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The John Clare Society Festival

Valerie Pedlar Chair, John Clare Society

On the weekend of 13-15 July the John Clare Society will be holding its 37th annual festival in Helpston, the nearest weekend to the date of Clare’s birth, 13 July 1793. The very first Festival, on 10 July 1982, was a more modest affair than it is today, but had many of the same ingredients: the AGM, the Presidential address, a local walk and Morris dancers. Over the years it has grown under a succession of hard-working organisers until it has reached the present format including a poetry competition for the school children, a talk about Clare, poetry readings and sometimes a coach outing. This year there will be the usual poetry competition for the children of the John Clare Primary School, and on the Saturday, as well as the AGM and address given by our President Carry Akroyd, there will be a talk by Fiona Stafford, who

has written and broadcast about trees and their significance in literature. This expanded Festival is only possible because of the efforts of a number of people – members of the Society, yes – but also ladies from the village, who with good humour and efficiency provide such splendid lunches and teas in the Village Hall. And I would like to take this opportunity of thanking them for all their hard work. We are always keen to have new helpers, so if anyone would like to get involved in any aspect of the Festival please contact our Honorary Secretary, Sue Holgate sueholgate@hotmail. or 01353 668438. I would like to thank, too, the

village itself for its hospitality in allowing, tolerating, or maybe even welcoming a bunch of strangers who are grateful for the opportunity of being in the place so closely linked with the poet they love and admire. The Society itself of course owns no property – the John Clare Cottage, and later the Exeter Arms, were bought by a Trust quite independent of the Society – so we are dependent on and extremely grateful for the use of the St Botolph’s Church, the Village Hall and Botolph’s Barn. Besides, the Festival gives Clare lovers a wonderful opportunity to visit the cottage where he spent the first thirty-nine years of his life, and to admire its lovely garden.

Anyone is welcome at the Festival, you don’t need to be a member of the Society, so please come along and share in the celebration of John Clare’s birthday.


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Clare Cottage Signs of Spring are now starting to appear in the Cottage Gardens with Snowdrops and Hellebores coming into flower together with the trees and shrubs coming into bud. The current Art in the Cottage exhibition continues with pictures by local artist John Mills. This will be replaced at the end of March by Clare inspired pictures by artist Noel Connor. Noel is a poet and artist based in the Staffordshire Moorlands and he had the opportunity to view John Clare’s archive at Peterborough Library. This inspired him to create works combining words and images in a unique series of “photopoems” which will be displayed in the Cottage and the Dovecote. In the Dovecote there is currently a photographic

exhibition “A year in the life of the Langdyke Trust” which displays the variety of tasks that the Trust does across the wildlife reserves around the Helpston area. The exhibition includes information about how the Langdyke Trust works and how you can work with them. We are pleased to confirm that the outdoor theatre group – The Pantaloons will be returning to the Cottage gardens. In July they will be performing “The Importance of Being Earnest” and in September it will be “As You Like It”.

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"There is one thing that has propelled my working and personal life and I think it's the desire to create impacts, to make changes which are, as I see it, of benefit to others."

Discovering the story of

Art in the Heart By Dawn Birch-James


ife has its ups and downs, but I am blessed with wonderful friends and family and in my working life the opportunity to inspire others, with beautiful art and objects. I started out as a teacher of French and German in secondary schools and as one colleague told

before you know it, I'd started a little antiques business totally obsessed by beautiful objects and the cut and thrust of buying and selling at international antiques fairs. I could not get enough knowledge handling pots, glass, furniture, anything I could get my hands on at auctions, sales, fairs.

who really inspired me. Equipped with a Masters in Arts Market Appraisal, what then indeed? In 2010, just by chance, I popped into a quaint little city centre tearoom and asked if they would be interested in displaying and selling my new decorative products. By the end of the

The Art in the Heart gallery achieved great success in a short space of time, and I realised I could be putting art on the economic map, something that had been sadly missing. me, I gave it over 100%, striving to get the best possible results for my students and seeking to inspire them to learn about life and make good choices. I was fortunate enough to get into management positions where I could do what I loved to do. Another colleague also told me however, that I was always looking for something else and eventually my career veered off in a totally different direction. In 1994 I bought a period house and 8

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And I read and read and read. I started to offer brand new luxury gift products too, and I continue to do that. It’s called diversifying apparently. I finally left the 'chalk face' as we used to call it, in 2008 with a thirst to study again and concentrate on the more professional aspects of art, antiques and decorative objects. I spent two years studying the art market. I learned so much...oh so much, with a brilliant course tutor

encounter, we had agreed to start up an art gallery in the space upstairs. I founded and managed Harriet's Art Gallery for a year. I assembled a group of 30 artists and makers from the area, which was pretty straight forward, as I had been involved in Artists' Open Studios events too at the time. The gallery achieved great success in a short space of time, and I realised I could be putting art on the economic map,


something that had been sadly missing. I was hopefully making art accessible in the city centre and getting people to buy it. It was very exciting. Business people started to wake up, and with other art opportunities emerging, so did the artists themselves. Unfortunately the tearoom had to close but I was fortunately invited to roll out a project with the Tourist Information Centre, exhibiting and selling art and craft. And there in January 2012, I founded Art in the Heart with 13 artists and makers, all committed to bringing aspiration to a city which at the time was lacking art, culture and individuality despite it boasting one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country. Then out of the blue it seemed, the Council offered me a very large empty shop on the high street, which I, of course, called Art in the Heart. From there, along with a band of

trusted volunteers, we exhibited and sold the work of 85 artists and makers, staged many exhibitions, art demonstrations and workshops while offering many ranges of quirky, individual gifts sourced from artisans across the UK and from around the globe. Collector and fan bases were created for emerging talent and artists were learning how to present and price their work for a much more diverse public. People said that it was more than a gallery and a shop, more a one off and experience. Of course my passion for antiques had to take a back seat. I suppose Art in the Heart was growing increasingly and at some point I had to launch an online shop. We were obliged to move premises in 2016 and we had another wonderful one and a half years in a lovely little shop along a quaint arcade just off the main shopping centre. In January 2018,

personal circumstance led me to close the doors to the physical space. It was sad but so much had been achieved from the artist community in the area and by people who were inspired to support something great in the city. We turned over half a million pounds in the name of local quality art‌now there’s a thing. I am now focussing on the wonderful online shop where I currently have 35 artists and makers selling from storefronts here and I'd like to enlist many more. I have also launched a new project Art in Shop Windows (pictured above) in partnership with Queensgate Shopping Centre, where I shall be exhibiting beautiful art and craft by my artists and makers in empty shop windows. I couldn't bear to starve our city of physical Art in the Heart exhibitions on the high street.

The Art in the Heart online shop can be visited at: If you are interested in registering as an artist or maker on the online shop, contact Dawn at . Follow Art in the Heart on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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A vision for th When the Langdyke Countryside Trust was set up in 1999, a core group of four residents of Etton and Helpston had a vision to make a difference to the countryside around them and to take action to halt the losses in local biodiversity and to encourage more local people to understand and enjoy the rich world of nature all around us.


oday the Trust has over 170 household members, manages nearly 160 acres of land across five nature reserves and owns its own flock of 104 sheep. And it has a very clear vision for the future of the countryside between Peterborough, Stamford and the Rivers Nene and Welland. This was set out in 2015 and has been supported by local parish councils and adopted as part of the recently agreed Neighbourhood Plans for Castor and Ailsworth. 10

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We want to work with others to ensure that we conserve the beauty of our landscape (The landscape west of Peterborough and north of the river Nene, east of the A1 and south of the Welland, extending east to include the villages of Glinton and Peakirk) and our heritage and establish an area characterised by: • Outstanding natural biodiversity through major habitat restoration connected through a mosaic of smaller wildlife havens and corridors.

• Unspoilt countryside that is used by local people and the people of an expanding Peterborough, providing them with a large area of unspoilt countryside on their door step. • Cycle paths, footways and ‘quiet roads’ – a green transport infrastructure - where priority is given to walkers and riders. • Well-kept heritage sites, accessible to all and working together to involve and attract visitors.


We are the Langdyke Countryside Trust (LCT). We want to make a difference to the wildlife in the local parishes by protecting and enhancing their habitats. We are putting together working groups interested in restoring ponds, managing the 'scrub' and taking the time to understand what we've got and how to make it better for wildlife, and often partnering with other local wildlife organisations in order to get the best results. If you support our vision for the future and want to get involved do get in touch with our group leaders as follows: LCT South – Castor, Ailsworth, Sutton – Mike Horne LCT East – Maxey, Glinton, Etton – David Cowcill LCT West – Helpston, Ashton, Bainton, Marholm – Chris Topper LCT Barnack/Ufford – Michael Jarman - LCT Heritage and Archaeology Group – Mike Clatworthy

EVENTS MARCH - JUNE 3 March - Visit to RSPB Frampton. Meet at Helpston Post Office at 12pm. 30 March - Newt count at Swaddywell Pit. Meet at the car park at Saddywell Pit at 8pm. 24 April - A Spring Evening at Bainton Pits. Meet at Torpel Manor Field at 7pm. 9 May - Spring at Castor Hanglands. Meet at the Southey Woods car park at 7pm. 31 May - Late Spring on the Maxey Cut. Meet at High Meadow at 7pm. 30 June - Swaddywell Summer Picnic. 2-5pm. Wildlife safari, pond dipping, craft and poetry. Families welcome. Refreshments and toilets available. Please email David Cowcill on to join us. Also, please visit our Facebook page for details of where and when to meet up for our regular evening and weekend outings.

he countryside • Prosperous and successful farming, profiting from a combination of environmentally friendly farming practice, sustainable tourism and recreational activities.

The Trust is always looking for more people to help with the achievement of this vision and we are delighted that over the course of the last twelve months we have established two new local groups committed to working together in that cause. Last year, we welcomed Langdyke South, covering Castor, Ailsworth and Sutton and the area around Castor Hanglands. And this year, the Friends of Barnack Hills

and Holes have decided to join forces with the Trust and become our fourth local group, covering the area to the west of the Langdyke area, around Barnack and Ufford and over towards the A1 and Stamford. The other Langdyke local groups cover Maxey, Etton and Glinton (Langdyke East) and Helpston and Bainton (Langdyke West). So we now have local groups across a large part of Tribune land! And we would welcome anyone who would like to join one of these groups and get involved in managing our

reserves, organising walks and conservation days or simply learning about local nature. The groups offer a great opportunity to get to know more about your local countryside and also to make a difference! Our longest established groups have already got a great track record – creating a community orchard and allotments; encouraging the return of several species of rare orchid; setting up bee hives; and through our Heritage Group, publishing books on local history.

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What A Load Of Rubbish! Where to put it?

Green bins should be used for: Aerosols Books unsuitable for charity shop – separate the cover and inside to ensure the paper and cardboard are separate. Cans, all steel and aluminium cans, including food, drink, even empty oil cans. Cardboard – packaging, cereal boxes, food container sleeves, boxes etc. Cartons - milk, juice and squash etc. Cups - only either all plastic or all card. NOT combined as currently used by chain coffee shops, some are now collected in store. Cooking foil - fold inwards so the side used for cooking is not visible. Egg boxes - card and plastic Foil containers as used for supermarket ready meals etc, washed to remove food residue. Glass bottles and jars - only unbroken. Junk mail - remove from plastic wrapper and put them in separately. Paper - envelopes, telephone directories, catalogues, newspapers, magazines, holiday brochures. Waxed paper as used to wrap bread and cereals. Shredded paper contained in an old envelope is acceptable; this avoids the paper escaping and littering.

Plastic Packaging - plastic tubs, trays, pots, plastic film, emptied carrier bags and bread and fruit bags, cling film, bubble wrap, bottles. Ensure empty and no food residue. Black bins should be used for: Black plastic bin liners Broken glass and ceramics - wrap in tissue or newspaper so sharp edges not protruding. Nappies Paint tins Plastic plant pots Plastic pouches as used for some dog foods Polystyrene Tooth paste tubes

Other items for recycling Electrical and Electronic Equipment such as washing machines, TVs, laptops. Take to WEEE on Fengate where they are reconditioned and sold. Food waste in caddy Garden waste in brown bin Household batteries – all retailers who sell batteries have an obligation to accept them back for recycling, also acceptable at the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Textiles and shoes Donate to Charity Shop or take to Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Dogsthorpe , which also handles many of the items in the bins.

by Frieda Gosling

What happens next? The contents of the green bin are sent to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, where they are separated into the different material streams and then the cans, glass, plastic packaging, paper and cardboard are sent to be recycled into new items. The glass bottles and jars go to Essex, cartons to Yorkshire and plastics to Kent for processing. The black bin waste goes to the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) close to Peterborough Power Station in Fengate, which was opened in 2016. The waste is burnt at a very high temperature and produces enough electricity to power 16,000 homes and provides an income to Peterborough City Council. The food waste goes to an anaerobic facility, where it produces a nutrient-rich fertiliser for agricultural use and biogas, providing electricity for the grid. The garden waste collected in the brown bin produces a nutrient rich compost.

Collections of bulky waste can be arranged. See website for details: (

Want to know more? There are some useful websites: www. http.// -happens-to-waste There a visitor centre at Peterborough ERF and we could arrange a party visit. Thanks are due to Amy Nebel, Senior Waste and Recycling Officer, Peterborough City Council, for her help in my research. 12

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Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape By Frieda Gosling, Steven P Ashby and Aleksandra McClain Price ÂŁ12. Available from Walkers Books, Stamford, Clare Cottage, Helpston and Annakin, Helpston. You may regularly walk or drive past a particular square of pastureland called Torpel Manor Field just outside Helpston. If you have noticed a mysterious collection of lumps and bumps that buck the characteristically flat landscape you may not have thought anything of it. This book will make you look twice

at the area, which was once a significant medieval manor and settlement. The site is preserved as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, but until recently, little had been done to investigate its past. The result of a collaboration between the local village community and academics associated with the University of York, the book builds up a picture of what was there and places it in a wider historical context. Using illustrations to reimagine the settlement, its buildings and their inhabitants, with photographs of intriguing finds which have been made, the result is a vivid depiction of one small area, and a fascinating profile of the wider locality at different points in a colourful history.

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The Abbots’ Eye

Christopher Saxton’s Map (1642)

by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

I hope that our readers will forgive me for straying beyond the bounds of Tribland this time but I would like to share with them my research on Eye, a settlement three miles to the north-east of Peterborough. Over the past two decades, it has kept me busy exploring the fenscape and trawling through the registers of Robert of Swaffham (writing c.1250) and Walter of Whittlesey (1322-7), bishops’ records and other Peterborough sources.

Islands in The Fen When I arrived in this region in 1970, I was intrigued by its numerous ‘watery’ place-names, like Ely (‘eel island’), Ramsey (‘rams’ island’), Maxey (‘Macca’s island’), Crowland (‘land in a river-bend’), Thorney (‘isle of thorns’) and Oxney (‘oxen island’), which sits cheek-by-jowl with Eye, whose name simply means ‘island’. Indeed, until the massive land-reclamation schemes of the seventeenth century, Eye was just that, a gravel island in The Great or Borough Fen, separated from Cambridgeshire by the Catswater Drain and linked to Peterborough, Thorney and Crowland by causeways (‘causeys’, in local dialect). There have been causeways in Britain since prehistoric times. A kilometre-long, timber walkway

connected the dry land near Flag Fen (Peterborough) with Northey, a natural-clay island, mirroring the Neolithic Sweet Track that crossed the Somerset Levels. Later, despite their efforts to drain the Fens, the Romans still needed a causeway to carry King Street across the low-lying terrain at Lolham Bridges, near Bainton/Helpston. They also constructed the Fen Road which can be traced intermittently from King’s Cliffe through Ailsworth and Castor to Flag Fen, after which it island-hops to Whittlesey, Eldernell and March, thence to Denver and eventually Smallborough, in Norfolk. After the Roman legions left, c.410AD, climatic changes and the neglect of dykes and sluices resulted in land being inundated again with areas of high ground reverting to an archipelago of

Eyres and Jeffreys’ Map (1791)

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>>individuals, who swapped the relative comfort and security of a monastic or secular society for a life of solitude and hardship. Local examples include Pega of Peakirk, Guthlac of Crowland and Tancred, Torhthred and Tona of Thorney. After the restoration Peterborough Abbey and the foundation of Crowland, Ramsey and Thorney as Benedictine houses in the 970s, the role of recluses changed. A new breed of monks was being despatched by ambitious abbots to the very limits of their territory. Initially, they performed practical tasks like assarting (reclaiming fen and marshland) by digging dykes. However, from the twelfth-century onwards, the most strategicallyplaced hermitages were being supplanted by abbey ‘granges’ or farms and the ascetic, self-sacrificing hermit was becoming redundant.

Home on the Grange It is generally understood that the detached monastic grange was a twelfth-century Cistercian concept that was adopted by other orders and was managed for profit along the lines of a third-century Roman villa. Yet, as early as 972, Bishop Æthelwold of Winchester realised that the fenland to the north-east of his reformed Peterborough Abbey was ripe for reclamation. Around this time, he purchased Oxney (Oxanig), comprising 25 acres of woodland and pasture, with a further 30 acres lying beyond the island. By 1125, it provided seasonal grazing for 23 beasts (including deer and oxen) tended by a single stockman, himself a hermit of sorts. By 1146, Oxney supported a chapel, indicating that a significant farm existed there. In 1189, a second colony was recorded at Singlesole (Singlesholt), on Eye’s northernmost peninsula. Taxes and tithes were collected at Eyebury (Heaburagh), by the late-thirteenth century. A ‘cattleranch’ or vaccary was founded at Tanholt and a dairy at Northolm (Northam), in 1303/4. All but Tanholt 18

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evolved into moated complexes, each with a stone hall, chapel, and ancillary buildings. Thus, the remotest of outposts made a grand statement in the landscape in an attempt to discourage Crowland’s and Thorney’s Abbey tenants from encroaching on Peterborough’s domain. As will be revealed, these policies and precautions were by no means failsafe and trouble was brewing with both neighbours and from within.

Eyebury Manor: The abbots’ retreat Even today, as you approach Eye (Heye), you can see the ground rise ahead of you and fall away as you leave, betraying the former island. The modern village’s High Street overlies its medieval predecessor, the Peterborough-Thorney causeway. Eyebury stood 0.7 mile east of the mid nineteenth-century parish church. Formerly the ‘countryseat’ of Walter of Bury St Edmunds, Abbot of Peterborough (123345), it was elevated to manorial and grange status by William of Woodford (1295-99), who erected

Eyebury Barn (17th century) a windmill and started a new hall but died before it was complete. His successor, Godfrey of Crowland (1299-1321), finished the hall, added an adjoining chapel over an undercroft, a lead-roofed refectory, kitchen, pantry, buttery, lavatory, bakehouse, brewhouse, dairy and stables. Next, he developed the surrounding area by creating walled gardens, fish-ponds, a dovecote (for pigeons), rabbit-warren and a deerpark (for hunting), thereby making Eyebury virtually self-sufficient.

Additionally, Eyebury was supplying Oxney Grange with 13 stone of cheese a year and quarter-of-a stone of butter and two gallons of milk per week from May to September. The entire island’s grain was stored in a vast, stone tithebarn, which caught fire in 1324 with the loss of the year’s harvest. Eyebury with its five-star facilities became a favourite with abbots-elect awaiting their installation at Peterborough and for those temporarily escaping the pressures of running a monastery. An added attraction for Abbot Richard Ashton (1439-71) was the park-keeper’s wife, Alice Parkere, with whom he was romantically entangled, despite having taken the vow of celibacy. Furthermore, Ashton was a bounteous suitor, showering Alice with jewellery from the abbey’s treasury and rewarding her husband for turning a blind eye with the promise of the job for life. Understandably, the lower-ranking monks of Peterborough (some of whom had dubious morals too) were outraged, disgruntled and maybe a tad jealous. So, they alerted Bishop Alnwick of Lincoln, who ordered William Parkere to remove Alice from Eyebury or be fined £40, a colossal sum in those days. Seemingly he obliged, for the next we hear is that, having ‘sent his (three) mistresses away’, Ashton turned over a new leaf and henceforth led an exemplary life. After the Peterborough Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539, Eyebury was leased to Sir John Russell whose descendants became the Dukes of Bedford. Sadly, the hall was demolished and its stones redeployed in the seventeenthcentury Eyebury House and Barn that occupy the site and, I suspect, in Eyebury Cottages, along the track leading to Tanholt, half a mile to the east.

Tanholt: The cattle ‘ranch’ Situated west of the Catswater Drain, Peterborough’s boundary


with Thorney Abbey since 972, Tanholt was the Cinderella of Eye’s outliers. It was created in 1303/4, possibly reclaimed from osier beds, together with a new meadow. Its main function was as a grazingstation for the beasts of monastic officials who had insufficient land in the town of Peterborough. There is neither archaeological nor documentary evidence to suggest that there were a hall or chapel at Tanholt. probably because it was staffed by a warden (who doubled as the reeve of Eye and presumably lived there) and one or two herdsmen, whose accommodation would have been basic. Tanholt remained a cattle farm after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, rented out by the Bishop of Peterborough in 1541. In 1570, it reverted to Elizabeth I, who bestowed it on her favourite, Lord Burghley. The present buildings date from 1856, when Tanholt became a ‘model farm’.

Northolm Grange: The dairy and market-place In 1304, according to Walter of Whittlesey (writing 1322-27), Abbot Godfrey ‘began a grange at Northam where no manor had been before because it had lain as pasture’. Its role was to produce mainly milk, butter and cheese but also beef, mutton, pork and

Northolm Grange (17th century) rabbits for the abbot and his guests’ consumption. For this reason, Godfrey enclosed a 200-acre meadow called Cranemore, planted Childholm Wood for timber and pannage for pigs and established a warren. By 1306, he had completed a detached chapel, consecrated in

St Matthew’s honour, with lodgings for a priest whom he paid £5 per annum to say daily masses for the souls of the and benefactors of Peterborough. That April, Godfrey obtained a charter from Edward I to hold a Thursday market and annual two-day fair beginning on St Matthew’s Eve (20 September). These events may have folded as early as 1330, when Edward III fined Abbot Adam of Boothby £10 for having neither cucking-stool nor pillory to punish miscreants. The fair definitely would have been abandoned in 1439, when Henry VI approved Peterborough’s own three-day St Matthew’s or Bridge Fair, which extended across the river into Huntingdonshire. In 1541, Henry VIII gave Northolm to the Bishop, who leased it to

(1214-22) constructed a substantial stone-vaulted hall, revamped the chapel, which he dedicated in the Virgin Mary’s honour, and excavated a moat, complete with a drawbridge leading to summer pasture on Borough Fen. In 1246, a licence was procured from Henry III to hold an annual eight-day fair commencing 7 September. During the early-1300s, Abbot Godfrey also left his mark by enlarging the chapel and glazing its windows. A century later, Oxney became a ‘care home’ for elderly monks and a blood-letting centre or ‘seyney house’ for younger ones wishing to release their

Oxney Grange (2018) ‘humours’ (de rigour during the medieval period). There, inmates were exempt from attending night services and ate meat, a welcome treat after their usual diet of bread, Northolm Grange: Recycled archway fish, eggs and cheese. tenants; the priest was recalled to Understandably, Oxney became Peterborough and Northolm chapel so popular that monks objected dismantled to provide materials for a if they were forced to complete new one in Eye village, on the site of their duties before they were the current St Matthew’s church. Still released for ‘seynies’ as it curtailed partially-encompassed by a moat, their holiday. Before long, Oxney the present Northam farmhouse became infamous for its insobriety. bears a weathered plaque dated In 1442, during Abbot Ashton’s MDCCII (1702). Again, stones from ignoble rule, Bishop Alnwick was its ancestor are embedded in its informed of binge-drinking by fabric, whilst chunks fourteenthmonks who were ostensibly there century carvings, form a quirky for the good of their health. Four garden archway. years later, it was reported that Ashton’s second-in-command, Oxney: The retirement Prior Thomas Gosberkyrke, home and ‘seyney house’ seemed to be permanently ‘on his seynies’, resulting in services ‘being Oxney Grange had a chequered neglected and silences not kept’ career as a cattle station, retreat, at the abbey. Still, he seemed fit retirement home, ‘health farm’, drinking-den, dairy-farm and finally a enough to travel into Peterborough private house. After 1146, its history and back most days, imbibing and ‘amusing himself with secular is sketchy until Robert of Swaffham people, even women, until ten or >> divulges that Abbot Robert Lindsey

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>> eleven o’clock at night’. Another brother, William Markham, enjoyed regular pub-crawls ‘between the monastery and Oxney, drinking in the hamlets that lie between.’ Astonishingly, despite being aware of the goings-on at Oxney, Bishop Alnwick disciplined Ashton by banishing him there for two years, albeit with a chaplain of impeccable character and seven honest attendants (‘not lewd fellows’) to contemplate his sins and pray for forgiveness and salvation. Perhaps, Alnwick perceived that he was casting Ashton out into the Wilderness. Whatever his reasoning, the abbot’s confinement had a positive effect and he ultimately returned to the fold. When Peterborough Abbey was dissolved, the monks were evicted from Oxney and the grange

Oxney Grange: (13th century vaulted ceiling) fell victim to a variety of tenants, including a Mr Bevill, who replaced the dairy with a seventeenthcentury wing. In 2003, Oxney Grange suffered an arson attack but has since been sympathetically refurbished as two separate dwellings, which retain the original floor-plan, chapel and five of Abbot Robert Lindsey's vaulted ceilings.

Singlesole: ‘The bone of contention’ Singlesole ‘hermitage’, on the northernmost tip of Peterborough’s territory, was sandwiched between part of Borough Fen known as Eye Marsh to the west and Singleshole Fen to the east. By the twelfth century, a series of disputes had erupted forcing Abbot Benedict 20

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of Peterborough (1175-99) to take legal action to recover Eye Marsh and the ‘hermitage’ from Ralph Wake, lord-of-the-manor of Deeping, and Singlesole Fen from Crowland Abbey. Benedict’s successor, Acharius (1200-10), also took Crowland to court over of Singleshole Fen, only to lease it back to Crowland for an annual payment of four stones of candle-wax. Further disagreements between Peterborough and Crowland ensued, escalating in 1267 with the brethren of Peterborough being accused of maliciously wounding their Crowland counterparts and illegally holding their Hundred Court ‘within the metes of the abbey of Croiland’. In 1268, Henry III ordered the sheriffs of Lincoln and Northampton to investigate the area ‘between the waters of Nen and Weeland and divers trespasses on both sides’. This time, the inquisition decided in favour of Crowland, prompting its abbot to erect the so-called ‘Turketyl’s Cross’ marking both the contiguous boundary of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and the provincial limits of Crowland with those of Thorney and Peterborough. Not to be outdone, Peterborough’s Abbot Godfrey replaced Singleshole ‘hermitage’ with a prestigious moated grange, on reclaimed land east of the Catswater, arguably within the Crowland’s domain. The ‘campus’ boasted a bakehouse and brewery (to supply the monks with victuals), a dovecote and a resident priest serving St Michael the Archangel’s stone and timber chapel with its lead roof and seven glass windows. Needless, to say the monks of Crowland were unimpressed and the spats continued until the Archbishop of York intervened in the 1480s, with Peterborough emerging victorious. Singlesole was granted to the Bishop of Peterborough in 1541 but, during the Civil War (1642-51), it was occupied by William Hake, a zealous Royalist. Inevitably, he drew

the attention of some of Cromwell’s ‘Roundheads’, who were billeted at Crowland and burnt the grange down. Singlesole Farm now stands on its site with a resurrected crossshaft as a monument to its turbulent past.

Lost landscapes As we have seen, monastic granges were far from tranquil backwaters but hives of activity and commerce, hotbeds-of-iniquity and conflictzones. Although the manual work often was gruelling, for some brethren home on the grange was infinity preferable to the regulated life of the cloister. There, they could relax, cast aside their inhibitions, skip night services and, if ‘fallen stock’, rabbits or pigeons found their way into the cooking-pot, no one would be any the wiser.

Above left: Singlesole: ‘Turketyl’s’ Cross. Above right: Singlesole: Reinstated cross-shaft (13th century vaulted ceiling) After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Eyebury and its dependencies had lay occupants, who strove to modernise, demolish and rebuild. The neighbouring countryside was also changing beyond recognition, first with intensive drainage schemes and the subsequent cultivation of reclaimed fen, then more-recently with brickyards, industrial estates and retail parks. Had it not been for Robert of Swaffham’s and Walter of Whittlesey’s detailed descriptions, bishops’ records, vestiges of moats and a few fragments of medieval masonry, this intriguing chapter of fenland history would be to us lost forever.

All the properties mentioned are privately owned and may not be visited.


Allo to all of you Tribland people in your nice villages I hope you’re well and looking forward to the springtime here.

from the kithcn of

Chez Pierre “Poulet sauté Chasseur de Mme. Lascourrège”


have in this issue to tell you about a very simple, traditional French farmhouse one-pot recipe prepared so many times here at Chez Pierre I can do this with a sock over my eyes! Always our guests and friends are pleased when this is platedup in front of them and the only discussion is over the wine to choose which, incidentally, I always win with my lightly chilled house red Bordeaux. Many years ago in Northern France I ate at our family friends’ For four: 12 chicken thighs (bone-in and skin-on but trim the excess skin), plain flour, 1tbsp olive oil, 3 large long shallots (diced) 200g mushrooms (quartered), 1 fat garlic clove (crushed) ½ glass dry white wine, ½ cup of chicken stock, 1 can chopped tomatoes, 2 rosemary sprigs, 3 bay leaves, seasoning, fresh parsley to garnish.

home for the first time a great dish of your English Hunters’ Chicken or, as we French know: Chicken Chasseur. A chicken sauté is one of the classics of French cooking. Quick to prepare, it lends itself to endless variation and, as you busy housewives will come to learn, it reheats well and so it is also very good for entertaining. Mme. Lascourrège was a formidable woman who, although she was really quite old, ruled her rustic Normandy kitchen with

strict discipline and was a wonder to watch as she prepared her food to cook. Many times when I was a young boy she would allow me to prepare vegetables and help her lift the big iron cassoulet pots onto the range and, after a few years, I was allowed even to help her bone chickens and make stocks and sauces. But I’ll never forget the day she let me prepare this dish for her friends and her to enjoy, and indeed they did enjoy it.

Put a handful of well-seasoned flour in a plastic bag and drop the chicken pieces in one by one, to coat. Shake off the excess flour and place on a plate.

Heat the oil in a heavy iron casserole and fry the chicken over a medium heat until golden, turning once. Place the chicken on a warm clean plate while you add the shallots to the pan with mushrooms and garlic.

Cook through whilst stirring frequently then put the chicken back with any juices, adding the wine, tomatoes, bay, rosemary and stock. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer over a low heat for about 20/25 minutes.

Skim off any surface fat before seasoning to taste and serving with well-seasoned and buttered mashing potatoes, French beans or asparagus.

 Bon Chance mes amis x - Pierre

As a tip: perhaps cook less by 5 or so minutes and cool and chill – before gently reheating later for about 20 minutes?

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The Golden Pheasant

We are so looking forward to this new venture in our lives, we have taken on a very ambitious project to revive the golden pheasant to its once loved status of being an amazing friendly village pub. We are doing all the refurbishments our selves and with the help of some amazing friends, plus the help of a few professionals where needed. Our aim is to focus on the bar and outside area first then onto getting our restaurant up and running with our new chef. Then we will be focusing on the marque for events and also the upstairs to offer small private functions, but as for the people who know the pub well this will take time to restore this beautiful building to its former glory. We have between us over 30 years experience in hospitality


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and are looking forward to being back within it. The village scene is most appealing to us where we can get to know the locals and visitors from adjoining areas. Since having the keys since the 1st of Feb we have met a few of the locals who have been more than helpful and kind so it will be fantastic to be able to offer them their local pub back to how they want it. We look forward to being able to cater for every possible event, weddings, christenings, funerals, birthdays, club events and many more. Hope to see you all soon!

Kirstene and Stuart Johnson

Snowdrops and farewells Have you seen the wonderful display of snowdrops around the trees in the churchyard? They really are fabulous and always bring a smile to my face at this time of year. I’m also pleased to report that the egrets have returned to the field behind the Coach House despite the lack of a pond this year! On Sunday 21 January we held our first 8am Communion service at Etton Church. It was the coldest morning of the winter so far, so you can imagine how pleased I was when 10 people braved the cold! Our plan is to continue with the third Sunday as an 8am service and hope that more people from the village and wider Benefice will choose to join us. Our family services continue to be held at 10am on the first Sunday. Please refer to the church services section to find out about the range of services available throughout the Benefice for Easter. The Parish Council has been notified that the village street lamps are due to be upgraded in the coming months. Some of the existing stems will be replaced and all of the lamps will be changed to LED lights. It’s also all change at the Golden Pheasant. New owners have been busy gutting the building and preparing to open the pub early in March. They intend to get the restaurant open as soon as possible. I’m sure you will all want to join me in wishing the new owners success. Last month, we lost a member of our community, Mike Heath, who had lived in Etton for many years, recently had a fall and succumbed to pneumonia on Sunday 4 February. The funeral is due to take place in Etton church on Tuesday 27 February at 11am and he will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Elizabeth Anne. Our



Anne Curwen thoughts are with his daughter Sue Lefley and son Peter.

Remembering Maddy Sheena Wallace

Maddy Wallace On Tuesday 6 February 2018 a packed congregation gathered at the crematorium to celebrate the remarkable life of Maddy Wallace. Academically, musically and artisically gifted, she had crammed so much into her short life. Sheena, David and family would like to thank friends in Etton and neighbouring villages for their kind, thoughtful messages following the passing of their grand daughter. Maddy was a very regular visitor to Elm Cottage, Etton where she made many friends, and became an accomplished rider at Grasslands Equestrian Centre, Helpston. Orton Longueville, where Maddy lived, was her first school. She was then a star student at Thomas Deacon Academy where she achieved her dream of reading medicine at Edinburgh University, thoroughly enjoying her first semester there last September. Recovering from anorexia nervosa, Maddy contracted pneumonia and sadly passed away on 9 January aged 18 years.

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Helpston Gala Profit Share Applications welcomed! of the proceeds. As 12 May 2018 is the date with last year, interested for the 2018 Helpston Helpston organisations Church Gala (not the or charities should email 19th as previously advertised - Meghan and a brief application to the Churchwarden and Gala Harry have bagged that Treasurer Clive Pearce day!) These points may be of As with other years help: the profits will be Name of the Helpston divided:organisation? 50% to the Church 40% to village What does the organisations and organisation do? charities with 10% going What would the to the independent hospital at Kisiizi Uganda. organisation do with the money? Village organisations Has any member and charities are warmly of the organisation welcomed to apply volunteered to assist at to the Gala planning the Gala? committee for a share Applications to Clive Pearce: and should be received by 26 March 2018 please. Decisions will be made in the week beginning 9 April 2018.

Helpston Community Speedwatch Scheme Tina Humphrey New Year in Helpston started with 18 volunteers being trained on how to use speed indicator devices and within a week, 2 sessions were undertaken monitoring a total of 179 vehicles. The scheme aims to:• Increase drivers' perception of the risks from speeding and encourage them to slow down • Reduce collisions and the severity of injuries on local roads • Improve the quality of life for local communities The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community and asking them to be more considerate. Regular Speedwatch sessions will be carried out, with the objective of having 'Speedwatch Operates Here' signs erected - again, with the objective of educating and improving drivers' behaviour. A further 14 volunteers will attend the next training session - to volunteer email Further information 24

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Here at last! Your Car Dyke Interpretation Board! At long last, The Car Dyke Visitors’ Interpretation Board is installed on Peakirk Village Green, the only one in Greater Peterborough to commemorate this important Roman landscape feature that ran through the very heart of Tribland. We are sorry to hear that you have encountered problems with the QR link but, unfortunately, this is beyond PAST’s remit. The Parish Council is working hard to get it up-and-running as soon as possible so that you will have even more information about Car Dyke at your fingertips. Best wishes from Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team

Dora’s Door David Hankins In 1967 a new door was installed in St Pegas church Peakirk thanks to a legacy in the will of Dora Prentice who died 2 years earlier. But who was Dora Prentice and what was her interest in this door?

Dora Prentice was born and died in Peakirk. Her parents were Rose and John. Rose came from a family living in Peterborough and John was the Peakirk baker working from 3 Rectory Lane which many years later accommodated a fish and chips shop. Rose and John married at Paston church on 7th September 1886 and lived at 1 Rectory Lane which could not have been more convenient for the daily commute! During their married life they had 5 children,2 boys and 3 girls, including Dora who was born 2nd January 1899. Business was obviously thriving for John and Rose as the bakery extended to a grocery and then a Post Office.

They also owned a flock of sheep, some cattle and horses and for a period at the turn of the 20th century they lived in the Rectory with 2 servants. John and Rose died in 1919 and 1925 respectively and as the years rolled by all the children bar Dora drifted away from Peakirk. Dora attended the Pitman College for Secretaries in London and was then employed by the Peterborough solicitors, Mellows. Tragedy struck in 1948 when Arthur Mellows’ car was hit by a London bound express on Coningsby level crossing (near Holme) and the distraught Dora left the company and was appointed secretary to the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral. Her energy and enthusiasm both in the Cathedral and the life of Peakirk is well remembered by the source of some of my information, Miss Freda Neaverson. In Peakirk she was involved with the village hall and all manner of social events and for many years was a church warden and occasionally the organist. An all-round good egg. And now for the door…… before the ‘new’ heating system was installed the church was bitterly cold, particularly when a north wind whistled through the cracks of the ancient north door. Those familiar with Peakirk church

will know the organ is located next to this door having been moved here from the Lady Chapel in the 1940s. For many years to save the organist’s fingers freezing up, a curtain was draped over the door. It is easy to speculate that Dora having experienced the chill wind wanted to be eternally remembered as the lady who took pity on shivering organists by leaving money to pay for a draft free new door. Dora like her 2 sisters never married and all three are buried in the church yard. As a postscript, I note that I have yet to see our organist playing without wearing a top coat, scarf, and probably fingerless mittens even at the height of summer!

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Fox in Northborough garden, photo courtesy of Robert Chiva

I QUOTE Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. Frances Hodgson Burnett


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Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion On 29 Jan Stamford Town Councillor Alan Swan gave an excellent and very well received lecture in Barnack village Hall on bomb disposal to 40 members as our inaugural New Year Lecture. Alan is more than adequately qualified to do so, to put it mildly, having spent 49 years in the RAF, beginning as an Apprentice Armourer at RAF Halton and ending his career as a Squadron Leader explosive ordnance specialist with an MBE and the Queen's Gallantry Medal. His talk ranged from the disposal of WWII weapons (Axis & Allied), those used during the Falklands War and the Northern Ireland troubles to the ingenuity behind the IEDs used by terrorists in the Middle East - and much else besides, illustrated by video clips and some "samples" from his long and distinguished career.

It hardly seems possible that the Christmas baubles are again nestling in their boxes for the next Festive Season; meanwhile the year has advanced so that only 75% of it remains until that event. The year has IPWFI Insurance-backed Guarantee started with flurries of snow, cold and travel chaos sadly demonstrated locally by several cars skidding off the minor roads into ditches and hedges so take care watch your speed and try not to use brakes. But by the time that you read this Tribune land will be garlanded with multitudes of spring flowers. All this of course is a long winded way of saying that Barnack and Pilsgate are in full swing for 2018. Men’s breakfast, Church Coffee Mornings and the Coffee Stop Foremost for style, service, quality & value are among the gastronomic regulars. Messy Church, Regular Church Services and Youth Club meetings are all under way. Full details for these can be found in Tribune or the Parish News. NEW SEASON The Royal British Legion got 2018 off with a bang, which reminded us that this year is the 100th. FABRICS anniversary of the ending of the war to end all wars !! IN NOW Alan Swan M.B.E. Q.G.M gave a talk on bomb disposal, in Barnack Village Hall on Jan 20th. Alan is a very experienced and highly distinguished Bomb Disposal Officer. Now retired, He is currently a Stamford Town • Verticals • Rollers • Romans •Venetians Counsellor and before that was Master of the Village Quality and luxury you can afford Shop and Post Office in Barnack for some eight years. Alans talk was illustrated with many exhibits, from Our everyday prices usually beat 50% off butterfly bombs to letter bombs by way of Military deals of major companies ordinance. Alan’s laid back style actually underlined just Verticals from 3 for £175* how dangerous dismantling bombs could be. To make the point two of Alans exhibits actually (deliberately) Fitting & guarantee exploded much to the surprise of the audience. The Child friendly systems available talk was both interesting and frightening, showing us FREE QUOTE just what a dangerous world we live in. The next meeting of the RBL will be more 01778 342658 or 07711812881 gastronomic then explosive, it is the Winter Supper in Barnack Village Hall on Monday March 5th. at 19.00 * On selected fabrics/sizes. Offers may vary. hours.

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John Clare School

The Soke Education Trust officially launched on 1 January having together, successfully completed a conversion process to become Academies and form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) - known as the Soke Education Trust.   The Soke Education Trust is a Primary School MAT which currently includes Werrington Primary School, Wittering Primary School, John Clare Primary School and Gunthorpe Primary School.  The Trust is an approved Sponsor of Gunthorpe Primary School. Children from across the four schools met as part of the Soke Education Trust Ambassadors Day, 5th February 2018, to share good practice across the schools. The Headteachers representing the Trust primary schools said “We are delighted with the opportunity to formally collaborate and work together. The Trust’s principles are based upon core moral leadership which places our learners at the centre of everything that we do. Our ambitions are to: Sustain high achievement, Empower confident learners and Transform the life opportunities for all.   The Chair of Trustees Claire Spooner said “It was inevitable that John Clare, Werrington and Wittering Primary Schools would look at the benefits of becoming an academy. However, with the schools previously having benefited from working together and a track record of productive partnership, this combination was an obvious choice. Governors at the three founding schools made this decision to ensure our schools were in the driving seat for the future. We are delighted to welcome Gunthorpe Primary School to our Trust. Our Trust’s foundations of strong relationships and partnership working will help kick start continuous improvement 28

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and raising of standards for them”. The Headteachers celebrated their ability to formally share good practice and develop an exciting range of opportunities for our children and staff. This has included staff teams meeting to share good practice and offer challenge with the leadership group establishing a road map for joint working. The Chair of the Trust said “Our children are the reason for the SOKE Education Trust coming into existence, so I feel it is appropriate that the children start the partnership, now that conversion has taken place, with this Ambassadors’ Day. This will be an opportunity for the children to come together and help them appreciate that the schools have an aligned vision, culture and ethos, which the Trust strongly feel should be protected. The children are set to develop a plethora of ideas which will bring the schools together, appreciate the wider school community that they now belong to, enabling them to learn from each another. I believe cross school working and learning is a benefit to all our schools”. The Trust Pupil Ambassador’s said “We have toured the Soke Education Trust schools and thought of ideas for us to work together in the future.  Each school was unique and something notable stood out when we visited.” “We became more confident as the day went on and by the end we were less shy and happy to share our ideas”. Ben Wilding CEO reflected on a great day of relationship building, developing empathy and common understanding which will be the bedrock of our positive journey together.  It was truly inspirational to witness our Ambassadors grow in confidence working together whilst exhibiting great leadership capacity. The Chair of the Trust said “Parents and children haven’t and

won’t see any significant changes with schools retaining their unique strengths and individuality, but I hope they will feel the benefit from the strength of partnership, as positive impact is realised. It is a very exciting time for our schools and today is just the start of the good things to come. Buttercross (Reception and Year 1) Buttercross Class topic this term centres around the story of 'The Jolly Postman', which explores themes of fairy tales and geographical skills. We began by setting up a post office role-play area in the writing corner and found out how letters get to their destination. We were very excited to receive a parcel containing the book and a letter from the postman himself, encouraging us to write our own letters. The first letter the Jolly Postman delivers in the story is written by Goldilocks to the Three Bears, saying how sorry she is for breaking Baby bear's chair and inviting him to her party. We discussed what advice we might give to Baby Bear and acted this out using a strategy called 'Conscience Alley', which encourages children to feel empathy for a character. We're looking forward to see who the Jolly Postman visits next! Woodgate (Year 1 and Year 2) Another great start to a term in Woodgate class. The children are very excited to have started their new Mystery Book about a giraffe who is on a journey to Paris. They have been having fun acting out their predictions of what might happen throughout the story. In art we explored making giraffes in different ways using a range of materials and tools and used these to act out our story so far. The children have been learning about Kings and Queens in History


and created posters about Queen Elizabeth. In PE they have been busy learning new skills in Hockey and look forward to beginning to play some games against each other. We have started some gardening in our outside areas and look forward to Spring arriving soon. Broadwheel (Year 3 and Year 4) It has been an explosive half-term in Broadwheel! Our topic has been the Stone-Age and we have really enjoyed learning all about the life of the stoneage people. In English we have been reading the text 'The pebble in my pocket' - the children have written and illustrated their own beautiful pebblethemed books (which they are proudly displaying in the photo). Science has been all about rocks and soils, with lots of practical investigations and enquiries! The classroom is home to jars of soil and water at the moment. On the topic display we have some fantastic homemade volcanoes waiting to erupt...! Torpel (Year 5 and Year 6) Torpel Class have had another fantastic and fun-filled term. Our new topic is 'The Rainforest' and we are exploring this amazing habitat and finding out about the different species which live there. For our home learning tasks, we have produced some amazing model and videos, which can be seen on our school website. We will also be finding out about how our lives affect the rainforest and looking at the impact of deforestation on local people and the world. Our class mystery book has kept us utterly enthralled and captivated. We are enjoying reading and studying the different characters and considering what motivates them to behave in certain ways. The book retells the same events from different character perspectives, so we have learnt how people may react differently to the same experiences. We have

shown great empathy towards the characters and this has been reflected in our fantastic written work. Torpel have also been very physically active this term. The Year 5 children participated in level 1 and 2 Bikeability training and passed with flying colours! We also enjoyed attending the Table Tennis Festival at AMVC and representing our school teams in local football and netball matches.

Police visit Kirsty Wislawski

The children at Sunflower Seed Preschool were visited by 2 local PCOS officers in December. The PCOS officers came to give the children some great tips on how to stay safe when they are out and about, and what to do if they didn’t feel safe. They talked about “Stranger Danger” and with lots of shouting practice and laughter the children learnt who to go to if they needed help, how to get attention if they didn’t feel safe. They then talked about how the police help everybody on a daily basis. They even returned on a different day and brought the police car with them- the children took it in turns to sit in the car, pretend to drive and even set the sirens off! It was a great learning experience for the children and gave us all some great tips on keeping safe. A massive thankyou to the Cambridgeshire constabulary for organising this with us. Spaces are available in preschool, breakfast & tea club.

Helpston Playhouse Holly Cammarata-Hall

The first half term of 2018 has been a busy and successful one. In the preschool there has been a big focus on nature looking at hedgehogs, hibernation, frogs and the birds in the Playhouse garden.  To tie in with this theme the children have been reading the story of The Gruffalo and looking in detail at the characters of snake and fox. In the out of school club the children have been busy dyeing with food colouring and looking into the celebration of Chinese New Year and the year of the dog.  There has been Chinese food to try and everyone has had a go at using chopsticks. On the 3rd February Helpston’s Got Talent made its return to the village.  It was a great night and enjoyed by all that attended with some fabulous acts from Helpston residents.  It was also hugely successful in terms of fundraising and raised a fantastic £774.  These funds are vital for the Playhouse and go towards equipment and experiences to really benefit the children at both the preschool and out of school club.  Thank you to everyone that attended or contributed in some way – we really can’t run these events without you.  Our next event will be the Easter Fayre on Saturday 24th March.  Please show your support in whatever way you can. Due to a growing interest and an increase in numbers across both the Preschool and the Out of School Club we are in the process of recruiting a new Pre-School & Out of School Club Practitioner.  Details of the job vacancy can be found on www.helpstonplayhouse. org or contact the Playhouse for an application pack.

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Two years ago my mother decided to teach my son (aged eight at the time) how to crochet and recently it occurred to me just how much more it taught him. By Tracey Anderson

What Crochet Taught my Son

Intergenerational communication skills My mother is clueless about Minecraft, Manga, and mobile phone technology, so conversing with Lucas could be stilted and awkward, but crocheting gives them a task in common and makes talking easier. By teaching him in small steps like a game, she made it seem achievable. That you don't always need to be 'plugged in' A ball of wool and a crochet pin are the only tools required. He no longer asks for 'computer time' or complains that he's bored when we visit Grandma That failure is ok Of course he dropped stitches and tangled his wool but Grandma told him it was ok to stop, and start

again, and encouraged him not to give up at the hurdles. The sense of achievement When he presented me with his first little coaster he was proud and thrilled. He loved that I put it on my desk and that my coffee cup sits on it while I write. Every time he comes in, even two years later he mentions it. For the Christmas just gone I received a lovely crocheted hat made by him, with help from his Grandma. When I wore it out on Christmas Day he nearly burst with pride. I don't know if he will continue to crochet but even if stops he will retain the other life skills his Grandmother has imparted, and I may well have another natty hat by then too.

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There’s lots going on at The Bluebell Inn. Call in and enjoy a warm welcome, some delicious food and good company.

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10 Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED

We offer local pickup. Courtesy car available (pre-booking required).


Service and repairs to most makes and models up to 7.5 tons. We supply and fit tyres, batteries and exhausts. Our fully qualified staff are trained in electronic diagnostics, air-conditioning servicing, clutches and many other vehicle repairs.

01733 252611

E: 24 Church Street, Northborough (opposite Northborough School)



Are you taking your GCSEs or A levels this year? Have you decided what to do afterwards? Many schools champion university or further education colleges but have you considered an apprenticeship?


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he 11th National Apprenticeship Week runs from 5 to 9 March. During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. An apprenticeship is a chance to earn and learn. It allows you to mix working full-time and learning on the job with gaining a qualification. Anyone over 16 can be an apprentice. Courses last at least a year, and are available in a huge range of industries – there are apprenticeships in everything from accountancy to social media. It's not just small companies who offer them; many of the big players such as Google, IBM, Barclays and Nestle offer excellent apprenticeships with good longterm prospects.

In terms of learning styles, apprenticeships are best-suited to those people who want to get into the workplace straight away, or those who prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Some people (some teachers even) worry that an apprenticeship might limit a more able student's options. This isn't the case at all, if anything it opens them up. Thanks to the in-depth industry experience apprenticeships provide, many apprentices progress further and faster in their chosen fields. There are also higher-level apprenticeships and some people choose to move into further education at a later stage, either at a conventional university or through a body like the Open University. Spending time in workplace as part of your apprenticeship means that you naturally develop important ‘soft skills’, such as communication and team work. These skills are transferrable

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whatever path your career ultimately takes. One major benefit of an apprenticeship is that you won't have a student loan to pay off, and on top of this you are earning a salary and building a network of contacts. About 70% of apprentices are offered a permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship, and 90% remain in employment. To decide whether or not an apprenticeship is right in your case you need to do your research. Think about what your career ambitions are and look at potential pathways. Talk to employers at careers fairs and ask what they are looking for, and talk to people who have done an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are not right for everyone but they shouldn’t be viewed as a lesser option. Modern apprenticeships are a dynamic, flexible way to launch a career and one might be perfect for you.

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By Helen Jones

The pain of Mother’s Day My mother left home when I was seven. It always struck me as particularly cruel that teachers insisted we made Mother's Day cards.


pointed out once that my mother had left us. "Do you know her address?" teacher asked. When I nodded she told me I could post it. The irony of posting a card to 'The World's Best Mother' notable mainly by her absence seemed lost on Miss Marriot. Three years ago my friend's mother died from bowel cancer, and she said she would punch the next shop assistant who enquired whether she needed a Mother's Day card. Don’t get me wrong, I think Mother’s Day is a lovely tradition but many of us may not realise that Mother’s Day is an emotional time of year for those who have lost their mother; those who can’t conceive, or those who have miscarried or lost a child Perhaps Mother’s Day needs a make-over. Currently it seems to be about wish-lists, hints to spouses about booking the perfect restaurant and a barrage of adverts featuring the perfect nuclear family. Our children, and maybe the rest of us need to understand that 34

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Mother’s Day isn’t about spending lots of money or being pressured into meeting crazy expectations. In the UK it originated when children, mainly daughters (often as young as ten), who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. This grew from the centuries-old tradition of people to returning to their home or 'mother' church once a year. The return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions. As there is no tradition of giftgiving on Mother's Day we are free to invent our own traditions and I think it's the perfect chance to inspire kindness, compassion and giving of time rather than possessions. I would love to see an 'alternative' Mother's Day focussed on less material things. I want to talk to my children about what Motherhood means to me and what having a mother means to them. I want all of us to think about the people around us, at school,

or work, in our social circle and community who might be having a hard time in the midst of Mother’s Day celebrations? How can we reach out and share a little kindness or hope? With a card? A note? A phone call? Last year my kids and I chose to sponsor a child at an orphanage in Uganda. It gives us pleasure to know that someone who has no mother of her own is receiving care and education. This year my friend and her children made a food parcel for their local food bank and donated it in her mother's name. Her mother volunteered at a foodbank before she became ill so this seemed a fitting way to remember her. If you are struggling with Mother’s Day this year, please know that you are not alone. Reach out and talk to a friend; look for others with whom to share. Be kind to yourself, and if there is no-one you feel you can share your thoughts with consider starting with you and reach out to others who might need support.


Helpston WI We started the new year with an open meeting where we welcomed friends and family for an 'Insight into Burma' given by Gavin Sugden. This was a fascinating talk, exploring the history of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from the colonial past to the current political unrest, illustrated with historical maps and photographs. Gavin shared his passion for this beautiful country, its magnificent pagodas and stupas, and its hospitable people. He explained why he still admires Aung San Suu Kyi and how the generals maintain power, leaving us with a better understanding of the part Britain played in setting the scene for present-day tensions. We were able to continue the discussion over wine and a range of delicious refreshments provided by the hostesses. In February we welcomed Sophie Driver, our local nutritional therapist, who talked about 'Our amazing bacteria and what they do for us'. She started by exploring current scientific and medical thinking about the gut biome, with clear diagrams and explanations. Scientists are only just beginning to appreciate how the immune system is regulated by gut bacteria, and the impact that these can also have on sleep, reaction to stress,

memory and mood. Sophie described how a healthy gut lining can be damaged if the balance between good and harmful bacteria is altered, e.g. by over-use of antibiotics, poor diet or a sterile modern life-style, and she gave us advice about ways to encourage pre- and pro- biotics. She communicated her passion for the subject and a positive view of future scientific developments. Meanwhile, we were encouraged to feed our gut flora with a variety of plants and fibre and limit our consumption of processed food! 2018 is the centenary year for the Huntingdon and Peterborough Federation and several members attended a special showing of the film 'Suffragette' at the Key Theatre . This was preceded by an interesting talk about the history of the local campaign for women's suffrage: many well known local figures were involved and Emmeline Pankhurst came to speak in Peterborough in 1905. She had a better reception than members of the women's suffragist march, who were attacked by youths throwing eggs on the Stanley Recreation ground in 1913 and declared that Peterborough was the only place between Edinburgh and London to leave unpleasant memories.

Helpston WI Diary Wednesday morning walks Meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Thursday morning walks Meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Contact June Dobson on 01733 252192 for more details Knit & Natter at Botolph's Barn, Helpston. Come and join us to finish your knitting, start some crochet or plan your next craft project. We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm (14 & 28 March; 11 & 25 April) Beginners' Line Dancing Every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 in the Village Hall. Contact June as above, or just come to the hall. Thursday 1March You are welcome to join us to hear George Stevenson talk about the National Garden Scheme and Gardens at 7:30pm in the Village Hall – ring June as above or just turn up on the night. Thursday 5 April Our annual Members' Night: join us for a sociable evening at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

If you would like to make new friends and become involved with our wide range of activities, you will be made very welcome at our meetings. Come to Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month or contact Jean Mead, our president, on 01733 252025, or June Dobson, our secretary, on 01733 252192, who will be happy to answer any questions you have, or follow the links on helpston. net village organisations, to see this year's programme.

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irst week of February, the countryside is beginning to spring into life as fields “green up” and are starting to grow once more after their winter dormancy period. With the daylight hours lengthening its pleasing to see the gardens as well as the fields coming back to life with the snowdrops, aconites, polyantha’s, winter flowering jasmine and daffodils all doing their best to


I think most arable farm’s 2017 harvest will have produced average returns. The prospects for 2018 harvest appears promising, going into good seedbeds last autumn with fast germination. Cereals in general have had a good start.

brighten up these dull and dreary days which do seem to last forever! There is of course a long way to go before the cereal harvest begins and a lot can happen with the weather and the political arena, Brexit negotiations hitting the headlines every day which whether we like it or not will most possibly affect most businesses and the public at large, bank interest rates are increasing as well as council tax. We appear to be heading into very uncertain times which in turn makes everyone nervous of the journey which lays ahead. It’s the middle of February and we have approximately 60 loads of sugar beet to be delivered to Wissington sugar beet factory, with the campaign expected to last 23 weeks compared with last years

has actually just been delivered before we have finished clearing this year’s crop (nothing new in that). Hedge cutting is another job that has to be completed by the end of February (before the birds start nesting) tidying up hedges and ditches which couldn’t be cut last Autumn. If hedges are left with several years growth they look untidy, typical as you drive along the A15 by pass at Glinton, it is also costlier when clearing with such high density and thicker wood. As soon as the weather settles and the land drys up sufficiently to allow cultivations spring sowing will commence especially on the lighter soils. Nitrogen will be applied to the growing crops of cereals and oil seed rape helping to promote

What a treat it is to have nearly twelve hours of daylight, in another two weeks we shall have the spring equinox. 15 weeks. I think this could well be one of the longest campaigns we have encountered for many years, possibly 50 years or more. This sugar beet was lifted in the middle of January and the land was sown with winter wheat later then we would have liked but hopefully it will not be too detrimental to the yield potential. Jobs on the farm are reasonably up to date but there is always plenty to do, attempting to keep pigeons off the oil seed rape crops has been time consuming the last month. Loading grain lorries is ongoing, servicing machinery ready for spring sowing of cereals and sugar beet. The sugar beet seed

growth. The grass land will also need fertiliser applying enabling us to turn the cattle out as soon as possible depending on the weather and the growth of grass. I think all farmers are keen to get their animals out onto grass after the winter which cuts down on costs, time and food. What a treat it is to have nearly twelve hours of daylight, in another two weeks we shall have the spring equinox. The number of people I have spoken to really do look forward to more daylight hours. I find it such a rush to get outside jobs finished before the daylight goes. We all look forward to summer and better weather!

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Saturday 10 March Lino-cutting workshop: (10am – 3pm) 8 spaces. Adult learning (age 18+) Northborough Village hall (The Cromwell Suite). You will learn how to create your own print & will be using high quality paper & other mixed media materials to print onto (including a cotton carrier bag) You will be encouraged to make at least two lino-cuts & will be shown how to work using positive & negative space when choosing a suitable image fro lino-cutting. Participants will leave with the knowledge & skills to be able to create their own lino-cuts at home. Free tea & coffee (please bring a lunch & an apron with you) Cost: £45 To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 Saturday 10 March Mother's Day Afternoon Tea 2 – 4:30pm Helpston Scout and Guide Centre Come and enjoy homemade cakes, tea and coffee with your Mum, Grandma or significant other. There will also be a raffle and a small gift sale. All funds raised will go towards sending Daisy Donaldson on a service trip to Ghana with Girlguiding Anglia. During the trip I will be spending time volunteering in the community.

Wednesday 7 March Soft pastels Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm Learn how to layer and blend soft pastels. Experiment with a variety of colours and blending tools. You will learn how to build a composition on pastel paper, specifically designed for this type of art. Have fun learning a new skill and amaze yourself at what you can achieve. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Cost: £10. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 Thursday 8 March St. Pega’s Church Lent Lunch 12 noon to 2.00pm at 3 The Park, Peakirk £5 per person To help with catering, please confirm your attendance by calling Sheila on 01733 252416 Or by email – 38

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Saturday 10 March Star Party 5.30pm. Peterborough Astronomical Society (PAS) are holding their biannual Star Party at Sacrewell. Don’t miss out and book your tickets online.


Tuesday 6 and Sunday 11 March Hazel Hurdle Course Ferry Meadows Country Park Learn how to select the material from hazel growing in the park and the techniques to create your very own hurdle. Suitable for adults and over 10yr olds 10:00 – 15:00. Meet at: Visitor Centre Cost: £35.00 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking: Essential. 11 March Mothering Sunday All Age Praise St. Andrew's Northborough. 10.30am Please come and join us on this special day. Children welcome. Sunday 11 March Family & Friends Volunteering Ferry Meadows Country Park Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided, you just need to bring along lots of enthusiasm! Free car parking for all participants. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather. 10am-12noon Meet at: Discovery DenFree. Suggested donation £2 Booking essential. 13 March Glinton Horticultural Society Plants in literature - Origins & Anecdotes A talk presented by Patsey Raynor. Starting at 7.30pm in the Glinton Village Hall. All welcome! For more info: or 01733 253591 Wednesday 14 March Easter wreaths Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm (booking essential due to numbers) Using seasonal colours, feathers, eggs and foliage, create your own contemporary Easter wreath. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Cost: £25 To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204

Saturday 17 March Let's go Fly A Kite Ferry Meadows Country Park Let's go fly a kite, but first we have to make them. Join us in making your very own kite from scratch. Times: 10:30am-12:00noon or 13:30 – 15:00 Meet at: Discovery Den. £3 per child Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. 17 March Coffee Morning Northborough Community Association 50/50 draw This will restart in April and to sign up please visit the coffee morning on the 17 March at 10am or contact any committee member. continued >>

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17 & 18 March 900 free rides at Nene Valley Railway Peterborough celebrates the 900th Anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral and the Nene Valley Railway decided to do something really spectacular. With the theme being '900' the Railway thought... Why not give away 900 free rides?! At the of March the railway will be doing just that, throwing open the carriage doors as part of their open weekend on 17 and 18 March.  Those visiting the Railway's Wansford headquarters will be entitled to free entry to the site plus free ride on the shuttle service to Yarwell station and back. There will also be free behind the scenes tours of the Loco sheds and signal box and along the Line Overton station (For Ferry Meadows will be throwing its doors open too. It's going to be a fun weekend with plenty for everbody to do. The NVR looks forward to seeing you. Wednesday 21 March Easter wreaths (booking essential due to numbers) Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7 – 9pm Using seasonal colours, feathers, eggs and foliage, create your own contemporary Easter wreath. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 Saturday 24 March Lino-cutting workshop: (10am – 3pm) Adult learning (age 18+) Northborough Village hall (The Cromwell Suite). You will learn how to create your own print & will be using high quality paper & other mixed media materials to print onto (including a cotton carrier bag). You will be encouraged to make at least two lino-cuts & will be shown how to work using positive & negative space when choosing a suitable image fro lino-cutting. Participants will leave with the knowledge & skills to be able to create their own linocuts at home. Cost £45 Free tea & coffee (please bring a lunch & an apron with you) To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 40

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Sunday 25 March Charity Craft Dabble Day at Deepings Community Centre, Douglas Road, Market Deeping 10am - 3 pm. Entry £6, to include three Dabble vouchers or £10 to include 6 Dabble vouchers. Accompanied children £4. Raffle and refreshments available. All proceeds to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Wednesday 28 March Water-colour flowers

Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. Explore the wonderful, relaxing world of water- colour painting. Use a variety of colours and brush sizes whilst you work on thick water- colour paper. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere.Cost: £10. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 Saturday 30 March – Sunday 15 April Holiday Trail Ferry Meadows Country Park Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. 10:00am-3:30pm Meet at: Visitor Centre Cost: £1 Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies. Booking: No need to book, this is a drop in event Friday 30 March Easter Egg Hunt Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter! Begin with some seasonal spring craft, explore the park and hunt for eggs and collect your prize and the end. (1 prize per child booked) Times: 10:30am-12:00noon or 13:30 – 15:00 Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: £4 per child Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential. 30 March Good Friday Workshop 2.30pm- 4pm At Northborough Church Craft activities,Easter Garden, All age Worship and of course hot cross buns and biscuits. Everyone is


welcome. 30 March St Peter's Good Friday Service St.Peter's ever popular Good Friday Service and Crafts. It starts at 10am and Freda will be bringing her Story Eggs! Crafts follow with Hot Cross buns and refreshments. All welcome. Saturday 31 March Adult Sailing Taster Nene Outdoors, Ferry Meadows Country Park A taster designed for beginners, this session introduces the basic concepts of sailing. Learn about personal preparation, balancing and turning the boat through the wind. Taster sessions are suitable for anyone aged 16years +. Times: 10:00 – 12noon Meet at: Nene Outdoors Cost: £25 Accessibility: This course may not be suitable for all abilities, please call to talk to our instructors about your particular needs. Booking essential Saturday 31 March Junior Sailing Club Nene Outdoors, Ferry Meadows Country Park Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds. 15:00 – 16:.30 Meet at Nene Outdoors. Cost: £20 Accessibility: This course may not be suitable for all abilities, please call to talk to our instructors about your particular needs. Booking essential. Sunday 31 March Family & Friends Volunteering Ferry Meadows Country Park. Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided. Free car parking for all participants. 10:00am-12:00noon and 13:00 – 15:00 Meet at: Discovery Den Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2 Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential.

1 April St. Peter's Benefice Sunrise Service Communion and simple renewal of Baptism. This is followed by breakfast in the Lady Chapel. 6am start around a fire, the heating will be on in the Church and don't forget we have a loo! :)

2 April Easter Egg Hunt. Maxey Village Hall. Please look on our webpage for times and watch the Trib' Facebook page. Monday 9 & 23 April Title: Nature Tots Ferry Meadows Country Park A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime.10-11:30am Meet at: Discovery Den £3 per child. Booking essential. 20 April Glinton Horticultural Society A buzz through the beekeeping year A talk presented by David Burton. Starting at 7.30pm in the Glinton Village Hall. All welcome! For more info: or 01733 253591 21 April St. George's Day Concert. Maxey Village Hall.

Saturday 21 April Springtime in Maxey Concert Following last year's successful Springtime in Maxey Concert we are again joining with The Stamford Singers for a St George’s Day Concert at the Village Hall. Tickets: £10 (includes a ploughman’s supper). There will also be a paying bar with all proceeds going equally between, Macmillan Cancer Support and the village hall. So come along, wave your flags and sing along to some rousing songs. For more information and tickets please call Mark on 07710 150825 11 April Car Club at Willowbrook Farm then 2nd weds of each month Wednesday 18 April Funky felted toadstools Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. Using the ‘dry felting’ technique, you will create your own funky felted toadstool complete with a wooden trunk base. Be amazed at what you can achieve! Includes all materials and tutoring. Cost: £20. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204

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Saturday 21 April 2018 Barnack School Fun Run – Medal For All Finishers! The Barnack School Fun Run is on Saturday 21 April with races starting from 2pm. We hope many will join us for the 2.5k and 5k Fun Run races as all finishers will receive a medal and there is a new 5k course this year. Entry forms and further information available from It is ONLY £3.50 per child and £4.50 per adult when you enter before Easter weekend! Email with any questions. 25 April St. Peter's APCM In the Church from 7.30pm. Refreshments served, all welcome. 28 April Afternoon Tea Northborough Community Association are holding an afternoon tea for residents aged 60 and over of Northborough and Deeping Gate in the village hall at 3pm. £3 per person. To book please ring 01778 345143,347464,343126. 29 April St Peter's Benefice Service of the year Refreshments.10.30am start. Look forward to seeing lots of our fellow Parishioners there. Wednesday 25 April Water-colour foliage Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. Explore the wonderful, relaxing world of water- colour painting. Use a variety of colours and brush sizes whilst you work on thick water- colour paper. Cost: £10. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 Saturday 28 April Pond Dipping Ferry Meadows and surrounding area What lies beneath the still waters of our Lakes at Ferry Meadows? Come along and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the creatures you find. Times: 10:30 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 15:00 Meet at: Discovery Den. £2 per child. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential.


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Sunday 29 April Family and Friends Volunteering Ferry Meadows Country Park Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training provided, just bring along lots of enthusiasm. Free car parking for all. 10am–12noon or 1–3pm. Meet at Discovery Den. Cost: free. Please call 01733 234193 for further details. Booking essential.

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Wednesday 2 May Contemporary weaving Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. Create your own contemporary style woven piece. Use a variety of yarn, wool, thread and string. Be as bold or as traditional as you like. Pom-poms/ tassels & twigs galore! Cost £10. Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 5 May Glinton Horticultural Society Plant Sale From 1000am at the Glinton Village Hall. All welcome, but come early! 5 / 6 May St. Peter's Village Flower Festival. The theme this time is ' Beautiful Blighty '. So, choose your best of Blighty idea and start planning your flower design. You can link it to the 100th Centenary of WW1 or in celebration of what our lovely country has to offer, its scenery, traditions or pomp! The Church will be open from 10am to 4pm on the 5th for viewing and refreshments. A Songs of Praise Service will take place on the 6th @ 4pm, everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate, sing and take in the view! Details of Church opening times for set up, contact Tina on 12 May Helpston Gala PLEASE NOTE: Not 19 May as previously advertised.


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

Wednesday 16 May Using charcoal and chalk Deeping Adult Art workshops. Deepings Community Centre. 7– 9pm. You will be working on large scale paper in order to develop your sense of perspective and scale. There will be a variety of objects to create observational drawings from. Cost: £10 Includes all materials and tutoring. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. To book: Facebook: Paisley art / text Clare: 07762434204 19 May Royal Wedding Party Northborough Village Hall 7-11.45 pm Live Entertainment. 2 Course Supper. £6 per Adult £15 - 2 Adults & 2 Children. Bring your own drinks and glasses. To book your place please ring - 01778 345143, 343126 or 347464 Monday 28 May Northborough's Open Gardens 1pm- 5pm Teas in the Church/ Artist's Open Studio/ Plant stall. Programmes £4.00 pp from the Church/ Children free Proceeds to St. Andrew's Church. There is still time to open your garden by calling Gill 01733 252981, Clare 01733 253291/ Polly 01778 380849 for further details.

9 June Tylerthon at Willowbrook Farn

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


Benefice Prayer Breakfast Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. The next ones are on: Saturday 3 March and Saturday 7 April. Coffee Mornings St Botolph's - Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon. The next ones are on Saturday 24 March and Saturday 28 April. Maxey Wednesday Group revival Maxey Village Hall Ladies are trying to revive the old Maxey Wednesday Group that used to meet in the Bluebell years ago. We have started meeting on the first and third of the month at 7.30pm in the Pub. Please come and join us for a chat, meet new people and occasionally do something exciting! If you are bothered about entering the pub alone, bring a friend. It doesn't matter if they are not from Maxey. Love to see you. For more events, please also see Helpston WI Diary on page 35 and church services on pages 46-48

Looking in all directions

LOOK UP.................with wonder LOOK BACK ...........with gratitude LOOK AROUND .....with love LOOK WITHIN ........with honesty LOOK AHEAD ........with expectation

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An egg with no Easter? Cadbury appears to have reversed a decision to remove the word 'Easter' from the name of its annual egg hunt for children. This year's event, which is run in partnership with the National Trust, has been advertised on merchandise in supermarkets as the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. The chocolate maker, now owned by Mondelez International, was criticised last year by public figures including the Prime Minister for referring to the family activity simply as the Cadbury Egg Hunt. Last April, Theresa May condemned the decision to drop the word Easter from the egg search as "absolutely ridiculous", while Archbishop of York, Dr ANNOUNCEMENTS BAPTISMS

Lily Georgina Burton (14/01/2018) Helpston Church Rosie Doris Jessica Bone 28/01/18 St. Benedict's Church.


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More of God for the BBC John Sentamu accused the firm of spitting on the grave of its Christian founder, John Cadbury. A Cadbury spokesperson later said: “We have used the word Easter in our marketing and communications for over 100 years and continue to do so in our current Easter campaign and National Trust partnership. Each year, we review our campaign materials and Easter products and make changes to keep them fresh and exciting and reflect what we know our consumers want. Part of this includes the naming of our Easter Egg hunt as the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – something we know is important to our consumers."

The BBC has promised to do better religious broadcasting. After conducting a review of its faith-based programming, the network said it wants to raise its game across all religious output, reach as many people as possible and portray the diversity of beliefs and society. BBC presenter Roger Bolton, who was consulted as part of this review, told Premier it's a step in the right direction. "If you have everyone paying for the license fee, then you have the responsibility to everybody no matter what their faith background is," he said. "On the other hand, the majority of people of faith in this country are Christian so I would always expect Christianity to have a predominant position." Director General Tony Hall said, "The review found that audiences of all faiths and none want to learn more about religion and ethics. They recognise that, if we truly want to make sense of the world, we need to understand the systems of belief that underpin it," The BBC pledged to not let Christian programming suffer under the move to give other faiths greater coverage.


Sue Lowe-Lauri (secretary)

St Benedict’s Social Committee


fter a break of several villagers. They were treated years St Benedict’s is to a four course Scottish pleased to announce themed meal including that their Social Committee haggis, which was addressed is up and running again. Our by piper Dave Todd, a aim is to hold fund raising selection of the bard’s and social events for Glinton poems and cranachan and and the benefice which whiskey to finish. A fantastic we hope will be enjoyable, evening enjoyed by all. varied and entertaining. The next event is a The committee Ukulele Evening in St comprises Pat Hoppe as Benedict’s Church on March Chair, Sue Lowe-Lauri, 3rd given by the Ukulele secretary, Helena Richards, Orchestra of Spalding PCC link, and Elaine Titman, which promises to be very Pat Pooley, Gaye Swan & entertaining. Tickets are Cigil Tisdale. We held our available from Pat (01733 first event in October when 252760) and Elaine (01733 we joined forces with Krissi 252425). Gregg and the Primary The Social Committee School PSA to host a funwill be organising many filled Beaujolais evening. more events in the future so This was followed by a singplease watch out for notices a-long Christmas Carol event around the village and on in the Blue Bell led by the FB, and do support us if you Benefice Choir. can. Both events were very If there is an idea for successful and with your an event which you would support raised vital funds like us to host then please for St Benedict’s church. do let us know – we are Our latest event was a most always looking for new and enjoyable Burns’ Night appealing ideas. supper in the Blue Bell which Thank you for all your was supported by around 50 support. If you would like to join our committee please do get in touch; contact Pat Hoppe Pictured left: The regular meeting of the Fab group (as in Fabric Maintenance).

St. Pega’s Cafe Brunch

Thanks to all who came along and supported us at the Brunch on Sunday, 4th February. We had a full house once again and raised £411 towards Church funds. A big thank you to all our wonderful helpers, including some additional new ones to the team.


Gill Sillars (19/01/2018) Bainton Church Joan Jones (23/01/2018) Helpston Church Judith Bonnar (09/02/2018) Barnack Church Ronald Gordon Green (25/01/18) St. Andrew's Church; Allan William Palmer of Maxey (31/01/18) Calvin Bruce Simper of Maxey (13/02/18) Dawn Sutton (22/02/18) St. Andrew's Church Michael Thomas Heath (27/02/18) St. Stephen's Church.

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Sun 4

Mothering Sunday 11

Sun 18

Palm Sunday 25

St John the Baptist Barnack

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am Mothering Sunday Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

4pm Palm Sunday Service led by Messy Church Team at Barnack Village Hall

St Mary’s Bainton

6pm Taize Service

9am Mothering Sunday All Age Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Palm Sunday Parish Communion

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am Mothering Sunday Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion 6pm Informal Reflective Service

10.45am Palm Sunday All Age Communion

All Saints Wittering


10.30am Mothering Sunday Second Sunday Fun


10.30am Palm Sunday All Age Communion

St Stephen Etton

10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin


8am Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


St Peter Maxey

9am Holy Communion Canon McCormack

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10am Family Service Village Hall Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Morning Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris

St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron 6pm Evensong Derek Harris

10.30am Family Communion Rev Mark-Aaron & Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

11am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

11am Parish Worship Derek Harris

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

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Mon 26

Tues 27

Wed 28

Maundy Thurs 29

Good Friday 30

St John the Baptist Barnack




8pm Holy Communion

10am – 11.45am Good Friday Craft Morning

St Mary’s Bainton

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers


12 – 1pm Good Friday Meditations 2pm All Ages Stations of the Cross Walk (Walk to Ashton)

St Botolph’s Helpston




7.30pm Holy Communion at Botolph’s Barn

All Saints Wittering






St Stephen Etton







7pm Compline for Holy Week Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10am Good Friday Service with Crafts Freda Skillman

St Peter Maxey


7pm Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10am Good Friday Service making Easter gardens Rev'd Mark-Aaron

St Benedict Glinton




St Andrew Northborough

7pm Compline for Holy Week Freda Skillman




2.30pm Good Friday Workshop Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk



7pm Taize Service Mark Hotchkin


12pm Reflections Rev'd Mark-Aaron

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Easter Sun 1

Sun 8

Sun 15

Sun 29

Sun 6 May

St John the Baptist Barnack

6.20am Sunrise Service on the Hills and Holes 9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

9am All Age Communion

9am All Age Communion 6pm Informal Reflective Service

St Mary's Church Bainton

9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion


6pm Taize Service

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

10.45am All Age Communion

10.45am All Age Communion

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10am Benefice Communion Service

10.45am All Age Praise

All Saints Wittering

10.30am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

10.30am Second Sunday Fun


10.30am Morning Praise



St Stephen Etton

10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin


8am Communion Rev'd MarkAaron




St Peter Maxey

6am Sunrise Communion and Breakfast Rev'd MarkAaron

9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10am Family Service Village Hall Mark Hotchkin

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron

10:30am Benefice Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron


10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris



10.30am Family Communion/ Praise Rev MarkAaron & Freda Skillman



11am Parish Worship Derek Harris



St Benedict Glinton

10.30am 10.30am Holy Morning Communion by Praise Extension Mark Hotchkin Derek Harris

St Andrew Northborough

10.30am Holy Communion Rev MarkAaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

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

St Pega Peakirk

9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

11am Morning Prayer Derek Harris


Sun 22

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9am Parish Communion with Children’s Church


Fertiliser The days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger...we hope! However March is famously temperamental and if the soil where you are is still wet and cold then it’s wise to delay planting and sowing until the temperature rises. Plant nutrient reserves are low at this time of year so, as the soil warms up, it’s time to think about fertiliser. Many gardeners are a bit frightened of fertiliser. All those chemical symbols on the side of the packet are rather reminiscent of school chemistry lessons. In fact the basics are quite simple. NPK - This can be observed on the side of most fertiliser packages. The letters stand for: N - Nitrogen P - Phosphorous K - Potassium

Together these are known as the macro-nutrients and each of them has its own use. Nitrogen primarily feeds the leafy above-the-ground parts of the plants. Phosphorous promotes strong roots. Potassium makes grass hardier, promotes germination and improves vegetable and fruit yields. The proportions of each macro-nutrient will be printed on the packet. Equal amounts of each nutrient make for a good general purpose fertiliser. A lawn will need a good balance of nitrogen and phosphorus to guarantee lush green grass with a healthy root system capable

By Rachael Leverton of withstanding dry spells. Fruiting plants need higher proportions of potassium. There are other macro-nutrients: Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, which plants obtain freely from the air and water; and calcium, magnesium and sulphur, which should be present in any good general purpose fertiliser. Plants also need micro-nutrients: Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron and Molybdenum. Plants take all these nutrients and build everything they need from scratch, including vitamins. What plants cannot do is absorb vitamins directly from things such as pet food, milk or so-called fertilisers which contain vitamins, proteins and fats. So don’t be intimidated by fertiliser. Decide what your plants need then read the label. It’s easy as ABC..or rather NPK!


UFFORD April 1918

Private Bertie Bloodworth 5th Battalion Leicestershire Yeomanry died 21 April 1918 aged 25. The Stamford Mercury reported that he had been involved in a good deal of heavy fighting. He was hit by a fragment of shell which exploded near him and he died from his wound later the same day. The Mercury reports; 'A sad feature of his lamented death is that shortly before the big German attack he was given permission to leave his unit to come home for a wellearned holiday, but while waiting for the boat, he was, owing to the exigences of the military situation, recalled and he then returned and took part in repelling the advance of the enemy.' Bertie is buried in Ebblinghem Cemetery, Nord, France. He was the fourth son of Charles and Fanny Bloodworth of Ufford.

BARNACK March 1918

Private Percy Munns 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment died of wounds at Mendinghem, Flanders on 3rd March 1918 aged 19.He was born in Barnack in 1898. Jim Whitelock’s information about the five servicemen from Bainton and Ashton who died during the war and which hangs in Bainton church, states that: ‘Percy lived in the third of the old thatched cottages which stood where modern Allington Close now is. He was brought up by an aunt who did the laundry and other domestic work for Mr. Welby at Bainton House. Percy also did outdoor work for Mr. Welby sawing logs and chopping firewood. On Sundays he was busy operating the hand bellows on the church organ’. Percy is buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery near the village of Proven in Belgium.


This April, we remember 125052 Gunner Cecil Henry Ridlington.

Private William Hardy 10th Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment died 25 April, 1918 aged 40. He was the husband of Ellen Hardy of Ufford. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. There was a Military Hospital in Boulogne and so it is assumed he died of wounds there. Both Bertie and William are among the eight men commemorated on the memorial plaque in Ufford church 50

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Born in Northborough in 1880 to Mary Ridlington, he grew up in his Grandmother’s house along with his uncles. Cecil, a gardener, married Elizabeth Stevenson in 1912 at Market Deeping church. In 1916, aged 36, Cecil joined the 283rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. The Battery was involved in the Battle of Messines Ridge, the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), Operation Michael and Villers Bretonneux where the first tank versus tank battle was fought. It was at this last battle that Cecil received a severe wound to his abdomen, possibly caused by a ’premature’ (a shell exploding in or just after leaving the gun barrel) on No. 2 gun which killed 2 and wounded 5 men. Cecil was moved to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen dying of his wounds two weeks later on 30 April 1918. He was interred in the St Sever Cemetery Extension. Cecil was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and is commemorated on the Northborough church memorial and on his grandmother’s gravestone in Northborough churchyard.

HELPSTON April 1918 In what we now know as the closing months of the First War, Helpston had a massive shock in these 2 months, one hundred years ago, 4 young men connected to the village died. Frederick Bean who was born in Helpston in about 1898, is described in the 1911 Census as a farm servant. He may have lived in West Street as his Father, Charles, lived there at the time of his death on 21 March 1918. Frederick was killed in action at the Manchester Hill Redoubt on the edge of St Quentin Aisne, in northern France. He died on the first day of an attack and under heavy artillery and gas bombardment. He would have been about 20 years old.. He is buried a short distance away at the Chapelle British Cemetery Holnon. There is a detailed account of this action on the internet which is well worth reading. Robert Goodfellow was the son of a local farming family who still farm in the area. He was about 21years old when he was killed on March 31st 1918 in the Somme area of northern France. Frederick Whistlecroft who was killed on April 4th 1918 in action near Gommecourt near the Hindenburg Line. He is not mentioned on the War Memorial in Helpston Church but he was born in the village in about 1894. His family must has moved as they were living at 5 New Road Woodston at the time of his death. He is buried in the Euston Road Cemetery which is in fact in France.

April 1918

Horace Steven Mayes also known as Horace Crowson was born in the village. In 1911, he was 16 years old working as a farm servant. One can only imagine why his surname was changed. He was killed on 18 April 1918 in Belgium and is buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery Poperinghe. One can only hope he had some comfort from being able to go to the then recently opened Toc H House in Poperinghe.



Toasting 10 years of Safe Local Trades – members with director Eileen Le Voi (centre) joined by Peterborough City Council Mayor Cllr John Fox and Mayoress Judy Fox

for city business dedicated to championing consumers When it comes to looking for a recommended and reliable tradesperson – there is one city business that has been championing consumers for a decade. For the past 10 years, the Safe Local Trades online service has been providing thousands of customers within the PE area with easy access to reliable and reputable tradesmen. And in a double celebration, Safe Local Trades director Eileen Le Voi has launched a sister company – Safe Local Services; which received its official unveiling at a recent special celebration for SLT / SLS members, attended by Peterborough Mayor, Cllr John Fox. Consumer confidence and working tirelessly to force out rogue and cowboy traders across the Peterborough area, Safe Local Trades and its director Eileen Le Voi have received a number of awards for the community-focussed service.

Safe Local Services – which will offer recommended services from accountants to dog groomers and dentists to website designers – will seek to build on the huge success of Safe Local Trades; which has attracted over 12,000 positive reviews. Hosting a celebration for SLT/SLS members at the Greyhound Stadium in Peterborough, Eileen explained: “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 10th anniversary with so many of our valued members, and of course the Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Fox. Since Safe Local Trades was established in 2008, we have been asked for recommendations on dozens of different services outside the remit of tradesmen – hence we are now delighted to be able to launch Safe Local Services. “The aim is again to provide consumers with professionals

by offering peace of mind when instructing a service. “Each service has been vetted, have their own profile and a chance for consumers to leave their own feedback and reviews. We have found over the past ten years that consumers trust and rely on our recommendations. “However, the benefit is twofold, as professions becoming a member of Safe Local Services will benefit from an already trusted and highly respected service - as well as a reputable brand name. Gaining the Safe Local Services seal of approval will provide instant consumer confidence and trust and ultimately win more business.” Spaces for services will be limited to a first come first served basis, and anyone keen to be featured on Safe Local Services within the PE postcode can register their interest now.

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Northborough Parish Council Moving into 2018, Northborough Parish Council is pursuing a number of new initiatives arising from ideas generated by the local community. These are set out below and there will be more to come. Village Hall Enhancements Northborough Parish Council is working with the Village Hall committee and Deeping Gate Parish Council to prepare plans for a safe and attractive landscaped area adjacent to the village hall which can be used in association with activities taking place in the hall. It will provide a break out area with hard and soft landscaping and seating and will also aim to enhance the small outdoor play space to the rear of the village hall. The Parish Council is hoping to be in a position to submit a bid for grant from WREN to help fund this project in April. FITNESS EQUIPMENT FOR RESIDENTS Residents have expressed interest in provision of outdoor fitness equipment for adults similar to that provided at Elsea Park in Bourne. The Parish Council think this is a great idea and is exploring this further and will be considering allocating funds and the submission of a grant application to procure and install a 'starter kit' of 4 items of equipment on the village playing field later in the year. This will be

John Dadge, Chairman - Northborough Parish Council

subject to taking soundings from the local community at the coffee morning to be held in March and the availability of funds and grant funding. COMMUNITY FUND From time to time the Parish Council receive requests for financial support from local groups and organisations. The Council has decided to act proactively in this respect and is establishing a local community fund. The Council are currently working on the rules and regulations which will govern the fund and will be inviting bids from qualifying local groups and organisations within Northborough Parish during April. Village Litter Pick - Planned The Parish Council would like to thank those individuals who collect litter around the village on an entirely voluntary basis. Their efforts are most welcome and are a benefit to all residents of Northborough. The Parish Council is keen to build on these efforts and is planning to organise a village litter pick in April to "deep pick" and cover all parts of the village. Anyone who would like to be involved in this can contact any Parish Councillor or let us know via the NPC website, www. VILLAGE COFFEE MORNING Northborough Parish Council in conjunction with the Village Hall

committee and Deeping Gate Parish Council are holding a drop in coffee morning between 10am and 12pm on Saturday 17 March. Further information will be available about all of the items mentioned above and this event will also provide the opportunity for local residents, "young and older" to discuss any 'village matters' that give cause for concern or to make suggestions for further initiatives to improve and enhance the village and its community. All are welcome And finally ... The Parish Council have funded the provision of new gates at St Andrew's Church to replace those which had deteriorated and had become unsafe. The provision of the gates was timely as they were erected just before the funeral of well known local resident and businessmen Ron Green.Ron's funeral was one of the largest to be held at the church in recent times. Comments have been made in The Tribune and to Glinton and Northborough Parish Council about attacks and intimidating behaviour by dogs along Mile End Road.  It is understood that the  owners of the offending dogs have taken appropriate action and that they are now tethered and the problems of the past have not reoccurred in recent weeks. Long may that continue.

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

NORTHBOROUGH PARISH COUNCIL Information about the Parish Council, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the Parish website:- and on the parish notice boards. Please direct general queries to the Clerk at Cllr John Dadge (Chair) 01733 254145 07802 702908 Cllr Malcolm Spinks (Vice Chair) 01778 343585 07870 343562 Cllr Rob Chiva 01733 252823 Cllr Brian Spriggs 01778 342562 Cllr Terry Palmer 01778 380413 07796 946298 Cllr Emma Watts 01778 347652 07546 539949 Robin Morrison (Clerk) 07944 054546

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Glinton Parish Council

Cllr John Holdich, OBE, Chairman

Thank you to everyone who turned up to the recent Parish meeting, to express their views on the planning application for houses and football pitches south of Glinton.

the unsightly earth mound. We are looking for a solution to stop the travellers parking at the end of Helpston Road, which has so far proved fruitless.

Following the Parish meeting, the Parish Council then met, to reflect on your views. Details of the Parish Council’s submission which was to oppose the application, which reflected your views, can be found on our website: www.


I do not know if you have noticed, but in co-operation with the farmer, we have been able to secure the entrance to the field on the west side on leaving the village, opposite the Clare Lodge entrance, with blocks rather than

Have you green fingers? The Parish Council, at the villagers’ request, purchased some planters. We would like some villagers to come forward to plant them up and maintain them. Is that you? Please contact the Clerk, John Haste, for further details. The work started on building new homes behind the house which has been empty for many years on Lincoln Road. It is a gated development of executive homes. Also, it looks as if some

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progress is being made on the site which has planning permission at Manor Farm. Many of you have reported to me the large amount of rubbish dumped on the dyke bank in North Fen Road. It is not dissimilar to that dumped in other villages close by. It appears that the stuff is used in growing cannabis. Someone must have an idea who is responsible, quite apart from the cost of removing it, it needs to stop, so a whisper would help. The street lights in Glinton are to be upgraded to LED’s during the summer, using less energy, they are greener, and considerably cheaper to run and require less maintenance. I also attended with an engineer the lights which have been out for some time, at the entrance to the village from Northborough, and hopefully they will soon be fixed. You may have heard rumours that the Parish Council is looking to take over the ownership of Glinton Village Hall. Surveys have taken place and it looks a possibility in the near future.

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Deeping Gate Parish Council Storm: Thursday, 18 January We should all be conscious of possible damage to trees on our property which could have been severely weakened during the above; we have a duty of care to others. If in doubt about the condition of trees we own, we would suggest contacting an Arboricultural Consultant who would carry out a detailed survey and provide a Health and Safety Report, or a qualified Tree Surgeon. Overgrown trees/shrubs on private property We are receiving an increasing number of complaints concerning overgrowth onto footpaths. This affects walkers of all ages, including those having to use mobility scooters. Please think of

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others. These footpaths should be for the enjoyment of all. Lincoln Road/ Sutton’s Lane junction Complaints have been received from motorists and cyclists entering Sutton’s Lane from Lincoln Road who find themselves face to face with oncoming vehicles being driven on the wrong side of the road, these having been forced to do so due to vehicles parked close to that junction. PCC Traffic Management inform us that they have decided to remove our request for parking restrictions from their current Legal Order but will continue to monitor parking. If shown to be an ongoing issue, they say they can add it to a future Legal Order.

Antisocial behaviour With reference to the photographs, taken on the 14th February 2018, of Deeping St. James Road near its junction with Bridgegate Lane, someone is trying to highlight, in quite a unique way, a disgusting practice by a minority of inconsiderate dog owners. There are five bins within easy walking distance of this area and, of course, we all benefit from black bins at home.

Bainton & Ashton Parish Council The council last met on 6 February. Much of the evening’s business involved regular financial, police and speedwatch reporting. Key items of interest were: • Date of the 2018 Apple and Cider Day. The council is keen to repeat the success of last year’s first event. In 2018, the date will be brought forward, to Sunday 16th September, to make the most of the harvest for early pressing. A date for your

diary, with more details will be announced later in the year. • Traffic speed has been an ongoing issue in both Bainton and Ashton, particularly with an increase in heavy vehicles travelling through the parish. Councillors are investigating the possibility of introducing a number of initiatives, including a 20mph zone, street furniture and signage to slow and reduce the amount of through traffic, through Ashton particularly. Work

on this continues and in the meantime the council agreed to press Peterborough Highways on their promise of 30mph traffic markings that have not yet been implemented. One planning application was noted, had been refused by planning officers but succeeded with conditions on appeal to Committee. The council also noted the proposed submission version of Peterborough’s Local Plan.

The next meeting of the council will be held from 7.30pm at Bainton Reading Room on Tuesday 3 April. Minutes of each meeting and phone numbers for councillors Graham Fletcher, Richard Harris, Cliff Stanton, Susie Lucas and Anita Phillips can be found on village notice boards and the village website The Clerk welcomes all enquiries, at

Time for a Smile . . .

Lord, you know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be really old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every occasion about every subject. Release me from craving to straighten out somebody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but you know Lord, I want a few friends at the end.

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Message from the Chief Constable

Dear readers, The future policing model for Cambridgeshire has now been agreed and will begin to roll out from 30 April. In November I wrote to you to announce our proposed plans to create a sustainable policing model following an unprecedented increase in demand for our services and our existing model being no longer being fit for purpose. Thank you to those of you who responded with feedback, we listened carefully to the points you raised and ensured it was part of the decision-making process. I am still committed to involving the public and our partners in this process and will continue to provide you with regular updates as we plan the transition into our new model and start to see its impact. Last year I commissioned the Local Policing Review, tasked with designing a model that would deliver a demand-led and victim-focused service and provide much-needed support to the frontline. Our current policing model is hampering our ability to manage demand. Like forces across the country, Cambridgeshire faces an unprecedented workload and, as a result, officers and staff are working long hours with heavy workloads. Our focus remains to protect the most vulnerable people and target the most serious offenders. But this means I have to be realistic about what we can and cannot attend, and make some difficult decisions about our future structure within our current budget. The new model is focused on putting more officers on the frontline so we can provide you with the best service possible. This structure will enable us to fund an additional 50 officers, which will make a difference to the people of Cambridgeshire. It retains our commitment to providing neighbourhood policing and working in partnership with communities to reduce crime and to make them safer through effective problem solving. Every resident will still have access to their local policing team, with an identified police community support officer (PCSO) in their area. Officers and staff directly affected by the proposed changes have now been through a period of formal consultation and the final structure was signed off this week. Below is an overview of the new structure: • Every resident will be able to access their local policing team and have an identified PCSO in their area. However, there will be no new intakes 56

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of PCSOs and the current headcount will reduce by natural turnover over coming years, with a commitment to retain a minimum of 80 full time equivalent posts. • Additional officers will be in those areas where our most vulnerable people and most dangerous offenders are, focusing on issues such as child protection, rape investigation and domestic abuse. • A Demand Hub will be created to merge the force’s contact and crime management functions centrally at force HQ. This will modernise our approach to public contact and allow for early and more effective management of demand. • The previous force model saw it split into six district areas which affected our interoperability. This will change to just two areas, north and south, making us more efficient, reducing supervisory and senior management posts and enabling us to commit more resources to the frontline. • A Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Hub will be created, tasked with protecting children most at risk of harm within these three areas and focused on apprehending the offenders who target them. • There will be changes to our current intelligence structure, which will enable us to increase our analytical provision, allowing improved analysis of demand. • PCSOs will continue to play a central role in neighbourhood policing and problem solving. • Community action teams, similar to the current Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT), will be created to respond to local problems and challenges. These officers will be tasked with dealing with local issues, prioritising those where the risk to individuals and the public is highest. • Every district council area will have an enquiry office function. • A reduced number of response bases will allow for maximum efficiency in response deployment. • The force will continue to have a serious and organised crime team, cyber and fraud team, and surveillance team to tackle crime gangs. The first phase of the model will go live from 30 April this year. In the meantime we will continue to regularly update you on the progress of our transition towards a new policing model and its implementation over the coming months. Kind regards, Chief Constable Alec Wood


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Being an elected rural ward councillor has brought me a great deal of fulfilment over the last 12 years and I’ve been lucky enough to have been a member of some really meaningful panels, committees and boards which have managed to achieve a great deal for Peterborough. Last year I was appointed to the Rural Peterborough and Rutland Local Action Group of our region’s LEADER programme, a Rural Development Programme England (RDPE) initiative, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). LEADER grants are specifically for our rural areas and can support businesses, farming diversification, tourism, foresters, land managers and community groups for projects that create jobs and growth and benefit the rural way of life and economy. LEADER is an acronym for: Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économie Rurale), a rather catchy mouthful which roughly translates from French as ‘Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development’. A total of £138 million is available in England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme and is distributed by the LAG Decision Making groups, which are made up of people from local public and private sectors and local authorities. Each LAG decides which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their priorities but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are to: • Support micro and small businesses and farm diversification • Boost rural tourism • Increase farm productivity • Increase forestry productivity • Provide rural services • Provide cultural and heritage activities The last LAG bid evaluation meeting in February was held within our latest local success, Northborough Village Hall; the super new extension meeting room facilitated by the £30k LEADER grant recently awarded to Northborough Community Association. I do urge any interested folk working or living within our rural area who think they might be eligible for a grant in support of their ambitions, to contact us via: sheila.o’ with a brief but clear summary of what it is you wish to do.

Richard Astle First lambs at Etton Maxey pits. Patricia Bird Now that we have got rid of the ugly fencing on the right side of the road coming into Glinton Village could something be done about the state of the wooden gates on the left hand side coming into the village, I believe these were put up when there was a need for temporary access to AMVC when they were having some building work done, these gates are in a real delapidated state now, don't think it will to long before they fall to bits and they really are an eyesore. Darryl Birt I spotted the council inspecting pot holes the other day. Apparently they're not bad enough to do anything with them yet. continued >>

Cllr Peter Hiller - Glinton and Castor ward

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Village Tribune Glinton Parish council are considering purchasing 6 planters to place at the entrances to the village and at the crossroads. If this project is to proceed one option is to seek volunteers to plant them up and maintain them, possibly with a small budget from the parish council. Please contact clerk@glintonparishcouncil. for more details Zena Richards Dog bin on Lincoln Rd East has been overflowing for two days anyone know who I contact to ask for it to be emptied Neil Bailey Who do I need to speak to about this disgusting mess that is next to the bridge on North Fen Road in Glinton? Andy Lowings Yesterday I was told the sad news at the Deeping Medical Practice. Expecting to be lifted and calmed by a welcome from the famous volunteer-doorman there, I found instead only his absence. Enquiring about this I was told that he had been "relocated away". It seems people "had complained". Village Tribune Can you help? After many year delivering milk and more latterly Tribunes in Barnack, George Burrage is retiring. That means we no longer have a Tribune delivery person for the area. If you can help delivering (once every two months) to part of the area, please message me. If we cannot find volunteers, we will have to bulk drop (probably at the Mill Stone pub) and have peeps collect their copies from there - not ideal! Many thanks in advance Tony Henthorn

Nicki Manning Horse riders are riding on part of sown and growing wheat field in Peakirk adjacent to permissive footpath by the Rectory/opposite the allotments. If anyone knows who has recently started doing this or sees anyone - please can we politely remind them there’s a wide 4ft Ish track the farmer kindly allows dog walkers and ramblers to use as long as we respect his crop. Great hoof indentations in his crop/livelihood is not respecting it. We don’t want this route closing down which is likely if it continues, I’d guess sadly. Gilly Drinkwater Can I just say what an amazing service we have at Glinton Pharmacy. The pharmacists & staff there are superb. Always go the extra mile to help & advise. Can't rate them highly enough. Great team of professionals.

Lainey Duff There’s a fair few who need to practice yoga in Glinton!

Jeannie Revell Stunning views to wake up to


Alastair Peat SHOP NEWS! It gives me great pleasure to confirm that Alfresco Landscaping have taken on the lease for the Shop that was Gossip.... No longer an empty assest in the village... we will use it as our main office base but will also have 2 or 3 hot desks available for anybody that may otherwise work from home /town office that needs structure to their day, 100mb broadband and a rural collaborative environment to thrive in.... Watch this space.... or get in touch if interested in joining us....

Village Tribune Helpston is opening its lovely gardens again this year At the moment we are establishing who would be interested in opening their garden. The date is to be finalised but it will be either Sat 9th, 16th or 23rd June 2018. So, if you live in Helpston and are interested in opening your garden please contact tammy. or call 07734 544578 letting me know which dates(s). Your garden doesn't have to be grand or imposing - the joy of Open Gardens is the total contrast of each garden. So if you would like to spend a pleasant afternoon meeting like-minded people and listening to them saying how beautiful your garden is, then surely this is for you! I look forward to hearing from you. Tammy

Claire Spooner February 8 at 6:11pm All the hard work has paid off. The start of something very exciting for our local children. A great day with the children coming together to celebrate and wonderful to see how proud the children were of their individual schools. Jacqueline Stockman After visiting our Sept exhibition in the village hall it gave the Waldens newcomers to our lovely village the idea lthat they would like their cottage painted by our art group. We took up the challenge and these are the final choices.They were delighted with the results. Peterborough Prevention & Enforcement Service PES Officer investigating large fly tip at North Fen Road in Glinton.

Maggie McGowan This lot was on the bank near John Clare’s bridge this morning . It looked like a house clearance ! Shamefully,shabby behaviour!

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T1 Blue Atlas Cedar - Fell at Rock Cottage Stamford Road: Awaiting decision TPO 12/1978 T3 Sycamore - Fell. (additional Sycamore within application is not protected) at 28 Orchard Road: Permitted Non material amendment to planning permission 14/02086/HHFUL at The Maltings The Square: Determined Demolition of single storey front extension, construction of ground floor rear extension and installation of two dormer windows to front elevation at Barnack Post Office Main Street: Permitted Proposed replacement of 4 windows with timber box sash windows to front elevation at Westcroft The Square: Permitted Relocation of Grade II Listed telephone kiosk at Telephone Kiosk Main Street: Awaiting decision


Erection of outbuilding at High And Over Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Installation of 3 kitchen extraction/ventilation units to north and south elevations at The Fitzwilliam Arms Peterborough Road: Permitted Removal of an existing internal partition wall at 4 Clay Lane: Permitted Five Poplar Trees- pollard at 10A Peterborough Road: Permitted Demolition of existing dwelling and replacement with prestige detached house with associated garaging, manoeuvring areas, groundworks and landscaping at Ambleside Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision



Proposed two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and loft conversion at 12 Suttons Lane: Awaiting decision Conifer tree- Fell at 41 Riverside: Awaiting decision Proposed 2 storey 4 bedroom dwelling at 1 Riverside: Awaiting decision


Willow - Repollard to previous at Church Farmhouse 21 Main Road: Permitted Pissard plum (T1), 3m crown reduction Fell and remove 2 pissard plums nearest to the rear of the house (T2), Fell and remove self seeded maple growing in the hedge line (T3) at 1 The Orchard Main Road: Permitted Reduce 1 no Yew tree by 3-4m in height and 1-2m in width at 10 Main Road: Awaiting decision


Two storey extension at 33 Welmore Road: Awaiting decision Variation of Condition C6 (approved plans) of Reserved Matters application 16/02264/REM at 30B Lincoln Road: Permitted Two storey side extension and alterations to front single storey extension at 15 St Benedicts Close: Permitted Proposed single storey rear extension at 14 Peakirk Road: Permitted Two storey side and rear extensions at 8 Neaverson Road: Permitted Proposed single storey side infill extension and two storey and single storey rear extensions at 3 Lincoln Road: Permitted Proposed garage at 3 Lincoln Road: Permitted Demolish existing pergola and construction of pitchedroof covered area at 40 Welmore Road: Permitted

Tree works to Cherry tree and Field Maple - as per Works Order at Verge Adjacent To 33 Riverside

Proposed two detached dwellings at 16 Rectory Lane: Awaiting decision

Proposed single storey side and rear extensions at 97 Lincoln Road: Permitted

Erection of a chalet bungalow at Rear Of 5 Helpston Road: Awaiting decision

Construction of single storey detached building comprising 7no. 1-bed and 2no. 2-bed supported living units with communal cafe/dining facilities, and associated external landscaping and parking at Maxey House Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision

Single storey rear extension for garage and internal works within the existing dwelling for shower room and utility store at 8 The Green: Awaiting decision

Outline application with all matters reserved for the erection of up to three detached dwellings at Land Adjacent 24 Suttons Lane: Awaiting decision

Cypress Tree - Fell, Cherry Tree - Crown reduce by 1.5m at 1 Maxey Road: Permitted

Proposed rear single storey extension at 9 Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision 60

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First floor extension within pitched roof (including dormers) over existing flat roof area and external alterations. at 1 Maxey Road: Awaiting decision


Myrobalan Plum Tree- fell at John Clare Cottage 16 Woodgate: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension, porch, external and internal alterations at 7 West Street: Awaiting decision Erection of Garages/Car Barn at Land Adjacent To Barnside Cottage 15 Woodgate: Awaiting decision


Proposed creation of a new window to the ground floor rear elevation at 51 High Street: Permitted Fell Pine at Land At 5 School Close Maxey: Permitted House type substitution (plot 2) of planning permission 14/01833/FUL at 21 Castle End Road: Permitted Proposed single storey extension at rear at Maxey Village Hall West End Road: Awaiting decision


First floor extension over single storey family room; two storey rear and first floor extension to detached garage to form guest accommodation at Paradise Cottage Paradise Lane: Permitted


Single storey rear extension with flat roof part retrospective at Orient House Main Street: Permitted The lowering of the parapet wall on the second storey rear elevation of the extension by 200mm, the raising of the cill height of the window of the ensuite bathroom in the second floor north elevation of the extension to 1m above the floor level of the room, an increase in the length of the freestanding wall to the rear of the dwelling to 8.3m and the raising of the valley height between the two gables to the second floor rear elevation at Highlands Marholm Road: Permitted Construction of recreational tree house, decks and play equipment at Ufford Hall Main Street: Permitted Alterations to detached garage to form ancillary domestic accommodation at The Drift Walcot Road: Awaiting decision Construction of recreational tree house, decks and play equipment at Ufford Hall Main Street: Awaiting decision

Single storey extension to rear at 19 Castle Drive: Awaiting decision Construction of ground floor front extension at 24 Claypole Drive: Permitted First floor extension to dormer at 29 Pingle Lane: Permitted Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of one new dwelling and detached garage - resubmission at 40 Church Street: Permitted Front entrance porch at 17 Lincoln Road: Permitted Proposed single storey rear extension and proposed pitched roof to existing garage at 76 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Proposed single storey rear and side extension at 60 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


Single storey side extension at 10 Rectory Lane: Permitted Brownfield Site Register - Land South Of Penwald Court - Full permission for 14 dwellings (0.74ha) at Land South Of Penwald Court: Permitted Demolition of existing single storey rear extension and side conservatory and construction of new single storey side and rear extension at 32 St Pegas Road: Permitted Single storey extension to rear of dwelling at 17 Chestnut Close: Awaiting decision

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 Bainton Church

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows (cont.)

Richard Hardy, Churchwarden ............................. 01780 740505 John Wreford, Churchwarden............................... 01780 740362 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister .................... 01780 740097 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234

Helpston Rainbow Guides, Julia Mason.............. 07780 688542 Helpston Brownie Guides, Morag Sweeney..................................................... 07801 357701 Helpston Guides, Nicola Kerr............................... 07739 098113 Helpston Beaver Scouts, Alison Cook.................. 07437 909735 Glinton Brownies.................................................... 01778 346668 Glinton Beavers/Cubs/Scouts, Sharon Pallister....................................................... 01733 735776 Northborough Guides, Jane Knott, ................... 01778 345101

 Bainton & Ashton Parish Council Catherine Franks, Clerk......................................... 01780 765984 Graham Fletcher, Chairman.................................. 01780 740034 Richard Harris, Vice Chairman.............................. 01780 740886 Susie Lucas............................................................. 01780 740159 Cliff Stanton............................................................ 01780 749123

 Barnack Bowls Club Phil Collins ............................................................. 01780 740124

 Barnack Church

Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234 John Ward, Churchwarden .................................. 01780 740016 David Laycock, Churchwarden ............................ 01780 740267

 Barnack Community Association

Roy Chowings ....................................................... 01780 740755

 Barnack Cricket Club

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

 Barnack Home from Home Club

Diane Wright, Manager......................................... 07847 956602

 Barnack Parish Council

Chairman, Harry Brassey ...................................... 01780 740115 Vice Chair, Margaret Palmer ................................ 01780 740988 Sophie Moore Phil Broughton ...................................................... 01780 740379 Ivor Crowson ......................................................... 01780 740430 David Laycock ....................................................... 01780 740267 Martin Bloom ........................................................ 01780 740966 Clerk, Susie Caney ................................................ 07595 377236

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Rachel Wright ........................................................ 07425 144998 Dick Talbot ............................................................. 01778 342581 Licensed Readers, Derek Harris............................ 01733 574311 Freda Skillman ....................................................... 01778 380903 Mark Hotchkin........................................................ 01778 347 847

 Botolph’s Barn Kate Hinchliff ......................................................... 01733 253192

 British Legion

 Deeping Gate Parish Council

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

 Doctors and hospitals Peterborough City Hospital ................................. 01733 678000 Deeping Practice (Main line) ................................ 01778 579000 (Appointments only).............................................. 01778 579001 Glinton Surgery ..................................................... 01733 252246

 Etton Church (St Stephen’s)

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

 Etton Parish Council

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

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

 Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC)

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

 Glinton Church (St Benedict’s)

Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 253638 Churchwarden, Veronica Smith, ......................... 01733 252019 PCC Secretary, Shirley Hodgkinson, ................... 01733 252351 PCC Treasurer, Simon Richards, .......................... 01778 341686 Bell Ringers, Mike Goodall.................................... 01733 253469

 Citizens Advice

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

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

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

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

 Bus & Train Services

 Choirs

Benefice, Simon Richards Singers (Glinton) Choirmaster .............................. 01778 341686

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows

Helpston Cub Scouts, Sarah Owen ..................... 01733 897065 Helpston Explorer Scouts, Nick Drewett ....................................................01778 348107 / 07900 585072 Helpston Scouts, Tom Boughton......................... 07966 614556 Helpston Cub Scouts, Paula Metharam............... 07896 163598 62

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 Glinton Parish Council

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)

Priest in Charge, Dave Maylor, ........................... 01780 740234 Church Warden, Clive Pearce, ............................ 01733 253494

 Helpston Helcats

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

 Helpston Lawn Tennis Club

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


 Helpston Parish Council

 Pre and After School Clubs (cont.)

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

Caroline Burton, Peakirk Tots Toddler Group ............................................... 01733 253677 Glinton Toddler Group, Linda Dean..................... 01733 574446 Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ................................... 01780 749123

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

 Langdyke Countryside Trust

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

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s) Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 253638 Mandy Loveder Bell Tower Captain .................... 01778 343100 Michael Loveder Churchwarden .......................... 01778 343100 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Sunday School ................. 01778 347280

 Maxey Parish Council Lynne Yarham, Chair ............................................. 01778 343077 Dick Talbot, Clerk .................................................. 01778 342581

 Neighbourhood Watch Dick Wilkins, Maxey .............................................. 01778 348368

 Northborough Church (St Andrew’s)

Rector: Mark- Aaron Tisdale................................. 01733 252359 Polly Beasley, Churchwarden ............................... 01778 380849 Jane Knott, Churchwarden .................................. 01778 345101 Freda Skillman, Licensed Reader ......................... 01778 380903 Alison Butler, PCC Treasurer ................................ 01778 345499

 Northborough Parish Council

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

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

 Peakirk Parish Council

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

 Peterborough City Council

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

 Police and Emergencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Village Halls Barnack Village Hall, Michelle Goodwin, ............ 01780 749337 Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, Ken Doughty....... 01733 253156 Glinton, Whist, Joyce Heathcote.......................... 01733 253790 Glinton, Whist, Peter Lake ................................... 01778 346749 Helpston Village Hall, Caryn Thompson ............. 01733 252232 Les Cunnington carpet bowls, Helpston ............ 01733 253832 Maxey Village Hall, Jacqui Barnard, .................... 07710 150587 Northborough Village Hall, Karen Cooper, ........ 01778 347464 Peakirk Village Hall bookings ............................... 07938 386226 Ufford Village Hall bookings, Mr Peter Grist....... 07887 634300

 Village Tribune

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

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

 Women’s Institute (WI) Jean Mead (Helpston WI) President..................... 01733 252025 June Dobson (Helpston WI) WI (Secretary) ........................................................ 01733 252192 Margaret Stafford (Glinton WI).............................. 01733 701268 Jenny Dunk (Glinton WI) ...................................... 01733 254252 Barnack Linda Huckerby (President)..................... 01780 740342

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

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