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Issue 5 - July 2013

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

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Wildlife Wanderings.................................................................4 Abbotsley Feast Week..............................................................6 Fun Quiz........................................................................................8 Make Your Oak...Character Oak......................................... 12 Parenting Apart....................................................................... 14 Home Grown Herbs............................................................... 18 Children’s Page........................................................................ 22 Puzzle Page............................................................................... 24 What’s On.................................................................................. 26 Book Review............................................................................. 31

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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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Abbotsley Feast Week

And Scarecrow Festival Friday 19th July – Sunday 28th July 2013 Scarecrows based on a musical theme will be on display in the village of Abbotsley from Friday 19th July as part of the popular annual Feast Week and Scarecrow Festival. The week-long event coincides with the celebration of the feast of St Margaret of Antioch, in whose honour the church is dedicated. The village has become well known for its scarecrows, and year on year the straw residents delight visitors from across the region. The theme for 2013 is Music and the annual event commences on Friday 19th July with a children’s disco at the Village Hall and Golf Day at Abbotsley Golf Club. The weeks festivites include: • The Village Fete will be held on Saturday 20th on the playing field from 2–5pm, with games, stalls and side shows including, Bedfordshire Beekeepers, Robins Reach Archery, bbq, bar & Pimms tent and much more. • On Sunday 21st cream teas will be served at the Village Hall from 12.30pm, a welcome refreshment after a walk around the village to see the scarecrows. • A family sports evening will be held on Monday 22nd on the playing field. • On Tuesday 23rd there is a quiz at The Eight Bells 8pm. • Abbotsley’s Got Talent at the Village Hall Wednesday 24th 7pm – all are welcome, tickets see below. • A pet show in the garden of The Eight Bells on Friday 26th – 6.30pm

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The popular Barn Dance will take place on Saturday 27th at The Eight Bells at 8pm, with dancing to The Crofters (tickets in advance, see contact details below). The week’s festivities close on Sunday 28th with Jazz in the Afternoon, 2pm at the Eight Bells – all are welcome, bring a picnic and enjoy the jazz. Cream teas will again be served in the Village Hall on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. All profits from Feast Week go to the upkeep of Abbotsley Village Hall. The Village Hall is important to the community; it is used regularly by local groups and classes and is available to hire throughout the year for parties and other events. For further information about Feast Week events and tickets please contact Ben Yallop (01767 679991) or Mike Hopwood (01767 679979), or see the village website www.abbotsley.org.uk Abbotsley Feast Week & Scarecrow Festival Raising Funds for Abbotsley Village Hall Registered Charity No.302626

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Fun Quiz - Towns and Villages 1. Born in 1945, which American singer found fame after he changed his surname to that of a town in the north of England? 2. The Village Green Preservation Society was used as the theme song for which TV sitcom? 3. In which English county would you find the town of Melton Mowbray? 4. In which fictional Yorkshire village might you come across Police Constable Arthur Selby? 5. Which coastal town in East Sussex shares it’s name with Hercule Poirot’s assistant? 6. The TV show Noel’s House Party was set in which fictional village? 7. Which town in Surrey is home to Ali G? 8. Replaced by youth custody centres in 1982, what was the name given to prisons for young offenders that was named after the village in Kent where the first of these institutions was established? 9. In which TV show did Number Two preside over “the Village”? 10. In which country of the UK would you find a village with a name that means “Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of Tysilio with a red cave”? 1. Michael Bolton (his birth name was Michael Bolotin) 2. Jam And Jerusalem 3. Leicestershire 4. Greendale (in the Postman Pat cartoons) 5. Hastings 6. Crinkley Bottom 7. Staines 8. Borstals (named after the village of Borstal) 9. The Prisoner 10. Wales (the village is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch)

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Parenting Apart

during Summer Holidays The summer holidays are almost upon us and for children of school age, this will be a welcome rest. When a couple with children separate or divorce, it is quite typical for school holidays to be shared equally. Usually this can be resolved without the need for the Court to get involved, but occasionally, it may be necessary to seek assistance. However, a Court encourages cooperation and compromise between the parents and only a handful of cases end up in bitter courtroom battle. It is quite common for the summer holidays to be divided into blocks of one week or perhaps a fortnight with each parent. With the children’s best interests being at the forefront of all considerations, here are some practical tips to help make the process as easy as possible for the parents, and for children. Firstly, try and agree your dates well in advance. This avoids any last minute uncertainty which can be stressful. Overseas holidays also require a little thought. If an overseas trip is planned, make sure the other parent knows about it well in advance and you have their permission. Taking a child abroad without the other parent’s permission is akin to child abduction. It’s courteous to give details about where you plan staying, before the holiday is booked. Make sure the other parent is given a note about travel times, flight details and accommodation. Children now carry their own passport so it may be helpful to agree when the passport will be available, so that there is no last minute panic. On arrival, send a quick text to let

the other parent know you have all arrived safe and sound. Give the children as much information as possible about what is planned for them during the holidays. Perhaps think about a holiday chart or diary, so that the children know what they are going to be doing each week and how long it will be before they see the other parent again. Regular contact with the other parent is important but it’s a question of getting the balance right. Let the children keep in touch with the other parent by phone every few days. Encourage them to chat to the other parent and tell them what they have been up to. Communication is now made much easier with Skype, so perhaps set up a time for a Skype chat. If the children are going away for a holiday, encourage them to write a postcard or two to the other parent. Often this can arrive on the doormat at the very time the children are there, which is often what they find most exciting. Most of all, enjoy your time with the children and don’t forget the sun cream!

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where we ensure that our staff have a good knowledge of the community that our customers are part of and are in the best position to provide the individualized care that we believe to be vital. ‘Our carers are local people, trained to the highest standards, fully vetted and police checked. They offer an invaluable contribution to our work, not only as the public face of our company, but also through their passion, commitment and dedication for which they are truly valued. They are professional, experienced and cheerful - and are always happy to chat to customers, never leaving before the allotted time is over.’ Bluebird Care really does offer ‘Old fashioned Service’ at its best. Older people who wish to remain in their own home, people with sensory impairment, physical disability, learning disability or who suffer from dementia can all be cared for with a service to suit their needs

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– as little as one 15 minute welfare visit per day all the way through to 24 hour care, 365 days a year. Their care might include early morning or bedtime assistance, washing, dressing, personal care and hygiene, meal and snack preparation, domestic chores such as shopping or laundry, prompting and assisting with medication, help with mobility and getting to appointments and making welfare checks as needed – all accomplished with a real personal interest, a friendly, willing attitude and cheery, companionable conversation. ‘We believe that the delivery of care and support to our customers is not simply a job, but a vocation,’ emphasizes Simon. ‘Everyone ought to be able to enjoy and get the most out of life and our determination is to help our customers do just that by providing a service that gives a sense of security, and that they can trust to treat them with a dignity and respect that will maintain their self-esteem and confidence.’

Bluebird Care offers a realistic alternative to residential care that is truly holistic. Simon explains, ‘We are very happy to work with other organizations so that our customer’s care is fully rounded and offers all they need. We make certain that our customers are fully aware of all the services that could help them and we are also in the process of establishing closer working links with a number of voluntary organisations who could complement our services.’ If you, a family member or friend could benefit from talking to Bluebird Care about your support and care requirements then please contact us for a chat with our team of professionals on 01954 212881 or visit our website at www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/uk_office/ about/cambridge We will be more than happy to help and discuss all the options available.

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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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LEARN TO FLY GLIDERS

AT CAMBRIDGE GLIDING CENTRE

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

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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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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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BY Bruce Edwards The White Queen Phillipa Gregory Simon & Schuster £7.99 paperback ISBN 9781471125812 There’s a considerable interest in historical fiction nowadays; the BBC has (happily) latched onto ‘The White Queen’, one of Phillipa Gregory’s best - and well researched - ventures into the historical genre. This re-issue will be welcome, especially as it prefaces the series based on the Tudor’s predecessors, the Plantagenets. The original was published in 2009 and the television series - inevitably - brings out the reprint; it’s a well known phenomena. Even so, it’s a good solid read, if only to spot the differences betwixt text and telly. When an attractive young girl waylays a handsome King with an eye for the ladies, what will transpire? An easy question to answer, except that Mistress Elizabeth Woodville will brook no easy access to her virtue; she even takes a dagger from her suitor to threaten him with her demise. Her ambition and drive does her credit, though the consequences are way beyond her imagination. What we have in this story is an imaginative and dramatic retelling in narrative diary format of the way we’ve been left with one of the most mysterious parts of royal history - the fate of Elizabeth’s sons. If there is a criticism, it is seeing events solely through Elizabeth’s eyes. Take away the trappings of period, court and language - though less distracting than they could be - and you’re back to a typical tense romance of any period. One advantage Edward had, though, - no hungry media frenzy watching his every conquest - until now

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