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Nene Valley Railway

It all started in 1977... On 1 June 2017 the Nene Valley Railway celebrates 40 years since it’s opening. A single day certainly wasn’t going to be enough to celebrate four decades of railway preservation, so members of the railway have put together a remarkable year long program of events to offer everybody the chance to celebrate with them.

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he first special event to be confirmed will be held on 25, 26 February. This marks the withdrawal from service of the amazing Bulleid designed Express passenger Locomotives two of these massive Locomotives will becoming together for the first time: The first ... ‘92 Squadron’ is fresh from an extended rebuild at the railway only mgaining it’s certificate to run in January this year. 92 as it is fondly known will be teamed with ‘Sir Keith Park’ visiting the NVR for the first time ever. The good news for spectators, is that fares for this extraordinary happening will be no different from any standard steaming weekend... Adults £16 Seniors (over 60) £13 and Children (3 to 16) £8


Sir Keith Park The second event to be fully confirmed will be held from the 2nd to the 4th June. Steam Locomotive ‘Royal Scot’ will be joined by one of the Legendary Twin engine ‘Deltic’ diesels: ‘Royal Scots Grey’ running in disguise as lost Loco ‘Ballymoss’. Details are still being finalised , but already planned and taking bookings are Evening Fish and chip trains at £25 per person and opportunities for the public to buy driver experiences on either of the Locomotives.

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Being Krystyna

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There are a lot of people who do not think they are good at art… I don’t believe this for a second.


ersonally, I think that anyone can be creative, they just need to find the right medium. Take myself- I’ve never been able to draw people?! I’ve tried, but it always looks as if I’m drawing some kind of alien species! Not the best... Eight years ago, I made the rather uninformed decision to study Woven Textiles- and it changed how I approached art. I loved learning about the foundations of textiles; about colour, texture, pattern and design. My passion for the qualities found in weaving then informed the other medium I used- paint, pencil, pastel. I learnt different ways of producing art, different ways of thinking. I started teaching others and found that it was fascinating to see what was produced when trying a new approach. Inspired by this, I’ve created a series of workshops that will get people

producing art they never thought they could, or at the very least- trying something new. There’s something for everyone:

• 7 March, 10–3pm Embroidery - £55 • 21 March, 10–2pm Life Drawing with a twist - £45 • 28 March, 10–3pm Textured papers - £45 • 4 April, 10–2pm Detailed Drawing - £40 Come along and enjoy a day of unique creativity, set in my own studio with a home-made lunch and all materials provided for. It’s a lovely way of meeting other people and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been painting for years or would just like to get started!


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In 2012 when young Polish immigrant Agnieszka visits fellow countrywoman Krystyna in a Peterborough care home for the first time, she thinks it a simple act of kindness. However, the meeting proves to be the beginning of a life-changing experience. Krystyna’s stories about the past are not memories of the good old days but recollections of war-ravaged Europe: The Warsaw Ghetto, Pawiak Prison, Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, and a death march to freedom. The losses and ordeals Krystyna suffered and what she had to do to survive are horrors Agnieszka must confront when she volunteers to be Krystyna’s biographer. Will Agnieszka be able to keep her promise to tell the story, and, in this harrowing memoir of survival, what is the message for us today?


The eBook Being Krystyna is a story of survival in WWII and tells the story of local woman Krystyna Porsz who survived the Holocaust and, now aged 95, is a resident of Lavender House Care Home, Peterborough. Carol Browne

Krystyna’s Holocaust Story The traumatic tale of how a young woman survived the Nazi invasion of Poland, including being taken to a concentration camp has been told in new book.


rystyna Porsz – who now lives in Peterborough – was just 18 years old and living in Warsaw when Germany invaded Poland. Krystyna Born Dorca Szafir, to survive the horrendous events that followed Krystyna changed her identify, pretending to be a Polish Catholic instead of Jewish, and choosing a new name that she kept even after the war ended. The memoir Being Krystyna tells the story in her own words of how she miraculously survived the Nazi invasion, including being arrested and imprisoned as well as later taken to a concentration camp. Sadly, most of her family didn’t make it and the book also tells how others perished. In 1947 she married Alfons Porsz and they came to England, settling in Peterborough where they raised their family.

Her son, Chris Porsz, is a wellknown city photographer whose weekly Peterborough Telegraph column – Paramedic Paparrazzo – has been a popular feature of the paper for many years. Krystyna worked at the Embassy Theatre for 30 years and now, aged 95, is a resident at Lavender House Care Home. Today (January 26) is Holocaust Memorial Day, and author Carol Browne, who lives in Cambridgeshire said it was important for Krystyna’s story to be remembered. She said: “It was a big responsibility to write Krystyna’s story, and, as I usually write fiction, I wasn’t sure I could do it. “But I felt that it is a story that needs to be told. As the years go by there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors left, so recording their stories and making sure future generations know the reality of what happens when hatred and prejudice take over, is so very important. Getting to know Krystyna and the enormity of

what she went through really does bring it home what horrendous experiences happened to ordinary people. “We must never forget what this brave lady and so many others went through and we should make sure it never happens again.” The narrator in the memoir is based on a real life person, Agnieszka Coutinho who moved to Peterborough from Poland in 2005. Agnieszka who now works for the NHS said: “The story was written in a very creative and extraordinary way, the contrast between a modern Polish woman and an older one who survived World War II is intriguing. I came here on a gap year, but after just a few months in England my life changed enormously. “I feel that this country gives me so many opportunities to develop myself, to choose a job I’d like to do rather than do something I don’t… The courses, workshops, events, and the opportunities to learn about ourselves and the world are endless here.”

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GlintonFriendshipClub Well, we are well on our way into Spring and this is the G.F.C.’s fifteenth year! We were the first Friendship club to be set up by Age UK in and around Peterborough and are still going stronger than ever. Many of the original members and helpers are still with us (though a trifle more antique)! Our celebrations include a super buffet, a display of past events in photos, a visit from the Mayor and musical entertainment. And we are still open to new members and helpers who want to be a part of this great community success story... Already this year we have added to our funds with a bring and buy sale. We have celebrated several

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“big” birthdays with flowers, cards and an inflatable Zimmer frame! Our computer skills and physical well-being are well served and we accompany the popular games, quizzes, and Bingo with CD poems and memories, Beetle Drives, talks and demonstrations. Coming up soon are talks by Rosie Sandell of ‘Yours’ magazine, films on the past and Peterborough and gift stalls. We are planning the Summer outing to Nottingham for a trip and meal on the River Trent! Sealegs ready! The club also fosters a very strong bond between members and we all know and help those who are ill or recovering, wishing them well.

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Cycling to success Glinton resident, Georgia Bullard, has been recruited by an elite women’s cycling team. Sixteen year old Georgia is to join Yorkshire based Jadan Weldtite Squad as a first year junior rider and will compete for them in road and track cycling at national and international level this year.


eorgia has been riding with Bourne Wheelers for the last two years. 2016 was her first year riding at a national level, which included competing in the three day North West Youth Tour and several one day races. Her best result was winning the regional Loughborough Campus Criterium in May and finishing 11th at the Hillingdon national series circuit race. She also qualified for the GHS National Youth Time Trial championship, finishing 5th in her age group. As well as road racing she also competed in the National Youth Track championship at Derby and the London Youth Track League. Georgia is starting the season with a half-term

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training camp in Calpe, Spain followed by a team training and sponsors weekend in Manchester at the start of March. Her main goals for the year are based around the national Junior Women’s road race series, particularly one of the prestigious elite women’s races such as the Tour Series or the Women’s Circle Classic. It promises to be a very busy year for Georgia who on top of her cycling commitments will also sit her GCSE’s this summer too. Ultimately Georgia’s main ambition is to continue to progress through the junior ranks and use the experience gained to become an established rider with Team Jadan Weldite.


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Reception have had a visitor in their classroom – a bear! They first found his footprints on the classroom floor one morning and have found other signs of him in the garden where they play, but no one has actually seen him….yet! The children have been writing letters to him to help him find his lost family and he has kindly written back. The children have made small collages of the areas in which he likes to roam, water, grass, rocks. In the role play area there is a river of blue material to cross, grass made from astro turf and a delicate snow storm filled with tiny snowflakes that the children have made themselves. Next week they will make a discovery book incorporating all the information they can find about different types of bear. Years One and Two have been learning about Castles and Fairy Tales. They are becoming familiar with the traditional phrases associated with these….Once upon a time and (hopefully), they all lived happily ever after! They have been trying to write their own more modern versions, for example a more fiesty princess who doesn’t always need rescuing by a handsome prince and featuring caring stepmothers. In Year Two they have written persuasive letters to the stepmother asking if they may go, not to the Ball as in the old stories, but to school instead of having to stay at home and do the housework. Year Two have been enjoying science associated with the Cinderella Story. They have been learning about absorption and

thinking of how to make the best mop for Cinderella. They have learnt a little magic to make ice cream in the classroom. Having put the ice cream mixture plus a little bicarb in a bag they then put it in another bag filled with ice cubes and salt. In 8 minutes the ice cream was frozen! Magic! Both years have achieved some accomplished observational drawings of Castles. Years 3 and 4 are learning about Europe this term. In RE they have been busy exploring British Values. They have also presented a display on these findings in St. Benedict’s Church. They include treating people equally, respecting other beliefs and cultures, trying to help other people, listening and respecting other people’s opinions and values. A delivery of wonderfully painted iconic crosses has arrived and one will be displayed in each classroom. Every classroom also has a prayer display of children’s short prayers for others. The children have been enjoying the story “Coming Home” by Michael Morpurgo. Their corridor is filled with beautiful winter scenes using white paint and charcoal and illustrations of the Robin who features vividly on the book cover. The display also has short poems inspired by the story. Like this one by Aryana:

Through the school gate, seeing my mum waiting to give me a hug. Out of the school, past the church I must get home, I must get home quickly, I must. Rosie and Melissa helped compile this report about Years 5 and 6. In their Tudor Topic they have enjoyed learning about different Tudor Monarchs and also all about Henry VIII Wives. They are looking forward to a trip to Burghley House in Stamford when they will wear Tudor Costume if they can. They have been sketching and painting Tudor Kings and Queens from pictures and later on in the term will try to adapt one to a miniature portrait as they were very popular at the time. All the children have researched and sketched Tudor Drinking Vessels and are now beginning to mould them out of clay .When dry they will be painted and glazed. Will they actually hold liquid? In Literacy lessons the children have been reading some of Macbeth and have made up their own spells, hopefully not to put into practice! Later in the term there will be a Tudor afternoon with several different activities to be experienced like making pomanders, writing with a quill pen and learning a Tudor dance.

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Yaxley Festival With under three months to go, everyone is working hard behind the scenes to make this, once again, the greatest free community festival in the whole of the UK


eople think that the hard work’s done over the festival weekend, when in fact 95% of the work to make the festival run smoothly happens between now and 12 May, with the weekend being the celebration of how our community has yet again come together. Not that we get the weekend to relax and enjoy the music. This year is going to be the biggest festival yet with more music than ever before covering a mixture of genres from schools

Alec Pickles - Chairman 2017 and groups to a 12-piece brass band and the staple of the festival, local rock and pop bands. A major new feature this year is the Community Marquee. This will provide us all with those feelings from days gone by, with cake bake competitions, cooking demonstrations from Chef James, a photography competition judged by Marc Wheatley, flower arranging demonstrations and so much more. For the first time this year we have partnered

with a local charity to further extend our commitment to our community. LPUK (Little People UK) is a charity co-founded by Sammy Davis and our very own patron Warwick Davis. LPUK provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism while celebrating with great pride, little people’s contribution to social diversity.

Of course, none of this could happen without the amazing volunteers who spend the weekend working with us for you. From helping to setup on the Wednesday and Thursday, assisting visitors over the weekend or the band of litter pickers on Monday who help us return the field to its pre festival state. If you would like to find out more about what is going on at the festival or would like to volunteer some time over the weekend, visit:

Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements regarding the Yaxley Festival 2017

Yaxley Festival Community Zone Calling all budding gardeners, bakers, florists, makers, photographers - young and old ... Suzanne Delegate and Julie Howe (Community Zone organisers) For the first time this year YaxFest will play host to a dedicated Community Zone; a place where we can show off the local arts/crafts/cookery/ photographic/gardening talent within the community. Over the two days the Community Zone will feature YaxFest Bake Off, an Amateur Photography Competition, Floristry & Cookery Competitions and demonstrations and an Arts/ Crafts/Textiles showcase. We will also be calling on the local school children to design a cottage tray garden.

Over the next couple of months, we will be calling on everyone to get involved... however, if you belong to a local club or group that would like to show your work on the Sunday then do please get in touch via our dedicated email If you would like any further information or would like to know how you could get involved in this initiative, then get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you at YaxFest ComZone 2017.

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YaxFest Music The head of our design team at Village Tribune is also booking the music for the entire three day festival. The stages are now promising an exciting, talented and diverse range of genres for everyone to look forward to.

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Helpston WI Diary

March 2017

Wednesday morning walks – meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Thursday morning walks - meet outside the village shop at 9:00am. Contact June Dobson on 01733252192 for more details Wednesday 1, 15, 29 March Knit & Natter at Botolph’s Barn, Helpston. Come and join our friendly, lively group from 2pm – 4pm. We meet fortnightly. Thursday 2 March Cheese connoisseurs are welcome to join us to hear from Karen Brammer of The Stamford Cheese Cellar, who will be bringing samples and talking about the story of cheese at Helpston WI’s monthly meeting in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm. Contact June Dobson on 01733252192 Every Tuesday from 10 January Beginners’ Line Dancing , 10:00 -11:00 in the Village Hall. Contact June as above, or just come to the hall.

April 2017

Wednesday 12 & 26 April Knit & Natter at Botolph’s Barn, Helpston. Come to knit, sew and crochet with our friendly group from 2pm – 4pm. We meet fortnightly. Thursday 6 April This is our annual Members’ Night, when you are welcome to join us in celebrating Helpston WI’s birthday with a social eveningin Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm. Contact June Dobson on 01733252192 14

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Northborough WI On the Edge 2017 was kicked off in fine style for the Ladies of On the Edge with an outing to Willowbrook Farm for sausage making. We had a hilarious evening getting to grips with the sausage machine, with varying success, as we made our own pound of sausages to take home. The evening was rounded off with a sausage and mash supper. Our main meeting in January was hosted by Miss Michaela the Burlesque Lady. After a brief introduction to the art of burlesque, our members were put through their paces learning some basic moves before everything was put together into a short fun routine.

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For February, our guest speaker was from the Alzheimer’s Society. This terrible disease affects more people each year, and we were interested to find out more about it and how we can help. Our other extracurricular event for February was a visit to The Bluebell at Helpston for an evening of gin tasting and ginformation. After a brief talk we were into the serious business of tasting. We were also pleased to be able to extend the invitation to ladies and guests from our neighbouring WI’s. Our walking group has been out and about with one sunny stroll around ferry meadows and

a slightly muddier one around the village of Ashton. In March, we will be putting a feather in our cap, amongst other things, as we get together for Easter Bonnet making. All items will be supplied and there will be a prize for the best bonnet. We will be remaining crafty for April as our guest speaker will be showing us the trick behind book folding. We are a friendly, youngish group and happy to welcome any ladies who would like to come and see what we do. The On the Edge WI meet in the Packhorse in Northborough from 7pm on the third Monday of the month.

For more information, you can contact our President, Julie, on 07538 659956 or Tracy on 07720 327145

Glinton WI

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More than 35 members started the New Year off in style by enjoying a delicious two-course meal supplied by Elegance Catering. The village hall was filled with appetizing smells and contented chatter and laughter. A light-hearted, fun quiz followed and a raffle completed the evening. Mavis was the lucky winner of an attractive basket of fruit.

Other events that have been enjoyed so far this year include: a very nice Sunday lunch at the Ruddy Duck in Peakirk, a successful coffee morning at a member’s home and an entertaining evening with Derek Harris’ stories, songs and witticisms featuring the characters of the canals. And there are still plenty of events to look forward to! In

March Rob Hill will speak to us about his bakery and in April we will learn about Medical Detection Dogs. Why not come along and see what we do? You will be assured of a warm welcome and discover more about forthcoming trips, lunches etc. We meet in Glinton Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month from 7pm for a 7.30 start.

For further details ontact Margaret Stafford, our president, on 01733 701268 or JennyDunk, our secretary, on 01733 254252.

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Granary’s Pancake Day

February, March and April


In The Dovecote at John Clare Cottage. Lynne Booker has been drawing portraits and life studies since she was a teenager. As well as participating in local life groups she runs her own monthly group at the Unique Cottage studios in Spalding. She loves splashy watercolours, vibrant pastels, charcoal and oils but her favourite ‘tool’ is a simple Derwent black watercolour pencil.

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Starts 2 March

Meditation Class

New weekly meditation class with Buddhist nun and meditation teacher, Gen Nyingpo. Thursdays 7.15pm 8.30pm £6 per class. Borderville Sports Centre, Ryhall Rd, Stamford PE9 1US. Taught by Buddhist nun and meditation teacher, Gen Nyingpo. These meditation classes are suitable for everyone. For more information please visit

Exhibition of life drawings and paintings

She says ‘drawing ‘from the nude’ is a privilege, a discipline, an immense challenge and never ending in its fascination. Every body’s shape is unique, each position a fresh challenge, skin texture, expression, personality, light and shade, surroundings, atmosphere and mood. Its different every time. No artist finds it easy and the atmosphere in a life group is usually one of intense, silent concentration. If you would like to know more about any of the work or if you are interested in coming along to any the of the classes please feel free to contact booker. February, and March 2017

Exhibition of Botanical Watercolours and Porcelain John Clare Cottage

Pat Bearman is exhibiting for the first time at John Clare Cottage. Examples of her exquisite botanical original paintings both framed and unmounted together with art postcards and her beautiful hand painted china.

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Pork Pie Making Night

At Willow Brook Farm Shop & Granary Tea Rooms Monday 6 March

2017 Barnack & District Branch Royal British Legion Annual Winter Supper Barnack Village Hall. 1915 for 1945

Bring your own wine Cost £20 each, which includes a welcome drink, a two-course meal with coffee to follow - and raffle tickets.All welcome - members, families, friends. Guest Speaker - Wing Commander Elizabeth Nicholl, formerly of RAF Wittering, now PA to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff Thursday 16 March

Sausage Making Night

At Willow Brook Farm Shop & Granary Tea Rooms


Fridays in March

Friday Pieday

Come and enjoy a homebaked pie in The Granary every Friday throughout March at at Willow Brook Farm. Saturday 4 March

Benefice Prayer Breakfast

in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. Friday 17 March

Gardens of Singapore

The Glinton Horticultural Society: A presentation by Colin Ward from Swine’s Meadow Nursery: ‘Gardens of Singapore’. Starts at 7.30 pm in Glinton Village Hall. Raffle & refreshments provided. More info: 01733 253591.

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Thursday 16 March

Guided walk with a Ranger

Ferry Meadows and surrounding area. Join Ian Lowe for a guided walk around Ferry Meadows & surrounding area, pointing out areas of interest along the 6 mile route, asking him questions along the way. 1:00pm-4:15pm Meeting place will be confirmed at time of booking. Free. Suggested donation £2. Accessibility:This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193 Saturday 18 March

Float A Boat

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Come along and use recycled materials to create your own floating object. Test it out on Lynch Lake before recovering it to take home for the bath! 10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm Meet at: Discovery Den. Free. Suggested donation £2. Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193

Family Volunteering

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided, you just need to bring along lots of enthusiasm! Free car parking for all participants Times: 10:00am-12:00noon Meet at: To be confirmed at time of booking Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193 Saturday 25 March

Coffee Morning

Saturday 25 March

Coffee Morning

Sunday 19 March

St Botolph's - Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon.

Come and join us at St Botolph’s Church, from 10.00am, for our special Mothering Sunday Weekend Coffee Morning, featuring Children's Crafts, Arts and other Fun Activities. Leave the children to have fun while you enjoy fabulous coffee and cakes. Saturday 25 March

Masters Young & Old A Classical Evening with The Stamford Chamber Orchestra

7.30pm in Stamford Arts Centre. Twice a BBC Young Musician finalist, pianist Julian Trevelyan plays Beethoven’s first and most playful concerto, and Prokoviev’s witty first symphony follows Wagner’s exquisite tone poem, named after his first child.Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major. Soloist: Julian Trevelyan. Wagner Siegfried Idyll. Prokoviev Classical Symphony Tickets £12.50 (£10.50/£5.00). Box office 01780 763203 Online at continued >>

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Thursday 13 April

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Discovering Trees

Ferry Meadows Country Park Join Ranger Ashley Wheal for an illustrated talk in the Visitor Centre for the first hour. Follow this with a walk in the park to identify some of our native trees. Times 1:30pm-4:00pm. Meet at: Ferry Meadows visitor centre. Cost: free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential.

Friday 14, Monday 17 & Friday 21 April

Easter egg hunt

APRIL Saturday 1 April

Benefice Prayer Breakfast

in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. Friday 7 April-Wednesday 26 April

Easter Trail

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Collect a trail sheet on the theme of rabbits from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. Trail sheets available 10:00am-2:30pm Meet at Ferry meadows visitor centre. Cost: £0.50 Booking: No need to book. For more information please call 01733 234193

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to eat for Easter! 10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm. £4 This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193

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Tractor Run

At Willow Brook Farm Friday 17 April

Good Friday Workshop

Friday 7 April

Kids tree climbing

Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park Children can come and have a go at tree climbing in a rope and harness. Instruction given by Rangers. 10:00am-3:00pm Meeting place to be confirmed at time of bookingCost: £2 Accessibility: This event may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. Wednesday 12 April (& every 2nd Wed of month)

Classic Car Night

At Willow Brook Farm Shop & Granary Tea Rooms

at St Andrew’s Northborough 2:30 - 4pm. Craft activities, Easter Garden, All-age Worship and of course hot cross buns! Everyone is welcome. Tuesday 18 April

Happily Ever After

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Crafts, activities and stories based around the classic children’s tales of Winnie the Pooh. 10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm3:00pm. Cost: £2.50 Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193 Wednesday 19 April

Wild Wednesday

Wednesday 12 April

Wild Wednesday

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Bring your own teddy bear and join us on a bear hunt. There will be a craft session, followed by storytime and then a walk around Ferry Meadows to find Barney the Bear. 10:30am12:00noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm Cost £4. This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts. 10:00am-2:00pm. Meet at Discovery Den. Free. Suggested donation £2 No need to book.

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Children and adults can join in making origami pots and planting sunflower seeds. 10:00am-2:00pm Meet at Discovery Den. Free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: No need to book. continued >>

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Sunday 30 April

Persephone’s Bed - Spring Friday 21 April


The Glinton Horticultural Society: A presentation by David Staines: ‘Begonias’.7.30 pm in the Glinton Village Hall. Raffle & refreshments provided. More info: 01733 253591. Saturday 22 April

Coffee Morning

St Botolph’s - Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon. Saturday 22 April

Bug Hunt

Ferry Meadows Country Park Join our education team to have a look in the woods to find minibeasts in their own habitat. 10:30am-12:00noon and 1:30pm3:00pm. Free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193 Sunday 23 April

Afternoon Tea

St George’s Day Afternoon Tea for residents over 65 of Northborough and Deeping Gate at the Village Hall at 3.00 pm. £3 per person. Call 01778 345143 to book your place. Tuesday 25 April

Through the Eyes of an Artist A walk with a Difference

Ferry Meadows Country Park. Join Artist in residence, Charron Pugsley-Hill, on a seasonal walk in the Park. Finish at lakeside Kitchen & Bar for a drink, cake and a short creative session. This is not about being able to draw but about confidence with colour and your creative side. 10:00am-12:30pm. Cost £5 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. T: 01733 234193

Ferry Meadows Country Park Artist in Residence Charron Pugsley-Hill will be presenting the third in a series of four seasonally themed beds in the Park. Visitors are welcome to lie in the bed and enjoy the surroundings.10:00am-4:00pm Meet at Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre Free. Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. No need to book. Saturday 20 May

Tyler’s Willowfest

At Willow Brook Farm Sunday 28 May

A Beginner’s Guide to John Clare

There will be an illustrated talk “A Portrait of John Clare” in St Botolph’s Church, Helpston from 2.00 p.m. until 4.15 p.m. with a break for tea and cake. If you would like to know more about John Clare, our local poet, do come along. Tickets are £5.00 to include tea. Perhaps you would like to have Sunday lunch beforehand at the Bluebell, Helpston (where Clare once worked) and a pint of John Clare ale to end the afternoon? For tickets please send a cheque made payable to the John Clare Society to Sue Holgate, 9 The Chase, Ely, Cambs CB6 3DR. Please include a stamped selfaddressed envelope if you wish the tickets to be sent to you, or you can collect them at the door. To book lunch please telephone the Bluebell 01733 252394 For further information please contact Sue on 01353 668438, e-mail or Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer for the Society, or phone 01400 282409

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD ... Sunday 17 September

Party in the Park

Northborough Community Association will be having a Party in the Park to celebrate our lovely village. Further details will be given nearer the time.

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Mark Williams decides to give himself a break from blanking, and catch more obliging fish ...

tight lines by Mark Williams


’m sure I’m no different from other married men in having to battle wives and conscience for a weekend day’s fishing. Weekends are for families, and unless you’re fortunate enough to have an entire fishing family, the risk of icy stares on your return is everpresent. So I’m rather glad I am self-employed, and can fish the occasional weekday, when the banks are deserted and my conscience is clear – as long as I substitute some working time in the evening. A Monday is often a good option, particularly when a Sunday match precedes it. Head for the same stretch fished the previous day, and there’s every chance that the fish which were attracted by the bait thrown in are still there, and now feeling peckish. And it was a Monday when my Norfolk friend Andy and I paid the Nene a visit. The day dawned cold but with hope peeping between the slatey clouds, greening the banks at Sutton, where we had arrived carrying tackle, maggots and hope. We were set up in no time, with the kind of fishing gear I had not used for a while. Today we would fish for anything, large or small. Andy opted for a small swimfeeder, trapping maggots between plugs of groundbait in it, and fishing maggots on a size 16 hook. I hedged my bets, tackling up with a waggler float sufficiently hefty to cast to the barges on the far bank, but sneakily setting up a swimfeeder rig too... On the first cast, the float dipped, I struck, the rod tip nodded, and a small dace came unwillingly to the bank.

I glanced at Andy to see he, too, was playing a small fish. And that was what happened all day, with a succession of roach and dace coming to us, along with one solitary perch for Andy. Peterborough club bailiff Mark Smith had hinted we could get a chub or two, but none materialised despite some tactical switches by both of us. Instead, the 4oz roach kept coming, with occasion 15-minute lulls which we guessed could be caused by marauding pike spoiling their appetite. As we fished, we watched the lives of the river people on the barges, mending engines, chopping logs and generally looking very busy, rather spoiling the naïve and idyllic notion I had of narrowboat residents lounging around with little to do. It was a cracking day. The sun warmed our necks a little as we sat there, trying to build the kind of rhythm match fishermen develop – cast out, feed a little bait, strike a bite, play a fish, and feed a few more maggots before repeating the sequence. I’d once been much better at it, but it didn’t matter. The fish obliged all day until the sun dipped, a chill wind blew and the fieldfares left the pastures with their bleak ‘chacking’ calls, heading for roost in the tall ash trees. As we shuffled back to the car in the dusk, I reflected on all those fishless days last summer chasing monsters, and remembered that fishing is about catching, too, and sometimes, like a McDonald’s burger, you can’t beat a quick, easy ‘fix.’

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As we fished, we watched the lives of the river people on the barges, mending engines, chopping logs and generally looking very busy, rather spoiling the naĂŻve and idyllic notion I had of narrowboat residents lounging around with little to do.

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Photo © Stuart and Fiona Jackson


Dear Editor, My son, William, has written a poem having been inspired by cycling past Bainton church and seeing WW1 grave there. I think it is rather touching and he has agreed that I should offer it to the Village Tribune should they be interested. He would very much prefer however it to be anonymous if used. He is copied in to this email and has given his permission to submit it. He and I visited the actual grave some days later. The actual soldier was Private A W Hayes, Northamptonshire Regiment who died on 24 November 2018 aged 26. The motto on the base of the headstone says, “Peace Perfect Peace”. Presumably he came home and died locally for him to be interred here rather than in France. He was older than the one William imagined, but I don’t think his poem is reduced as it captures the truth of many other younger boys, hardly even men from round here very poignantly. Might be better to put in an edition nearer November when it will be the centenary of the death of the soldier. Judging by the date, it was probably the latter stages of the Somme campaign. Will Thompson


A headstone lies in Bainton churchyard, Built newly white above an older tom b, Where a body lies below the turf, Brought back from France a hundred years ago. The lettering record s a life cut short, Childless, unmarri ed and chaste. No flowers adorn the grave; it lies ba re And white in accus atory beauty. None live now wh o loved or grieved him, In the village no tra ce of kin remains; No one to remembe r him boyishly Fishing at the gravel pits, running wild Across the fields wi th a forgotten girl, Learning to tool a spoke. He lies, all but Nameless, with ne w white stone abov e his head, Waiting somewhe re, to be called in to tea.


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Re-construction of the Car Dyke, 120AD (© Hilary Coulthard)

P.A.S.T. Times in P As you know, Peakirk Archaeology Survey Team [P.A.S.T.] have been active at various locations in Peakirk since 2013. Last year’s main project was to conduct a geophysical survey on the village green with the objective of plotting the exact route of the Car Dyke through this part of the settlement. Of course, it could not have done without the support of the Parish Council and when one of our members, Bob Randall, suggested erecting a Visitors’ Interpretation Board, we were delighted when the Councillors generously offered to fund it. We contacted artist, Hilary Coulthard, who from our rough sketches produced a wonderful conjectural drawing of how Peakirk may have looked in 120AD. Meanwhile, Bob superimposed the Car Dyke’s course onto the 1900 Ordnance Survey map and Avril researched the history of the Car Dyke and, crucially, how the Peakirk section fits into the bigger picture. We broached the subject by answering the most-frequently asked questions that we encountered from members of the public during our activities on the green. Finally, we ran the prototype of the Board’s text and lay-out past expert, Professor Stephen Upex, to ensure that we hadn’t made any bloomers that would come back to haunt us. We understand that the Board will be installed in spring but we thought that you may enjoy a little preview of what we have written about Peakirk’s Roman past.


The Car Dyke at Thurlby, Lincolnshire



 What was the Car Dyke? The Car Dyke is an artificial watercourse which follows the 6m [19.5’] contour between the fens and gravel uplands for 92km [57 miles], from the River Nene at Peterborough to the River Witham near Lincoln. It is still visible intermittently as a depression and/or earthworks from the Peterborough suburb of Newark, through Eye, Werrington, Peakirk and Northborough before crossing the Welland into Lincolnshire. It is thought to have been excavated during the Roman occupation of Britain (43-410AD), probably by the indigenous workforce. Its exact date and function are open to speculation. We have no idea what the Romans called the Car Dyke because it was not documented until 1075 (as the Caredik). The name may be derived from the OldBritish word ‘carr’ meaning ‘fen’. Alternatively, it could refer to a ditch or dike associated with an AngloScandinavian individual called Kárr. It appears that parts of the Car Dyke were dredged regularly to prevent flooding, whilst the Peakirk section was allowed to silt up despite the extensive fen-reclamation schemes of the seventeenth century.  What was it used for? The significance of the Car Dyke as an ‘ancient monument’

was first recognised in 1712 by Northamptonshire clergyman, John Morton, who conjectured that it originally served as both a catchwater drain and a canal. Fellow-antiquarian Reverend William Stukeley, writing in the 1740s, added that it was used for the transportation of cereals to the Roman legions stationed at York. He also mused that there was a fort at Walderam Hall [Northborough parish] ‘to guard the boats of the Carsdike’. However, there is no evidence of a military presence in the area. Besides, although the Car Dyke was navigable by small craft, it would have been virtually impossible for bulky grain-barges to negotiate the right-angled bends at Peakirk. More recently, Brian Simmons, Paul Cope-Faulkner and Professor Stephen Upex have proposed that the Car Dyke may have marked the boundary between a vast Roman Imperial estate (with its headquarters at Castor) and the former territory of Queen Boudicca and her Iceni Tribe. If so, this would suggest that the watercourse possibly was created as early as c.60AD. The Car Dyke certainly marked the limits of peasants’ holdings in Peakirk throughout the medieval period, whilst the ‘Inclosure Map’ of 1819 shows that it formed the rear boundaries of the

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By Greg Prior

cottages that once stood on the western edge of the present village green.  What can archaeology tell us about the Car Dyke at Peakirk? Ordnance Survey Maps from 1824 onwards describe the Car Dyke as following a straight north-south course across the village green before turning sharply westwards through a 90˚ angle opposite Peakirk Hermitage. Conversely, excavations supervised by Rachel Hall in 2002, led her to conclude that it completely avoided the green, instead running alongside the Deeping Road before veering westwards at The Hermitage. In order to determine the Car Dyke’s true route through the village, in 2016, P.A.S.T. conducted a resistivity survey led by Bob Randall assisted by Greg Prior, Jon Clynch and Avril Lumley Prior. The results showed an anomaly, approximately 12m wide initially following the OS route across the green, then turning to the north-west, where we can safely assume that it links up with the depression (already identified as the Car Dyke on the OS Maps) in the field to the north of Chestnut Close. The survey was followed up with a pseudo- or cross-section of the feature, which confirmed the presence of an ancient watercourse that was filled in deliberately at an unknown date. 27



Flints used to smash the rear patio door glass. Jewellery box stolen. House has an alarm which activated.


15/12/16 -.Concrete garden ornament used in an attempt to smash the glass in the front door of the address. Entry not gained. Of note house has an alarm but did not activate as entry not gained.


15/12/16 - Patio door smashed in order to gain entry. Tidy search of bedrooms, small amount of cash and a purse stolen.


18/12/16 – Overnight whilst the victim was at home asleep. Entry gained by hole bored in window. Various items and keys stolen. Occupant disturbed offenders, who made off on foot.


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HERITAGE  Reconstruction of Castor prætorium (Stephen Upex, 2008)


Living wit with the past IN ANGLO-SAXON TRIBLAND

by Dr Avril Lumley Prior ‘Wondrously ornate Is the stone of this wall, shattered by fate; The precincts of the city have crumbled And the works of giants are rotting away.’

Undoubtedly, the AngloSaxon economic migrants who arrived shortly afterwards must have been totally overawed by the substantial remains of Roman-built structures like the pharos [lighthouse] at Dover, Hadrian’s Wall and the late thirdcentury shore-forts at Lympne ne of my favourite Old[Kent], Pevensey [East Sussex], English poems is ‘The Ruin’ of indeterminable date, which Porchester [Hampshire], Bradwellon-Sea [Essex] and Brancaster is copied into the mid eleventh[Norfolk], which had been built century manuscript, The Exeter to discourage the Angle, Saxon Book. It describes a desolate and Jute pirates from invading scene of tumble-down towers, bath-houses and ramparts. Some in the first place. Meanwhile, Tribland pioneers would have literary critics suggest that the been equally impressed by Anglo-Saxon author was writing about the Roman spa town of Aqua the decaying Romano-British town of Durobrivæ and the Sulis, now known as Bath. Others propose that he/she was lamenting colossal prætorium [government the futility of raising earthly palaces headquarters building] across the River Nene at Castor, which instead of concentrating upon may also have been perceived getting into Heaven through piety as the works of giants. Perhaps, and good deeds. Whatever the attracted by its location and sentiment, the poet seemingly drew inspiration from the buildings association with Roman authority, that the Romans had left behind a group of settlers moved into the when they evacuated their military derelict prætorium’s courtyard, erecting timber shacks because and administrative personnel from the province of Britannia, c.410AD. they did not have the skills to


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build in stone. From this vantage point, they would have beheld a panorama of villas, farmsteads and field-systems, roads and trackways, an abandoned industrial estate and massive monuments raised millennia before the Romans ever set foot in the area, c.45AD.

Roman lighthouse at Dover Castle

Farmsteads and field-systems Whilst the Mercian princess, Kyneburgha, founded her convent on the ‘brown-field’ prætorium site in c.664AD, most fifthcentury Anglo-Saxon incomers >> 29

 HERITAGE came from agricultural rather than aristocratic backgrounds. So, it is feasible that they took over the scattered farmsteads and villa sites vacated by those tenants who had left Britain to remain under the umbrella of the rapidlyshrinking Roman Empire. Yet, the fields that they began to cultivate pre-dated the Roman regime. Pottery scatters from the IronAge (c.650BC-c.45AD) and aerial photographs show that out of the 99 fields surveyed in the Nene and Welland Valleys (including Maxey), most appear to have been small and rectangular. Research by Sylvia Hallam, in South Lincolnshire, and Dr Susan Oosthuizen in the Bourn Valley of Cambridgeshire, have yielded comparative results, revealing enclosures stretching in ladder-like formations from

with each main thoroughfare laid on solid foundations, paved with limestone from the Barnack quarries and flanked by drainage ditches. Not surprisingly, many Roman roads were still in use during the medieval period, turnpiked during the seventeenth-century and some have since been integrated into our modern network. Like the Roman Car Dyke estateboundary-cum-catchwater, these highways were probably constructed by forced labour. Nevertheless, to Anglo-Saxon newcomers they must have appeared to have been a gigantic undertaking, which they exploited first for communications and, by the tenth-century, as parish boundaries. Tribland was served by three major ‘trunk roads’, now known as Ermine Street, King Street and the Fen Road, as well as by numerous minor routes. Ermine Street connected London with Lincoln and York, originally via Durobrivæ, continuing over the Nene, across Normangate Field [Ailsworth] with its ironworkings and potteries Herman Moll’s 1724 Map to Sutton Crossways. Thence, showing Ermine Street, its old it travelled north-westwards, route (40 footway) and King Street (Long Ditch) forming Barnack’s boundary with its hamlets of Southorpe and Walcot before bisecting Burghley the valley floors to the uplands. Park to cross the River Welland Although there are gaps in the areas studied in Tribland, it is highly at Stamford. However, after likely that similar farming methods the decline of the NormangateField industries, the old Nene were practised across our region crossing at Durobrivæ fell out of and continued to be practised throughout the Roman occupation use. Consequently, by the late tenth century, Ermine Street had and well into the Anglo-Saxon been re-routed over ‘Walmesford’ era. Indeed, it was from these prehistoric enclosures that the vast, [Wansford], setting the course for the Great North Road and early-medieval open or common ultimately (with slight deviations) fields were carved only to be the present A1. enclosed again in the nineteenth Intriguingly, our earliest century. reference to Ermine Street appears as a boundary in a 957AD charter for Conington The first Anglo-Saxon settlers inherited an excellent road system, [Huntingdonshire] as Earninga

Roads and Trackways


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Stræte. In contrast, the redundant Ailsworth to Stamford section is described on Herman Moll’s 1760 ‘Map of Northamptonshire’ as ‘40 foot way’. It can still be traced in the landscape, aerial photographs and on Ordnance Survey Maps and may be walked for much of its length. King Street was a branch of Ermine Street and a ‘relief road’ between Normangate Field [Ailsworth] and Lincoln. By 948AD, it formed the boundaries between Upton and Ailsworth and Helpston’s with Ufford and Bainton, before spanning the Welland at Lolham into West Deeping. The name, King Street, is relatively recent and today applies only to the section north of the pre-historic Marholm to Stamford ‘ridge-road’ as far as Kate’s Bridge [Lincolnshire]. For centuries, the Northamptonshire stretch was known as the Long Ditch or Langdyke Way, referring to the Nassaburgh Hundred Court which met at the Langdyke Bush, in Ailsworth parish, next to its contiguous boundary with Helpston, Ufford and Upton – but more about that later. Rescue archaeology, during the installation of the Peterborough to Lutton gas pipeline in 1998, led to the conclusion that the Normangate Field stretch of the road had fallen into disuse by the late-sixth century. The discovery of three skeletons lying alongside it in a north-south direction suggests that this part had been enveloped in a pagan cemetery by then. The remainder of the southern section almost as far as the Langdyke Bush has been lost to ploughlands and grazing. It has been superseded by a meandering route re-named the Langley Bush Road, in honour of John Clare, the Helpston poet who wrote about the meetingmound with its ‘withering’ hawthorn tree, which supplanted the ‘common thorn’ cited in the 948 Ailsworth charter. The Fen Road, Tribland’s third important Roman route, began in

HERITAGE  the Midlands and can be traced intermittently from King’s Cliffe to Castor, across Milton Golfcourse after which it disappears. It re-emerges at Fengate on the eastern edge of Peterborough, where it was once a causeway linking the islands of Whittlesey, Eastrea and March, thence to Smallborough, in Norfolk.

Digital reconstruction of Normanton Down Barrow, Wiltshire

road improvement schemes at Barnack, Maxey and Etton and through aerial photography and Google Earth at Peakirk and in Of course, not all the manNormangate Field, Castor. These made changes to the landscape were the ‘stragglers’ of a vast that the Anglo-Saxon arrivals ‘barrow cemetery’ reaching from encountered were of RomanoDeeping St Nicholas to Borough British origin. Archaeological Fen. There were other groups finds and topographical features of outliers at Thorney, Crowland, indicate that the Lower Nene and Flag Fen and Whittlesey, where Welland Valleys were colonised we may presume that the and deforested during the residents’ kinfolk were living in Neolithic or New Stone Age style in the stilted houses at Must roughly 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, when nomadic peoples ceased to Farm, dubbed “Peterborough’s Pompeii’. be hunter/gatherers in favour of The earliest Anglo-Saxons growing crops and rearing animals. In Wiltshire, they were responsible incomers recognised the significance of Bronze-Age for Stonehenge, Avebury and barrows because they had them Silbury Hill and, in Dorset, The Maumbury Rings, which were later in their Germanic homelands too. Whilst it was once thought pressed into service as a Roman amphitheatre and a Civil-War fort. that they shunned such tumuli lest they should disturb the It is highly likely that there were ghosts that dwelt within, nearscaled-down versions of these henges in our region too, surviving contemporary writings and recent archaeological developments tell well into the Anglo-Saxon period. us otherwise. It now transpires We know that Neolithic folk dug that our earliest Anglo-Saxons cursuses [long, narrow banked were using barrows for secondary and ditched ‘ritual’ enclosures] burials and for interring cinerary at Barnack and Maxey, requiring urns containing cremated monumental man-power and an remains. Thus, it seems that they immense amount of time. were claiming the barrows as titleYet, it was not until the Bronze Age (c.2000-c.650BC) that the pre- deeds to their newly-acquired land and the incumbents as their historic Triblanders really began ‘adopted’ ancestors. to leave a lasting impact on the Furthermore, by the sixthcountryside, mainly in the shape century, the Anglo-Saxons were of burial-mounds called round barrows. Although countless must building their own barrows and, have been lost to plough-damage like the Bronze Age folk before them, leaving grave-goods for the or looted by eighteenth- and deceased to use in the Afterlife, nineteenth-century ‘antiquarians’, depending on their earthly several barrow-burials with grave social-standing. Obviously, the goods (including beakers, a hoi polio could only expect to be bronze dagger, beads and antler, interred with perhaps a simple stone and flint implements) have spear or axe-head (the tools been discovered over the last of his trade) or a cooking-pot, half-century during quarrying and

Massive Monuments:

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Barrow-burial, Hasting Hill, Sunderland (Heritage England). (City of Sunderland Museum) shears and beads for a female burial. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the vast wealth of Suffolk’s sumptuous Sutton Hoo ship-burial, understood to have contained the body of King Rædwald of the East Angles (died c.625); and that of so-called ‘Prittlewell Prince’ in his little ‘house-ofeternity’ within a purpose-built round barrow, near Southend [Essex]. These well-heeled individuals took their helmets, swords, shields, imported, gold jewellery, coins, glass vessels and copper-alloy ‘hangingbowls’ with them into the next world. Intriguingly, one such ‘hanging bowl’ was unearthed at Ailsworth during the construction of the Castor-by-pass, in 1990, and is now displayed in Peterborough Museum. Therefore, throughout the Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon eras, barrows must have been familiar landmarks. They may have been employed as waymarkers by St Guthlac‘s boatman, Tatwine, to ferry him to his island retreat at Crowland, c.699AD. His eighth-century biographer, Felix, reveals that Guthlac actually set up home in a barrow, leaving us to wonder whether he either perceived it as just a convenient shelter or that he was cocking a snoot at superstition. Poignantly, Felix adds that Guthlac was plagued by demons for his pains. Were his tormentors aggrieved pagans protesting over his desecration of their forefather’s hallowed tomb? Or was Guthlac (as is generally accepted), merely hallucinating through malaria, malnutrition and too many poppy-seeds in his diet? >> 31

 HERITAGE Guthlac’s sister, Pega, must have used the barrow-field to navigate her way down the Welland and Folly Rivers from Crowland to the place that would later become Peakirk. She could even have followed suit by selecting a burial-mound for her abode, traditionally the site of present thirteenthcentury Hermitage chapel which occupies a suspiciously-circular

supreme, sanctioning charters, announcing their decrees, trying criminals and meting out justice, including sentencing offenders to die on the gallows that stood at the Ailsworth/Upton/Helpston/ Bainton cross-roads. Their powers ended abruptly when Peterborough Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII, in 1539. After the foundation of Peterborough Cathedral, in 1541, the newly-appointed bishop (and final abbot) took control of Hanging bowl, the Nassaburgh Hundred, now c.625AD reformed and repackaged as The (British Soke of Peterborough. The Bishops Museum) continued to hold sway until 1576, knoll, rising nine metres above when Elizabeth I transferred the the fens and thereby secure ‘liberty’ to her favourite, Lord from flooding. It certainly William Cecil of Burghley (later the would not be that unusual for Marquis of Exeter). Preferring his Christians to commandeer a creature comforts, Cecil relocated pagan ‘sacred’ site. In 1981, the Court to one of his houses Professor W. G. Hoskins argued in Helpston (where the Exeter rather convincingly that St Peter’s Arms now stands). In 1888, The Church, Maxey, was perched ‘on Soke became an administrative what was already a great burial county but in 1965 merged with mound’ (and I suspect that West Huntingdonshire to become the Deeping and Tallington churches County of Peterborough and are too). Known examples of Huntingdonshire, which in 1974, Christian places-of-worship was absorbed into Cambridgeshire. purposely planted on BronzeIn 1998, the area covered by the Age barrows can be found former Soke (once ruled by the at Moreton [Dorset], Fimber [Yorkshire] and Edlesborough [Buckinghamshire], a corruption of the ‘Eadwulf’s borough’, where the mortal remains of a pagan Anglo-Saxon chieftain reputedly were interred within the mound of his appropriated Bronze-Age ‘antecedent’. By the tenth-century (if not earlier), the open-air Nassaburgh Hundred Court was convening at the Langdyke Bush (known by c.972 as ‘æt Dicon’ [‘at the Dykes’]) on what is believed to be

Maxey Church: Built on a BronzeAge barrow? yet another of these ubiquitous Bronze-Age barrows. There, as lords-of-the-manor, successive abbots of Peterborough reigned 32

Barnack church tower, c.975: ‘The Work of Giants?’ lords-of-the-manor) became a unitary authority governed by Peterborough City Council. And so, a tradition established by the Anglo-Saxons has turned almost full-circle.

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What goes around comes around . . . As we have seen, the AngloSaxons integrated, adopted and adapted but refused to make do and mend for long. Instead, they expanded their own ideas and eventually embarked upon their own ambitious projects. During the late seventh-century, as Christian converts, they reopened the Barnack quarries and mastered the basics of stone-masonry and, by the ninth, they were producing exquisite carvings to adorn their churches at Peterborough, Barnack and Castor. By c.1000AD, they had replaced all three buildings in grandiose style, recycling Roman materials (including columns and pottery tiles from the Castor prætorium) and, in 1014/15, Peakirk church was rebuilt in stone. In the meantime, they excavated the Catswater Drain, an artificial watercourse connecting the Nene with the Welland and re-designed the countryside into planned nucleated settlements surrounded by vast commonfields. Like the construction of Bronze-Age barrows, Roman roads, prætoria and bath-houses, these undertakings would have taken a huge amount of organisation and the commitment and co-operation of the whole community. So, we can only imagine that should a band of fifthcentury Anglo-Saxon newcomers find themselves miraculously transported into this busy, early eleventh-century landscape, they surely would have regarded their descendants’ feats as the ‘Works of Giants’.  The author would like to thank Professor Stephen Upex for permission to use his reconstruction of Castor prætorium, first published in his The Romans in the East of England, in 2008.

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Many times at Chez Pierre I have been asked to create our very well regarded Cassoulet for friends and guests to enjoy, but most often at the cold weather time where we are now.

from the kitchen of

Chez Pierre Cassoulet de Toulouse Our classic, unpretentious Toulouse Cassoulet is truly a feasting for the eyes, nose and tastebuds, as slowcooked meats combine with red wine, tomatoes and beans; with the promise of a large plate of authentic classic French country food with smashing potatoes and a glass or three of a sumptuous burgundy red. You, dear readers, may also cook and enjoy this one-pot king of peasant dishes from my country by my recipe here. It’s easy to cook and will leave a very lasting impression on your guests but not your bank account. I normally use duck but sometimes, and for this occasion for you, I have to choose chicken; and it will take about 8 hours to cook in your slow cooker on the low setting for economy. In Toulouse many years ago was my first experience of a rich, slow-cooked Cassoulet and slow cooking generally. Every housewife really should have a slow cooker; they are very cheap to buy and can be used often to enjoy the cheapest, but almost always most flavoursome, cuts of meat.

Ingredients For four hungry guests (and some left to spare) take 8 goodsized chicken thighs (skin on but trimmed of excess), 6 large pork belly slices (rind off) cut into 6 even-sized pieces each, I celery stick – chopped, 1 large onion - chopped, 3 garlic cloves – chopped, 2 tbsp plain flour, 1 can chopped tomatoes, a large glass of red wine, 150ml chicken stock, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 2 cans cannellini beans (rinsed), 125g (ish) chorizo – diced, 1 bouquet garni (available in supermarkets on the herbs section) 40g fresh breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to taste.

Bon chance, Pierre x

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1 In a frying pan fry the chicken  thighs in just a smidge of oil until browned outside (not cooked) and remove to a plate, add the pork, celery and onion to the pan and stir until lightly browned, not cooked – stirring in the garlic and flour. 2  Add the tomatoes, wine, stock,

sugar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper and heat through – stirring.

3 Add half the beans to the slow  cooker and arrange the chicken on them, add the chorizo and bouquet garni with the other beans half over that. Then pour in the pork and other ingredients from the pan.  4 Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over and then cover with the lid and cook on low for about 8hrs. This wonderful dish is cooked with simplicity and our passion for the ingredients, and served (sprinkling chopped fresh parsley on top) with either well buttered mashings potatoes, maybe a simple green salade with black olives and big sliced tomatoes or even just good French bread. Choose either a big round white or red wine from Burgundy depending on your taste, non? 35


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Max Gastro’s

Restaurant Review



was having a chat of late with a farmer friend of mine and the conversation drifted from wheat prices and subsidies, through what new car might eventually replace his hard-working Skoda, to remembering we’d eaten recently at the Thai on the Square in Market Deeping. After agreeing how good the food was I thereafter mentioned several of my favourite nose-bag destinations in Peterborough centre, to not a flicker of recognition; because he’d not been to the town centre for a couple of years. If, like my tractordriving chum, you’ve not been into Peterborough for a spot of lunch or supper recently you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The new restaurants’ offering in the heart of our City continues apace and one of the latest to grace our Cathedral Square area is a member of the well-established and highly regarded Côte chain of eateries – Côte Brasserie, opposite the lovely St John’s Church. Inspired by and loosely modelled on the brasseries of Paris, their idea is to promote relaxed all-day dining, from a very non-French full-English breakfast to Gallic style lunches and evening dinners; serving authentic French classics all through the day, made from great quality, fresh ingredients. Seemingly already making a big hit with discerning punters the respected Trip Advisor website

rates CB at number three in its ranking of 384 Peterborough places to eat, based upon diners’ feedback, and best in the City centre. No mean feat actually, given the calibre of what’s now available in Peterborough. Mrs G and I dropped in for their weekend £10.95 lunch deal and enjoyed a delicious ½ roasted chicken each with perfectly cooked fries and crunchy french beans, with a rich sauce. We appreciated the linen napkins, proper cutlery, white china and attentive service, the authentic wine selection and bistro décor – which is pleasantly authentic rather than faux-french kitsch. That said, I was minded to remember the late, great Gordon Kaye playing Rene and eagerly anticipated the mangled syntax of the fake French gendarme anytime. But alas, it wasn’t to be. On the menu we found their brasserie favourites such as Steak frites, Tuna Niçoise, Moules Marinières and Provençal, and a particular favourite - Galette Complète: a buckwheat galette with Béchamel and Gruyère cheese, ham and fried eggs, served with a salade verte and frites. All very authentic, particularly well prepared and offered during the week as their Lunch and Early Evening Menu MONDAY TO FRIDAY 12 NOON TO 7PM Two Courses £10.95 / Three Courses £12.95. I do recommend this restaurant. It’s just, well, nice.

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Exploring the

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NENE PARK With spring and summer on the way, what better way to experience the great outdoors than to get out and discover Ferry Meadows Country Park? At the heart of Nene Park in Peterborough, Ferry Meadows gives you the space to relax and experience nature with everything from woodland walks to activities on the lake. Nene Park is also home to Orton Mere and Thorpe Meadows, both of which have some wonderful walks and link the Parks together.

Nicola Dudhill, Nene Park Trust Information and Communications Officer


hether you’re into cycling, fishing, walking, jogging, flying a kite, horse riding, riding on the Ferry meadows miniature train or relaxing – Ferry Meadows is the place to go. When in need of refreshment, stop off at one the cafés or enjoy a picnic or a barbeque in a beautiful setting. The team at Nene Outdoors can be found 38

at Lakeside and are ready to welcome you to Gunwade Lake and a whole host of watersports activities. There’s everything from swan pedalos and kayaking to sailing and windsurfing. There is a full events programme which runs throughout the year and the Park regularly hosts a wide range of events, which are

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available to book online. The Park has been designed to be accessible for everyone. Mobility scooters are available on free loan from the Visitor Centre and the paths around the central area are hard surfaced and reasonably level. In the Visitor Centre, you will find our helpful staff who are on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as a

range of products for sale that make perfect gifts for friends and family. Sadly, the Park has recently been subject to a number of vandalism attacks. This began before Christmas, where a series of racist graffiti covered signs, a play area and Milton

damaged a play area used by young children and families. There has also been a further attack at Thorpe Meadows near the rowing lake, where benches were sawn and an attempt to cut down signposts was made. Nene Park Trust who manages the Park have been

Ferry bridge. Since then, the Park faced more challenges at the beginning of February, where the person or people who entered Ferry Meadows used saws to destroy memorial benches, fences, trees and safety equipment. They also

overwhelmed by the support of the local community. They have been inundated with donations from individuals, clubs, schools and other organisations who have donated equipment, time and expertise. A JustGiving page has been set up to help

raise money for the cost of repairs following the vandalism. A very generous reward that has been made up of donations is also available for anyone who provides information that leads to a successful conviction. If you have any information to pass on, please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or the Police on 101. The Trust would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has helped and supported through donations, they are incredibly grateful for the level of support received. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of repairs, you can either make it online at www. or pop into the Visitor Centre or Nene Outdoors in the Park. Despite this, the Park is still as beautiful as ever and staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Park over the coming months.

There are plenty of exciting events on the way, many of which are mentioned in this month’s Tribune Diary, and all of which can be found and also booked online through

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YOUR FINANC£S by Mark Chiva & Kat Chiva, Independent Mortgage and Protection Adviser & Independent Financial Planner


Property owners in the post referendum era 2016 was certainly a year of changes. Introduction of 3% raise in stamp duty in April 2016 on second homes and buy-to-let purchases was greeted with concern by landlords, investors and industry specialists. The post-Brexit property market caused a number of property funds, including Standard Life, Aviva and L&G to cease trading in order to ward off redemption requests amounting to £5bn according to some estimates. Whilst many expressed their disappointment with the outcome of June’s referendum, some viewed and exit from the EU as a means of curbing the increasing regulation of the property market, the lending market in particular, which started in 2014 with Mortgage Market Review.

What does it mean for the housing market? The property market remained surprisingly resilient following the vote to leave the EU. This was partly fuelled by a further rate cut by the bank of England in the summer, but predominantly by the ongoing and severe shortage of housing. According to figures published by Halifax, house process in December 2016 grew at their faster monthly rate since March. But in the same publication the Halifax housing economist explained that predicted slower economic growth, coupled with pressure on employment and spending power was expected to reduce housing demand. He warned that house price growth may slow down by the end of 2017.

What does it mean for property owners?

Uncertainty in the economy has left many borrowers keen to obtain some sort of security when it comes to their mortgage. With the bank of England’s governor’s vague prediction that “rates could go either way” consumers have little to go on whether deciding to fix their mortgage. However, fixed

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Spring has sprung


he other day someone said to me, ‘You are so lucky…you have a beautiful garden.’ I thanked her of course, but I really wanted to say, ‘Luck has very little to do with it. A beautiful garden does not happen by pure chance. It takes a bit of work and planning.’ As the spring equinox looms, the trees blossom and daffodils bloom. The garden is waking up from its winter sleep and is full of promise. I am excited to be outside in it but I’m aware for nongardeners it can seem daunting when everything (including the weeds) starts growing at once! So where to begin? There are three fairly simple tasks which will get you off to a flying start. Pruning is the first task. It’s time to hard prune late-flowering shrubs like Buddleia, Leycesteria and Lavateria, but only if the risk of hard frost is past. Spring flowering plants such as Forsythia and Winter Honeysuckle should be pruned

immediately the flowers fade. If you haven’t already pruned your bush roses, now is the time. Leave about an inch of last year’s growth to encourage bushiness and lots of flowers. Shrub roses don’t need such radical treatment but would benefit from losing a third of their old, thick, woody stems. Then a bit of lifting is required. Lift congested clumps of snowdrops while they still have leaves showing. Finally, stay on top of the weeds from the outset. If you leave them, weeding quickly becomes an insurmountable chore. But of course gardening is about planting things and one of the best things to plant now is lilies. If you have a bit of a slug problem like I do grow them in pots. Pots also have the advantage of protecting the bulbs. I hate slicing through them accidentally when hoeing. And pots mean you can grow them even if you only have a balcony.

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By Rachael Leverton

There are loads of varieties to choose from. Three bulbs fit nicely into an 8inch / 20cm pot and five fit into a ten inch / 25cm pot. I’ve found terracotta pots best because lilies are tall and terracotta provides enough weight to prevent them tipping over. Lilies need a well-drained open planting mixture so I use a mixture of potting compost plus a soil-less multi-purpose compost. The bulb tips should be a couple of inches below the compost. Keep in a sheltered spot and water when the surface of the compost looks dry. Once the buds have formed, feed weekly with dilute tomato food until late summer. When the blooms fade, cut the stems down and place in a sheltered spot. Each spring, scrape away a couple of inches of compost and add fresh mixture, then repeat the instructions above. Treated like this your lilies will reward you for three or four years before they need re-potting.



 Glinton news

Tribland Councillors meet the Police Commissioner Invited to a recent executive officers meeting of the North West Cambs Conservative Association, the newly-appointed Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite was asked in no uncertain terms to put a great deal of emphasis on the need for an effective rural police presence at all times. Glinton and Castor ward councillors Peter Hiller and John Holdich explained to Jason in detail about the issues we face in our rural communities and, whilst appreciating we do live in generally low level crime areas, just how significant the impact of sporadic anti-social behaviour, car crime, speeding, burglary and fly-tipping is on our Tribland residents, especially the elderly. Reassuringly, Jason’s appointed deputy is Peterboroughbased Conservative City councillor Andy Coles, a former Metropolitan police officer with many years experience, with whom both Peter and John have had regular meetings since he took office last May. Peter told the Tribune: “We’re very appreciative of Jason taking the time to attend one of our regular Association meetings and for listening to our concerns. We spoke with him at length about his role across Cambridgeshire and the actions he has already implemented

and he’s promised to look at the whole issue of rural crime, the patterns of offending, repeat offenders and what might be a better, more effective way of tackling them. He has instructed Andy to keep him informed of crime trends in our villages


“Hello my friend, what’s up with you then?” said the vicar to an old, shabbily-dressed man who was sitting on a seat by the village pond, trying to catch something. The man replied, “I’m fed up.” The vicar said, “Come and join me for a drink.” As they were sitting at the bar in the local pub the vicar asked the man, “How many have you caught today?” He replied, “You’re the seventh.”


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and liaise with our designated PCSO’s, ward councillors, parish councils and community groups” PCC Jason Ablewhite is pictured with NWCCA Executive members Cllr’s Chris Harper and Peter Hiller, and Mr Michael Perkins of Ashton.

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 Northborough News

Funding Award for Hall Extension


he Tribune is very pleased indeed to inform interested readers that after a very involved process of application the Rural Peterborough and Rutland LEADER Programme for grant funding has awarded Northborough Community association £30,000 towards their planned village hall extension. Association lead co-ordinator Jessie Phillips was over the moon when the news was given just before Christmas, saying “This is fantastic news for us. The village hall is a well-used community resource, but we have struggled for space. The extension will allow us to expand and support village activities on a much larger scale moving our facilities to the 21st century.” Delivered by Opportunity Peterborough, the City Council’s economic development company, the Rural Peterborough and Rutland LEADER programme has £1.32 million of funding available for local projects that develop the economies of the rural Peterborough and

Rutland areas. Rural businesses and community groups are encouraged to apply for LEADER funding to help progress an idea or project to grow their business further. The funding is available for projects to increase farm productivity, support micro and small businesses and farm diversification, boost rural tourism, provide rural services, provide cultural and heritage activity and increase forestry production. A Local Area Action Group comprising 19 members from the public and private sectors initially examine and approve the projects for funding. Glinton and Castor ward councillors Peter Hiller and John Holdich, both Directors of Opportunity Peterborough (OP), who is the Accountable Body for the LEADER Programme, said: “We’re delighted the OP team is delivering this EU/ UK-DEFRA programme with a great range of partners. The programme will help drive further growth in our rural businesses and communities and support

emerging companies to develop their ideas. This first of the two grants awarded so far is a very worthwhile project, creating jobs and supporting the local economy. With the help of OP Jessie Phillips, Linda Smith and Phil Thompson have worked tirelessly through the quite complex and very involved application and quotation process to secure this funding for the hall extension, and both John and I are so glad they’ve been successful”

“We would actively encourage any local rural business or community with a great idea or project to come and talk to the OP team. The funding is available and our OP staff will support applicants throughout the process.”

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Sheepish Quiz The Jolly Duffers Fifteen Teams took part in St Andrew’s ‘Sheepish Quiz’ at Northborough Village Hall. It was great fun, but competition was fierce and the winning team were ‘The Jolly Duffers’ from Bainton. Thanks go to Peter Kemp for a brilliant Quiz and many thanks to all those who contributed food , raffle prizes and help on the evening. We made £355-00 for Church Funds, so thanks, too, to all who came and made it a success - see you next year! 48

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 Ufford News Ufford Village Social Committee 1. Christmas Events The Christmas events were a great success and brought lots of festive cheer to Ufford village. In addition we raised some much needed funds for the village hall. The Children’s Christmas party was well attended with 30 Children enjoying the disco and a visit from Santa. This raised just over £50. A trailer full of carol singers braved the chilly wind to sing some Christmas spirit into the village. These hardy souls managed to raise £140 in donations. Finally St Andrews Church was packed for the annual Ufford Carol Service. Many of the village children took part and really

brought the event to life (as well as providing some straw-related mischief). This lovely event was organised by Sally Hudson and we thank her for all her hard work. The service raised around £225 in donations, shared equally between the Village Hall and the Churches Conservation Trust. These funds raised have allowed the committee to make much needed repairs to the fire door.  2. St Patrick’s Day Quiz Friday 17 March, 7.30 for 8pm start.- come and join us for a special St Patrick’s Day themed quiz, in Ufford village hall. Teams of 6, tickets are £10 per head, which includes fish and chips. There will also be a raffle.  Please

 Peakirk News Sunday Brunch in Peakirk

An excellent breakfast was enjoyed at Peakirk’s famous brunch on Sunday 5th Feb by early and late comers alike. Our twice-yearly brunch is a great family occasion; a chance to relax over a leisurely full English or continental breakfast, to see old friends and acquaintances, and to meet new ones. We look forward to seeing you at the next one later this year - so look out for the date in the Tribune.

purchase tickets in advance from Emma 01780 435 007. 3. Save the Date - Ufford Village Gala Day The Ufford Village Hall and Social Committee is planning a summer gala day on Saturday 10th June 2017. Please save the date! More details to follow.  4. Village Hall AGM Public Invitation. The Ufford Village Hall and Social Committee is having its AGM in the village hall on Tuesday 28th February at 8pm. All are welcome - come and have a say in future social events you would like to see in the village. New committee members are also welcome.

Oh, Spring is surely coming, Her couriers fill the air; Each morn are new arrivals, Each night her ways prepare; I scent her fragrant garments, Her foot is on the stair. ~John Burroughs, “A March Glee”

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“Crikey Bob! ” A VILLAGE


“Crikey Bob!” my father said when we told him that we were buying a house at Ufford costing £5,000. He really did understand because he had made the same decision in 1924 when he moved from inner city Manchester into the Cheshire countryside. We too wanted our children to grow up in a village. Frieda Gosling


t was 1963 and we sold out little suburban semi in Swindon and moved in. Ufford exceeded expectations. With its church on the hill and all its limestone cottages and pretty gardens it was picturesque. The ducks waddled down the middle of the road to the pond, even the bus waited for them. Hedgehogs were frequent visitors, we were wakened every summer morning by the dawn chorus and the bats darted to and fro in the evenings. We soon discovered where to look for the bluebells, primroses and cowslips


and later in the year picked our own blackberries and mushrooms. That first summer I was invited by Nick Vergette`s grandmother to a meeting to plan the annual garden fete and was chosen to assist on the Fancy Goods` stall. This involved knocking on doors asking for any unwanted Christmas presents, jewellery and so on. I was advised to wear and hat and gloves and the children dressed up as Daleks and off we went to the fete in the Ufford Hall garden. For years we raised money to pay for a village hall. There

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were frequent jumble sales, timed to start with the arrival of the customers on buses from Stamford and Peterborough, carrying empty bags in anticipation of bargains. There were beetle drives, raffles, carol singing and coffee mornings. Ufford had its share of “characters”, top of the list being Lordy (Lord Airedale) in his long overcoat held together with string, old shoes, no socks. After a long day at the House of Lords he would drive from the station in his old van as far as the top of Ufford Hill, turn off the engine and coast


The whole of the rural area west of Peterborough, has been designated as an area of special landscape.

Mr Snowball cycled every day from Bainton with our newspaper, whatever the weather and he never sent a bill! It was up to us to keep a record and pay him. down Main Street and through the imposing gates of Ufford Hall. Then there was Mr Burgess who lived in the old blacksmith`s cottage. He had retired from driving the old traction engines and used to collect junk from house and business sales and the whole of his garden was piled high with old machinery, car parts, furniture, stacks of metal and wood. We spread our wings beyond the village. The children caught the school bus to Barnack every day which only caused problems when Oscar, an old eccentric from Helpston turned up at the bus stop with a sack of scrap metal on his back cadged a free ride to Stamford. My elder daughter, Sue, danced round the maypole at Helpston at the John Clare centenary. For many years we challenged Bainton in the children`s races. We had family membership at the Wildfowl Trust in Peakirk. Mr Snowball cycled every day from Bainton with our newspaper, whatever the weather and he never sent a bill! It was up to us to keep a record and pay him. Shopping was never a problem as there was a village shop and

post office, a mobile butcher and fishmonger, Mr Footitt delivered our milk daily, we grew our own vegetables and I had the use of the family car at weekends. There were no supermarkets of course but there was a regular bus service to Stamford and Peterborough So much has changed, villages have expanded, village shops have closed and car ownership has increased. We have adapted to change and are not NIMBY`s but see ourselves as custodians of our heritage. We have planted hedges and trees and nurtured our Protected Verges. Thanks to the co-operation between Peterborough City Council and the parish councils, apart from a small number of exceptions, new buildings and extensions in Conservation Areas have remained in keeping with existing buildings and village envelopes have not been breached. The villages retain their existing characters and have not coalesced. But will the rural area exist if the Draft Peterborough Plan, currently at the consultation stage, is adopted?

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It starts off well with references to the “network of characterful villages set in a rural landscape” and then the whole of our area (which it calls the Nassaburgh Limestone Plateau) is designated as one of six “Landscape Character Areas” worthy of special protection. But it also proposes what it calls “an urban extension” of 2,500 houses north of Castor and Ailsworth and the A47, only 500 metres from the National Nature Reserve at Castor Hanglands; perhaps even a university campus with12,500 students! We would all be affected by the additional traffic on the roads and the schools and hospital are full to capacity. The rural areas are promised a park and ride set up for access into Peterborough. It may look sensible to a planning consultant in his office but is unlikely to appeal to a family doing the weekly shop or a mother with a push chair as well as her shopping. What say you? I know exactly what my father would say, “Crikey Bob”!



1st Helpston Brownies

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It was with sadness we said goodbye to Margaret Brown (Peacock) who after 38 years in Guiding had decided it was time to spend more time on her other hobbies and time with her Grandchildren. Margaret has run and assisted at 4 units within Girlguiding Cambridgeshire West. Margaret opened the first Rainbow unit in our County 30 years ago when her daughter was Rainbow age. She also opened our Helpston Rainbows and retired from there when her Granddaughter left to join Brownies. Margaret continued to be a Leader at Helpston Brownies until just before Christmas. Margaret came for a celebration evening at Brownies on 30th January. The event was attended by our County Commissioner Helen Pope who presented Margaret with a County Commissioner Certificate of Thanks. Helen also presented Margaret with a Thanks Badge on behalf of our Division Commissioner Julie Cox who was unable to attend on the evening. We presented Margaret with cards and a silver Guiding broach from the Brownies and a John Lewis voucher from past and present parents, several girls also presented her with cards they had made. It was a very emotional evening but one Margaret will remember for a long time. We thank you for all you have done for Guiding in Helpston. We wish you well Margaret and hope that you will come and visit us soon. We are pleased that Lindsay Roberts has come back to join us as a Leader in Training ensuring we can continue to offer the Brownie experience to girls locally. Morag Sweeney Unit Leader 1st Helpston Brownies


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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 554,053 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016.

New Guide Unit opening in Helpston For the last number of years our Girlguiding family has been missing a Guide Section (for girls aged 10 – 14) and having looked for a long time we have be able to secure the services of two ladies who are ready and willing to re-open 1st Helpston Guides. Guides get out there and do something really different.

At Guides you plan your own meetings and explore new places, go on camps and trips, and learn skills for life. They have an amazing time at exclusive events like the Big Gig concert and our very own fun-packed festival, Wellies and Wristbands. You can even get involved in the Youth Leadership Programme.

Our Guide Unit will meet on Wednesday evening and will give girls the opportunity to enjoy a hugely varied, girlled programme of activities, incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports, social action, make new friends and most of all fun.

More girlguiding volunteers needed to empower girls and young women in Helpson and Glinton Girlguiding is on the lookout for volunteers in Helpston and Glinton to help enrich the lives of local girls and young women. Rainbows and Brownies in the area have become so popular they need more volunteers to help give even more girls the amazing opportunities available through guiding. In particular we need volunteers for the following: Monday early evening: • 1st Helpston Rainbows • 1st Helpston Brownies

All units enjoy a hugely varied, girl-led programme of activities, incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports, social action and most of all fun. Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, abilities and faiths. From running a group to giving just one or two hours a month, volunteering is very flexible and can fit around a busy lifestyle. There are no Tuesday early evenings: • 1st Glinton Rainbows Thursday early evening: 1st Glinton Brownies

specific qualifications required but you will need the following: • Be over 18 • Be reliable and trustworthy • Have a sense of humour • Enjoy working with young people • Have an open and approachable manner • Able to undertake a DBS (previously known as CRB) • Provide two non-related individuals who can give a reference for your suitability to work with children

There are a huge number of ways volunteers can support girls in guiding, from training as a Leader to smaller supporting If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with Girlguiding roles including accounting or locally please contact Morag Sweeney – Girlguiding Glinton District skill sharing. Commissioner Phone:07801 Cynthia & Leanne said: “Give 357701. Girlguiding is committed to offering all girls and young it a go if you want a rewarding women aged five to 25 the opportunity to grow in confidence challenge – every meeting and and discover their full potential. Volunteers help girls and young event is different: fun, tears and women enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as laughter.” acquiring new skills and experiences themselves.

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Photo courtesy of David Dykes

We are pleased to announce two art exhibitions at the John Clare Cottage


n the Dovecote we have a display of life drawings and paintings by local artist Lynne Booker. Lynne has been drawing portraits and life studies since she was a teenager. As well as participating in local life groups she runs her own monthly group at the Unique Cottage studios in Spalding. She loves splashy watercolours, vibrant pastels, charcoal and oils but her favourite ‘tool’ is a simple Derwent black watercolour pencil. In the Café we have an exhibition of botanical watercolours and porcelain, created by the artist Mrs Pat Bearman. The exhibition includes examples of her botanical

original paintings both framed and unmounted together with art postcards and her beautiful hand painted porcelain (please see article on adjacent page). The outdoor theatre group, The Pantaloons, make a welcome return visit to the Cottage on 28 June when they will be performing their version of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. We are taking reservation for tickets now. Other events are being planned and details will be provided in future copies of the Tribune and on the Clare Cottage website. A request for help from our garden volunteers. They are


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John Clare Cottage

The programme for the 2017 art workshops with Sally Hammerton is being put together. The dates for the series of wokshops are : Wednesday 26 April Still Life Wednesday 24 May Painting Flowers Wednesday 21June The Cottage Wednesday 2 August Realistic Abstracts

Full details can be found on the Clare Cottage website at building up the stock of spring flowers in the garden.If anybody has any Snowdrops, Winter Aconites or English Bluebells that they are willing to donate, when they have been split later in the year, they will be most welcome.


John Clare Cottage February, and March 2017

Exhibition of Botanical Watercolours and Porcelain Pat Bearman is exhibiting for the first time at John Clare Cottage


xamples of her exquisite botanical original paintings both framed and unmounted together with art postcards and her beautiful hand painted china. Pat has been painting, exhibiting and selling her botanical watercolours for the past ten years. They are very detailed and take many hours to complete -

sometimes an entire afternoon for a single leaf, bud or flowerhead. They are exhibited in a local Gallery, at National Trust property Spring Flower Shows and in Art Shops. Art cards printed from the paintings have proved particularly popular, especially for framing purposes. Pat also permanently handpaints fine china and porcelain, using factory techniques and

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firing in her own kilns. She has taught the fine art of chinapainting to students in Adult Education classes for the past thirty years. Pat has also undertaken many commissions from individuals and various organisations and in particular, from local commercial daffodil farm owners for plates depicting some of their many varieties of flowers.


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 Maxey News Grand meeting

Jane Duffelen from Shaws Coaches, Maxey, recently met Will and Bart Peverelli owners of the Grand Hotel de Vianden in Luxembourg at the Blue Bell in Helpston. Shaws have run tours to this charming hotel in the Grand Duchy which has proved very popular with English visitors. To receive the latest Shaws Coaches brochure telephone 01778 342224.

Trees and shrubs planted Twenty thousand trees and shrubs have been planted around the Maxey lakes. The planting was ordered by Tarmac who had agreed to restore the area to wet and dry woodlands after extracting the gravel.

QUINTESSENTIAL QUOTES ... The hill in the road ahead of you never seems as steep when you reach it.

There is a wide variety of plants with a mix of broadleaf trees including four different kinds of willow. The planting will provide plenty of cover for wildlife and should attract new species as well as the ducks, geese and wading birds which currently inhabit the area. Ian Hart of Woodlands &

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 Etton news

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Happy New Year! Christmas is now a distant memory but I must report on another well-attended Christmas Eve Service. At the last moment we decided not to use the puppets but Mark Hotchkin, our Reader assures me they will be back next year! With thanks to all out readers and especially Alex Long and his cousin Sian who both read beautifully and also assisted Mark with the lighting of the Advent candles (pictured). At last the humped back bridge and road through Etton are now open to traffic again. There are still a lot of loose chippings on the road so please continue to drive cautiously. I am pleased to note that the recent electricity works in the


centre of the village have also been completed. Strangely, the eight streetlights opposite the Golden Pheasant have been switched back on. If you need to report street lights not working you can do this by contacting our Parish Clerk, Emma Tajar 01733 221285 ettonpc@gmail. com. Or, by email to quoting the light number and Road. It has been suggested that it would be useful to have a Village Whatsapp Group. If you have a smartphone and would be interested in joining a Group, please let me know. On Sunday 19 March, MarkAaron Tisdale will be installed as our new Rector. He looks forward to meeting you in the coming months.

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Volunteer needed

Are you interested in volunteering a couple of hours a month to help keep our Etton/Maxey nature reserves and allotment/orchard area maintained? Regular work parties are due to take place on a Monday morning 10am to 12.30pm every two weeks from Monday 6 February. Meet at the Barn or contact me and I will put you in touch with the organiser.


 Barnack News

As ever, the season of good cheer has passed and we incredibly have seen 10% of 2017 slide under the bridge. We can only hope that good cheer pervades all the months to come as Brexit gets under way with the signing of Article 50 in March, and we are showered with increasingly imperious Twitters from Trumpet land. In our smaller World, December was indeed a busy season with the Village celebrating all the aspects that go to make up Christmas. The Church was beautifully decorated to give a joyful background to its Christmas services, the Little Lambs had a family fun party in the Village Hall and The Acres Held a Fete. Although there was no “Men’s Breakfast” in December it will start regularly again at 0.830 on January 28th. The Church held its regular Coffee morning to which all are welcome, on the third Saturday of each Month 10.30 to noon, excellent cakes can be enjoyed with coffee or tea and in the companionship of friends. If you miss that then there is the Coffee Shop in the Village Hall every Wednesday10.30 to 12.30, complete with a play area for little ones. Last but not least Santa came through the Village on his

Ian Burrows T: 01780 749554 E: sleigh accompanied by carol singers collecting for Barnack School and a local children’s charity. All ended up at the School where Santa had arranged for mulled wine and mince pies to be served to the revellers.. The New Year started with the re-instatement of New Year’s Day Brunch in the Village Hall. This event had been in abeyance for a little while, but a group of stalwarts in the Community Association decided that following the night before revels it would be a good thing to get Villagers together for a nice social Brunch. It is hoped to make this an annual event again so that the whole Village can start the New Year together. Bring your own booze and or asprins!! Sadly though, not all people are of good will, let alone good cheer, a couple of events have occurred to which all residents of Tribune Land should be on guard against by keeping a close watch out. There have some attempts to steal cars, which although thwarted, one recently was successful. A car was taken off a drive which also had a little dog in it as well as the ladies handbag. Thankfully the dog was discovered tied to a farm gate in Sutton, and the car recovered in

Little Gidding, the bag of course was minus the money in it. The Police acted with great alacrity so that the incident ended well, however they gave a warning that all should heed, confirming that opportunistic thieves are about in our Villages all the time, so take care and be watchful. One further incident worth noting involved a “Drone”. Apparently, this one had a light on it which was used to flood light a car coming up Pilsgate Hill, virtually and dangerously blocking visibility out of the windscreen. The rules governing the use of Drones are very strict and any irresponsible use should be reported to the Police by phoning 101. Finally, and on a more positive note, starting on January 7th. And thereafter on the first Saturday of every month members of the various Churches in the Benefice meet at 08.30 in Botolphs’ Barn Helpston to pray, for the Villages, the sick and needy, for the Nation and the World. You need not pray, you can be silent and listen, just adding your Amens. But whatever, the Group end the meeting with a breakfast of home made bread and Jams, All are welcome.

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As we enter 2017 the weather appears to be as unpredictable as ever. Fogs and frosts seem to be the order of the day, although so far we have escaped all but a sprinkling of snow, the old country saying “as the day lengthens the cold strengthens” how true this is.


he countryside is beginning to wake up from its winter dormancy period, which is very welcome, the grass has barely stopped growing during winter and all the field crops are making good growth. Our last winter wheat was sown in the middle of December following the last lift of sugar beet and has also emerged through the ground. The last thirty-three loads of sugar beet were delivered to Wissington Sugar Beet Factory between 18 and 21 January - the results good, but we would have liked to see the sugar content a little better, not quite up to our usual level, but yield was satisfactory so all in all a reasonable year. I expect we shall soon be having the sugar beet seed delivered for sowing this year’s crop in the next week or so. Commodity prices for most sectors have improved, mainly due to the weak pound and volatile weather in other countries and more recently the vegetable trade

has been hit by bad weather in Spain. Agriculture is not immune from an increase in costs, a weak pound means higher input costs, it’s vital to keep them under control, costs will creep up if the pound remains weak, which in the longer term will add higher costs to the weekly shopping basket, I believe we are beginning to see the impact already. Air pollution has been high on the Government’s agenda for several decades which brings health benefits for all and has to be good news. The lack of sulphur in the atmosphere brings agriculture a problem, we are advised to add sulphur to the application of fertilisers for most crops which we grow in this country due to the lack of it being readily available in the air - so another added cost for crop production. The last two month’s work schedule on the farm has consisted mainly of feeding the cattle, bedding with plenty of

straw, some new arrivals to be put into yards - health checks etc maintenance on ditches fencing repairs, getting machines ready for the spring sowing of barley and sugar beet, and loading the grain out of the stores. Compound fertiliser application as and when ground conditions allow this has also applied to any spraying, mainly fungicide in order to keep the crops clean during winter. In the Farm Shop we are constantly looking at ways we can improve and extend the range of products we sell. We intended to put in a deli counter before Christmas, but ran out of time so this should now be in place by late February, early March. Looking around the garden today I was amazed to see how shrubs were coming into bud and bulbs will soon be bursting into bloom, Spring will be in full swing, gardens and fields will come back to life, what a welcome to look forward to in the next few weeks.

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The adventures of Tribland as seen through the eagle eyes of social media & letters to the Editor ...

John Clare, In Our Time BBC Radio 4 Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss John Clare, poet and farm labourer.

Alison Mumby A quick warning, we have just had a visit from the Police. Last Friday we had a set of number plates stolen from our car parked in our drive in Deeping Gate (during the early afternoon if we are not mistaken). Apparently this type of crime is rising in our area so please be vigilant.

BBC.CO.UK Castor & Ailsworth Community Page Oh the irony. On the day the City Council Local Plan Consultation closes this Thurs 9 Feb (@23:59), you can listen to this earlier in the day at 9am. What would John Clare have made of the threat of 2,500 houses + industrial use, to his beloved Castor Hanglands! (

Dave Ellis Great to welcome the Mayor Cllr David Sanders to the Glinton Friendship Club 15th Anniversary party Barnack and Pilsgate Village Community Appeal by Gladman Developments Ltd against the refusal of planning permission for a development of up to 80 houses off Uffington Road, Barnack

@ Dear tribune readers,

Here are the results of my regular litter pick along the side of the south drain from Peakirk to Glinton. Some individual you clearly treats the countryside as his or her own personal dust bin, must drink their can(s) of Strongbow cider whilst out walking then toss the can in the hedge row. This has been occurring for at least two years now and logic would say it has to be the same individual with a preference for cider and a disregard for the environment. If any person knows who this could be would they please expose them to the tribune for public shaming of for them to be put in the stocks at the next village fete. Martyn Parker, Peakirk


Peter Hiller A worthwhile meeting with Peterborough Highways Service officers and Maxey Parish Cllrs Dick Wilkins and Jack Wilson this morning, at Blind Lane and Woodgate Lane. The surfaces have deteriorated rather badly and we discussed remedial works and surface drainage issues. Neither roads are heavily used but the state of repair is poor. I’m awaiting the proposals in order to share with the Parish Council.

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The Public Inquiry at Peterborough Town Hall concluded on 2nd February. The Parish Council (Harry Brassey and /or Margaret Palmer) attended on all seven days and accompanied the Inspector, Peterborough City planners and a representative for Gladman on a muddy site visit. During the first week, the Parish Council and four Barnack residents took the opportunity to make brief submissions. The reasons for Peterborough City Council’s refusal of planning permission were that

WRITE AWAY  this large housing development would be:  in the countryside, outside the village building envelope  harmful to the rural character and setting of the village and its Conservation Area  unsustainable and against the policy of concentrating growth in the City and the larger villages  unnecessary because Peterborough has a fiveyear supply of housing land elsewhere.

As Peterborough City Council’s barrister said in his opening remarks “At the heart of the appeal lies the balance to be struck between the provision of housing in the Peterborough area and the harm which such a development would cause to the village.” Subsequently, the evidence concerning landscape, the Conservation Area and sustainability did indeed revolve around balance, and led to lengthy, detailed and often very subjective arguments. The viability of the school, the closure of the post office and the (in) adequacy of the bus service were all cited in the debate about the sustainability of the development. There was a difference of opinion about the appropriate methods of calculating the housing need in Peterborough in the next five years and the amount of land available for house building. The City Council claimed that there is sufficient building land available for the next 5.12 years, but Gladman’s consultant refuted this, calculating that there is only 3.8 years’ supply. This point is crucially important because, in order to tackle the national housing shortage (especially the shortfall in affordable housing), Government policy demands that councils must at any one

time have a reserve of building land that will satisfy demand for at least five years into the future. If councils cannot demonstrate that this target is met, all their policies are deemed out-of-date and the presumption is in favour of sustainable development. At the end of proceedings it was very difficult to tell which side had gained the upper hand. Now the Inspector will weigh all the evidence, write a report and come up with what he considers to be a balanced judgement. We have up to two months to wait for his decision. Margaret Palmer

and it is a eye saw to me I’m doing my best to get there as soon as can , I’m very keen to get this wall back to how it was as much as the owners is too , if any needs to contact me E: Dawn Lennon Has anyone else noticed the dog fouling problem in Glinton appears to be getting worse? Please dog owners there is no excuse we have plenty of bins around the village and another dog walker would be happy to give you a bag if you’ve genuinely run out/forgotten! I wonder if it’s night time walkers as I haven’t seen anyone not picking up, but I do object to standing in mess from another dog when trying to clear up from my own!!

Gill Jolly Burns Night in Helpston! Another great evening in the Village Hall on Saturday.

Please think how unhygienic this is for all the children in the village. Rant over ..,,,,,

Tina Lapinskis Trevor Harvey Is this is a permanent feature in Helpston! Alex Rippon: I’m slightly behind schedule due to January not being very kind to me weather wise , so I’m looking to be there mid march , April at the very very latest , I’ve spoken to Jim Daley conservation officer just before Christmas and he is aware of my delay and when I dude to start I drive past the every other day

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Lovely service yesterday at Etton Church for our 5th Sunday get together. At least 30 people came together, love to see more in April. Not sure where the next one will be, I will keep you posted! Geoffrey Nichol Check your heating oil, I had 1000 L beginning of January now it's nearly empty! Any one seen anything suspicious Glinton Road Helpston? continued >> 63

 WRITE AWAY standing room only, surely more villagers will want to have their thoughts or concerns put forward. Come on Helpston pull together..... Philip Croft Angela Trotter Lovely to see a little family group of deer in the field between Etton and the A15 at the weekend

Deepings Literary Festival All in a day’s’s a hard life sampling the delicious afternoon tea at John Clare Cottage . The Victoria Sponge is our favourite, but don’t just take our word for it, join us for a guided tour of the house and gardens, with tea set to the music of Pennyless Folk. Cindy Hooper There used to be a weight restriction on the road that runs through Helpston can anyone say wether it’s still on or if it’s been lifted. I’m only asking because the lorries that come past my property on the Glinton Road are more than eight wheels. Volume of large lorries has increased dramatically.

I have recently unearthed this old photograph. It was clearly taken in the playground of the old school, (Now The Village Hall)

but I wondered if anyone could shed any light on when, who etc? I have asked my father (born in Barnack 1920) and he recognises none of the people, so I guess it must pre-date him. Janice Caress Kirby (feeling disgusted). I have just been walking from Northborough round to Etton then through Glinton. What an absolute disgrace it looks. The rubbish under the bridge as you come from Helpston is a disgrace, Macdonald’s rubbish and other rubbish. As you walk down Lincoln Road back to Northborough the rubbish is shocking! People should be ashamed of themselves! Ordinary members of the public like me have been out litter picking on several occasions, clearing up after other people!

diligence of HAG, it seems a small but in my view significant part of the article is painting a rather incorrect picture of its most recent changes. Firstly I should say that stating the pub lost custom and therefore closed is not exactly true, the pub had a consistent turn over of circa 120,000 pa in the last 3 years of its life, which was an overall increase of 40% on previous similar period. The lack of custom did not cause the pub to close, the pub was a going concern at the time the ownership transferred to the John Clare Trust. They had previously indicated their desire to continue trading once they had taken ownership. This unfortunately was not forthcoming and it was the trusts decision to close the pub and take away a well used village facility.
The subsequent “work” that has taken place on the building has rendered the pub unusable and unsafe to enter, a sad end to what was deemed the hub of the village by many locals. Matthew Thompson It was a great pub and some happy memories there. The John Clare Trust should be ashamed of themselves. Jay Gearing As a fairly new resident to Helpston I had wondered what had happened to the Exeter’s. It’s a shame it’s not open still. Can you expand on the reasons why the John Clare Trust decided to close the pub or this an unknown?

Phil Roberts

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Good turn out at tonights village meeting about the proposed development but should be

Very interesting read in the latest Village Tribune regarding the history of the Exeter Arms. Having been the last trading landlord of this once focal point of the village, I feel I just need to put a very small part of the record straight. Though I applaud the excellence and no doubt

unfortunately i cannot, they have never explained their actions to anyone, especially not me, it is a shame you never got chance to see it in its prime, I fear for the future of the place as it would need considerable investment to make it into a usable facility again.


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Claire Spooner

WRITE AWAY  Geoffrey Nichol

Amanda Whitehouse Sad that a village pub has to close. I met my husband through him being the area manager of the then pub chain and i was helping to run it. That was over 20 years ago. Claire Spooner If I was a cynical person I may be inclined to look into the future and see a change of use application going in which results in a number of new houses being built on the plot. If this were to happen I would be beyond angry that another individual or organisation had profited from building in our beautiful village causing traffic congestion safety risks for our children at the crossing and increased pressure on our already struggling infrastructure. Good job I’m not cynical and therefore I believe they will restore the Exeter to a visitors centre and parking as planned

The Exeter Arms is the designated parking place for the John Clare cottage, this enables it to have a brown sign, as displayed on the A15. I think the main problem the property has been owned by a pub letting business with minimal money spent on the building. Being a listed building it is now potentially a million pound project! Cecilia Hammond

Peter Hiller It’s a matter of public record that PCC granted a licence to George (Golden Pheasant) a couple of years ago, for the Exeter Arms. So it was assumed it would be trading again by now. I chaired the licensing committee meeting and recall a number of residents attended to make representations, for and against the application, opening times etc. Trevor Harvey What has happened in the past is all very interesting but what is needed is a plan for the future, it cannot be in anyones interest to let the place go to rack and ruin

Cecilia Hammond Mogilev this morning, the region where the Chernobyl Children live. Beautiful but chilly! Keep sending us those lovely warm clothes for the children, please!

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children desperately need hosts for our children this summer. ,It doesn’t matter if you work as we have a play scheme on weekdays. This is for our two week scheme. The children arrive on 26 July and depart on 9 August. We are looking for people to host girls aged 10-13 years. The children are really lovely kids who just need a helping hand, they live in highly contaminated areas putting them at risk of cancers and leukaemias. Hosting a child boosts their health and selfesteem enormously. It is great fun both for the hosts and the children, they have a wonderful time and so do we! Please consider helping you won’t regret it!

Jay Gearing I was genuinely think of approaching the John Clare Trust about opening the Exeter’s Arms as a community pub. But, as above, it seems unsure what the JCT want to do with the building. Would anyone be interested in the community pub route? There’s loads of benefits to it and loads of money available for it too...

David Hankins Near Nine Bridges this morning. I can remember when this area was a popular beauty spot.

Peakirk Village Hall Sad to report that Mavis Surridge, a former committee member of the village hall died peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Day.

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March & April


Wed 1 Mar

Sun 5 Mar

Sun 12 Mar

Sun 19 Mar

Sun 26 Mar

St John the Baptist Barnack

7.30pm Ash Wednesday Benefice Service

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church at Barnack Village Hall

11am All Age Praise

St Mary’s Bainton


4.30pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

4.30pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

St Botolph’s Helpston


10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 6pm Informal Service

All Saints Wittering

12pm Ash Wednesday Service


10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am Morning Praise for Mothering Sunday

St Stephen Etton


10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin




St Peter Maxey


9am Eucharist Rev Alan Fiddyment

9am Eucharist Canon David MacCormack

10am Family Service Village Hall Mark H & Freda S

9am Mothering Sunday Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton

7pm Communion & Ashing Canon Margaret Venables

10.30am Eucharist Rev Charles May

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin

4pm Institution of Rev. Mark-Aaron Tisdale

10.30am Mothering Sunday Service Rev Mark-Aaron

St Andrew Northborough

12.30pm Communion & Ashing Rev Linda Elliot

9am Eucharist Rev Gill Jessop

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman


10.30am Mothering Sunday All Age Praise Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk


6pm BCP Evensong

10.30am Eucharist Canon Haydn Smart


10.30am Mothering Sunday Morning Prayer Derek Harris

CHURCH ADDRESSES: St John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Barnack PE9 3DN St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Bainton PE9 3AF St Botolph’s Church, Church Street, Helpston PE6 7DT All Saints Church, Church Road, Wittering PE8 6AF St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Ufford PE9 3BH St Stephen, Main Rd., Etton PE6 7DA | St Peter, Main St. Maxey PE6 9HF St Pega, Chestnut Close, Peakirk PE6 7NH | Glinton St Benedict, High St., Glinton PE6 7JN St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN


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Sun 2 Apr

Sun 9 Apr

St John the Baptist Barnack

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

St Mary's Church Bainton

Fri 14 Apr

Sun 16 Apr

Sun 23 Apr

Sun 30 Apr

9am 8.00pm Palm Holy Sunday Communion All Age Communion


5.30pm Sunrise Service on the Hills and Holes 9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

11am All Age Praise

6pm Benefice Informal Service

6pm Choral Evensong

9am NO SERVICE Palm Sunday Parish Communion


9am Easter Sunday Parish Communion

9am Parish Communion


St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am NO SERVICE Palm Sunday All Age Communion


10.45am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

10.45am All Age Communion


All Saints Wittering

NO SERVICE 10.30am Palm Sunday service



10.30am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

10.30am Morning Praise

10am Benefice Communion Service

St Stephen Etton

10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin

9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron






St Peter Maxey

9am Eucharist Rev Alan Fiddyment

9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron


10am Stations of the Cross & Crafts

5.45am Sunrise Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

10.30am Benefice Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin

7.30pm Washing Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

10am Family Workshop

10.30am Easter Eucharist

9.15am Morning Prayer Derek Harris


9am St Andrew Northborough Eucharist Rev Mark-

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman


2.30pm Family Workshop

10.30am Holy Communion by Extension Freda Skillman

10.30am All Age Praise Rev MarkAaron & Freda Skillman


St Pega Peakirk

10.30am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron


12pm NO Reflections SERVICE & hymns Rev MarkAaron

10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris



6pm BCP Evensong Rev MarkAaron

Thu 13 Apr

CHURCH ADDRESSES: St John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Barnack PE9 3DN St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Bainton PE9 3AF St Botolph’s Church, Church Street, Helpston PE6 7DT All Saints Church, Church Road, Wittering PE8 6AF St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Ufford PE9 3BH St Stephen, Main Rd., Etton PE6 7DA | St Peter, Main St. Maxey PE6 9HF St Pega, Chestnut Close, Peakirk PE6 7NH | Glinton St Benedict, High St., Glinton PE6 7JN St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN

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Happy Easter Holy Week

Sun 9 Apr

St John the Baptist Barnack

Mon 10 Apr

Tue 11 Apr

Wed 12 Apr

Thu 13 Apr

Fri 14 Apr

Sun 16 Apr

9am NO Palm Sunday SERVICE All Age Communion



8pm Holy Communion


5.30am Sunrise Service Hills and Holes 9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

St Mary's Church Bainton

9am 6.45 Palm Sunday 7.10pm Parish Prayers Communion

6.45 7.10pm Prayers

6.45 7.10pm Prayers


12 - 1pm 9am Good Friday Easter Meditations Sunday Parish Communion

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am NO Palm Sunday SERVICE All Age Communion



7.30pm Holy Communion at Botolph’s Barn

2pm All Ages Stations of the Cross Walk (walk to Ashton)

10.45am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

All Saints Wittering

10.30am 10.30 Palm Sunday 11am Service Holy Week Meditations

9 - 9.30am Holy Week Meditations

10.30 11am Holy Week Meditations

5.30pm Passover Meal for Families


10.30am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

The Resurrection may happen! Discussions are underway as to whether there could be a sequel to the film The Passion of the Christ which tells the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Mel Gibson and the screenwriter was Randall Wallace. The next instalment will tell the story of the resurrection of Jesus, according to a recent report. The Passion starred Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ and covered the last 12 hours of 68

Christ’s life before he was crucified. It was nominated for three Oscars in 2005. It was also the highest grossing religious film of all time, making around £400 million ($600 m). Randall Wallace said “I always wanted to tell this story.The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” A schedule for the production and the planned release date has not yet been announced.

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Can’t Buy Me Love Money isn’t everything… Money can buy a house but not a home Money can buy a bed but not sleep Money can buy a clock but not time Money can buy a book but not knowledge Money can buy food but not an appetite Money can buy a comedian but not happiness Money can buy care but not love.

CHURCH NEWS  Photo courtesy of Paul Bryan

Can you help? We have a lovely church in Glinton that is used for weddings, baptisms, funerals, carols, school ceremonies and worship. Could you spare an hour of your time every 3 months to work in a pair (with a friend, a neighbour or another villager) to sweep, dust and hoover the church, so that it looks clean for visitors and users alike. The church is open every day for anyone to visit or sit quietly in and we have an exciting time ahead of us with the induction of a new vicar in March. Any volunteers would be welcome and we can then expand our cleaning rota.

St Benedict’s Church, Glinton Work completion Preparatory work is complete on the toilet and servery and is scheduled to be completed in the summer.

Communion service for Lent The beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday (1st March) will be marked by a Communion Service at 7pm.

Rector induction Reverend Mark-Aaron Tisdale will be Inducted as the Rector at 4pm on 19th March in St Benedicts. Seating is limited so this is by invitation only, but Reverend Mark-Aaron is looking forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible in the coming weeks and months.

St.Benedict’s 100 CLUB WINNERS Jan/Feb 2017

Please apply by phoning Veronica Smith on 01733 252019

His first service in St Benedicts is the Mothering Sunday service at 10.30am on 26th March. He is also taking the Communion service at 10.30am on the 2nd April and the service on Easter Sunday, 19th April.

Quiz night

Easter celebration

Peterborough Food Bank

Our Easter celebration starts with a Maundy Thursday service at 7.30pm on 13 April.

Family workshop On Good Friday, 14 April, there will be a Family Workshop where we will have Easter Crafts and Hot Cross Buns followed by a short service. Children of all ages are welcome.

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Plans are underway for another of the very popular Quiz Nights, in the Village Hall. More details to follow as soon as we have them. Get your teams ready and start revising! At the first Sunday service of each month (5th March & 2nd April) we will be collecting donations to Peterborough Food Bank. Donations can also be left in the church at other times if you are unable to attend the service. The Church is open to all, every day from 10am to 5pm

FEBRUARY 152     Mrs. S. Killingsworth 183     Mrs. R. Eagle 158     Mr.   N. Hughes 69


Helpston Gala A date for your diary

The next Helpston Church Gala will be on Saturday 20 May this year. Plans are well underway so put it into your diary. You’ll see we have gone back to the traditional month of May for the 2017 event. As with other years the profits will be divided:- 50% to the Church, 40% to village organisations and charities with 10% going to the independent hospital at Kisiizi Uganda. Village organisations and charities are warmly welcomed to apply to the Gala planning committee for a share of the proceeds. As with last year, interested organisations or charities should email a brief application to Revd Dave Maylor with a copy to Kate Hinchliff ( please. These points may be of help:-

Name of the Helpston organisation

What does the organisation do?

Rev. Mark-Aaron Tisdale

New Rector We welcome our new Rector Rev. Mark-Aaron Tisdale who will be Instituted as the Rector of the Nine Bridges Benefice (comprising the parishes of Peakirk, Glinton, Etton, Maxey and Northborough) by the Bishop of Peterborough at St. Benedict’s Church Glinton on Sunday 19 March.

Peakirk – Sundays 2nd and 9 April and Good Friday 14 April.

This service is by invitation only as seating is limited, but MarkAaron will be taking the services (listed right) giving further opportunities to meet him.

Northborough – Sundays 2nd and 23 April and Good Friday 13 April.

After the 19 March, Mark-Aaron may be contacted as follows: Reverend Mark-Aaron Tisdale The Rectory, 11 Lincoln Road, Glinton PE6 7JR. T: 01733 252359 E:

What would the organisation do with the money?

Has any member of the organisation volunteered to assist at the Gala?

(By 26 March please). Decisions will be made in the week beginning 3 April

Glinton – Sundays 26 March, 2 and 19 April and Maundy Thursday 13 April. Maxey – Sundays 26 March, 9, 16, 23 and 30 April.

Etton – The Church Warden is arranging other opportunities for the congregation to meet Mark-Aaron. The times and details of these services are given on the list of church services (pages 66 and 67).

Mark- Aaron will also be looking for other opportunities to meet as many people as possible from our Parishes.

Benefice Prayer Breakfast Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. The next ones are on Saturday 4 March and Saturday 1 April .

Monthly Coffee Mornings


St Botolph’s - Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon.

Paul Stevens & Adele Birch (29/12/2016) Helpston Church


The next ones are on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 22 April.

Alice Roffe (04/01/2017) Wittering Church Robert Close (01/02/2017) Helpston Church


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We will never forget Helpston - in memoriam From the records available to us in Helpston, we need to remember Private Harry STOKES, Service number 28433, who died on February 5th 1917. His regiment was the Essex and he has no known grave being commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme area. His Mother was “MRS B. STOKES OF WEST END HELPSTON”. Private Robert SMITH G/50154 is not commemorated on the memorial in the Church, but seems to have lived in Helpston having been born in Stamford Brook Middlesex which

is now part of London. He joined the Middlesex Regiment and we know very little about him but he “died of wounds” on March 31st 1917 and is buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Grave II.M.29. Private Percy Toynton TOPHAM 24316 of the Suffolk Regiment was born in Deeping St James in about 1897, started work in the village at 13 years old as labourer at “Spring Farm” before moving to Grantham in 1911 to work on the railway. He died at Roeux on April 28th 1917 during the 1st battle of Arras. He has no known grave

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and is commemorated in Bay 4 of the Arras memorial The ARRAS MEMORIAL is next to the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery where Robert Smith was buried. It commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917.



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Northborough Parish Council Northborough Neighbourhood Plan Northborough Parish Council will be distributing a survey/ questionnaire to all households in Northborough over the next month. The survey/ questionnaire will inform the neighbourhood plan policies which is in preparation. Completed questionnaires may be returned to either: The Village Shop The School The Packhorse Or direct to a Parish Councillor. We also note that the Draft Local Plan excluded Paradise Lane from gaining the protection of being designated a Local Green Space despite representations by the Parish Council. This was because part of Paradise Lane, the section of mature willows, is already designated a County Wildlife Site. The Parish Council has made further representations.

Village Hall Extension The village hall committee is making progress with the new extension. The Parish Council is supporting the project. The intention is that a Parish Office will be within the extension. Speed Watch The Feedback received from villagers at the recent Neighbourhood plan consultation on the 26 November shows that many villagers are still concerned about vehicles speeding within the 20 and 30mph speed limit boundaries. Parish Councillors have been trained in the use of the speedwatch equipment. Operations will start as the days get longer in the New Year. If you are concerned about speeding and would like to be involved please contact the Parish Council. Defibrillators The Parish Council have placed orders for 2 defibrillators for the

Robert Chiva – Chair – NPC village and will organise installation over the coming few months. These will be located at the school and the one stop shop. The target is to have at least three with the next located on the village hall. Website Villager questions or comments on the council website will normally be answered within 5 days. Policies The Council has adopted updated Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and other policies over the last few months. These have been uploaded to the website. Clerk The Parish Council Clerk after many years of service is standing down. The Parish Council thanks him and wishes him all the best for the future. A new clerk will be appointed in due course.

Please contact Councillors or the Clerk if you have any issues that NPC could help with.

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Bainton & Ashton Parish Council Councillor Vacancy A vacancy for councillor has arisen following the resignation of Helen Watts. Our thanks to Helen for her work on the council over the last four years. The vacancy will be filled by cooption and we invite applications from residents of Bainton and Ashton who are interested in keeping the wheels of the parish turning on behalf of residents. For more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please contact the clerk (details right).

It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Judith Morrice in early February. Judith served as a parish councillor for several years to 2011 and she and her husband have many friends in the villages.

The next council meeting will be held in Bainton Reading Room on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 7.30pm. Residents are encouraged to attend. Contact the Clerk by email at

Deeping Gate Parish Council Litter Pick: Our first Parish Litter Pick of 2017 has been arranged for Sunday, 12th March, 10.00 a.m. - noon. If you would like to join in the fun, please meet us at the foot of our stone bridge at 10.00 a.m. We provide pickers, high-vis tabards and sacks. You will be surprised at what we unearth! Dog Fouling: I am sure we are all eagerly looking forward to the lighter evenings. One advantage will be that irresponsible dog owners will no longer be able to let their dogs foul our much loved village under the cover of darkness and go unnoticed. Councillor Jane Hill and David Kerr will again be walking the length and

breadth of the village using “dog stencils” and spray to highlight those areas most affected. Fly Tipping: Unfortunately, we have again suffered from this illegal and most anti-social of habits. If anyone should witness such an act, please note as much as possible of the vehicle registration number and its make and pass this information to any member of the Parish Council or our Clerk, these details appearing in our noticeboards and on our Facebook page. Inconsiderate parking. Parking on footpaths, in particular, continues to 74

Our thoughts are with her husband Malcolm at this time. Minutes of each meeting and councillor details can be found on village notice boards and will appear soon on the village website

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Jane Hill generate complaints to us and to cause distress and danger to those using disability scooters as well as to those with young children. Please think of others. Deeping St. James Road footpath. One of our Ward Councillors informs us that a section of this much used path will be addressed in the next financial year. We believe this may be as a direct result of complaints made by members of the public. They have, fortunately, succeeded whereas this Council’s requests made over more than eleven years have gone largely unheeded. Good news indeed. @DeepingGateParish


Glinton Parish Council Help needed We are in need of your help for the village spring clean on the 4 March. Litter pickers please meet behind the chemist shop at 10 am.  Equipment will be provided. Glinton and Northborough Parish Councils are combining again to pick up your bulky waste items.  This is also on the 4th March, detailed timings and pickup points will be given to you via a leaflet through your door. Land at Nine Bridges Nothing has been heard from the planning inspector regarding a date for the planning appeal for the Travellers’ site.  The other land which is causing concern with dumped rubbish and fires, the owner has been located and lives in Leicester, and claims to have no knowledge, or has not given permission, for this illegal use of this land.  He has, however, cleaned it up of sorts.

Cllr John Holdich, Chairman OBE the public things such as Glinton Parish Council has agreed its budget for the planning applications, and it is also to have public forthcoming financial year, access. which will make our parish Parish councillors are precept £26 at Band D, meeting with the land and is one of the lowest for owner, Mr Jacobs, about parishes in Peterborough maintaining the permissive and less than half the footpath around the village. national average. The Parish Council The Parish is in talks has agreed extra seating with the City Council about around the village in purchasing the village places you suggested in hall, which we believe, if successful, will safeguard its the village plan.  They are also providing two new future for the village. notice boards, one at the It has been agreed by Primary School and one on the Parish Council that it the Village Green; they are will install WiFi into the also going to update the village hall, which will give information board at the the Council better access village pump. in showing councillors and For general enquiries, please contact the clerk, Mr Haste on 252833 or More information including agenda and minutes of meetings can be found on the web pages at


Information about the Parish Council, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the Parish website and on the parish notice boards. Cllr Rob Chiva (Chair) 01733 252823 Cllr Lyn Steen (Vice-Chair) 01778 345662 07917 340900 Cllr Catherine Cavanagh 01778 348299 Cllr John Dadge 01733 254145 07802 702908 Cllr Margaret Sleet 01778 347180 07768 743870 Cllr Malcolm E Spinks 01778 343585 07870 343562 Cllr Brian Spriggs 01778 342502 Cllr Callum Robertson 07984 629727 Clerk – Derek Lea 01733 572245 Please direct general queries to the Clerk at

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Change of use of C3 (home office) to B1 office (retrospective) at Westfields Barnack Road: Awaiting decision Non-material amendment (cladding to the western elevation) to planning permission 16/01401/FUL at Viandon High Field Road: Determined


Conifer Hedge - reduce by 50%, 3 x Hazel trees - coppice, Willow tree - pollard by 3m, Walnut tree - reduce five south facing lower limbs by 1.5 metres to the boundary at Gate House Main Street: Permitted Demolition of existing lean-to extension and partial demolition of garden wall, construction of single storey rear extension and internal alterations at Cedar House Main Street: Permitted Installation of a caravan ancillary to the agricultural use of the land at Land To The West Of Uffington Road: Permitted Change of use of church into a dwelling at Barnack Methodist Church Main Street: Permitted T1 Cherry - Crown lift to 3-3.5m, T2 Cherry - Fell, T3 Chestnut - Re-pollard at 1 Canon Drive: Permitted T1 Fell small beech tree. T2 Maple tree, reduce crown by 5/6 mts. T3 Ash tree, reduce crown by 3mts at Glebe House Stamford Road: Awaiting decision Tree dismantle and stump removal of Cherry tree at Verge Adjacent To Glebe House Stamford Road: Awaiting decision Variation of condition 7 (approved plans - garage) of planning permission reference 15/01153/FUL - Demolish existing bungalow and garage and replace with detached house and garage at Pasque Lodge Wittering Road: Awaiting decision


Fell silver birch at The Fivebargate Main Street: Awaiting decision Non material amendment to planning permission 14/02086/ HHFUL at The Maltings The Square: Determined Row of conifer to the front of property facing (SSE), Row of conifers to the side of property facing (NNW). Reduce all by a maximum of 4 metres bringing back to hedgerow at Transport Bungalow Stamford Road: Permitted


Proposed change of use from Business B1 to Dental D1 at 1 - 3 Milton Lane: Permitted Installation of partition walls, reception counter and internal ramps at 1 - 3 Milton Lane: Permitted Replace two existing velux rooflights with dormer windows and addition of two further dormers on front elevation; replace existing rooflight with a double dormer on the side elevation at 2 Village Farm Close: Permitted Non-material amendment (removal of workshop and veranda) to planning permission 16/01210/ HHFUL at Three Chimneys 8 Peterborough Road: Determined Non-material amendment (reduced size of building, amended external materials, reinstatement of rooflights to eastern and western elevations and insertion of window to eastern elevation) to planning permission 16/01210/HHFUL at Three Chimneys 8 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Conversion of barns to dwelling and new boundary wall and fence at 19 - 21 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Ground floor rear extension and provision of porch canopy at 4 Farm View: Awaiting decision First floor extension, two storey front extension, addition of cladding to existing garage and new garage at 41B Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision

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5 x Beech and 1 x Sycamore - Fell at Three Chimneys 8 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision



T1 and T2 Ash - Deadwood and crown lift to 4m, T3 Cherry - Fell and replace with Silver Birch away from Ash, T4 Cherry Tree - Fell and replant further from boundary wall, T5 Ash - Crown lift to 3m, T6 Weeping Ash Deadwood and crown lift to 3m, T7 Ash- Fell and replant with fruit trees at 57 Riverside TPO 11/2004: Permitted Within G4: Lime - Fell at 106 Lincoln Road: Permitted TPO 04/00011 Lime - Fell at 106 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


Retain replacement roof to the kitchen ‘barn’ building retrospective at The Bluebell Public House 10 High Street: Permitted Retain replacement roof to the kitchen ‘barn’ building at The Bluebell Public House 10 High Street: Permitted Part demolition of existing brickwall to create single storey side and rear extensions with hipped and pitched roofs at 20 Websters Close: Permitted Demolition of existing garage and erection of annex at Forge Cottage 10 The Green: Permitted Construction of a single-storey rear extension and two-storey side extension at 32 Peakirk Road: Permitted Non material amendment (new condition to allow for up to 14 dwellings) to planning application 13/01318/OUT at 30B Lincoln Road: Determined Ground floor extension to bedroom (part retrospective) at 4 St Benedicts Close: Permitted Reserved matters approval relating to access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for eight dwellings pursuant to outline permission 13/01318/OUT at 30B Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision

PLANNING APPLICATIONS MADE FOR OUR VILLAGES Construction of timber canopy with fabric roof within central courtyard at Arthur Mellows Village College Helpston Road: Awaiting decision Removal of condition C1 (trading hours) of planning permission 16/01616/WCPP at Glinton Service Station Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Retain replacement roof to the kitchen ‘barn’ building at The Bluebell Public House 10 High Street: Awaiting decision Non material amendment (new condition to allow for up to 14 dwellings) to planning application 13/01318/OUT at 30B Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Retain replacement roof to the kitchen ‘barn’ building retrospective at The Bluebell Public House 10 High Street: Awaiting decision Two storey side extension and alterations to front single storey extension at 15 St Benedicts Close: Permitted

Replacement conservatory frames and roof at College Farm House 2 Glinton Road: Awaiting decision Conversion of garage to create 1-bed annexe including construction of single storey rear extension, ground floor bay windows to front elevation and single storey link to existing dwelling at 4 Eastwell Court Helpston: Awaiting decision Replacement conservatory frames and roof at College Farm House 2 Glinton Road: Awaiting decision Conversion of garage to create 1-bed annexe including construction of single storey rear extension, ground floor bay windows to front elevation and single storey link to existing dwelling at 4 Eastwell Court: Permitted Works to trees as per schedule at St Botolphs Church Church Lane: Permitted


Proposed stable store at 7 High Street: Permitted Norway Maple - Fell, Silver Birch - Fell at 8A Castle End Road:  HELPSTON Permitted Fell 1 x Maple and 1 x Silver Birch Change of use of the site to dog at 16 Broad Wheel Road: Permitted breeding business, including Removal of existing single storey retention of residential mobile extension and construction of home, timber outbuildings, 3.7m long single storey rear associated infastructure and fencing extension at 26 Broad Wheel Road: (Retrospective) - Resubmission at Permitted Buffingham Kennels Waterworks Lane: Awaiting decision Detached double garage and ancillary accomodation at  NORTHBOROUGH Grasslands West Street: Permitted Construction of one dwelling Replacement windows and with access and creation of new french doors at Stephens Way 17 first floor window in the west Woodgate: Awaiting decision side elevation and blocking up of Construction of a garden room existing first floor window in the at Stephens Way 17 Woodgate: north facing elevation at 1 The Awaiting decision Pingle at 1 The Pingle: Permitted Replacement conservatory frames Proposed loft conversion to and roof at College Farm House 2 existing garage at 44 Church Street: Glinton Road: Awaiting decision Awaiting decision Replacement windows and french Ground floor rear extension at 61 doors and construction of a Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision garden room at Stephens Way 17 Woodgate: Awaiting decision

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Non material amendment (Kitchen doors and associate materials) to Planning Permission 10/00508/FUL at Church Farm 7 Church Street: Awaiting decision Front entrance porch at 17 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Proposed alterations to kitchen/dining room, utility and shower room at 44 Church Street: Awaiting decision Proposed dwelling at 27 Church Street: Awaiting decision Removal of existing domestic garage and out house, construction of two storey side extension to existing domestic property at 44 Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision


Demolition of existing single storey rear extension and side conservatory and construction of new single storey side and rear extension at 32 St Pegas Road: Permitted


Erection of replacement dwelling and associated works following demolition of existing dwelling at Five Elms Marholm Road: Permitted Proposed removal of existing stables and erection of new stables and relocation of existing menage at Hillywood View Marholm Road: Permitted Single storey and two storey side extensions and ground floor rear extension at Barnsdale Marholm Road: Permitted



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 Bainton Church

Richard Hardy, Churchwarden ................01780 740505 John Wreford, Churchwarden..................01780 740362 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister .......01780 740097 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ................01780 740234

 Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

Catherine Franks, Clerk............................01780 765984 Graham Fletcher, Chairman Richard Harris, Vice Chairman Susie Lucas Cliff Stanton

 Barnack Bowls Club

Phil Collins ................................................01780 740124

 Barnack Church

John Ward, Churchwarden .....................01780 740016 David Laycock, Churchwarden ...............01780 740267 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ................01780 740234

Morag Sweeney Helpston Brownies ...01733 252088 Sarah Owen, Helpston Cub Scouts .....01733 897065 Margaret Brown, Helpston Rainbows .01733 685806 Nick Drewett, Helpston Scouts ............01778 348107  Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows (cont) Sue Lane, Glinton Brownies/ Guides ...01733 252593 Sharon Pallister, Glinton Beavers/Cubs/Scouts ............................01733 223888 Pat Carter, Glinton Rainbows ................01733 253087 Tina Hughes, Northborough Brownies 07432 109474 Jane Knott, Northborough Guides ......01778 345101

 Deeping Gate Parish Council

Jane Hill, (Chair) ......................................01778 343066 Sandra Hudspeth (Clerk) ........................01778 343735

 Doctors and hospitals

Peterborough City Hospital ................... 01733 678000 Deeping Practice (Main line) .................. 01778 579000 (Appointments only)................................ 01778 579001 Glinton Surgery ....................................... 01733 252246

 Etton Church (St Stephen’s)

 Barnack Community Association

Anne Curwen, Churchwarden ................ 01733 253357

 Barnack Cricket Club

Fred Morton, Chair ................................. 01733 252912 Emma Tajar, Clerk ................................... 01733 234542

Roy Chowings ..........................................01780 740755 William Armitage, Chairman....................01780 740749

 Barnack Home from Home Club

Diane Wright, Manager............................07847 956602

 Barnack Parish Council

Harry Brassey, Chairman .........................01780 740115 Margaret Palmer, Vice Chair ...................01780 740988 Sophie Moore Phil Broughton .........................................01780 740379 Ivor Crowson ............................................01780 740430 David Laycock ..........................................01780 740267 Martin Bloom ...........................................01780 740966 Susie Caney, Clerk....................................07595 377236

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Rachel Wright .......................................... 07425 144998 Dick Talbot ............................................... 01778 342581 Derek Harris, Licensed Reader .............. 01733 574311

 Botolph’s Barn

Kate Hinchliff ........................................... 01733 253192

 British Legion

 Etton Parish Council

 Friendship / Welcome Clubs

Pam Kounougakis, Glinton Friendship Club ......................... 01733 252018 Robert Ford, Maxey Welcome Club ..... 01778 346288

 Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)

Cecilia Hammond ...................................07779 264591

 Glinton Church (St Benedict’s)

Veronica Smith, Churchwarden .............. 01733 252019 Bob Quinn, Churchwarden .................... 01733 252161 Shirley Hodgkinson, PCC Secretary ...... 01733 252351 Simon Richards, PCC Treasurer ............. 01778 341686 Mike Goodall ,Bell Ringers .................... 01733 253469

 Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice .....................................0870 1264024

 Glinton Parish Council

John Holdich OBE, Chair ....................... 01733 253078 Mr John Haste, Clerk .............................. 01733 252833

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)

Max Sawyer ............................................01780 765507

Carol Jones, Treasurer .............................01733 252096 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ................01780 740234 Clive Pearce, Church Warden .................01733 253494

Delaine Bus Services ...............................01778 422866 Stagecoach ...............................................01733 207860 Train Services ............................................0845 7484950

David Packer ........................................... 07766 600694

Simon Richards Benefice Singers (Glinton) Choirmaster .................01778 341686

Joe Dobson (Chair) ................................. 01733 252192 Sydney Smith Clerk ................................ 01733 252903 Rosemary Morton Vice ........................... 01733 252243

 Bus & Train Services

 Choirs


 Helpston Lawn Tennis Club

 Helpston Parish Council

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 Horticultural Societies

Frank Samet Glinton ............................... 01733 253591 Debbie Martin Barnack Show................. 01780 740048 Kirsty Scott Peakirk ................................. 01733 253952

 Langdyke Countryside Trust

Richard Astle .........................................01733 252376

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s)

Mandy Loveder Bell Tower Captain ...... 01778 343100 Michael Loveder Churchwarden ............ 01778 343100 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Sunday School ... 01778 347280

 Maxey Parish Council

Lynne Yarham, Chair ............................... 01778 343077 Dick Talbot, Clerk .................................... 01778 342581

 Neighbourhood Watch

Dick Wilkins, Maxey ................................ 01778 348368

 Northborough Church (St Andrew’s)

Rector: Mark- Aaron Tisdale................... 01733 252359 Polly Beasley, Churchwarden ................. 01778 380849 Jane Knott, Churchwarden .................... 01778 345101 Freda Skillman, Licensed Reader ........... 01778 380903 Alison Butler, PCC Treasurer .................. 01778 345499

 Northborough Parish Council

Robert Chiva, Chair ................................ 01733 252823 Derek Lea, Clerk ..................................... 01733 572245

 Peakirk Church (St Pegas)

Rector: Mark- Aaron Tisdale.................01733 252359 Trish Roberts, Churchwarden ...............01733 253111 Sheila Lever, Churchwarden .................01733 252416 Christine Dearman, PCC Secretary .....01733 252404 Pauline Cooke, PCC Treasurer & Social Events ....................................... 01733 253116

 Peakirk Parish Council

Angela Hankins, Clerk ............................ 01733 253397 Henry Clark,, Chair .................................. 01733 253203

Al Good Rotary Club ............................01733 252064

 Schools and Education

Mike Sandeman, AMVC Head ...............01733 252235 Rachel Simmons, John Clare Primary Head ...........................................01733 252332 Neil Fowkes, Barnack C of E Primary .....01780 740265 Craig Kendall, Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School Head ...............................01733 252361 Dave Simson, Chair of Governors Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School ......01733 252126 Mr S Mallott, Northborough Primary Head ...........................................01733 252204 Maureen Meade, Peterborough Adult Learning .........................................01733 761361

 Ufford Art Society

Susan Jarman .......................................... 01780 740104

 Ufford Parish Council

Keith Lievesley Ufford Chairman ........... 01780 740679 Councillor Vacancy .................................. 01780 740062 Frieda Gosling ......................................... 01780 740343 Susie Caney Clerk ................................... 07595 377236 Graham Bowes ....................................... 01780 740578 David Chadwick ...................................... 01780 740893

 Village Halls

Roy Pettitt Bowls, Glinton .......................01733 252049 Ken Doughty, Glinton Bookings .............01733 253156 Joyce Heathcote Whist, Glinton .............01733 253790 Peter Lake Whist, Glinton.........................01778 346749 Adrienne Collins, Barnack .......................01780 740124 Caryn Thompson, Helpston ....................01733 252232 Jacqui Barnard, Maxey Village Hall ........07710 150587 Karen Cooper, Northborough ................01778 347464 Peakirk Village Hall Bookings ..................07938 386226

 Village Tribune

 Peterborough City Council

Tony Henthorn Editor ............................. 07590 750128

 Police and Emergencies

Barnack David Over ............................... 07920 160053 Glinton & Castor Peter Hiller & John Holdich ....................................... 07920 160487

John Holdich OBE Peterborough .........01733 253078 Peterborough City Council ....................01733 747474 Police - emergency calls ........................999 Less urgent crimes .................................101 Power Failure ..........................................0800 7838838 Samaritans ..............................................08457 909090

 Pre and After School Clubs

Kirsty Prouse, Helpston Playhouse pre-school ...........................01733 253243 Roz Sowinski, Helpston Before and After School Club...............01733 253243 Nicola Litchfield, Glinton pre-school playgroup ...........................01733 252361 Rachael Canham, Northborough Pre School ....................01733 253685 Caroline Burton, Peakirk Tots Toddler Group ...............................01733 253677 Denise Franks, Toddler Group .............01733 253720 Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ...................01780 749123

 Ward Councillors

 Women’s Institute (WI)

Jean Mead (Helpston WI) President........01733 252025 June Dobson (Helpston WI) WI (Secretary) ...........................................01733 252192 Margaret Stafford (Glinton WI).................01733 701268 Jenny Dunk (Glinton WI) .........................01733 254252 Barnack Linda Huckerby (President)........01780 740342

 Youth Clubs

Kerrie Garner, Barnack Youth Club ....... 01780 740118 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Youth Club ........ 01778 347280

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