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

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 and we need volunteers to help ensure it runs safely and is a success. 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 | 01763 248447

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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.

Monday 13th May

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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In This Issue ...

Out & About: Ashwell Music Festival


Hidden Royston


Spotlight On: Royston ACF


The Listing Mentions


My Local Life: Simon Pratt


From Tallulah’s Kitchen


What’s On


Think Garden, Think Richard


Looking After You


Useful Numbers


Index of Advertisers


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Barkway Market

You’re in for a treat at Barkway Village Market, 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. Hotel Chocolat’s Chocmobile will be coming and CEO Angus Thirlwell will open the market at 10am, heralded by the pealing of the church bells. We will have the miniature steam train, birds of prey, the Royston Town Band, Barkway school and preschool’s pop-up cafe, tea and cake aplenty and the bar run by the church. And new venture North Herts Fm will be broadcasting live from the Market! See Facebook or Instagram #BarkwayVillageMarket for more details, together with a timetable of events.


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Loving Local Living 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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Council licensed, half or full day options. Local transport provided. All staff are fully insured & DBS checked. Holiday cover - pet sitting in your own home Rabbit and Guinea Pig boarding Pet taxi service Puppy let outs & visits

Pet of the Month 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.

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Spring is here, but with hotter 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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Royston Heath Archery Club is welcoming everyone to give archery a go Families and people of all ages are invited to try the fun 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 come and try their skill and members of the club will be on hand to guide you. This free event is part of Archery GB’s Big Weekend. All equipment will be provided, so all participants need to bring along is themselves and plenty of enthusiasm.

Sat 4th May 3.30pm

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: Royston Town Hall Melbourn Street Royston, SG8 7DA

Harriet Kelsall’s book wins award

Local entrepreneur and leading figure in the jewellery industry, Harriet Kelsall, has published her first book “The Creative Guide to Starting a Business” which won at “The Business Book Awards 2019”. Harriet’s book was chosen as the best “business start-up inspiration” because of its helpful and practical advice and the passionate and easy to read way that she tells her personal story. As a dyslexic, Harriet Kelsall never dreamt that one day she’d be an awardwinning published author. She believes that her dyslexia has been an advantage as it enabled her to “think outside the box” and she hopes that this award may prove to other dyslexics that anything is possible if you persist. | 01763 248447 1905 The Listing Villages May 2019.indd 7

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Creative Royston

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

Sarah Howard is a well know local equine photographer based in Melbourn. She will be using shots recently taken from her visit to the Carmague in the South of France. Rhiannon Maslen is a photographer and printmaker. She will be exhibiting a selection of her photographs, using techniques to emphasise 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 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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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. The Festival closes with a traditional choral Evensong performed by St Mary’s Church Choir, on Sunday 19th May at 6pm. 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 tickets go to the Ashwell Music Festival website at | 01763 248447 1905 The Listing Villages May 2019.indd 9

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Markets in May

Orwell Pannier Market

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

Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday

monthly, Sat 18th May 9.30am 12.30pm, Sandon JMI School

News from royston market: Cheesey Bob

Herts Country Market

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

Outdoor Market

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

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Accessories & gifts for stylish homes

Each month The Listing will introduce one of Royston’s market traders. In this edition we would like to highlight the popular ‘Cheesey-Bob’ 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 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. Royston Market, Market Hill, Royston Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am

Our giftware department is packed with modern and stylish gifts including: glassware, scented candles, fashion clothing, wooden ornaments, gift food and much more. The perfect place to find a gift for any occasion.

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Hidden Royston

some ‘underground’ stories about the Banyers, getting a Banyers Below Stairs clear picture of the An old building is real - solid and vibrant past presented a when in use - but pinning down the challenge. I’d heard past life of that same building can be a all sorts of stories challenge. History is a selective record – about a tunnel to and interpretation of so-called facts can the parish church be surprisingly inconclusive. That, at least, opposite, and a is what I found before exploring beneath late 18th century Banyers House in the centre of Royston. icehouse that only came to light when Some things we know about past workmen were ownership of the building – currently recently digging rooms, restaurant and pub – is that it foundations. I’d only became a hotel in the 1930s. In the also heard stories early 20th century it was home to a local racehorse owner (with his horses stabled about ghostly goings on, and even a tale to the rear). But the house is much older - about some dodgy £20 notes that seemed built in the 1700s for Edward Banyer, Vicar too intriguing to be true. Equipped with this of Royston from 1739 to 1752. It was later sketchy information, I set out to separate fact from fiction. the home of Joseph Beldam who played an important part in the abolition of the To uncover the whole story visit: international slave trade. Written by Chris Lee When digging around, trying to unearth

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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. 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. 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 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. 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. This is achieved by: • 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 • Stimulating an interest in the Army, its achievements, skills and values • 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

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Vegetables • Delicatessen • Butchery Loving Local Living • Fishmongers from the conservators •News Fresh Flowers The next public meeting will be on 23rd May skylark and grey •atGift Shop Royston Town Hall 7pm to have an open partridge are on the consultation on some future ideas and plans. UK red list (highest • Garden Centre conservation Royston and the surrounding areas have had a while the •increase Café in population and that impacts on the priority), meadow pipit is on Heath. It is our duty to make sure we look after the amber list – so interests the Heath and of all its users. •thePYO inofseason all need as much help as we can give them. Please do your bit to help by respecting signs public meetingEggs forum encourages •The Free-range interaction with the users of the Heath. We will requesting dogs to be on leads. Please do not allow your dogs to chase any birds. asking the Friends Therfield Heath, the •be Children’s Funof Barn Grazier, Dog Poo Patrol, Archery, Golf, Cricket, Rugby, Heath Sports and the Police to make representations.

Monday - Saturday “Education” is still top of the conservator’s 9.00am-6.00pm agenda and we are working on improving the level of communication to the users of Therfield Sunday Heath with further public meetings planned. 10.30am-4.30pm 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

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-to-date via The Listing, our website and social media.

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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.

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’!

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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. 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. 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 on page 9

Loving Local Living 11th May from 10am4pm. With over 120 stalls selling homeware, gardenware, plants, clothing and much more it’s a great event for your summer calendar. 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 24 - 26 for our What’s On Calendar!

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

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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 It turns out Sandie had woollies would have come travelled over 120 miles in handy during that ice from Derbyshire or Yorkshire age! (Sandie wasn’t too sure) Finally, the ice melted away and Sandie took in the new surroundings.

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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 so this makes you see life from a different all completed in the same careful way perspective ‘Live Life, Love Life’ making sure the customer is completely satisfied. Here we found a bit more about How do you relax? 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 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. Four people you would invite to dinner. Of course, I’d invite my Wife, Mum and Dad and Freddie Mercury.

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.

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Tenerife, I first visited when was 18 and I’m still going 30 years on and still love it!

Live life to the fullest and focus on the positives. Your favourite place to visit?

Being close to most of my family and friends. If you are looking to have any tiling work done Also, being close to the heath is a bonus. now or the future, please contact me or look What are you looking forward to most this month? at my Facebook page for photos of my work and my customer feedback Hopefully some warmer weather, the first BBQ of summer and enjoying the big 07813 596278 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,

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Rotary Round Up 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.

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Here we know we will be very well entertained and, from previous experience, over fed (but deliciously so)! 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.

The care home for everyone

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.

Over the next few months the school and Margaret House 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 Resident Mrs Pamela Green said “Seeing the celebration of art in care and the community, children makes me feel younger, I really enjoy they will be asking everyone for drawings and their company” and resident Mrs Rene Wiggins sketches of local scenes. These will combine added “I didn’t have children but I really enjoy into a large scale finished piece of art and their visits”. eventually be displayed between Margaret House and the two school sites. So far sessions have included the children reading, drawing and more with residents at Simon Richardson, a member of staff at the Margaret House and the residents going to the school said “We hope to offer an afternoon school to take part in the after school art. of drawing for residents at Margaret House Lea-Ann Smith, Social and Wellbeing Manager over the Easter Holiday and concurrently run said “It has been fantastic, the resident’s eyes open family drawing sessions at both schools. light up when they see the children at the door We would like as many people as possible and it’s lovely to see both age groups enjoying to be able to contribute towards our finished doing activities together and to hear resident’s collage/painting.” asking when their ‘young friends’ will be 01763 848272 coming back.”


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Loving Local Living 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.

Royston Cycling Club

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

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 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

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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 and spent time with your nearest and dearest. 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. Tiramisu 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 triflethe choice is yours to make. 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 • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder 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 22

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. 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 to The Listing team at Until next time dear reader...

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Limitless Academy of Performing Gt Chishill Antiques & Vintage Hunt, Dave Pierce, Bernard Hoskin, Arts Free Open Day Fair Crayon Angels. £4 (£3 performers), 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.

Cambridgeshire Choral Society Performance

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

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: roystonpc.familymissioner@gmail. com

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 Sat 4th May, 7.30pm History on your Computer: The Chapel Trinity College, CB2 1TQ The Library on your Laptop 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. uk/tickets/events/cambridgeshirechoral-society-concert

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

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Talk

Thu 9th May, 7.30pm Gin Tasting with Stephen Marsh Royston Methodist Church, Queens Sat 4th May, 7.30 – 10.30pm Rd, SG8 7AU Cokenach Estate, Barkway SG8 All welcome to this talk. 8DL Gin bar with selection of gins and soft drinks. Tickets £20, Pamper Evening Fri 10th May, 7 – 10pm includes a welcome drink, tasting Litlington Village Hall, 9 Abbotts Cl, and canapés. All proceeds to Litlington, Royston SG8 0QQ Khandel Light. Shopping, wine and treatments, in aid of Litlington Pre-School. £5 a Cambridge Gliding Centre ticket – tickets bought before the Open Day night get a pamper hamper ticket. Sun 5th May, 10am – 4pm Contact: 07794 236985 Gransden Lodge Airfield, SG19 3EB Royston Folk Club Showcase Discounted trial gliding lessons with our qualified instructors will be Fri 10th May, 7pm Old Bull Inn, High St, Royston, SG8 available using a choice of winch launch, aerotow or motor glider. All 9AW Featuring Izzy Kershaw, Kevin welcome. Contact: 01767 677077


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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

St Chris Open Morning

Sat 11th May, 9.30am St Christophers School, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3JZ Independent day and boarding school for girls and boys ages 3 to 18.

Barkway Market

Sat 11th May, 10am – 4pm Over 120 stalls plus attractions for all ages! Food and refreshments will be available. bookings.barkwaymarket@gmail. com

Saturday Stories at Royston Library

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

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.

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.

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and more! Hog roast and BBQ. In aid of Bassingbourn Pensioners and local charities.

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Sun 19th May, 2 – 5pm Odsey Park, Odsey, SG7 6SD Teas and plant stalls. A threeAshwell at Home Melwood Conservation Group: acre Victorian garden with recent additions. £5 adult, children under Sun 12th May, 11am - 5pm Bird Walk 12 free. Ashwell, SG7 5LY Sat 18th May, 8am Enjoy 17 open gardens, Children’s Holy Trinity Church, North End, Royston Town Band Concert activities including story telling, a Meldreth, SG8 6NT Sun 19th May, 2 – 4pm magic show and more! Mike Foley will be leading a Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA bird walk along the Melwood A selection of brass band music for Conservation Group. Free event, all the family. All proceeds donated Open Gardens families welcome. to the Royston Parish Church’s Sun 12th May, 1 – 5pm Fanhams Hall, Ware SG12 7PZ Saturday Bushcraft for Families restoration fund. Tickets available £5, under 5s free: roystonband. In support of British Red Cross. Sat 18th May, 9 – 11.30am Refreshments and live music. £5 Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Flanders & Swann Afternoon Construct shelters, cook on an Cost Fan Tutte: Women are open fire, whittle feather sticks and Tea like that butter knives, and practice primitive Sun 19th May, 3 – 5pm Steeple Morden Village Hall SG8 Sun 12th May, 2.30pm fire-building techniques in these 0NQ Royston Methodist Church, Queens sessions. Enjoy an afternoon tea whilst Rd, Royston SG8 7AU listening to music by Flanders and Fully staged opera in English. Swann. £12 Retiring collection to Breast Cancer Fowlmere School Spring Art Care. Tickets £20. www.feliciopera. Exhibition Messy Church com Sat 18th May, 10am – 9.30pm Sun 19th May, 3.30 – 5.30pm Sun 19th May, 10am – 4.30pm Royston Methodist Church SG8 Fowlmere School, SG8 7SL The USAF First Air Division An exhibition of painting, drawing, 7AU Headquarters ceramics, woodcraft, jewellery and The theme for May is “At the Tue 14th May, 7pm Seaside”. Adults and accompanied cards by local artists. Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS children are welcome to come Nuthampstead Airfield Museum is enjoy creative crafts, science pleased to announce talks at our Plant Swap and Sale, Produce experiments, a meal shared new venue, Barkway Village Hall. together and more. and Book stall £7.50 suggested donation. Sat 18th May, 10am – 12pm Painting and Drawing in Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Curwens Preview Evening Summer – 4 week course Bring along your own plants to Thu 16th May, 6pm swap. All proceeds in aid of Foxton Starts Mon 20th May, 12 – 3pm Curwens Solicitors, 17 High St, SG8 Connect with the ancient heritage Gardens Association. Also come 9AA of England’s flora on this four-week It is time to pop into Curwens Solicitors along and enjoy tea, coffee and drawing and painting course with cake, in aid of Foxton Women’s to view the work of local artists, as treescape artist Debbie Baxter. Insitute. the art space changes and three Course runs for four Mondays. new artists display their work. 01763 £150. An Afternoon of Spiritual 241261 Reading and Reiki Quiz Night Sat 18th May, 11am – 4pm Celebrating God’s work in Rwanda Fri 17th May, 7pm Royston Cave Shop, SG8 7BZ Mon 20th May, 7.30pm Steeple Morden Primary School, 7 Hay With Dawn Russell, Clairvoyant St, Steeple Morden, SG8 0PD Psychic Medium and Reiki Master. Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AN This is multimedia inspirational evening Supporting the charity Bedazzle celebrating the transformation of Projects. Tickets £7.50. tracey2801@ Rwanda. Archery GB Big Weekend Sat 18th May, 11am – 3pm Greenfingers Garden Club Race Night: The ‘Mads’ Way! Therfield Heath, SG8 9NU Wed 22nd May, 7.15 – 9pm Fri 17th & Sat 18th May, 7pm Royston Heath Archery Club is Coombes Community Centre, Sun 19th May, 2pm welcoming everyone (over the Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX age of 7) to come along and give We will be holding our annual bring Join us for a night of fun! Dress archery a go! and buy plant sale. All welcome. for the races, prizes for the most Contact: 01763 244424 impressive hat! Proceeds in aid of Melbourn Dynamos and MADS. Mind Aware Relaxation and The Conservators of Therfield Tickets £10 from Melbourn Hub, or Meditation Morning Heath & Greens 07513 457845 Sun 19th May, 10am – 1pm Thu 23rd May, 7pm Royston Complementary Health Steam at the Hoops Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA Centre, SG8 9JS Sat 18th May 11am Enjoy 3 hours of mindful relaxation The next public meeting will be The Hoops, Bassingbourn, SG8 on May 23rd at Royston Town Hall exercises which will help to relax 5LF Fairground organ, steam engines & and clear your mind. 01763 247440 7pm to have an open consultation on some future ideas and plans. miniatures, vintage tractors & cars, | 01763 248447 1905 The Listing Villages May 2019.indd 25

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Leisure Shirley Valentine talk with Jenny Gibbs

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.

Watercolour Workshop with Keith Hornblower, FSAI

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,

Wool Shearing Course

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

The Crafty Fair

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, and more. Fun for all the family. BassingbournCharities

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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.


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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.

Di Smol Prinz Medicine Show 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.

The First Female Bomb Disposal Expert Talk

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.

Half Term crafty fun at Royston Museum

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, 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 roystonhealthwalks@


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: 07753 636443, musicwithmum21@btopenworld. com

Tots in Church

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: roystonpc.

Toddler Tales

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. 01462 742138

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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 predictable, 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 to 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. GARDEN DESIGN & BUILD

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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…

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Now the weather is finally improving, hunt out your comfortable shoes and sign up for a fun day that offers some beautiful sights whilst you walk the Bridges of London raising vital funds for patient care.

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For our class timetable visit our website Osteopathy | Acupuncture | Podiatry | Sports Massage | Pilates | Yoga | Meditation Reflexology | Baby Massage | Hypnotherapy | Baby Yoga | Hypnobirthing | Herbalism | Reiki | Nutritional Therapy | Aromatherapy | Tai Chi | Counselling


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Band supports Church restoration

Dancemixx & Strength 45 45/60min workouts, working the core, arms, shoulders, back, legs & glutes - the perfect way to cross-train, these classes help you get longer, leaner, and stronger!

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.

Sanet Foot Care mobile clinic

Sanet van Scheltinga Foot Health Practitioner SAC Dip FHPT, SAC Dip FHPP

1st week free for new students.

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NEW STRENGTH 60 CLASS – Melbourn Village College – Weds 7.15pm Classes also in Royston & Sawston for more details visit; Visit, or email,

Text or Call 0796 316 1246 T&C’s apply

GYMBO’S Personal Training Studio Meldreth

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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!

Royston in Blue 2019 Entry forms are available from Royston Leisure Centre, MC Splash, Wilmott’s Gym, A10 Gym and the Heath Sports Centre, as well as online on our website



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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 Frankincense is one of my faves, works wonders for all skin types, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and appearance of scars and also helps soothe chapped skin. Tea tree is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It

also helps to regulate oil production, helping fight breakouts before they start. 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 compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture, tone and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis. One study found that just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin! Above all nature’s magic trick for our skin is water! To have healthy younger looking skin water has all the answers, so remember to stay hydrated.

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...your local broker Many homes in rural locations are of high value, non-standard construction or difficult to insure. Sound familiar?

All of your Financial requirements under one roof

Let the emperor of insurance find the right policy for your needs. We will take away the inconvenience and provide you with the confidence and reassurance that your home and all of your worldly goods are covered correctly.

Investments | Pensions | Life Assurance Tax Planning

Ensuring peace of mind for our customers is at the heart of what we do.

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DO YOU NEED TO MAKE OR UPDATE YOUR WILL? We offer a FREE initial appointment to discuss your circumstances, offering advice on Wills including ring-fencing your home from care and guidance regarding Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Bands. HOME VISITS are available at NO EXTRA CHARGE within a 20-mile Radius of Royston. Saturday morning appointments also available on the following dates:* 11TH and 25TH MAY 2019 FREE WILL SERVICE for the over 55’s through the Cancer Research Free Will Scheme.

For more information please contact:Fish Hill Chambers, 2-3 Fish Hill, Royston, Herts. SG8 9JY Tel: 01763 241 121 *Home visit appointments are subject to availability. Saturdays by appointment only Wills | Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney Conveyancing | Commercial Property


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Professional Budding Billionaires wanted How do you start in business? Let’s look at three well-known successful entrepreneurs • Alan Sugar started by selling car aerials out of the back of a van. Less than 20 years after starting Amstrad, he sold it for £125 million! • Teenage Richard Branson started a student magazine, with a loan from his mum. That allowed him to begin the next business, and the next – he now has more than 200 companies. • James Dyson spent over five years inventing in his garden shed –5,000 prototypes later invented the world’s first cyclonic, bagless vacuum cleaner. So start small, work hard, reinvest – and then work hard some more! And if you’re still looking for that initial idea, here are some really hot topics to stimulate you budding billionaires: Vegetables- Vegetarianism is highly fashionable right now. Now I love meat, but I am happy to admit that veg is healthy and more efficient to grow in terms of its energy

usage. Everyone’s talking about it – what could you do to make money out of it? Plastic- We all agree that plastic pollution is a problem, so what’s the answer? I reckon there are good business ideas in the answers to these questions: Could you find an alternative material to replace single-use plastic items? Could you invent a ‘plastic’ that is biodegradable? Could you educate people so they take advantage of the recycling facilities that already exist? Smartphones- Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to our smartphones, yet many savvy consumers are becoming keen to decrease their dependence on them. What could you do to help people reduce their reliance on screens? An app to monitor usage? Digital detox getaways? What do you think? I hope this inspires you to create another booming business success story – and if you do, the fee for using my ideas is just 1% of your shares. Is that a deal?

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For further details please contact Yvonne Wright 07872 880107 • 01462 743159 Email

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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

Berry Accounting Services Litlington, Royston Offering a friendly personal service for small businesses o o o o o o o o o

Self Assessment Tax Returns Annual Accounts Tax Planning Business Start-up Specialist Business Planning & Support Compliance / Disputes with HMRC Mentoring VAT Returns Payroll Services Contact Jim or Maeve to discuss your requirements

Tel: 01763 852622 Mob: 07850 426325


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

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We specialise in planned print jobs and can design and print your leaflets, documents, posters, business cards, newsletters, price lists, brochures and more. The Listing, 2 John Street, Royston 01763 248447 *minimum spend £20, 4-7day turnaround

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Useful Numbers



Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 01763 246458 01462 742684 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 877558 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 01763 245571 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion Churches Together in Royston & Dis. 01763 244560 Fowlmere United Reformed Church 01763 208767 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Guilden Morden Congregational Church 01763 852869 Royston Golf Club 01763 243476 Guilden Morden Parish Church 01763 853217 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Litlington Congregational Church 01763 853427 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Melbourn Baptist Church 01763 261650 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 Melbourn Parish Church 01763 220626 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Melbourn United Reformed Church 01223 870869 01763 268605 Meldreth Parish Church 01763 220626 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 853073 Open House Project 01763 246799 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 235100 Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth 01763 262440 Tannery Drift First School 01763 242003 Royston Catholic Church 01763 243117 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 245484 Royston Evangelical Church 07999 538961 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01223 839546 Royston Ignite Community Church 01763 852118 Thriplow Village Hall Royston Methodist Church 01763 243849 Whaddon Village Hall Royston Parish Church 01763 246371 HEALTH Royston Spiritualist Church 01223 503345 NHS Telephone Advice Service 111 St Mary’s Church, Ashwell 01462 743922 LIBRARY Therfield Chapel 01763 287220 Royston Library 0300 123 4049 Therfield Parish Church 01763 287364 Thriplow Parish Church 01763 209160 MPs 01954 212707 Trinity Life Church 01763 230350 Heidi Allen MP for S Cambs 01462 486074 United Benefice of Barkway, Reed 01763 848756 Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts NHS DENTISTS and Buckland with Barley Ashwell Dental 01462 742353 COUNCILS 01763 262034 Cambridgeshire County Council 03450 455 200 Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre 01763 246677 01763 244805 Hertfordshire County Council 03001 234040 Royston Dental Suite OPTICIANS North Herts District Council 01462 474000 J Oliver Radley 01763 273300 Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC

Royston Town Council South Cambridgeshire District Council


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


01763 245484 POLICE Non emergency number 03450 450 500 ROYSTON TOWN CENTRE Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell 01462 417377 SCHOOLS 01763 848244 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 290555 Freman College 01763 848244 01763 260220 Greneway Middle School 01763 243166 Melbourn Village College 01763 242981 Meridian School Roysia Middle School

101 01763 245484 01763 878242 01763 242344 01763 271818 01763 243650 01763 223400 01763 242236 01763 241555

Abington Pigotts Village Hall


Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Village Hall 07805 216869 Barkway Pavillion Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992 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 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 07885 774775 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 688714 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 484950 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

03453 572 407 0345 791 9155

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

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999

National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)


(Water supplies and sewerage)


Royston Veterinary Centre Village Vets – Royston & Meldreth Melbourn Veterinary Surgery

01763 242221 01763 245059 01763 262696

Household Waste Recycling Centre off York Way, Royston SG8 5HF All year M T W S S, 8am - 4pm Household Waste Recycling Centre Thriplow, Cambs SG8 7HZ All year daily 8am - 4pm North Herts South Cambs

0300 123 4051

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INDEX Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Ltd 44 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Service Ltd 43

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Brewery Hadham Brewery Ltd



Our Advertisers

Art Of Flooring

Garage Doors The Doors Group Limited Bickerdikes

Butchers 23

Care Homes Carpentry & Joinery Catering Services

Home Furnishings

Iain Wilson

40 34

Ace Catering


Cleaning Services British Window and General Cleaning Co Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning

37 47

Coach Hire Richmonds Coaches


Computer Services The PC Doctor


Borders & Bows Homemade @ The Barn Linda Turner Interiors New Dawn Blinds

17 Property Services AV Handyman Handyman Dave Knight S Borley & Son

Dance & Drama Schools Decorating Services

Insurance Services

Decorating & Restorations Service 47

Dentists Royston Dental Suite


Electricians Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd

29 35

Farm Shop Bury Lane Farm Shop


Financial Services KD Wright Financial Services Limited 42

Fitness Bonfitness Pilates Gymbo’s Jazzercise Zanna Newton Pilates


38 39 39 39

41 38 39

Spires House Clearance Penguin Insurance

Legal Services The Walkers Partnership Crystal Leisure Pools Ltd

5 38

Motor Services D & J Garage Services


National Trust National Trust, Wimpole Estate

5 23 3 8

47 47 47 33 34 42

Alexander Green Office Interiors

The Beach @ Bury Lane

Completely Canines Dog Training 7 LW Petcare Services 6

Plasterers DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

18 28

Plumbing & Heating Services H20


Roofers LS Roofing Ltd


Self Storage Royston Self Storage

Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited

30 33 35


Pet Care Services

Kitchen & Bathroom Fitters

Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 18


Outdoor Pursuits

Tree Services

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms



Simons Tiling

33 47 47 14


Office Interiors

H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers 5 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd 48

All Seasons Landscape CW Landscapes G M Sharp Landscapes


Barkway Market Bridges of London


Landscaping Services


Leisure Pools

Tiling Services

Complete Bathroom Solutions Kendall Install P W H Installations Trademark Kitchens

34 30 19

J Oliver Radley Opticians

Home Improvements & Handyman Services

House Clearance

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts 2

47 28 33

Health Therapist & Wellbeing

Amber Health Royston Complementary Health Sanet Foot Care

St Georges Nursing Home

John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd Sullivan Landscapes

Local Event

BrowniePoints.Biz 29 Leaf & Lawn The Green Lounge TM Gardening

Davey’s Butchers


Gardening Services Gardening Services



Garden Centre

Building & Construction Services C P Building Services


28 17 30 32

Venue Hire Royston Town Football Club


Veterinary Practices Royston Veterinary Centre


Windows, Conservatories & Glazing Services Cloudy 2 Clear Windows Elglaze

19 36

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Home & Garden

Plastering | Carpentry | Plumbing | Tiling | Certified Electrics

Call for free design and estimate Recommendations / references if required. Local Tradesman with 20 years experience 01767 631716 or 07808 367542



Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms All aspects of installation from design to finish


Property Services


Locally based with 30 years Local Water Company Experience and Qualifications

Contact Paul 01763 220609 • 07904 400 291 •

BATHROOM & KITCHENS COMPLETE INSTALLATION SERVICE Plumbing • Tiling Carpentry • Wooden flooring Supply and fit or install only For a free quotation call Peter on 07885 143164 • 01763 257 877 e-mail

Decorating & Restoration Service Painting & Decorating Wallpaper Hanging Coving & Plastering Sash Window Restoration & Repairs


Tel: 01763 230100 Mob: 07747 805920



Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden

Call Dave

01763 221019 Royston’s No1 07944 912198

Carpentry • Doors • Locks • DIY • Flat-Packs • Shelving • Flooring • Painting & Decorating • Wall & Floor Tiling • Odd Jobs • Shed Re-Felting • Pressure Washing • Fence Spraying • Gutters Cleared • • Free Friendly Advice & Quotes Given • No Job Too Small Fully Insured • City & Guilds Qualified • CRB Checked


Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Herts Essex & Cambs Cleaning

Do Your Carpets or Upholstery Need Cleaning? We are a local cleaning company maintaining a high standard of service and a friendly manner. We Will Professionally Clean Your Carpets And Upholstery. We Offer Stain Removal, Protectors And A Full Cleaning Service. Please Call For A Free Quote or Advice. All Types Domestic & Commercial Work Undertaken.

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STORY Capture the unique facets of your story with a piece of one-off bespoke jewellery Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre +44 (0)1462 790 565 North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Herts, SG4 7DP

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Cambridge Studio & Shop +44 (0)1223 461 333 6/7 Green Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3JU

London Studio & Shop +44 (0)203 886 0757 69 Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8UY

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