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North Herts Council’s Royston and District Committee grants are music to the ears of community groups

13 December 2022

North Herts Council’s Royston and District Committee awarded grants to Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire, Royston Community First Responders and Royston Choral Society at its committee meeting earlier this month*.

Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire were awarded £1,221 to provide critical home-visiting to a local family struggling through tough times. This support will enable the family to successfully manage their family life again, independent of their help. A highly-trained volunteer will meet with the family once a week for 2 to 3 hours – providing compassionate, practical and emotional support tailored to the family’s specific needs. The registered charity has been supporting families for the past 39 years in North Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire and latterly in Buntingford, East Hertfordshire.

Sarah Mascall, Scheme Manager, said: "We are so grateful to the North Herts Council's Royston and District Committee for awarding us this Grant, which will allow us to make such a positive difference to the lives of the supported family." 

Royston Community First Responders were awarded £980 to assist with costs for the purchase of uniforms and a new mobile phone which will be used by the team for medical emergencies.

Royston Community First Responders is a Registered Charity and has been operating in Royston since 1994. They are usually the first people on site to deal with a medical emergency, ahead of the Ambulance Service. The group treated 350 people between January and September this year, so it is likely that they will assist around 500 causalities in 2022

Royston Choral Society
were awarded £750 to assist with costs for putting on a performance of Haydn’s Creation. The grant will also go towards publicity costs, equipment costs and venue hire costs. The concert will be held on Saturday 25th March 2023 and will see the event return to Royston Parish Church for the first time since fire damage several years ago.

Royston Choral Society is a registered charity and has been putting on concerts for the people of Royston since 1974. The aim of the group is to promote public education in and appreciation of choral music by the presentation of public choral concerts.

Huw Jenkins, Royston Choral Society Chairman said: “We would like to thank the North Herts Area Committee for this support. It is appreciated by everyone connected with the Royston Choral Society and we will deliver a truly memorable Christmas concert to the Royston and District community.

Cllr Tony Hunter, Chair of Royston Committee, said: “We’re delighted to award these grants which we hope will help the organisations to look after the people of Royston.”

For more information on how to apply for a grant visit: Apply for a community grant | North Herts Council (

*subject to completion of the necessary formalities

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