Enjoy our resource of local and online activities to keep your children amused during lockdown… we hope it helps you all get through the (very) long days ahead and proves to be a handy resource with lots of ideas all in one place.
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Can you draw a picture of your house and family for your chance to win Boris the Bear?
Pop your name, age and phone number on the back and pop it through Trademark Showroom letterbox on Royston High Street.
The winner will be picked 26th May
A Royston-based company is offering an easy to make, complete craft project delivered to your door. Projects include bird boxes, bug boxes, and even a squirrel bench!
Anyone, any age, can create the kits into a project
of their own (tiny hands might need a little help). Paints and brushes are provided for you to explore your creativity, or use the stickers provided to make a masterpiece with confidence.
The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership have launched three competitions in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway to keep creative young people occupied during the current lockdown period.
The competitions include planting a seed and growing herbs and flowers at home, which can then be shared to replant the station tubs later in the year, a writing competition and an art competition.
*Entries need to be received by Sunday 31st May
To join the community rail FB group visit: Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail
Royston Goes on a Bear Hunt
Katie Moulton has set up Royston’s version of the popular Bear Hunt. The idea is that when families go out for a walk, the children (young and old!) can enjoy looking out for the bears in people’s windows.🐻
There are now over 1000 bears hidden in windows in Royston (and many villages have started to join in too) – and some Easter themed bunny rabbits, chicks and eggs too!
You can find out which streets have bears to spot, or ask for a number and join in with your bear. Find out more at bit.ly/RoystonBearHunt
Not only this, but Katie has now set up a Just Giving fundraiser for NHS Charities Together. It’s raised well over £2,800 in the short time since it was launched. Click here to donate online.
Although the collection of kits has now been closed in light of lockdown, you can keep an eye on the progress of Royston’s sunflowers – and of course if you already have some seeds and compost at home, why not join in?
Check out these 13 zoos which are offering virtual tours
Kelly from Kelly’s Kitchen in Royston has been running weekly live bake alongs on her Facebook page with her two children. So far they have made Banana Bread, The Ultimate Hot Chocolate, Easter Bunny Cakes and Jam Doughnut Muffins (or duffins!). To find future events and to join in, visit: www.facebook.com/kellyskitchenDSF
Bakers have been sending photos of their bakes to get the chance to win a voucher for 6 cupcakes.
One viewer set up a Zoom call with two sets of her grandchildren and they baked along together!
Kelly will be running these weekly until lockdown restrictions are lifted.
This Friday 15th May, check out the Triple Chocolate Cookies!
To find future events and to join in, visit: www.facebook.com/kellyskitchenDSF
Don’t miss out on hearing the popular children’s book The Orangutan Who Sang being read live online by the author himself … Click here to listen to the recording, it starts around 8 minutes in
Environmental charity PECT have created a downloadable Nature’s School resource, for homeschooling parents everywhere to engage their children with the great outdoors.
Take a look at Ford’s family fun hub for online downloads and activities for young children.
Thank you to John R Ford in Royston for sharing this.
Printable activity, daily at 9
Local dance school DanceMatters is trying to help parents keep their kids occupied by sharing a free creative activity printable each morning at 9am.
You can find them on the Facebook page…
Activities for toddlers – StayandPlay6
Qualified teacher Connie Boulis has set up on Instagram and Facebook to try and help other parents with practical activities to keep small children entertained and learning at home. As a mother of a 3 year old and 7 month old, Connie is currently adding a different easy activity every day, and is planning on doing some live, join in videos too.
Royston Methodist Messy Church are posting activities for families, and videos made by our own Alison Clark of crafts for children, story time, and singing time on their Facebook page.
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For mental health advice, please visit Mind: www.bit.ly/MindCOVID19
For advice regarding money, debt, employment and housing: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
If you need someone to talk to, the Samaritans will listen
www.samaritans.org or call 116 123
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
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For the latest Government advice regarding coronavirus: www.bit.ly/PublicHealthEngland2020
HMRC helpline for the self employed and businesses: www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline 0300 456 3565
For local support with food and supplies:
Royston Food Bank at Royston Evangelical Church from 9-11am, Weds & Sat, or you can donate food & supplies to the Food Bank at McColl’s and the Roman Catholic Church as well as at Royston Evangelical Church
Royston Coronavirus Facebook support group: www.bit.ly/RoystonVsCoronavirus
Burns Road Heroes: Richard, 07935 706793 or Rebekah, 07714 373785