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To the September issue of The Listing


September sees the return of the popular Royston Arts Festival, with over 50 events taking place throughout the town, between 21st and 29th September. This is Royston’s biggest festival yet, and highlights include a talk by the multi-talented Meera Syal, our own award-winning CADS performing the Little Shop of Horrors, the chance to make your very own Shaun the Sheep and Royston Live - a series of music events throughout the town, including indie bands at the Green Man, folk and jazz at the Old Bull Inn and buskers in the town centre. This is one event on the Royston calendar that is not to be missed! Heathfest is an exciting family friendly festival on the Heath, on Saturday 21st September. A day of fun activities such as Segways, zorbing, bungee runs, the fun of the fair and much much more. This is a ticketed event with all activities free of charge once you’ve paid to get in. The evening culminates in live bands, a fire show and laser show.

The These are just the “biggies” for September. There are many Listing more events taking place, just see our what’s on pages for an is online at overview. We have improved the layout of the pages with “Family Friendly” events highlighted. Please let us know what you think of www.thelisting. info from 1st the change! every month

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Annual Open Art Exhibition

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small world Top comedian and writer Meera Syal (best known for appearing as the grandmother in The Kumars at No 42 and the storyteller in Horrible Histories) and a model-maker from Aardman Animations will be in Royston this month for Royston Arts Festival (supported by Johnson Matthey plc). Tickets are now on sale. More than 60 events, exhibitions and workshops will take place during the festival, running from 21 to 19 September. Small World workshops: You can also book your place on the festival’s free workshops (supported by NHDC) from 1 September. Try your hand at three different types of world rhythms in one morning: djembe (African), steelpans (Carribean) and samba (South American). Local writer JS Watts will help you evoke place in your poetry, Colin Blumenau will explore how to get a job in theatre and textile artist Sandra Scott will show you how to produce Indonesian batik creations. You can also learn how to make beautiful small flower arrangements. Pre-booking is essential (via the festival website or phone 07907 880 355). On 28 September Small@Greneway (a free event, donations to the development charity Khandel-light) features a stage with performances from Singing Aloud, Sawston Steel, Fensong, the Bollywood Queens and local singer-songwiter Alice Atkins. Amongst things to do there, you can add your house to a huge map of Royston, visit world food demonstrations, explore the science of a small world, and learn world songs and Bollywood dance. A model railway, sculpture and model engineering will also be on display. Visit the event by the festival bus (supported by HCC) which will run every 20 minutes on the Saturday. This year the festival will also feature two premieres: the play QA (about the life of Queen Anne) and the short film DV45 (by local film-maker Paul Vernon). Other highlights include a Musical Tour by acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond (supported by Curwens), CADS’ fantastic Little Shop of Horrors and numerous exhibitions (including Royston Arts Society and the Priory Quilters at the Town Hall and a schools’ exhibition at the Museum). The Royston Town Band will be giving a Brass in the Park concert in the Priory Memorial Gardens on Sunday 29 September and a separate non-classical music strand Royston Live (supported by Royston First) will feature seven events from Indie to Jazz. There will be art workshops run by Churches Together, a series of Royston Fringe events being run at the Royston Methodist Church and lots to do at the Library and Museum. This year’s festival will end with a Last Night of the Proms-style concert with performances from Royston schools, the Royston Youth Choir and the Hertfordshire Music Service’s Senior Windband @ Stevenage on Sunday 29 September. Tickets and full details of the festival are available on the website at (tickets are also available from the Stationery Cupboard).


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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

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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 & Fun The ‘Wright’ Way

Mon - Thurs, various times and locations. Fitness Classes for male and females - all age groups - speciality groups - 50+ and seniors catered for with special care. Qualified teacher, RSA/LCYMCA/50+/KFA Paula Wright, 01763 243884

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. Funded by Lottery Grant.

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

Tues, 7.30 - 9pm, Coombes Community Centre - informal play, supported by Badminton England with occasional coaching sessions, all abilities. £10 per month. Contact: coombescommunity@ or Gillian on 01763 248081.

Barkway Karate Club

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

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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. We are in the 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

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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.

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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

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

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, Greneway School, Royston. We sing a wide mix of songs from popular, traditional, world music etc. Our ethos is to promote and encourage anyone and everyone to sing. or 07916 798 655.

Corvus Amateur Drama Society (CADS)

Royston’s amateur drama group, performing since the 1940s and open to anyone aged 15+. Quarterly meetings as advertised. We welcome all interested parties! Tamsin Cowley 01763 244927 www.cadsroyston.

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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,

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

Evergreen Club

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

Five ‘O’ Table Tennis And Social Club

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

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

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.

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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

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Tues 6.30 - 9.30pm, Roysia School. Judo with that family feel, parents can join the Tea Club. For ages 6 yrs plus. John Massmann 01763 241020,

Kickboxing & 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

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:

Ladies Circle

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, carriage driving, christmas tree decoration making as well as fundraising events. Contact Hannah Paradis (Chairman) 01763 220967 or

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, Melbourn

Preschool care & education for 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

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

Priory Quilters

1st Tues monthly, 7.30-9.30pm, Room 11, The Priory Centre. An opportunity to get together with other quilters, 3rd Mon monthly, 1.30 - 3.30pm, an informal sit and sew (not Dec) 01763 243224

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. Cider making, truck driving, laser warfare, visits to a nuclear bunker and the Scott Polar Research Institute, plus the occasional curry. Simon Whybrow 01763 222653 or 07817 118737, membership@roystonroundtable.

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

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

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

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

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@

Meldreth Tennis Club

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 & Dist. Model Engineering Society

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

Royston & District Local History Society

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

Royston & District Mencap Society

Play Music Play

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

Society for people with learning difficulties and their carers. Social calendar, occasional open evenings and fortnightly social club

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E-mail Organisations@ townhousepublishing. 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

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: Michael Farrow at 01763 249296 for tickets & bookings

Royston Golf Club

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

Royston Greenfingers Gardening Club

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.

Royston Heath Archery Club

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

Royston Hockey Club

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

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,

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 Arts Festival Royston Arts Society

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 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

Royston Ladies’ Luncheon Club

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 Rascals Childminders Support Group Every Weds, 9.15 – 11.15am, The Guide Hut, Garden Walk A friendly social group for all registered childminders, activities, story, singing, juice and biscuits. Contact: Kerry 01763 243159

Royston RNA

Meetings at Royal British Legion (RBL), 1st Tues monthly. A good Social Programme held at RBL also we have weekends away. Contact S/M Graham Parry, 01763 261325

Royston Rockets BMX Club

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

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 Rugby Club

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

Royston Runners

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 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

Royston Power Kiters

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 Rackets Badminton 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 Photographic Society

Thursday evenings at Icknield Walk School from 7.30pm to 10pm. New members always welcome. Andrew Fox, 01763 222856 Local Power Kite, Buggy and Board Club. We meet on windy evenings and weekends on the Heath. Training available. www. 01763 249199 Tues 6pm to 8pm Royston Leisure Centre. Recreational badminton in a friendly 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.

Royston Time Bank

Royston Town Band

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,


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

Royston Town Ladies FC

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

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 carlfilby@btinternet. com.

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

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

Royston WI (AM)

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

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 Youth Choir

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

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

Squeaky Gate

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

St John Ambulance

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

Stage Right Studios

Mon to Thurs 3.30 - 9pm. Sat’s 9am-3pm. Fully equipped dance studios. Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Streetdance, Disco, Lyrical, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing. Boys only classes. BTDA and ISTD grades &

vocational exams. London College of Music awards. All ages and abilities. Kerry 01763 244866 or

Stephanie Prior School Of Dancing

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.

Sunbeams Baby & Toddlers

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.

Tap Dancing For Adults

Tues from 6pm to 7pm at Coombes Community Centre Julie Poole on 0794 4992726

The Morden’s Scottish Country Dance Club

Tues 8 - 10pm (Sept - April), Guilden Morden VH. Beginners & experienced dancers welcome. Contact Brian Moore 01763 852 705.

The Thriplow Society

Local History, Talks and outings. Contact: Shirley Wittering 01763 208269 http://

Thriplow & Fowlmere WI

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

Tiger Tots Preschool Gymnastics

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

Time Trackers

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

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.

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

Zumba Fitness Classes

Come join the party!! The fun way to lose weight and get fit. Mon’s 10-11am, Coombes Community Centre, Burns rd, Royston. No need to book. Contact Cherie 07743 469119 email getfitwithcherie@

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Keeping Royston residents in touch with their local council

ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2012-2013 The Annual Town Meeting took place in the Town Hall in March. Councillors from town, district and county reported on what had happened during the past year. Town Councillors’ reports can be found in the 2013 ISSUE at NO.26 JUNE 2013are Annual Report, which was published the end of June. The reports from District and County Councillors available in the minutes of the Annual Town Meeting, both documents can be viewed on the council’s website Community Civic Awards and the Mayor’s Community Trust Fund Awards were presented at the Town Meeting. The refurbishment of the Town Hall is now complete. This has included installation of a lift, new toilets, new kitchen, new lighting, air conditioning, new flooring and curtains and double-glazed windows. All this work has been done within budget by the Town Council and has been funded from a ‘ring-fenced’ capital account from the sale of Stamford Yard in 2000 and not funded from the council tax precept. Refurbishing the hall has enabled the completion of a Royston First Bid Company project, which was to bring a cinema back to Royston. From August 2013, the Town Council will be taking over the direct management of the markets, rather than acting as an agent for NHDC. This demonstrates our faith in the markets and the belief that the markets are an important part of the well being for Royston. After thorough evaluation of income and expenditure, the Council had to increase the Tax Precept from £244,310 in 2012/13 to £258,600 for 2013/14. This should have increased the Band D tax precept by £1.87 per annum. However, after receiving our proportion of the Government grants receivable by NHDC, for housing benefit funds, the Band D tax precept for residents was Royston Town Council Financial Figures Budget 2013-2014 reduced by 52p per annum. EXPENDITURE Budget 2012-2013 Year-End figures Admin/Democracy Museum Properties Plantation Other Expenses Royston Cave Allotments War Memorial Town Manager(LGA 72 s144) Cross Public Conveniences Cemetery Markets

100,426 88,753 106,738 6,862 11,703 5,741 4,508 3,325 10,000 16,000 -

86,123 84,687 82,641 6,263 9,311 4,834 3,667 2,930 10,000 12,054 8,423

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INCOME Interest Agency reimbursement Markets Cross Public Conveniences Museum Properties Allotments Precept

100 6,409 4,893 8,000 500 84,885 4,958 244,310

771 6,409 4,896 8,000 516 79,171 5,633 244,310

100 4,349 50,583 4,000 500 87,620 4,652 258,600





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The Town Council is also responsible for Green Walk and Stile Plantations, the Town Hall, Market Hill Rooms, War Memorial, Royston Cave, Green Street Allotments, Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery and The Cross Public Conveniences. It is also the Trustee for the Leete Charity Trust. This charity provides grants towards further education for students who live, or attend, a school in Royston. Application forms are available from the council offices and on the website.

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Your town centre needs you! On Sunday 15 September, Royston Town Council’s Royston in Bloom Committee is having a ‘Big Town Centre Tidy Up Day’ to give our town centre area an autumn clean and spruce up! We will be having two sessions, from 10-12 pm and from 2-4 pm so if you can come along and join us, for either or both of those times, we would love to see you in the High Street. All equipment will be provided, so why not bring your family along and help us give our town centre some welldeserved TLC! If you would like further information, please contact Jean at the Town Hall office on 01763 245484.

Report from the Royston & District Town Twinning Association 10 – 13 May 2013

The entente cordiale is alive and very well in Royston! 54 French visitors duly arrived on time and we were delighted that there were several new families and individuals. The evening was spent en famille. Friday was spent at the Shuttleworth Collection and Bird of Prey Centre. The highlight for many was a spectacular flying display at the Bird of Prey Centre - bald eagles flying directly over our heads and a condor so big and heavy it was almost unable to fly. After a free day we all met up at the Heath Sports Club for a hog roast where there was also the opportunity to play tennis. This was taken up by about 25 English and French children and a few brave adults, the tennis courts were buzzing with laughter and shouts in both languages. This was followed by the official welcome given by the President of the Twinning Association the Mayor of Royston, Cllr Lindsay Davidson on what was her last official engagement. Madame Francoise Loupy, representing the Mayor of La Loupe and representatives of both twinning associations made their speeches in both English and French. We were also pleased to welcome Cllrs Fiona Hill, Jean Green and Bill Davidson. The welcome soon being out of the way we got down to the serious business of eating and drinking. Departure on the Sunday came too soon and we waved our French friends good-bye in the timehonoured tradition. The future is looking bright for Twinning within Royston.

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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Welcoming our new staff member Alison Bass joined the Town Council front office team on 2 April as our new part-time administrative assistant, replacing Yolanda Hayes, who retired in March. Alison has a special connection to Royston Town Council being the daughter of Bill and Kath Prime, both of whom were Town Councillors themselves. The late Bill Prime had also been Town Mayor in 2005/6. Alison is married with three children and has lived in Royston for 30 years, so knows the town very well. One of the reasons she wanted to work for us was that she loves being involved in community life here and felt that the interesting and varied work she carries out on our behalf, helping members of the public at the front office was a wonderful way of deepening that involvement. Alison was an Olympic Games Maker last year which proved to be an amazing experience for her and she is now also a member of the famous Games Maker Choir which raises money for the ‘Get Kids Going’ charity and which has taken her to some exciting events over the last few months. As well as her other admin work Alison is also the Town Mayor’s secretary, which she enjoys very much, but one of the office tasks Alison has particularly appreciated was test sampling the Royston Picture Palace refreshments before it opened, especially the chocolate chip ice creams!

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Town Clerk: Mrs Susan Thornton-Björk Town Hall Office Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm Friday: 9 am to 4.30 pm

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Roysia Women’s Club

We held two fund raising events in July: a very relaxing coffee morning and a sponsored walk one evening through the countryside round Royston ending with a welcome drink at a local pub. Both events raised substantial funds towards our chosen charity ‘The Pituitary Trust’. Another charity we helped in June was ‘Treats for Troops’ whereby we collected small useful items for boxes being sent out to our soldiers serving in Afghanistan. One of the organisers came to speak to us and collect the items we had donated for which he was very grateful. Although we had a break during August members also enjoyed a wonderful day trip one Sunday to the Suffolk coast. A Blue Badge Guide looked after us starting our journey in Woodbridge and travelling along the coast to Dunwich where we stopped for lunch. Our trip ended in Southwold where we were able to look round the town and have tea before heading for home. Our Autumn programme starts with a social on 9th September, an evening of catching up after the August break. We then have three speaker meetings starting with a talk on the TV comedy “Dad’s Army” by Elizabeth Brown. At the next meeting Ian Waller will be showing his slides and speaking about “All drawn by Horses” and at our last meeting Michelle Bullivant will giving us a make-up and skincare demonstration. New members are always welcome. Why not join one of our meetings held in the Town Hall on Monday evenings starting at 8pm. Speaker meetings end at 10pm and Social Evenings at The listing_village_stripping_Layout 1 Mavis 07/08/2013 9.30pm. For further details about our club please contact Wendy Pearce 01763 231381 or Ingle 01763 222524 or email:

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Dads and grandads are warming up nicely ready for the launch of their special CD DadSing songs for children. Play Music Play and Royston Arts festival are proud to be part of the launch of this special CD sung and performed by a special group of dads and grandads from the local area. You are invited to 12:4 join us for a tea party on Sunday 29th September from 3.30 onwards at Coombes Community Centre . There will be live entertainment by the dads and grandads and a special guest appearance from Stage Right’s Junior troupe. All profits from this event and CD will go to Homestart. Cost: £5 per family. Pay on the door. For more information go to www. or contact Linda Bance on 01763 246415

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Melbourn Village Fete 2013

COMMUNITY Over three thousand visitors enjoyed this summer’s popular fete

After a lot of hard work from a great team of volunteers, visitors to Melbourn’s Village Fete this summer enjoyed a great day. The event was a great success, with blue skies and record attendance. Favourites from previous years like the climbing wall, Zorbing balls and various inflatables, along with some new attractions such as a pony ride and bungee trampoline, ensured there was fun for everyone. The arenas saw the return of the Dog and Duck show, Electralite Majorettes, tug of war and egg throwing and for the first Family Fun in All Weathers time a dog fly ball show, a steel band and the Dynamo football team skills Open Daily 9am - 9pm demonstration. A fine display of classic vehicles ranging from American muscle cars to VW camper vans and throaty Harley Davidson Motorbikes to scooters all Children’s Golf from £1.00 shining like new graced the field. Adult’s Golf £5.00 14 August The bar had a range of drinks both soft and alcoholic, and a wide selection of food was 2013 on offer, 2 lunches for £5.00 & Fully Licenced Bar from the Brownies serving a great array of cakes and scones with tea and coffee, haloumi cheese burgers, quality locally supplied burgers and sausages, a hog roast, savoury and sweet crepes, 01223 207325 Dear Cath doughnuts and locally made pasties all adding to the line up. By 5pm the marquee was transformed into a music venue. Two stages provided alternate for the following advertisement in your September 2013 edition of the magazine Could you spots please place Whaddon, Nr Royston SG8 5RX electric bands and acoustic artists. The marquee soon filled with dancers enjoying the– and great range of possibly a reminder in your whats on in your October issue. music. Outside the marquee even more people gathered around picnic blankets and enjoyed the setting summer sun and the music. Headline act The Remnants finished off a great day. The event is reliant on sponsors and advertisers whose patronage allows a great day of entertainment. The support of Melbourn Parish Council is also crucial. HOME-START If you would like to help put on a great fete next year please visit www. ROYSTON & SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE or e-mail the volunteers coordinator at volunteers@ Notice of Next years fete will be on 28 June 2014. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Surplus funds raised will be donated to worthy local activities, so if you know 0n of a Melbourn based activity in need of some funds then the committee would Tuesday 8th October, 2013 love to hear from you. Please e-mail details of the activity, what you want to do at 7.30pm for 8.00pm with the funds and how much you would like and we will let you know. Requests should be submitted by 30 September 2013 to YOUR TOWN CENTRE NEEDS YOU! On Sunday September 15th, Royston Town Council’s Royston in Bloom Committee is having a “Big Town Centre Tidy up Day” to give our Town Centre area an Autumn clean and spruce up! We will be having two sessions, from 10-12pm and from 2-4pm so if you can come along and join us for either or both of those times we would love to see you in the High street. All equipment will be provided, so why not bring your family along and help us give our Town Centre some well deserved T.L.C.! If you would like further information, please contact Jean at the Town Hall office on 01763 245484.

Canapés and drinks will be available from 7.30pm to be held at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourn Road, Royston,Herts,SG8 7DB Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire is a company limited by guarantee (England and Wales) Company Registration No: 5183873. Charity No: 1105385

Thank you. Yours faithfully Tracy Aggett, Office Manager, Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire

Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to develop your child’s confidence and independent study skills so they excel throughout the new term and beyond. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment: Royston Study Centre Sally McMeekin 01763 248562

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Conference Steeple Morden Harvest Fair Steeped in village tradition and one of the key events in the and workshop Steeple Morden calendar, the Steeple Morden Harvest Fair continues to grow in popularity and this year, the organising facilities committee are hoping that the event will be the most successful Conference organisers can now have access to new digital data projection facilities in Barkway. The village hall now boasts a retractable screen and a digital projector in it’s spacious hall that can seat up to 120 people. There is a good sized committee room suitable for groups of up to 12, a kitchen and separate bar (with a Premises Licence permitting the sale of alcohol). The space is wheelchair friendly; a hearing loop is installed and there is parking for 36 cars. If you are thinking about holding a conference, workshop or seminar, the beautiful and historic village of Barkway may surprise you with the flexible space and facilities it offers to you and your delegates. To book or for more information please contact Fiona Tomkins Fiona. or 01763 848347

ever. With the backing of a main sponsor: Bury Lane Farm Shop and several key sponsors, the event promises to be an excellent fundraiser for local groups. In-keeping with many of the traditional elements of a village fair, the horticultural and craft show remains a key focus and each year the competition gets hotter. The fair will be opened at noon by the start of the 3km Steeple Morden School fun run organised by the PTA. The fun run is open to all, so be early to complete application forms and to be ready at the start line. There will then be a packed arena programme with activities and displays by the Electralites Majorettes, Martial Arts, music from Bassingbourn Band and canine frolics courtesy of the Wrayfield Dog Club and Scruffs Dog Show. The arena programme will be finished off with the grand ‘Tug-of-War’ where everybody at the show will be invited to join in – but we know who will win!! With numerous other stalls, attractions and displays which include bouncy castles, fairground rides, a steel band and a train ride the afternoon promises to be fun-filled with the opportunity to meet many people from local groups. After all the exertion and excitement there will plenty of refreshments on offer ranging from homemade cakes, a BBQ, Licensed Bar, Pimms Tent and Ice Cream Van. Chairman of the organising committee Sean Comerford said, “The Harvest Fair is one of the biggest highlights in the village calendar with almost all the local groups and organisations taking part in some way. We are hoping that we can repeat and exceed success of past years and raise several thousand pounds to share between community groups. We have a full programme for the afternoon and we hope to see visitors from both the village and surrounding area who can enjoy a variety of activities, displays, games and stalls. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon for the whole family in a beautiful rural location”. This year’s Harvest Fair will take place at the Steeple Morden Recreation Ground on Saturday 14th September with proceedings commencing at 12 noon.

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Traditional butchers offering great quality free range and local meat, poultry and game, at great value, every day, together with a large range of artisan cheeses, and delicatessen products. And, our renowned home made pies and handmade sausages including the original Royston Banger.

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Palazzo Recipe of the Month: FRIELLE

The first Sunday of September celebrates a very important day in Venetian history, Regata Storica. The Regatta has been around since 1500 and was originally intended for boatmen to compete against Gondoliers. Here is a classic Venetian sweet fried dumpling which the locals enjoy on such occasions.


500g plain flour, 20g yeast (dissolved in a little warm water), 80g sugar 2 eggs Milk the zest of 1 lemon 80 g raisins (immersed for 1 hour in a bit of grappa or rum), Oil to fry Icing sugar Salt

Method 1. First dissolve the yeast in a little warm water with the sugar. Then add this to the flour together with the eggs, the zest of the lemon and a pinch of salt. 2. Start mixing and slowly add a little milk at a time, until the dough is smooth and soft. Keep mixing until you see bubbles appearing. Cover the bowl with a wet towel and leave to rest for 2 hours in a warm place. 3. After the time has passed, take the dough and add the raisins (not the juice they released). 4. Make some little balls and put them to fry in a deep pan with hot oil (don’t worry if the dough is too soft and you cannot make the balls, use a small spoon to pout the dough in the hot oil). Take the little fried balls away from the hot oil as soon as they are a nice golden colour. Don’t fry too many balls at the same time, they will burn on the outside and will not cook on the inside. 5. Drain the balls on some kitchen paper, serve them warm covered by icing sugar. Best eaten the same day and with a nice glass of Prosecco wine!

Local Markets in September Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays From 8am Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - 2pm Market Hill, Royston Greenhouse Markets Every Thursday - Fashion & Pamper Market 10am - 4pm Every Friday Arts & Crafts Market 10am3.30pm Every Sunday Flea Market, 10.30am - 2.30pm Town Centre, Letchworth • 01763 248447 • 16

Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 7th September 10-12noon Orwell Village Hall

Sandon Farmers’ Market

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 7th September 9am - 12noon Linton Village College

Shepreth Village Hall Market Last Saturday monthly Sat 28th September 10am - 12.30pm Village Hall

Farmers’ Market Wimpole 2nd Saturday monthly Sat 14th September from 10am - 4pm Wimpole Hall

Croydon Village Market

3rd Saturday monthly Sat 21st September 9.30am - 12noon Village Hall

Last Sunday monthly Sun 29th September 10.30am - 1pm Village Hall



the Cocktail Club We have just launched a new local gin from Barley called Pinkster, which is infused with raspberries, giving the gin a wonderful pink colour and fresh flavour. If you’re a traditional Martini fan, then try this variation for a slightly smoother yet fruity taste… We do!

Pinkster Martini 50ml Pinkster Gin Dash of Rhubarb Bitters 15ml Dry Vermouth Lots of ice Raspberries A lemon 1. Fill a Martini glass with ice and set aside 2. In a cocktail shaker add the Vermouth then swirl to coat the sides then pour into the Martini glass. 3. Into the same cocktail shaker add the Pinkster Gin and a couple of dashes of Rhubarb Bitters then fill with ice. 4. Using a bar spoon stir the ice mixture smoothly until the outside of the shaker is frosted. For the ultimate cold Martini place the shaker into a wine bucket of ice whilst you stir it. 5. Empty the Martini glass of the ice and Vermouth and strain the cocktail into the glass. 6. Garnish with a couple of raspberries on a cocktail stick with a lemon peel twist. Bottoms Up!

chinese cookery

Meiru is running a Chinese Cookery demonstration as part of this year’s Arts Festival. The demonstration will take part at Greneway School at 2pm on Saturday 28th September as part of the Small@ Greneway events.

Meiru’s Chinese cooking programmes teach her students specialist cooking techniques and how to use fresh ingredients to prepare traditional and healthy Chinese dishes. Courses run on Wednesday evenings at Meridian School throughout the year.

For more details visit her website www.cookingwithmeiru.

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What’s on Give Blood

Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Fri 6th Sept, 1 – 3.15pm & 4.30 – 7pm

Family Fun Day

Sat 31st Aug, 1 - 5pm Bouncy castle, stalls & golf Whaddon Golf Centre, SG8 5RX

Antiques & Vintage Fair

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

Learn To Jive The Lindy Hop Tues 3rd Sept, 7.15 - 8.15pm Absolute Beginners 4 month course Keep fit, have fun and join a terrific social scene Steeple Morden Village Hall Details:, 01763 242949

Movement and Dance Classes

Thurs’ 10 - 11am, starts 5th Sept A new class offering the opportunity to explore movement and dance at your own pace Barley Townhouse Contact: 07807 854625

Ghost Tour and Bat Walk

Fri 6th Sept, 7pm This is a unique opportunity to tour the House at night and hear the tales of incidents we cannot explain Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY Contact/bookings: 01438 812661,

Dancing Queen

Fri 6th Sept, 7.45pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

The Kings of Swing

Sat 7th Sept, 7.45pm Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Box office:, 01438 363200

Royston Lions Quiz Night Sat 7th Sept, 8pm Teams of up to 8. Includes bar and raffle Market Hill Rooms, Fish Hill Contact: 01763 231492

Harvest Market

Contact/details: 01780 470 718, Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept Including postcards and more Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester

Closing date: 12th Sept 2013 The six tallest sunflowers will be checked Entry forms available from Royston Town Council Office or from the website www.roystontowncouncil.

The Duxford Air Show

Open Cambridge Weekend

Antique & Collectors Fair

Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept Contemporary jet aircraft, historic warbirds, aerobatics and much more The flying programme will feature the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Typhoon, the Red Arrows (Sunday only), Patrouille de France (Sunday only) and Spitfires IWM Duxford, CB22 4QR Contact: 01223 835 000, www.iwm.

Musical Evening

Sat 7th Sept, 7.30-11.30pm In aid of Save the Children Fund. Drinks reception, supper party, live music - rhythm & blues and folk. Group singalong and individual karaoke, followed by a disco. Barkway Village Hall Tickets: 01763 838172 / 848870

Finding Your Story in God’s Story Sat 8th Sept, 10 – 11.30am Trinity Life Church will be telling the whole story, and bringing meaning and understanding to one of the most misunderstood books in the world Royston Town Hall Cinema Contact: 01763 230350

Woodland & Folly Walk

Sat 8th Sept, 1.30 – 3pm A guided 3 mile walk across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint Wimpole Estate, Nr Arrington, Royston Contact: 01223 206000,

Marketing Planning Workshop

Tues 10th Sept, 6 – 8pm Marketing: the essential process leading to profitable selling The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com

Sat 7th Sept, 10am - 12noon A good variety of stalls selling locally sourced and handmade produce Bassingbourn War Memorial Green Contact: 01763 247715

Reed Gardening Club

Dragon Boat Festival

Thurs 12th Sept, 8pm Robin Phillips – Steve Fishwick Quartet Cambridge Modern Jazz at Hidden Rooms, The Basement, 7a, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB58BA Bookings: modernjazz@

Sat 7th Sept, 10am – 5.15pm East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices has joined with Gable Events for the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival. Local organisations battle it out over the 200m race course Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, CB5 8ST

Sunflower Competition

Wed 11th Sept Cottage Garden Plants Village Hall, Reed

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Fri 13th – Sun 15th Sept Open Cambridge is an annual weekend during which Cambridge throws open its doors so that local people can enjoy and walk through its beautiful gardens and historic buildings throughout various locations in Cambridge Contact: opencambridge@admin.,

Creatures of the Night

Fri 13th Sept, 5 - 10pm Learn about bats and other exciting nocturnal wildlife Throughout Ely Contact: 01353 661339

The Melbourn Ball

Sat 14th Sept, 7.30pm Melbourn Primary School, Mortlock Street, Melbourn Contact: 07971 475543, ali.peers@

Steeple Morden Harvest Fair

Sat 14th Sept, 12 - 4.30pm The Steeple Morden Harvest Fair continues to grow in popularity Includes stalls, bouncy castles, music, rides and more Steeple Morden Recreation Ground

Live Music Marathon

Sat 14th – Sun 15th Sept, 1pm each day Top Classical and Jazz musicians gather together for a fundraising, continuous busk in the church, in aid of desperately needed church tower repairs Church of St Mary Magdalene, Caldecote, SG7 5LE

Events are


to list - thank you for keeping us in touch. Please send your events to lucy@ townhousepublishing.

Great Fen Heritage Open Day

Sun 15th Sept, 11am - 4pm Learn all about the fascinating history of the fen Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Ramsey Heights, PE26 2RS Contact: 01487 710420

Shelford Fun Run

Sun 15th Sept, 10.30am 5k run, in aid of Blue Smile Registration: www.ShelfordFunRun.

Churchyard Car Show

Sun 15th Sept, 2 – 5pm Friends of Holy Trinity Church Meldreth Drinks will be served all afternoon and the musical background will be provided by the Memphis Jazz Band Contact: 01763 260048

Testing and Flying the English Electric Lightning Mon 16th Sept, 7pm A talk by Air Vice Marshall Alan Merriman RAF The Woodman, Nuthampstead

Social Media Workshop

Tues 17th Sept, 6 – 8pm How effective Social Media helps your business to grow The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com

Enrol for WEA courses

Tues 17th Sept, 10am-11am Workers’ Educational Assn (WEA) Town Hall, Royston Contact: 01763 268678

Melbourn and District Photographic Club

Tues, 7.30pm Local photographers are welcome to join this friendly club meeting 17th Sept, Welcome Evening including some holidays tales 24th Sept, Self Judged - Projected Image Competition Foxton Village Hall

Big Town Centre Tidy up Day

Time Bank Cafe

Sun 15th Sept, 10am – 12noon & 2 - 4pm Royston Town Council’s Royston in Bloom Committee is having a “Big Town Centre Tidy up Day” to give our Town Centre area an Autumn clean and spruce up! Contact/details: 01763 245484

Weds 18th Sept, 12.30pm The Time Bank Café is a great way to get to know people in the community and share your knowledge and abilities Royston Garden Centre Contact/details: 01462 689405,, www.

Plant Sale

Coffee Morning and Light Lunches

Sun 15th Sept, 11am - 3pm Bargain plants, good for wildlife - all money raised for the Wildlife Trust Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon Contact: 01480 469079

Fri 20th Sept, 10am – 2pm Christmas cards, general cards, and bring and buy, in aid of Save the Children 101 High Street, Guilden Morden

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Wine Tasting

Fri 20th Sept, 7.30pm Proceeds will go towards Royston In Blue, raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust Tickets, from Cambridge Wine, to include a light supper The Old Bull Inn, Royston Contact: 01763 247076

Guilden Morden Show

Sat 21st Sept, 1pm BBQ, fancy dress, workshops, steam train, car boot sale, tombola and more Guilden Morden Rec

Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

Sat 21st Sept Keeping the Sparkle, a fantastic chance to meet our designers and have a go at cleaning your jewellery and learning how to maintain your sparkly pieces This will be an interactive style ‘workshop’ setting, and your item of jewellery will also get a free polish when you come along Details:

Royston Arts Festival

Sat 21st to Sun 29th Sept This year’s theme is “Small World” Events, exhibitions and workshops, something for everyone Details:

Wimpole at War- 1940’s Weekend

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Sept, 10.30am - 5pm Wimpole travels back in time to the 1940, re-inactors displays and demonstrations throughout the day Wimpole Estste, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW Contact: 01223 206000,

Great Fen Green Woodcraft Day

Come Dancing at Spirella

Sun 22nd Sept, 7.30 – 10.30pm A warm, but air-conditioned, welcome awaits all Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence dancers at the Sunday Dance Club The Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Contact/Bookings: 01234 300179

Selling, The Essential Skill

Tues 24th Sept, 6 – 8pm Selling skills are key to success, everybody sells! The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact: Janet@thetrainingmanager. com

WEA Courses

Tues 24th September, 10 11.30am Choice of two courses , Great Gardens, Famous Gardeners Remembering the 1970s Workers’ Educational Assn (WEA) Town Hall Royston Contact: 01763 268678

Buntingford & District Flower Club

Wed 25th Sept, 7.30pm Shirley Perkins presents The Benson Hall, Buntingford Contact: 01763 273341

Cambridge Modern Jazz

Thurs 26th Sept, 8pm NEON Quartet combine the values of experience with the freshness and vitality of youth Cambridge Modern Jazz at Hidden Rooms, The Basement, 7a, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA Bookings: modernjazz@

Red Cow Open Mic

Fri 27th Sept Live Music 11 High Street Chrishall, Nr Royston, SG8 8RN Contact: 01763 838792

Sat 21st Sept, 10.30am - 3.30pm Try green woodcraft skills using axes and knives, pole lathes and shaving horses Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Ramsey Heights, PE26 2RS Contact: 01487 710420

Egyptian Symbols

Bourn Beer and Cider Festival

Bassingbourn URC Tea Room

Sat 21st Sept, 12noon - 11pm Come and join us for Bourn’s first beer and cider festival raising money for the NSPCC There’ll be local beers, cider and wine, a bbq in the afternoon, a hog roast in the evening and live music all day, With face painting, bouncy castle, kids crafts, farm animals and play areas Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2SH Contact: 01954 713971

Harvest Festival

Sun 22nd Sept, 3pm Ashwell URC

South Farm Open Day

Sun 22nd Sept, 11.30am – 4pm Cambridgeshire’s leading Wedding venue, will be holding its annual Open Day South Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Cambridgeshire

Fri 27th Sept, 7.20pm Egyptian Symbols in Modern Egyptian Art, speaking will be Gemma Tully 1 Myddylton Place, Saffron Walden Contact: 01799 513120

Fri 27th Sept, 12.30 – 4.30pm In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Tea and cakes, food served all afternoon, tombola URC Chapel, South End, Bassingbourn

Royston Folk Club

Fri 27th Sept, 7.30pm Headlining are Two Coats Colder Support act is Sky West The Old Bull Inn, Royston Contact/tickets: 01763 249296,

The Curtain Raiser Quiz

Sat 28th Sept, 7.30pm Fundraiser for Meldreth Village Hall stage improvements Sponsored and organized by M.A.D.S Bar and Raffle, tickets include meal Meldreth Village Hall Bookings: 07513457845, melbournamateurdramatics@

Apple Weekend

Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept, 11am - 4pm Come and visit Audley End’s thriving organic Kitchen Garden and enjoy a variety of apple themed activities, stalls and refreshments Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden Details: uk

Royal British Legion Club

Sat 28th Sept, 8.30pm Live entertainment to be provided by a group called “Easy Livin” who perform music from the sixties to modern day Royal British Legion Club, Royston

Coffee Morning

Sat 28th Sept, 12.30 - 4pm The Biggest Coffee Morning in the world, in aid of Macmillan Bassingbourn URC

Walking the Boundaries

Sun 29th Sept, 10.30am - 1.30pm A guided 5-6 mile ramble across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, reaching the far boundaries of the estate Wimpole Estate, Nr Arrington, Royston Contact: 01223 206000,

Quiz Night

Sat 5th Oct, 7pm We welcome teams of 6 – please feel free to give your team a name Includes licensed bar and raffle Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX Tickets: Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, 01763 262262

Throughout the month

Meiru’s Cooking Classes

Starts Wed 11th Sept, Every Wed, 6.45 – 8.45pm 6 week course learning to cook healthy, low fat, economic, quick to cook and very delicious chinese food Meridian School Royston Contact: 07935 212398, meiru@

Curwens Gallery

Until Mon 2nd Sept Anna Marriage photography exhibition featuring landscapes, portraits and high speed flash photography Curwens Art Gallery, 17 High Street, Royston

COMMUNITY Preschool art and craft sessions

Every Mon, 9.30 -10.30am and 11am – 12noon, starts 16th Sept Taking place in Buckland Contact: 07435 134363, karen@

Burloes Farm Open Studios

Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept, Sat 14th & Sun 15th Sept, 10am – 6pm Artists based at Burloes Farm Studios, Royston are opening their studios to the general public as part of the Herts Visual Arts annual event Details: www.burloesfarmstudios.

Hamlets, Ha-ha’s & Bowling Greens

Wed 4th, Sat 14th, Wed 18th Sept, 11.30am – 12.30pm Join one of our walking guides on a short tour in the park, We start our walk outside the Stable Block and you will learn a little of Wimpole’s history on a gentle hour long walk Wimpole Estate, Nr Arrington, Royston Contact: 01223 206000, wimpolehall@

Language Classes

Every Mon & Tues starting Mon 16th Sept, Saffron Walden Every Wed starting 18th Sept, Royston Town Hall Beginner & Intermediate French, Beginner Spanish, Introduction to Russian Both 10 week courses Details:, 07775 640794

Royston Museum

Come and Knit at the Museum Every Thurs from 10.30am A chance to come along and learn to knit, bring a project or get inspired Naughty knitters Every Sat from 2pm A group for young knitters at the museum A Small World From Sat 28th Sept - Sat 9th Nov Schools exhibition in conjunction with the Royston Arts Festival Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston Contact: 01763 242587 or curator@

God of Carnage

Fri 13th & 20th Sept, 8pm Sat 14th & 21st Sept, 7.30pm Supper Theatre Performance, By Yasmina Reza Benson Hall, Buntingford, SG9 9HT Tickets: The Cellar, 14A, High Street, Buntingford, SG9 9AG, www.

Family Friendly Event

‘Transports of Delight’

Sat 27th July – Sat 9th Nov A photographic exhibition by Sue and Terry Hartga Royston and District Museum

Pilates Classes

Weds, 2pm, 5pm & 6pm Royston Complementary Health Centre Bookings/Contact: 01763 247440

View the film schedule and book online for September at www.roystonpicturepalace.

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Jacqueline Abbott-Slade discovered dance in her thirties. She had always loved dancing, but never wanted to learn set dance routines. Jacqueline spent three years following the teaching of Gabrielle Roth, who had developed dance and movement to encourage free creative expression and release tension, both physical and emotional. It changed her life. During this period, Jacqueline also trained as a Holistic Reflexologist and became very interested in how to combine her love of dance with her understanding of re-balancing mental, emotional and physical energy with the techniques she had learnt. So, in 2001 Jacqueline began to develop Light Dance, working with groups and individuals, and children and adults of all ages and abilities. She developed a varied repertoire of music, and encouraged her students to explore and expand their movement both individually and in groups. The results were very positive. No two classes were ever the same and she was constantly amazed A new class offering the by how different we all are in how we move, if we can opportunity to explore movement relax and lose our self-consciousness. Jacqueline and dance at your own pace. The was determined to make dance a positive experience, class aims to encourage creative without a right or wrong, and many students began expression as a way to relax, loosen up and enjoy yourself. to feel more comfortable with their bodies and more confident in general. Jacqueline now lives in Barley, where she has a Holistic Reflexology therapy practice. She would like to Open to all abilities, no dance experience necessary. offer Light Dance to people in the area and would love to hear from anyone who is interested. Barley Townhouse,

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If you can turn your hand to making a piece of jewellery, would like to meet like-minded people – and learn new skills – you may be interested in joining a friendly jewellery-making group. Budding Beaders meets every Tuesday evening in Bassingbourn to work on jewellery projects. Once a month, on Saturdays, there is a workshop which enables them to learn new skills. Members will be demonstrating their skills and displaying their jewellery at an Open Day on 5th October from 10 am to 1 pm at Bassingbourn United Reformed Church in South End. The group has members from villages across Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, including several from Royston. It is actively seeking new members and would welcome anyone with some experience of jewellery making. Royston member Jane Skinner said: “Budding Beaders make a wide variety of really lovely jewellery and many of us sell items as individuals, and also as part of the group if we want to. Not only do we make beaded jewellery but several members even make their own beads out of glass, clay, resin and many other materials. Our Saturday workshops enable us to learn and try out new methods and techniques. My favourite workshops were Fimo (polymer clay), silver clay, glass fusing and ceramic beads.” If you are interested in joining – or want more information, contact Julie on 01763 853257 or Sylvia on 01763 208397. Or come along to the Open Day at Bassingbourn United Reformed Church on 5th October. Check out their website too, at

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help for voluntary groups - in Royston North Herts CVS is an organisation offering support to voluntary and community groups throughout the district to help them reach their full potential and to meet their everyday needs, all for the benefit of people living in North Hertfordshire. They’re here to help: Whether you are a local voluntary / community group or charity looking for help or advice or an individual looking to volunteer. Despite being based in Letchworth, they already work with several organisations in Royston. They are pleased to launch their full ‘arms length’ service for groups based in Royston. Groups will be able to access resources online, attend training sessions and meetings based in Royston itself. This is, in addition, being able to contact us via telephone or email throughout the working week as usual. Any groups that could benefit from support including: funding advice, reduced rate DBS checks, low cost training and one to one support on policy issues; please get in touch with the NHCVS. Royston organisations are offered free Basic Membership of North Herts CVS or Full Membership package for £15 until March 2014.

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Two men walking 3000 miles across America from New York to LA hoping to raise over £10,000 for CLIC Sargent and Parkinson’s UK. Over a month in to the walk Jack Chalkey and Kieran Sherry are now in Jack Chalkey Iowa City, with the aim of crossing over and Kieran Sherry in to Nebraska in the next 10 days. It hasn’t be easy, finding food where they can, camping out in the worst weather and learning to cook on a small camping stove. Kieran has suffered an injury to his foot, and as a result they are now completing the trip on bikes to make sure they can continue to raise money. Now on bikes they are heading in to Colorado and over the Rocky Mountains in to Utah. They have has a great response from the American public, in providing a roof over their heads, food and lots of encouragement! Jack commented ‘We have been overwhelmed at the response and generosity by everyone we have met, all for two guys from Hertfordshire’ Jack is walking/cycling for the late Stephanie Knight, who sadly at the age of avoiding torrential rain in a storm tent 17 was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer and battled with the disease with 5 years sadly passing away earlier this year. Steph suggested raising money for CLIC Sargent, who help young people with Cancer and their families. Whilst Kieran is raising money for Parkinson’s UK in memory of his Granddad, John Paul O’Mahoney who sadly died in 2010 after three years of battling the debilitating disease. To ensure maximum benefit for the charities all equipment costs have been paid for entirely by the two men, as from the beginning there were determined 100% of money raised is split 50/50 between the two charities. The total raised now stands at £9,145 to keep raising money they need your help, follow them on twitter (@BigOldWalk) and like their facebook page. Their progress is documented online through their blog where they have been posting pictures and stories of their trip so far.

The Rabbit Rescue Residence is looking for animal loving volunteers to help take care of pet rabbits awaiting rehoming Opportunities -feeding, cleaning out, disinfecting bowls, litter trays, etc. Also helping with behavioural therapy. Bridge the Gap need volunteer route stewards to guide and assist participants as they tour the Cambridgeshire college grounds, learn about the history of the Colleges, enjoy musical performances and explore the Polar Museum as part of this a scenic five-mile charity walk. Help raise awareness of Kidney Research UK in your local area by becoming a Community Champion and distribute leaflets and posters, promote campaigns, give talks and presentations and be a contact point for local kidney research fundraising volunteers. Please ring 01763 243020 or email info@roystonvolunteer. or visit for more details Oakley A6 BW wb_Layout 1 29/07/2013 11:39 Page 1

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Plans are well underway for Heathfest which takes place on Saturday 21st September from 1pm till 11pm, on the Heath. This familyfriendly, community event promises a fun day out for all age.

The Adultzone

Theres’s fun for everyone with segways, an inflatable mega-obstacle course, ped jousting, the surf challenge, archery and a bungee run.

The Kidzone

Features kids karts, zorbing, a soft play area, face painting and a bouncy castle. All activities are supervised.

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Expect a host of fun side stalls with the coconut shy, hook-a-duck, ring the bottle, wandering entertainers, local clubs and make and do activities for children.

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When all the activity gets too much, head over to the Pamper Zone, where you can book a slot for a free mini-massage or manicure, from local businesses. Food and drink is available throughout the day with a Hog Roast and BBQ, a Beer Tent and Ice Cream stalls all on offer for you to purchase from.

HeathFest is a ticketed event with tickets available online from Adults £20, Children 3-10years £10. Wristbands are given on entry allowing you to come and go as you please throughout the day. HeathFest, Saturday 21st September, 1pm-11pm Main Stage and Arena Programme

2pm Gun Dog show and ferret racing 3.30pm Kids Races 4.15pm Flaming Fun Hula Show 4.45pm Hula “have a go” session! 5.15pm Dancer show 6pm DJ from 6pm 6.30pm Dance performance 7pm Jazz from the talented The James Richardson Quintet 8pm Comedian Matt Steer 8.15pm Norwich based band Standing Tall 9pm Flaming Fun with a fire show 9.15pm Standing Tall 10pm Laser Show 10.15pm DJ until the end 11pm Event closes • 01763 248447 • 26



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Royston Round Table are proud to announce that OctableFest 2013 will be taking place at Fowlmere Village Hall on the 12th October, 7:30 pm until late. Featuring music by the Remnants (local band who play Rock, Pop and Soul covers from the 50’s to the present day), Mexican Food, together with a selection of cask ales, a fully stocked bar, a fantastic raffle and a DJ to round off the evening, this will be a night to remember. At only £15 per ticket (including food) this represents excellent value. All profits from the evening will be used by Royston Round Table to fund Half page Villages ad:Layout 1 15/7/13 08:17 Page 1 local people, activities & causes – a true win-win situation! Places are limited, so reserve yours by e-mailing: To find out more about Royston Round Table please visit our or our FaceBook page

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In the garden... September

It has been a wonderful year for flowers and foliage in the garden. Herbaceous perennials and grasses have been flourishing in this year’s growing conditions. I love to mix perennials and grasses in my planting designs, but the key is to choose a blend of plants that can hold their structure and form beyond the high summer point of the year. This is where careful selection of late summer perennials and especially grasses is crucial. There are many varieties to choose from, but here are a couple of my favourites to get you thinking. For a tall upright grass that has been in flower for many months and still looks great I think Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ is hard to beat. It flowers in early summer producing a tall clump of upright flowers that keep their structure well into the winter Stipa months. It loves full sun and well drained fertile soil. It can easily reach 1.5 metres gigantean which makes it a valuable tall grass to blend with other taller perennials such as Verbena bonariensis, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’, Echinacea purpurea and Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ to name just a few. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Marlepartus’ is taller still at 2 metres and its majestic, fluffy plumes of flowers at this time of year look great in the naturalistic border style. Try blending them with groups of Veronicastrum virginicum, Aster ‘Little Carlow’, Sedum ‘Matrona’ and Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’. Stipa gigantea has long been a favourite with garden designers for its slender stems of golden, oat-like flowers that rise above its evergreen foliage. It produces a transparent effect that catches the light beautifully on a sunny summer’s day. It needs to be given space in the border to be appreciated. Try blending it with groups of Phlomis tuberosa, Persicaria ‘Firedance’, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ and Lythrum salicaria ‘Feuerkerze’. A great place to see grasses used in a naturalistic planting style is at Pensthorpe Nature reserve, Norfolk and RHS Wisley, Surrey.

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weed attack

by Pippa Greenwood

Ask a dictionary the definition of a weed and you’ll read that it’s ‘a plant growing in the wrong place’. Ask a gardener, and they’ll tell you that weeds are often the number one menace in their garden. So if you want to wage war on those pesky weeds, and stand a chance of winning, take a look at my multi-pronged attack strategy.

Off with their Heads

Whatever the weed problem, it’s essential to prevent them from setting seed. Make sure you cut off its head before it has a chance to even start to set seed. The old saying that ‘one year’s seed is seven years’ weed’ isn’t far from the truth.

Stop Stowaways

When you’re next shopping for plants in your local garden centre or nursery make sure that you only bring home what you want, not those pesky weed stowaways that often lurk on the compost surface. I always do a bit of weeding before buying: especially for weeds such as the innocent looking hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta).

Spaghetti roots

Some weeds like couch grass, bindweed and nettles have amazingly resilient and far-reaching underground stems or roots. Whatever you do, don’t succumb to the temptation to use a powered cultivator or rotovator as this will chop the roots in to little bits and end up spreading and increasing the problem in the process.

Lawn Louts

Lawn weeds such as dandelions and daisies are difficult to control as unlike the taller weeds, these rosette-forming plants won’t be harmed as you mow the lawn. One of the best, albeit slow, methods is to tackle them with a sturdy old kitchen knife or a daisy-grubber tool.

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Time it Right

Some weeds such as the purple flowered oxalis spread by forming tiny ‘bulbils’ or miniature bulbs below ground. If you try to dig these weeds out now, the bulbils will be shed into the surrounding soil as you lift the plant out, making matters worse. Wait until next spring when the bulbils will be firmly attached and weed them out then.

Hoe, hoe, hoe

An old fashioned and still just as useful method of weed control is the hoe. They’re a great way to weed your garden, especially if it’s largely annual weeds such as chickweed or groundsel that invade your plot. Keep the hoe sharp and use it regularly.

Careful what you Compost

Only compost the green, leafy bits of weeds; avoid any chunky roots, and never put any flowering or seeding weeds in the compost heap. Some weed seeds will easily survive most domestic composting systems. Visit Pippa’s website and sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter packed full of gardening hints, happenings, advice and offers and you will also receive a free ebook on organic gardening.

Deep Rooted Problems

Some weeds such as docks and dandelions have tough and chunky roots that are very difficult to kill. And to make matters worse, if you leave any sizeable bit of the root in the soil, it’s likely to form a new plant. Do everything you can to take out the entire root as you’ll be saving a lot of time in the long run.

Laying Carpet

For large areas, try the carpet option; literally covering the surface with a layer or two of carpet, held in place with bricks. If the carpet is placed fluffy side down and left in place for at least 18 months, the weeds will start to die off from lack of light. Make sure that the carpet is made from natural fibres, not synthetic or else you’ll be left with it in the soil, and for

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