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Shoppers came face-to-face with a life-size Womble and a giant cigarette last weekend in a campaign to keep Royston town centre tidy.

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Delays are expected due to signalling problems at Stevenage railway station.

Train passengers have been warned to expect delays and alterations due to signalling problems at Stevenage tonight.

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French horn player Ben Goldscheider is a finalist of the Young Brass Award 2015 which takes place on Friday. Credit: Gu Photography.

A 17-year-old French horn player from Ashwell is taking on the world’s best in a competition that is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 this evening.

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Sir Oliver Heald puts Department of Health estimates to the test as he tries to drive to Mount Vernon in 45 minutes

Calls for a satellite radiotherapy unit at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital to save patients the gruelling journey to north London for treatment are being heard at the highest levels of the National Health Service.

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Group sleep-out arranged by Hannah Foley.

A 17-year-old from Royston says a charity sleep out challenge she tackled with friends made her reflect on the constant dangers that homeless people face.

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The new free Beacon service aims to get the best support to those who need it most

A brand new service for victims of crime in Hertfordshire which aims to offer better support for those who need it most will be launched next week.

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Mary Berry

If you’re bonkers about baking, remember that the grand dame of all things cake will be chatting about her latest book at Letchworth’s Broadway Cinema next Thursday, April 2.

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Christine Knight.

The final decision on whether to build a food recycling plant in Shepreth has been postponed by South Cambridgeshire District Council due to strength of opposition to the controversial scheme.

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The inquest was heard at The Old Courthouse in Hatfield.

A 20-year-old motorcyclist died after his speeding motorbike smashed into the back of a van turning out of a driveway, an inquest heard yesterday.

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Emergency services were called to the A505 between Royston and Duxford after a two-car crash.

A man was cut free from his vehicle after a two-car crash on the A505 between Royston and Duxford.

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Jo Bradshaw, 44, is attempting to be the first British woman to climb both Everest and Lhotse in one trip.

An adventure leader from Great Chishill is set to become the first British woman to scale two of the highest mountains in the world – in just one trip.

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Royston Volunteer Centre manager Denise Graham’s regular look at the voluntary sector in North East Herts

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Juliet Riese-Murphy with her design.

A pair of Royston schoolgirls have come out on top in an estate agents’ design a house contest.

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Photos by Clive Porter. Alan Payne from Foxton inspects the engine of his 1924 Bullnose Morris, classic car.

A village festival held on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the spring season has raised around £35,000 to help support children receiving cancer treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

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Pay scales have been changed for cleaners at Lister Hospital.

Cleaners working long and demanding shifts at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital fear they could be hundreds of pounds a month worse off if proposed changes to their working conditions go ahead.

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Lauren Wood

A self-confessed tomboy is aiming to wow beauty pageant judges with a tin can dress and raise cash for charity at the same time as she claims a county title.

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The Yopey winners from the first awards in 2006

MPs representing constituencies across Hertfordshire have been adding their congratulations as an awards scheme that salutes outstanding young people enters its 10th year covering the whole of the county.

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Winning students Billie Willicombe, Charlotte Smith, Jo Mayer, Amy Charles and Jodie Shelldrick

Drug use and unsafe sex have been tackled by students at North Herts College to raise awareness of the issues.

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Firefighters testing smoke alarm

The clocks spring forward this weekend – and at the same time as you change timepieces, you should also check your smoke alarm.

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Legal highs are causing concerns for watchdogs and the police

It might not be illegal, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s safe – that’s the stark warning from watchdogs as they work to tackle the worrying rise in the use of new psychoactive substances.

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Easter chicks

An Easter event which aims to be a winner with crafty kids this weekend will also be providing a welcome boost for the Garden House Hospice.

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Health

Life expectancy for men in Stevenage has risen year-on-year, new statistics show, but men and women in north Herts are living shorter lives.

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Extra funding has been set aside to support community groups in South Cambridgeshire.

An extra £20,000 has been allocated to support South Cambridgeshire community projects.

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Royston mayor champions girl guides

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Royston girl guides at the town mayor's civic service.

Royston district girl guides were invited to showcase their movement to the mayor at a civic service ceremony.

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Staff members Julie Maher, Carolyn Fowler, Charlene Hollingworth, Jacqui Attrill and Joanne Hay at Lister Hospital.

Helen Wright finds out how NHS trust bosses are working to drive down the number of unfilled jobs

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Easter is the order of the day at the pre-schools.

Two pre-schools are getting truly into the Easter spirit this weekend by hosting an array of fayres, Easter egg hunts and car boot sales to welcome in the celebrations.

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An artist's impression of what the new rectory would have looked like.

A proposal to build a new rectory for a Grade I-listed church has been refused by North Herts District Council planning officers.

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The solar eclipse in Stevenage. Picture: Peter Hoskins.

Cloudy skies didn’t spoil the view for some as a solar eclipse took place this morning.

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The planning consultants behind the development of 330 homes have claimed that the changes made to the application reflect the concerns raised during the consultation.

The planning consultants behind the development of 330 homes in Royston have claimed that the changes made to the application reflect the concerns raised during the consultation.

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