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This Issue

MAY 2015

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ETERBOROUGH’S city centre development is in the headlines again. We welcome the input of Kem Mehmed from Peterborough Civic Society on page 18, sharing how he and fellow members would like to see the centre take shape. What do you consider to be the essential elements of a successful cityscape? For me, it has to be a harmonious blend of old, new and green spaces. I would also love to see the riverside developed to its full potential. These are exciting times for Peterborough: let’s hope that some well thought out decisions are made on how the city shapes up for the future. There’s certainly plenty going on this month, and we have covered everything from the Green Festival to the development of an interesting new app which should help you to see the city through new eyes (see page 26). If shopping is your thing, we’ve a lovely spread of fashion starting on page 15. And don’t miss a special event at Queensgate on Saturday May 2. The Queensgate Fashion Showcase will involve 15 fashion shows taking place throughout the day until 5pm, with each show featuring a separate brand. Shows take place outside each store. Expect music, dance and plenty of prizes on offer throughout the day! Have a great month

F ion a Cu mberpatch Editor

Nene Valley Living




Editor’s Selection

44 Motoring



46 The Magic of the East



Treats to buy this month A well-groomed hound

Oundle International Festival line up

11 Agenda

Cook healthy with Riverford

12 Food News

Salerno’s, Oundle reviewed

BMW’s latest hybrid sports car

An anthology inspired by the East of England

49 A Walk in Kings Lynn 53 Diary Dates What’s new this month

15 A Day Out in Queensgate

Gorgeous fashion for the season

18 A Vision for Peterborough The new city centre plans

21 Why Green is Good The Green Festival 2015

22 Health and Beauty Notes Summer feet

25 Songs of Success Choir leader Will Prideaux

26 Play Peterborough A playful app for the city

28 The Great Outdoors Pretty and useful garden buys

31 Stay Safe – and Legal – on Social Media The guide you must read!

Editor Fiona Cumberpatch fiona@bestlocalliving.co.uk Write to Nene Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY www.nenevalleyliving.co.uk Advertisement Manager Bridget Steele 01733 707538 bridget.neneliving@ntlworld.com Advertisement Director Helen Walton 01780 754801 helen.stamford@btopenworld.com Head of Design Steven Handley steve@locallivingdesign.co.uk Senior Designer Nik Ellis nik@locallivingdesign.co.uk Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 rachel@locallivingdesign.co.uk Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Email: localliving@btopenworld.com Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY www.locallivingltd.co.uk Printed by Warners of Bourne

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Cover photo: Elli Dean Models Christine (right) and Isabella wear clothes by Fat Face. Isabella’s hair is by Michael John Hair Artwork, Christine’s hair is by PKai. Make up by Boots and The Body Shop. Styling: Sally Stillingfleet

37 Jewel in the Heart of the City



Why St John’s matters

41 Behind the Scenes at the Opera Staging Carmen

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Orthopaedics at the Fitzwilliam Hospital Nicholas Rudd Jones went to meet the team to find out what the latest developments were. ABOUT THE FITZWILLIAM The Fitzwilliam is one of Cambridgeshire’s leading independent hospitals, with a reputation for delivering high quality healthcare treatments and services since 1983. It is located in the quiet landscaped grounds of the Milton Estate in Peterborough and has 45 single bedrooms all with en suite facilities. THE ORTHOPAEDIC CONSULTANTS One of its leading specialities is orthopaedics i.e. conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. There are fourteen orthopaedic consultants affiliated to the hospital, each with a specialism in a particular aspect of orthopaedics, including: the upper limbs – hands, wrists and elbow; the lower limbs – hips and knees; the feet – ankles, arches, toes and the spine. These conditions might have arisen out of normal wear and tear, sports injuries or some other chronic condition. Without exception, the orthopaedic consultants are leading experts in their field and experienced practitioners with the facility to quickly identify the medical issue and then propose an effective solution. THE SUPPORT TEAM AND FACILITIES What also sets Fitzwilliam aside is its support team and facilities. Behind every operation there will be a team of radiologists, radiographers and nurses who will all be vital to a successful outcome. From the moment you are referred to a consultant by your GP, the process will move forward in a timely fashion with the minimum of delay. If the consultant concludes that an X-ray is required, that will be done immediately and the results discussed with you there and then. If an ultrasound or MRI scan is required, then a second appointment will be made as soon as possible, typically within a week. The team will always try and work around your own time constraints. Morag Wilson, the Radiology Manager, commented: “We always try and fit in with our patients’ busy schedules; we are open in the evenings and on Saturdays, reducing the need for people to take time off work.” THE NEW MRI SCANNER At the start of 2014, Fitzwilliam invested in a state of the art MRI scanner that enables still more detail about a patient’s orthopaedic condition to be ascertained prior to starting on a particular course of treatment. The MRI team is led by Mark Milton. He gained his degree in Sheffield and then went on to do further study in London, after which he gained experience in several leading hospitals before coming to the Fitzwilliam. He is passionate about the power of the technology to provide really insightful information that will help to maximise patient’s outcomes. Whilst an X-ray is typically good at spotting a bone issue, an MRI scan can detect much more subtle conditions, for example small tears to ligaments. There is a great deal of skill in setting the scanner up in exactly the right way, and Mark has a team of three to support him in this vital task. THE EXCELLENT PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT The Fitzwilliam takes great pride in its top class physiotherapy

service, boasting a highly qualified team of a dozen or so senior chartered physiotherapists, led by Tommi Capstick, who are all HCPC registered. Providing it is practical, they will start work within 24 hours of a patient’s operation, maintaining support at an intense level whilst the patient remains in hospital, and thereafter providing extensive out-patient support. The outpatient department has private treatment areas and a rehabilitation gym packed with modern equipment. The team has lots of skills and techniques at its disposal, including shock wave therapy for stubborn conditions such as Achilles Heel. Strong physio support is of course one of the keys to a speedy and effective recovery. The excellent physiotherapy department offers a full range of services to both inpatients and outpatients. You are also welcome to contact them directly on 01733 842319. A PATIENT TESTIMONIAL Steven Hooper, in his late 30s, was a patient of Mr Hartley’s, an orthopaedic consultant specialising in knees. In the spring of 2014 Steven had a double knee replacement. He tells the story: “I had experienced arthritis since I was very young, and things had got considerably worse in the last three years. I had had several arthroscopies (keyhole surgery) to keep the condition at bay, but now something more radical was needed. “I met with Mr Hartley, who was very very good. He was very up-front and direct, no pussy footing around, he told me what he felt was needed. “As a result I was one of the first patients in the UK to have the Visionaire Knee Replacement – this is a meticulously constructed new custom-built knee, first pioneered in the USA. You have to go through a lot more X-rays and MRIs to get an exact 3-D image of your joints. “When I went into hospital, the operation itself lasted three hours, I then spent a week recuperating with intense physio support. It was a couple of months before I really started seeing the benefits. Now, a year down the track, I realise how much more it allows me to do than I used to be able to do. I am able to sail again, which is a great pleasure”. • For more information on our services please contact our Hospital Services Advisor: 01733 842304 Fitzwilliam Hospital, Milton Way, South Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 9AQ. Tel: 01733 261717 www.fitzwilliamhospital.co.uk


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Editor’s selection

Silver sandals from Office, Queensgate, Peterborough


Frisbee, £3, from Tiger Stores, the Danish design store which has recently opened in Queensgate, Peterborough

Mouse with blossom, £9.50 from Crackers, New Street, Oundle PE8 4EA

The New Kitchen Garden by Mark Diacono. Saltyard Books. All you need to know about growing your own veg and salads from the head gardener at River Cottage. From The Oundle Bookshop, Market Square, Oundle, PE8 4BA

ford iture, Stam Nook Furn , 9 .9 14 £ t, Teapo

Bucket and spade set, £3, Tiger Stores, Queensgate, Peterborough

Alice in Wonderland cup and saucer, designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carrol’s classic story, by local designer Sophie Allport. www.sophieallport.com or from the showroom near Stamford, postcode PE6 9NF

Glass cake stands, £4 each, Tiger Stores, Queensgate, Peterborough


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Services include clipping and hand stripping. All breeds and nervous dogs welcome. Convenient pick up and drop off service in Oundle and surrounding villages.

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Spring into Summer interiors! I

t’s getting harder to find quirky and original items for the home. But two local businesses, Foxtail Lilly of Oundle and Hilly Horton Home have teamed up to bring a unique selection of merchandise to the area. Tracey Mathieson and Hilly Horton will be selling garden items, vintage finds, gorgeous hand made cushions, textiles, home wares, plants, flowers and furniture at a special one off event on Saturday May 16 at Foxtail Lilly’s shop and in the pretty courtyard and barns. Open from 11am to 4pm, you can also enjoy teas, coffee, cakes and cordials overlooking Tracey’s pretty garden which has been featured on TV and in many magazines. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. • Foxtail Lilly, 41 South Rd, Oundle PE8 4PB Tel: 01832 274593

Designer dress sale in Polebrook E

legant and luxurious pieces including dresses and kaftans by Milan-based designer Angelos Bratis will be on sale at a one-off event at The Kings Arms, Polebrook on Wednesday May 20, from 12 – 8pm. Angelos will be in attendance at the sale, which sees up to 80 per cent off the usual price of the garments, which are sold all over the world. It’s a great opportunity to buy a statement piece in a range of sizes. There will be changing rooms at the pub, so you can try and buy. To see examples of Angelos’s work, visit www.angelosbratis.it Prices are between £100 - £300, and cash only is accepted. The pub is open as normal for food, and tea, coffee, wine and champagne will be on sale throughout the duration of the sale. • For more information, email info@thekingsarmspolebrook.co.uk

Make a stop at Bulwick Village Shop


f you’re out walking in the Northamptonshire countryside, or if you’d like a new destination to visit, try the Village Shop in Bulwick. Owner Camille Ortega McLean is likely to be there with a tray of fresh baked pizza, or some hot sausage rolls fresh from the Aga. You can sit on the sunny tea terrace at the back of the shop for coffee, tea and a slice of cake, or some homemade soup. Inside the shop, you’ll find Camille’s extensive range of pickles and preserves, which she sells all over the world. • 15 Main Street, Bulwick, NN17 3DY Tel: 01780 450774

All the fun of the Game & Country Show T

he Burghley Game & Country Show returns on May 24 and 25 for a host of country attractions and entertainment. The Falconry Village includes a flying arena, indoor training area, specialist trade stands, static displays and resident falconers. There will be equestrian displays in the specialist arena and scurry racing and mounted games to enthral visitors. • For tickets, ring 01283 820548 or visit www.livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk

Happy, healthy dogs and cats W

hen your pet goes along to a grooming service, it’s not just about looking good. Clean ears, eyes, and neatly trimmed claws will help to keep him in tip top condition. Heather Jackson and her daughter Emma Clark run Dogsbodies, a successful grooming business which has just expanded into new premises in Barnwell, near Oundle, and they have acquired a smartly liveried Citroen van. Heather’s husband Greg helps at the business, making it a truly family run enterprise. “When a dog comes in for the first time, we take a full medical history, and we also make a note of any lumps or bumps, however small, so we don’t cause any injury when we’re clipping the dog,” explains Greg. A grooming session takes up to three hours, depending on the breed, and Dogsbodies can collect and return your pet within a 10 mile radius. A specialist technique called Hand Stripping is available for certain breeds, such as Border Terriers and dog daycare is also on offer (for customers’ dogs only). The new business unit is well equipped with a purpose built dog bath, and specialist hair dryers. On the day we visited, all of the canine clients looked very contented and happy. “The earlier you start getting your dog used to grooming, the better the experience will be,” says Emma Clark. “We recommend bringing them as puppies for a wash, and then taking it from there.” A puppy wash starts at £20. Dogsbodies also provides a grooming service for cats. Heather and Emma also supply Nature’s Menu raw and steamed dog food, which is recommended to keep your pet fit and well, and they are able to advise on all aspects of your dog’s diet. • Unit 1, The Workshops, Barnwell Manor Estate, Barnwell, PE8 5PL Tel: 01832 275520 www.dogs-bodies.com NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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Get ready for Oundle International Festival! O

undle International Festival takes place on Friday July 10 to Saturday July 18 with a hugely entertaining blend of music, theatre, cinema, food and the great outdoors. This year, there is a great mix of music, from classical to jazz, folk to opera, culminating in the very popular Party at the Wharf on Saturday July 18, which this year features Madness Tribute The Los Palmas 6. Bring a picnic and listen to local band Disarray, JACK, with their special blend of R&B as well as headliners The Los Palmas 6. The evening will be rounded off in style with a spectacular laser show. Other highlights of the week include Illyria: The Sorceror’s Apprentice performed outside in Barnwell Country Park, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra playing at the Stahl Theatre, and a Sing-a-Long-a-Sound of Music in association with Oundle Cinema. Book your tickets on 01832 274734 or at www.oundlefestival. org.uk • To coincide with the Oundle International Festival, Oundle for Organists is running Pulling Out All the Stops, a course aimed at inspiring young musicians. This internationally known course offers a unique chance to work with dynamic, experienced musicians who will be tutoring the students. It is intended to nurture a new generation of musicians. Bursaries are available. • For full details, visit www.oundlefororganists.org.uk

Ruth’s charity walk


uth Brinkler-Long, from Yaxley, Peterborough was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in May 2014 when she was only 48. She recently took part in a research study at Addenbrookes Hospital and this spurred her on to create a personal challenge to raise money for fundraising into research for a cure. Ruth has organised a four mile long sponsored walk on June 14, which starts in Wadenhoe. • If you’d like to sponsor Ruth for this great cause, visit www.justgiving.com/RuthBrinkler-Long for full details.

An extraordinary life


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ased in Castor, Helen Tovey has created a growing range of greetings cards, each of which is designed to be made into a tiny paper cut out keepsake. The card designs include a castle, dolls house, theatre and tea set, each one carefully created to capture a “just-likereal-but-tiny vibe,” in Helen’s words. An avid crafter for as long as she can remember, Helen works on her cards in the evenings and during any spare hours. Prices start at £2.75 per card or £9.50 for a set of four from www.littlepinepress.co.uk


ffie Gray was the Victorian beauty who inspired some of the most famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings. She was also the first wife of John Ruskin, and later went on to marry his protégé, the painter Millais. Effie’s complex relationships, and her place in Victorian society, are explored in fascinating detail in a biography by author Suzanne Fagence Cooper who will be talking to NL editor Fiona Cumberpatch on May 23 as part of the Oundle Literature Festival. Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) with £1 off early bird tickets bought before May 15. The event takes place in St Peter’s Church, Oundle at 7.45. • Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, will be discussing his latest book, Killers of the King, on May 14 at 7.45 in Oundle Great Hall. • Tickets for both of these events are available from Oundle Box Office, New St, Oundle, by calling 01832 274734 or online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk


Coping As A Carer Amy Kennedy, Director of Home Instead Senior Care writes: People become carers for many reasons. Anyone who cares for somebody is likely to have many unanswered questions regarding both the care they are giving to their loved one and the care they owe themselves. Here are some top tips to help you become the best carer you can be. Remember, it is very important that you have someone to turn to when the going gets tough. 1) Help them feel good: A new haircut or item of clothing can do wonders for your loved one’s confidence and selfworth, so don’t forget to treat them every now and again. 2) Be patient: It can often take time to get into a consistent care routine. Keeping calm and patient will allow this to happen whilst also respecting your loved one’s dignity and independence. 3) Accept that they have changed: The person you care for is unlikely to be the person you know them to be. Accepting this change will help you to stay in the here and now and give the best care possible. 4) Take a guilt free break: Allowing yourself some alone time to unwind a few times each month will help you to recognise and provide a much better quality of care. 5) Accept help: In order to properly take care of someone else, you need to also be able to take care of yourself. When people offer to help you, it’s okay to accept it. • If you feel we could be of service to your friends or family, get in touch! Our friendly team are happy to help. Tel: 01733 333342


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Art Class Starts Soon






GREAT NEWS for all our readers looking for something fun to do over the next few months! There is a 14 week part-time Art Class (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons) starting soon in your area.

sketching, oil pastel painting and techniques, painting and blending with water colours and acrylics. Step by step tuition in the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of art.


The course is designed to be fun for absolute beginners who have never picked up a brush before through to Improvers.

By the end of the course, students have created a minimum of 8 pieces of their very own original art they can enjoy forever, from simple still life and flower studies to beautiful countryside landscape scenes.



We adapt to each student’s needs and give them all the guidance and help they need to develop their artistic skills. The curriculum is fun, comprehensive and interesting. Over the course we will explore four different media; pencil drawing &

This course is a brilliant way to learn new skills you will be able to enjoy forever. It is also a great way of meeting new friends and to have a fun experience you will always remember and cherish! It is open to adults of all ages.



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MEET NEW FRIENDS, LEARN NEW SKILLS This part time course is over 3 months, so will give you plenty of time to master your new hobby.

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Bring out your inner artist • Beginners to Intermediates



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The Famous Red Lion Sunday Lunch Serving at 12.00 noon, 1.00pm & 2.30pm (booking essential) New Garden Room Restaurant open

Closed Mondays

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Café Clarkes at the Key Theatre Serving modern British cuisine. Enjoy fresh British cuisine in a modern and vibrant setting while enjoying the views over the River Nene OPENING TIMES

Tuesday - Saturday. Lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm. Dinner 5.00pm to 10.00pm. Sunday Lunch 12 noon - 4.00pm Introductory offers available on Clarkes website. Bookings now being taken on 01733 561465



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From the Riverford Kitchen New potato and chorizo hash with asparagus and poached egg Serves 2, Prep: 15 mins, Cook: 20 mins Ingredients: • 600g new potatoes, scrubbed & halved or quartered if large • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 red onion, chopped • 2 cooking chorizo sausages (200-250g), skin removed and meat crumbled • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley • 250g asparagus • Splash of sherry vinegar • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika • Splash of white wine or cider vinegar • 2 eggs Method: 1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 12-15 mins, until tender. 2. Drain and lightly crush with a masher or fork.

3. While the potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and cook the onion slowly for 6 mins without colouring. Add the chorizo and fry for 2-3 mins. 4. Add the potatoes and warm through. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. 5. Meanwhile, toss the asparagus in 1 tbsp oil in a baking dish. Add a splash of sherry vinegar, the paprika and season. 6. Roast at 180°C for 10-15 mins, until just tender (or griddle for 5 mins). 7. Bring a pan of water to a slow rolling boil. Add a good splash of white wine or cider vinegar. 8. Crack the eggs into individual small bowls. Use a spoon to swirl the water and drop the eggs in, one at a time. Cook for 2½ mins for a

runny yolk. 9. While the eggs are cooking, plate the potatoes and asparagus. Remove the eggs and serve on the potatoes. Sprinkle the eggs with some extra salt. Tip: Use the freshest eggs possible for poaching – the white will set around the yolk for a better result.

Win! One of three pairs of tickets for fabulous Burghley Concerts T

his June, Burghley hosts not one but two fabulous concerts with top line names. Whatever your musical taste, both nights promise to be a magical fun evening with the magnificent setting of Burghley House as the backdrop. Burghley has proved to be the number one concert venue in the area for the past five years. This year, on Saturday June 6 Status Quo will be Rocking All Over the World, and performing all their hits such as Down, Down, Whatever You Want, Caroline, What You’re Proposing – and many more. The following night, June 7, it’s the great 80s hits show starring Bananarama, who had 28 top 50 hits here in the UK as well as hits in the USA and Australia. Bananarama are listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the all female group with the most chart entries in the world! Hits such as Robert de Niro’s Waiting, Love in the First Degree, and Venus,

will all be performed on the night. Bananarama will be joined by Ultravox star Midge Ure, who performed with the band on the first ever BandAid single, Do They Know It’s Christmas? Midge Ure will be performing his world wide hit Viennna at the show. Joining Midge and Bananarama at the all star line up will be Curiosity Killed the Cat, Odyssey and Toyah. The 80s Greatest Hits Show promises to be a fun, party evening. • You can get your tickets for either show online from www.livepromotions.co.uk Or you can WIN a pair from Nene Living. Just tell us what was the year of Band Aid’s first number

one Christmas hit? Answers to Nicholas@ bestlocalliving.co.uk by Sunday May 17 latest please, with your name, email and postal address. You must live in the catchment area of our magazines.

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Food News All the latest on local restaurants, pubs, bars and shops

Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence S

USTAINING a family business in the heart of a rural community is no mean feat in the 21st century, but butcher Simon Mould is proud to be celebrating the fact that his family have successfully run the butchers shop in Nassington for the last 150 years. Started by Simon’s great Uncle George Mould in 1890, the shop has not strayed far from its original values. You will always be greeted warmly, there is time to chat, and Simon and his regular staff member Victor Burns are always happy to offer advice and help with anything from the most suitable cut of meat for your recipe, to cooking tips. “My customers are also my friends and I want them to and their children to eat only the best meat and the healthiest food available,” says Simon. “Yes, you may be able to buy your meat a bit cheaper in the supermarket, but people always say that ours

tastes so much better.” All the meat is traceable: Simon can give you a lowdown on any item in the shop. His beef comes from Southwold, where it is handpicked and properly hung. Barn raised chickens are from Suffolk, where they are slaughtered on the farm. Turkey and geese are all free range. Lamb is reared by one supplier on seasonal crop tops and travels only 10 miles to slaughter. The shop also has a five star hygiene rating. Simon’s shop is famous for its secret-recipe sausages: in 2014 he scooped a Bronze in the national Great British Banger Awards. “We only put the very best cuts of meat into our sausages, burgers and mince,” says Simon. As well as his regular sausages, there are up to three other flavours available too, and they are ideal for barbecues, along with the homemade beef and pork burgers. Look out for regular special offers, too. Acknowledging that people lead increasingly busy lives with little time to queue, Simon has a popular phone ordering service: you ring up, place your order and collect at a convenient time. For the elderly, or unwell, it may soon be possible to arrange delivery: this is a service which Simon hopes to extend in due course.

Simon Mould, left, and Victor Burns. “However, I think many people do enjoy visiting the shop, as it is a sociable occasion,” he explains. “We always welcome children, they love to see how the sausages and burgers are made: there are no secrets here, I encourage them to pop in and be involved.” In summary, says Simon: “I am proud to be the third generation of butcher in the family shop which started in 1890.” • JRG and S Mould, 17 Station Rd, Nassington PE8 6QB Tel: 01780 782249


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HE Salerno family are no strangers to the restaurant trade. Until 2008 they ran San Georgio on Oundle’s West Street and now they’re back with a newer, sprightlier Italian at the more happening end of the same road. The new restaurant – Salerno’s Ristoranté, Café & Deli - offers Italian classics in a bright and airy dining space. “We want people to feel at home here,” says Gaby Salerno, who runs the restaurant with her dad Gerry, the chef, and her brother Stefan. “We wanted to create somewhere where people feel comfortable coming in just for a coffee and a cannoli (an Italian pastry) or for lunch or dinner. We use local, fresh ingredients – all our meat comes from just two doors down at Seven Wells Butchers – and the food is really affordable.” We were more than ready to tuck into our starters: the Focaccia Garlic Bread we’d chosen from the Struzzichini (Italian Nibbles) section of the menu with Antipasti of Provolone Bites – deep fried smoked cheese balls – and Calamari to follow. We were a little disappointed as our focaccia was burnt underneath and the smoked cheese balls were crispy on the outside but slightly watery on the inside. Once we moved onto our main courses, things improved greatly. The Spaghetti Puttanesca – a real favourite of mine – was excellent. The salty depths of the anchovies and capers shone through and the whole green olives scattered across the strands of pasta were a welcome touch. The Saltimbocca – veal with sage, Parma ham and Fontina cheese - was tender and tasty, and the side of Roast Vegetables was outstanding ,with sweet chunks of aubergine, courgette and red pepper. We chose a good value £14 Chianti to accompany the meal. It matched the strong flavours of the Puttanesca sauce perfectly. For pudding we chose the Chocolate Brownie Mousse which was the star of the show. The brownie was layered with fudge and mousse toppings which proved absolutely irresistible. Not a crumb to be seen


once we’d finished with it! On another visit to Salerno’s on a busy Sunday lunchtime, my five-yearold declared the Spaghetti Carbonara the best he’s ever had, claiming it to be “even better than Mummy’s!” Not an easy pronouncement for any mum to hear, but a true reflection of the quality of the pasta and pizza on offer and a real indication that this cosy restaurant will become a firm family favourite in the heart of Oundle. Lucy Banwell • www.salernosoundle.co.uk Tel: 01832 270842 Opening hours: 10am – 10pm on week days, 10am – 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays


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A Day Out in Queensgate NL models Christine Brown and Isabella Hamnett spent a day exploring Queensgate Centre and trying on the new season’s fashions. Fashion editor: Sally Stillingfleet Photography: Elli Dean Isabella shops the John Lewis Home department wearing Whistles silk printed dress, £110, worn with Mint Velvet Denim jacket, £99 and pale blue handbag, £189

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A vision for Peterborough As our city grows, there are plans to develop some major eyesores in the centre. But will they deliver? Kem Mehmed of the Civic Society has some suggestions



ETERBOROUGH may have slipped behind local rivals Milton Keynes as the fastest growing city in the UK, but it is still expected to expand at a rapid pace in the next decade or so. Two large and prominent sites are allocated in the city centre to accommodate crucial parts of the growth in jobs, leisure and homes. The City Centre Plan approved by the Council last December includes major redevelopment of the North Westgate area and South Riverside, now known as Fletton Quays. In North Westgate the deadlock in progress is being tackled by Hawksworth, a developer which has recently brought forward plans for the comprehensive development of this major eyesore of a site. They have the support of the Civic Society and is now earnestly seeking a positive response from our elected members. The Council itself has announced a unique approach to deliver sites for development which it owns. The largest of these is Fletton Quays, possibly an even greater blot on the cityscape. A ‘Local Investment Partnership’ has been forged with the Lucent Group to bring forward a series of multi-million pound developments. Lucent will provide the expertise in finance, design and marketing with the City Council supplying the land and enabling planning permission. So far very little has been said about the content, form or vision for the Fletton Quays site, although there is a long history of consultation and plan formulation for the area. In the last 15 years, well debated ideas and proposals have been formulated by a wide range of interested parties. Some of these suggestions included a concert hall, art gallery, university faculty, as well as homes and offices. It would seem that the more


exciting contents have been quietly shelved and we may be left with offices and residential developments with a smattering of small scale retail and leisure outlets. The site presents a clean sheet for designer-developers to create a truly transformational scheme for this riverside location with enormous potential. It is undeniably a challenging site with a number of constraints as well as opportunities. The group of historic buildings from the 19th century is to be retained and should form the focus for a new public realm space providing a springing off point for a landmark footbridge to the Embankment. The buildings themselves could be the basis of a new visitor attraction, perhaps exploiting potential offered by the proximity of the River Nene, Railworld and the Nene Valley Railway. The Victorian Mill buildings might take on a suitable hotel/gallery/ retail function. Adding to the limited number of river craft moorings has long been in various partiesi proposals and here is a chance to provide a small basin for touring craft. There are splendid views of the full extent of of the south elevation of the Cathedral which should form a focus for the street scene to be created

by new buildings. A focal point in the site itself is required at the location of the demolished Bridge House which forms a ‘gateway’ to the city centre inner area. A prominent and appropriate location for the saved Mitchell’s Mural must be found on one of the new buildings. A minor point, this, but dear to our hearts. This site presents the most exciting challenge in the development of the city since Queensgate. Let’s make sure we get something really special!


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Sustainable transport is the theme for this month’s Peterborough Green Festival, which celebrates the environment in innovative and involving ways. By Sue Dobson


AUNCHING the city’s vibrant festival season and dovetailing neatly with the Spring Bank Holiday and half term, Peterborough’s Green Festival kicks off on Saturday May 23 with a host of free, family-friendly events taking place across Cathedral Square, St John’s Square and Cowgate. Plus there’ll be fringe activities happening in the city centre and surrounding areas until Sunday 31st May. Celebrating the environment and promoting sustainable living, this hugely popular event, now in its 23rd year, brings together crafts, community groups, charities and businesses in a variety of involving and intriguing ways. Run by the environmental charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), this year’s Green Festival is sponsored by Travel Choice, with funding from the Arts Council, and focuses on the theme of sustainable transport. Organiser April Sotomayor says “we’re inviting people of all ages to get involved in new ways of thinking about transport and ‘greener’ living. We want everyone to have a great time at the festival and hopefully they’ll come away thinking a little differently about the part they can play in helping to achieve Peterborough’s ambition to become the UK’s Environment Capital”.

Bright ideas

Peterborough isn’t short of creative talent so expect some innovative artistic involvement. Performance poet Keeley Mills has been journeying around and about by bus, collecting stories and writing poems for a walk-through soundscape and podcast. Artist Stuart Payn’s bold images can be seen in murals around the city and his interactive installation for the festival should prove engaging. Meanwhile, theatre director Tom Fox’s detective walkabout will reveal parts of the city his followers may not have noticed before. More launch day activities include heritage crafts (think willow weaving, carving, woodturning and pottery), learning about waste reduction and recycling, local seasonal food and organic veg box schemes, using nature for inspiration, arts and crafts using recycled materials, creating wildlife spaces, live music and dance displays. Meet enthusiastic volunteers from The Green Backyard and crafters who make up Handmade in Peterborough. Children have their own Playbus; adults can make discoveries in The Lifeboat, billed as a ‘participatory

meditation installation’. With sustainable transport firmly in mind, Stagecoach will be offering preloaded travelcards and Sustrans experts will be on hand with good ideas for greener travelling. Even the sound system will be cyclepowered. There’ll be a lot of family learning opportunities going on throughout the day, in particular Children’s University activities that help youngsters discover local organisations and green spaces around Peterborough as well as the importance of local food and farming, biodiversity and recycling. “Children visit a minimum of four stands using our Green Festival Children’s University checklist and get their learning verified by various providers,” April Sotomayor explains. “As well as being a lot of fun the festival has a tangible educational benefit”.

On the fringe

The Green Festival continues during the following week, both in the city centre and the surrounding area, from Queensgate to Nene Park, Railworld to Sacrewell Farm. Events and activities span an eco-Swish clothing swap evening, a cycle-powered outdoor cinema event, farm walks, rambles, cycle rides and an ecologist’s view on climate change. • For more information, visit the website at www.pect.org.uk/ GreenFestival and join in the conversation online @SustainableCity with #PECTGreenFestival.

PECT projects With a mission to help create a cleaner, greener, healthier city and surroundings, the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) works with local people, communities, schools, businesses, local authorities and voluntary organisations, bringing together a network of people making Peterborough a city to be proud of. Its projects include the community skill share initiative Greeniversity; Forest for Peterborough, which aims to plant a tree for every person in Peterborough; Woodland Heritage in Action, connecting people with the natural and cultural heritage of Bretton’s ancient woods; and Love Local, which is all about accessing affordable, locally produced food and learning how to cook healthy meals. • www.pect.org.uk NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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Health & Beauty Notes News, treatments and products from local wellbeing businesses. By Bridget Steele

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HE latest treatment to arrive at Elysia Health and Beauty is an Aesthetic Facial Treatment that uses cutting edge technology to treat lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scarring, pitting and sun damaged skin. This is achieved using Hybrid Energy, Tri-fractional and radio frequency, and it is designed to plump up skin without surgery or chemical fillers. I volunteered to have a treatment as Lisa, owner of Elysia had spoken so enthusiastically about the procedure which is exclusively available at her salon in Tansor. She enthused about the results which could be achieved with a painless and advanced yet non invasive treatment. I was a little apprehensive as I had been warned there would be some redness afterwards, and that I should not wear any make up for the first twelve hours after the treatment. Lisa did everything to reassure me, showing me the disposable tip of micro needles that is attached to a Hybrid Energy Applicator and which is used to target the deeper levels of the skin. The treatment lasts about 45 minutes and is split into two sections. In the first round she worked on particular areas of concern such as enlarged pores and frown lines, then she tackled my whole face and neck. The treatment is not at all uncomfortable, although it is quite different from other facial treatments I have tested. The applicator has a “stamping” action and there is a bleep each time the needles have penetrated. The machine can be adjusted for varying skin types and conditions. My skin felt slightly warm during the treatment, just as if I had been sitting in the sun. The treatment stimulates the body to produce collagen to regenerate and encourage elastin and hyaluronic acid. The aim is to leave smooth plumped up skin. Lisa explained that for optimum results it is advisable to have a course of four treatments spaced two weeks apart. She took photographs before and after my treatment and I could see even in one treatment a marked difference. My skin took three or four days to settle down after the treatment. Already the results are impressive: my skin is much smoother and brighter with an even tone. I think this will be a popular treatment for people looking for optimum lasting results without down time or surgery. Bridget Steele • For more information contact Elysia Health and Beauty, Tansor Oundle, Tel: 01832 226328 or 07879 620196

nstep Foot Clinic is a specialist foot and ankle clinic based in Wansford for the treatment of all lower limb disorders in both adults and children. Established in 2001, the Clinic provides a high quality podiatry service with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. “We provide individually planned, effective and affordable foot care ranging from simple nail cutting to complex injection therapy procedures and nail surgery for a permanent solution to ingrown nails” said owner Sue Arnold. “Spring is on its way and you want your feet to be ready.Don’t be embarrassed by all that dry hard skin or those horrible nails – we have seen it all before and we can help.” Book a Foot Rescue Treatment: a 45 minute £45 luxury treatment which includes a herbal foot soak, toenail trim, removal of all your hard skin and the rehydration of tired, neglected feet; leaving them soft, smooth and ready for your sandals. Perfect! • For more information contact Sue Arnold BSc (hons) and Associates, 19 Elton Road, Wansford, Peterborough PE8 6JD. Tel: 01780 783982


I am in my 50s with sensitive skin and I am noticing a loss of tone and radiance. I want to invest in the way I look but I am not ready for surgery or anything too drastic. Where do I start? Fiona at Renaissance has a loyal following for the Medik8 product range, an award winning range which has some ‘magic bullet’ ingredients including mandelic acid, kojic acid, vitamin C and retinol. These products deliver outstanding results but won’t irritate skin. Additionally, Fiona has developed the Renaissance collagen lift facial. It combines muscle toning, skin tightening and lifting and skin rejuvenation by using a CACI non-surgical face lifting, microdermabrasion, thermotherapy, ultrasound, light therapy and cryotherapy. This treatment can be used on its own for immediate results or taken as a course over five weeks for cumulative, more lasting results. A single treatment costs £110 or a course of ten treatments over five weeks is £750. • Renaissance - 2 Mallory Lane, Stamford PE9 2FW Tel: 01780 763768

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four years ago when she was involved in a near fatal road accident. A charity has been set up in her name to support families faced with similar situations to cope and understand what help is available to them. The day will include facial treatments,

manicures, Indian Head Massage as well as jewellery, handbags, accessories and gifts for sale. Refreshments will also be available. • For more information contact the KathrynClarkeFoundation.com


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Songs of success Will Prideaux is the ambitious musical director who has put Peterborough on the UK choral map. Sue Dobson charts his journey


ITTING in Will Prideaux’s office in the Broadway Theatre, I’m reminded of the first time I talked to him for Nene Living. It was 2011 and having revitalised the Peterborough Male Voice Choir, he was keen to create a women’s choir for Sing For Life, a fundraising project he’d been planning in aid of Cancer Research UK. Hoping to find 40 voices, he was overwhelmed when 220 women responded to his appeal to ‘come and sing’. “I was thrilled, the response was fantastic,” he said at the time, adding “but as we haven’t a venue or the rehearsal space to accommodate so many people, regrettably I had to say no to about half of them.” A lot has changed in four years. “Having the Broadway as our base has been a tremendous opportunity for us, and it’s great for the city, too, to have the theatre open and put to good use,” Will enthuses. “Every year, thousands of people come here for rehearsals, for workshops and for performances. “I’m particularly thrilled to be offering children the opportunity to connect with music through the Peterborough Music Hub and the Peterborough Sings! Singing Strategy, a two-year project that has so far involved over 3,000 local primary school children. “Through various workshops and events they’ve been able to experience performing with a pit orchestra, engaging with West End singers and appearing on stage in front of capacity audiences. It’s education in its broadest sense. Some are so enthused they go on to join the Peterborough Youth Choir, but essentially it’s about expanding horizons and developing confidence in their own abilities.”

Famous names Many of the women who came together for the Sing for Life 2011 concert enjoyed the experience so much that they formed a new choir, Peterborough Voices. Since then they’ve won numerous competitions, performed at festivals, given seasonal concerts, toured in Tuscany, done broadcasts and recorded a CD. Under Will’s direction, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Youth Choir have sung alongside some big names in the music world, including legendary soprano Lesley Garrett. Last month they were on stage with the Black Dyke Band, the world’s most famous brass band; this month they will be back at the Broadway alongside the double Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers.

The men’s and women’s choirs wanted to give children and young people an opportunity to perform with them in their large-scale concerts, so they founded the Peterborough Youth Choir, today the musical home to over 100 young people aged between 7 and 18. Some former members have gone on to specialist music schools; others have gained places in such famous choirs as Durham Cathedral and King’s College, Cambridge. During the Bill Kenwright Ltd season at the Broadway Theatre in 2013, youth choir members appeared in the professional productions of both Evita and Joseph.

Sense of achievement There’s no doubt that Will is a hard taskmaster, demanding total dedication from the singers, but there’s a palpable sense of pride in achievement both from the choir members and their musical director. Most people when they joined the choirs had little or no singing experience, but were very keen to learn and develop skills, to invest time and energy in rehearsing and performing a wide range of music, from traditional choral pieces to popular songs and chart hits. The progress has been remarkable. “Who would have thought that our Peterborough choirs would be attracting some of the big names in music to come and perform with them here? Or, indeed that we would be commissioning a new work from Errollyn Wallen, one of Britain’s most exciting and successful composers? Her music commissioned for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games was broadcast to a billion people around the world!” Will smiles. “Errollyn came to Peterborough and met the choirs and her music will be informed by her experience of the city. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the three choirs will perform the new work at The Broadway Theatre on 6th September, but the World Premiere will take place the week before in London, sung by the 250-member strong Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at St John’s, Smith Square. That’s a very exciting prospect.” • Tickets (from £12) for The King’s Singers at the Broadway Theatre on Saturday 30th May at 7.30pm are available at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, by phone on 0333 666 3366 or online at www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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Play Peterborough Artists Helen Stratford and Edit Nathan are encouraging the people of Peterborough to look at their city with fresh eyes. Fiona Cumberpatch reports


HEN we live and work in the same place for any length of time, many of us stop noticing our immediate surroundings, unless there’s something notable taking place such as a new building going up. Our familiar daily routes and routines can close our eyes to the subtle shifts and changes of life. Artists Helen Stratford and Edit Nathan are seeking to address this with a community project aimed at encouraging Peterborough residents or visitors to reengage with their environment in a fresh and imaginative way. Over the next few months, Helen and Edit will be organising a series of public events to help them develop an easy to use, free App for mobile devices which is designed to motivate local people to rediscover their own city. “The idea is to offer people something they can easily engage with, and step outside their routine,” says Edit. “We are offering people the chance to walk and play to explore different spaces.” The App, which is called Play Peterborough Now or Never! provides users with visual and audio prompts, which are the stimulus to look, listen, think and interact with other people and places as they walk around the city. “We chose Peterborough because it has undergone a regeneration programme, and is experiencing a lot of change,” explains Edit.


“But we have plans to take this to other cities, too.” Both artists have undertaken a number of projects in the East of England (Edit lives in Cambridge and Helen just outside) and have worked extensively on community arts projects.

Can you help? In order to build the App, Helen and Edit are keen to work with members of the public. Through a series of inspiring and participatory walks around areas of the city, using prompts and games, the artists will encourage people to share their memories and stories. “It’s not a workshop in the traditional sense, where people sit around in a circle. We like to walk around,’” explains Edit. “It’s not demanding physically or mentally, we don’t force people to do anything: it’s just gentle, sociable and fun.” One of the prompts is a large dice which is labelled on each side with various instructions. These include: ‘close your eyes: listen to the city passing you by,” or ‘place your hands on an old building: caress the past.” Volunteers are needed to take part in four events: these will initially be a walk designed to help the artists to glean ideas, hear stories and feedback about the city. They will then develop the prompts which will be used to make the App. Finally, the volunteers will trial the App. The finished product will make its debut at

Peterborough Arts Festival in September 2015. “For the development stages, we’re looking for people of all ages and all abilities,” says Helen. “We emphasise the word ‘play’ but that doesn’t mean we’re only looking for children and families to take part. Adults can play too! In fact, we’re very keen to hear from older people who we hope will share their memories of the city. Ideally volunteers will be able to come to all of the events.” In an increasingly regulated world, where CCTV records our movements, health and safety legislation places restrictions on what we can do, and councils and property developers reshape our surroundings according to their own (sometimes baffling) agendas, Helen and Edit are keen to create an experience that helps people to reclaim their own environment. “We are asking the question, who does the city belong to?” suggests Edit, “whilst at the same time inviting people to come together and rediscover where they live.” • All the walks will start and finish at METAL, in St Peter’s Road, behind the town hall. Play Peterborough Now or Never! is being developed in partnership with METAL, which has bases in Peterborough and Southend. If you’d like to take part, booking is essential. Contact playthecitynowornever.com. Walks will take place on May 9, June 6 and June 27.


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Stay safe and legal on social media That off-the-cuff comment you posted in an online forum, or the angry Tweet you sent in the heat of the moment could be breaking the law. Andrew Hornsby, a partner at Hegarty LLP guides us through the social media maze


HE term ‘Libel’ is a form of defamation which can essentially be described as a civil wrong which possesses the function of harming a reputation or altering someone’s opinion of an individual. Specifically the act of Libel is defamation published in written form. This extends to include publication on audio, radio or video; granted this would be heard verbally instead of read but it has still been published as it appears in transfixed form. In general, there are four potential defences to libel: truth, honest opinion, public interest and if it forms a Peer-reviewed statement in scientific or

academic journal. When bringing a claim for Libel, the onus is placed on the defendant to prove that the statement they made was one of truth. The comment is assumed false until it is proved by the person who made it. This is obviously a reversal to the burden of proof in Criminal law in which the burden lies with the accuser. Under the Limitation Act 1980 claims of defamation must be made within one year of their original publication. Under the recently adopted Defamation Act 2013 the provision of ‘Serious Harm’ was included as a requirement to be surfaced for

a claim of Libel to succeed. This clause was, arguably, included in order to prevent spurious claims of Libel in which damage would be limited at best. The new act also provides greater protection for academics, investigative journalists and scientists from possible Libel challenges for fairly criticising organisations, persons or products. In recent years the rise in the use of social media has coincided with the dramatic rise in libel cases concerning defamation on social media platforms. Sweet and Maxwell (2011) establish that online libel cases have doubled as a result of the rise of social media usage. NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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PERSPECTIVES Beware of emoticons! The specific nature of social media causes, and has caused, significant questions and areas of concern in relation to potential libel claims. In 2013 the McAlpine -v- Bercow High Court ruling expressed such questions. The court ruled that even though the defendant, Sally Bercow wife of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, had not defamed the Conservative Peer Lord McAlpine explicitly with the wording of her tweet, the use of a pixelated ‘emoticon’ or ‘smiley’ after her wording showed that the implication to defame was enough to prove libellous. Justice Tugendhat ruled that innuendo was equally as damaging, carrying the same effect as the natural meaning of words. He stated that Innuendo “is a meaning which can be implied from the words complained of, but only if the reader also knows other facts (which are not general knowledge).” This ruling should prove interesting reading for a populous in which commenting online via the prism of social media has become somewhat commonplace. Written material published online is subject to the same legal principles as any other published material. Furthermore, the McAlpine judgement shows that the courts will look at issues specific to the online medium i.e. the effect of an emoticon on what the material meant.

Careful sharing Social Media users should also be aware that claims of libel can also be brought against those who share or re-tweet potential libellous comments, regardless of whether or not they were the principle author of such comments. A re-tweet or share essentially amounts to a further publication of the material and consequently has the effect of causing greater defamation by spreading the comments further afield. A further issue of concern regarding possible defamatory comments made via the social media arena concerns whether the comments were made by someone posting as themselves or anonymously. This clearly can create a variety of problems in recognising and thus prosecuting the individual involved. Identifying such anonymous posters can involve an expensive and time consuming process encompassing the potential approaching of the home country of an Internet Service Provider and launching a claim to have that service identify the user who made the comments. As an example in May 2011 South Tyneside County Council brought a claim to the Superior Court of California which consequently ordered Twitter to pass on the personal details of an anonymous poster whom had made alleged libellous comments about the Council. While the case is now held as a precedent for similar claims aimed at identifying culprits of anonymous internet libel it has simultaneously been criticised for restricting freedom of expression and online privacy. In summary, social media users are viewed as equally responsible for libellous material as the mainstream press. It would be perhaps fair to say that many of these users would not realise that their comments made online can and will


“Ignorance to the law in this area is not a defence.”

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be judged to such standards. Ignorance to the law in this area is not a defence. Given the wide reaching nature of social media platforms, under the law, comments made online should not be considered by their authors as if they were talking socially with a group of friends. Although, some possible solace may be found in the fact that as aforementioned under the fairly recently adopted Defamation Act 2013 the libellous comments must cause ‘Serious Damage’ to the target; the argument could be made that if the comment made results in limited publication the damage caused may not be deemed serious enough. Regardless, the overall message to convey to social media users would be to understand that comments made in the online world are viewed as no different from those made in the material world, and do actually possess the ability to spread with even greater velocity, and therefore care and consideration should be taken.

“Written material published online is subject to the same legal principles as other published material.”

Andrew Hornsby, partner, Andrew.hornsby@hegarty.co.uk 01733 295635 Andrew’s expertise lies within all areas of commercial litigation including insolvency, contract and company disputes, injunctions and employment law. He is an accredited mediator and is also a member of the Law Society Commercial Dispute Resolution Panel and the Centre of Expertise for Dispute Resolution.


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Jewel in the Heart of the City ...that’s how Peterborough Council leader Marco Cereste describes St John’s Church, which has a key role in the city’s community and cultural life – alongside its more obvious role as a place of worship. By Jonathan Craymer


HE recent numbers of closures of older Anglican churches across the UK in recent years gives a clear message to those responsible for maintaining them – use them or lose them. Happily that’s far from the case at St. John’s in the centre of Peterborough, which is a hive of activity. Although what’s going on started before his time, present vicar Canon Ian Black is in no doubt that the best way to guarantee survival for a church such as this is: “to have the place used and make it available.” A Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in 2011, to organise a series of events based in and around the church. The CIC has representation from the City Council, entertainment and leisure promoter Vivacity and economic development agency Opportunity Peterborough. Originally built on what is now the site of Bishop Crichton school in St John’s Road (which is why the road is so named) just over 950 years ago, the church was moved stone by stone in 1407 to its present site in the city centre, although its appearance has changed over the centuries. “But it was the reshaping of the city centre, the removal of modern buildings, railings and pedestrianising the city centre which really opened things up around the church – especially the demolition of the Corn Exchange about four years ago,” says Canon Ian. “The church forms a strategic location able to offer hospitality at most types of events. For instance as part of our active role in Churches Together in Central Peterborough (CTiCP) which helps eight churches including the Cathedral work together - on Good Friday when the ‘Walk of Witness’ takes place in Cathedral Square we

offer hot cross buns and coffee. There’s also a coffee shop on Saturday and Wednesday mornings each week (10am-12) staffed during the week by pupils at Marshfield special school, which helps pupils boost their confidence, and by other volunteers on Saturdays. All income goes to charity. We gave £1000 to the Samaritans last year – just one of the many causes we support, including Thorpe Hall.” As we chat in the church we’re surrounded by a photographic exhibition. A couple of times a year there are art exhibitions. “We’re becoming a popular place for top quality concerts and have the best piano in Peterborough. It’s a Steinway which Peterborough owns but has no place to store it, so we’re able to use it for concerts,” he says. There’s even been drama in the church. Peterborough’s MASK Theatre put on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the back of the church, where there are no fixed pews, forming a wonderful drama space. As part of the forthcoming Green Festival (23 to 31 of May) the church will host a number of stalls. At the time of writing, the church was planning a general election ‘hustings’ for candidates to express their views. So what would Peterborough lack if this venue hadn’t been shifted here 608 years ago? “Certainly it would be missing one of the most attractive buildings in the city centre. But above all people come in to find still space, to let the dust settle in their lives amid the bustle of the city. However we’re not complaining. It’s great that this city centre is so vibrant.” It’s clear that the St John’s CIC plays a huge role in the city’s cultural life. It has supported a poet in residence, Pete Cox, and published a book of his verse. Last year it sponsored artist-

in-residence, Garth Bayley. A series of talks (Tuesdays 1-2pm) called Church of Ideas has just finished, but will start again in September. A series of lunchtime recitals is currently running through ‘til May. More early evening events are planned for Autumn, designed to help keep the city centre alive once the shops have closed. Canon Ian arrived in 2012 from a suburban parish in Leeds. He has a dual role as he’s one of the residentiary Canons at the Cathedral, helping to coordinate things between the two places of worship. With all this going on in the present day, St John’s continues to have a strong sense of history. A plaque in the Lady Chapel commemorates Matthew Wyldbore, the city’s MP from 1768-80, who famously got lost in the fog, but was guided to safety by the bells of St. John. Wyldbore day is still celebrated each year. A gentleman called Old Scarlet, who buried both Catherine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots, was the St. John’s gravedigger. “The parish burial records for St John’s contain the burial entry for Mary Queen of Scots – they’re not actually in the Cathedral records from the 1580s.” There’s also a stained glass window featuring Edith Cavell - the 100th anniversary of her death is in October this year. Clive Morton chairman of both the St. John’s Development Board and CTiCP adds: “It’s an absolute gem because of the situation. The medieval architects can be given great credit for producing something so beautiful with such great acoustics. The re-ordering of the inside of the church presented a golden opportunity to increase its use.” • www.peterborough-stjohns.org.uk https://stjohnscic.wordpress.com/


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Behind the scenes at the opera Peterborough Opera’s latest production is Carmen. Yasmin Bradley finds out how the ambitious production is taking shape

Don José (Principal)

“It’s a love story: a brief, flippant encounter that ends in disastrous break-up and murder,” sighs Mark Ellse, who commutes two hours from Staffordshire to rehearse the role of Don José – the besotted soldier who abandons career, sweetheart and sanity for the gypsy temptress. “Carmen has everything – fun, fighting, dancing, love and death. It is passionate and verging on the erotic…” he continues. Some 140 years after the first performance in Paris in 1875, Carmen continues to hold all who draw near in her spell. Technically this performance may be amateur but its performers are no artistic lightweights. As a child Mark Ellse always sung, won a choral scholarship at Jesus College, Cambridge, performed in “loads of oratorios” and then discovered opera. “Everyone loves a tenor voice,” he explains, and the great thing is that the tenor voice improves with age at its best in your forties and fifties.” Life experience matters too. “Opera is like a distilled version of real life and to perform it, you have to draw from it. Everyone in the audience identifies with what is played out on stage,” continues Mark. He feels that Carmen’s murder is a heightened portrayal of the desperation felt at the end of an obsessive relationship. “We hear the jollity of the bullfight- knowing the bull will be inevitably slain - as a backdrop and are left with a terrible sense of what might have been…”

The Stage Director

Carmen (Liz Williams) with Escamillo (Matt Phillips)

Stage Director, Stephanie Tenneson, a former professional dancer and dance teacher, also takes her role of visual story teller very seriously, and has thought deeply about how to interpret this grown-up fairytale. “It is not just a fable of lust and betrayal, but of predestination versus the individual’s liberty to pursue their own desires regardless of the cost to society.” Ultimately it is passion and superstition (as told by the Tarot cards) that drives the plot. Stephanie has designed the gloriously colourful costumes. They have been expertly made to measure by Marilyn Reid of Violet Truelove Wardrobe in Boston. According to tradition, Carmen is sexy in scarlet, but her dress is also designed to reveal her rebelliousness. It has taken a “goodly part of the budget” to also dress the chorus, the young street urchins and teenage gypsy dancers from Welland School of Dancing, Stamford. Stephanie works painstakingly to block the performers’ moves. Every detail matters.

The Musical Director

Marc Murray is a stickler for perfection, and is hot on the correct pronunciation for Spanish words in the translated English libretto. “It’s “toreador” with an Italian “o” - not some anglicised sound, “he exhorts. “Let’s do the whole thing again.” Until the small orchestra step in later Marc plays the whole accompaniment on a keyboard and he has been rehearsing the music since October. Born and educated in Cape Town, Marc was employed by the South African Department of Education on a school enrichment programme to allow every child to learn a musical instrument. He came here to

take up the post of Director of Music at Boston Stump. “Britain has the best church music in the world,” he enthuses, but he is passionate about the importance of developing a diverse repertoire and a wide community base. Carmen will be his last production before he takes up a new appointment near Manchester. Peterborough Opera is also privileged to have professional singer, Alison Charlton-West as Carmen’s companion, Frasquita. After training at the Royal College of Music she sung for English National Opera and all over the world. “I sing for sheer joy, and if I can give people pleasure, I feel I have a special – if difficult - gift.” John Barratt, who sang leading roles with the company in L’Elisir d’Amore, is Dan Cairo and newcomers Ami Walsh, Nicole Evans, Simon Thompson and James Skinner take on other major roles. NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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Escamillo, the Bullfighter

Another new recruit is Matt Phillips. He sings the role of the bullfighter, Escamillo, Carmen’s final love interest. Still in his work clothes, striped shirtsleeves rolled back to reveal wrists and hands moving expressively to the melody, he already looks and sounds the part. His day job is accountancy. He was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia where he sang for Australian Opera and now lives in Woodston. After four years of singing lessons, he auditioned and was offered this, his first major role. Two months before the performance, he sounds libretto and note perfect and his baritone voice is truly beautiful. The next focus now is acting the role … and upping the chemistry with Carmen!

Carmen (Principal)

A willowy, black-haired woman in tunic and dark jeans leans into Escamillo; opens her mouth to sing and is transformed into the sultry gypsy girl. Liz Williams is already very familiar with the role, which she played in the company’s last production of Carmen a few years ago. Liz sang first in a university rock bands, progressed to musicals but once she had had formal singing lessons, knew that opera was for her. “We do this because we just love singing!” she exclaims. “It takes huge commitment and, above all, stamina. You have to put on a slick performance and project above the orchestra without amplification!”

“The company is open to anyone who wants to take part. You don’t even have to read music or need to join in everything! It is a chance to develop their skills under expert guidance, and learn from each other.” She is adamant too that the singing is about “giving back” and that Peterborough Opera is part of the community. The company ensures that it gives concerts throughout the year including in public places such as Queensgate. Liz also performs the role of Treasurer and was instrumental last year in putting in a successful bid to John Lewis for a new keyboard. “We don’t receive any support from the City so are reliant on the financial support of our patrons too to help meet our overheads,” she explains. For a small annual donation, patrons receive a newsletter and other special opportunities. “We also need people to get involved in other aspects of staged performances - singers or non-singers – without the backstage crew we simply can’t mount a production.”The company is open to anyone who wants to take part. You don’t even have to read music or need to join in everything! It is a chance to develop their skills under expert guidance, and learn from each other.”

The Plot

We meet Carmen, the most provocative of the gypsy girls working at the cigarette factory, as she entertains a crowd. All the young men are entranced except Don José, the soldier on guard. Carmen tosses a flower to him as she leaves. Soon afterwards a quarrel erupts and José is sent to arrest her for allegedly causing it. To escape, she seduces him and José finds himself imprisoned too. Once released, he tracks Carmen down to a tavern where holding the flower, he proclaims his love. Carmen demands that he miss his roll call and stay with her. Having lost his job, José’s only option is to join the smugglers, a decision he soon bitterly regrets: Carmen has already moved on to her next man, Escamillo, the bullfighter, and soon after, Jose’s childhood sweetheart, Micaëla comes to inform him his mother is seriously ill and he must come home. A month later Escamillo meets up with Carmen in the square before the bullfight. He leaves Carmen there and enters the bullring to loud applause. José appears and insists Carmen comes away with him. She refuses, throwing away his ring. Mad with frustration, José stabs her to death.

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Sports car of the future - here now

A car which offers 135 mpg, 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and a company car tax-beating 49g/km CO2 rating may sound too good to be true, but thanks to the BMW i8’s unique combination of electric and petrol power - it isn’t. Jonathan Craymer reports

David Woodhouse, new car sales manager at Sycamore BMW


T’S impressive enough in photographs, but there’s no doubt when you see this car in the flesh, it’s a real head turning, sleek piece of automobile engineering. But it’s what’s under the hood that really makes one’s jaw drop. I’m not sure what BMW was aiming for when the company decided to create a hybrid sports electric/internal combustion model, but with performance figures like these I suspect everyone was satisfied, pleasantly surprised or even downright thrilled with the result. One of the things which pleases me most about the car is the way its mere existence counters the notion that (and Toyota Prius owners please stop reading at this point) if you’re intending to save the planet by being energy efficient, you can’t go particularly fast. The i8 turns that whole idea on its head. It also contradicts the idea that sports cars have to be cramped inside. Once I’d mastered the technique of getting in – you have to go in bottom first – I’m pleasantly surprised by the sense of space, and feeling of exceptional comfort. This is a car I could happily eat up the miles in, knowing I’m benefiting from the incredible petrol economy, while not having to worry about an all-electric car running out of charge halfway to my destination. A brilliant compromise in so many ways. The way the petrol-electric power-train is configured is pure genius. The petrol engine (which sounds absolutely gorgeous by the way) is based on the BMW-designed 1.5 turbocharged three-cylinder engine first seen in the current Mini Cooper. This drives the rear wheels


through a six speed automatic box. The electric motors both drive the front wheels (through a further two-speed auto box!) and when you’re slowing down they generate electricity, helping to charge the 7.1 KWH lithium-ion battery fitted beneath the cabin floor, which is very neat. It certainly leads the way towards cars of the future wasting as little energy as possible. In fact the car is so smart, it’s designed to run out of electric power as you get to the destination you’ve set on the equally clever satnav. This apparently uses every ounce of energy in the most efficient way. So what’s it like to drive? In a word – amazing. One of the things that strikes you is that this is several cars in one. For instance you can use it in all-electric mode only, using no petrol at all for shortish (up to 22 miles) commuting journeys – and plug it in at the other end. Then when you need to go on the open road it can become a full-blooded sports car able to execute neat overtaking manoeuvres accompanied by a satisfying growl from the engine – yet still giving you a total range of 373 miles. Or you can just cruise along serenely, giving superior looks to owners of gas-guzzlers. There’s a clever heads-up display which unobtrusively puts various bits of information in front of the driver, including the current speed limit. This led me to remark to David Woodhouse, new car sales manager at Sycamore BMW who accompanied me on my test drive, that drivers can no longer claim they weren’t aware of the speed limit. As we slow to 30 going through each village, it’s nice to know that the car is making almost no sound (what a

benefit that would be if most vehicles did this in villages!). Meanwhile the petrol engine has gone to sleep, so we’re saving fuel. Brilliant. So who’s buying a car like this at the moment? David tells me: “They tend to be business people, in charge of their own destinies, but having said that an actress has bought one from us. They’re all age ranges and there’s no pigeonhole you can put the typical buyer in. “It’s a new direction that BMW felt it had to go in. There are massive pressures from governments to save the planet by reducing emissions where we can. The i8 is an amazing vehicle from that point of view because it gives you almost the performance of a supercar with very low emissions. And it looks lovely!” Will there be more ‘i’ models in the near future (bearing in mind the i3 all-electric model has been on sale for a while now)? “Certainly BMW has the names i1 to i9 inclusive protected, but I don’t know if there are any plans. Watch this space. However there will be more plug-in hybrid models. For example a plug-in version of the X5 will be launched later this year.” However if you want to join the seven i8 owners Sycamore has supplied this vehicle to in the last quarter, you’ll have to wait six to nine months. My advice - if you love leading-edge technology - is to put in an order and wait. As a certain beer advert keeps reminding us, good things are worth the wait. • Sycamore BMW, Papyrus Road, Peterborough, PE4 5HW Tel: 01733 707070 www.sycamorebmw.co.uk


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The magic of the East Ronnie Haydon reviews a haunting anthology inspired by East Anglia


HE first volume to fledge from Dunlin Press, an Essex-based independent publisher, this anthology looks boldly east, in a broad sweep from the Fens, across to the Wash and all the way down to the London basin. It is, according to its editors, both psychogeography, which sounds more tricky than it is, and ‘time capsule’; both definitions meaning that the writing in Est represents a record of thought about this beguiling region of England. The thought comes in story, verse, memoir and history form, with washy monochrome images and brushstrokes on the facing page of each piece, echoing the dreamy ‘liminal landscapes’ celebrated throughout the collection. The contributions were chosen through an open submissions process: writers from Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk responded; the pieces selected are human stories and ideas, whirling around on an easterly wind from muddy marshlands, fertile agricultural lands, handsome market towns, gardens, ruins and huge skies over shingly beaches. In his introduction to the collection, novelist and filmmaker Chris Petit refers to the otherness of East Anglia, it’s ‘…on the road to nowhere. Everything to the right of the M11 and A1 is ceded’. He goes further, flagging up the rather lowbrow appearance of the eastern counties: the region favours Holland or Germany more than green, pleasant, chocolateboxy England, although we’d all agree it wins hands-down in terms of light and skyscape. In any case, it’s this separateness that makes writers wax lyrical. Est is testament to this. Given Dunlin’s Wivenhoe nesting place, it seems apposite that Essex plays a starring role, with a curt nod to its undeserved reputation, perpetuated by TOWIE and at the keyboards of many a lazy journalist, but mostly in a wholehearted appreciation of its beaches, pastures, birdlife and rich, mysterious history. Local writer, musician, time-divider and poet-in-residence for the Sunday Express, Martin Newell delivers an articulate and backhandedly complimentary love letter to the county he’s hitched to, for better or worse. His piece, ‘A Lazy Wind,’ smirks at the idea of a ‘déclassé Essex…on drinking terms with East London’ being lumped together, in East Anglian terms, with classy Aldeburgh, where ‘smug metropolitans…discover the north-


Left: Felixstowe in the distance. Below: Dunwich tree Photos: MW Bewick

easterly wind lashing down like a cane onto the weathered old buttock of the East Anglian coast.’ In contrast, there’s the eye for detail and delicate tracery of a story in the lyrical stanzas of Irish poet Tim Cunningham, Billericay’s bard, who writes of the mesmerising labours of bees on a lavender bush, ‘bonded like Amish neighbours building a barn’ and fulfilling their duties even unto death, to be delivered into the hearse of ‘undertaker ants’. The wildlife of the region enchants many writers, most especially one who has dedicated his life to it, Darren Tansley of the Wildlife Trust. He writes fluently of a childhood spent exploring the banks of the river Stour, once teeming with water voles, and his return as an adult to spend his days restoring the rivers after decades of depredation caused by unenlightened farming practices. Then there’s the mournful meditation on the salt kingdom of the Dengie Marshes, by Melinda Appleby, fenland poet: her sad account of the diminishing returns of wildfowl, the flocks of plover, widgeon, redshank and curlew much reduced, a ‘sense of the thinning out of nature’. Humankind’s impact on the vast brown landscapes of fens and marsh, from apologetically creepy gentrification to

chemically-enhanced large-scale agriculture is summed up in Chris Maillard’s ‘Digger’ and Lander Hawes’s ‘His Winter View’. The first is a world-weary story of neighbours from hell and a second-homer’s sense of unbelonging, whose self-mockery seems like bravado in the face of the heartache in its denouement. The second is a slower-paced meditation of changing spaces and faces, seen through the eyes of a man oppressed by his empty nest, contemplating the ploughed field outside his house. Est is not all about melancholy nostalgia and uneasy pathetic fallacy, however; there’s humour and curiosity in the pieces about handsome but careworn seaside towns where walkers take their rest, where layer upon layer of buried history patiently awaits another species of digger, the archaeologists, and where the birds soar, wheel and dip to delight the estuary twitchers. Meandering through the collection, in the manner of the rambling couple responsible for them, are ten little vignettes with gnomic observations and photographs that take us to the ‘German Sea’ and ‘a strange frisson of energy that linked the sea walls below us with mainland Europe and beyond’. These picture captions, that seem to punctuate some sort of conversation between the two uncredited walkers, provide another angle from which to contemplate this most enigmatic of regions; the ramblers’ journey to the sea is a thread that binds a compelling treasury of writing. • Est: Collected reports from East Anglia. Dunlin Press.


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King’s Lynn For many of us, our only experience of King’s Lynn is seeing it in the distance from the ring road on the way to the beach. But a walk round the centre of town reveals a fascinating maritime history and myriad beautiful old buildings, as Nicholas Rudd-Jones discovered THE CONTEXT Situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, King’s Lynn is an historic medieval port. Founded as Bishop’s Lynn at the end of the 11th century, by the 14th century it was England’s biggest port. It was considered as important to England during the Middle Ages as Liverpool was during the Industrial Revolution. Famously, King’s Lynn was part of the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coasts of Northern Europe from the 13th to the 17th century. The League is sometimes described as ‘Europe’s first Common Market’. The League was created to protect economic interests and diplomatic privileges in the cities and countries and along the trade routes the merchants visited. The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid. The traders came to Lynn with fish, furs, timber, wax and pitch and took away English wool, cloth and salt. The port today is still busy exporting grain and importing timber.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Tourist Information Office in the Custom House has excellent free maps and information, pop in on your way. There are many more historical buildings than the ones listed below. The Custom House Built by Henry Bell in 1683 as a merchants’ exchange. The building was used as a customs house from the 18th century until 1989. It was the first classical building to be built in King’s Lynn. King Street Known as ‘Stockfish Row’ in the 14th century, this thoroughfare became the preferred location of Lynn’s top merchants who built new houses and warehouses running down to the river. The Great Ouse was deeper in this part of the town enabling bigger ships to moor at private quays. The Common Staith to the west of the Tuesday Market Place had become the principal public quay. Pevsner described it as one of the finest walks in the world. Lynn Museum (on the route, between Waymark 5 & 6) tells the story of West Norfolk, and houses Seahenge, the Bronze Age timber circle discovered on Holme Beach. The Walks, dating back to the 18th century, were intended as a promenade for the citizens away from the smell, grime and bustle

WALK DATA Town circuit: 3 kms (1.9 miles) Typical time: 1/2 hr Town circuit and riverbank: 7.5 kms (4.7 miles) – includes ferry Typical time: 2 hrs Height gain: none Map: OS Explorer Map 236 King’s Lynn Start & finish: Marriott’s Warehouse, South Quay, PE30 5DT Bus access: The regular Coasthopper bus arrives adjacent to the railway station. For full timetable, see www.coasthopper.co.uk Parking: Boal St Long Stay, South Quay, PE30 5AA Terrain: very straightforward; sturdy footwear needed, could be muddy on riverbank

of the town centre; and, with a 2004 facelift facilitated by a National Lottery Grant, they still fulfil that role today. Red Mount Chapel is an unusual 15th century wayside chapel that was part of the Walsingham pilgrimage route. The chapel was also used by soldiers during the Civil War, who left interesting graffiti in the interior. Greyfriars Tower and Gardens is one of only three remaining Franciscan friaries in the country, and is the most attractive and complete. The tower is a key landmark in King’s Lynn and it owes its survival to this as, for centuries, it proved useful as a seamark for traders and sailors navigating the difficult waters of The Wash. Saturday Market Place This medieval space accommodated a charnel chapel and cemetery in the 14th century, so the weekly market and annual summer fair must have hugged the buildings and extended into High Street. Lynn Fair was one of the most important in the eastern counties and a major attraction for Germans traders seeking wool and cloth especially Trinity Guildhall/Town Hall dates to the early 15th century. The building is of brick, but has a magnificent façade of chequered flush work, with a 17th century porch. Next to the guildhall is the Town Hall, built in 1895 in the Elizabethan and Gothic Revival styles. It also has chequered flush work to complement the façade of the guildhall. NENE LIVING MAY 2015

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Start at Marriott’s 16th C Warehouse, South Quay. Facing the river, turn right along the quayside (N) Where the road bends right in to King’s Staithe Square, continue straight on, crossing the sluice Immediately after crossing the sluice, turn right on to Purfleet Quay, passing the statue When you reach the Custom House (Tourist Information Centre), turn left on to King Street. Walk along King Street until you reach Tuesday Market Place Exit by Market Lane on the E side, and turn right into Chapel St, which then becomes Broad St Bear left in the more open shopping area into Old Market St, and walk past the museum Cross St James Rd, head down St John’s Terrace and enter The Walks on St John’s Walk Just before the small river, turn right along Red Mount Walk with Red Mount Chapel on your left Take the next right turn (W) along Broad Walk and exit the park, cross St James’ Rd and head through Greyfriars Tower and Gardens just to the right of the Edwardian library Head along St James St, until you reach the Saturday Markeplace, with King’s Lynn Minster on your left Head back down College Lane, in front of you, to the river and the start of the walk

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RIVERBANK ROUTE ADDITION: Instead of heading down College Lane, head S down St Margaret’s Place, then Nelson St; cross over Stonegate St into Bridge St, passing the Greenland Fishery, a 17th century merchant’s house used by Lynn’s whaling community Proceed through Harding’s Tips, with its Great Whale sculptor, and then join the riverside walk up to the Free Bridge. Cross the bridge and head back on the other side N, to the pedestrian ferry. The Ferry costs £1 and runs 3 times an hour: on the hour, 20 past and 20 to, from Mon-Sat 06.45-18.30. Note it does not run on Sundays Once back on the east bank, proceed up Ferry Lane, turn right into King St, pass the Custom House on your right and proceed south along Queen St, turning right down College Lane just opposite the Trinity Guildhall back to the start by the quay.

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Bird walks, bat evenings, pond-dipping, bug hunts, craft activities and nature reserve exploration with a chance to visit Swaddywell Pit. Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre , Nene Park Trust, Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU. 01733 234193. Festival programme at www. neneparktrust.org.uk; follow #wildlifefest. Monday 25 - Sunday 31 May Lyveden Alive! 10.30am -5.00pm Get closer to nature with bug-hunting in the wildflower meadow, pond dipping in the moats and more! £6. Lyveden New Bield, National Trust, near Oundle, PE8 5AT. 01832 205158, lyveden@ nationaltrust.org.uk .www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ lyveden-new-bield.

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