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FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERROR
FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERROR The Personal Story of an RAF Armourer and Engineer from Nuclear Weapons to Bomb Disposal
Local, retired Squadron Leader has book published on modern RAF history
Available now in hardback, e-book and Kindle from Pen and Sword Books. Also available from Walkers Books in Stamford, Amazon and Waterstones.
Covering a period of 38 years of modern RAF history, the book details retired RAF Sqn Ldr Mick Haygarth's experiences and memories of visiting 34 countries in the line of duty, working with the Royal Navy, the Army and numerous other nations. The book, entitled: From The Cold War To The War On Terror is written from the perspective of a Weapons tradesman and Aircraft Engineering Officer who went on to become one of the RAF’s senior Bomb Disposal specialists. Mick Haygarth left home a few weeks before his seventeenth birthday to join the Royal Air Force as a Weapons Technician. At the time, everything seemed very normal and routine, but his 38-year career turned out to be anything but. From training with other nations all over the world; fast roping out of helicopters with US Army Rangers; being driven around Basra in the back of a beaten-up taxi wearing civilian clothes with 4
a 9mm pistol stuck in his waistband, to convoying at speed around Baghdad with the United States Army looking for unexploded bombs. All of these events were extraordinary and way beyond the usual experiences of an RAF Engineer. In the early years of his career, Mick was a member of a Buccaneer Nuclear Weapon Loading Team in RAF Germany at the height of the Cold War, frequently being woken by sirens in the early hours of the morning, rushing to get to work wondering if it was yet another practice or the start of the unimaginable nuclear Armageddon. After further tours in the UK, Germany and Italy, and having
passed his Bomb Disposal Courses, and been commissioned, he was sent to the Falkland Islands and then to Kosovo as part of a huge multinational force responsible for clearing thousands of bombs and cluster munitions and working with the International Crimes Tribunal to clear numerous mass graves. He was responsible for tasking and controlling all UK Bomb Disposal operations in and around Pristina. His next operational tour was to Iraq where he worked in the Divisional Headquarters and was responsible for the policy and plans for all Bomb Disposal operations carried out by the UK Armed Forces and for helping the US Army to establish a civilian contract team to
carry out bulk disposal of explosives and munitions in Southern Iraq. After promotion to Squadron Leader, he worked in the MOD and then took charge of the RAF’s only Bomb Disposal Squadron as it withdrew from Iraq and was instrumental in reshaping and refocusing the Squadron to carry out operations in Afghanistan alongside the Army. His final job, in what was a truly exceptional career, was in charge of the RAF’s only expeditionary Engineering Squadron as it worked through the busiest period in its history during the UK forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and the escalation of events in support of operations in the Baltic states and Syria.
NEWS & FEATURES MEN UNITED IN SONG 2020
New Year, new you? Looking for a fresh challenge, new skills and a great social scene to boot? Then look no further…
MEN UNITED IN SONG 2020: SUPPORTING PROSTATE CANCER UK Following its phenomenal success over the last few years, Men United in Song is back for 2020, once again raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Launching in February, the project will sign up 40 local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday 9th May. To date the project has engaged hundreds of local men, raising many thousands of pounds for the charity, as well as inspiring similar projects across the country – a fantastic result! “While I'd sung karaoke before I knew that this would be very different!” says James from Market Deeping. “I learned so much in just a few weeks and made some really great friendships too. The time flew by and I didn’t think much at first about our performance but as the weeks went past the nervousness started to build! It was great to see my family in the audience and I know
they enjoyed it just as much as I did…they knew most of the songs by heart as I was consciously and unconsciously singing all the time! A fantastic experience, thoroughly recommended!” Patrick, from Peterborough says “I was handed a leaflet outside the train station and decided I would give it a go something different from the day to day! It was an amazing journey and the progress we made in such a short amount of time was way beyond my expectations! Doing something good for a fantastic charity while also learning to sing some really great pieces of music was a brilliant experience! Don’t hesitate, sign up today!” Men United In Song is not all about the singing or even about the fundraising, there’s a fantastic social scene too! Ultimately, it’s about a group of men getting together in a shared enterprise, which of course is the idea behind Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign, and why the charity
seemed such a good fit for the project. William Prideaux, director of Men United in Song, says “Year on year, we see men of all ages from all walks of life get stuck into this project, producing fantastic results over a relatively short period of time both in terms of the progress they make and the sound they produce in the final concert and in terms of raising money for this very important charity. It’s always a real pleasure to work with them, and great fun too!” Men United In Song kicks off with introduction sessions on 27 and 29 February at the John Mansfield Campus in Peterborough. Absolutely no previous experience is required to join, just a willingness to get involved and give it your best shot! “We’re not looking for 100 percent in musicality, but 100 percent in enthusiasm” says William. “Why not give it a go, it just might be the best thing you’ve done in a very long time!”
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The Men United In Song concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 9 May 2020. 6
THE JOHN CLARE COTTAGE
JOHN CLARE COTTAGE NEWS & FEATURES
Art and Crafts Until the end of March the art on show in the Café is by local artist Cilla Marseglia. Cilla has been interested in painting since she was very young. She has been a member of CASA, the Castor art group for several years, and uses various mediums and techniques in order to achieve the effect she is looking for. At the beginning of April there will be a new exhibition of works by Eve Marshall. Eve, based in South Lincolnshire is an artisan felter and teacher. Eve’s works are made using wool and she creates framed artworks and sculptures of animals. In the Dovecote there is a photographic exhibition
John Clare’s Flowers: A View Through the Lens. These are pictures taken by Tracy Louise Photography. Tracy is a local photographer with a great interest in photography and John Clare. More information can be found at tracylouisephotography.co.uk The annual Open Craft day is planned for August 1st where the Cottage and gardens have a wide range of stalls with people displaying their crafts. (Please note the date has changed from the last edition of the Tribune)
Clare 200th Anniversary The year 1820 was a very significant year in the life of John Clare. In January 1820 his first collection of
poems, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, was published to great acclaim. The literary world were surprised that such poetry could be created by a labourer such as Clare. Later in 1820 Clare married Martha Turner at St. Paul’s Parish Church in Bridge Casterton on 16 March. His first daughter Anna Marie was born on 2 June. To commemorate these anniversaries the John Clare Trust is working with the Stamford in Bloom team so that some of their exhibits include the works of Clare throughout Stamford as part of their floral displays. We are also working on an exhibition throughout the Cottage, details of which will be displayed on the website.
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RUTLAND NEWS & FEATURES
Much in little... England’s smallest county – roughly 16 miles wide by 16 miles long – Rutland lives up to its Latin motto multum in parvo, or ‘much in little’ Its rolling hills are home to historic castles, palaces and halls, quaint market towns and picturesque farms, lakes and parkland, which is why visitors to the rural idyll offered by the tiny county of Rutland come back year and year. Here’s just a taste of what it has to offer…
Let the good times roll
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Cycling groups will love the off-road paths and trails that circle Britain’s largest man-made lake, Rutland Water, which is close to the town of Oakham and 25 miles around its perimeter. Find out more at www.rutlandwater.org.uk Built in the 1970s, Rutland Water’s a drinking water reservoir that’s now home to a wetland nature reserve, managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Visitors can bike, walk or sail, and the attraction’s popular with bird watchers. In fact, every August the attraction hosts the British Birdfair, see www.birdfair.org.uk
Celebrating the area’s heritage Rutland is no slouch in the history stakes, and is home to Lyddington
Bede House. Having started life in medieval times as the wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln, by 1600 it had passed to Sir Thomas Cecil, son of Queen Elizabeth’s chief minister. He converted it into an almshouse for the poor, and today visitors can wander through their rooms – the highlight for many being the former bishops’ Great Chamber on the first floor, with its carved ceiling cornice. Find out more at www.english-heritage.org.uk
The 12th century Oakham Castle in Rutland has had a recent £2m renovation, and the castle (which is actually a Great Hall) houses the county’s historic horseshoe collection. For the past 500 years it’s been customary for peers of the realm to give a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor as they pass through the town for the first time. More than 200 horseshoes are displayed in the castle, the oldest of which was given by King Edward IV in the 1400s. Find out more at (www.rutland.gov. uk/oakham_castle.aspx)
NEWS & FEATURES HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE SETTLE INTO ADULT LIFE
Helping young people to settle into adult life
Finishing education is a very unsettling time for many people. We can find that our security, routines and, most worryingly, our sense of purpose goes out the door. A survey has found that 49% of students’ mental health was negatively impacted in the year after leaving university and that support was not readily available from their institution before leaving. It’s a transitional phase of our lives, we’ve all been through it whether after GCSEs, A-Levels or our degree(s). With all change comes uncertainty and stress, but there is something about today’s generation of young people that seems as if they are struggling that little bit more. Or perhaps we are just more vocal about our mental health difficulties. Whatever the reason, it’s important that young adults don’t lose faith in themselves. Some have had their dream careers in mind from the day they started their qualifications or even from their childhood. But for others, finishing education is a time that reminds them that they don’t really know what they want to do.
So, what can people do to make sure they don’t let the ‘graduate blues’ affect them? Firstly, remembering that no situation is permanent can really help. If at any point you think you have become stagnant or bored by the opportunities within your role, you don’t have to stay in that job for years and years to come. Secondly, reach out to someone that you feel comfortable talking to. As the statistics show above, you are not alone if you’re feeling this way after graduating or finishing school. Talk to a friend, family member or even your manager at work. This can help you to feel more at ease about things. Thirdly, take up a new hobby or sport. By trying new things, you can continue to develop your skills, something that we found security within during education. If you’ve moved to a new place this can be a great way to make new friends and keep busy. Finally, if you’re stuck on what to do as a career, why don’t you try a
few things out in your spare time? This can be a brilliant way to get experience on your CV too. For example, if you’d like to go into social media, create a profile for a particular industry and keep your feed up to date with news. I’ve started a blog that explores the difficulties that young people face after finishing education. The statistics, and conversations I’ve had and heard, show that it’s a struggle for many. The impact of widespread communications and the ability to see what every friend is doing has harmed young adults’ confidence and perceptions of their own success. I write researched pieces on self-care, careers and finances, all the things we weren’t taught in school but really should’ve been. While I’m no expert, I’d like to think that I can help others to feel a bit better about this transitional time in their life. Head over to mindthegapmgzn.co.uk to read more!
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LYNCH FARM RIDING SCHOOL
NEWS & FEATURES
The expert team at Lynch Farm Riding are on a mission to help you get fitter, healthier – and happier 1. Riding’s great exercise Non-horsey friends may quip ‘The horse does all the work – you just sit there,’ but get them in the saddle for half an hour and they’ll soon appreciate that riding uses muscles no other exercise regime can target. It’s a fantastic activity for developing your trunk, or core, as it targets and tones the abdominals – and this is beneficial when you’re back on the ground, too, as a stable core is a valuable tool for keeping you back-pain-free when you’re gardening, shopping or even sitting at an office desk.
2. Riding cheers us up Calorie-burning and muscle-toning aside, riding’s good for our mental health, too. It’s sociable and fun, not to mention all-consuming – you’ll soon be arriving hours before your lesson just so you can gaze over the field gate at your favourite horse… Indeed, psychologists point towards the positives, both mentally and physically, of riding, and research has shown that simply being around horses has therapeutic and psychological benefits. The enjoyment that comes from being outdoors, the sense of exhilaration riding offers, and the fact that we’re developing a sense of trust with an animal who weighs the best part of half a tonne and has a mind of his own, is highly rewarding and can have a profound effect on our confidence.
3. Riding’s the ultimate stress-buster It doesn’t matter how irritating your day at work’s been or how lengthy your credit card bill, when you get to the yard or riding school you have just one thing to focus on –
REASONS WHY RIDING IS GOOD FOR US and that’s your horse. They’re hugely intuitive, and the need to switch off any negative feelings and instead focus on being calm and consistent around them is in itself calming and grounding.
4. Riding gives us an adrenaline rush How will you be getting your kicks this Saturday? Will it be edging your way through the crowds at the sales or giving the house a spring clean? Or will you be leaping aboard a horse and enjoying a lesson or popping a cross-country fence? As the worries of the week melt away it’s just you, your horse, and that indulgent, 100% horsey moment. Of course, all this excitement doesn’t come without some element of danger (they don’t give you
a safety hat to own a hamster), but this is what gives riding its edge and makes it so addictive.
5. Riding makes us smile Whether you’re lucky enough to own your own horse, or have a particular favourite at your local riding school, if you’re fortunate enough to share a great relationship with him, chances are you smile more when you’re in his company than anyone else’s. Whatever your favourite discipline, level of experience or riding goal, the right horse will give you something to grin about. The key is to find what’s fun for you. And if a slow, steady hack and occasional pop over some trotting poles leaves you beaming from ear to ear there’s no shame in giving your horse a big hug and celebrating all that’s great about riding.
• Lynch Farm Riding, based on the edge of Ferry Meadows in Orton Wistow, offers riding sessions and short breaks, whether you’re a complete beginner, keen to get back into riding or looking to improve and compete in any discipline. Find out more at lynchfarmriding.co.uk
GLINTON & PEAKIRK
Tribland Wildlife Just after Christmas, Sally Jackson and I sat down over coffee and decided to do something positive for the wildlife of our area. As a result, two new Facebook groups were born: Glinton Wildlife, and Peakirk Wildlife. We thought it would be nice if each village had its own group, because that way it could spark social get-togethers and people could share their (very) local knowledge and experiences, but it wasn’t long before Glinton Wildlife became Glinton & Etton Wildlife. Etton is so small that it might not be able to support its own group immediately, so we made the change after getting membership requests from Etton residents. Our groups are very new, but are proving to be fun and successful, and I’d like to share a little of what we are about. Our wildlife groups aim to be places where people can share their photos and their stories, and ask questions: how to attract wildlife to their gardens, the best place to site nest-boxes and
bee boxes, the best plants to grow, where to see certain things, and so on. We can also share knowledge about the needs of our local wild flora and fauna and how to best help them. We want these groups to be places where people can learn how make a difference on a personal level at a time when it’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless. My own garden has been gradually turned into a wildlife sanctuary over the course of five or six years, and the number of arthropod species has enjoyed a mini explosion of multi-legged life. With an increase in arthropod numbers come the birds, because with the best will in the world the food we supply in our feeders cannot provide all their needs. The nestlings of many
species will not survive without live food. You could say that our groups are a grass-roots response to the challenges that our wildlife faces today, and to the increasing threat that so many species face as we try to come to grips with climate change. Much of our wildlife is in sharp decline, and some is endangered - particularly insect species - and we are facing a crisis that affects every creature, from the insects themselves through birds and mammals to the human race itself. So far, there are Facebook wildlife groups for only three of our villages, but we want to encourage those of you living elsewhere to consider starting one. It would be nice to see one for each of
the Tribland villages, because I believe that together, we really can make a difference. Meanwhile, if you live in Peakirk, Glinton or Etton, please do join one of the groups already up on Facebook, and help us grow into an effective force for good. With enough people, we can make real changes. With enough support, we can develop projects and enlist the power of our Parish Councils to improve our villages and make them more welcoming places for the creatures that live here with us.
For the future ... We are planning to hold occasional coffee meetups for those who don’t use Facebook, so keep an eye open out for further information.
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Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor ward
Just over 7 months ago Peterborough City Council declared a climate emergency for our fair city, invoking a shift in our council’s activities to carbon net-zero over the next ten years to ensure by that time all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon across Peterborough. The programme we Conservatives proposed wasn’t about politics, the opposition agreed with us, it was about doing the right thing for our residents, our environment and for the quality of life for our The effects city’s future generations. Living of chalara in our beautiful Tribland villages it’s often not easy to appreciate the air quality problems being faced in some cities in the UK, where long-term exposure to air pollution is killing one in 19 people across the country, according to researchers at Centre for Cities. They've published their annual study, Cities Outlook, which includes a major focus on toxic air and how it's impacting on city and town dwellers across the UK. Similarly, a major new study by German researchers suggests, for the first time, the number of people dying in
Europe as a result of air pollution may exceed the number killed by smoking. Sobering stuff indeed. Peterborough CC has a good record at promoting and delivering on environmental matters. In 1992 we were declared one of four Environmental Cities and in 2014 we adopted targets to set us on a course to ‘one planet’ living. But of course we can do more and, with this in mind, over the last few months since our Climate Emergency Declaration our administration has created a cross-party group to report on the Development of an Air Quality Ambition Statement and Action Plan. Last month, our Cabinet launched our City Council Carbon Management Plan – the first major step towards delivering our operational carbon zero promise. This plan identifies
where the current emissions come from, existing plans to reduce emissions and the areas we’ll focus on to achieve further significant reductions over the next two years. The Plan is the next step in our commitment to work with the whole city to reduce our carbon footprint. Our implementation will demonstrate leadership and offer assistance to the local business community and residents not already engaging and will of course support the UK Government’s delivery of its commitments within the Climate Change Act. Whilst we all know the UK is a very small contributor to the World’s current carbon output if we do nothing, nothing will change for the better and we have to do something now to protect our planet for future generations.
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Photo of turtle doves by Brian Lawrence
John Clare C are countryside gathers momentum Richard Astle, Chair, Langdyke Countryside Trust The Langdyke Countryside Trust launched its vision for Tribland’s countryside in September at St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor to an audience of over 120 local residents. That vision seeks to create and protect a heritage landscape with: • Outstanding natural biodiversity through major habitat restoration connected through a mosaic of smaller wildlife havens and corridors • An unspoilt landscape that is used by local people and the people of an expanding Peterborough, providing them with a large area of unspoilt countryside on their doorstep • Well-kept heritage sites, accessible to all and working together to involve and attract visitors • Cycle paths, footways and ‘quiet roads’ – a green transport infrastructure - where priority is given to walkers and riders • Prosperous and successful farming, profiting from a combination of environmentally friendly farming practice, sustainable tourism and recreational activities
You can find the vision document on the Trust’s website https:// langdyke.org.uk/2019/09/11/ vision-for-clare-country/ Since the launch, the Trust has been working with partners across the area such as Peterborough City Council, Nene Park Trust, PECT and Sacrewell Farm to develop plans to make this happen. We have spoken to almost all the parish councils in the area as well as landowners and businesses. And so far, everyone we have talked to is keen to support the project! We have also been talking to national and regional organisations such as Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts who are offering their support.
So, what happens now? We are applying for financial grants to help us with habitat creation for nature across the area. We will bring all our partners together in the spring to discuss a co-ordinated habitat creation programme possibly to include ideas for long avenues of trees across Clare Countryside, planting species rich hedgerows
that create wildlife corridors; creating ponds and putting up bat and bird boxes. We would particularly want to work with schools and parish councils and any private landowners who would be interested in joining us. And just think what our countryside could look like when we get this done! An area where nature is at the heart of our lives. Where swifts and swallows are a central feature of our summer evenings, where otters continue to enthral people as they play in the Maxey Cut, where bees and other insects thrive, not decline, and where there are far more, not less, ponds, meadows, wild flowers, hedgerows and trees. And where people can walk or cycle out in safety and tranquillity across this thriving countryside, enjoying the sights and sounds and even the silence of the natural world; enjoying dark skies and cherishing the heritage – both natural and man-madearound them. And we certainly need as many people as possible, not only to support the project, but to get actively involved!
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by Greg Prior (Peakirk Parish Council Tree Officer)
There has been much discussion at Peakirk Parish Council meetings recently about the impact of climate change upon our environment, the need to plant more trees and how to counteract the devastating disease, chalara or ash dieback, which has already made its presence felt in our area. Chairman Henry Clark was particularly concerned about the future of the row of ash trees along the B1443 towards Foxcovert Road. He asked me, as Tree Officer, to devise a scheme using only native species to plant between the ash trees so that, if they succumbed, the roadside would
not look completely bare. The best choice is lime, holly and yew for it is envisaged that the evergreens will add a splash of colour to an otherwise stark, winter landscape and the limes would afford shade in summer and colour in autumn. The ‘archaeology boys’ from PAST (Peakirk Archaeology
Survey Team) volunteered to do the planting as part of our outreach to the community programme. Shortly afterwards, Tony Cook from PECT (Peterborough Environment City Trust) accompanied Henry and I on a walkabout through the village and he congratulated us on our forward thinking.
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DEEPING GATE VILLAGE VIEWS
Deeping Gate News Spring Litter Pick. Our first Litter Pick of 2020 will take place on Sunday, 19 April, meeting at 10.00 a.m. at the junction of Fairfax Way and Riverside. As usual, hi-viz waistcoats, pickers, bags and hoops are provided. Please join us, if you can, to help
keep our village free of rubbish. Ditches. Please do not discard garden waste into ditches, thus preventing them from carrying out their essential function. Gale Force Winds. We were, indeed, fortunate compared to other parts of the country
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I’m delighted to report that the church north aisle roof has been replaced. This would not have been possible without our local fundraising, donations and the generous grants of £5000 from Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust and £2000 from the Earl Fitzwilliam Trust. Our next major task is to raise £20,000 to enable us to replace the South aisle roof. To get us started Helen and Fred Morton have kindly offered to host a Port, cheese and Iberian ham evening from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday 14th March 2020. Tickets cost £5 available from Helen on 252912. On Sunday 26 January a successful litter pick was held in Etton. Thanks to Mark Bond for organising the event and to those that turned out to help including
Councillor Peter Hiller who kindly organised the removal of a tv, plastic drums and tyres. The remaining rubbish was taken to the recycling centre. The Parish Council is currently progressing the siting of the village defibrillator. Our original choice of the phone box is proving costly to implement so we are looking at installing it on the outside of the barn by the animal enclosure. At the same time, we are progressing the re-siting of the speed and village signs. We will need some funding to complete both projects. Looking forward to Easter, there will be a special Easter Sunday service in Etton on Sunday 12 April, at 9am led by Mark-Aaron Tisdale.
ADDENDUM... Congratulations Congratulations to Graham Smitheringale and Amy Wilkinson on the safe arrival of baby Lottie on Thursday 6 February. Photograph Competition Win I submitted a photograph to the Ecclesiastical Parish Pixels competition and I have just been told my picture has won the East Midlands region (including Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Peterborough, Southwell and Nottingham). It will now be subject to a public vote alongside 8 other winners from around the UK and the overall winner will be announced at a lunch at Westminster Hall on 8th October 2020. We have won £1500 for St Stephens Etton and £500 to organise an event to receive a cheque and build support for my entry. I’ve no idea about running a social media/ marketing campaign but a win would give us an extra £5000 for our church roof fund. Is this something the Tribune may be interested in covering/ helping me with? For the competition I had to submit a photo and one sentence showing what makes your church unique and special. It was judged for its visual impact, originality of the photo and interpretation of the theme. 18
Also, on Friday May 8 at 7pm, we are hoping to hold an event to join the ringing of the bells in all churches nationally, to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day. Further details will follow but if you have any ideas on how we might celebrate this event please do contact me. Finally, I would like to wish Neil, Lucy and the lovely Austen and Percy lots of luck as the family move to Lossiemouth, Scotland. PS Please continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around the church to 101 or 999 if a theft is in progress. Peakirk church roof alarm was activated recently by an intruder. Nothing was stolen but clearly thieves are still in the area.
Maxey Community Association May I introduce myself to those who don’t know me? My name is Mark Asplin and I am the Chairman of The Maxey Community Association which is the body that looks after Maxey Village Hall. The reason for this article is to try to give you an insight into what the committee is about and why we function. The most exciting and enjoyable thing that we do is to host a variety of events during the year including bingo and quiz nights, the village Summer Fayre, barn dances, children’s and pensioners’ Christmasparties and the Santa sleigh to name just a few. On occasions, we also raise funds for third parties such as the Royal British Legion, MacMillan Cancer Support and to offer assistance to children in the village who need ongoing physiotherapy. Maxey Village Hall is lucky to be very well subscribed with regular hirers such as Yoga Classes, The Maxey Art Group, Hitstep and Metafit, various Church groups, Musical Tots, Social Arts And Craft, Rhythm of Life, Puppy Training, Whist Drive, Indian Cookery Classes and the list goes on. If you are interesting in any of these groups you can get further information on The Maxey Village website. Maxey Community Association is a non-profit making registered charity with the majority of profits from events and hires going towards the maintenance and the upkeep of Maxey Village Hall. In fact, with recent monies raised and with the aid of various grants, the hall has now been fully refurbished to a very high standard. We have a new modern
kitchen and we are lucky to hold the prestigious five star rating for Food Hygiene. Due to the recently modernised building and facilities we are now guardians of a hall that is in very high demand for private events such as birthday parties, weddings, wakes and many other social occasions. If you are interested in hiring our hall please visit our website for further information. A lot of the profit we make goes back into the community by way of subsidised events such as the pensioners’ and children’s Christmas parties or by offering free events for everyone to get together with neighbours and friends such as the community brunches or open days Who are the committee? Contrary to the typical stereotypes, WE ARE NOT a bunch of busy bodies!! We are in fact an eclectic mix of villagers of all ages and from all backgrounds who meet at the hall every second Tuesday of the month. We all bring our own strengths and attributes to the group and, added to that, we all get on well both on and away from committee! Our common thread is that we all love being part of a village community and thrive on putting events on to enable our residents to come together and to enjoy a good time and catch up with friends and neighbours! So why the take on Lord Kitchener’s caption “Your Village
Hall Needs You” Firstly, we are finding that some of our events are not as well supported by the villagers as we would like. Throughout the year we put on a wide variety of events in order to “offer something for everyone”. However,we are finding Maxey and the surrounding villages are not coming along to support us. The Committee put so much of their time and effort into organising events for you and it is so disheartening when our occasions are undersubscribed or have to be cancelled. Why not make it your mission to support the events? Give us a chance to entertain you and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Secondly, but just as important, we really do need some help on the committee. We want a few more like-minded people to join us in assisting with the organising of events and helping with our variousadministrative duties etc. If we were lucky enough to get some more members it would make our roles so much easier to manage. You do not need to commit a great deal of your time. We on the committee all lead extremely busy lives but sharing the responsibilities a little more would be a great help – many hands make light work as they say! It would be a real shame if we were unable to continue to offer events and upkeep the hall due to lack of volunteers. So why not be proactive and come on board?
I really appreciate the time you have taken in reading this article and if you would like to know a little more about Maxey Village Hall or the committee, please feel free to call or email me. You can also see what upcoming events we have or get further information on our website, www.maxeyvillagehall.co.uk or follow us on Facebook. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY on page 51
VILLAGE VIEWS NORTHBOROUGH
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Northborough Parish Council Councillor Vacancies Once again we reach out to the lovely people of Northborough to fill our vacancies on the council. It is with huge regret that I must notify you of the standing down of Councillor Milne. Steve, as you may recall has been painstakingly restoring our picnic tables from the playing field to their former glory. Please if anyone in Northborough has any free time and could possibly assist with this project you would be welcomed with open arms. Steve is trying to continue with this as best he can but many hands make light work and the council can only do so much for the community without volunteers.
Clare Country Plans Northborough Parish Council welcomed a very special visitor on 12 February to our meeting. Richard Astle from the Langdyke Trust came along to talk about the trusts exciting plans for John Clare Countryside. As some of you will already know John Clare lived in Northborough and wrote a book of Northborough Sonnets. Richard spoke of the terrible decline in British wildlife with some startling facts about the loss of 50% of our native Hedgehogs and asked us to think of how many Starlings used to be around and how few we see today. The trusts vision is for a joined up approach across the land including wild meadows
complete with tree planting and pond digging. Making an effective corridor for the return of native species. They hope that many of the parishes along with Northborough will join in this local vision, many already have. To give you an idea of the scale, this area stretches from the outskirts of Stamford close to Burghley across to Deeping Gate, All the way down almost to Sibson and Stibbington in the South. The nature recovery area would be recognised by Natural England and other statutory agencies to include local policy and local plans. This all ties into wellbeing, with a large area of accessible green, open space for the people of Peterborough to enjoy. It is hoped local parishes and people will become involved in this vision. Which in turn will lead to economic opportunities within the area. Northborough Parish council had been considering returning some of our public land to wild meadow, engaging in tree planting and putting up some bird/bat boxes in the future. To have guidance on this will be a marvellous opportunity. Anyone wishing to join us in volunteering for this please drop us a line.
Annual Village Meeting and Coffee Morning This event will be held on 30th May but an exact time has yet to be set. We will let you all have
the time as soon as we possibly can. We recognise that this has become an important village event and we are keen for it to continue. Our aim for the Parish Councils future is to reach out to the residents more in order that you may tell us what you want from your council. Please do come forward with your ideas without you we are only half as relevant. There is usually some rather nice cake on the day!
School Fence Please note that the fence, at the school, which borders the green space on Church View, recently blew down in the storms. We would like to reassure you that this is being replaced as we go to print. We very much hope that our contractor can source some fencing, although this seems to be in high demand!
Council Surgeries We are hoping to run a monthly Parish Council surgery during the week. What is a surgery I hear you ask? It is a place for residents to raise their concerns or bring any existing issues to our notice. The date of these is currently being agreed. Watch this space!
New Facebook Page One of the legacies of very hard working Counsillor Milne is the new Face Book page. Along with our established web site we aim to keep residents informed of local matters and eventsâ€ŚSee you thereâ€Ś
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Barnack School Fun Run Preparations are underway for the annual Barnack Primary School Fun Run on Saturday 25 April Six schools competed in last year’s Schools’ Challenge and more than 100 runners took part in each of the 5km and 2.5km family fun runs raising a fantastic £1,200 for Barnack School. The popular event is just one of the highlights of the school calendar and organisers are appealing for volunteers to help marshal the course. Race director Michael Mills said: “The fun run is a real community event and it’s a great opportunity to bring the local
community together. I would like to thank the 50 people who kindly volunteered to marshal the course last year, encouraging the runners as they made their way around the course. As we prepare for this year’s event we are again appealing for people to get in touch who would be willing to marshal this year or who would like to get involved in any way. The event has been going for over 15 years now and continues to prove what a great tradition of cross country we have at the
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school and what a wonderful community we are part of. “ Entries will open week commencing Monday 24 February 2020 and there will be early bird discounts available for those entering before the end of March. Details of the route will be available soon. There will be road closures and limited movement on some roads in Barnack between 1.30 and 3.30pm on the day but all affected residents will receive a letter through their door with specific details.
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Helpston will take a trip back to the 1940s at this year’s Gala (Sat 19 May) when the whole event will have a VE Day theme as the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.
Helpston Gala all set for 40s fun! A WW2 amphibious landing craft, popularly known as a Duck, will be on show, there will be displays of photographs, all the usual stalls and traditional games and a real buzz and atmosphere as visitors are invited to dress in 40s clothing. The landing craft is being loaned by local farmer, Graham Smitheringale, who has dropped hints that we may even be in for
a fly past by a wartime aircraft. Cathy Jones will sing songs from the period in the church and the John Clare Primary School Ukele Band will perform. The event, as usual, will be to provide funds for the church building and various charities. Stalls will be dependent on the provision of bric-a-brac, plants, cakes etc by those who live in the village, so villagers please look
out for the flyers that will ask you to dig out your unwanted bits and pieces and put them out for collection. Popular as ever, there will be the Dog Show, so you can dress your dog in 40’s style for the Fancy Dress Dog Class. For the humans, too, there will be prizes for Best Male and Female Fancy Dress and child under 12.
This is a special Bank Holiday Weekend so get Saturday 9 May 12 noon – 4pm onto your calendars, mark them with a big * and make Helpston Gala the centre of your celebrations. Margaret Courtman ( Chair) 01733 254818
Helpston Local History Group
The first meeting of 2020 took place on 16 January. We meet bi-monthly and the next planned meeting date is 19 March in Botolph's Barn at 7.30pm. At this meeting, we will be giving a presentation on the Helpston Poor. Who were the paupers, Where did they live, How did they survive with no means to support themselves? Non members are welcome, places are limited, please contact me if would like to attend
At the Helpston Gala in May, we will be working with gala committee members to create a display of archives relating to the Second World War and VE day. If you have any items you could lend for display, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Helpston Women's Institute January meeting
We started the New Year off with encouragement to 'Embrace the Butterfly Years' from Bev Thorogood, a local 'Menopause at Work' trainer and coach. Bev is passionate about helping employers to support their female workforce, raising awareness and clearing up misconceptions about this mid-life metamorphosis. She talked about the importance of good nutrition to help counter hormone changes and gave advice about impact training to increase bone strength. Bev runs Meno Chat, a coffee morning at the Cambridgeshire Wellness Clinic on Papyrus Rd on the 1st Saturday of each month, which many women find helpful. Visit www.florescotraining.co.uk for more information. We were glad to see so many old and new members getting to know each other over tea and cakes while we sorted out the outings and other business.
February meeting There was a packed hall to listen to Nicola Dela-Croix talk about her role as a Funeral Celebrant. She explained how she crafts tailor-made
funerals to celebrate individual lives, creating meaningful and memorable ceremonies for almost 1400 people in the past 10 years. These have included still-born babies and war veterans, in places ranging from crematoriums and woods to private gardens. An excellent speaker, Nicola previously worked for EMAP and finds her skills as a journalist invaluable as she works with families to sensitively find out what made their loved one unique. Although the responsibility of getting everything right is intense, she finds her job life-enhancing and is on a mission to help people become more informed about planning for their funeral. She has written a guide to help with this called 'Celebrate Your Life' and, rather than being depressing, she explained how thinking about our own mortality enriches us and helps us to spend our life well. It was a positive evening, and well-timed, as one of the national resolutions that members voted for included 'Time To Talk About Death and Dying'. As always, we followed the talk with lively discussions over drinks and delicious refreshments.
If you would like to join us in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month you would be very welcome. Contact Janel Pike, our president, on 01733 253834, or Connie Varley, our secretary, on 01733 260558, who will be happy to answer any questions you have.
VILLAGE VIEWS HELPSTON WI
Helpston WI Diary dates Thursday morning walks – all welcome! Meet outside Helpston shop at 9:00am 4 & 18 March & 1, 15 & 29 April Knit & Natter at Botolph's Barn, Helpston. Come to knit, sew and crochet with our friendly group at these fortnightly Wednesday meetings. We pay £2 each to cover rent and refreshments and would be delighted to see you from 2pm – 4pm Thursday 5 March Helpston WI Tales of a Midwife – Deborah Hughes will give a fascinating account of her work as a local midwife, in support of Birth Companions. Our monthly collection will be items for the Premature Baby Unit & knitted breasts to help demonstrate breastfeeding. 7:30pm in the village hall Tuesday 31 March Pop-up lunch A village walk at 11:00am followed by soup and pudding in the village hall just join us for the lunch if you prefer! Thursday 2 April Helpston WI Annual Members' Night Members' social evening. 7:30pm in the village hall
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VILLAGE VIEWS GLINTON
From readings taken nearby, the rainfall last year was 30.9”, and the first six months of the year were the driest since 1958, and the last six months were the wettest since 1886. The Parish Council has accepted the City Council’s proposal to restrict parking outside the church wall on High Street, at school entry and exit times, in the hope of making it safer. The Parish Council is also concerned about the amount of drivers sitting outside the school, sometimes for up to 30 minutes, with their engines running, causing pollution and research is now showing the air pollution outside schools is higher. At the time of writing, the illegal encampment in Mile Drove has been vacated in accordance with the High Court Order. You may have
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noticed that in doing so, they moved onto a field down North Fen Road. The City Council will give every assistance to the landowner to have them removed. The MacDonald’s roundabout is to be resurfaced in early March, something that Peter and I have been pushing for, for a while. Whilst fly-tipping has gone down by a third across the city, our area is still suffering. Peter and I have requested surveillance cameras to be placed at the hot-spots. Another successful litter-pick organised by Claire Bysshe; over twenty bags of rubbish were filled. Thanks to all those who helped, including MacDonald's themselves. Following complaints regarding the alarm going off
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Although successful it was decided to move them into The Falcon For December Activities, please Hotel where it is possible to sell see www.villagetribune.org.uk more upmarket items, raising January Meeting more commission. A great variety In January, for our Birthday meal, of items go under the hammer, members enjoyed a lovely two including farm and garden course meal with a celebratory implements, china, glass, silver and glass of wine. Afterwards we gold and paintings. The enterprise had to work for our food with a strives to treat all customers, quiz and Dingbats challenge! buyers and sellers, in a fair way and it is run on a community basis. February Meeting The auctions are run with the help Laurence Seaton from the of volunteers, in collaboration Buttercross Auction, Whittlesey with the charity ‘Hope for the was our speaker for the night and he gave us a really enjoyable Nations’. The second half of the evening evening. gave us a challenge. Unfortunately The outdoor auctions were we found out that watching started by Laurence to help ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Flog put some new life back into It’ doesn’t make you an expert! Whittlesey’s market place. Julie Fitzjohn & Jenny Garrett
for long periods at AMVC, the College has responded positively by installing a new system. The Parish Council has approved its annual budget, with an increase on average per property of £3 per year VE commemorations are being marked by the Parish Council, by providing a commemorative seat; also they are planning to plant an oak tree. If you are holding a street party, do not forget you need permission from the Highways Department. Remember that the Bank Holiday is now on Friday 8 May. Thank you to all those who turned up to the public meeting regarding the Good Neighbours Scheme. It was very encouraging and I am sure it will not be long before it gets off the ground.
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Laurence had brought along lots of items which we had to try and date, value and also work out what they were made of. It was great fun, even when we got it wrong. A painting valued at £3,000 caught us all out!
Diary Dates 10 March Keith Townsend - ‘Curiosity’ 14 April Stephen Griffiths - ‘My Days as a Spy’
A warm welcome … If you are free on the second Tuesday in the month and fancy an evening out, do come and join us at Glinton Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome at £4 each, which includes your supper. We have a varied programme plus lots of extra activities. If you have any queries please ring our Secretary Jenny on 01733 254252. 26
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GLINTON Cllr John F W Holdich OBE
GLINTON PARISH COUNCIL For general enquiries contact the Clerk. E: firstname.lastname@example.org Cllr JFW Holdich OBE - Chairman Cllr RW Johnson - Vice Chairman Cllr DJ Batty Cllr CB Bysshe (Mrs) Cllr DJ Lane Cllr Gerry Kirt Cllr RW Randall Cllr PD Skinner Cllr E Spendelow Cllr. Jeff Bell Cllr. C J Wilde Mr J Haste - Clerk
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Glinton Winter Clean-up Claire Bysshe, Glinton Parish Council Many thanks to the loyal team of residents and MacDonald staff who gave up two hours last Saturday 25th January to clean up Glinton - that is- Mick, Ian Jeff, Philip, Simon and Dave from the village long with Ilva, Louise, Eliza, Rosie and Martin from Macdonald's. As can be seen from the photo (and there were two more bags on top of these) there was a lot of rubbish. There is to be a National clean- up campaign promised in the Spring so watch out for more information. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who has any ideas as to how we can raise awareness about the local environment and encourage people to take your litter home. Plastic bags of dog poo continue to be found in great number. Come on, Dog owners, take it to a bin - it won't be far to the nearest one! Many thanks.
By Pamela Kounougakis
Our club's first forays into 2020 have been a series of unexpected events that would read like a disaster movie or a comedy festival... A 90th birthday celebration was enhanced by a power cut that stopped all the ovens, heaters and mike, but it was totally memorable despite or because of this, as the cooks managed to race the food to their homes! And at the following meeting water escaped from its pipes and flowed all down the passageway... Fortunately all the issues were sorted very efficiently by the village hall committee and contacts. Including a super new microphone! Many thanks.
We've had a couple of interesting speakers that have helped us plan for our financial future and for our current health and well being. And we added some funds to our coffers with a bring and buy stall. A fiendish Scottish quiz helped us remember Burns Night. Coming up is Carole's Valentines Day quiz, Musical as well as regular Bingo, a Greek Talk by Pam Kounougakis and our 18th AGM. Despite the issues that crop up we still have super meetings and meals and great camaraderie which is what keeps us working and succeeding as a well oiled unit and overcome the problems with joint action and combined thought.
If you are interested in joining or helping at the club contact Barbara on 01733 253078.
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Son of Glinton Baker and war hero turns 100 On 20 January this year, former Kings School pupil Philip Pridmore celebrated his 100th birthday. Philip was born in the village of Glinton, son of Rowland Pridmore, the local baker. He was a talented actor and musician at school but saw his future in the world of hospitality, so he left the flatlands of eastern England for further education amid the bright lights of Paris in the late 1930s – a world away from his rural upbringing. However, his hotel training was interrupted by the start of the Second World War, Germany invaded France and he returned to home shores to join the Royal Air Force. He was 19. At the time, it was dangerous to train new pilots at British airfields, as German planes were lying in wait behind the clouds to shoot the fledglings down before they had got their wings. So, after basic training in the north of Scotland, Philip and his fellow new pilot trainees were shipped off to Durban, South Africa, where they took a train north to Bulawayo, in what is now Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). The boy from Glinton had gone far. In Bulawayo, Philip learned to fly Dakotas and he would spend much of the next five years in the skies over North Africa and Southeast Asia. He earned the
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for a series of missions during which he rescued over 300 allied soldiers from behind enemy lines. He received his DFC in the field, along with a letter from King George VI. Even today, he can close his eyes and tell you in detail how to land a Dakota on a stony desert plain where there is no runway, then load up and take off again as quickly as possible. “On the ground, I was a sitting duck,” he explains. “In the air, I could always do something.” After the war, he and former actor Charles Fletcher opened Norfolk Lodge Hotel at the top of Flaghead Chine in Canford Cliffs, near Bournemouth. It was the first hotel in town to have radios in the rooms, there was a large aviary in the garden and favoured younger
guests would be invited to go to the chicken run in the morning with “Uncle” Philip to collect eggs. For the next four decades or so, the hotel was full every spring, summer and Christmas. It was a busy life but Philip was doing what he had always wanted to do and loved every minute. In retirement, Philip initially stayed in Canford Cliffs. Later, he moved into the Dorset countryside with partner Brian Riley, for a little peace and quiet. He will spend his 100th birthday with family and friends; reminisce about singing in the Mikado and flying over the Western Desert, listen to some Rachmaninov and, no doubt, glance occasionally at his card from our current Queen, received some 75 years on from the letter he was sent by her father.
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VE DAY A beer bottle with a Union flag attached was dropped over the North Pole by the crew of a Lancaster which flew over the Pole soon after VE Day. This was at the Instigation of Sue Young’s dad, Gerard Periam, a Press Officer with the RAF at the time. Just shows, we photographers have to supply our own props! Frank Joseph With so much negativity about our teenagers I wanted to share the following random act of kindness with you you all in the hope someone can identify the young man. Whilst cycling to school yesterday morning, my youngest son' bike broke meaning the wheel wouldn't even turn so he was struggling to lift it. A young male described as being roughly yr9 or yr10 got out of a car that pulled up alongside him and asked if he needed some help. The young male then put the bike on his shoulder and carried it the remaining 1/2 mile or so to school for him. The boy wasn't in uniform so not even sure he was on his way to school that morning.
Tracey Robson This is absolutely getting beyond a joke. 9 bridges again
David Hankins HARD TO BELIEVE.Last night (27th January) at about 6 45 pm a hooded figure was spotted on Peakirk church roof no doubt looking for something to steal. The contractors have just started Phase2 of the re-roofing which by the time its finished will be almost two years since the lead was stolen and close to costing £100k and plenty of sweat and tears. Despite a prompt response the would be thief escaped. Did you see anything unusual which could be connected? Please be vigilant around our churches.
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(Main picture) The Goshams, 2016 (date-stone 1730)
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A Strange-r in Peakirk I wonder how many elderly residents remember Harry Strange, who lived at The Goshams on Deeping Road, Peakirk, from late 1890s until 1940 and played a leading role in village life throughout most of that period. by Dr Avril Lumley Prior (Left) Harry Strange and his trusty bicycle (Peterborough & Huntingdonshire Standard)
The multi-talented Mr Strange
Dear Tony, Still buzzing with delight at the radio programme about John Clare on Sunday 12 January, and browsing afterwards on Google, I have discovered your fascinating magazine The Village Tribune. In particular, Issue 107; 22 October 2017 and the article about Harry Strange. This search began not just with my interest in John Clare (I’m a member of the John Clare Society) but also with the fact that my family has a link to Helpston and Peakirk, as Neaverson was my mother's maiden name - (Harry's wife was Martha Neaverson). (https://issuu.com/dimension6000/docs/village_ tribune_107) So, Harry Strange appears on my family tree. His wife Martha, as your article says, was a daughter of William Neaverson. William was the elder brother of my great great grandfather Charles Neaverson. My grandfather was also Charles Neaverson. William and Charles, according to the genealogical work done by my late Mum, were the sons of John Neaverson, my great great great grandfather, and his wife Sarah Ullett, who lived for a time in Helpston which of course is the John Clare connection. John and Sarah moved to Peakirk as I understand it, but are buried at Etton. I visited their grave and John Clare's Cottage a few years ago. John
Harry was a man of many facets and accomplishments – a civil servant, social reformer, artist, inventor, researcher, photographer, meteorologist, ornithologist, taxidermist, horticulturalist, longdistance cyclist, skater, sure-shot, drainage expert, flood-warden and Parish and Peterborough Rural District Councillor. He was born Henry Thomas Strange at Harrow-on-the-Hill,
Middlesex, on 30 October 1867 to James Strange, a detective with the Metropolitan Police, and his wife, Eleanor. Painstakinglymethodical like his father, in 1886, Harry landed his dream job as ‘fourth assistant’ in the Solicitors’ Department of the Metropolitan Board of Works (later absorbed into London County Council). He stayed there until his retirement in April 1923, rising to ‘senior officer’. Harry’s responsibilities were manifold and covered housing, sanitation, parks, ‘offensive trades’, the muzzling of dogs, dairy
regulations, animal diseases and transportation, pest control and mildew in crops. He carried out his assignments with enthusiasm, efficiency and aplomb, attributes that he later would use for the benefit of Peakirk. Another aspect of Harry’s work was to gather and prepare evidence for prosecutions. One such case brought him to Peakirk, where he met Miss Martha Neaverson (18681955), daughter of the late William Neaverson, blacksmith, farmer and landlord of the Railway Inn, and his equally-versatile wife, Harriet >>
Neaverson was born in Helpston in 1781and I have always wondered whether at 12 years older, he knew John Clare. Perhaps he heard him play the fiddle and read his poems. I shall ever know, but it’s nice to dream. My Mum (Betty Futter of Holbeach) was also a John Clare fan and loved Helpston. She did a course on Clare many years ago led by Rodney Lines. My daughter also shares her Granny's interest, and so it goes on. It's fascinating to have all this colourful and useful information to flesh out the family tree which Mum worked so hard on. My brother and sister, our children, and our Neaverson cousins will also be interested I'm sure to learn more about the family, and life and times in the area. Thank you for your excellent publication, and for this well written and informative feature. Yours sincerely,
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Rosemaryâ€™s FARMING Diary FARM FOCUS ROSEMARY'S ROSEMARY'SDIARY DIARY
Since writing the last diary notes in the December issue I feel nothing has changed with the weather throughout January, very little frost, at times exceptionally mild and still the soil remains wet, so only small areas of winter sowings having been able to be carried out. There now is a small window of opportunity to complete these tasks, we shall then have to look at what alternatives are not only available but fit in with our cropping rotation, what return this crop is capable of yielding and if there is a profitable market for this product. The first week of February is beginning to look more promising, with only a small amount of rain, but the water table remains very high. Only time will allow this to become a more workable approach. Time
is the one thing that growers are running out of, with the cut off dates almost upon us. We then go into spring sowing varieties which generally donâ€™t produce the yield required to make that particular crop viable.
The 2019-20 sugar beet campaign is still running, probably until the end of February/early March. We were expecting to lift our last acreage of sugar beet in the first week in December, unfortunately,
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that didn’t materialise until the 6 February. The sugar beet is clamped and waiting to be delivered into Wissington factory very shortly. Most of this land, which the sugar beet was harvested from has been sown with winter wheat. Any sowing from now on will be spring varieties. With climate change hitting the headlines farmers
years successive governments, I do believe, think farmers can change the way they farm at the drop of a hat, after being told to produce food as cheaply as possible; and in some cases, at a loss. Our industry has been encouraged to change, initially with the advent of mechanisation being available, we graduated from horse drawn machinery to tractor equipment, which
With climate change hitting the headlines farmers and growers are going to be encouraged to grow trees and plant hedges as well as diversify into other business opportunities – this is something my family has been involved in for the last forty years, as have other farmers and growers. and growers are going to be encouraged to grow trees and plant hedges as well as diversify into other business opportunities – this is something my family has been involved in for the last forty years, as have other farmers and growers. At the outset and during the Second World War (1939 – 1945) farmers were instructed to agetribune grow foodvilon every acre 35 of land that was available, rough shrub land had to be cultivated and crops grown to feed a nation. How things have changed! Over the last seventy to eighty
started in the 1940s and now in the 21st century, technology has been instrumental in how we are able to farm today to such high standards. Farmers will rise to the challenge as they have done in the past, but life isn’t quite as simple as that as many of us are aware. Every farm is different i.e. location, size, old buildings which can be adapted for various enterprises and so it goes on, then of course there is the question of funding, which may have the benefit of being grant aided, but the applicant has to find the money first and does not
receive any grant until Defra have sight of the receipts, if there are any discrepancies they will not pay out. With the mild winter we are experiencing all the spring flowering bulbs, shrubs are coming into flower very early which helps to brighten up the dark days. The birds are busy in the garden, pairing up for the breeding season, all very interesting to watch them go about their daily tasks, with the daylight hours beginning to lengthen it’s all a good indication that Spring is only around the corner and the brighter days beckon. Talking about gardens and plants, after the popular response from selling their trees etc with us at Christmas, Michael and Annette of the old Helpston Garden Centre have shown interest in coming back with seasonal garden products at different points throughout the year, I think this will please customers who have shown support and hoping they would see them again. We are in discussions as I write these notes, and will update as soon as I know more – this will be updated on our Website, Facebook and in the shop.
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Helpston Playhouse In the Preschool the running theme for this term has been nursery rhymes and classic stories. The children have been reading a wide variety of stories and focusing on some, more specifically. Some of the favourites have been the Three Little Pigs, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood. Piggy biscuits were baked and enjoyed, and the children put on their own performance of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In Forest School the preschoolers have been learning about risk and creating obstacles with natural resources. They have been exploring
Preschool & Out Of School Club
colour and painting pebbles to create their own stone pets. In the Out Of School Club there have been different activities taking place every week. Chinese New Year was celebrated with Chinese food eaten with chop sticks. Bird feeders have been made and the children have been baking and making soup. There has been a new addition to the Playhouse in the shape of a library available for all children to use across the Preschool and Out Of School Club. The library was the brainchild of some of the Out Of School Club children and has been largely set up by them.
We have been the lucky recipients of some fantastic donated books and money raised through our fundraising events has been put to good use to purchase further books and other resources. We are sure this will be a much-loved facility and further encourage the children’s love of reading. Setting up the library would not have been possible without the money we raise through our fundraising events. Our wreath making workshop, held in early December, built on the success of last year’s with some beautiful wreaths made and a fun night had by all involved.
Our next event is our ever-popular Easter Fayre which takes place on Saturday 28 March. Please do come along and join us. See our website or Facebook page for more details. www.helpstonplayhouse.org.uk
Mustard Seed Project Exciting times for Mustard Seed Project with lots of good news. Firstly, we have raised all the money needed to complete six new classrooms on the upper storey of our school and construction has started. In December we raised £19,000 on the Big Give and a charitable trust gave us a donation of £15,000. We plan to go out to Kenya next week and can't wait to see what has been done. It's so wonderful to know that we just need to raise the funds for another two classrooms and the hall and the school will be finished. Yay! And of course, we all know that it is what goes on in a school that counts and for a second year running our oldest children achieved a mean score of B- in their KCPE Exams (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) where the national average is in fact a C. It fact our mean score was almost a B because of Seif. Seif has been with us for 10 years
and he managed to get an A with a score that put him in the top 1% in the country. Dad said, 'We are so thankful for what you have done for Seif. This will make such a difference to his life. He has been accepted into a National school (the very highest level of government school).' Equally amazing is the grade achieved by Beatrice. She has also been with us for 10 years and has received special needs support throughout so we were all so pleased when she achieved a C. Grades go from A+ to E-. Beatrice is cared for by her grandmother as dad died of AIDS and mum works as a residential maid in someone else's house. Both these children come from the very poorest in our community and were unable to make any contribution towards their education. We never fail to be amazed and grateful to the many people
who have helped us to reach this point. We obviously could not have done this without your support. And most recently support has started to come from an unlikely source, Jude Bellingham. If you follow football (which I didn't) you may quite possibly have heard of him. He is just 16 and plays football for Birmingham City in their first team. He's considered to be a 'Wonder boy' in football and he is supporting us. Jude has already raised £2,000 for us which is pretty amazing for a 16 year old. Hopefully he will be able to come out to Kenya one day to meet the football team we support in the community and the teachers and children at our school. Everyone is just so excited at the prospect. Football is a big thing in Kenya. Thank you so much for your continued support. You are making such a difference.
If you would like to know more or wish to make a donation please visit www.mustardseedproject.co.uk or Instagram.com/
Sport is back for Peterborough schools
Funding and staff shortages at dozens of Peterborough schools have found an unlikely saviour in the form of two local lads turned football stars. With money at a premium for several years now for many local schools the enterprising friends and business partners have pitched in with help and support across all areas of sports and after school clubs through their awardwinning company Youth Dreams Project. The business, started back in 2014 by Peterborough residents Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele and his best friend Luke Kennedy, offers schools help with everything from PE classes
to evening and holiday clubs – in the simple belief that world class sports coaching positively impacts the lives of the young people they help. Mike Goode, Head of Physical Education at Hampton College explained just how they help: "At Hampton we have been working with Youth Dreams Project for 5 years in a number of different sporting contexts to support our curriculum delivery, extra – curricular provision and examination classes. The
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quality of the work from all of the coaches has been first rate and the hands on approach that Luke Kennedy (as director) offers has facilitated the way that his coaches deliver the sessions and this ensures that they are tailored to the needs of the group and to the outcomes required by ourselves, as a PE department. We are pleased to be working with YDP and will continue to do so in the future." The born and bred Peterborians met when they
were signed by Peterborough Academy aged just 7 and they have been inseparable ever since. They both became professional football players, Luke Steele landing a job at Manchester United and Luke Kennedy heading to Rushden and Diamonds. Kennedy’s career was cut short however, and he instead moved into a career in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, while Luke Steele took on goalkeeping roles for several more teams including Barnsley, Panathinaikos, Bristol City and now Nottingham Forest (on loan at Millwall). But it was Kennedy’s work within youth intervention programmes in partnership with Peterborough City Council, POSH and The Youth Offending Service that provided the eventual
inspiration for Youth Dreams Project – a social enterprise business that delivers the highest standard of sports coaching, providing opportunities for as many young people as possible. “My passion for helping children began during my time with the police. I recognise that all young people have got a gift and, even if it’s not related to sport, sport gives them the perfect platform to grow and have the confidence to pursue a dream. My vision for YDP is to continue to grow and touch the lives of as many children in Peterborough as possible. We are celebrating our 6th birthday today and I couldn’t be more proud of our teams achievements.” Luke Kennedy. And that has played out ever since to the point where
they regularly attract 50+ children to their evening ‘kickabouts’ and save many schools from being unable to offer adequate levels of physical education. As a result of that passion and determination the pair now work closely with 29 different schools in and around Peterborough.
Girlguiding Glinton District Covering Rainbows, Brownies and Gujides in Glinton, Helpston and Northborough. At present we have a few girls vacancies we would like to fill so if you have a daughter aged 5 – 14 who would like to join us please either get in touch. To enable us to keep on helping all our enthusiastic young people we need some new Leaders so we can continue offering adventures, activities and skill building to them. Could that person be YOU? Don’t assume someone else will do it we need your help.
Would you like to: • Meet new friends? • Take a refreshing break from your everyday routine? • Share a skill or talent? • Make a difference to the lives of the young people? • Spend time laughing, playing and being inspired by the incredible young girls in this area? Then Guiding is for YOU. Working with young people and other adult volunteers helps to develop existing and learn new skills like event planning, time management, leadership and budgeting all extending you as a
person and making your CV stand out from the crowd. Guiding locally is working with young people from 5 to 18 years old and we are always looking for new members to join our enthusiastic and friendly team. Not all roles require a regular weekly commitment. Why not think about it, see what we can offer you, no experience is necessary as full training is available. If you would like more information or want to register your interest please message Morag Sweeney or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk. We will be delighted to welcome you into our Guiding family.
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Friends of Chernobyl's Children Every year Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Helpston & District) bring 30 children to Tribuneland for a respite holiday. They spend 2-4 weeks staying with local host families and attend an activity scheme on week days – and yes, I am always interested to hear from people who might like to host or sponsor a child! Two of our hosts have written about the difference it has made for the boys that they hosted. Shauna Donaldson has hosted Lonya throughout his visits with the charity. ‘Lonya's first visit with the charity was in 2015 he was 7 years old. Before his third visit his mum died suddenly and Lonya with his older sister were placed in foster care and his younger siblings went to live with a relative. That year he ran across the Scout Hut when we picked him up, I definitely gave and received lots of hugs during those 4 weeks. Lonya finished the 4 year program in 2018 since then we have invited him back for private visits - he is very much part of our family. This Christmas on his last night before flying home, we asked him what was the best thing about coming to England. Through google translate he said “getting a prescription for his glasses so that he could see." Yes, I did cry later that evening.’ Morag and Mick Sweeney, hosted a little boy who lived
in a wooden home in a highly contaminated area: ‘Andrei came into our lives in June 2016 as an extremely thin, shy, pale and very nervous little boy. He is our third Chernobyl child and has a very special place in our home and hearts. It never fails to amaze us how resilient these little people are and how brave their parents are. Andrei and 19 other children arrived in Helpston, clutching the Teddies the host families have sent to welcome them at the airport. In Helpston they meet their host families and the fun begins! Andrei arrived very tired but after a little while it was like he had always lived here. We had a simple meal of chicken and pasta on the first night. In Belarus the children have a very basic diet and it was a pleasure to introduce him to many new foods.. He really liked salmon but his range of vegetable was very limited, but he did enjoy potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, sweetcorn and gherkins and ate lots of fruit.
Andrei was not very interested in electronic games but loved Tom & Jerry, playing with toy cars, Lego, football and tennis in the garden. The 4 weeks passes very quickl. In addition to the play scheme we try and pack lots of exciting things into the available evenings and weekends. He loved the seaside, playparks, bowling, swimming spending time with our Niece and Nephews. It is a great pleasure to watch the children grow in confidence and see them getting stronger as they enjoy good food, fresh air and vitamins. Andrei was a delight to host., always ready with a big smile and a cuddle whenever we met our village friends. It is always sad when it comes to the end of their 4 charity visits, but we are left with many happy memories. We take comfort in knowing we have given this little man an insight to a better way of life and have helped to not only improve his health but the wellbeing and self-esteem of his family.’
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St Pega's Café
By popular demand, St Pega's Café returns again to serve brunch on
Sunday 1 March in Peakirk Village Hall 9 - 11am Full English & Continental Breakfasts or just pop in for a coffee Newspapers to read Children’s play area Bring along your family & friends
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tribune Diary Monday 24 Feb Nature Tots Ferry Meadows 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 song time. There are two Nature Tots sessions each month, with the second session being a repeat of the first one, so you will only need to book yourself onto one session each month. 10 11:30am. £3.50 per particpating child. 2yrs+ Sunday 8 March
Farrington Scents - Beginners Soap Making Workshop Perfect for Mothers Day, Farrington scents will guide you through the process to make your own natural soap. Each person will make at least 3 soaps, depending on design, using all natural ingredients and make unique packaging for the bars. Spaces limited to booking early advised. 10am - 1:30pm and 12:30pm - 4pm £25 18yrs+ Monday 9 March Nature Tots Ferry Meadows. 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 song time. There are two Nature Tots sessions each month 10 - 11:30am £3.50 per particpating child. 2yrs+ Monday 9 March
Wild Home Educator Session
Ferry Meadows will be running two hour sessions on the second Monday of every month for home schooled children. Each session will have curriculum and nature focused activities, with each month having a different theme. This month is Living Rivers. Aimed at KS2. Activities to include a river walk and river study. 1:15 - 3.15pm. £5.50. Aimed at KS2
Saturday 14 March
Drop-in Volunteer Session
Drop-in to support conservation work at Thorpe Meadows. Love Nene Park? Want to help? Join Hannah and Gareth at Thorpe Meadows carrying out conservation work to help keep Thorpe Meadows looking beautiful. Tools, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Come for as little or as long as you like! 9:30am - 1:30pm. Free. Free Parking Offered. 11+ Monday 23 March Nature Tots Ferry Meadows. 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 song time. There are two Nature Tots sessions each month, with the second session being a repeat of the first one, so you will only need to book yourself onto one session each month. 10 - 11.30am. £3.50 per particpating child 2yrs+ Sunday 29 March
Friends & Family Volunteering Session
Ferry Meadows. Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends everybody welcome. All tools and training provided, just bring along lots of enthusiasm. Free car parking for all. 10 - 1pm 12 - 3pm. Free. 5+ Thursday 2 April
Easter holiday trail
Ferry Meadows. Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. 10 am- 4pm. £1 per participating child All ages Tuesdays 7 & 14 April
What lies beneath the still waters of our lakes at Ferry Meadows? Come along at any point between 12noon and 3pm to the pond dipping platform at Lynch Lake and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the creatures you find. 12 - 3pm. Free - donations welcome. 3+
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Wednesdays 8 & 15 April
Saturday 18 April
Willow Weaving Workshop
Friday 10 & Sunday 12 April
Saturday 25 April
Ferry Meadows. Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter! Begin with some seasonal spring craft, explore the park, hunt for eggs and collect your prize and the end (1 prize per child booked). 10:30am - 12pm & 1:30 - 3pm. £5.50 per prize. 5+
at the Northborough and Deeping Gate Village Hall 3pm. £8.oo per person Please book 01778345143,347464,343126
Ferry Meadows. Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts. This is a drop in event, no booking required, just come along on the day. 10am - 2pm. Donations welcome. All Ages.
Easter Egg Hunt
Mondays 13 & 27 April
Ferry Meadows 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 song time. There are two Nature Tots sessions each month, with the second session being a repeat of the first one, so you will only need to book yourself onto one session each month. 10 - 11:30am. £3.50 per particpating child. 2yrs+ Friday 13 March
A Magical Quiz
Ferry Meadows. Join Martin from Rutland Willow as he takes you through the techniques you need to create three unique pieces of work. You will make 3 items from dragonfly, butterfly, fish or snail. 10am 1pm & 12 - 3pm. £15. 16yrs+
Friday 8 May
VE Day Celebration
Northborough Community Association invites you to join the VE Celebrations at the Village Hall. 7pm - midight. 1940s entertainer Madeline Brown, together with the popular Graham James. £8 per person. Light buffet included. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets must be ordered 01778 345143m 347464, 343126 www.northboroughvillagehall.co.uk Saturday 9 May
Old Fashioned Tea Party
for accompanied children at the Northborough and Deeping Gate Village Hall Free entry. Must be booked, 01778345143, 347464, 343126
St. Andrew's, Northborough invites you to : With Quiz Master Peter Kemp. 7:30 pm start. At Northborough Village Hall. Teams of four please- £7:50 per person Light Supper provided, but BYO Drinks Please book your table - Polly 01778 380849
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Wild Home Educator Session - Romans
Ferry Meadows will be running 2 hour sessions on the second Monday of every month for home schooled children. Each session will have curriculum and nature focused activities, with each month having a different theme: Aimed at KS2. Activities to include willow weaving and making catapults. 1:15 - 3.15pm. £5.50. Aimed at KS2. For more details on all Ferry Meadows events visit www.nenepark.org.uk or telephone 01733 234193 44
Concert by the Glebe Singers 7:30pm St Andrew's, Northborough. Tickets on sale in March! Sunday 17 May
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JOURNEY OF CURIOSITITES
Ufford Hall Gateway (2014)
Journey of Curiosities: A Tribland Miscellany by Dr Avril Lumley Prior
Reverend Doctor William Stukeley (1687-1765), Rector of All Saintsâ€™, Stamford, spent his spare time travelling the length and breadth of England astride his glossy thoroughbred, measuring and drawing ancient monuments and quirky phenomena, and recording them in his notebooks and in his master-work, Itinerarium Curiosum (Journey of Curiosities). Today, we are embarking upon a twenty-mile trail across Tribland, visiting some of the treasures that Stukeley either overlooked or were discovered long after he and his steed had galloped into the sunset, leaving a cavalcade of fellow-antiquaries in their wake. continued overleaf >>
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‘Robin Hood and Little John’ Because our region is jam-packed with ‘wonderful things’, I have restricted our itinerary to those that seem incongruous with their surroundings, as if they have migrated from elsewhere; or there is something that doesn’t feel right about them. Take the two standing stones near the car-park, above Ferry Bridge, Castor, for example. You could easily be forgiven for thinking that they are a pair of weathered gateposts; but do not be deceived! Church historian Symon Gunton (1609-76) reveals the popular belief that they were draughts of arrows fired across the River Nene from Alwalton churchyard by folklore heroes, Robin Hood and Little John! However, Gunton’s own theory that they were way-markers, flanking an ancient route to the river, is more convincing. To the north-west, lay Barnack quarries [now Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve], where stone was extracted to build Tribland’s churches and numerous fenland abbeys. In the 1220s, an agreement was reached between the monks of Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds to allow the carriage of ‘Barnack rag’ along the ‘public road’ to the Nene and by barge as far as Peterborough for an annual fee of six shillings (30p). Hence, the alternative name for the monoliths, ‘St Edmund’s arrows’, alluding to King Edmund the Martyr, who reputedly was used as target practice by Danish archers, back in 870. Presumably, the ‘public road’ mentioned in the contract was the Roman thoroughfare, Ermine Street, the direct route from Barnack via the hamlet of Southorpe to the river south of Castor. As the road lies over a 46
Castor: ‘Robin Hood and Little John’ mile to the west, it is unlikely that this was the stones’ original setting.
The Castor ‘cluster’ Our next port of call is Castor village, where there is an assortment of relics from the Romano-British period (43- 410AD) in and around St Kyneburgha’s church. Indeed, this was the stomping ground for Tribland’s earliest known
archaeologist, Earl Fitzwilliam’s erstwhile steward, Edmund Artis (1789-1847), who recognised and excavated what is now understood to have been a third/ fourth-century prætorium or headquarters for the management of the Fens. In the north wall of St Kyneburgha’s fourteenth-century chancel, your will find two rows of columns, requisitioned by twelfthcentury builders from the ruins of its Roman predecessor.
Castor, Stocks Hill: herringbone masonry
Castor: Roman altar
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To the east of the church, on Stock’s Hill, two chunks of its herring-bone masonry protrude from the wall and there are more fragments in the walls on both sides of Church Hill. These too were part of the prætorium and are shown in context in Plate II of Artis’ lavishly-illustrated Durobrivae of Antonius (1828). Moreover, a third-century, pagan altar reworked by ninth-century sculptors, was recovered from the graveyard in the 1930s and installed in the church, proving beyond doubt that there was a focus of religious devotion here before Christianity came to Tribland a century later.
Sutton’s cross-in-adovecote Next, take Peterborough Road westwards through Castor and Ailsworth, then turn left just before the A47 roundabout for Sutton, thence over the
humpback railway bridge to St Michael and All Angels church (on your left). Abutting the north side of the churchyard is a dovecote, erected in 1803. The section of an early eleventhcentury cross-shaft embedded in its gable attracted little attention until local historian, Keith Garratt (1930-2014), realised its significance. Carved on all four faces, the sculpture’s pre-Conquest function is open to speculation. Was it a part of a preaching cross or a memorial? A way-marker to Sutton Ford across the Nene to Stibbington? Or did it denote the bounds of the abbots of Peterborough’s and Thorney’s territory? It’s anybody’s guess! And how did it end up in a farmyard building? Presumably, it was lying in the vicinity and a savvy early nineteenth-century contractor decided to reuse it.
Upton’s superb sundial From Sutton church, retrace your route over the railway bridge, taking the second left-hand turn towards the A47 roundabout and then, straight across for Upton. At the T-junction, turn right onto Church Walk, and through the shrunken medieval village until the road becomes a gravel track. Ahead is Manor Farm, whilst to your left (in front of St John the Baptist’s church), stands an extraordinary sundial, perpetual calendar and solstice and religious-festival calculator. It was commissioned by Thomas Dove, Bishop of Peterborough (160130), whose family owned the manor of Upton. This ingenious device swiftly became a tourist attraction and, in 1800, John Carter produced a commentary and a series of architectural drawings to complement Richard Gough’s Parochial History of Castor.
Ufford’s unusual gateway Now, return to the main road and follow the signs for Helpston, eventually joining the old Roman thoroughfare, King Street. Shortly after Southey Wood (to the left),
Ufford: date-stone & gargoyle you will pass the Langdyke or Langley Bush (on your right), a former Bronze-Age barrow, Anglo-Saxon/medieval Hundred Court site and inspiration for a John Clare poem. At the crossroads, go left onto Marholm Road towards Ufford. (Beware of kamikaze deer here!) After St Andrew’s church, turn left onto Walcot Road. Soon, you will espy a pair of stone gateways, reminders of a defunct, fairweather footpath/servants’ short-cut from Ufford Hall to the church. The southern (left-hand side) gateway is rather bland; but its companion is reminiscent of a church porch or folly, a glorious hotchpotch of haphazard masonry, flying-buttresses, niches, stone benches, gablecross and grimacing gargoyle. The date-stone of 1541 needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, since Lord Charles Manners did not finish Ufford Hall until c.1751. continued overleaf >>
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>> continued from previous page Yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reverend Stukeley’s chum, Caleb Parnham, the rumbustious Rector of Ufford (1737-64), had some influence here. The best aspect of the gateway is on private land but it can be viewed from the footpath adjacent to Ufford Park Cricket Ground, on match-days but, please, do ask permission first!
Barnack’s medieval ‘windows’ Continue along the winding Walcot Road towards Barnack, passing Walcot Hall and the Hills and Holes. At the Y- junction turn right (sign-posted for the Millstone), then right again onto
Barnack: Garden gateway Main Street. Here, an Early-English archway is fitted into a garden wall with a plaque which helps us to piece together its provenance. Apparently, when St John the Baptist’s belfry and spire were added to the Anglo-Saxon tower, c.1200, a wall was constructed to support the extra weight, with a doorway allowing access between the tower and medieval nave. 48
24 Main Street, Barnack During the church’s renovation, in 1854/55, the dividing wall was deemed unnecessary and was removed, restoring the megalithic late tenth-century tower-arch to its former glory. The redundant doorframe was ‘rescued’ by Reverend Marsham Argles, Rector of Barnack (1851-91), and reassembled in his garden. It was moved to its current location, in 1963. Argles’ successor, Reverend Canon Henry Syers (1891-1899), commented upon ‘the remains of Decorated work, in what are now labourers’ cottages in the village’. He wouldn’t have needed to look far, for directly opposite the church at Number 24 Main Street, there is a blocked section from a fifteenth-century, traceried window that clearly was fitted long after the seventeenth-century cottage had been completed. Furthermore, Number 7 Station Road (turn right at the end of Main Street onto the B1443) contains a feast of late-medieval architectural features. Facing the street is another ‘blind’, traceried window with trefoils in its spandrels and a similar (but not identical) one in the rear wall of the property. Corresponding
recesses within the dwelling indicate that they were intended to be functional. A triangularheaded front door and a bizarre, nineteenth-century arch with five floral motifs add to the mix. All have been reset into what was originally a small, fourteenthcentury, open-halled building, which was floored c.1600 and significantly altered during the nineteenth century and twentieth centuries. It has been suggested that all the late fifteenth-century additions to the cottages were downcycled from Barnack’s lost chapel-of-ease at Pilsgate (a mile to the northwest), which served the residents of Peterborough Abbey’s medieval grange [farm] and its tenants. Four decades after the dissolution of the monasteries (1539), the manor of Pilsgate was purchased by Thomas Cecil, Earl of Exeter (later Lord Burghley), whose descendants built or modified 24 Main-Street and 7 Station-Road as estate-workers’ cottages. Pilsgate chapel was dismantled long before Reverend Stukeley’s contemporary, John Bridges (1666-1724), began preparing his History and Antiquities of
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came from Pilsgate chapel. We know that it was installed by the artist, Wilfrid Wood, who bought ‘Littlefield’ from Burghley Estates and lived there from 1938 to 1976. Alternatively, the window may have been extracted from an Anglo-Saxon nave at Barnack church, when the aisles were added in the twelfth century. and liberated from amongst the pile of medieval debris against the north wall of the churchyard. Farfetched? Perhaps not, considering that part of an early eleventh-century cross-shaft was retrieved from there, in 2011!
Bainton’s holywater stoup?
7 Station Road, Barnack:
Barnack:24 Station Road Northamptonshire, c.1721. Nevertheless, he relates that some 60 years earlier, foundation stones were unearthed by a farmer planting an orchard. Therefore, it is feasible that the rest of the chapel’s masonry, including its window frames, was carted away for future reuse. Yet I wonder if, instead of Pilsgate chapel, they were salvaged from Barnack’s Tudor manor house, raised during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509) and also acquired by Lord
Barnack: Anglo-Saxon window Burghley. Here, Bridges describes a substantial late fifteenth-century edifice with vaulted chambers, ‘long lights [windows] like those in churches’. The hall was partially pulled down c.1830 and, by 1905, lay in ruins after a devastating fire, though its earthworks are visible from the north of the churchyard. Further along Station Road, the late Anglo-Saxon window slotted into the twentiethcentury porch at ‘Littlefield’, poses another conundrum. Local tradition dictates that this too
Having lingered so long at Barnack, it is now time to hit the road again, travelling eastwards along the B1443 to Bainton. You can park on Tallington Road just beyond the Butter Cross opposite St Mary’s churchyard, which is particularly lovely in spring. Do, venture into the fifteenth-century church porch, where a huge, thirteenth-century holy-water stoup uncomfortably encroaches upon the stone bench. During the Middle Ages, stoups were an integral part of Christian worship, where church-goers dipped their fingers and crossed themselves before entering. Many stoups were destroyed during the Reformation though a diminutive model nestles in a corner of St Andrew’s porch, Northborough. To me, Bainton’s free-standing stoup distinctly resembles a small font, procured after the porch was completed. But where did it come from? Not Pilsgate! Baptisms weren’t usually permitted in medieval chapels-of-ease out of respect for the ‘mother church’, in this case, Barnack. Did the Bainton-porch ‘font’ come from a manorial chapel then, just as continued overleaf >>
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Bainton holy-water stoup >> continued from previous page Sibberton’s (near Thornhaugh) finally ended up at Wansford? A mile away (via an ancient track through the hamlet of Ashton), but still within Bainton parish, is the deserted Torpel Manor site. Could our ‘font’ have originated there? Or was it simply an outsize holywater stoup, after all? Whatever! Porch and font/stoup definitely weren’t made for each other!
Helpston’s boundary stone Now, return to the B1443, heading eastwards towards Helpston, with Torpel manorial site on King Street to your right as you approach the outskirts of the village. Lying ignominiously in a ditch by the hedgerow due north of Torpel Field, is a moss-covered boundarystone, which marked the limits of the medieval manors of Torpel and Clapham (centred north-west of Helpston’s St Botolph’s church). Once, it was an important landscape feature with its origins lost in antiquity. In the days before parish boundaries were mapped, the ancient ritual of Beating the Bounds was performed by parishioners, led by their parson or another dignitary during Rogation Week [between 50
Northborough holy-water stoup the fifth Sunday after Easter and before Ascension Day]. Thus, old and young alike knew the extent of their township and jealously guarded it against encroachment by neighbours. We cannot be sure of the boundary-stone’s first position since it has been shifted many times during its career. Look closely at the photograph and you will see that it is incised with a cross and an ‘H’ for Helpston, indicating that it probably had been planted - and certainly transplanted - by the lords of Clapham Manor. It was mentioned in a law-suit, in 1340, between Roger de Higham of Clapham and Edward III, lord of Torpel and, again in 1579,
when Elizabeth I was lady-of-themanor of Torpel. Predictably, on both occasions, royal prerogative prevailed!
Glinton’s fantastic font We follow the B1443 to St Benedict’s church, Glinton, to admire the Romanesque font, the biggest in Tribland. Completely dominating the west end, it would not look out of place in a church four times the size. It was created in the earlytwelfth century, thereby pre-dating the current building by over a hundred years but coinciding with the first recorded place-of-worship
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Glinton font Helpston boundary-marker
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in Glinton, in 1146. The problem is that, until 1865, St Benedict’s was a mere chapel-of-ease to St Pega’s, at Peakirk, where parish baptisms were supposed to be conducted. Nonetheless, according to Domesday Book, by 1086, the settlement was the manorial and administrative centre of the ‘Soke of Glinton’, which justifies the chapel’s right to host Christenings and, consequently, its impressive font!
Peakirk’s puzzling piscina From Glinton, stay on the B1443, to Peakirk, turning left at the Monument’, then straight ahead
into Chestnut Close, and you will find St Pega’s church by the village green. In the south aisle, is a rather run-of-the-mill, thirteenth-century piscina, used by priests to wash their hands and communion vessels. But feel the roof and you will find a funnel, similar in principle to one at Tallington. James Irvine, Clerk of the Works at Peterborough Cathedral (1883-90), surmised that medieval incumbents lit a taper in the basin to warm their hands during services in the unheated church and that the flue allowed the smoke to escape. Curiouser and curiouser . . .
Alas, Dear Readers! As usual, I have run out space and we must terminate our travels here. I would have liked to have shown you another piscina high above the nave of St Peter’s, at Maxey, a Romano-British coffin in Water Newton churchyard and, maybe, an anchoress’ cell. Besides, I fear that in my attempts to interpret our Tribland anomalies, I have generated more questions than answers. So, I recommend that you make your own journeys of curiosities and draw your own conclusions. Who knows what other gems you may encounter on your way?
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Aha! There cannot be any one of you sophisticated Tribland skiers who’ve visited and fallen in love with Val-d'Isère, Courchevel or Méribel in beautiful French Alps who have not also fallen for the Tartiflette – staple of après-ski lunches and suppers.
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Tartiflette Maison Who would have thought that this simple yet wonderful dish, firmly rooted in our French gastronomy, only appeared in about 1980? Confounding you well-padded skiers paying many Euros for the privilege of enjoying this recipe, it was originally a peasant dish from Haute-Savoie, a variant of the traditional Pela de Aravis recipe made up of potatoes, onions and reblochon cheese. Its star ingredient, reblochon - AOC since 1958 - comes from an ingenious peasant milking technique created to avoid having to pay too much tax on milk: Typically French! Reblochoner in Savoy dialect meaning "milk again the cow ". This judicious process certainly made it possible to avoid paying
For four: 1kg/2lb 4oz Charlotte potatoes, 250g/8oz bacon lardons chopped, 2 shallots sliced, 1 garlic clove crushed, 100ml/3½fl oz white wine, 200ml/7fl oz double cream, sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, 1 whole Reblochon cheese (about 450g/1lb), sliced into strips. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 7.
taxes but also to obtain an even richer and creamier milk, the secret of the wonderful taste of our Tartiflette. I will say to you all there really isn’t another dish that is as comforting as this on a cold winter’s day; the combination of soft potatoes, crisp lardons, golden onions all bound in a silky cheese sauce with a tasty, crunchy golden-brown topping is heaven in a bowl. I might also advise you that It’s well worth the effort hunting out a large Reblochon cheese too, although Brie or Camembert will work if the cheese hunt proves fruitless. Your church of all-things foodie, Waitrose, may well stock it, non?
Cook the potatoes in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 5-10 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot and fry the bacon, shallots and garlic for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Slice the potatoes thinly and layer into an ovenproof gratin dish with the bacon mixture.
My Tartiflette Maison de Pierre is easy to create for a side dish or often I will serve as a main in a supper with crusty bread perhaps, a light green salad and a glass or two of a Sancerre. Make it big for all to help themselves or individual dishes. Unusually for me, who prefers white everything crockery, I do like those little round glazed earthenware saucer-sized dishes that one can pick-up so cheaply at markets in France. They complement the rustic origins of the food and I will serve with a main plate of rib-eye steak, maybe beautifully sweet pork chops with crisp crackling or more probably a long-cooked rich beef cassoulet.
Pour over the double cream. Season with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Layer the Reblochon slices on top. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown and bubbling. As I’ve mentioned I tend to serve Tartiflette with a lightly-chilled Sauvignon Blanc like Sancerre but you might also introduce a Riesling or Chablis for your guests to enjoy.
Bon Chance, Pierre x
church Diary 7 March & 4 April
Benefice Prayer Breakfast
In Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. Sunday 22 March
Mothering Sunday Family Communion Praise St Andrew's Northborough at 10:30am with Reverend Mark- Aaron and Freda Skillman. You are all invited! Children very welcome and a posy for the ladies. Saturday 28 March & Saturday 25 April
Monthly Coffee Mornings St Botolph's - Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon. Sunday 29 March
United Service for our Benefice at 10.30 am. Holy Communion St Andrew's Northborough. Refreshments after the Service. Good Friday 10 April
Northborough's Good Friday Workshop At St Andrew's 2:30 - 4pm. Craft activities, Easter Garden, All Age Worship and of course hot cross buns and biscuits ! Easter Sunday 12 April
Easter Sunday Worship & Eeaster Egg Hunt St. Andrew's, Northborough Holy Communion by Extension10:30am With Freda Skillman. Easter egg hunt after the Service.
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Easter Sunday Service in Etton at 9am led by Mark-Aaron Tisdale. Friday May 8
VE Day Commemoration We are hoping to hold an event at 7pm to join the ringing of the bells in all churches nationally, to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day. Further details will follow but if you have any ideas on how we might celebrate this event please do contact me.
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St John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Barnack PE9 3DN St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Bainton PE9 3AF St Botolph’s Church, Church Street, Helpston PE6 7DT All Saints Church, Church Road, Wittering PE8 6AF St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Ufford PE9 3BH St Stephen, Main Rd., Etton PE6 7DA St Peter, Main St. Maxey PE6 9HF St Pega, Chestnut Close, Peakirk PE6 7NH | Glinton St Benedict, High St., Glinton PE6 7JN St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN
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Peakirk Church News: In Praise of St Pega By Dr Avril Lumley Prior
St Pega’s Patronal Festival, commemorating the anniversary of her death in January 719, was very well attended this year. Perhaps, it was because our star attraction was Sam Graper, whose reputation went before her. For the second year running, she delighted the congregation with her performance of an ‘Anthem for St Pega’, composed by the monks of Crowland, c.1240. 54
Thank you, Sam, for taking time from your busy schedule to be with us. And also, “Thank you” to Mark- Aaron for incorporating the patronal festival into our Evensong service, to David Schofield, who accompanied Sam on the organ, and to the stalwart ladies of the parish who provided the refreshments afterwards. Donations of over £90 were added to church funds.
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Happy Retirement! Eight years after coming into the Tribune area, popular clergy couple, Rev Dave Maylor and his wife, Kim, are retiring to Scotland. Both Dave and Kim have worked hard in the churches of Bainton, Barnack, Helpston and Wittering and congregations will be sorry to see them go. Dave has been well known for his work with Barnack School, the Little Lambs Toddler Group and for providing some first class entertainment at occasional concerts and at the regular Acoustic Café sessions at the John Clare Cottage. Kim led the Heating Project at Helpston and revived the Sunday School. She has made endless batches of scones, lemon curd and jam to raise funds for the churches. She has taught in schools in the surrounding area. In addition to baptising many babies and young children, joining many couples in marriage and providing funeral services when necessary, Rev Dave has put on several courses and encouraged families and new Christians to join the church communities. Although his work here ends officially at the end of April, he and Kim will be around at Helpston Gala. Prior to coming to our churches, Dave was Associate Rector and
Musical Director at St George’s in Stamford. This was a quite mobile congregation and it was after taking an occasional service at a Lincolnshire Parish Church that he felt called to a village ministry, (he had previously served at a Spalding church). He has become involved with many people and got to know many very well so leaving will clearly be a time of mixed feelings. “Some of the best memories I will take with me,” he told the Tribune, “are of happy times at the Party in the Paddock at Barnack, Bainton Family Day and Helpston Gala. Commissioning the new War Memorial at Wittering was important to me too. Of course officiating at the wedding of my son, Sam at Helpston was very special.” Regarding the coming interregnum (the time without a regular vicar), Dave said he hoped it would be no longer than six months. Asked for advice for a new person, he explained: “The vicar needs to look for the goodwill and run with it. People hold things dear and you have to work with these
things.” Asked about the state of the church, nationally, Rev Dave said he thought the church in general needed to show compassion and “earn the right to speak”. What, then of the future? The Maylors are cycling and camping enthusiasts. Two years ago they attended at church coffee morning at Hightay near Lockerbie in Scotland after a spell wild camping. They were impressed with the welcome they received and subsequently bought a house there. The village has a school with 18 pupils and a church three miles away where Rev Dave hopes to do some preaching or music. They will enjoy getting around the country on the tandem and have plans to do some cycling in S. Korea and Sri Lanka. They will be closer to their family and also hope to re-visit Kenya where Dave hopes to help out his old friend, Bishop Liverson. Rev Dave and Kim will most certainly be missed and all who know them will thank them for their input here and wish them a very happy retirement doing all the things they like best.
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Services Sun 1 Mar
Sun 8 Mar
Sun 15 Mar
Sun 22 Mar
Sun 29 Mar
St John the Baptist Barnack
9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church
St Mary’s Bainton
4.30pm Taize Service
9am Parish Communion
4.30pm BCP Evensong
9am Mothering Sunday Service
10am Benefice Communion Service
St Botolph’s Helpston
10.45am All Age Praise
10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church
10.45am All Age Communion 6pm Informal Service
10.45am Mothering Sunday Service
All Saints Wittering
10.30am Parish Communion
10.30am Morning Praise
10.30am Morning Praise
10.30am Mothering Sunday Service
St Stephen Etton
10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin
Congregation is 8am Holy invited to join other Communion Rev'd services in the Mark-Aaron Benefice
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10am Family 9am All age Holy Service Village 9am Morning Communion Rev'd Hall M Hotchkin & Prayer Derek Harris Mark-Aaron F Skillman
10.30am Holy St Benedict Communion Rev'd Glinton Mark-Aaron
St Andrew Northboro'
9.30am Parish 10.30am Mothering 9.30am Parish Communion Communion with Sunday Service with 4pm Messy Church Children’s Church Children’s Church
9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron
9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd Mark-Aaron
10.30am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin
3pm Mothering 10.30am Holy Sunday Service Communion Rev'd Rev'd Mark-Aaron Mark-Aaron and Derek Harris
10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman
9am Holy 10.30am Family Communion Rev'd Communion Praise Mark-Aaron Rev'd Mark-Aaron 6pm Evensong and Freda Skillman Derek Harris
10.30am Benefice Holy Communion
10.30am Morning 10.30am Mothering 10.30am 6pm Evensong in Sunday Service in Holy Communion in Prayer in Peakirk Peakirk Village Hall Peakirk Village Hall Village Hall Derek Peakirk Village Hall Rev'd Mark-Aaron Derek Harris Harris Rev'd Mark-Aaron
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9.30am 5.50am Sunrise 9.30am 10am Palm Sunday Service Hills Parish Benefice Service 10 – 11.45am St John and Holes 8pm Holy Communion Communion No Service Good Friday the Baptist 4pm Communion with Service Rev Craft Morning 9.30am Easter Barnack Palm Sunday Dave’s Final Sunday All Age Children’s Messy Church Church Service Communion St Mary’s Bainton
6pm Taize Service
6.45 – 7.10pm Prayers
12 – 1pm Good Friday Meditations
9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion
6pm BCP Evensong
10.45am All Age 7.30pm Holy St 2pm All Ages 10.45am Easter Communion 10.45am Communion Botolph’s No Service Stations of the Sunday All Age All Age Praise at Botolph’s 6pm Helpston Cross Walk Communion Barn Informal Service All Saints Wittering
10.30am Palm Sunday No Service No Service Service
10am St Stephen Parish Praise No Service No Service Etton Mark Hotchkin
St Peter Maxey
9am 7pm Holy Morning Communion No Service Prayer Rev'd MarkDerek Harris Aaron
10.30am Morning Praise
10.30am Easter Sunday All Age Communion
9am Communion by Extension Derek Harris
Congregation 8am Holy is invited to Communion join other Rev'd Markservices in The Aaron Benefice
6am Sunrise Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron
10am Family 9am Holy Service Communion Village Hall BCP Rev'd M Hotchkin Mark-Aaron & F Skillman
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10.30am Family 10.30am 9am Holy Communion Communion Communion Praise Rev'd by Extension Rev'd MarkMark-Aaron Freda Skillman Aaron and Freda Skillman
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Judy Staines Disappointed to see that a couple of youths have been through the footpath between Lincoln Road and North Fen Road, Glinton on a motocross bike. This has resulted in a quagmire in places, especially at the entrances/exits to the fields, and if they do it very often, the path will be a complete mess possibly impassable to those on foot.. There used to be stiles all the way across but they've gone, with some of the components ripped out and thrown aside. Can we have kissing gates installed there, please Peter Hiller, John Holdich? Kissing gates are good because they allow access to those of us with physical difficulties and tall dogs, and are also much more vandal-resistant. The one in NF Road is working beautifully.
Peter Hiller After the well-attended general meeting at Northborough and DG village hall last week a very worthwhile further meeting, this time on site yesterday at the top end of the old Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate. Parish councillors, Cambs and Lincs police officers, affected residents, PCC Highways officers and I discussed the practicalities of installing physical measures along this road to reduce the possibility of further traveller incursions here after the one a few weeks ago. Several agreed ideas for our highways team to consider before final costing and recommendation.
Anne Lees Another lovely walk somewhere new this morning, along the river from Peakirk. Beautiful blue skies at first but cloudy with gusts later - not recommended on a river bank! Was amazed to see how close we were to Deeping Lakes, albeit separated by two waterways. Spotted an ‘odd couple’ enjoying a swim - a Tufted duck with a coot, unless I was mistaken. (I must remember the binoculars another time...) Alastair Peat GOOD NEWS STORY! Local firm, Alfresco Landscaping, claim 3 National awards including the Bradstone Installer of the Year.... thank you to our community for the unending support you give us.
Alterations to outbuilding to provide enlarged garage at Blue Boar Helpston Road Bainton Stamford: Permitted Single storey extension to outbuilding to form enlargement of garage at Blue Boar Helpston Road Bainton Stamford: Permitted T.1 Cherry - Reduce and reshape crown by 50% and raise low canopy at Maple House Tallington Road Bainton Stamford: Awaiting decision
For Pollard of large malus to left of drive back to appropriate pruning cuts, max reduction 3m Fell purple prunus to right of drive Reduction of cotoneaster in back garden by approx 3ft at 5 Owen Close Barnack Stamford PE9 3EH: Awaiting decision Ash (T501204) within G.1 of TPO 15/2005 - Fell at Land Adjacent 4 Owen Close Barnack Stamford PE9 3EH: Permitted Removal of evergreen tree at Bramley House Main Street Barnack Stamford: Awaiting decision Red-cypress to fell Blue- 2x Lawson cypress reduce by 4 metres at Glencoe School Road Barnack Stamford: Awaiting decision Reduce crown and reshape cherry tree at 1 Canon Drive Barnack Stamford PE9 3EG: Awaiting decision Proposed access tracks for tree and shrub business at Land To The West Of Uffington Road Barnack Stamford: Awaiting decision Removal of evergreen tree - Lawson Cypress spp at Bramley House Main Street Barnack Stamford: Permitted Monterey Cypress (Red dot) - Fell. Western Red Cedar x 2 (Blue dots) - Reduce by 4m at Glencoe School Road Barnack Stamford: Permitted Construction of outbuilding for use as home office at Sandells View Stamford Road Barnack Stamford: Permitted
Replacement of three first floor front elevation windows at 23 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough PE5 7AX: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension and alterations at 2 Farm View Castor Peterborough PE5 7BY: Awaiting decision Erection of 2 x 4 bedroom detached dwellings at Land To The Rear Of 45 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough PE5 7AX: Awaiting decision T.1 London Plane - Removal of 2 overhanging limbs highlighted on plan at Village Manor 48 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough: Permitted 60
Single storey rear extension at 2 Maxey View Lincoln Road Deeping Gate Peterborough: Permitted Part retrospective application for erection of single storey pool extension (amendment to scheme approved under reference 17/00074/HHFUL) at 2 Suttons Lane Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AA: Awaiting decision Removal of condition C4 (use of dwelling) of reserved matters application 02/00852/REM at Honeysuckle Lodge Suttons Lane Deeping Gate, Peterborough: Awaiting decision Single storey detached garage and microbrewery at 84 Lincoln Road Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9BB: Awaiting decision
Single storey rear extension at 10 Elm Crescent Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LE: Awaiting decision T3,T4, T5, T6 and T7 Lombardy Poplar Trees- reduce height by 30% approx to just below previous cut line and reduce bulk/Crown reduce T3 as it is out of balance with other poplars and about to encroach on the highway T1 -Flowering Cherry Tree- crown/reduce to reduce bulk and density on N side nearest house and thatched roof Conifer hedge - reduce to 50% current height on garden side - to match cutline on South side at 18 Welmore Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LU: Awaiting decision Erection of four-bed 1.5 storey dwelling at Plot 1 Land At 16 Rectory Lane Glinton Peterborough: Awaiting decision Proposed single storey side extension at Pastures Farm House Waterworks Lane Glinton Peterborough: Awaiting decision Installation of four internally illuminated digital freestanding signs and one internally illuminated digital booth screen at McDonalds Lincoln Road Glinton Peterborough: Awaiting decision Fraxinus excelsior (Sgl/606448) - crown lift to 2.5m over footpath to lift branches over the play equipment and sever and strip ivy, Taxus baccata 'Fastigata' (Sgl/606440) - Crown shaping to prune the branches touching the building away from the wall, Acer platanoides (Sgl/606400) - Complete dead wooding to remove dead branches from the crown of the tree, Fraxinus excelsior ( Sgl/606444) - Pollard the tree back to approximately 1m above the major forking break of the crown at Peakirk Cum Glinton Voluntary Aided Primary School School Lane Glinton Peterborough: Awaiting decision Ash T.12 - Remove significant single branch overhangs the site, as shown in the submitted photograph at 5 The Green Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JN: Permitted
4013 Prune Holly to clear building by 1m at 14 Rectory Lane, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LR: Permitted Demolition of existing Garage and replacement with Annex at Forge Cottage 10 The Green Glinton Peterborough: Withdraw by applicant Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension, single storey covered structure and single storey detached garden building at 1 Farthingstones Glinton Peterborough PE6 7NU: Permitted Proposed first floor side extension at 23 Welmore Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LU: Awaiting decision
Rebuilding of west stone boundary wall (partretrospective) at Barnside Cottage 15 Woodgate Helpston Peterborough: Permitted T.1 Corkscrew Willow (red) - Pollard back to previous points approx 3m reduction of regenerated growth, T.2 Silver birch (blue) - Remove decayed branches and reduce by approx 1-2 metres, T.3 Weeping Silver Birch (yellow) - Remove upright growth back to appropriate growth point [Leylandii hedge (green) - Remove hedge to ground level - to be withdrawn] at 2 Clare Court Helpston Peterborough PE6 7EQ: Permitted Yew Tree-reduce crown and cut back from thatch and shed, creating 6-5m clearance at 18 Woodgate Helpston Peterborough PE6 7ED: Awaiting decision BT intends to install fixed line broadband electronic communications apparatus at Helpston Village Hall West Street Helpston Peterborough: Awaiting decision Corkscrew willow (red) - Pollard back to previous points approx 3m reduction of regenerated growth. Silver birch (blue) - Remove decayed branches and reduce by approx 1-2 metres. Leylandii hedge (green) - Remove hedge to ground level. Weeping birch (yellow) Remove upright growth back to appropriate growth point at 2 Clare Court Helpston Peterborough PE6 7EQ: Awaiting decision BT intends to install fixed line broadband electronic communications apparatus at Helpston Village Hall West Street Helpston Peterborough: Comments
Refurbishment of dwelling, new windows, repairs to roof, repairs to bay windows, re-pointing, rerendering, removal of trees and other landscaping, Internal Removal of wall between dining and kitchen, up grading of heating and plumbing, & electrics, refurbishment of existing Attic Bedroom at Woodgate House 43 High Street Maxey Peterborough: Awaiting decision T.1 & T.2 Willow - Fell, T.3 Lombardy Poplar - Fell at 21 High Street Maxey Peterborough PE6 9EB: Withdrawn by applicant
Non-material amendement to planning permission 19/00648/HHFUL - addition of window to first floor clothes room at rear at 6 Cromwell Close Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DP: Awaiting decision T1- Willow Tree-Fell, T2 -Silver Birch Tree-Fell at 52 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Awaiting decision Proposed extension to rear, replacing existing rear flat roof with pitched roof, construction of an open fronted garage and revised/extended vehicle hard standing and internal works to existing outbuilding at 10 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Permitted Single storey rear extension with pitched roof, existing garage alterations and proposed oak frame garage with altered vehicle access and hard standing at 10 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Permitted Non material amendment (changes to front and rear render, garage window bricked up and changes to door/window) of planning permission 18/01864/ HHFUL at 38 Deeping St James Road Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BG: Determined Non-material amendment to planning permission 19/00648/HHFUL - addition of window to first floor clothes room at rear at 6 Cromwell Close Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DP: Awaiting decision
Demolish the side extension and rebuild same dimensions, using the same materials - this due to severe foundation failure at Pilsgate Grange Stamford Road Pilsgate Stamford: Permitted Proposed single storey extensions, including a detached opened fronted garage at The Old Nursery Stamford Road Pilsgate Stamford: Awaiting decision
Single storey rear extension at 9 St Pegas Road Peakirk Peterborough PE6 7NF: Permitted Cherry tree reduce to 2m, 1 Cherry tree remove overhanging limb, 1 tree near garden gate reduce to 0.5m max, 1 Willow tree reduce overhanging limb back approx 1-2m, 1 Willow tree to repollard and 1 Multi stemmed Lourel reduce to fence line approx 2-3m at 18A St Pegas Road Peakirk Peterborough PE6 7NF: Awaiting decision Installation of two roof windows into main roof (not chapel buildings) at St Pegas Hermitage Deeping Road Peakirk Peterborough: Permitted
Construction of bin store, gates and associated walling to front at Highlands Marholm Road Ufford Stamford: Permitted
Richard Hardy, Churchwarden ............................. 01780 740505 John Wreford, Churchwarden............................... 01780 740362 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister .................... 01780 740097 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234 Elizabeth Snowball, Organist .............................. 07821 460505
Bainton & Ashton Parish Council
Chairman: Susie Lucas .......................................... 01780 740159 Councillor: Anita Phillips ....................................... 01780 749128 Councillor: Cliff Stanton......................................... 01780 749123 Councillor: Pete Charlton ..................................... 07850 657200 Councillor: Chris Womack .................................... 01780 740925 Clerk Jenny Rice firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnack Bowls Club
Phil Collins ............................................................. 01780 740124
Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234 John Ward, Churchwarden .................................. 01780 740016 David Laycock, Churchwarden ............................ 01780 740267 Elizabeth Snowball, Organist .............................. 07821 460505
Barnack Coffee Stop
Carol Pickering ...................................................... 01780 740438
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
Benefice, Simon Richards Singers (Glinton) Choirmaster .............................. 01778 341686
Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows
Helpston Explorer Scouts, Nick Drewett...................................... ....................................................01778 348107 / 07900 585072 Helpston Scouts, Mark Crookes........................... 07808 633018 Helpston Cub Scouts, Paula Metharam............... 07896 163598 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 1st Glinton Rainbow Leader, Sally Nash.............. 01733 254174 Northborough Guides, Jane Knott, ................... 01778 345101 Barnack Little Lambs Group, Julie Stanton.......... 01780 749123
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 Sandra Hudspeth................................................... 01778 343735 Diane Templeton, Clerk: E: email@example.com ................................................................................ 07879 043785
Doctors and hospitals
Peterborough City Hospital ................................. 01733 678000 Deeping Practice (Main line) ................................ 01778 579000 (Appointments only).............................................. 01778 579001 Glinton Surgery ..................................................... 01733 252246
Etton Church (St Stephen’s)
Barnack Men’s Breakfast
Rector: Mark-Aaron Tisdale................................... 01733 252359 Anne Curwen, Churchwarden .............................. 01733 253357
Barnack Messy Church
Fred Morton, Chair ............................................... 01733 252912 Emma Tajar, Clerk ................................................. 01733 234542
Barnack Parish Council
Glinton Friendship Club, Pam Kounougakis........ 01733 252018 Maxey Welcome Club, Robert Ford, ................. 01778 346288
Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285 David Laycock ....................................................... 01780 740267 Rev Dave Maylor ................................................... 01780 740234 Julie Stanton ........................................................ 01780 749123 Barnack Parish Council e-mail..............firstname.lastname@example.org Chairman, Harry Brassey ...................................... 01780 740115 Vice Chair, Margaret Palmer ................................ 01780 740988 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 347847 Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285
Kate Hinchliff ......................................................... 07745 116621
Max Sawyer ........................................................... 01780 765507
Bus & Train Services
Delaine Bus Services ............................................ 01778 422866 Stagecoach ............................................................ 01733 207860 Train Services ......................................................... 0845 7484950 62
Etton Parish Council
Friendship / Welcome Clubs
Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)
Cecilia Hammond ................................................. 07779 264591
Glinton Church (St Benedict’s)
Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 252359 Churchwarden, Veronica Smith, ......................... 01733 252019 PCC Treasurer, Simon Richards, .......................... 01778 341686 Bell Ringers, Mike Goodall.................................... 01733 253469
Citizens Advice ...................................................... 0870 1264024
Glinton Parish Council
Chair, John Holdich OBE, ................................... 01733 253078 Clerk, Mr John Haste, ........................................... 01733 252833
Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)
Priest in Charge, Dave Maylor, ........................... 01780 740234 Church Warden, Clive Pearce, ............................ 01733 253494
E: Helpstoncommunityactivityteam@gmail.com Facebook: @Helpstoncommunity Phil Roberts............................................................ 07925 720195 Emma Long............................................................ 07827 297053
Helpston Lawn Tennis Club
David Packer ......................................................... 07766 600694
Helpston Parish Council
Joe Dobson (Chair) ............................................... 01733 252192 Sydney Smith Clerk .............................................. 01733 252903 Rosemary Morton Vice ......................................... 01733 252243
John Best - Glinton................................................ 01778 342115 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 252 359 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
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 Carole Spinks, PCC Treasurer .................. ........... 01778 343585
Northborough Parish Council
John Dadge, Chair ............................................... 01733 254145 Catherine Franks, Clerk .................email@example.com ................................................................................ 07748 637555
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
Pre and After School Clubs (cont.) Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ................................... 01780 749123 Kirsty Wislawski. Manager, Sunflower Seed Pre-School, Church Street, Northborough .............................. 01733 253685
Al Good Rotary Club ............................................ 01733 252064
Schools and Education
Mike Sandeman, AMVC Head ............................ 01733 252235 Rachel Simmons, John Clare Primary Head ........................................................ 01733 252332 Neil Fowkes, Barnack C of E Primary .................. 01780 740265 Craig Kendall, Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School Head ............................................ 01733 252361 Mr S Mallott, Northborough Primary Head ........................................................ 01733 252204 Maureen Meade, Peterborough Adult Learning ...................................................... 01733 761361
Ufford Church Enquiries Peter and Sally Hudson ........................................ 01780 740475
Ufford Parish Council
Keith Lievesley (Chairman) ................................... 01780 740679 ......................................................firstname.lastname@example.org David Chadwick..................................................... 01780 740893 ..............................................................email@example.com Frieda Gosling........................................................ 01780 740343 ............................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Wilde.............................................................. 07960 018148 ...................................................................email@example.com Margaret Sargent .................................................. 01780 749482 ........................................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Susie Caney (Clerk)................................................ 07595 377236 ...................................................................email@example.com
Barnack Village Hall, Michelle Goodwin, ............ 01780 749337 Barnack Village Hall Bookings, Sally Hullock.......... email: firstname.lastname@example.org Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, Sue Lane.............. 07923 475966 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
Peterborough City Council
Editor, Tony Henthorn .......................................... 07590 750128 Design Team, Dimension 6000............................. 01733 772095
Police and Emergencies
Barnack David Over ............................................. 07920 160053 Glinton & Castor Peter Hiller & John Holdich ..................................................... 07920 160487
John Holdich OBE Peterborough ....................... 01733 253078 Peterborough City Council .................................. 01733 747474 Police - emergency calls ....................................... 999 Less urgent crimes ................................................ 101 Power Failure ......................................................... 0800 7838838 Samaritans .....................................................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 Jennifer Rice, Peakirk Tots Toddler Group ............................................... 07515 364909
Women’s Institute (WI)
Janel Pike (Helpston WI) President....................... 01733 253834 Conney Varley (Helpston WI Secretary) .............. 01733 260558 Margaret Stafford (Glinton WI).............................. 01733 701268 Jenny Dunk (Glinton WI Secetary) ....................... 01775 630163 Sarah Thurlow (Glinton WI President).................. 01780 740342
Kerrie Garner, Barnack Youth Club ...................... 01780 740118 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Youth Club ....................... 01778 347280
SEP – DEC 2020 Thursday 10 September
The Magic of Prague: Czech Art & Culture
This lecture looks at painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák. It shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation. As part of the Habsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. Looking back at ancient mythology, they imagined a new future by means of art, architecture, literature and music. From romanticism to cubism, the Czechs re-conceived various artistic movements in, specifically, patriotic ways. Thursday 8 October
A Short History of Art Crime
This lecture focuses on the most significant art heists of the past hundred years and questions whether the frequency of these crimes might be connected to the rise of art prices on the international art market. Are art heists really “victimless crimes”? To what extent has physical violence played a part in major art robberies? Why do thieves steal works of art that have almost zero chance of re-sale? Who steals high-value art and why do they do it? Is it conducted by organised crime gangs connected to drugs and arms deals, people-smuggling and other forms of Mafia-related activity? Or, are they, occasionally, undertaken by opportunist amateurs? What happens to masterpieces once stolen? Are they really stashed in some millionaire’s mountain hideaway or is the story more tawdry and mundane? What proportion, of stolen works of art, is recovered? Are museums improving their security to tackle art thefts? Are we beginning to see the end of high-profile museum heists? It draws on thirty years of writing, reporting and lecturing on art theft, its perpetrators and their motivations, and throws light into the darker recesses of international crime syndicates.
Thursday 12 November
Australian Aboriginal Art
This lecture will look at Rock, Bark, Ochre: the story of Aboriginal art in the culturally distinct communities of the north of Australia; an extraordinary story of continuous artistic endeavour from rock-paintings dating back 50,000 years, to modern work done on bark in natural ochres. The lecturer is credited with introducing Aboriginal art to Europe. She has curated important collections from Papua New Guinea, tribal India and the Bushmen of the Kalahari. Her gallery also advocates contemporary Western artists who resist the dominant trends of the modern art world, exploring how arts and crafts can collaborate by showcasing a diverse array of media. Also, she campaigns to preserve rock art in Western Australia’s Burrup peninsular. Thursday 10 December
This lecture looks at buying antiques and integrating & using them in today’s homes. The state of the antiques market and the different meanings of the word value are considered, and we take a look at what current and future generations of collectors are buying, why they are buying it and how they are displaying it. He always ends with a lively and challenging Question &Answer session. Where possible, he also brings a few examples of the objects about which he is talking. Although, the lecturer has undertaken formal lectures, his style is informal, energetic and friendly. He always ends with a lively and challenging Question & Answer session. Where possible, he also brings a few examples of the objects about which he is talking.
Time: 10.45 – 11.45am (coffee from 10.15am) Cost: Try it for free T: 01733 767539 The Fleet, Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL E email@example.com www.the-arts-society-peterborough.org.uk