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Sir Matthew Pinsent is backing the Cancer Research UK indoor rowing challenge

Olympic legend Sir Matthew Pinsent, above, is urging fundraisers to do something oarsome by pulling their weight as part of a new Cancer Research UK campaign.

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The Herts Air Ambulance team needs your support

Have you got what it takes to raise £100 in 24 hours? The fundraising team at Herts Air Ambulance is calling on supporters to get involved in the organisation’s annual 24/100 Challenge next month.

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Deb McGarrity.

As part of its commitment to supporting the community, workers from Royston technology company Johnson Matthey have been giving a helping hand to local charities over the winter months.

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Johnson Matthey
David Temple with some of the Sing Mozart! singers - left to right Stephen Chandler, Pete Murray, David Temple, Nic Groombridge, James Honour.

It’s not long now until 200 singers unite in harmony at a climax of a countywide project to perform the music of Mozart en masse.

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St Albans
Former Letchworth Arts Centre head Maria Iredale with Professor Robert Winston

The former head of Letchworth Arts Centre is pumped up at the prospect of her new job – as executive director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.

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Letchworth Arts Centre
Kelly Oliver is planning the release of her second album

Soaring Stevenage songbird Kelly Oliver has an exciting few weeks ahead.

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BBC Radio
James Bay at Thetford Forest

Singer-songwriter James Bay doesn’t get much time to reconnect with his North Herts roots since taking the music world by storm.

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YouTube
Quiz night

If you know your Major Toms from your major fifths and can tell the difference between the Searchers and the Seekers, there’s a quiz coming up that’s right up your musical street.

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Steve Shaddick taking part in an adaptive yoga session with Jo Duffin.

Older people in Royston who would benefit from some light exercise with a community focus are invited to join in with an activity programme led by a North Herts charity starting this week.

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Coombes Community Centre
Dave and Karen Marsh.

The owners of a private care provider have spoken of their passion for a profession which they believe is hugely rewarding, despite the challenges facing a neglected sector.

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Letchworth
Staff at Marshalls celebrate the 10th anniversary.

It was a fitting time to pop open the champers and raise a glass as a Royston-based estate agents celebrated 10 years of success in the town with drinks and nibbles.

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Royston
The Malingerers will be performing on stage at the Old Bull Inn.

One boasts a blend of country, blues, folk and jazz with typically British and Irish flavours.

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Royston Folk Club

People who have made a positive difference in the Royston community are to be celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by the town council next month.

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Ben Lewis
Danny Bryant

An internationally acclaimed blues artist with deep Royston roots has released a new album to rave reviews.

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Amazon

Crooks broke into a van in Royston – damaging all the locks – and stole a power tool at some point between Sunday and Monday.

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Prospective Green Party candidate Alex Longmore, a former police officer who was medically retired in 2012 after he developed multiple sclerosis, has tried crowdfunding but had no success so far.

With the Herts police and crime commissioner election coming up in May, the Green Party have chosen a candidate – but he faces not being able to put himself forward unless he raises £5,000 in two months.

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David Lloyd
Anne Cook has spoken out about the complications caused by her TVT mesh operations, to warn others of the dangers.

A Royston woman who was ‘stopped in her tracks’ by the pain of a medical procedure which leaves some patients in a wheelchair says she is over the moon the issue has been highlighted in parliament.

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NHS
Two very large dogs attacked Bruno.

The owner of a border terrier which was the victim of a vicious attack by two larger dogs on Therfield Heath wants to raise awareness of the dangers to prevent a similar incident happening in the future.

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Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd, County Hall cabinet member Councillor Richard Thake and deputy chief constable Michelle Dunn  at the new domestic abuse unit in Hatfield.

A pilot project to help men who abuse their partners change their ways has been such a success that it’s being expanded across Herts – and a scheme to help women who commit similar crimes is being set up, too.

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Richard Thake
Lauren Hodgson and daughter, Bella-Rose.

A single mother living in homeless accommodation in Royston is celebrating after winning her appeal for a property closer to her home town rather than a village 22 miles away.

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Bernard Lovewell
Andy Hill

The Sandon pilot involved in a fatal crash at Shoreham Airshow last year is being investigated over a separate incident a year earlier.

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Andy Hill
The man left empty handed.

Things didn’t quite go to plan when a man burgled a property in Melbourn on Monday afternoon.

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The cast applaud a tremendous run of performances of Aladdin.

As the curtain went down on Royston panto Aladdin at the weekend, producer Ian Cowley reflected on the success of the show, which saw record audiences for five out of six of its performances.

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Meridian School
Generous staff at Royston Tesco donated pet food to Heathlands Animal Sanctuary.

A Royston animal charity is set to benefit from the generosity of hardworking night staff at the Tesco Extra store in Old North Road after they handed over bags full of pet food.

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Tesco
You can support the work of Mencap by volunteering to join the committee

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

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Denise Graham
Gary and Beverley have shut up shop after 37 years. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

After 37 years of mending, stitching and cobbling, shoe repairer Gary Miles finally hung up his apron and dusted down his work bench for the final time at the weekend, as he turns to setting up an online business with partner Beverley.

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Engine parts of a racing car and tools worth hundreds were stolen.

Offenders were left empty-handed when they damaged a security light and used an object in an attempt to force their way through the front door of a house in Melbourn at the weekend.

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Great Northern has announced newer trains for the services into Kings Cross from Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock.

Great Northern has announced newer trains for the services into King’s Cross from Royston, Ashwell and Meldreth – as an independent national survey showed a rise in user satisfaction.

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Mayor Ben Lewis and MP Sir Oliver Heald cut the ribbon. PICTURE: Victoria Phan.

There were queues at the door as more than 300 people attended the opening of a new charity shop in Royston High Street on Saturday.

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Ben Lewis

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