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March / April 2021

The Amblers

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Stories from the South Bank STAMFORD




ENVIRONMENT • NHS • HERITAGE • FARMING DIARY • VILLAGE VIEWS • RECIPE Serving the North Peterborough villages of: Ailsworth, Ashton, Bainton, Barnack, Castor, Deeping Gate, Etton, Glinton, Helpston, Marholm, Maxey, Northborough, Peakirk, Pilsgate, Southorpe and Ufford


Dear Tribune readers, Welcome Tribland readers to our Spring issue. I don’t know about you, but I’m very happy to see January and February in the rear view window – what a cold, wet couple of months they have been! It’s great to welcome the first signs of Spring and looking forward to seeing nature at its’ best on our sociallydistanced walks in the villages.

< Percy loving Shrove Tuesday

You will see in this issue that we are launching a Tribune photographic competition – over the past 12 months we have been sharing some beautiful pictures submitted by our readers – what a talented bunch you are! The best photographs will be used to produce a 2022 Tribland calendar - watch out for more details in future issues. I’m still awaiting a call for my first Covid19 injection – it’s great to hear that so many of our readers have now been inoculated – a great effort from our local teams in making this happen. We have gone to press before Boris’s eagerlyanticipated ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ announcement on the 22nd Feb – let’s hope it’s good news for our schools, local businesses – and pubs!

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Don’t let dodgy DIY become a drama or invalidate your home insurance By Eileen Le Voi – Safe Local Trades & Services

Spring is in the air – and with the green shoots of new beginnings comes a desire to tick off all those DIY jobs. But a word of warning before you pick up those power tools or reach for that repair kit, tackling jobs around the home or garden that you are not qualified to do can damage your health as well as your wealth!

registered professional.Tackling jobs you’re not qualified for could also invalidate your home insurance, leaving you liable for the cost of repairing any subsequent damage.

Each year over 200,000 people find themselves in A&E as a result of a DIY accident in the home or garden.

Water damage is among the most common household claims. However, policies exclude damage which has occurred gradually or, damage which could have been avoided by regular maintenance – such as cleaning gutters of leaves. So, it’s important to keep on top of regular home maintenance jobs which could otherwise damage your property over time.

These range from mishaps with power tools and lawnmowers, to falls from ladders and slip ups with knives and scalpels – according to RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Over-ambition and lack of knowledge are two of the biggest factors in DIY accidents causing death and injury. But as well as potentially damaging your health, you could be putting your property at risk if the DIY dream turns to disaster. Apparently, one in five of us hate doing DIY, but are happy to attempt jobs that may be out of our league in an attempt to save money. However, a bodge job could lead to double drama. Recent research reveals that, worryingly, 29 per cent of DIY-ers said they would attempt plumbing jobs, just under a quarter (24 per cent) would undertake electrical work while 13 per would try to fix the boiler or central heating system. However, for safety reasons, electrical, plumbing and gas work should be carried out by a

The top 10 maintenance jobs in UK homes 1. Servicing the boiler 2. Repairing cracked walls 3. Painting and repairing exterior paintwork 4. Fixing a damp problem 5. Replacing boundary fences or walls 6. Blocked or damaged gutters 7. Repairing damaged brickwork or mortar 8. Fitting smoke or carbon monoxide detectors 9. Replacing sealant around baths and showers or cracked shower trays or baths 10. Updating electrical wiring. So, if you are unqualified, unsure or inexperienced – the message is simple ‘leave it to the professionals’.

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Pulling myself away from the window with it’s enticing view, at the end of my last article I’m now back in the present and the first thing I hear is your question 'So, what is shifting baseline syndrome (SBS)?’ Well can you remember what you did yesterday, last week, month or year? Can you remember 5, 10, 20, 30+ years ago? John Parsonage


... it has been many years since I have seen either a lapwing or snipe in these fields

Undoubtedly there will be some things you can recall but there are probably many more you forget. This is the same for each successive generation and it’s the things we don’t pay attention to the less obvious things they are easily forgotten. Too many of us, myself included, have most probably paid the world / environment around us not enough attention. Therefore change and development over time has drastically altered the environment to the detriment of many species (and ultimately ourselves!) but this negative impact isn’t seen because each generation can only really remember back to it's youth (not accounting for those who actually care). We don’t remember or know what our grandparents saw or indeed what their grandparents saw and this is fundamentally the concept of SBS. We are only making decisions on what we know / remember not on the concentrated knowledge built up over a period of time. This can lead to flawed judgement and a weakening of standards / acceptance of poor quality or industry practice. So why is this important and how does it relate to our immediate present in


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our local communities? We are told we are facing a climate crisis and an equally important accelerating process of mass extinction. Some believe it, others don’t. Like a lot of things in life I try to form my decision / opinion based around my own personal experiences. I thought back to my youth, effectively a mere blip in evolutionary timescale and I myself can see the changes on my doorstep. I then think back to what changes my parents, grandparents and previous generations must have seen and experienced and it is genuinely quite concerning.

In our local parish there are a couple of grass fields which have always laid wet but especially more so in the winter. One used to have loads of Snipe in the winter (a small well camouflaged wading bird) as did the local drainage ditches especially in a harsh winter. The other used to have a good number of Lapwings on (another wading bird) but it has been many years since I have seen either a Lapwing or Snipe in these fields. When you used to travel from Deeping to Peterbough on the old A15 you could see large flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing


FOR ALL SPECIES ... it is the consequences of our actions which sees many thousands of species across the globe struggle on like we have in the last 12 months

on the fields between Maxey Rd and Glinton (adjacent to the Etton R’d). Now the bypass intersects these fields I again haven’t seen for several years, the flocks I used to as a child. I could also stand on a local footbridge and throw a handful of maggots in the river and in seconds you would see numerous eels hoovering them up yet today this is no longer the case. I can also recall as a teenager biking to school one summer and counting the dead hedgehogs on a particular stretch of road (14 in total) when an adjacent piece of scrubby ground was cleared for housing development. There are still positives with sticklebacks and water voles in their same old haunts but without doubt this in general isn’t the norm. These observed differences / events (+ others) have happened in 30 years, I dread to think of the last 130 years. This is one small snippet of time in one small parish but some of the causes are far greater than the imposed boundaries of the parish and will need large scale action to reverse. Observed changes and local knowledge like this is why

acknowledgement to shifting baseline syndrome is so important to our local communities. Hopefully through memories of our own, our grandparents along with written historical records and accounts we can salvage some of these environmentally valuable locations and with collaboration, targeted environmental projects and ongoing management safeguard their future. Even better if we can create new and diverse habitats to accompany them. Couple this with better environmental planning legislation, greener living, a push to better recycling etc then hopefully we can reverse some of the damage which has been done or at the very least off set any future development. Let’s for one moment think of ourselves as just another species on this planet and let us consider how the events of 2020 have seen us all struggle. Then let us consider the fact that it is the consequences of our actions which sees many thousands of species across the globe struggle on a year in / year out basis like we ourselves have struggled the last 12 months….

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The Amblers

in Tribland by Anne Lees

Spring is in the air and the Amblers are looking forward to noticing the signs of regeneration in Trib’land – like meeting up with old friends, we anticipate the joy of seeing them again

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Under ‘normal’ circumstances, the Amblers would have been celebrating our second anniversary around now but, in the absence of meeting up in person, walking in nature is our connection. Spring is the season for mating and nesting, for flowering and growth. The birdsong increases as seeking a mate becomes imperative, and there is great satisfaction to be found in discovering a sheltered spot amongst trees to wallow in the glorious, musical sounds (by the way, if you are not able to experience ‘the real thing’, The Lark Ascending, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, is wonderfully uplifting and relaxing when you need to unwind). It is not only the countryside which is revitalized, however: the health benefits we derive from walking are such that it can now be prescribed by GPs to treat a variety of physical, as well as mental, health issues. Rather than relying on medication – which can have its own negative effects – medical experts are advising us to reconnect with Nature. It does not take long before walking becomes a necessity, rather than a choice, as we begin to value our regular ‘fix’ of fresh air and freedom,

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and actively seek opportunities to escape there. Being out in the elements, with the wide skies - ever-present in the Fens - we experience a lifting of the spirits as we relish the lack of confinement. We are reminded that there is life outside of our four walls and we have a new focus for our attention, away from the anxieties of current affairs, work pressure, the insistence of technology or family demands. Noticing colours in the hedgerows; the changes in the sky brought about by weather conditions; the sudden movements of birds (or, if we are lucky, otters, deer, hares and foxes); hearing a distinct, different call or sound (maybe a woodpecker’s tapping, a Red Kite ‘mewing’, or a watery splash); taking pleasure in the gentle trilling of a stream, or the angry turmoil of flood water being forced under a bridge - all become transfixing details and bring a sense of joy, like a late afternoon walk that rewards us with a stunning sunset. Walking in the countryside allows us the freedom to let our minds rest and wander, along with our feet. There is nothing demanding our attention, we can switch off and just allow our bodies to breathe and take


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steps. Before long, we achieve a steady rhythm, physical pains lessen, and the mind clears. The body becomes infused with warmth, muscles relax, and we are free to really notice our surroundings. In January, I got up early to walk in the newly fallen snow at sunrise. It was a magical experience that I carried with me for the rest of the day (and inspired a poem: see ‘Winter Snowfall’, elsewhere in this issue). On another occasion, during the winter floods, I found myself chuckling as I watched a male Mallard trying to navigate a strong river current – having struggled valiantly to make headway he apparently gave up, let the flow take him back to his mate and at the last second, executed a perfect ‘handbrake turn’ to end up beside her,

giving the impression that that was his intention all along. (Maybe it was - I have no idea whether ducks have a sense of fun!) So, what sights will be inspiring us in March and April? We have already spotted daffodils, aconites and snowdrops, and leaf buds on trees. Soon, the warmth from the lengthening days will encourage blossom, nesting, frogspawn, bees, butterflies and insects, ducklings, violets, forsythia, the return of winter migrant birds, speedwell, nettles, and bluebell woods in bloom, to mention just a few. Plus, of course, the cuckoo! To borrow a quote from author and nature-lover, Andy Beer, ‘It feels as though Spring is rushing to delight. Each day there is something new to note and something not to miss’. Enjoy!

Bathed in awestruck silence, The Earth holds its breath. Wispy feathers float gently down, Elegant and pure, Taking their time, Heedless of where they will land. Soft, soft, the feathers fall. The filling for a fluffy quilt Settles o’er the earth, Dulling sounds, Calling a halt. The world is clean and new, Not seen like this Before now, Before me. The view is totally unique, Wiped clean of familiar features. The countryside Insulated beneath a fluffy blanket. Stray movements loosen The quilt’s soft folds And let in the cold, draughty air, As it shifts and resettles. Sharp thorns, Smooth pebbles, Soft grass, All become one In the freshly laundered, Crisp, white uniform Of a winter landscape. As the sun rises on another new day, I follow in forebears’ footsteps, In solitude, In peace, Save for the crunching underfoot Of the cold, winter snow. Anne Lees

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UFFORD VILLAGE HALL In 2019, the Trustees of Ufford Village Hall undertook a formal Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) of the Hall conducted by independent experts and then, under the chairmanship of Marian Browne, set about implementing the recommendations.

Thanks to a very generous grant from Augean Community Fund we have now installed, tested and commissioned a new fire detection, fire alarm and emergency light system. This fully complies with the recommendations of the FRA and brings the Hall right up to modern requirements. In addition – and thanks to the same Augean Community Fund grant – we have installed a new ceramic hob in the

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kitchen (thus further reducing the risk of fire) as well as electronic hand dryers in the toilets. Separately we have implemented all the requirements to make the Hall Covid-compliant. So now, as soon as lockdown restrictions are eased, we very much look forward to being able to re-open our Village Hall to new users as well as welcoming back old friends.



Mark Malcolm has lived in Northborough with his family for three years, is keen to contribute to village life and has already made a valuable contribution to the council’s work.

New Councillor Mark Malcolm

All of the village’s defibrillators are registered with the emergency services and they will direct you to the nearest available.

Northborough Parish Council has been mindful for some time that a 3rd defibrillator is essential to provide adequate coverage for the whole village.

to call 999. All of the village’s defibrillators are registered with the emergency services and they will direct you to the nearest available.

After discussions about the best location, the new equipment has been purchased. At the time of writing we are about to install a new defibrillator, on Church Street, at the front of the school. Complementing the two already in place, at the shop on East Road, and at the Village Hall, every resident and visitor will now be within reasonable distance of a life-saving piece of equipment.

The council was delighted at the turn of the year, to welcome a new parish councillor. Mark Malcolm has lived in Northborough with his family for three years, is keen to contribute to village life and has already made a valuable contribution to the council’s work.

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If you’d like to do the same, it is a really good time to become a councillor at Northborough, with lots of activity in the planning stages. Please contact the Clerk or any councillor to find out more.

NORTHBOROUGH PARISH COUNCIL It is a really good time to become a councillor at Northborough, with lots of activity in the planning stages.

There is one councillor vacancy.

Chair John Dadge

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Vice Chair Malcolm Spinks

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Councillor Rob Chiva

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Councillor Brian Spriggs

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Councillor Elaine Mann

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Councillor David Aldwinckle

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Councillor Stewart Curtis

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COUNCIL CORNER CASTOR & AILSWORTH Castor Parish Council met virtually again on 4 February and Councillors welcomed Nicola Warnock the Census Engagement Manager (Peterborough) who gave us a short presentation on the Census due to take place on 21 March. This will be the first digital Census which can be completed on line. CPC have publicised the event within the village and on the website.

Interestingly while builders were working at the Woodlands site they recently recovered Roman remains. Further investigation revealed these to be a small part of a Roman jaw bone and teeth, together with some parts of animal bone. There may be more to reveal at a later stage if weather permits.

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Councillors are keen to review our Neighbourhood Plan in the spring, deciding on which policies to revisit this time around. Some readers may be aware a Care Home is being constructed on the Woodlands site off Splash Lane. The build has been very challenging for those involved taking into consideration the very wet winter and the Covid 19 restrictions the completion date has understandably been set back from April to July. The Woodlands site under normal circumstances is used by local football/cricket clubs and there are also plans afoot for a new Pavilion to be built on site. Interestingly while builders were working at the site they recently recovered Roman remains. Further investigation revealed these to be a small part of a Roman jaw bone and teeth, together with some parts of animal bone. There may be more to reveal at a later stage if weather permits. CPC are heavily invested in supporting the Langdyke Trust Nature Recovery plan and have plans to plant new hedgerows along with heritage tree planting around our parish land. It is also hoped to plant some attractive trees forming an avenue along the service road to the Woodlands site. Unfortunately again due to restrictions this work will now not take place until the Autumn of 2021 when we hope things might be getting back to normal! In the meantime we have purchased

Fiona Rowlands, Vice Chair CPC bat/bird boxes which will be erected within our village Allotment area where apple trees and a designated wildflower meadow is also planned within the scheme. Councillors were also delighted to support our local schoolchildren via the village charitable organization CASPRA and have donated money in order to purchase laptops to help with home schooling. Castor Parish Council have also donated to CAMSAR and MAGPAS both extremely worthwhile charities. Most village councillors will appreciate the ongoing problems within their communities regarding speeding and of course litter. We as a council are committed to trying to solve these issues and with the help of PCC now have new speed limits within Castor and are purchasing a new up to date speed indicator device which we hope will deter those who abuse the limit! Regarding litter, under normal circumstances like most villages we invite villagers to litter pick followed by a pie and a pint in one of our pubs. However at the moment we are encouraging villagers to use our council equipment and collect litter as they take their daily walk. Hopefully by the time the next edition of the Tribune hits our letterboxes within the communities we will all be able to move around a little more freely within our villages.



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Cllr John F W Holdich OBE

Peter and I have again taken up with Anglian Water the intolerable stress and sleepless nights suffered by residents of North Fen Road, caused by a breakdown in the pumping station. Okay, these things happen but not as often as it has been. We have had all the excuses over the years and it is now time to fix it instead of putting more houses on the system. SHOP LOCALLY. What would we have done during the lockdown without the Post Office and Nisa Store, and our wonderful Chemist.


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I noted on Facebook how many of you have appreciated the church clock working again. Unfortunately, this may be only temporary, as it is in need of more extensive repairs, estimated at £3,000, money which the church does not have. So, if you feel able to make a donation, it would be appreciated. Please contact Veronica Smith, Church Warden. How about taking a more active role in the village? Those who do are, like me, getting older. We would if you are able, welcome you. How about getting involved in the Community Association and the development of the new village hall. Also, the Glinton Friendship Club which hopes to re-open in the summer, requires a secretary. If you are interested, please email me on john.holdich@peterborough. Following my appeal in the last issue of the Tribune, for an interested person to maintain the Rectory Lane cemetery, I am happy to announce that a village person has come forward and has been appointed. I am advised that the much awaited decision on the Larkfleet Planning Application should be made very shortly. December and January have been the wettest months since the 1860’s. We have two main Drainage Boards who look after our patch, North Level and the Welland and Deepings. Their staff have worked day and night

since before Christmas and over Christmas, working over and above, keeping our feet dry. As I sit, in a voluntary capacity, on both Boards, I thank them on everyone's behalf. Good news: when launching with City Fibre, a city wide fibre network, I pressured them to come to our area, and I have constantly reminded them. Later last year they rang me to say that as we now had OpenReach, they would no longer be coming to Glinton. I showed my disappointment and they have reversed that decision, and work will start in March, hopefully with the first connections in July. If this is a success in Glinton, hopefully we can persuade them to extend to other villages. With so many people working from home, I don’t know if your connection is the same as mine, but it has been very unstable. This will give us options to rectify the situation. I, and Peter, have set up an online e-Petition in an attempt to get the Glinton Doctors Surgery re-opened. You should be able to access this through the Peterborough City Council Website Home page: type in petition, click the link ‘starting a petition’, then click the link ‘petitions’; then click the link ‘submit a petition’ or browse other petitions, and click the link ‘petition to reopen Glinton surgery’. Any problems with that, please e-mail me and I will put it in separately to the online petition.


GREEN SHOOTS AS GLINTON CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE RE-OPENS Clinic upgraded during lockdown to deliver a better, safer service for local sufferers Covid has been hard for many businesses – especially small independent businesses offering close-contact services. Greenacres Chiropractic Centre in Glinton is one such business. But rather than just close the door and wait for the green light to re-open, owner Bridget Bath used the time to revamp her entire clinic. From the forecourt to the furniture, Bridget worked to improve the look, feel and safety of the centre. Now, with Government and industry guidelines clearing Chiropractic services to remain open and all the improvements, Bridget has unlocked the doors and opened again. Offering such services to resolve spine and joint pain and stiffness, muscle and nerve pain, sports injuries, hypnotherapy and other hands-on procedures, makes client safety paramount for a Chiropractor like Bridget. Furthermore, her Centre is located next to the family home so added concerns of shielding her family meant Bridget needed to act so the Centre could re-open at some point. ‘My patient’s safety is fore most in my mind and by protecting them I also protect my family, whilst offering an essential healthcare service, especially to local businesses and self-employed trades’ says Bridget.’ I have felt like a ship at sea out of fuel, with no rudder and hated the feeling. There is only so much you can do for people via remote and online support’. Following the improvements and to mark the reopening, Bridget asked clients and fellow small business owners, Steve and Margaret Sleet of Greens Garage, Northborough to ceremoniously cut a ribbon to mark the occasion. ‘It’s great to have Bridget back in action as she helps us stay in tip top condition so we in turn can continuously offer our customers the best possible service’ said Margaret and Steve. ‘Much of what I did was helping self-employed people to stay mechanically functioning well, so that they too can remain operational encouraging those green shoots of business to blossom and thrive’ Bridget added. Greenacres Chiropractic Centre is back in fully operational capacity from 4th January. For more information and appointments call 01733 254239 or visit

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HOUSING TARGET REVISION A brief update on the piece I wrote in the Nov/Dec 20 issue regarding the Government’s intended planning policy changes.

Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor Ward

Mine and I’m sure many other contributions to the consultation appear to have hit home! One of my primary concerns about what was being proposed was the impact of the new algorithmbased formula for calculating Peterborough’s Housing Need Assessment. This new method would have hiked our annual target by 38% to an unachievable level, even though we are consistently a high-performing authority for the delivery of new homes. The government has now accepted our concerns and stated: ‘Having taken the responses into account, we have decided the most appropriate approach is to retain the standard method in its current form. However, in order to meet our principles of delivering more homes on

brownfield land we will apply a 35 per cent uplift to …the standard method to Greater London and to the local authorities which contain the largest proportion of the other 19 most populated cities and urban centres in England’ Peterborough is 31st highest city/urban centre in terms of population. As PCC Cabinet member for strategic planning I’ve maintained throughout this process that algorithms and formulas can never be a substitute for local knowledge and decisionmaking by councils and communities who know their areas best and I welcome this revision from government. Councils are in the best position to determine local housing need, instead of this being prescribed centrally.

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ADJUSTING TO THE BRAVE NEW WORLD Fergus Black, of John Clare School, talks about his experience teaching music online over the past year I am not a luddite, but I don’t have any Social Media presence, and until a year ago, like so many people, I hadn’t ever attended a Zoom meeting. But, necessity is the mother of invention … I was working as a musician - part teacher, part conductor, part performer. Some of the performing has continued (unpaid) on YouTube and online, but the teaching I have so far, largely managed to rescue.

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I was teaching piano and singing at John Clare PS in Helpston and at Bourne Grammar and privately. When the coronavirus struck, it evaporated. Schools were understandably reluctant to have visiting music teachers in school. So I jumped in to lessons online with Zoom. You may be sceptical about how this works for music lessons. I know I was before I started. The first thing to say is that online music lessons need a decent internet connection at both ends: so Helpston, for example, with its super-fast broadband is a dream, almost like being in the room with the student. Elsewhere, I have been impressed that some families have made a great effort, including upping their broadband package, or working logically on marginal gains, which together added up to a big improvement.

camera than a person, and the forgetful don’t usually forget to bring their books (or themselves) to online lessons. Also, I have some private students in Werrington who were travelling long distances to me for lessons: several from Stamford, one from March. In the past I have had students from Stilton and Boston. The value added by face-toface contact has to be greater than the cost of an hour’s travel, and waiting at the level crossing! The other major plus is that most students have practised more – I guess they had little else to do, since the chess club, rugby and netball have all stopped. “What can I do? I know, I’ll practise the piano!”. Also, I have better contact with parents for school learners. That three-way communication helps all of us enormously. Some things are lost, of course – it is hard to hear the finer details of performance over the internet. Zoom doesn’t convey long sounds well, so it can be hard to tell if students really are holding the long note; and it doesn’t do loud and quiet very well. It is the penalty or using meeting software that boosts the volume of people speaking quietly in a meeting, and shushes the loud ones.

Some families don't have a good internet connection, and others apparently don't have a printer. Or indeed, for one family whose child had been having weekly piano lessons in school, a piano.

So, I have learned to ask students to send me a recording of themselves. Since a recording is a kind of performance, I hope it encourages the student to play it well without stopping and starting, and I get much more detail in a recording.

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And for me, I find that lessons and preparation take much longer. You can't ‘wing’ it. Not that I ever do or did, of course!

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Census 2021 The census is a once in a decade survey of us all and we need your help to make it work. We are currently recruiting Census Officers in every region of England and Wales. Apply here:


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The tree near the Woodgate Lane footbridge ripped out of the Maxey Cut bank by the high water level and flow, has been reported to the relevant IDB and the Environment Agency. We've had an acknowledgement that it will be recovered from the water and the bank toe investigated for potential reinforcement.

I took this photo of the stonemason finishing off the wall he has spent much of 2020 building on Church Lane, Helpston. Only maybe 15 topping bricks left to place. I think he’s done a wonderful job and it is a pleasure to admire his work. As a reminder of 2020, I call it the Covid Wall!

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Barnack and Pilsgate Village Community Plea for help. Let's keep our footpaths safe. Regarding overhanging bushes on our footpaths, could I please ask owners of bushes out of control to cut them back please? Our footpaths are being used frequently at the moment, and I've been notified that in some places walkers have to step onto the road, or onto mud, to avoid overhanging trees and shrubs. Thank you for your help.

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Rosemary’s FARMING Diary As you will see from the picture overleaf…we go into 2021 with much the same difficulties which we encountered in 2020 with ground conditions becoming worse by the day, flooding in some areas caused by the relentless rainfall and snow. As you can see from the picture we have had to put in extra ditches to help clear the lying water from the fields.

All the sugar beet remaining in the ground was lifted the first week in January, our haulier cleared the last load of sugar beet and delivered to the factory on Friday 22 January. No records this year, but acceptable returns considering the varied weather the crops have had to tolerate in 2020. Sugar beet responds to water, but also needs the sun (all in the critical growing season which we didn’t get in 2020). The cereal crops are starting to green up and move forward although as the winter has been reasonably ‘open’ until this week all autumn sowings were growing well. We have been pleased with the growth our oil seed rape crop made this year, so far so good, we were able to sow it earlier than usual and the crop got a way to a good start with some rainfall soon after sowing which made a significant difference. We now have the pigeons making themselves a nuisance – they can and will do a lot of damage if no deterrent is

used. We are told nationally the area planted with oil seed rape is down approximately 18% so we could well be importing oil seed rape into the country this year, obviously the better the yield that can be achieved from our own crop grown here in this country, the better it is for us and the environment with lower air miles. Commodity prices of cereals and oil seed rape have increased over the last two months which has been very welcome. This will to a certain extent help towards the lower yield most of us experienced last harvest, again mainly due to poor weather conditions - This is farming. Farming is a gamble, it is the weather that always holds the ace of spades, followed closely by the politicians and then of course we are still awaiting the outcome of Brexit, no clear guidance has been made available, just snippets of information. Farmers need assurance to help plan the way

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how to lay a stock proof hedge, dry stone walling was another course, which we participated in – all very interesting and keeping some of the old traditions alive, we didn’t get any funding from what I remember, but at least it allowed us to look after a stock proof hedge and of course the same goes for the dry stone walling.

Farmers and growers will rise to the challenge for a cleaner environment as they have done in the past when instructed to produce more food in World War 2, when every acre was cleared, ploughed and sown to feed the nation.

forward for at least the next decade and beyond, every farm is different in it’s identity, some have very old traditional buildings which in some cases can work reasonably well with being adapted to meet the farm’s needs, old farm buildings unless you can adapt them can be very labour intensive to work with, then you have the location of the farm, soil types, old pasture which has to be grazed or you can have more fertile soil which lends itself to arable production, having said this, farmers are being encouraged to adapt the way they farm to help the environment which some have already made a start on. Over the years on our own farm, I can go back thirty plus years, starting with hedge laying where we had a qualified instructor teaching some of the younger generation


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These two items are part of our landscape and heritage, also the habitat they encourage. In some way’s farmers are ahead of the environmentalists, who almost blame farmers for the way the environment has declined. I think everyone has had a part to play in this, more people travelling abroad comes to mind, aircraft and factory pollution and so on, you could go on forever. I am sure we all need to do what we can, whether it is as an individual or as businesses. Farmers and growers will rise to the challenge for a cleaner environment as they have done in the past when instructed to produce more food in World War 2, when every acre was cleared, ploughed and sown to feed the nation. We, as farmers and growers await further clarification as to exactly what is wanted and how the Government will fund this, because without proper funding this will not happen on the scale that is proposed. On a lighter note, the snowdrops, aconites, primroses and yellow jasmines to name a few plants and shrubs are all out in bloom in the garden; the birds are singing and our resident cock pheasant is back, tapping on the French doors for his breakfast, along with all the smaller birds – it’s nice to have nature close by in these dreary days - spring is only around the corner and looking forward to some new planting in the garden. The Garden Centre will be opening up again on 6 March where I’m sure we will not be disappointed with the quality and beautiful display of plants and shrubs they will have for sale.



The Arts Society is a leading art education charity, bringing people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Each year The Arts Society Peterborough holds nine illustrated talks on many interesting, informative and entertaining artrelated topics.


PETERBOROUGH This year’s programme includes talks about how glass is depicted in paintings, a history of England’s cathedrals, the nomadic works of woven art, an armchair tour of street art, David Lean’s art of cinema, the symbolism of the fan, the art collector Peggy Guggenheim, graffiti around the world, and Dickens’ portrayal of Christmas.

The talks are given by professional lecturers, each expert in their subject, and are usually held at The Fleet in Fletton on the 2nd Thursday of each month (excluding June, July and August) and start at 10.45am. They are friendly, informal meetings where members can enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat before the talk commences.

For more information about The Arts Society Peterborough and the benefits of becoming a member please visit:


by Brian MacDonald

8 April FROM BRONZES TO BANKSIE An armchair tour of public art and street art by Ian Swankie


by Jacob Moss

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions, meetings at The Fleet have been temporarily suspended, but the talks are now available live online, for members and non-members, to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. Members will automatically be sent the link and instructions for each talk by email. Non-members are welcome to join us too – just email the society’s secretary, to be included on our mailing list and you will receive the link. For non-members a donation of £5 for each talk is appreciated.

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DOMESTIC ABUSE At a full council meeting in December, my Conservative group colleagues and I supported a motion to recognise and welcome the Domestic Abuse Bill which has been brought to Parliament after Covid-related delays. It is urgently needed but will only be effective if is supported by funding for specialist services. We recognise it’s a vital piece of legislation and will be lobbying our City’s MPs to push for the funding to be in place to make this happen. Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor Ward

It is known that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have impacted and increased the problem and reported cases, but by the nature of the mental and physical violence inflicted much of what takes place happens behind closed doors

Domestic abuse is a complex social issue which affects people from all groups, genders and cultures in both our rural and urban areas, impacting across many services in the council. The ONS states that in 2019 up to 2m adults aged from 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse, out of which 1.6m were female. Almost one in three women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and two women a week are killed by their current or former partner in the UK. It is known that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have impacted and increased the problem and reported cases, but by the nature of the mental and physical violence inflicted much of what takes place happens behind closed doors. The inspection agency Ofsted’s annual report states that while the number of referrals increased after schools reopened the first time, it had yet

to return to previous levels – raising fears child abuse could be going undetected. The Bill aims to introduce important measures that will help raise awareness of domestic abuse and its impact on victims. It is intended to focus on prevention and early intervention measures to prevent abuse; provide additional support for victims and challenge the behaviour of perpetrators by bringing more of them to justice; further improve the effectiveness of the justice system and strengthen the support thereafter for victims and their children. Alongside the £10m the Government has committed to domestic abuse charities, the Bill is a really important step in the right direction to both highlight the dreadful effect this has on so many families and hopefully encourage and give strength to victims to report their suffering. Contact details are below.

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 28

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It’s OK not to be OK.. Supporting Mental Health NHS Haematology Specialist Saqib Farooq writes from his Castor home.

According to data from the Office of National Statistics people experiencing depression in the UK has doubled from the previous year, with one in four reporting symptoms of depression after nearly a year of lockdown.

The mental wellbeing of workers has become a key issue during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether furloughed, working from home or facing new lockdown conditions, many of us are finding that the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic is taking a toll on our mental wellbeing. According to data from the Office of National Statistics people experiencing depression in the UK has doubled from the previous year, with one in four reporting symptoms of depression after nearly a year of lockdown. This has put onus on employers to take stock of the mental wellbeing of their staff and find ways to help employees at all levels in an organisation through what is, for most, a difficult time. My own organisation, the NHS, is performing so far beyond what we consider normal at the moment it’s sometimes easy to forget that ‘health’ is what we do for ourselves too. With this in mind, I asked a number of employers, how they are helping staff maintain their wellbeing during the pandemic and what support plan they have in place for those who need it most. The most impressive response and plan was, as précised below, from our Peterborough City Council: At the outset of the first lockdown PCC set up a health & wellbeing focus group (across Peterborough and Cambs County councils) to focus on our staff. We had in place external training for all staff on Mental Health & Wellbeing with a view to provide advice, guidance and training on what we are (and aren’t) in personal control of and how we can help ourselves. This training was also set up for Members too. We undertook immediate and regular all-staff surveys to understand how people felt about themselves mentally and physically, their home-work situations

and equipment, coping with technology use and potential isolation issues and as a result put in place an action plan to address themes coming through - this has been ongoing throughout the pandemic. We augmented these communications further with general wellbeing and another around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We issue twice-weekly hints and tips with links to other activities taking place nationally i.e. Dry January or Mental Health Awareness Day to strengthen the messages we send. We set up a monthly wellbeing drop-in hour, again with specific themes (general hints & tips and signposting to supportive information; back care awareness and guidance; an hour to be happy - focused also on relaxation, exercise and alcohol awareness in December) - all of this action has been very positively received by staff and members, especially those home-schooling their children or caring for elderly relatives and other domestic circumstances impacting upon their daily life. More generally, the council’s website has FAQ's regularly updated as government guidance changes in reaction to the issues ongoing, so as to remain relevant and a go to place for information. All this and much more besides points to an organisation which cares deeply and proactively about its people, their health and well-being and state of mind during this dreadful time. Nationally, as part of its campaign to address this mental health crisis, Mind has created an online coronavirus workplace hub with advice on supporting staff, managing furloughs and redundancies, team bonding and building closeness - especially when people are not in the workplace. If you are facing any of these issues or difficulties, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. It is perfectly ok not to be ‘OK’.

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A very happy new year to you and yours, and let’s hope, a Covid-free one. I just wanted to say a big thank you for highlighting Nina Vergette’s 100th birthday on the Friendship Club page, and thought you might like to see this picture of her. Doesn’t she look amazing! Many thanks one again. Barbara Holdich As promised, I've managed to have the antislip measures installed on the footbridge steps at North Fen Road in Glinton, following residents' comments about safety. Sorry it took a while but the treads were on a back order. The top steps should arrive in a few days too and be fitted duly. Peter Hiller

Alastair Peat Thank you to all those who supported the Xmas tree recycling for Helpston school... 86 trees collected and £515 raised for the school.... some super generous extra donors in there too... They are all being recycled by Tom at Boughton Landscape and Fencing who has chippings available should you need them... Stay safe everyone!

Nice to see some new pebbles on the Pathway of Hope in Glinton today. We live in hope... Anne Lees

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From “A Topography of the Lower Welland Villages” (currently in revision)

My transcription of the 1580 map onto an ordnance Survey grid. Where marked (?) there is some uncertainty as to the interpretation of the text

Before Enclosure started in 1819, some 537 acres of low-lying land between Tribland’s villages was bounded by low earth banks. A large beautifully detailed map of the land between Lolham Bridges and the North Fen was discovered by archaeologist Tracey Partida in 2012 misfiled under ‘Marholm’ at

the Northampton Record Office. Dated by Tracey at about 1580, it shows the early embankments that protected the land to the north and south from the meadows liable to flood between Northborough and Maxey to the North, and Etton and Glinton to the south.

1. (King Street) The way from (rest undecipherable). Three bridges are shown in the positions indicated and may not be the current 17thC bridges.

The map starts at Lolham Bridges in the west and ends at Carr Dyke and the North Fen in the east.

2. The way from Helpston to Maxey. This road is on the line of the existing road from Helpston to Maxey Church and appears to go over the northern bank at “Gillam’s Gappe”. There would presumably have been a bridge over the river but this is not shown. Perhaps there was just a ford. 3. Sam Bense gate waye (transcription not certain). This does not align with a modern road but does align with a modern field boundary. 32

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The original map is discoloured right of centre, and very faded in places. While most of the writing on the map remains quite readable, there are some words that defy confident transcription. On the original, the banks have been colour-coded, yellow to the northwest, green to the southwest and red north of Etton. Perhaps the purpose of the map was to indicate responsibility for maintaining the banks? Within the banks some boundaries or paths are marked (e.g. “Pinders Pathe”) which correlate approximately with today’s parish boundaries



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4. Maxey Drifte. This is on the line of the modern road to Etton but does not continue south below the northern bank. 5. Not named but enters Etton from the bank to the north, on the line of the existing road.

7. The way from Pet boro brigge to mkett Deepinge. This road ran about 220m east of the modern road to Northborough. There is still a dip in Mile drove just where the bridge or ford used to be.

Was ‘Peterborough bridge’ 6. Highgate Way. Not aligned the bridge over the Nene in Peterborough? with any modern road

Draughtsman Thomas Clerke must have surveyed the whole area with some diligence because he annotated the drawing at the bottom left corner with a pair of dividers and a note that he has drawn it to scale. Fieldwalking, and RAF and Google aerial photos reveal the positions of the banks and other features shown on the 16thC map and this has allowed them to be transcribed onto a modern Ordnance Survey map.

1. Looking east from King Street at this point, the original bank (or an uprated version of it) can still be clearly seen. If the map is indeed 1580, the bridges shown are unlikely to be the existing bridges. 2. “Gull pool” exists today as a muddy depression in a field. 3. The clearest and most obvious evidence of the river can be seen in a spinney at this point. The

preserved riverbed is still a meter or two deep and several meters wide. Turn down Woodgate Lane in Maxey and turn right onto the south bank of the Maxey Cut and travel west about three hundred meters to see it. 4. When the fields are newly ploughed, look south from the south bank of the south drain at these points. The medieval banks can still be seen as slight ridges.

The original map entitled The Plott of Westins Meaddow & Marrlamme(?) with the Towns Adjacent from the North Fenn to Lolham Bridges drawn by Thos: Clerke

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Ah, bonjour mes amies within your lovely villages in Tribuneland. This issue of your well-respected magazine I am to tell you about a dish which has the soul of France on a plate. It is, quite simply, simple, yet the sublime taste will last many memories from its eating

Sole Meunière The sole is probably the king of fishes. Indeed, this fish is the protagonist of the preferred dish of Le Roi Soleil King Louis XIV: the Sole Meunière! The term Meunière means Miller and recalls the flour used to coat the Sole before frying.

To Mr B in Castor: Thank you for your kind words about last issue’s recipe and I am very glad you and your wife enjoyed your plate of Saucisse Provence, it’s particularly popular here at CP. Glad also you managed to get the appropriate sausages – does make a difference.

It is one of the most iconic French recipes, as was perfectly encapsulated by the American Chef and TV personality Julia Child. Julia was an American cooking teacher, author, and television personality who is generally recognised for bringing a higher standard of French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most


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notable being The French Chef which premiered in 1963. In her book of memories, My Life in France, Julia describes her first Sole Meunière at the Restaurant La Couronne, in Rouen: “Perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top. I lifted a forkful of fish to my mouth, took a bite, and chewed slowly. The flesh of the sole was delicate, with a light but distinct taste of the ocean that blended marvellously with the browned butter. It was a morsel of perfection. This is the ‘morsel of perfection’ you home gourmandes may indeed bring to your own tables in Tribuneland with my straightforward and easy recipe.


At CP we serve on a pre-wa rmed plate with crushed new pot atoes with rocket and lemon or you may wish to accompany with a side of sauté potatoes and French beans or just well-seasoned French fries. A wonderful lightly-chilled win e choice is our Puligny Montrachet 201 6 – Olivier Leflaive or perhaps our less expensive but rewarding house Macon Villages.

For four you need: 4 fillets sole, or plaice if you cannot get sole, skin-on (about 140g/5oz each), 6 tbsp plain flour, 3 tbsp light olive oil or sunflower oil, 85g butter, ideally unsalted, 1 lemon, juice only, 2 tbsp small caper (optional), chopped parsley.

 Check the fish for small bones and pull any out with tweezers.  In a large shallow bowl, season the flour with a little salt and black pepper. Toss the fish in the flour, coating well, and shake off any excess.  Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the fish and cook, skin-side down, for 2 mins. Use a fish slice or large spatula to turn, then cook the other side for 1-2 mins until golden.

 Remove the fish to a warmed plate, then season. Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper.  Return the pan to the heat, then add the butter. Heat until it melts and begins to turn a light brown, then mix in the lemon juice and capers, if using. Swirl in the pan for a few secs, return fish to the pan and spoon over any juices.  Serve immediately on to well-warmed white plates with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Bon Appetit, Pierre x


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TRIBLAND PHOTO COMPETITION ENTRIES NOW OPEN The Village Tribune is launching its very own photography competition. We are calling upon Triblanders to submit photographs that represent our villages to be in with a chance of making it into our 2022 calendar. Dave Radcliffe, Bainton photographer and one of the competition judges explains: “We have a great community of villages in Tribland and this is a great chance for Tribune readers to get involved. Our area has amazing countryside and wildlife, whether that’s in our gardens or out and about in areas of beauty. We are keen for our readers to ‘get snapping’, especially whilst out and about on their socially distanced walks.” Entries are open from 1 March until the end of September 2021. All photographs must be taken in our villages and represent the Tribland area. A selection of the best photographs, chosen by our Village Tribune panel and a reader vote, will be featured in the calendar which will go on sale in November – an ideal stocking filler for Christmas 2021! Commenting on the competition, Tribune publisher Tony Henthorn said: “During the past 12 months and especially when lock downs have been in place, we have seen a huge increase in the number of (great and interesting) photographs being submitted to the magazine and being posted on our Facebook Group. It seems a natural progression to harness some of that local talent in producing a good, quality calendar for 2022. We would love to see entries from all walks of life; our schools, local associations and clubs, please just ‘get snapping’! Each entry must include the photographer’s name, phone number and the location the image was taken. To enter, please submit your entries via email to;


By Dave Radcliffe

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Enter the world of the small, tiny and close up and be amazed at what is there right under your nose, foot, hand… Photography teaches us to see, to see is to perceive from this we experience, learn and hopefully understand, allow us to ask the eternal question “why?” To look is to learn, even in the mundane everyday things that surround us and take for granted there is something that can inspire us in the world of macro photography.

To look is to learn, even in the mundane everyday things that surround us and take for granted there is something that can inspire us in the world of macro photography.


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With the way things are at the moment, macro/close-up work is something you can indulge in, even get the kids involved. It gives them a break from their online school work but yet is educational in its own right. This can occupy one’s mind and you can unleash your inner creativity Things to consider are repetition, detail is all around us in nature and in man-made creations/ inventions these things are there, just look you probably take these things for granted as I do. You don’t need all of the subject in

frame to know what it is, so you can concentrate on the image and the subsequent view. For example the lines of a humble fork which we use everyday, the petals of a flower, not just from the front of a flower but from underneath as well, to see the structure that nature creates is quite amazing and yet most of us take no notice of at all. So to equipment, dedicated Macro lenses on a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)camera produce wonderful images that are designed for close focus to the subject, often to inches away. Another option is extension tubes. These are a cheap way into macro work, these fit between the lens and camera body and give macro capability to most lenses. Finally there are close-up filters which vary in strength and screw onto the front of the lens, these give varying results and are okay just to dabble with. But not everyone has a DSLR and dedicated macro kit, a lot of kit lenses offer a macro function but can not produce the same detailed results, other digital


... the lines of a humble fork which we use everyday, the petals of a flower, not just from the front of a flower but from underneath as well, to see the structure that nature creates is quite amazing and yet most of us take no notice of at all. cameras often have a very good macro function built into them and these also work well. The cameraphone that a majority of us carry around every day has a macro function and a lot have a 'super macro' mode as well. For dedicated macro work it is advisable to have a tripod or another camera support system, a bean bag is good, also using a self timer to avoid camera shake.

The Fork Tines image is as simple as two forks, one piece of white paper and a LED torch as a light source, DSLR, tripod and 150mm macro lens. If any reader has a photography questions they would like answered I would be more than happy to do my best at answering them, give me a shout on email at

P.S. We want to see your images for the calendar competition (see page 28), so don’t be shy, get snapping and who knows, it may be your submission in the calendar for all to see.

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HELPSTON PLAYOUSE HAS EXCITING NEWS! Wow, what a start to the new year we have had at the Playhouse! At the Playhouse we are extremely passionate about promoting the children’s literacy development and this term we are excited to be working in close partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Lisa, our local Literacy Trust Ambassador has kindly provided us with some amazing literacy bags for the children which are supported by the Hungry Little Minds Campaign.

The Playhouse has some excotomg news! We are extending our provision to two-year-olds from Easter.

These literacy bags have provided us access to a great range of story books and activities that the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring at pre school as well as those who are currently accessing their early years learning from home. This has provided a great opportunity to develop and build upon our parent partnership too.

We joined the Hungry Little Minds Family digital Day via zoom, where the children listened to a story read by the fantastic children’s author Nick Sharratt! He read the ‘Whales on the Bus’ to us which the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed as well as singing nursery rhymes with him! The children who attend the OOSC have enjoyed a wildlife themed few weeks where they created their own bird feeders, salt dough hedgehogs, delicious hedgehog bread and so much more. The children amazed us with how much they knew about hibernation and how the winter weather can have an impact on the animals and environment around us. Once the snow arrived the children and staff had great fun making snow men, igloos and we even tried to make our own snow. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Please contact us to arrange a COVID secure visit or a chat with a member of our team.

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Being that bit older, the pressures of home-schooling have been more challenging but during this time, the Brownies bags of badges (which will be presented to them as soon as face-to-face meetings can resume again) have been expanding.

Birthday badges, anniversary badges, "I was a Brownie during Lockdown" badges and in some cases interest badges have been added. Quietly and unassumingly, Gabriella has worked hard to complete her Jobs and Mindfulness interest badges and was the first to perform her puppet show to earn the I've Got Strings Challenge badge. This badge is still active and know a number of other Brownies are 'almost there' and I look forward to popping their badges in their bags too. I am delighted to report that 2021 has started on a high. We have Brownies who have each completed Theme Awards (this means they have achieved 1 Interest Badge + 1 Skills Builder Badge + 180 minutes of other Unit Meeting Activities in each

one). Congratulations to Chloe and Tess who can now proudly wear their Theme Award Badges on their sashes with pride. A special mention is to be given to Chloe too as she becomes the first Brownie in the unit to gain the Bronze Award. A particularly impressive achievement in light of recent events. Looking forward, we hope that face-to-face meetings will be able to start again before too long, we will be at Glinton Village Hall when they do, which will allow more Brownies to work towards these awards. We welcome Rainbows Keira, Sophie, Holly, Erica, Roxie, Chloe, Harriet, Penelope and Emilia - who should have transitioned through 2020 to start their Brownie adventure. Keep smiling Brownies; hopefully it won't be much longer now. We can't wait!

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Congratulations to Northborough Guide Leader Jane Knott who received her 50 YEAR Service Award and Helpston Brownie Leader Christine Browne who received her 20 YEAR Service Award at Girlguiding Cambridgeshire West recent Virtual Awards Ceremony. Well done to both ladies what a fantastic achievement, you have encouraged, supported and enriched the lives of so many young people. Please don’t assume someone else will do it we need your help now. Not all roles require a regular weekly commitment. Girlguiding is for you if you 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 young people? • Spend time laughing, playing and being inspired by the incredible young girls in this area?

GIRLGUIDING GLINTON DISTRICT Due to current rules we are unable to meet with our members face to face. Many unit are using Zoom or Facebook to engage with their young people. Whilst this is not ideal it is giving the opportunity to undertake various activities and earn badges. We can’t wait until we can get back to normal meetings and enjoy all the activities we love.

We need to recruit some additional Leaders to ensure we can keep on helping our enthusiastic young people. We must have enough Leaders to support returning to face to face meetings and to continue offering adventures, activities and skill building to them. Girlguiding Glinton District has units that meet in Glinton, Helpston and Northborough with members joining us from other local Morag Sweeney villages. We have vacancies across Glinton District Commissioner all of our sections – Rainbows 5 – 6, Brownies 7 – 10, Guides 10 – 14.

Could that person we need be YOU, we are always looking for new members to join our enthusiastic and friendly team? Has this break in life as we previously knew it allowed you the time to think about giving something back and volunteering with local young people? 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. Why not think about it, see what we can offer you, no experience is necessary as full training and support is available. If you would like more information or want to register your interest please message me and I will be delighted to welcome you into our Guiding family.


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MUSTARD SEED PROJECT IT'S FINISHED! I can’t tell you how exciting this moment is. The first section of the building was completed in 2014 and now (excluding the fence) the building is complete. A big thank you to all of you who have donated towards this project. You should all feel very proud of what your donation has achieved for this community.

It costs £15,000 a year to feed our children, £6 per child, per month and so far we have raised just £9,500 this year so we have a way to go. Should you wish to make a donation towards this please go to our website

There has been some delay completing the fence whilst we decided what would be best. We do not own much land in front of the school, two metres to be precise. A wall would have been the safest but would have blocked out the light. We have finally decided upon railings and I shall send you photographs as soon as they are completed. For the first time all of our children are together and it should feel like a real community but of course they are all isolating in their bubbles. And wearing masks. There is currently no Covid in this area but very wisely they plan to keep it that way and even three year olds must wear a mask. Of course, it is impossible to teach young children with additional needs without being close to them but mostly teachers of the older children can manage to do this. What a strange world we live in. So, this project is complete apart from some additional furniture. We had most of what was needed but now that we have larger rooms we

can fit in more. The staffroom has been made bigger and the clinic is now smaller. The result of my misunderstanding of the use of the staffroom in Kenya. Not a place to relax but a place to work. Of course, the teachers have a lot to do. Children have been away from school for 10 months and the government has decided that they will be able to catch up in just one term. The mean score of B- for their KCPE that has been achieved in the previous two years seems very unlikely this year. We can’t wait to get out to Kenya. Seeing photographs is not the same as the real thing. I feel as though my baby has grown up. We have 300 poor children in 11 classes of 25-30. We have excellent teachers producing outstanding results. We shall always need to support the project, providing additional training, salaries for teachers and the feeding programme. In fact, this latter is our most pressing need at present as the trust that had been paying for this has now closed.

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y a w A   e t i r W Snails Some great photos of some local snails!

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It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since an article appeared in Village Tribune on behalf of the Rainbows. They do enjoy being able to share their efforts with family and friends, near and far; something that is very important to everyone right now. Not being able to have face-toface meetings has not stopped the Rainbows' enthusiasm and productivity. Following on from the Easter Eggstravaganza Challenge badge last year, the Rainbows have continued to work towards and earn a variety of badges. Five Rainbows even achieved their Gold Awards; a huge well done to Keira, Sophie, Holly, Roxie and Chloe on a spectacular achievement. We had seven new Rainbows join us just before the lockdowns last year and at one point the group number reached twenty-one as we were reluctant to transition anyone to Brownies until they had had a chance to say a proper goodbye and have a Pot of Gold celebration. This all took place, when between the two lockdowns, we managed to squeeze in three face-to-face meetings. It was so wonderful to see the Rainbows smiling faces, some of the older ones have grown so tall and the new ones - who had waited patiently for almost 9 months - were so keen to get started. Using hoola-hoops for social distancing, we played games and made poppies for our Remembrance Wreath in our

first session before they were sadly stopped again. Despite restrictions being back in place, we were very proud that we were able to hold a socially distanced wreath laying near a Remembrance Sunday display at the end of Vixen's garden. The Rainbows took home a plethora of badges and a goodie bag with craft activities to complete over the next three weeks before they returned to make reindeer cakes and melted snowman biscuits. As we were not allowed to sing at the meetings, we also learned how to sing 'Happy Birthday' in BSL and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' in Makaton. It was also time to say "goodbye and good luck" to the Rainbows (Keira, Sophie, Holly, Chloe, Roxie, Erica, Harriet, Emilia and Penelope) transitioning to Brownies. So here we are, a year later with meetings still being run creatively on-line. This is not holding back our Rainbows who continue to work towards their coveted badges. A special well done has to go to Edie who has become the first Rainbow to achieve a Theme Award. She has completed all 3 components of the Express Myself Theme Award and will wear this proudly on her t-shirt.

We cannot thank the Rainbow parents and especially the Rainbows enough for their support during this challenging time: we will continue to stay calm and carry on, knowing that we will meet again.

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THE BEAST FROM THE EAST AND OTHER STORIIES As I write this we are in the grip of a mini beast from the east - thank goodness it wasn’t this cold when Santa visited Etton in early December. With thanks to all involved and for the generous donations. The Parish Council has agreed to give £100 from the collection towards the church roof fund, leaving £107.15 for village projects. We now have £188.15 (£107.15 plus £81 from last year) that can be used within the village. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like the money spent on, please let me know.


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It was fantastic to see so many villagers turn out on Christmas Eve for our short service on the green. I think I counted 45 socially distanced participants and Rev Mark-Aaron did a great job. Since then, it has been necessary to temporarily close the church building from 4th January due to Covid concerns. Services are broadcast on Facebook and are available on U-Tube. However, last Sunday we held our first service via zoom which seemed to go well. If you would like details about any of the activities, please contact me. You may be aware that Tarmac have applied for planning permission to import many tonnes of inert materials from the Werrington railway tunnelling works to facilitate the restoration of the land north of the village back to agricultural land. This will

involve the movement of lorries from Werrington, up the A15 then into Tarmac land through their normal access roads. The work could take up to a year. Comments on the application needed to be in by 14th January and a decision is still pending. On a positive note, our first Jacob sheep lamb was born safely at Etton High Meadow today- Spring is on the way! Also, the snowdrops are beautiful in the churchyard-despite the snow! Finally, it’s Census year! Sunday 21 March is data collection day. It is a ‘digital first’ census and it is hoped you will respond online using computers, phones or tablets. However, help and support will be available from the census team should you not be able to complete the survey online.


In the last Tribune I wrote about the results of the nature recovery survey. Since then, representatives from the Parish Council and the Langdyke trust have met and a draft 10-year plan is in the process of being completed.

• Ensuring nature-positive restoration of all mineral workings

The proposed strategic objectives of the plan are to enhance the variety and abundance of wildlife in the Parish as follows:

• Enhancing the wildlife potential of the village itself

Snowdrops bursting into life

• Enhancing public access to the countryside and opportunities to learn about and appreciate the natural and built heritage of the countryside

• Creating north-south wildlife corridors within the parish, linking the wetlands of the northern part of the parish with the woodlands/grasslands of the south and through them to Castor Hanglands • Planting new oak trees across the landscape

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DIGITAL NO A digital nomad is someone who earns a living whilst working online from different locations of their choosing. This is any job that can be combined with travelling, such as a blogger, programmer or copyrighter. According to MBO Partners, there are approximately 4.8 million people who are digital nomads. For people with a passion for travelling, it is a great way to see the world and still make money. Which consequently, funds their travelling and lifestyle. Travelling and making money; what’s not to like?

You wake up to the high-pitched buzz of your alarm clock. Half asleep and pining to press snooze and re-enter dream state. Forcing yourself out of bed, you hop in the shower to gain consciousness. You slump downstairs to eat. What you eat depends on whether you pressed that snooze button (like we all know you did). All before getting dressed, packing your bag and getting into your car to leave for work. Sound familiar? For most people, this is the reality of working life. But for a digital nomad, their routine is quite different. They are not confined to the same routine or the same four walls every day. Their office is the world. The life of a digital nomad is often unpredictable; no day is ever the same. Their work may be, but the scenery often changes. The pandemic, however, has left digital nomads guessing when they will be able to travel next. Dan Lawrence, 49, works in digital marketing and has been a digital nomad for 23 years. He was in the first wave of digital nomads, which began when the World Wide Web was launched in the public domain in 1993. Speaking passionately about his lifestyle, Dan said: “When I started digital nomadism, everyone said I was dreaming. But being a student and loving to travel, I thought the


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idea was brilliant. So, I did it. Since then, I’ve always stayed freelance and independent. For me, it’s about waking up every day and living how you make it. It’s your adventure and you’re not tied down to some boss or somebody else’s idea of how you should live.” Dan has followed his dream and has successfully been able to combine his love for travelling with his job. He boasts his highlights as working from a tent on a beach in Ibiza, to living and working in his favourite destination Lisbon, Portugal. Being a digital nomad means you can be away for weeks, months or even years experiencing different parts of the world. This time spent abroad is appealing to digital nomads, whose careers revolve around their desire to travel. Agreeing with this, Dan said: “I hate the idea of a holiday where you're limited to two weeks. If I'm going somewhere I want to properly go there and be there for a significant amount of time. As long as I’ve got a backpack and my laptop then I can literally take myself away.” For those not tied down to traditional job requirements, it’s as easy as that. You can choose where you go and for how long. Some hop from country to country and others enjoy spending extended time somewhere they really love. Either way, digital nomads pilot their lifestyles.



OMAD By Sophie Smith

Whilst normality is still waiting to board the plane, many of us are dreaming of our next holiday. For digital nomads, they just want to resume their lifestyle - a lifestyle choice that could see a surge after COVID-19.

As COVID-19 tightened its grip on the world, like many industries, the travel sector was hit badly. One by one, countries began to impose travel bans and ‘lockdown’ restrictions made travel near-impossible. Figures from GOV.UK show that arrivals in the UK by plane, dropped significantly from 87% in March 2020 to 37% in May 2020. Shockingly, the number of air arrivals into the UK in July 2020 was 90% fewer than that during July the previous year. For those whose lifestyles center around travel, it caused uncertainty. The normality of working and travelling with ease was ripped away. Their passion was put on hold. For many digital nomads like Dan, COVID-19 has severely restricted their freedom to travel when they please. Dan has been living at his base in the Isle of Wight for the duration of COVID-19. Though still working remotely, travel has been out the window. He said: “With COVID-19 it’s been very different. It’s just slowed everyone down. It means people have had to stay in one place. Some people

got lucky and they were already somewhere really nice and other people probably got stuck somewhere they might not want to spend so long.” For those in the UK, this lockdown has meant no travel to exotic locations. Dan glanced out of his window, describing his coastal view. He acknowledged that that there are worse places to spend lockdown. However, reflecting on the travel ban, he said: “It’s horrible. It’s a fundamental human right. I find it troublesome that we have been prevented from travel. Although I understand why. So, long as it is only temporary then that is fine. I’m just so used to the freedom to travel and work wherever I please but now that freedom has been restricted.” It has been many months and a couple of lockdowns since the pandemic began. Travelling is still restricted. Staycations have become in demand. But for those wishing to venture further, jetting off to a new country is still not easy or completely safe. Whilst normality is still waiting to board the plane, many of us are dreaming of our next holiday. For digital nomads, they just want to resume their lifestyle - a lifestyle choice that could see a surge after COVID-19. Many people have been working remotely from home during the pandemic. Employers have realised that people can be as productive whilst working from home as they can be in an office. Compared to Dan’s first experiences in the 90’s, the opportunity to adopt the digital nomad lifestyle is so much easier now. Technology allows us to easily communicate, no matter where in the world we are. More people may now decide to take the leap into digital nomadism. Will you?

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Home sweet home: Canary Cottage, c.1750

Past Dwelling in the

Want to be a House-Detective?

by Greg Prior and Avril Lumley Prior

With test-pitting outlawed during Lock-down and our treeplanting programme completed, Peakirk Archaeology Survey Team (PAST) has kept busy over winter by updating the village Heritage Record and delving into the history of Greg’s cottage.

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Your house does not have to be ancient to be interesting. The setting can be equally fascinating, especially if there are any significant topographical features in the vicinity or a noteworthy event has happened nearby.

Has it been modernised?

Playing at being ‘housedetectives’ was so addictive and rewarding that we would like to encourage you to try it too, either as an individual or family activity or as part of a community project. Whether it is a converted bakery, barn, chapel, chippy, forge, postoffice, pub, school, shop, station, almshouse, manorhouse, Victorian two-up-twodown, 1930s semi or council flat, every dwelling is unique because of the influence of its inhabitants. Since there are no

deadlines to meet, you can pick up your research and put it down when the mood takes you and add details and illustrations of the improvements you’ve made and your vision of your ideal home. Thus, your househistory becomes a ‘living’ chronicle of its past, present and future.

What about new-builds? Well, your house does not have to be ancient to be interesting. The setting can be equally fascinating, especially if there are any significant topographical features in the vicinity or a noteworthy event has happened nearby. For instance, Peakirk’s Penwald Close was built on Neaverson’s Timber Yard (adjacent to the railway) and some of the St Pega’s Road properties stand alongside and even on top of the Car Dyke Roman watercourse. Glinton’s Welmore Road overlays part of a medieval field system and Northborough’s Church Farm surrounds an AngloSaxon settlement. So, you could always explore your home’s relationship with its environment.

Getting started

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Initially, the prospect may seem rather daunting, so we suggest that you tackle it in bitesized pieces. There are many books on the subject. David Iredale’s and John Barrett’s Shire Publication, Discovering Your Old House (1991) is a handy, comprehensive guide


they/we come to live here? You are bound to think of more questions as work progresses, though you may not find all the answers!

Hunting for clues

What were the out-buildings used for?

Listen to local gossip! Often, there really is “no smoke without fire”! Sometimes, the half-forgotten remembrances from 50, 60, 70 years ago can lead to a tremendous breakthrough – or direct you down another avenue of research.

and you can always refer to our Trib. article (Issue 126, pages 49-56: available online, if you’ve binned it). However, rather than get bogged down with any background reading at this stage, it is probably easier to make a list of what you hope to find out, beginning by determining whether anyone has surveyed your house before. Indeed, if it is a Listed Building, there will be some basic data on the website. You can also try Googling your address or neighbourhood to see what pops up. It could save you a lot of time and effort. If nothing is forthcoming, next try to discover when your home constructed. Has it been subdivided or have two or three houses been morphed into one? What was its original function? Why was it built here? What materials were used? Were any of them recycled? If so, where did they come from? Has it the house been modernised or adapted? When were the amenities (water, electricity etc) laid on? What were the out-buildings used for? Who lived in our house before? Why did

Undoubtedly, after the building itself, the most important sources are the Deeds and any attached architectural drawings and site-plans. These should disclose ownership, tenancies, any structural alterations and maybe a clue to its date. Old Ordnance Survey Maps, prints and photographs may also give some idea of dating or what was there before. You will find the maps on the excellent National Library of Scotland website. The 1840s-1960s OS Six-Inch Series (Northamptonshire) are particularly user-friendly (and printable – but copyright and, therefore, for personal use only). Peterborough Images Archive website has a superb collection of photographs of Tribland villages and you may be lucky enough to spot your house and note the changes. Archaeological finds including pottery sherds dug up in your flower-bed may tell you about your home’s place in the general scheme of things. For example, whilst excavating a pond in Avril’s 1970s garden, she was thrilled to unearth a chunk of colourful mosaic - until she realised that it came from an Edwardian dairy that occupied the site and not from a Romano-British villa! And, please, do listen to local gossip! Often, there really is “no smoke without fire”! Sometimes, the half-forgotten remembrances from 50, 60, 70 years ago can lead to a tremendous break-through – or direct you down another avenue of research. Crucially, make notes as you go along. Research not recorded is research lost forever . .

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and Dispatcheds’ etc can be consulted by subscribing to a genealogical website like Ancestry® or Findmypast. Moreover, Leicester University’s Special Collections Online offers a free though limited selection of Trades’ Directories for the years between 1841 and 1914. (Remember, Tribland was in Northamptonshire then.)

Why bother?

Why did they come to live here?

Appendix: The iconic Canary Cottage featured in the photographs is a well-loved landmark, on private land off the A47 at Thorney Toll. It is understood to have been erected for a shepherd or agricultural labourer c.1750, shortly after Knarr Fen was drained. Yet, distance lends enchantment to the view for the dwelling’s accommodation was exceedingly Spartan by today’s standards. Its only concessions to modernity were a 1930s tiled fireplace and a calor-gas powered waterheater, fortuitously installed before the ‘Big Freeze’ of the winter of 1962/63. The last of Canary Cottage’s hardy tenants, Thelma and Ken Wright, left in 1965. It is now a Grade II Listed Building in dire need of some TLC. 54

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What next?

If you live in an older property, once you know the names of your predecessors you may wish learn more about them and how they earned a living. Again, local intelligence is a bonus but can also be sketchy and conflicting. You can access more-detailed information through Census Returns (1841-1911), Births, Death and Marriage Records, Parish Registers, Electoral Rolls and Trades’ Directories. Normally, these sources are available for you to peruse at Peterborough Central Library’s Archives, where knowledgeable staff would help you in your quest. Alas! The facility is suspended due to the pandemic. But take heart! You still can do it all from home. The Census Returns, ‘Hatched, Matched

For fun, for posterity, personal satisfaction or the simply the innate desire to find out more about the place you call home? Besides, your endeavours can blossom into greater things. In some villages, residents have displayed abridged househistories in their windows and on garden-fences, whilst Frieda Gosling rallied the good folk of Helpston to publish theirs in an attractive gazetteer, Exploring the Heritage of Helpston (2017).


PAST would love to coordinate similar projects for Peakirk and Glinton - if there is enough interest, that is. Normally, we could hold workshops or meet in the Blue Bell or Ruddy Duck to chat about your findings, swap tips and for mutual support; but in the current climate all we can provide is online help (to the best of our ability) and an ultrabrief case-history below as an exemplar. If you are interested, please, email Avril or message her via Facebook and we will be in touch.


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Running Fundraiser Tara Lepore

A local student will be running 13.1 miles through Tribland in fancy dress to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation. Tara Lepore, 24, will run a half marathon at the end of March to attempt to raise £400 for the charity. She plans to run through Maxey, Etton, Glinton, Peakirk and Northborough as part of her 13.1 mile (21km) route in the last weekend of March. She is currently on track to raise a total of £3,490 for Meningitis

Research Foundation, a charity aiming to eradicate meningitis globally by 2030. Her final fundraising challenge will be trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru in June 2022. Tara is a psychology student at Nottingham Trent University but is living at home in Market Deeping during the national lockdown.

“I grew up in Etton so thought it would be fun to complete this charity fundraiser in my old stomping ground, The purple tutu should hopefully raise a smile or two when I’m out - please say hello or beep your car horn in support if you see me running through the villages that weekend!” She told the Village Tribune.


St Martin’s High St, 1960s (Wilfrid Wood of Barnack)

Stories from the South Bank by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

Pushing the Boundaries to Stamford Baron

The River Welland rises in the Hothorpe Hills near Sibbertoft (Northamptonshire), flows through Rockingham Forest to the Fens, forms the northern boundary of Tribland and empties into the Wash at Fosdyke. Until the sixteenth century, it was navigable as far as Stamford. And it is there, that we are going to do as the sign bids and ‘stay awhile’, exploring Stamford Baron (aka Stamford St Martin) south of the river, which like the rest of the town is jam-packed with history and ‘ancient charm’

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Battles, burhs and bottle-necks

The Welland Valley has been exploited since prehistoric times and possibly indicated the boundary between the Iron-Age Corieltauvi and Catuvellauni tribes. The prehistoric track now called the Jurassic Way can be traced down the present Pinfold Lane (behind the Garden House Hotel), crossing the river near the George Bridge onto Castle Meadows, continuing over

River Welland at Stamford

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Lammas Bridge, along Castle Dyke to Red Lion Square and on to Scotgate (the way to Scotland). By 1086, it formed a stretch of the main London-toEdinburgh route (known from the 1600s as ‘The Great North Road’) and remained so until 1960, when it was bypassed by the A1. (I vaguely remember from childhood trips to Surrey the traffic-jams that afforded me my first glimpses of a town full of quaint houses and lofty churches that lured me back again and again!)

By 50AD, Roman engineers had completed this section of their London-to-York super-highway, Ermine Street, connecting the forts at Water Newton (Durobrivæ) on the River Nene and Great Casterton on the Gwash, a tributary of the Welland. It passed through Burghley Park, along Wothorpe Road, crossing the Welland west of the Jurassic Way over a ‘stone ford’ that eventually gave the settlement its place-name. Here Queen Boudicca and her Iceni warriors reputedly pursued the hapless Ninth Legion after sacking Verulamium [St Albans] and Londinium [London], in 60AD. However, it was not really until c.877 that events in Stamford began to be reported. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles reveal that, after the Scandinavian invasions, it became one of Five Boroughs of Danelaw together with Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham. Each was ruled by a Danish jarl (earl), who in turn was subject to the chief jarldom of York, and was governed and taxed on Danelaw terms. A burh (stronghold) was constructed on the Jurassic limestone terrace north of the river, stretching roughly from the site of Marks’ & Spencer’s as far as Red Lion Square and seemingly respected the pre-existing Anglo-Saxon settlement to the west. In 918, Alfred the Great’s son, Edward the Elder, king of Wessex (899-924), resolved to gain control of the rest of England. So, he left his indomitable sister, Æthelflæd, ‘the Lady of the Mercians’, in charge at home. Then, according to the original and somewhat-biased Winchester


‘Boudicca’s’ Ford

John Speed’s Map of Stamford showing the burhs (1612)

St Martin’s church with the boundary of the burh on left

The Great North Road through Stamford version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (commissioned by their father), ‘Edward went with an army to Stamford, and ordered a burh to be built on the south side of the river; and all the people who belonged to the morenortherly burh submitted to him and sought him as their lord.’ I doubt if the Danish debacle were as simple as that! It is possible to plot most of the outline of Edward’s stronghold. Park Lane follows its eastern boundary with Burghley [the ‘clearing by the burh’]; Pinfold Lane marks part of the western limits, whilst St Martin’s churchyard wall suggests its northern periphery. The Jurassic Way was diverted to make the Highgate [High St] the burh’s axial route, leading to the tenth-century river-crossing at the Welland’s narrowest point. This deviation explains the road’s circuitous course north of the Welland before joining Scotgate.

Having secured his kingdom, Edward organised it into shires for administration purposes. Of the Five Danish Boroughs, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham all became county towns. Although there are a few references to ‘Stamfordshire’, its estates and privileges were lost to Lincoln. Indeed, Stamford straddled three counties: Northamptonshire [now Lincolnshire] comprising Edward’s burh, Lincolnshire with its Danish burh and Rutland to the west, where Rutland Terrace now stands. Nevertheless, Stamford thrived under the rule of Edward and his son, Æthelstan (924-39). North of the Welland, there was significant Saxo-Norman pottery industry, where fine glazed-ware was crafted for domestic use and export until the late-thirteenth century. On the south bank, was a mint, employing 52 moneyers, the fifth most important in the country after London, Lincoln, Winchester and York. It was operating until at least 1146.

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St Martin’s High Street, c.1905

Stone merchants’ houses excavated during the 1960s revealed crypt-like cellars, slab-floors, indoor privies with soakaways, built-in ovens and backyards.

St Martin’s High St, 2020

Walls, wharfs and the wool-trade

After the Norman Conquest, William I raised his castle north of the river and appointed the cudgel-wielding military monk, Turold de Fécamp, as abbot of Peterborough confirming to his monastery lands in Stamford ‘across the bridge’ [later the Barony of Stamford or Stamford

Baron] and the right to levy tolls. The town continued to flourish, owing its success as a tradingcentre to its position on a major road and navigable waterway and the demand for grain and quality wool from the backs of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire sheep. By the early-1200s, a large proportion of fleeces was transported by boat to Boston and King’s Lynn and thence to Flanders; the rest was woven into a fine twill called haberget. The mid-Lent Wool Fairs attracted merchants from as far away as western Europe. Unlike most other produce, wool was exempt from taxation; so, the wily tenants of Stamford Baron sold bread from their windows to avoid paying the market tariffs ‘over the water’! Later in the thirteenth-century, the town walls (of which little remains) were reconstructed north of the river, causing the land beyond to be referred to as Stamford Without. People entering the town from the south were confronted by the Bridge Gate, which housed the town hall and gaol. Revamped in 1558, it was finally dismantled in 1776/77, when the road was turnpiked and the Council relocated to an impressive edifice on St Mary’s Hill. The wealthiest residential areas of medieval Stamford were north of the Welland whilst wharves lined the south bank. Yet, Water Street parallel with the river (known during the thirteenth century as Este-by-the-water), boasted a row of substantial, stone merchants’ houses too. Those excavated during the 1960s revealed crypt-like cellars, slab-floors, indoor privies with soakaways, built-in ovens and backyards.


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c.1541, he described the ‘onceprivileged’ town as a ‘decay’d’, though at least one of the medieval houses on Water Street survived until the nineteenth century with others making way for maltings and the workhouse. During reign of Elizabeth I (15581603), her High Treasurer and advisor, William Cecil First Baron Burghley (1520-97), depopulated his village to build his mansion and create Burghley Park on land acquired by his father, Sir Richard (c.1495-1553). Their presence was unpopular in Stamford as they bought rundown properties at knockdown prices and meddled in local politics, albeit sometimes for the greater good. Burghley Almshouses

Old East Station House

The 1348/9 visitation of the Black Death had devastating financial consequences and the relocation of the wooltrade to East Anglia and undercutting by Flemish weavers must have been deemed as the final nails in Stamford’s coffin.

Towards the end of the thirteenth century, Stamford was suffering a decline in fortune caused by a chain of cataclysmic events, beginning in 1290 with the expulsion of the Jews, who were renowned as money-lenders especially for municipal projects. From 1312 onwards, came a series of harsh winters and cold, wet summers, resulting in crop failure, cattle disease and famine. The Welland burst his banks, flooding the cellars of the Water-Street properties, after which they were infilled. The 1348/9 visitation of the Black Death had devastating financial consequences and the relocation of the wool-trade to East Anglia and undercutting by Flemish weavers must have been deemed as the final nails in Stamford’s coffin. Still more disasters were in store. In 1461, during the Wars of the Roses, the town was besieged by the Lancastrians. A century later, the river had silted up, rendering Stamford only accessible to shallow-draught vessels. When Henry VIII’s surveyor, John Leland, visited

Burghley Almshouses, the ‘Bottle Lodges’ (1803), the Estate Office at 61 St Martin’s High Street are reminders of the Cecils [later Marquises of Exeter] abiding influence. Justifiably, the Second Marquis, Brownlow Cecil, refused to allow the Great Northern Railway London-to-York line to blight his park. When the Peterborough-Grantham section completely bypassed the town, he invested in the Stamford and Essendine Railway (dubbed ‘The Marquis of Exeter’s Railway’) which opened in 1856 linking it with the mainline. Brownlow commissioned a tunnel beneath St Martin’s High Street so that the track did not cross the Great North Road (near the Antiques Centre) and stipulated that the East Station in Water Street resembled an Elizabethan mansion. The line closed in 1959. Stamford’s second station, also south of the river, originally served the Syston and Peterborough Railway, a branch of the Midland Counties Railway, which opened in 1846 and now forms part of the Birmingham-toStansted route.

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Saving souls, soothing bodies and salving consciences

William Cecil’s Tomb (1598)

During the Middle Ages, it contained a guild chapel where prayers for past and present members were offered. The guild also maintained a bull to participate in the St Brice’s Day BullRun, which was abolished after 600 years, in 1839. Burghley Almshouses’ medieval foundations

Situated on a ‘trunk road’, Stamford Baron was frequented by pilgrims (heading for saints’ shrines at Walsingham, York, Canterbury and beyond), soldiers, bishops, monks, merchants, vagrants, government officials and even royalty. Edward I (12721307) held court in Stamford, lodging at St Leonard’s Priory west of the town. Moreover, the cortège of his beloved Eleanor of Castille rested in here on its progress from Lincoln to London, prompting him to erect an ‘Eleonor Cross’ in her memory on Casterton Road. Stamford Baron already supported two churches, three chapels, a nunnery, leper hospital and various hostelries run by religious communities. By 1146, Peterborough Abbey owned 59 houses and both churches. Presiding over High Street is St Martin’s (patron of soldiers), whose predecessor may have existed since Edward the Elder established his burh. During the Middle Ages, it contained a guild chapel where prayers for past and present members were offered. The guild also

maintained a bull to participate in the St Brice’s Day Bull-Run, which was abolished after 600 years, in 1839. St Martin’s was restored shortly after the Lancastrian siege and was adopted as the Lords of Burghley’s burial-place. Peterborough Abbey’s other church, All Saints,’ stood at the south-east corner of the rivercrossing and was referred to by the Lincolnshire townsfolk as ‘All Saints’-beyond-the-bridge’. Its congregation had dwindled by the fifteenth century with its stalwarts diverted to St Martin’s. Pizza Express currently occupies the site. Three of Stamford’s eight or so ‘hospitals’ fronted St Martin’s High Street. They were not infirmaries in the modern sense but more like medieval Travellodges. West of the bridge (Station Road) was the Hospital of St John the Baptist and St Thomas [Becket] the Martyr. A cell of Peterborough, it housed a band of monks whose mission was to provide succour for the poor and homeless, hospitality to travellers and collect tolls for the upkeep of the bridge. The complex maintained two chapels where prayers (and donations) could be offered for safe journeys and/or successful enterprises. The institution was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1547 and eventually purchased by William Cecil, who raised his almshouses on its foundations shortly before his death in 1598. St Thomas’ chapel was demolished but ‘St John-onStamford-Bridge’ endured until the road was turnpiked in the 1770s. On a building formerly known as ’The Hermitage’, now part of the George Hotel, is a plaque inspired by Stamford historian, Francis Peck (1692-


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Sign: George Hotel

The plaque proclaims that the site was occupied by ‘The House of the Holy Sepulchre’ and patronised by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem (alias the Knights Hospitallers), giving the impression that it represented the up-market end of pilgrim-tourism. In reality, members of the order, would have been too embroiled in providing hospitality for pilgrims bound for Christ’s tomb (The Holy Sepulchre) to relax in the gardens.

On the outskirts of town and society (opposite the ‘Bottle Lodges’) was St Giles’ Leper Hospital, of which only earthworks survive. Its function was to accommodate sufferers who probably contracted the disease whilst on a Crusade or pilgrimage. It too was sponsored by Peterborough Abbey which kept a standing army of knights, one of whom was Robert de Torpel who died of leprosy in 1147. 1743). It proclaims that the site was occupied by ‘The House of the Holy Sepulchre’ and patronised by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem (alias the Knights Hospitallers), giving the impression that it represented the up-market end of pilgrimtourism. In reality, members of the order, would have been too embroiled in providing hospitality for pilgrims bound for Christ’s tomb (The Holy Sepulchre) to relax in the gardens. Yet, despite the nineteenth-century façade, the hotel has a medieval core, and was known as le George (another knightly saint) as early as 1536, when it was leased from Peterborough Abbey by Richard Cecil. Other antiquarians, like William Stukeley (1687-1765), claimed that the Holy Sepulchre’s chapel was opposite St Martin’s Church, and dedicated in the honour of St Mary Magdalen, a saint venerated by the Knights Templar, whose role was to protect pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land and who also owned property in Stamford. If so, the Templars did not stay long. By 1189, the hospital was run by Austin Canons helping lowly pilgrims reach Jerusalem but had vanished from records by 1227. Curiouser and curiouser!

St Michael’s Nunnery was founded in 1155 by William de Waterville, Abbot of Peterborough, roughly on the site of Stamford station. Initially, it accommodated 40 sisters and, unusually, several monks and a prior, and was financed by property rentals and revenue for St Martin’s church. Numbers diminished after the Black Death until by 1535, the convent comprised just four nuns, a chaplain and fifteen servants! After the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, Richard Cecil bought the conventual buildings and estates south of the Welland. In 1541, Stamford Baron/St Martin and Rutland were enveloped in the diocese of the newly-established Peterborough Cathedral and remained there until 1990, contrary to all the other Stamford churches, which were with Lincoln. Within a century, coaching inns replaced hospitals, especially after the opening of the Stamford Canal, in the 1670s, and improvements to the Great North Road revived the town’s prosperity by attracting investors and visitors. Guests at Stamford Baron’s hostelries included two exceedingly-different Daniels. In 1724, Daniel Defoe, whilst researching his Journey Round

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St Martin’s High St, 2020 the Whole Island of Great Britain, declared that The George Hotel was ‘one of the greatest inns in England’.

Memorial to Daniel Lambert

The less-fortunate Daniel Lambert, a redundant gaoler from Leicester who held the dubious title of the ‘fattest man in England’, died aged 39 at the Waggon and Horses at 47-50 High Street on 21 June 1809 after attending Stamford Races. Weighing in at 52 stones 11 pounds (335 kg) and with a girth of 9 feet 4 inches (284 cm), he had made his fortune by exhibiting himself at sporting events. His coffin required 156 square-feet (14.4 squaremetres) of timber and ‘upwards of 20 men’ to manoeuvre it into the grave in St Martin’s burialground. Over two centuries later, Daniel Lambert is remembered with affection in both Stamford and his birth-place and, in 2009, was deemed by the Leicester Mercury to be ‘one of the city’s most treasured icons’.


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A town divided?

It is easy to perceive Stamford as two separate entities divided by a river. The Welland was, perhaps, an Iron-Age tribal boundary; it marked the northern limits of Peterborough Abbey’s jurisdiction, possibly, as early as the lateseventh century, and the southern limits of Danelaw by the ninth. In 918, two rival burhs faced each other across a ford here. Although outcome was peaceful, Stamford was carved up among three counties, stayed so until 1972 and was held by assorted landlords and royal ladies. From 1541 until 1990, the ‘Borough’ and Stamford Baron lay in different dioceses. Yet, as we have witnessed, their past is inextricably intertwined and ‘Borough’ and Baron are together but genially apart. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we are free to return to Stamford and ‘stay awhile amid its ancient charm’, enjoy refreshments, shop and soak in the atmosphere, architecture and history on both sides of the River Welland.




Tribland Church

St. Andrew’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Pega’s, St. Peter’s & St Stephen’s Update At the time of writing this all our churches are closed for Sunday worship and at the end of February the Government is scheduled to outline a programme for the possible lifting of the lockdown restrictions. This may mean that Churches will re-open for worship sometime during March and April. Should this happen then details of all the church services will be given on your local church notice board. You may also contact your local church warden. (telephone numbers are given inside the rear cover of the Tribune). Details of all services and other activities in the Benefice are published on line and can be emailed to you as a Monthly Newsletter. To sign up to receive emails of the Newsletter and weekly updates of the upcoming services contact Jane Harris on 01733 574311 or email your request to While the churches remain closed on Sundays generally there will be: Holy Communion 10.30am Rev Mark-Aaron leads a live-streamed service of Holy Communion on the Benefice Facebook page and afterwards uploaded to YouTube. (search Benefice rector and click on the Nine Bridges icon/logo à playlists à Eucharists). Compline 9pm Compline is also live-streamed on the Benefice Facebook page and will also be uploaded to YouTube. Details of these services and any additions will be on church notice boards and can be emailed to you as outlined above. Please bear with us as we continue to support the efforts to overcome COVID19 and hope and pray that we will return to normality in the not too distant future.

St. Benedict’s Church

Veronica Smith (Church Warden)

We at St. Benedict’s Church are pleased to announce that the Church has at last received the faculty giving full approval for the installation of a wheelchair accessible toilet and a servery in the North West corner of the Church. This will obviously be of benefit to all who use the church, particularly visitors and mothers with young children. It will also enable us to hold more events in the church. Details of the changes will be exhibited in the church when it opens once more. Up until then if you require any information please contact me (Veronica Smith t: 01733 252019 or email veronica@ Unfortunately during the period of time taken to obtain the approval, the quoted cost has escalated. Also over the last year the church’s income has been drastically reduced due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Therefore when things return to normal we will be asking for your support in fundraising to enable us to start the work. If you think you could help in any way please contact me as outlined above.


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


Lay Pastoral Minister: Mary Gowers 01780 740097 Reader: Su Fletcher 01780 740034 Reader: Mike Mills 01780 740285 Bainton Churchwarden: John Wreford 01780 740362 Bainton Churchwarden: Michael Perkins 07587 240607 Barnack Churchwarden: David Laycock 01780 740267 Barnack Churchwarden: John Ward 01780 740016 Helpston Church Treasurer: Clive Pearce 01733 253494 Helpston Churchwardens: David Bearman 01780 757246 Gary Ward 01733 254197 Ufford Church Enquiries: Peter and Sally Hudson 01780 740475 Church Organist Barnack/Bainton: Elizabeth Snowball 07821 460505 Barnack Messy Church: Julie Stanton 01780 749123 Barnack Coffee Stop: Carol Pickering 01780 740438 Barnack Little Lambs Group: Julie Stanton 01780 749123 Barnack Men’s Breakfast: Mike Mills 01780 740285 / David Laycock 740267

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God in a hard world First of all, to say hello. Sharon and I are looking forward to our new life, as I serve the parishes of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering. During this year in which we’ve had to engage every day, one way or another, with the pandemic, I’ve been taken back quite often to the research year of my chemistry degree. I was researching computer-aided drug design - the interest that took me, unexpectedly, into a career in retail computing, and lately to web site development. Specifically, I was looking at Influenza virus. Influenza, like the Covid-19 virus, has a “spike” on its surface, which it uses to attach to animal cell walls. And the idea was to develop the right-shaped drugs to fit into the active areas on that spike. In influenza, the spike is technically called haemagglutinin. And I was using a massive (as we then thought) computer screen to rotate the image of the spike to identify good targets for the drugs. So there I was looking at this spike, responsible for the

biggest death toll of any single disease outbreak in history - the 1918-19 flu pandemic. And do you know what is odd? It’s actually rather beautiful. It’s not really coloured red, white, and blue like the picture I’ve included - that’s just so you can see that it’s made up of three intertwining proteins. And they’re each identical, and the spike has what we call 3rd order rotational symmetry - each pattern is replicated at an angle of 120°. I’d not been a Christian long. And I found this a remarkable lesson to learn. That God can work something beautiful, even in the middle of something terrible. So in these last 12 months, as we’ve mourned or been sheltered away or just had to avoid being in physical contact with our friends and relatives, we’ve seen the acts of bravery of our health services. People caring for neighbours - picking up shopping

or a prescription, or just having a friendly word. In the middle of a terrible time, people have shown the best in human beings. The time of Lent is one when we consider the worst of human nature - our falling into temptation, our ability to let God and each other down. The way Jesus could be recognised as King - and then rejected as a criminal. Ultimately, the dark side of our human nature leads to that final rejection of Jesus, a cross and all hope in him gone. But in that human failure, God works a miracle for us. The grave is opened, Jesus walks free, and - by his death on the cross - our failures, weaknesses and fears are taken away, and we have a new life waiting in him. With my prayers for us all to see new life in the Spirit, this Easter and through this Spring. Reverend Gary Alderson

The Reverend Gary Alderson's induction will be on Sunday 7 March at 3.00pm on Zoom (yes, strange times!!) The churches are of course not meeting in person at present, but if people want to follow services online they continue to be held each Sunday mornings at 10.00am and Wednesday evenings at 9.00pm - although they can be watched at any time thereafter. Gary will be involved in these after 7 March. You can find these services, and other updates, on Facebook by searching in groups for "Barnack, Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering" (you will probably only need to type in the first bit before it will be offered.). 66

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including swimming pool, extension to garage to be used as a storage To reduce a Sycamore tree on the front area and associated tree works at drive back to the previous pruning New Inn House Stamford Road points (approx a 50% reduction) at 48 Barnack Stamford: Permitted Main Street Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AF: Awaiting decision  CASTOR Proposed two storey rear extension and internal works at 21 Normangate Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7BF: Awaiting decision

Proposed first floor extension at side and new roof to conservatory at 3 The Limes Castor Peterborough PE5 7BH: Awaiting decision

Proposed 2 storey side extension and conversion of loft space to include dormer windows at 43 Normangate Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7BF: Permitted

Conversion of external store room for habitable space to be used as garden room at The Old Rectory Castor Road Marholm Peterborough: Awaiting decision

Removal of existing wooden sheds and replacement with a wooden garden room at 3 Maffit Road Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AG: Lawful

Proposed garage conversion to study and store, First floor extension to form bedroom and conversion of bedroom to en suite and dressing room. Cut back roof to separate No 9 from No 10. at 9 Old Pond Lane Castor Peterborough PE5 7BX: Permitted


Installation of new windows and doors to the property at Blue Boar Helpston Road Bainton Stamford: Permitted


Single storey rear extension at The Hollows Millstone Lane Barnack Stamford: Awaiting decision Replacement windows/ doors, internal alterations and new external openings BD05 & BW04 at The Millstone Inn Millstone Lane Barnack Stamford: Awaiting decision Conversion of existing attached single storey double garage to provide a utility room and games room/guest bedroom and the erection of an attached carport at 2 Bishops Walk Barnack Stamford PE9 3EE: Awaiting decision Proposed dropped kerb at 33 Uffington Road Barnack Stamford PE9 3DU: Awaiting decision Use existing yard and entrance for domestic vehicular parking and property access for Nos. 1, 2 and 3 The Maltings, and the removal of the existing greenhouses and shed at Land Adjacent The Old Fox The Square Barnack Stamford: Permitted Demolition of outbuilding, proposed construction of summerhouse 68

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Lodge Suttons Lane Deeping Gate Peterborough: Awaiting decision Replacement roof on existing conservatory at 43 Riverside Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AR: Permitted Proposed new double height front porch, replacement of existing front dormers with pitched roof dormers. Rendering of front elevation, replacement windows including the removal of existing bay windows at 21 Suttons Lane Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AA: Permitted


Single storey extensions to front and rear at 30A Lincoln Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JS: Awaiting decision

Change of use from existing office and residential spaces to residential use only, comprising 2no. existing flats and 6no. proposed new flats; Construction of four-bed detached including demolition of outbuilding, dwelling with integral garage at proposed rear dormer, external Cobnut Cottage 45 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough: Refused alterations to building, iron railings to the front, bin and cycle store;  DEEPING GATE vehicular parking alterations and Demolition of existing conservatory landscaping alterations at 9A High Street Glinton Peterborough PE6 and erection of single storey side/ 7JP: Awaiting decision rear extension at 1 Peakirk Road Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 Two storey front extension and 9AD: Awaiting decision replacement windows at 20 Welmore Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LU: Construction of a part covered Awaiting decision veranda to the dining room at 29 Suttons Lane Deeping Gate (1) Fell smaller of two adjacent Peterborough PE6 9AA: Awaiting Prunes, (2) Formative crown decision reduction to shape larage prunus Pitched roof extension to front elevation to form covered eating area at 29 Suttons Lane Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AA: Awaiting decision

Replacement Dwelling at 104A Lincoln Road Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9BA: Awaiting decision Proposed alterations to annexe, window to replace garage door, entrance door to replace garage door and patio doors in the south end elevation at Honeysuckle

and reduce branch facing house by 2.5m, (3) Cut shrubs forming hedge to 2.5m and shape, (4&5) Fell Prunus, (6) Prune and shape prunus to 3m and (7) Reduce height of Laurel to 3m at Brook Farm House 3 North Fen Road Glinton Peterborough


Installation of 2 velux roof windows to single storey kitchen roof at Vicarage Farm Cottage Woodgate Helpston Peterborough: Awaiting decision


Variation of conditions C2 (materials) to reclaimed clay pantiles for roofing materials, C3 (landscaping) to no additional landscaping measures and C5 (approved plans) to access widened pursuant to planning permission 20/0766/FUL Demolition of existing glasshouse and proposed erection of additional B1 Storage / workshop building at The Nursery 5 Heath Road Helpston Peterborough: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension Distance from original rear wall: 5.062m Maximum height: 3m (to eaves: 3m) at 18 Arborfield Close Helpston Peterborough PE6 7DL: Awaiting decision


Importation and deposition of inert materials over a one year period to facilitate restoration of Phase 1, using the existing site access, internal haul roads and crossings over drainage assets and Woodgate Lane at Land At Maxey Quarry High Street Maxey Peterborough: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory, utility, lobby and outbuildings and erection of single storey side and rear extensions and single storey outbuilding at 34 Lincoln Road Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BH: Awaiting decision Proposed construction of a two storey four bedroom dwelling with car parking at Land Adjacent To 9 Barn Close Maxey Peterborough PE6 9EN: Permitted Screening request for amendment to restoration details at Maxey quarry at Maxey Quarry High Street Maxey Peterborough: Comments


New front porch and rear side dormer at Delamere Farm Pasture Lane Northborough Peterborough: Awaiting decision

Oil-fired boiler flue to exit through existing airbrick on front elevation, housed in decorative grating at 52 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Awaiting decision Installation of flue to rear Barn woodburner at 46 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Awaiting decision Proposed first floor extension and single storey rear extension at 29 Crowson Crescent Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DR: Awaiting decision Proposed boundary fence at 2 Church Farm Mews Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BF: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory, utility, lobby and outbuildings and erection of single storey side and rear extensions and single storey outbuilding at 34 Lincoln Road Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BH: Permitted Proposed single storey rear extension and internal alterations at 3 Castle Drive Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DG: Permitted New front porch and rear side dormer at Delamere Farm Pasture Lane Northborough Peterborough: Permitted Demolition of existing rear kitchen and single storey rear extension and replacement of existing front porch at 46 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Permitted Single storey side extension and internal alterations at 16 Fernie Close Newborough Peterborough PE6 7RH: Permitted


Replace existing rooflight with dormer window on north elevation at 21 Firdale Close Peakirk Peterborough PE6 7NS: Awaiting decision Use of first floor of garage for beauty premises at 3 The

Sanderlings Peakirk Peterborough PE6 7NZ: Lawful

 PILSGATE Single storey glazed extension to rear, raising garage roof and conversion of roof space to home office, addition of rooflights and cover yard area at 2 The Old Stackyard Pilsgate Stamford PE9 3HG: 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: Awaiting decision

 SOUTHORPE Construction of a timber deck at first floor to allow a small balcony at first floor level at Abbots Barn Main Street Southorpe Stamford: Awaiting decision Installation of window at second floor level to rear elevation of dwelling at Brooke House Main Street Southorpe Stamford: Lawful

 UFFORD Fell Robina, reduce Holly upper crown by 2m and reduce Purple leaved Plum upper crown by 2m and trim lateral branches by 1m at Barn End Main Street Ufford Stamford: Awaiting decision Two storey extension to rear, garage conversion, front external alterations and internal alterations at 1 Hillside Close Ufford Stamford PE9 3BW: Awaiting decision Construction of outbuilding to include storage area, garden room and greenhouse at Highlands Marholm Road Ufford Stamford: Permitted Construction of timber garden room to provide home office / hobbies space only at Walnut Cottage Walcot Road Ufford Stamford: Permitted

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 Bainton Church

Michael Perkins ..................................................... 01780 740720 John Wreford, Churchwarden............................... 01780 740362 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister .................... 01780 740097 Elizabeth Snowball, Organist .............................. 07821 460505

 Bainton & Ashton Parish Council

Chairman: Susie Lucas .......................................... 01780 740159 Councillor: Cliff Stanton......................................... 01780 749123 Councillor: Pete Charlton ..................................... 07850 657200 Councillor: Chris Womack .................................... 01780 740925 Clerk Jenny Rice

 Barnack Bowls Club

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

 Barnack Church

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

Sally Hullock........................................................... 07795 565658

 Barnack Cricket Club

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

 Barnack Home from Home Club


 Barnack Men’s Breakfast

 Citizens Advice

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

 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, Sally Nash................................ 01733 254174 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: ................................................................................ 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)

Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285 David Laycock ....................................................... 01780 740267

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

Julie Stanton ........................................................ 01780 749123

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

 Barnack Messy Church

 Barnack Parish Council

Barnack Parish Council Chairman, Harry Brassey .................................. 01780 740115 Vice Chair, Margaret Palmer ............................ 01780 740988 Phil Broughton .................................................. 01780 740379 David Laycock ................................................... 01780 740267 Martin Bloom .................................................... 01780 740966 Councillor, Susie Caney .................................... 07747 033990 Clerk, Debbie Lines .......................................... 07595 377236

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Dick Talbot ......................................................... 01778 342581 Licensed Readers, Derek Harris........................ 01733 574311 Freda Skillman ................................................... 01778 380903 Mark Hotchkin.................................................... 01778 347847 Mike Mills............................................................ 01780 740285

 Botolph’s Barn

Kate Hinchliff ......................................................... 07745 116621

 British Legion

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

 Bus & Train Services

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

 Castor Parish Council

John Haste, Clerk 01733 252833


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 Etton Parish Council

 Friendship / Welcome Clubs

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

 Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)

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

 Glinton Church (St Benedict’s)

Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 252359 Churchwarden, Veronica Smith, ......................... 01733 252019 PCC Treasurer, Simon Richards, .......................... 01778 341686 Bell Ringers, Mike Goodall.................................... 01733 253469

 Glinton Parish Council

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

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)

Church Treasurer, Clive Pearce, .......................... 01733 253494 Churchwarden, David Bearman............................ 01780 757246 Gary Ward ............................................................. 01733 254197

 Helpston Helcats

E: 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

 Horticultural Societies

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 Mandy Loveder Churchwarden ........................... 01778 343100 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Sunday School ................. 01778 347280

 Maxey Parish Council

Lynne Yarham, Chair ............................................. 01778 343077 Angela Hankins, Clerk .......................................... 01733 253397

 Neighbourhood Watch

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

 Northborough Church (St Andrew’s)

Rector: Mark- Aaron Tisdale................................. 01733 252359 Polly Beasley, Churchwarden ............................... 01778 380849 Jane Knott, Churchwarden .................................. 01778 345101 Freda Skillman, Licensed Reader ......................... 01778 380903 Carole Spinks, PCC Treasurer .................. ........... 01778 343585

 Northborough Parish Council

John Dadge, Chair ............................................... 01733 254145 Catherine Franks, Clerk ................................................................................ 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

 Rotary Club

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

 Schools and Education

Mike Sandeman, AMVC Head ............................ 01733 252235 Mrs S Nicolson, 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 David Chadwick..................................................... 01780 740893 Frieda Gosling........................................................ 01780 740343 Paul Wilde.............................................................. 07960 018148 Margaret Sargent .................................................. 01780 749482 Susie Caney (Clerk)................................................ 07747 033990

 Village Halls Barnack Village Hall Bookings, Sally Hullock...... 07795 565658 email: Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, Sue Lane.............. 07923 475966 Glinton, Whist, Joyce Heathcote.......................... 01733 253790 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, Fiona Spire............ 07795 111319

 Village Tribune

 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

 Ward Councillors

 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

 Youth Clubs

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

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