Magpas at Royston Open Secrets

One of the important features of Royston Open Secrets is that it brings together local businesses, community organisations and charities. It’s an opportunity to get to know what is going on in the area that you could get involved with or support.

Magpas Helimedix

Magpas Helimedix at Royston Open Secrets

It was great to see Magpas at the event this year. We often see reports of them in our local newspapers when they have attended an accident scene and this was a chance to get to find out a bit more about them.

The Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service was founded in 1971 under the care of Dr Silverston and Dr Derek Cracknell a GP from Huntingdon. It was voluntary and the doctors responded in their own cars. They provided expertise to the fledgling ambulance service.

Over the next 30 years the Ambulance service evolved, developing their staff and their fields of expertise. They became better equipped to deal with all manner of emergencies.

Magpas currently has around 50 active Helimedix Team members who provide:
 On-scene medical support
 On-line medical support
 Special incident medical support
 Major incident medical support

Magpas is solely reliant on the generous donations of you the public. It costs in the region of £1.8million per annum to offer this life saving service to the East of England. Debbie Florence, Fundraising Manager said:

We are very grateful to Royston Open Secrets Committee for inviting Magpas to man a stand.

Thank you so much to everyone that came and said hello to our wonderful volunteers and for the very kind donations. Magpas rely solely on donations and every penny raised really will helps us saves lives locally and in the East of England day and night”

If you are able to hold an event or make a donation to Magpas please visit Call 01480 371 062 to find out how you can help.

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Deja Vu – all over again!

The Deja Vu stand at Royston Open Secrets was a serious contender for the Best Stand Award. Owner of the dress agency in Royston, Teresa Hills, brought along was a colourful selection of clothes, shoes and accessories. There was also a mouthwatering stand of cup cakes which were handed out to everyone who bought a raffle ticket in aid Great Ormond Street.

Deja Vu at Royston Open Secrets

Teresa said: “As a newcomer to the Open Secrets event I didn’t know what to expect and was surprised at the amount of people that attended. Being a relatively new shop in Royston it has been hard publicizing our existence and this turned out to be the perfect opportunity to do that.

For Déjà Vu the whole purpose was not to sell but to let people know how we work and what we do; I found that most people we spoke to didn’t come into Royston town very much, they preferred to travel to Cambridge or Hitchin where they could do all of their shopping in one hit. Since the event I have had lots of customers come along and take us up on our “Style me” option where we dress them to suit their shape and colouring.

We ran a successful raffle raising £126.00 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

On the whole it has increased awareness of the shop and we would most definitely look at booking for next year.”

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The Amazing T.!

It was great to see the amazing T. Sandeman-Charles at Royston Open Secrets again this year. T. is the founder of Save 5 which aims to encourage people to register to be organ donors.

T Sandeman-Charles at Royston Open Secrets

T. took the opportunity to address the crowds from ‘Speaker’s Corner’ and if you have ever heard T. speak you will know that she is inspirational. After the event she told me:

What a truly wonderful day we had the Open Secrets event. Not only did 63 kind hearted people sign up to be organ donors but many visitors who we met last year and who indeed signed up made a special point of coming over to see how I was doing this year. One thing I know is that you can’t buy kindness. Their genuine concern for me and my mission was humbling and it just shows what a very special event this is. Will Save5 be back next year? Most definitely.”

T. still wants to recruit another 5,574 people. Don’t delay, visit her website for more information.

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A Great Day Out

What a great day we had at Royston Open Secrets on 17 June. The sun shone, the crowds came and a good time was had by all.

I will be sharing some of the stories from the organisations and

Royston Open Secrets 2012

businesses who had stands over coming weeks and months but, for now, you just need to put a note in your diary for next year. Royston Open Secrets 2013 will take place at The Heath on Sunday 9 June. The sun has been ordered and we are already planning a bigger and better event.

If you are interested in taking part or having a stand next year, you can call Linda Turner for more information on 01763 223216.

See you there!

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Fun, friendly and FREE!

The weather forecast for 17 June is warmer, sunnier and drier. So how about coming along to Royston Open Secrets and enjoying a day out on the Heath?

Royston Open Secrets 2011

You can see the vintage and specialist cars and then have something to eat from the barbecue and perhaps treat yourself to a Pimms. There will be an opportunity to meet the Mayor plus lots of local community organisations and businesses and a chance to find out more about all the services that are available in the Royston area.

Finish the day with a cream tea while you watch a display by Chasing Tails, the Electralites Majorettes or Sweat Threat.

Best of all, entry is FREE.  What time are you coming?!

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New at Royston Open Secrets 2012

A newcomer to Royston Open Secrets this year is Chris Hector of local office furniture business, AFI.

AFI Office Furniture

Chris says “AFI have been manufacturing office furniture in the Hertfordshire since 1990. We pride ourselves on producing high quality office furniture at highly competitive prices and on giving the best possible service to our customers. Our Letchworth site houses our production mill, whilst the Royston site, in Greenfield, houses assembly lines, warehousing, distribution showroom and offices. Our Royston showroom allows our customers to see our exciting products first hand.

Our dealer network has access to thousands of finished product lines. Both AFI and its dealers have professional delivery and assembly teams who install furniture to the highest standard anywhere in the UK. As AFI dealers are buying at the most competitive prices they are able to supply everyone from home users, to colleges, to public contracts and the private sector. AFI employ over 100 people over the two sites and are delighted to be part of the Royston Community.

We look forward to meeting lots of new friends on Sunday and answering your questions about our products”.

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Come and meet Brulee

Margaret White from Royston Veterinary Centre is looking forward to her third Open Secrets. Like last year, she will be joined by her lovely golden Labrador Brulee.

Brulee at Royston Open Secrets

When I spoke to Margaret this week, she said ‘Lots of new things have been happening at Royston Vets during the last twelve months, including the addition of a new theatre. We have also opened a new practice at Whitehorse Street in Baldock – Baldock Veterinary Centre!

‘Do come and visit us on stand E11. We will be running a children’s quiz and will have lots of interesting items on display.’

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Fathers Day at Royston Open Secrets

What would your Dad like to do this weekend? If he enjoys looking at vintage cars, motorbikes and specialist cars, Royston Open Secrets is the place to be. There will also be a chance to a dog agility demonstration put on by Chasing Tails and displays from the award winning Electralites Majorettes and Sweat Threat.

Royston Open Secrets 2011

You can treat Dad to a Pimms or a pint with something from the barbeque or paella at the Heath Café Bar or enjoya cream tea in the afternoon.

In the marquee there will be a chance to meet some of the many community organisations and businesses from the Royston area. You may even bump into the magician as you are walking around

For children there will be a chance to see some animals from Shepreth Wildlife park plus a puppet show, face painting, a bouncy castle and much much more. So, bring along all the family to Royston Open Secrets this Sunday, 17 June on Royston Heath. Whatever the weather, we’ll be there!

Royston Open Secrets 2011

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Only 4 days left!

Organisations and businesses are still signing up for stands at Royston Open Secrets. The latest additions are:

Facepainting at Royston Opnen Secrets 2011

Facepainting at Royston Open Secrest 2011

AFI Office Furniture
Bruce Wright – magician and mentalist
Country Gardens
Pulsatilla Rangers
Richmond’s Coaches
Royston Cricket Club
Zen Creative


If you want a stand there are still a few spaces – but hurry up, they’re going fast.

The Committee would also like to thank our sponsors who have supported the event in a variety of ways:

Barbara’s Flowers
Cambridge Wine
Conservators of The Heath
Folknoll – security equipment
Johnson Matthey
North Herts District Council
Royston Chamber of Commerce
Royston District Council
Royston First
Tax Assist Accountants
The Listings
Tim Bond – Architect
UHY WKH Accountants
VB Trophies

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Come rain or shine

It’s Royston Open Secrets this Sunday, 17 June, and we have put in our order for some sunshine! But to be honest, the sun is not essential. Last year the rain was torrential and the wind howled but we still had a very successful event. If you doubt me, see the short video of last year’s fun  And this year we are planning for it to be even better no matter what the weather.

If the sun shines we are expecting a large turn out of vintage and specialist cars in the outside display area. There will also be displays by Electralites Majorettes, Sweat Threat and Chasing Tails plus some furry friends from Shepreth Wildlife Park. Toby at The Heath will be having a barbeque and cooking a giant paella. This is all in addition to the many local businesses and organisations that you can come and meet in the marquee.

If it rains there will be displays and fun in the massive 60 metre marquee. There’s enough space for us to be able to see most of the displays inside. There will also be a bar and refreshments available. Plenty for dads on Fathers Day and plenty to entertain the kids too.

So many events have been cancelled because of the weather this summer but the organisers of Royston Open Secrets promise that the show will go on this weekend.

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