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to a life-changing operation


Celebrating John McGowan’s journey


An introduction to Jeni Cairns’ new metal sculpture at Nene Park

SHOW STOPPER! at Glinton Horticultural Society event


Over £800 raised for local organisations


James Morton raises funds for cancer


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NEWS & FEATURES 4 Faith’s Journey 6-7 Second Nature 9 Local author’s new book 9 Royal British Legion 9 Award-winning saxophonist 9 Performance Opportunities 10-11 Celebrating 50 years of printmaking 12 Exeter has residents up in arms 12 New patron for Evergreen 12 Reading Room 13 Greetings from Kenya 15 James ploughs through for mum issue


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Faith ’s Journey

Tory Griffiths, Shaws of Maxey

Shaws of Maxey are very proud to be supporting Faith’s Journey. Faith lives in Maxey and has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia celebral palsy


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There is an operation that could have a life changing impact on Faith but it is not currently funded by the NHS and so every penny counts in the bid to raise funds for this most worthy cause.

proceeds from tickets sales go straight to Faith.

On Thursday 31 August Shaws of Maxey donated a coach for the day to take passengers to a destination of choice and Faith’s family chose Hunstanton. Shaws covered all costs for the coach, the driver, fuel and parking ensuring that all

Faith finally plucked up the courage to go paddling in the water and absolutely loved it! Made mine and Lee’s day. Also the driver was absolutely brilliant – so kind and took great interest in Faith’s journey.’

A total of £270 was raised and a great day was had by all! Faith’s mum, Caroline Brewster said ‘What a brilliant day we all had!


Second nature

Mel Elliott

Here the Village Tribune discovers more about Jeni Cairns, the creator of the captivating new installation that will soon grace the landscape at Nene Park


eni Cairns lives in rural Cambridgeshire with her husband and two teenage children. She is a focused, hardworking and unassuming individual whose artwork has increasingly become, in all senses, larger than life. Her most recent project has involved the creation of an intricately detailed metal sculpture that will adorn one of the gateways to the beautiful Nene Park and reflect the natural landscape that surrounds it. Intuitively mastering the challenge of both embracing and enhancing any given space in time and environment, her work continues to radiate an increasingly confident and inspirational energy of seemingly limitless expression. This creative journey has led Jeni through oil painting, sketching, assemblage and garden desig to her more recent work with metal, producing a fascinating selection of enchanting pieces along the way. Having previously experienced Jeni’s installation at an exhibition by Metal, in Peterborough city centre, her authentic ability to create pieces that both reflect yet transform a landscape made Jeni Cairns the perfect choice for the new installation at Nene Park.


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The Park wanted to focus on making gateways to the Park special and improve an area near Goldie Bridge. “We went for a drive around the Park to find the perfect place for the installation. I wanted to encapsulate what Nene Park was about; walking, nature and wildlife, and as we came upon the triangular spot where three paths meet as each enters or leaves the Park, we all knew that this was the right place for the installation.” Jeni’s love of working with metal started many years ago when she lived on her parents’ farm where there was plenty of scraps of metal to create with. Later, when Jeni was taking her GCSEs she turned to her father for help to weld some sculptures together. It was her first experience with an oxy acetylene cutter. Jeni studied general art and design at Isle of Ely college and Fine Art at Derby university. Creating large scale abstract and figurative paintings and drawings incorporating text and various materials. For some time she felt a little confined by periods of self-doubt and without the means by which to continue working with metal, she continued to paint, mainly with oils, at

every available opportunity, for many years to come. Eventually, despite not always feeling sufficiently confident , Jeni began to successfully exhibit her paintings. Jeni then began her work with garden design where she won gold and ‘Best Summer Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court in 2014, ‘Best in Show’ in 2016 , and ‘Best in Show’ three times at Harrogate Flower Shows. She had been making some sculptures for the gardens she was designing, but it wasn’t until the Metal exhibition, that she truly realised how much of an affinity she felt with this type of work. “I think I have a connection with metal,” she affirms with a smile. Jeni is also creating an owl structure for a National Trust Exhibition. “Most of my previous work has been relief work, not 3D, so this was a new challenge too. I have only ever been on a one day forging course! But as I was forging and bending the metal, I was loving it and thinking ‘this is what I was meant to do’. I really felt that I knew what I was doing, it felt right to me.” We are sitting in The Cookhouse restaurant in Whittlesey which she


owns and runs with her husband, Brian. The walls around us are decorated with oil paintings and metalwork by Jeni. My focus turns to a piece she made for her one-man show, entitled Decorative Shadows. It was concerned with how objects and belief systems may make us feel safe, happy, virtuous, or give us a sense of belonging and inner peace. “The metalwork pieces are inspired by ancient and historical patterns, decoration and representations of nature, some with hidden meanings and symbolism” Jeni explains, “Shadow and light play an important role in drawing on ideas of perceived realities that do not actually exist (the shadow) and the reality that can be touched.” I asked Jeni how something so intricate could come from something as bulky as a block of metal: “It feels like you are drawing in metal. If you are painting, you are developing it as you go, but with metal you have to sketch your designs and then methodically cut out the spaces

“The sculpture aims to remind us all to appreciate the beauty and fragility of nature.” in the metal and focus exclusively on where you are connecting your shapes. It is an interesting way to work. During art courses when I was young, it was all about getting rid of the outlines. Now it is all about the outlines!” “Everything around me inspires me to create” she explains, “sometimes I don’t realise that I have expressed something through my work until I see it afterwards. People will interpret art in their own way and hopefully they will find their own meaning within it.” There is little doubt that an art installation can be a beauty to behold with no need to question why. And it will always be true that different people will view things in different ways. Yet, there is little doubt that art can have an immense impact on the viewer, as well as its surroundings. There will always be conceptual nuances that reach out to us and

implore us to think further, to question and sometimes even appeal to our conscience. So many beautiful areas have suffered spates of mindless vandalism, and Nene Park has been no exception. Perhaps all of us could do that little bit more to care for and contribute to our open spaces which perserve our local wildlife. It is poignant that Jeni included mirrored panels on the inside of the structure, thereby giving the viewer the opportunity to see a reflection of themselves and the Park, maybe encouraging us to question our role and relationship with nature; our impact, both now and in the future. “Metal is resilient and strong, but when it is cut out, it is delicate,” explains Jeni, “The sculpture aims to remind us all to appreciate the beauty and fragility of nature.”

The Nene Park installation should be in place by the end of November, so it won’t be long before you can go and discover this fascinating sculpture.

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Local Author releases new book Carol Browne lives in Peakirk and is releasing a fantasy novel entitled The Exile of Elindel on 8 October as both paperback and eBook. The novel is Book I of The Elwardain Chronicles. Synopsis: Elgiva, a young elf banished from Elvendom, must seek shelter among the Saxons as her only hope of surviving the coming winter. Godwin, a Briton enslaved by the Saxons, is a man ignorant of his own inheritance and the secret of power he possesses. A mysterious enemy, who will stop at nothing to wield absolute power over Elvendom, is about to make his move. When destiny throws Elgiva and Godwin together, they embark upon the quest for the legendary Lorestone, the only thing that can save Elvendom from the evil that threatens to destroy it. There is help to be found along the way from a petulant pony and a timid elf boy but, as the strength of their adversary grows, can Elgiva’s friends help her to find the Lorestone before it falls into the wrong hands?

Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion At a recent meeting the Branch Committee voted to re-name our annual Winter Lecture as The Charles Clark Memorial Lecture (CCML), in honour of our highly respected and much-missed Chairman. The inaugural CCML will take place in Barnack Village Hall on Monday 20 NOV, 1900 for 1930. Branch member Brian Palmer will give a talk on “The New Zealand Wars” (often erroneously referred to as the Maori Wars). Tickets are £5 a head, which includes a welcome drink, all profits to Branch funds. Places may be booked with me. All welcome members, friends, families and non-members. Max Sawyer, Branch Secretary 01780 765507

Gillian Blair

Award-winning saxophonist plays in city The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra feature award-winning British saxophonist Gillian Blair at the Queen Katherine Academy Hall (formerly The Voyager) on Sunday, 15 October, 3pm-5pm. She will play Alexander Glazounov’s deeply lyrical saxophone concerto. The concert starts with Humperdink’s Overture to Hansel and Gretel and concludes with Czech composer Dvorak’s brilliant New World Symphony. Tickets are available from the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street, the orchestra website at or on the day at £13.50 and £11.50 (concessions). The concert is sponsored by V&A Vigar&Co.

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Celebrating 50 years of printmaking John McGowan


have a big Art Show coming up at the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle at the start of November. The exhibition “John McGowan Printmaker – Retrospective” will be open from 4 – 18 November. It’s my 70th year and I’m exhibiting 50 years of my printmaking. Some of you in Tribland will already know me; I’ve had little articles in the Trib for the last 8 years or so. I have taught art to many of you. Worryingly, the oldest ex-pupils are nearing their 50th birthdays. Some of you will have visited my Open Studio during the past few years or dropped in on Northborough Open Gardens or you might have seen my prints in Clare Cottage, Peterborough Central Art Gallery and the Alfred East Gallery. Last year I had 30 prints in a Stamford exhibition and this year some on show in a Bermondsey venue. So what’s new? I hope the Retrospective exhibition will show how I started, the progress I have made and avenues I have explored over the years. Some artists develop a style and subject matter from the beginning. That’s not the case with my work, being an art teacher encouraged me to explore. 10

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Art was my favourite subject at school from age 7 onwards; I made my own paintings and drawings at home and did pretty well in the end of year art exams (they had exams in everything then). But, when it came to choosing options at 13, somehow I ended taking German rather than Art. How did that happen? A veil has been thrown over the advice given by my German teaching Form Tutor! Nevertheless, I haunted the art department and continued on with my own artwork at home and at school. I came across printing by accident in my sixth form years, helping another student dry off a linocut after printing. A double image of watery ink left more than a smudge on the blotting paper, it left an indelible impression on me. I made one or two of my own lino cut prints at school (one is in the exhibition) and bought some cutters of my own and a little book on technique. Following on from school I worked in a London Library and then applied to a teacher training college to study to be an English teacher but arrived for my interview with my artwork wrapped in a copy of the Sunday Times. I had no qualifications other

than enthusiasm and, surprisingly, they took a chance on me. I had chosen a department staffed by experts in art and teaching. Bulmershe College no longer exists but I salute its memory. I was introduced to screen printing in the second year of my art course and was immediately convinced that it was my medium. I had a portable screen kit made by the college technician (take a bow Mr King). I was able to stay on for a 4th year and take degree in Art and Education. I started my teaching career in Doncaster, then, after 3 years, moved to another post in Northampton. In those early years I was learning about art at a slightly faster rate than my students. I tried out everything as a teacher: painting in all media, ceramics, sculpture, textile printing and continued to develop my skills in printmaking through short courses in local Art Colleges. I had an art studio, first in the attic of our flat in Doncaster and then in the largest bedroom in our Northampton house. (I have a very understanding wife). The move to this area came in 1985, to teach at AMVC and live in Northborough. There was no


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EXHIBITION AT THE YARROW GALLERY, OUNDLE The exhibition will be open 4 - 18 November Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 14.30 - 17.00 Sunday 14.00 – 17.00 You can find out more about my work at See some of the processes at YouTube John McGowan Printmaker and on Facebook studio space available in our small house until we built one at the bottom of the garden in 1991, which is where I produce my prints today. It is a tough call to teach and to try to be a creative artist but it was the teaching that paid the bills, so I had to make that my priority. In the next fifteen years prints came along very slowly and took a long while to make. One of them, “Skillman’s Hill” took a year to design and make. Then there is the business of promotion: how to get the work seen. For those with a little knowledge of Peterborough, and its surrounding area, will have realised that there have been few visual arts outlets until “Art in the Heart” burst onto the scene. Only friends and family saw my work in those years. In 2000 I took on my last job, print specialist in the Oundle School Art department. That post enabled me to dive deeper into the print pool. I had continued to research

into safer inks and techniques at AMVC but the move had also come at a time when new print technologies were becoming available. We had experimented with digital imaging at Glinton but advanced digital cameras and image-modifying programmes became more affordable and sophisticated (and I learnt how to use them). One of the unforeseen bonuses of working in Oundle was the presence of the Yarrow Gallery, an exhibition space for both professional artists and the school’s pupils. In 2003 the Gallery hosted an exhibition of John Piper’s work. I had seen his prints before but never had the opportunity to study them in depth. A four week long exhibition allowed me to do so. Since that time I have soaked up all the information about Piper, in books and exhibitions, that I can find. I retired from teaching

in 2007. Everything I needed to make prints was already stored in my studio but it was about 2 years before I felt ready to embark on a new series of prints. The first prints came from local sources: the buildings in Northborough and Glinton, then a series of Venetian images based on a recent visit, followed by prints, using an increasingly complex digital collage technique, in a series of Signal box prints. So, by 2015 I was printing virtually fulltime and getting my work seen across the region. The Rotherhithe Docklands Suite was accepted by the Museum of London in 2016. I hope some of you will take the short trip over to Oundle to see my exhibition. It will be full of information about how prints are made and I will be hanging some of the work by artists who have influenced me as well. I will be in the gallery on Saturday afternoons.

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Exeter has residents up in arms The John Clare Trust has instructed property agent Bairstow Eves to market the Exeter Arms in Helpston as a residential sale. It has been advertised with a guide price of £300,000. Helpston residents have reacted angrily to the news and taken to social media to express their disappointment. Jay Gearing prompted a flurry of response with this Facebook post: “Hi all, you’ve probably seen that the Exeter Arms is up for sale but may not have seen that it’s up for sale as a residential property. Personally I feel this is a tragedy for the village not only for losing the potential for having a second pub but, also because of its historical significance. I have a few thoughts regarding the pub and what could be done, like that it could be awarded an asset of community value status, which would protect the building if accepted and potentially rally the troops to open it as community pub, for which there is plenty of money available. I’m asking on here as I wouldn’t be able to take on this endeavour on my own plus it would be better to tackle the problem as a community rather than an individual. If anyone would be up for discussing this further please let me know and I’ll arrange a meeting accordingly.” There has since been a meeting of local residents and you can keep updated on progress by checking out the Village Tribune website at: 12

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Reading Room PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN Craig Taylor

New patron for Evergreen Miranda Rock, House Director at Burghley House, has agreed to be the very first Patron of Evergreen Care Trust, the Stamford-based charity that cares for vulnerable older people. Miranda says: “It is a great honour to become Patron of the Evergreen Care Trust and support the invaluable work they do in our local community.” Founder and CEO Louise Marsh says: “Evergreen is delighted that Miranda, who has always shown tremendous support and regular encouragement for the work of Evergreen, has agreed to become Patron of the charity. It just seemed so appropriate to invite Miranda to become Patron, as she is a local lady with a real heart for this community, as is evidenced throughout her involvement with us.” Evergreen is financed and resourced by generous public donation, church, business and community group support.

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How often do you hear someone complain that they never have time to read? Too often? Or are you guilty of this yourself? If so, Craig Taylor’s superb book is a godsend. The title is more or less an accurate description of the contents – although there are slightly fewer than a million of Taylor’s carefully crafted snapshots of British life: ‘dramatic haikus’, perhaps, as Richard Eyre suggests in his introduction. The format of each play is the same: a brief sentence to set the scene, then the dialogue takes over. The longest runs to three or four pages, the shortest to one sentence. A range of scenes is covered – from two women in a queue at a Surrey bank, to a farmer in Kent speaking on his mobile phone from a tractor, to a late night on Newcastle Quayside. The characters are diverse too – young and old, drunk and sober, flippant and serious. However, it is the perfectly observed sharpness of speech that makes this book stand out. At first, you could believe that Taylor has merely been in the right place at the right time and recorded everything that he heard. Lines like ‘I once took Diana Rigg’s coat – in her pocket was a packet of Polos. That’s an elegant mint’ ! And ‘There’s more to it all. More than Swansea,’ sound so authentic that you believe in the speakers and their lives, however brief and insignificant their conversations seem to be. Some of the plays rely on a growing sense of unease - the nervous customer in the barber’s shop: others are out and out funny - two Wonder Women fighting in the street. Every ending is well judged and either rounds off the play with a ‘reveal’ or a cliff-hanger – always showing, never telling. Ideal for reading in short bursts or longer chunks – well worth a look.


Mustard Seed Project update

Geoff and Rita Fowler

Greetings from Kenya! (And, as this is the last Tribune issue until 2018, Season’s Greetings too!)


y the time you read this we shall be back home, no doubt with messages of joy and gratitude ringing in our ears – and a long list of tasks to be done. Geoff’s first job, soon after we arrived, was to travel to Mombasa to visit the Education department about the youth project he started. He felt that the meeting was a success and he was asked to write to them formally regarding his plans. Now we await developments. He also met with the contractors and the man who dug the bore hole for the new school. The contractors are doing a good job but progress has been slow and we are hoping that they will get on with it a little faster now that we are here. The Miche Bora School staff continue to grow in confidence and we were delighted to hear from the Head Teacher, Irene, that the new English and Maths co-ordinators Rita had trained during our previous visit had done so well with their delivery of a training session to their peers that they had gone on to prepare and deliver several more; the teachers had said what a shame it was that Rita was not there to witness it because they had learned a lot. They have also been busy practising their IT skills and have made great progress – no doubt spurred on by the promise of Internet access! Irene proudly showed me the multitude of certificates that the school had been awarded from the National Music Competition. The children (pictured) came second in their class in the final of the competition! We have not so far managed to get this published in the Kenyan press (which is currently full of speculation about the upcoming

elections) but we shall try whilst we are here. One of our teaching assistants, Hawa, has proven very effective at teaching reading and, after being observed at her work by a neighbour (who was a primary school teacher and had heard of her success), word has spread and she has been visited by other teachers wanting to observe her at work. How rewarding it is to know that Mustard Seed Project is enabling people in this rundown locality to inspire others with their skills. This was wonderful news. When we were here in March, Rita had the unenviable task of choosing between two ideal candidates for one teaching post so we were very pleased that the teacher who was not appointed is still available and we hope that she will become our newest recruit when the school adds its final class in January. She speaks excellent English and Swahili and we are hoping that she will be able to improve the skills of both the older children and their teachers. We are applying for a grant to expand the role of the nurse and clinic so Flora (a trustee and currently nurse-in-charge) is conducting research within the local community to see how best we can serve them. She will be retiring at the end of term but is keen to help in an advisory role and to be around to support her replacement. Another year is drawing to its end and yet again, we at MSP have much to be grateful for. As always, thanks are due to our generous supporters - without whom the project would fail - and we hope very much that you will visit our website to find out more about them, and about how to become one of them. Thank you.

THE MUSTARD SEE PROJECT How it all began... When Rita and Geoff married, Rita was a nurse and Geoff a Civil Engineer. After brining up their two daughters Rita embarked upon a new career as a teacher. Geoff meanwhile continued his career in civil engineering before becoming a business consultant working with charities and not-for-profit organisations. In 2006 Rita retired from teaching, Geoff was selfemployed and they decided that it was time to see the world. In September 2008, after two exciting years exploring they went to Kenya on Safari. On the final day of their holiday they visited an informal school in Mgongeni, a poor suburb of Mombasa. Two young Kenyan men were trying to run a school for poor children in the most appalling conditions. Two small rooms with mould on the walls, makeshift furniture some exercise books and pencils and a blackboard were their only resources. But the children were happy and focused. Rita and Geoff looked at these two young men who were sharing what little they had and knew that they couldn’t walk away. They didn’t know what they were going to do at this time but they did know that they had skills to help and turning away was not an option.

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The John Clare Cottage The Summer season has now finished and we are operating on Winter times, this means that we are still open Friday, Saturday and Monday but the hours are 11 am to 3 pm. The pictures in the current art exhibition in the Cottage have been created by local artist Nick Tearle, these are on display and also for sale. With the pictures are extracts of poems written by Becky Owen-Fisher, Becky worked with Nick to produce a book of her poems and his pictures – Standing High Out of Shrunken Peat, copies of which are available in the Cottage shop. In November artist Heather Mizen will be returning to exhibit in the Dovecote with Autumn colours. Heather will be working at the Cottage on some of the weekends leading up to Christmas so you can come in and meet her. If you are looking for ideas for Christmas we now have in stock the latest book produced by artist Carry Akroyd – Found in the Fields, this is a wonderful collection of her works with many references to her other passion, John Clare. We also have Carry’s 2018 calendars for sale. We also have many


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different pieces of work created by local crafts people. On the music front the Acoustic Café evenings are continuing and the dates can be found on the Clare Cottage website at We are also holding a Folk Music evening on Friday December 8th.when the Lincolnshire Poachers will be

performing in the Cottage. Tickets are £6 and can be obtained from the Cottage, seats will be limited so please book ahead. There will be a licensed bar and we are looking forward to a great evening. We are now planning for 2018 and as events get confirmed details will be displayed on the Cottage website.


James Morton ploughed for 24 hours for Cancer Research UK

James ploughs through for mum James Morton is no ordinary teenager. Most eighteen years olds are slumming it in bed until eleven after a night out, or sitting in front of a computer consoleole.


ot James, he’s probably been up since 5am, fed some cows, drilled a field and washed a tractor before the others have put a spoonful of cornflakes in their mouths. James is the youngest Grandson of Rosemary Morton and he farms alongside his Dad at Willow Brook Farm. James’ Mum is battling breast cancer so he’s experienced first hand what this illness does and how amazing the people who help to combat and treat it are. Touched by this he decided he wanted to give something back so came up with the idea of a 24 hour ploughathon. James explains “I wanted to do something a bit different and I love ploughing” He set up a page on the Just Giving site telling his story. Friends and family set about spreading the

word on Facebook and Social Media and soon the donations were mounting up so James bravely decided to increase his target to £1500. As the day got nearer James and his team of family and friends started to prepare – his girlfriend Rebecca prepared and baked food for spectators to buy, a portable loo was put next to the field, a diesel tank was towed up there and even a caravan was pitched up for the lucky ones to rest in. The day began with a quick speech from James and off he went…”The daytime went quickly as it was just like a normal working day, I had lots of supporters which encouraged me to keep going” The night time was a different story. “The worst part was from 2am – 3am. Although I did have

a visitor at 4am so that helped”. Once the sun came up the time flew and it was soon time to end. James’ family and friends were there to see him finish. His Mum held up a finish line for the tractor to drive through. It was a very emotional time for all involved. “It was a shame it was over but I was pleased to have done it” James said. His mum couldn’t be prouder of him “He’s a fantastic son, he’s been through so much and he’s turned into such a lovely young man and I’m so proud of him” James is an inspiration, he’s a quiet, unassuming young lad who came up with a way to say ‘up yours’ to cancer. He’s exceeded his target of £1500 and has also raised a considerable amount for the Oncology Ward through cash donations.

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Barnack and Helpston Women’s Institute

Do you realise that you are probably eating and drinking microplastics when you have a beer, some honey on your toast or a drink of water? We are all aware of the dangers to marine life caused by plastic bags and bottles but there is a greater danger to the environment posed by the microscopic fibres that are flushed into our water systems by washing nylon, spandex, acrylic and polyester fabrics. 83% of tap water tested in a dozen countries was found to be contaminated by microplastics. Too small to be seen or filtered by standard methods, they are accumulating in the food chain.


he Women’s Institute is campaigning to raise awareness of the the issue and asking government to research and develop innovative solutions to the problem. A typical acrylic scarf will release 300,000 fibres each wash, while a fleece will produce over 2 million fibres, depending upon its composition and how it is washed. Fibres come from the unlikeliest objects, including fluffy toys and scourers. They act as sponges, absorbing toxins in the

waterways and oceans and then they bioaccumulate in the food chain, concentrating those toxins in the larger mammals as well as in the environment (recent research found that the majority of sea-salt was contaminated by microfibres). There are two principle concerns: penetration by very small particles in plant and animal cells, and the bacteria that microplastics attract. There is currently a lack of research into how much of these particles and toxins end up in the human

diet and what impact they will have on health and on the environment. While most microfibres come from petrochemical sources, some are made from biodegradable cellulose. The WI wants clearer labelling so that consumers can make an informed choice, and also to put pressure on washing-machine manufacturers to develop effective filters to stop the fibres being washed into the environment.


What can we do to help?

‘Plastic Oceans’

 wash clothes less often – only when they need it, not after each wear


 fill washing machines to the max – a full load results in less friction, releasing fewer fibres  use washing liquid rather than powder – the grains scrub more fibres loose than liquid  wash at a lower temperature – this reduces the amount of fibres released  buy natural rather than manmade fabrics for clothes and bedding  avoid single use plastic bottles  use biodegradable materials wherever possible  challenge shops and manufacturers to use less plastic See ‘The Story of Stuff Project’ video

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Our green and pleasant Tribland... Cllr Peter Hiller

Both my fellow Glinton and Castor ward Cllr john holdich and I have an unapologetic stance toward protecting our ward’s nine villages from unwanted and unnecessary development, especially when it threatens to impact directly upon the lives of residents who look to us to represent their views on the City Council and help them to resist potential housing schemes which will have a negative effect on the pleasant parishes in which we’ve chosen to live. That said, I imagine like most of you, neither of us has an entrenched ‘nimby’ attitude and we’re happy to talk to developers who want to build appropriately-sized and sympathetic schemes within our village boundaries, to develop ideas, to involve local residents,


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neighbourhood groups and parish councils and consult planning officers about best practice methodology before submitting an application to the Local Planning Authority for consideration against our Local Plan and relevant planning policies. It’s a fact however that some builders and land owners have no interest whatsoever in where you and I live, other than how it affects their bottom line profit. And we are, on occasion, faced with inappropriate proposals to inflict unwanted housing next to our villages, on open countryside. One of several such recently is the so-called ‘Great Kyne’ allocation proposal for 2,500 houses on government-owned countryside north of Castor, Ailsworth and

Marholm in our ward. John and I have been working hard, along with the Protect Rural Peterborough campaigners, to have this site removed from the council’s future sites allocation plans and, with everything crossed, at the time of writing we hope the lobbying and actions we’ve taken will prove successful. Predatory developers will often endeavour to exploit weakness in a local authority’s 5-year deliverable housing sites availability, as profiteering firm Gladman did at Barnack. We have however, by a comfortable margin, now closed that loophole and will robustly resist any builder attempting to challenge this on appeal after an application refusal.


Protect Rural Peterborough

PRP film shows what would be lost forever

The campaign continues, with the 2-minute film becoming 8 minutes. Well there’s a lot to cover! I Chair ‘Protect Rural Peterborough’ fighting the City Council local Plan and its inclusion of ‘Great Kyne’ a 2,500 houses + industrial/ commercial usage north of the A47 near Castor, Ailsworth, Upton and Sutton and within a stone’s throw of Castor Hanglands. HCA, (Homes & Communities Agency) supposed stewards of the land, are pushing for 5,000! As well as destroying some of Peterborough best rural landscape, it will change the way of life in the villages, not just of Castor Ailsworth, Sutton and Upton. 4 times the size of Castor & Ailsworth, it will also create 4,000 (8,000 if HCA have their way) additional cars, which are likely to have an effect on surrounding villages all the way to Stamford and on access to the City from the West We’ve made a short film (8 mins) to show what would be lost forever Martin Chilcott

The film has been posted on Community Facebook and thanks to all the people who shared it, means its ‘reach’ has been to over 5,000 people, with hundreds having watched it, including we hope many of the 60 City Councillors who we sent an e mail with a link to the film. We’ve followed that up with an e mail reminder to all councillors, with a link to the film and the key points which demonstrate that ‘Great Kyne , in the words of our MP Shailesh Vara “is the wrong development in the wrong place” If you haven’t seen the film yet, just go to the PRP website and click on the tab ‘what makes this area so special’ You can also sign the PRP petition there on the ‘Take Action’ tab

Shailesh Vara MP providing strong support Whether its writing to the Chief exec of the HCA asking them to respond to our requests (x3) for a village meeting, or lobbying the current Minister Sajid Javed over the 1987 Ridley order , or going public with his opposition alongside us in the Peterborough Telegraph (PT) or appearing in our PRP film “this is the wrong development in the wrong place” …..”its just unacceptable”, we are getting fantastic support from Shailesh Vara and Charles in his office. We’re also now asking our Ward Councillors John Holdich and Peter Hiller, to step up their public support and hopefully by the time you read this article they will match Shailesh in their public support for the PRP campaign. Every time someone from the Village signs the petition they automatically

get an e mail. They’ve already received a lot, let’s keep it up and contimnually remind them of their need to support the people who elected them!

PRP in the News The 1 ½ page article in the PT featured our story about how everyone seems to have conveniently forgotten about the 1987 Ministerial order by Nicholas Ridley stipulating that the land all around and including Ailsworth, Castor, Sutton and Upton, should not be used as the 4th Township by the New Towns commission. That order has never been revoked and was issued because Ridley judged that a Township in the middle of some of Peterborough’s best countryside was not a good idea. We don’t think anything has changed, although City Council and the current minister Sajid Javed’s department have tried to brush it off. Back in May we asked the HCA what they thought about it and either they’ve not bothered too much, or they’ve had difficulty coming to what they have called “a definitive position on the issue”. We’ll keep you posted.

Sign the petition If you’ve already signed the petition on the PRP website, thanks very much. If you haven’t managed to yet, it takes 30 seconds and every time an entry is submitted, your Ward Councillors get an e mail automatically saying you’ve signed. Encourage your friends elsewhere in Peterborough to support the campaign, then their ward Councillors will get an e mail in the same way. We want to make sure that this is a Peterborough wide issue for when all 60 Council members discuss and vote in September/ October on the City Council local Plan, which at the moment includes the 2,500 houses + industrial units . There’s also a paper form you can submit in your parish mag if you prefer to make yor views heard that way.

Short film available here: Full website is here 

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25 November-3 Dec is

National Tree Week

25 November marks the start of National Tree Week, which in turn marks the start of tree-planting season.


onsidering that most of us in the UK have fairly small plots we do love our trees. The trouble is we’re not always terribly good at choosing them. How many times have you driven through a housing estate and observed an enormous weeping willow or an enormous pine tree completely obscuring a front garden. It can be tricky deciding what sort of tree to plant on a small, suburban plot but there are plenty of candidates. Generally trees up to 8-10m are considered suitable. The best urban trees offer year-round interest. Varieties of Acer Palmatum are rather lovely. They are elegant trees which have attractive green or purple foliage and colour beautifully in the winter. For my money Amalanchier Lamarckii is about as hardworking


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By Rachael Leverton a tree as you’ll come across. During March and April it produces a frothy show of white flowers, then in June these are replaced by attractive deep purple, and supposedly edible - though I’ve never tried them fruits. Then, when Autumn arrives the tree pulls out all the stops and bursts into fiery colour. If you only have room for one tree then an Amelanchier won’t let you down. Another hard worker is Sorbus hupehensis var. obtusa. This tree has a pretty shape and is attractive throughout the year. In the late spring it is covered in white blossom which is followed by masses of dark pink berries. The blue-green leaves turn red in the autumn. It’s just my opinion of course but without at least one tree, a garden can seem flat and a little dull. Trees provide structure and

height but are also a haven for birds and insects, which in turn add colour and life. Why not plant a tree during this week. Our guide has some helpful tips. How to Plant a Tree Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Make up a mixture of half compost and half soil from the hole. Put a few inches of this mix at the bottom of the hole. Trees need support so drive a support stake into the hole at one edge. This needs to be done before the tree is planted or you risk damaging the roots. Tip the tree from its container and loosen the roots a little. Place it into the hole and fill in with the soil and compost mixture. Firm it down with your heel. Use proper straps to secure the tree to the post. Water well!

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A nest taken from a nest box in Royce Wood, probably blue tit.

Hornets nesting in one of the nest boxes at Swaddywell Pit, with the nest spilling out of the entrance hole

The autumn countryside As well as running five nature reserves in the Tribune area and looking after a flock of 100 native breed sheep, the Langdyke Countryside Trust also runs a number of nest box projects across its reserves and in the wider countryside. Some of these boxes are at Swaddywell Pit, Torpel Manor Field and Etton Maxey Pits, but the largest number is in Royce Wood – with over 35 boxes of one sort or another, many of them for over 17 years. Autumn is the time of year when we put the ladders up, open the boxes and find out what has been happening inside during the last year. So who does live in our nest-boxes? Many of them, particularly in Royce Wood, are occupied from April-June by two of our commonest woodland birds – the great tit and the blue tit. They make round nests often using rather odd local materials such as the fluff off tennis balls or scraps of red thread perhaps gleaned from clothes on local washing lines and lay their

clutches of 8-10 eggs in the middle. The eggs hatch within a fortnight of being laid and the young stay in the nest for another 3 weeks. Each nest is rather different – some are deep and full of mossy and look very comfortable. Others are quite thin and made of straw - not so comfy! Most nests reveal one or two unhatched eggs, in some years when the summer has been particularly wet, the autumn inspection can turn up a lot of skeletons as the young birds starve from lack of food. Occasionally the signs of predation are all too apparent – often by great spotted woodpeckers who can easily hammer through a wooden box and like nothing more than a small bird for dinner. But it’s not just birds that occupy the nest boxes. Malcolm Holley’s recent inspection of the boxes at Etton Maxey revealed five wood mice buried deep in the nesting materials of one box and on one trip to Royce Wood, I was startled by mice jumping out of the hole in the box as I

took the lid off! Another box at Etton Maxey was full of seeds, stored there for a rainy, cold winter’s day by another family of mice, we suspect. Insects too like our boxes, perhaps most spectacularly the hornet. In some years, I have found 2-4 boxes inhabited by hornets in Royce Wood. The queen strips wood from fence panels, windows, sheds and other available wood sources. They chew the wood and mix it with saliva to form a lightweight, strong and waterproof material similar to paper-mache. The nest starts off with a centre stalk called a petiole which is securely attached to something strong, such as the top of a nest box. The queen then adds cells around this to make combs. Sometimes the nest spills outside the box as in the picture – look out too for the males, always on guard. Hornets are amazing insects and yes they do hurt if they bite, but if you leave them alone they won’t! There is always something to look for in our local countryside.

If you are interested in nature, do come along to the next Langdyke event or visit us on Facebook or at our website.

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Alas, poor Yorick! Hamlet, Act V Scene1 Imagine our surprise when we found part of a human skull in one of our test pits behind the Exeter Arms! The police had to be called and digging has had to stop while the bone is examined to find out its likely date. Meanwhile questions abound. The pit was close to the one in which we found 143 large, unabraded pieces of Roman pottery in 2016 and a section of wall last April and the Langdyke Archaeology volunteers were looking for evidence of a Roman farmstead. Had a Roman farmer been buried there? Or was this part of a mid- 14th century Black Death burial pit? We know that the Nassaburgh Hundred court met at the Exeter Arms from1578 until 1857and people say that Botolph`s Barn was used as a lock-up. Was this a case of immediate justice following a guilty verdict? The forensics` officer has now confirmed that the bone is a partial occipital, probably adult male and buried about 1500. There is no evidence of a grave but there appears to have been a shallow ditch, still open in the late medieval period, which holds RomanoBritish pottery, largely unbraded (smoothed during ploughing). The bone itself has a canid bite mark and several signs of rodent teeth gnawings. This suggests that the bone was dragged/deposited by a dog/wolf/fox which left the bite mark or by rats. Sadly we appear to have lost the bone and pottery, which are being held at Cambridge University on behalf of the police. However they have provided us with further evidence of Roman-medieval activity close to St Botolph`s church.

Some of the volunteers who contributed to the research and production of the book, which were led by the community.

The launch of Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape, 30 Sept This was the first book about one of the Langdyke Trust`s reserves a very special occasion for the village because it traces the changes in the surrounding countryside from prehistoric times and the original Anglo Saxon villages and open fields through a thousand years up to the time of John Clare and enclosure.

Over fifty people attended the meeting. The book is selling very well and everyone has commented on its beautiful production. It is on sale for ÂŁ12 in the village at Annakinn Gallery and Clare Cottage, at Walker`s in Stamford and Waterstone`s in Peterborough.

Helpston: a vision of times gone by Following the success of the Helpston House Detectives research and Heritage publication over the last year, on 21st October we met at the village hall to plan our steps going forward. Stephen Perry local Peterborough historian gave a very interesting talk on the Frederick Frank story – pork butcher in Peterborough. This tied in very well with our plans to continue research into local dynasties. We have found through our research using Census data from 1841 to 1911, Wills, Deeds, Titles, lndentures etc recurring family groups and occupations which we plan to study in more detail.

In addition we will be researching transport especially the new train network which arrived in the 1850’s and the impact locally and nationally. Other themes to be investigated include the old school, local customs, leisure activities etc. Our group is aimed at those interested in local village history, we welcome everybody. Your contributions no matter how small make all the difference to understanding our past. If you missed our event but would like to join us in the future please email.

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(Main picture) The Goshams, 2016 (date-stone 1730)

The Goshams, c.1940

A Strange-r in Peakirk I wonder how many elderly residents remember Harry Strange, who lived at The Goshams on Deeping Road, Peakirk, from late 1890s until 1940 and played a leading role in village life throughout most of that period. by Dr Avril Lumley Prior (Left) Harry Strange and his trusty bicycle (Peterborough & Huntingdonshire Standard)

The multi-talented Mr Strange Harry was a man of many facets and accomplishments – a civil servant, social reformer, artist, inventor, researcher, photographer, meteorologist, ornithologist, taxidermist, horticulturalist, longdistance cyclist, skater, sure-shot, drainage expert, flood-warden and Parish and Peterborough Rural District Councillor. He was born Henry Thomas Strange at Harrow-on-the-Hill,

Middlesex, on 30 October 1867 to James Strange, a detective with the Metropolitan Police, and his wife, Eleanor. Painstakinglymethodical like his father, in 1886, Harry landed his dream job as ‘fourth assistant’ in the Solicitors’ Department of the Metropolitan Board of Works (later absorbed into London County Council). He stayed there until his retirement in April 1923, rising to ‘senior officer’. Harry’s responsibilities were manifold and covered housing, sanitation, parks, ‘offensive trades’, the muzzling of dogs, dairy

regulations, animal diseases and transportation, pest control and mildew in crops. He carried out his assignments with enthusiasm, efficiency and aplomb, attributes that he later would use for the benefit of Peakirk. Another aspect of Harry’s work was to gather and prepare evidence for prosecutions. One such case brought him to Peakirk, where he met Miss Martha Neaverson (18681955), daughter of the late William Neaverson, blacksmith, farmer and landlord of the Railway Inn, and his equally-versatile wife, Harriet >>

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>> Twitchell, a brewer. Harry and Martha were married in St Pega’s church on 7 August 1889 and went to live two doors away from Harry’s parents at Harrow-on-the-Hill. Although the first three of their five children were born in Middlesex, all were brought to St Pega’s to be baptised, Alice Eleanor on 28 December 1890, Lillie on 7 August 1892 and Nellie on 24 September 1893. In the 1897/8, the Strange family relocated to Peakirk when Martha acquired the Duke of Buccleugh’s former shootinglodge in Hermitage Lane (Deeping Road]. Harry named their new home The Goshams after the adjacent meadow. In 1898, Harry and Martha celebrated the birth of Cecil Harry, who was duly christened at St Pega’s on 22 May. Tragically, he died aged 17 in January 1916 and rests in the churchyard. A second son, Leonard, was baptised on 12 April 1903 and grew up to become an authority on ecclesiastical carvings, based in Wolverhampton.

Snapshots of Harry Strange’s Peakirk Of course, the Peakirk that Harry Strange first knew was very different from today’s quiet dormitory village. Side-roads such Chestnut Walk (Chestnut Close) and (Black) Bull Lane were unsurfaced and rutted by wagons and Firdale Close was occupied by farm buildings and a splendid dovecote. There were no motor cars, but then, almost everyone lived and worked locally as farmers and smallholders, labourers, domestic servants, Great Northern Railway employees, publicans and shopkeepers. Like most latenineteenth century communities, Peakirk was virtually self-sufficient and had many amenities that have long-since vanished. According to 26

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the 1901 Census Returns, the Post Office already had moved from 9 Village Street (St Pega’s Road) to 3 Rectory (House) Lane when Rose Prentice became sub-Post Mistress, though trades’ directories erroneously name her husband, John (a baker and grocer) as holding the position. Their son, Christopher, sold coal from the rear of the premises, whilst Charles Neaverson operated on a larger scale next to his brickyard at the station end of the village. Of William Neaverson’s twelve other sons, Arthur had inherited the Railway Inn and forge but also worked as a wheelwright, Robert was a builder, carpenter, timber merchant and undertaker and Septimus was a farmer and gravel and sand merchant. There were three dress-makers in Peakirk (Ethel Bennington, Almena Dudley and Emma Guymer), a shirt-maker (Selina Dudley), young widow, Susanna Ellis, traded as a bootmaker and draper, William Luff made a living as a saddler, Bartholomew Guymer as a grocer, Frank Otter supplied Peakirk with fresh fish and many Pegekirkans kept chickens and pigs. John Prentice and Charles Neaverson were Overseers of the Poor, James Dudley was a carrier and George Percival a higgler (pedlar)and sexton. Thus, the parishioners’ needs were catered for from the cradle to the grave. There was no shortage of public houses either. In addition to the Neaverson’s Railway Inn, on Gatehouse (Thorney) Road, stood the now-lost Boat Inn, then run by James Dudley the carrier. (In 1938, Harry bought the building to lease as a dwelling called Welland House.) Finally, on Village Street, was the Black Bull (Ruddy Duck], whose proprietor, 68-year-old Adeliza Haywood, had taken over the license upon the death of her husband, George, early in 1901. However, ensconced at The Rectory was Peakirk’s the most

reverred and influential Peakirk resident, Canon Edward James, who had ministered to the community’s spiritual needs, first as curate (1853-65) and then as rector (1865-1912). There are vague, unsubstantiated hints of a Wesleyan Methodist congregation in Peakirk at the turn of the century. If so, it must have been very short-lived and may have met in a private house due to lack of suitable accommodation. In fact, there appears to have been little provision for non-Conformists, who were obliged to travel to Glinton, Helpston or Peterborough to worship. To the north of The Goshams, stood the thirteenth-century, Hermitage Chapel, reputedly on the site of St Pega’s cell. In 1880, it was converted into the Parish Reading Room and Sunday School by the Rector’s brother, Francis James of Edgeworth Manor (Gloucestershire], who also built a cottage on the plot. This was rented to tenants until Francis’ daughter (Canon James’ niece), Bertha James of Chelsea, began preparing the Hermitage complex as a convent for the Anglican Sisters of the Community of the Holy Family, in 1926. Beyond the chapel lay the controversial pond, a magnet for fly-tippers and a conduit for raw sewerage which seeped onto the road. The Stranges’ southern neighbours on Village Street were the widowed Ann Luff, a retired harness-maker, and her daughter, Lucy, whose property was in an advanced state of decay, to such an extent that the Parish Council was threatening to demolish it. Nonetheless, Lucy Luff continued to live there until her death October 1919, at one stage trying (unsuccessfully) to persuade The Wesleyans to rent her late mother’s tumbledown workshop as their chapel. You can see the space where it stood next to The Goshams.


Peakirk Post Office, Rectory Lane, c.1909

Underground to his office, ready to start at eight. He would return on the 17.40 from King’s Cross, collecting his bicycle from the cloakroom at Peterborough North with the intention of catching another train to Peakirk. If he missed it, he had to cycle home. Moreover, there were days when he was sent even further afield in the line of duty. One bonebitingly cold day in December 1907, he journeyed from London to Southampton and back, thence to Eastbourne, then Harrow, not reaching home until midnight only to begin again a little over four hours later. I hope he managed to doze off on the train.

an outsider, he had the advantage of seeing Peakirk warts-andall, knew exactly what needed to be done and had a burning desire to improve the lot of all its inhabitants. In January 1917, Harry joined the Parish Council (usually the preserve of the clergy, landowners and businessmen) and immediately began addressing on-going problems relating to drainage, dyke-dredging and flood defences, sewerage and the water supply, substandard housing, the provision of allotments in Dovecote Field (Rectory Lane) and the notorious Hermitage pond. Inevitably, he irritated his fellow-councillors, some of whom had conflicting interests, because all Mr Strange’s schemes were time-consuming and entailed parting with money and land. Undeterred, Harry hammered home his meticulously-prepared arguments supported by written and photographic evidence, often keeping his colleagues in session until late at night.

Peakirk, 1912: James Dudley stands outside his flooded Boat Inn. Notice the cottages in the background. (Harry Strange)

Curiously, when Reverend Nance retired in March 1929, the Parish Council broke with tradition and gave the Chair to Harry, its first non-churchman. He held the office until February 1934, when he resigned after being nominated to represent Peakirk-cum-Glinton as Ward Councillor. Although another brother-in-law, Herbert “Toffee” Neaverson of Glinton, ultimately won the seat, Harry was still able to press on doggedly with his reforms because he also had served as a Peterborough Rural District Councillor since October 1932. Under his watch, ‘dangerous cottages’ were repaired or removed, council houses were built and Peakirk got her allotments; dykes were dredged to prevent flooding, drains were unblocked and the osier beds to the north and east of The Goshams were bought by the Parish Council as part of a drainage scheme. Crucially, the offending Hermitage pond was ‘cleaned out’ regularly >>

Reverend James’ Monument, c.1910 The village green opposite was a meadow. Three single-storey brick cottages occupied the plot where the bus shelter and village sign now stand but were razed along with The Corner House when the road was widened in the mid-1930s. Neither The Monument (‘Butter Cross’) nor the drinking fountain/horse trough existed when Harry settled in Peakirk. The former was gifted to the parish by Reverend Canon James, in 1903, to celebrate his 50-year incumbency but was not completed until August 1904. The latter was installed by public subscription the following year as a belated acknowledgement of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

All in a day’s work Although Harry enjoyed living in Peakirk, it did have its drawbacks as it presented him with marathon journeys to work, during which he clocked up an estimated 1,250,000 miles over 25 years. His day began at 4.15am, when he rose and cycled six miles to Peterborough to catch the six o’clock train to London, then took the

Village Street, 1912: The Goshams is on the right (photographed by Harry Strange)

Peakirk politics Despite his gruelling routine, the energetic Mr Strange still found time to get embroiled in local politics, drawing upon the knowledge and experience that he had acquired during his career in The Solicitors’ Department. As

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>> and, in 1938, was filled with rubble and ‘surplus soil’ from when waterpipes were laid. A post-and-rail fence was erected to deter the dumping of further rubbish with the nuns from The Hermitage contributing £5..5 shillings (£5.25) to upgrade the quality of timber. Of course, Harry Strange cannot take all the credit for these achievements but he certainly was the driving force behind them and used his expertise and powers of persuasion to make things happen.

the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on 22 June 1911. A fervent Royalist, he motivated Peakirk’s celebrations for their Majesties’ Silver Jubilee in 1935 and the coronation of their son, George VI, on 12 May Once away from the City, Harry 1937, acting as treasurer on both indulged his interest in flora and steering committees. Shortly fauna, painting flowers from afterwards, Harry’s health began his garden in watercolours and to fail as he suffered a series of oils. He added to his firearms minor heart attacks. Reluctantly, collection and stalked wildfowl, despatching his prey en masse with in January 1938, he resigned from the Rural District Council ‘on his mighty punt-gun. Bizarrely, he medical advice’, acknowledging chose to stuff prime that there was much work left specimens rather undone. He continued to fight than eat them and his Peakirk’s cause from the side-lines trophies included a whenever he felt that standards pair of kingfishers that were slipping, especially where he bagged whilst on drainage and sanitation were holiday in Scotland involved. Harry passed away with his son, Cecil, at his beloved Goshams on shortly before the boy 29 March 1940 aged 72 in the died. Not entirely a conservationist, it would presence of his wife and widowed daughter, Alice Beacham. He seem! Harry Strange’s meadow (also called lies in an unmarked grave next Goshams, 1926). Hermitage Cottage Harry loved gadgets. Alarmed to his son, Cecil, to the north of is in the background (Harry Strange) by the number of injuries caused St Pega’s church surrounded by when passengers alighted from his Neaverson in-laws. He was moving trains (including a convict joined by Martha in 1955 and their who fell to his death during an daughter, Lillie, who died in 1977. escape attempt), he designed a device which would stop the door On reflection, Peakirk probably was not quite ready for an from opening whilst the train was interfering, intellectual interloper in motion. He named it the Cecil like Harry Strange with his Safety Lock after his son, though modernising “London ways” he never actually had it patented. when he arrived on the scene in Another of his innovations was a the late 1890s. Undoubtedly, he clockwork rain-gauge by which The Gosham’s garden, c.1940 could be difficult at times and did water trickled from The Goshams’ not tolerate fools lightly. Yet, his roof through the ceilings and into A man of hobbies the kitchen via a system of pipes. A proficiency, foresightedness and Throughout his working life, third invention ingeniously allowed determination dragged its ruling elite reluctantly into the twentieth Harry had lamented his lack of him to open his side gate from century and his reforms left his leisure time. Not surprisingly, indoors. adopted village a hugely healthier, after he took early retirement at safer and pleasanter place for the age of 55 in 1923, he flung A life well-spent ordinary folk in live in. Surely, he himself into his favourite pastimes deserves more recognition for his with great gusto. Concerned by Peakirk’s tendency to flood, he had Perhaps, Harry’s proudest moment achievements than this potted was when he acted as an usher at autobiography?. requested a barometer and raingauge as his leaving gifts from his colleagues. He was convinced that if he could chart weather patterns, The photogenic Goshams (Peakirk’s only extant he could possibly predict disaster thatched building) remains in private ownership and is (even if he could not avert it) so best admired from the village green 28

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that people could be forewarned and prepared. His atmospheric photographs of the extent of the 1912 and 1926 inundations remind us of that Peakirk was – and still is at the mercy of the elements.


Glinton Village Christmas Tree Lights Switch On Thursday 7 December 2017 at 6.45pm St Benedicts Churchyard Glinton


Join us again this year for some festive family fun, with carol singing supported by children from the Primary School, Rainbows and Brownies, a countdown to the lights switch on, and the ringing of the church bells together with mulled wine and mince pies.  Festive fun - all welcome  Carol singing supported by children from the Primary School, Rainbows and Brownies  Countdown to the lights switch on at 7.00pm  The ringing of the church bells as the lights are switched on  Mulled wine and mince pies served in the church


estivities start in St Benedicts churchyard on Thursday 7 December at 6.45pm with carol singing. Then there will be a countdown to the switch on at 7pm. The church bells will then ring out while mulled wine and mince pies are served in the church together with other refreshments. With children and staff at Peakirk cum Glinton C of E Primary School and the Glinton Rainbows and Brownies are supporting the event again this year it’s set to be a wonderful occasion. Children and parents will come along to sing some carols – and of course everyone can join in the singing too. The carols include favourites of the children such as Little Donkey, O Little Town of

Bethlehem and Away in a Manger together with the traditional including Once in Royal David’s City, O come, all ye Faithful and We Three Kings of Orient. The event is funded by Glinton Parish Council who support the project each year. This year marks the 10th year in succession, thanks to the Parish Council for their continued support, St Benedicts Church for hosting the event - providing power to the lights - serving the refreshments on the night, Peakirk cum Glinton C of E Primary School and the Glinton Rainbows/ Brownies and to everyone who volunteers to help with the event without which it would not be possible.

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Glinton Friendship Club

Pam Kounougakis

Well, Autumn/Winter is upon us and things at the GFC are looking very rosy. We have had places available to new members recently, as our membership of long-standing members has dwindled due to age and physical infirmity taking their toll on regular attendance. The planned Open Morning was very well attended with eight new potential members coming along to share our session and activities, and all of them extremely interested in joining us in the future. The whole club worked hard to make our annual Jumble Sale a success, giving things to sell, helping to set up, sell the goods, coming along to buy said goods, make and serve tea and cakes, clearing away, and taking the remaining goods to a local Charity Shop. All monies goes towards helping the club provide reduced costs for outings and booking good events, entertainment and speakers. Many thanks to all involved. It was also the annual PCVS volunteer awards ceremony, held at the Town Hall, to recognise those who give of their time and effort to make a difference, helping local groups improve the lives of needy people. Our Edna received her certificate this year. Well done to her. Coming up for the festive season is our much looked forward to Christmas Lunch at the Bluebell Inn and our own buffet and party celebrations in the Village Hall in December. Before this we are being sung to by Malcolm Church and have the opportunity to buy gifts etc at Sues stall and Lanas Bags. This is all alongside our regular quizzes, games, raffles, and super duper lunches provided by our caterers. Well done, ladies! For more information please contact Barbara on 01733 253078.

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Glinton Horticultural Society’s 74th Annual Show took place on 16 September and had 860 entries (excluding late ones on the day). The show provides the back-drop for a diverse range of exhibits which include flowers, vegetables, baking, brewing and arts & crafts. The event is the largest in the area and encourages everyone from all


age ranges be they novice or expert, to present their best. This year we even had an entry from someone who lives in Bournemouth! We were pleased to be joined by members of the Glinton Art Club who provided a display their work. The Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this day the success it was.


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ALFRESCO WIN NATIONAL AWARD WITH HELPSTON MANOR Earlier this year saw Helpston based Alfresco Landscaping scoop the National Award for the Best Large Traditional Paving Installation for their project at Woodhall Manor in Helpston.


radstone, one of the UK’s leading paving suppliers hosted their annual awards earlier this year to celebrate the work of their 400 plus recommended installers nationwide. Local firm, Alfresco Landscaping, scooped 3 awards on the night including this one for the Helpston Project. The judging team, including David Domoney of ITV’s Love Your Garden, Terry Smith, editor of Professional Builder Magazine and senior figures from Bradstone selected Woodhall Manor as it stood out from the field for quality, attention to detail and the sympathetic use of new materials with a traditional property.

David Domoney said “to be able to create a scheme that worked so beautifully with such an old property and balances hard landscaping with planting is a real skill. The Alfresco team executed it beautifully”. Alastair Peat of Alfresco Landscaping underlined that the Manor House project was a highlight for the team last year. It took a lot of thought, time and effort for the guys to achieve something special. Getting the balance of a very old traditional property with the way a young modern family wish to relax and entertain was crucial and not straight forward.

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The manor house was the first of three awards for Alfresco on the night. Second up was the Best Garden Transformation with new 2016 Bradstone products for their project at Waters Edge Marina in Wansford. Using River Washed Limestone to give a natural yet contemporary finish to the larger entertaining space. The project included Oak framed dining areas, hot tub, Oak Pergola, substantial planting and 2000sqm of rolling lawns down to the River Nene. A very challenging project with significant amount of earthmoving set the basis for an incredible transformation…. The client set very demanding requirements


Views of the finished work

which resulted in a garden that balanced entertaining space with soft landscaping in a beautiful setting. Bradstone highlighted that the project stood head and shoulders above the competition. To finish, Alfresco scooped the Final award for the night – the

rest because of their business growth, quality, innovation and collaborative approach with suppliers and trade partners. Also, their ability to provide an outstanding standard of garden landscaping was unrivalled in all 3 categories”.

to respond to all the enquiries we have received in the way we would like, and apologise for this… We are however seeking to further improve our responsiveness in the coming months through expanding the team to support our drive for continuous improvement.

To be able to create a scheme that worked so beautifully with such an old property and balances hard landscaping with planting is a real skill. The Alfresco team executed it beautifully”. David Domoney, ITV’s Love Your Garden

prestigious National Installer of the year for the 2nd Year in a row underlining their commitment to quality and innovation in this national arena. Bradstone Commercial director, Toby Stuart-Jervis said “Alfresco should be extremely proud to have won three awards, including the most anticipated of the night – Installer of the year. Their entry to this award stood out from the

Alfresco Landscaping started back in 2005 as a local lifestyle business and has evolved into one of the largest Domestic Landscaping Companies in Cambridgeshire and Rutland. The rise in their profile in the industry was recognised earlier this year when they were accepted into the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), the body that represents the top 5% of landscapers in the country. After passing the rigorous assessment process and demanding standards, Alfresco remain the only company within a 30 mile radius to hold this accreditation. Alastair Peat, Director of Alfresco, said “We remain a local company with a focus on strong team principles, quality finish and great customer service. We have been guilty this year of not being able

We remain a local company with a focus on strong team principles, quality finish and great customer service. Alastair Peat, Director of Alfresco We look forward to a mild winter and some exciting projects in 2018!”

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Helpston Caravan Club

On the first weekend in September the whir of corner steadies being raised and the shout of "chocks away" could be heard in Helpston village. It heralded the exodus of Helpston Caravan Club to St. Ives, Cambs for their second rally of the year. The earlier spring rally having been ably run by Brian and Nancy Dudley.


welve vans arrived at Burleigh Hill Farm campsite near St.Ives. The large rally field contained a variety of mature trees just starting to take on their russet hues and hedgerows studded with the black and reds of autumn's fruits, and with early morning mists - very autumnal. Friday afternoons get together over a cuppa and an array of delicious home made cakes gave members a chance to chat and catch up with each other's caravanning adventures over the " heat of the summer months" - just a turn of phrase! Saturday morning in glorious sunshine was spent by many in the old river port and interesting town of St.Ives. Lying along the banks of the River Ouse the town was an important trading town in the Middle Ages with boats sailing up from Kings Lynn, their goods from here being carted inland to Central England. Naturally both boatmen and carters got thirsty and to cater for them in 1838 there were 64 public houses, 1 for every 55 inhabitants. A CAMRA followers dream! Two men of note spent some

of their illustrious careers in the town, firstly Oliver Cromwell for whom a statue stands outside the Free Church and secondly Sir Clive Sinclair who in 1972 produced the world's first pocket calculator.

decorate the tables for Saturdays evening meal. This was artistically won by Lorna Dudley. The evening meal enjoyed by everyone was delivered in hot boxes by Medway Fisheries of Somersham.

Members hurried back after lunch for the afternoon's hotly contested games and quizzes. Wooden skittles, lovingly carved by Mr.Dudley were knocked asunder with Helpston's choirmaster, Mike Roper scoring only one skittle short of maximum points. Next competition was the design and flying of paper planes. An aerodynamic design by "Flying Officer Kite" alias Peter Holt outflew everybody else's effort by a 'runway'. Not to be outdone the fairer sex came into their own though when everybody was asked to paint a glass jar into which a tea light was dropped and lit to

Sunday morning an intrepid group set off to walk across open fields and shady lanes eventually arriving at the old Saxon village of Woodhurst. A seated pause in the 13th century church and then the return down a grassy footpath and across a cornfield. Dismay, the farmer had harvested his corn and deep ploughed the soil and in the process obliterated the footpath. But he saw our plight, came to the rescue with his harrow and flattened a path for us. Flagpole signalled the end of the rally with competition prizes being given out to winners, and Neville and Janet Harris volunteering to run the 2018 Spring Rally.

Established in 1975. Helpston Caravan Club is a friendly group and welcome new members. Contact 01733 252330

Light up Helpston for Christmas There’s nothing like the twinkle of Christmas lights to get into the Christmas spirit and everyone is invited to help give the village a festive feeling when Helpston Parish Council hosts the first official Christmas Tree Lights Switch On event on Friday, 1 December at 6pm on the Village Green. 34

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The Under 11 and Over 11 Winners of the “Best Homemade Tree Decoration” Competition will switch on the lights at about 6:15p.m. There will be carol singing, sparklers, mulled wine and mince pies to finish off the event. The Bluebell and W.I are kindly providing the refreshments

Make sure you follow us on the Helpston Parish Council Facebook for all the up to date information. Should you have want to help or have more information, please contact Gill Jolly 01733 252 358 or Lesley at the Bluebell.


The HelCats presenting the Chernobyl’s children donation

Do you want to be a HelCat? Do you miss out on village events because you simply didn’t know they were happening? Do you want to be involved with village activities but are not affiliated to a village group?

HelCats raise over £800 for Helpston organisations The HelCats, a group of Helpston villagers, held a community race night in the village hall last month to raise funds for local groups and organisations. The event consisted of eight races, all sponsored by local businesses, and offered bottles of bubbly to winning horse owners and a tote betting system where people could bet on which horse they thought would win. There was also a raffle with a staggering 30 prizes, again all donated by local businesses.

village events. Since launching in January we’ve helped at the Parish Council litter pick, assisted the church at their gala and ran the bar at the John Claire Primary School summer fete. We’re also lined up to help with a village Christmas event and we set up Facebook group to get village residents talking.”

An amazing £806.85 was raised which has been donated to:

Emma Long, also a HelCat, added “On behalf of all of the HelCats we’d like to thank Healing Touch Therapies, Les Cunnington Painting and Decorating, Colin Bell Menswear Ltd, Ableclean, The Bluebell, Multifab Engineering Fabrication and GS Motor Engineers for sponsoring races, as well as all of the other businesses who donated raffle prizes.

• Village Hall - £200 (plus the £51 fee for the hall hire) • Young Person of the Year award- £150

• Chernobyl’s Children - £100 • Christmas tree decorations - £50

• Young person Santa visits - £50 The remaining funds will be retained and reinvested into next year’s activities. Phil Roberts, member of the HelCats, said: ‘A few of us got together earlier in the year and decided we wanted to do something good for the village. That is when the HelCats were born. “Predominantly we are a group of village residents that can be called upon when that little bit of extra help is needed at

“But most importantly we’d like to thank the people of Helpston who supported us by attending the event and who all gave so generously. We are very happy to be able to make donations to the local causes, as well as launch our ‘Young Person of the year’ award. “We have been overwhelmed by the sense of community and the kind words and feedback from people who attended and we can’t wait to start organising next year’s event.”

Further details about the young person of the year award can be found on page 46.

Do you fancy making a difference by helping out for just an hour or so but don’t have the time to join a committee or make too big a commitment? If so then the HelCats could be for you… The HelCats can be called upon when that little bit of extra help is needed yet they can still enjoy the events the village has to offer. If this sounds of interest to you and you feel you can donate an hour or two a year then please register your interest by emailing (helpstoncommunityactivityteam@ You will be sent information about village events and what help, if any, is needed. You will not be sent spam emails, your contact details will not be shared and you can stop the emails at any time if you decide it is no longer for you.

Do you need the help of the HelCats? If you are a community organisation within Helpston and you need a little bit of extra help either before, during or after an event or activity you can ask the HelCats for help. Simply email your request to (helpstoncommunityactivityteam@ and the HelCats will see who can help.

Facebook Don’t forget to follow the HelCats Facebook page and join the village chat in the Facebook group by searching @HelpstonCommunity

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Pictured left: Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice volunteer Judy Francis receives her award from Rotary of Stamford President Elect Bryan Spooner.

Thorpe Hall volunteer wins top Rotary award As the tribute for one of the Rotary’s highest awards was being read, the unknowing recipient turned to her guest and said ‘are they talking about me?’


udy Francis was kept in the dark about the real reason for her invitation to the special Rotary of Stamford lunch at the town’s George Hotel. She believed she was there to update members about Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, the charity she has supported for more than two decades. The Rotary Club donated time and money to the £6 million appeal to build a new inpatient unit at Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe, Peterborough.

It was only when details of the winner of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellows Award were being read out that Judy realised she had been duped! Her guest, Thorpe Hall Hospice community fundraiser Joely Garner said: “I’d been working with the Rotary members to ensure Judy knew nothing about the real reason for being invited to the lunch so it was a total surprise to her.” Judy was nominated for the award to mark her ‘long-

standing contribution to Thorpe Hall Hospice, her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the cause’.” Judy, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday with an afternoon tea at Thorpe Hall – and a request that money was donated to the hospice in lieu of gift, was in turns ‘proud, honoured and surprised’ to be given the award by Rotary of Stamford President Elect Bryan Spooner.

About Sue Ryder

Suzanne Ostler Thorpe Hall Hospice’s communications officer

Founded in 1953, Sue Ryder is a national health and social care charity providing compassionate hospice and neurological care across the UK. It does this throughout its 7 hospices; 5 neurological care centres; community-based services and in people’s own homes. Sue Ryder offers a range of personalised care, advice, education and support services in local communities to help improve the lives of individuals – including their carers and families – with conditions such as cancer; dementia; acquired brain injury; multiple sclerosis; Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease. In order to continue to provide and develop its range of invaluable services, Sue Ryder relies predominantly on income from its retail shops, fundraising activities and generous donations from members of the public. For more information visit


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Church clean up A very big ‘thank you’ to the large group of villagers who turned out to help with the annual church clean up. I think you will agree that they made a huge difference to the way the churchyard looks and also the inside of the church. Afterwards we shared a BBQ at the Coach House and were joined by Rector Mark-Aaron and his wife Cigil who also helped at the clean up. Harvest Festival Sunday 1 October was Harvest festival at church. We received a huge amount of donations, from our very generous community, which will be given to the Food Bank. Thank-you. Wreath Ceremony On Sunday 12 November you are invited to join us at 10.45am at the village green for a laying of a wreath ceremony in honour of our War dead. We intend to read a couple of poems and name our War dead before tuning into the Cenotaph at 11am. All welcome. Christmas Lights Switch On

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It feels far too early to highlight that our Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6pm on Sunday 3 December! We hope to have the usual carols followed by mulled wine at the Golden Pheasant. Christmas Eve Service Finally, please join us at the church for our Christmas Eve service at 6pm on 24 December. Planning Approval The Parish Council has received confirmation that planning approval has been given to build new premises for Willow Brook Farm on the outskirts of Etton. Peterborough City Council will be consulting on their Local plan in the next few months. They have outlined how they intend to fulfill their intention to build 27, 625 new houses by 2036. So far 5,840 houses have been completed, 8,231 have approval and 7,100 have agreed allocated sites. The local plan is intended to approve the sites for 3,735 more houses. Included in this number are Castor and Ailsworth 2,500, Eye 250, Thorney 50, Helpston 82 and the small villages 14. At the moment Etton does not feature in the allocation. Anne Curwen 01733 253357

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A couple of years ago, a close friend of mine whose personal life was touched by cancer decided, with his partner, to set up a cancer charity.

Something to look forward to by Mark Williams


is idea was simple; to appeal to the generosity of friends, companies and contacts and collect together a lot of ‘treats’ for cancer sufferers and for their families, who often take the journey with their loved ones. That charity is When he called me, I had little to give apart from my time, and so I tapped up Ed Foster, who runs Elinor Trout Fishery at Aldwincle near Oundle, to see if he’d donate a day’s fishing. Without a moment’s hesitation, he did, and I offered the charity a gift of a day’s fishing with me. It was only a short time before my gift was snapped up by Stella Kanu, a Londoner who was braving breast cancer treatment. It was winter 2016, so we planned to meet up in spring when the weather was better. I heard nothing again until a few weeks ago. Stella, like many cancer sufferers, had been through a tough summer but by September, felt well enough to make the trip north from her home to Kettering Station where I picked her up. She brought with

her Sariyah – her ten-year-old neice, ramble with casting practise. I was who also wanted to give fishing so very disappointed not to have a go. connected Stella with a trout. One There is no predicting the weather. of the locals generously offered his On the day, it was windy and I knew place at the ‘hotspot’ but, by then, our ten-year-old’s patience had from the moment I left home that this would make teaching Stella and worn thin and the best option was Sariyah to cast a bit of a challenge. to head for home.

“We both had a great day – you should hear Sariyah telling her mum and dad about it all on the phone, she made it sound like Disneyworld!” But we persevered and, after half an hour, had managed to get the principles across. For the next five hours, the three of us walked round the lake trying to find a spot where there was a combination of a favourable wind and water deep enough close to the bank so Stella’s shot cats would have some chance of reaching a feeding trout. It was not to be. The bank with the favourable wind is very shallow and really requires a good cast and even some waders, neither of which Stella had. Sariyah showed the same grit as her auntie but the fact was, almost all the fish were at the dam end, and all of the best spots there were occupied. Our day, eventually, turned into a nature

I’ve taught a few people to fish over the years, and my guiding principle is to keep it simple and make certain they feel a fish tugging on the line. Stella sensed my disappointment. Back at home later on, I dropped Stella an email, apologising for the lack of a trout. She replied: “We both had a great day – you should hear Sariyah telling her mum and dad about it all on the phone, she made it sound like Disneyworld!” To me, that day was like teaching snooker and failing to pot a ball. But through the prism of Stella and Sariyah’s eyes, it was fun. That’s perhaps a lesson for all of us.

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Rosemary’s Farming Diary T

he cereal harvest was finally finished on the 2nd September with the winter beans having started early with the winter barley on 5 July harvest was rather a drawnout operation and everyone was pleased to see it brought to an end. The oil seed rape went into reasonable seed beds, but has had a touch of flea beetle – some quite severe in different parts of the country, in fact some growers have lost entire fields. The sprayer has been kept busy trying to keep the pests at bay, mainly because we are now not able to use a seed dressing on the seed when it is sown. This autumn has been ideal for getting the weeds and self-sown corn to germinate with moist conditions there has been enough growth for us to use glyphosate to burn the growth off in an attempt to have a clean seed bed to sow into towards the last week of September to early October, we actually commenced sowing our winter oats on the 27th September and finished on the 28th, followed by winter wheat on 2nd October, these are what is known as first wheats after a “break crop” such as oil seed rape, beans, sugar beet etc, we should have these sown by 10th October. Sowing of cereals will continue now we are into October as ground conditions can deteriorate rapidly if the weather takes a turn for the worst especially on the heavy clay soils. We anticipate lifting our first fields of sugar beet on 4th/5th October, these fields will be sown with winter wheat as soon as lifting is completed and were actually sown on the 6th October What a challenging farming year it has turned out to be, the seasons seem to be upside down, with windows of opportunity to

carry out different field operations being either delayed or getting shorter which brings extra pressure on staff and machinery too, whilst trying to achieve maximum yields and quality which is essential if we are going to be competitive with whatever commodity we are producing on our farms in the UK. Our production costs increase year on year; so any savings we can make are much needed, particularly when the price we sell at can be lower than budgeted for – that’s farming. We then have the post Brexit scenario facing agriculture which will be present for some time and anticipated won’t be a smooth ride for farmers, particularly with the environmental lobbying rearing its head frequently - mainly by people who either don’t understand how our farming industry has to work or maybe they don’t want to, which is rather a shame. With that in mind full marks for a lady ‘of the cloth’ who wrote the following letter in The Farmers Weekly recently headed “Thanks for your skill and your ingenuity”:“Twelve months ago, when I began rural ministry as an ordained minister in the Church of England, I asked someone connected with the farming community what I should read in order to learn about rural affairs. Farmers Weekly was their first suggestion. I took out a subscription and in a year I have learned a lot about things I never knew were important. But above all, my appreciation for the farming community has grown”...”People traditionally gather in churches at this time of year to give thanks to God for the harvest, and that is a good thing to do. However, I think it is also the farmers, who we need to thank for your

commitment, skill and ingenuity. You are more important than most people realise.” What an asset it must be not only to the church but parishioners and farmers alike to have a person who admits to knowing very little about rural life, but felt she needed to learn about it so that she’s able to engage and understand life in a rural community, I couldn’t agree more and I’m sure she will bring people back into the church. I for one wish her well. I think this Autumn has to take the record for the spectacular array of colour the trees and hedgerows have produced. The leaves also changed very quickly and soon started to fall, the lawns at last have stopped growing, but the weeds seem to have gathered momentum with the warm damp conditions we have experienced in the last few weeks, so for a last clean up of the borders before winter sets in. I feel I have to mention how proud we were of our youngest Grandson James for doing a 24hour ploughathon in September in aid of Cancer Research, we knew nothing about it until we saw the posters in the shop. He has raised over £1500 but will keep the fund open until early November as donations are still coming in. The youth today are often hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, so it’s rewarding to see the positive side of teenagers coming to the aid of people in a time of crisis. Well done James and a big thank you to all who supported this very worthy charity by donating so generously. As this will be the last issue of The Tribune before Christmas, may I wish all readers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Chez Pierre Le bœufburger de Pierre ‘Allo to all you nice Tribland people in your villages around here and I hope you are all well and healthy, no? This issue I have been asked by a very busy mum in Glinton to tell her (and perhaps some of you also?) the quick and very easy way to create the great Chez Pierre beef burgers, for your families and for also entertaining. Now I know it’s now into the autumn time and maybe the BBQ season is well over but I do find for a quick and easy supper these beauties are just so, well, right. I serve them with home-made coleslaw and fries and sometimes with just a simple green salad, my house special mayonnaise and fresh French bread. They are always

Recipe For 12 Chez P burgers: 1 kilo ground beef, ½ kilo ground pork, 1 large onion, ½ cup dried breadcrumbs, Knorr Aromat all purpose savory seasoning (little yellow tin in the spice bit of the supermarket) 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs, 1 beaten egg.  In a large bowl make sure the mince is well separated with your fingers and mix well in the finelychopped onion, the herbs, the breadcrumbs and the beaten egg.

just gobbled up mightily by our guests and if there are some over (or hidden) they are just as good cold the next day with mustard.

be good, true, but other recipes which just have beef without any seasoning are just bland and uninteresting I think. Some socalled specialist ‘burger restaurants’ I always make to grind my have dire offerings to me actually. own beef using my lovely old I remember well the Handmade companion, my mother’s fantastic British ‘Spong’ mincer, because 3 Burger Co visit I made was expensive and most disappointing, I like to see where my mince is as was my sojourn into the new coming from. But I guess most of Turtle Bay ‘Caribbean’ place in you will buy ready-minced beef town. which, from good Tribland butchers like Grasmere or Mrs Morton’s nice I ordered a ‘Street Shack Burger’ Willowbrook Farm Shop, is going and was presented with a dry and to be just fine. pretty tasteless lump of grey mince ball in a bap; served on a bit of Don’t be tempted to buy the most painted wood with a big crack in it! leaner mince as burgers need Mon Dieu, what is going on here I some fat to taste and keep them thought? Non, it does not have to moist. My burgers themselves be like this. don’t have loads of ingredients to

 Add a good dose of the seasoning, turn and mix well and then another good dose – about 3 teaspoons in total. Easy wasn’t it?  In a large lightly-oiled frying pan arrange the (hand formed) burgers in the pan and slowly fry both sides over a medium heat. You can also grill them just as easily if you’d prefer. They don’t have to look perfect, in fact it’s better they don’t, so discard your burger mould Mrs as we are not

McWimpeyking making beef coasters are we? To be truthful to you I rarely serve in a bap but will sometimes put the burger on a piece of halved French stick and coleslaw on top. Other dressing can either be made or if in a hurry I might use a chilli and garlic sauce, garlic mayonnaise, mustard or just ketchup. Wine will invariably be a robust red from Cotes du Rhone.

Bon Chance mes amis x - Pierre

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John Clare Primary School It has been an incredibly busy half term at John Clare Primary. We started the year with our Big Arts week, focusing on Helpston as our inspiration. We have made the most of our environment and the weather by taking the children on walks around the village as much as possible. We have received some very exciting news. Last year’s film club submitted their film ‘Be Unique’ to Into Film and have just found out it was voted Film of the Month in September. The film and an interview with the film makers will shortly be available on the Into Film website. Buttercross Class (Reception and Year 1) We have had a wonderful start to the school year. Our Year 1 Home Group Leaders and Year 6 Buddies have helped the new Reception children settle very quickly. They were even brave enough to sing ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ in church at the Harvest Festival! We are spending as much time as possible outdoors whilst the weather stays warm. We’ve been on an Autumn Walk to Rice Woods to collect fallen leaves for some leaf artwork in class. Woodgate Class (Year 1 and Year 2) We have had a fantastic start to Woodgate class. We started off with exploring our local area and made a 3D map of Helpston during Big Arts Week. We started our new ‘Mystery’ Book- Beegu and investigated a mystery crash landing in Torpel’s outside area. In


hundreds of local school children and was great fun! Torpel (Year 5 and Year 6)

Geography and Science, we have been learning all about space and different planets and habitats. We illustrated an imaginary world for Beegu and made a friend for Beegu from play dough, to help her find her way home. Follow our Woodgate posts to find out if Beegu finds her way home. Broadwheel Class (Year 3 and Year 4) It has been an exciting start to the school year in the Broadwheel class. In English we have been reading a ‘Mystery book’ and we are now writing our own fantastic adventure stories. We are hoping to type and illustrate them on our Chromebooks using our ICT skills. The focus of our Maths learning has included improving our times tables recall and applying

our maths skills through problem solving. In Science, as part of our Rivers topic, the children have been learning all about solids, liquids and gases. They have really enjoyed getting involved in lots of practical investigations. The Year 4 children enjoyed a fantastic visit to see Harry Hill at Peterborough Library this week. This event was attended by

Torpel class (Years 5 and 6) have had a very busy first term. Our term began with Big Arts Week (the theme being ‘Helpston’) and we enjoyed going out into our local area and drawing houses and

buildings with perspective. After Big Arts Week, we began our topic for this term, ‘The Frozen Planet’, and started our mystery book, which details Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica. Our book study has provided lots of opportunities for drama, writing in role and poetry and we are enjoying reading it and learning about this historical event. In mathematics, we have been refining and developing our number skills, using our outdoor space to help our learning. We made ‘Human Place Value Grids’ on the playground and explored what happens to whole and decimal numbers when they are multiplied and divided by powers of 10. Our half-term culminated with a trip to Peterborough Library to meet comedian and author, Harry Hill, at an author event for his new book, Matt Millz - we all thoroughly enjoyed his jokes! Next half term, Torpel will be busy preparing for our Christmas Fayre, which will take place on Friday 1st December 2017 from 2:30-4:00pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Helpston Playhouse

Playhouse Committee

After the summer break it was wonderful to welcome new and familiar faces to the Preschool and Out of School Club. It was all change in the den area after a summer transformation, with the Out of School Club returning to new furniture, seating & games which they have been enjoying immensely. All the changes were possible due to the support and enthusiasm of those who have raised money for the Playhouse. This fabulous support has also enabled the Playhouse to contribute some log benches, a set of small chairs, bird feeders and a bird feeder stand to the John Clare School Garden which the Preschool are able to use every Friday for their Forrest School sessions. These new items were presented to the John Clare

Garden during the school ‘Ground Force Day’ on Saturday 23 September. The Preschool have been looking at how the seasons are changing and have been taking autumn walks to collect leaves and other items to make seasonal sculptures. To continue the theme of autumn and harvest the Preschool took a walk together down to St Botolph’s Church on 5 October to take part in the annual Harvest Festival service. They enjoyed singing songs & learning more about the significance of Harvest Festival. The Playhouse are immensely grateful for all the support from families and local friends who attend the fundraising events held. Please come along and try your luck at the Casino Night on Saturday 25 November where you can win prizes and raise money for the Playhouse.

Forthcoming dates: • Saturday 25 November - Casino Night • 3 February 2018 - Helpston’s Got Talent • 24 March 2018 - Easter Fayre

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Glinton WI

by Ann Pettitt

November brings our AGM round again. This year it is to be enhanced with a touch of magic – watch this space to see what is pulled out of the hat! With the end of 2017 rapidly approaching the ladies of Glinton W.I. would like to wish all Tribune readers a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. They will be celebrating at their December meeting with the Buckden Bellringers and enjoying their usual end of year Faith Supper. Everyone brings a little food of their own choice but somehow we avoid duplication without pre-planning! Doubtless, once again, it will be a delicious and varied selection of seasonal treats. We will also be celebrating at our secretary Jenny’s home with an evening of homemade mince pies and sausage rolls accompanied by a glass or two of wine. A friendly, fun event always keenly anticipated and much enjoyed. Looking back to the Autumn: In September we had a fashion show when some of our own members modelled a selection of items from the Bonmarche range. Following the success of the previous evening, a number

of our ladies hit the store hard the very next day! Our October meeting was very well attended when Karen, the Stamford cheese lady, was our speaker. We learnt a lot about artisan cheeses as well as tasting several delicious examples. Artisan cheese is defined as that made on the same farm as the milking herd is kept. Karen started her working life as a nurse but found she was allergic to the ordinary supermarket cheeses due to the maturing rennet they contained. This was the start of her interest in artisan cheeses. Did you know that although France produces a far greater volume of cheese than England there are over 1,000 accredited cheeses in England as opposed to just over 300 in France? Cheese can be divided into 6 different categories; soft, semi-soft, hard, flavour- added, blue and Stilton. We sampled an example from each category. The long queue to buy samples to take home testified to the quality of the cheeses and the success of the evening as a whole. Storing your cheese:For best results wrap your cheese in greaseproof paper and store in the salad compartment of your fridge.

We meet in Glinton Village Hall for a 7.30pm start on the second Tuesday of the month. You will be made most welcome if you feel you would like to come along and meet us. There is no pressure to join. Visitors pay a small charge of £3.50 to include supper. To find out more contact Jenny, our secretary, on 01733 254252. 48

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Helpston WI Diary

Helpston WI Members took a special interest in September’s talk following recent emergency air-ambulance support in the village. Chris Donaldson, from Anglian Air Ambulance, gave a fascinating account of the development of the present service from its start in 1999 with a helicopter acquired from the German police (hence the yellow colour) when they could only afford to cover one day each week with volunteers. The service now runs daily, covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire with 2 clinicians in each specially adapted craft providing the best support in the country. The role has evolved from the traditional ‘swoop and scoop’ to providing consultant trauma doctors who do hospital interventions in the field. The helicopters can then quickly fly patients to the best place for treatment. Staff are seconded from hospital trusts and given additional training. Chris was an excellent speaker, illustrating his account with night vision images of flying between power lines and trees to an accident site. Liaison between all local emergency services ensures the best deployment of speed, access and doctors. Emergency response from the centre at Cambridge to Helpston is 13 mins, which includes 2 mins to warm up the engine! The operating

budget has grown from £3,000 to £11.5 million in 2017, all raised from local jumble sales up to corporate sponsorship. We were all impressed by the dedication shown by the volunteers, whose motto is ‘together we save lives’, and agreed to contribute bottles to the next Air Ambulance tombola in November. Our October meeting was a practical craft session, led by Catherine Duerden who inspired and supported us to create origami bows. The hall was full of activity, with members busily folding and creasing vividly coloured paper and we all managed to produce beautiful results, regardless of our level of dexterity. It was very impressive to see the flat squares of paper transformed into bright bows and we enjoyed the opportunity to work and laugh together. Catherine is obviously highly skilled and passionate about her craft, showing us beautiful paperwork she had made. She was a patient teacher, encouraging even the least confident crafters and leaving us with lots of ideas for cards and decorations. We were glad to welcome visitors to the meeting and look forward to seeing more new members. If you would like to make new friends and become involved with our wide range of activities, you will be made very welcome at our meetings.

W meet in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on on the first Thursday of each month. Jean Mead, our president on 01733 252025, or June Dobson, our secretary, on 01733 252192 will be happy to answer any questions you have, or follow the links on, village organisations, to see this year’s programme.

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 (8th & 22nd November, 6th & 20th December) 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 2 November Please join us in the Village Hall at 7:30pm for our Annual Meeting, when we will elect a new committee. Contact June Dobson on 01733252192 or come along on the night. Tuesday 21 November There are a few places left for local artist Eve Marshall’s felting workshop from 2pm – 4pm in Helpston Village Hall. The £5 cost covers the cost of materials to make a felt bird – contact June Dobson on 01733252192. Thursday 7 December We are looking forward to having our Christmas meal provided by Elegance caterers in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm. Dinner will be followed by seasonal entertainment arranged by the committee. Thursday 4 January We are starting the New Year with a special open meeting, where partners and friends are invited to join us for a talk by Gavin Sugden about his travels in Burma (Myanmar). A range of seasonal refreshments will be provided. You are very welcome to join us on the night – ring June Dobson on 01733252192 for more details.

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Good food, real ales, real log fire, great entertainment Remember, Remember Sat 4th November…

Our Annual Fireworks Bash! Bonfire and Fireworks display - from 6pm

BBQ - from 6.30pm (in association with the First Deeping St James Scouts who will be marshalling and keeping the event safe)

Live music with guitar supremo PAUL LAKE in our heated marquee - from 8pm Adults £5. Kids under 12 FREE (50% of proceeds donated to the DSJ Scouts)

It’s Christmas! Marquee Christmas Parties Saturdays in December. Celebrate with work colleagues, family or friends in our cosy, heated Christmas marquees

3 courses plus DJ for £35pp Throughout December

Family & Friends Festive Menus 2 courses - £17, 3 courses - £21

Christmas Day Now taking bookings for our fabulous Festive 5 course lunch - from 12pm until 4pm

New Year’s Eve Party Buffet and live music until 1am Free entry before 9pm, £5 after 9pm

OPEN BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY 12PM – 5PM We’re In It! The Good Beer Guide 2017 & 2018 CAMRA’s real ale bible – Come and sample one of our 5 real ales


T: 01733 252 387 E:

The Golden Pheasant, 1 Main Road, Etton PE6 7DA




DIARY October

 Saturday 28 October 7 pm NORTHBOROUGH VILLAGE HALL QUIZ 2 course supper £6.00 per person. Teams of up to 8. To book a place contact: 01778 345143, 347464 or 343126  Sunday 29 October AUTUMN AT THE HANGLANDS An afternoon walk looking for birds, berries and mushrooms, meet 2pm at the main entrance to the Hanglands.

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November  Saturday 4 November BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month.  Sunday 5 November 9am-11am ST PEGA’S CAFÉ BRUNCH By popular demand. In Peakirk Village Hall Bring Along your family and friends Everyone very welcome. Full English and Continental Breakfasts served or just pop in for a coffee, newspapers to read & children’s play area  Saturday 11 November PEAKIRK VILLAGE HALL QUIZ NIGHT 7.30pm Prompt start. Come and join in the fun at Peakirk Village Hall. Pit your wits against our Quizmasters!Teams of 4. £8per person, including a fish & chip supper.Bring your own drinks.. Call Debi on 01733 253018 to book your table. To avoid disappointment, book early as this is always a very popular event!  Sunday 12 November 10.30am ALL AGE SERVICE FOR REMEMBRANCE Come and join us at St. Andrew’s Northborough as we remember all those who have died in conflict, and honour the men and women who lost their lives in two World Wars.  12 November REMEMBRANCE SERVICE St. Peter’s, Maxey. This will be observed in our new ‘ less formal ‘ service. Mark-Aaron to lead at 9am.  Sunday 12 November FAMILY VOLUNTEERING Ferry Meadows Country Park Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided, you just need to bring along lots of enthusiasm! Free car parking for all participants 10:00am-12:00noon Meet at: To be confirmed at time of booking Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2 Booking: Essential.  Sunday 13 November 10.30am REMEMBRANCE SERVICE St Pega’s Church with Rev’d Mark-Aaron Tisdale, including the Cub Scouts and Beavers. 52

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During November 2017, there will be a photographic exhibition of Aspects of Central Park, Peterborough to be held in The ButterCross Café. There will also be a Photographic Competition for keen amateur photographers. Well-known local photographer Chris Porsz, Author of Reunions will be judging the competition. Results will be announced in the Café on Saturday, 18 November at 11am Local speaker and historian Stephen Perry will be launching his latest booklet in the Local History Series, entitled Park Road and the Park. Both Stephen and Chris are willing to sign copies of their most recent books which will be available on that occasion. Photographs to be submitted by 30 September. Details of conditions of entry of photographs to the exhibition and competition, and Entry Forms, can be downloaded from the web site or obtained from The ButterCross Café  14 November MAXEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETING Maxey Village Hall. 7pm. All welcome.


November & December  Friday 17 November 7pm BEAUJOLAIS NIGHT GLINTON BLUEBELL Charity night for Glinton primary & Church. £10pp French themed food, live music. Snail racing, games, raffle & fancy dress optional. Tickets - Krissi 07594 930907  17 November 7.30pm Glinton Horticultural Society A TALK ON BEGONIAS BY DAVID STAINES All welcome. In the Glinton Village Hall. More details 01733 253591 or see website.  18 November BARN DANCE Maxey village hall. 7.30 to 11pm. £10 to include supper. Bar available. Dancing to The Fruitcake Band. email; for tickets or phone 07710150587.  Saturday 25 November CONSERVATION AFTERNOON At Swaddywell Pit, 1-5pm, meet at Swaddywell at 1pm.

 25 November Newborough Ameteur Dramatic Society presents ALADDIN PANTOMIME By James Barry. Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road Matinee: 2.30pm Tickets all classes £6 Raffle and refreshments Tickets available at venue, see any member of cast or phoneDi on 07960 029110  Saturday 25 November COFFEE MORNING Helpston Church Christmas Coffee Morning with mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas stalls, Christmas hamper, raffle and much more!  Saturday and Sunday 25-26 November CHRISTMAS FAIR Ferry Meadows Country Park Craft and gift stalls, music entertainment from local choirs and bands, a children’s craft area, Ferry Meadows Miniature Railway and festive refreshments.11am – 4pm. Free. No need to book. REGULAR EVENT Mondays & Wednesdays Sams Fun Fitness classes, Bainton Reading Room Mondays 9.30-10.15 am & Weds 7.30 - 8.15pm Contact 07887 802621 fb:-sammcgreevygr8fitness


Adult learning (age 18+) The Deepings Community Centre Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

 Wednesday 1 November USING SOFT PASTELS 7– 9:30pm £10 Using soft pencils, oil pastels & chalk to create abstract portraits and human forms.  Wednesday 8 November PEN & INK ILLUSTRATIONS 7 – 9:30pm £10 You will be experimenting with various drawing/ mark-making techniques and inks to create an illustrative image.  Wednesday 15 November OIL PASTEL ANIMAL PORTRAITS 7 – 9:30pm £10 Working from 2D images, you will create your own, abstract animal portrait.  Wednesday 22 November CHRISTMAS /WINTER THEMED WREATH 7 – 9:30pm £20 Create your own wreath, using silk flowers and other various materials / foliage. please pre-book due to materials)  Wednesday 29 November CHRISTMAS/WINTER THEMED DECORATION 7– 9:30pm £15 Create your own felt and fabric decorations (using glue- guns & or hand stitching)  Wednesday 6 December CHRISTMAS/WINTER THEMED CARDS’ 7 – 9:30pm £10 Collage and craft to your hearts content and make numerous, fun Winter/Christmas cards  Wednesday 20 December WINTER THEMED ACRYLIC PAINTING 7 – 9:30pm £10 Applying and mixing acrylic paint in order to create a seasonal image of your choice. TO BOOK: Text/ call Clare: 07762434204 E: Facebook: Paisley art

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 2 December Newborough Ameteur Dramatic Society presents ALADDIN PANTOMIME By James Barry. Newborough Village Hall, Newborough. Matinee: 1.30pm Tickets all classes £6 Evening 7.30pm Tickets all classes £6 Raffle and refreshments Tickets available at venue, see any member of cast or phone Di on 07960 029110  Saturday 2 December BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month.  Saturday 2 December 2.30pm ST ANDREW’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE at Northborough Village Hall Teas, Stalls, Games and time for a chat. All Welcome!

 Saturday and Sunday 25-26 November WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Ferry Meadows Country Park Description: Join us for a walk around the park to find Barney the Bear. Times: TBC Cost: £2 Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies. Booking: Essential  28 November 7.30pm GLINTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Election of Committee. All welcome In the Glinton Village Hall. More details 01733 253591 or see website. 54

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 Thursday 3 December MOMENTS WITH TREES – TREE DRESSING DAY Ferry Meadows Country Park To celebrate trees and people we will be hosting a tree dressing day. Come along to the Visitor Centre and create an item to hang on one of our special trees. Times: 11:30 – 14:30 Meet at: Visitor Centre Cost: Free thanks to HLF Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities. Booking: No need to book.  Sunday 3 December ETTON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Plus carols followed by mulled wine at the Golden Pheasant.  Sunday, 3 December 4pm CHRISTINGLE SERVICE with Rev’d Mark-Aaron Tisdale. St Pega’s Church


 Sunday, 3 December 4.30pm CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SWITCH ON In St Pega’s Churchyard. Get in the festive spirit and come and join us as we switch on the lights on the Christmas tree in the Church Yard. Free festive hot drinks and seasonal biscuits are provided. Everybody welcome!  Sunday 3 December 1-4pm CHRISTMAS FAYRE Peakirk Cum Glinton Primary. Traditional stalls, Games, Xmas Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink, visit Santa and more. Open to all, small entry on door. For Stalls please contact the School.

Please see more on page 29

 8 December 7.30pm GLINTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS EVENING Hot food, old cracker jokes, live music. Members £5 Non-members £6 All welcome. In the Glinton Village Hall. More details 01733 253591 or see website.  8 December PORK PIE MAKING NIGHT Willow Brook Farm  8 December MAXEY CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY Village hall, 5.30 to 7pm. £5 per child. Entertainer, games, tea and Santa! email; kevinlapinskis328@ for tickets or phone 07960644145.  Sunday 10 December 4pm Shining Light into Darkness: CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at Northborough.Come and join us at St Andrew’s on and help raise funds for the Children’s. Society. Envelopes for donations from Church or Polly01778 380849  Sunday 10 December CHRISTMAS LUNCH Northborough Community Association invites all residents over 65 of Northborough and Deeping Gate for Christmas lunch Sunday 10 December 12.30 for 1 pm. 3 course lunch £5 per person. To book a place contact: 01778 345143 or 343126  10 December MAXEY CHRISTINGLE IS BACK! 4pm in St. Peter’s Church, Maxey, all welcome, proceeds to the Children’s Society.  13 December LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS Willow Brook Farm  15 December CAROLS AROUND THE CENTRAL TREE IN MAXEY. TREE FESTIVAL AND CAROLS Maxey Community Association and Maxey Charities event. Village Hall. email; for more details.  Saturday 16 December 7pm HANDFUL OF HARMONIES CONCERT. Northborough Village Hall. 2 course supper £6 per person. To book a ticket contact: 01778 345143, 347464 or 343126  Saturday 16 December CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL AND CAROLS. St Peter’s, Maxey 6pm, all welcome

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Saturday, 16 December 3pm CHILDREN’S CRIB SERVICE St Pega’s Church Sunday 17 December 10.30am CAROLS, MINCE PIES & CHRISTMAS CHEER: Come and worship with us at Northborough Church for a big sing! Sunday 17 December CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 4.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Bainton Sunday 17 December CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 6.30pm at St Botolph’s Church, Helpston Thursday 21 December CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION MAKING Ferry Meadows Country Park Join Rangers to make a Christmas Tree decoration from clay which can be taken home to hang on your tree. Times: 10:00 – 12:00 Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: Free – suggested donation £1 per person Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities. No need to book. Friday 22 December CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 6.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack Christmas Eve CRIB SERVICE 4.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack Christmas Eve MAXEY CRIB SERVICE. St.Peter’s Church, Maxey. 4pm, all welcome to this very special service. Freda to lead. Christmas eve CRIB SERVICE 5.00pm at St Botolph’s Church, Helpston Christmas eve MIDNIGHT COMMUNION SERVICE 11.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack

Christmas eve MIDNIGHT HOLY COMMUNION 11.30pm at St Botolph’s Church, Helpston Christmas Eve CANDLELIT MIDNIGHT MASS 11.30 pm at St. Andrew’s NorthboroughEveryone is Welcome.. Christmas Day 10.30am CAROL SERVICE WITH THE BENEFICE CHOIR Christmas Day Service and Holy communion with Mark-Aaron Tisdale. St Pega’s Church Christmas Day CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNION 9.00am at St Mary’s Church, Bainton CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 10.30am at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 10.45am at St Botolph’s Church, Helpston Wednesday 27 December WILD WEDNESDAY Ferry Meadows Country Park Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts.10:00am-2:00pm Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities. Booking: No need to book. SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER Benefice Service 10.00am at All Saints Church, Wittering

Looking further ahead Friday 2 March ‘18, at 7.30pm ST ANDREW’S ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT ‘Off to the seaside’ with Peter Kemp Northborough Village Hall. Teams of Four. £7pp to include Supper.  BYOD.  Please call Polly  01778 380849 to book your table.

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Harvest Festival

St Benedict’s, Glinton Rather a splendid sight after Harvest Festival on Sunday and the school service. There were 260kg of food which took three car loads to get it to Peterborough Food Bank!

St. Pega’s Church, Peakirk Harvest Festival stalls on the Saturdayafternoon took place in the Church as the weather became rather wet. However, with many beautiful floral displays to admire and refreshments to enjoy, the rain did not deter either the stall-holders or the many enthusiastic supporters. In a period of just two hours, many bargains were purchased and record amount of £248 was raised towards Church funds. On the Sunday morning a Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service was held with generous donations for the Food Bank totalling 33.2 kgs. Our thanks to all involved in making it such a happy and enjoyable Harvest.

Blue Skies for Harvest Praise at Northborough

Brave Teddies launched by Rev. Mark-Aaron

All good gifts around us and tins and packets for the Food Bank!

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Praise the LORD, my soul, and do not forget how kind he is. (Psalm 103)

Remember, remember… Recently I spent a month in Kenya visiting the area where my wife and I used to teach over thirty years ago. I stayed with the Bishop of Taita Taveta Diocese and when I travelled with him to churches I was always asked to introduce myself. A common phrase I used was nimesehow Kiswahili, pole sana. It means “I have forgotten Kiswahili, very sorry”. It has been fourteen years since I was last in Kenya so my Kiswahili was very rusty. But I did remember many things from over thirty years ago when I revisited places and people, especially the more noteworthy or unusual. We are in a season of remembering – November 5th, Remembrance Sunday, and (sorry to remind you), we will be

remembering those readings and carols for Christmas services soon. We will remember a set of events surrounding the birth of Jesus some two thousand years ago. The reason we know about those events is that two writers – Matthew and Luke - recorded them in their Gospels. We read in Luke 2:19 that Mary the mother of Jesus treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. Her recall of all the events helped Luke to write his Gospel (‘an orderly account’ as he calls it in the beginning verses of his Gospel). For these are not fanciful stories of the once upon a time sort, but claim to be accurate records of what happened so that they could be remembered. They were writing things down that occurred over

thirty years earlier – noteworthy and unusual events that people like Mary had pondered and treasured for many years. I hope you will come along to some of the activities in the churches to remember the events, which remain after the Victorian veneer has been left behind. Remembering things is one of the central parts of our Sunday worship. The Psalmist says in Psalm 103 Praise the LORD, my soul, and do not forget how kind he is. Most Sundays we follow Jesus’ instructions and take bread and wine to eat and drink “In remembrance of me”. I hope you get time to reflect and remember important things in the months ahead. Every blessing, Rev Dave Mayor

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Susan Jones (31/08/17) St. Peter’s, Maxey

Isabel Freeman (12/09/17) St. Peter’s, Maxey

William James (18/08/17) St. Andrew’s, Northborough John Thomas Smith, Northborough, Buried 19/10/17;

William Thomas (18/08/17) St. Andrew’s, Northborough Rita Legge (26/10/17 Northborough (Cremation) BAPTISMS

Ruby Ann Noble, baptised 15OCT17. Nico Simmaco Raucci (06/08/17) St. Andrew’s, Northborough Shakira Jude Raucci (06/08/17) St. Andrew’s, Northborough Holly Rose Allen (06/08/17)St. Benedict’s, Glinton

Rufus Ian Lyons Lowe (20/08/17) St. Benedict’s, Glinton Benjamin Lennox (27/08/2017) Ufford Church Layla McNeish (10/09/2017) Bainton Church Jack Horsfall (24/09/2017) Barnack Church WEDDINGS Ellen Cocksedge To Stephen Exton (05/08/17) St. Peter’s, Maxey Julie Watling To Simon Markley (12/08/17) St. Peter’s, Maxey Sophie Miller To Craig Kerr (02/09/17) St. Peter’s, Maxey Kimberley Scott To Thomas Holdcroft (09/09/17) St. Benedict’s, Glinton Jessica Halstead To Fletcher Harwood (16/09/17) St. Benedict’s, Glinton William Faux And Rebecca Chown (09/09/1017) Ufford Church Alexander Hardy And Rhian Thorburn (15/09/2017) Bainton Church Adam Beeby And Kimberley Mansfield (23/09/2017) Barnack Church 60

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Greetings & salutations! The Reverend Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale Rector Glinton, Etton, Maxey, Peakirk & Northborough Where do you belong? With whom do you belong? For what or for whom, do you long?  Christians belong in the fellowship of Christ Jesus, with & amongst the Holy Spirit.  We belong with & to the Holy Trinity of Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  Christians long for this, in fact yearn for this and are penitent and contrite when they fall out with God & their neighbour.  We atone for our weaknesses, transgressions...our sins (mortal and/or spiritual) that separate us from God and one another; Christians follow the teachings of Jesus to be at one with God & our neighbour, in fellowship & in Faith. We also do this, demonstrate this longing or sense of be-longing in myriad ways: perhaps, chiefly, by communing with one another, gathering in twos or threes in Jesus’ name to share God’s Love, what the early church fathers called ‘Agape’. For many, though, life is also very demanding of their precious time (here on earth), making it such a personal sacrifice for them to make time for God... when everything else demands time, too. Still, there are those who make time for God in their busy lives...and have found that sacrifice, in fact, very rewarding, both in terms of their spirituality and even socially. Throughout November & December, our five village church communities invite you back, invite you to join them in making time for God in your life.  On the 2nd of November, we hold our All Souls’ Service, followed by a Remembrance Sunday service in each parish on the 12th.  We’d love you to join our many and varied December services, from Christingle, Carol and Crib services to Tree lighting and ‘Midnight Mass’ services in Glinton & Northborough.  Belonging to a church community and longing for a closer connection with God are big steps, individual sacrifices, we know…but so very rewarding.  Come and share!  Pax vobiscum!



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St Mary’s Bainton

Wed 1

Thu 2

Sun 5

8.30am Benefice All Saints Day Service

7.00pm Benefice All Souls Day Service



6.00pm BCP Evensong

St Botolph’s Helpston



All Saints Wittering




St Stephen Etton



10.00am Family Service Freda Skillman

St Benedict Glinton



St Andrew Northborough


St Pega Peakirk

7.00pm Benefice All Souls’ Service Rev MarkAaron

Sun 19

Mon 20

Sun 26

9.00am 9.00am 9.45am Parish Parish Remembrance Communion Communion Sunday NO SERVICE with with Service Children’s Children’s Church Church

10.45am All Age Praise

St Peter Maxey

Sun 12

6.00pm Benefice Evening Communion

6.00pm BCP Evensong with Taize Prayer


11.00am All Age Praise 6.00pm Informal Reflective Service 9.00am Parish Communion

10.45am 10.45am Parish 10.45am Remembrance Communion All Age NO SERVICE Sunday with Communion Service Children’s Church 10.00am Remembrance Sunday Service


10.30am Morning Prayer Service

10.45am 9.00am Village BCP Memorial Communion NO SERVICE Wreath Laying Rev MarkDerek Harris Aaron




9.00am 9.00am Remembrance Holy Service Communion with wreath Canon laying McCormack Rev MarkAaron


10.30am 10.30am 10.30am 9.15am Holy Remembrance Holy Morning Communion Service Communion NO SERVICE Prayer Rev MarkAndrew Rev MarkDerek Harris Aaron Walker Aaron


9.00am Holy 9.00am 10.30am Communion Holy All age Canon Communion Remembrance NO SERVICE Haydn Smart Rev MarkService 6.00pm Aaron Freda Skillman Evensong Derek Harris


6.00pm BCP Evensong Rev MarkAaron

10.30am Remembrance Service with Holy Communion Rev MarkAaron

10.00am Family Service Village Hall Mark H & Freda S


6.30pm 9.00am Benefice Holy Confirmation Communion Service Rev MarkBishop John Aaron Holbrook


10.30am Morning Praise Rev MarkAaron & Freda Skillman

10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

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Sat 2

Sun 3

Thu 7

Sun 10

Sat 16

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.00am NO SERVICE Parish Communion NO SERVICE with Children’s Church

9.00am Parish Communion with Children’s Church


St Mary's Church Bainton


6.00pm BCP Evensong


9.00am Parish Communion


St Botolph’s Helpston


10.45am All Age Praise


10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church


All Saints Wittering



10.30am Christingle


St Stephen Etton

10.00am Family Service Mark Hotchkin NO SERVICE 6.00pm Christmas Tree Lighting on Village Green




St Peter Maxey

9.00am NO SERVICE Holy Communion Canon McCormack


9.00am Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron 4.00pm Christingle Service Rev Mark-Aaron

6,00pm Christmas tree festival with Carols Rev Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am NO SERVICE Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron

6.45pm Lighting of Christmas Tree with Carols and Mince Pies

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin


St Andrew Northborough

6.00pm Village Christmas 9.00am Tree Eucharist Lighting Rev Mark-Aaron at One- Stop Shop


10.30am Morning Praise Freda Skillman NO SERVICE 4.00pm Christingle Service Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk

4.00pm Christingle Service followed by 4.30pm approx Lighting of Christmas NO SERVICE Tree in churchyard Rev Mark-Aaron 6.00pm BCP Evensong Rev Mark-Aaron


10.30am Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron

3.00pm Children’s Crib Service Rev Mark-Aaron & Vikki Wilson

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 62

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Sun 17

Fri 22

Sat 23

Sun 24

Mon 25

Sun 31

9.00am Holy Communion

6.30pm Carol Service


4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Service

10.30am All Age Christmas Day Service


4.30pm Carol Service




9.00am All Age Christmas Day Communion




5.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Service

10.45am All Age Christmas Day Service



4.00pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Communion Service


(Low Sunday) 10.00am Benefice Communion Service

9.00am BCP Communion Rev Mark-Aaron



6pm Family Nativity Service Mark Hotchkin



10.00am Family Service Village Hall Mark H & Freda S



9.00am Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron 4.00pm Crib Service Freda Skillman





6.30pm Carol Service

10.30am Carol Service

10.30am Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron



10.30am Family Crib Service Rev Mark-Aaron 4.00pm Readings & Carols with the Choir Derek Harris 11.30pm Midnight Communion Canon Haydn Smart

10.30am Carols & Mince Pies Freda Skillman



11.30pm Midnight Communion Rev Mark-Aaron



4.00pm Carol Service with the Choir Rev Mark-Aaron



10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

10:30am Benefice Family Communion Rev Mark-Aaron

10.30am Benefice Family communion Rev Mark-Aaron

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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The Poppy Factory By Tracey Anderson

Major George Howson was an engineer. He was a man of great energy and determination. He won the military cross in WWl. He was addicted to strong Turkish cigarettes and bought them 10000 at a time. He was also the founder of The Royal British Legion Poppy factory!


hrough the work of Anna Guerin of France and Moina Michael of the USA, both very practical women who took Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”, and devised a way of raising vital funds for wartime charities. The British Legion had been set up the year before and the very first French Poppy Appeal – using silk poppies made by widows - had raised £106,000. In 1921 the first British Poppy appeal was held. In the first year the poppies were imported from France and there was huge demand as poppies quickly became the icons of remembrance. The Major made a connection; Remembrance Day needed poppies and wounded ex-soldiers needed work. In a letter to his parents he spoke of using a £2000 cheque he had been given to set up a factory to, ‘…give the disabled their chance.’ He wrote that he felt the project would probably not be successful but that he ought to attempt it anyway. He set up The Disabled Society in London with just five injured ex-servicemen, and in spite of his initial lack of optimism, in few years that had grown to 350 men. He set up a sister factory in Edinburgh to supply poppies to Scotland, and the London factory moved to larger premises near the Thames in Richmond and was renamed The Poppy Factory. As time went on the needs of veterans changed. They wanted to work in their own communities, closer to their families and to use the many and varied skills they had acquired during their careers in the armed services, prior to becoming injured. In 2010, The Poppy Factory began to actively help disabled ex-Service find the work they wanted in the places they wanted to be. It continues to build on its strong historical foundations to provide an employability service that supports hundreds of ex-Service personnel with varying health challenges into meaningful employment with businesses across the country every year. Moina Michael was an American professor. She wrote a response to McCrae’s poem in 1918 entitled We Shall Keep The Faith. She vowed to always wear a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance for those who served in the war. She realised the need to provide financial and occupational support for ex-Servicemen after teaching a class of disabled veterans at the University of Georgia, and so she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies to raise funds for them. 64

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September 1917



During September and October 2017 Year 6 and Year 7 students from Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School commemorated the centenary of the deaths of two of Glinton’s First World War soldiers by sending a rockets into the sky high above the village which detonated with impressive explosions. On both occasions number of families and villagers attended to witness the event which included a brief introduction by Peter Skinner who provided an insight into the soldiers lives and untimely deaths. On 13 September 2017 students, Luke Beeby and Grace Skinner, remotely fired a rocket to remember Langley Lilley. He had served as a private in the 1st/8th Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). He was the youngest son of George and Elizabeth Lilley who lived in Milking Nook. He was born in Newborough, but when enlisting in Peterborough gave his residence as Glinton. On 13 September 1917 Pete Lilley was killed whilst on sentry duty aged 21. At the time the Sherwood Foresters were occupying trenches between Cambrian and Auchy, just north east of the ‘Hohenzollern Redoubt’. On the night of the 12/13th September 2017 they were bombarded by heavy trench motors and suffer nine casualties. By coincidence Pete Simpson, also a Glinton resident, was also fatally wounded at the same location just two years earlier. Pte Lilley is buried in the Cambrian Military Cemetery, France.


November 1917


Helpston seems to have only one loss during November and December 1917. We know very little about PRIVATE JOHN PORTER who died in action on 21 November 1917. It is very sad to say we know very little about him - he may have been born in Helpston but certainly lived and worked here. He was about 28 years old when he was killed at Passchendaele. He was a Private in the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment enlisting in Peterborough. He has no grave but is commemorated at Tyne Cot, on the Memorial to the Missing. It is also a mystery why he is not mentioned on the War Memorial at St Botolph’s Helpston.

November 1917


116168 PRIVATE THOMAS FREDERICK FOSTER who died in 1917. Thomas was born in 1897 to Thomas and Martha Foster of Maxey but spent most of his childhood in Northborough where he attended school with his 7 siblings. After leaving school he found a job at Harlaxton Manor near Grantham and it was from here that he enlisted in the army. He first joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry later transferring to the 4th Reserve of Dragoons. He was under training when he was admitted to the Cambridge Hospital at Aldershot for an operation. Following surgery he developed acute septicaemia (blood poisoning) and died on the 30 October 1917 aged 20. His body was brought back to Northborough and buried in St Andrew’s church yard on 4 November. Thomas did not get a chance to fight in a theatre of war and was not awarded any medals.

December 1917


RIFLEMAN ERIC FRED CURTIS 9th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps was killed near Ypres on 21 December 1917, aged 22. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. He was the son of Millicent Maud Mitchell (formerly Curtis) of 2, The Terrace, Barnack. PRIVATE EDWARD SMALLEY 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed on 2 4 December 1917 aged 29. He was born in Elton in 1888, the son of Skelton Smalley and Martha. In 1901 his father was farming in Pilsgate and Edward was attending Stamford School and by 1911 he was working on the family farm. In early 1914 Edward took on a farm at Wadenhoe, where he lived with his mother and sister. He enlisted later that year with the Army Service Corps (Remounts), a unit responsible for the provisioning of horses and mules. He was transferred to the 13th Hussars and then the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Flanders. In February 1917 he was wounded and returned to England. On his recovery he went back to the war on the Somme. He was killed when his battalion was bombarded while sheltering in a railway cutting at St. Emilie. Eight others in his group were killed and six wounded. Some time after his death, Edward’s mother moved to Cedar Tor, Main Street, Barnack. Edward is buried at Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery near Péronne. He is commemorated on the war memorials at Barnack and Wadenhoe and on the Stamford School Roll of Honour. (With acknowledgements to Trevor Pocknell, Wadenhoe)

The Northborough congregation will be remembering Thomas at the Remembrance Service on Sunday 12 November.

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Write Away.. @ Ufford Summer Gala

@ Helpston Community Speedwatch

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

@ Footpath Improvement Works After the report in the last issue of the Village Tribune I’m pleased to confirm the much-anticipated improvement work along the Deeping St James Road between Deeping Gate and Northborough should, by the time you read this, have been completed. Both Cllr John Holdich and I have long lobbied for this work to be scheduled into both the Peterborough Highways Services workstream and the council budgets and we hope the local residents and regular users will benefit from the improvement. Cllr Peter Hiller Glinton and Castor ward.

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

Speedwatch volunteers needed for monthly* rota to help make our village a safer place Three volunteers required per Speedwatch session All locations are approved by the police/road traffic unit (multiple locations are possible) Training session either on a Friday evening 1800 or Saturday 0900 approx. one hour (date/s will be provided by police once our group has been set up)

A minimum number of volunteers are needed for the training and for a rota to be established – please email if you would like to help Further information - any questions will be answered by the police at the training *‘Speedwatch operates here’ signs installed for regular speedwatch teams (subject to at least 12 sessions per annum)


@ Hills and Holes - sheep grazing

The original plan to use ponies this year to try to improve the effectiveness of the grazing has had to be abandoned due to concerns about loose dogs on the site. The risk to grazing animals is an annual issue, with irresponsible dog owners allowing pets to chase and “worry” sheep.

Larkfleet meeting today. Glinton Village Hall. Goodness me. Where do I start? Larkfleet are just a well oiled machine- a typically greedy property developer who are not at all interested in the views of the locals. They think that they can show that this site is sustainable & therefore permission will eventually be granted. The fact that they can afford to give over so much land to the football club & still make a thumping profit says it all. They weren’t interested in any conversations on traffic congestion, schools & doctors being over-subscribed etc. as they’ve just heard it all before. I certainly did not complete one of their very cleverly designed feedback forms. Glinton folk we have a fight on our hands.

It is that time of year again when plans to introduce livestock onto Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve are being made. Whilst some people, especially dog walkers, find it frustrating, it is an essential part of the management of the reserve to control the coarser elements of the sward in order to maintain the rich diversity of flora and fauna that we all enjoy. Without grazing, the rare orchids and pasque flowers that are highlights of many visits to the Reserve would be significantly reduced, if not lost completely from the site and therefore from the local area.

This is a crime and we would encourage anyone seeing such behaviour to report it to the police immediately. Please also inform Natural England by calling 07798645935 or 07979873504 and emailing tim. or christopher.evans@  Even if uninjured, sheep may miscarry their lambs after being worried by dogs.

Mandy Yallup

Jon Lloyd

What has happened to the walkway improvements on Deeping St James Road? They were there on Monday, did nothing and haven’t been seen since.

We do thank all those responsible dog owners who always have their animals on short leads where livestock is present, keep their dogs under strict control on all parts of the Reserve and pick up after them. All attempts are made to confine the sheep to one area and to keep the signage indicating their whereabouts up to date. Natural England wants to continue to allow free access to all parts of the Reserve, even when grazing animals are present, and encourages everyone to help in maintaining this essential management tool. There really is no other practical option for managing this nationally and internationally important nature reserve.

Bridget Cook

Last evening my husband came home from a walk with the dog venturing to the bridge over A15 at the end of Helpston Rd in Glinton. The area where the travellers were till earlier this week. Sadly he reported human excrement and toilet paper strewn across the grass next to the fields, behind the short length of hedge. Take care when walking there. Council to be notified.

Barnack Parish Council Clerk





G Boyce No 213

J Brewer No 249

V Johnson No 148L

Aug 17

S Garford No 64

J Bloodworth No 144

Garrett No 57

Sept 17

A Adams No 77

V Hickling No 3

N Poole No 109

Oct 17

L Lonsdale No 250

D Stevens No 87

F Shaw No 63

Numbers are only 20p per week and there are monthly cash prizes of £30, £25, £15. In addition there are bumper prizes of £100 in June and £200 in December each year. The small profit we make from the 200 club goes toward the maintenance and upkeep of Maxey Village Hall. Want a number (or two perhaps)? Please contact Andy Bagworth on 01778 380803 or email for further details.

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Sue Garford

Northborough Knit & Natter Ladies raised the fabulous sum of £493.10 at their Macmillan Coffee Evening held last Monday in The Packhorse. Thank you to everyone who came and helped to make this a very enjoyable evening.

Hollie George

Does anyone know whether the grass will get cut again before the end of the season? As the grass at the green down The Willows/Clarendon Way has not been cut since the beginning of September and is unusable? With half term coming up & mild weather still, how are children supposed to play on this area? The bushes around the area are no longer even bushes they are stinging nettles as high as my waist, it’s awful! Vicki Wolfe Hi, we have a handsome ginger cat that visits us everyday. We’re in Pilsgate and have heard he’s from Barnack but not sure. If you recognise him and / or are his owners let me know. We know how good cats are at pleading starvation and neglect when they’ve a perfectly good home and don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes if we feed him. Tina Randall (was French) Why has someone or some people tied bags of dog poop on fence why can’t they just take it home? 68

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Alex Rippon is in Peterborough.

Just to inform everybody In Helpston as of Tuesday I will be taking down the section of wall on church lane to the right of the church yard opening that’s covered in the ivy and has a massive bow in wall then I will be rebuilding it back how it was but straighter , work is estimated to take 2/3 weeks , part of the pavement will be blocked off but there will be temporary walk way, so you still access the church as normally and the rest of the pavement.

Morag Sweeney

If anyone has an Epson printer that uses Alarm Clock ink, I have several spare ones. I stocked up for my old printer just before it decided to die and of course the new one uses different ink grrrrrrr. Free to a good home they currently reside in Helpston.

Emma Cooper

Helpston: Hi I have lived here for about 3 years now and had no trouble at all when it comes to leaving things in my front garden over night ect however last night my partner left his bike in our front garden and some idiot has gone onto our front lawn and pinched it!! Not happy! It wasn’t a great bike however it’s not the point it’s the fact someone thought it was okay to take something that didn’t belong to them please keep a look out it’s a black bike thanks

Maxey Village

Maxey Community Association, together with Maxey Parish Council is bidding for funding to improve facilities at the Village Hall, including an extension to the kitchen. Part of our bid requires that we involve members of the community. We are going to need an architect to draw up plans and assist with building regulations and so are asking that, if there is an architect living in the village who is willing to be part of our bid, that they make themselves known to Mark Asplin, Chair of Maxey Community Association. Mark’s contact details are: T: 07710 150825


Dave Ellis

Our very own Edna Prisk from Glinton Friendship Club receiving her volunteer award from Mr Andrew Riddington DL at the Peterborough CVS awards this evening in the Town Hall.

Helen Minchinton-Stewart

Hi just a word of warning. Tonight whilst driving into Glinton from the roundabout I had stones thrown at my car so please be aware.

Peter Hiller

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.

Claire Spooner

John Clare Primary School has a vacancy for a co opted Governor. No particular experience is required but a commitment to ensuring the children are at the heart of all your decision making is. Training will be provided and an added bonus of getting to volunteer alongside a great group of like minded individuals. Please message me or call into school for my contact. details. Thank you.

Janice Caress Kirby

I’m going to have a grumble! The little road opposite the school in Glinton that leads to the doctors is getting ridiculous. So many cars parked down there and they park right at the top on the bend, that makes it very difficult to see when leaving the road.

Gilly Drinkwater

I just witnessed a mature gentleman walk away after his dog fouled the grass verge down North Fen. I waited until he came back down the road & I politely offered him a poo bag to enable him to clean up after his dog. He then accused me of being aggressive and shouting at him. (All the while he was waving his dog’s ball flinger in my personal space). I never even raised my voice, let alone shouted at him. He then went on to tell me that ‘he had done lots for this village over the years & I had only lived in the village for a few years, and he didn’t even know who I was’. I told him my name and offered my hand to shake. He eventually took the poo bag but said he ‘wouldn’t clean it up now, that he would come back ‘in his own time’ and asked ‘didn’t I have anything better to do with my time?’ Well, yes sir, quite frankly I do, but I also want to help keep this village as lovely and dog mess free as I possibly can. 
Another local gentleman was witness to the conversation as I wasn’t sure how my offer of a poo bag would be taken so I asked him to stay close by while I spoke to the gentleman. ALL dog owners have a legal & moral responsibility to clean up after their dog. It shouldn’t take a stranger to ask you to do it.

St Andrew’s Church Northborough

What a lovely Harvest celebration we had this morning at St Andrew’s. Thank you to all those who decorated the church so beautifully, and for all the gifts brought for Peterborough Food Bank.
The Harvest Service was followed by the Annual Sponsored Teddy Bear Parachute Jump. Many brave teddies were launched from the roof of the Claypole Chapel by our Rector, Rev. Mark-Aaron, and all landed safely, much to the relief of all!

Mandy Yallup

Bit of an obstacle on my walk this morning. Top of footpath off Gasworks Road Glinton - Werrington. Am reporting it. Shocking.

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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT – land off Lincoln Road and Welmore Road, Glinton


Dear Sir/ Madam

We are writing to let you know that Larkfleet Homes is looking to bring forward proposals for a development of up to 77 new homes on land off Lincoln Road and Welmore Road, Glinton. The development would also include new playing facilities for Glinton and Northborough Football Club. The draft illustrative masterplan is shown overleaf. Our proposals include a mixture of house types, including 30% affordable housing, and would cater for first-time

buyers, families and the elderly. This would help to meet the national and local demand for new homes, including the need for more two to three bedroom properties. There would also be areas of public open space with a children’s play area for new and existing residents to enjoy. The development would also provide a new permanent home for Glinton and Northborough Football Club, placing it at the heart of the community. Larkfleet Homes will provide two new football pitches,

as well as serviced land and a financial contribution towards the provision of a car park and a clubhouse, with further funding from Draft illustrative the Football masterplan Association. We are in the early stages of developing next week which will include information about our proposals and are our proposals and will looking to hear people’s publicise the date of the views before we submit a public exhibition. planning application later Yours faithfully, this year. Hannah Guy, Dip TP We plan to deliver a MRTPI Planning Manager letter to local residents

We welcome your feedback. Please email or ring 0800 9755852 and leave a message. Details will be available online at

@ Dear Tribune readers

It’s been relatively quiet on the planning front in our area – hence so few e-mails from the North Peterborough Villages Association (NPVA) in recent months. However there are two proposals we would like to draw your attention to. Firstly is the proposed development of 14 houses on land off Peakirk Road. A planning application has been submitted for this but the NPVA and the Parish Council, plus other residents, have objected to this development mainly on the basis that it falls outside the village envelope. This application has now been referred to the next meeting of the Council’s Planning And Environmental 70

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Protection Committee for consideration. The second (and far more concerning) development is that being proposed by Larkfleet Homes on land off Lincoln Road and Welmore Road. Glinton residents have received various documents outlining their ideas for 77 3 – 5 bedroomed homes plus two football pitches. This development again falls outside the village envelope and is far greater than the requirement that Glinton builds 30 new homes as specified in the Peterborough City Council Local plan. It is also contrary to many of the wishes of the Glinton residents as specified in the Glinton Neighbourhood

plan. Whilst we are all sympathetic, I am sure, to the requirements of the local football club which would benefit from the provision of two football pitches, we cannot support such an increase in the housing for our village. An increase of over 11% is proposed and we wonder how the local services and infra structures would be expected to cope with this increase in volume of residents, traffic, sewage etc etc. If you get opportunity, please ask Larkfleet how this development will help you get easier appointments with your doctor, how will it impact on village traffic, how the schools will cope with the influx of school age children, how many

more times will we smell sewerage in North Fen Road, and how many more sewage removal tankers will we see clearing the overburdened drains, how many more near accidents will there be in Lincoln Rd and High St and how much less space will there be to park your car in the High St at busy times? You can probably think of many more factors that will threaten our village way of life if this proposal were to be successful. It is also worth pondering how just two football pitches plus approximately 35 parking spaces will be sufficient for a football club with 25 teams many of whose players live outside Glinton. Sue Lowe-Lauri (NVPA Secretary)

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Glinton Parish Council

Cllr John Holdich, OBE, Chairman

You will be aware that Larkfleet have been consulting on building homes between the play park and the bypass. I am sure we will all have our views on their proposals.  It is not a planning application and should one come in, it is at that time we have to make our views known to your councillors and the planning authority, and I will call a special Parish meeting to hear your views. The City Council is to trial three bulky waste collections for three

months. These will be limited to one collection per household and ten items per collection.  They are in the process of finalising the details and hope to publish the start date in the coming weeks.  During the trial, fly tipping will be monitored to see if it has an effect on the amount of illegal tipping.   Don’t forget the Christmas light switch-on Thursday 7 December, 6.45pm at Glinton church, with carols and refreshments.  See you there!

GLINTON PARISH COUNCIL Cllr JFW Holdich OBE - Chairman Cllr RW Johnson - Vice Chairman Cllr DJ Batty Cllr CB Bysshe (Mrs) Cllr DJ Lane Cllr Gerry Kirt

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For general enquiries please contact the Clerk.

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McDonald’s is to get a refurbishment, with a small extension and a reconfiguration of the car park. I know I shouldn’t, but I do enjoy a Big Mac! Work has started on the small extension i.e. four additional bedrooms at Clare Lodge. This should have very little effect on local residents. The planning application for homes outside the village envelope along Peakirk Road has been rejected by the City Council.  This land is not in the current development plan for the city, nor is it in the emerging plan. On behalf of the Parish Council, councillors, clerk, myself and Peter, we wish you all a lovely Christmas and a successful new year.

Northborough Parish Council NORTHBOROUGH PARISH COUNCIL Information about the Parish Council, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the Parish website:- and on the parish notice boards. Please direct general queries to the Acting Clerk at Cllr Lyn Steen (Chair) Cllr John Dadge (Vice Chair) Cllr Catherine Cavanagh Cllr Margaret Sleet Cllr Malcolm E Spinks Cllr Brian Spriggs Cllr Alex Pickering Acting Clerk – A Benfield 74

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Deeping Gate Parish Council Autumn Litter Pick: Our latest litter pick was another great success and well worthwhile the two hours spent on Sunday morning, 10th September.   Many thanks to all who participated, including Councillor Peter Hiller who joined us again.   Our new “bag hoops” were a resounding success!

Christmas Sing Along: Please join us on Sunday, 17 December at 4pm on Riverside at

the foot of the stone bridge. We are fortunate in having our live musical accompaniment again as this is very much appreciated by all.  Song sheets will be provided as will mulled wine and mincepies.   Invitations will be delivered to all Deeping Gate households as usual.

Stone bridge, Peakirk Road: We are sorry to report that, for the second time this year, our little stone bridge adjacent to the “Black Gates” access to the

river bank, has suffered further serious structural damage, on this occasion by an unknown vehicle.   Information obtained by anyone witnessing damage to Crown property may be passed to our Clerk or any member of the Parish Council to be forwarded to Peterborough Highways Services so that they may take the necessary action. If the damage is to privately owned property, we are happy to receive these reports also.  Your help will be much appreciated.

Barnack Parish Council Barnack Parish Council met on 9 October. Items discussed included:

Outstanding Items The Post Box

BPC have contacted Royal Mail for a definitive date for installation, which was due this month.

School Grounds BPC and the school discussed CCTV as an option to help deter anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The school will propose the option to the governors. PCC have agreed to provide new signs.

Bus Shelters The Newstead design has been approved by BPC.

Reports The rural crime prevention team report that theft from motor vehicles is still an issue, people must not leave items on display

and remove all valuables when leaving their car. Cars parked up whilst dog walking/running are currently being targeted. There have been residential burglaries reported in Bainton, Ufford and Barnack.

Traffic Calming The PC are putting together the final costings for the installation of gates, speed cushions and vehicle activated signs.

Hills and Holes Please continue to ensure your dogs are on leads as sheep are grazing on Hills and Holes.

Other Items War Memorial Junction – BPC will be inviting residents to look at potential plans to improve the war memorial green, making the memorial a central focal point and improving the safety of the junction. Plans are being drawn up over the next few weeks.

Neighbourhood Plan An invitation to a Neighbourhood Plan information event will be circulated to residents shortly.

Walcot Road Footpath Thank you to the parish councillors and residents who came along to help clear the ivy and brambles along the path of Walcot Road (between Saxon Road and the Cricket Club) last month.

Bonfire Night Melinda from the Millstone will come and talk to BPC next month about organising a bonfire night for 2018.

Christmas Tree Burghley House Preservation Trust are generously donating a tree this year to the village. The PC will be in touch with residents and the school with more details about decorating the tree and switching on the lights.

To read the full Minutes, please visit, view them on the Village noticeboards or request a copy via The next Parish Council Meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 13 November in the Village Hall.

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Increase in height of boundary wall (Part retrospective) at Manor Farm House High Field Road: Permitted

Garage conversion at Devonshire Cottage Bainton Green Road: Awaiting decision



Alternations to garage at 57 Riberside: Permitted First floor rear extension at 102 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


Demolition of existing brick garage and outbuildings and construction of replacement outbuilding at 47 Riverside: Awaiting decision

Erection of temporary timber dwelling and agricultural building at Land to the West of Uffington Road, Barnack: Awaiting Decision

Erection of a Farm Shop, cafe/restaurant with associated vehicular access, parking, hard and soft landscaping pursuant to relocation and expansion of Willowbrook Farm Shop at The Elms Helpston Road: Permitted

Variation of Condition C7 (plans) of planning permission 16/02067/FUL at Barnack Methodist Chapel: Permitted


Demolition of single storey front extension, construction of ground floor rear extension and installation of three dormer windows to the front elevation at Barnack Post Office, Main Street: Awaiting decision

Increase height of chimney. Erection of fencing around site, summer house, shed and outbuilding to rear garden (retrospective) at 10 Main Road: Awaiting decision

Single storey rear extension at 1 Orchard Road: Awaiting decision

Proposed conservatory at rear at 18 Paynes Field: Awaiting decision Two storey and single storey rear extension and internal alterations at 21 Bainton Road: Permitted Proposed conservatory at rear at 18 Paynes Field: Awaiting decision


Garage conversion at Devonshire Cottage Bainton: Permitted



Erection of detached garage for new bungalow at Land To Rear Of 37 And 39 Lincoln Road: Permitted

Single storey rear and side extension at 20 Websters Close: 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: Permitted

The relocation of the 2 internally illuminated signs within the roof slopes and the erection of 1 additional internally illuminated fascia sign at Proposed conversion of garage and extension over McDonalds Lincoln Road: Permitted to form dwelling at 9 St Kyneburgha Close: Refused Refurbishment of the restaurant with alterations to elevations to include the construction of front Variation of condition C2 (approved drawings) and rear extension totalling 114.1 sqm and the of planning permission 17/00128/HHFUL at 41B installation of a third drive thru booth for Fast Peterborough Road: Permitted Forward ordering. The reconfiguration of the car Proposed 2 storey rear extension, side extension to form utility room and front entrance porch at 23 park and patio area and the minor relocation of the drive thru lane with associated works to the site Thorolds Way: Permitted to provide side by side ordering with a new island Non-material amendment (cladding change and for signage. The relocation of 1 no Customer Order additional windows) to planning permission Display (COD) with the installation of an additional 16/01210/HHFUL at Three Chimneys 8 Peterborough unit to match existing with 2 no. new associated Road: Determined overhead Canopies at McDonalds Lincoln Road: Permitted Installation of dormer windows front and rear in conjuction with a loft conversion at 3 Port Lane: Installation of 1 No. illuminated Gateway sign, 1 Awaiting decision No. non- illuminated Banner sign, 2 No. illuminated Single storey side extension at 93 Peterborough Road: Permitted

Single storey side extension at 93 Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision 76

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Totem 4 signs and 4 No illuminated Totem 3 signs at McDonalds Lincoln Road: Permitted


First floor side extension at 2 Scotts Road: Awaiting decision

Relocation of 1 no. internally illuminated existing yellow “golden arch” symbol and installation of 1 no. internally illuminated yellow “golden arch” symbol. 2 no. white “mcdonald’s” letterset signs to be retained as existing at McDonalds Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


Installation of an air source heat pump at 5 Church Lane: Awaiting decision Proposed single storey front extension and single and two storey rear extension at 42 Glinton Road: Permitted Conversion of loft to bedroom and alterations to dwelling at The Barn 4 Clare Court: Permitted

Modified dormer window to front, additional dormer window to front, cosmetic changes at 6 Heath Road: Permitted

First floor extension at rear of property at 33 Maxey Road: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of single storey rear extension at 18 Temples Court: Awaiting decision


Non-material amendment (corbel detail, removal of stone plinth and garage door alteration) of planning permission 16/02075/FUL at Land South Of Penwald Court: Determined


Demolition of the existing conservatory to the rear, two storey side and rear extensions, a single storey side extension and an increase in the height and length of the wall that is to project rearwards from the east facing elevation of the single storey side extension at Highlands Marholm Road: Refused Demolition of existing bungalow and construction of a two storey dwelling at Sherwood Marholm Road: Permitted Ground floor rear extensions, Extension 1 Distance from original rear wall 5.5m 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: Not required Replacement front porch at Quarry House Walcot Road Ufford Stamford: Awaiting decision

Proposed detached dwelling at 2 Church Lane: Awaiting decision

Construction of four bed dwelling with associated parking and gardens at Land Adjacent To Barnside Cottage 15 Woodgate: 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: Permitted

M. GREGG LTD BUILDERS Patios, garden walls, extensions and general building work


Conversion of garage into living area and change to pitched tiled roof at 1 Cromwell Close Proposed two storey front extension at 82 Church View: Permitted

Loft conversion including two dormer windows and three velux windows to East elevation at 49 Church View: Permitted

Single storey flat roof extension at St Andrews Church Church Street: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing garage and construction of two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and new pitched roof over existing front single storey element at 46 Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision

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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 78

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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 Helcats E: Facebook: @Helpstoncommunity Phil Roberts............................................................ 07925720195 Emma Long............................................................ 07827297053

 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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