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Gamlingay Eco Hub...................................................................... 4 Potton Celebrates Diamond Jubilee..........................................10 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee...........................................................14 The Listening Place..................................................................... 21 Keech Hospice Care................................................................... 28 Don’t Tip It Or Skip It.................................................................. 32 Sandy TIC.................................................................................... 39 Local Business Showcase Event................................................ 44 Free Citizens Advice...................................................................46 Lawns.......................................................................................... 50 National Gardens Scheme......................................................... 52 Rural Ramblings......................................................................... 54 Teenage Drinking....................................................................... 57 Torch Light.................................................................................. 59 Beeston Oopen Gardens.............................................................61 Tips For Eating Al Fresco............................................................ 63 Nissan Juke.................................................................................64 D-Day........................................................................................... 67 Here Comes The Grills................................................................68 Children’s Page........................................................................... 70 Burgoyne Needs Your Help........................................................ 73 What’s On................................................................................... 74 Seasonal Delights....................................................................... 77 Puzzle Page................................................................................80 Hallways...................................................................................... 82 Corfu...........................................................................................84 Wimbledon Championships....................................................... 92 You are now able to view the Villager Magazine online at

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Gamlingay Eco-Hub SET NEWS GREEN

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One has to be remarkably tenacious or a little bit mad to decide to build a Community Centre based on charitable donations in the middle of a recession - but the undaunted villagers of Gamlingay decided to do just that and have recently opened the result - the Gamlingay Eco-Hub. (See The official opening took place on March 23rd with a small ceremony performed by the Right Honourable Andrew Lansley MP who took time away from his duties as Minister of Health to take part in the celebrations. Since the opening, many users - from regular Yoga groups though to one off parties and music events, have signed up to use the spaces in the Hub. The Eco-Hub’s success can be measured by its popularity, and the business developed so far has already ensured that the first year’s payments on the loans will be met. Why a New Building? Several years ago it became clear that the existing community centre had become unusable due to low grade technology and building techniques that were acceptable in the late seventies but which had left the village with a hall that cost so much to repair and power that demolition looked to be the only way forward. The community decided put their energy into a scheme led by councilor Bridget Smith to raise money and enthusiasm for a new building based on better principles; a building that would minimise its impact on the environment, be cheap to run and which had a longer life expectancy than the 25 years that the old hall had lasted. Unfortunately, developing a community building is not a simple matter of going to government for a hand-out. Every penny has to be fought for through grant and loan applications that create mountains of paperwork (hardly green but one would hope that the end justifies the means),


enquiries, conversations and meetings. The fact is that it took three years through a miserable recession to get the funding together. One of the key philosophical principles of the EcoHub plans was to maximize the use of recycled materials - including the old building itself. Of course, using recycled materials is a good start, but what about the heat and power that would be needed? Nobody involved felt that it would be a good idea to invest in a system that would surely result in ever-increasing fuel bills coupled with the high carbon footprint that almost inevitably results from the heating of a large building, even when only one of the spaces was in use. Interestingly, the team discovered that there were many more sources of funding for buildings in which alternative and renewable technologies were being adopted rather than for a traditional build. This led to the architects - Civic Partners - designing a building that fitted those criteria – with the overall brief that it should be ‘Warm and Welcoming.’ Green Technology The Eco-Hub’s heating is from ground source heat pumps – which, in short, means that it is warmed by the sun. The Sun pours warmth into the ground all through the year and the heat pumps gather this warmth, concentrate it and funnel it into the building. Even on days that are minus 5 degrees outside, the building maintains a steady 21 degrees, day and night. The heat pumps are driven by electricity, the daytime component of which is generated by the photo-voltaic cells on the roof. This means that fundamentally, the

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heating is ‘free’. An added bonus is that the Eco-Hub earns feedin tariffs for generating electricity and selling it back to the national grid during daylight hours. This resulted in money starting to be earned by the building - even through the winter - before the building was even opened. This method of electricity production continues to generate and power the building and has proved easy to run. The third cornerstone technology is the solar water heating system which provides masses of hot water for the showers in the changing rooms that serve the local playing fields. There are some smaller technological additions that nevertheless contribute to the overall reduced carbon footprint. The building is fully insulated to a high degree and all fixtures and fittings have been selected for their energy efficiency. The design uses as much natural sunlight as possible to illuminate the rooms so there are many skylights and ‘light-pipes’ which bring light into dark corners and small inner rooms that have no external windows. The bathrooms use recycled ‘grey’ water - which in simple terms means that the toilets are flushed using rainwater. Much of the lighting is controlled by automatic sensors which turn the lights on when people are detected and then turn them off again when the room empties. The taps in the bathrooms do the same. Where did the money come from? The Parish Council, who took on the challenge of creating the new facility, was able to obtain largescale loans and grants from central government and from private grant-giving bodies. A private charity (Gamlingay Community Centre Ltd) has been set up to run the Hub now that it is open. The charity obtained a substantial loan and grant from The Social Investment Business – a government backed community fund. The loan will be repaid from surpluses accumulated by the charity through revenues generated from the Hub. The grants have not only covered


part of the build cost, but also a lot of the first year’s running costs. The Football Foundation also made a substantial contribution in order to support local sport and their money was used to pay for the changing and showering facilities. Amongst others, the local Youth Club raised money through many events and another local village charity - Forward Gamlingay, raised yet further sums. What is the Eco-Hub really like? The first two things that strike people when they enter the Eco-Hub are that it is warm and light. As mentioned above, the place is kept at a constant 21 degrees but the architect has also allowed for a massive amount of light penetration - which means that there is no need for interior lighting most of the time. The next aspect of the EcoHub that draws comment is the amount of space created - five separately areas plus kitchens – all available for hire as well as toilets and showers, a new permanent home for the Parish Council, a generous car park, good access for all and the link to the playing fields beyond which in turn lead to beautiful open country with many public footpaths. Who uses the Eco-Hub? The current hirers (who all contribute ideas and time to the running of the place) comprise a wide range of groups – The Youth Club, a private nursery school, a Mums and Toddlers group, a Kick Boxing club, the Gamlingay Players and Gamlingay Football club. The NHS hires spaces for blood donation and other health related topics. There are art groups, music groups and the Gamlingay Environmental Action Group and, hopefully, many other users we have yet to discover. Enquiries from new groups arrive every

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day but it is still possible to play badminton in the main hall when its not being used for other things. One of the key design features is that the building is of a sufficiently high standard to be attractive to local businesses that need spaces for meetings and conferences. Many companies wish to display their green credentials by using local (low mileage!), eco-friendly centres for their meetings. The Eco-Hub has invested in technology that allows such companies to make full use of the building, for example full-functioning Wi-Fi giving Internet connectivity, projection and large screen presentation equipment and conference call facilities are all available. A Library The new Eco-Hub also incorporates the local library into its main public space. There is a parttime librarian plus a coterie of volunteers all of whom keenly catalogue and sort books and are delighted to help anyone to pick out a good read - or help to use the IT facilities that are there for the public to access the Internet and other information resources. The Hub and the library are fast becoming a centre for information about

events, notices, plans for the village, job-centre connections, surgeries for local councilors and many other items of local interest. Visits Anyone is welcome to visit at any time – please just walk in and have a look around and you will discover that the architects designed exactly what was asked for – and it is warm and welcoming! If you are interested and would like to receive more details about placing a booking for your event or club (the Hub can also cater for private parties, corporate meetings and events as well as grand weddings!) Please contact:Andrea Hutchison the Centre Manager on 07980 612077 or e-mail So, were we mad to take on such a project in such lean times? Yes, absolutely – but one must press on regardless. The Eco-Hub is reducing the carbon footprint of the village, improving the quality of life for residents, giving work to builders and staff and allied businesses around the village and providing the community with a place where communal lives can find a focus. In the minds of the people of Gamlingay – the EcoHub is worth every penny.


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Potton to Celebrate

the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Potton will join in with the rest of the country to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. St Mary’s Church is organising a full programme of events over the weekend of 2 to 4 June. Running all weekend from 10am on Saturday in St Mary’s Church, there will be a Flower and Arts Festival and a display by Potton History Society which will depict 60 Years of the Queen’s reign. Many local clubs and societies will be contributing to this display which promises to be unique and very colourful. All the other events will take place on St Mary’s Church Field, or in the marquee on the Field, or in the Church Hall. Pam Rhodes will open the Church Fete on Saturday afternoon starting at 2pm. This will be traditional fete including a fancy dress competition, face painting, bouncy castle, Teddy Bear parachuting from the church tower, entertainment by trained dogs, dance exhibition, plus a hog roast and many stalls and other attractions, including The Great Potton Bake Off baking competition. Biggles FM will be broadcasting live from the Fete during the afternoon. There will also be a special guest appearance by Peppa Pig. A full programme of events for the rest of the weekend, including a Choral Concert, a Jubilee Church Service, a Roast Sunday Lunch, an afternoon at “Royal Ascot”, a Barn Dance, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” puppet show by Widdershins and much more, are planned. Elsewhere in this edition of the Villager, the full timetable of events is shown and full souvenir editions of the programme are on sale at various outlets. More information can be found on the Jubilee website: The final event of the weekend will be Potton’s Got Talent Auditions starting at 7.30pm. This


is run in collaboration with the Party on Potton committee and is an introduction to their main event at the August Bank Holiday. On sale soon are a range of souvenirs for the weekend, details will be on the website. However, there will also be 100 special limited edition packs of Potton Brewery Beers. Each of the 4 bottles in the pack will have a special label showing Her Majesty the Queen. These will be a real collectors’ item and will come with an authentication certificate. The cost will be £50 per set. Full details on how to order will also be on the website. Single bottles with commemorative labels will also be on sale throughout the weekend. Tickets are available at Tysoes and Camerons, both in Potton Market Square, or by phoning 01767 260782 or email net and there is a bargain Diamond Ticket which will cover most of the events. Watch out for poster advertising with full details. Full details are also shown on the website: www.pottonjubilee. The programme may be subject to change, please see website for up to date information.

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JUNE 2012

The Diamond Jubilee takes place in June 2012, marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign. The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 (her Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953). The official emblem for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 is the winning design following a national competition for children aged between 6 and 14. It was drawn by 10-year-old Katherine Dewar, from Chester. The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. At the time she stood third in line of succession to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, The Duke of York. But it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen. The Princess was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. She was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and paternal grandmother, Queen Mary. The Princess’s early years were spent at 145 Piccadilly, the London house taken by her parents shortly after her birth, and at White Lodge in Richmond Park.


She also spent time at the country homes of her paternal grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, and her mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. In 1930, Princess Elizabeth gained a sister, with the birth of Princess Margaret Rose. The family of four was very close. When she was six years old, her parents took over Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home. In the grounds of Royal Lodge Princess Elizabeth had her own small house, Y Bwthyn Bach (the Little Cottage), which was given to her by the people of Wales in 1932. Princess Elizabeth’s quiet family life came to an end in 1936, when her grandfather, King George V, died. His eldest son came to the throne as King Edward VIII, but, before the end of the year, King Edward VIII had decided to give up the throne in order to marry the woman he loved, Mrs Wallis Simpson. Upon his abdication, Princess Elizabeth’s father acceded to the throne as King George VI, and in 1937 the two Princesses attended their parents’ coronation in Westminster Abbey. Princess Elizabeth was now first in line to the throne, and a figure of even more intense public interest.

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2 June Jubilee Celebrations Art Day Members of Artists’ Network Bedfordshire are taking part in the Jubilee Celebrations Art Day at the National Trust Chiltern Gateway Centre on Dunstable Downs. We will be in our own marquee, where members will be demonstrating their work, exhibiting their paintings and selling crafts. We will also be running a community activity for children. Free event; normal admission charges apply. National Trust Chiltern Gateway Centre, Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, LU6 2GY Monday 4th June Northill Parish Bank Holiday Jubilee Celebrations - bring a picnic for our Family Fun Afternoon, Ickwell Green, Opening 2pm Treasure Hunt, Traditional races, Bouncy obstacle course, Bar and BBQ, Ice creams,Free Entrance! Beacon Celebrations Elizabeth Smith Veterinary Practice Ickwell Road, Upper Caldecote 8pm Twelve Foot High Beacon! Wide Screen for Beacon Celebrations on TV, Children’s Disco Dance Competition, Live Entertainment, BBQ Advance Tickets £1 Children FREE accompanied by Adults Enquiries: Potton and District Club, Station Road, Potton All welcome for a weekend of fun to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee with live music, 3rd beer and cider Festival and watch the celebrations live on their large screen. Further info call 01767 261465 Monday 4th June 2012 Blunham Playing Fields 3pm to 10.30pm, Parking Available Entrance Free, 3 Live Bands, Stalls, BBQ and Bar Face painting and crafts for the children, fireworks Tuesday 6th June Blunham Village Hall An afternoon party to celebrate the Jubilee. Party food, entertainment and a time for those of us who can remember, to chat and reflect about what we were doing 60 years ago. Persons of all ages welcome. Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £12 extra children £2.50. Single Adult £5 . Child up to 14 years £3

3rd June at Biggleswade Rugby and Squash Club. Come and join the celebrations for the Queens Diamond jubilee. The day starts at 11am with picnic at 12pm followed by the day’s entertainment. Biggleswade Rugby and Squash Club Langford Road, Biggleswade For any further information contact: Paula Rastrick: 07967 837272 Hattie Thoday: 07540 163738 Kara (club steward): 01767 312463 The Coach House in Market Square Potton BBQ and drinks a plenty all Bank Holiday Weekend 01767 260221 Stondon’s Big Weekend – 2nd & 3rd June 2012 The BIG Weekend will be focused around a Big Marquee & will include fun, music, craft, countryside and sporting related activities and much more to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. For more details visit Potton to Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee St Mary’s Church is organizing a full programme of events over the weekend of 2 to 4 June. Events will take place in St. mary’s Church or on St Mary’s Church Field, or in the marquee on the Field, or in the Church Hall. Pam Rhodes will open the Church Fete on Saturday afternoon starting at 2pm. This will be traditional fete including a fancy dress competition, face painting, bouncy castle, entertainment by trained dogs, dance exhibition, plus a hog roast. Biggles FM will be broadcasting live from the Fete during the afternoon. More information can be found on the Jubilee website: The final event of the weekend will be Potton’s Got Talent Auditions starting at 7.30pm. This is run in collaboration with the Party on Potton committee and is an introduction to their main event at the August Bank Holiday. On sale soon are a range of souvenirs for the weekend, details will be on the website. However, there will also be 100 special limited edition packs of Potton Brewery Beers. Each of the 4 bottles in the pack will have a special label showing Her Majesty the Queen. These will be a real collectors’ item and will come with an authentication certificate. Tickets are available at Tysoes and Camerons, both in Potton Market Square, or by phoning 01767 260782 or email net and there is a bargain Diamond Ticket which will cover most of the events. Full details are also shown on the website:

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After overcoming my usual fears around hair and beauty salons - the loud music, giggling over-groomed assistants and the plethora of mirrors, I must admit that the actual plucking and cutting have now become an issue. It’s not that I don’t want to look cared for, but more that I have recently been pregnant (cue very weird, uncontrollable hair that is now falling out in handfuls and the sudden appearance of a hormone-fuelled forest on my legs), given birth and now have a very happy but time consuming, actually all-consuming, five-month-old baby boy.


So, how does a woman, complete with baby, go to a hair salon without taking a suitcase and many, many assistants? How is it physically possible to sit still enough, with baby, so that some dear someone is able to apply wax in order to tame the leg-jungle that is probably about to be awarded special environmental protection? But then I met Tina Pyke. Understanding, irrepressibly kind, divinely talented hair stylist to the Saxons, well, Saxongate anyway. ‘Just bring the baby and everything you might need along with you and we’ll make sure that everything’s

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fine’ she assured me, repeatedly. ‘Don’t worry, I’ll help you, and you’ll feel so much better.’ And knowing she was right, and that someone had to tackle the wild locks and scary-animal legs, I packed my veritable suitcase, popped the boy in the sling and sought refuge in the new and rather lovely Saxon Hair and Beauty Salon, Saxongate, Biggleswade. Becky, friendly, experienced and utterly accommodating beauty therapist ushered me into her pretty, scented room and made us - me and my cute but wriggly, little one, comfortable. I was even more impressed when she didn’t run screaming, or laughing, from the room when I uncovered my beastly legs. Rather, she treated me to the gentlest wax I have ever had. I swear, I absolutely did not feel a thing – and to think how much I had been dreading it! With the brilliantly efficient and hygienic PhD waxing system and Becky’s skillful ministrations it was perfectly possible to chat, cuddle, bounce and even feed the baby all while my legs were transformed. What a relief. Super-smooth and feeling good, baby, baggage and I were guided gently into the capable hands of Tina who was anxious to talk through a plan for my hair. I shrugged unhelpfully – ‘Please, just make

it feel better!’ I pleaded. Tina, who has sixteen years experience as a stylist of the most skillful kind, was quickly to the rescue, orchestrating a lovely shampoo and deep conditioning treatment with a delicious head massage followed by an amazingly quick but brilliant trim, blow-dry and style with added swing. ‘We use all Redken products as they really are the only products to use for effective hair-care.’ Tina explained at my enquiry. ‘They have such a good range that is genuinely helpful for every hair type.’ I only have a moment to admire the back of my hair before the apple of my eye needs yet another feed, but the truth is Tina has worked a miracle; bouncy, shiny, soft, swingy and healthy looking – I am surprised that my son still recognises me. I thank the Saxon Hair and Beauty team profusely and clutching my bottles of Redken as if they were the elixir of youth, head home to make my family faint with delight! For all your beauty needs – facials, waxing, manicures and make-up or to give your hair anything from a light freshening trim to a complete kiss of life, take yourself to The Saxon Hair and Beauty Salon. As I have discovered, with a baby or without, there really is no reason to resist.

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The Listening Place

run by a group from St Mary’s Church A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird? The Listening Place is run by a group of friends from St Mary’s Church, Potton. They believe in the rhyme above and display the owl on their banner and meet together each week to be like the wise old owl and listen to others. They hold a coffee morning at the Community Centre at Jakes Court in Sheffield Close, Potton on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 30.a.m. The Listeners are there for anything that is on your mind, everyday worries, critical issues or matters of loss or bereavement or just a chat to brighten your day. All the Listeners are trained in effective and safe listening. They will give you time and space.

Old and young are welcomed for free coffee and biscuits and a listening ear. The Listening Place has been meeting for a year now and have quite a few people who come along regularly. Do come and join the Listeners if you can after all “A problem shared is a problem halved”. If you want to find out more, contact Janet Baillie on 01767 262469.

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Burgoyne Middle School Family Concert – 11am Cockayne Hatley Church – 7.30pm

Sunday 29 July

Sutton Church – 4pm Tickets Family concert: £6 full/£4 concessions All other concerts: £13 full/£10 concessions Friday and Sunday concert: Under 16s FREE admission


Includes all concerts: £30/£23 concessions Tickets and details available from Cameron’s Newsagents, Potton, and online at

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P and R Bathrooms

Here to Help as You Grow Older

Although most of us enjoy planning for the future, planning for a future with the most practical view is not always a comfortable experience. Paul Kynoch from P and R Bathrooms explains how they advise their customers:


‘No one wants to go to the trouble and expense of replacing their bathroom on a regular basis, that’s why, when it comes to planning your bathroom, it makes real sense to think of the future. As we grow older certain practical measures can make using the toilet, bathing or showering more pleasant or even possible. A slightly higher toilet, a very low shower tray, easyclean shower screens and a lower bath with a strong handrail make all the difference. And even if they are not needed straight away, our designs make these features so stylish, there’s no need to compromise your tastes.’ I would certainly agree with Paul as I wander around the large Bedford showroom and discover that it takes real effort to spot the slight modifications that he has described. Next to one bath is a grab bar which looks exactly like a chrome soap dish while next door is a wet room with a colour-matched flip-down seat that blends so seamlessly, so elegantly, it really is just a part of the furniture. ‘We have made a real effort to source not only good quality bathrooms from only the most reputable and reliable companies but we have also included features which are musts for our older customers and those planning for the future. We stock non-slip tiles in many styles

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and offer the option of single lever basin mixer taps which are brilliant for both the very young but also anyone suffering with arthritis who may struggle to grip another kind of tap. We specialize in fitting thermostatic showers which do not alter their temperature when water is used elsewhere in the house – much safer and more comfortable for all the family.’ I ask Paul more about design. ‘We offer a design service as well as the complete installation package – as much or as little as our customers need and we really listen to what they want as well as taking on board what will work in their home and with their personal tastes – now and in the future. For example, if someone has a bath installed we will always recommend that they purchase a few more tiles so that if the time comes that they feel that a shower tray would be more practical, they are able to have one installed and there are enough tiles to avoid buying new ones for the whole room. ‘Our wet rooms can be installed both downstairs

onto concrete or upstairs onto wooden floors and we can also save customers so much upheaval by using Mermaid paneling, a type of waterproof boarding that is quick to install and makes transforming your bathroom so much easier – it looks really lovely too.’ ‘Basins are not necessarily static items’ Paul continues to explain, ‘They can be set higher than usual for anyone who has difficulty bending and we can supply and fit baths which are lower and so much more easy to access. ‘None of these items, whether they are part of a complete bathroom package or modifications, need to look like medical or specialized equipment. The fact is they are not, they are just variations of the norm which make life more comfortable for so many people who like a stylish bathroom as much as they always have.’ P and R Bathrooms, with their impressive showroom and team of designers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians and installers are just a phone call away. Why not consider your future and plan a bathroom that will be not only a delight to use now but also an invaluable an investment in times to come?

P&R Bathrooms

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Thanks to the kind support of local people, Keech Hospice Care is currently celebrating 21 years of care in the community. We care for 250 adults living in Luton and South Bedfordshire and 200 children from across the whole of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. Our aim is to help patients enjoy the highest quality of life, while providing vital support for their family and friends throughout their loved one’s illness and in their bereavement. We aim to help families make the most of the precious time they have with their loved one. Our support - medical, emotional and practical - is available to all who need it, whenever they need it. While our patients may have shortened lives, they all still have plenty of living to do! All of our services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But “free” care costs! Our annual running costs are £5 million and just 25% of this comes from the government. The other 75% comes from the generous support of the local community, without whom we could not carry on. There are now more ways than ever to show your support; in doing so you can help us continue caring for our patients and their families for the next 21 years and beyond. As the Community Fundraiser for Bedfordshire, I am here to raise awareness of the fantastic care that Keech provides. Why not consider inviting a community presenter to talk to your group or organisation? I can also offer you support with your fundraising activities. Organising a fundraising event is


a great way to spend time with friends or colleagues, develop new skills, have fun and support a good cause. There are lots of different things you can do - organise a tea party with your friends, a dress-down day at school, a quiz night at your local pub or run a raffle at work to name but a few. We are always looking for volunteers to become ambassadors for Keech, with opportunities ranging from helping for a few hours at local community events to becoming part of a Friends of Keech group. Becoming a fundraising volunteer would suit people from all walks of life; you can choose to volunteer regularly or just at occasional events- it really is that flexible! Volunteering also offers you the chance to meet new people, have fun and gain valuable experience, so why not give it a go? If you would be interested in finding out more information about how you can get involved, please visit our website or contact me on 01582 707940. Sarah Jenkins Bedfordshire Community Fundraiser

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on Potton Market Square New Opening hours New Summer Menu Square offers a fresh daily, made to order, eat in and take away menu including Panini’s, baguettes and sandwiches all with a variety of fillings and healthy options, buffet sandwiches now available. We are conscious of the effect takeaway packaging has on the environment, that is why ours where possible is biodegradable and recyclable and comes from sustainable sources. In addition we promote the sale of Fair-trade coffee. Mon-Fri: 6.30am – 5pm, Sat: 9am – 3pm

Now Open Sunday

25 Market Square, Potton, Beds 01767 260256

HARPERS BARBERS • 2 late nights • No appointments necessary • Senior Citizen Concession Tues-Fri before 3pm - from £6. Jennifer, Donna and Suzanne look forward to seeing you!

OPENING TIMES Monday - Closed Tuesday 9am-7pm Wednesday 9am-5pm Thursday 11am-8pm Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 8.30am-3pm No appointments necessary Mens Cuts from £9.50 Re-Style from £11.50 Wash & Cut from £11.50 Boys Cuts from £7.50 Senior Citizens from £6.00 Cut & Hi-Lights from £30 Semi-Colour from £10.50

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Don’t tip it or skip it!

Give it away with Freegle! SANDY AND BIGGLESWADE FREEGLE FREE GIVING, LOCALLY, EASILY! Sandy and Biggleswade Freegle is an online reuse group for locals to give away & get things for free. As long as whatever item you are giving away or asking for is legal & tangible, then it will be allowed on the group listings. Freegle is a massive grass roots initiative that is leading environmentally positive individual action across the UK. There are over 330 independent groups spread throughout Scotland, Wales, NI and England & we have over 1.2 million members. So Sandy and Biggleswade Freegle is part of a very popular modern activity! Making good use of stuff that we all already have by making sure that it is not unnecessarily dumped at the tip or lying around not being used. You would be amazed at what you can get rid of & what you can get. The amount of goods that we ensure are reused rather than thrown away is growing every day. It is really easy to be part of Freegle. You’ll need access to a computer & an email address. Not got your own computer, then visit your local library & use theirs for free? Go to: or http:// to join or if you have a Facebook account type in Sandy and Biggleswade Freegle in search & like & join the group there. Any problems please email: Sandy-andBiggleswade-Freegle-owner@yahoogroups. com Freegle groups also foster community spirit, lessen mindless consumerism, assist the economically challenged, reduce the burden on local council’s resources & encourage a more sustainable lifestyle... all done locally by locals & all done for free! So by joining up to the Sandy and Biggleswade Freegle Group you may even meet neighbours & discover positive initiatives going on in your area along the way. Whether you are an individual, family, old or young, a local organization, sports club, charity, 32

rich or poor or a business you can benefit from joining & start to offer any unwanted items you have to the other members in the group. Other members will email you if they are interested in the item you offer & arrange to collect it from you. Or if there’s some item you are looking for then you can ask for those things too… someone just may have what you are looking for, & no longer need it themselves. So whether it be a TV, empty moving boxes, clothing, sports equipment, DIY materials, a household full of furniture, toys, books, some dishwasher tablets, office equipment, fresh squid or an old WWII shelter it is possible to give it away or get it for free via Freegle, instead of it going to waste at the tip or languishing unused. Freegle members can save money, time, energy and the planet – all at the same time! JOIN US: Group owner: Freegle Website (lots of useful information): Freegle: FREE Giving, Locally, Easily Reuse is even better than recycling!

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10 years of g n i s s e r d r i a h l u f s s e succ OPENING HOURS Monday 9.30am - 4.00pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.00pm Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm, Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm 1 Station Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8AH

Tel: 01767 600510

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The QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE & Our 3rd BEER & CIDER, BOTTLED LAGER & MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY 1st - TUESDAY 5TH £2.50 on all Guest Drinks. Open ALL DAY. FRIDAY 1st - TALENTED BAND - 360 - a covers band playing contemporary British Soul mixed with 70s grooves SATURDAY 2nd - MAXWELL HAMMER SMITH - Fantastic experienced, high in demand, Musicians! SUNDAY 3rd - SUPERFRUIT THE ULTIMATE - Party covers band for this very Special Historical Occasion MONDAY 4TH - ROYAL DISCO/PARTY NIGHT, Celebrate the good-times, come on! An Extra Royal Bank-Holiday. TUESDAY 5TH - JAM/OPEN MIC night - From 6pm, come and join the fun. All budding stars welcome. A Drum kit will be on the stage, so bring your instruments and vocals and join in the jamming! Watch live coverage of all Diamond Jubilee events on our big screen. Bring a picnic. Weather permitting the car park will be available for outside seating/Picnic/BBA area. UEFA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTS MONDAY 11TH - ENGLAND’s 1ST GAME - We open at 5pm for 6pm k/o. Special Promotions and BBQ during all England games. All local fans welcome including children. SATURDAY 9th - EYES WIDE OPEN (BAND) Every song they sing you will know! FRIDAY 15TH - FALKLANDS ANNIVERSARY 1982 DISCO INFERNO - Classic music from the 1980s and more Saturday 16th - ANTOINE FLORET (solo artist) Saturday 23rd - BACK BEATLES - Local duo, great musicians, great vocals. Beatles and Buddy favourites. SUNDAY JULY 1ST - UEFA CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL FINAL from 8pm ALL WELCOME Check out for more details Bar open Mon-Tues 7.30pm to 11.00pm Weds-Thur 6.00pm to 11.00pm Fri 5.00pm to 12.00am, Sat 12.00pm to 12.00am Sun 12.00pm to 10.30pm

Potton CIU Club, Charities Hall, Station Road, Potton Tel: 01767 261465 (Evenings) Website: 36

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Bedfordshire Foot Clinic Podiatry/Chiropody Yvonne Siudak BSc (Hons.) MChS, HPC Registered

Podiatrist / Chiropodist Private Podiatry / Chiropody Care in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

A comprehensive service for all your foot care needs

Hard Skin • Corns • Nail Cutting Ingrown Toe Nails • Fungal Nail Infections General Foot Care • Verrucae Treatment • Diabetic Assessments • Biomechanical Assessments Full details of our specialist treatments are available, call Yvonne for an appointment:

Bedfordshire Foot Clinic

17 Georgetown Cottages, Tempsford Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2AE T: 01767 681704 M: 07562 748352 E:

Also Cambridge Foot Clinic Tel: 01223 358431



Offers a selection of designer millinery & accessories for hire, at affordable prices strictly by appointment

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JUNE 2012

Don’t forget to book your place on the first of this year’s Summer Guided Walks - the very popular visit to SANDYE PLACE, SANDY. This will take place on Tuesday, 12th June, meeting at the Tourist Information Centre at 7pm. The cost of the Walk will be £5. Please note that numbers are limited and so please book early to avoid disappointment. There will be a guided tour of this red brick Grade II listed Georgian mansion, the former manor house of Sandy Manor and now an Academy. In each room you will hear about the history of the house and details regarding the rooms and their original usage and in the beautiful grounds we will see and hear about the Edwardian re -landscaping of the park when it was laid out in a willow pattern plate style. In the grounds we will see the circular ironstone dovecote, still the home of fantailed doves, and which stands on the banks of the River Ivel which runs through the grounds. The next Summer Guided Walk will take place on 7th July and this form part of the Greensand Ridge Walk Festival. (Please see details of the Festival below). The Walk is called ‘THE SQUIRE’S WALK, SANDY’ and it goes amongst the greensand ridge hills, woodlands and heathlands in the countryside around Sandy. The walk is called the Squires Walk, as much of the route goes over the estate of the Pym family, who as Squires of Sandy have resided on their Hazells Hall estate since 1761. The Walk, which is free, will start from the TIC at 9.30am. Please book by contacting the TIC or turn up on the day. From the TIC we will walk along the Cambridge Road passing Sandy’s oldest public house the Queens Head (18th century) and the offices of Sandy Town Council. We will then cross the old railway bridge and enter the delightful Sand Lane. We will then walk to the summit of the Pinnacle or Sandhills when we will hear about this local landmark andsee and hear about the various buildings and towns and villages that can be seen from this hill. We will return to Sand Lane and in due course the landcape opens up with wonderful views over the Vale of Swaden, the woodlands of the Pym

Part of The Squire’s Walk, Sandy estate and the undulating parkland of Hazells Hall with views stretching into the far distance. The park at Hazells Hall was landscaped in 1791 by the famous landscape gardener, Humphry Repton. We will then walk along the Everton Road and pass two former estate lodges, one called the Crimean Lodge, was originally an army hut in the Crimean war and was re-erected in this spot with the addition of a thatched roof. We will then cross the Everton Road and go along the Short Riding with its woodlands, then cross the Potton Road to enter the grounds of Sandy Lodge, the national headquarters of the RSPB. The elegant Gatehouse, now houses the Society’s reception and shop. It was originally called ‘the Swiss Cottage’ and was erected by Captain Sir William Peel, RN, VC. Peel, third son of the famous Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel - a famous naval hero and one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross. We will then hear from an RSPB officer about the work of the Society and the story of this beautiful reserve. For those who wish to return to Sandy at this stage, a leader will lead the way back to the town along the newly created path opposite the Gatehouse. This path goes through the area being restored by the Society to heath land. For those who wish to undertake the full walk, we will continue along The Lodge driveway. One will occasionally hear the hours and quarters chiming from the mansion’s stable clock tower, across the heath and woodland landscape. From the driveway we will turn onto the bridleway – a delightful track through the woodland. Will

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exit the reserve at the ironstone gate pillars (known locally as the Hunting Gate) and enter Stratford Road. This is the route of a Roman road and the road contains many former Peel estate farmhouses and cottages, many of which have Swiss style bargeboards (like the Swiss Cottage). On reaching the end of Stratford Road, we will go over the railway bridge, go along Sandy High Street and return to the Tourist Information Centre. THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK FESTIVAL Saturday, 7th July The Greensand Ridge Walk Festival (which the above Walk forms part ) was due to place in April, but, unfortunately had to be postponed. This will now take on Saturday, 7th July from 9.30am onwards in the Town Centre Car Park, Sandy. In the Car Park and around the TIC building there will be information stalls about the countryside and Bedfordshire rural life as well as refreshments! The Greensand Ridge Walk is Bedfordshire’s premier long distance walk and was opened 25 years ago. From its beginning it has proved to be a popular route for both locals and visitors to Bedfordshire. The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side and is an ideal introduction to the history, landscape and wildlife of this part of the country. The 40 mile / 64 km walk starts in Leighton Buzzard and finishes in Gamlingay. JUBILEE WALK LEAFLET The Jubilee Walk leaflet, containing Walks around SANDY and its beautiful countryside, has just been published and is available from the Tourist Information Centre. The leaflet has been produced to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. It is published by Sandy Town Council, with support from Central Bedfordshire Council and the routes have been devised and the leaflet illustrated by Barry Groom of the Tourist Information Centre. The leaflet contains six brand new Walks around SANDY and its beautiful countryside. There is one Walk for each decade of the Queen’s reign. These include the following:1. SANDY TOWN WALK Sandy has a mixture of building styles of different periods and this walk includes seeing the interesting buildings in the town and the varied


landscapes in Sandy, from waterside meadows and riverside to woods and hills. 2. SANDY PUSHCHAIR WALK This walk is suitable for pushchairs. The route is on the flat and follows tarmac paths and pavements. This walk includes seeing some of the interesting buildings in the town and walking alongside waterside meadows, woodlands and riverside. 3. SQUIRE’S WALK, SANDY Enjoy this lovely walk in the countryside around Sandy. The walk is called the Squires Walk, as much of the route goes over the estate of the Pym family, who as Squires of Sandy have resided on their Hazells Hall estate since 1761. It also passes through the beautiful heath and woodland grounds of The Lodge, national headquarters of the RSPB. 4. Lowfield Walk, Sandy This walk takes you from the town of Sandy into its countryside with its varied landscape of arable fields, deciduous and coniferous woods, heath land to low greensand hills. 5. The RIVER AND LAKES WALK –SANDY, BEESTON AND BLUNHAM This varied walk takes you around the countryside of Sandy, Beeston and Blunham going along the banks of the River Ivel, the rich water meadows, the man-made lakes and includes a walk around the delightful Village Green in Beeston 6. The Sandy – Everton Cycle Ride A cycle ride in the beautiful countryside around Sandy and Everton, with woodlands, arable fields and heathland landscapes SANDY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE is at the rear of the offices of Sandy Town Council at 10 Cambridge Road. Access to the Centre is either (a) via the Town Car Park in the High Street – we are in the far left hand corner or (b) from Cambridge Road – via the path at the side of the Town Council Offices. Sandy Tourist Information Centre, Rear of 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy Telephone 01767 682728 email OPENING HOURS – MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10am – 3pm SATURDAY 10am – 2pm SUNDAY Closed

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Anstee Gorst

Chartered Certified Accountants

- Accounts preparation for Sole traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies - Self assessment tax returns - Cash Flow Forecasting - Vat, Payroll & Bookkeeping - Business Start Up Free Initial Consultation Phone: Sally Anstee FCCA 01767 650700 Ground Floor Offices, Unit 30, Green End, Gamlingay, Sandy, Beds, SG19 3LF Email: Website:

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS AND BUILDING DESIGN SERVICES Professional and affordable architectural design services provided for all types of private residential building projects including extensions, loft/garage conversions, garages and outbuildings through to new build dwellings with all necessary council approvals obtained. For free estimates and advice, contact Jason Dixon on:01767 677540 or 07908 004816 e-mail: No VAT payable for design and drawing services on residential projects Jason Dixon, 101 Meadow Road, Great Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3BB.

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Bedfordshire Garden Buildings

by melanie hulse

I desperately want a shed. But not just a shed - we need a veritable tardis that will house all gardening paraphernalia, several guinea pigs and a garden office for my beloved, as well as adorn our garden in true beach hut/log cabin style! Who better to speak to than Lee and Diane of Bedfordshire Garden Buildings? Bedfordshire Garden Buildings has been an established family company for thirteen years but has recently moved to the perfect location – the site of the old Dick Turpin pub, just north of Sandy on the A1, Great North Road. Lee explains: ‘We have been looking for the right place for a


long time now – the best way to see the garden buildings we have on offer and experience for yourself the quality and finish of our products. This area is the right size for us, we can display sheds, summer houses, potting sheds, log cabins, garden offices, chicken houses and the special bar-be-que huts from Finland that we stock exclusively in this area. We’re really glad to have moved here.’ At Bedfordshire Garden Buildings there is more choice than even I had imagined. Thirty-seven garden buildings, all beautifully built and ready to explore. ‘I know that some people feel that buying a building for your garden off the internet is the best approach, but we would always suggest that when you are considering a spend of anything between a hundred and several thousand pounds, it would be worth actually seeing and touching what you are about to buy. It is also easier to gain a sense of the dimensions of the building, the certainty that you have chosen the one which best suits your needs and can accommodate your plans. These are buildings – do you really want to buy a building that you have not even seen?’ emphasizes Lee. And it’s certainly not more expensive to shop

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at Bedfordshire Garden Buildings. ‘We offer a complete package’ says Lee ‘which can include fitting, insulating and even painting, or the customer can cherry pick to design the package that they would prefer. Some people want us to do the hard and messy parts – laying the base for example, while others are happy to do that themselves and ask us only to deliver and install. We can work out an individual price for everybody and we are happy to listen and take on board the requirements of everyone.’ Bedfordshire Garden Buildings offer good quality at far from top prices with a friendly, efficient and professional service too. ‘We like to surprise people with the quality of service we provide and the prices we can offer’ explains Diane. ‘It makes us really happy to make our customers happy.’ While my other half enthusiastically explores log cabins, I am offered an exclusive tour of the circular Grillikota bar-be-que hut. ‘It seats about twelve adults and means you can bar-be-que in the warm and dry, whatever the weather’ Diane explains. ‘The roof is tiled and the windows are double glazed. With the bar-be-que in the centre the whole room is very cosy and it is a great place

to spend time with family, friends or even host a party.’ Whether you are looking for a cosy kennel for Rover, a garden office fit for a true entrepreneur or the perfect place to host a garden party – whatever the weather, then take a trip to Bedfordshire Garden Buildings and experience choice.

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At The Coach House, Potton Monday 18 June, from 3pm to 6pm FREE ADMISSION The Coach House in Potton is hosting a brand new venture by local businesses, who are setting out their stalls to show you what they have on offer and give you a chance to meet them in relaxed surroundings. From a free health check for your laptop to free beauty treatments for yourself, more than 20 local professionals will be offering a huge range of services and advice. One lucky attendee will win their own personal website for a year. Another will win a whole business stationery design and print package. Come and join us for coffee and learn what’s available right on your doorstep. Free eyebrow shaping, mini manicures, hand


massage and much more will be on offer at the event. Visitors may enter free draws to win other promotional products and services. See for the up-to-date list of exhibitors. This is an ideal time to visit the Coach House and sample their wares. You can also meet the staff from Villager magazine. Tickets will also be available for a large charity raffle, proceeds to the Sue Ryder organisation. The Coach House, Market Square, Potton, Bedfordshire SG19 2NP For more information please contact Alan Dansey Telephone: 01767 310163 Email:

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Ash Tree Financial Services Independent Financial Advisers For friendly and expert advice in your financial planning including: Mortgages and Home Insurance Life assurance Critical Illness Cover Income Protection Pensions and Annuities Investments and Savings Contact Christopher Goodwin Ash Tree House, 48 Sutton Mill Road, Potton, SG19 2QB Tel: 01767 262760

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AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON Citizens Advice has revamped its advice website to make it even easier for people in Huntingdonshire to get online help and advice to sort out their problems. The website – – has advice and tips on a range of issues; from managing your debts to saving money on your energy bills; finding out what benefits and help you may be entitled to as well as information around redundancy and employment rights. St Neots Bureau Manager, Rachel Browning said: ‘People come to us for a range of advice on all sorts of different issues. We know that not everyone has time to come to the bureau for help whereas others prefer to get their advice online. That’s why we want to make

sure that everyone can get the advice and help they need – when they need it.’ ‘Not only does the new look Adviceguide website contain all of the information you need on benefits, tax credits, debt, consumer and a whole host of other issues, but it also has a number of tools, tips and fact sheets to help – including a video on benefits in British Sign Language. There is also a budget calculator to help you manage you money, ‘frequently asked questions’ on all manner of topics – from tax to travel. And template letters to make a complaint about consumer issues or propose a repayment plan to creditors. And, there is a range of web pages translated into a number of foreign languages.’


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Computer Supply & Repair Fast, friendly and local support for all your computer and technology needs. Repairs, Upgrades, Custom Builds etc. Virus and Spyware Removal, PC Health Checks, Software/Hardware Sales, Networking and Wireless

No Call Out Fee Why pay shop prices when you can have a faster, cheaper and more personal service to your door available? With work guaranteed and a No Fix, No Fee motto, why shop anywhere else for your Computer needs?

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Dine by the lake

at The Waterfront Restaurant

For family gatherings, groups of friends, work colleagues or simply just the two of you, the AA Rosette Waterfront Restaurant at Wyboston Lakes is the perfect location for fine dining, celebrations, social events or simply taking some time out for yourself. Following a recent refurbishment, the Waterfront Restaurant, set in 350 acres of countryside midway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes, is the ideal place to enjoy good food in relaxed, warm surroundings with attentive service. Located at Wyboston Lakes Hotel, it offers something for everyone whatever the occasion. Whether you would like afternoon tea, a social lunch with friends, an intimate dinner for two or need to impress business colleagues, you can be assured of comfort and superb food served in


stylish surroundings overlooking the lake. Alasdair Swan, General Manager, says, “We are very proud to have been awarded the AA Rosette as only 10% of restaurants achieve this accolade and it is testament to the good food and service that we pride ourselves on. The team are determined to deliver high quality food cooked with care and served with pride. It’s the perfect location to sit and enjoy a relaxing meal with family and friends or an informal business lunch, with free WiFi available throughout the restaurant, and ample free parking.” Working to AA Rosette standards, the focused team are dedicated to exceeding expectations. With an award-winning chef and talented young professionals, they have created a range of menus, providing an eclectic mix of dishes using the finest, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, wherever possible. Choose from the main menu with starters such as crispy duck salad, or chicken and bacon terrine, followed by slow braised feather blade of beef or pan fried sea bass for a main course. Our dessert selection will not disappoint with a choice of single origin chocolate torte or rhubarb crumble with iced ginger parfait and rhubarb jelly, so you really are spoilt for choice! A cheese board and a selection of coffees are also available.

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Our lounge bar menu is also great value with some mouth-watering snacks and light dishes to suit all palates. Choose from hot sandwiches, deli sandwiches, salads, pizza and pasta dishes, or if you would like something a little more substantial, dishes such as Moroccan chicken with pomegranate molasses and almond cous cous and steak and merlot pie, are reasonably priced and quick to serve. The restaurant is overseen by Restaurant Manager Rickie Kitt and you are advised to book in advance for the ever popular Sunday lunch

menu! Diners also have the opportunity to enjoy waitress service and private dining for up to 24 guests in the Kingfisher Suite. You can also enjoy the great outdoors and eat ‘al fresco’ by the lake in the summer months. During June there is no better time to join us for a meal in the restaurant, when you order two courses from the main menu and get a glass of house wine free!* And for those royalists amongst us, or those just looking for a relaxing way to spend the Diamond Jubilee weekend, come and join us on Sunday, 3rd June when we will be serving a Royal British themed menu accompanied by a live jazz trio with two courses at £14.95 and three courses at £18.95. To find out more or to book a table simply call 01480 223033, email or visit our website *Terms and conditions apply

FREE Glass of Gran Hacienda wine* when ordering a 2 course meal from the Main Menu at The Waterfront Restaurant, Wyboston Lakes during June 2012

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by pippa greenwood A lawn is an essential part of most gardens, but how can you make sure yours looks good? Feeding a lawn is essential to ensure it looks lush and green. A poorly maintained and inadequately fed lawn is far more likely to be invaded by moss, weeds and is prone to disease. Choose a lawn fertilizer formulated for the specific needs of the grass at this time of year; nitrogen is constantly being removed by mowing so it needs to be replaced. Phosphorus, potassium and iron also help to promote and maintain top quality growth. The precise amount of fertilizer that your lawn requires is determined by soil type, frequency of irrigation or rainfall, frequency of mowing and whether clippings are left on the lawn. If you’re happy using chemicals on a weed problem, it’s easiest to use a product containing both weed killers and a fertilizer. Applying these together ensures rapid grass growth to fill in the gaps left by the dead weeds. If you have time, there is a marginally better effect if you feed the lawn with the spring feed then wait two weeks before applying the weed killer. Small infestations of weeds can be removed effectively by hand. A proprietary moss killer should take care of moss, but follow the instructions carefully to ensure that they have been thoroughly killed before you attempt to rake them out. If living moss is raked out the problem becomes worse. Once you have raked the dead moss out, the overall effect of all the bare patches may make you despair, but if you keep the lawn well fed (and over-seed if necessary) it will soon green up. Regular mowing is essential. A lawn left for too long will soon lose its good appearance and when


finally cut, you may wonder if it will ever look right again. If cut frequently, so that only small amounts of grass are removed at any one time, it should grow dense and green - try to remove up to 30% of the grass growth at a single mowing. When the weather starts to warm up, the frequency of cut will be noticeably greater. However, if the weather is dry and the lawn isn’t well watered, growth rate will be correspondingly slow. If the grass is to be well walked on or used as a playing surface then the cut should be kept to ¾-1 inch. If you want a show lawn that isn’t subjected to pounding feet, then keep the grass to ¼ inch but remember that during summer you will need to use the mower several times a week! What about mowers? The one you choose will probably be determined by cost as well as the job it can do. If you have a level, fairly highquality lawn then a cylinder mower is best. If the surface of your lawn is the slightest bit uneven, then a rotary mower is a better choice as it will cope much better in ‘adverse’ situations. If you remove a fair amount of grass at each cut then the clippings should be raked up immediately. However, if you produce only tiny clippings then during dry weather you can leave them on the lawn to help conserve soil moisture. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood. com and sign up for her newsletter and shop from the products area for a great selection of signed copies of Pippa’s books, Pippa’s favourite hoe, Grower Frames, raised bed kits, delightful terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, recycled metal sculptures, biological controls and lots, lots more!

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The National Gardens Scheme

founded to raise money for nurses In 1927 the National Gardens Scheme was founded with the aim of raising money for the nurses of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). The idea was to ask individuals to open up quality private gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. At that time garden visiting was already a well-established pastime, but only for a privileged few. However in the first year of the NGS over £8,000 was raised from visitors to 609 gardens. A network of volunteer County Organisers was set up and by 1931 over 1,000 private gardens were open. Country Life magazine produced a handbook, known as “The Yellow Book” because of its bright cover. After the Second World War, the National Health Service took on the District Nursing Service, but money was still needed to care for retired nurses and invest in training so the NGS continued as before. Then in 1948 the NGS joined forces with the National Trust to restore and preserve important gardens and, in return, the National Trust opened many of its most prestigious gardens. Despite massive inflation


in the post-war years, the entrance fee was held at one shilling. More realistic entrance fees were introduced in the 1970s and the gardens began to raise significant donations. In 1980 The National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust was established as an independent charity, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother as Patron and Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester as President. In 1984 Macmillan Cancer Relief joined the list of beneficiary charities. In the years that followed other charities joined including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and Crossroads Caring for Carers. Of the original gardens that were opened, 120 are accessible for the 85th anniversary in 2012. In addition around 3700 more gardens will be open raising around £2.6 million. Originally the gardens were predominantly the large grounds of stately homes with teams of gardeners maintaining them. But now many more small gardens open, from cottages to terraced houses and in a community effort many neighbouring and nearby properties open their gates on the same day to enable visitors to delight in a range of styles and plants within a few hours. As much part of a day out to see the gardens is the opportunity to buy plants and to enjoy tea and cakes. Around 80% of the funds raised by both entry to the gardens and from the sale of plants and refreshments goes back to the NGS and in turn to their nominated charities. If you are a regular visitor then the NGS still produces its Yellow Book which is a directory of gardens open throughout the UK (available from the website or from bookshops), and county booklets which are available from libraries or can be downloaded from the website. In addition, both regular and occasional visitors can benefit from using the excellent NGS website ( where you can search within a region and even narrow the results down to a specific day. Inspiration for your garden, raising money for charity and cake – it doesn’t get much better than that! (For Scottish Gardens visit

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Rural Ramblings BY GEOFF WHARTON

The Joy of Green Plastic With all the wet weather recently it has been ever so difficult to find a time slot in which to cut the grass. Most mowers will cut wet grass, but the end result is never as good as when it is cut in the dry. The mower can get clogged up and the grass is not as easily picked up. It is heavier to carry and on very wet ground there can be compaction problems. Cutting the grass should be a real pleasure with the resulting smell permeating the air far removed from the “ aroma” of synthetic air “fresheners”. There seem to be two main problem areas with lawns—moss and broad leaved weeds such as dandelions and daisy for example. Both of these are relatively easy and cheap to control. Moss tends to proliferate on poorly drained alkaline soil especially where there is shade. Under these conditions ,the grasses find it difficult to compete and the moss wins the growing competition, resulting in a thick matt of green spongy material, which tends to go brown in the summer. The problem is that in the Autumn when the soil becomes moist again, the dormant moss returns with a vengeance and the problem gets worse during consecutive years. Drainage will help but it is labour intensive and disruptive. Lawn sand is cheap ,effective and quick to act. Yes, it is mainly sand but it contains ferrous ammonium sulphate which is an excellent moss killer with the advantage that it also releases nitrogen fertiliser to boost the growth of the grass and helps to increase the acidity of the soil which again favours grass growth rather than moss. The only thing to be careful about is to spread it evenly and not to put too much on at a single time. Broad-leaved weeds are easily controlled using selective weedkillers which are mainly synthetic chemicals similar to the natural hormones made by these plants The grasses are not affected and the whole lawn can be treated if required with no harmful effect on the grasses. The chemical is usually absorbed by the leaves and within a few days growth becomes affected and the weeds start to curl and die. If care is taken not to spray on a windy day, the weedkiller can be applied as a liquid or alternatively there are many different


products now available which are in granular form and consequently do not have to be diluted and sprayed. Application is very easy but they are more expensive. Care must be taken to dispose of the grass cuttings as directed as the chemicals remain active for some time and composting is not recommended and can cause problems with other plants such as tomatoes. Treatment for moss and weeds is best carried out during active growth for best results, twice a year, late Spring and early Autumn. These two treatments will result in weed-free green lawns which will add immensely to the beauty of any garden. However if you are not happy with things you can always dig it up and go the synthetic Astroturf way .Rather confusing for the blackbirds searching for a wriggly snack and then there is the problem of what to do with that redundant mower!! I wonder if it will ever catch on at Chelsea??

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Teenage drinking

by Pippa Duncan

Binge drinking in teenagers is a serious problem in the UK. How can you help your teen become aware of the dangers? The good news is that the number of teenagers drinking underage is actually on the decline in the UK. The bad news is that those who are drinking are doing it more often - and to excess, such that it is a real problem. Binge drinking is usually defined as consuming four drinks in a row for women, or five in a row for men, at least once in the previous two weeks. We have one of the highest levels of teenage drinking in Europe, with the largest increase being seen among 14-year-olds. While it’s not good for a 14-year-old to be drinking anywhere near this level, how much the alcohol affects them will also depend on their body size and shape, plus what stage of puberty they’ve reached. Tell-tale signs Look out for changes in behaviour that you think just aren’t the ‘norm’ for your child. Are they

finding it harder to concentrate on homework or are they sleeping a lot more during the day? Has their attitude changed towards you and do they resent any sort of questioning about how much they are drinking? Are they staying with friends more than before to try to hide from you what they are doing? Have you noticed symptoms of excessive drinking such as vomiting and shakiness? Talking to your teen Your teen may be binge drinking because they think it will make them feel good - or look good in front of their friends, or they may be using it as a way to relieve stress, or to appear older than they are. Talk to your teen before the problem becomes too serious. Chatting in front of a TV programme where alcohol is featured is a good way to have a more relaxed conversation. Family meal times are a good way to open up discussion and they may talk more freely. Ask what they’ve learned about alcohol and drug issues at school. Remind them that they don’t have to drink to excess to fit in. Children learn from example, so if your child regularly sees you drinking too much, they will see this as acceptable. If you think the problem is getting out of hand, then talk to their school and consult your GP for advice on obtaining professional help. The effects We tend to think that drinking is less of an issue than drugs, but it leads to many problems. It can cause a lack of concentration, so your child may begin to fail in school. Your child could suffer from alcohol poisoning, which can be life threatening. It affects the body’s involuntary reflexes, such as breathing and the gag reflex. It leads to drink driving and makes your teen less likely to practice safe sex as well as causing antisocial behaviour - your child will be doing things they wouldn’t do under normal circumstances. The three leading causes of death for 15-24-yearolds are car accidents, murder and suicide - and alcohol is a leading factor in all three. In fact, more than 5,000 deaths every year of people under the age 21 are linked to underage drinking. So don’t wait for the problem to get worse, start talking to your teen now.

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Torch Light

The history of the Olympic torch The Olympic Games are almost upon us. The Olympic torch arrived in Britain on May 18th and is now travelling all around the country. The route is planned to take in 1000 towns and villages along the way, and is designed so that 95% of the population will be within 10 miles travelling distance of at least one stopping point. But what is the story behind the Olympic flame? During the ancient Games in Olympia, Greece, a flame ignited by the sun burned continually on the altar of the goddess Hera. The modern flame first made an appearance in the 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, Holland, where it burned throughout the period of the Games. The tradition of the relay began in 1936 in Berlin and persists until this day. The torch is lit a few months before the start of the games, in Olympia, at the Temple of Hera. An actress, dressed in ceremonial robes uses a parabolic mirror to focus the rays of light from the sun, igniting a flame. This flame is then carried in a fire pot to the ancient Olympic stadium. It is taken to an altar and used to light the first runner’s torch. The design of the torch changes for each Olympics. The London torch is triangular in shape - the three sides represent the three times Britain has hosted the Olympics: 1908, 1948 and 2012. It is decorated with 8000 tiny cut-out circles, one for each of the runners who will carry the torch, and is constructed of a lightweight-but-strong

metal alloy. The route the flame then takes varies according to which city is hosting the Olympics. In the past it has been to the top of Mount Everest (Beijing 2008), and even into space (1996 and 2000)! It is carried on foot wherever possible, but also has to travel by other modes of transport, including boat and plane. On planes the fire has to be housed in a special lamp as open flames would not be allowed. As the torch is carried by relay, each runner carries it for only one part of its total journey. They then light the torch of the next runner. On average110 runners will take part each day, and each runner will run approximately 300m. Until the 1950s only men could carry the torch, and it took until 1968 in Mexico City before a woman was allowed to be the final runner. The first woman to do this was called Enriqueta Basileo. Carrying the torch is considered a great honour. Perhaps surprisingly, most of the runners are not athletes. They are chosen for many reasons, often because they have overcome personal difficulties, or because they are charity workers. The final runner is generally kept a secret until as close to the time of the Games as possible. Previous Olympians mooted as a possible final runner for 2012 include Steve Redgrave, Steve Ovett and Daley Thompson. By Tom Hancock

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Beeston Open Gardens

Sunday 10th June between 2 and 6pm Need inspiration for your garden? Then why not come along to the 7th Beeston Open Gardens afternoon which takes place on Sunday 10th June between 2 and 6pm. Once again some gardens from previous years are opening but there are also new gardens to view. Each year the committee seek previously unopened gardens to add to the list providing interest and vibrancy. Every garden is different in size and style with a wide variety of plants tended by amateur but enthusiastic gardeners. Entry to view all the gardens is ÂŁ3 per adult but free for children under the age of 13 years. Ample car parking plus toilets is available at the northern end of The Green ( courtesy of Mr and Mrs Cope). Tickets may be purchased on the day from the car park plus near the plant stall or at the south end of The Green. As in previous years delicious homemade cakes and beverages, including cream teas, will be available all afternoon at 19 The Green. Once

again there will be a wonderful plant stall, plus a raffle, with donations from local businesses and private individuals. The money raised goes to support Beeston community plus local, and national charities. In spite of last year’s very inclement weather over £600 was donated to good causes. A comprehensive list of all donations made since the first Open day in 2006, will be available on the day. The committee wish to thank all volunteers and local businesses for their continued support, and look forward to welcoming both new and regular visitors to a wonderful afternoon in our village. To view the new web site go to:

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Tips for Eating Al Fresco

By Debbie Singh-Bhatti There’s nothing quite like eating outside to evoke that happy, carefree holiday mood, but with British weather so unpredictable we need to grab the opportunity when we can. Here are our five top tips for making sure you are ready to go ‘al fresco’! • Check you have all the necessary equipment to hand. Stock up on charcoal and make sure the barbecue is in good condition and clean. • Invest in a proper picnic blanket with waterproof backing if you like sitting on the ground. Even grass that appears dry can create an uncomfortable damp patch, or leave an unsightly stain that may be difficult to remove. • Use plastic cups and crockery. Choose disposable ones if you want a really easy life, but reusable ones will ultimately save you money and are more eco-friendly. • Make sure your hands and utensils are thoroughly clean before cooking or serving food. If you are away from home, take along wet wipes or anti-bacterial hand-wash.

• Thoroughly cook food that is to be barbecued and keep picnic food cool in a cool box or bag. Avoid food that will melt or spoil easily, like chocolate or bananas. In addition, remember to sit in the shade if the weather is hot, and always slather on sunprotection. So there you have it: the perfect recipe for a funfilled outdoor dining experience. Bon appétit!

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Nissan Juke R at Goodwood


I must admit if I had a nice long drive in front of my house, like Lord March, I wouldn’t get much work done. The temptation to hoon up and down and scare the milkman in anything with an engine would just be too great to resist. Unfortunately, I don’t have that problem, so an invite to apply some rubber to the Goodwood estate’s well wheel-trodden hill climb is always welcome. My invite came for the media day for Goodwood’s 2012 motoring events – the Festival of Speed and the Revival. The day is a chance for Lord March to ramp up the excitement surrounding the two events and a good opportunity for the media to get behind the wheel of some new metal from the supporting manufacturers. Fortunately I was looking forward to one helluva ride. Nissan had offered a last minute spin up the hill in one of only two Juke Rs in the world. For those of you that aren’t in the know, this is basically the love child of a Juke / GT-R one night stand – and the right genes made it across into the sibling. Under the matt black Juke bodywork is the running gear and engine from the GT-R. The 3.8-litre, 485bhp twin turbo charged engine has been squeezed into the Juke’s bodywork, the four-wheel drive carried across and it has the performance to match. Foot to the floor and 60mph arrives in around three seconds. The mad project was conceived as a marketing exercise by Nissan GB’s former MD Paul Willcox who, when he took up his new post in Europe, gave it the green light. Costing £250,000 each, the pair were designed and built in the UK by RML – one left-hand and one right-hand drive. The latter is for exclusive use in the UK. So what’s it like to drive? Well, the 1.16-mile Lord March drive was never going to be long enough to get a real feel for this amazing car, but first impressions were staggering. The Juke R handles all that power remarkably well, transferring it into forward thrust with no drama, much like the bigger GT-R does. There was just enough time to savour the whoosh of the turbos on the start straight as the hay bales and trees quickly melted into a summery soup of


colour. The first corner is a tight right hander and an overzealous prod on the cold brakes soon made me realise I could have carried 20mph more through the bend. In front of the house, I managed five seconds-ish of full throttle madness and the Juke R’s turn of pace staggered – 120mph was indicated on the digital readout (my passenger reliably informed me). Flint wall safely passed without grazes, the final section of the run allowed a little more confidence. It was soon clear that although handbuilt, the Juke R is a very competent and polished piece of kit. It reminds me of a Renault 5 GT Turbo – but turned all the way up to 11. It’s just a shame these two marketing models are all we’re ever likely to see. There’s very little chance we’ll ever get a production run model. The cost and build time would make it very difficult to justify – especially when a GT-R can be had for circa £70k. Still, as drives up garden paths go, this Nissanpowered excursion will be remembered as a very special one. James Baggott is editor of Car Dealer Magazine (

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commemorate or celebrate? Wednesday 6th June is the 68th anniversary of D-Day, which means very few of the 350,000 Allied soldiers and sailors (and I don’t know how many airmen) who took part are still with us to commemorate one of the most momentous battles of World War II. D-Day, it seems, hasn’t been celebrated as it should. The focus of Britain’s military commemoration has always been Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, when we mourn the dead of both world wars, as we should. But D-Day was a different battle and should be marked in a different way. The courage of the 200,000 naval and 160,000 army personnel who set out for Normandy on that stormy Tuesday is worth celebrating for itself. They faced 59 German divisions, approaching 700,000 men, who had spent four years digging themselves in and converting every beach on the French seaboard into a death-trap of landmines, barbed wire, tank traps, machine guns and artillery. To the soldiers, Operation Neptune must have seemed like an enormous gamble on their life. Of course, the odds weren’t as long as seemed. Those 59 German divisions were scattered over France, Belgium, and the Netherlands and the prolonged bombing of their communication lines made rallying quickly impossible. German high command was expecting an invasion to be launched in the obvious place, the Pas de Calais.

Normandy Invasion, June 1944 A convoy of Landing Craft Infantry (Large) sails across the English Channel toward the Normandy Invasion beaches on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. Each of these landing craft is towing a barrage balloon for protection against low-flying German aircraft.

A huge army remained there long after it was clear that the Normandy landings were no mere diversion. Many of the thin cordons of troops along the Norman coast were conscripted Poles and Russians, never trusted by the Germans (rightly, as most of them deserted quickly and many Poles turned up at Arnhem on the Allied side). The German forces had been rendered negligible by a long campaign of attrition and thanks to Hitler’s paranoia and indecision, command of the ground forces was divided and virtually paralysed. For their part, the Allied commanders enjoyed overwhelming air and naval superiority. They had gained valuable experience of amphibious operations in North Africa and Italy, and had dedicated two years to planning and reconnaissance. They had the attacker’s advantage, concentrating their armies, while forcing the defenders to disperse theirs. Eisenhower, Montgomery and the rest had good reason to feel nervous, but confident. It can’t have seemed like that to the men in the landing craft, though. Their prospects of victory as an army might have been better than fair, but so were their personal prospects of injury or death. In the event, the mainly British, American, and Canadian invaders fared surprisingly well. The next two months were an arduous slogging match, but “only” 4,400 Allied lives were claimed out of 150,000 – 4,400 too many, but at 3%, rather better than the Somme. Indeed to a soldier of the Red Army, with memories of Stalingrad and Kharkov (the largest tank-battle in history), D-Day must have seemed not much more than a skirmish. But D-Day is important for more than just its scale and what it achieved towards the downfall of Nazi Germany. D-Day should stand as a beacon for democracy against totalitarianism. Totalitarian regimes may appear strong, but they are hollow. Willing confederations of free men and women uniting their energy, intelligence and courage towards a common goal are always stronger than a people that only obey orders. Tuesday 6th June 1944 proved that, and we should celebrate the day not with the wreaths and silences of Remembrance Sunday but with fireworks and a joyous chorale. We could call it Democracy Day.

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Here come the grills

gadgets to make your barbecues better We Britons love to barbecue: the slightest hint of sunshine has us rushing to the shed to bring out the barbie and burn things to cinders. Gadget firms haven’t been slow to notice and there are all kinds of gadgets that can amuse guests, chill drinks and even help with the cooking. Some of the most useful gadgets are the simplest. Frosty Ice Tankards (£5.95 each) are ideal for keeping beer cold on warm days: simply keep them in the freezer until it’s time for a can and they’ll keep it nice and frosty. Dedicated wine coolers will do the same for your Chenin Blanc. While your guests enjoy their drinks, you can give them something to look at too. Strings of while, blue or multi-coloured LED lights cost around £20 for a wall’s worth, and as they’re solar powered there’s no need to run electrical cables or worry about the electricity bill. You’ll find an enormous range of solar lights from deck lights (£15 for four) and post lights (around £15 for ten) to lanterns (£9 for ten), coach lamps (£11 for two), colour changing table lights (£15 for one) and faintly horrible illuminated animals, fairies and insects. This being Britain, the evenings cool down quickly, so inevitably there are stacks of patio heaters to choose from, including wall-mounted halogen heaters (around £180), free-standing electric patio heaters (from around £35) and freestanding gas ones (£99+). Or you could just buy a charcoal kettle barbecue and huddle around that when you’ve finished cooking. Did someone say cooking? Gadgets can help with that too. If you’re fed up with the taste of lighter fuel, persuade the cook to invest in a Chimney Starter (about £15) instead. Using


nothing more than two sheets of newspaper, it makes lighting charcoal barbecues a doddle. A digital thermometer’ is a good idea too, as it can solve the “burnt outside, raw inside” problem that can affect some barbecued food. Good ones from Weber cost around £15, while wireless ones (about £38) will alert you when your food has reached the right temperature. If you don’t have a barbecue and don’t fancy those horrible disposable ones, how about a flower pot? The HotPot BBQ (£99.99 from looks like a terracotta pot but contains a stainless steel barbecue grill beneath the foliage. It’s not huge (37cm by 27cm) and best for small meals but it’s quite clever. If you’d prefer something more substantial, the Portable Notebook BBQ Grill (£24) folds up for easy storage but offers a decent 45x30cm cooking surface. Both barbecues are charcoal-fired, but if you’d rather have a portable gas barbecue then celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has the MarcO-Grill 1000, which looks good, won’t damage surfaces and costs around £99. Some BBQ gadgets are a bit less serious. If you fancy making the famous Beer Can Chicken, where half a can of beer bastes the chicken from the inside, then try a chrome Beer Can Chicken Roaster for around £10. The roaster keeps the chicken and can upright to prevent foamy disasters. You can brand meat cowboystyle with the BBQ Branding Iron (£14.00), while the Musketeer Sword Barbecue Fork is ideal for sausages and silly too, shaped like a sword and comes with a free mask to make the chef look like Zorro. It’s yours for around £15.

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Burgoyne Middle School

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Our children and community need your help! We are planning to install a multi use games area on our playing fields by Easter 2013. Our partners in this project are Potton Colts. Our aim is that the area will be used by our children and Potton Lower School during the school day and then will be available for community use at weekends, evenings and in the holidays. Potton Charities have promised us £120,000 towards the cost. We now need to raise another £120,000.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: 1. Please let us know if you or your group/club would be interested in hiring this facility. The more interest we have the more likely we are to be able to raise the remaining funds. 2. Please let us know of any local grants we might be able to apply for. We have already started to write bids to national sources. 3. If you can help please contact Lynn McKenzie at Burgoyne Middle School, Mill Lane, Potton SG19 2PG or email

Fun Quiz - Money 1. What colour is a 20 euro note? Red, blue or yellow? 2. According to the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List, who is the richest dragon on the TV show Dragon’s Den? 3. In the board game Monopoly, how much money do you receive if you win a crossword competition? 4. Before the introduction of the euro, which European country’s unit of currency was the escudo? 5. On a standard UK computer keyboard, above which number does the dollar sign appear? 6. Which financial product was introduced in 1999 with three different types called Mini, Maxi and TESSA-only? 7. How much money would you receive if you sent a video clip to the TV show You’ve Been Framed and it was played on the show? 8. Which famous author appeared on the back of Bank of England 20 pound notes issued between 1970 and 1993? 9. Money Never Sleeps was the sub-title to the 2010 sequel to which 1980s film? 10. How much money would you have in total if, in cockney rhyming slang, you had a pony, a monkey and Pavarotti? 1. Blue 2. Duncan Bannatyne 3. £100 4. Portugal’s 5. 3 6.The ISA (Individual Savings Account) 7. £250 8. William Shakespeare 9. Wall Street 10. £535 (£25, £500 and £10)



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what’S ON?


1-5 June The Queens Diamond Jubilee & Our 3rd Beer & Cider, Bottled Lager & Music Festival Open all day every day £2.50 on all guest real ale, cider & bottle lager Potton & District Club, Station Road, Potton Live bands and disco/party night on Monday. 1, 15 & 29 June Whist Drive 7.30pm Moggerhanger Village Hall Fortnightly Friday Whist Drive. Refreshments included. Tel: Carolyn 01767 640727 for more information 2 June Jubilee Fun Day 2pm til late Moggerhanger Playing Field (behind the Church) Many games and stalls, BBQ, Refreshments, Beer Tent, Music and dancing. Call Carolyn 01767 640727 for information 3 June Diamond Jubilee Party 11am-11pm Biggleswade Rugby & Squash Club, Langford Road, Biggleswade Free entrance Stalls and entertainment for the local community to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For further information contact: Paula Rastrick 07967 837272, Hattie Thoday 07540 163738 or Kara (Club Steward) 01767 312463 5 June Bug-ingham Palace! 11am-3pm RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy A hands-on event for youngsters. We’ll be building a bug hotel throughout the day to make a great home for lots of insects, which will help provide natural food for the birds at The Lodge. We’ll be christening it ‘Bugingham Palace’ in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. Pop in any time between 11am-3 pm and add a piece to the palace! Parking charges apply to non-RSPB members £4 per vehicle. Tel: 01767 680541 Web:

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 & 20 June, 4 July Whist Drive 7.30pm Conservative Club, Brook End, Potton Fortnightly Wednesday Whist Drive. All welcome. Tel: Anita 01767 260726 for more information 8 June Mini Beast Safari 2pm-4pm RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Adults free, Children £4m RSPB Wildlife Explorers £3 Kids love finding creepy crawlies. Join us to go out and discover the fascinating bugs, beetles and mini beasts that live on the reserve. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking charges apply to non-RSPB members £4 per vehicle. Tel: 01767 680541 Web: 8 June Bingo Night 7.30pm Moggerhanger Village Hall Monthly Bingo Friday night with cash prizes, a raffle and licensed bar. All proceeds to support the Village Hall. Tel: Carolyn 01767 640727 12 June Potton WI 7.30 pm Community Centre, Potton Potton members free, Guests £3 Presentation by Rosemary Wheeler called ‘Hats Galore – Interests and indulgences in ladies hats over many years’. Craft competition is ‘Something new from something old’. Book stall, raffle and refreshments available. Come along, enjoy the fun and see what Potton WI can offer you. 13 June Langford WI 7.15pm Methodist Church Hall, Langford Visitors welcome £3 Guest Speaker: Matt King with “My experiences”.

6 June Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Party 23 & 24 June Blunham Village Hall Adults £5, Child up to 14 years £3, Family (2+2) £12 – Sutton Flower Festival Displays in All Saints’ Church on both days extra children £2.50 Burgers and hot dogs followed by Cream teas in the Party food, entertainment and a time for those of us Village Hall on Sunday. who can remember, to chat and reflect about what we School open for displays of work. were doing 60 years ago. Come along for an enjoyable Famous Duck Race 3.00pm Sunday at the Brook and relaxing fun filled afternoon. Persons of all ages welcome. Tel: Lindsay 01767The 640707 Please Rose mention Villager and Town Life when responding to adverts 74

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23 June Gamlingay First School Annual Summer Fayre 11.30-2.30pm Gamlingay First School Adults 50p, Children free A great family day out with arena events, stalls, face painting, bar, BBQ, bouncy castles and more. Sorry, no dogs allowed. 23 June Everton Lower School Summer Fair 12-4pm Everton Lower School, Potton Road, Everton Variety of stalls including coconut shys, tombolas, jewellery making, face painting, bouncy castle, home-made and home grown stalls. BBQ and liquid refreshments, ice creams… all the usual fun family stuff. 23 June The Amici Singers present their Summer Concert ‘Feel Good With Gershwin’ 7pm The New Gamlingay Eco-Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay SG19 3QP Adults £7, under 16s free A concert of Gershwin melodies, with a variety of other music to savour. Conducted by Douglas Coombes. Accompanist: Trevor Hughes. You will be assured of a very entertaining evening. Refreshments will be provided after the concert. Tickets: Margaret 01767 260361 or contact any choir member 24 June Summer Fete 1-5pm Moggerhanger Park, Moggerhanger In conjunction with Moggerhanger Park, Carers in Bedfordshire Annual Summer Fete to coincide with Carers Week. Including live choir, raffle, arts and craft stalls, pampering, face painting, car wash, bouncy castle, emergency service vehicles and a whole lot more! For further information or raffle tickets please call 0300 111 1919 24 June Old Warden Village Open Gardens and Open Church 2pm Enjoy a walk round our picturesque village. Teas at the Village Hall and at the Church. 27 June Sandy and District Horticultural Association 7.30pm A visit to the award winning chilli farm ‘Edible Ornamentals’ at Chawston. Booking is essential for this visit. To book contact David Osborn on david.osborn@ or 01767 681733.

29 June Performers & Pints 11 2nd Anniversary Bash! 8 for 8.30pm The Red Lion, 1 Station Road, Potton Friday 29th June, 8 for 8.30 p.m. Free entry (donations welcome) Will Mak Album Launch Party. Alex Holmes, Karmadillo & Della Lupa (aka Steph Brown) are the three special guest support artists, with Will Mak headlining, showcasing tracks from his new album “Run This Race For You” (hard copies available to buy on the night. 30 June & 1 July Flower Festival “2012 A Very Special Year” 30 June - Bazaar 10.30am-4pm Beeston Methodist Church, Off the Limes, Beeston Various stalls, lunches, morning coffee and afternoon teas 1st July Morning service at 10.30am. Lunches served at 12 o’clock. 2-2.45pm “Songs of Praise”. Afternoon teas served from 2.45pm till 3.30pm. 1 July St Neots Concert Band Summer Concert 7.30pm Trinity Methodist Church, Biggleswade Adults £8, Concessions £5 Anne Templer and Claire Rawson who founded the band in 2005 are delighted to be conducting the performance which will include pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan, Gershwin, Gordon Jacob along with musical interludes played by a Saxophone Quartet. Proceeds from the concert will go to St Neots Concert Band and Trinity Community Fund. Refreshments will be served in the interval. Tel: Fiona Fitzhugh 01480 811705 8 July Summer Concert Gates open 1.30pm, concert 3pm Moggerhanger Park, Moggerhanger Adults £6, Concessions £4, Family £15 East Beds Concert Band summer concert which will feature some well-known TV and film music, and there’ll be something for everyone from Thunderbirds to the Pirates of the Caribbean. This year, East Beds Concert Band will be performing the wind band world premiere of “When the dancers depart” by Roger Nichols, specially arranged for the band. Please bring a picnic, and rugs or chairs and to sit in the fabulous grounds whilst enjoying a wide selection of music. Alternatively you can enjoy food from the refreshment tents, and fantastic home-made ice-cream from Mr and Mrs Maynards.



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Pan-fried mackerel with spring veg Serves 2 Prep time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes

Ingredients 25g butter 1 banana shallot, peeled and sliced 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 400g mixed fresh vegetables like broad beans, carrots, peas, spring greens, broccoli 100ml stock

Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 150g creme fraiche 3-4 sprigs dill, roughly chopped 1/2 tbsp olive oil 2 large mackerel fillets


1. Heat the butter in a sautĂŠ pan or deep frying pan. Gently cook the shallot for about 5 minutes until it starts to soften and becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. 2. Add the vegetable mix, cutting anything large like carrots, to match the size of the other vegetables. Stir for a minute or so, pour in the stock and lemon juice and add the zest. Season, then cover and cook for 5 minutes. 3. Spoon in the creme fraiche and dill and cook for another 3-4 minutes. 4 Heat another frying pan with the olive oil. Slice the mackerel fillet in half lengthways, taking out any bones you may find. Season the fish then pan-fry for 2 minutes on each side. 5. Serve the mackerel on a bed of the vegetables with plenty of lemon wedges and some new potatoes.

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By KATHeRINE SORELL A hallway is like a handshake: the introduction to your home, creating a look and feel that should be both attractive and welcoming, as well as providing useful storage, explains Katherine Sorrell. Design and decorating - Width is the crucial issue in hallways, and unless you’re prepared to do some substantial building work and remove a wall, you’re probably stuck with what you have. To increase the feeling of space in a narrow hallway, use pale colours and add large mirrors (ideal for checking your reflection just before you leave the house, too). Keep the space as clear as possible by adding only the most essential items of slender storage furniture, and using the full height of your walls rather than encroaching on floor space. If, on the other hand, you have a large and spacious hallway – lucky you! Think of it as an extra living space and make the most of it by adding a sofa or chairs, bookcases or a writing desk. For plenty of inspirational ideas, see Hallways, Corridors and Staircases by Leslie Geddes-Brown, with fabulous photography by Christopher Drake (Ryland, Peters & Small, £25). Whatever the size of your hall, consider it as a linking room and make sure your choice of decorative schemes works well when doorways to other rooms are open. If you have chosen a pale colour scheme for the walls, woodwork could be slightly darker for interest. Halls that see a lot of wear and tear could be painted with an extra-tough paint, or clad with tongue-andgroove panelling, tiles or hard-wearing wallpaper. Fabulous flooring - Halls and stairs are high-traffic areas, so ensure that your flooring is non-slip, durable, resistant to dirt and simple to clean – if you can mop it, so much the better. Stone, ceramic or quarry tiles, or colourful Victorian encaustic tiles, are all easy to care for, while solid wooden boards or parquet require only some regular polishing or waxing. Cheap wood laminates may not last too long in such a wellused space. Lino or vinyl can look impressive, too, especially when laid in patterns. Carpet, however, is more problematic as you’ll need to choose a colour or pattern that won’t show the dirt – and make sure that it is suitable for a hallway: an 80:20 twist classified for heavy domestic use is often the best.


Cosy and bright - Under-floor heating is ideal for narrow halls, but do check that it will be compatible with your flooring. On the other hand, if there’s room, you could opt for eye-catching radiators, perhaps a period-style cast-iron column or an eye-catching modern type. Hall lighting doesn’t need to be bright enough for reading, but it should be welcoming and lead the eye into your home: it could be an amazing chandelier (given high enough ceilings) or a series of recessed ceiling downlights. In a narrow hall, avoid wall lights – they will just act as obstacles. Storage - Most people store a variety of things in their halls, from coats, scarves and hats to phone books, buggies or vacuum cleaners. The type of storage you choose is always best moulded around what you need to store, how much space it will take and how frequently you need to access it. The main choice is between built-in, hidden storage or open, display-type storage. The former is best when space is tight – slender floor-to-ceiling cupboards with plain doors, (perhaps painted the same colour as the walls, or even mirrored to maximise light) ranked along one wall, will hold masses yet be hardly noticeable. On the other hand, you could make a statement with an eclectic selection of freestanding cupboards, sideboards, tables, benches, dressers, baskets, shelves and so on. If necessary, fit hooks or pulleys high up on walls to hold bikes, and perhaps a coat stand or row of pegs for everyday coats and bags. Umbrella stands and boot racks are ideal for spacious, country-style halls. Somewhere to keep post and keys is a good idea, too, whether a bowl and rack on a dresser or a small, wall-mounted cupboard and set of hooks. If you have lots of books or delicate items to display, a shelf running the length of the hallway above head height can be extremely useful. For times when space is really hard to find, it is even possible to build storage drawers into the treads of a wooden staircase.

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Corfu Highlights

by Solange Hando

Corfu is the greenest of the Greek islands, festooned with vines and olive groves and tall cypress trees pointing straight up to the sky. Gentle shores in the east, mostly shingle, sheer cliffs but gorgeous sands in the west, lowlands in the south, mountains in the north, the scenery changes with every bend of the road. Framed by wooded hills on the west coast, Paleokastritsa is one of the most idyllic spots, all crystal clear waters and crescent-shaped bays meandering around cliffs and rocks. Pink villas peep through the trees like giant candyfloss, boats sail around the coast and into gaping caves, most exciting the ‘blue eye’ where shoals of fish swim in a luminous patch of blue water. Up on the headland, crowds head for the pocketsized monastery, keen to set eyes on precious icons, light candles and enjoy panoramic views over land and sea. In the distance, meadows spread across the slopes, sprinkled with pink orchids and wild gladioli and isolated farms tucked in lemon groves. There are secluded coves, sweeping sands and quiet trails where rosemary and oregano leave their scent in the air. Meanwhile on the east coast, Kerkyra, the capital, stretches across a peninsula guarded by two Venetian forts. The ‘Old Fortress’ is the most spectacular with ramparts and moat, courtyards, canons, museum and a lighthouse with dizzying views. Mainland Greece is just across the water and in the distance you can see Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest point, just short of 3000 feet. Down town, the main square is occupied by a cricket ground, complemented by an English bandstand and the elegant Liston Arcade modelled on the Parisian rue de Rivoli. Bars and


restaurants spread under the trees, horse-drawn carriages wait for custom and the Old Town beckons, a maze of paved lanes and stepped alleyways, tall buildings and spires jostling for space, hidden squares, souvenir stalls and balconies draped in laundry and flower pots. Cruise ships dock on the western pier, yachts bob at anchor while fishermen unload the early morning catch. A short distance from the capital is the stylish Achilles Palace, not a ruin of ancient Greece, as one might expect, but a flamboyant 19th century building in neo-classical style, commissioned by Austrian Empress Sissi to nurse a broken heart. Achilles was her hero and painting and statues pay tribute among colonnades, stucco work and personal belongings of the empress and the next owner, Wilhelm II. But best of all is the fabulous panorama from the gardens, where you might feel just like the beautiful Sissi or James Bond, since the palace featured as a casino in ‘For Your Eyes only’. The Kanoni peninsula is just a stone’s throw away, home to ‘Mon Repos’, an elegant mansion built by the British and later, summer residence of the Greek royalty and birthplace of Prince Philip. Everyone is welcome to explore the grounds and house now exhibiting centuries of the island’s history. Excavations around the estate have unveiled vestiges of Paleopolis, the ancient city of Kerkyra. But it is at the end of the peninsula that you find Corfu’s most iconic image. Set on a tiny islet, the Vlacherna monastery comes straight out of a fairy tale, flanked by a single cypress tree and the mere pencil line of a gleaming causeway.

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The Villager Prize Crossword 1st Prize £25 Name:

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by Leon F. Jones

The Wimbledon Open Championships take place in June, commencing six weeks before the first Monday in August. The first event was staged in 1877 by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to raise funds for a new grass roller. It attracted 22 participants and was won by 27-year-old W. Spenser Gore who received 12 guineas. In 1884, Ladies Singles and Men’s Doubles were introduced. Britain dominated the first 30 years, with the Renshaw twins winning 13 titles from 1881-1889. In 1905, the American May Sutton won the Ladies title. In 1907 Norman Brookes of Australia became the first overseas Men’s champion. The 1920s were dominated by France with the outrageous Suzanne Lenglen (skirt just below the knee!) winning 5 successive titles from 1919, and the ‘Four Muskateers’ of Rene Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon winning 6 Singles and 5 Doubles. Britain resurged in the 1930s with Fred Perry securing a hat-trick from 1934-36 and Dorothy Round winning


in 1934 for a British double. The U.S. then held the Women’s Singles title from 1938-1958 with Althea Gibson becoming the first black champion in 1957. From 1956-1971, the Australians made Centre Court their own. The first professional Championships were held in 1968 and this era has been dominated by 5 players - Bjorn Borg (5 successive singles), Pete Sampras (7 singles), Martina Navratilova (9 singles, 10 doubles), Steffi Graf (7 singles) and Roger Federer (6 singles). The 2012 tournament promises to be as exciting as any. Perhaps Andy Murray can end the 70+ year wait for a British champion? Only time, and the special magic that is Wimbledon, will tell!

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Villager Potton June 2012  
Villager Potton June 2012  

Villager Magazine Potton June 2012 Edition