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Supporting St Ives in Bloom 2013

suggest ives July/ August 2013

St Ives Town Initiative news magazine

Special INDEPENDENT RETAILER issue! See pages 15-17

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July/August 2013



It’s going to be a busy month!

Peppa Pig is coming to St Ives on Saturday 27th July! She will be helping us promote Independent Retailer Month. There will also be children’s rides on Sheep Market and the Paper Wizard will be walking about the town creating amazing things out of balloons and paper! So, what is “Independent Retailer Month”? Well St Ives Town Initiative [SITI] has been working with our local Independent retailers to promote what St Ives really has to offer.Although this is a nationwide initiative we all have our part to play. Now, perhaps more than ever, it really is a case of “use us or lose us.” More details of what is happening can be found on page 5, and the centre pages. We continue to work with the Town Team and they are looking for your help. See page 11 for more information. Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to Eastfied School to the opening of their new playground. Officially opened by Paralympian Harriet Lee, this would never have happened if it wasn’t for the hard work of Zoe Weaver and a small number of parents. Like many of the groups in our town they rely heavily on volunteers.Without these volunteers many of the events held in the town just would not happen. For many of us who grew up in St Ives, the Guide Cabin played a very important part in our lives. It is now in need of a bit of a face lift and so it is great news that Waitrose and its “Community Matters” programme are giving a helping hand. If you are able to help, please see page 7 – to see more details. We are delighted to be working with St Ives in Bloom again this year and are pleased to have Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Marney Hall as a contributor, giving gardening advice and tips in the regular gardening column.We look forward to regular contributions from this worldrenowned expert. St Ives is very lucky to have someone with her experience helping the town achieve Anglia in Bloom “Gold Award”. Remember, put Saturday 27th July in your diary !


Angie Dickinson Chairman, St Ives Town Initiative [SITI]

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SITI Chairman’s Report _________ 03 Town News: SITI Retailer Promotion 05 Community: Guide Hut works ____ 07 Finance Advice Column: IFG ______ 08 Business: New design solutions offered 09 Carnival & Music Festival: Be there! _10 Town Team: It’s Your Town ________11 Health: Hunts Health Walks Scheme _ 13 Legal Advice Column: Leeds Day ___ 14 INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH 15 Quick Crossword _____________ 18 Gardening: Swifts are back ________21 Feature: Party time for kids ________23 News: St Ives Flower Show _______ 25 Community: Cancer care group ____ 27 Kids’ page ___________________ 28 History: Special 80th birthday plans _ 29 Advertisers’ Index, Sudoku, solutions _30 WHAT’S ON, Events in St Ives ____ 31 contact us …

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Sign of the times ‌ its gone! FINALLY, FOLLOWING 11 years of pressure by SITI, the yellow sign and one of the duplicated blue signs on Ramsey Road have been removed.At the time they were installed many traders were concerned of the impact the yellow sign would have to people coming to visit the town.Assurance

was given that it would only be a temporary measure!! Just another sign of just how slowly some wheels turn within local government. This is just the start. St Ives Town Initiative has been working closely over the past few years with the County Council to remove the plethora of signs that are unreadable, unenforceable or just out of date. If you know of any signs that you feel should be reviewed then please contact us and we will add them to the list.

Stop Press: After many years St Ives Town Initiative is delighted to report that coach parking will be available – enabling us to promote the town to even more visitors.We have been working alongside the County, District and Town Councils and Bus companies to agree to a satisfactory location. In the next few months visitors coming to the town will be dropped off in a designated bay in the bus station.The bus will then be parked in a secure area at the Park and Ride.


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Independent Retailer Month

ST IVES TOWN INITIATIVE (SITI) is delighted to be promoting “Independent Retailer Month” which takes place throughout the month of July. The concept of this event was originally based on the American Independence day 4th July! This proved to be so successful that it has grown into a nationwide “Independent Retailer Month”.The main aim is to make shoppers aware of the impact and benefits that shopping locally brings, not only to the retailers but to the local economy. St Ives is very fortunate to have over 50 Independent Retailers and if we want them to continue to survive we must support them! For every £1 you spend with our independent businesses, between 50p-70p circulates back into our local economy. By shopping locally not only are you supporting your local traders, but their suppliers and the people

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they depend on to run their businesses. By contrast, shopping on-line or out-of-town may save a little time BUT for every £1 you spend only 5p trickles back into our local economy.These are frightening statistics so sadly it really is a case of “use it or lose it”. Look out for the posters in participating retailers. Finally don’t forget that all the stall holders on our very successful Monday, Friday and Farmers’ Markets are also “Independent” businesses and as such will be joining forces to give the month of July a real buzz! To this end the last Saturday of the month will see SITI hosting a day of children’s fun and entertainment in the town centre. Your support is vital if St Ives is to continue to stay “open for business”. Upcoming JULY St Ives activities Farmers’ Markets on 6th/20th July St Ives Carnival 14th July SITI Childrens’ Fun Day 27th July See SITI website for more details

As an organisation we are continually evolving 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


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Waitrose Partner Volunteering RECENTLY A NUMBER of Mums who work at Waitrose, St Ives, decided to use our “Waitrose Partner Volunteering” scheme to help not only their own children but hundreds of others, all of whom attend the “Guide Hut” which is situated alongside the car park. Discussions took place between the interested parties and the building will be refurbished with Waitrose providing the volunteers. Through our Community Matters, £500 has already

been raised but we still need help from local businesses.The work is scheduled to be carried out during the summer months when the hut is Bus station car park, near Waitrose not in constant use. West End has already kindly donated paint, but we are still looking for additional help. The Guides, Scouts and Brownies have a wish list which includes a new kitchenette, curtains, and heaters. Really the list is endless! If you, or your company, are in a position to help with this very worthy cause, please contact Juli Sumpter:

The Girl Guide HQ: showing signs of ‘needing attention’

Paralympian medallist opens playground

EASTFIELD INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL was very excited to have its new £22,700 playground officially opened in May by Harriet Lee, Paralympic swimmer and bronze medallist at London 2012. All of the children and staff, Eastfield School Association members, and representatives from various businesses and organisations in St Ives that had helped were present; including the Rotary who donated £500, Mike Wenham from local firm Camtech Electrical Services Ltd, a very generous company that match funded efforts of £1100, the Co-op who sponsored a noughts and crosses panel and Eastfield’s very own ‘Mums on the Run’ who pay every week to run several miles together and hand over big cheques every term.There was a very special cake and all 320 children released a balloon each at the moment Harriet cut the ribbon, which made for a sensational sight across the skies of St Ives. Members of the Eastfield School Association [ESA] and teachers have known for a long time that the existing playground was too small for the everincreasing number of pupils, and decided in February to have a massive fundraising drive to raise the rest of the money needed.

The ESA was originally aiming for £17,500 to carry out the work and we needed an extra £5,500 – we set ourselves a target of Easter so that the children could get the best use out of it during Photo courtesy of Eastfield School the summer term. We hold lots of events during the year but we crammed lots of extra ones in the 2-month period we gave ourselves; a car wash, a non-uniform day, bag packing at the Co-op, a disco, but, most significantly, the children took it upon themselves to do their own sponsored activities, where they chose what they wanted to do.This really empowered the children and their achievements were outstanding. We ask such a lot of St Ives businesses and are so very grateful for every contribution we receive. On behalf of all the staff, parents and ecstatic children, thank you.

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IHT – The Voluntary Tax IT IS A COMMON but misguided assumption that you need to be filthy rich to ever worry about inheritance tax. Quite simply, this is no longer the case.The rise in property prices over recent decades has helped see to that.When you die, the value of your taxable estate is calculated.This is the total value of all your property, possessions and assets, less any available exemptions and relief. If the taxable estate exceeds the nil rate band of £325,000, which is all too common, anything above that sum is taxed at an eye watering 40%.There is just the one tax band; with IHT everyone is a higher rate taxpayer! Having paid more than enough tax throughout your lifetime, the thought of leaving your loved ones with a final bill can be pretty galling. It's not really how you would want to be remembered! So, how can this be avoided? Well, as the title of this article suggests, with the correct advice and planning, inheritance tax need not be a concern.

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James Tanswell, Senior Consultant, IFG FS

The team of consultants at IFG Financial Services Ltd are specialists in estate planning and have helped hundreds of clients pass their wealth down through the generations, rather than into the hands of the tax man. The first steps often involve using exempt transfers and maximising available allowances. For potentially larger liabilities, the use of trusts can play a significant role.The over-riding aim is to reduce the value of your estate, whilst ensuring you have sufficient means to maintain your lifestyle.As independent advisers, IFG can access IHT solutions to suit your individual circumstances. If you are keen to pass assets to your children, but have a nagging concern that unforeseen expenses may be around the corner, for example the cost of long term care, with the correct advice this can be mitigated. Without putting plans in place, you could well be funding the whims of the Chancellor, rather than leaving that hard earned legacy to your family. . For a free consultation please get in contact:

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Local design agency, bringing you creative solutions at affordable prices

THE DESIGN PACKAGE is an experienced graphic and website design agency based in St Ives, offering cost-effective fixed fee packages for website design, logo and stationery for every kind of business in the Cambridgeshire area as well as across the UK. The business mission is to ‘offer creative solutions at an affordable price, to help

businesses grow’.Whether requiring a logo, stationery, website, or all three, the specialist in-house team of talented designers can help. For a new business wanting to create a brand identity and an online presence, or an established business looking to pull the identity and

website into the 21st century, there are various solutions. The design packages offered have been tailored specifically to give peace of mind and assurance that the job required will be produced within a realistic, affordable budget.

We'd love to hear from you and discuss your requirements, so please visit our website to see a design package that suits your needs or give us a call on 01480 462196. We are a friendly bunch and would welcome your call.

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St Ives Carnival and Music Festival

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THIS YEAR’S EVENT has a new home in Hill Rise Park and is going to be bigger and better than before so don’t be the one person in town who hears about it after the event – be there and experience it!!!

Saturday 14 July ‘The Carnival’- leaves Market Hill at 11.45 and sees the traditional parade of floats leave the town centre and travel up to Hill Rise Park via Broadway and Ramsey Road. It will arrive in Hill Rise at about 1.00pm. Judging will take place along the route (in secret) and the prizes will be awarded by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at about 1.30. Entertainment will be provided in 3 arenas this year for the whole afternoon.

Arena 1 – ‘Above and Beyond’ will be performing their stunning ariel act at 2.00pm and again at 3.30pm. Arena 2 – Throughout the afternoon will feature dance performances from various dance groups including Bootscooters, CIFA Majorettes and Guitart School. Arena 3 – ‘K9 Dog Agility’ will be performing several displays from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. On the stage St Ivo Steel Drum and Samba Bands, David Sherrit,Tom Merson, Gathered Blue and Roses of Humanity will be performing.

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Sunday 15 July - ‘The Music Festival’ - starting at 3.00pm and going on to 9.00pm will be a mix of talented local artists to suit all tastes including Matt & Jess, Jelly Fish Band,Autumn Mac, Sledge Hammer Band, Matt Strafford Duo, Children of the Rev, Sivu Signal and 900 Headline Oashish.


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It’s Your Town


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ST IVES TOWN TEAM need YOUR help … we want to know what you think makes our town special! What makes it unique? Are you someone with branding experience and have some free time on your hands to help us promote our beautiful market town? We are looking to market ourselves as different from other towns and, in doing so, enhance the attractiveness of St Ives to both

residents and visitors alike. The Town Team has its ideas of what they think makes the town unique, but your views are vital if we are to create a sustainable, positive plan to brand St Ives near and far.All comments will be considered and distilled to create the ‘essence of St Ives’ that will run through our new visitor website, advertising and local maps. If you visited the Farmers’

Market on 15th June you may have already been asked for your thoughts but if not then please contact the Town Hall on 01480 388929. This is your opportunity to become involved with the next stage of promoting St Ives as a destination town! Peter Baker

The Town Team

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Health walks in St Ives YOU WOULDN’T KNOW it from looking outside sometimes, but Summer is here, so why not make the most of the warmer and drier days and join the Health Walk scheme for a fabulous free way to enjoy the outdoors. St Ives is a beautiful market town with many stunning views and landmarks; the Huntingdonshire Health Walks scheme offers two 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.The following list shows the walks that are talking place through July and August 2013.


July • Tuesday 2nd - 2.15pm, RSPB Fen Drayton. Meet at Three Tuns Pub, Fen Drayton, CB24 4SJ • Thursday 4th - 10am, Hemingford Grey (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at Chapel on the Bridge, St Ives, PE27 5UW • Tuesday 9th - 2.15pm, Crystal Lakes. Meet at Chapel on the Bridge, St Ives, PE27 5UW • Thursday 11th - 10am, RAF Wyton. Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, St Ives, PE27 3ER • Tuesday 16th - 2.15pm, Yacht Lakes. Meet at St Ives Library, Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 5AN • Thursday 18th - 10am, Town Walk. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU • Tuesday 23rd - 2.15pm, Woodhurst (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at Co-op Supermarket, Constable Road, St Ives, PE27 3ER • Thursday 25th - 10am, Holywell. Meet at Pike and Eel Pub, Needingworth, PE27 4TW • Tuesday 30th - 2.15pm, Ouse Walk. Meet at St Ives Library, Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 5AN August • Thursday 1st - 10am, Somersham. Meet at Victory hall Car Park, Parkhall Road, Somersham PE28 3HE • Tuesday 6th - 2.15pm, Hilton. Meet at Village Green, Fenstanton Road, Hilton, PE28 9JA • Thursday 8th - 10am, Ouse Walk. Meet at St Ives Library, Meadow Lane, St Ives, PE27 5AN • Tuesday 13th - 2.15pm, , North St. Ives (not suitable for new walkers) Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU • Thursday 15th - 10am, RSPB Fen Drayton. Meet at Three Tuns Pub, Fen Drayton, CB24 4SJ • Tuesday 20th - 2.15pm, Town Walk. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU • Thursday 22nd - 10am, Crystal Lakes. Meet at Chapel on the Bridge, St Ives, PE27 5UW • Tuesday 27th - 2.15pm, Pidley. Meet at Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre, Fen Road, Pidley, PE28 3DF • Thursday 29th - 10am, Thicket Path. Meet at One Leisure St Ives Indoor, St Ives, PE27 6WU New walkers are asked to turn up 15 minutes before published start times to fill in a short health questionnaire. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For further information please contact the Sport and Active Lifestyles team on 01480 388469 or visit

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Collaborative family law can bring resolution

Is it true what they say – that it is not divorce itself, but the way you divorce, that takes the heaviest toll? St Ives lawyer Simon Thomas certainly believes so. Simon is one of a pioneering group of Simon Thomas solicitors across the country who now offer a whole new way of making the break, and surviving the aftermath. Collaborative family law provides the possibility for separating couples to work together as a team with trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully and without going to Court. It is an approach to problem solving which maximises the options and minimises the friction of the people concerned. Each client has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer.Together, the lawyers and clients form the collaborative component of collaborative practice.The crucial difference between collaborative law and the more traditional way of lawyers dealing with a divorce is that the lawyers agree they are there to help the clients through the collaborative process; they are not there to take the case to Court and are prevented from doing so. If an agreed outcome cannot be reached then the two lawyers involved must bow out. Neither of them can be involved in subsequent litigation for the couple.With your former partner, you set the agenda. You work at the pace at which you feel comfortable.You commit to full disclosure and all talk openly about the issues that matter to you.You don’t feel as if you are being dragged helplessly along a legal conveyor belt. Collaborative family law is not an easy option; it requires the right mindset from everyone involved but for couples for whom it is right, it provides a genuine resolution to marital breakdown or the breakdown of a civil partnership or relationship and those who come out the other end report a genuine sense of well being. Many successfully remain friends with their former partners, in an atmosphere of respect and understanding which, they say, at the beginning of the process they could never have contemplated. Simon offers a wealth of family law experience having practised family law for more than 10 years. Simon is the


Family Team Leader at Leeds Day heading up a team of experienced fee earners and support staff. He has been awarded specialist accreditation status from ‘Resolution’. As well as collaborative family law, Simon deals with all aspects of family law; in particular focusing on financial matters including pensions, investment assets and representing the self employed and/or owners of private companies following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership.

To find out more about collaborative family law or any of our other family law services, contact Simon Thomas at Leeds Day on 01480 474661 or visit our website: If you quote this article then your first consultation will be free.

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Look for posters and leaflets around the town in July! St Ives retailers are supporting the National Independent Retailer Campaign – seek out their special offers, pages 15-17!

Cromwell Mews ___ Station Road ______ SR Market Hill _______ MH Free Church Passage FCP Bull Lane_________ BL Foundry Walk _____ FW Bridge Street______ BS Sheep Market _____ SM The Pavement _____ TP CM

Merrylands _______ The Broadway_____ TB White Hart Lane___ WHL The Quadrant _____ TQ New Road _______ NR Manor Mews______ MM Crown Street _____ CS East Street _______ ES ML

Did you know? St Ives has over 50 Indie retailers – see map to find locations


R & M Carpets & Interiors 5a Merrylands St Ives PE27 5ED T. 01480 467828


Flower Bar Ltd. T. 01480 493143 20 Bridge Street, St Ives PE27 5EG Weddings • Corporate Events • Occasions • Gifts Webshop: Full ordering online and click and collect service

TERRY’S HEEL BAR 23a The Broadway St Ives PE27 5BX T. 01480 469885

Foundry Walk, St Ives, Cambs PE27 4FW

Tel/Fax 01480 469186 Specialist in

Shoe Repairs • Key Cutting Trophies and Engraving


“The New Style Kitchen Specialists”


Yo u r l o c a l i n d e p e n d e n t s t o r e f o r a l l h o m e i m p ro v e m e n t , d e c o r a t i n g a n d g a rd e n i n g n e e d s – a t g re a t p r i c e s a l l y e a r ro u n d !

19 Bridge Street St Ives PE27 5EH T. 01480 301764

for all occasions…

Gifts – Weddings – Corporate Displays – Bouquets

T. 01480 461224 5 Bull Lane St Ives PE27 5AX

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CADGE Menswear

9 The Pavement


Formal Hire

St Ives PE27 5AD T. 01480 462194


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01480 493400

11 White Hart Court St Ives PE27 5EA

Retail Jewellers

10% off all gold jewellery in July 2 The Broadway St Ives PE27 5BN T. 01480 498002 ES




St Ives Beds

Everything you need in beds

2-3 Free Church Passage St Ives PE27 5AY T. 01480 464696

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J.Wadsworth Wines, Beers and Spirits

Several 3 for £12 deals 34 The Broadway St Ives PE27 5BN T. 01480 463522 16

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July/August 2013 Supporting all local independent growers & producers – call us NOW to discuss how we might sell your product

Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio

1 The Quadrant St Ives PE27 5PE

Market Hill St Ives PE27 5AH Independently owned by Steve & Louise Male since 2007

T. 01480 468598

T. 01480 466632

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12 Cromwell Mews, St Ives PE27 5HJ


Sale on selected items




T. 01480 700039

5 Station Road, St Ives PE27 5BH


10% off marked prices CM NR


Find us upstairs in Jibber Jabber

T. 01480 700069 e:

5 Station Road, St Ives PE27 5BH Wool – Dancewear – Haberdashery

10% off during July

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Quick Crossword

See solution on page 30



1 Thick material used to make tents (6) 5 Backless sandals with toe-post (6) 8 Planting medium (4) 9 Green vegetable (8) 10 Fruit beloved of monkeys (6) 11 Sauce served with seafood (6) 12 Area (4) 14 Frozen water (3) 15 8 Bits (computer term)(4) 16 Expression (6) 18 Waterproof jacket (6) 20 Sticky insect trap (8) 22 Acclaim, cheer (4) 23 Capital of Russia (6) 24 Brine (6)




2 Fragrance (5) 3 Rural community (7) 4 Boat, or type of sandwich! (9) 5 Also (3) 6 Golden award (5) 7 Chivalrous (7 11 Reference book for writers (9) 13 Shakespearean tragedy(7) 15 House of ill-repute (7) 17 Savoury jelly (5) 19 Extra-terrestrial (5) 21 Foot (3)

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The swifts are back! July/August 2013


This issue, International garden designer Marney Hall, Vice-Chairman of ‘St Ives In Bloom’ writes: ALWAYS THE LAST of this lovely group of birds to arrive, to me they really herald the summer and, like the real thing, they were later than ever this year. St Ives is blessed to have a good population of swifts, house martins and sand martins nesting right in the town centre.The swifts nest in the rooves of the old part of town, the house martins under the eaves of the shops around the market square mainly New Look and Thomas Morris’s estate agents. It was always believed that these birds brought good luck to the buildings on which they chose to build their nests.The sand martins are the most unusual of our town birds and nest in the wall down by the quay. It is lovely to watch them swooping in and out – by the end of the month they will all be feeding their babies and getting ready once again for the long trip back to Africa. This winter I lost a lot of plants in my garden but being the mad gardener that I am I see those empty spaces as an opportunity to raid the local garden centres for more horticultural treasures, maybe ones I have grown before but maybe something new will catch my eye. I know all the more learned tomes on gardening say that you shouldn’t buy plants already flowering but I can’t resist a plant looking its perfect best. My latest acquisition was a beautiful new variety of gentian – I have no idea where I am going to put it but for the time being it has taken pride of place in my “awaiting planting in the perfect spot” queue. The first roses are out in my garden I have an “Alchemist” rose which I planted thinking it would be a shrub. It now scrambles up through my lilac and laburnum and looks lovely as the long trusses of roses hang down through the branches flowering long after the lilac and laburnum have finished. The modern shrub roses produced by David Austin are just wonderful as he has managed to restore what many hybrid tea roses had lost which is their perfume. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet (in the words of Shakespeare)

Jobs you can do during July/August


Feed lawns

Place conservatory plants outside r Deadhead bedding plants and repeatflowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering r Pick courgettes before they become marrows r Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up r Treat apple scab r

but a rose without a smell at all is, in my opinion, not worth having. So the Chelsea Flower Show has come and gone with all its hype. Having been part of it for many years it seems a little strange to just go as a visitor this year. I have to say there was nothing there that knocked my socks off this year. However, the week after Chelsea I visited the garden at Hemingford Grey Manor. Now that is a garden that made me stand and stare in several places – breathtakingly beautiful plant combinations and the most stunning collection of Iris. If you get a chance to take a break from weeding your own gardens this month go and visit. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Or come and watch the swifts and martins flying out over the river off the quay in St Ives and rejoice – I think summer has arrived.

Marney Hall

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Party plan!


July/August 2013

A WHILE AGO, a birthday party consisted of a few sandwiches, a bowl of jelly and a game of musical chairs. Not so nowadays. Children’s parties are becoming something of an art form, with an ever-increasing choice of activities! Decision time: do you organise your child’s party yourself, or hand it over to an expert. Fast food burger and pizza outlets were perhaps the first to offer organised parties: including food, games and a party host. Now there is a wide variety of party experiences available: swimming, bowling, football, gymnastics, dance or drama, cake baking, pottery, paintballing and gokarting. Princess parties offering make up and pampering sessions, outdoor experiences for the more adventurous or a trip out to a local attraction, or session at a play centre. Possibilities seem limitless! Generally, if you book a party experience you can expect the host to provide the food, the entertainment and in many cases the cake.This takes all the stress out and enables you to sit back, watch and enjoy. However if you don’t mind a bit of hard work, hosting your own party can be a satisfying experience which allows you complete freedom over themes, food and entertainment.

You might ask your guests to come dressed as pirates for example.With a little imagination you can get guests to come in costume and turn your house into a desert island! And whatever the theme, traditional games can be adapted to fit. If you find the idea of being totally in charge a little daunting, compromise by providing the food yourself but hire a professional for the entertainment (or vice versa). Magicians, face painters, clowns, puppet shows, discos, bouncy castles – and find a local caterer.When planning food, keep it bite size. Small children in particular are notorious for taking a bite and leaving the rest! If you need further help planning your party there are several options of places that offer party packs that include invitations, games, decorations and party bag fillers on selected themes. However you decide to organise your party, have fun and let the kids do the same!

Children’s Party give-away and new St Ives drama classes

LITTLE BEANS WORLD is the brain child of Natalie Kiernan, local mum and previous arts manager at venues such as the Royal Opera House. At Little Beans World, Natalie and her fantastic theatrical team offer themed parties for children aged one and above, from Cowboys and Indians to Princess and Pirates, you name the theme and they will make it happen! Parties are a mixture of traditional party games, imaginative role play, singing, dancing, face painting, parachute games, bubbles, arts and crafts, whatever your little bean is into. Also on offer; drama classes for toddlers to teens, wedding and event crèches, weekly pre-school groups and holiday workshops. Saturday Drama classes now run at Burgess Hall – St Ives for children aged 18 months – 14 years.

Visit for more info. Or call Natalie on 07870 249129 or email to book a FREE TRIAL CLASS. All classes share a common aim, to increase confidence, communication, creativity and team building.

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To be in with a chance of winning a one hour children’s themed party (choice from a wide range of themes, date subject to availability) answer this question. Where are the new Just Drama classes taking place in St Ives? Visit the to find out. Email your answer to: Mark it: ’SuggeStIves: Little Beans Comp’, in the address line. Entries close 20th July.

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St Ives Flower Show It’s 137 years since the first St Ives Flower Show, and this much loved community event is again being held in St Ives Corn Exchange on Saturday 31 August. Put the date in the diary! Entry is free and open to all to exhibit flowers, vegetables, fruit, herbs and plants, preserves and produce, baking, home brewing, crafts, photography, art and children’s crafts.Why not exhibit something and see if you can get an award, or get your kids involved by making something to enter over the school summer holidays? It’s easy to enter, and great fun to take part! It’s also free to view the truly amazing display of exhibits. Refreshments, home made cakes, plant sales, tombola stall, auction and prize giving are all good additional reasons to attend.

Saturday 31 August 2013

The current schedule, listing all the classes with an entry form, is available at the link below. Printed schedules will be available from St Ives Town Council offices, the Corn Exchange and St Ives library from the end of July.

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Fifteen years of bringing stress relief to cancer patients and carers ST IVES ACORN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP has now been running for 15 years bringing relief from anxiety for those affected by cancer in the local area. At its monthly meetings at Broad Leas Court - on the third Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 1pm - cancer patients and their carers have access to a socially inviting atmosphere of fun and friendship alongside the invaluable support of health professionals. The gift of friendship and the combination of mutual sharing of experience with others facing the same problems, and access to a range of free relaxation therapies has proved to be very beneficial in keeping anxiety and stress at bay. Numbers attending meetings have averaged 25 over the last year, with some 70% being Acorn clients, the rest members of the support team.The group’s attraction to members is enhanced by the free social outings that it provides during the summer and at Xmas. The picture shows a group

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of 20 happy Acorn members about to set off from Hartford Marina on the Ladybird for a cruise down the Ouse including a free lunch at the Dolphin Hotel. If you know of anyone affected by cancer who would benefit from Acorn’s free support please invite them to call Cally Bussetil, Centre Coordinator on 01487 822456 for further information. If there isn’t time to call, then invite them to drop in to Broad Leas Court on any third Wednesday at 11am, for a free cup of coffee to start their stress relief. For further details visit: Cheffins is a proud sponsor of the St Ives Acorn Cancer Support Group and raised £240.00 for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. People can still donate.Text: FEET82 £amount 70070

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A very special year for The Norris Museum...


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THIS SUMMER AT The Norris major development taking place Museum, we have a treat in store over the coming years. If you are for you! We will be displaying a interested in talking to us, please number of our beautiful do not hesitate to contact us at watercolours from the 6th July. the museum. The theme of this display will be Later this year, we will be ‘Along the River’ and will show completing our application to the how artists were drawn to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant Great Ouse and its many A watercolour from our collection with the to help improve and expand the inscription 'out of my window at Holywell tributaries together with their museum site. We have appointed nr St Ives Hunts, early morning 1.9.22' possibly quaint, picturesque surroundings. painted by Lewis George Fry Caroe Architecture to produce a This exhibition is being produced ‘Feasibility Study’, to look at the with the help of Bridget Flanagan, supporter of the current museum site and provide options on how it museum and author of the book ‘Artists Along the can be improved to create more display, storage and Ouse’ (available to buy in the museum). A number visitor space. The findings of this Feasibility Study of paintings have been selected and will be on display will be on display in the museum this autumn for all for all to see. Other to see and comment upon. paintings in the collection, although The Norris Museum The Broadway St not on display, will be Ives accessible digitally. T: 01480 497314 Staff and volunteers E: The Norris Museum shortly after it at the museum are opened in 1933 W: very busy preparing Please follow us Facebook and Twitter! for the museum’s 80th birthday this summer. We Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm will be holding a ‘Glorious Garden Party’ on Sundays (until the end of Sept) 1pm - 4pm Thursday 25th July (11am - 3pm), where visitors can celebrate with a cup of tea and a bun and help fill the Admission free Helen Giles museum garden with 80 paper birds, bugs and Norris Museum Curator butterflies. On Wednesday 21st August, we will be holding a ‘Victorian Fun and Games’ day (11am Bi-monthly, in-print and on-line, into 3pm), where you can meet Victorian characters and PE27 St Ives homes and businesses ... play with traditional games in our garden. The informative news, effective advertising Friends of The Norris Museum are generously funding both of these events. The Friends have also funded the purchase of an July/August 2013 oral history recorder for the museum. Staff are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to talk To advertise in the next issue: T. 01954 267444 about their memories of growing up, living and e. working in St Ives. We hope to use some of these Deadline: September/October 2013 issue: 1st August memories in our new displays which will be part of a

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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

July & August Events Diary July

4 St Ives W.I. Garden Party 7.30pm. 4 Summer Walks Programme Hartford 11km (7miles) contact Andy 01480 412767 6th July Woodwalton 16km (10 miles) contact Kathy 01480 52819 9th July Pidley 6km (4 miles) contact Geoff 01480 436126 5 Screen St Ives Argo (2012, Directed by Ben Affleck, 120mins, cert 15) Remember the 1979 siege of the US Embassy in Tehran? The Shah had just been deposed and the CIA launched a covert mission to rescue six Embassy staff.Argo is a political thriller that also takes a wry look at Hollywood in the late 70s. 8pm, tickets £5 5 ‘Rhythm at the River’ David 9 Lunas + TBC tickets are limited and only available in advance for just £17 per person (to include Supper) online at and from the counter at the River Tea Rooms 6 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 13 Hemingford Grey Ar t Exhibition to be held at the Reading Rooms Hemingford Grey, on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July, from 10am to 4pm. Original Art and Cards for sale. Free entry, all donations to Magpas. pk.robertson@talktalk 14 St Ives Car nival and Music Festival Carnival leaves Market Hill at 11.45am en route to Hill Rise via Broadway and Ramsey Road. Judging at 1.30pm.Various acts performing at Arenas 1, 2, 3 from 2.00pm through until 5.00pm 15 St Ives Car nival and Music Festival Festival at Hill Rise. Music starts at 3.00pm and runs through to 9.00pm. Lots of local bands and performers on stage. 20 Ar t Craft and Gift Fair to be held at the Corn Exchange, St Ives 9.30-3.30. 20 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 27 Ar t Exhibition Broad Horizons.An exhibition of oil paintings by local artists Richard Allen and Julie Baker.To be held at the Houghton and Wyton Memorial Hall, Houghton PE28 2BJ. Opening times 11am to 5pm. 27 SITI Children’s Fun Day Sheep Market. 11am to 4pm. for details

August 1 St Ives W.I. Taste and Bake 7-30pm Free Church. 2 Screen St Ives Les Diaboliques (1954, Directed by HenriGeorges Clouzot, 114mins, cert 15) Clouzetís gripping thriller is said to have inspired Hitchcock, come and decide for yourself! Christina (played by Simone Signoret, for many the queen of French cinema) plots revenge on her obnoxious lover ñ with a little help from his wife. When the body mysteriously disappears, the women are plunged into a terrifying world of tension, guilt and fear. 8pm tickets £5. 2 ‘Rhythm at the River’ Cole Stacey + TBC tickets are limited and only available in advance for just £17 per person (to include Supper) online at and from the counter at the River Tea Rooms. 3 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm 3 Craft Fair The venue is St Ives Free Church, 9.30am-4pm.We are local people selling handmade crafts at very reasonable prices. Fairs are usually held on the first Saturday of each month.There is a local charity tombola and free entry. 10 Summer Walks Programme 10th August Needingworth Lakes 8km (5 miles) contact Liz 01480 462965 24th August Earith 8km (5 miles) contact Ursula 01480 461405 17 Farmers’ Market 8.30am-2.00pm

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SuggeStIves Jul/Aug 2013  

The July / August 2013 edition of the SuggeStIves magazine with details about local events and interests for St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

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