. Ace Catering’s policy is to use fresh ingredients locally sourced where possible.

Poem Any event from a small intimate private dining party to formal dinners for 250 people catered for. BBQ’s, Paella Dishes, Hog Roasts and Buffets available for summer parties. Special Offer - Mention this editorial in The Listing and receive 10% discount on bookings in 2019 In May 2018 Aleks and Chris opened ACE snack and coffee in Ely a small Coffee Shop opposite Ely Cathedral. The Shop has an intimate cosy feeling and provides snacks and homemade cakes together with speciality teas and coffees. It is open seven days a week. 07895 786900

Here is a beautiful poem written by Peter Stallard, one of our readers A couple of years ago I could write poetry With the words flowing easily from my pen. But I had a number of falls in quick succession And to find the right words has been a struggle since then. Also, I could no longer walk properly And ended up just slowly shuffling along. I subsequently went to Addenbrookes hospital, Where they soon diagnosed what was wrong.

But with almost constant irritation from eczema Any sleep I have rarely goes very deep. Parkinson’s can also bring with it memory loss From which I am suffering today, and every day. Not just names, but things I could once do on my computer I can no longer recall in any way. It has also sent me back to my ‘baby’ days As I dribble, for no reason at all. At the same time I appear to have moved on in years For my writing has become straggly and small.

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Hidden Royston Banyers Below Stairs

An old building is real - solid and vibrant when in use but pinning down the past life of that same building can be a challenge. History is a selective record and interpretation of so-called facts can be surprisingly inconclusive. That, at least, is what I found before exploring beneath Banyers House in the centre of Royston. Some things we know about past ownership of the building – currently rooms, restaurant and pub – is that it only became a hotel in the 1930s. In the early 20th century it was home to a local racehorse owner (with his horses stabled

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to the rear). But the house is much older - built in the 1700s for Edward Banyer, Vicar of Royston from 1739 to 1752. It was later the home of Joseph Beldam who played an important part in the abolition of the international slave trade. When digging around, trying to unearth some ‘underground’ stories about the Banyers, getting a clear picture of the past presented a challenge. I’d heard all sorts of stories – about a tunnel to the parish church opposite, and a late 18th century icehouse that only came to light when workmen were recently digging foundations. I’d also heard stories about ghostly goings on, and even a tale about some dodgy £20 notes that seemed too intriguing to be true. Equipped with this sketchy information, I set out to separate fact from fiction. To uncover the whole story visit: Written by Chris Lee

I love May as it really starts to feel like summer and is the start of holiday season. This month I look forward to spending my bank holidays in the sunshine (I hope!). I will definitely be attending the Royston Town FC Beer Festival and hopefully will be able to pop along to some of the other events too!

Live Racing from MADScot

‘MADS’ continue to live up to their acronym, with the promise of yet more hilarious antics at a series of three Race Nights. Featuring live racing – yes that’s right live - the audience will be placing their bets and cheering on their favourites, in a number of exciting races including the ‘Grand National’ and ‘Winner’s cup’. The event will not only be enormous fun, but will help

raise funds in support of the fantastic work that Melbourn Dynamos Football Club are doing for so many of our children and young people. Tickets are £10, to include nibbles and are available either from Melbourn Hub or 07513 457845 Meldreth Village Hall Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May at 7pm Sunday 19th at 2pm

THE BEACH @ BURY LANE Our exciting new children’s adventure zone opens this summer Large outdoor play area with diggers, trampolines, bungees, go karts, climbing boulder, sandy beach and more! Free Parking, Cafe, Indoor Farm-Themed Fun Barn Opening Saturday 18th May 2019

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Deadline for What’s On: 10th May

What’s On... Cambridge Past Present and Future: May Day Morris Dance Wed 1st May, 5 – 6am Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Be up with the lark this May Day as the summer sun rises above the Wandlebury woodlands, and witness the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men dancing to greet it. Refreshments will be available for purchase on the day.

Wildlife Trust Dawn Chorus Walk

Thu 2nd May, 6 – 8am Trumpington Meadows, Hauxton Road, Trumpington, CB2 9FT Join the rangers on this special guided walk to hear bird song in the early morning – the best count on previous walks was 43 bird species – can it be beaten this year? Hot drinks and croissants available after the walk. £7.50 per person. Contact:

North Herts Art Society Lecture Thu 2nd May, 11am - 12.15pm & 2 – 3.15pm Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Rd, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4ET Two separate sessions. Churchill’s paintings record landscapes from the Riviera, to Blenheim, Chartwell and Marrakech. Free Parking and lift access, £7.

Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio

Fri 3rd May, 7.30pm Cambridge Modern Jazz, CB22 5BP Dennis Rollins is well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach on that underrated instrument, the trombone. £15, £8 for under 16s.

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts Free Open Day Sat 4th May 9 Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BP 03330 124 6868

Coton Countryside Walk

Sat 4th May, 10am – 3pm St Mary’s Church, Cambridge CB2 3PQ Join us for a sociable and flat walk from Great St Mary’s Church. We will visit Coton Produce Sale for coffee, cakes, and seasonal produce and an opportunity to divert to The Plough pub in Coton for lunch.

Breast Cancer Charity Craft Fair Sat 4th May, 1 – 4pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 0QQ Please come along and support us! Refreshments available, raffle, variety of stalls and much more.

Cardboard Cut Printing

Sat 4th May, 1.30 – 4.30pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB On this half day course you will learn about and investigate the qualities and potential of cardboard for making relief prints. Cost includes all materials. £45 per person.

Wandlebury Park Outdoor Cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody Sat 4th May, 7 – 11pm Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Open-air cinema company The Star & Mouse will be screening the story of Freddie Mercury and the legendary rock band Queen in the awardwinning film Bohemian Rhapsody. Age rating 12A.

Cambridgeshire Choral Society Performance

Sat 4th May, 7.30pm The Chapel Trinity College, CB2 1TQ Cambridgeshire Choral Society are performing works by Vierne, Poulenc, Franck and Fauré. Tickets are available online at the Cambridge Live website, Box Office in Wheeler Street, or on the door. £15 for adults, £5 for students. www.cambridgelive.

Gin Tasting with Stephen Marsh

Sat 4th May, 7.30 – 10.30pm Cokenach Estate, Barkway SG8 8DL Gin bar with selection of gins and soft drinks. Tickets £20, includes a welcome drink, tasting and canapés. All proceeds to Khandel Light.

Cambridge Gliding Centre Open Day

Sun 5th May, 10am – 4pm Gransden Lodge Airfield, SG19 3EB Discounted trial gliding lessons with our qualified instructors will be available using a choice of winch launch, aerotow or motor glider. All welcome. Contact: 01767 677077

Gt Chishill Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 5th May, 10am – 4pm Great Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH Antiques & Vintage stalls, tea and cake. £1 entry.

Wildlife Trust Bluebells and Wildflower Walk Sun 5th May, 2.30 – 4.30pm Brampton Wood Nature Reserve, PE28 0DB See woodland flowers and learn about the management of this beautiful ancient woodland.

Teatime Praise!

Sun 5th May, 3.30pm Greneway School, SG8 7JF A short service for all the family followed by tea and cake. Run by Royston Parish Church. Contact:

Royston May Fayre

Mon 6th May, 12 – 4.30pm Priory Memorial Gardens, SG8 9DX There’s fun for all the family with a number of attractions throughout the gardens. Many activities including the very popular dog show, fairground rides, bouncy castles, Punch & Judy and charity stalls. Free admission! Sponsored by Royston Town Council and Royston Rotary club.

Beginners Printing Workshop

Thu 9th May, 10.30am – 3pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL Use our old printing press to create your own art work – no experience needed at all! £25 per person, includes all materials.

AGM and Cambridgeshire History on your Computer: The Library on your Laptop

Thu 9th May, 7.30 – 9.30pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Royston & District Local History Society Mike Patty will give an illustrated talk at 8pm following the AGM. Visitors welcome, £2 Contact: 01763 242677

Alex Munk’s ‘Flying Machines’ Thu 9th May, 7.30pm Cambridge Modern Jazz, CB2 1RU Flying Machines is the new band from guitarist Alex Munk, featuring some of the UK’s brightest young stars. £18, students £15 including U3A & accompanied under 18s.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Talk Thu 9th May, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, SG8 7AU All welcome to this talk.

Introduction to Opera: Dialogues des Carmelites

Fri 10th May, 10am – 12pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB This lecture, copiously illustrated with musical and visual examples, will give better access to some wonderful work, ahead of the performance from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to be shown at the Broadway Cinema on May 11th.

Pamper Evening

Fri 10th May, 7 – 10pm Litlington Village Hall, 9 Abbotts Cl, Litlington, Royston SG8 0QQ Shopping, wine and treatments, in aid of Litlington Pre-School. £5 a ticket – tickets bought before the night get a pamper hamper ticket. Contact: 07794 236985

Royston Folk Club Showcase Fri 10th May, 7pm Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston, SG8 9AW Featuring Izzy Kershaw, Kevin Hunt, Dave Pierce, Bernard Hoskin, Crayon Angels. £4 (£3 performers), and £2 for under 25s.

Royston Arts Society: Demonstration by Kit Leese

Fri 10th May, 8 – 10pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, Royston SG8 9DW Kit Leese will be giving a demonstration, painting “A Landscape in Gouache”. Nonmembers £3 including refreshments. Contact: 01763 261808

Go Bats at Wandlebury

Sat 11th May, 10 – 10.30am Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Contact: 01438 843277

Writing About Lives – Biography and Autobiography

Sat 11th May, 10am – 3pm Letchworth Settlement, SG6 4UB On this one day course we will explore and practise writing about lives – ours and those of other people.

Lucies’ Boutique – Preloved Chidren’s and Maternity Wear Sale

Sat 11th May, 12.30 – 4pm Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill, SG8 9DW We stock quality secondhand & new, maternity, baby & children’s clothes & shoes (0 – 5 years), designer to high street, all in nearly new condition.

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas

Sat 11th & Sun 12th May, 2 – 4pm Bourn Windmill, CB23 2SU Come and see inside one of the oldest mills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village. Teas and cakes will be available

Bridges of London

Sun 12th May A sponsored walk for all the family crossing the iconic bridges of London. In aid of Garden House Hospice Care. For more information visit

Orwell Antiques & Vintage Fair Sun 12th May, 10am – 4pm Orwell Village Hall, 32-66 High St, Orwell, Royston SG8 5QN Antiques & Vintage stalls, tea and cake. £1.

Tao Wellbeing Workshop

Sun 12th May, 10am – 12pm Royston Complementary Health Centre, SG8 9JS Learn the amazing self healing techniques from the TAO in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. £20 per person. Contact: 01763 247440

Fri 10th May, 8.30 – 10pm Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Cambridgeshire Bat Group will be leading this walk at dusk to look for bats, use a bat detector and learn more about them.

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Sat 11th May, 9.30am St Christophers School, Barrington Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3JZ Independent day and boarding school for girls and boys ages 3 to 18. Sat 11th May, 10am – 4pm Over 120 stalls plus attractions for all ages! Food and refreshments will be available.

Food and Fruit in Art of N Europe 1500-1800

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Saturday Stories at Royston Library

Sun 12th May, 11am - 5pm Ashwell, SG7 5LY Enjoy 17 open gardens, Children’s activities including story telling, a magic show and more! Sun 12th May, 1 – 5pm Fanhams Hall, Ware SG12 7PZ In support of British Red Cross. Refreshments and live music. £5

Sun 12th May, 2.30pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Fully staged opera in English. Retiring collection to Breast Cancer Care. Tickets £20.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day Sun 12th May, 2.30 – 5.30pm Mill Ln, Hinxton, CB10 1RD Drop in and explore this impressive 17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Domesday Book. CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For nonmembers £3 adults, £1 children.

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What’s On... The USAF First Air Division Headquarters

Tue 14th May, 7pm Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Nuthampstead Airfield Museum is pleased to announce talks at our new venue, Barkway Village Hall. £7.50 suggested donation.

Curwens Preview Evening

Thu 16th May, 6pm Curwens Solicitors, 17 High St, SG8 9AA It is time to pop into Curwens Solicitors to view the work of local artists, as the art space changes and three new artists display their work. 01763 241261

Quiz Night

Fri 17th May, 7pm Steeple Morden Primary School, 7 Hay St, Steeple Morden, SG8 0PD Supporting the charity Bedazzle Projects. Tickets £7.50.

Race Night: The ‘Mads’ Way!

Mind Aware Relaxation and Mation Morning

Sun 19th May, 10am – 1pm Royston Complementary Health Centre, SG8 9JS Enjoy 3 hours of mindful relaxation exercises which will help to relax and clear your mind. 01763 247440

Red Cross Open Garden

Sun 19th May, 2 – 5pm Odsey Park, Odsey, SG7 6SD Teas and plant stalls. A three-acre Victorian garden with recent additions. £5 adult, children under 12 free.

Royston Town Band Concert

Sun 19th May, 2 – 4pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA A selection of brass band music for all the family. All proceeds donated to the Royston Parish Church’s restoration fund. Tickets available £5, under 5s free:

Sat 18th May, 9 – 11.30am Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Construct shelters, cook on an open fire, whittle feather sticks and butter knives, and practice primitive firebuilding techniques in these sessions.

Fowlmere School Spring Art Exhibition Sat 18th May, 10am – 9.30pm Sun 19th May, 10am – 4.30pm Fowlmere School, SG8 7SL An exhibition of painting, drawing, ceramics, woodcraft, jewellery and cards by local artists.

Plant Swap and Sale, Produce and Book stall

Sat 18th May, 10am – 12pm Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Bring along your own plants to swap. All proceeds in aid of Foxton Gardens Association. Also come along and enjoy tea, coffee and cake, in aid of Foxton Women’s Insitute.

An Afternoon of Spiritual Reading and Reiki

Sat 18th May, 11am – 4pm Royston Cave Shop, SG8 7BZ With Dawn Russell, Clairvoyant Psychic Medium and Reiki Master.

Archery GB Big Weekend

Sat 18th May, 11am – 3pm Therfield Heath, SG8 9NU Royston Heath Archery Club is welcoming everyone (over the age of 7) to come along and give archery a go!

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Wool Shearing Course

The Crafty Fair

Sun 19th May, 3.30 – 5.30pm Royston Methodist Church SG8 7AU The theme for May is “At the Seaside”. Adults and accompanied children are welcome to come enjoy creative crafts, science experiments, a meal shared together and more.

Saturday Bushcraft for Families

Sat 25th May, 10am – 4pm Hinxworth Village Hall, Baldock Come and develop your painting skills under the guidance of one of East Anglia’s leading watercolour artists. £35 for the day inc. refreshments. 01763 261808,

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Steam at the Hoops

Sat 18th May, 8am Holy Trinity Church, North End, Meldreth, SG8 6NT Mike Foley will be leading a bird walk along the Melwood Conservation Group. Free event, families welcome.

Watercolour Workshop with Keith Hornblower, FSAI

Sun 19th May, 3 – 5pm Steeple Morden Village Hall SG8 0NQ Enjoy an afternoon tea whilst listening to music by Flanders and Swann. £12

Flanders & Swann Afternoon Tea

Melwood Conservation Group: Bird Walk

Thu 23rd May, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Jenny travelled alone to Turkey in 1993 at the age of fifty and found herself living in an inland mountain village. Her talk traces her adventures from leaving her home to her arrival in her mountain village and discovery of a completely different way of life.

Sat 25th May, 10am – 4pm Wimpole, Royston SG8 For those people thinking of acquiring sheep or having a small flock of sheep this course will give you the confidence to tackle sheep shearing with traditional blades. £110

Fri 17th & Sat 18th May, 7pm Sun 19th May, 2pm Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX Join us for a night of fun! Dress for the races, prizes for the most impressive hat! Proceeds in aid of Melbourn Dynamos and MADS. Tickets £10 from Melbourn Hub, or 07513 457845 Sat 18th May 11am The Hoops, Bassingbourn, SG8 5LF Fairground organ, steam engines & miniatures, vintage tractors & cars, and more! Hog roast and BBQ. In aid of Bassingbourn Pensioners and local charities.

Shirley Valentine talk with Jenny Gibbs

Painting and Drawing in Summer – 4 week course

Starts Mon 20th May, 12 – 3pm Connect with the ancient heritage of England’s flora on this four-week drawing and painting course with treescape artist Debbie Baxter. Course runs for four Mondays. £150.

Celebrating God’s work in Rwanda

Mon 20th May, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AN This is multimedia inspirational evening celebrating the transformation of Rwanda.

Gog Magog House History Walk

Tue 21st May, 10.30 – 11.30am Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Enjoy a walk around the buildings at Wandlebury and discover some of the history of the fascinating 18th century country estate and stables.

Greenfingers Garden Club

Wed 22nd May, 7.15 – 9pm Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT We will be holding our annual bring and buy plant sale. All welcome. Contact: 01763 244424

The Conservators of Therfield Heath & Greens

Sat 25th May, 11am – 3.30pm Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Local crafts people come together with a craft event to sell their items all in aid of Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. £1.50 entrance, to include a free drink. Contact: 07751 752062

Beer and Music Festival

Sun 26th May, 12 – 7pm Royston Town Football Club, SG8 7HP Real ales, live music and lots more! Entry £2.50, Children go free.

Mayhem Family Fun Day

Sunday 26th May, 1pm Field of Dreams, Brook Road, Bassingbourn Vintage car show, dog show, stalls, activities, live music, beer and food tents. Fun for all the family BassingbournCharities

Red Cross Open Garden

Wed 29th & Thur 30th, 10.30am – 12pm Royston Museum, 5 King St, SG8 5AL £3 for kids aged 3 plus.

Royston Folk Club Concert

Fri 31st May, 7pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, SG8 9AW Featuring Schrödinger’s Strings and support acts. £13 (£11 in advance), £2 for under 25s.

Throughout the Month Lawn Bowls Open Days

Sat 4th, Thu 9th & Thu 23rd May, 6pm Barton Bowls Club, CB23 7BG Try a new sport for free. Lawn bowls, for all ages!

Letchworth Art Society

Fri 10th - Sat 18th May (excluding Sun), 10am – 4.45pm Community Museum Gallery, The Arcade 35 Station Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3ET Admission Free.

Baby Rhyme Time

Every Wed, 10.15am and 11.15am Royston Library, Market Hill, SG8 9JN Baby Rhyme Times are a fun half hour session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers. We do welcome a voluntary contribution of £1.

Wednesday Walk

Every Wed, 11am – 1pm Wimpole Estate, SG8 0BW Join us for a different walk each week, showing off some of the best views, woodland paths and secret seats in and around Wimpole’s parkland.

Royston Health Walks

Every Wed, 1.30 – 2.30pm Royston Heath, Royston Health Walks is a social walking group. We are very welcoming and friendly and pride ourselves in being positively inclusive and non-cliquey. 01763 852769 or


Sun 26th May, 2 – 5pm Heydon Place, SG8 8PW Teas and plant stalls. A 7 acre former rectory garden with wide variety of areas (including unfenced ponds). £5 per adult, children under 12 free.

Every Wed, 8pm Coombes Community centre, SG8 5PT WomenSing is a female community choir set up to encourage all singers in song. Cost £4 per person. Contact: 07753636443, musicwithmum21@

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Tots in Church

Di Smol Prinz Medicine Show

Toddler Tales

Tue 28th & Thu 30th May, 12 – 1.30pm The Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston SG8 9AW Are you finding it hard to afford the extra meals during holidays? Bring kids for lunch and fun. Free. No questions asked.

Thu 23rd May, 7pm Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA The next public meeting will be on May 23rd at Royston Town Hall 7pm to have an open consultation on some future ideas and plans.

Tue 28th May, 2pm Royston Library, Fish Hill, Royston A show aimed at Key Stage 2 children but suitable for all ages. Come along and learn in a fun way about hygiene and medicine safety through song and puppets including a large rat! Join in the fun for free.

Jonathan Gee – Gaetano Partipilo ‘New Beginning’ Quartet

The First Female Bomb Disposal Expert Talk

Thu 23rd May, 7.30pm Cambridge Modern Jazz, CB2 1RU Leading UK pianist (& singer) Jonathan Gee brings a new project created in 2018 between himself and 3 great musicians from the Puglia region of southern Italy.

Half Term crafty fun at Royston Museum

Tue 28th May, 7 – 8pm Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Nuthampstead Airfield Museum is pleased to announce talks at our new venue, Barkway Village Hall. Everyone welcome. £7.50 suggested donation which includes light snacks.

Every Thu (excluding school holidays), 9.30 – 11am Sport Pavilion at Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH A friendly baby and toddler group run by Royston Parish Church. Contact: Every Friday, 2.05 – 2.35pm Royston Library Market Hill, SG8 9JN A mix of lively stories and rhymes for you and your child to join in with. Welcome a voluntary contribution of £1.

Sunday Afternoon Teas

Every Sun until End of Sept, 2.30 – 5pm Parish Room, Ashwell, SG7 5NY We extend a welcome to all comers with a nice cup of tea or coffee and cakes. Contact: 01462 742138

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Think Garden, Think Richard Materials For A Purpose... Path Products Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott Continuing my series of articles for 2019, Materials For A Purpose, I am going to be discussing how best to choose the right materials for your desired purpose and how they best fit into the design of a space. I want to get you thinking about the options you have and how the right selection can give you a cohesive, timeless solution rather than a uninspiring result. This month I want to investigate products used for level changes. Bricks are a classic material to consider when dealing with a level change in a garden. I like to have harmony of materials in my designs so would look to match bricks to the house. Level changes can be small or great depending on the site. Retaining walls that are holding up a body of earth need to be structurally strong. Concrete blocks on a good foundation with attractive facing bricks is a good solid solution. Smaller walls could have a paving stone top as a coping stone which doubles up as a seat. Moving through a level change will often need steps. Brick risers with a paving stone tread is a good solution and easy to tie into patio materials.

Sleepers have become very popular as a retaining product for level change in garden design. This is primarily due to the cost of a traditional wall built from small brick units compared to the longer units of a sleeper. Basically, you cover more ground with a sleeper. However, timber does not have the longevity of brick despite being cheaper. Best practice would be to use tanalised sleepers and protect the wood in contact with the earth with a dpc barrier or protective paint. This will help extend the life of the wood in contact with the earth. New soft wood sleepers are great to build with due to their uniformity of size. Oak sleepers are more expensive and although very attractive require more labour time for building with as they are harder to cut and less uniform in size. Sleepers make good steps through a level change and look especially good when used with other products such as gravel or paving to form the tread. In the spirit of low maintenance gardening many clients now love to have raised beds in the garden and sleepers are great for this. Not only do soft wood sleepers cut easily they fit well with timber lock bolts that you fire into the wood with an impact driver drill. Gabions are a less well-known product that provide great strength and stability when used to retain earth in a garden design. The principle is wire cages that are levelled, joined together and filled with stones. It is quite a municipal solution and most relevant in contemporary spaces. As with all things the devil is in the detail. It is not just a case of

tipping stones into wire cages. For the best results the outside facing stones need to be placed and the top stones arranged to give a good finished top surface. The choice of stone will dictate the cost of the filling material. I have heard of contractors dressing the outside and top with the decorative stone and filling the internal section with rubble as it is not visible. This would work best if the filling material and the decorative stone are similar sizes otherwise they may begin to move through each other. Grass slopes are underrated as a low impact solution to level change. Grading the earth with a digger over a distance can reduce a slope gently and easily without the need for a hard-landscaping solution. Grass seed and topsoil is certainly the cheaper option, but every garden is different and when space is restricted this may not be the appropriate option. Often in small gardens earth needs to be removed to make way for development of a space. This can lead to boundary level changes where you could consider using concrete gravel boards to prevent the neighbour’s garden falling into yours. Planting can also be used to disguise a difficult level change. For more in depth advice or garden design help please get in touch to arrange a consultation.


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My Local Life Simon Pratt

Simon Pratt is the proud owner of Simon’s Tiling Services which he has been running for over 14 years now. They can tile anything you want from the smallest to biggest wall or floor, to the more detailed work like mosaics. Simon’s Tiling Services cover the local area of Hertfordshire/ Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire and even Essex. No job is too big or small, they are all completed in the same careful way making sure the customer is completely satisfied. Here we found a bit more about Simon and his business. Where do you live? Royston What’s your favourite local place to eat? There are quite a few local restaurants I like to eat at Your favourite local Shop? CTD Tiles What do you love about your work? I love my job, and the people I meet, and I like to use the latest products and keep up to date with the latest tiling trends. I like having satisfied and happy customers and take great pride in my work. Favourite thing about living in Royston Being close to most of my family and friends. Also, being close to the heath is a bonus.

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What are you looking forward to most this month? Hopefully some warmer weather, the first BBQ of summer and enjoying the big outdoors more. What is your proudest moment? I am proud of a lot of things but particularly running my own business, Getting married to my lovely wife Carol, winning ‘Tiler of The Year’ in 2007. I’m also proud to be called Grandad by my 11 grandchildren. I’ve also walked to the top of Mount Teide in Tenerife, the tallest mountain in Spain. What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? Live life to the full. I have suffered from Crohns Disease since I was a teenager, so this makes you see life from a different perspective ‘Live Life, Love Life’ How do you relax? I love to have a drink with friends and family. I also love taking long walks over Royston Heath or tending to the garden. When possible, I love to visit the coast or go on holidays.

May for me means the start of holiday season and alfresco dining! We have so many events this month to look forward to in addition to two bank holiday weekends – after a busy few months training for London Marathon I intend to take a month relaxing and hopefully enjoying some nice warm weather and swapping the trainers for walking boots and venturing out to our villages and possibly stopping at the newly opened Fox & Hounds in Barley and The Belle in Bassingbourn – if you are stuck for ideas what to do this month our what’s on section is full of events, including the annual Royston Beer & Music Festival, Ashwell Music Festival, Royston May Fayre and Barkway Market to name just a few! Whatever you have planned have a great month…

Four people you would invite to dinner. Of course, I’d invite my Wife, Mum and Dad and Freddie Mercury. What inspirational quote sums you up? Live life to the fullest and focus on the positives. Your favourite place to visit? Tenerife, I first visited when was 18 and I’m still going 30 years on and still love it! If you are looking to have any tiling work done now or the future, please contact me or look at my Facebook page for photos of my work and my customer feedback 07813 596278 or visit the Facebook Page: @Simonstilingservices



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Melwood Conservation Group Bird Walk Mike Foley will be leading a bird walk along the Mel on 18th May Mike is leader of the Stapleford Bird Club, RSPB member and a BTO volunteer surveyoras well as being a key member of the Cam Valley Forum. On previous walks we have identified 40 species along the River.

No charge, families are welcome. Meet at the car park by Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth SG8 6NT Saturday 18th May, 8am

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News from the conservators The next public meeting will be on 23rd May at Royston Town Hall 7pm to have an open consultation on some future ideas and plans. Royston and the surrounding areas have had a increase in population and that impacts on the Heath. It is our duty to make sure we look after the interests of the Heath and of all its users. The public meeting forum encourages interaction with the users of the Heath. We will be asking the Friends of Therfield Heath, the Grazier, Dog Poo Patrol, Archery, Golf, Cricket, Rugby, Heath Sports and the Police to make representations. “Education” is still top of the conservator’s agenda and we are working on improving the level of communication to the users of Therfield Heath with further public meetings planned. The site will be surveyed for breeding birds three times over the summer. The first recce showed it has a good density of ground breeding meadow pipits and skylarks, especially in areas not exposed to dog disturbance. We have also recently spotted at least a couple of pairs of grey

partridges. The skylark and grey partridge are on the UK red list (highest conservation priority), while the meadow pipit is on the amber list – so all need as much help as we can give them. Please do your bit to help by respecting signs requesting dogs to be on leads. Please do not allow your dogs to chase any birds. The volunteers have been busy helping to clear invasive dogwood as well as some bramble, ash and sycamore, from the rifle range area. The area was prime chalk grassland and we hope to regain at least some of it. The Grazier has confirmed that he will bring sheep on to the West end at the end of May/beginning of June. We will keep you up-todate via The Listing, our website and social media. Enquiries may be directed to

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This is a family orientated sport for all ages. As a club we are always looking for new members, so please come down and try, whether you wish to play sociably or competitively.

& Senior International. The Bowls season runs from late April to September where free fun sessions will be held on 30th June, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of July with equipment and coaching being offered. We just ask that flat soled footwear is worn

Come to a free informal workshop delivered by Cambridgeshire Hearing Help in Partnership with Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service and explore ways to improve hearing.

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Hearing Matters Tuesday 4th June, 10 am – 12.30 pm Come with a partner/family The Committee Room, member/friend. This is suitable Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA for people who want to find

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Looking After you “Using nature to help your skin” Skincare is such a big concern for most people. Achieving healthy looking skin has people going crazy on purchasing all singing all dancing skincare products using them for 2 weeks and then changing their mind. While there is a place for innovative skin care brands sometimes nature can help too. Here are a few essential oils that can support your skin regime with the added benefits of inhalation of nature’s little treats

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Rose is one of the best essential oils for dry skin and aging, mature skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory Frankincense is one of my faves, works wonders for all skin compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin types, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits making texture, tone and can be helpful with managing skin conditions it great for acne-prone skin. It is such as psoriasis. One study also a natural toner, decreasing found that just inhaling rose the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin! new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles Above all nature’s magic trick for and appearance of scars and our skin is water! To have healthy also helps soothe chapped skin. younger looking skin water has all the answers, so remember to Tea tree is one of the more stay hydrated. well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin. KIM FLETCHER Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It

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Home-Start Matters We often write to tell you how we help local families overcome times of personal difficulty and you respond generously to our requests for financial and practical help to achieve this. Now, we would just like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported our ‘Celebrating Voices Concert’ in March. Firstly, thank you to Linda Bance of ‘Play Music Play’ Linda’s inspiration and guidance took four local choirs through to a tuneful and immensely enjoyable evening. The choirs were: ‘Foxton Singers’ led by Philip Atkin, ‘Reed St Mary’s Church Choir’ led by Helen Holliday, ‘Ad Hoc’ led by James Hobro and ‘Womensing’ led by Linda. Indeed, Linda had initiated the idea of a pop-up women’s choir for new singers and nearly fifty ladies, aged between 13 and 80, took to the stage for their first – and very popular – performance.

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Local author Sarah Harrison was a warm and entertaining host and the community singing encouraged everyone to ‘have a go’. We were sad not to be able to perform as planned in St John’s Church in Royston and we wish them well in the speedy restoration. Meridian School quickly rescued us by offering the use of their superb facilities and giving us wonderful support. Many people, including a very appreciative audience, helped to make the evening a success and we would like to thank you all. Linda Bance’s ‘Womensing’ choir, kindly donated almost £1,000 from their weekly contributions and this, together with the proceeds of the event raised over £3,300! And we shall hear more treats from them in future because the ladies have voted to become ‘Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire’s Choir’!

Community transport scheme hits 25th anniversary Royston & District Community Transport are proud to have reached their 25th Anniversary of supporting the local community, taking people where they need to go. Over the years, RDCT has grown to meet the everincreasing demand for their service. From modest beginnings back in 1994, with less than thirty volunteer drivers using their own cars and one wheelchair-accessible minibus, they now have eightyfive volunteer car drivers, plus three part-time paid drivers. Their vehicle fleet now comprises three minibuses and two MPVs, all wheelchairaccessible. The demand from passengers increases steadily, with over 12,700 journeys made last year. Drivers carry out approximately fifty journeys every weekday, plus an increasing number on Saturdays, and in 2018 they

covered over 223,000 miles. The scheme’s success demands sophisticated systems to handle bookings, driver allocations and invoicing and they are developing a computerised system to help cope with the workload. RDCT is always looking to recruit new volunteer car and minibus drivers, who would receive 50p per mile towards their vehicle running costs. If you can’t use public transport and don’t have a car, we can help (please give at least three working days’ notice). Or if you would like to be a volunteer, please call RDCT: 01763 245228 or see

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Keep your skin Fresh this summer As the weather begins to hotten up (we hope) it is important to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. Because of this I find it hard in hot weather to know what to do with my makeup. Here are a few top tips on how to avoid a melted makeup look and how to keep your skin looking fresh throughout summer.

friend. If you are putting any sort of foundation, concealer etc on your face, do NOT forget to set it. This will reduce the sticky feeling and keep it on longer.

Keep yourself hydrated, water is good for your skin and will stop you feeling flustered in the heat. Also, remember to wear sun cream or a foundation or tinted During the summer I tend moisturiser with an SPF to begin getting eyelash however I would recommend extensions. You can get 3 still using sun cream when it’s different types, classic, hybrid extremely hot. I also like to and Russian. These mean I use an aloe vera moisturiser don’t have to wear mascara regularly during the summer and avoids smudging. These as it stops your skin drying out can cost between £30-£60 for AND helps any burning from a full set but only cost half the the sun. original price to maintain after that. I find although expensive these mean I can go most days without wearing any makeup at all which keeps my pores nice and clean therefore making my skin clearer.

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Grant funding for small and Medium businesses Small and medium businesses in Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire can access Grant Funding and Free Energy Efficiency reviews, thanks to ERDF funding. The Business Energy Efficiency programme can potentially provide grant funding up to a maximum of £20,000, or 25% of project costs, to eligible businesses

for energy efficiency improvement measures such as LED lighting, heating, insulation and solar PV. The pot of grant funding is limited and businesses are urged to register their interest by 30th June 2019 at or call 01733 882549 or email

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall in Cambridge received a grant for £18,000 toward LED lighting

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Cambridgeshire County Council Hertfordshire County Council North Herts District Council Royston Town Council South Cambridgeshire District Council


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Bassingbourn Village College 01763 246136 Chrishall Village Hall Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 07484 106292 Greneway School, Royston 01763 243650 Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden Village Hall Litlington Recreation Centre 07885 774775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 688714 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 246458 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 243476 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 235100 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839546 Whaddon Village Hall

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Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies (Water supplies and sewerage) Electricity mergency (National Grid) Gas Emergencies (National Grid)

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Building & Construction Services C P Building Services

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Catering Services Ace Catering

Clock and Watch Specialists Brian Bulley

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Coach Hire Richmonds Coaches

Computer Services The PC Doctor


Complete Bathroom Solutions P W H Installations Trademark Kitchens

Landscaping Services John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd

Legal Services

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Loft Access & Storage Solutions East Anglian Loft Ladders Ltd


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TREES LIMITED • Professional Arborists • Seasoned Firewood for sale • Forestry services • Stump grinding • Hedge Maintenance • Fully insured/Qualified • All aspects of tree work

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Large village green at the front of the pub & a back garden with a playground at the rear


Sweet Duck Mince, Smoked Duck Breast, Red Plums, Toasted Walnuts, Parsley, Plum and Juniper Coulis £8.5


Corn, Aubergine, House Barbecue Sauce, Ciabatta £7.5


Crayfish, Marinated Scallop, Grapefruit, Wasabi Cocktail, Pea shoots, Crisp Bread £7.95


Baby Beetroot, Toasted Quinoa, Orange, Baby Spinach, Coconut Yoghurt, Macadamia Nuts £6.95


Leg, Breast, Crispy, Asparagus, Chicory, Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding, Red Cherry and Goats Cheese Cream £22.95


Butternut Squash, Sweet Heart Cabbage, Wild Mushrooms, Kale, Sherry Mash and Sauce £15.5


Oxtail and Pancetta Croquette, Artichoke, White Onion, Beef Dripping, Cabernet Franc Reduction £21.95


Jumbo Red Prawn, Fennel, Sugar Snaps, Romanesco, Gnocchi, Samphire and Coriander Broth £22.95


Clams, Celeriac and Leek Puree, Baby Pak Choi, Carrot Chips, Spring Onion Crushed New Potatoes, Spicy Crab sauce £17.95


Red Pepper, Pickled Sultanas, Almonds, Wild Rice, Pitta Bread £13.5


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