More for the kids at Royston Open Secrets

We have a great children’s entertainer lined up to do some shows on Sunday.  Peter Piper Puppets will be whisking us off to an exotic land far across the dessert sands where the streets are all arrayed in colours bright and gay, and there’s magic all around…

Peter told Linda Turner,

My new summer show is going well.  The kids get extremely excited with puppets, costume and musical instruments. If there are some adults in the audience to add to the chaos , that will create more fun.

So bring the kids on Sunday and enjoy the fun.  You can see more about Peter at


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New for Kids at Royston Open Secrets

A newcomer to Royston Open Secrets this year is Richard Pakey of Kids Quads, based in Bassingbourn.  After speaking to our Chairwoman, Linda Turner, Richard decided to take a stand at the event and use it as an open day for his business.  Richard told me:

I posted the event on Facebook last weekend and I have had an amazing response to it.  Thousands of people saw the post and I have had contacts from all over the region and further afield, many of them wanting to book demo rides.

Kids Quads has been operating for 3 years. We select our products after extensive testing, according to criteria based primarily on the safety and reliability of our machines.

Armed with this knowledge, we offer a more comprehensive and thoughtful service to our customers.  We understood that, with respect to their children, our customers are more demanding.

We will be bringing along a range of quads and bikes suitable for children of different ages.  They are all electric, silent, pollution-free and, most important, – they’re fun!

If you would like to book a demo ride at Royston Open Secrets, contact Richard by email: or call 0843 289 0871 For more information see

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Speed along to Royston Open Secrets

Royston Open Secrets exhibitor and Committee Member, Tony Field of m-viron Royston, is bringing a big surprise to the event this year, and he’s let me into the secret.  Tony told me:

This year Open Secrets falls on the same weekend as the Canadian Grand Prix.  My  stand with be featuring a Formula 1 car simulator.  For just £5 visitors can experience driving a timed lap of the F1 Canadian circuit. All of the money raised will be given to the Herts Air Ambulance.

There’s even a prize.  The fastest lap will win a bottle of champagne.

It’s all about the experience of speed.  The EE mobile network is the fastest in the country according to Ofcom.  So, if you want the fastest come to EE!

If you want to know more, visit Tony on his stand or see

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Meet The Listing at Open Secrets 2015

Cath Boughton and The Listing Team have booked their stand for 7 June.

The Listing at Royston Open Secrets

Cath told me:

“We’re looking forward to attending Royston Open Secrets in June.  Last year the sun shone, and we had a busy day meeting over 45 local businesses and 30 organisations from  the Royston area.

Royston Open Secrets is especially important to us as it gives us an opportunity to catch up with our clients and contributors.  Whilst we do get out and about to meetings and business networking events throughout the year, it’s lovely to meet so many people in one day.

It gives us a chance to review that the service that we offer is keeping in touch with what our clients and our readers need.   This is especially important in today’s world, where digital marketing developments continue at a pace of knots. 

Essentially, it is worth businesses remembering that little has changed in the world of marketing communications – delivering a targeted, consistent, clear message to your audience marks the foundation of success.

What has changed though, are the number of marketing channels open to a business.

Traditional methods such as direct mail, leaflets, postcards, exhibitions, print advertising and even TV, radio and cinema adverts exist alongside newer digital offerings: websites, social media and e-newsletters.

The challenge of course is deciding where to spend your time and money so that your business stands out and your message gets through to your audience.   Generally it is a mix of activities that works for a business.

Ten years of The Listing means we are well placed to advise what works for businesses in the local area.  Our experience means that we can help you decide what works for you, and we can offer a range of affordable marketing services, targeted to small businesses, including:

  • Cost-effective local print advertising in The Listing magazine
  • Logo design
  • Leaflet design and print
  • Postcards
  • Promotional items such as banners, pens, keyrings
  • Social Media Set Up and Management – including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn
  • **New for 2015** Website Creation
  • E-newsletter management

 Last year we enjoyed positive feedback from our readers saying how they rely on The Listing as their local publication to keep in touch with what’s going on in their area, and how they look forward to the magazine arriving through their door each month.

Comments from our customers such as “It’s so nice to deal with a lovely team such as The Listing!” and “[Advertising with The Listing has] been brilliant for us.  Customers come up to us clutching our advert”

So come along and say hello to us on The Listing stand this year at Royston Open Secrets.

New customers will have a chance to win six-months’ worth of free advertising and we will be asking all visitors to help contribute to The Great Royston Bucket List!”

You can follow the Listing at

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The Top Dog is Back!

There was something missing from last year’s Royston Open Secrets. For the previous 3 years Margaret White of Royston Veterinary Centre has brought her Golden Labrador bitch, Brulee, to meet visitors to the stand. But last year Brulee gave birth to seven puppies just a few days before the event and was too busy nursing them to come along.

Brulee of Royston Veterinary Centre

All went well with the puppies last summer.  Margaret and Brulee had a good time playing with the puppies in the garden until they went to their new good homes. This year Brulee is looking forward to meeting up with the friends she missed out on seeing last year.

Margaret says:

Royston Open Secrets is very popular with people who bring their dogs for a walk on Royston Heath.  It is a great opportunity for me to have a chat with them and other pet owners, young and old.

At the moment we are recruiting for a new full time Receptionist.  We would welcome someone with excellent people skills who will be a good team player. Anyone interested should contact Debbie or Jayne on 01763 242221.

Come to the Royston Veterinary Centre stand on 7 June to find out more about the services Margaret and the team offer…and stroke Brulee of course!

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What’s new at Royston Open Secrets 2015?

The Chair of Royston Open Secrets, Linda Turner, is a very busy woman but I managed to pin her down for a few minutes this week to find out what we can expect from the event this year.

Linda told me:

It’s great to be back at The Heath again this year.  It is such an amazing venue. Linda interviews Toby at The Heath

People who came along last year loved the elegant dressed marquee.  The good news is that we have ordered it again this year so we will have a great event no matter what the weather is like.

Lots of businesses have taken up the ‘early-bird offer’ to book their pitches.  We have some returning businesses like m-Viron, Royston Veterinary Centre and So Gifted, plus new businesses such as KHM Recruitment, Stephen Malcolm Photography and Marie Munro of RenewYou coaching.

The Classic Car show will be with us again and there may be some exciting developments with that.

I am already getting a sense around town of a real buzz about this years event.  We are an established part of the local calendar now.

Book your stand now at

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Welcome to a gifted new Committee member

The Committee of Royston Open Secrets is in the final stages of planning this year’s event which takes place on Sunday 7th June.  They are all busy people so they were delighted to welcome a new volunteer this week.  Nici Martin of So Gifted has not only joined the Committee, she has agreed to be the Secretary.

Nici has been an exhibitor at the event for the last two years.  In fact last year her business won the award for the Best Stand.  

Nici told me:

‘I love Royston Open Secrets – it’s great that it’s a non-profit event run by volunteers for the benefit of the whole town.  I get to meet all Royston’s hidden businesses and the entrepreneurial people behind them in a fun and sociable way. I’m proud to be part of this creative business environment.

The event is a brilliant showcase for local businesses of all sizes – small businesses often find this type of event prohibitive due to costs, but the stands are so reasonable that it really is open to everyone . It has certainly raised awareness of So Gifted, where we are and what we do. We like to champion local craft businesses by stocking their products along with those we source ourselves and I’m hoping to display some at the show.  I’m particularly excited about this year because we now have a shop and I will be launching some new promotions.

Having enjoyed the event and being part of the Royston community, I wanted to give something back.  The commitment, in terms of my time, is manageable and it will be another opportunity to get to know business people in the area. The Chairwoman, Linda Turner was very persuasive!’

You can see more about So Gifted at

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A Magnificent Seven

Back in May we announced that Brulee, the yellow labrador bitch owned by Margaret White of Royston Veterinary Centre, was in whelp.  The puppies were expected on the day of Open Secrets, 8th June. 

Brulee couldn’t wait for the event and gave birth to seven puppies on 3rd June, 6 bitches and 1 dog.  The smallest was just 320g.  They have all been named by the family: Mollasses, Treacle, Cinnamon, Buttersocks, Marmalade, Posy and Biscotti.

They are now 25 days old and each weigh nearly 2 kg.  They are able to walk and run and are nearly ready to be weaned and start eating from a dish.

Margaret told me:

Brulee has been an amazing mother, very dedicated to her puppies.  She normally needs to eat about 2300 calories a day but at the moment she requires around 7,000 calories a day in order to produce enough milk.  That’s about 6 tins of dog food.

The pups will be ready to leave when they reach seven weeks.  They are so cute we will be sorry to see them go.  We will be keeping one of them.

There are just a few puppies left for sale.  If you are interested contact Margaret White 01763 242221 or email

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The Listing at Open Secrets 2014

The Listing team were delighted to once again be involved in the Royston Open Secrets event at the Heath on Sunday.  Editor Cath Boughton told me:

We had a superb day, meeting in excess of 45 local businesses and 30 organisations from the Royston area.

The Listing at Royston Open Secrets

During the working week, a significant amount of our time is spent at our desks communicating with our customers and contributors by ‘phone and email, so an event like Royston Open Secrets is especially important to us as it gives us an opportunity to meet our clients in a relaxed and informal environment.

One of the biggest bonuses is the amount of positive feedback we receive which we wouldn’t otherwise get to hear.

For example, readers saying to us how they rely on The Listing as their local publication to keep in touch with what’s going on in their area, and how they look forward to the magazine arriving through their door each month.

Comments from our customers such as “It’s so nice to deal with a lovely team such as The Listing!” and “[Advertising with The Listing has] been brilliant for us.  Customers come up to us clutching our advert from The Listing asking if they really can post their parcels for less!”

We were even given our very own Royston teddy bear by local entrepreneur Laura, who is hosting her first craft fair and popup tearoom at the Town Hall on Sunday 22ndJune.  Royston the Bear currently has pride of place in our office.

Royston the Bear

We gave away very many pencils and sweets to visitors to our stand, and were delighted to award Free advertising prizes to our competition winners, Orchard House Bed and Breakfast, and Fighting Fit.

We look forward to returning to Royston Open Secrets next year and would like to congratulate the small committee who work so hard in making ROS such a successful event for the Royston community.

You can follow the Listing at

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Natural Stone Restoration & New Build Specialists

Stonemason Andy Boughton from AMB Stonemasonry will be taking part in his first Royston Open Secrets event this year.

AMB Stonemasonry

Andy is an experienced craftsman and project manager with over 25 years’ experience working on restoration and new build projects throughout the UK. 

Stonemasonry is an ancient art that goes back to the dawn of time – where there is stone, man has sought to construct with it!  Natural stone forms a huge part of our country’s heritage, and living in the area that we do there is no shortage of traditional ston­e churches and colleges that need expert renovation.

Andy has  worked on many of the Cambridge colleges, including Kings College Chapel, St John’s, Gonville and Caius and the Senate House.  London based projects include Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

In addition, AMB Stonemasonry work on private houses, with projects including porticos, fireplaces, bay windows, window sills, staircases and flint walls.

Whilst the majority of restoration projects will use natural stone such as Bath stone, Portland stone or Lincolnshire limestones, a number of private and new build projects will use reconstituted stone, or pre-cast.  This is often a more cost-effective option for the client, and with modern technologies and links with leading suppliers in the industry, the results are superb.  Indeed, the untrained eye would not find it easy to tell the difference between natural and reconstituted stone.

Come and visit AMB Stonemasonry at Royston Open Secrets, where Andy will be demonstrating his work with a not-to-be-missed special project using local clunch stone! You can also see some of AMB Stonemasonry’s work locally in Priory Gardens in Royston.  The flint wall that backs onto Newlings of Royston was rebuilt in the winter of 2013.

Andrew Boughton, AMB Stonemasonry, t:0845 1990 184,

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