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WE'LL WEATHER THE WEATHER...
By Frieda Gosling, with the assistance of Derek Wightman
and a succession of dry months in the autumn of 2017. The position of the Polar jet stream determines our weather patterns. This is a band of strong winds from west to east, 5-7 miles above the earth`s surface, which moves with the seasons and meanders like a river. Sometimes it forms a block of high pressure which prevents the depressions from moving in from the Atlantic and is responsible for calm, settled weather. This summer much of the northern hemisphere has experienced above average temperatures and drought and we have to question the impact of global warming. So far the experts only agree that global warming is likely to cause extreme weather conditions. In the past our lawns and meadows have recovered but our farmers are reporting low cereal yields, cattle farmers are concerned about winter fodder and vegetable crops have been wiped out. Most of our domestic water supplies are derived from underground aquifers and rivers. The target is to reduce consumption to 100 litres per person per day. Currently it is 133 litres, 70% being used for personal washing, hand basins and flushing the toilet. 80% of Anglian Water customers already have water meters and we are now asked to reduce shower time to 4 minutes. Even a one minute saving can save water and also reduce energy bills by £15. Demand is increasing because of population growth and developers are being asked to install "green water" systems . This is a supply of water for household appliances not needing water of drinking water quality.
the weather ... whether we like it or not It is often said that England has no climate, only weather. We are obsessed with forecasts, it is a subject of conversation and we always grumble about it. Maybe we should revert to fir cones and hang up some sea weed. We know that most of our rain is brought by Atlantic frontal systems crossing the country from west to east and that the we are on the dry side of England, but this summer`s drought and heat wave have taken us all by surprise. Despite all the forecasting technology we were not anticipating this summer`s weather. Last time we were told to expect a barbecue summer it rained every day. There have been daily rainfall measurements in Ufford for 47 years and since 1997 rainfall has been recorded by Derek Wightman. Between1906 and 4
1915 the average annual rainfall was 611.57mm (24.08 inches) and the average monthly rainfall was 50.96 mm (2.00 inches). One of the most striking features is the rainfall`s variability: • 2012 was a wet year, 886.8mm (34.91 inches) • 2011 was a dry year, 413.6mm (16.28 inches) • April 2012 was a wet month, 152mm • March and April 2011 were dry months, 3.4mm and 3.7mm. June and July 2018 are the runners up, 6.4mm and 21.1mm. The impact of the 2018 drought has been aggravated by its duration, the high temperatures
THE JOHN CLARE COTTAGE NEWS & FEATURES
The Cottage has been very busy with the summer season...
he Pantaloons, outdoor theatre group, gave a great performance of The Importance of Being Earnest to a packed house. (See photo above). The Troupe are returning in September for As You Like It, tickets have been sold out. The Craft Fair on the first Saturday of August was another success. The weather was still very warm and dry. We had more visitors than in 2017 and the crafts people are looking forward to 2019. The art exhibition in the Cottage will continue with works by Marianna Kneller until the end of September when the Northampton
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Artist will bring his artwork into the Cottage. The Dovecote exhibition of Tracy Louise Photography will continue until the end of September when it will be replaced by a display from the wildlife charity, Froglife. On Thursday October 11th there is a one man play at the Cottage, “I Am John Clare”. This is a Solo Performance Drama followed by Q & A. After years of being addicted to poetical prosing John Clare, known as the peasant poet, found himself committed to Northamptonshire General Lunatic Asylum in the closing weeks of 1841.
We join him on the night of the 8th March 1860, as the Poet goes on a quest in search of his own identity, creativity and to try and understand what is insanity and why they call him mad. Written by Stephen Loveless, with Robin Hillman as the poet you are taken into the life of Clare. The performance will be followed by a general Q & A session. Refreshments will be available at the licensed bar. Tickets are £5, to reserve your ticket please contact the John Clare Cottage – 01733 253330.
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NEWS & FEATURES THE DEEPINGS ROTARY CLUB
The Deepings Rotary Club If you thought that Rotary was an elitist men’s group then I suspect you may probably have been right, 30 years ago, but… fast forward to today and things are very different. I have been a Rotarian in Deepings for a little over a year. Certainly not long enough for me to know very much of the history but I’m getting there. So how did I get here? Well about 5 years ago my husband Geoff decided that he would investigate what went on at Rotary. I had no interest as I felt I had enough to do running Mustard Seed Project. As a wife I got to hear about what was happening and joined Geoff in some of the social aspects. Rotary got interested in Mustard Seed and supported us and gradually I decided I needed to know more. What I discovered was that Rotary was the unsung hero of so much of what happens
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internationally, nationally, in Deepings area and the surrounding villages. Did you know for instance that it is very largely due to the efforts of Rotary and the support of Bill Gates that polio has almost been eradicated? They’re still working on it. Did you know that the area down at low-locks was looked after by Rotary or that Rotarians painted rooms in the community centre? Or how about the needy lady whose carpets were bought and laid by Rotary? Or the support they give to Sense? Then there is the work they do with the children of Chernobyl and supporting Willoughby School. I don’t know where to stop. Of course you have probably seen their fundraising efforts when they work with the Lions doing the sleigh at Christmas or seen Deepings Fun Run or them working at the Carnival and raft race. Or have you even noticed?
Am I writing all this to tell you how wonderful Rotary is? Well yes, but that is not the main reason. I know that there are loads of people who want to help others but are not sure how to go about it. Deepings Rotary would be delighted to have you join them. Don’t feel that it would be a huge commitment time-wise because people do what they can. They meet at the Goat in Frognall on Monday evenings, when they can. They do the things they enjoy doing and have fun at the same time.
If you would like to help people and have fun at the same time this could well be for you. Don’t contact me; I’m really not the expert. David Ketteringham is your first contact. Tel: 01778 343976
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Dancers from Peterborough Morris and the Hurlerblu Folk Dance Group joined with passersby to dance in Church Lane, creating a scene that might have come from John Clare’s time.
John Clare Festival 2018
Living up to its tradition of celebrating the Helpston poet, John Clare, with blue skies, flowers, music, dancing – and the odd pint of ‘Poet’s Ale’ from the Bluebell, this year’s festival proved another winner. As usual the village was host to Clare enthusiasts from far and wide – and the rush and stress of the town and computer screen was forgotten as visitors re-learned the art of sauntering. How long is it since anyone used THAT word? But that is what folk did, slowly, slowly soaking in the sun, the peace, the joy -old fashioned, religious sort of words but filled with meaning. And what would the old wordsmith make of it all? If John Clare could see what went on, on the weekend of his
225th birthday anniversary in July, I hope he would be glad of heart to bring so much happiness to so many people. Clare’s attraction for younger people was much in evidence this year. Children from the local primary school which bears the poet’s name, submitted extraordinarily high quality poems for this year’s competition and their Head Teacher, Rachel Simmons, commented at the Midsummer Cushions Service how much they had enjoyed writing them. Pupils brought their
‘cushions’, turves decorated with flowers to place around Clare’s grave, then went into church where they were welcomed by Rev Dave Maylor. Their singing delighted all the parents present and competition winners were presented with a book and medal by Coun David Over. On a theme of ‘Trees’, younger children showed their imagination as they thought of themselves as a lofty tree looking down on the world. Older pupils had studied the impact of logging and climate change throughout the world. >>
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Pearl Price, member of St Botolph’s Church serves lunch to well-known local organist, Elizabeth Snowball. Graham Smitheringale from Etton loaned this beautifully restored cart for display at the John Clare Festival
John Clare Society President and artist, Carry Akroyd, discusses aspects of Clare’s poetry with Angela Pankhurst, a member from St Albans.Earlier, Carry, who has a beautiful singing voice gave the Presidential address during which she treated listeners to a rendition of ‘The Woodcutter’s Night Song’.
Rightly proud of their achievements, winners of the John Clare Society Poetry Competition, who were presented with medals and books at the Midsummer Cushions ceremony by Coun David Over. Speaking at the service, Head Teacher, Rachel Simmons said that the competition was a high spot in the children’s calendar. Pictured are: Isla, Anabelle, Harrie, Jack, JD, Finn, Evalynne and Hugo. 10
The Society’s Secretary, Sue Holgate - a tireless worker for the Festival for many years, received a letter after the event. We quote from it now as it conveys a great deal about how the discovery of John Clare’s works can encourage and influence younger people. The following extract is from the letter, received from former student, Rachel Sackman who was awarded a First for her dissertation: ‘John Clare: The Revival of Interest in the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet”. “September 2016 was the first time I heard the name ‘John Clare’. Sat in a lecture theatre at the University in Greenwich, I was surprised to hear his name among those of the Romantic Poets like Keats and Shelley. After reading a handful of his poems I was enthralled.” Rachel decided to base her 10,000 word dissertation on Clare. In 2017 she travelled to Helpston and did some research. She writes: ‘I was enchanted by the vast amount of Clare’s manuscripts and letters, alongside the writings of academics. More important than the grade I achieved was
the knowledge I had gained and the friends I made along the way. I joined the John Clare Society shortly after my stay in Helpston and I decided to return to the Festival in 2018. ‘My fiancé, Christian, and I were taken to Langley Bush, Marholm Manor Farm and Swaddywell Nature Reserve by Roger Rowe and his wife, Mary. Though the landscape had changed since Clare’s time, I still felt a resounding sense of peacefulness. The hot, dry summer had taken its toll on the long grasses, the thistles were dry, but the ragwort – ‘thy humble flower with tattered leaves’ was thriving….I thought of Clare rapt in his beloved solitude, and tried to observe the landscape through his eyes. ‘Later that day, the Midsummer Cushions Ceremony – the event I was most looking forward to. Children from the school brought their carefully prepared ‘cushions’ to lay at Clare’s grave. As we listened to the children sing and read out their winning poems, I looked around at them, their parents, friends and people who had
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Pupils from Leicester Grammar School’s Folk Group entertained over 60 people in St Botolph’s Church
Children from John Clare Primary School, Helpston, lay turves decorated with flowers at the grave of the village nature poet prior to a service at Helpston Church to commemorate Clare’s birth.
travelled from all over the country to be there in that moment. I was overwhelmed with emotion. John Clare was afraid of being forgotten, but there, in St Botolph’s Church, it was clear he was far from forgotten. ‘Friday evening, the Bluebell hosted their annual folk evening. I had been told the event was popular and sure enough, the pub was busier than a beehive. The room was filled with feet stomping on the wooden floor, hands slapping tables – and the drinks were flowing almost as fast as the fingers of the fiddlers! Despite the festivities of the night before, everyone appeared fresh-faced for the AGM the next day. President Carry Ackroyd’s rousing address set the tone for the weekend and afterwards Vicepresident, Val Pedlar spoke about founder members, Mary & Peter Moyse, as a new bench in their memory was unveiled. ‘With the temperature at 30 degrees, Roger Rowe’s walk was
still well supported and in the evening a talented band of young people from Leicester Grammar School entertained a packed church with a selection of songs, including some collected by Clare. ‘We returned to church on Sunday morning where we were encouraged to appreciate the beauty of our world, just as Clare did. The service at the church was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the local residents of Helpston, many of whom were interested to know how I became so fond of their local hero and my heart was warmed to hear just how much Clare was part of their lives. ‘In the afternoon, Christian and I enjoyed the beautiful blooms at the John Clare Cottage. ‘To summarise, my first experience of the John Clare Festival was more than I could hope for. I think I would not be alone in wishing to thank the JC Society.'
Emma Buckler from Waterbeach joined happily in the big dance group in Church Lane. Emma’s father-in-law dances with Peterborough Morris.
Woodland Trust Volunteering Manager, Paul Taylor interests Phyl and Davinya Reddall, members from Shropshire, in some of the Trust’s literature. Phyl hopes to promote conservation by involving more schools in the project.
John Clare Society Vice-president, Val Pedlar chats with member John Goodridge about the Greg Crossan Collection in Botolph’s Barn. John purchased the collection of literature and photographs for the Society. The late Mr Crossan had a great interest in literature and spent many years travelling to various destinations described in the work of the literary ‘greats’ – Burns, Shakespeare etc. He documented these journeys with photographs so the archive was well worth preserving.
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NEWS & FEATURES SACREWELL COURSES
SACREWELL HERITAGE FARM AND COUNTRY CENTRE has long been a local institution; open for more than 40 years, generations have flocked to see the farm animals. However, there is a renewed focus on education, and particularly on extending the offer of adult education.
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As part of The William Scott Abbott Trust, education lies at the heart of Sacrewell’s ethos and they believe in lifelong learning. Sacrewell run workshops throughout the year, focussing on courses that help keep rural skills alive. Most of the courses are open to beginners – no experience is necessary! On 23 September you can join the Raku firing workshop, taught by Richard Gibson, an expert ceramicist and sculptor with over 20 years’ experience. The Raku firing method provides a modern twist on the traditional techniques used in raku pottery for Japanese tea ceremonies. Richard will teach you how to make ceramic pots and will provide materials to design and glaze three of your own pots to take home. Christmas preparations will be in full swing come November and December. On 4th November, the Countryside Christmas Candle workshop will have you creating your own scented, natural soy wax candle. The fragrance of the candle is your own creation; once the workshop is complete you can take your candle away with you - a gift for yourself or a Christmas present
organised! On 17 November, an embroidered Christmas decoration workshop will take place and in December, a Christmas table centre piece workshop is running to complete your Christmas decorations. In addition to this, Sacrewell’s resident Blacksmith, Dave, runs workshops for anyone aged 7 or older. Dave has a wealth of iron-work skill and can teach you how to create several items everything from metal hooks to flowers and fire pokers. Visit his workshop near the farmhouse to see his latest creations. Sacrewell also support Nene Coppicing and Crafts, a group dedicated to promoting heritage woodland management skills, conservation and traditional crafts. The group are in their Courtyard Workshop on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month where they demonstrate willow work and green woodworking; pop in and have a go yourself! After all that learning, why not drop in to the on-site café, Origin8? Refuelling after a workshop with tea and homemade cake is a must!
For more information about the workshops pop into Sacrewell and speak to the welcome team – they’ll be happy to help book you onto a course. Or visit www.sacrewell.org.uk
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Chez Pierre The French guy does Italian for the English ... Ah, bonjour to you busy ‘ousewives in your Tribuneland villages. As the English creation Chicken Tikka Masala is to the Asian community, your UK version of Italian Spaghetti Bolognese is actually far from the actualité of the real Italian dish, non? On occasions when our Italian friends come to eat here at CP I do like to respect their cuisine and prepare authentic For four guests: 2 tbsp olive oil,
1 onion, finely chopped, 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, 1 large carrot, finely chopped, 1 celery stalk, trimmed, finely chopped, 200g/7oz smoked bacon, 500g/1lb 2oz beef mince, 2 tbsp tomato purée, 1 x 400g tin good quality tomatoes, 150ml/5fl oz Italian red wine, handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 3-4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan, to serve. Enough Linguine for four.
dishes which might please them. One such is my very pleasing Spaghetti ‘Bolognese’ which my Italian friends from Genoa tell me: ‘isa just like they serve ina La Terrazza’ which, by all accounts, is a nice restaurant not far from Genoa, in Portofino. Ah, praise indeed non? – a French chef who can cook Italian like an Italian! It’s actually a very simple dish to prepare and, like To create a ragù for which you will be proud ... Heat the oil in a large casserole over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened but not coloured. Add the carrot and celery and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add the bacon and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Add the beef mince and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until just browned. Stir in the tomato purée and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, then pour in the tinned tomatoes and red wine and bring the mixture to the boil. Stir in half of the basil leaves, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Simmer for 45 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Season, to taste,
most of our recipes here at CP, the quality of the ingredients is paramount. I use linguine, not spaghetti and create a ragù, not a sloppy tomato sauce. I am telling you not ever has there been a jar of sickly Dolmio sauce within 10 metres of CP! You can make the pasta as I sometimes do but nowadays the quality of the ‘fresh’ shop-bought is very good. with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the remaining basil leaves just before serving. To serve, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for about 5/6 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, then add the pasta to the pan of ragù, and mix well to coat the pasta in the sauce – please don’t just dollop the sauce into the middle of a ring of pasta. Serve sprinkled with the Parmesan and some chopped basil. Wine should follow tradition and be from Italy, which incidentally is one of the World’s largest wine producers. I serve Chianti red or a Pinot Grigio white both which compliment the food, with crusty white bread and a bowl of mixed olives. Bon appetite Pierre x
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y a w A e t i r W Lainey Duff Hi 5! to the lovely dad at 9 Bridges (from Yaxley!) who after seeing Facebook pictures of the rubbish and burnt out van, has come today for a spot of fishing with his children, and brought a bin bag (and plastic gloves!) He has picked up a shedload of rubbish, including dirty nappies! I will be following your lead and doing the same next time Iâ€™m here (not that we should have to).
Judy Staines Three zebra finches in my garden this morning, two males, one female. The female doesn't appear to have a ring, but at least one of the males does. Quite tame, but I have no way of catching them. They're eating wild bird food and roosting in my maple - I've been hearing them for a few days now. Anyone lost them? Please PM me if they're yours! UPDATE: Owner has been identified and we are working on a capture. Many thanks to Jules Murray who has offered to loan me a cage.
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Neighbourhood Plan Helpston Parish Council has initiated the first step in producing its Neighbourhood Plan. The whole Parish of Helpston has been registered with Peterborough City Council as a designated area and a small subcommittee of the Parish Council has met several times to discuss the next steps. An outline of what a Neighbourhood Plan can be is provided by the following extract from the Plain English Guide to the Localism Act. Instead of local people being told what to do, the Government thinks that local communities should have genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. The Act introduces a new right for communities to draw up a neighbourhood plan. Neighbourhood planning will allow communities, both residents, employees and business, to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like. These plans can be very simple and concise, or go into considerable detail where people want. Local communities will be able to use neighbourhood planning to grant full or outline planning permission in areas where they most want to see new homes and businesses, making it easier and quicker for development to go ahead. Provided a neighbourhood development plan or order is in line with national planning policy, with the strategic vision for the wider area set by the local authority, and with other legal requirements, local people will be able to vote on it in a referendum. If the plan is approved by a majority of those who vote, then the local authority will bring it into force. In order to move the process forward the Parish Council sub-committee are inviting interested and committed members of the public to join a small steering group. Time is of the essence in producing a Neighbourhood Plan as the new Peterborough Local plan is currently before the Inspector and if found to be sound will then go to the Secretary of State to be signed off. A Neighbourhood Plan will be able to influence outcomes that may affect this village. Please contact the chairman Joseph Dobson or clerk to the council Sydney Smith ( 01733 252192 / 252903 ). The deadline for those of you who may be interested is 14 September. 18
Helpston WI July's meeting was a reflexology demonstration by Verity of 'Body and Sole' and members envied Tina who was first to volunteer for treatment. Verity explained how gentle pressure to points on the top and bottom of the foot could promote healing for a wide range of stress, hormonal and digestive conditions. She showed us how to rub pressure points on our hands to relax or energise ourselves (important to remember which was which!). Verity was a good speaker, with a calm professional manner, who is also an experienced yoga practitioner. She shared her passion for the ways that yoga can develop healthy bodies and helped us practise 3-part breathing and stretches that could be used by people with reduced mobility. The meeting concluded with arrangements for WI outings to see 'Mamma Mia', Kensington Palace and Castor House gardens. As always, we enjoyed refreshments provided by the hostesses and the opportunity to catch up with friends. If you would like to join our friendly group we would be delighted to see you at Helpston Village Hall (7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month). 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 to village organisations, to see this year's programme.
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 Knit & Natter at Botolph's Barn, Helpston. Come to knit and sew with our friendly group! We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm (12th & 26th September; 10th & 24th October) Beginners' Line Dancing Every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 in the Village Hall. Contact June as above, or just come to the hall. Monthly meetings at 7:30pm in Helpston Village Hall: Thurs 6 Sep Oliver Burke, the Head of Operations for the Nene Park Trust, will talk to us about the exciting developments around Ferry Meadows Thurs 4 Oct Come and join us for a fascinating talk by Mary Blackhurst-Hill from the House of Colour.
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By Joe Dobson
Steam returns to Helpston
Occasionally, restored steam locomotives can be seen speeding along the East Coast Main Line, usually heralded by groups of enthusiasts all jostling for photographic advantage. My own enthusiasm for steam stems from the love of machines, how they work and how they are made. This prompted me many years ago to build my own steam engine, which, because of other diversionary projects, took a long time to complete. It is of a basic freelance design to a roughly narrow gauge appearance with no frills just large solid lumps of metal giving a robust trouble free engine. It has
had several years of running since this photograph was taken so the paintwork and sparkling brass are now a little dull but nothing a good polish won’t put right. The tender to sit in is just visible and carries the coal; imported all the way from Wales ! I am sure there are other model engineers or would be model engineers in the village and I would be pleased to get in touch with them to share ideas.
There are model engineering societies in Stamford and Peterborough that would welcome new members
Helpston Speedwatch Since January 2018, Helpston Speedwatch team have run 37 sessions resulting in 200 letters being sent to speeding motorists. The team currently has 29 volunteers who are permitted to operate on 5 roads around the village - new locations have recently been added to further benefit the community. Every Speedwatch location is assessed by Constabulary personnel to ensure it is safe for volunteers and road users. The operation of Speedwatch has been designed
to encourage teams to function as passive observers of vehicles as they pass. Locations must be: • Safe for volunteers to stand away from the roadside and ensure that footpath users are not put at risk by having to walk into the road • Able to accommodate the equipment allowing it to work effectively • Highly visible to motorists to maximise the educational impact and reduce the risk of sudden reactions
Gin tasting night By Berni Anderson Helpston village hall hosted its first gin tasting night on the 21st July and what a successful evening. The village hall was brought to life visually with an array of delicious gins, an extensive list of tonics and an amazing arrangement of botanicals, not to mention copious amounts of ice that made glasses clink! This was a non profit and not a fundraising evening and purely a social night for the local ladies to get together and taste gin and make new friendships. The sweet smell of local lavender and wildflowers and the chatter of locals summed up a perfect night. Keep an eye out for our next tasting event!
All locations will have been approved before they are used by Speedwatch teams. If these principles cannot be adhered to then a location is not suitable for deployment and will not be approved. If you would like to help us run more sessions please do step forward and come along for training. The more volunteers we have, the more sessions we can run and the greater effect we will have on vehicles driving through our community.
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Helpston Helcats Community Race Night Saturday 27 October
Following the success of last year’s race night we will be hosting another. HelCats will be selling horses and race sponsorship within the next couple of months. The event will be held at the Scout and Guide centre and entry is free. We hope to have a cash bar ran by us on the night. The money raised from the race night is donated back to village organisations as well as funding some of the HelCats’ activities. If your organisation would like to benefit from the fundraiser please email us at helpstoncommunityactivityteam @gmail.com with details of the amount you would like (up to £200) and how it would help your organisation. Put Saturday 27 October in your diaries and keep an eye out for our updates.
Is it too soon for Christmas? We have lots of Christmas plans up our sleeves but we are still waiting on confirmation on one or two things before we can let you know. So watch this space for our exciting festive updates.
Thank you to all of you who came and said hello to us during Gala. We were busy volunteering on games and spending money on stalls. Well done to the Gala committee whose hard work and dedication raised almost £4,500.
Young Person of the Year
The HelCats are once again inviting you to nominate a young person from the village to win the HelCats’ “Young Person of the Year” award and the prize of a £100 gift card. We wish to recognise and reward young unsung heroes who are positive role models and who give to others. This year there are three categories. Under 12s, 13-17 year-olds, 18-24 year-olds.Each young person category will have a winner, who will receive a certificate, and then an overall winner will be chosen from the three categories. Entry is via third person nomination and is based on a maximum of 300 words submission explaining how the young person has gone above and beyond the expectations of somebody of their age.The judging panel will be made up of representatives from various village organisations.
Young at Heart We've added an extra category to the Young Person of the Year Awards called ‘Young at Heart’ which will recognise an adult within the village whose contributions to the community are outstanding.There will be a separate prize for the ‘Young at Heart’ winner. Entry is via third person nomination and based on a 300 word (max) submission explaining how that person has contributed to the community. To request your nomination form email us now at email@example.com or message us on Facebook /HelpstonCommunity
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DEEPING GATE VILLAGE VIEWS
Speeding: Peterborough City Council can provide speed limit stickers for wheelie bins. If you live on a road with a 30 mph limit, but speeding traffic is causing concern, would you be prepared to place stickers on your wheelie bins? If so, please email our Clerk, Lynn George, who will be compiling a list of those interested. Advance notices
Litter Pick: Many thanks to the residents who joined us on our successful June litter pick. Our next one is planned for Sunday, 18th November, starting at 10.00 a.m. from Riverside/Fairfax Way junction. Pickers, bags and hoops provided. Christmas Sing Along! Sunday, 16 December, 4pm Riverside between old stone bridge and footbridge. Live musical accompaniment, as usual. Mulled wine and mince pies. Song sheets provided. Invitations will be delivered to all Deeping Gate residents nearer the time. www.deepinggatepc.org
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Gillian Beach Hi people I cannot believe this but not 14 hours after my post about my Granddaughters phone being found and returned to her, my daughter has rung this morning with the distressing news that the Little Miracles charity in Peterborough has had their Centre vandalised. The vandals have smashed the entrance doors which are glass and every glass door throughout the building... the decking is now unusable because of the shattered glass and the Centre will have to close until itâ€™s safe for the children to return. For further details please check the Little Miracles Facebook page. Who would do such a thing? This has been an experience in seeing the best and the worst of human behaviour.
VILLAGE VIEWS GLINTON
By Cllr John F W Holdich OBE Following a recent advert concerning a vacancy for a Parish Councillor, the Council interviewed, and were unanimously able to appoint, Chris Wilde, despite him only having lived in the village a short while, his knowledge and passion for our village was there for all to see. You cannot keep a good woman down; you will remember Sue Lane who received a Community Award earlier in the year for her services to our village. I am pleased to say that Sue has taken on the role of Booking Clerk for the Village Hall. You can contact Sue on 07923 475966 or email (glintonvillagehall@icloud. com). Sue will be taking over from Ken Doughty, who has also worked
tirelessly for the village, and to the Village Hall and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks Ken. The rotten dog poo bin in the playing field has been replaced. You may have noticed that there are two parcels of land for sale by Blersoes at the bottom of North Fen Road. The parcels of land have ancient rights, and are therefore protected against development. The Parish Council has written to the sellers reminding them of the status of the land, also the right of way across it is different to that shown on the map. Larkfleet has appealed to the Planning Inspector against the City Council’s refusal to include them in the new development plans for 86 houses south of Glinton beyond the playing field. The appeal is to be heard by way of a public inquiry, and this is your last chance to have your say.
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Glinton Friendship Club By Pam Kounougakis
It's been an another exciting, entertaining, invigorating and endlessly interesting year. We managed several sessions during July and August without using the heating, and found that all the windows opened during the heat-wave! Our final meeting which was a celebration of summer in holiday clothing and a super quiz, was ended with a rain storm to send us all home soaked but cool! The club has welcomed several new members, recruited new committee helpers and had all sorts of changes in different areas, but Rummicub continues to prove a firm favourite, uniting every group during free choice games sessions. During these times all sorts of table games are available including cards, triominoes, dominoes, cribbage, Sorry, and if members wish to bring games or recommend any to enhance our compendium they are encouraged to do so. We have excellent regular fundraising activities which enable us to subsidise trips and meals. These include raffles and Bingo, also book sales and we have held secret and tin auctions. Recently we had a picture show and talk by Sally on her involvement with children from Chernobyl, welcomed Jeremy's Clothes back and had a very big birthday celebration with our Hilda. Coming up during our new season will be a popular trip on the River Trent which includes a super meal on the boat. We will be looking forward to a full and enjoyable timetable of events and fun times to enhance and encourage friendship. For more information, contact Barbara on 01733 253078.
In July, a perfect choice of speakers on a very warm night, Robin and Claire Dennett talking about their family ice cream company. 103 years ago Robin’s grandparents founded the family farm and in 1926 began to make ice cream with milk from their Lincoln Red cows. Production stopped when the war started and after the war Robin’s father visited Italy to learn about gelato ice creams in many flavours. They stopped farming in 1948 and concentrated solely on ice cream, developing a prize winning ice cream in about 30 flavours. Nowadays they also make frozen yogurts and sorbets.A real family concern, Claire runs Dennetts Ice Cream Parlour in Lincoln and the next generation are running an ice cream shop in Spilsby. Best of all, as we listened, we were treated to tasters of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet - delicious! August meeting - A party of 43 members and partners enjoyed a really good meal at The Horseshoe, Thurlby for their summer outing. Also, Jill Smith kindly hosted a coffee morning at her home. This was well supported and raised £157 for WI Funds. A successful outing to Waterside Garden Centre with lunch was arranged and enjoyed by those members who went along. WI Banner A request was made by Huntingdon and Peterborough Federation for all W.I. groups to make a banner to commemorate the centenary year of the W.I. We decided to involve all our members by asking them to make a few hexagons for the patchwork, which a few dedicated ladies put together. The finished article was shown at St Ives on Federation Day. Future Events
11 September Fish and chip supper, then an auction of items donated by members.
A visit is being arranged to Willow Brook Farm to have a go at sausage making. 9 October - Card Making by Rachel.
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Tackling unauthorised advertising vans It first occurred to me some while ago that there was more to an old ‘broken down’ sign-written van parked on the grass alongside the very busy A15 Helpston roundabout, when it stayed there for day after day without being ‘rescued’. As I later discovered of course, it wasn’t incapacitated. It was one of the first of the many sign-written old vans I’d started to notice appearing randomly at busy junctions alongside our City’s arterial road network in the months following. For a period, opportunistic used car Arthur Daleys, Man-with-a-Van removers and cheap hot-tub seller’s tatty vans were being ‘parked’ for days at a time on our own Tribland A15 roadsides. A bunch of traders opportunistically advertising using these mobile billboards to ply their trades; flouting both highways and advertising regulations and creating potentially dangerous driving distraction hazards at busy junctions. These chancers seemingly didn’t care about any
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accidents they might create. I witnessed one such incident at the very busy A15/Parkway Van Hage roundabout recently, when a van-gazing distracted driver in front of me wandered across the path of three cars causing them to skid and swerve to avoid collecting him en-route! Quite why the irresponsible individuals dumping these unauthorised tatty vans think folk would be encouraged to seek them out is beyond me frankly; but my fellow ward councillor John Holdich and I decided enough was enough, and tasked City Council officers with finding a workable solution before any distracted drivers ploughed into vehicles driven by the residents we are elected to represent. They came up with two potential solutions: Firstly, problem areas blighted by persistent van-born illegal advertising will be designated such under the powers enabled by the council’s recently introduced Verge Parking policy. This would hit the
van keepers with an immediate hefty fine with, after notice, persistent offenders having their vehicles removed and impounded. Secondly, in un-designated areas, using Section 149 of the Highways Act we’ve determined the council can decide to immediately remove this type of vehicle if it’s deemed to be a traffic safety hazard; which most of them clearly can be. The incurred recovery costs can be reimbursed to the council before release. In the past the council had to apply to the Magistrate’s Court for an order to do this, by which time of course the offender had normally moved on. By us now calling for the use of these actions I hope we’ll soon have the tools to tackle this blight effectively along both the City’s and our rural roads and see a reduction of dodgy dealers’ unauthorised vans dumped on our busy junctions. With the van seized most will be unable to ply their trade, so I hope even they might be able to work that one out..?
Peter is the City Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing, Growth and Economic Development Mrs D Spademan The village ringer who chimed the three bells, two in his hands and one on his foot was Percy Walker. He was the church warden for many years, and did many jobs in the church. He wound the church clock each week, hung out the flag on special occasions, the fiag pole then was over the battlements. The Walker name was one of the oldest family village names. 24
J Robinson Sue Young with her England trifle on semi-final day!
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On 5 July a remembrance ceremony was held at the church to commemorate the deaths of William Alfred Burns, John George Ellis and Robert Smith. Three engraved ‘Tommy Silhouettes’ were installed as a reminder of our village World War One casualties. Our life size Tommy also made an appearance prior to being used for the 100th anniversary service in November. Jason Coe read out a beautiful, moving poem about war that he had composed himself. A group benefice Communion service was held on Sunday 29th July at Etton Church. It was wonderful to welcome parishioners from Maxey, Northborough, Glinton, Peakirk and Etton! The Parish Council has received some outline costing information from the contractors employed to replace the streetlights. To install heritage lighting may cost on average about £1900 per light. The Parish Council is considering the possibility of having heritage lighting in the centre of the village subject to being able to raise some funds. In any event, all of the lights in the village will
be totally replaced if they are currently concrete, upgraded with replacement LED heads if they are steel and will all be painted black. Consequently, whatever is agreed will be an improvement to our current lighting. If you would like to contribute to this project or find out more please do contact me. Our annual church clean up and lunch will be held on Sunday 9th September. So if you fancy meeting some villagers, doing a bit of gardening/DIY and helping to keep our ancient church open and maintained, come along at 10.30am to the church and lend a hand. Afterwards, you are welcome to join us for lunch at the Coach House. This year we hope to tidy up the churchyard, oil the outside notice board, clean and prepare the gates for painting, orange oil the choir pews and secure the hand rail on the pulpit. The brass and silver will also have it’s annual clean! During the hot weather please feel free to water the remaining geranium The life size silhouette with at the village sign (the other was stolen) Neil, Lucy and Austin and the ones outside the church door.
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What a lovely day we had at the Maxey Classic Car Show. Thank you to the organisers. Karen Harley
Maxey Parish Council continues to focus much of its work on the maintenance of the John Perkinsâ€™ Field. Recently it was used for the village fayre and it was good to see being enjoyed by so many people. The recently installed power supply was an advantage for the many stalls and activities. It was worth the year of effort to get the power there. We have also put up a beacon which we hope to 26
By Lynne, Chair MPC light as part of the centennial celebrations for the end of WW1. Together with Peter Hiller we have managed to have the white lines in the village renewed and this will hopefully make the High Street safer. Ongoing issues include the possibility of installing electricity on the village green to illuminate the village sign, further planting of bulbs around the village the repairing of pot holes.
MAXEY UPDATES Maxey Village Hall now have a 'Lending Library'. Bring a book that you have read and enjoyed and take one from the bookcase. Simple! See our webpage for details of swapping times and all the other events that are coming along. Go to; maxeyvillagehall.co.uk The Maxey Wednesday Ladies Group will be meeting in the Bluebell Pub on Wednesday 5 Sept' and 3 Oct'. Love to see lots of Ladies there for a great social evening! All the Village Hall Ladies are members, I wonder why :)
TRIBUNE GARDEN VILLAGE VIEWS
A host of golden daffodils
Garden centres, nurseries and catalogues are full of daffodil bulbs now. I have to exercise supreme self-restraint every time I wander in! By Rachael Leverton I think I get asked more questions about daffodils than any other plant, apart from roses. I think it’s because they are ubiquitous in the spring and so we assume they are easy to grow. They are...and they aren’t, so I’ll answer the most common questions I get asked here. I think the question I get most is ’How do I get my daffodils to flower more than one year?’ It’s a good question. It’s tempting to think that the only thing you have to remember about planting daffodil bulbs is to set them pointy side up, but it’s a bit more complicated than that if you want them to flower every year. The trick is to set them deep enough. If you plant them just below the surface, as so many of people do, they dry out, which means they lack the food and moisture to get them through until the following year. The result is
an uninteresting clump of leaves rather than a host of golden daffodils. You can plant daffodils any time now, to the end of October. Sooner is better. The next question I get asked a lot is, ‘What’s the difference between daffodils and narcissi?’ This is also a good question. All daffodils are narcissi, but not all narcissi are daffodils! ‘Daffodils’ is the name we give to narcissi with large trumpets. The third question I’m often asked is, ‘How far apart should I plant the bubs? They should be planted about 3 inches / 8cm apart in holes about 10 inches / 25cm deep. It looks deep when you are dropping them in but it’s worth the effort for the repeat flowering. Choose the biggest firmest bulbs you can find for each variety. The final question I get asked is, ‘When can I cut down the
foliage after flowering?’ I would suggest waiting for 6 weeks. If you have a very small garden and can’t bear to have untidy foliage lying around you might be better treating the bulbs as annuals (daffodil bulbs aren’t generally expensive.). Or you can plant them in an aquatic basket, and after flowering you can dig the basket up, water the bulbs regularly then replant in the autumn. Alternatively, you can buy dwarf varieties of daffodil which have daintier flowers and foliage, so you can have pretty flowers without the resulting foliage posing a problem. Whatever you decide, remember plant deeper than you think and…
I thought that Tribune readers might like to see the bee overdosing on pollen in the artichoke ﬂower in my Arborﬁeld Garden. I'm glad I let them ﬂower this year, there was not enough water to make them edible, they are certainly attracting the bees! J Robinson
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Kim Stott The ferret Sparky is home! He found his way back today and was found in his pen. Thanks sooo much to everyone who has been put looking for him whilst we were on holiday!
Phil Das This notice appeared today. It is on the gate to the field on the Deeping road just leaving Peakirk. What is this all about? The horses have plenty of water - I checked.
Gregg Duggan Genuine privilege for Peterborough to have Tim Peakeâ€™s Soyuz space capsule on display in our magnificent cathedral. 28
Laura Clarke This out of order dirty nappies in that as well
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August, hazy lazy days of summer, the surfeit of sun and the lack of rain has left Barnack, like the rest of Tribune land looking like a corner of drought stricken Australia, brown grass and wilted crops. As I write though, a gentle rain is falling which will help both crops and lawns, but undoubtedly crop yields will be lower than expected and which sadly may translate to increased prices in the future. All this sunshine has however bought some good things with it, the local blackberries are bursting with flavour and birds seem to have bought off flocks of chicks to be seen in our hedgerows gardens and in the Hills and Holes. There have also been more butterflies and moths around then usual around, you may even have seen what looks like a humming bird but is in fact a large moth (2 cm long), the humming bird hawkmoth, certainly seen in my garden. Although nothing much seems to happen in August, things have been stirring. The Royal Mail has at last decided to install a new post box in the Village. It has only taken well in excess of a year to achieve this so we must be grateful for the urgency that the Royal Mail has shown in providing us with this much needed box. It will be sited by the Eastern Gate into the old church yard. Not to be outdone on the matter of urgency BT will move the phone box from outside the old Post Office to the old bus stop opposite the Ex- Methodist Church, again in Main Street.
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Is there not a speed awareness group for Peakirk? All other villages seem to do it regular but not us! I would like to join it and help to add to awareness to speeding in villages or just in general around where we live. Alison Butler I'm organising a local Board & Card Games group, via Meetup. Meetup is NOT a dating site, it's a site where people can find other people that enjoy the same activities or interests, locally, nationally, or internationally. It also shows local events. And if you cannot find a group, you can set one up, like I did. If you are interested, please go to: (www.meetup.com/Northborough-Board-GamesMeetup) and let's see if we can make it happen! Gregg Duggan
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My heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped to offer assistance to my wife, daughter and myself this afternoon. We had hit a very large pothole on the Stowe Road outside Langtoft that caused a blow out on one of the tyres on our car and were waiting at the side of the road for assistance from the RAC. The car, like many modern vehicles, had no spare tyre on board and we tried using the puncture sealant supplied but to no avail. Then along came our knight in shining armour, our hero…..Howard Tilney. He pulled over, and asked how he could help us. He jacked the car up, removed the wheel, took me to Kwik fit in Bourges Blvd, then to another branch on London Road, waited with me while the tyre was replaced, then drove me back to the car and put the wheel back on!!!!! All this from a man who was a complete stranger to me 4 hours ago!!! I still cannot quite believe this happened but feel truly humbled by one man’s kindness & generosity and it is something I will remember always. My deepest and sincerest thanks to you Howard …you have restored my faith in human nature (big time!!)
NATURE WATCH BUTTERFLY BONANZA
The heatwave and the drought have caused many problems in the countryside with arable crops and wild flowers all struggling to cope with the heat and dry conditions. There have been issues too for livestock, we have already been feeding hay to the Langdyke sheep and had to rig up new systems to ensure they have water to drink. But for many insects and above all butterflies the hot summer has created ideal conditions and the result has been a display of numbers and varieties beyond anyone’s recent memories.
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The spectacular purple emperor (above), is the country’s largest butterfly and now back in local woods. Perhaps most notably there were record numbers of the nationally rare black hairstreak in mid-June at Castor Hanglands with one report of over 300 individuals on the wing and then the appearance of purple emperors, Britain’s largest butterfly, at several locations across the 32
Black hairstreak, Castor Hanglands, photo Brian Lawrence, LCT
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nza! Hanglands on the weekend of 30 June – 1 July. This butterfly only reappeared at the Hanglands 2-3 years ago and now seems to be spreading quickly across the site and into other local woods. Silver washed fritillary were common in all the local woods (again this butterfly only re-colonised the area in the last five years) and there were single records of white letter hairstreaks at the Hanglands and in Oxey and Royce Woods. Grizzled and dingy skippers were also out in record numbers at Swaddywell Pit in May. And not only did the rare species turn up in numbers, but the common butterflies were out in profusion too, particularly ringlet, meadow brown, gatekeeper, peacock, red admiral, large, small and Essex skippers and large, small and green veined white. The Langdyke reserve at Etton Maxey Pits was alive with common blue butterflies in late July, with hundreds fluttering across the meadows along with a dozen or so of the small and pretty, brown argus. The painted lady, a butterfly that migrates from the Atlas mountains in Morocco, appeared on the reserve
The painted lady, a long distance migrant from north Africa, which turns up locally every year. Photo Brian Lawrence, LCT
in late July too, with individuals reported across the area. Barnack Hills and Holes was home as usual to the spectacular chalkhill blue and marbled white. The painted lady, a long distance migrant from north Africa, which turns up locally every year. The only downside of this butterfly bonanza is that it may not translate into more butterflies next year – with the grasslands parched there are few plants for the females to lay their eggs on and this year’s boom could lead to next year’s severe crash. Another large insect to have prospered this year is the awesome hornet – 12 of the 36 nest boxes in Royce Wood, Helpston were occupied by hornets this year. These large wasps have an important role to play in the food chain, feeding on other smaller insects, and if you leave them alone, they will not approach you! On a separate topic, but also related to the high temperatures, it was interesting to find a brown rat bathing in the pond at Etton High Meadow on 20 July, presumably trying to keep cool, it looked very relaxed with just its head out of the water!
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Sat 1 Sep Ferry Meadows at 40 Birthday celebration weekend - adventure and activities 10am - 5pm. Free entry, some events may include a cost- see our website for details. Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Sat 1 Sep Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior sailing club for 8 to 16 year olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn the parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun on the water. 3-4.30pm. £20. 8 years to 16 years Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Mon 3 Sep Adult Sailing Taster 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 +. All safety equipment included. 10 - 12noon. £25 per person 16 years +. Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk 3434
Sat 8 Sep Adult Sailing Taster 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 +. All safety equipment included. 10 - 12noon. £25 per person 16 years +. Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Sat 8 Sep Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior sailing club for 8 to 16 year olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn the parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun on the water. 3-4.30pm. £20. 8 years to 16 years Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
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Mon 10 Sep Nature Tots A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime. Adults may bring up to two paying children. Accompanying younger siblings do not need to book a place unless they are taking part. 10 - 11:30am. £3. 2yrs + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Wed 12 Sep Classic Car Club. Willow Brook Farm Shop from 5pm onwards. Wed 12 Sep Bat Walk Join park rangers and members of the Cambs bat group for an informative presentation on bats. Follow this with a walk in the park to try and spot the bats that call Ferry Meadows home. 7:45-9.30pm. £5. For ages 5yrs+. Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
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Fri 15 Sep Adult RYA Sailing Level 2 This 2 day course covers rigging, launching, and sailing in all directions as well as capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. After the course participants will be able to sail and make decisions in good conditions.All safety equipment included. 10am-4pm. £150. 16 years + Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Fri 15 Sep Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior sailing club for 8 to 16 year olds. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn the parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun on the water. 3-4.30pm. £20. 8 years to 16 years Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Sat 15 Sep Afternoon Tea Friends of Northborough Village Hall. At the Village Hall 3 pm. £5 per person. To book please ring 01778 345143, 347464, 343126.All proceeds will go to Friends of Chernobyl Children for sponsoring a child to visit in 2019.
Restoring life between the trees The story behind the fight to re-introduce the Chequered Skipper by Susannah O’Riordan, Rockingham Forest Project Officer
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>> continued from previous page Wed 19 Sep Ramble from River to Rail Enjoy a gentle stroll along the River Nene to Wansford where there will be time to look around the NVR station before returning to the Ferry Meadows by train. 9.30am - 3pm. £4 to cover return train fare. 8 Years + Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Fri 21 Sep Bringing Nature Closer Join Chris Park of the project development team for a walk around the project area to find out about the project and what its aims are in terms of improvement to the wildlife habitat and viewing opportunities in the park. 10am - 12 noon. Free - suggested donation £2. 10 years + Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Sun 23 Sept Moments with Trees Apple Pressing with SCOG Save your apples. A free event on processing and preserving apples and other tree fruit. 10.30am - 12 noon. £3. 4 years + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Fri 21 Sep Northborough Harp Concert 7.30pm St. Andrew's Church, Northborough Featuring Susan Syverson and Mark Harmer. Tickets £10 to include glass of wine and light refreshments For Tickets Polly 01778 380849 / Andy 01733 253068
Corby Male Voice Choir Friday 28 September 7.30pm
Sun 23 Sep Tylerthon End of Season Ride. Starting from Willow Brook, ending at Ropsley Village Hall with a Willow Brook Hog Roast at the end. Limited places available, no entries on the day – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Directed by Paul White Accompanist David Lovell Brown
AS SUMMER TURNS TO FALL Mrs. Jan Williams Director of Music
Mrs. Kate Bidwell Accompanist
Three of the lads
At St Mary’s Church
Tallington Road, Bainton, Nr. Stamford,Lincs PE9 3AF Tickets £10 (including light refreshments & glass of wine, available from Su: T: 01780 740034 E: su.ﬂetcher or pay on the door. In aid of church funds and Barnack School Find us on Facebook www.corbymalevoicechoir.co.uk 3636
A selection of sacred and secular music from the 20th century including songs by John Rutter, Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel and excerpts from West Side Story
Friday 28 September
7.30pm St. Pega’s Church, Peakirk Tickets: £7.50 (includes glass of wine/ soft drink &nibbles). Parking is available at the Village Hall To book tickets: David Hankins on 01733 253397 or email email@example.com
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Mon 24 Sept Nature Tots A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime. Adults may bring two paying children. Accompanying younger siblings do not need to book a place unless they are taking part. 10 11:30am. £3. 2yrs + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk 28 Sep MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning 10am - 2pm, Bainton Reading Room, Barnack Rd, Bainton. Tea, coffee, cakes, raffle and stalls. Fri 28 Sep MacMillan Coffee Morning Glinton Village Hall Committee are holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Village Hall, 9.39 to 11.30. Come and have a cake and cuppa with us and help a good cause, all we ask for is a donation for your cake and drink. There will also be a raffle. If you would like to donate a cake or raffle prize contact Sue Lane on 07923475966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun 30 Sept Meditation Workshop. Meditation Courses at Stamford Arts Centre. Enjoy meditations, guided by an experienced meditation teacher, designed to bring about an experience of peace and well-being from within. This half-day course comprises two one-hour sessions with a coffee/tea break with a chance to ask questions and browse our book shop. 2.30 - 5pm. £15. Booking via Stamford Arts Centre Box Office. Sun 30 Sept Family & Friends Volunteering Make a difference on 'Make a Difference' day and support the Moments with Trees project. Everybody welcome - children, couples, grandparents, friends. All tools and training provided, just bring along lots of enthusiasm. Free car parking for all. 10am - 12 noon & 1pm-3pm. Free. 5yrs+. Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Tues 2 Oct AGM Maxey Village Hall. 7pm- Maxey Community Association AGM. Everyone welcome, new faces always needed for our very active group. Sat 6 Oct Adult Sailing Taster 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 +. All safety equipment included. 10 - 12 noon. £25 per person 16 years +. Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Saturday 6 Oct Quiz Night at Maxey Village Hall 7.30pm- The ever popular Quiz Night. Teams of 6 needed. Mon 8 Oct Nature Tots A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime. Adults may bring two paying children. Accompanying younger siblings do not need to book a place unless they are taking part. 10-11.30am. £3, 2yrs + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Wed 10 Oct Classic Car Club. Willow Brook Farm Shop from 5pm onwards. Sat 13 Oct Northborough Quiz At Northborough Village Hall 7pm start. Teams of up to 8 £6 per person inc. supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Cash prizes! For more information and to book a table, please call 01778 345143, 01778 347464 or 01778 343126 All proceeds will go towards hall refurbishment fund Sun 14 Oct Brunch at Maxey Village Hall 10am to 1pm- Brunch is served! Come along for a relaxed Brunch, read the papers, have a coffee and meet friends. continued over page >>
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>> continued from previous page Sun 14 Oct Needle felting workshops Learn to wet felt with artisan felter Eve Marshal around a resist to create a felted sculptural bowl. A great class for people of all abililites where you can spend time blending colours and textures to create your design. No previous experience required 10 - 12 noon. £25 per person. 16 years + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Thurs 18 Oct Family & Friends Volunteering Make a difference on 'Make a Difference' day and support the Moments with Trees project. Everybody welcome - children, couples, grandparents, friends. All tools and training provided, just bring along lots of enthusiasm. Free car parking for all. 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm. Free. 5yrs+. Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Sat 20 Oct October Summer Trail Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. 10.00am - 3pm. £1 per child. Any Age. Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Mon 22 - 25 Thurs Oct Tree Hunt and broomsticks Once again, the witch has lost her items in the trees. Find the trees, find the items and she'll reward you with your very own broom stick to fly away home on. Children will make their broom stick from the Park's wood resources.10.30am-12.30pm. Free thanks to HLF. 5yrs+ Meet at Thorpe meadows car Park www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Sun 14 Oct Needle felting workshops Create your own poppy to wear this November with Artisan felter Eve Marshall. Learn how to turn fluffy merino wool and shiny silk into a felted poppy. A great class for beginners and children 5yrs+. £3 from each booking will be donated to the Peterborough Branch British legion poppy appeal. 1 - 2pm & 2.30 - 3.30pm. £10 per person. Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Wed 17 Oct Bushcraft Skills - Shelter Building Come along to find out how to build your own wild shelter and have a go at creating your own one. 10:30am-12noon. £3. Ages 7 years + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk 3838
Mon 22 Oct Nature Tots A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and songtime. Adults may bring up to two paying children. Accompanying younger siblings do not need to book a place unless they are taking part. 10 - 11.30am. £3, 2yrs + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Mon 22 Oct RYA Push the Boat out sailing Taster This is your chance to have a go at sailing. You will sail with our qualified RYA instructors giving you a half hour taster of this thrilling sport. Sessions are free on weekdays, £7.50 at weekends and bank holidays. Adults and children 8 years+ only. Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
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Wed 24 Oct Wild Wednesday Children and adults are welcome to come and join at this drop-in session where they will get to create some seasonal and wild crafts. 10am-2pm. £1 per child. Any Age. Meet at Discovery Den www.neneparktrust.org.uk Wed 24 Oct Guided walk with a ranger Join Ranger Ian Lowe for a guided walk around Ferry Meadows, pointing out areas of interest along the 4 mile walk. 1- 3.30pm. £2. 10 years + Meet at Visitor Centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Thurs 25 Oct RYA Push the Boat out sailing Taster This is your chance to have a go at sailing. You will sail with our qualified RYA instructors giving you a half hour taster of this thrilling sport. Sessions are free on weekdays, £7.50 at weekends and bank holidays. Adults and children 8 years+ only. Meet at Nene Outdoors. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Thurs 25 Oct Folklore Walk Take a short walk with a ranger, while learning about some of the myths and legends that surround our native trees 1.30 - 3.30pm. suggested donation £2 16yrs + Meet at Visitor centre. www.neneparktrust.org.uk Fri 26 - Sun 28 Oct M.A.D. Art Exhibition at Maxey The popular joint art exhibition of Maxey Art Group and Deepings Art Club is taking place again this year at the end of October. Over the three days there will be high quality new work from many talented local artists available to view and buy in Maxey Village Hall, West End Road PE6 9EJ (just off the A15, south of Market Deeping). Entry is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. Disabled parking, access and facilities. Fri 26 Oct Charming Worms Come along to find out more about these amazing creatures and have a go at charming them to the surface. Then make a wormery to take home with you. 10.30 -12noon & 1 - 3pm. £3. 7 years + Meet at Discovery Den. www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Fri 2 Nov Peakirk & Glinton Theatre in the Parishes Society (PG TIPS) Oh yes it is!! A live screening of the c1992 production of Cinderella on Friday 2 November at 7pm in Peakirk Village Hall. This is not only a reunion of original cast and crew members, including our former rector, Julian Ould, famous for his role as Buttons, but also an opportunity for everyone in the villages to view our stunning performances, even if you weren’t involved. Tickets are available – £10 for adults and £5 for children including a ploughman’s supper. For further information and tickets email derek. email@example.com or send a text to 07789 357354. Tickets are also available from Sheila Lever (sheila. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01733 252416) and Helena Richards (email@example.com Tel. 01778 341686)All proceeds will be divided between St Pega’s and St Benedict’s churches. Sat 24 Nov Production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Rehearsals are well underway for Newborough Dramatic Society’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by James Barry at Peakirk Village Hall on 24 November at 7:30pm. Ticket prices have remained unchanged from last year at £6 each and will be available from Roy on 07456 556813 very shortly – look out for posters. Fri 30 Nov Production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Newborough Dramatic Society’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by James Barry at Newborough Village Hall on 30 November at 7:30. Church Diary Dates - 56 Maxey Village Hall Future dates; Sat 10 Nov - WW1 Afternoon Tea. 2 to 5pm. Sat 17 Nov - Barn Dance. 7.30pm. Wed 5 Dec - Santa's Sleigh is back in the evening. Sat 8 Dec - Village Children's Party. Weds 12 Dec - Over 60s Lunch.
o, wrote Helpston poet, John Clare (1793-1864) in his threeverse sonnet, ‘The Flood’, 200 years after the Fens officially was declared ‘drayned’. Leaning over the parapet of one of Lolham Bridges during our remorselessly-wet spring and looking down on the troubled waters of the old South Welland below, it was easy to understand Clare’s sentiment. It was as if the district had never been ‘drayned’ at all. How clever and wise of the Romans to have built a causeway to carry their Durobrivæ to Lincoln road (King Street) across this exceptionally-soggy part of Tribland! Even today, wherever you go in our region, you are never really very far 40
from water, despite the extensive drainage schemes over the past 2000 years or so. Bounded by the Rivers Welland and Nene, our area is criss-crossed with natural and artificial watercourses, re-directed streams and dykes and ditches, most of which were hand-dug centuries, maybe millennia ago. Moreover, Tribland is littered with place-names that reflect its pre-drained past. We have Maxey (‘Macca’s island’), which shared land with Northborough betwixt two ancient courses of the Welland, Marholm (‘pool meadow’), Langdyke (‘long dyke’), Deeping (‘deep fen’) and the self-explanatory North and Borough Fens. There are descriptive river-names too, such as the Follies
(‘foul/slow-moving stream’) which emptied into the Welland near Walderham Hall (Northborough). Then, there is the Catswater (‘catchwater’), thought to have been excavated in the late tenth-century to link the Nene with the Welland and Peterborough with Crowland. It is referred to in twelfth-century documents as ‘the Must’ (‘muddy stream’), suggesting that (like Brook Drain) it was cut or recut along the route of an earlier watercourse. And we must not forget the Roman Car Dyke, connecting the Nene with the River Witham, near Lincoln, via Peakirk and Northborough, and whose name debatably means ‘ditch through the fen’.
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Lolham Bridges, Spring 2018
‘On Lolham Brigs in wild and lonely mood I've seen the winter floods their gambols play Through each old arch that trembled while I stood Bent o'er its wall to watch the dashing spray.’
A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEN DRAINAGE
by Dr Avril Lumley Prior
In the beginning . . . The ever-changing fenscape to the south and east of Tribland is not entirely flat but once comprised a myriad of islands of various shapes and sizes. They emerged approximately 10,000 years ago, when a ridge of chalky boulderclay stretching from south-west Lincolnshire to north-west Norfolk was eroded, allowing the sea to flood the low-lying land, thus forming the Wash. It is thought that, during intervals of extreme cold, the Wash became choked with ice and when it melted the area to the south became a vast lagoon. Gravel deposits from slow-moving rivers
created islands in these peat fens, including those that later became known as Eye, Thorney, Whittlesey, Maxey and Deeping Gate, whilst ridges and peninsulas, such as Peakirk and Crowland, were formed along the margins. Then, roughly 4000-6000 years ago, water-levels dropped sufficiently for Neolithic settlers to colonise some of the islands and margins, building henges on higher ground so that they could be seen from a distance. Their Bronze-Age successors (c.2500-c.800BC) raised burialmounds (barrows) along the fenedge from Deeping St Nicholas to the Nene. A huge enclosure called a
‘ring-work’, understood to have been used for tribal gatherings during the Iron Age (c.800BC-c.40AD), still is visible on either side of the modern Decoy Road, in a place shown on mid nineteen-century maps as ‘Oldborough’. Hence, Tribland’s first peoples left their mark on the landscape.
A hostile environment? It was not until the Roman occupation of the region (43ADc.410AD), that there were any serious attempts to control and exploit the Fens for profit. Island-hopping causeways were constructed, a drainage system installed and land reclaimed >>
John Blæu’s Map of the undrained Fens (1648). Thomas Moules’ Map  showing Oldborough
>> to provide pasture for cattle and, to a lesser extent, for growing cereals. By the seventh century, climate change and a lack of maintenance of the Roman catchwater channels caused much of the cultivated land to be submerged again. Felix, St Guthlac of Crowland’s biographer (writing c.735), describes the province as ‘a dismal fen’ with ‘black waters overhung with fog, studded with wooded islands and traversed by tortuous streams’. Worse still, the British-speaking locals were exceedingly-unwelcoming and made Guthlac’s life a misery. Since he had adopted a Bronze-Age barrow for his cell, he probably was regarded as an intruder who was desecrating their ancestral restingplace. Eventually (from Felix’s view-point), good triumphed over evil, Guthlac beat off these early ‘fen tigers’ and stoically settled into his life of starvation and solitude with his disciples, one of whom may have been his sister, Pega, who gave her name to Peakirk. Hugh Candidus (c.1100-c.1175), a monk of Medeshamstede (Peterborough) Abbey, paints contrasting pictures of AngloSaxon Tribland. He eulogises about his monastery’s location ‘in the land of the Gyrwe’, adding that ‘Gyrwe’ was the Old-English word for ‘swamp dwellers’. To the west 42
lay the rich pastures, meadows, woods and fertile ploughlands (of present-day Castor, Sutton, Upton, Ashton, Bainton, Barnack, Pilsgate, Southorpe and Ufford and the fen-edge settlements of Etton, Glinton, Helpston and Peakirk). To the east was ‘a deep marsh extending 60 miles or more’, fed by several rivers and only accessible by boat. It was completely unfit for human habitation except, of course, by the monks of Crowland, Ramsey and Thorney, over whom Peterborough claimed seniority. However, Hugh was writing in midtwelfth century, by which time the abbey estates had been cultivated for 500 years. When the first brethren arrived on site in 655, the area would have been less inviting. Like Guthlac, the pioneering monks of Medeshamstede must have found life extremely challenging. There again, the earliest religious houses and hermits’ cells were never intended to be in salubrious places and the density of these establishments earned the Fens the moniker, ‘England’s Holy Land’.
Living off the Fen Contrary to Hugh Candidus’ description, not everyone found the Fens so inhospitable. Archaeology testifies that its high-ground continued to be occupied throughout the centuries
The grey areas were fenland.
following the evacuation of the Roman legions by small-holders, who sustained themselves through eel-trapping, fishing, wild-fowling (ducks and geese) and animal husbandry. A late eight-century document, known as the ‘Tribal Hidage’ tells us that the North and South Gyrwe folk, whose lands possibly reached from the Isle of Ely to the Welland and as far west as Werrington (the Wiðeringa tribe’s domain), supported roughly 1,200 families. There is scant evidence of land reclamation before the Norman Conquest. Although the late tenthcentury monks of Peterborough and Crowland constructed the Bolhithe and Twandam Dyke, they were primarily for the transportation of Barnack stone to restore and erect their monasteries. A pre-Conquest abbot of Peterborough also sanctioned the Catswater Drain, which formed a boundary between Peterborough and Thorney Abbeys and the erstwhile county line between Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. He recouped, his expenses by levying tolls on vessels by-passing the hazardous route across the fluctuating Borough Fen. Rather than attempting to reclaim fenland for agriculture, the Peterborough monks concentrated on acquiring and cutting down woodland, as at Ailsworth, Castor,
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Wind-pumps on Deeping Fen (1828) (Hilkiah Burgess)
Glinton and Northborough, to provide pasture for their ploughteams (usually oxen), who repaid them with manure for fertiliser. While cattle ‘ranches’ were created at Oxney (Ox Island) (1125), Singlesole (1189) and Tanholt (1303/4) in Eye parish, they were solely for the breeding and feeding of dairy herds and for milk and cheese production (Trib. 109). Here, there was excellent seasonal grazing but the land was waterlogged in winter making it unviable for crops. Furthermore, it behoved Peterborough to keep part of the Fens undrained. In 1125, a Glintoncum-Peakirk fowler paid his rent in wild and domestic geese, affording food for the abbot’s table, feathers for his bed and quills for his scribes. North Fen offered essential summer pastures for his Glinton, Peakirk, Etton, Northborough and Maxey tenants. In return (as throughout England), in addition to working on their lords’ demesne two or three days a week, all able-bodied males over the age of twelve were required to maintain sluices and sections of ditches, dykes and banks and report neighbours who failed to toe-the-line. Dereliction of duty could have devastating consequences; when Philip de Kyme (died 1323) diverted a stream and neglected to repair the banks of his drain in Waithe (Lincolnshire),
‘the entire fenland of Kesteven and Holland’ was inundated. Indeed, water management and flood defences were just as important during the medieval period as they are in our age of ‘global warming’, rising sea-levels and the shrinkage of the peat layers. An embankment was built along the western edge of Peakirk, which now carries the B1443 from Glinton to the heart of the village. In the late-fifteenth century, Margaret Beaufort (c.1442-1509), Henry VII’s mother and lady-of-the-manor of Torpel, improved Lolham Bridges and the King-Street causeway, albeit for her visits to Maxey Castle. The Dissolution of the Monasteries by her grandson, Henry VIII, in 1539, brought a new brand of land-owner and investor called ‘adventurers’ or ’undertakers’, who envisaged transforming the Fens into a profitable, arable plain. Subsequently, the vista to the north and east of Tribland changed forever.
The end of an era Initially, the demise of the fenland monasteries was an economic disaster as the drainage network was abandoned and Nature began to reclaim her own. In 1571, Elizabeth I decided to preserve the status quo by empowering Commissioners of Sewers to survey and order the
repair of ‘sewers and watercourses’, levying taxes and punishing those who failed to co-operate. Before long, there were proposals to ‘recover drown’d lands and drayn waterishe and moorishe grounds’ with the aid of a Dutch innovation, the wind-pump’, which (it was boasted) could raise water ‘from any place whatsoever from low to high’. These ‘engines’ intrigued Sir William Russell, son of the Earl of Bedford and Commissioner of Sewers for Cambridgeshire, who had seen them in action in the Netherlands and aspired to employ them on his estate at Thorney. Due to robust opposition, it was not until the 1630s that his son, Francis, ultimately carried out his project (which gave his name to the Bedford Level), with the expertise of Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden (1595-1683). In 1632, the Court of Sewers granted the Francis and Sir Robert Bevill a separate commission to drain Deeping Fen, commencing with the widening, deepening and straightening of the Welland from Walderam Hall (Northborough) to Spalding. The operation appeared to be successful, resulting in bumper grass and hay harvests in 1637, prompting the adventurers to press on with more-ambitious assignments. Needless to say, not everyone was ecstatic about wholesale reclamation and opposition came from all strata of society. Some believed that the Fens were physically impossible to control and that adventurers would bankrupt themselves in trying. Others thought they were God’s creation and that it was an aberration to destroy them. For many small-time farmers, once watercourses were dredged, diverted and/or embanked and ‘new’ lands put to the plough, they were denied access to summer pasture for their livestock, hay for winter fodder, peat for fuel, reeds for thatch and eels, the fen-folks’ staple diet. >>
>> Sedge- and osier-gatherers, fishermen and fowlers lost their livelihood and wild-life and the environment were irreversibly damaged. Besides, many felt that the Protestant refugees from the Continent (who Vermuyden employed to do the spade-work) were stealing their jobs! Even the Bishops of Peterborough and Ely raised concerns about the impact of drainage on the ability of their fen-dependent tenants to pay their rent and predicted a collapse in land-value. At the other end of the social spectrum were the fen-slodgers, perceived by the historian, Lord MacAulay (1800-50) as godless, lawless, webbed-footed, ‘halfamphibians’, who lived in huts on mounds and islets, drank beer instead of stagnant water and punted or waded across the quagmire that was their hunting ground. Though they were raddled by malaria and rheumatism, they refused to leave the habitat that had given them shelter and sustenance for millennia, simply because they had nowhere to go.
The Civil Wars (1642-9) brought a respite for the opponents to fen-drainage with the more-militant seizing the opportunity to tear down fences, remove sluices, breach banks and topple ‘engines’ into rivers. To their dismay, in 1649, Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell recalled Vermuyden and Parliament passed an Act authorising the Earl of Bedford to drain 8,000 acres of fenland within the Soke of Peterborough, starting with the construction of a bank (70 feet wide and 8 feet high) alongside the Welland from Peakirk as far as Crowland. Work began in March 1650 with trouble in its wake. Astonishingly, it came in the shape of two Justices of the Peace, Francis Quarles of Ufford and John Claypole of Northborough (Cromwell’s son-in-law), who appeared with 100 ‘heavies’ in train and attempted to ‘bribe’ the navvies to ‘forsake their worke’ - with a measure of success. After England’s victory over Holland in 1652, Bedford decided that drafting in Dutch and Scottish prisoners-of-war would be cheaper and less-problematic. Unfortunately, his workforce was
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attacked by a stone-throwing mob until Roundheads from Cromwell’s New Model Army garrisoned at Crowland, rode to the rescue and dispersed the rioters. Corporation Bank was completed the following year and capped by a road which joined the highway to Spalding. In 1792, it was upgraded as part of the London-Boston Turnpike that ran through the heart of Peakirk.
Time and Tide By 1763, the wayfaring Triblander would have been confronted by 50 ‘engines’ transferring water from the land into the Welland and ancillary channels on Deeping Fen - but only when the wind was blowing. Despite their efforts, Deeping, North and Borough Fens continued to flood and crops ruined, especially during the spring-tides. In fact, it was not until the early nineteenth century with the introduction of the steam-pump that the Fens seemingly were drained effectively. Such was the confidence in the system (especially after the droughts of 1819 and 1820) that, in 1822, a ‘township’ was established
Walderam Hall, during the 1912 floods
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Lolham Bridges, July 2018 south-west of Oldborough, on the recently-enclosed Borough Fen. It was aptly named ‘Newborough’. Yet, before long, tracts of reclaimed land were submerged again, necessitating the enlarging and re-routing the Follies River to join the Car Dyke near Werrington. Further episodes occurred in 1869, 1880, 1912, 1923 (when parts of Lolham Bridges were swept away by a torrent), in 1947 and 1952. In 1954, the South Welland was widened and deepened to become Maxey Cut in an attempt to ease the problem. Nevertheless, in April 1998, after ‘a month’s rain in 24 hours’, the Nene and Welland burst their banks, causing two deaths and widespread damage to property, most of which lay within the rivers’ flood-plain.
Therefore, in spite of the mostdiligent dredging, responsible water management, modern technology and dedicated floodwardens, mankind continues to grapple with the forces of nature. The snow-storms, downpours and droughts of 2018 warn us not to become complacent. As I write on this sweltering July day, Maxey Cut (South Welland’s ancient course) flows serenely beneath Lolham Bridges, completely negating John Clare’s words, ‘On roars the flood - all restless to be free. ‘Like trouble wandering to eternity.’ Well, perhaps, until the next deluge . . .
The author is grateful to Spalding Gentlemen's Society for allowing her to reproduce their material.
YOUNG TRIBUNE THE MUSTARD SEED PROJECT
By Geoff and Rita Fowler
Lots of good news as always. You may remember in the last report I told you about our volunteer Charlie who had made such a difference to our children and teachers earlier this year? Well, this morning Charlie joined at our trustees, meeting as a trustee. She was so impressed by the work we are doing that she agreed to become one of the board. And a very welcome addition she is.
The Mustard Seed Project The other very exciting news for our children is that the children at Northborough school have donated their shoes at the end of term. This is the second year they have done this and we have a huge number of beautiful shoes
If any of you ever go to Mombasa and could take stuff out for us we would be very grateful. At school this is an exciting year. This is the first year that we have the entire age range in school. The first group of children taking their
The cost of a pair of second-hand shoes in good condition in Kenya is more than many families have to feed them for a week. Little wonder that children walk around in shoes with trodden down backs or with the front removed to allow the toes to protrude. now polished and ready for us to take to Kenya in October. I canâ€™t tell you what a difference these shoes make out in Kenya. The cost of a pair of second-hand shoes in good condition in Kenya is more than many families have to feed them for a week. Little wonder that children walk around in shoes with trodden down backs or with the front removed to allow the toes to protrude. If only we could take more out but unfortunately everything has to be taken in our luggage as the Kenyan government puts import tax on everything regardless of condition. 46
KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education). There will be news of this when the results come out next year. This is also the year when the older children and their teachers are benefitting from a completed ground floor with electricity, running water, good toilets for boys, girls and teachers and a kitchen with a modern ecological stove. Hopefully we shall have the funds to start the upper floor soon. We are so proud of what has been achieved with your help and this seemed like a good moment to let the users tell you what they thought.
Here are some direct quotes from everyone, either in English or translated by the teachers or secretary...
Teachers "The electricity has made teaching more effective due to use of laptops and projectors during teaching lessons." "The 24 hour tap water supply has improved the living condition in the school in terms of hygiene and health matters." "There are enough separate toilets for both teachers, boys and girls unlike before." "The school is now well equipped with a modern library which has created an ease for revision and learning process in the entire school." "The classes are spacious thus easy to teach and also creating a high standard of hygiene." "The school is giving a high quality education to the pupils from Mgongeni slums and the community at large."
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Pupils "We are happy and proud of the new toilets." "Happy with the balanced diet food cooked at school." "The library is assisting us to do our studies well and also has improved our revision mode to which we have improved in our academics." "The new jiko (energy efficient stove) has enabled us to have lunch in our locality unlike before when we used to walk to the old school for porridge and lunch. This has really saved our time." "We are very happy for the chairs and tables which are not found in any other school in the entire community because others use desks."
Cooks "Mustard Seed has done a tremendous support for the new modern kitchen and more so for the steel jiko which has made our work more easier and efficient."
The last half term of the school year was a busy one with endless activities and events taking place.
Helpston Playhouse The pre-school held their sports day on the school field and showed fantastic enthusiasm taking part in a variety of races and games. In the weeks that followed the children looked at dental hygiene and healthy foods and spent lots of time outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather. They set up a travel agent for booking summer holidays and
Parents "A big thanks for the feeding programme. Sometimes children lack something to put in their stomach for breakfast and even for lunch. But no worries ever because Mustard Seed has catered for them." "Thank you for the stationery facilities provided at school because our earnings could not cater for that."
General comment "Thanks for the Mustard Seed Project for the great effort towards all these developments." From all at Mustard Seed Project "It is a privilege to do the work we are doing but we could not have done it without your support. A big thank you to all who have made such a big difference to our people in Kenya. We really appreciate your help."
had great fun creating an ice cream parlour with lots of ice cream crafts. Towards the end of June, the preschool took their trip to West Lodge Farm Park. It was a fantastic day and all the children were a credit to the preschool behaving impeccably and thoroughly enjoying all the activities at the farm. The racing piglets and barrel ride were particular highlights.
When World Cup fever hit, the children joined in with a football match on the school field and with the endless warm weather outdoor activities continued until the end of term. The Out Of School Club held lots of themed nights throughout the term including a Mexican themed night with tacos and music, and a Wimbledon themed night with cream teas and tennis. The children played lots of sports outdoors including cricket on the school field and helped in the garden picking the courgettes and clearing the strawberry beds once the plants had finished. Children from both the preschool and OOSC attended the disco held at the village hall where a fabulous ÂŁ165 was raised to go towards our defibrillator fund. Our thanks to Mr Weston at Total Sports for providing the music and games which were thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. The parties continued at the end of term with the Preschool holding their end of term party for the Rising Fives who will be leaving the preschool to head to school, and the OOSC holding their leavers party for those children who will be heading to secondary school. We wish all children who are leaving the setting the very best of luck for their future adventures.
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This year Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, with the help of local host families, sponsors and kind supporters boosted the health and confidence of thirty-two children who live in the most highly contaminated area of the world.
Friends of Chernobyl Children They were given the chance to breathe clean air and eat clean food, whilst enjoying the love and attention of our kind families. In the last article for the Tribune I wrote about our first group of children, at the end of July our second group of twelve children arrived and I realised how many of our children have lives blighted by bereavement. Out of 32 children, six have suffered the death of their mothers, mostly to cancer, seven of our children have deceased fathers or have no contact with them, and three further children live with their grandmothers due to parents who are unable to care for them. Two of our children (pictured) are currently being moved to foster carers following the death of their second parent. For many, alcohol as well as cancer, forms an unhappy part of their lives. It does make you stop and think a bit, doesn’t it? For these children you can almost see them put down their burdens for a few weeks and throw themselves into having fun and making the
most of their lovely holiday. We see grey faced children become less pinched and the start of a healthier glow begin. This little girl’s mother died in late June, she has moved into the home of her big brother now, she was determined that she still wanted to come on her visit and what a lot of fun she had! She stayed with the Genever-Jones family in Uffington and had a ball. Our two-week group crammed in two days dress making at Springfields, swimming at Bourne, a beauty morning at Jo’s Hair Design, a day at Twin Lakes and a fabulous sunny day at the beach – even I made it into the sea! They just loved it, for many it was their first ever sight of the sea, their first ever paddle, chance to collect shells and to swim and play and what a perfect day it was. So what do our hosts and sponsors get out of giving up their time and energy to provide a temporary home to these children? They know that they are a part of something special, whilst the families have
fun with the children and take a few weeks to play and laugh, to make friends with other local families, they are making a huge difference to our vulnerable children. The children’s sponsors are vital, because without them none of this is possible. The hosts make photo albums of the visit for the children, these become treasured possessions that are kept all their lives to show their own children. The precious memories of how family life can work will help them become better parents. The boost to their health is immeasurable but obvious to the eye. As you will know we send them home with suitcases crammed with warm clothing, vitamins, vegetable seeds, toothpaste and all essentials. We also provide care and support all year round to children who have particular difficulties. In November, Shauna Donaldson and I will be travelling to Belarus to identify needy children for next summer’s visit, but for that we need your help, of course!
We need a few more host families and we need some new sponsors. Have you wondered about doing something concrete to help needy children? Would you like to help change the life of a child? Have you love and kindness to spare? We would love to hear from you. Thank you. T: 07779 264591. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
FARM FOCUS ROSEMARY'S FARMING DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 9,10,11 November Christmas order launch weekend. We’ll be marking opening our order books with a taster weekend – there’ll be meats to try, competitions, stories of the turkeys and more!
The cereal harvest has been early this year, I wouldn’t anticipate any record yields, but we have been able to keep costs down because of good combining conditions and long days with no stopping and starting.
Rosemary’s FARMING DIARY
s you will see I kept a record of the crops and dates we were able to combine, I don’t ever remember harvest making such progress without hinderance, usually the weather or breakdowns. Commodity prices have moved upwards and are better than last year with fuel costs approx. 15p per litre more than the same time last year. Any increase in our commodity selling prices is most welcome. It really has been a most extraordinary year as far as the weather is concerned – a long winter running into spring with temperatures soaring to highs we have never experienced before. 1976 was a very dry year with temperature highs which we had not experienced for many years, bringing harvest forward to what was a record then (early august finish for many farms in this area). This year however, the temperatures have exceeded all 5050
previous records again, making for a very early start for the combine harvesters. We ourselves began the first field of oil seed rape on the 1st July (never known on our farm before with surprisingly respectable yield but rather dry. There was a break then for a few days when more fields of oil seed rape were ready, with starting early mornings, leaving off during the heat of the day because the moisture content of the rape was coming into store too low – this in turn jeopardises the oil content. The combine then went into the winter barley fields with again very respectable yields and high quality. All winter barley fields were completed by the 15th July. The rest of the oil seed rape fields were finished on 18th July. Straight into winter oats – two days combining saw them completed. All the oat straw going for horse feed etc. On 23rd July the first fields of winter wheat were combined until we were rained off on the night of 27th
July which made for a welcome break for all that weekend. The winter beans needed to be harvested next as pods we opening prematurely with the very hot conditions we were still having to contend with. We continued again with the very early mornings and leaving off in the heat of the day as losses before reaching the bed of the combines and going into the tank can be high. These took three-part days, finishing on 3rd August and back into winter wheat on the 4th August – finishing all the wheat by 7th August. The spring sown barley will be ready then and we have hopefully completed the 2018 cereal harvest in record time by 9th August – we may have one field of spring sown barley left as this is not quite ready – this field was a problem field because of the very wet conditions in the spring and had to be re-sown, but looks to be quite a respectable crop.
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Willow Brook Farm Shop & Granary Tea Room. Scotsman Lodge, Stamford Road, Peterborough PE6 7EL All the straw produced on our farm has been baled this year, including most of the rape straw. The demand for straw straight from the combine has been very high as old stocks had dried up earlier than normal owing to the very wet winter and spring. So desperate for straw, the local pig farm we supply were in the field bailing up behind the combine as they had no more straw to bed the pigs with the next day as it had all been used. The power stations have been low in stocks too. As is predicted it’s going to be a long and expensive autumn and winter for stock farmers who have been for the last month feeding their winter feed to their animals
as all grass fields have dried up – nothing green about them left. The hot weather has had a positive input on the harvest season – no damage has been done to the soil structure with heavy machinery because the ground is so hard – no sign of rutting up the fields as can happen in a wet year. Less fuel has been used with the combine harvester not having to chop the straw, very little drying has had to be done – only fans to cool the grain as it goes into store very hot – this can lead to problems later if not dealt with initially. On the negative side, the root crops are suffering with the drought conditions. We
desperately need rain in the next few weeks to help bulk them up and also moisten the ground to sow the oil seed rape by the middle – third week in August, as well as chit the weed seeds and self-grown grain, enabling autumn sowings to go into clean seed beds. To date we haven’t got an opening schedule for the sugar beet factory’s 2018 -2019 campaign, but would expect late September, hoping that we have some rainfall in the meantime. The potato crops haven’t got off to a very good start in this area – too wet to plant in the spring and then very little rain to give a normal growing season.
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owever, many of these are made not just by cold callers, but by scammers; bringing misery to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, such as those living alone or with dementia. At Safe Local Trades, we echo the concerns of groups like the recently formed Cambs Against Scams Partnership and the nationwide Friends Against Scams initiative which recognise the harm done by fraudsters; not only those who dupe their victims to part with their cash, but who also feel threatened and helpless against the callers. In 2016, a grant of £500,000 was made to National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTS Scams Team) to provide telephone call blocking technology to people who are
bombarded by scam and nuisance calls, and are most vulnerable to losing money to these callers. Initially, the focus was on providing call blocking units to people living with dementia. There are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. The project has been a great success, with the units blocking 99 per cent of scam and nuisance calls received and making dramatic improvements to users’ wellbeing. And equally as important, the results saw a 97 per cent reduction in users losing money at the hands of scammers, and 85 per cent reduction in users feeling helpless to stop the calls and an 85 per cent reduction in the number of users who were worried by these calls.
Friends Against Scams is a NTS Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”. Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection. FAS encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action. Anybody can join Friends Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.
Visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk and be #scamaware with advice from Cambs County Council (www. cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/community-protection-team-says-be-scamaware-and-take-a-stand-against-scams/) 52
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 1918 IN MEMORIAM
6 September 1918
Private Arthur Cox
1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment died on 6th September 1918 aged 23. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. He died of wounds in one of the fifteen military hospitals that were located on the southern outskirts of Rouen. Arthur was the third of three brothers to be killed in the war. They were the sons of Thomas and Kate Cox of Walcot where Thomas had been head gardener. Kate Cox had died in 1915 and she is buried in Barnack cemetery. Her headstone records the deaths of their three boys. 15 September 1918
Private Frank Snart 4th Battalion Yorkshire
Regiment died on 15th September, 1918 aged 37. He lived in Bainton and was the son of John and Mary Snart of Ashton. Before he enlisted he was a footman for Mr. Welby of Bainton House for whom his father worked as coachman. The family were then living in the Lodge House on Barnack Road. Frank is reputed to have had a fine singing voice and he sang at village events and Church Army meetings. He was a prisoner of war when he died and is buried at Niederzwehren cemetery, Kassel, Germany. The cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp.
21 September 1918
Lance Corporal Leonard Knipe
10th Battalion Essex Regiment was killed in action on 21st September,1918 aged 19. He was one of seven children. The family lived in the Bakehouse in Bainton. Leonard was apprenticed to an ironmonger on St.Maryâ€™s Hill in Stamford. His father was a carter by trade and brought loads from Stamford to Bainton. By the end of the war his parents, Jesse and Eliza, had moved to Pinchbeck, Spalding. Leonard is buried in the Unicorn Cemetery at Vendhuile fifteen miles south east of PĂŠronne. 27 October 1918
Private Charles Dumford 8th Battalion East
Surrey Regiment died of wounds on 27th October, 1918 in a military hospital at Rouen. There were fifteen military hospitals on the southern outskirts of Rouen during the war, such were the numbers of wounded men being brought back from the front. Charles is buried at St.Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. He was 36 years old when he died. He was the son of Edward and Fanny Dumford of Barnack and husband of Emily Dumford of Wilsford near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
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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 54
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CHURCH NEWS DIARY DATES
Sun 16 Sep Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am It’s a harvest of tins again this year, please give generously, all donations going to Peterborough Food Bank. Please come along and join us - everyone very welcome www.peakirkvillage.co.uk Sat 1 Sep & Saturday 6 Oct Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. Sat 22 Sep Sat 27 Oct Coffee Mornings St Botolph's - Helpston Church Held in the Church from 10am until 12 noon.
Sat 8 Sep Autumn Church Clean St. Peter's Church. 9am to 1pm Come along and help us spruce up this lovely place! Everything provided even Lunch! Sun 9 Sep and 14 Oct All Age Services St. Peter's Church 9am. Our All Age Services continue. Come along for Communion or Blessing, all inclusive Sermon, great crafts, refreshments too. Sat 15 Sep Harvest festival at St pega’s church, Peakirk Stalls in the churchyard from 2-4pm (Weather permitting or inside church if wet.) Cakes, preserves, books, bric-a-brac etc the church will be decorated with flowers and refreshments. Sun 16 Sep Harvest Festival Service St. Peter's Church 4pm- Harvest Festival. Proceeds from this will go to our over 80's and the food bank.
Sun 23 Sep Harvest Festival Praise St Andrew's, Northborough 10.30am. Everyone very welcome. Harvest gifts for the Food Bank please. Teddy Bear Parachute Jump after the ServiceSponsor your brave Teddy and support St.Andrew's Restoration Fund. Don't forget Teddy's Parachute! firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 11 Nov Remembrance Sunday St Andrew’s Church, Northborough 10.30am. On this day, we shall be commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1. We invite you all to join us on this important day. It would be great if ex-service men and women, as well as the descendants of those who have served in this and other conflicts, could wear their medals. We want to make this Remembrance Sunday a fitting tribute to the sacrifice of so many. Sat 15 Dec Christmas Tree Festival St. Peter's Church. Sun' 16 Dec St Peter's Christingle 10am in the Village Hall. Mon 24 Dec Crib Service St. Peter's Church. 4pm. A reminder that the 5th Sunday Service will not be at Northborough but Glinton on the 30 Sep at 10.30am. This will be a Pet Service and a Representative from Guide Dogs will be giving a short Presentation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS / PAUSE FOR THOUGHT CHURCH NEWS
Announcements Funerals Arthur BARNES (28/06/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Edna HAYCOCK (18/07/2018) St. Peter's, Maxey Carol BROUGHTON (11/04/2018) Peterborough Crematorium Arthur NEAVERSON (31/05/2018) St. Pega's, Peakirk Patricia TALBOT (19/07/2018) St. Peter's, Maxey Baptisms Edie EVAN (05/08/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Ivy MADDOX (05/08/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Joseph BRAND (12/08/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Oliver BRAND (12/08/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Evie PEET (19/08/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton George MASON (26/08/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Octavia WHARTON (26/08/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton William HARRIS (13/05/2018) St. Pega's, Peakirk Amy PEET (19/08/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton Theo SMITHERINGALE (02/09/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Olivia TUCKER (09/09/2018) St. Stephen's, Etton Oliver WILDE (15/09/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton Weddings Helen GARFORD to Gary EVANS (11/08/2018) St. Peter's, Maxey Lisa HOGAN to Bobby BRACKENBURY (18/08/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton Michelle LAWRENCE to James TINDALL (02/06/2018) St. Andrew's, Northborough Rachel GRANT to Thomas DWIGHT (23/06/2018) St. Stephen's, Etton Joanne BLAKEMAN to Paul HITCHBORN (24/08/2018) St. Benedict's, Glinton
Rev Dave Maylor
The line from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner is “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Perhaps it can be adapted to fit our present circumstances at the time of writing – “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop in the East Midlands.” Perhaps we have been reminded of how a precious a commodity water is, as we’ve watched our lawns turn to straw and fruit begin dropping off the branches early because of the lack of water. It feels like 1976 all over again. Bishop Liverson and his wife commented on how green and blessed our land was when they visited us from Kenya earlier in June. Not so green now. Rain is a blessing in Kenya, not something the weather presenters feel they must apologise for in their forecasts over here. Maybe these weeks have reminded us not to waste our water or to take it for granted. Water is used symbolically many times in the Bible. In Psalm 42, the Psalmist writes, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”
In the baptism service we often hear the words, “We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life.” Perhaps by the time you read this the rain will have fallen and our gardens will be refreshed and healthy again. But what about us, when we feel parched or dry or a bit withered? What sort of water might revive us? In his conversation with ‘the woman at the well’ Jesus says to her as she comes to draw water from the well in the heat of the day, “those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” And later in John 7 we read, “On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me’” I hope there is plenty of sunshine for the children during August, but also enough rain for our land too. And if you are going through a parched time, I hope you can find water and refreshment for your soul.
Vicar marries his own son! The Rev Dave Matlor's son, Sam, married Sarah at Barnack Church. "I led the service, which was very special for me."
LOCAL PLAN EXAMINATION
The Peterborough Local Plan (2016 to 2036) Examination The Submission Version of the Peterborough Local Plan has been going through the first of its Examination Stages at the Town Hall this last week (7th, 8th, 9th August). The aim of the Plan is to make provision for the housing, infrastructure and other growth targets and needs of Peterborough for the period 2016 to 2036 As publicised previously on our website, Helpston Parish Council has made its objections to the Plan known to the City Council. To begin their new Plan, Peterborough City Council firstly invited landowners to suggest and offer land for development. In Helpston’s case, several landowners offered up seven different sites. Your Parish Council objected to them all, but eventually the City Council chose one site for inclusion in the Plan for new housing. In later iterations of the Plan landowners offered a further site and the City chose to incorporate part of this alongside the original chosen site into the new Plan. It is numbered LP41.5 in the submission plan and involves a major change to the Village
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By Syd Smith, Clerk to Helpston Parish Council Envelope. This site, stretching between Broadwheel Road and West Street has the capacity for 82 new houses. Helpston Parish Council has objected to this site in the strongest possible way both verbally and in writing to the City Planning Department. An Inspector appointed by the Government is now examining the Final Version of the Plan. She can make recommendations to the Secretary of State for either further review of the Plan or for its adoption as policy. Parish Council Chairman Joe Dobson and myself have attended the Day 1 and Day 2 Stage 1 Hearings at this Inspection and have, where appropriate, voiced our objections to policies that we feel are detrimental to Helpston. At this stage in the process, the Day 1 and Day 2 hearings have been about the overarching Policies contained within the Plan. They have not gone into the detail of specific site allocations. As an example of Policy matters, there has been much discussion about the
“categorisation” of the Villages. Helpston is in the “Settlement Hierarchy” as a Medium Village because it has a School and a Shop, whereas many villages, without even these limited facilities are described as “Small Villages” and attract no development at all. Villages like Eye and Thorney with more facilities are classed as “Large Villages” and get allocated huge numbers of new houses. And Wansford, by comparison, which has lots of shops and other facilities has been designated as a Small Village just because it has no school! Councillor Dobson and I have argued that an “82 house allocation” for Helpston is far too high for a Medium Village and have made comparisons with the other medium villages (Barnack, Castor, Ailsworth , Glinton, Newborough, Northborough) which have not been allocated anywhere near as many new houses. But the City has argued back that because two landowners in Helpston have offered such a large combined site, then 82 houses is the appropriate number
for that site and this has become our allocation. We have argued that our Village facilities are already overstretched, e.g. the School, and our infrastructure cannot support this level of development. And so on…. Apart from Helpston Parish Council objecting to this site allocation in the plan, we understand that another 41 people objected as individuals to the site proposals for our village. The Plan examination process does ensure that all objectors are notified of the hearings and have an opportunity to make their own case, but Cllr Dobson and myself were the only objectors from Helpston present at the hearings so far. When the Stage 1 Hearings and the Policies examination process is completed the examination will adjourn (in terms of public participation) until October. It is at that time that the Stage 2 Hearings will begin, which is when the individual sites will be scrutinised. We look forward to making the case for our village again at that time.
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Proposed demolition of existing conservatory and construction ofsingle storey rear extension at 5 Kingsley Close: Permitted Reserved matters approval relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 80 dwellings with associated landscaping, public open space, surface water drainage and access pursuant to outline planning permission reference APP/J0540/W/16/3153303 at Land To The West Of Uffington Road: Permitted Internal alterations, installation of roof light and replacement of existing roof light. Installation of new mechanical extract fan, replacement of rainwater goods and Collyweston roof repairs.Install secondary glazing, rewire and re-plumb throughout and repoint in lime mortar at Greystones School Road: Permitted Proposed Barn Conversion & Extension at Greystones School Road: Refused Internal and external refurbishments/alterations to the dwelling and the demolition of a detached garage and construction of replacement shed at 27 School Road: Permitted Installation of vehicle crossing at 37 Uffington Road: Awaiting decision
Proposed internal works and removal of rear window and replace with french doors at 3 Clay Lane: Permitted Single Storey Rear Extension at 2 Silvester Road: Permitted
Single storey double pitched roof garage with loft storage, sliding gate and summer house at 25A Suttons Lane: Permitted
Non-material amendment (dwelling position) of planning permission 16/01396/FUL at 16 Rectory Lane: Determined Single storey rear extension, roof extension over garage, chimey and gravel hardstanding to the front of site at 32 North Fen Road: Permitted Fell Holly tree (T1) and replant with another native species in the same place at Granville House 2 The Green: Permitted Part removal of internal walls to kitchen, utility and storage rooms and installation of external doors to utility room at Granville House 2 The Green: Awaiting decision Part removal of boundary fence, formation of access and hardstanding at 14 Rectory Lane: Awaiting decision Non-material amendment (dwelling position) of planning permission 16/01396/FUL at 16 Rectory Lane: Awaiting decision New boundary fence to the existing school playground, Installation of new covered pergola structure and timber climbing frame, and additional play equipment at Peakirk Cum Glinton Voluntary Aided Primary School: Awaiting decision Variation to condition C16 (plans) of planning permission
Salix Contorta (Willow) - Pollard tree 10-12ft at Vine House 25 Church Hill: Permitted
15/00895/FUL to provide garden room to rear of 8 Dovecote Way at Scotts Farm Welmore Road: Awaiting decision
Proposed Front Entrance Porch at 3 Polls Yard: Awaiting decision
Erection of garden wall, railings and gates at 9 Dovecote Way: Awaiting decision
Non-material amendment (raise eaves) to planning permission 17/02382/HHFUL at 27 Suttons Lane: Determined Proposed front extension and first floor extension to form chalet bungalow at 104A Lincoln Road: Withdrawn by applicant Construction of two semi-detached houses (1no 3bed and 1no 2bed) with associated car parking for 4 vehicles at 1 Riverside: Awaiting decision Change of use of agricultural land to residential curtilage, and construction of ground floor front and rear extension and first floor extension to form chalet bungalow - part retrospective at 104A Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Proposed rear extensions and front porch extension at 23 Suttons Lane: Awaiting decision 60
Two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and front porch at 14 Scotts Road: Withdrawn Demolition of existing double garage and utility room, erection of two storey extension to east elevation, erection of double timber car port and store to front, extension to north elevation of barn at Mouse Cottage 1 North Fen Road: Awaiting decision Erection of Bungalow and access alterations resubmission at 5 Helpston Road: Awaiting decision Part removal of internal walls to kitchen, utility and storage rooms and installation of external doors to utility room at Granville House 2 The Green: Permitted Part removal of boundary fence, formation of access and hardstanding at 14 Rectory Lane: Withdrawn Bungalow - Revised scheme at 37 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Front porch extension, a rear single storey extension and a side first floor extension at 4 Holmes Road: Awaiting decision
Non-material amendment to change condition C2 to rent out annex as short term holiday let pursuant to planning permission 11/01633/FUL Proposed conversion of existing garage/outbuilding to form annex at West Barn 3 Clare Court; Determined Demolition of modern timber building to rear at 3 Church Lane: Permitted Installation of ground mounted solar PV array at Helpston Remediation Plant Heath Road: Permitted Proposed single storey ground floor rear extension and first floor side extension at 47 Glinton Road: Awaiting decision Erection of single storey rear extension at 26 Woodland Lea: Awaiting decision Removal of Conservatory, single storey rear extension and alterations at 17 Woodland Lea: Awaiting decision Change of use from storage to BI Office/studio/ light storage with associated access and parking at 5 Heath Road: Awaiting decision
Construction of first floor side and two storey side and rear extensions at 6 Cromwell Close: Permitted Single storey rear extension, insertion of bi-fold doors and rooflights, replacement windows and doors and loft conversion to garage/carport at Old School House 1 Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision
Proposed single storey rear extension with flat roof at 70 Granville Avenue: Awaiting decision Proposed rear single-storey extension to dwelling, involving removal of existing conservatory and new roof over garage at 10 Castle Drive: Awaiting decision Single storey side and rear extension at 11 Crowson Crescent: Awaiting decision Conversion of garage barn and new side extension to create a detached 4 bedroom dwelling at Church Farm 7 Church Street: Awaiting decision Conversion of garage barn and new side extension to create a detached 4 bedroom dwelling at Church Farm 7 Church Street: Withdrawn No dormers, modification to porch and first floor ensuite and a single storey rear extension at 49 Church View: Permitted
Construction of single detached 3 bedroom dwelling and garage at 21 Castle End Road: Permitted Pitched roof to garage and car port to create utility room. Reduction/replacement of windows and doors. Existing cladding alterations/replacement and construction of single storey rear extension at 18 West End Road: Awaiting decision Erection of conservatory to the rear and alterations to include forming new access into the conservatory from the dining room at 51 High Street: Permitted Single storey rear extension at 4 School Close: Awaiting decision
Conversion of existing attached outbuilding to form living accommodation at Middle Farm Barn Main Street: Awaiting decision
Variation of condition C20 (approved plans) of planning permission 16/02075/FUL at A Neaverson And Sons Ltd St Pegas Road: Awaiting decision
Temporary telecommunications structure at Burghley House Burghley Park Stamford Road: Comments
Two storey side and rear extension and open porch to front elevation at 3 Hillside Close Ufford: Awaiting decision Replacement of all windows, single door to rear elevation and french doors to front elevation at Walnut House Main Street: Awaiting decision
Richard Hardy, Churchwarden ............................. 01780 740505 John Wreford, Churchwarden............................... 01780 740362 Mary Gowers, Lay Pastoral Minister .................... 01780 740097 Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234 Elizabeth Snowball, Organist .............................. 07821 460505
Bainton & Ashton Parish Council
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
Dave Maylor, Priest in Charge ............................. 01780 740234 John Ward, Churchwarden .................................. 01780 740016 David Laycock, Churchwarden ............................ 01780 740267 Elizabeth Snowball, Organist .............................. 07821 460505
Barnack Coffee Stop
Carol Pickering ...................................................... 01780 740438
Barnack Community Association
Roy Chowings ....................................................... 01780 740755
Barnack Cricket Club
William Armitage, Chairman................................. 01780 740749
Barnack Home from Home Club
Diane Wright, Manager......................................... 07847 956602
Barnack Men’s Breakfast
Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285 David Laycock ....................................................... 01780 740267
Barnack Messy Church
Rev Dave Maylor ................................................... 01780 740234 Julie Stanton ........................................................ 01780 749123
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 347847 Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285
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 Helpston Rainbow Guides, Julia Mason.............. 07780 688542 Helpston Brownie Guides, Morag Sweeney....... 07801 357701 Helpston Guides, Nicola Kerr............................... 07739 098113 Helpston Beaver Scouts, Alison Cook.................. 07437 909735 Glinton Brownies.................................................... 01778 346668 1st Glinton Rainbow Leader,Sally Nash............... 01733 254174 Glinton Beavers/Cubs/Scouts, Sharon Pallister....................................................... 01733 735776 Northborough Guides, Jane Knott, ................... 01778 345101 Barnack Little Lambs Group, Julie Stanton.......... 01780 749123
Deeping Gate Parish Council
Jane Hill, (Chair) .................................................... 01778 343066 Phil Thompson, Vice Chairman............................ 01778 346619 Geoff Purllant......................................................... 01778 344288 Janet Lill.................................................................. 01778 342647 Nicola Kerr.............................................................. 07739 098113 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
Kate Hinchliff ......................................................... 01733 253192
Citizens Advice ...................................................... 0870 1264024
Max Sawyer ........................................................... 01780 765507
Chair, John Holdich OBE, ................................... 01733 253078 Clerk, Mr John Haste, ........................................... 01733 252833
Bus & Train Services
Delaine Bus Services ............................................ 01778 422866 Stagecoach ............................................................ 01733 207860 Train Services ......................................................... 0845 7484950 62
Glinton Parish Council
Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)
Priest in Charge, Dave Maylor, ........................... 01780 740234 Church Warden, Clive Pearce, ............................ 01733 253494
E: Helpstoncommunityactivityteam@gmail.com Facebook: @Helpstoncommunity Phil Roberts............................................................ 07925 720195 Emma Long............................................................ 07827 297053
Helpston Lawn Tennis Club
David Packer ......................................................... 07766 600694
Helpston Parish Council
Joe Dobson (Chair) ............................................... 01733 252192 Sydney Smith Clerk .............................................. 01733 252903 Rosemary Morton Vice ......................................... 01733 252243
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
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
Pre and After School Clubs
Nicola Litchfield, Glinton pre-school playgroup ........................................... 07515 364909
Pre and After School Clubs (cont.)
Caroline Burton, Peakirk Tots Toddler Group ............................................... 01733 253677 Glinton Toddler Group, Linda Dean..................... 01733 574446 Julie Stanton, Little Lambs ................................... 01780 749123 Kirsty Wislawski. Manager, Sunflower Seed Pre-School, Church Street, Northborough .............................. 01733 253685
Al Good Rotary Club ............................................ 01733 252064
Schools and Education
Mike Sandeman, AMVC Head ............................ 01733 252235 Rachel Simmons, John Clare Primary Head ........................................................ 01733 252332 Neil Fowkes, Barnack C of E Primary .................. 01780 740265 Craig Kendall, Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School Head ............................................ 01733 252361 Mr S Mallott, Northborough Primary Head ........................................................ 01733 252204 Maureen Meade, Peterborough Adult Learning ...................................................... 01733 761361
Ufford Church Enquiries
Peter and Sally Hudson ........................................ 01780 740475
Ufford Parish Council
Keith Lievesley Ufford Chairman ......................... 01780 740679 Julia Alexander ..................................................... 01780 740017 Frieda Gosling ....................................................... 01780 740343 Susie Caney Clerk ................................................. 07595 377236 Graham Bowes ..................................................... 01780 740578 David Chadwick .................................................... 01780 740893
Barnack Village Hall, Michelle Goodwin, ............ 01780 749337 Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, Sue Lane.............. 07923 475966 Glinton, Whist, Joyce Heathcote.......................... 01733 253790 Glinton, Whist, Peter Lake ................................... 01778 346749 Helpston Village Hall, Caryn Thompson ............. 01733 252232 Les Cunnington carpet bowls, Helpston ............ 01733 253832 Maxey Village Hall, Jacqui Barnard, .................... 07710 150587 Northborough Village Hall, Karen Cooper, ........ 01778 347464 Peakirk Village Hall bookings ............................... 07938 386226 Ufford Village Hall bookings, Mr Peter Grist....... 07887 634300
Editor, Tony Henthorn .......................................... 07590 750128 Design Team, Dimension 6000............................. 01733 772095
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
Kerrie Garner, Barnack Youth Club ...................... 01780 740118 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Youth Club ....................... 01778 347280