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Issue 16 - July 2013

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Life

LOCAL NEWS • LOCAL PEOPLE • LOCAL SERVICES • LOCAL CHARITIES • LOCAL PRODUCTS

Covering: Alconbury • Grafham • Kimbolton • Riseley The Stukeleys and all surrounding areas

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Issue 16 - July 2013

Life

LOCAL NEWS • LOCAL PEOPLE • LOCAL SERVICES • LOCAL CHARITIES • LOCAL PRODUCTS

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Covering: Alconbury • Grafham • Kimbolton • Riseley The Stukeleys and all surrounding areas

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Learn to Fly Gliders

Additional Editorial Christine Donnelly, Tony Larkins, Pippa Greenwood and the Brickhill Book Bug

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Make Your Oak... Character Oak........................................ 10 Front Cover Photo: Frantisek Chmura

Kimbolton School Swimming Pool Timetable............. 13

Design and Artwork Design 9 - Tel 07762 969460

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I am not a Number................................................................. 15

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WILDLIFE WANDERINGS

WILDLIFE TRAVEL, BY CHRISTINE DONNELLY We are lucky to have so many interesting places to visit in this part of the country, including plenty of areas where you can take an easy walk to see local wildlife. There is good news of several species that were in decline not long ago but, due to improved environmental management, are now back in reasonable numbers. In our rivers it is possible to catch a quick glimpse of an otter, particularly if you are enjoying a walk in the early morning light or on one of the warmer evenings. Along some of the quieter backwaters, ‘Ratty’ of Wind in the Willows fame has returned and if you are lucky enough to see one you might notice that they are not a rat at all but a water vole, larger than the other voles and mice in our countryside and without the long tail of a rat. The Wildlife Trust has been working with other partners to monitor the populations of these iconic animals whose return is also an indicator that the general health of our streams is improving.

European Otter We tend to visit woods in spring for the bluebells and singing birds but in summer the woodland rides take on a wonderful character of their own and, if carefully managed, will be full of butterflies, hoverflies, bees and a huge number of fascinating beetles. In recent times we have learnt the value of keeping, where it is safe to do so, much of the ‘deadwood’ found in older tree trunks and broken branches as this forms an invaluable habitat used by numerous animals including insects, birds and mammals such as bats. Brampton Wood is one of the largest local woods open to the public and is of great importance for wildlife conservation. Not only is it one of our ancient woodlands, it also has a population of one of our rarest mammals, the dormouse. The Wildlife Trust’s Huntingdon Local Group is organising a walk there on Sunday 21st of July from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and anyone is welcome. You could also join a walk (c. 5 miles, meet at Cross Keys pub carpark,

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Upwood) to Wistow and Bury on Wednesday the 17th July from 10 am to 1 pm organised by the Great Fen Local Group. Nearby, you can visit Wistow wood, another wildlife-rich wood managed by the Wildlife Trust.

Common blue butterfly A walk on chalk downland is a highlight of summer but you can see some of the typical flowers of chalk grassland at an old quarry within Cambridge city itself. Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits are internationally famous for their fossils but they are also now a nature reserve and an excellent example of the connection between the underlying rocks and wildlife. An evening of Chalk, Cheese and Glowworms is taking place on Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 24th of July from 8 pm to 10 pm (£5, booking is essential on 01954 713530) when you can discover the rare plants and the strange world of glow-worms, whilst enjoying the delights of the Cambridge Cheese Company. For details of all Wildlife Trust events and reserves contact 01954 713500 or visit www.wildlifebcn.org.

Pyramidal orchids The chalk areas of southern England come to life in summer with an amazing diversity of species, many locally rare and some internationally protected. Wildlife Travel runs holidays to areas including Wiltshire, Dorset and Sussex where you can explore the chalk downs for their wildlife and also their history and culture. Contact them on 01954 713575 or check www.wildlife-travel.co.uk for details of their holidays worldwide.

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LEARN TO FLY GLIDERS

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Cambridge Gliding Centre is located at Gransden Lodge Airfield, just ten miles west of Cambridge. It’s one of the major gliding clubs in the country. Gliding is a form of flight that is both beautiful and exciting. Nothing can quite match the thrill of flying silently, giving a birds-eye view over the surrounding countryside of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and beyond. Gliders from Gransden Lodge often fly two or three hundred miles on a good day. Gliding is a sport that is genuinely open to all. The club has members who learn to fly from the age of 14, through to those who take up the sport on retirement. It’s an exciting and sociable way to learn to fly, and it’s a sport which provides an opportunity to keep on learning. Having said that, it’s not difficult – if you can drive a car, you can almost certainly learn to fly a glider. Training is available during the day on seven days a week in the summer, and on several evenings. If you are at all interested in learning, we’d love to see you at the club. Come and have a look round. Give the club a call on 01767 677077, and say when you’d like to come. Then we’ll arrange someone to show you around. Then take a flight. If you might be interested in

learning to fly (as opposed to just wanting a oneoff birthday present or similar), then the best thing to do is to book a half or full day’s training. What then? We try to be very flexible: You can book training slots by the half day, any day of the week or week-end in the summer. This gets you a glider and instructor shared with one other student. We run a variety of courses: • Five day courses Monday to Friday about once per month • Evening courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer • You can even put together your own, flexible, course by booking training as you wish. We’ll work with you to find the best way for you to learn. See www.glide.co.uk for more details. Community Volunteers Wanted We also have opportunities for “community volunteer members”, who are interested in spending a few days a month helping run the airfield in return for membership and the occasional flight. To discuss, please contact the office. By Paul Ruskin, Chairman

COMPETITION • COMPETITION Win a Trial Lesson

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Sunday 14th July 2013 at Kimbolton Castle

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Sealed Knot Re-enactment ‘Lord Robartes Regiment’ • Flyin’ Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show Millers Ark Petting Zoo • Elaine Hill Sheep Dog Display • Flight Simulator • Lindy Hop Dancers Morris and Irish Dancers • Victorian Carousel • Galaxy Swing Band • Pace Setters Dog Show Inflatable Slide • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flypast • Over 50 Craft Stalls Tea and Beer Tents • 900 Classic Cars on Display • Dream Rides in Classic and Sports Cars and much more...

Fayre opens at 11.00am. Main Show Ring Events from 12.00pm Entrance: Adult £8, Family £18, Concession £5, Programme £1 All proceeds to charity. This year supporting HemiHelp, The Burns Camp, Cancer Research UK, EACH, The Samuel Pepys School and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Organisers: Kimbolton Castle Rotary Club and Sporting Bears Motor Club

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Welcome to The White Hart, Great Staughton A traditional village pub where you can enjoy our garden and courtyard in the warmer weather and a roaring fire on colder days. Since taking over the pub in February we have introduced good, proper homemade pub grub which is served Thursday & Friday 12.00-2.00 and 6.30-9.00. Saturdays food is served 12.00-9.00 and our traditional Sunday Lunch is served 12.00-3.00 A quiz night is held on the last Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30 where you can win “White Hart Pounds� and we have regular food theme nights. To be kept up to date email the address below and we will add you to our mailing list. We hope to welcome you to The White Hart soon.

Hugh & Mary

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I am not

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If you were a fan of the 60’s cult TV show “The Prisoner,” you will recall that these were the words of actor Patrick McGoohan. Filmed at Portmeirion (Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales) the village is not what it seems. (I visited in June this year and if you haven’t been, I recommend it). The tour guide was great for informing you about things you could see but didn’t appreciate, as well as pointing out things you would have missed. Now whilst Mr McGoohan may not have been a number – we all have our own number; even if it is not the one we think. Quite simply, our number equates to the level of wealth you require to sustain your lifestyle. The calculation is made rather like a tour guide, i.e. from knowing certain data and having other data pointed out to us. As financial planners this is what we do. We

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HOME GROWN HERBS

By PIPPA GREENWOOD There’s a really reliable, easy, low-cost and loweffort way to add some zing to your meals; homegrown herbs. Many herbs are simple to raise from seed and if you start sowing now you should be able to have a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty herbs to add to salads, sandwiches, stews and stir-fries for months to come. All you need to is a sunny window sill or balcony, or a well-drained, sunny spot in your garden. First, find some good quality multi-purpose compost, your chosen herb seeds and some pots. Good-quality compost is well worth the little bit extra you need to pay. The style of pot is up to you – you may want to choose a classic Mediterranean one, or perhaps a good-looking plastic planter for longevity and light-weight characteristics. Remember that plenty of drainage is essential, and that the smaller herbs do not need a deep root run, so there’s no need for a very tall planter or pot. It’s best to grow each type of herb in its own individual pot, so buy a selection of pots with a minimum diameter of 8cm. Once you have your pot to hand, put a broken flower pot or other drainage material in the base and then fill with good quality compost to within 1cm of the rim of the pot and firm it down, not too aggressively, but enough to ensure that there’s no subsidence later on. With large seeds such as coriander, position the seeds evenly on the compost surface. Sprinkle smaller seed thinly. The seeds need to be covered with compost so use your finger or a dibber to gently press the seed in to the very surface of the compost and then drizzle more compost on top to the depth stated on the packet of seed. Water the compost thoroughly either from above using a watering can with rose attached, or by standing the pot in a saucer of water for a few minutes until the compost surface is just moist. The seeds generally germinate quite quickly and often within just a week or two you’ll have lots of tiny herbs like this coriander. Once the herbs are up and growing strongly you can start to harvest them. Use sharp scissors or a sharp knife to cut off what you need; this way you’ll minimise damage to the growing plants and so help to keep them cropping for longer. As long as you keep the pots adequately watered, ideally by watering from the base, they should last for

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several weeks or months but make sure that the compost is not too wet or else your herb pots won’t last long. If you find that you’re not eating them fast enough, store some for later use. Ice cubes give you a really great fresh-herb taste offseason. Just half fill ice-cube tray sections with water. Add chopped fresh herbs to each section and top up with water. Label the tray as they can be difficult to identify. You can then simply pop them whole into stews and casseroles as and when you need them. Top herbs that grow well from seed: There are lots of herbs which do very well in pots when sown from seed. Some of my favourites include Italian or Genovese basil, lemon basil, chervil, Coriander ‘Cilantro’ for leaves, flat-leaved parsley, Ainse, Thai basil, chervil, chives, fennel, garlic chives. Visit www.pippagreenwood.com for Pippa’s ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ vegetable collection, great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa, and buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh and Envirofleece.

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what’S ON?

IN JULY

29 June-31 August Exhibition - Once Upon A Time... St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots Discover the stories that inspired Walt Disney, from Winnie-the-Pooh to Beauty and the Beast. An exhibition about children’s books since the Victorian period, featuring books from our collection, classic books and comics to browse through, a giant junk castle in a forest of trees and a series of fun activities for children. Family activities every Thursday and Friday in August. Let us know your favourite children’s books and lend us some for the exhibition – contact Liz. Tel: 01480 388921 Email: curators@stneotsmuseum.org.uk Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk 1 July St Neots Astronomy Association 7.30pm The Visitors Centre Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton When Worlds Align by Mike Stevens. This will be a fun informative meeting with visual displays. Everyone welcome. We are a very friendly small club and new members are very welcome. We look forward to meeting you whether you’re a complete beginner or a veteran; we have something to offer you. Tel: David Roberts 01480 212960 Email: david@snaa.co.uk Tel: Nick Maudlin 01767 315678 Email: nick@snaa.co.uk Web: www.snaa.co.uk 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 July Bridge Club 7.30-9.30pm Roxton Village Hall Cost £3 Every Tuesday. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01767 448526 Web: www.greatbarfordbowlsclub.org.uk 3 July Little Paxton Gardening Club 8pm Little Paxton Village Hall Annual subscription £6. Meetings with speakers £1 and £2 for visitors Refreshments included. Plants on sale. 5 July Fashion Show 7.30PM Buckden Village Hall £6 including drink served by topless waiters Fashions by M & Co, Que Sera Childrens, Fenstanton Frock Exchange and the Fashion students of HRC. Tickets from Que Sera, High Street, Buckden or by telephone. Tel: Tickets 07905 225911 5 July Argo Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start Corn Exchange, St Ives Tickets £5 Screen St Ives 2012. Remember the 1979 siege of the US Embassy in Tehran? The Shah had just been deposed and the CIA launched a covert mission to rescue six Embassy staff. Argo is a tense political thriller that also takes a wry look at Hollywood in the late 1970s. Winner of this year’s BAFTA and Oscar for Best Film, Argo continues to fuel debate over its portrayal of recent Middle East history. 50 tickets available – first come, first served. Web: www.screenstives.org.uk

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Entries into our What’s On sections are free. If you have an event you would like us to publicise please email the details to whatson@villagermag.com 6 July Craft Fair 9.30am-4pm St Ives Free Church Local people selling hand-made crafts at very reasonable prices. Held on the first Saturday of each month. Charity tombola and free entry. For more details visit http://www. saintscrafters.blogspot.com 6 July St. Mary’s Church Fete 3pm Keysoe Village Hall Family fun event, stalls, games, refreshments, including Pimms. Grand prize draw with super prizes and Kymbrook School performance Round the day off with our now famous Hog Roast, starting at 5.00pm. Book tickets before the day. Donations of bric a brac, cakes, books and toys etc. welcome. Tel: Tickets 01234 378878 and donations 01234 376576 6 & 20 July Art Club Drop-In 11am-1pm St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots Adult £8, Children £5 Providing a space to create, in a relaxed but stimulating environment sessions led by local artist Melina Lafirenze. Tel: 01480 388921 or 01480 214163 Email: curators@stneotsmuseum.org.uk Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28 July Cambridge Open Studios Every year the artists and craftspeople of Cambridgeshire welcome the public into their workspaces over four weekends in July, allowing them into their studios to see how their work is made. Painters, potters, jewellers, photographers – and much more! There are 269 individuals in 193 venues with studios located all over Cambridge and the surrounding area – including Ely, Soham and Saffron Walden. See website for full details. Web: www.camopenstudios.co.uk 7 July Animal Fun Day 10am-4pm Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester Fun dog show, ask the experts, pet toy making get up close with the animals at feeding time, shopping opportunities for you and your pets, school for dogs, bouncy castle and much, much more. Dogs welcome on lead. Web: www.woodgreen.org.uk 7 July Model Railway Open 2-5 pm 14 Boardman Close, Little Paxton Free admission, donations welcome St James Church, Little Paxton present A chance to see a Gauge 1 model railway in action. All proceeds to St James’ Church building project (CHUFT) 13 July Spaldwick Fete 11am-4pm followed by Hog Roast at 6pm Spaldwick School Village fete followed by Hog Roast at 6pm with entertainment.

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what’S ON? IN JULY

13 July Alconbury Neighbourhood Watch Village Fete 1pm Alconbury Village Green Coconut shy, W.I. Teas, fair rides, tombola, stalls, bar, school dancers. Re-enactment society performing all afternoon. Come and have a go at archery, coin stamping and much more. Tel: Debbie 01480 890821 13 July There and Back Again 1.30-3.30pm Wimpole Estate A 3 mile walk passing through woodland and parkland. Meet at the Stable Block. Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/ 13 July Kimbolton Village Fayre 2-5pm St Andrew’s Church Kimbolton Adults 50p, children under 16 free Classes for all to enter from cake making to painting. Schedules available from Truffles & Twine & Fishers Kimbolton. Entries welcome on the day. A fun afternoon - lots of stalls, games and refreshments. In aid of St Andrew’s Church and local charities. 13 & 14 July Hemingford Grey Art Exhibition (Free admission) 10am-4pm Reading Room, Hemingford Grey Framed and unframed original paintings and cards for sale. All Donations to MAGPAS. 13, 17 & 24 July Hamlets, Hahas & Bowling Greens 11.30am-12.30pm Wimpole Estate A 1.2 mile walk exploring the history of the parkland. Meet at the Stable Block. Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/ 15-19 July Holiday at Home for Senior Citizens 10am-4pm Godmanchester Baptist Church £5.00 per day including lunch and afternoon tea Activities include: Movie time (Summer Holiday), Music Time, Bingo, Sing Along, Beetle Drive, Fun & Games led by children from the local primary school, Godmanchester remembered plus a coach trip to Dobbies Garden Centre. Tel: 01480 458565 for details and booking Web: www.godmanchesterbaptist.org 16 July Out of Africa 7.30pm Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton Kimbolton Flower Club. Demonstration by Shirley Henderson with the title “Out of Africa”. Visitors welcome - admission £6, including refreshments. Raffle of designs and plant and accessories sales table.

20 July Walking the Boundaries 10.30am-1.30pm Wimpole Estate A 5-6 mile walk visiting the far corners of the estate. Meet at the Stable Block. Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/ 21 July Trip to Bressingham Gardens 9.45am St Neots & District Gardening Club leaving St. Neots at approx. 9.45am. Tel: David Usher 01480 476671 21 July Luton Male Voice Choir Concert 7pm St James Church, Little Paxton Adults £8, Children £4 including refreshments. Raffle. Tickets from Alison Rogers 01480 215607 25 July St Neots & District Gardening Club 8pm St. Mary’s Church Hall, Brook Street, St. Neots Non-Members £2.50 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. Gardener’s Question time. 25 & 26 July Heroes and Heroines for a Day! 11am-3pm St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots £2 per child Discover our magical stories exhibition, and feature in your own adventure story to take home as a small booklet. Inspired by our ‘Once Upon A Time…’ exhibition Tel: 01480 388921 Email: curators@stneotsmuseum.org.uk Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk 27 & 28 July St Neots Regatta Rowing and Sculling events on both days. Live music Saturday night. Free camping all weekend. Hot and cold food available all weekend, barbeque and licensed bar. See the website for further information. Web: www.stneotsrc.co.uk 27 & 28 July St Neots Medieval Festival 10am-4pm St Neots Market Square Free event A celebration of St Neots medieval past. Meet a Benedictine monk and a knight in armour and his Lady, watch battle demonstrations, hear the music of the period, and discover when the St Neots stocks and whipping post were used and much more. Make a replica knights helmet or a lady’s headdress. 28-30 July Flower Festival – Celebration of Marriage Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12 noon-4pm St. Mary’s Parish Church, St Neots Refreshments and craft stalls.

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