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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. These are just the “biggies” for September. There are many more events taking place, just see our what’s on pages for an overview. We have improved the layout of the pages with “Family Friendly” events highlighted. Please let us know what you think of the change!

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Royston Arts Festival

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).



Annual Open Art Exhibition

Established 35 years ago, the Royston Arts Society is a thriving group of over 100 local people who regularly meet to paint, watch artist demonstrations and socialise. The highlight of their year is the Autumn Exhibition, held every year in Royston Town Hall. A special preview will be held on Friday 27th September from 8 – 10pm before the doors open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday. Entry to the exhibition is free (programme £1). Last year was a bumper year with 98 artists exhibiting over 450 original artworks. Not only was the standard the highest it has ever been, but the variety of subjects and painting mediums on show was outstanding! Visitors are also invited to vote for their favourite picture as sponsored by Johnson Matthey, plus view the special winner of the Johnson display of paintings on this year’s Arts Festival theme ‘SMALL Matthey Favourite WORLD’ Picture Award last year information email: or visit www.royston- as voted by the public Tel: Richard Clayton, Royston Arts Society Secretary on 01763 221322 Supported by the Royston Town Mayors Community Trust Fund In collaboration with



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Buntingford Dramatic Society are pleased to announce their Supper Theatre Performance of God of Carnage this September. Following a playground scuffle between their 11-year old children, the parents of the “victim” have invited the parents of the “bully” to their apartment to sort it out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four of the well-heeled French parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None of them will escape the ensuing carnage in this dark new comedy. Seated around tables of six, with a fully licensed bar and a light supper. Come and enjoy the show...doors open an hour before curtain up so you can chat with your friends and enjoy a little food and a glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere, then just sit back and enjoy the play. We like to treat our guests to a feast of enjoyment and then send them home with a smile on their’s got to beat sitting in front of the TV yet again.

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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 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 or contact Linda Bance on 01763 246415



Churchyard Car Show

As part of the fund raising for the preservation of fabric of Holy Trinity Church Meldreth the 9th annual Car Show will have a selection from over the years with a mixture of around 50 cars - veteran, vintage, prewar, classic and as usual with a sporting influence. This year there will be a brightly coloured group of family cars - 1955 Ford Zepher convertible, 1958 Nash Metropolitan and 1971 Vauxhall Cresta. Also there will be two 1920s Lea Francis, a couple of Land Rover Ambulances (with dummy patients) as well as the superb Austin Healey 100/4 in the picture. In addition to cars there will be a selection of motor bikes and a few pedal bikes and new this year a selection of coach built prams to extend the modes of transport. Teas will be served all afternoon and the musical background will be provided by the Memphis Jazz Band.

Sunday 15th September, 2-5pm Entrance fee, adults ÂŁ, accompanied children up to 16, 50p. Exhibitor enquires should be made to John Price on 01763 260048.

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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

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Monday - Friday 8 -5 • Saturday 9-12 Unit 3, Greenfield, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Royston, Herts, SG8 5HN Tel: 01223 208889 Fax: 01223 208884

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• Landscaping • Block paving • Shed bases • Fencing • Conservatories • Patios • All drainage • Garden walls • Extensions • Decking • Brickwork • Repointing • Footings • Foundations • Turfing • Lawns • Hedging • Pruning No job too big or small • Free estimates No obligation

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Steeple Morden Harvest Fair

Steeped in village tradition and one of the key events in the Steeple Morden calendar, the Steeple Morden Harvest Fair continues to grow in popularity and this year, the organising committee are hoping that the event will be the most successful 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.

ladies driving challenge winner


The winner of our ladies driving challenge competition is Kelly Smith of Royston. Kelly will try her hand at manoeuvring a range of different vehicles such as fire engines, 4x4s, HGVs, diggers and tractors all kindly donated by local companies at Nuthampstead Shooting Ground on 8th September. All women aged 17 or over, with a full driving licence, are welcome to join in the fun during either the morning or afternoon sessions. Registration costs £10 and entrants are asked to raise a minimum of £90 in sponsorship. All proceeds go to The Fire Fighters Charity and Herts Air Ambulance. To take part in the Ladies Driving Challenge, entrants should register on-line at: or request a registration pack or Gift Voucher from Sean Comerford on, 07824 837483.



Melbourn Community Hub

Coming soon……

The new village Hub will be a multi-functional public facility, bringing together all you need in the heart Melbourn. Centrally located on the old Police Station site in the High Street, it will offer a range of services: • Café • Library Access Point • Free Wi-Fi • Public Access Computers • Parish Council Office • Two Meeting Rooms • Public Toilets • Village Information Point - all these and much more will be available from this new exciting venture for the whole community. Job Opportunities

Volunteers - Can You Help?

CENTRE MANAGER & ASSISTANT CENTRE MANAGER Day to day running of the Hub, marketing to the public and local businesses, plus the management of bookings.

Volunteers will be at the heart of the Hub. If you feel that you would like to give a little of your time to benefit the community, please offer your help now!

Broad administrative experience, good people skills and a welcoming face for this vital new village facility.


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CATERING MANAGER & ASSISTANT CATERING MANAGER Café with 40 covers, together with in-house catering.


All four jobs are part time with flexible hours of work covering weekdays and Saturdays’, up to 46 hours per week, shared between roles. Rates of pay are negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience.

What would you like to help with?

Catering and supervision experience plus personal warmth and professional flair.

To apply for any of these posts please send your CV to: John Travis, 16 Cambridge Road, Melbourn SG8 6HA or by e-mail to Closing date for applications 15th September 2013

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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 family-friendly, 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.

Side stalls

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.

The Pamper Zone

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 www.roystonheath. 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

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 20



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!

octobablefest 2013

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 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 or our FaceBook page

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




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


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! Buon Appetito!

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Sunday 12 to 6pm Locally Sourced Home Cooked Menu Food served Monday to Saturday 12 to 3, 6 to 9pm

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Sunday 12 to 5pm

Real Ales Nights – Fine Wines Wednesday Fish n Chips plus a Pint just £10.

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A small independent, family-run business specialising in bespoke, homemade cheesecakes with a huge variety of flavours! Chocolate Orange • Chilli Chocolate • Matchmakers • Malteasers • Strawberry • Cherry • Raspberry • Kiwi • Lemon • Blueberry • Baileys • Praline • Cookies & Cream • Mint Chocolate • Maple Pecan • To name but a few.... Variety of sizes: Regular serves 12 • Large serves 16 • Event-size serves 25 • Quarters for just £5 • Mix-andmatch quarters - four flavours to make up a whole • Cupcake cheesecakes • Wedding tierd-cheesecakes • and much more...

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Country food at its best ...

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.

Product of the Month Dingley Dell free range sausages

this autumn, why not try dingley dell’s Superbly flavoured, welfare friendly Suffolk plain pork sausages? serve with either a sweet potato mash and a rich gravy or a mustard mash made with potatoes and whole grain mustard. we recommend our Tracklement brand of fine accompaniments.

10% off Dingley dell plain pork free range sausages throughout sept 2013

Free* delivery service in Royston and local villages *Subject to minimum order and within a 10 mile radius of the shop.

Our opening hours are: Tuesday to Thursday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday and Monday closed

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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!




Local Markets in Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays From 8am Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - 2pm Market Hill, Royston

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

Linton Farmers & Crafts Market 1st Saturday monthly Sat 7th SepGreenhouse tember Markets 9am - 12noon Every Thursday Linton Village - Fashion & College Pamper Market 10am - 4pm Farmers’ Every Friday - Market Arts & Crafts Wimpole Market 10am- 2nd Saturday 3.30pm monthly Every Sunday - Sat 14th Flea Market, September 10.30am from 10am - 2.30pm - 4pm Town Centre, Wimpole Hall Letchworth

Sandon Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday monthly Sat 21st September 9.30am - 12noon Village Hall Shepreth Village Hall Market Last Saturday monthly Sat 28th September 10am 12.30pm Village Hall Croydon Village Market Last Sunday monthly Sun 29th September 10.30am - 1pm Village Hall

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




What’s on

Family Friendly Events

Free to list! email by 15th of the month 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@flapperfortunes.

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 VH 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, Herts 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

Sat 7th Sept, 10am - 12noon

A good variety of stalls selling locally sourced and handmade produce Bassingbourn War Memorial Green Contact: 01763 247715

Dragon Boat Festival

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 Contact/details: 01780 470 718,

Antique & Collectors Fair

Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept Including postcards and more Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester

The Duxford Air Show

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,

Musical Evening Sat 7th Sept, 7.3011.30pm

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

Tues 10th Sept, 6 – 8pm

Marketing: the essential process leading to profitable selling The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact:

Reed Gardening Club Wed 11th Sept

Cottage Garden Plants Village Hall, Reed

Cambridge Modern Jazz Thurs 12th Sept, 8pm

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

Finding Your Story in God’s Story

Sunflower Competition

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

The six tallest sunflowers will be checked Entry forms available from Royston Town Council Office or from the website www.roystontowncouncil.

Sat 8th Sept, 10 – 11.30am

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


Closing date: 12th Sept 2013

Open Cambridge Weekend 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:, open-cambridge

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,

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 Rec

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

Big Town Centre Tidy up Day

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: 01763 245484

Plant Sale

Sun 15th Sept, 11am - 3pm

Bargain plants, good for wildlife - all money raised for the Wildlife Trust Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon Contact: 01480 469079

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:

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:

Enrol for WEA courses

Tues 17th Sept, 10am11am 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

Time Bank Cafe Weds 18th Sept, 12.30pm

A great way to get to know people in the community and share your knowledge and abilities Royston Garden Centre Contact/details: 01462 689405, timebank@, www.

Coffee Morning and Light Lunches Fri 20th Sept, 10am – 2pm

Christmas cards, general cards, and bring and buy, in aid of Save the Children 101 High Street, Guilden Morden

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 Interactive style ‘workshop’ setting, and your item of jewellery will also get a free polish when you come along Details: www.hkjewellery.

Wimpole at War1940’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, wimpolehall@nationaltrust.

Great Fen Green Woodcraft Day

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

Bourn Beer and Cider Festival

Sat 21st Sept, 12noon - 11pm

Come and join us for Bourn’s first beer and cider festival raising money for the NSPCC Local beers, cider and wine, bbq, 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-cumWendy, Cambridgeshire

Royston Arts Festival

Selling, The Essential Skill

This year’s theme is “Small World” Events, exhibitions and workshops, something for everyone Details:

Selling skills are key to success, everybody sells! The Meeting Room, 42 Upper King Street, Royston Contact:

Sat 21st to Sun 29th Sept


Tues 24th Sept, 6 – 8pm



WEA Courses Tues 24th Sept, 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:

Red Cow Open Mic Fri 27th Sept

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

Egyptian Symbols

Fri 27th Sept, 7.20pm

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:

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

Egyptian Symbols in Modern Egyptian Art, speaking will be Gemma Tully 1 Myddylton Place, Saffron Walden Contact: 01799 513120

The Biggest Coffee Morning in the world, in aid of Macmillan Bassingbourn URC

Bassingbourn URC Tea Room

Sun 29th Sept, 10.30am - 1.30pm

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


The Curtain Raiser Quiz

Headlining are Two Coats Colder, support from Sky West The Old Bull Inn, Royston Contact/tickets: 01763 249296,


Walking the Boundaries

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 delicious chinese food Meridian School Royston Contact: 07935 212398,

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

‘Transports of Delight’

Sat 27th July – Sat 9th Nov

A photographic exhibition by Sue and Terry Hartga Royston and District Museum

part of the Herts Visual Arts annual event Details:

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,

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 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

Pilates Classes

Naughty knitters Every Sat from 2pm

Royston Complementary Health Centre Bookings/Contact: 01763 247440

A Small World From Sat 28th Sept - Sat 9th Nov

Weds, 2pm, 5pm & 6pm

Preschool Art and Craft Sessions

Every Mon, 9.30 -10.30am and 11am – 12noon, starts 16th Sept

Taking place in Buckland Contact: 07435 134363,

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


A group for young knitters at the museum

Schools exhibition in conjunction with the Royston Arts Festival Royston and District Museum, Lower King Street, Royston Contact: 01763 242587 or

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,

walk 3000 miles....

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 Iowa City, with the aim of crossing over 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 Jack Chalkey suffered an injury to his foot, and as a result they are now completing the and Kieran Sherry 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 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. Donations can be made at On behalf of Kieran and Jack, thank you every so much for your help avoiding torrential and support, without it this incredible journey would not be possible. rain in a storm tent

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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 MASKS

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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@ or visit for more details

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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 Movement and Dance and expand their movement both individually and in groups. Class The results were very positive. No two classes were ever the same and she was constantly amazed by how different we all are A new class offering the in how we move, if we can relax and lose our self-consciousness. opportunity to explore movement and dance at your own pace. The Jacqueline was determined to make dance a positive experience, class aims to encourage creative without a right or wrong, and many students began to feel more expression as a way to relax, loosen up and enjoy yourself. comfortable with their bodies and more confident in general. Jacqueline now lives in Barley, where she has a Holistic Open to all abilities, no dance Reflexology therapy practice. She would like to offer Light Dance experience necessary. to people in the area and would love to hear from anyone who is Barley Townhouse, interested. Thursday mornings 10-11 am.

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In the garden... August

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 months. Stipa It loves full sun and well drained fertile soil. It can easily reach 1.5 metres which gigantean 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’. Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ is a lovely smaller grass with fluffy plumes of flowers that look like a pony’s tail. It grows to around 60 cm and likes a free draining soil in full sun. I like to use them in drifts through the border with other lower growing perennials such as Salvia ‘Mainacht’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Astrantia major and nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’. 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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Lucy Bates has been collecting vintage designer fabrics for several years. She trained as a fashion designer, and has worked for, amongst others, French Connection and Monsoon. Since moving to Ashwell with her young family, vintage fabric has kept her design passion alive. “I have customers all over the world who are searching for unique pieces, but also many local customers who are looking for something original and beautiful to enhance their home” said Lucy. Much of her stock is Heals fabrics from the 1960s and 1970s, with many able to claim their place in textile history. These vintage fabrics make great blinds and cushions, and Lucy and her business partner Elisabeth offer a top quality making service for curtains and blinds using contemporary fabrics. Lucy Bates Vintage Fabric offers you a unique service to really help you find something special for your home. You can view Lucy’s work at or contact Lucy on 01462 742905 or 0790 650 9555 or by email at lucy@



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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 multipronged 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 daisygrubber tool.

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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 com Barley Hort. Society Gardening Club 1st Weds monthly, 8pm Barley Town House. Raffle, produce sales table, magazines etc. Everyone welcome, members free, £1 visitors refreshments. Vi Moxey on 01763 848547



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Heron Book Group 3rd Weds monthly. Meet other book lovers’ 8pm Hazel Lord 01763 242418 Tower Museum Bassingbourn 2nd & 4th Sun monthly (Mar - Oct) Bank Holidays (10am - 4pm) www.



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.


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 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 Bassingbourn ‘Causeway Prospects ’2nd Sun 4 - 6pm including tea. The Limes, High Street, Bassingbourn. An afternoon especially for people with learning difficulties, but open to all. Singing, games, drama, bible stories and time to chat, have fun and make friends. John & Sue Simpson 01763 243350. Supported by Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn Badminton Club Bassingbourn Sports Centre. Thurs 8-10pm. A friendly club with a competitive edge. Fields Mens, Ladies and Mixed teams in a local league. Peter Gibson 01763 243696. Peter Scaife 01763 248454. Bassingbourn Judo Club Weds, Junior (6+ yrs) 6.15pm (14+yrs) 7pm, Bassingbourn Sports Centre. Judo is taught to the younger members, with the more experienced members. Learning associated Japanese Judo arts. Both genders Geoff Klein 01763 247592 or Bassingbourn Snow Sports Centre Recreational Skiing & Boarding Weds, Thurs & Suns. Junior Club up to 16 yrs Sat am with fun and instruction. Every other weekend Yeti Club for children, age 3 up. Introduction to Racing, Sat & Race training, Mon’s. Contact: www. or call 08450 728 293 Bassingbourn-CumKneesworth W.I. Meet 2nd Tues, 7.30pm, Community Room, Knutsford Road, Bassingbourn. Guests welcome. Jean Hamdorff 01763 242139 Budding Beaders 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 Children’s Story time Thursdays, 2 - 2.30pm, Bassingbourn Community Book Café in The LimesCrossroads CareEvery 2nd Mon, BVC Community Centre, a chance to meet with other carers of adults. Contact Jean or Claire 01480 499091 Friday Friendly Freshments Fri’s 10.30am-12.30pm Tea/coffee, biscuits, raffle - great prizes. Limes Community Centre, Bassingbourn


Buntingford & District Cage Bird Society 1st Tues monthly 8pm, Benson Hall, Buntingford. Talks or Videos, new members welcome. Show Secretary, Colin Pegrum 01223 833557 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 ray@ Jazz Workshop Monday evenings, Croydon VH For all instrumentalists of various skill levels, an opportunity to play in a friendly band/group environment. Terry Fox, 01763 244142, or e-mail


Fowlmere & Thriplow Gardening Club 1st Thurs monthly (not Jan), 7.45pm Thriplow or Fowlmere VH. Illustrated talks, annual show, garden visits, weekend trips and social events. Visitors welcome. Mary Duff 01763 208479 or 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 Kreepie Krawlies Soft Play Soft play up to 4yrs, music, bubbles & refreshments. Mon’s 10am - 12noon, Fowlmere VH, Tues & Fri’s 9.40am - 12noon, Shelford Memorial Hall. Available for private party hire. Debbie 07447 582457 or Amanda 01763 209174.


Chishill Chimps Toddler Group All carers and children aged 0-4 very welcome for tea, chat and play. Gt Chishill Village Hall, 10.00 – 11.45 Thurs, incl. school holidays. Contact Emily 07900 243491 Great Chishill Nursery Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30am - 1pm, Mon & Weds 9.30 am - 2.45 pm ages 2-5yrs, Ofsted regulated, NEF funding. Great Chishill URC. Anita Palmer 07972 800460 www. Great Chishill Youth Club Tues 7-9 pm, for 11-17yrs Tuck-shop, pool table, sports, games, arts, music and lots more. New members very welcome. Fred Smith 01763 838513 Heydon & Great Chishill WI 3rd Tues monthly, 7.45pm. Great Chishill VH. Ladies would you like a free evening out (three meetings only)


Guilden Morden Pre-School Mon 9.30am-3.30pm, Tues & Thurs 9.30am-12 noon & Fri 9.15-11.45am, VH. A safe and stimulating environment where children learn through play.


Morden & Dist. Writers Circle 1st Thurs monthly, Congregational School Room, Pound Green, Guilden Morden. New members welcome. President Sarah Harrison. Mr F Abram, 01763 852 918


Hillside Clay Pigeon Club Kelshall off the A505. Open to non members & members. Sporting, Skeet, D.T.L 07779 263314 for details Owlets (Babies & Toddlers) Mon’s 9.30 - 11.30am Kelshall VH. A friendly group for children up to 4yrs to socialise and learn through play, accompanied by their parent/carer. Natalie Hunn, 01763 287470.


Litlington Badminton Club Mon’s 7 - 9pm, Friendly club, Contact: Vera 01763 241022 Litlington Pre-School A large, stimulating outside area providing exciting and varied educational play in a safe, secure environment for children aged 2yrs+ at Litlington VH. Contact Rosy on 07984 935193 for details or


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 lh-melbourn@ 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 - http://melbourn-photographic-club., Bruce Huett 01763 232 855 Melbourn Amateur Dramatics Society (M.A.D.S.) We welcome anyone wishing to join aged 16 yrs or over. Energy and enthusiasm is more important than experience. Also welcome backstage crew for lighting, sound, scenery etc. Contact Donna Sleight on 01763 232622 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.andrews123@ 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 arthur. Melbourn Dynamos FC For boys and girls 6 yrs up. Play regular football, encouraging children to become part of MDFC. Shepreth Gordon Atalker 07770533249 Melbourn History Group Conducting historical research about Melbourn having published 4 books. We help people trying to trace ancestors. Colin Limming 01763 260072

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, 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 Playgroup For children from 2.5yrs. No need to be out of nappies. Flexible hrs, 15 hrs free to funded children, £4 per hr to unfunded children. Tel 07842 151512. 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 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 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


Meldreth Bowls Club Tues 10am-12am roll-up. Friendly mixed club, new bowlers welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Shirley 01223 207888 email: Meldreth Croquet Club Tues & Sun (May - Sept), behind the British Queen, Meldreth High St. A small, friendly club for beginners & experienced players. Janet Pope 01763 248342; jacksonpope@tiscali. Meldreth Good Companions Club 1st & 3rd Thurs monthly, 2.30 - 4.30pm, Community Room, Elin Way Meldreth. Outings, speakers, refreshments, all welcome. Marian Oakman 01763 261481 Meldreth Pre-School Fun, friendly environment. Children from 2yrs, nappies not a problem. Competitively priced, childcare vouchers accepted, free places from 3yrs. Variety of sessions, Mon - Fri 9 - 3. Call now to reserve a place for Sept. Contact Kate Pumfleet 01763 261489. Meldreth Tennis Club A friendly club with members of all abilities. We play on 2 tennis courts at Meldreth Recreation Ground. Further information at the Courts or from the Secretary, Sue Davies, tel:01763 220174 New Malton Golf Club Try Golf or Better your Golf, Mon’s 2 -5.30pm. Sat’s 1 - 4.30pm Cost £5. All Equipment & Golf Balls provided. Expert Golf Tuition. Contact Brian Mudge F.P.G.A Professional 01763 262200 / 07989 715401 for details. Royston & District Motorcycle Club 1st & 3rd Weds monthly, 8pm. Eternit Sports & Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth ‘Noggin & Natter’, occasional speakers. Contact www. Valentines Old Time Dance Club Mon’s 7.30 - 10pm, Meldreth VH. A friendly club offering basic tuition and social chat. Beginners welcome. Jane & Robin Meekins 01763 852503 www.


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. 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.


Sandon Cygnets Pre-school Mon-Fri 9am-12noon. For 2.5yrs up. We provide a safe secure environment with excellent facilities. Contact: 01763 287 238 sandon gardener’s club 2nd Mon monthly, 7.30pm, Sandon VH. A small friendly group, talks, competitions, garden visits & annual show. New members welcome. Tony Barker 01763 288416 tonybarker324@ Sandon Pre-school lunch club Mon-Fri 12-1.30pm, 2.5yrs+ Providing a wonderful enviroment for your child to enjoy their lunch with others, take part in games and story time. Contact: 01763 287 238


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 www. 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 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 The Morden Players Directing, Producing, Acting, Stage Managing, Sound and Lights, Making Scenery, Musical Direction & having fun! Contact Louise Bailey 01763 852068 or


Therfield Village Pre- School Mon - Fri 9.30am - 12.30pm, lunch club until 1.30pm. Therfield VH. High quality care & education for children aged 2yrs 4 mths - rising 5’s, using jolly phonics Katie Kolind 07971 188013


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 Ladybird Playgroup & PreSchool Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri (various sessions), Thriplow Primary School. We accept Nursery Education Funding. All children 2.5-4.5 yrs. Sharon McGinty 01763 208055 / 208968 The Thriplow Society Local History, Talks and outings. Contact: Shirley Wittering 01763 208269 http://thriplow. Thriplow & Fowlmere WI 2nd Thurs monthly, 7.30pm, Thriplow VH. Contact Dorothy Woods 01763 208778, dorothy. woods@btinternet




12 Platoon Army Cadet Force Mon’s & Weds, 7.30pm, Dodkin Hut, Tannery Drift, Royston. Military Youth: first aid, adventure training, community work, shooting, sports, map & compass. Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. 07963 359758 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 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 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 www. or pennybrown1@ 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 Corvus Cornix Basketball Club Meeting at Royston Leisure Centre Thurs, 4 9pm Mini Basketball and basketball for all ages and abilities. From 8 years to adult Di Charles 01223 207213 or email di.charles2@btinternet. com Cruse Bereavement or Clair Pike at Electralites Majorettes Thursdays, 5-7pm & Sundays 9am-3.30pm at Coombes Community Centre Zoe & Mark Barfield 01763 245447 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. Nonleague. Secretary Jan Harmer 01763 230704 Frank Letts Blind Fellowship Of Royston 2nd Tues monthly, 11.30am to 3pm at The Heath Sports Centre, Royston. Open to all blind and partially sighted in the Royston area. Transport can be arranged. Bridget Matthews 01763 231881, or G - Stars (Georgina Wootten’s School of Dance and Performing Arts) Royston, 6 Days a Week. Melody Movement Baby Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Boys Only Street, Contemporary, Commercial, Body Conditioning, Adult Street Fit, Singing and Musical Theatre or 07720713532 or Gay Outdoor Club A national activity club for men & women with local groups: Cambridge; Essex and Hertfordshire. Walks of moderate length take place once a month. Come along and make new friends and enjoy some healthy exercise. Check out our website: for details of all national and local activities, or phone Colin on 01763 262647



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 Anne Rayner, 01763 244424 or redrays@ If Only We provide support to those who have lost someone to suicide. Contact: Jayne on 07764657576 or Jazzercise Fun and effective total body workout. Tues & Thurs eves (inc. BodySculpt) & Sat morning, Greneway School, Royston. Weds 7.15 pm, MVC. Sarah 07703 422394 sarah.howard. JM Judokwai Tues 6.30 - 9.30pm, Roysia School. Judo with that family feel, parents can join the Tea Club. For ages 6 yrs plus. John Massmann 01763 241020, 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: royston@kumoncentre. 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 Library Knitting Group Mon’s, 2pm, Royston Library. Tea served, everyone is welcome, no charge Little Linguists Spanish for children (3yrs to 8yrs) and their grown ups. Coombes Community Centre. Mon 3.45-5.45pm. Suzanne Snowdon, 01234 708226, www. Nordic Walking Royston & villages. Improve your health & fitness, suitable for all ages and abilities. Shape & tone your whole body, burning more calories than normal walking. Contact Mandy Coar 01763853595, email nordic-walking@hotmail. or Play Music Play Creative music making sessions for families with babies and children under 5. Sessions happen on Weds & Thurs in Royston. For more information call 01763 246415 or visit www. 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 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 www.roystonrotary. com 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, www. Royston & Dist. Model Engineering Society 2nd Weds monthly, Meldreth Manor School & Track Running Days 1st Sun of month from April to October also informal workshop, Mon’s at Meridian School during terms time. New members welcome. Jeff Dickinson 01763 261670 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 cofc@ Royston & District Community Transport Royston Hospital. Low cost door-to-door transport for groups or individuals who are unable to use conventional public transport. Office hours 9am-3pm Mon - Fri. Tel/Fax/SMS 01763 245228 Royston & District Family History Society 3rd Mon monthly, 7.30pm. All Saints Community Hall, All Saints Church, Melbourn. Trace your family history Maureen Faubel 01763 232128 Royston & District Local History Society 8pm 1st Thurs monthly (Oct - Apr), 2nd Thurs in May - Heritage Hall, Royston Town Hall. Historical Talks of the local area. David Allard, 01763 242677 Royston & District Mencap Society Society for people with learning difficulties and their carers. Social calendar, occasional open evenings and fortnightly social club at Meridian School (alternate Tuesdays). New members welcome. Peter Andrew 01763 245363 Royston & District Model Railway Club Barley Town House, Fri 8pm. Prospective new members welcome to come and visit us, but call first. Tony Noad, 01763 848424.E-mail Royston & District motor cycle Club 1st & 3rd Weds monthly, 8pm. Eternit Sports & Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth @ Noggin & Natter’, occasional speakers. Contact 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 Last Fri in the month, 7.20pm, Royston Market Hill Rooms and Saffron Walden Town Hall, alternately. Chairman Richard Priestley 01799 513120 Royston Arts Festival Royston’s annual Arts Festival takes place over four days every September www. Royston Arts Society Two afternoon painting sessions monthly, friendly, sociable atmosphere. Nine professional art demonstrations in various media and two exhibitions per year. New members welcome. Richard Clayton 01763 221322, enquiries@ 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) 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.bridgewebs. com/roystonherts/ where contact details etc. may be obtained. 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: heather@ 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@yahoo. OR just turn up any Thursday. Beginners welcome. Royston Cricket Club Based in Therfield, two adult Sat league teams, a Sun team and Junior teams-under 11, 12, 13 and 14. All new players are welcome. Paul Harris (adults) on 07966 766120 or David May (Juniors) on 01763 246396. www. 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 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 Training: men’s 1st and ladies 1st on Mon 7-8:30pm, St.Edmund’s College. All adult teams Weds 7-8:30pm, specific team coaching 8:30 - 9:30pm, Bassingbourn Barracks including “back to hockey” sessions. Juniors Sun 10-1pm, Meridian School. New members welcome, contact Colin Smith on 01763 250982 or info@ www.roystonhockey Royston Job Club Last Wednesday of each month from 1pm to 4pm in the Royston Library Royston Ladies’ Luncheon Club A friendly group of like-minded women who meet for a two course lunch at 12.30 - 3pm at The Cambridge Motel, Shepreth, 2nd Mon monthly, includes a guest speaker. Secretary 01763 243388 Royston Lions Club 2nd and 4th Weds each month at The Old Barn, Upper King Street, Royston Part of the world’s largest service organisation. We serve the community and have fun too! Contact: Keith on 01763 231492 or e-mail 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 grayowl@ Royston Miscarriage Support For free support after early/late miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, call 07906 559756 or email Monthly support group meetings and annual service of remembrance in May at the Wesley Church, Cambridge. Royston Netball Club Friendly sociable club who are always happy to welcome new members. Training takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 until 9pm. Tracey Stimson, 01763 247634 Royston Photographic Society Thursday evenings at Icknield Walk School from 7.30pm to 10pm. New members always welcome. Andrew Fox, 01763 222856 Royston Power Kiters Local Power Kite, Buggy and Board Club. We meet on windy evenings and weekends on the Heath. Training available. 01763 249199 Royston Rackets Badminton Club Tues 6pm to 8pm Royston Leisure Centre. Recreational badminton in a friendly atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. Graham Benstead on 01763 242558

Royston Ramblers Promoting walking by organising led walks. Monitoring the condition of local rights of way. David Allard, 01763 242677 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 stevenagemusicenquiries@hertscc. 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 Spiritual Awareness Thurs, Royston Town Hall, room 11, 8pm. For those who wish to learn more about spiritualism and mediumship under the guidance of an experienced teacher. 3rd Fri monthly, 8pm, a visiting medium. 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 Royston Tennis Club Have 6 floodlit courts at Heath Sports Centre, Therfield Heath. Full LTA tennis & coaching programmes available with social & fun sessions. Public courts can be booked via Heath Sports (01763 2436130). For full club details Club Secretary, Christine Knight 01763 261676 Royston Time Bank 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 Timebank@ 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. uk Simons, 01763 246929, rogfsimons@hotmail. Royston Town Youth FC FA Charter Standard Community Club with FA qualified coaches running mini-soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-side football teams for boys and girls aged 7 to 18. Please contact Club Secretary Carl Filby on 01763 241460, 07563 366080 or email Royston WEA Tues 10am-11-30am Royston Town Hall Carol Bradshaw, 01763 268678 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 com/site/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 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 www. St John Ambulance Adults - Wed 7.45 - 10pm, Cadets (10-17 yrs) - Tues 7-8.30pm, Badgers (6-10 yrs) - Fri 67.15pm 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 kerry.hay@ 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 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.swimplythebest. 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.tigertots. 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 Under Five’s Story Time Fri.’s 2 – 2.30pm Royston Library



Melbourn Village Fete 2013

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 time a dog fly ball show, a steel band and the Dynamo football team skills demonstration. A fine display of classic vehicles ranging from American muscle cars to VW camper vans and throaty Harley Davidson Motorbikes to scooters all shining like new graced the field. The bar had a range of drinks both soft and alcoholic, and a wide selection of food was on offer, from the Brownies serving a great array of Over three thousand cakes and scones with tea and coffee, haloumi cheese burgers, quality visitors enjoyed this locally supplied burgers and sausages, a hog roast, savoury and sweet summer’s popular fete crepes, 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 spots for electric bands and acoustic artists. The marquee soon filled with dancers enjoying the great range of 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. If you would like to help put on a great fete next year please visit or e-mail the volunteers coordinator at Next years fete will be on 28 June 2014. Surplus funds raised will be donated to worthy local activities, so if you know of a Melbourn based activity in need of some funds then the committee would love to hear from you. Please e-mail details of the activity, what you want to do with the funds and how much you would like and we will let you know. Requests should be submitted by 30 September 2013 to

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