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St Ives Town Initiative news magazine

What’s On,Features,Puzzles + Legal,Finance,Community,Gardening, Magazine awards,History,Retail news

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the ever popular Italia in Piazza will be paying a return visit on the Sheep Market. Simon and his team are now regulars to the town – selling a vast range of authentic Italian produce which includes different breads, cheeses, biscuits and cakes – and not forgetting the hot chocolate. It is also a chance for those learning Italian to practise their skills. The brilliant sunshine we have been enjoying helped bring families into the town centre on 27th July for SITI’s fun day. Peppa Pig, face painter Jeanette and the Paper Wizard entertained the children and much fun was had on the selection of rides. Children rushed to have their photo taken with Peppa who was in the town to help us promote Independent Retailer Month. See page 5 for an update. Recently I was persuaded by family members to go on one of Huntingdonshire District Council’s Health Walks. I have to admit that I really enjoyed it and saw areas of the town and countryside that I have never seen before. For more details of these walks, see page 12. Since our last issue, SuggeStIves has been in the news: the magazine attended the Cambridge Building Society’s awards evening – see pages 16-17 for more details. Finally after years of confusion, Station Road, New Road and Priory Road have new, and more importantly, enforceable traffic orders.This should alleviate the congestion caused by the guided buses stopping in Station Road. It just goes to show that collaborative working between the three tiers of local government and SITI can achieve results!

On Saturday 14th September

Angie Angie Dickinson Chairman, St Ives Town Initiative [SITI]

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SITI Chairman’s Report _________ 03 Town News: SITI supports retailers _ 05 Community: Holt Island – perspective 07 Finance Advice Column: IFG ______ 08 Town Team: It’s Your Town ________11 Health: Hunts Health Walks Scheme _ 12 Legal Advice Column: Leeds Day ___ 14 Community Magazine: Awards ____ 16 Quick Crossword ______________ 18 Gardening: St Ives in Bloom _______21 Feature: Autumn colours _________22 Recipe Corner: Lancashire Hotpot __ 24 Notices: Local events upcoming ____ 25 Feature: Sunset photography ______ 26 SITI news: Fun Day pictures ______ 27 Kids’ page ___________________ 28 History: Norris 80th Birthday events 29 Advertisers’ Index, Sudoku, solutions _30 WHAT’S ON, Events in St Ives ____ 31 contact us …

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SITI supports … Independent Retailers in St Ives NEARLY HALF THE independent retailers in town participated with adverts in the ‘Celebrate Independent Retail’ month, which ran in the last issue of SuggeStIves magazine. ST IVES TOWN INITIATIVE (SITI) was delighted that so many retailers chose to take part. Many who did, received favourable comments about the level of activity in the town; the increased interest created by advertising, and the overall awareness resulting from the events and special offers they made. 10,000 leaflets were produced and distributed by SITI to all independent retailers.They in turn displayed window posters and developed some enticing offers for shoppers and visitors to the town throughout the month. By promoting “Independent Retailer Month” – part of the nationwide

promotion – retailers have seen the benefits. SITI will continue to monitor effectiveness and further develop ‘INDIE’ activities to support the town’s traders – each independent that flourishes in the town, ensures that local residents and visitors alike, will benefit from a wide range of interesting and exciting retail environments. Our retailers are amongst the best there are: committed, innovative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable. By shopping locally, not only are you supporting your local traders, but also their suppliers and the people they all depend on to run their businesses. As we said last month: your support is vital if St Ives is to continue to stay “open for business”. Come into town regularly; browse the shops and markets. Think ‘INDEPENDENT’ – and watch out for our Christmas INDIE activities, in the next issue.

Peppa Pig was in town

on 27th July – see more details on page 27.

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M arkets during SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Farmers’ Markets:7th/21st Sept; 5th/19th October General Market: Mondays and Fridays See SITI website or page 31, for all details www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

As an organisation we are continually e volving to meet new challenges. We would like to hear from you if you think you would like to become involved or join us. For more information or to meet us for an informal chat, please call Angie Dickinson on 07710 185427 w w w.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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Holt Island – a Ranger’s perspective HOW MUCH DO we know about one of nature’s gems, right on our doorstep? Holt Island is owned and managed by Huntingdonshire District Council, Countryside Service Rangers and a dedicated team of volunteers undertake all practical work during work parties on the first Sunday and third Friday every month.This maintains and improves public access, increases wildlife and biodiversity and enhances public enjoyment of the tranquil nature reserve set in the river Great Ouse.

New hut and boardwalk

Community involvement is important to the island development and since 2007 a

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Friends group has helped with the promotion of the Island providing cover to open the Island each weekend and bank holiday between April and September. The recent replacement of the boardwalk, hut and new interpretation boards has been facilitated through successful grant applications by the Friends and the hard work of dedicated volunteers donating their time and practical skills. Holt Island was originally used to grow willow for basket making and reed for thatching.These remain the dominant species, but both provide a rare habitat that supports an abundance of invertebrates, small mammals, birds and even Fox and Muntjac deer! In the summer large numbers of colourful dragonfly and damselflies can be seen as well as several species of butterflies, and some of the visiting warblers from Africa breed and nest in the reeds every year. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time to support this “secret nature reserve” should contact Paul Claydon for more information: 07810 637545

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Boardwalk to / from Holt Island

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FINANCE ADVICE

The Power of Pensions IN THESE WELL publicised times of national austerity and with the relentless squeezing of departmental budgets, you'd think the chances of the government handing out free money would be non existent.After all, if you were over £1 trillion in debt, you too might be looking to tighten the purse strings. However, there is still one area where the government remains particularly generous, and with very good reason. Put simply, there is a dire need for people to start planning for their retirement. If a growing population relies entirely on state provision for the duration of their retirement, then the country is in serious trouble.With this in mind, successive governments have been desperate to convince people to start making their own provision. How have they gone about this? Well, there are few better incentives than the lure of free money, so essentially this is what is being offered to every man, woman and child in the UK today. For every £4 you invest in a UK registered pension, the

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government automatically adds another £1*.This means in real terms a £200 per month regular contribution immediately increases to £250. Now that's a serious guaranteed return in anyone's book. If you are a higher or additional rate taxpayer, the potential benefits are even greater, as you can claim an additional tax rebate through your tax return. The worrying thing about this is that the majority of people are simply unaware of these benefits.According to a Standard Life survey, only 39% were aware of the automatic increase to contributions.This number is heading in the right direction, helped by recent TV campaigns on work place pensions, but there is some way to go. If you would like to know more about the benefits of pensions and how they can help maintain your standard of living throughout retirement, the team of consultants at IFG are well placed to provide the advice you need. For a free consultation please get in contact: *subject to annual limits

IFG Financial Services Ltd Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Tel: 01954 233555 Email: contactus@ifg.co.uk w w w.ifg.co.uk

Lifetime Awards to SITI members AS A RESULT of many years of commitment and support to the town and community, SITI [St

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Ives Town Initiative] was proud to acknowledge the contribution made by two SITI members.

Steve and Lou Male, Male’s Budgens, (left) and John Olphert (right) were presented with a ‘Lifetime Membership’ by Angie Dickinson [Chairman]. Angie commented: “Many people devote time and effort to the town, but SITI wanted to demonstrate the outstanding contribution made by Steve, Lou and John. Many of the initiatives undertaken require considerable time in planning and implementation.We are a team – and everyone plays their part – but their commitment has been exceptional, and it’s really nice to be able to recognise and reward such service to the St Ives Town Initiative.” Photos courtesy of Frank Palmer

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TOWN TEAM

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I t ’ s Yo u r To w n Photo courtesy of Frank Palmer

I WAS INVITED to write a piece for the last issue of SuggeStIves and concentrated on Branding.We followed this up with two modest exhibitions – one on June 15 at the Farmers’ Market and one at the Carnival on July 13.The support and results were tremendous.We now have a firm basis on which to brand the town.Your coloured stickers on the photographs of favourite scenes around the town clinched the issue. So thanks to all the hundreds who took part. It was a most positive experience and underlined just how much the town is appreciated. We also learned some lessons which we will turn into action.We can now distil all the information into brief words, a striking picture and a unique St Ives brand. By working with Local Government at all levels we have managed to gain the funds to refurbish the finger posts around town (you all know your way around but visitors don’t!). Extra fingers will also be added to show the way to Ingle Holt Island. Eventually this will all help to portray a vibrant market town settled on a beautiful river bank between two Nature Reserves (RSPB and Ingle Holt). Also, and again in co-operation, agreement has been reached in placing a visiting coaches drop-off and pickup point in the Bus Station. Next to come will be additional Bus Stops on the North side of Marley Road. Version two of the new map is also on its way.The acclaimed map-maker Jeremy Bays is working on our concepts and will shortly produce the latest prototype.The purpose of this new approach is to direct visitors to the main car parks and then gently www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

route them via the retail areas to the heritage sites (of which we have a lot). Photo courtesy of Frank Palmer

Peter Baker

The Town Team Perfect 10 NAIL SALON now offering Beauty Treatments

Special Offer – 10% off with this advert

Lisa has joined Holly and carries out all beauty treatments.

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Perfect 10, 7C High Street, Fenstanton PE28 9AQ Tel: 01480 492664

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HEALTH

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Health wa l ks in St Ive s WE ALL KNOW St Ives is a beautiful market town with many stunning views and landmarks;the Huntingdonshire Health Walks scheme offers two free weekly walks,which will help you explore St Ives and the surrounding villages. The health walks are led by trained volunteers on routes of varying lengths and are a great way to improve stamina and can benefit a variety of

health conditions alongside the benefits of meeting new people. Below are the walks that are talking place in September and early October 2013.Please note all afternoon walks take place at 2pm.

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September • Tuesday 3rd – 2pm – Somersham walk. Meet at Victory hall Car Park, Parkhall Road, Somersham PE28 3HE • Tuesday 3rd – 2pm – Somersham walk. Meet at Victory hall Car Park, Parkhall Road, Somersham PE28 3HE • Tuesday 10th – 2pm – Thicket Path. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU • Thursday 12th – 10am – Hilton. Meet at Village Green, Fenstanton Road, Hilton, PE28 9JA • Tuesday 17th – 2pm – , Pidley. (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre, Fen Road, Pidley, PE28 3DF • Thursday 19th – 10am – RAF Wyton. Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, St Ives, PE27 3ER • Tuesday 24th – 2pm – Town Walk. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU • Thursday 26th – 10am – Woodhurst (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, St Ives, PE27 3ER • Friday 27th – 10am – Short Walk. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU October • Tuesday 1st – 2pm – Crystal Lakes. Meet at Chapel on the Bridge, St Ives, PE27 5UW

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The Huntingdonshire Health Walks scheme is part of the national initiative “Walking for Health” in partnership with the Cambridgeshire NHS.For further information please contact the Sport and Active Lifestyles team on 01480 388469 or visit www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/activelifestyles to advertise, call 01954 267444 or email: studio@symmetrydpm.com


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LEGAL ADVICE

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Separating together – your options for separation and divorce

When a couple separates, one of the biggest issues is how to divide the finances and property.At Leeds Day Solicitors, our experienced divorce lawyers will work on your behalf to achieve the best possible settlement available to you.We will also discuss with Simon Thomas you the most suitable approach towards achieving a settlement with your spouse as choosing the right process in the beginning could save you time, money and anxiety in the long term. There are 4 main choices for dealing with a divorce or separation: Around the Kitchen Table - Negotiating your own agreement can be the cheapest and easiest way to reach a settlement. It isn't suitable for everyone, but may work well if you have reached a mutual decision to separate, remain on good terms and broadly agree on issues relating to your property and any children you may have. Even if you agree, it is important to take legal advice to make sure you understand the implications of the agreement and to ensure what you have agreed with your spouse is legally binding. Collaboratively - Collaborative law lets you talk through the issues you need to solve, with you and your spouse each having a specially trained lawyer by your side at each meeting. Using collaborative law is an attempt to solve problems without going to Court. To keep focused on this, everyone signs an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to Court and your collaborative lawyer will not be able to represent you in court should negotiations break down. This means that all are absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by agreement.

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Mediation - This allows you to directly negotiate with your spouse with the help of a family mediator. It is important that you still appoint a lawyer so that you can take advice during the process as the mediator is independent and to make sure that any agreements are made into legal binding settlements. Solicitor negotiations or going to Court - if none of the above options are for you, you can appoint a family lawyer to negotiate an agreement on your behalf at arm's length. If an agreement cannot be reached, a judge will be asked to make a decision. This involves a 3-stage court process before it reaches the point where a judge will make a binding decision on what he or she thinks fair. Often, couples want to avoid conflict, court costs, delay and the risk of an unfavourable decision so it is common for an agreement to be reached before a final hearing. All our family lawyers are members of Resolution (the family law association for England and Wales). We are able to offer collaborative family law and can provide advice and assistance if you are attempting to reach an agreement with your spouse through mediation. We are also experienced in assisting in arm's length negotiations or, where necessary, representing clients in court proceedings. Whilst all our lawyers will strive to ensure the Court's involvement is kept to a minimum, if Court proceedings are necessary we aim to help you through the process and to achieve the best possible outcome for you. To discuss which option is right for you, contact either Lisa Leader or Simon Thomas on 01480 454301 or send us an email to family@leedsday.co.uk or visit our website: www.leedsday.co.uk/family If you quote this article then your firs t consultation will be free.

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St Ives Town Initiative (SITI)

And the winner is: SITI wins at CBS Community Magazines ceremony The winners of the awards were as follows: * Best Front Page - The Orwell Bulletin * Best Editorial - Sawston Scene * Best Photo - SuggeStIves * Best Charity - News by Arthur Rank Hospice Charity * Best College - News@com * Best Specialist Magazine - Lingua@com * Most Improved - Earith Echo

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Angie Dickinson and David Boyd with the ‘Best Photo’ Award collected on behalf of the SITI Team

* Previous Winner - The Villager * Low Frequency Magazine - Bronze: Earith Echo - Silver:The Orwell Bulletin - Gold:The Family Hub * High Frequency Magazine - Bronze:The Ripton Area News - Silver: Engage - Gold: Connected

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COMMUNITY MAGAZINES

St Ives magazine scoops award

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LOCAL EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS came together recently as The Cambridge Building Society hosted its 15th annual Community Magazine Awards. The awards ceremony, which adopted a ‘media through the ages’ theme, took place at the Cambridge Union Rugby Club. Attended by SITI, the evening turned out to be highly rewarding. Over forty local community magazines entered this year’s awards and they were judged in ten individual categories – and SuggeStIves was flying the banner for the town. All categories had been formed to recognise the wide variety of community magazines in East Anglia. When it came to the results of the ‘Best Photo’, it was a tense moment: there was strong competition and many good contributions.The award

went to SuggeStIves; the chosen image was ‘a perfect fit’ for the Diamond Jubilee publication in which it was featured – showing our historic town at the time of the Victorian Jubilee, as an interesting back-story to the celebrations that took place in 2012.

Judges were Chris Elliot, Chief Reporter at the Cambridge News and Tracy Simpson, Mortgage and Intermediary Sales Manager at The Cambridge, joined by Rob Bryant, Managing Director at Mobas, Phil Robinson, Lecturer in Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University and Anne Bullman, Federation Treasurer for the Cambridge Federation of the Women’s Institution. Andy Lucas, Commercial Director at The Cambridge said:“We held the first awards 15 years ago and since then each of the magazines has evolved in one way or another. One thing that hasn’t changed is the content and how well the publications serve the local community – this remains as strong as ever. I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone who entered the awards.”

Categories included: Best Charity, Best College, Best Photo, Best Editorial, Best Front Page, Best Specialist Magazine, Most Improved Magazine, Previous Winner, High Frequency Magazine and Low Frequency Magazine www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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NEWS

Quick Crossword

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Troubles, concerns (7) Type of oil (5) Dutch ___ disease (3) Defilement, tainting (9) Miniscule quantity (5) More awful (7) Nightclub attendant (7) Gum, lacquer (5) Body-hugging (9) Also (3) Type of grain (5) Cause pain and suffering (7)

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Disagreed (8) Decoration, embellishment (4) Conical tent (6) Sugar-coated cake (6) Abuses, bad-mouths (8) Young adult (4) Christmas Carol (6,5) Anguished (8) Held for money (8) Change, metamorphose (6) Come back (6) Stitches (4) Accurate (4)

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GARDENING

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St Ives in Bloom – Judgement day This issue, International garden designer Marney Hall, Vice-Chairman o f ‘St Ives In Bloom’ writes:

SO JUDGEMENT DAY has come and gone. In fact several judgement days have come and gone.The town has been judged. One of the judges, who hadn’t visited our town before, liked it so much that he was going to bring his family. He particularly loved Holt Island and The Thicket. I am as guilty as most of not appreciating just what we have on our doorstep and sometimes it is good to see it through the eyes of someone else. Those who were brave enough to enter their gardens have been judged and so have 28 of our allotment holders. It was good see so many more allotmenteers entering this year and Claire Johnson and I spent an interesting morning looking at plots and vegetables large and small. Considering the soil that our brave allotment holders are presented with when they first start, I think that they all deserve prizes for perseverance. Many now produce their own compost which does help and when marking there are extra points for that as there are for water conservation and planting a few wild flowers for the birds, bees and butterflies. Few people did this but those that have, gained up to 5 extra marks for considering the wildlife. Nice to see some chickens about too and an increasing diversity in the crops grown – corn cobs, grapes (yes, we have a mini- vineyard or two) soya beans and artichokes.There is also a wide variety of fruit trees being grown: pears, plums, figs and cherries as well as many varieties of apples. I am happy to say that there are still plots available for anyone who fancies a crack at Grow your Own. This year we had one or two new entries in the garden category but I am disappointed that more St Ives gardeners don’t enter. Driving around I see so many beautiful gardens I feel like knocking on doors and inviting them to join in. It’s not a first, second, third sort of competition as theoretically everyone could get a gold award as (just like the Chelsea Flower Show), gold is a ‘standard’.We can help and advise all those who enter and who want www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

Jobs you can do during September/October

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Clip hedges for the final time this year

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to improve their own gardens. I hope that more folk will consider entering next year.The results will be announced at the end of August – entrants will be informed. Back home, I have been getting my bulb catalogues this last week or two – somewhat depressing as we have only just started to enjoy some lovely summer weather. It seems odd, looking at snowdrops and crocus, when it is 30ºc in the shade! We will be planting up more bulbs this year for the St Ives in Bloom competition and will need volunteers to help us extend the plantings we have started into new areas around the town. For now we await the results of all the hard work that has gone in to making St Ives the lovely place it is to live in. We will know what medal we have in mid-September.Till then we wait.Will the Gold award continue to elude us? We were so close last year, who knows but there is always (as it used to say on all my school reports) “Room for Improvement”.

Mar ney Hall http://www.marneyhallconsultancy.co.uk http://www.stivesinbloom.co.uk/

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FEATURE

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Autumn colours are coming HAVE YOU EVER wondered why leaves change colour in Autumn? Here’s a simple explanation:

Leaves convert carbon dioxide, water and sunlight into energy in the process called photosynthesis.The special ingredient for this is the chemical pigment chlorophyll, which gives leaves their bright green colour. But leaves also contain other pigments – carotene and xanthophylls, which are yellow and orange based.These help absorb sunlight, which they transfer to chlorophyll for photosynthesis. As Summer comes to an end, leaves can’t continue photosynthesising because of the dry air and lack of sunlight.They stop producing chlorophyll, and the yellow and orange pigments get a chance to shine. Red hues come from pigments called anthocyanins. Not all trees produce anthocyanins, and even those that do, need exactly the right conditions. Anthocyanins protect the leaves from excess sunlight and enable the trees to recover any last remaining nutrients before the leaves fall off.They give leaves bright red, purple and crimson colours. You’ll see more vibrant reds in years where there’s lots of sunlight and dry weather: this year may prove to be spectacular. You’ll also see more reds in near-freezing weather when low nutrient levels, and other plant stressors also seem to trigger increased levels of anthocyanins. There’s every reason to visit Arboretums, which are great places to view the best displays of fiery foliage; for example The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire has a particularly grand display of Japanese Maples which are ablaze with colour from September to November. Many of the National Trust’s gardens also have great Autumn colours, including Anglesey Abbey, just outside Cambridge.There are also vibrant Autumn displays at many Forestry Commission sites. Mauldon Woods in Bedfordshire for example has over twenty different tree species. Many of these attractions have special Autumn events including guided tours, special trails and explanatory talks. Whether you are in your back garden or wandering down by the river – make time to enjoy nature’s magnificent Autumn colours.

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RECIPE CORNER

Lancashire Hotpot

September/October 2013

Something warming for those Autumn evenings‌

Method

Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 40 minutes Ingredients 100g dripping or butter 900g stewing lamb, cut into large chunks 3 lamb kidneys, sliced, fat removed 2 medium onions, chopped 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 25g plain flour 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 500ml lamb or chicken stock 2 bay leaves 900g potatoes, peeled and sliced 24

Preheat oven to 160C/gas 3 Heat a little dripping or butter in a large shallow casserole dish which can also be used on the hob. Fry the lamb in batches until brown and reserve to a plate for later. Then fry the kidney and remove those to the plate. Fry the onions and carrots in the pan with a little more dripping or butter, until they are golden. Sprinkle over the flour, allow to cook and absorb the juices for a couple of minutes.Add the Worcestershire sauce, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add in the meat and kidneys and the bay leaves, then turn off the heat. Arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the meat, then drizzle with a little more dripping or butter. Cover, then place in the oven for about 11/2 hrs until the potatoes are cooked. Remove the lid, brush the potatoes with a little more dripping, then turn the oven up to brown the potatoes, or finish under the grill for 5-8 mins until golden brown and slightly crisp at the edges.

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NOTICES

September/October 2013

2013 spectacular Bonfire and Fireworks in Hemingford HEMINGFORD GREY – November 2nd, 2013

“Fireworks in Hemingford” present the 2013 spectacular event on Saturday 2nd November. Held in the Big Field off London Road, St Ives the gates open at 5p.m. Come and enjoy the family fun.Village volunteers organize the event which raises funds for local charities and not-for-profit groups as well as facilitating local service groups to raise funds for their own cause.

For more information contact Avril Radford: fireworksinhem@aol.com

Sat 14th September 2013

HUNTINDONSHIRE CONCERT BAND

Presents DAM BUSTERS In aid of the RAF Assoc “Wings Appeal” in St Ives FREE CHURCH Start at 7,30pm. Music To Include :- Dam Busters March.Aces High. Eagle Sqdn.Where Eagles Dare. On Parade. Big Band Salute. Missing Man. Tickets £9. Concessions £8. Reservations 01480-450 656. 01480-383898. Also available from “Just Sharing” at the Free Church 01480 496570 http:/www.huntingdonshireconcertband.com

Sun 15th September 2013

BATTLE OF BRITAIN SUNDAY

SUNSET CEREMONY Huntingdon Market Square at 6pm RAF WYTON AREA VOLUNTARY BAND & Local ATC Sqdns, Lowering of the RAF Ensign at the Town Hall followed by Battle of Britain service at 6,30pm in nearby ALL SAINTS Church. Music by RAF Wyton Area Voluntary band www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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FEATURE

Super Sunset photos

AUTUMN IS THE BEST time of year for beautiful sunsets. Capturing them on camera can be tricky though. Here’s how to take better sunset pics. Choose the time and place – Make a note of places where you’ve seen wonderful sunsets, then make a point of travelling there before the sunset to give you time to set your camera up.There are some great websites which tell you what time the sun will set on a particular day.Try www.sunsettimes.co.uk. Think foreground – The best sunset photos tend to have something of interest in the foreground, generally silhouetted, to provide a focal point. Look for a great tree, or a wind farm, even pylons can look picturesque in front of a sunset. Patience and a tripod are very

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handy – Sunset actually goes on for quite a long time.As the sun dips beneath the horizon it can produce some spectacular shots, but afterwards, the colours of the sky can become even more rich and beautiful, so hang around.The best shots are often longer exposures, so they will look shaky unless you secure your camera to a tripod. Ignore ‘the rule of thirds’ – It’s a good rule, but with sunsets you generally want to place your horizon really low down in the shot so the picture is filled with colour. Use reflections if available – If you are near water take full advantage of doubling the impact of your sunset. Experiment by placing the horizon at exactly half way, or fill the shot with reflections only.

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SITI News

September/October 2013

Glorious weather for SITI fun day

Photos courtesy of Frank Palmer

THE NIGHTS ARE drawing in – perhaps faster than we wish. Back to Saturday 27th July – which was a superb hot summer’s day on Sheep Market – a day that brought fun and excitement to the streets of St Ives.The SITI fun day was arranged as part of the ‘Independent Retailers Promotion’, and drew plenty of people into the centre. There were numerous attractions for the children, including face painting, fairground rides – and the new game of following Peppa Pig around the town! Retailers, many of whom provided sales-boosting offers such as ‘10% off’, fully played their part. SITI will be promoting the Christmas festive season in the next issue – watch this space!

Competition update The correct answer to the Little Beans Competition in last issue, was:

Burgess Hall, St Ives

The winner: R-L W, has been notified www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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A very special birthday for The Norris Museum... HISTORY

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ON THE AFTERNOON of Friday our activities, talks and school visits. 20th September 1933, a large crowd This has recently been completed by of local dignitaries gathered at the Caroe Architecture Ltd, based in newly constructed Norris Library and Cambridge. Museum on The Broadway to We have already started witness the official opening of the celebrating the 80th birthday with a museum by the Earl of Sandwich. ‘Glorious Garden Party’ in July and 80 years have passed and the the next celebration will be a 3museum still thrives. The 1930s month long exhibition called building and interior has changed ‘Herbert’s Huntingdonshire’, Plans for the New Library little over this period. The charting 80 years of collecting. The collections have grown since the early days. There are exhibition celebrates the generous legacy that founder now over 20,000 objects in total, including books, Herbert Norris left to the town of St Ives as well as documents and objects that relate to the showing some of the fascinating and somewhat quirky Huntingdonshire area and the people that lived here, items that have been collected over the years. During from the earliest inhabitants right up this exhibition, visitors will have to the 21st century. Only a small opportunity to look at the proposed amount is actually on display. Like plans for redevelopment from Caroe most other museums, the stores hold Architecture and give us their views. the bulk of the collections. This exciting year comes to a climax One other major change over the in November, when we submit an 80 years is the activities of the application for a Heritage Lottery museum and its visitors. The museum Fund grant of just over £1 million to The 1930s building and interior now provides a number of exciting do redevelopment work. We will events and activities for all ages know whether our application has throughout the year, something that been successful in the spring of 2014. probably would have been frowned Would you like to support the upon in the museum of the 1930s! museum’s development project? The Visitor numbers have gradually Heritage Lottery Fund requires the increased and so have their museum to provide 5% of the funding expectations and needs. Now is an for this project. The Friends of the ideal time to look forward to the next 80 years and Museum have been extremely generous and have look at improving the museum and the service it pledged a great deal towards this but it’s likely that we provides. Plans for improvements have been in the will need to fundraise for more. If you would like to pipeline for some years, and the previous Curator Bob donate towards the development, please do contact us: Burn Murdoch did a great deal of work on these plans before he retired at the end of 2012. He knew that Helen Giles, Norris Museum Curator when he retired, the ‘Curator's House’ next to the The Norris Museum (Registered Charity number 31799) museum, could be utilised as storage space for the The Broadway St Ives T: 01480 497314 museum’s library, which would in turn free up much E: info@norrismuseum.org.uk needed space in the museum for more displays. Since W: www.norrismuseum.org.uk Bob’s retirement, we have had a Feasibility Study Please follow us Facebook and Twitter! produced to firm up these plans for the library, but also Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm looking at ways to increase the space in the museum for Sundays (until the end of Sept) 1pm - 4pm Admission free www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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SUDOKU

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

September/October Puzzle Solutions Quick Crossword [from page 18]

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WHAT’S ON

September/October 2013

Regular Events Diary

in St Ives

Mondays

Wednesdays

Fridays

• 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

Tuesdays

Thursdays

Saturdays

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

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

• St Ives Choral Society. 7.30-9.30pm. Methodist Church, St.Ives. Contact info@stives-choral.org.uk

September & October Events Diary September

4 Midday Music and Poetr y held at the Free Church 12noon to 1.30pm.An interesting mix of instrumental music, folk songs and poetry readings by members of the Free Church.Tickets £5 on the door or from ‘Just Sharing.’ Includes free tea and coffee in the “Tookey Coffee Shop” 5 St Ives W.I. History of the Fire Service 7.30pm. Free Church. pammedlicott@hotmail.com 6 Screen St Ives The Deep Blue Sea (2011, Directed by Terence Davies, 98mins, cert 12A) Simon Russell Beale, Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Beautifully observed love triangle, adapted from a Terence Rattigan play, so expect a subtle, quiet drama that packs a massive emotional punch. 8pm Tickets £5. www.screenstives.org.uk 6 Community Lear ning St Ives Market information Stall , 9.30am-2,00pm. Autumn Term starts - Courses for all. Cost from £5. One Day Saturday Courses and Workshops - Photoshop, Geocaching, Sugarcraft Flowers, Hairstyling, Cake Pops, Patchwork, Shamballa Bracelets, Fly Fishing, Haircutting, Portrait Photography, Macaroons and Silver Jewellery. For further information contact the Web Site or call 01480 49571. www.aclearning.org.uk 6 ‘Rhythm at the River’ Jess Morgan + TBC tickets limited and only available in advance. £17 per person (to include Supper) online at wegottickets.com and from the counter at the River Tea Rooms www.avaloneventsupport.co.uk 7 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 7 Pidley Inter national Teddy Bear Freefall Competition Starts at 10.00am. More information on the website. www.pidleymountainrescue.org.uk 7 Craft Fair Free Church, 9.30am-4pm. Local people selling handmade crafts at very reasonable prices. Fairs held on the first Saturday of each month.There is a local charity tombola and free entry. www.saintscrafters.blogspot.com 11 NADFAS Lecture ”Careless Talk Costs Lives” by James Taylor. 2.30pm at Burgess Hall.Visitors welcome cost £7. johngibbon@btinternet.com 14 Italian Market Stalls from Italy will be on the Sheep Market in the centre of St Ives. 8.30am-5.00pm. Angie Dickinson, chairman@stivestowninitiative.co.uk www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk 21 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 27/28 Charity Cabaret The Centre Theatre Players present The Best of Times, annual Charity Cabaret, Burgess Hall, St Ives, 8pm.All proceeds to local charities.Tickets £8. Available from the Centre reception on 01480 388500

October 2 St Ives W.I. Abbey Antiques 7.30pm Free Church. pammedlicott@hotmail.com 5 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 5 Craft Fair The venue is St Ives Free Church, 9.30am-4pm. Local people selling handmade crafts at very reasonable prices. Fairs held on the first Saturday of each month. There is a local charity tombola and free entry. www.saintscrafters.blogspot.com 5 Jesterlarf Comedy Club Comedy returns to the Burgess Hall for the Autumn season with 'Mock the Week' and 'Have I Got News For You' regular Jo Caulfield headlining the show with her trademark razor sharp wit. Doors open 7.15pm / Show starts 8pm.Tickets £12 in advance / £14 on the door. Tickets available from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 or online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/burgesshall/ 7 Tea Dance 2pm to 4.30pm. £3.75 per person (includes FREE tea or coffee and biscuits). Get your dancing shoes on down to the Burgess Hall to enjoy an afternoon filled with Ballroom, Sequence and Party dances. Pay on the door. For further information contact 01480 388500 9 NADFAS Lecture “Dance: Manners Moral & Class” by Jeremy Barlow at 2.30pm at The Burgess Hall.Visitors welcome cost £7. johngibbon@btinternet.com 14 Michaelmas Fair Annual street fair www.stivestowncouncil.gov.uk 14 St Ives Photographic Club Michaelmas fair Outdoor Meeting. Contact: Ise Berridge. 01480 436693 richard.berridge@virgin.net 16 Burgess Bingo Doors open 7pm / Bingo starts 7.30pm Free admission / Only £10 for 10 games. No booking required. For further information contact 01480 388500 19 Stamp Fair Huntingdon Philatelic Society are holding a Stamp and Post Cards Fair. Parish Church Hall, Ramsey Road, St Ives, PE275BZ. 10am to 4pm.Admission FREE. Further details on 01480 468037 19 Disco Fever (The Penfold Trust) Dance the night away to the sounds of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music. All proceeds go towards The Penfold Trust. . 8pm to 1am.Tickets £8 per person or £10 on the door.Tickets available from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 19 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 30 RSPB talk Corn Bunting Research and Hope Farm, by Rosemary Setchfield and Ian Dillon. Free Church. 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £3.50

For a comprehensive list of events throughout the year please see www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk If you would like to list your events here, please email the details to: events@stivestowninitiative.co.uk www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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