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St Ives Town Initiative news magazine

What ’s On, Features, F eatures Puzzles +, Puzzles + Italia in Piazza Market

New Year Goals, SITI

Recipe, Legal, Finance

Town Team, Events

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housands of people made their way into the Town Centre on Sunday T 24th November for the Christmas

Lights switch-on. The town had been busy throughout the day with visitors to the Christmas Market in the Sheep Market and the Continental Market in Crown Street.A full report can be found on page 5. 2013 was certainly a challenging year. Following the loss of not just our funding from the Town Council but also our Town Centre Manager, SITI has had to reassess its priorities. However, we continue meet the challenges and work hard to support local businesses. Membership of SITI is flourishing and details of what that means, can be found on page 12. For example, as one of the last activities of the year, in support of the national ‘Christmas Indie’ promotion, we distributed leaflets and posters to all St Ives’ independent retailers; and you will have seen these displayed around the town. Plans for 2014 are already underway and our first event is the welcome return of Simon and the Italia in Piazza team, on Saturday 22nd February. Details on page 7. Please take time to read all about Time Banking on page 24.This is an excellent way to help others and meet new people. Zoe Weaver would love to hear from you whatever skill you have to offer. It is encouraging to see two new shops in Bridge Street: His and Hers Shoes and Kyras Accessories.We welcome them to St Ives and wish them well for the future. Why not start 2014 with a New Year’s resolution and some healthy walking? More details about the scheme organised by Huntingdonshire District Council can be found on page 22. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014!


Angie Dickinson Chairman, St Ives Town Initiative [SITI]


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SITI Chairman’s Report _________ 03 Town News: SITI Market and Lights _ 05 Events: Italia in Piazza, 22nd February 07 Finance Advice Column: IFG ______ 08 Town News:AMT & Town Team report 10 SITI: Up to date membership details _12 Legal Advice Column: Leeds Day ___ 14 Activity: RightStart fitness group ___ 16 SITI: Member Profile: Piggotts _____ 17 Quick Crossword ______________ 18 Gardening:Winter Magic _________21 Health:Walks around St Ives _______ 22 Community: St Ives Time Bank _____24 Recipe Corner: Sausage casserole___ 26 New Year:What’s your Goal ______ 27 Kids’ pages: Fun and games ________28 History: Relics and a bygone era ___ 29 Advertisers’ Index, Sudoku, solutions _30 WHAT’S ON, Events in St Ives ____ 31 contact us …

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St Ives was buzzing … January/February 2014

Town centre packed for SITI Market/Lights event

ST IVES really came to life on Sunday 24th November for the 11th Christmas Market, Continental Market and Lights Switch on. It seemed that thousands of people crowded into the Market Square to see Father Christmas and The Town Mayor, Cllr Nick Dibben, switch on this year’s lights. This event is a joint venture between ST IVES TOWN INITIATIVE and the CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMMITTEE and continues to grow in popularity every year. Angie Dickinson, Chairman of SITI said,“I was absolutely amazed by the number of people who came throughout the day to support both the Christmas Market and the Continental Market. Father Christmas had an eager queue of children throughout the day which was lovely to see. So many people entered into the spirit of Christmas and of course the weather was also on our side!”

She added,“I would like to thank our sponsors, D H Barford & Co, The Cambridge Building Society, Mick George Skips, Huntingdonshire District Council, St Ives Town Council and Waitrose Community Matters for their generous contributions.Thanks also to Male’s Budgens and The Montaz for donating the raffle prizes.” Chairman of St Ives Christmas Lights, Cllr Ryan Fuller said “This year’s event has surpassed all previous years with the switch on culminating in a firework display that one resident described as ‘a pyrotechnic display of a world class standard’.We are very grateful to Urban & Civic for sponsoring the fireworks display by Kimbolton Fireworks. “The Christmas lighting in Merrylands has now been completed and new lights in Crown Street have been installed.Thanks must go to St Ives Town Council for their continued support and sponsorship of the lights and the following local businesses for donating to the Christmas Lights: Armando’s, Cheffins, Copleys Solicitors, Homequest, Leeds Day, Luminus Group, Meyer Scott, Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Piggotts, Waitrose and Westend DIY.Again special thanks are due to A’Diva Hair Design for their continued fundraising throughout the year.”

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Markets during JANUARY/FEBRUARY Farmers’ Markets :5th/19th Jan.; 1st/15th Feb. General Market: Mondays and Fridays See SITI website or page 31, for all details

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Italia in Piazza 22nd February


Tasty olives and many other delicious foods will be on sale

22ND FEBRUARY SEES the arrival of the wonderful Italian Market. make a note in your diary to come and experience all the delights from Italy! This is what the Italia in Piazza team say,“We welcome another opportunity to share our love and passion of Italian foods with you in St. Ives. Food in Italy is a religion and here in England Italian food is becoming more and more popular, which is why we regularly travel up and down Italy trying to find a selection of authentic fresh produce to bring to your doorstep. Our mission is to share this quality and authenticity with you in order to achieve effective results using the most basic and traditional recipes!”

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A revolution in Tax Planning IF YOU’RE ONE of the 5 million ISA investors over the age of 65, you may well be scratching your head as to how you can pass on your wealth with as little inheritance tax as possible.Although ISAs offer valuable tax benefits throughout your life, these don’t continue once you’ve passed to the other side. Instead, the value of any ISA is included in your estate along with all other non exempt assets, and could be liable to a 40% tax charge. Until now the only way to avoid this has been to withdraw money from your ISA and then either spend it, give it away whilst hoping to live for at least another 7 years, or use the proceeds to fund other forms of inheritance tax planning. However, if you take any of these options you then lose out on the much cherished tax free growth and tax free income associated with the ISA wrapper. Not always ideal. However, there is a solution. Since August this year, it has been possible to hold shares in companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) within an ISA. Many of these shares qualify for Business Property Relief, which essentially means that investors qualify for full relief from inheritance tax once the shares have been held for two years and providing they are held at the time of death.You

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can then enjoy the standard ISA benefits during your lifetime and your family can then inherit the ISAs without the unwelcome 40% tax bill. Admittedly, investing in AIM shares is not suitable for everyone and advice should be sought before jumping in with both feet. However, it does mean that qualified advisers can now recommend a product that offers Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax benefits all at once. Investors also retain access to their money to meet any unforeseen future requirements. If you would like to know more about this topic or you have any other finance related query the team of consultants at IFG are well placed to provide the advice you need. For a free consultation please get in contact: IFG Financial Services Ltd Authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS – can YOU help? St Ives Community Choir needs a new musical director We meet on Mondays 7.30 - 9.15 pm We sing rock, pop and folk. We need an MD who can play an instrument to accompany us. For more info contact Chris at or Sandra on 07734316730

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more his report can be downloaded free from: After his speech we took the opportunity to have a private discussion with him and he readily accepted an invitation to come and address our District Councillors. He summarised his views with this sentence;“Survival is not about saving what we have now but preparing for the future and what lies ahead.” We look forward to hearing what more he has to say in the near future.

THE TOWN TEAM, made up of Representatives from Economy, Retail,Transport, SITI, Corporate, Community, Environment, Civic Society and PR continue to meet monthly and co-operate in trying to make St Ives an even better place to live and visit. All very well but what has been achieved by this volunteer Team? On the practical side, a drop-off and pick-up point for visiting coaches has been completed in the Bus Station. It is good to see this coming to fruition as SITI had been working on it for some years.Three new bus stops on the North side of Marley road have been installed. Flower planters have been positioned on the Quay and new finger-posts erected in Town. Of course the Team has not done these improvements alone but in cooperation with Town, District and County Councils as well as those mentioned previously.Whether Councils are able to continue this

Old Riverport runs from the Waits to the Quay. Running parallel and not coincidentally are the shopping areas of Broadway and the Pavement/ Market Hill (Bridge Street runs at right-angles but is also part of the shopping area).This whole area is also part of a bid to become an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and so it should be.The hundreds of Listed Buildings and two Ancient Monuments in St Ives nestled within a countryside of tall skies and broad horizons define our sense of place along the River. Finally, none of the foregoing would be possible if we didn’t work together and with Local Government.The Town Team has become a real Community Project and members are looking forward to achieving even more next year. A Happy New Year from the entire team.


level of support in the next Financial Year remains to be seen! Branding of the Town continues and has metamorphosed into a “sense of place”.With an eye to differentiating us from other Towns in the area the theme is "The Old Riverport in St Ives".This fits well with the public consultations in the Summer and feedback from visitors. Marketing this brand is underway with help from a KPMG volunteer; a website will follow as will demarcation of the Old Riverport on the new map of the Town.When you think about it, the River Great Ouse has brought great change to the Town through the ages. Fish Street (now Wellington Street) in the late 1880’s was a bustling hive of activity with rope-makers, tanneries, boat builders and the "occasional" pub to slake the cattle drovers thirst. Bringing this rich and colourful history back to life should attract visitors and townsfolk alike as the

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AT THE BEGINNING of November,Angie Dickinson, Julia Papworth and Ryan Fuller attended the Annual Conference for Action for Market Towns in Congleton, Cheshire. SITI’s Ryan Fuller, Julia Papworth, Angie Dickinson with Bill Grimsey, AMT The Keynote Speaker was Bill the real issues that are affecting our Grimsey, former CEO of chains such high streets. His recommendations as Focus DIY and Iceland. He is the are often radical but always thought author of an alternative review on the future of our high streets provoking. It took nine people to challenging many of the views put produce the report which has been forward by Mary Portas. He feels that completed at his own expense and Mary Portas has not attacked any of for those of you who wish to learn

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Membership matters SITI Members

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AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT community organisation St Ives Town Initiative (SITI) is an established organisation working with like minded people, focusing on and for the benefit of St Ives in its entirety. Established in 1998, SITI is steered by a board of voluntary directors and is dedicated to improving the vitality and viability of St Ives as a business location, and the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit. SITI receives no public funding and is an entirely self-sufficient voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting the town. Membership of SITI therefore contributes to the successful and wide-ranging initiatives that we stage for the benefit of the town and its businesses. Business membership starts at just £30 per annum and all members receive the following benefits and more: r Preferential advertising rates in the highly popular suggestives magazine.

r Regular updates on local issues and initiatives from SITI’s Chairman. r We can be your voice in dealing with all tiers of local government. r We can advise and offer practical support to businesses with issues such as business rates, planning and licensing. r Regular publicity opportunities for your business. r Access to valuable commercial information such as footfall numbers, customer perception and tourism surveys, available exclusively to SITI members. r You become part of a team dedicated to promoting and improving St Ives.

We would like to thank the following members of SITI (see right) who through their membership all give something back to the town and contribute to its success and the many events and initiatives that take place.

If your business or company would like to discuss the benefits of joining SITI and supporting St Ives please contact SITI Chairman Angie Dickinson on 07513971720 or email


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This growing list is correct at time of press.

• A’Diva Hair Design • Anglia Tax Help • Arrisuma Ltd.• Male’s Budgens St Ives • C J Dyke & Co.• Cambridge Building Society • Clever Resourcing • Costa Coffee • Crimson Harvest • Dal Rod Cambridgeshire • Endurance Estates (St Ives) Ltd. • Ewing Associates • Flex-Able Group • Geeson Financial Services • SH Harrold Opticians • HBC Kitchens • Here to Listen Counselling • John Talbot Tree Surgery • Just Sharing • Kitchen Wise • Kleanco Dry Cleaners • Leeds Day Solicitors • Lorna Morgan • M&Co • Melody Movement Early Learning • Maxine Lester Residential • Montaz Tandoori Restaurant • New Look • New Road Studios • Nordic Walking Cambs • Orchard Mobility • Ouse Creative • Piggotts the Jewellers • Polar the web people • PR Massala • River Tea Rooms • Rule & Parker Ltd.• Slepe Hall Hotel • St Ives Chiropody & Podiatry • St Ives Electric Riverboat Company • St Ives Tile & Stone • The Golden Lion Hotel • The Salon • The Stock Shop • The Taproom • The Welcome Chinese Restaurant • Total Computing • Townrow Department Store • Waitrose

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Family Matters at Leeds Day solicitors The Leeds Day Team [left to right]: Lisa Leader, Simon Thomas, Grace Brass

With the pressures on families ever increasing, Leeds Day has decided to meet the growing need for advice, support and representation by expanding its family team with the appointment of specialist solicitor Grace Brass. Grace has spent the majority of her career practising in Cambridgeshire and is pleased to be returning to the area. Grace joined Leeds Day in August 2013 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in family law with a particular emphasis on divorce and financial issues. Grace frequently represents high net worth individuals where cases involve trusts, inherited wealth, pensions and business related assets. Grace provides advice regarding cohabitation agreements, pre and post nuptial agreements to couples who wish to protect their assets before embarking upon a marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, ensuring that they have all of the information required to make appropriate decisions. Grace also advises parents, grandparents and other relatives in relation to the arrangements for children (contact and residence) and removal from the jurisdiction. Grace is joining a team dedicated to finding and offering clients alternative ways of dispute resolution, focusing on achieving positive outcomes that are agreeable to everyone, particularly when there are children involved. Lisa Leader, a member of Resolution is based in the St Ives office whilst Simon Thomas, based in the St Neots office is further qualified to offer the fast growing collaborative law approach to family breakdown. Simon is also personally mentioned in the prestigious Legal 500 as providing ‘excellent support and advice’, and is noted for his ‘sensitive approach’. (2013 Legal 500). Leeds Day is the only firm locally that is able to offer family advice to clients in Huntingdon, St Neots and St Ives. Leeds Day is committed to working flexibly around the client and therefore does not expect its clients to take time off work to come into the office. In order to accommodate the needs of clients the family department will now offer late night appointments on a Wednesday evening at our Huntingdon office, the only firm locally to offer this service.


Commenting on Grace’s appointment, Simon Thomas, head of the family law team, said:“the addition of Grace to our well established team will add further depth to a practice which is well respected in the area. Grace’s arrival signals continuing growth of the firm and our ambition to provide an excellent service to our clients. Grace’s background and experience in family law will significantly increase our client offering and we are delighted to have her on board.” If you need advice on a family matter, then contact Leeds Day on 01480 454301 or email Quote this article before the end of January 2014 and your first 30 minute consultation will be free or visit our website

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A New year, a new you, with RightStart STARTING NEW ACTIVITIES can sometimes be daunting, especially if you have existing medical conditions. However the Sport and Active Lifestyles Team offer specialist exercise classes for older people and people with medical conditions. I’m sure that we all had a mince pie too many this Christmas and why not! It only happens once a year but is one of your resolutions to get healthier this New year? Our RightStart 3 class is a fun social class with light to moderate exercise based around circuit stations to help improve flexibility, strength and general fitness. It is suitable for people wanting to exercise for the first time or who are returning to exercise after a medical condition. Those who attend the sessions come back week after week and


really enjoy the exercises on offer. One customer said: “After being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a mastectomy, my self esteem plummeted and although I needed exercise and to meet people my confidence was shattered. Then I noticed an advertisement for people who wished to get fit again having had

health issues. The RightStart class has helped me enormously and I would be lost without it.” RightStart 3, St Ives Customer. Classes are held every Wednesday 2.00-3.00pm at One Leisure St.Ives and cost £3 a class, no pre-booking is required. If attending for the first time please turn up 15 minutes early to meet the instructor and to complete a short health questionnaire. It is always advisable to check with a health professional before beginning any exercise programme.

For further information please contact Danielle Sancaster, Sport and Active Lifestyles on 01480 387047 or email Further information is available on our website

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SITI Member Profile

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Quick Crossword

See solution on page 30





2 Relating to the stomach, 1 Fragrant flower / girl's intestines etc. (9) name (7) 3 Female horse (4) 5 Sound reflection (4) 4 Serviette (6) 8 Structure (5) 5 Snake-like fish (3) 9 Yanking (7) 6 Reddish Indian dye (5) 11 Large book (4) 7 Main artery (5) 12 Two-yearly (8) 15 Political organisation (5) 10 Nutritious edible pulse (6) 13 Clever and original. (9 16 Tiny biting insect (5) 19 Unit of computer memory 14 Spindle (6) 17 Calm, dependable (6) (8) 18 Circular series of events (5) 21 Covetousness (4) 20 Phrase or saying (5) 23 Once daily (7) 22 Couple (4) 25 String of closely spaced 24 Furrow (3) islands (5) 26 Exude (4) 27 Whereabouts (7)


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St. Ives Chiropody & Podiatry Foot Care Clinic Mr. F.K. Javed BSc(Hons) Podiatry. MChS. HPC/State Registered

• General chiropody – nails, hard skin & corns • Diabetic foot care • Children’s Feet – Growing pains, Verrucas, etc. • Sporty Feet & associated injuries + pains • Ingrowing toe nails – surgical option available • Custom made Orthotics/insoles • Dancing feet – we’ll keep you on your toes • Biomechanics & Gait analysis

New Clients Always Welcome

Scrivens Opticians, 1 Crown Place, St. Ives, PE27 5PD The Waterside Practice, 10a Mill Green, Now also at Warboys, PE28 2SA T: 01487 209084 Warboys Osteopathy, Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic

01480 301337 or 07807 505534 Underneath the archway, between Fat Face & Poundland


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Winter Magic


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This issue, International garden designer Marney Hall, Chairman of ‘St Ives in Bloom’ writes:

I LOVE THIS time of the year in the garden. I know that there is so much to do but I do try to take the time to admire the hidden jewels amongst all the clearing up. My kafir lilies are still flowering, their bright pink flowers now looking a little incongruous amongst all the dead leaves. My big blue Abutilon is also flowering again something I wasn’t expecting to see again until next May and violets are starting to flower! It seems that every season has its surprises. Clearing up the dead leaves today I noticed that the flower buds of the Christmas roses are just starting to come up but on the market, you can buy them now in full bloom. I put some in pots by the back door last year and they flowered till April.Those plants are in the shrubbery now and won’t be flowering in time for Christmas this year but I do love these winter flowering herbs and shrubs.Another of my seasonal favourites is the Callicarpa or beauty berry. Its bright metallic purple berries look almost unreal if you can keep them long enough to admire them before the birds devour them.The winter honeysuckle is also just starting to flower.The scent of this lovely shrubby honeysuckle fills the air on a still day in winter and a few twigs brought in to the house will scent the room. The town is looking festive too with lights and snowmen everywhere.The beds and troughs have all been planted up with their winter pansies and are starting to look colourful. I hope that the sharp frosts during December, don’t stop them from their colourful displays. Bulbs are just starting to poke their green shoots up - rather too early I fear, but it is lovely

Jobs you can do January

Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch r Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days r Repair and re-shape lawn edges r Prune apple and pear trees r Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season r Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds r


Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover r Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering r Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges r

to think of spring just around the corner. It won’t be that long before the kingcups are out in the pond and the frogs start to spawn again. Domestic gardens now support a large proportion of the frogs we have in England and this year I would like to know how many people in the town have a pond and if any of you have frogs that breed in them.We would love to know just how many ponds there are in the town and would like to use this information in the St Ives in Bloom portfolio next year. No other town has carried out this type of survey so if you can help please just drop a line to: So I hope you had a good Christmas and happy New Year to you all. I hope that you manage to find the time over the Christmas holidays to get out in to the wonderful countryside that surrounds the town and enjoy a little winter magic, perhaps a little snow - but it needs to be gone by the 2nd January?!

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Health walks in St Ives Photo courtesy of Frank Palmer

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY there are a group of walkers that take to the streets of St.Ives and the surrounding villages for about an hour in order to improve their health.They are part of the Huntingdonshire Health walk scheme that aims to get people into a regular active routine to help improve physical and mental health. It is much easier to get into a regular exercise regime when you have a set time to do the exercise and have friends to motivate you.The walkers follow a Health walk programme which is produced 3 times a year with the January-April 2014 schedule available now from local GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres.You too can join in with these walkers who enjoy a stroll whatever the weather. You don’t have to have any special equipment to join in, just a pair of comfortable supportive shoes and in the winter months a waterproof jacket and a jumper or two is usually recommended! The walkers usually stop for a warm drink at the end of the walk and as a result many walkers have made new friends. All of the health walks are open to all abilities and ages for anyone wanting to get more active and healthy. New walkers are asked to complete a short health questionnaire either online at or turn up 15 minutes early at the start of their first walk. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Huntingdonshire Health Walks scheme is part of the national initiative “Walking for Health” in partnership with the Cambridgeshire NHS


January • Tuesday 7th January, 2pm - Ouse Walk - Meet at St.Ives Library, Meadow Lane, PE27 5AN • Thursday 9th January, 10am - Fenstanton Walk - Chequers Street, Fenstanton, PE28 9JQ • Tuesday 14th January, 2pm - Woodhurst (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, PE27 3ER • Thursday 16th January, 10am - Holywell - Meet at Pike and Eel Pub, Needingworth, PE27 4TW • Tuesday 21st January, 2pm - Yacht Lakes - Meet at St. Ives Library, Meadow Lane, PE27 5AN • Thursday 23rd January, 10am - Earith - Meet at Old Riverview Tearoom, 27 High Street, Earith, PE28 3PP • Tuesday 28th January, 2pm - North St.Ives - Meet at One Leisure, Westwood Road, PE27 6WU • Thursday 30th January, 10am - RSPB Fen Drayton - Meet at Three Tuns Pub, Fen Drayton, CB24 4SJ February • Tuesday 4th February, 2pm - Pidley (not suitable for new walkers) - Meet at Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre, Fen Road, Pidley, PE28 3DF • Thursday 6th February, 10am - Crystal Lakes - Meet at The Chapel on the bridge, PE27 5UW • Tuesday 11th February, 2pm - Fenstanton, Chequers Street, Fenstanton, PE28 9JQ • Thursday 13th February, 10am - RAF Wyton - Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, PE27 3ER • Tuesday 18th February, 2pm - Holywell - Meet at Pike and Eel Pub, Needingworth, PE27 4TW • Thursday 20th February, 10am - Earith - Meet at Old Riverview Tearoom, 27 High Street, Earith, PE28 3PP • Tuesday 25th February, 2pm - Hemingford Grey (not suitable for new walkers) - Meet at The Chapel on the bridge, St.Ives, PE27 5UW • Thursday 27th February, 10am - Town Walk - Meet at One Leisure, Westwood Road, PE27 6WU

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THE ST IVES TIME BANK was introduced to the town on Wednesday 23rd October and has had an overwhelming and very supportive response.The Corn Exchange very generously offered space to stage the launch and I am delighted this invaluable community-led venue signed up as the first organisational member. It has been a very busy few weeks with countless meetings,an introductory course at the St Ivo arranged by the Adult Learning Centre and a stall at the Eastfield School Shopping Evening. I feel very positive about its future success in St Ives, a town that has an incredibly strong communityspirit and where charities, associations, clubs and organisations are abundant. Central Government is making more and more cuts, encouraging localism and asking us all to take more responsibility for ourselves, and this is the perfect place and time for a new Time Bank. There has been a lot of interest from organisations and members currently range from the ages of 7 to 93. Exchanges that have already taken place include dog walking, companionship for a hospital appointment, ironing and help moving old furniture to the tip. The possibilities really are endless, with members already offering a multitude of skills - some of the more unusual ones are therapeutic gardening, teaching older people how to use Skype, writing press releases and Spanish conversation.

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There are lots of social events planned for the New Year; the first one will be a free coffee morning on Saturday 18th January at a willing member’s home. Contact me if you would like to come. The Time Bank has recently secured its first grant for £250 from Luminus, which was most gratefully received.This will go towards set up costs but I am looking for funding to keep it running. Signing up is very straightforward and quick - for more information, see or or call Zoë on 01480 381520 Timebanking is simply a means of voluntary exchange, bringing individuals, communities and organisations together, where the only currency is time. Unlike traditional volunteering, you bank time credits when you help someone and claim your time back when you need something in return. Everyone’s time is equal, irrespective of whatever you need or can offer. Come and see us! Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm every week T: 01480 496570 Timebanking is simply a means of voluntary exchange, bringing individuals, communities and organisations together, where the only currency is time. Unlike traditional volunteering, you bank time credits when you help someone and claim your time back when you need something in return. Everyone’s time is equal, irrespective of whatever you need or can offer. 24

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Sausage and Bean casserole

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Easy, tasty, delicious – Spanish Style


Serves 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes Ingredients 2 tsp vegetable oil

600g/1lb 5?oz thick, good quality pork sausages

150g/5?oz chorizo, cut into serving pieces 1 medium onion, sliced

1 small chilli, seeds removed, flesh chopped 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped 75ml/2?fl oz white wine

400g/14oz tinned tomatoes, chopped

200g/7oz canned butter beans, or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tbsp clear honey


Heat the oil until hot, add the sausages and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until browned but not completely cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate. Add the chorizo to the empty pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and goldenbrown. Remove from the pan and set aside with the pork. Chorizo releases a lot of fat and I prefer to drain this off. Add the onion, chilli to the same pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and the wine then bring the mixture to a simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about a quarter. Add the chopped tomatoes and the beans then return the sausages and chorizo to the pan and stir well. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over a low heat, cover the pan with a lid and cook for at least 45 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced in volume. If the sauce becomes too dry, add a little more water or wine. Just before serving, stir in the honey and season, to taste.Then serve over plain boiled rice or creamy mash, and sprinkle with parsley. to advertise, call 01954 267444 or email:

What’s your GOAL? January/February 2014

MANY OF US use the New Year as a time to plan ahead and set goals or resolutions. What would you like to achieve in 2014, and how would you like your life to be different? It’s possible to set goals for most areas of life: - health, career, social life, relationships and finance for instance. Or you might look at the different roles you play, such as wife, friend, mother, employer, and use your thoughts about how you could improve success in those roles to help determine your goals. Only you can decide what would really make a positive difference to your life, and you are most likely to succeed if you select goals that really matter to you.There is less chance of success if you are trying to achieve something because another person wants you to. Indeed some New Year’s resolutions only last a few days.To make a lasting change it’s important to make sure your goals are realistic, and to seek motivation, inspiration and support to help you stay on track. Do not set yourself too many goals or set targets way beyond your reach, as you will soon become disheartened and less likely to succeed. It’s better to set smaller goals that you can add to, or increase if things go well, and build on your positive results Some people like to write their goals down or share them with others, and this can add to the accountability that individuals feel around goal setting, thus improving their chances of success. It can also be useful to ask for support from friends, who can give you gentle reminders if you are in danger of going off track.Where relevant, you may also want to get inspiration, advice and training from others such as weight loss experts, sports trainers or personal and career coaches.

New Year

Don’t forget to congratulate yourself when you do achieve success. Break your goals down into manageable steps, and celebrate by rewarding yourself at each milestone. Want some inspiration? A Goalrelated quote, from Napoleon Hill:

‘A goal is a dream with a deadline’

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January/February 2014

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January/February 2014

Rasps and rifflers, gimlets, multers, leggetts and crozes – relics of a bygone age?

A NEW EXHIBITION,‘Trading In workshops led by artist Ricki Stories’, goes on show at The Outis, students researched and Norris Museum from 18th January created wall hangings to depict - 22nd March and invites you to different trades. They used a recall the crafts, shops, trades and variety of techniques, including tools of the past. using light sensitive fabric onto which archive photographs and For most of human history, drawings were developed, screen making things by hand has been printing and different forms of the norm. The names of the tools stitching and appliqué work to used and the talents and skills produce a truly beautiful result. needed for different crafts and trades were passed from one ‘Trading Stories’ was produced in generation to the next. A woven collaboration with the Fens willow basket, turned wooden Museum Partnership as part of the chair, hand-stitched coat or Heritage Lottery Funded Fenland handmade loaf - all these everyday Lives and Land programme.To find things took time and skill to make out more about this project visit by hand. Basket and Thatch banner [above] Below, Harrison’s work shop - Filberts Walk The tools of these trades are At a special half-term event , often carefully crafted called ‘Whistles and pieces of art in Walking Sticks’, on themselves and a wide Thursday 20th February, variety will be on display. families can meet local Items will include the woodworker Adrian tools used and baskets Wright and have a go at made by the Harrison decorating their own family of St Ives, who wooden object. Please call wove baskets in the town the museum for more for over 200 years. information. Unique and lasting, handmade objects seem to contain something of the spirit and personality of their makers in the Donations, however small, are very welcome! way that mass-produced items never will. Over the last century, the places we visit to buy Gilly Vose, Assistant Curator things have changed.The majority of us shop in just The Norris Museum (Registered Charity number 31799) a few places, in supermarkets, large chain stores, or The Broadway St Ives on the internet. Yet many of us have memories of T: 01480 497314 local businesses which made and sold particular E: items, run by their owners who were specialists in W: Please follow us Facebook and Twitter! their trade. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm This exhibition also features textile art work, Admission free created by talented Year 9 pupils from St Ivo School.

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January/February 2014


How to play? Simple… No genius required…just logic! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9, with no repetition. Sudoku Answer: see below

January/February Puzzle Solutions Quick Crossword [from page 18]

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January/February 2014

Regular Events Diary

in St Ives




• General Market 8am-4pm • Indoor Market & Coffee Shop 9am-3pm at Corn Exchange • St Ives Short Mat Bowls at the Broadleas Centre, Norris Road, 2pm-4pm £2.50 per session. Contact 01480 463117 • St Ives Community Choir 7.30pm-9.15pm Catholic Church Hall, Needingworth Road. Contact 01480 300726

• Tea & Coffee Shop 10am-2pm, The Corn Exchange • Over 60’s Club at Langley Court, Langley Close, 2pm4pm. Contact 01480 300726 • Big Walkies 6.15 for 6.30pm, London Road, (outside old Murketts garage) with dogs around River Meadow, finishing about 7.30pm. Contact Becca 07970 547650

• General Market 8am-4pm • Country Market Cakes and savouries, plants, fresh produce, crafts 8am-11.45am at the Corn Exchange • Helpers Coffee Group 8.30am-12. Coffee and homemade cakes. The Corn Exchange in aid of local charities




• Live music at The Oliver Cromwell pub • COSI (Chamber Orchestra of St.Ives), Free Church. 7.30-9.30pm Contact

• Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2pm 1st and 3rd of every month

• St Ives Choral Society. 7.30-9.30pm. Methodist Church, St.Ives. Contact

January & February Events Diary Januar y 2014 7 Pantomime Mother Goose The award winning Centre Theatre Players present the traditional family pantomime Mother Goose, at the Burgess Hall, One Leisure St Ives on January 7th -12th. Performances nightly at 7.30 with matinees on the Saturday and Sunday.Tickets available from the Centre reception 01480 388500 or 11 COSI 10th Anniversar y Concer t Free Church St Ives. 5pm to accommodate the winter evenings.Tickets £8/£5 from Just Sharing. COSI is delighted to welcome back founder leader, Bryony Lang. For more information: 13 Community Lear ning Courses Spring Term Starts - New Courses for a New Year - A Full-A to Z list of our courses can be found on the website. Course prices start from £5. One day Saturday courses and workshops - including Willow Basketmaking, Pasta Making, Malaysian Cooking and Upholstery. One Day Saturday courses and workshops - including Chocolate Cup Cakes, Flower Arranging, Indian Cooking, and ebay. Further Details for all courses at: www.aclearning. Claire Richardson 01480 495717 14 Pathfinder Missions- Successes and Failures at the St Ives Library from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.WO Jim Blackwood and John Clifford will look more closely at the early missions of the Pathfinders, and tell us how they were considered failures; how lessons were learnt and how new techniques were employed to turn these early failures into very successful led missions. 0345 045 5225. Adults Only. 26 Indoor car Boot Stalls are available inside the Burgess Hall to display your items on offer.Tables are provided. Stalls must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. 8am to 12pm (access for stall holders from 7am to 7.45am).To book a stall please contact One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 27 Tea Dance Get your dancing shoes on down to the Burgess Hall to enjoy an afternoon filled with Ballroom, Sequence and Party dances. Bring partners and friends to swing around the dance hall. 2pm to 4.30pm. £3.75 per person (includes FREE tea or coffee and biscuits). Pay on the door. For further information contact 01480 388500 29 Burgess Bingo There are cash prizes to be won and a fully licensed bar open for the night.Turn up on the night ready to stamp out those numbers as well as the competition! Doors open 7pm / Bingo starts 7.30pm FREE admission / Only £10 for 10 games. No booking required. For further information contact 01480 388500.

Febr uar y 2014 1 Huntingdonshire Group Ramblers St Ives-Huntingdon Group morning walk. Meet at St Ives P&R Guided Bus Stop. Map/Grid Ref: 225/TL319709 at 10.00.Via Fenstanton, Houghton, and the Hemingfords. Expect a stunning display of snowdrops at Houghton. Pub or picnic lunch at Houghton. 14km (9 miles) Contact:Trevor 01480 380277. Derek Fryer (Publicity) 01480 469874. 6 St Ives W.I. St Ives W.I will meet at the Free Church St Ives at 7.30.Talk,The Police and PCSOs 7 Screen St Ives presents Genova starring Colin Firth. 7.30 for 8pm, tickets £5, buy from the Corn Exchange or book online at 15 Stamp Fair Huntingdonshire Philatelic Society Stamp Fair with Post Cards, will take place at the Parish Church Hall, Ramsey Road, St Ives, 10am to 4pm. Free Admission. .Telephone 01480 468037. 16 Indoor car Boot Stalls are available inside the Burgess Hall to display your items on offer.Tables are provided. Stalls must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. 8am to 12pm (access for stall holders from 7am to 7.45am).To book a stall please contact One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 22 Italia in Piazza Market A wide variety of stalls and produce from Italy will be on the Sheep Market in the Centre of St Ives 8.30am-5.00pm. More information:Angie Dickinson. email: 26 Burgess Bingo There are cash prizes to be won and a fully licensed bar open for the night.Turn up on the night ready to stamp out those numbers as well as the competition! Doors open 7pm / Bingo starts 7.30pm FREE admission / Only £10 for 10 games. No booking required. For further information contact 01480 388500.

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SuggeStIves - Jan-Feb 2014  

The January / February 2014 edition of the SuggeStIves magazine with details about local events and interests for St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

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