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Glinton Rainbows

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Serving the North Peterborough villages of: Ashton, Bainton, Barnack, Castor, Deeping Gate, Etton, Glinton, Helpston, Maxey, Northborough, Peakirk, Pilsgate, Southorpe and Ufford


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More info ... The Stibbington Centre

STIBBfest heralds 30th Anniversary of Stibbington Residential Centre The Stibbington Centre, near Wansford, is well known by families and schools across Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties. School visits started even before the current Centre was built thirty years ago and the Centre has welcomed more than 500,000 children for their tailor-made “Stibbington Adventure”. The main emphasis of visits may be linked to the natural environment or times gone by, frequently combining the two in the true spirit of outdoor learning! On 12 May, the centre is celebrating a 30th Anniversary. We are encouraging families to be part of a fun-filled, family open day at Stibbington Centre, Church Lane, Peterborough, PE8 6LP. Entry - adults £2, under 16yrs £1. A wide range of activities will be on offer including pond dipping, environmental art and craft, lessons in the period classroom and a village treasure trail. We are particularly hoping people will help us prepare for a world record challenge by folding Origami butterflies. There will also be a chance to view nature-inspired work by local professional Artists. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Helen Johnston, Centre Manager, commented: “We are very excited to be celebrating a 30th Anniversary and look forward to welcoming everyone to STIBBfest. As well as offering a fun day out, STIBBfest provides an opportunity to share memories, meet friends both new and old and sample what Stibbington has to offer. We hope visitors will take ideas back to use at home or in schools, they may even be inspired to become involved with the future of the Centre. The importance of Outdoor Learning is now well recognised and there has never been a more crucial time to engage children with the environment. To be able to do this on a site which is also well-respected for immersive history experiences for children, makes the Stibbington experience unique. For many children, Stibbington has offered a safe and cosy haven for that first independent stay away from home. There is a very good chance that the parents and grandparents of our visitors today have also enjoyed a school visit to the Centre.”

The Stibbington Centre occupies the site of the former village primary school which closed in 1982. Since that time the original Victorian school building has been developed as a Centre for specialist educational day visits, and beside it, a purpose-built Residential Environmental Education Centre, housed in a Terrapin building, was opened by Cambridgeshire County Council in 1988. The grounds of Stibbington Centre have been developed to incorporate a number of learning and recreational areas, reflecting the aims of Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service and the Stibbington Centre Greener Future Trust of bringing learning to life and instilling concern and care for the environment. The Centre welcomes over 500 school children each week in term time along with families, youth groups, companies and charities who hire the centre at the weekend and in the holidays. CEES is one of three outdoor centres run by the Council under the banner of Cambridgeshire Outdoors. The two other centres are Burwell House and Grafham Water Centre. Stibbington Centre Greener Future Trust (SCGFT), registered charity no 1097019, supports Stibbington Centre for Environmental Education to enhance, develop and improve opportunities for the promotion and dissemination of education for sustainable development.

For more information about CEES – visit For further information, please call 01780 782386 or email 4

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Clare Cottage Since the last issue of the Tribune we have been very busy at the Cottage even with the bad weather. Art - The current artist exhibition in the Café and the Dovecote consists of works by poet and artist Noel Connor. Noel has been inspired by the works of John Clare and the manuscripts in the Peterborough archive. Noel was born in West Belfast and has created a series of “photopoems” dedicated to John Clare. The exhibition runs until the end of June. To open the exhibition Noel held an evening of poetry and music to a full house which was a great success. Art Workshop, We are running a full day Alcohol Inks art workshop at the Cottage on 22 August. Alcohol Inks are an acid-free, highly-pigmented, and fast drying medium to be used on nonporous surfaces. This workshop will introduce people to Alcohol Ink Art, materials will be provided, tickets are £45 and will also include light refreshments. For full details

see the website or contact the Cottage. Places are limited and booking is advised. Music - We are now into our sixth year of the Acoustic Café, run in conjunction with the St Botolph’s Church. We have had a number of new acts and this year we have had an international flavour with Penny who has been performing songs in Mandarin. In March we had a visit by Rapasa Nyatrapasa who is a singer/songwriter from Kenya. Rapasa played on his native instrument the Nyatiti and performed songs from the Lou community of Western Kenya.

At the end of April we had a Carole King tribute evening performed by Charity Stowe, Charity is one of the singers who support us at the Acoustic Café, and her support group was Jack, her father, on keyboards, Gary Rudd on bass guitar and Cozy Dixon on percussion. A great evening was had by a packed house. Other events are in the process of planned and when the details are confirmed the information will be posted on the Clare Cottage website.


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Community Civic Award for Glinton Parish Councillors Glinton Parish Councillors’ Gerry Kirt, Bob Randall and Peter Skinner, received the award in recognition of the team’s outstanding work over 10 years commemorating the men of Glinton killed in action during both World Wars. The generosity of residents and descendants of the men’s families enabled a large fund to be created to undertake a wide programme of work.   • Two illustrated Rolls of Honour were created detailing the background and circumstances surrounding each mans death. These were installed in the Village Hall and the Church. A third roll will be presented to the Peakirk cum Glinton School later this year to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. • The First World War gunmetal plaque, located for many years on the  wall memorial, was

refurbished, framed and installed in the Village Hall. • Glinton’s War memorial, almost a century old, was badly affected by weather causing many of the names to erode. A cover stone of white nabresina was commissioned and installed on the Memorial to act as a permanent reminder of those who gave their lives.  • Throughout the centenary of the First World War, the team has been working with Year 6 and Year 7 students from Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School. Peter Skinner has provided an insight into the soldiers’ lives and untimely deaths, and signal rockets, ignited by two

Left to right Councillors Gerry Kirt, Bob Randall and Peter Skinner nominated students, have been sent into the sky high above the village on the anniversary of each soldier’s death.   • In the Centennial year of the end of the First World War a specially designed commemoration bench was installed next to the village pump in memory of the soldiers.

Shaws of Maxey win again ...

Shaws of Maxey are excited to announce that they are once again winners at the British Coach Tourism Awards! Tory and Jane are pictured here accepting the award for Day Excursion Programme of the Year from Angela Rippon and Martin Stagg (of Warner Holidays). They were also finalists for Holiday Programme of the Year but were pipped at the post by some highly respected competition. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be third time winners in this category and want to thank all of our customers for your ongoing support”


Sue Lowe-Lauri (Secretary NPVA)

A new data protection regulation comes into force on May 25th 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation, Europe's new framework for data protection laws. It replaces the previous 1995 data protection directive, which current UK law is based upon. The GDPR is designed to "harmonise" data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals. The new legislation requires organisations to be much more accountable and transparent about the way they collect and handle data. As the NPVA holds a database of personal data such as names and

addresses we will need to comply with the GDPR regulation. I will be e-mailing all those on our database in the near future asking them for active consent to continue to hold and process such personal information. We will also be issuing a new Privacy Policy which sets out the way in which we handle, store, update and protect your data.

So please watch out for this e-mail and if you do wish to remain informed about planning issues which affect you, Glinton and the surrounding area then please do reply in the affirmative. If you do not reply then, unfortunately, I will have to remove you from our database. Thank you for your continued support.

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Friends of Chernobyl's Children

For eleven years Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Helpston and District) has thrown a life line to families and children living in the contaminated parts of Belarus.


fter the explosion from the Chernobyl Disaster, the wind blew north east from the Ukraine out over the regions of Gomel and Mogilev in Belarus. This resulted in whole communities being evacuated by the government at the time but there was no real resettlement support so many people stayed in what is now a bleak, cold, poor area of Belarus. There is minimal work opportunity and the land is, in many areas, contaminated and technically not habitable. These people spend their winters in sub- zero temperatures often in old wooden houses with only an old Russian oven for heating, outside toilets and no running water. So you can imagine, how relieved and grateful the Chernobyl families are to receive the lifeline of our charity. The Chernobyl Children arrive on June 16th and just now, here in Tribland, there are some very excited but nervous new host families and equally there are some children in the remoter villages of Belarus who are about to join these lovely families and our wonderful charity

for a fabulous life-changing experience. How extraordinary that these children and families will come together from such different environments to share these precious weeks together. How brave are the Belarusian mothers who allow their children to travel so far to improve their health and to have a fabulous few weeks. Of course, the children just come to have fun, but the reality is that this is only the beginning. Most of these children come from backgrounds where their future is the very hard life of farm work, milking cows etc, now after ten years, we have young people whose health is improved, they have completed their education in Belarus and have gone on to higher education and university. We asked our host families why they stretch out the hand of love to total strangers, they told us their reward is: • To see the children laugh and smile and to see a healthier colour develop in their cheeks • To support parents who cannot always provide all the things we take for granted

• Knowing that the time and effort they give goes directly to the children and families. No one in the UK is paid. • It helps me and my family appreciate everything we could so easily take for granted. Rest assured wonderful as the host families are we could not do this without the support and huge generosity of you the community. So as we do our countdown for this year’s group of children, I and the committee want to once again extend our grateful thanks to you in the village and surrounding community. We could not do this without you. If you would like to support our work with these children, we would love to hear from you. It takes £500 to sponsor a child’s visit, £50 to take the group swimming, £10 to pay for vitamins for a whole year, £15 to purchase a pair of warm, waterproof winter boots, £75 to provide a set of uniform t-shirts for the group. £35 to buy every child an ice cream, which they truly love. Thank you.

All help is gratefully received! If you would like to help, please contact Cecilia Hammond on 07779 264591, 10


Mustard Seed Project update

What an exciting trip to Kenya we have just had - the ground floor of our school has been completed!


veryone is delighted with English and the teachers thought appointed an assistant nurse to such lovely toilets and that she was wonderful: they really work both in the school and the kitchen (you can tell from miss her now that she has moved community. A lot of clinics have the smiles on the cooks’ faces); on. And the icing on the cake is sprung up in the community but, taps with water coming out of that she was equally impressed unlike us, they do not deliver them; and separate toilets for with Miche Bora School and its preventative nursing: 'old wives our older girls. The building is teachers. Charlie made a real tales' are prevalent and even looking absolutely beautiful. We difference and, amazingly, she is intelligent, educated people only wish that the kind, generous still supporting the staff through believe (what we consider to be) folk who have donated could WhatsApp. 'We only want another incredible things. see for themselves what has volunteer if she is like Charlie,' As usual, Geoff has been been achieved and realise what a they told Rita. working hard in the community difference they are making to the We also heard good news and has made some progress people in Kenya. about the children who have with his youth project. 56 youths Sadly, soon after our arrival, a donors supporting them to are now in training but that is nasty Kenyan mosquito gave Rita enable their attendance at a only a quarter of those who ‘chikungunya’. The illness initially special school. Our deaf children asked for support. The youths was very painful and meant a few are all doing well and the are required to pay 30% of their days in bed. (She has been told headteacher has said that Hope, college fees but many still cannot it could take 6 months to recover the eldest of these, is doing so afford this. His aim now is to get completely. It has badly affected well that she has no doubt that every business in Mombasa to her hands and feet but her brain she will get into the National take responsibility for the fees is OK so everything is able to School for the Deaf. This is the of just one youth. As always, the continue as usual, just a little highest level of secondary school difficulty is that the project loses more slowly.) in Kenya so you can imagine how momentum when he is not there However, good news delighted everyone feels. to drive it. So frustrating. awaited us, as usual: our latest Donors have also been The school is now operating volunteer, Charlie (pictured, in supporting Halima, a little girl at capacity: we have 275 children; the classroom) was just great. She with severe cerebral palsy: she cater for the complete age range had decided to take a year out lives close to Miche Bora School and; are fully staffed with fantastic and do the things on her ‘bucket’ which her two sisters attend. 18 teachers. Now we 'just' need to list; one of which was to support months ago, Halima could not sit build the upper floor. It would be a charity. She did lots of research unaided but now she can walk! so lovely to have all the children and found MSP and we were a She is going to a special school under one roof and it would cut perfect match (we are fussy, but for children with cerebral palsy down on our monthly outgoings we thought she would be ideal, and they have done a wonderful enormously. We have great too). She was working in upper job with her. contractors ready and waiting for school, helping the teachers The clinic in the new school when we have the funding. Let's and 11 – 14-year-old pupils with is looking great too and we have hope this is the year… If you would like to support Mustard Seed Project please do visit

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Treasures of Peterborough

a celebration of the 900th Anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral To celebrate this anniversary, Peterborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society (PDFAS), will be staging a special event. Recognising that in 2018, Peterborough Cathedral is celebrating its 900th Anniversary, PDFAS has joined with Stuart Orme, who until recently was Head of Operations at the Cathedral, to put on a special, illustrated lecture titled “Treasures of Peterborough”. Stuart is known to many people in Peterborough and his talks

are always entertaining and informative. The lecture will be on Thursday, 10 May 2018 at the Fleet Community Hall, Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL. The lecture will begin at 10.45am but tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 10.15am. As this is a special event, which we think will be of interest to many people who live in and

around Peterborough, we would like to invite readers of your publication to come to this lecture. There is no charge, (though donations to costs are welcome), but we must know, in advance, how many people are coming, as seating is limited. Therefore, we ask anyone who wishes to attend, to please contact us, by any of the following means:

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Community Speedwatch Alfresco on TV Alfresco Landscaping have had film crew from Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden filming on one of our creations today.... They have a deserving amputee veteran in Newark who is getting a makeover at present and they had picked out one of our gardens for the 'Inspiration Slot' showing what can be created with outdoor dining spaces... David Domoney and the film crew spent 3 hours in the beautiful sunshine on the Marina in Wansford... super proud and excited to see it later in June when it is aired... hopefully they get to use a lot of the footage filmed.. 12

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12 Speedwatch sessions have been held in Helpston since January. 30 cars were travelling at 35 mph or more in the 30 mph zone. These drivers will be contacted by Cambridgeshire Police. One vehicle was recorded at 51mph and multiple at 40mph and above.  The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.  If you would like to volunteer a few hours a year and join the Speedwatch team please email

‘Walk to Remember’ and raise money for Thorpe Hall

7.30pm Saturday 9 June, The Cresset

Celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force with A spring woodland is the setting for the Central Band of the RAF, performing live on a new event on the calendar at Sue stage at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre in support Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, giving of the RAF Benevolent Fund. people the chance to remember loved ones while fundraising for hospice care. his spectacular evening Equally comfortable


alk to Remember is a 5km walk of remembrance and reflection open to people from across the region – and early bird entry is now available. It’s hoped hundreds of people will join the walk on Sunday 20 May which starts in the beautiful grounds of Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe before heading out to Longthorpe village, through woodland and back to the finishing line in the grounds of NGA HR, Thorpe Hall’s neighbours, for a celebratory drink and rest. The route has been chosen to be perfect for families and pets giving everyone chance to remember someone special, celebrate the life of someone who’s missed or just enjoy a spring stroll. Walk to Remember is being organised by a committee of volunteers with support from the hospice’s fundraising team. Early bird prices are available right now - £7 for adults, £4 for children or £20 for a family (two adults plus two children). Walk to Remember organising committee member Rosemary Knight said: “We’ve been working on plans for Walk to Remember for the last few months and we’re really excited to be at the stage where we can launch the event. A walk with family and friends is a lovely way to come together and share memories and thoughts. We really hope Walk to Remember will give people the chance to take a little time to think about and celebrate the lives of special people while supporting the hospice through sponsorship.” Thorpe Hall Hospice offers palliative and end of life care for patients with life-limiting conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease – and their families. Raise £135 in sponsorship and you could pay for a hospice nurse for a day. For more details and to sign up visit


of music will showcase iconic military themes including Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (William Walton), Royal Air Force March Past (Walford Davies), Battle of Britain March (Ron Goodwin), 633 Squadron Theme (Ron Goodwin) and Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 (Edward Elgar), performed by the Central Band of the RAF and featuring the award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, directed by William Prideaux. As serving members of the RAF, members of the Band are required to support key operational roles overseas and in recent years have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey the United Arab Emirates and the Falkland Islands, fulfilling a diverse range of operational roles from detainee handling to driving ambulances. The musicians undertake regular training for their specific deployment role, which is the running of Casualty Decontamination Areas.


Royal Air Force in Concert

performing from concert platform, recording studio, parade ground or from operational theatres around the globe, they play a key role in state ceremonial events and display the highest standards of conduct and performance, continually seeking new challenges to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to musical diversity and excellence. “This event looks to be an incredible spectacle for anyone who is a fan of good music and great talents” says Paul Hewson of the RAF Benevolent Fund. “The Fund is extremely grateful to all involved for choosing to support the charity. Last year we helped more than 54,000 members of the RAF family… your support means we can assist many more deserving individuals to help change their lives for the better.” Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the RAF’s premier band perform live on stage in this, their centenary year.

Tickets from £16 at or by phone on 01733 265705

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PAST Presents ...

The History of Peakirk Village Green No doubt, you saw us digging up the Village Green last year. Now, we would like to show you the fruits of our labours in a short PowerPoint presentation at Peakirk’s Annual Parish Meeting, at the Village Hall on the evening of Monday 14 May. There will be opportunities to handle some of the finds and (time permitting) ask questions after the Show. We hope Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team that you will be able to join us.

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Ufford view from the church tower                Photo:  Keith Lievsley. c 2010

Ufford Heritage Twenty years ago, in anticipation of the millennium, we were researching records, asking residents to look out old photographs and recording peoples` recollections of village characters and events.


he outcome was the book Our Ufford Heritage which has had steady sales to past and former residents and family historians. Copies have been posted all over the world and we have just a single copy left. So much has changed since then. The church, Ufford Hall and a number of former stables and barns have been restored and it is important to be able to remind ourselves how they looked in 1998. Perhaps some "before and after" photographs would be interesting? New evidence has come to light about the geology and we even know about the alignment


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of ridges and furrows in Ufford`s three open fields before they were enclosed in 1799. We now understand the impact of Torpel and other manors. Test pits have revealed that there were two parts to the village. One was near the church and rectory, (probably called Uphall) at the top of the hill. The other part was close to Ufford Farm, at the bottom of the hill. Downhall, now the name of a wood north of Ufford Farm, was once the site of an imposing stone manor house, surrounded by barns, stables and outbuildings. The 1674 Hearth Tax returns show that

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Downhall, with 12 hearths, was the largest building in Ufford. For two centuries, it was owned by the Quarles family. There was a premature death and the family disappeared from Ufford in 1689. We have now met some of their descendants who live in Holland and the USA. A revised version "Our Ufford Heritage" is long overdue and there will be a display at the Annual Village meeting. This is being held at Ufford Village Hall on Tuesday, May 8th, at 6.30 pm. You will be welcome to bring along any old photographs or memorabilia, or just come to have a look.


St Thomas’, Salisbury: Doom painting

All Doom and Gloom:

The Plight of our Medieval Wall-paintings by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

Apparently, wallpaper is making a come-back. Not surprisingly, since people have been adorning walls since time immemorial, from Neolithic cave-art to Roman bath-houses to medieval churches to the latest Banksy masterpiece. Decking the walls Still, the advantage of paint over paper is that, when it becomes shabby, it does not have to be laboriously soaked and peeled off but simply emulsioned to create a ‘blank canvas’ ready to start anew. The earliest known Christian wall-art in England is at Lullingstone Romano-British villa, in Kent, and dates back to the late fourth century. From the twelfth-century onwards most parish churches had paintings at least on their north walls, where they could be seen at their best in natural light. Unfortunately, this location made them prone to fading, which is probably why they were replaced every 150 years or so. At Corby Glen [Leicestershire] and Yaxley [Huntingdonshire], three layers of murals were detected and at Peakirk, there are at least two.

Often, wall-paintings are mistakenly called ‘frescoes’, a process usually associated with the marble walls of Mediterranean climes. It involved the application of water-colours to sections of wet plaster with the plasterer and artist operating in tandem. They were highly expensive to create but with a little maintenance they could last indefinitely. Frescoes were introduced to English churches before c.1200, but they proved incompatible with the cold, stone or flint masonry. Instead, a medium called ‘al secco’ was employed, with pigments applied to a thin skin of damp lime-plaster. Such works were cheaper to produce but tended to flake, hence the need to redecorate. Of course, murals enriched the walls of secular buildings too. The most notable example is at Longthorpe

Tower, near Peterborough, where a Wheel of Life (showing the Seven Ages of Man) and Labours of the Month vie with religious themes.

The nation’s favourites The range of subject matter was enormous but mainly comprised stories from The Bible and morality tales, with Christ’s Passion [Martyrdom], Christ-in-Judgement on Domesday [The Doom], Christin-Majesty, famous saints, the Seven Acts of Mercy and Seven Deadly Sins being all-time favourites. In short, the church wall was the illiterate population’s picture book and an essential visual aid to the parish priest whose education may also have been limited. Conversely, in monastic churches and cathedrals, served by monks and clergy who were well-versed >>

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>> in the scriptures and (theoretically at least) had impeccable morals, a different type of material was required. We find heraldic shields of benefactors at Peterborough Cathedral, and portraits of patron saints and founders, like St Oswald (died 642) and St Cuthbert (c.63487), at Durham, and St Peter (died 64AD) and Archbishop Anselm (1033-1109), at Canterbury. Every parish church required a ‘standardised’ Doom painting to remind mortals that death could strike at any time – and did, especially during the visitation of the Black Death in 1348/9. The Doom nearly always occupied the space above and on either side of the chancel arch at the east of the nave. Thus, it confronted worshippers with a glimpse of the Next World with the objective of persuading them to mend their ways in this one. The Doom depicted Christ-inJudgement seated on a rainbow in the apex of the arch, despatching the wicked (on His left) to the Devil and elevating the virtuous (on His right) to The City of God. In the nether regions, naked and bewildered cadavers arose from their coffins to be hustled to Christ’s court by angels and await His verdict. Such scenes were not for the faint-hearted. At Yaxley, the sight of sinners (including monks, a bishop and two kings) being frog-marched into the dragon-like jaws of Hell was deemed so barbaric that Reverend Charles Lee (1835-68), ordered it to be whitewashed over lest it scared his Sunday-School children. Not so at St Thomas’, Salisbury, where the fifteenth-century Doom was repainted in oils to pander to Victorian tastes. Then, in 1953, conservator Edward Clive Rouse sealed it with a mixture of beeswax and turpentine, the recommended procedure in those days. As we shall see at Peakirk, it had a devastating long-term effect as it attracted dirt and trapped moisture. At Trotton, [Sussex], we have a tenuous Tribland connection. Here, on the west wall Christ-in-Majesty

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presides over Moses (clutching his Ten Commandments), the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Acts of Mercy. They were commissioned in 1469-70, by the descendants of Sir Ralph de Camoys (died 1259) and Asceline de Torpel, who held land in Helpston, Ashton, Bainton, Maxey, Nunton, Lolham, Glinton and Northborough.

Trotton: Christ-in -Majesty

St Christopher who, according to legend, transported The Infant Jesus across a raging torrent, loomed large in medieval churches. He inevitably, occupied poll position directly opposite the south door, assuring superstitious travellers that their journey would be trouble free (provided that they left a donation). Consequently, he became such a money-spinner that most churches boasted at least one portrait of the ‘Christ carrier’. The gruesome (and mythical) martyrdoms of St Katharine and St Agatha also were widespread and the Archangel Michael weighing souls on Judgement Day kept everyone focused on the Afterlife. Naturally, in order to set them apart from ordinary folk, saints always sported halos, whilst evil-doers were grotesquely deformed, negating my grandmother’s words of wisdom, “Handsome is as handsome does”.

stance and declared all forms of religious imagery idolatrous. Church Wardens’ accounts inform us of the wholesale ‘blottyinge’ or ‘wasshying out’ of wall-paintings and of churches being ‘white-limed’. There was a brief respite during the reign of his Catholic half-sister, Mary (1553-58), but the practice of discouraging ‘graven images’ resumed once his other half-sister, Elizabeth I (1558-1603), acceded to the throne. Then, during the rule of another arch-Protestant, the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell (1653-58), the last vestiges of church decorations were destroyed to prevent Puritan congregations from being distracted during lengthy sermons. These medieval masterpieces remained hidden until the nineteenth-century when they were revealed during ‘improvements’ and repairs. In the intervening years, windows had been inserted and enlarged, roofs lowered and memorials bolted to walls, all to the detriment of what lay beneath. Even worse, aisles, naves and sometimes entire churches were demolished in the Victorians’ quest to recreate the neo-Gothic architectural style. It also became the trend to strip away plaster (and all that went with it) down to the bare masonry, then embellish the coursed rubble with horrid, square-cut pointing.

Lost... and found When Henry VIII, broke away from the Roman Catholic Church to procure a divorce from his first wife, Katharine of Aragon, he maintained a laissez faire attitude to church ornamentation. In contrast, his straight-laced, Protestantfundamentalist son, Edward VI (1547-53), adopted a much-stricter

Orton Longueville: St Michael weighing a soul

Reverend Daniel Barrett of All Saints’, Nassington (1829-79), used his pen-knife to whittle away the layers of plaster, exposing part of a Doom above the chancel arch, St Katherine tied to her wheel by her tormentors and St Martin astride

badly defaced by heavy-handed renovators. Despite this, several figures including David plucking his harp were recognisable but were plastered over and The Decalogue [Ten Commandments] hung in their place. In 1990, a tiny portion was revealed by expert Pamela Tudor Craig (alias Lady Wedgewood), assisted by former church warden, Ted Ellis, whose grandfather had done the re-plastering!

covered, indicating that fourteenthcentury Pegekirkans had lots of money to lavish upon it, in the belief that their generosity would secure them an easy passage to the Afterlife.


his steed giving half of his cloak to a beggar. Most impressive of all is a tableau of St Michael the Archangel with his scales. The Devil hangs onto his foot, while The Virgin Mary tips the balance in favour of the repentant sinner and sponsor of the work, who pleads for mercy at her feet.

Peakirk: Wall-paintings

Castor: St Katharine’s Passion

In 1843, archaeologist, Edmund Tyrell Artis reported the discovery of fourteenth-century murals at his home-church of St Kyneburgha’s, Castor, and at Etton, Orton [Longueville], Peakirk and Yaxley, proposing that they were the products of the same group of journeymen artists. A skilled draftsman, Artis diligently copied the martyrdom of St Katharine, at Castor, which enabled conservator, Liz Hirst, to restore it in 1986 after its alarming decline. When Artis moved on to draw St Peter’s at Yaxley, he was too late; almost all the paintings were ‘again consigned to oblivion, by fresh coatings of remorseless whitewash’.

After restoration

At Orton Longueville, the top half of a sturdy St Christopher bearing a diminutive but lively Jesus on his shoulder is in remarkablygood condition, probably because he is protected by oak doors, kept ajar to allow air to circulate. Once, he must have welcomed numerous pilgrims en route to the shrines at Peterborough before they crossed the Nene at Botolph Bridge.

Peakirk: Crucifixion

Orton Longueville: St Christopher

Before restoration

Eye-witness accounts divulge that, at St Stephen’s, Etton, two interlacing oak boughs of a ‘Jesse Tree’ containing portraits of Christ’s ancestors back to Jesse, King David’s father. It stretched across east wall of the south aisle but was

According to Reverend Sweeting of Maxey (writing in the 1860s), there were even traces of colour on the thirteenth-century, stone lectern-base that stands next to the Lady Chapel. They have now gone, scrubbed away by generations of energetic church cleaners. Yet, late twelfth-century chevrons on the chancel arch and hints of red pigment on some of the pillars suggest that the building was once a riot of colour.

St Pega’s, Peakirk, had to wait for over a century before the wallpaintings in her north arcade and aisle were unmasked and waxed by Rouse, in 1950/1, necessitating ‘remedial work’ by Eve Baker in the 1970s. They are by far the most extant in Tribland. Indeed, to find a parallel (apart from Longthorpe Tower), we must travel to St John’s at Corby Glen, another victim of Rouse’s wax treatment. The entire church appears to have been

Above the north arcade is a double-decker arrangement of framed scenes from Christ’s Passion, enabling the medieval priest to illustrate the events of Holy Week. Here, his flock could see for themselves The Last Supper, Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, His Sentencing by Pilate, His Mocking by Roman soldiers, Scourging, Carrying of the Cross, Crucifixion, Disposition [removal from the Cross], Entombment, Resurrection and meeting with Mary Magdalene, just as their seriously-rich counterparts could follow Christ’s sufferings in an illuminated Gospel Book. >>

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>> A larger-then-life St Christopher with his two sponsors at his feet, interrupts the sequence. He was scalped by the lowering of the roof in the seventeenth century. Rouse claims that there is another ‘fragmentary’ St Christopher in the north aisle (obscured by the organ), though its unusual that the patron saint of travellers should skulk in a corner. The rest of the north aisle is festooned with instructive, cartoon-like vignettes of a demon encouraging two women to gossip [‘The Warning to Scandalmongers’] and three grandly-dressed kings encountering two (originally three) ramshackle skeletons, who remind them of their mortality [‘The Living and the Dead’]. Like Artis at Castor, Rouse made watercolour copies of Peakirk’s murals, which are reproduced in his useful little Shire publication, Medieval Wall Paintings (1991).

Going, going... gone In 1883, architectural historian Charles Keyser published a list of surviving medieval wall decorations in Britain and Ireland, offering an insight into how much Castor, Etton, Orton Longueville, Peakirk and Yaxley have lost since Artis made his announcement in 1843. When supplemented by Roger Rosewell’s Gazetteer in his lavish Medieval Wall Paintings (2008) and by site-visits, we realise how much more has vanished over the intervening 135 years. In 1843, Castor’s St Katharine was accompanied by St Christopher, the ordeals of St Agatha and the Entombment of Jesus. By 1883, they had been chiselled away and the wall re-plastered to perfection. Nevertheless, a ghost of an angel (or saint) clings to a pillar in the south aisle, spotted within the last decade by the late Theo Henman “when the light was just right”. Orton Longueville’s St Margaret has gone and Yaxley’s depiction of

The Resurrected Jesus meeting his disciples on the road to Emmaus (unveiled in 1842) is deteriorating fast.

‘Castor Angel’

Rouse simply surveyed and noted the unidentifiable murals on the southern walls at Peakirk but did not attempt to rescue them. However, Robert Angell’s will of 1566/7 bequeaths 2 ‘strikes’ [stooks] of barley and 20 pence ‘unto the repairing of St Pee’s image’. This infers that that there are more gems hidden beneath the suspiciouslylumpy lime-wash, slapped on by Edward VI’s iconoclasts. Elsewhere in Tribland, ‘paintings of figures’ were uncovered on the north wall of St Benedict’s, Glinton, in 1855, then ‘whitewashed over’. Those exposed to the west of the chancel arch are undecipherable apart from a narrow frieze reminiscent of that framing Christ’s Passion Cycle, at Peakirk. At Barnack, there are traces of paint behind the pulpit and random speckles linger on a corbel in the porch suggesting that St John the Baptist’s was decorated both inside and out. At St Mary’s Bainton, Keyser’s ‘canopies’ are no longer ‘showing through the whitewash’ of the north aisle but flashes of pigment can be seen on the base of the thirteenthcentury font. The stencilled fleursde-lis sprinkling the north arcade

at St Andrew’s Northborough were recovered in 1894 and eagerly await restoration.

A Stitch in Time Despite wall-paintings being churches’ equivalent to tapestries and ‘Old Masters’ in stately homes, they have suffered appallingly at the hands of those that should have behaved better, particularly Victorian clergyman! Once discovered, they were attacked with zeal (reminiscent of the infamous, Sunday-afternoon excavations of Bronze-Age burialmounds) only to neglected or limewashed again because they looked unsightly or were deemed too graphic. Or were completely hacked away in the name of modernisation. Alas, it was not until the 1920s that there was a genuine interest in their conservation and then, with only limited skills, equipment and preservatives available. Therefore, it would be unfair to criticise Edward Clive Rouse for his shortcomings. Nowadays, conservators have the latest technology at their disposal, including digital-imaging and paint, plaster and cross-section analysis. Sadly, dwindling congregations and lack of cash, interest and/ or motivation means that, if we are not careful, many of these national treasures will lost to future generations. Fortunately, there are moves afoot to rectify the problem at Peakirk. The recently-launched St Pega’s Project seeks to make a series of improvements to the church including remedial work on the remaining murals and installing a state-of-the-art lighting system to display them to their advantage without causing any harm. The money will be raised from grants, community events and a contribution from the Parochial Church Council. Northborough has a similar plan in place. So, fingers-crossed, at St Pega’s and St Andrew’s, it won’t entirely be all doom and gloom.

The author is indebted to Brian Goode and Lieutenant-Colonel Reverend Canon William Burke (Castor), Ann Curwen (Etton), Frieda Skillman and Polly Beasley (Northborough), Orry Martin and Diana Buddle (Orton Longueville) and Reverend Jon Randall (Yaxley) for helping to make my research such an enjoyable experience. 20

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Allo to all the good people of Tribland and I hope you are all keeping well and looking to the better weather over the coming months, non?

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Chez Pierre Chicken Cordon Bleu


his issue of your splendid villages’ magazine I have been asked to explain a French classic for eating with friends and family. Simple to prepare yet most rewarding, the Chicken Cordon Bleu is a delightful dish which will prove that the home-made is so much better than shop-bought! Our French supermarkets sell tons of the frozen version every day. But let’s be facing it, these industrial For four servings: 4 medium-size chicken breasts (skinless & preferably free-range) 8 slices of proper ham (not ‘formed’ and with added water) 4 generous slices of Swiss Emmenthal cheese 2 eggs 6 tablespoons of bread crumbs 3 tablespoons of plain flour 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt & Pepper Slice one chicken breast lengthways almost in half, open and season with a pinch of salt and place it between two pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Flatten further by pounding it with the bottom of a heavy pan until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with the other chicken breasts.

chicken cordon bleu substitutes are pretty much awful. Nothing compared to the chicken Cordon Bleu real flavour here and most important: you never really know for sure which meat is in it. According to my treasured 1961 Larousse Gastronomique ‘cordon bleu’ was originally a wide blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of French knighthood, L'Ordre des chevaliers du Saint-Esprit, Place two folded slices of ham on each chicken breast with a generous slice of cheese inside the fold. Ham and cheese slices must have about the same size than the flattened chicken, cut any sticking out part then simply fold chicken breasts back so ham and cheese are unseen inside the chicken.

Pour in three different dishes the flour, the beaten eggs and the bread crumbs then carefully dredge each chicken breast into the flour first (shake off excess but make sure it’s entirely covered with flour). Then dredge it into the beaten egg and finish with the breadcrumbs. Simple, non?

When ready to serve, heat a frying pan over medium heat and

instituted by Henri III in 1578. So, by extension, the term is used today to denote the very highest of culinary standards in France. Yes, the term has been diluted and has been misused over the years with fancy decorations and twiddles with bits of garnish, but still to me it declares something should be a bit special but created from basic fresh ingredients too.

add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken cordons bleus and cook for approx. 6 minutes on each side or until they have a golden colour. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm until all have been prepared. Serve your chicken Cordon Bleu always on heated large white plates and contrast with some vivid green, like French beans, fresh asparagus or maybe halved brussels sprouts sautéed in butter and white wine with bacon pieces. A lemon quarter to garnish. I will most often serve this with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc but if a red wine is preferred I would suggest a very lightly-chilled Cotes du Rhone would be the bee’s toes.

Bon Chance - Pierre x

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What have I done?

by Mark Williams

I am looking forward to a very busy summer, for instead of buying a season ticket, I will be trying to sell some!


t was shortly after a short and unexceptional pike fishing session that I made a rather leftfield and potentially lifechanging decision. The glorious winter morning began by torchlight, threading through a coppice, my rod bag jamming between saplings and making progress slow. Emerging into the steely grey at the lakeside, the sun feebly burning at the mist and frost crunching underfoot, I felt quietly confident in the day. The deadbaits were first-class, as was the company, but as the damp, cool air cleared and the sun climbed, it began to feel lifeless, like a golden but disappointing single malt. My fishing buddy and I felt the same gloom, so we packed up after four hours and, instead, visited an old haunt, curious to know

how it was faring after a couple of decades. On the bank, it was clear that we were the first anglers for weeks to visit it, but it looked like heaven, somehow. On the gate was the phone number of the man who was running it. I jotted it down and, some days later, having intended to buy a season ticket, found myself sharing the lease of an entire lake. Orton Water was once a trout fishery, run by the late Phil Johnson. I'd spent many days on this lake, hemmed on all sides by a golf course, or in the fishing hut, petting Phil's lurcher, Fly, and chatting while Phil tied flies and cursed. I hadn't seen it again since Phil died, far too young, and a syndicate took over. Now, ironically, I find myself running a syndicate on the lake. My colessee, Kevin Bird, has – he told me – been struggling to keep up with maintaining the swims, the willows,

brambles, boats and welcomed another pair of hands. And now I'm busy roping in many more. Orton Water is far from a typical gravel pit, at 22 acres but with a limited number of bank fishing swims. It holds a small stock of impressive carp, huge bream, tench, perch, pike, roach and, we think, rudd. The trout are long gone. What it lacks in bank fishing, it makes up for by being an interesting boat fishing venue. I cannot tell you what you might catch; the truth is, it has had very little angling attention for quite some time and, this summer when Kevin and I have tidied the swims up, our little syndicate of just 20 members will try to find out if there's a carp to beat the 30-pounder Kevin has seen, or a bream in double figures. It's an adventure.

If you'd be interested in exploring it with us, drop a line to the Tribune editor and get in touch – especially if you have a small boat to take out. At the moment, the season ticket is inexpensive, in recognition of the fact that it's a leap into the unknown, and that we may ask you to bring a pruning saw. I can only promise that we'll all have some fun. 22

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Cardiac Risk in the Young I am writing to you today to announce that this year CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young will be hosting our tombola at The Deeping Summer Ball to fundraise for more heart screenings in our local area. We are doing this in Lucy Jessop memory of Lucy Jessop; who sadly passed away when she suffered a cardiac arrest whilst jogging around Northborough in 2015. Lucy's fund helped hold their first two days of screenings last September at The Deepings school and were shocked when they found 9 issues out of 204 screenings. Thankfully 9 people will be able to get treatment where necessary and they won't go through what Lucy's family has. CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG test. Lucy’s memorial fund is ringfenced for screening. This means that all donations made to the fund go towards holding a screening in The Deepings which is free for young persons to attend. A screening session costs £5,000.00 to screen 100 people. Sharon Paul


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The Glinton Spring clean-up Claire Bysshe The Glinton Spring cleanup, postponed one week due to the snow, took place on Saturday 10th March. As usual we were supported by Macdonald’s who sent the van and helpers. Thanks go to Louise, Mia, Ilva, Eliza, Cathy, Simon and Charlie from Macdonald’s and also to residents Mick Stimpson, Ian Kelly, Verity Missin, Mr and Mrs Wright, Dave Grimble, Chris Wilder and Simon Bysshe who gave up their Saturday morning to improve the appearance of the village. The rubbish in the photo is about half what was collected altogether. It has been acknowledged that

The Glinton Horticultural Society Glinton is one of the best-kept villages and this is down to the help I get on a regular basis. It is a shame that so many people are unable to take their rubbish home. The main culprits are, I am afraid, AMVC students who leave a lot in the park and on the roads as they go home. There are still a few dogowners who leave offerings in bags hanging from bushes. There are dog-poo bins. Please use them!

The next litter-pick may well be on a Sunday as I am informed that some people would prefer this. Please let me know what you think. I want as much help as I can get.

Glinton Friendship Club After missing the last deadline due to the Flu (not all of us!) we're back raring to tell the world,( well the Tribune readership) about all the exciting new things GFC are doing this spring. Having had to close once due to snow we still managed to have three excellent Art Sessions with Bethany taking club members through printing, acrylic and water-colour painting, with some .. interesting final results that proved very satisfying,  if messy at times!!  We have lost some very much loved club members recently and they have left big gaps in our close club community. They will

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Pam Kounougakis be missed and remembered with fondness. Several new members have joined us and have brought different ideas to the club. We hope they enjoy the activities and meeting everyone. With some committee members moving on from the duties they have performed we want to thank them for the time and effort they have shown in service to the club and welcome fresh faces and new blood. As with every group, change has to happen as the group evolves and new needs are identified. It's all very exciting.! This season we've had a talk on her trip along the Great Wall

of China by Sally, several quizzes, a members craft day and a talk by Shaws tour company. After Easter several members will become mannequins for a day to model clothing from the BonMarche fashion range, and this will be an opportunity to buy a whole new wardrobe for the summer! May will see us have only one club day in the Hall as there are two bank holidays and our first outing of the year to Rushden Lakes shopping complex. Very exciting opportunity to visit a new venue for us.

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Etton news

Anne Curwen 253357 On 27 February friends and family gathered in Etton church to celebrate the life of Mike Heath. Please refer to the obituary written by his daughter Sue, to discover what an interesting and talented man Mike was. The Parish Council has received a response from the company employed by the council to implement the street lighting project. They have confirmed that they may consider providing a more sympathetic lighting scheme in conservation villages but we are awaiting details about the costs involved. The council has recently replaced the pavement between the Manor and Corner cottage on Main Road. Apologies that we had no notice of this work but the pavement is an improvement. Highways have also been repairing some potholes on Main Road. However, there are still a number that need repair. To report work that needs doing e.g. potholes, flytipping, or street lights out, you need to do this via the ‘my peterborough’ app available through the Apple store or Google Play store. You can also report via ( My husband Andrew regularly collects rubbish from the Etton/Maxey Road whilst out running. Early in March I think he found a record haul of 78 empty half bottles of vodka! It would be good to identify the culprit, as they must be driving to the spot by the big bridge over the cut, which is where most of the bottles were found. Maybe a deposit returns scheme would be useful! On 5 July 2018 it will be 100 years since William Alfred Burns was killed in action during the First World War. To commemorate our War dead, we have purchased three 10-inch ‘Tommy Silhouettes’. We intend to have the names engraved on the silhouettes and place them in the Church. Early in July we hope to organize an event (details not yet decided) to unveil the soldiers and also to welcome the new residents to Etton. If you are interested in helping to shape and organize the event, please let me know.

Mike Heath 28.9.1937-4.2.2018 Mike had lived in Etton – at the bungalow with the archway! – since 1994, the first 6 years with his wife Liz until she died in December 2000. Previously they had lived in Helpston since 1968, in a house they had built to their own design – appropriately in Heath Road! – with an extensive garden that was their pride and joy. They had married in 1962 and moved up to Helpston from Romford in Essex when Mike, who was Purchasing Manager for Freemans mail order for 26 years, was transferred to work in their new offices in Peterborough. Their daughter Susan was born in 1966 and son Peter in 1970 and both children attended John Clare Primary and then AMVC. Mike and Liz took an active part in Helpston village life from the Old Folks Shows (Mike compered their version of The Good Old Days in word-perfect true Leonard Sachs style), to the caravan rallies and village and school fetes. At the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Mike handmade the yards and yards of red, white and blue bunting that was used throughout the village and primary school for the celebrations. Although reluctant to move from Helpston, by 1994 Liz was in a wheelchair due to M.S. and in 30 Main Road they found the peace and tranquility they needed, a home already adapted to their needs and a new garden to care for. Mike took early retirement to care for Liz and also found time for his many creative hobbies – a large model railway layout was built in the loft and wooden toy vehicles were made (all loved by his 5 grandsons) as well as marquetry pictures and his extensive collection of Airfix planes, boats and trains was completed. In the last few years, he painstakingly built 7 detailed galleon ships from scratch and proudly displayed them in the bungalow. Once he discovered the internet he also completed a lot of ancestry research for family and friends. He also enjoyed Nordic cruises and trips to Devon and Cornwall where he had grown up. Sue Lefley (daughter)

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Alfresco make their base in Helpston

Alfresco Landscaping, Helpston based Garden design and Construction company, have taken the big step to invest in their future and take on the empty retail unit previously used for Gossip Hair Salon in Helpston.

Trumpeting the Good News about Helpston Gala (Sat May 12, 12 noon – 4pm) Vicar, Rev Dave Maylor and tuk tuk man, Prem Gyani. The Gala will feature tuk tuk rides – an innovation for Helpston! And all the usual stalls and games will be there too! Prem is generously donating the rides and will be hiring out his vehicle for weddings and special occasions. (Further

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The Shop unit has remained empty since the salon closed over 18 months ago. Alfresco have taken the shop on as an office facility to use as their administrative base. Having brought Kelly on board in January to look after the company admin and Lucy in March, as another designer, the company is growing their support structure and needed to find suitable premises. Alastair Peat, Director of Alfresco, said “We are very lucky to be able to find a base for our operations so close to home. Helpston has supported us significantly through our development over the years, so to be based here seems very fitting. The facility is so ideal for this that we want to offer the opportunity to other small businesses to join us”. It is this last comment that has identified the availability for hotdesking in this rural location. The office space is over 2 floors and allows space for 3 other desks that can be used by other businesses who either currently work from home, or in shared/ rented offices in town. The flexibility of the rural location, easy free parking and good transport links makes it an ideal location. Mental health in the workplace has recently been high on the agenda in the press. Isolation from personal interaction during the day can play a significant part in accentuating the issue. There are also a number of studies that highlight effective and efficient working practices when your day is structured and you ‘go to work’ as opposed to be going to the desk with the domestic distractions around you. The shared office location in Helpston offers all the benefits previously mentioned plus 100MB high speed Gigaclear broadband, tea and coffee making facilities and the peace and quiet of a beautiful village location. Kelly underlined “ we have the flexibility to offer a small business an office base permanently, or the availability for a desk for a day/two days/a week as is needed. Just get in touch and we can discuss further”. Kelly is available on


Maxey Classic and Thoroughbred Car, Motorcycle and 4x4 Show The Show is being held at its picturesque lakeside venue. One of the most popular regional shows, the long-established Maxey event is sure to attract a large entry of gleaming two- and four-wheelers.


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Northborough Open Gardens My Studio will be open for the only time this year for the Northborough Open Gardens. You can come and see my latest print of St Benedict’s Church,

Good Friday Workshop Polly Beasley

Undeterred by the wet weather, thirty people gathered at St Andrew's Church on the afternoon of Good Friday. It was pleasing to see the children enjoying their craft activities and making the Easter Garden. There was all-age Worship followed by hot cross buns and decorated biscuits. Everyone listened to the Easter story told by Freda, who was ably assisted by the Children with some very special eggs. The cross was carried to the Churchyard and except for a few brave folks, we gathered in the shelter of the Church Porch to sing the final hymn.

Off to the seaside! Polly Beasley

After postponing our Quiz as a result of the arrival of 'The Beast from the East', the event finally took place on 16 March. Fourteen teams took part in the somewhat inappropriately titled 'Off to the Seaside' Quiz Night. However, a very enjoyable time was had by all: Supper was provided by the Church Ladies and Peter Kemp treated us to an outstanding Quiz. This time the winning team came from outside the Village, so congratulations go to Isobel and Gareth Duff from Bainton and their friends Tony and Kay Plunkett. Thanks to All who helped in any way: especially to Peter, to those who helped with food and to the Village Hall Committee. We raised a much-needed £396-00 for Church Funds. 28

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Glinton along with other prints of local buildings, which will be on show in the Garage Gallery at the rear of 39 Church Street. Kelly, the host at ‘The Bluebell’ in Glinton, suggested the St. Benedict’s print to me. My studio will also have little exhibitions of art work in progress as well as my print books and cards. The Studio garden has a collection of heucheras and, possibly, Northborough’s largest olive tree.


Hills and Holes Importing a city of about the size of Peterborough each year for the past 10 years or so has resulted in a need for new housing and infrastructure. The government’s loosening of planning regulation has resulted in rashes of housing being added to villages, towns and cities in Britain irrespective of green belt, village envelopes or local need. This is as sadly true for Tribune land as well as further afield.


onsequently the issue that has concentrated the minds of Barnack’s villagers has been the controversial morphing of land from agricultural use to the raising of a single crop of 80 houses on land outside the Village Envelope. The land in question is along the Uffington Road and adjacent to the newly completed development of the Paynes Field Estate of some 40 houses. The development itself was unanimously rejected by Peterborough Planning Committee as being not needed by the City Plan for future housing, the Committee also recognise that the development was little more than a predatory land grab unnecessary for either the Conservation Village or City. However the “developer” Gladman appealed, the subsequent enquiry upheld the appeal due to a technical issue with the Peterborough Plan. An open meeting was held in the Village Hall on 4 April to discuss the development and various concerns that the Village had with it. It was regretted that the meeting was not attended by the responsible planning officer to both hear of Villagers concerns and to guide those concerns so that they were appropriate to current planning regulations. It was agreed that a further meeting would be called and the planning officer asked to attend.

Amongst the concerns raised was the proposal to build an 8 foot timber fence between the development and its neighbour, Paynes Field, thus in effect sealing the two estates from each other and making continuity with the Village as a whole very difficult and certainly not integral with the entirety of the community, surely not a desirable feature! The fence will also shut in the line of houses at the back of Paynes Field and whilst it will separate, the two estates it is felt that if the new houses were to be aligned at 45 degrees to the older onesl that will be overlooked could be avoided, and a more appropriate boundary could be envisaged. It was agreed that the estate should be part of the village and not designed as if it were a military camp The official (ludicrous) estimate for the number of children in the new estate is 27. There are of course no plans to extend the village school consequently it is proposed to shrink the current catchment area. Already several children from surrounding villages, Stamford and Peterborough attend Barnack School. The Uffington Road, only a country road is already very heavily used but only 5 yards on either side of the new development is scheduled for widening. There were also issues

with car parking ,drainage and the materials to be used for the buildings. After considerable discussion on these and many other issues the general feeling of the meeting was that the development lacked style, imagination and empathy with both the Village and its rural setting and that these issues could and should be seriously considered by the Planning Office prior to “signing” off the plans. Whilst the prospect of 80 unwanted and uneeded houses has been an overarching issue concentrating the minds of Villagers life does go on thankfully as it should in any English village. Easter was celebrated in fine style and we now look forward to several upcoming events Not least of which is the Fun Run on 21 April. This year, in addition to a 2.5 k course there will be a new 5k course, and all runners will have a medal. On 14 April the Friends of Barnack Hills an Holes will hold a countryside event in the Village Hall at 10am where they will join forces with the Langdyke Countryside Trust which now covers most of Tribune Land. This important trust has a very clear vision for the future of the countryside between Peterborough, Stamford and between the rivers Nene and Welland.

For more information on the work and aims of the Langdyke Trust go to Many more events are on the horizon, details of these will be given nearer the times

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Glinton Rainbows 1st Glinton Rainbows Afternoon Tea Success! On Saturday 3rd March 2018 1st Glinton Rainbows celebrated their 25th birthday with an Afternoon Tea (and fundraiser) in the local village hall. The run up to the event was not what had been expected; snow, snow and more snow and for a while we weren’t sure whether to postpone in case no-one felt like venturing out. In the end, in true Girlguiding fashion, we decided that no ‘Beast’ of any description was going to deter us and we went ahead. Our concerns that no-one would brave the weather were unfounded. Those who were able put on their boots and for two hours the Village Hall was a hive of activity. The tombola was a roaring success (thank you to The Chemist Shop, Nisa (Glinton) and Rachael’s Bowtique specifically for their donations) and huge amounts of cake was consumed as people enjoyed ‘Guessing the Name’ of the cuddly toys, trying to count how many sweeties were in the jar and ‘Finding the Queen’. It would seem the snow may have worked in our favour as after three days being stuck indoors, people enjoyed the opportunity to get out and involve themselves in a community event. The Rainbows did our unit proud; running stalls, chatting to customers, clearing tables and generally being helpful. Their efforts were well rewarded as we raised £543.97 for the unit. We cannot thank our visitors enough for their generosity. 30

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The 1st Glinton/1st Helpston Rainbows Sleepover

Our first Rainbow sleepover was meant to be part of the 25th Birthday celebrations on 3rd March but the deluge of snow on the Friday night meant that it was decided that it might be better if it was postponed. It was therefore rescheduled to Saturday 14th April instead. We were delighted that Rainbows from the 1st Helpston Rainbow unit still wanted to join us for the sleepover and the 14th April soon came round. Keen and very excited Rainbows were dropped to Glinton Village Hall by some slightly apprehensive parents. I had never realised that such tiny people could require so many bags. The lead up to the actual 'sleeping' part of the event involved completing challenges to achieve a Cupcakes and Rainbows badge. This included: playing stuck in the mud and

parachute games, making their own pizzas for dinner, eating their dinner and making hair decorations before getting ready for bed and watching Trolls the Movie. There was lots of laughter and new friendships made. Before we knew it, bedtime came around and with no fuss or tears all 13 Rainbows settled to bed and were soon fast asleep. Everyone made it successfully through the night! A 7.30am wakeup call started the new day and after packing up all our bags/ beds we were able to celebrate one Rainbow's 7th birthday with pancakes, croissants and cards/ presents. A few party games and Brownie songs later and 10.30am arrived. The slightly tired but extremely happy, goody-bag laden Rainbows were greeted by their extremely proud parents. If only the leaders had had the energy to fulfil their requests of "can we do another sleepover night, tonight?"

If you are interested in your daughter getting involved in any aspect of Girlguiding; our villages offer Rainbows, Brownies and Guides) please head to and follow the links to ‘Register Your Daughter’.

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Owls’ Nest Pre-school Open Morning Tuesday 8 May 9.30-11.30

Owls’ Nest Pre-school, Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School, Rectory Lane, Glinton. Tel: 01733 252361

Are you are looking for highquality nursery provision for your child from September 2018 and beyond? Then please come along to our open morning and explore our surroundings with your child. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and guide you through the admission process for your child. We offer: a spacious state-ofthe-art building; secure outside area

for children to play; a choice of hot meals served daily; FREE fruit and milk; provision open from 7.45 – 6pm; hourly rate of £3.50. We accept: children with 15/30hour entitlement; government/ company childcare vouchers. Please call our school office on the number on the left to let us know you will be coming along.

An appeal to members was answered by noted needlewoman Christine Jackson, who tackled what turned out to be a tricky project and created a beautiful new flag, which was officially presented on the 21st April in the Scout & Guide Centre. District Commissioner, Morag Sweeny, and Guide Leader, Nicola Kerr, received the new flag and members Helpston Guides asked the of Helpston WI joined the Guides to celebrate WI for help in restoring the occasion. The Guides followed a parade with their flag, which had traditional, rap and signed versions of 'Taps' and become sadly moth-eaten. expressed their appreciation with gifts to Christine.

Presentation of new flag to Helpston Guides


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Sunflower Seeds We had a really lovely mothers day play & stay. The children’s mums came to play at Sunflower Seed Preschool to celebrate mothers day and we are not sure who had more fun! The special ladies were treated to nail painting by the boys and girls- there were some amazing designs ! We also treated the mums to tea and biscuit- everyone had the chance to decorate some biscuits and do some planting so

the mums could take something home with them! We then enjoyed stories and signing- what an action packed morning! It was a great chance for the mums and grandma’s to see what the boys and girls get up to when they drop them off at preschool, and to join in the fun in our fully equipped preschool. From painting to playdough, hairdressers to building there was so much fun to be had at Sunflower Seed"

Afternoon tea on Saturday 23 June and more information is on our website -

Helpston Playhouse


he second half of term has been a busy and productive one. In the preschool there has been a continuation of the nature theme looking at wintertime, the lifecycle of butterflies & frogs and creating wormeries.  The books The Gruffalo’s Child and Superworm have been used to support these themes. The Out Of School Club have been making chocolate truffles and experimenting, creating slime and constructing models from paper mâché. At the beginning of March, amongst all the snow, it was World Book Day.  Everyone celebrated by

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dressing up as their favourite book characters. It was a fantastic day and a wonderful opportunity to encourage reading and enjoyment of books. The Easter Fayre was held at the end of term. It was an amazing turnout with many familiar faces and lots of new ones.  Everyone enjoyed the Easter activities and there were some great prizes won on the raffle.  There was tea & cake, a BBQ and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Thank you to everyone who came to the Fayre and special thanks to everyone that helped the event run smoothly. 

It was hugely successful raising just over £600. This money will go straight back into the Playhouse, funding Total Sports sessions and the introduction of ‘Happy Chicks’ where the children will have the opportunity to see incubated eggs hatch and learn how to care for them.  Money is also being raised to purchase a defibrillator that will be permanently located at the Playhouse allowing immediate access to a lifesaving device. 

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by Julie Fitzjohn and Jenny Garrett Our March meeting proved to be a little different! We welcomed Tom Watts, an experienced Tai Chi instructor, who explained to us all the health benefits of Tai Chi, including helping with balance and mobility. Although it is considered to be a martial art, it’s used to promote general well-being across the age groups and can be used to help with various disabilities. He put us through our paces with a sequence of moves, guaranteed to make you feel better - even if you’re sitting down! April gave us a visit from Stuart Orme to talk about historic costume. Stuart is well known in the area for his work at the Peterborough Museum and at Peterborough Cathedral. He gave us a very interesting talk on the history of costume from the Middle Ages onwards, illustrating his talk with slides, and stressed that changes in costume over the centuries were caused not by ‘fashion’ but by practicality and need. Ladies, if you would like to make new friends and join in our activities, there is always a warm welcome at our monthly meetings, held at Glinton Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. (See Diary dates below). We try to offer a variety of subjects and fun activities to suit everyone. Visitors pay £4.00, very good value for a pleasant evening and your supper! Outings are organised through the year. We’re looking forward to a trip to Long Sutton Flower Festival in May and Sunday lunch is organised once a month at different venues. Diary Dates 8 May Beetle Drive 12 June ‘Don’t Forget to Remember’ Speaker - Scott Creasey

Any queries contact Jenny, our Secretary, on 01733 254252


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Our March meeting had to be postponed due to the snow, and was replaced by an informal social afternoon the following week. Members enjoyed the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues, including our contribution to the local federation centenary celebrations. We were delighted that Christine Jackson has created a new flag for the local Guide group on our behalf, which was officially presented later in the month. Links between the Guides, Brownies and WI members are also being strengthened with members sharing craft skills with the younger generation. April is the Helpston WI's birthday month and the meeting is traditionally organised by the members. This year's theme was a garden party, and we dressed in our best flowery frocks in a beautifully decorated hall to hear Rob Marshall from the Cambridgeshire National Garden Scheme Volunteers team. He gave an interesting history of the scheme, which has raised over £50 million for nursing charities since 1927. As Alan Titchmarsh said: “I know of no other organisation that gives so much pleasure to so many”. The NGS offers access to 3,700 private gardens across the country, ranging from Windsor Castle to small inner-city terraces and allotments, from March to September each year. The 'Yellow Book' is the bible for visitors, showing opening times and arrangements for the UK, and we were given copies of the local area guide. Group openings provide particular value, with

several gardens being opened in an area, and many gardens offer tea and cake and excellent plant sales. Visitors are advised to see the ngs website for further details. We then enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea, in the best WI tradition, while Rob judged our home-made flower competition. Recently a group of members toured the Peterborough ERF (energy recycling facility) to find out how black bin waste is turned into energy. Dressed in hard hats, work-boots and goggles, we followed the route of the rubbish from the bunker where it is mixed to ensure consistent calorific value, through the furnace to the electricity generator. Currently no domestic waste goes to landfill, and enough electricity is generated to power the site and supply 50% of Peterborough's power. The company is working to ensure that no recyclable materials are included in black bins. Our guide, Natasha, explained the 'scrunch test' for recyclable paper, and advised us to rinse out cans and bottles to avoid contamination of the green bin. The mantra ' REDUCE, RE-USE, RE-CYCLE' is one that WI members hold dear, and we agreed that we all needed clearer guidelines about which materials could be recycled and which need to go in the black bins. (see the ) We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the site and the efforts that go into maintaining high environmental standards, with all harmful particulates being removed and neutralised, and the finished ash being made into road aggregates.


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Helpston WI Diary Wednesday morning walks – meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Thursday morning walks - meet outside the village shop at 9:00am contact June Dobson on 01733 252192 for more details Knit & Natter at Botolph's Barn, Helpston. Join our friendly group of knitters and crafters – all abilities welcome! We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm (9th & 23rd April, 6th & 20th June) 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 3 May This will be our resolutions meeting, when we discuss this year's WI campaigns. Maddy Ratnett is also going to talk to us about the inner workings of Customs & Excise, which should be enlightening! Join us at 7:30pm in the Village Hall – ring June as above or just turn up on the night. Thursday 7 June A seasonal treat! You are very welcome to join us in finding out about (and tasting) Dennett's ice-cream. This award-winning icecream has been made in Spilsby, Lincolnshire by 4 generations of the family since 1926. Come to the village hall for 7:30pm to join us.

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

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40 women wanted!

Now in its seventh season, Sing for Life is back for 2018, once again raising money for the city’s much-loved Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.


aunching in May, the project will take 40 local women with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on 21st July. Over the years, the project has introduced hundreds of local women to the joys of singing while raising many thousands of pounds for charity. “I decided to give Sing for Life a shot because my life was completely enveloped by children, work and home life and I needed to do something wholly for me!” says Emma Rice, who participated in the project last year. “The first rehearsal was incredible, everyone was so welcoming and kind - I have made so many friends and my confidence has soared. It gave me an evening a week to disappear completely into my singing, concentrating on nothing else, which was such a boost - I would recommend it to everyone!” “Sing for Life has been one of the best things I have done in a very long time” agrees Katie Hart, who also took part last year. “I have made new friends, gained confidence, sung on stage in front of a paying audience, and learned a huge amount about myself. The team really know what they’re

doing, so by the time of the concert we had achieved an amazing level of quality and my family and friends were bowled over! I’m so proud of what we did, not just for the charity but also for what each one of us managed to achieve. If you’re even half thinking about coming along to find out more – JUST DO IT!” There are as many reasons for getting involved in Sing for Life as there are women who have taken part over the years. Singing has a host of well-documented benefits, there’s a fantastic social scene, and the chance to meet people you wouldn't normally meet and to discover music you wouldn't usually experience. Plus of course there’s the charitable side of the project, and the opportunity to give something back to the community. And - with £9,000 needed every day just to keep it running - what better cause to support than Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, which has personal relevance to so many local people? “Sing for Life is not about finding the next Adele; it’s about helping ordinary women find their voice” says William Prideaux, the project’s director. “So many people lack confidence or genuinely believe they can't sing, but deep down just about everyone secretly

has a favourite karaoke number, and – we promise – our very experienced music team will have you singing in no time!” Cheyenne Graves, community fundraiser at Thorpe Hall Hospice, says “We’re delighted that the Sing for Life team have chosen to support us once again. We love being involved in the project, which seems to inspire so many people to do something they’ve never done before. And the concert is always a wonderful evening of entertainment.” Sing for Life launches with introduction sessions at the Key Theatre on Thursday 10th May (7-9pm), Friday 11th May (7-9pm) and Saturday 12th May (10.30am12.30pm). Absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, get stuck in and give it a go! Whatever your starting point, over the 10-week project your singing will improve in leaps and bounds and - while you might not end up winning the X Factor or perform at Covent Garden - that’s a huge confidence boost and very liberating! So, get in touch and get involved: there's a whole new world waiting!

• For further information call 01733 425194 or email • Introduction sessions will be at the Key Theatre, Peterborough on Thursday 10th May (7-9pm), Friday 11 May (7-9pm) and Saturday 12 May (10.30am-12.30pm). Please call/email to register. • Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm-9.45pm at the John Mansfield Campus, Western Avenue, Peterborough PE1 4HX. • The Sing for Life concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 21 July '18.

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ith high sugar content coupled with a good yield it has proved an excellent sugar beet year – in fact one of the best for a number of years. With the weather continuing to be so unpredictable and volatile this year beckons in being way behind, we are about a month later in our spring sowings which will undoubtedly impact on yield at harvest time. In farming you never get two years the same so what extra yield we have gained last year without being too pessimistic we could lose this year – all down to the weather. We have sown all our spring cereals (barley) apart from ten acres, with the continuous wet weather it is highly likely that we shall not now sow this land. The sugar beet seed sits in it’s boxes waiting for some dry weather to sow. Last year it had all been sown by the end of March/ beginning of April. Spring sowing on the heavier soils can be a challenging time with the wet weather we’ve been experiencing this Spring. I think it’s going to

depend on what Mother Nature throws at us during the rest of April and May – the last thing we want is for the land to ‘bake’ with seed struggling to survive it seems ironic to even think about some rainfall after any further spring sowing, but this is what will be needed if we have any chance of a reasonable grain harvest. Commodity prices for cereals have not changed a great deal over the last months, oil seed rape prices have dropped significantly; lamb price has been rising, mainly due to time of year when last year’s lambs have all been sold (some to export) and this year’s crop are not ready to market again, the weather having an impact on the growth of the lambs. Loading grain lorries out of store is ongoing, fertilizer application to all crops is being applied and with the warmer days we have had recently you can see the fields growing and are responding well to the fertilizer which has been applied – this includes the grassland as well. I



Our last load of sugar beet was delivered to the factory on 24 February. Quite a relief to have finished this year’s campaign, especially with the severe weather which followed at the end of February/first week of March.

think everyone with livestock to turn out onto grass is hoping the weather will dry up so stock can be turned out – it’s been a long winter, but as I write these notes the wet weather has no signs of relenting. It appears that all at once spring has sprung, the bulbs have made an excellent show, the daffodils probably being the most dominant. The garden has taken a new lease of life, in spite of the atrocious weather. The shrubs too have been in full bloom and to complete the uplift of the winter gloom the birds have added to the joys of being in the countryside – we have a cock pheasant who insists coming for breakfast and taps on the French doors with his beak for food, then there have been the small birds who also appreciate being fed in the cold weather and are still being fed as I finish writing these notes on the 17th April, when we hear the first cuckoo, the dawn chorus will be complete, with some warmer weather for us all to enjoy.

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Runs until 12 May Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition 10am-5pm. St. Mary's Street, Stamford.


Wednesday 2 May Contemporary weaving Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. Create your own contemporary style woven piece. Use a variety of yarn, wool, thread and string. Be as bold or as traditional as you like. Pom-poms/ tassels & twigs galore! Cost £10. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 5 May Plant Sale From 10am at the Glinton Village Hall. All welcome, but come early! Glinton Horticultural Society 5 May & 6 May Adult RYA Start Sailing Level 1 This two day course (consequtive) covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery. After the course participants will be able to sail in light winds under supervision. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. 10am - 4pm. Cost £150 16 years + Nene Outdoors Wed 9 May Bainton & Ashton Family Day Kick off Meeting for all volunteers new and old to come along and once more offer of your time and talents. 7.30pm Reading Room, Bainton.See you there 9 May RYA Push the Boat out sailing Taster Join us for this Free annual event with our RYA senior instructors for a turn in our sailing boat. Ideal for those wanting to learn a little more about sailing and experience the thrill of this diverse sport without any prior experience. Booking essential. 10am - 4pm. Free 8yrs+ Meet at Nene Outdoors


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Sat 12 May Helpston Gala 12noon -4pm on Helpston Village Green. Come and meet up with old friends in a relaxing, friendly, village atmosphere. Grab some bargains from the stalls: plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, toys and have fun with the traditional games. Bring your dog along and enter in the Fun Dog Show with lots of prizes. Bouncy Castle, teas in the Village Hall. Pimms stall and exhibitions, School Choir and Ukele Band. On the B1443

Sunday 13 May Peakirk Village May Fete Village Green starting at 1pm Organised by the Village Hall and St Pega’s Church Committees. There will be a host of stalls, including Cakes & Preserves, Books, Plants, Bric-a-brac, etc., with games and competitions, and music to entertain all.Come and enjoy afternoon tea and cakes, or a refreshing tipple from the Pimm’s stall.

19 May Royal Wedding Party Northborough Village Hall 7-11.45 pm Live Entertainment. 2 Course Supper. £6 per Adult £15 - 2 Adults & 2 Children. Bring your own drinks and glasses. To book your place please ring - 01778 345143, 343126 or 347464

28 May Nature Kids Fun nature inspired activity days for children in May half term. Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and use natural materials in woodland crafts. Different activities every day. 9:30 am - 3pm. £15 per day and then £60 for booking 5 consecutive days. Age 7-11 Meet at Lakeside Car Park


Wednesday 16 May Using charcoal and chalk Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. You will be working on large scale paper in order to develop your sense of perspective and scale. There will be a variety of objects to create observational drawings from. Cost: £10 Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204

28 May Nature Tots A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime. Age: 2yrs+ Adults may bring up to two paying children. Accompanying siblings below the age of 2yrs may attend at no cost. Cost: £3. 10 -11:30am £3. Meet at Discovery Den 28 May RYA Push the Boat out sailing Taster This is your chance to have a go at sailing. You will sail with our qualified RYA instructors giving you a half hour taster of this thrilling sport.Spaces are limited so booking essential.No previous experience needed. 10am - 4pm. Cost: £7.50. 8yrs+ Nene Outdoors

Sun 20 May Whittlesey Business & Community Fayre Art & Craft Exhibition, Live Music, Kids' Activities, Attractions, Business Stalls. 10am - 4pm. Free admission and free parking. The Manor Leisure Centre, Whittlesey PE7 1UA

Monday 28 May Northborough's Open Gardens 1pm- 5pm Teas in the Church/ Artists' Open Studio/ Plant stall. Programmes £4 pp from the Church/ Children free. Proceeds to St. Andrew's Church. There is still time to open your garden by calling Gill 01733 252981, Clare 01733 253291/ Polly 01778 380849 for further details.

29 May We're Going on a Bear Hunt Join us on our Bear hunt around ferry meadows, the event will include a craft, storytime and then we will walk around the lakes to find Barney the Bear. 10:30 12 noon & 13:30 - 3pm. £4 per child 3years + Meet at Discovery Den 30 May Wild Wednesday Children and adults are welcome to come and join at this drop-in session where they will get to create some seasonal and wild crafts. 10am - 2pm £1 per child Any Age. Meet at Discovery Den 31 May Meeting Magical Mammals Join Ranger Chris Rollason for a short walk discovering the small mammals that live in the park. We will hopefully get to see Voles, Mice and Shrews as well as talk about their habitat, diet and identifying features. 10 - 11am. Free - Suggested donation £2. For ages 3+ Meet at Information Centre & Gift Shop. 31 May Wildlife Day With the Wildlife Trust and other conservation organisations, we will be looking a little closer at the wildlife around us.Free event, drop in anytime 11am - 3pm. Free - donations welcome. All ages. Meet at Information Centre & Gift Shop.

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2 June Bushcraft Skills: Elder Crafts Learn how to use a selection of tools including Loppers and Gimlets to turn Elder sticks into crafts such as beads, jewellery! 10:30 - 12 noon & 1:30 3pm £5. Ages 7+ Meet at Lakeside Car Park. 3 June & 6 June Youth RYA Sailing - stage 1 This two day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles. All safety equipment, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided. 10am - 4pm. Cost £150. 8 to 16 years Meet at Nene Outdoors. Saturday 9 June Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea will be served from 3pm until 5pm in Maxey Village Hall. £5 a ticket for sandwiches, garnish and crisps. A cake of your choice and plenty of tea to drink. All served on vintage china at tables decked with pretty vintage cloths. Come and join us for a treat. Tickets available from Tina, email 9 June Tylerthon at Willowbrook Farn Saturday 16 June Maxey Summer Fayre All the fun ofof the fayre returns on the John Perkins field :) There will be all the old favourite stalls, games, entertainment that made the event such a success last year! It starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm. So roll up for our traditional Summer Fayre and enjoy the atmosphere! Saturday 23 June Ufford Village Barn Dance 7.30pm Ufford Village Barn Dance featuring The Wagon Load of Monkeys Band and refreshments. More details to follow. Maxey Community Association 2 May, 6 June

Wednesday Ladies Group meetings 1st Wednesday of each month, in the Bluebell Maxey from 7.30pm. 42

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4 July Family History in the 21st Century Dr Nick Barratt Peterborough & District Family History Society are holding an open meeting at 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Citadel, Peterborough*. The speaker is Nick Barratt, President of the Federation of Family History Societies. However, for this talk Nick will be drawing on his background in family history research plus being the original consultant and lead researcher when the TV series “Who do you think you are” was launched in 2004. In the talk he explores the impact of the series on modern family history, along with the rise of the internet as the place to trace your roots. Using examples from the series, he takes the audience behind the scenes to highlight how research takes place, with an emphasis firmly on story-telling and the importance of thinking about the forgotten lives of our ancestors – and how they remain relevant today. Tickets are £5 for non-members – please email to order them. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a very entertaining and informative meeting. * Please see website / meetings for address, map and directions.

Sunday 29 July Peakirk Open Gardens Peakirk village will be opening up to 15 of its gardens on Sunday 29 July from 1pm – 5pm. The event will be held in aid of Sue Ryder and Peakirk Church. Parking and entry along with refreshments will be available at the village hall. If any Peakirk residents would like to open their garden on for the event please contact, Roy Pettitt on 01733 252049 or email

16 September Bainton & Ashton Cider & Apple Day Due to the outstanding success of our Cider & Apple Day last October we are already putting plans together to repeat the event this year. Bringing the date forward to ensure we once again have beautiful sunshine. Thank you for your support and we look forward to another wonderful day. Cider, food, games and market stalls. What’s not to love.


8 July Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2018 The second Sunday in July will once again see our Bainton & Ashton Family day being held at Bainton House very kindly once more hosted by the SaintJohns.

For more events, please also see Helpston WI Diary on page 35 and on pages 44–47 of Church News, plus Village Views on pages 23–29.

Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July

The John Clare Society Festival The John Clare Society Festival will be taking place from Friday 13th July until Sunday 15th July this year and the organising committee is looking forward to seeing friends, old and new, over that weekend. Can we, as always, remind local residents that the Festival is not only completely free to attend, but welcomes everyone? You don’t have to be a member to come along, and hopefully there is something for you all to enjoy. Friday 13 July The Midsummer Cushions’ Ceremony at St. Botolph’s Church (1.30 p.m.) involves The John Clare Primary School pupils, their families and carers, plus anyone else who would like to come along to share this joyous occasion. The children bring their beautifully-prepared and colourful cushions of flowers, which they lay around John Clare’s grave in the churchyard. Inside the church the winners of the annual poetry competition

are announced, and presented with their medals and prizes, and then the poems are read out. At 8.30 pm there will be a folk evening at The Bluebell. This is also free to attend and is always full of inspirational music and songs. Saturday 14 July The AGM of the Society takes place at 10.15 a.m. in St. Botolph’s Church. Both before and after the formal meeting there are exhibitions, dancing, music, stalls, open gardens and more to enjoy. There is a free talk in the afternoon by Fiona Stafford, author of The Long Long Life of Trees, and a folk concert (6 p.m.) featuring the very talented Leicester Grammar School Folk Group. Tickets are £5. There is something happening all day, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday 15 July The congregation of St. Botolph’s Church kindly welcomes

members of the John Clare Society and other visitors to share their usual Sunday service which starts at 11 a.m. It will, however, have a Clare-related theme, including birthday wishes for John Clare. 13th July 2018 is the 225th anniversary of his birth and this year’s Festival commemorates that very special event. There is a Friends of the Festival scheme which is available now and runs until June 30th. For £10 members receive a Programme, a booklet of poems and priority booking (with reserved seating) for the Saturday evening concert. These are all sent out by post prior to the Festival weekend or can be collected by local residents from Annakinn Gallery. Programmes (£2) with full details and many interesting Festivalrelated articles will be available from early June from Annakinn Gallery, West Street, Helpston or from The Bluebell, Helpston, or by post (£3).

For full Festival details (including Friends of the Festival) please contact Sue Holgate 01353 668438 or Ann Marshall 01400 282409 or e-mail Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer, The John Clare Society

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Church Diary Dates: St Botolph's, Helpston

Sat 5 May, Sat 2 June Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. The next ones are on: Saturday 5 May in Helpston Church and Saturday 2 June in Botolph’s Barn. Sat 26 May, Sat 23 June Monthly Coffee Mornings St Botolph's - Helpston Church from 10am until 12 noon. Sunday 13 May Service on the Green Enjoyed the Helpston Gala? Come and join us the day after, Sunday 13th May, on the Village Green at 11.00am for a special service of Village Worship. Bring the Family and Friends. You are assured of a warm welcome

St Martin's, Stamford

Sat 16 June Charity concert In aid of The Evergreen Care Trust. Membership of the choir is drawn from both Stamford and Peterborough and surrounding areas. Stamford Singers will give a performance of Fauré’s Requiem plus a selection of sacred and secular pieces from the 20th century, on Saturday 16 June at 7.30pm in St. Martin’s Church, Stamford. The choir is joined by Stamford-born bass-baritone Robert-John Edwards, and Leicestershire based soprano Caroline Sharpe. Entry is free with a retiring collection - all profits will go to the choir’s adopted charity, The Evergreen Care Trust.

St. Peter's, Maxey 12 / 13 May St. Peter's Village Flower Festival. Our Flower Festival is back! St. Peter's, Maxey. The theme this time is " The Best of Blighty '. Church open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday. Refreshments served all day. Sunday viewing 2pm until 4pm. At 4pm there will be a Songs of Praise service with refreshments after. If you would like to put some flowers in the Festival, it is not a competition, please email Tina, Sun 10 June, 8 July, 6 August All Age service This is being held again on Sunday 10 June, 8 July and 6 August. 9am Family Eucharist with children's activities and refreshments. All welcome.

St. Andrew's, Northborough Fri 15 June

Summer Lunch 12.30 pm. At 9 Church Street, Northborough. £10 to include glass of wine. Tickets: Polly 01778 380849 or Gill 01733 252981

Palm Sunday at Helpston Ever enterprising, when Helpston Church members were unable to source a real live donkey for the Palm Sunday walk to church, Emily Lawson volunteered to don a donkey outfit. No carrots for Emily though – just a round of heartfelt applause when she came into church. The walk marked the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem , leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. Palm crosses were blessed and distributed. Leading the walk was Canon Haydn Smart ; l-r: choir members Judy Holt, Ruth Dunn, Mike Roper, Liz Roper, Paul Jones, Pauline Iredale, Peter Holt. 44

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St. Benedict’s Glinton Banner returns The banner entitled 'Christ in Majesty' (pictured above) has been wonderfully restored to its former glory by Elaine Titman and is once more hung in the church. It was originally worked by Jean Pollock, a lecturer at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and had been exhibited at cathedrals around the country including Salisbury and York Minster before

coming to Glinton in 1984, when it was dedicated to the memory of John Hopkins, a former server and church warden of St Benedict's.

Cross decorated with flowers (Pictured above)

The cross was made from the top trunk of the tree which was lit outside the church at Christmas. During Lent various Easter Gardens (Pictured above) items associated with the Easter story were placed around the Following a Good Friday service cross and on Easter Day it was drinks and hot cross buns were decorated by each member of served and a happy group of the congregation adding a flower children created their own Easter a powerful poignant symbol. Gardens.

Peterborough Deanery Ascension Day Service St. Peter's on Thursday 10 May at 7.30pm This service is being held in the Benefice of Etton, Glinton, Maxey, Northborough and Peakirk. We are honoured to be hosting this service. The preacher will be the new Dean of Peterborough, The Very Revd Chris Dalliston. Refreshments will be served in the Lady Chapel. The Choir will be singing and the bells ringing! There is plenty of road-side parking. You are warmly invited to join us. ANNOUNCEMENTS FUNERALS Ernest Hornsby (06/03/2018) Helpston Church Alastair Summers (11/04/2018) Barnack Church William Plant (18/04/2018) Barnack Church Arthur Petty (18/04/2018) Peterborough Crematorium

BAPTISMS Martha Treliving (04/03/2018) Helpston Church James Duffy (11/03/2018) Barnack Church Noah Lloyd (11/03/2018) Helpston Church Amelie Plant (11/03/2018) Helpston Church Luka Bighi (22/04/2018) Barnack Church

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Sun 6

Thu 10

Sun 13

Sun 20

Sun 27

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

11am All Age Praise

9am Parish Communion

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church


9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

St Mary’s Bainton

6pm Taize Service


9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

11am 11am All Age Parish Communion Communion with Children’s 6pm Church Informal Service

St Botolph’s Helpston

11am All Age Praise


11am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

All Saints Wittering



10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am All Age Communion

St Stephen Etton

10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin



8am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron


St Peter Maxey

9am Holy Communion Canon McCormack 4pm Songs of Praise Rev'd Mark-Aaron

7.30pm Deanery Ascension Day Service Rev'd MarkAaron

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10.30am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am Holy Communion on The Green Rev'd MarkAaron

St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

6pm Evensong Derek Harris

10.30am Family Communion Rev Mark-Aaron

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10.30am Holy Communion With Baptism Rev'd Mark-Aaron


11am Parish Worship Derek Harris

CHURCH ADDRESSES: St John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Barnack PE9 3DN St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Bainton PE9 3AF St Botolph’s Church, Church Street, Helpston PE6 7DT All Saints Church, Church Road, Wittering PE8 6AF St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Ufford PE9 3BH St Stephen, Main Rd., Etton PE6 7DA | St Peter, Main St. Maxey PE6 9HF St Pega, Chestnut Close, Peakirk PE6 7NH | Glinton St Benedict, High St., Glinton PE6 7JN St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN 46

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Sun 10

Sun 17

Sun 24

Sun 1 July

11am All Age Communion Patronal Service

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 6pm Informal Service

St Mary’s Bainton

6pm Taize Service

9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

6pm Taize Service

St Botolph’s Helpston

11am All Age Praise

11am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

11am All Age Communion

11am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

11am All Age Praise

All Saints Wittering


10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am All Age Communion


St Stephen Etton

10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin


8am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron


10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

St Peter Maxey

9am Holy Communion Canon McCormack 4pm Songs of Praise Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10am Family Service Village Hall Mark Hotchkin

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron

9am Holy Communion Canon McCormack 4pm Songs of Praise Rev'd Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am Holy Communion Fr. Raymond Hemingray

10.30am 9.30am Holy Communion Parish Worship Rev'd Mark-Aaron Derek Harris

St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron 6pm Evensong Derek Harris

10.30am Family Communion/ Praise Rev MarkAaron & Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

11am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

6pm 11am Parish Worship Evensong Derek Harris Rev'd Mark-Aaron




9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

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New Benefice Logo Have you seen our new logo yet? We’re rolling it out!

Our Benefice of Glinton, Etton, Maxey [w/ Deeping Gate], Northborough & Peakirk turned one year old on 19 March! We can have a variety of celebrations but, arguably, our biggest achievement as a group of five churches is our new Benefice Logo. Please look out for it on display more and more, from now on. As one unit, we collectively worship on the 5th Sundays of those months that have them, and other special occasions and festivals; the next one is on the 20th of May, at 1000hrs on the triangle green in Glinton, for our Open-Air Pentecost Service. If you’d like to come along, we’re asking that people wear reds, yellows, or oranges! Individually, our worship patterns have varied ever so slightly in each parish, since last March, such as on the 3rd Sunday of each month when we hold an 0800hrs Holy Communion service at St. Stephen’s, Etton, for those who might have other Sunday commitments. As ever, we remain a very welcoming bunch of Christians in the North of Peterborough, and are keen to share our joy of God, and his son, 48

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Jesus Christ; we gather for worship on Sundays, for study & prayer groups monthly, and have at least three active renovation projects to upgrade and modernise our grade-1 churches with ‘kitchens’ and ‘toilets’. In St. Andrew’s case, in Northborough, we are planning & fundraising for new heating, lighting, sound and seating, as well as a servery and toilet installation; of course, we will also introduce informational displays for visitors & pilgrims outlining our deep connections to the Claypole family, John Clare, and the Cromwells, as Oliver Cromwell’s wife is buried in St. Andrew’s Church. In St. Pega’s case, in Peakirk, we are planning & fundraising for a re-ordering to free up some space, also for a servery, renewed lighting, an outdoor toilet and much needed restoration & preservation of our nationally important medieval wall paintings; naturally, new informational displays for visitors & pilgrims will highlight these lovely paintings and the heritage of our oldest & uniquely dedicated church.

by Sue Lowe-Lauri (Secretary, St Benedict’s Social Committee) St Benedict’s Church suffered from a sudden infestation of fleas on Saturday 24 March. But these were no ordinary fleas – to make matters worse they were of the jumping variety which left over 80 people jiggling around in their seats. But we are glad to report that no lasting damage to health or the church has been done.

In fact the jumping fleas comprised the instruments of the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding who entertained the audience with an evening of songs, anecdotes and much mirth. We learned that the name Ukulele, meaning jumping fleas in Hawaiian, was given to the instruments by an officer of King Kalakaua of Hawaii, who on seeing the instruments for the first


Flea Infestation at St Benedict’s

time likened the movement of the player’s fingers to these tiny insects! The instruments of the players ranged from soprano to bass ukuleles, with a banjulele, trumpet, kazoo, harmonica, not forgetting a triangle and the songs included old favourites from George Formby, the Beatles, old music hall favourites and many more. The orchestra leader compered the evening with great aplomb and humour encouraging the audience to sing along and sway in the pews. In the interval of the two sets, the Social Committee had laid on a sumptuous spread of canapes, nibbles, wine and soft drinks which was devoured with great delight. Finally after an encore and a rousing round of applause the audience showed their appreciation of the performers with a very generous plate donation as they left the church.

We would like to thank the orchestra for their wonderful concert which was enjoyed by all and would thoroughly recommend them

St Pega Project

David Hankins

Trying to make any changes to a church is a long process and rightly so. It is also an expensive process. Most villages are blessed with a church which fundamentally is a place of worship, but is also local testimony to architecture, art, craftsmanship and the

embodiment of centuries of village history. Changes are sometimes needed to modernise a church and make it more accessible to a wider ‘congregation’. Any alterations to these delicate monuments require intense consideration and experts to undertake the work to ensure the end result is sympathetic to its heritage. St Pega’s church in Peakirk has recently launched a project group to implement plans drawn up several years ago. The plans

are for a toilet to be installed in the churchyard, the front and back pews to be removed, the font to be moved to the west end of the nave, a servery to be constructed where the font is currently situated, a new lighting system installed and the conservation of our nationally important 14th century wall paintings. Completion of the work depends on the generosity of charitable funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and this may prove our biggest challenge. Once completed it is hoped the church will offer a facility which is more accessible and appealing to visitors and those who attend to worship.

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GLINTON Great War soldiers remembered During March 2018 Year 5 and Year 6 students from Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School commemorated the centenary of the deaths of two of Glinton’s First World War soldiers by sending rockets into the sky high above the village which detonated with impressive explosions and stars. 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 21st March 2018 students, Jack Martin and May Muneratti remotely fired a rocket to remember Sydney Wilfred Freeman. He was born in Glinton but moved to Nottingham with his parents Alfred and Harriet, before he enlisted in Sherwood Foresters. He gave his occupation as Chemists Porter. In August 1916 he was transferred to the1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. On 16th August 1917 Pte Freeman was wounded in the thigh and legs and returned to the East Leeds War Hospital. He was posted back to France in January 1918 and died 21st March 1918, aged 23. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Essigny-le-Grand Cemetery Memorial at the Grand-Seracourt British Cemetery, near St Quentin, France. Jack Martin and May Muneratti On 28th March 2018 students Laura Pepper and Alan Dombek remotely fired a rocket to remember Thomas Chesterfield Pridmore. He enlisted in Peterborough and was a private in the 15th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. He was reported missing and later to have died 28th March 1918. He was 24, has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Pozieres memorial, France. Born in Glinton private Pridmore was the eldest of four sons of James and Lois Pridmore of Glinton and was the first recruit from the village to enlist in 1914. His mother was informed by one of his comrades in Z company that he went into action with him on the 24th of March 1918. Reports were late received from Germany that, on the 17th of May 1918 his body was found and buried by them on the Clery - Maricourt Road, France. Alan Dombek and Laura Pepper


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UFFORD June 1918

Lance Corporal Arthur Crowson, 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment died on 6th June, 1918 in a Glasgow hospital from the effects of gas poisoning. He was 24 years old and he is buried in the SW corner of Ufford churchyard.

He was the son of George and Rachel Crowson and brother of Fred, who had died of shell wounds on July 9th, 1917. Both Fred and Arthur had been pupils at Barnack school and had worked as gardeners on the Fitzwilliam estate. Their sister Florence was the widow of Pte George Bryan, who was killed on 14th August, 1917. Corporal Charles Horsley 46th Div. Machine Gun Corps was killed on 15th June, 1918 aged 26. He is buried at Fouquiéres churchyard extension 1km south west of Béthune. He was a native of Barnack and the son of Arthur and Emma Horsley of 49, Conduit Street, Stamford.

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Your Letters @ Peakirk Village May Fete - 13 May

Cand you help on the day? Do you have items for any of the stalls? Books, bric-abrac, mugs, tombola, plants, bygones, cakes, preserves, cuddly toys, or red, white or blue items? If yes, then please contact David Hankins on 253397/Sheila Lever on 252416 or Debi Armitage on 253018 to arrange collection, or kindly deliver to 3 or 8 The Park or No. 7 The Mallards. Thank you.

@ Thank you We would like to say thank you to all the kind people who have welcomed us back to Northborough. We are so pleased to be back in this lovely village.

@ Vandalism at Barnack School

Once again, Barnack School grounds have been the target of vandals. The children's outdoor wooden stage was set fire to, and some wooden panels kicked out and removed. The damage was caused during the night of the 2nd April, and if anyone has any information, please speak to the Police in confidence on 101 quoting Crime Number CRI/35/DBMI/442018. On discovering the damage, a year one pupil was so upset that he asked his father to help fix it. Thank you Travis Perkins!

Jim & Jennifer Revell

@ From The John Clare Society At a village meeting earlier in the year regarding the sale of the Exeter Arms, one of the local members of The John Clare Society was asked what actions the Society was taking. Could I please remind local residents that The John Clare Society had no connection with the purchase or sale of the Exeter Arms (or the Cottage) and owns no property at all in the village, or indeed anywhere? Any future queries should please therefore be directed to the John Clare Trust c/o John Clare Cottage. Thank you. Ann Marshall, Publicity Officer, The John Clare Society

The family spoke to Travis Perkins, who kindly agreed to donate materials for the repair job. On behalf of the community we would like to say a big thank you to both Travis Perkins and the parent volunteers carrying out the work. At a time when budgets have been cut, this help is invaluable. Not to mention the happiness this news has brought to our children. Kind regards Susie Caney Clerk to Barnack Parish Council

Marholm Village St Peter's Church Maxey Easter Sunrise service with 28 hardy souls.

This how much litter can be picked up in and around one small village. Thanks to all the pickers( sorry for a couple who had set off before the photo was taken) continued >>

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Your Facebook Cliff Stanton A Community Speedwatch session was held outside the Reading Room in Bainton on Thursday morning. 13 vehicles out of 118 (11%) were travelling at 35 mph or more in the 30 mph zone. These drivers will be contacted by Cambridgeshire Police. Two vehicles were recorded at 40 mph. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences. Speed limits are there for a reason.

Jane Malinowski 31st March Just to let you all know, 2 cars have had their windows smashed this morning, Stone bridge on North Fen Road and metal gate entrance to Nine bridges. Please be aware.

Hollie Megan shared a post. Please share and be aware. These two men in a white transit van KV10 BSU are going around the local area (Crowland, Spalding, Deeping and Northborough) selling fish. They have been ripping off the elderly and vulnerable selling questionable goods for stupid prices. They sold a confused elderly lady in Crowland two bags of fish for ÂŁ400. They have been reported to the police and if you google their reg plate they have done the same in Kenilworth.

Chris Power Picture from 1980ish. Peakirk summer scheme

Dave Ellis Fantastic improvement to the southern gateway to the village. Good luck to the new residents & welcome to Glinton

Alison Butler is looking for


I'm trying to find some voluntary work with animals in or around Peterborough/Deepings/Bourne/ Spalding/Stamford. If anyone knows of anything please let me know - even if it is only short term or very temporary. Thanks.

Peter Hiller Maxey community association chair Mark Asplin proudly received his community service Civic Award nomination acceptance tonight at our full council meeting here in the Town Hall. Mark does an enormous amount of voluntary work for the Maxey community and the hall in particular. Well done!

Trevor Harvey My hungry friend is back with his eye's and stomach on my goldfish!

Cecilia Hammond Dear all, would you be interested in hosting an interpreter for the Chernobyl Children, please? The dates are 30th June to 14th July, although we have a residential for 3 nights , so it isn't really a full fortnight! Our interpreters are lovely and absolutely vital to the project as the children can't visit unless we have hosts for the interpreters. They need a family who would provide a home from home, take them to see a few local sites, provide a packed lunch for most day and generally make them feel welcome. The interpreters spend every week day with the children in Helpston at the Scout Hut, so are busy people. If you can help we would LOVE to hear from you. Cecilia Hammond 52

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Zoe Eggar Is there anyone who could find and relocate a bee hive for me? Found a whole load of dead bees in the house- so they might be in the chimney. (Not used this winter) not great for me or the bees!


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Glinton Parish Council

Cllr John Holdich OBE

The old VW transporter/camper van parked at the entrance to the village green. I asked the police to check it out, following your concerns, as it never appeared to move.   I can confirm that the vehicle is  taxed etc and belongs to a local person. The travellers returned to Helpston Road again.  On this occasion the council had to resort to court action to move them; the mess left took days to clear.  There is a temporary road closure in place at the moment whilst the statutory consultation takes place, with a view to putting in a permanent solution. The City Council is seeking to extend its legal powers to cover parking on grass verges; damaged grass verges like those in North Fen Road and Rectory Lane, to name but two, are not only a mess, but spoil our village.  The verge at the junction of The Green and North Fen Road will receive attention shortly.  You will probably have noticed that the

hedge alongside the footpath overhangs the path by about one meter, and the hedge owner is being asked to cut it back, which will expose the path and allow some posts to be erected to stop people driving on the verge. Two dog walkers’ cars have been broken into on the outskirts of the village, with contents stolen.   Whilst devastating for them, let it be a reminder to us all not to leave valuables in the car, or on display.   Since the new houses at the entrance to the village have had the boarding taken down, it has highlighted the old tatty gates on the other side of the road.   The Council and the College are having one last go to retain that entrance, to provide a back road in to the College.  Previous attempts have proved far too expensive and unaffordable.  In the future, when the A15 is dualled, we may be able to get an entrance into the College off the new road.

The city council has submitted, which we were consulted on, its development plan to Government, who will appoint a planning inspector to evaluate it and to consider the objectors’ views. All should become clear by the end of the year.  The city councils decision on the Larkfleet proposals on the land beyond the playing field will be out by the end of the month. Anglia Water has started £900,000 water mains replacement in the village.  There will be road diversions and closures and they have promised to keep disruption to a minimum.  Their plans can be viewed at yourarea.

The plans for the old Spalding railway line have been through the public enquiry and the findings should be approved by Government shortly, so that work can start in September and will last about two years. They are going to make a single track road running parallel to the Werrington Bypass to access their For general enquiries compound. When finished, it will please contact the Clerk. allow two extra trains an hour in each direction to travel the East Cllr RW Randall 253276 Cllr JFW Holdich OBE - Chairman 253078 Coast main line. Improvement Cllr PD Skinner 252591 Cllr RW Johnson - Vice Chairman 252743 Cllr E Spendelow 252524 works that have already taken Cllr DJ Batty 252749 Cllr DC Wragg 253047 Cllr CB Bysshe (Mrs) 253164 place over the last few years, have Mr J Haste - Clerk 252833 Cllr DJ Lane 252593 allowed extra trains on to the old E: Cllr Gerry Kirt 252839 Spalding line.  This development is not intended to increase the More information including can be found at trains on the Spalding line.





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Over the last few months our city council has had to cope with a fair number of illegal traveller pitches.


Cllr Peter Hiller

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he people involved, their caravans, vehicles and associated paraphernalia have spread themselves out within our public car parks, the parking areas of sports and community centres, garden centres, schools, private business premises, roadside areas and more recently in our Tribland area: at Helpston Road in Glinton, also the green area off the A15 north of the Glinton roundabout and, at the time of writing, they’ve just pitched-up at the old Lincoln road in Deeping Gate. Frequently favouring Friday afternoons (to take advantage of weekend administrative delays) their access is invariably forward planned, and often gained by damaging gates and fences and removing security devices like padlocks and bollards. The local paper reported recently that an elderly (84) Peterborough business owner had been threatened by one group of newly arrived travellers that unless she paid them £1,200 (to leave), more caravans would arrive on her premises – but when she phoned the police, she was told “it was not a threat, but a proposal”, and that there was

nothing they could do as it was a civil matter. Any goodwill nearby residents or business owners might feel for the lifestyle of their new unauthorised neighbours is quickly dispelled when, in their wake, the volume of the rubbish, human waste and general detritus they leave is often laid bare. No, they don’t seem ever to be prosecuted or have vehicles impounded. No, they don’t seem ever to be fined or forced to reimburse the thousands of pounds of tax-payers’ money spent on cleaning up or repairing the damage they regularly cause and no, there doesn’t appear to be any cessation of the aggressive behaviour frequently displayed. I imagine like most council tax-paying folk, I get a bit jaded listening to liberal-left bleating about these groups’ needs, human rights and entitlements. When they demonstrate civic responsibility and stop inflicting their irresponsible actions on our City’s residents I might have a bit more empathy. Where public or Highways’ land and property is involved, the very nature of this sporadic illegal

activity generally determines the council having to react after the event, but once an unauthorised pitch becomes known the council’s statutory legal procedure is started, to secure an eviction as soon as they are able. To assist in this process a few years ago I was instrumental in the creation of the council’s cross-party members’ working group to evaluate and identify Temporary Stopping Places from council-owned land in and around our City, to assist with the swift ‘moving on’ of illegal pitches. Despite initial negativity and resistance from some quarters I’m pleased to say this scheme has worked well and my fellow Glinton and Castor ward Cllr John Holdich and I are keen to progress this, to find more places to further the immediacy of the actions the council is able to take. John and I are also being pro-active and have recently had the City council install concrete blocks in our Glinton and Castor ward to deter further illegal pitching in targeted rural spots. We know they’re not particularly aesthetic, but it’s proven to work and they’re a lot better than the alternative!

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Northborough Parish Council If you are interested in becoming a member of the Parish Council and would like to to help support and shape our local community, please contact any Parish Councillor or enquire via the website.

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 Clerk at Cllr John Dadge (Chair) 01733 254145 07802 702908 Cllr Malcolm Spinks (Vice Chair) 01778 343585 07870 343562 Cllr Rob Chiva 01733 252823 Cllr Brian Spriggs 01778 342562 Cllr Terry Palmer 01778 380413 07796 946298 Cllr Emma Watts 01778 347652 07546 539949 Robin Morrison (Clerk) 07944 054546

Peakirk Parish Council Parish Clerk Vacancy Owing to retirement, Peakirk Parish Council is looking for a Parish Clerk. The job is part time at 4 hours per week, mostly from home, with meetings in the village hall in the evening on the 3rd Monday of the month. Experience of parish council administration would be an advantage but training will be provided if required.

For further information please contact Henry Clark on 01733 253203 or or see

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Litter Pick. Taking advice from the Keep Britain Tidy website, we cancelled our snowy Sunday, 4 March litter pick for reasons of safety. We shall now be litter picking on Saturday 16 June, meeting at 9.30am on Riverside at the foot of our stone bridge. Hivis vests, pickers, bags and hoops provided. Please join us if you can. Daffodils. Further compliments have been received on the maturing displays throughout our village.

Riverside footpath from High Locks to the Meadows. We are grateful to the Public Rights of Way Officer who arranged for the Community Payback Team to clean up and cut back overgrown vegetation, both from the river and privately owned hedges and trees, this following many complaints to the Parish Council. They have done a terrific job in reinstating this popular footpath, the responsibility for which currently remains uncertain.

Perhaps individual residents could bear this in mind so that this improvement may be maintained. Deeping Horse and Pony Show, Peakirk Road, Deeping Gate. This will take place on Sunday, 1 July. Please see their Facebook page for further information. Our new website, which is currently under construction and will run alongside our Facebook page can be found at:.


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Barnack Parish Council

Met on 9 April.

Items discussed included: Outstanding Items Post Box – Royal Mail confirmed that they are expecting results back from a recent CAT scan. If the scans are clear from any underground services, they will go ahead and instruct the installation of a new box. The post box by The Terraces has been hit by a vehicle and damaged. Royal Mail have raised an order to repair or replace as soon as possible. Telephone Kiosk – Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent have been granted for the relocation of the Barnack Kiosk. BT will remove the telephony and disconnect the electric supply to that the kiosk can be sited in its new location.

Bus Shelters – PCCs Transport and Infrastructure Planning Team confirmed they will issue final drawings/ plans in the next few days, along with timescales for installation. Other Items Memorial Inspections Fenland Stone carried out a safety inspection of both burial grounds and have found a number of memorials to be unsafe (not compliant with current regulations). Unsafe memorials have been staked and labelled. The Clerk will trace families where possible to request maintenance work be carried out.

Barnack Pre-School and Wrap Around Care – BPC are supporting a request for financial help with maintenance costs and furniture for both settings. Barnack Primary School Governor Mike Mills discussed options on behalf of the School for financial assistance. It was agreed a working party would be formed to look at the accounts and explore the best way to offer support. Chapel Lane Woods and Den Area – It was suggested that the youths using the den area could help clear it out. Rubbish has accumulated, and old furniture needs to be removed. Please get in touch with the Clerk if you can help.

To read the full minutes, please visit, view them on the village noticeboards or request a copy via The next meeting is the Annual Village Meeting on Monday 14 May, with refreshments served from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The Annual Parish Council Meeting will follow on at approx 8pm.


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Met on 10 April.

Rural Crime No crimes reported in Ufford this month, but vehicles are continuing to be targeted locally. Please do not leave valuables in your car, even if they are out of sight as offenders are breaking into vehicles even if nothing is on show.

Defibrillator – the defibrillator will be installed in the telephone kiosk on 19th April. It will not be in use until it is registered with the emergency services shortly afterwards. Training will be organised and advertised to all residents.

Finance The Annual Governance and Accountability Return has been approved and will be available residents to view from 4 June 2018.

Traffic Calming – the PC will invite Peter Tebb for another site visit to look at what can be implemented, (and where) within PCC’s financial schedule. Gigaclear – Gigaclear have finally been in touch and are raising a schedule of works.

Other Items Ufford Heritage Publication – a working party will be formed to update and revise this publication.

The next meeting is the Annual Village Meeting on Tuesday 8th May in the Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Please come along and hear what’s been happening over the last year and bring ideas for new projects. The Annual Parish Council Meeting will follow at approximately 8pm.


Ufford Parish Council

To read the full Minutes, please visit, view them on the Village noticeboards or contact the Clerk:

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17/01087/FUL, Erection of temporary timber dwelling and agricultural building at Land to the West of Uffington Road, Barnack: Permitted 17/02124/FUL, Erection of a 20ft storage container at Land to the West of Uffington Road: Awaiting decision 18/00284/LBC, Replacement windows to dwelling at Old Corner House, Main Street: Awaiting decision 18/00377/REM, Reserved matters approval for 80 dwellings. BPC will facilitate a small gathering with the case officer for those families that requested a face-to-face meeting. BPC will also ask if Linden Homes would be prepared to have a radical re-think and completely re-structure their plans at Land to the West of Uffington Road: Awaiting decision The Clerk will request a meeting with PCC’s Play Area specialist to discuss equipment and layout: Awaiting decision

Western Red Cedar - Fell at 7 Allerton Close: Permitted Single storey extension to the rear to form a new kitchen, demolish existing garage and build a side/rear extension annex. at 27 Uffington Road: Awaiting decision


Erection of outbuilding at High And Over Peterborough Road: Permitted Fell 8 no. Conifers at Pumping Station At Peterborough Road: Permitted Two storey rear extension at 2 Silvester Road: Awaiting decision



Two storey rear extension at 27 Suttons Lane: Permitted Proposed 2 storey 4 bedroom dwelling at 1 Riverside: Permitted Outline application with all matters reserved for the erection of up to three detached dwellings at Land Adjacent 24 Suttons Lane: Refused

18/00397/HHFUL, Proposed two storey and single Proposed rear single storey extension at 9 Peakirk Road: storey rear extension with internal and external alterations including basement level at 20 Bainton Permitted Road, Barnack: No objections  18/00512/CTR, Alder-side prune, Walnut-side prune at Hollow View, Wittering Road: No objection

18/00439/LBC, Conversion of an existing garage structure into a habitable space, internal alterations of existing bathroom, WC and bedroom, re-roof of existing single storey element of a Grade II listed residential property. BPC agreed comments to be submitted to the planning office at Old Corner House, Main Street: Awaiting decision T1 Blue Atlas Cedar - Fell at Rock Cottage Stamford Road: Permitted Relocation of Grade II Listed telephone kiosk at Telephone Kiosk Main Street: Permitted Erection of a temporary timber dwelling and agricultural building at Land To The West Of Uffington Road: Permitted Internal alterations and re-roof of dwelling and garage conversion at Old Corner House Main Street: Awaiting decision Conversion of an existing existing garage structure into a habitable space, internal alterations of existing bathroom, WC and bedroom and re-roof of existing single storey element of an Grade II listed residential property. at Old Corner House Main Street: Awaiting decision 60

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Yew 1-2m lateral reduction adjacent to the house, no more than a 0.5m reduction in height and a 0.5m reduction to balance the crown elsewhere at 10 Main Road: Permitted T1 Alder - No works; T2 Alder- Remove lowest two limbs, reduce lower crown over neighbours by 1-2m; T3 Fruit Tree - Fell. at 4 Rectory Lane: Awaiting decision


Proposed two detached dwellings at 16 Rectory Lane: Withdrawn Erection of a chalet bungalow at Rear Of 5 Helpston Road: Refused Single storey rear extension Distance from original rear wall: 3.6m. Maximum height: 3.5m (2.4m to eaves) at 10 Chestnut Close: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension at 13 High Street: Awaiting decision Removal of condition C1 (hours of opening) of planning permission 16/01616/WCPP at Glinton Service Station Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Horse Chestnut Tree- Crown lift to 5m and lower southern limbs at Scotts Farm Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision 1 Cupressocyparis Leylandii - Fell at Mouse Cottage 1 North Fen Road: Awaiting decision

First floor extension within pitched roof (including dormer) over existing flat roof area and external alterations at 1 Maxey Road: Permitted Outline application for a proposed detached 2 bedroom bungalow with all matters reserved at 33 West Street: Awaiting decision Two-storey front extension, single storey rear extension and first floor rear extension at 139 West Street: Awaiting decision Rowan tree - reduce height to 12 feet and thin out at 30 West Street: Permitted Erection of Garages/Car Barn at Land Adjacent To Barnside Cottage 15 Woodgate: Refused Single storey rear extension at 33 Temples Court: Awaiting decision Erection of single storey Annex at 22 Maxey Road: Awaiting decision


Fell 1 x Silver Birch, Raise crown by 5.2m on 1 x Silver Birch at 20 West End Road: Permitted Crown reduce up to 3m 1 no. Sycamore tree at 4 Torpel Way: Awaiting decision T1 Lime - Reduce the lower extended limbs by 1-1.5m (e.g. over driveway) and tidy branch stubs at 4 Torpel Way: Permitted Removal of condition C5 (agricultural restriction) of outline planning permission 04/00213/OUT Erection of bungalow and garage, tractor shed and store at 37 West End Road: Awaiting decision Apply formative prune to Red Oak tree in front of property at 4 Torpel Way: Awaiting decision



Crown lift east 6-8m and crown lift west 6-7m of 11 Alder trees as attached plan - TPO 90/00001 at 3 - 5 Mill Close T1 Crack Willow - Re-pollard by 3m to meet Enats 43.8 clearance (growing around voltage power line) at 9 Thorney Road: Awaiting decision


Construction of stable block - retrospective at North Lodge Main Street: Awaiting decision 18/00326/NONMAT, Sherwood, Marholm Road – Non material amendment (removal of the red footprint of the existing dwelling) and (removal of the street scene and section drawings) of planning permission 17/00564/FUL: Awaiting decision Demolition of rear extension and part of garage. Erection of new side and rear two storey extension, and open porch to front elevation at 3 Hillside Close: Awaiting decision 18/00225/FUL, North Lodge, Main Street, Construction of stable block – retrospective: Awaiting decision 18/00259/LBC, Pear Trees, Main Street – Listed Building Consent to refurbish ex coal shed: Awaiting decision 18/00510/CTR, Robins Acres, Walcot Road – Fell laburnum and apple tree: Awaiting decision 18/00405/LBC, Compass Cottage, Main Street – Proposed alterations to outbuilding to form guest bedroom: Awaiting decision 18/00575/CTR, The Coach House, 5 Fountain Court – Reduce height and prune walnut, beech and fig trees: Awaiting decision

Single storey extension to rear at 19 Castle Drive: Permitted

18/00502/HHFUL, Highlands, Marholm Road – Construction of garage, revised: Awaiting decision

T1 Robinia - Deadwood, remove lowest branch garden side and provide 2m clearance over road side, T2 Ash - Crown clean and clear telephone wire, T3 Yew - Crown lift to 2.5m, T4 Yew - Reduce overhang over garden fence by 2.5m, T5 Ash TreeFell at 42A Church Street: Permitted

Alterations to detached garage to form ancillary domestic accommodation at The Drift Walcot Road: Permitted

Proposed single storey rear and side extension at 60 Lincoln Road: Permitted Proposed single storey rear extension and proposed pitched roof to existing garage at 76 Lincoln Road: Permitted Construction of a two-storey front extension at 80 Castle Drive: Awaiting decision



Construction of garage - revised at Highlands Marholm Road: Awaiting decision Reduce height and prune 4 x Walnut trees and 5 x Beech trees Prune 3 x fig trees at The Coach House 5 Fountain Court Main Street: Awaiting decision Refurbish ex coal shed at Pear Trees Main Street: Awaiting decision Proposed alterations to outbuilding to form guest bedroom at Compass Cottage Main Street: 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.................................................... 01778 346668 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.................................. 01780 740034 Richard Harris, Vice Chairman.............................. 01780 740886 Susie Lucas............................................................. 01780 740159 Cliff Stanton............................................................ 01780 749123

 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

 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

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

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

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

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

 Bus & Train Services

 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 62

 Deeping Gate Parish Council

Jane Hill, (Chair) .................................................... 01778 343066 Phil Thompson, Vice Chairman............................ 01778 346619 Geoff Purllant......................................................... 01778 344288 Janet Lill.................................................................. 01778 342647 Nicola Kerr.............................................................. 07739 098113 Carol Fuller............................................................. 01778 344378 Sandra Hudspeth................................................... 01778 343735 Lynn George, Clerk................................................ 01778 346402

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 Glinton Parish Council

 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............................................................ 07925 720195 Emma Long............................................................ 07827 297053

 Helpston Lawn Tennis Club

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

 Pre and After School Clubs (cont.) Caroline Burton, Peakirk Tots Toddler Group ............................................... 01733 253677 Glinton Toddler Group, Linda Dean..................... 01733 574446 Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ................................... 01780 749123

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

 Langdyke Countryside Trust

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

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s) 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

John Dadge, Chair ............................................... 01733 254145 Robin Morrison, Clerk ........................................... 07944 054546

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

 Peakirk Parish Council

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

 Peterborough City Council

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

 Police and Emergencies

Police - emergency calls ....................................... 999 Less urgent crimes ................................................ 101 Power Failure ......................................................... 0800 7838838 Samaritans ..........................................Freephone 116 123

 Pre and After School Clubs Lucy Garwood, Helpston Playhouse pre-school ........................................... 01733 253243 Roz Sowinski, Helpston Before and After School Club............................... 01733 253243 Nicola Litchfield, Glinton pre-school playgroup ........................................... 01733 252361 Kirsty Wislawski. Manager, Sunflower Seed Pre-School, Church Street, Northborough .............................. 01733 253685

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


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

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

 Ufford Art Society Susan Jarman ........................................................ 01780 740104

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

 Village Halls Barnack Village Hall, Michelle Goodwin, ............ 01780 749337 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

 Village Tribune

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

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

 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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