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Safe Local Trades aids disabled man Following months of stress, financial worry, poor health and anxiety brought on by the actions of a rogue trader, a disabled Peterborough man says he can now enjoy his home again.


rian Gilbert of Orton Waterville, Peterborough parted with a £1,000 cash deposit to a trader whom he instructed to resurface his 71 square metre driveway in February of this year. After taking the money – which equated to half of the fee quoted for the project – the trader completed half a day’s work at Mr Gilbert’s property and then failed to return to finish the job. Mr Gilbert, who uses a mobility scooter to get around, has been unable to contact the trader and or retrieve any of the money paid. The unfinished driveway has left access to his garage unsafe and resulted in months of stress and worry. Now, five months after the work began; Mr Gilbert says he can begin to enjoy his home once more – following a DIY SOS-style community call by Safe Local Trades, the city-based community safety service that protects consumers from cowboy and rogue traders. Safe Local Trades owner Eileen Le Voi received a call from Mr Gilbert, unsure of what to do after the trader disappeared with his money and did not complete the driveway work. She said: “Mr Gilbert had been left in a distressed state following the experience, and we tried in vain to

make contact with the trader – who seems to have just disappeared. “Determined to do what we could to help Mr Gilbert, we issued an appeal to the local trades community for any support they could give. We were delighted with the offer of help from a local tarmac and asphalt surfacing company to take over the work, and an offer of materials from another business.”

and useable driveway which he can enjoy for many years to come.” Mr Gilbert commented: “The past few months have been nothing short of a nightmare. The stress has had an impact on my health, myself and my wife have had the financial worry and been left with a half-finished driveway we have been unable to use for five months. We can’t thank Eileen,

Eileen Le Voi and Kerry Cooper from Safe Local Trades with Brian Gilbert and Cllr Des Watt

Des Watt of Des Watt Roadways from Yaxley stepped in to restore and repair the driveway, with materials supplied free of charge by MQP of Baston. Councillor Watt said: “When we heard about Mr Gilbert’s plight, we wanted to step in and help. We often hear of rogue traders and their effect on unwitting customers, and this was a particularly stressful example. “With the help of Eileen from Safe Local Trades, and Alex Smile of MQP, Mr Gilbert now has a fantastic

and her colleague Kerry, enough for their advice and help which has led to the issue being resolved and at no additional cost to the original quote.” Eileen added: “My huge thanks to Des, Alex and their teams for their support. Mr Gilbert is certainly not alone when it comes to being duped by rogues – many of whom appear to be completely genuine, and not all who cold call with a knock at the door.

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The Decent Scrapers folk group, who performed in St. Botolph’s Church on the Saturday evening. Clare had described himself as a ‘decent scraper’, enjoying many occasions playing his violin. He learned his music by ear and took some of his tunes from the gipsies, who he visited on Helpston Heath.


ead of the primary school, Mrs Rachel Simmons told parents and visitors at a celebration service in the church that the schoolchildren loved writing poetry, penning verses outside of school hours, just like Clare. With a record number of 115 pupils on roll, the poet’s grave in St Botolph’s churchyard was surrounded by the beautiful ‘Midsummer Cushions’. These are pieces of turf, decorated with flowers, a tradition mentioned in a Clare poem, when villages put a similar decoration in their windows.

The children sang ‘Rich Music’, a piece by local composer, Fergus Black and Poetry Competition winners were awarded books and medals donated by the JC Society by Cllr David Over. As they read out the winning poems, it was clear that they had been very carefully observing flowers, using their imaginations to come up with similies. ‘Daisies like Santa’s Beard’ was an example! Winners were: Woodgate Class: 1st Emily Lawson, 2nd Evie Metcalf, Broadwheel: 1st Olive Oxbury, 2nd Isla Docherty (Highly Commended), Torpel: 1st equal: Caitlin Wells, Isobel Mason and Jake Fraser. Two prizes were

Winners of the Poetry Competition set by members of the John Clare Society for the village schoolchildren. As the standard, based on the theme ‘Influences on John Clare’ was exceptionally high this year, there were some extra prizes, poetry books and medals. (see elsewhere in the Tribune for names). 6

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awarded to the ‘daisy’ group from Buttercross class. Following the AGM on Saturday, the church was packed for an address by President, well-known artist, Carry Akroyd. Exhibitions in Botolph’s Barn included work by local artists, and visitors could enjoy an organised walk, a visit to Annakinn’s Gallery or Emma Burt’s Studio as well as visit the Helpston ‘House Detectives’ project or have a chat to Beekeeper, Richard Davies. The Cottage was open, less than a quarter of its current size being where Clare was brought up. A talk about Robert Bloomfield, who, it was thought influenced


John Clare, Helpston’s famous nature poet, was remembered in July as the anniversary of his birth in the village in 1793 was celebrated by the people of Helpston and members of the John Clare Society who travelled from all over the UK to attend.


John Clare, was given by John Goodridge, packing out the church again. Later, members and friends had the opportunity to read from their favourite Clare poems. An eventful day, when the rain held off and the dancers cool off with a special brew from the Bluebell concluded with a concert when again, a packed church enjoyed a concert by the ‘Decent Scrapers’ Group. On Sunday, the congregation gave thanks for the countryside and sang Clare’s hymn ‘A Stranger Once did Bless the Earth. Rev Dave Maylor led the service and talked about the Parable of the Sower and how the churches in the Jane Hindmarch (left), and Maxine Greer, show examples of their work. The young ladies exhibited at the Barn during the John Clare Festival, their paintings appropriately featuring the countryside. They travel around in their VW Camper, stopping to observe and draw to capture the changing seasons in our area.

Benefice were looking forward to implementing the 5-year Vision for Growth plan. Emily Lawson, part of the church family at St Botolph’s read out her winning poem. It was a fitting and peaceful end to what had been a busy weekend for many. An unusual fact, perhaps is that more members joined the Society this year from the US & Canada than the UK. In those countries, apparently, our Helpston born poet is regularly part of the curriculum and well loved by students. It is so easy to overlook what we have on our own doorstep: our beautiful woods, field paths and rivers. And maybe even our own poet.

Emily Lawson shows off her winning poem which which won 1st Prize for Woodgate Class. She read it in church during a service led by Rev Dave Maylor on the Sunday of the Festival. The congregation sang Clare’s hymn ‘A Stranger Came’. The Parable of the Sower was a fitting reading and ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung to Clare, who would have been 224 years old!

Local farmer, Roger Franks looks at a facsimile of John Clare’s parents’ marriage certificate brought along by Alan Johnson, archivist from Peterborough Family History Society.

Ladies from the Clare Festival Planning Committee were invited to decorate their hats. Pictured is Anna Kinnaird with customer, Lyn Baldock at the Annakinn Art Gallery. Lyn had travelled up from N. Devon for the Festival.

Children lay their ‘Midsummer Cushions’ alongside poet John Clare’s grave which lies in Helpston Parish Church. Head Teacher, Rachel Simmons said that this year was a record number for the number of turves laid, 115, showing that the village school is healthy and growing.

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When I was fighting for breath as my health worsened a few years ago, I never imagined that one day I would be winning prizes for sporting achievements. But that is what I did this summer when I took part in the British Transplant Games.



fter suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, I received a life-saving heart transplant in 2012 at Papworth Hospital. This has enabled me to lead a full and active life and for the past three years I have been part of the Papworth team at the games. The British Transplant Games bring together teams of transplant patients from hospitals throughout the UK to compete at sports. They are intended to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and it is inspiring to see competitions involving so many people whose lives have been saved by their donor’s gift. Living donors and representatives of the Donor Family Network also attend and they always receive a great reception. This year’s games, which were the 40th British Transplant Games, were held in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. On the first day there was an opening ceremony, where all the teams paraded and there were traditions such as the entrance of the games flag, the athletes’ oath and the lighting of the games flame. Then there were many different events to take part in or watch. There is a great atmosphere at the games. Competition is fierce but everyone is genuinely pleased to see people from all teams succeeding and achieving their personal goals. The Papworth team is led by an inspirational team manager, Maggie Gambrill,ably assisted by her husband Charles. Maggie is an accomplished athlete who has won many medals at the games herself. Her support and encouragement brings together a keen and friendly team with a great team spirit. We try hard to succeed in our events but we enjoy ourselves and most importantly we support each other. This year our team took part in a diverse range of events, including archery, athletics, bowls, cycling, swimming and tennis. I competed at darts, shot putt, ten pin bowling and a 3km walk. I also took part in the donor run, a race which is open to everyone and which is held every year as a tribute to the organ donors. I enjoyed competing in all my events. The darts 8

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was held at the same time as a social event which is traditionally a “loud shirt” evening. Suitability dressed in my very loud pink shirt, I looked like a darts player ready to entertain a crowd. That impression increased, as I walked on to a big stage in front of a large audience of games competitors and supporters, with rousing music playing and an announcer saying my name. I was not sure that my prowess would live up to the atmosphere, particularly as my early attempts at practising in my garage had seen more darts bouncing off of my car than hitting the board. So I was delighted to find myself winning games and going through to the final, ultimately winning the silver medal. I also won a silver medal for shot putt. My training for this was greatly helped by Ron, a coach from Peterborough Athletics Club, who explained the rules, showed me the correct technique and worked with me to improve my ability. After training with Ron I was at least hopeful that my attempts would not be disqualified for breaching the rules. It was great to have the opportunity to put this to the test in competition. I gave it my best effort and was pleased to be rewarded with the silver medal. The medals were real works of art. They were seven sided, with each side representing one of the local area partnership areas in North Lanarkshire. One side of the medal ribbon contained the names of sponsors of the games and the other was printed with the spirit of Lanarkshire tartan. It is taking part in the games that is important but winning a medal is an added bonus and the beauty of this year’s medals really emphasised that. The games closed with a fantastic closing ceremony. We enjoyed food, drink, entertainment and some interesting and inspiring speeches. There was also presentation of awards. The medals for individual events are presented at those events but there are trophies for overall performances which are presented at the closing ceremony and competitors do not know in advance who has won. Imagine the delight


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of the Papworth team when we found that we had won the trophy for the best heart and lung team. I think we were the most excited of any of the award winners. We celebrated and took photographs. I even managed to have my photograph taken with the trophy and Haggi, a giant haggis who was the mascot of the games in North Lanarkshire. During the closing ceremony the British Transplant Games flag was passed from representatives of North Lanarkshire to representatives of Birmingham, which is to be the host city of the games in 2018. Next year’s British Transplant Games will be held in Birmingham in August and I am already looking forward to them. Then in 2019, the World Transplant Games will be held in Newcastle. These will be great opportunities to showcase transplant sport and highlight the importance of organ donation.The British Transplant Games is a shining example of the benefits of organ donation. The joy of transplant recipients in taking part, the personal successes that they achieve and the community spirit felt throughout the games are all testament to the difference that transplants make to the lives of so many people. I am grateful for the life and opportunities that my heart transplant has given me, including the opportunity to take part in the British Transplant Games. However, there are still many people who need a transplant and sadly some people die whilst they are waiting. In some cases potential transplant opportunities are lost because people who want their organs to be used after their death do not make their wishes known to their next of kin. If you are willing to donate your organs after your death – and save a life like mine - it is important for you to sign up to the organ donor register and discuss your wishes with your family.


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ince the last issue of the Tribune we have been very busy at the John Clare Cottage with a number of events and many groups visiting the centre. Following the very warm Spring, the weather returned to its normal British Summer which meant that we had to plan, where possible, for wet weather operations. The first event saw the return of the popular travelling outdoor theatre group The Pantaloons. This


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year they gave a great performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The rain stopped in time for the performance, but as you can see from the pictures the near sell out audience had to dress for a cool evening. It was a great success. The Pantaloons will be returning in 2018 with two performances, details will be released when they have been confirmed. The John Clare Society weekend proved to be very busy and we had music being played by the Beauvale Ensemble and some of the folk dancers took the opportunity to

dance around the statue of John Clare in the courtyard. The open craft day was one of the events that we had to work with a wet weather plan as the forecast was for rain during the day. This meant that many stalls were inside the Cottage, though a few hardy people with gazebos were in the courtyard, the setting up was in bright sunlight which changed during the morning.. It was a very successful day, with music from the Beauvale Ensemble again. We were pleased to support local artist Nick Tearle and poet


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Photographs © David Dykes

ARE COTTAGE Becky Owen-Fisher in the launch of their new book – Standing High Out Of Shrunken Peat. This is a collection of Nick’s Fenland paintings with poems associated with them by Becky. The sun shone and we able to have the event in the courtyard with many of Nick’s pictures displayed throughout the gardens. Local actor Peter Crerar read the poems and The Lincolnshire Poachers provided excellent folk music. This made for a very pleasant event. Nick will be returning to the Cottage later in the year as he exhibits his art work in the Cottage Café.

Our Art Workshops with artist Sally Hammerton have again proved to be a great success. Sally is currently exhibiting her work in the Cottage Café. We are now planning our artist exhibitions for 2018. On Tuesday 19 September we are hosting a book launch to which you are all invited. Local author Francis Young has produced a book Peterborough Folklore, it has been published by The Lasse Press. John Clare was one of the first writers to record English folklore

and it is very appropriate that the book is being launched at the Cottage. The event starts at 6pm, entry is free, but can you please call the Cottage to reserve a place as seats are limited, if we are not open please leave your details on the answerphone. You will meet the author and have a chance to buy a copy of his book. Wine and soft drinks will be served. The Acoustic Café music evenings continue to be very popular with the players as well as the audience and our next evening is on Thursday 28 September.

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Cllr Peter Hiller Glinton and Castor ward

‘A river runs through it ...’ Over the years I’ve been a rural councillor I’ve spoken with many residents who, like me, value the Maxey Cut waterway and also about how vital a piece of drainage this manmade river is, continuing to minimise the potential for flooding where we live.


he Cut (or GB205031050595 as it’s known at the EA) runs for about 8.5km, passing south of Maxey, Northborough, Glinton and Peakirk into the Welland river and has a catchment area of approximately 10Km2. Myriad residents and visitors regularly walk this beautiful area of our Tribland landscape throughout the seasons and I often remind myself just how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep. That said, at one of my regular Environment Agency board meetings I took the opportunity to voice the concerns of my fellow Glinton and Castor ward councillor John Holdich and I about the current level of weed growth in the Cut and was assured, after an in-depth questioning of officers, that the EA backroom folk have conducted recent river

modelling here and shown the channel still retains the capacity to pass a 100 year flood, despite the vegetation growth. Residents may be interested to learn that, following subsequent request from us both, EA staff are now planning a detailed walkthrough of the Cut’s complete length to identify the main plants in the low berms and create a preliminary report. This inspection will obviously help them to plan any remedial measures they might need to take to control identified invasive species for the waterway’s management programme, which they have planned over the next 12 months. They told us that the existing known growth includes: Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera,

Common Reed Phragmites australis, Reedmace Typha spp., Reed sweet grass Glyceria maxima, Common club rush Schoenoplectus lacustris and Pondweed Potamogeton spp. In addition, we have asked them to provide us with the specific programme they propose for the best way to maintain the noninvasive weed/reed margins on the Cut and we’ve suggested that rather than just remove them all to create a wide but bare channel devoid of all established habitat, to use them to naturally create a low flow channel in the bottom of the river which will enable fish to make their way upstream to the fish pass at Tallington weir and beyond. This will also maintain the river’s aesthetic we’ve all come to love, rather than a bare waterway.

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Annual Meeting 15 September

Langdyke Countryside Trust

If you are at all interested in nature and the countryside then come along to the annual meeting of the Langdyke Countryside Trust to hear our keynote speaker, Derek Niemann author of “A Tale of Trees – the battle to save Britain’s ancient woodland”. The meeting is at Castor Village Hall on Friday 15 September, from 7pm.

Langdyke’s largest nature reserve at Etton Maxey Pits With the future of our own ancient woodland at Castor Hanglands in serious doubt as a result of proposals for the creation of a new 2500 home village on its southern boundary, the timing of this talk couldn’t be more appropriate. Derek’s message is one of hope – hope that we can turn the corner and gradually improve the prospects for nature in our country. But we can only do that if we work hard together to protect and

enhance what we have! In addition, this year’s annual meeting will reflect on the work of the Trust during the past twelve months and highlight the incredible variety of natural sights and sounds that live in our area. This year a walk in our local countryside could have brought the attentive walker views of otter on the Maxey Cut, the sound of nightingales at Bainton Pits, glow worms at Barnack Hills and Holes

or the wonderful and enormous purple emperor butterfly at the Hanglands. A visit to Swaddywell Pit would have been rewarded with large numbers of pyramidal, bee and man orchid and a first ever record of the lizard orchid. Our Heritage and Archaeology Group published its wonderful book on the History of Helpston and will be shortly issuing its book about the heritage of Torpel Manor Field, Helpston.

We hope you will come along and hear Derek and learn more about the Trust’s work – the event is open to all – free to Trust members and £2 for non-members.


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Torpel Country

TORPEL UNLOCKED... ... not just the medieval manor, also the changes in the lives of by Frieda Gosling the people and landscapes in the surrounding area It is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the local communities of Helpston and surrounding villages, academics and the professional archaeologists from the University of York. The Langdyke History and Archaeology Group volunteers were involved in the collection and interpretation of historical data, assisting the professional archaeologists in their geophysical research and undertaking their own investigations based on field walking and test pits in the surrounding fields. The study of the local geology contributed to our understanding of the distribution of prehistoric 14

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and Roman settlements, the dominant factors being availability of water and freedom from flooding. Anglo-Saxon settlers were attracted by light, well drained soils for their crops. Communal ploughing by teams of oxen led to ridges and furrows in the open fields and the growth of villages. The first Roger de Torpel sailed from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066 and was given land in exchange for military support for the king when needed. Roger was one of the two largest holders of land in the whole area, but it was not in one continuous block but in strips scattered across 14 parishes.

There were 5 generations of the Torpel dynasty and they were followed by 3 generations of the Camoys family, related by marriage. The archaeological research started in 2012 with a topographical survey which emphasised not just the mound and ditches in the south but all the other humps and bumps in the rest of Torpel Field. It was obvious that this was a significant and complex site. The challenges for the next 3 years were to unravel the evidence in order to be able to suggest the sites, uses and chronology of buildings and all this had to be done without digging a single hole


PIcture Torpel countryside today - farm land, woods and the old Roman road. Picture Torpel Field today

Torpel Manor Field today

The front cover of Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape

Torpel Field had been designated as a Scheduled Monument in 1979. There are so many surprises! And some unsolved mysteries! because Torpel Field had been designated as a Scheduled Monument in 1979. There are so many surprises! And some unsolved mysteries! The book brings back to life some of the former inhabitants; Lucy Chat, whose annual tax amounted to 9d in 1334; Peter Alleyn who is recorded in the Court Rolls in 1361 because of the ruinous state of his houses in Torpel and ordered to pay 10 shillings if they were not repaired by Easter; George Quarles of neighbouring

Downhall Manor who in 1555 bequeathed in his will “jewels, plate, goblets, saltsellers (sic) and silver� to his son; middleaged John Clare nostalgic for his lost childhood after the changes brought about by the enclosure of the open fields. It traces the gradual changes in social structure from the feudal system with obligatory military and labour services and fines paid to the lord to the early enclosures by freemen and then the universal payment of land rents.

BOOK LAUNCH The launch of the 120 page Torpel book which includes over 60 colour pictures and maps will be held at Helpston Village Hall on Saturday, 30 September, 2-4pm. All welcome. It will be preceded by a keynote talk about Norman castles and fortifications given by Dr Duncan Wright of Lincoln University and a short presentation by Dr Steve Ashby of York University. It will be of particular interest to local residents and everyone who has puzzled about the humps and bumps on Torpel Field as well as readers with an interest in the changing landscapes and societies in our part of England.

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Early 1900s photograph of Chestnut Close, Peakirk. Notice the unmade road and parish pump.

Piecing together

THE PAST by Greg Prior

In July 2017, Peakirk Archaeology Survey Team (PAST) sank a third metre-square test pit on the village green in its quest to learn more about the row of ‘lost’ cottages on the eastern side of Chestnut Close, formerly known as Rectory Road. I was joined by team members, Avril and Gareth, and for part of the time by Gregg Duggan from Glinton and Peakirk’s own David Dearman and David Hankins.


inds from previous digs have indicated that buildings occupied the eastern side of the lane from the late-thirteenth century onwards. So, we were hoping to find the foundations of the structures drawn on the 1819 ‘Inclosure Map’ but demolished between 1880 and 1885/6. Hitherto, we had found only the contents of their household tips. This time, we excavated closer to the road to improve our chances. Imagine our excitement when we soon unearthed a fragment of quarry-tile and then, at approximately 43cm deep, we reached a bed of hard-packed sand, roughly 8cm thick. “This is it!” some of us exclaimed and enthusiastically recorded the feature as the base for a ‘cottage floor’ in our Access Cambridge Archaeology Test Pit Booklet. As usual, Gareth and Avril were sceptical and we decided to carry on digging (to a depth of 110cm in fact). Almost immediately, our ‘cottage-floor’ theory was shattered into 1000 pieces – or rather sherds to use archaeologists’ lingo. Below the floor was layer upon layer of compacted soil and gravel,

laced with even more sand and a hotchpotch of pottery. Our finds ranged mainly from the thirteenthcentury to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) with a couple of sherds of Romano-British and late Anglo-Saxon ware thrown in (literally) for good measure. We even found bits of the ubiquitous blue and white nineteenth-century crockery 100cm down! When we hit some fine top-soil low down in the pit, we realised what had happened. Everything was so completely topsy-turvy that the site must have been excavated before - probably by the navvies who metalled Chestnut Close/ Rectory Road during the first decades of the twentieth century. However, all was not lost. We did unearth a whetstone (for sharpening knives), fashioned from Scandinavian phyllite and dated 900-1100. Of course, its discovery does not necessarily mean that a hoard of bloodthirsty Vikings was honing axes here, ready to massacre God-fearing, AngloSaxon Pegekirkians. It may have been brought by a peace-loving settler or traded, perhaps. And finally, Avril was so impressed by the range of pottery

sherds retrieved from the test pits on the green that she decided to draw some graphs of their chronology. From these, it is startlingly obvious that the huge proliferation of late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century sherds coincided with the period of ‘high farming’, when even the parish’s poorest soils were put to plough to feed a rapidly-expanding population. After this, there is a sharp drop in pottery use in Peakirk and little signs of any substantial increase until Victoria’s reign. It would be very unwise to suggest that the spoils from three metre-square excavations provide an overall view. Yet, a possible explanation for the decline may have been a visitation of the Black Death which swept across England in 1348/9, wiping out (it is estimated) up to 50% of the population. The Parish Council has sanctioned a further two test pits and it will be interesting to know if future pottery finds follow the same pattern. Hopefully, they will provide us with another piece to help fit together the jigsaw of Peakirk’s past.

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The End of the Line TRIBLAND’S ‘STEAMY’ PAST

by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

By the time that you read this, we will have bid farewell to our summer of extreme weathers. Doubtlessly, many Triblanders will have been involved in The Great Getaway, heading for the airports and far-flung parts of Britain before the children begin their Autumn Term. At this time of year, my thoughts drift back to school hols. of yore, when the sun always shone, the North Sea that washed up on our shore was never cold and few had heard of a package holiday.


lthough we would take the car on long-haul trips to Surrey and the West Country, one of the highlights was our annual ‘Away Day’ to Edinburgh. In retrospect, part of the excitement was the travelling for back in the late 1950s/early 1960s, most trains were hauled by steam locomotives, which hissed like a sack of snakes or sounded like giant horses breathing. As we rattled along the EastCoast mainline, unbeknown to me my Tribland contemporaries were having an equally-good time. There, they were packing their buckets, spades and bathers and escaping their land-locked county by boarding a ‘Seaside

Special’ to bracing Skegness or Sunny Hunney (Hunstanton]. This was an era when more people relied upon public transport and almost every village had easy access to a railway station. Now, due to a combination of increased car-ownership, road improvements and Dr Beaching’s cuts in the 1960s, many have closed. Some of these architectural delights have been converted into comfortable dwellings (as at Peakirk, Uffington, Barnack, Bainton Gate and Wansford Road); others (like Castor, Ufford Bridge and Helpston) have been dispassionately dismantled. Today, we will take a sentimental journey along Tribland’s half-forgotten

railways and discover from old photographs, records and oral histories what it was like when four different companies were plying their trade here. Northampton and Peterborough Railway (N&PR) The first line to be laid in our region belonged to the N&PR, a branch of the London and Birmingham Railway Company, which later was swallowed up by the London and North-Western Railway (L&NWR). Then, single track (with a passing place at Thrapston), it officially opened on 2 June 1845 and stretched from Blisworth via Northampton, Oundle, Barnwell, Wansford (at Sibson-cum-Stibbington) >>

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>> and Castor before continuing through Overton (Ferry Meadows), Orton Longville and Woodston to Peterborough. It operated a passenger service of five trains in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays and two on Sundays. As was the norm during the Victorian era, the stations were placed on the outskirts of towns and villages. This was mainly down to the topography and availability of the land but also because the ruling elite did not want noisy, grimy engines anywhere near their ‘backyards’, belching steam, smoke and soot and clanking and whistling as they shunted and hauled wagons and carriages. Castor station (in Ailsworth) opened c.1848 almost as an after-thought with only the basic amenities, namely a stationmaster’s house, booking-hall and two platforms. There was a gentlemen’s urinal on the ‘Up’ (Northampton) side but no such luxury for the ladies. They would have to wait to ‘spend a penny’ at the station until the early-1900s, when an earthcloset was installed at the end of the general waiting room on the ‘Down’ (Peterborough) platform. Such inconvenience! In 1897, sidings were constructed to the north of the track, mainly for coal to keep the Castor home-fires burning. There was also a level-crossing providing access for farm vehicles to the fields beyond. Originally the stationmaster diversified as crossing-keeper, booking-clerk and, sometimes porter (when help was not available from Wansford). During the 1950s, the stationmaster’s wife, a Mrs Spicer, was employed to operate the gates, valiantly fitting her nursing duties around twelve-hour shifts. On the evening of 3 January 1945, high drama hit Ailsworth when one of Herr Hitler’s VI ‘Flying Bombs’ landed near the station. It severed the telephone wires between the signal box and Woodston but, in true 20

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Dunkirk spirit, they were repaired immediately with minimal fuss and disruption. Castor station closed 1 July 1957. Beaching’s decision to axe the Northampton to Peterborough line followed. The last official passenger train departed on 2 May 1964, goods traffic ceased on 28 December and the station buildings were removed in 1965. The line continued to be used until 1970 to allow Oundle School pupils to catch connections at Peterborough Castor

and for carrying ironstone from Nassington via the L&NWR line through Wansford until 1972. In 1974, Peterborough Development Corporation bought the section between Wansford Tunnel and Longville Junction and leased it to the Peterborough Railway Society (precursor to the Nene Valley Railway (NVR). On 1 June 1977, the NVR ran its first steam passenger train from the Wansford Steam Centre (at Stibbington) to Orton Mere. The line was extended as far as Peterborough, in May 1986. The Great Northern Railway Company (GNR) In June 1846, Parliament authorised GNR to construct a loop line between Peterborough (North) and Lincoln via Boston. The route (which is still used between Peterborough and Lincoln) leaves the main East-Coast line at

Werrington Junction, two miles south-east of Peakirk, then crosses the River Welland into Lincolnshire. The track was completed in September 1848 and, on Tuesday 17 October, Peakirk’s Italianate station, with its mahogany-fitted booking office and three-storied stationmaster’s house was opened. First called ‘Peakirk, Crowland and Deeping’, the name was shortened to ‘Peakirk for Crowland’ in 1851 and later simply ‘Peakirk’. In 1897, a branch from Peakirk to Crowland and Postland was planned but it never came into fruition. However, sidings were constructed to serve the goods platform, Arthur Neaverson’s wood-yard, Charles Neaverson’s coal-yard, holdingpens for cattle and sheep and a granary (now a private residence). At Folly Bank level-crossing on Gatehouse (Thorney) Road, stood a three-storied crossing-keepers’ house, which mirrored the design of the stations along this stretch of the loop-line. With the onset of World War I, the passenger service was reduced to give priority to the 24/7 movement of troops and armaments. It was restored in 1919 and ‘Seaside Specials’ introduced, Skegness’ Illuminations proving particularly popular. During the 1920s, the Boston to Peterborough branch line was developed even further with 60 trains a day stopping at Peakirk. These improvements encouraged local farmers to produce more fruit and vegetables knowing that they could be rapidly taken to town. Station Road (St Pega’s Road) was heavily congested with carts and lorries and animals heading for the cattle market in Peterborough. After World War II, much of the freight traffic was lost to road hauliers, who could provide a more-convenient doorto-door service. In early 1947, the time-table was dramatically curtailed due to coal-shortages. The station closed to passengers on 11 September 1961 and to goods on 27 April 1964.

HERITAGE Uffington and Barnack station from the signal box


Greg Prior ‘Uffington’ signal box


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Syston and Peterborough Railway (S&PR) The S&PR was a subsidiary of the Midland Railway, whose stakeholder-in-chief was the later-disgraced entrepreneur George Hudson, the so-called ‘The Railway King’. The line and ancillary buildings were constructed in three phases between Syston (Leicestershire) and Peterborough. The Stamford-Uffington--Bainton Gate-Helpstone-WaltonPeterborough section opened on 2 October 1846. The stations were noteworthy for their diversity in design, all of which were painted in the company livery of green and stone. Although all the stations along the line have closed, the route survives with East Midlands Trains currently holding the franchise. The first stop after Stamford (towards Peterborough) was Uffington, renamed ‘Uffington and Barnack’ on 1 February 1858 since it was mid-way between the two villages. Apart from losing its goods yard, used for the transportation of gravel and later sugar beet, the site has changed little since the station’s closure to passengers in 1 September 1952 and to freight on 17 August 1954. The stationcum-stationmaster’s-house, built in Ketton stone with its mullioned

windows and Collyweston roof, has a delicious estate-cottage look about it. There is a working signal box too, which opened in 1909 replacing an 1870s ancestor, and an energetic signalman whose job involves opening and shutting the gates manually! Bainton Gate, next down the line, looks little more than a halt with a single-story lodge (then called ‘Rail-Gate House’). Yet, from 1 November 1852 passengers could alight or board the train here with the crossing-keepers acting as ticket-collectors and guards, until the facility was withdrawn due to a lack of use on 1 August 1856. At this stage, the gates were ‘manned’ by two railway labourers’ wives, Eliza Cooper and Ann Pratt, toiling twelve-hour shifts. When Helpston station closed on 6 June 1966, the crossing became ‘unmanned’. It is now automated. Helpstone station complex must have been an impressive sight in its heyday. Opened in October 1846 as a mere halt, ‘Helpstone’ was upgraded in 1852 when the GNR laid its London to York track parallel with the S&PR’s (Midland) line, warranting two signal boxes (Helpston East and Helpston West) on either side of the Bainton Road (B1443) to control the double level-crossing. The eastern box has

gone but its western companion’s 1998 successor is still functioning. From architectural drawings and old photographs, the stationhouse complete with bookinghall, waiting-room and Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s lavatories were reminiscent of a row of almshouses. There were sidings leading to Arborfield Paper Mills (opened 1865), the Gas Works (c.1886), animal pens and a goods yard as well as a footbridge, granary (The Grain Store), a picturesque stationmaster’s house and the Railway Hotel (now a family home). Like Uffington and Peakirk, ‘Helpstone’ station was subjected to changes of name. It became ‘Helpstone for Market Deeping’ on 1 July 1858,’ Helpston for Market Deeping’ on 1 May 1877 and, finally, ‘Helpston’ on 1 May 1912 and remained so until its closure on 6 June 1966. The station-house was demolished c.1974. Ironically, Helpston’s most-famous son, John Clare ‘the ‘Peasant Poet’ (1793-1864), who had abhorred the railways since their inception, was brought home by train for his burial. Surely, even he would have mourned the passing of this architectural gem? >> Helpston

Helpston: S&PR line

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>> Stamford and Essendine Railway (S&ER) Initially, the Marquis of Exeter (Lord Burghley) was opposed the GNR’s plans to take their London to York line through Stamford on the grounds of ‘residential injury’. Ultimately, the company opted for the flatter route through Peterborough thus by-passing Stamford and stunting its development. Realising from George Hudson’s dubious example that fortunes could be made on the backs of trains, Exeter became the majority shareholder in the S&ER, which he intended to link with the GNR main line at Essendine. Although Exeter’s proposal received Parliamentary and Royal Assent in 1854, his venture was beset with problems. His contractor died before completing the project and, worse still, the Essendine Junction with the GNR faced northwards, the wrong way for trains to proceed to Peterborough and London. Undeterred, when the line officially opened on 1 November 1856, he was already planning to rectify this. In 1864, an Act was passed permitting Exeter to extend the line eight miles from Stamford East station (avoiding Burghley Park, naturally) to join the Northampton-


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Barnack - the end of the line

Peterborough route. Its course skirted Uffington and Pilsgate with Tribland stations at Barnack, Ufford Bridge and Wansford Road (A47) and a halt at Southorpe. Exeter leased the engine and rolling stock from GNR but embellished them with his coat-of-arms. Thus, it became known as ‘The Marquis of Exeter’s Railway’ though curiously it was dubbed ‘The Pig and Whistle’ and ‘The Bread and Onion’ line by the locals. Barnack’s cottage-like station building off Bainton Road (B1443) opened with the rest of the line on 9 August 1867 and contained a

booking-hall, lavatories, waitingroom and canopy to protect travellers standing on the platform in inclement weather. It stands next to its old goods yard (now Station Road Business Park). The station also possessed a weighbridge with a quaint little cabin, currently blockaded by piles of pallets. Ufford Bridge opened 1867 as an unmanned halt and was the Cinderella of the line. As at Castor, facilities were kept to the bare minimum. The waiting-room was under the bridge (carrying the Ufford-Bainton Road) and without windows, artificial lighting or heating; seating was a railwaysleeper on the uneven brick floor. In winter, two flickering oil lamps guided travellers along the platform. They were lit by a porter from Barnack and extinguished by the guard on the last train. Obviously, passengers were discouraged tarrying too long at this station and seemingly used it at their peril. Now, all but the bridge and platform have been removed and this secluded spot has become a favourite with fly-tippers From Ufford Bridge, the track cut through Sutton but Lord Fitzwilliam of Milton and Reverend Samuel Hopkinson of Sutton


Grange baulked at having a station here. Instead, it was constructed a mile away on Wansford Road (beneath the A47), replicating that of Barnack in both layout and buildings. The former stationmasters’ house also survives at a discreet distance, on Heath Road. At first, the S&ER ran four trains each way on weekdays, increasing to seven a day in 1920 but none on Sundays. The route was never particularly profitable and did not recover after the 1926 General Strike. Not surprisingly, the Stamford to Wansford branch closed to passengers on 1 July 1929, though protests from local farmers resulted in the freight service lasting until 1931. Stamford East (Water Street) station became redundant in 1957 with passengers being diverted to George Hudson’s erstwhile Midland Railway station (the present Stamford station) and the S&ER line closed for freight on 15 June 1959. The Ufford-Barnack stretch is now part of Torpel Way footpath. The Romance of Steam? Helpston’s John Clare was quite correct when he envisaged that the railways would blight the landscape he knew and loved. Indeed, on first encounter, the average Triblander-

in-the-street probably perceived the smoke-spewing ‘Iron Horse’ as something quite diabolic. Yet, its advent opened new horizons, particularly after Queen Victoria gave the railways her stamp of approval by patronising the trains herself, in 1842. Now, ordinary countryfolk also had the means to travel beyond their immediate environment to work, shop, socialise, visit friends and relatives and to explore, especially when ‘half-day Saturdays’ were introduced, in 1850, and Bank Holidays, in 1871. Today, it is all too easy to eulogise about the ‘Golden Age of Steam’ between the two World Wars - as portrayed by images of iconic trains like The Orient Express and La Flèche d’Or and the heroic locomotives, The Flying Scotsman and The Mallard; through the words of W. H. Auden’s atmospheric ‘Night Mail crossing the border’ and Frank Sinatra’s wistful “sigh of midnight trains in empty stations”; and

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Edith Nesbit’s enduring classic, The Railway Children. In reality, it would not seem quite so romantic to have to dry your washing or sleep off the night-shift next to a busy the railway line! Moreover, even beyond earshot of the trains, Tribland in general must have been so much grubbier then with smoke and soot from coal-fires as well from traction engines, steam rollers and lorries trundling along the highways and byways. Perhaps, for us living 60, 80, 100 years on, it may be a case of distance lending enchantment to the view. But, then, who can resist stopping to admire the Nene Valley Railway’s mighty 92 Squadron steaming through the countryside leaving a white plume in her wake? Feeling a tad nostalgic? Then, visit the NVR’s headquarters, at Stibbington, and catch a glimpse of the glory days when all Tribland’s stations were hives of activity and air-travel was not an option for most of its inhabitants. 

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We were thrilled so many of you came along and supported the Fayre. It was sheer joy to see so many happy smiling faces on the field enjoying the sunshine, games and the odd tipple or two! An event such as the Fayre takes a great deal of organising but when we get such great feedback as we have had, it really does make all those months of planning worthwhile. One villager summed up why we do it when she said: “I spent all afternoon chatting to people I hadn’t seen in ages, many of them neighbours!” We would also like to extend a special thanks to all those villagers and friends who either rolled their sleepes up and helped with the setting up and taking down on the field, or were there on the day helping out. Without the extra help of you people we wouldn’t have been able to have pulled it off. As well as everybody having a great family day out, we raised in excess of £2,700 which will go towards revamping the kitchen. We have already started planning for next year’s Fayre, so keep 16 June 2018 free in your diary! Maxey Youth Club. Youth Club open evening. Friday 8 Sept’ 7.30pm to 9pm, in the village hall. Year 7 and above welcome, parents too. Come and see what is on offer each week. Email kevinlapinskis328@btinternet.con for more details or just pop in. Future dates; 15 & 22 Sep. 6, 13 & 20 Oct. Maxey Community Association; Upcoming events. Friday 29 Sept Macmillan Coffee morning. Maxey village hall, 10am to 2pm. Lovely cake, pretty vintage crocks and a fantastic cause to support! Saturday 7 Oct Quiz Night is back! Teams of 6 or less needed. A bowl of chilli and rice is included in the £6 per person ticket price. Bar available, 7pm start. Email for tickets.


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Northborough It was another lovely June day for St.Andrew’s Midsummer Lunch and Gill’s garden was once again the perfect setting. More than forty people enjoyed a variety of salads and delicious home - made desserts. Thanks to all who supported us and thanks to Gill for allowing us to invade her garden . The grand sum of £475 was raised for Church funds.

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29 October - 12 noon kick off The Bainton & Ashton Parish Council kindly invite you to the very first Apple & Cider Day. The event is open to all villages in the Barnack Ward and beyond, friends and families alike.  We very much hope you will attend to support this event raising funds for future community work, events and projects.  The day will

kick off at 12 noon with a hog roast, included in your ticket price. There will be craft ciders, apple juice and apple pies to consume and buy plus many other activities including children’s games, Wellie Wanging and the Everything Apple Marquee hosting apple press demos. We will also be holding a Dog Show during the day. Is your dog a star? Contact Emma at Clippers Dog Grooming for categories


and your entry form on 07880 884422. During the day there will also be Open Mic sessions. So if you would like to show your hidden talent please contact Graham on 740034 to book your slot for stardom. Tickets for the day itself are available from any Parish Councillor, Helpston Post Office, Willow Brook Farm Shop or from Rob & Pam at The Blue Boar, Bainton. Hope to see you there. Pam Kounougakis

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you from 10-30 and answer any questions about transport, cost and our programme of events. You can also chat to members and bring along a friend or relative if it’s a bit scary on your own. We’re looking forward to welcoming new faces and stories so do make that step and try it. There’s no commitment, just a taster to see what you may be missing. The other date is our club Jumble Sale on Saturday 7 October, at the Village Hall at 2pm. We need things to sell and



A very exciting announcement for this months report.. Two very exciting announcements!!! Two dates to put in your diary for October! The Friendship club is now in a very fortunate position to welcome new members into our well established popular group. If you’re not sure or nervous about making that first step we are holding an Open Morning at Glinton Village Hall where you can spend some time among us, have a drink, play games or just chat. On Monday 2 October we will be happy to meet and greet all of

people to buy them so if you can do either come along... Club funds will be very grateful! We also celebrated a special 90th birthday with guests from the Town Hall! And we enjoyed our musical entertainments and the super activities on our summer programme. After our break we start back in September with a trip to Springfields centre, a talk on Macmillan Nurses and a White Elephant sale (and, yes, we are selling them off cheaply, especially the ones that squirt water!) If you need more information contact Barbara on 01733 253078.  

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Barnack News It has often been noted that whilst the rest of the World has climate, Great Britain enjoys weather. Certainly this summer can so far be judged as “mixed” as far as weather goes. Now the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is almost upon us. However, on the bright side, the few hot days in June and the rain ever since have produced a prodigious bounty of plump lush fruits in the hedgerows. Locally, Barnack has blackberries not only in abundance, but swollen to a plumpness more usually seen in cultivated varietIEs. There are also sloes more like damsons, to produce a sloe gin, which in its maturity will warm the cockles of many a heart in midwinter, not to speak of the crab apples waiting to be turned into piquant jellies and chutney’s. Although the “Silly Season” other things have of course been happening in Barnack. The Party in

the Paddock was a great success and raised well over £3000 for charities. The Church Fete enjoyed a reasonable day of weather and again was a well supported event central to the life of most English Villages. This event was no exception making around £1100 for the Church, As ever, planning issues loom large on the horizon. This particular application concerns an area of land to the West of Uffington Road, and was the object of discussion at an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council.The land owner requests planning permission for a rabbit farm on the land, earlier applications have been refused on a variety of grounds, eg the difficulty of preventing the spread of myxamatosis, smell to adjacent housing, drainage and water pollution etc. After a full discussion it was unanimously agreed that BPC

Etton News At the Parish Council meeting a number of incidents of crime in Etton were reported including: horse trailers and boxes being stolen from Nigel Young’s property; dog walker’s parked cars being broken into on Etton road near the bridges; the occupants of a stolen black Audi (used in an armed robbery) were witnessed dumping parts of a safe in a field around Etton. Residents Four generations of the Warren family. are encouraged to be vigilant and Harriet with Finlay, his great grandparents report any crime by calling 101, on the right, grand-parents on the left but please ensure you get a crime number. In an emergency always On Saturday 15 July we welcomed dial 999. the Warren family to Etton Church The annual Etton church clean for the Baptism of Finlay James Roydon on his first birthday. Despite up takes place on 3 September at 10.30am. News of the event will all the excitement of the day and appear in the next issue. being surrounded by lots of family Discussions have taken place and friends Finlay was unfazed and about holding an ‘apple day’ in behaved impeccably!

would submit a letter of objection to the Planning Committee requesting that the matter be considered by the full Committee. Other items under consideration of the BPC is further traffic calming in the Village, The Committee is currently and actively examining the establishment of of Vehicle Activated Signs in an effort to slow speeding traffic. Humps have already been established but when we become motorist’s it seems that we are incapable of driving both within speed limits and calmly. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Algernon’s book in theImportance of being Earnest, who declared that it was not possible to eat muffins in an agitated fashion. When driving we should remember that and drive in a calm rather than an agitated fashion, we should also remember that traffic calming costs money ...OURS. Anne Curwen 01733 253357 Etton in the autumn. We have reviewed the new trees in the orchard and feel that there won’t be sufficient apples this year. However, we would love to know if you might be interested in helping to organise an apple day next year. We are able to borrow an apple press so should be able to make some cider. Would you be interested in getting involved? Providing apples? Have any ideas about how we might make this a good Etton community event? Any thoughts or views please contact me. Finally, we plan to hold a laying of a wreatH ceremony again this year. This will be held at the village sign on Sunday 12 November. One of our parish readers has kindly agreed to lead the ceremony this year.

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One of my greatest fishing pleasures when I lived in Dorset was to be at Weymouth Harbour an hour before the sun came up, chucking handsful of soggy bread into the water.

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here’s only one fish that swims in the sea you can target with bread, and that’s the grey mullet – a fish which many sea fishermen once believed is impossible to catch because of its soft mouth. In fact, it’s quite an easy fish to catch, and my friend Mark and I had the right fishing tackle to catch it. Grey mullet (not the red ones you see on the fish slab) have small mouths and an appetite for tiny particles of food. Their odd, fleshy lips are adapted to allow them to scrape algae from rocks, leaving distinctive ‘train line’ tracks. But they’ll also eat bread. Anyone who has ever fished with bread ‘flake’ (the soft, white part of the loaf, squeezed on to the hook) for chub or bream will be able to catch mullet. Our method

Mark in his youth with a nice 3lb grey mullet, caught on coarse fishing tackle

by Mark Williams

from the Stone Pier in Weymouth, where the water was 15 feet deep, was to use a really big sliding float, with all the weights two feet from the hook, and a tiny hook by sea fishing standards – size 10 or even size 12. To get mullet to take your bait you must first convince them that they like bread. The way you do this is to take a sliced loaf, chuck the whole thing in your landing net, dunk the loaf into the water, then wring it out through the mesh of the net. Then put the soggy slices in a bucket and mash them up with your hands. This mess is thrown in at a carefully chosen spot, then it’s a waiting game until the shoals find this food source. They take the bait gingerly, so you have to strike every dip of the float.

I mention all of this because those anglers who fish the Nene and Welland don’t need to search for special sea fishing tackle to take on a seaside holiday. Just take your normal river tackle, and head for the harbours. Mullet are fairly widespread but commonest in the south west. They’re not as common as when this picture was taken, thanks to the over-fishing which has devastated stocks of almost all sea fish since my youth. But they’re still there. Sometimes to see them finning along the surface of harbours, where you can also catch them on floating bread crusts. And when you hook a grey mullet, you’ll wonder why you’d fish for any other fish – they fight like no other fish, greyhound-fast and very powerful.

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Rosemary’s Farming Diary The cereal harvest has rolled round again as predicted earlier this summer. It has, I believe to be the earliest in living memory. 1976 was early which started on the farm about the 10 July, with yields down considerably.


his year we started combining winter barley on the 5 July – no record yields, but quite respectable, with good bushel weight. The barley straw is taken by our neighbouring pig farm, we then have all the pig manure back on our farm to keep the organic matter in our soils up to a high level, which in turn saves on bought in compound fertilizer. I always remember many years ago at our annual harvest festival service the tradition was to invite a vicar from another parish to come and give the sermon – the theme of course being thankful that all was safely gathered in. The vicar went to great lengths to emphasise that it was the pig manure which gave good results – “it’s the pig manure you need to get results” he repeated several times in his twenty-minute sermon! This was about 70 years ago; technology and science have given agriculture an enormous boost in the way we farm today, but as the vicar said it’s the natural organic manures which help the soil structure and fertility, particularly in a dry year. The harvesting schedule has been constantly interrupted with wet weather, the oil seed rape crop was finished on the 24th of July, winter barley was next which was cleared up on 6th August, with the winter oats on the same day; eighty

acres of spring barley combined on the 6th and 7th August, then straight into the winter wheat. We are all getting desperate for some settled weather as all the crops are well ready for harvesting including the winter beans, but looking at the weather forecast for the remainder of this week we shall be very lucky if the combine wheels turn as rain is forecast for most days. If the wet weather continues the concern for wheat quality is growing. – As I write this diary the weather is forecasting rain for the rest of this week, so we were combining into the early hours in an attempt to clear fields which will be sown with oil seed rape in the next week. I woke up this morning to torrential rain – no harvesting today or any field work either, what a frustrating harvest it is turning out to be. The weather has also had an effect on this year’s prices in the UK following global market trends. Again, this has been led by the weather in northern US, Canada and Australia. Closer to home hot, dry conditions during spring growing season have reduced crop size providing potential outlets for British grain. Coupled with the weather issues is the pound’s problems which has favoured UK growers in recent weeks for possible export markets. This can only be

good news for UK farmers and the economy in general. The next few months will show a much clearer picture of what the market dictates and where our commodities are best placed. September sees the opening of the four sugar beet factories. Newark opening 14th September, Bury St Edmunds 18th September, Cantley and Wissington 25th September. These dates are correct at the time of writing this diary but they could alter. With this in mind I think we should all be pleased to have hopefully finished the cereal harvest and sown next years oilseed rape crops into ideal seed beds. This enables good crop establishment before the temperature drops and plant growth slows up. On a lighter note, I have to say what a wonderful colour the gardens have produced this summer. Whatever the species maybe all have produced quality blooms, possibly a shorter window of blooming because of the high winds and the incessant rainfall. I’ve noticed in recent days the small birds are back in the garden. I even had our resident barn owl perched on a post next to the house, what a beautiful bird they are at close range and in good light (5am).

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Chez Pierre Medallions du Porc au Camembert


onjour to all Tribland people and I hope the summer is not over just yet for us all here living in our villages north of the City. Many times I have BBQ’d in the garden of Chez P this year but not always to enjoy the weather! This issue I continue to tell you about the dishes of North West France and how they tend to be created for particularly the cooler months, because Northern France is much the same as your Kent when it comes to temperatures

Recipe For four:

2 lbs (trimmed) good quality pork fillet, 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 7 tbsp dry white wine, 1 cup of crème fraîche, ½ tbsp chopped dried mixed herbs, a handful and a half of cooked chanterelle mushrooms, 5oz sliced rindless camembert cheese, 3 tsp Dijon mustard, ground black pepper and chopped parsley to garnish.

and rain, non? I have also been very busy in my kitchen over the summer, creating and to share new dishes to please you in forthcoming issues. 3 It seems though from the emails I have received that you Tribland womenfolk like my pork recipes in particular so I now will tell you more with a particular favourite of the guests here; my version of the regional rustic classic my grandfather created many years ago when he worked in  Slice the pork across into ¾ inch thick roundels. Flatten to about ¼ inch between sheets of cling film using a meat mallet.  Add to a pan of melted butter and cook for about 5 minutes until springy to the touch. Transfer to a warm dish.  Add to the pan the wine, mushrooms, crème and herbs and bring back to the heat.  Add the cheese, mustard, juices from the resting pork and a touch more crème if needed. Heat for another 5 minutes, season to taste and then serve the pork with the sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.

Normandy: Medallions du Porc au Camembert. As the best cheesemakers in the world it comes as not perhaps a surprise that our regions of France have a history of recipes which use their home-produced cheese. This simple dish from Normandy combines several of their fine products to serve a fine plate of food with a distinctly ‘expensive’ taste but cheap to buy basics. I generally serve this dish with plenty of sautéed garlic potatoes or maybe mashings with a touch of garlic, French beans in butter and caramelised shallots. On white plates this all looks a treat for the eyes and bellies of your guests and I serve with a lightlychilled Côtes du Rhone or Nuits St Georges to compliment the flavour of the cheese and elevate to an even higher level.

Bon Chance mes amis x - Pierre

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Exciting times ahead ... do you want to be part of it? If all goes to plan, before Christmas, John Clare Primary School will form a multi academy trust with Werrington and Wittering Primary Schools, with Gunthorpe Primary School joining as a sponsored academy.

Glinton Primary - in honour of Lance Coporal Ernest Broom On 7 July 2017 Year 6 students from Glinton Primary School walked down to the village playing field to remember the centenary of Lance Corporal Ernest Broom death from being killed by a trench mortar on aged 19. A number of families and villagers were there to witness the event. After a brief introduction and description of Ernest Broom’s life, his regimental details and the events surrounding his death, Year 6 pupils Paige Posnett and Jack Wright came forwards to remotely ignite the rocket. After a brief lull came an ear shattering explosion that caused everyone to smile then break into spontaneous applause. This event should help children and adults remember the sacrifice not only of Ernest Broom but all servicemen and women who have died in conflicts and wars over the years. This event will happen several more times over the next few months to remember the fallen from the 1st World War whose names are inscribed on the new cover steps of Glinton War Memorial.

This opportunity will lead to many positive opportunities for the schools and John Clare’s Governing Body will be key in determining the strategic direction and making key decisions around its future. The Board of Governors would like to invite members of the local community to join our existing team. This entails being a critical friend to the school, providing a strategic view of where the school is heading and holding the school to account for the educational standards and high quality of provision it supplies. We meet on a Wednesday evening four times a year as a full governing body, and also with the school staff team and small sub groups termly, to plan and monitor resources, strategic curriculum and health and safety throughout. Experience and knowledge of schools is not a requirement, however, commitment, reliability and belief in John Clare Primary School’s ability to inspire and educate its children are. As the Chair of the Governing Body I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who holds this community at their heart and thrives on providing opportunities for childrens’ progress and results. If you are interested, please contact Claire Spooner, Chairperson on 01733 665632 or 07780 696884. Closing date for expressions of interest is 29 September 2017.

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Alex Meadows

HELPSTON PLAYHOUSE Out of School Club by Izzie R “When we come to Out of School Club, most children want an activity to do when they are there. Mrs S, Lucy and Rachel, made Alice, Caitlin and I (Izzie) fun buddies.  A fun buddy makes enjoyable activities on Wednesdays for the children to take part it! We, the fun buddies, hosted a bake off for the children of after school club.  We set up the tables and talked to them like it was the real bake off.  They had to decorate a biscuit to represent themselves.  They then got to take them home and share with their families. (Well, some did anyway, others ate them!) On the big hill, in the out of school club garden, they have recently laid some new turf.  The turf needed to be watered for a while before the children could play on the lovely new grass. In out of school club, Mrs S, Lucy and Rachel like to make the garden as wild as it can be, by planting different plants, flowers, fruit and herbs for us to all enjoy” 

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At the end of term, we held some great events to celebrate another lovely year of Preschool and Out of School Club. The Out of School Club had an end of term party with yummy juices, ice cream and fun games. While the Preschool ended with their traditional end of term party, as they prepared to say goodbye to the children leaving to start school.  We also finished the year with a ladies afternoon tea fundraising event, kindly hosted by Mrs S in her stunning garden.  It was a fantastic few hours of afternoon sunshine, with delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes and attended by many new and familiar faces.  With thanks to the Playhouse Staff, Committee and many other helpers, we were able to raise an amazing £350 to go towards to the Preschool and Out of School Club.  Playhouse Committee

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My Shop is Local

New service available for residents within 10-miles of Stamford and Oakham Ever been stuck at home, or at work, when you desperately need to do some shopping in town? Well, now, you can shop locally online from a wide range of independent shops in Stamford and Oakham and receive just one delivery same day. From the comfort of your sofa, on the train to work, or during your lunch break, you can now support your local economy by shopping local without compromising on quality and convenience. My Shop is Local is already operating in Ely, and there will be more towns and cities starting up in the future. July saw the official launch of Stamford My Shop is Local website, founded and run by entrepreneurs Martina and Ivar Jenssen. They work with the independent local shops and publish their products on the local website, allowing shoppers to buy what they need from their local shops in a matter of a few clicks. A nice little feature is that in just one order, you can buy products from different shops, process only one payment, and receive just one delivery. And should you change your mind, there are also free returns on offer. Martina says “We are very pleased to launch this service in Stamford and Oakham. We have really enjoyed working closely with the local shops to make this happen and are looking forward to serving the local community and local residents.“ Can’t make it into town today?

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Helpston WI

Did you know that kilts for Scottish regiments are made by hand in Peterborough? Master kilt maker, Pat Wallace-Pope, came to talk to us in July about her craft and demonstrated how 8 yards of Scottish tartan are transformed into the finished kilt in a process that takes 4 days, working from 5am each day. We were very impressed to see the hand- stitching (12 stitches to the inch) and appreciated why the finished kilts cost over £240 as each one is tailored to the individual customer. Pat was a very entertaining speaker, generously donating tartan sashes to her models, and providing samples of traditional Scottish tablet, shortbread and Edinburgh rock. We’re all looking forward to Part 2 of her presentation!! We had another excellent speaker in August, when Matthew Kefford shared his enthusiasm for the work of Medical Detection Dogs. Matthew explained that dogs are trained to use their sense of smell, which is thousands

of times more powerful than a human’s. Some dogs go to work each day to detect traces of cancer in urine samples, where their high rate of correct identifications has led one NHS trust to use them in diagnosis. The majority of medical dogs live with people who suffer from Type 1 diabetes and have been trained to smell changes in their owner’s sugar levels and to alert their owner or even fetch the insulin kit which will prevent them falling into a diabetic coma. This means that sufferers have much more freedom to live normal lives. The charity is dependent upon volunteers as it does not receive any government funding for the its extensive training programme, and currently supports 40 dogs. As well as our monthly meetings, members enjoy a range of activities, including walking, line-dancing and ‘knit & natter’, together with regular outings and involvement in local and national campaigns. You would be made very welcome if you are able to join us.

We meet in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month. For more information contact Jean Mead, our president, on 01733 252025, or June Dobson, our secretary, on 01733 252192 or follow the links on, to village organisations.

Glinton WI

Helpston WI Diary

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 Knit & Natter at Botolph’s Barn, Helpston. Come and join our friendly, supportive group to practise and learn new skills. We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm (13 & 27 September; 11th & 25 October) Beginners’ Line Dancing

Every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 in the Village Hall. Contact June as above, or just come to the hall. Thursday 7 September Please join us in the Village Hall at 7:30pm when Chris Donaldson will talk about the Anglia Air Ambulance. Contact June Dobson on 01733252192 or come along on the night. Thursday 5 October Come and learn about the Japanese art of Origami, with local artist Catherine Duerden, in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm. We would be delighted if you joined us for this meeting.

by Ann Pettitt

This year’s August Summer Supper, held at the Red Lion West Deeping, proved a very successful evening. Attentive service and a spacious room, enabling people to circulate and socialise, were really appreciated. In July a large turnout of members, and seven visitors, met in the Village Hall to hear a talk by David White entitled “A Packet of Parsley”. David spoke with enthusiasm and humour about his early career in horticulture. This included an apprenticeship with the Royal Parks involving stints at Clarence House, St. James Park and Buckingham Palace.

Member Jean Street also presented an interesting report following her attendance at the Annual Meeting in Liverpool. Both of the worthwhile resolutions a] Alleviating Loneliness and b] Reducing Microplastics in our Oceans were passed. So keep your eyes and ears open for developments in the media. You might like to consider what difference you could make as an individual. If everyone does a little, a lot can happen. Looking forward: In September we have a Fashion Show by

Bonmarche and in October the Stamford Cheese Lady will speak to us. Once again our programme offers plenty of variety and the opportunity, no doubt, to leave the meetings with some tempting goodies. So if you think our activities might appeal to you just come along and meet us on the second Tuesday in the month in Glinton Village Hall, from 7pm. We are a welcoming, friendly group and there is no pressure to join. Visitors are welcome for a small charge of £3.50, which includes your supper.

For further details contact Margaret, President, on 01733 701268 or Jenny, our secretary, on 01733 254252

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Saturday 2 September OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW EXTENSION Northborough Community Association 2pm. The committee invites all residents of Northborough and Deeping Gate to the official opening of the new extension by The Mayor of Peterborough Councillor John Fox and the Mayoress Mrs Judy Fox. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall. Please join us. Sunday 10 September CAR BOOT SALE at Willow Brook Farm - see website

Sunday 17 September PARTY IN THE PARK Northborough Playing Field Come and join in this fabulous celebration of our wonderful villages of Northborough and Deeping Gate. Fun afternoon for all, entertainment, rides for the children, hog roast, bouncy castles, archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, bungee run, bubble football, children’s entertainer plus lots more. Fun starts from 12.30 onwards. Any offers for helping to set-up on the day would be appreciated, Please contact 01778 345143, 347464 or 343126 Sunday 10 September NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP Ferry Meadows Country Park Join Artisan felter Eve Marshall on this needle felting workshop to make garden birds. There will be an opportunity to make a couple of different birds under Eve’s expert tuition to take home. 1:30pm – 4pm. Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: £25 Booking essential. Sunday 10 September FAMILY VOLUNTEERING Ferry Meadows Country Park. Help the Rangers out in the Park. Everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided. Free car parking 10 am-12 noon Cost Free. Suggested donation £2 Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. 16 September THE GLINTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW Open to public from 2pm at the Arthur Mellows Village College, Glinton. Schedule of classes available from website. Sunday 17 September ALL AGE COMMUNITY PRAISE SERVICE 11am. St. Andrew’s Church invites you to Northborough Village Hall for this service before Northborough’s Party in the Park.


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Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September BADGER WATCH Ferry Meadows Country Park Join Park Ranger Chris Rollason for a talk on the life of a Badger followed by a silent vigil at a Badger sett to try and catch a glimpse of these shy creatures. 6:30-10:30pm. Cost: £10 (This event includes walking on uneven ground and you must be able to sit still for very long periods Please call 01733 234193 for further details.) Booking essential.


Wednesday 20 September BAT WALK Ferry Meadows Country Park Join park rangers and members of the Cambs bat group for an informative presentation on bats. Follow this with a walk in the park to try and spot the bats that call Ferry Meadows home. 8 – 10pm Meet at Visitor Centre Cost: £5 per person (This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. Wednesday 20 September RAMBLE FROM RIVER TO RAIL Ferry Meadows and surrounding area Enjoy a gentle stroll along the River Nene to Wansford where there will be time to look around the NVR station before returning to the Ferry Meadows by train.9:30am-3:00pm Meet at Visitor Centre Cost: Free event but please bring £4 for train fare. (This event includes walking on uneven ground and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. Saturday 23 September TYLERTHON ‘17 (Cycling in aid of Tyler Maxwell) Willow Brook Farm Complete either an 8, 15, 25, 50 or 65 mile course. Start/finish at Willowbrook Farm PE6 7EL. Family BBQ at the farm after the race. (BBQ not included in entry fee). To enter, please visit Entry fees: £10 for 8, 15 or 25 miles, £15 for 50 miles (includes food stop), £20 for 65 miles (includes food stop). To read Tyler’s story and donate, please visit Sunday 24 September St. Andrew’s, Northborough HARVEST PRAISE & THANKSGIVING 10.30am Gifts of non- perishable items are welcome at the Service for the Food Bank. Teddy Bear Parachute Jump follows the Service, so please bring brave Teddies complete with parachute! Sponsor forms available from Church and School. Donations will  go to our Restoration Fund.

Friday 29 September RACE NIGHT The Joe Homan Charity based in Glinton is holding a Race Night in the church hall of St Oswald’s on Lincoln Road at 7:30pm. Admission £5 which includes a fish and chip supper.  No bar so bring your own drinks.  Races, Horses & Jockeys plus tickets all need to be purchased in advance.  Please contact Margaret Cianni on 01733252195 or email

OCTOBER Thursday 5 October A WALK IN THE WOODS Ferry Meadows Country Park. Join a Ranger for a walk through Bluebell wood and the surrounding area. Lean about some of the projects carried out by the Ranger team.10am Meet at: Visitor Centre. Free. (Suggested donation £2 per person). Booking required.

Saturday 7 October UFFORD ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION We are having an exhibition of our paintings at Ufford Village Hall from 10am until 5pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available. 7 October GLINTON FRIENDSHIP CLUB OPEN DAY Village Hall 2pm in Glinton Village Hall. Refreshments. Jumble sale, bargain books, clothes, DVDs. Friday 13 October FISH & CHIP SOCIAL SUPPER & RACE NIGHT! Please join us in Ufford Village Hall for fish and chips, a bar and a race night. Doors open at 6.30pm with the first race at 7.30pm - all welcome! £10 per head. Contact Emma for tickets on 07769 587742 Friday 20 October WILLOW WEAVING Ferry Meadows Country Park Learn how to make things from willow by progressing through making a panel, a fish and finish with a willow pheasant to take home and keep for yourself or give as a gift. 9:30am – 4:30pm Meet at: Nene Outdoors reception. £65 Booking esential. Sat 21 / Sun 22 October ART EXHIBITION in aid of Sue Ryder Cancer Care in Glinton Village Hall Refreshments and Raffle. There are also taster sessions in the use of watercolour/pastels/acrylics at various times during both days from 10am to 4pm. both days

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29 October BAINTON & ASHTON APPLE & CIDER DAY Paddock View, Barnack Rd, Bainton PE9 3AE Opening at 12 noon with a hog roast Craft Ciders & Tea Tent, Dog Show (Is your dog a star ?), Children’s Games, Morris Dancers, Open Mic Sessions, Apple Press, Apple Pie & Apple Trees Tickets: £7.50 for an adult & £3 for children under 12 Contact any Parish Councillor, Willow Brook Farm Shop, Helpston Post Office or The Blue Boar Bainton. Dog Show : For categories & entry forms call Emma at Clippers Dog Grooming on 07880 884422 Open Mic : To book your slot call Graham 01780 470034. Car Parking will be available at Paddock View Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October HALF TERM TRAIL Ferry Meadows Country Park Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. Times: Trail sheets available 10:00am-3pm Meet at: Ferry meadows visitor centre Cost: £0.50 Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies. No need to book.

Tuesday 24 October FALCONRY TALK AND DISPLAY Ferry Meadows Country Park. Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display brings the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age, with a comprehensive and thrilling display, that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. Watch it, be amazed, join in… Times: 10:30am and 1pm. Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: £5 per person. Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities. Booking: Essential. Please visit to book a place or call 01733 234193 for more information Wednesday 25 October WILD WEDNESDAY Ferry Meadows Country Park. Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts. 10am-2pm. Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2 No need to book.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 29, 30 & 31 October M.A.D. ART EXHIBITION The popular Maxey Art Group and Deepings Art Club joint annual exhibition of paintings is taking place on Friday 29 October 10am – 5pm, Saturday 30 October 10am – 5pm and Sunday 31 October 10am – 2pm in Maxey Village Hall, Maxey, Cambridgeshire PE6 9EJ (just off the A15, south of Market Deeping). High quality paintings and cards by local artists will be on sale over the three days. Entry is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. Disabled parking, access and facilities.

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD... Saturday 25 November & Saturday 2 December ALADDIN PANTOMIME Newborough Dramatic Society have now started rehearsals for their Christmas Pantomime. Show dates are: 25 November at Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe at 2.30pm and 2 December at Newborough Village hall at 1.30pm and 7.30pm Price this year is just £6 (half the price of both The Key and The Cresset)

Please also see page 44 & 45 for church services and events and Helpston WI diary on page 39

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CHURCH SERVICES & EVENTS Please also see calendar on pages 12-14 Saturday 9 September ST PETER CHURCH VINTAGE TEAS (HARVEST THEME) 3pm and 5pm in the Village Hall. £5 Afternoon tea with waitress service. Tickets, please email: Sunday 17 September HARVEST FESTIVAL St. Peter’s. 4pm. Tea and cake after. 10 Sept, 8 Oct & 12 Nov NEW (LESS FORMAL) SERVICE St. Peter’s. Songs and worship. All welcome. 9am


Saturday 23 September Saturday 28 October

COFFEE MORNINGS St Botolph’s Church, Helpston. Everyone invited 10am until 12 noon. Sunday 8 October FAMILY HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE 10.30am St Pega’s Church, Peakirk. It’s a harvest of tins again this year. Please give generously. All donations going to Peterborough Food Bank. Everyone very welcome Saturday 2 September & Saturday 7 October BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month.


Sun 3 Sep

Sun 10 Sep

Sun 17 Sep

St John the Baptist Barnack

10am Benefice Communion Service

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

9am 11am Parish Communion Harvest Festival with Children’s Church Service 6pm Informal Reflective Service

St Mary’s Bainton


9am Parish Communion

6pm VCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

St Botolph’s Helpston


10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

All Saints Wittering


10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am Harvest Festival Service

St Stephen Etton

10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin


9am BCP Communion Rev Mark-Aaron


St Peter Maxey

9am Eucharist Rev Alan Fiddyment

9am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

10am Family Service Village Hall Mark H & Freda S 4pm Harvest Festival Rev Mark-Aaron

10.30am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

9.15am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

St Andrew Northborough

9am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

11am Community Praise Village Hall Freda Skillman

10.30am Harvest Festival Rev Mark-Aaron & Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk

6pm BCP Evensong Rec Mark-Aaron

10.30am Eucharist Rev Mark-Aaron


10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris


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Sun 24 Sep




Sun 1 Oct

Sun 8 Oct

Sun 15 Oct

St John the Baptist Barnack

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

9am 11am Parish All Age Communion Praise with Children’s Church

St Mary's Church Bainton

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am Harvest Festival Service

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am 10.45am NO All Age Parish SERVICE Communion Communion with Children’s Church 6 pm Informal Reflective Service


10.45am All Age Praise

All Saints Wittering

NO SERVICE 10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am Morning Praise




St Stephen Etton

10am Harvest Festival Mark Hotchkin


9am NO BCP SERVICE Communion Rev MarkAaron



10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin

St Peter Maxey

9am Service of the word

9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

10am Family Service Village Hall Mark H & Freda S



9am Service of the world

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Harvest Festival Rev MarkAaron

10.30am 10.30am Morning Praise Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

9.15am NO Morning SERVICE Prayer Derek Harris


10.30am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

9am St Andrew Northborough Eucharist Rev Mark-

10.30am All Age Praise

9am Eucharist Charles May 6pm Evensong Derek Harris

10.30am All Age Praise Rev MarkAaron & Freda Skillman


9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

St Pega Peakirk

10.30am Harvest Festival Rev MarkAaron


10.30am NO Morning SERVICE Prayer Derek Harris

7pm Benefice All Souls Service Rev MarkAaron

6pm BCP Evensong Rev MarkAaron


6pm BCP Evensong Rev MarkAaron

Sun 22 Oct

Sun 29 Oct

Thu 2 Nov

Sun 5 Nov



9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am 10am NO Parish Benefice SERVICE Communion Communion Service

9am Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

10.30am Benefice Family Eucharist Rev MarkAaron

4.30pm BCP Evensong

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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FUNERALS Charles CLARK 20 JUN 2017 Bainton Church was full to overflowing for the funeral of our the Chairman of the Barnack & district Branch of the Royal British Legion, Charles Clark, who died peacefully at home on 22 MAY after a short illness. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dave Maylor and readings were given by Gill Sillars and Charles’ son Jonathan. Dick Hailwood gave a moving and amusing tribute and Reveille was played by Lawrence Hayes. As an indication of the great respect in which Charles was held, the very many mourners and sympathisers included Wing Commander Elizabeth Nicholl (PA to the chief of the Air Staff), Commodore Jim Scorer (ex-RN, former Director of operations for Trinity House and the current Secretary-General of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations), Colonel Paul Loader (Chief Engineer, Army) and Robert Wardle (former Director of the Serious Fraud Office). by Max Sawyer Jean M. BRYAN (26/06/2017) Glinton Michael D. SISMORE (12/07/2017) Northborough

John F. SHARPE (18/07/2017) Northborough Raymond WYLDBORE (1/08/2017) Etton (Burial of Ashes George H. & Katherine G. ALLEBONE (13/08/2017) Glinton (Burial of Ashes) Yvonne BURDOCK (14/08/2017) Glinton (Thanksgiving) William J. THOMAS (18/08/2017) Northborough Ann WEST (11/07/2017) Helpston Church Wendy JIBB (12/07/2017) Peterborough Crematorium

BAPTISMS Ethan Benjamin BAILEY (30/04/2017) St Pegas Church Peakirk. Charles William SMITH (25/06/2017) Helpston Church

Coco Clementine SMITH (25/06/2017) Helpston Church Molly Samphire SMITH (25/06/2017) Helpston Church SMITH - HELPSTON Helpston Church saw a large gathering of the Smith family as Charlie, Coco and Molly were Christened by Rev Dave Maylor. Back row: Linda, Syd, Katy, Rosemary Payne (Katy’s Mum), Mid Row: Nick with Coco, Harry, Chris, Richard,Front row: Beck with Molly, William, Isabelle, Charlie. Oliver DONALDSON (02/07/17) Helpston Church DONALDSON FAMILY Baby Oliver Donaldson was baptised at Helpston Church recently. He is pictured with his mum, Anna, dad, Iain, brothers Isaac and Sebastian, godparents and vicar, Rev Dave Maylor. Finlay J. R. WARREN (15/07/2017) St. Stephen’s, Etton Hollie R. ALLEN (6/08/2017) St. Benedict’s, Glinton

Nico S. & Shakira J. RAUCCI (6/08/2017) St. Andrew’s, Northborough WEDDINGS

Richard CURTIS and Megan BONNER (08/07/17) Helpston Church Lee BRISBOURNE and Kirstie CHAMBERS (12/08/2017) Helpston Church Jamie GOODING and Michaela TEAT (18/08/2017) Helpston Church

AUGUST 100 CLUB WINNERS 102           Mrs.Brenda Hirst 101           Mr. C. Pick 161           Mrs. J.Lenton 46

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Tobias JENNINGS and Katharine WOMACK (19/08/2017) Bainton Church Lisa F. CHEVINS to Michael A. EARL (17/06/2017) St. Benedict’s, Glinton Ellen A. COCKSEDGE to Stephen P. EXTON, 5/08/2017 St. Peter’s, Maxey Julie P. WATLING to Simon A. MARKLEY (12/08/2017) St. Peter’s, Maxey.


Rev Mark-Aaron on Glinton church roof!

Greetings & salutations! The Reverend Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale Rector Glinton, Etton, Maxey, Peakirk & Northborough


ith the fading light of Summer, Autumn looms on the horizon - school’s back in session, our Leavers are now in bigger and more complex learning environments…and the energy of our village thoroughfares returns to a heightened tempo. After what, I pray, has been a refreshing holiday period for many, if not the majority or all of you, we settle back into the swing of things, with the familiar routines, the sounds of school children, traffic and end-of-season gardening equipment. It’s a great time to look for unique activities and unusual pursuits, to cultivate a different facet or side of your personality, or your friends’/family’s. Within the Nine Bridges Benefice, we have just the thing…Campanologists!  For hundreds of years, bells in church towers have rung out, mostly in a musical pattern, for all sorts of reasons, mostly connected with church services of all kinds…but, also, as a warning system, particularly on the east coast, when invaders were about…(quite possibly…). Currently, the six bells of St. Benedict’s in Glinton are rung each Thursday evening for practice; we are now taking on students (experienced ringers always welcome).  Additionally, our Tower Captain at St. Peter’s, Maxey, is starting up a Friday evening practice session for her six bells, again.  Our benefice thrives with Sunday morning services, and with numerous weddings; bells are also occasionally rung for funerals, on New Year’s Eve, and/or at other special times. If you would like a change of pace, a unique and interesting social experience, and with a mental challenge thrown in…swing around St. Benedict’s tower on a Thursday evening or get in touch with us at for more details. Children and adults welcome! In the meantime, Pax!

Service dedicated to pets Animal lovers from across the benefice made their way to the green adjacent to St Benedicts church on Sunday 30 July to enjoy an al fresco service dedicated to pets. Reverend Mark-Aaron reminded us how the lives of humans and animals have throughout history lived and worked together particularly in a rural community and in return for their trust we have a responsibility to care for them. As Mark-Aaron commented; “We were all pleased to welcome 88 people and over 20 canines (they were all canines this year, though equines, felines and even bovines were welcome) to the Nine Bridges Animal Blessing Service; I must say that as pleasing as the numbers were, and as fine as the weather was…it was the convivial village atmosphere that so many people commented to me about, for which I thanked God.”

St.Benedict’s Facelift Have you seen the transformation to St.Benedict’s churchyard? This is due to some very hard working volunteers. In order to maintain and improve the church and churchyard we invite you to call-in Saturday, 23 September 10-12 am for coffee & buns and to discuss how you may have a few hours occasionally to spare to help us-you can be assured of a warm welcome. Veronica Smth Churchwarden St.Benedict’s GLINTON

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September 1917

2nd Lt. Hugh Delane Sampson 207 Company Army Service Corps died of wounds on 2nd September 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. He is buried near Poperinge, Flanders. A fellow soldier, G.A.Hughes, wrote in his diary: “ Second Lieutenant Hugh Delane Sampson aged 42 remembered with honour at Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery”. The Army Service Corps was charged with providing troops with supplies mainly by means of horsedrawn transport. G.A.Hughes writes of men and horses killed. Five men and fifty five horses from 207 Company were killed between 22 June and 15 September 1917 according to CWGC records. October 1917 Pte Percy Hill 10th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment was killed at Ypres on 4th October 1917 aged 19 during the Battle of Passchendaele. He was the son of Emily Hill and was born and lived in Barnack. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial which stands between Ypres and Passchendaele. The memorial bears the names of almost 35,000 men whose graves are not known.

Hugh was the husband of Gladys, the daughter of Rev. LaGrange Leney rector of Barnack. Hugh is commemorated in Barnack church and Waternewton church. He and Gladys were married in Barnack and lived at The Little House, Waternewton. Cpl. Ernest Berridge 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment died of wounds in hospital on 23 September 1917 aged 23. He is buried at the Tincourt New British Cemetery near Péronne. He had been a gardener and lived with his parents, Charles and Harriet, in Barnack. His older brother John had been killed at the Battle of the Somme on 25 October 1916. Sgt. Harold Thomas Cox 2nd/4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment died on 26 September 1917 aged 21 at Passchendaele. The Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) was fought between 31 July and 6 November 1917. Throughout August and September the heaviest with his parents at the Manor House, Ailsworth. He is also commemorated on the Oundle war memorial. His brother Francis served in the war and survived. His parents, Charles and Mary Vipan, are buried in Stibbington churchyard.

Cpl Francis Goss Cousins Royal Garrison Artillery (181st Heavy Battery) died on 27th October 1917 aged 24 of enteric fever at the Red Cross Hospital, Gaza. He is Pte Charles Vipan 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment was killed buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He was born in on 17th October 1917 aged 26 during the Battle of Passchendaele. Southorpe in 1893. In 1908 the He is buried at Prowse Point Military family moved to Little Casterton then Belmesthorpe and then to Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Uffington. Francis worked as a Flanders. He was a resident of coach builder. After enlisting he Barnack, but was born at Ashton became a Corporal wheeler in the near Oundle. In the 1911 census 181st Heavy Battery which went to he is listed as a farm trainee living


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rainfall for thirty years turned the battlefield into a quagmire in which many men, horses and mules drowned. British and Allied casualties were 275,000. The German losses were 220,000. More than 130,000 bodies were never identified or recovered. When the British commander Sir Douglas Haig called off the attack, the allies had advanced a mere 5 miles in 105 days. In 1938 David Lloyd George wrote in his memoirs ; ‘’No soldier of any intelligence now defends this senseless campaign’’. We don’t know how Harold Cox met his end. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. His brother Joe had been killed by a sniper in May 1916. Arthur, another brother, would be killed in 1918. Harold lived with his parents in Walcot Park where his father Thomas was the head gardener, but he had moved to Hainton, Lincolnshire sometime after his wife died in 1915. She is buried in Barnack cemetery.

Salonika then Egypt and Gaza. A wheeler was responsible for repairing any damage to the wheels and other parts of gun carriages. Francis had a younger brother who survived the war. His parents moved to Barnack after the war and ran the Red Lion Inn. Francis is commemorated in Uffington church but not in Barnack.


Helpston’s contribution September 1917 From the records available to us in Helpston, the little break the village had from losses in July and August 1917, came to an end on September 22nd 1917 with the death of Pte. Charles Frederick Pollard at the age of 43 years old, according to records available to us. He appears to have been born at Wakerley in Northamptonshire but was living in Helpston by at least 1911. He worked on the railway as a plate layer. He enlisted in Peterborough into the Northamptonshire Regiment but appears to have transferred to the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Private Pollard’s body was not recovered so he is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial which is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when a small British Expeditionary Force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July 1917, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele. It is of interest to know The Menin Gate commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations, except New Zealand, who died in the Salient, in the case of United Kingdom casualties before 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war.


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Write Away.. Ufford Summer Gala Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event which has raised almost £800 for the village hall. It was great fun and lovely to see so many village faces enjoying the event, including all the local dogs! More Ufford events coming soon... Karen Howard

Pig Dyke Molly seeks musician Pig Dyke Molly is a group of men and women who perform our own modernised version of a fenland tradition, Molly dancing (see We perform both at local events and at national festivals, and have performed in France, Ireland and the USA.  We aim to be lively, creative, inclusive and entertaining.  The music we use was mostly written for us by a previous musician, now sadly dead, who created an exciting blend of 1970’s soft rock and folk music.  For the past few years we have had two teenage musicians, playing melodeon (button accordion) and saxophone, alongside percussion.  One has a new life and is no longer able to play for us and the other, Kathyrn, now works in retail and has to work every Saturday, though she is with us every Monday when we practise in central Peterborough. We would love to find someone to join us and work alongside Kathryn to prepare for the brilliant Whittlesey Straw Bear festival in January, and for events next year – we already have an invitation for Holmfirth Festival in May 2018.  We are open to a range of different instruments, though guitar type instruments may not be ideal (violin is great): brass and woodwind are promising.  We are open to working with our new musician on the tunes, and maybe see if we can use tunes he or she brings with them.  We need someone who is capable of playing as lead musician, when needed, and who can develop the confidence to create superb music to be part of exciting performances.  There is no pay but you would be joining a great friendly group and have free tickets at some great festivals.  If you might be able to help us, contact Tony on   50 vil agetribune

The news and views of Tribland residents as seen through the eagle eyes of social media alongside your letters to the Editor ...

Bin thinking ... Like others, I deplore the litter complained of in the last issue at this ‘beauty spot’. While we all appreciate how difficult it must be to catch the antisocial culprits who dump sofa cushions from the bridge into the river, the more manageable problem seems to be general litter.  When I passed through the kissing gate to the main road last week the litter bin appeared to have not been emptied for a long time.  It was overflowing and beside it were several plastic sacks full of litter, some of which was clearly blowing where the wind took it.  Would it not be sensible to place an industrial size bin there?  The Packhorse, Northborough School, the Shop and perhaps some farms must have regular collections of such bins.  One more would make little difference. Helen Franks, Northborough

Peakirk Planning Thursday 6 July saw an important day for the village of Peakirk and its residents. After over 3 years of hard work by the Neighbourhood Planning Team, the day had finally arrived for the village to hold its referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan, the very first in the Peterborough area. The Peakirk Referendum featured one question requiring a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision by those voting, specifically: Do you want Peterborough City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Peakirk Neighbourhood Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” 166 votes were recorded with 152 voters choosing ‘yes’ and 14 voting ‘no’ to the above question. This was a turnout of 47.7%. As more than 50 per cent of those that voted chose ‘yes’, the plan will go to the city council meeting on Wednesday 26 July 2017 to be made part of the Peterborough Local Development Plan and it will carry the same weight in deciding planning applications as the current Local Plan. Emma Crowson, Councillor, Peakirk Parish


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Sincere thanks I would like to express my sincere thanks for all of the kindness, support and message of sympathy shown to me following the death of my mother Jean Bryan, who passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on 7 June aged 85. My parents moved to Glinton in the summer of 1959 and Jean quickly became a part of the village community through her involvement with the church as well as the Young Wives’ Association and later with the Women’s Institute. Her hobbies included dressmaking and tending her garden. For many years, she arranged flowers and helped to clean the brasses at St. Benedict’s.  My parents enjoyed 41 years of very happy marriage. She nursed my father Derek through his final illness. Although devastated by his death in October 1994, Jean remained strong and coped admirably with the support of her friends in the village. She had a circle of friends who gathered regularly in each others’ homes for tea parties and she also enjoyed walks in the surrounding countryside with her sister-in-law Dorothy right up until last year.  Jean maintained a strong Christian faith throughout her life. Sadly her health had deteriorated in recent years but she bore her final illness with courage and humility. She never complained about her situation and was deeply appreciative of the nursing care which she received in her final weeks at Peterborough City and Stamford hospitals. Paul Bryan

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Poets with Italian photographer Monia Antonioli I’m so proud. 28 children from Miche Bora Primary School took part in a Kenyan National Music Festival, including choral speaking and amazingly they came second out of 200,000 applicants! There were five heats with the final being in Nairobi. It’s just so amazing! This has been such an opportunity for the children and certainly something which would normally be completely unattainable for children from a deprived area like Mgongeni. Of course, there were financial implications. Far more than we had anticipated as it had not occurred to us that they would reach the final but… well, let the children speak for themselves. Everlyne, 13 –‘I was so proud of myself being an ambassador for Mombasa. I want to work hard to get the trophy next year’. Margaret, 9 – ‘I was the best remember’ (well she was nearly) And finally, Irene, our headteacher -- ‘These events have made Miche Bora the centre of interest to all schools in Mgongeni if not Mombasa county.’ Our aim to provide quality education certainly seems to be paying off. The feeding programme is an annual worry of course but fortunately, as last year, we have been saved by a donor at the last minute. And then a visiting donor from CARE, an American charity, visited with enough dry food for two weeks and some toys. As a result of the drought in Kenya some staple food is rationed and the prices have naturally gone up. It’s hard to imagine how people would cope with feeding their children if it were not for our feeding programme. Other good news is that we are close to being able to complete the toilet block in the new school. Another £2000 and we shall be able to complete the new toilets. This will be a relief as we shall have another 25 children in the new building in January. The years pass so quickly. Reports from school continue to be positive from the point of view of parents, children and staff. One great weakness amongst the teaching staff is their IT skills. Those who have them can operate a smart phone but need time to learn the value of Office etc. without the distraction of the WWW. Knowing that access to the internet was dependent upon their IT skills improving they have been having weekly lessons from our IT literate school secretary and I am expecting to set up internet access for our laptops when I return in October. And talking about my return visit, I shall also be taking shoes that have been donated by all the children at a local primary school. So important when you see the state of many children’s shoes in Kenya. It’s a miracle that there are not more injuries to their feet. I shall also meet up with one of our latest volunteers who is going to spend three months with our youngest children. Exciting times as always. Thank you so much for all your support. You have enabled us to grow and enrich the lives and futures of these children more than any of us could have imagined. CARE donated food Shoes from Northborough Primary

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Goodbye Glinton Brownies

Annie Gidney

On June 22nd after thirteen years with Glinton Brownies I stepped down from being a Leader. Many parents came to say goodbye and I received some lovely gifts and cards presented to me, a very emotional evening. I have lots of memories with my Girl Guiding years, from being a Brownie and Guide in Glinton and becoming a Queens Guide which i will always be proud of.  I then became an assistant leader at Glinton Brownies.  After a break I started helping at Helpston Brownies (as my daughter attended Brownies here) as a Unit leader then became an Assitantant leader until July 2004. While being an assistant at Helpston Brownies I also ran Glinton Rainbows until December 2012.  Glinton Brownies had been closed for quite a while so in September 2004 I reopened the Unit.  Also during this time I have been doing the District accounts, (for many years), standing in as acting District Commissioner for Glinton district and mentoring some new ladies into Guiding. Being in the New-WerriThorpe Gang Show for quite a few years was great fun.

Councillors address footpath issues

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Glinton and Castor ward joint councillors Peter Hiller and John Holdich have asked Peterborough City Council Highway Services’ officers to have the condition of the footpath connecting Glinton and Northborough inspected soon. They both feel the surface will need remedial treatment in the not-toodistant future and would like confirmation soon from highways engineers that a programme of action will be scheduled-in when their budgets allow. Peter told the Tribune “This is a very long and wellused path connecting our villages of Northborough and Glinton and, along with a degree of unevenness, we’ve noticed a deterioration of the tarmaced surface recently. John and I have spoken to a number of concerned residents from both villages about it and decided to speak with the council’s experts for their opinion and the potential to fix it. I don’t imagine the cracking of the tarmac is particularly hazardous at this stage but we’re both of the opinion there’s obviously a problem that needs a remedy when finances permit”

I am one of a unanimous board of the Environment Agency’s Anglian (Northern) Regional Flood & Coastal Committee (NRFCC) members to sign a recent letter to the DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove MP, outlining our genuine and qualified concerns regarding the potential for flood risk to properties and people as a result of weedchoked water courses across our local authority’s area, and in our rural area north of Peterborough in particular. Tribland readers might be interested to know that in the letter we ask the Secretary of State to assist us with the high cost of effective control of aquatic weeds and invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam, to reduce potential flood risk to property and people. In addition, without access to a chemical method of control we would indeed be faced with a much greater cost and obvious environmental disturbance if we had to revert to a solely mechanical form of control. In short, without the chemical glyphosate (which is due this year for re-registration within the European Union) we would fail to control most of the target species and certainly the more aggressive ones. We asked the Secretary of State to ensure that DEFRA supports this chemical’s future availability for the RNFCC to continue our environmentally-friendly clearance programmes.

Glinton Brownies farewell Please see above a photo of Sue Lane with the Glinton Brownies. Sue “Pooh Bear” left Brownies on 22 June after nearly 20 years in Girl Guiding. The girls gave Sue hand made cards, flowers and gifts to say thank you to her.

Cllr Peter Hiller - Glinton and Castor ward Member NRFCC

Gypsy and Travellers’ site appeal Quick heads up on the Nine Bridges Gypsy and Travellers’ site appeal: the Inspector has dismissed it on visual impact and flood risk grounds. No temporary permission allowed. Both John H and I are relieved at this decision (as are I’m sure many others) and we have now instructed PCC enforcement officers to act appropriately and in accord with the council’s original notice. Peter Hiller 52

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During my time at Glinton Brownies I have had three ladies who helped me through most of my time with the Unit. Linda started with me in 2004, while Nicky and Kirstie were with me for 8 years.  I am very grateful for their time and support they gave me, I could not have run a unit without them.  We all stepped down from the Unit together.  During my time in Guiding I have enjoyed many camping experiences as a Guide with the late Mrs Betty Whitton.  Doing many badges at Guides to receive my Queens Guide award.  Helping with many decorated floats when we used to have a Gala in the village.    Going on Pack Holidays with Helpston Brownies, loss of sleep I remember.  At Glinton Brownies we have done many different crafts, making a person out of bottle tops was one of my favourites.  Going tobogganing and seeing the girls have so much fun, walking down to the church at Christmas and singing as we go for the Christmas Tree light switch on.  These are only a few memories, thank you girls

for making my time in Guiding such a happy one. I could not have done this without the support of my wonderful husband David. He has always kept my accounts for units up to date, never complained about the mess I had about when getting ready for some crafts, drilling many holes in bottle tops when we made our bottle top person, bringing things up to Brownies when I have forgotten something, only to mention a few.  I have met many lots of lovely girls, parents, Leaders in my time in Guiding, thank you to you for making it special.  I now wish Jo and her team all the very best in taking over Glinton Brownies. Sue lane

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Nine Bridges appeal We’re pleased to inform interested, and especially affected, Tribland residents that the Government’s Inspectorate has dismissed the second appeal lodged against Peterborough City Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a permanent Gypsy and Traveller residential site at Nine Bridges, between Glinton and Northborough. In a lengthy written judgement the Inspector agreed with the case put forward by our council planners that this shouldn’t be allowed, citing the flood risk potential and the adverse impact upon this lovely stretch of our countryside in particular. The owner’s agent had argued it would infringe his clients’ human rights not to allow it, suggested all services could easily be connected and by raising the caravans by 1 metre it would take care of any flooding risk. After this sustained campaign to inflict this site on our ward, both Cllr John Holdich and I are very pleased that this has now been determined and much hard work has been rewarded. Cllr’s Peter Hiller and John Holdich

More Rubbish! Just thought I would mention how fed up I am left feeling regarding my local green space! I cycled home last night along the Peakirk Rd to see graffiti all over the bridge yet again...I was travelling too fast thankfully to read it! Then today I walked my 2 dogs along the Nine Bridges bank...There are full sized rubbish bags on the Glinton side dumped at the top of the area I refer to as ‘The Beach’ it is an eye sore! There is also lots of rubbish food/drink wrappers along the Northborough side... I have to note the link between the expanding travelers site and the rubbish and I for one local resident am disgusted at the state of our little patch of green! Emma Watts

Pushing the envelope So to all those who live on or around West Street or in Helpston generally, have you looked at the outline plans for the 60 houses they want to build around the garage on top of the proposed 34,780 houses (slight exaggeration) they want to build next to nightingale. How many months before it links with the castor development I wonder? Also just for the heads up this is outside of the village envelope so it will open the doors to more and more. Interesting also to think that June on Heath Road has been trying to build on her plot for the last 15 years and always been told ‘no’ as outside the envelope. Obviously don’t know the right people in Peterborough City Council! Claire Spooner 54

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MAGPAS Unexpected visitor to the village just now. Sadly as someone was seriously injured and needed to go to Addenbrooks - well done MAGPAS Dave Ellis

Help to store Chernobyl children’s clothes The Chernobyl Children are in great need of a place to store and sort the donated girl’s clothing, maybe an unused garage, a container, a dry barn / shed. Anything really as long as it is dry and accessible. As you all know, the clothing is one of the most important things that we do for the children. If you can help or have any suggestions that would be truly wonderful! Thank you. Cecilia Hammond

Glinton Gardening Gang

This is the first outing of the Glinton Gardening Gang. Thank you Claire Cobourne and Bridget Cook for all your help. Simon Potter was chief hedge cutter extraordinaire. Might need a day or 10 to recover!! We also adopted Derek the caterpillar - not sure what type but he was very large! Johanna Potter

Day at Moor Farm for Chernobyl children On Wednesday we welcomed 22 children from Chenobyl for a day at Moor Farm. We went on a farm walk, a tractor and trailer ride driven by Pam and a Moor Farm sausage sandwich picnic in the garden. Children from here are welcomed by host families locally each year and have a month of normal life. They have a lovely time and return for 4 summers, returning home with enough clothing and necessities to last them until they come back again. Well done to these host families and supporters for this great act of kindness and we are humbled and proud to help just a little bit. We really have nothing to moan about! Moor Farm



Deeping Gate Parish Council

Autumn Litter Pick: Our second pick of the year will take place on Sunday, 10 September with volunteers meeting at 10am at the foot of our old stone bridge.   Equipment provided, including pickers, bags and high vis tabards.   Please join us if you can.

Deeping St. James Road footpath/cycle path: After battling away, without success, for more than twelve years in an attempt to obtain improvement, we are delighted to report that Highways have carried out an inspection, this following a resident of Deeping Gate complaining directly to Shailesh Vara.  Highways are now in the process of scheduling

the necessary works to improve the surface quality and improve the camber, which they describe as excessive at one point. There will be complete reconstruction of a thirty metre length opposite Newstead Farm, the work scheduled to take place in the Autumn, taking two weeks to complete and requiring road closure. They hope to keep disruption to a minimum.  

Party in the Park

Northborough and Deeping Gate Village Hall

Our annual Christmas Sing Along will take place on Sunday, 17 December 4pm on Riverside adjacent to our old stone bridge. Invitations will be delivered to all Deeping Gate residents as usual.  A further notice will appear in the next edition of the Tribune.

The Mayor of Peterborough officially opened the new extension on Saturday, 2 September.  With effect from Tuesday 10 October, we shall be holding our Parish Council meetings in this exciting new facility.

To be held at Northborough playing field on Sunday 17 September from 12.30 pm. This has been arranged for the enjoyment of the villagers of Northborough and Deeping Gate. Please see poster on the Village Hall website where the attractions are listed. Advance notice! 

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Glinton Parish Report

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Following a recent incident in Mile Drove with a dog, where a lady was bitten, the police investigated and the writer understands that the owner of the dog responsible admitted the offense and received a warning from the police. You will have received a copy of the interim consultation document in respect of the Glinton Village Neighbourhood Plan. This is an important document.  Please do read it, and let those on the back page know your views.  When finalised, it will shape the future of our village, and we would like you to be a part of it. Glinton and Northborough Parish Councils have been sponsoring skips.  The cost was £147 per day, that has risen to over £800 per day, so we are trying to find an alternative at present, if you were wondering when the next one was.

Cllr Hiller and myself are looking to set up a village support group to visit the elderly, sick and housebound, maybe just to say hello once a week, or read for a while, collect medicines; there are 101 other things you could do for our isolated and vulnerable friends in our villages. So, please let us know if you could help.  Email either john. or uk.  Thank you. Can you believe it! Building has at last started on the homes at the entrance to our village on the old Crown site, and we will soon be able to get rid of those awful boards which spoil the entrance to our village. The Christmas tree light switchon is 7 December, 6.45pm for carols, 7pm for the grand switch-on.

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Northborough Parish Report


We now have two defibrillators installed in Northborough. One located at The One Stop at the corner of East Road and Lincoln Road and the second at the Village Hall. Please take time to familiarise yourselves with the locations and the instructions that are printed on the bright yellow casings. Plans are underway to purchase and install a third defibrillator more of which in the next edition, Village Hall The extension to the Village Hall is now complete. The official

opening is on Saturday 2 September at 2pm. Please come along and support the Village Hall Committee in celebrating this wonderful achievement. Parish Clerk Vacancy We are in the process of interviewing for a permanent Parish Clerk, with an appointment likely to be made by the end of September 2017. Details of the appointment will be posted on the 3 parish notice boards and on the website, www.northboroughpc. Until the permanent appointment is confirmed our Acting Clerk, Alison Benfield will remain in place. She can be contacted on

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Thanks go again to Lee Titman for organising this, with his helpers of course. Pop it in your diary. Cllr Hiller is going to look into getting some maintenance done on the cycleway between Glinton and Nine Bridges.   We both walked the path and Peter took pictures of the worst areas. We also noticed that the brambles are growing close, or over the path.  This has been reported.  It is not a council maintained hedge, so we will have to contact the land owner. Overgrown hedges in High Street have been reported, also the fact the yellow lines on the corner of the Green and High Street have not been replaced since the resurfacing treatment. Following the recent sewerage blockage in North Fen Road, some sewerage escaped into the dyke.  Thanks to Pat Pooley reporting this to me, the Welland and Deepings Drainage Board agreed to deal with it.  They were on site within a couple of hours. Thanks again to Cllr Claire Bysshe for organising the village litter-pick.  It was nice to see so many young people taking part, and we had the usual support from MacDonalds. Lyn Steen – NPC – Chair 01733 223002 or by email Parish Council Vacancies At the time of writing we currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you are interested in joining the council or would like additional information on the role, please contact our clerk or any one of the councillors who will be happy to discuss the activities they undertake on behalf of Northborough residents. As of September the monthly parish meetings will be held at the Village Hall, the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

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Two storey side extension, single storey front extension and amendment to previously approved garage roof construction at Everdon Pudding Bag Lane: Permitted Demolition of existing single storey flat roofed side extension and construction of replacement single storey side and rear extension with part pitched, part flat roof. Construction of balcony to rear. Replace brickwork to the front elevation with stone. Construction of garden room to rear with associated levelling groundworks at Robins Acre 7 Walcot Road: Permitted Erection of a temporary timber dwelling and agricultural building at Land West Of Uffington Road: Awaiting decision Variation of condition C4 (roof tiles) of planning permission 16/01756/FUL at Grasslands West Street: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension. Distance from original rear wall: 4.6m, height: 3.6m at Old Stackyard Bainton Green Road: Not required Erection of detached dwelling and garage at Land To The South Of High Field Road: Refused Erection of two detached dwellings, two garages and new vehicular access at Land South Of Bainton Green Road: Refused Replacement of 5no. ground floor windows to front elevation at Barnside Cottage 15 Woodgate: Permitted Proposed increase in height of chimney stack, chimney lining and external vent to north elevation at Willowgate Cottage Helpston Road: Permitted Installation of vehicle crossing at 36 Uffington Road: Permitted Single storey rear extension at Laburnum Wittering Road: Permitted First floor extension to create habitable space, rear extension and side porch extension to dwelling at The Drift Walcot Road: Permitted Change of use of existing unit from agricultural storage to builders yard & storage and additional associated office & welfare accommodation (Portacabin type) at Agricultural Unit And Yard Helpston Road: Awaiting decision Modified dormer window to front, additional dormer window to front, cosmetic changes at 6 Heath Road: Awaiting decision Demolition of dwelling and construction of one fourbedroom and one five-bedroom two storey dwellings at Strath Isla First Drift: Awaiting decision Construction of new Garden Wall, minor extension of two storey glazed bay window, construction of small cantilevered first floor bay at The Redoubt Second Drift: Awaiting decision 58

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Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 60 dwellings, road infrastructure and open space with all matters reserved at Land To The West Of 85 West Street: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of two storey and single storey rear extensions and first floor side extension at 11 Bishops Walk: Awaiting decision Remove existing door and window and replace with large sliding door to rear of property at Gamekeepers Cottage High Field Road: Permitted Variation of condition C4 (roof tiles) of planning permission 16/01756/FUL at Grasslands West Street: Permitted Demolition of existing conservatory to the rear, two storey side and rear extensions and single storey side extension at Highlands Marholm Road: Awaiting decision Conversion of loft to bedroom and alterations to dwelling at The Barn 4 Clare Court: Awaiting decision Ground floor rear extensions, Extension 1 - Distance from original rear wall 5m and height 2.8m, Extension 2 - Distance from original rear wall 2m and height 3.4 (2.8 m to eaves) at 1 Meadow View Newport Way: Awaiting decision


Double timber gate on free standing timber posts between the garden wall and the outbuilding. Replacement of the current adjacent reconstituted stone wall with the same size wall built from traditional limestone that matches the main building at 28 High Street: Awaiting decision Variation of condition C2 (approved drawings) of planning permission 17/00128/HHFUL at 41B Peterborough Road Castor: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing single storey shop, construction of new shop with 1 flat above and 1 to the rear. Part demolition of rear and construction of additional storey to house (no. 109) at 107C And 109 Peterborough Road: Withdrawn Reinstatement of fireplace at Old Rectory Rectory Lane: Permitted Single storey flat roofed extension to rear of dwelling at 3 Casworth Way: Awaiting decision Raising of boundary wall at 23 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Proposed conversion of garage and extension over to form dwelling at 9 St Kyneburgha Close: Awaiting decision Raising of boundary wall at 23 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Variation of condition C2 (approved drawings) of planning permission 17/00128/HHFUL at 41B Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision



Demolition and erection of replacement of side extension at Castor House 2 Peterborough Road: Permitted Non-material amendment (traffic calming features) of planning permission 15/01119/REM at Land Adjacent To Former Little Chef Great North Road: Permitted A new alfresco dining area, to include loose and fixed seating with Jumbrella; Works to Willow tree and planting of replacement trees; New step and disappearing path to the grass field; New timber posts, festoon and wall lighting; New screens to partially enclose dining area ; New fencing and new planting; New green oak square arches down the garden at The Blue Bell 10 High Street: Awaiting decision Rear Ground Floor Extension at 3 The Mallards Peakirk: Awaiting decision Installation of 1 No. illuminated Gateway sign, 1 No. non- illuminated Banner sign, 2 No. illuminated Totem 4 signs and 4 No illuminated Totem 3 signs at McDonalds Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Poplar - reduce by 3-4 m; Leylandii (exempt) - trim at Quarter Cottage Green Man Lane: Awaiting decision Erection of detached garage for new bungalow at Land To Rear Of 37 And 39 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension at 6 Farthingstones: Awaiting decision Removal of garage and out-house and construction of two storey side extension at 44 Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision Demolition of building and construction of dwelling at Silver Heron Developments Suttons Lane: Permitted Demolition of existing dwelling and constuction of new dwelling and associated works at 27 Foxcovert Road Peakirk: Permitted House type substitution on Planning Permission 14/01833/FUL (allowed at appeal) at 21 Castle End Road: Permitted First floor extension to rear at 33 Helpston Road: Permitted Erection of 14 new homes including 4 self-build plots with some matters reserved (access) at Land Off Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision House type substitution and detached garage on original approved 14/01833/FUL at 21 Castle End Road: Awaiting decision Construction of new roof over existing single storey on front elevation. Replace single door and relocate window at rear at 48 Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision Proposed 2 storey rear extension, side extension to form utility room and front entrance porch at 23 Thorolds Way: Awaiting decision House type substitution and detached garage on

original approved 14/01833/FUL at 21 Castle End Road Maxey Temporary change of use from D2 (leisure) to accommodation for security staff at Woodlands Splash Lane: Permitted Extension to outbuilding for use as a domestic garage and gravel driveway at Oak Tree Cottage 5 Church Street: Permitted Single storey flat roofed extension to rear of dwelling at 3 Casworth Way Ailsworth: Awaiting decision


Single storey extensions to warehouse and offices including internal alterations at Dega Ltd Crusader House High Street: Awaiting decision “Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” Hal Borland

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 Bainton Church

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows (cont.)

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

Helpston Rainbow Guides, Julia Mason.............. 07780 688542 Helpston Brownie Guides, Morag Sweeney..................................................... 07801 357701 Helpston Guides, Nicola Kerr............................... 07739 098113 Helpston Beaver Scouts, Alison Cook.................. 07437 909735 Glinton Brownies.................................................... 01778346668 Glinton Beavers/Cubs/Scouts, Sharon Pallister....................................................... 01733 735776. Northborough Guides, Jane Knott, ................... 01778 345101

 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

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

 Barnack Community Association

Roy Chowings ....................................................... 01780 740755

 Barnack Cricket Club

William Armitage, Chairman................................. 01780 740749

 Barnack Home from Home Club

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

 Barnack Parish Council

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

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Rachel Wright ........................................................ 07425 144998 Dick Talbot ............................................................. 01778 342581 Licensed Readers, Derek Harris............................ 01733 574311 Freda Skillman ....................................................... 01778 380903 Mark Hotchkin........................................................ 01778 347 847

 Botolph’s Barn Kate Hinchliff ......................................................... 01733 253192

 British Legion

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

 Bus & Train Services

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

 Choirs

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

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows

Helpston Cub Scouts, Sarah Owen ..................... 01733 897065 Helpston Explorer Scouts, Nick Drewett ....................................................01778 348107 / 07900 585072 Helpston Scouts, Tom Boughton......................... 07966 614556 Helpston Cub Scouts, Paula Metharam............... 07896 163598 60

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 Deeping Gate Parish Council

Jane Hill, (Chair) .................................................... 01778 343066 Lynn George (Parish Clerk).................................... 01778 346402.

 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)

Rector: Mark-Aaron Tisdale................................... 01733 252359 Anne Curwen, Churchwarden .............................. 01733 253357

 Etton Parish Council

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

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

 Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)

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

 Glinton Church (St Benedict’s)

Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 253638 Churchwarden, Veronica Smith, ......................... 01733 252019 PCC Secretary, Shirley Hodgkinson, ................... 01733 252351 PCC Treasurer, Simon Richards, .......................... 01778 341686 Bell Ringers, Mike Goodall.................................... 01733 253469

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

 Glinton Parish Council

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

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)

Priest in Charge, Dave Maylor, ........................... 01780 740234 Church Warden, Clive Pearce, ............................ 01733 253494

 Helpston Lawn Tennis Club David Packer ......................................................... 07766 600694

 Helpston Parish Council

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


 Horticultural Societies

 Rotary Club

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

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

 Langdyke Countryside Trust

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 Mr S Mallott, Northborough Primary Head ........................................................ 01733 252204 Maureen Meade, Peterborough Adult Learning ...................................................... 01733 761361

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

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s) Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 253638 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

 Schools and Education

 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

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

Barnack Village Hall, Adrienne Collins, ............... 01780 740124 Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, Ken Doughty....... 01733 253156 Glinton, Whist, Joyce Heathcote.......................... 01733 253790 Glinton, Whist, Peter Lake ................................... 01778 346749 Helpston Village Hall, Caryn Thompson ............. 01733 252232 Les Cunnington carpet bowls, Helpston ............ 01733 253832 Maxey Village Hall, Jacqui Barnard, .................... 07710 150587 Northborough Village Hall, Karen Cooper, ........ 01778 347464 Peakirk Village Hall bookings ............................... 07938 386226 Ufford Village Hall bookings, Mr Peter Grist....... 07887 634300

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

Editor, Tony Henthorn .......................................... 07590 750128 Design Team, Dimension 6000............................. 01733 772095

John Holdich OBE Peterborough ....................... 01733 253078 Peterborough City Council .................................. 01733 747474

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

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

 Peakirk Church (St Pegas)

 Peakirk Parish Council

 Peterborough City Council

 Police and Emergencies

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 Glinton Toddler Group, Linda Dean..................... 01733 574446 Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ................................... 01780 749123

 Village Tribune

 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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R S Stimson

Domestic heating systems, cookers, showers, & bathrooms installed. Gas appliance servicing, & repair, landlords gas safety certificates issued. 13 Ashburn Close Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LH

Tel/Fax 01733 252418

Mobile 07751446433 Email

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PRIZECROSSWORD Last issue’s crossword solution (left).

WINNER Congratulations to Elaine Doughty from Helpston who wins ÂŁ10 for her correct entry. 62

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Village Tribune Issue 106  
Village Tribune Issue 106