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July / August 2021

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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,

When this edition of the Trib arrives through your door, we will be into July and past the longest day of the year – and hopefully basking in some better weather. I know Boris and his ‘team of experts’ delayed the much hoped-for end of restrictions, but it is good to start enjoying some levels of ‘normality’ at last. Last week I took Arthur and Percy to Adventureland – part of Springfields, and what a great time we had enjoying the JCB play area, dinosaur golf and (of course) feeding the ducks! It’s amazing to think that they will be three in October and that for almost half of their lives they will have spent under Covid restrictions! This July/August issue has some great features to enjoy – thank you so much to our ever-growing band of contributors, but please remember that we can only continue producing these bumper issues IF we generate enough revenue from our advertisers to pay for the production and print cost, so please encourage any friends and family with businesses in and around Tribland to support us.

Arthur and Percy at Springfields

Have a great summer!


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July / August 2021 REGULARS


From the Editor




Advertising / Deadlines


Stay Safe


Wandering Wonders


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Write Away


Village Views




Farming Diary


Taste Buds


The Bainton Snapper


Young Tribune




Church News & Services





18-19 Sing for Life

58 Men United in Song






Tribune Directory


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Protect your garden from green-fingered thieves this summer Over the past year, many of us of have spent more and more time in our gardens and outdoor spaces. During lockdown, our gardens have become more important than ever; as we have grown our own vegetables, added decorative lighting and ornaments, invested in furniture and splashed out on hot tubs and outdoor bars. So as our outdoor spaces become an extension of our home, we may have invested a lot of time, effort and money into making them look fabulous; and that could also have meant buying additional tools, a new lawnmower or a range of other gardening gadgets.

By Eileen Le Voi – Safe Local Trades & Services Here are some simple precautions:  Take a walk around your garden and check things that may be appealing to a thief - an unlocked back gate or shed (particularly if the shed contains expensive garden tools / machinery or bikes).  Get a reputable locksmith to secure gates and sheds.  Lock away ladders or anything which could be used to gain entry to your home.  CCTV surveillance will allow you to view your garden and any unwelcomed activity from your home.  Install some sensory / outdoor lighting.  Alarm the garage to provide additional security or think about installing garage roller shutter doors.  If your fencing is flimsy, broken panels could provide easy access to intruders, so consider investing in some new and improved fencing or panels.

But when considering our outdoor space and belongings, how many of us pay the same attention to garden security as we do our own home? Did you know that 9 out of 10 household thefts occur in the garden - with our best outdoor furniture, garden ornaments, power tools and ornaments, barbeque and ladders among the top items? So, when it comes to what you already have, think about the value and security of our outdoor possessions in the same way you view those inside the home.

 Pack away out of sight any garden tools or equipment. Even if you take a break from cutting the front lawn, keep your mower out of reach of opportunist thieves.  Secure expensive plants with wire pegs dug into the ground around the root ball.  Use a security pen to mark valuable items, like garden furniture, ornaments or trampolines, with your postcode.  Consider defensive planting like prickly hedges or shrubs.  Join a local Neighbourhood Watch Group – where you and your neighbours can look out for each other.

When thinking about having any security, garden maintenance or crime prevention work carried out in your home and / or garden, always use someone reputable and trustworthy. If you need a recommendation for a safe, approved local tradesperson, visit 4

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To become a member, please use the Langdyke Membership Form at Return this to Peter Leverington: Thrushstone, 36 Peakirk Road, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LT or email: The suggested annual membership is around £24 a year for an individual and £36 per joint family unit but we do not insist on a minimum membership fee. We would ask our supporters to give what they can afford on an annual basis. We certainly do not want anyone to feel that they cannot continue to be involved with the Trust because of cost.



In the first of a new series, we are featuring ‘Walks around Tribland’ courtesy of our friends at Langdyke. There are many wonderful walks in the Langdyke area. In the East the countryside is generally flat and the going is easy. In the South and the West the landscape is gently undulating and stone built villages remind one of the Cotswolds.

A windy day at Barnack Hills and Holes


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Skylark First up is a circular walk from Barnack Hills and Holes taking in Southorpe, three sites of special scientific interest and a view of historic Walcot Hall. Compiled by David Alvey, the walk gives you a short or long option depending on your energy levels. The full walk follows two old transport routes, visits three SSSI sites and passes through limestone grassland, past copses and explores two methods of arable farming. Start from the main car park at the Hills and Holes on Wittering Road. Enter the reserve through the gate at the top of the entrance path which takes you into compartment 2 (see map on page 9). Turn right to walk around the western end of the reserve passing through a wooden gate into compartment 1.

Carry on straight ahead along the well trodden path. To your right in the arable fields you will often hear Skylarks singing and in autumn and winter flocks of finches feed in the stubble. This length of path also has several patches of scrub that are home to Green Hairstreak butterflies in late spring. Marbled whites and Chalkhill blues will be present on sunny days in the summer in the grassland to your left. Carry on following the path as it runs parallel with the western boundary of the reserve until you

reach the metal gate and exit the reserve on to the public footpath that forms the southern boundary. Turn right and enter the arable fields through a wooden gate, walking west along the edge of the field alongside the high stonewall that surrounds the grounds of Walcot Hall. Ravens nest in the woodland behind the wall and the field demonstrates the direct drill method of farming. At the end of the path you emerge onto the road and turn sharp left to join the old route of Ermine Street. >>

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Walcot Hall Pass through the white gate and a second wooden gate to follow the western boundary of Walcot Hall grounds. The sheep pasture on your right has a variety of grasses which provide interest and colour at different times and dependent upon the grazing. Please do keep your dogs on leads as requested along this path. A gap in the boundary wall on your left provides an excellent view of Walcott Hall framed by the woodland on either side of the avenue. >>

The track carries straight along the route of the old Roman road with the sound of the modern equivalent (the A!) usually carrying on the prevailing wind from the west. On through the next set of gates you walk past a corner of Southorpe Roughs (SSSI) unfortunately overgrown with scrub on this corner and closed to the public. From this point looking south you have a wide view of the landscape over the Nene valley with the communications mast a Morborne clearly visible on the horizon. Choose between a short or long walk

For a shorter walk Follow the track which turns left and heading through a gate the track passes through woodland and down to the end of the road at the north end of Southorpe village re-joining the route of the full walk.


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For the full walk Carry straight on through the gate. Please note this field very occasionally has cattle in it and is actually L-shaped so you may come upon them around the corner of the end of the boundary wall on your left. Keep straight on across the field to the gate in the hedge straight ahead walking along the hedge line at the edge of another more traditionally cultivated arable field which rises up to your right giving an unusually close horizon for this area. Through the next gate you are back walking across pasture land. Keeping straight ahead you walk along a slightly raised footpath evidence of the old Ermine Street, to the southern end of Southorpe. The view to your left overlooks Southorpe village and on the ridge in the distance as well as the buildings of High Farm you can see the western edge of Southey Woods.

the road bends and visibility is more limited. After about 200 metres rejoin the footpath on the left hand side of the road and shortly afterwards you can cross the road and enter Southorpe Meadows your third SSSI of the walk. Elsewhere on this site is a description of what you can expect to find on this wildflower haven. After exploring the site rejoin the road and continue north through the village until the short cut rejoins from the left and you exit the village. At this point you have a choice of routes.

Shorter Route (but note: often with cattle in one of the fields) Take the gate straight in front of you and cross the first pasture field to the gate straight ahead. Proceed through this gate and walk

You will often hear skylarks sing Exiting the field onto the country road you turn left to walk thorough Southorpe village, a mixture of converted barns, farmhouses and new builds. The footpath does come to an end after about 100 metres and the road is narrow but the road now has a 20mph limit and cars should be going relatively slowly! Do take care especially where

straight across the arable field in front of you coming out near the cottages on the Walcot Road. Here the road bends sharply and you should take care to cross at a suitable point onto the wide verge opposite. Head to the metal kissing gate in the fence opposite and walk straight ahead to the corner of the hedgerow in front (not


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the field often contains cows and they are not always visible until you reach the corner of the hedgerow. Carry on straight ahead following the hedgerow. On your left you can see the clock tower on the

stables at Walcot Hall and the main entrance to the hall. Carry straight on and exit the field onto a narrow path behind Barnack Bowls club. Here you can climb over an old stone stile into some scrub

land between the bowls and the cricket club a second higher stone stile exits this scrub onto the Walcot Road. Here you rejoin the full route next to the entrance to Barnack Cricket club. >>

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first metal gate into the reserve almost immediately on your left.

The full route

(there is a length of road walking) At the north end of Southorpe head slightly right along the road. It is outside the 20mph speed limit but is straight and has good visibility of traffic apart from at either end but here the verges are wide enough to walk along and the entrance to High Farm on the right hand side provides plenty of space to avoid traffic at the far end. >>

As you turn this corner you will see a white metal gate which provides the entrance to the old Stamford to Wansford railway track. As you join you will notice the road bridge that carried the road to Ufford over the old railway line. It is just after this that if you look closely you can see the remains of the platform of Ufford Bridge Station, this is potentially the only really muddy bit of the route in winter. Carrying along the railway track you walk between a mixture of hedgerows, arable fields and past a copse on your left. To your right you can see the clock tower on the stables of Walcott Hall and the main entrance. When you come to the end of the railway track turn left along the hedgerow pass through the small copse which contains a 10

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spring fed pond and keep following the hedgerow along the edge of the next field. At the end of this path you can either turn left and follow the stone wall around the edge of the cricket club entering the grounds over a low wide stile in the wall or turn slightly right and then left to enter the cricket ground without having to negotiate any stiles. Cross the cricket ground to the pavilion and the car park exiting by the car park entrance onto Walcot Road at the edge of Barnack village. At the car park entrance cross the road very carefully as it is on an “S” bend (the mirror for cars leaving the car park can be useful) you enter back into the Hills and Holes via the small pedestrian wooden gate slightly to the right of the metal vehicle gate. You are obviously free to explore the reserve from here but my suggested and shortest route back to the Hills and Holes car park is as follows. Walk straight ahead on the public footpath between the wall and the perimeter fence to the reserve ignoring the

As you get to the edge of the wooded area you will see a large metal vehicle access gate and a small metal pedestrian gate. Enter the reserve (compartment 4) through this gate and walk straight ahead through the woodland. You emerge from the woodland into quite a 'barren” landscape. This area was cleared of trees and topsoil back in circa 2000. Stripped right back to bare limestone quarry waste what you see is the regeneration some 20 years on. Mulleins and Eyebrights are amongst the plants to be found here as well as a slow re-colonisation of orchids. Take the path heading along the outside edge of the woodland and follow this until you reach a ridge, turn left and pass through the wooden gate into Compartment 1. As you go straight ahead the route of the reserves waymarked Limestone Walk crosses and you turn right to join this as it heads to the central gate of the reserve. The grassland either side of this path is full of flora as compartment 1 was the earliest to come under management as a reserve in the early 1970s.


Pasque flowers Orchids and Pasque flowers can be seen here at the relevant time of year but the flowers extend well into autumn and are supplemented by various grasses and sedges. A short pause on the seat by the gate can give time to look across the reserve and the sky above. If you have not already spotted one a Buzzard or Red Kite may

well be seen. plus green woodpeckers, the full range of corvids and the odd kestrel may also make an appearance looking for the voles and mice that live here. Carrying on through the gate and straight ahead compartment 2 offers a final array of flowers in spring, summer and autumn as you head back to the main gate down to the car park. T

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From Councillor Saqib Farooq

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I was truly humbled and honoured to have been selected as your ward councillor for Glinton and Castor at this year’s May local elections. As some of you will know, I am a local resident of the ward myself, and wanted nothing more than to represent our concerns and our priorities at city council level. And to have the opportunity to do so is a responsibility I will always carry out to the best of my ability.

and co-ward councillor Peter Hiller on solutions. During my campaign, I also had the privilege of meeting many wonderful people, who do extraordinary volunteer work in our community. From grasscutting at local church yards to community litter picks, these volunteers form the heart of our community and we are all so grateful for your efforts.

page). Not only would this give me the opportunity to get to know some of you better, but it will also be an opportunity to improve our community, and continue to make it a wonderful place to live.

I have had the pleasure of being part of this community for a As a first-time candidate, number of years now, but now in unprecedented times, I hopefully in my capacity as particularly enjoyed engaging ward councillor I can do more. I with residents at the door (albeit Once restrictions are lifted and thank you once again, and look with restrictions in place!). it is safe to do so, I will also forward to working with you all Here I was able to hear your be hosting regular surgeries to continue to make our ward concerns both ward and city throughout all villages in our a great place to live, work and wide, and able to work with rural ward (details to be posted my colleague, good friend on the Village Tribune Facebook start a family. Please know that Peter and I are always reachable for any concerns you may have at saqib. and

From Churchwarden Veronica Smith

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I believe there has been a considerable amount of misunderstanding and controversy concerning the Churchyard of St. Benedict’s which has appeared as a wildlife meadow for the past few months.

As I do not have a Facebook account it is left to others to inform me of the local concern in this matter. Perhaps I should have printed an exploratory notice for the church notice board (which I am informed is never read) Please allow me as sole churchwarden for another term to explain the reasons for the height of grass (which has been applauded by some!).

Firstly our usual Team from the Cambridgeshire Probation Service are unable (yes the name Covid 19 safe rears its head again)and may not be able to resume this service in the future.

and leisure venues we are not alone....However I am hugely grateful to those volunteers who set up a working party 15 June to rectify this ongoing issue. Please contact me with any ideas and offers of help.

Secondly obtaining quotes from a contractor flagged up £500 per cut!Well out of the church budget with virtually no/reduction in giving like so many places of worship,sports

Please support any fundraising events we have on the diary. This village is loved and supported by many let us work together to this aim.

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OPERATION TURTLE DOVE Operation Turtle Dove - designed to help the survival of the fastest-declining bird in the UK - is in full swing at Langdyke's Etton Maxey nature reserve. Here Martin Parsons - who is leading the project for Langdyke - gives an update on progress ... Status  Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) are the fastest-declining bird in the UK. They are classed as critically endangered, meaning that they are at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Numbers of turtle doves visiting the UK is down to just two per cent of levels seen fifty years ago, and the range of territory being visited is also shrinking to only east and south-east England.

Threats There are several reasons for this decline. They include unsustainable hunting levels on migration. For example one southern European country regards shooting the fast flying turtle dove as a traditional and sustainable sport. Their hunting accounts for around one million birds per year. A second risk faced by turtle doves is the disease trichomoniasis. The parasite is a serious problem, and causes adult and nestling mortality. A third reason is loss of suitable nesting habitat. Turtles doves nest in dense woody vegetation, e.g. tall thick hedgerows, or tall dense scrub. Sadly since 1945 we have lost a vast amount of our hedgerows. Between 1984 and 1990 alone England lost 20 per cent of its hedgerows due to 14

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poor management and changing farming practises.

Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and Natural England.

A fourth reason is the shortage of wildflowers. Turtle doves are herbivores, and primarily feed on seeds and grains. Since the 1930s we have lost 97 per cent of our wildflower meadows, so it is now much harder for them to find suitable food.

Langdyke Countryside Trust became involved in Oct 2018, creating more habitat for turtle doves, focussing on greater availability of the preferred seed plants, and helping the newly arrived birds get into breeding condition through supplemental feeding.

As a result of the latter three reasons, the breeding success of turtle doves has been badly impacted. In the 1960’s, typically two turtle doves would have three broods of two eggs each and successfully produce two fledged chicks. By the 1990’s this had reduced less than two nesting attempts typically producing just over one chick. In addition, in the last fifty years, turtle doves are arriving eleven days later and departing eight days sooner, resulting in a shorter breeding season. The reduction in fledging success is a significant factor in the population decline. It is also one that Langdyke Countryside Trust, working with Operation Turtle Dove, can help to address.

Operation Turtle Dove Operation Turtle Dove was launched in May 2012 to address some of these problems and try to reverse the population decline. It is a partnership between the RSPB, Conservation Grade,

Since spring 2018 Langdyke have been providing an approved supplemental feed mix. Turtle doves feed by searching for seed plants on ground that is at first sight perhaps surprisingly bare. For this reason, and also to minimise risk of disease the supplemental feed is broadcast thinly and over a wide area. (As ever, if you are feeding any birds in your garden, please be aware of the risk of disease and the importance of feeder hygiene)

2021 Activity at Langdyke This year Langdyke Countryside Trust’s support for turtle doves continues. The Trust is taking part in the 2021 Turtle Dove survey organised by The Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP) and RSPB, with the support of BTO and Natural England. This is a project to update the knowledge base as to which 1km2areas are being


used by turtle doves. This will supersede the somewhat dated breeding season information available from sources such as the 2007-2011 Bird Atlas. Supplemental feeding is continuing and the Trust has teamed up with an expert bird ringer to use darvic rings on turtle doves.

These are coloured rings, each with a unique two-letter code that can be read with a field scope or binoculars.The objective is to better understand the territory being used by an individual bird. Hence, if you are fortunate enough to see a turtle dove with a darvic ring, the request is to report the following information

1. Time of sighting (inc. am/pm) 2. Date of sighting 3. Location of sighting 4. Grid Reference of sighting (This can be found using For example, a sighting at Helpston Railway crossing would be TF 13076 05575) 5. Ring colour and two letter code 6. Total number of turtle doves in group 7. Name of Observer This information can be either submitted direct to the BTO, or sent to Martin Parsons (LCT turtle dove lead) at the following email address LCT will then collate any sightings and forward them to our BTO ringer.

A Polite Reminder If I could just end with a polite reminder - we are very fortunate to still have these beautiful birds visiting our area each summer. But as you are aware they face huge challenges, and they need to feed up to get into breeding condition and successfully nest. If you know where they are and where they are feeding, please do not disturb them. For example, it is much more likely to obtain a good sighting by sitting in a car rather than standing in full view of where they are trying to feed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this crucial matter.

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From Chairman Bob Quinn


GLINTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY If you feel that you could join the committee or offer help in any way to prevent the society from having to close please contact me as follows: e: or t: 01733 252161 In the last issue of this magazine I outlined the difficulties facing the Society and that without a considerable influx of younger fitter members to the committee the society would no longer be viable. My thanks go out to the small number of people

who have offered help, but at this time the response is not sufficient for the society to continue! There will be a Special General meeting in Glinton Village Hall on Friday 23 July at 7:30pm to decide on the future of the society. The meeting will

From Councillor Claire Bysshe Glinton has done its bit for the National Clear-up campaign. The photo shows the large amount of litter picked up in a very short time on Saturday 10th April. Thanks go to my fellow Councillor Kirt, Janet, Liz

Skinner, Mick Stimson, Marie Hayes, Julie and Geoff Fitzjohn, Nick Hughes, Louise Mayman and her daughter Holly and my husband Simon for their efforts. It was very good to welcome Louise and Holly to my list of potential pickers – I hope Holly

be open to all so if you can contribute to the future of the society and do not want it to see it close please come along. Hopefully the Corona virus restrictions will be relaxed by then, but it would still be helpful if you would notify me of your intended attendance.

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enjoyed the experience. We always welcome young helpers - with a parent, of course. We used ‘grabbers’, hi-vis jackets and gloves provided by the Glinton Parish Council. We can now organise litter-picks whenever we want. There is one ‘litter’ mystery to solve! Who, 3 times, has take the black bin letter-box cover from the bin by the bus stop at the top of the Willows footpath, dragged it across the road and thrown it over the hedge? The mind boggles! Any light on this would be good. Soon PCC will refuse to provide a bin and I wouldn’t blame them. Whoever you are, please stop! Leave the bin alone!  My message to all – TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME.

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supporting Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

After a long and uncertain year there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel and life is slowly but surely returning to normal, whatever that is! And that’s the point, now we get to reinvent ‘normal’ and make it better than before – it’s time to grab life with both hands, get stuck in to everything we missed out on over the last year, and much more! What better reason to jump in, try something new and get involved in Sing for Life? Launching in September, Sing for Life will sign up around 40 local women to take part in a ten-week pop-up singing project, working towards a fantastic live performance event at The Cresset in November supporting charity partner Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. You’ll learn to sing, meet new people, challenge yourself, perform live on stage and raise

money for this much-loved local charity – what’s not to like?! Absolutely no previous singing experience is needed, just a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, get stuck in and give it a go… it’s all about the journey! This year, for the second time, the project has a corporate sponsor – Hunt & Coombs

Solicitors. "We're really thrilled to be able to support this exciting project” says Anna Spriggs, Senior Partner at Hunt & Coombs “not only is it raising money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, a very special local charity which is already close to our hearts – it is also giving the women involved the opportunity to take on a new challenge. A number of


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TODDLE WADDLE For anybody looking for a baby/toddler group to come to, Helpston Toddlers 2021 meet every Thursday in term time, 9.15-10.30 in Helpston Village Hall. We have a booking system in place due to Covid regulations. £2 per family. Philippa May

HELPSTON NATURE RECOVERY Thanks to all of you who have done the Helpston nature survey! Some interesting initial results - 77% of villagers have seen frogs in their garden, but 45% never see a hedgehog! 72% have seen a peacock butterfly this year and 15% regularly see more than five swifts over their gardens! Half of us see bats in the garden too! Richard Astle

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Northborough Parish Councillors are delighted to welcome Tracy Thomas as their newest member. Co-opted at the meeting of 5 May, Tracy has lived in the village for over 20 years and left the world of financial management to run her own business. She is President of the local WI, a published author and can be found out and about with her three dogs and Suffolk Punch draft horse. Residents can expect to see much of her as she goes about her passion of engaging the public in the council’s activities. Meanwhile, the council said goodbye, and thank you, to Cllr Stewart Curtis who has stepped down due to work commitments. This again leaves three councillor vacancies which we are keen to fill as soon as possible, as there is plenty of interesting work to be done. Contact any councillor or the Clerk for details of what’s involved and how to join. Council meetings are now held in person again, after a year of Zoom. Members of the public are welcome to attend, at 7.00pm on the second Wednesday of the month except August. The next will be at Northborough School on 14 July and then 8 September, we hope at the Village Hall. Cllr Tracy Thomas


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RIVERSIDE PATH How much longer do we have to wait for something to be done about the state of the pathway on Riverside, Deeping Gate. It is almost impassable in parts due to overgrown trees and bushes, the surface has broken up in many parts causing trip hazards and every time it rains the path is flooded.

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DEEPINGS SWIMMING CLUB EASES OUT OF LOCKDOWN Following the lifting of restrictions for swimming in April, Deepings Swimming Club’s Tribland swimmers are back in the pool with sessions at Deepings Leisure Centre as well as Peterborough Lido. Competitive swimming returned in June with Swim England Level X meetings, which marked a welcome return to competition as the swimmers continue their journey back to full fitness. Next month, the first long course (50 metre pool) meet will take place at the National Swim Centre at Ponds Forge, Sheffield followed by the East Midlands Summer Festival at Harvey Hadden long course pool in Nottingham. During the pandemic, Deepings Swimming Club has relied on the generosity of its members and financial support from Market Deeping Town Council and Deepings St James Parish Council. Their

support has allowed the Club to continue to provide coaching, fitness and support to competitive swimmers of all abilities and all ages within Tribland. As a friendly, family oriented club which competes hard and has an excellent record of success at County, Regional and National levels, Deepings Swimming Club is always looking for new members to join the team. If you are interested and have reached "learn to swim stage 6", are able to swim all four key strokes and are confident in the water then please go to our website www. and complete the "request for a trial form".

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Summer is upon us and our gardens are springing to life after all the inclement weather and the wildlife is very evident in our gardens.

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Castor Parish Council had their first face to face meeting for a very long time and how nice it was to open doors and windows and embrace a warm evening albeit still in face masks! The Nature Recovery team are delighted to report our Coppice which I have previously mentioned is taking shape nicely with the help of Mike Horne and the Langdyke Trust volunteers. A huge ‘thankyou’ to Stamford

Stone for providing the stone for our dry stone wall. CPC Councillor Richard Anker has worked tirelessly in the Coppice creating paths through the trees which we hope visitors will use to view our bird/bat boxes, our planned bee hives and to sit by our new pond now complete with plants provided by Mike. We had an exciting morning viewing Cambridgeshire Fire service filling our pond too - a big

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‘thankyou’ to them! Benches, signage and an assortment of wildflowers will also add to the already peaceful environment. Thanks to everyone involved. Sarah Lambert is also working on a report for CPC within the nature recovery plan covering the land from Splash Lane to the river. We are hoping to build on previous reports from Sarah who has put some lovely photos on our Facebook page as part of the ongoing survey. continued on paage 25 >>

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CPC are also looking into the Beeline Project which is a charity aiming to help people of all ages and abilities to grow their own produce, learn how to lead more sustainable lives and support biodiversity. On other village matters, villagers experienced a high volume of traffic and unacceptable parking on our

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grass verges on Saturday 5th due to a junior football event involving teams from as far away as Birmingham at the Woodlands site. CPC are working with NPT to make sure this disruption to villagers does not happen again. CPC are delighted to support the 63rd Peterborough Scout group with an initial £500 grant for their summer

project so important in the difficult times we have all experienced. Finally another thank you to all those involved within the Covid team supporting our villagers and for the work being done by volunteers within the Good Neighbours Scheme. Wishing all our readers a safe and peaceful summer as the Covid restrictions are lifted.

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It was so wet on Friday but we didn’t let that put us off. Wet weather can make colours more saturated and make for good contrasts. The verges are blooming with yellow hawkweed, bright red poppies, white yarrow and purple common mallow, appearing again in all their glory. The painted pebbles on the churchyard wall added another splash of colour, as did the patch of orange hawkweed (‘fox and cubs’) by the stone step-through. It was very quiet at Vergette Wood Meadow but the decaying tree trunks at the entrance are supporting new life. And of course, we were accompanied by a whole host of snails, great and small

‘Chalk-and-cheese’ walks (Glinton to Etton) 2: What a contrast today - not exactly blue skies and sunshine, but definitely brighter. Still too cool for butterflies but plenty of busy insects around and we really enjoyed listening to a Garden Warbler in a lane. Vergette Meadow, managed by the Langdyke Trust, was a wonderful example of a a wild flower meadow and was a joy to behold. (Thank you to all the volunteers who help to look after it!) There are so many things to appreciate, some of them tiny, so it pays to take your time and look carefully. Even the roadside verges are a riot of colour.


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As St Benedict’s Social Committee we are pleased to announce the publication of our recipe book: an eclectic selection of sixty seasonal recipes collected from family and friends during lockdown. As we have not been able to hold any fund raising events for over a year, nor been able to worship in our churches, we have produced this illustrated collection as a way of providing fellowship and fundraising. All the recipes have been tested and photographed by ourselves

and we hope you will enjoy cooking and tasting the dishes. The book is on sale from all committee members for £10: Chris Fielding, Bobby Grimble, Julie Fitzjohn, Sue Halstead, Pat Hoppe, Sue Lowe-Lauri, Pat Pooley, Helena Richards and Cigil Tisdale.

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GETTING BACK TO NORMAL Here we all are on the tightrope waiting for the final push, one way or the other... Or just more of the same. Who knows? The Friendship Club continues in spirit and hopefully once again, in body in some form or another. A little poem to possibly echo our deepest feelings of doubt and insecurity as we emerge like butterflies from our chrysalis into a whole new world.

Let me out and at it! (Only I'm not sure if I dare.) Let's all get going again.. (Only its a scary world out there) Let's get back to all the groups. (Only I'm afraid of getting too near) Everybody's chatting out loud, (Only its breathing their air that I fear) Everyone's hugging and laughing. (Only I don't like touching that mug,) Passing round the biscuit plate, (Are they all just a bit too smug?) Giving a friend a lift in my car (Must I sanitise all that they touch?) Throwing away those silly old masks. (Only I like mine a little too much) Let's throw off all inhibitions! (Only I really don't want to roam) Let's try and pretend we all want this. (Only I'm just happier staying at home.)

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The Parish Council has held its Annual Parish meeting which was well attended by the public. The annual report which I gave can be reviewed on the Parish website.  I am pleased to say that I was re-elected Chairman, Cllr Johnson ViceChairman.  The referendum on the Village Plan was approved with an overwhelming majority, following five years’ work by volunteers. Congratulations to Saqib Farooq in winning the election to replace me, following my retirement from Peterborough City Council.  You can contact Saqib on 07876 232953 or email at saqib.farooq@peterborough. The Wildlife Recovery project is bearing fruit, several rare species have come to light, including the very lovely bee orchids. The grassed area is to be cut in July and volunteers are being sought to rake up the spoils.  If you have got a couple of hours to spend, please let Cllr Bysshe know, on 01733 253164.  Pictures of the bee orchids and other specimens can be seen on the

Cllr John Holdich OBE Parish Council Chairman

Langdyke Countryside Trust website. We now have an outdoor table tennis table in the Play park, for all ages to enjoy. Obviously you would have to bring your own bats and balls. On a sad note, we have a group of older teenagers causing mayhem and criminal damage around the village.  If you are a witness to any of these incidents, please let us know. We have had another visit from travellers in the Play park, as many as 10 caravans.  I would like to thank all agencies who helped to have them moved on quite quickly, and for once, the Police took a real interest in doing something about the criminal damage caused by their forced entry into the Play park. The road and footpath works in the area of the Post Office, which have been marked out, are scheduled to be carried out in the school holidays. Many of us during lockdown had the chance to declutter; things you may no longer require may be heaven sent to others.  If you




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think it is a good idea, and that is to hold a Glinton residents swap or sale of such items, either in the village hall, playing field, or maybe even in the church, and we could donate part of the sales to village charities, please let me know if you are interested, and if you are able to help with the organisation. I do hope you are all able to enjoy the summer.


Glinton Neighbourhood Plan has been successfully completed and adopted by Peterborough City Council. As part of the local plan it will be used to determine planning applications and many key decisions within the village though to 2036. The Plan has been produced by residents, with the support of the Parish Council, using the views of the residents of Glinton. The plan can be found by searching on line for: Glinton Neighbourhood Plan. It contains a numberof policies that are of relevance to Glinton and it’s residents.


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PCEG was set up by Peakirk Parish Council following declaring a climate emergency in Nov 2019. In the last year we have met monthly by Zoom and started these projects

PEAKIRK CLIMATE EMERGENCY GROUP Henry Clark  Reduced Grass Cutting. We have paused cutting the grass in three areas; two on the Village Green and one in Firdale Close. The idea is to allow wildflowers to grow and see what happens. We will be cutting the overgrowth later in the year.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED We are looking for ideas for more projects and more volunteers to help do them. For further information, or to sign up to our mailing list, contact Sally Jackson on

 Bird Boxes. We have put up two bird boxes on trees on the Green and four robin boxes in hedges.  Community Orchard. We have taken over an unused plot on the allotments. The


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lot has been cleared. We will be planting fruit trees and building a rainwater harvesting system.  Wildflower Planting. We have cleared the area behind the Village Hall and the Millennium Corner and are planting wildflowers. This is to provide habitat for insects as well as an attractive sight.  Tree Planting. Approximately 30 holly and yew trees have been planted alongside roads and tracks.

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On Sunday 9 May a small group of volunteers spent a couple of hours working on the wild area behind the rope in the churchyard. Anne Curwen 01733 253357 This included removing ivy from the north wall.

ETTON NATURE RECOVERY PLAN This task was recommended as an action after the church yard was surveyed by two specialist ecologists for the Etton nature recovery plan. It is hoped that the exposed stone will be colonised by moss and lichens. Additional advice was to keep mowing the paths but to leave the main cut until early August when the grass and flowers should have seeded helping to promote wildflower regeneration and habitat for bees and other pollinators. An unfortunate consequence of the photo posted on the Etton Facebook page of Etton resident Margaret in the churchyard, without the clear path to the grave showing, was that the

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long grass was strimmed by someone who thought they were being helpful. Sadly, this means that this element of the nature recovery plan will need to wait until next years cycle. If anyone would like to help with the ongoing work, please contact Andrew on 07836213406. Work has started to complete the movement of materials from the Werrington junction works into Maxey quarry. However, the quantity of materials destined for the quarry is significantly lower than originally proposed. This means that the work should be completed by September. A meeting took place with


representatives from Tarmac and the affected Parish Councils on 7 June. At the meeting, complaints about dirt on the roads and lorries driving through the village were raised. Craig the Quarry manager is actively dealing with these issues on our behalf. Did you notice any unusual activity in the village on Thursday 27th May? The Police successfully arrested two suspects on suspicion of supplying and dealing drugs.

The road was closed to the north of the village while the police completed their activities. On Thursday 28 May, Cory Fuller, and the Gladwell Gallery team kindly hosted a champagne and afternoon tea, Gallery in the Garden event, at the Granary Mill in West Deeping. The event was to raise money for the Etton church roof fund. Numbers were limited to 30 but a fantastic £600 was raised on the day. The gardens are extensive, and we had an

interesting tour of the house and working mill. Then there were lots of fabulous paintings and sculpture to enjoy. A huge thanks to all who supported this event. The Caterpillars have been on the move again. There are now 6 caterpillars each consisting of five stones. Can you find them? Finally, the planned date for the annual village/church clean-up has changed to Sunday 1 August. We are hopeful that this year we can enjoy lunch together again.





BACK AFTER TWO YEAR ABSENCE One of the most popular regional car shows, the long established Maxey Classic Car & Bike Show is back after a two year absence. The show had to be cancelled in 2019 due to extreme weather conditions and, of course, last year due to the global pandemic Covid-19. The show is being held on Saturday, 14 August at the picturesque lakeside venue in the village. Now in it’s 20th year, the Maxey event promises to attract a large entry of two and four-wheel vehicles. A great day out for all the family, with live music from Paul Lake and the Blues band Liquor and Poker, real ale and gin bar, BBQ, doughnuts, Raceway Scaletrix and lots of fun for all the family. Admission is just £5 32 32

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with free entry for exhibitors and under 14s. The show opens to the public at 11am with judging taking place between 1pm and 3.30pm. Once again, the difficult job of judging the winners is being handled by national motoring journalists. Organised by the Maxey Charity Club, which started in 2001 the event has become increasingly well-known over


the years and continues to attract over 350 vehicles which include a wide range of classics, exotics like modern Ferraris, kit cars and 4x4’s and the classic motorcycle class which gets more popular each year. Our motto is “If you drive it or ride it and you love it, come along and show it”. There is no need to book your vehicle in, just turn up on the day. We’d love to see you there!




Helpston has two grass courts in a lovely setting near the village green. What better way to get out and moving than a friendly game of tennis on a sunny summer day? We have a small, enthusiastic membership who play regularly through the summer and would welcome more members to enjoy social tennis (and help us look after our courts). There are regular Sunday morning games and we recently began a Tuesday evening club session, too. The courts are open to members to book at any time. Find out more at / HelpstonTennis or come and meet us at one of the stalls at the Helpston Street Party on 10 July

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BAINTON & ASHTON Chairman Susie Lucas 01780 740159 Responsible for: Parish Council Liaison Group, HR, New Projects Councillors: Anita Phillips 01780 749128 Responsible for: HR, Planning, Way Warden / Good Neighbour Scheme Cliff Stanton 01780 749123 Cliffstanton@btinternet. com Responsible for: Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Speedwatch, Village Assets and Maintenance, Parish Council Liaison Group Pete Charlton 07850 657200 Responsible for: Financial Overview, Data Protection Chris Womack 01780 740925 Responsible for: New Projects, Data Protection, Barnack Ward Group Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Jenny Rice

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LITTER So, our walk took me past Nine Bridges again this evening. Very buoyed to see that the bin and surrounding area has now all been cleared away - either by the PCC as I had reported it or by some other caring individuals. The bin was still pretty full but not overflowing. We ‘celebrated’ by picking up every single piece of litter on our short walk home. Yuk face masks & all sorts. Please help us if you can - either by not throwing your litter away in the first place - or, just on every walk you do, safely, pick up 3-5 pieces of litter. Imagine if we all did that. Thanks. Mandy Yallup




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THANK YOU HARRY BRASSEY This May sees the retirement of Harry Brassey from Barnack and Pilsgate Parish Council. Harry has been a Councillor for over 40 years having been elected to the Council in July 1978. He attended his first Council meeting in September 1978 – which is before some of the present Councillors were even born! Martin Bloom In the early days the minutes of the meetings were handwritten in a minute book by the Chairman. I have viewed those minutes which are stored in the archive records at Peterborough Central Library. At Harry’s first Council meeting they discussed placing a skip in the village every year to collect residents’ bulk rubbish; the installation of a play area in Pilsgate; re-assigning and re-directing local footpaths (Harry was appointed to a subcommittee to deal with this); cleaning the verges on Main Street (Harry volunteered to help with his tractor and trailer); and, finally, planting trees to replace others that had died. Forty years on the same issues

are dealt with by the Parish Council on a regular basis. An examination of the minutes shows that discussions around issues such as the replacement and maintenance of trees and footpaths; the installation of playgrounds; traffic calming; and maintenance of the war memorial still dominate the agendas of our monthly meetings. Harry’s total commitment and dedication to the Council’s work and the welfare of our residents has no limits. He has himself always carried out a huge amount of the tasks required to maintain and improve our villages – from installing sanitisers in the bus shelters to installing the

Christmas tree in the square every year – just don’t mention his skill at operating a cherry picker! Barnack has grown in size substantially over the last few years. Harry has recognised the need for growth but has balanced that against a commitment to ensure that the character and appeal of our villages and countryside remain. Everyone in Barnack owes Harry a huge debt of gratitude and our very best wishes go out to him for a happy retirement – although knowing Harry we are sure he won’t be able to resist offering his help and words of wisdom for many years to come! Thank you Harry. >>

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I cannot remember there being such a transformation of the countryside on the scale as was seen in the first week of June. After the very cold weather frosts included, we encountered in April and May with gardens and fields being adversely affected by the intense cold weather we were all pleased to see much warmer weather and some much welcome rain with water running down the potato and sugar beet rows. The old country saying ‘a cold, wet May brings plenty of corn and hay’ certainly looks more likely. The extreme heat at the end of May and the first and second week of June coupled with about half, to an inch, of rain dependant on location on 4 June, have seen crops respond beyond all imagination. We are now in the middle of June when most crops are showing their yield potential/ 36

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They all need some more rainfall to keep them going, otherwise they will be ripening prematurely when quality and yield can both be affected. So, until all is safely harvested everything depends on the weather, the farmer and grower have done all he/she can to get the best results. All cereal crops are now well out in ear with about five weeks to harvesting on the lighter soil. The oil seed rape crop is slightly before in about four

weeks’ time. The sugar beet crop will just about meet in the rows by the longest day which is an indication of a good crop to harvest in late September. Last year’s grain is being very difficult to move, buyers are living hand to mouth in spite of trying to get the grain stores empty for cleaning and any repairs, we are unable to get the job completed. Looking back it appears to have been a year when


nothing went according to plan. Suppliers of machinery, spare parts, in fact everything you went to order was in short supply. It seems Brexit and Covid were mostly to blame. Agriculture is, of course, not the only industry affected – most business people I speak to have encountered the same problems. It would appear some of our worst fears on leaving the E.U are coming home to roost. Let’s hope this is a small bump in the road to our future prosperity. As a country known for our high standards of food production and animal welfare; this morning on the radio it was said the government had ‘given in’ to allow beef from

Australia to come into England. Their beef is injected with growth hormones, our beef cattle are fed traditional home grown produce with only some protein and minerals added having to be brought in with full traceability. Sileage making started the first week of June which is purely grass and clover mix in preparation fir winter feed for our cattle. This is their main diet fed in the winter, with also fodder beet grown on the farm and minerals, our own barley and a small amount of protein. We will continue with the rest of sileage making now the crop has grown with the rainfall when we get a few days settled weather.

In the shop we are busy getting ready for Natasha’s Law (food allergen labelling) which comes later in the year. Grace, my Granddaughter is taking the lead on this, with background help from the rest of the staff. The gardens are in full bloom, roses are particularly good this year and we dug our first new potatoes on 14 June which were set later this year because of the weather. All shrubs and bulbs have given very good show this year, but I think it’s perhaps been a shorter flowering time, which is again down to the weather, but there have certainly been some spectacular blooms – which has made the effort all worthwhile.

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Literally ‘Pasta Marianne’, an easy to create Franco/ Italian dish popular in the South East of France and which originated from the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

PÂTES MARIANNE Marianne Dubois was a beautiful and vivacious young lady popular with sailors and merchants who visited the island around the turn of the 19th Century. It’s reported she cooked and ‘socialised’ with equal passion and created this recipe to sell;


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supplementing and giving stability to her income. As she became older she eventually eschewed the societal element of her life and, having accrued enough capital, bought a run-down café in the old town of Porto-Vecchio and opened her own bistro. Her

enterprise worked well and she quickly gained a reputation for both her menu and her anecdotes of past liaisons with minor royalty, adventurers, wealthy businessmen and celebrities of the times. In 1952 she sold her thriving business for very much


money and retired to have a comfortable old age in the city of Lyon with her former trapezeartist partner Claude and always several cats. Enjoying her luxurious Lyonnaise apartment overlooking the Ingredients It’s traditional to use the Orecchiette (small ear) pasta but conchiglie will be a fine substitute. For 4/6 guests: 1 lb orecchiette; 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided; 1 lb de-skinned Cumberland or spicy sausage; 3 garlic cloves, minced; 1 cup chicken stock; 1 lb broccoli florets; ½ teaspoon salt; ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes; 3 tablespoons butter; ½ cup freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.

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Rhône, Marianne lived very well until she was 97 and left her considerable fortune to set up and maintain a home for abandoned cats; remembering perhaps that she too started her life as a stray.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the orecchiette and cook according to package instructions.  Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.  Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook, breaking apart with a spoon, until lightly browned, 5-6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic; cook for 1 minute more.  Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil, chicken broth, broccoli, salt and red chili flakes.  Cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan to release the flavourful brown bits, until the broccoli is tendercrisp, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the butter until melted and simmer for a few minutes to reduce and concentrate the sauce.

In memory of Mademoiselle Dubois I have served her recipe many times here at CP and to always I have a pleasing response so I imagine you busy housewives too will be appreciated for your effort, non?  Drain the pasta well and place back in the pasta pot. Add the sausage and broccoli mixture, along with half of the cheese, and toss to blend.  Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer to a serving platter or individual white bowls and pass the remaining grated cheese at the table. Our guests here at CP tend to prefer our house red to accompany. Chosen for its consistent quality, we stick with our inexpensive Côtes du Rhône from a family-owned supplier in Avignon. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: This dish can be frozen for up to 3 months and reheated on the stovetop. If the dish has dried out a bit in the freezer, add a little water or broth while reheating. Just take care only to reheat it and not continue to cook.

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This is the biggest genre one could possibly talk about, and probably the most difficult as well. Our world is one of colour, from subtle pale shades to rich and vibrant knock your retinas out brashness.


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Our eyes are assaulted by wonderful colours every day from sunsets and sunrises that can take your breath away to the near monochrome of a winter scene. >>

It is also one of the hardest to compose for and it often even causes much confusion to your camera's metering system even with the latest

systems. So folks it is time to engage one’s brain, the camera and it’s systems are a tool and it is up to you as to how you use this tool. So given the pitfalls, let's get on with it, the most popular things to photograph for sheer colour are as mentioned sunrises and sunsets, flowers are always a popular choice, one of my


favorites especially when you combine it with macro work too. Add into the mix our wonderful wildlife from beautiful coloured birds which so often go unnoticed to our amazing insects that are there in the background. To bolster colour saturation get your camera setting right there are a plethora of settings to customise your image to suit your taste, this is even before you start editing, for those of you who are more ambitious a must is a circular polarising filter, not only can this help bolster colours/saturation but if you are taking photos of something in water you can adjust the filter simply by rotating it to eliminate reflections so you can ‘see’ into the water. Polarisers are also a very good accessory when you are taking landscape photographs for all the reasons I have outlined. You may have heard about the >>

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>> ‘Golden Hour’. This is the time around sunset and sunrise where the light is often at its warmest but in the summer who is going to be up at 3-4am apart from mad people like me who are coming home from a night shift or going to work really early. Add to that the “Blue Hour” this is the time post sunset when there is some light in the sky and generally when there are no clouds the sky has an amazing blue colour from pale blue on the horizon often tinged with a little colour to a dark deep blue high above you.

The thing is to use the light to your advantage, work with it to get the best image you can get, by metering directly from your subject and working with the smallest aperture you can , it is possible to render the background dark almost black, which then concentrates the eye on the subject. Even using strong shadows in bright light can be to your compositional advantage too, again it can concentrate the eye on the subject instead of distracting it from it. So having used photography for documentary purposes, and for arty images , don’t forget the abstract be that accidental or done on purpose, these images can be quite brilliant, and thought provoking as well.


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We still want your images for the VT Calendar competition, so with the weather getting better, the sun is finally out after all the rain and cold we have had recently, get out there and get shooting folks let's see these images.

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HELPSTON PLAYHOUSE The first half of the summer term has just raced by and we can’t believe we’re rapidly heading towards the end of the school year. Abbi Smith Our preschoolers have had loads of fun since Easter learning about all the wriggly, slimy, creepy mini beasts they could find in our amazing Forest School. They've talked about what makes bugs different, comparing colour, size and how they move and have used words like wriggle, slither, bounce, jump, crawl, and fly. They’ve even made their own bugs using cones and pipe cleaners.  Our fabulous new sun sail has done a great job keeping the rain off and is a great addition to our setting now the sun is shining. Before the summer holidays we’re looking forward to doing some camping! And we’ll have to do more woodworking too as it proved so popular with the children who queued very patiently for their turn. Our Out of School Club children had a great time in


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their ‘Ice Cream Shop’ before the half term break, even though the weather was not exactly summery. The children will be doing some gardening over the coming weeks, planting herbs and hopefully harvesting the fruits of their labours. On 22 May we welcomed our Toddler Group to the Playhouse for an Open Day.

It was wonderful to introduce the little ones to our setting and to watch them explore the mud kitchen and our dens, toys and activities. We hope some of them will join us when they’re a bit older. In the meantime the COVID safe group meets weekly and provides fun activities for toddlers and their carers if you’d like to come along.

All of the fabulous work the Playhouse does wouldn’t be possible without the support of the volunteers on our management committee which meets every six weeks to consider finances, staffing and fundraising.


We’re always looking for members to join the Committee and it’s a great addition to anyone’s CV. If you are interested in joining at our next AGM in October or have any other questions about the Playhouse please visit our website or email

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NORTHBOROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL ENHANCE ECO-CREDENTIALS WITH THE SUPPORT OF PECT Northborough Primary school is on a mission to enhance its school site by creating a nature-friendly outdoor space Following the pandemic, schools have had to work in different ways, and the use of outdoor space has been key in being able to deliver both learning opportunities, as well as meet the mental and physical needs of students. With the support of PECT, an environmental charity based in Peterborough, the school has recently planted 180 trees and a variety of wildflowers to help enhance their outdoor area and encourage pollinators to visit. Students have also built bird and bat boxes, created natural bird feeders and have started to grow their own food.

Northborough School is part of PECT’s Eco Charter, which is a flexible accreditation that allows schools to demonstrate the steps they have taken to enhance students’ and staff knowledge of sustainability and implement long-term behavior change. Mrs Jackson, Deputy Headteacher at Northborough School, said: “Through our Eco Charter work with PECT, we have been able to develop our outdoor space. We are creating nature corridors to enhance biodiversity and attract more wildlife to the site, planting a cathedral of trees for the children to be able to take part in outdoor lessons, a den building area for free play, as well as areas which will be left for nature to thrive in. “After PECT’s support, we are much better equipped to use the outdoor space in a more focussed way. Their input, support and knowledgeable staff have already had a positive impact which we hope to keep building upon.” Mr Mallott, Headteacher at Northborough School, said:

“It's been great to see how the outdoor space has evolved to the benefit of the children." Staff have also taken part in training so they can fully utilise their outdoor space for a wide range of activities which encourages students to learn about their natural environment. Heidi Latronico-Ferris, Environmental Educational Lead at PECT, said: “All the students have really loved helping to create a sustainable area that they can benefit from in both their learning and in free play at break times. The school have also set up a ‘Planet Protector’ group and have started to come up with further ideas on what else they can do next. We are excited to see how their journey develops and how the school will take further steps in becoming more sustainable. “Our Eco Charter is leading the way nationally – embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.”

For more information on the Eco Charter, please visit the PECT website. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 01733 866437 or email Northborough Primary is a lovely village school that has spaces in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2. If you know of anyone who would like to join us, please contact the school office to arrange a visit with either Mr Mallott or Mrs Jackson. 48

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St Mary’s Church, Marholm

MARHOLM IN THE MIDDLE by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

There are few sights in England that lift my spirits so much as Marholm church, set in a meadow and framed by cedars and yews. A gentle stroll through the graveyard, past the serried ranks of ‘chest’ tombs and down a quiet lane leads to the village. With its thatched and lichen-covered, slate-roofed cottages and farmhouses, we could be forgiven for thinking that we’re in the Cotswolds. Yet, this is the middle of Tribland, with a smorgasbord of delights in store. >> vil agetribune



There are few sights in England that lift my spirits so much as Marholm church, set in a meadow and framed by cedars and yews. A gentle stroll through the graveyard, past the serried ranks of ‘chest’ tombs and down a quiet lane leads to the village. With its thatched and lichen-covered, slate-roofed cottages and farmhouses, we could be forgiven for thinking that we’re in the Cotswolds. Yet, this is the middle of Tribland, with a smorgasbord of delights in store. >>

Extract from Herman Moll’s Map of Northamptonshire; the Nassaburgh Hundred

Marham, Marholm and Milton Marholm, pronounced and once spelt as ‘Marham’ [‘the hamlet by the mere’], is steeped in a history that stretches back way beyond the quaint houses and glorious church. In fact, it seems to have been at the centre of things for over a millennium. As well as Tribland, geographically Marholm is roughly midway between the Rivers Nene and Welland, near the heart of the unitary authority of Greater Peterborough, the medieval Nassaburgh Hundred of Northamptonshire and the ancient territory of Peterborough Abbey. After the Reformation of the English 50

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Church and the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII (1509-47), the parish was situated near the contiguous boundary of three significant estates belonging to Lord Burghley, the Fitzwilliams of Milton and the Dean and Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral. The village lies in the centre of Marholm parish surrounded by (and carved from) what once were four open or common fields. Typical of Tribland, they probably were called the North, South, East and West Fields in medieval times, though a map of 1580 records that, by then, they were Mill, Nether, Belham and Hall Fields. All had been enclosed or divided into smaller ‘closes’ by 1625. Our earliest reliable written reference to Marholm reveals that, despite being in the middle of Peterborough’s domain, it was once owned by Ramsey Abbey, somewhat inconvenient for both religious houses. In 1052, Abbot Ælfwine of Ramsey and Abbot Leofric of Peterborough agreed that Ramsey would give Marholm to Peterborough in exchange for land in Lutton [Northamptonshire], an unlimited supply of ‘building stone’ from Barnack and ‘wallstone’ from Peterborough and permission to transport it free of toll overland and along the Nene ‘forever’. In addition, the Ramsey monks promised the Peterborough brethren an annual gift of 4,000 eels at Lent, a welcome dietary supplement during a period when the consumption of meat was forbidden.

In 1069, William the Conqueror (1066-87) appointed as abbot of Peterborough one of his henchmen, Turold de Fécamp, with orders for him to quell the rebellion led by Hereward (‘The Wake’). Turold had already acquired a reputation as a force to be reckoned with while he was abbot of Malmesbury, and with his standing army of 160 knights, he arrived in Peterborough spoiling for a fight. He immediately raised a motte-and-bailey castle (nicknamed ‘Mount Turold’) within the abbey precincts and leased two-thirds of the monastic estates to his retinue, in return for military service. Marholm, together with the Northamptonshire manors of Achurch, Alwinckle, Clapton, Stanwick, Thorpe Waterville and Titchmarsh went to a certain Ascelin. Although Ascelin’s main residence probably was at Thorpe Waterville, he would have found Marholm strategically useful due to its proximity to Turold’s powerbase at Peterborough. Indeed, a branch of Ascelin’s successors were known as the Watervilles of Marholm. After many twists and turns, losses, gains and changes of fortune, in 1384 Ascelin’s estates descended to Sir William de Thorpe. Upon his death in 1391, his kinsman from Rutland, John de Whittlebury (1333-1400), inherited Marholm, Milton [in Castor parish] and Longthorpe but with certain provisos. John was to bear the Thorpe coat-ofarms and maintain two priests, one for the chantry of St Guthlac which William had founded with his wife, Anne, within Marholm’s St Mary’s church, and the other


Sir William Fitzwilliam III (1526-99) Anne, sold the manors of Milton and Marholm and the advowson [entitlement to appoint priests] of St Mary’s church and St Guthlac’s chantry together with fishing and wharfage rights on the Nene at Gunwade Ferry [near Ferry Bridge]. Their purchaser was Sir William Fitzwilliam Monument to John de Whittlebury? (c.1460-1534) of Gaynes Park, Essex, a Merchant for Milton and Longthorpe. Their Taylor, wool-stapler, Sheriff duty was to chant prayers for of London, Chamberlain and the couple’s souls to ease their Treasurer to Cardinal Thomas way through Purgatory, believed Wolsey and a member of Henry VIII’s Council. William to be a halfway house between also seems to have had Heaven and Hell. a generous streak for he In 1502, John’s descendant allowed the Whittleburys to Robert Whittlebury and his wife, remain in their manor house

at Marholm for the rest of their lives on payment of a yearly rent of a single rose. Although Sir William Fitzwilliam raised his mansion at Milton, and acquired lands in Castor, Etton, Maxey and Deeping Gate, he left an enduring imprint upon Marholm. In 1522, King Henry granted him (for a fee) ‘free warren’ [permission to rear and hunt game] there, thus establishing what may be construed as the original Fitzwilliam Hunt. Sir William also opted to worship at St Mary’s and St Guthlac’s church, a mere chapelof-ease to St Kyneburgha’s, Castor, rebuilding the Norman >>

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chancel as a mausoleum. After his death in London, his corpse was conveyed amid great pomp and ceremony for interment in a vault beneath the altar. William’s son, Sir William Fitzwilliam II (died c.1552), abolished the chantry on the orders of King Edward VI (1547-53) and dropped the church’s Guthlac dedication. Perhaps to salve his conscience, he established almshouses for ‘four poor secular men’. And so, Marholm church was left to celebrate the glory of God and, of course, the Fitzwilliams. >>

Sir William III & Anne: Hand-fast for eternity

Sir William Fitzwilliam I’s tomb

Meeting the Ancestors St Mary’s church is usually locked but it is well worth visiting on an open day to see the exquisite memorials inside. Greeting you on arrival is the heavily restored effigy of a knight in late-fourteenth-century armour, thought to be John de Whiittlebury. However, in order to meet the Fitzwilliams face to face, you must to go into the chancel. On the north side, closest to the >>


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altar, is the sumptuous canopied monument to Sir William I, founder of the dynasty. Brass reliefs depict him and one of his three wives praying devoutly, surrounded by their escutcheons. The tomb doubled as an Easter Sepulchre, symbolising Christ’s death, entombment and resurrection. Here, a crucifix and the Host (Communion bread and wine, representing the body and blood of Christ) rested from Good Friday until Easter Day. Consequently, the tomb was badly damaged by Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan ‘Roundheads’ in the early 1640s but was repaired in 1674 by William Fitzwilliam VI (whose daughter, Jane, married Christopher Wren).

lies his wife, Anne Sidney (died 1602), wearing a grey Tudor gown and uncomfortablelooking white ruff. Theirs seems not to have been a union solely based on gaining property and influence and begetting an heir and a spare (although they did produce three sons and two daughters). It is portrayed as a love match since they are holding hands as, no doubt, they did throughout a marriage spanning 55 years.

Directly opposite Sir William I’s memorial is the painted chalk effigy of his grandson, Sir William Fitzwilliam III (152699), Queen Elizabeth I’s Lord Deputy of Ireland and Governor of Fotheringhay Castle at the time of Mary Queen of Scot’s execution, in 1587. Next to him

Presiding over their forebears beneath an open pediment propped up by Corinthian columns, stand the life-size statues of William, First Earl Fitzwilliam (1643-1719) of Tyrone (William Fitzwilliam VII) and his wife, Anne Cremor. Theirs is considered to be one of

Anne Sidney (wife of William III)


William & Sarah Mann’s ‘twin beds’

The First Earl Fitzwilliam & his Countess the finest eighteenth-century monuments in the region. Despite being a Royalist sympathiser, Lady Jane Fitzwilliam, mother of both the John Bull & Co First Earl and Edward Hunter alias Perry (died 1646), chose a simple obelisk to mark the passing of her son from a previous marriage. Mindful of what had happened to Sir William I’s monument, she left a message intended for a Cromwellian trooper on a mission to destroy religious imagery and symbolism: ‘To the courteous souldier, Noe crucifixe you see, Noe frightful brand of superstitions here. Pray let me be’. Fortunately, when Old Ironside’s vandals returned two >> ‘Pair of semis’ belonging to Fillis and Christopher Bud

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Home Farm >> years later, they were so hellbent on besieging the Royalist stronghold of Woodcroft Castle, two miles away, and horribly murdering its occupant, Charles I’s chaplain Reverend Doctor Michael Hudson, that they left St Mary’s and its monuments unscathed,

In a country churchyard Outside, is the most impressive assemblage of ‘chest’ tombs that I have seen east of the Cotswolds. They include two resembling twin-beds, another two dedicated to John Bull of Peterborough and his family and a pair of ‘semis’ nestling against the chancel wall and, thereby, “Nearer, my God, to Thee”. The latter belong to Fillis Estate-workers’ cottages [Phyllis] Bud (died 1633) and her husband, Christopher (died1638). But all is not what it seems. One of Milton Hall rather than to ‘tomb’ at the east end of the be leased to a tenant, it is as chancel acts as an inobtrusive a prime example of a ‘model ventilator for the Fitzwilliam vault! farm’ with barns, byres, stables and the dairy constructed The western end of the around a quadrangle. From the churchyard (beyond the sturdy north side, beyond the vestiges twelfth-century tower and the of ridge-and-furrow, are the medieval coffin-lids) affords a lattice-windowed Saw Mill vista of the late-seventeenth- and Cottage and Forester’s Lodge, early-eighteenth-century Home erected in the 1840s for Milton Farm. Expressly established to estate workers. produce food for the residents 54

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Fragment of grave-stone


Pub, Alms Cottages & forge

A Village through Time It is tempting to linger amid the tranquillity of the churchyard, listening to the birdsong and savouring the surroundings but more surprises await. The gate to the east of the churchyard leads onto Church Walk, where a brook meanders through the landscaped gardens on your right-hand side. On your left, are a row of stone cottages. The first bears a plaque, which resembles a fragment of a gravestone commemorating someone who died ‘in the yeare 1626’. The building is now part of the Old Parsonage, where Marholm’s parish priests lived until the Rectory House on Castor Road was constructed, c.1840. Afterwards, the Parsonage was reserved for the curate. Both are now privately owned. At the end of the lane, pause for a moment on Stamford Road. To

the right, you can see the gable-end of -the Fitzwilliam Arms next to Alms Cottages (erected eighteenth-century farm workers on the site of Sir William II’s almshouses) and opposite, the erstwhile village forge. Here, the blacksmith, a crucial member of the community, shod horses, made and mended farm implements and turned his hands to numerous other feats of metalwork. Without him and his ilk, our villages would have ground to a halt. On your left-hand side, is the stable-block of Manor Farm (now converted into individual cottages). If you cross the road and proceed down Water End alongside the brook, you will get an impression of how massive the complex was when it was built or rebuilt in the late eighteenth-century.

The farmhouse stands at a distance and can be viewed from the lane. Although it is described as the ‘Manor House’ on the 1886 Ordnance Survey Map, it belonged to the Fitzwilliams and is still part of the Milton estate. Nevertheless, its location on the old Stamford to Peterborough Road and near the crossroads of the Castor to Lincoln Road (via Glinton and Northborough) would have made it an attractive site for Ascelin the Norman’s manorial centre, managed by his steward or representative in Marholm. After Poplar Farmhouse (eighteenth century), Water End becomes a footpath. At Waterend Cottages (early seventeenth century), it takes a right-hand turn over the brook and across a grassy area to Woodcroft Road. >>

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Manor Farmhouse Straight ahead is Marholm Farmhouse with its fascinating fenestration and a datestone of 1633 bearing a cipher, which hints that the building was occupied by a yeoman farmer rather than a Fitzwilliam tenant. Another status symbol, a sundial (dated 1800), graces the south wall. >>

Marholm Farmhouse

The village green? Looking towards Marholm Farm A short walk past the twentiethcentury bungalows on Woodcroft Road brings us to the junction with the Peterborough to Stamford crossroads. Opposite, the War Memorial, commissioned in 1920, sprouts from the base of a fourteenth-century wayside cross. It serves as not only a reminder of Marholm’s fallen heroes of World War I but also that, despite so many post1600 buildings, the settlement’s medieval past is closer than we may realise. 56

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War Memorial with medieval base


Discovering Medieval Marholm

If so, then chances are that the scheme was implemented by Ascelin and the formidable At first glance, it would be easy Abbot Turold of Peterborough, to conclude that Marholm was a as part of a nationwide polyfocal settlement with (1) its Norman drive to increase church, (2) Home Farm, (3) Manor productivity. There is strong evidence that this happened Farm, (4) the cluster comprising the Fitzwilliam Arms, almshouses along the western edge of St Pega’s Road, in Peakirk, and forge with Poplar and where the green was fenced Marholm Farms and Waterend for grazing until the 1930s. The Cottages on the periphery. Glinton villagescape indicates Conversely, the 1886 OS Map that there was another (which copyright forbids me to reproduce) suggests that Manor possible Norman development Farm, Poplar Farm and Waterend adjacent to the manor-house site and facing the ‘lost’ green, Cottages actually sat along the now occupied by such public western edge of an enclosed amenities as St Benedict’s village green, bounded by the church, the Blue Bell, school, brook [Water End] and Woodcroft pharmacy (formerly the ‘fireand Stamford Roads. The area engine house’) and a replica is now encroached upon by the parish pump. There was a pub, almshouses, Green Man similar arrangement around Lane and, latterly, the Woodcroft a green in my home village Road bungalows. Therefore, I of Ryhope, which lay under wonder if Water End (in effect, the jurisdiction of the mighty a continuation of Church Walk) Prince Bishops of Durham, was part of a planned ‘street’ of created to subjugate the peasants’ plots facing a predefiant North just as Abbot existing green, where stock was Turold was appointed to kept in inclement weather and subdue the Fens. So, why not a Norman ‘street’ at Marholm? during lambing.

Undeniably, in contrast to Peakirk, Glinton and Ryhope, down Water End there are huge gaps between the current properties but there are also some tantalising humps and bumps, which may or may not represent the remains of abandoned farmsteads. A geophysical survey followed by a few well-placed test pits may divulge more about Marholm’s fascinating past.

And finally . . . At last, we turn our attention to the Fitzwilliam Arms, affectionately known as the ‘Green Man’ because of the potbellied topiary figure by the front entrance. Although the building only dates back to the eighteenth century, it probably stands on the site of an earlier tavern and, with the church, is the beating heart of the community. It is full of oldworld charm, has friendly staff, a lovely garden and is an excellent place to stop for refreshments. And, afterwards, you could amble up Castor Road as far as the track to St Mary’s and admire one of the finest views in England. T

Fitzwilliam Arms & its ‘Green Man’

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MEN UNITED IN SONG 2021 Supporting Prostate Cancer UK

It’s been a tough year, but finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel… we can have a pint, get our hair cut and go to the gym, and we’re slowly getting our lives back. But, after the last twelve months, who’s happy to settle for ‘back to normal’… now, we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take normal and turn it on its head, to make it better! We need to grab life with both hands, get stuck into everything we’ve missed out on and challenge ourselves! So why not jump in, try something new and be part of Men United in Song 2021? We want you to be part of spectacular charity event supporting Prostate Cancer UK! Launching in September 2021 Men United in Song will sign up around forty local men - ordinary men just like you - to take part in a ten-week pop-up singing project, working towards a fantastic live performance at The Cresset in November. You’ll

learn to sing, meet new people, push yourself, perform live on stage and raise money for this much loved and very important charity… plus, drinks at the pub after rehearsals… what’s not to like?! Absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, get stuck in and

give it a go... everyone’s in the same boat, and it’s all about the journey! “We were just a bunch of ordinary guys from all walks of life, most of us had never sung in a choir before and we sounded awesome!” says Paul from Yaxley. “This is something all men should try once in their lives and it’s raising money for a great cause too!”

For further information visit, email or contact Jo on 01733 425194. Introduction sessions will be at the John Mansfield Campus PE1 4HX on Wednesday 8 September (7-10pm), Thursday 9 September (7-10pm) or Saturday 11 September (2-5pm). Please call/email first to register. The Men United in Song concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday 12 September 2021.


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Fossilised tree trunk from a now-extinct Sigillaria genus, Stanhope, Co. Durham

Trees in the Landscape:

By Greg Prior


Many of us take trees for granted. They are everywhere – in woods, parks, churchyards, gardens, hedgerows, fields, alongside roads and watercourses, lining streets in towns and on villages greens; they serve as boundary and way markers and considerably enhance the landscape. Even in death, they have a purpose for they become a magnet for fungi and their stark silhouettes dramatically adorn the horizon. So, how did all these trees get here? >> vil agetribune



From Wildwood to Woodland Management At the end of the last Ice Age (11,000 BC), trees began to colonise Britain. The first native species to appear were aspen, birch and sallow, followed by pine and hazel; alder and oak; lime and elm; ash, beech, holly, hornbeam, maple, rowan and willow. Pollen analysis reveals that, by 6,000 BC, the entire country was covered in a selfset ‘wildwood’. >>

staple diet. However, it wasn’t really until the advent of the Neolithic settlers (4,0002500BC) that woodland clearances began in earnest. Space was needed to grow cereals and graze livestock, whilst timber was used for dwellings and boats, fuel for cooking, firing pottery and for metalworking and, in boggy areas, for causeways like the Sweet Track across the Somerset levels. The BronzeAge (c.1700-800BC) and Iron-Age folk (c.800BC-100AD) followed suit. Indeed, when the Romans invaded in 43AD, they did not find a heavily-wooded landscape. Despite this, they consumed vast amounts of timber to construct forts, villas, farmsteads, bath-houses and granaries and for their heating systems. In order to feed their troops, they increased arable land and pasture by assarting [reclaiming] woodlands. There is no evidence that the countryside reverted back to ‘wildwood’ during the centuries after the legions were recalled to Rome, in 410AD. In fact, out of all the settlements recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086, only half contained woods, none of which were in the Fens.

Bracket fungi. Small-scale clearances probably began during the Mesolithic period as hunter-gatherers felled trees to make shelters and to access hazel-nuts, thought to have been their 60

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During the medieval period, timber production was managed by coppicing some trees at regular intervals to provide logs, stakes and faggots and for burning charcoal. Others were allowed to grow and were felled when needed for houses and shipbuilding. In both cases, the

woodlands were self-renewing but demanded considerable forward planning. During the sixteenth century, exposed timbers went out of fashion and oak planks were cut thinner to save on materials. Brick buildings were introduced, especially in towns and coal became the preferred fuel for heating and cooking instead of firewood. Yet, since it was more costly to chop down woodlands than it was leave them, there was no wholesale clearances.

The Major Oak (‘Robin Hood’s’) Oak, Sherwood Forest

Echoes of the Past So, what is left of our ancient woodlands today? In short, an estimated 99% have vanished since the Neolithic settlers came to our shores. Many were lost to intensive agriculture during the mid-nineteenth century and after World War II or destroyed and replanted with non-native sycamores, horsechestnuts, rhododendrons and conifers. Locally, pockets of ancient woodland remain in Burmer and Mucklands Woods, in Marholm, and Grimeshaw Wood (home to a colony of pipistrelle bats) and Thorpe Wood, in Peterborough. A handful of ‘historic’ trees continue to grace our countryside. The Queen’s


Oak, in Huntingfield Park [Suffolk], is estimated to have germinated at around the time of the Battle of Hastings [1066]. And the legendary Major Oak in Sherwood Forest still provides a habitat for wildlife after 1000 years, though it is a myth that Robin Hood and his Merry Men hid within its gnarled trunk to foil the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The Langley or Langdyke Bush with its protective cage

Salter’s Way Many of our native species gave names to settlements long before the Norman Conquest. We have Birchanger (Essex), North Elmham (Norfolk), Hawthorn (Durham), Hazelmere (Buckinghamshire), Mapledurham (Oxfordshire), Oakham (Rutland) and Sevenoaks [Kent]. Closer to home are Thorney (‘Isle of

Thorns’, cleared by pioneering Anglo-Saxon monks) and Ashton. Moreover, Barnack’s place-name is thought to be derived from the Old English Beorn ac (Warriors’ Oak), presumably a rallying-point for war-bands. A decaying whitethorn inspired the Helpston poet

and nature-lover, John Clare (1793-1864) to write about the Langley (Langdyke) Bush, the old meeting-place of the Nassaburgh Hundred Court on the contiguous boundary of Ailsworth, Bainton, Ufford, Upton. Here justice was swiftly meted out on a gibbet that stood nearby at the crossroads >> until c.1578, when both

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Nature’s little helpers court and gibbet moved to Helpston. The Langley Bush was not the only tree to occupy the site which is understood to have been a Bronze-Age barrow or burial mound. A ‘common thorn’ was recorded as a boundary point in an Anglo-Saxon charter and the present whitethorn was planted by the John Clare Society, in 1996. >>

In contrast, no one really knows the history of Salter’s Tree, a great elm which once marked the place where Salter’s Way crossed the Castor-to-Marholm Road. It has been suggested that the route was used by medieval (or even Roman) salt traders; that a family called Salter lived nearby; that a man named Salter was either hanged or hanged himself from the boughs. The route is now a bridle-way but the elm is long gone. Its name is preserved for posterity in Salters Tree Ale, brewed in Castor.

Planting for our Future Of course, everyone agrees that trees are good for the environment and are an important feature in our landscape. They look attractive, provide shade and shelter, food, fuel and building materials, reduce the risk of flooding, support a variety of wildlife and absorb carbon dioxide and thereby improve air quality. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are numerous nationwide planting campaigns in progress. We at PAST (Peakirk Archaeology Survey Team( are trying to do our bit as well. Two seasons ago, we launched our planting programme along the B1443 and the Peakirk-Glinton Footway. Yet, digging a hole and placing the tree

in the soil were the easy bits. This was preceded by the planning stage and the careful preparation of the ground. ‘Aftercare’ requires a considerable amount of time and effort too. This includes formative pruning where necessary, the application of fertiliser, weed control and crucial watering during dry spells. We have learnt from experience that predators like rabbits and deer can wreak havoc. Here, plastic spirals and wire cages offered some protection during the early stages of growth. Sadly, during throughout my lengthy career in arboriculture, I have seen too many projects fail because of a ‘plant and forget’ mentality. Planting trees (or anything else for that matter) involves foresight and commitment because frequently Nature needs a helping hand. T

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Reverend Gary Alderson is the Rector of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering. t: 07503975588 e:


Even out there, I’m still glued to my phone, but Lily likes to spend the time diving into hedges and undergrowth after any wildlife she thinks she can catch (she can’t – she’s always on her extending lead!) Main photo: One of the streams of the River Welland, near Tallington

Maxey Cut, at Tallington

But I thought I’d also find out about the place through reading. I discovered John Clare’s poetry a long while ago, and of course the landscape has changed dramatically since Clare’s day. Fields have become much bigger, trees removed, brooks straightened and turned into ditches – as the countryside has had to feed a much larger population. There’s a lot we can do in bringing back some of the beauty in small things that Clare celebrated, while we can still celebrate our lovely countryside, with its rivers and birdlife and the ridges dropping down in the Fens. But one thing whose nature has stayed the same – while its appearance constantly changes – is the sky. The title of this article is from a book on the fens by Frances Pryor, one of the members of Time Team, which I loved. As many of you will remember, he was based around Helpston, while excavating the fens around Maxey and Etton – he


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I’ve been taking the chance to find out more about the area where Sharon and I have been so blessed to arrive over the last few weeks. Partly this is inevitable – I like to get out and walk, and I have a collie-springer cross who likes peace and quiet, so being out in the countryside, away from roads and tractors, is always good for both of us. Reverend Gary Alderson

had to get in before gravel extraction destroyed archaeological evidence. Pryor describes the people of the fens always being aware of the changing nature of the sky, in a way that is surprising and delighting to those of us like him (and me) who grew up surrounded by hills. There’s a glory to the local skies that draws us up out of ourselves. Seeing a bank of cloud streaming east, maybe with a setting sun as the backdrop, gives me all I need to praise God our maker. A heavy bank of cloud may be oppressive, but it’s also impressive. You may not believe in the same way I do – Christians are always drawn to be people living on earth but as citizens of heaven. But we can all share the joy of looking up and seeing the beauty above us.

Lily looking towards Helpston, Maxey cut

Seeing the sky is free. And in this place where it is so abundant, it is surely something that can lift all of our spirits – to cheer us up on a dull day or to make us stop, and wonder at the glory of it all. We live in a place of big, beautiful, skies. It’s worth living part of our lives in them.

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8am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


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10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin


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ETTON CHURCH SUNSET Etton church Tuesday evening just after sunset



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SMOOTH PATH TO ST ANDREW'S It is a smooth path to St.Andrew's Church these days, thanks to Northborough Parish Council. The PCC are very grateful to the Parish Council for the new resin- bound footpath, which will be better for everyone, especially those with buggies, wheel chairs and brides with trains! Polly Beasley

MAXEY CHURCH YARD A huge thank you to the young lads, who are doing a marvellous job in keeping the Church yard in Maxey neat and tidy for all to enjoy. Janice Bloodworth


Rebecca (Betty) Butler, on 26 April, at Helpston and then at Peterborough Crematorium. In keeping with Betty’s Scottish heritage, there was a piper for her who played 'Flower of Scotland'. 66

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10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9am All Age Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10am Family Service at the Village Hall Mark Hotchkin and Freda Skillman

9.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Family Communion Praise Rev'd Mark-Aaron and Freda Skillman

10.30am Joint Parish Worship with St Benedict's, Glinton Derek Harris

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9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9am All Age Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10am Family Service at the Village Hall Mark Hotchkin and Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Family Communion and Praise Rev'd Mark-Aaron and Freda Skillman

Joint Parish Worship in St Benedict's, Glinton

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10.30am Benefice Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

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SOS - SAVE OUR ST ANDREW'S LOGO St Andrew’s Church in Northborough is the jewel in our crown. It has served the community since 1270 and we want it to continue to do so.

Clare Strak, Secretary of St Andrew’s PCC Church buildings are a precious repairs is an essential and a part of our historic heritage and fund-raising campaign is now none more so than St Andrew’s underway. But does everyone with its links to Oliver Cromwell locally know how bad the through his wife Elizabeth situation is? St Andrew’s PCC who is buried in the Claypole (Parochial Church Council) Chapel and his daughter who decided that we needed to married Sir john Claypole, the raise awareness. We needed local lord – his Manor is still a our own brand recognition and wonderful part of our heritage. our own logo. We turned to St Andrew’s is also the resting the children of Northborough place of the wife of John Clare, School – the very children the “peasant” poet of the who will inherit the wonderful eighteenth century, Martha building which is now in danger Clare, whose gravestone is clear and take on its guardianship for for all to see in Northborough the future. We asked them to churchyard. use the strapline “SOS - Save Our St Andrew’s” and create So when St Andrew’s church images that appealed to them. was put on Historic England’s “At Risk “Register in 2020 alarm The results were amazing. The children entered enthusiastically bells started ringing. For how into the project and came up long would St Andrew’s be a with some brilliant images and part of the community life of all words. Judging which of them the people of Northborough? Money (a lot of it!) for essential could become our logo was

very hard. But with the help of two of our own local artists, John McGowan and Teresa Scott, we chose two images which, combined or separately will now become 'Brand St Andrew’s'. The two children who produced our new logo are Digby Charity in Year 2 and Kim Tucker in Year 3, pictured above. We are so proud of Digby and Kim and of all the children who participated. Many of the images have been turned into posters that we will be using as we continue our fund-raising efforts and all of them will be on display in St Andrew’s. Thank you to the children and thank you to the people of Northborough for their continued support of St Andrew’s.



To mark John Clare’s birthday at St Botolph Helpston at 11 am. We will be using Clare’s work as part of the worship and singing his wonderful poem, 'Nature’s Hymn to the Deity'.  Sunday 11 July – PATRONAL FESTIVAL - St Benedicts, Glinton

In addition to the service in the morning, the church will be open in the afternoon 2-4pm.  Sunday 25 July – OPEN GARDENS – St. Benedict's Glinton - see notices for details.


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 St Benedict High St., Glinton PE6 7JN  St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN 68

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After the intense heat of the first days of June our St Andrew’s Saunter, the start of the SOS – Save Our St Andrew’s fund-raising campaign, was delightfully cool and perfect for a gentle stroll through three very lovely and very different gardens.

Clare Strak, Secretary of St Andrew’s PCC


With wonderful views of St Andrew’s church itself from the South and the East, visitors were able to wander at will through the gardens and admire so many lovely plants in glorious shapes, sizes and colours. Gill’s cottage garden was full of interesting plants - the irises and orchids at the little pond were in full bloom, the roses just coming out and the immensely tall and exotic echiums stretching to the sky. Buying plants from the wellstocked plant stall at Gill’s was a delight. Maeve and Andy’s garden was next with Maeve’s pottery on sale, hidden nooks and crannies and plenty of places to sit and take it all in - drifts of wild meadow with dots of

startling magenta gladioli, and all to the accompaniment of Andy’s ethereal harp music. Continuing our saunter we wandered happily round the more formal garden of the Priory, Northborough’s old rectory - swathes of lawn with well-stocked flower beds, many varieties of shrub in full bloom and the promise of delicious fresh produce from the vegetable patch hidden by the spring green beech hedge. The east-facing windows and battlements of St Andrew’s give a dramatic backdrop to an apparently secret garden. Plenty of space here to rummage through the brica-brac stall before heading through the church gate to come full circle back to the

church. The delights were not over. The church itself was host to an amazing exhibition of art from local artists and Northborough’s own Art Group. We hope they will be back. The saunter through the church was accompanied by more music – this time from a talented group playing a range of recorders. The whole afternoon gave us a glimpse of Northborough’s talent and goodwill. It was a pleasure to welcome so many visitors and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at future events. Our grateful thanks go to the many volunteers who manned stalls, supervised the Art Exhibition and helped to prepare and tidy the day away so willingly.

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HELPSTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Almost there! Neighourhood Plan for Helpston ready for villagers' comment

Like some other villages in The Tribune area, Helpston has been producing a Neighbourhood Plan. Over the last three years a dedicated, small group of Helpston’s residents have been working to produce a document that will guide Helpston’s development for the next 15 years and more. We are grateful to everyone who responded to the various questionnaires, information stalls and meetings and have used this comprehensive feedback to create a Neighbourhood Plan.

Why should we have a Neighbourhood Plan? Neighbourhood Plans are set up to incorporate local views and needs in planning decisions that will be made about developments. Also, where a Neighbourhood Plan has been agreed, payments from money levied by the City Council, in respect of developments, can be channelled directly for the benefit of the neighbourhood.

What is involved? Neighbourhood Plans have to conform with the City Council's Local Plan and must

demonstrate that local opinions are represented. To start with, a shared vision for Helpston's future development was created from community responses. The vision for Helpston is: Helpston will remain a distinctive and historic limestone village within an attractive rural landscape and will maintain the key local physical, environmental, and cultural attributes observed by poet and former resident John Clare. Helpston will retain its separation and distinction from other settlements and will provide services and facilities that will support an inclusive and vibrant community for the benefit of both the present and future population. There was general approval of this vision in the surveys, and the steering group worked on a set of policies aimed at managing development to achieve that aim. The plan is based on views of local villagers and other stakeholders. These have been gained from village-wide questionnaires, presentations

Helpston Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

and meetings. The draft plan is also being scrutinised by City Council officials to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning regulations and the City-wide

Local Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan is principally concerned with planning and development: during the course of canvassing views, a number of issues that are not addressed in a Neighbourhood Plan have been raised. These have been noted and will be passed on the Parish Council for consideration.

What's next? Consultation will continue until 12 August; we will then respond to your feedback and finalise the Neighbourhood Plan. The document then needs to be passed by Peterborough City Council who will undertake further statutory consultation and a final Plan will be produced. Residents will then be asked to vote on the adoption of the Plan in a Referendum to ensure that future developments are guided by the wishes of the people of the village.

We have produced a consultation document, which can be viewed here: The Neighbourhood Planning Group would welcome your comments on the draft. These can be sent to:

There will be a display of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan at the Dovecote in John Clare Cottage from 10th to 24th July on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Members of the group will be available to talk about the plan and take note of comments at the Dovecote on Saturdays the 10, 17 and 24 July. We also have a number of paper copies: please e-mail us or telephone 01733 252192 and ask to speak to the parish chair, Joe Dobson to borrow a copy. Copies also can be viewed at the Bluebell pub and at St Botolph's church. We will be writing to local organisations and businesses for their feedback. 70

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Cllr’s Peter Hiller & Saqib Farooq

The independent Boundary Commission England (BCE) review 2023 is out now for the first public consultation, until 2 August. BCE are inviting comments on their initial proposals for changes to parliamentary constituencies’ boundaries and they’ve developed initial proposals for the whole of England, taking into account that every constituency recommended must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 Parliamentary electors (as at 2 March 2020). Also given weight are:  physical geography considerations, such as major roads and waterways, size, shape and accessibility of a constituency;  local government boundaries (as they existed or were in prospect as at 1 December 2020);  existing constituency boundaries;

 local ties that would be broken by changes to constituencies;  inconveniences that may flow from changes to constituencies.

by Peakirk village in 2023 which (although in Glinton and Castor ward) is currently in the largely urban Peterborough constituency.

Of particular significance locally, it’s being proposed our rural wards of Wittering, Barnack and Glinton and Castor are staying within rural North West Cambs, with the probability our constituency will be joined

Recent changes to the law make it very likely that the recommendations from this review (after consideration of all contributions) will be implemented.

Saqib and I encourage supportive residents to participate in the process by giving their views through this website:

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For well over a year we have seen significant changes to the way we go about our daily lives. But as we return to the public buildings, outdoor spaces and leisure venues many of us have missed over that time, we should also remind ourselves of the need for continued vigilance and mitigation in response to wider public safety and security concerns. Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor ward Our enthusiasm to return to a form of social ‘normality’ might well dim our memories of the appalling acts of violence perpetrated upon innocent people in public spaces, before this pandemic forced us to stay away from them. God forbid terrorists and extremists should exploit any relaxation of these restrictions as an opportunity to inflict further vicious acts of barbarism. During those times of high national security warnings my Cabinet colleagues and I had briefings from Government counter-terrorism experts regarding our City centre areas and a great deal of planning and other work was done to mitigate potential threats in Peterborough. I do note however there is currently no specific legislative requirement to consider or implement effective security measures by those operating sites and places open to the public. Experience, aforethought and common sense reasonably applies one hopes. Our Government is, as you might expect, ahead of the thinking and recently launched a

consultation on a new statutory ‘Protect Duty’, which seeks to improve the safety and security of public venues and spaces – such as government buildings, parks, pubs, schools, universities, hospitals, shopping centres, public squares, music venues and sports stadiums. Protect is one element of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, learning lessons from those recent terrorist attacks, and informed consultation suggests that there is already good work being done by many organisations to help prevent future incidents. This proposed duty will inevitably have a number of implications for local authorities – not least as owners and operators of publicly accessible venues and spaces in their own right. The first key question is who the proposals should apply to – it will be critical to find an appropriate and proportionate threshold and, for those affected, the proposals suggest the duty would require risk assessment and mitigation, including using ‘reasonably practicable’ security measures such as improving security considerations, training and

planning for an attack, including workable outcomes. For public spaces, local authorities and partners could be required to: develop local plans to mitigate risks; implement proportionate measures; and work with key partners – for instance, the police – to consider how a security plan would operate in priority local areas. These issues raise queries about how risk assessments would be undertaken and by whom, how mitigation measures would be funded where deemed necessary, and the difficulties in identifying where responsibility for certain public spaces falls. Finally, the proposals suggest that an inspection regime is likely to be required to ensure that those covered by a new duty are meeting their requirements. It is likely that this role will be imposed on local authorities, prompting further questions about resourcing and sustainability. We all want to make our local spaces as safe as we can for our residents and visitors, and it is important that a new duty strikes the right balance between protecting our communities and the risks posed.

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Erection of stable building and extension of hard standing area at The Barn High Field Road Ashton Stamford: Awaiting decision


Demolition of garage and out buildings. Build single storey side and 2 storey rear extensions, erection of replacement porch and detached garage at 9 Maffit Road Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AG: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension at 5 Maffit Road Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AG: Awaiting decision Two storey rear extension at 24 Helpston Road Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AE: Permitted Conversion of existing garage into habitable space with installation of dormer to rear roof slope at 8 Maffit Road Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7AG: Permitted Proposed two storey rear extension and internal works at 21 Normangate Ailsworth Peterborough PE5 7BF: Permitted


Removal of front porch timber posts/part demolition of rear wall and erection of single storey front porch infill and insertion of bi-fold doors at Maple House Tallington Road Bainton Stamford: Awaiting decision Ground floor rear extension and first floor rear dormer extension, front porch, replacement windows and render to all elevations at Petrelyn Ufford Road Bainton Stamford: Awaiting decision Erection of summer house at Maple House Tallington Road Bainton Stamford: Withdrawn by Applicant Change of use to land for the grazing of three horses and personal recreation; erection of 1no. field shelter and construction of grass reinforced meshing at Land To The South Of Barnack Road Bainton Stamford: Permitted


Proposed first floor extension & internal alterations at 5 Saxon Road Barnack Stamford PE9 3EQ: Awaiting decision First floor side extension at 11 Orchard Road Barnack Stamford PE9 3DP: Awaiting decision Construction of 2No. two-storey dwellings including associated car parking and access road at Land Rear Of 31 And 32 Uffington Road Barnack Stamford PE9 3DU: Awaiting decision Agricultural welfare unit at The Vineyard Plant Nursery Land To The West Of Uffington Road Barnack: Permitted Part-retrospective demolition of existing sunroom and replacement with single storey extension at The Hollows Millstone Lane Barnack Stamford: Permitted Demolition of conservatory and store, construction of two storey and single storey rear extension with balcony, enlarge existing doorway and replace with glazing to north elevation, and internal and external alterations and 74

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refurbishment at Kylemore Cottage Uffington Road Barnack Stamford: Permitted Change of use of domestic land to additional public house curtilage with associated removal of existing trees, boundary treatment, retaining walls, landscaping and widening of vehicular ramp to car park at The Millstone Inn Millstone Lane Barnack Stamford: Permitted Extension of public house curtilage with associated boundary treatment, retaining walls, landscaping and widening of vehicular ramp to car park at The Millstone Inn Millstone Lane Barnack Stamford: Permitted Ground floor front extension, two storey side and single storey rear extension at 4 Whitman Close Barnack Stamford PE9 3EL: Permitted Conversion of existing stone outbuildings (stores) to living accommodation (1no. bedroom, 1no. office, 1no. study & bathrooms) at Cedar House Main Street Barnack Stamford: Permitted


Proposed Orangery rear extension, front open canopy and carport extension at Ferry Hill House Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough: Permitted Non-material amendment to change the description of the development to: Change of use from D2 sports centre to C2 use comprising 24 assisted living units and ancillary community hub, the erection of a 74-bedroom care home with associated parking and landscaping (resubmission) of planning permission 19/01507/ FUL at Woodlands Splash Lane Castor Peterborough: Determined Single storey side extension and reroofing at 6 Silvester Road Castor Peterborough PE5 7BA: Permitted Extention to rear, rear orangery and new front porch at 65 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough PE5 7AL: Permitted Single-storey rear extension; minor alterations to non-original extensions and minor landscaping level changes at Village Manor 48 Peterborough Road Castor Peterborough: Permitted


Proposed single storey side extension to Kitchen at 7 Peakirk Road Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AD: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey side and rear extension at 1 Peakirk Road Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AD: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing single storey lean to and construction of single storey side extension and single storey front porch at 73 Riverside Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AR: Permitted


Creation of a new vehicular access at Land To East Of Lincoln Road Glinton Peterborough: Awaiting decision


Proposed Extension and Alterations to Existing Nine Bedroom Care Home, and an Addition of a Separate Fourteen Bedroom Unit to Create Twenty Four Bedrooms Across Two Units at 37A Lincoln Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JS: Awaiting decision Proposed construction of a single storey dwelling on land to the side of the existing dwelling at 68 Helpston Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JT: Awaiting decision Erection of timber canopy; insertion of roller shutter door opening to existing storage building; creation of cycle storage area comprising 37no. cycle stands; erection of 1.8 metres high boundary treatments and construction of block paved hard surfaces at Arthur Mellows Village College Helpston Road Glinton Peterborough: Permitted Outline application for the erection of one detached single storey dwelling house including access (with all other matters reserved) at 52 Helpston Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JT: Refused Single storey flat roof rear extension at 49 Lincoln Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JS: Permitted Single storey and two storey rear extension at 66 Helpston Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JT: Permitted


Removal of existing porch, repositioning of front garden path and internal reconfigurations at Wainfleet House 4 Woodgate Helpston Peterborough: Awaiting decision First floor side extension (retrospective) at 91B Glinton Road Helpston Peterborough PE6 7DG: Awaiting decision Proposed extension to agricultural building at Woodgate Farm Woodgate Helpston Peterborough: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension Measurement from original rear wall: 6m Maximum height: 3.50m (to eaves: 2.95m) at 5 Cuckoo Close Helpston PE6 7BL: Awaiting decision Ground floor side and rear extension with loft conversion and internal alterations at 7 Helpston Road Glinton Peterborough PE6 7JT: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension at 54 Broad Wheel Road Helpston Peterborough PE6 7EE: Permitted Complete modernisation of Front Elevation to 3A and 5A, new rendered panels to 3A garage and side elevation, 2 story rear extension to 5A with refurbished boundary treatments at 3A - 5A West Street Helpston Peterborough PE6 7DU: Permittedl rear wall: 5.31m Maximum height: 2.54m (to eaves: 2.44m) at 27 Arborfield Close Helpston Peterborough PE6 7DL: Permitted


Single storey side extension and front porch (partretrospective) at 10 Castle End Road Maxey Peterborough PE6 9EP: Awaiting decision


Proposed single storey front extension at 19 Fenside Drive Newborough Peterborough PE6 7SF: Awaiting decision

Two storey rear extension to replace existing conservatory at 82 Church View Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DQ: Awaiting decision Outbuilding for tractor/machinery storage at 63 Lincoln Road Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BH: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing conservatory and garage and erection of single storey side and rear extensions and single storey detached garage/outbuilding at 12 Lincoln Road Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BL: Awaiting decision Single storey front extension, single storey side and rear extension and roof alterations at 29 Crowson Crescent Northborough Peterborough PE6 9DR: Permitted Installation of non-opening flush roof light to flat roof of kitchen extension at 1 Church Street Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BN: Permitted Non-material amendment (front windowsill level raised, rear window increased in width and door added, velux rooflight added to Therapy roof) pursuant to planning permission 20/01632/HHFUL at 2 Church Farm Mews Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BF: Determined Conversion of 2 No. barns into one dwelling at Land Adjacent To No. 5 Church Farm Mews Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BF: Withdrawn by Applicant Erection of oak framed gazebo adjacent to existing oak framed garage in rear garden at 1 Church Farm Mews Northborough Peterborough PE6 9BF: Permitted


Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of two one and a half storey dwellings and and rebuild/ relocation of existing outbuilding at Ivy House Bull Lane Peakirk Peterborough: Awaiting decision


Alterations to house to include new porch and new garage with home office at Ragstone House Stamford Road Pilsgate Stamford: Awaiting decision Lowest Run of windows to the Great Hall at Burghley House to be replaced with like for like windows at Burghley House Burghley Park Stamford Road Pilsgate: Awaiting decision Single storey glazed extension to rear, raising garage roof and conversion of roof space to home office and addition of rooflights at 2 The Old Stackyard Pilsgate Stamford PE9 3HG: Permitted


Single storey and two storey rear extension at 16 Newport Way Ufford Stamford PE9 3BN: Awaiting decision Construction of outbuilding to include storage area, garden room and greenhouse at Highlands Marholm Road Ufford Stamford: Withdrawn by Applicant

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 Ailsworth Parish Council

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Megan Ellershaw .................................... 07133 381242 Richard Moon .......................................... 07952198959 Anne Perkins ........................................... 07133 380541 Joan Pickett (Chairman) .......................... 01733 380457 Jon Phillips .............................................. 07734218500 Michael Samways ................................... 07753835758

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

 Bainton Church Michael Perkins ....................................... 01780 740720 John Wreford, Church Warden............... 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

 Barnack Church (St John the Baptist) Gary Alderston, Rector........................... 07503975588 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister...... 01780 740097 Reader: Su Fletcher 01780 740034 Reader: Mike Mills 01780 740285 John Ward, Churchwarden ................... 01780 740016 David Laycock, Churchwarden ............. 01780 740267

 Barnack / Bainton Church Organist

 Bowls Clubs Barnack Bowls Club Phil Collins ............................................... 01780 740124 Glinton Bowls Roy Pettitt................................................. 01733 252049 Helpston Carpet Bowls Les Cunnington ....................................... 01733 253832

 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, ................................................................. 01733 252833

 Citizens Advice

Elizabeth Snowball.................................. 07821 460505

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

 Barnack Coffee Stop

 Cubs, Brownies, Guides, Scouts & Rainbows

Carol Pickering ........................................ 01780 740438

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

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 Glinton District Commissioner 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 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

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, ................................................................. 07879 043785

 Barnack Community Association Sally Hullock............................................. 07795 565658

 Barnack Cricket Club

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

 Barnack Home from Home Club

Niamh Holman..........................

 Barnack Men’s Breakfast Mike Mills.................................................. 01780 740285 David Laycock ......................................... 01780 740267

 Barnack Messy Church  Barnack Parish Council

 Deeping Gate Parish Council

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 Doctors Deeping Practice (Main line) ................. 01778 579000 Deeping Practice (Appointments)......... 01778 579001 Glinton Surgery ...................................... 01733 252246

 Etton Church (St Stephen’s) Rector: Mark-Aaron Tisdale.................... 01733 252359 Anne Curwen, Churchwarden ............... 01733 253357

 Etton Parish Council

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

 Glinton Friendship Club

Pam Kounougakis................................... 01733 252018

 Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)

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

 Glinton Church (St Benedict’s) Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale, Rector ....... 01733 252359 Veronica Smith, Churchwarden.............. 01733 252019 Simon Richards, PCC Treasurer............. 01778 341686 Mike Goodall, Bell Ringers..................... 01733 253469

 Glinton Parish Council

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

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s) Rector: Gary Alderson..............................07503975588 Clive Pearce, Church Treasurer................01733 253494 David Bearman, Churchwarden...............01780 757246 Gary Ward, Church Warden ....................01733 254197

 Helpston Helcats

E: Facebook: @Helpstoncommunity Phil Roberts...............................................07925 720195 Emma Long...............................................07827 297053

 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

 Hospital Peterborough City Hospital ....................01733 678000

 Langdyke Countryside Trust Richard Astle ............................................01733 252376

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s) Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale, Rector..........01733 252 359 Mandy Loveder, Bell Tower Captain ......01778 343100 Mandy Loveder, Churchwarden .............01778 343100 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Sunday School ....01778 347280 78

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 Maxey Parish Council Lynne Yarham, Chair ................................01778 343077 Angela Hankins, Clerk .............................01733 253397

 Neighbourhood Watch Maxey Neighbourhood Watch Dick Wilkins................................................01778 348368 Bainton & Ashton Neighbourhood Watch Cliff Stanton................................................01780 749123

 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, ....................................................................07748 637555

 Peakirk Church (St Pegas) Rector: Mark- Aaron Tisdale.....................01733 252359 Pauline Cooke, Church Warden...............01733253116 Sheila Lever, Churchwarden .....................01733 252416 Christine Dearman, Secretary ..................01733 252404 David Hankins ...........................................01733 253397

 Peakirk Parish Council Angela Hankins, Clerk .............................01733 253397 Henry Clark, Chair ....................................01733 253203

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

 Physiotherapy Piper Physiotherapy..................................01778 380191

 Police and Emergencies Police - emergency calls ............................................999 Less urgent crimes .....................................................101 Power Failure ............................................0800 7838838 Samaritans ...................................FREEPHONE 116 123

 Pre-School & After-School Clubs Helpston Playhouse pre-school Lucy Garwood...........................................01733 253243 Helpston Before & After School Club Roz Sowinski..............................................01733 253243 Peakirk Tots Toddler Group Jennifer Rice..............................................07515 364909 Little Lambs Toddler Group, Barnack Julie Stanton..............................................01780 749123 Sunflower Seed Pre-School, Northborough Kirsty Wislawski, Manager .......................01733 253685

The Owls’ Nest, Mrs Ringham........... 01733 252361


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

 Schools & Education Arthur Mellows Village College Mike Sandeman, Head ............................01733 252235 John Clare Primary Mrs S Nicolson, Head...............................01733 252332 Barnack C of E Primary Neil Fowkes...............................................01780 740265 Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School Craig Kendall, Head ................................01733 252361 Northborough Primary Mr S Mallott, Head ..................................01733 252204 Peterborough Adult Learning Maureen Meade.......................................01733 761361

 Tennis Clubs Helpston Tennis Club Stephen Abell 780573

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

 Women’s Institute (WI) Helpston WI Janel Pike, President............................... 01733 253834 Conney Varley (Helpston WI Secretary) 01733 260558 Glinton WI Margaret Stafford.................................... 01733 701268 Jenny Dunk (Glinton WI Secetary) ........ 01775 630163 Sarah Thurlow (Glinton WI President)... 01780 740342

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

 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 Glinton Village Hall Sue Lane (Bookings).................................07923 475966 Glinton Whist, Joyce Heathcote..............01733 253790 Helpston Village Hall,Caryn Thompson .01733 252232 Maxey Village Hall, Jacqui Barnard, .......07710 150587 Northborough Village Hall, Karen Cooper, 01778 347464 Peakirk Village Hall (Bookings) ................07938 386226 Ufford Village Hall Fiona Spire (Bookings)..............................07795 111319

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


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