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THE BI-MONTHLY St Ives NEWS MAGAZINE 8,000 copies delivered to homes and businesses in and around St Ives


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t the end of January I was fortunate to host a visit to St Ives by colleagues based in Cirencester.

Despite it being a rather grey day they were extremely complimentary about our lovely town, the historic buildings and in particular the bridge. We discussed what we as an initiative are working on, especially the SITI Loyalty Card, and also the community facilities available in the town. It is strange how it sometimes takes a complete stranger to open your eyes to what you see every day! Perhaps we should all take a fresh look at the town and get involved in making 2012 a year to remember? With so much going on it has been extremely difficult to include a full report of all of the planned events in this busy Diamond Jubilee year, so please do take a look at the events diary at the back of this magazine and the online version, which can be found at: www.stivestowninitiaitive.co.uk With Spring and Easter not so many weeks away you’ll see that this issue features this theme too. Finally, if you are holding an event or party this year and require shelter, don’t forget SITI have 12 gazebos available for hire.They are 2.5m square, come with tops and sides plus weights or pegs to secure them to the ground.The hire charges are the very reasonable price of £15 per day per gazebo. Please contact me at the SITI office on 07513 971720 or by email: tcm@stivestowninitiative.co.uk if you would like to enquire about a booking.

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Town Centre Manager __________ 03 Italian Market in St Ives __________ 05 Memories of St Ives_____________ 05 Olympics coming to St Ives _______ 07 SITI Member profile ____________ 07 Activities: St Ives Sea Scouts ______ 09 SITI Member profile ____________ 10 Recipe: Hot Cross Buns __________ 10 Eggstraordinary: Easter traditions __ 12 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ________ 15 Gardening: Spring nearly sprung ___ 16 Quick Crossword _____________ 17 What’s your BMI? _____________ 18 Kids’ page ___________________ 20 Norris & Family History Society ___ 21 Sudoku & Puzzle solutions _______ 22 WHAT’S ON, Events in St Ives ____ 23 contact us …

St Ives Town Initiative 9,The Sheep Market St Ives PE27 5AH Tel: 07513 971720 e: tcm@stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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SITI news

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Back by popular demand – Italia in Piazza!

ST IVES TOWN INITIATIVE has arranged for the well received Italian food market, Italia in Piazza, to return to St Ives for its fourth visit on Saturday 10th March after a successful visit last year.The market will once again be in the Market Hill area and will run from 9am to 4pm. For those of you who missed previous visits, Italia in Piazza is a traditional Italian food market comprising 18 stalls decorated with the ‘Tricolore’ Italian flags. Most of the produce on sale, including some of the bread, is imported directly from Italy. There will once again be a whole variety of food on sale including a vast array of cheeses and cured meats, a wonderful selection of the classic Cremona Torrone (nougat), cakes, sweets and a variety of biscuits.The market will also feature a selection of olives, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pasta and a wide choice of speciality breads. Please do put the date in your diary and come along on the day.

Memory Book

SOCIAL HISTORY CAN so easily be lost for future generations. Our latest book ‘More Memories of St Ives’ is a collection of personal recollections and many previously unpublished photographs covering five decades of living and growing up in St Ives. Copies of the book are available for purchase at £6 from St Ives Town Hall, Norris Museum, Cambridge Building Society and St Ives Town Initiative office [9,The Sheep Market].

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Italia In Piazza ritorna a grande richiesta

La citta’ di St Ives ha organizzato il ritorno del mercato Italiano a grande richiesta dei locali. La quarta visita di questo stupendo meracto sara’ sabato 10 marzo. Dopo il gran successo dell’anno scorso, Italia In Piazza sara’ imposto un’altra volta a Market Hill dalle ore 09:00 fino alle ore 16:00. Vi riccordiamo che Italia In Piazza si tratta di un mercato autentico Italiano di solo cibo sotto 18 gazebi. Tutti I prodotti arrivano direttamente dall’Italia. I prodotti disponibili include una grande varieta’ di salumi, formaggi, pasticcerie, olii, pasta, spezie, olive, pane e il torrone morbido di Cremona. Appuntamento il 10 marzo per questo grande spettacolo Italiano! Vi aspettiamo.

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Olympics coming to St Ives… SITI news

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THE BEGINNING OF JULY will see St Ives town centre decked out to mark the Olympic torch being carried through the town on the morning of Sunday 8th July. To celebrate this momentous event St Ives Town Initiative and St Ives Town Council are hosting the Olympic Breakfast in the Corn Exchange from early to mid morning. Reporting and security restrictions mean that at present the exact route and times are not available for public release so please check our websites; www.stivestowncouncil.gov.uk and www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk and

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the next edition of suggestIves magazine for updates. This is a huge honour for the town as St Ives is one of only two towns in Huntingdonshire to have been chosen to host the Olympic torch. For most of us it will also be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of this great sporting event. Expectations are that many hundreds of you will turn out to support the local relay runners chosen to run with the flame before it moves on to Huntingdon and then Luton, so make sure that you put the date in your diary now, so that you don’t miss out!

THE AVERAGE PERSON walks the equivalent of five times around the Earth in a lifetime, and when running, around ten times your body weight is put through your joints. At ‘St.Ives Chiropody and Podiatry’ lead Podiatrist Mr. Kaseem Javed BSc(Hons).SRCh.MChS. takes the business of foot care very seriously. Podiatrists/Chiropodists are highly skilled professionals trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal and painful conditions of the feet and lower limbs. A wide variety of treatments are offered to encompass every aspect of foot health. From general care of corns, calluses and toe nail cutting to in-growing toenails, verrucae, and shin splints, you know you’re in safe hands. We welcome all ages, children to pensioners. As a Podiatrist, Kaseem also deals with many sporty people, athletes and dancers. Good treatment and advice means they can continue with their passion without painful feet and legs. Always check that your podiatrist is HPC/State Registered. (Would you consult a GP who was not medically qualified and registered?) Appointments are structured to allow consultation and treatment time with each client, thus allowing the highest quality of care.You can be sure your foot health problems will be treated sympathetically and in confidence at ‘St.Ives Chiropody & Podiatry’.

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Antiquities and advice

IN PICTURESQUE ST IVES there is a hidden gem that many people still don’t know is there. For over 50 years there has been an auction house in St Ives but tucked away alongside is,‘Hyperion Antiques Centre’. The Antiques Centre, there for over 20 years and is an amazing place to visit. Be sure to have plenty of time, as there are over 35 independent dealers offering a wide range of items at very competitive prices; probably the largest selection of single items, under one roof, in the area. Among the antiques and collectables are original paintings, quality prints, stunning silverware, war memorabilia, toys and dolls, good quality furniture, clocks, oriental object d’art, a wide range of new and old jewellery, glassware and cutlery for all occasions, vintage handbags and clothing, books on most subjects, china, brass, copper: you name it, Hyperion has it. The centre is open daily and dealers are keen to help and share their specialist knowledge with visitors to the centre; it is the ideal place to buy that special present for a friend, family member or yourself. For more information: 01480 464140 www.hyperionantiquescentre.co.uk

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St Ives Sea Scouts 2ND ST IVES Sea Scout Group, Cubs, are celebrating a wonderful first year of fun, challenge and adventure. A mixture of both boys and girls aged between eight to ten and a half from St. Ives and the surrounding area have been meeting up on a Tuesday night to enjoy a very full and active programme.We have been doing some pretty amazing things at Cubs in the past year, but for us, adventure is a way of life and not just an activity or expedition. Our Cubs have grown in confidence by trying out new skills and stretching themselves. In the winter months we have been enjoying games, craft activities, map reading and learning vital life skills such as how to react in an emergency, also building the confidence to safely help with any situation that may arise. Our Cubs have had the opportunity to fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves.

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ACTIVITIES

In the summer months we ran a fun and active programme including backwoods cooking, pioneering, climbing, tunneling, hiking, camping and much more. On the water we have been raft building, sailing, canoeing and kayaking and working towards nationally recognized qualifications and skills outside of scouting such as the BCU Paddle Power.They have taken part in activities that they will never forget.Above all boys and girls of every background have been given the chance to stretch themselves, learn new skills and make life long friends. If you or your child would like to become part of this adventure we meet on Holt Island in St. Ives every Tuesday night between 6.45pm and 8.15pm. You can contact us by calling Harvey Ferries (Akela) on 01487 711708 by email: ferries@live.co.uk or by contacting Dave Lilley (GSL) on 01480 394643 by email: davelilley955@hotmail.com www.2ndstivesseascoutgroup.org.uk

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Wonderful Easter fare: you’ll find all ingredients available locally. Prep time: 20 min, plus 3 hours proving Cooking time: 25 min Makes:15-20 buns Ingredients For the buns 500 g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting 1 1/2 tsp salt 75 g caster sugar 7 g sachet dried yeast 300 ml mixed milk and water 50 g sultanas 100 g raisins zest of 2 oranges 80 g mixed peel 2 tsp ground cinnamon 75 g plain flour For the crosses 75g plain flour Water to make a paste. For the glaze 50 g sugar 50 ml water

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Method Put the yeast and sugar into a bowl. Sieve the flour and salt into the same bowl. Slowly add enough of the milk and water mix to achieve pliable dough.Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes, then put the dough back into the bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour. Incorporate the sultanas, mixed peel (or substituted fruit), orange zest and cinnamon into the dough and leave to rise for 1 hour. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough into 15-20 pieces and roll each into a ball. Put them on a baking tray and leave to rest for 1 hour. Set the oven to 220°C/gas 8. To make the crosses for the buns, mix the plain flour with enough water to make a smooth, thick paste.You can either make a piping bag out of parchment paper or use a piping bag with a plain nozzle to pipe the paste onto the buns in a cross-shape. Bake the buns for 25 minutes until golden brown. Combine the sugar and water together to make a syrup and brush this liberally all over the buns. Serve immediately. N.B. Some people don’t like mixed peel. In this case try substituting finely chopped dried apricot, or add more sultanas instead.

Hot Cross Buns

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How Eggstraordinary!

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Taking a look at Easter traditions EASTER [Easter Sunday falls on 8th April] is the principal religious feast of the Christian year but many of its traditions have other roots. In fact, the Jewish festival of Passover is closely linked to Easter by dates and symbolism. Passover, also known as Pesach, was celebrated long before the birth of Jesus. Before Easter was used as a name for this holiday, early Christians celebrated ‘Pascha’, a word derived from Pesach. The word ‘Easter’ comes from an AngloSaxon fertility goddess called Eostre, who was associated with spring and new beginnings. Both Easter and Passover centre around re-birth, and bond neatly with the Anglo-Saxon festival of ‘Eostre-monath’ – Eostre’s month. Hot cross buns, traditionally eaten on Good Friday, are linked to Passover. Originally they were unleavened bread, an important Passover food.

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Nowadays, they are more palatably leavened and marked with a cross to serve as a reminder of the crucifixion. But where does the tradition of eating chocolate eggs come from? In the times of Eostre, eggs were given as gifts to celebrate the end of winter and as a symbol of new life. A traditional dish at a Passover meal is Beitzah, a hardboiled egg to represent life. All this evolved into Christians decorating the shells with colourful patterns, and then moved onto our familiar, delicious chocolate Easter eggs. Well, that’s the eggs worked out. But an Easter Bunny? A rabbit that lays eggs! Not to mention the need for these eggs to be hunted for and rolled down a hill.Well, the origin of the rabbit isn’t too hard to decipher.We go back to the goddess Eostre again. Her sacred animal was the hare. Rabbits are similar to hares and rather more common.Therefore the two creatures became interchangeable. The Easter Bunny and egg hunts seem to have started in Germany in the 16th century. Children made nests in the garden and, if they were good, the Easter Bunny would leave them coloured hardboiled eggs to find the next morning. This tradition travelled to America with early German settlers and, like many old traditions, returned to Britain substituting chocolate eggs – and a more interesting egg hunt. Egg rolling on Easter Monday is a strange old custom, that is said to represent the rolling away of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb. Perhaps it originated as a way of getting everyone outside for some much-needed exercise after a long weekend of feasting… to advertise, call 01954 267444 or email: studio@symmetrydpm.com


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Jubilee celebration plans

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MEMBERS OF LOCAL community and charity groups are working closely with St Ives Town Council with the aim of making the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend in June one of the biggest and best celebrations ever held in the town. A street party has been arranged for Saturday 2 June in the town centre where there will be live music and dancing from the world renowned Jive Swing who will be dancing Lindy Hop and giving people the opportunity to learn the dance themselves. Other local groups CIFA Majorettes and Bootscooters will be providing toe tapping fun and hands on participation. There will also be a traditional Punch and Judy alongside street entertainers and a children’s workshop in making crowns and tiaras; face painters will be in attendance also. Local restaurateurs’ and hoteliers will be hosting free tasters in ‘A Taste of St Ives’.

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Sunday 3 June There will be an open air concert in the afternoon and evening. Our local West End Star, Leanne Jones, from the hit musical ‘Hairspray’ has been signed to head the evening’s entertainment and we have many local professional singers and groups taking part in this fun community event. There is not a specific ‘theme’ just an afternoon and evening of easy listening and sing along music. There will be an outside bar and catering available and the opportunity to hire your own VIP gazebo – (personal gazebos will not be allowed) Monday 4 June A beacon is to be lit in unison with the rest of the Nation at 10pm at the Parish Church who will be hosting an evening’s entertainment with BBQ and Evensong to fundraise for the church. Tuesday 5 June The Corn Exchange will be screening the Queen’s Parade Live with a repeat performance in the afternoon with tea and cakes. Come and visit Pinders All Human Circus, an established family outfit that has run since 1850 in Warner’s Park from Thursday 31 May until Sunday 3 June. The company raises funds for national and local charities. Many more events are planned over the extended Bank Holiday weekend and await confirmation. Check the town centre Jubilee Notice Board which will be updated with all the events happening in the Town over the extended weekend or follow the link to our website www.stivestowncouncil.gov.uk/events.asp or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/stivestowncouncil The Town Council is grateful to the following organisations for sponsoring these events: Huntingdonshire District Council, Evolution Domes, Leeds Day Solicitors,All Undercover, Orient Rose, Jive Swing, Leanne Jones, SITI,The Bridge, Clearer Hearing, Cranbrook Plants, Magpas. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the events or would like to be involved in planning or assisting with the celebrations then please contact Annette Ablewhite on 01480 388931.

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March/April: Looking after the

garden tools, cutting back and planting INTO MARCH AND as Spring is around the corner, it’s time to take stock of our garden tools. Ideally these should have been cleaned, sharpened, polished and carefully stored at the start of winter. If they were you can pat yourself on the back and skip this month’s advice and get ready for April. Still with us? Then you need some help! Tools which are badly stored may develop all manner of problems during the ‘rest’ period. First, check electric power tools. Are the plugs and flexes in good, safe working order? If not, have them professionally repaired or replaced. Clean off any dust, then spray the metal surfaces of the tools with some general purpose oil.Turn the tool on so that the oil is worked into the hard-to-reach areas. If your mower is petrol-driven the spark-plugs should have been disconnected when the mowing season finished. If it takes unleaded petrol, then this loses ignition quality over time so ideally should have been siphoned off or run down at that point too. If you didn’t do this, then you’ll need to check the spark plugs and fuel, but before you do that, use a stiff brush to remove all the dust and old grass. You will then need to apply some grease to the height adjusters, turning them to work it through preventing them from seizing-up. Check the throttle and clutch cables for wear and tear, and oil them, then clean any dust and dry grass out of the air filter. Check the blades, if they are very blunt or damaged, they will need to be replaced or sharpened professionally. Electric mowers should have their cable checked, their plastic cover checked, and then be up-ended and any caked grass or dirt cleaned off with a stiff brush. Sharpen or replace the blades. Take a good look at your hand tools.Are shovels, forks and trowels looking sharp and clean? Most of us don’t care enough for these hard-working implements and then wonder why they don’t work efficiently. 16

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Find an old bucket and fill it with about 2.5 kilos of rough builders’ sand and a litre of general purpose oil. Mix it all together until the sand is thoroughly moist. Clean any dried-on soil or rust off the tools using a stiff wire brush, then plunge them into the oily sand and leave them for a day or two. Remove and rub them with a rough cloth. Finally, sharpen the cutting edges with a fine metal file or sharpening stone – if you don’t feel confident, take them to somewhere that can do this for you. Bare wooden handles can be returned to smoothness if you give them a good rub with linseed oil.They’ll be much more comfortable on your hands if you do this. With the tools cleaned, sharpened and ready, we’re ready for April – a very busy month and a favourite for gardeners. The clocks have changed, the days are longer and warmer and plant growth is rapid.There are some major tasks which can be completed at this time of year, such as cutting back, feeding and planting, so don’t waste any time! Happy gardening!

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Clues

Clues

7 Policeman’s beat (6)

1 Meticulous (7)

Across

8 Yearly (6) 9 Jump (4)

10 Witness statement (8) 11 Shining with light (11)

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3 Sheep's coat (6) 4 Lunatic (6)

5 Found within (8)

14 Investor in a business(11) 6 Scrap of cloth (5) 18 Physical exertion (8)

12 Co-operate (8)

20 Save (6)

15 Sharp implements (6)

19 Dull, resonant sound (4) 21 Zeal (6)

13 Adolescent (7)

16 Rich: well-______ (6)

17 Exceed expectations (5) 19 Beverage (slang) (4)

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What’s your BMI? And how to check WHO DECIDES WHAT a healthy weight is, and does one size fit all? Since the 1970’s, health professionals have calculated a person’s BMI – or body mass index – as a guide to determining their “fatness”. Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s body weight by the square of their height, and universally the calculation is made by dividing kilograms by metres squared. So, if a person weighs 80 kilograms and is 1.8 metres tall, first square their height (1.8 x 1.8 = 3.24) and then divide this into their weight.Thus 80 divided by 3.24 gives a BMI of 24.7. Once armed with this information, what do you

do with it? Health professionals suggest that a person’s BMI should fall between 20 and 25 to be classed as healthy. If it is below 20 you would be considered underweight and anything above 25 would be classed as overweight, with obesity setting in at a BMI of 30 and morbid obesity at 35 or more. Although a person’s BMI is a useful way of determining if they are at a healthy weight or not, it should be used with caution. Several factors can distort the results and render the BMI meaningless. For example, it is not appropriate for the very young, nor the very old and the excessively tall. Similarly, athletes and others with high muscle mass may appear abnormally overweight. If you would like to find out more or would like help calculating your own BMI, visit www.bbc.co.uk/health or www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator. aspx

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HISTORY

The Ouse Valley Towns The rich carving on the gatehouse at Ramsey reflects the Abbey’s great wealth. Photograph by Dr Mary Carter

THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS of St Ives and its neighbours are a reminder of how much the Ouse Valley was transformed in the Middle Ages. The St Ives 900 celebrations of 2010 are already beginning to fade from memory and Huntingdon 800 – marked in 2005 – even more so. This year Godmanchester celebrates its own 800th anniversary. You will notice that our own town is about a century older than our neighbours upstream. St Ives was the property of Ramsey Abbey and we received our first charter as part of a flurry of developments in the generation after the Norman Conquest, as French abbots replaced Saxons. Huntingdon and Godmanchester got their charters from King John in the early 1200s. The rights of self-government that came with a royal charter were worth paying for, so kings made good money from issuing as many charters as possible. When a king was in trouble, as John often was, charters flew about like confetti.

The other Ouse Valley town in Huntingdonshire was similar to St Ives in some ways. St Neots was dominated by its priory, and as at St Ives it was the monks who obtained royal charters to hold markets and fairs in the town – probably starting in the 1130s though the exact date of the first charter isn’t known. The big problem for St Neots was that the priory there was owned by the Abbey of Bec in France. So whenever England and France were at war, which was often, the kings of England confiscated St Neots Priory. That was an even better source of income than issuing charters! Because St Ives was owned by Ramsey Abbey the kings of England didn’t interfere with us. On the other hand, the Ramsey monks were only a short distance away and could interfere all the time. The different histories of our Ouse Valley towns still have an effect on what they look like and how they’re administered today. How lucky we are to live in the nicest one of the four! For all our events, watch out for posters and details in the local papers, or visit our website at www.norrismuseum.org.uk Bob Burn-Murdoch, Norris Museum Curator

Who do you think you are? HUNTINGDONSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY Society was founded in 1985 and has now many members throughout the world with Huntingdonshire ancestry, in addition to those who live locally and attend the monthly meetings at the W.I. Centre in Huntingdon.The society aims to provide links between people interested in families from the old county of Huntingdonshire and a forum for people interested in genealogy generally. On Saturday 21st April 2010 the society is holding a major Family History Fair in the Burgess Hall at St Ives Recreation Centre in www.stivestowninitiative.co.uk

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Westwood Road. Entry will be free and the doors open at 10am and close at 4pm. Parking is also free. With the success of the television series "Who Do You Think You Are?" the past-time of genealogy has become very popular nationally. If you have considered finding about the history of your own family, but do not know how to start, there will be many experienced family historians present to help you. The local society will be manning its bookstall and help desk, as will societies from the surrounding counties of Beds, Cambs, Northants, Lincs, Herts, Essex and

Suffolk. From further afield there will also be stands covering the areas of London, Middlesex, Manchester & Lancashire and those who have family interests amongst the Romany and Travellers community. Local museums, archives, village history societies, and sellers of historical books and postcards will also be in attendance. Free talks on aspects of family history research will take place throughout the day. For more information about the society or specifically the event please contact bookstall@huntsfhs.org.uk or visit our website [see above]

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WHAT’S ON

March/April 2012

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 at 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 serving coffee and homemade cakes at The Corn Exchange in aid of local charities

Thursdays

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

March Events Diary

• Live music at The Oliver Cromwell pub

1 St Ives WI Monthly Meeting.Taste and Bake. Free Church Hall at 7.30pm Contact: pammedlicott@hotmail.com 3 Saints Crafters Craft Fair at the Free Church. St Ives 9:30am-4pm, Charity tombola, free entry 9 Screen St Ives Showing of ‘True Grit’ at The Corn Exchange 7.30pm for 8pm start (Only 50 Tickets), £5 each from The Corn Exchange or book online (booking fee 37p). Contact: 07123 456789. See www.screenstives.org.uk 10 Continental Market returns to Market Hill 08.30- 4.30pm. Authentic Italian food and drink bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to St Ives 13 The Leys WI, St Ives Monthly meeting.The Crossways Christian Centre (Junction Ramsey/Houghton Road), 7.30pm 14 Huntingdon Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talk at the Burgess Hall, St Ives 2:30pm – Lutyens and the Country House by Nicola Smith. Non-members welcome on payment of £7 per lecture www.huntsarts.org.uk email a.naughton@waitrose.com Ann Naughton 01487 822314 16 Civic Society talk, Confessions of a Pyrotechnic Parson by Revd. Ron Lancaster. St Ives Free Church at 7.30pm. Nonmembers welcome - donation of £2 requested to help cover costs. For more information visit www.stivescivic.org.uk 17 One Day Courses & Workshops Adult Learning & Skills, St Ives. Full list www.aclearning.org.uk or call 01480 495717 to reserve your place 21 Burgess Bingo at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. Doors open 7pm, bingo starts 7.30pm. Free admission, £10 per 10 games. No booking required. 22 Darby & Joan Club at The Corn Exchange 1.30pm 23 Boogie Nite at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. 8pm to 1am. 70's and 80's disco with Starlite Roadshow.Tickets £8 in advance from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 or www.oneleisure.net 23 Abba Tribute Night at The Corn Exchange supporting the Nightingale Trust 7.30–11.30pm Contact brian.marion@btclick.com 24 Mayor’s Charity Ball at The Corn Exchange 7-11pm. For further information please telephone 01480 388928 24 Sportsman's Dinner at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. Top entertainment with Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, comedian Dom Thomas and compere Jerry Earl. Ticket £27.50 in advance includes curry meal and free pint. On sale from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 or www.oneleisure.net 25 Indoor Car Boot Sale at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. 8am to 12pm. Stalls available inside Burgess Hall (advance booking required). £6 for 6ft stall, £10 for 12ft stall. 50p admission and FREE for under 16's and 60+ years. 31 St Ives Choral Society Bach’s St Matthew Passion. St Ives Free Church 7.30pm.Tickets from Just Sharing shop, Free Church. £10 (£8 concessions).Accompanied children under-16 free. www.stives-choral.org.uk. Email June York stephen.york2@virgin.net

Saturdays

April Events Diary

5 St Ives WI Monthly Meeting. Clay modelling. Free Church Hall at 7.30pm pammedlicott@hotmail.com 6 Good Friday Walk of Witness ending in Market Hill at 11am 7 Saints Crafters Craft Fair at the Free Church 9:30am4pm, Charity tombola and free entry 8 Easter Sunday Morning Worship at the Free Church 11am 10 The Leys WI, St Ives Monthly meeting The Crossways Christian Centre (Junction Ramsey/Houghton Road), 7.30pm 11 Huntingdon Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talk at Burgess Hall, St Ives 2:30pm. Goldwork: The story of Britain and Gold by Helen Clifford. Non-members welcome, £7 per lecture www.huntsarts. org.uk email a.naughton@waitrose.com Ann Naughton 01487822314 13 Screen St Ives Showing of ‘La Strada’ at The Corn Exchange. 7.30pm for 8pm start (Only 50 Tickets), £5 each from The Corn Exchange or book online (booking fee 37p). Contact: 07123 456789. See www.screenstives.org.uk 18 Annual Town Meeting at The Corn Exchange 7-10pm 18 Burgess Bingo at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. Doors open 7pm, bingo starts 7.30pm. Free admission, £10 per 10 games. No booking required. 20 Civic Society talk,The Real King Arthur by Richard Jones. St Ives Free Church at 7.30pm. Non- members are always welcome (donation of £2 is requested to help cover costs). For more information visit www.stivescivic.org.uk email ptbaker@supanet.com 20 Old School Boogie Nite with Chesney Hawkes at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. 8pm to 1am. Pop and dance classics from 80's and 90's with Starlite Roadshow plus live PA from the one and only Chesney Hawkes. Tickets £10 in advance from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 or www.oneleisure.net 21 Family History Fair at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. 10am 4pm. Free entry to the largest Family History Fair in the area, See www.huntsfhs.org.uk for further details 21 One Day Courses & Workshops Adult Learning & Skills, St Ives. Full list www.aclearning.org.uk or call 01480 495717 to reserve your place 23 Summer Term - New evening and daytime courses start. Full list www.aclearning.org.uk or call 01480 495717 to reserve your place 26 Darby & Joan Club at The Corn Exchange 1.30pm 27 Jesterlarf Comedy Club at the Burgess Hall, St Ives. Doors 7.15pm, show starts 8pm. Live comedy from the circuits hottest comedians: Gavin Webster, Nick Revel, Eddy Brimson and Phil Dinsdale.Tickets £12 in advance (£14 on the door) from One Leisure St Ives on 01480 388500 or www.oneleisure.net 27-29 Live at The Exchange An Art Exhibition by Cambridgeshire Artists at Corn Exchange Tea & Coffee Shop. Open Friday 27th, by invitation only, Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm Entrance Free

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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