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PLUS Ashwell February 2020 Issue 174

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THEATRE SHOWS 5 Mar Mary Poppins – Matinee £85.00 9 Mar Mary Poppins – Evening £85.00 20 Mar Brick Lane – Irish Music inc Lunch £68.00 22 Mar Classical Spectacular RAH Matinee £75.00 23 Apr Mamma Mia – Matinee £55.00 23 Apr Tina the Musical – Matinee £67.50 28 Apr Brick Lane – St Georges inc Tea £62.00 8 Jun Pretty Woman – Evening £65.00 11 Jun Phantom of the Opera – inc Lunch £70.00 11 Jun Mary Poppins – Matinee £85.00 18 Aug Joseph – Palladium – Matinee £75.00 15 Sep Brick Lane – Cockney Show inc Tea £62.00 22 Oct Brick Lane – Music Hall inc Tea £62.00 11 Nov Pretty Woman – Matinee £65.00 Thursford Christmas Spectacular tickets on sale!

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DAY TRIPS 17 Mar Hever Castle – Dazzling Daffodils £37.50 21 Mar Sewing for Pleasure Show - NEC £37.50 25 Mar Milton Keynes Shopping £19.00 27 Mar Norwich £20.00 4 Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia £35.00 8 Apr Ideal Home Show – Olympia £35.00 15 Apr Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) £40.00 16 Apr Boundary Mills Shopping £24.50 21 Apr Kew Gardens & Palace £37.00 24 Apr Country Living Spring Fair £40.00 29 Apr Tutankhamun Exhibition £42.00 30 Apr Wisley Gardens & Spring Craft Fair £36.00 6 May Hampton Court Palace & Gardens £42.00 10 May Malvern Spring Festival £49.00 17 May Hunstanton £18.50 18 May Stody Lodge Gardens £35.00 21 May Chelsea Flower Show – Afternoon £68.00 23 May Chelsea Flower Show – Full Day £92.00 25 May Southwold £18.50 28 May Brighton £20.00 30 May Great Yarmouth £18.50 18 Jun Gardeners World/Good Food – NEC £44.00 27 Jun Blenheim Palace Flower Show £33.00 9/10/11 Jul Hampton Court Flower Show £50.00 29 Jul Sandringham Flower Show £36.00 31 Jul Festival of Quilts £38.00 20 Aug Countryfile Live – Windsor Great Park £35.00 8 & 10 Oct Knitting & Stitching Show £34.50 COACH TOURS 25 Feb Sidmouth & South Devon 11 Mar Cornwall Spring Tour 16 Mar Welsh Spring Break 23 Mar Warners Bembridge IOW 10 Apr Winchester Easter Break 13 Apr Torquay & English Riviera 22 Apr Harrogate Flower Show 26 Apr History of Cheshire

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March Booking Deadline Thursday 13th February

February brings us some of the best things in life; pancakes, pantos and proposals - all of which are included in this edition of The Listing.

We showcase all things weddings in our six page feature on pages 23-28, chat to the MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald, about his local life and we give an insight in to some of the incredible events taking place in the community. Also inside, we reveal the winner of the Hidden Royston Christmas Quiz, showcase both public and private initiatives designed to improve our lives and provide an update on the reconstruction of Royston Parish Church. Enjoy!

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In This Issue ...

Spotlight On - Royston Health Walks


Out & About - Barkway Players - Pantomime


My Local Life - Sir Oliver Heald QC MP


What’s On From Tallulah’s Kitchen Wedding Feature


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info@townhousepublishing.co.uk • 01763 248447 • This Month’s Contributors: Richard Arnott, Julian Berry, Tallulah Le Fey, Kim Fletcher, Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Royston Museum, Richard Arnott Photographer: Clive Porter Published by: Townhouse Publishing Ltd Disclaimer All rights reserved.

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Applications are invited from organisations within Royston for a grant towards the setting up of a new project, a capital scheme or help towards a special event or activity which will benefit the local community. Forms are available from the Town Hall office or to download from the Town Council website. Deadline for applications, 14th February 2020 Visit; www.roystontowncouncil.gov.uk for more details

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Update on Royston Parish Church During the last couple of months, a number of things have been occurring behind the scenes in order to move forward the re-instatement of our beautiful church. Tenders for the high-level work on the building to initially repair the roof were received, following which work will be commencing. This will result in the scaffolding and covering being removed along the nave of the church. We are also at an advanced stage in determining the re-ordering of the church as architects’ plans are finalised; prior to seeking approval from the diocese for the work to be commenced.

We hope to provide further details on each of these in further updates during the year. In the meantime, we are pleased to report that there has been significant interest in our proposed Sponsor a Chair Scheme as well as offers to acquire some of the old pews.

A shortlist of seating options to replace the pews has been drawn up and we hope to make All this, together with the continued a final decision shortly. receipt of donations, - now totalling over £42,000 - provides us with The decision has been taken to replace the great optimism for the future. current damaged pipe organ with a digital one. Steps are now in hand to determine the To keep up to date with progress and what is best option for the current and future needs of going on at the church please visit our website church music at St John’s. at www.roystonparishchurch.org.uk

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Is your New Year’s resolution to do a good deed, to help others, make more effort to get to know your neighbours or do more for your community? If so, you can achieve all of that by joining the Melbourn Timebank!

cake, picking up a prescription, walking their dog, doing some gardening, visiting someone for a cup of tea, welcoming new residents to the village - whatever you do will make a difference to the person that needs your help.

You get an hour’s time credit which you can use to get something back. That may be help with your mobile/tablet, learning how to hem a skirt, The Timebank is growing steadily; we now have someone picking up a loaf of bread, or gaining members from Royston, Meldreth, Shepreth and some new skills. Everyone’s time is equal, so one Foxton too. Over 830 hours have been exchanged hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, in the Timebank’s first year. irrespective of whatever we choose to exchange We hold regular social events, a weekly Coffee However, it’s not just about giving and receiving. Morning on a Thursday from 10am–12pm, either in Timebanking is also about bringing people The Melbourn Hub or Moorland Court, a fortnightly together to build a stronger, safer and happier Art and Craft club that runs in the pavilion on a community. The exchanges can go on and on, as Wednesday afternoon from 1.30–4.30 pm and do the new friendships, connections and networks a monthly Evening Social/ Timebank Games that are made. Members feel less isolated and Night at The Black Horse (all these location are more supported in their own community. in Melbourn). Non-members are always very For more information or to join us, please contact welcome to come to any of these events to Cath by calling 07483 176929 or 01763 263303 learn more about Timebanking and meet other Option 3 or via email her at members. timebank@melbournparishcouncil.co.uk Timebanking is a way for local people to come You can also visit our website together and help each other by exchanging www.bit.ly/MelbTimeBank or follow us on knowledge, help and skills. Everyone has Facebook under the name Melbourn Time Bank something to offer a Timebank from making a

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Loving Local Living Loving Local Living NEWS FROM OUR CLUBS & SOCIETIES... Royston and the surrounding villages are a hive of activity with a wealth of clubs and societies within our town and villages, covering a wide range of interests - from arts to sports, adventure to support. info@townhousepublishing.co.uk Since our 2005, The Listing has been proud to Please note that all entries are published subject to space and we cannot guarantee inclusions support the very many clubs and societies. We maintain and publish a comprehensive list of all the organisations, clubs and societies on our website: www.bit.ly/ClubsDirectory

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for 2020 why If you are making a new resolution you together not join a walking club that will put with like-minded people. ing and it The benefits of walking are wide rang the heart ns is a great way to get fit. It strengthe g the heart and improves circulation by raisin s people rate to a safe level. Walking also give fresh air the opportunity to spend time in the de. trysi coun the oring expl y and enjo join us with New walkers are very welcome to walks, our y enjo you if and s, walk free two ber. Our mem a me beco you that est we requ person. per 0 £8.5 is fee hip bers annual mem uk .org. www.combertonramblers act Stella For further information, please cont tmail.com the Secretary at stella.ramblers@ho 49 2100 4 0195 at call a her give or

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Ladies, if you would like to increase your circle of friends and interests our Women’s Institute Group is an excellent place to do so. We enjoy many social activities, interesting talks and appreciate being part of one of the most influential organisations in the nation. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 1.45pm in Fellowship Hall next door to the Picture Palace and you are most welcome to join us as a guest. We look forward to seeing you. For more details please contact Eunice, 01763 231658 or Jean, 01763 245958


Foxton Men’s BReakfast Our guest speaker is Chief Superintendent, Chris Mead, Head of Operational Policing in Cambridgeshire with responsibility for everything from 24/7 emergency response policing, the Force Control Room, neighbourhood/community policing and criminal investigations. Please let us know your choice of a Full English or Continental Style Breakfast. We ask for a £7 donation to cover cost & make a donation to the speakers charity. Contact Tony Garrick on 07743 968530 or Mark Howard 01223 503377 or email foxtonmensbreakfast@gmail.com Foxton Village Hall CB22 6RN Saturday 15th February, 8.30-10am

Lego Club

The group is run by local parents of children with additional needs (including ADHD, ASD, GDD) and volunteers who have experienc e working with children who have additional needs. The group is informal with a chance for the children to play with lego and mak e friends with other children like them. Parents can have a drink and a chat with other parents who tread the same path as they do and tap into a local supp network. Voluntary donations are welc ort omed. To book email cathryn.phillips@googl email.com or find us on Facebook Royston and Villages SEN Lego Club We meet on the first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm, Coombes Community Cent re, Royston, SG8 5PT

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We are an independent social walking group that goes for an amble across Therfield Heath every Wednesday at 1.30pm from the Heath Café, Royston.

walk and more locations for our walks. If any of these might of interest or are something you could help us with please get in touch.

We are a friendly, welcoming, positively inclusive and non-cliquey group and welcome children, buggies and dogs; the walks are free. In the last 17 months we’ve had over 150 different people walk with us but there is room for many more so if you fancy a leisurely walk, a chat and a brew afterwards please feel free to join us.

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. The Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. The Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event.

At the end of December we held our Christmas lunch at the Heath Café and had 60 people in attendance. This year we decided to raise funds for a charity and chose Medical Detection Dogs as the one we wanted to support. Our raffle raised enough funds to sponsor two puppies through their first year of training as detection or alert dogs.

To find out more or to make a donation visit their website at www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk For more information on Royston Health Walks contact Richard on 01763 852769 or email him at roystonhealthwalks@btinternet.com

Not everyone can or wants to walk but might enjoy the social element so if you just want a chat and a brew, we are normally back from the walk around 2.15pm and you could join us then. During 2020 we will be investigating new options, a non-walking group, a shorter

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Toad In a hole

It may be February – but panto season isn’t yet behind us, at least not in Barkway. A troupe of seasoned local thespians are getting ready to present their 28th annual pantomime, Toad in a Hole. As you might guess, the show is inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Full of colour, music and laughs, it features many of the well-loved characters from that tale, alongside others dreamed up by the Barkway Players’ in-house creative team. Founder member and music director Edwin Kilby tells us that a Wind in the Willows-based show has been an ambition among the Barkway Players for some time. “We always write our own material and try to create something different. The characters of Toad, Ratty and the friends are much-loved in English literature, and we’ve thought for some time that we could make a great pantomime using them, but we needed a suitably original storyline. This year our scriptwriting team have come up with a great idea which we think the audience will love.” The Barkway Pantomime has become something of a community tradition. The present series has continued without a break since 1993. The event raises money to help support Barkway Village Hall, a registered charity. This year the Hall has invested heavily in new LED stage lighting, and the proceeds will help pay for it.

New members are always welcome and you don’t have to live in Barkway to take part. More information is available on the Barkway Players’ web site and Facebook page, or you could email him at enquiries@barkwayplayers.org.uk. Toad in a Hole will be performed at Barkway Village Hall, 4 Cambridge Road, Barkway, SG8 8BS on: Friday 7th February at 8pm Saturday 8th February at 2pm Saturday 8th February at 8pm Tickets are available over the phone on 01763 797101 or online via www.barkwayplayers.org.uk

Edwin commented: “Lifelong friendships have been made through the Barkway Players. And we introduce new faces every year. People love working on the panto, especially during what can be the dull month of January, when it all really comes together.”

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Local Members of Parliament: who’s In, Who’s Out? By Tom Fox

The Listing delivers to two different parliamentary constituencies; North East Hertfordshire which covers Royston and the villages to the south of the town, and South Cambridgeshire, covering villages north of the A505 bypass.

With Heidi Allen stepping down, the Liberal Democrats stood Ian Sollom as their candidate to fight the December 12th General Election, the Conservatives stood Anthony Browne and Labour stood Dan Greef. Congratulations to Anthony Browne for winning the seat. The full result can be seen to the right.

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2019 saw Heidi Allen step down as the MP for South Cambridgeshire after a colourful year. She began the year as a Conservative but resigned from the party in February to join the newly created Change UK. After a disappointing run in the European Elections, Allen quit Change UK too, and became an independent. The final twist in the story came in October when she revealed that she would initially stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in South Cambridgeshire at the next election but decided later on in the month to take a step back from politics all together, after she suffered what she called “utterly dehumanising” abuse and was “exhausted” by the “nastiness and intimidation” she had faced.

For North East Hertfordshire, the election saw Royston-resident Sir Oliver Heald retain the seat he has held since 1992. He features in the ‘My Local Life’ section of this edition of The Listing opposite. He fought the seat against Kelly Green of Labour, Amy Finch of the Liberal Democrats and Tim Lee of the Green Party. The full result can be seen to the right. Well done to all those who stood for election and congratulations to the winners! Contact details for both Sir Oliver Heald and Anthony Browne can be found in our ‘Useful Numbers’ section towards the back of the magazine.


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My Local Life

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Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

For this month’s ‘My Local Life’ we caught up with the MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald QC MP. He has held his seat since 1992, an impressive 28 years. Here is what he had to say: Where do you live and how long have you lived there? I have lived in Royston since 1981 What’s your favourite local place to eat? It would be wrong for me to single out one of the many excellent eateries we have in Royston, but I do live near the Old Bull Inn and particularly enjoy their breakfasts. What is your favourite Royston experience? I have attended the Rotary Club Kite Festival over many years and have watched it grow from humble beginnings to a summer fixture on the Heath. I also enjoy the May Fayre. What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday? I often have constituency meetings and visits on Saturdays but otherwise I like to see family and friends and occasionally being able to watch my football team, Reading, as I grew up there. What is your favourite place in the world? North East Hertfordshire, of course, but Christine and I go every year to the small town of Anghiari in Italy where she sings with her choir. We have made many friends there over the years. What makes you happy? Feeling that I am doing my job effectively. What is your greatest fear? That Reading will not continue their current healthy run in the Championship and go back to last season’s relegation battle.

What is the most challenging aspect of your position? I sometimes have to explain to constituents that MPs cannot solve all their problems, although I always try to help. Which four people would you invite to dinner? Peter Crouch, footballer and blogger; Renee Zellweger, favourite actress and seems to have a sense of humour; Michael Ball, amusing and could give us a song; and Twiggy, a long-time favourite! What is your proudest moment? Being knighted by the Queen. It was a very special occasion. To get in touch with Sir Oliver Heald, call 01462 486074 or email him at oliver.heald.mp@parliament.uk Contact details for the MP for South Cambridgeshire can be found on page 45 of this magazine.

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Help Aussie Animals!

Pet of the Month

The animals in Australia are suffering so terribly from the dreadful bushfires and Laura at No.3 Royston is calling for local knitters, crochet makers and sewers to make pouches for joeys, nests for birds, wraps for bats and more.

Luna currently have a number of friendly small animals that are looking for new homes. There are a number of guinea pigs, rabbits and degus, that are friendly and happy to be handled. Some are in bonded pairs and some would be happy to go to their new homes individually.

The Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild in Australia is coordinating a worldwide campaign for crafters to get involved and they have lots of approved patterns.

Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530 / 07860 480015 luna.ar@hotmail.co.uk www.lunaanimalrescue.org

No.3 Royston will collect everything that’s made and send them off to our furry Australian friends. For more information please visit www.number3royston.co.uk and www.facebook.com/arfsncrafts which has the patterns and more information about what’s needed at the moment. Please consider helping out!

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Friends of Chishill Windmill As we approach the end of the year, we thought you’d like an update on what we have achieved in the year and what we are planning for 2020 and beyond. 2019 has been a truly significant year in the history of Chishill Windmill. Firstly, it marked the bicentenary of the fabrication of this particular mill. There had been windmills on the site for centuries before but this one was built in 1819. Then, of course, we have the success of the restoration and the ‘Re-opening Day’ celebrations of 8th June. We also had the hedge pruned hard so that it can be trained to a more interesting boundary and currently the mill shines in all its glory from the hilltop. Sadly, work on the mill is not yet complete as the tail drive mechanism is only slowly coming together. Our millwright, Bill Griffiths, has done a superb job on the restoration but, as his reputation spreads, he is much in demand and is currently making the smock mill at Drinkstone, Suffolk, watertight for the winter. Bill is sharing his time with our job so we are progressing but it will be Spring before we see the mill turning itself to wind. On the administrative front, we are awaiting confirmation of our change of status to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Currently we are both a Limited Company, reporting to Companies House, and a Charity reporting to the Charity Commission. CIO status will cover the legal aspects of trading, together with Gift Aid eligibility and require only much simpler financial accounting. We expect to see the conclusion of this move shortly. The Trustees are currently constructing a business plan for the ongoing running and maintenance of both the building and the overall site. We’re sure that everyone appreciates that the windmill does not lend itself to hire as a venue or other such use to yield income, so we have to seek regular donation and fundraising to keep the old beauty in fine fettle.

We also think it sensible to start building a ’sinking fund’ for the inevitable big expenses that will come along. As well as ongoing maintenance, there are, of course, potential developments that could be embarked upon: the internal machinery is virtually complete so a project to remake sail shutters and refurbish the running gear might see the mill grinding grain once more; maybe an area of the adjacent field might be purchased to allow the development of supporting enterprises and much needed car parking. Who knows? What is sure is that we need some younger folk with enthusiasm to take on such ventures - with an average age of 70, and all of us eligible for a bus pass, the current committee might find another long-term project a little daunting! Most of all, we should like to thank you for being a ‘Friend’. We are delighted at the continued interest in the windmill and look forward to telling everyone of further milestones as we pass them. Don’t forget that we are always pleased to show you round the mill if you would like. For more information, visit www.greatchishillwindmill.com

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Equine Car Boot Sale Raise money for The Shetland Pony Welfare Trust at the Equine Car Boot Sale!

Entry is just £1 and to set up a table is just £12. There will be refreshments available on site. To book a table, call Sarah on 07531 735398 or email her at manifestdestinybubble@hotmail.com Sunday 23rd February, 10am - 2pm, Litlington Village Hall, Litlington, SG8 0QF

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Sun 9th Feb 7.30pm

Cats (U)

Fri 14th Feb 7.30pm

1917 (15)

Sat 15th Feb 3.30pm

Jumanji:The Next Level (12A)

Sat 15th Feb 7.30pm

1917 (15)

Sun 16th Feb 7.30pm

1917 (15)

Fri 21st Feb 7.30pm

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Sat 22nd Feb 3.30pm

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Sat 22nd Feb 7.30pm

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Sun 23rd Feb 7.30pm

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Fri 28th Feb 7.30pm

Bombshell (15)

Sat 29th Feb 3.30pm

Spies in Disguise (PG)

Sat 29th Feb 7.30pm

Bombshell (15)

Sun 1st March 7.30pm

2040 (PG)

Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA

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What’s On...

Great Chishill Antiques & Vintage Fair

Sun 2nd Feb, 10am-4pm Great Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH Approximately 20 stalls packed full of antiques, jewellery, collectables and vintage items including clothing. www.ruralmagpie.co.uk/pages/ruralmagpie-fairs

A10 Bouncy Castles Soft Play Session Tue 4th Feb, 9.15-11.15am Coombes Community Centre, Burns Rd, Royston SG8 5PT £6 per child or £15 for a family ticket for 3. Children under 6 months go free with a paying child. Snacks, tea and coffee are available to purchase. Come along on the day or call Nessa on 07732 133007

Taking Turns Dance Theatre Workshops

Tue 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Feb, 7-8.30pm Baldock Town Hall, SG7 6AR Have fun moving into health in community dance workshops aimed at the over 50s. Sessions cost £10 or £7 for concessions. For more information, contact Jane on 07801 352300

Learn to Sing in Harmony

Thu 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Feb, 7.30-9pm Potton Lower School, SG19 2PB A fantastic opportunity for new or resting singers to discover their voice and gain confidence, with simple teaching methods to learn and improve quickly. For more details, visit: www.shannonexpress.org.uk/lts

“4 Inspirational Women”-Talk

Thu 6th Feb, 8-9.30pm Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA On behalf of Royston & District Local History Society, Damien Odell will be giving a talk on “4 Inspirational Women”. Visitors welcome, cost £2. For more details call David Allard on 01763 242677

Toad In A Hole Panto

Fri 7th Feb, 8pm, Sat 8th Feb, 2pm Sat 8th Feb, 8pm Barkway Village Hall, SG8 8BS Full of colour, music and laughs, it features many of the well-loved characters from that tale, alongside others dreamed up by the Barkway Players’ in-house creative team. Tickets available from: 01763 797101 or www.barkwayplayers.org.uk

Lucies’ Boutique-Closing Down Sale!

Sat 8th Feb, 12.30-4pm Market Hill Rooms, Royston SG8 9JL Come and browse quality second hand & new, maternity, baby & children’s clothes & Shoes (0-5 years), designer to high street, all in nearly new condition, waiting to be worn again. For more details email, iinfo@luciesboutique.co.uk


Roman Way Academy Nursery and Reception Open Days Mon 10th Feb, 9.15-11.30am & 1.302.45pm Roman Way Academy, Burns Road, Royston SG8 5EQ A chance to learn more about the Reception and Nursery at Roman Way Academy-no appointments required! Call 01763 241535 or visit www.romanway.herts.sch.uk

The Cave: An arts and film project in Royston

Tue 11th Feb, 5-7pm Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA Aged 16-19? Interested in filmmaking or acting, or just want to be more creative? We are running an event for young people who would like to find out more about this arts project and the different ways to get involved. Come along this free workshop with pizza provided. To book email; ellen@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

The Listing-Sales and Copy Deadline for March Thu 13th Feb The last available date to submit your adverts, content or events for The Listing March issues.

An Evening with Roger Gibbons

Thu 13th Feb, 7.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Roger is one of the regular organists at the church, with this event giving you the chance to come and hear him play some of his favourite pieces. For more information, visit www.royston-methodist.org.uk

Royston Arts Society Demonstration by Sonia Bacchus

Fri 14th Feb, 8-10pm Market Hill Rooms, Royston SG8 9DW Sonia will be giving a demonstration of ‘A Still Life in Oil Pastels’. Nonmembers £3 inc.refreshment. Contact 01763 261808.

Royston Folk Club Showcase Fri 14th Feb, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW A showcase of Royston Folk Club’s talent, featuring The Medlars, Vic Leonard Ross Burkitt, John Meed & Delta Ladies. £4 (£3 performers) and £2 under 25s. For more details visit: www.roystonfolk.org

your memories, or bring photos along! Booking is essential: 01223 494896 or visit; www.//bit.ly/OpenSat_HH

Wellcome Genome Campus Open Day + Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus exhibition Sat 15th Feb, 1-4pm Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Saffron Walden CB10 1RQ Open Lab to discover more about the Campus’ history and the cutting-edge research that happens there today. Free to attend, but booking is essential: www.open-saturdays.eventbrite.co.uk

Dementia Café

Sat 15th Feb, 2.30 – 4pm Melbourn Community Hub, SG8 6DZ The monthly meeting is not only for those living with Dementia, but also provides a chance for family, friends, and carers to get together and enjoy the activities, music, and chat over a coffee and cake. The purpose is to create a friendly and welcoming environment to stimulate, and offer practical support for the caring of Dementia Sufferers, and their loved ones. Free entry, booking not necessary.

St. John the Baptist Parish Church Annual Quiz

Sat 15th Feb, 7pm King James Academy Junior Site, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH A fun quiz for teams of up to 8 people, £7.50 per person. Bar available but bring own food.

Messy Church

Sun 16th Feb, 3.30-5.30pm Royston Methodist Church, SG8 7AU Activities for all ages on the theme of Love and Forgiveness and the story of the prodigal son, followed by a short celebration service led by John Hardwick, and a meal shared together, at Royston Methodist Church, Queen’s Road. Adults and accompanied children of all ages are welcome. www.royston-methodist.org.uk

Lunchtime Jazz

Mon 17th Feb, 12-2.30pm The Heath Cafe Bar, SG8 5BG Come and enjoy some red hot traditional jazz provided by Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band. Hot food and bar available. Entrance costs £8.

Make Lunch Local community history project: Mon 17th & Thu 20th Feb, 12noon Gathering memories of Hinxton Hall -1.30pm Sat 15th Feb, 1-4pm Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Saffron Walden CB10 1RQ Bring Hinxton Hall to life with historical references and any memories you may have of working, playing or events attended at the Hall or in the grounds. Do you have these memories to share? If so, do drop into during this Campus Open Saturday and tell us

The Old Bull, 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. For more information and to book call 07742 927160 or email, makelunch@tlcroyston.org.uk

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Deadline to send March events... 10th February Wild Wood Adventures

Wed 19th Feb, 10am-12pm Cambourne Nature Reserve, CB23 6DH Explore the reserve, then head indoors to investigate what owls eat for breakfast by studying the bones they leave behind. Ideal for families with children aged 7-11 (older and younger children will enjoy the session but unsuitable for very young children). £5 per person, £4 members. For bookings call 07894 599020 or email, rebecca.neal@wildlifebcn.org

Café Sci Cambridge: The Genetics of Depression

Tue 18th Feb, 7-8.30pm Espresso Library, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1BG Join Dr David Howard, Kings College London, for a brief overview of the history of human genetics with a focus on the research conducted around depression, and discuss how drugs that target these genes could help. This is a free, non-ticketed event. Please arrive for 6.45pm. For more details visit; www.cafescicambridge.org

Song writing Workshop

Wed 19th Feb, 10am-3.30pm King James Academy Senior Site, Royston SG8 7JH A one-day song writing workshop for young people aged 8-18. Learn how to write and perform a song in 1 day from a professional songwriter, or bring a song of your own to work on. Instruments are provided but feel free to bring your own in you prefer. Refreshments will also be provided on the day but it is recommended to bring a packed lunch. Tickets are £25 from www.bit.ly/SongwritingRoyston

Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens AGM

Wed 19th Feb, 7pm King James Academy Junior Site, Royston SG8 7JH Annual General Meeting for the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens. For more information, visit www.therfieldheath.org.uk

Foxton Men’s Breakfast

Fri 21st Feb, 8.30-10am Foxton Village Hall, CB22 6RN Guest speaker Chris Mead will be talking about his career journey and experiences as a Police Officer having been involved in some major investigations. Attendees can choose between a Full English or Continental style Breakfast, a £7 donation is requested. For more information and to book email, foxtonmensbreakfast@gmail.com

The Morden Players present Movie Nights

Fri 21st & Sat 22nd Feb, 7.30pm Steeple Morden Village Hall, SG8 0NQ A fab evening of scenes, songs, speeches, sketches and reviews-not to mention cinema snacks, and the usual great-value Bar! Tickets £7 from Steeple Morden Post Office

Our House Auditions

Sat 22nd Feb, 10am-3pm Limitless Academy of Performing Arts, Melbourn St, Royston SG8 7BP Open Auditions for “Our House, The Madness Musical”. To register, visit www.limitlessacademyarts.com/ or call 03312 46868

Café del Mundo at The Plough Sat 22nd Feb, 7pm The Plough, High St, Shepreth, SG8 6PP Café del Mundo are presenting their new album “Famous Tracks” in Shepreth. Expect a great night of music from one of Germany’s hottest acoustic guitar exports.

Sensation: ABBA Tribute Band

Sat 22nd Feb, 7.45pm Fowlmere Village Hall, SG8 7RY A lively and fitting tribute to Swedish pop sensation, ABBA! Tickets £12.50. Email, dorothy.woods@btinternet.com or visit, www.skiddle.com/whats-on/ Stevenage/Fowlmere-Village-Hall

Charity Equine Car Boot Sale Sun 23rd Feb, 10am-12pm Litlington Village Hall, SG8 0QF A Car Boot sale expecting a fantastic turnout. Tables cost £12 each and entry costs £1, with refreshments available. To book a table call 07531 735398 or email manifestdestinybubble@hotmail.com

Mindful Winter Wanders

Sun 23rd Feb 10.30am-12pm Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge CB2 9AY The walks will include guided mindfulness practices and periods of silent walking together - offering opportunities to engage our senses and connect with ourselves and the winter wildlife wonders on the reserve. Tea and biscuits will be available to warm up at the end! No previous experience of mindfulness required. £5 per person, for more information visit: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2020-0208-mindful-winter-wanders

Wine Down Wednesday

Wed 26th Feb, 5.30-7pm Formerly Friday Fizz, ‘The Listing’ is pleased to launch ‘Wine Down Wednesday’, taking place at either The Jolly Postie or Banyers House Royston on the last Wednesday, monthly, between 5.30-7pm. January’s meeting venue, The Jolly Postie. For more details visit, www.facebook. com/thelistingwinedownwednesday

First Aid, with Jimmy Connelly from the Red Cross

Thu 27th Feb, 7pm Royston Methodist Church, Queens Rd, Royston SG8 7AU Jimmy Connelly will be demonstrating first aid techniques to prepare you for a safer future. To find out more visit, www.royston-methodist.org.uk/

Fundraising Night at The Old Bull

Thu 27th Feb, 7.30-10pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW A fundraising evening in aid of Action For Children. Tickets cost £10, including a Chilli Con Carne supper. For bookings and more information, email Alice at alice.se@live.com

The Mystery Of Egyptian Heiroglypts

Fri 28th Feb, 7.15pm Market Hill Rooms, Royston SG8 9JL Royston & Saffron Walden National Trust Association presents a talk from Nick da Costa on The Mystery Of Egyptian Heiroglypts. Members £2, non-members £3.

Royston Folk Club Concert

Fri 28th Feb, 8pm The Old Bull Inn, Royston SG8 9AW Featuring Wickenwood, Dusky Sunday and I Claudia, 7pm for 8pm. Tickets £13 (£11 in advance) or £2 for under 25s. For more details visit; www.roystonfolk.org

Melbourn FC Annual Quiz Night

Sat 29th Feb, 7.30pm All Saints Community Hall, Vicarage Cl, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DY A quiz night, with 25% of proceeds going to Melbourn FC’s nominated charity for this year Mind CPSL. There will be licensed bar and some snacks provided and entry is at £5 per person with teams of up to six people.

Thursday’s Band Concert Sat 29th Feb, 7.30pm CRT, latest news including the Ashwell Church, Mill St, SG7 5LY Red Squirrel Project A Thursday’s Band concert to raise Tue 25th Feb, 7.30pm Royston Town Hall, Royston SG8 7DA A talk with Robin Page from the Countryside Restoration Trust.

money for Ashwell Church, with support from John Meed. Tickets cost £5, or £8 including food, with a licensed bar available. For more details visit, www.creativeroyston.org

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From Tallulah’s Kitchen

Valentine’s Day Biscuits Hello my fellow foodies and welcome to February’s edition of The Listing This month I thought I might share with you a recipe for Valentine day biscuits. I like to think of these as the romantic “Jammie Dodger” of the biscuit world. These are very easy to make and with it being half term you could even get the kids involved with making a batch; although attention should be paid when it comes to handling the cooked biscuits as the jam is piping hot! Valentine’s Day Biscuits 225g plain flour 180g butter at room temperature 85g caster sugar 1 egg from happy and healthy free running hens 5 drops of vanilla essence Approximately 3 tbsp of strawberry or mixed fruit jam Icing sugar to dust before serving. So, let’s begin by rubbing in the butter and the flour together until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs in texture, then stir in the sugar. Next, add the egg and the vanilla and work until the mixture comes together to form a dough like consistency. All the above can be done in a food processor - just take care not to over mix as the dough will become too soft to handle and the finished biscuits will be tough in texture rather than light and crumbly. At this stage I like to pop the dough into the fridge to firm up a little for 30 minutes or so.

roll the dough between two layers of grease proof paper to prevent sticking and the excessive use of flour. Cut out even numbers of hearts, place half of them into the baking sheet, and then gently spread a thin layer of jam on top of each biscuit. Don’t be too generous, you are looking to just ‘colour’ the top. Next, from the remaining half of the biscuits, cut away a small heart shape and gently place onto the jam topped other half. You may choose to pop an extra drop of jam into the ‘cut away’ hole but don’t go too mad as jam bubbles when it cooks and will ruin the neat look of your biscuits. Bake the biscuits in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes until they are cooked but still retain their pale colour. Leave to cool before removing from the baking sheet and lightly dust with icing sugar before you serve. Until next time my fellow foodies...

Talullah Le Fey

When you are ready, pop on the oven to 160°C and prepare to roll out and cut the biscuits. As this is a very ‘short’ mix, I find that minimum handling is essential to the successful shaping of these biscuits. With the dough nice and cold, cut and place the biscuits straight onto the baking sheet. One final tip; I 20

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News from Royston market

This month’s trader profile relates to the owner of Essex Picture Framing Services. Mick can be found working on the market most Saturdays. Having traded in Royston for well over 20 years now, he is a popular and welcoming face who offers a huge array of picture frames and prints. If you require a bespoke picture framing service there is no one better to talk to than Mick and he can ensure requests for frames not in stock can be turned around in just one week. To keep up to date with the Market News follow, @RoystonMarket on Facebook

local Markets in february Orwell Pannier Market 1st Saturday monthly, Sat 1st February,10am - 12pm, Orwell Village Hall Fowlmere Farmers Market 2nd Saturday monthly, Sat 8th February, 9am - 11.30am Fowlmere Village Hall Herts Country Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, From 8am, Corn Exchange, Royston Outdoor Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am - approx. 3pm, Market Hill, Royston If you hold a local market that you’d like us to feature, please get in touch! If you run a market in the SG8 area please let us know and we can include you in the next issue


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

The Studio 41 Ermine Way, Arrington, Nr. Royston, Herts. SG8 0AG tel: 01223 207057 email: jane@janeharveyartist.co.uk website: www.janeharveyartist.co.uk


A Barn full of bespoke up cycled furniture, homemade jewellery, glass ware and knits, silk flower arrangements made to order and retro and vintage goods. Come and step back in time or zoom into the future. Old North Road Bassingbourn Nr Royston SG8 5JL

Telephone Sally on

07730 496225 f t homemade1971

• Four lane high wavy slide in funky cow print • Farm themed balance beams • Duck pond ball pool • Toddlers’ area with mini wavy slide • **New** Dedicated sensory room open 7 days a week • **New** Party packages and up to four party rooms (minimum 10 children, please contact us for details) • Cafe with homemade food • Loyalty card rewards for regular visits *New* Fun Barn Extension **Now Open**

A10 Bypass, Melbourn Royston, Herts, SG8 6DF Mon - Sat : 9am - 6pm Sunday : 10.30am - 4.30pm Tel: 01763 260418 www. burylanefunbarn.co.uk

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February League Fixtures Keep an eye on our website for up to date fixtures & updates


Sat 1st Feb 3pm KO Sat 8th Feb 3pm KO Tues 11th Feb 7.45pm KO Sat 15th Feb 3pm KO Tues 18th Feb 7.45pm KO Sat 22nd Feb 3pm KO Tues 25th Feb 7.45pm KO Sat 29th Feb 3pm KO


Rushall Olympic


Ebbsfleet United


St Albans City


Hitchin Town


Biggleswade Town


Hednesford Town




Stratford Town

Hertfordshire 2020 Year of Culture

As part of the Herts 2020 Year of Culture, the Royston Community Network, which is made up of a group of 28 local voluntary groups and Charities, will be discussing and looking at developing and encouraging the skills development of volunteers on Wednesday 12th February at 10.30am at the Coombes Community Centre. Volunteer Skills development is one of the monthly themes suggested by the leaders of this county-wide initiative, the Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers. The Royston Community Network, which meets three times a year, is proud to be a partner of Herts 2020 Year of Culture and looks forward to being a participating member of this excellent initiative. Lindsay Davidson Network Co-ordinator and Royston Community Association Trustee

Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7HP


Monthly Reads by Tom Automation has and will continue to change our lives in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. The implementation of these technologies has had severe consequences according to Andrew Yang’s ‘The War on Normal People’.

OPEN AUDITIONS 22nd FEBRUARY 2020 10:00 - 15:00

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Yang, a Democratic candidate in the upcoming US Presidential Election, paints a grim picture of America’s future. There are record numbers of: addiction, suicide, disability claimants, divorce and those leaving the workforce for good. Yang attributes a lot of this to automation and the rise of AI. In what Yang calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution, professions once seen as untouchable will soon be able to be done more effectively by a machine. His solution to the problem is pegged as revolutionary by some, and utterly ridiculous by others. The War on Normal People – Andrew Yang www.amzn.to/394fKe5

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Welcome to our 2020 Wedding Feature 2020

Fayres g n i d d We

Sheene Mill, Melbourn

The George Hotel, Huntingdon

Brides Inspired, Knebworth House

The House, Shuttleworth

Saturday 1st February, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 9th February, 11am – 2pm

Sunday 16th February, 11am – 3.30pm

Sunday 16th February, 11am – 3pm

Cambridge Riverside

Herts Wedding Fair, St Albans

Hitchin Priory Wedding Fair

Hatfield House Wedding Fair

Saturday 22nd February, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 23rd February, 11am – 4pm

Sunday 1st March, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 8th March, 11am – 3pm

For more information on these wedding fairs visit our website: www.thelistingmagazine.co.uk

your wedding cake


A cake isn’t just a cake, it’s a celebration - and we know how important it is to get it right. Based in Bassingbourn, we create wedding and celebration cakes tailored to your style, taste, and needs.

Cake Company

wisteriacakecompany.co.uk wisteriacakecompany @gmail.com 07719 626761 (Sharon) 07977 229301 (Ruth)

Business Profile

Wisteria Cake Company specialises in delightfully elegant wedding and celebration cakes. We strive to work with you to create a truly special cake for your event.

Whether you’re planning a small, laidback wedding, or a more formal event with hundreds of guests, we’ll design the perfect cake to match. Naked cake, fondant covered cake with delicate bespoke sugar paste cake artistry, vegan, gluten-free, along with homemade jams, whatever you’re looking for, we’ll create it. Wherever possible we source ingredients locally and always use local free range eggs. We’ve been friends forever and business partners for five years, always dedicated to providing the personal touch. We work with some amazing wedding venues and florists, ensuring our clients have a stress free day.

To arrange a consultation, visit www.wisteriacakecompany.co.uk or email Ruth and Sharon at wisteriacakecompany@gmail.com

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Business Profile


We are a family business, established in 2013, based on Royston High Street. We offer a friendly and personal service to ensure you find the perfect gift for every occasion, especially your wedding day.

for you. From plain bands and signet rings, to elegant shaped & decorative wedding rings and diamond set of course!

Our qualified team have been trained to provide you with the best customer service and knowledge, helping hundreds of customers every year to find the perfect engagement rings, wedding bands and wedding gifts.

Bridesmaids are an important part of any wedding. Show how much you appreciate them with a beautiful gift ... elegant and pretty jewellery. Our bridesmaids’ gifts are the perfect way to say “Thank you”

We have a graduate gemmologist to advise, help design and create exceptional wedding rings and pieces of bespoke jewellery for your perfect day.

For him… Whatever his job on your big day, ring bearer, speech giver or nervecalmer… the perfect best man and ushers’ gifts are the ones that say “I couldn’t have Discover our extensive range of wedding done it without you”. Think silver cufflinks, bands, crafted in Great Britain and made tie pins and watches. to order. With styles to suit all tastes we HC Jewellers & Gold Buying Centre, 8 High can help you pick the rings that are right Street, Royston SG8 9AG 01763 244705 www.hcjewellers.co.uk

2020 is a leap year! 2020 is a leap year, meaning there is an extra day in February!

We Buy & Sell

Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium New & Second Hand Jewellery Prestige & Vintage Watches Diamonds & Gemstones


Jewellery Repairs Bespoke Jewellery Watch & Clock Repairs & Servicing Watch Batteries & Straps Insurance / Probate Valuations Laser Engraving Please Visit our website for all our services

8 High Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 9AG


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It is done to synchronise our Gregorian calendars with the solar year, which is 365 days, 5 hours and nearly 49 minutes long. Without leap years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days after just 100 years. 29th February is also recognised as the day for women to propose to their other halves if they feel they need to take control. According to Irish legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propse to men rather than just the other way round. Here at The Listing, we care not so much about who instigates the proposal but the mere action itself. If you’re short of money, feeling spontaneous and having a highly forgiving partner, Poundland are selling engagement rings for just £1. As they say, ‘take the leap... because they might never get round to it’.

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plan your perfect outfit

Still basking in the glow from an awards win, Chimney Menswear is looking forward to helping more excited grooms find their perfect outfits. The team at the Bassingbourn retailer picked up the title for Best Menswear at the Four Counties Wedding Awards at the end of last year. Whether you are getting married in the next few months, not until the end of 2020 or even into 2021, it is never too soon to start planning your outfit.

Business Profile

If you are not sure where to begin, here is a little advice: • O  nce your venue is booked and the theme or style of the wedding is decided, book your appointment to explore styles.

• Decide which colour flatters your skin tone before deciding on bridesmaid dresses. • Carefully chosen accessories can completely change the look of a suit. Explore all options of waistcoats, ties, and pocket squares to find what works for you. • Enjoy the experience. You now have the confidence to know you will look and feel incredible on your wedding day.

• B  e open-minded. Try styles beyond your comfort zone. You may be very surprised.

Whether you are buying or hiring your wedding suit, the team at Chimney will be able to answer all your question.

• R  emember that most of your male guests will be wearing a suit, so find a colour, style or texture which helps you to stand apart from them all.

For fun, relaxed and informative appointments, which come highly recommended, call 01763 252828 or email sharon@chimneymenswear.co.uk

Valentine’s Day & 12

The story of Valentine’s Day is a well known tale by now but there are still some fascinating facts unbeknownst to many people. Many men will buy their other half a dozen red roses, but why this number? The number 12 holds significance across culture and history and signifies completeness. There are 12 months of the year, 12 signs of the zodiac and it takes 12 years for a full cycle of Jupiter. In Ancient Greek mythology, the 12 Olympians are the principal gods of the pantheon, who were preceeded by 12 titans, and Hercules carried out 12 labours. In Christianity, there were 12 disciples. Ishmael - the first born son of Abraham - has 12 sons and Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, also has 12 sons. The prominence of 12 in history is clear. How much you should spend on 12 roses for your partner - that is not so clear.

01763 252828 www.chimneymenswear.co.uk info@chimneymenswear.co.uk

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Business Profile

Cream of ROyston


Once you know your son or daughter is getting married, the wedding becomes the perfect excuse you need for dressing up. Bride aside, all eyes will be on the mums. Cream of Royston has been trading in Royston for 44 years and is predominantly a special occasion store. The extensive stock on two floors is colour coordinated for ease of selection. Everything is available from outfits (sizes 6-24) to shoes and bags, hats, fascinators and lingerie. Brands stocked include Condici, John Charles, Ispirato and Ann Balon. Less formalwear from brands such as Isabella, Frank Lyman and Gina Bacconi are ideal for a day at the races, wedding abroad or for guests at a wedding.

dress with a jacket is always a popular choice because you can take the jacket off in the evening when things warm up.

Mothers usually purchase their outfits four to six months before the event and customers are given the option to change it if they see something they prefer later, but they rarely do. Once everything gels and you have that wow factor, you have found the outfit. It is usual for mothers to coordinate with the wedding party. Many brides have a colour scheme for bridesmaids and a men’s suit, and it is a good idea to either blend or contrast with this. It is very important to be comfortable with what you are wearing. A shift

Shoes and bags are made in different heel heights in Spain from beautiful leathers and Rainbow Club can be dyed to match the outfit. Feel free to pop in or book an appointment. The sale shop Occasions for Less, located adjacent to Cream, offers mother’s of the bride shoes, bags and hats from previous seasons all at fantastic prices.


An elegant and slightly understated look always works, and a hat can complement the outfit too. They have to be happy with the final look. Whilst the outfit must be perfect for the occasion, it is important to have the correct lingerie underneath too as it can alter the whole look of a garment. Cream has a well-stocked lingerie department which can be tried alongside the outfit. A free alteration service is available on all full-priced outfits bought in store, completed up to a month before the event to ensure a perfect fit.

Cream, John Street, Royston. 01763 244073 Open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday www.creamfashions.com

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weddings at barley town House

The Town house Barley

Barley Town House offers charming and atmospheric space for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception. This listed Grade 2* building, dating back to the 16th Century, is licenced for Civil Ceremonies for up to 70, whilst the Upstairs Hall provides a unique and spectacular space for receptions (up to 125).

A Distinctive Venue for your Wedding

The Town House is perfect for a simple ceremony full of oak-beamed charm or can be dressed to fit your own individual style - vintage chic is especially popular with our couples. Spend your whole day with us: From exchanging your vows in front of a candle-lit fireplace to dancing the night away at your evening reception, and everything in between. Or why not hold your Ceremony with us and reception at a nearby pub? The Town House is an excellent choice for the budget conscious – the hire for a Ceremony only starts at £420 and our 3-day hire package is just £1250. Barley is 10 minutes drive from Royston and the Town House proudly stands in the centre of this quaint village. The Town House itself is equipped with two kitchens (one upstairs and one downstairs) and use of our chairs, table and sound system is included in your hire package. We are now taking bookings for 2021 - and due to last minute cancellations, also have a few dates left in 2020.

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To find out more visit our website www.barley-village.co.uk/town-house or email townhouse@barley-village.co.uk – mention The Listing and we’ll give you a free bottle of prosecco to take away from your viewing.

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At The First Dance Company, we teach couples the first dance for their big day. Many people come to us nervous and with ‘two left feet’ (their words not mine!) But we have never yet met anyone who can’t dance, you just need a bit of guidance!

Ever thought what you’ll do when you’re asked to take to the floor for your first dance? Let The First Dance Company ease your nerves in private lessons with an expert teacher.

07772 323 435 www.thefirstdancecompany.co.uk info@thefirstdancecompany.co.uk

Whether you just want to learn a few basics, a bespoke choreographed first dance, or maybe a routine for all the bridesmaids, we can and have done it all! Lessons are taught by experienced professionals in the comfort of your own home, or in a dance studio if you prefer.

Looking for a venue? For a party, funeral gathering or meeting?

Venue Hire from only £150

Sessions start from just £45 and we are currently offering 20% off the first 20 bookings of 2020!

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Drives of yesteryear A car from Drives of Yesteryear is a stylish way to travel on your wedding day. You will want everything to run smoothly on this, your most important day. You can be confident that it will if you book with this family run business. Being based locally you also benefit financially as there will be minimum travel to collect the bride.

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We also offer a unique tractor and trailer service at the Milling Barn wedding venue in Buntingford and have a Ford Mustang for self drive hire. Couples wanting to dress their venue are able to hire vintage or rustic themed props together with other items such as Royal Mail Post Boxes.

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The Big Fix In the middle of

“bring your garden to life”

February, volunteers at Repair Cafes across the country will be working their magic to keep broken items in use for longer. On Sunday 16th February, Royston Repair Café will be celebrating its 6th birthday by joining The Big Fix 2020. Since February 2014, volunteer repairers in Royston have mended over 50% of the 640 items brought in for a free assessment. Everything from clothes and toys to computers, bikes and electrical equipment have been given a new lease of life to the delight of their owners – saving money and the planet. For details, and to book in your broken item for a free fix where possible, please visit www.bit.ly/RoystonRepair2020 or come along to our stall in Royston Market on 8th February.

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Melbourn Football Club are running their annual quiz night this month, with 25% of proceeds going to the mental health charity MIND CPSL. There will be licensed bar and some snacks provided and entry is at £5 per person with teams of up to six people Saturday 29th February, 7.30pm, All Saints Community Hall, Melbourn, SG8 6DZ

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Think Garden, Think Richard

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How To Use Plants... Softening Extensions by Melbourn garden designer, Richard Arnott

A well thought out use of plants will bring a space to life. To engage with a space throughout the changing seasons is such a basic human instinct and something we all need to make more time for in our busy lives. The positive effect of green space on our mental health, wellbeing and happiness is well documented but it should be a priority. Whether it is going for a walk-through woodland or tending your own garden, the act of being in nature is certainly good for us. Many of us are now choosing to improve our living spaces through extending and developing our properties but spare a thought for the effect that this has on the outdoor space. Here are a few things to be thinking about to help soften the effect of building work in the garden. Transition is a great way to create cohesion from a new extension out into the garden. This can take the form of the floor material matching inside and outside to give a seamless flow out into the garden. There is no excuse to have paving finishing abruptly up against the house. To have a gravel trap at the foot of the bricks or render is somewhat better, but why not plan some planting pockets to help anchor everything and create a more deliberate effect. This could take the form of leaving out some slabs for planting a Wisteria for example if you have a south facing wall or it could be as simple as planting a row of lavenders to soften the transition of materials. We often forget to make the house look pretty as the focus can be out into the garden but views back at the house are important to consider too. Transparent planting is another awesome way of making us engage with planting. With the current trends of large windows and bifold doors clever planting can make you feel like you are sitting in the planting from the comfort of your armchair. I love to blend grasses such as Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Sporobolus heterolepsis ‘Weinheim’ or Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Fontaine’ with hardy perennials such as Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterfies’, Sanguisorba officinalis and Lythrum salicaria ‘Feuerkerze’, to name just a few. This flouncy flowery blend of grasses and transparent hardy perennials is a great way to bring flowers into the garden and is more stimulating on the eye than a collection of shrubs. Delineation of space is very important regardless of the size of your garden. This does not need to take the form of tall hedges of Yew or Hornbeam that will undoubtedly reduce the light levels closer to the house. I like to delineate space using box hedging that can be clipped to keep it a low hedge around knee high. Typically, I would look to use this to frame an entrance or exit from an area such as a patio or as an edging plant with shrubs and flowers beyond. It can be important to choose a box alternative in areas that

have experienced box blight and for this I would recommend Ilex crenata ‘Caroline Upright’ as a good alternative with a very similar effect. Focal points are a good way to draw the eye into a particular area of the garden. It could be that you are having to steer the eye away from a neighbour’s extension where previously the view was more pleasing. A well-positioned specimen tree such as a multi stemmed Prunus serrula with its gorgeous mahogony smooth bark or a stunning Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ with its pretty star shaped leaves and stunning autumn colour would do the trick. This can also be achieved to good effect with a water feature or sculpture too. Screening of unsightly views or simply for privacy in the garden is becoming ever more popular. I love to use pleached hornbeams which are essentially a hedge on stilts. Typically, I use trees with a clear stem 1.8 metres with the trained crown above. There are many varieties of trees that have been trained in this way and I am keen to include a row of pleached crab apples in a garden in the near future. If you are thinking of making changes to your garden this year why not plan over the winter to implement in the spring and to enjoy this summer!

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Your independent local optician Spectacles Sunglasses Sports eyewear Contact lenses Reading spectacles

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Looking After You: Healthy Skin The winter weather is not fun for your skin and can leave it feeling tight and cracked due to our moisture levels dropping as a result of the cold and low humidity levels. Follow these simple tips for glowing and soft skin this February.


We often think of face masques as a luxurious part of a skin regime which we don’t often Moisturise have time for but Finding a moisturiser that hydrates the skin having a masque as well as nourishes is so important. Apply that you can straight after cleansing to lock moisture in apply 1-2 times a and try one with an SPF as the winter sun week with added nourishment that can also cause damaging effects on the is packed full skin. of repairing vitamins can make all the Exfoliation difference in how your skin looks and feels Removing dead skin cells from the surface this winter. of the skin can ensure your moisturiser is Oh yes, don’t forget to drink water too. working into the skin fully. Lots of dead skin cells can cause flakiness and the skin Kim Fletcher to look dull and lifeless, check with a skin @heart.to.earth_yoga expert for the best exfoliator for your skin. @hushroyston www.kimfletcheryoga.com

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Freebooters We are a group of 30 people, all single

from a range off differing backgrounds. Our sociable group have been meeting for well over 20 years and we meet on the last Sunday of every month for a walk and a pub meal. Our mutual love of walking has given us the bond of friendship, binding us together regardless of our differing characters. For more information, find the Freebooters on Facebook at ‘Freebooters Walking Group’


Royston Leisure Centre Ditches Blue and Goes Green!

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce single use plastics in North Herts, Royston Leisure Centre is ditching blue plastic overshoes at its swimming pool and asking customers to either go barefoot or wear indoor flip flops. The initiative will save almost 780kg of plastic waste in North Hertfordshire each year. Alongside this, in a bid to reduce the use of single use plastic cups and bottles, a drinking water fountain has also been installed at the Leisure Centre. Royton Leisure Centre, managed by Stevenage Leisure Limited, is the first of the leisure centres in North Herts to ditch the blue shoes, with Hitchin Swimming Centre and North Herts Leisure Centre in Letchworth planning to follow suit early next year. www.sll.co.uk

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rOYSTON bABY & tODDLERS sHOW cELEBRATES 5 yEARS Royston Baby & Toddler Show turns five at this year’s event on Saturday 7th March 2020, at King James Academy (Senior Site) in Royston.

raffle will also be taking place once again, with proceeds going to Petals – the baby loss counselling charity. The organisers are looking for raffle prize donations and are asking local businesses to email them if they are able to help at, Roystonbabyshow@gmail.com

Organisers; Jane Wallington of Breeze Birthing, Clare Coningsby of Sling Me Clarefully and Clare Watson of Daisy First Aid are excited to welcome more than 400 visitors to the annual event, which starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm Organiser, Jane Wallington of Breeze Birthing, on the day. said “We’re excited to be celebrating our fifth birthday this year! We’re working hard to make Entry is free and as usual, the large main hall sure this is our best year yet and we cannot and theEdition dining area will be filled with 35+ local e Listings – Villages businesses and other organisations showcasing wait to welcome many families from the area and beyond to our relaxed, enjoyable and eak for Aug 2019 industry products and services. informative show. As well as free entry, there will be free parking, For more information about the event, talks and workshops from local experts, visit Facebook page;www.facebook.com/ landscape 1/8th pg: 45x60mm children’s activities and 100 goodie bags RoystonBabyShow awarded to the first 100 families. Saturday 7th March, 10am - 3pm, King James Academy Senior Site, Royston, SG8 7JH The famous Royston Baby & Toddler Show


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Museum Musings: Healthy Mind and Body We’ve been working with the wonderful team at BEEE Creative who run dance workshops in the Museum.

One group they run is designed for adults who want a gentle physical and mental workout. Each session takes place in the museum. It’s a totally different experience than a gym as you’re exercising surrounded by Royston’s local history. Carrie, the group leader, plays a great selection of music to get moving to. If you need to take a break or do the workout sitting down, that’s absolutely fine. You don’t need to commit to coming every week, just drop in when you can and why not bring a friend or two?

there’s a chance afterwards for you to chat with the group over tea or coffee. Sessions run most Fridays at the Museum from 11.15am - 12pm. Check out our website for dates and to book. For more about Carrie and BEEE Creative, call 07971 171061 or head to her website at www.beee-creative.co.uk If you run a group for adults and you think these dance workshops might interest them, please let us know. We can provide you with leaflets to hand out.

These sessions run when the museum is closed to visitors so the group have the museum all to themselves. It’s a great way to experience some quiet time, too. Museums are no longer just places to see objects. We are working towards being inclusive and providing more activities that support our community. We live in a great area with a real community spirit and we want to continue to support that. What’s even better is that the sessions are free and

News From Home Start Matters Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait. Home Start have many fundraising events coming up which provides the opportuntiy to have fun for a great cause. Volunteers Needed Being a parent is hard for everyone; for some it can be overwhelming. Some of us have a fantastic support network of family and friends to help, some of us don’t.

If you could give as little as two hours a week to support a parent and their children, then please get in touch: Race Night Tickets are £13 and include a ploughman’s supper and there will be a raffle and licensed bar available. Tickets are available via phone, email or at www.bit.ly/HSRSCLL Saturday 22nd February, 7pm, Meldreth Village Hall, SG8 6LX

For more information about Home Start, visit our website www.hsrsc.org.uk or email admin@hsrsc.org. With your knowledge and experience as a uk or call 01763 mum or dad, grandparent or carer, you could be the vital support a family needs and make a 262262 big difference to their lives. Incorporated as Home-Start Gain access to free, high quality training, Royston & South learn new skills, enhance your wellbeing and Cambridgeshire make new friends whilst connecting with your community and changing lives for the better.


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Monzo: Banking Heaven!

By Tom Fox Monzo is a digital, mobile-only bank that has completely revolutionised how I manage my finances. Its ease of use and quirky features make it easier than ever to save money and it’s all for free!

Monzo allows you to create different ‘pots’ which are similar to savings accounts but have far more flexibility. They can be created for specific events such as holidays and the like. I find this feature most useful as I can create a specific ‘Bills’ pot in which all of my regular outgoings are paid from, meaning what is left in my ‘main’ pot is the true figure I can afford to spend. Such a feature means you can only spend what you afford and has kept me out of my overdraft more than a handful of times. Another amazing feature is the salary sorter. If you know roughly how much you are going to be paid, Monzo allows you to set up automatic sorters so that your paycheck is divided into different pots. I use the 50/30/20 rule, where 50% of my income goes on

Hidden royston XMAS Quiz Winner A huge congratulations to Eve Norman of Buntingford for winning our Hidden Royston Quiz! Nine contestants achieved 100% in the quiz and subsequently Eve’s name was pulled out of a hat. Enjoy those Royston Picture Palace cinema tickets!

morden Players A fun celebration of the silver screen. Go along for a fabulous evening of scenes, songs, speeches, sketches and reviews - not to mention sweets, ices, popcorn, and of course the Player’s great-value bar! Tickets are £7, available from Steeple Morden Post Office. 21st & 22nd February, 7.30pm, Steeple Morden Village Hall, SG8 0NQ

things I need, 30% on saving for the future and 20% on things I want. Because it’s automatic, I only see the figure that I can afford to spend. Both of the above features can be done manually with other banks but the beauty of Monzo is that it incorporates all of these features into one clean, user-friendly app that can be accessed in seconds. Perhaps the most impressive of Monzo’s features is one that only it offers. That is the ability to be paid early. Many businesses use BACS for their payroll and unfortunately it takes a few days to process. However, if Monzo can see that your pay check has been submitted, it will offer you the opportunity to receive it up to a day early! This can be especially handy if you have an urgent bill to be paid or if there’s an event that you simply cannot miss. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to begin saving for the future and Monzo will be a great tool in aiding me to do so. Maybe you should consider using it too... www.monzo.com

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

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Healthy Hub Coming to North Herts

to enable as many people as possible to attend appointments. Bookable appointments will be available with a health and wellbeing consultant who The Healthy Hub is a one stop shop where will be able to provide advice and make you can access health services, support referrals to partner organisations where and advice all in one place, making it necessary. easier to get help with a range of physical and mental health issues. Whether it’s stop From March onwards, regular updates on the whereabouts of the North Herts smoking services, help to lose weight, mental health support, encouragement to Hub can be found via the website get more active or even advice on how to healthyhubnorthherts.co.uk and on social media: cut down on your drinking - your Healthy Hub can help you. Instagram: HealthyHubNorthHerts From 13 January you can access services Twitter: HealthyHubNorthHerts for the hub by phone on 01462 474111 or Facebook: HealthyHubNorthHerts email healthyhub@north-herts.gov.uk. Councillor Judi Billing, NHDC’s Executive In March, a pop Member for Community Engagement up hub will launch said: “This is a great new initiative, which at dedicated local will help many people across our local venues in the communities, offering new activities and towns and villages access to a range of services to improve across the district wellbeing.” A new health and wellbeing service delivered by North Hertfordshire District Council was launched in January.

Royston cAVE pROJECT Aged 16-19? Interested in filmmaking or acting, or just want to be more creative? We are running an event for young people who would like to find out more about this arts project and the different ways to get involved. For more information and to book your space, email ellen@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk Tuesday 11th February, 5-7pm, Royston Town Hall, SG8 7DA

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Step 3: Build Essential Skills Here are four skills that are well worth cultivating:

Are you as effective, efficient and productive as 1. Time Management/Productivity. Without this skill, your days will feel like a frantic race, with you could be? Here are three steps to help you be even better this year! Step 1: Identify Priorities If someone asked you what your job was truly about, what would you say? What is your purpose? If you don’t know what you’re there to do, how can you prioritise? And if you can’t prioritise, you’ll be forever buried under a mountain of work, unable to tell what’s important, and what isn’t. Step 2: Adopt a Good Attitude People with a good attitude take the initiative whenever they can. They willingly help a colleague in need, they pick up the slack when someone is off sick, and they make sure that their work is done to the highest standards. Setting standards for your work and your behaviour means that you’re taking responsibility for yourself.

every project, email, and phone call competing for your attention. 2. Communication Skills. We make phone calls, write emails, give presentations, talk to customers. Good communication skills are essential for effectiveness – there’s no point talking if no-one’s understanding what you are saying!

3. Managing Stress. Reduce pressure where you can and, where you can’t, try to improve your ability to cope with it. Otherwise you, your family and your business suffer, as you lose your ability to make solid, rational decisions. 4. Career Development. No matter how good you are, you can always be better – it’s important that you keep learning and developing your skills. So to be more effective at work; practice managing your time well, communicating clearly, and having a good attitude. Oh, and keep learning! It’s as simple as that! julian@julianberry.co.uk

Royston Biz Awards

The Royston Business awards are back! Entry and nominations are opening on the 1st of February with a deadline of the 31st March. The celebration will take place at Burloes Hall on the 25th of June. Tickets will be on sale in February. • • • • • • • • •

Best New Business Best Small Business Best Large Business Employee of the Year Customer Service Excellence Contribution to the Town Best Eating & Drinking Place Chamber of Commerce Award Green Award

We are looking for businesses that would like to sponsor any element of the business awards. If that’s you, please email Julia at juliab@c4bmedia.com to see how you can get involved. To enter personally, nominate or enquire about tickets please visit our website www.roystonchamber.org or message us on Facebook @roystonchamberofcommerce

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PAINTING & DECORATING All interior and exterior work covered

07957 348970


- est. 2013 -

A local, friendly & reliable window cleaner you can trust - Services also include: • Carpet Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning • Fascia & Soffit Cleaning For a free no obligation quote, please call or email George

07561 156504 georgeborley1@hotmail.co.uk

S. Borley & Son Handyman Services • General Gardening • Patios • Deckings • Walls & Paths • Fencing • Turfing etc... Free Quote

Tel Steve 07508 946603 or James 07955 622997

DIGITAL TV • FM your local digital specialist call now for a free quote and advice

For a friendly reliable service call Henry Burgess on 01223 208441 Mobile 07831 774757


For all your local storage solutions All work undertaken

BUILDING SERVICES No job too small

AllAllwork work undertakenNo jobNo too small undertaken toojob small Domestic & Business Storage Facility Secure, Waterproof, Fireproof Storage Long & Short Term Individual Units For further details call Matthew Doggett on

07710 747169

Royston Self Storage, Broadmere Pond, Royston Rd, Barley, Royston SG8 8BN info@roystonselfstorage.com



Extenstions Extenstions • Extensions Groundwork Groundwork • Groundwork Alterations Alterations • Alterations Patios Patios • Patios

Small Works

Works •Small Small Works Fencing •Fencing Fencing Brickwork •Brickwork Brickwork Repointing •Repointing Repointing

CONTACT 01763 662 785 / 07737 476 709 cpaxton.buildingservices@hotmail.com  References Available

C O N T A C CT O N T A C T 01763 662 785

01763 662 785

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cpaxton.buildingservices @hotmail.com

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References Available

www.handlgroundandgardenmaintenance.co.uk • Ground & Garden Maintenance

Kevin Leavers

• Grass-cutting & General Garden Mobile: 07504 987 107 Tidying Home: 01763 660 680 • (IOG) Institute of Groundsmanship Cricket Pitch Preparation & On-Going Maintenance

Rory Harper Mobile: 07597 946 535



Ask the Experts!

NEED A LOCAL, RELIABLE EXPERIENCED AND TIDY PLASTERER? CALL DAVE ON: 0793 267 9851 EVENINGS: 01954 715 860 FREE ESTIMATES All aspects of plastering including: Skimming over artex and old walls and ceilings. Plasterboarding and coving. External rendering and pebble dashing. Traditional lime rendering. Also painting and decorating if required.

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Useful Numbers CHURCHES

Ashwell United Reformed Church Bassingbourn Parish Church Bassingbourn URC

Churches Together in Royston & Dis.

Fowlmere United Reformed Church Guilden Morden Congregational Church

Guilden Morden Parish Church Litlington Congregational Church Melbourn Baptist Church Melbourn Parish Church Melbourn United Reformed Church Meldreth Parish Church Open House Project Revelation Youth Church, Meldreth Royston Catholic Church Royston Evangelical Church Royston Ignite Community Church Royston Methodist Church Royston Parish Church Royston Spiritualist Church St Mary’s Church, Ashwell Therfield Chapel Therfield Parish Church Thriplow Parish Church Trinity Life Church United Benefice of Barkway, Reed and Buckland with Barley


Cambridgeshire County Council www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk Hertfordshire County Council www.hertsdirect.org North Herts District Council www.north-herts.gov.uk Royston Town Council www.roystontowncouncil.gov.uk South Cambridgeshire District Council www.scambs.gov.uk


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

01462 742684 01763 877558 01763 247611


01763 208767 01763 852869 01763 853217 01763 853427 01763 261650 01763 220626 01223 870869 01763 220626 01763 246799 01763 262440 01763 243117 07999 538961 01763 852118 01763 243849 01763 243145 01223 503345 01462 743922 01763 287220 01763 287364 01763 208195 01763 230350 01763 848756

Melbourn Hub 01763 263303 Melbourn UR Church Hall 01763 870869 Meldreth Village Hall 01763 262512 Reed Village Hall 01763 848303 Royal British Legion 01763 244560 Royston Conservative Club 01763 243242 Royston Golf Club 01763 242696 Royston Methodist Hall 01763 243849 Royston & District Museum 01763 242587 Royston Town FC 01763 241204 St Mary’s Church Hall, Royston 01763 243117 Shepreth Village Hall 01763 268605 Steeple Morden Village Hall 01763 853073 Tannery Drift First School 01763 246549 The Old Bull Inn, Royston 01763 242003 Town Hall and Market Hill Rooms 01763 245484 Thriplow Village Hall 01223 839546 Whaddon Village Hall www.whaddon.org/village_hall


NHS Telephone Advice Service



Royston Library

0300 123 4049

Anthony Browne MP for S Cambs Sir Oliver Heald QC MP for NE Herts

0207 219 3000 01462 486074

0300 123 4040

Ashwell Dental Melbourn Dental Practice Priory Dental Centre Royston Dental Suite

01462 742353 01763 262034 01763 246677 01763 244805

01462 474 000

J Oliver Radley

03450 455 200




01763 245484


03450 450 500


01462 417377 0300 234 5555 01763 290555 0300 234 5555 01763 260220 01763 243166 01763 242981


Abington Pigotts Village Hall www.abingtonpigotts.org Anstey Village Hall 01763 849724 Ashwell UR Church Hall 01462 742757 Ashwell Village Hall 01462 742913 Barkway Pavillion BarkwayPavilion@barkway-village.co.uk Barkway Village Hall 01763 848347 Barley Town House 01763 848992 Bassingbourn Village College 01763 242344 Chrishall Village Hall 01763 838691 Coombes Community Centre 01763 248081 Eternit Sports and Social Club 01763 260250 Fordham Memorial Hall, Therfield 01763 287549 Fowlmere Village Hall 01763 208778 King James Academy (Junior Site) 01763 243650 The Guide Hut, Royston 01763 662904 gmvillagehall@btinternet.com Guilden Morden VH Litlington Recreation Centre 01763 852551 Litlington Village Hall 01763 852809 Lumen House, Royston 01767 448099 MC- Sport Pavillion 01763 263313 Melbourn Community Hall bookings@communityhallmelbourn.com

Non emergency number

01763 273300 101

Markets Town Manager Geraint Burnell

01763 245484 01763 878242

Bassingbourn Village College Freman College Melbourn Village College Kings James Academy

01763 242344 01763 271818 01763 223400 01763 242236



National Rail Enquiries (24 hrs)

Royston & District Community Transport

08457 48 49 50 01763 245228

Affinity Water Emergencies (24 hrs) Anglian Water Emergencies

0345 357 2406 0800 771881

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

0800 40 40 90 0800 111 999


(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 Professional

Our Advertisers

Accounting Services

Berry Accounting & Business Services Limited 41 Fourways Chartered Accountants 42 The Wright Accounts Services Limited 42

Aerial & Satellite Services Ace Aerials


Garage Doors Garolla

Gardening Services HL Ground & Garden Maintenance Leaf & Lawn The Green Lounge

Health & Nutrition


Jane Harvey Artist


Hadham Brewery Ltd

Building & Construction Services C P Building Services

Cake Maker Wisteria




Amber Health Royston Complementary Health


Margaret House Melbourn Springs – Barchester Healthcare Southwell Court

Carpentry & Joinery Iain Wilson


Royston Picture Palace

5 7 10 30 17

Cleaning Services

British Window & General Cleaning Company 34

Coach Hire

Richmonds Coaches


Dance & Drama Schools

AV Handyman Handylamb Handyman Dave Knight Handyman Services RTP Painting & Decorating S Borley & Son

Farm Shop

Bury Lane Farm Shop


Bonfitness Pilates Gymbo’s

39 37


A J Furniture


Alexander Green Office Interiors



J Oliver Radley Opticians



DGN Plastering JS Plastering & Carpentry

44 35

Plumbing & Heating Services

H20 32 LMJ Plumbing & Heating 47 Royston Plumbing & Heating Ltd 34

Self Storage

Royston Self Storage


Tiling Services


Tree Services

Shelford Tree Surgery Shire Trees Limited Tree Specialist

34 32 29

Venue Hire

Royston Town Football Club The Town House Barley

28 27

Veterinary Practices

Royston Veterinary Centre


H C Jewellers & Gold Buyers 24 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd 48

Wedding Car & Self Drive Hire

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Wedding Services / Suppliers

All Seasons Landscape CW Landscapes G M Sharp Landscapes John Cobb & Sons North Herts Surfacing Ltd Sullivan Landscapes

47 29 33 30 35 30 33 29 29

Local Event

Fowlmere Playgroup Thift Royston Baby Show

Drives of Yesteryear


2020 Wedding Feature


Window Cleaning Services GBs Cleaning Services

Womens Occasion Wear & Clothing Cream Fashions


For your business to appear in our Index, call us today

5 39

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Leisure & Outdoor Activities Letchworth Broadway






Landscaping Services


47 47 47 47 44 44

Penguin Insurance


35 33

Chimney Menswear

Simon’s Tiling Services

Insurance Services

Kendall Install Royston Kitchens & Bathrooms Limited Trademark Kitchens

Estate Agents & Property

38 39

Avante Garde Ltd T/as New Dawn Blinds 6 Borders & Bows 5 Homemade @ The Barn 21 Linda Turner Interios / My Fitter Ltd 3

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts 22 The First Dance Company 28 Grahams Electricks JHE Electrical Contractors Ltd


Health Therapist & Wellbeing

Home Improvements & Handyman Services


Office Interiors 44 47 30

Home Furnishings


Care Homes





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Home & Garden

• Picture, mirror, blind & curtain rail hanging • Plumbing fixes, taps, toilets, leaks etc. • Repairs to electrical fittings sockets and lights • Flat pack furniture assembly • Woodwork repairs and door hanging • Lock and security hardware replacement • Deck, fence, gate and shed repairs Royston based, fully insured, good rates, friendly and reliable Larry Lamb • Phone: 07702 563 834 E-mail: lazza.lamb@outlook.com

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



LMJ Plumbing & Heating

Lee Jauncey

01763 853927 07973 190978 lmjplumbing@aol.com



For a free quotation call Simon on: 07813 596278 Or: 01763 233315 Email: simonstilingservices@ntlworld.com www.simonstilingservices.co.uk tta tiler of the year

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Repairs & Maintenance around the Home & Garden

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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

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