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Issue 53 - September 2013

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Covering: Buckden • Brampton • Cambourne • Godmanchester The Hemingfords and all surrounding areas

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Issue 53 - September 2013

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St Neots East Street Poisoner By Peter Ibbett

Covering: Buckden • Brampton • Cambourne • Godmanchester The Hemingfords and all surrounding areas


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The St. Neots East Street Poisoner


A visitor to St. Neots might be forgiven for assuming that the town was building a new multi-storey car park just off Cambridge Street to attract more visitors to its local attractions and shops. The stark steel skeleton, however, will soon be a new cinema complex where daily you will be able to watch the latest digital offerings of the film industry from gentle romance to high definition multi-media death and destruction. The opening night has been delayed a little to allow the constructors to move the edifice three feet away from nearby East Street residents who pointed out that the ugly duckling they didn’t want next to them did not conform to the planning permission! East Street had been allotments until the first building plots were advertised in 1866 with a new street by 1871 full of annoyed residents refusing to pay rates until they were given paving and lighting. The current residents of may not be aware that back in 1898 a drama was played out in one of the houses in their quiet street worthy of a forthcoming film in their new neighbour. A new resident moved into East Street in


October 1897. Annie Holmes had come to St. Neots hoping to make a new start for herself and her three young children but was found dead of strychnine poisoning in January 1898. Cousin Walter Horsford was arrested, tried at Huntingdon and executed at Cambridge. Julia Joyce has fully researched the case using newspaper accounts and Home Office files to produce a Kindle e-book (The St Neots Poisoning Case). Some details are also available in the St Neots History Society Newsletter 36 (copy in Library and latest edition available from Waterstones bookshop). The old police cells in the town’s museum not only give an authentic feel for the surrounding in which criminals were kept but also have display material about a range of local crimes. If you are a teacher you can find KS2 & KS3 materials for this case at the Victorian Crime & Punishment site. ( Perhaps local drama and film groups could enable St. Neots folk to see a film or play about how Victorian crime methods unmasked the poisoner and enjoy a World Premier in the new cinema! Let me know ( if you are interested!

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St Neots debut Food & Drink Festival Thousands flocked to St Neots town centre to enjoy the town’s debut Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 3 August. The Market Square was awash with the sights, sounds and smells of people enjoying the festivities, sampling and eating great food. Crowds gathered to enjoy the live music put on by Wham and George Michael tribute act Whamtastic, as well as St. Neots Singers, Subject to Change and Tom Bryans. Children could be seen enjoying the many activities put on for them including sand art, face painting and glitter tattoos. The Heart FM Radio Angels also came down to hand out goodies to the children. At 1pm came the gastronomic highlight of the day, when TV chef and St Neots resident, Dale Pinnock came out onto the square to do cooking demonstrations sampling recipes from his new book. He was also on hand to do book signings for his Medicinal Cooking book, on sale at Waterstones in St Neots. By far the highlight of the day was the charity duck race at 2pm. Tickets were sold out before the race with over 1700 yellow plastic ducks being launched into the river by the Mayor and special guest Stephanie Duker, who received chemotherapy treatment at the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. After a long slog to the finish line the winning duck was pulled out of the water and first prize was awarded to 8 year old Alfie Skinner from St Neots, who took home a Kindle. Other prizes awarded to the top placed ducks included £100 Hotel Chocolat chocolate vouchers, £50 Barrett’s


voucher, personal training sessions and much more. The event was organised by St Neots Town Centre Manager, Katie Williams and two Mumpreneurs, Sarah and Asli of the recently established local events management company, Be on Cloud Nine Events. Katie Williams, St Neots Town Centre Manager said “I am thrilled with the success of this event. The footfall in the town centre was the highest I have ever seen in my time as Town Centre Manager and I have received countless positive comments from the public about how much they enjoyed the day. Traders at the event were busy from throughout and some even had to re-stock when they ran out of supplies early! Town Centre retailers also benefited, with some commenting that Saturday was the busiest day they had seen in the town for years. It was a pleasure work with Be On Cloud Nine Events to put on this special event for the town and we will definitely be bringing the Food Festival back to St Neots next year in the hope that it will grow and flourish even more.”

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A derelict pumping station on the riverbank and a brick bridge at Barford Road Pocket Park in Eynesbury, St Neots have recently been given an overhaul by local graffiti artist, Johnnie Barton, and students from Ernulf Academy. Accompanied by Huntingdonshire District Council’s Countryside Services, the team embarked on spray painting new murals on the bare brick surfaces, and now designs of watery landscapes and wildlife pictures relating to the park can be seen. Councillor Darren Tysoe, Executive Councillor for Environment, said: “The talent shown by Johnnie and the students is amazing. The walls have been given a new lease of life. It’s great to see artwork by local students showcased for everyone to see, and we hope that visitors will enjoy it for years to come.” Barford Pocket Park Ranger, Matt Hall, said : “The previous designs looked great for more than five years, but were starting to peel off and needed


updating. Ernulf Academy teacher Pip Hardy and myself recruited local graffiti artist Johnnie Barton to help with the project. The themes for the designs all came from year 8 and 9 students, who had been chosen to take part in the project because of their artistic ability. I think they did a fantastic job. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the project.” Barford Road Pocket Park is a 45 acre site in Eynesbury, St Neots, managed by the district council for the benefit of people and wildlife. If you would like to know more about the park, contact Matt Hall on 01480 406 795. You can also find the park on Facebook, or at

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The Great Fen

NATURE RESTORATION Project Cambridgeshire’s Great Fen is a serene place with vast open skies and a panoramic landscape becoming increasingly rich in wildlife. It is also among the most ambitious and visionary nature restoration projects in Europe; The Wildlife Trust BCN, along with the partnership team at the Great Fen, is aiming to return 14 square miles of arable fields to wildlife-rich and people-friendly fenland - an area the size of a small city. Already some of the rarest species in Britain are returning since work began in 2004 – and with 60% of native species in decline it’s a hugely important time to give nature a helping hand. We have a fantastic opportunity to transform another 450 acres of land at the heart of the Great Fen (at Engine Farm), which would increase the area for wildlife by almost a fifth. With help, we could transform this new piece of land into a nature-rich haven, joining up a number of separate areas which we are already restoring, to become one huge swathe of habitat where wildlife can flourish. Following a recordbreaking grant of £7.2 million for the Great Fen in 2008, the Heritage Lottery Fund has now given us another generous £1.89 million grant towards this and other significant work on the Fen. We must urgently find £182,000 of match funding for this grant to do the work: to donate please visit and for news about the Great Fen visit For all events please see events.

Listings for events in Cambs: Creatures of the Night, Ely Friday 13 September 5-10pm Learn about bats and other exciting nocturnal wildlife Contact 01353 661339 Plant Sale Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon Sunday 15 September 11am-3pm Bargain plants, good for wildlife - all money raised for the Wildlife Trust Contact 01480 469079 Great Fen Heritage Open Day, Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre Sunday 15 September 11am-4pm Learn all about the fascinating history of the fen Contact 01487 710420 Great Fen Green Woodcraft Day, Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre Saturday 21 September 10.30am-3.30pm Try green woodcraft skills using axes and knives, pole lathes and shaving horses Contact 01487 710420 Listings for events in Beds: Guided walk Houghton Regis Quarry Wednesday 4 September 10am - 12 midday A new reserve in the making, not yet open to the public, walk led by Wildlife Trust Reserve Officer, Rebecca Pitman. Contact 01234 266057 Wildlife Art over the Centuries Wednesday 11 September 7.30-9pm Illustrated talk by Nick Hammond at Priory Country Park Contact 01234 266057


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During the month of September 2013, Matthew Parsons of Baker Close, Brampton will be completing the historically significant pilgrimage from St.Winefride’s Well, Holywell, Flintshire to St.Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire based on an old medieval pilgrim route. This walk is approximately 160 miles in length and it is anticipated that it will take 2-3 weeks to complete. Matthew will be visiting many historical churches, abbeys and shrines along the route. Matthew is undertaking this walk in tribute to his Mother, Maureen Parsons who sadly died from cancer in 2012. Maureen holidayed in South West Wales from the 1960’s with her family, so this area is of great personal significance. The trip will be totally self-funded (tent, sleeping bag and tinned food!) with 100% of all monies raised going directly to the Sue Ryder, St. John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger who cared for his Mother so very well during her last days. Matthew has had great support so far with


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WILDLIFE TRAVEL, BY CHRISTINE DONNELLY September can be a lovely month for walking in the countryside, enjoying the last signs of summer and the start of autumn. Many birds that nest here in the warmer months have prepared for their flight south by feeding to build up their flight muscles. A highlight of the year is the gathering of swallows before they leave, particularly over water, which once led people to think they hibernated in mud under our lakes. Like the majority of our migrant birds, however, they head for Africa where food is more plentiful during our winter. The young of our ‘resident’ birds are now dispersing so listen out for tawny owls near local woods, and for robins as they sing their ‘autumn song’ whilst looking for good ‘territories’.

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must fatten up for hibernation. Having ‘golden’ fur, large black eyes and a fluffy tail, they are very ‘cute’ but they are very rare. You can join the Flit Vale Local group of The Wildlife Trust on the morning of Saturday 28th September at Flitwick Moor to see some small mammals that will have been caught overnight. For details of this and other events organised by The Wildlife Trust check or phone the Trust office at Priory Country Park on 01234 364213. September brings spring to countries south of the tropics and those with a ‘mediterranean’ type of climate are famous for their amazing displays of wild flowers. Western Australia is a plant lover’s paradise, famous for its large number of colourful flowers and shrubs and with magnificent forests. Red Kangaroo Paw, Western Australia With a stunning coastline and exciting birds and mammals, this is a favourite destination for a wildlife holiday. Wildlife Travel will be running a trip there in September 2014.

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Autumn is the best time of year for beautiful sunsets. Capturing them on camera can be tricky though. Here’s how to take better sunset pics. Choose the time and place – Make a note of places where you’ve seen wonderful sunsets, then make a point of travelling there before the sunset to give you time to set your camera up. There are some great websites which tell you what time the sun will set on a particular day. Try www.sunsettimes. Think foreground – The best sunset photos tend to have something of interest in the foreground, generally silhouetted, to provide a focal point. Look for a great tree, or a wind farm, even pylons can look picturesque in front of a sunset. Patience and a tripod are very handy – Sunset actually goes on for quite a long time. As the sun dips beneath the horizon it can produce some spectacular shots, but afterwards, the colours of the sky can become even more rich and beautiful, so hang around. The best shots are often longer

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Where is it? Mill Lane at the River Great Ouse bridge, between Little Paxton & St Neots Scheme overview A group of residents have just launched a website to publicise the above scheme. The website can be found at - The scheme basically comprises two projects, which although have separate aims and objectives will both benefit the local community for a very large area around the scheme location and provide significant environment benefits. The Projects are also complementary as outlined on the website. The location of the scheme and component projects, are on the border of Little Paxton & St Neots and centred on the River Great Ouse. The two component projects are – • A flood relief causeway to greatly reduce the frequency of times that this very important link road is flooded, and • A hydro electric plant, at the same location, which will not only generate a considerable amount of electricity every year and do this for 20-25 years continuously, will also provide significant benefits in Carbon Reduction and also help to reduce the frequency of flooding. The flood relief causeway is a project which will result in considerable savings to all users of Mill Lane in terms of time lost when this road is closed because of flooding. This project does require funding by either the community i.e local people, local businesses, landowners or grant funding from other agencies. Although the scheme has tremendous benefits for the local population,


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It’s hard enough dealing with the trials and tribulations of parenting but this can be made all the harder if you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent. Here are some tips on how to make the process of co-parenting after separation easier. Children first - Always ensure that their best interests are at the heart of all the arrangements that you make. Don’t put your personal feelings or needs first, especially if the relationship breakdown has been a difficult one. Think about what is best for the children. Communication – find a way of communicating that suits you and the other parent best. The ideal forum is face to face, but in some cases, email dialogue may help take the heat out of things. Try and be open with the other parent about the children, and share information with them. Courses are available for separated parents to help them work with each other to co-parent after separation. Compromise - think about the benefit of compromise - achieving a long term outcome that is likely to work best for your children is likely to need to involve compromise on both sides. It may be better for the whole family in the long term if each of you takes a broad view, and gives or takes a little in order to reach an outcome you can both live with. Whilst it may not represent your preferred ideal choice, in most cases it is likely to be better for the children if you can both move on with a scenario that both parents can accept. Court – for some parents it may seem like there is no prospect of resolving their differences and court may seem like the only option. This choice

could mean battling months of your life away arguing about the children in court. In some cases it could take years. A court will give you a decision but will it be the right one for the children? Is a Judge the best placed person to make decisions that will have significance for the rest of the children’s lives? Possibly, but probably not. Look at ways of avoiding court such as Mediation, collaborative law, arbitration. Cost - Litigation means significant cost, in financial, emotional and psychological terms. The legal fees are likely to be a significant drain on resources. The emotional impact of dealing with court proceedings cannot be under estimated. There is also the possibility your child or children would need to speak to an officer of the Court (and in some cases the Judge) about their wishes and feelings. This can be a traumatic experience for some children. If you can come to an arrangement direct with the other parent, this cost can be mitigated. That’s got to be worth thinking about. If you would like to know more about separation matters where children are concerned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Low Interest Rates

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Mark Carney, The new Governor of the Bank of England has set out plans for the future in his forward Guidance Strategy. Part of his job, which is independent of the Government, is to set interest rates. He feels that as the UK is now moving out of the recession, companies and individuals need clarification over longer term interest rates so that they can plan with confidence. He has therefore stated that interest rates should remain at 0.5% for three years and not be increased until employment reduces from 7.8% to 7%, or inflation goes up. This news is designed to encourage borrowing, but does nothing to help the prudent saver. Interest rates for savers are low at around 2% and even this will be taxed for the most. This means even if you save in a competitive account your money is still not keeping pace with inflation. However, an improving economy should lead to a healthy increase in equity (share) prices. For the year ended 31/07/2013 our average risk managed ethical portfolio has grown by 19.56% and our most cautious ethical portfolio by 12%, over the same period. Clearly funds can go up as well as down and post performance is no guide to future performance, but if the Guv’nor thinks the economy is growing, I would be surprised if funds didn’t grow by more than inflation. Recent analysis of stock markets show that £200K

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invested in Feb 2003, in the FTSE, would have been worth £348,789 ten years later, and that includes the market fall of 2008. Our portfolios have outperformed the FTSE since they started, so now with the economic situation being talked up this could be a good time to consider alternatives to cash. Properties have often been considered as a way to beat inflation but for many this means using property funds rather than physical property. Once again care needs to be given to the fund chosen. Over the last three years to 29th July 2013 the five bottom property funds were St. James Place (4.8%), Scottish Widows (3.8%), Aviva (2.1%) + (-15.8%) and Threadneedle (2.0%), whilst our portfolio fund is ranked 2nd (43.2%) The purpose of stating the above is to emphasise the importance of shopping around. Truly Independent Advisers, who are pro-active, will tell you when you should move your funds. How often does your bank suggest you switch banks for better interest rates? Complacency can be expensive. If you have savings that are intended for the medium to long term they need to be growing by at least inflation, so why not speak to your usual Independent Adviser or us. If you have a financial question, e-mail:

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Understanding Rabbits

by the Rabbit Residence Rescue

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, yet there are many misunderstandings about their needs. The traditional view of one rabbit living in a hutch still prevails amongst many in the UK. Yet this is in strong contrast with their actual needs when we consider how wild rabbits live. The latter live in social groups not alone, they cover a considerable area in a day, and their survival instincts strongly affect their behaviours and those of their domestic cousins. The problem of rabbits being abandoned or given up in the UK is massive and growing. A recent survey by the Rabbit Welfare Association found that around 67,000 rabbits entered rescues in 2010, about double the estimate previously quoted. And these are the lucky ones that the rescues could accommodate. This is a significant problem placing considerable strain on rescues.


In some cases, rabbits arrive at rescue centres for unpreventable and unpredictable reasons, such as a change in the life circumstances of the owners, for example, a sudden illness or home eviction. However, the main reason for the scale of the problem is the common public perception that rabbits are low maintenance pets, good pets for children, and that all they need is a hutch and food. Many rabbits come through the doors of rescues, such as the Rabbit Residence Rescue, because owners were not aware of the commitment involved when they bought the rabbit from a pet shop or breeder, or because the rabbit is later perceived to be boring or aggressive. The latter can often be because the rabbit is bored due to insufficient space, lack of a rabbit companion, or due to fear caused by an owner’s inappropriate expectations of how to interact with the rabbit. Kept in a small hutch with little space to move and no environmental enrichment a single rabbit may well appear inactive and uninteresting. Another common reason for rabbits coming into rescues is accidental litters. Some pet shops and breeders now make customers more aware that a rabbit needs company of their own kind, but sexing young rabbits can be difficult and errors result in accidental litters that the owners cannot accommodate. Rabbits can breed from four months old and a female can get pregnant again straight after giving birth. The Rabbit Residence Rescue (registered charity number 1148016), based near Royston in

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Hertfordshire, takes in, rehabilitates, and rehomes neglected and unwanted rabbits. The Rabbit Residence Rescue is dedicated to providing the best possible care and to encouraging others with rabbits or wanting to adopt to do the same. The Rabbit Residence Rescue won Best Small Furry Rescue at the 2013 Wetnose Awards. Things everyone should know about rabbits • They are naturally sociable animals in the wild and a pet rabbit needs the company of another rabbit. Opposite-sex pairs, both neutered, usually works best. • They live around 10 years. • They need lots of space - a big hutch (or a shed) with a big predator proof run attached. The Rabbit Welfare Association recommends a minimum of a 6ft x 2ft x 2ft hutch attached to a predator proof run of minimum 8ft x 4ft x 4ft – preferably bigger! (Different rescues have slightly varying recommendations so check with them first if you are looking to adopt.) • They need to eat hay and lots of it! They should also be fed some leafy greens each day (not lettuce, and only a small amount of carrot, if any) and a small handful of pellets, not mix (which will lead to obesity). • They are instinctively scared of being picked up because to them it is like being picked up by a predator. Most will either panic and struggle, or freeze in fear. Thus, rabbits are not an ideal ‘cuddly’ pet for children. They trust us more if we interact with them at ground level. • They are not cheap pets. They can cost around £1000 a year to care for.

• In the wild rabbits spend much of their time digging and foraging. Pet rabbits need enrichment such as a digging tray, tunnels, and toys to chew to help keep them busy. • They must be vaccinated once a year against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. How you can help • If you have a few hours to spare regularly or occasionally, you could make a real difference by volunteering your time to assist with animal care or DIY. Please email us to apply (rabbit_ • If you are considering rabbits as pets, please do some research first. There is good information on the Rabbit Welfare Association’s website (www. or the Rabbit Residence Rescue’s website ( If you decide to go ahead, please contact us or another rescue. We have many wonderful rabbits, including youngsters, waiting for a second chance in life. • Join our ‘Sponsor-The-Bunnies’ scheme to help us look after the rabbits in our care. For details email or see

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Arboriculturalist or Tree Lopper

BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS Arboriculture is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. It is both a practice and a science. A good Arborist (Tree Surgeon) can be a difficult thing to find in your area. There are a lot of companies of varying size and quality to choose from to suit any budget. There are a few factors you need to bear in mind before selecting an Arborist to work on your trees or shrubs. You also need to bear in mind that selecting a contractor who just does “Lopping and Topping” can do irreparable damage to your trees and your prize specimen could be fatally damaged. Things to look for in a good Arborist contractor: • Do they have adequate insurance (Employers, Public & Professional Indemnity), ask to see a copy before work is started. • Do they have accreditations, Arboricutural Association Approved contractor is best but not an essential as this assesses Health & Safety and work quality. • Further accreditations can be CHAS, ISO 9000,

Safecontractor or ISA accreditation. Ask for references, a good Arborist will be only too happy to boast about good their good quality work. The Arboricultural industry has a best practice guide that all contractors should be working to when pruning, with work conforming to British Standard 3998. This standard will give guidance to aid with the trees future development following pruning work. Look into other treatment for your trees and shrubs such as follow up fertilization. Don’t be tempted with a cheap price from a contractor who knocks at your door saying “would you like your trees chopped”, it rarely works out well. The key component is not to just look at the final price, a cheap price may look good at the time but could lead to excessive cost latter on as the tree develops. Good pruning will reduce the amount of future visits needed. For more advice visit: or contact Bartlett Tree Experts on 01234 354 673 Visit us on Facebook at Bartlett Tree Experts – Bedford UK

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IN SEPTEMBER The Autumn Renovation Programme begins this month; thatch and compaction are two of any lawns major problems and now is the best time to tackle them. September’s Scarification Remove the thatch, the dead and the weak grass, and open up the surface to allow the lawn to breathe and over seed with a quality grass seed. Autumn Aeration and Over Seeding Soil compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration and moss invasion; this is the process whereby 10 – 15cm (4-6 ”) holes are “mechanically punched” in to the lawn allowing air in to the roots of the grass encouraging a more vigorous and greener lawn. Additional grass seed can be sown too. Autumn Feed This feed is another important part of any lawn care programme. Our fertiliser is high in Phosphate and Potassium with additional Iron for that dark green look and moss prevention. Actions required in May • Scarify lawn • Aerate lawn and over seed


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Flower of the Month

Salvia Uliginosa

September brings us cooler air temperatures but the ground is still nice a warm for the late summer perennials. Fast growing wiry stems shoot skywards to produce flowers and seed, many from the American prai-ries like Rudbeckia purpurea. It’s pastel purple-pink daisy-like flowers are a joy for the butterflies and other insects. Often used by flower arrangers but to be honest they look best in a sunny herbaceous border. But as you can see from the title this beautiful plant is not our choice for this month. The honour goes to Salvia uliginosa – the Bog Sage. Don’t be misled by the name Bog Sage. You do not need wet ground to suc-ceed with this plant and in fact we have lost plants in harsh winters when planted in wet areas of the garden. We grow this plant in full sun but make sure that there is plenty of vegetative matter around the roots so that moisture can be held there during the summer. It is a clump forming herbaceous perennial which

will grow to a height of 4-5 feet with flower spikes covered in a mass of blue flowers, produced from the middle of August to the end of September, sometimes longer. Cut back in au-tumn and mulch to give a little protection. Its wiry stems bob around in the breeze with the pretty flowers catching your eye. Perhaps too subtle for some, but definitely our “Plant of the Month”. Gareth Arscott

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New Range Rover Sport

by James Baggott

James Bond star Daniel Craig drove it through New York for the launch, now James Baggott has his chance behind the wheel of the new Range Rover Sport… in the equally glamorous Cotswolds. What is it? For years the Range Rover Sport has reigned supreme in the SUV market and now Land Rover is back at it again, with an all-new variety. Lighter, faster and more capable than ever before, the new model is no longer based on the Discovery, but now takes its underpinnings from the full-fat Rangie. Design DNA comes from the incredibly popular Evoque and mixed with the luxurious surroundings from the daddy of the line-up, it’s a potent combination and will be an absolute winner. What’s under the bonnet? A choice of diesel and petrol units, plus there’s a diesel hybrid on the way later this year. The petrol stationcrushing supercharged 5.0-litre V8 510bhp lump hits 60mph in five seconds dead and on to a top speed of 155mph. Ok, it emits 298g/km and returns 22.1mpg, but it’s so worth it. The SDV8 arrives later this year and in the meantime you can pick from the 3.0-litre V6 diesel in 258bhp and 292bhp guises – the more powerful of the two hits 60mph in 7.1 seconds. What’s the spec like? Palatial. It’s awash with fresh technology, from wade depth sensors to traffic sign recognition. A real innovation is the two extra seats in the boot; these are for occasional use only, but the electrically powered perches will

come in handy with families. The front seats are adjustable 14 ways, heated and cooled and so too are those in the middle row. There’s a powered tailgate, cooled centre console that you can fit a bottle of champagne in and soft-close doors. The Meridian 1700W stereo is brilliant and buyers can choose from nine different wheel designs in sizes from 19 to 22-inch. Any rivals? Land Rover chalk up the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne as the biggest contenders, but it’s the latter that really gives it any serious challenge. The German firm’s badge might hold a little more brand cache, but we’d pick the Sport over it every time. As a combination of jaw-dropping looks mixed with ability and agility, it’s hard to beat. What’s it like to drive? With 420kg shaved from the weight, heavily revised steering and all-new lightweight suspension, the car feels incredibly different to drive on the road to its predecessor. In 5.0-litre form it’s ludicrously quick on all road surfaces and can claim the title of the fastest ever Land Rover to be made. Flick it into Dynamic mode and it becomes a different car – the steering quickens, it corners harder and the throttle response sharpens. It’s worlds apart from the standard mode which is far more sedate. As allrounders go, this Sport is without doubt one of the best. Verdict Make no mistake - this is the new benchmark in the SUV market. I’ve been racking my brain for faults and if I’m picky the plastic feel of the paddle shifters is a little cheap and the infotainment system looks a little old in terms of graphics and speed. But that’s about it. This is a car that would please sports car drivers as much as traditional SUV drivers and the best bit? It’s considerably cheaper than the equally-brilliant Range Rover – so it’s a bargain too… The Knowledge Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography Dynamic Price: £81,550 Engine: 5.0-litre, V8 supercharged Power: 510bhp, 625Nm Max speed: 155mph 0-60mph: 5.0s MPG: 22.1 Emissions: 298g/km

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Get Over Your Ex

By Sarah Davey

As the saying goes, ‘breaking up is hard to do.’ The emotional rollercoaster which follows a relationship breakdown can be very hard to deal with. Try these tips to help you get over your ex. Ignore them – Ignore all attempts to Tweet, email, text or otherwise attract your attention. Likewise resist the urge to Tweet, text or email them. Often we fall back into a bad relationship because it’s convenient, and we’re too set in a pattern to try something different. Break the cycle. ‘Disappear’ them – Hide away the stuffed toys, gifts and photos that remind you of them. In the early stages of a break-up it’s too easy to cling on to the nice memories and persuade yourself that you need them back in your life. Don’t stalk them! – Don’t drive past their house or haunt places special to both of you. Even if you can’t bring yourself to ‘unfriend’ them on Facebook, at least hide them from your news feed so you won’t be tempted to check on them every time you log-on. Get out – It might be tempting to lie in bed, eating Green and Black’s finest and listening to heartbreak FM, but what you really need is company. Ring your most sociable friends and arrange a fun night out. Make a list – Write down all the reasons you split. Then read them back to yourself whenever you start romanticising the past. Remember, they’re your ex for a reason...or several!


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Stay Out of Debt

By Sarah Davey

Being in debt is no fun and it’s easier to get into debt than out of it. Stay out of debt with our five top tips. Budget – It sounds obvious, but an astonishing number of us don’t know what we actually spend each month. For two months write down every outgoing and you might be surprised at how much of cash you fritter away. Make a list of regular commitments - utility bills, mortgage, outstanding loans etc.; a list of necessary evils - petrol, train tickets etc; a list of desirables - holidays, salon trips etc.; and a list of non-essentials. Boost your cash – This can be done in two ways: Cut all unnecessary expenditure, or increase your income. It might not be a good time economically to ask for a pay-rise, but could you take on some extra work in return for a little more in your pay packet? What about selling your unwanted items on eBay, or even starting your own little business using a skill or hobby you already have, such as


sewing, baking, computer or language skills? Use credit cards – Yes, you read that correctly. If used wisely they can be a helpful cashmanagement tool. With some cards you get cash back for spending. So by putting your regular expenditure, such as groceries, on your card you can earn money. Only do this if you are prepared to pay the balance off in full after the grace period (generally 30 days). Save don’t spend – Any surplus cash should be saved. Allocate some for holidays or other desirable items, and some for emergencies. Any left over can be put into a longer term savings account. DIY – Often we pay people for services we could easily manage ourselves. Try washing your own car or making your own packed lunch for a month and see how much you save.

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Marie Curie Cancer Care currently provides free of charge at home nursing care to local terminally ill patients. In 2012/2013, Marie Curie Cancer Care provided 25,084 hours to 392 patients in Cambridgeshire. This service is vital in ensuring that local residents have the option to spend their last months, weeks and days in the comfort of their own home. It costs £20 an hour for a Marie Curie nurse to provide at home care to a terminally ill patient and £180 pays for a full nine hour shift by a Marie Curie nurse in a patient’s own home. All funds raised locally are spent on the Marie Curie nursing service in Cambridgeshire. Therefore, we are establishing a Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraising group in the Huntingdon area to help raise funds for this vital service. We currently have several fundraising groups across Cambridgeshire, which help with our annual Great Daffodil Appeal in March, host Blooming Great Tea Parties, support Swimathon and organise and run their own fundraising activities.


This new group will be joining a network of over 350 fundraising groups across the UK, from Isle of Skye to Penzance and the fundraising group would be guided and supported by the local Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, Hannah Steele. Our groups are a great way to meet like minded people and to have fun whilst raising money for local nursing care. Anyone interested in joining the fundraising group in the Huntingdon area, can visit the Marie Curie Cancer Care website fundraising-volunteering or call local Community Fundraiser Hannah Steele on email 01604 442316 or email for more information.

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30-31 August & 1 September Teddy Bear Festival St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Adults £2.50, Children under 16 free Come along and see bears of all shapes and sizes taking part in this fun weekend which includes: Flower Festival (Bears Galore), competitions for adults and children, Teddy Bears Picnic, Raffle, The Bear Shop, and Refreshments. There will be a competition on Saturday afternoon for the oldest bear so do bring yours along and join in. Rushden Town Band will be playing on Saturday afternoon and Hearts Ease dancers will be giving a display on Sunday afternoon. In aid of St Andrew’s Church Charity. 1 September 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. 1 September Cream Tea 3-5.30pm Haslingfield Dovecote, CB23 1JW £5 A traditional cream tea with freshly baked scones, jam and cream will be served in the informal woodland garden and orchard at the 17th Century circular Dovecote in Haslingfield. In aid of Parkinson’s UK. Tel: 01223 871788 for further details 2 September St Neots Astronomy Association 7.30pm The Visitors Centre, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton Historical Nova by Gary Poyner. This will be a fun informative meeting with visual displays. Everyone welcome. We are a very friendly small club, new members welcome, whether you’re a complete beginner or a veteran; we have something to offer you. Tel: Nick Maudlin 01767 315678 Email: Web: 3, 10, 17 & 24 September Bridge Club 7.30-9.30pm Roxton Village Hall Cost £3 Every Tuesday. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01767 448526 Web: 4, 14, & 18 September Hamlets, Hahas & Bowling Greens 11.30am-12.30pm Wimpole Estate A 1.2 mile walk learning about Wimpole’s history. All walks are free; just turn up on the day and meet outside the stable block. Please wear walking shoes or boots. Web: 4 September Little Paxton Gardening Club 8pm Little Paxton Village Hall Speaker will be Ann Godfrey of Daisy Roots who will share her expertise of plants to give your garden a long season of interest. Refreshments included. Plants on sale. New members and visitors always welcome.


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 6 September Deep Blue Sea Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start Corn Exchange, St Ives Tickets £5 2011. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale star in a beautifully observed love triangle, adapted from a Terence Rattigan play, so expect a subtle, quiet drama that packs a massive emotional punch. Web: 6-8 September Toft Social Club’s Ninth Annual Beer and Cider Festival Fri 6am-11pm, Sat 12 noon-11pm, Sun 12 noon-10.30pm Free entry Prices held at £2.00 pint! Thirteen real ales; mostly from brewers in a 25 mile radius, and three ‘real’ local ciders. Meals available early evening on Saturday and at Sunday lunchtime. Live music Saturday and Sunday evenings. Web: for up-to-date information 7 September Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Competition 10am-12pm Rookery Farm, Pidley Free admission and parking Dare-devil professional parachuting teddies, sponsored by local companies, jump one-by-one from a Cambridge Aero Club plane into the skies over Pidley village; each one focused on landing the nearest to the winning pot of honey. Please support this Pidley Mountain Rescue Team fundraising event to provide specialist equipment to adults and children in Huntingdonshire who have mobility or disability issues. Web 7 September Big Green Saturday 12.30pm Offord Millennium Green Fun dog show, stalls, food and drink and fun for all. 7 September Hardy Plant Society Talk 2pm The Wetherley Centre, Biggleswade Small charge for visitors Cambs and Beds Hardy Plant Society present a talk by Howard Drury on ‘Cornwall – the unknown gardens’. Howard is a horticultural Broadcaster, Speaker, Lecturer, Writer, and Consultant. He has 12 years of experience presenting T.V. programmes. Tel: Winifred 01234 721720 Web: 8 September Woodland & Folly Guided Walk 1.30pm-3pm Wimpole Estate All walks are free; just turn up on the day and meet outside the stable block. Please wear walking shoes or boots. Web: 8 September Bourn Windmill Open Day 2-4.30pm Caxton Road Bourn CB23 2SU Adults £5, Children £2.50, Under 5s free In aid of Riding for Disabled Iceni Group. Home-made teas, raffle & games. Last windmill tour 4pm.

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11 September Doormice 7.30pm Brampton Memorial Hall, Thrapston Road, Brampton Suggested donation Members £2.00, Non-members £2.50 Wildlife Trust – Huntingdonshire Local Group is pleased to welcome Henry Stanier, who is Ecology Groups Officer for the Wildlife Trust, who will use his wealth of experience and knowledge to reveal some of the secrets of these tiny, shy animals. Tel: Phil 01487 822835 Web: 14 September Hail Weston Village Fete & Companion Dog Show 1-5pm Dog registrations from 11.30. All welcome - pedigree and novelty classes. Tombola, books, cake stalls, craft stalls, cancer research donation station, plants, refreshments, children’s races, BBQ and bar. Come and join in the fun! 14 September Huntingdonshire Concert Band presents Dam Busters 7.30pm St Ives Free Church Adults £9, Concessions £8 In aid of the RAF Association “Wings Appeal”. Music to include: The Dam Busters March, Aces High, Eagle Squadron, Where Eagles Dare, On Parade, Big Band Salute, Missing Man, Dartmoor 1912. Tickets available by telephone or from “Just Sharing” at the Free Church 01480 496570. Tel: Tickets 01480 450 656 or 01480 383898 Web: 15 September Battle of Britain Sunday Sunset Ceremony 6pm Huntingdon Market Square RAF Wyton area voluntary band and local ATC Squadrons. Lowering of the RAF Ensign at the Town Hall followed by Battle of Britain Service at 6.30pm at All Saints Church. Collection for RAF Association “Wings Appeal”. 17 September How Does Your Garden Grow 7.30pm Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton Kimbolton Flower Club. Demonstration by Sharon Badger with the title “How Does Your Garden Grow”. Visitors welcome - admission £6. Raffle of the arrangement and plant and accessories sales table. 20 September Quiz Night 7.30pm Little Paxton Village Hall Tickets £6 including refreshments. Raffle. Tel: Lee Duncan 07931 315648 for tickets Email: 20 September The Great Gatsby Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children under 16 £2 Licensed bar and refreshments. Tickets available from Dixie’s Deli, Watson’s, or Bytes Café or on the door. Tel: 01480 860297 for further information 21 September The Gamlingay Show 1-5pm Gamlingay Village College, Station Road Adults £3, Concessions £1.50

Annual Village Show complete with competition entries, craft marquee, stalls and side-shows, wide variety of refreshments, arena events, funfair, displays and demonstrations, classic cars, motor-cycles and tractors. All profits go to village clubs and societies. Tel: 07519 921126 Web: 21 September Bourn Beer and Cider Festival 12 noon-11pm Manor Farm, 14 Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambridge Adults £3, under 18 years free Come and join us for Bourn’s first beer and cider festival raising money for the NSPCC. BBQ in the afternoon and a hog roast in the evening and live music all day. With face painting, bouncy castle, kids crafts, and farm animals. Tel: 01954 713971 Email: 21 September Clarinet Concert 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Offord Darcy Tickets £8 including complimentary glass of bubbly The Phoenix Players of St Ives, featuring Beverley Budd on clarinet, Naomi Laredo and Graham Bush on violins, Simon Watkin on viola and Felicity Horsford on cello, will be playing the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Interval refreshments available. Free parking accessible on the adjacent archery field. Tel: Jenny Griffiths 01480 811126 for tickets Email: 21-29 September Royston Arts Festival Various events taking place including Meera Syal talk followed by Q&A session and book-signing, performance by renowned pianist Clare Hammond, Gromit or Shaun the Sheep model making with a model-maker from Aardman and free workshops including poetry, batik, theatre, music and flower arranging. See website for full details. Web: 26 September St Neots & District Gardening Club AGM 8pm St. Mary’s Church Hall, Brook Street, St. Neots Non-Members £2.50 includes refreshments and raffle ticket 29 September St Ives Scale Model Show 10am-4pm Burgess Civic Hall, Westwood Road, St Ives Adults £1.50, Concessions 50p Hosted by Brampton Scale Model Club and IPMS Brampton. The largest one day show in East Anglia! Trade stands, 50+ model displays, refreshments and charity tombola in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance. Free parking. Tel: Alec Smith 01480 896949 for more information Email: Web: 29 September Croydon cum Clopton Monthly Village Market 10.30am-1pm High Street, Croydon Refreshments. Local businesses displaying and selling their produce and products. In support of Croydon Village Hall & All Saints Church. Web:

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