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New season fashion

Post 16 education



Try trail running

Teenage hang-outs

Edith Cavell: woman of courage






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ELPING your child to decide which educational pathway to take once they’re over 16 can be difficult. Exams are currently undergoing upheaval, with AS and A2 exams changing as a result of Government education policy. Coursework is vastly reduced or gone, the chance to resit is limited, and there’s a return to the single summer exam on which everything rests. Progress - or coming full circle? You decide. The upshot for families is that helping their student to choose an appropriate way forward is complicated. Schools are changing too. There are academies, free schools, technical colleges and further education colleges. Some sixth forms are openly selective, some welcome allcomers. Some (arguably) appear to be selective by stealth. As a parent of older teenagers, I know how difficult making the appropriate choice can be and I hope that Yasmin Bradley’s guide to post 16 education in the Peterborough area proves useful. See page 31 for details. If you need a break after that, we’ve taken you shopping in Serpentine Green, shown you how to take up trail running, and helped you to get organised by suggesting venues for your work Christmas party. There’s something for teenagers too - when they get a free moment from their studies, that is. King’s School A level student Amelia Rushen suggests venues for 17 years olds who want to get out and about without the parents. Have a great month.

F ion a Cu mberpatch Editor

Nene Valley Living



5 Editor’s selection

A teenage guest editor makes her choices

7 Agenda

Brighten your garden with bulbs!

8 Agenda

New bike shop for Peterborough

11 Agenda

Ssh…it’s the Secret Vintage Fair

12 Food News An autumnal recipe

14 Discover Serpentine Green

New season’s fashions on your doorstep

18 Where to go when you’re 17 Pre-ID venues

21 Christmas party venues

The best places for your works bash

24 “No hatred, no bitterness…”

The extraordinary story of Edith Cavell

26 Health and beauty notes Fabulous nails and Reiki healing

29 Trail running

The benefits of running off-road

31 Post 16 education in the Peterborough area Helping you to negotiate your child’s next step

35 On the road Motoring news

37 Marshall Vauxhall’s new approach to selling Car dealer drops the hard sell

41 Why you should make a Will The step we must all take

45 Diary dates

Essential events to enjoy

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 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 Cover photo: Tapestry range of crockery by BHS, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, perfect for autumn.


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Editor’s Selection

This month our guest editor is sixth form student Amelia Rushen who chooses her top buys from Peterborough city centre

Suede zip skirt, from a selection at New Look, Bridge Street Yellow vintage print dress, from a selection at Topshop, Queensgate Centre

Olive shopper, £12, Primark, Queensgate Centre

Buckle vintage floppy hat, £32, Accessorize, Queensgate Centre

Wire cage light shade, £12, Wilko, Hereward Cross Shopping Centre Mango body mist, from a selection at The Body Shop, Queensgate Centre Rufus suede loafers, £68, Office, Queensgate Centre

Pink floral print 2016 diary, £10, Paperchase, Queensgate Centre

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ANIMAL ANSWERS In the first of a series of regular columns, Wendy Kruger, a dog welfare and training consultant who works for Wood Green The Animals Charity, helps out with some common pet queries



ll dogs of all ages need to chew. If we look at how we have lived alongside dogs over the last few centuries, it’s shocking how quickly we have changed how they attain and consume their food. When I was young I can remember raw bones being a daily portion of a dog’s diet, and often they had a significant amount of kitchen scraps (leftovers and veg cuttings) as part of their dinner. Over the last 30 years we have moved away from this and now we tend to provide one or two feeds in a bowl and are often not giving any chews at all. When we look at the physical side of a dogs mouth, it’s easy to see why dogs should be chewing and tearing up their food. The confirmation of both muscle and teeth clearly indicate that they are designed to chew and tear, and not giving them this outlet for normal and natural behaviour causes frustration and in many (but not all) the chewing of inappropriate objects. It’s really important to provide your dog with daily chewing opportunities. Thankfully these days there are many different safe chews available in pet shops, so please do give chew items daily to dogs of all ages! • Wood Green have a training and advisory service for dogs and cats. If you have a question or concern about your dog or cats behaviour, call on 0844 2488181 Extension 1366

Top Tips for Better Bulbs It’s bulb planting time again, and if you’d like to see your garden come alive with spring blooms next year, Adrian Nind, Managing Director at Bakker Spalding Garden Company has these tips for success: 1. Preparation is key. The first step is to remove weeds and incorporate lots of compost and other organic matter when planting your bulbs. Those grown in pots need good drainage so put plenty of pot shards in the bottom of the container and use well drained compost. 2. Select early. With so many stunning spring flowers to choose from, selecting your bulbs is something you should do at an early stage. A recent survey we did shows that the favourite colour plants in the UK are red, followed by purple. We’ve seen a great deal of interest in our wide variety of tulips this year, including the ‘Exquisit’ tulip which resembles a double peony and the ‘Tropical Wave’ tulip which has a fantastic double yellow goblet. 3. Plant without delay! Bulbs are sent directly from the nursery and are in optimum condition for planting. If you can’t plant them straight away, unpack the bulbs as soon as they arrive. Put in a dry, dark place under 20 degrees centigrade and open the bags so the air can circulate. 4. Proper planting They should be planted in holes three to four times as deep as the bulb itself. Plant in groups of at least six to ensure optimum results and if you are unsure which way to plant into the soil, put it in on its side. The stem will find its own way to the surface. 5. Prepare for next year! Feed after flowering. This gives the bulb time to store enough nutrients to ensure profuse flowering the following spring. • For more tips, visit www.spaldingbulb.co.uk


Can you help? Poppy is looking for a home Poppy is a sweet and affectionate girl. She would be happiest as the only dog in the home but could have some canine friends to walk with and could possibly live with a bold cat. Once settled, Poppy could be left for a few hours and would like children in the household to be over 7. • To enquire about rehoming Poppy, call 0844 2488181


f you have little ones, take them along to Queensgate Centre on Thursday October 29 to meet Fireman Sam. He will be appearing during story telling sessions, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day. To find out more about this and other upcoming events, visit www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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Learn a new skill in the old school S

tibbington Community Classes comprise a new range of craft workshops now available on selected weekend dates in an old Victorian

village school. You can learn in classes run by local artists and talented craftspeople. Why not try one of these new skills? • October 17 Stunning Stained Glass with Cathi Price of Sheglass Design. Cutting, shaping and soldering to produce a glass panel to one of several designs provided. Your choice of colours will ensure a panel unique to you. 10am–4pm £55 • November 22 Fantastic Felt with artist Eve Marshall. You’ll learn how to make fabulous flowers using the wet felting method with merino wool and silk. The technique of needle felting will then be used to make a robin (pictured) and a tree. 11am–4pm £35 • December 6 Repurposed Paper. A collaboration with Stamford Oxfam Shop, you’ll see how to give old books, sheet music and maps a new life as stylish Christmas decorations, including wreaths, rosettes and angels. 1pm–4. £20 • For bookings or enquiries, ring 01780 782386 or email CEES.stibbington@ cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Rutland Cycling opens new Peterborough store R

utland Cycling’s new Peterborough shop is now open at Orton Meadows, next to Notcutts Garden Centre, and to mark the opening the store will be offering customers a chance to win a new bike worth £500! There will also be give-aways and the chance to save up to 40 per cent on clothing and bikes, while stocks last. For a chance to win the bike, visit the Peterborough store or the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ rutlandcycling The spacious purpose built store stocks bikes, cycle clothing and gear from top brands including Specialized, Giant, Trek, Cube, SCOTT and Whyte. The store has a full workshop, a dedicated women’s department, road and mountain bike pro shops, a custom build centre and a bike fit studio. Paul Archer, chief executive of Rutland Cycling says: “we’re delighted to open our Peterborough store. We have over 250 bikes on display, a regular calendar of free rides and classes and we even have a cyclists’ pit stop where you can take a breather, grab a coffee and speak to one of our cycling experts. This store is in addition to our Ferry Meadows hire centre, which opened earlier in the year offering affordable bike hire for all ages to enjoy the various routes around Ferry Meadows.” Rutland Cycling began in 1981 with a bike hire centre on the shores of Rutland Water, and over the years it has grown to five bike shops and hire centres at Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Fineshade Woods in Northamptonshire and now Orton Meadows. • Rutland Cycling Centre Peterborough, Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU Open 7 days. Tel: 01733371013 www.rutlandcycling.com


free Pumpkin Day at Riverford’s organic farm at Sacrewell, Peterborough on Saturday October 24th, 11am – 4pm. Pick your own pumpkin from the fields, carve it ready for Halloween, and see cooking demonstrations, live music, chilli stringing, apple pressing and story telling. Snacks and light bites available. Free entry and parking. No need to book. www.riverford.co.uk


ASK THE EXPERT This month, Kerry Hilliard of Stephenson Smart accountancy firm in Peterborough explains the changes to inheritance tax and what it means to your family home


he government has announced the introduction of an additional nil rate band for Inheritance Tax, making it easier for most families to pass on the family home without a tax charge. The additional band will apply where parents leave the family home to one or more of their children or grandchildren. It will be phased in starting at £100,000 from 2017-18, rising to £175,000 in 2020-21. The new nil rate band is in addition to the current nil rate band of £325,000 which will remain frozen until at least 2020. The additional band can only be used in respect of one residential property which has, at some point, been a residence of the deceased. Buy to let properties will not qualify unless they have been a residence at some point during ownership. Any unused nil rate band may be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner, though not everyone will benefit from the additional IHT free allowance. Estates with a net value of more than £2 million are subject to a tapered withdrawal of the allowance, and so may not qualify or will only qualify at a reduced rate. • For more information and planning advice on inheritance tax, contact Stephenson Smart on 01733 343275 or visit www.stephensonsmart.com

Beauty Naturals wins award K

ing’s Cliffe based company Beauty Naturals has won a prestigious Gold Award for one of its products, the Skin Revivals Organic Facial Cleansing Oil. The accolade came at the Love Natural/Allergy Free show at Olympia, and is testament to the company’s philosophy of creating natural products which are free from chemicals and potential allergens. • To see the full range of products, visit www. beautynaturals.com


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The Constable House – Sleeps 9 + 3 The Turner House – Sleeps 8 + 2 The Gainsborough House – Sleeps 8

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Secret Vintage: Thorpe Hall Takeover! T

he Secret Vintage Fair has just revealed that Thorpe Hall is to be the special location for its next event. The weekend of October 31 and November 1 will see a huge vintage, handmade and craft fair take over the grade 1 listed mansion. The two day event, which will help to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice, will incorporate live music and entertainment, and showcase a variety of stalls selling vintage homewares, clothing, kitchenalia, haberdashery, steampunk, jewellery and accessories as well as handmade craft items. There will be a delicious selection of refreshments available, and those who really wish to indulge themselves can book ahead for afternoon tea. Customers are encouraged to come dressed in their vintage finest, as the Secret Vintage Fair team will be awarding a prize to the best dressed guy and gal they spot across the weekend. There will be a Vintage Photobooth provided by photographer Dexter Morgan and women can have their hair and make up done by the Hairaid Shelter team of vintage beauty experts. There will be an array of live music, including an appearance by Jade May Jean Peters from BBC’s The Voice, and top electro swing DJ Tallulah Goodtimes will be on hand to act as Mistress of Ceremonies and play some top vintage tunes. The Secret Vintage Fairs have raised over £3,500 for a variety of charities. Entrance to the fair is £3 for one day, £5 for two days. Entrance tickets can be bought on the door with 50 per cent of proceeds going to the charity alongside 100 per cent of proceeds from the raffle. The entry fee includes a free cup of tea. Children under 16 go free. • Traders can apply by emailing stallholders@secretvintagefair.com Details of how to book an afternoon tea treat available on the website nearer the time. www.secretvintagefair.com Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheSecretVintageFair

CRAFTS FOR EVERYONE! Get some early Christmas shopping done at one of the region’s superb craft fairs.

STAMFORD ARTISANS GUILD A not for profit company managed by local artisans from Stamford and the surrounding areas who host regular handmade arts and crafts events. The Guild launched its craft events in Oundle in 2015, and they return to The Victoria Hall, Oundle on Saturday October 10, 10am – 4pm to showcase the creative talent of local artisans. All the products are exclusively handmade locally – you won’t find bought in goods or big franchises. The Guild showcases a wide range of artisans who will be behind their stalls, so you can chat to them about what you’re buying and take home something truly unique. • For further information on this craft event or the Guild, call 07854 637810 www.facebook.com/stamfordartisansguild BURGHLEY CRAFT FOOD AND GIFT FAIR This popular event returns to Burghley House on October 18 and 19 with a new show layout, format and site within the beautiful estate. Its location has moved the Leg of Mutton pasture, an easy walk from Stamford town centre. There are major changes to the food hall, with TV chefs Dean Edwards, Daniel Clifford and Holly Bell all making appearances over the weekend. Small, specialist caterers will provide a range of foods, and there’ll be live jazz and blues music. As well as the chance to purchase a huge range of wonderful foods, the Craft Village offers merchandise from artists, designers and craftspeople. Expect live displays with lots to see, do and buy. • Adults £6.50, over 65 £6, children £2. Open 10am -6pm.

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Food News

Recipes and reviews


From the Riverford Kitchen Bake a healthy treat for Halloween

Squash, lemon & almond muffins

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Makes 12, prep 20 mins, cook 40 mins You’ll need a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cases. Ingredients: • 300g squash, peeled and diced weight • 125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature • 125g light brown soft sugar • 3 eggs, beaten together • 1 tsp almond essence • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons • 125g self-raising flour • 150g ground almonds • 1 tbsp clear runny honey • 12 whole blanched almonds, toasted in a dry frying pan until lightly golden

Method: 1. Steam or boil the diced squash for 15 mins, until very soft. 2. Drain and leave to cool, then mash with a potato masher. 3. Preheat your oven to 200°C. 4. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl (an electric hand-held mixer makes life easier), until pale, light and fluffy. 5. Gradually beat in the eggs. Stir in the almond essence, lemon zest and mashed squash. 6. Add the flour and ground almonds and fold in gently. 7. Spoon roughly equal quantities of the mixture into your muffin cases. 8. Bake for 5 mins, then turn the heat to 180°C and cook for approx 20 mins until golden. 9. Leave to cool. 10. Gently warm the honey in a small pan. 11. Brush a little over the top of each muffin and top with an almond.

here cannot be many Indian food lovers who have not at some time or other eaten in the Bombay Brasserie, owned by Rony Choudary, who soon celebrates being in business for 35 years in the city. The restaurant has a loyal following, dedicated staff and a team of chefs from Pakistan and Bangladesh. We visited on an early evening, with two hungry sons keen to sample the Bombay’s new three course early bird menu. There are a couple of conditions: food has to be ordered between 5pm and 6.30pm and the menu is £10.00 per head available Sundays to Thursdays only. As there were four of us, we managed to sample most things on the limited but still very appealing menu. We started with the obligatory pickles and poppadoms, before moving on to starters of onion bhaji, samosa and chicken tikka. All were freshly cooked, crisp, and delicately spiced. There is a choice of eight mains, including two vegetarian options. The chicken shashlik is delivered to the table on a bed of sizzling onions and the lamb bhuna included plenty of meat in a rich, fragrant sauce. I chose the vegetarian sag sabzi dansak. It was very spicy, with great flavours and consistency. Side vegetables included an excellent Bombay Aloo and Channa Masala, with a choice of rice and breads. Coffee and tea with a mint chocolate is included in the menu price. We thought this was an excellent value deal. Not only was the food spot on, the service was great too, as always in the Bombay Brasserie. It’s an ideal place for an early evening meal. Bridget Steele • The Bombay Brasserie, 47 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ Tel: 01733 565606/560080

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Go shopping at Serpentine Green Styled by Sally Stillingfleet Photos: Elli Dean Fashion assistant: Phoebe Woollard


Mel wears oatmeal coloured poncho £20, grey and black bag £16, khaki leggings £14 and peep-toe boots £22 all Tesco. Shuli wears a classic Trench coat £39 and black leggings as before, patent brogues £16 all Tesco.


HERE’S so much choice and variety under one roof at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre. You don’t need to trudge the high street to find the latest looks for you and your family. New Look, Tesco, Boots, Outfit and Mothercare are just a few of the many shops to explore, and there’s easy free parking too. Once you’ve had your fashion fix, you’ll be ready for a coffee in Costa and why not treat yourself to some American style candy from the sweet stall opposite? If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other choices in the Food Court restaurants. You could also browse the latest selection of mobile handsets at Carphone Warehouse or Vodafone if you are in need of an upgrade. If you love premium beauty products, you’ll be well catered for at Serpentine Green. Gerry from Clarins and Amy at No.7 at Boots had lots of helpful advice and a wide range of products to try out on our NL models, mother and daughter Shuli and Mel – and they’ll be more than happy to help you, too.


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Mel wears a cute floral midi dress £46 under beige cardigan £42. Tan bag £30 all Topshop. Dorothy Perkins tan boots £25 Shuli wears Warehouse jacket £79 and denim popper front skirt £35. Topshop shirt £20. Dorothy Perkins black boots £35 and Wallis black cats eye jewellery set £15, all from Outfit.

Mel wears swing dress £17.99 under sleeveless blazer £27.99. Fringed bag £19.99 Engraved necklace £12.99 and Chelsea boots £27.99 all New Look. Shuli wears fur gilet £29.99, Super soft skinny jeans £19.99 over navy Paisley top £19.99. Fedora hat £14.99 and Tote bag £24.99. Real suede tassel boots £39.99 all New Look.


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Book a free home visit to measure and discuss your requirements and receive a no-obligation quotation. Harlequin, Prestigious, Blendworth, Villa Nova and many more! Showroom at: 30 Phorpres Close, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8FZ - Email: sales@jandsinteriors.uk.com www.jandsinteriors.uk.com Opening times: Mon - Fri 9.30 - 5; Sat 10-4. Free parking - Telephone: 01733 558864 - (Behind Dobbies Garden World)


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Mel wears Miss Selfridge Parka £95 and blue checked dress £24 with Dorothy Perkins leather Chelsea boots £35 all Outfit. Tights from H&M. Shuli wears Dorothy Perkins Eden jeans £20, navy Topshop sleeveless belted coat £50 Miss Selfridge jumper £25, Wallis jewellery £16.50 and Dorothy Perkins Tan ‘Betsey’ mid calf boots £45 all Outfit.

• Special thanks to Phoebe Woollard for her invaluable help on the day, for being Sally’s fashion assistant and writing the copy. • Thanks to Shuli and Mel for being such fantastic models and to Gerry and Amy from Boots for doing the make up. • Pictures by Elli Dean (07932 055548 ) www.ellideanphotography.co.uk

Mel and Shuli’s make up is perfected by Gerry and Amy at Boots


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JD Wetherspoon 7 Sheep Market, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2QZ Phone Number: 01780 753832 Web: www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk This busy restaurant, situated in Sheep Market, offers a wide variety of basic yet enjoyable pub grub. From toasties to hearty pub classics such as gammon, eggs, and chips, JD Wetherspoon is a favourable location for affordable food for young people. Although the food isn’t the most nutritious, the portion sizes are generous and represent unbeatable value. The pub retains its old press theme – its former use was as the offices for the Stamford Mercury – with its industrial décor, and newspaper print on the walls. During the warmer months, my friends and I have often sat at the tables outside to eat, whilst observing Stamford’s cheerful atmosphere. Wetherspoon is open to under 18 year olds until 9pm

Voodoo Lounge

OK Diner

9a North St, Stamford, Lincs PE9 1EL Phone Number: 01780 765888 Web: voodoolounge@mamaliz.co.uk Voodoo Lounge is a music venue situated in the cellar of Mama Liz’s in Stamford, which presents live music from local bands. Occasionally friends from school have performed there and groups of us have gone to see them. Under 18s can enjoy music in the cellar, without access to the bar.

OK Diner, Bloody Oaks Services, A1 Northbound, Tickencote, Stamford, PE9 4AD Phone Number: 01780 480756 Web: www.okdiners.com The OK Diner is a classic American 50’s style restaurant, decorated with 50’s theme posters, photographs and signs and naturally there is a rock and roll soundtrack in the background. With seating in the gaudy pink and blue booths, the diner creates a fun atmosphere. The menu consists of typical American style food, with all day breakfasts; my preferred choice being the stacked pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. My friend picked one of many burgers, named ‘Guac ‘n’ Roll’, which is a considerable size served with French fries and relish. The staff are friendly, and the food doesn’t take long to come. A popular option seems to be the variety of milkshakes offered, another quintessential American choice on the menu. OK diner is appealing for the younger generation because of its exclusive character from its American 50s theme, matched with its equally good food.

TAMU 29 Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1SQ Phone Number: 01733 311269 Web: tamuonline.co.uk Email Address: info@ tamuonline.co.uk Tamu is definitely a favourite due to it being primarily dedicated to desserts. It specialises in crepes, waffles and coffee. My friends and I decided to share a couple of desserts between the three of us; which I’d recommend, considering the size of the portions and how rich they are. We selected a stack of pancakes slathered in Oreos and peanut butter, alongside a Ferrero Rocher style crepe, which did not disappoint. The desserts are heavenly and so filling, as well as being beautifully presented. We then had a cappuccino, but milkshakes and smoothies are also available. Additionally there is the choice of a savoury option. The service was efficient and the staff were attentive and welcoming. The café is fairly small with basic décor however, the charm of Tamu is not its appearance, but its delicious desserts. Tamu is an ideal place to meet, due to its friendly vibe and its short walk from the city centre in Peterborough. Its distinctive menu consisting of a multitude of different sweet treats, makes this café an absolute must if you wish to indulge your sweet tooth.


Punting in Cambridge

Scudamore’s Punting Company, Head Office, 32a Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UJ Phone Number: 01223 359750 Web: www.scudamores.com Email Address: enquiries@ scudamores.com Cambridge is a regular day out for my friends and I for its contemporary shops and restaurants. We chose to go punting for a friend’s birthday, as it had affordable prices and offers a different experience, compared to our usual day out. We prebooked a shared punt tour for £14, however there is also the option of hiring a private boat. There are many advertisers for punting on the day in the middle of the town, but these are slightly more expensive than booking online. Punting allows an insight into the city’s unique historical architecture, as your boat will tour the traditional parts of Cambridge. As we drifted down the river Cam, our tour guide told us about the history of the landmarks we were passing such as the world famous University, the Bridge of Sighs and others, as well as anecdotes about the uni students and freshers. We were given the opportunity to have a go ourselves at controlling the boat, whilst we spent the rest of our journey sitting back comfortably. Punting in Cambridge is well worth a visit for its relaxing experience and its authentic views, which ordinarily we wouldn’t have taken the time to appreciate.


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Food & Drink

‘Tis (nearly) the season! With the festive season not too far ahead, Lucy Banwell finds out what some of the best eateries in the area have planned for Christmas dining and sparkly nights out

The Black Horse

14 Overend, Elton PE8 6RU Tel: 01832 281222 www.blackhorseelton.co.uk From 23 November The Black Horse will be offering a Christmas menu which includes treats such as 12-Hour Slow Cooked Beef with Roast Potatoes & Bourguignon Sauce, and Pan Fried Gressingham Duck Breast with Redcurrant Jus, Fondant Potato and Carrot Puree. £23.95 for three courses; £18.95 for two courses. Private dining options are on offer in the Gamekeepers Lodge – an intimate space which can seat up to ten – or the elegant Poachers Den which can seat up to 25 diners.

The Beehive

62 Albert Place, Peterborough PE1 1DD Tel: 01733 310600 www.beehivepub.co.uk A reputation for friendly service and the freshest of ingredients makes The Beehive an obvious choice for a city centre Christmas party. The pub can offer private dining for groups of up to 20 guests, but smaller parties are very welcome too and can look forward to a festive menu featuring Sage & Chestnut Stuffed Breast of Chicken and Steamed Figgy Pudding with Brandy Custard. £25 for three courses; £18.50 for two courses. Christmas Day itself is already fully booked but there is still some availability for Boxing Day.

The Chequered Skipper The Green, Ashton PE8 5LD Tel: 01832 273494 www.chequeredskipper.co.uk The Chequered Skipper’s ‘Christmas Fayre’ menu will be available for lunch or dinner from 27th November until 23rd December. Chef patron Ian Campbell’s food never fails to disappoint in our experience. Main courses on the Christmas menu will include Roast Norfolk Turkey with Cranberry & Sausage Meat Stuffing, and Braised Shin of Seven Wells Beef with Horseradish Mash. £25 for three courses; £20 for two courses. The ‘Green Room’ can be hired for private dining for groups in excess of 40 guests.

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Why not hang up your pinny and make a visit to The Skipper on Christmas Day itself? For £65 per adult you will receive a welcome drink, canapes and a three-course lunch followed by coffee and petit fours. £30 for under 12s, £15 for under fives and babies are free.

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The Haycock Hotel

London Road, Wansford PE8 6JA Tel: 01780 782223 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/haycock Looking for a venue for your office party? Then why not come along to one of The Haycock’s ‘Snowflakes & Stars’ party nights? Held on various dates throughout December with prices from £31 per person, revellers will enjoy a four-course meal and a disco ‘til 1am. On Christmas Day, the Ballroom will be the grand setting for a three-course Christmas Dinner and a visit from Santa. £56 per adult; £28 for children aged four–12 years; under fours dine free.

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Elton Furze Golf Club Bullock Road, Haddon PE7 3TT Tel: 01832 280189 www.efgc.co.uk Christmas Party Nights at Elton Furze Golf Club look set to go with a swing with a threecourse turkey dinner and dancing til 12.30am for £26.50 per person. And if you’ve had enough of cooking after the big day, why not come along to the Boxing Day Carvery which offers a great value three-course lunch for just £15.50 per person. Booking essential.

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Brewery Tap 80 Westgate, Peterborough PE1 2AA Tel: 01733 358500 www.thebrewery-tap.com This popular Peterborough nightspot is known for its excellent Thai food and wide range of ales brewed on site. The threecourse Christmas buffet menu will be served from 1 November onwards featuring favourites such as Pad Thai Noodles and Turkey Yellow Curry. £19.95 per person. ‘The Tap Room’ can also be booked for private functions.

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The White Swan

22 Main Street, Woodnewton PE8 5EB Tel: 01780 470944 www.whiteswanwoodnewton.co.uk This friendly village pub offers reliably good food in its cosy dining room. The Christmas menu was still under wraps at the time of going to press, but with a new head chef in place comes the promise of some seriously tasty festive nosh from the beginning of December.


Upper Deck, Charters, Town Bridge, Peterborough PE1 1FP Tel: 01733 315702 www.east-restaurant.co.uk If the thought of mountains of turkey makes you feel jaded then why not head to East and enjoy some festive fayre with an oriental flavour? Housed on the upper deck of a barge on the River Nene in the middle of Peterborough, East offers a range of exciting dishes from across South East Asia. Their festive menus will be served from 27 November and will feature treats such as Shanghai Pork Belly and Black Pepper Beef. Set menu prices from £18.95.

The Cherry House 125 Church Street, Werrington Village, Peterborough PE4 6QF Tel: 01733 571721 www.cherryhouserestaurant.co.uk You’ll be able to try the Cherry House’s festive offerings from 26 November. The Christmas Party Lunch Menu costs £23.95 for three courses and will feature Slow Roast Grasmere Farm Belly Pork with Port Wine Sauce and Potato & Horseradish Rosti topped with a Soft Poached Duck Egg. The food here is outstanding and although Christmas Day has been fully booked since March, they still have some availability for their special Boxing Day Lunch Menu which costs £34.95 for three courses.


12 West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EF Tel: 01832 270842 www.salernosoundle.co.uk Family friendly Italian dining is what Salerno’s is all about and although the Christmas menu had yet to be finalised at the time of going to press, we’ve been reassured that customers can expect a great value festive menu on offer from 7 December.

The Bull Hotel

Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1RB Tel: 01733 561364 www.peelhotels.co.uk This historic hotel in the centre of Peterborough comes into its own during the yuletide season. A Festive Fayre Lunch Menu will be on offer in the Brasserie Restaurant from 30th November costing £18.95 for three courses and coffee. A range of festive ‘Dinner & Disco’


nights are also being held priced from £37 per person. Christmas Day lunch will cost £74.95 per person to include champagne and canapes, a sumptuous three-course lunch, musical entertainment and a visit from Father Christmas.

The Kings Arms Kings Arms Lane, Polebrook PE8 5LW Tel: 01832 272363 www.thekingsarms-polebrook.co.uk The Kings Arms is now under new management. Let’s hope the new boss maintains this Polebrook pub’s phenomenal reputation for top notch Tapas and traditional favourites. The Christmas menu had yet to be finalised at the time of writing, but if previous years are anything to go by you can expect outstanding food, open fires and excellent service.

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47 Broadway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1SQ Tel: 01733 56 56 06 www.thebombaybrasseriepeterborough.co.uk The Bombay Brasserie doesn’t offer a specific Christmas menu but instead prides itself on offering its usual high standard of delicious Indian cuisine throughout December. Worth noting for office Christmas parties is the Brasserie’s excellent value £10.95 three-course set lunch menu.

Oundle Golf Club Benefield Road, Oundle PE8 4EZ Tel: 01832 273267 www.oundlegolfclub.com With a new catering team in place at Oundle Golf Club the festive season promises some tasty treats for members and non-members alike. The Christmas Menu will be available from the beginning of December for just £18.95 including three courses, with coffee and crackers. The restaurant and bar area is also available to hire for Chirstmas parties and other functions at a very competitive price.


The Queen’s Head

Station Road, Nassington PE8 6QB Tel: 01780 784006 www.queensheadnassington.co.uk A warm welcome is guaranteed at this traditional inn on the banks of the River Nene. As well as a ‘Christmas Fayre’ menu which will be available from 1 December, The Queen’s Head will be offering a Festive Afternoon Tea served by the fire between 2pm and 5pm. For £22.50 per person you will receive a glass of Prosecco, tea and a selection of sandwiches, mini quiches, scones and mince pies. Disco Party Nights will be held on 28 November, 5 December and 19 December and will include a 3-course dinner and dancing for £30 per person.

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Peterborough People

‘No hatred… no bitterness’ This October Peterborough Cathedral celebrates the life and legacy of the city’s most dutiful adopted daughter. Ronnie Haydon investigates


DITH Cavell, whose unwavering humanity led her to join Belgium’s resistance network during World War I, was executed on October 12, 1915. One hundred years later, a programme of events around Peterborough will tell her inspirational story. Edith Cavell, a vicar’s daughter, spent her earliest years in rural Norfolk. A caring nature was encouraged from an early age: Edith and her siblings were accustomed to sharing Sunday lunch with poorer villagers, and playing with their children. Edith came to Peterborough as a teenager, to be educated as a pupil teacher in Laurel Court School. The first girls’ school in Peterborough, Laurel Court’s regime was tough: the headmistress didn’t suffer fools, but her curriculum was exemplary. The young Edith emerged fluent in French and with an even greater desire to help others. After a spell as a governess Edith spent a few weeks touring Austria and Bavaria and was impressed by a free hospital she visited there. On her arrival home she had to care for her sick father, so was further convinced that nursing was her role in life. Signing up for training in 1896, Edith Cavell was a pioneer nurse, one of the first beneficiaries of the Florence Nightingale school, which had called for professional training and monitoring of students.

She became convinced of the need to make nursing a worthwhile career, not just a ‘job of last resort’ for spinsters. Cavell learned well; she won a nursing medal for her work during a typhoid outbreak. This recognition of her professionalism, together with her fluency in French, earned her the attention of one Dr Depage , a Belgium physician who employed her to run his new training school and clinic just


outside Brussels, L’École Belge d’Infirmières Diplômées. She introduced modern nursing practices and insisted on discipline, punctuality and cleanliness. Good nursing was a ‘noble profession,’ Edith believed, which could effect “…the widest social reform, the purest philanthropy, the finest humanity.” This was certainly true of Matron Cavell. When, in August 1914, German troops invaded Belgium, her work became ever more demanding and a whole lot more dangerous. She and her staff had to deal with horrific wounds suffered by soldiers on both sides. She felt she was doing her duty when she not only tended the wounded allied soldiers who had become separated from their regiments


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Edith Cavell Centenary in Peterborough 9-24 October


vents to commemorate Cavell’s relationship with Peterborough will help raise funds for her alma mater, Laurel Court. The school is no more, but the 18th century building that housed it still stands. To ensure Laurel Court remains standing (it’s on the Historic England At Risk register) the cathedral must restore it to its former glory. Thirty minute tours of Laurel Court are led by Stuart Orme of Peterborough Museum.

soldiers, are treated at field hospitals and taken home to England, meeting Edith Cavell along the way. Silence and Prayers Peterborough Cathedral. 12 October 7am A day in the cathedral to mark exactly 100 years since Edith Cavell faced the firing squad. After two minutes’ silence, at 7am, there’s a service at the cathedral followed by a day of quiet contemplation.

Laurel Court Tours Meet at Cathedral welcome desk. Daily, 12noon and 2pm. Tickets £8 (£6 concs; £4 children). Edith Cavell: A talk by Diana Souhami Peterborough Cathedral, 9 October 7.30pm. Tickets £11 (£5.50 under 18) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Cavell’s biographer talks about Edith’s childhood in Norfolk, her time in Peterborough and the nursing career that led to her involvement with the resistance network. Cavell, Carbolic and Chloroform Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF (bookings 01733 864663; vivacitypeterborough. com). 11 and 12 October Tours half hourly, 10.00am – 4.00pm (lasts around 50 minutes) Tickets £6 adults, £4 children (children/concessions. Unsuitable for under 8s or those of a nervous disposition. A theatrical tour led by costumed re-enactors, in which participants become the wounded

in battle, but allowed her hospital to become a safe house for them, before they could be transported by an underground resistance group to neutral territories. As a British nurse, she was targeted by the German secret police, who found incriminating evidence about her in the possession of other arrested resistance workers. She was interrogated for 72 hours, during which she was told she could save the lives of her friends if she made a full confession. Edith confessed, and was kept in solitary confinement for weeks before her trial on October 7 1915. Found guilty of treason, she was sentenced to death. Records from the time show that British officials thought that intervening would do

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The Edith Cavell Centenary Concert Peterborough Cathedral. 17 October, 7.30pm Tickets £15 (£12 concs, £8 under 18) including refreshment. A programme of music and readings from 1914-1918 performed by the Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus . Great War Fashion Peterborough Cathedral 24 October, 2.30pm Tickets £10 (£5 under 16s) from shiane.clare@ peterboroughcathedral.org.uk Fashion historian Lucy Adlington discusses the way women dressed during the period and introduces key pieces of original clothing • More events are taking place. For details call 01733 355315; peterboroughcathedral.org.uk

more harm than good, so it was left to neutral governments of Spain and the USA to call for clemency. Their appeals fell on deaf ears and a date for her death by firing squad was set. The day before, October 11, 1915, she was visited by an English chaplain, and calmly informed him that she was “glad to die for my country” but that: “I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” At 2am on 12 October, Edith Louisa Cavell, aged 49, was taken to Tir National shooting range in Schaerbeek, and shot dead. Her body was buried next to St Gilles prison, but in 1919 was exhumed and returned to England, where it was reburied just outside Norwich Cathedral.

Charron Pugsley-Hill admits she has become ‘obsessed’ with Edith Cavell. As part of her series on World War I, the Peterboroughbased artist has led a Cavell centenary community arts project to create a blanket of felted and beaded poppies. The Blanket of Poppies will be displayed at the cathedral, before being taken to the war memorial for the 7am commemoration. The individual blooms that will make up the blanket have blossomed during a summer of workshops at Charron’s studio. Guided by the artist, and artisan felter Eve Marshall, 49 women each created a scarlet poppy with a green leaf. Watching the flowers take shape has been a revelation, explains Charron: “I wanted to recreate the knitting circles that took place during World War I. So I invited up to ten women at a time to spend a day at the workshop. The idea was to recreate this ‘safe haven’ for women, who could talk about whatever was on their mind while they worked. “The result was some fascinating stories. Each woman made a poppy for the blanket, and a leaf, and a brooch for themselves. We also made extra poppies, with which I will create a dress to wear at the memorial events for Edith Cavell on 12 October.” Why 49 poppies? One for every year of Edith Cavell’s short life. There will be one extra – the ‘execution poppy’ – to mark the day that the brave nurse was shot. This bloom will have black petals and a blood-red centre. After the 7am commemoration, the Blanket of Poppies and its entourage will make the journey to London, for a repeat event at the Edith Cavell statue in St Martin’s in the Fields. It promises to be an emotional time for the artist, who, through her research into Cavell’s life, is on a mission to re-acquaint us all with this remarkable woman’s story. “I’ll be running more art workshops inspired by Edith Cavell,” she promises. “I admire her greatly, and feel that her history in Peterborough should be better known.” • For more on Charron Pugsley-Hill’s work visit charronpugsleyhill.com


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Health & Beauty Notes News and reviews from local businesses



visited Nina Heaton in Peterborough for a Reiki session, Reiki is an ancient form of healing and a powerful and natural system that claims to unlock the vital flow of energy from the sender to the receiver. It allows the sender to tap into a pool of energy and channel it to the recipient. The recipient takes as much energy as necessary to help them at that time. The treatment helps on all levels, emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. It does this by gently re-balancing and clearing energy channels. As some physical problems can be caused by emotional manifestations, Reiki helps to open up the mind and address the very cause of the problem creating harmony within the body by energising acupressure points, unblocking meridian lines, balancing the Chakras and also aligning physical and finer bodies. It sounds good, but does it work? During the Reiki treatment, therapist Nina placed her hands in a sequence of positions over my body with a light touch. Although I was fully clothed I could feel the heat from Nina’s hands. I found it very relaxing and although I was aware of what Nina was saying and I could feel her warm hands, it felt as if I were hypnotised. Nina explains: “each healing session is very different with the sensation that you may feel. You may experience warmth, or coolness in a specific area or perhaps energy moving or rippling, or none of that. The sensations aren’t a sign the Reiki is flowing, it flows regardless. It can be emotionally releasing but the energy moves blocks in a gentle way and only when the recipient is ready to release them.” This is a calming and soothing treatment which takes an hour or so while laying on a wide and very comfortable massage couch. After the treatment I continued to feel the calming effects. Bridget Steele • Nina Heaton is based in Orton Waterville. Contact her on 01733 236476 or visit www.ninaheaton.co.uk


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READER OFFER! Get 10 per cent off LCN Nails at Elysia Health and Beauty this October! 1 Tansor Court Cottages, Fotheringhay Rd, Tansor, Peterborough PE8 5HP Tel: 01832 226328 www.elysiahealthandbeauty.com

ake care when driving,” smiles Aniki Rimes-Rickell, LCN nail technician at Elysia in the pretty village of Tansor. “You won’t be able to stop staring at them!” She’s right. I can’t resist stretching out my previously unprepossessing fingers to admire my new set of softly gleaming nails. Never have they looked so neat and beautiful. Few women spend time and attention on their hands, but busy lives take their toll. LCN Sculptured Nails can be applied to whatever length, shape or colour fits in with your lifestyle, and they take just 90 minutes to apply. Aniki’s own elegant French polish is stunning but how can I resist one of the new deeply pigmented autumnal shades with names like London Beat and After the Party? The vintage 70s purple is fabulous. Originally developed in Germany as a dental resin, LCN gel is directly bonded and built up onto your own nails, and set using LED light, with no irritating acrylic tips. It protects the growing nail underneath, smoothing out indentations or ridges, even offering long term solutions for bitten nails. There are no aggressive primers or activators, no fumes or odours and they don’t contain acid. The nails last 3 – 4 weeks and I will return to Elysia to have the gel removed. I might even try another colour! Yasmin Bradley


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he Body Shop has recently introduced some fabulous new face and body care ranges. Beautifully packaged, with delightful fresh aromas they feel much more expensive than they are. The Blissful, Revitalising and Relaxing products are part of their Spa of the World range and include products such as a Dead Sea Salt Scrub, Moroccan Sea Salt Scrub and Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil. I experienced a hand massage using the products starting with a softening soak, exfoliation and moisturising hand cream. This was a perfect pick-me-up for tired and dry hands. • The Body Shop is at 14 Queensgate, Peterborough.


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“Giving you back the keys to unlock your potential.” Low back pain is rated as one of the most disabling health disorders in the Western world. Helen Preston, clinical director at Prestons Health in Peterborough and her team now offer targeted treatments which allow sufferers to manage this debilitating condition effectively


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SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CLIENTS? AT PRESTONS, TREATMENT ENCOMPASSES THE FOLLOWING: • An initial appointment lasting up to one hour, ensuring that there is time to listen to your individual story. No patient with low back pain presents the same, so hearing the context behind your pain is key to determining an effective individualised treatment plan. • Ensuring that treatment is appropriate for the condition. During the initial visit, the physiotherapists at Prestons triage their patients carefully to eliminate the possibility of more serious causes. In the majority of cases, the cause of low back pain is benign, but it’s important to screen for other problems. If found, patients will be signposted to the most appropriate health care, such as referral back to their GP or Consultant for further investigation. • All clients will receive a full examination with hands on assessment of the back. Some patients come to the clinic having already been scanned, and often having the results reexplained can help to lessen fears and reframe thoughts about the condition. Understanding

that scan results can often show normal agerelated disc changes (no more unusual than grey hair and wrinkles) can remove stress and unnecessary worry and form an important milestone in a person’s recovery from low back pain. • After assessment, a treatment programme is devised, targeting the individual factors driving the back pain. Research shows that there are a number of triggers. Looking at factors such as sleep, stress resilience, physical activity and sedentary behaviour are all part of the holistic treatment programme. • Many people feel better after manipulation and hands-on therapy and this is often an integral part of the Prestons treatment. But patients will learn that this treatment does not ‘put the spine back into place.’ While it can help to reduce pain and muscle tone, it’s essentially a short term fix. Progressing the treatment to include how to move normally again, and prescribing very simple exercises, can yield successful results very quickly. • The Prestons approach gives patients the

ability to become active participants in their own condition, rather than passive recipients of a treatment. “The realisation that patients do not need to be ‘fixed’ can be liberating for them,” says Helen Preston. “If people always feel that they are dependent on someone else to cure them, they will struggle to see long lasting success.” • Patients will learn how to move normally and confidently. Our bodies are designed to move, and don’t function well if we keep still. Pain can cause us to be overly cautious or fearful, prompting us to move in a different way, but Prestons Chartered Physiotherapists will teach you how to relax, lift and bend. This enables clients to regain vital body strength and conditioning which helps to guard against the recurrence of back pain. It also encourages them to regard their back as a strong and resilient part of the body, so they can use it with confidence and ultimately enhance their general sense of wellbeing. Prestons website is regularly updated with new research and self empowerment information for patients to use. Visit www.prestonshealth.co.uk/selfcare • For further information or to make an appointment for a consultation, please telephone: 01733 565911. Prestons Health is at 29 Alexandra Rd, Peterborough PE1 3DE and also at Oundle Medical practice in Glapthorn Road, Oundle.


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Try a local trail run Running off-road is best for your heart and soul, says Claire Maxted


USK falls. The sun bursts flamingo pink and orange fire over the Nene valley below smooth banks of blue-grey cloud. Tall, straight trees become silhouettes against the pinkness of the sky; sheep baa and birds sing a last goodbye to the dying light. Peace. Your mind is focused gently on your breath, in and out, in and out. You listen to the quiet pad of each footstep through the grass, sense the warmth from a patch of sheltered woodland, and feel the brush of low leaves on your legs. Freedom. This is trail running in the local area. Here, we are blessed with the most mesmerising sunsets. And as the world moves into autumn, with beautiful displays of golden trees and endless crunchy leaves to tread on, what better way to enjoy nature than running through it at this time of day? This joyful connection with the natural world is what sets trail running apart from its road equivalent. Roads are easy to pound along but can be tedious and hard on your joints. The moment you hit a narrow track that snakes between trees, jumping over roots and rocks, you wake up. The exciting, twisting trail takes your attention away from the effort. Running becomes fun. The great news is, it’s easy to find local running trails. We’re lucky to live in such a rolling, lush part of Britain, full of footpaths and bridleways. Based in Warmington, one of my favourite runs is along the Nene Valley Way across grassy, sheep-dotted fields to Fotheringhay. Here you can enjoy a jog up to the top of the castle ruins for one of our best views green and yellow fields for miles and the River Nene, flowing under the old stone arch of Fotheringhay Bridge. Pause in the breeze to take in the pretty green and red canal boats, swans and, if you’re lucky, the bright blue flash of a kingfisher. Dropping down the other side you can read the historical information about Queen Mary’s beheading and Richard III’s birth here and imagine what this ancient fortification would have looked like, before moving on to Fotheringhay Church, then across the fields to Elton Lock and back to Warmington in a 6 mile loop.

Why run? Equally, you could walk this lovely trail, but a steady run is the best way to enjoy all these local delights because it’s the simplest, quickest way to boost your fitness and reduce your waistline. Steady running can burn 250 calories in 30mins (the equivalent of a Mars Bar) and boost your heart, lung and leg power, not to mention that unbeatable feel-good factor you get from a good workout. So many of us are caught up in the daily grind, driving, watching TV, working at a computer, that we forget humans need to move; we get such a buzz running in the ‘real’ world. The ‘Runners’ High’ is not a myth – its such a fantastic boost that I train 3-4 times a week to achieve that feeling of contentment and happiness. I also love chatting to fellow runners, the challenge of a speed session and enjoying feeling fit and healthy. However, don’t be put off by thinking you must run this often. And don’t make the biggest mistake of all – thinking you’re too slow. You’re not. First, get out there and do it. Enjoy jogging very, very slowly and you’re more likely to make it a habit. Start with

alternating walking and jogging one minute each for 10 minutes and gradually reduce your walking time until you can jog for 20 minutes. Once you can run slowly for 20-30mins three times a week, up your distance on one of the runs (10% per week max), then start work on your speed. Why not join me at a 5k parkrun every Saturday 9am in Ferry Meadows or at Warmington Joggers - our new informal club meets at 6:30pm every Wednesday at The Red Lion pub car park for a 5-6 mile run. All levels welcome, wear trainers, leggings and a t-shirt, light jacket if it’s cooler or raining, and bring a head torch. Amongst the group we’re training for the Outlaw 10k at Lyveden New Bield Sunday 27 Sept, Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon Sunday 11 Oct and various marathons in 2016. Imagine how you’d feel crossing the finish line of a 5k, 10k, half marathon or even marathon – you at your fittest ever in 2016. Tempted? See you on the trails. • Claire Maxted is editor of Trail Running magazine NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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Post Sixteen Education in the Peterborough area The city’s educational landscape is changing. Yasmin Bradley considers some of the options available for teenagers now


S this year’s sixth formers get to a grip with a new, more academic A-level syllabus, other radical changes are quietly sweeping through our schools. Most notably, English students must now stay in full-time education or training until their 18th birthday.

Why raise the school leaving age? It’s not necessarily popular with students but it has long been recognised as a marker of educational development leading to broader economic and political transformation and healthy youth employment levels.

Finding the right course The choice of courses post-16 can be mindboggling: academies are springing up with some offering a combination of academic and vocational qualifications. Further Education Colleges offer vocational education and apprenticeships which facilitate a practical introduction straight into training with paid work. The Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) is preparing to open its doors in 2016. It is well to remember that different options suit different people. As Ben Treverton, Head of Sixth Form at Thomas Deacon Academy advises, “It is crucial to find the right option to maximise your life chances, skills and aspirations.”

The new A-Levels The introduction of the new tougher A Levels has furthermore led to some “old-style” polarisation of provision. Traditional academic sixth-forms such as The King’s School in Peterborough and Bourne Grammar continue to attract academically gifted students but the effects of the universities’ demands for an updated, internationally-comparable knowledge, understanding and skills base are doubtless being felt. “Especially as this cohort and the subsequent one will not have enjoyed the benefit of the new GCSE curriculum,” explains Ben Treverton. Thirty years of grade inflation have played their role: whereas earlier generations entered prestigious universities and careers with only “Bs” and “Cs”, over a third of the current generation have been achieving top grades. Even the introduction of A* grades, or aptitude tests for would-be medical students and lawyers were unable to solve universities’ problems in differentiating between students.

How do the new exams look? For English language/literature, the sciences, economics, business, history, psychology, sociology and art and design already on stream, there are no longer the options of modules, course assessment, January exams or resits. Instead, students take one end of course assessment by examination, in 2016 for AS and

2017 for A Level. Over the next three years, the other subjects are being rolled out except for a few, such as Food Tech, which is disappearing from A-Level provision altogether.

The separation of AS and A-Level Up to the present time, the AS exam has largely, but not exclusively, been considered as the first year of A-level, with results contributing towards the final A-Level grade. These are now separate exams. Although the exam boards have designed a compatible AS curriculum to be co-taught alongside the first year of A level, AS will now only be worth 40% of the new-style A-Level – a downgrade reflected in the new university entrance (UCAS) system.

The demise of flexibility and AS? A change of institution, surprising success at a new subject or style of learning, or simply growing up a bit can bring on a late decision to go to uni. Although still possible, with the totality of A-Level exams sat in June, this requires lots of catching up in the second year. Swapping “down” to AS courses might present even greater problems in terms of UCAS points and career options. “Peterborough state sixthforms all work closely together and still intend to offer AS in the immediate future - if only because students work harder with an exam at NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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“It is crucial to find the right option to maximise your life chances, skills and aspirations.” Thomas Deacon Academy the end of the year,” clarifies Ben Treverton. “On GCSE results alone, universities will still struggle to judge applications.”

Winners and losers In recent years, girls have maintained the academic edge over boys. Boys appear to do better in one-off end of course examinations so the new linear exam format may be to their advantage. Disparities, conversely between different exam boards and exploited by some schools, should disappear as results are equalised.

Thomas Deacon Academy With the rapid expansion of academies, at post 16 there is choice available. Peterborough’s first academy, TDA set the tone with its still gleaming glass building designed by Norman Foster’s celebrated firm of architects which was responsible for the London Gherkin. Originally focusing on Science, Technology and Maths, TDA6 teaches over 350 students in over 30 Level 3 courses and qualifications including AS and A level, but also the BTEC National/ Sub Diplomas and OCR National qualifications with their greater emphasis on coursework. “Depending on the course, top BTEC grades can open doors to sought-after universities including in the Russell group,” explains Ben Treverton. “And we absolutely encourage broadening students’ horizons.” One noticeable trend is direct entry into well-paid management training programmes. This can be an attractive option for those who wish to avoid getting a student loan. The purpose-built sixth form Study Centre with ICT, study and relaxing spaces provides bespoke support for applications to UCAS, into apprenticeships or the workplace. The school has a house system and an enrichment programme of events works towards personal growth, cohesion and co-operation: those much sought-after soft skills. “Students need to realise what skills they actually possess captaining the city’s mens’ football team, for example, is a highly tuned leadership skill!” adds Ben.

less than three years after its transformation into an academy, it achieved an Outstanding OFSTED for its pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety and the quality of teaching and leadership. It has a brand new Sixth Form Centre and three pathways: Academic, Vocational and Preparatory offer a wide accreditation of skills and flexibility. Similarly to TDA, the highest achieving learners can study Level 3 vocational qualifications alongside A-Level; students with mostly GCSE grade C or vocational Merits can access further education. Learners without these grades take the Preparatory Pathway, which allows them to retake English and mathematics at GCSE where necessary, and then to access the Vocational Pathway the following year. Lots of individual advice to help everyone choose the right career path to university, training or future employment is par for the course.

Nene Academy Staying small and more local can have benefits too, including less travel time, a consequently shorter day and keeping close to local friends and community. By working with partners a short distance away, Nene Academy can provide a wide range of Level 3, as well as Level 2 GCSE, Diploma and BTEC qualifications.

Peterborough Regional College Peterborough Regional College attracts 8,000 students from afar as Spalding, Ramsey, Corby and Huntingdon. Unlike New College, Stamford, PRC has foregone A-level provision to focus

Greater Peterborough University Technical College Meanwhile, on the same campus, the Greater Peterborough University Technical College with its innovative, specialist engineering and builtenvironment programme prepares to open its doors to three hundred students at Year 12 in 2016.

Bourne Grammar An academic sixth form which attracts students with high GCSE grades, and with the philosophy that good A level results in well respected, academic subjects give more choices, not just to the best courses at the best universities, but also the best choice of post A level employment opportunities and apprenticeships.

Prince William School, Oundle PWS has just made the transition to academy status resulting in a large scale ongoing building programme, the promise of improved facilities and a new uniform.

Such choice can, for parents and students, feel overwhelming but Ben Treverton of TDA is reassuring. “Next year,” he says, “the picture will be clearer.” www.thomasdeaconacademy.co.uk www.stangroundacademy.org www.neneparkacademy.org www.peterborough.ac.uk www.gputc.com www.princewilliamschool.co.uk www.bourne-grammar.lincs.sch.uk

Stanground Academy Stanground Academy is a Greendale Foundation Trust free school. In February,

entirely on full-time vocational education and apprenticeships: catering, hairdressing, public services preparation, IT and engineering, from Entry Level 1 courses for students with special needs, upwards. Its learning facilities are second to none: an established library / IT centre with super helpful staff; an airplane cabin; a travel and a small animal centre. At PARCS restaurant and the hairdressing and beauty suite, students work with real clients, and with three food outlets; a fitness centre, a student advice centre; attractive recreational areas inside and outside and no uniform: the attraction to young people is obvious.

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On the road News and reviews, compiled by Jonathan Craymer

Game-changing new Astra due at Marshalls

Motorpoint and Posh stars clean up for charity Peterborough United stars Jermaine Anderson, Kyle Vassell and Kgosi Ntlhe rolled up their sleeves to clean fans’ cars for charity at the city’s branch of Motorpoint, the UK’s largest independent car retailer. For each car cleaned by the three players, Motorpoint donated £50, meaning that for eight cars washed, £400 was raised, plus £200 donations by customers. The exercise at the car supermarket’s Peterborough site on Edgerley Drain Road took place under the watchful gaze of the club’s giant rabbit mascot Peter Burrow, while it was filmed for the club’s popular YouTube channel. Everyone who had their cars washed by the players went into a prize draw to win a brand new Peterborough United 2015-16 home shirt. Chris Goodison, General Manager of Motorpoint Peterborough, said: “We were really pleased to have raised so much on behalf of Peterborough and Fenland Mind, which works hard to improve mental health in the region.” Alex Harris, Commercial Manager at Peterborough United, added: “We’re always looking at different ways in which we can support our partners and the car wash is a unique way to do just that for Motorpoint – raising lots of money for charity in the process. The players really enjoyed it and said it was great to do something for such a worthy cause.” Motorpoint, which has seven other locations in Birmingham, Burnley, Chingford, Derby, Glasgow, Newport and Widnes recently agreed to sponsor the Posh players’ training kits for the next two seasons. This complements its on-going naming rights agreement for the 2,500 allseater Motorpoint Stand which runs until the end of the 2016-17 season. Motorpoint employs over 600 people and was named one of the Top 100 Mid-Sized Companies to Work for in 2015 by the Sunday Times and in 2014 Ultimate Digital Car Supermarket by Auto Trader. Its UK-based call centre sells over 1,000 vehicles a month. • www.motorpoint.co.uk • www.theposh.com and www.youtube.com/user/ThePoshOfficial

BMW X1 Another significant new launch this month (on the 24th) is BMW’s new XI compact Sports Activity Vehicle model. First launched in 2009, the XI has been a huge success, selling more than 730,000 globally - nearly 40,000 of those to UK buyers. The all-new version has dynamic BMW X styling, a sporting character blended with outstanding efficiency, and an array of innovative

Perhaps one of the most significant new mainstream models in years - Vauxhall’s all-new British-built Astra - is due to arrive at Marshall Vauxhall in Peterborough later this month. You may have seen pictures of the excitingly sleek new model, shown for the first time at last month’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt. What’s generating the excitement is that this model will set new standards in looks, spaciousness, efficiency and on-board technology. Set to be built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the new Astra will be up to 200kg lighter than the outgoing model – but thanks to the cleverness of the design, it’ll be smaller on the outside and bigger inside. Both petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS will be offered, including an all-new 1.4-litre (145PS) ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, a four-cylinder unit from the same family as the one-litre, three-cylinder engine seen in the Corsa. The new Astra will also be the first all-new Vauxhall to feature OnStar technology, offering high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. It’ll also be one of the first vehicles from a mainstream manufacturer to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available through a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment system. Mark Greenacre, Sales Manager at Marshall Vauxhall in Peterborough says: “The all-new Astra will lift the bar in terms of quality, design and connectivity. It looks set to shake up the C-segment when it arrives in our showroom this autumn.” • www.marshallweb.co.uk/vauxhall

equipment features in comfort, safety and infotainment. At launch there’ll be one petrol and three diesel engines on offer, part of an all-new range of engines and gearboxes, not to mention the latest, ultra-efficient version of the xDrive all-wheeldrive system. Clearly excited at the impending new arrival, Nathan Owen sales executive at BMW Sycamore told us: “The new X1 follows on from the modern

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You won’t find high pressure salesmen here, says Marshall Vauxhall What’s your view of car salesmen? Pushy? Condescending? Making promises they don’t keep? Marshall Vauxhall listened to customer feedback, and decided to offer customers a wholly different sales experience. Motoring editor Jonathan Craymer reports on an initiative which could change car retailing in our region for good

(L to R) Bobby Joe Elvin, Paul Trundley and Mark Greenacre


HAT have a McDonald’s manager, a hairdresser and bartender, and a personal trainer got to do with selling cars? Answer: absolutely nothing. And that’s the whole point according to Mark Greenacre, sales manager at Marshall Vauxhall in Peterborough, who has been deliberately seeking out sales people who aren’t from a car retailing background. This is one dealership which has decided to cast off the old image of high pressure car sales - instead taking on people who are good at putting customers at their ease and placing their needs first. “The industry’s moved on from the days of hard sell,” says Mark, who is clearly - along with the rest of the team here - confident that what they’re doing will work out well for them and

their customers. “We’re concentrating on offering a fantastic experience, in which we deliver on promises and there’s no hard sell. We’re now all about listening to customers and making sure that the car and any finance packages discussed are really what the customer needs, and not just something we want to sell.” Marshall Vauxhall admits it hasn’t always got it right in the past. “One customer last weekend told me he came here two years ago intending to buy a car, but ended up being dissatisfied and walking out. He purchased a vehicle elsewhere. However he did come back recently, having heard about our new approach. This time he was delighted with the way we treated him and his family – which led to him making a purchase. I know it should be obvious, but so

many dealerships fail to get it right. The formula ought to be: look after the customer, and they’ll look after us - by making a purchase.” Mark was recruited from Marshall’s Toyota franchise in King’s Lynn in the middle of 2015, because of his good reputation and he immediately set about recruiting sales staff with the right people skills. “We concentrated on employing people from outside the industry. A great example is Paul Trundley, who worked in McDonald’s after leaving school and eventually became a branch manager. He was used to ensuring his team delivered excellent service, and he’s successfully transferred those skills here. “Another of our new intake is Bobby-Joe who’s worked in construction – which taught him team-work – and he’s also worked in a bar › NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE in Greece, then hairdressing. Another, Jamie, is a former personal trainer, again with great people skills, who will have joined us by the time this appears. “We interviewed a lot of people and chose very carefully those we took on. We knew exactly what we were looking for and in all cases could see how easily they related to people. Our instincts proved correct. Whether the customer is a single female, a married couple with kids or a retired couple, we must to accommodate their needs. “I’m married with three kids. You see a lot of people come in with children and they’re worried about them running riot, but let me say a hundred percent genuinely we don’t mind that. A lot of us here have children and we want to make sure people feel comfortable when bringing their families in.” Marshall Vauxhall’s aim, he says, is to become the best car retailer in town. “We want to be seen in that light by customers and by our colleagues at other centres around Peterborough. We want this dealership to be a great place to work and a great place to do business. For most customers, after buying a house, a car is one of the biggest purchases you make. We want to make sure they make the right choice, so hopefully they’ll want to come back next time!” If Mark himself went into a dealership, how would he like to be treated? “I’d want to be spoken to like a human being. The person looking after my family and I should put us at ease, and give us an honest, genuine experience without stringing us along. Outside the car retailing industry, we aspire to the reputation for service and honesty enjoyed by retailers like John Lewis.” He and his colleagues are keenly aware that these days the Internet and other electronic platforms play a huge part in customers’ research before they even visit their first dealership. “On average customers only make 1.7 visits to dealerships before purchasing, which means we’ve got to get it right from the moment anybody walks through the door. “Have they looked for hours and hours, as many do? Or have they done very little? We want to fit seamlessly into that process. If you haven’t done much research we want to assist you by running through everything. On the other hand if you’ve done a lot of work beforehand, we won’t bore you by talking about specs for an hour. If you know exactly what you want, then that’s fantastic – let’s get out on the road as quickly as possible. “Having said that, we always try to see if we can find something that suits the customer even better. We’ll ask how they’ve used their car in the last seven days. Do they want a 5-door instead of a 3-door, if they’re giving a lot of lifts for instance. The same goes for diesel and petrol. If you’re a low mileage user, is diesel really right for you? The point is, we genuinely want to sell you the right car, with the right finance package – while making the whole process enjoyable. That way we believe we can change customers’ attitude to car retailing, and help bring the whole industry into the 21st century.”

Fast food to fast cars Paul Trundley, 21, joined a local branch of McDonald’s after leaving school and eventually became a branch manager. So why has he joined the sales team at Marshall Vauxhall? “It’s all to do with customer service,” he grins. “I wanted to try something different and I like cars. I was offered brilliant training here, and thought – why not? It’s a good fit, bringing my customer service experience into an industry where I think it’s needed. So far customers seem to be responding well.” What does he personally think of the typical car salesman? “A lot of people, myself included, used to think salespeople were too pushy. What they’re trying to do here is take that out of the equation. It’s all about giving customers a great experience, which is fantastic. I’ve only been here a few weeks, but I love it.”

Hospitality background helps Bobby-Joe Elvin ‘s CV includes bar work, hairdressing and construction - leaving him with the ability to get on with people and put them at ease. One of this 24-year-old’s first tasks on joining the sales team here was to ‘mystery shop’ (ie. pretend to be a customer) at three other garages. He says it was an eye-opening experience, as he realised how overbearing sales staff in some garages can be. “People don’t want to be dealt with aggressively. They want the person looking after them to be transparent and open. ‘Be honest with them and they’ll be honest with you’, is my motto. “The great thing about working here is that they clearly also value me, which in turn has helped me treat customers well. This approach has come from the top at Marshall Vauxhall and I believe it’s going to work brilliantly.” NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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N order to bring your legal affairs up to date then the first step I would recommend is to make a Will or to update your existing Will. Only by making a Will can you be sure that your estate passes to the family, friends, loved ones or charities that you would like. In making a Will, you can leave clear instructions about how your estate should be dealt with. If you do not leave a valid Will then the Intestacy Rules will say how your estate will be distributed and it might not be passed to the people that you would otherwise have chosen. Unrelated friends do not benefit under the Intestacy Rules. By making a Will you can choose who should deal with your estate, and these people are appointed your Executors. Without a Will your closest blood relatives will have to apply to the court to be able to administer your estate and this can cause difficulties and delay. If you have a Will you can choose and you might want to have friends, more distant relatives or professionals such as a solicitor or accountant to act as your executor. If you have young children you will also be able to appoint guardians for them in your Will which can offer great peace of mind if the worst were

to happen. By having a Will you can also decide to leave gifts to who you would like, to make sure that family heirlooms continue to be treasured, or to pass on a keepsake to a good friend. You also have the chance to remember other friends, family or charity by making cash gifts in your Will. If Inheritance Tax is a concern then by making a Will you might be able to plan to lessen the likely amount payable or consider life time planning together with your Will. A professional advisor can assist you with this planning and your family might inherit significantly more from you than if you had not planned ahead. You can also plan to protect assets under the terms of your Will to ensure that as much as possible passes onto your chosen beneficiaries. You should also consider creating a Lasting Power of Attorney either for Property and Financial Affairs, or Health and Welfare, or indeed both. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document under which you can appoint a person(s) to deal with your financial affairs or health and welfare matters either because you want or need them to (in the case of your financial affairs ) or because you need them to (in the case of your health and welfare matters).

It will give peace of mind to both you and your family to know that if you are no longer able to make decisions or need help that you had the foresight to enter into a Lasting Power of Attorney to appoint an Attorney of your choice to step in and assist should you need it. By having appointed Attorneys they will be able to assist you should you need help with your care, for example by being able to put arrangements in hand on your behalf , such as arranging for care at home or in a residential setting, as well as making the necessary arrangements for payment of that care. This can be of great help at what can be a difficult time when you will need support. • Jo Wild is an Associate at Hegarty LLP’s Stamford office and specialises in Wills, powers of attorney, probate and care fee planning. She has specialist experience in elderly client issues and is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). She is also a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Jo.wild@hegarty.co.uk Telephone: 01780 750963 NENE LIVING OCTOBER 2015

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What’s On Autumnal events for October. Compiled by Yasmin Bradley Friday 2 October Oundle Literary Festival: Stephen Kelman 7.45pm Oundle School’s new Head of English interviews the Booker and Guardianshortlisted author of Pigeon English about his extraordinary new novel, Man on Fire, £8. Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4ED. 10.00am – 1.00pm. Monday - Friday. 01832 274734. ww.oundlefestival.org.uk. oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk. St Peter’s Church, Oundle, PE8 4AL. Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 October Eastern Angles: Parkway Dream 11am/7.30pm Back in town due to huge demand, this poignant and funny musical documentary by Eastenders writer, Kenneth Emson voices the dreams and aspirations of 1970s and 1980s Peterborough. £12 (Concessions). Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207237. 01733 207239.Key.theatre@vivacitypeterborough.com. www.easternangles.co.uk

Wednesday 7 October Piano Recital by Alexander Ardakov 7.45pm Moscow Conservatoire graduate, International prize winner and Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Alexander Ardakov performs pieces from his concert at the South Bank earlier this year celebrating Tchaikovsky’s 175th anniversary. £10 (£7) Oundle Box Office (as before). Great Hall, Oundle New Street, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4GH.

Saturday 3 October Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir sings Coming Home 7.30pm, Following their performance to HRH the Queen, the choir plus guest international performer, Barb Jungr celebrate Corby! £5.50. The Core, Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG. www.thecorecorby.com. 01536 470470. Thursday 8 October Peterborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society (PDFAS): English Delftware Drug Jars 10.45am – Noon (Coffee from 10.15am) Briony Hudson elucidates on these beautiful, yet practical, vessels from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society collections and 17th/18th medical practices First visit free. Fleet Community Hall, Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL. www.pdfas. co.uk. bdbaxter555@ btinternet.com Saturday 10 October Oh Goody! 7.30pm Comedian and personality Tim Brooke-Taylor talks about his long career, including his early work in The Goodies and his current residency on the delightfully batty Radio 4 quiz I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, interviewed on stage by writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Tickets: £20. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF Tel: 01733 207237

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