Festive postboxes thanks to Knit Barley

Festive postbox on high street

Villagers may have spotted a new festive trend emerge in Barley while posting their Christmas cards. The people behind the yarnbombing movement are Knit Barley, the village's knitting group, decorating numerous postboxes with their own unique seasonal design. 

Christmas scenes on Church End postbox
Santa postbox on Shaftenhoe End

It's all part of their attempt to raise money for Helping Herts Homeless, who support the provision of emergency accommodation and other support services to the county's homeless. They say they hope it makes villagers smile and inspires them to help someone else this Christmas. 

Christmas scenes on Church End postbox
Snowy scene postbox on the High Street. 

Christmas scenes on Church End postbox
Christmas mice gather on the Church End postbox. 

You can donate and find out more on the group's Barley yarnbombing Justgiving page. 

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.”