ROYSTON Hall in Umtentweni, which is also Ria Hackland’s home and now a beautifully-restored guesthouse, was visited by 19 members of the Southern Natal History Society on Saturday, November 3. Visitors enjoyed tea and cake on the colonial-style verandah, while enjoying the scenery and each others’ company. Mary Neethling told the story of a South African officer, John Robinson Royston - aka “Galloping Jack Royston” who enlisted in the British army and for some time led regiments of mounted Australian soldiers at the Battle of Romani, among others. He was given the nickname after he rode up to his troops several times during the first world war, encouraging them to fight. The History Society meets on the first Saturday of each month to explore a different historical venue.— Supplied.