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Advent stone
Find the hidden Advent stones

Rev Sarah has been busy with her family hiding  a set of nativity stones around the village. If you find one, please bring it to the wooden stable in the church porch and let's hope all the stones make it back in time to celebrate on Christmas Day. There are 14 to find.

Police Rural Village News - December

Tips on how to stay safe in the festive season and a warning about Christmas shopping scams.


Download December's Rural Police newsletter.

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Khandel light Advent Appeal - December 2020


Why we need your help


This year the lives of people all over the world have changed. This year people fell ill. This year people lost jobs. This year people couldn’t afford food. This year people didn’t have enough clean water. This year in Rajasthan was hard. So this Christmas we’re asking you to spare the luxury of Advent Calendars and Christmas Cards and donate to families who urgently need your support.


At Khandel light, we’ve been working extra hard to continue providing clean water for 400 families, to give educational bursaries to over 100 students, to supply women with the sanitary products they need, all while sticking to the COVID-19 guidelines in India. 


But we have done more than just that. Those people who were living daily paycheck to paycheck have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and could no longer feed their families. We’ve been able to step in and provide essential food items to families throughout the Rajasthan region. 


But this all comes at a cost. Fundraising in 2020 has been near impossible for small charities like ours. And yet these crises continue and we must support communities globally. So with more going out than is currently coming in, Rajasthani families and communities need your help more than ever.


So, this Christmas, we’re asking you to donate the cost of a Christmas luxury - maybe your advent calendar or your Christmas Cards - to Khandel Light to keep this vital work going into 2021.


And if you’re wondering what to send your family and friends instead we’ve created a downloadable Christmas Card that you can send virtually, or head to our Facebook and Instagram pages for our very own Khandel Light Advent Calendar, or head to our Virgin Money Giving fund-raising page at  https://rb.gy/nrs2w0



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New village noticeboard


The old phone box at the top of Smith End Lane has been given a makeover with help from some parish council funding. The classic K6 box dates back to the 1930’s and has been authentically restored using original parts and paint. It now houses a large, free to use community noticeboard, so do pop in if you’re passing.

Granta Medical Practices - Village News December 2020



We continue to work hard to keep our patients as safe as possible, along with our staff and our community.


Patient access continues to be by invitation only, following a prior telephone assessment. If the assessing clinician feels it is clinically necessary to see you, they will arrange for you to come in and see them.


Essential care, such as NHS immunisations, blood tests, smear tests, and mother and baby checks, continues to go ahead at selected sites. We carry out temperature checks on both staff and patients to minimise risk. Patients must wear a mask if entering any of our buildings.


Coronavirus information changes rapidly. For the very latest news and guidance, please go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Holiday Season Opening Times & Repeat Prescription Schedule



Day and date

Opening hours


Repeat prescription schedule

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 30th Dec

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 31st Dec

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)


Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day)


Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Sunday 27th December


Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Monday 28th December (Bank Holiday)


Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Tuesday 29th December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 4th Jan

Wednesday 30th December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 5th Jan

Thursday 31st December

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Friday 1st January 2021 (Bank Holiday)


Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Saturday 2nd January 2021


Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Sunday 3rd January 2021


Place order today, pick up 6th Jan

Monday 4th January 2021

Open as usual

Place order today, pick up 7th Jan


You can treat many minor illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home. Make sure you keep stocked up with health care essentials such as pain relief (paracetamol), cough and sore throat remedies, a first aid kit, upset stomach treatment, rehydration treatment and heartburn / indigestion treatment. Having these essentials at home will not only save you time, and help you feel better quicker, but will also help save the NHS much needed resources.


Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends.


If you need urgent medical assistance when we are closed please use the NHS 111 service.


If you have an emergency that poses an immediate threat to life, please ring 999.


For further information on alternative services, please go to our website www.grantamedicalpractices.co.uk


Repeat Prescriptions


Please make sure that you order your repeat prescriptions in a timely manner to ensure you are not without medication over the Christmas and New Year break.


We wish you all a healthy and peaceful holiday season.


Sandra East

Granta Communications

e. sandra.east@nhs.net


Police Rural Newsletter - September 2020

Have your say on what you think the Royston Safer Neighbourhood team should be focusing on, and warnings on the latest scam phone calls.


Download September's rural police newsletter.  

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting - October 2020

Please find the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Monday 5 October 2020 at 8pm.


To join the meeting use the following:

ID 872 0861 1118

Passcode: 606694


Download the agenda for October's meeting.

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting - September 2020

Please find the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Monday 7 September 2o20 at 7.30pm.


To join the meeting via Zoom use the following:

ID 447 527 7643

Passcode: 820910


Download and read the agenda.

Barley Plaistow playground reopens

Please read the guidance provided by Barley Parish Council to ensure the playground on the Plaistow, which has now reopened, can be used by children and families as safely as possible. 


Download the Plaistow playground guidance. 

Police Rural Newsletter - July 2020

Police ask for your help in identifying a large and unlicensed gatherings after an incident in Bedfordshire, and appeal for witnesses following the racial abuse of an officer in Royston. All that and more in July's rural newsletter from Herfordshire Constabulory. 


Download July's rural police newsletter.

Police Rural Newsletter - June 2020

In June's issue of the Royston Rural Watch newsletter from Herfordshire pollice, dog owners are warned to take care following an increase in reports of people being intimiated by dogs, the latest on distraction mobile phone thefts and an update to the forces working practices during the covid-19 pandemic. 


Download June's Rural Police Newsletter 

Granta Medical Practices - Village News June 2020

We remain open and continue to work hard to keep our patients as safe as possible, along with our staff and our community by managing medical care remotely. This way of working has proved very successful and is reflected in the very low number of covid-related illnesses in our area.


Patient access to any Granta site continues to be by invitation only, following a prior telephone assessment and only when the clinician assesses that the balance of risk and need justifies a face-to-face interaction.


We are working hard behind the scenes to see how we can start to safely reintroduce various services and we will keep you updated via our website and social media.


We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Harrison as our new Chief Executive Officer.


Having previously worked in the John Lewis Partnership for over 23 years, Tim is committed to taking Granta forward, shaping the “new normal” of primary care, and embracing the concept of a Primary Care Network.


Tim’s vision is clear, “Granta Medical Practices are trail blazers in primary care services and I have been really impressed with their mix of professionalism and patient-centred care. Their response to the recent coronavirus pandemic has been exceptional and their commitment to the safety of their patients, their staff and their community is of paramount importance.


GP Managing Partner, Dr James Morrow, said “We are very pleased to welcome Tim to our team. More so than ever, primary care faces challenging times, and with Tim’s expertise I know we will continue to adapt and develop, whilst taking full responsibility for working with our patients to promote health when they are well and to deliver the care needed when they fall ill.”

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A message from Hertfordshire Volunteering and People Assistance Cell

The following communication is from The Volunteer and People Assistance Cell, a countywide partnership to help manage and implement a coordinated effort to support those affected by coronavirus. The communication is distributed to strategic partners across the county and it is not intended that it should be shared outside the professional and partners stakeholder network. Please let us know if you would like additional contacts to be included in these updates. If you do not wish to receive any further updates about this work, please do let us know.


As part of Operation Shield, over 83,000 deliveries of food parcels, household essentials and prescribed medication to those residents most in need have been achieved since this work began. Nearly 9000 parcels have been delivered to Foodbanks, Districts and other agencies. As of 1 June, 1,543 successful prescription deliveries have been made.


Following further updates from Government, as of 1 June there are known to be 41,853 names on the ‘extremely vulnerable’ list for the county and therefore within the scope of Operation Shield. Apart from the option to spend time outdoors once a day, the guidance remains that shielded individuals should stay at home and avoid face to face contact. This includes not shopping or visiting the pharmacy.


The work by the District and Borough Councils continues to contact those residents that are identified as needing shielding but have not responded to any communications from either Government or local agencies. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are undertaking follow up visits with those individuals on the non-responder list that could not be reached by districts. The visits are incorporating fitting smoke alarms and providing advice, where necessary and this work should be completed by 15 June.


The process to reduce the level of demand for the food service provided by Herts FullStop continues as the team works to exit from direct provision of food during July. Residents will be carefully supported during this process to ensure safe transfer to other ways of accessing food. The information leaflets included in the food boxes have been revised to reflect the need for residents to seek alternative arrangements where possible and will in future highlight the new webpage detailing the supermarket services offered in Hertfordshire. Demand for deliveries to Districts and Foodbanks are reducing too and these will cease in the next few weeks.



As part of the process to close Operation Shield any remaining duties after July will pass onto Operation Sustain. This operation will continue to support residents by mobilising the voluntary sector and the newly registered volunteers drawing its work to a close by Christmas. From January 2021 onwards the existing ‘business as usual structures’ for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) engagement and activity will then resume, working to build on the legacy created by this period and take forward opportunities to work together in partnership.


As of 24 May, over 10,000 volunteers remain registered to the three organisations working collaboratively on this: #TeamHerts, Watford3RT and Communities 1st. To date the number of volunteers deployed is 4,829.  The recovery and rebuild volunteer legacy continues to be developed by #TeamHerts and the CVS’s and this will be shared with key stakeholders. The appetite remains to build on the community resilience shown during the last few months and to keep everyone who has been inspired by volunteering on board.  


Around 60% of the volunteers available have not yet been required which is a testament to the large number who responded so quickly, almost 9,000 in the first three weeks.  For comparison the NHS scheme in Hertfordshire has 14,536 registered volunteers and has completed 4,864 tasks, a rate of 33% if we assume one task per volunteer. All requests for volunteers have been met and there is no waiting list of people who require them.

Support continues to the volunteers who have not yet been deployed to maintain their readiness and enthusiasm. The Councils for Voluntary Services including #TeamHerts, Communities 1st and Watford3RT have communicated regularly and provided training, completed security checks and references and supported local pop-up groups of volunteers. Whilst not formally deployed the volunteers have been receiving helpful advice about how they can help their neighbours, local communities and local organisations.


We have developed a survey for volunteers to understand their motivations and levels of interest in continuing to volunteer and support their community post-pandemic and will use this information to inform our volunteering legacy across Hertfordshire. We are developing a model of stand-by episodic volunteering to respond to the changing situation, alongside traditional regular giving of time. Through the TeamHerts Volunteering service wider non-covid related volunteering opportunities are being offered, although as the peak passes and some volunteers return to work, we have seen 6% of registered volunteers indicating they are no longer available.  


A survey has been launched by Hertfordshire Community Foundation in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group to research the impact of Covid-19 on the VCS in the medium to long term.  The results of this survey are being shared with the VCS Covid-19 Response Group, to build into the strategy and legacy moving forwards. 


It’s National Volunteers’ Week and #TeamHerts Volunteering have a video on behalf of all the local CVS’s and organisations to celebrate and thank all of the wonderful people working so hard to support others in Hertfordshire, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-yy_wpft74. The volunteer’s featured are from across the county so we’d be really grateful if you could share this video on your own channels using #NationalVolunteersWeek which you can also use to search for and share other local social media.  


To help with our Public Health messages to residents we are looking for community role models, especially older adults, who would be willing to help us deliver important messages around compliance with social distancing measures and resilience at home. If you or someone you know would be happy to provide a short video clip for our social media channels, please email joanne.necchi@hertfordshire.gov.uk for further details.


For those residents who do need support

Residents who are self-isolating and in need of support  can visit www.hertshelp.net, email info@hertshelp.net or phone HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.


Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue, however they should speak to their care provider first or call on 0300 123 4042 for other urgent care needs. Service updates can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/serviceupdate



Virtual Parish Council meetings

You will know that Barley Parish Council (BPC) cancelled its monthly meetings in April and May due to the Covid crisis. Clearly the recovery period will be longer than any of us imaged so BPC has decided to go 'virtual'.


The first virtual meeting will be held, via Zoom, on Monday 1st June at 7pm. This will be the Annual General Meeting, at which the Chair and Vice Chair will elected for the coming year. It will also be necessary to sign off the Annual Governance and Financial Assessment for external audit.


There may be additional items for the agenda which I will publish as usual closer to the meeting date.


If you wish to attend you will need to have access to Zoom, and I will send you the joining link if you email me at barley.parishclerk@gmail.com


This will be a new way of delivering our public meetings, probably for a few months to come so if you decide to join us in June, there may be a few teething problems so please be patient.

Police Rural Newsletter - May 2020

In May's edition of the Hertfordshire Constabulary's rural newsletter, read about the local response to COVID-19, anti-social behaviour and frausters taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. 


Download May's Police Rural Newsletter

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An update from Royston Community Transport

Royston Community Transport


We would like to reassure the residents of Royston and surrounding villages that we are still open and able to provide transport.


We are doing essential travel only, e.g. doctor and hospital appointments.


Please ring 01763 245228, lines are open 9am-3pm Monday - Friday, giving as much notice as possible.


We will also help with prescription deliveries and food deliveries where possible, including collection of ‘Click and Collect’ orders.


Visit the Royston & District Community Transport for more information. 

Barley Parish Council - upcoming meetings update

During the Covid 19 crisis Barley Parish Council public meetings will be cancelled in April and May


Business will continue and actions and decisions taken during the month will be published as minutes on this website.


The Annual Village meeting will also be cancelled. 


The position regarding face to face meetings will be reviewed in June.


Police Rural Newsletter - March 2020

How to protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft, mobile phone campaign and the latest local crime information from Hertfordshire Constabulary. 

Coronavirus update from Granta Medical Practices

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update


Unfortunately the number of people affected by the coronavirus causing Covid-19 is increasing rapidly and this new virus is taking a foothold within our community.


At Granta Medical Practices we have a dedicated Covid emergency team who are meeting daily to discuss how we can continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.


As a practice we are fortunate in having both multiple sites and a large team of people, including those with experience of managing this sort of situation.  This gives us options for delivery of care that are not open to many practices during any epidemic. 


Up to date information:

At a national level the Public Health England website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england and NHS UK website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ provide up to date information about the national situation and plans, and health advice.


At Granta we will be keeping our website www.grantamedicalpractices.co.uk updated regularly to reflect the local situation and our actions at Granta, along with our social media accounts.  We may also use SMS messaging to mobile phones to communicate any urgent messages.   Please let us know if you have changed your mobile number or have one that you haven’t yet told us about.


The current evidence is that for the vast majority of the population the Covid-19 virus is a mild illness which can be safely managed at home with rest, paracetamol and fluids just like a normal flu-like illness.  However, for those with significant other medical problems and for the elderly it can be more serious. 


With this in mind we have postponed all face to face GP appointments and some routine nurse appointments. This is for both our patient’s safety and the safety of our staff. Instead we are now offering an enhanced telephone service and also a non-urgent dedicated email address, capccg.covid19.gmp@nhs.net, 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We are working hard to make sure that those who are housebound will continue to receive their medications.


As a community we can help each other - both by following the advice given and by helping look after those who may need help within our communities. If you are able to volunteer to help out in your immediate area, please email your details to granta.socialnavigator@nhs.net


Practical advice:

First and foremost is the need to wash your hands on a regular basis - warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.   This alone will help slow down the spread of the virus and help protect you, your family and our community. 


Dr James Morrow, Managing Partner

16th March 2020